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CONTENTS May 2014 05

EDITOR’S LETTER

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WHAT’S ON

LOCA L 09

GALLERY ROUND UP The neighbourhood’s most exciting independent spaces

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STAR POWER Chiwetel Ejiofor: the new acting king on the block

FA S H I O N 20

ROYAL COURT Start the summer in garden party style

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MY STYLE Alexandra Mann shares her inspirations

FOOD 50

FROM LIMA TO LIVERPOOL STREET Executive turned restaurateur Martin Morales on his love of Peruvian cooking

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FOOD REVIEW Martin Morales’ Andina

INTERIORS 57

INTERIOR INSPIRATIONS The best of Clerkenwell Design Week

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CREATIVE LIVING A peak inside Ally Capellino’s Dalston digs

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May 2014

EDITOR’S letter

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he designer Charles Eames once said, ‘Eventually everything connects – people, ideas, objects.’ It’s a fitting thought to lead us into our Arts & Design issue, especially with Clerkenwell Design Week returning this month. Now in its fifth year, the three-day festival centres on London’s leading design showrooms as well as four special showcases; we introduce you to some of the most intriguing exhibitors later in the issue. We also have art-inspired fashion for him and her, as well as a round-up of the area’s most exciting independent galleries. London is well-served by public galleries, of course, but how often do you remind yourself that there’s a Victoria Miro on a Hoxton backstreet, or a Gagosian a few minutes from King’s Cross Station? Some of the world’s most fascinating and forward-thinking artists are right there for the ogling, and our guide is a good place to start. Ally Capellino started out in art school and ended up one of the country’s best-regarded designers, whose exquisite bags and leather accessories are bywords for quality and understated cool. Proving her artful eye extends to interiors, Capellino takes us on a tour of her boho Dalston home, which is filled with found objects snaffled on the designer’s trips around the world. She clearly has the spirit of a collector, and it’s this curatorial impulse, this love of discovery and ability to discern the beautiful from the banal, that seems to me like the fuel driving the area’s ongoing rebirth. Inspiration is everywhere, and eventually everything connects. Here’s to an interesting May.

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SEPTEMBER

AgENDA / M AY don’t miss

THIERRY

NOIR

A Retrospective 4 April_5 May Howard Griffin Gallery

oir achieved infamy in 1984 when he became the first artist to illegally paint mile-long stretches of the Berlin Wall, an act intended to subvert the barrier’s purpose. His murals helped to transform the wall from an imposing behemoth into something ridiculous, ultimately aiding in its destruction. Noir’s signature bright, seemingly innocent style defied authority in a singular way and became a rallying cry, ‘a lone voice of freedom’. Don’t miss the artist’s first ever solo show. 189 Shoreditch High Street, E1;

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in the cinema

Maleficent

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nce upon a time, there was a beautiful princess called Aurora, who had two loving parents, three fairy godmothers and who was cursed to prick her finger on a spinning wheel on her 18th birthday and fall into an everlasting sleep. But this story isn’t about her. Angelina Jolie stars in the highly anticipated film about one of Disney’s most evil villains, providing an insight into the origins of Maleficent - here’s a hint, she didn’t start off bad. Directed by Robert Stromberg and featuring a haunting soundtrack that includes songs from indie darling Lana del Ray, this film could either be a brilliant addition to the Disney canon or destroy everyone’s childhood. We can’t wait to see which. In Cinemas 28 May

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Art & Design Events Clerkenwell Design Week

22_24 May Throughout Clerkenwell CDW has established itself as a pivotal event in the art and design calendar. With over 60 showrooms, a wealth of creative businesses and more architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet, CDW is the ideal opportunity to discover emerging artists, experience the work of established craftsmen and gather inspiration for any of your own ongoing projects. Clerkenwell, EC1; clerkenwelldesignweek.com

The Christopher Jenner Collection for Drummonds

Anime Weekend

20_22 May The Gallery, Craft Central Designer Christopher Jenner and Drummonds of London continue their creative collaboration with this latest instalment at Craft Central as part of Clerkenwell Design Week. Jenner’s work takes its cue from Drummonds’ artisanal heritage by combining cast iron, polished steel and traditional enamelling techniques with English carpentry in oak, walnut and driftwood and custom colourways. The collection will range from £4,000 to £9,000. 33-35 St John’s Square, EC1M;

16_18 May BFI Southbank

A hugely popular event that only happens twice a year, Anime Weekend 2014 boasts both a UK premiere and a European premiere in its line-up as well as some of the best anime to come out of Japan in the last two years. Ghost in the Shell, Tiger and Bunny and Evangelion will be amongst the popular franchises represented and the event will run alongside BFI Southbank’s Studio Ghibli retrospective and is an excellent opportunity to experience the genre for the first time. Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1; bfi.org.uk

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THE BOOK

Not that Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

W The Tweed Run 17 May The City

Join like-minded eccentric cyclists on 2014’s Tweed Run, an event that will see hundreds of participants, clad in their finest 1920s and 30s tweed cycling attire, bowling merrily through the streets of London town. Initially conceived as a one-off, it is now in its sixth year and going strong. A celebration of all things vintage, some cyclists will even be clambering aboard antique penny farthings and other pedalled contraptions - oh, I say! tweedrun.com

hether you consider her the voice of a generation or a self-important, perennially nude twentysomething, her current influence is undeniable. Despite being only 27 years old, Dunham has penned her memoir, which she describes as ‘stories about wonderful nights with terrible boys and terrible days with wonderful friends, about ambition and the two existential crises I had before the age of twenty.’ For fans of Girls and Tiny Furniture this will be a must-read and will perhaps provide an insight into the mind of one of the most successful and unconventional young women in show business. Available for preorder from Amazon, £9.02; amazon.co.uk

The Spring Clean

30_May / 01_June London Newcastle Project Space Interior designer consultancy Carden Cunietti, joined by their new power committee, will be launching a three day pop-up shop in Redchurch Street in aid of Kids Company. The pop-up will feature fantastic items including bespoke and prototype pieces by Martin Brudnizki and lighting by Lee Broom and chandelier designer Emerald Faerie. Three original neon pieces will be created especially by artist Chris Bracey and lucky shoppers will also be able to choose fabrics from Vivienne Westwood’s archives. Don’t forget to pay them a visit for this and much, much more. 28 Redchurch Street, E2;

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GALLERY

ROUND-UP

Shezad Dawood: Towards the Possible Film at Parasol Unit

Forget what you’ve heard about the art world’s retreat into central London: from big names to bright young things, some of London’s most exciting independent art galleries are on our doorstep

GAGOSIAN

WHITE CUBE

THE APPROACH:

THE APPROACH:

The name Gagosian has been synonymous with contemporary art almost since Larry Gagosian opened his first gallery in Los Angeles in 1979. These days the company is a truly global concern, and its King’s Cross site is no slouch when it comes to staging headlinegrabbing shows. Artists on their roster have included Francis Bacon, Georg Baselitz and Diane Arbus.

The White Cube empire includes galleries as far afield as Hong Kong and Sao Paulo, but the Bermondsey outpost is the brand’s largest, with a 60-seat auditorium, bookshop and several stunning exhibition spaces. Its minimalist approach to interior design is encapsulated in its name, but the artists who show here are pretty major – or on their way to becoming so.

DID YOU KNOW…

DID YOU KNOW…

Gagosian is an active purchaser of art paying $48.8 million for a Matisse bronze auctioned at Christie’s in 2010.

White Cube Bermondsey staged London’s largest ever showcase of the work of lauded German painter Anselm Kiefer.

CURRENT EXHIBITION:

CURRENT EXHIBITION:

Giuseppe Penone, Circling (from 11 April)

Andreas Gursky (from 30 April)

6-24 Britannia Street, WC1; gagosian.com

144-152 Bermondsey Street, SE1; whitecube.com

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Installation,Infinite City at Zabludowicz Collection

THE ZABLUDOWICZ COLLECTION

Trisha Baga

VITRINE

THE APPROACH: As its name suggests, the Zabludowicz Collection showcases works from the collection of founders Poju and Anita Zabludowicz, which contains over 5,000 pieces by more than 500 artists. New commissions by up-and-comers take their place alongside the more established pieces, and all exhibitions are free to access.

