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Time for a visit to the vineyard this summer

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Here are Sweden's 25 best wineries you can visit this summer. All offer a walk in the vineyards and most also have tastings - many serve food and some have both a restaurant and accommodation. (The guide previously published in Allt om Vin)

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In the current episode, father and son Mölstad talk about wine tours. Especially in Sweden but also in Europe when we can soon start traveling again. 

The podcast Vinskolan can be found where podcasts are available. For example here - see Special Section 3 - Wine Travel

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HALLAND

Ästad Vingård

Spectacular facility east of Varberg. Also vineyards on the coast. Toppkrogen Äng works with tasting menus. In addition, large spa facility. Specializing in sparkling wine according to the champagne method. Open every day for vineyard hiking and wine tasting. Pre-book preferably.

Ästad Vingård, Tvååker. Web: astadvingard.se

SKÅNE

Thora Vingård

Large vineyard investment with winemakers from Australia - at Hovs Hallar on the Bjäre Peninsula. Ten thousand logs Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay are planted. Flexible visits with guided tours and tastings. Pre-book via web or [email protected]

Dalen 43, Båstad. Web: thoravingard.com

Vejby Winery

Exciting vineyard experience in a four-lane Skåne farm. Red and orange wines from our own vineyard. Newly built Georgian Marani cellar with qvevri vessels attracts. Open every day with winery tour and wine tastings. Times and packages are available on the website.

Västra Ljungbyvägen 319, Vejbystrand. Web: vejbyvingaard.com

Arilds Vingård

Sweden's largest vineyard with over twenty hectares on the Kulla Peninsula. Make all types of wine in a new winery. Great popular restaurant - also hotel and glamping. Open daily from midsummer to mid-August. Winery tour and tasting. The restaurant also has the vineyard's wines.

Lilla vägen 71, Arild. Web: arildsvingard.se

Kullabergs Vingård

One of Sweden's most ambitious wine ventures. Wine bar with orangery. Fourteen hectares of vineyard and new large winery underway. Make award-winning white, rosé and orange wine. Daily from midsummer to the end of August. Winery tour and tasting. For times and pre-booking - see web.

Lyckerisvägen 52, Nyhamnsläge. Web: kullabergs.se

Lottenlund Estate

Handsome property at Allerum near Helsingborg and Sofiero Castle. Seven acres with Solaris and Muscaris. Also vineyards on the Bjäre Peninsula. Open for vineyard hiking with wine tasting from midsummer to October. Pre-booked - see web.

Lottenlundsvägen 8, Helsingborg. Web: lottenlundestate.se

Frillestads Vingård

Small beautiful vineyard east of Helsingborg. In cultivation: Bolero, Johanniter, Rondo and Solaris. Wine tasting and vineyard walk from June to mid-August. Pre-booked - see web.

Rycketoftavägen 37, Påarp. Web: frillestad.com

Flyinge Winery

Modern facility in Sweden's equestrian center Flyinge. Cultivates Solaris for white, orange and sparkling wine. Open tastings at 17-20 Wednesday and Friday. Tests and visits at other times are pre-booked - see web. 

Fredhem, Flyingeby. Web: flyingevingard.com

Flädie Mat & Vingård

Handsome facility west of Lund. Produces both white, red, rosé and sparkling. Also restaurant, conference and event facilities. Open every day. Wine tasting and vineyard walk Wednesday-Saturday. Other time: pre-booked.

Flädie Mejeriväg 19, Bjärred. Web: fladiematvingard.se

The vineyard in Klagshamn

One of Sweden's first vineyards on the coast south of Malmö. Make award-winning wines on two hectares - mainly on Solaris. Vineyard visits for company all summer. Pre-booked via mobile or email - see web.

Möllevägen 31, Klagshamn. Web: vingardeniklagshamn.se

Hällåkra Winery

Large facility just north of Anderslöv. Red, white, sparkling and sweet wines are produced from seven hectares. Visitor facility with many opportunities for activities. Open for wine tasting and vineyard hiking. June: Saturday-Sunday (pre-booked). July-15 Aug Thurs-Sun. Preferably pre-booked - see web. Wine bar and food service for lunch and dinner.

Hällåkravägen 47, Anderslöv. Web: hallakra.com

Snårestad Winery

Ambitious on his own Scanian farm west of Ystad. White and orange on mainly Solaris. Open for vineyard tour and winery visits from 1 July. Pre-booked - see web.

Snårestad Lyckeväg 121-26, Ystad. Web: snarestadvin.se

Köpingsbergs Vingård

Beautiful farm by the sea near Ystad. Three hectares of Pinot Auxerrois and Solaris for sparkling wine according to the champagne method. Also art exhibition. Open for guiding the winemaker himself. Tasting three days a week. See web.

Köpingsbergsvägen 183, Köpingebro. Web: kopingsberg.se

Skepparps Vingård

Beautiful vineyards on Brösarp's slopes north of Kivik. Four hectares with Solaris, Rondo and Cabernet cortis which mainly give sparkling wine according to the champagne method. Open for vineyard viewing with tasting some days - preferably pre-booked. Swedish wine festival at the end of July. See web for all events and bookings.

