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EDITOR’S LETTER

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ABSOLUTELY LOVES Absolutely’s top ten this month

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WHAT’S ON September’s diary

16 LEAD PROFILE Fashion East alumna, Emma Cook

STYLE

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30 LABELS TO LOVE The rising stars of the London fashion scene

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62 INTERIORS PROFILE Nila Design

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London’s got talent

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A non-profit initiative established by that East London stalwart, the Old Truman Brewery, Fashion East was set up with a view to nurturing emerging young fashion designers through the difficult early stages of their career. With Lulu Kennedy at the helm, selecting the designers alongside a panel of industry experts, it has proved an invaluable asset to the capital’s fashion output and supported such big hitters as Richard Nicoll, Holly Fulton, Meadham Kirchoff, House of Holland and Jonathan Saunders (to name but a few). With its support for menswear designers, it was also undoubtedly pivotal in the launch of the inaugural London Men’s Fashion Week this past June. And with London Fashion Week back on the horizon this month, it seemed pertinent to celebrate our area’s outstanding contribution to the style business with our first London-centric fashion shoot, including designers like PPQ and Hemyca. You can also head over to page 16 to read about Fashion East alumna and Dalston resident Emma Cook. It’s nice to know that the number of designers manufacturing in Britain is on the increase, as provenance gains popularity and consumers realise that it’s better to buy fewer, more timeless pieces than loads of fashion landfill. One man well-known for his sartorial prowess is Faris Badwan. Lead singer of new-wave indie band The Horrors (as well as one half of the critically acclaimed Cat’s Eyes), Badwan, who lives in Whitechapel, also finds time to pursue his interest in the visual arts. He will be exhibiting Creatures of Colour (as the name suggests, it’s his first foray into colour) at The Strand Gallery from the 18th of this month (p.25). It’s in the diary. On page 38, meanwhile, Gemma Billington beds down at The Mandeville Hotel and is soon ensconced in a booth at the excitingsounding Reform Social and Grill restaurant. It’s a very British state of affairs (without any cloying kitsch touches), so if you like your steak followed by lashings of Bakewell tart, this is the place to head. Finally, if the tardy (and let’s face it, rather non-committal) appearance of some good weather has got you hankering after some holiday action, check out page 43 for our UK travel page, which this month features the charming Scilly Isles. And if that leaves you wanting even more Brit inspiration, take a look at our glamping round-up. We’ve highlighted some of the country’s glamourous camping hotspots, so you can experience the great outdoors with all the comforts of a plush hotel.

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Dorset Square Hotel

We’re rather chuffed that this Marylebone institution has returned, extensively refurbished and now a jewel in the crown of the prestigious Firmdale Hotel collection. The impressive Regency townhouse has 38 bedrooms individually designed by interiors authority Kit Kemp, many of which look out onto the leafy private garden square. A welcome addition to the area’s growing range of démodé hotels, Dorset Square is also of historic importance: it stands on the site of Thomas Lord’s first cricket ground. We love the sporadic cricket motifs that pop up throughout the hotel. firmdalehotels.com/london/dorset-square-hotel 39-40 Dorset Square, NW1 6QN

10 things we LOVE Emilio Pucci Starry Crystal Embellised Cuff

We’re rather taken with this crystalembellished piece from Italian designer Pucci. The celestial motif makes for an eye-catching, ornate adornment that will set off our new season wardrobe perfectly (even if we do say so ourselves). £257, stylebop.com

Paul & Joe Blotting Papers

Nothing quite takes the sheen off our visage quite like... well, a sheen of perspiration. Enter then Paul and Joe’s blotting papers, a quick dab of which will banish excess oil – plus they look so pretty in your handbag. Blotting paper refills £3.50, available at Harrods and asos.com

The Body Shop Foundation Lip Butter The Body Shop have always been leaders in ethical awareness (as well as divine products), but the launch of their new dragon fruit lip butter really pushes the activism boat out. Every sale of the sumptuous balm allows you to donate (without paying any extra) to your choice of three charities: Kidscape, People & Planet and BUAV - the campaign to end all animal experimentation. We’re in. £4, thebodyshop.co.uk, 7 Upper Street, N1 0PQ

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Fox & Rose New Collection

We’re suckers for a spot of 1950s styling when it comes to underwear. Fox and Rose’s pretty new collection roundly proves that big doesn’t have to equal granny style pants. Lalilouche at Fox and Rose; floral bralet, £72; briefs, £64; foxandrose.com

East London Furniture Falkirk Floor light

East London Furniture are always ahead of the game with their über-cool minimalist interiors products - and they’ve ticked yet another box with their Falkrik Floor lamp. The free-standing lamp is made out of recycled oak wood with brass fittings and is just one of many oh-so-desirable products from their collection. £550, eastlondonfurniture.co.uk

Ladurée Macarons

These rather appealing boxes of aptly named Incroyables are studded with lucky clover charms and contain four lipsmacking flavours - strawberry candy, lemon and lime, violet and the first, original almond flavour. Filled with creamy guimauve (aka the macaron’s melt-in-the-mouth centre), they’re a perfectly decadent afternoon treat - and Marie Antoinette’s confection of choice, of course. laduree.com, 14 Cornhill EC3V 3ND

Zeo Cocktails

Zeo is a new drinking experience for those who want to enjoy a night out with a clear head - and a welcome, grown-up alternative to bland or sickly non-alcoholic drinks. A blend of wild berries, fresh herbs and spices, Zeo promises unique sensory effects; mix it as you would a cocktail and judge for yourself. Available online, seekzeo.com, and at Golden Bee, Singer Street EC1V 9DD

Sheva Clutch

This super cute bag by Rocio reminds us why it’s always wise to have a clutch on stand-by. It was love at first sight when we saw this itty bitty purse, and now we’re well and truly swaying the clutch way. If you do choose to go strapless, this little wonder is sure to fit the bill. £450, gift-library.com

A Good Roast

Calling all coffee snobs: Allpress Roastery in Shoreditch is our new obsession. The company uses only the highest quality Costa Rican beans and next generation roasting technology for maximum flavour and, although of Kiwi origin, the cafe has a coolly functional Berlin-esque feel to it, all perfunctory Formica table tops and counters arrayed in newspapers - so you can up your daily news as well as your caffeine intake. Stop by and try their velvety smooth Flat White. allpressespresso.com, 58 Redchurch Street E2 7DP 7

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Mademoiselle Julie at The Barbican Theatre 20TH - 29TH SEPTEMBER

The Barbican Theatre welcomes Juliette Binoche as she takes the eponymous role in August Strindberg’s Mademoiselle Julie. Commissioned by the Festival d’Avignon and directed by Frédéric Fisbach, this muchanticipated interpretation of the celebrated 19th century play explores the emotionally complex relationship between the sexes. Fisbach has given the material a contemporary twist with a modern setting that seeks to make the emotional dilemmas of the past relevant to the present. barbican.org.uk, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS

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THE LONDON ART BOOK FAIR

MANU LUKSCH: FACELESS

27TH SEPTEMBER The FACELESS Project by Austrian filmmaker Manu Luksch is coming to the Zilkha Auditorium at the Whitechapel Gallery. The 50 minute film is a compilation of real CCTV footage from around London - the most surveilled city in the world - and examines the surveillance phenomena of the modern age. With Tilda Swinton on voice-over duty, this showing looks set to ignite some serious discussions on the law, personal safety and the right to privacy. whitechapelgallery.org, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, E1 7QX

21ST - 23RD SEPTEMBER The London Art Book Fair comes to the Whitechapel Gallery this Autumn and it’s a great opportunity for art enthusiasts to pick up rare and soughtafter books for reasonable prices. The fair will also feature talks, film screenings and live performances aplenty: a literary love-in you won’t want to miss. whitechapelgallery.org, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, E1 7QX

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SHINE CANCER WALK

29TH SEPTEMBER Once again, thousands of men and women are taking to the streets of London for Cancer Research UK’s exhilarating night-time walking marathon - choosing to walk either a full marathon (26miles) or a half marathon (13miles). The money raised is vital in helping fight against all types of cancers. To find out more about taking part or to volunteer, visit www.shinewalk.org

LONDON OKTOBERFEST

20TH - 23RD AND 27TH - 30TH SEPTEMBER Oktoberfest is coming to Kennington Park. Get ready for a real taste of Germany - complete with Bavarian food, live Tyrolean music and Lederhosen-clad serving staff. On each of the Sundays there will also be the chance to sample a traditional German lunch. Tickets are required and can be booked online at london-oktoberfest.co.uk

MR PRETZELS JOINS N1 SHOPPING CENTRE

COPENHAGEN YOUTH PROJECT

16TH SEPTEMBER London-based charity the Copenhagen Youth Project hooks up with the Cally Festival this September in a plan to transform an ordinary side street off Caledonian Road into an urban arts event. The charity aims to support misguided youth by helping them stay off the streets, and the day event will allow them to show off newly acquired skills from street art to free running. Find out more online at cyproject.org, Caldedonian Road, Islington, N1. BLURB COAT HOOK BY BETTINA NISSEN FOR DESIGN EVENT

RECENTLY OPENED Islington shopping have the N1 Centre has a new savoury new addition by the name of Mr Pretzels. Offering a mouth-watering range of flavoured pretzels fresh from the oven, it’s the perfect shopping pit-stop. n1islington.com, 21 Parkfield Street, N1 0PS

TENT LONDON AT THE LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL

20TH - 23RD SEPTEMBER One of the most influential interior design events in the world will play host to Tent London this month in an exhibition of some of the best interiors products on the planet. Old Truman Brewery is set to be hijacked by design revolutionaries including Alp, Ercol and Bains & Fricker in a veritable smorgasbord of progressive creations. Interactive installations by celebrated artists, architects and designers as well as distinct national pavilions representing the Netherlands, Norway and Japan will also be on hand to inspire and entertain. tentlondon.co.uk, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL 11

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Absolutely SOCIAL THE BOOK CLUB

The launch of the Book Club Basecamp kicked off in style last month in Shoreditch’s Leonard Street car park. The ever-so-slightly silly popup playground for adults featured big screens to watch the Games on, plus (slightly less strenuous) games of their own including beer-pong, basketball, croquet and a paddling pool. Photos by Gabriel Green

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Those who managed to bag tickets to the Fringe 2012 pop-up launch party saw the Olympic opening ceremony in style. The starstudded evening was graced by Olivia Grant, Grace Woodward and Kimberly Wyatt, to name a few - and with a sizzling BBQ, freeflowing mojitos and the Dixon Brothers DJing, the party sounds like it was the only way to watch Boyle’s masterpiece - aside from being in the stadium itself!

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Star of the OC, Mischa Barton, has opened her first handbag boutique in Spitalfields Market. The opening party saw boyfriend Sebastian Knapp, model and actress Tolula Adeyemi - and the most unlikely of attendees - James Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge’s younger brother, head east to join the fun.

