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09 ALL OF THE LIGHTS The ‘neon man’ on life after Walthamstow

13 SPIN CITY

All aboard the Bicycle Library bus

STYLE

17 WORKING WOMAN

Sara White, founder of styletails.com

21 MY STYLE

Hannah Warner’s style inspirations

24 REBEL REBEL

Our fashion shoot does grown-up punk

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53 FOOD REVIEWS

The Grain Store and Plum + Spilt Milk

54 DINE LIKE A DANE

The benefits of the Scandi diet

57 WOMAN ON TOP

Chef du jour, Angela Hartnett

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62 THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL Christopher Jenner’s design for life

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EDITOR’S Letter NOVEMBER 2013

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” So said Edith Sitwell, and as the year draws to a rather wet and windy close, we’re inclined to agree. Which is why this issue is all about interiors. As we begin to clock up more hours indoors, it’s important to ensure our living spaces are as cosy/quirky/ opulent/chic (delete according to taste) as we can make them. There’s no shortage of striking ideas out there, that’s for sure. Chris Bracey of God’s Own Junkyard has been on our radar for some time. The man behind many of the movie world’s most memorable neons, Bracey’s Walthamstow workshop is a miniature Vegas brimming with salvaged signs and electric art. His talent has been hailed everywhere from Soho to Singapore, and he’s currently displaying his wired wares in a shiny new pop-up shop at Selfridges – we grabbed an exclusive interview shortly before his historic East London showroom was forced to close. Bracey, however is adamant that God’s Own Junkyard won’t disappear for good, which is a relief, because where else can you find a flashing neon Jesus for your living room? My home certainly seems dull without one. Something to save for... Christopher Jenner has made a similar splash in the world of design. His commissions include the ravishing, period-inspired Diptyque boutiques in Leadenhall Market and Regent Street, the Blue Lounge in Canary Wharf and the Ketel One 80 bar in Camden’s Gilgamesh – and while his studio is beloved of big brands seeking high impact interiors, his ideas are equally inspiring applied to the home. Check out the range of Asiatic wallpapers and shelving systems on his website. There was just enough time this month for us to weekend at the Folly. The Cotswold cottage is owned by Joanna Berryman of North London interiors specialists Matrushka, and provides another enjoyable lesson in the art of living well. A luxury bohemian idyll set in acres of English countryside, it’s an interiors enthusiast’s dream. It is indeed time for home, so sit back, put your feet up and enjoy the issue.

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FROM 15 NOVEMBER We can’t wait to take a walk through the creative process of British fashion kingpin and all-round design supremo Paul Smith. This exhibition will feature some of Smith’s favourite collections from drawing board to final product. 28 Shad Thames SE1; designmuseum.org

COUNTRY LIVING MAGAZINE CHRISTMAS FAIR UNTIL 3 NOVEMBER

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They had us at ‘mulled wine’. Bringing over 400 exhibitors to Islington’s Business Design Center, this Christmas Fair is the place to shop, eat, drink and be merry! While you’re shopping for one-of-a-kind holiday decorations, handmade trinkets and stocking stuffers, you can indulge in sloe gin, Cornish cheese, Christmas puddings, and plenty of other seasonal delights. Book in advance and save 25% with the code CLX132. 52 Upper St, London, Greater London N1; countrylivingfair.com

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EAST LONDON DESIGN SHOW 5-8 DECEMBER

This show may not be until December, but in the spirit of all things Yuletide-y, the anticipation is part of the fun. An annual event, the Design Show brings over 100 independent vendors together to serve all your Christmas shopping needs. Take a break from pounding up and down the High Street and grab some innovative, unforgettable gifts instead.

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ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW NIGHT 30 NOVEMBER

If you’ve been craving an opportunity to wear as much bondage gear, lipstick and fake hair as possible, we’ve got just the thing. Amy Grimehouse and London Lates are hosting a fullon celebration of the pan-sexual horror/comedy/musical (talk about blurred lines). Taking place at Hackney’s Grade II-listed Sutton House, the night will include a licensed bar, screening of the film, dance classes, a ‘build your own Rocky’ project and something described as a ‘DIY sex change’. Sounds saucy. 2-4 Homerton High St, E9; amygrimehouse.com

MODERN PANIC 9 – 17 NOVEMBER

The Modern Panic exhibition is back for its fourth year, featuring 60 pieces of the most controversial art in the world today. Watch out for work by Erik Ravelo, who you might remember from United Colors of Benetton’s UnHate campaign, a collection of photos manipulated to show world leaders locked in passionate embrace… with each other. Apiary Studios, 458 Hackney Rd, E2; guerillazoo.com/modern-panic-4

TOWER HILL ICE SKATING

FROM 16 NOVEMBER Whether you’re more prone to pratfalls or pirouettes, the Tower Hill ice rink is a wonderful way to spend a winter afternoon (or a much anticipated date night). Just be sure to watch where you’re going – the enchanting view of the Tower of London can be quite distracting.Toweroflondonicerink.com

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Film buffs will leap at this opportunity to interact with up-and-coming filmmakers. Whirlygig Cinema hosts an event on the first Wednesday of each month to spotlight three new movie talents. Each is given thirty minutes to screen and discuss their film and the night culminates in a Q&A between the audience and the ingénues. Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Marke Street, E 8; whirlygigcinema.com

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LIGHTS Lewis James meets Walthamstow’s celebrated ‘Neon Man’, Chris Bracey

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t may come as a surprise, but there’s one Walthamstow address that’s in every Hollywood director’s little black book. For over thirty years, God’s Own Junkyard has been the go-to destination for filmmakers in search of bespoke neon signs and lighting, while its proprietor, Chris Bracey, has earned the acclaim of the arts world for his inspired creations. Bracey may not be a household name (yet), but chances are you’ve seen his work, which has featured prominently in movies as diverse and iconic as Batman, Eyes Wide Shut and Superman. His huge showroom, situated until recently on Walthamstow’s Vallentin Road and containing thousands of pieces of original neon art ranging in price from £200 to £20,000, is a cornucopia of the kitsch, colourful and downright spectacular, a miniature Vegas of buzzing neon, glowing bulbs and salvaged scrap remade into objects of electrifying (and electrified) beauty. Even better, you’re free to visit and roam around at your leisure, with no pushy sales staff to make you feel guilty for not buying anything. The relaxed atmosphere is indicative of Bracey’s approach to his craft, which balances necessary business acumen with a genuine desire to share the fun and fascination for neons. ‘The junkyard is bigger than me,’ he tells me when we speak. ‘It’s a tourist attraction – we have 300 people come in every Friday and Saturday, plus school groups, artists and students. We don’t mind if you’re buying something or not.’ Bracey’s introduction to lighting design came through his father, a sign-maker, who worked this same Walthamstow patch for many years. Bracey himself joined the family business by way of a disappointing art foundation course, a stint at a graphics studio and a period making signs for seventies Soho sex shops. And though he tells me that the work was unsatisfying, it didn’t stop him producing some truly legendary pieces – many of which have gone on to feature in exhibitions around the world, helping to define the look and feel of an era. Later, Bracey

encountered the work of American artist Bruce Nauman during a visit to the Hayward Gallery, which inspired him to change tack. He began to create bespoke neon signs for movies (the first was for Mona Lisa, in 1986) and never looked back. Yet for all his Hollywood contacts, Walthamstow is at the heart of everything Bracey does. ‘I was born in Walthamstow on 25th December 1954,’ he says, ‘so I’ve been here for 58 years. I live one stop on in Chingford now, but I’ve worked in Walthamstow all my life. I’ve been making neons for forty years. Me and my wife employ 18 local people including my two sons. It’s a family business.’ His passion for both the area and his art is rendered bittersweet by recent events, which have seen God’s Own Junkyard marked for closure after its long-term landlord decided to sell the site to property developers. The move sparked a storm of local protest and a concerted effort on the part of Bracey’s family to avoid being ousted from their historic home – to no avail.

‘There are so many new-build developments going up in Walthamstow. We were always the edge of beyond, but now the area has become a kind of Klondike for developers. Walthamstow was always a place where things were made – the first aeroplane and the first bus were made here, under the railway arches. I’m making a piece of public art celebrating that fact, but at the same time, we’re being moved on. We’re talking to the council about other sites, but the one they’ve suggested has squatters on it, so we can’t even get in to see it.’It’s a familiar story – I suggest that it might even make a good film, albeit one where a happy ending seems far from assured. ‘My wife was trying to buy the land,’ Bracey goes on. ‘She equalled the bids all the way up to £650,000 – at one point, the price went up £50,000 overnight. But in the end the owner decided he could make more money in the long-term by having flats and offices there. That’s fair enough, it’s private enterprise. But my family have been here since 1952.’ Bracey’s equanimity and good grace do him

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credit, but the facts still stick in the craw: God’s Own Junkyard is a successful business that has helped to put Walthamstow on the map. For the area to allow the loss of such an iconic, homegrown institution (not to mention the jobs it creates and tourists it attracts) would be little short of scandalous. So what is God’s Own Junkyard actually like, for anyone who hasn’t yet visited? In Bracey’s own words, ‘It’s a bit like dropping a couple of acid tabs; it’s neon nirvana. There’s about 200 neons in the red shed, a great old big tin workshop. Then we spilled into the yard and the yard filled up. And then there’s a shed in the yard with a neon Jesus with guns, called Son of a Gun. There’s stuff in there from Superman, Batman… it’s the biggest collection of neons outside the USA.’ The site is a treasure trove, a riot of extreme ideas and incredible artefacts, many of which were collected by Bracey on his travels around the globe. His client list includes celebs like Elton John and Kate Moss, and I can’t help but wonder what’s the weirdest story behind one of his creations. ‘I bought an old cottage in Suffolk,’ he says, without hesitation, ‘a bit of a seaside escape, and we had to knock it down because it was so dilapidated. We decided to use the materials to build a new place, to make something out of its history. The house hadn’t had any proper work done on it for a hundred years; the previous

owner was an old Polish guy who had escaped the Nazis and had to kill two Russians during the war, stuff like that. He’d never done much to the house, he just patched it up with driftwood – all this amazing windswept, ocean-swept wood. So I thought, ‘I’ll make something out of this”, and I did all these love-themed pieces with neon on driftwood and stuff like that. I was doing window art for Selfridges at the time, and one of the pieces I created from this driftwood was used in a window display for the band Florence & The Machine. When we met them, it turned out the Polish man we’d bought the house from was the keyboard player’s granddad!’ Selfridges, it turns out, has been a big supporter of Bracey’s work, and has helped him during his current location problems. For the next five or six months, the store will play host to a miniature version of Bracey’s showroom, affording visitors a tantalising taste of the real thing. ‘I was at Selfridges till 6am this morning,’ Bracey tells me, ‘and we opened at 9am. I’m ragged today, but it looks really good, an embryo of God’s Own Junkyard. Not as mad as the junkyard, but a good little capsule version. People seemed to like it and we’re so grateful to Selfridges – it’s a bit of a lifeline for us.’ It’s also a great way to spread awareness of God’s Own Junkyard. Bracey may be a celebrated artist in his own right - ‘I sell in LA, New York, Europe,’ he tells me, ‘I have a show with the Scream Gallery in Moscow in November, a show in India coming up, one in Singapore,’ but the showroom-cum-studio has a special place in his heart. ‘Workwise, I’m going a million miles an hour,’ he continues, ‘but I’m the artist of no fixed abode – and there are 18 people here who rely on me for their wages, people with rent to pay, mortgages to keep up. I take that responsibility very seriously. We don’t have interns here, I don’t believe in all that; everyone here is paid.’ So what does the future hold? How can Bracey and his family overcome the odds stacked against them? ‘We’ve got to carry on working,’ is his

answer. ‘I’ve got art that I want to make. At the moment I just feel like, “Rage, rage against the dying of the light”. Hopefully, a year from now I’ll be sat in a new place thinking ‘This turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to us”. The main thing is that we’ve all got our health. We’ll find a way through this, we have to.’ It’s this indomitable East End spirit that shines through in Bracey’s work, which can be as weird as it is wonderful but which never lacks for energy or wit. It will be Walthamstow’s loss if God’s Own Junkyard is forced to depart for good. That said, I want to end our interview on a positive note, and ask Bracey if he has any of his pieces in his own home. His response perfectly encapsulates his excited, upbeat outlook. ‘In the lounge, I’ve got “Live the Dream” on an American flag in scrap letters,’ he tells me. ‘And over the fireplace I’ve got a big bull’s head covered in mirrorball glass with big neon horns. I’ve got a big Marilyn Monroe neon in one bedroom, and over my bed I’ve got an old restored French sweetshop sign covered in light-bulbs. I’ve got neons all over my life. But you know, everyone’s breathing neon in all the time, it’s in the air we breathe; it’s part of all of us.’ godsownjunkyard.co.uk

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everything is handmade from only recycled sustainable materials such as Kevlar, boat sails, parachutes and bamboo. And my own personal bike… well, through experimentation, for me it’s a bamboo-framed fixed-gear bike with its unique flexibility that serves me best on London’s streets.’ This extract is taken from My Cool Bike by Chris Haddon, published by Pavilion.

