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ur first heat wave of the year plus thunderstorms galore‌.

it's the standard signs that the British summer is has arrived! We welcome you all to the summer issue of Absolute, within

which we have delved into the best of the best for you.

Starting firstly with our stunning cover fashion shoot, taken from our recent travel to the white island of IBIZA ahead of the July launch of

our ABSOLUTE IBIZA brand, this issue also brings you our yearly look at the ultimate in weddings both locally and beyond, plus the best in days out for the family. We also give you the lowdown on the imminent

Brighton Pride Festival, detailing all the must-visit events of this rainbow-filled celebration of diversity in our city.

On the foodie side, we see reviews of Brighton's newest fine dining

experience 'etch.' plus the 'Jetty' restaurant based at the newly fully finished 5 star hotel hideaway The Harbour Hotel.

To satisfy your holiday urges, we jet you off to see one of the remotest islands in the Maldives; the stunning 5 star resort of AYADA. Add to

this all our regular features on fashion, London Life, Sussex in Image

by photographer Jim Carey and our Homes supplement and you have

one bumper summer read! So crack open the Pimms and get the deck chairs out- your Absolute summer is here. Absolute




Brighton Pride 2017 Summer Kids Fest Paddle Round The Pier Paddle Round The Pier is the world’s biggest free beach and watersports festival. It runs every year on the beautiful Hove Lawns and features the very best in water, street & urban sports, live music, kids’ entertainment, ‘have a go’ opportunities and much, much more. Paddle has always appealed to surfers and watersports enthusiasts, but it seems they just can’t stop people wanting to get involved. With all the usual suspects, from surfing, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, skating, windsurfing and free running, to all new sports like Surf Life Saving, land paddling, Kitesurfing and freestyle mountain biking‚ now everyone wants a piece of the pie. With so much fantastic free fun to be had, along with stacks of great prizes, chances to try things for yourself, new bands to enjoy and mind blowing demonstrations to see, you’d be mad to miss it!


This summer, Proud Country House has the children’s summer holidays sorted! The jam-packed schedule of events guarantees to entertain, but also build confidence and help children flourish in the great outdoors.

The Big Tree Climbing Company will be offering climbing lessons with fully qualified staff in our grandest trees, challenging kids and adults alike to reach for the sky. Nature Tots, run by the Sussex Wildlife Trust, is a wonderful opportunity for 3-5 year olds to engage with bugs, get their hands dirty and try out woodland crafts. Circus Allstars will be hosting workshops, teaching circus skills, with games, contests and the chance to try out real circus equipment. Elsewhere, Black Cat curate exciting, interactive treasure hunts, where you will need to find hidden answers by using clues around you, providing the perfect opportunity to explore the gorgeous grounds of Stanmer House. Crafty kids will have the opportunity to learn the beautiful craft of mosaic with celebrated local artist, Gillian Steer. Every child will leave with their own mosaic masterpiece.


Brighton & Hove Pride have proudly 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. Also playing are Becky Hill, M.O, Fickle Friends and KStewart, X Factor winner Louisa Johnson, Brighton Pride is about to be the place where love lives as the Wild Fruit Summer Of Love Dance Tent welcomes superstar house divas Jocelyn Brown, Alison Limerick, Angie Brown and Rozalla to perform live. Wild Fruit, the club night that has brought you 25 years of ground-breaking fruity partying, is ready to party with a line-up of voices that have changed house music forever. With more artists still to be announced this year, and 14 other entertainment areas, the Brighton Pride 2017 Festival is set to be the most spectacular ever.

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.

Cathay Pacific moves to daily service from Gatwick to Hong Kong

In Colour This site-specific work has been created in collaboration with people with complex needs, resulting in an immersive piece that invites audiences to interact with it and each other, non-verbally. The work has been developed to appeal to people who are highly sensitive to their environments and to sensory stimuli. As such the work is accessible and inclusive exploring themes of communication and consciousness and how environment affects behaviour.

Peter Hudson is an artist who has previously shown work at the at Wellcome Collection, London, which ran for a year from 20142015; Being Undetectable, an outdoor, enterable black rubber-clad 2.5m cube, shown at the Royal College of Art, London 2016; and Open It, an interactive video installation, shown as Artist-in-Residence at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London 2017. This ground-breaking commission builds upon the considerable expertise of Project Art Works who have supported Hudson develop the work through close interaction with neurodiverse artists and makers at their studios in Hastings.

The Slide at ArcelorMittal Orbit Get the adrenaline pumping with a ride on The Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit.

Whizz down the UK’s tallest public artwork with a 40-second ride on the tallest and longest tunnel slide in the world. Twist and turn your way down the sculpture at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour (24km per hour) as you glimpse London’s skyscape passing by through sections of light. Anish Kapoor, creator of the ArcelorMittal Orbit, has worked in collaboration with artist Carsten Höller to create the 76m (250ft) high and 178m (584ft) long tunnel slide that intertwines with his Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park sculpture. The slide is made up of 12 twists and turns, including a tight corkscrew named the bettfeder, and ends in a thrilling 50m straight run to the ground.


Responding to customer demand, Cathay Pacific’s Gatwick to Hong Kong service moved to a daily operation at the start of June. The only airline to provide a non-stop service connecting Gatwick and Hong Kong, this boost in frequency highlights the popularity of the route since its launch last September which initially operated four flights per week. This means that together with the airline’s services from Heathrow, Cathay Pacific will now operate six daily non-stop flights between Hong Kong and London – more than any other carrier. The route features the Airbus A350-900 which offers passengers the airline’s latest products in Business, Premium Economy and Economy Class. In addition to the latest seats and an enhanced inflight entertainment system, the aircraft is Wi-Fi equipped, meaning passengers can stay connected throughout their journey – encapsulating Cathay Pacific’s brand promise of a “Life Well Travelled”.



British Airways i360 Take to the skies to see Brighton and the South Coast as you have never seen them before! Glide up slowly to 450ft to enjoy breathtaking 360° views from the world’s tallest moving observation tower and the world’s first vertical cable car, conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects, creators of the London Eye. In a futuristic glass viewing pod, visitors can admire views across Regency Brighton, the South Downs and a stretch of over 66 miles of coastline, east to Beachy Head and, on the clearest days, all the way to the Isle of Wight in the west. On board the pod, enjoy a drink at the Nyetimber Sky Bar, the most unique bar in the UK, serving a range of fine drinks from Sussex including Nyetimber, an award winning sparkling wine.

Brighton Racecourse Live’ welcomes Human League and Marc Almond. Brighton Racecourse Live is the new series of events taking place at the historic Brighton Racecourse; a stunning venue for live music, offering spectacular views across the city and the south coast. To kick off an on-going programme of top quality live music, Brighton Racecourse Live presents a big weekend of talent, as Human League and Marc Almond entertain with their global hits on Friday 8th September, while Hacienda Classical, Groove Armada and Stereo MCs take over on Saturday 9th September. Tickets are available for at and to celebrate the launch the first 500 tickets are available at £37.50 per night. After that ticket prices are going to rise so move fast.

Brighton Racecourse is an iconic venue and remains one of the south coast’s most popular horse racing destinations. However, its hilltop location offering breath-taking views and the freshest sea air make it a special location for live music. Brighton Racecourse Live will bring a range of unforgettable live music events to Brighton, adding yet more to one of the UK’s most exciting and culturally rich cities.


British Science Festival The British Science Association (BSA) have announced that the British Science Festival 2017 will take place in Brighton. The University of Brighton and the University of Sussex will co-host the Festival.

The annual event is one of Europe’s leading and longest-established science festivals. Ivvet Modinou, Head of Engagement at the British Science Association, said: "We are delighted to bring the British Science Festival to Brighton next year. It will be different from the previous Festivals we have run, in that it is being co-hosted by two amazing universities and will take place in venues all over the city over the course of five days. "As with our 2016 hosts, Swansea, we will be right next to the beach, which will add an extra element for programming and creating some unique experiences for our visitors." There will be over 100 events, specially curated by the BSA in partnership with the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex. Visitors should expect to find talks, debates, workshops and performances about cutting-edge science from world-leading academics. Topics will cover the whole scientific spectrum including technology, engineering and social sciences.


HeliFly (UK) Ltd There can be no better way to see Brighton and Hove than from a helicopter. With fantastic cockpit visibility the majestic sights of the city open up before you. HeliFly operate a number of helicopter tours from nearby Brighton City (Shoreham) Airport throughout the year. As well as city tours HeliFly also offer flight to stunning country houses for elegant luncheons or afternoon teas. Gift vouchers are available for short helicopter experience flights with prices starting from as little as £45. There's even a chance to win a free flight every month in our prize draw.  Visit the HeliFly website to book. Prior booking is advisable, but if the weather’s good why not call us to check availability. You could be taking to the skies of Sussex within the hour.




Rampion Boat Trips In January 2016 the construction of the Rampion Offshore Windfarm began. However, it was back in 2010 that EON Energy were granted the rights by The Crown Estates to develop the windfarm. After many years the plan is to construct 116 wind turbines that reach 140m high to the wing tips. The farm once completed will be capable of producing 400MW of energy. The windfarm is situated between Worthing and Brighton and is approximately 8 nautical miles from Brighton Marina at the closest point. During the construction, they will be running trips for small groups to get a close up view of the project.

Brighton Thai Festival Brought to you by Magic of Thailand, this two day event (Sat 26th and Sun 27th August) is designed to let visitors experience the taste of Thailand this summer at Preston Park, Brighton.  Treat yourself to a weekend wonder and bring along your families and friends to feel a touch of Thai culture, where you can challenge your taste buds and feast your eyes on world class food and performances. Unwind with a traditional Thai massage and don't miss the unique eating competition and Muay Thai boxing.  The festival starts with a traditional food offering to Buddhist monks and entertainment throughout the day including traditional music and dancing, Muay Thai boxing, Ladyboy show, Thai beer garden, Thai food and produce stalls, Thai massage and children's play area.

Festival of Racing The Festival of Racing is a thrilling 3 day event held at Brighton Racecourse that includes the much sought after Frosts Ladies Day and Checkatrade Festival finale. This festival has grown in popularity over the years. With fabulous entertainment, prizes and vintage bars, you are sure to have a wonderful day out. So make sure you get glam and enjoy the sensational atmosphere at the top of the hill! The unique course is set high above the sea, overlooking the vibrant city of Brighton and surrounding countryside and South Downs. The view needs to be seen to be believed - it is the best in Brighton! Infact the Telegraph voted Brighton Racecourse "one of the best places to watch sport" in the UK last year. They are also known as one of the friendliest racecourses in the UK so if it's your first time racing you can be sure this is the place you want to start! 

Electric Battlefields Electric Battlefields is the new Dance and Electronic Music Festival launching at The Newhaven Fort on the 22nd July. The historic battle Fort will play host to the most exciting new music acts in the genre with a finale of some of the most respected DJs in the UK. The unique landmark will provide a never before seen backdrop to what will be a must attend boutique music festival.


Claws at the Sea Life Brighton From 22nd April 2017, this new installation welcomes a host of fascinating new shelldwelling creatures to the world’s oldest operating aquarium. The undisputed stars of the show will be two statuesque Japanese Spider Crabs. The largest of the crabs, which were previously housed at Sea Life Helsinki, has a leg span of a whopping 1.3 metres and can grow to the size of a car!   Visitors will also come face to face with the Peacock Mantis Shrimp, one of the most brightly coloured animals in the world. This fascinating creature is a joy to behold, but don’t let its pretty exterior fool you - it is also one of the sea’s most feared predators.  This little shrimp can move its arms with such force that the water around it boils – if humans had the same power in our arms, we could throw a cricket ball into space!  In addition, Claws will invite visitors to enjoy a tidal tank showcasing the sea creatures often found around the UK’s shores, such as Velvet Crabs, Starfish and Green Urchins.  With a dazzling array of creatures plus Tropical Cray Fish and large Land Hermit Crabs on display, as well as the chance to participate in crabby craft sessions, Claws offers the chance to experience some of the ocean’s most spectacular shellfish.



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Brighton Pride, widely regarded as one of the largest (and best!) UK Pride events, celebrates the city’s vibrant lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community. This year the festival returns to our city with it’s wondrous weekend of life affirming celebrations, as we join together as one family under Brighton’s sparkling rainbow to celebrate a Summer Of Love beside the seaside.


tarting out as a small march in 1973 arranged by the Sussex Gay Liberation Front just seven years after the decriminalisation of homosexuality, Brighton Pride now attracts major sponsorship, A-List performers and over 300,000 revellers attending events all over the city, all celebrating diversity and promoting equality.   Making sure our readers are fully in the know, the Absolute team have put together your guide as to this year’s essential Brighton Pride ‘where, what and whens’. The Brighton Pride Community Parade  Saturday 5th August, 11am, Hove Lawns, Hove.  The Saturday festivities begin with an all-singing, all-dancing Community Parade through the streets of Brighton on the Saturday morning.

This year the Community Parade is set to excel all expectations as the streets of Brighton & Hove are filled with joyous participants in a riot of colour for the most spectacular parade to date. Entitled ‘The Brighton Pride Community Parade Carnival Of Diversity’, this is the jewel in the glittering Pride weekend. A vision of hope, unity and love, it is an event that brings together the best of our city for a spectacular celebration with a spellbinding mix of music, floats, bands, costumes and dancing.


With over 300,000 spectators, community groups, charities, businesses and supporters joining forces for a remarkable city-wide spectacular, filled with music, love and laughter, 2016’s Pride Community Parade broke all previous records. 2017’s Pride Community Parade promises to continue the city’s proud tradition of delivering a Carnival Of Diversity to remember as we celebrate a Summer Of Love with an unforgettable display of solidarity.

Brighton Pride Festival Saturday 5th August, 12noon-10pm, Preston Park, Brighton Be swept off your feet this Summer Of Love as a dazzling mix of entertainment combines for a day you’ll never forget. Be it the star studded line-up of worldwide stars on the Pride Main Stage, the Wild Fruit Summer Of Love Big Top, Urban World, Mens and Bears Zone or DIVA Girls World, Legends Cabaret Big Top, Sheila McWattie Women’s Performance Stage, Trans Tent, Access Area, The OneFamily Diversity Area, Pride Marketplace, Community Village or Funfair, Brighton Pride Festival at Preston Park will create memories to last a lifetime.  This year’s Main Stage line up is bigger and brighter than ever, with the headliners being the iconic Pet Shop Boys.  Few bands have influenced, entertained or reached into the hearts of so many. Grammy


nominated, Ivor Novello and Q, NME and Brit Award winners, they are a band truly deserving of the prefix ‘legendary’, selling over 50 million records worldwide and we can’t wait to be Domino Dancing with them at Brighton Pride Festival 2017 at their acclaimed Super Tour show. The Pet Shop Boys have worked with some of the world’s finest performers and artists including David Bowie, Dusty Springfield, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Elton John and Lady Gaga and have released twenty-six albums, with four UK No.1’s. Throughout their career the Pet Shop Boys have delivered principle alongside pop by campaigning and fundraising for the LGBT+ community and Brighton Pride are thrilled that this will be this will be their first appearance at a Pride festival since London’s Gay Pride in 1997.