THE APPROACH:

DID YOU KNOW…

Founded in 2010 by Alys Williams, Vitrine focuses on emerging and mid-career artists, with the aim of supporting new talent and encouraging interdisciplinary practices. The institution exhibits across two sites on Bermondsey Street and Bermondsey Square.

The gallery is sited in a former Methodist Chapel. Built in the late 19th century, it served as the central place of worship for the Methodist community in North London until 1963. CURRENT EXHIBITION:

Infinite City (until 12 May)

DID YOU KNOW…

The Bermondsey Square location is actually a stunning, 16 metre long gallery window, available to view 24 hours a day. CURRENT EXHIBITION:

Dave Charlesworth, Visions from the Top of a Maypole (Bermondsey Square; until 20 April)

Images courtesy of Vitrine. Edwin Burdis, ‘The Plumbers’, 2014.

185 Bermondsey Street, SE1 and Bermondsey Square; vitrinegallery.co.uk

176 Prince of Wales Road, NW5; zabludowiczcollection.com

PARASOL UNIT THE APPROACH:

Parasol Unit was only founded in 2004 but has already earned a reputation for spotting new talent and supporting emerging artists. The gallery operates as an entirely nonprofit foundation, and its capacious exhibition space, curatorial expertise and free entry policy – together with a programme of educational events – make it something of a local treasure. DID YOU KNOW…

Parasol Unit is located right next door to Victoria Miro, another gallery definitely worth a gander – so you can double up without making for any extra travel time. CURRENT EXHIBITION:

Shezad Dawood, Towards the Possible Film (until 25 May) 14 Wharf Road, N1; parasol-unit.org

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STAR POWER Absolutely catches-up with National Youth Theatre alumnus Chiwetel Ejiofor to talk drama, responsibility and race

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uch has been made of Chiwetel Ejiofor’s screen presence. The quiet poise of his performance in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave so engaged critics and audiences that he was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar and won a Best Leading Actor Bafta. And as those who watched his Bafta acceptance speech will attest, his screen presence is no trick of camera or light, of careful editing or magical angles; it is all very much Ejiofor. Indeed, the barely-there tremor in his voice – the deep, rich timbre of which has hypnotised theatre audiences for years – was somehow more affecting in its restraint than any overblown emotional statements could have been. He brought a tear to the eye of almost everyone watching. And that was just Ejiofor being Ejiofor. It is perhaps unsurprising, then, that he has won an Olivier Award (for leading actor in 2007’s Donmar Warehouse version of Othello) and is now being hailed as one of the greatest actors of our time. Born in East London, Ejiofor attended Holloway's National Youth Theatre and credits a love of books and reading as the thing that first sparked his interest in the stage. Acting was cemented into a lifelong passion thanks to parts in school plays such as that of Angelo in Measure for Measure.

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Now, through playing Solomon Northup, a free black man abducted and sold into slavery, Ejiofor (who at 36 has been acting for over 17 years) has been finally and spectacularly brought to the world’s attention. And as his Bafta speech – in which he offered the award to McQueen, in recognition of his passion and vision as a director – demonstrates, he’s not letting it go to his head. ABSOLUTELY Congratulations on your performance. How did you get the role? CHIWETEL EJIOFOR Well, I got a call from [director] Steve McQueen about nine months before we actually started shooting. He asked me to take a look at the script and I did. I just thought it was an incredibly moving, powerful and unique story. And I had never heard of it before; I had never heard of the book or Solomon’s experience. So it was quite a shock and it was a lot to take on. I went back and I looked at the autobiography, and then I was just kind of amazed by him, by Solomon, and his insane odyssey that he went through over those twelve years. It took a moment to try and figure out whether I could do it. I suppose it was sort of doublefold, the sense of this responsibility of taking on something like Solomon Northup and what that would mean to him and his descendants and so on. And then obviously the wider issues of slavery and the responsibility of taking that on as an issue.

ONCE WE HAD FINISHED SHOOTING, IT TOOK ME ALMOST AS MUCH TIME AS THE SHOOT TO SORT OF EXTRACT MYSELF FROM THAT WORLD

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you feel? CHIWETEL EJIOFOR I think it’s just the topic of slavery. It’s something that hasn’t been looked at on film in any specific detail, especially in terms of the actual day-to-day, inner life of the slaves. In fact I don’t think I can really remember anything since Roots, any story that really talked about this as its main premise. I felt that to try and do a story like that, you would have to get it right in the sense of being historically accurate. And secondly, you would want to convey all the complexities of that life and what that would mean. In a way it escapes some of the clichés or some of the things that we don’t know, some of

the assumptions that we make about that period, about people who were slaves and what their daily lives were like, what their existences were like and makes it real for an audience all these years later. Otherwise, it would seem unnecessary to go into it unless you could bring something fresh to it, something that could make a new conversation. ABSOLUTELY Were you able to get out of the character easily? What did you do after a day of shooting to let go of the heaviness? CHIWETEL EJIOFOR The bits of myself that I couldn’t shake off in terms of the day, were natural. It wasn’t that I was imposing that on myself but I wanted to stay in character, and I wanted to take it through to the next day. The cast would all go out into New Orleans and we would have dinner, a few drinks and get to know each other and chat about other stuff. And sometimes we would chat about the stuff we were doing, but a lot of the time it was about other things. After the whole process, it took a little time actually, once we had finished shooting, it took me almost as much time as the shoot to sort of extract myself from that world. It was like going down the rabbit hole because it was so immersive. Being in Louisiana, being in that kind of heat, going through that kind of experience and referencing Solomon Northup and his journey every day, every hour of the day, apart from the evening, it took a little while to kind of… it’s hard to describe... to re-find myself, I suppose.

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So what did you do? I actually went to New York. I took a flat there because I used to live in New York about ten years ago. For me, it’s a nice decompression place because I used to live there all those years ago but I don’t know so many people that I can’t be isolated if I want to be and I don’t know too few to be engaged if I want. I thought that if I went straight to London or to LA or whatever, people would think I was crazy, [laughs] because I was still so caught up in what we had been doing. I just needed somewhere else to have a little buffer and get back into the real world. ABSOLUTELY

CHIWETEL EJIOFOR

ABSOLUTELY Did you learn to play the violin for the part? CHIWETEL EJIOFOR I did. I learned how to play the violin. Or at least I learned how to play this specific song that I was playing. As it turns out, though, the violin is a very tricky instrument. Also, I think it’s a very difficult instrument if you are going to try and fake it, in fact I realised quite early on that you can’t fake it, you just can’t. So I got a violin teacher and she was great. We would practise [outside of work] and then when we had any time [on set], lunch breaks or whatever, we would just carry on practising. It was good to learn the tunes and the different positions for real, because some of the songs, well, it’s a fiddling thing which is quite complicated. I just tried to practise it as much as possible, to at least try and get the sense of it as accurately as I could.

FOR SO LONG I THINK PEOPLE WERE JUST TOLD, ‘WELL, THESE FILMS DON’T SELL; YOU HAVE BLACK LEADS, WHO IS GOING TO BUY IT? ABSOLUTELY Did Benedict Cumberbatch give you any tips? Because I think he learned it for Sherlock Holmes? CHIWETEL EJIOFOR He said that, [laughs] because of the the way that they cut it, he always looks like he can’t play, even if he is actually playing. They just cut it in this strange way. Or they just don’t let it run with the same music that he’s been learning. So he was always like, ‘I could play that, but now it looks like I can’t!’ But that didn’t happen here. ABSOLUTELY There's been a spate of films about slavery. There’s The Butler, Fruitvale Station... a lot of black content. Why do you think that is or is it just coincidence? CHIWETEL EJIOFOR I don’t know. I mean, we are just going to have to wait and see whether that’s part of a trend or whether it is just a coincidence that these things sort of come together at

the same time. I don’t think anyone was thinking in terms of the timing but there’s an overall connection between these things. So, in a sense they did all come up independently. And it’s hard to know whether it’s something that is time-specific but I like the idea that all of these projects are about the free market because for so long, people were just told, ‘Well these films don’t sell; you have black leads, who is going to buy it?’ And apart from one or two people who are big movie stars, they can’t get this kind of thing out to the public. Now, films like The Help and The Butler are putting paid to that, showing that there obviously is a market and the free market will always decide these things in the end. If people are interested and do want to see these movies, there shouldn’t be any reason that they can’t get made. Catch Ejiofor next in Half of a Yellow Sun out now