Skepparp 1041, Kivik. Web: skepparpsvingard.se

Åhus winery

One hectare, jointly owned by 120 people. Mainly Solaris, Phoenix and Rondo which give white, red and rosé. Restaurant next to the vineyard. Open for vineyard hiking and tasting for pre-booked groups - see web.

Yngsjövägen 226-25, Åhus. Web: ahusvingard.se

Fredholms Vingård

Small vineyard in Tyringe near Hässleholm: 1300 vines with Rondo and Solaris, among others, which give white and rosé. Open for vineyard guiding and coffee all summer - see web.

Augustenborgsvägen 20, Tyringe. Web: fredholmsvin.se

WHITE

The winery Stora Boråkra

Magnificent property north of Karlskrona. 4000 logs of solaris that give white and sparkling. Also vineyard grappa. Open tasting screenings. Personal viewings for larger parties. Pre-book via web. 

Stora Boråkra, Karlskrona. Web: storaborakra.se

Stora Horns Winery

Growing investment on the island of Hasslö in the Karlskrona archipelago. Frühburgunder for rosé and red - Solaris for white. Open all summer. Vineyard walk and tasting on weekends - or all times for groups. See web.

Trekantsvägen 3, Hasslö. Web: storahorn.se

ÖLAND

Wannborga Winery

The first commercial Öland vineyard. Today both restaurant, winery and farm distillery. Two hectares with different grape varieties. Lunch restaurant open. Vineyard tour with tasting Tues-Wed. Pre-booked - see web.

Övra Vannborga village 11, Köpingsvik. Web: wannborga.se

Håks Vingård

Old farm by the sea south of Mörbylånga with grape growing since 2001. 5000 logs Leon Millot, Rondo and Solaris. Open for viewing of winery and vineyards from July. Pre-booked - [email protected]

Beteby 111, Mörbylånga. Web: haksgard.se   

GOTLAND

Gute Vingård

One of Sweden's first commercial wineries. Today, 17,000 logs of Solaris, Phoenix and Rondo produce, among other things, rosé and a white cuvée. Open for guiding and testing Mon-Sat 5 July-7 Aug at 4 pm. Other times open for groups. See web.

Hablingbo Hallbjäns 861, Havdhem. Web: gutevin.se

Långmyre Winery

Gotland's most ambitious wine venture. Five hectares planted at Burgsvik. Different Italian grapes give white, red and bubbly. Open for guided tours and tasting of own wines throughout the summer. For times and booking - see web.

Hamra Långmyre, Burgsvik. Web: langmyre.se

ÖSTERGÖTLAND

Särtshöga Vineyard

Unique investment at Lake Vättern in sparkling wines according to the champagne method. Also farm restaurant and overnight room. Also make must and cider. Open for vineyard viewing and tasting. Evening farm restaurant open in the evening. See web.

Särtshöga Lillgård, Väderstad. Web: sartshogavingard.se

SÖDERMANLAND

Blaxsta Winery

One of the world's northernmost commercial wineries. Pioneer with sweet ice wines. Restaurant Blacke is one of Sörmland's top restaurants. Open for viewing and testing daily from June to 8 Aug. Also wine bar. Restaurant and hotel open all year round.

Blackstaby Farm, Flen. Web: blaxstawine.se

STOCKHOLM

Vinberget Velamsund

Sweden's oldest vineyard dating from 1670 in Nacka outside Stockholm - today restored and newly planted. Open for viewing and testing during trials this summer. See web.

Velamssund, Kummelnäs, Boo. Web: druvkraft.se

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STONE ISLAND, KATE MOSS & BLUR: HOW BRITPOP BROUGHT CASUALS STYLE TO THE MASSES

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Stone Island just dropped at the Highsnobiety Shop. To celebrate the first arrivals of the brand's FW21 collection, we're re-sharing this piece exploring Britpop style and how it changed fashion. 

You don't forget the first time someone smashes you in the face with a pint of lukewarm piss. It was 2005 and I was 15 years old, standing in the City of Manchester Stadium waiting for Oasis to take the stage.

They might have been in their twilight years, but even then, Oasis homecomings were treated by Mancunians as communal gatherings rather than mere concerts. Think Woodstock, but replace the zooted hippies with northern English lads in Stone Island charged up on beer and cocaine. It was exhilarating, debauched, at times violent, and completely terrifying.

Ten years earlier, Oasis and southern rivals Blur were at the vanguard of Britpop, an umbrella term for a guitar band movement that rejected the introspection of grunge and all things American. Kurt Cobain was dead and a new wave of UK bands were leading the charge at home.

 
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As this blogger wrote in 2014:

Thatcher was gone, and with her the need for popular culture to hang out at the margins, through illegal raves or hooligan culture. People of all classes could have, do and be what they wanted to, and they generally did. In this climate the sharing of these two vital organs of British cultural heritage must have seemed the most natural of actions — navel gazing, worry, introspection, bombast, the cult of self and neoliberalism were, for a moment, all yesterday’s news. As one youthful chameleon saw it, in an unparalleled act of zeitgeist channelling, ‘things could only get better’ — and for most of us, for a long while, they did.

