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C U LT U R E ABSOLUTELY LOVES

10 things we’re coveting this month

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AGENDA

BEST IN SHOW

43 DINING AL FRESCO

THEATRE REVIEW

INTERIORS 50 INTERIOR INSPIRATIONS

What's on stage this month

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Chicago makes a West End come-back

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How your scent defines your holiday

FOOD & DRINK 40 KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL

Diary dates for July

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FA S H I O N FOCUS

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H E A LT H & B E AU T Y 33 BEAUTY CONFIDENTIAL This month’s best beauty buys

News and views from the world of design

A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N The online guide to inspirational London living that helps you stay one step ahead of the crowd and gives you the chance to win exclusive prizes.

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Our pick of eyecatching geometrics

T R AV E L 64 ISLAND LIFE Luxury in St Lucia

The most luxurious London properties

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Even if you're not going to the tennis, we've chosen the best Wimbledon teas around. Our favourite? The Dorchester's Wimbledon Tennis Sponge. page 61

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WALL FLOWER We hone in on tiles this month in our interior section. The Baked Tiles Company has done the trend particularly well with this multicoloured variety inspired by Fez. page 68

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Our travel feature takes us to an outstandingly beautiful bay in St Lucia where we shelter from unexpected showers at the luxurious Marigot Bay Resort. page 64

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BEST FOOT FORWARD

Berlin-based footwear pioneers, Aeyde have partnered with leading fashion blogger, Lucy Williams on two new summer styles. Inspired by Lucy’s travels, each evokes her sense of adventure and curiosity. aeyde.com

PICNIC PIECE Whether you’re sipping water after yoga or preparing for a champagne picnic, this Blondewood water bottle from S'well is a sleek and stylish way to reduce your plastic usage. £45; selfridges.com

LOGO LOCO

Crafted using supple smooth leather and fi nished with an all over multi logo print, the Kan I Nappa shoulder bag from Fendi pops against light denims and summer brights. £2,590; flannels.com

TREASURED SCENT

With only a fi nite number of each scent bottled, a Parterre perfume really is something special. We love Root of all Goodness; it’s warm and enveloping with a touch of spicy ginger. 50ml £95; parterreatkeynestonmill.com

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SWING TIME

Create an inviting accent within your space with this bohemian hanging egg chair. For added luxe, we suggest adorning with a sumptuous sheepskin rug. £355; grahamandgreen.co.uk

LUXURY TOUCHES

Playful yet sophisticated. Bold yet discreet. Espie Roche is the latest brand on the lips of the fash-pack for their luxurious, Italian-made accessories. The house’s launch collection comprises four timeless styles in five vibrant hues inspired by the Italian landscape. espieroche.com

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THE CAT’S MEOW

A cat eye frame and a sports luxe fi nish make these Gucci numbers the sunnies of summer. Wear with nonchalance and you’re worthy of a brand campaign. £320; flannels.com

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Finnegans Wake by John Vernon Lord; House of Illustraion - John Vernon Lord: Illustrating Carroll and Joyce, 13 July - 4 November

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EXHIBITION

She Stole The Show From 12 July THE BOOK CLUB

FINNEGANS WAKE © JOHN VERNON LORD

Today’s society is filled with constant pressure and self-doubt. In a summer takeover at The Book Club, Londonbased artist, Kelly Anna explores the dichotomy between external forces work, relationships, social media - and our own internal strength with her strong use of colour, bold graphics, witty slogans and powerful figures. 100-106 Leonard Street, EC2A; wearetbc.com

EXHIBITION

Illustrating Carroll & Joyce RO M 13 JU LY • H O US E O F I L LUSTRATION

This solo exhibition of work by master illustrator John Vernon Lord features his extraordinary work for five books by Lewis Carroll and James Joyce. From Finnegan’s Wake to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Ulysses, his pen and ink drawings are rich with pattern, metaphor and codes, displaying a rare obsession with detail. 2 Granary Square, N1C; houseofillustration.org.uk

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T H E AT R E

Disney Fantasia From 3 July THE VAULTS

Deep beneath Waterloo station the sights, sounds and sorcery of Disney Fantasia are brought to life at The Vaults. Audience members will be guided around the reimagined words of the iconic Disney film by a 96-piece orchestra where they can dance with hippos and find fairies in an ethereal forest of dreams. Leake Street, SE1; soundsandsorcery.com

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EXHIBITION

Weaving New Worlds Ongoing

WILLIAM MORRIS GALLERY

Tapestries have always told stories. In this exhibition 16 women artists from across the globe weave their tales of our time, using the traditional hand-woven techniques that connect us to the past. The tapestries range in subject matter, from reflections of rural mythology to floods and urban decay, but at the heart of each is the human condition. Forest Road, E17; wmgallery.org.uk

Great Outdoors F E S T I VA L

CORNBURY FESTIVAL 13-15 July THE GREAT NEW PARK

A female-led line-up has been announced for Cornbury Festival this year with Alanis Morissette headlining alongside performances from Mavis Staples, Amy Macdonald, Nina Nesbitt and Pixie Lott. Cornbury is a truly unique festival designed to be familyfriendly and commended as one of the safest festivals in the UK with activities for all ages. Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire, OX7 4AJ; cornburyfestival.com

EXHIBITION T H E AT R E

KILLED NEGATIVES Ongoing

W H I TEC H A P EL GA L L E RY

This Month’s Must See

In order to expose American poverty in the 1930s and 40s, an initiative was launched in which commissioned photographers recorded the struggles of rural life following the Great Depression. The rejected negatives of this project were punctured with a hole, and as such, make for an intriguing collection in their own right. 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, E1; whitechapelgallery.org

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emma Kennedy’s breakthrough play debuts this month, delivering a blisteringly entertaining tale of 21st century capitalism. This richly imaginative and topical new comedy follows Serena and Jeff as they navigate the privatisation of human reproduction. How far would you go to defy biology? Eton Avenue, NW3;

Ongoing London Bridge With an English country garden theme, Summer by the River transforms London Bridge into a glorious oasis where city-dwellers can catch the Wimbledon tournament, take part in a fitness class and sip Pimm's in the sun. London Bridge, SE1; londonbridgecity.co.uk

