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CULTURE

11 WHAT’S ON July’s diary 19 LOCAL PROFILE Kate Summerscale on her new book

STYLE

23 FASHION NEWS The best local clobber 26 THE QUEENS OF PERSPEX Tatty Devine reveal the tricks of their trade

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36 HEALTH SPECIAL Your last chance to get in shape for summer

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51 FOOD NOTES Morsels of nourishing news 57 THE JEWEL OF ITALY Sorrento all wrapped up

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Wedding Belles I ADMIT IT: when last month’s Diamond Jubilee bank holiday drew to a close, I felt bereft. The leaking skies and gloomy clouds gave me a troubling case of the “what-now” that even my own impending wedding couldn’t shake. My nuptials seemed like small beans in the wake of Her Majesty’s prolonged celebrations - after all, my special day wouldn’t see the neighbours throwing street parties, stringing coloured bunting from window to window or donning paper masks of my face (or my partner’s - it’s not all about me) as they went their merry way rejoicing. My calendar was suddenly shockingly empty of Big Ones. It was with sweet relief therefore that I turned my attention to another looming national preoccupation, one I hadn’t previously considered: the Olympics. And for once, rather than focusing on the Londoner’s usual complaints - the sudden influx of tourists, inevitable congestion and increasingly jam-packed commute - I embraced the Games for what they really represent: another chance to get behind what makes Britain (and particularly the capital) such a great place to live, work and play in the 21st century. People are at their best when they’re getting together and sharing the good times, and the Olympics gives us the opportunity to do just that. And with events like the London 2012 Festival taking place round the corner, we don’t even have to stray far from home turf to join the fun. In a city that can sometimes seem to move too fast, and where any of us could be forgiven for feeling lost in the multitude, it’s nice to be reminded that we’re all part of something bigger and grander than ourselves. It’s also good to recall that, whatever her drawbacks, London is a veritable monarch among cities - and north London is one of the brightest jewels in her crown. This is our ‘Body Issue’, where we get in the sporting spirit and focus on health and wellbeing. You’ll find a three-page spread on new local bootcamps (p36) as well as a detailed report from Lime Wood Hotel’s ‘Welly Bootcamp’ in the picturesque heart of the New Forest (p52). We’ve also prepared a round-up of the best detox delivery diets out there (p39) If you hadn’t started already (if you’ve been too busy with all that toasting), it’s time for the beach-body countdown. If you’re off on holiday soon, head straight to this month’s fashion shoot for some serious globetrotting style inspiration (p28). Oh and I did get married in the end; I had a blast. Wishing you all a very happy July!

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BEX Fragrances BEX London is a new collection of androgynous scents that each represent a different part of the city. N6 embodies our neck of the woods; capturing the elegance of Highgate Village and the wilderness of Hampstead Heath. Top notes consist of bergamot, English fruit and pink pepper mellowing to rose, jasmine, caramel, amber and sandalwood. £81 for 100ml, zuneta.com

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Pantone Folding Chair The regimented style of the Pantone colour chart system has found its way into all kinds of contemporary interior design and accessories. Available in seven colours, these folding chairs are a unique addition to the ever-growing range. Pitctured colour: turquoise, £49, foundhomestore.co.uk

Penguin Book Covers Penguin are celebrating the 150th anniversary of author Edith Wharton’s birth with the launch of a collection of her novels in couture-inspired Deluxe Edition. The beautiful cover was even designed by fashion illustrator Richard Gray for Alexander McQueen. £14.99, penguin.co.uk

Luxury Bento Box 2012 is a year of celebration, not least for Nobu London - the luxury sushi restaurant - which celebrates 15 years in business. To coincide with their anniversary, Nobu have launched their Luxury Bento Box, which boasts an impressive three tiers of mouth-watering dishes such as king crab ginger salsa and sweet shrimp sashimi. £250 for 2 people, noburestaurants.com

The Conran Shop Scented Candles Some say that the purchase of a scented candle as a gift shows a distinct lack of imagination, but there’s no denying that the industry is now a very high-end and competitive one. The Conran Shop have recently launched their own line of eight scented candles designed by eponymous founder Sir Terence Conran. Pictured English Oak, £28: conranshop.co.uk, 55 Marylebone High St, W1U 5HS

Bird Dress Bird print is this season’s surprise trend - gracing everything from jewellery to dresses and brollies. The feminine cut of this oh-so-pretty dress from Oliver Bonas has got us all in a flutter. £69, oliverbonas.com, 147-148 Upper Street, N1 1RA

My Cool Shed The sheds, studios and workspaces that make up this fantastic new book, My Cool Shed are about as far removed from your dad’s DIY shed as you can get. There’s over 35 creative hubs including a remote Norwegian cabin, a Californian art studio and - closer to home - the innovative Village Underground and Hackney Shed. £14.99, anovabooks.com

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MUSIC Piano Recital at Burgh House

8 JULY Burgh House are always dependable for a host of classical and contemporary concerts throughout the summer. July’s highlight is the Swiss/Thai pianist Nina Leo, who will be performing a solo piano recital of Bach, Bartok, Debussy, Haydn and Liszt. 10am – 2.30pm £8 on the door/£5 advance. Info and booking: ninaleo_@hotmail.com/07877562850, burghhouse.org.uk

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TRACTION 14 JULY Traction is London’s newest festival, which will run this month as part of the numerous events in London to celebrate the 2012 Games. The new one-day festival, sponsored by Eurostar, is curated by DJ Gilles Peterson (pictured) and has a stellar line-up that focuses on European acts. Traction is the first event to take place in the new Granary Square site, part of the urban regeneration at King’s Cross. Tickets £20, eurostartraction.com

ZOO LATES THROUGHOUT JULY The hugely successful Zoo Lates at ZSL London are back this summer. A unique opportunity to experience the famous zoo at night every Friday throughout June and July, there’s a plethora of wild entertainment from improvised comedy in the aquarium to Twisted Cabaret in the amphitheatre. There’s also the chance to discover the animals with feedings and demonstrations throughout the evening. zsl.org

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THE YELLOW WALLPAPER UNTIL 21 JULY This new exhibition at Camden’s Cob Gallery is based on the 1892 Gothic short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, which charts a young woman’s devastating descent into madness at the hands of her physician husband. Six contemporary female artists, inspired by the story, have created their own individual responses to the feminist polemic. cobgallery.com

WRITING BRITAIN AT BRITISH MUSEUM 11 MAY - 25 SEPTEMBER Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands is the British Museum’s major summer exhibition, exploring literature inspired by unique places, towns and cities across the UK; from Penny Lane to Platform 9 ¾, during the last 1,000 years. The exhibition will showcase a literary map of the British Isles and highlight how writers including Shakespeare and Walter Scott and John Lennon have recorded the changing spaces of the British Isles in some of their greatest literary works. bl.uk/writingbritain

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BRUCE BEASLEY 28 JUNE - 25 AUGUST Pangolin London is one of the city’s only galleries dedicated to exhibiting sculpture and will host the first major solo exhibition of acclaimed American sculptor Bruce Beasley this summer. Beasley’s dramatic cubic sculptures explore the simple beauty of shape as well as the subjects of mass and geometry. pangolinlondon.com

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NEW TOHOKU: A TRADITION OF PERFECTION BROUGHT TO LIFE FOR YOU 11 - 15 JULY Tohoku was once a thriving manufacturing region of Japan devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Today the area is recovering well – in part due to the remarkable partnerships which have come about between overseas investors, local designers and craftspeople. Asia House have put together a unique exhibition this month, showcasing an array of products from the region including ceramics, furniture, fashion, gadgets and traditional craft items. renewtohoku.org

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HENRY V AT HAMPSTEAD THEATRE 3 - 21 JULY Propeller are back at Hampstead Theatre after their sell-out double bill of Richard III and The Comedy of Errors last summer. The internationally acclaimed allmale company is renowned for engaging its audience’s imagination and bringing fresh understanding to classic plays. Henry V tells the tale of the greatest British warrior in English folklore and Propeller brings its own unique take on one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. Thrilling and deeply moving, Henry V marks the beginning of a journey that takes us from the corridors of Westminster to the fields of France in an evening of unforgettable power. hampsteadtheatre.com, 13

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he meteoric ascent of Kate Summerscale is a tale well-told in British publishing circles. Formerly a literary editor at The Times newspaper, Summerscale published her first book, The Queen of Whale Cay, in 1998. Warmly received by readers and critics (and winner of a Somerset Maugham Award), it marked her out as a promising writer - but it was with the launch of her second book, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, or, The Murder at Hill Road House, that Summerscale became one of the best known and loved authors in the country. The book, which tells the true story of the murder of a young boy from a middle class Victorian family and the tortuous hunt for his killer (or killers), proved as gripping as it was grisly, and picked up plaudit after plaudit as a result. Its crowning glory came when it took the prestigious Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction in 2008. Bestseller status soon followed and Hampstead-based Summerscale became one of the British book industry’s most illustrious stars. Summerscale’s latest work, the similarly compelling Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace, was published in May, and revisits the Victorian era so expertly conjured in The Suspicions of Mr Whicher. At the core of the book is the true story of a Victorian wife who committed some of her most intimate and ardent romantic transgressions - whether real or imagined - to paper, and who was subsequently discovered and divorced by her husband in a very public fashion. Mrs Robinson’s downfall is movingly retold, meticulously researched and, in a move that is fast proving a Summerscale trademark, set against a story of shifting social attitudes that serves to absorb the reader just as much as the actions of the tale’s main protagonists. Elegantly written, keenly considered and eschewing any hint of salaciousness or sensationalism, it’s a superb book - so we were very happy to be able to chat to the author about its genesis.

