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Included in Conde Nast Traveller’s list of best hotels in the Maldives, voted the ‘Indian Ocean's Leading Luxury Resort’ and the ‘Indian Ocean's Leading Villa Resort & Spa’ at the 2014 World Travel Awards, Ayada Maldives is a private island resort offering a truly luxurious retreat with a genuine Maldivian style. Set in the relatively unexplored Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll in the south of the country – just a few kilometres above the equator.

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the luxury resort offers 122 spacious villas and suites, with private pools, butler service and thoughtful five-star detailing.Traditional thatched-roof water-villas stand on stilts over the resort’s peaceful lagoon, while beach villas offer absolute privacy amid tropical greenery alongside powder-soft palm-lined white beaches. Food lovers can explore the six restaurants, while those seeking complete relaxation will find their haven in the large spa which boasts a Turkish Hammam and eight private treatment villas. ayadamaldivesresort



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Welcome to the Spring issue of Absolute where we ask you to join us saying goodbye to Winter!

This is a special issue for us as we are supporting local Fashion Designer Gresham

Blake, with an exclusive front cover and leading fashion pages featuring his stunning new men's & women's wear collections.

On top of this we see an interview with Jess Eaton of Eaton Nott and Road Kill Culture fame, plus we talk to two of Brighton's biggest attractions about their new calendar

for the year and the opening of a brand new attraction! We also chat to the people

behind Brighton's newest food concept restaurant and bar 'Block', opening this month. Add to this all our regular features to help you get the very best out of your city and beyond and this is sure to be one of the biggest and best issues to date!

Finally, to firmly banish those winter blues we jet off to the Maldives for our travel

feature this month, checking out four of the very best resort islands including recently voted No.1 on Tripadvisor; the gorgeous island of Ayada!

So kick back and enjoy the read as Spring has sprung and Summer is coming. From Absolute




Brighton Fringe Brighton Fringe is England’s largest arts festival and one of the largest fringe festivals in the world. They set out to stimulate, educate and entertain a diverse range of people through a diverse range of art forms and all this in an iconic city with unique cultural heritage. Brighton Fringe takes place every May (5 May – 4 June 2017) and is a great place to spend the May bank holidays and the summer half-term break. This vast celebration of all things creative has grown out of, and is inspired by, home-grown talent. More than 50% of participants are based in Brighton & Hove. A wide array of critically acclaimed shows and performers also appear at Brighton Fringe each year, drawn by the huge number of appreciative audience members who attend every year. This year’s programme includes a record-breaking 932 shows and events across a dizzying array of art forms, including the first ever Fringe AllNighter (27 May) with shows running until dawn. More than 200 events are free. Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, https://www.brightonfringe.org/

Foodies Festival Brighton's food-lovers can look forward to a taste-bud-tickling Bank Holiday this summer as Foodies Festival serves up a feast for the senses on Hove Lawns 29th April - 1st May. Now in it's 8th year, Foodies Festival is the culinary staple in Brighton's social calendar, welcoming over 30,000 food & drink hungry visitors, who enjoy a three-day gastronomic celebration on Hove Lawns with friends and family.  Tickets are on sale now at the www.foodiesfestival.com Ticket prices: Friday adult ticket £10.00/£8.00 concession Saturday or Sunday adult ticket £13.00/£11.00 concession Three day adult ticket £20.00/£16.00 concession 

Brighton & Hove Pride Brighton & Hove Pride have announced that the legendary Pet Shop Boys are to headline the Pride Summer Of Love Festival in Preston Park on Saturday 5th August 2017 in their first Pride performance in 20 years.  Special Guests will be Years & Years. It’s time for a glorious Summer Of Love in 2017 as Brighton Pride celebrates the landmark fiftieth anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales with a life affirming Carnival Of Diversity and spectacular weekend long Pride Festival. Brighton Pride’s 2017 Summer Of Love will be a stunning celebration of our LGBT+ community and supporters, bringing together the best of Brighton & Hove under a giant rainbow flag. A festival like no other, a campaign to inspire, a party to remember and a fundraising weekend to be proud of, Brighton Pride’s Summer Of Love will be the most spectacular Pride event of 2017, filled with joy, love, and pride. https://www.brighton-pride.org/



Brighton Festival 2017l It has been announced that the Guest Director for Brighton Festival 2017 is the acclaimed recording artist, poet, playwright and novelist Kate Tempest. Brighton Festival 2017, which will take place from 6-28 May 2017, will feature exclusives, world and UK premieres from a wide range of international, national and local artists and companies. Guest Director Kate Tempest’s programme celebrates what she calls the ‘Everyday Epic’ - art that helps us connect to ourselves and others, explores our individual stories and differences, and encourages audiences to take a walk in someone else’s shoes. In her words: “Art is social. It should be a part of life. No big deal – just life itself.” Many of Tempest’s interests, passions, and inspirations are explored in an eclectic line-up spanning theatre, dance, visual art, film, debate and spoken word. For the full programme of events go to http://brightonfestival.org/

Brighton Music Conference

Cathay Pacific Airways We Are FSTVL We Are FSTVL is one of the rising stars of the UK electronic music festival scene. Now in its fifth year, the festival attracts the biggest and best names in global dance music to the Airfield of Dreams on the outskirts of London. From d’n’b to techno, the festival covers all manner of electronic music from the UK and beyond. Following rapid expansion since its inception in 2013, the festival has gone from strength to strength, with each year bringing bigger and better production values. So expect state of the art staging, stunning visuals and cutting edge sound technology designed to create the perfect environment for a weekend of unapologetic raving. Carl Cox, Sven Väth, Fatboy Slim and Richie Hawtin have headlined before, so it’s a safe bet that the 2017 edition won’t disappoint.

Cathay Pacific Airways announced that it will launch a new four-times-weekly service to London’s Gatwick Airport. The new service will complement the airline’s current fivetimes-daily service to Heathrow Airport for a total of 39 flights a week between Hong Kong and London – more than any other carrier. In addition to serving London, Cathay Pacific also offers a four-times-weekly service between Hong Kong and Manchester in the United Kingdom. Cathay Pacific will operate the Gatwick service with its brand new Airbus A350-900 aircraft featuring a refreshed Business Class cabin as well as new Premium Economy Class and Economy Class seats. Together with the premium service provided by Cathay Pacific’s cabin crew and a state-of-the-art inflight entertainment system in all classes, passengers will be assured of the best inflight experience when they travel between Hong Kong and London. www.cathaypacific.com


The UK’s leading electronic music industry event, Brighton Music Conference (BMC) will take over the Brighton Dome for the two-day conference. Run by the industry for the industry, BMC focuses on innovation, education and the key issues facing the electronic and dance music sector. Attended by thousands of experienced music industry professionals and the next generation of DJs/producers, BMC enables attendees to form new business partnerships, showcase products and expand existing networks. It is the UK’s annual opportunity for the industry to meet face to face, share knowledge, and build new opportunities. BMC Professional and BMC

Brighton Marina Brighton Marina is Europe’s largest marina complex and it is being transformed by new living opportunities. As part of the brand new development Fine & Country Brighton & Hove, in association with Leaders, announced they have a beautiful selection of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and a stunning penthouse apartment, all finished to an incredibly high specification and enjoying panoramic views.

Academy tickets are now on sale via:  http://brightonmusicconference. skiddletickets.com/event.php?id=12473308

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Saltdean Lido A restored and renovated Saltdean Lido is set to open May 2017. Saltdean Lido is one of the finest remaining examples of modernist lidos in the UK.  It has been saved by local residents who have set up the CIC and successfully secured a 60-year lease from Brighton & Hove City Council (the freeholders) to operate the lido site.   The vision is to bring the building, swimming pool and grounds back into use for local residents and visitors by creating a range of all-year round vibrant amenities.   http://saltdeanlido.co.uk

The Brighton Marathon

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The Brighton Marathon is one of the UK's favourite 26.2-milers. With a stunning backdrop of the sea in one of the country's most vibrant cities, the race gets bigger and better every year. Renowned for its buzzing atmosphere and roaring crowd support, the course winds through the city streets, finishing up on the spectacular Brighton seafront. The marathon is just one part of the Brighton Marathon Weekend, an event that also encompasses The Mini Mile Races, the BM10k and the Brighton Marathon Exhibition. The 2017 event will start on Sunday 9th April at 9.15am in Preston Park, Brighton. www. brightonmarathon. co.uk


Gag House Comedy Clubs are launching their first Brighton club at the newly refurbished Malmaision Hotel. To launch the club, Gag House Comedy have got together some of the finest comics on the circuit so this event is certainly one not to be missed. Danny Buckler is the headliner for the evening and with over 20 years in the industry it is set to be a smashing closing to the first night. Danny has supported the likes of Victoria Wood, Bob Monkhouse and most recently Jon Richardson on their tours and has traveled the world with his own shows. Danny is a master of improvisation and is one of the most likable and hilarious acts on the UK comedy scene. Read more at www.absolutemagazine.co.uk




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The BRAVO Awards British Airways new route to Oakland Made in Chelsea star Stephanie Pratt brings a Californian glow to Gatwick to celebrate British Airways’ new route to Oakland, San Francisco Bay. BRITISH AIRWAYS launches a NEW route from Gatwick to California, and its fifth service from London to the 'golden state'. The route takes off from March 28 with flights launching from £210 each way based on a return fare. read more at www.absolutemagazine.co.uk

Head to Greenwich this April for the RendezVous Tall Ships Regatta. During this Easter event the Tall Ships will offer beautiful cruises along the river Thames. These cruises will take you from the historic Royal Arsenal Woolwich, past the lovely sights on the banks of the Thames to the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, and some will also sail on towards Tower Bridge. Spectators can watch these beautiful ships come sailing along from the riverside before being treated to a late night firework display. Whether taking a cruise or enjoying the spectacle from the riverside, this is a perfect time to visit Greenwich and all its maritime attractions. http://www.visitgreenwich.org.uk/tallships/

After six weeks of public voting, the BRAVO Awards – Brighton Restaurant Awards Vote Online – announced the winners across all sixteen categories. With many other industry awards led by expert panels and judges, local online directory Restaurants Brighton, launched the BRAVO awards to find out what the public think of Brighton’s thriving food scene. With social media playing a huge role in the influence and support of the restaurant industry, the BRAVOs have put the power back into the consumer’s hands, by driving the vote only award campaign. See www.absolutemagazine.co.uk for more info and full list of winners.

The London Marathon Watch as thousands of runners and test their fitness levels to the max (for a good cause) at the London Marathon. This annual sporting extravaganza sees thousands of runners take to the streets of the capital, passing some of its most famous sites (not that they have time to soak up the view). Of course, running 26 miles (40km) is not everyone’s idea of ‘fun’, but we can assure you that watching other people do it certainly is, and the atmosphere among the crowds lining the route is electric. Head to the Cutty Sark sailing boat in Greenwich at the seven-mile mark, where the runners weave their way onwards against a marvelous maritime backdrop. From here you can hop on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) across the Thames to Mudchute, where you’ll be in time to catch them again at the 17-mile mark too.




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Gresham visited Ridgeview vineyard and decided it would be a great place to shoot our SS17 collection. We thought it was the perfect setting for a murder story so invited Peter James, to write us a short story. This lead to 'Murder at Ridgeview'. A book which has a dark story line about a wine critic getting murdered. This is contrasted by the fresh bright images of the Spring Summer collection.

The Spring Summer collection is inspired by nature, focussing on butterflies, bugs and flowers. The books profit will be going to the charity AVA, which is a domestic abuse charity. We would like to thank all involved in this exciting campaign.














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Jessica Courtney “Makeup is a powerful tool and not to be underestimated!”


s women, we all know that makeup can give us confidence and adds a spring to our step. But with busy lives and an overwhelming amount of trends (contouring, big brows and full lips to name just a few), it can be hard to get it right and find a easy to perfect look that enhances our natural beauty. One Brighton businesswoman who understands the power that makeup possesses and its confidence-boosting importance is fifty year old Jess Eaton, founder of Jessica Courtney – a professional semi-permanent makeup company, with an artistic difference.

Jess has had an extensive career working in the makeup world, spanning over twenty years. Starting in the late 80’s, Jess became one of the most sought after celebrity makeup artists in the world and worked with iconic stars on music videos and magazine shoots.

Whilst she stopped jet-setting and returned to Brighton in 2007, after her son was born (“bringing him up around love, tolerance and creativity were more important than jetting about with the rich and famous,” Jess explains), the creative work still continued – working with Liz Bishop, founder of Brighton Fashion Week on a ‘Trashion’ Show at the Corn Exchange and setting up the notorious EatonNott on Preston Road. The combined store and tattoo studio welcomed people to bring in naturally deceased animals and


saw Jess unveil her first fashion collection – Roadkill Couture, which was donned by Lady Gaga and Kate Moss.

Last year, after a battle with depression and wanting to return to her happy makeup artistry roots, Jess retrained in cosmetic tattooing and now runs her semipermanent makeup company from the beautiful surroundings of Toni&Guy in East Street. Here, as well as offering cosmetic tattooing, she also offers makeup therapy (helping clients find and define their look) and makeup lessons.

“I specialise in making ordinary people look REALLY good,” the professional makeup artist laughs. “When I was working in the music industry, I’d find that a lot of singers weren’t necessarily beautiful but they have to compete with tough competition. I was really good at my job and I use my talent for ‘normal’ women now instead. I love it and it’s so much more rewarding as it can change people’s lives.” It’s her recent semi-permanent work (which sees Jess tattoo eyebrows, eyeliner and lips onto clients for a natural, yet fuller look), which she says is just as a career highlight as “meeting Tina Turner… seeing Lady Gaga in Roadkill Couture and also Kate Moss been in Roadkill pieces in LOVE magazine.”

“The life-changing experiences of giving someone beautiful brows after their chemo


treatment or teaching someone how to feel feminine again after she’s had a double mastectomy. That’s big.” Jess says. It is how makeup makes us feel inside – and not only outwardly look – that Jess believes makes it enhance our lives in so many ways. “There’s no doubt that the way we look can dramatically change how we feel about ourselves. Self-esteem can be restored and confidence returned. I see it all the time with my therapy sessions,” the fabulouslooking fifty year old adds. “However, it also changes the ways others see us too which is just as interesting because if we look good, we are sending signals that we value ourselves and others will treat us differently. So taking the time to look good has a snowball effect from feeling good, standing taller, being more confident and assertive, to other people having more respect for us and doors opening that perhaps may have otherwise remained shut! It’s not just about being ‘pretty’, makeup is a powerful tool and not to be underestimated!” Find Jessica Courtney at Toni&Guy, East Street, Brighton. www.jessica-courtney.co.uk Facebook: jessicacourtneymua Instagram: jessicacourtneyspmu For 20% off semi-permanent brows with Jessica Courtney, just mention Absolute Magazine when booking.



