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CITY & ANGEL

TOM’S MIDNIGHT GARDEN

BACKSTAGE WITH DAVID WOOD

RECIPE FOR SUCCESS

JAMIE OLIVER’S FIFTEEN TURNS TEN

SUITE DREAMS

TOP HOTELS IN TOWN

ALL THE TRIMMINGS

LOCAL ROASTS WITH THE MOST

Cover me beautiful The hottest trends this winter

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Contents December 2012

05 EDITOR’S LETTER 06 ABSOLUTELY LOVES

Food

Arts

42 ROASTS WITH THE MOST

63 INTERIOR INSPIRATIONS

50 RESTAURANT REVIEWS

64 ALL THE GLITTERS

Travel

Property

Jamie Oliver on his ever-expanding brand The best Sunday lunches in town

09 DIARY

What’s on this month

High living at Duck and Waffle

13 CURTAIN CALL

Backstage with director David Wood

Fashion

19 STYLE FINDER

40 JAMIE’S KITCHEN

52 ONE FINE STAY

Top local townhouse hotels

Interiors

61 DECK THE HALLS

Get festive with Absolutely’s favourite baubles The best trends, designers and local gems At home with Graham and Green

80 PROPERTY NOTES

News and views from the property world

The latest news, trends and products

56 IT’S A GOA

84 IN THEIR OWN WORDS

The smartest in British attire

58 TRAVEL NOTES

90 NEW DEVELOPMENTS

20 FOR HIM

A heavenly hideaway in India

News from around the world

Nick Moore and Chris Morris from Cluttons Lime Wharf and Goodman’s Fields

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Editor’s Letter Party people

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he age of luxury was ended and that of comfort had begun.” The sentimental reflections of wallflower Fanny in Nancy Mitford’s Love in a Cold Climate are especially apposite these days, as more and more of us hark back to a golden age of character and decadence. Entrepreneurial Londoners’ revivalist tendencies have lately seen a surge in all kinds of opulent leisure pursuits, from speakeasy-styled cocktail bars and Jazz Age supper clubs to Blitz nights, Titanic parties and the retro burlesque renaissance. And with Christmas just ahead, it’s the best time to let the love of luxury and good old-fashioned romance take over. Our attentions this month are thus turned to the merrimaking ahead – and how to make it more merry than ever. For a start, there’s no shortage of festive fun occurring in our neck of the woods – see page 9 for our round-up of the hottest tickets in town. But indulgence means one thing more than any other, and that’s food. One needn’t go underfed in order to squeeze into that all-important party frock, though our focus (as always) is on superb quality rather than quantity. As a result, we talk to celeb chef and all-round good guy Jamie Oliver about local institution Fifteen (p40), the restaurant that kick-started his ever-growing empire while giving expert training to a clutch of disadvantaged youngsters. The charitable mission Oliver launched back then shows no signs of abating, with the apprentice scheme still going strong and the charitable of the enterprise donating profits to the Better Food Foundation. It’s a great reason (as if you needed one!) to go down and check out the restaurant’s supper clubs, which were introduced to celebrate its tenth anniversary this year. This issue is Christmassy to say the least. From what to wear and where to stay over the holidays to festive food news and ingenious gift ideas, we’ve got yuletide all sewn up. Comfort need not mean the end of luxury, despite what Miss Mitford says; the two go very well together. Wishing you all an absolutely wonderful Christmas and New Year. On the cover City & Angel: Elizabeth Gibson East: Chris Cowan Helen Baron, Editor

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#Gladrags Christmas is the ideal time to invest in a statement dress. It’s hardly ever appropriate to wear a full-length gown so I’d go for one with massive wowfactor, like this Gucci green leopard-print number. Its full sleeves mean I won’t need to cover my shoulders, while the gold clutch by Yves Saint Laurent adds some high shine glitz. I’ll need shoes to top it all off, of course... lest I look too matchy-matchy, I’ve chosen these classic black sandals by Jerome C. Rousseau – they’ll go with anything but definitely benefit from the dash of gold elsewhere in my outfit. And there we have it, the ultimate party get-up.

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‘Tis the season for Belle Epoque lingerie – and Lucile and Co is the place to get it. Established in 1890 by Lady Duff Gordon, the brand has dressed many a starlet and royal wife in its long history, including Queen Mary and the Queen of Spain. Nowadays, the couture lingerie label is known as the home of sumptuous fabrics, vivid colours and delicate drapery – and with party season on the horizon, it’s good to know we’ll be decadently dressed right down to our smalls. lucileandco.com

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Simultaneously brilliant and exasperating, The Grown Up Chocolate Company knows just how to beckon us from our LBD diets by channeling our childhood nostalgia. Using only the finest ingredients, it has concocted sophisticated versions of favourite treats from our youth, such as ‘Fruit and Nut Hunky Dory’ and ‘Glorious Coconut Hocus Pocus’. Hmph. From £2.50 per bar; thegrownupchocolatecompany.com

KNITTY GRITTY WELL-HEELED

It’s red carpet red, it’s made of velvet – what more could we want to whet our appetites for the impending party season? Our brains are suddenly in festive overdrive. £365; gina.com

Just chilling in your woollies need never be boring again thanks to East End designer Amy Hall, whose knitwear is at the forefront of fashion. We’re championing her lattice-knit crop tops, super sexy lingerie, loungewear and figure-hugging dresses. Out with dowdy jumpers; in with a bit of Christmas sparkle. amy-hall.co.uk

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Mince pies, ahoy! Churning out delicious cakes and pastries on Theobalds Road (and also in St. Paul’s), Bea’s of Bloomsbury is an afternoon tea hotspot and it does Christmas... well... to a tee. It’s so cosy inside, we can’t help but imagine ourselves cradling a hot chocolate behind steamy windows. Ooh, we’re coming over all Dickensian. 83 Watling Street, EC4; beasofbloomsbury.com

A VIEW TO A KILL

The name’s Bond... James Bond. We highly approve of these new gift vouchers from Everyman Cinemas. Launched to mark 50 years of the world’s favourite secret agent, vouchers can be used to purchase film tickets, food and drink at Everyman venues. A great way to spend your money... penny. Ahem. 83 Upper Street, N1; everymancinema.com

PICTURE PERFECT

Fashion photographer Mario Testino’s latest book, Private View – launched to celebrate his inaugural Chinese exhibition – brings together an exciting selection of his best studio work, including some of his most glamorous and candid shots. Iconic celebrity portraits as well as the famous studies of Diana, Princess of Wales, and her sons are all present and correct, while Testino’s recent advertising and fashion work rounds off the selection. A must-have collector’s item for any art or fashion lover’s library. £44.99; taschen.com

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WREATH ENCOUNTER HEAVEN SCENT

Lokum Istanbul has been a favourite since it launched earlier this year (something about the ultra elegant packaging and the divine scent coupled with authentic Turkish Delight). We’re loving its new gift sets of the Myndos Breeze fragrance, which not only smells amazing, but also references Herodotus preparing a lesson in Helicarnassus… Deep. lokumistanbul.co.uk

Moyses Stevens know how to do Christmas, from show-stopping trees and unique decorations to beautiful, welcoming wreaths. The proud holders of a royal warrant, the heritage florist specialises in installing decorations and trees and creating stunning winter displays using seasonal flowers, foliage and festive fragrance. We love this glorious wreath, dripping with Christmas colour. 788a Finchley Road, NW11; moysesflowers.co.uk

Aswad once sang, ‘shine into the future’ – and we’ve found the perfect blazer to help you do just that. Made by cult French label The Kooples, the jacket embraces the metallic trend to help you blaze a trail through to the New Year. The laméeffect thread gives it more than a sprinkling of festive wow factor. £355; Westfield Stratford City; thekooples.co.uk 7

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s r e e d n i e r s ’ Visit Santa ecember Friday 21st D Celebrate the magic of Christmas this year at the N1 Shopping Centre with an array of festive treats and activities starting on the 23rd November, these include: beauty treatments, carol services and a personal gift wrapping service. On Friday 21st December, between 11am – 3pm Santa’s reindeers will be making a guest appearance. Make your last minute wish and sprinkle some authentic North Pole magic dust, to ensure all those Christmas wishes come true.

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What’s on December 2012

Bad Santa TROXY 15 December Troxy is hosting the ultimate Christmas party, as the very best of cinema, music and nightlife collide under one roof. Enjoy a classic Christmas film screening from 8:30pm, then whip out your most glittery gladrags for an explosive night of singing, dancing, fancy dress, live performances and possibly a drink or two! Complete with a Bad Santa Grotto, acrobatic dancers and a photo booth, this hedonistic night promises to be one to remember. Troxy, 490 Commercial Road, E1; troxy.co.uk 9

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The Snowman SADLER’S WELLS Until 6 January Get swept away with the theatrical magic of your favourite Christmas tale as the Birmingham Repertory Theatre brings Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman to life. Join the characters on the night before Christmas, as they set off on a spellbinding adventure, escaping the malice of Jack Frost and encountering penguins, reindeer and Father Christmas. An epic evening of magical childhood fun. Peacock Theatre, WC2; sadlerswells.com

Stories From An Invisible Town BARBICAN Until 8 December Upon returning home to Llangedni, huddled away in a remote corner of Wales, Hugh Hughes finds himself entangled in a web of childhood memories. This captivating production recounts the extraordinary emergence of his reminiscences, drawing the audience into his capricious history. Get a sneak-peek by delving into Hugh’s website, where his sea of nostalgia is manifested in short films, photographs and poems. The Barbican, Silk Street, EC2; invisibletownstories.co.uk

East London Design Show SHOREDITCH TOWN HALL 6-9 December Satisfy your designer thirst with the East London Design Show, home to over 100 designers and crammed full of festive treats. Featuring a colossal range of creative goodies, from fashion and jewellery to print and interiors, the show is crawling with unique treasures just waiting to be discovered. Shoreditch Town Hall, EC1; eastlondondesignshow.co.uk

Playful Promises BOXPARK 6 December Playful Promises are rather generously hosting a series of late night shopping events, tantalising our feminine side with a whole host of luxurious lingerie treats. Take your pick from seductive black silk, fiery red, sultry lace or retro satin prints, and bag a little something special to spice up your winter wardrobe. Oh and with an extra 20 per cent off, it really is irresistible. 6-9 pm, Playful Promises Boxpark Boutique, Unit 14, Boxpark, 2-4 Bethnal Green Road, E1; playfulpromises.com

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Solid Air TRANSITION GALLERY 1-23 December Escape the clutches of the barren British winter with the Solid Air exhibition at The Transition Gallery, as three painters capture the melancholic beauty of the Norwegian landscape. Join Lars Korff Lofthus, Hanneline Visnes and Marianne Morild, as they explore their preoccupation with nature, spirituality and the essence of belonging, subtly captured in their bold and stirring works. The Transition Gallery, Unit 25a Regent Studios, 8 Andrews Road, E8; transitiongallery.co.uk

Christmas Tree Sessions UNION CHAPEL 14 December Join Lauren Laverne at Union Chapel’s Christmas Tree Sessions for a fun-filled night in aid of Save The Children. With performances from Fyfe Dangerfield, Kodaline and Band of Skulls alongside festive stories and comedy performances, there’s a little bit of everything to raise your festive spirits. Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, N1; unionchapel.org.uk

NSPCC Charity Gala Dinner ISLINGTON TOWN HALL 8 December A champagne reception, dinner and dance followed by a live and silent auction are to be held at the town hall, with all proceeds going to the local branch of the children’s charity. There will also be a performance by the Niall Kelly blues band. Dress code is strictly black tie. Tickets £100 for tables of 8-10, Islington Town Hall, 64 Charlotte Road, EC2, email alison@samuel-family.co.uk; hoxtonartgallery.co.uk Reindeers and Santa N1 CENTRE 21 December The shopping centre is putting on a whole host of festive treats to get us in the Christmas mood; think beauty treatments, carol services and personal gift-wrapping. Swing by on 21 December when Santa’s reindeers will make a guest appearance between 11am and 3pm. N1 Centre, 21 Parkfield Street, N1; n1islington.com

Christmas Shopping Evening VICTORIA PARK VILLAGE 8 December Victoria Park Trader’s Association will come together between 2pm and 9pm for an evening of Christmas shopping. Clues to a riddle are hidden in the form of letters in the local shops. If unscrambled correctly, answers will be entered into the annual Treasure Hunt raffle to win the very festive-looking village hamper, made up of contributions from The Empress, The Lauriston and Jonathan Norris Fishmongers among many others. There will be stalls, carol singers, mulled wine – and Santa may drop by too. victoriaparkvillage.com

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Yuletide Tease PROUD CABARET Over Christmas Step back in time as Proud Cabaret City transforms itself into a magical winter wonderland, dolled-up with more than a sprinkling of festive decorations. Complete with a scrumptious Christmas menu and a pianist adding his own jazzy twist to popular tunes, Proud Cabaret are successfully whipping us up into quite the festive frenzy. Prices start at £64 for a three-course dinner and private booth, Proud Cabaret City, 1 Mark Lane, EC3; proudcabaretcity.com 11

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Brighten up your Christmas day Exclusive gifts and souvenirs at London Transport Museum shop, Covent Garden Piazza, London WC2 Shop opens daily or buy online

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You have five children’s shows playing this Christmas: how have you found the time for it all? They’re not all new shows thankfully! I’m only directing one myself, The Tiger Who Came To Tea, which is running in Norwich and Leicester. How did you get into writing for the theatre? I started as an actor, having wanted to work in the theatre ever since I was about eight. In my teens I did magic at children’s parties. When I was in rep in Worcester, I ran Saturday morning children’s entertainments – then I was asked to write the Christmas play. That was in 1967. Since then I have written over 70 more.