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LOCA L SPOTL IGH T ISLINGTON’S N1 CENTRE In a year of national pride and jubilation, the N1 Centre celebrates its 10th anniversary. Designed by architects Chapman Taylor Partners and completed in April 2002, the 150,000 sq ft centre is home to shops and eateries as well as the 02 Academy music venue and a Vue ten-screen cinema, making it a central part of the local community. The now iconic Wings & Halo sculptures were designed by Wolfgang and Heron following a highprofile national competition sponsored by Delancey and The Architecture Foundation. Inspired by the Angel, Islington, they mark the entrances, the stainless steel halo suspended just above the Upper Street entrance. Synonymous now with the centre, the sculptures have helped cement the venue as a local, beloved establishment. Here’s to the next 10 years...

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The N1 Centre celebrates its 10th birthday

EVENTS

EATING ITSU

Health food enthusiasts rejoice: last year, Itsu came to the N1 centre bringing with it a seriously exciting menu of low-carb lunch options. We’re talking Asian-inspired noodle pots, special miso soup, sushi boxes and salad sandwiches, all freshly made on site with butterfly-light, delicious ingredients. Rabbitfood this is not.

The N1 Centre routinely pulls out the stops with its programme of special pop-ups and events, which have included a farm for the kids, beaches and the amazing English country garden, which allowed for a spot of cloud-gazing. Add to this events like Fashion Night or the free weekly yoga classes and you can see why the centre is more popular with locals than ever.

SHOPPING

With a range of fashion brands such as French Connection and H&M, the centre’s got your style needs covered with season trends at H&M, Oasis and Monsoon, show-stopping looks at French Connection and everyday style essentials at Next.

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Ready, steady...

Cook

As London Fashion Week returns this month, we pin down Fashion East alumna and print pioneer, Emma Cook WORDS: HELEN BARON

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mma Cook is a fashion blog favourite, admired by an ever-growing legion of style devotees for her whimsical, art nouveau-inspired creations, her signature prints and her preoccupation with wildlife and natural elements. Cook has played an important part in the ‘print revolution’ of the last couple of years, alongside contemporaries like Mary Katrantzou, Christopher Kane, Jonathan Saunders and Erdem. Now, her creations are stocked at Liberty, Start Boutique and Matches (among others), as well as by online giants Net-a-Porter and ASOS - and the list is growing all the time. Cook took a fairly traditional path into fashion – studying the craft at Brighton University and following up with a Masters degree at London’s prestigious Central St. Martin’s. The ‘anti-establishment’ approach of the latter school might go some way to explaining why it has become such a major fashion player, seemingly unparalleled in its ability to nurture and launch the careers of fashion’s future stars. Cook agrees that her

education was the perfect starting point. “You don’t get that kind of teaching anywhere else really,” she says. “I went on to intern at Donna Karan in New York and Martine Sitbon in Paris.” Fellow graduates from Cook’s year include Peter Jensen and Roksanda Ilincic, both of whom are similarly well-known on the fashion circuit. Cook herself has been in demand one way or another since completing her degree. She was able to sell her own samples while interning and her eponymous label followed rapidly, the success of which must surely have bolstered her confidence, difficult as it is for up-and-coming designers to sustain their own brand. Cook’s early customers were not the only ones to pick up on the appeal and quality of her designs; in 2002 she was one of three womenswear designers chosen to show her autumn/winter collection via Fashion East – the initiative established by Brick Lane’s Old Truman Brewery in 2000. The scheme thrust Cook in front of the world’s press and international buyers in

town for London Fashion Week - as well as putting her work on display in showrooms in Paris. It was valuable exposure for the young designer, and it was further boosted by the support she received from the NewGen scheme. In fact, as a three-time winner of the award and valued member of its alumni, last February Cook was among twenty designers asked to create their own limited edition t-shirt to mark NewGen’s ten year anniversary. Sold through Topshop (a sponsor of both Fashion East and NewGen) during London Fashion Week, all proceeds went to homelessness charity Centrepoint. The initiative was a huge success, and the list of designers involved reads likea guide to who’s hot in fashion right now. Cook’s studio is in Dalston and East London is home turf - in those early days, did it feel special to operate under the auspices of Fashion East, and to work alongside local luminaries? “It was very exciting,” she agrees, “to be so fresh out of college and be part of something like that and surrounded by likeminded people. I was only with them for

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“You don’t get that kind of teaching anywhere else really... I went on to intern at Donna Karan in New York and Martine Sitbon in Paris.”

one season but Lulu [Kennedy, director of Fashion East] was fantastic.” Evidently, the sponsorships and support she received helped to get Cook’s career off the ground and kick-started a continuing relationship with Topshop, a brand of which she speaks very highly. “I’ve lost count of the number of collaborations we’ve done,” she says. “I’ve teamed up with them on and off for years, they’re a great group of women to work with.” Although the label has only become more popular - and busier - down the years, Cook no longer shows at London Fashion Week. “We’ve been in operation for over ten years,” she says, “Our shows were full of intricate pieces with so many embellishments. In the end we decided not to do so much handiwork so as to make the line more affordable.” It’s the kind of insight a young designer needs if they’re to survive in the current market, and it’s echoed when I ask her if working in print allows for greater creative freedom. “Print is a great way to get across a signature look whilst keeping the product

affordable so that people can actually wear it.” She adds that she often works with silk because its easy to wear and can be used to great effect with print. I grabbed a sneak peek at the AW12 collection just before it went on sale this month and loved it (of course). The new range is heavy on print but the focus this time is less on the fanciful. Cook describes it as being quite ‘poppy’ – the prints are bold and make an instant impression. “We’re much more consistent as a brand now,” she adds. “We darted around a lot in terms of style when we were doing shows, which to a certain extent you have to do. Now I hope we are known as the brand to go to for fabulous, signature print.” Amen to that. It seems that Cook has found her niche.

The Emma Cook AW12 collection is available in stores now. emmacook.co.uk, Shacklewell Studios, 18 Dalston Lane, London, E8 2EZ

CURRICULUM VITAE EMMA COOK 1998

Worked as the Assistant Designer at Donna Karan for the SS 99 collection 1999 Graduated from Central Saint Martins 2000 Worked for designer Martine Sitbon and collaborated with Liberty on a textile design venture 2000 Winner of a VS Sassoon Sponsorship award 2001 Assisted Ghost with their SS 01 collection 2002 Received the Best British Newcomer award at the Michael Awards in New York 2003 Granted the New Generation Sponsorship from the British Fashion Council 2004 Designed four collections for Harvey Nichols’ own brand 2007 Hired by Fred Perry to design a clothing range 2006-9 Joined Topshop to design several collections 2001-12 Designed twenty-four of her own collections

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FASHION NEWS DESIGNER OF THE MONTH: Lu Flux

Ethical fashion doesn’t have to be dour - it’s not all about cheesecloth, sacking and hemp. So says designer Lu Flux, and she should know: the Hackney resident specialises in sustainable clothing brimming with her own unique brand of fun and folklore. Employing techniques such as pleating, weaving, knitting and even patchwork, Flux’s quintessentially English designs are completely contemporary, very wearable and never less than enchanting. Her AW12 collection, Everything but the Kitchen Sink, is a playful homage to the 1950s housewife. This cute carpet jacket is inspired by Lu’s lovely bearded collie, Burt... luflux.com, Blue Gate Studio, Bayford Mews, E8 3SF

Iris & Ink

Online fashion outlet, theoutnet.com is launching an essentials collection to assist every fashionista in their quest for laid-back style. The idea behind the label, Iris & Ink, is that every woman needs certain wardrobe staples to anchor her treasured designer pieces. The range includes classics like the LBD, the skinny jean, the Breton sweater and the pussy-bow blouse, to name a few... and there’s your basics covered. theoutnet.com

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Avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama has joined forces with fashion powerhouse Louis Vuitton to launch a new clothing range, produced under the watchful eye of Vuitton’s artistic director, Marc Jacobs. Kusama’s trademark polka dots are splattered all over the clothes, giving Minnie Mouse a run for her money. louisvuittonkusama.com, The Courtyard, Royal Exchange, EC3V 3LR

NEED IT NOW YMC - You Must Create - are so hot right now, and they’ve hit the nail on the fashion head once again with their effortlessly cool waxed cotton canvas coat. A brand inspired by boiler suits and workers’ uniforms, we absolutely love their look books. Keep an eye out as more new season hero pieces appear on the website. youmustcreate.com, 23 Hanbury St, E1 6QR

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90s fashion designer Tracey Boyd is back after a hiatus during which she travelled extensively in India. Inspired by her adventures, these beautiful tasselled shirts show off her skills in beading and embroidery and are part of a wider range, Boyd Bazaar, made up of one-off, upcycled cushions, throws and bags. Intricate ethnic jewellery pieces and some forthcoming limited edition dresses complete the collection, which combines traditional craft quality with amazing design know-how. Happy treasure-hunting! aboydbazaar.com, pieces are currently retailing through giftlab.com 19

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Leading lights of the NYC style scene and collaborators par excellence, Opening Ceremony have hooked up with Adidas to produce a range of überhip sportswear marking the launch of the first OC store in London’s Covent Garden. Think fruity colours, paisley print and bucket-loads of swagger - with the famous Adidas insignia to boot. openingceremony.us

BODY WATCH

London-based designers Shiro Studio are making waves in more ways than one with their newly launched design for Italian brand Alessi. The ‘Grow Watch’ is a paean to the grace and power of human physiology, its fluid lines and fluted surfaces suggestive of muscular power and flexibility at their height. shirostudio.com

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THE WHEEL THING

Cult Japanese bike brand tokyobike recently opened its first UK store in Shoreditch – and it’s no ordinary cycle shop. Designed by London luminaries Glass Hill, the space is a minimalist triumph of white walls and pale wood, the perfect showcase for the company’s range of beautiful, strippedback bikes (there’s also a workshop in the basement). Single-speed enthusiasts will be in heaven – and if your nearest and dearest isn’t quite so fixie-fixated, the store’s selection of chic Japanese homewares will keep them busy while you’re ogling the wheels. tokyobike.co.uk, 87-89 Tabernacle Street, EC2A 4BA

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Stockholm creative collective Visualante are redefining video and photographic accessories with a range of shockproof, skateinfluenced camera bags that are as hip as they are practical. We love the Newham Backpack, pictured, available in black, blue and green priced €140, vslnt.com

WEBSITE OF THE MONTH: WFMU Rock ‘n’ Soul Ichiban

Online radio is no longer news; what is news, however, is when an online radio station plies its trade with minimal fanfare and maximum integrity only to see its popularity explode when it gets a sudden and unexpected seal of approval from no less a celebrity than Tom Hanks. That’s what happened to WFMU Rock ‘n’ Soul Ichiban recently, when the station – which plays a brilliantly eccentric mix of vintage rock ‘n’ soul esoterica – received a letter from the Forrest Gump star simply stating that it was the best radio station in the world, and thanking it for existing. The letter went viral, we all tuned in – and discovered that Hanks was a man of supremely good taste. Listen and love. wfmuichiban.blogspot.co.uk 23

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Do you experiment with technique? Has it changed or developed over the years? A lot of the work I have exhibited is pen and ink but recently I’ve been more interested in colour, especially using watercolours. The previous five or six years I was almost exclusively drawing with a pilot g-tech gel ink pen which is extremely fine. Over the past six months I have been thinking more about colour compositions which are about as far removed from my last exhibition as you could get. I have also made an effort to create work outside of my a5 or a6 sketchbooks. These new pieces will be on display at The Strand Gallery in September.