So when you started digging, there was never any certainty that the trail would last – it could have tailed off at any moment? Exactly, and it was the same with Mr Whicher. I never know how the story will end when I first start to do research, it’s always a bit of a leap of faith. If I find something interesting I just keep investigating and seeing where the story leads. I never imagined that Isabella Robinson’s story would take me where it did. In essence, you become a bit of a detective yourself, like many of the main characters in the books – trying to piece together the truth from these little shreds of evidence. Yes, I suppose so! Your books tend to tell two stories, tying together very neatly the personal histories of the people involved with the social and cultural context in which they lived. Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace is as much a tale of Victorian attitudes towards freedom, sexuality and relationships as it is the story of one woman’s moral ‘transgressions’. That’s one of the things that was so fascinating; the more I learned about the

And along the way you introduce us to all these incredible characters, whose personalities and lives you seem to assemble so convincingly. It must be a real gift to a storyteller… Thank you! At the start I had no idea of the involvement of so many of these people. Like George Combe [founding father of the popular Victorian ‘science’ of phrenology, whereby a tactile reading of the shape and dimensions of a person’s skull was used to analyse their personality and predict their behaviour], I didn’t know he was involved at all until I came across a reference to him in a letter. So I started to explore his archived correspondence and came across all these letters – not just from him but from other people – in which people were discussing the case and the characters involved. Suddenly I had all these new angles. It sounds like a huge amount of work. How long did it take you to research and write the book? Both books took about three years. You live in West Hampstead – do you write at home? What’s your routine? I do write at home. When I first gave up my job, I was so worried that I used to be very strict with myself and force myself to go to libraries to work! I still do a lot of research at places like the British Library and the National Archives at Kew. But mostly I write at home. I’m fortunate for a writer in that my son is at primary school and I have most of the day to work.

“I’ve lived here for twelve years; my parents live in Hampstead and my grandparents lived there before them, so I have a lot of affection for the area”

How did you discover the story of Isabella Robinson? I came across a reference to it, just a short account of the case, when I was researching The Suspicions of Mr Whicher. It was pretty sketchy, but it immediately fascinated me – this story of a diary being used as proof of adultery; also the story of the defence, which was that Isabella Robinson was mad rather than an adulterer. So afterwards I went and searched for newspaper reports from the time, trying to get more information. It was nice actually, because while I was still working on Mr Whicher, I kept going back to [the Isabella Robinson story], to see if there was enough for a book. It gave me another outlet.

case the more I saw this diary as a key to understanding the wider situation. Diary writing had become so popular in the 19th century, especially among women of a certain background, and at first it was just assumed that a diary was a private record, like a letter to oneself. And then along comes this very high profile divorce case where a diary is argued by one side to be incriminating, and by the other to be at least partly fiction. There were these great fears about women’s sexuality and freedom that really came to the fore during this case.

What are your favourite things in the local area? I’ve lived here for twelve years; my parents live in Hampstead and my grandparents lived there before them, so I have a lot of affection for the area. My son goes to school locally, and I have my favourite places: I love The Kitchen Table, on the corner of Mill Road, and of course the heath, which is just within striking distance. I walk everywhere! Finally, what’s next? Do you have a new story in the works yet? I have a few ideas for possible projects, nothing Victorian this time. But first I have some talks to give in the next few months, and The Telegraph are printing excerpts from Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace over the next few days. But really, right now I’m just enjoying the lull between books! mrsrobinsonsdisgrace.com

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FASHION NEWS Happy shopper What do overnight stays, laundry runs and days spent perusing your local boutiques have in common? All are made much more enjoyable by the addition of a roomy summer shopper that can accommodate all your necessaries and still look stylish on the shoulder. Rejoice, then, that this saucy little red, white and blue number by Goods of Desire is available now from über-cool Shoreditch store Culture Label. culturelabel.com, 11 Chance Street, E2 7JB

Summer must-have Jil Sander’s slick SS12 unisex sunglasses range is now available at LN-CC. We love the attention to detail - classic silhouettes come slightly oversized and in a beautiful tortoiseshell acetate with metal embellishments, making them real investment pieces... we’d wear them even in the rain. £208, LN-CC, The Basement, 18 Shacklewell Lane, E8 2EZ

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Designer of the month Dalston designer Emma Cook proved she’s worth her weight in fashion gold with a covetable SS12 collection that combined quirky designs and statement prints with sleek, stripped down structures verging on the minimalist. Fresh, fun and always contemporary, we’ll be previewing her AW12 collection (available from August) in our September issue - and we can’t wait to see what her resort collection will bring. Watch this space... emmacook.co.uk, 18 Shacklewell Lane, E8 2EZ

Dream team Two of the hottest labels of the moment, House of Holland and Superga, have joined forces to create some of the most desirable sneakers we’ve seen since canvas made its big comeback in the early noughties. Spicing up the famous Superga shape with HoH’s statement designs, the plimsolls run the gamut from mouth-watering candy colours and polka dot prints to jet black versions featuring a ‘granny chic’ crochet pattern. The range also includes super cool booties strewn with printed letters and our favourites - a platform plim with ‘Holland’ emblazoned along the side. House of Holland for Superga, office.co.uk, 100 Commercial Street, E1 6LZ

ONE TO WATCH OUT OF AFRICA

Central St Martins graduate Buki Akib, Nigerian-born and London-based, is a knitwear designer whose first menswear capsule collection was inspired by Afrobeat pioneer and all-round musical legend Fela Kuti. The fashion glitterati loved it, but where were the goodies for us girls? Wonder no longer: Akib’s latest launch is a bag collection that pays homage to Kuti’s 27 wives, combining Yoruba hand-weaving and a European pastel palette for a continental crossover triumph. We like! darkroomlondon.com, 52 Lamb’s Conduit Street, WC1N 3LL 23

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Menswear’s print revolution shows no signs of abating as we head into autumn, and some of the new wave’s most striking apparel is being produced right in our back yard. East London label Agi & Sam is fronted by two 26-year-old designers with CVs that include stints at Alexander McQueen and Karl Lagerfeld. Their A/W 2012 collection is an expert fusion of bold patterns, bright colours and carefully structured shapes - positive, playful and perfect for the man who likes to make a statement. agiandsam.com

WEBSITE OF THE MONTH: Bureau of Trade

Online shopping can be a depressingly soulless endeavour for those who like their material consumption served with a mitigating dollop of good taste and romance. Fortunately, the fine gents at Bureau of Trade are doing their damnedest to bring refinement, flavour and fun back to buying on the web, with a daily edit of the best pre-owned and vintage wares to be found on sites like eBay and Craigslist. Encompassing everything from menswear and furniture to cars, taxidermy and some rather lovely vintage timepieces, their cleverly themed (and wickedly funny) mail-outs are essential reading for anyone with a love of the characterful and unique. bureauoftrade.com

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Summer 2012 may seem like a wash-out but there’s still time, so grab yourself a pair of Folk’s light-as-afeather ‘Kieron’ driving moccasins (£180, available in navy, tan or brick red, pictured) and hit the open road. Whatever the weather, your feet are sure to think the sun is shining. folkclothing.com, 49 Lamb’s Conduit Street, WC1N 3NG or 11 Dray Walk, E1 6QL

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Tailor and clothing brand Gresham Blake has announced a collaboration with the London Cloth Company, a micro mill in Clapton. The E1 range is woven on shuttle looms in Clapton and hand-stitched in Aldgate. It will encompass bespoke, made-to-measure and ready to wear including a range of limited edition blazers and waistcoats. Many pieces will be one-off original items created from fabrics woven on antique machinery. Watch this space... greshamblake.com

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Following the successful launch of their Upper Street store last year, British label Ben Sherman has finally found its feet after a decade or two spent fluttering at the fringe of mainstream menswear relevance. As a result of this renewed vigour and rocketing popularity, the brand has recently set up shop in Spitalfields and launched a new project to boot: Modular Blanc, which will see the basement of the branch dedicated to emerging brands and designers. The best of young talent alongside Ben Sherman’s revitalised streetwear and tailoring lines? Well worth checking out. bensherman.com, 108 Commercial Street, E2 6ZY

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“At first we just made jewellery out of whatever we could find!” What is the Tatty Devine story? How did you meet and when did you start making and selling jewellery together? We met at Chelsea School of Art in 1996 where we were both studying Fine Art Painting. In our second year we lived together and worked at the V&A restaurant, and it was there that we realised we made a fantastic team. After graduation we decided to make stuff together to sell on a market stall. We started customising things, but after Harriet found bags and bags of leather sample books outside a furnishing store we started making leather cuffs. All we really wanted was to defer getting a ‘real job’ as we wanted to become painters, but within six months we were being sold in Harvey Nichols and featured in Vogue, and so Tatty Devine was born. What were some of your earliest designs? At first we just made jewellery out of whatever we could find. We had no knowledge in manufacturing, so we invented ways of making tape measures, cake decorations and plectrums into jewellery. I used to get a day return to Paris and then barter in bad French to get good prices on keyrings of the Eiffel Tower! There wasn’t really any internet then and we had no way of sourcing them any other way. In 2001 we discovered perspex shapes in a signmaker’s in New York, we made them into brooches and then found ways of making our own shapes in perspex. That was the start of Tatty Devine products as people know them today.

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up and saw a ‘to let’ sign. We rang the number and to our surprise the rent was just outside our budget, but it was a whole shop with beautiful, small red stained glass windows. We moved in just after the new year in 2000. At first it was just our studio, but over the following months people would knock on the door wanting to buy what we had on display, so we started trading as a shop and have never looked back.