Goodnight Mr. Tom is running in the West End with Oliver Ford Davies playing the eponymous character – are you excited to be working with him? Oliver was my first choice to play Mister Tom. I’m thrilled he agreed to play the role. I have admired him for many years – we overlapped as students at Oxford University. Since then I have seen him many times at the National and the RSC. And his King Lear is amongst the very best I have ever seen – and I collect Lears! How did you decide which stories you wanted to dramatise? I look for a certain theatricality, a certain larger than life quality that will translate effectively from page to stage. And, in a play for children, a strong story that will enthral them and make them care and eager to know what comes next. We bore them at our peril! How do you approach adapting the original text? I read the book many, many times, then try to retell the story dramatically, staying faithful to the spirit of the story. Sometimes things have to change a bit, or be reordered, but the qualities that made me want to adapt it should remain. Tell us about Tom’s Midnight Garden. Have you worked with the Bloomsbury before? How do you like the area? I adapted Tom’s Midnight Garden a few years ago and was delighted to get to know Philippa Pearce, who wrote the brilliant and haunting novel. The play has, I’m proud to say, won several awards. The fantasy seems so real when young, lonely, Tom magically finds he can regularly return to Victorian times, where he meets an unhappy girl called Hatty. Together they help each other through their friendship, and there is a wonderful twist at the end that leaves adults and children alike moved and joyful. I have had many of my plays at the Bloomsbury since the early seventies, when it was called the Collegiate. The Owl and the Pussycat Went to Sea... The Gingerbread Man with Blue Peter’s

Curtain Call Absolutely meets David Wood, the acclaimed dramatist bringing some of our favourite children’s stories to the stage Peter Duncan, The Twits, Danny the Champion of the World, George’s Marvellous Medicine, and The Tiger Who Came to Tea have all played successful seasons at the Bloomsbury, which has the perfect auditorium for children. The theatre isn’t far from my publishers, Samuel French Ltd, so I often visit. The Tiger Who Came For Tea was nominated for an Olivier award and you received an OBE in 2004 for services to literature and drama.What do accolades like this mean to your career? The Olivier nomination was very special, because it was the first time ever that a show

for the under-fives had been nominated. And my OBE was a feather in the cap for all those of us who work in the children’s arts sector, which is often undervalued! I am Chair of Action for Children’s Arts, a charity that works hard to improve the status and profile of children’s arts. Tom’s Midnight Gardens will run at The Bloomsbury Theatre over the following dates: 11-22 December, 27-29 December, 7-19 January; thebloomsbury.com Goodnight Mister Tom will run at the Phoenix Theatre until 26 Jan 2013; goodnightmistertom.co.uk 13

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The Cuban Brothers The Cuban Brothers presented The CB’s – Yo Bonita at Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, performing new material from their much-anticipated debut album featuring Miguel Mantovani, Archerio, Kengo Sana and The CBs.

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Sushisamba launch party The long-awaited official opening of this hot new restaurant (which fuses Japanese and Brazilian cuisine) saw a steady stream of hipsters mingle to catch a performance by Pixie Geldof’s band, Violet.

Mark Heynes and Donna Air

Swishing The first ever Ecover swishing event took place at Shoreditch House, where a select gathering of competition winners, journalists and fashion bloggers rubbed shoulders with celebrities including Jade Guinness, Donna Air and Laura Whitmore. Guests sipped champagne and nibbled on canapés as they swapped their unwanted and pre-loved garments.

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Phase Eight have released a glittering collection of limited edition evening dresses featuring exquisite beading. All are on the glamorous side – ideal for cocktails and cavorting; party season seems even more inviting now we know where to get our posh frocks. All our Christmases have come at once! 211 - 212 Upper St, N1; phase-eight.co.uk

Victoria Murdoch is blazing a silken trail with her hand-drawn illustrated scarves and cushions. Cutesy and kitsch but contemporary too, the intricate ink techniques make them original, otherworldly and altogether wonderful accessories – as well as great gifts (nudge nudge, wink wink). Select pieces at Liberty, Westfield Stratford City; silkenfavours.com

One of London’s most prolific designers, Paul Smith, has collaborated with British heritage kings Barbour to produce an exclusive autumn/winter collection. The range includes 12 pieces for men and eight for women, modelled by suitably melancholic models on a typically lugubrious winter’s day. 113 Commercial Street, E1; barbour.com

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Tucked away at the edge of Spitalfields Market, D.S. Dundee doesn’t blow its own trumpet. Let lesser brands blare: this quintessentially British menswear label has spent the past few years quietly building a devoted global fanbase. Now a firm favourite with everyone from the heritage set to the fashion-forward, check out the sterling AW12 range for top quality suiting perfect for the holiday season. 18 Lamb Street, E1; dsdundee.com

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Show some love for dear old Blighty this Christmas, with our guide to the smartest in Great British attire

ALL WRAPPED UP

Christmas gifts and grown men don’t always mesh, as evidenced by the many awful articles each December advising wives and girlfriends to buy their gents silly gadgets, exotic beers or (horror of horrors) novelty neckwear. So do yourself a favour: nudge your loved one in the direction of Drake’s, makers of the finest accessories England has to offer. No man of taste would turn his nose up at one of their cashmere scarves – this one’s a snip at £175. 3 Clifford Street, W1; drakes-london.com

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Any modern gent knows that where cufflinks are concerned, there’s one choice: English field sports specialist Holland & Holland. Solid silver boars, sculpted leopard heads or even the brand’s own logo in silver and vintage walnut – priced from £295, they’re elegant but not ostentatious. 33 Bruton Street, W1; hollandandholland.com

V FOR VICTORY

The latest addition to Lambs Conduit Street is Private White V.C. Manchester-based maker of superb menswear. Named for the company’s founder (and grandfather of the current owner), who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his service in the Great War, the brand does Great British outerwear better than just about anyone. Check out this Twin Track Jacket in charcoal. £495, 55 Lambs Conduit Street, WC1; privatewhitevc.com

SLIPPERY SLOPE

The slipper craze shows no signs of abating, but one thing’s for certain: if you’re enough of a dandy to wear your house-shoes out of doors, they’d better be sufficiently swish to stand up to the inevitable attention. Thanks be, then, to Church’s: their slipper is a shapely triumph that wears its prestigious pedigree lightly – and it’s available in four rich colours priced at £110. 28 Royal Exchange, EC3; church-footwear.com

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18-19 Long Lane, London EC1A 9PL Tel. 020 7776 9767 www.beauty-school.co.uk

Hair and make-up by Jay Pinxie Turnbull guest lecturer on our high-fashion make-up courses

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High Buttoned up and British: contemporary tweeds for the new gentry Photography by Catherine Harbour Styling by Claudia Behnke

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Red hamish jacket, £595, and red hamish skirt, £395, both by Caroline Charles; khaki shirt, £233, by Winter Kate; broach, £280, by Carole Tanenbaum; burgundy felt hat, £39, by Radley

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Plaid blazer, £310, by Danilo Gabrieli; cream-coloured shirt, £130, by Danilo; plaid skirt, £150, by Danilo Gabrieli; broach, £350, by Carole Tanenbaum

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Tweed jacket, £2,750, by Roubi L’Roubi; salmon-coloured silk satin blouse underneath, £690, by Roubi L’Roubi; jodhpurs, £1,290, by Roubi L’Roubi; Tan leather wedges, £225, by Gérard Darel

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Winter Wonderland Our annual guide to inspire you with ideas for gifts, going out, sprucing up and getting down over the festive period BLOOM PERFUMERY SPITALFIELDS

Bloom is a concept scent store offering the best of modern niche perfumes and luxury candles. What a grand gift the smell of Christmas would be, clementines, mulled wine, crisp frosty mornings and green Christmas trees! At Bloom perfumery we’ve got Christmas bottled and jarred, so visit us for cozy candles, luscious bath salts and exquisite perfume. Have a Fragrant Christmas! 4 Hanbury St, E1 6QR; 020 724 6148; bloomperfume.co.uk

LADYBIRD BOHEMIA ROAD

Give something unique this Christmas with a trip to Bohemia Road, where a wide choice of vintage fashion, hats, scarves, handbags and - of course jewellery awaits. There’s also Cocorose London’s folding ballet shoes complete with zip case and, for him, a selection of vintage designer silk ties. If you really can’t decide, they also do gift vouchers! 21 Canonbury Lane, N1; 020 3441 7731; bohemiaroad.co.uk

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Ladybird is a speakeasy, cocktail bar and late night music venue offering an extensive range of cocktails and have introduced DJs playing a mix of classic tracks, replayed, remixed and re-edited… soul, disco, house and Balearic beats… Ladybird presents: Abattoir NYE Special 31.12.12, Theme : Love, 8pm until 6am, Limited £5 early bird tickets on sale now, Otherwise £10 before 12pm and £12 thereafter. To Book a table and pre-order your bubbly please contact Bookings@ ladybirdbar.co.uk or 07812390482 70 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1; www.ladybirdbar.co.uk. Please note, Door policy does apply and guests are advised to book a table over the weekend.Bookings: 07812390482

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BRANCH ON THE PARK

Loved by many, Victoria Park’s jewellery store is a treasure trove packed full with all that glistens and sparkles. Jewellery is mainly made by owner and goldsmith Julia Cook alongside a small selection of local designers. You can also commission Julia for that very special piece! 227 Victoria Park Road , E9 ; 020 8533 7977; julia@branchonthepark.co.uk; branchonthepark.co.uk

WONDERLAND CERAMICS

This new ceramic studio-cumcafé near Victoria Park offers a wide choice of Italian tableware bisque (unpainted ceramics) for you to paint with your own personal design (think teapots, cake stands, espresso sets etc...) Your masterpiece will be fired in the on-site kiln and ready to collect within a few days. Wonderland Ceramics can also set your baby or toddler’s handprints or footprints onto Christmas baubles - and hosts memorably creative birthday parties for all ages. Open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm and out-of-hours for groups of more than ten people - and don’t miss the special Christmas Thursday evenings, featuring bring-your-own wine and festive treats (booking required). 237 Victoria Park Road, E9; 020 8985 1214; info@wonderlandceramics.com; wonderlandceramics.com

THE DELI DOWNSTAIRS

An award-winning, family-run gem in Victoria Park Village, this deli stocks British and continental cheeses, artisan hams and charcuterie plus fresh, seasonal and organic fruit and veg. Also on offer are organic eggs and dairy products, locally roasted coffee, locally brewed beer and a wine bottle refill scheme, as well as salads, tarts, pastries and cakes prepared on-site daily, plus jams, chutneys, mustards, spices, oils, rare global ingredients and general groceries. The deli’s seasonal stock is now in and they are taking orders for Christmas and New Year hampers and gift vouchers. 211 Victoria Park Road, E9; 020 8533 500; thedelidownstairs.co.uk

