Boyszone 12 Tuesday, 22 September 2009 London Lite The Lite guy guide to top-class tailoring Looking sharp: Simon Cowell is among Andersons celeb clients Spend your weekend paddling T he Thames has had a busy old week. On the Tube map, off the Tube map and on again, thanks to Lites front-page story and an outraged Mayor Boris Johnson. how could anyone imagine the city without the river? Ive always fancied exploring the river from another perspective. Thames-side walks and towpath bike rides are all well and good, but I wanted to dive in and mess about. Canoeing down the river seemed to be the way to go -- and it neednt involve faking your own death and fleeing to Panama afterwards. Thames Canoes (thamescanoes.co.uk) rents out two-person Canadian canoes for 65 per day for bookings of two days or more, and 80 for single day. Your canoe can be dropped off anywhere from Cricklade in Wiltshire, to Oxford, Reading or Teddington and picked up once youve finished your trip. Shockandoar IT Was a grey morning in henley, an hours train ride from London, as my friend Mark and I met Thames Canoes owner andy Jackson. We lowered our craft into the river, andy pointed us in the right direction -- I would have had us heading in the opposite direc- tion to our destination town of Marlow, nine miles down river -- and we set off. When it comes to paddling protocol, the person at the front is expected to keep up a constant stroke to propel the canoe forward, while the person behind is the rudder. slipping under henley Bridge we were almost capsized by hundreds of racing kayakers. We let them pass before paddling on like a couple of country gents. Openwater ThIngs got calmer as we left henley, some walkers enjoying the Thames Path, and the countryside slipping past at head level. Wide in some parts, its banks littered with trees, old churches and barges, the river narrowed as we approached our first lock, hambleden, BY eifion rees Spendit! Thebest ofBritish nEvEr wanted a bonkers pair of trainers? Well, get along to Nike for its exclusive collaboration with Dizzee Rascal. The rapper has unleashed his design creativity on limited-edition Air Max 90s. The chalk- white suede sneakers have pink tongues embroidered with tongue and cheek -- from Dizzees new album title Tongue N Cheek. Get one of the last few pairs (100) at Nikes 1948 store, Arches 477-478, Batemans row, Shoreditch. Sticking your oar inonthe Thames NikesDizzee shoedesigns BriTiSh fashion usually veers between classic, gentlemanly looks and edgy, modern design. To celebrate this unique style, asos.com has launched a Best Of British collection. Eighteen of our top home-grown menswear designers have produced limited-edition pieces for the collection, including a polo shirt (60) and coat (150) by Fred Perry, and shirts (75) by Ben Sherman. Also find accessories including brogues and loafers (275) by Grenson and leather gloves (from 80) by Dents. Available at asos.com. Tailor richard anderson, whose book Bespoke: Savile row ripped and Smoothed is out this month, knows what suits men of all sizes. Tailor your imperfections a well-tailored suit is designed to make the wearer look taller and slimmer. The finished result should feel like a cloth second skin. Quality stands the test of time 3,500 may sound like a lot of money for a suit, but the weave and cut in the material of a hand-made suit will retain its shape for years because of the huge number of man hours put into its creation. Dont scrimp on accessories If youre going to invest in a tailored suit, it pays to marry it up with shoes, a shirt and a tie of equal quality. Choose the right tailor each tailor has their own style. Pick the one you feel most comfortable with. Recycle your family threads Dont be afraid to dig out your fathers -- or even your grandfathers -- suits, especially those made in the hollywood Rat Pack era of the sixties, which look timelessly cool and can be adapted to breathe new life into them. niCk McgraTH index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html