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BOX FRESH All the best recipe boxes reviewed

DINNER PARTY TIPS FROM ELLA MILLS

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THE CERAMIC EVENT OF THE YEAR RETURNS

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Diary dates for March

14 CERAMIC ART LONDON The leading show for contemporary ceramics

This month’s hottest trends and products

27 THE TREND A peach party with our new favourite shade 28 BEAUTIFUL SOUL Absolutely meets ethical founder Nicola Woods

H E A LT H & B E AU T Y

34 BEAUTY CONFIDENTIAL The month's best beauty buys

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BOX FRESH All the best recipe

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THE CERAMIC EVENT OF THE YEAR RETURNS

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Our pick of cruelty free cosmetics

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40 KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL

64 INTERIOR INSPIRATIONS

42 DELICIOUSLY ELLA Dinner party top tips from Ella Mills

66 BEAUTIFUL SHOPS 5 new retail havens with inspiring interiors

Tasty happenings from the local area

News and views from the design world

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56 ROYAL CHINA From Beijing to Shanghai

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PROPERTY

82 PROPERTY NEWS News and views on the area

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arch is officially spring. And while it might not feel like it yet, it's comforting to know that it soon will. Any minute now, we will all start brightening up our palettes with cheerier clothes in lighter shades, wearing fewer layers and generally emerging from the winter fug. So in this issue we're focusing on happy clothes, ranging from the delicate, vintage-inspired prints at London label Beautiful Soul to all things peach, which may sound unlikely as a new favourite shade until you have a look at page 28. For ceramic creators, collectors and the curious we've got everything you need to know about the world's leading ceramics fair on page 16. It's the perfect opportunity to pick up unique pieces for the home; from every-day cereal bowls to sublime sculptural pieces. We'll need to pick up a new piece for the soirees we’ll soon be hosting, inspired by Deliciously Ella’s top tips for a modern dinner party on page 42. And at home, we’re taking inspiration from new shops; retail havens to pick up new-season treats and lust over their exquisite interiors. So here's to you, spring. We hope you enjoy the issue. ◆

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RETRO VINTAGE

Neil Barrett’s SS17 collection marries retro vintage with modernist cuts. Barrett applies his men’s wear expertise to women’s attire in a compilation of chic tailoring, striped knits and jacquard jersey dresses. neilbarrett.com

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STAR STUDDED

Style and practically are harmoniously insync with this calf leather backpack from Red Valentino. The pretty blue leather is the perfect hue heading into Spring. £985; net-a-porter.com

CELESTIAL MOTIFS

These unique earrings from Andrea Fohrman are cut from hand-selected, highly soughtafter 'Sleeping Beauty' turquoise to resemble crescent moons. £55; net-a-porter.com

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ORGANIC BEAUTY

A pioneer in forward thinking cosmetics, Kjær Weis focuses on creating 100% highperformance color cosmetics that don’t compromise luxury or contemporary design. kjaerweis.com

PERFECT PRESENTS

With an array of timeless designs and stunning stones, Pandora jewellery pieces make great gifts that are guaranteed to make Mother's Day memorable. £90; pandora.net

SO REAL

With a fanclub that includes Olivia Palermo, these So Real Dior sunnies will be top of many a wishlist as the weather warms. The distinctive thin top bar and cool blue tinted lenses will flatter all. £330; farfetch.com

DAISY TIME

After a long winter cosied up in ankle boots these daisy embellished sandals are perfect for stepping into Spring. £610; farfetch.com

OODLES OF DOODLES Made from glossy textured-leather and silver-edged featherweight paper, this Premium notepade is perfect for doodles and creative musings. £65; smythson.com

TICK TOCK

Marrying classic British style with Swedish minimalism, this timepiece is part of Larsson & Jennings 'Chain Metal' series and works perfectly for office and evening. £225; larssonandjennings.com

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Limited to editions of 280, our newly-commissioned Art Deco posters feature glamorous holiday destinations around the world, ski resorts in the Austrian, French and Swiss Alps, and the world’s greatest historic automobiles. Over 100 designs to choose from, all printed on 100% cotton fine art paper, measuring 97 x 65 cms.

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TRANSCENDING BOUNDARIES Un ti l 1 1 Ma rc h Pa c e G a ll e r y ose yourself in this art-tech mash up that is not just for looking at, but to L be manipulated, interacted with and totally changed by the viewer. In three immersive rooms featuring waterfalls, flowers and light installations, teamLab aim to change your perception of art as you know it. u 6 Burlington Gardens, W1S; pacegallery.com

THE SPARK OF LIFE

The American Dream Pop to the Present

O n go i n g Well c o m e C o ll e c ti o n rom the structure of the atom to the function of our brains, electricity is F hidden in every object on earth. This major exhibition of objects, art and photography traces mankind’s quest to understand, unlock and master the power of it. u 183 Euston Road, NW1; wellcomecollection.org

F rom 9 March Br iti sh M u seum

Trace 60 years of a superpower in this major exhibition from America’s most celebrated artists. Experience this dynamic history through the eyes of Warhol, Rauschenberg and others. Many of these works also address the deep divisions in society that continue to resonate with us today. Great Russell Street, WC1B;

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PLAY HOLI IN THE CITY 7-18 Ma rch C i nna m o n Ki tc he n eave the grey City at the door and enjoy the Indian Holi Festival in L spectacular paint-throwing fashion and a feast of traditional dishes such as king prawns in coconut and cardamon curry. u 9 Devonshire Square, EC2M; cinnamon-kitchen.com

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ARTS & CULTURE / TALKING TOPICS

WOW FESTIVAL

7-1 2 Ma rc h S o u thb a nk C e ntre ollowing a globe-wide year of F change and political upheaval, with a questioning of women’s roles and rights, Southbank Centre’s annual flagship festival WOW – Women of the World returns. This year’s festival invites talks, debates, performances and workshops from the likes of Gillian Anderson, Catherine Mayer, Gemma Cairney and Harriet Harman MP. Belvedere Road, SE1; southbankcentre.co.uk

ROBOTS Ongoing S c i e n c e Mu se u m

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MAKE YOUR MARK

From a 16th century mechanised monk to some of film’s most iconic creations, Robots will make you look at yourself and society in a whole new way. This blockbuster exhibition explores the ways robots mirror humanity and the insights they offer into our ambitions, desires and position in a rapidly changing world.

2 March L ondon T ransport Muse um Street. Urban. Public. There are S many names for the art forms we find in our in public spaces. So what is street art and how is it defined? Author and designer Tristan Manco will be uncovering the history of street art, discussing the dichotomy between the commissioned and uncommissioned, and the creativity and sense of community street art inspires. Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E; ltmuseum.co.uk

Exhibition Road, SW7; sciencemuseum.org.uk

SHOW OF THE MONTH

THRILLER LIVE O n go i n g Lyr i c T h e at re

elebrate the career of one of the world’s greatest entertainers on an electrifying journey through the magic of Michael Jackson’s 45 year musical history. This two hour extravaganza delivers non-stop hits from pop to rock, soul to disco in an homage to Jackson’s

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legendary live performances and innovative dance moves. Choreography and songs are executed with flair, precision and passion in this catchy and unforgettable show. 29 Shaftesbury Ave, W1D; lyrictheatrelondon.co.uk Tickets from tickets.amazon.co.uk

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HOT POTS

King’s Cross sees the return of Ceramic Art London, a showcase from the world’s most talented ceramicists. Wo r d s H e l e n B r o w n

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ith primetime TV exposure, packed courses and record sales, it seems we are a nation going potty for ceramics. As one of the most ancient industries on the planet, ceramic artistry boasts an impressive history. There’s an inherent magic in the craftsmanship that has always appealed so it’s no wonder that the potter’s star is rising. From the urns of antiquity to the cereal bowls of today, the technology and techniques have undoubtedly changed but the basics remain. Ceramic Art London is the leading showcase for contemporary ceramic art and one of the most dynamic displays of the industry’s finest from across the globe. This year’s instalment returns to it’s home at Central Saint Martins in King’s Cross from 31 March to 2 April. The fair, now in its 13th year, will display over 90 artists and a varied selection

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ARTS & CULTURE / AGENDA A chance to PURCHASE exclusive, handmade PIECES directly from the MAKERS

works will encompass the full range of ceramic-making techniques and with prices ranging from £25 to £8,000, the event caters to all budgets and interests. Ceramics have echoed the natural world for millennia and so it’s fitting that this should be a recurring motif in the showcase this year. Pieces to look out for

of exciting and ambitious work. For the artists, Ceramic Art London offers a unique platform to showcase and sell their work. For gallery owners and collectors, it’s a chance to snap up new talent and for the public it presents a compelling snapshot of the global contemporary ceramics market and a chance to purchase exclusive, handmade pieces directly from the makers. Situated in the heart of the thriving King’s Cross Knowledge Quarter, Ceramic Art London is conveniently located for creators, collectors and the curious. Visitors will enjoy meandering through the vivid displays in the beautiful Grade II listed Victorian

Granary Building. The venue last year underwent a £200m renovation from Stirling Prize-winning architects Stanton Williams, and offers natural light radiating from a glass ceiling three stories high. An idyllic, historic setting that is just as astounding as the art housed within. The show brings a plethora of dynamic, up-and-coming artists hailing from the UK, Ireland, Spain, Germany, Denmark, South Korea and Japan. Items on sale range from contemporary twists on functional every-day homewares to sublime sculptural pieces and experimental work that pushes the boundaries of this ancient craft. Exhibited

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include Nichola Theakston’s haunting primate sculptures and Charlotte Pack’s detailed models of endangered species, teetering on the lids of slipcast vessels. The event will additionally host an exceptional display of work by current Central Saint Martins ceramics students, offering an additional platform for emerging talent. The relationship between the school and Ceramic Art London is bolstered further with a lively programme of events including CLAYTALKS@CAL, a series of free talks and workshops providing insights into the pervasive world of pots. u 31 March -2 April Central Saint Martins, 1 Granary Square, N1C; ceramicartlondon.com

