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s we move into October and cold winds begin to blow, there’s nothing for it but to throw ourselves into the spirit of the season. After all, Autumn has spirit in spades and this month’s magazine reflects that: we’ve spoilt you rotten! So what spicy things do we have on the menu this month? For one thing, the year’s last quarter represents a high season for weddings. For those of you organising winter nuptials (or for anyone well organised and already planning ahead for next year), our spectacular bridal fashion shoot and special feature serves as the best vintage bride guide around. Not only have we sourced stuff from some of the best suppliers in the vintage market, but a great deal of them are based locally too. I have to say, it was great to work with vintage styles this time – we had so much fun with all the dresses and accessories. Our local spotlight for October takes us to Crouch End where we give you the low down on where to eat, drink and grab a good quality cup of joe while our Food Spotlight profi les the delightful Summerhouse Restaurant in Little Venice – canal-side dining is now possible all year round!

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Chicago rock band Wilco have announced a new set of UK headline shows for October. The band, founded in the mid 90s by singer, guitarist and songwriter Jeff Tweedy, will play five UK shows including one at The Roundhouse. This comes after their extensive North American Tour and the release of their new record The Whole Love, following the critical success of their previous, self-titled album. This band’s cult following continues to grow and grow. Roundhouse.org.uk, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8EH

HALLOWEEN ALICE COOPER’S ‘NIGHT OF FEAR’ October 29

Alice Cooper Halloween Night of Fear is for music fans looking for a frighteningly good night out. The iconic metaller brings a very special Halloween concert to Alexandra Palace. Cooper will be joined on stage by The New York Dolls as well the winners of his best-dressed fans and freakshows competition. £34, alexandrapalce.com, Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY, 020 8365 2121 6

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BEWITCHED An interview with Emma Watson How do you move on from Hermoine? London regular Emma Watson talks to James Luxford about where she goes next…

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or most young women, the trials and tribulations of growing up, breaking up with boyfriends, finding the right thing to wear, and eventually looking for a job are hard enough, but for Emma Watson, these obstacles have been played out under the glare of the world’s press. This is because the British actress, born in Paris but raised in Britain, is one third of the most famous trio of school children in the world. Cast as a child, she is better known as Hermoine Granger, the studious friend of Ron Weasley and Harry Potter in the smash hit film adaptations of the books by J.K. Rowling. She has also embraced several other career opportunities, modelling for fashion label Burberry and appearing in smaller, independent

productions such as the TV film Ballet Shoes in 2007. For Watson, and millions of fans worldwide, this summer has been all about one thing- the conclusion to the multi-billion dollar series of Harry Potter films, with the release of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Part 2. For the 21-year-old actress, it represents the end of a job she has had since she was ten years old, but she acknowledges that she’s not the only one affected by the end of the series. “For fans it’s been the culmination of more than ten years of following these characters, reading the books, watching the movies, and it’s all been building to this point” she explains. “The fates of all of these characters will be played out, after being alluded to for so long.” Watson also believes the completion of the eight-film series, which began in 2001, will give rise to an exciting new beginning, having ended on a high note. “It’s

“For fans it’s been the culmination of more than ten years of following these characters, reading the books, watching the movies, and it’s all been building to this point”

always been a wonderful, lifechanging experience on each film, but I think this was different. We’re older, we’ve got more experience in acting and this is the first film where I’m very pleased with my performance. I’d say I’m happy with what I’ve done in the previous films, but most actors will be able to spot faults or wish they’d have done things differently.” The actress has grown up on screen with co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint. The last day of filming together was a difficult experience to say the least. “There were definitely a few tears” she reveals. “I think all of us were dreading it in some waythe way the films were made, a lot of the cast and crew were really good friends, and we’d become a sort of family. We managed to hold it together, but people got very emotional once they called cut, including me!” The film has wrapped, the premieres have concluded, and the film has been the most successful of the year financially, but how does one move on from a project they’ve grown up with? “It’s strange, even now I’m not sure if it’s sunk in” she replies. “When we were making the other films, every time there was a break you would think ‘ok, after this break we’ll be back’,

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but this time I realised we wouldn’t be, that this would be the last time we make one of these. It was hard to come to terms with, and I don’t know if it will really sink in until some time has passed.” London town has had its part to play in the films: it has seen magic double decker buses flying through the streets, evil wizards in its cafes not to mention the iconic image of Kings Cross and platform 9 ¾ . “London has always felt like the ‘home’ of the films” confirms the actress. “They’ve had most of the World Premieres here, I think, we’ve filmed all over London, and because it’s an essentially British story we always feel like we’re coming home when we meet the fans at the London premieres.” Watson was also enchanted by the scenery when promoting the films. “I remember us three (the ‘Harry Potter’ lead cast) had a photo call on the Thames a few years ago (for ‘The Order of The Phoenix’) and it really strikes you how impressive the city is, the history and the activity, it feels magical in some ways. That’s probably why it works so well in the films!” She also feels that same association in her personal life too. Living in Hampstead for much of her youth, she was recently residing and studying in America but her affection for London remains in tact, even as her fame means it is difficult to just be part of the crowd. The press attention is something that Watson has become familiar with, especially as she enters her twenties and begins pursuing other projects.

Whilst London is a hub of media attention, this doesn’t keep her away. “I don’t think London is particularly worse than anywhere else, every city has its own press and so they tend to follow you around!” she jokes. “I’m quite a private person so it can be a bit overwhelming- we had been treated very well when we were younger, but we were always very mindful of the fact that the normal things you would do growing up would be scrutinised more than other people our age.” So, now begins thee next chapter in Emma Watson’s career, and her life. She has just finished filming on independent drama The Perks of Being A Wallflower and due on our screens in November is My Week with Marilyn in which she plays opposite Michelle Williams’ Marilyn Monroe. “I didn’t spend that long on set but the character is very interesting and I’m lucky that I’m a position where I have some choice over where I go next.” And where would she like that direction to be? “I don’t know yet, I want to see what’s out there for me in acting, and maybe pursue some other interests as well. As with all actors, it’s up to me to make sure I make the right choices.” ‘My Week with Marilyn’ hits UK cinemas on Nov 18th

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A BRIEF HISTORY Nestled snugly between Harringay, Muswell Hill, Archway and Highgate, Crouch End is nothing if not well connected - which is appropriate when you consider that the area’s history has been shaped largely by transport. Before it became the bustling urban village of today, Crouch End was a small rural hamlet surrounded by woods and known to outsiders chiefly as a convenient stop on the road from London to the north. Development was a long time coming to the area due to the sheer amount of land in private hands, but the 19th century brought with it the industrial revolution and the advent of the railway, and pretty soon Crouch End would change forever. As seven railway stations opened in and around the area, a new generation of middle class City workers moved in. The large villas of the past were replaced by the streets of elegant Victorian housing we know today, and much of the private land was sold and converted into public parks - several of which the area still benefits from today. A local shopping centre became a popular north London destination in the early 20th century, and for a while Crouch End even boasted an opera house. But the dominance of the middle class in Crouch End was challenged after the Second World War, as the area became renowned for cheap student housing that served the needs of those enrolled at the local Hornsey and Mountview art colleges. By the 1980s, however, gentrification had begun to alter the social fabric of the area once again, and house prices were on the rise. Nowadays, the area can lay claim to a healthier and more stable social mix, and has become a popular daytrip destination for people across the capital - as well as a tourist attraction in itself, thanks to its abundance of green spaces, proximity to Alexandra Palace, picturesque local landmarks (such as the Modernist Hornsey Town Hall and famous redbrick clock tower) and frequent use as a shooting location for television programmes and films. Which is not to mention that Crouch End can also lay claim to some of the best ‘cafe culture’ in the capital!

TO EAT St James Bar and Restaurant

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as roasts on a Sunday and a 2 course set menu available Mon-Fri, this modern-European restaurant cum wine/cocktail bar has become a the go-to local for Crouch-End residents. The impressive Skylight room is available to hire for up to 40 people and there is a terrace for alfresco dining in the warmer months. Stjamesn8.co.uk, 4 Topsfield Parade, N8 8PR, 020 8348 8348

TO DRINK The Railway Tavern

Hanging Baskets? Tick. Beer Garden? Tick. Original 1930’s features? Tick. The Railway Tavern is a popular local, the owner, passionate about reinstating old boozers. An extensive wine list sits alongside an inventive shooters menu. The-railwaytavern.co.uk, 23 Crouch End Hill, N8 8DH

FOR KIDS Jackson’s Lane

Crouch End is well stocked for kids’ shops. Baby clothes and toy stores abound. But if its cultural sustenance for the small people you’re after, Jackson’s Lane run a youth circus throughout the month and into December. Kids can learn the art of stilt walking, juggling, acrobatics and unicycling. Participants are encouraged to perform at the venue itself as well as at local events. Jacksonslane.org.uk, 269a Archway Road, N6 5AA

BEST FOR COFFEE Haberdashery This stylish coffee house and eatery sells wholesome grub (brunches, salads etc) and delicious homemade cakes, while old vinyl sounds play in the background. It was shortlisted for the Best Coffee Shop Award 2011 (you can still vote), so it’s the place to go for a local cup of Joe. 22 Middle Lane, N8 8PL, 020 8342 8098

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Concept Kitchens

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Timeless pieces, golden age glamour and retro Hollywood hairstyles give you all the inspiration you need for the perfect vintage wedding

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DRESS FROM A SELECTION AT JACQUELINE BYRNE

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THIS PAGE: Annabelle wears Boat neck blouse, £19.99, Zara Small Toro necklace, 42”, £495, Dinny Hall Whyred green ‘Cambia’ skirt, £65, Browns Libertine evening cobalt blue clutch, £275, Aspinal of London Orange watch, £165, D&G Time Chie Mihara ‘Dinner’ blue suede shoes, £215, Spice London

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Dress from a selection at Faith Caton Barber Head piece: Elizabeth Avey Shoes: Freya Rose

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Dress: Zoe Lem from £1,200 Head piece: Cherished £180 Shoes: Freya Rose Earrings: Butler and Wilson