What do you think of the fashion scene in London and how does this influence your jewellery? For both of us, London has always been the only place we want to be, or could possibly envisage designing in. There are really exciting fashion designers and there is such a distinct style not to be found in Paris, Milan or New York. How did you end up opening the studio on Brick Lane? When we started we were working from our bedrooms, but towards the end of 1999 we felt the need to get a space to work from. We lived on Brick Lane and spent a day walking up and down it looking for studios. We reached the end and then, feeling deflated that there was nothing around, we looked

What is your design process? Harriet and I go through what we are currently interested in and start collecting images and objects. We roughly sketch out our ideas then Harriet sits down to translate our ideas into workable drawings that the laser cutter can read and samples can be made from. Then there is the editing process and the final selection. We like our collections to have a theme and enjoy how we have created a language that we love speaking in. What are some of your all-time most popular pieces? The moustache and dinosaur necklaces and the plectrum pieces. Why did you decide to do a recent launch in silver? Was there a demand for it? We wanted to make something in a precious material that was more refined and mature; we would get a lot of comments about how people wanted to see our ideas in more expensive and precious materials. We also wanted to make jewellery for a new type of customer, something luxurious but still fun. tattydevine.com, 236 Brick Lane, E2 7EB

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GEMMA WEARS FUR COAT, £790, ZADIG & VOLTAIRE DRESS, £250, THAKOON + ADDITION COLLAR, £240, MARNI. HEADSCARF, PRICE ON REQUEST, EMILIO PUCCI CUFFS, PRICE ON REQUEST, CHARLOTTE VALKENIERS

CULTURE CLASH Ethnic-inspired prints meet brash Euro glamour PHOTOGRAPHY: MARC HIBBERT STYLIST: LUCY LONG

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THE WELCOME: The warmth of the reception is the first thing to strike visitors. As you reach the top floor – which is flooded with natural light – you are ushered into a comfortable waiting room, complete with copies of Vogue et al, and even iPads – and offered nuts with an anti-oxidant drink of your choice; detox, age defying, multi vitamin or energy. THE PEOPLE: Norman Waterhouse is one of the UK’s leading plastic surgeons. He has held a number of senior posts including President of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. Richard Young is a specialist in craniofacial surgery with a particular interest in cosmetic surgery and facial rejuvenation. The most recent addition is Dr. Michele Engel, chosen to complement the team for her unsurpassed understanding of facial structure. She is renowned for her personal approach, which is entirely in keeping with the clinic’s culture. For her the art is in subtlety and enhancement, as opposed to radical change. THE ETHOS: It is all about holistic care at Waterhouse Young. The onus is on treating individual needs, and rather than affecting a perfect symmetry or an identikit frozen face, the team focuses on augmenting natural beauty and looking at overall skin health. Treatment options available include Botox, Dermal Fillers, Dermaroller, HydraFacial and Obagi; all patients are offered a computerised skin analysis prior to treatment to identify underlying issues

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The training centres are now running a special Two Week Blitz programme to help members get in shape for the summer. Designed to maximise results in a short amount of time, the package includes 10 personal training sessions and a copy of Matt’s latest book which includes a full diet plan and recipes. mattroberts.co.uk

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3 TIPS FOR RAPID FAT LOSS FROM MATT ROBERTS 1- Eat Small Meals at Regular Intervals. Rather than eating three large meals, try to eat five-seven smaller meals and snacks throughout the day. This will help you regulate your hunger and provide a steady flow of energy, meaning you will not be so tempted to start snacking. 2- Drink Water or Green Tea. Fruit juice and fizzy drinks are laden with calories which will promote fat storage; while they will provide you with a short-term burst of energy, in the longterm they will leave you feeling tired and lethargic. Keeping hydrated by consuming enough water helps prevent hunger pangs and burns fat more efficiently, whilst consuming green tea has an added advantage of enhancing your metabolism - making you burn more fat at rest. 3- Bodyweight Exercise Can Get Results. Squats, lunges and press-ups from the knees are all great exercises for getting in shape. Not only this- they are a great starting point for the inexperienced exerciser or if you are just getting back in to a routine. Matt Roberts Personal Training offer bespoke personal training in four luxurious London centres. For more information, please contact info@mattroberts.co.uk.

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The unique meal delivery service from Raw Fairies is for those completely committed to a serious diet shake-up, or fans of the raw-food movement. Gourmet raw food chef Anya Ladra and her team create a daily menu of innovative, botanical cuisine made from raw and living organic plant foods. The meals are devised using special processes such as soaking, sprouting and dehydrating. The taste is, admittedly, an acquired one (getting accustomed to cold food is definitely a challenge) but the meals are surprisingly filling and the results incredible. Though the diet aids energy levels and hormone imbalance, the rapid weight loss (and low day commitment, starting from three days) makes it perfect for brides counting down to their big day. From £22.50 a day, rawfairies.com

Rather than a simple agenda to lose weight, Nosh Detox Delivery offer the whole package. Their unique service is based on founder Geeta Sidhu-Robb’s personal experience and food issues. Once a corporate lawyer, Sidhu-Robb’s life took a dramatic turn when her baby son developed multiple food allergies and anaphylaxis, spending much of his first 18 months in hospital. Sidhu-Robb developed her own solutions using nutritious, balanced meals and alternative therapies and even qualified as a healer and Medical Intuitive. This resulted in the creation of Nosh Detox Delivery, which profiles clients health issues and delivers a bespoke, nutritional programme to their home or office. So far, Nosh are the only company in the world to provide such a service. Now that’s pretty special. For prices see and information see noshdetox.com

3. PURIFYNE ALKALINE CLEANSE Best for: Detoxing

It was quite a surprise to open our first Purifyne Detox bag to uncover - amongst the many bottles of juices and soups - a loofah, a whole host of supplements and a pH level strip. The Alkaline Cleanse diet goes beyond regular weight loss and looks to redress acidic imbalance in the body caused by external factors such as caffeine, sugar, pollutants and stress. The chlorophyllenhanced juices, though a rather off-putting shade of ‘swampy green’, are essential to lower acidity and balance pH. The range of vegetable juices and supplements, plus a

helpful daily tips email, makes the service (which ranges from 3 - 14 days) an invaluable tool in a total health re-evaluation. Prices start from £235, purifyne.com

4. THE PURE PACKAGE Best for: Busy lifestyles

Celebrity favourite the Pure Package supplies delicious, freshly-prepared meals direct to your door. The award-winning programmes vary according to client requirement; from standard ‘weight loss’ to ‘healthy skin & ageing’, ‘training support’ and even ‘pre & post baby’. No fuss and no gimmicks, the Pure Package was derived from founder Jennifer Irvine’s experience growing up in rural Ireland with an abundance of fresh food and produce at her disposal. The meals are a lifesaver for those bound by busy work schedules and this is one of the easier diet plans to follow on the market. Prices from £399.50, purepackage.com

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The word ‘detox’ can strike fear into the heart of even the most devoted of dieters. The meals created by Detox Kitchen, however, are genuinely satisfying and tasty and won’t leave you craving stodgy dinners or sugary snacks. The diet box, which arrives every morning, provides three meals, supplements, herbal tea, snacks and a shot of wheatgrass (the least appealing of the lot). The whole kit is created by a team of nutritionists, holistic chefs and detox experts and avoids toxic ingredients such as red meat, sugar, artificial additives and dairy, so you’re safe in the knowledge that everything provided is the best for your health. From £29.99 a day, detoxkitchen.co.uk

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BOTTOM’S UP Helen Baron road tests EF Medispa’s ‘Three Weeks to Chic’ package

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hree weeks until I go to Ibiza and I need to get my rear into gear. Literally. EF Medispa are offering a bottom-improvement package with my name on it... so I rock up and drop my kecks. My lovely therapist, Fleur, is going to primp and prime my bottom into shape. Acoustic Wave Therapy (AWT) is now one of the most popular forms of treatment for cellulite. Madonna loves it so much she has her own machine - now EF are paving the way for beauty clinics everywhere, combining AWT with the newest treatment machine on the block, the Cellactor, which delivers the same cellulite-busting action plus fat mobilisation for body contouring, skin tightening and firming. My fat cells better brace themselves for a shake-up. Here’s the science-y bit: in a study by Storz medical, the equipment developers found that after treatment 95% of clients reported smoother skin surface while 84% reported firmer legs. As for body-shaping, 72% of clients experienced a reduction of 2.5-7cm in the circumference of their thighs! I can’t wait to get going. AWT accelerates the lymphatic flow, stimulating metabolic activity and encouraging fat breakdown by working on the connective fibrous walls which trap fat and toxins. It gives me a slightly odd sensation as it penetrates far beyond my skin’s surface to the fat layers beneath. Mercilessly, it doesn’t hurt. The Cellactor machine, Fleur tells me, sounds like a jackhammer. “Good to know,” I say, wishing I’d taken up with a personal trainer instead. And I can’t lie: as Fleur fires the machine up, I feel nervous. The treatment gives an unsettling feeling and I bite my lip throughout. As it draws to a close - and just as I’m about to give myself an almighty pat on

the back - Fleur tells me that she turned the dial to just below two - a lot of her clients have it cranked up to five. Great. Despite my valiant efforts, I am, it seems, a wuss. The radio frequency is probably the most relaxing of all the procedures, giving a warming feeling, but it soon heats up and there are moments of discomfort. I wonder how the women who make up EF’s evergrowing list of regular clients manage more

intense settings without sending their cortisol levels through the roof. Fleur finishes my first treatment by massaging my legs - and despite those moments of discomfort, first impressions are pretty good. Maybe I was looking in a flattering mirror but my bum looked so smooth, I couldn’t really see any cellulite. Best of all, the results really do seem to get better and better - with each new session my bum looks smoother and perkier. By the final treatment I’ve even come to enjoy the jackhammer noise - it conveniently slots into the equation that hard work equals results. Well, it may not be hard work, but it sure sounds like it. The whole process, I am told, increases blood-flow to treated areas - which produces fresh and thicker bands of collagen. Used for orthopedic conditions such as tendon and muscle disorders, the machines will apparently be in use at the Olympics for muscle and corrective tissue tightening in athletes. Ooh-er. By my last session I’m wishing I had the time to fit this into my life regularly. It definitely makes a difference - it even spurs you to stick at your exercise regime so that you can flagrantly bask even more in the glory of a gifted bum. Three weeks to chic may sound impossible, but take it from one who was Ibiza-bound and running out of time - now I can’t wait to show off my derrière. Three weeks to chic consists of two treatments a week for three weeks From £350 per area, per session One area, 6 sessions, £1,800 efmedispa.com, EF Medispa, 69 St John’s Wood High Street, NW8 7NL, 020 7449 6923

