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NEW YEAR’S ISSUE

CONTENTS JANUARY 2011

FEATURES 7

EDITOR’S PICK

The must-see events of this month

12 MAKING HIS MARK

Talking to the country’s favourite ex-con, Howard Marks

16 TOTALLY RADICAL Clerkenwell’s political history

26 COLD COMFORT FARM

Keep snug in super-soft fabrics and stylish knits

33 KNIT PICK…

Our pick of chunky knits and après-ski motifs

35 THE ROAD WELL TRAVELLED A trip to the best gastro-pub Hampstead has to offer

56 THE LONDON ART FAIR

Comes to the Business Design Centre in N1

REGULARS  EDITOR’S LETTER  FAMILY  HEALTH & BEAUTY  FASHION  FOOD & DRINK  INTERIORS  GADGETS  MOTORING

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Damián Ortega is one of the leading sculptors of his generation. His Barbican commission follows important solo shows at ICA Boston (2009) and Centre Pompidou (2008), White Cube (2007) and Tate Modern (2005). He began his career as a political cartoonist before he turned to art, and the development of his characteristically ‘mischievous process of transformation and dysfunction’.

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GRIMALDI PARK MAKEOVER Local children from Gower school planted 1,000 daffodil bulbs in Joseph Grimaldi Park last week to celebrate the recent improvements to the park. Other new features include a revamped play area, with exciting new equipment including a giant timber climbing structure, swings, a slide, equipment for

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE DISABLED PERSON The United Nations designated 3 December as the International Day of the Disabled Person, offering the chance to promote the full and equal participation of disabled people in everyday life. To celebrate, Islington Council held a day of special events at the Assembly Hall on Monday 6 December 2010. Cllr Janet Burgess, Executive

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Member for Health and Adult Social Care said:”Events like today’s highlight Islington’s diversity and the need to make sure our disability services are accessible, relevant and of the highest quality.” Highlights of the event

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Islington has reached financial close on the second phase of its Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme, which will see two more secondary schools transformed with over £40 million of investment. Islington Council and Transform Islington Ltd have agreed to replace the existing school building at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Language College (EGA), and rebuild and refurbish Islington Arts and Media School (IAMS). EGA in N1 is set for a major transformation, with more than 9000 square metres of new buildings. Pupils will benefit from a new performance and lecture theatre, language labs, sports hall, art and design facilities, multi-purpose classrooms and a central square offering views of St Pancras. The proposals for IAMS in N4 comprise a combination of new buildings and extensive renovation of existing buildings. The aim is to create a ‘centre of excellence’ for the arts, incorporating a new performing arts venue, new art and music rooms and an editing studio. The phase 2 developments follow the successful refurbishment and rebuilding of 4 schools in the first wave of Islington’s BSF programme – Highbury Grove School, Samuel Rhodes Secondary, Holloway School and St Aloysius’ College. Building work at both schools is due to be completed towards the end of 2012, with the external works and landscaping being completed in 2013.

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MARKED MAN

Eloise Baumann meets Britain’s most famous ex con and every student’s favourite man of the world, Howard Marks

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am sitting in Islington’s Union Chapel, listening as a man – a man alone onstage with little more than his voice and his memories to aid him – speaks in conspiratorially warm and affable tones about a life spent in the service of the global narcotics trade. The darkened hall is perhaps more used to larger-scale, musical performances, but this speaker needn’t worry. He has all of us rapt as children, listening spellbound (admittedly a ‘spellbound’ peppered with frequent outbursts of laughter) to find out what happens next in what must be one of the most winding, wild and colourful life stories anyone has ever survived to recount. At one point, my mind strays to another performance I once saw, of Arthur Miller’s classic The Crucible. “Because it is my name!” cries John Proctor, the beleaguered hero of the play, when asked why he will not confess to a crime he has not committed in order to save his own life. “Because I cannot have another in my life!” Either the unfortunate Mr. Proctor was woefully misinformed or things were very different in the 1690s, when The Crucible is set – because in the modern world, the man onstage is putting Proctor’s statement very much to the lie. Howard Marks may have been born as such, in the high summer of 1945 in the Welsh mining village of Kenfig Hill, but his later life was to necessitate many

more monikers than the one his parents chose for him. John McKenna was to be one of them; Anthony Tunnicliffe another. There was also Ray Fox, and Albert W. Jennings. But the alias by which Marks would first become famous – rather than simply infamous – had an altogether more memorable ring to it: Mr. Nice. Marks’ early life in Kenfig Hill was, by all accounts, pretty normal. As a teenager at his local grammar school he proved an excellent scholar, and at the age of eighteen he was accepted to attend Oxford University’s prestigious Balliol College. He was as successful at university as he had been at school, and he remained in higher education from 1964 to 1970, studying Nuclear Physics and Philosophy of Science. But the liberal zeitgeist and a taste for adventure (not to mention cash) eventually overwhelmed Marks’ scholarly impulses. He discovered marijuana and began to smoke it, then to deal it, then to smuggle it to and from the continent, often in the equipment of friends in touring rock bands. He must have felt quite the rebel, and when I interview him later I wonder aloud if his diversion into drugs has something to do with his Welsh blood – after all, so much of Welsh culture, from the bardic tradition down to the fiercely individual spirit of modern rock bands such as the Manic Street Preachers, seems rooted in a desire to subvert the authority of the English next door.

Marks seems to agree, at least in part. “Welsh language and culture has often been the target of ridicule and repression by English overlords. That seems to be less and less the case [now], enabling a freedom of expressed creativity and a channel for street culture to emerge.” ‘Street culture’ is something seemingly dear to Marks’ heart, and at one point during our interview he even professes a love for UK youth’s latest musical craze, dubstep. At 65, Marks remains far from the archetypal grandfather. But then, he was never the archetypal father either, missing out on much of his three children’s childhoods as he criss-crossed the globe on drugs deals – or else bided his time in a U.S. prison. But back to the life story, and Marks’ first forays into smuggling. So far, so typical, you might think – of a fledgling drug trafficker, at least. But the young Howard Marks was soon to prove different from his fellows within the trade in several ways: first, in his refusal to endorse or participate in violence; second, in his rejection of harder (and more financially lucrative) drugs than hash; finally, in his success: by the time he was finally arrested by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency in 1988, he was thought to be one of the most prolific and influential drug barons of all time, handling around 10% of the world’s trade in marijuana. Add to that his connections with the CIA, Mafia, IRA and a stint as an MI6 agent, and

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the sensitive role Marks played in the global intelligence underworld becomes increasingly clear too. I ask him if he ever experienced anything akin to a ‘moral itch’ when he considered the nature of some of the people with whom he had dealings. His response is immediate and typically rational (even if it doesn’t entirely dispatch my doubts): “I’ve not experienced anything approaching a moral itch. I did meet some shady characters, but one does in any profession.” The life of an international criminal is a life on the edge, and Marks spent nearly 25 years trying to keep ahead of the law. Hence the aliases outlined above (he had 43 in total) – and hence the 89 telephone lines and 25 holding companies he needed to run his illegal empire and launder his illicit cash. Eventually, of course, the justice system caught up with him, and he was sentenced to 25 years in the notoriously tough Federal Correctional Complex at Terre Haute, Indiana. He served seven years before he was released on parole and something even more extraordinary happened: he became a star. Approached by a publisher interested in a memoir of his life on the run, Marks penned a compelling, hilarious and often downright shocking account of his career from student digs to cellblock – taking in all manner of high times and low moments in between. A freewheeling hippy with a taste for cannabis and a talent for networking with all the right people (some of whom, of course, were very wrong people), Marks’ tales – collected under the title Mr Nice (“My favourite alias … I would like to have that identity back”) – topped the bestseller lists in the UK and abroad, launching a new career for him as an author, unofficial spokesperson for the growing decriminalisation

movement and (thanks as much to his smoky Welsh drawl as to his astounding life experiences) a much-in-demand raconteur. It helps that this career criminal turned amiable anti-hero isn’t plagued by remorse – though this hasn’t always been the case: “I have no regrets now and feel no need to turn the clock back, but there were times in my life I did suffer regret and would have done anything to change my past.”

researching the (mis)deeds of Welsh 17th century pirate Henry Morgan for another book, Señor Nice. But while roaming is obviously a favoured pastime – even if his new profession doesn’t necessitate it with quite the same urgency as his old one – Marks’ heart remains close to his homeland in many ways. He has close friends on the Welsh celebrity circuit, among them actor Rhys Ifans, who starred as Marks in the recent big-screen biopic Mr Nice. How involved was Marks in the film of his life, I ask, and did he recommend Rhys for the role? “That was my only involvement. I’ve known Rhys for fourteen years, and I greatly value his friendship. To me, he was the only possible choice.” Another famous friendship is with Welsh alternative band Super Furry Animals. How did that come about? “They wrote a song about me, Hanging Out With Howard Marks, which they included on their first album, Fuzzy Logic. I went to see them play one of their early performances. I thought they were great, we got on very well and we became firm friends.” It’s a far cry from Marks’ former life, spent hiding from the gaze of the authorities and transporting tons of marijuana disguised by the scent of lion dung (purchased, the story goes, for £3 a sack from Dudley Zoo – apparently it sends police sniffer dogs into paroxysms of fear). But somehow when you talk to this consummate storyteller, the implausible – whether it’s writing bestselling books or bantering with crime kingpins, or even being a ‘good guy’ in a frankly murderous trade – seems possible. I guess it’s all about charm, something Marks possesses in spades. Mr. Nice indeed. 