F E S T I VA L

BRITISH SUMMER TIME HYDE PARK 6-15 July HY D E PARK

Barclaycard's British Summer Time Hyde Park is the seasonal extravaganza that draws crowds from far and wide for live music, comedy, film, food stalls and more. Highlights from the line-up this year include Eric Clapton, Michael Buble and The Cure. Hyde Park, W2; bst-hydepark.com

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Julie

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Miss Julie finds a new home in contemporary London when the wild and newly single Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above. A power game between Jean and Julie descends into a savage fight for survival. Fuelled by social division, Strindberg’s masterpiece remains shocking and fiercely relevant. National Theatre, SE1; nationaltheatre.org

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Alkaline ★★★★★

From 10 July PARK THEATRE

Sophie and Sarah have been best friends forever. Sophie is newly engaged to her fiancé Nick and wants to celebrate. Sarah also has a new fiancé, Ali, and some more big news – she has recently converted to Islam. Alkaline is a play about faith, friendship and fear, but at its heart is a story about female friendship that shines a light on painful endings and new beginnings. Clifton Terrace, N4; parktheatre.co.uk

ALKALINE JULIE

Translations

As You Like IT

Olivier Theatre

6-28 July

ONGOING

REGENT ’S PARK OPEN-AIR THEATRE

Prodigal son Owen returns to rural Donegal from Dublin with two British army officers and plans to create a map of the area, replacing the Gaelic names with English. It is an administrative act with radical consequences. Brian Friel’s modern classic is a powerful account of nationhood, playing out the turbulent relationship between England and Ireland. National Theatre, SE1; nationaltheatre.org

In the mythical Forest of Arden, two young people discover what it really means to be in love. Directed by Max Webster, with beautiful new music by Charlie Fink (former frontman of Noah and the Whale), this warm, open-hearted production promises adventure, sibling rivalry, mistaken identity and romance – Shakespeare comedy as you like it. Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, NW1; openairtheatre.com

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A Monster Calls ★★★★★

From 7 July THE OLD VIC

A Monster Calls tells the tale of a teenage boy, Conor, coming to terms with his mother’s cancer. The bestselling novel by Patrick Ness has developed worldwide momentum with its dazzling insight into love, loss and healing. Director Sally Cookson combines gritty realism and magic in this dazzling new adaptation The Cut, SE1; oldvictheatre.com

AS YOU LIKE IT

A MONSTER CALLS

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CHICAGO Absolutely enjoys an evening of razzledazzle and cell-block fun as Chicago returns to the Westend B y H E L E N B R OW N

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orty something years ago, Roxy Hart shimmied onto Broadway and stole our hearts as the wannabe star who can’t seem to catch a break. Following a five-year hiatus from the London stage, Chicago brings the sassy protagonist back, to sell-out audiences at the Phoenix Theatre. The world’s longestrunning American musical, Chicago follows Roxy’s ups and downs as

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she competes with fellow cell-mate, Velma Kelly for the role of the media’s darling. The multi-awardwinning musical is based on Maurine Watkins’ play of the same name, about real-life merry murderesses Beulah May Annan and Belva Gaertner. Watkins reported on the pair’s respective arrests for the Chicago Tribune and found them so remarkable - both involved guns, one jazz and the other gin - she spun a script out of them. Oscar-winner Cuba Gooding Jr. charms audiences in the role of

Gooding proves himself able to captivate audiences

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fast-talking lawyer, Billy Flynn, while stage veterans Sarah Soetaert and Josefina Gabrielle dazzle as Roxie and Velma. Not much has been done to differentiate this production from its predecessors but that doesn’t matter since the titular roles are carried out with individuality and panache. Gooding’s performance as disgraced sports star, OJ Simpson in the hit series, American Crime Drama, saved him from a run of questionable roles and in his UK stage debut, he yet again proves himself able to captivate audiences. His cheery showmanship and cheeky charm are the performance take-aways Soetaert’s Roxie is both playful and fierce, while Gabrielle is engaging as the calculated and sneering Velma. The choreography is as smouldering as ever and the big-hit tracks just as toe-tapping. . Though Chicago is a well-worn production, its satire on the nature of celebrity fits well with our fameobsessed society. Its comedic rhythm is enjoyable and its energy palpable. Here’s to another few decades of razzle dazzle.

VERDICT

A sassy come-back for the old-time favourite ★★★★★

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SUMMER LOVING BIMBA Y LOLA Bimba Y Lola have whipped up a SS18 wardrobe for the Woodstock festivalgoer of 1969 for their Summer of Love collection. Expect pastels, prints, faded denim and long, freeflowing silhouettes. bimbaylola.com

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he Tunisian-born couturier Azzedine Alaïa enjoyed his role as an outsider in the world of fashion. Always dressed in a uniform of black, he ignored the collection calendar while tirelessly upholding the traditions of haute couture. From his first show in the late 1970s to his final one just before his death in 2017, Alaïa’s work has generated excitement and respect. Sensuous, body-hugging forms, described as ‘second-skin dressing’, are Alaïa’s enduring influence. Experimenting with the latest stretch materials and precisely tailored leathers, he worked in the tradition of the great couturiers he admired and studied, Madeleine Vionnet, Cristóbal Balenciaga and Charles James. Alaïa thought with his hands. He gave his ideas form by draping, cutting and pinning fabric directly on to the statuesque models with whom he loved to work. He combined his rigorous technical skills with an understanding of how women want to feel. He once remarked, ‘I make clothes, women make fashion’. And many women have made fashion in his elegant and sensual creations, from Greta Garbo, Grace Jones, Lady Gaga, and Tina Turner to Scarlett Johansson, Naomi Campbell and Rihanna. Reflecting a consistency of approach and the timelessness of his creations, Alaïa’s most significant works are grouped here to reveal ideas he perfected and remastered over many years. This includes Alaïa’s use of black, his favourite and most widely used colour. Restricting the colour palette left Alaïa nowhere to hide and enabled him to develop the purist expression of his ideals of form. As Alaïa’s explorations in shape and volume deepened, he remained focused solely on the demands of perfecting his vision, not on market demands. This exhibition and installation, conceived with Alaïa, includes architectural elements by artists who Alaïa admired and befriended, as well as photographs of Maison Alaïa by the artist Richard Wentworth, who documented the fashion house over the past few years.