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SHINE

The Shine team deliver a diverse range of services and treatments in a professional, modern environment. Inspired by the ‘look good, feel good’ philosophy, Shine’s mission is to offer an unrivaled combination of holistic health care, an intelligent approach to beauty and a creative, forward thinking salon. Passionate about customer care as well as maintaining its reputation as a centre of excellence, Shine welcomes you 7 days a week. Shine Holistic, 020 7241 5033, Shine on the Green 020 7241 2065, shineholistic.co.uk

The secret is out and word is spreading fast. With a clientele of actors, dancers, artists and musicians, this wonderful Thai therapy spa - tucked away on little-known Goswell Road but just a minute’s walk from Angel - is one of Islington’s seriously impressive new destinations. Their treatment range is consice as they stick to what they do best: Thai Massage. Whether it’s the soothing Aromatherapy Massage, the exquisite Thai Foot Massage, the full-on Traditional Thai Massage or the gentler Thai Oil Massage, the temple-trained therapists skillfully mix modern techniques with the ancient techniques practised in Thailand for thousands of years. www.phothai.co.uk, 332a Goswell Road, EC1V 7LQ, 020 7837 3643

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ADVERTISING FEATURE

LAB SPA

Unwind and get ready for summer with a full body pamper at The Laboratory Spa and Health Club; your sanctuary of peace and calm. Spa day packages include full use of all facilities, such as the newly refurbished treatment rooms, gym and fitness classes, Scandinavian saunas, elegant marble steam rooms and a poolside relaxation area. There’s a wide selection of packages to suit all needs, from holistic therapies to indulgent beauty treatments to get you into tip-top condition. www.labspa.co.uk, The Avenue, Muswell Hill, N10 2QJ, 020 8482 3000

THE SALON GROUP

The Salon Group is a newly established unisex salon in leafy Muswell Hill with a fresh approach to hairdressing. Put together by Nina and Anthony, themselves and their team of stylists have extensive knowledge and expertise - Nina in cutting and colouring and Anthony specialising in men’s hairdressing - which led them to merge their skills and experience into The Salon Group, which opened in early 2011. Since then, the salon has developed a strong reputation for high quality, creative hairdressing with a contemporary style. www.thesalongrouplondon.com, 020 8442 1865, The Salon Group, Alexandra Park Road, Muswell Hill, N10 2DP

PILATES CENTRAL

Pilates Central is a superb stateof-the-art pilates studio in the heart of Islington. The teachers there have had exceptional training and experience, and whatever your age or fitness level, they will devise a pilates program to suit your individual needs. Pilates may now have become something fashionable, but a high proportion of the clients who visit Pilates Central are by medical referral - because they have bad backs, necks, shoulders, joints or other physical problems. Pilates Central is located just off Upper Street and Essex Road, within easy reach of King’s Cross, Clerkenwell, and the City. www.pilatescentral. co.uk, 10-12 Gaskin Street, N1 2RY, 020 7812 1132

NO 74 HAIR & BEAUTY No 74 Hair & Beauty offers a tranquil, unique space guaranteed to help you relax. Located in the heart of Clerkenwell, the salon is in a Georgian townhouse, with the modern touches to ensure that all your hair and beauty needs are tended to. They use a range of high quality products from brands including Yon-Ka Paris and OPI. Martin Reichelt and his team look forward to welcoming you to their award winning salon soon. No 74 Hair & Beauty London, 74 Compton Street, EC1V 0BN, 020 7490 8555, info@ no-74.co.uk, www.no-74.co.uk, Facebook: No-74-Hair-Beauty-London, Twitter: No74HairBeauty

TRIYOGA

Sweat and stretch or relax and rejuvenate at triyoga, London’s finest yoga and wellness destination. With yoga and pilates classes for all levels, deluxe treatments ranging from massage and acupuncture to physiotherapy and organic facials, an organic café and lifestyle shop you will find yourself looking great and feeling even better. Try 2 weeks of unlimited yoga for just £20 and receive 20% off all beginners courses this summer in Chelsea. www.triyoga.co.uk, 372 Kings Road, Chelsea, SW3 5UZ 020 7483, info@triyoga.co.uk

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BATTLE OF THE

BRUNCH The Gilbert Scott

thegilbertscott.co.uk, St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Euston Road, NW1 2AR, Vibe: Franco-British Decadence

Set in the former entrance of the Midland Grand Hotel, the bar at The Gilbert Scott sets an opulent scene for anyone seeking a truly British brunch accompanied by a dizzying array of classic and original cocktails. The menu is tailored to suit all appetites, using only the finest ingredients and offering comforting classics such as the ‘the George’ – a full English breakfast of eggs, bacon, homemade black pudding, homemade beans, bubble and squeak, toast and Scott’s own muesli. The cocktail menu has a new arrival every month; on our visit it’s ‘The Parisian’, a sensuous mix of Amer Picon L’Orange, Martini Rosato, grapefruit and honey. My companion tries the ‘Trade Winds’, which proves just the ticket for rejuvenating his hungover head, its mix of Bols Genever, elderflower, ginger, lemon, green tea and spice matching the Gilbert Scott’s decadent decor and awesome ceiling just as perfectly as it complements its beautiful menu.

Karpo

karpo.co.uk, 23 Euston Road, NW1 2SD Best For: Juices and Smoothies

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Karpo is an industrial-styled, self-proclaimed ‘urban’ newcomer to the burgeoning King’s Cross café scene. With American chef Daniel Taylor at the helm, the menu features some well-loved classics from his homeland (including good old bagels with lox and cream cheese) but the overall influence is more worldly. The in-house baker is French (the window display of baked goods changes throughout the day) and there is also a pastry chef knocking up delightfully artful cakes in the French style. Our hot tip? The smoothies: the beetroot, cucumber and ginger concoction knocked our socks off. On a road teeming with rather unsavoury fast food joints, Karpo is bound to become a hang-out for the local art students looking for a decent brekkie.

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FOOD Bread Street Kitchen

breadstreetkitchen.com, 10 Bread St, EC4M 9AJ Best For: Bloody Marys

Gordon Ramsay’s City venture gets an enthusiastic thumbs-up from us. Though it’s angling for the corporate quid, it clearly takes its aesthetic cues from East London, housed as it is in a cool warehouse space decked out brasserie style. In any case, ‘Lazy Loaf’ Sundays can’t be aimed at City workers, and highlights of the brunch menu have to include the ricotta hotcakes with banana and honeycomb butter and the ham hock hash with fried duck egg... so don’t come looking for beans on toast. There’s even a Bloody Mary buffet that lets you create your own concoction from green tomatoes, spicy vodka and other restorative treats. Signature cocktails include a Marmalade Fizz or Kentucky Dawn - and if you arrive too late for brunch, the Sunday lunch menu is equally tantalising.

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“Bubble and squeak comes with shredded cabbage and sweetcured bacon” The Drift Bar

thedriftbar.co.uk, Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY Vibe: Sex in the City

A stone’s throw from Liverpool Street on Bishopsgate, The Drift Bar is ideally situated for those midweek morning meetings. Sharing owners with The Folly at Bank, the vibe and decor are of a piece with its sister establishment - and the food makes this place a solid brunch choice. The menu is reassuringly long and everything’s made with fresh, seasonal ingredients - bubble and squeak comes with shredded cabbage and sweet cured bacon, eggs florentine with gruyère rather than hollandaise. We went for a California Kick-start - poached eggs and hummus, guacamole, grilled plum tomato and a field mushroom, all drizzled with sweet chilli sauce and served with a side of cinnamon pancakes. It was a refreshing antidote to the lazy brunch choices you so often find in London. The floor-to-ceiling glass windows and canteen-style shelves stacked with vintage-looking vats of olive oil and other delicatessentype curios give it a ‘meat-packing district’ edge. This is the kind of place Carrie Bradshaw would breakfast with the girls.

