The Great War Re-Imagined SCARLETT RAVEN | MARC MAROT
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SATURDAY 18TH NOVEMBER, 1-3PM Scarlett Raven and Marc Marot are recognised as the worldâ€™s first augmented reality fine artists. They have joined forces to create a series of haunting paintings which reveal the true heartbreak of war. Whilst their paintings have a conventional surface at a first glance, use of the app, Blippar, allows the viewer to unlock the creative journey of each painting, as it strips away the countless layers of paint, revealing the deeply personal process beneath every piece. This event is a great opportunity to meet Scarlett and Marc and learn more about this fascinating process which throws into sharp relief that great question of whether a work of art is ever truly finished. Their poignant undertaking pits the past against the present, reframing history and classic painting techniques through the increasingly interactive lens of 21st century technology. Please contact the gallery if you would like to be added to the guest list for this artist appearance. Alternatively please visit us next time youâ€™re in The Lanes, to pick up a brochure and to see the artwork in the gallery.
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To unlock the multiple layers in Scarlett’s work, download the free Blippar app through the iOS app store or the Google Play Store for Android and simply scan the image above. By digitally stripping away the countless layers of paint, viewers are able to reveal the creative journey beneath and see the Great War re-imagined. Try it for yourself !
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ell, another year is almost gone, Christmas decorations are popping up in the shops and, as the phrase goes.. winter
is coming. So we have jumped on that band wagon and in
this issue, we bring you a whole host of festive-inspired features to start getting you in the mood for Christmas and those long dark evenings.
From the best shopping and events in London to the very best
independent shopping in Brighton & Hove, we have you covered for that unique gift or experience. On top of this we have an exclusive interview
with GOLDIE ahead of his huge gig at the Brighton Centre this month and a report on the amazing work of the OFF THE FENCE charity who,
despite working all year in our city to help those most in need, really needs all our support and help during the winter months to help clothe and feed our many homeless sleepers across Brighton & Hove. As the weather turns, we will once again be urging all our wonderful readers to donate what they can to help in our WARM BRIGHTON appeal.
Finally, something you may have missed on pages 2 & 3 of this issue but 100% must be viewed, we bring you THE DANGER TREE art exhibition by local artist SCARLETT RAVEN with the amazing AR element by MARC
MAROT. This stunning collection of paintings inspired by the Great War comes to life in front of your eyes with your phone or tablet (sound and light and movement). Be truly immersed in these amazing artworks
and, to get a small taste of this groundbreaking show, download the BLIPPAR app and shine your phone or tablet at the painting on page 3 of this issue. Absolute
Brighton Wind Farm Tours Take a trip out to the New Rampion offshore wind farm which lies approximately 30 minutes from Brighton Marina and will consist of a 2 -3 hour tour. The return trip takes in the Brighton Seafront. The tour depends on which phase of the project is in operation on the day and you will be able to see the construction vessels and the scale of the operation. For more information visit www.brightondiver.com
Royal Pavilion Ice Rink & Restaurant The Royal Pavilion Ice Rink is located within Brighton’s bustling North Laine district, perfect for Christmas shopping, and beautifully lit at night for a truly magical Christmas skate right in front of the former royal pleasure palace. The 880-square metre main rink offers plenty of space for more confident skaters and the unusual, separate 130-square metre beginners’ rink with penguin skate aids provides a safe area for younger skaters to build their confidence. For those looking to just sit back and soak up the festive atmosphere, there’s no charge for spectating from the cosy rink-side Bar & Kitchen or on its 40-metre terrace next to the ice. With plenty of space for larger gatherings, the 130 seater restaurant offers sumptuous snacks, hearty meals, including stone baked pizzas - new this year – a fantastic after school menu for kids and a great bar selection including local ale and a new range of craft beers, 14 different gins, and mulled wine or cider. Conveniently situated just 50 minutes from Victoria by train, all of Brighton’s gorgeous independent shops are on its doorstep so visitors can get a little Christmas shopping in too.
Christmas at the Royal Pavilion Experience a magical Christmas at the Royal Pavilion. The fires are lit, the candles are flickering, the spectacular Banqueting Room table is laid for a Christmas feast and the building is transformed with festive decorations and glittering trees. Dragons, birds and flowers bring sparkle, glamour and Christmas cheer for all the family. Create your own Christmas photos in the magical Music Room, spot George the playful Christmas cat, and make your own decorations at the weekend drop-in activities.
Brighton Christmas Market
The Christmas Market is returning to Brighton for the 8th year running! This year they’re making lots of changes at Jubilee Square with 22 exciting and creative stallholders, snow machines and for the first time we’ll have a Santa’s Grotto. There’s also a Santas Post Box, so the kids can send their letters to Santa, free photos on Santas Sleigh, prizes, competitions and food and drink.
Christmas at Drusillas Enjoy the magic and enchantment of Christmas at Drusillas Park. No festivities would be complete without the star attraction of ‘Meet Santa’, and visitors to Drusillas will not be disappointed as Father Christmas makes a welcome return to the zoo. Children can meet Santa in his cosy Christmas Cottage and receive an early Christmas gift! The Cottage is open 10am 4.30pm(last admission to the park at 4pm).
The Winter Wonderland Illuminations (18th November - 1st January) is a dazzling display and will be turned on at 10am daily with the official Light Show starting at 4:30pm when the magical wonderland scene will come alive as it synchronises to music. Young revellers can expect to see a host of magical creatures in the ice-capped kingdom, adding some extra sparkle to the festive season. Visitors will get the chance to meet two of Santa’s reindeers! Rudolph’s relatives will be meeting visitors throughout the day in the Events Arena.
Back by popular demand, visitors will have the opportunity to come face-to-face with husky at the zoo. The two cuddly canines will be meeting and greeting visitors in the Ice Cave; you’d be barking mad to miss it.
Brighton Pier Christmas Market With locally sourced produce and retailers from the Sussex area, Brighton Pier will be celebrating the winter weekends, with a variety of stalls from, special stocking fillers, tasty treats & hand crafted gifts to toys and games, art and clothing plus live music, Santa’s Grotto and SNOW machines!! Free entry from 10am
Brighton’s Biggest Christmas Gift Fair
Steps Steps return to the Brighton Centre on 23rd November 2017 with their huge UK arena tour, marking their twentieth anniversary.
The band have scored fourteen consecutive top 5 singles, sold over 20 million records and reached Number One with three albums and three singles. They are BRIT award winning and hold the record for the most consecutive sold-out nights at Wembley Arena.
It is no underestimation to say that the return of Gorillaz has been feverishly anticipated. This year saw the launch of Humanz, their first new studio album in 7 years, to widespread critical acclaim. Not only that, but tickets to their US live dates sold out in the blink of an eye this month, as did their headline show at the inaugural Demon Dayz Festival at Dreamland Margate this summer (less than 10 minutes, to be exact). Now, following on from a secret London show in March – described by Time Out London as ‘’Flat-out one of the greatest gigs we’ve seen in a whole heap of years.’’ – the World’s Most Successful Virtual Act will hit the road across Europe this autumn, culminating in a return home to play The Brighton Centre on 27th November 2017.
The Humanz Tour will see the Murdoc Niccals (bass), Noodle (guitar), Russel Hobbs (drums) and 2D (vocals) joined on stage by the Gorillaz live band – Damon Albarn, Gabriel Wallace, Mike Smith, Jesse Hackett, Jeff Wootton, Karl Vanden Bossche, Seye Adelekan – as well as selected performers from the stellar roll call of Gorillaz’ family of featured artists. Humanz, the acclaimed new album from Gorillaz, was released on 28th April 2017 on Parlophone Records. This last month alone has seen a breathtaking amount of activity from the band - releasing 5 new tracks; scoring the most successful debut in YouTube VR history
Wild Strawberry Events welcomes you to the No.1 Biggest Christmas Fair in Brighton this year!! This year they have a wonderful 2 day Big Christmas Craft & Gift Fair on the weekend of 2nd & 3rd December 2017 at Brighton Racecourse.
There will over 100 fantastic stalls, a separate room with a full Cafe and seating area, Story-time with Santa throughout both days (no need to book), Soft Play for the kids as well as face painting and hopefully a craft table too. Entrance on the door £5 per Adult / Kids under 16 Free
Hastings Pier Charity The Hastings Pier Charity aims to put the award-winning pier back on the nation’s music and events map. Hastings Pier is open for business to reestablish itself as a key event venue on the South Coast says Hastings Pier Charity.
A Glittering Gatsby Christmas Party Visit Brighton Racecourse for great racing this October. The gates, bars and Castle Restaurant will be open two hours before the start of the first race so why not go along early, and enjoy the fantastic atmosphere whilst selecting your winners from the racecard. Entrance is FREE for racegoers under the age of 18 when accompanied by an adult! Adults can be responsible for up to three children under 18 each at Royal Windsor Racecourse.
Glow Wild Glow Wild winter lantern festival is a magical night-time experience the whole family will enjoy. Journey through Wakehurst’s beautiful botanic gardens and woodlands. Trees, ponds, forest floors and 16th century mansion will be brought to life with thousands of lights and fire displays.
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Bananarama The girl group that defined the 80s are back to their original, record-breaking line up for a tour this November in the UK. This will be the only time they tour in the original line up. This will be the first time Sara, Keren and Siobhan have ever toured together. The 15 date tour will kick off in Glasgow on 12th November and will be hitting Brighton on 30th November.
Lego In May, LEGO was awarded a Guinness World Record for creating the world’s largest wind turbine made from LEGO bricks, and now the build is moving to its new home at Park Square, Brighton Marina.
Since their unforgettable last performance as a trio on The Brits in 1988, Keren and Sara have continued as Bananarama, releasing records and touring to global audiences. Siobhan went on to have hit singles and albums around the world as part of Shakespears Sister before becoming a solo artist. Bananarama made it into the Guinness Book Of Records as the most successful female group of all time on account of the fact they’d had more hit singles than any other girl band ever. To date they have had 30 chart hits. They hit the top of charts around the world. In the US, Venus became their first #1 single on the Billboard chart. Their combined record sales were over 40 million.
Made with over 146,000 LEGO Bricks the impressive structure took 10-15 people per shift (with three shifts per day) and 600 man hours to complete!
The build was originally constructed in celebration of the LEGO Group reaching its target of 100% renewable energy capacity a whole three years early! The wind turbine will stay in place at Park Square, Brighton Marina until early 2018.
Offering a potential capacity of up to 12,000 people and an unassailable history in the musical lexicon of the UK, RIBA Stirling Prize winning Hastings Pier is appealing to the UK’s biggest promoters and events planners to use the country’s “best pier” for events and gigs for 2018 and beyond. See notes to editors for copy of the RIBA press release on the Sterling Prize.
Brighton Beach Igloos For something truly unique this Christmas, Brighton’s Beach Igloos are the venue for you! Dine inside your heated igloo, complete with festive festoon lights, candelabras and cosy skins; all set against the spectacular backdrop of Brighton Beach. Real fires welcome you and the entertainment goes on around your igloo before moving into the main venue for a live band and DJ. With your own private igloo and Brighton Music Hall, dressed for Christmas, this promises to be a uniquely magical setting for your Christmas party.
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Goldie and The Heritage Orchestra Ensemble Live
After playing sets full of emerging classics and old favourites at the Reading and Leeds Festivals, Liam Gallagher has announced the first arena tour of his solo career, which includes a visit to The Brighton Centre on 15th December 2017.
Goldie has announced The Journey Man Tour: a nationwide live tour, taking place this November. The tour will see Goldie bring together members of the Heritage Orchestra as well as special guests, to perform tracks live from his iconic repertoire as well as material from his highly-rated album The Journey Man, out now.
Representing his first tour following the October 6th release of his debut solo album ‘As You Were’, the announcement comes as Liam is back at the height of his powers. His return has been nothing short of spectacular, from emotive scenes in Manchesterto huge sing-a-longs at Glastonbury, while three new tracks – ‘Wall of Glass’, ‘Chinatown’ and ‘For What It’s Worth’ – are already establishing themselves as towering anthems, delivered with Liam’s once-in-a-lifetime vocal.
Castaway, the brand new single from The Journey Man is available to stream now.
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MUSIC The legend that is
Goldie Goldie, one of the most defining artists of the electronic music era will be appearing at Brighton Dome on Wednesday 22 November. Goldie and The Heritage Orchestra Ensemble Live is a unique musical experience of the live orchestra and his iconic repertoire, staging The Journey Man Tour. Goldie spoke to Absolute’s Kasia from Thailand about his accomplished life, work and thoughts.
oldie had a rocky childhood. Of mixed race, suffering dyslexia and with an inner city background, a significant part of his youth was getting together with like-minded friends and playing music on weekends. “It was a fascinating time... being influenced by lots of different music which I always found very attractive ... Punk was very big for us ... this subconsciously must have resonated in a lot of ways, because it was original British music. This was the reason why Drum & Bass was something I wanted to champion.” In the light of the substantial political change in the UK at that time, it was an amazing time for music, as the emerging genres were being defined. “We were on the cusp of something fantastic, and I’m grateful for that change ... I knew when we were making Drum & Bass music it was going to be something special. Drum & Bass was a very defining moment in knowing that it wasn’t going to be understood ... was very much like New York Graffiti ... I found an excellent connection with the sub-culture of graffiti.” "The subcultural movement was bringing people from various boroughs together. With the graffiti being “the hum of the country ... a massive colourful explosion of colour that people could read. Not defined by a conventional style, so was Drum & Bass. For the inner city youth culture, it speaks the same language of disenfranchised dystopia freely... The middle class will always resonate towards what’s coming from the streets ... because it speaks the language of the truth. Drum & Bass influences a lot of other music.
It can be gentrified and watered down but it’s misunderstood by the general populace, which is the same as what graffiti art does.” As a sound pioneer Goldie has paved the way for music evolution. “If you stick around long enough you see the art change, people’s views change. Forward thinkers are never cited for what they do ... that’s what innovation does.” Not averse to the current technology in music commerce, his fundamental principle is “about applying the soul to the music ... I make music for the adults. I’m a 52-year-old man. Its important to me. When people hear me play Inner City Life with the orchestra they can hear how far I’ve come. If I go back to making simple records as I did 20 years ago for the sake of commerce then it wouldn’t be fair to me as an artist, it’s not innovation. That’s regression. Let the kids make the music for the kids, that’s not for me. I find a lot of adults in electronic music get it wrong; they cop out of their innovation. How can they make music just to fleece young people for the sake of it, I couldn’t do this. Older people have a duty to their music, we have to be dutiful with it, be artistic and expressive. The last time I checked my records and the timeline of say, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis or Radiohead, for example, I didn’t see their music regress. But I’ve seen it in my field and I disagree with this. I see producers that don’t love their music yet they make it just for the sake of sales. My music takes me where I need to go. It may take you on your particular journey. My journey is going forward. What I do today creates art, I create tomorrow now. My music goes through a progressive process. You might
understand it now; you may in 5 years time. I can’t tell you where I’m taking you; it’s just important to me that my music will endure for the next 10-20 years. For me, it all goes back to Detroit techno, the Godfather of our music. A city full of economic strife, full of young black people playing electronic music way before European people got into techno. I listen to music all the time ... Stan Getz, Steely Dan, Pat Metheny and today an early Richie Hawton mixtape, some Electric Light Orchestra, the Stranglers. I listen to jazz and some crazy music. I have a healthy musical diet. I don’t switch off.” With the new album, he amalgamates musical and lyrical reference points. Goldie talks about the response and feedback to his music. “They may pick up on details such as the Kate Bush classic ‘Running Up That Hill’, cleverly encoded and other such references. People listen to my albums and they ‘hear ‘ it later. They pick up the reference points and connections. “It’s all about the patchwork quilts of my mind within the design of this project; It’s intrinsic. The unravelling of it all. I’m complex. There’s eleven adults in my head and one child; the difference is they’ve always been screaming. Now they are all sitting with the child and they have to listen. This is the understanding of what The Journeyman means. A young person was making an impossible journey. Life is a single sequence of consecutive miracles set within infinite moments over billions of years. That’s what I’m striving for now. I don’t care if a kid buys this album for 50p in ten years time, as long he gets and understands it.