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A reality beauty filter, summer skin saviour and new launches B y C H A R LOT T E E M E R S O N

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BLURRED LINES C H A R LOT T E T I L B U RY

Get camera-ready in an instance with the limited edition Beauty Filters range from make-up artist to the stars, Charlotte Tilbury. With everything from cream blushes to a collogen lip bath, the collection promises brighter eyes, plumper lips and longer lashes. From £29 charlottetilbury.com

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The warmer months can often leave your skin dry and dehydrated. Lumity Complete Nourishment Facial Oil replenishes and soothes your face using passionflower seed oil, green tea leaf extracts and many other natural ingredients. £48. lumitylife.co.uk

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In an age of digital blue lights and florescent lighting, bareminerals launches skin saviour Complexion Rescue Defense Radiant Tint Protective Moisturiser. With natural cacao extract and camellia flower, this daily super shield will protect your skin from everyday damage and aging. £35. bareminerals.co.uk

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NAILSINC Fun and bright shades are being celebrated at NailsInc with their latest SS18 colour range, all bright and shimmery. £11-15. nailsinc.com

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hoosing a holiday fragrance is one of the greatest olfactory joys imaginable. A marriage of perfume and destination will be fixed in the mind forever, creating a scent-memory that can be relived again and again. When selecting your travel companion, the destination should be foremost in the mind. Is your vacation to be filled with sun, sea and sand or is it an urban adventure? Perhaps it is an agrarian idyll of rolling countryside or dramatic jungles. Just as you would never wear a ballgown to go whitewater rafting or short shorts in Thai temples, there is an etiquette to sensible scenting that will enhance the travel experience. Vacation scents should be jubilant, they should lift the spirits, excite and energise, soothe and take us on a journey.

“A MARRIAGE OF PERFUME AND DESTINATION” For scents in the city there are fragrances that are designed to conjure a specific metropolis. The Gallivant collection is dedicated to travel, with six fragrances to choose from. The deliciously spicy Istanbul with cardamom, red thyme and sweet myrrh recalls the famous Egyptian Market, while sparkling Brooklyn uses bergamot, orange and fizzing lemons to recreate the buzz of this artisanal hub. If Milan is on your itinerary, 10 Corso Como is a fragrance created for the world's first concept store and every bit as

stylish and stimulating, with Italian geraniums, roses and oud. If you are heading to the beach, sunshine scents are the perfect choice. Costarela by Carner Barcelona evokes the beauty and glamour of the Costa Brava in an olfactory evening stroll along the shore. Agrumi from Farmacia SS Annunziata celebrates the Amalfi Coast with its sun-soaked lemons, orange blossom and grapefruit plus its well-heeled elegance. From magical Capri comes Fiori di Capri from Carthusia, its gardenia and tuberose gently flirting with wild strawberries and honey. Mariners will appreciate the oceanic squall of Heeley's Sel Marin, an aquatic green scent of sea salt, algae and moss beneath the bright rays of Italian bergamot and lemon. This is the scent for sailing, cruises or simply bobbing about on the water. Myriad pastoral perfumes that enhance the experience of nature include Apsu from Ulrich Lang, which realises an arcadian bower of green leaves after a summer rainstorm while The Soft Lawn from Imaginary Authors with its linden blossom, laurel and ivy imagines the perfect picnic in an English meadow. Quince, Mint & Moss from Union uses only British ingredients with Somerset quince providing a delicate heart-note underscored with a refreshing hint of garden mint.Cowboy Grass from D.S. & Durga is a landscape fragrance that distils the American prairie with its dry, dusty plains, sagebrush, wild thyme and prairie grass. From the white sands and azure waters of the West Indies to the baked, desert scrubland of Yosemite, with a little research there awaits the perfect perfume to capture the mood. Just close your eyes and inhale. A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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HEALTH & BEAUTY • TREND SHISEIDO Expert Sun Ageing Protection Lotion SPF 50+, £32; houseoffraser.co.uk

EDITOR’S PICK

TOM FORD Face Protect SPF 50, 30ml, £58.00; johnlewis.com

BOBBI BROWN SPF50 Primer Plus Protection, £24; bobbibrown.co.uk

EAU THERMALE AVENE Cleanance Sunscreen SPF 50+, £16; boots.com

ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Cream SPF 30, £82; elemis.com

YSL BEAUTY Forever Youth Liberator SPF 15 Crème 50ml, £69; yslbeauty.co.uk

VICHY Ideal Soleil Matifying face dry touch SPF50, £16.50; vichy.co.uk

SUN SAVIOURS

GIORGIO ARMANI Maestro UV Makeup Primer, £42; armanibeauty.co.uk

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CHARLOTTE TILBURY Charlotte's Magic Cream, £70; charlottetilbury.com

YSL BEAUTY Forever youth liberator SPF 15 Serum, £68; yslbeauty.co.uk

CHANEL SKIN CEUTICALS Mineral Eye UV Defense SPF 50, £30; skinceuticals.co.uk

UV Essentiel Daily Defender SPF 30 or 50, £55; chanel.com

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Located at One Tower Bridge. Prosecco House is London’s fist prosecco-specialist bar. It stocks Prosecco DOCG, from Veneto, the home of the drink, a creation of owner Kristina Issa, bringing the excellence of Italian prosecco to London. Kristina works with small family-owned vineyards, while the bar has over 20 varieties on the menu, hand picked by Kristina herself, from wineries such as Marchiori, Rivalta, Cirotto, Tasi Bio and Andreola.

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FOOD & DRINK

GREAT TASTES MISSONI FAMILY COOKBOOK We know them for fashion but it turns out the Missoni family are also a dab hand in the kitchen. We've selected the tastiest plates from the family cookbook to whip up yourself. assouline.com

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GRAPE news

TASTING NOTES

London’s food news and most exciting openings this July By GEORGIA MCVEIGH

Wine recommendations for the month By BERRY BROS. & RUDD

2017 Berry Bros. & Rudd Provence Rosé by Chateaux La Mascaronne — £13.95 Specially blended for Berry Bros. & Rudd by Château la Mascaronne, based in Côtes de Provence, this rosé combines red berry fruits with refreshing herbal notes of lemon verbena and hints of spice.

2017 Gavi di Gavi, Bric Sassi, Roberto Sarotto, Piedmont — £12.95 Versatile, enjoyable and easy-to-drink, this refreshing white wine will take you through picnics or parties with ease. With floral and citrusy aromas and steely, lemon zesty flavours, it's an ideal accompaniment to pasta dishes or fish.