Adding to the jaw-dropping line up are the band the NME declared ‘the most important pop band of our Time’; Years & Years. Olly Alexander, Mikey Goldsworthy and Emre Türkmen, the soon-to-be ‘Kings of Pride’ are an electronic pop threesome who have wowed critics, winning the coveted BPI Critics Choice Award, BBC’s Sound of 2015, and five Brit Award nominations. With over 156K followers on Soundcloud and 900,000+ on Facebook they’ve enjoyed worldwide top ten singles and a UK number

one with their critically acclaimed debut album Communion.

Olly Alexander’s openness about his sexuality, his willingness to campaign for equality and his frank interviews about living with depression has made him an important spokesperson in our online age. It’s time to shine together as we open our arms to welcome Years & Years to Brighton’s summer of love.

If that isn’t enough to wow you, fierce pop goddess Louisa Johnson, the 2015 X-Factor winner, is ready to deliver an anthem filled Brighton Pride performance guaranteed to make your celebrations so, so good.

Louisa Johnson has gone on to chart success with her own debut winners single Forever Young, the sassy chart hit So Good and her must-dance collaboration Tears with Grammy Award winners Clean Bandit. 2017 has seen her continue the perfect pop career supporting and performing with Olly Murs, Little Mix and Clean Bandit on tour and delivering her second sensational single, Best Behaviour as she gets set to deliver her highly anticipated debut album.

This year’s Main Stage line up is bigger and brighter than ever, with the headliners being the iconic Pet Shop Boys. Few bands have influenced, entertained or reached into the hearts of so many.



Further sizzling acts include MOBO nominees, girl band M.O, The Voice semifinalist and global number 1 hit-maker Becky Hill, indie darlings of the festival scene Fickle Friends and kStewart, hailed by iD Magazine as this generation’s answer to Mariah Carey, and The 405 as 'Ones To Watch' with ‘all the makings to be the biggest popstar in the world’. Widely-acclaimed as the place to be at Pride, the Wild Fruit 25th Anniversary Summer Of Love Dance Big Top is set to bring you superstar house divas Jocelyn Brown, Angie Brown and Rozalla performing live on stage. Wild Fruit, the club night that has brought you 25 years of ground-breaking fruity partying, is ready to rock with a line-up of voices that have changed house music forever. 

Jocelyn Brown is the diva’s diva, responsible for the seminal dance classic Somebody Else’s Guy. Having worked with the world’s biggest names in dance music including Todd Terry, David Morales and Cerrone, Jocelyn has been responsible for adding the heart to house music. Angie Brown made rave and house her playground when alongside Bizarre Inc. she released the club classic I’m Gonna  Get You in 1992, changing the beats of clubland forever whilst working alongside


stars including Michael Jackson and Billy Ocean.

Rozalla provided house music with one of its biggest anthems, the everjoyous Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good) ensuring heaven was always on the dance floor, working with global superstars including Grace Jones, Chaka Khan and Brighton’s own Fatboy Slim.

Pride Pleasure Gardens Old Steine & Victoria Gardens, Friday 4th August - Sunday 6th August The Saturday A celebration of our diverse community, The Pride Pleasure Gardens returns for a weekend of enchanting entertainment that will see the Old Steine and Victoria Gardens transformed into a unique Pride experience for three days and nights of fierce fun, saucy wonders, camp pop, stunning cabaret, sensational live performances, cool DJs and hot clubbing. 

Victoria Gardens will be alive with celebrations as the unique sounds of Lucy Spraggan and her perfect mix of acoustic, folk and hip-hop returns to Brighton with support from Amelia Caesar and Frankie Furlow for Pride Unplugged on Friday night, whilst Saturday will see the brilliance of Brighton’s very own homegrown BIMM


Showcase Stage and the funk, soul and club classics of DJ Sean Quinn provide the perfect Pride soundtrack.

The Old Steine will be fizzing with a snap, crackle and pop as S Club Party opens proceedings with the Official Pride Warm Up Party on Friday night starring S Club 3 and DJ Claire Fuller. Saturday will see legendary 80s mega club night It Is Still 1985 and alt.drag superstars Sink The Pink in a Club Tropicana Takeover that will deliver must-do clubbing and cabaret, whilst Sunday will be sensational with Stetson loving LGBT Community Line Dancing, addictive drag and cabaret and the bears, blokes, cubs and hunks filled sexy tea dance of London’s infamous Brüt, set to please every Pride pleasure seeker.

Pride Village Party Friday 4th August – Sunday 6th August Connect with your community, connect with the ones you love and party with Pride this August as the Pride Village Party returns with its unique mix of entertainment zones, DJs, and live performances.  With over 22 bars and venues throughout the St James Street area joining the PVP and Maderia Drive closed to traffic to ensure a truly spectacular seafront party location, this unique LGBT village

celebration will be the perfect addition to your Brighton Pride weekend. The rainbow flags will be flying, the tunes will be uplifting, the entertainment world class, the atmosphere electric and the amazing memories there to be made as this truly unique Pride event brings out the best in Brighton and Hove.

Supported by the city’s amazing local businesses, Brighton & Hove Council and local service providers, the Pride Village Party organised by Brighton Pride CIC, a not for profit community interest company, is a vital addition to Pride’s community fundraising for the Rainbow Fund.

Pride Community Day and Pride Dog Show Sunday 30th July, 12noon, Preston Park, Brighton  Join Brighton Pride as Brighton celebrates our glorious community for a free day of fabulous fun at Preston Park. A day filled with perfect paws, wagging tails, sporting fun, zinging zumba, food, drink and loads of community stalls, it will be the perfect day to start your Pride celebrations and connect with our delightfully diverse community.  zFor further information and tickets go to Photos by Jim Carey


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Te a m w o r k Makes The

Dream Work Absolute meets the creative dream team transforming the tresses of clients (including A-listers) at Ollie Cunningham’s stunning Cuckfield salon.


ocated on Cuckfield’s picturesque High Street, the Ollie Cunningham salon is a favourite hotspot for those who want to have their hair transformed to perfection. And it’s not just us ‘regular’ folk who walk out with a new ‘do feeling like a whole new person either, with celebrity fans such as Leona Lewis and model Lottie Moss also giving glowing reviews about their TLC time spent with the Ollie Cunningham team.

Of course talent has a very important part to play when it comes to creating that perfect hairstyle we’re envisaging in our minds, but as Ollie Cunningham (one of the salon’s directors) explains it’s working collectively that makes the magic happen: “Our team are some of the most highly trained and sought-after in the South East. We work very hard as a creative team and each member brings many years of experience and training to the team, leaving every client with excellent results. We are a supportive, friendly team who work together to ensure we uphold our high standards whilst delivering a relaxed and professional service every day.”

Ollie has been in the hair business for over two decades. In that time, he’s been Head of Colour for renowned London salons including Nicky Clarke, Trevor Sorbie and Daniel Hersheson, worked on a plethora of photo shoots and TV programmes and has loyal clientele spanning the media, music, fashion and TV worlds, even including some Hollywood royalty. With awards such as the prestigious L’Oreal colour specialist degree, as well as a Wella Mcs, Mcs and Mce - the highest colouring accolade firmly under his tool belt, it’s no surprise that Ollie is renowned for being the south’s ‘must see’ colourist.


But it’s not just Ollie who has clients from across Sussex, Surrey and London (and beyond!) flocking to see him, his talented team do too. His fellow director, Louise, has also worked in the industry for over twenty years and was even crowned ‘fringe queen’ by the Guardian’s beauty editor Sali Hughes high praise, indeed. Louise uses her passions for the technicality of her craft and giving her clients a fresh look, to ensure they leave feeling confident and ready to turn heads. So much so, this earned her the title of Head of Education for Trever Sorbie and has also seen her style at London Fashion Week, along with international music awards.

The team’s third director, Morgan is no stranger to being backstage at London Fashion Week either. During her extensive career, she’s styled the tresses of models for catwalks and for photo shoots, along with local celebrity clients too. As well as all of this, Morgan’s a makeup specialist - making her a go-to-girl for all of your night-out needs. Ollie Cunningham’s fourth and final director is Jon. Just like Ollie, Louise and Morgan, Jon has enjoyed a successful career spanning decades. In the last twenty years he’s worked for some of the largest names in the industry and is a Brazilian blow-dry expert and also a KeraStraight ambassador. Jon loves to create stunning looks for his clients, which are not only fashion-forward but wearable too.

Senior technician, Richard, is also a specialist in transforming locks - especially with colour. A leading colourist, who’s had over 20 years’ experience working with clients in London and Brighton, Richard enjoys talking to clients about their ideas and turning them into beautiful, wearable colours.


Starting his career in prestigious Knightsbridge, senior stylist Gid has worked his magic on hair for fabulous fashion shows, for designers such as Christian Dior and John Galliano, and also on photo shoots for publications such as Vogue and Tatler. As you can imagine, with such experience, Gid has clients coming from across the South East wanting him to transform their tresses.

The final key member of the Ollie Cunningham team is Stephanie - an award-winning manicurist whose celebrity clientele includes Scarlett Johansson, Little Mix and Rita Ora, to name just a few. Stephanie’s work has also been featured in Vogue, Stylist, Grazia and Glamour, along with films and on catwalks.

“It’s paramount that we communicate between stylists, colourists and clients to achieve the desired look,” Ollie tells us, when we asked him the secrets for running such a successful and professional team. “We are a small group of creative individuals and rely on working as a team to ensure the smooth running of the salon. “We all have a common interest which is beautiful hair and realise we can only work in such a beautiful environment if we work as a team. You cannot win a football match with just one player.”

Visit Ollie Cunningham at 113 High Street, Cuckfield, RH17 5JX.

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The Absolute Guide To Family Days Out This Summer

Summer is finally upon us, and with that brings the school holidays and children who need entertaining! Luckily for you, Sussex and its surrounding area is alive and brimming with magical adventures for the whole family, ranging from the calm and sedate, to the mysterious, the awe-inspiring and the hair-raising. To take some of the stress away, Absolute Magazine has done the groundwork and come up with our very own guide to Family Days Out This Summer…

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Thorpe Park

RAF Museum London

Just over 21 miles from Brighton is Go Ape, with its two adrenaline-fuelled treetop adventures. Located in the heart of Tilgate Park, with a large lake, forest and endangered species nature centre; there’s so much to see, do and explore. For those over one metre in height, take to the tree tops for an hour of obstacles and two zip wires, guaranteed to thrill the whole family. If you have children over ten, go for the full Tree Top Adventure which will see you and the kids embarking on zip wires, Tarzan swings, rope ladders, crossings and so much more! Just remember to wear comfy flat shoes and practical clothes. Gloves are also great to pack, although you can buy them on the day!

Wet Wet Wet (a water ride of chutes and flumes). Angry Birds 4D Experience, I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here, Derren Brown’s Ghost Train… there’s something to get both big and small kids alike screaming and whooping at Surrey’s Thorpe Park! Go for the day (it’s just 60 miles from central Brighton) or continue the fun with a night’s stay on the beautiful Beaumont Estate, or in the quirky Thorpe Shark Hotel, where you enter through a shark’s mouth!

The RAF Museum London is one of just two museums in the UK that tells the story of the Royal Air Force through inspiring collections and interactive activities. It is located on the historic Hendon Aerodrome site, 30 minutes from central London. See the designs of early aircraft and be amazed by the latest jets and military aircraft, with over 100 aircraft on site to marvel at. Then feel part of the action in the 4D cinema and with Our Finest Hour, a sound and light show. Best of all, entry and activities are completely free!

Thorpe Park, Staines Road, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 8PN

Go Ape Crawley, Tilgate Park, Tilgate Drive, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 5PQ

RAF Museum London, Grahame Park Way, London, NW9 5LL

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Science Museum


Formed the centrepiece of the inspirational London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It is now providing jobs, attracting investment and helping improve sports facilities and housing in east London, as well as becoming a major visitor attraction.

Another fantastic, free place to visit that’s guaranteed to get minds working! From interactive exhibitions to 3D film screenings in the IMAX Theatre; London’s Science Museum offers a day out with an inspiring difference. Just a few activities not to miss are Engineer Your Future (an interactive display aimed at teens thinking about a future career in engineering), Exploring Space (a gallery showcasing out-of-this-world objects – including a full-size replica of Eagle; the lander that took astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin to the moon in 1969!) and Pattern Pod (a multi-sensory area for children under eight to learn about patterns through play).

The biggest screen in Britain is home to the latest IMAX blockbuster movies, as well as educational presentations – giving families plenty of choice for a great day out! Only minutes from London Waterloo, the BFI IMAX is the perfect place to feel part of the action! From Space Station 3D to Under the Sea 3D, there’s a wide range of educational films to see on a screen almost as high as five double-decker buses, that will educate and entertain you – whatever your age!

The Park is free to visit every day of the week! It’s home to the London Stadium, the ArcelorMittal Orbit, the London Aquatics Centre, the Copper Box Arena, Lee Valley VeloPark and Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre – as well as parklands, waterways, playgrounds and cafes. There’s always something new to explore – so come along and experience sports, events and iconic venues, or just relax and take in the views.

Science Museum, Exhibition Road in South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD



BFI IMAX, 1 Charlie Chaplin Walk, London SE1 8XR



The London Eye

Eden Project

Promising ‘a view you’ll never forget’ high above the capital on The London Eye! Take in the city’s iconic landmarks and watch everyday life unfold before your eyes on-board the world’s largest cantilevered observation wheel. Before boarding, don’t miss the 4D Cinema Experience and its fourminute film, showcasing London as you’ve never seen it before! All included in your ticket price. The London Eye, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7PB

TCornwall’s Eden Project is nestled in a crater and in large biomes houses the largest rainforest in captivity! The Project (an educational charity) hosts all-year round events and exhibitions to wow green-fingered guests aged from two to a 102. Don’t miss the chance to walk amongst the rainforest canopy, get outdoors in the gardens or fly through the sky on England’s largest and fastest zip wire! Coming up over the next few months, the Eden Project has Halloween half-term events, an outdoor ice rink and the Enchanted Eden winter festival for families to enjoy!


Located next to the London Eye is SEA LIFE London; home to sharks, colourful clownfish, turtles and more magnificent creatures of the sea! Many species are on the endangered list, giving you the opportunity to get up close and personal with fish and mammals you may not ever encounter again. Follow in the footsteps of intrepid film crews from the BBC’s Frozen Planet in Frozen Planet: Face to Face, cutting edge scent, sounds and visuals transport you to frozen worlds and face-to-face with polar bears and orcas. Learn even more about the aquarium and the fascinating species that live there with feeding sessions and informative talks – there’s so much happening under the sea! SEA LIFE London Aquarium, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, London, SE1 7PB

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Eden Project, Bodelva, Cornwall, PL24 2SG

Chessington World of Adventures Everyone’s childhood favourite and still going stronger than ever, Chessington now boasts over 40 rides and attractions in 10 themed lands, a Zoo with over 1000 animals and SEA LIFE centre, plus daily live shows and seasonal events.  Chessington offers a world of fun and excitement for the whole family to enjoy and what’s more ….they still have The Bubbleworks!  If you want to go all out and make a weekend of it, you could treat the little ones to an overnight adventure at the resorts themed accommodation; The Azteca and Safari Hotels, or you want to go really wild, this year Chessington World of Adventures Resort announced itswildest outdoor accommodation experience yet, Explorer Glamping.