Unfortunately, idealism and reality are often at odds, and it didn't take long for politicians to exploit the media-driven concept of "Cool Brittania" for their own ends. Depending on who you ask, Britpop was either the last great British youth phenomenon or a regrettable era of noxious chauvinism. Some in the latter camp take their objections further, joining the dots from the era's soft nationalism to the winding road signposted Brexit.

Style-wise, however, it was a scene that had an indelible impact on those who grew up around it, both in the UK and further afield.

Western culture has a knack for dichotomy and Britpop was no different. As the story goes, you had Oasis, "working-class heroes" embodying the gritty spirit of Manchester, and then there was Blur, the "southern softies" more in tune with university students and artisanal latte-drinking Guardian readers. The reality, of course, was a little less black and white.

 

"At its peak, with the Blur vs. Oasis chart battle [between "Country House" and "Roll With It" for No. 1 single], it was headline news across the country," says Ollie Evans of vintage fashion platform Too Hot Limited. "You couldn’t turn on the TV or radio without people talking about it. It was massive and it came at a point in British history when a lot of great pop culture moments were making waves around the world.

"We had the YBAs [Young British Artists, including Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin]. We had an exciting club culture and dance music. We had Kate Moss. We had a New Labour government. We had Britpop. Everything seemed to come together in those last few years of the ’90s."

 
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Led by notoriously combustible siblings Noel and Liam Gallagher, Oasis' style was heavily influenced by the brothers' milieu. It was mod revivalism but with a louche, football casuals twist. Parkas, polos, track jackets, and bucket hats were the group's core uniform, with a bit of sportswear thrown in for good measure. Blue adidas Gazelles, Levi's 504s, and Stone Island crewnecks became the costume de rigueur for weekend warriors as they swaggered into football stadiums across the country, buoyed by the sounds of (What's the Story) Morning Glory?.

 
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"A lot of the northern bands in particular were football lads or grew up with that culture, and that’s what was apparent in the way they dressed and sounded," says Evans. "In the case of Oasis, they came out of the tail end of that 'Madchester' revolution that saw the merging of dance and guitar music, with bands like The Stone Roses and the Happy Mondays, who were both dressing in a very baggy, casual way. [Happy Mondays singer] Shaun Ryder refers to it as 'hippy casual' or 'designer hippy,' and I think the best style from that era came as an extension of that philosophy."

 

If Oasis preferred a free-flowing casuals look, Blur were slightly more preened, putting an impertinent twist on skinhead style while still drawing heavily from mod aesthetics. Frontman Damon Albarn would pair a Fred Perry polo shirt with a Harrington jacket, cuffed jeans, and cherry red Doc Martens. A hooped earring and the occasional piece of tribal jewelry conveyed a boyish charm and, like grunge, there was an unkempt chic to their style, which, despite latter-day flirtations with US indie rock, remained distinctly British.

 
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 As Blur and Oasis fought for primacy, bands such as Pulp and Suede offered more eccentric representations of Britishness. Hip-swiveling Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker brought a touch of dandy to the scene, with the contours of his spindly frame embellished by retro suits obtained from thrift stores. Suede frontman Brett Anderson took a more androgynous approach, mixing tight leather jackets with a bare chest or blouse. A decade later, you could see Anderson's influence on Pete Doherty and Carl Barat of The Libertines, who in turn served as muses for the music-obsessed Hedi Slimane.

 
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Ask anyone for their defining Britpop brands and, more likely than not, they'll throw up the usual suspects: Burberry, Stone Island, Fred Perry, and adidas. They wouldn't be wrong, but at ground level, the youth were adding more variety to their wardrobes, enthralled by a new wave of sportswear, outdoor, and smart casual labels.

"Berghaus and Rockport were massive," Evans explains. "All my mates wore that stuff. That was definitely more of a Midlands or Manchester look and denoted that you were either a geography teacher or a bit of a scally. The Stone Roses famously wore Berghaus. I really liked that. If you couldn’t afford Rockports, there were Pods, but they were terrible."

 
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The era coincided with a micro-surge in new labels and places to shop. "There were lots of great little brands coming out around that time," says Evans. "I had a lot of 6876 stuff in the late ’90s, when that was all new. I was also really into the early Evisu bits that were coming over from Japan. It isn't now, but that brand was very cool and exciting at that time. Atoo in Birmingham and Duffer of St George in London were the places I discovered a lot of brands I used to wear.

"There was a brand called Oeuf that made some decent sweatshirts. Can’t Skate did some good graphics. Loads of tiny brands that came and went. British streetwear brands like Boxfresh, Bench, Addict were selling a lot of stuff. I wasn’t a fan, though. I thought they were slightly crap but undeniably popular."

 
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Britpop's impact might have been more muted across the pond, but for many, that was part of the attraction. To observe the British petri dish of football, beer, and rock and roll from afar was to look into another world, one far removed from the trail blazed by Cobain and grunge (and a lightyear from mundanities such as Matchbox Twenty and the Dave Matthews Band). One transatlantic fan was brand consultant Chris Black, whose obsession with Britpop stretches back more than 20 years.