2016 Chiroubles, La Scandaleuse, Domaine Bernard Metrat, Beaujolais — £15.25 With its aromas and flavours of cherries, violets and white pepper - this light red wine is perfect for the summer months. Enjoy it slightly chilled.

BERRY BROS. & RUDD Berry Bros. & Rudd is Britain's oldest wine and spirit merchant, having traded from the same shop since 1698. Today the company also has offices in Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong, a Wine School and an exclusive fine wine and dining venue in St James's.

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Breathing fresh air into stale city life, Devonshire Terrace is the perfect place for business breakfasts, boozy brunches or late-night cocktails. Try their decadent sharing boards sitting in the glorious year-round covered glass terrace or sip on a cocktail under the stars. Devonshire Terrace, EC2M drakeandmorgan.co.uk

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AFTERNOON TEAS

ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND The Taj Hotel lays it on thick with this Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea. Take a trip down the rabbit hole with the eclectic menu that features 'Queen of Hearts' mango tarts, 'Drink Me' strawberry potion and other themed delights. 51 Buckingham Gate, SW1; taj51buckinghamgate.co.uk

TALE AS OLD AS TIME

FINE DINING ANGLER

Michelin-starred restaurant Angler is hotting up this summer with the launch of their pituresque summer bar on the terrace. Collaborating with Cotswolds Distillery, Angler is serving up refreshing botanical cocktails overflowing with summer flowers, which you can enjoy with the fabulous selection of fresh seafood, or perhaps as an Aperatif before indulging in the tasting menu. South Place Hotel, EC2M; anglerrestaurant.com

The popularity of this Beauty and the Beast afternoon tea is clear from the fact it's been sold out since its inception. If you're lucky enough to get a booking, indulge in the chocolate clock tart or "try the grey stuff" mousse, served in Mrs Potts and Chip Potts dishware. The Town House, Kensington, SW7; townhousekensington.com

TEA TIME YAUATCHA CIT Y

Yauatcha City is known for its traditional Cantonese Dim Sum selection. But now it's announced the launch of the Tanqueray No. 10 Tea Garden. Infusing the gin with a selection of signature teas, these cocktails are the unusual yet delicious tipple you've been missing. Broadgate Circle, EC2M; yauatcha.com

AQUA SHARD

If eating up the Shard wasn't glamorous enough, then add a further touch of luxury with their afternoon tea. Lobster sandwiches, black pudding sausage rolls and peanut butter parfait are just some of what you can expect to eat whilst gazing across London. Level 31 The Shard, SE1; aquashard.co.uk

SWEET DELIGHTS PIERRE MARCOLINI TALE AS OLD AS TIME

SUSHI FUEL SUSHI SHOP

Not even food has escaped World Cup fever, and Sushi Shop has outdone itself with a decadent box dedicated to the sporting event. The Moscow Box is a limited edition box of colour coordinated sushi delivered right to your door, so you don't have to leave the sofa for your favourite snack. Various locations; mysushishop.co.uk

ALICE IN WONDERLAND

There’s nothing better than a truly decadent box of chocolates and Pierre Marcolini has stepped up to the mark – with a twist. Enveloped in a thin layer of chocolate, this red fruit désir contains a biscuit miserable, vanilla mousse and a red fruits insert. eu.marcolini.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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At Ben Oakley Gallery we pride ourselves on showing Outstanding Emerging to Established artists and exhibit through out the year, offering the public a friendly welcome, a truly rich and diverse range of exhibitions and events. ‘YOUNIVERSE’ our next exhibition is no exception with two internationally renowned painters David Bray & John McCarthy both in this sensational show. We look forward to seeing you for the opening on Friday 6th July from 7pm. Exhibition continues until 29th July 2018.

Our hours are Thursday to Sunday 11am until 6pm or by appointment Monday to Wednesday. info@benoakleygallery.com | benoakleygallery.com

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Dining AL FRESCO Our pick of outdoor terraces in London By HELEN BROWN

GR A NA RY SQUA R E BR A SSER IE

Granary Square Brasserie has partnered with Fever Tree to transform its terrace into a Physic Garden. Learn how to blend your own botanical gin concoctions at the House of Apothecary before enjoying a delicious three-course dinner. granarysquarebrasserie.com

OXO TOW ER

Oxo Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie Oxo has teamed up with 1800 Tequila to launch the 1800 Terrace. Set to be a haven of al fresco dining this summer, guests can sip on exclusive 1800 cocktails and dine on a bespoke Mexican brunch menu. oxotowerrestaurant.com

THE RIB ROOM

Jumeirah Carlton Tower has partnered with Champagne Laurent-Perrier to bring Londoners a taste of summer on The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant’s terrace. Here, guests will be able to indulge in a glass of fizz while looking out on the picturesque Cadogan Place Gardens. jumeirah.com

THE GARDENING SOCIET Y

CHIC A M A

Inspired by the capital’s love of music and sound, The Gardening Society at John Lewis Oxford Street presents Summer of Sound On The Roof. Expect live gigs, DJ sets, acoustic music and a breath-taking panoramic backdrop of the city’s skyline with food from fried chicken specialists, Butchies and drinks courtesy of Fever Tree. johnlewis.com

This summer sees Chicama launch its glorious summer terrace where guests can enjoy a Peruvian-inspired feast alongside a Pisco Sour. Kick things off with a tantalising snack selection of tapioca marshmallows, miso aubergine and popcorn monkfish cheeks. chicamalondon.com

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A quirky. Seductive Camden hotspot, Trufflesecco is an intimate truffle and prosecco bar that serves up bold, inventive Italian flavours. The premium menu is complemented by the stunning interior, with repurposed wood, antique chairs and bottles of wines lining the exposed brick walls.  The Trufflesecco menu artfully uses premium imported fresh truffles in a selection of Italian delicacies. Prosecco takes centre stage on the drinks menu, however a wide selection of still wines and spirits is also available.   Join us at Trufflesecco to celebrate everyday life in style with a bite of truffles and a sip of bubbles!