JELLY LANE CLOTHING

Exclusive and original: think vibrant prints with retro chic vintage styling that harks back to happy heydays. British childrenswear label Jelly Lane Originals put the fun back into Christmas with this party dress (£84). Featuring fine detailing and an eyecatching cowgirl print, it’s top of our list - and it’s lovingly made right here in Britain with gorgeous limited edition pure cotton fabric. Adorable; and if you enter code ‘CITYANGEL’ at checkout, you’ll get free postage and packing! jellylaneclothing.com 29

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PANACHE CASA

Panache Casa has just announced the addition of the 110 square foot Calligaris Gallery to their Islington showroom. Customers can view new UK product lines as well as exclusive ranges in the gallery; combined with the firm’s existing range of designer furniture from the world’s leading brands, the newlook showroom is set to offer an unparalleled collection of contemporary furniture, lighting and accessories right on our doorstep. 85 Canonbury Road, N1; 020 7226 1006; sales.uk@panachecasa.com panachecasa.com

LONDON TRANSPORT

Travel in style with this luxurious holdall crafted by Matt Fothergill and featuring the Midland Red Coach moquette with red and brown leather trim. The Midland Red was one of Britain’s largest bus companies, founded in 1904, based in Birmingham and serving 15 counties. Like London Transport, Midland Red built many of its own buses and coaches and created its own very distinctive design style. For 1959, a leopard print fabric for the coach seat covers was revolutionary, daring and so very fashionable; London Transport has now recreated the fabric as a testament to this fashion classic, and is making it available as beautiful bags, accessories and made-to-order furniture. London Transport Museum, Covent Garden, Westminster, WC2E 7BB 020 7379 6344, www.ltmuseum.co.uk

SHINE

The Shine team delivers a diverse and exclusive range of services and treatments in a professional and stylish environment. Inspired by the philosophy that if you look good, feeling good will follow, Shine offers an unrivaled combination of holistic health care and a creative, forwardthinking approach to beauty. Shine’s expert staff are well-equipped to deal with all your party season requests - whether you’re looking to glam up for Christmas or be pampered by the beauty team, the salon consistently delivers top class customer care and is open seven days a week. Shine Holistic, 52 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16; 020 7241 5033 Shine on the Green, 20 Newington Green, N16; 020 7241 2065 www.shineholistic.co.uk

ROYAL INDIA

Why not celebrate the festive season with Royal India? Whether you’re after an intimate dinner for two or a party for 60, their flavoursome classic Indian cuisine and airy bar (with a large range of fine wines and champagnes) will ensure your festive season is marked with an unforgettable - and truly Royal - experience. 47 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16; 020 7249 7094: royaln16.co.uk

KOBKUN THAI THERAPY

If you’re looking for a Christmas gift for a loved one - or even yourself after a hard-working and exhausting year - then a relaxing massage is the best giftyou can give. At Kobkun Thai Therapy there’s a special seasonal offer available right now: buy five treatment sessions and get an hour completely free! Check the website for more info - though it’s worth noting that the Esher and Kingston branches are exempt from the promotion. Kobkun Queensway has moved to 28A Queensway W2 3RS Only fews minutes away! 93 Upper Street, N1; 020 7288 8702; kobkun.net

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lengthy mane? Who, that is, when you can simply nip down to Great Lengths, secret of many an A-list barnet. Using root-to-tip human hair, the salon has over 55 hues, with 17 shades of blonde. And, even better, using ultrasonic technology, it only takes an hour. That’s Christmas party hair in the bag. greatlengthshair.co.uk

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of delectable mini nail treats from Ciaté. Behind each door lies a colourful surprise, deliciously packaged with 17 of Ciaté’s bestselling mini Paint Pots, four mini Caviar blends, and three exclusive Paint Pot glitter shades, to keep your tips looking top for party season. £38; ciate.co.uk

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SIXTH SENSE If you need to de-stress this Christmas, the spa

at Canary Wharf’s Pan Peninsula is the ultimate in relaxation luxury. As well as the usual massages, it offers enticing treatments such as Slow Life Seaweed Leaf Wrap and Peppermint Sugar Glow. There’s an urban twist on the traditional hammam, the Six Senses signature journeys, facials and beauty treatments and a state-of-the-art hyrdrotherapy whirlpool. All our Christmasses have come at once. 2 Pan Peninsula Square, E14; sixsenses.com

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this lightweight moisturiser for normal or oily skin hydrates, nourishes, and helps reduce the appearance of pore size with an exclusive combination of natural extracts. High levels of pure vitamin E heal and protect while Brazilian sea algae deliver proteins, amino acids, and essential minerals to the skin. It contains burnet, cinnamon, and ginger and is non-greasy. £58; skinceuticals.co.uk

INRoxyTREATMENT Beauty is not only a stylish salon, it has the facilities to pamper you from top to toe. The small

but dynamic team have been established for just under a year, building a desirable reputation in those few short months. Offering everything from superb hair design to select beauty treatments, I headed down for some pre-party pampering; a blow-dry and Shellac manicure. One of their biggest accolades is that, whilst they remain an independent salon, they also stock Aveda products exclusively, ensuring that every guest leaves feeling like a million dollars. LD 473 Finchley Road, NW3; 0207 431 0555; roxybeauty.co.uk 35 35

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WE CAN WORK IT OUT We absolutely love Work Out Life, a transeasonal range of activewear that’s more on-trend than conventional sports gear. We bet the styles on offer will actually motivate you to exercise – because you look so good in them! Begone, slouchy tracky b’s! workoutlife.com

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BetterYou Magnesium Oil Goodnight Spray is 100 per cent natural and delivers the essential mineral directly into the skin tissue, entering cells immediately and efficiently replacing magnesium lost through modern diet and pressured lifestyles. The spray combines magnesium with essential oils to calm and harmonise, aiding a relaxing sleep (a godsend, in our opinion). Ten sprays deliver 150mg (50 per cent of your RDA) of optimally absorbable elemental magnesium. £12.20 for 100ml; betteryou.uk.com

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Originally designed for athletes and gymnasts, it combines components from dance, Pilates and Calisthenics with movements that ‘relieve the body of the compression of gravity’. Participants develop overall agility while having fun creating graceful, stretching poses. With a little bit of meditation, you’ll be well on your way to floating yogic goodness. 97 Aldersgate Street, EC1; virginactive.co.uk

All Smiles Pure Periodontics is the only specialist periodontics practice in Central London to have invested in

Waterlase MD Turbo technology. Widely used by specialists in the US, it offers a minimally invasive removal of inflamed tissue and therefore causes less swelling and less post-op sensitivity for those suffering from gum-related disease. The team offer the best in periodontic care using cutting-edge dentistry – so why not head down and put your best smile forward this Christmas! 7 St John Street, EC1; pureperio.com 37

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Three beauty treatments on Absolutely’s radar this month Ask for The dermaroller treatment Where? Karidis, The Hospital of St. John & St. Elizabeth, Third Floor, 60 Grove End Road, NW8 The lowdown I’m a massive wimp, but all the same: this treatment hurts. For a moment or two my inner voice was screaming, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me!’ But maybe the dermaroller is like childbirth: the end result makes you so happy, you forget what you went through to achieve it. A topical anaesthetic is used and tiny microneedles rolled along the skin, encouraging collagen and new skin cells to form along with new blood supplies. It can take up to six weeks for regeneration to show visibly (so this isn’t a flash in the pan solution) but the revitalising process continues over the following months. Some bits were easier than others – the nose and cheeks, for example – though of course they’re the areas that need it least. My therapist went hard at the forehead and laughter lines (the procedure is excellent for eradicating smoker’s wrinkles) but fortunately the whole thing didn’t take long. At the end, a cooling mask is applied to soothe the skin before you head home. Almost as painful as the roller, however, was the tube journey that followed (and the crook in the neck I earned by trying to keep my face down). Two teenage boys spent the entire ride trying to sneak a peek at my red face, so I’d advise taking a cab! That said, the last laugh was on me... a few hours later the redness had subsided and my lines seemed somewhat diminished. Plus points This treatment is super effective: a face-lift without the face-lift. My skin is as good as new – and you know how it works... no pain, no gain! HB From £350, two sessions recommended, 020 7432 8754; karidis.co.uk

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Ask for Waterfall waves with a bit of bounce. These stylists really know their stuff, so tell them what you want (or don’t want) and you’ll be sure to walk out perfectly primped and ready to party. Where? Hershesons Blow Dry Bar, One New Change, EC4 The lowdown The Hershesons brand has expanded fast since its debut in the early nineties, making a name for itself among models and celebs. Ever-evolving and seeking new boundaries to push, the salon has secured a reputation as one of the most innovative and creative hair-styling brands around, combining technical wizardry and creative vision to create seemingly effortless hairdos. There is, at least for me, a little stigma surrounding the blow-dry – I admit I was afraid of ending up with a topheavy ‘Wag’ barnet, à la Cheryl Cole. But one trip to Hershesons and I was officially converted. A former blow-dry-phobe, I walked out of the salon with my head held high and killer hair to boot. Plus points Hair says a lot about someone, so never be flat! Treat yourself to a glam blow-dry – it’s worth it for the sky-high confidence that follows. RvdB From £25, 020 7248 6225; hershesons.com

Peel appeal

Ask for The Blue Obagi Peel Where? Destination Skin, 5-7 Folgate Street, E1 The lowdown Skin peels seek to improve texture and smoothness by applying highly effective ingredients tailored to your specific requirements. By removing dull, dead cells from the skin surface, large pores, blemishes and fine lines can all be immediately reduced – and I was so thrilled not to be undergoing anything painful that this treatment was a breeze. I opted for the Blue Obagi Peel for oilier skin – it contains that magic substance, salicylic acid, the only plant acid that can penetrate oil and follicles, encouraging the shedding of dead skin cells and cleansing the pores of cellular debris. It may sound a bit science-y, but it basically means that you feel super clean afterwards – in a way that home-cleansing can’t achieve. Plus points The clinic also stocks Agera and Dermaquest ranges. You can buy salicylic cleansers to carry on some of the benefits of the peel at home, but it’s important not to max out on too many salicylic products, as this will dry out the skin and can cause it to overcompensate - making it oilier. HB Call for prices, 0844 576 8309; destinationskin.com 39

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Jamie’s Kitchen Jamie Oliver is a busy man; as Fifteen restaurant turns ten, Absolutely catches up with the super chef behind the pioneering apprentice program to talk about his ever-expanding brand...

You’ve had a huge influence on the way that the public think about food, from school dinners to encouraging people to cook from scratch – what has been the proudest moment of your career thus far? I think getting half a billion quid out of the British Government for school food back in 2005/6 was a high point, but I am worried about all that hard work being undone at the moment with the coalition government not making sure that Academies follow the nutritional standards – which we all fought for. To be honest, there are so many proud moments; when Fifteen restaurant opened in 2002, that was another one that stands

out – it was incredible and the fact that we’re still training young people ten years later is so inspiring. Every time I go to one of the graduation days, either in London, Cornwall or Amsterdam (where we also have restaurants), it’s always an emotional time. But I’ve got loads still to do and so I hope there are more memorable moments to come. Do you have any culinary heroes? So many! To start, Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers, of course; also Gennaro Contaldo, the Italian Stallion and my mentor; Alice Walters; And Keith Floyd – for me, he embodied everything that’s exciting about cooking.

Three ingredients you couldn’t survive without? I’m a chilli freak so I couldn’t live without a bit of heat, and then probably some good quality extra virgin olive oil and definitely lemon. Having a family and being so busy yourself, who does the cooking at home? And whose food do the children prefer? I do the cooking when I’m there, which is usually the weekends, although I am also trying to have as many Fridays off as I can this year. During the week Jools is the cook and she’s become really good over the years. I couldn’t say whose food the kids prefer, I’d get in trouble!