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BLUSHING BEAUTY Founded in 2006, Bimba Y Lola is one of the world's fastest growing labels. Originating in Spain, the brand has gathered a dedicated following with their quirky prints and stylish staples. We love the brand’s offering of costume jewellery - perfect for making a grand entrance. bimbaylola.com

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Tulle rules, logos return and gingham gets a high-fashion makeover this March Wo r d s j oy m o n t g o m e r y

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FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE V I L S H E N KO WHO

Russian fashion designer Olga Vilshenko was born in the communist-era Ural region, surrounded by craftsmanship which was passed down through the generations. Inspired by her mother, who created one-of-a-kind pieces in a time of austerity, Olga went on to develop her self-taught skills at the Institute of Fashion and Art in Russia and London’s Istituto Marangoni. In 2011 she launched her first collection for Vilshenko. u

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Fusing the intricacy and folkloric flourishes of her eastern heritage with the wearable luxury of the modern day fashion market, Vilshenko offers eclectic character in landscape of a homogenised street style and low-key athleisure. For SS17 the brand has embraced patchwork and ditzy florals on peasant blouses and flowing fabrics, alongside hits of tailoring and military red. u

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Vilshenko has become catnip for young, fashion-conscious Londoners, who juxtapose their embroidered jackets and calf-length floral dresses with Saint Laurent leather skinnys and Zara biker boots. Championed by everyone from Anna Dello Russo and Pandora Sykes to Florence Welch and Alexa Chung, the brand’s contemporary spin on Russia's traditional rich fabrics and long sleeved elegance has won the hearts of the blogging crowd and industry insiders alike. vilshenko.com

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Two of a kind Elizabeth and James

Founded in 2007 by actresses and style icons Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Elizabeth and James is the fashion brand that delivers elegant yet designconscious styles for the mid-priced fashion market. Shaped by the duo's signature minimalist aesthetic, for SS17 the brand has embraced languorous silhouettes in heavyweight luxe fabrics. Spring style: sorted. elizabethandjames.us

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FASHION / NOTES

5 of the best

FLOWER POWER

Dolce & Gabbana We all deserve a treat for making it through the Arctic tundra that is February, and what better way to celebrate blossoming spring than Dolce & Gabbana’s flower box clutch? Ticking both the mini bag and floral trends, this ladylike accessory will add new season elegance to any ensemble; £2,550. harrods.com

TULLE BUYS MARY KATRANTZOU

Fosse tulle blouse, £625; matches.com

HERE COMES THE SUN

Finlay & Co It’s never too early to invest in new sunnies and London-based brand Finlay & Co are the cool new brand to know. Their signature hardwood frames, which are designed in West London and handmade in Italy, have been spotted on countless celebs, including Gigi Hadid and Cara Delevigne. The brand's Draycott Black Gradient frames are our look to love for SS17; £175 finlayandco.com

MOLLY GODDARD

Young dress, £1,400; doverstreetmarket.com

GO GINGHAM

Sandy Liang Gingham is back on the fashion radar for SS17, and this statement shirt from up-and-coming designer Sandy Liang will allow you to try the trend without straying into tablecloth territory. With the shirt experiencing a chic reinvention, Liang’s cut-out frilled iteration will keep you going through the tricky seasonal transition and right into autumn; £355. net-a-porter.com

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Tulle dress, £870; mytheresa.com

ZARA

Gathered tulle dress, £25.99; zara.com

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LOGO MANIA

Gucci Yes that’s right, logos are back, and unsurprisingly it’s it-brand Gucci leading the way with their Instagramfriendly tees. Inspired by an original ‘80s print, this oversized T-shirt features the brand’s signature motif in faded gold lettering. We’ll be pairing ours with vinyl trousers for spring, and come summer, tucking it into a floral midi skirt; £320. gucci.com

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MARCO DE VINCENZO

Polka-dot embroidered tulle dress, £1,478; matchesfashion.com

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FASHION / TREND J.W.ANDERSON Pierce Mini Leather Cross-Body Bag, £895; j-w-anderson.com

FINDERS KEEPERS Claude Light Peach Satin Bomber Jacket, £200; harveynichols.com

JOSEPH Round-Neck Cashmere Sweater, £275; matchesfashion.com

JIL SANDER SS17

SIES MARJAN Hotus Bonded-Satin Coat, £1,650; matchesfashion.com

HUISHAN ZHANG Axelia Cloud-Lace LongSleeved Dress, £695; matchesfashion.com ACNE STUDIOS Bela Cotton Shirt, £250; mytheresa.com

SAINT LAURENT Medium Leather Tote, £645; ysl.com CHLOÉ Drew Small Leather Cross-Body Bag, £1,050; mytheresa.com

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JIL SANDER Low-Top Satin Trainers, £335; net-a-porter.com

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MIU MIU Embellished Ruffled SilkTrimmed Crêpe Top, £415; net-a-porter.com

VALENTINO Rockstud Leather Heels, £650; selfridges.com

SOPHIE HULME Milner Mini Envelope Leather Cross-Body Bag, £350; sophiehulme.com

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Soul

SISTER Absolutely meets Nicola Woods, founder of ethical fashion brand Beautiful Soul I n t e r v i e w J oy m o n tg o m e ry

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FASHION / PROFILE JOY MONTGOMERY: How was Beautiful Soul first conceived? NICOLA WOODS: I had an unconventional

route into the fashion industry. After working in a fast-paced career in corporate insurance for 11 years, I took a sabbatical to travel the world with my best friend. During this adventure I found my calling sitting under a cherry blossom tree in the heart of Tokyo and I began to envision my career path from a different point of view. In that moment I realised I needed to make radical changes to my lifestyle and revisit my childhood ambition of design. I haven’t looked back since. Returning to London I underwent training at the London College of Fashion, earning a BA(Hons) in Fashion, Design and Technology (Creative Pattern Cutter) and launched Beautiful Soul London in 2011.

Fast fashion

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During my degree, I was set the challenge of designing a collection made out of old junk. While many students didn’t seem enthusiastic, for me, my creativity came to life. I loved everything about this project as it taught me to delve beneath the surface and think outside the box. Most of all I loved meeting Orsola de Castro, a guest speaker who shared her passion about upcycling to a packed lecture hall of students - one of whom was me. From that moment a seed was planted and my final collection was inspired by Wabi-Sabi, the quintessential Japanese aesthetic of finding beauty in the imperfect, modest and humble. Each piece in the collection was oneof-a-kind and tailored from upcycled vintage Japanese kimonos which dated back to the 1940s. The love and craftsmanship that went into making every single garment gave me a true understanding of the production line. After graduating, Orsola and friends from the Ethical Fashion Forum and Centre for Sustainable Fashion encouraged me

to apply to Estethica - a platform founded by the British Fashion Council to promote sustainable fashion at London Fashion Week. The V&A fell in love with my debut Kimono collection and stocked it for several seasons. I grew the business from scratch and launched a ready-to-wear collection: Beautiful Soul London. JM: What role does sustainability play in your brand? NICOLA WOODS: As a designer and

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founder of a fashion label, I am constantly developing new ways to incorporate responsibility into the brand's processes, ensuring sustainability is at the core of the brand's DNA. We exercise a common sense policy, using our voices to ensure the indsutry values people, the environment, creativity and profits in equal measure. Fast fashion might be cheap but somebody in the supply chain is suffering as a result - consumers should not under estimate their power. Try to have a rule

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I have been LUCKY and BUILT a following of loyal SUPPORTERS: Pippa Middleton and Livia Firth, to name a few Hill in spring. The Signature Hydrangea print looked to childhood memories of collecting pet ladybirds with my sister, keeping them safe on our grandmother's blooming hydrangeas. Look closely and you will find cute bumblebees and ladybirds nestled within the flower petals. For SS17 I have also launched my first design collaboration with luxury English brand Aspinal of London, who support young British designers. Together we have designed a range of bags and umbrellas with a covering of Beautiful Soul's timeless Signature Hydrangea and Blossom prints. JM: What has been the highlight of your career so far? NW: I have been incredibly lucky and built

a following of loyal supporters, including Pippa Middleton and Livia Firth to name a few. It's also amazing seeing our friends wearing and enjoying the brand. I had the pleasure of meeting the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, which was a surreal experience and such a memorable day. Takara dress - bouquet navy

JM: How would you define British style? NW: I love that there are no rules to

with yourself only to buy pieces that you love and will cherish. I would recommend watching The True Cost (of Fashion) documentary, which explains my vision to create pieces that are beautiful, inside and out.

British fashion. As a British designer I am passionate about honouring the hallmarks of British craftsmanship and supporting the regeneration of UK manufacturing and textile production. I love to add a sprinkle of English charm to my designs, which are unapologetically feminine.