Fearless Adventurers need look no further for a one of a kind experience with the new Explorer Glamping accommodation. Guests have the chance to further immerse themselves in nature with an overnight stay in one of the brand new family tents. Perfect for those who want to indulge their adventurous side without compromising life’s simple pleasures, the new glamping accommodation turns a family sleepover into an exciting, outdoor experience with an engaging community atmosphere. Guests are offered the chance to participate in a number of activities including exclusive access to a selection of Wild Asia attractions. They are then able to get snug under the stars to share stories of the day’s escapades before waking up to the wonderful sounds of the surrounding wilderness.

The Arun and Wey Canal Boat Trips If you fancy an activity that is tranquil, but the kids want excitement, then this will be right up your street, or canal. On the West Sussex/ Surrey border lays the idyllic Loxwood section of the Arun and Wey Canal, known as London’s lost route to the sea.  Courtesy of the Arun and Wey Canal Trust and operated by W&A Enterprises Ltd, families can kick back and relax as they explore the area by taking a ride on one of three different canal boat trips.  Light refreshments are available for purchase, or you are welcome to take a picnic on board.  Public trips run every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday from the beginning of April until the end of October  and special events such as Pirates & Princesses Adventures (11th and 25th Aug), Cream Teas (9th Aug and 7th

Sept), Sunset Cruises, Halloween and Santa Cruises take place throughout the year.

The boat trips have become so popular that The Wey and Arun Canal Trust is looking for more volunteers to help run the boat trips as well as maintain the boats themselves.   For more information, visit the website.

Drusillas Park The perfect place to hang out with your cheeky monkeys!

The award-winning Drusillas Park in East Sussex has something for all the family this summer, with exciting animals, awesome attractions, a GET WET splash pad experience plus the chance to meet some of your kid’s favourite characters too. The zoo is also celebrating the arrival of many bundles of fur and feathers. This year’s baby boomers include a rare baby sloth, a beautiful baby black lemur, three amazing meerkats and a squirrel monkey.  Add to thisthe usual animal magic, oodles of adventure play, a Thomas & Friends™ train ride and Hello Kitty Secret Garden, there’s plenty of fun to be had at Drusillas Park this summer.   Don’t miss personal appearances from the lovable Peppa Pig & George (27 July & 24 August), Leo & Raph from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (3 August), Chase and Marshall from Paw Patrol (5 and 19 August)and Bing and Flop (17 August).

TeamSports Go Karting Enjoy full-on, fast and furious family fun at the Lancing go-karting track. This incredible snakey track incorporates a sweeping double apex for white-knuckle duels, long straights where you can push our 200cc karts to the limit, a banked flyover to climb and descend – what more do you need? Well, how about a Monaco-style tunnel for that Formula One feeling as you emerge in the lead? Be warned - it can get very competitive amongst families! The youngsters have specially-designed kids’ karts suitable for 8 to 12-yearolds and the family fun doesn’t stop once you get off the track. They’re fully equipped with everything you need for a perfect day, including food and drink, a spectator area and a licensed bar. Taking the whole family means you benefit from the special group offers for families, making it a very affordable day of high-speed thrills!  

Harbour Park Tie a handkerchief on your head and head over to Harbour Park; the ultimate traditional British seaside fun park.  It lies on the Littlehampton sandy beaches, adjacent to the Harbour & Marina and houses everything you would expect to find for a good old-fashioned family beano. All the rides and attractions are designed for families with children between the ages of 2-12, including the Waltzer, Dodgems, The Water Chute and even Adventure Golf.  


There are great places to eat such as the maritime themed Galley Restaurant & Tea Rooms, famous for its tea-leaf tea & freshly cooked Fish & Chips, Harbour Kitchen, offering a great selection of hot and cold food and visitor’s guilty pleasure; Kelly’s Ice Cream Parlour. Not breaking with tradition, there is a Family Arcade. It’s a great place to gently introduce your children to the delights of fun rides and of curse a gift shop where you can get hold of everything you need to enjoy a spot of ‘crabbing’  along the river – a Littlehampton Harbour must!

National Trust Cycle Paths

The UK boasts miles of beautiful coast and countryside all just waiting to be explored. What better way to do this than hopping on your bike and hitting some of the National Trust family trails for a two-wheeled adventure? Getting off the road and into the countryside is safe, cheap, fun for all the family - and it keeps you fit too. There are Cycling Trails all over the UK to suit all abilities following historical pathways and taking in dramatic sights. Most routes have at least one tea room so hungry cyclists and stop for an ice-cream – or take your own picnic to keep costs down further.

Palace Pier

OK – well not totally free, but if you have a stash of 2p pieces, Palace Pier might just be the place to spend them. With an arcade full of 2p slot machines the fun is in trying to guess which game is due to let its booty drop making you the winner! Of course, it is mostly a game of easy come; easy go as the 2ps are shovelled back into the machine ready for the next player to take their chances.


The Absolute Guide To Family Days Out This Summer

London Zoo Hop on the train or pack up the car and make your way to the world’s oldest scientific zoo; ZSL London Zoo. Opened on 27 April 1828, the zoo is located in the north east corner of London’s Regent’s Park and  today houses a collection of 806 species of animals (19,178 individuals), making it one of the largest collections in the UK.  Your family will not fail to be in total awe when you are brought face to face with nature  as you make your way through 36 acre site. Visit exhibits such as Tiger Territory, Penguin Beach, Giants of the Galapagos, Meet the Monkeys (where you are actually allowed to roam within the monkey’s enclosure!), Rainforest Life, and Gorilla Kingdom show how ZSL creates realistic environments to house some of the world’s most impressive and inspiring animals. Back in March this year, ZSL London Zoo’s launched their most majestic exhibit; the Land of the Lions.  This £5.2m development has been created to transport visitors from the heart of London to the vibrant setting of Sasan Gir in Gujarat, India - the last remaining stronghold of Asiatic lions – and bring visitors closer than ever to the big cats. Family group tickets are available online at £75 (2 adults + 2 children OR 1 adult + 3 children) and you are welcome to take your own picnic, or dine at one of the zoo’s many food outlets.

Fishers Farm Fishers Farm Park is a unique mixture of indoor play and outdoor adventure, creating an unforgettable family experience whatever the weather.  Located within the heart of West Sussex this familyrun farm park offers a jam-packed day full of fun, animals, and attractions.  Get noseto-nose in the enormous Animal Encounters Barn with some fascinating Farm Animals including baby goats, alpacas and a very friendly chinchilla! Ride ‘Jessie’ the Jersey Cow in the famous Farm Show, cradle a bunny or tickle a tortoise in the daily Animal Handling sessions or cheer on the Shetland Ponies in The Shetland Grand National!   Families can enjoy a leisurely tractor ride, bump along on the Barrel Bugs or climb aboard your very own pony


ride. Chugg around the miniature track on the Fishers Express Train – a favourite for your Toddlers, or dare your little ones to brave the dark in the children’s Ghost Tunnel. The adventure continues with ‘Adventure golf,’ The Jolly Fisher’ pirate galleon, jumping pillows, merry-go-rounds, lighthouse slides, bumper boats, summer ‘Splash Attack’ water zone, Fishers Fort, ‘Devils Dyke Descent’ toboggan run, toddler quads, zip-wires, tree-top adventures, panning for gemstones, giant climbing tower, the enchanted woods and tree houses and so many things to do with the kids and the grown-ups alike!   When you are completely pooped out and need a well-deserved break, there are five different indoor soft play zones which conveniently have comfy viewing lounges for the adults.  

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show Family Day

Time for a little culture! The RHS is always seeking ways to spark an interest in horticulture among the younger generations. For the first time, on 9 July 2016, the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is hosting a ‘Family Saturday’, featuring additional children’s activities including seed sowing, a family trail, story time, and a number of child-oriented cookery classes. The activities will have a Rocket Science theme to tie in with the RHS Campaign for School Gardening’s partnership with the UK Space Agency to discover whether space travel impacts on the growth of seeds. 

Mr Bloom from CBeebies will be making a guest appearance at the show inspiring children to get closer to nature, a special programme of cookery classes will show children how to cook from scratch and an enormous butterfly dome will give children the rare opportunity to walk among thousands of exotic butterflies! And when you need some chillaxing time…The ‘Once Upon A Bus’ will keep the children quiet with some great storytelling entertainment Each full-paying adult may bring two children aged 16 and under free of charge to the show on any day of the week including the ‘Family Saturday’.


Free Stuff Music to any parent’s ears. Holiday clubs and days out are great, but they can be expensive, especially when there are six weeks to plan for! But fear not, our friends at Forest Holidays is all about helping your child find their inner wild and has created a list of things to do during the break, both indoors and outdoors that are fun and mostly free!  

Natural History and Science Museum, London

Open all day, every day, throughout the summer holidays what better place could there be to lose yourself in the present and the very distant past? There are exhibits to suit all tastes at both museums which sit next door to one another. Whether it is coming face to face with a towering T-Rex or working through Einstein’s theory of relativity – both destinations are free to enter and promise an amazing day out.

Build a Bug Hotel

If the weather is putting pay to outside activities you can always take it indoors – but there is much more to do on rainy days than sit and stare at the computer or the TV. With a few bits and pieces that are readily found around the garden or in the shed you can build a bug house. Encourage wildlife into the garden or allotment by offering a dry place to rest weary wings and addled antenna at the end of a long day pollinating! A basic design can be made and, when the sun is out again, kids can build their structures and wait for the bugs to arrive.

Build a den

A fine art form and an all-round activity allowing children to practise planning and leadership skills as well as spacial awareness and team work! Dens can be built inside and out using household items such as sheets and pillows and is a great way to engage with the family. Come the summer holidays the activity can be taken outside using fallen tree branches and leaves to create some amazing temporary shelters.   Visit for first hand family days out reviews.




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FIZZ & FOOD Nuposto Pizzeria & Bar

The Bali Brasserie

The Victory

1| Nuposto pizzeria serves gluten free pizzas as well gluten free beer called ‘Blonde’. In fact almost everything there is gluten free including starters such as mozzarella, burrata, fine sliced and meats and even affogato (ice-cream companion to espresso). If you’re someone who suffers with food intolerance, Nuposta can cater for you. There is a huge range of delicious Italian meals on the menu.

5| The Bali Brasserie is proud to present vegan, vegetarian and dairy free dining as well as gluten free. The restaurant inside, ‘Rijsttafe’, (the rice table) is Indonesian themed food on a set menu, but they are able to adapt a meal to almost any dietary requirements. Meaning there is no reason to not go and enjoy yourself. There is something for everyone at The Bali Brasserie.

10| Established in 1766 making it one of Brighton’s oldest pubs, The Victory on Duke Street has kept most of it’s original features giving it a really authentic and traditional feel. Think beer kegs for high tops and book cases embedded into brick walls. The food is simple but quality featuring simple bar snacks such as Scotch eggs, casual baguettes, burgers and salads and more substantial dishes such as the Jack and Coke Pork Ribs.


2| Douglas McMaster, owner and head chef has spent many years working in some of the UK’s and Europe’s top restaurants. You can expect to see a fair sized menu created with seasonal foraged ingredients that come together to give you a unique dinning experience. Some of the dishes so far have been Sea Buckthorn and Elderberry fool for dessert and potato steak, elephant garlic, alliums and herbs.

Curry Leaf Cafe

3| The original Curry Leaf Cafe is located in the heart of Brighton's bustling Lanes, just a couple of minutes' walk from the beach. This colourful, laid-back 75-seat dining space – decked out with exposed brick walls, wooden tables and vintage Indian design touches – operates as a cafe-cum-lunch spot during the day, offering a range of coffees, teas, snacks and traditional South Indian street food, as well as more substantial meals such as thali platters, dosas and Masala-battered fish 'n chips. In the evenings diners can experience the cafe’s small but diverse dinner menu of tandoor-grilled meats, street food dishes and expertly spiced curries, accompanied by Brighton's best range of craft beers and spiced cocktails.


4| Eatalio is a recently new addition to Brighton’s food scene, and is located on Queens Road, abouta 5 min walk from the station near Brighton’s clock tower. Inspired by the simple, yet healthy food served from the street carts in Italy, Eatalio provides affordable, grab and go food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A great venue to pop into and dogs are most welcome. No servicesfor dogs, they just allow them in the venue.


Riddle & Finns

6| Another favourite in the restaurant scene, Riddle & Finns offer wonderful seafood platter as well as shellfish too, they do also cater for gluten free. Reservations are not Necessary unexpectedly, however it is recommended on the weekends as it can be very busy. Riddle & Finns also own a second venue on the seafront, both perfect for a special occasion.

Memories of India

7| Offering traditional Indian food in a variety of flavours from all over the continent. If you’re gluten intolerant then you will be pleased to know that gluten is very rare in all Indian food due to the lack of wheat flour. On Tuesdays, you can enjoy a five-course buffet menu for £12.95

Wolfies of Hove

8| Family run business that pride themselves in serving the finest, sustainable fish alongside locally sourced potatoes. Having served the Brighton & Hove area for over 25 years we know that quality is of the utmost importance, with carefully selected suppliers so that they can provide you good quality, fresh ingredients. Boosting The best fish in Brighton & Hove. The fish is the freshest sustainable fish available in Brighton & Hove, and our handmade pies using all local ingredients. They challenge anyone to serve up tastier, fresher & more wholesome fish.

Terre a terre

9| Terre a Terre is an iconic, award winning restaurant where being vegetarian is about more than just not eating meat. You can expect a variety of flavours and foods to try when you arrive. Much more interesting than the standard stuffed mushroom.


The Urchin Pub in Hove

11| One of Brighton’s newest offerings, the Urchin craft beer and shellfish pub is a wholly unique concept. Entirely dedicated to shellfish, matched with a range of over 100 craft beers The Urchin is something Brighton and Hove has never seen before. Seats 30 covers in the restaurant, the menu predominantly features prawns, lobster, crab and scallops.

Better Half Pub, Hove

12| Conveniently located just off Hove seafront, this is an ideal venue if you want to take the dog for a stroll along the front. The Better Half is situated slightly west of Hove Lawns on Hove Place. Known as your friendly neighbourhood local, this great food pub offers a gastro style menu along with a great selection of wines and ales.

Coach House Brighton

13| A lively and unique Brighton venue, the Coach House is known for its informal and friendly atmosphere as well as it’s outstanding food. Situated in the heart of the lanes, but still only a stone’s throw from the seafront, it’s an ideal place for a quality relaxed lunch. The menu features classic dishes with a twist and all made with local and seasonal produce where possible. Inviting roaring fire for the colder months. Dogs welcome.

Senor Buddha

14| Senor Buddha is a contemporary restaurant located in the up and coming area of London Road in the quirky coastal town of Brighton. Since its opening in 2015 it quickly became a popular destination for food-loving locals as well as tourists. The restaurant has won several awards and was featured in the dining out section of the Financial Times.











Busby and Wilds, Kemp Town Village 15| Tucked away in the quiet back streets of Kemptown, Busby and Wilds is a family ownedneighbourhood pub which serves great food in a friendly environment. They use fresh, locally sourced ingredients to create a range of delicious, satisfying dishes. Family and dog friendly, it’s a great place to go for lunch with your clan. There’s a lovely courtyard outside for the warmer months. Booking recommended on weekends.