"I'm definitely an Oasis guy if I'm picking," Black explains down the phone. "I think Oasis was kind of like mod-meets-hooligan, which is very cool and super-British, so it feels foreign to me. I think Damon [Albarn] is also very cool, but the music just never resonated with me in the same way."

When Black was growing up in Atlanta, he'd flick through legendary British music and style magazines such as Melody Maker, NME, i-D, and The Face. In those pages he discovered the Gallaghers and other giants of UK pop culture. There was an irresistible allure to the images he saw, a ballsiness that captured his young imagination.

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"The reality is, it's less about the garment and more about how they're wearing it, or the swag they're wearing it with," Black says. "Liam [Gallagher] wearing Stone Island doesn't make me want to run out and buy Stone Island necessarily, because I don't think I can pull it off the way he did. I want my famous people to be aspirational. I want them to look better than me. That's how it should be.

"Liam wearing wild bucket hats and ugly newer sunglasses, I couldn't do that. But when you're famous, you can do that. That's what creates the mystique and the allure. They were able to take these working class, pretty simple garments and give them this incredible amount of swagger and appeal to a young person in America who didn't really understand at the time why they liked it."

 
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Swagger. That's the keyword. Plenty of that era's icons still resonate today — see how Princess Diana is still remembered more than 20 years after her death and how Virgil Abloh's Fall/Winter 2019 pre-collection for Louis Vuitton was inspired by UK funk-pop kings Jamiroquai. For many, ’90s Britain's biggest legacy was a state of mind, although the looks have endured on the cultural periphery

"Certainly I think Britpop style is impacting current-day trends," says Evans. "I’m yet to see a full Britpop resurgence, but we’re skirting around the edges of it. That casual look has been hugely popular recently and I’d be surprised if we didn’t see more of those big jacket/baggy jeans silhouettes appearing."

Today, the UK is limping toward its exit from the European Union in what has been one of the country's most shocking political developments since World War II. The days of Union Jack-clad guitars and mini dresses feel like a lifetime ago, the country today ravaged by infighting and factionalism. Viewed from 2019, Britpop might as well have happened 250 years ago, not 25.

 

Yes, it could be boorish and chauvinistic, with many of its traits best left in the past forever, but for the kids of that time — especially those like me who grew up in social housing, who feel out of place in the fashion world and probably always will — it taught us to say "Fuck it." As long as you have a bit of confidence, a bit of swagger, you'll get by just fine. Just watch out for flying pints of piss.

 

 
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Rebecca Layoo and Roman Meyer on life at the brutalist-inspired Concrete Plinth House in London Fields, east London

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Actor Rebecca Layoo and her partner, banker Roman Meyer, share a particular affinity for brutalism. His love for the architectural style was influenced by his upbringing in Switzerland, where he was surrounded by monolithic buildings; hers by frequent trips to exhibitions and concerts at the Barbican. So, when the couple’s first home, a semi-detached Victorian terrace in London Fields, east London, needed renovating, it was only natural they chose a material palette led by concrete.

Their initial brief to design practice DGN Studio was to transform a dark kitchen with oppressively low ceilings into a light-filled space fit for entertaining. The project, which evolved to include renovations of the entire home, lasted 18 months and, in 2020, the aptly named Concrete Plinth House was complete. Here, the couple, who are expecting their first child, discuss their carefully considered kitchen extension, the harmony of oak and concrete and how they plan to adapt the space for family life.

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Roman: “We both like brutalist architecture. I was exposed to it at a very early age, and at the time, I didn’t appreciate it for its artistic value, I just thought it’s quite an economical way to build. But, as I got older, it began to appeal to me from an aesthetic standpoint. Concrete as a material is cool because you can shape it to whatever you like. And so, we thought it would why not have our home nod to brutalism.

“We bought the house four years ago and lived here for roughly two years before we started the work. We only moved back in eight or nine months ago.”

Rebecca: “We weren’t specific about what we wanted and were looking in both south east and east London. We’d actually just missed out on a loft in Clerkenwell that we put an offer on. Then this house came up, totally unexpected. It just had a lot of potential. The road is super leafy and it’s next to London Fields, which was a big draw as well.”

Roman: “It was in a bit of a state when we found it, so we knew it was going to be a big project – probably slightly bigger than we bargained for. Initially, we just painted over the wallpaper and put down some new carpets to make it livable.”

Rebecca: “It had 1970s style, smoke-stained wallpaper and carpet. Sadly, most of the original features had gone, but the shutters and some cornicing in the hallways were intact, so we kept those. It had no central heading though, and we lived like that for two years.”

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Roman: “The kitchen was very dark. It had very low ceilings and wasn’t very inviting. We hardly spent any time there. 

“We set out to find an architect to help us with the renovation and design. We met with two or three before we came across Daniel Goodacre and Geraldine Ng of DGN Studio. We talked through what we wanted to achieve with them, which was to extend the kitchen and make it a lighter space.”