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FOOD Do you have a guilty food pleasure? Green and Black’s Chocolate, although it is an occasional treat. Can you tell us about your biggest kitchen disaster? That would have to be the well-documented Valentine’s Day mishap many years ago when I tried to cook naked for my wife and ended up scalding myself with hot steam in a delicate area. Has any one meal changed your life? Probably the one I was preparing at the River Café back in 1998 when I got filmed by the documentary TV crew. When the show ended up on TV, I started getting phone calls from TV producers wanting to make a series with just me and – to cut a long story short – the naked chef was born. What is your earliest food memory? The smell of mum’s roast chicken on a Sunday.

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In late 2002, Jamie Oliver opened Fifteen London and recruited 15 young apprentices to train alongside a team of 25 professional chefs and mentors. He also set up a charity – The Better Food Foundation – that would receive all the profits from the restaurant to help fund the scheme. Fundraising events, such as The Big Feastival with Alex James and The Big Night Out take place throughout the year in order to raise awareness and inspire people to reconnect with food. jamieoliver.com/foundation/

the remainder of the marinade. Stir in the coconut milk, bring to the boil and simmer gently for 8 minutes until the chicken is cooked. NOTE – please check your chicken by removing a small piece and cutting it in half to check it is cooked through. Season to taste. The flavour should have a kick but be reasonably mellow – very fresh and fragrant. Put some rice into the base of your bowl, add in the chicken curry – ensure you add in the liquid. Top with chopped pistachio nuts, toasted coconut flakes and fresh coriander. Sprinkle with poppadoms for an added crunch.

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CHUNKY COCONUT, TOMATO, CUCUMBER & LIME RELISH This is a really nice fresh salad/relish and is very simple to make. It goes especially well with fragrant green chicken curry.

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4 chicken breasts without bone and skin, each cut into five large pieces (or substitute for vegetables of your choice) 2 x 400ml tins of coconut milk 1 handful of pistachio nuts Green curry paste: 6 spring onions, washed and trimmed 4 - 6 medium green chillies, deseeded and finely chopped 2 cloves of garlic 1 tablespoon fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped 1 tablespoon coriander seeds, pounded or crushed ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper Maldon sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste Half a handful of lime leaves, torn

1 teaspoon soy sauce 3 drops of fish sauce 2 lemongrass stalks, trimmed back & finely chopped 2 good handfuls of fresh basil on the stalk 3 food handfuls of fresh coriander on the stalk 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Zest and juice of 3 - 4 limes, to tast Put all the green curry paste ingredients in a pestle and mortar or food processor and mash/whizz to a smooth green paste. Marinate the chicken or vegetables in a little of the paste for 30 minutes, then add a little oil and the chicken pieces to a hot casseroletype pan or wok. Fry for 4 minutes, then add

16 cherry tomatoes, quartered or roughly chopped ½ fresh coconut, grated or shaved 1 small handful of basil or coriander, roughly chopped 15cm/6 inches of cucumber, skinned, seeds removed and roughly chopped 1 tablespoon olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper Juice of 1 - 2 limes 1 thinly sliced red chilli (optional) Put the tomatoes, coconut, basil, cucumber and chilli (if using) into a bowl and toss. Just before serving, toss in the olive oil, salt, pepper and lime juice to taste. 41

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Roasts with the Most

‘Tis the season to be jolly - and indulge in many a festive feast. Romy van den Broeke uncovers the area’s finest roast dinners with all the trimmings

The Drapers Arms This Barnsbury treasure has remained an

Absolutely Sunday favourite for many years – and it seems that tons of our fellow Londoners feel the same, with many travelling far and wide for a taste of the pub’s famous Sunday lunch. We love the interior so much we once did a fashion shoot there, but it’s their sharing roasts – which come piled high with more than enough for several helpings per person – that keep us coming back. Choose from a beef and oyster suet pudding, a fore rib chop or a ‘label Anglais’ chicken (a favourite fowl of Gordon Ramsay, apparently), all served alongside the essential trimmings (including enormous Yorkshire puddings, crispy roast potatoes, seasonal veg and a jug of fresh gravy). There are other, single plate options that are just as tasty, of course, but we have to say the sharing plates steal the show – they’re what Sundays are all about. 44 Barnsbury Street, N1; the drapersarms.com 42

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The Wells

Looking for a London eatery with the charm of a country pub? Then look no further – the next stop on our tour of the best local Sunday lunches has character in spades. The Wells Tavern is situated in a traditional Georgian villa in picturesque Hampstead. The pub is split into two distinct dining areas: downstairs is more lively and pub-like while upstairs offers a more formal and elegant dining experience. On our visit, the team were knowledgeable and attentive to our needs, catering for a fussy wine drinker and a vegetarian and helping us to choose a marvellous Chablis as well as a veggie option that could hold its own on a table full of meaty roasts. When it arrived, the slab of pumpkin, aubergine and courgette bake was confirmed as a winning choice. The Wells’ classic Sunday roasts offer a choice between corn-fed chicken or roast Charolais fore rib of beef, each served with perfectly prepared trimmings and extra gravy to boot. For dessert our group shared a trio of sorbets (raspberry, lemon and peach and champagne), a melt-in-the-middle chocolate fondant and a sticky toffee pudding. The food was beyond delicious, and the cosy atmosphere made for an ideal (and indulgent) Sunday afternoon. A great way to warm the spirit on a cold, wintry day. 30 Well Walk, NW3; thewellshampstead.co.uk

The Albion

Cosy, traditional and blooming with pretty rustic touches, the Albion is thought by many to be Angel’s best pub, and it certainly offers everything you could ask for in a Sunday afternoon – from first-class grub and obliging staff to a welcoming atmosphere and comfy seating. The impressive Sunday lunch line-up has something for all, with beef, pork, poussin, sea bass, gnocchi and more on the menu, and you’re welcome to share with friends if you wish. In addition to this, there are specials scribbled on the blackboards. On our visit the meat du jour was Chateaubriand, a pleasure-packing dead cert for hungry carnivores; extravagant hunks of beef served pink, lean and sliced to perfection – and accompanied by all the necessary trimmings doused in a rich, meaty gravy. One word of warning for those hoping not to max out their daily calorie intake: the sticky toffee pudding is too heavenly to miss. 10 Thornhill Road, N1; the-albion.co.uk

And one for veggies... The Cat and Mutton

Who knew The Cat did such a superb veggie roast? Well... we did, but it’s a fact you might miss if you’ve only ever plumped for meat and two veg. When we last visited, the veggie option was a sumptuously savoury nut-roast Wellington, though, of course, die-hard meat-freaks will find much to please their palate too. We advise booking your table early: Sundays at the Cat are always packed to the rafters as the hangover crowd rush to get their food fix. Still, if you reserve in time, this is the perfect local pub in which to warm your cockles. 76 Broadway Market, E8; catandmutton.com 43

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1776 Soren Jessen’s latest food venture, 1776

at 1 Lombard street, is a new restaurant offering simple, elegant dishes. His idea is to appeal to local customers – City folk – with innovative reworks of classic dishes. Head chef Juri Ravagli has worked with Jessen to update well-loved staples such as steak tartare, oysters and fillet of cod – and in keeping with this approach, the drinks menu will be accessed via iPads at each table. Futuristic fun. Mansion House Place, EC3; 1lombardstreet.com/soren-jessen

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offering the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive Christmas party in the Grade II-listed gallery. Smart’s Creative Director and renowned chef Angela Hartnett has designed a three-course Christmas menu for anyone who fancies dining surrounded by Giuseppe Penone’s Bloomberg Commission artwork, Spazio di Luce (Space of Light). The menu includes delicious roast partridge, braised venison shoulder and chestnut risotto, and will be topped off with rich desserts and selected wines. Sounds like a work of art in itself. 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, E1; whitechapelgallery.org

Christmas at Melrose and Morgan Melrose and Morgan, the award-winning North London kitchen and grocer, have us feeling festive.

They’ve been slaving away creating Christmas delights for the season, from pear and ginger trifles to mince pies; you can also purchase their speciality hamper, ‘Christmas in a Box’, which is stuffed full of festive goodies including a Bronze turkey, stuffing, bread sauce, cranberry and orange sauce, gravy, chipolatas wrapped in bacon, some heavenly veg, festive desserts, a cheese selection and fine wines hand-picked to suit each course. 42 Gloucester Avenue, NW1; melroseandmorgan.com

Get in my pop up The foodie pop-up of the year is set to take place over three nights from 6 to 8 December at a secret venue in

Dalston. A three-course meal will be followed by ‘cheese from cows and goats’ and ‘Nan’s mince pies’ – if you can handle more grub by that point. Choose from mains of all-day long-roast pork belly, boozy beef stew or nutroast of sweet potato and date Wellington. Bread will be provided by thelazybaker.co.uk. To make a reservation or pre-order, email popup@getinmygob.co.uk; getinmygob.blogspot.co.uk

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Restaurants YUM YUM THAI RESTAURANT 3183-187 Stoke Newington High Street N16 0LH 020 7254 6751 OISHII 67 Stoke Newington Church Street N16 0AR 020 7254 3488

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Dirty Burger

79 Highgate Road, NW5; 020 3310 2010; eatdirtyburger.com Mantra Keeping it real (as opposed to dirty). What’s the deal? Much revered purveyors of top-quality beef-on-a-bun, this Soho House offering is shacked up around the back of Pizza East Highgate, upstairs from the Chicken Shop, forming an incestuous triangle of food love. Why should you go? The food is outstanding and the burgers have a higher than usual meat content with only 15% fat. You order from the counter so it’s better for a more informal lunchtime munch.

FORMANS Stour Road, Fish Island E3 2NT 020 8525 2365

BUNDU KHAN 43 Commercial Street E1 6BD 020 7375 2595

DISHOOM 77 Boundary Street E2 7JE 020 7420 9324

HARRY MORGANS 29-31 St John’s Wood High Street NW8 7NH 020 7722 1869 MEAT PEOPLE 4-6 Essex Road N1 8LN 020 7359 5361

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Chooks

Tommi’s Burger Joint

Beard to Tail

The Crunch A new restaurant in Muswell Hill whose chooks are all reared and freshly delivered from a Suffolk farm. The sides sound amazing – dirty rice, coleslaw, mac ‘n’ cheese – classics made all the more mouth-watering when accompanying buttermilk chicken. The dinner tray comes with mash and gravy, onion rings and baked beans. Pull up on the birch bench and tuck in.

The Crunch Jumping aboard the burger trend is this cute little place on Marylebone Lane. The brainchild of Icelandic Tomas ‘Tommi’ Tómasson, who owns a chain of burger joints in his native country, this is the first London premises. A patty mix of rump, rib-eye and filet with their signature Béarnaise sauce is flipping good.

The Crunch The owners of Callooh Callay have made this sell-out pop-up permanent. As the name suggests, it serves meat from the whole of the animal, making the most of the one-ingredient trend. There’s a gargantuan range of US whiskies and ryes plus the BBQ Bourbon ribs, a sweet-success mix of the restaurant’s main pulling points.

43 Broadway, N10; chooks.me

58 Marylebone Lane, W1; burgerjoint.co.uk

77 Curtain Road, EC2A; beardtotail.co.uk

SU SAZZAGONI 136 Lauriston Road E9 7LH 020 8985 8448

THE ROTISSERIE 87 Allitsen Road NW8 7AS 020 7722 7444

LA COLLINA 17 Princess Road NW1 8JR 020 7483 0192

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Reserved The tippler’s guide to this month’s buzzing bars

Barrio East

141-143 Shoreditch High Street, EC1; 020 7688 2882 (Barrio North); welovebarrio.com

Mantra Cocktails, cantina, club. What’s the deal? A clash of Latin cities, cultures and quarters with a neighbourhood vibe, the Barrio collective (or ‘ghetto archipelago’) prides itself on fresh cooking and its appreciation of world music with monthly parties and guest DJ sets. Why should you go? If the weather is getting you down, head to Barrio East (or Barrio North on Essex Road) for a shot of South American sunshine vibes.