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Spring is finally here and the Season Opening Race Evening at Brighton Racecourse on Easter Saturday 15th April is the day to start your social calendar off with a bang!

There are many ways to experience the races in Brighton- from the stands of General Admissions to the lounge of the Premier Enclosure to dining in Silks restaurant – the options for you to choose are varied.


righton’s racecourse is a local icon that must be experienced. On a bright blue sky day the views over the racecourse and out to sea are breath-taking and the excitement of the competitive racing creates such a high. Spend the evening there on Saturday the 15th and you’ll be hooked. “It is important to us that each person visiting the Racecourse receives fantastic service, enjoys great food and leaves feeling that they have had an amazing time.” said Sam Windridge, Executive Director. “We are rather a friendly bunch here at Brighton Racecourse and are committed to making every visitor feel welcome and looked after. We’ll even help you place a bet if you’ve never done it before – it’s really easy and adds an extra shot of excitement to the day.”


There are many ways to experience the races in Brighton- from the stands of General Admissions to the lounge of the Premier Enclosure to dining in Silks restaurant – the options for you to choose are varied. One such incredible experience not to be missed is the ‘Behind The Scenes Tour’. If you are a newcomer to racing, or just a keen racing fan who would like to see what goes on behind the scenes of the sport of kings, then this is a great way to experience a day at the races. Your day starts with a glass of bubbly served in the Winners’ Suite, followed by a tour of the racing areas not accessible to the public and an insight into what happens prior to a race meeting. In addition to the welcome drink and tour this package includes a Premier Enclosure admission ticket, raceday programme and a £2 tote betting voucher all for the incredible value of £45.


So with fabulous food and drink, easy access via public transport including a free shuttle bus from Brighton station, free parking and affordable tickets, an evening at the races on the 15th of April ’17 makes for unbeatable fun and a great excuse to get your friends together or treat your staff to a day out. Gates open at 3.00pm on Saturday 15th April for the Season Opening Race Evening with races starting at approx. 4.30pm and finishing at approx. 7.50pm.

www.brighton-racecourse.co.uk for full details of all 2017 fixtures, events and ticket prices.

So with fabulous food and drink, easy access via public transport including a free shuttle bus from Brighton station, free parking and affordable tickets, an evening at the races on the 15th of April ’17 makes for unbeatable fun and a great excuse to get your friends together or treat your staff to a day out.



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Wild &Sons An Old School Car Repair Company With American-Style

Seeing a gap in the UK motor market for a car repair company specialising in classic American car repairs, restorations and custom builds, Victor Wild seized the opportunity to turn his practised passion into a profession by opening Wild & Sons, last year. The 24 year old (and former Falmer High School student) spoke to Absolute writer Shelley Welti to talk American-inspired customer service, classic cars and why age is just a number…

Hi Victor! How did you become involved in repairing and restoring American cars? I have been in the motor industry for roughly 7 years working on all sorts of cars and then started working for another American car specialist for 4 years. I left last year as I felt it didn't care about its customers and that the quality of work was diminishing, so I decided to start my own company last summer with my friend from college, Chris (Ansell). Our company, Wild & Sons specialise in mechanical and electrical work, bodywork, custom builds and custom bicycle builds, along with giving advice. We supply parts for all North American and Canadian vehicles built from 1901 up to present day.

Clearly customer service is a key ethos behind Wild & Sons. What else is important to you? I wanted to run a proper old school car repairing and car customisation garage as there wasn’t a company like that in the UK – one who have the time of day to speak to and care for its customers, along with giving them the quality of work seen in books, but now they do with me. I believe Wild & Sons offers professional work and, with commission


builds, something which at the end is really special and the customer can be proud to own.

Even though we’re young in age and the company is new; all of our customers love our work and haven't regretted coming to us. Once potential customers speak to me in person they realise I have the know-how and skills with these cars. I also have a company which my kids could come into when they are older.

Which services are your most popular? A full service and the rat rod builds are the most popular with our customers.

What would you say to readers thinking of buying an American car or rebuilding one? Go and buy one! If you need advice, we are always happy to help. We are trying to explain to people who like these cars but don't own one, that they are easy to run as a daily driver IF set up correctly. They can range from a couple of grand to massive amounts of money but it all depends on what you want - but for as little as a couple of grand, you can stand out from the crowd with a special classic American car! You’ve done many rebuilds – which


have been your favourites? The 1953 Plymouth Cambridge we did has to be my favourite as it was our first rat rod we built. They’re all exciting though. For instance, we have a Chevrolet Chevy II also known as the Nova which was donated to us by the family of the late actor Yashaw Adem (also known as Yashar Adem), as the car has fallen into such a state of disrepair, we are starting on that build next week. We have another car which was donated to us by a customer and friend of ours, which is a 1967 Pontiac GTO convertible that we are currently doing a full rebuild on with sponsorship by UK Company, Power Maxed and American company National Parts Depot. This build will take nearly 2 years and we hope to unveil it at the 2018 Las Vegas SEMA show! With such a passion for classic cars, I have to ask – do you have a favourite? The 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air. Why? Because it’s such an icon from 50s Americana and because it’s in one of my favourite car films, Two Lane Blacktop! It’s also in the George Lucas film American Graffiti - a little fact for you; it’s the exact same car, just made to look different for Two Lane Blacktop!

And finally, before you go – what’s coming up for you over the next few months? We will be doing a few shows this year including the prestigious Buster Lang show in August - where we will be unveiling a specially built rat rod for the show! We will be expanding this year with a bigger workshop as well. We are also doing the British Heart Foundation’s London to Brighton Bike Ride (on 18th June) on some of our custom built bicycles to raise money for some of our customers, supportvehicle. org, who take terminally ill children out in a Gotham City Police Department (GCPD) decal police interceptor!

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Javier Encina With over 21 years’ experience in transforming tresses across the world, super-stylist Javier Encina has worked on catwalk shows, had his work published in fashion magazines and even broken a world record. Our feature writer Shelley Welti spoke to one of Simon Webster Hair’s most in demand senior stylists and colourists to talk inspiration, this season’s musthave sleek and chic ‘do and giving his client’s head-turning hair.


tyling in Argentina, Spain and since 2014; Brighton, Javier Encina is a hairstylist who has both experience and creativity firmly under his (hairdressing tool) belt. “My many years as a stylist have afforded me with a broad spectrum of experiences, working with a variety of products, tools and techniques and have trained with three of the biggest colour brands in L'Oréal, Wella and Aveda,” Javier explains.

“I worked with L'Oréal throughout my time in Argentina, Wella in Spain and then after my move to the UK, I joined the Aveda Creative Team where I worked on catwalk shows and editorial shoots. I pride myself in understanding my clients’ needs and creating wearable styles that suit their personalities and lifestyle, however natural or dramatic it may be.” It’s these confidence boosting cuts, colours and blow-dries that award-winning stylist Javier is renowned for. “I love to create something individual which suits my clients’ personalities and I get a buzz when I catch them checking out their reflection in the salon window when they leave,” the Regional Finalist in L'Oréal Men’s Image Award (2016) and L'Oréal Colour Trophy Regional Finalist (2015) says. “I love working with colour as it can have such a dramatic effect on a client’s look.”


One technique that the senior stylist and colourist specialises in to revamp hair is balayage. This style has been so popular over the last few years – and looks set to continue – for good reason too; the highlighting technique creates that oh-so-effortlesslyfashionable, graduated and natural look (think relaxed, beach hair!) that so many of us ladies lust after. As well as being the go-to-guy for balayage, Javier enjoys taming unruly curls and creating BIG hair blow-dries.

“I work a lot with curly hair types, which need to be cut in a very particular way to ensure that the individual curls hold their shape and bounce while maintaining a beautiful overall shape to the style,” he explains. “I also specialise in voluminous blow-dries and relaxing treatments.”

Along with the aforementioned awards and transforming his clients’ tresses, Javier has had many other career highlights in the three years that he has been working at the prestigious Simon Webster Hair salon, located in the heart of the North Laine. These include taking part in an Italian hair show, styling backstage at the Sussex-based Love Supreme Jazz Festival, working his magic on photo shoots and even styling The Guardian’s beauty editor’s hair. He’s also won the Fierce Colour Award at Hair Club Live 2016 and holds a


Guinness World Record for the most number of topknots completed in a day!

“I’m blessed to be a part of the Simon Webster Hair team,” the Latino stylist says. “My time here has given me so much experience and inspiration and am excited to be continuing my career as part of a highlyskilled and artistic styling team.” Before we part ways, I have to ask Javier to spill his style secrets for SS17. “It’s all about being super sleek – time to get those straighteners out girls!” he laughs. “I think one of the biggest things we’ll see this year is the centre-parted, shiny and sleek style. Also I’ve been experimenting with takes on the high ponytail and I think this will be another one we’ll see a lot of this year too.” Treat and tame your tresses with Javier at Simon Webster Hair, 16 Gardner St, Brighton www.simonwebsterhair.com

Follow him on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ hairbyjavierbrighton) and Instagram (@javier_encina_hair) for further hair inspiration, tips and style tricks.

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Death's Door Tattoo AND THE DEMON BARBERS Newly situated in North Laine, Death's Door Tattoo offer high class body art, while the Demon Barbers deliver cutting edge haircuts with a traditional twist. Absolute takes a visit and chats to Aaron, finding a shop brimming with energy.

Walking into the new North Laine shop I'm immediately impressed with the interior. Who was behind the theme? Lou and I chose the space. When we first got the shop we had a hot rod Garage theme in mind, we tried out different colour schemes that once on the wall didn’t seem to work as we imagined. We wanted clients to feel comfortable and have a good space to hang out in. We discussed how to bring warmth into the studio and decided reclaimed timber would be a great look. Using the wood store in Brighton, many an eve was spent cladding the walls, staining and sanding old pallet wood and scaffold boards. We obtained our lampshades from there too with these cool and old rust effect shades. A cool rusted wildebeest skull came from a local artist Catherine, it seemed to fit our aesthetic well. The vintage Scythe was in the window of dockerills, and as we are called Death’s Door, we just had to have it. The artwork is a collection of pieces that Lou has mainly collected over the years, and bits from our travels. Lou has always collected artworks with a studio in mind and modified and collected various frames. There is also a vintage barbershop scene, a real old piece that Gary, our barber has had for a while. Q.Lets's talk about the barber shop.


It has the feel of a traditional barber yet has a very hip edge. Do you maintain old values such as precision cutting as well as clipping? Yes, both are done here we accommodate all styles, from alternative and rockabilly, scissor cuts or modern precision cuts. We provide what the customers want, with many years experience in the team you’ll always leave with something hopefully better than you expected.

Q.Are wet shaves on the menu? Yes wet shaves beard trims and tiding up, always leave feeling fresh. Q.How many barbers are currently working here. Who's the main barber? We have two full timers here the Demon Barbers on Vine Street, this side belongs to Gary Smith (https://www.instagram.com/ og_gaz/) who has been a barber in Brighton for some time, he now finally has his own Space, which has been great to see all the locals pop in to say hello. This is positive as we try to have a friendly space where people just pop in for a chat or catch up.

Kier (https://www.instagram.com/ cutthroatjimthebarber/) is the second barber who is in Local band ‘Rotten Foxes’ Q.Is it a walk-in or do we need to book an appointment?


Walk-ins are welcome, but we are busy already. If you call the Barber and book with them you won’t have to wait around too long, do some shopping here in the north Laine, plus plenty of good places to get a coffee.

Q.In the other section of the building you have an equally busy Tattoo parlour. There are some fabulous illustrations on the wall. How many artists are working here? 4 artists on our rota right now. We have the owner Lou Hopper (https://www.instagram. com/official_louhoppertattoo/)(who you may recognise from the first series of tattoo fixers the E4 show, but decided to concentrate on building her own studio and working on art pieces. The artwork is a collection of Lou’s, ranging from travelling artists who are friends of the studio who will often gift us art when they visit, or pieces collected from artists we admire.

Dan Gulliver ( https://www.instagram.com/ gullytattoo/) who is our black and grey artist specialises in portrait and high detail work. Aracelli Forever (https://www.instagram. com/araceli_forever_art) is our old-school artist and works for tattoo press. Patrick Bates does Fridays with us and

We welcome everyone we realise that a studio can be an intimidating environment so we work on keeping it friendly, if you’re a tattoo veteran or virgin we’ll treat everyone the same.

does handpoke pieces. He works around the country, and world, travelling and doing this popular style.

Then our apprentice Danny Camelot (https://www.instagram.com/ scumbagdoodle/) aka Scumbag doodle, who is a local illustrator. Lou loved his work and asked if he would like to transfer this skill to tattooing. He has taken to this extremely well and has cracked out a whole bunch of great pieces (come and get em before he charges more!) As well as a full year booked with guest artists, we get people who specialise in their style and come in, so that our artists can bounce off them and always be learning. Or, just cool artists who we want tattoos from. You don’t always have to wait for the convention to get tattoos from your favourite artists. Q.What kind of clientele do you get? Any celebs? We welcome everyone and realise that a studio can be an intimidating environment, so we work on keeping it friendly. If you’re a tattoo veteran or virgin, we’ll treat everyone the same. Everyone has the right to be tattooed, so we try to accommodate all. Dan Gulliver does tattoos for the Brighton & Hove albion footballers, and seems to get more coming in, as he

impresses others who see his work.

We have various band members pass through our door, plus models and actors either for haircuts or tattoos. Lou has Mark Richardson, booked in soon (Skunk Anansie drummer). We are also going to be involved in the great escape festival, as Spotify host a green room in the air bnb above us. So we will have the overspill here bringing tunes, haircuts and discount flash tattoos.

Q.We see a lot of Tattoo parlours in Brighton these days. Do you consider yourselves one of the best? No at all. We like to think Brighton is a collective of amazing artists, being one of the best places in the UK for art. It’s inspiring really, we have people in our chairs who specialise in what they do. We are also friends with a lot of the other local studios. If we couldn’t cover a specific style, we would recommend artists in other local studios. We are aware there are a lot of studios around, but we feel that it helps us keep on our toes. We have to meet a high standard! Q.Do you sell any merchandise? We do have a good range, we sell band tshirts with artists having their own t-shirts and prints, plus some cool hoodies, patches, studio shirts and totes bags.


Q.How long do we have to wait for an appointment? Do we have a consultation first? Sometimes we can accommodate walk-ins. Lou and Dan are generally booked up for a couple of months, so it’s a good idea to email us. We ask for all tattoo details so we can best price up, and book in with the right person. Or just pop in and ask, we’re pretty friendly. We also promote discount tattoos to keep folks coming in, Halloween, Friday 13th Valentines, St paddys, May 4th (for you star wars fans) etc. So keep posted on those as tattoos are around half price on these days, and are walk-in only. Q. What are you opening times? Barbers are 9am-6pm and Tattoo is 11am-6pm

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Not the James Bond film, the restaurant. Situated on Church Road, they specialise in locally sourced food, in a modern and elegant setting. Although SkyFall don’t actually have any specific gluten free options on the menu , the chef is more than willing to tweak dishes to accommodate his clientele. How’s that for dedication? All the staff inside are fully trained on allergens too.