JM: What inspired your Patti Wilson collection? NW: I named the collection Patti Wilson

JM: What is your favourite piece from your latest collection? NW: The Takara dress, Emi dress Miki

after my mum, and I set myself the challenge of re-working my favourite prints from Beautiful Soul London’s archive. The Signature Blossom print was inspired by that life-changing moment in Tokyo and the English charm of Notting

dress and Hanna dress are my favourite styles and I own them in a variety of signature prints. ď ľ Chika shirt dress

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NATURAL SELECTION Born from a desire to create highperformance cosmetics using organic ingredients, Kjær Weis' skin-loving products and opulent packaging prove that high-end beauty can have a heart. kjaerweis.com

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eauty experts have long extolled the healing powers of LED, but for many light therapy has seemed inaccessible and slightly intimidating. Now one of country’s most renowned spa groups, Cowshed, are making LED approachable with their new Light Salons across London. Completely safe and suitable for all ages and skin types, the light therapy takes the form of express facials which tackle everything from acne to pigmentation, delivering energy into your skin cells and boosting the production of collagen. I opt for the speedy 20 minute Acne LED facial, which you can enjoy on its own or while having a mani or pedi. As well as giving you a radiant glow, a single session is also cited to lift your mood and reduce stress, as LED therapy oxygenates the blood, lowers stress hormones and boosts the immune system. After being seated in a comfortable reclining chair my face is cleansed, goggles are applied to protect my eyes and all that’s left to do is relax under an LED lamp. The treatment is completed with the application of moisturiser and a gentle facial massage. ‘Treat, Boost, Heal’ is the tagline for the LED treatments and I have to say it lives up to its promise. Immediately afterwards and for the following weeks my painful under-the-skin spots have been killed off, scar pigmentation has dulled and my skin feels clearer and fresher. At a reasonable price, and with a quick and efficient service, this is a facial that has convinced me it should become a regular fixture in my beauty regime. ◆ Prices start from £35 cowshed.com

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School’s Out Clinique x Crayola

Cult beauty meets colouring for this nostalgic beauty collaboration. Clinique’s Chubby Stick has been given a makeover with limited edition packing inspired by stationery brand Crayola. Each product in the 10-piece collection has been colour-matched with one of the brand’s pre-existing shades, apart from the playful new hue Tickle Me Pink; £17.50 each. clinique.com

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PERFECT POSTURE Pilates Central

Over three in five of us will suffer from back pain in our lifetime, yet conventional medicine often addresses the symptoms not the cause. Pilates is a fun and sociable way to target your aches and pains, providing the a long-term solution to back problems. We love Pilates Central's state-of-the-art equipment and a bespoke approach to wellness. pilatescentral.co.uk

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CUTIE PIE Beauty Pie

Luxury lipstick for less than a latte? Surely there must be a catch. Not according to Beauty Pie, the new beauty membership service offering luxury cosmetics at factory prices. For £10 a month beauty-lovers are able to cut out the middle man and buy direct from luxury suppliers. With lipsticks priced at £3.43 and mascaras for only £1.85, Beauty Pie is set to be a winner. beautypie.com

OVERNIGHT SENSATION Estée Lauder

From the sellout Advanced Night Repair serum comes a new and innovative maskin-oil treatment. Supercharging your skin’s natural overnight repairing process, this strengthening formula works to seal in the hydrating benefits of your night cream and enable it to fully recover for the day ahead; £55. esteelauder.co.uk

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PICK STEAMY SCENTS Penhaligon

Inspired by the historic Savoy Turkish Baths of Jermyn Street, this exquisite new fragrance duo from Penhaligon evokes the marble interiors and serene mists of the traditional hammam. Available in both a perfume and cologne, notes include rose and pink pepper and cool eucalyptus and white cedar. Escapsim in a bottle. penhaligons.com

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Heal Conditioner, £24.98; marianila.com

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Marbleous 5 Piece Contour Set, £39.99; spectrumcollections.com

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KORA ORGANICS

Clay Purifying Mask, £38; net-a-porter.com

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> KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL: NEW RESTAURANTS, WINE APPS

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SIMPLE SUPPERS Taking inspiration from professional chefs, each recipe in The Short Stack Cookbook focuses on a singular ingredient and transforms them into the kind of heartfelt cooking friends and family love. £25, Abrams; abramsbooks.com

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CONFIDENTIAL London’s food news and delicious things to see you through March Wo r d s H A N N A H H O P K I N S

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BERRY BROS. & RUDD CHAMPAGNE ROSE NV £33 Perfectly balanced and richly structured, this is an exuberant and beautifully fragrant sparkling wine, with red berries and other summer fruits dancing harmoniously on the palate. The perfect bottle of vibrant pink bubbles for a special someone or occasion. ◆

GOOD ORDINARY CLARET 2014 WITH LIMITED EDITION LABEL BY LUKE EDWARD HALL £9.95 Good Ordinary Claret is our best-selling wine, and for the second year we have released a parcel of this popular wine with limited edition labels. The name Good Ordinary Claret  first used in the 1960’s when Berry Bros. & Rudd first came up with idea for an own label range. This wine brilliantly highlights the sheer drinkability of modern red Bordeaux. ◆

2014 GIBSON BRIDGE PINOT GRIS RESERVE, MARLBOROUGH £15.50  New Zealand Pinot Gris tends to veer towards the Alsace (rather than Italian) style, and this is case in point. This single-vineyard wine is rich and round, with hints of apricot and spice alongside green pear and a mineral thread. It is full, fleshy with a concentration of fruit that lasts in the mouth and would make it delicious with creamy dishes. ◆ bbr.com

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Tall Order Six Storeys

Living up to its name, this six-story townhouse is soon to become a firm favourite on the London social scene. Open for the early risers right through to the night owls, its carefully curated cocktail menu has been devised to fill, delight and intrigue, either through theatre, ingredient or technique. sixstoreys.com

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Perched high above the capital with enviable views, Aviary has come home to roost. Created by leading restaurant and bar operator ETM Group, the sky-high venue boasts large ornate birdcages and classy drinks that will have pleasureseekers flocking. themontcalm.com

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Drop is a new delivery service from the people behind The 10 Cases wine bar and bistro in Covent Garden. It brings you top quality, expertly chosen, excellent value wines to your doorstep, workplace or picnic rug without the hassle of a minimum spend or minimum order. dropwine.co.uk

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BONNIE GULL SOHO For seafood more interesting than your standard cod and chips, try Bonnie Gull Soho. Standout dishes include squid toast with ink aioli, embercooked mussels and cool drinks like the Bonnie Mary which comes topped with a fresh oyster.

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CASITA ANDINA Traditional Peruvian recipes and culinary techniques headline at this informal canteen and pisco bar, another total winner from Martin Morales of Ceviche and Andina fame.

PIZZA & PROSECCO Panzo P izzeria

Pizza takes a healthier approach at Panzo in Exmouth Market, which makes its base with soy, wheat and rice flour, resulting in fewer calories. Topped with interesting ingredients, the pizzas are served up in a rose gold covered interior, with drinks served on tap. 50 Exmouth Market, EC1 panzopizza.com

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EMBER LONDON Based on the lane where the Great Fire of London started, the aptly-named Ember boasts glowing copper interiors and a delicious panAsian menu.

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SOCIAL HUB The Kitty Hawk

The Kitty Hawk is a hub of bespoke dining experiences all under one roof. With no fewer than five ‘departments’ the social hub caters for everything from early morning coffees and breakfasts to confessions over evening cocktails. 11 South Pl, EC2 thekittyhawk.co.uk

TANDOOR CHOP HOUSE A meeting of a North Indian communal eatery and a classic British chop house, inside you’ll find tandoor ovens, Indian spices and marinades inside, along with a menu of select prime cuts of meat.

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THE KITTY HAWK The Kitty Hawk is hub of bespoke dining experiences all under one roof. With no fewer than five ‘departments’ the social hub caters for everything from early morning coffees and breakfasts to confessions over evening cocktails.

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Modern Dinner Party Best-selling food writer Ella Mills of Deliciously Ella is on hand to help you prepare a healthy and utterly delicious feast for friends or family, whatever the occasion. Wo r d s H a n n a h H o p k i n s

Why do you think more people are choosing to host than go out for dinner? I think there’s something really lovely about hosting people at home – it’s normally a much more intimate, relaxed atmosphere and it’s a lot cheaper too. I absolutely love cooking delicious food for people, making great cocktails and having a long dinner that can go on for hours and hours. What is your number one rule when hosting a dinner party? Make your guests feel incredibly welcome. The beauty of going out for dinner is not having to wash up or tidy and I like to recreate that for my friends and family, so that they can really enjoy the evening. I try to tidy all my cooking mess before everyone arrives, light candles, have music on, get lots of nibbles out and have drinks at the ready. What are some cheat snacks for the table? Big bowls of hummus are perfect, it’s so easy to make and it always gets finished really quickly. Doing a twist on it, like a roasted carrot hummus or a sun-dried tomato and butterbean hummus is great as it sounds fancy but it couldn’t be easier to do. I love making little

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socca pizzas, mini bite-sized baked potatoes stuffed with cashew sour cream and little beet and sweet potato crisps. What are your favourite easy but impressive dishes? Indian food is a real favourite of mine, as it’s full of flavour and really satisfying, but it’s pretty easy to do. I often cook big pots of chana masala with aloo gobi and coconut rice for friends, which are always demolished really quickly. For quick kitchen suppers I love spiced potato cakes with garlicky tomato sauce and French beans. Sharing plates are popular these days, can you recommend any? I love sharing plates, as it allows everyone to try lots of different foods. My favourites are sesame coated sweet potato falafels with miso and sesame glazed aubergines, sesame and harissa greens, garlicky black beans and some hummus – it’s a nice way of building mix and match bowls so that you get lots of different flavours and textures. Balancing nutrition with dinner party food can be tricky. Do you have tips for making

I love VEGGIE dishes that prove EATING WELL isn't all about RABBIT food something wow-worthy that doesn’t leave you feeling bloated afterwards? Everyone is so different but I love making veggie-based dishes that highlight that eating well isn’t about rabbit food. I always assumed that healthy food was iceberg lettuce with cucumber and tomatoes but once I started learning to cook I realised it could be the absolute opposite. I often make things like courgette and pea risotto using brown rice with lemon, garlic and mint; marinated cauliflower steaks with chili quinoa and bean stews with chili, coriander and a mango salsa.