THE HIGHBURY BARN 26 Highbury Park N5 2AB 020 7226 2383

JOHN SALT 131 Upper Street N1 1QP 0207 359 7501

XOXO 74 Upper Street N1 0NY 020 7226 6799

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

PROUD CAMDEN The Horse Hospital NW1 8AH 0207 482 3867

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Town Hall Hotel Bar

House of Wolf

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The Vibe Blink and you’d miss it, but housed within the old Bethnal Green Town Hall, this splendid bar is well worth a visit. With seasonal concoctions that combine muddled herbs and flower-infused spirits, it’s nothing short of elegant, in keeping with the Art Deco grandeur of the wider building. Jazz age music plays to complete the retro (though never kitsch) experience.

The Vibe A self-professed ‘multi-functional, multi-sensory, experimental pleasure palace’. With more than a nod to lavish, turn-of-the-century drinking dens, the mixologists here distil their potions, making their own botanicals and syrups in the aptly-named Apothecary Bar. Head here for a vibrant Victorian-tinged thrill.

The Vibe An underground speakeasy, the entrance is through... drum-roll please... a Smeg fridge. Capacity is low, but the ‘insider’ feel only adds to the fun (just like the ‘smallest disco in the world’ sign on the toilet door). Within the bar, dim lighting reveals a sort of lumberjack cabin peppered with moose heads. Just ask to see the mayor.

Patriot Square, E2; townhallhotel.com

181 Upper Street, N1; houseofwolf.co.uk

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Oliver’s Twist Romy van den Broeke reviews Fifteen as it celebrates the close of its tenth year in the business

What’s Up, Duck? A Helen Baron goes in search of next level food at Heron Tower’s Duck and Waffle

ll aboard, I thought, climbing into a great glass elevator as it prepared to scale the dizzy heights of the City’s Heron Tower. Moments later my companion and I were zooming upwards at lightning speed, central London crowding into view below. Our destination was the restaurant perched on the building’s 40th floor: Duck and Waffle. It had been on our hit-list since it opened two months ago, and everything we’d heard about it suggested a (literally) next level experience. It’s actually a brilliant idea to build a restaurant at the top of something. Whether you’re dining amid treetops, rooftops or – as we did – at the summit of a sparkling tower, the panoramic views create a sense of sheer excitement from the outset. Looking out across soaring skyscrapers, looming cranes, the impressive new Shard building and, further off still, the Olympic stadium and BT Tower, we saw the City spread before our eyes, all its iconic landmarks seemingly close enough to reach out and touch. Of course, such reveries are all the more enjoyable when experienced with a cocktail in hand: we chose the cinnamon smoke-doused Manhattan, in keeping with the skyline theme of the evening. The bar at Duck and Waffle is just as impressive as the view, stationed in the centre of the restaurant with a glittering array of coloured bottles reflecting the sunlight. Even the smoking area boasts

something a little different, with its painted tree and open fire-pit. To the food, then. My companion and I ordered three sharing dishes, each quite sizeable. We eschewed the signature, eponymous dish (a leg of crispy duck over maple syrup-doused waffles, topped with a fried egg) and plumped instead for a slightly healthier-sounding duck egg en cocotte (though with glorious amounts of truffle, gruyère and house bread I’m not sure how much healthier it was). In addition, we ordered a helping of roasted Essex beetroot with goat curd and honeycomb (which also turned up in our dessert of warm brownie and peanut butter ice-cream). The food was delicious and hearty; even the artichoke broth had a wholesome way of being filling, and there’s definitely no need to go overboard on the small plates – portions are generous and the chef is clearly keen to flex his flavour-combining muscles, interlocking sweet and savoury ingredients like nobody’s business (think bacon and caramel, that kind of thing). We were spot on in our orders and ate the perfect amount, sharing a dessert so as not to spend the rest of the afternoon in a snoozy sugar-coma. What’s more, Duck and Waffle is open 24 hours, American diner-style, so it’s the perfect pitstop for hungover City boys in need of a salt fix.

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s possibly the last person in Britain never to have visited a Jamie Oliver restaurant, I was eager to head down to his Hoxton flagship – now with ten years under its belt – to see what all the fuss is about. Fifteen serves up large portions of honest Italian grub, but it’s not just the food that sets the restaurant apart from its contemporaries. Oliver famously established Fifteen to combine his love of cuisine and his enthusiasm for the underdog, initiating the Fifteen apprenticeship programme – which still runs today. The programme targets young people who struggle to get work because of a lack of skills or education, training them up to become top chefs. A worthy cause, you might think, and you’d be right – but one still worthier when you recall that all profits from the restaurants go to the Better Food Foundation charity. Two reasons to book a table, and we’re yet to taste a thing. Sipping our pre-dinner prosecco, we browsed the large menu and, with the help of the in-house sommelier, chose a crisp Riesling to accompany the feast. A selection of starters including octopus, beef carpaccio, dressed crab and focaccia also helped to set us on our way. The octopus was undoubtedly the highlight; cooked in a tomato and black olive sauce, it was zesty and fresh. The carpaccio and Devonshire crab with fennel and anchovy aioli were also a delight. For our mains, my companion and I selected the oxtail ragu, served with small, dense radiatori pasta. The ragu was perfect, though perhaps better suited to a more ribbony pasta to ensure a more ample coating of the sauce. For desserts we ordered sticky toffee pudding and a classic chocolate brownie; the former was soaked in a divine sweet toffee sauce, while the brownie was served cold – a novel approach and, while we did miss the irreplaceable texture and aroma of hot melted chocolate, the allimportant flavour was still there. Great atmosphere, good food and all for a brilliant cause: we left feeling very impressed indeed.

Heron Tower 110 Bishopsgate, EC2; duckandwaffle.com

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Zetter Townhouse

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his is surely in the running for the best boutique hotel in London. Elegant and unassuming, its 13 rooms are spread across two beautiful Georgian townhouses – and from the moment you cross the threshold, you’ll be won over completely. The conjoined bar, lounge and breakfast area is an eccentric riff on Alice in Wonderland or Great Expectations (minus Miss Havisham’s cobwebs): a quirky, esoteric and essentially British fracas of velvety textures, rich colour and exotic taxidermy which includes a cat in crinoline and a boxing kangaroo. The owners have clearly let their imagination run wild with this venture, having originally opened the more demure Zetter Hotel across the road. And where the latter hotel aims for clean, contemporary design, the townhouse furnishes a more

intimate and fantastical collection of individually designed rooms. Ours was compact but delightful, centring on a sturdy oak four-poster draped in a Union Jack flag and classic British bunting – but it’s not just about bold beds. The hotel is also incredibly well-serviced, with free Wi-fi and amazing

food options (charcuterie and snacks from the bar, or a hop across the cobbles to Bruno Loubet’s bistro for something more formal). We ordered room service and remained ensconced in our cosy den, but a drink at the bar comes highly recommended – the menu being a collaborative effort with local cocktail kings, Colebrooke Row. The concoctions at the Zetter are apparently inspired by the area’s Dickensian history – and that’s the final flourish: Clerkenwell is a great place to stay, whether you’re local and looking for a special treat or an out-of-towner after something central but not stupidly priced. In fact, the Zetter Townhouse is practically perfect in every way. From £246 a night, 49-50 St John’s Square, EC1V; zettertownhouse.com

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Rough Luxe Occupying a townhouse on Birkenhead Street, almost directly opposite King’s Cross station, Rough Luxe is a sleep-stop for those tired of identikit lodgings, or anyone who likes their accommodation to have real character. The hotel is at the forefront of the regeneration of King’s Cross, refusing to operate by the area’s old standards and doing everything in its power to up the ante for the next generation. It succeeds admirably: on

the night we stayed, the hotel – which offers bed and breakfast – was fully booked, and our fellow guests included everyone from Japanese fashion students to a Brit businessman whose luggage looked to be worth more than most people’s homes. The hotel’s diverse fanbase love its location (forty seconds from one of London’s busiest and best-connected transport hubs), great value and excellent online reputation. Oh: and its incredible individuality. Rough Luxe

eschews both generic corporate interiors and those other weary tropes of hotel design – polished minimalism, pickled Victoriana etc – opting instead for something much more unique: a camp and contemporary spin on the kind of old-school British lodgings that may once have occupied this very spot. What that means is ten individually designed rooms that combine nods to traditional luxury – rich burgundy carpet, sleekly exquisite bathroom with copper bath and vast day-bed – with rough edges deliberately designed to offset and enhance the indulgences. A mix of Orwellian imaginings, bare walls and floorboards and vintage TV sets casts the mind back to a Britain of bohemian bedsits and artists’ garrets. The little luxuries (like fluffy white towels and decadent murals) were much appreciated – but the sense of experiencing something raw, humorous and historically aware was truly refreshing. From £199, 1 Birkenhead Street, WC1; roughluxe.co.uk

The York and Albany The York and Albany is definitely a worthy competitor... Located in a prime spot between Camden and Regent’s Park in the picturesque heart of North London, there is no shortage of things to see and do in the immediate vicinity – if you can bring yourself to leave the hotel, that is. The first thing to mention is the building, which was originally designed by John Nash (of Regent’s Park and Buckingham Palace fame). Inside are nine beautiful bedrooms individually designed by Russell Sage and brimming with grand mahogany furniture, sumptuous antiques and works of art. An aura of understated elegance pervades the entire place, from the opulent fourposter standing proud in each bedroom to the crisp linens spread across the mattresses like icing on particularly inviting cakes. Downstairs are a stylish, pewter-topped bar, a formal dining room, a laid-back pizzeria and even ‘Nonna’s Deli’, providing a wealth of foodie options under one roof – no surprise, really, when you consider that Gordon Ramsay is the York and Albany’s culinary captain. The restaurant here is a stunning reminder of

Ramsay’s talent for all things tasty, and a series of faultless gastronomic encounters – among them scallops, perfectly prepared sea bass, a lethal sticky toffee pudding and magnificent mushrooms on toast – added immeasurably to the hotel’s (already significant) appeal. The sense of heritage standards and old-school

refinement is present in the service, too – the concierge slipped a handwritten note under our door with the next day’s weather scribbled on it. A townhouse hotel with a truly personal touch. From £140 a night, 127-129 Parkway, NW1; gordonramsay.com/yorkandalbany 53

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The Scarlet is ultra-modern, smart, luxurious and eco-friendly. There are surprises in every corner, epitomised by the modern Ayurvedic spa which sits on a ridge just above the splendid Mawgan Porth. Details are key here; instead of a reception desk, friendly staff welcome guests with pots of tea and biscuits, and the hotel’s dog is available to take for walks on the beautiful beach below (guests’ dogs are welcome too). Split over four floors, the soothing aromas emanating from the spa waft through the hotel, including the restaurant, library and the ultra-relaxing retreat upstairs. Mawgan Porth awaits below with its host of walkers, kite-flying children and daredevils who do battle with the waves.

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The Scarlet Hotel, Cornwall THE SPA THE BEDROOM

With a door-less, curtain-less shower carved out from the sandstone bedroom wall and its equally-pleasing and spacious freestanding bath lying just at the end of an oversized bed, a room at The Scarlet Hotel immediately impresses with its original flair. The rooms are all different, but they share inviting on-trend individuality. Our bath looked out onto a decked and roomy courtyard, while a modern staircase beside the open shower, led up to a lighthouse-like turret, from which splendid views of the vast beach below could be enjoyed from the padded cushions in the lounge area. The sustainability theme continues into the bedrooms at The Scarlet, where hot water is warmed by a biomass boiler fuelled on wood chips, while all the products are natural and smell as fresh as the environment that plentifully surrounds the hotel.

A floor down from The Scarlet’s restaurant is the Scarlet Spa. A whole host of treatments (all carried out with the Scarlet’s own range of Ayurvedic products, of course) await the newcomer: from facials administered with wildcrafted herbs and hot steamed poultices to a two-person rhassoul (a steam and mud-like hammam) so there’s no shortage of indulgences on the list. To spoil you further, there are yoga, meditation and mother and baby classes, including the chance to use both the spa’s un-chlorinated indoor swimming pool and reed-filtered natural clifftop outdoor pool, whose nearby hot tubs provide the perfect spot from which to storm-and-cloud-gaze.