Indian Summer

Indian Summer is a highly rated Indian fine dining experience amongst the Brighton community, the long-standing restaurant is positioned perfectly in the South Lanes near Brighton town centre. Indian Summer has been the go to place for exotic food that can cater to anyone with celiac decease, for over 10 years now.

Coggings and Co

The Connaught, Hove

A warm and friendly ‘all round’ pub close to Hove seafront. The Connaught is a favourite among locals and welcomes all kinds of customers including families and pets. There are toys and a special menu for the kids, water bowls for dogs and plenty of quality food and drink for the adults! With a south facing beer garden for warmer days, and a wood burning stove for those chillier days, everyone’s a winner.


Chaula’s restaurant serves family secret recipes traditional of Gujarati, North West India. The secret recipes have been passed down through the family, from grandmother, to mother to Chaula, giving the restaurant it’s reputation for having the best homemade Indian food in the city. Most of Chaula’s menu is gluten free.

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The Bali Brasserie

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.


If you’ve ever thought about trying Sri Lankan food, then Moonstone should be your first choice. It is the only Sri Lankan restaurant on the south coast, but why travel anywhere else when you have something so wonderful on your doorstep? All the chefs are Sri Lankan natives; you won’t find food healthier than this. Most Sri Lankan food is already gluten free anyway, but they also come with other amazing health benefits from the allnatural ingredients in almost every meal.

Memories of India

Coggins and Co is famous across the city for serving some of Brighton’s best burgers, what a lot of people don’t know about them is that almost all the burgers on the menu are gluten free. Expect a no fuss, welcoming environment when you arrive and enjoy dining at one of Brighton’s most famous spots.


‘Kemptown’s best kept secret’, this trendy cocktail bar is a great place to relax, unwind and eat good food with friends. Serving a simple but quality menu for light bites or more substantial mains, it’s got something for everyone including ‘Small plates’, sharing platters and an awesome Rib Eye. Renowned for their fabulous contemporary cocktails give the Sussex Martini a try.


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

Terre a terre

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.

Fish and Liquor,

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A wonderful venue on Brighton’s Madeira Drive and a dog walkers paradise. Opposite the dog friendly area of Brighton beach and a venue which offers a free gravy bone dispenser on their outside wall, plus a plentyful supply of water for your four legged friends. Did we also mention they do some of the best fish and chips in Brighton along with many other British classics and a great selection of draught and craft beers.

The Fountain Inn, Ashurst

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.


Eatalio is a recently new addition to Brighton’s food scene, and is located on Queens Road, about a 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 wecome. No services for dogs, they just allow them in the venue.

Coach House Brighton

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.

Rainbow Inn, Cooksbridge, nr Lewes

The Rainbow Inn in Cooksbridge near Lewes is a beautiful, historic pub with bags of character. The gardens are glorious in the summer months but when the weather


isn’t so balmy, there is a gorgeous, big log burning fire in the bar area to get cozy and snuggle up. Dogs are welcome (on a lead) so the perfect place to stop for lunch and a local ale after a walk in the country.welcome including the furry, wagged tail kind. Superb sophisticated pub menu and an open fire.

Curry Leaf Cafe

Although in general the food of India is a fairly healthy diet, the food of the south is renowned for being much lighter and lower in fat than the food of the North. Many of the Curry Leaf dishes are made using chickpea flour instead of wheat, in the afternoon and unexpected treats are served during their afternoon tea, which are also gluten and dairy free.

The Victory

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.

Señor Buddha

Señor Buddha, located on Preston Road in the Preston Circus area of Brighton, offers an ever changing menu of tapas style dishes, crafted in the restaurant’s open kitchen with a heavy East Asian influence. East Asian cuisine has 4 main elements; hot, salty, sweet &; sour – the food is fresh, aromatic, colourful and bursting in flavour, yet very delicate.



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.

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 3 floors it has a large central bar on the ground floor with highly trained bar staff on hand to mix cocktails that won’t disappoint. 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 evening if you fancy a dance. The top floor even has a beautiful glass walled Veuve Clicquot Champagne roof garden complete with AstroTurf.

Hotel Du Vin

My Hotel

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.


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.



Legends is a gay bar and hotel located on Marine Parade just a minute away from Brighton 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 dancefloor downstairs. There is always plenty going on with drag acts during the week and great music played by a diverse range of Djs at the weekends.

Lion & Lobster

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.

The Font

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.

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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.

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.

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.

32 Duke Street

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.

Lucky Voice Karaoke

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 stunna. 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.

FunFair Club

The Gin Tub

Of all the things that you thought you’d be doing when you went for a drink tonight, would watching a lady hammer a nail into her nose be one of them? Nope, we didn’t think so either. A fun fair themed club inspired by Brighton’s hedonistic days, the FunFair Club is brimming with vintage flair and fun filled party people, be it lashing around in the ball pit or taking in the bed of nails table in one of the VIP rooms.

Situated in Church Road, Hove, The Gin Tub has over 80 gins and 20 different tonics on the vast menu. With a new Rum bar featuring over 60 different Rums, there is plenty to keep your interest. Take a seat and order drinks from the telephone on the table. Conveniently, you can also chat to people on other tables.


The Tempest Inn

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.

The Mesmerist

The mesmerist is an extremely popular bar in Brighton and is packed to the rafters every weekend. It is unique as it only plays retro music from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, from jazz and swing to rock and roll. The place is always jumping as people of all ages enjoy the music from a bygone era. The décor is inspired by 1930s gin places and burlesque venues and almost has a magical atmosphere. Entry is free but arrive early as there are always queues.









Head into St. James's St, Kemptown, and you will find the newly re-opened Redroaster Café. Absolute's coffee aficionado dropped in to chat to Mike Palmer, test the coffee and was suitably impressed.

The Cappuccino Kid

Thanks. Yes, although in the evening you can come in for coffee/wine/beer whatever. There's a lot of food going on at night.

Q. The Red Roaster. Same name, new look, major make-over. what's it all about? We felt that the café wasn’t doing justice to the coffee. So much effort is made by the guys to travel and source the worlds best coffee and then import it and roast it here in Kemptown. So we set about challenging ourselves to make the best café we could imagine, and where the coffee would take centre stage.

Q. Let's talk coffee. Red Roaster made a fine reputation for it's quality coffee. What kind of beans are you using? Do you vary your espresso? We are direct sourcing from Africa, Central and South America. At present we are roasting three blends and eight single estates and that changes throughout the year as the new harvests come in. In particular, we are focused on Rwanda, where we have a special relationship with the farmers. We've spent a lot of time out there. Last year we built a school and we are actively involved in the community. Q. Your Flat White is wonderful. What's your secret to the balance? At the roastery Rob and Diana are pretty obsessed and they are in the cafe training everyday making sure we don't mess it up. Plus, we have had perhaps one of the World's best coffee machines hand-made for us in Holland, by legendary espresso machinist Kees Van Der Westen !


Q. There have been some major refinements in the Café. Who was behind the design of the interior? It was a collaboration between Stella Collective in Melbourne, Australia, and Studio C102 in Dalston, London. Q. What's going on with the business outside of the building you can share with us? Just that we will be headlining at this years London Coffee Festival so we’d love to see people up there. Q. Can we still come in the morning and sit with just a coffee and pastry? Yep, everyones welcome. We upgraded the wifi and you can use it as you want.

Q. The drinks menu has been given a massive makeover, do you consider yourselves now as more of a bar/bistro? No, we are a café. 90% of the drinks are espresso based. No surprise that changes in the evening when there's more booze. Q. The daytime food menu looks delicious. Do you become a full-on restaurant in the evening?


We have some great partners all over the City who serve our coffee to their guests and our wholesale business is super important to us. There's nothing better than seeing people enjoying the coffee all over town. And for the next three months we are exclusively partnering with Selfridges in Oxford Street, Birmingham and Manchester so grab some coffee if you see us. The Red Roaster Café 1D St James's Street Brighton @redroasterbrighton http://www.redroaster.co.uk/



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BLOCK Brand new to the Brighton foodie scene and already taking it by storm, BLOCK is an exciting new food and drink concept inspired by the gastronomy and wines of Northern Spain. Following on from the success of Neighbourhood Bar, Co-owner Kim Doherty reveals to Absolute readers what they can expect from this hot new hangout...

You're THE go-to people for cool and on trend - how did the look for BLOCK come about? BLOCK has an industrial feel, featuring lots of steel and concrete. We are certain there won't be many places in Brighton with this look and selling the range we have on offer, available at the bar.

How and when did you decide to create BLOCK? BLOCK is a bar with a heavy leaning towards wine, meat and fresh fish. The wine is all from new young wineries and we wanted to present wine in a new edgier environment than the normal traditional wine bars, together with a solid craft beer range. The food will be restaurant standard but in a more relaxed bar environment. The Brighton food and bar scene is really hotting up now and we wanted to be part of this new exciting scene. We have Brighton's first Bertha oven which is a British made charcoal and wood burning oven, inspired by northern Spanish cooking. All our dishes boast the best local ingredients cooked simply over fire and our wine list, although varied, leans towards northern Spain too.

How did you decide on your menus both for food and for the bar? We conducted lots and lots of research...... well eating and drinking lots of quality beef and dam fine wine in Spain and London. How does the BLOCK process work? Can you tell me a little about how the team work together to create the amazing dishes and menus we see and gasp over in the restaurant and bar? Practically all the menu goes through the bertha. We use charcoal and wood in order to achive a lovely smokiness to the food but the ingriediants are cooked simply over fire so you really achieve the best tasting food you can.

Why did you choose to make Brighton BLOCK's home? The Brighton food and bar scene is probably the best it's ever been at the moment and we think it is just at the beginning of it's cycle. We truly believe that outside of London, Brighton could be the foodie capital of the UK.

How does it feel to always have a steady stream of people gasping in wonder at the frontage to your venue? Great! Hopefully they see enough of what they like to come in and generally get a big surprise when they see the garden out back not something you expect to find in St James Street.

Over the years, Brighton has had some amazing new food and drinks venues. What makes BLOCK stand out from the crowd? When you visit BLOCK, you notice that the interior's look and feel will be very original and of course we do have one off the only south facing beer garden's in the city.

Kim Doherty, BLOCK. 101 St James's St, Brighton BN2 1TP



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INTRODUCTION Fine and Country is one of the most recognisable names in the UK's high-end property market and since March 2013 Brighton, Hove and the surrounding area has had its own dedicated presence in Church Road.

As specialists in marketing prestigious homes, our Fine and Country office offers the best of both worlds - an expert view of the local market, combined with a nationwide network that includes a central hub based in London's Park Lane.


he requirements of our buyers and the distinctive nature of our properties are both often quite different from those handled by other estate agents. We recognise that monetary value isn't the only metric that our clients are interested in character, functionality, location and design are just some of the other elements that set our offerings apart.

Despite downward pressures on the market from large increases in prices since the recession, stamp duty changes and the Brexit Vote, we believe the high-end of the market will remain resilient for five main reasons: • Low supply of stock • Popular with London buyers/commuters • Low interest rates • Drop in Sterling Helps overseas buyers • Prestigious private schools e.g. Roedean, Brighton College and Lancing College Generally over the last couple of months there has been good activity and we’re hoping that will continue throughout the year, with prices expected to stay the same or rise slightly. A big part of our success has come from being able to offer consistently good and reliable advice at the beginning of the process. Understanding who is likely to benefit from the lifestyle a property has to offer is key - this means that couples, families, relatives with mobility issues or even pets are all factored into our thinking and our bespoke approach to each seller and buyer.

For some people an extra large capacity for motor vehicles might be the one most important factor that their new home must have, while for others being near good schools, having a high degree of privacy or simply the ability to walk to the seafront might be their priority. The great thing about our area is that all of these things can be catered for, whether it's finding a penthouse flat on one of Hove's famous Avenues, an architecturally stunning modern construction in Tongdean or a large detached traditional property nestled in the South Downs. Everyone has a different list of items that come together to make their perfect solution and one of the ways we acknowledge the importance of lifestyle factors is by making sure our marketing is of the highest standards.

Fine and Country regularly runs national advertising in publications such as The Times, The Sunday Times, The Saturday Telegraph and Evening Standard from our Park Lane office, while editorial features in national, regional and local print and online publications are also sourced by our own inhouse marketing manager based in our Hove office. We let all of our clients know that the photography appointment we arrange is the most important first viewing they will have. This is because we not only use the images in our high-end professional styled brochures but also online, which today truly is the shop window to the world as the importance of overseas buyers plays such a big role in our target demographic.

Unlike many agents, our photography is carried out by a dedicated professional photographer and our exclusive copy is created in-house by an experienced writer who interviews our vendors to find out the inside information on the lifestyle that comes with the property. Our dedication to detail when it comes to comprehensive visual images, bespoke descriptions and accurate floor plans isn't just an example of great style, it also has an essential substance in today's high-end property marketing environment as many buyers come from quite a distance away. Another innovation unique to our own office offerings is a stateof-the-art interactive 360 degree tour which allows prospective buyers to take a walk-through tour of a property at their own leisure wherever there might be 24/7. All buyers appreciate being made to feel important and this is something that lies at the heart of our ethos. We want to help everyone find their dream home and armed with a wealth of local knowledge our team can advise on areas best suited for lifestyle, transport links, schools, health and sports facilities, local restaurants, arts and entertainment venues. Above all, we're really proud to say that we love what we do every day for our clients and would be delighted to hear from you whether you are buying or selling - we're here to help. Contact us on 01273 739911 or pop into the office at 46 Church road Hove 9-6 weekdays, 9-5 Saturdays.



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Offers in excess of £1,150,000

Stunning Victorian property just off Kemp Town seafront with huge kerb appeal. An abundance of period features and stylish finish. The property offers flexible living space with a private enclosed patio garden and a self-contained one bedroom apartment and courtyard. The perfect family home in a leafy street a short walk to Kemp Town Village.

“Little Nook” Sussex Square

Asking Price of £450,000

Stylish and bespoke throughout sits this quirky property near Kemp Town Village. Spacious and light with sash windows, wooden flooring, stunning wood burner, exposed brick walls, etched glass panelled doors and restored old fashioned radiators. Sociable living space, bespoke kitchen, two bedrooms and two patios. Share of freehold. This Kemp Town property oozes charm and grace with a truly vintage style.