Rebecca: “They proposed a concrete datum that would go out into the garden – and we really loved the idea. They added an oak structure to the kitchen, which created lightness, lowered the floor and exposed the beams in the kitchen, which created ceiling height, and added roof lights and modern sash windows. It relates really well to the rest of the house – we have oak floors in the sitting room too.”

Roman: “They managed to open up the top floor, removing the ceiling and exposing the roof. And then they introduced us to different material palettes – it felt very collaborative and was a great learning experience. The materials are really harmonious.”

Rebecca: “We really like the hardness of the concrete with the warmth of the wood. We’ve got exposed aggregate as well so it’s a tough finish, which appeals to us. There’s so much detail in the materials – the knots in the oak, the cracks in the concrete – they have so much character.

“Since the renovation, we use all the rooms more. Before, we hardly ever went in the kitchen; now it’s where I spend most of the day – it’s quite serene. In the morning, the light hits the micro cement and plays on that, then it moves along the beams.”

Roman: “It’s a great place to host. We have these benches along the length of the kitchen, which have become areas where people naturally congregate.”

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Rebecca: “The first thing people usually comment on is the light or the height of the beams. You don’t really expect it when you walk through the typically Victorian, narrow corridor. When you step into the kitchen, it gives you this sense of scale that is totally unexpected.”

Roman: “So far, we don’t have a lot of furniture and objects to display in the house. Our plan is to build that up gradually as we travel and come across things that we like. We still have a lot of that ahead of us. There are a couple of pieces of art that we’ve acquired recently from Bosse & Baum.”

Rebecca: “Mary Stephenson is the name of the artist. We have another piece from a friend, Gommie, that was in storage for four years and we finally managed to hang it up.

“We also have a really lovely library-like room, a snug. There’s a projector screen embedded in the ceiling and a bookshelf. We spend a lot of time there in the evenings.”

Roman: “Our favourite room changes over time. The other day I was walking around in the evening and suddenly I saw the full moon above me in the kitchen through the roof light. These are the moments when you discover new things.”

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Rebecca: “We’ve got a great connection with the garden, which was designed with our friend and garden designer Sarah Alun-Jones. There are wide flowerbeds, lovely billowing grasses and meadow-like flowers.

“We’ve created a separate part at the back which is screened off with multi-stem silver birches – that’s the only shady part of the garden and it has woodland-like plants, like ferns. We’ve definitely got into gardening – it’s really meditative, watching the bees crawl into a foxglove; the birds and the squirrels.

“I think we’ll be here for a long time. We love the house and the area. We’re also expecting a baby… we’ll have to adapt the house – especially the extension, because there currently isn’t a lot of softness to it.”

Roman: “We’ll get lots of blankets! We’ll find a way to make it work. We can definitely see ourselves here for at least 10 years. Maybe more.”

How do you define modern living?

Roman: “To us, modern living is about creating spaces that manage to connect the old with the new, and have aesthetic appeal and functionality.”

Is there a home on The Modern House that has caught your eye recently?

Rebecca: “There’s been so many. This one sold a little while ago, but we keep coming back to Clerkenwell Cooperage. The scale is just incredible.”

Roman: “And it has that brutalist element in there.”

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A neighbourhood guide to Shoreditch: galleries to visit and our favourite restaurants

https://www.themodernhouse.com/journal/neighbourhood-guide-to-shoreditch/

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For many, Shoreditch is the unofficial centre of London. The past few decades have seen considerable gentrification in the area: where there were once illegal raves and a counter-culture arts scene, plus textile and furniture-making industries, there are now Michelin-starred restaurants, creative agencies and Shoreditch House (though the area did always have cultural kudos: The Curtain Theatre, on the road of the same name, was the place where Shakespeare first performed Romeo and Juliet). On its south-eastern side sits the City’s ever-growing collection of shiny skyscrapers. To live here is to live very much in the thrum of things. It’s no longer the gritty up-and-coming neighbourhood it once was, but it’s still somewhere that creativity reigns and things tend to happen. Here’s our neighbourhood guide to Shoreditch, from the art galleries keeping the area’s scene alive to our favourite spots for a weekend lunch.

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1. Arnold Circus

One of the country’s first council estates, which is now Grade II-listed. In 1890, architect Owen Fleming transformed a former slum into the Boundary Estate; a collection of seven streets containing around 20 blocks, which radiates off a central bandstand and garden known as Arnold Circus. Each block is red brick, five storeys high and influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement. Fleming widened the streets and configured the layout in an irregular pattern to allow for good light and air for its residents, meaning the flats are as desirable today as they were when they were first built.

What’s more, Melanie Arnold and Margot Henderson opened Rochelle Canteen in 2004 on the estate (more on which below), and residents can pick up goodies at the lovely Leila’s Shop, a modern-day grocer offering abundant fruit and veg, glossy chocolate eclairs and food to go.