Life is a single sequence of consecutive miracles set within infinite moments over billions of years.â€? Photo: Chelone Wolf
“ It’s important to me that the art survives over everything. It’s a dirty job, but someone had to do this and I put my hand up for it.”
It’s important to me that the art survives over everything. It’s a dirty job, but someone had to do this and I put my hand up for it.” Asked about his greatest fear he tells me “My greatest fear is that I haven’t done the greatest work I strive to do. I’m here to do a job. I have to leave a legacy and I haven’t achieved all my goals, but I will do my utmost to make sure I achieve them. By doing what I do in the arts, I know there’s more to do. After all we here for a short time. In a world where the illusion is about the selfie, the selfabsorbed and which is why I chose yoga to connect with myself. For me the importance is if we take away the gadgets, what do we have, what does a young person have? Anyone in the arts, anyone picking up and learning an instrument, or painting amazing graffiti ... well, that’s real. I know the genre that inspired me in the 80s is still predominately very strong. Going back to graffiti in my art led to all my layers musically. It’s a powerful force. It’s the alchemy. I’m insatiable in the arts.” “Having an instrument as a vocal is one of the greatest gifts you can have. I never had that voice. I’m dyslexic and not being capable of playing instruments has been the biggest curse in my life! But being able to manipulate jazz players, real seasoned players is the highest order of alchemy; it’s the most significant gift I could also have. The gift and the curse have always been hand in hand. Being able to manipulate these musicians and being able to direct them is the highest form
If you ask me if I’m content with the manipulation of the arts right now? Yes, because if I put an idea down, it comes out 99% of what I’m imagining it to be. That’s what any artist wants man, that’s the reward. Not the MBE, not the Dr Goldies ...”
of alchemy because these players wouldn’t usually play the way they do with me, I lead them to that. If you ask me if I’m content with the manipulation of the arts right now? Yes, because if I put an idea down, it comes out 99% of what I’m imagining it to be. That’s what any artist wants man, that’s the reward. Not the MBE, not the Dr Goldies ... It’s about me waking up and going ... that sounds great, that feels amazing. I don’t listen to my music out of ego; I do to it out of ... oh my God, that inner soul can do it to you. Because it’s not me making it. I’m not playing the actual music. I’m just the conduit to it all; I’m serving it. And to serve it is to allow the energy come in. What is your ultimate happiness? Just being here, having my family and daughter around me and seeing them happy. And to have this freedom I’ve paid a very heavy honourable price, and this was through dirty, heavy breakbeat culture that everybody said would never go anywhere. I get in the sea at 5.30am every day and today I visited my friend’s studio, I drove over and God it was hot! It was a hot baking studio. I went in tired, worked 90 minutes in that studio on a song and I came out feeling like a million dollars. I know this is the kind of thing that’ll keep me and my mind healthy. I came straight home and jumped back into the sea.” On to the show in Brighton. “The Heritage Ensemble is the driving block of
The Heritage Orchestra. The orchestral shows we did last year were compelling, and the reason we are doing the Heritage shows is that we are showing the aspects of jazz and how this album can be manipulated within that. It’s a bit like the Range Rover Sport, you can have the Vogue or the Sport, we are doing this tour with the sport because of its ease to manage and we can move a lot more regarding freedom. It’s a great show. We played Ronnie Scotts and they told me I was the only musician/ not-musician that’s ever played here! That makes me smile in my heart hearing this. That’s the power of the alchemy. I’ve been able to take this music so far, and that’s the kind of control I have over it. After all, my life’s hurdles and then to be on stage hearing people playing your music that was in my head is the buzz. This show is special, and the album was designed to be played live. This is so important to me. God Bless You.” Kasia Kash
The Journey Man Tour will be the first time Goldie has performed his material live with the Heritage Ensemble Orchestra at prestigious live venues.
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ff The Fence, having been running for twenty years this year, offers people hope, a way forward and the opportunity to live a transformed and better life. Inspired by the invaluable work the charity do around our city, Absolute Magazine spoke to Co-founder Paul Young to learn how it all started, the current projects and how we can all get involved.. What inspired the creation of Off The Fence?
My wife and I founded Off The Fence over 20 years ago, after working on a Christian foreign aid ship. Seeing what impact is possible to a community, we were desperate to see if it was possible to make a long term response to the greatest needs in our home town of Brighton and Hove.
Your Antifreeze project is unique in that your outreach teams go direct into the streets of Brighton with the aim to meet the basic needs of the homeless. Is there a way in which an individual can approach Antifreeze themselves? Off the Fence provides short and long-term solutions by delivering a range of services every week to support people into housing, better health, welfare and assistance in moving on from addiction. Antifreeze supports those who have struggled with life-destroying addictions, mental health issues, job loss, family breakdown, violence and bereavement which have led to homelessness. The team and volunteers
work to restore client self-worth, confidence and independence, and help to address welfare and financial issues. Open 4 days a week, the Antifreeze centre provides a safe space and welcoming place to connect with others in the community, and offers practical and emotional support for exiting life on the streets. In 2016, Antifreeze was accessed nearly 8500 times, with in excess of 1000 individuals seeking services at the centre- over a 10% increase on 2016. Tell us about Gateway. What additional support do you offer vulnerable women in Brighton?
Gateway is significantly changing the lives of women from many different backgrounds who find themselves overwhelmed by their circumstances and struggling with issues such as anxiety, depression, suicidal tendencies, domestic violence and abusive relationships. At the end of 2016, there were 1697 clients visits compared to 1492 at the end of 2015- the highest number of visitors Gateway has ever seen. By offering an impartial, caring and safe environment for women to meet with trained members of staff, Gateway provides a place where women can build trusted relationships; receive confidential support and signposting to other agencies when appropriate. With the loss of government funded services and previously existing societal structures that would have supported women in a time of crisis, Gateway offers a vital service. Tell us about your schools and youth
programme. What additional support you offer young people in Brighton? Supporting young people aged 5-18, the 30+ activities run by our Schools & Youth team aim to equip young people for dealing with difficulties later in life, help students to grow in confidence and prevent them from entering a life of addiction. Our Schools & Youth Team made 14,239 student contacts last year through a programme of mentoring, workshops, clubs and lessons – an increase on the 13,542 young people met with in 2016. The Schools & Youth Team deliver a programme of 23 different, vibrant, fun and creative activities every week, covering different topical themes. During 2016 the team ran activities such as specifically requested Coping with Anxiety courses and Self Esteem workshops, along with the Building Healthy Relationships course, Drug & Alcohol awareness lessons,
With winter weather creeping in, What additional support do you have to support the street community at this time of year in Brighton? We have the day centre drop in, the emergency homeless night outreach, the mobile hygiene vans, the clothing store, I could go on for the whole page describing what we do, what we need is for Brighton and Hove to give us the tools to prevent people dying on the street, everything from Toothbrushes to socks, hats, gloves sleeping bags to sponsorship for our homeless street sheets. We are so thankful, for the many companies, schools, clubs and associations
that help out together we can make a world of difference.
As with all charities you must rely heavily on volunteers. How can our readers get involved in volunteering? We do rely heavily on our volunteers and we have a waiting list of eager volunteers but we would love anyone who is interested in supporting Off The Fence to come in to our centre and to see what we do. We would also love to encourage folks to participate in one of our fundraising events, (please see our website for details) or organise their own fundraiser for us for which we can supply guidelines, literature and support. If unable to give their time, are there other ways readers can help?
Please see our current ‘wishlists’ on our website for how you can give practically to any of our 3 frontline projects www. offthefence.org.uk
How do homelessness rates in Brighton compare with other cities in the UK? Outside of London Brighton and Hove has the largest homeless problem in the country. What do you believe to be the best course of action for the government to combat homelessness? I sit on the all-party parliamentary strategy for homelessness. Unfortunately
there are no quick answers, it’s complex and will take long term funding. For families, rising homelessness is tragic. For councils housing homeless people, it is unsustainable. Councils need to be able to adapt the implementation of some welfare reforms to ensure there are housing options for people on low incomes. There is no substitute for a renaissance in council house building if we’re to truly address the rising homelessness we face as a nation. For that to happen, Government needs to allow councils to borrow to invest in genuinely affordable housing and to keep all of their receipts from Right to Buy sales so that money can be reinvested into delivering genuinely affordable homes. What does the future hold for Off The Fence?
OTF have a robust business plan that covers the next five years, we launch in November the mobile hygiene units for the homeless, these include the laundry van, outreach van and in 2018 the homeless shower van. We are looking for long term client housing and larger premises in Hove for our projects; we are carefully growing with each year that passes, and long to make a greater impact with each passing year. Together Brighton and Hove we can make a world of difference to those suffering in our City. Help us to help them rebuild their lives, any enquiries please contact Hannah Lancaster 01273 933885 or visit www.offthefence.org.uk
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1| Nuposto pizzeria serves gluten free pizzas as well gluten free beer called ‘Blonde’. In fact almost everything there is gluten free including starters such as mozzarella, burrata, fine sliced and meats and even affogato (ice-cream companion to espresso). If you’re someone who suffers with food intolerance, Nuposta can cater for you. There is a huge range of delicious Italian meals on the menu.
5| The Bali Brasserie is proud to present vegan, vegetarian and dairy free dining as well as gluten free. The restaurant inside, ‘Rijsttafe’, (the rice table) is Indonesian themed food on a set menu, but they are able to adapt a meal to almost any dietary requirements. Meaning there is no reason to not go and enjoy yourself. There is something for everyone at The Bali Brasserie.
10| Established in 1766 making it one of Brighton’s oldest pubs, The Victory on Duke Street has kept most of it’s original features giving it a really authentic and traditional feel. Think beer kegs for high tops and book cases embedded into brick walls. The food is simple but quality featuring simple bar snacks such as Scotch eggs, casual baguettes, burgers and salads and more substantial dishes such as the Jack and Coke Pork Ribs.
2| Douglas McMaster, owner and head chef has spent many years working in some of the UK’s and Europe’s top restaurants. You can expect to see a fair sized menu created with seasonal foraged ingredients that come together to give you a unique dinning experience. Some of the dishes so far have been Sea Buckthorn and Elderberry fool for dessert and potato steak, elephant garlic, alliums and herbs.
Curry Leaf Cafe
3| The original Curry Leaf Cafe is located in the heart of Brighton's bustling Lanes, just a couple of minutes' walk from the beach. This colourful, laid-back 75-seat dining space – decked out with exposed brick walls, wooden tables and vintage Indian design touches – operates as a cafe-cum-lunch spot during the day, offering a range of coffees, teas, snacks and traditional South Indian street food, as well as more substantial meals such as thali platters, dosas and Masala-battered fish 'n chips. In the evenings diners can experience the cafe’s small but diverse dinner menu of tandoor-grilled meats, street food dishes and expertly spiced curries, accompanied by Brighton's best range of craft beers and spiced cocktails.
4| Eatalio is a recently new addition to Brighton’s food scene, and is located on Queens Road, abouta 5 min walk from the station near Brighton’s clock tower. Inspired by the simple, yet healthy food served from the street carts in Italy, Eatalio provides affordable, grab and go food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A great venue to pop into and dogs are most welcome. No servicesfor dogs, they just allow them in the venue.
Riddle & Finns
6| Another favourite in the restaurant scene, Riddle & Finns offer wonderful seafood platter as well as shellfish too, they do also cater for gluten free. Reservations are not Necessary unexpectedly, however it is recommended on the weekends as it can be very busy. Riddle & Finns also own a second venue on the seafront, both perfect for a special occasion.
Memories of India
7| Offering traditional Indian food in a variety of flavours from all over the continent. If you’re gluten intolerant then you will be pleased to know that gluten is very rare in all Indian food due to the lack of wheat flour. On Tuesdays, you can enjoy a five-course buffet menu for £12.95
Wolfies of Hove
8| Family run business that pride themselves in serving the finest, sustainable fish alongside locally sourced potatoes. Having served the Brighton & Hove area for over 25 years we know that quality is of the utmost importance, with carefully selected suppliers so that they can provide you good quality, fresh ingredients. Boosting The best fish in Brighton & Hove. The fish is the freshest sustainable fish available in Brighton & Hove, and our handmade pies using all local ingredients. They challenge anyone to serve up tastier, fresher & more wholesome fish.
Terre a terre
9| Terre a Terre is an iconic, award winning restaurant where being vegetarian is about more than just not eating meat. You can expect a variety of flavours and foods to try when you arrive. Much more interesting than the standard stuffed mushroom.
The Urchin Pub in Hove
11| One of Brighton’s newest offerings, the Urchin craft beer and shellfish pub is a wholly unique concept. Entirely dedicated to shellfish, matched with a range of over 100 craft beers The Urchin is something Brighton and Hove has never seen before. Seats 30 covers in the restaurant, the menu predominantly features prawns, lobster, crab and scallops.
Better Half Pub, Hove
12| Conveniently located just off Hove seafront, this is an ideal venue if you want to take the dog for a stroll along the front. The Better Half is situated slightly west of Hove Lawns on Hove Place. Known as your friendly neighbourhood local, this great food pub offers a gastro style menu along with a great selection of wines and ales.
Coach House Brighton
13| A lively and unique Brighton venue, the Coach House is known for its informal and friendly atmosphere as well as it’s outstanding food. Situated in the heart of the lanes, but still only a stone’s throw from the seafront, it’s an ideal place for a quality relaxed lunch. The menu features classic dishes with a twist and all made with local and seasonal produce where possible. Inviting roaring fire for the colder months. Dogs welcome.
14| Senor Buddha is a contemporary restaurant located in the up and coming area of London Road in the quirky coastal town of Brighton. Since its opening in 2015 it quickly became a popular destination for food-loving locals as well as tourists. The restaurant has won several awards and was featured in the dining out section of the Financial Times.
Busby and Wilds, Kemp Town Village 15| Tucked away in the quiet back streets of Kemptown, Busby and Wilds is a family ownedneighbourhood pub which serves great food in a friendly environment. They use fresh, locally sourced ingredients to create a range of delicious, satisfying dishes. Family and dog friendly, it’s a great place to go for lunch with your clan. There’s a lovely courtyard outside for the warmer months. Booking recommended on weekends.
Battle of Trafalgar
16| A cosy little pub near to Brighton station, the wonders of Lyndsay’s kitchen can be experienced here too. Keen to keep their menu evolving to reflect the seasons and local produce, they offer high quality home-made pub classics. In fact the only thing you’ll find which isn’t made in house is the bread. They have special offer nights such as two burgers for £12 on a Monday. Bargain. Suitable for gluten-free.
The Fountain Inn, Ashurst 6
17| Beautiful olde worlde inn in the sleepy village of Ashurst. A free house and ‘Cask Marque’ accredited, the Fountain has plenty of local ales on offer as well as the more recognised international beers and lagers. Complete with wonky floorboards, inglenook fireplaces and the heart warming smell of homemade cooking wafting in from the kitchen, you will not want to go home.
18| Block. is a bar with a great wine list, bringing you lots of new young wineries / vineyards, the people who, in wine that are pushing the envelope a bit. The wine is supported with great craft on draft and Brighton's first and currently only charcoal and wood burning oven, working with only the best produce from local farms, fisherman and suppliers they offer you a local meat and fish menu with a basque influence coming through, the garden at block has also recently been improved even after being voted Brighton's best garden for the last two years. So if you want gourmet restaurant quality food, but enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a bar. BLOCK is the place for you.
BARS & BEATS Bohemia 1| If you are looking for a premier cocktail bar with lots of atmosphere then this the place for you. Bohemia is a great place to spend your evening. Spread over three floors it has a large central bar on the ground floor with bar staff on hand to mix cocktails. They are a bit pricey but definitely worth it. The first floor has a late lounge, specialising in champagne and even has a cigar menu. The lounge opens Friday and Saturdays till late and has DJs every e vening if y ouf ancy a dance. The top floor e ven has a beautiful g lass walled Veuve Clicquot Champagn er oof garden complete with Astr oTurf.