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Simply stunning Edwardian detached family home opposite Queens Park. Six bedrooms, four reception rooms, large kitchen breakfast room, four bathrooms, high ceilings and working fireplaces. The property even boosts a wine cellar. Off street parking, front and back garden. Completely refurbished with an exceptional finish. Within good school catchment area, a short stroll to Kemp Town Village and Brighton Seafront. This property offers everything one would desire in a family home


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S.E. DESIGN London Hamburg, Paris, New York.

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usann Eschenfelder launched her Hamburg based interior design company in 2002,

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Susann’s move into the world of interiors came after 17 years’ experience as senior fashion designer for Jil Sander, Wolfgang Joop and

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“London was the ideal position to set up company. It was easier finding the ideal international customers with the right feeling for design, quality, understanding and with an open mind for bespoke projects.”

Q. Before you launched the SE Design company, you had experience working as a designer with name designers Jil Sander, and Wolgang Joop. Could you tell us what kind of work you were doing there. I was working for Jil Sander as fashion designer in the womenswear team. It was during the time when the Jil Sander Collection was one of the top international collections. I was very happy for the opportunity to work there during that period. This then led to the offer of joining the Wolfgang Joop, Joop! team as design director for the women’s line. This was a very new experience for me. At Joop! the complete line was given away to licence partners. It was not always easy to find a common agreement between the ideas of Wolfgang Joop / the team and the licence partners. It was a challenging job but not uninteresting in the least. Q. The SE Design company covers some interesting and luxurious aspects of home furnishing design. Could you tell us a little background into some of the products you offer such as the amazing cushions. When I initially started my company, I had the creation of interior Haute Couture in mind. This was off course based on my knowledge and experience in textiles. Being originally located in Germany, I found it wasn’t really the right place to find my ideal clientele. Introducing my work there as an interior designer, I felt I hit a lack of understanding - so I had no other real choice other than finding clients abroad. London was the ideal position to set up company. It was easier finding the ideal international customers with the right feeling for design, quality, understanding and with an open mind for bespoke projects.



S.E. DESIGN London Hamburg, Paris, New York.

Susann Eschenfelder

We provide embellishment on fabric for high end projects for all kind of soft furnishings. Hand embroidery and pleating too - that way we create unique bespoke fabrics produced for drapery or wall coverings, bed covers, bed heads, chair backs and all kinds of upholstery and cushions, in contemporary and traditional designs.



“We are focused on soft furnishings - fabric is our base material which begins our creative process.� Q. Do you design complete concepts for interior design such as furniture, lighting, accessories, wall coverings? Of course. we can create a complete concept for our clients in collaboration with other companies. We work together on the upholstery, light shades, draperies and wall coverings - as already mentioned, we are focused on soft furnishings - fabric is our base material which begins our creative process.

Q. Do you work for commercial interiors as well as home? Mainly for homes - although we have created hand embroidered wall covering for shops. In addition you will find cushions created for VIP cabins in high end department stores, embroidered curtains and upholstery done for VIP lounges. We have experience for the very high end luxury yachts and for the exclusive guest houses of famous brands. Susann Eschenfelder SE Design London Ltd. Worlds End Studios 132-134 Lots Road London SW10 0RJ www.susanneschenfelder.com www.salon-prive.de



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BAOBAB Aria is a stunning new development in Brighton and a few months back, the Absolute team were invited to visit the site during the construction phase. Now a fully completed project, we caught up with developer Paul Templeton from BAOBAB Developers to tell us more about the project.

What inspired the development of Aria. We knew from the outset that this was an outstanding site and deserved outstanding architecture. We were determined to move the design conversation on from the ubiquitous white render and grey aluminium windows you see plastered over Brighton and Hove. We wanted something that would sit quietly in its context, eschewing the ostentation that also seems to be prevalent in the area. The site was initially consented for four houses, but we felt three was more appropriate and we spent a year in planning getting the scheme reduced in size - it's normally the other way around! We understand that this building is up for an award.  What makes this development stand out? The house has been shortlisted for the 2017 RIBA awards, the highest accolade for British architecture. We always knew we were producing something special here and it is fantastic to be nationally recognised and it is testament to the excellent work from all involved. The reason it has stood out is its unerring adherence to the four tenets that underpin all Baobab properties: design, detail, light and space. Also, the interplay with the landscape is very important to us at Baobab and works beautifully here, whether it is


the beautiful borrowed landscape that make up the far reaching views, or the integration with the garden space, expertly designed by Nick Dexter, who has won medals at the Chelsea Flower Show. What unique features does Aria have as a design and as a building? Aria is conceived as a timber box that floats over a masonry base. The most important component and design decision was the brick we used. It is a Dutch brick, Roman in its dimensions, which means it is wider and more squat than normal. This low slung rectilinearity informs the rest of the design through out the house. The first floor is the real 'wow' space, and the winter garden at the end, with it's framed view of the Sussex Downs is really something special.   Who would this type of building be aimed at as a home owner? Good design is adaptable, relevant and amenable: the house will work for whoever wants to live there. We see it is a perfect family house, but it would work perfectly well as a weekend retreat, or a house for a couple once the kids have flown the nest.   In terms of styling, where did the inspiration for such a design and build finish come from and why? The architect, John Pardey, is a disciple of Scandinavian Modernism and it


is this design focus that permeates throughout the house. It has the hard lines and design discipline we associate with modernism, but the use of warm, natural materials softens it and sees this house really sing. So where we might have white render, we have timber, or brick. Instead of stone, or concrete floors, we have oak. The house exudes warmth, which is quite an achievement in a house with such vast open plan spaces and metres and metres of glass! As a developer, what enthuses you about your role in the process? My job as the developer on this site was to deliver three top quality houses of high design and do so commercially. As developers, we at Baobab make our decisions driven by design, rather than the bottom line. This shift in emphasis allows us to push the boat out architecturally and over-deliver, especially in comparison to the soulless, anodyne product we would normally associated switch developer housing. It sometimes feels like we are more commissioners of architecture, rather than property developers!   What materials have you used for the interiors of Aria and why? For the interiors, we are offering a very high specification. Wide oak boards for the flooring, or large format Spanish tiles. The bathrooms have Duravit, Alape,

Hansgrohe, whilst the kitchen boasts Miele appliances. The windows are from Velfac in Germany. We also have a state of the art Lutron lighting control system, as well as a Control4 system for the house. Whether it is controlling the cinema downstairs or the heating in each room, the music playing through the in-ceiling speakers or the CCTV, this comprehensive house control system means you can run the house from your iPad!   Is Aria ready to move into or is there scope to personalise the interiors? Aria is fully finished and ready for someone to move in. There is always scope for further personalisation, but it isn’t necessary here.   The launch of the property will be made available to the public by Hamptons International, Hove Branch on Saturday 8th April.

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pen in Brighton on Western Road, in-toto studios offer customers the reassurance of a national brand, including membership of the KBSA (the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association), whilst individually combining the skills of an experienced in-house design team with exceptional personal service in their local area. They pride themselves on their extensive national network of business owners and designers whose passion is creating, building and installing beautiful and practical kitchens. Renowned for its “Made for You” ethos, all creations are designed in partnership with the customer to reflect their lifestyle, personality and the specific needs of their home.


New Kyra in Katthult Pine-effect in-toto Kitchens opts for a cosy cottage atmosphere with its brand new Kyra range. With its grooved, wood-effect doors, and charming appearance, Kyra epitomises traditional country house and Nordic styles. A handled design (pictured with a Metal D-handle in Matt Black), this kitchen creates a tranquil, homely environment and provides a fresh approach to a classic kitchen look. According to the 2017 Houzz Kitchen Trends Study, over a third of homeowners reported leading a healthier lifestyle following a kitchen renovation. From eating more fruits and vegetables, to preparing healthy homecooked meals, the recent study identifies that the kitchen could be linked to helping to nurture well-being. ‘A cook’s kitchen’, Kyra is the perfect setting for preparing and cooking fresh food with the addition of niche elements such as utensil hanging systems, an induction hob and plenty of clever storage solutions. The Katthult Pine-effect finish, draws its inspiration from the natural world, and further enhances its connection to nature by elegantly imitating the characteristics of real wood.




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Fish & chips has enjoyed the glorious title as one of Britain's great double acts for as long as we can remember.


ried fish was introduced to England in the seventeenth century when the Spanish Jews landed. As the fish trawling industry thrived and national rail routes expanded, it was not long before the nation was enjoying moist white fish in crisp golden batter.

The history of the 'chip' is varied, but what we do know is this dynamic duo soon became the staple diet among working class in England, some saying that the Industrial Revolution was fueled partly by fish and chips! Winston Churchill referred to this famous combination as the 'Good companions' and Michael Jackson had a weakness for mushy peas! Fish and chips is an English national institution. In fact, you would be hard pushed to find a town in the UK without its local 'chippy', particularly in a thriving city like Brighton & Hove where you are inundated with choice. I decided to check out the city's most popular and most respected fish and chop shop, having served local residents for over 25 years...

Wolfies of Hove has earned a solid reputation in this seaside city as a traditional fish & chip shop with old school pie, mash & liquor. Situated a few blocks from the sea and a stones throw from Hove Station, Wolfies is a devoted family-run business. Pride and passion is evident and this love for tradition radiates from the team to each and every customer.   Prime ingredients are locally sourced,


from the finest sustainable fish to Sussex potatoes which, in my opinion, make the hand cut chips so much tastier than anywhere else in the country. Quality is of paramount importance to the Wolfies team and these hearty local ingredients along with a modern approach to an age old tradition result in a crowd pleaser that have people happily queuing down the road.

After a busy week I thought I would treat myself to a Friday Feast and made my way over to Goldstone Villas at 6:30pm. Now this is definitely a get-there-early joint as the queue was already out the door. Foodies were flocking like seagulls to indulge themselves in this award-winning take away. The white tiled walls were gleaming with the Wolfies of Hove logo and the stainless steal counter, home to large jars of pickled eggs and onions, made me feel rather nostalgic. As a traditional British comfort food it is so refreshing to see a venue that is authentic and genuine.  From the moment you walk though the door, you are struck by how happy everyone is; the girls behind the counter dancing along to the tunes playing on the radio and having banter with their regulars and the gents (including the owner Dave's son Danny) busily preparing the fish fillets as the fryer crackles and the extraordinary smells waft down the road. 

The special of the day was smoked Haddock & Hand cut chips and to not disappoint (myself of course!) I decided to also order the Lamb & Rosemary Pie. I sat outside on


the wooden picnic bench and people watched as the crowd continued to grow. As I did, I savored every mouthful of the crisp white fish without even a moment of guilt as this faultless and effortless take-away satisfied my end-of-week craving. The battered fish was light and fluffy and the pie rich with a scrumptious flakey, home-made pastry. This was a seriously good combination and an affordable treat which, after a dry January and carb-free February, I was certainly in need of. Other items on the menu include Scampi, battered sausage and of course mushy peas. The menu is extensive, yet traditional. There are gluten and dairy free options available (which is a welcome concept for the humble takeaway) and I was very excited to discover you can order online too. Wolfies of Hove certainly ticks all the boxes for us Brits' and my visit made me realise how wonderful tradition and history can be, how we should be cherish and promote our heritage from sausage and mash to tea and crumpets! 

The quintessentially British chippy continues to be a Friday night favourite. Wolfies of Hove have done us proud and I hope this summer, as friends and family descend on us Brighton residents, we all take a moment to introduce them to the Best of the Best for a seaside treat! Lindsay Katherine Hills

"The quintessentially British chippy continues to be a Friday night favourite. Wolfies of Hove have done us proud."



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Restaurant Jeremy’s Restaurant, set within the idyllic grounds of Borde Hill on the edge of Haywards Heath, may be hidden away from the bustling crowds but this is a celebrated establishment whose fame and exceptional reputation puts it in the spotlight.


oasting a cabinet teaming with national awards and accolades including ‘The Good Food Guide Regional Readers’ Restaurant of the Year 2013’ and The Sussex Food and Drink Awards 2013/14 ‘Best Eating Experience’, this 2 AA Rosette restaurant offers the perfect recipe of creative, modern menus, teamed with traditional, smart, friendly service and all within a breathtaking countryside setting. The interior of the restaurant itself is light, airy, welcoming and sits beside an elegant outside terrace overlooking the restaurants Victorian walled garden.

So who is Jeremy and what makes the food at his restaurant so very exceptional? Jeremy Ashpool has been a chef for nearby 40 years, inspired originally by his mothers excellent cooking. Starting out as a self professed and trained ‘beach-bum, DJ and bar manager’, he found a creative outlet through cooking and has never looked back since. Now a seasoned restauranteur and chef, Jeremy prides himself on using ingredients of the highest quality, with produce sourced as locally possible - herbs, edible flowers, lavender and wild garlic are grown and picked in the garden. Regular forays to the gastronomic regions of Spain and France result in exciting ideas and flavours being added to menus and the independent wineries being included in the wine list. Jeremy, his wife Vera who runs the adjacent Café Elvira, and their team have a genuine affection for their customers, many of whom have followed their culinary journey in Sussex during the last thirty years and have come to love the couple's warm and welcoming atmosphere. 

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The success of this restaurant lies not only in the passion Jeremy and Vera put in to their creation, but in the way they embrace young talent, pioneering practises and have one foot in the traditional past and the other firmly planted in the future of gastronomy. Menus change regularly and include not only a seasonal á la carte menu, but also a daily menu and a special six-course tasting menu, available on the first Tuesday in every month. It costs £45 per person for the menu alone and £75 per person for the menu with wine flight. Regular events include monthly Friday night jazz, wine dinners and BBQs in the garden. I have always been intrigued about ‘Jeremy’s Restaurant’ and so I was only too happy to accept the invitation to review this Sussex institution with 30 years of fame under it’s belt. Arriving with such high expectations is often a little risky, but Jeremy’s successfully exceeded them all. Firstly, I have to applaud the service. Traditional, attentive service is far too rare these days and I was thrilled to be at the receiving end of it as soon as I stepped through the entrance. Jeremy's is clearly a place to go on a special occasion and so sticking to the brief, I had dressed up with excitement. All too often that effort is unrewarded by supposedly ‘modern’ nonplussed service. On this occasion the team couldn't have done more to ensure my every need was met.

I'm currently expecting my second child so the wine list is often just an excruciating temptress. My husband ordered a glass of organic 2015 Graciano, Montañar, La Mancha and to my delight, the waiter offered to put


together a ‘strawberry and mint based virgin cocktail,’ ensuring I didn't feel left out. The wine list is extensive and varied in terms of range and price and offers a rare host of options for wine by the glass and carafe.