I’VE NOT EXPERIENCED ANYTHING APPROACHING A MORAL ITCH. I DID MEET SOME SHADY CHARACTERS, BUT ONE DOES IN ANY PROFESSION.” Now Marks, divorced from his wife of 25 years (and accomplice in many of his ‘adventures’), Judy, lives a far more public life in his adopted hometown of Leeds – but he’s still something of a wanderer. He travels widely with his acclaimed show, An Audience with Mr. Nice – the one-man anecdotal extravaganza I’d seen at the Union Chapel – and has recently returned from South America, where he was

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efore the late 20th century saw the design agencies and architecture firms move in to Clerkenwell; before its vast warehouses and disused breweries were transformed into some of the capital’s most desirable apartments; before decades of refurbishment and renovation saw the area become a by-word for luxury modern living; before all of this, there was the Priory Of St. John. Constructed in the middle of the 12th century by Jordan de Briset, a knight of Breton blood, the Priory was sited near what is today St. John’s Lane, south of Clerkenwell Road. Home to the wealthy order of the Knights Hospitaliers of St. John of Jerusalem – later to lend their moniker to the St. John’s Ambulance Service – the Priory became the focal point of life in an area then known as Clerke’s Well, after the fresh-water well around which the local clerks would gather in their spare hours to act out scenes from the Bible. For almost two and a half centuries, the Priory stood

firm as Clerke’s Well grew and prospered around it – but in 1381, with England fresh from the disastrous Hundred Years’ War against France, the nation’s coffers empty and the ineffectual child king Richard II on the throne, political upheaval came calling. The trouble began when Richard II’s uncle John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster, introduced a new poll tax which would affect everyone over the age of 14 – and which would hit the poor far harder than the rich. When the tax collectors came calling, peasants across the country – already suffering under the yoke of the feudal system, which forced them to give a proportion of their labour and produce to their wealthy masters – erupted in outrage. Under the leadership of Wat Tyler, they marched on London, eventually converging on Clerke’s Well and the Priory of St. John and burning it to the ground. But the deed was not done out of simple hatred of the wealthy Order of St. John. In fact, the then-Prior was one Sir Robert Hales – who also

held the title Lord High Treasurer of England, and was thus responsible for collecting the detested poll tax. Hales fled to the Tower of London, but Tyler’s men caught up with him. Suffice it to say that neither Hales nor any of his wealthy companions (including the Archbishop of Canterbury) escaped with their heads. Despite its early successes, the peasant rebellion was ultimately ill-fated. Clerke’s Well, however, had tasted the thrills and spills of life at the epicentre of political action – an experience which would be repeated, albeit with somewhat less fire and bloodshed – in the centuries to come. The Priory of St. John was soon rebuilt, and St. John’s Lane still bears witness to its grandeur in St. John’s Gate – a formidable stone archway that dates back to 1504. But the Order itself was doomed: in 1540, King Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries and the Priory’s buildings were soon given over to various nobles in search of apartments close to the city. Clerkenwell, as it was

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SPOTLIGHT rural suburb of Clerkenwell”, where “the foot-paths in front of the houses were skirted by lofty trees”. Change, though, was on the horizon. As the years progressed, Clerkenwell increasingly became the location of choice not just for the gentry, but for a poor working class engaged in artisanal trades such as watch-making. Hundreds of craft workers moved to the area to work without the draconian restrictions and regulations of the nearby City of London. The area soon became a microcosm of the wider situation in the capital, with whole families forced to work in dire conditions for low pay and without access to adequate sanitary systems or living quarters. Slums known as ‘rookeries’ sprung up to house the rising population, as did brothels, boarding houses and other ‘undesirable’ elements. Little by little, the remaining rich moved out to the suburbs, and by the close of the 18th century Clerkenwell was better known as a cramped, dirty den of thievery and poverty than as a stylish suburb. Ill-policed but increasingly politicised. The area began to appear in literature and early political economy texts as an example of London ‘in the raw’, where ST JOHN’S GATE; A REMNANT OF CLERKENWELL’S MONASTIC PAST

now known, had become a centre of various industries during its long association with the Knights of St. John, but it now entered its residential heyday, serving as a wealthy suburb for the privileged elite. Politics must have seemed a rather distant concept in 17th century Clerkenwell, a place far removed from the bustle and buzz of today. In the words of 19th century historian William Pinks, Clerkenwell’s 17th century inhabitants sought “seclusion from society in the

the problems of exclusion and inequality were fomenting a potentially catastrophic kind of social unease. Soon the great novelist Charles Dickens would show the gang-leader Fagin and his sidekick, the Artful Dodger, teaching innocent Oliver Twist the ways of the pick-pocket in the market on Clerkenwell Green.

Crime and politics can find themselves entwined in a thousand different ways, and Clerkenwell’s prisons were to prove a key factor in making the area a hotbed of political activity throughout the 19th century. One of the most famous – or infamous – examples stems from 1867, when two members of the Fenian Brotherhood (an early Irish Republican group) were arrested and imprisoned in Clerkenwell’s Middlesex House of Detention. On the night of December 13, three of their fellows attempted to aid their escape by blowing a huge hole in the prison wall – and destroying several tenement blocks in the process. London – which according to then-resident Karl Marx had been largely supportive of the Fenian cause up to that point – was now outraged. And modern terrorism, with its attendant media panic and wilful disregard for civilian casualties, was born. The Fenian movement would not depart Clerkenwell, despite the capture and hanging of Michael Barrett, alleged leader of the aforementioned bomb plot. Fifteen years later, a Fenian weapons arsenal was found in a building on St. John Street, and one Michael Collins – future head of the military forces of the Irish Free State and hero of the eponymous film starring Liam Neeson – worked in the post sorting office at Rosebery Avenue between 1906 and 1910. In fact, it was during this period that Collins first took an oath of allegiance to the Irish Republican Brotherhood. But the 19th century was radical in more ways than the Fenian, and Clerkenwell Green hosted demonstrations by almost every political movement in the capital. There were Chartist riots, soap-box speeches by early socialists (such as Clerkenwell native and lifelong slum-dweller Dan Atterton) and, perhaps most famous of all, a meeting between Lenin and a young Josef Stalin at the Crown and Anchor pub – now the Crown Tavern. With such a part to play in the tumultuous political events not just of the 20th century or the 21st, but of so many before them, is it any wonder that the Karl Marx Memorial Library should be located at 37 Clerkenwell Green – or even that the offices of Britain’s most left-leaning broadsheets, The Guardian and The Observer, should until recently be found just a few minutes away on Farringdon Road?  17

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styling time in half, KCST works by opening hair follicles, restoring and restructuring strands by deep-infusing the cuticles with a blend of natural keratin. The specially formulated revitalising treatment is used by celebrities including Nicole Ritchie and Natasha Kaplinsky. I know what you’re thinking… this could be another product that doesn’t really work, an effect that can only be administered by a professional or one that lasts a mere ten minutes after you’ve left the salon. I was inclined to feel the same – but was genuinely amazed by the results. What’s more, the treatment is chemical-free and only took 90 minutes, including styling time. As someone with naturally extremely tight curls, completely straight, smooth hair has always been an unattainable feat; on occasion, when I came close to achieving it (following a laborious two hours of styling), it never set or behaved for a decent amount of time. Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy has turned that around. The treatment was finished quickly and I immediately felt the difference in my hair – now unusually light and silky. The effect was such that I distinctly recall an extra spring in my step on leaving the salon!

The Keratin therapy lasts either six weeks or six months. The former timeframe allowing a sufficient introduction, the latter allowing for a rather more committed relationship to straight hair. I opted for the temporary taster, but have already booked my appointment for more permanently straight hair! The real test, though, came when I got caught out in the rain for the first time – the day after I washed the treatment out, as a matter of fact. Miraculously, my hair remained as it was – frizzfree and healthy-looking. Smoothing treatment: one; English weather, nil. That’s a result I can believe in. If you still don’t believe me ladies, the best thing to do is try the treatment yourself. I’m pretty confident you’ll love your new hair so much, you’ll want to rebook again and again. Manufacturers of straightening irons beware...  Stasi Salons 11 Essex Road, Islington, N1 2SL 020 7359 1432 75-77 Junction Road, Archway, London, N19 5QU 020 7870 3721

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SWEET RELIEF Helen Baron experiences a Pilates Equipment Class at Europe’s Leading Yoga and Pilates Centre…and winds down afterwards with a soothing Thai Foot Massage

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n arriving at Triyoga, I immediately felt myself to be in the presence of the great god Calm. There is definitely some feng shui at work here; perhaps in the way the reception desk curves gracefully at the centre of the semi-circular space, giving way to the communal dining area.Yogis are munching on ultra healthy-looking grub from the onsite café, and serene music plays amid the drifting incense… My shoulders dropped another notch and I felt the stress of the day – stress I hadn’t really realised I’d brought into the room with me – melt away. I was here to try a Pilates Equipment Class, something I’d never done before. I’ve tried mat Pilates and always preferred yoga, which I found to be less fuss, less messing about with ropes, equally intense but in a slightly more comfortable way, with no emphasis on small repetitive motions. But this Pilates equipment class was a different ball-game altogether. Using specialised pieces of apparatus designed to provide resistance and support for your body, my instructor, Prithi, took me through a series of fluid exercises.These classes are taken individually or in small groups of no more than five, which only adds to the relaxation element. Prithi’s calming voice explained each movement and the proper breathing techniques so that pretty soon I felt myself becoming more body-aware, relishing the space around me.This is a far cry from previous experiences of peak-time yoga, where a full stretch can mean, your nose, perilously close to, your neighbour’s rear end. It seems a luxury to work at your own pace – and in classes this small, the instructor can modify the equipment to suit your needs. Much of what we do in our 60-minute session focuses on core strength and stretching, and I’m reminded of Pilates’ gymnastic element – although my class is gentle, at a more advanced level, I would utilise stronger gymnastic poses. I imagine the postures, in conjunction with the equipment, to be a little like trapeze lessons.