2| Bring Your Own Cocktail is the newest bar to join the ever expanding plethora of drinking establishments popping up. This type of bar is the first of its kind in Brighton as alcohol is not available to buy on the premises and there is no drinks menu. You and your friends are invited to bring your favourite spirits and hire one of the expert bartenders to mix whatever drink you desire. The cocktails are prepared and served in front of you from a trolley with a selection of cocktail acompliments. You pay a flat fee for a set amount of time with the mixologist. This is great idea if you love cocktails and are on a budget and its lots of fun getting the staff to create your favourite tipple.
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3| Those with a party penchant wont be hard pushed to get your late night fix at this naughty, Brighton number. While a cracking destination for eating out in the day, get stuck into the confines of the quirky Brighton bar as the lights go down and the sound-system goes up for a fun loving, seaside crowd.
4| If you’re after a Sex and the City venue then look no further. My Hotel is a beautifully crafted bar with curved walls, gilding pewter surfaces and low lighting, reflecting a warm and spacious cocoon. As part of the My Hotel franchise, the bar is open to non-guests to enjoy some beautifully made cocktails, a sophisticated atmosphere
and an altogether glamorous night out. The bar staff are knowledgeable and helpful. This is a good place for special occasions. Everyone gets super dressed up so if you are looking to get your glad rags on and feel special this could be the place for you.
5| Legends is a gay bar and hotel located on Marine Parade just a minute away from Palace Pier. It has a fantastic selection of rooms with stunning sea views. The venue itself is very spacious and has a large bar upstairs with outside terrace and huge dance floor downstairs. There is always plenty going on with drag acts during the week and great music played by a diverse r ange of DJs at the weekends.
Lion & Lobster
6| If you are looking for a good, old fashioned, comfy pub with a great atmosphere then this is the place for you. The Lion and Lobster is very popular with the locals and has become a bit of a Brighton institution. It is a good venue to start your night before going out on the town. The pub is spread over three floors with a main bar downstairs complete with cosy real fires in winter. The second floor has a small bar within a beautiful dining room and the third floor is the outside smoker’s area complete with mini bar and outside heaters. The Sunday roasts are very popular but make sure you get there early.
7| This is an ideal venue for pre-drinks if you are out on a hen or stag night or with a big groups of friends. The drinks are cheap with lots of offers on shots. The bar staff are very friendly and service is speedy. There is always a DJ downstairs playing popular tunes to get your night started. The atmosphere is fun but cheesy.
Hotel Du Vin
8| A lovely start to your evening in a classy venue. The bar is part of the Hotel Du Vin chain and is open to non-guests to come in and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere. It is a little on the pricey side but if it is sophistication you are after then look no
further. The bar has an extensive list of wines and a wide selection of whiskies, rums and countless spirits. As well as relaxing in the main bar you can also enjoy a game of billiards located on the balcony above.
Fortune of War
9| This lovely pub has been open since 1882, making it the oldest pub on the seafront. It is a good meeting place if you are going clubbing on the seafront. There are DJs playing at the weekends and it always has a friendly atmosphere and is never too crowded. The décor has a maritime theme and the pub provides beautiful views over the seafront. It has an outside seating area and a buzzy atmosphere during the summer months.
Lucky Voice Karaoke
10| Bringing the jazzy style of some of Japan’s most infamous karaoke bars, Lucky Voice is a playground for the amateur performer, the ignorant out of tuner or the stage stunner. Whether you can sing or not, grab your mates, get a booth and wait for the classic tunes to roll out for a feel good night like no other. There’s a cocktail bar lined with sofas for lounging and boozing too.
The Tempest Inn
11| With scenic views from the beer garden at this washed up bar along the beach front, enjoy the fresh sea air and the beautiful rolling waves from your dainty picnic bench. If you can drag yourself away from this alfresco seating, you’ll be just as impressed by the coastal coves set into the walls. Enjoy a frothy pint and a tempting tipple in your very own seafront cave at this quirky little cavern.
12| Hailing from the success of their London counterpart, Brighton’s MEATLiquour is a wonderment of carnivore feasts and locally inspired artwork. Based around the carnival days of Brighton gone by, doused in neons and brimming with urban regalia, MEATLiquour is a unique restaurant bar in Brighton where the burgers come hearty and the cocktails come laced in awesome.
Fitzherberts 13| A fresh perspective on traditional pub values. Fitzherberts brings locally sourced food, craft beers, speciality coffees and fantastic entertainment. Perched between The Dome and Theatre Royal, situated in the heart of Brighton's Pavilion and North Laine. Boasting an open-air, heated roof garden as well as a comfortable, yet bustling, front terrace - The social and friendly boxes firmly ticked. Entertainment comes in the form of live music, open mic nights, plus renowned DJs and performers. As well as big screen TVs with big sound to cover major sporting events.
Proud Cabaret Brighton
14| Proud Cabaret is the ultimate in evening indulgence for your late night drinking antics. A den of 1920s lusting and vintage charm, Proud are champions of sumptuous décor, beautiful babes and cabaret cavorts where you can delight in entertainment, jazzy lights and delicious drinks. Gilded interiors, burlesque romps and a stunning show guaranteed on your visit here.
15| The exciting tastes of international gins in a superb interior of our newly opened Gin Tub Cocktail bar. Finally somewhere to drink after all the great Hove restaurants. With well over 80 gins – bespoke cocktails – craft beers and ales. We have also created flight boards to try new spirits. Bespoke Cocktails, craft beers, IPA’s and all the normal beers and spirits too. Under The Tub Welcome to the Rum Cage, where the spirits and specifically the rum never dry out. With a bar selection of some of the best rums, oh and of course some of our favourite gins.
16| A unique and innovative bar hidden within the tall walls of Regency Square. They pride themselves on drinks as creative and bespoke as the Artist Residence itself, offering playful service and a passion for the product. We would urge everyone to check them out at The Shack for a taste of something new.
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17| Recently awarded Brighton’s ‘Best New Bar’ at the 2016 Brighton Bartender Awards, is Brighton’s ultimate destination bar with an inspired drinks menu alongside stylish décor and design. With sweeping views across the seafront, the bar features a stunning marble top bar, lined with plush stools and surrounded by relaxed furnishings. A great place to head to for pre-dinner drinks and catch up with friends, enjoy great music and an enticing cocktail menu, as well as an eclectic mix of wines and microbrewery beers. The expert mixologists showcase daily changing innovative cocktails, perfectly accompanied by a selection of Jetty bites and sharing platters.
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Black Mocha Espresso, Hot chocolate, loose leaf tea. Traditional baked gluten free cake, raw vegan cakes, homemade soups, sandwiches. Quality chocolate bars, coffee beans, coffee/tea wares. Welcome to Black Mocha in North Laine.
“It’s a great venue for a ‘cake date’. A relaxed atmosphere, good music and we have food and drinks to suit everyone’s taste.”
et up by Heather and Paul Smith, Black Mocha was born from a love of quality coffee and chocolate. With a focus on single origin we wanted to capture the true flavour of both beverages by using ethically sourced, quality coffee beans and chocolate. How did we create the Black Mocha? It all began with THE hot chocolate. We created a rich water based recipe with 70% Madagascan chocolate to really explore the true flavour of this single origin chocolate. It was a ‘no brainer’ to add a double shot of espresso to it to create a mocha, but as it’s not a traditional mocha with milk or cream, we needed a new name for it so the ‘Black Mocha’ story began. A unique drink that represents our ethos of respecting simple ingredients, enhancing their natural flavour and sharing a passion for quality food and drink.
Who designed your interior? We designed the interior ourselves. With a modest budget, we wanted functionality with a minimal 60’s feel. Inspired by midcentury danish furniture from Frem Rojle and Eames, this is a classic style people return to and are comfortable with. As with our inclusive food and drink offer, we wanted to ensure the style appealed to a wide audience and we have had great feedback from our customers in doing so. Ok to the coffee. What kind of beans are you using? We work very closely with ‘Cast Iron Coffee Roasters’ based in West Sussex in carefully selecting single origin beans for espresso and pour over. For our V60 brew, we usually select fruitier beans and rotate these every two weeks. We rotate our single origin espresso every 3 months whilst maintaining a taste profile of dark fruits, chocolate and caramel notes from the beans we choose. This compliments the 70% hot chocolate to create a consistent, balanced taste profile for the signature ‘Black Mocha’. Do you offer an app service? We do not offer an app service currently, however our staff are very efficient and provide exceptional customer service so you will never be waiting too long for your coffee.
Do you tweak the grind of the beans to get balanced perfection? To create the perfect cup of coffee, we work to a carefully calculated recipe of weight, coffee grind and water ratio to enhance and highlight the flavour profile of the beans. The difference in room temperature and humidity can expand or contract the bean size so our baristas are trained to adjust the grind settings to ensure we deliver a consistent espresso. Tell me about the various drinks on your menu? We offer an espresso based coffee menu and V60 filter coffee. On our hot chocolate menu there are a choice of 70% dark, 40% milk and 34% white single origin hot chocolates and we also have a large range of carefully selected speciality loose leaf teas. We currently have some seasonal specials, try our deconstructed mocha - a flight of espresso, dark 70% hot chocolate and cream, it’s a great way to enjoy the individual flavour notes of the coffee and chocolate unmasked. For a sweeter tooth, we have ‘The Works’ which is a ½ pint of colombian milk chocolate, cream, locally made marshmallow and honeycomb. What’s on the food/cake menu? Our food menu; we have just launched our brunch menu, meat, vegetarian and vegan plates- quality ingredients, beautiful, simple dishes and very flavourful served from 9am
- 3pm daily. Homemade soup, sandwiches and wraps also available from the counter to have in or takeaway. We make our cakes in house and have a wide selection of gluten free bakes as well as homemade raw vegan cakes that are specifically gluten free, soy free, dairy free, vegan and refined sugar free. Our best seller is our raw cacao avocado tart made from wholefood ingredients; nuts, dates, avocado, raw cacao and sweetened with coconut nectar. It’s amazing the amount of people shocked at how delicious a healthier cake can be! Do you consider your cafe to be a good first date rendevouz? Yes - it’s a great venue for a ‘cake date’. A relaxed atmosphere, good music and we have food and drinks to suit everyone’s taste. Plus chocolate is a great start to any date! Do you have any future plans you would like to share with us? We have had such a great year we want to continue improving our current offer and developing our brunch menu to maintain this success. We are currently working on events ideas for some Pop up restaurant evenings and are looking forward to increasing our retail chocolate and coffee wares for the Christmas season. 103 Gloucester Road, Brighton @blackmochaBN1
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oving to the countryside is an aspiration for many; a change in the pace of life, working from home, wanting somewhere healthier for the children, being part of the community... or like me; so you can turn the sound system up to 100% and not worry about someone asking you to turn it down! I lived in Hove for many years, at that time living outside Brighton & Hove seemed ludicrous and boring, people living outside our bubble “just didn’t understand cos they weren’t there man”. I moved back to the countryside "temporarily" however after a week I found myself appreciating the peace and quiet, the familiarity of knowing everyone you pass & decided to stay put.
If you work silly hours and end up doing dinner about 9pm it can be annoying missing a fundamental ingredient, realising there's no Tesco Express round the corner. Some perish the thought of having to drive to a shop or not being able to walk to a bar... In reality it just doesn’t bother you. Whilst I like being remote, I will say however, being able to walk to a local pub is crucial. There's something liberating about sitting here typing this in my boxers, nobody is going to knock at my front door as no one can find it. Opening the back door in the morning to let the dogs run round the field without having to set foot outside is bliss. When you have time nothing beats taking them for a walk through fields, woodland and lakes.
For example, Tandridge, which has the towns of Caterham, Redhill, Copthorne, Lingfield and Oxted is 96% greenbelt. Therefore to demonstrate where their new homes are coming from they are left with no option.
everyone has some form of permitted development allowance.
Look for properties that are away from the village or town curtilage. Every settlement should have a "local plan" and a "proposal map" visible online. Most plots inside those maps, it’s generally assumed will get planning by default. Everything outside it's assumed not, titles that straddle the border are potentially fair game.
Another change in permitted development in 2015 was commercial to residential. Offices/commercial storage etc. Explaining why in the past 3 years we’ve seen apartment blocks replacing old offices. These PD laws also apply in the greenbelt.
In 2015 the PD laws were relaxed. Barns or outbuildings that are in agricultural use now have rights to change the use from agricultural to residential. Obviously, there Politically, the authority know it’s extremely are restrictions but if you buy a property contentious with their voters so they don’t next to a collection of agricultural buildings want to do this. It appears they’ll sit on their they could, become dwellings at some stage. hands until forced by central government so they can say "it wasn't us". You'll need This is equally beneficial, you could buy to be clever and cautious that you buy a property with outbuildings that can be strategically if you want those views of converted. You would need to make sure fields to remain. you have evidence of its registered use in There are areas which, with a bit of March 2013 from the seller. knowledge about NPPF and the local plan could be assumed safe… at least for now. Buying a farm "on risk" (without planning) I'm sure you'd rather be saying "I remember could be a potential gold mine. You'll need when this was all fields" in your 70's, not to know what you're doing however and your 40's. need to know the right questions to ask.
Any area greenbelt or strategic gap that has development on 3 sides could likely end up being regarded as in-fill.
Some people can afford to buy a property with a few if not 10's of acres to maintain their privacy. What about properties without their own land that are peppered For reasons like these, the thought of buying around inside the green belt?. You could a house that overlooks fields is idyllic be surrounded by agricultural barns and but with the changes in NPPF (National outbuildings or even close to a commercial Planning Policy Framework) a few years ago premises. If so, you’d be wise to be cautious. you need to be careful and consider many factors to prevent buying somewhere that There is another risk too... Permitted could end up neighbouring a new homes Development... but permitted development site. can also be your friend, ultimately a very helpful and financially rewarding one. There are two things to look out for, firstly, the opening up of the greenbelt which has Permitted development means you do to happen to solve our housing shortage. not have to seek full planning permission, Local authorities are under huge pressure most properties have PD rights. by central government to demonstrate a Sometimes they are removed in places 5 year housing supply, yet some are really like; “areas of outstanding natural beauty” struggling. & “conservation areas” but generally,
This has meant commercial sites have been given the green light. If you wondered how that old garden centre, that car yard or that small industrial site outside of any village boundary, smack bang in the countryside got permission, that's probably the answer. They didn't even need planning. On October this year, there was an introduction of another relaxation in permitted development. Light industrial (B1a use) can be converted to residential also.
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Bang & Olufsen are internationally-renowned for not only their state-of-the-art audio ingenuity, but also their cutting-edge design and future proof products. Now, true to form, the nearly 100 year old company have launched their latest wall-mountable wireless speaker system BeoSound Shape that is catching the eye of both the design and audio world.
he companyâ€™s story started back in 1925, when two engineers, Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen, began a modest production of radios in the attic of the Olufsen family home, 'Quistrup'. The company of 'Bang & Olufsen' was founded on 17 November that same year by the two young engineers who shared a passion for radio transmissions. Their first product was developed in the attic of the Olufsen's manor house in Denmark where the family still lives today. The first commercially viable product to bear the Bang & Olufsen name was the B&O Eliminator in 1927. The Eliminator enabled a radio to be connected directly to the mains rather than being battery-operated which had been previously the norm. That same year, production moved to a new, purpose-built factory just outside the town of Struer. It was the sturdy '5 lamper' (5 tubes) radio from 1929 that firmly established Bang & Olufsen as a reputable radio manufacturer. In 1930 Bang & Olufsen introduced its first radiogramophone. The following year the company manufactured a tonefilm public address system for use in cinemas. This rapidly came in such a demand that a subsidiary was formed to handle this one product. In 1938 Bang & Olufsen introduced the first mains radio with push-button operation: the 'Master 38CH'. The 'Master de Luxe 39' introduced the following year had no less then 16 permanent stations. This was the first time that strict attention was deliberately paid to user convenience. From the outset Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen concentrated on quality materials and the application of new technology. Following the move to the new factory a new idea developed, a pre-set tuning button, which was one of the many innovations that earned the company the Danish Hallmark of Quality.