Battle of Trafalgar

16| A cosy little pub near to Brighton station, the wonders of Lyndsay’s kitchen can be experienced here too. Keen to keep their menu evolving to reflect the seasons and local produce, they offer high quality home-made pub classics. In fact the only thing you’ll find which isn’t made in house is the bread. They have special offer nights such as two burgers for £12 on a Monday. Bargain. Suitable for gluten-free.

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17| Crafty Chooks is the latest member to join the family owned pub group Golden Lion. They are named after their love for craft beers and free range chickens! Their menu focuses solely on high quality, locally sourced, free range rotisserie chickens. Crafty Chooks serves many poultry dishes as well as plenty of other innovative meals to try on the menu too.


18| Block. is a bar with a great wine list, bringing you lots of new young wineries / vineyards, the people who, in wine that are pushing the envelope a bit. The wine is supported with great craft on draft and Brighton's first and currently only charcoal and wood burning oven, working with only the best produce from local farms, fisherman and suppliers they offer you a local meat and fish menu with a basque influence coming through, the garden at block has also recently been improved even after being voted Brighton's best garden for the last two years. So if you want gourmet restaurant quality food, but enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a bar. BLOCK is the place for you.






BARS & BEATS Bohemia 1| If you are looking for a premier cocktail bar with lots of atmosphere then this the place for you. Bohemia is a great place to spend your evening. Spread over three floors it has a large central bar on the ground floor with bar staff on hand to mix cocktails. They are a bit pricey but definitely worth it. The first floor has a late lounge, specialising in champagne and even has a cigar menu. The lounge opens Friday and Saturdays till late and has DJs every e vening if y ouf ancy a dance. The top floor e ven has a beautiful g lass walled Veuve Clicquot Champagn er oof garden complete with Astr oTurf.


2| Bring Your Own Cocktail is the newest bar to join the ever expanding plethora of drinking establishments popping up. This type of bar is the first of its kind in Brighton as alcohol is not available to buy on the premises and there is no drinks menu. You and your friends are invited to bring your favourite spirits and hire one of the expert bartenders to mix whatever drink you desire. The cocktails are prepared and served in front of you from a trolley with a selection of cocktail acompliments. You pay a flat fee for a set amount of time with the mixologist. This is great idea if you love cocktails and are on a budget and its lots of fun getting the staff to create your favourite tipple.

32 Duke Street

3| Those with a party penchant wont be hard pushed to get your late night fix at this naughty, Brighton number. While a cracking destination for eating out in the day, get stuck into the confines of the quirky Brighton bar as the lights go down and the sound-system goes up for a fun loving, seaside crowd.

My Hotel

4| If you’re after a Sex and the City venue then look no further. My Hotel is a beautifully crafted bar with curved walls, gilding pewter surfaces and low lighting, reflecting a warm and spacious cocoon. As part of the My Hotel franchise, the bar is open to non-guests to enjoy some beautifully made cocktails, a sophisticated atmosphere


and an altogether glamorous night out. The bar staff are knowledgeable and helpful. This is a good place for special occasions. Everyone gets super dressed up so if you are looking to get your glad rags on and feel special this could be the place for you.


5| Legends is a gay bar and hotel located on Marine Parade just a minute away from Palace Pier. It has a fantastic selection of rooms with stunning sea views. The venue itself is very spacious and has a large bar upstairs with outside terrace and huge dance floor downstairs. There is always plenty going on with drag acts during the week and great music played by a diverse r ange of DJs at the weekends.

Lion & Lobster

6| If you are looking for a good, old fashioned, comfy pub with a great atmosphere then this is the place for you. The Lion and Lobster is very popular with the locals and has become a bit of a Brighton institution. It is a good venue to start your night before going out on the town. The pub is spread over three floors with a main bar downstairs complete with cosy real fires in winter. The second floor has a small bar within a beautiful dining room and the third floor is the outside smoker’s area complete with mini bar and outside heaters. The Sunday roasts are very popular but make sure you get there early.

The Font

7| This is an ideal venue for pre-drinks if you are out on a hen or stag night or with a big groups of friends. The drinks are cheap with lots of offers on shots. The bar staff are very friendly and service is speedy. There is always a DJ downstairs playing popular tunes to get your night started. The atmosphere is fun but cheesy.

Hotel Du Vin

8| A lovely start to your evening in a classy venue. The bar is part of the Hotel Du Vin chain and is open to non-guests to come in and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere. It is a little on the pricey side but if it is sophistication you are after then look no


further. The bar has an extensive list of wines and a wide selection of whiskies, rums and countless spirits. As well as relaxing in the main bar you can also enjoy a game of billiards located on the balcony above.

Fortune of War

9| This lovely pub has been open since 1882, making it the oldest pub on the seafront. It is a good meeting place if you are going clubbing on the seafront. There are DJs playing at the weekends and it always has a friendly atmosphere and is never too crowded. The décor has a maritime theme and the pub provides beautiful views over the seafront. It has an outside seating area and a buzzy atmosphere during the summer months.

Lucky Voice Karaoke

10| Bringing the jazzy style of some of Japan’s most infamous karaoke bars, Lucky Voice is a playground for the amateur performer, the ignorant out of tuner or the stage stunner. Whether you can sing or not, grab your mates, get a booth and wait for the classic tunes to roll out for a feel good night like no other. There’s a cocktail bar lined with sofas for lounging and boozing too.

The Tempest Inn

11| With scenic views from the beer garden at this washed up bar along the beach front, enjoy the fresh sea air and the beautiful rolling waves from your dainty picnic bench. If you can drag yourself away from this alfresco seating, you’ll be just as impressed by the coastal coves set into the walls. Enjoy a frothy pint and a tempting tipple in your very own seafront cave at this quirky little cavern.

MEAT liquor

12| Hailing from the success of their London counterpart, Brighton’s MEATLiquour is a wonderment of carnivore feasts and locally inspired artwork. Based around the carnival days of Brighton gone by, doused in neons and brimming with urban regalia, MEATLiquour is a unique restaurant bar in Brighton where the burgers come hearty and the cocktails come laced in awesome.



FunFair Club


13| 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 them lashing around in the ball pit or taking in the bed of nails table in one of the VIP rooms.


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14| Proud Cabaret is the ultimate in evening indulgence for your late night drinking antics. A den of 1920s lusting and vintage charm, Proud are champions of sumptuous décor, beautiful babes and cabaret cavorts where you can delight in entertainment, jazzy lights and delicious drinks. Gilded interiors, burlesque romps and a stunning show guaranteed on your visit here.

Gin Tub

15| The exciting tastes of international gins in a superb interior of our newly opened Gin Tub Cocktail bar. Finally somewhere to drink after all the great Hove restaurants. With well over 80 gins – bespoke cocktails – craft beers and ales. We have also created flight boards to try new spirits. Bespoke Cocktails, craft beers, IPA’s and all the normal beers and spirits too. Under The Tub Welcome to the Rum Cage, where the spirits and specifically the rum never dry out. With a bar selection of some of the best rums, oh and of course some of our favourite gins.

Cocktail Shack

16| A unique and innovative bar hidden within the tall walls of Regency Square. They pride themselves on drinks as creative and bespoke as the Artist Residence itself, offering playful service and a passion for the product. We would urge everyone to check them out at The Shack for a taste of something new.

H Bar

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We drop by the Big Beach CafĂŠ in West Hove and spend an entertaining hour with Dan Stockland, at this popular family destination cafe.

The Cappuccino Kid

Situated out in West Hove, this ever popular cafe plays host to families, busy mums, skateboarders and just those seeking a pleasant, chilled hour. The cafe has been open 4 years and enjoys the propriety of Dan Stockland, and our much-loved city hero, Norman Cook.

The pasta sauce is fresh and our burgers are just ÂŁ5! Even dogs get a good deal. Every dog is offered a sausage on entry." Needless to say, there were a few wagging tales in the queue. The cafe has a full license so there are many community events that take place here. 'Eat, drink, party and meet', seem to be the cafe motto. Special daytime parties can be organised as well as large birthday parties for kids. Now that summer has arrived, leisurely afternoons can be spent at the skate park, playground and splashing in the paddling pool - all with the cafe in the centre of it all.

I took a visit to the cafe and was welcomed by the very amiable Dan. Over a very tasty flat white, he gave a little background to his past colourful career. Dan was a personal chef working for some of the top names and groups in the music business. He also served time at Chelsea's Bluebird and Conran.

Whilst working at the V Bites Cafe, Dan met with Norman, and a new working relationship was formed. When the beach property came up on offer, Dan and Norman viewed the site and the cafe potential was obvious to them. The cafe, and indeed the immediate area was in need of a facelift. With suitable co-operation from the council, the kid's playground was been given a refurb and sits opposite the also spruced up skatepark. All age groups catered for then. The newly painted wall looks pretty cool too. This was art directed and overseen by Aroe, a wellrespected graffiti artist.

Welcome to the Big Beach Cafe. "The emphasis is on the local community of Hove Lagoon and her visitors" explains Dan. I ask him about the coffee we are drinking. Dan pulls out a bag of coffee beans. "We are using


this Tudor Milano blend." I'm suitably impressed. Top quality coffee indeed. It's not just good coffee that Dan caters. He offers a range of beautifully packed boxes of tea. These are from Pavilion Health, a range of Ayurvedic Herbal Teas. I take a quick sniff inside the box and amazed at the incredible scent of the contents. There are many health claims and benefits from these teas.

Onto the cafe core business then, the food. "We offer non-pretentious, well-made cafe fayre, simple cafe classics" enthuses Dan. "We serve all-day breakfasts, light lunches, fish and chips, cakes, pastries, and delicious ice cream - all at great value.


The cafe has a full team at your disposal. "We are open to all" Dan explains. He welcomes all types of community events. I notice an enthusiastic young team. "We try to give as many 'first chance jobs' as possible. A lot of students need that first job experience, a bit of customer service and such. Well, if I have a position, this is the place to come to. Bring a smile and a bunch of enthusiasm and we'll endeavour to find you a something. If you are passing through West Hove we are located just a frisbee-throw away from the beach. Spend an hour or the day here. Chill, play, skate, drink and eat... We're the Big Beach Cafe!" Big Beach Cafe Kingsway, Hove Lagoon



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INTRODUCTION The election & the possible effects to the housing market by Malsen Estates

The British hung parliament has triggered more questions than answers. This, together with the recent triggering of Article 50, has created a period of economic uncertainty that has had an interesting impact on the British housing market.

The housing market began to wobble in the run-up to the election and property prices have since dropped by an average of 0.4%, the first dip in since 2009. As a consequence, the annual rate of price increase has slowed to 1.8%, the lowest since April 2013. There is still an appetite for buying, however as the number of sales agreed has risen by 7% YoY. Interestingly, markets are performing at different speeds depending on location and sector. The first-time buyer sector is the fastest growing with newly-listed prices within this sector surging by 3.5% month-on-month and 5.5% year-on-year.

London (-2.4%) and the South East (-0.9%) have recorded the largest monthly falls in newly listed property prices, which is dragging the national average down. In contrast, the North is performing well, with an average of 11% increase on agreed sale YoY compared to 3% in the South.

Miles Shipside, Rightmove director and housing market analyst said: “The price of property coming to the market had increased in June in every year since 2009, so buyer confidence has clearly been affected by inflation outstripping their pay packets and current political events. “However, demand is still high and markets in some parts of the country seem to be getting used to coping with instability and are still strong. The high levels of sales being agreed show that the underlying fundamentals are largely unchanged with high first-time buyer demand which drives movement higher up the ladder, all aided by the cheap cost of borrowing.” We’ve seen a drop in house prices in Brighton and Hove, as buyers are no longer prepared to pay over the asking price for properties, and competition is no longer as steep. However, Brighton and Hove’s geographical location, sandwiched between the sea and protected South Downs, means that demand will continue to outweigh supply. As a result, we expect property prices to re-stabilise in the coming months.



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Degrees of London

in 24 hours


n this Absolute Magazine series of staycation

features, I have had the pleasure of road tripping throughout Sussex and beyond together with my toddling daughter and willing hubby,

discovering those dreamy family-friendly

escapes that whisk you away from it all for the weekend. These memory-making adventures are simply magical and the South coast offers

them in abundance, but when I was offered the opportunity of overnight babysitting from the Mother-in-Law, we seized the chance to have

an adult-only one-nighter in the capital. With limited time away from nappies and nursery

rhymes we wanted to make the most of every

single minute and see as many of the sights as possible within 24 hours.



Aside from location, Canary Wharf is riddled with top-notch bars and restaurants, all at the very top of their game, fuelled by the amount of competition that exists locally.

Lured by promises of '360 degree stunning breath-taking views across the city', we chose to stay at the new flagship Novotel Canary Wharf Hotel; a glass skyscraper boasting an impressive 39 storeys and based in a heart of London's financial district. This may seem a bit of an odd location to choose for a leisurely trip, however this not-so-obvious area to reside turned out to be quite a revelation. Firstly the transport links are superb you can choose between taking the car and park in one of the ultra secure car parks dotted throughout Canary Wharf, or take the train and it's an easy hop on the Jubilee Line when you reach London Bridge.  

Perhaps more exciting (well it was for me anyway) is the close proximity of the Clipper service - an often overlooked method of public transport around the capital, but quite the adventure and a wonderful way to see London. Simply board at Canary Wharf and you can sail on to Westminster, London Bridge, Embankment, Blackfriars and Tower at your leisure.  It certainly beats stuffy Underground travel or hectic buses rides! Aside from location, Canary Wharf is riddled with top-notch bars and restaurants, all at the very top of their game, fuelled by the amount of competition that exists locally.  One word of advice when snooping around Canary Wharf - Sat Nav and GPS doesn't seem to work when dwarfed by all the skyscraper that tower around you, so make use of an old skool A-Z map.

The Novotel Canary Wharf hotel surpasses all expectations of this well known hotel brand. Masterminded by leading architects LRW and interiors agency Koncept, this is a design-led hotel that offers a welcomed diversion from the one-size fits all approach so many chain hotels possess. Industrial materials including steel and wood reflect the commodities and produce that passed through the area pays homage to its significant history.




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A new landmark for the Capital, this skyscraper hotel offers 313 rooms, including 26 individually designed suites, and has been exquisitely crafted with a truly unexpected and innovative design to offer the ultimate in comfort and style to guests. For the very full effect, try and bag a room on one of the highest levels; standing at 127 meters above street level, every room from the 12th floor and above features spectacular water views across the docks, including the Shard, the Thames Barrier, Canary Wharf, and Greenwich and Olympic park. 

We were fortunate enough to be based on one highest floors, making our views from the wall to ceiling windows simply breathtaking. Gaze out on the great city in the world from the comfort of your own room, whilst indulging in the goodies from the well-stocked mini bar!  As the sun goes down and the lights of London begin to twinkle, you cannot fail to be swept away with the romance of it all. 