Location: 11 Camden High Street, London, NW1 7JE Social: @trufflesecco | Web: trufflesecco.com | Email: booking@trufflesecco.com | Phone: 02034179889

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ABSOLUTELY eats out…

“According to our waitress, it’s not a true Venezuelan party without tequeños”

Arepa & Co Rich and vibrant Venezuelan plates on east London’s Paradise Row

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quick Google search for Venezuelan food in London and you’ll find Arepa & Co sitting top of the pile. This spicy little number comes from husband and wife Gus and Kathe Salguero who opened the first site near De Beauvoir Town in 2014. I’m in Bethnal Green where the pair has launched its second outpost on Paradise Row. On this warm and sunny evening, the spot is a winner. Each bar and eatery along the strip is buzzy and

east London’s well-dressed locals are out in full force with beers in hands and Ray Bans firmly on faces. While sticking to its Venezuelan roots, the menu this time round pulls influence from across the rest of South America. Arepa refers to a particular cornbread which features heavily on the menu, along with maize, black beans, fried plantain, avocado and cassava. The plantain crisps with spicy dip are a no-brainer to pick at while we natter and navigate the menu. But for us, new to the cuisine, the rest of the menu is a bit of a minefield.

FOOD Comfort food with a vibrant and spicy twist

DECOR Industrial chic with casual seating.

PRICE Bites from £1.50 Mains from £7

VERDICT An exotic addition to east London’s food scene

According to our waitress, it is not a true Venezuelan party without tequeños (golden pastry fingers fried in oil and oozing with melted cheese) so we go for these along with the yuca chips. Before we go further, let me say that the menu is spectacularly diet-busting. Stretchy trousers are required. Not much can be said about deep fried melted cheese pastries except that it takes some hefty will power to stop at just one. The yuca chips have a satisfying crunch, afforded - I’m sure - by multiple dips in a deep fat fryer. For mains, we go for the cachapa pernil and the arepa pollo frita. The former comprises slow cooked pork shoulder on a sweet corn pancake with avocado. The latter is a traditional cornbread sandwich stuffed with crispy fried chicken. Both are devilishly moreish with a background warmth that does well to cut through some of the carb. The chicken in the arepa has a tamarind glaze which is particularly delicious. This is comfort food with a vibrant twist and perfect for post-work dining. That being said, there is a brand new brunch offering which is on the itinerary for Sunday. So it’s winning all round. AREPA & CO 254 Paradise Row, E2; arepaandco.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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SERVES Tennis-themed Afternoon Teas for Wimbledon By HELEN BROWN

THE IVY CAFÉ, WIMBLEDON Available now until 20 July

The Ivy Café, Wimbledon has created a series of delights for guests to enjoy while the sporting action kicks off around the corner. Along with the Centre Court Melting Bomb, two exclusive strawberries and cream cocktails will be available to help celebrate the tennis wins. theivycafewimbledon.com

THE DORCHESTER Available between 2-15 July

The Dorchester is serving its annual Wimbledon Afternoon Tea for the duration of the tournament. It includes the Wimbledon Tennis Sponge - made with Lemon verbena, strawberry and white chocolate – accompanied by champagne, strawberries and cream, finger sandwiches and scones. dorchestercollection.com

SQUIRE’S Available between 1-15 July

Visitors to Squire’s Garden Centre can enjoy a Wimbledon-inspired cream tea featuring Eton Mess, a scone with jam and clotted cream and a pot of lose leaf tea. A gluten free option is also available. No booking is required, simply turn up at any Squire’s centre and enjoy. squiresgardencentres.co.uk

PAUL THE PETERSHAM RESTAURANT Available between 2-15 July

The Petersham Restaurant, at The Petersham Hotel is running its quintessential Afternoon Tea with a tennis twist. The big serves for the season are a Pimm’s jelly with cucumber foam, mini mango tennis ball cheesecakes and white chocolate and strawberry tartlets. petershamhotel.co.uk

Available 2-15 July

Get a taste of this year’s tournament with limited edition treats from French artisan bakery and pâtisserie, PAUL. New for 2018 and keeping things refreshingly cool as the heat rises on Centre Court is the Strawberry & Cream Frappé, while past-favourites, the Tennis Choux and the Grand Slam Lemon Tart, make eagerlyawaited returns. paul-uk.com

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HUGO CARTER'S SILENT WINDOWS Hugo Carter’s unique range of noisereduction windows transform lives and restore tranquillity. Run by engineers, Silent Windows ® reduce unwanted noise and create urban heaven. silentwindows.co.uk

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Ideas, designs and styles for your home By PENDLE HARTE

STATEMENT PIECE ARTEK

Armchair 400 was created by Alvar Aalto in 1936 for an exhibition at the Milan Triennale, where it was promptly awarded a prize. The chair owes its nickname “Tank” to its distinctive wide and sturdy armrests. It is launching imminentnly in this limited edition print at The Conran Shop. conranshop.co.uk

ART OF GLASS RICHARD BRENDON

Richard Brendon has partnered with Gleneagles to develop the hand-crafted crystal collection, Fluted, which draws inspiration from the decadent cocktail culture of the 1920s, and fits perfectly in the American Bar at Gleneagles richardbrendon.com

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O N TH E T I LES Our favourite tiles for walls and floors

ORIGINAL STYLE Artworks wall tiles, £POA originalstyle.com

LUXURY AT HOME ARTEL

CREATIVE TOPS Maxwell Williams Medina Ceramic tiles, £POA creative-tops.com

CARRY ON

ORIGINAL STYLE Odyssey Mezzo mix, £POA originalstyle.com

VITRA

With his design for Rotary Tray, Jasper Morrison has given the classic tiered etagere a new contemporary look. Thanks to its understated shape and colouring, Rotary Tray naturally complements all types of interior styles and can be used for a variety of different functions. From £40. vitra.com

New luxury e-partment store Niquesa offers UK-based consumers unprecedented access to some of the world’s most desirable products. The best in home accessories includes Artel glass (pictured) as well as cashmere by Agnona and knives by Savernake. The expanding range is designed to include absolutely the word's finest things. niquesa.com

EDITOR’S PICK

ORIGINAL STYLE Odyssey Mezzo Nocturne, £POA originalstyle.com

MARRAKECH DESIGN Dandelion tile in pigeon blue and pure white, £POA marrakechdesign.se

OFF THE WALL THE BAKED TILE COMPANY Fes multicoloured wall tile, £35 per m2 bakedtiles.co.uk