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2. Galleries

In the early nineties, Shoreditch became the physical and spiritual home of the collection of artists who quickly became known as the Young British Artists (YBAs) – Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Damien Hirst, the Chapman brothers and Chris Ofili among them – and can be credited with the creative boom that followed in the area. Together, they challenged notions of what constituted art, and fostered an entrepreneurial spirit of marketing their works: establishing, for example, their own spaces in which to exhibit (such Emin and Lucas’s The Shop), and setting up the original Affordable Art Fair, A Fete Worse Than Death.

So it stands to reason that the area has retained its link to contemporary art, which can be viewed at a number of boutique galleries. See work from multimedia artists at collector Kate MacGarry’s gallery on Old Nichol Street; head to the church-like Whitechapel Gallery to see the likes of aforementioned Sarah Lucas alongside Pablo Picasso; or view improvisatory art at Raven Row, set in fine 18th-century silk mercers’ houses on Artillery Lane.

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3. Brat

Tomos Parry’s inimitable and intimate oak-panelled, fish-focused Basque restaurant, which simply takes the freshest catch and cooks it over the open fire in the open kitchen: from lemon sole to Dover sole and, of course, turbot (the restaurant is named after a colloquial term for the fish). Other dishes on the menu are simple and beautifully assembled, such as grilled bread topped with anchovies, soused mackerel and plaice ‘pil pil’ with clams. This year, they also have a summer residency at Climpson’s Arch.

4. Smoking Goat

‘Nu-Thai’ cuisine, based on the late-night canteens of Bangkok, is the order of the day at this corner restaurant on Redchurch Street (which is underneath Brat). It’s the sort of place that has its windows flung open in summer and steamed up in winter, the central bar and kitchen heating the place up and turning out Thai-style micheladas seemingly by the second. Highlights include the sticky, chilli fish sauce wings, the lardo fried rice and, if you can handle the spice, the beef larb.

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5. Rochelle Canteen

A firm favourite on the Boundary Estate block since Melanie Arnold and Margot Henderson opened it in the former bike shed of the old Rochelle School in 2004. It’s classy and classic, drawing local creatives and food industry heads alike (Fergus Henderson, husband of Margot, can often be spotted at one of the pretty courtyard tables). The British/European menu, which changes daily, is “small, perfectly formed, ready to please all stomachs”: duck rillettes with cornichons, white asparagus with bottarga butter or a grilled mackerel with a cucumber salad might feature.

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6. Brawn

A neighbourhood restaurant and (largely biodynamic) wine bar that’s been serving loyal patrons since it opened over a decade ago in a former workshop on Columbia Road. European plates are the thing here – Cantabrian anchovies, crab with leeks, apple and ajo blanco, pork chops, lamb rump and light pasta dishes. The panna cotta is deservedly popular and has been on the menu since it opened.

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7. Redchurch Street

The best shopping spot in the area. Labour and Wait is an emporium of functional and utilitarian homeware in a green tile-fronted corner shop, where you can pick up classic French rotating soap holders (with refills), dinner candles, enamel tins and bowls, and plenty else besides.

 

Afterwards, treat yourself to some wardrobe staples from Sunspel; furniture (a Driade Roly Poly armchair, perhaps) or womenswear from House of Toogood; or one-off, handmade pieces (ceramics, knitwear, jewellery) at the multi-concept Hostem Archiveon Chance St. If you can’t get a seat at Nuno Mendes’ Mãos (located within the latter) you can instead refuel on agnolotti cavour at Burro e Salvia.

 

8. Artwords

A bookshop stocked with tomes on fashion, graphic design, architecture, photography, fine art and food – the likes of Assouline, Taschen and Rizzoli feature. They also have hard-to-find magazines such as Travel Almanac and Konfekt, plus a limited selection of novels, essays and a great edit of kids’ books.

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9. SCP

This manufacturer and retailer of modern design was founded in 1985 and, three decades on, it still makes and sells products for the home that are beautiful, functional and made to last. In their outpost on Curtain Road, expect to see everything from statement buys – Flos pendant lighting or a Phillipe Malouin bubblegum-pink curved sofa – to smaller trinkets that will lift a room – white enamel bathroom shelves, for example, or Hay candles. They also offer a handy upholstering service.

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10. Good Hood

Next door to SCP, this multi-purpose concept shop remains popular with hypebeasts and the fashion set alike: find Aries, Comme des Garçons, Suicoke and more here. The homeware and fragrance sections are worth browsing.

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11. Libreria

The idea behind Libreria is the antithesis of “algorithmic recommendations of Amazon”. As such, you’ll find the yellow shelves are stacked floor-to-ceiling with books arranged according to broad themes such as ‘Wanderlust’, ‘Enchantment for Disenchanted’ and ‘The City’ – no simple A-Z here. Perfect if you’re looking for a gift, something to read and don’t know what you’re looking for, or somewhere simply to while away a few hours in the comfy armchairs that invite you to linger.

12. Columbia Road Flower Market

A riot for the senses every Sunday: a place where technicolour tulips nudge up next to pretty pansies and huge-palmed houseplants, the scent of sweetpeas intoxicates and the sound of stall owners flogging their flowers fills your ears. Go a bit later, after peak time (which is around 11.30am to 1pm) – it’ll be less busy and you might find yourself a bargain.