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An eye for GOOD DESIGN can be the difference between SARTORIAL SUCCESS and a STYLE MISHAP. To help you on your way, here’s our guide to the SHARPEST GEAR AROUND

WALTER NEVIL TRIWA WATCH, £230;

SUPREME BEING PIN CHAMBRAY SHIRT,

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£70; supremebeing.com

The Inspiration…

PARKA LONDON TRISTAN PARKA,

ART & DESIGN: A SAUVAGE SS14 COLLECTION AVAILABLE FROM ASAUVAGE.COM

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JIGSAW SUEDE DESERT BOOTS,

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EDITOR’S PICK

BEN SHERMAN PLECTRUM SHIRT,

DUGGERS OF LONDON ATHOL BOOT, £219; duggersoflondon.co.uk

£90, 1 Camden Walk, N1; bensherman.com

NIKON DSLR from £2,750 with 50mm f1.8 lens; europe-nikon.com

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LIFE REALLY DOES IMITATE ART AS WEARABLE BRUSH STROKES AND FIGURATIVE PRINTS APPEAR IN THE MOST EXCITING SPRING COLLECTIONS. IT’S TIME TO EMBRACE YOUR INNER ART STAR.

 PETER JENSEN JULIE SWEATSHIRT, £108; coggles.com

PRADA SS14

PAINTED LADY

PREEN FLOWER PRINT DRESS, £375; matchesfashion.com

STELLA MCCARTNEY SURREALIST EMBELLISHED MINI-SKIRT, £865; matchesfashion.com

CÉDRIC CHARLIER PRINTED COTTON-BLEND STRAIGHT-LEG PANTS, £295; net-a-porter.com

EDIE PARKER JEAN TOUCAN BOX CLUTCH, £1,050; matchesfashion.com

KENZO PRINTED STRETCHSCUBA JERSEY MAXI DRESS, £425; net-a-porter.com

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White blouse, £75, bananarepublic.gap.co.uk Orange jacket, £490, goatfashion.com Turquoise pillbox hat with veil, £95, Bronte @ hat-gallery.co.uk

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Red bodycon dress, Torn by Ronny Kobo, £250 @ spottedonceleb.com Necklace, £35, dahlia. com Green pill box hat, £95, Bronte @ hat-gallery.co.uk Bag, £800, fairchildbaldwin.com

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F A S H I O N

N O T E S WORD UP

Typography has never been so trendy (well, except for in the Eighties) and as such the SS14 catwalks were awash with cheeky slogans and wordplay. The mood was definitely more go-logo than no logo, with Ashish controversially collaborating with Coca-Cola. Whether you want to convey an ethical message or just tell people where you’ve been lately, get it off your chest. TOD Sweater, €125; claudiepierlot.com

WORK IT GIRL

Ingenue? Ingenious! How clever that their SS14 collection features a rainforest of colours to welcome the Spring. With graphic prints, classic wrap dresses and dazzly jumpsuits, each piece is ideal workwear for the modern gal. Any one will turn heads at a working lunch – and see you through till dinnertime too. ingenuelondon.com

EDITOR’S PICK

DAVID LONGSHAW A firmly established British fashion favourite, previously named a ‘Designer to Watch’ by Vogue.com and a Rising Star by Elle, Camdenite David Longshaw’s whimsical creations combine exquisite construction with vivid hand-drawn illustrations. The SS14 collection tunes into the current preference for pastels, but with an emphasis on the contemporary; designs that are all about the attitude with which you wear them. greenwichfreeschool.co.uk

style tip THE BEST WAY TO STAND OUT THIS SPRING is with a spritely pair of wooden shoes (i.e. clogs). Not as orthopaedic/ unsightly as they sound, Swedish Hasbeens have been trotting out style-savvy clogs for some time now – and if you’d rather not shuffle about in mules, you can opt for the cute bootie variety (as pictured here). They’re sure to add a light-hearted note to a serious fashion outfit.

MODERN LOVE

Covert do a fine line in luxurious, modern accessories, including a divine and diverse selection of iPad and iPhone sleeves. Look the part with our personal favourite, the sleek Suki case made of the finest faux leather, ostrich and pony skin. Hold shut with a chic magnetic clasp and you’ve the perfect fashion-functional tablet case. POA; covertaccessories.com

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MY STYLE

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Costume designer turned accessories artisan ALEXANDRA MANN reveals what inspires her colourful creations

MY STYLE ICON absolutely has

MOST INSPIRING EXPERIENCE

to be Diane Kruger. She has both elegance and cool, always looking effortless, stylish and unique. I think she’s fab.

Hanging out with William Owens, my late grandfather. Not a designer or artist but he taught me how to cook a mean fry-up, how to pour home brew (real ale; he had a beer barn) and how to make the best bubble and squeak (always use lard or dripping). He sang like an angel and always encouraged me to follow my dreams. He was a paratrooper during WW2 and survived Arnhem. He was so super cool. Him and seeing Chiwetel Ejiofor play Othello at the Donmar Warehouse: mind-blowing.

FAVOURITE BAG DESIGNER

ALICE WAESE

Fleet Ilya. He started out making harnesses influenced by saddlery. Production is still by hand in Dalston which I admire greatly. I am currently lusting after a Waspie with braces...

FAVOURITE DESIGNER

FAVOURITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION

Ibiza. It's the place I feel most at home, dancing from sunset to sunrise. I missed my flight home last year. Twice. But Pete Tong's set at Pikes was totally worth it!

STYLE ICON

Vivienne Westwood. I was lucky enough to work for her in my twenties. There is no one quite like her for classic British irreverence. On my second day at work I saw her completely naked – she was so confident in her alabaster skin. She has 'it' in the sense that you can feel her in the room before you see her. Most of my wardrobe is Vivienne Westwood Gold Label and Next AW is one of her best collections to date. I also still dream of a YSL 'Le Smoking' ensemble… alexandramann.com

MOST TREASURED POSSESSION My Alice Waese rings, a Damir Doma hoodie from Hostem (so loved it’s now threadbare) and my Welsh cake griddle.

Boyish girl Lauren Hutton and girlish boy David Bowie

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ABSOLUTELY KIDS

Wallflower Perks

Give kids a sense of room ownership with Hibou Home’s charming Enchanted Wood collection of luxury wallpapers, featuring woodland creatures, magical tea parties and whimsical family picnics. Available in Peony/White, Lilac/ Aubergine and Duck Egg Blue/White. £48 per metre;

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FANCY A CUPPA Young design enthusiasts will love this new range of Moomin enamelware… though we predict they’ll prove just as popular with adults as with kids. Plus they’re durable enough for picnics and camping trips. £17.95;

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MAY FLOWERS Time to get small ones into gardening with a bright and personalised planter. With a choice of seeds, the Flower Box will generate five easy-to-grow annual flowers for your child’s first-ever garden. £25.95;

plantabox.co.uk

Kids notes How to Keep Little Ones Amused

GOURMET GRUB Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse has turned his talents to cooking for kids, creating a book filled with 100 simple recipes. Each dish is accompanied by nutritional information from dietician Paule Neyrat, so every meal is as healthy as it is haute. Alain Ducasse Cooking For Kids by Alain Ducasse and Paule Neyrat (£15.95, Rizzoli New York);

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WHAT A HOOT ini-me off on a field trip? Make sure she/he has everything needed for the day (and is taken seriously) with this little Peanut & Pip owl backpack. Suitable for clever clogs. £19.95, Igloo Kids, 300 Upper Street, N1; iglookids.co.uk

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New Model Cool An innovative secondary in south-east London is fast becoming one of the leading lights of the free school movement, reports Amanda Constance Illustration By Phil Couzens