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Dress: Zoe Lem from £1,200 Head piece: Cherished £180 Shoes: Freya Rose Earrings: Butler and Wilson

STOCKISTS: Zoe lem zoelem.co.uk 07957695722

Saly Laycock sallylaycock.com 0207 503 0171 Jacqueline Byrne jacquelinebyrne.co.uk 0272787014 Faith Caton Barber faithbarber.com Elizabeth Avey 21C Bickerton House  Bickerton Road, N19 5JT 0207 561 1339 enquiries@elizabethavey.co.uk FREYA ROSE freyarose.co.uk 111E, Business Design Centre  52 UPPER STREET, N1 0QH 0845 371 4446 Morgaine Davies morgandavieslondon.co.uk 25 Agdon Street, EC1V 0AZ 020 7253 3007 Cherished cherishedbride.com Butler and Wilson butlerandwilson.co.uK

Hair & Make-up: Helen Rance helenrance.com

Dolly and Rhonda Using Schwarzkopf and Gosh dollyandrhonda@gmail.com

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Location:

Kent House Knightsbridge Rutland Gardens, SW7 1BX To hold your wedding here call 0207 591 3838 or visit  kenthouseknightsbridge.org

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BRIDAL

Our pick of the best local suppliers

Best Vintage-inspired Collection: Belle and Bunty Boutique

For dresses that ooze old school Hollywood glamour. Made in England with handmade detailing in pure silk and in ultra flattering shapes these dresses are as good as authentic vintage pieces without the hefty price-tag. Belleandbunty.co.uk, 45a Brecknock Road, N7 0BT, 0207 267 3322

Best for Quirky Cakes:

Lilly Vanilli

Pioneers of interesting cake design, Lilly Vanilli reigns supreme as the rock ‘n’roll baker. Clients include Lily Allen, Vogue, Lulu Guiness, Veuve Cliquot, Dom Perignon, Henry Holland and Downing Street…to name a mere few. Ice, Ice baby! lillyvanilli.com, 6 The Courtyard, Ezra Street, E2 7RG

And something different…

Best Footware: Emmy Shoes

Emmy Scarterfield, the British luxury shoe designer will be launching a new collection of shoes in November, which were originally created for and worn by Carole Middleton for the Royal Wedding. Based in Islington, not only are all Emmy’s shoes custom made (she uses kid suedes and quality Italian leathers) but her vintage-inspired pieces are adorable – we just love these 1930s round-toes! Shoes: price on request. Emmyshoes.co.uk, 65 Cross Street, N1 2BB, 020 7704 0012

ANN WINDER-BOYLE,NO OTHER PATH, NO OTHER WAY, NO DAY BUT TODAY. OLD BOOKS, INK AND BEESWAX. £650.00COURTESY OF BYARD ART.

Vintage Bride Guide

Forget the traditional department store wedding gift list and choose the Affordable Art Fair for an alternative, hassle-free registry idea. Now that AAF is available to manage your wedding list, you can take your pick from thousands of works of original art. Simply register your name and wedding date with AAF and guests can call directly with the amount they would like to gift. Vouchers will then be sent to the art-loving couple after the wedding. Our favourite from the current list is this vintagestyle piece from nostalgia artist Ann Winder Boyle. affordableartfair.co.uk 020 8246 4848

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“For people who’d like a home aquarium, but think it’s too much work” Relax. Now you can enjoy the magic of keeping fish, without lots of work The truth about filters

Many traditional aquariums have a filter on the side or at the top, but guess what fish waste sinks.

Folklore vs science, you decide

Inside the patented biOrb filter

All biOrbs have a filter at the bottom of the aquarium. Put simply, the filter works where there is most to filter. We’ve even made it easy to change. It takes seconds and you only need to do it every four to six weeks.

Slim built-in lighting

It’s so slim you’d be forgiven for not noticing it was there. The LED light is neatly built-in to the lid. The LED’s themselves are bright, low voltage and long lasting.

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above the water surface. This caused the gases to be well distributed and redundant gases to be easily expelled.”

Everything you’ll need, in one box

When you buy a biOrb you’ll get everything you need to start your aquarium. You won’t need to go shopping for any additional parts and you’ll get full instructions to help you on your way. Just add water and fish. Then sit back and enjoy the magic of keeping fish without lots of work.

There’s a biOrb for you

biOrbs come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours. Visit your local aquatics store or you can view the whole range online at www.reef-one.com

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LOCAL FOCUS

MY DAY Can you sum up your day in one short paragraph? I like to start my day with a big dose of my family. I help get the kids up and ready for school and then hopefully have breakfast together before everyone’s off in different directions. I tend to arrive in Hampstead around 10am and prepare for the forthcoming day. I am fortunate that we have such a lovely client base that makes every day a pleasure. I rarely leave the store during the day and before I know it, it’s home-time.

with the knowledge passed on to me from the elder generation of the Pattni family along with my wife’s talent for choosing unique pieces and collections that are eternally en-vogue. Why should people come to Joule? Joule is a friendly, family owned, unpretentious boutique offering beautiful and exclusive bridal jewellery and a choice selection of fine jewellery. We have two in-house designers available to create bespoke pieces or simply discuss the remodelling of existing jewellery. We also buy gold and carry out a range of repairs and services all detailed on our new website jouler.com

What did you do before this? After completing my education, I was in accountancy, but I have always been involved in the jewellery trade. Before Joule Hampstead, we had a boutique in West Hampstead.

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How did you get started? My father started the business in 1975 and it was my passion for jewellery design that drove me into the trade. I basically started this business

INSPIRATIONS Favourite film: Vicky Christina Barcelona for stunning cinematography, original plot and of course, fabulously beautiful leading ladies. Favourite song: Billie Jean by Michael Jackson – lifts me every time. Most treasured possession: My wedding ring my wife designed and made for me Favourite holiday destination: Hawaii- paradise on earth. Who are your favourite jewellers?: Tacori for their intricate design and Paul Spurgeon as I feel he represents the best of British. What’s your favourite ‘iconic’ piece of jewellery? Elizabeth Taylor’s 33ct engagement ring presented by Richard Burton.

With Sanjay Pattni, Joule Owner

What are your best-selling pieces? We are the exclusive stockist of Tacori throughout Europe (the distinctive, highly coveted LA celebrity brand) so that is certainly our best performing. Our Ungar & Ungar range is also very sought after.

DOWN THE LOCAL Favourite Local Restaurant: The Wells, for great gastro pub food and Celier de Midi for a more intimate evening. Favourite Local Bar: Freemasons, for a relaxing drink on the sofa with friends. Good For Kids: Giraffe followed by delicious ice cream at Slice of Ice. FavouriteShops: Linea & Nicole Fahri for clothes and accessories and Oliver Bonas for interesting gifts. 29

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HEALTH & INTERIORS BEAUTY

NEW:

The Third Space Health Club The new place to get fit. Stylishly kitted out like a converted warehouse, this club has all the usual fitness gear plus climbing walls, a boxing ring and even an altitude chamber for maximising performance training! Add to that Gyrotonic pilates facilities and an amazing pool and you’ve got your dream health club. thethirdspace.com, Marylebone Hotel, Marylebone Lane, W1U 2HU, 020 7042 6333

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All you need to know about the latest trends and products

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BEST FOR BIG PORES Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Correcting Serum this is our top product for downsizing pores. it gently clears out debris and rough flakes thus evening out the complexion. we like how it helps give foundation a flawless finish. £36.50, clinique.co.uk

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BEST MASCARA Phyto Mascara Ultra-Stretch

A stroke of genius! This lengthening and volume-enhancing treatment formula mascara is our favourite of all the new launches. The brush is good for coating all lashes without clumping. £37, houseoffraser.co.uk

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BEST FOR BODY FIRMING Elemis Pro-Collagen Body Cream

This decadent new Pro-Collagen formula combines Mexican skin tree, amino acids and padina pavonica with exotic babassu, castanha and bilberry seed oils to visibly tone the body. The result is beautifully smooth, luminous and firmer looking skin! £49, elemis.com

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BEST FOR FRIZZ PRONE HAIR Essence Absolute

Inspired by the hair beauty routines of the Geisha’s, who traditionally used Camellia oil to enhance the shine and condition of their hair, Shu Umera Art of Hair’s new Essence Absolue is all you need to deeply nourish and condition dry, course hair. £39.50 smoothyou.co.uk

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OFFERING: cuts colours hair extensions styling massage facials waxing manicures pedicures laser hair removal laser skin tightening laser body toning and firming slimming treatments Readers offer Free Skin Scan for anyone who brings this advert in to the salon - Reveal the truth about your skin! *RRP ÂŁ25

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BODY IN BALANCE FOR HEALTH, VITALITY AND FITNESS BY MATT ROBERTS

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eeping your body balanced is essential to ensuring you feel fit, well and able to get the most out of life. Everyday activities and the stresses of modern living can take their toll on your mind and body that can result in feelings of muscular tightness, stiffness and inhibited mobility. Regular exercise such as Pilates will encourage you to use your muscles correctly, promoting efficient movement patterns, counteracting the disuse and/or misuse of muscles that commonly result from increasingly sedentary and desk-based lifestyles. Pilates looks to balance mobility and stability throughout the body helping to develop strength in key areas such as the lower back and the shoulders while developing suitable mobility in muscles that are often tight (such as the chest and hips). Pilates looks to build postural balance- vital for all regardless of your fitness goals. With the emphasis on quality of training rather than quantity, Pilates is the perfect addition to any training plan. Another benefit of Pilates is its use as a form of “pre-hab”, developing strength in the right areas and protecting the body from injuries sustained from overuse, as well as helping you hold body position under fatigue. If you are recovering from injury or have weakened abdominals, it provides a great introduction back in to training. If you are looking for a low-impact method of building up your fitness levels or conversely wanting to step-up your training taking on higher impact forms of exercise such as running, Pilates is the ideal adjunct to your training. Alan Herdman Pilates launches at Matt Roberts Personal Training in Hampstead this autumn. For further information call Matt Roberts Hampstead on 0207 433 3301 or go to mattroberts.co.uk

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Wedding Jitters

Don’t let last minute nerves ruin your big day. Take Professor Mei’s top tips for wedded bliss

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our wedding day should be one of the happiest days of your life. Far too often the months leading up to it can be anxious and stressful making you feel exhausted. Chinese Medicine can help to ease the worries and ensure that you’re in tip-top condition for that special celebration. Here are three tips for a perfect wedding:

RISE ABOVE STRESS All that planning, financing and last minute decision-making can leave you feeling burnt out and deflated on your wedding day. It is important your wedding schedule makes time for regular stress relief sessions. A calmer mind leads to clearer thoughts and a more enjoyable wedding experience for you and your partner. Acupuncture is an amazing and instant way to destress. Fine needles are painlessly inserted along special meridians to quickly soothe inner tension and anxiety as well as re-energise the body. In less than an hour you will feel like a new person. For more information about stress relief take a look at our guide http://bit.ly/aAFXBo MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE A BLUSHING BRIDE You may be able to spend months planning what you will wear and how your wedding will look, but what about your skin? Wedding emotions can really affect your complexion and conventional skincare treatments have no way of treating stress-related skin problems.