FLOCK STUDIO

The beautiful Sticks wallpaper is based on a simple French shirt fabric design from the late 1880s, reminiscent of sewing pins of botanical illustrations. It's digitally printed in Lancashire; £130 per roll. flock.orguk

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INTERIORS • PRODUCTS WALLS AND FLOORS Jumble geometro tiles wallsandfloors.co.uk

UMBRA Zina magazine rack, £40 black-by-design.co.uk

FERM LIVING Outline wall decoration, £79 ambientedirect.com

FUNDAMENTAL BERLIN Corner shelf, £399 oostor.com

ATKIN AND THYME

EDITOR’S PICK

Hexagon console table, £399 atkinandthyme.co.uk

FERM LIVING Brass pencil holder, £72 scp.amara.com

LOAF Postino side table, £175 loaf.com

SHAPE SHIFTERS

ORIGINAL STYLE Blue Large Hexagon tile, £POA originalstyle.com

Absolutely’s edit of eyecatching geometrics By P E N D L E H A R T E

PATRICIA URQUIOLA LA Sunset coffee table, £POA chaplins.co.uk

DISTINCTIFY KARLIE KLUM

Piccolo side table, £159 distinctify.com

Hexagon wallpaper, £28 limelace.co.uk

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Gin & Lobster

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PARIS MATCH SÉZANE X BON TON Introducing Sézane’s first ever collaboration with Bon Ton: a range that evokes long French summers and dreamy beach rambles with a contemporary take on classic Gallic style. bonton.fr

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ACTIVITIES ABROAD

Print run THEIR NIBS

Vintage-inspired children's fashion brand Their Nibs celebrates its 15th birthday this month. Known for its pretty and quirky prints and adorable shapes, the brand has evolved into homewares too. Happy birthday! theirnibs.com

SMALL TALK Holiday ideas, sun protection and a fishy game – plus a shout out for Their Nibs

IN THE SHADE IZIPIZI

Izipizi's range of kids' sunglasses caters for ages 0-10, with a special collection for babies under one. With 100% UV protection, they're safe as well as stylish. izipizi.com

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ctivities Abroad have been providing thrilling, yet safe, family activity holidays since 2002. In that time, they have developed a fantastic range of exciting, year-round, multi-activity holidays, winning them awards for Best Small Family Holiday Company and Best Small Activity Holiday provider at the British Travel Awards for two consecutive years. Their family holidays naturally revolve around the school holidays and they offer both summer and winter trips designed specifically for active families. From multi-activity trips in Europe and further afield, to dog sledding and chasing the Northern Lights in Finnish Lapland, these are exhilarating and unforgettable family holidays, which you will still be discussing around the dinner table for years afterwards. As parents themselves, they cannot place enough emphasis on the safety and organisational sides of our trips. activitiesabroad.com

EDITOR’S PICK

GO FISH

SUN SAFE

OCEAN BINGO

ECO COSMETICS

A grand total of 64 different sea creatures are featured in this game of Ocean Bingo, along with facts about each one. Tots can learn as they play. laurenceking.com

Keep your children’s skin protected from harmful sun rays with the Eco Cosmetics Sun Spray SPF 50+. The 100% mineral based formula reflects the sun's rays. £36.95 allnaturalme.co.uk A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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EDUCATION • FOCUS our parents did, so it’s tempting to let technology take the strain. The sedentary, virtual lives too many of our children lead cannot be physically or intellectually healthy. Arguably, they need to interact with the great outdoors more than ever. This is not about packing youngsters off on a residential outward bounds course, but allowing them to experience a multiplicity of environments – the street and park as much as the field and forest – as often as is practicable. Parents can start by not being too directive, by allowing children to discover things for themselves. So instead of saying to really young children, “We’re going there to see so and so…”, try “We’re going on a journey, but we won’t know what we’ll see or who we’ll meet…”. On

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ew parents would disagree that encouraging children to go outdoors and experience nature is beneficial. Instinctively, most appreciate that a child that is playing in the garden, mucking round in the local park or building dens is doing what children should be doing and learning from their environment. Those parental instincts are backed up by sound educational research. Various studies have shown that outdoor learning can lessen anxiety, reduce attention deficit disorder, enhance creativity, increase memory and generally support wellbeing. This consensus has to contend

with an equally powerful parental instinct – the overwhelming desire to be protective. From those early days when a toddler first crawls off the picnic blanket onto the grass, a parent’s instinct is to haul their baby back. That grass may look fun and inviting but who knows what nasty stuff lurks out of sight? This concern is natural – and, of course, children should be taught how to handle the environment safely and responsibly – but excessive protection can be damaging. Unfortunately, I suspect the situation has deteriorated since we were children. In a recent survey, three-quarters of parents said their children would prefer to play sports online rather than in real life. And we tend to lead busier lives than

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a walk, point out things and ask children who they think put that building there or how tall they think that tree will grow. Children today lead incredibly structured lives – they get up, go to school, absorb a pretty demanding curriculum, get packed off to an after-schools club, go home, do homework, go to bed and next day start all over again. There isn’t much in the way of unstructured free time. One of the most valuable things parents can do is to deliver children occasionally from that rigid timetabling. If we want to nurture a generation of creative, confident selfthinkers, parents need to let children explore the environment ‘beyond the blanket’ – because otherwise that green grass will never seem safe.