13. Ironmonger Row Baths

The Finsbury Centre was originally a 1930s wash house and laundry (complete with pool and Turkish baths) in what is now a Grade II-listed building; it recently underwent a £16.5 million renovation. The beautiful pool is still there and still has an element of the thirties about it – all bunting, high windows, white tiling and the original wooden gallery. The real pull is the underground Turkish hammam – with its trio of hot rooms, saunas, steam rooms, a cold plunge pool and relaxation area, it feels a world away from the bustle above ground.

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Fitzroy Park
London N6

£3,650,000
Freehold

Architect: Syte Architects

https://www.themodernhouse.com/sales-list/fitzroy-park-2/

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“Modern interventions riff on the pitched roof, framing beautiful views over Hampstead Heath and the neighbouring ponds”

This magnificent four-bedroom house occupies an incredible position at the foot of one of Highgate’s most desirable lanes, overlooking three of Hampstead Heath’s ponds. Located between two private walled gardens, the house capitalises on its location in exquisite style, surrounded by wildlife and the bucolic outlook of Hampstead Heath, with delightful views of the boating and swimming ponds beyond. Originally built in the 1830s, the house was the former lodge of Fitzroy Park, an estate owned by Baron Southampton.

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The Building

Since its construction, the home has had two modern architectural interventions. The first adaptation took place in the 1980s, creating a conservatory and kitchen. Latterly, a beautiful spiral staircase, second floor and balcony were added by Oliver Barsoum of Syte Architects. Both adaptations of the plan riff on the home’s characteristic pitched roof of the original building, introducing lower-level allusions to this feature alongside subtle higher-level inversions of the profile.

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The Tour

The house is wonderfully positioned at the foot of Fitzroy Park, a private road and one of Highgate’s finest lanes, maintained by the residents’ association. Set between two beautiful walled gardens, the house presents a grand three-storey façade, crowned with an elegant pitched roofline that emerges through the treetops. There is space for two cars to park on its drive and a separate garage with ample storage space.

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Upon entry, the modern architectural interventions are immediately apparent. The entrance hall is bright and voluminous, linking the two separate wings of the ground floor plan. Along the southern aspect are a cleverly conceived dining room and kitchen, which open out to a secluded walled garden and terrace respectively, overlooking Hampstead Heath. The kitchen lies beneath a glazed pitched roof, set within beautiful Iroko frames. As the roof becomes mono-pitched, the glazing continues, allowing natural light to pour across the room; it resounds off custom stainless steel units, granite worktops and Siemens appliances. The orientation and morning light make this space a perfect breakfast room.

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The adjoining dining room of the original 1830s lodge feels like a natural extension of the kitchen. A wonderful space for entertaining, this also has a dramatic pitched roof that creates a palpable sense of volume. A Welsh slate fireplace sits to one side, opposite a set of glazed doors which open out to the secluded garden and patio. A guest WC can be accessed from both the dining room and the entrance hall.

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The northern wing of the ground floor is occupied by two glorious reception rooms. The smaller of the two rooms has a bay window overlooking the Heath to the west and the garden to the north; it is currently used as a music room. The main reception room is an expansive space, defined by a playful circular conservatory with a beautiful concrete pillar at its centre. It opens via several glazed doors onto the largest section of the garden, breaking down the boundary between inside and out. A living area with garden views takes up the rest of this room.

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The first floor comprises a main en suite bedroom with an adjoining dressing room, two further double bedrooms and a family bathroom. The main bedroom looks over Hampstead Heath’s bird sanctuary pond and its dazzling population of native kingfishers, while the peaceful third bedroom has views of the garden’s mature Monterey pine tree.

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The upper floors are accessed via a fantastic spiral staircase with open-tread oak steps and a curved steel balustrade. This architectural feature allows natural light to cascade across all floors with a dramatic effect. The top floor of the house is a fantastically flexible set of spaces. A further bedroom and bathroom can be accessed via a bright and airy room, which the current owners have used variously as a home office, playroom and as an additional living room. There is also a storage room in the eaves. A large skylight sits over the staircase and a set of glazed doors open to a balcony with elevated views through the treetops, charmingly framed in a V shape by the meeting point of the roof’s two pitches.

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Outdoor Space

The house enjoys verdant views in every direction. The ‘front’ garden is actually located along the southern aspect; it is formed of a secluded patio dining area that flows naturally from the dining room’s glazed doors, and a small pond with raised beds of mature plants and shrubs. This space is private, peaceful and perfect for alfresco dining in the warmer months.

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A flagstone terrace runs around the western aspect, elevated from the Heath below by a brick wall. The main garden opens out along the northern aspect and is mostly laid to lawn, with shade provided by a mature Monterey pine tree.

The Area

Fitzroy Park occupies a fantastic position on the very edge of Hampstead Heath, overlooking the Heath, the Bird Sanctuary Pond and the Model Boating Pond. The Heath offers freshwater swimming year-round in the nearby men’s and ladies Bathing Ponds, as well as some of London’s most beautiful woodland walks. In addition to elevated views of the city from Parliament Hill, there are tennis courts, cafes and Kenwood House, a wonderful 17th-century country house and gallery.

