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Property and lifestyle magazine covering north London, England with features about events, property, theatre, design, food, health and fitness.


  • Issue 01 Spring/Summer 2015

    LONDON ROYALTYMeet the capitals Pearly Kings, the true upholders of London tradition

    FISH ISLANDHackneys artists colony is set to become the coolest place to live in east London

    Hot propertyThe best homes to buy and rent across north and east London

    OUT AND ABOUTFrom Run Hackney to Box Park in Shoreditch, weve got you covered

    *Cockney rhyming slang for newspaper

  • Established in 1990, Currell is a full service property agency with offices across London.

    Call us now for a free valuation.

    Currell Islington321 Upper StreetIslington, N1 2XQ020 7226

    Currell Victoria Park81 Lauriston ParkVictoria Park, E9 7HJ020 3222

    Currell Clerkenwell122/124 St John StreetClerkenwell, EC1V 4JS020 7253

    Currell Hackney311-313 Kingsland RoadHackney, E8 4DL020 7241

    Issue 01 Spring/Summer 20153

    Welcome to The Linen Draper

    EDITED AND WRITTEN BY: Simon Manuel and Gina Wasikowski DESIGNED BY: Sally Grondowski CONTRIBUTORS: Camilla Bonnar, Georgia Currell, Imogen Williams and Kelly Wright


    4-7OUT AND ABOUT The best of whats on in and around north and east London

    8-11COVER STORYMeet London royalty, Pearly King John Walters

    12-15ARTS AND CULTURECDW, fringe theatre and Europes best gay mens chorus

    16-19property and interiors

    Fish Island the next London Fields?


    Charles Phillips of Morty & Bobs and a BBQ recipe with a difference


    The capitals latest fitness craze and the East London Design Stores Della Tinsley

    The Linen Draper is all about London. To be precise, its about our own little corner of London, from Islington and Clerkenwell in the north, to Hackney and Victoria Park in the east.

    Hence the name: The Linen Draper. As those born within the sound of Bow Bells will tell you, its Cockney rhyming slang for newspaper. That explains the apple, pears and stairs on the front cover too, beautifully designed and photographed by the talented Victoria Lees and Amy Currell. (If youre still confused about the apples and pears, read about the true upholders of London tradition, the Pearly Kings, on page 8).

    Inside you can find out whats going on in Out and About (p4), read about Londons best gay mens chorus (p14) and salivate over Morty & Bobs mouth-watering cheese toasties (p24). Plus theres theatre, fitness, cocktails, recipes and more.

    Last, and most definitely not least, is property, our specialist subject. This month weve highlighted the Scandinavian-inspired Herringbone House in Stoke Newington (p18) and the more earthy charms of the up and coming Fish Island (p16). And dont forget, if spring has got you in the mood for buying, selling or renting in the heartbeat of the capital, north and east London, head to

    We hope you enjoy the first issue of The Linen Draper. We would love to receive your feedback at

    Gina Wasikowski, Head of Marketing, Currell

    Cover image: PHOTOGRAPHY: Amy CurrellSET DESIGN: Victoria Lees

    Printed in the UK by Mortons, by Currell,

  • 4 The Linen Draperout and about Issue 01 Spring/Summer 20155

    olympian for a day

    Returning for its second year, Run Hackney is one of Londons best new sporting events. Taking over east London for one day only, this half marathon is perfect for city enthusiasts who want to try out new terrain.

    The course is flat and fast, so it suits both beginners and those looking to score their personal best. The route takes in some of the best sights and hidden spots in east London, even giving you the chance to feel like an Olympian when the course takes you through the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

    Starting and finishing on Hackney Marshes, the day is a celebration of east London and its community spirit.

    Run Hackney, Sunday 10 May

    pop out to a pop up

    Pop-up food destinations are ten a penny in the London foodie scene right now, so to stand out from the crowd a pop-up must pack a huge punch. One of the latest to hit town is Christabels, a dining experience with heaps of personality.

    The creative concepts of all Christabels events which take place in secret locations in N1 are fun, fantastical and most importantly, delicious. Founder Christabel Beeson aims to produce culinary and drinking experiences which people cannot recreate at home. And with previous themes

    crafts take centre stage

    London Craft Week, a celebration of home-grown talent and creativity, will place the capitals lesser known artisans in the spotlight.