All rooms include large Flat screen TVs, work desks, Live n Dream comfort bedding (hands down the most comfortable bed I have experienced from a London hotel) and sleek bathrooms to encourage relaxation in the city. If you want to really spoil yourself, make sure you choose a suite.  Elegant suites include, in addition to the facilities found in the bedrooms, full range mini bar, turn-down service and private concierge. Soft-sofa seating areas, stocked bookcases and in some cases free standing bathtubs and crittal style doors.  The hotel also includes Executive Terrace Suites with a private terrace for entertaining guests or a relaxing space to put your feet up and enjoy a glass of wine in the very lap of luxury.   In addition to the spectacular bedrooms and suites available, the hotel also boasts a New York-style gym and pool, nine design meeting rooms inspired by the goods brought in to these docks, ground floor coffee shop and contemporary bar and restaurant with rooftop terrace - the icing on this very impressive cake.   The often monotonous check-in and check-out service is a distant memory as the process is facilitated on tablets with no reception desk in sight. Guests are met by the 'Welcomers' and can quickly take their key and journey up the hotel for their seamless experience of Novotel Canary Wharf.  With soft seats, music and in striking distance of Canary Coffee on the ground floor, this is a place where you can feel at home.  My husband and I both felt like we had our very own London pad for the night and a blissful haven away from the hustle bustle of city life.  


My husband and I both felt like we had our very own London pad for the night and a blissful haven away from the hustle bustle of city life. Â




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As I mentioned before, the highlight of this hotel for me is the simply spectacular BŌKAN restaurant, bar and roof terrace based on the 37-39th floors.  This triumph of a venue is a must-visit whether you are staying at the hotel or not.  The views and open air roof terrace are magnificent, matched only by the exceptional seasonal menu crafted by Aurelie Altemaire, (formerly Head Chef at Michelin-starred L’Atelier de Jöel Robuchon) that offers a relaxed take on modern European cuisine, using carefully chosen local British ingredients. Anglo-Saxon for ‘lighthouse’, BŌKAN, stands as the light at the top of this impressive hotel. Let one of the baristas mix you a Royal Captain with Hendrick’s gin, lavender-infused Mancino Vermouth Bianco, elderflower cordial, cold jasmine tea, grapefruit bitters, topped with soda.  Or how about visiting on a Sunday for one of their Jazz lunches in the clouds?  I just look forward to the next occasion when there is a family or friend's birthday and I can suggest this hidden gem and claim the inevitable brownie points!

If the views from the hotel weren't enough, what came next was the perfect way to see London in one night. We jumped on the Clipper and made our way to Westminster where we boarded the City Cruise's 'London Showboat', ready to 'Wine, dine and dance on this great dinner cruise on the Thames, see spectacular views and enjoy show songs and top hits sung by a live performer'. Our evening began the moment we stepped aboard the glass-sided boat and were handed a welcome glass of fizz  (being pregnant, I was offered an orange juice by the waiting staff who had already ensured my temporary dietary requirements would be catered for from the very offset). We were shown to our table and although I was initially a bit surprised to see we were sharing with another romantic couple, as our singer began to entertain, we all relaxed and were able to speak freely and unhushed with our partners.   Starters were preset on the tables and so we were able to start enjoying our dinner straight away. The tickets include a three-hour river cruise, four course meal, the sparkling wine on arrival, half bottle of wine per guest (or 3 soft drinks per person for those not drinking), plus the live performer and dancing till late should you wish to.   The dinner itself was impressive, with every dish being filled with flavour and boasting unfussy ingredients that people really want to tuck in to.  Things just get better as you hum along to the cheesy pop tunes and hit songs from West End musicals that accompany you as you dine.

Most spectacular of all are the stunning views the riverscape gives of the iconic Thames-side buildings. Be sure to take a trip up on to the top decks to experience drinks in the open air as the wind rustles through your hair and you take in the real show of the night - the landmarks of London.

It is easy to forget how very close London is to Brighton and every time I visit, I make a vowel that I will return again in the near future. It is often the case that it is simply the idea of returning home on the late night train service after a West End Show or dinner puts me off, but with the new London bolt hole I found in the Novotel Canary Wharf and the reasonable prices they offer, London is very much back on the cards again, whether it's a whistle stop tour or an extended city break.

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BUILDING IT BEAUTIFULLY Over the years GT Contractors builders in Brighton have been developing, restoring, building and decorating properties all over Sussex, one brick at a time.


arying from family homes to barns, nightclubs, stables and offices, there are examples of the company’s master craftsmanship throughout the county. With an impeccable reputation, a growing team and a seemingly never-ending amount of redevelopment taking place along the coast, owner Gary has found a recipe for success that has lasted the test of time. Now in higher demand than ever before, Absolute caught up with the gaffer to understand exactly how he has built his empire. How has your company grown to be where it is now? What has contributed to your success? Our success is a result of providing high standards of work at reasonable prices,  customer relations are important to us.  We are a family-run business and have plenty of experience in all aspects of the building industry. From refitting/refurbishing night clubs to loft conversions, extensions and full house refurbishments. We have recently built a driving range at Piltdown Golf Club, a detached house in Henfield and a block of flats in Haywards Heath. At what point did you recognise the success of your business?  You are only as good as your last job and this is why I strive to keep the standards high at all times.  


The team must be pretty large these days. How many people are now part of the machine? Our team has grow over the years, but we are now currently at 12 full timers and sub contractors, most of which have worked with us for a number of years and continue to do so. And where are you sourcing your materials? Is there an eco-angle?  We use various builders and timber merchants and always use recycle centres to dispose of our waste. We have installed Solar panels, air source heat pumps and heat exchange units. 

Do you offer placements or apprenticeship programmes throughout colleges and universities? We currently have two apprentices at the moment, 1 carpenter and 1 plumber, both of whom are at college in Brighton. What projects/ventures have you got going on at present?  We are just finishing 2 large house refurbishments both in Hove. The owner of 1 property was keen to restore the period features which included sash windows, cornices, fireplaces and ceiling roses. The kitchen at the back of the property has been opened up and has a very clean and contemporary feel to it. We have worked


We are a family-run business with over 25 years experience in a wide variety of building work, we are honest, hard working and reliable.

closely with our Client to bring her vision to life and the end result is stunning. Photos will uploaded to our website soon so please keep an eye out for them.

Why are you different to other businesses within your industry? What can your clients expect from you? We are a family-run business with over 25 years experience in a wide variety of building work, we are honest, hard working and reliable. How has the city of Brighton helped your business? Do you feel Brighton’s high creativity levels have contributed to your success? Brighton is a vibrant city and is forever changing, There is never any shortage of building work.  As I have said before, if you are reliable, honest, hard working and the end product is good, word quickly spreads.




HEATING IT UP We speak to local business Accolade Heating UK - a local, Plumbing, Gas, Heating and Electrics business working across London and the South. This team of professional Plumbers, Gas Engineers and Electricians are reputed to help get your plumbing, heating and electrics running again smoothly in the shortest possible time.


ccolade Heating UK has served London and the South’s residents and businesses for the last twenty five years. We talk to Accolades head man and founder Mr Jim Hill, in his own words, we all work hard on our customer service, value for money, and provide a honest and experienced service. We put a few questions to Jim to dig a little deeper into the history, ethos and future of this great local business. Explain the start up to your company? How did it begin? It all started 25 yrs ago, I was a loss adjuster working for a big company and just a number on their staff sheet. One of my closest friends and I decided to take the plunge risking a launch of something that we felt was needed for the market locally - a good quality, reliable and affordable plumbing services company. How has your company grown to be where it is now? What has contributed to your businesses success? We pride ourselves on some basic principles and good business practices, strong customer service, the very best quality of product and finish, fast and reliable. When a business or a customer books our services, we are always there until what we promised is achieved. At what point did you recognise the success of your business? We started to see much repeat business, and businesses recommending us to others they knew, one project for a customer in


one road of apartment blocks, then within the days and weeks after, more in that same area would ask for quotes. Word of mouth and happy customers is the key.

Being a recognised company, please name a few of your clients or brands that you do business with? We do now have contracts with quite large businesses, and national contracts. Namely a few that you will know I am sure - Costa Coffee, but also large local businesses like Armadillo construction, even some celeb clients including former ANOTHER LEVEL band member Dane Bowers!, and a few we cannot mention. What was your aim to work closely within the direction of the media service? We have tried to keep up with all modern methods of communicating our message to the market. We have recently updated our main website and will be launching on facebook and twitter in the coming weeks, where our contractors will be able to post jobs and customers can comment as well. We are 100% proud of our work and unlike some businesses, have no fear of social media and customer feedback.

The team must be pretty large these days. How many people are now part of the machine? We are still quite a compact team – we have currently 5 full time staff members, but a long list of trusted valued sub contractors and freelance workers on our books –


Wherever possible we look for the eco options, including now being one of the main installers of eco technologies in Sussex, including Solar – we see these technologies of which have been interviewed and as a growing market for alltested to make sure their work levels and customer service skills match ours. both our business and And where are you sourcing your residential clients, materials? Is there an eco-angle? Wherever possible we look for the eco options, including now being one of the main installers of eco technologies in Sussex, including Solar – we see these technologies as a growing market for both our business and residential clients, Do you offer placements or apprenticeship programmes throughout colleges and universities? We do and have in the past offered apprenticeships and work closely with two of our local collages. With a strong belief in trying to help young people get a foot into the job market with a skill and trade, we always help if we can to do so. What projects/ventures have you got going on at present? We are heavily involved with a couple of large scale housing developments locally, and the contract work we have nationally with Costa Coffee always keeps our team busy, it seems that when you offer a good service, you are never short of people that want to book that service... touch wood. Which projects are you really excited about? Well I cant say too much, but we have started to work with some very well known pop artists, on two new builds. Its always amazing to do work for people that in the past you saw on TV, and heard on the radio, and brought their albums!

Do you feel Brighton’s high creativity levels have contributed to your success? Brighton and Sussex - with the high levels of talent in all fields, has a high stream of new business start ups, home upgrades, and new builds. We are in a fast paced and growing part of the UK. The future is bright for Accolade, and green light for GO as more of us all go Green too!



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Steven Edwards has devoted his career to the sensual enjoyment of fine dining. This British chef won the sixth series of Masterchef: The Professionals back in 2013. Following this incredible accolade, his career and creative flair have gone from strength to strength.


ollowing a wealth of training from the country's top chefs including Raymond Blanc and a six year portfolio at Sussex's five star South Lodge, It was not long before Steven decided to share his gift with the nation and set up the original 'etch'. This was a series of pop up dining experiences from private homes to Blenheim Palace. A local to Sussex, Steven sourced the perfect venue in Hove to launch his first restaurant in March 2017. Since opening, Steven has been etching his compositions of whimsical, ultra-modern, flavour forward ingredients onto our minds

Conveniently located on Church Road in Hove, the etch team have transformed this corner venue into a chic, modern restaurant that emanates comfort and culinary sophistication. The original ornate fixtures work in harmony with the sleek, modern furnishings. Burnt orange leather chairs and petrol blue booths set the scene, visually delighting diners as every inch of etch looks carefully planned and implemented. The large windows allow light to flood in during the day and also share the buzz with the outside world at night. They say you eat with your eyes and so to create a delicious looking restaurant enhances the whole dining experience.


The etch team have designed a faultless looking venue complete with an ultra modern Japanese toilet.

Arriving at etch, I was greeted with a warm smile and glass of Nytimber English sparkling wine. Etch appears to have achieved a rare feat; an upscale restaurant with a celebratory feel, as well as a perfect laid back dining lounge for locals. There is no formal dress code, yet an air of easy opulence.

The calm and unpretentious atmosphere immediately put me at ease and I felt ready to explore and expand my palate with Brighton's very own Masterchef. What followed was an evening of mindful eating, fully immersing myself as a bonafide foodie.

Tasting menus are becoming more soughtafter as they provide an opportunity to discover the chef’s full repertoire. On offer at etch is a choice of four, six or eight course tasting menus, with a suburb wine list perfectly paired to each dish. As my mum Claire is an avid Masterchef fan, it seemed only right that she be my date for the evening and as not to over indulge we opted for the six course menu. Initially Claire was unsure about six courses, but the joy of a tasting menu is the careful balance of portions and pairings, richness and


freshness, ultimately allowing the chef to take you on a culinary journey - a journey into Steven Edward’s creative world-class kitchen and his inspired tastes, textures, aromas and aesthetics. The staff worked together like clockwork with the service being professional and discreet. The uniforms are smart with waistcoats and dickie bows and they all appear expertly armed with knowledge for every single item that arrives on your table. It was refreshing to hear that all of the staff taste each dish and study the intricate detail in order to reprise the details to the guests in a Masterchef style voice.

An amuse-bouche was presented to our table to start the evening. As we looked up, it was a wonderful surprise to be welcomed by Steven Edwards himself. This magic touch is something that Steven tries to do as often as possible, which in all my years of dining I have never experienced. Throughout the evening, it was a delight to see how happy his guests appeared as each and every table was made to feel like a VIP. The table setting was stylish with British designed Robert Welch cutlery and a nod to Brighton using a pebble from Brighton beach to display the butter.

etch by Steven Edwards is a highly ambitious fine dining experience, executed to perfection.

Next to arrive was the freshest black bream, caught off the shores of Worthing. This course with its succulent fish was meaty and delicious with crispy skin and fennel to slice through the flavours. The delicate sweet flavour of this white fish is the centre of attention and the presentation was exquisite.

As I throughly and mindfully enjoyed each course as it arrived, my favourite dish was the Pea and Mint custard with creme fraiche. This was a texture and flavour I had never experienced before and was so beautifully presented that my camera ate first! Little did I know the pièce de résistance was about to be showcased. A simple and elegant duck breast parcel with a crispy, glazed skin and juices trickling onto the plate. The vegetables were understated and the meat cooked to perfection. We were both bowled over by this dish. As each course arrived it was like a culinary performance of popping colours and shapes with Steven’s signature sharp lines and attention to detail; true works of culinary art. Each course is paired with a wine suggestion, but with six courses I preferred to stick with my personal favourite of English sparkling wine.

The focus is on seasonal produce, with the finest local ingredients and as Steven explained, his emphasis is allowing the 'true' flavour of each ingredient to shine bright and not be covered with excessive seasoning or flavours. Pure, simple and exquisitely prepared. The menu changes weekly, with a few of the favourites being circulated throughout the year. It’s this dedication for going above and beyond that makes etch exceptional.

Creativity and training can make a good chef, but to make an extraordinary chef I believe you must have a natural passion and respect for each and every ingredient used. etch by Steven Edwards is a highly ambitious fine dining experience, executed to perfection. It is enchanting and driven and with a chef as passionate as Steven at the helm, I believe that we are lucky here in Brighton to have welcomed the first of many.

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The Jetty There’s nothing like beating summer heat than a seafood feast and luckily the Sussex coast line is rich in ocean delights from oysters to lobster and the meatiest sea bream I have ever tasted.


he Jetty is becoming a neighbourhood favourite and offers everything from 'just bite' nibbles to à la carte and a superb, reasonably priced set menu. A combination of the crowd pleasing menu, along with the glorious panoramic seaviews make Jetty the perfect place to pop along for a little alfresco dining in the sunshine. That is exactly what my husband and I decided to do last week. The welcoming atmosphere never fails to impress. The fresh décor and open plan layout is relaxing and perfect after a stressful day at work.