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Swains Lane and its wonderful array of shops is less than 10 minutes walk down the hill; home to Bourne’s Fishmongers, Fam Greengrocers, Primrose Hill Butchers and Gail’s. Highgate Village is nearby and has a wide variety of shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants. The area is also home to some of London’s best independent schools including Highgate School, Channing School and St Michael’s Primary.

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The Northern Line at Highgate provides direct access to King’s Cross, the West End and the City, and there are convenient road links to the A1, leading to the M1, A406 and M25.

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Sucre

47 Great Marlborough Street, Soho, W1F 7JP

https://thenudge.com/london-restaurants/sucre/

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Ever since it opened in Buenos Aires back in 2001, Sucre has wandered in and out of the World’s 50 Best Latin American list, pocketing dozens of other accolades along the way.

And at last, it’s wandered in our direction.

Now, two of the biggest big dogs of Argentina’s drinking & dining scene – chef Fernando Trocca & cocktail man Renato “Tato” Giovannoni – have taken over the the 310-year old building that was the London College of Music in Soho, which was already a huge and remarkably beautiful space to begin with. Probably something to do with acoustics. But either way,  that lily has then been further gilded with chandeliers made from over a thousand cut glass decanters, and elegant leather seating backed by mismatched Latin American textile patterns. It’s what other date spots dream about.

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To avoid the show runners stepping on each-other’s toes, it’s all been divided up into two distinct areas – a restaurant up top (Sucre) and a cocktail joint down below (Abajo) each with its own entrance & menu. So let’s start, as you likely will, with the restaurant. It’s all been essentially built around the kitchen, which has both a dramatic open fire pit, and a wood fired oven, all of which which sits at one end of the main dining area, as if overseeing everything.

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Freshly scorched over that charcoal fire pit, you can expect hearty monkfish tails draped in XO sauce and black beans, or juicy Iberico pork matambre (it’s like a stuffed steak); while out of the wood oven there’s tender lamb shoulder with romaine lettuce & preserved lemon, and a fragrant black fideuà (an Argentinean rice dish) with squid and paprika. Going alongside all of this, there’s everything from scallops with jalapeño, to roasted hispi cabbage & blue cheese, to fish stew with black garlic.

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Then there’s the cocktail bar, Abajo. It’s a little less dramatic, and a little more moody & cool. It’s similar to Tato Giovanonni’s other bar, with is currently ranked No.7 on the World’s 50 Best list. He’s kept the original wooden ceiling and the steel pillars that hold it all up (seems like a sensible idea) then enrobed it all in the trappings of an ’80s-era Buenos Aires cocktail bar. It’s dark, it’s sleek, it’s industrial, and it just oozes cool. There’s occasional live music, frequent vinyl, and inventive cocktails like the Something Orange, which blends corn liqueur with peanut and pumpkin chicha.

You’ll make it disappear well before midnight.

 

NOTE: Both Sucre & Abajo are open now. You can find out more, and make a booking at their website right HERE.

Sucre | 47 Great Marlborough Street, W1F 7JP

 

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Clean lines, a sharp design language and a soft and comfortable core are what pushes Norm Architects at the forefront of Nordic Minimalism. This Case Study collection has its native setting in a summer house located on the unspoiled and rocky coast of Sweden. 
 

 

 

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HIGHSNOBIETY BEACHFRIENDZ

https://www.highsnobiety.com/c/highsnobiety-beach-friendz/

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Our BeachFriendz collection was designed to be adventured in; whether on a vacation to the other side of town, or travelling further afield. A few of our very own friends have demonstrated how to lounge in the sea and in pools, or soak up the last of the summer sun while wearing the new pieces. As Jamie-Maree Shipton puts it: “The collection’s prints are perfect for a summer vacation, or to transport you to one when you’re stuck at home again!”

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Travis Scott x Fragment Design x Air Jordan 1 Low

https://sneakernews.com/2021/08/12/travis-scott-fragment-design-air-jordan-1-low-og-dm7866-140/

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Over the last decade, Travis Scott has become a household name in the worlds of music, fashion and even video games. And tomorrow, the Texas-native gets to share another one of his dreams with people from across the globe as he’s set to release his Air Jordan 1 Low OG co-created by fragment design.

Different from the two parties’ joint-high-top, the next reimagined retro by La Flame indulges in a “Black Toe” arrangement that harkens back to one of the inaugural styles of Michael Jordan’s first signature sneaker. Backwards swooshes take over the lateral profile, as has become customary of Scott’s collaborative footwear; the medial logo maintains a standard makeup, delivering black-contrast to the shoe. Cactus Jack and fragment design co-branding round out the low-top Air Jordan 1 on the heels, commemorating the legendary moment.

Enjoy more imagery of the pair here below, as you wait to see if you get lucky tomorrow, August 13th. 

Elsewhere under the Jumpman brand, the Air Jordan 36 is set to debut as early as August 19th.

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