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his is a simplified version of the classic pho recipe, which means you can have dinner on the table in twenty minutes rather than leaving it to simmer for hours! The broth base is flavoured with sesame, ginger, spring onions, chilli and lime and then filled with lots of veggies and buckwheat noodles before being topped with fresh coriander. A perfect cosy, comforting supper that will warm and rejuvenate you. N U T- F R E E I n g r e d i e nt s • 2 portions of buckwheat noodles, or even courgette • 25g dried shiitake mushrooms • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil • generous thumb of root ginger, finely grated • 2 garlic cloves, finely grated • 2 red chillies, finely sliced • 2 spring onions, each chopped into 4

• 2 tablespoons brown miso paste • 2 tablespoons tamari • 100g baby corn • 250g bok choi, thinly sliced • 120g beansprouts • 2 carrots, peeled and julienned • handful of fresh coriander, roughly chopped • juice of 1 lime, plus lime wedges to serve M e th o d 1 Prepare the noodles, if using, according to the packet instructions, then place in a sieve and rinse with cold water. Put the dried shiitake in a bowl, pour over 500ml of boiling water and set aside for 20 minutes. 2 Heat the sesame oil in a wok, or large sauté pan, then add the ginger, garlic, chillies and spring onions, and cook for a minute or so, stirring to make sure the garlic doesn’t burn. 3 Splash in a little water and let it bubble for a couple of minutes, then add the miso and tamari and 500ml more boiling water. Let this broth bubble away until the mushrooms are ready, then add them too, with their soaking water (except the dregs, as they may contain grit). Return to a nice simmer for 5 minutes. 4 Add the corn and bok choi, and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the beansprouts and carrots. 5 Divide the noodles between 4 bowls, then spoon the broth on top. Sprinkle with chopped coriander and a squeeze of lime juice, then serve with lime wedges.

What about some quick but impressive drinks? I love a sparkling pineapple and cayenne blend with soda water, lime, a little maple and lots of ice. It works well as a cocktail or a mocktail. How do you cater for vegetarians and vegans? I am veggie, which really helps. I often make veggie food as the centre of the meal and then will do a piece of salmon as a side for those who don’t want just vegetables. Any ideas for centrepieces? Or favourite flowers to use on the table? I like doing something simple with candles, little jars of flowers and then lots of food. And finally, what qualities does the perfect host have? Being relaxed, so that your guests feel relaxed too, which means everyone has more fun. u Recipe extracted from Deliciously Ella With Friends by Ella Mills, published by Yellow Kite, £25 © Ella Mills 2017 Photography © Claire Winfield Yellowkitebooks.co.uk • Deliciouslyella.com

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Box Fresh Recipe boxes are gaining popularity among urban kitchen novices. We experiment with five - and discover a new world of convenience R e v i e w e d b y A b s o l u t e ly

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ousto’s model allows us to choose recipes week by week from the appealing selection on their website, so you're sure to get food you actually fancy eating. Everything arrives beautifully boxed up, portioned out and chilled by a miraculous wool-and-ice combo. Recipe cards are well-designed and easy to follow, as well as being robust enough to keep. The suppers were quick to make; among our choices were a satisfying feta and roasted grape salad with freekeh, and a one-pot African wonder with chicken thighs, nuts, sweet potato and rass el hanout. It’s an admirable service, not only for the convenience but also for the variety of ingredients and ideas you can add to your own repertoire. The only real issue we had was with the meat portions: one chicken thigh each wasn’t enough for us so I’d recommend keeping a large bag of oven chips on standby for those with larger appetites. £5.83 per portion, gousto.co.uk

cardboard box. The instructions are easy to follow and the ingredients packaged to make the cooking process more efficient, however those wanting a speedy cooking experience should look elsewhere, as Abel & Cole’s recipes contain a fair amount of processes and components. The final result was a warming and nourishing plate of food, packed full of veg and lifted by fresh notes of ginger, turmeric and tahini - ideal for new year diets with added cold-weather comfort.  £6.50 per portion, abelandcole.co.uk

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escribing anything as ‘mindful’ began to feel a bit clichéd some time ago. But behind The Mindful Chef’s slightly annoying tone (there’s a bit of trite information about ‘natural’ foods) is a concept that’s based on quality. They are all about provenance, with all meat and fish coming from small West Country farms that supply places like Harrods, and healthy eating, with a focus on low-carb and dairy- and gluten-free foods. Recipe cards are elegant and while the ingredients don’t expect much input from your kitchen, we were expected to possess a spiralizer for Thai pork meatballs in courgetti soup (we did). Meals for two work out at £7 per head, and they offer lonely boxes for one at £9 per head. We enjoyed honey and ginger salmon skewers with rainbow slaw and brown rice, and next week’s recipes looked tempting too.  £6 per portion, mindfulchef.com

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riends have raved about Hello Fresh lately. They say it’s lifted them out of a dinner rut and expands their children’s dietary repertoires. What’s not to like? Our family box is huge and contains four complete meals for four. Literally all they expect your kitchen to contain is salt, pepper and oil. So for instance Monday’s ‘chef-created recipe’ for minced lamb koftas with coconut pilaf and minty yoghurt includes a single clove of garlic, a tablespoon of curry powder in a tiny plastic pot, a lone cinnamon stick and a stock cube as well as one onion, one shallot and a measured four portions of basmati rice. All of these are surely staples in most family kitchens, but part of the point here is to eliminate the need for staples. Instructions are much more precise than regular recipes. They tell you,

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for instance, how to chop an onion as if the target audience has never sliced a vegetable before. Which maybe they haven’t. These instructions are so easy to follow that you can divert your whole brain to focus on something else while you’re cooking, which is no bad thing. Everything is tasty and portions large enough to accommodate leftovers.  £4 per portion, hellofresh.com

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thically farmed and 100% organic, Riverford are champions of seasonal British produce. The vegetarian box aims to deliver flavourful recipes that are fresh and nourishing. Quinoa paella with peppers and onions packs a smoky punch while fennel and olive tagine with spicy cous cous delivers an interesting mix of textures. Each recipe is easy to follow and results in a rich, hearty and satisfying country kitchen meal – which can’t be said for a lot of vegetarian cuisine – though they are time-consuming. Parsnips Molly Parkin requires multiple pans and dishes, numerous processes as well as both stovetop and oven cooking. We'll try their Quick box next time.  £5.65 per portion, riverford.co.uk

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THE VERDICT If you can stomach the packaging – admittedly most of it, across the board, is recyclable – these recipe boxes are undoubtedly an easy option. We’re not convinced that anyone interested enough in food to order one wouldn’t already be in possession of a garlic clove or a bottle of balsamic, but in a world where people are apparently entering adulthood without ever having cooked an actual meal, they clearly have a place. Saving you the effort of planning and shopping comes at a price – around £6 per head doesn’t sound bad but an amateur stab at costing these ingredients will reveal that markups are pretty hefty. But there’s the price of convenience. Overall, Hello Fresh probably wins for its idiotproof instructions and variety.

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FOOD & DRINK / RESTAURANT REVIEW

Fresh and FUN, this UNDER-THERADAR restaurant gives you PLENTY to talk about

TEMPLE & SONS

British eats meet quirky drinks at Jason Atherton's new opening in EC2

Cornish Jack crab ‘hot and cold’ with brown crab mayonnaise. For mains we fully indulged and had the hearty Cotswold buttermilk chicken sandwich in a brioche bun with pickles and Churchill sauce and wood fired pork chop with crackling and pine nut crumb, accompanied by chips topped with scraps (a glorious hark back to childhood). Desserts play on Britain’s great repertoire of puddings, including the classic and tooth-achingly sweet sticky toffee pudding with Cornish sea salted caramel and clotted cream ice cream. After dinner head downstairs to the cocktail bar, with an interior inspired by a traditional British grocery store (note the stacked timber shelves brimming with a variety of goods), where you can sip on carbonated cocktails canned on site and tipples served in card milk cartons. We loved the Strawberry Can Can Monkey Shoulder whisky, Chamberyzette strawberry wine, Chambord, Campari - and Peach Tea Pop - Monkey Shoulder whisky, Rinquinquin peach liqueur, Earl Grey tea. Fresh and fun, there’s plenty to talk about after a trip to this under-the-radar restaurant. u

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It would be easy to miss Temple & Sons - set down a unprepossessing road in the heart of the City - but those who seek it out will be greatly rewarded. Situated adjacent to the iconic Tower 42, the opening is the second partnership for highflying chef Jason Atherton (whose restaurant empire is going from strength

to strength) and Restaurant Associates. With a more casual approach, it contrasts the high-rise fine dining at neighbouring sister restaurant, City Social - a wellregarded and bustling spot with sweeping views of London. Kick things off with dinner on the second floor, where the menu champions British produce. Standout starters include Maldon oysters Rockefeller and

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22 Old Broad St, EC2, 020 7877 7710 templeandsons.co.uk

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> SMALL TALK – COLLABS AND GIFT IDEAS

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ANIMAL MAGIC Nobody does playful pieces for children better than Scotch & Soda, whose new kidswear collection takes inspiration from the jungle. We're wild for it. scotch-soda.com

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Our aim is to anchor a 21st century education within the illustrious history of the oldest school in the country, dating from 597 AD. A King’s education rests on the simultaneous pursuit of academic and co-curricular excellence.

Situated in a UNESCO World Heritage Site within the Precincts of Canterbury Cathedral, the setting, by its very nature, creates a spiritually aware, historically informed and aesthetically appreciative community.

The King's education is based upon strong academic roots. It emphasises and relies upon what is best in traditional independent school education, namely scholarly excellence supported by a caring pastoral and tutorial system. The most popular leaver destinations are Oxford and Cambridge, the Russell Group of Universities and colleges in the USA. C

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King’s Week is a unique festival of music, drama, art and recreation that has been held every year in the last week of the Summer Term since 1952. Over 80 events ranging from jazz to dance, plays, lectures and recitals attracts thousands of visitors.

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Music at King’s has a distinguished history with a strong reputation for performances of outstanding quality and variety. Excellent facilities and generous awards are available for outstanding musicians.

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Spring style for littles doesn't come cuter than this – a collaborative capsule of contemporary pieces featuring arty prints and a fun bohemian aesthetic. Très chic. Available at scandimini.com

FASHION MASH UP Au t h o r DA I SY D E V I L L E N E U V E

SMALL TALK Exciting collaborations, gift ideas and togs for mother and child

MINI ARTISTS

Doodle Nest If your little ones love picture-books, why not help them create one of their own? Innovative new company Doodle Nest will send you a special box in which to ship them examples of your kids’ own artwork – which they’ll professionally photograph, lay out and publish in the form of a hardback keepsake you can all treasure.