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The finest authentic South Indian cuisine www.malabarjunction.com Tucked away in the heart of Bloomsbury, Malabar Junction is a hidden gem that has been delighting diners with its delicious South Indian Cuisine in Central London for fifteen years. To celebrate this landmark Malabar Junction has launched a traditional lunchtime Thali special for a true ‘Taste of Kerala’ - South India Opening Hours: Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 11:30am – 3:00pm / Evening 6:00pm to 11pm

Tel: 020 7580 5230 / Fax: 02074369942 / mail@malabarjunction.com 107 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NA / Tube: Tottenham Court Road Manager: Yoosuf Kasim / Head Chef: Anil Panchal

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RESTAURANT REVIEWS LE BOUCHON BRETON With a combination of delicious food, elegant wines and real ambience, Le Bouchon Breton has embodied the style and je ne sais quoi of French dining since it opened way back in 2008. Situated in the rickety crown of Old Spitalfields it does make for an inconspicuous location - however once inside, the brainchild of restaurateur Ian Stoppani and Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr, Bouchon Breton is a throwback to the elegant dining era of the 1970s. Undeniably retro in tone, the restaurant is tastefully embellished with belle époque touches and while it is inevitably geared towards the well-moneyed clientele of nearby Liverpool Street, the comprehensive selection of Angus steaks, cheeses and French bistro classics retain a near universal appeal. Originally inspired by classic Parisian institutions such as Le Train Bleu, La Coupole and Bofinger, the restaurant’s black-and-cream chessboard floor is home to a fifteen-metre zinc bar serving champagne and seafood. Inside the drinker’s half of the restaurant there is a distinctive wine cabinet and luxury couches dotted with drinking podiums for everyone to enjoy an aperitif or two. Starting off with a bottle of Domaine de Cabrials, this young Pinot was a charming introduction and accompanied an entrée of homemade pumpkin soup and the pièce de résistance, hand-chopped steak tartare, which had a tangible rustic flavour. In keeping with the plush environment, the table service was impeccable; a rare example of patience and attentiveness, and the main courses swiftly followed in the form of a John Dory fillet deliciously graced with Michel Roux Senior’s most famous sauce, Bois Boudran. Rounding off with a ravishing cheese trolley, the triple entente of BrillatSavarin, Compte and Mont D’or proved to be creamy, mature and immensely satisfying. With over 40 regional French cheeses available, many will come back to Bouchon Breton just to savour the dessert trolley alone. Alas, if only there were more room to further indulge in cheeses after a wholesome evening of bistro dining. Daniel Agnew lebouchon.co.uk, 1st Floor, 8 Horner Square, Old Spitalfields Market, E1 6EW 0800 019 1704

COTIDIE It has been remarked upon that whilst “cotidie” means everyday in Latin, Cotidie is a far from everyday experience. In fact, it offers an encounter with Italian food which is as good as it gets in London. The only thing that is everyday is the frequency with which the menu is renewed. Bruno Barbieri (of Italian Masterchef and seven Michelin stars fame) selects his menu daily and brings the finest ingredients from various regions of Italy to an elegantly decked out restaurant on Marylebone High Street. It delivers authentic recipes with a friendly, jovial service. This is a modern Italian culinary experience. Classic Italian elements are present but are taken to the highest level or in contemporary directions, a completely different proposition to the ever-increasing list of ‘carby’ high street Italians. The restaurant is set in stylish grey and slate tones with soft streetlamp lighting, pressed linen and slick table settings. Tables are spaciously laid out banquette-style with open, half-moon booths for those dining in couples. We were served by an extremely engaging and charming fellow who had my companion in stitches and helped guide us through the menu. He was similarly gracious with the rest of the smartly turned-out clientele amongst which there was a noticeable Italian presence. Throughout we received small and unexpected treats like the extra appetisers

of rustic lentil stew with balsamic vinegar. It is a small thing, but from the minute we tasted the quality of the restaurant’s olive oil (sourced from Perugia) and large emerald olives, we had complete confidence in what would follow. Simple things like salmon tartare and roast potatoes with aromatic sea salt were top notch. Nothing is too traditional or stereotypically Italian, evidenced by the wasabi mayonnaise accompanying a warm sea bass salad. The key to Cotidie is to keep some appetite at liberty for desserts, of which we had three each. The first was an impromptu plate of sparkling petit fours. We especially liked the tuiles and coffee brulee chocolate cup. The final round was the desserts that we had ordered and both topped the lot. Bruno’s “Machiavellian” cup-cream and cherry compote is not to be missed, washed down with a glass of Moscato d’Asti, but the chocolate cocotte with milk frappé was my dish of the night. Cotidie reminded my guest and I that we really don’t know half as much about Italian cuisine as we thought we did and that Marylebone village is an unrivalled hot-spot for new and classy boutique restaurants. Gareth Fitzgerald

“We were served by an extremely engaging and charming fellow, who had my companion in stitches and helped guide us through the menu”

cotidierestaurant.com, 50 Marylebone High Street, W1U 5HN, 020 7258 9878

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FOOD & DR I N K Bars/Pubs THE CASTLE 34 - 35 Cowcross Street, EC1M 6DB 020 7553 7621 69 COLEBROOKE ROW 69 Colebrooke Row Islington N1 8AA 07540 528 593 THE NORTHGATE BAR & RESTAURANT 113 Southgate Road N1 3JS 020 7359 7392 THE HIGHBURY BARN 26 Highbury Park Highbury N5 2AB 020 7226 2383 KESTON LODGE 131 Upper Street Islington N1 1QP 020 7354 9535

The Manchichi Bar @ Bistroteque

bistroteque.com, 23-27 Wadeson Street, E2 9DR, 020 8983 7900

The writing’s on the wall for this one - quite literally. The amount of people I’ve seen tweeting/ facebooking themselves parked at said bar has been off the hook since it opened last month. Maybe it’s where people gather to post en masse. Manchichi bar dinner @ BISTROTHEQUE (thank you Lulu Kennedy). Maybe it’s the name - it sounds like an over-elaborate bar for men with extremely hairy chests; it sounds like there may be a disco globe. (There isn’t.) What there is, is a bar in the middle of Bistroteque’s main dining room (featuring a brand new bar menu and drinks list) with seats for 28 around a central ‘American manchichi wood counter’. Whatever that is. Sounds exciting though, right?

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

Meter Pizza

meterlondon.com, 70 – 74 City Rd, EC1Y 2BJ 020 7253 2443 Where to go if you want to munch on a good pizza in a cool atmosphere while keeping it nice and casual? This pop-up bar and eaterie lies within the City-Shoreditch-Clerkenwell triangle, serving up Neapolitanstyle pizza (you know, the thin ones with the airy crust) and priced per 0.25 metres. The ‘pizelle al pomodoro’ - a kind of alternative pizza-type treat - will certainly whet the taste-buds. Next time you’re hungover, don’t pop one in the oven; let yourself sink into the soft, leathery sofas at Meter Pizza.

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

Restaurants AMICI MIEI 28-30 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch E2 8DA 020 7729 1594 Italian DOLLAR GRILLS & MARTINIS 2 Exmouth Market Farringdon, EC1R 4PX 020 7278 0077 American EQUATION 330 Upper Street Islington, N1 2XQ 020 7226 5098 Modern European OISHIII 67 Stoke Newington Church Street N16 0AR 020 7254 3488 Japanese YUM YUM THAI RESTAURANT 183-187 Stoke Newington High Street N16 0LH 020 7254 6751 Thai ONE BLENHEIM TERRACE St John’s Wood NW8 0EH 020 7372 1722 British SHAKA ZULU The Stables Market Chalk Farm Road NW1 8AB 020 3376 9911 South African

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The Daily Telegraph

A legal force of nature

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

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

respective countries.

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

Contact 01423 532 600 The Old Court House, Raglan Street, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 1LT

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Fresh, home cooked Italian cuisine Amici Miei, an exciting new restaurant in Shoredtich bought to you by the highly acclaimed Due Sardi pizzeria team. Authentic Italian home cooking served in a relaxing, rustic setting or delivered direct to your home, simple.

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12pm-5am

Lunch time specials and 20% off any pizza Monday to Friday 12-5pm

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

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32 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DA 020 7729 4192 www.duesardi.com

4 Brewer St, W1F 0SB / 020 7287 8464 / Piccadilly Circus 21 Cranbourne St,WC2H 7AA / 020 7240 5797 / Leicester Square

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113 Southgate Road, N1 3JS 020 7359 7392

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New Caravan launch in King’s Cross Caravan are opening a second site in Kings Cross this month in the Grade II-listed Granary Building. The interior design references the area’s Victorian industrial heritage to give the feel of a working factory environment. Their ‘food well-travelled’ menu includes favourites from Exmouth Market (the original Caravan site) such as grilled coconut bread, plus new dishes such as parmesan grits, wild mushroom and wild boar sausage. caravanonexmouth.co.uk

The Northgate

FOOD NEWS

From the gastro front

CARLUCCIO HAMPERS

It hasn’t exactly been a scorching summer so far, but for when the sun does decide to shine, Carluccio’s in St. John’s Wood, Hampstead, Muswell Hill, Islington and Brent Cross have launched a sumptuous new range of picnic hampers. The various options (vegetarian, il bambini and classic) celebrate the best of Italian splendour with delicious dishes such as antipasti misti, insalata verde, homemade red wine and radicchio focaccia. £45 each, carluccios.com

The Northgate will be celebrating British Food Fortnight in July, which this year not only runs in conjunction with the Olympics, but is also in its tenth year! The Michelin recommended pub take their menus very seriously with a number of foodie events running throughout the year. The event kicks off on July 27th and will showcase the best of classic and contemporary British cuisine. 113 Southgate Road, Islington, N1 3JS

COOKBOOK OF THE MONTH

Food: Vegetarian Home Cooking by Mary McCartney Photographer Mary McCartney has taken inspiration from her childhood and the recipes of her famous vegetarian parents to create this beautiful book packed with delicious, unpretentious dishes, from lentil and feta salad to sage and onion roast. Illustrated with McCartney’s own intimate snaps, the book is an homage to her late mother and the joy of simple family cooking. £20, vintage-books.co.uk