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When did you first start sketching? It has been at the centre of my life from the beginning - one of my earliest memories is of waking up before everyone else and drawing at my writing desk. I used to draw large battle scenes between armies of very muscular knights and dinosaurs... I guess the main focus of my drawing has always been people. Human behaviour and communication is something that I find interesting, as well as documenting and recording events. I think ‘stream of consciousness’ is a bit of an overused term but I suppose it applies to my sketchbooks. How do you approach what it is that you want to sketch? I go through phases of fixation and get really into drawing one thing over and over, to the point where I don’t find anything else interesting until I’ve exhausted that particular subject. Often I like drawings to grow loosely from the original point of inspiration and to transform into something new. I think it’s more important for art to depict another world than to imitate reality... I like art that shows subjects in a different light, or that makes you see something you hadn’t noticed. I think a lot of paintings are inspired by the artist seeing something new for the first time, or making a new association between objects.

Are there artists you particularly admire? Egon Schiele, Klimt, Paul Klee, JW Waterhouse, Goya... Klimt is one of my favourites, he is a master of so many things and often you can see that from just one of his paintings. He combines everything I love about art mystery, colour, altered realities...

He has such perfect ideas on human form. I find his work incredibly inspiring. Paul Klee is another artist I have admired since I started studying art. He was so prolific and his work tells you everything about his life and what was going on when each piece was created. Some of his paintings are so alive and vivid even when they’re just made up of bands of colour. Twin Tents is one of my favourite paintings.

Creatures in Colour is your third solo showing. Are you excited about the exhibition? My previous exhibitions have more been about documenting my sketchbooks and allowing me to move on from them. All the work in Drawing a Straight Number 9 was blown up to ten or fifteen times the original size. I liked the idea of it being based around the accidental - the way ink lines look when you magnify them and the unintentional marks you make... things I’m not really aware of when I do a small drawing on a page in my pocket sketchbook. For Creatures in Colour I wanted to do something totally new. I began by reworking some of the enlarged sketchbook pieces, adding colour to them and transforming them into new compositions. I always felt like the sketchbooks were recording everything through a warped lens and I liked the fact that the pieces were developing further. From there I became more interested in colour and light, and exploring how to capture them. Why do you think your work is focused around voyeurism? For me the most important things stem from looking and observing rather than interacting. Watching people and interpreting their actions... overhearing parts of conversation. This is especially relevant today, everyone is being watched by everyone else all the time. The sketchbooks act as visual diaries; if you want to see my shopping list from the 13th of March it’ll probably be on one of the pages... or what was in my suitcase on a trip to Turkey.

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Do you find, working in both ‘media’ (art/illustration and music), the two complement each other? The recent paintings I’ve been doing are very separate... I don’t know, I guess it’s possible to draw parallels but not significant ones.

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“I go through phases of fixation and get really into drawing one thing over and over, to the point where I don’t find anything else interesting until I’ve exhausted that particular subject” You’ve lived locally in Whitechapel for some time now, what galleries do you like to visit? There isn’t one in particular. I like the Barbican, and the Prado in Barcelona. I saw the Waterhouse exhibition at Burlington House a few years ago and it was a real turning point for me. I often found galleries quite hard work because I’d lose interest the second I stepped through the door. Like being at school and having a lesson with that teacher whose voice was always guaranteed to send you to sleep. But seeing the Waterhouse

paintings up close was incredible. It’s a style of painting I’m very envious of but I can’t imagine adopting. I think to paint like he does you have to devote your life to one technique. What’s next for you in both art and music? After the Creatures in Colour exhibition, I will be recording another Horrors album. Creatures in Colour: Sketches from Faris Badwan, The Strand Gallery, 18th - 30th September 2012 thestrandgalleryco.uk

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This French fancy of Islington, stocks womens apparel and brings a certain je ne sais quoi to the streets of London. As is typical of Parisian style, the shop’s interior decor scheme is minimal so that shoppers’ attention is focused solely on the elegant clothes. Check out this limited edition sixtiesinfluenced avant-garde dress, available in all 3 london stores and priced at £210. Only available in black. copcopine.com, 184 Upper Street, N1 1RQ, 020 7354 0012

Talking shop Absolutely’s guide to the area’s fashion hotspots

THE HUB

Since opening the first Hub womenswear boutique on Stoke Newington Church Street in 2002, local sisters Louise and Georgie haven’t looked back. With an additional store now thriving on Broadway Market, Hub has become the place to go for premium quality, contemporary clothing from labels such as Acne, Sessun and in-house line Beth Graham. The area is far better turned-out as a result. hubshop.co.uk, 49 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0AR and 2A Ada Street, E8 4QU

BOHEMIA ROAD

Newly opened boutique Bohemia Road is rapidly gaining a reputation for being the place to find vintage fashion, handbags, shoes, accessories and original jewellery to suit every budget. Also stocked are new dresses from Gina Bacconi, Ruby Ray and Cocorose, London’s signature and rather ingenious folding ballet shoes. 21 Canonbury Lane, N1 2AS, 020 3441 7731

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Husband and wife team, Brix and Philip Start, founded the Start Store in 2002 having realised a lucrative gap in the market for a high-end designer boutique in Shoreditch. With one shop speciaising in womenswear, and the other a menswear store with an exclusive tailoring line, aptly named, Mr Start, the duo use their well-trained eyes to cherrypick the best designer pieces. 42-44 Rivington Street, EC2A 3BN, 020 7729 3882

BEN SHERMAN

British label Ben Sherman has undergone a re-brand in recent years, resulting in rocketing popularity and new shops popping up everywhere. The newer Spitalfields branch was the first to launch Modular Blanc - an entire basement showcasing emerging brands and designers; definitely worth checking out. bensherman.com, 40 Upper St, N1 0PN and 108 Commercial Street, E1 6LZ, 020 7247 1053

AIDA

With chic indie labels like TBA for girls and Common People for guys, Shoreditch’s newest boutique is the shopping destination for this autumn. The industrial building and vintage decor create an amazing experience while the select variety of brands and price points - that cover the whole gamut of wardrobe needs - make for the perfect shopping experience. There’s also a café serving three special blends of coffee made from hand-picked premium beans. Aida, 133 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JE, 020 7739 2811

PAPER DRESS VINTAGE

Supreme retro clobber, yes, but Paper Dress Vintage has other aces up its sleeve, too. First, there’s the coffee shop, so you can grab a caffeine boost while getting your fashion fix; second, it boasts a programme of live music, art events and film screenings. And the icing on the cake? The store is also available for private hire, so if you fancy (for example) a hen party centred on vintagethemed entertainment, look no further - Paper Dress Vintage can organise everything from retro hair and make-up sessions and craft classes to go-go dancing. Oh la la! paperdressvintage.co.uk, 114–116 Curtain Road, EC2A 3AH, 020 7729 4100

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

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

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The idea for the Caviar Manicure came about when Ciaté’s Creative Director, Charlotte Knight, was asked to create something feminine, indulgent and extravagant for a magazine front cover. Her inspired response was to add tiny ‘caviar pearls’ to the mix and voilà! Perfectly sophisticated, threedimensional nails. You’ll also be glad to discover that Ciaté’s desirable DIY kits are available in black pearl, mother of pearl and rainbow shades. ciate.co.uk, £18, selfridges.com

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With more than 50 years of expertise in holistic custom treatments, Yon-Ka are justly renowned as skincare specialists. Their products are based on the distinctive aromas of pure essential oils - lavender, cypress, rosemary, thyme and geranium - and the brand is stocked locally at No74 Hair and Beauty, who also offer the full range of Yon-Ka treatments, from individually tailored facials to body treatments and massages. If you book a massage at the salon during September, you’ll receive a free 15-minute Yon-Ka facial. no-74.co.uk, 74 Compton Street, EC1V 0BN

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London Great Dane Handball Club was founded in 1976 and is one of the UK’s oldest and most successful. Training in three different East London venues, both the men’s and women’s teams have won the British League and British Cup as well as participating in EHF European Cup Competitions. If the Olympics inspired you to try a new sport, head over to the website to find out more - a mixed beginner’s class runs once weekly. londongdhandball.co.uk

Granted, it’s not the most conventional way of getting fit, but hula hooping is high energy (not to mention fun) and can really kickstart your fitness regime. Hark back to school playground days as you work those hips and get expert advice from ‘one hoop wonder’ and teacher Anna Drury, whose clear aim is to educate the masses on the power of the humble hoop. If you’re super into it, this September you can take part in the inaugural London Hoop Fest, a funfilled weekend of hooping. Check the website for classes in your area. londonhulahoopers.org.uk

TREND

SKYPERCISE It’s time to add this keyword to your fitness lexicon. Pilates enthusiasts who are bored of exercise DVDs (and who isn’t?) but still want the convenience of working out at home can participate in live virtual classes; all you need is a webcam and some basic floor equipment. With Jennifer Pilates you’ll get a complimentary first session plus discounted rates thereafter - and the beauty of it is, you can train wherever you (and your laptop) are. jenniferpilates.me 41

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Straight Talkin’ Gemma Billington road-tests US import the Inman Aligner, to achieve the perfect smile

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distinctly remember the day I refused braces. Emotional, erratic with my exasperated mother trying to reason with me - I decided, with acute teen gaucheness that the last thing I needed was a set of train tracks. Of course, my peers all opted to endure the treatment (which resulted in perfect gnashers) while mine remained crooked. With an ingrained habit of smiling closedmouthed when I laughed, it was the one thing in my life close to a regret. Now, however (and apologies for the cliché), I finally have a smile to be proud of.

aid past brace-wearers whose teeth were starting to misalign. As the contraption only focuses on the front four teeth and constantly puts pressure on them, the teeth are continuously, yet subtly, moved into place.

THE PROCESS

The aligner looks like a retainer with a plastic bumper and spring-like contraption that sits behind the teeth, pushing them constantly into place. All aspects vary according to the client’s needs and, fortunately, my teeth only required eight weeks of

“The beauty of the Inman Aligner is that it’s removable” I initially visited the London Smile Clinic for a BriteSmile teeth whitening appointment. At my consultation, however, I was introduced to the Inman Aligner in case I should decide to go the next step further in achieving the ‘perfect smile’. The Inman Aligner is about as far removed from cumbersome train tracks as you can get. The procedure, pioneered in the States (naturally), has slowly made its way into British cosmetic dentistry and is growing in popularity. Originally the design was to

treatment, but it can take anything from six to sixteen weeks. Once fitted, the aligner felt extremely strange and I was conscious of over-salivation. My speech, much to the amusement of my colleagues, verged on comedic. Sylvester-the-cat-style spluttering remained throughout the eight weeks but the beauty of the Inman Aligner is that it’s removable. The idea is to wear it day and night, but for meetings and phone calls it’s a blessing to be able to take it out. Very soon it became a natural part of my routine.