Their first product was developed in the attic of the Olufsen's manor house in Denmark where the family still lives today. The companyâ€™s story started back in 1925, when two engineers, Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen, began a modest production of radios in the attic of the Olufsen family home, 'Quistrup'. The company of 'Bang & Olufsen' was founded on 17 November that same year by the two young engineers who shared a passion for radio transmissions. Their first product was developed in the attic of the Olufsen's manor house in Denmark where the family still lives today. The first commercially viable product to bear the Bang & Olufsen name was the B&O Eliminator in 1927. The Eliminator enabled a radio to be connected directly to the mains rather than being battery-operated which had been previously the norm. That same year, production moved to a new, purpose-built factory just outside the town of Struer.
It was the sturdy '5 lamper' (5 tubes) radio from 1929 that firmly established Bang & Olufsen as a reputable radio manufacturer. In 1930 Bang & Olufsen introduced its first radiogramophone. The following year the company manufactured a tonefilm public address system for use in cinemas. This rapidly came in such a demand that a subsidiary was formed to handle this one product. In 1938 Bang & Olufsen introduced the first mains radio with push-button operation: the 'Master 38CH'. The 'Master de Luxe 39' introduced the following year had no less then 16 permanent stations. This was the first time that strict attention was deliberately paid to user convenience. From the outset Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen concentrated on quality materials and the application of new technology. Following the move to the new factory a new idea developed, a pre-set tuning button, which was one of the many innovations that earned the company the Danish Hallmark of Quality.
Still at the forefront of domestic technology, Bang & Olufsen has extended its comprehensive experience with integrated audio and video solutions for the home to other areas such as the hospitality and automotive industries in recent years. Consequently, its current product range epitomises seamless media experiences in the home as well as in the car and on the move. The new BeoSound Shape is a wall-mounted wireless speaker system for design conscious music lovers – delivering immersive sound staging, a customisable design and integrated noise dampers for improved room acoustics. Based on a modular tile concept, BeoSound Shape is designed to provide ultimate creative freedom. Each tile serves a function as either speaker, amplifier or acoustic damper and can be pieced together in endless combinations. Living room, hotel lobby or restaurant - whatever the setting, you are free to decide the size, colours and even the sound performance to match. Poor indoor acoustics makes even the most beautiful room unpleasant to be in. Relieve the problem by integrating acoustic damper tiles when you design your own BeoSound Shape and prepare to bring ‘the band’ right into your room as the system cleverly utilises a setup with multiple speakers to deliver a concert-like perception of singer and instruments.
BeoSound Shape is more than just a single speaker. It is a complete wireless speaker system that can boast as many as 44 individual speakers, and play digital music in rich and detailed high-res audio quality. At the heart of the system is the new BeoSound Core connectivity hub that lets you stream music directly from your phone or tablet via Chromecast built-in, Apple AirPlay and Bluetooth. The BeoSound Shape is also part of the Multiroom Collection, a product range that lets you connect multiple wireless speakers throughout your home and unite them in one Multiroom audio system. “We have an outstanding multiroom offer. Beautiful design, superior acoustics and excellent craftsmanship. Qualities that matter to our customers. We live in homes that are personalized and reflect who we are. And people are unique - most multiroom systems are not”, says Marie Kristine Schmidt, Vice President Brand, Design & Marketing.
BeoSound Shape is more than just a single speaker. It is a complete wireless speaker system that can boast as many as 44 individual speakers, and play digital music in rich and detailed high-res audio quality.
Unlike any other speaker system, the customer is invited to define the size, shape, colour – even the sound performance according to their preferences. The modular tile concept behind BeoSound Shape is based on a single geometric shape, the hexagon. Each tile serves a function as either speaker, amplifier or acoustic damper and can be pieced together in endless combinations and sizes, to serve rooms both big and small. Rearrange the tiles to form a new pattern, change the colours when you redecorate or add more tiles to boost sound performance or acoustic damping properties. Designer Oivind Alexander Slaatto explains the reasoning behind the innovative design. “The hexagon is one of nature’s favoured forms, seen in anything from snowflakes to honeycombs and makes perfect sense in repetitive and expanding structures. Every outcome is unique and there is a sense of natural beauty in these infinite variations.” Don’t just think of BeoSound Shape as a functional asset. With the wide selection of high quality fabric covers, including exclusive wool fabrics from Kvadrat, music is made a tactile and aesthetic experience too. No two configurations are likely to be the same, but each one will undoubtedly leave a lasting visual imprint on every wall and every room. Customers become the designer by using the Online Configuration Tool to create a personalised BeoSound Shape design. Start by defining the size and look of your speaker system - complete the design by choosing the performance level that matches your exact needs. Forget about reclusive ‘sweet spot’ listening. BeoSound Shape provides an immersive and social sound experience for all. Rather than optimising sound for a single fixed position our unique upmixing algorithm cleverly distributes the signals across the speakers, making the correlated signal appear in the centre from every listening position. The result: Your wall becomes a stage as the lead singer materialises in the centre and instruments join in from the sides, seemingly staying in their place even when you move around. The sensation and spatiality of a live band performance is truly canny. For more information on Bang & Olufsen, please visit www.bang-olufsen.com
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A Saucy & Celebratory First Year for BeFries
BeFries Just over a year ago Absolute writer (and self-confessed chip fiend) Shelley Welti met brothers Dashal and Chan Beevers who were on a mission to bring delicious Belgian fries to Brighton. 13 months later, she caught up with Chan, from the now award-winning BeFries to talk being in business, mastering the art of perfecting Belgian fries and saucy plans for the future…
Hi Chan! How has BeFries’ first year been? It truly has been an incredible first year of BeFries. We feel overwhelmed by the continued support we get from our customers. We always believed in the quality of our product and giving first class customer service, but something we didn’t think about was how providing this experience would be so rewarding and fulfilling for us. Starting your own business is very difficult and a lot of hard work. So, for us to see the enjoyment on people’s faces keeps us smiling. What have you enjoyed most about the last twelve months? We have been welcomed into the Brighton food scene with open arms from bloggers, restaurateurs and other industry influencers. We are really grateful for the support they
have given us and feel like we are part of that community. We’ve enjoyed watching the business grow, welcoming regular customers, forming a great working team and have had fun developing new and interesting sauces, often surprising our customers with different combinations of flavours. We have been overwhelmed by the positive feedback from the public. We are currently rated number three on TripAdvisor for restaurants in Brighton and Hove which is amazing! You’ve also been listed for so many food awards in such a short space of time – how does that make you feel? In March we won our first award, Best Bites on a Budget, in the city-wide Bravo Awards, voted for by the public. We have been shortlisted in three categories of the Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Awards. We have made it into the top three for: Newcomer, Cheap Eat and Takeaway. The winners will be announced on 6th November. We are especially thrilled to be nominated in the Newcomer category. We really believe we are bringing something new and exciting to Brighton’s food scene and it’s great that we have been recognised for this. Why do you think BeFries has proved so popular? Culturally, food is something that brings people together, and helps to create memorable experiences. When you get the recipe right between genuine customer service, delicious food and a relaxed and
had an incredible number of requests to provide a late evening snack at weddings and currently have bookings for early next year, so the pressure is on and a deadline is in the diary! As well as all of this, we are introducing a special beer menu with local and Belgian beers to complement our fries. We will have tasting notes on the menu which will really add to the whole experience. The future looks very saucy and we will endeavour to make you smile through experiencing BeFries any way you can. We would recommend for anyone new to come and eat in store and try our BeFries sauce sampling - it is the best way to truly understand what we are all about. Most people say, “just chips”, until they have tried us and then people appreciate all the effort and love that goes into our Belgian fries and sauces. Visit BeFries at 46 West St, Brighton. befries.com
friendly ambience, you provide somewhere for people to have these unique experiences. This is important to us, we enjoy engaging with our customers and building relationships with our regulars, and I think the passion we have for what we do is a key reason why we have proved so popular. What have you implemented new since opening? Learning to cook authentic Belgian fries has been the longest lesson we have ever undertaken. It truly is an art - many people can cook fries/chips but to cook the perfect chip takes time to learn. We compare it to making coffee; nearly everyone can make a coffee but very few can make a great coffee. There are no timers when cooking Belgian fries and because we are using fresh potatoes, the cooking process can change from delivery to delivery. Whilst developing the business itself and fine tuning our process over the last year, the part we enjoy the most is creating new sauces to go with our fries. Since opening we have created roughly twenty new sauces which we have trialled, and at least half now feature on our menu. Speaking of sauces, which have been your bestsellers? Currently we have about twenty-five sauces on our menu. Our most popular sauces are our garlic mayo and satay sauce. The garlic mayo is homemade and has a great fresh garlic flavour, while the satay sauce is very different from what people are used to - it has a rich sweet flavour, reminiscent of peanut butter. Some of our newer sauces are
quickly becoming just as popular too, such as our jerk mayo, vegan basil mayo, dill and gherkin and lime and coriander mayo with a jalapeño salsa. We incorporate all of our favourite ingredients, creating a wide range of fullflavoured sauces which keep our customers coming back for more. Your snack nights have gone down really well. What is the idea behind them? There is a large community of Belgian and Dutch people living in Brighton and they all miss having their snacks they love from back home, so we decided to create snack nights so they (and other Brighton residents) can enjoy them. Our snacks consist of beef croquette, frikandel (sausage) and kaassoufflé (deep fried breaded cheese). Currently we are running our famous snack night once a month. We plan to have a different event every week which we have lots of ideas for and are in talks with a few other restaurants/food venders to do collaborations with. Sounds exciting! What else is in the pipeline for BeFries? We are very excited about the future of BeFries and we have big dreams. Due to the growing demand from our customers, we are in the process of jarring some of our most popular homemade sauces. These will be available to purchase in store, so people can enjoy our tasty selection of sauces at home. We are also building a mobile unit so that we can take BeFries on the road! We have
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Curry Leaf Café India is a magnificent, beautiful and cultural nation from the Himalayan peaks to the Indian Ocean coastline. This spectacular and spiritual land is a riot of colours, flavours and culinary creations that have spread across the globe for all to enjoy.
Whilst you can order larger portions, The Curry Leaf Café offers an adventurous spin on Indian tapas. Beautiful, reasonably sized small plates to share make for a more exciting dining experience as you can try an array of flavours and levels of spice.”
his autumn, as the fiery spectrum of colours surround us, I was reminded of my time in India. The ma rkets glowing with deep orange marigold flowers and the hues of red tikka powder brighten every corner, but the thing I loved the most was sampling the vibrant, flavoursome street food. The warming spices and medicinal herbs certainly make this the perfect cuisine to indulge in as the cooler weather sets in. In Brighton there is a dynamite culinary scene with a plethora of curry restaurants. However, if you’re not in the mood for mirrored walls, gilded columns and huge vases of flowers then The Curry Leaf Café is the breath of fresh air that you’ve been waiting for. This casual and cheerful eatery offers exceptional Indian inspired street food in a fuss-free and fun environment. The original café opened four years ago in the heart of the Brighton lanes and with rave reviews, numerous awards and being hailed the ‘Local Gem’ by the Waitrose Good Food Guide. This kitchen is taking foodies by storm, regarded as the place to fuel up and feel good in a super chilled venue. The second café, Kemptown Kitchen has a similar concept to the first. Opening its doors in Brighton’s bohemian quarter, the
Indian tapas style dining has been perfectly encapsulated by The Curry Leaf Café. The stylish, yet informal concept of a café follows through to this eatery, however The Curry Leaf Café in Kemptown is cosier and features a theatrical open kitchen complete with stunning Indian themed ornate tiles. The décor is bold with bright orange and green walls in keeping with the recognisable logo. Floor to ceiling windows work in harmony with the rustic wooden bar tops, perfect for solo diners and light bites on your way into town. The main room is warm and inviting with simple furnishings that compliment the vibrant colours and the overall super chilled vibe. This is most definitely the kind of place you can pop in for a coffee in the day or relax with no time restraints and a cocktail or two in the evening. I arrived late on a Thursday evening and the place was buzzing with Brighton’s savvy eaters - a true testament to their ongoing success and loyal following. I was honoured to be joined by Euan Sey, the man behind the Curry Leaf Café and the perfect person to sample this subcontinental cuisine. Euan is quite evidently passionate about what he does and this enthusiasm and understanding for Indian cuisine is
captivating. The two Curry Leaf Cafes have passionate Head Chefs from different regions of India, so whilst the lanes venue focuses on South Indian food, the Kemptown kitchen has more rustic, provincial dishes on the menu. This allows for creative freedom and the benefit of not having identical menus. There is also a Curry Leaf Kiosk at Brighton Station which opened in 2016 and has been highly successful for food lovers on the go. Local ingredients are key and the team endeavour to create healthy feel good food for today’s increasingly health conscious population. The menu is compelling and whilst I wanted to try everything, I decided to leave the ordering to Euan as he was keen for me to try the newest additions and the firm favourites that locals come back for time and time again. Whilst you can order larger portions, The Curry Leaf Café offers an adventurous spin on Indian tapas. Beautiful, reasonably sized small plates to share make for a more exciting dining experience as you can try an array of flavours and levels of spice. The winter vegetable pakoras in spiced chickpea batter were morish and the Afghan saffron tikka boneless chicken thighs with fenugreek leaves and yoghurt was sensational. Explosions of flavour with bangs
of garlic and coriander were a delicious way to start our meal. The dish that was simply delicious (and I honestly did not want to share) was the chili fish; a sweet and sour Indo-Chinese concept with pieces of locally caught white fish lightly coated and flavoured with ginger, garlic, spices, lime then deep fried and tossed in a chilli & garlic sauce. I was surprised to discover that in India the locals also enjoy Chinese food and this is a popular street food creation. Euan has travelled across South Asia engaging in the colourful, chaotic traditions and food that each region has to offer. The energy of authentic Asian food is electric and very different to the large portions and sweet creamy sauces that we know as curry here in the UK. The Curry Leaf Café certainly offers traditional dishes in a modern environment and style. The Curry Leaf Café is well known for its Hyderabadi lamb chops. The British lamb is marinated for 24 hours in a rich, savoury paste made from onion, ginger, garlic and garam masala. The flavours capture the very essence of Indian cuisine and the cooking technique results in chops that are so incredibly tender and succulent. I love the small playful, yet sophisticated plates that pack a punch and whilst we did
order lemon rice and a sweet peshwari naan to accompany our dishes, we hardly touched these sides which meant I did not feel the usual bloat that I have always associated with Indian food. The small dishes are served for sharing and designed to be ordered together to create balance. I must confess Euan and the Head Chef Sabu were incredibly generous and so I will pick out a couple of corkers from the curries and stews that I tried and would highly recommend: The Alleppey prawn curry originates from Kerala where Chef Sabu grew up and is a mouth watering combination of coconut sauce flavoured with fresh ginger, garlic and Turmeric with a dash of sour Kokum extract a rich antioxidant fruit. The Navaratan Kuruma was earthy and tasted like sunshine. It is an opulent dish created for the Mughal Emperors of 16th century India including nine vegetables, fruits, nuts, aromatic spices and well if its good enough for an emperor than its something I was not prepared to miss out on. Other dishes included the Paneer Makhani with a cheese and tomato sauce and the Keralan chicken stew bursting with rich flavours and truly thrilling. The chic playlist is as carefully selected as the wines and craft beers and with such a cool
and relaxed vibe, it’s a wonder that anyone ever leaves. The Curry Leaf Café caters for everyone from vegans to gluten intolerant diners and the thing that I particularly like is that the Kemptown Kitchen operates a first come, first served walk-in-only policy as well as a take away service every night of the week! It’s been over 200 years since Britain’s first curry house opened. Now with our increased awareness on diet and the environmental impact from keeping produce local, I am excited to see establishments like The Curry Leaf Café that genuinely care. The Curry Leaf Café’s Kemptown Kitchen is the perfect place to enjoy delectable new dishes, cooked from scratch and with the finest ingredients. Euan and the team are dedicated to ensuring the Brighton venues are excelling and with the hands on approach and passion from the Chefs, this is now one of my favourite places to eat in Brighton. Lindsay Katherine Hills 40-42 Upper St James’s Street Brighton BN2 1JN Kemptown@Curryleafcafe.com
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Touro I’m sorry to say, vegans and vegetarians of Brighton, but this is not the review for you. Touro, situated towards the bottom of London-by-the-sea’s party strip West Street, is the venue for meat lovers and meat lovers only.
restaurant with more metres squared than most, it’s a vast space in itself. Touro is a Brazilian venue, basing it’s offerings on Rodizio style all you can eat cuisine. With most people opting for the unlimited buffet with meat, the idea is that you go up to the buffet, get your sides and then sit down with a wooden block on your table, that you can turn to red or green; red signalling you don’t want any meat to come round right now and green to keep it coming. Every different kind of meat you can think of is brought round and carved off, with most meats coming in multiple different styles and varieties. The buffet has your normal sides; chips, vegetables in sauce, falafel, salad, couscous, plus more substantial options like lasagne, chicken croquettes, pasta, breads, a big dish of beans and fried cassava (a South American speciality, a woody, starchy shrub, quite similar to potato). For unlimited access to the buffet and the full Rodizio grill, you’ll be parting with £21.95, or for just the traditional dishes, £16.95. There was a plethora of choice for every eating habit (if you wanted to stick to the buffet alone and were a vegan or vegetarian, that would be fine, but the meat part may not be your cup of tea) and even the fussiest of eaters could have found something that they liked. Drinks wise, I opted for trying out their cocktail menu and went for a personal
favourite; a Cosmopolitan. It was sweet, strong and as good as most of the Cosmo’s I’ve had in my life (a lot!), and set at an average Brighton cocktail cost of £7.95 which is pretty standard for the city. With regards to the meat (I also noticed shelled king prawns going around, however these were quickly all taken – they looked very good so I can understand why), there was quite literally something for everyone; steak, beef, chicken, lamb, gammon.