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Triyoga itself is a centre of excellence, providing cutting edge Yoga, Pilates and holistic treatments. The specialised Equipment Classes offer a dynamic approach to exercise, slightly more remedial than mat work and ideal for working through specific injuries, posture problems, realignment of the spine – and of course, all the positive effects are maximised if the classes are taken on a oneto-one basis. My trip to Triyoga would not have been complete without trying a treatment from the exhaustive list: the menu reads like a guidebook to heaven. There are therapies that I’ve never even heard of. I run regularly, I walk my dog a lot; I generally pound the streets on a twice or thrice-daily basis and, as such, booked in a Thai Foot Massage for some ultimate stress-busting, but really all the treatments sound utterly delightful. One of the real benefits of Triyoga is the treatment rooms themselves. Situated outside the main centre in cute huts, this is a real holiday experience. No chilly tile floors or sterile tables, no tinned sound of trickling water emanating from a dusty

ghetto blaster; just an inviting bed of soft towels and softer pillow in a warm little beach-style hut, complete with skylight. My feet are bathed, oiled, stretched and massaged (with hands and stick) whilst wrapped in warm towels. Venita, my therapist, could give my boyfriend some invaluable pointers. Compared to this, his foot-rub after a long hard day (and when I say rub, I mean quite literally a rub) is seriously lacking. After 45 minutes, my afternoon of bliss is complete. What a tremendous way to spend the remnants of a Winter weekend; I feel totally rejuvenated in time for Monday morning’s inevitable chaos. If Triyoga is your local – well, lucky you! The centre is a fantastic place to practise Yoga, Pilates and stress relief.  triyoga.co.uk, 6 Erskine Road, Primrose Hill, London, NW3 3AJ 0207 483 3344

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he road outside The Wells Tavern is startlingly quaint. Making my way down Flask Walk, passing picturebook houses, I’m put in mind of the Peter Pan stories – this stretch of road seems to possess far more of the cosy Edwardian elegance I remember from J.M. Barrie’s tales than does the modernday Kensington Gardens (home to the Darling family in the books). I’m visiting on a crisp, wintry evening, and the location – just a short walk from Hampstead tube – is magical. It’s as if you’ve stumbled into a scene from Lilliput Lane, complete with red telephone boxes, cobbled streets and charming cottages painted cheerful colours. At the end of this perfect little vista, windows glowing merrily, stands the beautiful Georgian building that houses The Wells. First impressions count when it comes to pubs, but The Wells has nothing to worry about on that score. From the outside, this is the tavern of dreams: I’d like to own a miniature version of the place myself. What with the classic feel of the exterior, you’d be forgiven for thinking The Wells was a time-honoured Hampstead establishment, watering passersby, residents and famous writers in style for a century or two. But you’d be mistaken, because owner Beth Coventry only renovated the building in 2003 – before that it was the kind of place you might pop into only to walk straight back out again. Coventry’s vision has wrought marvellous consequences, peeling back the building’s dilapidated surface layers to reveal the finest of Georgian proportions underneath. Situated a mere stone’s throw from the Heath itself, The Wells now mixes civilised sophistication with a touch of something old, wild and incredibly romantic – you can almost imagine a holidaying Heathcliff making a pit-stop here before

battling across the Heath in search of Cathy’s ghost. The idyllic location and ‘local landmark’ status make it a real surprise that the building’s potential wasn’t realised sooner – but local residents have wasted no time in flocking to the pub since it opened. Its broad terraces and beautiful hangingbaskets must prove a huge summer draw – while the cosy fireside feel on the night of my visit has lured more than a few folk in for a warming twilight tipple.

coming? Serving up an assortment of modern European cuisine, The Wells seeks to straddle both sides of the gastro divide, offering guests the opportunity to chow down either in the ground floor bar or – for those after a more ‘high end’ experience – one of three first floor dining rooms, each elegantly decked out in a style best described as ‘contemporary period’. On our visit the food is up to scratch with exciting combinations on offer - Gorgonzola, red wine poached pear and walnut salad and seared scallops, pan-fried fillet of bream, fennel puree, salsa verde and tomato coulis as well as rump of lamb with dauphinoise potato and the perfect selection of vegetables - broad beans, peas and butterd baby carrots with rosemary jus. Whether you’re after fine dining for two in a suitably classy setting or a comfy Sunday roast down the pub with your pals, it’s hard to imagine a more dependably satisfying destination than The Wells. When I catch up with owner Beth for a quick chat, her busy schedule proves the best testament to her success as a landlady – business is booming, it seems. “The Wells is the third pub I’ve owned,” she says (the former two were co-owned with business partners). “It had been a pub for a very long time before I took it over. I changed the look from very unattractive ‘70’s décor to what you see today.” Beth ascribes success in pub managements to three main factors: good food, happy staff and a high quality service. And of course, she also puts some of The Wells’ success – which has come during difficult times for the wider economy – down to its location. “So far, so good; we are lucky to have loyal local clientele who aren’t short of a bob or two. Customers here can be fussy and expect value for money, but on the whole they are extremely agreeable and supportive.”

WHAT WITH THE CLASSIC FEEL OF THE EXTERIOR, YOU’D BE FORGIVEN FOR THINKING THE WELLS WAS A TIME HONOURED HAMPSTEAD ESTABLISHMENT, WATERING PASSERS-BY, RESIDENTS AND FAMOUS WRITERS IN STYLE FOR A CENTURY OR TWO As a great many tarted-up boozers have found to their cost, however, looks will only get you so far. Can The Wells match its fine façade with the kind of nosh that will keep the customers

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The pub’s fare is certainly reasonably priced; with most gastro-pubs these days ramping up their prices, The Wells remains very competitive, especially in light of its distinctly classy ‘restaurant rooms’. Beth describes the food menu simply as ‘eclectic’, adding that the kitchen staff keep things as seasonal as possible. “Our Head Chef is from New Zealand and cooks with simplicity and elegance,” she beams proudly. “His presentation is superb.” I can understand Beth’s confidence. My evening in The Wells reminded me of another homely London story, Mary Poppins: practically perfect in every way. Having set up home for the evening at a corner table (excellently sited so as to allow me to take in the tasteful furnishings all around), the vibe soon became somewhat festive, as my dinner partner and I, the second dining party of the evening, were quickly joined by several other tables of well-heeled locals. Amid the pleasing buzz of a happy tavern, the menu provided a great range of classic treats – plus an extensive specials board. My partner and I had already spotted the potential of The Wells as a location for indulgent desserts, and the menu didn’t disappoint there either, with crumble, sticky toffee pudding, crème brulee, banoffee pie and a selection of cheeses all among the offerings. I opted in the end for a dark chocolate pot with clotted cream and cantuccini biscuits, which proved utterly delightful. A valiant effort was made to finish the lot, despite being fit to burst. As we ambled off towards the tube station a little later on, we discussed the good fortune of our find: a friendly local that can do everything from the warming evening snifter and the homely Sunday Roast to the cheerful summer cider and fine dining. Dog- and child-friendly too, it ticks all the boxes and then some. If you’re passing by on one of these cold January evenings, you’re well advised to let The Wells shower its hospitality upon you.  The Wells Tavern 30 Well Walk Greater London NW3 1BX 020 7794 3785 thewellshampstead.co.uk

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COD AND SMOKED HADDOCK FISH CAKES (serves 4) 250 grams fresh Icelandic cod fillets 250 grams naturally smoked haddock fillets 1 medium sized onion finely chopped and softened in a scrape of butter 1 tbsp finely chopped curly leaf parsley 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh tarragon 1 egg yolk Ground black pepper, salt and grated nutmeg to taste 4 medium sized potatoes (such as Maris Piper or Desiree) mashed with butter For the coating: 1 whole egg and 1 egg yolk beaten Seasoned fl our Japanese breadcrumbs 1. Make a court bouillon with 2 pints water, 1 glass white wine, 1 tbsp white wine vinegar, 1 peeled and sliced carrot, a few black peppercorns and a bay leaf. 2. When ready (after 10 minutes simmering) let cool slightly then add the skinned fillets of fish, heat up the liquid and cook the fish until just done and still firm. 3. Remove the fish, allow to cool and then flake. 4. Mix in the rest of the ingredients and again allow the mixture to cool. 5. Divide into 4 balls and slightly flatten them. Roll in seasoned flour, then the beaten egg and finally the breadcrumbs. 6. Shallow fry in a generous amount of vegetable oil, turning often until golden brown and cooked through. 7. Serve with a generous dollop of tartar sauce, a wedge of lemon and a small mixed leaf dressed salad on the plate.

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ST JOHN’S TAVERN

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91 Junction Road Archway, London N19 5QU 020 7272 1587 stjohnstavern.com OPENING TIMES: Mon-Thu 5 -11pm Fri-Sat 12 -11pm Sun 12 -10:30pm

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he St Johns Tavern was opened in its present guise as a dining pub in October 1998. The owners set out to create a ‘bistro’ dining experience with a British feel. There’s a cavernous, theatrical dining hall at the rear, complete with large open fire and the light and airy bar, serving draught ales, ciders and European wines. A daily changing menu is complemented by a separate’s menu which includes Scotch eggs, mutton pasties and charcuterie, smoked and pickled fish. In 2010 The Tavern underwent an English Heritage restoration with the intention of bringing back its original architectural detail.