THE RESULTS

To begin with, I took self-portraits of my teeth to assess their progress, however, the eight weeks flew by with me forgetting to update mid-duration. Even on my last appointment (I visited every fortnight for a check-up) I wasn’t quite sure how straight they were, but the difference was astounding. Months later, I still find myself running my tongue along the tooth which always used to jut out at an irritating angle, elated to find it sits perfectly in line with the rest. My smile is still very much my own; only improved. It may sound contrived, but I now grin wildly in the presence of a camera, no longer ashamed. The hang-ups I had may have mostly existed in my head, but they’ve been completely eradicated by the expert skill, care and attention of Dr Tim Bradstock-Smith and the staff at the London Smile Clinic. And for that I will be eternally grateful.

Prices start from £1,850 per arch, retainers are £200-250, londonsmile.co.uk

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A legal force of nature

Marilyn Stowe is the senior partner at Stowe Family Law and one of the first solicitors to qualify as a family law arbitrator in England and Wales. Leading the UK’s largest dedicated family law firm, she has more than 25 years’ experience handling divorce cases and family law proceedings. of the first solicitors to qualify as a family law arbitrator through · One the newly-formed Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA). first Chief Assessor and Chief Examiner of the Law Society’s · The Family Law Panel. Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers: · Aa global association of lawyers recognised for expertise in their

Located in WC1, Stowe Family Law specialises in family law issues; from divorce to cohabitees’ rights, with dedicated international and children’s teams. The firm’s specialist in-house forensic accountancy department tracks down hidden assets and can provide immediate financial advice.

respective countries.

If you need family law advice, early support can be essential. Stowe Family Law can help. Contact 020 7421 3300 8 Fulwood Place, Gray’s Inn, London WC1V 6HG

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Fresh, home cooked Italian cuisine

DOLLAR GRILLS AND MARTINIS An American themed restaurant and cocktail bar renowned for serving the best burgers and steaks in London. We’re obsessed with the quality of our burgers, with The Forest Grande, White Truffled Mushrooms and Dorstone Goats Cheese being just some examples. We believe that our USDA beef from Nebraska gives you more flavour and texture and beats any steak anywhere.

Amici Miei, an exciting new restaurant in Shoredtich bought to you by the highly acclaimed Due Sardi pizzeria team. Authentic Italian home cooking served in a relaxing, rustic setting or delivered direct to your home, simple. Lunch time specials and 20% off any pizza Monday to Friday 12-5pm

28 - 30 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DA 020 7729 1594 www.amicimiei.co.uk

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RESTAURANT REVIEWS THE SEAGRASS Chapel Market; a spot one doesn’t normally associate with a fine dining experience. That said, our trip to The Seagrass Restaurant, based at the 19th century Manze’s Eel and Pie shop and hidden behind a façade of closing market stalls, was a surprise indeed. The restaurant is open Wednesday to Saturday evenings only and offers a varied three-course set menu of British fare, set off perfectly by the bygone age decor (black and white Victorian wall tiles, neat crystal pendant lighting, brown tiled flooring and wooden pew benches). Our pepper and salt pots were improvised confiture jars - we knew we were in for something different where the food had to be the main feature and we were not disappointed. The menu is succinct so choosing was stress-free, all the more so because there’s no wine list [you bring your own]. I had an appetiser of smoked mackerel pâté on black bread. Starters were pan-fried squid with a tomato salsa, rocket, pine nuts and fettuccini and smoked salmon wrapped neatly around spiced cucumber and lemon. My companion and I both chose the sea bass with accompaniments of triple-cooked chips on one and smooth herb mash on the other. We had a side of the special Seagrass slaw dominated by the sliced red onion. The desserts were smoked cheddar with oatcake biscuits and chutney and a white chocolate cake with almonds and butterscotch sauce. All the dishes would have been just as at home in a more conventionally chic establishment. We had brought a suitable bottle of Pinot Grigio but discovered on our exit that the young clientele at neighbouring tables had brought several (we’re talking four bottles for four people). Overall, this was an unexpectedly high quality culinary experience and well-worth a venture into newly-founded restaurant/market territory. For a casual evening out we recommend wholeheartedly. Daniel Ivor

theseagrassrestaurant.com, 79 Chapel Market, N1 9ER, 07902 015 200

YORK & ALBANY Sitting on the corner of Regent’s Park in leafy and idyllic Primrose Hill, York & Albany delivers wholesome and high quality fare with friendly and down to earth service. The restaurant is one of Gordon Ramsay’s and is, like a super-stylish gastro pub, unpretentious and self-assured, blending indulgence and comfort. There are deals available weekly for weekday lunches (123pm) and early diners (6-7pm): two courses for £18 and three courses for £21. Arriving on the hottest day of the summer, the place was packed to the rafters, a courtyard patio at the back of the restaurant offered privacy and shade. We were served by an extremely jovial and charming Australian gentleman who helped guide us through the menu and the wine list. He recommended a refreshingly light chilled pea soup with radish and crème fraiche for starter, then a Loch Duart salmon with pickled celeriac and samphire for main course. Sat outside in the sunshine, pea soup and salmon washed down with a light and fruity Sancerre – what could be more perfect? The menu has a number of more complex dishes to excite the palette, but is equally

well-known for its outstanding burger and pizza options. In fact, York & Albany also offers a high class picnic selection from a deli counter which would be perfect for a romantic late summer afternoon in Regents Park. We couldn’t resist trying the fennel crème brulee with apple sorbet and the milk chocolate ganache before making our way into the very cool bar (open until midnight, live jazz on Mondays and Tuesdays). The decor is modern but subtle with a refinedlooking pewter bar. I can think of few places better to enjoy top quality food in a relaxed setting before strolling back through the park, nicely full and slightly tipsy, on a warm evening. York & Albany is a townhouse with ten rooms so if you have friends and relatives visiting London then it would be an excellent place to put them up and give them a great dinner. You could even pair this up with an evening at the park’s outstanding open air theatre. Gareth Fitzgerald gordonramsay.com/yorkandalbany, 127 – 129 Parkway, NW1 7PS

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Social Reform Gemma Billington stays at the iconic Mandeville Hotel and samples the delights of their new dining venture

THE REFORM SOCIAL & GRILL There’s a quiet buzz of activity and more than a spattering of hungry guests at the opening night of the Mandeville Hotel’s latest dining venture, Reform Social & Grill - to which I’ve been lucky enough to bag an invitation. The new restaurant promises a no-fuss take on classic British fare via a concise menu of steaks, fish-of-the-day, salads and sides, and I’m intrigued to find out if its formula is a successful one. The evening is unexpectedly warm, so we make the bar our first stop: its impressive array of cocktails, spirits, wine and aperitifs proving more than welcoming. I order the aspirationally monikered ‘Millionaire’ cocktail (Johnny Walker, Grand Marnier and pomegranate syrup) while my companion chooses a refreshing elderflower Martini. The drinks are concocted with great skill and expertise by a veritable Adonis of a barman who is worth a visit alone. To complement the British cuisine, the interior is stylish yet informal with rock ‘n’ roll touches: exposed brickwork, bold artwork, Jimmie Martin cushions and coppery feature wallpaper accompanied by an indie soundtrack. Retro-frock lover Gizzie Erskine is a fellow diner and she suits the place perfectly. Though I am recommended the lobster cocktail to start (and a few rave reviews of such are overheard as the night progresses, notably from Miss Erskine) I decide to go for the mushrooms on toast whilst my companion opts for the more daring pheasant Scotch egg. Accompanying the meal is a fine house red and we are readily plied with additional wines and cocktails by the warm and attentive waiting staff. When it arrives, my starter proves to be nothing like so bland as I had begun to fear - in fact it was so hearty and

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delicious that I felt compelled to ask for the recipe. The oil, herbs and intriguing addition of ale (as well as the texture of the bread and mushrooms) were finished off with the most perfect of poached eggs: a simple yet sublime dish. For mains we chose fish pie (I relished the melt-inthe-mouth scallops) and Hanger steak with snails. I’m assured that the rather adventurous steak and snails combo is an ideal fusion of flavours, not a gimmick. Special mention must be given to the delectable desserts, which, despite the fact that we were positively stuffed by this point, we absolutely had to try. I opted for a Bakewell pudding with divine vanilla custard whilst my companion devoured his Eccles cakes, served - ingeniously - with Lancashire ‘black bomb’ cheese. The Mandeville has pulled off a great feat with The Reform. Modestly priced and wholly unpretentious, they’ve also succeeded in maintaining a thoroughly British theme whilst steering well clear of Britannia kitsch. This is an establishment that will remain long after Olympic fever has (mercifully) gone. Kudos.

THE HOTEL There’s a problem on the Central line, of course, so by the time I’ve waded through the shoppers, tourists and dawdlers of Oxford Circus on a Saturday afternoon, my partner and I are absolutely shattered. It’s a great reprieve then, to step into the cool foyer of the Mandeville Hotel, located on the eponymous street - tucked away from frenetic Oxford Street and a stone’s throw from Bond Street Station. It’s grand but not on an ostentatious scale, and the addition of the newly opened Reform Social & Grill gives it extra ‘cool’ points. We are booked into a superior double room which has

all the expected amenities: ample space, a sumptuouslooking bed, twin fluffy white bathrobes and a healthy stash of luxurious Etro products in the sleek bathroom. The character of the Mandeville lies in its interior design, however, which is modern and boutique, with playfully patriotic accents such as Queen’s Guards wallpaper in the elevator and a regal purple colour scheme. The room also has jaunty Tolouse Lautrec-style paintings on the walls - so much more appealing than languid flowers and landscapes. The room is a relaxing haven in one of the busiest spots in London, and there’s time to kill before my partner and I are due at a party in the evening. Once we’re dressed we head to the Reform bar for pre-soirée cocktails. The staff are exceptionally friendly and attentive, the doorman even remarking that I look like ‘a princess for the night’ - which, alongside an expert Martini, puts a real spring in my step. The Mandeville is a dynamic and contemporary hotel that holds its own among formidable competition in an iconic, unbeatable location... and it has the best-stocked bar in Marylebone.

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Strawberry Daiquiri Mini Cupcakes

An adult treat from the Hummingbird Bakery For the sponge • 100ml (3 ½ fl oz) white rum • 170g (6oz) caster sugar • 150g (5 ½ oz) strawberries • 40g (1 ½ oz) unsalted butter, softened • 120g (4oz) plain flour • 1 ½ tsp baking powder • ¼ tsp salt • 1 large egg • 120ml (4fl oz) whole milk • ½ tsp vanilla essence For the frosting • 80g (3oz) unsalted butter, softened • 250g (9oz) icing sugar • ½ tsp finely grated lime zest • 4tsp whole milk • Sliced strawberries, sprinkles to decorate • Preheat the oven to 170°C (325°F) and fill a muffin tin with mini muffin cases. • Add the rum and 30g of sugar to a saucepan and bring to the boil, allowing it to reduce by about half, then set aside to cool. Chop the strawberries into small pieces, then soak in the rum and sugar reduction for 30-40 minutes. • Using a freestanding electric mixer with paddle attachment or a hand-held electric whisk, slowly mix together the butter, flour, remaining sugar, baking powder and salt. • In a jug, whisk the egg, milk and vanilla essence. With the mixer/whisk still running, gradually pour the liquid mixture into the flour and butter and mix thoroughly. • Drain the strawberries, reserving the liquid, and place a few small pieces in each cupcake case. Spoon the cake batter on top, filling each case by two-thirds. • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the cupcakes are golden-brown. While they are still warm, spoon about ½ teaspoon of the rum reduction over each, then leave to cool before frosting. • Beat together the butter, icing sugar and lime zest, then mix together the milk and 4 teaspoons of the reserved rum. Pour into the butter and icing sugar mixture, then beat the frosting until soft and fluffy. Smooth the frosting on to the cupcakes using a palette knife.