As regulars to The Jetty we now know several of the staff and it's always lovely to be remembered. It’s this personal touch that makes this restaurant stand out for my husband and I.

Carlos was looking after us and immediately suggested a summer cocktail from the mixologist. A Grey Goose Fizz complete with an artistic ice flower and beautifully arranged red currents started our early summer feast. The large French doors were open allowing access to the cute tables on front terrace. I couldn't think of a more perfect location for delicious food, excellent service and wonderful people watching.

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This bright and airy corner restaurant is cheery and laid back and since its opening, it has reliably good food.

The menu is extensive and allows for various dining experiences. We were keen to have a leisurely catch up. To start, we ordered a few nibbles. The calamari and whitebait were fresh and tasty, the batter light and crispy and the portions ample. Seafood is the name of the game for The Jetty and whilst we have previously enjoyed other items on the menu, including the steak special, today it was all about being seafood lovers living in a seaside city. There are several 'Jetty specialities' including the 'chunky fish soup' which was flavoursome and rather hearty for a starter. To be honest I would have been satisfied if this had been my main course.

The Jetty's Chef Alex Aitken truly stands by using fresh, regional ingredients and this is reflected in the menu. The fish is caught daily and lands only a stones throw away in Newhaven. The catch of the day is a whole fish grilled or poached; Bream, Bass, Plaice or Sole and at a mere £14.50, it truly lives up to its name. My husband ordered the Bream with


broccoli and truffle parmesan fries on the side. The presentation was elegant and the simplicity of the preparation allowed for the true flavours to come through.

There are four Jetty Classic mains which have become firm favourites and therefore stay on the menu ranging from £12-£18.

I ordered the seared fillet of stonebass, served with a mini fish pie in a tiny copper pot. A substantial portion and aesthetically pleasing, but also a recommendation of Carlos that did not disappoint. Our midsummer evening was very agreeable and whilst we had not planned to indulge quite to this extent, The Jetty has so many wonderful delights on offer that it is hard to say no. On that note, I very rarely order a sweet desert, but given our royal banquet from nibbles to main it seemed only fitting to finish the evening and share two.

The sticky toffee pudding was the clear winner, smothered in caramel sauce and topped with creamy vanilla ice cream. Following closely, we both thoroughly enjoyed the peanut butter parfait with toffee popcornand chocolate sauce. These are not for the faint hearted, but definitely worth every calorie.

Since my last review of The Jetty six months ago, there is certainly an air of being established as the team are now incredibly confident and knowledgable and the service is effortless. Our early evening dinner was relaxed and the atmosphere convivial. By 8:00pm the restaurant was buzzing and nearly every table full. The now candle lit tables had transformed the venue into a midweek romantic hideaway. The Jetty is the perfect place to luxuriate and spoil yourself.

Whether a light lunch or celebration. The bar is chic and the newly opened spa is exquisite and well worth a visit. The Jetty restaurant is a firm favourite of ours with delicious dining and a splendid atmosphere. All tastes and desires are catered for in this stylish and exceptionally good restaurant. Lindsay Katherine Hills




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Summer dates are better than Winter dates; there, I’ve said it. Yes, in Winter there’s ice skating and Christmas lights, chilly countryside walks and cosy Sunday pub lunch, but add 20 degrees, some bright summer sunshine and green grass and it makes for a great day.


ussex is a fantastic place for couples in the Summer, whether it’s your first date or 50th, there’s so much to do in so many beautiful locations.

One of my favourite date locations is Swanbourne Lake in Arundel. If you happen to be lucky enough to have a free Sunday where the sunshine is out and both you and your partner are free, either drive or jump on a train to Arundel, and head here. You can hire a little boat for a very reasonable price; I think it’s around £7.50 for an hour (don’t quote me on that, but that was the price last time I went!) and boat around the lake, which is filled with ducks. If you want to see the swans, they’re usually walking around just outside of the lake, rather than in it.

You can buy a bag of duck feed for 50p from the shop at Swanbourne Lake and feed them


as you go round; when the sun is shining and it’s warm, it’s a brilliant day out. As you’re on a date, you can sit back and relax whilst your partner does all the oar work! After boating, you can head to the Black Rabbit for lunch and sit outside overlooking the lake. I can’t think of a better date day, personally.

If you’re wanting something just a little bit less strenuous, you could go for a leisurely walk around Arlington Bluebell Walk, which is in Polegate. There’s 7 different walks over 3 farms, littered with miles of bluebells and a café where you can enjoy scones after your walk. I used to come here a lot when I was little and it’s since transpired into an ideal date location if you want a walk that’s a little bit different.


If you want to do something in the Countryside, you could head to Roundstone Farm in Worthing and go fruit picking. Roundstone specialises in strawberries, gooseberries, rhubarb, broad beans and onions, meaning you can pick berries to use to make a crumble later on in the day (me and my partner are planning on doing this in a few weeks time!) or get the vegetables for your Sunday roast. Different crops are also available throughout the season too.

I know that a lot of people associate fruit and vegetable picking with children, however I actually think it’s a great date day out. It’s different, you can walk and talk and you end up with a basket of fresh fruit and veg at the end of it, which can never be a bad thing.



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One of my favourite days out in Sussex has always been Devils Dyke. Although there is little that remains of the castle, I love walking down through South Downs Way and ending up at one of my favourite country pubs, The Shephard & The Dog. It’s good to have an end game on a long walk, especially when it’s a pub. There’s a lot of different routes you can go for Devils Dyke and most of them give you spectacular views. You’ll usually pass other walkers, although for the most part, you’ll probably be on your own, at least until you get into Fulking village.

The Shepherd & the Dog do an amazing Sunday roast, but their lunch/dinner menu on any other day is great too. There’s seating inside, however I usually head here in the Summer and there’s picnic tables all around the outside, including a few lining the stream that runs through.


Lastly, a more indulgent, ‘inner city’ date day idea. The Harbour Hotel & Spa has recently opened along the seafront and it’s just as a luxurious as promised pre-launch. I visited with friends for a spa evening, however I’d love to go back as a couple; their spa facilities are in the basement; hot tubs in the wine cellar, dim lighting, soothing music, with rooms available to stay in upstairs if you want to make your date day a date night. The Jetty restaurant is also available for lunch and drinks if you really want to make it special. A couples countryside day out is all well and good, however sometimes you do just want a touch of luxury, and The Harbour Hotel & Spa is just that. So there we have it; my Summer Date Recommendations for Sussex. From a spa day to a country walk, everything I’ve talked about is guaranteed to give you the date of dreams, whether you’re in a new relationship or you’ve been together for decades and know each other inside and out.


If you live in Sussex like myself, you are so lucky to be surrounded by so many places that will house the perfect romantic day out. If you’re from outside of Sussex, I’d thoroughly recommend jumping in your car or on the train and coming to visit, whether it’s a planned day out or a sweet surprise gesture. Whatever it is you’re coming for, pick a sunny day and enjoy it; happy dating.

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Sussex Wedding Every bride and groom has their own vision of their big day – we’ve been planning it since we got the love bug when Scott and Charlene tied the knot. Luckily for us, we live in Sussex, which is full of the most eclectic and eccentric choice of wedding suppliers you can find, catering for every idea under the sun. Whether you want a traditional seaside wedding, a sleek and sophisticated Manor House, or a festival-style knees up, Sussex has it covered. But where do you start when choosing your ‘Team Wedding?’ The internet is a minefield but a good solid start and wedding fayres will inspire you, but you’ll notice the same suppliers do the rounds time and time again. To start you off on your matrimonial journey, this Mother Hen has done the ground work for you. Presenting the Absolute Guide to Sussex Wedding suppliers…

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Pelham House In the heart of magical Lewes lies a beautiful 16th-century Town House complete with meticulously kept mature walled gardens; Pelham House. Offering an elegant backdrop for your wedding day, the hotel is licensed for ceremonies and is ideal for both large and more intimate weddings receptions, allowing you to have the freedom of inviting just your nearest and dearest, or to make it a spectacular affair.

Glenn Lester, the Head Chef of Pelham House, has created a sumptuous seasonal menu using fresh locally sourced produce wherever possible, ensuring you and your guests enjoy a gastronomic feast on your big day. Combine that with the attentive service and the splendid backdrop brimming with old-world charm, and you have the perfect blend to ensure every second of your wedding day is an unforgettable experience.



Mercure Brighton Seafront Ghyll Manor Hotel and Restaurant Nestled right in the very heart of the stunning Sussex countryside, you’ll find Ghyll Manor Hotel & Restaurant, a 17thcentury country house, available to hire for weddings brimming with elegance, style and character. This traditional oak-beamed building gazes out over 40 acres of gorgeous private gardens, including a lake and the pretty summerhouse, and caters for civil marriages, partnerships and wedding receptions – enabling you to spend part or all of your big day in this spectacular setting. The Ghyll Manor wedding packages are perfect for any marriage celebration, however big or small, and are designed to include all the essential elements to make your big day truly unique, including special rates for your guests to stay in the 29-individually designed bedrooms. They also promise they will never host more than one wedding at the same time. This means it is exclusively your day and you’ll receive a truly personal service.

Old Ship Hotel Standing proudly over the beautiful Brighton seafront, the Old Ship Hotel is one of the city’s oldest and grandest hotels making it the perfect choice to celebrate one of the most important days of your lives. They have a range of function rooms to choose from, from the lavish Paganini Ballroom to the intimate Cellar Suite, you can even take your vows overlooking the sea in the Fecamp Lounge. With 3 Licenced rooms for civil ceremonies. At the Old ship Hotel they know that every wedding should be just as special and unique as the lucky couple tying the knot, and the wedding packages have been built accordingly, allowing you to tailor every element to be exactly as you wish. From room set up, to catering and decorations.All of the weddings are catered by the Steak on the Sea Restaurant, serving premium seasonal dishes using locally sourced, high quality produce. With a range of selections and packages to choose from and you also go off menu and design a bespoke plan with the chefs that meets your personal tastes.

This stunning Grade-II listed hotel is set right on the Brighton seafront. Whether you are looking for grand affair for up to 150 people, or a small intimate affair, they have the perfect space. Their Regency Inspired Ballroom is perfect for a sit down wedding breakfast or evening reception. The hotel is also fully licensed so you can have your whole day all under the one, magnificent roof. Wedding packages start from just £2,500 and include complimentary accommodation for the happy couple.

British Airways i360 The British Airways i360 is one of the most unique wedding venues in the world. Imagine saying “I do” 450 feet, high above the beach, as a breath-taking panorama of the beautiful Sussex coastline gently unfolds around you.

The British Airways i360 is the world’s tallest moving observation tower and the futuristic looking pod, which can hold up to 198 people for wedding ceremonies or civil partnerships, provides 360-degree views across Brighton and the south coast as it glides slowly up the 162-metre tall tower. There is even a Sky Bar on board where guests can toast the couple with a glass of Nyetimber, England’s finest sparkling wine, before descending into the beach building where the wedding celebrations can continue. Couples can also take their vows in the heritage 1866 West Pier Toll Booth, or choose the beachside event space, each with their own private terraces offering stunning views of the West Pier, Brighton beach and out to sea. The flexible spaces can cater for more intimate groups of 38 people, to larger ceremonies of up to 202 people (including the couple).

Wedding reception menus will use the finest local ingredients from the South Downs and Sussex region. For those wanting a more informal style celebration, British Airways i360 wedding packages include a BBQ and bowl food option or for a very special touch, couples can book the talented Steven Edwards, winner of MasterChef: The Professionals 2013.




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Brighton Harbour Hotel & Spa is the perfect venue to tie the knot in Brighton. With an exceptional position on the highly sought-after promenade and on the verge of Brighton’s renowned Lanes, the hotel features stylish new bedrooms with panoramic sea views, the award-winning Jetty restaurant concept and a luxury Harbour Spa, featuring a rooftop infinity pool.

Blanch House is an elegant and chic, boutique wedding venue. A Grade-II listed Regency Town House, it’s set in a quiet side street in the heart of Kemp Town, a stone’s throw from the seafront.

The Goodwood Estate, nestled at the foot of the South Downs just outside Chichester in West Sussex, boasts stunning views, exceptional food and a sense of understated luxury that is hard to find elsewhere. Choose from a number of unique packages and a variety of unbelievably romantic settings to create your dream day. From the historical grandeur of Goodwood House to the contemporary chic of The Goodwood Hotel, or the intimacy of The Kennels, there is a place at Goodwood that will be just right for your special wedding.

Chic and stylish, this waterside wedding venue is licensed for up to 100 guests, for both your civil ceremony and evening reception, to share in the most special day of your life. Like the glistening sea, chandeliers sparkle in the sunlight, which pours into this beautiful room. With large windows to soak up the views and beautiful new décor, this venue offers the perfect setting for your Champagne reception, as you begin your new life together.

It’s licensed for ceremonies and the elegant Belle Epoque Function Suite can accommodate up to 40 seated guests. The team would also be delighted to host your wedding reception in the Champagne and Cocktail Bar Lounge.

Blanch House has a range of wedding packages to suit all tastes and budgets, ranging from the ‘Simply Boutique Wedding Package’ which includes the essential elements for your special day, to the ‘Only You Package’ which offers exclusive use of Blanch House.

The Jetty restaurant, within the hotel, offers the perfect venue conveniently located for bridesmaid luncheons, rehearsal dinners and a farewell brunch, and the exclusive Spa offers the perfect haven to enjoy some time out pampering before your wedding.

The Caterers A Touch of Class Catering Whether you are looking for a sit down wedding breakfast for 100 people, or perhaps some creative and delicious canapés to add to your evening reception, these Worthing-based caterers will endeavour to provide you with an exceptional experience and cuisine. They have over 25 years’ experience in providing quality catering and from the very start, your event manager will work with you on a one to one basis for a perfect menu.

Offering your guests delicious food will add to the enjoyment of your special day and you can feel confident in leaving A Touch of Class to plan the details. They even offer free delivery and clearing afterwards, so while they take care of all the cleaning, you and your guests can sit back and enjoy the day.



The Dress Vintage Originals at Hope & Harlequin This vintage bridal collection is for the bride who wants something not only beautiful and fabulous, but also completely original and entirely authentic. Their stunning collection of dresses is ever-changing and carefully sourced by owner Louise Hill from all around the world. Each dress is restored, cleaned and can be altered or customised inhouse to create the perfect fit or update the style for a more contemporary feel.

Joanne Fleming Designs Multi-award-winning Brighton-based designer, Joanne Fleming’s bridal collections are a Duchess’s French boudoir of sumptuous silks, ostrich feathers and freshwater pearls, bursting with romance and opulence. These unique dresses give a modern twist to the silverscreen glamour of the Thirties and Fifties and each bespoke, or made-to-order dress, is lovingly handmade amid the sequins and Swarovski Crystals at the flagship showroom in the heart of Brighton, opposite the Royal Pavilion.

Lucky Bride A bridal revolution is taking place in St George’s Road, Kemp Town.

“The dress is a major part of representing who you are on your wedding day,” says Louise Hill, the fashion conscious owner of the Lucky Bride boutique. “But, we noticed people often had to compromise themselves on their big day due to budget constraints. Lucky Bride was born.”

