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David Moore

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Words & Photography Etienne Gilfillan David Moore is a man unafraid of a floral pattern and a huge fan of the Human League – two facts I discovered almost simultaneously as he greeted me, decked out in a fedora and colourful shirt, at his Fitzrovia restaurant Pied à Terre. I found him thumbing through a selection of vinyl albums, one of which was the relatively obscure early Human League offering Travelogue. It’s always nice to find…
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Karen Henriksen

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Words Sophie Pelissier Portraits Etienne Gilfillan It’s a Saturday morning in June, and the Bloomsbury cafes are filling up with brunch orders and locals doing their weekend coffee-and-croissant run. Runners pound up and down Lamb’s Conduit Street and the small shops are beginning to open for summer trading. But further down the quieter Regency streets I find that milliner Karen Henriksen is already at work in her little studio. “I don’t mind it,” she says with a…
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The Life Goddess

Words & Photography Kirk Truman “You know, the Greek tradition and culture of cultivating, preparing and sharing food is a ritual to us…” George Nyfoudis, founder of The Life Goddess, is giving me a lesson in Greek culture and cuisine. Bear with me here because I’m going to start by telling you how we ended our conversation – with the legend of The Life Goddess. According to ancient Greek legend, a sacred goat named Amalthea nurtured…
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Walking

Words Kirk Truman Illustrations Alice Chiariello Originally from the south of France, Bloomsbury-based illustrator and artist Alice Chiariello has turned her talents to capturing the spirit of her adopted home. In this series of illustrations, she uses the streets and landmarks of the neighbourhood as a backdrop to scenes of everyday life in this corner of the capital.
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St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel

Words & Photography Kirk Truman “…too beautiful and too romantic to survive.” This is no ordinary hotel. It’s a London icon, a spectacle; there’s something undeniably romantic about the sight of its fairy-tale towers rising above the eastern end of Euston Road. If its distinctive red exterior is High Victorian splendour, then its interior is the stuff of gilded fantasy – at every turn it reveals some new treasure. The Midland Grand Hotel, now once again…
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Gillian Mosely

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Words & Portraits Etienne Gilfillan “As I get older I realise I absolutely love the Ancient Egyptian aesthetic,” says Gillian Mosely. “That’s the art I choose to collect. Maybe it’s a past life thing.” Reincarnated or not, her current life has certainly encompassed a wide variety of interests and passions. Though Mosely was born in London, her parents emigrated to the States when she nine. While returning to the UK as a visitor over the…
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Foundling Museum

Words Matthew Ross Illustrations Sophie Pellisser Stroll past the tall white walls at the north side of Guilford Place and you might hear the innocent racket of children at play coming from Coram Fields, the protected children’s park and playground. Two centuries ago, you might have heard a different strain: from an imposing Georgian edifice, the swell of an organ and children trebling the remorseful hymn: Left on the world’s bleak waste forlorn; In sin…
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Noble Rot

Words Matthew Ross Photography Kirk Truman 51 Lamb’s Conduit Street, May 1706: On a site that was lately fields of cress and winter rocket, Mr Jos Walker takes the very first lease on four handsome storeys of London stock townhouse. For seven pounds, nine shillings and sixpence a year, his tenant will be a certain Mr Chisledon. 51 Lamb’s Conduit Street, October 2015: The Rugby School Estate grants the lease of the same handsome townhouse…
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Aesop

Words & Photography Kirk Truman “Everything is driven by the product itself and the quest for superior quality…” Even on a crowded London high street, there’s a certain store that stands out from the crowd. There aren’t many brands that have successfully mixed aesthetically pleasing design with high quality skincare products, but Aesop has done exactly that, and much, much more. It all started in Melbourne in 1987, when hairdresser Dennis Paphitis launched a small range…
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Jack Bond

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Words & Portraits Kirk Truman “You know, when you have these extreme situations working with people, it sticks with you forever…” The first time I met Jack, I wanted to be him. In his late 70s, whereas many people might opt for a slower pace of life, Jack still continues to pursue his undying passion for filmmaking – an extensive career which has spanned six decades – along with other favoured pursuits, including drinking and smoking. He’s charming,…
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Miles Copeland

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Words & Portraits Kirk Truman “I’ve stuck with it, and it’s become a part of my character. Music is embedded in me….” We’re on the third floor of a Georgian house on Lambs Conduit Street, where Miles Copeland and I are looking through a collection of carefully arranged records in his home. He passes me a few, and together we examine the sleeves. Zooey, Angelina, Luca: the names of just a handful of artists signed to…
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Christina Harrington

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Words Vaneesha Ritchie Portraits Etienne Gilfillan “I want it to be a place for people to come and come back to and build a connection to and weave into their own histories.” Where do curious people go? How have people made sense of their world in the past, and how do they do it today? Welcome to Treadwells. Christina Oakley Harrington opened her bookshop in 2002. It was named Treadwells, after her grandmother, and its inception marked…