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t’s ‘one of the country’s most impressive and forward-thinking free schools’, according to Rachel Wolf, Director of the New Schools Network; Lord Adonis, the former schools minister says: ‘The teachers and staff are passionate about the importance of education, and they combine their passion with great professionalism and skill.’ The Evening Standard has cited it as one of London’s top five ‘new model’ schools with its ‘relentless focus on standards’. On Ofsted’s Parent View website 100% of responding parents said they would recommend the school to others. So what is so great about Greenwich Free School? ‘The teachers here are all massive geeks,’ says Sarah Jones, current Acting Head of the school and one of its co-founders. ‘They are fantastically hard-working, they love their subject and they pass that excitement about learning on to the children.’ Jones also says that because GFS is a free school, ‘we can go above and beyond the national curriculum’. This means educational school trips every fortnight and a teaching syllabus that can stray into areas left untouched by other schools. ‘We’re doing Philosophy at the moment, discussing Utilitarianism!’ Jones declares with unqualified glee. Since opening its doors in September 2012, GFS has been different. Firstly it is much smaller than the average inner-city secondary school. When it reaches full capacity by 2018 there will be 700 pupils (including 200 in the sixth from), other locals schools average 1140 pupils. With only 25 pupils in a class and only 100 pupils per year, teachers can really get to know – and spend time with – the pupils and vice versa. There is also a tough ‘high expectations, no excuses, no shortcuts’ ethos that applies to children and staff. Pupils are banned

“ Greenwich Free School has a tough ‘high expectations, no excuses, no shortcuts’ ethos ” from bringing their mobile phones into school, uniform is smart and behaviour strictly policed. The school also operates on an extended day. School starts at 8am and finishes at 5.30pm. The last hour of the day is spent on ‘enrichment’ activities such as debating, Latin or sport; the school claims its pupils will spend a third more time learning than most children. Academically, the school follows a rigorous ‘depth before breadth’ curriculum

giving pupils more time to master the fundamentals of Maths, English and Science. And as well as classic ‘academic’ subjects such as Latin, pupils from Year 7 have lessons in PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) and ICT is replaced by ‘Computer Science and Enterprise’, teaching pupils to master commercially valuable technical skills. It couldn’t be more up Michael Gove’s street. Which isn’t surprising as GFS was the brainchild of the right-leaning think tank Policy Exchange, which itself was cofounded by Michael Gove to do this very sort of thing. Jonathan Simons, current head of Education at Policy Exchange and now Chair of Governors at GFS was one of the school's co-founders. Sarah Jones said the idea for the school came to her after going through the Teach First programme (a Labour government initiative which saw top graduates recruited to teach in challenging schools) and teaching in Greenwich for all of her career. She loved the area, ‘but I had become frustrated by aspects of the education system – like not being able to take children out on an educational field trip and not having enough time in the day on any given subject for pupils who were struggling.’ One of the key things for her was the extended day, ‘we wanted to look at longer days for academic and non-academic reasons’. Learning for the joy of learning seems to be fundamental to the GFS ethos. As Jones says: – ‘We care about more than just exams. Every lesson should be exciting, challenging and different.’ It’s not all been plain sailing. The muchlauded founding head, Lee Faith, left the school in December after just a couple of years ‘to pursue other things’. Jones insists it’s not been a problem as ‘the team here is very strong’ but it must have been disruptive at best. A new head, Oliver Knight has been appointed and will start at Easter. The school is obviously doing something right. It’s already very oversubscribed, and not just by pupils. ‘We have been very lucky with recruitment,’ says Jones. ‘Teachers want to work here because it is different and because our kids are so great.’ But how do you get great kids? ‘By having great teaching,’ she laughs.

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Pick of the

BUNCH Absolutely’s favourite local businesses

OPEN AIR THEATRE he award-winning Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is a firm fixture of summer in the city, providing a cultural hub in the heart of a Royal Park. Opening on 15 May, the 2014 season includes All My Sons, Hobson’s Choice, the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess and To Kill a Mockingbird. 0844 826 4242 openairtheatre.com

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BLOOM PERFUMERY his new ‘concept’ store specialises in niche fragrances, stocking a vast and unique collection of scents and candles from the most interesting independent perfume houses around the world. If unique, bespoke (and often exclusive) perfumes tickle your fancy, head down to the Shoreditch store and check out the new brands just in.

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4 Hanbury Street, E1; bloomperfume.co.uk

BIBLIOTHEQUE ibliotheque have a fabulous range of mosaics ranging from; gold & silver, iridescent, glass, solid glass through to eco-friendly recycled glass mosaic in great colours & styles. All can be viewed @ all three showrooms. Architectural Showroom N10 – 0208 365 2084 Boutique Showroom N10 – 0208 883 3715 Hertfordshire Showroom EN6 – 01707 649 932 bibliotheque.co.uk @Bibliothequeltd

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TIM MOSS

very project is truly bespoke, designed & considered to fulfill each customers needs & desires& has the quality & character that is expected from hand crafted furniture. All our cabinetry is hand made on site at our North London workshop by an experienced team of traditional joiners.

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326 Dukes Mews, N10, 020 8444 9911; timmoss.co.uk

MYHOME ut your spring cleaning in the hands of the professionals. Myhome’s cleaning service is tailored to meet the individual needs of each client, so they will visit you at your property, assess your requirements and then prepare a personalised quotation. All Myhome employees complete a comprehensive training programme and undergo a strict vetting process including police checks. 020 7923 2266;

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B E AU T Y n o t e s

TOM TOM CLUB Nude tones are everywhere this season and we’re glad of it: natural beauty is always the way forward. There are times, however, when we need a teensy bit of help – and the new Tom Ford Spring 2014 collection for nails and lips is where we’ve found it. Try Lip Color Sheen, In The Buff (£36) and Nail Lacquer, Sugar Dune. tomford.com

WHY EYE MAN Oh Alexa, why, why, why do you always look so good? Is it because your predilection for striking Sixties peepers has seen you team up with awardwinning cosmetics brand Eyeko to create a limited edition range of waterproof mascara and eyeliner? If that’s the case, we want some too. £35 for the set; ukspacenk.com

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SPRING FLING Beauty brand AERIN celebrates spring with its new Essentials Collection. Sticking to its trademark rose theme, the range includes a rose balm for the lips and rose hand and body cream as well several new make-up products and a set of beautifully packaged brushes in a pink patterned case. aerin.com

LUNCHTIME FIX Ask for? The HydraFacial Where? Waterhouse Young he Hydrafacial is like a souped-up version of microdermabrasion – among resurfacing procedures, it’s the first that simultaneously hydrates the skin. My therapist, Anna, ushers me into a sleek treatment room and takes me through the steps. First, a tube is applied to my face and water used to remove dead skin cells and impurities while bathing the new skin with cleansing (and of course hydrating) antioxidant serums. Anna takes care to spend time on my t-zone, where the pores are enlarged. The action is ultra-soothing, combining the relaxing effects of a more conventional facial with the results-driven potency of a medical one. It’s worth noting that the result is skin that feels much smoother than it would after microdermabrasion – which uses salt crystals to exfoliate. Anna then applies red LED lights to my face to aid circulation, reduce redness and irritation and stimulate collagen and elastin production. The procedure can be used to combat hyperpigmentation and wrinkles (the deep delivery of re-hydrating serums plumps out fine lines) but is equally useful for acne sufferers; its decongesting power clears pores and improves the appearance of blackheads (and, by extension, many other inflammatory conditions, such as puffy eyes). The facial improves overall skin texture and complexion immediately, but the benefits can be maximised with a series of treatments; you can maintain results with a treatment every two to four weeks. HB

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HAIR-RAISINGLY GOOD Hairdresser to the stars Trevor Sorbie has undergone a makeover. Not the man himself, of course, but his brand new Salon Approved collection. Divided into five ‘regimes’ (Straight, Colour, Volume, Curls & Waves and Frizzfree), much-loved hero products sit alongside newbies such as Colour Enhance Oil and Volume Big Hair Powder – all rebranded in slick new packaging. From £5.29; available at Boots, 35-37 Islington High Street, N1; trevorsorbie.com

GIVE IT SOME SMELLY We’re stoked that posh candle brand Diptyque is branching into skincare. Based around the idea of ‘metamorphosis’, the product range will include lotions and potions produced according to the principles of ‘lightness, fluidity and freshness’, and if the candles are anything to go by, they’ll smell divine. Prices start at £35; spacenk.com

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From £200, Waterhouse Young Clinic, 21 Devonshire Street, W1; waterhouseyoung.com