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CHASING THE SUN MARIGOT BAY RESORT We get a taste of island life on a relaxing and rum-filled escape to Marigot Bay Resort and one of St Lucia's most enticing marinas. marigotbayresort.com stlucia.org

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t’s April and it’s sweltering in the UK. An unexpected, headline-making, sweat-breaking heatwave is causing havoc on London’s public transport and sales of Calippo are skyrocketing. So you can imagine my dismay to touch down in St Lucia beneath a thunderous sky and drizzle. Well, you win some, you lose some. So as my jetlag addled brain navigates the puddles on the concourse, I focus on the positives. 1. A relatively short transfer to base-camp for the week which, 2. is the exceedingly luxurious Marigot Bay Resort. Such is the first benefit that in under two hours I have a Marigot signature rum cocktail in hand. Welcome to the Caribbean. Almost every inch of St Lucia is covered with rainforest: large prehistoric-looking fern trees, sturdy vines and gangly palms line the roads, which – I might add – are tortuous. It takes one hell of a confident driver to manoeuvre the twists, turns and gradients of the coastal road. But it does afford spectacular views across the sea. Our driver very thoughtfully makes a number of stops along the way so that we can get out and snap particularly beautiful vistas. St Lucia certainly is blessed by nature. Five miles south of the capital Castries, Marigot Bay is an uber-chic—yet laid-back—villa resort climbing the hillside above one of the Caribbean's most beautiful bays. It also overlooks a marina filled with fabulous megayachts. So the view is incomparable. Add unbeatable accommodation,

excellent dining, personalised service, a fabulous spa, two pools and…well, you’ll be hooked. You might even consider chartering your own yacht in the marina. But why do that when the rooms here are an utter delight? Each is finished beautifully with dark wood furniture, creamy upholstery accented with colorful cushions, a comfy bed with pillow-top mattress and hardwood flooring. Suites have a separate living and dining room with a sofa bed, Bose sound system and open-plan kitchen that comes fully equipped with anything and everything you could possibly need—there's even a washer and dryer. A bottle of rum and a devilishly moorish and locally-produced ginger cake are waiting for us in our rooms as we arrive; both do wonders to remedy jet-lag. Each day brings a new treat, all local to the region and just as tasty as the first. One could certainly get used to this. Ground floor suites come with their own private outdoor hot tub while second and third floor suites have a spectacular view of Marigot Bay itself. I still can’t decide which is better but I will say that waking up to that sparkling view - especially when the sun does eventually peek its head from behind the clouds - never gets old. Foodies will be in raptures over Marigot’s culinary offering which compiles a variety of dining options, overseen by Executive Head Chef Billy Boyle. The Grill at 14°61° showcases modern Caribbean fare at its finest with a A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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menu of seasonal dishes and quality local ingredients. Here is where guests can go all out with a private dining experience - highly recommended. Our first meal is served in a private room just off the main restaurant where we are free to be our raucous and rowdy selves, we are spoiled with a magical al fresco table on the terrace for our would-be last meal at Marigot, and settle into the main restaurant of 14°61° for an unanticipated final feast when our flight home is delayed. Each is a triumph. Access to one of the Caribbean’s toniest marinas means you’re likely to rub shoulders with some pretty world-class mariners; don’t forget to pack a few pieces of finery for dinner.

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The pool bar and Brut Bar soon become favourites for al fresco drinking and dining. Sushi, Caesar salad, cocktails and fresh coconut water (served in the coconut shell, naturally) become daily occurrences. The pool bar also serves as a very convenient shelter from the occasional monsoon and so we while away many an afternoon slurping rum cocktails and spoiling in the hospitality of the charming bar staff. When all that pool-lounging gets too much, an hour-or-so’s drive back along those twisting roads (a light breakfast is advised) will take you to Rainforest Adventures where you can throw yourself from the treetops in a white-knuckle zip-lining experience. It’s not actually that terrifying, but it is a brilliant way to explore St Lucia's densely packed green spaces. After a quick tutorial I am strapped into an especially unflattering harness, (complete with helmet and hairnet), before joining a queue of nervous-looking punters. There is a series of lines to complete and I'm relieved to make it down the first without snapping the line or getting struck in the face by a wayward gecko. By the end, even the most acrophobic will have eased in and will enjoy soaring through the canopies. MARIGOT BAY SUITE WITH PRIVATE HOT TUB

“I am relieved to make it down without snapping the line or getting struck in the face by a wayward gecko” Back at the resort, a night at The Rum Cave is just what the doctor ordered to settle any remaining tree-top jitters. At this hidden delight, guests get an education in, you guessed it, rum - Caribbean and otherwise - from Marigot’s cheeky and charming head barman. From the sugar cane plantations to the exotic bottles it’s served in, we spend an evening discovering the ins and outs of making this most essential of island spirits. And of course, there is plenty of opportunity to sample. A variety of rum tasters are served alongside a selection of nibbles to keep those sailor’s legs steady. With resplendent views and unmatched hospitality, Marigot Bay Resort is a dream destination for anyone looking for a little R&R and a luxurious taste of St Lucian living. The view across the bay is the stuff of postcards, especially when the glorious Caribbean sun is shining, which, more often than not, it is. Unfortunate as I was not to bring the British sunshine away with me, my stay at Marigot Bay Resort is idyllic. Come rain or shine, this venue delivers in bucketloads.

M A R I G OT B AY R E S O R T & M A R I N A Marigot Bay Resort & Marina offers a bay view 1 bedroom suite for 2 from £696 on a room only basis. Flights from London to St Lucia are available direct with British Airways. For more information on St Lucia visit stlucia.org . Lounge access provided by dragonpass.com and No1 Lounges. marigotbayresort.com

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istral Beach is a surfer’s paradise. We wake up to see eager surfers taking to the waves at the crack of dawn: it’s a vast stretch of sand with endless crashing waves. The hotel can arrange surfing lessons; it also has a spa that’s one of the best in the region. Its two restaurants are high – Samphire is formal with a pianist, silver service and a two rosettes while The Terrace is more relaxed.

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CENTRE POINT Bloomsbury WC1: With fine British design and unparalleled views, this London development is taking centre stage for all the right reasons.

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irst constructed in 1966, Centre Point was a powerful symbol of modernity and hope for the future. Today, its interiors may be different, but its ethos is much the same. Knight Frank brings to the market 82 residences in Centre Point – half of which have already been sold – and the rare opportunity to live in an exclusive London landmark. With craftsmanship by renowned British designers Conran & Partners, the interiors of this modernist masterpiece pay homage to a rich history, with echoes of cool Britannia and the swinging sixties. Stepping through the distinctive angular entrance onto the softly lit, shining black terrazzo, visitors are greeted with a double-height reception area

featuring symmetrical original staircases. Classic contemporary design continues inside the apartments, with striking features and carefully selected materials exuding a polished, yet effortless, finish. But there is one feature in particular that makes Centre Point truly outstanding: its views. Expansive windows offer breath-taking panoramic views of the iconic London skyline, complete with St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Shard. Unlike other developments where the swimming pool is banished to the confines of the basement, here the 30-metre swimming pool occupies the first floor to present views likely to entice even the most reluctant of swimmers. Those purchasing a one or two-bedroom apartment in the Grade II listed building