Cosmetic acupuncture is the only natural way of treating both internal and external conditions which can affect your skin. A few regular sessions of cosmetic acupuncture in the weeks leading up to your wedding can tackle any excess internal heat, dampness or emotions which could cause stress skin breakouts. Combine this with a herbal facial with powerful plant based skin tonics and you’ll be guaranteed a glowing and pure complexion when you walk down that aisle. For more information about cosmetic acupuncture take a look at our guide http://bit.ly/duIzqW SHED EXCESS WEIGHT We all want to look back at wedding pictures to see ourselves looking our best, but what if you are carrying a few extra kilos? Starvation diets are extremely unhealthy, affect your complexion, mood and energy, so why not turn to a proven natural and healthy solution? Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture work together to help you lose weight. Special herbal teas will kick start your digestive system and help you detox. Acupuncture will help to tonify your spleen which is essential for expelling excess fat and water retention. Chinese medicine is also used to control any stress or emotions which are leading to comfort-eating and boost energy levels to encourage exercise. We recommend five sessions of acupuncture and herbal teas over a five week period to get you looking your best for those wedding photos. For more information about weight loss take a look at our guide http://bit.ly/bgWIAH

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Hairless and Careless Helen Baron says goodbye to underarm hair forever

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’m funny about some things. It’s not that I’m on a quest for perfection but that there are some things that just rub you up the wrong way. Literally, in the case of underarm hair. It’s annoying. I guess I’d feel the same about my leg hair if it grew as fast, but I get a few days’ grace in that department; there’s usually just enough time in ‘The Schedule’ to whip out the razor while I’m in the shower and give my pins a quick onceover. But underarm hair...It’s the pits. The irritating stubble that seems to gather and multiply - and no sooner have you given it the chop than it’s reappearing. I’m tired of pulling my skin in all sorts of directions just to get a clean sweep of a decent patch. And so much for those ‘special’ (i.e. more expensive) razors built to handle curvature – no matter how many times you run the blades under your arm, all you can think about (and feel) are the ones that got away. So it is with great pleasure that I rock up to Vervena’s West Hampstead salon, arms held high and ready to roll. Monique Jansen, my beauty practioner, talks me through the procedure (which requires a preliminary patch test and consultation) and boy, does she know a thing or two about modern beauty treatments. “I’ve tried most of the treatments,” she tells me. “Botox, fillers, laser hair removal, body reshaping… I had a degree in hospitality management but was spending so much at Harley Street that I decided to open my own salon.” She tells me a little about her clientele, explaining how she sympathises with their needs. “I know what it’s like,” she says, “it can be really inconvenient, if you’re particularly hairy, it makes you really selfconscious.” I sympathise too; I’m not a very hairy person and yet my underarm stubble annoys me. I suppose it’s the fact that us women are often trying to stay smooth

all the time and the evolution of women’s hair growth patterns hasn’t quite caught up with our beauty regimes. Fortunately, Vervena’s treatments can get rid of unwanted moustaches, leg hair, back hair, bikini lines… in fact, any unwanted hair you may have. And unlike other hairremoving treatments (electrolysis and waxing) you don’t have to wait for the hair to grow - thus avoiding that awful furry phase where you feel like primitive man, literally bristling to the touch. So how does it work? Using revolutionary In-Motion technology, hair is removed painlessly and quickly. Even better, it’s long-lasting and nearly every part of the body and face can be treated. The Soprano laser machine heats hair follicles gently despite its power: the cooling head means that only a warming sensation is felt during the treatment. (Monique tells me a funny story about a client who fell asleep while having a rather relaxing bikini line removal.) Beauty salons the world over must be putting in orders for these laser bad boys. Vervena are ahead of the curve though (in both senses of the word) having offered the service for some time at their Tower Bridge salon; they now bring their beautifying skills to North London - bestowing better bodies on residents of West Hampstead. Importantly, there’s no pain but also no downtime (thank god, ‘The Schedule’ does not allow for my being holed up for weeks) and the treatment promises more complete and even coverage. It can even be used on very fine hair. My first treatment is pleasant as I chat away to Monique about my beauty-writing assignments. As I waffle on she suddenly whips up my skirt and does a bikini line patch test on me, promising she’ll help with that area too! Monique is nothing if not efficient. Vervena also offers Body Reshaping and Cellulite treatment and I’m intrigued…

not having to adhere to a remorseless diet and exercise regime to keep the lumps and bumps at bay, you say? The phrase ‘non-invasive’ is music to my ears - and these treatments bear more investigation. Keep your eyes on future beauty pages... But back to the here and now, and after a mere fifteen minutes my session is done. Six sessions are usually recommended to complete the process (they are spaced out so as not to overexpose the skin to the filtered light and in order to synchronise with the body’s growth cycle) but as I’m not particularly hairy Monique say we can expext to complete after four. The authorising bodies claim that by using laser/IPL technology, it is possible to permanently remove hair by 85-90% in selected areas - which means that in a very few cases, hair does grow back. My hair, however, grows at a slower rate and is finer after just one session; I don’t need to shave every day. Which allows me to say with confidence that IPL laser treatments are a dream come true. I can see how a lot of woman would opt for it; it’s so easy to do and you must save a decent packet longterm on mountainous waxing bills. Most importantly though, ‘The Schedule’ will be pleased. vervenahairandbeauty.co.uk 126 West End Lane, NW6 1SA, 020 7624 4444

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Cantina Laredo brings the fresh and vibrant tastes of real Mexican cuisine to London. We honour the Mexican tradition of investing time and passion into the sourcing, preparation, and cooking of fresh, wholesome food. Our lunch menu starts from as little as £4.95, and our lunch, dinner and bar menus include: tapas, taqueria, enchiladas - hand rolled to order, fresh fish of the day, fajitas, carnitas, tamales, perfectly aged carna asada steaks & chicken dishes. Vegetarian & pre-theatre menus are available. And, of course, Mexican would not be Mexican without the Margarita! Try our Casa Rita Margarita with freshly squeezed lemon & lime juice frozen or on the rocks.

FREE Guacamole* worth £6.95 Made at your table with 100% fresh ingredients *On presentation of this advert. With main course purchase. Limited to one per table. Valid until 30 November 2011

10 Upper St. Martin’s Lane WC2H 9FB Tel: 020 7420 0630 www.cantinalaredo.co.uk info@cantinalaredo.co.uk Nearest Tube: Leicester Square

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EVERLASTING SUMMER WINE Gareth Fitzgerald does fine-dining canal-side

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s we move firmly into Autumn, there can be few better places to enjoy the remaining temperate evenings than at The Summerhouse restaurant, situated on the Grand Union Canal in Little Venice. The Summerhouse is only a moment’s walk from The Waterway, a well-known canal side spot under the same ownership and held in fond regard by many in the local area who take advantage of an excellent selection of cocktails. So we made The Waterway our pre-dinner destination, choosing an Orange Blossom (Bombay Sapphire gin and orgeat syrup muddled with orange slices and topped with pink grapefruit juice) and a Strawberry Bliss (blissfresh strawberries crushed with goslings rum and Drambuie, finished with orange juice – the Drambuie takes the sharpness out of the strawberry) from amongst a wealth of interesting and wellselected flavours. We will be returning soon to The Waterway to sample the Rose Martini

and the Boozy Milkshakes, perhaps by the open fireplace. The serene canal setting and convivial atmosphere, coupled with a tantalising seafood menu, make The Summerhouse a very popular choice. Having opened for a busy and successful summer season last year, the restaurant has now moved from seasonal to all year round opening. It is one of the few restaurants in London with a genuine summer holiday feel, the reflection of the warm lighting from within flickering right across the canal and reminding me of a recent stay in Venice. The staff are as warm as the lighting and as considerate of their patrons as the cosy and comfortable furnishings. The decor has a nautical feel, enhanced by passing canal boats and those moored opposite. The clientele are smart but relaxed with a number having picked The Summerhouse as an ideal venue for a romantic meal, a family celebration or an intimate catch up with a friend. For a second time that evening, we were spoilt for choice when it came to cocktails.

Thought has gone into combining refreshing summer flavours in a gratifying way, as evidenced by an excellent frozen strawberry daiquiri and a special summer cocktail menu populated by berries, bellinis and mojitos. The cocktail area is personal and informal. It has the feel of a moored boat and there is one especially prized spot – a bench jutting right out over the canal – if you can secure it. For starters we enjoyed the signature ‘Best ever’ popcorn shrimp with sweet chilli sauce, and a simple tricolore. Light, fun and flavoursome they whet the appetite for a main fish course. The tomatoes in the tricolore are bursting with flavour against the creamy freshness of the mozzarella and ripe avocado. There are many appetising options for mains and twists on seafood classics but the swordfish steak (medium-rare for me) on bruschetta, with mango salsa (and a wasabi mayonnaise offering a welcome kick) will take some beating. We also tried the salmon and smoked haddock fishcake with poached egg and hollandaise on a bed of spinach.