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BALLS BROTHERS Minster Pavement, Mincing Lane, EC3R 7PP 020 7283 2838

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CLUB GARCON 57 West Smithfield EC1A 9DS 020 7796 0600

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ALMEIDA FRENCH RESTAURANT & WINE BAR 30 Almeida Street N1 1AD 020 7354 4777 French

FIFTEEN LONDON 13-15 Westland Place N1 7LP 020 7251 3909

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THE BULL & LAST 168 Highgate Road, NW5 1QS 020 7267 3641

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CAFE REX 172-174 Muswell Hill Broadway Muswell Hill, N10 3SA 020 8444 3463

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DOLLAR GRILLS AND MARTINIS 2 Exmouth Market Farringdon EC1R 4PX 020 7278 0077 American

MAGHREB RESTAURANT 189 Upper Street N1 1RQ 020 7226 2305

GAUCHO 64 Heath Street, Hampstead, NW3 1DN 020 7431 8222

THE PEASANT 240 St John Street EC1V 4PH 020 7336 7726

LE MERCURY 140a Upper Street N1 1QY 0871 332 7745

MANNA 4 Erskine Road, Primrose Hill, NW3 3AJ 020 7722 8028

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PRISM BRASSERIE 147, Leadenhall St, EC3V 4QT 020 7256 3888

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OISHIII 67 Stoke Newington Church Street N16 0AR 020 7254 3488

PROUD KITCHEN Stables Market Camden Town NW1 8AH 0207 482 3867

ST. JOHN BAR & RESTAURANT SMITHFIELD 26 St John Street, EC1M 4AY 020 7251 4090

YUM YUM THAI RESTAURANT 183-187 Stoke Newington High Street N16 0LH 020 7254 6751

ROSE AND CROWN 86, Highgate High Street, Highgate, N6 5HX 020 8340 0770

SMITHS OF SMITHFIELD 67-77 Charterhouse Street EC1M 6HJ 020 7251 7950

ZILOUFS 270 Upper Street N1 2UQ 020 7226 1118

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XO 29 Belsize Lane, Belsize Park, NW3 5AS 020 7433 0888

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THE BARNSBURY Traditional Pub and Dining House

“CONGRATULATIONS TO KARA FOR BECOMING ‘STRICTLY COME DANCING’ 2010 CHAMPION”

A great British boozer with fantastic food

• GUEST ALES • GREAT WINES • A LA CARTE MENU • BEER GARDEN “THE BARNSBURY TAKE PRIDE IN OFFERING A SELECTION OF REAL ALES” 209-211 Liverpool Road, Islington Tel: 020 7607 5519 | Email: thebarnsburypub@hotmail.com

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THE ALICE HOUSE

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283-285 West End Lane West Hampstead, NW6 1RD Tel: 020 7431 8818 thealicehouse.co.uk

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The Alice House, situated in West Hampstead, offers a combination of vintage glamour, innovative mixology and fine dining. Its retro brick interior, quirky light fittings and chunky wooden furniture give it a chic yet cosy atmosphere. Serving delectable weekend brunches, light bites and hearty classics, the food is definitely not something to be missed. That being said, the same applies for the wide range of innovative cocktails on offer.

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BAR MUSIC HALL

134 Curtain Road, Shoreditch EC2A 3AR ☎ 020 7729 7216 BOHO MEXICA

151-153 Commercial Street, London E1 6BJ. ☎ 020 7377 8418

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ALBERT & PEARL

181 Upper St Islington N1 1RQ ☎ 020 7354 9993 THE BARNSBURY

209--211 Liverpool Road, Islington N1 1LX 020 7607 5519

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THE ADELAIDE

143 Adelaide Road Primrose Hill, NW3 3NL ☎ 0870 383 4595 THE ALICE HOUSE

283-285 West End Lane West Hampstead London NW6 1RD ☎ 020 7431 8818

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THE COACH & HORSES

COCO BAMBOO

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THE HANBURY ARMS

FIFTY FIVE BAR & LOUNGE

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KESTON LODGE

131 Upper Street, Islington N1 1QP ☎ 020 7354 9535

2 Crouch End Hill, Crouch End, London, N8 8AA ☎ 020 8340 1028

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THE QUEENS PUB AND DINING ROOM

65 Rivington Street, Shoreditch EC2A 3AY ☎ 020 7739 4781

70 Exmouth Market, Farringdon EC1R 4QP ☎ 020 7833 333

1 Whitby Street Shoreditch E1 6JU ☎ 020 7012 1234

80-84 Leadenhall Street, Shoreditch EC3A 3DH ☎ 020 7621 0850

7 St John St London EC1 ☎ 020 7253 8786

178 Stoke Newington, High Street, N16 7JL ☎ 020 7254 6697

Linton Street, Islington, N1 7DU ☎ 020 7288 2222

36, Barbauld Rd, London N16 0SS ☎ 020 7254 5865

144-145 Upper St, Islington N1 1QY ☎ 020 7226 7660

48 Chalk Farm Road London NW1 8AJ ☎ 020 7267 6613

31 Jamestown Road Camden Town London NW1 7DB ☎ 020 7424 9054 KINGS HEAD

2a South Hill Park, London, NW3 2SB ☎ 020 7435 2503

26 Broadway Parade, Crouch End, N8 9DE ☎ 020 8340 2031

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” but where are my folks going to stay?”

THE ROSE & CROWN

A local land-mark pub and boutique guest house overlooking Clissold Park and fashionable Stoke Newington

Just a thought...

199 STOKE NEWINGTON CHURCH STREET, N16 9ES 020 7254 7497

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If you’re looking for a restaurant that’s offering something different, there’s only one place to go – for the finest in Moroccan food head to Maghreb. With a menu that includes harira, taboulleh and tanjines, the richness and diversity of this phenomenal cuisine is captured beautifully. The bar is also the perfect spot to open a bottle of wine from their extensive wine list that covers Morocco and beyond.

“Maghreb, is a dream of a restaurant... ...tackling the full repertoire of Moroccan classics with a flair and attention to detail that few can rival.” – Time Out Magazine

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RESTAURANT REVIEW: JUNIPER DINING, N5

JUNIPER DINING

Adam Coghlan checks out a recent ‘neighbourhood’ opening...

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he ‘neighbourhood restaurant’ is something that conjures up many a connotation: intimacy, honesty and unpretentiousness; a place where one goes to relax in surroundings of familiarity. Much like a local pub, you tend to see the same faces come and go, and when it is good, it can be the beating heart of a local community. At the helm and behind the stove of one such restaurant, Rob Wilkinson regards this very role as an obligation of his 14 month-old venture, Juniper Dining in Highbury. Even though, on the night I visited, the crowds had fled to the nearby Emirates Stadium to see Arsenal play in the Champions League (apparently north London’s answer to the pre-theatre trade), there was an atmospheric warmth. In some cases, a chef’s intentions for entering the dining room reflect little more than a need to fulfil an exercise in public relations - a self-satisfied surveillance given the go-ahead only once the ‘coast is clear’ and the Maitre d’ has negated any potential disquieters. Rob’s tentative steps through his own dining room, however, seemed to stem from a far more sincere duty to ensure his diners were happy. That is not to say that he is insecure; rather, there is no food chain through which culpability travels and the reality is that this is his life. He has to make it good. This can only be a good thing for the customer. I was warmly greeted and offered drinks by a couple of friendly and attentive waiters before being given the A la Carte, fixed price and specials menus. In a restaurant industry where at the moment, the market trend sings to the tune of ‘small plates this and tasting menus that’ and where celebrity chefs reign supreme, the prospect of ordering a starter, main and dessert from an on-shore chef seemed as novel as it did a pleasure. With one or two exceptions, the menu read nicely and it is an encouraging sign when there’s a real difficulty in choosing between several appealing options. Wild

mushrooms on sourdough, wild venison and juniper carpaccio and diver-caught scallops with pea and pancetta; Cornish fisherman’s stew, slow roast pork belly and beef Burguignon with creamy mash are all words I want to be reading before eating on a bitterly cold December night. Interestingly, and curiously uncommon, was a specials menu comprised only of seafood dishes. ‘Fish and seafood is something that I am very passionate about. I buy all my fish daily in small quantities to ensure freshness and variation’. I was sure that this message this message was etched into Rob’s ethos as a chef as much as it was wriiten in plain English on the menu itself. Perhaps greedily, but somewhat necessarily, I squeezed an order of scallops between the venison carpaccio and beef bourguignon- In honesty because I couldn’t choose but also because I felt the need to road-test Rob’s ability with his dearly beloved from under the sea. The carpaccio was excellent: delectably tender, melt-inthe-mouth meat with a very accurately judged seasonal partnership of fragrant juniper and earthy truffle. Strewn across the top were rocket leaves, shavings of parmesan and baby capers - a coming together of British sanguinity with Italian finesse. Less imaginative, but equally

