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My Clerkenwell

The creative local landmark that is Craft Central is moving out of EC1 this August. Former chief executive Louisa Pacifico pays tribute.

 

As the designer behind lighting brand Curiousa & Curiousa, Esther Patterson is known for celebrating colour with a decorative range of hand-blown glass pendants and chandeliers. She discusses changing careers, the influence of Venice and Clerkenwell Design Week.

 

This year happens to be a special one for design in EC1, with much-loved creative ventures celebrating anniversaries.

 

Not just clocks and watches... Clerkenwell’s rich design past even boasts cars and motorbikes. Carl Gardner explores the history of Chater Lea.

 

As managing director of Ten Health and Fitness, Joanne Mathews is working on opening their ninth London studio in late 2017, which marks the company’s first decade. The former Habitat marketing executive discusses Dynamic Pilates, pre-dawn workouts and city living.

 

Based opposite Bunhill Fields, the Honourable Artillery Company is one of the oldest military organisations in the world – it’s been defending the realm since the reign of Henry VIII. Duncan Ireland, HAC assistant court secretary, reveals its history of warfare – from crossbows to muskets – and regimental traditions.

 

An experienced theatrical agent, Alan Brodie represents writers, directors and composers, as well as the estates of famous names who wrote for the stage. He talks about the dramatic highlights of his career, as well as life and work in Clerkenwell.

 

A fashion and design journalist, Zoey Goto is also an Elvis Presley obsessive who’s written a book celebrating the style of The King. She talks about the enduring legacy of Elvis, sleeping in his bedroom and the EC1 impersonator.

 

Chris Smith, the former MP for Islington South and Finsbury, became a life peer in 2005 and was chairman of the Environment Agency until 2014. He talks to Andre Paine about life in EC1, his political legacy and Jeremy Corbyn.

 

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