THE RESTAURANTS

Before one’s even tasted the freshly-caught, elegantlypresented Cornish grub served up at The Scarlet’s restaurant, it’s hard not to fall for the views outside the tall glass windows overlooking Mawgan Porth. Chef Tom Hunter goes by the seasons, meaning that while fish is constantly on the menu (as well as a range of delicious cuts of meat and vegetarian options), all side-dishes, salads and components of the restaurant’s main meals are characterised by the freshest and most recently-picked natural wonders growing all around. Expect puddings laced with fresh berries in the summer and hearty grouse and red cabbage in the autumn.

THE BATHROOM

Be sure to request a bedroom with a private bathroom if that’s what you prefer, as many at The Scarlet are designed for those who don’t embarrass easily. But whatever you opt for, the mosaiclined showers and capacious baths, fit for the most indulgent of bubble baths (with in-built televisions, of course), are rewardingly soothing.

GET THERE

A regular service runs between London Paddington and Bodmin Parkway on First Great Western Trains, after which The Scarlet is a 25 minute drive. There is also the ‘Night Riviera’ sleeper train available for overnight journeys to the South West coast from London. firstgreatwestern.co.uk

PRICE TAG

From £190 per room. To book, call 01637 861800 or visit scarlethotel.co.uk

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Not just This Morning... but every morning

Marilyn Stowe is the senior partner at Stowe Family Law and resident family law expert on ITV’s This Morning. Leading the UK’s largest dedicated family law firm, she has more than 30 years’ experience handling divorce cases and family law proceedings.

· One of the first solicitors to qualify as a family law arbitrator through the newly-formed Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA).

· The first Chief Assessor and Chief Examiner of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel.

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Located in WC1, Stowe Family Law specialises in family law issues and covers a wide range of cases. From divorce to cohabitees’ rights, with dedicated international and children’s teams. The team also offers mediation, arbitration and collaborative approaches and benefits from a specialist in-house forensic accountancy department that tracks down hidden assets and can provide immediate financial advice.

If you need family law advice, early support can be essential. Stowe Family Law can help. Contact 0207 7421 3300 or email chiefexecutive@stowefamilylaw.co.uk 8 Fulwood Place, Gray’s Inn, London WC1V 6HG www.stowefamilylaw.co.uk www.marilynstowe.co.uk

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It’s a Goa Jess Batten discovers a heavenly hideaway on India’s west coast

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TRAVEL pool is dazzling beneath the whispering palms, the rooms kitted out with iPod docks and flat-screen TVs. The open-air living rooms add a novel twist to the retreat, and allow guests to delight all the more in the area’s invigorating tropical sunshine. A series of wellbeing packages complete the Coco Shambhala experience, and we took advantage of both full body massage and private yoga sessions during our stay. The treatments aim to return the mind and body back to a healthy state of balance, and the option to enjoy them in the comfort of our tranquil villa lifted the entire experience onto another plane of relaxation. Situated in the charming fishing and farming village of Nerul, on the southern tip of the Bardez district of north Goa (a 10-15 minute walk from Coco Beach and a few miles drive from Candolim), there’s plenty to see and do in the surrounding area. Taking in the old town and the Portugese-influenced architecture is a must – think vividly coloured colonial mansions and red roof-tiles. And the perfect way to follow a morning’s ambling? Stretching out on the stunning beaches of Arambol and Palolem – which should ensure you’re sufficiently rested to take advantage of the buzzing nightlife of Calangute and Baga. Goa is a good introduction for any newcomers to India or the wider subcontinent; a still point in a restless world, a tropical paradise more languid and laidback than the teeming country around it. Lying in one of Coco Shambhala’s beautiful, peaceful villas, you would hardly believe you were in one of the most densely populated countries in the world.

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had heard Goa described as ‘the Thailand of India’, and it’s long been true that its reputation as a party hang-out has made it a gathering place for hippies, backpackers, tourists and Indian revellers looking to make the most of the relatively liberal atmosphere of the smallest Indian state. In the end, however, my trip was mercifully free of dreadlocked ravers and gap-year adventurers; staying at Coco Shambhala, you see another side of Goa: seriously upscale. The hotel goes above and beyond to provide the personal touch. As we snaked along winding roads and dense forest to reach our destination, the departure of our worries felt almost tangible – a sense only furthered by the manager’s warm greeting, a delicious welcome tipple and an introductory tour that ensured we were comfortably settled in no time at all. When in need of anything, we were informed, we could contact a member of staff via the provided mobile phone; though there wasn’t much call to do so, as someone checked in with us each day to make sure we were enjoying ourselves and to offer pearls of local wisdom. We were even given our very own personal driver, on hand 24 hours a day! At Coco Shambhala, breakfast and lunch are included in the rates; dinner can be arranged upon request, but residents are

Rates start at £3,294 for a week in peak season; cocoshambhala.com

encouraged to eat out and support the wonderful local restaurants. Responsible tourism is a running theme, with each villa designed to exist in harmony with the natural environment, combining cooler ground floor bedrooms with open-walled living areas upstairs. The hotel is also keen to recycle and donates five per cent of its annual profit to a local charity. Set in the quiet backwater and lush environs of flower-scented tropical gardens, Coco Shambhala’s English owner, Giles Knapton, put four years of hard graft into the design of the place – and it shows. The 57

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TRAVEL

INTO THE WILDERNESS Wilderness Safaris has announced that it is to open

a new camp at Hoanib Skeleton Coast in Namibia. Ninety kilometres south-east of its previous camp, it is positioned in the Palmwag area, one of the most remote parts of the Kaokoveld. Expect rugged scenery, mountains, vast plains, plus sightings of giraffe, antelope, black rhino, leopards and cheetahs. Explore by foot, vehicle or by air, and learn about the wildlife and history of this barely touched landscape. wilderness-safaris.com

Travel Notes UNDER AFRICAN SKIES Bamboo bike riding, plunging into ‘the devil’s pool’ on Livingstone Island, white water rafting… Zambian Horizons offers the intrepid a myriad of high octane pursuits. But while it’s all go at Stanley Safari Lodge, the tour operator also arranges plenty of opportunities for getting back to nature. We’re loving the sound of Chongwe River Camp’s canoe trails down the Zambezi River. zambianhorizons.com

MOUNTAIN HAUTE Chefs – both of the Michelin-garlanded and ungarlanded variety

– are set to descend upon the Dolomites from 20-26 January for the Chef’s Cup, in which they vie to outdo one another both on the slopes and in the kitchen. Norbert Niederkofler (who is also the man behind the two-Michelin starred St Hubertus at Relais & Chateaux Rosa Alpina) hosts on the Gran Risa ski slopes, while guests checking in can expect the culinary gamut, from ‘slope food’ and picnics to ‘gourmet safaris’ and biodynamic wine tastings. Rosa Alpina offers six nights B&B for the Chef’s Cup 2013 from 20 to 26 January from €2015 (£1,614) per person based on 2 adults sharing.

WINTER WARMERS We do so love the Berkeley. If the clever chaps there aren’t knocking up high fashion teas or holding

synchronised swimming lessons, they are – as it turns out – beavering away to bring us a dose of lovely winter schmaltz. For the festive period, the hotel’s health club roof terrace temporarily transforms into a pine-filled forest cinema, which is scheduled to show Christmas classics such as Miracle on 34th Street and Love Actually. And if that isn’t enough to warm the cockles, there’ll be Moncler blankets, Berkeley mince pies, heating lamps and hot water bottles. Free for guests; £55 for non-guests, including cinema tickets, mince pies and hot chocolates (available to non-guests on weekdays only). the-berkeley.co.uk 58

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INTERIORS FLAT-PACK FUN

Want the Ikea price tag without the bland, uniform flat-pack look? Welcome to the world of Mykea, an ingenious initiative set up by a group of friends who wanted to add a touch of personality to their budget furniture. We love the fun, colourful illustrations and the fact that it works as a great platform for up-and-coming designers, who can submit their portfolio. thisismykea.com

Interior Inspirations Gemma Billington rounds up the best trends, designers and local gems ANIMAL COLLECTIVE

Juliet Thornback and Delia Peel met in 2003 and decided to put their considerable creative talents together to produce beautiful, intricate screen-printed homeware. Their style is inspired by the natural world and Victorian curiosities, and they’ve assembled the best range of non-cutesy Christmas cards on the market. Mixed Box of Christmas cards, 7 Rugby Street, WC1; thornbackandpeel.co.uk

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It’s time to dust off the baubles and decorate the tree once again. If you’re fed up with the traditional reindeers and Santa Clauses, these cartoonish creations from Italian kitchen giants, Alessi, will be a real talking point. £56, available at Haus, 39 Morpeth Road, E9; alessi.com

Of all the innovative exhibits at this year’s 100% Norway at Tent London, it was these charming wooden birds that really struck a chord. The fact that nature-loving designer Lars Fjetland Bellers makes them from 100% recycled furniture only makes them more special. beller.no

SHOWROOM OF THE MONTH: ONEDEKO OLD SPITALFIELDS

Spitalfields is London’s Aladdin’s cave of vintage jewellery, collectables, curiosities and clothing. If you’re not in the mood to trawl through stalls for one-off buys, however, there’s also a host of inspiring shops and boutiques. The sleek OneDeko showroom is our pick of the month; being the home of contemporary lounge and dining furniture. Sunday Times Style Guide writer Pip McCormack commented that he ‘wanted to buy everything in the shop.’ Well, if it’s good enough for him... Old Spitalfields Market, 7 Horner Square, E1; onedeko.co.uk 63

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All that Glitters Deck the halls with the best in contemporary interiors, thanks to the good folk at Graham & Green PHOTOGRAPHY: MEL YATES

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Can you outline your philosophy and tell us why you decided to open a store? It was mum who opened up the shops back in 1974. She was inspired by interior design, and her love of travelling the globe in search of the unique and the stylish inspired her to share her finds with the bohemian residents of 1970s Notting Hill. After graduating from Kingston University with a furniture degree, I immersed myself and decided to launch the online/mail order side of the business.

Tell us about the villa in Goa. Mum and I bought the house a few years ago, at the end of a Graham & Green buying trip. We thought we would treat ourselves to a couple of days in Goa after the shows. We came across this delightfully run-down Portuguese colonial villa that was crying out for some love. The three-bedroom house, which we rent out, has been lovingly restored and is furnished in true Graham & Green style with plenty of bone inlay and embossed white metal furniture mixed with Indian antiques and modern lighting. It’s the ideal stylish retreat and is not far from beaches and the famous Mapusa market. The only downside is I don’t have many opportunities to enjoy it!

What’s your background? What do you think are the main tenets of good design? Having always been interested in furniture and product design, the natural path for me was to gain a degree in it. I don’t like to follow rules so try to avoid the mainstream. My mother taught me to trust my ‘third eye’ and encouraged my vision of Graham & Green. What is your best-selling product? There are so many staples that have been bestsellers for years now. Our bone inlay collections, Moroccan pouffes, stag heads and our Jamie Dream upholstery range are but a few! Where do you find inspiration for the kind of products you like to stock, and for the catalogues? Do you put together mood boards? I’m continually inspired by the vibrancy and possibilities when working in India and I’m a total shopaholic, so trade fairs are second nature to me. Having my family close by and going on buying trips – and to flea markets in far-flung parts of the world – make my job lovably hectic and inspiring. Are there certain looks and styles that you favour? I’m a huge fan of mid-century design, the Art Deco era and the vibrancy of Asian interiors.

How do you source your products? I am always on the lookout for new products and ideas. Whether I am flicking through a magazine, travelling, wandering around a trade show or antiques market, I’m constantly scouring and taking in things around me. I photograph everything! And what’s your favourite new product? My favourite new product has to be the Yogi Bear lamp base, which was inspired by an antique find one Sunday morning! Why did you decide to open in Primrose Hill? Because the area has a great village vibe but still remains fairly central and close to Camden and Regent’s Park. The customers appreciate unusual design and are brave with their interiors.