My husband and I opted for the á la carte menu on this occasion, selecting the ‘Salmon tikka, dahl, mango and fritter’ and the ‘Portland crab, langoustine, fennel and basil’ for starters. My salmon dish was a triumph, with the fish soft , comforting and delicately infused with Asian spices. The Portland crab was as meaty as you would hope for, naturally sweet, balanced well with the fennel and lifted with the basil. The portion sizes were ideal as to satisfy the diner (as these dishes are incredibly more-ish), but to ensure there is adequate room for the course to follow. For mains, my husband opted for the ‘Longhorn Beef, braised brisket, smoked pomme Anna, Pied de Mouton, squash, tenderstem and horseradish’. This dish is as hearty as it promises to be, yet elegantly constructed and presented with finesse. Served rare to medium, the beef fell apart at the mere tap of a knife and the pomme Anna sung with smoked earthiness. The tenderstem added unobtrusive freshness and the horseradish proudly crowned this dish with a kick.

I chose the ‘Wild Seabass, squid, black radish, creamed potato, burnt apple and beetroot’, an interesting medley but one that I now know belongs together. The seabass held all the flavours of the sea, the squid added texture, the creamed potato was the smoothest mash I have ever tasted and the apple and beetroot worked in tandem to

enhance and exaggerate the flavours of the seafood.

The dessert list, although incredibly tempting and offering dishes that epitomise that target blend of classic meets contemporary (e.g. Grapefruit mousse, labna, pomegranate, granola), we were nicely full and opted for a coffee instead. Fortunately, to satisfy my sweet tooth, these came complete with an exquisite selection of petite fours which also served to keep me quiet on the not-so-long journey back to Brighton. With such picturesque settings and attentive service, it occurred to me how very ideal Jeremy's Restaurant is for weddings, parties and even corporate events. The restaurant is operated by a team you know you can trust with your big day and the combination of the facilities, menu choices and vast experience makes this a very special venue option. The restaurant can seat 55 for a sit-down event, up to 70 for a reception. For larger events of over 100 people, we have the option of a marquee which is in use during the autumn and winter months.  You can also book the restaurant on an exclusive basis. 

For more information please visit www.jeremysrestaurant.co.uk or call 01444 441102 to make a reservation.




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A Taste of

SAHARA Opened in 2009 by Sabri Ben Ameur, A Taste of Sahara followed on from a lifetime of successful restaurants across Sussex. Seeking to cater for an alluring, exotic air is the order of the day at this Brighton spot.


ool interior walls combined with Arabic lanterns, coils and curves, and comfortable, robust furniture set the scene for the truly magical experience. A Taste of Sahara combines flavours from Lebanese, North African, Middle Eastern and Moroccan cuisine, to fine effect. A taste of Sahara has fast become the one leading light in the up and coming foodies scene in the city, with a top 10 ranking maintained on Trip Advisor, as well as rave reviews on social media to boot.

The menu is full of excellent meze options, whether you go for the smooth and stylishly presented hummus or a delicious halloumi, all served with warm, flat breads. The real highlights of the place are their beautifully marinated shish kebabs with scented rice, tagines and the arabic coffee or Moroccan mint tea. We decided to opt for the mezze banquet to start, which is a option for 2-3 people sharing dishes offering a broad spectrum of taste that really sets the mood for the rest of the evenings dishes. Vegetarian options of this dish are available on request and ours featured the likes of beautiful Greek halloumi, Lebanese hummus, Tunisian salad drizzled with a Moroccan olive oil, For our mains we opted for the gorgeous Moroccan lamb tagine which is a stunning marinated lamb served with mixed plum


onions and mixed vegetables served with saffron and ginger, plus a sultans mixed kabab. Our choice was based on having been told these are the two most popular dishes and what Sahara is famous for in the city! The sultan kebab featured lovely slow cooked tender lamb in a tawouk and kofta kabab with rice and salad. All the dishes were exceptional and the service and atmosphere of the restaurant was 10/10! This is a mustvisit for all those seeking to get a broad taste of the middle east and Africa.

As well as the dishes we had, the menu is very board offering tempting meat and vegetarian dishes plus vegan and glutenfree options. A Taste of Sahara have dishes fit for the experienced adventurous diner looking for new tastes to diners who are new to regional taste and want to experience a great entry into this amazing style of cooking and taste. A Taste of Sahara also features a fantastic ‘bring your own’ policy, with free corkage - just the ticket for a fine evening in company. If you are looking for delicious MiddleEastern cuisine in the heart of brilliant Brighton that’s perfect for a romantic meal or friends gathering or even a hen party, look no further than A Taste of Sahara. This is a fabulous restaurant situated on Western Road. A visit to


this venue will not be wasted, as all the staff work hard to ensure that diners have a fantastic dining experience.

Try this restaurant with an open mind and be willing to sample many different dishes straight from the heart of the Middle East. With an array of plates ranging from the spiciest meats to the coolest salads, no diner will leave here disappointed. Also recently launched under the Sahara brand umbrella is outside catering offering all the great taste the restaurant is so famous for but for events across the south and London. Sabri the owner tells me they can cater for any size event and he even mentioned catering for the Labour Ministry Conference at the Grand Hotel Brighton only last year! All in all, we cannot recommend this restuarant enough - and if you cant make it down - they even deliver with local firm dinner2go.

www.atasteofsahara.com/ 103 Western Rd, Brighton BN1 2AA Phone: 01273 911843

This is a fabulous restaurant situated on Western Road. A visit to this venue will not be wasted, as all the staff work hard to ensure that diners have a fantastic dining experience.



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Perch, on Lancing Beach, is a casual restaurant/cafe serving everything from fabulous fish and chips, quality breakfasts and day food, through to excellent coffee, chip toppings and cake in the café area. It has direct sea views and housing inside one the largest low carbon buildings on the South Coast. Situated metres from the sea, Perch has been a massive success since opening. Special steak nights feature twice monthly, and it's become the area's must-visit.


erch opened less than two years ago, from day one people have visited and fallen in love with this beautifully located dog-friendly restaurant. Polished concrete floor, distressed wood walls, cool lighting and an array of funky furniture, this place is vibrant to the max. Take a morning visit before the crowds arrive and enjoy a perfectly made flat white, whilst enjoying the south coast just metres away. Lancing, on the Brighton to Worthing road, is enjoying a welcome rejuvenation. The Albion training ground is here and Ikea is coming. With a modestly priced car park on the green, Perch is convenient and within easy reach for the visiting family.

What about the food I hear you cry! Well, breakfast starts at 9 am and runs till 11.30. Included is the Perch Fry Up, consisting of cumberland sausages, free range egg, toms, portobello mushroom, grilled streaky bacon, beans, sourdough toast. A veggie option is on the menu too. Perch serve up expertly made pancakes, blueberry & buttermilk, or bacon and maple syrup options. Simply delicious. There is a breakfast baguette, cafe continental, eggs on toast, granola and natural yoghurt and my personal favourite - the Cumberland sausage, and fried egg in a brioche roll. The secret weapon is the Tiptree brown and tomato sauces. On to the lunch menu. Fish & chips. My mother claims they're the best she has ever eaten, I would agree. Crunchy batter,


fresh white fish and fat chips. They have the crispiness and fluffy soft centre of the perfect chip. Perch offer grilled Piri-piri chicken burger, steak frites, the beach burger, the spiced sweet potato burger and a range of sourdough based Pizzas. Moules frites served in a cider, bacon and shallot sauce finished with a glug of cream, skinny fries and crusty bread. Also on the lunch menu are the 'One Pots'. Slow cooked till tender beef chilli. Topped with lime crème Fraiche, a Perch special. Sweet potato, chickpea, spinach - a rendang curry finished with fresh mango, coriander salsa cooked with spinach & chickpeas with creamy coconut. Chicken & lemon tagine - Slow cooked chunks of chicken, apricots & almonds, slow cooked in delicious North African spices, a delicious mix of sweet and spicy. Salads are offered off course - Chicken & Prosciutto, Roast squash & goats cheese, Salmon Nicoise.

The wines include a white Pinot Grigio, a red Australian Shiraz and a Rose Zinfandel from the U.S.A. Beers - Draft Estrella, DNA IPA and Mortimer's Cider.

Kids are catered for with fish fingers & fries, carrot & cucumber sticks, Mac 'n' cheese, grilled chicken wrap with salad and fries and cheese & tomato pizza.

The café counter serves up a range of Topped Chips. Chorizo, red onion and cheddar.


Guacamole, sweet chilli, sour cream, jalapenos. Meatballs, with a sprinkling of cheddar. Slow cooked beef chilli, sour cream, jalapenos. Breakfast in bread is available. Market battered fish strips and chips are on the 'take out' menu too. Simply order at the counter and if the weather is warm, you can take a 'perch' outside. Food is delivered promptly. Once a month is Steak Night. These are always popular events so early booking is essential.

Perch is buzzing from breakfast till close. Take note that weekends are extremely busy and there is a short table waiting time. The efficient staff handle the pressure well. But with the beach on the doorstep, plenty of outdoor seating and wooden 'perches', the wait slips quickly by. There are plans to open an outdoor Pizza oven to cater for hungry summer beach visitors. Check the website for news on this. All in all, Perch delivers quality on all levels. A must visit. Pete Hayward Perch on Lancing Beach 28 Brighton Road, Lancing Beach, Lancing BN15 8RA http://lancingperch.com/



new THE DYKE pub&kitchen a real community pub

tapas & italian food . local gins & ales . craft beers . freehouse


slightly smaller but just as good

We are now recruiting for staff, so please drop us a line - newdykepub@gmail.com

218 Dyke Rd, Brighton BN1 5AA



Restaurant The Popup Series by Aaron Dalton Aaron Dalton, the man behind the 'FOUR Restaurant' concept, began his culinary journey locally, training at Brighton Tech whilst working in pubs and restaurants in Brighton and Hove. Inspired to learn more, Aaron moved to London where he worked in a number of Michelin starred restaurants, including Chez Bruce and Fera - days off were spent gaining further experience with legendary chefs including Marcus warming and Oliver Dabbous.


ost recently Aaron was Head Chef of the Smoking Goat Soho, where he garnered impressive reviews and led the team to achieve the accolade of 55th best restaurant in England. Aaron's desire to return to Brighton marked an opportunity to finally put his own food on the plate and in late 2016 Aaron moved back to Brighton and FOUR began it's journey.

Today, Aaron cooks modern, seasonal British food using techniques from around the world with an emphasis on quality fresh ingredients that are locally and UK sourced wherever possible.The FOUR popup series is Aaron's opportunity to share his talent with real foodies. Intrigued by this new concept, I gratefully accepted the invitation to see this creation with my own eyes. I had no idea what to expect from this series of pop-up restaurants, but what I got was an unforgettable culinary experience in a cosy and sociable setting that I could not recommend more.

Once we located this particular pop-up, which was located on a residential street close to Seven-Dials, we were still unsure we were in the right place until we were warmly greeted on arrival by Sally, Aaron’s wife.


We were ushered through the kitchen where Aaron and the rest of the team were hard at work putting the finishing touches to the appetisers, which immediately generated anticipation for what was to come.

The dining area at the back of the unit was compact and beautifully presented with around 40 seats, twinkling fairy lights and crisp white drapes created a warm tranquil atmosphere. As other diners made their way to their seats you could not help but get talking to your neighbours who were all buzzing with excitement over the five course set menu laid out before us, with each course simply described with no more than four words per course… Carrot. Chicken / Parsnip. Celera. Barley / Dashi. Pine. Skate Wing / Duck. Chard. Bee Pollen / Chocolate. Malt. Hazelnut. The appetisers of 'Mussels, shallot and homemade leek puree on a salty crisp' were delicious, beautifully presented on long curved plates and created much talk of what was to come as they were passed round the table. “I wanted to break down boundaries” Aaron told me later in the evening during one if his many trips to converse with guests in between courses. He certainly managed to


achieve this mission with the setting. Now, on to the rest of the food! The first course surprised us with a 'Shard of crisp chicken skin on a foamy carrot soup and carrot juice', with the foam melting in your mouth as the crisp skin released it's flavour; a treat which left us pining for more.

Course two was a 'Roast parsnip, puree parsnip a celeriac sorbet, topped with pearl barley', a subtle mix of flavours and textures complimented with the refreshingly cool sorbet, which left the taste buds tingling. Third came the 'Skate wing', lovingly prepared atop of dashi seaweed and a flavoursome stock with pine nuts peppered to create flavours that stay with you. The main event was a plate consisting of beautifully cooked duck coated with bee pollen which was nothing short of spectacular. The sweetness of the bee pollen was a beautiful contrast to the richness of the duck fillet, served alongside creamy fluffy potatoes and crisp Chard and, in case that wasn’t enough, pieces of duck served on chunky wooden chopping boards were passed around the table to top up our plates. Enough to satisfy the biggest of appetites. Superb.

Today, Aaron cooks modern, seasonal British food using techniques from around the world with an emphasis on quality fresh ingredients that are locally and UK sourced wherever possible.The FOUR popup series is Aaron's opportunity to share his talent with real foodies. When we thought we could not possibly eat any more we were presented with a dessert which could not be resisted; an elegant combination of crumbly chocolate almond soya flourless cake, coffee and malt ice cream made with Greek yoghurt, topped with hazelnut and compressed celery. This was mouth-wateringly delicious with diverse flavours and textures providing a new experience with every mouthful. The evening was an absolute treat.  Each course was an absolute marvel of imaginative plates with creative uses of ingredients, with every dish making you more excited about the next.  This is a must-visit. Aaron's next event will be on Friday 14th April 2017 at The Hove Club, Fourth Avenue, Hove, BN3 2PJ. To make a booking contact them on email: foursharingkitchen@gmail.com. You can also see some more examples of Aaron work on Instagram; @four_restaurantuk

Tony Shattell



Going Out In Brighton

The New, The Old and The Best

Brighton Girl Problems

When a lot of us think of going out in Brighton, we think of the stag and hen do’s flocking down to the bright lights of West Street; straight down from the station and on till morning. You’d be right in thinking that’s an unparalleled aspect of the truth about the city, but you’d be wrong in thinking it’s all the city has to offer in terms of going out.


here’s so many different types of nights out you can go on in Brighton; dinner, drinks, dinner and drinks, or a full blown night out on the town. Within each of these types, there’s a sub-type, because Brighton offers everything from the glitz and glam of the upmarket cocktail bar and restaurant, to the local gastropub.

Brighton has changed a lot over the years in terms of ‘a good old night out’; in some ways for the good, and in lots of others, for the worst. A lot of the Brighton classics have shut down, been bought into a chain or just changed; unfortunately, times change and so do cities.

Although we may have lost some of our gems along the way, there’s still a whole load of great places to go if you want an evening out with friends, family or your partner. If you are wanting cocktails, but you don’t want a cocktail bar as such, Twisted Lemon is the one for you. Very small, but very good. Amazing cocktails and a good mix of people. It’s tucked away so that only the locals know about it, which is something us Brightonian’s love. Be At One, right in the centre of Brighton, is an ideal spot when you want to get glammed up on a Saturday night for a ‘Pornstar Martini’ with friends. It can get very busy, so get there early or book a table. It’s not your indie little cocktail joint, it’s the kind of place you’ll find in 3 seconds if you google ‘Brighton cocktail bars’ – but that doesn’t mean it’s not worthy of a try. If you want a quiet, dark bar where

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you can nurse a ‘Hot Toddy’, then it’s not for you, however if you want something fun and lively, with equally good cocktails, give it a whirl.