From £135; doodlenest.co.uk

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Zakti ¢ We’re loving fastrising brand Zakti’s new ‘Generation Z’ line of kids’ activewear, encompassing stylish and colourful clothing that’s still wellsuited to outdoor pursuits and wintry weather. ◆

Sunuva ¢ Tots’ swimwear brand Sunuva has launched a new collection of darling Liberty print pieces for the beach, including swimsuits and sundresses as well as hats and babygros. We also love this new photographic horse print swimsuit, which is stylish, colourful and not too girly. ◆

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ith over 75 pieces of pop out clothing from designers such as Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Christian Dior and Chanel, more than 250 luxe stickers and six press out models, Fashion Mash Up is the ultimate fashion activity book. Conceived and illustrated by Daisy de Villeneuve, it offers the chance to play at being a real life personal stylist – and get ideas with which to re-style their own wardrobe. Aimed at children aged nine and above, budding fashionistas can tick, cut, colour, swap, make and mend their way through hundreds of outfit combinations. u Penguin/V&A, £17.99

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hen Abigail, an ex-City lawyer, found herself as a single mum with two young daughters and in need of a new job, she knew exactly what her game plan was. Get her daughters into Pembridge Hall, one of Notting Hill’s most elite preps (known for its head count of senior bankers), get networking and nab herself a job back in the City. So she did. She’s now back in the Square Mile and her girls are getting a pretty good education, too. Parents, particularly of primaryaged school children, have long made firm friendships at the school gates. But with more and more women working, starting up and running their own business, they are also a great place for meeting and making business contacts. As the Talented Ladies Club website says: “The school gates are a brilliant chance to get to know a fresh group of talented mums and open your professional network even wider.” We’re not talking networking in pinstripes in a monochrome office. This is more likely to be a morning coffee in parkas and Uggs after drop-off. But where mums’ coffee mornings might once have revolved around the kids, the dog and where to find a decent plumber, they are now just as likely to include how to up your SEOs, drive traffic to your site, how a pitch is going for a new client, or results for the inbound marketing push. Among my immediate group of school friends there are senior editors, publishers, TV producers, account managers, lawyers and heads of charities. Just last week I was discussing a how to sell a brand with another mum, a lawyer and branding expert with one of the world’s largest

drinks companies. Women have always been collaborative and involved with each other – but in some cases this has shifted out of the home and into the workplace. And it’s not just women taking advantage. Just as mothers have got more involved in the working world, dads are more involved with their kids and will often be at the school gates and at sports matches and this can lead to all sorts of networking opportunities. “It’s all about the school gate mate,” says Jonny. A partner at a City law firm with four children at prep schools in north London, he says many a valuable client has been snagged through school contacts, because it’s particularly easy for Alpha-male men to socialize at London’s most sought-after preps. “It’s a relaxed and natural way of meeting people. This is because you are already in the club – you are at the school so you have proved you are successful enough to have afforded it in the first place, so the guards come down and you can be genuinely matey.” He points out it’s also “a stage of life thing”– when children are at

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primary school, parents tend to fit the 35-45 age bracket – they are doing well but yet to peak careerwise. “It’s a very dynamic phase professionally,” he says. What starts out as men comparing how rich and successful they are “ends up being collaborative and supportive – sort of like NCT meets the boardroom,” he says. When he went through a turbulent work patch, he found the interest and concern of other dads at his children’s schools genuinely helpful. Sport matches are a brilliant place to talk shop; men chat easily and openly when there is sport in the background. At a recent football match Jonny found himself talking to a fellow dad “about how much he makes and how much he takes home. I would never have a conversation like that with a partner at work or a client,” he says. The professional tribes you will meet depends very much on the type of school and where in London you live. Bankers, VCs, private equity boys and corporate lawyers will be at prep schools in Notting Hill and Holland Park, Hampstead, Chelsea, Dulwich and so on. Actors and illustrious media folk slightly further afield and many of London’s best state schools attract big names from the creative industries. The world of private schools used to be riddled with the English disease of class. One big change in melting pot London at least is that social networking at the school gates has become “very international and meritocratic. It’s not about who you know and much more about what you do,” says Jonny. Of course, no one is recommending you choose a school for your child based on how it will improve your job prospects – but with nepotism and the old-school tie less of a workable option, it might be worth considering when you fill in those forms. ◆

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WORLDS APART Contrasting Beijing and Shanghai – and the cities'respective Waldorf Astorias – in a luxe trip to China.

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lanning a trip to China can be quite bewildering, albeit incredibly exciting. The difficulty is knowing where to begin. For me, the majestic capital city is a clear starting point; with its post-contemporary high-rise buildings and its ancient hideaways, it’s a study in contrasts and boasts treasures like the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Next on the list is Shanghai, a buzzing metropolis gazing into the future. It’s a waterfront city taking China’s lightning-fast development to the next level with a jagged skyline on one side and charming Chinese heritage on the other. The contrast between these two sky scraping cities is remarkable. Shanghai, dubbed ‘the Paris of the East’ with its alluring skyline and ultra-luxe vibe, and Beijing with its rich heritage, Hutong lifestyle and electrifying pace. It’s among Beijing’s historic Hutongs where we begin our Waldorf journey. What was once the world’s most iconic hotel is now the most iconic portfolio of hotels. The Waldorf brand satisfies the luxe travellers of the world, offering a tailored service unique to each hotel and its location. The Waldorf Astoria first opened its doors in New York in 1893, reaching new heights in guest services. The original 13-storey Waldorf Hotel soon

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The CONTRAST between these TWO SKY SCRAPING cities is REMARKABLE became the go-to venue for the world’s wealthy and society’s elite. Four years later, the adjacent 17-storey Astoria Hotel was built and a marble corridor linked the two. This corridor became the enduring symbol of the combined Waldorf and Astoria Hotels. Today, that corridor is better known as Peacock Alley Ω a lobby bar found at the heart of each hotel. A true reflection of its location, the Waldorf Astoria Beijing is a grand, brass building standing boldly in a swish area of downtown Beijing. The hotel is a modern take on centuries of Chinese tradition with the perfect combination of artistic charm and modern architecture. Make the Waldorf your base and you’re moments away from the designer district and the historic streets of China’s capital city. It has everything you desire and more Ω location, elegance, style and perfection at every touch point. Checked into a suite 13 floors up above this

beautifully chaotic city, while the bustling sounds of the streets are just several stories beneath, I feel like I have been whisked away into another world where tranquility meets urban living. Not just a place to rest your head, the hotel offers a 600-piece art collection. Adorning every corridor, these galleryworthy pieces combine contemporary art with Chinese heritage. Orange, browns and bronze tones make up the core design of the hotel, reflecting a timeless elegance associated with the country. But the food here is the real draw; and is definitely something worth celebrating. The hotel’s staple restaurant, Brasserie 1893, is continental in terms of its cuisine, with

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a west-meets-east menu offering local twists on staple dishes. To commemorate Waldorf Astoria as the birthplace of iconic culinary inventions such as the Eggs Benedict, the Waldorf Salad, Thousand Island dressing and Red Velvet cake, the James Beard Foundation have teamed up with Waldorf Astoria for a second year running to find the next Taste of Waldorf Astoria to be shared across the hotel’s global menu. The Jing Roll was the winning dish for 2016, created by Chef Benoit Chargy of the Waldorf Astoria Beijing and James Beard Rising Star Chef, Erik Bruner-Yang. The aim: to create an area-inspired dish that will add to the Waldorf Astoria culinary legacy.

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The WALDORF brand satisfies the

ELITE TRAVELLERS of the WORLD If you’re travelling between Beijing and Shanghai, be sure to catch the highspeed train. A cross-country experience showcasing the landscape change as you pass through this fascinating country. The journey will take you from Beijing to Shanghai in just over five hours. From hotel rooms with sweeping views of the skyline, to bars hidden behind bookshelves, here’s why you don’t want to miss out on the gem that is Shanghai. It’s a direct contrast to Beijing Ω somewhat futuristic in terms of its building development. The Bund, a mile-long strip along the Huangpu River offers spectacular views of the skyline. During the 1920s and 30s, The Bund became the playground for Shanghai’s expat community. No.2 The Bund was home to the Shanghai Club, which later reopened in 2011 as the heritage building, part of the Waldorf Astoria. Once the prized destination for the elite gentlemen of Shanghai, the hotel’s Long Bar incorporates a classic theme, much like the original. Fast forward several decades and you’ll find guests sampling the bar’s vintage champagne, cigar, whisky and cocktail offering. Local jazz music sets the tone as we toast to a weekend in ‘the Paris of the East’ with a cocktail in one hand and a signature Waldorf oyster in the other.

The Waldorf Astoria Shanghai is spread over two buildings, the main tower and the heritage building. In keeping with the high concentration of historical buildings along The Bund, the heritage building adopts a charming elegance and authentic feel. It’s interesting to note that the differences between them represent Shanghai itself; a combination of authentic Chinese tradition and contemporary influence. The Chinese restaurant, Wei Jing Ge. A tasting menu offers delicacies such as the braised bird nest soup (good for collagen production), and a sea cucumber dish. Chef Jan Van Dyke of the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai presents his in-house dish, the Suckling Pig dumping. If you’re looking to venture out, you’re in an incredible position to do so. The hotel is in a prime location for evening entertainment; The Bund has a stunning selection of rooftop bars to take in those spectacular views. But for something a little different, a short cab ride will take you to the French Concession. Here you’ll find low-rise buildings, quaint restaurants and western nightlife. I’d recommend checking out the bookcase at Ocho Bar Tools to see what’s hidden behind. If you’re lucky you’ll enter Speak

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Low, a fun and rustic cocktail bar serving creative cocktails and liquors. China’s Waldorf Astoria properties offer a tale of two cities. The interiors, location and culinary experiences of both flagship properties capture the essence of two contrasting reflections of contemporary China: one with a nod to the past and an exploration of tradition and one with a modern, artistic take on its home in the capital city. u

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 Rates at Waldorf Astoria Beijing start from £265 (plus VAT) per room per night for a Deluxe King Room, including breakfast. For reservations and enquiries please visit waldorfastoria.hilton.com/Beijing or call +86-010-85208989.