can choose whether to face East or West, while buyers of 3-bedroom apartments or the penthouse have the luxury of deciding whether they’d rather have an East-facing master suite and West-facing living room or vice versa. In cities around the world, the views from high-rising developments are often a fleeting pleasure destined to be obstructed by buildings rising out of the skyline in the future. At Centre Point, this will never be a cause for concern; with a legally protected line of sight – a rare find in London – you can enjoy the view with the assurance that it’ll be here today, tomorrow and for the many years ahead. Step outside of the development into the bustling throng of the streets and there is plenty to discover. Located in the creative heart of London’s West End, Centre Point residents will never find their cultural cravings disappointed. A variety of high-end retailers and restaurants are available in a new public square immediately outside the tower, while (very) slightly further afield are Michelin-starred restaurants, critically acclaimed theatre shows, exclusive clubs and leading universities, including University College London, LSE and Regent’s University London. In addition, the proposed roll-out of Crossrail 2 to include Tottenham Court Road station looks set to enhance Centre Point’s connectivity even further. Centre Point is special for many reasons but ultimately, there is one that transcends all else; owning an apartment here isn’t just taking ownership of magnificent views, contemporary classic interiors and an outstanding location – it’s taking ownership of a very special piece of a national treasure. For more information on our properties, please call us on 020 8115 3039 or visit knightfrank.co.uk

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ositioned on the stylish grounds of Morea Mews, this property is the newest development in the Highbury area with a real bespoke feel. This outstanding, large two double bedroom, two bathroom flat is situation in a private gated area with stunning communal gardens and a high-end feel. The newly-built flats were completed in 2014 and are one of Highbury's prime places to live. Within moments of Highbury Fields

and Highbury Barn, this property offers an open plan kitchen and living area which are both finished to a very high standard. This includes premium quality floors and highly sought-after integrated appliances, which give a clean and fresh look to the apartment. Never short of natural light, the floor to ceiling windows allow daylight to flow through the apartment, in every room, all year long. This two bedroom apartment benefits from being spacious and sophisticated, with an en-suite bathroom, as well as a further family

“The newlybuilt flats were completed in 2014 and are one of Highbury's prime places to live.” bathroom. The property comes complete with a well-proportioned balcony and beautifully designed communal gardens. Tenants will enjoy the added benefit of a Concierge and CCTV on site, providing security throughout the year. The development is private, safe and well maintained by onsite staff. Morea Mews is located in the heart of Highbury with the added benefit of being moments away from the hustle and bustle of what Dalston and Angel have to offer. Towards Highbury Barn, local inhabitants have access to the wealth of local green-grocers, boutiques, butchers, delicatessens, and coffee shops. The Highbury Fields and local tennis courts are just a few minutes away and are some of North London's finest open parkland. There is also opportunities for friend and family gatherings, such as barbeques, to take place as they are permitted in the area. For more information please contact : Knight Frank Islington +44 020 3657 7360 knightfrank.com

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VIBRANT ROYAL DOCKS Royal Docks – Regeneration epicenter offering thousands of jobs and new homes!

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f you are planning to live and work in one of the most vibrant places in London, then the choice has to be the ever-changing Royal Docks, which is fast evolving into a business hub offering the best of the facilities. Easily one of the most exciting regeneration projects in Europe, the area is poised for growth offering thousands of new job opportunities and homes of all categories to an expanding demographic profile. . The stakeholders of the Royal Docks area are unlocking the incredible opportunities in this eastern part of London. In 2011, the Mayor of London, Mayor of Newham, Greater London Authority and London Borough of Newham set out their vision to make the Royal Docks a vital piece of London’s 21st century economy. Their determination is yielding results now as Royal Docks is undergoing a major transformation. Just two years ago, a diverse, unique and experienced collection of private sector partners complemented the efforts of the stakeholders by delivering this vision for Royal Docks through multiple

initiatives to provide a distinctive look to the city and foster economic growth. The private sector in the coming years is expected to invest over £6bn into the Royal Docks creating 10 million sq ft of commercial space attracting the world’s most exciting companies of sorts and sizes and providing thousands of new jobs – not just a redefined place once at the edge of London, but a place with its own identity. To support the businesses, more than 15,000 new homes are being developed in phases. In fact, the transformation of the Royal Docks builds on the success of ExCeL, the Siemens Crystal and University of East London, and the connections of London City Airport, which serve 4.5 million passengers on over 40 routes to European destinations. The Crossrail, which commences operations partially in 2018, connects to Canary Wharf in 3 minutes, the City of London in 12 minutes, and the West End in 18 minutes. There are 14 DLR stations, the Emirates AirLine connects to the O2 and Greenwich Peninsula, and proposals for new Thames River Crossings and Thames

Clipper services are being considered.. London-based Strawberry Star Group, an international property company, specialising in Capital, Development, Acquisitions, Sales, Asset Management and Letting & Management of London property to local and international investors, is also playing an integral role in the comprehensive growth of the Royal Docks area by contributing to the local housing stock. Hoola London E16, a unique residential building by Strawberry Star, is a gateway to the Royal Docks. It consists of 360 aesthetically designed homes commanding 360-degree views over the Thames, O2 Arena, the Olympic Park, the skyline vista of Canary Wharf and the City of London. Designed by internationally renowned architects CZWG, working alongside interior specialists Johnson Naylor, gardens are work of Churchman Landscape Architects. Hoola is set within the heart of the Royal Docks regeneration vision close to the forthcoming Asian Business Park, Silvertown Quays, and Crossrail station and within proximity to The Excel and London City Airport. Minutes’ walk to Royal Victoria (DLR Line) and new Crossrail Interchange and a short walk from Canning Town Station on the Jubilee Line provide easy access to Canary Wharf, The City and West End. Owning a home at Hoola now is crucial because Royal Docks regeneration is in full swing. The area is already witnessing a steady growth in capital values of properties and an increase in rental income. Once regeneration is completed, the growth is expected to be higher with demand further picking pace.

For more information please contact : Strawberry Star on (0) 207 474 1121 or royaldocks@strawberrystar.com Please visit our Hoola Development at www.hoola-london.co.uk

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5 minute’s journey by Emirates Airline Cable car from the O2 to the Excel.

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