Bohemia is a Brightonian favourite; if you’re mid-twenties and upwards (over 25’s only I’m afraid, unless you pre-warn) and want to mingle with likeminded Brighton professionals, this is the place for you. They also do a great lunch - perhaps to cure your hangover the next day? The décor is second to none, and it has the perfect ambience no matter which social setting you’re attending in. It’s not cheap, so perhaps not your best bet if you’re on a budget. If you’re wanting to treat yourself or your loved one, then it’s worth giving a go.

If we are talking pubs, there’s a lot of oldies but goodies in Brighton; Preston Park Tavern is out of the centre, but does great food, good wine and is the type of place you can go at 6pm and stay there all night. It’s a setting where you can go there at 4pm for a drink and end up leaving at 11pm after ordering half the ‘Bits and Bobs’ menu, a burger for dinner, and a couple of bottles of wine. You don’t feel forced out, and it’s full of people doing the exactly same thing you are.

The Connaught in Hove is another personal favourite; the food is next level, and on Friday’s they do half price bottles of Prosecco. If that’s not reeled you in, what will? The location is slap bang in the middle of Hove just down from Church Road, so if you’re wanting to head further afield into the bright


lights of the city centre later on, then it’s a nice little venue to start off in – or just spend your whole night there. Again, if you’re Brighton born and bred, you will have a special place in your heart for The Lion & Lobster. It is always absolutely rammed on a Friday and Saturday night and for good reason too. I’ve had many a great night in this place, and I have the photos to prove it. It has a great atmosphere, and is rumoured to do great food, especially the pizzas! Let’s talk about restaurants, because you don’t have to stand in a crowded, sticky bar to have fun; you can equally enjoy a couple of bottles over some nice food and have the same level of satisfaction.

Market Restaurant & Bar was the best meal I’ve ever had in Brighton, and I’ve eaten in a hell of a lot of places. My friend and I dined there on a Saturday night recently, completely spontaneous, and had one of the best evenings. Brilliant staff, heavenly food, amazing wine, and a great atmosphere. Absolutely faultless, but make sure you book in advance, as we were very lucky to be squeezed in! Make sure you order the chicken, the braised beef cheek, and the mac and cheese as a minimum – they are worth every penny, and every incredible mouthful. SIX in Hove – not only do they do one of the best steaks I’ve had, but it’s a lovely venue for a meal out. Cool, contemporary and chic décor alongside a central location and a

Although we may have lost some of our gems along the way, there’s still a whole load of great places to go if you want an evening out with friends, family or your partner.

fantastic bar make this the ultimate Saturday date night. Like a few of my other choices, it’s your number one choice location-wise if you’re thinking of heading out later on.

Curry Leaf Café holds a place dear in my heart; one of the best curries I’ve ever had and it’s slap bang in the centre of Brighton, meaning you feel like you’re going on a proper ‘night out’ as such, rather than just going to your local, quiet restaurant at the end of your cul-de-sac. The atmosphere is always good, and the staff are brilliant. I love this place, and have done for years. And of course…we can’t miss out nightclubs. Albeit you may be more interested in a blade of grass than hitting the tiles in Brighton, but if we’ve done cocktail bars, pubs and restaurants, we’ve got to discuss the clubs.

The clubbing scene in Brighton has dwindled with time; we had Audio and Digital which always ensured a brilliant, and interesting, night out, but they’ve since closed and been replaced with many a different venue. I’m sure many of you reading this remember the Pink Coconut, Sherry’s, Top Rank Suite, and the rest of the Clubs of Brighton Past. If you’re still wanting a night out on the town but don’t want the typical cheese, there’s a few places that are always good to end up.



Going Out In Brighton

The New, The Old and The Best

Brighton Girl Problems

The Haunt puts on some really fun nights; 80’s or band themed, and even Beyonce nights. You get a different kind of crowd in there and it’s a perfect place to hit with your friends. Komedia, although obviously renowned for it’s comedy nights and rightly so, puts on special club events like Power Ballad Night, and it can make for some very interesting stories and unforgettable nights.

And of course, Revenge; somewhere that every Brightonian has visited at least once, and wondered why they waited so long to do it. I won’t talk too much about it, however I will just say; Go. You won’t regret it. Or you might, but only because of the sore head you’ll have the next day.

As previously mentioned, Komedia is always a good choice if you want to actually do something for an evening out, rather than just eat and drink.

Brighton Dome and The Brighton Centre are also absolute musts for checking out what’s on. You may just find your favourite comedian or band performing, and they are both lovely venues for your viewing pleasure. If you’re planning a fun night out with friends, a hen do, or just want to end up somewhere a little bit different, make sure to check out the karaoke bars Brighton has on offer, like Lucky Voice for example. You can also get a deal with pizzas and drinks included in the karaoke booth, ideal if you want to spend your evening in one place.

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As Summer is now is slowly approaching us, The Big Screen will soon be on Brighton Beach, meaning a whole host of free evenings out for all of us, with the only necessary additions being a picnic blanket and a bottle or two.

The British Airways i360 was something I didn’t think I’d like, but I loved. Being able to look out onto the bright lights of Brighton with a glass of champagne in your hand makes you see the city in a whole new light. It’s a perfect treat for a friend, or a romantic date night addition with your loved one. Whilst on the subject of Summer Time, there’s a type of evening out that is consistently my favourite each year as the temperatures rise, and that’s one that involves sitting on the lawns or the beach with fish and chips; it’s still an evening out, as such, but it doesn’t break the bank and sometimes it can be a lot more fun than sitting in a restaurant. Wolfies of Hove is a firm fish and chip favourite, and can be your first port of call as the hotter months roll in and the nights are drawn out, for sitting on the beach with your dinner – who said little wooden forks and mushy peas didn’t count as a night out?! Located right by Hove Station, it’s unbeatable for a classic Brighton dish. Another unwavering fave is Bankers – if you live in Brighton, you’ve undoubtedly eaten here or heard amazing things and simply haven’t sampled it yourself yet. Again, it’s unbeatable on taste, and the staff are great too.


We’ve gone through the options for a great evening out in the city, whether you’re on a smaller or larger budget, out with friends, your mum or your boyfriend, love wine or hate it, prefer curry sauce and chips on the beach or steak and a glass of red in a restaurant; whatever it is you like on a night out, we have it covered.

Brighton is an amazing place for an evening out, hence why we get so many hen and stag do’s – I don’t blame them, however it’s always best to get advice on where to go from a Brightonian, rather than a TripAdvisor review. We know where to go and where to avoid, where does an amazing curry, and the best bars to pre drink in.

I love Brighton, and I always will – I feel so grateful to have been born, and brought up, in a city with so much to offer to each and every single person. It continues to flourish and come up with new and exciting venues for everyone to enjoy. Don’t get me wrong, gone are the days where the clubbing scene was what it used to be – but maybe all in good time, we will get some of that back. I hope you enjoyed this, and I’ll speak to you all soon!

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Street Style Brighton fashionistas and street stylers showcase daily trends and looks. Spotted by our guest stylist Kasia at The Styling Agency




It Girl The new meaning of cute. This pink jacket just cries out for cuddles. Paired with fierce footwear and sexy shades, this girl knows what she wants... and she gets it! Outfit: Jacket: Top Shop. Boots: H&M. Sunglasses: Tom Ford 'Carli'







Faded Blues Denim cut in an edgy skinny fit. A crafted look boasting a self assured, relaxed profile. We're all about easy going attitudes, and this one has got it going tip-to-toe.

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Outfit: Jeans: Topman. Shirt: Next. T-shirt: Asos.

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Kick off the season and stay one step ahead of the masses with some bold fashion picks. Outrageous platforms? Garish bomber jacket? All is well and fun! And if you feel like reviving your 90s look book, guess what... the paisley printed bandana is making a comeback.

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Grand Pizzazz Glamour and vitality. ‘Pizzazz’ is said to have been Harper’s Bazaars’ favourite fashion expression.

Our mini photo shoot beautifully captures this attractive and dashing flair.

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London Lifestyle Spring has finally sprung in LondonTown Spring is finally here! I told you it wouldn’t take long. The dark winter days are behind us and the lighter mornings and evenings have arrived. All the Easter flowers have bloomed and everywhere are little patches of daffodils, snow drops and crocuses. Spring is a time when you start over, start a fresh and embrace new things. Try new fashions, sample new food and visit new places. The gloomy winter months of January and February can cause a lack of enthusiasm when it’s cold, wet and windy. However, wonderful Spring is the perfect time to get out in the sunshine, try new activities, update your wardrobe, re-vamp your image, and spring clean your home. Essentially, it’s the perfect time to de-clutter your life. London Lifestyle brings you tips and ideas to help rejuvenate your lifestyle – so out with the old and in with the new.

Spring Cleaning! Your home and wardrobe are two important things in your life. Your living space and what you wear each day can have a huge impact on your lifestyle, wellbeing and frame of mind. If your home and wardrobe are leaving you feeling a little drab and unexcited, then chances are your clothes and home need a bit of rejuvenation. Below are some ideas to help update your look and make your home feel fresh, light and a place you can really relax and unwind in.

Your Wardrobe.

Spend money on good quality classic items, then buy a few high fashion high-street pieces each season in the latest colours that you really love to update your look or mark an occasion. A good quality bag, with tasteful accessories will take your money a lot further than splurging a month’s rent on a bright orange designer t-shirt that you wear a couple of times.


Shoes are essential. They are the first things in our wardrobes to wear out, get tired looking and can bring down your entire outfit. Make sure your shoes are clean and properly heeled. It seems obvious but these simple things can immediately smarten up your image and outfit. Poor quality tatty shoes will instantly give the wrong impression. Buy good quality shoes and look after them with regular visits to the shoes repairers. It’s completely pointless to invest in an outfit, only for the shoes to let you down. Good quality English and Italian made shoes are a splendid investment. Buy cheap, you buy twice! Dirty trainers look ghastly. The only time it’s acceptable to have dirty shoes is after a walk in the countryside or other outdoor pursuit -not at work, out shopping or socialising.


Don’t hang on to old clothes because they were expensive or for sentiment. If you don’t wear them, it’s simply a waste of space. Keep your big-ticket items such as expensive designer handbags, luggage, jewellery and accessories or pieces that you genuinely feel were an investment. Get rid of those outfits that remind you of times gone by. Don’t keep clothes for when you lose that extra half a stone. As we get older, we lose or put on weight throughout our lives, our body shapes change and clothes from years ago won’t look and feel the same as when you first brought them. If you lose weight and tone up, then it’s a great opportunity to treat yourself to new good quality pieces to celebrate this point in your life and your new slim figure.

Well-worn clothes get tired looking, so items at the back of your wardrobe from 10 years ago certainly won’t make you look or feel the same. This is a good chance to pass on or sell these items to a new home.

Quick tips to de-clutter your wardrobe: Get rid of tatty worn out items and clothes with holes or that are beyond repair.

Be ruthless and get rid of anything you have mediocre feelings for or that isn’t useful. If you don’t love it, remove it from your wardrobe. Give unwanted to clothes to charity or a clothes bank. Sell your expensive designer items in Ebay, Gum Tree or a designer second hand website such as hardlyeverwornit.com Recycle as much as possible.

Invest in a capsule wardrobe. Buy good quality basics in muted tones, such a black, white, grey, navy, cream and denim. Invest in key pieces that you can layer up and that will see you through each season.

Storage is key to de-cluttering your home and keeping your closet space tidy and organised. Ikea and large department stores such as John Lewis have some great reasonably priced storage solutions. Buy good quality shoes and bags. These are items that wear quickly with daily use and age. The better the quality, the longer they will last. Cheap bags and shoes will bring down your entire outfit.

Never ever go to a job interview or important date with shoes that need to be re-soled or need a good clean. Its quality not quantity. Buying good quality items that you would wear again and again through each season will reduce the mass of cheap clothes going into our land fill sites.

Avoid impulse shopping or buying items just because they are in the sale or cheap. Think carefully each season about new pieces that will work for you in years to come. Take suits, coats and blazers to the dry cleaners regularly to get the very best wear out of them.

Here are my favourite highstreet shops that won’t break your budget and perfect for updating your spring wardrobe: Russell & Bromley. This is great place for classic bags and shoes. An amazing selection, including a gorgeous range of smart loafers, Chelsea boots and classic brogues in wonderful colours ideal for work or those special occasions. 494 -496 Oxford Street, London, W1C 1L www.russellandbromley.co.uk

Zara. My go-to place for great leather bags, shoes and boots, and each season they always bring out a bright and fresh range of classic blazers, along with perfect evening dresses. They always have a lovely range of leather sandals in their summer collections which are worth looking out for. 118 Regent Street, London, W1B 5FE www.zara.com

J Crew. An American brand that designs a classic selection of blazers, chinos, well cut blouses, and gorgeous knitwear for men, women and children. They also do great accessories and perfect dresses ideal for weddings. 165 Regent Street, London, W1B 4AD www.jcrew.com

New Balance. Simply great British classic trainers that never go out of style. Dover Street Market. 17-18 Dover Street, London, W1S 4LT www.newbalance.co.uk

Superga. Wonderfully comfortable Italian trainers made in every colour of the rainbow that never go out of fashion. 53a Neal Street, Covent Garden, Seven Dials, London, WC2 9PJ www.superga.co.uk

Barbour. Barbour make the best quality wax jackets, bags, holdalls and wonderful lambs wools scarves. Covent Garden, 134 Long Acre, London, WC2E 9AA www.barbour.com

Top Shop. Their jeans and denim ranges have always been very good quality. I love their Leigh range. Super comfortable and won’t break the bank at £38 a pair.




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Your home and living space. Spring cleaning and buying items such as candles, throws and new cushions can help give your home a fresh new feel without lots of expensive re-decorating. Plants and outdoor space make a huge difference to our wellbeing. You can maximise even the smallest of patio spaces with potted shrubs, beautiful potted plants and window boxes. Buy indoor plants for your house with gorgeous scents and bright colours to freshen up your home. Visit markets in London for wonderful plants, art and unique antiques to transform your living space.

Grow pots of fresh herbs such as basil and mint on your kitchen window sill. They look pretty, ideal for adding to salads and they can add a lovely pungent scent to the kitchen.

You don’t need to hire expensive cleaning companies or decorators. Putting aside a few well spent hours and a bit of elbow grease can make a big difference:

Portobello Road Market.