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good, was a dish of scallops with pancetta and broad beans. The scallops were cooked perfectly and maintained their plump, succulent and meaty texture. The addition of a sharp shallot salsa nicely offset the sweet saltiness of the shell fish and pancetta, whilst it seemed slightly strange that, in December, there were broad beans on the plate at all. The Bourguignon, to my delight, threw up few surprises and honoured tradition where big chunks of beef sat among pearl onions, mushrooms and bacon in a rich and luscious red wine-based gravy. So often you find that dishes such as this are let down by, for example, a reluctance to invest the time into a proper veal stock. Not here and quite frankly, alongside a generous mound of creamy mashed potatoes, I couldn’t have asked for anything more of this bistro classic. To finish, I ordered the fairly playful Malteaser iced parfait with a chocolate and Grand Marnier sauce and homemade honey-comb. It was a lovely, light and clean end to an otherwise fairly rich encounter. Throughout the meal, I drank a fantastic red by the glass. The Domaine Les Filles de Septembre Côtes du Thongue Rob later told me was on the list before the list was written and before he knew even the price. This is fairly characteristic of his admirable and assured approach. He wants to share what he loves most and what I liked about Juniper was the ability of the restaurant to exist very much in the image and personality of Rob without the bitter after taste of any ego. His menu is designed not to wow, but to offer, as he put it, ‘something for everybody’. This he does well and which is why, he says, there are seemingly incongruous nods to the Orient in the form of Thai curries and salads. He is proudly against exclusivity and warmly welcomes children, who can eat for free Tuesday to Friday between 5 and 6.15pm. Juniper is not inexpensive, but neither is it unreasonable with starters around the £6 mark and mains between £11 and £18. They reflect Rob’s commitment to the serving of good, responsibly-sourced ingredients. The meal and the experience were both restorative and warming. I left feeling good, happy to have eaten Rob’s excellent cooking and with the thought that, if you live in this neighbourhood, you probably already know you are lucky. Now, there is reason to believe you’re a bit better off. 

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MY DESIGNER LIFE

INTERIORS

Jo Hamilton

Jo Hamilton is an acclaimed Interior Designer. She has been running a highly successful consultancy for over a decade and has been involved in many prestigious developments in the UK and Europe. Having recently consulted for the BBC and with a range of commissions that include city apartments and country retreats, the Islington-based designer now runs courses for those looking to learn the tricks of the trade. We asked her to reveal just a few of those tricks... What is a typical day for Jo Hamilton? A major benefit of my job is that every day is different! I could be taking a first brief from a new client, making a site visit to an existing job to ensure my builders are on track, in the studio putting design schemes together, filming for a TV show, or in the Sanderson Hotel running a design course! Every client has different needs and tastes every property has its challenges - that’s what keeps my job edgy and exciting. How did you get into design consultancy? I began my career in graphic design. In those days everything was done by hand - drawing boards were littered with spliced letters and chopped up images but slowly technology took over! I still longed to get my hands dirty and my passion for paint and colour never

waned. It felt natural to me to retrain in interior design and I have never looked back since! When did you realise you had good design and spatial awareness? From as far back as I can remember, I have been fascinated by the space around me and by the tremendous potential to alter that space. I grew up experimenting with different patterns, textures and colours and my bedroom had a different layout every week! I don’t think I ever had a realization that design and space was my thing; I think that it was always so much a part of me that I never questioned it.

are. That enables me to come up with the perfect design solution for them. I always make sure that the client understands why I have done something - the impact of the colours chosen and why the layout has been designed in a particular way. It’s a kind of teaching process in itself and I have really enjoyed watching the confidence of my clients grow as they learn. It’s really this that sparked my interest in running courses. Also, I believe wholeheartedly that, with a degree of understanding of some basic rules of colour, lighting and layout, even the least confident person can produce a pretty good scheme!

Why did you decide to offer design courses? A vital part of my job is to understand peoples’ lives, how they live and what their personal set of circumstances

What can students expect from the courses? My courses offer students a really good basic grounding in interior design. I teach the key principles of colour,

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INTERIORS lighting, style and layout and we draw everything together at the end of the course. Students learn which colours go together and how to choose the right colours to suit the feel they want to create; how to layer light for different moods; to choose the right style for them and how to design the scheme in a way that compliments how they live. What is your personal style? I guess my personal style is pretty contemporary but I like my schemes to feel warm and welcoming too. I tend to include earthy pieces to soften a look perhaps an antique sideboard or a quirky chair to contrast with clean lines and angular shapes. I also love to use vintage fabrics alongside contemporary prints; if you get the blend right, it can look really great! This approach is sleek, classy and contemporary, whilst also remaining comfortable. Do you have a favourite design period? I have always loved the curves and the decadence of the Baroque era, particularly the architecture and the detailing of that time. I’ll often throw a Baroque style mirror into the mix or use over-the-top cornicing to make a real statement! Currently, I’m having a bit of a crush on the Deco period. I just love the drama of it all - it was the age of speed, travel and Hollywood. I love the glitz and the glamour of blacks against mirrored surfaces, the stylized forms and animal prints! Traditional or Modern? Definitely modern but with a light splattering of vintage fabrics for softness.

What’s your ultimate styling tip? Any design shortcuts we should know about? Lighting, lighting and more lighting! Even the very best interior design will look flat and uninteresting if it is not lit well. Successful lighting is all about creating a flexible scheme - layers of light that can alter the mood at the flick of a switch. As far as shortcuts go - and to create a great co-ordinating scheme fast - find a picture or fabric that you really like and make that your starting piece. If you like the design, it’s probably because the colours are well balanced - pull the colours out of the print and build the scheme from there.

johamilton.co.uk 35 Britannia Row, N1 8QH 020 7206 7369 Jo will be running 1 & 2-day courses at the Sanderson Hotel, London, on the following days in 2011: Friday 28th January Friday 11th March and Saturday 12th March (2 day course) Friday 29th April Friday 10th June Thursday 14th July

Do you have any recommendations for where to buy furniture? I love to rummage around off the beaten track. I’ve made some great purchases in Shoreditch recently - there are some really quirky little shops there, perfect for finding one off-pieces that add personality to a look. What is a complete design no-no? Short curtains! Never, never, never! 46

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THE FUTURE MAPPING COMPANY BRITISH ISLES MAP Want an art-quality reference map of the British Isles? Why not get one in emerald green, yellow and metallic khaki? It may not be the obvious choice but it looks fantastic with a minimalist interiors scheme. The bigger the print, the better; these maps make great wallpaper. Future Mapping have just opened a store on Columbia Rd and offer free shipping on all UK orders. Using equal-area projection to represent countries in their correct proportional size, the maps make for an alternative and thought-provoking vision of our planet. From £25 for a print, futuremaps.co.uk WE LO

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FAMILLE SUMMERBELLE These delightful hand papercut prints from Famille Summerbelle are a beautiful addition to any wall. Printed in France, the latest edition to this collection is the World Map in Night Sky and Azure Blue, which ‘captures each of the continental idiosyncrasies plus a little flavour of the sea.’ The stuff dreams are made of! £35-40, famillesummerbelle.com

VINTAGE MAPS Surface View have added a beautiful series of vintage maps to their extensive image range. These decorative designs offer a variety of possibilities to create bespoke wall murals, canvases, blinds, posters and specialist products. We especially love the maps displaying Vertical and Latitudinal Distribution of Animal Life and Temperature – Anomalies, Extremes, Ranges. Originating from Bartholomew Physical Atlas, Vol. III, Meteorology, 1899 and The Times Atlas of the World, Mid-Century Edition, 1957, the collection appeals to our inner explorer… Prints & Canvases from £90, surfaceview.co.uk

WORLD DINNER MAPS FOR KIDS A big apple and…the big apple? Feed their minds as well as their tummies with these placemats featuring maps of Central London, New York, Paris and Tokyo. There’s a high chance the conversation will turn to travel! £13.50 for a book of 50, pedlars.co.uk 49

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SPOTLIGHT

BEHIND THE SCENES

December saw a ‘Christmas Shopping Evening’ come to Islington’s Upper Street for the first time. We spoke to the girls at local boutiques Dinny Hall and Sefton to find out how it went…

Dinny Hall: Community spirit! Smart, local, independent businesses supporting each other and offering discounts. We all agreed that if there was an incentive, Upper Street customers would be more likely to venture out into the cold and start their Christmas shopping. Sefton: Dinny Hall came up with the idea and approached us – we really backed it as a concept because Upper Street is a fabulous area for shopping; it makes sense to try to work together. Most of the hard work was done by Dinny Hall’s team! HOW DID YOU PREPARE FOR THE EVENT?

Dinny Hall: By making sure we had enough tasty mince pies and champagne stocked up, and by ensuring the shop looked as festive as can be. Our Upper Street manager contacted our local customers personally to invite them, as well as putting up posters and distributing flyers. Sefton: All the retailers sent out emails to their databases and spread the word as much as possible.We also organised for some special one-off jewellery pieces from Alex Monroe to be available for sale on the night, as well as inviting and speaking to press on behalf of all the retailers. WHAT DID YOU WEAR ON THE EVENING?

Dinny Hall: I wore the statement Talitha earrings from my new Talitha Collection, inspired by the fabulous and boho-luxe Talitha Getty.

WERE YOU SUPPORTING ANY LOCAL DESIGNERS?

Dinny Hall: I had my gorgeous Spice shoes on and a cashmere top from Sefton, both of whom participated in the shopping evening. WHAT KINDS OF PRODUCTS WERE FOR SALE?

Dinny Hall: Everything! We were lucky enough to have the involvement of such a diverse selection of retailers, from fabulous homewares and fashion to jewellery stores. WHAT WERE YOUR BESTSELLERS?

fluoro t-shirts from Acne, cute skirts and dresses by Carven and simple feminine separates from Theory.

WITH CHRISTMAS OUT OF THE WAY NOW, WHAT WILL YOU BE STOCKING FOR THE COMING MONTHS?