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ABSOLUTELY PROMOTION

Health Kick Herbalised UK offer a new approach to weight loss, fitness and superior health

ith reports of the hottest summer on record just around the corner, it’s time to don the bikinis and lose the shirts! However, showing more skin isn’t a welcome thought for everyone; for those feeling uncomfortable about their weight, its practically torture. That’s where Herbalised UK comes in. A neighbourhood-based service provider, Herbalised UK is not about miracle cures (that always inevitably fail) but about good nutrition and providing advice, care and the right products to community members, in addition to informing people about the importance of nutrition for optimum health and wellness. Of course, everyone is different. Lifestyles vary and people lose weight at different rates, which is why

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Herbalised UK aim to tailor their plans to the individual. This begins with an with an initial assessment, which looks to identify any areas of concern and allow coaches to formulate a plan to improve them. The service is not all to do with superficial enhancement, however – Herbalised UK also carry out Health Checks in order to analyze specific internal areas of the body to determine any problems that could possibly to lead to long-term illness. The tests include the use of advanced computer equipment to diagnose areas of concern including body fat percentage, visceral fat rating (internal fat around vital organs) and BMI. All these will help a nutrition coach to come up with the best course of action, based on the facts. The bespoke element of Herbalised UK sets them apart, removing the frustration

“ A neighbourhoodbased service provider, Herbalised UK is not about miracle cures ”

of endlessly dieting with no results. By prioritizing health, Herbalised UK allows you to lose weight in a safe and effective way. By summer, you’ll be the first one at the pool! HIGHLIGHTS • Full evaluation including Body Fat %, Visceral Fat Rating, Body Mass Index and Basic Metabolic Rate • A report on internal body stats • Information on life threatening conditions resulting in an individual report with a consultation with expertly trained nutrition coaches • Coaches to advise on how to progress through the course and remedy any undesired results. Advice and care 100% of the time so you achieve the perfect results.

Get in touch now on 0844 543 3900 info@herbalised.co.uk 3 Oakleigh Road North, Whetstone, N20; herbalised.co.uk

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EDITOR’S PICK

Crabtree & Evelyn Wisteria Eau de Toilette, £28; crabtree-evelyn.co.uk

Mac A Fantasy of Flowers in the Meadow Mineralize Eye Shadow, £17; maccosmetics.co.uk Clinique Happy in Bloom Perfume, £26.50; selfridges.com Lanolips Lip Ointment in Rose, £7.99; boots.com

Marks & Spencer Florentyna Eau de Toilette, £12.50; marksandspencer.com

Daisy!

Aromatherapy Associates Orange Flower Moisturiser, £47; aromatherapyassociates.com

DAISY! 10 of the best beauty products inspired by Mother Nature

Caudalie Small Harvests Limited Edition Hand and Nail Cream in Blackcurrant Leaf, £6; caudalie.com

Paul & Joe Secret Garden Collection Eye Colour Palette, £11; asos.com

Marc Jacobs Daisy Delight Edition Eau de Toilette, £48; debenhams.com

REN Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil, £30; renskincare.com

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EDITOR’S PICK

Mallow

Anne Gerard Parfum Cuir de Nacre, £100 for 60ml

Osmanthus

Parfumerie Générale L’eau de Circé, £81.50 for 50ml

Frangipani

Huitième Art Parfums Manguier Metisse, £88 for 50ml

Lotus

Les Parfum des Rosine Rose d`Ete, £84 for 100ml

HEAVEN

Rose

Parfumerie Générale Summer Roses of Isparta, £81.50 for 50ml

SCENT

Top Spring picks from artisan perfumery Bloom of Shoreditch

Lilac

L’eau de Phaedon by Phaedon Paris, £69 for 100ml

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LondonEyeHospital

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World leader in ophthalmology

0808 2713691 With state-of-the-art facilities in Harley Street and Wimpole Street – right in the heart of London’s internationally-acclaimed medical district – the London Eye Hospital is a dedicated ophthalmic hospital treating all eye conditions and caring for patients from all around the world. We offer the very best in patient care, comfort and service and use the most advanced, proven techniques and technology – often unavailable elsewhere – to deliver freedom from glasses and contacts. Our comprehensive treatments also extend to retinal and plastic surgery. Above all, we make sure we fully understand your condition and lifestyle before identifying a range of treatment options – and then help you choose the best one for you.

Our ophthalmic surgeons are the most experienced and highly qualified in their field. All new patients are allocated a UK-trained consultant chosen to match their specific needs – backed up at all times by our specialist nursing team. Whether you are attending for your first consultation, or day-case surgery and follow-up appointments, the London Eye Hospital offers easy access by rail, road and air – plus the chance to combine your visit with all that London has to offer.

Surgical Department London Eye Hospital 29a Wimpole Street London W1G 8GP UK

Out Patient Department London Eye Hospital 4 Harley Street London W1G 9PB UK

Telephone: Local: 0808 2713691 / Overseas: +44 (0) 207 060 2602

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Arabella Preston on how to get that springtime bloom in your cheeks

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omen have been reddening their cheeks for millennia in a bid to attract a mate. Flushed cheeks speak on a primal level of youth, health and heightened sexuality. Thankfully modern make-up is a million miles away from the ochre and wine residue of Roman times. Powders, gels, tints, creams – there’s a plethora of products to choose from, in shades from palest peaches and pretty pinks to the perfect dusky rose. Ultimately, blush is about bringing a natural-looking health and glow back to your skin. Think about how you look after a run or exercise class. Flushed cheeks and a dewy glow are the elixir of youth. Traditional powder blushes give a lovely soft finish and are easiest to use and get right. Burberry have a wonderfully subtle tangerine blush with the merest hint of a sheen. Cream blushes are the best for adding moisture to your skin and enhancing that misty youthfulness. I love the Wild About Beauty multi-purpose tint: it can be used on the apples of your cheeks (dab into the centre then pull out onto your cheekbone), but also makes a lovely lip colour. Gels are the latest products to bring a flush to our cheeks. They give the glow of a cream but the staying power of a powder. The By Terry Cellularose Blush is a knock-out. The colours look extreme in the pot but when dabbed and blended into skin turn into the subtlest, sheerest tint imaginable. And Benefit has a new tint this spring in the form of Lollitint – a glorious lilac-toned hue that requires immediate blending on application but won’t budge once dry. But we have to leave the final word to the make-up maestro Francois Nars. His product names are notorious, with his best-selling Orgasm Blush telling it like it is. The latest launch is called, quite simply, Sex Fantasy. I rest my case.

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£21.50; uk.spacenk.com 3 Benefit Lollitint

£24.50; benefitcosmetics.co.uk 4 Clarins Multi-Blush Cream Blush

£18; clarins.com 5 Burberry Light Glow Tangerine Blush

£29; uk.burberry.com 6 By Terry Cellularose Blush Glace in Flower Sorbet

£38; uk.spacenk.com 7 YSL Blush Palette

£42.50; yslbeauty.co.uk 8 Wild About Beauty Multi-purpose Tint in Lynee

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Neighbourhood

WATC H East London used to be the preserve of butchers and bakers - now it’s the natural home of boutique businesses and specialist suppliers.

MEXICAN WAVE ree from the usual Mexicana cliches (sombreros, droopy moustaches) and rich in imaginative culinary ideas, Boho Mexica is a strong contender for the crown of best Mexican restaurant in London. The low-key, low-lit ambiance is perfect for romantic meals or fun with friends, and the cocktails are on another level. Just don’t say ‘Ay, caramba’. 151-153 Commercial Street, E1; bohomexica.co.uk

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VISIT OLD SPITALFIELDS MARKET

BRANCH ON THE PARK ranch on the park is Victoria Park’s treasure trove of a jewellery shop. Owner Goldsmith Julia Cook has been quietly yet very efficiently covering London and much further afield with her jewels. Pop in and buy jewellery straight from the cabinets or get more involved and commission Julia to make something special in her unique style, always a very pleasurable process. Shop prices start from £10. 0208 5337977

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ead to Old Spitalfields Market on Monday 5 May for a full day of African fashion, arts & crafts, edu-tainment, live music, networking and food as well as a free drumming workshop, West-African storytelling, styling sessions, face-painting, workshops for the kids and a fashion catwalk on stage! spitalfields.co.uk

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EASTEND PRINTS rom her gritty, urban work space in Shoreditch, Helen Edwards runs the independent art printpublishers and online shop, East End Prints. Whilst entertaining her two year old son, she spends most of her time seeking out fabulous and talented emerging artists and illustrators to sell online and via art markets. Local stockists of her prints include the East London Design Store and Tuk CIC; eastendprints.co.uk

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independent women’s clothing boutique and a truly special find. Based on the outer edge of Spitalfields Market housed in an old grocers store on Lamb Street, it is packed full of contemporary labels from across the globe. Each piece is carefully selected and curated mixing together entry point brands with designer, fairtrade and artisan. Service is friendly and the atmosphere relaxed and laid back.

