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The JAGUAR #03

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The latest issue introduces our new ‘cub’, the E-PACE compact practical sports car, which is already turning heads on the street. As we commit to electrifying every new Jaguar from 2020, we explore how pushing boundaries on track helps develop our sports cars, from writing motorsport history at Le Mans, to taking on the Nürburgring with the extreme XE SV Project 8 and being at the very cutting edge with the FIA Formula E Championship.

8.30AM SW1 First things

8.30AM SW1 First things first: what better way to begin our day than breakfast with a creative twist? We find what we are looking for at Dominique Ansel’s Belgravia bakery in central south-west London, where the ‘Cronut’ – created by crossing a donut with a croissant and, on the day of our visit, injected with exquisite white peach cream and raspberry sauce – has made it on to the menu from its birthplace in New York. The French-born patisserie expert only sells his lovely baked goods in New York, Tokyo and now London. When you slowly munch into his tasty signature Cronuts, endlessly gooey Banoffee Paella, savoury Welsh Rarebit Croissant or marvel at his Frozen S’mores, it’s not hard to see why demand for these rule-breaking treats is high. Washed down with coffee for the grown-ups, hot chocolate and juice for the kids and water for all, we head on to our first (non-eating) activity of the day. Jumping into the new Jaguar E-PACE, it’s not surprising onlookers stop and stare. The compact E-PACE is distinct, while keeping a family resemblance via inspiration from the sporty F-TYPE’s muscular rear haunches, more vertical front lights and slim horizontal tail lights. Driving through London, aided by a host of driver assistance features, the high sight lines yet more compact proportions of the E-PACE feel appropriate to the urban location. With the steering both reassuringly firm and swift enough to feel agile, we’re soon making good progress, passing the London Eye and Parliament Square before stretching the car’s legs as we head to leafy Manor House in north London and the Castle Climbing centre. 20 THE JAGUAR

Above: Agile and sporting in town with good grip, Castle Climbing reflects key qualities of the E-PACE. Below: Han Ates is the driving force behind proudly independent denim specialists Blackhorse Lane Ateliers 11AM N4 Housed in a Victorian water pumping station – disguised as a castle back in 1842 to appease local residents who wanted something less industrial-looking on their doorstep – the centre has long been repurposed into one of Europe’s biggest climbing spaces. While still unknown to much of the general public, this unique place now hosts 25,000 climbers a month attracted by the array of walls available, plus bouldering options and a 100ft abseiling feature inside one of the towers. Our 12- and 13-year-old daughters are up for the challenge, soon kitted up and working off those pastries, allowing my wife to grab a breather and me to drive down the road to pay a visit to another well-kept secret: London’s newest and only selvedge denim manufacturer, Blackhorse Lane Ateliers. Here, Turkish-Kurdish owner and industry veteran Han Ates is trying to fight ‘fast fashion’ with jeans that are beautifully detailed while still considering cost, quality and carbon footprint from manufacture to distribution. Open the one-piece fly of its top-end jeans, feel the strength of the pockets made of heavier cotton than some other makers use for their trouser fabric and see the ten machinists working diligently on-site and you bear witness to a garment that is a true labour of love. And of course, true to a city where people rarely settle on just one activity at a time, you can also have lunch there while your jeans, shirt or jacket are tailored.




Jaguar Magazine celebrates creativity in all its forms, with exclusive features that inspire sensory excitement, from beautiful design to cutting-edge technology.

In this issue, we explore the art of creativity from the Brazilian masters who devised the graceful art of Capoeira, to the Irish artists mixing new culture with old. You will also discover the creative line that links Victorian wallpaper to the iPhone. While the multi-talented actor and performer, Riz Ahmed, explains why it is the right time to reveal his true self to the world.


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