The bridal industry is complex with hundreds of designers competing for the eye of the bride – and her mother, who often holds the purse strings. With this in mind, Louise spotted an opportunity to offer high-end, off-the-peg, designer dresses by independent and international designers – including Claire Pettibone, David Fielden, Delphine Manivet, and Flora Bridal – at huge discounts of up to 50%, and occasionally more. “All boutiques have to buy samples from the designers. They are often unworn, or may have been tried on only a couple of times, but always with the upmost care and attention.”

White Leaf Bridal Boutique The White Leaf bridal experience is unique in Brighton, offering brides an opportunity to create affordable bespoke wedding gowns. Either adapt and customise from their made-to-measure in-store range or create a truly one-of-a-kind piece with their design team, complete with an illustration of your exclusive dress. Ensure you book an appointment to have an unhurried styling session with their designer, who will help you find or create the perfect dress for your special day. Everything is custom-made, helping White Leaf provide fantastic and flattering dresses for all shapes and sizes, including pregnant brides.

Sarah Janks Sarah Janks was born of a desire to offer accessible luxury apparel and eschew the hype and fast, faddish, disposable side of fashion and dress women in a modern yet classically elegant fashion, a house that would still be relevant many years from now. Sarah launched her bridal collection late 2011, and in the USA in 2012. By 2015, the label had grown to stock 28 stores worldwide, with a flagship store in Sydney, Australia and company offices in Los Angeles and New York. A juxtaposition of old design inspiration executed using modern techniques underlies the brand’s handwriting. Soft and delicate in fabric and detail yet clean and unfussy lines, slim silhouettes and a truly modern interpretation of the wedding dress, Sarah Janks dresses are distinctive in their look and feel, each collection being another chapter in the same, timeless, classic story.

Velvet Birdcage Finding a well fitted flattering dress, can be like trying to find the holy grail. Velvet Birdcage might just be the grail! they say they don't want you to find a nice dress that makes you feel okay, they want you to find an amazing dress that makes you feel fabulous. Boasting they can find a dress for any size or shape. They have customers from size 2 to 32. Their mantra is all customers must be totally comfortable with everything from the style of dress, to the size and price.

Lucky Bride sell on the samples, allowing the bride to grab a real bargain. A £1,000 budget can get you a beautiful £2,000 dress. Lucky Bride also offers an in-house seamstress to make any necessary adjustment. You simply get more bang for your buck!




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Simon Webster Hair Simon Webster Hair salon offers bespoke wedding services within a private styling studio at their award-winning salon, on location or at home. An independent, local business, SWH has an internationally renowned team and the brand leads the way in client-centred styling with a fashionforward edge, offering a more intimate and personalised experience. Wedding consultations are complimentary and a variety of packages including hair styling, make-up and pampering, are available to create the perfect experience for him, for her or for the whole bridal party.

Headmasters Brighton Found in the famous North Laine, Headmasters Brighton has a welcoming and creative atmosphere. The skilled team are dedicated to providing you with exceptional hairdressing concentrating on getting you picture perfect hair for your big day.

Making sure you don’t have a strand out of place is a daunting task, so take the panic out of your wedding hair by booking a Headmasters Bridal package. Choose from one of their three packages and enjoy the benefits of an in-depth hair consultation and trial where their experienced stylists will take you through the latest trends and discuss the ideal style for you.

Oliver Cunningham Based in his impressive salon in Cuckfield, Ollie Cunningham is the ‘must see’ colourist in the south of England and is listed in all the A-listers secret address books. With an impressive CV that spans over 15 years, Ollie has been Head of Colour for renowned London salons including Nicky Clarke, Trevor Sorbie and Daniel Hersheson. Add to this his experience from numerous editorial photographic shoots and television programmes, plus a loyal clientele that includes Hollywood royalty, and you have found the perfect man to trust with preparing your locks for your big day! Come your wedding day, Ollie can either join you at your house or hotel or you can take a trip to his luxurious salon. Either way, you know you will be in the hands of a master who is guaranteed to make you feel every bit the celebrity you deserve to be on your special day. Morgan Rhodes bridal specialist now at Oliver Cunningham hair. Offering the inclusive wedding package that is tailored to the customer. Design and creation of hair & makeup looks, beautiful blow drys to intricate hair ups to create the perfect glamorous glistening brides, The service is available both in the salon and throughout the UK to your home address.

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Samantha Stockton is a freelance hair stylist, based in Sussex, with an impressive career to date. Available to style bridal and bridal party wedding hair, Sam qualified by the time she was just 17 and has spent time working on luxury cruise liners, and working in one of Worthing’s top salons, for over 11 years, before branching out on her own. Samantha has gained a vast amount of experience, working on the Clothes Show Live, London Fashion Week and numerous editorial shoots, including our Next Hot Model shoot, where her ‘dos graced our front cover. Her beautiful bridal hair creations have staying-power, guaranteed to last all day and all night, even as you’re dancing the night away. She understands the importance of you looking and feeling your best all day, not only for your photographs, your partner or your guests, but for you!

Lipstick & Gunpowder is a boutique salon in the heart of Brighton’s Lanes, just behind the Queen’s Hotel.

Samantha will come to you to style your wedding hair (and the bridesmaids, mother of the bride/ groom too) either at your home or the getting ready location, giving you one less thing to worry about, as the excitement for your ceremony builds.


With an aim to make haircare a better, more friendly experience for all, they are a salon owned and run by the technicians who work there, all of whom combined have years of experience in major high end brands at all levels. The staff are encouraged to have artistic freedom, and they all have passion and enthusiasm for the hair and fashion industry. As a client you benefit from the most enthusiastic and creative team you could wish to find. Promising to ensure you feel the very height of glamour, their wedding package offers hair styling for not only the bride, but all bridesmaids, plus any additional special guests they can fit in, if they have a hair stylist available at the time.

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This is where you can find alternative, vintage inspired and beautiful eco-friendly wedding stationery that is created just for you. All designs are exquisitely hand-drawn and painted by illustrator and designer Julie Annis, from her little cottage in rural Sussex. You can choose from ‘The Collection’ for creative ready designed personalised stationery or ‘Bespoke’ if you have ideas for a custom designed set of stationery of your own.

Getting silky smooth ready for your wedding has never been so easy, and dare we say it, enjoyable! The Wax & Thread Company opened its doors in January 2015 and is the only salon in Brighton and Hove dedicated to waxing and threading, for women and men. The age old tradition of ‘threading’ is now a preferred first choice method for hair removal, as opposed to invasive waxing.

With his work regularly published in many publications ranging from The Times to the front cover of OK Magazine to Elle magazine, and many more, Robin Bradshaw is a wedding photographer with a VIP client list.

Although hair removal couldn’t be described as a luxury treat, it doesn’t mean it has to be an unpleasant experience one has to endure. While the emphasis is on removing the hair, clients are encouraged to relax in the calming luxurious environment and be confident you are in good hands. The salon itself is cool, clean and contemporary with a relaxing atmosphere. As well as two treatment rooms, there is also a dedicated threading room. Centrally located in the heart of town, the salon opens six days a week including evenings.

Stemming away from traditional wedding photography, Robin sees each wedding as a blank canvas. If you are looking a wedding photographer who turns up for the ceremony, then spends hours setting up family shots, he is probably not the photographer for you. A normal wedding day for Robin would be to arrive when the bride is getting ready and stay until half an hour after the first dance or beyond. There is no set formula to the day and each one is unique. Robin aims to capture people through different approaches, through different angles and by keeping his eyes open watching for those amazing offbeat moments.

Having shot over 400 weddings in the last nine years, wedding photography has taken him all around the world. Although officially based in Cheltenham, in the middle of the Cotswolds, luckily for us, he is happy to travel wherever his camera takes him!

Sacco & Sacco Photography Sacco & Sacco Photography specialise in wedding and lifestyle photography. Their style and approach is creative, natural and storytelling. Capturing real moments in life, and on your big day: a lovers’ embrace, side-splitting giggles, true family connections. Photos are the only way to hold onto what you know because moments they show never change, when the people do.




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For the very special occasion of an engagement or wedding, James Ross has a collection of fine diamond jewellery with hundreds of stunning options for every budget, to suit both bride and groom. They offer an unrivalled collection of rings, both vintage and new, that you simply won’t find on the high street.

After many years of trading renowned jewellery, designer Jeremy Hoye decided to re-invent his brand as the now all new House of Hoye. In a conscious effort to shakeup the jewellery retail industry, Jeremy creates unique avant-garde jewellery, whilst also showcasing the work of other talented designers.

Ensure you adorn your wedding finger with a truly unique band of gold by attending a creative half-day workshop in Brighton that helps couples design and make beautiful wedding rings.

For as long as their family business has been established, James Ross has taken the time to ensure their brides and grooms-to-be find precisely the right piece for them. It’s what they’ve built their reputation for quality and customer service on, and they are immensely proud of it. They’ll listen to what you require before helping you to carefully select that perfect piece of bling to suit you and your budget. Most importantly, you can be confident your selection really is one of a kind.

The Decor Fabricate Fabricate specialise in creative and impressive draping and theme sets which will transform your reception into one to remember.

As a leading British contemporary jewellery designer, he has been producing jewellery in Brighton since 1994, creating exciting collections for both men and women, as well as many corporate names, such as; Diesel, Jaeger, Porsche, O2, Grand Marnier and renowned couture designer Jenny Packham. He has collaborated with BMG Records which saw his jewellery worn by chart topping stars including Avril Lavigne, Sister Bliss, Faithless, Dido and Natasha Bedingfield and his latest celebrity clients include Holly Willoughby, Fearne Cotton, Edith Bowman, Katie Melua and Gary Numan.

Safe in the knowledge you are in good company, you can be sure you are investing in a work of art if you choose to purchase your wedding and engagement rings from House of Hoye. By appointment only, Jeremy is also available to design and produce oneoff commission pieces, made especially for you.

Couples can now design and make their own personalised wedding rings, with tuition from Brighton-based jewellery designer, Elizabeth Anne Norris. Elizabeth has been teaching jewellery making in Brighton for five years, teaching this intricate skill to more than 200 people. With the launch of her new Make Your Own Rings workshop Elizabeth walks couples through the process of effortlessly designing and making their special rings, ready for the big day. After only half a day at Elizabeth’s studio you’ll walk away happy in the knowledge that you have your own personally crafted, fitted, dream wedding rings in your pocket.

No matter where you have chosen to hold your special day, be it a ballroom, marquee, barn or back garden, Fabricate has the resources and expertise to make your event one to truly remember.

With over ten years of experience in creating beautiful weddings and events, and covering all of the South of England, they stock a wide range of fabrics and styled settings to suit even the most creative of imaginations! Using silks, voiles, velours and organzas, they can create soft ceilings, pleated walls and stylish swags, accompanied with mood lighting, to complete your ultimate dream setting. From classically simple soft drapes, lit with sparkling lights, for a romantic dinner reception to a gala dinner full of glitz and glamor, Fabricate will discuss your vision and ideas, budgets and settings to help the event run as smoothly as possible.






Sussex Wedding

The Flowers Pick Your Own at Sussex Cutting Garden Wedding flowers can be an expensive addition to your big day so Sussex Cutting Garden offer a limited number of large buckets full of mixed cut flowers of your choice during the main season. It’s absolutely perfect for DIY table arrangements, and so much fun. If arranging flowers yourself seems daunting, they also offer consultations at the cutting garden where you can see where your flowers are grown, discuss the arrangements you have in mind and they will then turn that into a reality.

Little Lillies – The Floral Sculptor If you are looking for something that isn’t a bunch of chrysanthemums complete with matching vase, then maybe it is a floral sculptor you are looking for, and not a traditional florist. Little Lillies create incomparable floral displays, using some of the most exotic beautiful plants and greenery created by nature, and individually custom-made to your specification. However simple or involved your idea may be, they have a knack of creating the most imaginative designs and often with the most unusual materials; bark, coconut huss, moss… nothing is ruled out.



T h e Tr a n s p o r t South Coast Vintage South Coast Vintage launched in 2013, founded by owners Neil and Antonia and based in Sussex. Both are serious vintage car and VW enthusiasts, and passionate about quality and attention to detail. Neil, a qualified vintage VW mechanic, has owned a range of prestigious cars over the years and has 20 years experience in refurbishing, caring for and enjoying classic VW vehicles. He rescued his first VW Beetle from a scrap yard when he was 15, restored it with the help of his father, learnt to drive in it, and now they hire out these stunning retro rides for that quirky special day, dare to be different and experience the joy of the classic VW's.

Sussex Bentley Hire Sussex Bentley Hire are pleased to introduce the Bentley Continental Flying Spur for your Wedding Car Hire, The Continental Flying Spur is often referred to as the Flagship of Bentley Motors. Built and maintained to the highest standards, their aim is provide an exceptional standard of luxury and service for your special day, able to provide not only the brides special transport but a fleet for the groom and guests this is the perfect choice of those wishing to add that air of ultimate luxury to their day.



Kurumba Maldives Celebrate your love amidst the unique colours of this classic Maldivian wedding venue. Sand underfoot, the turquoise ocean beyond…

The Overseas Wedding Atzaró Ibiza Atzaró Ibiza has spent more than a decade hosting celebrations, weddings and special events in one of the most incredible natural wonders of Ibiza. Built on an orange farm, Atzaró is an oasis ripe with the scents of orange blossom, rosemary and lavender.

Surrounded by natural gardens and sunlit groves, this romantic resort offers wedding ceremonies and receptions oozing with relaxed style and sophistication. The architecture, whitewashed walls and the wonderful white, red and green hues of the countryside all create a unique atmosphere, a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of UK life.

Let the professional and experienced team make your dreams become reality as you say ‘I Do!’ experience the wonderful gastronomic cuisine, breathe freely the pure air and make your vows in serendipitous luxury.

Kurumba Maldives is set on a tropical island in the North Male Atoll, conveniently situated a brief ten-minute speedboat ride from the airport. Dotted with coconut trees that are the island’s namesake, Kurumba was the first private island resort in the Maldives. Beautiful gardens, palm fringed white sandy beaches and a vibrant house reef is the hallmarks of this classic Maldivian resort.

The resort offers an array of nine styles of accommodation, ranging from comfortable Superior rooms to the spacious Royal Residence, spread amongst the island’s lush tropical gardens with easy access to the beach. With eight different restaurants to choose from Kurumba Maldives will charm you with its unparalleled choice of dining experiences and a wide range of recreation activities and entertainment, all while maintaining idyllic refuges and quiet spaces of relaxation to create the perfect balance for weddings and honeymoons in paradise. Wedding packages are designed to offer couples everything they need to make their day truly memorable, including a master of ceremony to preside over the vows, a Maldivian Bodu Beru traditional dance performance, bridal bouquet, wedding cake, canapés at sunset, champagne, Signature Sounds Of The Sea Dinner with wine, a local Sarong (Feli) for the couple, photographs by the staff of the ceremony on a CD, a 90-minute Spa treatment for the couple and premium breakfast for the couple at Thila.

Victoria Gibbins All images by Robin Bradshaw at Bullit Photography.