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Nice ‘n’ Spicy THERE’S NARY A DISH IN EXISTENCE that doesn’t benefit from a little spice, as John Gregory-Smith well knows. The Hackney chef has scoured the globe for recipes for Mighty Spice Express, his second cookbook to specialise in the exotic, dried and delicious – and this time every dish is designed to be rustled up in minutes. Time to spice up your life.

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MY LOCAL LARDER SAM WILLIAMS is Head Chef at Café Murano and lives in Limehouse he wealth and variety of produce available in East London is enough to keep any chef on their toes. While there is plenty to get excited about, a favourite destination of mine is the London Honey Company, which produces hives from urban bees – some of their hives are on the roofs of high-rise flats! Their honey provides the Café Murano cheesboard with a unique frame and is totally delicious. As a honey enthusiast, another personal favourite is Isle of Purbeck honey, a vibrant and distinctive Spring honey characterised by nectar from the tiny, white horn blossom. Billingsgate Fish Market is right on my doorstep, and when I get a chance I love rising at the crack of dawn and heading out to watch the punters bargaining for their prized fish. The range of fresh produce on offer is really impressive and I never leave emptyhanded – usually I have a lobster or two and some beautiful hand-dived scallops tucked under my arm. Maltby Street Market is another winner, and I often saunter down the Ropewalk on Saturdays, sampling the artisan produce. For any odds and ends, or just for a browse, I’ll stroll down to Spitalfields Market. For a glass of red, Sager and Wilde is a great place to chill. The staff are always pleasant and have a real understanding of what they offer. Another favourite haunt is Merchants Tavern for when I’m in the mood for a Negroni in front of the fire. For a full local dinner, I really enjoy visiting Zucca on Bermondsey Street. Sam Harris is a fantastic chef, so you’re always guaranteed a good meal – and the venue itself is so vibrant. cafemurano.co.uk

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MUST TRY

BONNIE GULL nother new opening on the nautical theme is Bonnie Gull Seafood Cafe, Clerkenwell’s version of Noho’s Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack. The Foley Street original is known and loved for its ‘shells and rolls’, a range of perfectly prepared oysters, crabs, mussels, fish finger sandwiches and the like – all of which can be taken away or enjoyed in the ‘Fifties British seaside’ surrounds of the restaurant itself. We look forward to paying the Exmouth Market iteration a visit… 55-57 Exmouth Market, EC1; bonniegull.com

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Makes Thi

RECIPE of the month FOR THE TAHINI YOGHURT:  300g/10½oz/scant 1¼ cups yoghurt  2 tbsp tahini  ½ lemon TO S E RV E

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Book of the month

EAT, DRINK, NAP Soho House, international members’ club and general purveyor of luxury, has published a beautifully illustrated 300-page book that reveals the secrets behind the club’s best-loved recipes and ace interiors: from a foolproof mac ‘n’ cheese to high-end wallpaper. Look through the keyhole of the coolest house on the block with this gorgeous coffee-table book. £30; Preface Publishing

OCEAN VOYAGE Events specialist Platterform has returned to the Hothouse in London Fields for its latest pop-up project: an 81-day adventure themed around maritime exploration and the Age of Discovery. Guests can sip nautical cocktails at the Captain’s Bar or swill cask ales and rum rations in the Barrel Hold, while a rotating crew of visiting chefs mastermind a seafood extravaganza. The whole affair will last just 81 days… so don’t miss the boat. Access via arch on Martello Street, E8; platterform.com

SAFFRON CHICKEN MANSAF WITH TAHINI YOGHURT & GREEN SALAD S E RV E S F O U R

READY IN 40 MINUTES mansaf is a Jordanian dish traditionally made with lamb and served on a huge platter. The lamb is cooked with a thick yoghurt sauce and served on a bed of rice, with nuts and herbs scattered over the top. It’s a dish meant for sharing, as is this fast interpretation. My version is made with chicken thighs instead of lamb and is seriously spiced up with saffron, cinnamon, cardamom and a heavy grating of nutmeg. Instead of making a traditional yoghurt sauce, I have included a speedy variation using yoghurt blended with wonderfully rich tahini and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Although I have used parsley, pine nuts and almonds to serve with the mansaf, you could add other herbs and nuts instead. Go crazy – for a great mansaf, the more you throw on top the better. The only thing I would insist on is that you share your mansaf with friends and family over a really good bottle of wine!

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FOR THE SAFFRON CHICKEN MANSAF:  350g/12oz/1¾ cups basmati rice  600ml/21fl oz/scant 2½ cups chicken stock  ¼ tsp saffron threads  2 onions  3 tbsp olive oil  6 cardamom pods  4 garlic cloves  2 tsp ground cinnamon  3 bay leaves  500g/1lb 2oz boneless, skinless chicken thighs  55g/2oz/heaped ⅓ cup pine nuts  1 large handful of parsley leaves  ½ nutmeg  55g/2oz/scant ⅔ cup flaked almonds  sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

* Put the rice in a bowl, cover with cold water and stir. Leave to one side for a few minutes to soak and allow the starch to release. Pour the stock into a saucepan and bring to the boil over a medium heat. Once boiled, add the saffron, stir well and remove from the heat. * Meanwhile, peel and slice the onions. Heat the oil in a large, shallow saucepan over a medium heat and add the onions. Mix well and cook for 4–5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden. * Crush the cardamom pods by pressing down with the side of a knife, and add them to the cooked onions. Peel and crush in the garlic, then add the cinnamon, bay leaves and a good pinch of salt. Drain the rice and tip it into the pan. Mix well so that the grains become coated in the oil and spices. * Pour over the saffron stock and stir gently. Put the chicken thighs on top of the rice and poke them down with a spoon. * Bring to the boil, cover, reduce the heat to low and cook for 20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the rice is tender. * While the chicken and rice cook, put the pine nuts in a small frying pan over a medium heat and toast for 4–5 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally, until golden. Remove from the heat and leave to one side. * To make the tahini yoghurt, tip the yogurt into a serving bowl, add the tahini and a good pinch of salt. Squeeze in the juice from the lemon, mix well and add a grinding of pepper. Leave to one side. * Finely chop the parsley and leave to one side, then tip the salad into a serving bowl. Once the saffron mansaf is cooked, grate over the nutmeg and add half the pine nuts, flaked almonds and parsley. Season with salt and pepper, and mix well with a fork. Scatter over the remaining nuts and parsley, and serve with the yoghurt and green salad. Taken from Mighty Spice Express by John Gregory-Smith (published by Duncan Baird Watkins, £20), available to buy on Amazon. Find more cooking advice from John Gregory-Smith at eattravellive.com.

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Absolutely talks to Martin Morales, London’s ceviche king, about quinoa, cocktails and what makes Peruvian cuisine so special ABSOLUTELY You’ve led a pretty colourful and successful life thus far; what made you quit the corporate world to pursue cooking? MARTIN MORALES I’ve worked for companies both small and large, as well as on my own projects from DJing to producing events that bring food and music together. I suppose I have worked for brands like Disney and Apple that could be called ‘corporate,’ but it was the creative elements of these jobs that appealed to me. At university I ran an event called Global Kitchen with food and music from around the world and I have always done supper clubs. For the last ten years, I’ve wanted to work with Peruvian food and culture. It’s my background, I was born in Peru, I’ve been cooking since I was nine years

old and I’m crazy about Peruvian cuisine. While at Disney I started to think about how I could do it more permanently and make it my living. It was time I stopped talking about doing it and did it. ABSOLUTELY What has been the highlight of your various careers? Is there an underlying theme to everything you’ve done? MARTIN MORALES I see my role as restaurateur and chef as being hugely creative. I feel like an artist before anything else. It is frustrating when you work in a larger company and your creative streak can’t be harnessed so easily. I like working with an audience and customer base; that was the case when I was a DJ and when I was signing music acts to record labels.