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ROSIE POSIE Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has celebrated a year in briefs with nothing other than… more briefs. She marked the first anniversary of her Rosie for Autograph collection for M&S (the brand’s fastest-selling line) with an AW13 update. The vintage aesthetic continues, with the supermodel drawing inspiration from pre-Raphaelite romanticism. We’re sold on the silk Teddy in nude. £45,Westfield Stratford City, E20; marksandspencer.com

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BODES WELL The Boden AW13 collection has proved any doubters who thought the brand might be too twee or fusty wrong. Fizzing with colour, prints and embellishments, the pieces are style-savvy and still as well-made as you’d expect. There are dropped waist dresses, snazzy ‘Bistro’ cropped trousers, contemporary checks, faux fur kitten heels and more. Bright, bold and Boden… boden.co.uk

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FISHERMAN’S FRIEND Once the default pairing of geeky librarians, the socks and sneakers combo has been co-opted by hip-cats the world over. We’re not talking hi-tops, plimsolls or pumped-up skater kicks, either; we’re talking bona fide running shoes. And the uglier and more beaten-up they are, the better. Photography: Silvia Olsen

Get your knits out. ‘Tis the season for wrapping up, but if the thought of getting a bit hot and bothered with cable knits and cashmere seems too formal or stuffy, opt for a lighter pearl knit. Inspired by the original fisherman’s jumper, its breathable but will keep you toasty when you’re battling it out against the elements. This Pull&Bear example comes in bright blue and a more masculine mustard shade.£29.99,Westfield Stratford City, E20; pullandbear.com

Game on. Designers have once again embraced the sport luxe trend and we couldn’t be happier about it. The look needn’t be overly casual – done well it simply means a fuss-free, minimalist silhouette and an element of colourblocking to break up the overall shape. Hobbs have got us running to reserve this Aveen dress, new in. The treadmill is your runway (sort of). £169, 296 Upper Street, N1; hobbs.co.uk

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EAST LONDON DESIGN SHOW

Celebrating 20 years of East London Design Show

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Exciting original Christmas gifts from independent designer-makers

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STYLE FAVOURITE PIECE OF JEWELLERY FROM YOUR OWN COLLECTION:

My favourite pieces at the moment are the steeple pendant and matching stud steeple earrings in gold. They are perfect for a casual day look, but are also great for getting dressed up to go out.

MOST TREASURED POSSESSION: A framed black and white photograph of my dad. My mum framed this amazing picture of him for me and all my brothers and sisters. We all have it hanging in our houses.

FAVOURITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION:

Ibiza, because it’s full of friends and fun. I’ve been going for over 10 years and just love the beaches and sunsets from a friend’s villa near San Jose, as well as eating at the Fish Shack, where they have the most amazing fresh catch of the day. Another friend also does the new Paradise party at DC10, which I’ve made a collection of jewellery merchandise for. It’s a series of geometric shapes that you can wear singly or together.

FAVOURITE PIECE OF ART:

Richie Culver, I Loved You. I recently met Richie at my house, where he talked me through all of his pieces. It was a huge privilege and really fascinating, he’s an incredibly talented artist. I Loved You was an absolute favourite and an instant purchase.

FAVOURITE SHOE DESIGNER:

Toga Pulla. I love the boots she does, especially her ankle boots and the embossed loafers for a comfy casual look.

MOST INSPIRING EXPERIENCE:

Spending weeks in Ladakh, the highest point in India. My sister and I travelled through India for the first time about seven years ago . We started in Delhi and ended up right up in the north before going all the way to the south. The people we met were so inspiring. It was an incredible experience, with amazing memories.

STYLE ICON:

Patti Smith for her casual, punky feel. I’m not so much into pattern, I like the understated look, perhaps with just one block colour that can be styled with a simple piece, like the steeple pendant from my new collection - which really stands out against a bright or monochrome top.

FAVOURITE DESIGNER:

Alexander Wang, for the simplicity of his T range. I have so many of his t-shirts and jumpers. I also love his Bullet bag too, which is in constant use. Stocked at TheVillage Bicycle, Dray Walk, 91 Brick Lane, E1; hannahwarner.com

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BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES THE EVERLASTING ELEGANCE OF AUTUMN

Bruuns Bazaar Drapy Wool Coat, £289;my-wardrobe.com

Camel Karma Classic camel is hard to deny. Whether aiming for super chic and elegant or toughening things up with a boyish duffle, we’re into it in a BIG way.

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Burberry Brit Wool Felt Duffle Coat, £595; net-a-porter.com

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Checkerboard Knit, £145; 23 Hanbury Street, E1;youmustcreate.com

YMC Virgin Mohair Coat, £375; 23 Hanbury Street, E1; youmustcreate.com

Get Plaid Plaid is no longer the preserve of the stuffy. Checks get a more urban update with this piece of rather fetching streetwear. It’s hip to be square, so wear yours with confidence. E1;youmustcreate.com

Supersize Me A statement coat lifts any outfit and the supersize is no exception. AW13 likes its coats big and baggy, so cocoon yourself away in a luxurious fabric. E1;youmustcreate.com

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WHITE MESH T-SHIRT, IRO, £206, IRO.FR BLACK COAT, IRO, £547, IRO.FR BLACK LACE UP SHOES, HUDSON, £120, HUDSONSHOES.COM BLACK TROUSERS, JAMES LAKELAND, £129, JAMESLAKELAND.NET

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RED JACKET, A LA DISPOSITION, £785, ALADISPOSITIONSTORE.COM BLACK FOX TAIL WORN AS HAIRPIECE, JESSIE WESTERN, £39, 82B PORTOBELLO ROAD W11

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LONG BLACK DRESS WITH LEATHER DETAIL, NATASHA ZINKO, £1300, NATASHAZINKO.COM

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HEADPIECE, A LA DISPOSITION, POA, ALADISPOSITIONSTORE.COM WHITE SHIRT, FRANCESCA MAROTTA, POA, FRANCESCAMAROTTA.COM BLACK DRESS WORN AS SKIRT, RED OR DEAD, £35, BANKFASHION.CO.UK BULLET BAR RING, LOVEBULLETS, £70, LOVEBULLETS.CO.UK STERLING SILVER RING WITH CHAIN AND SKULL DETAIL, HANNAH WARNER, £165, HANNAHWARNER.COM GOLD PLATED RING WITH CHAIN AND SKULL DETAIL, HANNAH WARNER, £170, HANNAHWARNER.COM

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FOUNDER OF OUR WANDERING MINDS, ELISA EMERY, ON HOW TO BUILD A STRONG FASHION BRAND How long have you been in fashion?

I’ve been in the business of fashion since 2008. I graduated from the London School of Economics with a great degree totally unrelated to fashion. Studying in London made me very fashion-aware, although it was definitely the business side of things that attracted me the most. I did an internship with a small luxury denim company called Bodymetrics, which was great because it allowed me to get involved in all aspects of running a fashion company, from hiring sales assistants to buying new collections. This is when I realised that not only did I want to be in fashion, I wanted to have my own business, and have an input in all the elements involved in creating and running a brand. At what point did you realise you could sustain your own website?

I soon realised that running a purely online business would be very difficult. While the start-up costs are very low online, there’s the eternal problem of bringing new visitors to the website. We then decided that opening a brickand-mortar store may be helpful in bringing a regular cash flow while raising awareness around Wandering Minds quickly. We opened

How are you enjoying life at Box Park? How hard is it running your own shop?

Our audience is so varied, from young creative hipsters hanging at Shoreditch House to stylish 80 year-olds into sheer lace shirts! We get a lot of tourists, who then go back to their country and shop on our website. Opening our store at Box Park had its challenges, but opening our fullyfledged store at Camden Passage is proving to be a lot more difficult, as we have to think of the shop fits and the interior decoration a lot more. How important is social networking and blogging to your business model?

our first store at Box Park, Shoreditch in April this year, and it was an instant success, which also brought a new audience to the website. We are now opening a new store in Camden Passage in Angel, and I do think a multichannel strategy is the way to go for us.

I truly believe that good social networking is crucial and we probably don’t do enough of it. We try to make our social media voice as honest and transparent as possible. Our blog, which we have called ‘No Experience’, depicts the behind-the-scenes of a London start-up. We’re most active on Facebook, which we still find the best platform to communicate a mix of written content and images. We also have strong relationships with bloggers, in

particular bloggers from other European countries, as this is the quickest way to get known outside of the UK. What do you think is the future of online fashion?

I think the future of online fashion is multichannel. Brands need to be able to allow consumers to make use of the online and offline channels seamlessly, to reserve items, try them, pick them up and return them. Logistically, it’s very difficult to do, but the future winners in the fashion industry will be the companies that manage to achieve that. Online, the standards of the shopping experience has risen dramatically in the last few years, but we need more stores that have a curated, personal approach, and this is really what we’re trying to do at Wandering Minds. We don’t just want to sell you clothes. We want to tell you what we personally think about trends, style and products, and we want to know what you think; in short, we want to be your friend! 10, Box Park, 2- 4 Bethnal Green Road, E1; ourwanderingminds.com

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ELEGANTLY WAISTED

Jack Wills seems to have benefitted from the recent winding down of its sibling label, Aubin & Wills, assimilating some of the latter brand’s best attributes into its own repertoire. The result is the coolest Jack Wills collection in many moons, featuring a looser, more low-slung take on classic gents outfitting. Casual but never complacent: we like. 359 Upper Street, N1 and 64-66 Redchurch Street, E2; jackwills.com

PARK LIFE

New brand Parka London specialises in contemporary updates of classic outerwear, reworking everything from the fishtail parka to the donkey jacket in a range of premium fabrics. For this season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, however, there’s little more perfect than the wool duffle coat in dusky forest green. £285; parkalondon.com

RAF SIMONS X EASTPAK

Eastpak may not be a brand you’d automatically associate with luxury, but its latest collaboration, with Belgian style supremo Raf Simons, sees it apply an indulgent finish to its legendary Daypack bag. Available in multiple colourways, the moody navy and maroon stripe ticks all our autumnal boxes. £145; available from oki-ni.com

PISTOL WHIP

Local favourites the Goodhood Store have been spoiling us all summer with their superb new line of street-oriented menswear, GOODS; now they’ve teamed up with another of our go-to brands, YMC, to recreate the iconic Seditionaries mohair jumper made famous by Johnny Rotten way back in 1977. Style with a dash of subversion, just the way it should be. £145, 41 Coronet Street, N1; goodhoodstore.com

RISING SUN

The Japanese are the undisputed modern masters of high end leisurewear, so it’s fitting that Brit brand Sunspel has married inspirations from the East and West in its AW13 t-shirt range. Featuring beautiful Japanese iconography and super-soft Egyptian cotton, these tees are ripe for seasonal layering. £60, 7 Redchurch Street, E2; sunspel.com

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PLAY TIME

Get your hands on Dutch brand Oilily’s playful and practical new season collection from mini fashionista company Alex & Alexa. It’s bound to sell out. alexandalexa.com; oililyworld.com

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Polarn O.Pyret started out in Stockholm, so the founders know a thing or two about dressing for cold weather. Originally the clothing brand started with a simple stripe motif, but their cute and durable winter wear is built to withstand even the chilliest climes. Available at Westfield Stratford City, E15; polarnopyret.co.uk

CHEEKY MONKEY

... or bunny, in this instance. Kids will love this fun night-light from ubercute online emporium Molly-Meg, which takes the shape of a tyke in rabbit costume with a cheeky bare bottom. Bedtime need no longer strike your kids as a bum deal. Lapin and Me Baby Rabbit Night Light Lamp, £60; molly-meg.com

SKATER KID

From Mr Perswall comes this fun, ‘easy-up,’ panelled wallpaper scene for tearaway tots on skateboards. Adding quirky cool to your little one’s bedroom, the company make proportioned rolls to fit specific wall measurements as well as offering a bespoke colour service. £27 per metre, available at nubie.co.uk 35

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eenagers are lazy, right? Wrong. According to a growing body of research they just have a different body clock from the rest of us and if schools would wake up to this evidence and let teens start their day later, scientists believe they would see great gains in both the health of their students and academic results. Some schools are taking note. For UCL Academy in Swiss Cottage, it will have been just over a year since it became the fi rst London school to allow teens to ‘sleep in’. When the academy, which is sponsored by University College London, opened in September 2012, its students were allowed to start at 10am and leave at 5.30pm. Headmistress Geraldine Davies argues that the school is already seeing positive results. ‘Youngsters are turning up alert and ready to learn and are focused and engaged in lessons,’ she says. ‘We have no hard data on exam results yet… but pupil and teacher surveys have so far been positive.’ Scientists say there is now biological evidence underpinning the argument that schools should start later. It was in the US in the 1990s that researchers fi rst identified an ‘adolescent time shift’ in the sleep pattern of teenagers and in the past two decades, a number of US schools have adopted later start times. In the UK, Professor Russell Foster, a professor of circadian neuroscience at Oxford, has been at the forefront of work on teenage sleep patterns and their effect on performance at school. He explains: ‘The biology of human sleep timing changes as we age. As puberty begins, bedtimes and waking times get later. Th is trend continues until 19.5 years in women and 21 in men. Then it reverses. At 55 we wake at