WALDORF ASTORIA SHANGHAI ON THE BUND

 Rates at Waldorf Astoria Shanghai start from £300 (plus VAT) per room per night, for a Deluxe King Room including breakfast. For reservations and enquiries please visit waldorfastoria.hilton.com/ Shanghai or call +86-21-63229988.

TASTE OF WALDORF ASTORIA  tasteofwaldorf.com

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tter’s Holt is a lovingly fitted Mongolian yurt, set in its own secluded field. But don't confuse this with camping, because there's no danger of being cold, wet or uncomfortable here. The beautiful yurt, with its cosy, hand-painted interior, sleeps four in comfortable beds, equipped with a wood burner plus a separate kitchen in an outhouse that also incudes a fully equipped bathroom (with hot water on demand, of course). There are lots of blankets and everything you could possibly need is supplied, thanks to owner Alan and his wife, who have created this beautiful spot as a labour of love. Roughing it this is not. There’s full privacy thanks to the secluded location: essentially, you have an entire field and a bit of forest to yourself, plus your own stream (bring wellies). There's a large dining area, a barbecue and a firepit.

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THE DAMAGE Sugar & Loaf offers Otter’s Holt Yurt from £386 for three nights (available from April – October). www.sugarandloaf.com / 01873 776238.

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> INTERIOR INSPIRATIONS – CUSHIONS, RUGS AND COFFEE

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CHINA LIGHT Bone china lampshades create the loveliest creamy light and these beautifully crafted ones are designed to be hung at different lengths. This stylish cluster will bring a warm glow to any setting. Fin grouping of seven pendants, £1,079 originalbtc.com

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Modern ideas, designs and styles for your home Wo r d s p e n d l e h a r t e

HEALS

Print cushions from £45; heals.com

ANTHROPOLOGIE

Folding Fans cushion £48; anthropologie.com

DONNA WILSON

Field Day Cusion in Dusk £75; scp.co.uk

GRAHAM & GREEN

Appliqued character cushions, £39; grahamandgreen.co.uk

Floor show ELEANOR PRITCHARD Wool cushions, £110; eleanorpritchard.com

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Beldi Rugs Some of the world’s most beautiful rugs hail from Morocco in the 1970s. Original Beni Ourain rugs were hand-woven at home by women and handed down through families as heirlooms – so each piece is unique and will last forever. They’re becoming increasingly hard to find, and shrouded in misinformation – as well as poor copies – but the team at Beldi is dedicated to supplying only the most beautiful and authentic pieces, sourced personally in Essouira. beldirugs.com

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MIDCENTURY DESIGN

Modern Shows Love Scandinavian and American Modernism, European Bauhaus, British, French and German Industrial? Find them all at the celebrated Midcentury Modern show that returns this month and sees folk from all over London flocking to Dulwich. 19 March 2017; modernshows.com

HAPPY & CO

Double Bay cushions, £45; happyandco.com

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futuremaps Hanging maps on walls is an enduring tradition, but the new world maps from Future Mapping Co raise the bar with their beautiful glossy finish, vivid colours and contemporary feel. We like the green Future Map with its correct proportions, as well as the new Berlin city map and this colourful UK rendering. futuremaps.com

VERSACE

Gvardian cushion £POA; versace.com

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Geo Cushion, £55; skandium.com

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Chemex The only coffee maker to have a place at the Museum of Modern Art is the Chemex, a simple drip-filter brewer that’s become a design classic. With its wooden belt and hourglass curve, this beautiful glass vessel is as stylish today – in a laboratory chic way – as it was when first produced in 1941. From £37, hasbean.com

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Square Alex Cushion, £95; anna-lisasmith.com

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TOP SHOPS

Handblock cushions, £45; indiamayhome.co.uk

designmuseum Possibly the most exciting thing about the Design Museum’s new home in Kensington is the shop. Or more accurately, the shops, because there are two. They stock carefully curated edits of design classics from over 100 brands, ranging from fashion to homewares, gifts and novelties as well as lots of books. 224- 238 Kensington High Street, W8 designmuseum.org

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talian linen expert Frette has opened a new London store, in collaboration with Britt Moran and Emiliano Salci of Dimore Studio. Located on South Audley Street, in the heart of the city’s most distinguished retail quarter, the boutique showcases the brand’s traditionally sophisticated aesthetic. Shop for vintage glassware, vases and found objects - alongside a signature and seasonal collection of bed linens, bath linens, home décor and nightwear.  43 South Audley Street, W1 eu.frette.com

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his is shaping up to be a stellar year for Italian brand Kartell, who opened their first London flagship store earlier this year. Described as a ‘mini department store,’ the shop is home to the brand’s Habitat lines as well as the table range, home fragrances and fashion collections. Expect plenty of plastic and a playful take on design, with pieces playing homage to the late designer Ettore Sottsass and his signature colorful geometric forms.  223 Brompton Road, SW3 kartell.com

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ith a long list of luxury residences and yacht interiors to his name, Salvagni has already attracted a dedicated clientele for his designs on both sides of the Atlantic, and now has opened a flagship gallery space in Mayfair. The Roman architect-turned-furniture designer makes use of a generous stock of skilled craftsmen, who create made-to-order pieces with a modernist touch, created with finely-worked materials such as mahogany, rosewood, royal oak and laurel. Also worth noting are his striking lighting designs, made with big, bold brass work.  12 Grafton Street, W1 achillesalvagni.com

esign fans are flocking to the hotly-anticipated new Design Museum in Kensington. The multimillion-pound, state-of-the-art development covers product, industrial, graphic, fashion and architectural design, but its two exciting new stores are also a must-visit for design-conscious Londoners. One offers a curated edit of design books and objects from established brands and emerging designers, while the second, larger shop - designed by John Pawson - includes everything from furniture to ceramics. We’re big fans of the chairs and tables from Scandi brand HAY, vases from Studio Arhoj and lamps from Paul Smith, but the array of Nuuna graphic notebooks and The School of Life paperweights make great gifts too.  224 Kensington High Street, W8 designmuseumshop.com

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4 utch design brand Moooi has put down permanent roots in the British capital with the opening of its centrally-located brand store in May this year. The showroom offers a slice of Moooi’s impressive design theatrics, which are put on display each year at the Dutch brand’s spectacular Salone del Mobile showcase in Milan. In store, customers will find the 15-year-old brand’s classic pieces alongside its latest printed carpets. Among 2016’s new furniture and lighting introductions are showstoppers by British designers such as Paul Cocksedge and Ross Lovegrove as well as London-based architect and designer Umut Yamac.  23 Great Titchfield Street, W1 moooi.com

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Duncan Terrace, Islington, N1 A 2 bedroom apartment with patio and shared garden Set over the entire lower floor of an impressive period house, this well presented apartment features 2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception room, kitchen, private patio and communal garden in a fantastic, central Islington location. EPC: D. Approximately: 933 sq ft (86.7 sq m).

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Witley Court, Bloomsbury WC1N A two bedroom 5th floor apartment for sale in the heart of Bloomsbury.   Witley Court is a superbly maintained period mansion block situated just moments away from Russell Square Undergound Station. The apartment itself is positioned on the fifth floor and comprises two double bedrooms, living room, separate kitchen and newly refurbished bathroom. EPC:D.   Approximately 63.9 sq m (688 sq ft).    Leasehold Guide price: £875,000 KnightFrank.co.uk/kingscross  

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INTERVIEW

Dan Gray THE 27-YEAR-OLD £80M HOMES BUILDER

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an Gray joined a building firm as a trainee at 17 but now constructs some of London’s most prestigious new homes developments. So how did he do it? Absolutely London decided to find out and our first port of call was developer Bellway Homes which, we discovered, employs an extraordinary person called Dan Gray.
He’s 27 years old and joined the company ten years ago as a trainee but is now one of its site project managers.
While most of his peer group are working their way up the ranks, Dan is now one of the most senior construction workers in London, responsible for sites with budgets running into the tens of millions. We just had to meet him. How did you get to be successful so young? I’ve been with Bellway for ten years and started out as a trainee, studying firstly at college for a BTEC Diploma and then progressing to a degree in Construction Management at Anglia Ruskin university, working four days a week and studying one day a week. When I first started out it was a trainee role doing all the jobs that the site managers and project managers didn’t want to do like the paperwork, but it taught me how to run an office and get a site up and running. From there I progressed from that role to different housing sites including traditional timber frame houses and flats and then on to more high-end spec properties in London, which are reinforced concrete frames - so taller, much more complex buildings on a bigger scale and featuring

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higher build costs. My first role as a project manager was at New Festival Quarter in Poplar where I started out as a site manager and then got promoted. I ran Phase II of the scheme which was the final block of 175 two and three bedroom apartments and three- bedroom penthouse units in a big tower. The whole site was 510 units and took five years to build and cost £75-£80m to build. Then we started a scheme in Nine Elms, Vauxhall, where I also worked as a project manager before moving over to The River Gardens in Greenwich, which is right on the river. What do you do all day? My role is to oversee the organisation of the development and ensure that its construction sticks to the program, and that we get what we

“My role is to oversee the organisation of the development and ensure that its construction sticks to the timetable and program” need when we need it. My other big responsibilities is health and safety on site. We can have 170 people working on site during a busy day so I’ve got to ensure they’re all in the right place at the right time when we need them. I also have to deal with all the sub-contractors’ project managers and brief them on what we are expecting from them, which they will then relay back to their employees on site. How long do these developments take to build? For example here at River Gardens we’re working on Phase I which includes 170 apartments, we started on demolition six months ago, and we’ll probably be finished by 2020 so all in all they take three to four years. What’s changed the most in construction since you started out? The way that builders get involved in local communities; that’s changed. And I think builders concentrate a lot more about their customer these days. What are you most proud of so far? One of my developments, New Festival Quarter, I won a Pride in the Job award from the NHBC for the final phase there for two years in a row. u

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FORMER SAATCHI GALLERY £3.65M

FA M O U S P L AC E S by N I G E L L E W I S

London hides a plethora of celebrity homes. These are the most recent to come on the market

FIRST HOME TO HIRST AND THE YBAS MAYFAIR PENTHOUSE £5.25M

WHERE THE FIRST SUPERCHEF WORKED HIS MAGIC

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eter Langan was a hard drinking celebrity restauranteur and chef with famous friends in high places and a reputation for insulting many of his diners. This might not sound like the recipe for what was one of the UK’s most successful restaurants – Langan’s Brasserie in London’s Mayfair, the rich and famous queued to dine at his restaurant. Actor

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Michael Caine was a partner in the business which opened in 1976 and, at its zenith during the late 1970s and 1980s, was the place to be seen. Each day up to 700 diners a day would pass through its doors. Langan’s Brasserie continues today even though its founder died in 1988 aged just 42. His former office on Maddox Street, which is a five-minute walk from the restaurant, has been converted into flats by Amazon. Property and a four-bedroom, twofloor penthouse remains for sale, at £5.25 million. More information from Knight Frank (020 3811 2378).