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The fishcake was melt-in-the mouth and the egg poached to perfection. There is a wide selection of sides available to suit all the mains. The sweet potato chips and the minted peas both caught our attention and did not disappoint – the chips were actually among the tastiest we can remember. There are also good options for vegetarians such as a super healthy salad (seasonal tomato, olives, green beans, shallots, grilled halloumi and rocket) and a sunblushed tomato and mozzarella risotto cake. A full-bodied Valpolicella went well with the Swordfish, and we also liked the light and smooth Sauvignon Blanc on offer. The portions are well-sized so that you feel satisfied but able to really enjoy three courses. This was fortunate as early on in proceedings we earmarked a lemon tart with fresh raspberries and a vanilla cheesecake with berry drizzle. The lemon and raspberry were refreshing, the cheesecake extremely smooth with a rich and natural vanilla flavour. The service was impeccable and attentive without being intrusive. Like the restaurant, the staff are confident and relaxed - readily obliging us with ideas on courses and wines to complement. They also ensured the outside temperature just as my guest desired. There is outdoor heating to keep you very comfortable long after the sun has gone down. The restaurant is organised for warm al fresco dining into the winter months but they will also be expecting people to take advantage of the cosy inside, still with canal views, once the colder temperatures set in. Like a real summerhouse, the doors are thrown open in the summer and then closed up in the deep winter months. We made the most of the scenery and ambience, taking a long time over our coffee and nightcap, enjoying the opportunity to talk to our charming and knowledgeable waitress. It is an achievement to make you feel you are the only customer in a busy restaurant, never waiting and never rushed. Though the night felt a world away from the hustle and bustle, it took us only twenty minutes door-to-door from our offices in the centre of London. The Summerhouse is prominent amongst a growing number of little gems tucked reticently away around the Warwick Avenue area. ď Ž The Summerhouse Opposite 60 Blomfield Road Maida Vale, W9 2PA thesummerhouse.co.uk, 020 7268 6752

Recipe

Fish Pie From The Summerhouse Kitchen

1. Take 80ml of milk and mixed with 40ml water in a large pan 2. Add 250g salmon, 40g of smoked haddock and 80g of cod to the pan, at moderate heat and simmer for 5 minutes 3. Separate fish from milk mix and leave to rest. 4. Take new small pan and on a low heat mix 5ml vegetable oil and 12g of flour. 5. When liquid turns a clear brown, whisk in the milk mix and leave on a very low heat for 10 minutes (stirring occasionally). 6. In the meantime, take 35g of white onions and 35g of fennel (both diced) and fry together with a little olive oil until onions are soft. 7. Finely chop small bunches of chives, dill and chervil. 8. Place the fish in large bowl with onions and fennel and add the chopped herbs and 20g of small shrimps. Gently mix in the white sauce so consistency stays chunky. Add seasoning. 9. Place mix in a pie dish, top with mashed potato and cook in the oven on 190 degrees for 20 minutes (until the mash is golden and the mixture is bubbling). 10. Garnish with chopped parsley. 39

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LUNCH

£10 Select any two bites from our lunch menu & a glass of house wine Tues - Sat from 1 pm

020 7478 8910

www.belowzerolondon.com

Our venue is split into four areas - ICEBAR LONDON, the Wolf bar, Reindeer lounge and Moose dining room - which can be hired together or individually. We host a wide variety of corporate and private events , both daytime and evening which include Christmas parties, press launches, seated dinners, meetings and even weddings!

Book your christmas party and quote THE CITY & ANGEL, before 31st August and recieve one of these fantastic extras; Husky dogs and hostesses to greet your guests, Champagne upgrade in ICEBAR LONDON or free dessert canpés. Call to discuss your requirements 020 7478 8917

We had such a great time. You could not have done more for us so please pass on my thanks to the team. My party were very impressed with the food and the ICEBAR experience. I have already been asked for your details which I will pass on today. I will definitely consider hosting events with you again. Kerry Scambler, Text 100 Public Relations

MADE ENTIRELY OF CRYSTAL CLEAR SWEDISH TORNE RIVER ICE AND MAINTAINED AT A CONSTANT -5°C ALL YEAR ROUND, ICEBAR LONDON IS LITERALLY THE UK’S COOLEST BAR. FREE DRINK REFILL www.icebarlondon.com | 020 7478 8910 31 - 33 Heddon Street, W1B 4BN ICEBAR JULY.indd 1

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FOOD & DRINK

FEATURED RESTAURANTS

ANGEL CURRY CENTRE

5 FO CO R UR £9 SE .95 S

5 Chapel Market, N1 9EZ 020 7837 5727 angelcurrycentre.co.uk Opening 5:30pm-12am except Friday and Saturday: 5:30pm-12:30am

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n established Indian Restaurant based in Islington, Angel Curry Centre is best-known for it’s popular meal deal and excellent value for money. Locals can’t seem to get enough of the 5 courses for £9.95 and bring your own booze offer. ACC pride themselves on an extensive curry menu and a large variety of desserts while the chef is also more than happy to prepare a dish that may not be in the menu. He highly recommends the Chicken Tikka Naaga (hot) or the Kochi Lamb or Chicken (medium). You can also get a 10% discount on collected orders over £9.

City&East

CHICO BANDITO 74 Luke Street, EC2A 4PY 020 7613 1230

North Mexican

NorthWest

PUBLIC HOUSE 54 Islington Park Street N1 1PX 020 7359 6070

British

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

British

BELOW ZERO 31-33 Heddon Street, Mayfair W1B 4BN 020 7478 8910

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

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

MAGHREB RESTAURANT 189 Upper Street N1 1RQ 020 7226 2305

THE PRIMROSE EATERY 38 Primrose Hill Road NW3 3AD 020 7483 3222

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

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

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

Modern European

Gastro Pub

Italian

Moroccan and Mediterranean

French

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

British

World Cuisine

Vegetarian

CANTINA LAREDO St Martin’s Courtyard, 10 Upper St Martin’s Lane, WC2H 9FB 0207 420 0630

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

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

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

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

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

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

ROOTS AT N1 115 Hemingford Road, Barnsbury N1 1BZ 020 7697 4488

Mexican

British

Modern European

Japanese

Thai

Indian

World Cuisine

French

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

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Tel: 020 7837 5727 020 7713 5177

Fully air-conditioned restaurant BYO drinks

Open 7 days a week (inc. holidays)

Free home delivery (within a 3 mile radius)

Sunday–Thursday: 5.30pm to Midnight Friday & Saturday: 5.30pm – 12.30am

Angel Curry Centre

5 Chapel Market, Islington N1 9EZ

Exclusive Balti Cuisine E S TA B L I S H E D 1 9 9 1

Please call for the latest deals and family offers

Toptable runner up and one of the oldest Indian restaurants in Islington

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

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

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FOOD & DRINK

FEATURED BARS

THE CAPONATA & THE FORGE

M U US N IC IQ VE UE N UE

3-7 Delancey Street London, NW1 7NL 020 7387 5959

Open Mon-Thu 5pm-11:00pm; Fri-Sat 9am-12am; Sun 10am-10:00pm caponatacamden.co.uk

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n authentic Sicilian restaurant, bar and live music venue in Camden, The Caponata & The Forge offer a unique experience, providing both seasonal Sicilian cuisine and an exciting programme of live music. The two venues are joined by a central glass courtyard, which is flooded by sunlight and boasts an impressive vertical garden from floor to ceiling with a multitude of plants and herbs. The ground floor bar, or Osteria, provides a relaxed space for all day dining, serving lunch and weekend brunch with a Sicilian twist. In the evening the space turns effortlessly into a relaxing lounge area, boasting an impressive cocktail and wine list. The cocktail menu – which offers a weekday 5-7pm Happy Hour offer of 2 cocktails for £10 - mixes fresh fruit cocktails with classics and innovative creations along with the venue’s signature drink, The Caponata Spritz, a refreshing blend of Aperol, Prosecco, Cointreau and Soda.

City&East

BAR MUSIC HALL

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

North

ALBERT & PEARL

181 Upper St Islington N1 1RQ ☎ 020 7354 9993

NorthWest

THE ADELAIDE

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

BOHO MEXICA

THE ALMA

THE ALICE HOUSE

CALOOH CALLAY

THE COACH & HORSES

COCO BAMBOO

ICE BAR LONDON

THE HANBURY ARMS

FIFTY FIVE BAR & LOUNGE

LOUNGELOVER

KESTON LODGE

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

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

PAUSE BAR

THE LONDESBOROUGH

MAGDALA

VINOTECA

WAX JAMBU

THE QUEENS PUB AND DINING ROOM

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

65 Rivington Street, Shoreditch EC2A 3AY ☎ 020 7739 4781 31-33 Heddon Street Mayfair W1B 4BN ☎ 020 7478 8910

1 Whitby Street Shoreditch E1 6JU ☎ 020 7012 1234

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

7 St John St London EC1 ☎ 020 7253 8786

59 Newington Green Road London N1 4QU ☎ 020 7359 4536

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

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

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

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

283-285 West End Lane West Hampstead London NW6 1RD ☎ 020 7431 8818 48 Chalk Farm Road London NW1 8AJ ☎ 020 7267 6613

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

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

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

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RESTAURANT REVIEW

RAISING THE STEAKS Liam Doyle enjoys a South African experience on the north bank

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ess than a minute’s walk of the Millennium Bridge, High Timber restaurant is situated in the shadow of the monolithic Tate Modern, close to Shakespeare’s Globe. Anyone glancing at the worldfamous South Bank skyline from afar might be forgiven for overlooking this South African eaterie, jostled as it is by giants; but such subtlety of aspect belies real strength of character - a theme that is to recur throughout my visit. The night begins with a tour of High Timber’s impressive wine cellar, including a glimpse of the cheese and biltong room (biltong, a quintessentially South African dried meat delicacy, is central to the restaurant’s character). The cellar boasts over 40,000 bottles of all vintages and provenances, waiting to be expertly picked, and the private table within the wine cellar is (I am told) the most popular seat in the house. As such, I’m intrigued to know which wines the in-house expert will choose to accompany my meal. I don’t have to wait long to find out. My starter of home cured bacon, black pudding, coco beans and fried quail’s egg is served alongside an FMC, or

“flippin’ magic Chenin” as our personable host would have it. Scoring 93 points in legendary wine guide Parker’s, it has a strong and warming flavour and is “not a wine for beginners”. More philistine than oenophile, I’m cautious - but I very quickly grow to love it, the wine’s potency complementing the rich flavours of both the bacon and black pudding. My companion’s courgette, rocket and mint pesto soup was very well presented and equally rich in character. Along with wine, High Timber specialises in steak, so I plumped for the 350g sirloin, medium cooked with peppercorn sauce, while my companion chose the 350g rib eye, medium rare with chilli and shallot salsa. Perfectly presented on a wooden board, the steaks were cooked exactly to our tastes, juicy and tender, with each sauce drawing out the flavour of the meat in its own distinctive and delicious way. It’s little wonder: all High Timber steaks are matured for a minimum of 28 days and cut from the bone to order. Our sides were similarly gorgeous, tomatos and mushrooms bursting with flavour and leaving a lingering, spicy taste; the onion rings crispy; the chips thickly rustic and well salted - all chips should be like this! The red chosen to accompany our mains was a Luddite Shiraz, which more than matched its predecessor for drinkability, if not quite for sense of adventure!