Quick simple tips to de-clutter your home:

Shampoo your carpets

Take curtains to the dry cleansers (personally I prefer wooden blinds over curtains, as they just need dusting and cut down on dust mites). Buy sets of new towels if your current ones are looking thread bare.

Choose new cotton sheets and duvet cover sets for your bedroom. Clean out your kitchen cupboards .

Throw out old pots and pans, mis-matched or cracked china and glass wear. Don’t keep household items because you feel you should. If it’s not useful or you don’t love it then get rid of it. If you have never used that 5-year-old sandwich maker at the back of the cupboard then sell it or send it to the charity shop. Clean out the fridge and chuck the out of date items lurking at the back. Hire a local inexpensive window cleaner.

Invest in some new cushions or throws for your sofa and lounge. It’s great to have seasonal colours, so go for bright light colours in the spring and summer and darker, warmer colours for autumn and winter to give your home a seasonal update through the year. Buy scented candles from Jo Malone or the White Company.

Favourite places with great ideas for rejuvenating your living space: Columbia Road Flower Market.

The flowers in this East London market are so fresh and last for ages. Great for cut flowers, herbs, potted plants, shrubs and grasses. A huge variety at reasonable prices. Columbia Road, London, E2 7RG www.columbiaroad.info

This huge antiques market is home to over 1000 antiques dealers. This market has everything, including fashion, fruit and veg and vintage items. It’s especially great for art works and collectables to suit all budgets. www.portobelloroad.co.uk

Zara Home. An amazing range of house décor items.

127-131 Regent Street, London, W1B 4HT www.zarahome.com

Diptyque. A luxurious French company specialising in exquisite scented candles. 38 Floral Street, London, WC2E 9DS www.diptyqueparis.co.uk

White Company. Great for linen, gifts, clothing and home scents.

Covent Garden, St Martins Court Yard, London, WC2E 9AB www.thewhitecompany.com

Jo Malone. The go-to place for candles, room diffusers and cologne. 101 Regent Street, London, W1B 4EZ www.jomalone.co.uk

Place fresh seasonal flowers in a large glass vase on a table in the centre of your lounge, hallway or dining room to brighten up your living space. On a sunny morning, open the windows and really air your home.



London Places - Here are this issue’s Theatre favourite places to visit over Easter The Wind in the Willows. in London. Chocs Away! London’s best place to snap up your Easter eggs. Selfridges. Regular readers of London Lifestyle will know that I have always been a huge fan of Selfridges, and when it comes to Easter this is the place I find all my favourite Easter gifts. The chocolate department on the lower ground floor is a chocoholics heaven. They stock every chocolatier and brand imaginable from kids favourite Cadburys, to exquisite and top of the range chocolate such as Artisan Du Chocolat, Godiva, Charbonnel Et Walker and Prestat. They also have a counter where you can order chocolate covered strawberries. Definitely worth a visit. Selfridges. 400 Oxford Street, London, W1A 1AB www.selfridges.com

Markets Borough Market. Borough Market is London’s best food market situated between London Bridge and Southwark Cathedral. The suppliers and stall holders range from cheese makes, fishmongers, butchers, bakers, confectioners and florists, as well as great wine bars and streets food cafes. This historical market has been based in the area for over 1000 years! Borough Market, 8 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1TL. www.boroughmarket.org.uk

The London Palladium A visually magical musical by Julian Fellows, The creator of Downton Abbey. A beautifully designed and choreographed tale of Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toads adventures, brought to life on stage at the London Palladium. Tickets from £15 are on sale for performances from June. The London Palladium. 8 Argyll Street, Soho, London, W1F 7TE www.windinthewillowsthemusical.com

Hotels Durrants Hotel. The Durrants hotel is an elegant, classic hotel set in a Georgian town house, nestled in the middle of Marylebone, only five minutes’ walk from Selfridges and Regents Park. It’s full of old quintessential English charm with impeccable service. The rooms are exquisite with traditional décor. The dark panelled drawing rooms are perfect for coffee, cocktails, afternoon tea and private dining and it boasts a gorgeous restaurant serving classic English menu. Double rooms from £157 room only. From £184 including breakfast. The Durrants Hotel. George Street, London, W1H 5BJ 0207 935 8131 www.durrantshotel.co.uk

So dear Absolute London Lifestyle readers, I hope over the next few months you embrace spring time, spring clean yourselves and your homes, and enjoy every day in all its splendid glory. De-clutter your life, get out into London, explore the new season shops and fashions, indulge in an Easter egg or two and generally thrive in our longer, warmer and brighter days. Enjoy every moment!

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he Maldives, scattered upon the Indian Ocean and comprised of 26 islands, is the image you see when you shut your eyes and dream of the perfect beach-side escape. Promising crystal clear waters with vibrant marine life beneath, pristine white sands, exotic coral reefs, the finest in luxury resorts residing upon each island and world-class cuisine at every turn, these are the most beautiful small islands on Earth. The 26 coral atolls that make up The Maldives are positioned in a chain reaching down to cross the equator. Within those 26 atolls are roughly 1,200 islands and of these around 200 are inhabited and 100 are resorts.

The biggest question you need to ask yourself before visiting this utopian holiday spot is ‘Which is the right island for me? ’You may be a keen diver ready to plunge in to the depths of those iconic turquoise waters, you may be desperately seeking solace as you sip upon a sundowner at the waters edge, or perhaps you are looking for that that ultimate family trip of a lifetime, brimming with adventures, activities and memory-making. It could be that dolphin watching is on your bucket list or a spa retreat is on the cards; each island is unique in its own magical way, collectively offering something for everyone.



You may be a keen diver ready to plunge in to the depths of those iconic turquoise waters, you may be desperately seeking solace as you sip upon a sundowner at the waters edge, or perhaps you are looking for that that ultimate family trip of a lifetime, brimming with adventures, activities and memory-making.



Ayada Maldives Set in the relatively unexplored Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll in the south of the country, and just a few kilometres above the equator, Ayada Maldives is a private island resort offering a truly luxurious retreat with a genuine Maldivian style.

Voted the ‘Indian Ocean's Leading Luxury Resort’ and the ‘Indian Ocean's Leading Villa Resort & Spa’ at the 2014 World Travel Awards, this uber-luxury resort is noted for its gardens and tropical greenery and is ringed by a pristine coral reef where dolphins are frequent visitors.

Scattered throughout the resort are 122 spacious villas and suites, with private pools, butler service and impeccable fivestar detailing. Showcasing the majesty of the natural surroundings, Ayada Maldives offers nine different  luxury accommodation types, all of which bring together contemporary with traditional Maldivian and Turkish design elements. The stilted water villas have each been carefully placed on the uniquely shaped jetty to capture magnificent views of the endless horizon whilst the beach villas offer an enclave of absolute privacy and serenity less than 30 steps from the Indian Ocean. No matter which villa you choose, all have been designed, planned and constructed exclusively keeping in mind the need to provide a luxurious yet simple,


modern yet authentic experience for guests. All exterior and interior elements have been especially commissioned to use the most durable natural elements and as such there is an abundance of teak, marble and terrazzo finishing’s on display. The resort pays special tribute to its Turkish influence by introducing subtle Ottoman style decorative elements in both the guest villas and the many dining venues.

It is perhaps the dining and unparalleled culinary experiences at Ayada Maldives that adds the jewel to the resort’s crown. Each of the eight outlets strive to offer authenticity and variety, with its own unique influence, ranging from exotic Asian flavours to tantalising Mediterranean specialities, as well as a vibrant Ottoman Lounge complete with specialty coffees, teas, and shisha. Your dining experience is complete with impeccable service and breathtaking views of the ocean and the horizon.  

A particular highlight has to be the over water restaurant and bar, ‘Ocean Breeze’. Named after its beautiful over-water location where the warmth of the sun is tempered by a refreshing breeze, this stylish restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and offers gourmets a tempting menu of modern European dishes.  With regular seasonal changes to the menu, items such as grilled


seafood, home-made pasta and fine steaks are perennial favourites.  

‘Magu’, set on the beach, is the main restaurant, offering a diverse buffet noted for its emphasis on choice and quality: heaps of vegetables, salads and tropical fruits are set alongside steaming dishes, hot and fresh from the kitchen while a team of chefs are ready to conjure up a choice of dishes a la minute in the central show kitchen.  

Set on the beach, this elegant restaurant has a peaceful central reflecting pool and is surrounded by lush tropical greenery.  Diners have the options of sitting outside under the palm trees and wonderful Maldivian sky, or in an air-conditioned pavilion.  Leisure time comes easy at the Ayada Maldives. The active can explore the area on a host of excursions (especially recommended are the sunset cruise and fishing trips), while at the resort they can play tennis or badminton, take up water sports, learn yoga, Pilates or Zumba or simply hit the modern gym. Outstanding diving and snorkelling opportunities surround the island on reefs that have barely been visited by humans while some of the Maldives’ best surfing breaks are just a quick speedboat journey away.


Maldives It is perhaps the dining and unparalleled culinary experiences at Ayada Maldives that adds the jewel to the resort’s crown. Each of the eight outlets strive to offer authenticity and variety, with its own unique influence.


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Maafushivaru A simply elegant and unique Maldives resort, Maafushivaru is an island that epitomises all that one dreams of when dreaming of the Maldives. Just over 350 metres in length and walkable in just over 10 minutes, this is a resort oozing with small island charm, lush vegetation surrounded by powder-white soft sand, and a house reef that a myriad of tropical fish call home.

Aimed at couples seeking to rekindle their romance or for families looking to spend quality time together, the team at Maafushivaru embrace a collective aim to ensure guests make memories that will be forever cherished. The resort offers an experience that respectively combines a Maldives from times-gone-by with the contemporary luxuries of the present, distinguishing it from other Maldives all inclusive resorts.

As one of the premier Maldives Island resorts, 48 individual thatch-roofed villas, inspired by local architecture, are set amidst verdant gardens or poised over the turquoise lagoon. There is a choice of three different styles, with all villas well-appointed yet simple in design and build, assuring complete privacy and boasting clear views of the turquoise blue ocean or the colourful reef. The Beach Villas and Water Villas can accommodate up to 3 adults, whilst the Pool Villas with its two bedrooms are perfect for friends holidaying together or for a couple, wanting some extra space, and can accommodate up to 6 adults. As with all the accommodation on the island, the Beach villas are surrounded by abundant vegetation and located right beside the beach with sun loungers on a private deck facing the sea. Inside each spacious beach villa you will find all the mod cons, plus a semi-open air bathroom complete with shower, as well as an outdoor garden area with a rainfall shower made of stone. The Pool Villas come with two separate villas, each with their own open air bathroom with rainfall shower. They have the same features as the Beach Villas with the addition of a private pool and separate dining pavilion shared between the two villas.

The magnificent Water villas are built out over the utopian water and offer modern comforts along with stunning views of the lagoon. Each villas is completely private, being accessed by its own walkway from the


main jetty. Once inside you can enjoy luxuries which include a bathroom featuring a rainfall shower, plus a bath that offers views of the ocean. Outside is your own wooden deck with a seating area and sun loungers from where you can watch a myriad of different coloured tropical fish swimming by whilst you enjoy a relaxing drink from the mini-bar. Alternatively, you may wish to join them via the steps which lead down directly into the sea.

Although most guests are inclined to explore and island hop, Maafushivaru has ensured that everything you could possibly need is available right there on your doorstep. An infinity edged fibre-optic lit swimming pool is available for guests who prefer a dip in the cool fresh water and for those who fancy curling up with a book, a library lounge is available. A complimentary Wi-Fi internet service is available in certain public areas And for those who enjoy a spot of retail therapy or just need a few essentials, ‘The Boutique’ offers a wide selection of souvenirs, local items, toiletries and beach wear.

For the daring and raring to go, a whole range of diving and snorkelling trips are available to guests, as well as fishing, visits to local islands and romantic cruises at sunset. Come the end of the day, be sure to visit the


Maafushivaru Spa; the truly natural wellbeing experience. Situated on a quiet corner of the island on its own jetty, the spa is the place where inner beauty is blended with the beauty of the landscape. Each treatment on offer is individually designed to help you realise your ultimate state of well-being. Capturing the true flavour of The Maldives, Maafushivaru brings fine-dining to this paradise setting at the ‘Cuisine Gallery’ buffet restaurant, as well a coffee shop, the ‘Wine Chiller’ (featuring a walk-in room with a wide selection of wines which you can browse and make your special choice to compliment your dinner), and the ‘Water Bar’ open from 9am till late.

For evening dining, in addition to the buffet, Maafushivaru offer an à la carte selection or a choice of private dining experiences for that ‘special occasion’, plus the highlyacclaimed ‘135° East’ a Teppanyaki and Sushi restaurant. Relishing a whole new degree of Oriental flavours, this contemporary style restaurant is located on its own sunset pavilion over the turquoise lagoon, offering the perfect location to enjoy the tastes of the Far East from the teppan grill and sushi counter.



Aimed at couples seeking to rekindle their romance or for families looking to spend quality time together, the team at Maafushivaru embrace a collective aim to ensure guests make memories that will be forever cherished.



Kurumba Maldives Kurumba Maldives’ is a private island resort offering a 5 star blend of luxury and tranquillity that tempts many a visitor to its sandy shores time and time again.  

Kurumba is conveniently located just 10 minutes from Male International Airport and offers weary travellers a heavenly blend of powder soft sands, the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, lush gardens ablaze with frangipani, hibiscus and bougainvillea stretch across the island and shady coconut groves that loom over 180 luxury bungalows and villas.     Luxury comes in many shapes and sizes with no less than nine categories of accommodation.  What they all have in common is a fresh and modern design, plus plush state-of-the-art facilities.  Whilst the introductory Superior and Deluxe rooms have a graceful contemporary Maldivian style with open air showers and sunny ocean-side balconies, the resort’s signature Deluxe Bungalows and Deluxe Beachfront Bungalows each feature their very own private garden containing an outside shower and spacious decking veranda for sunset tipples.  The bungalows themselves are hidden amongst the lush fragrant tropic flora just yards from the pure white beaches corralling the island.  Each boasts a giant


free-standing bathtub, a luxurious dual-basin bathroom, a glass-walled shower and kingsized beds.

Guests seeking ultimate opulence and privacy can opt for Kurumba villa rooms, starting with the Private Villa with Jacuzzi, and the Garden Pool Villas that offer plunge pools within your private open-plan courtyard with rain shower to cool off. Kurumba’s Deluxe Pool Villas are even more sumptuous with the additional luxuries of a large private pool with a waterfall, day bed and wooden terrace.  

If you want a slice of celebrity lifestyle, the largest and most extravagant villa on the island is the Royal Kurumba Residence.  Measuring a whopping 768 square metres in diameter and housing two bedrooms, two private pools, a huge living area and veranda, this opulent suite has played host to celebrities, local dignitaries and even heads of state.  