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o you remember when Damien Hirst and his fellow Young British Artists or YBAs were all over the papers, and the British contemporary art market boomed? Hirst became almost instantly world famous for exhibiting a 14-ft dead tiger shark preserved in formaldehyde. None of this would have been possible without the patronage of former advertising man Charles Saatchi, who opened a gallery in 1985. Its first incarnation, in North London, was a former paint factory and is where the first show, called Freeze, was mounted during 1992 featuring many of the YBAs and included Hirst’s infamous shark. The Saatchi gallery has since moved on, and the site was redeveloped recently into luxury apartments. One is for sale at the moment with three bedrooms, three bathrooms and decked roof terrace. It’s for sale at £3.65 million via Savills (020 3043 3600).

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ALBANY YARD EXTERIOR £1.35M

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f you fancy literally rubbing shoulders with the rich, powerful and famous, then head for Albany House, an extraordinary block of flats featured in several famous novels that has also been a celebrity hangout for over two hundred years. The property, which is off Piccadilly in central London, is currently home to actor Terence Stamp and photographer Lord Snowdon. Built in 1774 as a mansion for a debauched but blue-blooded family before being redeveloped into 69 smaller ‘chambers’ in 1803 and described by Country Life magazine as ‘one of London’s most exclusive addresses’. Until recently flats could only be sold to people vetted by a committee while pets, children and photography are still not allowed. Agents Strutt & Parker (020 7235 9959) has a two-bedroom, one reception room apartment for sale within the building on a 20-year lease for £1.35m.

PULLMAN COURT £375K

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his modernist block of flats is where cross-dressing stand-up comedian, actor and ultra-marathon runner Eddie Izzard once lived while he got his career off the ground. Pullman Court is a Grade II* listed building and was constructed in 1936 to a design by Frederick Gibberd which is considered to be one of the finest modernist buildings in the UK. For several years until 1997, Izzard lived in a one-bedroom apartment within the complex which at one point he shared with former Labour MP and Housing Minister Keith Hill. Pullman Court is in Streatham Hill, South London and is where Izzard spent many years honing his comedic skills. A refurbished two-bedroom apartment is currently for sale within the building with agent The Modern House (020 3795 5920) for £375,000.

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hen actress Keira Knightley was filming 2005’s bonnet buster Pride & Prejudice she was living in a three-bedroom apartment she’d bought as a London bolthole. The property, which is on the third and fourth floors of a Georgian terrace on Hyde Park Square in central London, is where she and Pride & Prejudice co-star Rupert Friend got it on after the two met during filming. The couple went on to be an item, dating from 2005 until 2010. But such hectic work schedules took their toll and, after reportedly hardly ever seeing each other as they worked at different ends of the globe, not to mention the attention of paparazzi, they split. The apartment where their doomed love affair played out can now be rented for £1,250 a week via agent Knight Frank (020 7871 5070).

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King Edward's Road, E9

020 7254 7554

£800,000 Queensbridge Road, E2

Nestled between London Fields and Victoria Park is this substantial three bedroom, two bathroom upper-maisonette. The property offers 1184sqft (110sqm) of living space spread across the top three floors of an excellently maintained Victorian conversion.

Overlooking Regent's Canal is this generously proportioned one bedroom apartment with balcony. The property, presented in excellent decorative order, is situated on the water's edge and comprises an open-plan living area, a double bedroom and three piece bathroom suite.

Share of Freehold

Graham Road, E8

Leasehold

£650 per week Queensbridge Road, E8

A bright and spacious split level three bedroom apartment set within this Victorian Conversion. The property has a spacious communal hallway entrance, three good sized double bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large lounge and a wonderful kitchen/diner leading on to a lovely garden.

Furnished

£485,000

£390 per week

A beautifully presented, one bedroom apartment to rent on the top floor of this period conversion. The property offers a bright reception room with painted original floors, high ceilings, large double bedroom, good size fitted kitchen and bathroom with shower over bath and private garden area.

Unfurnished

*Additional fees payable at the start of the tenancy - £120 inc vat admin fee per property and £60 inc vat reference fee per person. A check out fee is payable at the end of the tenancy, price varies on property size.

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Chatsworth Road, E5

020 8986 2743

£1,100,000 Lockhurst Street, E5

BlakeStanley have the pleasure in offering to the market this three storey four bedroom Victorian house located on the ever changing Chatsworth Road moments from the open green spaces of Millfields Park.

Presented to the market in good decorative order is this three bedroom end of terraced Victorian family home located on this popular tree lined street just off Chatsworth Road.

Freehold

Elmcroft Street,

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£725 per week Sky Apartments, E9

A brilliant opportunity to rent this beautiful four bedroom house located moments from Chatsworth Road. The house consists of a double reception, a large kitchen diner with doors leading onto the garden, upstairs leads to a bathroom and four double bedrooms

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£885,000

£300 per week

A well-presented studio apartment located within this newly built canal side block which is just moment from the green open spaces of Hackney marshes. The apartment comprises an open planned living area with fitted kitchen, bedroom area and shower room.

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*Additional fees payable at the start of the tenancy - £120 inc vat admin fee per property and £60 inc vat reference fee per person. A check out fee is payable at the end of the tenancy, price varies on property size.

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Most satisfying transaction

HOUSE HUNTING

Helping an elderly vendor downsize from a house to a suitable flat, guiding her through the process, she penned a letter of thanks to us (we usually get thank you emails these days).

Most interesting property by ALEX DOLLEY SALES MANAGER Hamptons, City & West End

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Finest property showcase: 'Infinity House', Britton Street EC1 £7,999,950. A Grade II Listed, Georgian house situated in prime central Clerkenwell. The property features six bedrooms and bathrooms, a cinema room, swimming pool, spa and two roof terraces offering spectacular views St Pauls, the Shard and the roof tops of Clerkenwell.

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Q&A THOMAS HOLMES SALE S MANAG ER Foxtons

How long have you been in this area? Best part of 10 years! Initially I worked for our London Bridge office - I do love this stretch of the riverbank with all of its diverse properties, great pubs and restaurants, and buzzing atmosphere.

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Royal Albert Wharfis located London’s most talked about regeneration zone - Royal Docks. Royal Albert Wharf is a new wave of homes built to suit the needs and budgets of the urban Londoner. The development will transform a disused site into a new riverside community with over 1500 new homes. SAVILLS

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What are your favourite properties right now? A two-bedroom flat in Landmark Tower, E14, for giving the feeling of having the whole of Canary Wharf at your fingertips.

Market predictions for the coming months? Canary Wharf continues to be one of the biggest financial districts in Europe, and it only gains popularity with professional buyers who work locally or in the City. With the recent increase in family-friendly amenities on top of existing infrastructure, it is safe to say that the borough of Tower Hamlets is becoming one of the most attractive places to live in London.

EXPERT ADVICE by WILL COPELAND LETTINGS MANAGER, SHOREDITCH

What have you learnt recently about the local market? As a West End agent moving east, going from Portobello Road to Brick Lane, I knew there were going to be stark differences in the local lettings markets. One fundamental insight I’ve taken from managing our lettings department in Shoreditch, is the speed at which areas can change. Shoreditch and the City are being redeveloped at an astonishing rate; the impressive infrastructure has meant that once undesirable addresses are now becoming hotspots for investors and tenants searching for homes close to the City. Dream warehouse conversions are so popular that once people secure them, they tend to stay in them for a long time, giving them rarity. However, we also find that new builds are popular with corporate tenants who want the amenities they offer, such as on-site gyms, pools and car parking. We have an eclectic mixture of properties available through our office, and there’s truly something to suit everyone. MARSH & PARSONS

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MEET THE TE AM K E ATO N S S H O R E D I TC H

“For giving the feeling of having the whole of Canary Wharf at your fingertips” FOXTONS

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NICK VERDI

CHRIS MAUGHAN

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SALES CONSULTANT

I joined Keatons 2004 as trainee having previously worked as a tax accountant and studied electronic engineering. I lived on the outskirts of London, so East London was a real change for me. Thirteen years later I manage the Shoreditch office and know East London like the back of my hand.

I started my property career in Brighton almost twelve years ago. I decided to move to East London two years ago and joined Keatons in Shoreditch. It’s great to work in such a creative and diverse area which is full of a wide range of home styles. There is so much going on in and around Shoreditch, I’m usually always here!

I started at Keatons as a trainee in April 2015. I was completely new to the East London property market but since then I have been firmly gripped into all of which Shoreditch has to offer. Keatons have provided me the platform to develop my career immensely whilst my job role has continuously progressed.