A NEW ACADEMY IN LONDON IS THE FIRST IN THE CITY TO LET ITS STUDENTS START LATER. AMANDA CONSTANCE REPORTS ON THE TEEN SLEEP DEBATE

about the time we woke prior to puberty. On average this is two hours earlier than adolescents. Th is means that for a teenager, a 7am alarm call is the equivalent of a 5am start for a person in their 50s.’ Prof. Foster observed a UK school in Liverpool where many students were getting just five hours a night; unsurprisingly, teachers reported students falling asleep in class. He says a lack of sleep increases stress and is associated with a loss of humour, lack of empathy and low mood. It also greatly impairs blood-glucose regulation in young men, with research showing that their insulin levels are comparable to the early stages of diabetes. But it isn’t just a biological problem. Society isn’t very conducive to a good night’s sleep due to more relaxed parental attitudes to bedtimes and access to TVs, PCs, gaming devices and mobile phones, all of which promote alertness that doesn’t aid healthy sleep. Prof Foster has become so persuaded of the need for schools to adjust their start times that in 2009, he instigated a 10am start for 800 students at Monkseaton

High School in North Tyneside, the fi rst British school to do so. After observing the students, Foster says that the outcomes were clear: ‘The Monkseaton experiment shows, frankly, that if you start at 10am, grades go up.’ There are doubters, however. One issue is a perceived negative impact on after-school activities, particularly competitive sports, although schools in the US have reported that this hasn’t been a problem. But a greater issue here and in Australia is union objections to longer working hours for teachers and support staff. Prof Foster, however, remains convinced that there is an ‘overwhelming case’ for shift ing the times of a school day: ‘It will reduce their sleep deprivation, their learning will improve and, crucially, it will help to protect their physical and mental health.’

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ooking for an extracurricular activity for your child? Anna Fiorentini Theatre & Film School for 4-18 year olds offers classes in all the classic performance disciplines every Saturday, while Anna Fiorentini Weenies runs drama classes for 4 -6 year olds. Everything you need then for a mini Oscar nominee in the making …Various locations in east and north London; annafiorentini.com

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Many of our consultants hold senior posts at leading NHS trust hospitals such as Great Ormond Street and St Mary’s Hospital. They’re supported by a team that includes specialist children’s nurses and play specialists. We don’t treat any adult patients in our children’s unit and the child-friendly environment can help relieve your child’s anxiety about visiting hospital, enabling them to make a speedy recovery. When you’re thinking about private healthcare for your child, safety will of course be an important consideration. Do bear in mind that some private hospitals don’t offer any on-site critical care facilities. Our children’s unit is fully equipped and, should the need arise, we have a Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Special Care Baby Unit staffed by a dedicated team of critical care experts. You’ll be pleased to know that you won’t need to join a queue for this exceptional service. Our convenient and rapid appointments give your child the care they need at a time that suits your family and lifestyle.

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BEAUTY EDIT

JO MALONE

Billed the ‘essence of charm’, the new Peony & Blush fragrance from Jo Malone is a voluptuous mix of... well, peonies of course but with additional notes of jasmine, rose and gillyflower and just a hint of red apple. The result is soft but seductive and captures the romance of Autumn perfectly. £39 for 30ml, Royal Exchange, EC3; jomalone.co.uk

WATER OF LIFE THE SOLUTION TO POLLUTION

Counteract pollution’s harmful effects on your skin with Shu Uemura’s first anti-pollutant cleansing oil. Created using moringa and green tea extract, which remove harmful pollutants from the skin, this cleanser will pave your way to a glowing, revitalised complexion. Anti-Oxi, £59; shuuemura.co.uk

Area H2O is an innovative shampoo and conditioner range that’s tailored to work with your domestic water supply. So whether the water in your area is soft, medium or hard, Area H2O works to ensure your hair looks smoother and shinier, lifting out mineral ions that cause problems such as dryness, tangles, static and frizz. Developed by hairdresser Patrick Lehane and having undergone five years of clinical trials, it’s a revolutionary step towards more manageable hair for everyone.£17.50 for shampoo and conditioner; lookfantastic.com

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The elixir of life was said to grant the drinker eternal youth and has been sought after for millennia. Everyone from Elizabeth I to Indiana Jones has had a crack at finding it; luckily for those of us living in the 21st century, it’s now available at Boots in the form of water-soluble food supplement Fountain. Alright, maybe we’re being a bit facetious, but it has been causing waves in the beauty world for a while. £24.99, Boots, 35-37 Islington High Street, N1; boots.com

Bobbi Brown, Long-Wear Even Finish Compact Foundation, £32; bobbibrown.co.uk Ω Chanel, Poudre Universelle Compact Naturel, £33; chanel.com Ω Givenchy, Eclat Matissime Mattifying Foundation, £32.50; givenchybeauty.com

LUNCH TIME FIX ASK FOR? The Stem Cell Facial WHERE? Destination Skin THE LOWDOWN

This treatment was a godsend after a night on the sauce. The Stem Cell Facial, whose fans include Kimberly Wyatt and Caggie Dunlop, encourages increased cell turnover by using the latest plant stem cell technology to rejuvenate the skin. Extracted from sea fennel, the stem cells have the potential to regenerate tissue while protecting and healing damaged skin using a special ingredient named Ferulic Acid, a powerful antioxidant that improves skin tone, enhances elasticity and minimises the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. My therapist removes my make-up with a cleanser and exfoliant before advising that this kind of facial is key to a good skincare regime, especially as my skin seems congested. She talks me through what I should be applying in the morning, which differs from what I should use at night – newsflash! Apparently, nighttime is all about restoring any vitamins you may have lost and making sure you replenish moisture – in the morning, you need a lighter moisturiser and to protect your skin from free radicals and pollution with an antioxidant such as Vitamin C. Wearing SPF 30 is compulsory if you’re concerned about wrinkles. Next, stem cell serum is applied along with an eye-lift formula, while a 3D complex finishes the facial off, sealing in moisture and leaving a healthy ‘dewy’ glow minus any grease. 5-7 Folgate Street, E1; 258 Holloway Road, N7; Oriel Court, NW3; 22-24 Muswell Hill Broadway, N10; destinationskin.com

IN FITNESS

Those savvy cats at David Lloyd are the first to pick up on the new fitness craze sweeping America. Orangetheory is a workout that helps you achieve personal fitness goals via a 60-minute session. This consists of cardio and strength training intervals designed to push your metabolic rate, with a guaranteed calorie burn that continues up to 36 hours AFTER you’ve exercised. And the most motivating bit? Your heart rate monitor is beamed onto a screen, so you (and the whole class) can see your progress in real-time. The aim is to spend at least 20 minutes in the optimal orange zone; you even get a print-out of your results at the end of the session. Heartening stuff. David Lloyd Studio, 240 Upper Street, N1; davidlloyd.co.uk

IN HEALTH

The ‘official popcorn’ of London Fashion Week (because the fash pack needs a fash snack, obviously), there are four Propercorn flavours: lightly salted, fiery Worcester sauce and sun-dried tomato, sour cream and chive plus classic sweet and salty. Each pack is also lovingly hand-illustrated by Zoe More O’Ferrall. Hand-popped (read gourmet), delicious and - most importantly - guilt-free, at just 87 calories per bag. 75p a bag; ocado.com

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ust over Canary Wharf’s South Quay bridge lies the secret to eternal youth. Located within a row of recent business developments along the quay (which look like they used to be houses), new beauty salon Bouton De Rose is a testament to Canary Wharf’s ongoing evolution as a thriving shopping and lifestyle destination. From a long list of exclusive luxury face and body treatments, I’m trialling the new Cinematic Lift Expert by Carita, a new, non-surgical ‘facelift’. My interest is piqued already… the benefits of a facelift, without going under the knife? After all, the invasive facelift is a strong contender for most intimidating of all cosmetic surgeries… with frequently terrifying results in any case. The Cinematic Lift Expert is an elaborate facial to say the least – and surprisingly relaxing. My therapist, Gené, has the magic touch, and her fingers know just what to do to ease away tension in the neck, shoulders and face. After cleansing, she applies an eye-mask and my face is meticulously exfoliated with sesame seeds – which have been soaking for a rather labour-intensive period of nine months. Extract of lemon is added to the mix, to brighten the skin, and combined with the earthy, natural aroma of the sesame seeds, elicits a warming glow that almost sends me right to sleep – something I’d never before experienced when getting a facial. The ‘lift’ part comes when Gené dons some gloves which combine micro-currents, ultrasound and LED technology and, with the aid of serum, uses them to ‘exercise’ and tone my facial muscles (which begs the question, what happens to these muscles during a surgical facelift?). The benefits of the treatment are many – as well as enhancing overall firmness, it stimulates oxygenation of the skin, improves micro-circulation and allows for the ingredients to penetrate deeper into the dermis. Sound convincing? Gené herself has the complexion of someone ten years her junior, and as she starts by performing the lift on one side of my face, so I can see the effect more clearly. The results are instantly, almost magically, visible. And while there are some impressive stats and tests to support the treatment’s effectiveness, the main thing is that your face feels lighter and lifted after just one session. Even better, the Carita products used smell and feel divine. Ladies, I think we may have hit on something here... 2 Cochrane House, Admirals Way, 020 7515 1675, E14; boutonderose.co.uk

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It’s Autumn, and my hair needs an update. My previous block colour is not working as well as my old balayage… and is even more dried out from the monthly need to dye. First world problems, I know, but still… disaster strikes, and where better to go for a barnet overhaul than Smooth You? Essex Road’s leading salon offers all the usual services, from tints and toners to styling and extensions, but owner Luma Mitchell is clearly trying to do something different here, bringing years of experience in the hair industry from her native Brazil. As such, Smooth You was one of the first salons to introduce the Brazilian Blow Dry, which has since become massively popular in the UK. The expert staff are also adept at extensions and weaves for both European and Afro hair.

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Principal stylist John highlights my ends without bleach to combat dryness, explaining the reason why too much dying doesn’t work for me – I have fine hair but a lot of it, and the full colour dye is swelling my hair, making it feel heavier and frizzier. Boom, there we go: another misapprehension obliterated. All this time I thought that colour treatments would add gloss, when really they were stripping my hair of its natural verve. I am better off with subtler highlights, especially as I get older and having healthy, natural-looking hair becomes more important than any particular colour or cut. John uses a special nourishing treatment and voilà, my barnet is fully restored.

Smooth You use Dr Murad products and I’m booked in for a Sun Undone Infusion Facial, ideal at this time of year for countering any sun or free-radical damage that might have accumulated over the summer months. There are numerous facials to choose from, from pore-refining and blemish control to anti-ageing. You can also choose from a range of Yon-Ka facials as well as body treatments, massages, scrubs and wraps. For those seeking clinical treatments, the salon offer both Soprano laser hair removal and skin tightening, toning and firming. The Harmony laser is used to tackle skin imperfections such as acne, sun spots, pigmented lesions and scarring. This is all in addition to the usual nail and waxing treatments.

the kind of service and luxury associated with West London to the East End. Of course, the salon will offer the same variety of treatments and beauty products as its Islington progenitor, but in addition will be home to the Safer Tanning Company and a range of responsible tanning options as well as offering daily skincare and make-up demonstrations. All in all, the spa will offer the kind of luxury pampering experience that’s been sorely lacking in East London for years. 70 Essex Road, N1; smoothyou.co.uk

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As they celebrate their second birthday, Smooth You are set to unveil their new Town Spa, located in the Dalston Junction development alongside new restaurants, bars and artisan bakeries, bringing to the area a much-needed high end beauty retreat in a 5000 square-foot space. With a fit-out cost in excess of £1 million, the spa points to the shape of things to come, bringing

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Boisdale has launched a Burger & Oyster Bar at its Bishopsgate venue, serving a selection of the UK’s finest oysters with Boisdale’s new menu of beefy burgers to a live soundtrack of pro jazz singers. Specials include the Wild Highland venison, fillet of bone-marrow dry-aged and a surfand-turf offering with pulled lobster and three tempura Po’ Boy oysters. The burger scene just moved up an echelon, people. Swedeland Court, 202 Bishopsgate, EC2; boisdale.co.uk/bishopsgate