The lamb was incredible; a beautiful flavour and incredibly tender. The gammon was also amazing and honestly some of the best gammon I’ve ever had.
The lamb was incredible; a beautiful flavour and incredibly tender. The gammon was also amazing and honestly some of the best gammon I’ve ever had (and I’ve had a lot!). I wished I had asked them to carve off a lot more. The chicken was really well seasoned. There were a couple of different chicken options and we went for the thighs which were juicy and succulent and packed with tonnes of flavour. The selection of meats was really good with something for every meat lover’s taste,
plus a big selection of side dishes to go with them. I especially loved the broccoli and cauliflower in cheese sauce; this with the lamb was seriously special. Alongside the great focus on food, there is also a huge choice of drinks, especially cocktails, as I find some restaurants concentrate on one or the other sometimes, however Touro has got the balance exactly right. All in all, how was my experience at Touro? It’s a vibrant, busy place to spend a Saturday night, which I liked. The whole Rodizio style is fun and different, with something always going on. The staff are very friendly and jovial, and if you want to eat a lot of food, then this is the place for you. I think that this would actually make a pretty good venue for a first date. As it’s not the usual style of ‘order meal, have it brought over, eat meal’ it means that there’s always something to talk about, always something going on, and it actually gives you a lot to converse about. I don’t think my boyfriend and I actually talked about much else other than what was going on around us, the meat and all the different sides we were opting for. I love the whole concept of the block on the table, turning it to green to signal to keep the meat coming and red to tell them you’re full up and to hold off. It just makes the whole dining experience a little bit more unique. The fact that it’s all you can eat means
it’s fantastic value for money, especially if you like to eat a lot and you usually end up ordering starters and multiple sides to go alongside your main dish in a restaurant, as that can really add up. That’s why Touro is a really great place to have in Brighton. It keeps the cost down and it means you can ensure you’ll be full up when you leave. In terms of quality of food, there were meats that were an explosion of immense flavour and brilliant texture in my mouth, and there were others that were more subtle but lifted with the sides available. Would I go back? Yes – I think it’s a fun venue that’s great for a group of friends, a large family get together and stag and hen do’s, due to being able to eat as much or as little as you want, and the location is ideal for going out afterwards. Brighton doesn’t have a huge choice of Brazilian restaurants, especially Rodizio, so this is a welcome addition that I very much recommend.
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Cat and Mouse
If you love a spot of make and do with your little ones, then this creative cavern will get your juices flowing! Whirligig is an independent and highly creative toy shop, specialising in all things to make and do – fun and memorable toys that will make children of all ages and abilities become inspired, think and really enjoy the experience. They have sourced a whole variety of unusual and unique suppliers, always trying to find new and different toys that are sure to win over their customers. You’ll discover sewing kits, origami sets, construction toys, model making and beautiful colouring in and activity books. If cutting and sticking doesn’t get you excited then they also stock a unique range of wooden toys, created by master craftsmen especially for your little loved ones.
Infinity Foods Shop and Bakery has what is probably the largest selection of organic and natural vegetarian and vegan foods in the south east. Their on-site bakery produces delicious hand-made breads daily, they sell a seasonally changing range of organic fruit and vegetables and stock an impressive array of natural body care products. It is the Infinity Food mission to provide food that is as far as possible and natural, free from GM and hydrogenated fat, organic and ‘Fairtrade’ accredited and sourced from companies with high ethical standards.
Cat and Mouse is a leading supplier of children’s clothing with a great selection of designer labels. The owners opened the shop in 1993, initially selling their own unique brand Cat and Mouse clothing, and then gradually introduce other leading fashion labels. You’ll find a fantastic choice, ranging from newborn to age 16 girls and boys, in brands such as Juicy, Couture, Stone Island, Oilily, Dior, Diesel, Ralph Lauren and much more.
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You may recognise this shop from Mary Portas’s ‘Mary Queen of Shops’ series! Ju-Ju is one of the longest-standing clothes retailers in the North Laine, so they are certainly doing a lot right! If you want to go off-piste on the labels front, Ju-Ju is a mustvisit selling more small independent labels than you are likely to find anywhere else. They are constantly scouting for exciting new designers creating on-trend clothing and accessories with that special twist for fashion conscious guys and girls.
Noa Noa is an independent ladies fashion boutique and designers that offer semi-annual collections. The label was started in 1981 with the aim of creating a softer, romantic and more feminine collection than the harsh lines that were en vogue at the time. Now in the current day, they offer romantic, one-off pieces as well as more urban everyday wear, as well as a beautiful homeware collection. Noa Noa aims to provide ethically sourced and beautifully crafted garments for women of all ages and styles.
Jump the Gun have been selling mod clothing from the same location here for the past 20 years; from a button badge to a mohair suit (all of it new, and mainly their own brand) they have something for anybody who, like the owners and staff, are into the Mod way of life. They pride themselves on not ‘doing’ fashion; they are guided by what looks and feels right and for them that’s early to 1960s garb!
Gresham Blake Gresham Blake is a design-led tailoring business with over 15 years’ experience, combining traditional skills with modern techniques. Their team is made up of highly creative and skilled individuals who are passionate about not only the brand, but in ensuring every customer leaves suited and booted to their own individual taste. They only use the best cloths from British mills and even weave their own in-house fabrics which are not available anywhere else. They stock an impressive range of city tweeds and Mohair’s and have made suits from everything imaginable!
This traditional second-hand bookshop is a charming destination for browsers and readers, with a vast amount of stock covering all areas of fact and fiction. Prices vary from as little as 20p to £20+, so all budgets are catered for. Take in that lovely musky smell of old books by retiring in the seating area and sip a coffee or tea whilst nosing through your latest purchase.
When all that shopping has taken it out of you, Little Jasmine is the place to head to for a relaxing massage, beauty therapy or spa treatment. Treating both men and women, they use essential oil blends, gels and creams to purify, soothe, revitalize and restore balance to both mind and body. The atmospheric treatment room is styled in a simplistic fashion, providing a calm retreat in which to escape city life. Whether you want massage therapy, skin therapy or nail therapy, Little Jasmine offers it all. They have developed their very own unique brand of massage that fuses various techniques from the Eastern and Western world and leaves you in a perfect equilibrium of relaxed and energised.
The clue is in the title for this shop; it’s simply a shoe shop for vegetarians and vegans! Stocking both men and women’s shoes and boots, the footwear is non-leather and made-to-order from both the UK and Europe. Whether you order smart shoes, walking boots, work boots, trainers, or sandals, you can be sure they are created from high-tech breathable and water resistant micro-fibres that look and feel like supple leather and suede, as well as glues and accessories that contain no animal by-products.
Pen to Paper
Pen to Paper is a stationer with a big difference, offering stylish and traditional stationery and pens that you seldom find in your average chain store. If you are looking for a luxury pen, you’ll find the Lamy range covers the entire spectrum from ballpoint to fountain. If you are a keen letter writer, note cards by Pomegranate and writing paper and tissue-lined envelopes by Lalo will set you soaring above the rest! Moleskin notebooks and diaries are best sellers and the designer wrapping paper and artistic greeting cards are sure to grab attention at any party!
Established in 1988, Badger Clothing is situated in the heart of Brighton on Bond Street and is an independent store that offers a wide and highly accessible range of premium brands (including brands exclusive to them in Brighton), with everything from simple basics to a touch of luxury, all in a friendly and helpful environment. From Barbour to Birkenstock and Farah to Fred Perry, Badger Clothing has you covered, from head to toe.
A haven for all things made in Britain, Appendage sells unique and homemade accessories for the individual and the home. Focusing on colour, print and texture, they offer a wide range of products including ceramics, cards, cushions, jewellery, lampshades, prints, mirrors and textiles available exclusively. If you’re looking for items brimming with individuality, style and personality then look no further than Appendage
This is quite simply a cave of bargainous wonders for anyone who loves collectables, bric-a-brac, vintage, retro clothing, home accessories and furniture… and that is just the first floor! Take a trip up the stairs and you will find an independent vintage boutique, art space and workshop featuring over 20 designers, makers and hoarders. With everything from vintage clothing to handcrafted jewellery, the ‘Attic’ as it is known, is home to the most curious array of homewares and accessories you could imagine, with a strong eco aesthetic and even stronger character.
Nandobbie is a small boutique specialising in mid-century and retro furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting and other artefacts. The owners aim to bring you the quirky, the unusual and the most stunning vintage, mid-century and antique furniture from antique Victorian gentleman’s desks to mid-century 1960s sideboards, Art Deco bars, chests of drawers and cupboards and storage units. Nanadobbie’s lighting department is incredibly popular – perhaps due to it featuring items as beautiful as an Art Deco glass table lamp, a Maison Jansen style exotic palm tree or an urban and industrial standard lamp. They sell an array of different Hollywood Regency style lighting, high end Italian brass pieces as well as vintage desk lamps. All the lamps have been fully rewired and are ready to go, meeting all safety regulations. the perfect preservation piece. Choose from over 400 mouldings, deep box frames and scores of mount boards, including conservationquality mounts, plus anti-glare and UV protection glass.
Glass River is home to Architectural Glass Artistry. They design and make architectural glass panels to commission, with the design often including text, often hidden or secret, which forms a pattern. Intrigued? You’ve got to see it to believe it. The glass panels are printed with ceramic enamels and then fired in the kiln, with the lettering then fused into the glass. A fascinating process, with the end result being stunning one of-a-kind pieces of art.
IO Gallery offers a superb election of arts and crafts to its customers and is run by artists for artists. Having been exhibiting for over 15 years, they display and promote both local and national artists, offering many emerging talents a springboard for their creations. You can find art from across a wide spectrum of practices and exhibits, including mixed media, ceramics, limited edition prints, paintings, mirrors and lighting, glassworks and silver jewellery. Ensuring the art on offer is affordable, the artists are treated fairly and they are as ecological as possible. Their work ethic is to be applauded and is just one of the reasons this gallery continues to go from strength to strength as a hub for Brighton artists and artlovers alike.
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Silverado is an independent jewellery shop that plays host to the best contemporary designers from around the world. Nearly all their collections are handcrafted and made in a variety of styles to suit all tastes; from sterling silver to gold vermeil and costume jewellery ranges. This is the perfect place to shop for a gift for a friend or even to choose that all-important engagement ring. They even stock collections from local jewellery designers Orelia, Scarlett and Alexis Dove.
Art Republic is your go-to place for cuttingedge collectable art, limited edition prints and a high-quality framing service. Not only do they offer a choice of over 5,000 high quality art prints, but are also a fascinating resource for all that’s happening in the art world. Making art accessible for everyone is their mission, so whether you’re a long-term collector or want a one-off piece to decorate your home, there will be something for you and you budget. Discover the latest works by legendary British artists such as Sir Peter Blake, Damien Hirst, Banksy and Marc Quinn, plus highly sought-after imported works from Mr Brainwash, Shepard Fairey and RETNA. They also showcase artists making an increasing impact on today’s art scene including Dave White, Pure Evil and Magnus Gjoen.
An emporium of stunning vintage clothing, must-have modern collectibles, unique vintage wedding dresses, design classics, objet d’art and individual interior items for the home. Everything is carefully sourced or fortuitously found, then beautifully presented and sensibly priced in this specialist Brighton store.
Kerrie Berrie is a haven for all bead and jewellery lovers! The shop is packed full of everything you need to create beautiful jewellery, including beads, tools, findings, guide books and all other jewellery-making must-haves. They love to source unusual and inspiring beads and for those who need a hand in putting it all together, they hold workshops in jewellery-making techniques. Many customers have a good idea of what they are looking for when they enter the shop. However, if itâ€™s a little inspiration you need, you canâ€™t help but be inspired by the sheer diversity of the products non offer and the expertise of the staff. As well as their DIY offering, Kerrie Berrie also stock their very own range of jewellery unique to the store.
Edited opened in 2011 and has created a unique retail experience, offering design-led products for the home, including, artwork, home furnishings, lighting, cookware and soft furnishings. The owners created Edited as they had a passion for good design and an urge for great customer service and now the store is a must-visit for any design lover. Their aim is to decorate the homes of the good folk of Brighton with affordable, contemporary and well-designed products, made to stand the test of time.
Leoframes has graced the North Laine for over 25 years, selling limited edition and open artworks and contemporary screen prints from a huge variety of artists and publishers. From the undeniable talent that is Damian Hirst to the cutesy Belle and Boo and local artist Richard Marsh, Leoframes has something for every taste and budget. This family-run business also specialise in made-to-measure frames, so whether it is a precious photograph, newspaper clipping, important map, first pair of shoes, certificate or even piece of needlework, they will craft the perfect preservation piece. Choose from over 400 mouldings, deep box frames and scores of mount boards, including conservation-quality mounts, plus anti-glare and UV protection glass.
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Voted third best cheese counter for the UK two years running, this indie cheeselovers utopia stocks around 200 cheeses from around continental Europe and the UK. Their expertly trained staff can answer any questions you may have about their products. They can offer you advice on pairing and recipes, plus recommendations to challenge your taste buds!
Here lies a haven of beautiful gifts and unique pieces for your home. With its calm, welcoming atmosphere you can browse at your leisure or do some serious shopping. The muted, earthy colour palette of the treasures offered for sale is chic and modern and yet utterly timeless, allowing all pieces to fit seamlessly into any home. In the vast furniture selection you’ll find antique chairs, sofas and chaise lounges reupholstered in antique linen and unique vintage fabrics, as well as antique tables, dining chairs, benches, cupboards and cabinets. The gift department features elegant frames, jewellery, candles and greeting cards and the home range is brimming with eye-catching pieces for every room.
Keep It Vintage supplies vintage, retro and antique lovers with original and quirky homewares, kitchenware and unusual oddities that are hard to find in mainstream or high street stores. Simone created Keep It Vintage in 2012 after a working for some years as a marketeer, she turned to her love of furniture, antiques and colourful, individual interiors… and we can now reap the rewards! With an aim to ensure customers are spoilt for choice with affordable and one-of-a-kind items, you know you are in safe hands in this charming vintage pit stop.
Kemp Town Bookshop
Brighton Flea Market Brighton Flea Market, based on Upper St James Street, opened in 1990 in an old coaching stop, and later Jowett garage. This haven for antique magpies is an endless maze, with avenues of collectibles, memorabilia, kitchenware, furniture and general old-worldly goods.