Dessert was accompanied by a small glass of Jordan Mellifera dessert wine - the wine of the cape honey bee - and the sweetness of the honey was both obvious and delicate. My lemon cheesecake was wonderful, causing me to bore my companion with lengthy praise of its biscuit base, while his chocolate fondant proved a rather rich and gooey indulgence and the perfect end to his meal. Ultimately, High Timber seems the result of an intense passion for food and drink (wine and steak in particular) and a deep consideration for the general dining experience. The menu is top-notch and, though the restaurant is stylishly kitted out, it thankfully refrains from being overly formal or stuffy. For a reliably high end yet happily relaxed evening, there’s little better.

hightimber.com 8 High Timber Street, EC4V 3PA 020 7248 1777

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Pizza! @

This Autumn at The House, award winning head chef Rom Richomme has turned up the heat in the kitchen with a brand new pizza oven. Alongside our British Seasonal Menu The House is now serving traditional thin crust 12� pizzas made from the freshest ingredients from just £8.50.

2 for 1 Monday & Tuesday

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LOCAL PROFILE

MOHAMED FARAJI We chat with local businessman Mahomed Faraji on the success of his restaurant, Maghreb - Upper Street’s only Moroccan eatery - and why Islington is the best place to be Have you always been interested in food and becoming a chef? Yes and that feeling grew when I came to England in 1970 and worked at some very high class restaurants like Minotaur in Chelsea. I admired the quality of food and service. I also worked for two years in a restaurant in my home town of Larache in the North of Morocco. How long have you been running Maghreb’s? What prompted you to open in the first place? I have been running Maghreb Restaurant since 1998. However, we were originally a French restaurant called Marsdens, which opened on 9 December 1985 - so technically I have been serving the lovely customers of Islington since 1985! The idea to open Maghreb was inspired by the local residents, who are very cosmopolitan and come from all different walks of life.

I grew up and studied in a town called Larache which is situated in the North of Morocco on the Atlantic coast, around 50 miles from Tangier with 200,000 inhabitants. I have been heavily influenced by my family and friends and the wide range of ingredients available there. Moroccan cuisine has a fantastic variety of textures and flavours and the combinations suit most palates. I’ve found that Londoners are real foodies and open to trying different cuisines. Do you use traditional ingredients and recipes? Yes I do use traditional ingredient and recipes where possible, but with a twist. We also have to take

into consideration the tastes of our guests. Tell us about the use of tajines in Morocco and how you have adapted them at Maghreb? In Morocco, the tajine is a dish that every kitchen must have and it is used to cook vegetables, meat, fish, poultry and game. We use tajines in Maghreb to finish cooking some dishes or re-heat others. To cook in a tajine takes time and no guest will wait for that! What are your most popular dishes? There are almost too many to mention, but lamb, duck, rabbit

and venison tajines are always very popular along with couscous and pastillas (traditional meat pies). What makes Maghreb different to other local eateries and what do you like about Islington - in particular, your Upper Street location? We are the only Moroccan Restaurant on Upper Street and we are very customer orientated and always improving. I absolutely love Upper Street and have been working here for more then a quarter of a century! Finally, what is your personal favourite dish? Duck, quence and apricot coucous. Delicious! maghreb-restaurant.com 189 Upper Street, N1 1RQ 0207 226 2305

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NEW LOOK NEW PRODUCTS NEW PRICES KITCHENS STARTING FROM £10K

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Decorate with Take inspiration from the best new-build houses around the world, says interior designer Gail Abbott. Forget tiled walls and floors and go with natural textures for bathroom design with heart.

Gail Abbott

Architectural

Bathrooms 1

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nternational architects and designers are using traditional materials in surprising new ways, and their approach to bathroom design is no exception. Reclaimed fittings and natural materials like wood and slate are high on the list and fit very well with an ethos of sustainability. Only a few miles from downtown Miami, a family home was conceived to be built using local resources as much as possible, and its en-suite bathroom features an old bath salvaged from the garden. In 25 acres of South African bush outside Cape Town, the concept for a couple’s holiday home was ‘barn-meetswarehouse,’ and the use of raw slate in the bathroom makes a cool retreat from the heat of an African summer. On Florida’s Emerald Coast, a contemporary house in the new community of Rosemary Beach emulates the beamed structures of a working building, but with sleek lines and plenty of richly-coloured walnut throughout the interior. These architects and designers have creatively used juxtapositions of textures; copper pipe against rough-hewn

Anthony Tulleken, a wall of slate brings a rich, multi-faceted texture to the room. The roughness of the slate is thrown into relief by the smoothness of the ceramic bath and polished plaster of the surrounding walls. 2. COPPER Recycled copper pipe has been used as a utilitarian mixer tap behind the contemporary square basin and makes an unusual and individual statement. The cream-painted mirror frame brings a touch of Baroque style.

2 slate, smooth concrete and rich walnut panelling, or creamy polished plaster with unsophisticated plumber’s tubing. They have created bathrooms that are sometimes raw and uncompromising, but always unique and inspiring. 1. SLATE In the bathroom of a country farmhouse outside Cape Town, designed by architect

3. WOOD The walls and floor of this rustic, walkin shower are skimmed with waterproof Tadelakt. The glass shower screen fits into a base made from a reclaimed wooden post and the antique door from Java adds a further dimension of texture. 4. CONCRETE To keep rooms cool in the sub-tropical climate of Miami, architect Max Strang used polished concrete floors throughout his own

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Get the Look

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POLISHED PLASTER There are a few polished wall finishes for bathrooms, but the most waterproof is probably Tadelakt, traditionally from Morocco. Do it yourself if you feel ready for a challenge, or bring in the professionals. • An easy way to get the polished plaster effect is to seal new, 4 bare plaster with Zinsser Gardz, available from any branch of Brewers, brewers.co.uk • Learn how to achieve an authentic polished plaster finish yourself by booking a course with Mike Wye, mikewye.com.uk • Have the job done for you by specialist decorators. Try Décor Bristol, décor-bristol.co.uk, or John Harragan, johnharragan.co.uk WALL OF SLATE Tile producers are quick to copy the effects of architectural design, so try these look-alike slate mosaics. Uncalibrated Slate Linear

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house in Coconut Grove. The bathroom ceiling is unusually high, so wood panelling lowers the apparent height. Stained wood creates a contrast of textures with the reclaimed cast iron bath and the polished floor beneath. 5. POLISHED PLASTER A brick wall finished with polished plaster acts as a divider between the bedroom and ensuite bathroom in this Cape Town farmhouse. The shower fitting is simplicity itself with its use of plumber’s merchant’s fixings. 6. WALNUT Designed by architect Carey McWhorter with interior design by Ken Ganeaux, the bathroom of this house in Rosemary Beach, Florida, is cool and contemporary. Walnut is a wood that recurs throughout the unadorned, white-painted rooms as richly-toned flooring and the bespoke cabinets.

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Home

Improvements Mark Barratt, head designer and co-founder of 2wentyfour takes us through his company’s recent renovations…

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ur London clients desire a home of unquestionable quality that are durable and practical as well as beautiful,” says Mark, who co-founded 2wentyfour, the London based design and refurbishment company. “Whether home owners are reorganising what is already there or renovating all in one go, they want high quality, world class results that they are happy to live with. They want a home they can be proud of.” 2wentyfour’s mission statement is to help clients create their ultimate dream home.The size or complexity of the renovation is no issue: the company are adept at taking a project from concept right the way through to completion - producing beautifully designed, well thought out and brilliantly finished spaces that retain a very personal touch.

enclosed behind two doors either side of the mirror for privacy. This look can be easily achieved if you have the space - two rooms can be knocked together to create an open living plan that combines bedroom and bathroom (a clever use of space that is often found in boutique hotels). 1

2. Kitchen Island

Before we started work on this kitchen it had an awkward layout, little natural light and dated units and flooring. We striped everything back and built a bespoke custom-made kitchen for the client’s needs. By adding in large modern sliding doors and skylights we created a bright space that became the hub of the house.

The Renovations

1. Open Plan Bedroom Bathroom

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An island is not only practical, providing plenty of storage and worktop space, but stylish too, creating a kitchen focal point and convenient eating area for entertaining. We worked with numerous kitchen suppliers and cabinet makes, mixing and matching designs and finishes to create a room with wow-factor and individuality.

3. MULTI-FUNCTION

With space at a premium, dual-function rooms are becoming more and more popular; this client had a young family and was keen to make maximum use of space. A children’s playroom can be transformed into an adult space by using simple, clever storage solutions that quickly and efficiently conceal child’s play. We’ve seen the trend extend to gardens too which shows that designated multi-function spaces are definitely on the rise.

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LONDON UNDERGROUND Take a tour of the London streets, one of, if not the, finest metropolis in the world and what do you think you are going to see? Can’t see anything? Then look... beneath you!