Dinny Hall: Stay wrapped up warm: wear a hat but with big statement earrings and come to our sale! Sefton: Layer up with chunky knits by Acne and invest in versatile denim from J Brand and Citizens of Humanity.Top off with a massive scarf by Sefton!

Dinny Hall: Our 14 karat gold hearts collection. Sefton: Our own range of cashmere and merino wool accessories for women and men.

Dinny Hall: We’ll be getting ready for summer with the wonderful turquoise and silver Vermeil Ottoman collection. Sefton: Spring/Summer 2011 is all about

GOT ANY JANUARY STYLE TIPS?

WHAT MAKES ISLINGTON SUCH A GREAT PLACE TO SHOP?

Dinny Hall: Independent, diverse designers and boutiques such as Aria and Sefton nestled alongside established retailers such as Jigsaw – as well as fabulous foodie places like Ottolenghi.

CAN WE EXPECT THE EVENING TO HAPPEN AGAIN?

Dinny Hall: Yes! We hope so; we had such fun and it was a great success. With more time and careful planning we hope to have a bigger, better and more fabulous event next year!

PICTURES: ARIA

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SIMPLY THE BEST?

The standard VW Scirocco is one of the best coupés around, reckons Matthew Carter. So that must mean the Scirocco R is something else again

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urrent Volkswagen ads are obsessed with value. The learner driver taking her eyesight test is asked to read the price line on a Polo advert… and the instructor is convinced she’s going blind; the chap putting up a Golf poster looks at the price sticker and just knows it’s a misprint. “Unbelievable value” says the strapline. Well, the same is happening higher up the range. Yes, I know 28 grand is a heck

of a lot to spend on a car, but when you get something like the latest VW Scirocco R in exchange for your cash, it’s worth every penny. If the ‘ordinary’ Scirocco is one of the best coupés on the market (and it is), then the R version is the real icing on the cake… even if it is five grand more than the top of the rest of the range. So what do you get for that extra cash? Is it really such good value? In my book it’s worth it for the engine alone. It’s a

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turbocharged version of VW’s neat little 2.0-litre TSI engine as found in the Golf GTi. Only in the Scirocco R it pumps out a splendid 265 hp – enough to thrust the car to 60 mph from rest in less than 6 seconds and on to a top speed of 155mph. But it’s about much more than mere straight-line speed against the stopwatch. The Scirocco R is just so damn tractable throughout the rev range. There’s ample power cutting in from around 2,000rpm and going all the way up to its 6,500rpm

red line, meaning it’s the perfect foil for a cross-country dash… and especially so if matched with VW’s fabulous DSG gearbox. The standard six-speeder is OK, if a little notchy, but the automated manual DSG, complete with steering wheel paddles, is quite the best gearbox around… even if it does add a further £1,500 to the bill. The engine makes just the right amount of noise, too – not too much for it to get tiring, not too little to dull the excitement. Together, engine and gearbox make a pretty devastating combination. But it just gets better when the chassis is added into the equation. The car sits lower and wider than the standard offering, thanks to different wheels and springs. And the result? It simply feels planted. Unlike the Golf R, which has a four-wheel drive chassis, the Scirocco is a front-driver, yet thanks to the addition of a clever electronic differential, the front wheels don’t spin all that power away. The ride, too, is exceptional for a hot hatch-cum-coupé. The R has VW’s Adaptive Chassis Control technology as standard. This provides a choice of three modes (Comfort, Normal and Sport), which alter the damping, steering map and throttle response. In 99 times out of 100, you’d stick one of these systems in Normal and leave it there, Comfort being too soft and Sport too harsh, albeit perfect for a spot of track day use. This time, however, Sport works pretty well on the open road. Yes, ride quality does deteriorate, but not to the point of serious discomfort – it’s perfect for a burst of fun on a suitable switchback road.

In fact, as a car for everyday, the Scirocco is just about perfect. It’s easy to drive and more than happy trickling along in traffic, but show it the open road and it develops horns. It looks the part, too. The standard Scirocco is a good looker, but the R adds a dramatic body kit complete with LED running lights at the front, gloss black door mirrors, fancy wheels and other kit to help it really stand out. Looks great in pure white. And it also gets the R treatment inside with splendid Recaro seats and more gloss black treatment for the flat-bottomed steering wheel and dashboard surround. It’s inevitably a little cramped in the back, but the rear seats – just the two – are fine for short journeys. Standard equipment includes a touchscreen radio, bi-xenon lights, automatic lights and wipers and a full complement of electronic stability gizmos, but if you want satnav or the wonderful panoramic sunroof or even rear parking sensors (important as visibility out of that tiny rear window isn’t great), you’ll have to pay more. OK, here’s where my value proposition starts to take a beating. But, you know, I’ll stick by it. Even with £4,000 worth of extra goodies, the Scirocco R offers excellent value alongside something like the Audi TT S or a 3-Series Coupé. 

IN BRIEF CAR: Volkswagen Sirocco R PRICE: £28,505 ENGINE: 1984cc turbocharged four-cylinder petrol POWER: 265 hp DRIVE: Front-wheel drive

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hankfully, one of the highlights of the art calendar, the momentous London Art Fair, comes early in the year. Spread across seven days, 23,000 visitors will get the chance to see collections from over 100 galleries that represent 1000 artists and photographers. An array of cross medium works including paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs, videos, and editioned prints and multiples will be available to both view and buy. We managed to catch up with the fair’s director, Jonathan Burton, just before the 23rd fair opened its doors. The magnitude of the London Art Fair means it requires meticulous planning, with preparations usually beginning in March. Jonathan identifies his main priority to be ensuring that the “fair stays fresh, and that requires much thought, tact and occasionally perseverance.” Due to the sheer scale of the fair it is easy to think there is a

somewhat slap-dash approach but it is painstakingly planned thoughtout, right down to the very last minor detail. Priority, however, is always be given to the art on display with Jonathan proudly stating that “our starting point is always quality rather than the medium.” It is on this sound foundation that The London

Art Fair has built so much momentum, and what continues to make it such an exciting and valued event. Another key aim of The London Art Fair is to reflect the everchanging London gallery scene and for this reason there are new galleries exhibiting each year. The fair succeeds in being a true microcosm of the London art scene, encompassing both it’s variety and excellence, showcasing works from both edgy, contemporary East End galleries and major British art galleries from the West End. The main gallery, where leading galleries like The Fine Art Society are exhibiting, will be displaying works by modern British art institutions such as LS Lowry, Terry Frost, Patrick Heron, Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff. Away from this main space are two curated sections that will be showcasing the work of rising artists and photographers giving them exposure and the opportunity to network. The Art Projects features solo

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“WE TRY TO BE RESPONSIVE TO OUR VISITORS’ INTERESTS AND TASTE – BUT ALSO CHALLENGE AND STIMULATE.” shows, curated group displays and large scale installations of up and coming artists. Jonathan was keen to elaborate on the mutual benefits of supporting emerging talent, “It is essential for younger galleries to develop a strong collector base in London to ensure their commercial future. Our Art Projects section offers somewhere to develop new relationships. We in turn benefit from exciting new work and their spirit of risk-taking.” Current issues are being explored in a variety of different ways, with Jonathan noting that the “the financial crisis and issues of individual and national identity are very apparent with work that is political, provocative and playful in equal measure.” The London Art Fair is certainly confirmation that the art scene is in robust health. Project 50, meanwhile, is The London Art Fair’s showcase for contemporary photography and there have been

some particularly strong entries this year. Antti Laitinen’s truly captivating landscape photography serves as a reminder that there is nothing more spectacular than the natural world. Whilst Tracey Snelling’s brilliantly unsettling ‘Woman on the Run’ series alludes to the eeriness of Edward Hopper’s paintings and has the same bite as a film noir. Like the fair as a whole, the mix of styles, genres, techniques and skill on display is staggering. The fair is as much about getting the public to debate about art as well with a range of engaging talks planned. Of particular interest is Image Fatigue: Can photographs still be a catalyst for positive social change in a world saturated with images? You can also pick up pointers from The Contemporary Art Society on building up your art collection at home, whilst the future of Modern British Art will also be up for discussion. With so much scope, The London Art Fair is as

much for serious collectors as it is for the general public and art aficionados. And whilst the exhibitors may change year on year, what remains constant is the fair’s friendly and welcoming environment which keeps buyers and viewers coming back in their droves. There can be few better tributes to London’s thriving art scene than the London Art Fair. So what does Jonathan believe is the secret to the fair’s continued success? “We try to be responsive to our visitors’ interests and taste – but also challenge and stimulate.” Judging by the work on show this year, The London Art Fair 2011 looks set to be another mission accomplished.  19-23 JANUARY, BUSINESS DESIGN CENTRE, LONDONARTFAIR.CO.UK, £11 DAY PASS, IN ADVANCE 57

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WEB’S TOP 10 8 RICH LIST 2010

In the early 2000’s, the web was host to thousands of getrich-quick ideas. Some made it through – others failed and left some very unhappy investors. Today’s winners, however have cemented themselves not only in the web’s rich list, but the world’s rich list too. While the economic downturn saw huge shifts in value and positions for some people, recent stability has meant some famous faces return to the list. And here they are:

1. LARRY PAGE (37) AND SERGEY BRIN (36) Co-founders of Google in the late 1990s, made it to billionaires (on paper) within 5 years. It all started in a university dorm room at Stanford University and has quickly meant their worth is over £11.3 billion each. 2. JEFF BEZOS, 46 “Who?”, I hear you ask. I’ll bet many of your hard earned cash has reached his pocket. Jeff founded Amazon from a Seattle garage. Over Christmas, Amazon shipped over 2 million parcels a day and continues to grow Mr. Bezos’ £7.9 billion net worth. 3. ERIC SCHMIDT, 54 Another Googler, although not founder, heads up the company’s board as CEO. Formerly from Apple, Eric joined Google in 2001, and is now worth £4 billion.