This award-winning independent Bookshop and home to the Bookroom Art Press limited edition print collection, was established over 40 years ago. They have 10,000 titles in stock across all ranges, for both adults and children. As well as currently published books there is a great depth of stock, with an emphasis on literary fiction. They also stock a select range of carefully sourced non-book products: the Moleskin and Paperblank ranges of blank books; the Art Angels, Caroline Gardner and Woodmansterne selections of greetings cards; they pride themselves on
stocking an exquisite collection of mostly book-related gifts, from Penguin Mugs to ex-libris stickers. They’ve recently greatly expanded the children’s section: besides the books they now stock a carefully sourced selection of toys, from wooden animals to hand-made spinning tops; hand-knit dolls and cuddly toys to such staples as Brighton Monopoly and Children’s Scrabble.the perfect preservation piece. Choose from over 400 mouldings, deep box frames and scores of mount boards, including conservationquality mounts, plus anti-glare and UV protection glass.
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Kemp Town Trading Post
Situated in the heart of Kemp Town village is this curious little shop, where you will find an eclectic array of everyday items from fabulous home wares, original French enamel house numbers and signs, beautiful fair trade jewellery, fun colourful children’s treats and many more goodies to fill your home, or perhaps for that perfect gift for someone. They stock Durance, Rice, Coucke, Djeco, Lotus Feet as well as other great brands. There is a story behind every piece in the shop, and the pieces have all been carefully chosen, charming and unique, just like the owner.
Kemptown Trading Post is an eclectic and bohemian market where you can find a large variety of collectibles, antiques and furniture. Boasting a large choice of vintage clothing and accessories, as well as second-hand designer clothing and European imports coming in all shapes and sizes, there’s sure to be something for everyone! Sharing the space with the newly renovated ‘Cup of Joe’ Café, it is the perfect place to peruse whilst enjoying a coffee. With a plethora of stalls and cabinets to peruse, you will no doubt find that last-minute birthday present, stunning party dress, ornament for the house or just something unusual that you wouldn’t find elsewhere.
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Brighton Open Market
hiSbe is an independent supermarket who want to make a difference! It runs on a social enterprise model that puts happiness before profits. Instead of maximising short-term profit, like big supermarkets, they pay and charge what’s fair. Employees get above the living wage, suppliers get a good deal and prices are set so customers pay a fair price for well-sourced goods. hiSbe sells everyday food, but not the big brands. They prioritise local products and work with suppliers and wholesalers who care about health, sustainability and trading fairly. They compete with the big supermarkets by creating a happy shopping experience – bravo!
Badlands Guitars is Brighton’s second largest guitar shop, proudly independent and run by lifetime guitar enthusiasts and Brightonians, Graham and Sue. Established in 2001, Badlands offer an exciting and varied range of new and used guitars and equipment to suit players from beginner to pro, along with a large in store popular professional workshop and PA Hire. Prices are keenly watched and you’ll be hard pushed to find cheaper!
The Open Market is proudly located on London Road, one of the most vibrant and eclectic areas in Brighton. The historic location underwent a major redevelopment in 2014 and is now home to over 50 of Brighton’s most talented and knowledgeable local producers and creators. With a strong focus on fresh, nutritious foods and ethical products, the market has a range of traditional market stalls – butcher, fishmonger, eggs, fruit and veg – as well as cafes, art, crafts, fashions, antiques, haberdashery, tools, garden goods and more.
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Christmas is on everyone’s minds.
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f you’re reading this and thinking ‘well it’s certainly not on mine, it’s ages away!’, it is still on your mind deep down. You’ve spotted a tin of Heroes near the checkout in Sainsburys, you’ve had a conversation about whose family you’re spending the Big Day with this year, or you’ve reluctantly started going through your finances, trying to budget for what is the most expensive month of the year for most people (and God forbid you have birthdays falling during the month of December too!). The festive season is upon us everyone; boxes of shortbread and tins of Celebrations are sneaking their way on to our supermarket shelves, and as soon as October 31st has been and gone and the last of the discounted pumpkins and witches hats have been bought and sold, in will come the influx of tinsel. Mariah Carey will start blasting from shop speakers and as the month slowly climbs to a head on Christmas Eve, out come the hoards of panicked shoppers buying last minute presents. Let’s try and avoid you being part of the last part by buying your Christmas present, or presents, in plenty of time; if you’re reading this in a state of fear and thinking ‘What on EARTH do I buy for my mum/dad/ brother/sister/partner/mother-in-law/ cat?’ then fear not, for I have you absolutely covered in this article by telling you exactly where to shop and what to buy in Brighton. Brighton is a fantastic city for buying gifts in; we have the big high street stores which will of course never fail us, but most importantly, we have a plethora of independent shops and businesses that never cease to amaze me during the festive season, with the originality, creativity and choice they bring out when it comes to gifts. Buying presents can be stressful because you want to make that person happy with what you’ve bought them, and let them
know that you put some thought into it. However, sometimes it really can be difficult to find something, especially if it’s your 10th Christmas buying for that specific person. So, let’s start with the most important people in your life, the people you want to buy a special gift for this year. Namely, a piece of jewellery. The issue with this, normally, is expense. Nice jewellery normally cuts a nice wedge out of your wallet, and when you have another 85 presents to buy, that’s not what you want.
Brighton is a fantastic city for buying gifts in; we have the big high street stores which will of course never fail us, but most importantly, we have a plethora of independent shops and businesses that never cease to amaze me
Posh Totty Designs, situated in Sydney Street in Brighton, is the ideal spot for a lovely piece of jewellery without breaking the bank. They specialise in personalised pieces, without any element of tackiness. Necklaces, earrings, lockets, bangles and rings alike, you can get names, messages and even little quotes personalised onto extremely aesthetically pleasing pieces. I love Posh Totty and they’re such a Brightonian brand. From just £10, you can get a lovely and meaningful gift for that special person in your life. If you feel that the above is just for women, then you’d be mistaken; Posh Totty also offer cufflinks, as well as personalised mugs, baubles and so much more.
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Places For Gif t s in Brighton
Brighton is absolutely brimming with shops containing a whole host of Christmas gift ideas - you just need to go out there and find them. My recommendation is always to head to the lanes if you want something a little bit different
Looking for something for the interior and homeware lover in your life, but feeling like coasters and mugs or a silverware set just won’t cut it? Try Cable & Cotton in Meeting House Lane, specialising in LED fairy lights like you’ve never seen before. Available in 49 different colours and with the option to pick and mix, this is the kind of gift that is perfect for anyone from a homeowner, to a university student wanting to make their bedroom in their halls a little bit more ‘their own’. You can get coloured sets, pick your own, or even get a gift voucher if you better trust the judgment of the present receiver than yourself, with prices starting at £29.95 for 20 bulbs. On a budget, or even just wanting something a little bit different, England At Home in Ship Street is the kind of place you could spend hours finding something for everyone in your life. There’s so many lovely items that you can get for someone that cost less than a fiver but don’t look it. There’s no shame in not spending a bomb on the people in your life for Christmas because, let’s be honest, most of us can’t afford Christmas as it is, and with immense pressure to spend the world on people, we can sometimes feel a bit embarrassed if we spend a fiver or less. There’s no reason for us to feel like that and it can be even more comforting when it’s a present you’d happily receive yourself. From a Unicorn Ring Holder dish at £4.99, Trivia Tins for £3.99 (great gifts because they’re brilliant to play post-Christmas Dinner coma!) and candles from £9.99, England at Home is also perfect for Secret Santa presents where you don’t want to get the bog standard anonymous gift. For the food, and more specifically the chocolate lover in your life,
Choccywoccydoodah on Meeting House Lane is the place to go. They don’t just offer extravagant cakes, but chocolate hampers too (a lot of them include mini cakes), chocolate boxes, animals, lollies and chocolates. They also offer gift vouchers and an area where you can have tea, cake and chocolate galore, which would make a lovely gift for someone; an experience is sometimes better than a physical gift, especially if you’re enjoying it with them! Sass & Belle in Bond Street is a haven of gifts and a homeware lover’s delight. Full of pastel perfection, prints, bunting and every kind of present you could ever want or need, if you’re really stuck for some inspiration, this is the place you need to head. Extremely reasonably priced and well stocked, you’ll find everything from notebooks to cushions, photo frames to storage, mugs, bags, carry cases, lunchboxes, cards, clocks, umbrellas and so much more. I feel like it’s the ultimate shop for stocking fillers if you’re lacking some inspiration, as there is just an endless supply of nick nacks that would make someone very happy to open. Brighton is absolutely brimming with shops containing a whole host of Christmas gift ideas - you just need to go out there and find them. My recommendation is always to head to the lanes if you want something a little bit different, and not something you’d be able to find in a main high street store. You’ll be able to find something that will let the person receiving the gift know that you’ve put that little bit extra thought and effort into this years gift, which is always a great feeling. I wish you lots of luck with your gift buying this year and, hopefully, it will lead to you not running around in a blind panic at 6pm on December 24th.
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Christmas in London This festive season we are delivering a shiny, glittery parcel to you filled with the very best of everything to see, do, visit and experience in London this Christmas.
hristmas in London is amazing every year. The shops, the street lights, the theatres and restaurants are all decked out from early November to help us get in to the festive spirit and to make sure we look forward to the wonderful holiday ahead of us. There is always so much to look forward to such as the Christmas parties, the annual meals and drinks with old groups of friends, the wish lists, festive pantomimes, present shopping, all the food preparation, the indulgence, the dĂŠcor and wrapping, the new party purchases, glitter and fairy lights, fresh thoughts on new year resolutions and travel plans, decorating our homes for visitors and all the wonderful festive inspiration that surrounds us every
day in the run up to Christmas. Absolute, London Lifestyle has given to you a festive treat of the most wonderful places in the city this season to visit with loved ones.
This season, make sure you get to see Londonâ€™s most magical Christmas lights. The best by far are Harrods in Knightsbridge, Regent Street, Bond Street and Oxford Street from mid-November. Then you simply must see the most extravagant giant Christmas Trees in London which can be found in Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square. Then my favourite outstanding Christmas window displays are always Selfridges and Harrods. Finally, show off your ice-skating skills at the wonderful seasonal Panto Season!
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Here are the loveliest museums to visit in London over the Christmas break, with comforting cafes where you can devour a warm nutmeg latte and slice of Christmas cake or festive mince pie, while being surrounded by awe-inspiring culture and history.
The Museum of Childhood
at the Victoria & Albert Museum in Bethnal Green is enchanting, and the largest museum of this kind in the world. This museum is wonderful for all ages and everyone will experience intrigue and nostalgia as they take time to wander around this inspiring building. I would recommend arriving from 2pm onwards for quieter visiting times. Admission is free. Nearest tube: Bethnal Green on the Central line.
The Natural History Museum
is a grand and palatial historical space in the heart of South Kensington. This is my favourite museum in London. The fossil and gemstone galleries proudly exhibit the most exceptional and interesting display cases showcasing a wealth of sparkling artefacts and historical treasures. Admission is free. Nearest tube: High-street Kensington on the District and Circle line.
Panto Season! It’s Panto season people, which means barrels of laughs for all on London’s best stages with tickets to suit all budgets. Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a family panto outing. Here are London’s best Pantomimes this festive season, which are a treat for the whole family. Some celebrity favourites and panto heroes will be treading the boards over the festive season for our pure merriment, so grab the kids and head down to Absolute’s favourite London panto discoveries.
Pinocchio The National Theatre, South Bank from 1 December. Tickets from £15.
Nativity! The Musical Eventim Apollo from 13 to 17 December. A great stage adaption of the feelgood comedy. Tickets from £27.75. Cinderella The Hackney Empire hosts Cinderella from 18 November to 31 December. Tickets £10 to £36 plus booking fee.
Dick Whittington The London Palladium, from 9 December to 14 January, tickets from £22.50, with an all-star cast including Julian Clarey, Elaine Page, Diversity and Nigel Havers.
The Christmasauraus Live On Stage Eventim Apollo presents the stage adaption of author Tom Fletchers (from McFly fame) successful children’s novel The Christmasauraus. From 20 to 28 December, tickets from £29.50.
The Snowman The Peacock Theatre, from 23 November to 31 December. Tickets from £20.
The Gruffalos Child The Lyric, Shaftsbury Avenue presents the wonderfully festive Christmas stage adaption of the Gruffalo story books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Tickets from £17.25.
Peter Pan Wembley Arena, on 29 and 30 December, staring Martin Kemp as Captain Hook and Bradley Walsh as pirate Mr Smee. Tickets from £25.
Jack and the Beanstalk The Lyric Hammersmith, from 18 November to 6 January. Tickets from £15 to £40.
London Life The truly most sumptuous and scrumptious festive London Afternoon Teas I simply adore afternoon tea. It’s one of my most favourite past times. The festive season is a chance to visit your favourite afternoon tea destinations to sample their teas which have been adorned with a wonderful festive twist. Make time with the ones you love and catch up over luxurious afternoon teas in London over the Christmas break. Fortnum & Mason do one of the best afternoon teas in London. Dine in their elegant Diamond Jubilee restaurants and indulge in decadent sandwiches, signature teas and wonderfully crafted scones and cakes. Afternoon teas start from £44 per person. Nearest tube: Piccadilly on the Piccadilly line.
Claridge’s serve dainty moreish patisserie and delicate finger sandwiches, all washed down with lashings of fragrant tea. Claridge’s is a refined dining experience and one of the best places in London. The service is impeccable and the decor is sublime. Their festive afternoon tea starts from £85 per person. Nearest tube: Green Park on the Piccadilly line and Bond Street on the Jubilee and Bakerloo line. The Ritz is home to beautiful fine bone china, pressed white linen, glamorous décor and exceedingly good afternoon delicacies which make the infamous Ritz so magical. Renowned as one of the best afternoon teas in London, booking is essential. Afternoon tea starts from £54 per adult and £30 per child. Nearest tube: Piccadilly and Green Park on the Piccadilly line.
The most memorable destinations to visit Father Christmas A visit to Father Christmas is top of every child’s list. Don’t be fobbed off with some overpriced cheaply dressed Santa masquerading in a local shopping centre in a grotty Santa’s grotto, that’s been hastily teamed up with one unenthusiastic elf assistant. Meeting Father Christmas with your children is something that must be done properly or simply not at all. Father Christmas should at least look like the real deal, surrounded by a bevy of elves or Mrs Father Christmas, and at the very least with a sleigh accompanied by a reindeer or two. The best places to meet the big man are of course in London at salubrious venues where tickets are needed. So be ahead of the rest this season and make sure you have tickets for the little people in your life to visit one of the most magical people in the world. When it comes to visiting Father Christmas this season, you really do get what you pay for.
Harrods’ very own Father Christmas will be visiting from Friday 17 to Sunday 24 December and ticket pre-booking is open to Harrods Rewards members. The Harrods lights and Christmas window displays are not to missed.
Selfridges host festive carols throughout the season from Thursday 1 December to Friday 23 December. Find Santa at Selfridges from Saturday 26 November to Saturday 23 December, 12.00-6pm.
Hamleys is the perfect place to take your kids to meet Father Christmas at The Finest Toy Shop in the World inside the enormous Hamleys in Regent Street. Children can take part in plethora of seasonal festive activities, take home a festive goody bag, write their Christmas wish list and meet the big man himself. Father Christmas will be found in the Party Room of the London store, suitable for 3 to 7-year-olds, from 25 November to 24 December. Pre-booked tickets are essential, and tickets are £39.95 per child.
The very best Christmas events for the whole family. Enchanted Eltham Palace is open to explore from Friday 15 December to Saturday 23 December, where you will discover the captivating and magical fairy tale of light, colour and sound as you wander through the vast enchanting garden trail enjoying a glass or two of mulled wine. Adult tickets £12, children under 5 years are free. This is an evening event from 4.30pm to 9pm. Nearest over ground: Eltham. Eltham Palace, Court Yard, Eltham, Greenwich, SE9 5QE. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is open this year daily from Friday 17 November to Monday 1 January. This annual event is free to enter, and is packed with a host of Bavarian beer tents, ice bars, Christmas festive snow lodges serving seasonal delights, Christmas market stalls, a beautiful ice rink nestled among a whole host of sparkling traditional fairground rides, magical circus shows and a huge observation wheel which is worth a ride giving you amazing views across the park and London. Nearest Tube: Hyde Park Corner on the Piccadilly Line and Marble Arch on the Central Line. Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park, London, W2 2ET.