FOOD NEWS

From the gastro front

DUCK & WAFFLE

For drinks and dinner with the best views in town, try the newly opened Duck & Waffle, based on the 40th floor of Heron Tower in Bishopsgate. The restaurant boasts classic British fare with European twists including the signature duck & waffle with fried duck egg and mustard maple syrup dish. duckandwaffle.com, 40th floor, Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY

Cookbook of the Month:

Polpo: A Venetian Cookbook (of sorts) Russell Norman’s hugely successful Soho restaurant Polpo - inspired by the backstreets of Venice - has been taken east in a new Spitalfields pop-up. Part travel guide, part cookbook, Polpo is a fitting homage to the Italian city and its exciting, innovative and still relatively undiscovered cuisine. £25, bloomsbury.com

Dollar Grills & Martinis

is a stylish American-themed restaurant in Exmouth Market that prides itself on serving the best steaks in town. Glossy interiors with a palette of boudoir red and dramatic lighting set the scene. Specialities include Argentinian steak, signature Million Dollar burgers, shellfish specials plus some of the best cocktails this side of Manhattan. dollargrills.com, 2 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4PX 49

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Shrimpy’s

shrimpys.co.uk, Goods Way, King’s Cross, N1C 4UR, 020 8880 6111

We at Absolutely can remember when this King’s Cross site was an old petrol station, the first stop for snacks on the way home from raves at the nearby Goods Yard. Now it’s a regenerative ‘urban art space’ housing Shrimpy’s, a ‘Calexican’ restaurant (how very 2012) from the restaurateurs behind Bistroteque in Bethnal Green. Wedged alongside the canal and tucked away behind corrugated fibreglass screens (looking for all the world like something from a William Eggleston Polaroid), the decor owes something to its sister establishment and something to the idea of an American diner in the middle of nowhere. Dishes are a tad expensive but we love the random pineapple motifs scattered throughout.

RESERVED A bite-sized guide to the month’s hot tables and buzzing bars McQueen

mcqueen-shoreditch.co.uk, 55-60 Tabernacle Street, EC2A 4AA, 020 7036 9229

Drawing inspiration from the ‘King of Cool’, Steve McQueen, only magnifies the atmosphere of this place. The space consists of a luxury cocktail bar, bon vivant restaurant and, yes, a ‘boutique’ club. The food is divine, with unusual spins on classic favorites and some surprises like scallops and raspberry (who knew they’d go so well together?) The drinks menu is as extensive as you’d expect, with eye-catching cocktails on offer for the more adventurous of taste-buds -we recommend The Great Escape for the ultimate Mcqueen experience. A full throttle venue with an old-school Hollywood edge, it’s definitely worth a visit.

FIFTY FIVE BAR & LOUNGE 31 Jamestown Road Camden Town, NW1 7DB, 020 7424 9054

Restaurants AMICI MIEI 28-30 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch E2 8DA 020 7729 1594 Italian YUM YUM THAI RESTAURANT 183-187 Stoke Newington High Street N16 0LH 020 7254 6751 Pan-Asian EQUATION 330 Upper Street Islington, N1 2XQ 020 7226 5098 Modern European OISHIII 67 Stoke Newington Church Street N16 0AR 020 7254 3488 Japanese DOLLAR GRILLS & MARTINIS 2 Exmouth Market Farringdon, EC1R 4PX 020 7278 0077 American XOXO 74 Upper Street London N1 0NY 020 7226 6799 Pan-Asian TIERRA PERU 164 Essex Road, London N1 8LY 020 7354 5586 Peruvian

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TR AV EL THE HOTEL: Found off the southwestern tip of Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly may be a train, coach, plane, mini-bus and boat ride away but the level of peace and quiet this gorgeous archipelago exudes is more than worth the journey there. The hotel of Hell Bay on Bryher, the smallest of the islands, is so-called because of the crashing waves that sweep in from the Atlantic – waves that have sunk no less than 530 ships throughout the years. Hell Bay, which hides in its own cove, is all cream-and-blue interiors and whitepainted windows that open out on to blinding blue sea. Other than the hotel, there isn’t much else on this particular island to see and visit – a shop, a café and a smattering of New England-style houses – but its allure lies in long walks across craggy rocks and grassy knolls, paddling in the shallow waters and making small talk with the occasional dog-walking locals. Going to Hell and back has never been this enjoyable.

UK GETAWAY

Hell Bay,

Scilly Isles THE SPA:

THE BEDROOMS: Small but perfectly formed, Hell Bay has 25 suites for bedding down in: our Studio Suite was ridiculously spacious with double doors and a small balcony overlooking the Atlantic – a view to rouse even the sleepiest guest from slumber. Beach house chic runs throughout, with wood and wicker in blues and beige, scenes of Scilly hanging on walls, Malabar fabrics and Lloyd Loom furniture. In addition to the bottle of champagne on-ice that awaited us on arrival, there was also a cupboard-concealed mini-bar and coffee station for fuel not of the bubbly variety. Satellite and DVD players come as standard.

GET THERE: A regular service runs between London Waterloo and Bristol Parkway, after which, one must catch a flight from Bristol Airport into St. Mary’s. From there, hop aboard a ferry to Bryher via Tresco.

PRICE TAG: Suites at Hell Bay start from £135 per adult per night on a half-board basis, including boat transfers to/from the hotel. To book (and for travel options) contact 01720 422947 or hellbay.co.uk

There’s no on-site spa, per se, but there is a separate building that houses all you need to rest and recharge. Burn off one too many seafood suppers in the small gym, work up a sweat in the sauna or take a drip in the whirlpool. There’s also a heated outdoor pool with sun loungers and if you’re more about clothes-on than clothes-off, a living room with pool table, board games, TV and Guitar Hero is sure to stave off boredom. Kids will be in their element.

THE RESTAURANT: Heading up the Hell Bay kitchen is Richard Kearsley, who uses fresh, seasonal ingredients: expect beef from Tresco and crab from Bryher, and dishes such as Cornish mackerel and fillet of hake. Breakfast is just as delicious — from the full English to salmon so fresh you half expect it to wrangle free from the hollandaise. There are even chickens on-site, just in case you feel like getting your own eggs in the morning. For a change of scenery, those staying longer than a couple of nights should hop on the ferry to Tresco and lunch at Ruin Beach Café at Sea Garden Cottages.

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Glamping TRAVEL ROUND UP

Ditch the hotels for back to basics comfort…

SUNNY BROW FARM CUMBRIA

Stay in a woodland yurt at Sunny Brow Farm, and you’re likely to never want to camp in a conventional tent again. Set in rural Cumbria, between the quaint town of Ambleside and the sleepy village of Hawkshead, the owners Suzy and Philip are guaranteed to make your stay as much about the surrounding nature and wildlife, as it is about sleeping in the wild under the stars. Fields roll around the two unique yurts up for grabs: they sleep two to four people and their open-plan construction means the small kitchen, stove, traditional log burner, king size and two single beds come together to create a comfortable living space. Outside, there’s a dining table, fire circle and small gas BBQ, while the

shower room and bathroom are only 100m walk away. There are plenty of activities in which to get involved including mountain biking in Grizedale Forest, rock climbing in Kendal, the Tarn Hows walk, woodpecker, badger and deer watching from the farm itself, fishing in the tarn and finally, cookery courses, which run according to what’s in season. In fact, Sunny Brow Farm is so well organised, they have a contingency plan in the form of Langdale Hotel and Country Club (which offers swimming pools and restaurants) in case the weather is rotten. But chances are, you won’t stay away for long. A weekend or mid-break prices range between £225 and £285; a week’s stay is between £350 and £425. sunnybrowfarm.co.uk, 01539436288

MOLLY DISHWASHER EAST SUSSEX

‘Where camping meets boutique hotel’, opines the Molly Dishwasher website – and the description couldn’t be more accurate. A stay at this wonderfully quaint little home on wheels means not only losing yourself amid the natural, peaceful surroundings of the East Sussex woodland, but also in the pretty upholstery and furnishings that make the interior of this luxurious cabin, which sleeps two adults and two children, so welcoming. Puddle splashing is encouraged (wellies come with), as do logs for the essential wood burner, linen, towels, coal for the BBQ (perfect for those longer summer evenings), a travel cot (if needed), children’s activity packs,

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bicycles for hire, an outside seating area and all the while you’re only ever 80 yards away from an exclusive fitted kitchen, bathroom and shower. There’s a choice for breakfast, too. It comes straight to your door in the morning (with a newspaper in a basket), but equally you can pick your own fresh eggs from the coup just around the corner (the kids will love this). Molly Dishwater really is very unique, and you’d never know that you’re only 5 miles south of Royal Tunbridge Wells. The 70 acres in which your home is situated envelopes you from the very moment you step in.

From £180 for a weekend in the low season (1 Oct – 30 April), including breakfast. mollydishwasher.com 01892 750 288

THE YURT AT MIDLAND FARM HEREFORDSHIRE

For most people, camping involves a general understanding that luxury is sacrificed for a more back to basics few days. But there’s no such need for compromise here in Herefordshire, where Sarah and Charlie Smith, who own the beautiful Midland Farm, have seen to it that your stay in their grounds will be just as, if not more, comfortable than your own home. Situated amid 1.25 acres of their perfectlymanicured gardens (which have featured on the cover of the Royal Horticultural Society magazine), sits an exceedingly comfortable ‘glamping’ yurt. It comes with its own Shepherd’s Hut adjacent, which means guests, who never have to share their

plot of land with anyone else, enjoy a fully equipped kitchen, fridge, cooker and full bathroom. The Yurt is authentic, Mongolian and felt-lined: it sleeps two people in two singles and two adults in an opulent antique French bed. There’s bed linen aplenty, a wood burning stove and a BBQ area, a plant nursery, nearby horses, free-range chickens and abundant peace. Nearby, you’re spoilt for choice; enjoy The Griffin at Felin Fach for sensational Welsh grub, and while there, hop into the ‘Town of Books’, Hay-on-Wye, home to the annual literary festival. Or, stay at the yurt and book yourself in for some horse-riding. It’s the perfect place to learn.