A WORD ON… SASHIMI PIZZA

Pan-asian Camden eatery Gilgamesh have dared to go where no one even remotely considered going before them – and with surprisingly good results. On my ride up the escalator to the restaurant (yes, escalator), I must admit I felt a pang of trepidation: Italian-Japanese fusion just doesn’t sound quite right. I needn’t have worried. The rich taste of the tuna sashimi paired with the texture of the crispy thin-crust pizza base makes it the ideal starter. By the end of the meal, my only worry was how soon I would be able to order it again. Catherine Hales The Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, NW1; gilgameshbar.com

 CHICKEN LICKIN

Are you a chicken power-eater? If so, you might get excited about Jubo, a Korean fried chicken canteen at the Bedroom Bar, born of the know-how of Stephen Parkins-Knight (formerly of the Ivy and Dishoom). Choose from fried chicken wings, homemade kimchi, pickles, kimchi slaw and pork belly steamed buns or slow-braised beef brisket. Or get the Jubo special, which comes with Korean Hite beer. More randomly, you can get a steak sub… but whatever your choice, this is anju (or drinking food) at its sweet, crunchy best. 68 Rivington Street, EC2; jubolondon.com 50

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FOOD REVIEW GRAIN STORE

ELOISE BAUMANN VISITS THE NEW STAR OF THE KINGS CROSS DINING SCENE

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hen a culinary kingpin like Bruno Loubet looks for a new angle on fine dining, there’s usually one thing you can take for granted: it will involve meat. Lots of meat. But with Grain Store, Loubet has done something daring and very different. Sure, there’s meat on the menu, but it’s no longer the star of the show. Grain Store is all about giving vegetables their due – and the concept is pulled off with masterful flair. Housed in the same stunning Kings Cross warehouse as Central St Martins and Absolutely favourite Caravan, the restaurant provides suitably laid-back surroundings in which to while away an autumn evening. The room is vast and airy yet intimate, filled with the happy hum of diners. The decor sparks conversation from the moment we sit down. It’s so clean and bright, with white wooden furniture, exposed industrial vents and shining steel surfaces in the open kitchen. The light colours and friendly minimalism may lack edge or a sense of opulence, but the effect complements the vibe of the place perfectly. My partner and I are spoiled for choice by a sizeable menu packed with intriguing combinations, from buttermilk and caraway braised cauliflower, woodbaked onions and devilled duck heart to vegetable paella with garlic and tomato snails. To start, we share onion bread with crème fraîche butter alongside baked beetroot, pickled onions, goat labneh (a yoghurt cheese) and a dill oil dressing. To accompany, were two sublime tipples originally concocted by Tony Conigliaro of Islington’s 69 Colebrooke Row – Cedarwood Lemonade, a blend of sherry, lemon juice and soda, and Twinkle, which combined vodka, elderflower and lemon swirled over a champagne base. For mains, we chose ‘chilli con veggies’ (a thick, saucy chilli served in a steaming pot alongside a bed of brown and wild rice) and a wild mushroom risotto with truffle shavings. The portions were generous enough to make dessert a shared affair, so we ordered up white chocolate rice crispy with chocolate mousse and almond ice cream: another triumph. Our reservation was early evening, and the restaurant filled up around us as we ate. By the time we bid the friendly staff goodbye and headed out among the lighted fountains of Granary Square, Grain Store was buzzing with well-heeled (and well satisfied) customers. No surprise, really, when the cooking is of such quality: Loubet has shown that imagination and skill beat bandwagon-jumping every time. Granary Square, 1-3 Stable Street, N1C; grainstore.com

PLUM + SPILT MILK

HELEN BARON HAS THE MEAL OF HER LIFE AT THE GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL

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lum + Spilt Milk is the latest venture from Mark Sargeant, the culinary wunderkind who headed up Gordon Ramsay’s kitchen at Claridges before wowing Folkestone foodies with his restaurants Rocksalt and The Smokehouse. Located in the recently reopened (and hella historic) Great Northern Hotel, a few short steps from King’s Cross St Pancras station, I’d been meaning to check it out since it opened earlier this year. The first thing you notice, even before you visit, is the name. It comes from the livery colours in the dining cars of legendary 19th century steam engine the Flying Scotsman – and this hint of history is a sign of things to come, because the restaurant, like the beautifully renovated Great Northern Hotel itself, tips many fun, inspired nods to the area’s illustrious heritage. During a whirlwind tour ahead of my meal, I’m impressed by the way the Great Northern’s redevelopment has retained the feeling of a grand railway hotel while catering for every modern fancy. The rooms are chic and tasteful, reworking the iconic aesthetic of old-fashioned railway carriages in ingenious (and luxurious) style, with great views across King’s Cross station’s roof or the buzzing King’s Cross Square. In fact, the square has its official opening on the afternoon of my visit, and rumour has it that Mayor Boris has been lunching at Sargeant’s eatery. Whisked down the hotel’s doublewidth corridors (remnants of a time when ladies and their dresses needed more space to pass each other at a polite distance), we pass the Snug, Plum + Spilt Milk’s inviting little cocktail bar, all smoky Mad Men

elegance and the hushed clink of Martini glasses. Then it’s on to the dining room proper, a highwindowed space of comfy banquettes lit by hundreds of dangling pendants. Perhaps its the effect of all the exposed filament bulbs, but the vibe is quietly electric, the clientele well-heeled without being stuff y and the staff – including one girl with a killer afro – both hip and engagingly professional. But what of the food, which could be described as ‘traditional British dishes of a brawny bent’? The pleasure starts before the starter, with my over-zealous companion declaring that the butter was so good ‘it’s probably trending on Twitter’. The pumpkin and cobnut pesto soup that follows is worth about twenty tweets itself, frothy yet hearty and full of flavour, while the mains continue the theme (if the theme is ‘blowing our tiny little minds’). Pan-fried dover sole with seaweed butter is a fluff y, melty, surelynot-too-unhealthy triumph, while my companion’s braised bean stew with breadcrumbs is a subtly seasoned, intensely moreish concoction that quickly turns into a sharing dish. In a fit of ambitious epicurean longing we add a slew of sides: honey roast parsnips, chilli and lemon baked courgettes, chips... All are incredible. We manage dessert. Not the plums and spilt milk, alas, but a treacly Kentish gypsy tart with lashings of cream and a chocolate fondant with blackberries I was woefully unable to finish. In fact, the only thing that would have made the evening better is cheek pouches, so that I could carry away the leftover fondant like a greedy hamster. Otherwise, everything about Plum + Spilt Milk, proved that this restaurant is very much on track to be one of London’s very finest restaurants. A destination that should be at the top of everyone’s list. Great Northern Hotel, Kings Cross St Pancras Station, Pancras Road, N1C; plumandspiltmilk.com

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candinavian food is having a moment in the spotlight. With Copenhagen’s Noma holding Restaurant magazine’s improbably impressive title of Best Restaurant in the World (yes, that’s the entire planet) for the past three years running and recent studies praising the Nordic diet for its significant health benefits, London’s Scandinavian eateries are heavily in demand. But how does the uninitiated British palate cope with all those herrings and why would anyone add salt to their liquorice? Bronte Aurell is the Kensal Rise-based Dane who, together with her Swedish partner Jonas, founded the Scandinavian Kitchen in Great Titchfield Street five years ago. For her, it was all about foods she missed from home, mostly rye bread, which was a real wrench. They thought that setting up a café would be the solution to the work/life/family balance issue, so they left their jobs (she was working for Innocent; he at the BBC) and opened (timing the opening to coincide precisely with the birth of their first

child). At first they assumed that the café and food store would appeal mostly to ex-pats like themselves, but now 85% of their customers are not Scandinavian at all. ‘There had always been Scandinavian restaurants in London,’ she says – ‘it’s just that they were never promoted to anyone else.’ And most of those places offered dinner, while what she really missed most of all was lunchtime food – rye bread, herrings, crisp bread, salmon, lots of dill. And also cakes. ‘There’s a Swedish word fi ka which means chatting over coffee and cake,’ says Aurell. So the café offers a range of small open sandwiches – ‘you choose a few and eat them with a knife and fork. It’s a bit like sushi in that it doesn’t make you feel overly full. Rye bread isn’t as fi lling as wheat bread,’ she explains. Toppings span smoked and cured salmon, marinated herrings in various sauces, and more unusual things like Norwegian cured lamb (‘we thought people would never eat it but it proved really popular’) and brown cheese (a Norwegian goats cheese that tastes like caramel and comes

in five different strengths). Cakes include the favourite kladdkaka which is a sticky chocolate cake (‘gooier than a brownie’) plus a wide range of creations made with cardamom and vanilla sugar, a Scandinavian staple that’s unknown here (though there are five different types stocked at the Scandinavian Kitchen). The Nordic diet is characterised by rye, fish and rapeseed oil, as well as berries and cheese, plus locally sourced seasonal produce including apples, pears, plums, root vegetables and cabbage. It’s the rye and the fish that offer the secret to long life and avoiding heart attacks. When Aurell first started the business, basic ingredients were hard to fi nd here, so they cleverly became an importer and wholesaler too, now stocking Ocado and other suppliers. So, there’s no reason not to become a convert and start the herring diet today. And the salty licquorice? Try it and see. skandikitchen.co.uk

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1. CRISPBREAD We eat it for breakfast, lunch and as a snack. Forget the stuff you are used to in the UK, we’re talking proper crunch, lots of rye and seeds. Personally, I prefer Leksands crispbread. 2. RYE in all shapes or forms. I love rye bread, rye flakes for my porridge, rye flour for my bread, rye grain for my salads. 3. GRAVAD LAX dill cured salmon. I love salmon in all shapes and forms, but dill-cured salmon is my favourite, served with…. 4. HOVMASTERSAUS a mustard and dill dressing. It works so well. I love the one from Erik’s Sauser. 5. MARABOU CHOCOLATE WITH SEASALT AND TOASTED ALMONDS I will eat a whole pack if you let me.

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THE MOST POPULAR DRESSING FOR PICKLED HERRING IN SCANDINAVIA Often people mistake the shop-bought mustard herring for the real thing, but it is super easy to make your own and it dresses up any pickled herring for a smörgåsbord. You can of course pickle your own herring, but it is a bit timeconsuming so this is an easy cheat. INGREDIENTS: 1 x 220g jar of plain pickled herring (we prefer ABBAs onion herring). FOR THE DRESSING: 1 tbsp white wine vinegar 1 1⁄2 tbsp sunflower oil

APPLE & BEETROOT SALAD MAKES ONE NICE LARGE PORTION, ENOUGH FOR 4-5 PEOPLE Ever wondered what makes our Beetroot & Apple salad so lush? The secret is in the beetroot, actually. We use Scandinavian pickled beets and these are a bit sweeter than the ones you can buy in the UK stores. We’re happy to share the recipe, and also tell you how to sort it if you can only get hold of UK pickled beetroots. INGREDIENTS: 1 jar of pickled beetroot from Beauvais or Felix (300-400g in total), drained. Cut into 1cm pieces. Make sure the beetroot is well drained. 2 Granny Smith apples, cut into 1cm pieces (peeling optional - we don’t). A good quality mayonnaise - we like Scandinavian mayonnaise, but you can use any full fat good quality mayonnaise. Crème fraiche, salt, pepper, squeeze of lemon juice.

1 1⁄2 tbsp crème fraîche 1 1⁄2 tbsp caster sugar 1 tbsp Slotts Skånsk mustard (if you can’t find this, use a grain mustard instead) 1⁄2 tbsp normal Dijon mustard 1⁄2 tbsp single cream 1 tbsp mayonnaise 1 shallot, very finely chopped 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill 2 tbsp chopped fresh chives METHOD: Drain the herring, discard onion bits and put herring to one side. In a bowl, mix all the dressing ingredients together. Whisk really well until the mixture is creamy and combined, then add salt and pepper to taste. Add the drained herring and marinate for a few hours. Just before serving, add on top of crispbread or dark rye bread. Decorate with dill sprig. Recipe courtesy of scandikitchen.co.uk

METHOD: Mix the beetroot and apple pieces, add two tablespoons of mayonnaise and two tablespoons of creme fraiche. Stir. You are looking for a good creamy consistency without being too fatty. Pieces need to be coated, not drowning. Add more mayo and creme fraiche as required, little by little. Once you get to the preferred consistency, check the colour - you are looking for a good light pink colour – think Disney Pink. Don’t worry - it will go darker once it sets as the beet will continue to colour. Add seasoning to taste - the lemon juice is very important. If you fancy, add a dash of balsamic vinegar too. Leave to set in the fridge for a few hours. If it goes too dark, just add a bit more crème fraiche or mayonnaise before serving. Perfect as a side salad on the smorgasbord or on a meatball sandwich. If you are using UK or Eastern European pickled beets, these tend to be more sour. Add a spoonful or two of icing sugar to the beetroots after draining and leave for a few minutes - this will sweeten them a bit. Add more sugar to taste if necessary. Recipe courtesy of scandikitchen.co.uk

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Hello Angela. Tell us about The Merchant’s Tavern.