The Mayor’s London New Year’s Eve Fireworks are always amazing. Rather than watching it on TV, this year make a day of it and come to London Sunday 31 December for lunch by the river, visit a few watering holes along the way, then view the wonderful display on the Thames at Victoria Embankment with tickets from £10, starting from 8pm. Victoria Embankment, Westminster Bridge, London, SW1A 2NS. Nearest Tubes: Westminster and Embankment on the District and Circle line, and Charing Cross on the Bakerloo and Northern line.
Everyone should have a wish list, especially at Christmas. Here are a few of my own favourite Christmas wishes that are at the top of my list this season, and I am hoping Father Christmas, along with my generous husband, can help me tick a few of the list. Fragrance from Penhaligons
Scented candles from Jo Malone New cashmere knitwear from The White Company The Fortnum and Mason Christmas luxury hamper
Tickets to ballet at the Royal Opera House Luxury manicure and pedicure at Nails Inc on South Molten Street
A Mulberry handbag from the gorgeous boutique at St Christopher’s Place A makeup makeover at the Chanel boutique in Covent Garden Afternoon tea at The Ritz
Wherever we are and whomever we are with, Christmas really is the most magical time of the year. Shopping, festive treats and outings are all top of our list. Make sure we treat the most important people in our lives and spend time making memories for years to come. Merry Christmas x
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‘The Sleepless City’ Hong Kong, situated on the south-east coast of China, on the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea, is widely hailed as an addictive, thriving and cosmopolitan city. Blending the old and the new, the spiritual and the commercial and historically, the British and Chinese ways of life, this is an ever-changing and sleepless city. However, despite all its reinventions, Hong Kong’s spirit has never changed. In fact, the same energy and dynamism that turned a group of sleepy fishing villages into a crossroads of international trade is now taking Asia’s world city into the 21st century.
ong Kong as we know it today was born when China’s Qing dynasty government was defeated in the First Opium War in 1842, when it ceded Hong Kong Island to Britain. Within 60 years, Kowloon, the New Territories and 235 outlying islands were also leased to Britain. However, the history of the more than 1,100 square kilometres that Hong Kong now occupies predates the events of the Qing dynasty by more than a thousand years. And, as you explore the city’s colourful heritage, you’ll discover stories of powerful clans, marauding pirates and European traders.
Under the principle of ‘One Country, Two Systems’, Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China on July 1st 1997. This arrangement allows the city to enjoy a high degree of autonomy, including retaining its capitalist system, independent judiciary and rule of law, free trade and freedom of speech. As you explore every corner of the city, its uniqueness never fails to fascinate. While the majority of the city’s population are Chinese speakers, simply walking the streets will expose you to a medley of Asian and European languages. No matter their nationality, aweinspired visitors arrive every day with a promise; they will eat some of the finest cuisine, they will see sites and make memories that will last a lifetime and they will form a beautiful love-affair with the city, leaving with a new sense of energy, vibrancy and well and truly addicted.
Flying out Cathay Pacific Airways has just launched the only non-stop service connecting Gatwick and Hong Kong, which makes travelling from Brighton easier than ever. Simply hop on the Gatwick Express, which runs regularly from Brighton Station direct to Gatwick Airport, and you are there in a matter of minutes. Ideally placed to serve their leisure and business travellers, the new four-times-weekly service is the airline’s first long-haul route to feature the brand-new Airbus 350-900 aircraft and operates from Gatwick’s South Terminal. Featuring Business Class, Premium Economy Class and Economy Class seats, Cathay Pacific’s state-of-the-art A350-900 also provides inflight connectivity in all cabin classes for the first time. Passengers are able to use their own mobile devices to browse the internet, send and receive emails, and stay connected on social media, for a small fee. With a real focus on offering passengers more choice and flexibility, the new service provides those living in Brighton a convenient way to travel to Hong Kong and beyond via the airline’s extensive hub in Hong Kong. The premium service provided by Cathay Pacific’s cabin crew, coupled with the airline’s industry-leading inflight entertainment system, means passengers are assured of a superior experience when they travel between Gatwick and Hong Kong. 7
“Hong Kong is the premier gateway to China and we are delighted to welcome Cathay Pacific to Gatwick. The new flights mark an important milestone in the growth of the Gatwick long-haul network, which now more than ever provides the UK economy with vital routes into the world’s most important markets.”
Guy Stephenson, Chief Commercial Officer, Gatwick Airport
HONG KONG Cathay Pacific is currently offering return economy fares* from Gatwick to Hong Kong from £469 and to China from £499, so it is a great time to head over. Whatever you do, don’t forget to take some pennies for spending at Gatwick’s Terminal 1; the huge plethora of duty-free shops is enough to make anyone lose track of the time and have to sprint to their departure gate!
Where to stay
Upon arriving at Hong Kong Airport, take the MTR Airport Express straight into the city for about £10 per person. This super convenient service is one of the world’s leading airport railway systems and offers you a swift 35.3km journey to the city, taking only 24 minutes.
The Dorsett Wanchai Hong Kong Formerly known as The Cosmopolitan Hotel Hong Kong, The Dorsett Wanchai Hong Kong has recently undergone a top-to-toe makeover, providing the 4-star hotel with a bright new look to all its guest rooms, lobby, and other facilities. Both business and leisure travellers can make the most out of the hotel’s strategic location. The award-winning Dorsett Wanchai Hong Kong is conveniently located between Wanchai and Causeway Bay on Hong Kong Island, giving guests easy access to all business, shopping, and sightseeing destinations in the city, and is only an eight-minute walk to the MTR stations and Times Square.
The Dorsett Wanchai Hong Kong offers eight types of rooms and suites, ranging up to an impressive 48sq m. The signature Grand Deluxe Course View Room offers a breath-taking view of the racecourse in front of the hotel and all rooms are equipped with 200mbps high-speed Wi-Fi internet. Other facilities include La Maison restaurant that serves Cantonese cuisine, the 3T Bar, a gym room, and various meeting spaces.
By staying at the Dorsett Wanchai, guests enjoy both an urban as well as an authentically ‘Hong Kong vibe’. The hotel’s management team and its ‘beyond thoughtful’ attitude towards its guests is faultless. However, the Dorsett Wanchai also likes to show its playful and quirky side throughout its interior design, making staying at the hotel fun and relaxing no matter what the reason for the travellers’ stay. The next greatest thing following the name change is the crafting of a unique experience for every traveller through personalising each and everyone’s stay with thoughtful services. For instance, the hotel launches the Dorsett Wanchai 3 Wishes to allow guests to pick additional services at no cost to receive a unique and individualised experience while staying at the hotel. These complimentary services include three-hour airport lounge access, a buy-one-and-get-onefree airport transfer, free Michelin star-rated dim sum meal, or free breakfast, to name a few.
Other new service initiatives include an exclusive for female guests; the hotel has introduced a special ‘Ladies’ Love’ Gift Box, containing such travel necessities such as a facial mask, Dorsett’s blue and white nail polisher, Dorsett candle, Dorsett teddy bear key chain, a free hand treatment coupon and shopping discount coupon at popular beauty stores. Hotel guests can also experience the Dorsett Wine Hour every Friday from 6 pm to 7 pm where they can enjoy free-flowing white and red house wine and a selection of fine finger foods. The hotel hasn’t forgotten the kids either; they can get their sugar hit with a free Dorsett Candy Bar every Friday from 6 pm to 7 pm.
“The Dorsett Wanchai is committed to providing a personalised stay for all its guests. We want to create a unique experience by giving extra services, but at no extra cost. We have seen a number of new initiatives rolled out in the past year, including the newly launched Eat & Shop Like a Local guide which offers insider tips to where to find the best food and where to shop to avoid the tourist traps. We aim to give our guests a one-of-a-kind experience while staying at the Dorsett Wanchai.” Anita Chan, General Manager
The hotel also provides complimentary shuttle bus service to 16 major attractions on the Hong Kong Island which include places like the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Central, and Admiralty where the major entertainment and financial areas are located. An alternative to the shuttle bus is to purchase an Octopus Card which permits you to travel on all trams, buses and subway trains or even take a very reasonably priced taxi.
Drinks-wise you can enjoy anything and everything an oldschool ‘cha chaan teng’ would serve, from milk teas to ‘black cow’ ice cream coke floats.
Where to Dine Match Box Cafe Paying tribute to old Hong Kong, this local café-style eatery serves local comfort foods in a retro setting. Styled like a 1960s tea restaurant and decked out in retro red with plastic light fittings, theatre seats at the tables and bold coloured tiled walls, you can’t help but feel an air of nostalgia. The trendy staff in their iconic green trousers and white blouses or brown Lee Kung Man shirts serve to a sound track of Cantonese classics, rustling up dishes such as macaroni with fried eggs and ham, rice with BBQ pork and egg and toast. Drinks-wise you can enjoy anything and everything an oldschool ‘cha chaan teng’ would serve, from milk teas to ‘black cow’ ice cream coke floats. Kam Fung Restaurant Kam Fung Restaurant is a local institution renowned for its traditional milk tea and freshly baked Chinese goodies including egg tarts, tasty chicken pies, and Bo Lo Bao.
Tao Heung Restaurant For the ultimate in Hong Kong Dim Sum, head straight to Tao Heung, one of the top 10s of ‘must try’ restaurants at Hong Kong. In the mornings you can awaken your taste buds with huge varieties of dim sum and come the evening you can feast on their signature steamboats. Be sure to either book in advance or prepare to share a table with other diners – this is a very popular restaurant and its popularity just keeps growing.
Jade Garden Restaurant Making its debut back in 1971, this Maxim Group eatery was their first Chinese restaurant to open and to this day remains popular among locals (always a great sign!) and visitors alike. Praised for its incredible and extensive dim sum menu and impeccable service, Jade Garden offers dishes such as sizzling honey-glazed barbecued pork, stir-fried minced pigeon and deep-fried shrimp rolls with garlic.
Here you are guaranteed an unforgettable experience as you indulge in their cosmopolitan concoctions, Asian bites and DJ beats.
Jumbo Floating Restaurant The now world-renowned Jumbo Floating Restaurant opened back in October 1976, taking four years and millions of dollars to design and build. It is ornamented in the style of an exquisite ancient Chinese imperial palace and over the past decades, Jumbo has been much appreciated by locals and tourists alike, becoming a landmark of Hong Kong and celebrity haunt.
Cementing the reputation Hong Kong holds as a ‘Gourmet’s Paradise’ the Jumbo is a major feature of this landscape. The restaurant is best known for fresh seafood specialities prepared by its renowned chefs and the menu includes over 100 delectable seafood dishes, as well as traditional Cantonese cuisine and Dim Sum, all cooked to the individual customer’s taste.
Ozone Take a trip up into the clouds and sip upon cocktails as inventive as the bar itself. This Hong Kong sky bar and lounge is the highest in the world and located atop the International Commerce Centre. Here you are guaranteed an unforgettable experience as you indulge in their cosmopolitan concoctions, Asian bites and DJ beats.
Eyebar Set in Hong Kong’s famous harbour and looking out to Hong Kong Island, Eyebar is a contemporary and impeccably designed bar that fits in perfectly amongst the buzz of city life. Like Hong Kong itself the bar seamlessly fuses the old with the new, with subtle touches of the city’s maritime past; the ‘eye’ of the bar referring to the kind that was painted on the prow of old Chinese junks to protect them from evil, while some old photos of Cantonese seadogs and the harbour in the 19th century adorn some wall space. Perhaps the real selling point of this popular nightspot is the terrace that runs the length of the bar and offers revellers unrivalled views of the city’s nightly laser shows and sparkling skyline. Once again, this is a hot spot for cocktail lovers, with signature cocktails including the ginbased ‘Grape Expectations’ and the lively ‘Calamansitini’ that sings with south-east Asian citrus fruit and gininfused red tea. Asian fusion runs through the bar snack menu with classics such as spring rolls, fried soft shell crab and chicken wings serving as the perfect accompaniment to your tipple.
IFC Shopping Mall Hailed as Hong Kong’s most visually appealing shopping destinations, the IFC Mall is a must-visit for visitors to the city. Forget the world and indulge in some retail therapy whilst you take in the soothing water views and wrap up your day with a gourmet meal enjoyed to the backdrop of the glamorous harbour. The mall houses over 200 international brands, available at a whole range of price levels, from mid and upper-priced clothing to luxury fashion.
Ocean Park Ocean Park is located on the southern side of Hong Kong Island, covering more than 91.5 hectares of land. There are two attraction areas – the Waterfront and the Summit, both of which are connected by cable cars as well as the Ocean Express tunnel funicular system. Officially opened in January 1977, Ocean Park started as an oceanarium and has gone from strength to strength to become Hong Kong’s acclaimed educational animal and sea life theme park, playing host to more than 130 million guests.
The mall is part of a complex that includes the prestigious Four Seasons Hotel, where you can enjoy both Chinese and Western Michelin-starred fare. There are a variety of other eateries available too, and the roof garden with views across the harbour to Kowloon is a public space. Times Square People come from far and wide to Times Square, the retail jewel in the Causeway Bay crown. With over 230 stores to choose from, this is the area’s largest shopping mall. On offer is anything from fashion to accessories, electronics to toys, with two department stores, a supermarket and over 20 restaurants dishing out top-grade Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Western fare. You can easily recognise the mall by the elaborate displays and photogenic installations it sets up temporarily at its entrance, especially during festivals and other celebrations. Hundreds of thousands of people gather here to countdown to a New Year every New Year’s Eve.
Ladies Market If you are a keen haggler then get over to the Ladies’ Market on Tung Choi Street, which offers over 100 stalls of bargain clothing, accessories and souvenirs to bargain hungry shoppers over a one-kilometre stretch. Although the name derives from its reputation for offering huge amounts of clothing and accessories for women of all ages, don’t let this fool you. You will be sure to find watches, cosmetics, bags, home furnishings, CDs and trinkets all up for grabs.
Jade Market The Chinese have long associated Jade with long life and good health, making it a prized material for good-luck charms. In Hong Kong, the jade business is most active at the Jade Market in Kowloon. A threetonne jade stone marks the strip of Canton Road known as Jade Street, where Jade of the finest quality is sold by more than one hundred stalls The jade comes in all sorts of forms, including jade accessories, including rings, bangles, pendants and earrings, as well as some more unusual finds as well.
The Park houses a truly unique collection, including insects, fishes, birds and marine mammals. With the increasing success of the Park’s breeding programmes, births of rare shark species, bottlenose dolphins, rays, sea lions, sea horses, penguins, anacondas, poison dart frogs, red-handed tamarins, pygmy marmosets and different species of sea jellies have been recorded. Endangered birds are also being hatched and reared at Ocean Park. Begin your adventure at Aqua City, an immersive ocean-themed area, then be dazzled Adventures in Australia, Hong Kong’s firstever attraction themed on South Australia. Guests begin their quest by watching an exhilarating life movie that showcases the colourful wilderness and magnificent scenery of South Australia, and catching a glimpse of the great Australian Outback as they walk through a tunnel to a meadow where they will encounter iconic species from South Australia, including southern koalas, red-necked wallabies and laughing kookaburras! Follow this up with an icy journey to Polar Adventure, featuring North Pole Encounter, South Pole Spectacular and Arctic Fox Den, as well as a gift shop and the brand new Arctic Blast roller coaster. Finally, top off your adventure with Old Hong Kong, a gateway into the city’s golden age of the past.
Ngong Ping 360 As a top candidate of Hong Kong top tourist spots, Ngong Ping 360 is where you can enjoy 360-degree views on a ‘world’s top 10’ amazing cable car ride. The attraction also comprises of a culturally themed landscaped garden called Ngong Ping Village. Preserving the natural ecological environment and features of the Ngong Ping area, Ngong Ping 360 is sure to refresh your body and enlighten your mind, as soon as you step on the famous cable car. Ngong Ping Cable Car is a visually spectacular 5.7km cable car journey, travelling between Tung Chung Town Centre and Ngong Ping on Lantau Island. Visitors are greeted by stunning panoramic views of the Tian Tan Buddha Statue, South China Sea and beyond from a standard, crystal or private cabin.