Bubbledogs

Husband and wife foodie team James Knappett and Sandia Chang are opening Bubbledogs this month in Fitzrovia. An intriguing concept, the American style restaurant will serve Grower Champagne, sparkling wine and hot dogs while, hidden from sight at connecting restaurant Kitchen Table, Knappett and his team will host intimate lunches and dinners with a maximum of nineteen guests, seated directly around his kitchen. bubbledogs.co.uk, 70 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 4QG 51

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Give it some welly

Helen Baron shapes up in style at Lime Wood Hotel... a manor house less than two hours from London

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he front drive of the Lime Wood Hotel is a bucolic masterpiece, a meandering gravel track that sweeps up through grassy meadows to loop neatly in front of the hotel itself, a renovated Regency hunting lodge. As I rolled along it on the morning of my first day at Lime Wood, I wished I was behind the wheel of a vintage MG or something even older – the car Mr Toad drove in The Wind in the Willows, perhaps. I imagined myself as a latterday Grace Kelly, all pastoral prettiness and breeze-blown charm. I may well have looked more like Bridget Jones. On arrival, a brief glance around the car park revealed my motoring fantasies were

not ill-conceived: among a couple dozen more familiar marques, I spot a Maserati, two Ferraris and an old-school Roller. And when my companion and I are guided to our room by a friendly young staff member, the hotel’s

sourced, as is the summery ash used for many of the fittings, and everything is peppered with a delicate English eccentricity. Lime Wood House and its grounds are set within the New Forest National Park, an area of such outstanding beauty that we can’t wait to get out into it and do some walking with the dog. Our yappy mini schnauzer is made as welcome as we are, with a huge dog bed and dog biscuits hand delivered to our door, but it’s the outdoors that makes him happiest, and before an hour’s passed we’re exploring the ramble path that leads straight from the hotel grounds into a nearby patch of forest. The trees are literally a stone’s throw from our room (or maybe not if

“The hotel’s five star rating reasserts itself once again, this time in an eclectic mix of antique and boutique furnishings” five star rating reasserts itself once again, this time in an eclectic mix of antique and boutique furnishings, beautiful fabrics and luxurious limestone tiles. Much of the stone is locally

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I’m the one throwing, but you get the gist), and it’s a relief to be able to dispense with all the usual leashtugging and just set the little canid free to wander in the wood. I’m not only here to take in the scenery, however; I’m due to take part in the Herb House Spa’s ‘Welly Bootcamp’, a three-and-a-half day fitness programme that includes cardio and weight-training in a scenic roof-garden before getting us out and about in the bracing forest air. The day starts at a rather challenging 7am and doesn’t finish until 5pm, though there are, mercifully, breaks between each class – and the package does include a daily massage. The bootcamp is ideal for anyone wanting to kick-start their fitness regime or shed some all-important inches before a big event, and my group’s personal trainer John assures us that

and lunch is provided by the spa’s own café, Raw and Cured, which is as ultra healthy as the name suggests (nothing is cooked except the soup which comes warm instead of hot), while dinner is served at the hotel’s Scullery – unless you fancy ordering it to your room. A word of warning here: your dietary discipline will be sorely tested when you come to inform Room Service that you are, in fact, on Welly Bootcamp and need to order from the bootcamp menu rather than the main one, which latter includes the best macaroni and cheese known to man. Don’t ask how I know... So this bootcamp is a more grown-up affair. Not to do down the camaraderie and solidarity, the collective spiritual fortitude that comes from all mucking in together at a more ‘basic’ bootcamp, but what can I say… the underfloor heating in the bathroom at Lime Wood really did it for me. Knowing that at the end of your day’s efforts, you deserve that sports massage and that dip in the hydro-pool; that you can luxuriate in the roll-top bath or take an invigorating double power-shower... Even a stroll around the grounds with the dog seems tinted with the rosy hue of victory when you do so in the full knowledge that you’ve had a bloody good workout beforehand. With all the added perks, home comforts and pure luxury at Lime Wood, this is one bootcamp I can get behind.

“The underfloor heating in the bathroom at Lime Wood really did it for me” everyone he’s had at bootcamp has dropped inches, if not weight. Classes are not overly intense in and of themselves, but after three full days you’re going to see results. Welly Bootcamp is far removed from those other bootcamps (of which I have been a part) that see noisy hordes clashing cutlery in a communal dining hall like excited schoolchildren – except that instead of queuing for fish-shapes and chips, we are grown women baying for jicama salad. Lime Wood offers instead the full five star treatment – breakfast

Rates start at £245, limewood hotel.co.uk Welly Bootcamp rates start at £1,250 per person double occupancy, £1,740 single occupancy

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Waterworld TRAVEL ROUND UP

Three of the best water sports destinations

HOTEL EDEN ROC Ascona, Switzerland

Influenced by its close proximity to Italy, Ascona is the charming Swiss town graced with a unique micro-Mediterranean climate that appears to escape the rest of Switzerland. Though the snowpeaked landscape provides a striking backdrop, its other claim to fame is Lake Maggiore, the 68km-long wonder which sits majestically in all its splendour at the foothills of the Alps. Ascona is also the home of the Hotel Eden Roc, from where a visitor can enjoy the mountainous scenery, the inimitable character of the place and the watersports the lake affords everyone. In fact, at the hotel, a grand complex boldly decorated by interior designer Carlo Rampazzi in eccentric luxe décor, getting on the water is a must. Among the many activities, there are team-building exercises on sailboats and

fabulous speed boat jaunts to the quaint daily markets found in the nearby Italian town of Cannobio. Undoubtedly, the main draw here is the hotel’s for-hire private yacht, on which guests can sip champagne, watch the sun setting between the peaks above, while meandering around some of Lake Maggiore’s prime spots – principally the stand-alone island, Isola Bella. Perhaps not a place for jet-skiers; after all, is watersports Swiss style. Doubles on a B&B basis at Hotel Eden Roc available from CHF 190 (£127) pp per night, price based on two adults sharing and includes service, taxes and VAT. To book contact +41 917857171 or visitedenroc.ch EasyJet flies to Milan Malpensa from Edinburgh, London Gatwick and London Luton. Prices one way start from £23.99 and include all taxes (prices are subject to change). Book at easyJet.com

ONE & ONLY LE SAINT GÉRAN Mauritius

Under swaying coconut palms and an ever-brilliant sky, visitors to Le Saint Géran may feel reluctant to do much else but to kick back in this effortlessly chic and happily soporific resort. But that would be to miss the point; Mauritian waters are some of the finest in the world, and this One & Only hotel knows just how to take advantage of the natural beauty that surrounds the resort all around. It is one of the reasons why, therefore, all watersports available at the hotel are offered on a complimentary basis. The pedalos, banana boats, tube rides or even kayaks, are yours free of charge for day-long hire at Le Saint Géran. Water-skiing is also hugely popular, as are not-to-bemissed day-trips to The John Battleday Waterski and Wakeboard Academy or the

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Kite & Stand Up Paddle School, where daredevils learn how to kite surf with all the helpful and necessary seasoned professionals they’d want around them. For those looking for something even more spectacular, why not try the unique snorkelling and windsurfing on the coral-sea lagoon close by? There are also mono-hull lasers and small catamarans to take out into the choppier water, if they take your fancy. Of course, if you’re keen to put your feet up at this resort, there are always the myriad of irresistible boat trips on offer which mean that you can do all the sunbathing, snoozing and reading you like while cruising the waters, which is, of course, the very best of both worlds. A room at One&Only Le Saint Géran starts from £520 per night including taxes, based on two people sharing a Junior Suite King on a half board basis; oneandonlyresorts.com

WYNDHAM RIO MAR BEACH

WYNDHAM RIO MAR BEACH, Puerto Rico

There are no less than eleven restaurants in which to indulge at the wondrous Wyndham Rio Mar. Gastronomic adventurers can try American, Puerto Rican and Caribbean fusion culinary delights at the resort, which sits happily in the middle of both the El Yunque National Forest and the Atlantic Ocean, on the north eastern coast of the country’s main island. After all, one soon discovers that the food is a necessary requirement in order to help sustain you through the multitude of activities which await all visitors at this paradisiacal tropical spot. For as well as the merengue classes, beach yoga, sailing classes and wave runner afternoons that can be arranged here, the most popular activity is that of the Bioluminescent Bay Kayak Tour – which can be booked

directly via the Rio Mar’s reception desk on arrival. It’s an unforgettable and much-sought-after experience: beginning at sunset, participants paddle out on a kayak with a tour guide and are taught how the dinoflagellates – the single-celled organisms which create a unique blue glow by releasing energy – bring this bioluminescent bay’s ecology to surreal life. Surrounded by a deafening silence and beams of marine blue in every direction, it’s an informative and peaceful trip. The Rio Mar is one of those rare multitasking hotels, while the three-hour Bio-Bay tour, is an inexpensive way to ensure your trip to Puerto Rico is as memorable as can be. Prices at the Wyndham Rio Mar Beach Resort start at US $159 (approx: £102) per night for a standard room, minimum 5 night stay. wyndhamriomar.com

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Mythological Sorrento

Having sworn off Italy’s Amalfi Coast for being overcrowded, Emily Wright is won over by the glorious old-world charm of the Excelsior Vittoria and the classical education she gets as she walks the Path of the Gods 57

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“Towns like Positano look much as they did when writers like John Steinbeck came to hang out in small bars with local fisherman”