    In its inaugural year, London Craft Week will see small creative studios and workshops open their doors to the public to exhibit their craftsmanship and creative flair. As the week will show, Londons rich history of craft is still very much alive and well.

    Notable events include a traditional printing press demonstration at the New North Press in Hoxton and a photography exhibition at The Princes Foundation in Shoreditch.

    London Craft Week, 6 10


    including Cocktails n Crack she may just be right. Every detail of the dining experience is carefully considered, including hand-painted crockery, an abundance of edible glitter and even a portable bar. Christabels is one not to be missed.

    Christabels Cocktail Lab Thursday 30 AprilChristabels Floral Feast Sunday 3 MayTo book tickets for upcoming events visit



  • 6 The Linen Draperout and about Issue 01 Spring/Summer 20157

    Since beginning life as a literary and scientific society, the Almeida Theatre has become one of Londons cultural hotspots. The Guardian has described it as a theatre which has constantly punched above its size.

    This was certainly the case last year when it made an international name for itself by picking up no less than eight Olivier Awards.

    CARMEN reimagined feast on street food

    Forget Brighton beach this summer and look no further than Box Park, Shoreditch for a chance to bag yourself one of the most sought after deck chairs in town. Returning on the back of last years success, #BUSKTHEBOX has a sweltering line up of rising local talent performing every Sunday afternoon.

    And if you think it should be you up on stage, now is your chance. Box Park is opening a competition for one lucky artist or group to perform on the last Sunday of every month. Entries are by 15 second audition on Instagram.

    #BUSKTHEBOX, from 6

    Street Feast returns to Dalston Yard in May for another summer season of exquisite street food. The event will see 20 food stalls and eight bars come together to serve up delicious grub and refreshing drinks to suit every taste, all served up in a carnival atmosphere. Be warned you will almost certainly have to queue.

    Street Feast at Dalston Yard, 1 May 26 September

    Since kicking off in 2007, Field Day festival has become one of the biggest events in Londons summer calendar. Taking up residence in Victoria Park for two days, the Field Day line-up is dominated by alternative and indie acts, which gives the festival a unique flavour.

    This year the headline acts include Caribou on the Saturday and legendary punk singer Patti Smith on the Sunday. Other notable acts include Mercury nominated FKA twigs, Todd Terje and the Olsens and Jack Garratt.

    Field Day, 6 7

    The UK premiere of Carmen Disruption, directed by Michael Longhurst (Constellations), promises to bring further attention to Islingtons iconic theatre. Written by the award-winning Simon Stephens, (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), the play reimagines Bizets opera Carmen and the possibilities of love in a fractured urban world.

    Carmen Disruption, Almeida Theatre, 10 April 23

    A theatre which has constantly punched above its size

    shoreditch busk Fun in a field

  • 8 The Linen Draper

    Forget the Royal Family, meet the Pearlys, the real Kings and Queens of the capital

    Its not often you meet a king, but with this one theres no standing on ceremony. Hello, come on in, follow me up the apples, says John Walters as he welcomes me into his Archway home. As any self-respecting Londoner knows, apples and pears is Cockney rhyming slang for stairs. And John is more than just any old Londoner. Hes the Pearly King of

    Issue 01 Spring/Summer 20159 COVER STORY



  • 10The Linen Draper

    Finsbury, a true upholder of the Cockney tradition. Before he explains what a Pearly King is, John, who

    was born just off City Road, is keen to establish his Cockney credentials.

    To be a true Cockney you need to be born within the sound of Bow bells. But thats not Bow in east London, its the bells of St Mary Le Bow church in Cheapside, he explains. That was the curfew bell for London that

    signalled the locking of the city gates: Bishopsgate, Moorgate, Newgate etc. In the story of Dick Whittington, Dick heard the bells as far away as Highgate Hill telling him to return to London: Turn again Dick, three times Lord Mayor of London.

    Now thats cleared up, John explains what the Pearly Kings, and for that matter the Pearly Queens, Princes and Princesses, are all about.

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    Rhyming slang