With a total of 8 restaurants based within the resort, each offering an eclectic selection of the world’s finest cuisines,  thoroughly spoilt guests are well catered for.  Deciding whether to visit the main restaurant for unhurried all-day dining, to savour fareastern sushi and teppenyaki at the over-


water Hamakaze or to feast within the palatial Lebanese décor of Al Qasr is not an easy decision to make.  Making a choice between the delicious Indian, Chinese and Italian menus of Mahal, East and Duo, respectively, is equally as difficult.   For guests who want to season their meals with a pinch of Maldives romance, Thila offers a unique beachfront setting in which to dine; relish the finest grilled seafood by candlelight surrounded by a panoramic vista of the ocean.  Finally, those wishing to make the most of their private garden, balcony or hired yacht can request an intimate dining experience for two.  The resort features three bars: Kalhu, for karaoke kings, Athiri, set on the beaches for the best sunsets and the lively Beach Bar, where guests can share a cocktail and convo in the company of live bands and local dance acts.

Voted 2015 World Luxury Spa Awards as Best Luxury Resort Spa - Country Winner and surrounded by soothing reflection ponds, the resort’s Veli Spa is an oasis of serenity in the heart of the island.  Here, guests can enjoy a dedicated yoga session, unwinding in the relaxation lounge, de-stressing in the single or couples treatment rooms or indulging in reflexology and exotic body wraps and


Maldives Voted 2015 World Luxury Spa Awards as Best Luxury Resort Spa

polishes. For a more romantic experience “The Spa Under the Stars” offers couples a chance to watch the sunset whilst enjoying a unique cowrie shell massage using local hand-pressed Coconut oil. Life at the Kurumba Resort isn’t just for the sun and spa-seekers – the sporting and adventurous amongst us have a whole smorgasbord of activities to entertain. The Sports Centre offers a fully-equipped gym, pool, and three floodlit tennis courts and if water sports are your passion the Dive School offers a full range of PADI diving courses.  Explore the spectacular dive sites of The Maldives as dazzling shoals of iridescent tropical fish, (friendly!) reef sharks, manta ray and turtles wait to greet you. Once you’ve met the fishy locals, try your hand at Kayaking, water-skiing, windsurfing and parasailing at the spectacular Water Sports Centre and keep the littl’uns entertained with the Fun Tubes and Banana Rodeos.  This is all in addition to a wide-range of fascinating local excursions including a Sand Bank Picnic, the ever popular sunset cruises and even night-fishing under the stars.  



Kuramathi Island Resort Across the sky-blue waters of the Indian Ocean lies an island renowned for its natural beauty; Kuramathi Island Resort. From the 1 km long sandbank that extends from the tip of the resort to the stunning house reef with promising encounters and its wide sweeping beaches offering panoramic views of the ocean, this is a majestic paradise.

Upon arrival you will feel like you are on a remote island, however this resort is easily accessible as transfers from Male International Airport take just 20 minutes by seaplane and 90 minutes via speedboat.  How you choose to spend your time on this magical island is up to you. Whether you want peace and quiet whiling away hours in the spa and lazing in the tropical sun, adventure exploring the natural majesty of the Indian Ocean or glamour socialising with fine food and good company or perhaps sipping a cocktail by the ocean’s edge or simply, Kuramathi Island Resort will undoubtedly be an unforgettable memory.

Villa accommodation on the island blends contemporary design and nature. Choose


from Garden Villas and Beach Villas nestled in lush vegetation, Deluxe Beach Jacuzzi Villas that face the lagoon and new Sunset Pool Villas. The new Two Bedroom Beach Houses are expansive duplex-style villas with separate living spaces, located just a stone’s throw away from the water’s edge and able to accommodate up to 6 adults; ideal for a getaway with friends or a family holiday. 

Alternatively, couples can find complete bliss in Deluxe Water Villas and Water Villas with Pool, both featuring spacious bathrooms with glass-paned doors leading out on to the expansive sundeck over turquoise waters. Mirrored on the west side of the island, the Sunset Water Villas with Pool are just steps away from the resort’s iconic sandbank, perfect for a romantic stroll.  Sunset Pool Villas inhabit the beachfront, each boasting endless views direct from the bedroom to the azure sea, a luxurious bathroom with freestanding bath and outdoor rain shower, and a sundeck inset with 18sqm private infinity pool. For added pleasure, all of the new villas also include expanded mini bars with a winechiller housing over 30 hand-selected, international wines, perfect for total indulgence or a festive toast. 


Dining options are diverse and All Inclusive guests are allocated a buffet restaurant determined by the location of their villa. If you book the Select All Inclusive package, you'll have the option to eat at other restaurants offering a great choice of cuisine.  The resort boasts an impressive 9 à la carte restaurants all offering diverse culinary experiences.   A firm favourite with visitors is the classic Reef restaurant, known for its seafood dishes and the fresh catch of the day concept showcasing reef fish such as grouper,  mahi  mahi, rainbow runner, red snapper and trevallies. It is located on the lagoon side of the island, set in splendid grandeur over water. The middle of the restaurant is truly unique story with teppanyaki grills on the left and right hand side; a new dining experience named Kobe offering authentic Japanese cuisine and finery of cooking meats and vegetables on an iron grill. The al-Fresco terraced restaurant Inguru  offers stunning views over the ocean and  enticing light dining options during the day and Asian fusion cuisine at night.

Perhaps the most exciting and majestic new



addition to the resort is the Champagne Loft, overlooking the splendid Indian Ocean. Adding to the many bars located throughout Kuramathi Island, Champagne Loft is a special place for couples to imbibe in a glass of champagne from an eclectic selection of over 45 varieties. Furnished with an elegant ambience and interior; local architecture is inspired and infused with a contemporary touch. Chic furnishings are splayed around the lounge from comfortable loungers to wooden tables that can seat small groups.  Appealing to mainly honeymooners and those rekindling romance, the Champagne Loft features an extraordinary assortment of carefully selected champagnes. 

There are activities a-plenty available at the resort. If the adventurer in you is keen to explore, exciting times lie ahead as you travel to the mysterious aquatic realm of the Maldives without even dipping a toe in the water! A brand new red semi-submarine seating 12 people offers the chance to sight the beauty of the famed prime dive/ snorkelling spot of Madivaru twice a week. A variety of water sports, diving and excursions

are also available. The house reef offers hours of adventurous snorkelling and when you have had enough of being active, try some of the innovative therapies available at the spa for ultimate relaxation. The staff at the resort are truly customer satisfaction focused and experts in their respective fields.  They offer a welcoming and friendly service and are there to cater to your every need.  Add to all these luxurious faciites, amenities such as the Bageecha kids club, a sports centre, gym, swimming pools, medical centre with hyperbaric chamber, Eco Centre, boutiques, laundry, library, wifi  internet and you have the perfect blend to create a retreat that offers unique experiences for everyone in a natural setting.

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Buzz Over the last forty years, Brighton’s Buzz Electrics have been busy providing not only professional electrical services to local residents and businesses, but also providing top quality sound systems for some of the most renowned bands in the world and Brighton events such as Paddle Round The Pier.


rom The Killers to Gorillaz, Echo & the Bunnymen to U2, you name them; it’s likely Buzz Electrics has worked with them. In fact, during the 1980s owner Alan Williams believes that they were working with at least five of the eight or nine acts on each episode of Top of the Pops – a dream for a lover of music, like Alan. Buzz Electrics began trading forty years’ ago, after Alan had completed his electrical apprenticeship and became a fully qualified electrician. During his spare time, he played bass for local band No Exit. It was this mix of electrical know-how and passion for live music that saw Alan’s business quickly grow.

“At that time, the band needed a sound system as there were not many around, like there are today,” Alan explains. “A good friend of mine put up his house as guarantor against a loan to enable us to buy one. The word soon got around and soon we had a few hires, which helped us to pay back the loan.” Alan fondly remembers one Brighton gig where their PA system was needed for a relatively unheard of band, now known worldwide as U2.


“I remember doing a gig in the Basement Club in Brighton, when a band turned up with a three ton truck - which was unheard of in those days as everyone had a Ford Transit,” he laughs. “The tour manager said that he was giving the crew the day off as they didn’t want to lug their PA downstairs, so they used ours. The band was promoting their first album the band being U2! The gig was amazing! We were paid £12 and the band got £100, happy days!”

Alan may have hung up his bass guitar many years ago, but his love for helping other bands showcase their sounds continued with Buzz Electrics’ PA system services. Just some of Alan’s highlights include working with bands like Echo & the Bunnymen (“one of the best bands we have ever had the pleasure of working for, they just stood out!” he says), Joy Division, Killing Joke, The Killers and Gorillaz.

of electrical installations) with the PA. Last year they even supplied the stage and sound for Paddle Round the Pier, the much-loved annual summer charity event on Hove Lawns. “Paddle Round the Pier is just one of those great days of the summer,” Alan smiles. “Where else can you go and see live bands all day for a pound? It’s great fun and at the end of the day, the one thing that live music should be is fun!”

Thanks to Alan and Buzz Electrics, we’re sure they’ve provided live music fun for thousands of music-lovers over the last forty years – and will continue to do so for many, many years to come.

“We supplied the sound for the Gorillaz’ secret warm up gig at the Old Market in Hove for their Glastonbury headliner,” he adds. Today Buzz Electrics combine their electrical contracting side of the company (covering design, installation, maintenance and testing



Alan fondly remembers one Brighton gig where their PA system was needed for a relatively unheard of band, now known worldwide as U2.




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Brighton Palace Pier The Future is looking bright for our beloved Brighton Palace Pier.


ince the sale of the Pier back in April 2016, the new owners headed by Luke Johnson have made some positive changes and developments in recent months. First came the welcomed news that the famous ‘Brighton Pier’ sign would revert back to include the original ‘Palace’ name in it. This was warmly received by locals and residents of Brighton and Hove and immediately put the new owners in the good books! In September 2016 a competition ran which asked anyone and everyone to come up with a new design to include the words Brighton Palace Pier and in January this year the winner was announced. Lucy Williams, a local artist and designer of the Open market sign beat many entries to the winning prize of £1,000 and the chance to make history.

The most anticipated and popular new attraction will undoubtedly be the ‘Palace Play’, a fantastic indoor, 4 storey, multipurpose soft play area. This will be will be a great reminder to all those locals that remember the ‘pirates deep’ play area which was hugely popular in Brighton in the 1990’s. The new addition will be fantastic for parents and families who will now have an all-weather purpose place to take the kids. Highlights include , Whirlpool infinity decks, a soft play treasure chest, a Walk of Fear clear bridge, a beach hut roof top challenge, a separate toddlers area, soft play boats and a four lane, four metre slide.

Second is the cheekily named I-220 kid’s ride, which holds 12 riders and takes

The programme of activities on offer will include private hire for birthdays, school

Following on from the name change came three new attractions to the Pier. A new and improved classic ‘Dolphin Derby ‘game has been installed with 18 seats to play the game and ‘roll the balls’ hoping to race their dolphin to the finish line.


them up 8 metres and spins them around too! It’s a great fun new addition and even mum and dad can join the kids on it.

There will be a brand new café for parents and grown-ups to relax and have a coffee and a chat while the kids are having fun. The indoor Dome building will boast over 50 arcade and gaming machines including air hockey, dance mats and 4 player games.


groups and parties plus after school groups, coffee mornings and pizza parties too!

The Palace play will be located inside the Fun dome at the top of the Pier and will cost £4.50 per child, however parents will be able to buy unlimited rides wristbands which can include the Palace play as well as the other 10 fun rides on the Pier. Children will need to be between 0.9 -1.8 metres to enjoy the facilities and it will even have a separate toddlers area with sensory play den. On the food and drinks front, the newly refurbished Horatio’s Bar has now been given a family fun vibe to it, with additional seating and new menu including some tasty sharing platters. There will be live music and entertainment over the holidays and summer plus a host of activities and free fun days.

For enquiries on packages and costings or to book your kids parties call 01273 609361 or email info@brightonpier.co.uk

First came the welcomed news that the famous ‘Brighton Pier’ sign would revert back to include the original ‘Palace’ name in it. This was warmly received by locals and residents of Brighton and Hove






The Recruiters Balmont Associates is a Recruitment-to-Recruitment (Rec2Rec) agency based in the Eagle Labs Brighton. Servicing clients and candidates that work within the Technology and Financial Services markets primarily in Brighton and London, we speak with Ben Hickey about his journey and what they bring to the jobs market.

What’s your background within the job market? I started in the recruitment industry in 2013 and since then have worked for 2 search firms specialising in recruiting actuaries across the Lloyd’s of London market. When I moved from Brighton to London in 2014 it was quite a culture shock for me being a local boy from Brighton, I was attracted to the pace the of the London recruitment industry. I was lucky enough to work with one of the top billers in my industry William Gallimore who mentored me for a number of years and opened my eyes to how much of a lucrative career this could be and for me, was. What were the catalysts that drove you to begin a Rec2Rec company? Working as a specialist head hunter in a specialist market I myself would be headhunted, either directly by competing firms or through a ‘Rec2Rec’. After numerous marketing emails and phones calls by Rec2Rec's or internal recruiters, I felt there was a lack of intermediaries that understand the insurance recruitment market. I’m a huge believer of empowering your network and if possible always monetising it, having worked in insurance recruitment successfully for a number of years I wanted to set up a platform


where I could educate more recruiters either in the insurance market or people looking to join it. A number of people advised me to stay clear of the ‘Rec2Rec’ market however I knew my passion was recruitment and the people who as a whole. ‘Rec2Rec’ is what I imagine financial services recruitment to have been like 10/15 years ago – it's built purely on relationships, there's not such an emphasis on recruitment regulations or roles released through portals online with no direct communication with the decision makers on the other end.

still learning from our mistakes – and trust me we’ve made a few. Our overall objective is to continue offering a bespoke service to our clients and candidates. We want to be liked, trusted and relied on – it's someone's career after all. Like any other recruiter, I’m in this to make money, but money isn’t everything. I’m lucky enough to set up shop back in Brighton at 25 years old something I never thought I could do. Leaving the rat race behind me, I’m now doing something that I love and getting paid for it. 

What does the future hold for your business? It's still early days, and although we have a long term plan to shake this market up we’re

You can contact Ben and his team either at their offices in the Eagle Labs, 1 Preston Road or visit their website www.balmontassociates.com.

Balmont Associates' early success has come from identifying very good headhunters and introducing them to very good search firms. Having spent the last 3 years understanding how each Insurance recruitment firm works and the boardroom contacts I’ve made within these firms along the way, we’ve managed to change the traditional process of sending CV’s and so far haven’t. We like to think because we’re the experts our recommendation on people goes a long way.


We like to think because we’re the experts our recommendation on people goes a long way."






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Absolute Magazine issue 132 Spring 2017  

Absolute Magazine issue 132 Spring 2017