“ Peru is the country with the most national dishes in the world. ”

ABSOLUTELY How did you find the process of becoming a restaurateur? It’s a notoriously difficult business... MARTIN MORALES It was a big gamble. My family and I nearly went bankrupt. We sold our house and, luckily, through a steady following and exciting investors, eventually managed to open Ceviche in Soho (in 2012). But I’ve never been happier than now – my work and private life are not separate but completely interlinked. We aren’t perhaps as financially comfortable, but I am my own boss, in charge of my own future and I love every minute of what I do. I also take the responsibility of employment very seriously. By bringing something special to the neighbourhood, my hope is for it to be enjoyed by all, from shareholders to employees. I see opening restaurants as a chance to tell a story. ABSOLUTELY You’ve received a lot of good press from food critics – notably the hardto-impress Giles Coren. Is support like that valuable? MARTIN MORALES Opening a restaurant is a huge endeavour. It’s a performance where you’re being watched every minute of every day that you’re open. The demands are enormous and the kitchen can be a hostile environment. I try to make my restaurants enjoyable and fair places to be. Egos are left outside the door and employees are free to be creative, to be pioneers. Ceviche has become a place where chefs and restaurateurs go to eat and when they come in, we treat them like kings because we know how hard the business is and how hard they’ve been working. We earn our stripes person by person. We’re also blessed to be in London, where customers are excited about the 'new'. ABSOLUTELY Your second restaurant, Andina, is in Shoreditch; did you expressly want to open a restaurant in the area? MARTIN MORALES Ceviche feels completely part of the Soho neighbourhood. We opened Andina at the end of 2013 and its proposition was different. I’ve lived and worked in East London for years so I feel a kinship with it. The restaurant is a sanctuary amid the madness and fun of Shoreditch. There’s a café area by the entrance, a juice bar and a games and

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different altitudes. Peru is the country with the most national dishes in the world, as per the Guinness Book of Records. ABSOLUTELY

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be any boundaries. What better way to get our music out there than to set up our own label? We’ve released a compilation – Peru Maravilloso – which represents the best tracks from the late Sixties to the early Seventies in Peru.

different? MARTIN MORALES Andean culture is derived from the Incas, as well as pre-Columbian and pre-Incan cultures before that. We’re talking more about the use of quinoa and different types of corn. There are 3,500 different types of potato in the world and 2,500 come from Peru! The oldest peanut was found in Peru and dates back 7,000 years. Certain types of beans and chilli come from the Andes, so the variety is huge and that forms the basis of a lot of Peruvian cooking. ABSOLUTELY You set up a record label, Tiger’s Milk, with the express purpose of supporting and promoting Peruvian music. How does that work in a restaurant setting? MARTIN MORALES The idea is to be creative whether that be in music or cooking, and I don’t think there should

ABSOLUTELY Tell us about the cookbook and Amantani. MARTIN MORALES I am a trustee for Amantani – a charity that manages safe boarding houses for deprived children living in the Quechua district of southern Peru. We now have three of these ‘educational homes’ and through the cookbook, Ceviche Peruvian Kitchen, plus Tiger’s Milk and various events, we raise funds for them. The book is relaunching soon with local versions in the U.S, Holland, Sweden, France, Germany and Peru – and £1 of every sale will go to the charity.

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MEET MY WORLD Martin Morales and the Andina team are inviting guests on a culinary tasting tour of the Andes of Peru. Expect a series of short films made by Peruvian children alongside an array of bite-sized Peruvian delicacies – so you can eat what you see on screen. 6-7 May, Millbank Cinema & Media Centre, Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, SW1; meetmyworld.org

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eruvian food is high on London’s agenda right now. Once the favourite talking-point of smug travellers newly returned from South America, we have Martin Morales to thank for making it available to everyone in London. A Peruvian-born DJ and media executive-turned-chef, Morales risked everything to found Ceviche in Soho. It was a canny move. Giles Coren labelled the restaurant ‘the dieter’s restaurant dream’ and the foodie world’s high-fliers flocked to check it out. The public did the same, and soon there came a cookbook (named The Sunday Times Cookbook of the Year) and even a record label. Given such remarkable success, an East London outpost was a logical next step, and the result is Shoreditch’s Andina, which takes Morales’ love of Peruvian food and culture and gives it a sharp new spin. Andina’s menu is distinct from that of Ceviche – only the

signature Pisco Sour cocktail turns up on both. Ceviche (the foodstuff, that is, not Morales’ restaurant) is Peru’s answer to sushi, and while it’s represented here (of course) the overarching theme is food from the mountainous Andean region rather than the coast. Clearly the Andes are fertile ground for foodies, then, because Andina’s menu is so rich in exotic offerings that it comes with a glossary of ingredients. My companion and I are here for dinner, and the key, we are advised, is to mix and match the small dishes and sample a diverse range of delicacies. Ceviche is a must, obviously, and the mark of quality is in the ratio of ingredients; fish comes sliced and full of flavour, the delicious Tiger’s Milk marinade zingy with lime. It’s also healthy, a nice change from the capital’s current obsession with ‘gourmet’ fast food. Even my companion’s quinoa burgerbrioche bun, feels comfortably light and free of junk.

We order a superfruit smoothie as a nutritious precursor to several colourful Pisco-based cocktails. But you don’t have to eat healthily: the desserts especially are as sticky, sweet and exciting as you’ll find. We rounded off our meal with a mini wooden canoe of lightly powdered and gratifyingly crispy pumpkin doughnuts (or picarones) complete with purple maize syrup and chocolate fudge. With Andina, Morales has succeeded in cultivating something different from Ceviche in Soho and it feels like one of the few places in East London that can happily mix it up with bankers, hipsters and the average Joe alike. There are colourful, characterful touches – the Peruvian retablos on the way to the loos, the private dining room with its wall of vintage Peruvian vinyl. And the menu is simply outstanding. The food here tastes new, which is a rare thing; it’s also very reasonably priced, and brought to you by staff who seem genuinely eager to share with you the delights of Peruvian cuisine. Cynical Londoners beware: the Latin welcome here may well bring a smile to your jaded mush. If it doesn’t, the food certainly will. 1 Redchurch Street, E2; andinarestaurant.com

There are two ways to make this cocktail. You can either put all the ingredients into a blender with three ice cubes and blend until smooth, or you can fill a shaker with ice, add the other ingredients and shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds. Carefully hold the froth back with the lid of the shaker or blender and pour the liquid into a chilled glass; you will still end up with a drink with a good head of foam. To serve, add three drops of bitters.

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Chuncho bitters is a Peruvian bitters made from Andean herbs or Angostura bitters makes an excellent substitute. If you need to make more than one drink, note that one egg white will make enough froth for four drinks if blended or two drinks if shaken. SUGAR SYRUP You can buy this syrup, but it’s much cheaper and quicker to make at home and is better fresh and chilled. Measure 100g granulated sugar into a jug and pour over 100ml freshly boiled water. Stir until all the sugar has dissolved and then chill. A quick way to do this is to plunge the jug into a bowl of iced water.

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Capellino immediately set about making the space her own, painting the doors and skirting boards black and laying wood floors throughout, which she also painted black in the sitting room and kitchen. ‘I wanted it to have a feeling of light and space, but at the same time be homely and comfortable,’ she says. ‘I’m not very good at chucking anything away, so inevitably it’s more messy than I’d like!’ Double glass doors were added at the rear of the kitchen overlooking the garden, along with a balcony so that she and the children could enjoy breakfast on the sunny terrace. The glass doors allow even more light to flood into

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lesson in interiors, thanks to its rustic industrial touches). The bar, too, is equally welcoming, with tasteful throws littering the timber benches. Moreover, the food is worth the trip alone: locally sourced ingredients from hand-picked suppliers are the key to the pub’s winning take on hearty, British classics. No stodge and nothing boring here: just the kind of grub to make rainy nights indoors feel like a blessing rather than a curse. The desserts are a real highlight – the peanut butter ice-cream is the stuff room-service heaven is made of.

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bevy of charming, timber-clad pubs line Amersham’s picture-perfect High Street, though The Crown, (as its name suggests) sits head and shoulders above the competition . The thoroughfare is an architectural historian’s dream, spanning five centuries and everything from Elizabethan inns and Georgian mansions to cute Victorian cottages. Most of the buildings have been sympathetically turned to new purposes, as dinky delis and inviting boutiques; it’s a contemporary Cranford, but in the best possible taste.