INTERVIEW BY JANE TARRANT

Basements that’s what you’ll find; hundreds of them, all over London. There are so many basements being built around London that you would be forgiven for thinking we are becoming a subterranean species. Some high profile celebrities are so against them, when even more of the glitterati are having them built. So, we thought we would ask our old sparring partner, Steven McDicken from Metropolitan Basements, to justify the upheaval, the digging , the dirt and the bad press! Why do people hate basements? The only people who hate basements are the ones that don’t need them. Everybody else I know loves them. So… why do people love basements? Simple… more space! and at a fraction of the cost of moving home.

At a fraction of the cost… please explain? Well if you wanted to move home it would cost you say £800 to £1500 per square foot for that extra floor space and if you build a basement it only costs you, £400 per square foot including the VAT. In fact, what you would save on the stamp duty you have to pay when moving house, goes a long way to buying a large part of your basement! So are you saying it’s purely for money? No… more space! But, by doing so you just happen to create rather a lot of equity in your home. It ‘coincidently’ makes good financial sense. Unless you just sell it on, of course.

What about the bad press? People will always be people; they will make a mountain out of a basement, then they will turn around and build one themselves. No one wants to live next door to a basement being dug… the noise for a start, do you think they will ban them eventually? They can’t, they’re largely permitted development and you can’t see them. As for the noise, they are no less noisy than digging your garden and they are a million times quieter than someone digging up the road. Traffic noise in London is more than the sound of a basement being dug. Anyway, we work 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, when everybody is at work.

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Planning is not an issue then? There is no reason why it should be. Except listed buildings and even then it can be done. How long to build one? Depends on the size but let’s say 1220 weeks for the majority of houses in London. Who designs them? We have an architect who is rather experienced with them. He wrote a book: Architect Your Home by Hugo Tugman. There is a section in there all about basements too. You can buy it from www.anovabooks. com Don’t be put off by his picture, he is actually one of the nicest architects I’ve ever met. So what’s your parting shot to the basement critics and lovers alike? Well, not a parting shot - just a statement that the majority of people will eventually get a basement dug to gain that extra space, especially in the more affluent areas of London. Even if you are against it now, you will succumb in the months or years to come or the people that move into your house after you are gone will get one done. It’s just going to happen, like it or not, and it’s going to be widespread, just in the same way double glazing stated in the 70’s, but much less intrusive or visible because it’s underground!

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Camden and Islington Business Awards The deadline for CIBA nominations is fast approaching and there’s not long to go before the award ceremony itself takes place. Sponsored by Islington Chamber of Commerce, Camden Business Network and Zest Media, the purpose of the awards is to recognise and celebrate those business owners in the two boroughs who have successfully grown and maintained their business positioning throughout 2010 and 2011. It’s a great opportunity to increase public awareness of local businesses and the initiative is supported not only by both Camden and Islington councils but Arsenal Football Club to boot (no pun intended). “The Camden and Islington Business Awards have generated great interest from all sectors of business in the area, which is very pleasing. The businesses engaging us for the awards range from SME’s to PLC’s. There is still time to nominate and book tickets, but places are getting filled up so I would urge anyone interested to nominate or book as soon as possible for this momentous occasion. We are looking forward to putting on a fantastic evening that will be a huge success.” Vincent Billings - President of the Islington Chamber of Commerce On October 27 at the Arsenal Emirates Stadium, the ceremony will welcome Andy Lopata as its official speaker. Former vice-president of the Professional Speaking Association, Andy (pictured centre top) was named one of Europe’s leading business strategists by the Financial Times and has written three books on the subject of networking – and you can be there to hear his insights for yourself. Head to the official website at cibaawards.com to book a table for the evening. Each table can accommodate up to ten guests and there is a discounted rate for members of Islington Chamber of Commerce or Camden Business Network. There’s also still time to become a sponsor of the awards, gaining some well-deserved exposure for your organisation while supporting a high profile and positively local event. cibaawards.com

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Weekend Getaway

LE MANOIR AUX QUAT’ SAISONS

Helen Baron experiences gourmet grandeur at Raymond Blanc’s Oxfordshire manor house THE MANOR

If you’re not aware of the pedigree of Oxfordshire’s Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons before your visit, you’ll be suspecting it soon after your arrival. This world-famous hotel and restaurant has behind it over a quarter of a century of Michelin Star-adorned reputation (it’s been awarded two stars, to be precise, every year for the past 27), and from the moment you turn down leafy Church Road and into the circular driveway, you begin to realise why. The first friendly greeting comes from a porter who takes our bags, calls ahead to the hotel to inform them of our arrival and promises that we’ll be reunited with our luggage in our suite. A warm September sun accompanies our stroll down the Lavender Walk towards the beautiful 17th century manor house that is to be our lodging for the next, blissful 24 hours. The house is a medley of soft grey and mustard coloured stone, with red gabled roofs and the kind of proud, bright orange

chimneys I had thought long since lost to the English countryside. It’s a storybook setting made all the more potent by the warmth of our welcome. The hotel manager is on hand to greet us at reception and give us a short tour of the accommodation, which is divided between 32 individually designed rooms across the main house (more traditionally furnished) and a converted stable block (where a kind of ‘country contemporary’ style reigns supreme). What is most evident in the official literature about Le Manoir is also clear in our host’s conversation: a real pride in the sheer beauty of the estate and a sense of joy at being able to share it with guests.

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Our room comes with a sheer array of what I’ll term ‘ambience options’ – lighting settings, indulgently upholstered places to recline, a wet-room shower. Also of note are the complimentary fruit and chocolates (Le Manoir’s own, of course): even the

lemons seem possessed of an unearthly amount of flavour. My partner and I rhapsodise relentlessly before turning our attentions to the outside. It opens onto a private terrace bedecked with flowers specially chosen to reflect the room’s theme. The terrace then leads onto a courtyard with a magnificent 200 year-old horse chestnut tree at its centre; beyond this lie the main grounds of the estate. We cross two acres of fragrant herb and vegetable gardens, wander through an apple orchard strewn with fallen fruit and pick our way around the rocky banks of a fishpond first dug by 17th century monks and now part of a tranquil Japanese tea garden, complete with dusky pink traditional tea house. In appearance and etiquette, Le Manoir is a kind of distillation of Englishness at its best: which makes it all the more notable that it was founded and is still run by a French chef, self-taught genius Raymond Blanc. Blanc decides on everything from the decor onwards – and his dedication to

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Dinner here is like nowhere else. From cocktails and canapés in one of the two peaceful salons (where you order your food and wine with the aid of expert hosts and an in-house sommelier) through to the restaurant itself, partially housed in the elegant Orangerie, Le Manoir is exactly the triumph you’ve been led to expect. There’s even a lengthy vegetarian menu. Among the (many and various) delicacies we sampled were curry-balls with lime mayonnaise, a salad of artichoke hearts fresh from the garden, quail’s egg ravioli, dinky pasta parcels served with a cube of roasted pumpkin, toasted pumpkin seeds and some kind of mango-infused sauce, plus the greatest wild mushroom and black truffle risotto ever gobbled by a son of man. The recommended wine, a Pouilly-Fumé, was just as described, not too dry and not too acidic but fine and full-flavoured. And the desserts – a pear amandine with caramel croustillante and ginger sauce, and a ‘paquet surprise’ containing a tangy lemon parfait on a bed of soft, warm cherries – were exquisite. At Le Manoir you can trust that your special

meal is going to be just that: something tells me that Raymond Blanc and his team, architects of the good life one and all, don’t do disappointment.

YULETIDE

Looking to put the magic back into Christmas? We can’t think of a better way than an evening of carols courtesy of Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons. This year’s carol programme will involve some of the country’s finest church choirs at six services at Le Manoir’s neighbouring village church, St Mary’s. Events are black tie and tickets are priced from £225, including a fivecourse meal at the restaurant. More info is available at manoir.com.

WHAT’S COOKING?

You are! That’s right – you can learn the secrets of the legendary Monsieur Blanc himself at Le Manoir’s own, inhouse cookery school. Courses cover everything from the ‘basics’ to seafood to the art of the chocolatier, and make a great Christmas gift for a loved one with a passion for haute cuisine. Head to manoir.com for prices and dates.

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PAPERTOY MONSTERS We love this breakthrough paper-folding book. Think paper airplane meets origami meets Pokemon. Created by graphic designer Brian Castleforte who rounded up 25 of the hottest papertoy designers from around the world, Papertoy Monsters offers 50 fiendishly original die-cut designs that are ready to pop out, fold and glue. The book interleaves card stock with paper stock for a unique craft package. The graphics are colourful and hip, combining the edginess of anime with the goofy fun of Uglydolls. £7.03 amazon.co.uk

PENTAX OPTIO RS1500 CAMERA AND COMIC SKINS The Optio RS1500 is a funky 14 megapixel camera by Pentax that comes with ten unique DC Comic skins as well as customisable blank pre-cut paper foils so your kids can get creative. There’s also some fun features and games on the Pentax website. pentax.co.uk

SCHOOL OF ROCK-A-BYE BABIES CD Discover you little one’s inner musical genius with School of Rock-A-Bye Babies (SRBB) - the unique music establishment that introduces babies and toddlers to the fundamentals of music, from singing to using live instruments. Founder Elizabeth HaydnJones, a classically trained musician, performer and singer/songwriter has compiled this fun sing-along CD to get your kids rattle ‘n’ rolling! £10.50 schoolofrockabyebabies.com

SPOOKY SPECIAL! Treat your little monsters to some Halloween fun HALLOWEEN BISCUIT DECORATING 25 OCTOBER Kids age 4 and up can learn to decorate these spooky biscuits using fondant and icing. The Create Place, 29 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, E2 9PJ craft-cakes.co.uk

THE AMAZING HALLOWEEN EXPERIENCE 29 & 30 OCTOBER London Canal Museum are celebrating the Halloween season with scary boat trips through Islington Tunnel, story telling and creepy decorations in the museum and on the boats. 12-13 New Wharf Road, N1 9RT canalmuseum.org.uk 69