It’s a collaboration between myself, Patrick Clayton-Malone and Dominic Lake of [boutique British diner chain] Canteen and Neil Borthwick. We wanted to do a restaurant with Neil, he’s such a talented chef, and we wanted to do something local to us. We open next week; well, we actually open with a soft launch today. But next week we’re fully open. Why Shoreditch?

Well, all of us live in this part of town. It’s an area that has a lot of restaurants, but we felt it needed something else, something we could provide: great food, a very relaxed atmosphere… and one we can walk to! Why is this new venture different? What are you hoping to achieve with it?

The main aim is to make it a rather successful restaurant that establishes itself over many years, not just a two-minute wonder that opens one week and closes the next. We want this restaurant to launch Neil, we want it to become Neil’s place in a sense. Paddy, Dom and

I will remain in the background after a while; obviously at first we’re at the forefront because we have so much experience, but in a couple of months time we’ll step back and let Neil get on with it, very much the way Gordon [Ramsay, Hartnett’s mentor] did with me. Is it nice to play a part in breaking new talent?

first. But I always knew I wanted to cook. I think starting later gave me a good perspective on it. At the end of the day I love cooking, I love food - it’s a wonderful business. But at the end of the day, some people think we’re solving the world’s problems. We’re cooking food, you know? We’re not curing cancer. You have to keep things in perspective.

It is, it’s great, definitely. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to do that.

You’re one of a long line of chefs who’ve worked under Ramsay; how would you describe him?

What do you think about the East London food revolution? Do you get involved in a lot of local projects?

Gordon’s great, I wouldn’t be sitting here today without him. People knock him a lot but they forget what he’s done for the industry. All the chefs he’s trained are doing phenomenally well, you look at Marcus [Wareing], you look at Jason [Atherton], you look at Mark Sargeant, Mark Askew… I mean, all these people trained under him.

We did the menus at the Whitechapel Gallery for two years and that was great fun, but more generally it’s just good to live and work in the same area. And you can’t open a newspaper now without reading about a new opening, a new restaurant… it’s an exciting area to be in. How did you break into the culinary world yourself - weren’t you a late starter?

In some respects, yes, I did a History degree

What was it like working with Marcus Wareing?

We’re still good friends, I see him socially. We had our moments, because he and I probably spent more time together than Gordon and

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I, really. What was good was that he went through it all as well, he started from the bottom as a sous chef, just like me, and worked his way up. He’s been a bit of a mentor at times; if I ever needed advice, I’d ask Marcus.

A bowl of pasta! Something quite easy. You’re not going to sit there doing something fancypants on a night off, just something tasty - that’s the most important thing to me. A sandwich will do - as long as it’s tasty.

When well-known chefs are friends, do they have each other over for dinner?

How do you find the experience of cooking for TV?

Well, yes, I’ve had Marcus over for parties and stuff. I’ve had lots of chef friends over for dinner. And although there’s a competitive spirit in the industry, when you’re friends, it should surpass that. One of the great things in this business is how supportive people can be. We’ve found that in the last few weeks, working on the Merchant’s Tavern, all the locals have told us to let them know if we need anything, if we’re short of anything… Chris Galvin has a restaurant round here, James Ferguson at Beagle, the guys from Clove Club they’ve all been great. And I’ve done the same, when someone’s opened near me. That’s what it’s all about.

I certainly don’t consider myself a TV chef, because I don’t do it enough, but I’ve been lucky enough to appear on Hell’s Kitchen and Saturday Kitchen. I don’t aspire to be a TV chef. You have to look after your bread and butter – your restaurants.

What kind of thing do you like to cook at home, when you get the chance?

I suppose it’s easier on hours and better pay, but it’s certainly more competitive than ever.

Do you think the industry is tougher on women chefs?

It’s never affected me. You’re not judged on your gender; you’re judged on your cooking. Its tough, of course, you have to make a choice: people either want to do it or they don’t. How do you think the industry has changed over the years?

People have become more critical because they travel and are more knowledgeable about food and wine. At the end of the day, we’re not alone in that - everyone has to work hard to succeed. I just think it’s an industry that you have to love if you want to stay in it; if you’re halfhearted, it will show, because it is long hours and it is tough. Have you always lived in Spitalfields? Where do you like to eat out?

I lived in Stockwell for a while, but yes, I’ve been in Spitalfields for a long time. I eat at Tramshed, just round the corner; I like St John Bread & Wine. I love Canteen. Do you see yourself in Spitalfields forever?

Oh yes. It’s always been great, but it’s definitely changed - six or seven years ago even taxi drivers wouldn’t go near the place. But it’s changed for the better and I don’t intend to leave anytime soon.

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INTERIORS WUNDERKIND CHRISTOPHER JENNER ON HIS PHILOSOPHY OF DESIGN You’ve travelled the world extensively. How important is travel to your job?

Travel is a necessary evil and a glorious education. There’s only so much you can accomplish over the phone and via Skype; at some stage one needs to share a meal and spend some real time. Early on we created a global supply chain for our projects and to do this we set off to find amazing people in far-off places who would accept the challenges we presented. The ability to travel has made the realisation of our concepts a much easier proposition. Why did you settle in London and why is the city important to you?

London is the centre of the known universe – it’s the key node. Everyone who is anyone will come to London at some stage. Living here allows us to do business with China in the morning and New York in the afternoon. There are few cities is the world where culture is developing at such a super fast speed. London and New York I guess are the only two cities where a sense of global cultural change is happening as we speak. This organic cultural melting pot, married to a city with an incredible heritage, is a magic potion of innovation and creativity. Plus the food is incredible.

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You use a design process called ‘fractal analysis’. Can you tell us what this means?

We coined the term fractal analysis to describe the process of developing a brand narrative. I create a map of all the brand qualities including key aspects of heritage, product and current research, then I set these out in a fresh representation of the brand. This is where I get to work at developing an absolutely new and dynamic visual of brand presentation. What are the benefits and challenges of running your own studio?

The benefits far outweigh the challenges, that’s for sure. Our clients task us with the implementation of our projects globally, which means we need teams on the ground who can make things happen against what may seem like impossible odds. Each of our designers has a distinct profile, but each also has the ability to move seamlessly between conceptual, commercial and product-based projects. Having such an incredibly talented team around me allows me to bring concepts to the table in super-quick time with incredible visual character. How do you decide whether to take on a project? Is there one that sticks out as particularly challenging or enjoyable?

My particular favourite is working on projects which pose positioning problems, devising ways for brands to develop a world unique to themselves, distinguishing them from other brands and building an emotional relationship

KETEL ONE 80 BAR, GILGAMESH, CAMDEN STABLES MARKET

with clients. I’m very fond of working with brands that have an incredible heritage, but which have lost their way and are finding it hard to transition from their current image to a more contemporary version of themselves. What inspired your work on the Leadenhall Market branch of perfumier diptyque?

And what about the Ketel One 80 Bar?

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The Ketel One bar is all about turning a raw product into a premium one. As Ketel One is such a pure product we wanted to communicate this process more than the brand narrative; as such, we devised a design which references the copper kettles in which the vodka is distilled. The result is a huge sweep of hand-hammered copper attached to a skeleton frame which follows the shape of the building. The stools are formed to fit the ergonomic structure.

No period in particular; I like the fact that I can find beauty and inspiration in both the baroque and minimalism. People have become such slaves to taste that they have forgotten all sense of style. What constitutes good design?

Considered beauty. No matter what its end use, a designed space or product should embody both a considered approach and the values of beauty. christopher-jenner.com LEADENHALL MARKET © MICHAEL FRANKE

The heritage of diptyque is steeped in ethnographic references, and as such we employed the central ceiling in Leadenhall Market as a key inspiration point in our design. We spent a long time researching prevailing trends of the time, the result being a preference for green and blue in the colour scheme and lots of brass. All our work for diptyque always considers the culture of each of their locations, the aim being to incorporate facets of this into each presentation so that every project is a unique manifestation of the brand message.

What architecture inspires you?

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There’ll be a wealth of burgeoning and established talent at the 20th East London Design Show in December (look out for our special preview next month) but make a note to check out the eclectic homeware of Brighton-based company DeCasa. Each limited edition series is made up of just 30 items of the same design - mainly inspired by the colourful motifs of Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebrations and old school tattoos - so catch them while you can. Picture Light Bird PU RED, £210; decasa.co.uk

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hile his peers will be busy planning the Christmas party season or organising their next trip abroad for the extended university summer break, Parker Liautaud has a completely different agenda. From a very young age, this extraordinary young man as embarked on a journey to try to lead his generation into understanding how serious climate change is and has literally gone to the ends of the earth to try to get across his message. At just 19 years old, this Anglo-American polar explorer has already completed three Arctic tours and is about to embark on his largest and most daring adventure yet: The Willis Resilience Expedition. The Willis Resilience Expedition is an ambitious two-man unsupported sprint to the South Pole by Parker and his long-time expedition partner Doug Stoup. If successful, Parker will be crowned the youngest man to ever accomplish this gruelling feat, while setting a new record at the same time. The expedition kicks off on the 3rd of December from the coast of Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf. The pair will cover 397 miles as they make their way towards the South Pole, crossing the Trans-Antarctic Mountain range in the process, which at its highest point reaches 9,186 feet. As if this challenge wasn’t enough, Parker will also be carrying out three scientific programmes for a number of international research centres including Yale University and the International Atomic Energy Agency

in order to contribute to the scientific community’s understanding of how climate change is affecting Antarctica. These programmes will include the collection of over 25,000 samples of snow and ice, as well as testing a new type of mobile weather

station, which has never been deployed in Antarctica before. Speaking in a recent live webcast interview with Al Gore in California, Parker mentioned that he hopes that, “by actually going there and communicating live from the places that are being hit the hardest, project such as The Willis Resilience Expedition will become a very powerful mechanism to communicate the importance of the climate changes.” Changes to the global climate patterns are outlined in the International Panel on

Climate Change’s (IPCC) report released this September, which stated that scientists are now 95% certain that humans are responsible for the changes in our global weather patterns. As Parker points out, this is roughly the same certainty that scientists have that smoking leads to cancer. It is not just scientists who are interested in understanding our changing world: global business is starting to take note too. Commenting on the Willis Resilience Expedition, Rowan Douglas, the chairman of the Willis Research Network explained that, “This expedition marks a remarkable transition in climate science: it is being funded by a financial institution in The City, because climate change is moving beyond just science into the financial markets. It is literally going to move capital and the allocation of resources. The data that we get from this expedition will inform financial

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decision-making.“ In order to draw attention to the issues raised in the IPCC report, Parker chose to launch his expedition on the same day it was made public, by setting up a mini Antarctic camp beside Tower Bridge. Complete with real snow, expedition pulks and Antarctic-gear. The spectacle caught the attention of passers by, who stopped by to learn more about the expedition and its goals. Engaging the public in a dialogue about climate change is central to the expedition, so people are encouraged to engage with Parker and the expedition team on social media, and through the website which will be streaming footage and data directly from Antarctica around the clock.

To find out more about the expedition, head to www.willisresilience.com, or follow “WillisResilienceExpedion” on Facebook and @WillisSouthPole on Twitter.

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THE HOTEL With the Folly, Matrushka have created a rural bolthole to make you wonder why cities were ever invented. Originally built in the 16th century, the cottage offers a chic, cosy and wonderfully indulgent take on country living, with all the crooked romance of exposed beams and old stone plus a ton of luxury touches to ensure your stay is defined by contemporary comfort rather than agrarian privation. There’s an elegant salon, a huge kitchen with Aga and butcher’s block, a dining area with a table for ten, a utility room, a cloakroom, a snug (with 50-inch plasma screen and Bose surround sound) and a vestibule with wood-burning stove - plus all the books, movies and welly boots anyone could ever need.

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THE DAMAGE The Folly can be rented for a short break or by the week. Prices range from £1,335 for a two/three night break at off-peak times to £5,000 for a week over Christmas (including seasonal decorations and food). See the website for full details plus information on a range of bespoke additional services, from massage and spa treatments to helicopter transfers.

THE ROOM The main house has four double bedrooms, while a separate garden studio contains another. That means bedspace for ten guests in total, and with each room brilliantly designed around its own theme, no one will feel they’ve drawn the short straw.

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THE AREA The Folly is both easy to reach and pleasantly secluded, tucked away down a quiet lane on the fringe of the village of Didmarton. Within walking distance are a few neighbours, a teeny chapel and some lovely allotments teeming with raspberries and rhubarb. It’s all very Cotswolds in the best possible way, and the wider landscape continues the theme with its rolling pastures and grazing horses. The cottage is also just a few miles from Tetbury, which must be one of the nation’s best-preserved country towns – as well as being internationally renowned for its antiques shops and the rural seat of a certain Prince Charles.