KEATONS SHOREDITCH / 020 3535 7788 / keatons.com

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I N T H E I R OW N WO R D S

Daniel Fox Lettings Manager at Knight Frank Islington gives his insight into London's lettings market Photography by TA M A R VA N D E R H O E K

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fter studying a Masters Degree in Sport Psychology, I went on to work for some world renowned sports clubs and had some amazing experiences. However making a living was tough and in 2011 I decide that I was going to make the move into the London property market. I believed that this was the perfect place for me to start a new career. The central London lettings market opened up some great opportunities, and I haven’t looked back since. I spent four years in the Shoreditch area at a prominent estate agency and then moved to manage another of their offices in London Bridge. I was lucky enough to work in some of the coolest most prosperous areas London had to offer. Moreover, I got to meet and see a vast array of diverse people and property. In late 2016 I felt that I had achieved everything I could in my current role and was once again looking outwards for a new challenge. Knight Frank not only matched my ambition but also have provided me with a fantastic platform for me to achieve everything that I want. I have been

truly shocked how large their global reach is but moreover how much their employees love working for them. Since taking over their Islington office, I am now closer to my beloved Arsenal FC and grateful that during every home match, the players stay in the Hilton next my office. Furthermore, the great thing about Islington is it’s not only for champagne socialists, its boutiques, bars and restaurants offer something for the weekend whichever way you lean. In regards to the current lettings market, Landlords may feel apprehensive of what lies ahead as we head into 2017. Nobody can deny that 2016 was an unpredictable year from Brexit to the US election result. Traditionally the start of the New Year is an excellent time for corporate relocations and this year is no different. Landlords should take full advantage of the influx of the New Year Corporate Relocations by marketing their properties competitively on price and flexible on terms to attract tenants Landlords do need to understand the impact of Brexit on the Lettings market and that this is not a period where we are likely to experience rent increases. Stock levels across the market have increased, and applicants simply have more choice.However, London’s standing as the financial capital will endure and attract

“LONDON'S STANDING AS A FINANCIAL CAPITAL WILL ENDURE AND ATTRACT HIGH-CALIBRE TENANTS” high-calibre tenants. These tenants require high-quality property, and Islington offers a vast array alongside great transport links and an incredible lifestyle. This has been echoed by our start of the year as we have currently had our highest volume January on record and suggest a promising 2017. A further note of advice for all my clients is not to entertain any offers that are not a minimum of 15 months. As stated previously we aren’t predicting any increase in pricing and securing a good tenant for a sustained period is imperative.

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020 7607 5001 drivers.co.uk

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Hartham Road , Hillmarton Conservation Area, N7 | £1,980,000 A stunning five bedroomVictorian terraced house arranged over four floors.The property has been tastefully modernised yet retains much of its original charm.The accommodation comprises spacious living and entertaining space on the raised ground floor and beautiful fitted kitchen and dining room areas on the lower ground floor. Hillmarton Conservation Area | 5 Bed 3 Bath | Garden, Gym & Sauna | Dining Room & Breakfast Room | Utility Room | Freehold | EPC Rating Band: D

Parkhurst Road, Holloway, N7 | £325,000-£610,000 A stunning new development of luxury studio, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments created from within an existing period building. Located above Barclays Bank and accessed from its own entrance on Parkhurst Road, the development has a grand entrance hall and common hallways augmented by an impressive staircase. High Specification | Wired for Media & Sound | Wood Flooring | Double Glazed Windows | Easy Access to City and West End |

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Seven Sisters Road, London, N7 | £450.00 Per Week Crafted to an exacting standard is this two double bedroom, two bathroom apartments situated between Holloway and Finsbury Park.Apartment offers a wonderful reception room with wood flooring, a modern fitted kitchen with integrated appliances to include a dishwasher. Two Double Bedroom | Two Bathroom | Fitted Kitchen | Close To Local Amenities | EPC Rating: Band TBC

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Monnery Road, Dartmouth Park, N19 | £600.00 Per Week This newly refurbished three double bedroom upper maisonette with private roof terrace is situated in the heart of Dartmouth Park. Property includes: modern kitchen, spacious reception room ideal for entertaining guest or relaxing in privacy, two fully tiled bathrooms and gas central heating. Three Double Bedroom | Modern Fitted Kitchen | Gas Central Heating | Good Transport Link | EPC Rating: Band TBC

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Relatively young ‘pre-retirees’ with small or no mortgages are selling up their houses and moving into urban flats. Nigel Lewis finds out why.

f you are in your 50s, approaching retirement and living in a large house long emptied of dependent offspring, then you may be thinking about downsizing. It’s a trend that has been gaining momentum recently as an assortment of social, financial and family factors have conspired to persuade many parents to use their equity to help their children on or further up the property ladder. According to research by Savills, across the UK two-thirds of all housing wealth is tied in homes owned by retirees and approximately 55,000 people downsize each year, releasing equity of some £7 billion. In London, this equity comes in very handy. The capital’s shockingly high average price for first-time buyers – currently running at £462,600 according to online agent eMoov – means even relatively well-paid professional couples in London struggle to get on the ladder. This has created a two-tier trend of downsizing among their equity-rich parents, who have been realising that the large unmortgaged houses they live are one way to help their children out. These downsizers fall into two categories – those moving in from the countrywide to the bright lights, and those already living in London. Those moving in from outside number approximately 14,000 people every year, according to exclusive research carried out for Absolutely London magazines by Hamptons International. It also says that the most popular outer boroughs among inbound

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50-somethings are Richmond upon Thames, Croydon, Havering, Bromley, Sutton and Bexley while the most sought-after inner boroughs are Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster. "While London has long been a magnet for the young, in the last three years the number of over 50s moving to the capital has risen 9%,” says David Fell, a research analyst at Hamptons International. “The majority end up in Outer London, with two-thirds of the over 50s moving to the capital ending up in one of the 20 outer boroughs. “For most, the move is the first time they've lived in London, but there's also a large minority who are returning to the capital after a 20 or 30-year absence to live closer to their

own children,” David says that over the next few years the number of over 50s moving into London is set to increase as London’s cooling house prices shrink the price gap between the capital and the rest of the UK. And he says an increasing number of outer London developments are therefore now being marketed at older buyers as “house builders look to capture a slice of the growing grey-pound,” he says. But not everyone is inbound from the sticks. Many older home owners already living in London are downsizing to release equity for children or their pension planning, but also to be nearer children and grandchildren. Developer St James puts some astonishing figures on this emerging market. It reckons that there are nearly half a million over-55s living in Greater London who own houses with three beds or more. “Many older buyers are looking to make a move from the suburbs to retire to the city, to downsize to a new home in a central, wellconnected location without having to compromise on design,” says Sean Ellis, Chairman of St James. “Private developments are wellsuited to fulfil the lifestyle needs and aspirations of today’s retirees – and as such more are taking advantage of the broader choice on offer. “At Albert Embankment, we’re creating three schemes of extraordinary quality, offering thoughtfully-designed homes with

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on-site leisure amenities, 24-hour concierge and security, against a backdrop of globally recognisable views across Houses of Parliament and the London Eye.” Another location where downsizers are at centre stage is to be found on Muswell Hill, where developer Hill is building Woodside Square, a development of 161 one, two and three bedroom apartments, 70% of which are available exclusively to over 55s looking to downsize. Prices start at £760,000. “We’ve had a lot of interest at our Woodside Square development from people who live close by and want to downsize, and those who live in the suburbs and now want to be closer to their family and friends,” says Tony Woodman, sales director at Hill. “Downsizers’ needs are quite

“For most, the move is the first time they've lived in London, but there's also large majority who are returning to the capital after a 20 or 30-year absence to live closer to their own children ”

Interiors of a Chelsea Island living room

different to those of other buyers as they want an easy to manage, lowmaintenance home. “Their focus is on quality, a community atmosphere and location, which is what we aim to provide. “At Woodside Square, we’ve designed the apartments around communal gardens where residents can mingle as we know this appeals to over-55 buyers and the full-time concierge on site has also proved popular. Our furnished guest suite is ideal for residents with family members who wish to stay overnight.” One word developers mention less often these days is retirement. It’s a concept that in London is less fashionable, partly because many over 55s don’t see themselves as retired. Last year research by the Department of Work and Pensions found that only 17% of those over 50 were planning to stop work completely and that 39% thought to work flexibly or part time would be the best way to retire. One of the few developments that does pitch itself as a ‘retirement’ one is Chelsea Island, where sales director James Taylor of Hadley Property Group says that the desire to downsize “is perhaps the biggest trend we see with retirees”. “At Chelsea Island, we’ve noticed strong interest from the over 60s who are keen to have the best of both words: the dynamic city lifestyle in a contemporary apartment. “This trend is particularly noticeable

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with families in the suburbs, where the children have now flown the nest, and the parents are left with a substantial home and high maintenance garden to take care of. “Hassle-free living has huge appeal in this case, especially for those looking to enjoy their new-found leisure time.” Another development where over-55-year-olds are knocking at the showroom door is Charles Baker Place in Bellevue Village by Wandsworth Common in SW17. Its assortment of houses, mews homes and cottages starting at £1.295 million would put off retirees, you might think, but Nick Herrtage of developer Chester Row says he’s seen a mix of downsizers mostly from the local area selling their large homes but wanting to stay nearby because their children live there. “Unfortunately, we also find a lot of 50-somethings getting divorced and then selling up to both move into smaller homes, which is an additional form of downsizing,” he says. “Our development is proving popular with downsizers because it’s an attractive area close to the common. Also, six of the properties don’t have gardens and feature terraces instead, which many downsizers want.” And the world of downsizing comes full circle quite often, too. Nick says a lot of his customers want a property that is big enough to fit their children and grandchildren into when they invite them around for tea. u

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A unique collection of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom apartments and duplexes for the discerning city-dweller. Beautifully designed inside and out, set in the ideal location to embrace and appreciate the finest in urban living.

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REGISTER NOW THEFEATHERSTONE–EC1.CO.UK 0203 151 9656 Prices are correct at time of going to print. Computer generated image is indicative only.

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Faster. Sell or Let with Knight Frank. Our understanding of the ever-changing market enables us to price properties accurately. So whether you’re looking to buy or sell, let or rent; you can rely on Knight Frank to get you moving. Knight Frank Islington 353 Upper Street London N1 0PD 020 3657 7340 @islington_N1 islington@knightfrank.com

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