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taly’s gorgeous Bay of Naples is no stranger to great hotels, but the Excelsior Vittoria has the pedigree of being the first in Sorrento, and Italy’s oldest family-owned hotel (it’s been run by the Fiorentino family since it opened in 1834). It is also, in some ways, the most central and most low-key. You’ll miss it if you don’t look. It’s tucked away down a long drive lined with heavyfruited citrus trees, just off Sorrento’s main square, Piazza Torquato Tasso, where everyone gathers for aperitifs and people-watching. Inside, the hotel’s interiors are a gift to any period costume-drama. There are large, elegant salons with silk wall hangings, damaskcovered furniture and vast windows with stained panels overlooking a balustraded terrace and, beyond, a glistening sea and Vesuvius. Plaster cherubs smile down from the ceilings, and heavy gilt frames surround the ageing, foxedglass mirrors, where 19th-century princesses would have once admired themselves by candelight. Look up, and you’ll see original ceiling frescoes, especially in the magnificent ballroom, where breakfast is served every

morning. The reception is packed with sepia photographs of luminaries rolling up in vintage classic cars, and Sofia Loren in her voluptuous prime, pouting on the balcony. Of course, The Excelsior has had to keep up with the times. During its 172-year history, the hotel has built two extra wings, including a bizarre chalet-like building created to please Austrian royalty, who holidayed here in the 19th century. The hotel’s biggest selling point is its location, perched overlooking the perfectly curved inlet of the Bay of Naples, one of the world’s most famous stretches of coastline, and justly so. Thanks to rigid planning laws, the area has kept developers at bay, so the coast hasn’t been ruined by identikit villa buildings. Towns like Positano look much as they did 70 years ago, when writers like John Steinbeck came here to hang out in small bars with local fishermen. Even so, things have changed. In summer, ten thousand tourists can descend on a town that was built to accommodate four thousand. In high season, the charms of the area, with its slow-moving, traffic-choked coastal road, can start to fade fast.

Which is why you need to get your walking boots on and head for the hills. The Germans and Swiss discovered the delights of walking the mountains that loom over this coastline years ago; the Brits have recently started to realise what they’ve been missing. One of the best-known walks is the Path of the Gods, which you can do at a brisk pace in about two hours, or three with a picnic break built in. The walk starts in the hilltop town of Agerola, and follows a mountain path - scarily narrow in places with an unfenced sheer drop. On the way, you’ll enjoy magnificent panoramic views of the sea and the villages below, and can see sights immortalised by Homer in The Odyssey (the Bay of Naples is where Odysseus heard the sirens singing to him). That myth gives you some idea of the area’s sensually beautiful landscapes. The path finishes at a village called Nocelle. From here, you can jump on a bus down to Positano, or brave the old 1,700-step stairway that takes you all the way down. Unbelievably, the nimble-footed locals still climb this stairway and some still

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use donkeys to carry shopping and goods with them - it’s quicker than taking the long, circuitous route by road. Positano is as lovely as you’ve been told. Small, white and labyrinthine, with a fine Baroque church and a sandy beach, it recalls island villages in Greece. Back at the hotel, Vincenzo Galano, head chef at the Excelsior Vittoria, a born and bred Sorrento man, had rustled up plenty of sophisticated dishes involving special cuts of beef and fish. The last time I came to this part of Italy, I swore I would never go back – it was too crowded. But I’ve changed my mind; it’s too lovely to ignore just go early or late in the season. Classic Collection Holidays (0800 294 9318) offers 7 nights at Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, Sorrento from £1,661 per person this July, including return flights from Gatwick and private transfers. For information on walking The Path of the Gods visit enjoypositano.com or call +39 334 23 54 122

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INTERIOR INSPIRATIONS Gemma Billington

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Designer of the Month MAKEDA

After years of running her own fashion and jewellery store in Stockholm, designer Anna Forsberg combined her passion for textiles and graphic design and set up handmade rug company Makeda in 2009. The nature-inspired designs steer clear of ‘cute’ territory and their sheer scale make them, as was Forsberg’s intention, both a canvas and a piece of furniture. Pictured ‘Moth’, £735 per sqm, makedarugs.com

Anglepoise It was an extra special Clerkenwell Design Week for British lighting maestros Anglepoise, who celebrated 80 years in the industry by launching their new duo range. The collection integrates playful colour braided cables into their classic designs. The simple, practical form of the lamps make an industrial yet stylish statement. anglepoise.com

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Italian innovators Kristalia commissioned designer Ka-Lai Chan, creator of SheLLf; arguably CDW’s standout piece. The striking shelving unit is now in mass production, but started life as a limited edition sculpture, inspired by an animal coming out of its shell. live.kristalia.it

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HANDMADE WITH LOVE Absolutely discovers a world of yesterdays on the eccentric houseboat of designer and stylist Emma Freemantle

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beautifully crafted by hand. All of them share a philosophy of the beauty of imperfection, celebrating the recycled and the vintage. Emma makes customised bicycles wrapped in scraps of fabric, feathered headdresses and corsages, banners and wall hangings, all with

says. “I am drawn to a world of yesterdays, where the artisan was an important member of the community. Things were made to last and the idea of mass consumerism was as distant as the concept of visiting the moon.” Extracted from Shabby Chic Inspirations and Beautiful Spaces by Rachel Ashwell, photography by Gisela Torres, published by CICO Books, £25.00 hb. Visit cicobooks.com

“I am constantly sourcing for the unusual, for the unique” the idea of telling a story through threads and old fabrics and celebrating the imperfections that make a piece unique. “I am constantly sourcing for the unusual, for the unique,” she

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ABSOLUTELY PROPERTY JULY 2012

PARHAM WAY, MUSWELL HILL, N10

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Set within this private mews style turning is a spectacular three storey, three bedroom modern town house which provides over 2,000 square feet of exceptionally bright and airy living space which includes a 22’5 kitchen/diner leading out to a beautiful and secluded 93’ southerly facing garden. Tatlers, 020 8444 1771, www.tatlers.co.uk

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Muswell Hill Road, Muswell Hill, N10

ÂŁ1,299,000 Freehold Joint Sole Agents

Providing extremely bright and spacious accommodation throughout is this beautifully presented five bedroom three bathroom three storey semi detached Victorian residence. The house retains a wealth of original period features and also benefits from a large cellar with potential to develop (subject to relevant consents); and at the rear is a delightful secluded garden. Prime location within catchment for Fortismere Secondary school and within moments walk from Muswell Hill Broadway and its excellent range of shops and restaurants, also close at hand are Highgate and Queens Woods and Highgate tube (Northern Line). Muswell Hill Office: 020 8444 1771

Muswell Avenue, Muswell Hill, N10

ÂŁ1,095,000 Freehold Sole Agents

Forming one of a pair of original Edwardian houses is an immaculately presented five bedroom semi detached family home. This light and airy property has been tastefully modernized by the present owners whilst retaining many original period features; to the rear is a lovely secluded rear garden. Situated in a quiet and leafy cul-de-sac which is within a short distance of Muswell Hill Broadway and its excellent range of shops and restaurants, also within favourable distance of Fortismere and Alexandra Park Secondary Schools. Muswell Hill Office: 020 8444 1771

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Twyford Avenue, Ringwood Estate, N2

ÂŁ1,899,000 Freehold Joint Sole Agents

Fairfield Road, Crouch End, N8

ÂŁ695,000 Leasehold Joint Sole Agents

Presented in immaculate condition throughout is this much improved five/six bedroom semi detached family home having been extended to the rear and having had the loft converted. The property has well appointed rooms; some fine features and the added benefit of three bathrooms, a stunning rear garden and off street parking for several cars. Twyford Avenue is located on the much sought after Ringwood Estate being within catchment for Fortismere secondary school and the newly awaited Eden Primary School. Being within equal walking distance of Muswell Hill Broadway and East Finchley tube station (Northern Line). East Finchley Office: 020 8883 1001

We are delighted to offer this superb three bedroom ground floor conversion located within this attractive double fronted Edwardian house benefiting from its own original entrance, head height cellar and sole use of garden. The flat is offered in excellent condition having been tastefully modernized and decorated whilst retaining many of the original period features. Situated in this highly sought after road just minutes walk from the vast array of local shops, restaurants and boutiques of Crouch End Broadway. Crouch End Office: 020 8341 4050

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Dukes Avenue, N10 ÂŁ1,750,000 Freehold

Grand corner residence giving quirky individuality & originality with a wealth of period features just yards from Muswell Broadwa 5 bedrooms, a Hill Broadway. stunning top floor work/leisure space & contemporary kitchen open to the rear garden with gated parking.

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Hillfield Park, N10 ÂŁ1,325,000 Freehold

Stunning 5 bedroom Edwardian house, beautifully presented with charm and character, in a fantastic central location. Restored by the current owners, creating a fabulous family room/kitchen diner opening out to the designer created rear garden.

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Eastern Road, N2 £1,425,000 Freehold

Grand & imposing 5 bedroom semi-detached Victorian residence retaining period charm & character with a secluded westerly garden. Features fantastic space & character in a quiet, sought after location close to excellent primary & secondary schools. Ample offstreet parking

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Ella Road, N8

£595,000 Shared Freehold

Unusual, extremely spacious conversion arranged over the upper levels of an imposing Victorian residence. Includes 5 rooms (2 connected by spiral staircase) roof terrace & mature south westerly garden – a great redesign opportunity.

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Muswell Hill

N10

£1,685,000 Freehold

Close to Fortismere Secondary school and good primary schools, in a prestigious and very sought after, tree lined Avenue, is a late Edwardian, semi detached house which has 6 good sized bedrooms - 2 of which give good potential to provide a superb Master Suite with a large en suite bath and shower room. The house has 2 generously sized reception rooms, a fitted kitchen/diner, a utility room, a family bathroom and an additional downstairs bathroom, plus an expansive entrance hall, gas central heating, a mature, approximately 120ft. long, Southerly facing garden and off street parking for 2 cars.