THE GARDEN Clamber from your car onto the sweeping gravel drive and the first thing you see is the grey stone and clinging ivy of the cottage itself; a few steps more and the garden is revealed. A lush lawn sweeps up to a near horizon shaded by a spectacular walnut tree complete with a swing, while a series of steps (plus a safely covered fishpond and cute hump bridge) lead down to a large paved terrace that’s perfect for entertaining. At the foot of the lawn is a full-sized tennis court and a couple of garden sheds, one of which contains tennis equipment, two mountain bikes and lots of stripy wooden deckchairs. By day, the garden is activity central; by night, it’s a sublime spot in which to sit and enjoy the stars.

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Featuring the ESPA Life programme, this is a place where every issue is tackled – depression, IBS, bad back, low confidence… It’s all about taking a holistic approach here, combining treatments with personal training and nutritional advice to come up with a solution in seconds – we recommend the fantastic acupuncture with Ailsa. In addition, there’s a 20-metre swimming pool, Jacuzzi, outdoor hot pool, gym and aerobics studio so that you can work those muscles before a relaxing massage.

Fresh from a £1 million revamp, there are 232 rooms, including 26 sumptuous suites. The look is classic and comfortable, with original Art Deco features, Zoffany furniture and thick carpets with underfloor heating. Asprey products pepper the massive, marble bathroom, which boasts an elegant claw foot bath. Choose a room in the 60to-90 block series – spacious with excellent views.

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your own pizza), classic bar food in the Dormy House or the award-winning Strathearn, known for its excellent breakfasts – think Marburry salmon from Dumfries, Loch Fyne kippers, stone-baked breads, three different choices of Ayrshire bacon and the obligatory haggis. However, the main attraction is the two-Michelin starred Restaurant Andrew Farlie. Serving a blend of Scottish and French cuisine, the signature smoked lobster with warm lime and herb butter is not to be missed.

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ipping on a ‘Femme Fatale’ – Jackie Kennedy’s favourite mix of Champagne, crème de fraise sauvage and Cognac – in the Elephant Bar at Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor in Siem Reap, it was hard to believe that just a few hours earlier we’d been mud-spattered and sticky, scrambling through the Cambodian jungle exploring the remote remains of the lost city of Mahendraparvata, still swathed in vegetation. The hotel opened its doors in 1932 and has kept its French colonial charm with its wrought-iron lift, black and white marble floors in the lobby,

polished wood floors in the rooms and the elegant Khmer furniture, and updating the whole shebang with a host of contemporary comforts. Siem Reap is the starting point for exploring the dazzling temples of Angkor – the world’s largest complex of sacred temples and a Unesco World Heritage site – and our days were skilfully planned around early starts, visiting the more popular temples minus the crowds and heat. Angkor Wat is the jewel in the crown. Built in the 12th century, it’s believed to be the world’s largest religious building, with one kilometre of bas-reliefs that tell tales from Hindu mythology and the Khmer Empire. But it’s not the only masterpiece: the immense walled city of Angkor Thom is home to the stunning Bayon, its 54 towers each topped with colossal heads depicting four faces of Buddha. Ta Prohm’s crumbling

temples are wrapped in the ruthless embrace of strangler figs, and the elaborate carvings of the diminutive Banteay Srei are unmissable. One afternoon, renowned American photographer John McDermott, whose dramatic black and white prints of Angkor are for sale in his gallery at Raffles, took us behind the scenes at the atmospheric temple of Preah Khan, where we put his professional tips to good use as we watched the setting sun turn the temple walls to gold, with hardly another tourist in sight. That evening, the apsaras – the dancers from the celestial Hindu court of Indra – stepped off the temple walls and came to life on the stage in Raffles’ garden, with their glittering costumes and graceful gestures. Khmer is the country’s original culture and can be traced back to the 9th century AD. But in the 1970s, the brutal regime of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, as well as killing millions of Cambodians, tried to obliterate all traces of its artistic, culinary and musical heritage. The frenetic capital Phnom Penh, may be changing

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Journey Through Khmer Culture starts from USD 3,187 (GBP 2,073) per person based on two people sharing the tour. This includes 5 nights’ accommodation in Landmark Rooms with Raffles Hotels & Resorts on a bed and breakfast basis; the legendary 24-hour Raffles Butler Service; all activity options and additional meals stated in the itinerary; entrance fees; English-speaking local guide and transfers. A five night suite option (Balcony Suite in Raffles Hotel Le Royal and Personality Suite in Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor) would start from USD 4,230 (GBP 2,752). To book, visit raffles.com. Thai Airways International (THAI) flies twice daily to Bangkok leading to over 70 countries across five continents. A return flight to Cambodia starts from £808 including taxes and fuel surcharges. THAI constantly has special promotions so check out the website for the latest deals. Further information: 0844 561 0911; thaiairways.co.uk

at breakneck speed but the Raffles Hotel Le Royal, built in the 1920s, remains a lemongrassscented haven of colonial sophistication, its lush gardens and swimming pool a peaceful oasis from the chaos of tuk-tuks, motorbikes and cars that choke the streets. The hotel was once a safe haven for journalists during Pol Pot’s merciless regime.We visited Tuol Sleng, a former school that became the city’s main internment camp, where the cramped cells are still stained with blood, and we talked with 72 year-old Bou Meng, one of the few remaining survivors. He was saved by his ability to paint and spent his days replicating a photograph of Pol Pot – his wife was not so lucky. Choeung Ek, 10 miles south of the city, is one of the notorious ‘Killing Fields’ where the Khmer Rouge butchered fellow Cambodians before throwing

their bodies into large pits. At its centre stands a 40 metre-high glass stupa, packed with skulls and bones as a testament to the horror. After a gruesome reminder of the country’s darkest time, a visit to the charity PSE – Pour un Sourire d’Enfant – focussed on a brighter future. Here, we watched a heart-wrenching fi lm about young children forced to forage on a city centre rubbish dump, before it was transformed into a school and training centre, giving even the most disadvantaged the chance of a better life. Indeed, some of the original children helped by PSE are now at university. Since the demise of the Khmer Rouge, Cambodians have strived to reignite Khmer culture and Siem Reap is at the heart of the country’s burgeoning arts scene. Now chic boutiques and galleries stock the work of native and expat artists and designers,

nurturing local talent and preserving traditional crafts: at Theam’s House, Cambodian artist Lim Muy Theam updates traditional handicrafts with his neon-bright sculptures, while the Frenchowned Wa Gallery stocks funky homeware and jewellery from around the region. And a tuk-tuk ride from the centre, Artisans d’Angkor sells beautiful silk clothes, bags and soft furnishings made in its own on-site workshop. Back at Raffles, the perfect antidote to a long, hot day pounding the pavements and exploring dusty temples was a trip to the spa for a relaxing massage and the traditional Khmer Herbal Body Wrap, which uses local ingredients, such as turmeric, galangal and lemongrass. Later, we indulged in a Khmer feast at the elegant Restaurant Le Grand, and raised a glass to a new chapter in Cambodia’s history.

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luxurious cruise liner we boarded at Barcelona that will deliver us eventually to Venice via breathtaking stops at Mallorca, the Amalfi coast, Sicily, Corfu and Dubrovnik. But then, Vicente is emblematic of the whole; every detail, from the very sewn-up and smooth act of boarding at Barcelona’s port, is served up with an attention to detail that

makes every penny of the all-inclusive fare worth it. Let’s start with the room – or, as its known on-board – the stateroom (an appealingly grand moniker I shall pompously adopt hence-forward). The first thing to note is the large double balcony – with a view across the wide seas and downwards towards the promenade deck. It is the perfect spot upon which to enjoy a nightly sun-downer, and indeed, never has the term been more appropriate; to watch the molten fiery orange of the sun melt gradually into the sea and make the water picturesquely sparkle in the dying light is something incomparably spectacular. Back inside, the enormous bed – for which guests can select from a pillow menu – is amongst the most sizeable and comfortable we’ve ever slept in, while the bathroom, complete with Jacuzzi bath, would hold its own in any contest against the best land-dwelling five-star hotels. The service, meanwhile, far exceeds that in any comparable

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on-land offering; each day the room is cleaned twice by a team of thoroughly charming staff and each evening Vicente leaves us little morsels and treats (smoked salmon here, prosciutto there), as well as Tanqueray gin and tonics to reward us for our exertions poolside or for exploring whatever beautiful town we’ve been fortunate enough to be delivered to that particular day. And then there’s the food, which is abundant and invariable only in its excellence. We begin our voyage from the vantage point of the Crystal dining room, where, on night one, we’re allocated a regular table with regular waiters – this time a double act of Arlena and Fabio, who are as efficient as they are charming. The sweeping grandeur of the room represents a tip of the cap to cruiseliners of old, the chandeliers and scale alone satisfying any hankering for the golden age of travel. The menu meanwhile is daily-changing with interesting twists on modern classics, plus

bars on-board), but there are also speciality restaurants such as the Italian Prego and, most spectacularly, The Silk Road, an outpost of the much-lauded Nobu; its Michelin-star quality is in abundant evidence and the black cod is, I’m pleased to report, every bit as jawslackeningly delicious as it is in Mayfair. To spend eight days aboard The Crystal Serenity, alighting at a collection of fascinating ports on an Odyssean voyage (with conspicuously fewer instances of shipwreck and abject misery, it must be noted), should come with its own danger warning – namely that any traveller must, in all fairness, be made aware of the thoroughly spoiling effect it will exert on them hence forth. The pools, the on-board library, the seamless service (with a notable nod to Benjamin for whom it is a matter of pride that no pool-side drink should be allowed to be empty for more than a matter of seconds), the wonderfully nostalgic promenade deck, the on-board cinema, the plethora of bars – from the breezy to the gentleman’s club-like – and, yes, the services of Vicente all add up to a picture of sublime ease and comfort. At no point, despite the vast number of fellow travellers, does it feel crowded and the diversions available are so wide-ranging that after eight days we’ve barely skimmed the surface; for those wanting the pizzazz of entertainment, it’s to be had nightly (expect ballroom dance, show tunes and, er, ventriloquism); for flutterers, there is a casino; if you could possibly be in need of further relaxation, there is a spa; and for the committed self-improvers amongst us there is a lecture programme and lessons in everything from photography to languages. It is, then, no wonder that as the Crystal Serenity pulls out of every port, the gruff yet affecting tones of Louis Armstrong are belted out throughout the ship as he croons about what a wonderful world it is. Louis, we’d be inclined to agree.

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Canonbury Road London N1 reception room I 2 bedrooms I bathroom | kitchen/breakfast room | garden EPC rating E A beautifully presented two bedroom garden maisonette arranged over the lower floors of this attractive Victorian building in the heart of the Canonbury Conservation Area

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Wyatt Road London N5 reception room I 3 bedrooms I 2 bathrooms | kitchen/breakfast room garden | EPC rating D Spacious period house, refurbished to a very good standard and located on a peaceful Highbury road

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STRATFORD CHILDS PROUD TO LAUNCH FIRST OFFICE IN SHOREDITCH Stratford Childs is a new independent estate agency founded by Jonathan Stratford and Alex Childs. With 20 years experience throughout London’s property market, Stratford Childs brings a personalized and modern approach to selling or letting your property. The pair met in 2004 when they were working in Stirling Ackroyd’s Clerkenwell office, and always wanted to set up their own estate agency. The business specialises in sales, lettings and management as well as land and new homes. The launch offer is 0.5%+vat to sell your property and 5%+vat to let your property. Stratford Childs will be servicing the areas of City, Barbican, Islington, Old Street, Shoreditch, Hackney. � Jonathan Stratford MNAEA,

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CHARLOTTE ROAD, EC2 £2,700,000 LEASEHOLD There are Shoreditch lofts and then there are the epic Shoreditch penthouse loft conversions that you’d expect to discover in this energetic City fringe neighbourhood. Thankfully, this is the latter. You’d be hard pushed to find a loft much bigger anywhere within half a mile. There is a mammoth amount of floor space available, just under 2600 sq. ft., and its wrapped around the top floor of a handsome, period corner building. The secret to this? That the whole space was formerly two period lofts that have been joined together to create this masterpiece. Davey Stone 020 7729 2476; daveystone.com

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£1,495,000 LEASEHOLD Enjoying a wealth of beautifully proportioned and stylish accommodation, this contemporary two bedroom flat also benefits from close proximity to the fashionable amenities of Clerkenwell. The property consists of two luxurious bedrooms, an extensive dual-aspect reception room / open-plan kitchen, ensuite, and two stunning guest cloakrooms. The property is only moments away from Clerkenwell, Shoreditch and the Barbican. Foxtons, Clerkenwell 020 7871 9800; foxtons.co.uk

ENGLEFIELD ROAD, N1 £650,000 SHARE OF FREEHOLD A beautiful two bedroom maisonette for sale on the first and second floor of this period building. This home boasts 868 sq ft of living space, and further benefits from and off-street parking. The property is in excellent condition and ideally located close to local amenities, Angel and Highbury underground stations. KFH, Islington 0207 226 2487; kfh.co.uk

THE BEST OF CLERKENWELL VILLAGE Annual price increase: 17% | Average house price: £596,855 (Zoopla) KFH in conjunction with Zoopla.co.uk has compiled a selection of London village guides and found that living in or near to a village in London can typically command a premium in the region of 51%. Each month we’ll feature of those villages, and this month we’re focusing on Clerkenwell Village.