2 4. MASAYOSHI SON, 52 A Japanese businessman, currently runs Internet and telecom firm, Softbank. A rather unknown player, but equally formidable. Worth £3.8 billion. 5. PIERRE OMIDYAR, 42 One of the success stories (and survivors) of the early web, Pierre launched well known online auction site, eBay. Over the past 15 years, this has helped Pierre to be worth over £3.3 billion. 6. HIROSHI MIKITANI, 45 Japan’s biggest online shopping mall, Rakuten, is run by this man. In June 2004 it was

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the second ranking site in Japan, as measured by unique audience, with only Yahoo! having more monthly visits. Hiroshi’s worth is £3.1 billion. 7. CHARLES SCHWAB, 72 Owner and founder of Schwab Corporation, which makes investing more accessible using the web. Worth £3 billion, Charles started out in the early 1960’s, but it was the web that helped him become Forbes 50th richest person in the US. 8. MARK ZUCKERBERG, 25 The youngest on the list, and well known for founding Facebook in 2004 while at Harvard. Contraversially beating other (once popular) social networking websites, Zuckerberg’s net worth currently stands at £2.5 billion. 9. MA HUATENG, 38 China’s biggest Internet portal, Tencent, is managed by Huateng. Currently worth £2.3 billion, this is one worth watching. 10. ROBIN LI, 41 In the US and the UK, we have Google. In China, they have Baidu, which was co-founded by Li. Li’s currently worth £2.2 billion. Iain Scott is managing director of Islington based web design agency, Base Creative. Iain’s role is helping businesses make more of their online marketing. 59

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CHARLES GAYLE TRIO CAFE OTO He’s been in the business for over forty years but maverick saxophonist, Charles Gayle, remains as dynamic and fresh as ever. cafeoto.co.uk, 18-22 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL

What’s On

JANUARY It’s the New Year and there’s lots of great local things to do

EXHIBITION

18 JANUARY– 10 FEBRUARY

A CELEBRATION OF KODACHROME AOP GALLERY It was a dark day for photography last year when after 74 years, Kodak decided to call time on their Kodachrome slide film. This exhibition, at the always impressive Association of Photographers, showcases some of the finest photographs produced with this film. the-aop.org, 81 Leonard Street, Shoreditch EC2A 4QS

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FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD THE V & A MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD This new exhibition explores the diets of yesteryear, taking a close look at what was served up during two particularly interesting decades for food, the Forties and Eighties, due to rationing and the introduction of microwavable food respectively. vam.ac.uk, Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green E2 9PA

BLACK SWAN SCREEN ON THE GREEN Darren Aranofsky continues his superb run of form after The Wrestler with another in-depth character study. A New York ballet company is mired in jealousy, breakdowns and violence. Dark, disturbing and twisted, it’s unlikely they’ll be a better psychological thriller this year. everymancinema.com, 83 Upper Street, Islington N1 0NU

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THE ECLIPSE BUILDING, 26 LAYCOCK STREET, LONDON, N1

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A fantastic 2 bedroom loft apartment within this renowned warehouse conversion just off Islington’s Upper Street and moments from Highbury & Islington Underground station. Offering over 1500 sq ft of stunning accommodation over two floors, the property has an impressive double height galleried reception space, two double bedrooms including a master suite complete with dressing room and ensuite bathroom. There are also two private decked terraces at ground floor level.

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Christina Street, EC2 – £450 per week A bright warehouse conversion with exposed brickwork, high ceilings and hard wood floors. The apartment is situated between the Square Mile and Shoreditch triangle. Available furnished.

Portsoken Street, E1 – £370 per week

Friar Street, EC4 – £360 per week An incredibly well presented apartment in this unrivalled west City location, situated in a quiet pedestrianised street. The apartment has been refurbished to a high standard. Available furnished.

Commercial Street, E1 – £425 per week

Hamptons City Lettings

Lettings. 020 7236 8399 citylettings@hamptons-int.com Beyond your expectations www.hamptons.co.uk

A larger than average one bedroom apartment in this popular Spitalfields development with 24 hour concierge. The apartment benefits from high ceilings and a bright outlook. Available furnished.

Renting a property is no reason to accept anything less than the perfect home. It’s still your personal oasis. Albeit for a shorter timeframe. That said nearly all our tenants renew their contracts. Proof that we know how to make people feel right at home.

High Timber Street, EC4 – £500 per week A spacious two bedroom two bathroom apartment with a balcony overlooking the stunning atrium with water features and palms. The development benefits from a daytime concierge service. Available furnished.

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A duplex apartment in this small development only minutes from Tower Hill and the Thames. The apartment benefits from wood floors and has been recently repainted. Available furnished.

St Andrews Hill, EC4 – £525 per week A large two double bedroom apartment in this small development in the heart of the City with plenty of character. Moments from St Paul’s, Blackfriars and the Thames. Available furnished.

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Frying Pan Alley, E1 – £325,000 Leasehold

Commercial Street, E1 – £399,950 Leasehold

This larger than average studio apartment is extremely well-presented and has a wall bed incorporated in the living room which cleverly rotates to double as shelving units.

Set on the second floor of a highly sought-after building with lift and concierge, this unusually large one bedroom apartment comes with a secure underground parking space.

Monument Street, EC3 – £385,000 Leasehold

Hanbury Street, E1 – £465,000 Leasehold This superb two bedroom apartment benefits from a host of features including wooden floors, exposed brickwork, a private terrace and use of the communal roof terrace.

Hamptons are delighted to offer this well presented 1 bedroom apartment in an extremely popular building with concierge in a central City location, containing a study/storage.

The Hamptons International team always go further to meet your personal property needs, whatever they may be. Over 97% of our clients say they would use us again or recommend us to others. Let us show you why.

Boyd Street, E1 – £535,000 Leasehold Set on the third floor of a stunning warehouse conversion, this exceptional 2 bedroom flat offers a host of desirable features including wooden floors and exposed brickwork.

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Alie Street, E1 – £570,000 Leasehold This brand new, stunning development is being offered off-plan with completion planned for March 2012, the unit has 2 bedrooms, shower room, W/C and located on the 1st floor.

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WINNER

National Estate Agency Chain of the Year 2010

Helmet Row Finsbury EC1V

Large Letting Agency of the Year 2010

A truly exceptional Grade II listed house, believed to date back to 1732, with accommodation arranged over 5 floors. The house is full of charm & character & is close to Old Street Underground station (Northern Line) yet retains an element of tranquillity & serenity. On the lower ground floor there is a large reception room with stone flooring, a further reception at ground floor level, generous kitchen/diner & bedroom on the first floor with a further 5 bedrooms, bathroom & shower room on the upper floors. The property overlooks the magnificence of The London Symphony Orchestra St Luke’s, which is an 18th century Grade I listed Hawksmoor church.

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A 2 bedroom maisonette with a private 30ft garden situated over the lower ground & ground floors of this beautiful terraced house in one of Islington Green’s most desired locations. The property features a bright reception, 2 double bedrooms, bathroom, generous kitchen & a spacious tiered & paved private garden. Situated within the sought after St Peters area of Islington, the property offers easy access to the amenities of Islington’s Upper Street & is close Angel underground station (Northern Line).

£599,950

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Large Letting Agency of the Year 2010

Aubert Road N5 £1,350 per week

Waterfront Mews N1 £685 per week

Immaculate 5 bedroom architect designed family home located just off Highbury Barn, close to local shops and Arsenal underground station. The property comprises a ground floor reception room with fireplace, dining room, modern kitchen with modern Siemen appliances, double height ceilings & access onto a well maintained garden with built in BBQ. Master double bedroom with built in dressing table & wardrobes, 3 further double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms & large loft room with terrace.

Stunning canal side mews house situated in this new gated development located moments from transport links to the City & Upper Street. The house enjoys open plan living & dining around a feature staircase & is flooded with natural light from the rooftop lantern. It is through this lantern that residents will gain access to their private rooftop terrace with southern aspect & views over Regent’s Canal. Both bedrooms are doubles & the property further comprises reception room, bathroom & wet room.

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Goswell Road EC1 £695 per week

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Alwyne Place N1 £625 per week

Stunning 1,200 sq ft contemporary loft style apartment perfectly located between Angel & Clerkenwell allowing for easy access to the City. Situated on the 5th floor of this modern development the apartment offers excellent living space boasting a large reception room leading to a west facing balcony, a stylish semi-open plan kitchen, 2 well proportioned double bedrooms & fabulous bathrooms. The property further benefits from a large private decked terrace access via the master bedroom with views over Angel.

Fantastic 2 double bedroom conversion apartment located on this quiet residential street in the heart of Canonbury. The apartment is moments from fashionable Upper Street & ideally located to both Angel & Highbury and Islington underground stations. The accommodation offers excellent living space with a large reception room, 2 well proportioned double bedrooms, modern kitchen & bathroom. The apartment further benefits from a superb private tiered garden.

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Lordship Park N16 £339,950 Share of Freehold A charming property set within the top floor of a substantial Victorian house; spacious reception room with fireplace, well equipped kitchen, 2 good sized bedrooms and 1 bathroom.

Highbury Hill N5 £799,000 Share of Freehold A beautiful 2 bed apartment set within a Victorian property built in the 1870’s boasting original cornicing, high ceilings, wooden shutters, large windows and wooden floors.

