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British GQ

August 2021

GQ is the greatest magazine around, the men’s magazine with an IQ. Whether it’s fashion, sport, health, humour, politics or music, GQ covers it all with intelligence and imagination.

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United Kingdom
Conde Nast Publications Ltd
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
you’ve tried wfh… what about rfh?

E-sports were on a vertical trajectory before lockdown and every self-respecting virtual racer knows the importance of the right rig. This one is a co-pro between Aston Martin’s design department and one of its best-known endurance racers – and renowned sim expert – Darren Turner. The Curv AMR-CO1 looks like an Aston, it’s made of carbon fibre and houses a lightweight, leather-trimmed bucket seat. The pedals are milled from billet aluminium and the bespoke “yoke” steering wheel is connected to a motor that can generate up to 7lb of torque. There’s a 49-inch curved monitor, while the hardware is hidden away but easily accessible. Works just as well as a piece of furniture… FROM £69,000. CURVRS.COM…

3 min
what do you mean you haven’t got a superyacht?

Our One Per Center had brushed with true greatness only once. He and the lady wife were standing on the main jetty of Mustique, waiting for a rib to take them back to Canouan. A shrimp of a man in a Panama hat and a willowy dark-haired woman in a white dress and white sunhat joined them, standing a few feet away. A zippy black tender zoomed up. The woman helped her man on and they roared off to an absolute monster of a megayacht squatting in Britannia Bay, as imposing as a cruise ship in the Grand Canal. Miranda poked him in the ribs. “Do you know who that was?” she said, with excitement. He didn’t answer. Of course he’d clocked Mick Jagger and L’Wren Scott. But all he had eyes for…

1 min
watch this space!

It’s ironic: while luxury watchmakers are usually painstaking about elevating every detail of their creations to the highest level of quality, makers of watch peripherals often seem like they couldn’t care less. Think of all those cheap-feeling “travel rolls” or plasticky electric winders (would you trust your immaculate timepiece in one of those?). In fact, the companies that do make accessories with a befitting level of craftsmanship are few and far between, but now they are joined by a titan of upscale British luggage design: Globe-Trotter. This summer, the company – which has counted everyone from Sir Winston Churchill to Daniel Craig to the Queen among its clientele – will release the Watch Case Collection, offering dedicated travel cases to fit three, six or 12 pieces. Part of the appeal is…

1 min
it’s summer and the heavens have opened!

Compared with our continental compadres, London has always had a very small selection of excellent rooftop bars, an affliction that’s surely due to our weather, but one that has been bemoaned for years by unfortunate souls without Soho House membership. Spectacular new spot Sabine makes a welcome arrival to the City, then, bringing not one but two outdoor terraces to Godliman Street, one of which has a retractable roof and both with panoramic views of St Paul’s Cathedral. Verdant garden walls, twinkling fairy-lit trees and hanging plants add to the modern, washed-wood botanical theme, which has a kind of jungle-meets-beach boho chic. The beautifully crafted cocktail list is also centred on botanicals, with a strong focus on gin best showcased in Sabine’s signature serve, Whizz Fizz, a summery, refreshing rhubarb and…

3 min
in a while, crooked smile

We’ve all seen those paid-for Instagram posts by influencers heading off to Turkey on a quest for a “new smile”. Each to their own, of course, but here at GQ we’re in no hurry to fill our mouths with fluorescent white slabs, even if we can grab a baklava and a tan while we’re at it. The truth is that there are far more effective ways of achieving the perfect smile these days than carving your real teeth down to tiny stumps and sticking pads of ceramic over the top of them. With a little extra planning and some well-spent cash it’s more than possible to turn your own teeth into something you’d be proud to flash – on social media or otherwise. “What is changing, in terms of the ‘Hollywood…

2 min

Ciaran Thapar Youth worker and regular GQ contributor Ciaran Thapar wrote this issue’s cover story, profiling Dave at a key juncture in the South London-born rapper’s career. “I first met Dave in 2016,” says Thapar. “Speaking to him now and tracking his journey since, ahead of his sophomore album, is a blessing. He is the British voice of a generation.” Sean Williams War in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region is tipping into a human rights disaster. While Ethiopian and Eritrean troops, aided by local militias, seek to destroy the region’s militaristic former leaders, civilians have suffered awful abuses. “Following the war was like chasing ghosts of battles,” says GQ writer Sean Williams. “But also ghosts of Ethiopia’s past that have returned to swallow its vulnerable minorities.” Hannah Blacklock This month, GQ Social Media Editor Hannah Blacklock…