FARRINGDON ROAD, EC1R £700,000 Leasehold A large two bedroom flat for sale arranged on the raised ground floor of this period building. The property benefits from a private garden and is close to transport links. Main schools: Transport links: • Farringdon tube station (zone 1) • Clerkenwell Parochial Primary School • Christopher Hatton Primary School • A variety of bus routes For more information visit www.kfh.co.uk/village-guides � KFH Islington: 020 7226 2487; kfh.co.uk

Located on the edge of Zone One, Clerkenwell is a trendy, affluent and middle class pocket of central London. The area has a rich heritage, taking its name from the Clerk’s ancient well which remarkably, is still visible on Farringdon Lane. At the heart of this village is Clerkenwell Green which is bustling with coffee shops, gastro pubs, restaurants (of few of which have Michelin stars) and independent shops. Interestingly, Clerkenwell is also home to London’s first gastro pub – The Eagle. The area is famous for its street markets which include Exmouth, Smithfield, Leather Lane and Whitecross Street.

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White Lion Street, Islington, N1 ÂŁ2,145 pcm Beautiful one bedroom flat offering stylish furnishings throughout situated within a gated development. The property is conveniently located moments from the wide range of shops, bars and restaurants on Upper Street and Angel station offering an easy link to the City and West End. EPC rating C. Islington 020 7359 3636 Email lis@kfh.co.uk

Tibberton Square, Islington, N1 ÂŁ1,820 pcm Beautiful two bedroom flat in the sought after and leafy Tibberton Square. This charming apartment is located on the ground floor of a stunning period conversion and has recently been refurbished throughout. There are excellent bus connections towards the City and Angel station. Essex Road and Canonbury stations are only moments away. Furnished or unfurnished. EPC rating D. Islington 020 7359 3636 Email lis@kfh.co.uk

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Lamb’s Passage EC1Y – Leasehold - £785,000 A beautifully presented 2 bedroom City apartment. EPC: B Hamptons City & West End Sales: 020 7717 5435

Lexington Apartments EC1Y – Leasehold - £399,950 A spacious studio with parking in the Square Mile. EPC: C Hamptons City & West End Sales: 020 7717 5435

Wheler Street E1, £595 per week Superb conversion apartment located in the heart of Spitalfields. EPC: C Hamptons City Lettings 020 7717 5437

Folgate Street E1, £550 per week A top floor apartment in this popular Spitalfields development. EPC: C Hamptons City Lettings 020 7717 5437

Kingsland Road E8 - £525 per week – Long Let Newly renovated with two bedrooms and a wrap around balcony. EPC:C Islington Lettings: 020 7717 5455

St. Pauls Road, N1 - £1050 per week Beautifully finished house, with three bedrooms (+study). EPC:E Islington Lettings 020 7717 5455

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Q. Why should I use a property management agent? A. The management of a residential property is a complex business requiring a full understanding of the structure and meaning of leases. According to the Residential Landlords Association, there are currently over 100 rules and regulations governing letting a property in the private sector so making sure you’re on top of them all can be a full time job. With the boom in the buy to let market, many landlords are either renting out properties for the first time while others have built larger portfolios and find themselves having to consider whether it’s worth employing a property management company. In my opinion, if you have a large portfolio of stock, don’t live near the property, have no interest in being hands-on to deal with the day-to-day management or if your time is limited then it can be a huge help and well worth the additional spend. There are two very important aspects to look for in a management company when you are recruiting. The first is their qualifications and experience in the industry and the second is that they hold professional indemnity insurance to protect against possible

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Q. Should I redecorate before I sell? A. Completely redecorating a property is not necessary, but presenting it well is. In the competitive London market first impressions are everything and the right presentation will sell your home. Start with the entrance, if the front door and windows need painting then give them a fresh coat and tidy up the garden if you have one. A potential buyer wants to picture themselves living in a property so remove as much clutter as possible, it will be easier for them to envision themselves and their furniture in the property. Most buyers also prefer to see a property with neutral decoration. Deeply or brightly coloured walls, or heavilypatterned wallpaper, may put buyers off. Consider painting them a neutral colour, it is an inexpensive solution. Ensuring any cracks in the walls have been filled, bathroom grouting is clean and cupboard handles are screwed on properly are small things that can make a big difference; it will stop a potential buyer forming negative opinions. It is difficult, but try asking yourself: “would you buy it?”

A. Chancel Repair Liability is a liability that attaches to a property that means it has to contribute towards the cost of the upkeep of a church’s chancel and is an archaic liability that originates hundreds of years ago. The Land Registration Act 2003 gave the church until 13th October 2013 to register its Chancel Repair Liabilities against properties. Up until 13th October 2013 Chancel Repair Liability is what is known as an “overriding interest”, which means that a property may be liable for it even though there is no specific entry registered against the title. From 13th October 2013, the church must have registered its interest against the title in order for it to be enforceable. From 13th October 2013, the church will still be able to claim the right against the current owner of the property but when the property changes hands it will not be able to do so. It is possible to check whether a property lies within the parish that might have potential liability by carrying out a simple desktop search called “Chancel Check”. In the vast majority of cases, the property will have no liability but even if the property is situated in a parish that does have a potential liability, it is possible to take out indemnity insurance against the risk for a relatively modest premium.

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HAVERSTOCK STREET, N1 - £940 PER WEEK This beautiful Three/four bedroom period house is situated on this quiet residential street in the pretty Regents Canal area of Angel. house | four bedrooms | great location

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WILMOT STREET, BETHNAL GREEN, E2 - ÂŁ425 PER WEEK A very well presented two double bedroom apartment in this attractive mansion block, conveniently located for local stations and a short walk to fashionable Brick Lane and Spitalfields. two bedrooms | off street parking | furnished

SUGAR HOUSE, LEMAN STREET, E1 - ÂŁ595 PER WEEK Located on the ground floor of this impressive Edwardian building recently converted into luxury flats by award winning Berkley Homes. The apartment comprises two bedrooms, main bathroom and en-suite, high ceilings throughout, open plan lounge with wooden floors. flat | two bedrooms | great location

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BETHNAL GREEN ROAD, E2 - ÂŁ825,000 This Grade II three bedroom property on Bethnal Green Road listed building offer bundles of original features and character including parquet flooring in the lounge with a working period fire place. three bedrooms | period | roof terrace

CLOUDESLEY ROAD, N1 - ÂŁ950,000 This property is located on one of the finest streets within the ever-popular Barnsbury Conservation Area. It is a quiet and tree-lined street situated a short walk from the shops, restaurants and bars on Upper Street. two bedrooms | very good decoration | excellent location

winkworth.co.uk/islington | 020 7354 2480 islington@winkworth.co.uk winkworth.co.uk/highbury | 020 7989 7000 highbury@winkworth.co.uk winkworth.co.uk/shoreditch | 020 7749 7650 shoreditch@winkworth.co.uk

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SPITAL SQUARE, SPITALFIELDS, E1 ÂŁ765,000

A fantastic two bedroom apartment in Spitalfields. The property has two double bedrooms, a generous lounge with a balcony overlooking the lush and peaceful communal gardens. upper floor | balcony | garage

BUCKINGHAM ROAD, N1 - ÂŁ1,850,000 FREEHOLD

A beautifully reworked period house offering luxurious open plan living on an attractive residential street. The ground floor living space is made up of a large living area and fully integrated kitchen leading out through a triple aspect glass extension to the landscaped garden. four bedrooms | garden | off street parking

winkworth.co.uk/islington | 020 7354 2480 islington@winkworth.co.uk winkworth.co.uk/highbury | 020 7989 7000 highbury@winkworth.co.uk winkworth.co.uk/shoreditch | 020 7749 7650 shoreditch@winkworth.co.uk

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IN THEIR OWN

WORDS STACEY FLETCHER

Sales Manager : Cluttons, Islington Photography: Rebecca Noonan

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s a youngster I dreamed of becoming a professional golfer and enrolling in an American Golf Academy. I have played golf from the young age of 6 and coming from a family of golfers and living in Ireland, taking up the sport was unavoidable! I soon realised that this dream may not be a reality and turned to my second passion – property. Influenced by my family, who have bought, sold and built many properties in their time, I studied Estate Management at Northumbria University and graduated after 4 years. As part of my degree, I spent a placement year in Leeds working for a Surveying company in the commercial agency department dealing with the sale and letting of anything from a 200 sq ft flower shop to a 20,000 sq ft warehouse. This was a year I loved and confirmed that I wanted to work in property. When I graduated, the economy had taken a turn for the worse and it was confirmed that we were in a recession. This made it increasingly difficult to secure a graduate scheme in the North East, when jobs were being cut in the commercial property industry. I then turned to residential and was employed by one of Newcastle’s largest agents, Rook Matthews Sayer. Here, I gained a wealth of experience over 14 months, but the economy was having a severe effect on homeowners trying to sell. At this point, I decided to make the move to London where the market appeared to be buoyant compared to the North East. Then an opportunity arose when Cluttons were opening a new office in Islington over three years ago, and I have been here ever since. Over this

time, property prices have continued to rise, but the area is still suffering from a lack of stock to meet the demand of would-be buyers. This has resulted in a competitive market, and in some cases properties are achieving values in excess of their asking price. We are continually seeing a mix of first time buyers, international buyers and investors looking to secure properties in the area. De Beauvoir is my personal favourite pocket in the Islington area. It offers a range of architecture, from the Gothic style houses on De Beauvoir Square to the sleek and contemporary new builds overlooking Regent’s Canal. If I had to choose a favourite street, it would have to be Northchurch Terrace. Having been an Islington resident myself, I have experienced first hand the fantastic array of shops, bars, cafés and restaurants the area has to offer. A favourite of mine is the De Beauvoir Deli on Southgate Road and I was so pleased to find they recently opened another store on Theberton Street, very close to my office. Perfect for a lunchtime sandwich. Regents Canal is great any time of year, taking you East to the delights of Broadway Market and open spaces of Victoria Park or North West to trendy Camden and the beautiful Regents Park. I recommend the Waterline for a glass of wine to sit back and watch the passers by along the canal. Islington has it all and is quite simply a fantastic place to live and work, unfortunately however it doesn’t have a golf course! 020 7354 6666; cluttons.com

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BATTLEDEAN ROAD, N5 A stylish Victorian terraced house offering excellent scope to further extend (STPP), retaining many original period features. Energy Rating: E. 5 bedrooms, bathroom, double reception, garden. £1,295,000 Freehold 020 7293 0648 islington@faronsutaria.co.uk

FERNTOWER ROAD, N5 An attractive flat with period features and a private patio set on the raised ground and lower ground floors of this house. Energy Rating: D. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception, communal garden. £650,000 Leasehold 020 7293 0648 islington@faronsutaria.co.uk

SALES • LETTINGS • AUCTIONS • PROPERTY FINANCE • SURVEYS • CONVEYANCING

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POETS ROAD, N5 A family home peacfully located close to Canonbury station and Newington Green. Offering beautifully presented accommodation over 3 floors. Energy Rating: D. 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, garden. £1,500,000 Freehold 020 7293 0648 islington@faronsutaria.co.uk

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Spotlight on ISLINGTON T

JAKE PERKINS Partner & Sales Manager at Hotblack Desiato, Islington � 020 7226 0160; hotblackdesiato.co.uk

Canonbury Square, N1

£899,950 – Long Leasehold

he fact that George Orwell finished writing ‘Animal Farm’ and started writing ‘1984’ in this flat makes it unique in its own right. This third floor, three bedroom apartment is situated in Canonbury Square, which has since become one of the most desirable squares in North London. Access to the flat is via Alwyne Villas and then through the lovely communal garden to the rear stairwell. The present owners are architects, and have used their skills to provide a great feel to the flat.

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A wall of chestnut blossom in the summer, red leaves and conkers in the autumn and then when the leaves drop, the full Georgian splendour of the whole square in winter. The apartment is situated on the quietest corner of the square.

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A lovely spacious room where your eyes are drawn to the fireplace, then two windows which overlook the tree tops of the charming Canonbury Square. The east/west aspect provides the room with an abundance of natural light.

Alice Forrester Senior Sales Negotiator at Winkworth Islington � 020 7354 2480; winkworth.co.uk

BEST SCHOOL

RAINY DAY

I would say one of the best schools in Islington is William Tyndale Primary School. In our office we get many people trying to buy or rent nearby just to be in the catchment.

I would head to Screen on the green to watch one of their matinees. It’s been there years so has heaps of character. Afterwards the Albion is great for a beer in a cosy pub.