THE ROOMS Crawford’s design scheme tends toward the minimal, which means

THE HOTEL

rooms which exemplify the building’s working roots. Clean lines and crisp linens are punctuated by the bright red of Roberts radios, while more traditional, spartan touches come in the form of sheepskin rugs and Jakobs wool blankets. Rooms vary in size, with larger ones in the main inn and family suites with four-poster beds facing the outer courtyard. These all come with rainforest showers and (luxuriously, if you like a wallow) a roll-top bath in the bedroom. The beautifully fragrant smellies are by The White Company.

The Crown is an olde worlde Elizabethan coaching inn that’s been tastefully rejigged to suit the mores of the modern guest. The hotel appeared in the

film Four Weddings and a Funeral, and it’s clear why: a homely, antiquarian aesthetic is applied throughout, with the understated furnishings and old tones conjuring the kind of warmth set designers kill for. Despite the authenticity of the place, a make-over by interior designer Ilse Crawford (she of Soho House fame) has brought the hotel sharply up-to-date without losing any of its charm.

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The Chandlery, SE1 Offering exceptional living and entertaining space, this stunning two bedroom apartment comprises a gorgeous reception room, two chic bathrooms and a charming private balcony. As a warehouse conversion, the property is generously arranged over two floors, with a modern kitchen including integrated appliances, and off-street parking.

ÂŁ1,450,000 Foxtons, London Bridge | 020 7386 6500 | foxtons.co.uk

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Property Development STUNNING NEW HOMES: SPN1, SHOREDITCH PARK FA unique collection of just four Townhouses set directly on Shoreditch Park, ideally located between Old Street and Islington, SPN1 is a superb example of contemporary design. Lovingly crafted by pH+, one of London’s leading young architectural practices, each of the homes showcases their unwavering attention-to-detail and belief in modern elegance. Open plan and bathed in natural light across all levels, from the top floor to the lower ground, through the innovative integration of light wells, these are homes that embody the perfect marriage of form and function.

Completion date: 2015 Prices upon application spn1.co.uk Winkworth, Islington Sales / New Homes department 020 7354 2480 / 020 7989 4101; winkworth.co.uk

TELFORD HOMES: THE BOATYARD, E14 Telford Homes has launched the latest phase at its popular residential development, The Boatyard. The Clubhouse located on Stainsby Road, Poplar London, E14, features 31 one, two and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses, in a parkside setting with views of Bartlett Park, Canary Wharf and beyond. The interiors have been designed to maximise light, comfort and views. Each stylish new apartment includes fully fitted kitchens by London designer Urban Myth, integrated Smeg appliances and bathrooms with bespoke cabinetry, walk-in showers equipped with chrome fixtures and ceramic tiling, as well as under-floor heating in all rooms. The Boatyard also features high quality security systems. Prices for The Clubhouse start from ÂŁ402,500 for a two bedroom apartment. 020 3538 3273; telfordhomes.plc.uk/the-boatyard/

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grew up in the leaf y outskirt of London that is Enfield and was there until I was 10 when I moved to King’s Lynn in Norfolk. I couldn’t wait to get away from Norfolk and back to my home: London. So when I returned from a couple of years travelling aged 21, I moved straight back to the capital. When I was a kid I really wanted to be a fireman. However, over time I realised that my skills lay elsewhere. I’ve always sold things. My first job was selling double-glazing from a call centre, and despite this not being the most scintillating product I enjoyed it a lot. It started at school though; I bought and sold computers and bikes. I was always top at upselling room categories when I worked for Hilton hotels and landed a couple of jobs in lettings before moving into sales. I spent six years in Hampstead with Hamptons, before heading to their City branch and have been here for five years now. I’ve now got eleven years of experience in estate agency and I don’t know where the time has gone! I have a fantastic team of hardworking and talented individuals around me here in the City office, which makes the job so much easier. The best aspect of my job is the variety: the people I meet and work for and with, the range of interesting properties that I sell, and the ever changing heart of London itself. What I love about the area is the vibe, the mixture of atmospheric

historical buildings combined with the ultranew. When I get the chance to explore the area, I love going to Ping Pong just around the corner for their delicious dim sum and The Hawksmoor is perfect for a special night out. There’s also a plethora of landmarks and museums for the more cultured amongst us, namely the Museum of London, The Bank of England Museum and The Barbican. The Folly’s inspired cocktails and the craft beers at The Golden Fleece are also always welcome after a hard day in the City! The clients tend to be either rental investors looking to cash in, pied-a-terre buyers who no longer need their properties, or City workers looking to up or down size. It’s a very strong seller’s market in which realistically and accurately priced properties are selling quickly, but anything overpriced is struggling to sell. There is a huge amount of development and new build property going up right now so there will be more and more to sell in the coming years. The City is growing upwards, but with more to sell there is more choice for buyers so we are seeing prices ease off a little. In short, things are looking good in the City.

Hamptons International, City branch 020 7717 5293; hamptons.co.uk

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Beaumont Collection, EC1 Prices start from

£2,000,000 � 020 7608 1825; canalettolondon.com

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ith over 190 apartments having been sold in just four moths after launch, Canaletto is delighted to reveal the Beaumont Collection, available form May 1th 2014. The luxury three-bedroom apartments located on the 24th to 28th floors inclusive are modern sanctuaries, optimising space with spectacular panoramic views through floorto-ce3iling glazed facades. The developments state-of-art amenities include a restaurant, swimming and residents’ club.

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TENANT DEMAND EXTREMELY HIGH IN CANARY WHARF

SALES MARKET PICKS UP PACE

Mark Wellington

Sales Manager at Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward’s London Bridge branch

Manager at Benham & Reeves Residential Lettings, City, Canary Wharf and Greenwich

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e’re moving into one of our busiest times of year and tenant demand in Canary Wharf is extremely high. The area continues to grow in popularity and new properties coming to the market are letting extremely quickly. The majority of existing tenants are renewing their leases, adding to the pressure on housing stock. The relocation market is very active at the moment and we’re seeing increasing numbers of international applicants, particularly from Europe and the USA.

Clink Wharf Clink Street SE1

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he sales market has picked up pace with many buyers realising the excellent investment potential which the London Bridge and Borough area offers. Purchasers are confident that they can get returns well above what they might receive for cash on deposit, particularly for properties acquired at £500,000 or below. With the City and Canary Wharf on the doorstep, there are literally thousands of high net worth individuals renting in the area. It is fair to say that properties priced upwards of £500,000 do see the returns diminish slightly, but again these still reflect better returns than

deposits are offering. The profile of buyer purchasing at a higher level is often those who are keen to live in the area and who want to make these properties their homes. They tend to be either older people retiring to London, affluent couples as yet without children or foreign investors keen to park their money in the UK in more blue chip developments, who are less concerned with returns and more with a safe place to park their money abroad. It’s an old maxim that ‘a property is worth what someone is prepared to pay’, but that’s currently very true of the 2014 sales market.

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spectacular River fronted Warehouse conversion situated in the heart of vibrant Bankside. Clink Wharf is one of the area’s most prestigious developments, situated on the South Bank, with its eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, bars and art galleries. Th is fabulous accommodation, which offers a wonderful loft/ warehouse lifestyle, is entered via a spacious hallway with storage and utility room, this leads you into a spectacular openplan reception with amazing river views. Th is room offers a real sense of loft living with large windows, exposed brickwork, wood flooring and loading bay doors. There are two balconies in the reception, one which projects over the river and enjoys uninterrupted views towards the City of London and St Pauls cathedral. Additionally, there are three generous bedrooms, two en-suites and a large family bathroom. The property also has the added bonus of secure parking and the use of a communal motorised boat. � 020 7940 9940; williamslynch.co.uk

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Welcome to The Clubhouse

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The last phase at the successful Boatyard development

THE CLUBHOUSE APARTMENTS LAST PHASE SELLING FAST

The Clubhouse is a collection of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments in a parkside location adjacent to Bartlett Park and close to the historic waterside frontage of the Limehouse Cut, just minutes from Canary Wharf and The City.

Prices from £310,000 *

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