The price is £100 per night for the yurt and Shepherd’s hut combined. midlandfarm.co.uk, 01544 318575

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Licensed to chill

Angela Sacre finds that there is no place like an all-inclusive spa resort in Mexico to get rid of all those stresses and strains

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ho wouldn’t jump at the chance of an escape to the five star resort of Le Blanc Hotel and Spa in popular Mexican resort, Cancun? Well, normally, I wouldn’t. I never stay at all-inclusive resorts. It’s the fear of feeling incarcerated in the confines of a sinister complex, like something out of The Prisoner, forbidden to visit any local sights or experience anything of the world around me. And in Cancun, my fears turned out to be quite founded. Though I can’t blame the hotel (and certainly no large balloon). Nothing was preventing me from venturing further – nothing other than my own growing sense of deep relaxation and contentment. I hadn’t figured on that. But when you consider that Le Blanc ranked at number three in a recent poll of the world’s top ten all-inclusive resorts, perhaps

I shouldn’t have been so surprised. This is what it’s all about. For a start, comfort is paramount here. Every night, the Le Blanc Spa Resort team surprises us with a turndown service, where our own personal butler, Alex, there to indulge our every whim, runs us a Jacuzzi bath and offers a pillow menu that spans orthopaedic, goose-feathered and extravagant lavender or chamomile pillows. During our time here, I sleep much more deeply than I normally do. With a Caribbean breeze floating in from the balcony and petit fours at bedtime, the sense of serenity is truly overwhelming. The resort’s list of activities includes ‘relax in plush lounge chairs on the private white sand beach’ or ‘sip on cocktails served by the pool concierge’ – which is about as much activity as you need here – though you could go scuba diving or indulge in a bit of

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Le Blanc ranked at number three in a recent poll of the world’s top ten all-inclusive resorts poolside volleyball, with the right motivation. Days pass in a blissed-out haze of relaxation and comfort. The Le Blanc Spa features a unique blend of Asian and European tradition providing guests with all-inclusive activities ranging from sun-bathing beside three luxurious pools, (including two infinity pools with swim-up bars), a fully-equipped fitness centre and a health spa. My therapist Angelica gives me the most thorough and de-stressing massages I’ve ever experienced, using lavender and camomile to calm my mind and body.

There are eight on-site restaurants offering an impressive global selection and with a staff-to-guest ratio of almost one-to-one, this adults-only resort is the epitome of luxury. Despite signing up to an ‘all-in’ package, we did manage to escape for a trip to the Mayan temples of Chichen Itza, but in the event, we couldn’t wait to get back to the hotel Jacuzzi. I am a convert, it seems, not a prisoner and ‘just chilling’ won out in the end.

leblancsparesort.com Tel: (877) 753-2526.

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I N TER IORS Welcome to Hix-ville

It might put you off your steak, but the artistic focal point of Mark Hix’s latest venture is certainly a talking point. The grade II listed Shoreditch Tramshed building was originally built to house an electricity generator for the Tramway System. The space has been transformed into a refectory style area, with Damien Hirst’s formaldehyde ‘sculpture’ representing the menu’s primary ingredients; chicken and beef. chickenandsteak.co.uk, 32 Rivington Street, EC2A 3LX

INTERIOR INSPIRATIONS Gemma Billington rounds up the best trends, designers and local gems LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL AT SCP

Movie Magic Eames: The Architect and the Painter is a new feature film exploring the fascinating lives of husband-and-wife team Charles and Ray Eames. Comprised of archive footage and interviews with friends and colleagues, the film is narrated by James Franco and investigates the history of the influential duo and their place in American industrial design.

It’s London Design Festival this month and SCP East are hosting the Design Department Store for the second year running. The store is a cross between a working department store and a design exhibition, with all items on display - furniture, lighting, textiles and accessories - available to purchase. 14 - 23 September, scp.co.uk, 135 Curtain Road, EC2A 3BX

LUSTRE LIGHTS BY TOM DIXON Lustre Lights is the latest collection from London design and production company Tom Dixon. Famed for industrial lighting and furniture, the new pendant shades are characterised by a distinctive oil-slick sheen. The look was created by firing the stoneware shades at 1200°C using a topsecret glaze containing minerals and precious metals. Truly a work of art. tomdixon.net. Available at Coexistence, 288 Upper Street, N1 2TZ

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Dream Bedrooms Creating a multi-purpose room is key to designing a child’s bedroom, says interior designer Niloufar Lamakan of Nila Design

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hile most rooms in a house have a main purpose - eating in the dining room, cooking in the kitchen and so on - a child’s bedroom is not just about sleeping but has to suit myriad purposes like play, drawing and entertaining friends, as well as studying and providing a calm atmosphere. All this AND it has to be stylish!

PLANNING When planning a room for a child, I start off by talking to the parents about how they expect to use the room and what their daily routine is like. Then I divide the room into zones where each activity can take place, keeping as much floor space free as possible. Unless the child is lucky enough to have a separate playroom or den, I suggest giving them the largest room. This

means their toys and later their music and teenage paraphernalia will stay in their room rather than take over the house.

grows. Multifunctional furniture such as an armchair that can turn into a bed for sleepovers is a good use of space.

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It may be fun to channel your inner child to help with decorating your child’s room, but the adult in you has to be firmly in charge or you may be redecorating more often than you planned.

I like to design a sophisticated room that can be made fun with accessories and toys, so you can keep the wall colours neutral or muted to avoid redecorating too often. Although the mood of a child’s room will always be different from the rest of the house, the decor should not clash. Lighting is a good way to change the mood of a room, and dimmers are useful for bedtime routines.

FURNITURE Choose furniture that is flexible and maximises use of space, such as cabin beds with storage or desk space underneath. A white or wood finish bed can last a long time if the bedding is changed as the child

Nila Design provide a full concept-tocompletion interior design service. For more information or a design consultation, contact Niloufar Lamakan, 07970 308 201, niladesign.co.uk

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THINK AHEAD Good design should last at least three years, so buy flexible furniture that can be reconfigured or painted

PLENTY OF STORAGE One thing that doesn’t change with age is the need for storage, so have plenty of different types

ACCESSORISE Use inexpensive accessories that can be changed easily when the child grows tired of the latest fad. Don’t buy an expensive Cinderella bed!

ASK THEM WHAT THEY WANT Depending on their age, take their ideas into account. A baby won’t notice the throw is by Dior but a tweenie will be more fashion conscious

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ABSOLUTELY PROPERTY SEPTEMBER 2012

THE FACTORY

ÂŁ975,000 SHARE OF FREEHOLD

This impressive apartment is located on the second floor of a converted 19th century factory close to Old Street. Created from a shell by architect Simon Conder, the result is a spectacular open-plan layout reception area with a wall of multi-pane factory windows, exposed brickwork and exposed timber floors.The property is offered with a secure parking space. This fabulous apartment offers the ability to section off two double bedrooms at each end if required and still enjoy a wide spacious reception room area. Originally converted by Manhattan Loft Corporation. Currell Residential, 321 Upper Street, N1 2QX 020 7226 4200, www.currell.com

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ISLINGTON

College Cross N1 A superb two bedroom property situated in one of Islington's most desirable locations. Refurbished throughout to an exacting standard, the property is complete with a luxury kitchen and shower room and further benefits from a private patio area allowing outdoor entertainment reception room with dining area | 2 bedrooms | shower room | kitchen | patio | communal garden

Guide price ÂŁ650,000 leasehold

Lofting Road N1 Refurbished in a contemporary style, this stunning two bedroom flat offers over 700 sq ft of accommodation with direct access to a shared garden. Lofting Road is an attractive residential street in the heart of Barnsbury and a stone's throw away from the bars, shops and restaurants on Upper Street reception room with open-plan kitchen | 2 bedrooms | bathroom | shared garden

Guide price ÂŁ599,000 leasehold

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Shepperton Road N1 A fantastic split-level apartment within this renowned conversion of a former Victorian school. With tall ceilings, full height sash windows and wonderful natural light, the property offers over 850 sq ft of adaptable contemporary accommodation together with the added benefit of secure car parking reception room with open-plan kitchen | 3 bedrooms | bathroom | cloakroom | secure parking | communal garden

Guide price ÂŁ595,000 leasehold

Harecourt Road N1 Offering over 590 sq ft of accommodation, this larger than average one bedroom flat benefits from it's own front door and a west-facing patio garden. Set within an imposing Victorian building, the property is within easy reach of Highbury & Islington station and the open space at Highbury Fields reception room with open-plan kitchen | bedroom | bathroom | patio garden

Guide price ÂŁ395,000 leasehold

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Don’t just take our word for it... “The whole team were fantastic and were always very helpful. Unlike many other agents, we felt that they had our interests in mind, making every step of the process as simple as possible.” Heidi Clark, Wakeham Street, N1

“The Cluttons team were on the ball and efficient and went well above and beyond what any other estate agency would deliver on so many occasions. If only all estate agents were like you.“ Lucy Walton, Witherington Road, N5

“Many thanks for all your help – I have had an excellent experience of letting with you and would not think twice to recommend or use your services again.” Viv Hannon, Canonbury Road, N1

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College Cross N1

Devonia Road N1

A substantial apartment arranged over the upper three floors of an attractive period house in the heart of Islington

A large apartment arranged over the upper floors of a handsome period building in a sought after location in Angel

reception room | 3 double bedrooms | 1 single bedroom | family bathroom | kitchen | guest cloakroom | private garden

reception room | 2 double bedrooms | family bathroom | kitchen/breakfast room

£850 per week unfurnished

£695 per week furnished

St. Pancras Chambers NW1

Amwell Street EC1R

A second floor apartment situated within this iconic Grade I listed development finished to an exacting standard

A refurbished maisonette in central Clerkenwell with a high quality Italian kitchen and a modern bathroom

reception room | double bedroom with mezzanine level | bathroom | kitchen/breakfast room | lift | concierge

reception room | 2 double bedrooms | bathroom | kitchen | private garden

£675 per week furnished

£575 per week unfurnished

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St. Paul's Road N1

Highbury New Park N5

An upper maisonette (approx. 940 sq ft), refurbished to an exacting standard with a pleasant outlook and convenient location for Upper Street and Highbury & Islington station

A beautifully presented garden apartment located on a sought after tree lined street in Highbury

reception room | 2 double bedrooms | bathroom | kitchen

reception room | 2 double bedrooms | family bathroom | kitchen patio | communal garden

£525 per week furnished

£495 per week part furnished

Islington Green N1

Oakley Road N1

A spacious split-level apartment with fantastic City views from its terrace, located in the heart of Islington moments from the shops, bars and restaurants on Upper Street

A spacious garden flat within a substantial period building, moments from Highbury & Islington station

reception room | 2 double bedrooms | bathroom | kitchen | terrace

reception room with open-plan kitchen | double bedroom bathroom | shared garden

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Pyrland Road Highbury N5

An elegant 5 storey Victorian end of terrace home set within this popular residential road on the Highbury/Newington Green border. The house comprises a large reception room, formal dining room, modern kitchen, 5 bedrooms & a 70ft garden. The property also includes a self contained 1 bedroom flat on the lower ground floor.

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Culford Road Hackney N1

A charming 3 bedroom Victorian house with private off street parking. The property has an abundance of character & comprises a double reception room, kitchen, family room, 2 bathrooms & a large garden. Culford Road is situated in the popular De Beauvoir area of Hackney.

ÂŁ995,000 guide price freehold

SALES

020 7359 9777

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St Peters Street N1 £1,300 per week

A stunning period property located in the heart of Angel on one of Islington’s most prestigious roads. This 3 double bedroom period house has original features throughout & comprises a bright double reception room, large open plan kitchen with dining room, en-suite, bathroom & a utility room.