Must Do’s Sky 100 Observation Deck Situated on the 100th floor of ICC (the tallest building in Hong Kong) and reached by taking a ride on the fastest double-deck elevator in town (100th floor within 1 minute), the Sky 100 Observation Deck offers spectacular 360-degree views of the city’s skyline and the worldrenowned Victoria Harbour.
The Hong Kong Observation Wheel The 60-metre-high Hong Kong Observation Wheel promises visitors spectacular views of the Victoria Harbour as they ride in one of the wheel’s 42 luxurious gondolas. Star Ferries Harbour Tour Since as early as 1888, Star Ferry boats have been carrying captivated passengers to and from Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. Although these days, the two sides of Victoria Harbour are now connected by a world-class infrastructure system of road and rail tunnels, tens of millions of people still climb aboard the humble Star Ferry vessels each year hoping for an up-close look at one of the world’s most photographed harbours. National Geographic rates the Star Ferry crossing as one of 50 ‘places of a lifetime’.
FACT BOX Cathay Pacific now offers a choice of three routes between the UK to Hong Kong, and onwards to over 190 destinations globally. These include five flights daily from London Heathrow, and four flights per week from both Manchester Airport and Gatwick Airport. The new Gatwick route exclusively features the new A350. For further information, visit www.cathaypacific.co.uk or call 0208 834 8888.
A Symphony of Lights ‘A Symphony of Lights’ is a nightly light and sound show in Hong Kong and the world’s largest permanent light and sound show, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
The multimedia show involves more than 40 buildings on both sides of the famous harbour and is choreographed to music and narration that celebrates the energy, spirit and diversity of Hong Kong. There are five main themes: Awakening, Energy, Heritage, Partnership, and the finale, Celebration. The show is free and spectators can listen to the show’s music and narration live nightly at the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront outside the Hong Kong Cultural Centre
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DHABI Just over seven hours away from London Heathrow, is Abu Dhabi; the capital of the magnificent United Arab Emirates. An area mixing contemporary skyscrapers and tax-free shopping mega-centres with culture and beautiful white marble-domed mosques, Abu Dhabi is a dream destination for all.
ith archaeological evidence found dating back to the 3rd millennium BC, Abu Dhabi has a rich history and settlements can be traced back over 5,000 years. While today, we know the region mostly for its oil reserves, the first settlers led herding and fishing lifestyles, In 1892 Abu Dhabi became linked with Britain, through the trading of pearls – its convenient location (being able to connect with India and the East), cemented its importance. By the 1930’s, Abu Dhabi’s wealth had taken a turn for the worse, with the introduction of Japan’s pearl industry, the recession and the death of their ruler Sheikh Zayed bin Khalifa. However, just nine years later Sheikh Shakhbut bin Sultan Al Nahyan gave permission for the Trucial Coast Development Oil Company, (renamed the Abu
Dhabi Petroleum Company in 1962) to search for large oil reserves. In 1958, impressive offshore oil reserves were discovered, along with onshore reserves in 1959. From 1962, the exporting began and Abu Dhabi has been renowned for its unbelievable wealth ever since! The last 50 years have seen Abu Dhabi change and reconstruct itself into a flawless city, with an abundance of sleek skyscrapers, shopping malls, out-of-this-world hotels and pretty gardens, yet it still holds its history close to its heart, which undoubtedly has been a prominent factory in the area’s success. With its upmarket new look and so much to see and do, it’s is no surprise that Abu Dhabi has become a playground for tourists wanting the Emirati experience, with a contemporary twist.
But, beneath the sophisticated high-rise buildings and extensive entertainment facilities, lies its cultural heart – rich with Islamic and Arabic traditions. Amongst the tall, towering buildings, you’ll find majestic mosques to take your breath away. You’ll also see sports such as camel racing and dhow sailing and performances of Arabian poetry, dance and music. Many locals still dress traditionally – men with full length shirts and a white or red checked headscarf and women wear a long black robe and a headscarf. It’s not compulsory, but women are asked to cover their shoulders and legs, and dress conservatively, especially during the holy festival of Ramadan.
When to visit
Where to stay
With almost year-round sunshine and very little rainfall, Abu Dhabi is an ideal place to visit at any time – especially during our cold, British winters. Temperatures range from 13C on a cool winter’s night to a high of 42C on a hot summer’s day. Etihad Airlines are the national airline of the United Arab Emirates and fly direct from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi in just seven hours and fifteen minutes. The airline has won the prestigious “World’s Leading Airline” award at the World Travel Awards for five years running, and we can certainly see why. From the moment you step on-board, the Arabian-influenced hospitality is evident, combining warmth, generosity and culture. Before you know it, it’s time to land and then the Emirati adventure really begins!
Located just twenty-minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport is the Hilton Capital Grand Abu Dhabi, a spacious and super-stylish hotel in the prime location of Abu Dhabi’s new commercial district. Conveniently located for shopping malls, restaurants, leisure attractions (including the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Zayed Sport City and Yas Island) and everything else Abu Dhabi has to offer, you couldn’t wish for a better location. From the moment the hotel door opens, you know that you’re in for a luxurious stay. The recently opened Hilton Capital Grand Abu Dhabi not only wows from the outside (its entire glass exterior is iconic and stands out amongst the skyline – no mean feat, in Abu Dhabi, with its abundance of eye-catching buildings!) but from the inside too; with stunning suites, a gorgeous spa and inviting restaurants to choose from, all to enjoy during your time at the hotel. The rooms (choose from classic and deluxe rooms to spacious junior and presidential suites) are all finished to the highest standard, with marble bathrooms and of course, those floor-to-ceiling windows, looking out across the city. Those treating themselves to Executive Level have the exclusive use of the Executive Lounge; serving complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea, evening drinks and canapes too. Speaking of food, keen foodies will be in their element deciding which of the hotel’s restaurants and bars to dine in – spanning all cultures and cooked with fresh ingredients, all prepared by internationally renowned chefs. There’s the Blue Bar, the hotel’s
With its upmarket new look and so much to see and do, it’s is no surprise that Abu Dhabi has become a playground for tourists wanting the Emirati experience.
signature bar, which boasts views across Abu Dhabi (a must-visit to sip cocktails as the sun goes down!), the hip Noche Chill-Out Lounge serving South American dishes, creative cocktails and shisha, all alfresco on the terrace, Oceana serving delicious breakfasts and international-inspired dinners, romantic PanAsian restaurant Rouge and the Tea Lounge; a relaxing lounge serving the best English and Arabic teas, along with sandwiches and cakes. After all that fine-eating, the TLC continues in the Hilton Capital Grand’s spa. Indulge yourself further with a treatment, in the sumptuous and relaxing surroundings, and continue your rejuvenating experience by taking time out in the sauna, whirlpool and in and outdoor pools.
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With all that luxury and hospitality, you could be forgiven for staying in the hotel. However, Abu Dhabi has so much to see and do, that staying indoors is just not an option. Close to the Hilton Capital Grand is Ferrari World Abu Dhabi – the world’s first Ferrari themed park AND the largest indoor theme park! Whether you’re a Formula One fanatic or not, visitors of all ages can’t fail to enjoy the thrills of the park! Experience the ride of The Rosso; also known as the fastest rollercoaster in the world! Strap yourself into the F1 cockpit and find out exactly what it’s like to accelerate 240km/h in under 5 seconds! You’ll be launched 52 metres into the air before flying through chicanes and crossing through the finish line in celebratory style. With the adrenaline still pumping, it’s time to take on the Flying Aces. This recordbreaking rollercoaster has the world’s tallest loop and steepest starting hill inclination. Hold onto your seat, as you speed 150km/h along an exhilarating 1.5km track, with that 170ft loop and 51 degree steep lift – guaranteed to give you the ride of your life! Feeling competitive? Pit your skills against your family, friends and fellow Park guests at the Park’s Racing Academy! Inspired by the iconic Yas Marina Circuit, the 290m long track will see you gear up, buckle up and race your go kart to the finish, to hopefully become the champion! If after your Formula One filled day, you’d like to see where races are held, visit the Yas Marina Circuit itself, which is free to walk or cycle and is open every Sunday night. If you’re still feeling adventurous, the next attraction on your to-visit list has to be the Yas Waterworld and it’s just next door to Ferrari World! The Emirati-themed waterpark has been open for just three years and has become one of Abu Dhabi’s mustvisit destinations. Spread over 15 hectares, the waterpark has 45 rides, slides and attractions – four of which are never before seen waterpark rides! Whilst it may be a new tourist destination, it ranks highly with local and international guests alike; last year winning the Traveller’s Choice Award and the Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor.
The waterpark’s attractions follow the adventures of Dana, a young Emirati girl, looking for a legendary pearl that brought prosperity to her village, and even has a pearl diving attraction, which showcases just how important diving played in the UAE and Abu Dhabi’s history. Yas Waterworld has started to host a Ladies Night, an event not to be missed – with UV henna painting and H20 Dance Zone! Perhaps the ultimate girls’ night out?! So now you’ve experienced all the best white-knuckle rides and fun of the contemporary side of Abu Dhabi, it’s time to venture five hours outside of the centre, for something a little bit different, yet completely memorable; an evening safari in the desert, with dinner underneath the stars! The evening exposes you to the extreme side of the capital city’s rich and beautiful culture, starting with a thrilling ride over the bumpy sand dunes, where you’ll find your camel and hop on-board to ride off into the sunset. Once the sun sets, the traditional fun continues as you visit an Arabic camp for henna painting, belly dancing and shisha (a traditional Arabic smoking pipe). There’s also delicious local sweets and coffee to sample. As the smell of the BBQ wafts, you’ll be seated underneath the stars for a mouthwatering meal you will never forget – complete with Arabian entertainment and coffee and dates, which have been served in Emirati homes, after meals, for centuries. We can vouch, that this experience gave us the true essence of Abu Dhabi, tying together its fascinating history, stunning landscape and friendly hospitality.
Where to shop
Abu Dhabi is a dream destination for both shopaholics that love a bargain and those that enjoy shopping for designer wares alike. Head to small souk-like outlets to pick up traditional perfumes, spices, carpets, textiles and golds. Prices are often much lower for the last three items, especially, than at home and if you’re prepared to barter; you could just bag yourself an even bigger bargain! But, if designer and well-known brands are more your thing, Abu Dhabi’s Yas Mall is
a Mecca of stores spanning fashion, footwear, home furnishings, electronics, beauty, toys and so much more! The Mall is home to 2.5million sq.ft of shops, restaurants and entertainment (including a 20 screen cinema and soon-to-be-opening Snow City!), making this a fun day out for everyone – just twenty minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi. Expect to find well-known brands such as Lipsy, Love Moschino, Apple, Pandora, Jo Malone, L’Occitane, MAC, Calvin Klein and Armani Jeans (along with so many more!), all in this mammoth sized shopping centre, which surprisingly was very easy to navigate! Looking for the home of luxurious fashion brands? You’ll find them all and more at The Galleria, on Al Maryah Island. The Galleria is a stunning, state of the art shopping centre, favoured by fashionistas – thanks to designers such as Alexander McQueen, Dior, Christian Louboutin, Dolce and Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Prada and Ralph Lauren all having boutiques here. If you fancy having a designer splurge; this is your perfect shopping paradise. Just don’t forget your credit card! It’s worth noting that most shops in Abu Dhabi open 10am -10pm (although many mall stores stay open ‘till midnight!), but some independents do close between 1-4pm for lunch. Hours also change during Ramadan, with many shops closing for the afternoon and reopening from 7pm – 10pm (and even later!).
Now your itinerary is sorted, it’s time to plan where to eat and drink! And like everything else; Abu Dhabi has plenty of choice for all tastes and budgets.
Where to eat and drink
Now your itinerary is sorted, it’s time to plan where to eat and drink! And like everything else; Abu Dhabi has plenty of choice for all tastes and budgets. Hotel Aloft, located in the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (just minutes from the airport), has seven trendy bars and restaurants, all providing a fashionable spot to be seen in. One of their sushi restaurants is Relax@12 where on its alfresco terrace, cocktails are sipped and the finest sushi is consumed, as the sun sets over the city. Guests then dance the night away in their cool and luxurious interior. Situated on the twelfth floor, the chic restaurant and bar is a perfect place to relax and send out the day in style. The lounge also hosts a popular Ladies Night every Tuesday and Friday, where ladies can enjoy free drinks between 10pm and 2am! Cocktail, anyone? If you fancy enjoying drinks and Asian tapas (who wouldn’t?!) overlooking Abu Dhabi – Ray’s Bar at Level 62 of Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, is a must! With top tunes and one of the most extensive cocktail menus we’ve ever seen, along with a truly amazing view; this bar is hard to beat. Staying on the drinks theme, Iris on Yas Island (a thirty minute drive from the UAE capital) is a fabulous bar to visit for a chilled atmosphere, ambience and beautiful setting, overlooking the water. Iris has a relaxed vibe and we can vouch; it is an easy place to enjoy a delicious drink, get lost in conversation and indulge in smooth music. But, for something a little more low key; there’s a cool pop-up style “beer garden” behind the seaside oasis of the Le Meridian on the Corniche, where a few bars and restaurants open up. With a cool, casual atmosphere and live music; this is one place to visit for a change to the swanky and sophisticated bars, mentioned above. After all of that sightseeing, cocktail supping and tapas tasting, surely, like us you want to treat yourself to a meal at an awardwinning restaurant?! We can’t recommend Vasco’s at the Hilton Abu Dhabi (in the beach area of The Corniche), enough. The menu is inspired by intrepid explorer Vasco Da Gama’s route, recreating flavours from all over the world and diners can enjoy their meal inside or outside. We would always recommend dining outdoors, as long as the weather allows, as the deck enjoys secondto-none views of the Arabian Gulf – one of our favourite highlights of the entire trip. Vasco’s was recently awarded “Highly Recommended” in the Best International category by Time Out Abu Dhabi and with a mouth-watering, varied menu and service, we simply couldn’t fault; we can completely understand why.
We recomemend Eztihad as chosen flight partner Things you should know Language - Arabic (English is widely spoken too) Currency - UAE dirham Population: 1.6 million Time zone: GMT +4 hours Visa: UK Citizens need to fill in a free-of-charge tourist visa upon arrival at Abu Dhabi International Airport Law: UAE laws are different to those in the UK and it is advised that you know local laws and customs, in order to not offend, during your time in Abu Dhabi. There can be serious penalties for doing something that may not be illegal in the UK. For example; bars and restaurants may serve alcohol to those aged 18, but it is a punishable offence
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Hi Christine! When did you decide to start Choccywoccydoodah? “Choccywoccydoodah was born in Brighton in October 1994. The business was never a plan, it still isn’t. My partner (Christine Garratt, the ‘budget maker’) and I reached the bottom of a bottle of gin, very late one evening and decided we wanted chocolate. A chocolate shop was born out of that drunken moment. We still like gin.” What were your aims? “Our original aims were to find exciting chocolate products and be able to eat them 24/7. Now, we make exciting chocolate products and everyone can eat them 24/7.” Sounds perfect. What had you done before? “My background is in design and my partner was a tax analyst for American expats. We joined forces and funds to open a tiny cafe in Brighton in 1988, called The Albatross. This is where Choccywoccydoodah was born in 1994. The original Albatross customers are still my customers (and friends) today.” Why did you choose to make Brighton Choccywoccydoodah’s home? “We lived here. Where else? Brighton likes a brave attitude! Brighton is part of our
success story. If success can be measured by creating something that people fall in love with and want to be a part of, then that’s what Brighton did to me, on a long weekend some 30 years ago. I’m still on Sunday with no intention of going home yet. Brighton is a fickle town, full of artists, gays, gangsters, dreamers and achievers. Choccywoccydoodah is the same. It’s a perfect place for us.” Over the years, you’ve created some seriously show-stopping cakes – any favourites? “My favourite is always the one we haven’t yet made. Currently, my favourite is Easter 2017.” You have done so much – what are your career highlights so far? “My real achievements are not chocolate and cake but the group of people I work with and employ. They make dreams come true; joy makers, cake bakers and chocolate adventurers who never, ever knew they could be so clever. We are a cross between a cult and an asylum, dipped in chocolate. Known as Doodahs.” How does the Choccywoccydoodah creative process work? “It’s very simple. I have an idea, I share
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