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PROPERTY 1-2 NOVEMBER THE LUXURY PROPERTY SHOW THE HURLINGHAM CLUB Set within the stunning grounds of The Hurlingham Club, The Luxury Property Show promises guests will experience some of the finest properties on the international market. BBC lifestyle and property expert, Melissa Porter, will be on hand to discuss all aspects of buying, selling, renovation and relocation. The Hurlingham Club, Ranelagh Gardens, SW6 3PR eton-events. com/LuxuryPropertyShow

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October ART 13 - 16 OCTOBER FRIEZE ART FAIR REGENT’S PARK The Frieze Art Fair is one of the world’s most influential contemporary art fairs and brings an international focus to the dynamic contemporary art scene in London every October, showcasing new and established artists from over 170 galleries from around the world. From the sculpture garden and installations to paintings and film, Frieze is home to a vast amount of groundbreaking contemporary art in every medium. Additions to last year’s participants include Galerie Chantal Crousel (Paris), Konrad Fischer Galerie (Dusseldorf), Johnen Galerie (Berlin) and The Pace Gallery (New York). friezeartfair.com

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CHARITY 16 OCTOBER PARTY IN PINK ZUMBATHON ALEXANDRA PALACE Zumba Fitness and its partners are hosting a massive Party in Pink Zumbathon charity event this month at the iconic Alexandra Palace. An expected 3,500 Zumba® enthusiasts will attend this Zumbathon fitness-concert led by Beto, the creator of the Zumba® programme, along with other celebrity instructors. Ticket sales will directly benefit Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Cure Cancer and Susan G. Komen for the Cure Global Promise fund. Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY, alexandrapalace.com, zumba.co.uk-zumbathon

DANCE 8 - 9 OCTOBER SQUARE DANCES AROUND CAMDEN Dance Umbrella has gained an international reputation for producing unique dance events in non-theatrical spaces across the capital. Square Dances is a free-to-view new festival commission performed across four squares in a performance choreographed by Rosemary Lee for a cast of up 200 dancers within the Borough of Camden. Audiences can choose to journey between the squares to see all four dances or enjoy a single one. With its quietly intense style, Square Dances will transform audiences’ perception of these peaceful spaces, heightening the atmosphere and providing powerful yet delicate images. danceumbrella.co.uk

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FAIR 15 OCTOBER CABBAGES & FROCKS DOG DAY AFTERNOON MARYLEBONE HIGH STREET Back by public demand, Cabbages and Frocks lifestyle market in Marylebone Village is putting on another special Dog Day Afternoon on October 15 with entertainment including synchronised obedience and trick displays by The Good Boy Dog School and masses of food and fashion stalls selling accessories for your pet and lots of like minded two and four legged friends to talk to. St Marylebone Parish Church grounds, Marylebone High Street W1U 5BA, cabbagesandfrocks.co.uk 71

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Local Directory MYHOME ON HAND TO TAKE THE HASSLE OUT OF YOUR HOUSEWORK THIS SUMMER Myhome’s team of full-time, trained professionals are on hand throughout the summer to provide homeowners with a premier cleaning service. Whether you need the house ‘spring cleaned’ before the in-laws arrive or given the once over after the school holidays – they are on hand to take the hassle out of your housework! For more information or to arrange your personalised quote please call 020 7923 2266, myhome.co.uk

BEYOGLU Meze bars are all the rage right now; the best often have kebab-hungry hoards lining up outside the door, and Beyoglu is no exception. Serving classic BBQ and Mediterranean Turkish cuisine, the restaurant offers up all the culinary variety of both East and West - and all their grilled dishes are cooked on real wood charcoal for the proper meze atmosphere and avour. As a result, the menu is so long and tempting you’ll need to make several trips just to try everything. Beyoglu even boasts a wide and varied selection of vegetarian dishes. And the icing on the cake? They offer a 20% discount on all takeaway as well as a special £9.99 lunch menu for every day of the week! 72 Belsize Lane, Belsize Village, NW3 5BJ, beyoglu.co.uk

LADYBIRD BAR Find a bar that thinks its Friday night, every night, and you’ll be in Ladybird, it really is Angels best kept secret. Constantly changing its décor they manage to keep its core value – the atmosphere, rmly grounded. Open until 2am weekdays and 4am on weekends. Its extensive cocktail menu, massive sharing drinks and an emphasis on world renowned dj’s makes this is a place not to miss. Members get discounts too! 70 Upper Street, Angel, N1 0NY ladybirdbar.co.uk

FIFTEEN With an array of pastries and fresh bread cooked on site and tasty dishes such as wild Arbroath smokies with watercress and hot lemon butter, pastry chef Kenny’s homemade pancakes or the ‘Full Monty’ breakfast, Fifteen spoils you with choice. The agship restaurant to Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen they cater for everyone. Operating a pioneering apprenticeship scheme for young people, ages 18-24, alongside the day-to-day running of the restaurant adds to the charm of this eatery. 15 Westland Place, 0203 375 1515

THE BREAKFAST CLUB Sharing the same name as John Hughes’ 1985 cult classic lm, The Breakfast Club has an ‘80s theme running through this tiny brunch place that gives it volumes of retro character. With wooden oors, and is always busy on a Sunday. Offering a wide range of breakfast combos that will satisfy the hungriest of men (and women), they also offer a choice of international dishes such as burritos and nachos. 31 Camden Passage, 020 7226 5454

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REGENTS PARK ROAD

£850,000

Situated within an imposing period house, this top floor two bedroom conversion flat offers an abundance of space and character. With a wide entrance hall with feature staircase the accommodation comprises two double bedrooms, bathroom with limestone tiles throughout, kitchen with real stone flooring, granite work tops and fully integrated appliances and a large living/dining room with gas fireplace perfect for entertaining. Enviably positioned on one of Primrose Hills most desirable roads offered with a Share of freehold. Chalk Farm tube close by.

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Rosebery Road, Muswell Hill, N10

£1,195,000 Freehold Sole Agents

Located within favourable distance of Rhodes Avenue Primary School is a fine example of a well presented mid terraced Edwardian family residence. This fine home is being offered in very good decorative order throughout, whilst retaining a wealth of original period features and benefits from a fantastic kitchen and dining room which leads out to a delightful  secluded south-west facing garden.  Situated in a quiet tree lined road which is within a short distance from Muswell Hill Broadway, Alexandra Park, Palace and its main line station, also close by is Bounds Green Tube Station (Piccadilly Line).  Being sold with no upward chain. Muswell Hill Office: 020 8444 1771

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Cecile Park, Crouch End, N8

ÂŁ1,299,995 Freehold Joint Sole Agents

We are delighted to be able to offer this superb mid terraced turn of the century house providing spacious family accommodation over four floors. The property retains many of the original features and has been modernized and decorated to an extremely high standard. Situated in this highly sought after turning just off Crouch Hill, within a few minutes’ walk of the excellent shops and restaurants of Crouch End Broadway and in easy access to Crouch Hill Rail Station and Highgate Underground Station (Northern Line). Early viewing of this fine family home is recommended. Crouch End Office: 020 8341 4050

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PROMOTION

THE LUXURY PROPERTY SHOW Alongside her background in travel writing and and property development, TV real estate expert Melissa Porter – best known for her work on the BBC programmes To Buy or Not to Buy, Put Your Money Where Your House Is and Own Britain’s Best Home – will be making her debut appearance at The Luxury Property Show We caught up with Melissa to chat about the market in London and abroad and her role as host of The Luxury Property Show: Hi Melissa. You are going to be hosting The Luxury Property Show, what are you most looking forward to about the event? Discovering where the deals are! I’m really excited to be hosting this year. The Hurlingham Club is such a beautiful location; I couldn’t think of a better place to look for a Luxury Property! Tell us a little bit about your background in property. You also have experience as a relocating specialist - can you discuss what this involves? I’ve been buying, selling and refurbishing homes for myself and private clients for almost 15 years now. I lived over in New York for two years and helped private clients and banks move to the UK from all around the world. It’s such a fabulous city and whilst I was over there I sourced homes for people and helped organise their lives from setting-up bank accounts and sorting out schools for kids, right down to arranging social and cultural integration programs to ensure they settled into life in The Big Apple. What are the the main advantages of buying a property over in New York? Are there any disadvantages? The strength of the pound. Our money goes a

long way. However, managing a property from afar is always tricky until relationships are established. What’s your best piece of advice for people who want to purchase a luxury property abroad? Appoint independent lawyers who only work for you, not the developer or a mate of the estate agent. Make sure you appoint someone who is sourced and working independently for you. What are your views on the concept of the double dip recession? Will this affect the luxury property market? I don’t think this will affect the luxury property market at all. It has, however, made people really do their homework before purchasing a property. What are the top issues people in the UK must consider when exploring the world of luxury homes? Speak to your financial advisor to ascertain the amount you want to leverage your property at for optimum tax/financial gains. If you’re paying a premium, you need to demand the best finish and best appliances. Location is key for resale. Do you think buying a

luxury villa has buy-to-let potential or will the end price be too high? What are the tax implications in buying a foreign home? Do your homework and your sums and liaise with your accountant. Speak to your accountant who has expertise in the area, he/she will have a plethora of advice to offer you. Finally, what would be your best piece of advice to someone who wanted to add value to their home? Paint it cream! It’s timeless and will appeal to anyone on the international market, from Dubai to Dallas. Melissa will be hosting The Luxury Property Show at The Hurlingham Club on 1-2 November. For more information, please visit theluxurypropertyshow.com

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PROPERTY

Red Property

LEGAL Gazanging, Gazundering and Gazumping… what is the difference?