We bet Christmas is fun at Graham & Green; is it your busiest time of year? Christmas is fun but extremely hectic. It starts in summer, when we finalise stock, and culminates in the ‘grand finale’ of December which sees over 500 orders being posted every day up until the 20 December. I feel like Father Christmas when I visit the warehouse and see our packers (or elves) getting lots of lovely Christmas presents out of the doors for our customers! What plans do Graham & Green have for the festive period? We have a few surprises up our sleeve for the customers, with online competitions, offers and a Twitter ‘gift clinic’. On a personal note, we have just finished renovating our house – so we are looking forward to spending our first Christmas in our lovely new home with friends and family. 164 Regents Park Road, NW1; grahamaandgreen.co.uk

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A stunning and contemporary modern four-bedroom townhouse, set within the heart of Highbury. The property is an outstanding example of modern architecture maximising the use of light and space, set within this small gated mews development just off Highbury Grove, close to the shops of Highbury Barn and the greenery of Highbury Fields. Chesterton Humberts 327-329 Upper Street, N1, 020 7359 9777; chestertonhumberts.com

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Ockendon Road N1 A substantial early Victorian terraced house in need of complete modernisation on the south side of this popular tree lined street in East Canonbury. Arranged over five floors and extending to over 2,000 sq ft, the property could be extended and refurbished to create a fabulous family home double reception room | 6 bedrooms | bathroom | kitchen | garden

Guide price ÂŁ1,150,000 freehold

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Shepherdess Walk N1 A truly stunning warehouse apartment within this iconic and much sought after building on the south side of the Regent's Canal. Flooded with natural light through its large factory style windows, the apartment offers over 1,300 sq ft of beautifully designed accommodation, with secure underground car parking and access to a substantial roof terrace reception room with open-plan kitchen | bedroom (en suite) | guest cloakroom | secure parking | roof terrace

Guide price ÂŁ775,000 leasehold

Shepperton Road N1 A fantastic split-level three bedroom apartment within this renowned conversion of a former Victorian school. With tall ceilings, full height sash windows and wonderful natural light, the property offers over 850 sq ft of adaptable contemporary accommodation in this popular East Canonbury location reception room with open-plan kitchen | 3 bedrooms | bathroom | guest cloakroom | secure parking | communal gardens

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Wiltshire Row N1 A stunning two bedroom apartment in Hoxton Wharf, an exclusive development of luxury apartments overlooking the Regent's Canal. This stunning, contemporary apartment is on the fifth floor and faces the canal. Finished to an incredibly high specification, the apartment has a fantastic view across the canal towards Islington and beyond reception room with open-plan kitchen | main bedroom (en suite) | 1 further bedroom | bathroom

Guide price ÂŁ470,000 leasehold

Basire Street N1 A beautifully presented one bedroom apartment within this popular modern development. Island Apartments was completed in 2008 to a high specification and offers a convenient location for access to the City and to Islington's Upper Street. Residents also benefit from the use of communal gardens reception room with open-plan kitchen | bedroom | bathroom | communal gardens

Guide price ÂŁ345,000 leasehold

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Colebrooke Row N1 An imposing five bedroom period house which has been refurbished to an excellent specification throughout, with spacious and flexible living space that balances period features with contemporary fixtures and fittings. Colebrooke Row is one of the most sought after locations in Islington given both the close proximity to Angel station (Northern line) and Upper Street double reception room | kitchen with open-plan dining room | 5 double bedrooms | 2 bathrooms | guest cloakroom | utility | garden

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Calvert Avenue E2 A third floor apartment in a central Shoreditch location with a refurbished kitchen, a reception room with high ceilings and wood flooring, as well as good natural light throughout. Calvert Avenue runs between Shoreditch High Street and Arnold Circus, meaning the property is very well placed for the eclectic mix of shops, bars and restaurants in the surrounding area reception room | 3 bedrooms | 1 bathroom | kitchen

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Peacock Place N1 A contemporary apartment within the prestigious Galleria development overlooking a landscaped piazza, benefitting from a large private terrace and on-site concierge. Peacock Place is conveniently located on Laycock Street which runs between Liverpool Road and Upper Street, moments from both Upper Street and Highbury & Islington station (Victoria line) reception room with open-plan kitchen | 2 double bedrooms (1 en suite) | 1 further bathroom | on-site concierge | terrace

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Wharf Road N1 A canal side apartment with a private terrace situated within a respected development that benefits from on-site porter. Wharf Road is adjacent to the Wenlock basin and runs down to City Road. Both Angel station (Northern line) and Old Street station (Northern line and National Rail services) are within easy reach reception room with open-plan kitchen | 2 bedrooms | 2 bathrooms | porter | terrace

ÂŁ575 per week unfurnished

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Hoxton Wharf N1 A stunning top floor apartment in Hoxton Wharf, an exclusive development of luxury apartments overlooking Regent's Canal, finished to an incredibly high specification with the added benefit of an attractive rooftop view across Islington. Hoxton Wharf is located within easy reach of vibrant Shoreditch, fashionable Hoxton and Islington's Upper Street reception room | 2 bedrooms | 2 bathrooms | kitchen | lift

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Arundel Square N7 A lovely one bedroom apartment in a sought after centrally located garden square, on the top floor of a substantial period property with pretty views over the gardens. Arundel Square is positioned just off Offord Road, adjacent to Liverpool Road and is moments from both Upper Street and Highbury & Islington station (Victoria line) reception room with open-plan kitchen | double bedroom | bathroom | private terrace

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CRUTCHED FRIARS, EC3N, £925,000 In the heart of the Square Mile - A four bedroom, upper maisonette occupying the top two floors of the building and measuring approximately 1625 square feet. Roof terrace | Four double bedrooms | Walk-in wardrobes | Wooden floors throughout

OARE, WILTSHIRE £2,750,000 FREEHOLD An extraordinary and individual modern country house in a stunning location. Built originally in 1962 for the artist John Merton, Pound House is broadly Palladian in style and is a wide, single storey building with large windows over looking the gardens. It was extended in 1978 to include a garden room and a large studio complex including a workshop and dark room . The property currently has very high ceilings and

TURNER STREET, E1, £775 PER WEEK brick parapets surrounding the roof which has good storage space.

A lovely four bedroom Georgian townhouse which offers flexible living space, situated over four floors with period features throughout. Four bedrooms | four bathrooms | garden room | hall | drawing room | studio complex | dining room | wine cellar | integrated garaging | small lake arboretum |

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OFFORD ROAD, N1, £630,000 A two bedroom split level period conversion with private garden, enviably located on the popular Offord Road. Two double bedrooms | Real wood floors | Private garden | Great transport links

OARE, WILTSHIRE £2,750,000 FREEHOLD An extraordinary and individual modern country house in a stunning location. Built originally in 1962 for the artist John Merton, Pound House is broadly Palladian in style and is a wide, single storey building with large windows over looking the gardens. It was extended in 1978 to include a garden room and a large studio complex including a workshop and dark room . The property currently has very high ceilings and

PENTON STREET, N1, £460 PER WEEK brick parapets surrounding the roof which has good storage space.

A beautiful one bedroom apartment in the heart of Angel, finished to an impeccably high standard.

Four bedrooms | four bathrooms | garden room | hall | drawing room | studio complex | dining room | wine cellar | integrated garaging | small lake arboretum |

over six acres of land Stunning interior | Spacious living room | Moments from Upper Street | Immaculately finished

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ELMORE STREET, N1, £475 PER WEEK This stunning property has been finished to an excellent standard throughout and comprises of a light reception room with wooden floors, a private garden and two double bedrooms both with fitted wardrobes. Private entrance | Two double bedrooms | Modern kitchen | Garden

OARE, WILTSHIRE £2,750,000 FREEHOLD An extraordinary and individual modern country house in a stunning location. Built originally in 1962 for the artist John Merton, Pound House is broadly Palladian in style and is a wide, single storey building with large windows over looking the gardens. It was extended in 1978 to include a garden room and a large studio complex including a workshop and dark room . The property currently has very high ceilings and

MATILDA STREET, N1, £1,100 PER WEEK brick parapets surrounding the roof which has good storage space.

An extremely impressive property with a 40ft reception and an outstanding master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and private Four bedrooms | four bathrooms | garden room | hall | drawing room | studio complex | dining room | wine cellar | integrated garaging | small lake arboretum | balcony. over six acres of land Large reception | Wooden floors throughout | Balcony | Finished to a very high standard

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FINSBURY PARK ROAD, N4, £1,250,000 A stunning six bedroom home offering plenty of space for a family to grow into. Large garden | Excavated basement | Double reception room | Master bedroom with adjoining en suite wet room

OARE, WILTSHIRE £2,750,000 FREEHOLD An extraordinary and individual modern country house in a stunning location. Built originally in 1962 for the artist John Merton, Pound House is broadly Palladian in style and is a wide, single storey building with large windows over looking the gardens. It was extended in 1978 to include a garden room and a large studio complex including a workshop and dark room . The property currently has very high ceilings and

COMPTON ROAD, N1, £715,000 brick parapets surrounding the roof which has good storage space.

Renovated to an exceptionally high standard, this two bedroom home on Compton Road offers luxurious living in an excellent location.

Four bedrooms | four bathrooms | garden room | hall | drawing room | studio complex | dining room | wine cellar | integrated garaging | small lake arboretum |

over six acres of land Communal garden | Contemporary interior design | Fantastic location | Leasehold in excess of in excess of 900 years

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MORTON ROAD, N1 A truly outstanding 4 double bedroom, 2 bathroom maisonette presented in exceptional condition by the current vendors. Full height ceilings and large windows flood the property with light, this is complimented by traditional period features such as wooden shutters and a fireplace. ÂŁ1,150,000 Share of Freehold Faron Sutaria 108-109 Upper Street, N1 020 7354 9737; faronsutaria.co.uk

Property Notes MILDMAY GROVE NORTH, N1 A one bedroom flat for sale arranged on the raised ground floor of a striking Victorian terrace. Close to the amenities of Newington Green and transport links to the City and Canary Wharf. ÂŁ349,950 Share of Freehold Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward 298 Upper Street, N1 020 7226 2487; kfh.co.uk 80

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FINSBURY PARK ROAD, N4 A stunning semi detached Victorian House boasting accommodation over 2,600 square feet, this gorgeous house offers ample space for a family to grow into and will make a wonderful home. The property comprises of an impressive reception room, dining room, separate kitchen, expansive private garden, master bedroom with adjoining en suite wet room and a further five bedrooms; it also benefits from having a fully excavated basement which is made up of three cavities, one of which is currently used as a games room and the other two as storage. £1,250,000 Freehold Winkworth 65 Upper Street, N1 020 7354 2480; winkworth.co.uk

RUFFORD STREET, N1 Brimming with charm, a particularly spacious conversion flat, just off York Way with the ever expanding and regenerating Kings Cross and at over 1000 sq ft it offers great opportunity for both owner occupiers and investors alike. £469,950 Share of Freehold IDM Estates, 1 Poole Street, N1 020 7739 1650; idmestates.com

KINGS CROSS, N1 My Pad are delighted to offer you this excusive two bedroom apartment in the stunning Art House, designed by award winning architects dRMM. This stunning apartment comprises of two bedrooms, en suite, spacious living room with contemporary décor, wood floors and large floor to ceiling windows and open plan kitchen. The Art House is located in the heart of London, moments from King’s Cross St Pancras Underground that connects to six tube lines: The Circle, Hammersmith and City, Metropolitan, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria. Viewings are highly recommended! £999,925 London Pad, My Pad 020 7226 3533; mylondonpad.co.uk 81

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nowledge. Knowledge is understanding what a buyer wants, understanding what makes them tick, what’s important to them and what they would forgo. Knowledge is knowing your area inside out, getting under the skin of it, knowing which are the best schools, which bus route goes where, where you can park and where you can’t. Knowledge is also what makes for a good Estate Agent. It takes time to really understand an area and to build up that knowledge. I’ve been an agent in Islington for almost 15 years now and the area has changed a lot in the time that I’ve been here, but I’m still learning new things about the area each and every day. I’m regularly asked, “What do you love about the area?”, a question that still remains extremely difficult to answer as there’s no one thing that makes Islington great. It’s a combination of things; it’s its people, its eclectic mix of shops, its bars, its restaurants and more importantly, its hidden gems, of which there are many. Islington has long been a fashionable and some might say a “trendy” place to live, but in recent years with the advent of the Eurostar at Kings Cross, Islington is now well and truly recognised on the world stage, as well as at home. The resulting inward foreign investment in the area has been huge, so now there’s a new breed of “Islingtonite” in town, learning its ways and being seduced by its charms.