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Petherton Road N5 ÂŁ450 Per Week Offering contemporary design within a period conversion this newly refurbished maisonette offers beautifully light and spacious living; stylish kitchen, access to a private garden from the reception room and both bedrooms, 1 en suite bathroom and 1 shower room.

Florence Street N1 ÂŁ535 Per Week Superb two bedroom flat is arranged over two floors and is situated on an exceptionally pretty and sought after street in the heart of Islington. Combining smart design with period features the property further benefits from a private garden.

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Highbury 020 7989 7000 highbury@winkworth.co.uk Islington 020 7354 2480 islington@winkworth.co.uk

Essex Road N1 ÂŁ425,000 Leasehold This well appointed second floor flat is located on Essex Road, well placed for the vibrant shops, bars and restaurants to be found on Upper Street. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, reception room and access to an attractive roof terrace.

Plimsoll Road N4 ÂŁ810,000 Freehold A stunning 3/4 bed architect designed Victorian house that benefits from stunning period features. Comprising of a double reception, designer kitchen leading to landscaped garden, 3 double bedrooms, family bathroom and further attic room. Immaculate condition throughout.

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325 Upper Street, London N1 2XQ www.hughgrover.co.uk

College Cross, N1 3 Bedrooms

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Aran Mews, N7

Leasehold £499,950 3 Bedrooms

Northchurch Road, N1

Leasehold £325,000 1 Bedroom

Upper Street, N1

Leasehold £615,000 3 Bedrooms

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agents directory 1 hamptons 87 Upper Street, Islington, N1 0NP Tel: 020 7359 5675 www.hamptons.co.uk 2 Chesterton humberts 327-329 Upper Street, Islington, N1 2XQ T: 020 7359 9777 www.chestertonhumberts.com 3 WinkWorth 65 Upper Street Islington N1 0NY Tel: 020 7354 2480 www.winkworth.co.uk 4 hugh grover assoCiates 325 Upper Street N1 2XQ Tel: 020 7226 1010 www.hughgrover.co.uk

5 Currell resiDential 321 Upper Street N1 2XQ Tel: 020 7226 4200 www.currell.com 6 next move 320 Upper Street N1 2XQ Tel: 020 7226 5050 www.nextmove.com 7 next move 63 - 65 Stoke Newington Church Street Stoke Newington N16 0AR Tel: 020 7254 9709 www.nextmove.com 8 thomson Currie 313 Upper Street N1 2XQ Tel: 020 7354 5224 www.thomsoncurrie.co.uk 9 Where next Leroy House, Unit 3Q, 436 Essex Road, N1 3QP Tel: 020 3176 4150 www.wherenextislington.co.uk 10 bairstoW eves 108-109 Upper Street N1 1QN Tel: 020 7267 2704 www.bairstoweves.co.uk stirling aCkroyD Clerkenwell Branch - 020 7405 1288 Shoreditch Branch - 020 7749 3838 www.stirlingackroyd.com FeliCity J lorD 67-71 Goswell Road EC1V 7EP Tel: 0207 251 9449 www.fjlord.co.uk briDge 98a Curtain Rd, Shoreditch EC2A 3AA Tel: 020 7749 1400 www.bridge.co.uk

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Buying, Selling, Letting... LD R SOMILAIRED SI QU RE

SOUTHGATE ROAD, N1

LE T O S GEN A

£450,000

Situated on a peaceful residential road, this elegant two bedroomed lower and raised ground floor maisonette enjoys exceptionally well presented interiors with stylish décor and a delightful rear garden. The property comprises bright and airy reception room, modern kitchen with room to dine, two equally-sized bedrooms, contemporary bathroom, guest cloakroom and private rear garden.

LD R SOMLAIRED SI QU RE

CALDY WALK, N1

TIBBERTON SQUARE, N1

£385,000

A beautifully presented two bedroom conversion in this Grade II listed Georgian building, situated in this popular square location, being within easy access of the Angel, Highbury & Islington Station and Upper street with its array of vibrant bars & restaurants. The property has been maintained to a high standard by the current owner and an internal inspection is recommended to be fully appreciated. www.tibbertonsquareapartment.co.uk

LE T O S EN AG

£370,000

Generously arranged over three floors, this well presented three bedroomed house offers a great location in the heart of Canonbury. The property comprises spacious living room, bright kitchen with dining area, three bedrooms, bathroom, guest cloakroom and patio which is ideal for dining al fresco. Perfectly located, the property is well facilitated by the trendy amenities of Upper Street and Essex Road.

UPPER GULLAND WALK, N1

£225,000

One bedroom duplex apartment located just off Essex Road in Islington N1. The property comprises spacious reception room, with a separate kitchen, white three piece bathroom suite, one double bedroom on the upper level and excellent storage throughout. The property would ideally benefit from some cosmetic work offered on a leasehold basis. (535 SQ.FT, 49.7 SQ.M).

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W TION E N UC TR INS

W TION E N UC TR INS

KINGSLAND ROAD, E2

£595 PW

Fantastic Value Penthouse apartment (with Lift) in the Heart of shoreditch. spacious Living room with Floor to Ceiling Windows, Hard Wood Flooring throughout for easy Keep. ample room for dining and entertaining. Leading on to Private roof terrace to relax and unwind. Modern open-Plan Kitchen With integrated appliances. two double Bedrooms,two Luxury Bathrooms, Video entry Phone, Gas Central Heating.

W TION E N UC TR S N I

HACKNEY ROAD, E2

£450 PW

a two double bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment located in shoreditch. situated at the top of Hackney road where it meets shoreditch High street, very short walk to spitalfields market, Columbia road and Liverpool street station. Fantastic specification throughout, wooden flooring, luxury fitted kitchen and bathroom suites, available furnished.

LE T O S EN AG

ST PETER’S STREET, N1

£300 PW

exceptionally well presented, this bright and airy one bedroomed 1st floor flat is ideally located within a delightful area.the property comprises generous l-shaped reception room with smart kitchen, master bedroom and contemporary bathroom. st Peter’s street is a quiet residential address only moments away from upper street and angel station.

OCKENDON ROAD, N1

£260 PW

this large flat has a large double room with double sash windows, kitchen/diner is the same size as the bedroom, bathroom and separate toilet. this lovely flat is furnished and will be available immediately. the flat is located in one of islington’s tree lined roads a few minutes from the 73,38,171 bus routes etc.

Leroy House, unit 3Q, 436 essex road, London n1 3QP teLePHone: 020 3176 4150 Where Next.indd 2

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AGENTS DIRECTORY 1 STIRLING ACKROYD 106 St John Street EC1M 4EH Tel: 020 7549 0606 www.stirlingackroyd.com 2 STIRLING ACKROYD 40 Great Eastern Street EC2A 3EP Tel: 020 7749 3838 www.stirlingackroyd.com 3 FELICITY J LORD 67-71 Goswell Road EC1V 7EP Tel: 0207 251 9449 www.fjlord.co.uk 4 BRIDGE 98a Curtain Rd, Shoreditch EC2A 3AA Tel: 020 7749 1400 www.bridge.co.uk 5 CITYZEN The Green House, 41-42 Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0DU www.cityzenproperties.co.uk 6 CURRELL RESIDENTIAL 122-124 St. John Street EC1V 4JS Tel: 020 253 2533 www.currell.com 7 HAMPTONS Aldermary House,15 Queen Street EC4N 1TX Sales: 020 7236 8398, Lets: 020 7236 8399 www.hamptons.co.uk 8 NELSONS 110 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3AH T: 020 7613 1798 www.nelsonssales.com ISLINGTON PROPERTIES 111 Upper Street N1 1QN Tel: 020 7812 0480 www.islingtonproperties.com. BAIRSTOW EVES 108-109 Upper Street N1 1QN Tel: 020 7267 2704 www.bairstoweves.co.uk HUGH GROVER ASSOCIATES 325 Upper Street N1 2XQ Tel: 020 7226 1010 www.hughgrover.co.uk THOMSON CURRIE 313 Upper Street N1 2XQ Tel: 020 7354 5224 www.thomsoncurrie.co.uk NEXT MOVE 320 Upper Street N1 2XQ Tel: 020 7226 5050 www.nextmove.com

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ASK THE EXPERT Andrew Flint from Colman Coyle, gives his expert advice on all your legal property questions I am thinking of selling my flat and want the process to go as smoothly as possible. Is there anything I can do to ensure this happens? My advice would be for you to contact your solicitors to advise them that you are selling. They will send you some questionnaire forms to complete. They will also ask you for details of your freeholder and managing agents. They can be contacted to obtain information that the buyer’s solicitors will need. In large blocks of flats professional managing agents are often employed and they should be able to produce what is called an ‘Assignment Pack’. This will contain all the information the buyer’s solicitors need concerning service charge, ground rent, insurance etc. The managing agents are likely to charge a fee for supplying this information and I would expect your solicitors to ask you for money on account to cover the cost. If you have carried out any alterations to the flat that required building regulation approval, planning consent or the freeholder’s approval, I would suggest that you collate all the relevant documentation and pass it to your solicitors as soon as possible. If you do this your solicitors can then send a comprehensive set of paperwork to the buyer’s solicitors which will cut down on their need to raise additional enquiries and will certainly make the sale easier.

Wells House, 80 Upper Street, Islington N1 0NU Tel: 020 7354 3000 Hema Anand, Enfranchisement Partner hema.anand@colmancoyle.com Andrew Flint, Residential Property Partner andrew.flint@colmancoyle.com www.colmancoyle.com

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04/01/2011 14:48


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