Gazanging is the latest term to enter the property industry and describes the increasing trend of sellers deciding not to sell at the last minute due to the volatile housing market or the sellers’ inability to find a suitable property to buy. This will then leave a buyer very frustrated and out of pocket to the tune of a few thousand pounds. Gazumping is when a seller deals with one party and then another interested buyer expresses an interest in buying the property at a higher price with the seller then withdrawing the contract from the first buyer and proceeding with the buyer who has made the higher offer. Again, the disappointed buyer will be left out of pocket. Gazundering occurs when the buyer of a property tries to reduce the price at the last minute in the hope that the seller will accept the reduced offer in return for an immediate exchange of contracts. Our conveyancing system is such that until contracts have been exchanged, there is no legally binding contract between the seller and the buyer and therefore, neither party generally has grounds to make a claim for their wasted costs. To protect purchasers against the practice of gazumping, sometimes lockout or exclusivity agreements are drawn up between the seller and buyer which commit the seller and buyer to each other for a certain period of time. During this time, the seller cannot entertain any other offers for the property and must act diligently in relation to the sale. If the seller fails to adhere to the terms of the agreement, the buyer may be able to enforce the terms of the agreement and recover costs. Sometimes, in order to grant the exclusivity, the seller may insist upon a preliminary deposit being paid. This would be forfeited if the buyer simply changes his or her mind. Usually, these agreements allow the buyer to withdraw from the purchase without penalty in certain circumstances e.g. a defect in the title.

ASK THE EXPERTS Contact property partner Andrew Flint with no obligation on 020 7354 3000 or email property@colmancoyle.com www.colmancoyle.com 80 Upper Street, Islington, N1 0NU

NOTTINGHAM TERRACE, MARYLEBONE £2,700 PER WEEK

A rarely available, four double bedroom penthouse apartment adjacent to the prestigious Regents Park, NW1. With porter and 24 hour security,this spacious apartment features a bright triple aspect, one secure underground parking, one off street parking space and storage cupboard, separate fully fitted kitchen. Available for immediate viewing.

PROPERTY NEWS Prickett & Ellis

COUNTRY HOUSE IN LONDON £835,000

Newly offered for sale is this charming house in an unadopted ‘country lane’ in Muswell Hill. The four bedroom house with southerly garden is conveniently situated within the architecturally celebrated Rookfields, a delightful country style Conservation Area between Muswell Hill and Highgate Woods. The small private estate was started over a hundred years ago, designed and built by the local Collins family within the grounds of their own family mansion. The style and setting is very much influenced by the Arts & Crafts architects and designers of the time. The family home retains the original cottage style and charm although updated to provide a large family shower room and a separate bathroom.Prickett &

Ellis are offering the freehold for sale at £835,000 and can be contacted on 020 8444 8484 or full details go to PrickettAndEllis.com/pc05008.

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35 Oval Road, Camden, London, NW1 7BJ

www.redpropertypartnership.co.uk info@redpropertypartnership.co.uk

020 7485 1332 NOTTINGHAM TERRACE, MARYLEBONE

AREA: 90.00 M2 (APPROX. 969 FT2)

Located within a popular residential portered block on the south side of Regent’s Park, this extremely spacious two double bedroom flat recently renovated to a luxury high standard boasting an attractive, contemporary interior. Generous reception room/dining room with high-quality open-plan kitchen, master bedroom with extensive storage space, luxurious en suite bathroom. Separate shower, second double bedroom, shower room, sizeable entrance hall. AVAILABLE NOW FURNISHED £1,100 PER WEEK

HAREWOOD AVENUE, MARYLEBONE

AREA: 80.00 M2 (APPROX. 861 FT2)

A modern two bedroom two bathroom apartment ideally situated just moments away from both Marylebone and Baker Street with a lovely balcony opening off the reception room. This executive flat offers a 24 hour porter service with two large bright spacious bedrooms. Other benefits including two secure underground parking spaces, CCTV and secure entry phone system. AVAILABLE OCTOBER 16TH FURNISHED £650 PER WEEK

OVAL ROAD, CAMDEN

AREA: 45.00 M2 (APPROX. 484 FT2) Exclusive to RED Property Partnership this executive one bedroom apartment is situated close to both Primrose hill and Camden Town with excellent links to the City and West End. The apartment has been furnished to a high standard and enjoys a bright south facing aspect with balcony off the reception room. Furthermore the building benefits from a 24hr porter service, secure entry phone, gym, communal central heating. AVAILABLE OCTOBER 26TH FURNISHED £395 PER WEEK

SELLING OR LETTING YOUR PROPERTY? BEST RATES AVAILABLE FOR SOLE AGENCY, CALL US TODAY

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VIEWPOINT

Hot Property of the

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CAMBRIDGE TERRACE MEWS NW1, £2,750 PER WEEK

Beautifully presented and recently refurbished five bedroom family home with garage, in an enviable spot just off the outer circle of Regents Park. Accommodation is set over three floors and comprises: a fabulous contemporary kitchen with fitted appliances; dining room and reception leading to and overlooking private terrace and communal gardens beyond; large master bedroom with luxury en-suite bathroom, dressing room and Juliet balcony; four further bedrooms; family bathroom; laundry/ utility room, guest WC, private decked terrace leading to communal gardens beyond. 020 7267 3574 Chesterton Humberts 99-101 Parkway, Camden NW1 7PP

market insight CHESTERTON HUMBERTS CAMDEN OFFICE

Has the first eight months been good for you? We have had an excellent year to date, including a record breaking August and are anticipating a similar September result. We are running over target year to date. Although demand is tapering off now as schools are back and university term has started, demand is still outstripping supply and the stock shortages are resulting in multiple bids and in some cases properties are achieving rents well over original asking prices. Typical properties on our books at moment: We tend to deal with the middle to upper end properties in Camden, Primrose Hill and Regents Park.

Examples: • Luxury one bedroom apartment in a sought after canal side development (asking £525 pw), • 2 bedroom apartment in iconic block in central Camden (600pw) • 3 bedroom apartment in Primrose Hill (£795pw) • 3 bedroom apartment in one of the Nash Terraces in Regents Park (1600pw) • 5 bedroom Family house with garage in Regents Park (2750pw)

What makes our area – Camden, Primrose Hill & Regents Park – special? I love the area we cover as it is so diverse - from eclectic Camden Town with its busy markets, Camden Lock, renowned music venues and buzzing night life, to the quieter family-orientated Camden Square Conservation area with its wide treelined avenues and good schools; the exclusive ‘urban village’ of Primrose Hill with its independent boutiques, charming eateries, and breathtaking

ELIZABETH MOORE WITH

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

views from the Hill over London, to the beautiful and prestigious Nash Terrace properties of Regents Park. What makes our agency different ? Chesterton Humberts is a trusted and well respected agency dedicated to providing the best possible service. Our letting team are ARLA or NAEA trained and qualified which means our clients and tenants receive expert advice. We have an extensive network of offices across London, the country, and internationally. We won Best UK Large Letting Agency of The Year award at the Sunday Times/Times Lettings Agency of The Year Awards for the second consecutive year. Advice to Tenants : Be decisive; as soon as you see somewhere you like, make an offer because if you hesitate you will miss out. Advice to Landlords: It is still a Landlord’s market but to achieve an optimum rental it is important to keep in mind your target market when presenting your property. Below-standard refurbishments and cheap furnishings will adversely affect the rental achieved. ELIZABETH MOORE Worked in Estate Agency for 15 years, the last 7 with Chesterton Humberts. Have worked in some prime central london locations incl Knightsbridge, Chelsea, Notting Hill, Kensington, St Johns Wood. ARLA and NAEA qualified 81

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Estate Agents Residential Lettings and Management

Central Muswell Hill, N10

£2,650,000 Freehold

Muswell Hill, N10

£1,200,000 Freehold

An imposing double fronted “late Regency” villa, circa 1830’s, incorporating a wealth of architectural features, combined with a smart and tasteful modern restoration. 3,800 sq. ft. of living space provides a delightful family home for the 21st Century. Situated right in the heart of Muswell Hill, nestled behind established trees, is a deep, secluded 80 ft. front garden and carriage driveway, leading to this impressive house, Set on a large plot of 1/3rd of an acre, which is spread over 3 floors and has 5 double bedrooms - one with an en suite bathroom and a large, adjacent dressing room - 4 expansive reception rooms, including a drawing room, a spacious study/morning room and a separate formal dining room plus a family sized kitchen/breakfast room. There is a large playroom/games room - on the lower ground floor - with a utility area and a wine store. There is also a stunning, approximately 200ft. long, south westerly facing garden - and a generously sized garage, opening from the carriage driveway.

In a sought after tree lined road, is one of a pair of Edwardian, semi detached houses, built in 1908, which has been fully refurbished and has 4 double bedrooms - one with an en suite shower room - plus a raised gallery/study - with access to a large loft, giving ample potential for creating another bedroom and en suite. The house has 2 generously sized reception rooms - one open to a large kitchen/diner - a utility room and downstairs loo, plus an expansive entrance hall, gas central heating, an approx. 140ft. long, Easterly facing garden - backing onto allotments - and off street parking for 2 cars.

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Wellfield Avenue, N10

£2,500,000 Freehold

A rare opportunity to purchase this superb Edwardian double fronted family home, in arguably one of the most prestigious of Muswell Hill’s tree lined Avenues, close to the Broadway. The house, on 3 floors, has been extensively and tastefully refurbished - including a recently built garden studio - whilst retaining a wealth of original period features including fireplaces, stripped floors and stained glass windows. There are 5 double bedrooms - one a super Master suite, with a large dressing room and shower room - 3 generously sized Reception Rooms, a spacious and very modern Kitchen/dining room and a utility room/downstairs loo. Also 2 bathrooms and an additional en suite shower room, gas central heating, a wide South Westerly facing garden, approximately 80ft. long, with a rear driveway access and 2 off street parking spaces at the front of the house. There is also planning permission, in place, to allow for a further 1000 sq.ft. of extension into the cellar, if so desired.

Muswell Hill, N10

£849,950 Freehold

A semi linked 1920’s built house, which has a tasteful interior décor, 5 good sized bedrooms - 2 of which are carved from the loft and interconnect - 2 reception rooms - connected by wooden double doors - and a fitted kitchen/diner, plus a utility and downstairs loo. There is also a contemporary, recently fitted bathroom, plus a separate shower room, a shaft cellar, gas central heating and a secluded and Southerly facing, lawned garden. The house is situated in a sought after, tree lined road, within easy walking distance of good local shops or Muswell Hill Broadway, and close to Bounds Green Tube Station and Alexandra Palace Mainline Station - for speedy journeys to the City and West End.

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