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am a firm believer that there is no better way to gain a depth of understanding on a given area than by living there yourself. This allows opportunities to gain insights that visiting or even working within an area would not substitute for. For instance, where is good for breakfast on a Sunday morning? Which shops are interesting and worth browsing in whilst waiting for a friend to arrive on the tube? It’s the best way to discover all the nuances and quirks that make a location so appealing. I’m very fortunate to have spent seven years living in Islington and also the last two years working in the location that I love. I was (and still am) fanatical about Islington and when moving to London I quickly established that it was the area for me and nowhere else would do. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why I came to this conclusion but in short I felt at home here, but then who wouldn’t? There are beautiful leafy streets and squares, a wealth of great shops and more restaurants than you could ever get bored with. Whilst the area has significantly gentrified it still has a refreshing blend of people and without the pretensions of some West London areas. The relentless influx of City Tenants to Islington has not diluted the character of the area and whilst the spending power they bring continues to influence retail (like a second Waitrose opening at Highbury Corner), boutiques on Camden Passage continue to thrive and co-exist with their corporate neighbours quite comfortably. Does this mean Islington is an area in balance? Live here and you can decide this for yourself.

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I own a leasehold house with 70 years left to run and want to know a little bit more about buying the freehold. I have read a lot about buying the freehold of blocks of flats but not a lot about houses. The Leasehold Reform Act 1967 gives leaseholder’s of houses the right to buy the freehold or extend the lease. In order to qualify to buy the freehold of the house, it is important to focus on the issues set out below. These are generally but not exclusively the criteria that needs to be met in order to qualify to acquire the freehold of your house.

Best kept secret Westland on Leonard Street which specialises in antique fireplaces and architectural antiques.

The House There is a lot of case law and commentary on what is a house. In order to keep things simple, let’s work on the premise that a house is one which is divided vertically from any adjoining building and looks like a house.

Finest Cocktail Calloh Callay, also on Rivington Street does an amazing Porn Star Martini!

The Lease You must have a long lease which was granted originally for more than 21 years or as a lease you have a right to renew. There are other categories of leases which can satisfy the relevant criteria, as well. The Leaseholder In order to qualify, a leaseholder must have owned the lease of the house for the past two years. Valuation A key question is how much it will cost to buy the freehold. The Leasehold Reform Act 1967 contains two methods of valuation and it is in your interest to instruct a specialist surveyor to better understand how much the extension shall cost; your surveyor who will need to consider on what basis the house would qualify. Essentially there is an original valuation basis and a special valuation basis. A special valuation basis does generally mean that you shall pay more to acquire the freehold than under the original valuation basis.

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Amongst the bustle of North London the Regents Canal offers a quiet, more sedate pace of life and the sense of space that is a feature of the towpaths that stretch from Little Venice in the West to Limehouse Basin in the East. The canals have always been integral to the character of London, originally as a highway for trade and industry, moving goods from the many wharves and warehouses. Today the canals are central to a more recreational lifestyle as well as providing an idyllic commuter route East to West across the capital.

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GOODMAN’S FIELDS A new residential living experience launching in the vibrant City area is set to become the City’s premium urban quarter. Goodman’s Fields, a landmark luxury mixed-use development from Berkeley Homes is rising in Aldgate, with over two acres of parks and open spaces- creating an oasis in the heart of the Capital. The site will provide over 920 studios, plus one, two and three bedroom apartments and penthouses, all interior designed by Johnson Naylor. Those lucky enough to live at Goodman’s Fields

LIME WHARF Lime Wharf is a new collection of 28 cool and contemporary one, two and three-bedroom apartments on the banks of the historic Regent’s Canal in the heart of Hackney, N1. Designed by award-winning architects Stephen Davy and Peter Smith, the scheme blends East London style with the calm of waterside living. Every apartment has its own balcony, terrace or roof garden, many with relaxing canal-side views. Price on application Please call Currell New Homes on 020 7226 6611 or visit lime-wharf.com

will also have access to five-star resident only facilities including a luxury health club with a gym and pool, a business lounge, 24-hour concierge and a private cinema. First completions at Silk House are scheduled for 2015. Prices start from £435,000 for a studio apartment. Please visit: www.goodmansfields.co.uk or contact Knight Frank 020 7861 5499 or visit www.knightfrank.com or contact Jones Lang Lasalle 020 7493 4933 or visit www.joneslanglasalle.co.uk

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1 HAMPTONS 87 Upper Street, N1 0NP Tel: 020 7359 5675 www.hamptons.co.uk

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2 CLUTTONS 6 Camden Walk, N1 8DY T: 020 7354 6666 www.cluttons.com

3 CHESTERTON HUMBERTS 327-329 Upper Street, N1 2XQ T: 020 7359 9777 www.chestertonhumberts.com

4 WINKWORTH 65 Upper Street, N1 0NY Tel: 020 7354 2480 www.winkworth.co.uk 5 FARON SUTARIA 108-109 Upper Street, N1 1QN Tel: 020 7354 9737 www.faronsutaria.co.uk

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6 HUGH GROVER 3435 4658 325 020 Upper Street, N1 2XQ Tel: 020 3435 4658 www.hughgrover.co.uk sales

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

7 ISLINGTON PROPERTIES 111 Upper Street, N1 1QN Tel: 020 7812 0480 www.islingtonproperties.com Melville Place, N1 1 Bedroom

Leasehold

£325,000

Linton Street, N1 3 Bedrooms

Freehold

£1,195,000

ELLIS & CO 76 Essex Road, N1 8LT Tel: 020 7354 0909 www.ellisandco.co.uk 8

Bryantwood Road, N7 2 Bedrooms

Share of Freehold

£399,950

MY PAD 16 Essex Road, N1 8LN Tel: 020 7226 3533 www.mylondonpad.co.uk 9 Mountgrove Road, N5 3 Bedrooms

Share of Freehold

£599,950

WHY CHOOSE HUGH GROVER ASSOCIATES GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE

TRANSPARENT

REALISTIC

HELPFUL

We are frequently told that our customer service is streets ahead of our competitors.

We never make big promises we can’t deliver. Our valuations are always accurate.

We tell it like it is. No jargon. No hidden costs. Just great service.

We do our best to ensure the sale of your property is as smooth as possible.

Call 020 3435 4658 and join over 5,000 homeowners that have trusted Hugh Grover Associates to sell their home.

www.inhughwetrust.com

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THE ISLINGTON COMPANY 97 Essex Road, N1 2SJ Tel: 020 3589 0127 www.theislingtoncompany.co.uk 10

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KINLEIGH FOLKARD & HAYWARD 298 Upper Street, N1 2TU Tel: 020 7226 2487 www.kfh.co.uk 11

Currell Residential Compton Terrace, N1 £2,450,000 Freehold

12 CURRELL RESIDENTIAL Islington 321 Upper Street, N1 2XQ 321 Upper Street Islington, London 020 7226 4200 N1 2XQ www.currell.com

13 WHERE NEXT Leroy House, Unit 3Q, 436 Essex Road, N1 3QP. Tel: 020 3176 4150

Rosebery Avenue, EC1

www.wherenextislington.co.uk

Currell Management

14 BENNETT MASON 253 Liverpool Road, N1 1LX Tel: 020 7700 7007 www.bennettmason.com

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SALES

Holloway N7 | £280,000 Leasehold A spacious one bed apartment on the ground floor of a modern, purpose built block benefiting from the balance of a 999 years lease, allocated parking space and offered in good decorative order. • Purpose built block • Reception room • Private gated development • Open plan kitchen • One bedroom • Chain free

Islington N7 | £539,950 Freehold An immaculately presented modern terraced house ideally located on a quiet residential cul de sac close to local shops and excellent transport links including Caledonian Road Underground. • Guest cloakroom • Mid terrace house • Front and rear gardens • 3 bedrooms • Chain free • Study

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407-409 Holloway Road London N7 6HP t: 020 7607 5001 drivers.co.uk

LETTINGS

West Hampstead, London, NW6 | £410.00 per week Drivers & Norris are pleased to offer a fantastic larger than average three double bedroom apartment located in the heart of the bustling and vibrant West Hampstead. • Three bedrooms • Well presented • Large lounge • Modern kitchen

• Close to local amenities • In the heart of West Hampstead • Available now • Unfurnished

Islington, N7 | £320.00 per week Situated in a brand new development Drivers & Norris are pleased to offer this spacious one bedroom apartment featuring modern fitted kitchen, large lounge and secluded patio garden. • Secluded garden • New development • Close to transport links • Recently refurbished • Unfurnished • Double bedroom • Early viewing recommended • Intergrated appliances

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Currell Residential Ockendon Road, N1 £1,550,000 Guide Price, Freehold

• 2295 sq ft family property • Four storeys with side and rear addition • Four bedrooms, four receptions • Wonderful and well stocked mature garden

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Islington 321 Upper Street Islington, London N1 2XQ

Highbury Hill, N5 £1,050,000 Freehold

• Refurbished 4 bedroom family home • Double reception room

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• Fabulous fitted kitchen/ breakfast room • Loft extension. Close to station

Westbourne Road, N7 £649,950 Share of Freehold

• Modern eat in kitchen. • Reception room leading to own garden

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• Character two bedroom garden flat • Fabulous fitted bathroom

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Stirling Ackroyd All around the City SE1

NW1

£695 pw

£775 pw

BANKSIDE LETTINGS VictorWharf - Beautiful 2 bed 2 bath apartment comprising an open plan reception kitchen, integrated appliances, wood floors and a master bedroom with direct access to secluded private terrace.

BLOOMSBURY LETTINGS St Pancras Chambers - Stunning 1,160sqft loft-style apartment offering a reception room & south facing balcony in arguably one of the best served locations in London.

EC1

E1

£900 pw

£1,450 pw

CLERKENWELL LETTINGS Leeds Court - Fabulous 1560 sq ft 3 bed townhouse benefiting from well maintained communal gardens, concierge, secure parking and a private landscaped garden.

SHOREDITCH LETTINGS Wikes Street - Grade II listed French Huguenot period House over 5 floors this 4 bedroom properties fully restored & refurbished throughout retaining a perfect blend of original features.

SHOREDITCH 020 7749 3838

CLERKENWELL 020 7549 0606

BANKSIDE 020 7940 3888

BLOOMSBURY 020 7256 3244

HACKNEY 020 7749 3807

HAMPSTEAD/ST JOHN’S WOOD 020 7748 5224

IBIZA 0034 971 326 788

ISTANBUL +90 (0)212 322 7171

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SE1

WC1

£1,050,000

£625,000

BANKSIDE SALES Waterloo Road - 1,632 Sq ft 2 bedroom penthouse flooded with natural light comprising an open plan kitchen and a living area with a north easterly terrace with City & Shard Views.

BLOOMSBURY SALES Aberdeen Mansions - Second floor, well proportioned two bedroom apartment offering good ceiling height and period features.

WC1

E2

£1,295,000

£320,000

CLERKENWELL SALES Kings Cross Road - Stunning, unique 4 bedroom Georgian townhouse with a wealth of period features, a first floor roof terrace and a fantastic finish throughout.

SHOREDITCH SALES Kingsland Road - 1 bedroom period conversion set within former hospital building featuring high ceilings, solid wood floors, old ‘school style’ cast iron radiators & sash windows.

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DAUBENEY ROAD, HACKNEY, E5.

London townhouses with space to explore 4 bedroom townhouses that offer fantastic and stylish living for the price of a two bedroom apartment in neighbouring boroughs. Offering over 1250 sq ft of internal living space with high specification including four bedrooms, fully glazed garden room with bi-fold doors, bringing ‘the outdoors in’, and taking advantage of your own private garden.

Ready for move-in from February 2012 Pre-Showhome prices from £535,000* 020 3620 8004 www.ninehouses.co.uk *Price correct at time of going to press. Computer generated images of NINE.

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