Church Crescent

N10

£1,675,000 Freehold

In one of the most prestigious of Muswell Hill’s tree lined crescents, only moments walk from the heart of Muswell Hill Broadway, is an expansive Edwardian double fronted and semi linked house, retaining many original features and fireplaces. Priced to allow for someone to create a home reflecting their individual taste and style, the house could be arranged with 8 bedrooms - 2 currently kitchens, with good potential to convert into en suite bathrooms - 3 generous reception rooms, a kitchen/dining room, 3 bathrooms and 2 separate loo’s, gas central heating and a wide, approximately 40ft. long, Westerly facing garden.

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Central Muswell Hill

N10

£1,450,000 Freehold

Situated in the Fortis Green Conservation Area, close to Tetherdown and Fortismere Schools and only moments walk from shops, restaurants and cafés in Muswell Hill Broadway, is a delightful and elegant “Collins” built, Edwardian terraced house over 3 floors, retaining masses of original features and fireplaces, with 5 bedrooms - 2 of which have en suite shower rooms. The house has 2 reception rooms and a separate dining room leading to an extensively fitted kitchen, a downstairs cloakroom, a utility room, a family bathroom, a cellar with a door leading to the front garden, gas central heating and a West facing, approximately 65ft. long, lawned garden.

Central Muswell Hill

N10

£950,000

Share of Freehold Situated in the heart of Muswell Hill, easy walking distance of the many shops and transport facilities of Muswell Hill; is a split level, ground floor garden flat. Within an impressive, Edwardian double fronted and semi linked house, this interesting property has 4 double bedrooms - one 20ft. long. The private front door opens to a wide central entrance hall, leading to a spacious and bright reception room, a fitted kitchen/dining room, a fitted bathroom and a separate loo. There is also gas central heating, an alarm system, A Share of the Freehold and a dining terrace, leading to a 30ft. wide and approximately 25ft. long, private garden.

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HEMA ANAND from Colman Coyle, gives her expert advice on all your legal property questions I own a flat with 75 years left to run on the lease and my landlord has approached me to extend my lease back up to 125 years. Should I accept? You do not say if whether or not your Landlord has also indicated the price or any other terms he or she is willing to accept to extend your lease? Whether the landlord has or hasn’t suggested a price, it is advisable to obtain your own valuation. This will assist you in understanding if the price offered (assuming one has been) is reasonable. Alternatively, if the Landlord has not offered a premium, then you will have the benefit of your own valuation to start negotiations. Whilst you do not say if whether the Landlord is willing to offer a reduced ground rent or not, it is not unusual where a Landlord is offering to negotiate a lease term extension that they will insist that the existing ground rent provisions remain or that they are increased. That being the case, then the valuer will also advise what impact this has on the premium payable. You should be aware that, subject to meeting criteria, you have statutory rights to force a Landlord to grant you a lease term extension. Your statutory rights are set out in the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993. This legislation sets out that you are entitled (amongst other aspects) to 90 years plus the unexpired term. This means that you would be entitled to a new lease that has 165 years left to run as opposed to the new lease of 125 years. Also, you will be entitled to reduce your ground rent to a peppercorn. It would therefore be in your interests to ask the valuer to evaluate any difference there is in the premium for a 125 year lease and a 165 year lease.

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The art deco heritage of the Grand Ocean development, a former hotel on the edge of Brighton, is reflected in interior designs by Derek Taylor of Ishoka. Known for his appearances on the ITV series 60 Minute Makeover, Derek has designed the apartments with art deco accents to combine modern living with1930s glamour. “I wanted the design of each apartment I created to reflect the original design of the building. Features include mirrored walls, silk wallpapers and rich fabrics such as velvet to create art deco-inspired modern homes,” he said. Saltdean, Brighton BN2 8LG. 1 and 2 bedroom apartments priced from £179,995, luxurious two bedroom apartments from £529,995 0845 873 9054, www.exploreliving.co.uk

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NOTES

Market comment from Nick Sefton, Manager, Benham and Reeves Residential Lettings Hampstead is quite a seasonal lettings market and the summer is always our busiest period. Families are renting new properties now, before the summer holidays, ready for the start of the new school term in September. Understandably, properties within the best school catchment areas are in highest demand. With the sun shining, ground floor properties and those with gardens are also in high demand. Affordability is an issue but if landlords are flexible, their property is well priced and well presented, it will let. Smaller properties in the £300-£550 pw price bracket always let quickly. Landlords are being more flexible when looking for a tenant. In fact, many are taking on tenants with pets, such as dogs, which they might not have considered before. They will ask for a higher deposit of 8-10 weeks’ rent, but being realistic means they shouldn’t have long void periods. Hampstead office 020 7435 9681, www.brlets.co.uk

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A three floor town house of 1,900 sq ft/ 175 sq m with off street parking for 2 cars and a west facing patio/garden. The property is located in a cul de sac a few moments walk from both St John’s Wood underground station and St John’s Wood High Street. 4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Reception Room, Dining Room, Family Room, Kitchen, Guest Cloakroom. FREEHOLD

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Set back off the road behind a private south-facing garden, a charming house principally arranged over two floors and providing approximately 2,105 sq ft/196 sq metres of accommodation. The house, which is in need of updating is located immediately opposite Hampstead Heath and is within a moments walk of the open spaces of Kenwood House. This is a rare opportunity to purchase a 19th century Georgian cottage in a beautiful setting. 2 Interconnecting Reception Rooms, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Guest Cloakroom, Bedroom One with Ensuite Shower Room, Bedroom 2, Large Bathroom, Bedroom 3 with Ensuite Shower Room, South-Facing Private Garden, Garage FREEHOLD

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A recently refurbished and well presented four bedroom three bathroom semi detached house comprising approximately 1652.20 sq ft / 153.50 sq m arranged over three floors with private patio garden and an off street parking space. The house comprises a double reception room, dining area with bi-fold double glazed doors opening onto the patio garden, a modern fully fitted kitchen, shower room/guest wc, four bedrooms and two bathrooms (one en suite).

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“I believe Arlington Residential is widely respected and has earned a place as one of the most proactive agents handling homes at the middle to top end of the sales and lettings market�

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IN THEIR OWN WORDS Marc Schneiderman, Director, Arlington Residential PHOTO BY RICHARD CLARK

never really imagined that I would forge a career from property, but I have. It started in the school summer holidays the day before my 16th birthday. My father suggested that rather than idling away the summer holiday, I should go and do some work experience for a friend of his who owned an estate agency business in Marylebone. I spent 8 weeks photocopying maps, franking mail and buying sandwiches for boardroom meetings. On my last day the Managing Director, who I rarely saw during my 8 weeks, asked to see me. He asked if I would like to stay on and have a permanent job. My tea making skills had obviously impressed him. Wow, back to school to do A levels or take a job in the cut and thrust of the west end earning money? It was an easy choice. Some 12 months later I was asked to work at one of their branches in Bayswater, selling property, and I absolutely loved it. After a few years there I realised this was it for me and I could make a career in property. I was hungry to progress, I was attracted and excited by top end properties and with this in mind I called a firm who had established themselves as agents acting on the sale of luxury homes and asked if they had any job vacancies. My timing was perfect, they did- and I got one. In my 7 years there I absorbed a wealth of knowledge and acted on the sale of some of the best homes in London. I decided the next step was to do this for myself and so, in 1994, I opened the doors of Arlington Residential. For 2 weeks I sat in a big empty office with just one desk questioning what I had done. That was until I sold my fist property. We had no computers, yet I remember handwriting my first invoice and shortly afterwards receiving my first cheque. That was 18 years ago. I look back fondly on our first few transactions in 1994 and see this as a barometer of how the market has moved in the last 18 years.

Our first sale was a 4 bedroom house in Swiss Cottage at £405,000. The virtually identical house immediately next door sold last year for £1.7M. Our second sale was a semi detached house in a very sought after street in St John’s Wood which achieved just under £1m. Today that house would sell for between £9M and £10M. A more recent change in the market has been the number of overseas buyers purchasing property in St John’s Wood and Regents Park. Whilst for years Mayfair, Kensington and Belgravia were considered to be the ultimate destinations for overseas buyers, NW8 and NW1 are postcodes now hitting the £3,000 per sq ft mark and the areas where properties are being courted by a new surge of wealthy investors and international home owners. Today, I am very proud of what I have achieved. I believe Arlington Residential is widely respected and has earned a place as one of the most proactive agents handling homes at the middle to top end of the sales and lettings market. I cannot personally take all the credit for this. I have been fortunate to have Alex Fleck run our lettings department for some 13 years, and with her amazing connections and contacts we continue to maintain our positions as one of the leading letting agents in central and north west London. On the sales side, Jason Press has been with my firm for a number of years and has an enthusiasm to see our market share increase. After nearly 30 years of working in the world of estate agency, I am still enjoying what I do. Aside from understanding property, I have learned a lot about people; after all it is really a people business. I have learned that buying and selling can be emotionally charged, and that there really are people out there who behave impeccably in business. Arlington Residential is a continuing work in progress. That’s the story so far.

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Saltdean, Brighton BN2 8LG

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

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

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

873 9054

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

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26/06/2012 16:23


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Highfield Junior Bromley, Wimbledon Park Primary and Little Ealing Primary schools’ have all won £2,500 towards sports equipment for their school.

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18/06/2012 10:15 11:55


LANDLORDS London’s going crazy this summer so take time out and let us handle your property for you We offer: Free pre-purchase lettings advice Full lettings service Property management Furnishing and window dressings Refurbishment

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