LETTINGS

City Road EC1V £1,295 per week

Located close to Angel underground station is this newly refurbished period house with a large private roof terrace, 4 large bedrooms, a stunning reception room, an eat in kitchen with adjoining dining room, 2 bathrooms, laundry room, a private garden & off street parking.

LETTINGS

020 7226 4221

020 7226 4221

Poole Street N1 £695 per week

Cruden Street N7 £675 per week

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A spacious apartment situated on the 3rd floor of this landmark canalside development of the former Gainsborough Studios. Refurbished in part the accommodation is contemporary throughout & boasts 2 double bedrooms with fitted wardrobes, a bathroom with power shower over the bath & an en-suite shower room.

Spacious 3 bedroom maisonette set over 2 floors of this period conversion. The property offers 3 double bedrooms, a spacious reception room, modern kitchen & bathroom. Cruden Street is ideally located for Upper Street & within close proximity to Angel underground station.

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020 7226 4221

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The answer to all your property questions. Thursday 20th September | 5-7pm At Hamptons International, we pride ourselves on making moving home as stress free as possible for our clients. Attend our informal Property Workshop and we can do the same for you. Putting all the expertise you could ask for under one roof – from local market knowledge to mortgage and conveyancing advice – this informal event will ensure you’re in the best possible position to move. Confidential one-to-one meetings are also available. To find out more and book your place, please contact 020 7717 5489.

Hamptons Tower Bridge 41 Shad Thames, Tower Bridge London SE1 2NJ Sales. 020 7717 5489 towerbridge@hamptons-int.com Lettings. 020 7717 5491 towerbridgelettings@hamptons-int.com www.hamptons.co.uk

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Highbury Grange, Highbury, N5 £960,000 Leasehold Islington 020 7226 2487 Email sis@kfh.co.uk

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A beautifully presented 1,596 sq ft four bedroom maisonette arranged over the top three levels of this period building. Located close to Highbury Fields and Highbury & Islington station.

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Canonbury Square, Islington, N1 £2,578 pcm Beautifully presented two double bedroom flat arranged over the first floor of this lovely period house in one of Islington’s sought after garden squares. Comprises beautiful reception room overlooking the square, stunning eat in kitchen and many period features. Islington 020 7359 3636 Email lis@kfh.co.uk

Kingsland Road, Islington, E8 £2,166 pcm A beautiful three double bedroom house arranged over three floors of this lovely period house. The property benefits from original period features, a spacious reception room, floor to ceiling windows and a separate eat in kitchen. Furnished. Islington 020 7359 3636 Email lis@kfh.co.uk

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Sotheby Road, N5

ÂŁ775,000 Freehold

Set over the top floors of this charming period building, this large, bright and spacious three bed flat offers ample living space in an excellent location. Character features | Mezzanine level | Real wood floors | Exposed brickwork

Elfort Road, N5

ÂŁ850,000 Freehold

In excess of 1600 sq ft, a well presented four bedroom family home on this residential street in Highbury. Period property | Private garden | Large kitchen/diner | Enviably located

Islington Islington office office || 020 020 7354 7354 2480 2480 || islington@winkworth.co.uk islington@winkworth.co.uk 65 65Upper UpperStreet, Street,N1 N10NY 0NY

Highbury Highbury office office || 020 020 7989 7989 7000 7000 || highbury@winkworth.co.uk highbury@winkworth.co.uk 106 106Highbury HighburyPark, Park,N5 N52XE 2XE

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Gillespie Road, N5

£950,000 Freehold

An immaculately finished family home split over four floors of this charming Victorian property. Four bedrooms | Impressive garden | Modern finishes | Excellent transport links

St Pauls Road, N1

£525 per week

Providing a prestigious address, this great two bedroomed flat offers neutral décor and well proportioned interiors throughout. Split level | Beautifully finished | Real wood floors | Desirable location

Islington Islington office office || 020 020 7354 7354 2480 2480 || islington@winkworth.co.uk islington@winkworth.co.uk 65 65Upper UpperStreet, Street,N1 N10NY 0NY

Highbury Highbury office office || 020 020 7989 7989 7000 7000 || highbury@winkworth.co.uk highbury@winkworth.co.uk 106 106Highbury HighburyPark, Park,N5 N52XE 2XE

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Sotheby Road, N5

ÂŁ550 per week

Enjoying a sought-after location, this stunning two bedroomed maisonette offers smart interiors with period features. Contemporary finishes | Mezzanine level | Period Property | Immaculate kitchen

Lucerne Road, N5

ÂŁ950 per week

Situated in the heart of Highbury, just moments from the beautiful Highbury Barn, a charming four bedroom mid-terraced house. Period property | Stunning kitchen | Original fireplaces | Real wood floors

Islington Islington office office || 020 020 7354 7354 2480 2480 || islington@winkworth.co.uk islington@winkworth.co.uk 65 65Upper UpperStreet, Street,N1 N10NY 0NY

Highbury Highbury office office || 020 020 7989 7989 7000 7000 || highbury@winkworth.co.uk highbury@winkworth.co.uk 106 106Highbury HighburyPark, Park,N5 N52XE 2XE

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well as superb equity gains. Areas such as Barnsbury and Cannonbury with their graceful Georgian and Victorian architecture remain popular with affluent professionals and families. The popular amenities and lifestyle offerings of Upper Street, which connects Highbury and Holloway to Angel, are easily reachable from most parts within the borough. However, the primary reason is that Islington is still considered cheap compared to other highbrow locations such as Marylebone, Hampstead, St John’s Wood and Kensington, meaning that Islington benefits from a huge migration of buyers from these areas. I would therefore suggest that any vendor with a property to sell should focus on making sure that their chosen agent is able to devise a strategy that is still able to extract maximum value across a wider London market, not just a local one. There are still plenty of runners and riders left in Islington in 2012 and I expect activity to continue at a very good pace. Chesterton Humberts, Islington www.chestertonhumberts.com 020 7359 9777

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KINGS CROSS ROAD, £1,450,000 FREEHOLD

With a long history stretching back to 1796, this is a stunning and unique four bedroom Georgian townhouse. Originally built as a shop, and later used amongst other things as a tobacconist, a foundry and a chandlers, the property is now a residential home. With a wealth of period features including the original shop front the property offers a stylish kitchen, a 38’ reception room, four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a utility room and ample storage. With a fantastic finish throughout, it also benefits from a first floor roof terrace. King’s Cross Road is located close to the bars, restaurants and shops of Clerkenwell, Bloomsbury and Islington. King’s Cross St. Pancras is close by. Stirling Ackroyd, 19 Bury Place, London WC1A 2JB 020 7256 3244 www.stirlingackroyd.com

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This stunning penthouse three bedroom flat is one of only nine brand new apartments created from a former office building in the highly sought-after West Smithfield area. It offers high vaulted ceilings, 2 bathrooms and is finished to an incredibly high-specification throughout including intergrated speakers and full CAT 6 wiring. Other features include Lutron mood lighting, 900mm oven hob & fan, whole-house ventilation system, lacquered oak flooring in reception and kitchen and marble in bathroom, granite worktop in the kitchen and 24mm Heritage double-glazing. Delightful views look towards St Bartholomew the Great church. The apartment is on the top 3 floors and measures at 1253 square feet. Inexpensive annual underground parking is available in nearby Smithfield Square. Hamptons International, City and West End Sales, Aldermary House, 15 Queen Street, London EC4N 1TX, 020 7236 8398, www.hamptons.co.uk

Following the success in establishing our office in Islington over recent years with our high standard of personal and professional service to our clients, we felt it was the perfect time to open our second office locally. Located in a prominent position on Blackstock Road in Highbury, we aim to be the go-to independent estate agent for vendors and landlords in Highbury, Finsbury Park, Stoke Newington and Stroud Green. Bennett Mason now have two locally positioned and linked offices working to sell and rent your properties. So if you are thinking of selling or letting your property now or in the near future, contact our Highbury team now on 020 7226 0770 for details of our opening offers and a free market valuation of your property. Highbury Office: 133 Blackstock Road, Highbury, London, N4 2JW 020 7226 0770 www.bennettmason.com

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COLLEGE CROSS, N1 A recently refurbished period apartment with its own patio and use of communal gardens. Located close to vibrant Upper Street and Highbury and Islington train stations. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception. £650,000 Leasehold 020 7354 9737 islington@faronsutaria.co.uk

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from Colman Coyle, gives his expert advice on all your legal property questions I have had problems removing squatters from my empty property but is it true that from 1st September I will legally be able to evict them? Section 144 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 which comes into force on 1st September 2012 creates a new offence of squatting in a residential building. However, the offence will not be committed by anyone holding over after the end of a tenancy and does not apply to commercial properties. The introduction of this section follows a number of recent reports in the media of squatters occupying residential properties. The Government responded last year by consulting on the possibility of making squatting a criminal offence. The idea behind this legislation is to avoid the property owner having to seek a court order to obtain possession of their own Property as this can be time consuming and expensive. From the 1st September 2012 squatting can be dealt with by the police provided the provisions of the Act have been met. The new offence will be committed where a person does all of the following: i. Is in a residential building as a trespasser, having entered it as a trespasser. ii. Knows or ought to know that he or she is a trespasser. iii. Is living in the building or intends to live there for any period. The possible sanctions include a fine of up to ÂŁ5,000.00 and/or imprisonment. However, property owners will be reliant on the police enforcing this law in a timely fashion, and it remains to be seen what priority will be given by the police to this crime.

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London Square Leonard Street is EC2’s most vibrant new address - a cool new development of 42 cutting-edge apartments crowned by three showstopping penthouses designed by internationally-acclaimed architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. Leonard Street is perfectly positioned on the perimeter of Shoreditch and the City just a stone’s throw from Old Street underground station, Silicon Roundabout and fashionable Hoxton Square. The eight storey building’s southerly facade overlooks a private courtyard, with projecting balconies commanding fantastic views over the cityscape below. The three beautiful penthouses have dual-aspect panoramic outlooks which take in the dramatic City skyline, Canary Wharf and beyond. 696 sq ft one-bedroom apartment on the second floor. For more details call 0333 666 2535 or visit www.londonsquare.co.uk

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INSPIRATIONAL ISLINGTON Origin Housing’s Inspire, London N5, is a collection of 21 one and two bedroom shared ownership apartments, set in a highly sought after location, just a short walk away from Islington’s buzzing Upper Street. The light-filled homes come with floor to ceiling windows and balconies, and offer exceptional specification. Prices at Inspire start from £83,750, a 25 percent share of a one bedroom apartment valued at £335,000. Eligibility criteria applies. Contact Origin Housing on 0800 068 8990/www.originsales.co.uk

THE JUNCTION With an innovative and contemporary design, The Junction is an exciting landmark building which perfectly complements its natural surroundings. The external façade is a fusion of glass, metal and timber with a varied palette of colours. This striking design creates a stimulating visual experience which exudes confidence and quality. The appeal of The Junction, Tufnell Park is enhanced by its proximity to two of London’s most exciting boroughs – Camden and Islington. Within minutes residents of The Junction can find themselves exchanging the tranquillity of their home for the nightlife, leisure and shopping opportunities for which both areas have become renowned. Tufnell Park Underground station lies within 70 metres walk of your front door. Meticulously designed 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments from £362,000 0845 672 4134, thejunctiontufnellpark.co.uk

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Set your sights high in Shoreditch All is revealed... Be amongst the first to visit our brand new stunning show apartment.

