Love in London

Not many estate agents are able to boast their own magazine. Fewer still are able to get former poet laureate Sir Andrew Motion to write a poem for its latest issue and then get type guru Alan Kitching to work his magic on the poet’s words.

But this is the feat London estate agents Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward has managed for the third issue of it publication Completely London magazine. The new issue is themed on love, lust and desire in the capital and features a calendar of love and a feature about where to sneak an illicit liaison, as well as interviews with Gavin and Stacey star Larry Lamb and chef Vivek Singh.

Eros collage created by artist Adrian Brannan
Eros collage created by artist Adrian Brannan

Bizarrely, the magazine managed to bag a contribution from Motion following a scrabble game between one of the team and the ex-poet laureate. Motion says about the poem, ‘The invitation to write a poem about love and London came at a time when my partner and I were moving house. My partner has previous lived in two different countries so the feeling of settling down and final homecoming formed a sure foundation for the workings of my imagination.’

The marriage of Motion’s words and Kitching’s colourful type makes for a pleasurable reading experience. If only all estate agent’s promotional material was quite this exciting.

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