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Furniture in Exmouth Market

the salon an uplifting atmosphere. A third stylist joins them shortly. All are gifted in cutting and colouring.

The salon has a serene, peaceful décor – white walls, dark wood counter and floor and deep chocolate brown chairs. Shai has chosen to stock the Aveda hair product range – including their amazing hair colour palette which is vibrant with many colour choices. Ingredients are 97% natural plant derivatives and so more environmentally friendly than some other brands. A selection of their beautifully scented products is on display. Your hair care starts with a head and neck massage – which is a

great way to calm down after rushing in from work or a gym class.

Shai is also a wonderful stylist and works with a make up artist both on and off site to make people look their best for special occasions like weddings. Shai’s salon isn’t just for gym members, everyone who wants great hairdressing is welcome – including children. Opening hours: 10am-7pm Monday-Friday 10am- 5pm Saturday. Make up and hair for weddings, parties and special occasions can be arranged. For more information and on- line booking visit or call 020 7374 6141.

hite walls show off the rich colours and grain of classic teak and rosewood coffee tables, side tables, desks, shelf units, side boards, drinks cabinets and more in Nikolaus Grieg’s cosy Exmouth Market mid-century (early 50’s to late 70’s) furniture and homewares shop. London designer Vicky Thornton tastefully accessorizes these UK and Scandinavia pieces with Holmegaard glassware and contemporary hand-thrown stoneware pots and vintage textiles. Owner Nikolaus says: “Following the success of our pop-up shop further up the road back in November 2010, GN Furniture is now here to stay”. “The stock is constantly evolving, but I like to mix pieces by design greats such as Ib Kofod Larsen, Kai Kristiansen, Grete Jalk and Robert Heritage with no-name pieces that embody the look”. Vicky's handmade ceramics and vintage


textiles complement these pieces perfectly”. “The mantra is affordable, good design... with a friendly welcome from Ron, the dachshund.” GN Furniture is open Monday to Saturday 12-8pm and Sunday 12-5pm. Address: 31 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, EC1R 4QL. Tel: 07944 481 162 Email:

A Miraculous Survival – the History of a Unique City within a City

here are many Barbican residents who will know, or know of, Douglas Woodward, who has lived in the Barbican virtually since its inception and in his time has been a prominent member of the City’l local government system up until his retirement a few years ago. He was a Member of the Court of Common Council for 25 years and rose to become the Council’s Chief Commoner.

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founded the City Heritage Society and has a huge interest in the City of London, its history, its institutions and its quirks and foibles. He was appointed CBE for services to the City in 1994.

Since his retirement he has become something of a City historian and raconteur with the publication of several books, and the latest is the one being reviewed here describing the history of London, its inner centre and how it

withstood attacks from invaders, kings, governments and politicians while jealously guarding its quite separate and unique identity.

The book is 154 pages in length, plus covers and includes a comprehensive index and bibliography and a number of pertinent illustrations. It takes us from Roman Londinium through to the present day defining in part how the City has managed to keep its identity and many of its ceremonial and administrative peculiarities through all kinds of rule – and also, interestingly, refused to take on the governance of all of London, the author ultimately coming to the conclusion that the City fathers were wise to turn these ‘opportunities’ down as virtually all would involve the loss of many of its unique powers and privileges. All in all a fascinating read for anyone interested in City of London history and


GN Furniture cabinet in a Barbican tower apartment


development, the book is published by Phillimore & Co Ltd. Of Andover – Price £16.99 (£15.29 online). ISBN: 978 1 86077 704 2. See


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