Ixia is located on the edge of the City and is well positioned for enjoying the fashionable scene of Shoreditch and Hoxton. • Highly specified apartments each with a balcony or terrace • Only a few minutes walk from Old Street and the City 1 bedroom apartments from £384,950 2 bedroom apartments from £565,000 2 & 3 bedroom penthouses from £650,000

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house alarm systems with CCTV security and videophone entry, and wiring for broadband, cable or satellite connections. No holes have been barred on design either - each house has its own especially designed sweeping staircase, featuring bespoke chandeliers and luxuries such as ‘Havana’ leather covered handrails. And what about amenities? The £20,000 Gaggenau fridge freezer says it all. With House 4 already sold, House 3 is the

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T H E E XC LU S I V E GAT E D A D D R E S S I N N W 3 FOUR NEW AND STUNNING HOUSES

Prices from ÂŁ7.25m Joint sole agents:

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TK INTERNATIONAL

ASTON CHASE

020 7794 8700 sales@t-k.co.uk www.t-k.co.uk

020 7724 4724 enquiries@astonchase.com www.astonchase.com

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Saltdean, Brighton BN2 8LG

Through the keyhole at Grand Ocean For Ownership, Holidays, Investment Grand Ocean is a collection of 183 one and two-bedroom apartments, on the doorstep of the rolling Sussex Downs, with breathtaking views of the South Coast. It comprises not only the carefully restored 1930s hotel, but four new wings whose sleek lines echo the streamlined elegance of the original art deco building. All apartments benefit from Explore Living’s trademark high specification featuring quality fittings with sleek contemporary styling. Spacious open-plan living and dining areas include stylish kitchens that benefit from ergonomic design

and integrated appliances. Residents also benefit from use of an on site gym, secure underground car parking and beautifully landscaped communal grounds. Luxurious two bedroom apartments are currently available in the Art Deco splendour of the original hotel building priced from £359,995 to £529,995.The new wings offer a stunning selection of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments priced from £179,995 to £364,995. Grand Ocean’s location in peaceful Saltdean offers a beguiling blend of a stylish seaside location on the doorstep of the rolling Sussex Downs and only six miles from cosmopolitan Brighton.

Sales Office open 7 days a week from 10.00am - 5.30pm For more information please call 0845

873 9054

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email grandocean@exploreliving.co.uk or visit www.exploreliving.co.uk Prices correct at time of going to press. Photography of Grand Ocean.

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Affordable Islington!

One and two bedroom apartments, minutes from Highbury & Islington tube * Prices from £83,750 (Monthly cost approx: £1,193)

For more info: 0800 068 8990 www.corsicastreet.co.uk #CorsicaSt *Price based on a 25% share of a one bed apartment with a full market value of £335,000. Minimum income required: £32,338. Minimum joint income: £41,909. Please note: You must be registered and approved at www.firststeps.co.uk. You must be buying this as your first or only home, terms & conditions apply. Whilst these particulars are prepared with all due care and convenience of intending purchasers, the information detailed herein is a preliminary guide only. The organisation employs a policy of continuous improvement and reserves the right to alter or amend the specification as necessary and without prior notice.

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SALES Holloway N7 £335,000 Leasehold A nicely presented two bedroom flat situated on the ground floor of a large Victorian converted house. Holloway Road’s extensive shopping and leisure facilities are also found close by and would suit first time buyers or rental investors. • 2 bedroom • Bathroom • Kitchen • Reception room • Well maintained communal garden • Chain free

Hillmarton Road N7 £375,000 Share of freehold A very quirky 2 bed flat on the ground floor of a large converted house in the Hillmarton conservation area. Benefits include double glazing, gas control heating, private section of rear garden and share of freehold. Hillmarton road is ideally located for local shops & excellent transport links. The flat is presented in good decorative order but would benefit from some minor refurbishments. • Period conversion • 2 bedrooms • 2 bathrooms • Large reception • High Ceilings • Garden

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LETTINGS

407-409 Holloway Road London N7 6HP t: 020 7607 5001 w: www.drivers.co.uk Sussex Way N7 £825.00 per week Drivers & Norris are proud to offer this stunning four double bedroom Victorian terraced house for rent. Finished to an immaculate standard, the property boasts a fully fitted stylish kitchen/diner which is flooded with light from the grand sash window, two modern bathrooms, private roof terrace and a decked garden to the rear with a summerhouse. The traditional fireplaces and dark wooden floors throughout compliment the modern décor found internally. • 4 double bedrooms • Period property • Original features • Close to transport

Cornwallis Road N7 £780.00 per week Drivers & Norris are pleased to offer a four bedroom period family home. Internally this larger than average house offers flexible accommodation set out over three floors including double bedrooms, through lounge, fitted kitchen, bathroom, stripped wood flooring, feature fireplaces, separate W/C and secluded rear garden. Cornwallis Road is perfectly located for the multiple shopping, entertainment and transport facilities found at Archway (Northern Line) and Holloway Road. • 4 double bedrooms • Feature fireplaces • Polished wood flooring • Close to transport

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NEW

HIGHBURY OFFICE

To celebrate the opening of our new Highbury office, Bennett Mason are delighted to offer:

SELL YOUR HOME FOR 0.65%* 6.5%* FOR LET & MANAGED CALL NOW: HIGHBURY: 020 7226 0770 *subject to our terms & conditions and VAT

Highbury Office:133 Blackstock Road, Highbury, London, N4 2JW

Islington Office: 253 Liverpool Road, Islington, London, N1 1LX

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£930,000

N5 Gillespie Road FREEHOLD

£775,000

An extremely spacious 5 double bedroom Victorian house arranged over 4 floors, in a sought after location in Highbury. The house comprises 2 reception rooms, eat-in kitchen, utility room, guest WC, five double bedrooms and a large family bathroom. This house benefits from period features and a rear garden.

£800pw

EC1V Fredericks Row FURNISHED

N1

A stunning 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment in this sought after waterside development. The apartment benefits from a large reception room leading to a balcony terrace and modern designer kitchen. The property is finished to a high standard ,benefiting from one underground parking space and waterside views.

Graham Street LEASEHOLD

£460pw

A spacious modern 4 double bedroom house comprises a large reception room with dining area, separate fully fitted kitchen, 4 double bedrooms with 3 bathrooms (2 are en-suites) and a guest WC. The house is offered in good decorative order, benefitting from a balcony terrace and garage.

N1 Harecourt Road UNFURNISHED

An exceptional large 2 bedroom split level period conversion. The apartment is arranged over 2 floors and comprises a spacious reception room with a bay window, leading on to an eat-in kitchen with doors to the garden, 2 double bedrooms and main bathroom. This apartment benefits from high ceilings and period features along with a rear garden.

CALL NOW: ISLINGTON: 020 7700 7007

Islington Office: 253 Liverpool Road, Islington, London, N1 1LX

Highbury Office:133 Blackstock Road, Highbury, London, N4 2JW

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Currell Residential

Islington 321 Upper Street Islington, London N1 2XQ

Underwood Street, N1 £975,000 share of freehold • Approx 1280 sq.ft loft • Unique and wonderful open space • Designed by Simon Conder architect • Flexible space with secure parking Capture this on your smart phone for the internet link

The Courtyard, Barnsbury, N1 £1,150,000 freehold • Unique 1450 sq.ft property • Ground floor living. three bedrooms • Two patio gardens • Garage and parking Capture this on your smart phone for the internet link

Crescent Street, N1 £800 per week

• Desirable Barnsbury location • Three bedrooms • Recently refurbished • Excellent natural light Capture this on your smart phone for the internet link

Pied Bull Yard, N1 £865 per week

• Quiet-yet-central location • 1259 sq ft • Three bedrooms • Internal courtyard Capture this on your smart phone for the internet link

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Telephone

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Clerkenwell 122/124 St John Street Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4JS

Kingsway Place, EC1 £1,795,000 Leasehold • Three/four bedrooms • Conversion apartment • 2293 sq/ft • Secure parking Capture this on your smart phone for the internet link

Paramount Building, EC1 £995 Per week

• Two bedroom apartment • Central Clerkenwell location • High specification finish • Iconic warehouse building Capture this on your smart phone for the internet link

Clerkenwell Road, EC1 £625 Per week

• Two bedrooms • Two bathrooms • Sought after development • Central Clerkenwell location Capture this on your smart phone for the internet link

Wynyatt Street, EC1 £425 Per week

• Two Bedroom apartment • Recently refurbished • Wooden floors throughout • Central Clerkenwell location Capture this on your smart phone for the internet link

Telephone

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Stirling Ackroyd All around the City EC1

EC2

£675 pw

£475 pw

CLERKENWELL LETTINGS Kingsway Place - Exquisite first floor duplex apartment benefiting from 1068 sq ft of floor space a large open plan kitchen/reception with double height ceiling, large original windows and shower room.

SHOREDITCH LETTINGS Christina Street - Fantastic 1 bed featuring original strip wood flooring, exposed brickwork, original wood beams, a fully integrated kitchen & large windows which create good light.

SE1

E8

£925 pw

£330 pw

BANKSIDE LETTINGS Holland Street - 2 bed 2 bath on the second floor of the new NEO Bankside development offering state of the art living with contemporary Bulthaup kitchens.

HACKNEY LETTINGS Colvestone Crescent - Bright and contemporary 1 bedroom period property featuring a large bright reception room with feature bay window, high ceilings and sanded floor boards.

SHOREDITCH 020 7749 3838

CLERKENWELL 020 7549 0606

BANKSIDE 020 7940 3888

BLOOMSBURY 020 7256 3244

HACKNEY 020 7749 3807

HAMPSTEAD/ST JOHN’S WOOD 020 7748 5224

IBIZA 0034 971 326 788

ISTANBUL +90 (0)212 322 7171

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SE1

WC1

£765,000

£1,495,000

BANKSIDE SALES Victor Wharf - An amazing two bed two bath apartment in the heart of Borough Market with direct access to a private roof terrace.

CLERKENWELL SALES Kings Cross Road - Stunning, unique 4 bedroom Georgian townhouse with a wealth of period features, a first floor roof terrace and a fantastic finish throughout.

EC2

E8

£800,000

£490,000

SHOREDITCH SALES Paul Street - 4th floor 2 bed warehouse apartment featuring large sash windows, exposed brick & stripped wooden floors with fantastic views of the London skyline.

HACKNEY SALES Chaplin Apartments - Luxurious 4 bed, 3 bath unique Mews House comprising over 1000sq ft in total offering a large open plan kitchen/living space and a private roof terrace.

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WE CURRENTLY HAVE 19 ACTIVE BUYERS REGISTERED FOR EVERY PROPERTY WE HAVE FOR SALE.

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