FUN FOR FREE I would take a walk through Chapel Market, with all the different market stalls and foods there’s loads to see and a great atmosphere.

SPORTS AND RECREATION One of my favourite things to do is take a walk along the Regent’s canal that runs through Islington. It’s lovely and green and I love looking at all the houseboats along the way.

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WHY ARCHITECTURAL AWARDS MATTER JONATHAN PLANT

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ast month saw the announcement of the winner of this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize. Won by Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, the Stirling Prize recognises the work as the greatest contribution to British architecture of the last year. There is no doubt that it’s a beautiful example of how to drop a contemporary house into the ruins of a twelfth century castle, but why is it important for there to be architectural awards? There is no doubt that we all like to be able to describe ourselves as award winning. And it likely gives some credibility when approaching a new client to be able to say that your work has been recognised outside of your usual environs as being worthy of merit. Its also important for architects to be able to pitch themselves against each other and to better the work that they do through competition. But the award process is about more than the badge of being an award winner. What the awards process can really do is allow the profession to spread the word to a much wider audience of why architecture and high quality design is so important. What Astley Castle has done is shown how and why you should be able to take an important but decaying building and bring it back to life, not just through painstaking restoration, but by taking a radical approach and juxtaposing very modern but equally high quality design with historic architecture. Now those that may not have thought so previously will be able to look at this building and see that modern architecture can sit alongside and integrate very well into historic fabric. Equally it is an example to all architects on how it should be done. The awards process also allows people to understand the value of good design. Not only the value in terms of a better place to be but also the financial value. So often we as a practice are asked what value our fee is going to bring to a scheme. Whilst it is perhaps easy to see the value that an extra square meterage or number of dwellings will bring to a site, what’s far more difficult to put a finger on is what extra value the application of high quality design will bring. As a holiday let property with reservations now not being taken until 2015, it is very clear to see with Astley Castle that the desirability to spend time in a place that has been so beautifully designed has bought a financial value to the building that could never have been budgeted in any quantity surveyor’s cost plan.

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SALES

Hornsey Road Holloway | £500,000 Share of Freehold A spacious 3 bed flat on the upper floors of a converted terraced house. Presented in good decorative order, the flat is ideally located within easy walking distance of shops and excellent transport links including Finsbury Park Station. • 3 bedrooms • En-suite wet room • Fitted kitchen

• Reception • Roof terrace • Energy Efficiency Rating: Band D

Molton House, Barnsbury Estate | £350,000 Leasehold A very bright and airy 2 bed apartment on the 2nd floor of a well maintained block superbly located opposite Barnard Park on Copenhagen Street. The property comprises spacious living room with balcony, fitted kitchen, 2 double bedrooms, bathroom and separate WC. • Purpose built flat • Fitted kitchen • Balcony

• Gas central heating and Double glazing • Leasehold • Energy Efficieny Rating: Band C

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Tabley Road N7 | £575.00 Per Week This desirable spilt level maisonette is offered in good decorative order and beautifully presented. The property comprises of 3 double bedrooms, spacious lounge, family bathroom, fully fitted kitchen/breakfast room and access to private gardens. • Spilt level maisonette • 3 Double bedrooms • Fully fitted kitchen

• Private garden • Close transportation links • Energy Efficiency Rating: TBC

Holloway Road N7 | £640.00 Per Week An immaculately presented, split-level 4 bedroom flat. Internally oozing with character, including original feature fireplaces, this period conversion benefits from stylish décor throughout. Holloway Road is perfectly situated for the multiple shopping, entertainment and transport links. • Period conversion • 4 double bedrooms • Spacious lounge

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Property Development THE HERON STUDIO APARTMENT FROM £475,000 The Heron comprises 285 highly specified apartments right at the heart of the Square Mile. Almost all of the residences lower down in the building have already been sold, but the premier apartments above the 30th floor – which are fitted out to an even higher specification than those below – are now available to view. The Panoramic Collection, on floors 31 to 34 offer generous proportions and exceptional views across London from full-height windows and some of the City’s highest and most extensive terraces. The apartments include bespoke parquet hardwood timber floors in the living area. 020 3291 2330; theheron.co.uk

RARE NEW DEVELOPMENT IN BEAUTIFUL BLOOMSBURY Contemporary Crest Nicholson residential scheme in WC1, Bloomsbury Gardens is the

first development of this scale of newly built homes in the area for years and is already proving extremely popular. The development comprises a small collection of one, two and three-bedroom apartments and two, three and four-bedroom duplexes – many of which boast gardens and balconies. These contemporary homes have been

designed to complement rather than mirror the elegant townhouses for which Bloomsbury is renowned. They offer light, bright open plan living spaces with an extremely high specification finish. Sizes of homes at Bloomsbury Gardens start from approximately 462 sq ft for a one bedroom apartment and go up to 1,578 sq ft for a three bedroom duplex apartment. Prices at the development start from £699,999 0203 667 5119; bloomsburygardensWC1.com

CANALETTO LAUNCH PARTY Hundreds of guests gathered last night at the site of the new Canaletto development on City Road, London, to witness a spectacular light and sound show to celebrate the launch of what is already being described as London’s first beautiful high-rise residential building. The dynamic 4D show, designed by Slice and Drive Productions, utilised state-ofthe-art technology to project a sequence of

breathtaking three-dimensional visuals onto the unfinished high-rise building. This world first event uses the technology to project the future of a development, bringing together the culture, lifestyle and exceptional architecture of this exciting newcomer to the London skyline. The site was temporarily imbued with the kind of life and energy that will come to epitomise the area in years to follow. 020 7608 1825; canalettolondon.com

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A home in one of London’s trendiest postcodes

Dalston Curve, Kingsland High Street, Dalston, London E8 2NS • A mixture of 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments in the heart of Dalston town centre

• Superb location offering an array of shops, restaurants and entertainment venues

Register your interest to find out more:

• 106 new Lifetime Homes in a sustainable and sensitive scheme

• Excellent travel connections with Dalston Kingsland station situated close by

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0203 697 3925

* Taylor Wimpey terms and conditions apply. Photography used shows a view of the City of London and does not show the exact location of the development advertised. Development plans are subject to planning permission and may be changed. Speak to a Sales Executive for more information. YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE. September 2013.

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Property Development THE COLT E2 23 luxury apartments in the heart of London’s creative east end and near the city. The Colt boasts beautifully designed one, two and three bedroom apartments, each finished to a high specification, with spacious living areas and designer kitchens. These luxurious apartments are ideal for a short commute to The City, and the buzzing streets of Shoreditch, Old Street and Hoxton. £325,000 - £535,000 020 7226 6611; thecolt.co.uk

THE BOATYARD, E14 Inspired by its waterside location and parkside setting, Telford Homes is launching its latest residential development, The Boatyard, consisting of two residential buildings – The Boathouse and The Clubhouse – on Cotall Street and Stainsby Road, Poplar London. Comprised of 75 one, two and threebedroom apartments, The Boatyard offers fantastic views of Bartlett Park, the Limehouse Cut, Canary Wharf and beyond. First completions are expected in spring 2015. Prices start from £240,000 for a onebedroom apartment. Telford Homes, 020 3538 3273; telfordhomes.plc.uk/the-boatyard/

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S PA C I O U S L I V I N G I N P R I M E C E N T R A L L O N D O N DUPLEXES NOW RELEASED

2, 3 & 4 bedroom duplexes now released for sale at Bloomsbury Gardens, WC1. All with south west facing private terrace or balcony. Highly specified contemporary interiors. Stunning communal garden. Backing onto St George’s Gardens. 8 minute walk* to Russell Square underground station and to the Brunswick shopping centre. 2, 3 & 4 bedroom duplexes priced from £1,170,000 Apartments also available. Book your appointment to visit our sales & marketing suite at 45 Sidmouth Street, Bloomsbury, WC1H 8JB. Call 020 3667 5121 or email bloomsburygardens@crestnicholson.com

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THE NOT SO SQUARE MILE Final elegant apartments in the heart of The City now released In one of the best locations in London, this collection of apartments and penthouses provides city-fringe living with a wealth of in-house amenities including residents only gymnasium, roof terrace with spectacular City vistas and concierge service. This is Cityscape - a development that offers exceptional value and quality.

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Offices throughout London

Endsleigh Court, WC1H

£329,950

Argyle Walk, WC1H

£815,000

A bright and spacious studio flat located on the top floor of one of Bloomsbury’s most prestigious mansion blocks close to Euston station, views over London’s West End. Leasehold. EPC = D

An opportunity to purchase a spacious three bedroom, split level apartment moments from Euston & King’s Cross, approximately 1,000 square ft with a private terrace and secluded location. Leasehold. EPC = C

Bloomsbury Office 020 7291 0655Bloomsbury@edmundcude.com

Bloomsbury Office 020 7291 0655Bloomsbury@edmundcude.com

Macklin Street, WC2B

Witley Court, WC1N

£425,000

£465,000

Spacious and bright fifth floor, one bedroom apartment located a stone’s throw from Covent Garden’s vibrant shops, bars & restaurants. Separate kitchen, Communal terrace and lift. Leasehold. EPC = D

A spacious first floor apartment situated in a popular mansion block a stone’s throw from Euston & Russell Square stations, also located moments from the Brunswick Centre. Accommodation boasts a large double bedroom with en-suite bathroom, separate kitchen and en-suite bathroom. Portered block with lift. Leasehold. EPC = D

Bloomsbury Office 020 7291 0655Bloomsbury@edmundcude.com

Bloomsbury Office 020 7291 0655Bloomsbury@edmundcude.com

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Russell Court, WC1H

£500,000

A stunning refurbished second floor apartment situated in one of Bloomsbury’s premier blocks, the property benefits from a sleek white modern kitchen, luxury bathroom and wood flooring throughout. The block provides a 24 hour porter service and lift. No forward chain. Share of Freehold. EPC = C

Bloomsbury Office 020 7291 0655Bloomsbury@edmundcude.com

Acton  Balham  Bloomsbury  Battersea  Camden  Clapham  Dulwich  Fulham  Hammersmith  Islington  West Hampstead

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CurrellResidential

£1,595,000 Freehold Albion Road, N16

• Grade II Listed

• Four bedrooms • Self-contained nanny flat • 75ft garden

£700,000 Leasehold Grosvenor Avenue, N5

• Two bedroom converted maisonette • Private south facing garden • Modern bathroom • Close to Canonbury station

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£825,000 Leasehold Cross Street, N1

• Centrally positioned building • Two double bedrooms • Spacious reception room • Private patio

£625,000 Canonbury Park North, N1 • Share of freehold • Purpose built first floor flat • Three bedrooms • Private balcony

020 7226 4200 islington@currell.com

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Stirling Ackroyd All around the City WC1

N1

£650,000

£675,000

WEST END SALES – CUBITT STREET A well presented & cleverly designed 2 bed benefiting from wooden flooring, open plan fully fitted kitchen, balcony & built in storage. EPC – B

SHOREDITCH SALES - HAMOND SQUARE Stunning 3 bed presented in fantastic condition, featuring engineered wooden floors, fully fitted kitchen, & private decked garden. EPC – C

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EC1

£1,250,000

£1,195,000

BANKSIDE SALES – TRINITY STREET Newly built, gated 2 bed/2 bath, 1,281 sq ft apartment in a Georgian style with large double glazed sash windows & high ceilings. EPC - B

CLERKENWELL SALES – SAFFRON HILL Bright & spacious 5th floor apartment with semi open plan reception, flexible living space, west facing balcony, & lift service. EPC – C

SHOREDITCH 020 7749 3838

CLERKENWELL 020 7549 0606

HACKNEY 020 7749 3807

WEST END 020 7256 3244

IBIZA 0034 971 326 788

ISTANBUL +90 (0)444 4493

BANKSIDE 020 7940 3888

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N1

£525 pw

£895 pw

BANKSIDE LETTINGS – MONTAGUE CLOSE Beautifully presented 1 bed near Southwark Cathedral & Borough Market, with private balcony & river views. EPC – B

SHOREDITCH LETTINGS – EAST ROAD Fantastic 1,141 sq ft loft warehouse conversion, with 2 double bed/2 bath & communal roof top terrace. EPC – B

EC1

WC1

£975 pw

CLERKENWELL LETTINGS – ST JOHN’S LANE Spectacular 1,300 sq ft loft apartment comprising 2 double beds, utility room, fitted storage, & finished to an excellent standard. EPC - C

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WEST END LETTINGS – BROWNLOW MEWS Fabulous newly renovated 3 bed mews house set over 4 floors, with 2 living areas & balconies, separate kitchen, patio garden & garage. EPC - D

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Spectacular apartments available with an unrivalled specification, first class amenities and breathtaking views of the London skyline. CALL NOW TO ARRANGE AN EXCLUSIVE VIEWING OF OUR PANORAMIC & PENTHOUSE APARTMENTS Now ready for occupation

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