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London Lifestyle The South West London guide

Some of the best years of my life were spent living and partying in the wonderful South West of London. Although I am now a South East London girl, I still think SW and especially Clapham, is one of my favourite places to live and go out. Here are some of the best destinations to find fabulous food, fantastic music and amazing drinks in the glorious South West of  London. So pack your party shoes and beer goggles, we are off to visit the very best places of   SW4, SW9, SW11 and SW12! 

Clapham, SW4 Public transport in Clapham is brilliant. There are masses of buses, three tube stops and numerous train lines with fast direct routes to Brighton from Clapham Junction. There is the overground from Clapham to East London, and Clapham North, Clapham Common and Clapham South underground stations.   Clapham Common and Clapham Old Town are a hub of social activity, with summer festivals, pubs, bars, restaurants, clubs, farmers markets and great shopping.


SW4. Clapham Common, South Side, SW4 7AA The annual festival SW4 is back on August Bank Holiday, Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August. The brilliant line-up of DJs includes, Paul Oakenfold, Pendulum Deadmau5, Marco Corola, Eric Prydz, Gorgon City, Erick Morello, Ferry Corsten, Danny Howard, John Digweed, Fabio & Grooverider, Gareth Emery and Sub Focus, just to name a few. Early bird tickets from £60 plus booking free.


House of Common Madness Clapham Common, South Side, SW4 7AA

Madness are back to Clapham Common on Monday 28 August with supporting acts Soul II Soul, David Rodigan, Craig Charles, Norman Jay MBE and Toddla T. Tickets from £42

The Sun 47 Old Town, London, SW4 0JL The Sun pub serves excellent Sunday roasts, entertains the masses with its super pub quizzes and serves up great G&Ts. The pretty beer garden gets packed in the summer so arrive early at the weekends to grab your spot. 

The Windmill


87 Tower Bridge Road, London, SE1 4TW.

The Windmill, Clapham Common South Side, SW4 9ED.

This brilliant pub is perfect for parties, has a B&B and is available for private hire. The great location is right on Clapham Common and the huge beer garden hosts popular BBQs in the warm summer months.   

The Calf 87 Rectory Grove, London, SW4 ODR

A lovely rustic gastro pub in Clapham Old Town with a great British menu, great ales and charity quiz’s on Mondays.   

Venn Street Records 78 Venn Street, Clapham, London, SW4 0BD

This cool bar has Happy Hour every day for 2-4-1 cocktails from 5pm-8pm, as well as daily live performances from local bands and DJs.  

The Picture House Cinema

76 Venn Street, Clapham, London, SW4 0AT

This delightful little cinema is tucked away down Venn Street and is the perfect spot for catching up with all the latest films. 

Manze serves the best pie and mash in London. The main shop is on Tower Bridge Road but you can buy the meals online - 4x packs of pie, mash and liquor from £26! The mash is unbelievably buttery and the liquor is perfectly rich and creamy and the pies are incredibly tasty.

on the corner of Cold Harbour Lane and Atlantic Road, just a stone’s throw from Brixton tube and over ground stations. On the weekend, the bar/ pub/club stays open until 4am when a lot of other places in the area have closed, so it’s the perfect place when you want to dance to good music and devour more cocktails. Take ID with you as this essential and Dogstars policy for anyone getting in during the evenings – even if you are nearing 70!

020 7407 2985

Venn Street flower and farmers market Venn Street, Clapham, London, SW4 0AT

Open every Saturday, this charming market hosts a range of stalls selling high quality, locally sourced flowers, meat, fish, cheeses, pastries, bread, fruit and seasonal veg.

Brixton, SW9.

Transport is great to get to Brixton. There are buses galore, the Brixton overground, and Brixton underground station on the Victoria Line. Brixton is well worth a visit, it’s packed with fantastic independent restaurants, cafes, pubs and pop-up bars.   

Dog Star 389, Coldharbour Lane, London, SW9 8LQ 0207 733 7515

The brilliant Dogstar is one is my favourite bars in SW London. Find this fabulous venue


Brixton Beach

Brixton Beach, Pope’s End, Brixton, SW9 8JH

0207 733 3709

Great for BBQs, roof top terrace drinks, amazing food and exhilarating exercise classes.

This urban beach in the heart of Brixton is set above the streets, and yes, there is actual sand!! A colourful paradise serving exciting food, with glittering cocktails, and wonderful entertainment for a summer festival vibe.   

DJs lined up for summer 2017 include Norman Jay MBE, Paul Woolford and Ben Peace and Maxxi Sound System playing your favourite tunes of everything from House, Soul, funk, Garage, Hip Hop and Disco. Nearest tube and overground: Brixton (on the Northern Line)


London Lifestyle Brixton, SW9.

Battersea, SW11

Brixton Village

Northcote Road

Northcote road in Battersea is a trendy part of Clapham with great shops and restaurants right next to Clapham Junction station. 

Brixton Station Road, London, SW9 8PD.

Brixton Village is an indoor arcade full of stalls, shops, cafes and restaurants and eatery’s serving up exciting delicacies from India, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. You will also find chains such  as the popular Franca Manca pizzeria. One of my favourite places to try is Happy Dumplings which serves up an array of delicious dim sum. 

Open daily from 8am to 11.30pm, except Mondays when the Village closes at 6pm. Free entry. Nearest tube and overground: Brixton (on the Northern Line)

Pop Brixton 49 Brixton Station Road, Brixton, London, SW9 8PQ. Now in its 2nd year, Pop Brixton is home to 55 retailers including cocktail bars and craft beer bars, restaurants, street food, as well as a barber shop, youth radio station and designers.

Pop along to take part in yoga and fitness classes, wine tasting events, vintage clothing sales, massage sessions and bottomless brunches.

The Northcote pub 2 Northcote Road, Battersea, London, SW11 1NT

The Northcote is a spacious quirky pub in the heart of Clapham Junction. The pub serves traditional roasts, with a good  selection of beers and ales with quiz nights and lots of sports.   

Bank pub 33-37 North cote Road, London, SW11 1NJ

This large pub was converted from an old bank – hence the name. There is a great party atmosphere as DJs play over the weekend and a host of great cocktail offers.   

The Plough Bar and Kitchen 89 St Johns Hill, Battersea, London, SW11 1SY

Nearest tube and overground: Brixton (on the Northern Line)

A spacious, modern and urban New York inspired bar and kitchen just minutes’ walk from Clapham Junction station. Small plates of fun food, great bar snacks and TVs showing the latest sports, with weekly DJS and quiz’s thrown in.

The Duke of Edinburgh

Open daily. Free entry. 204 Ferndale Road, London, SW9 8AG

This is one of my favourite pubs, with an enormous beer garden, which is such a rarity in busy built up parts of London. This place gets packed out in the summer so arrive early to get your table outside on the gloriously sunny days in London town. Visit Greenwich Park to enjoy panoramic views of London, The Docklands and the City of London. The park is also home to the Royal Observatory. Open from 6am until dusk. My favourite part of the park is the Rose Garden at the top of the hill. 


The Powder Keg

147 St Johns Hill, London, SW11 1TQ

A cosy colonial style bar and restaurant which creates and serves the most inspirational and interesting cocktails. British food with seasonal ingredients make up the sumptuous menu.

Lost & Co Battersea

339 Battersea Park Road, London, SW11 4LS

This is a modern, urban and fun bar in the heart of Battersea with fantastic Saturday bottomless Mimosa brunches for only £20 per person, 12-4pm. There’s a popular week day menu with offers such as a pizza and a cocktail for £12 and 2-4-1 pizzas on Tuesdays.   


Balham, SW12. Balham is the leafy, family quarter of South West London, home to beautiful tree-lined streets with large Victorian terraced and town houses. Pretty delis and cafes can be found on the street corners, alongside a host of traditional pubs serving delicious food and plentiful cocktails. Here are my favourite pubs in Balham:  

The Bedford 77 Bedford Hill, London, SW12 9HD

This huge pub can be found in the heart of Balham and hosts regular stand-up comedy nights that are not to be missed. The pub sprawls over three floors with  a vast  range of beer, decent pub grub and live music, cabaret and TV sports.   

Hagen & Hyde 157 Balham High Road, London, SW12 9AU

A great modern, urban style bar and gastro pub with regular DJs. The Balham Bowls Club 7-9 Ramsden Road, London, SW12 8QX

A spacious, eccentric and eclectic vintage style bar with quirky furniture and décor that is well worth a visit. The Devonshire

39 Balham High Road, London, SW12 9AN

A traditional gastro pub with cosy decor, perfect for Sunday relaxed roast dinners and Bloody Mary cocktails to cure any hangover.  

The Avalon

16 Balham Hill, London, SW12 9EB

A hugely popular gastro pub serving British dishes with a pretty beer garden.     

So dear Absolute London Lifestyle readers, I hope you feel inspired to go and discover all the  treasures  to be found in the South West of London  over the summer. Satisfy your hunger for gastro delights, quench your thirst for wonderful cocktails and keep yourself amused with wonderful entertainment.  With direct trains from Brighton, there is no excuse not to.    

Charlie McBrien



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Maldives The Maldives are the most beautiful small islands on Earth. The 26 utopian islands, elegantly scattered upon the Indian Ocean, are not only the proud hosts of crystal clear waters with vibrant marine life beneath, pristine white sands and exotic coral reefs, they also boast the finest in luxury resorts, all featuring with world-class cuisine at every turn.

The 26 coral atolls that make up The Maldives are positioned in a chain reaching down to cross the equator, comprising 1192 islands. Ever since ancient times, the Maldives were ruled by kings (Radhun) and occasionally queens (Ranin) and has historically always had a strategic importance due to its location on the major marine routes of the Indian Ocean. The Maldives' nearest neighbours are Sri Lanka and India, both of whose cultural and economic ties with Maldives have had a huge influence on the Maldives you see today. The ancient Hindi culture, brought to the islands by Kalingas of ancient India (the earliest sea traders to Sri Lanka and Maldives from India) continues to have an indelible impact on modern Maldives, attracting culture hungry tourists from far and wide. Following the 16th century, when colonial powers took over much of the trade in the Indian Ocean, the Portuguese, Dutch and the French all occasionally played a part in local politics. However, his meddling eventually ended when the Maldives became a British Protectorate in the 19th century, eventually gaining total independence in 1965.

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Ever since the early 1990s, The Maldives have been faced with a great challenge, ensuring rapid economic development, tourism and modernisation, given the country's limited resource base in fishing and agriculture. The people of the Maldives have certainly embraced their challenge and today 200 of the islands are inhabited, with 100 of them being world-class resorts attracting luxury holiday seekers. Whether you are a keen diver ready to plunge in to the depths of those iconic turquoise waters, you’re 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, the Seychelles has all the answers. It could be that dolphin watching is on your bucket list or perhaps a spa retreat is on the cards; each island is unique in its own magical way, collectively offering something for everyone.



It could be that dolphin watching is on your bucket list or perhaps a spa retreat is on the cards; each island is unique in its own magical way, collectively offering something for everyone.

Gaafu Dhaalu is a relatively unexplored district of the Maldives in the south of the country, formed by the southwestern section of Huvadhu Atoll. Created in 1962 when Huvadhu Atoll was divided into two districts. Gaafu Dhaalu, situated 340 kilometres south of the Maldives capital Malé and just a few kilometres above the equator, extends between the channels of Footukandu and Vaarulu Kandu. The district comprises of 153 islands, ten of which are inhabited and one of which is the Ayada Maldives, 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 five-star 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.



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 airconditioned 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.



When it comes to relaxing, enjoy a bit of ‘me time’ at AySpa, a 3500 sqm centrallylocated exclusive spa haven that forms an enclave within the island vegetation and the other resort facilities. Using the natural surroundings as inspiration, the spa is comprised of 8 spacious and tranquil treatment villas (some with their own hydrotheraphy baths), a segregated steam and sauna area, a cold plunge pool, a warm vitality pool, hair dresser, manicure, and pedicure salons. There you

can find the Maldives' first vichy room and private Turkish Hammam including an elaborate marble plinth. Add to that an elegant boutique providing a wide variety of ESPA products and you have the perfect spa escape, exclusively designed to rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit, whilst reinforcing an indigenous feeling.

Ayada Maldives is the ultimate location for romance, offering a stunning setting for an unforgettable wedding ceremony or a vow renewal, with choices of venues either at the exclusive “White Room” pavillion, on the white sandy beach, or on top of the turquoise lagoon at Ocean Breeze. Bronze, silver and gold wedding packages are available, all including special personal touches including a dedicated wedding planner to coordinate your unforgettable day with you, wedding decoration, traditional Bodu Beru drum and wedding music, a flower petal shower through the aisle that will lead your way and Maldivian touch master ceremony that will lead your wedding vows.

Keeping with the Maldivian traditions, lover coconut sharing is included plus a symbolic wedding certificate, a beautiful white wedding cake and a photographer. Your coordinator can even arrange exquisite catering on the day, spa treatments for the romantic couple, as well as sunset cruises, intimate dinners, bridal buggies and in-villa decoration. Whether you are lovers on a romantic break, a family making memories, friends looking for adventures or a solo traveller looking for relaxation, Ayada Maldives ticks all the boxes, delivering every guest their very own slice of Maldivian paradise and an escape away from the chaos of every day life.

Enjoy a 30% Last minute summer offer at our exclusive 5 star private resort in the Maldives. Voted best of over 200 resorts in Maldives by our guests on Tripadvisor. 30% discount on all holidays until end of September for new direct bookings via using offer code MLDVT For further information please contact us at Flights to Male from Etihad from £800.00 depending on time of year



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ith one in five adults in the UK having at least one tattoo, creative body art is as popular as ever. Absolute’s Shelley Welti went behind the scenes at one of Brighton’s most established studios, North Road Tattoo, to talk inking and inspiration.

Owned by professional tattooist, Steve Griffin, North Road Tattoo has become the place to visit, whether you’re a veteran or tattoo newbie and with Steve and his artistic team’s experience, it’s easy to see why. Starting his career over fifteen years ago, after graduating from art school in California and then returning to the UK to start his tattooing apprenticeship, Steve is clearly passionate about his craft. He enjoys the ever-changing designs being asked for and updating his skills to be able to deliver a client’s dream design. “My favourite thing about being a tattooist is the endless changes and metamorphosis of art and design,” he explains. “There’s always something new to learn which keeps you moving forward.”

Steve and his small, but perfectly formed, team (including fellow tattooists Sarah Whiten and Max Palumbo) are well-known for their creativity and thrive on making their designs perfect, for each individual client. After all, it’ll hopefully be something they’ll enjoy looking at for the rest of their lives.


“We have great artists that are comfortable creating an array of styles and are open to customising their work to both satisfy their artistic journey, as well as giving our customers personalisation,” the studio owner says. “We stand out from other studios due to our attitude towards our customers. Our work is clean and reasonably priced but we excel in customer service, in that we treat our customers with the utmost respect that they are spending their hard-earned money with us. There are a lot of pretentious tattooists out there who are more about themselves than their customer.” Speaking of the work that goes into being a tattoo artist, Steve explained that they don’t just work during the studio’s open hours, but instead spend much time thinking about a client’s tattoo – sketching and talking to them out of hours, to ensure that they’ll be inked with a design they’ll love.

“I think a lot of customers think ‘oh I wish I could start work at 11am every day and finish at 5pm’ but that is not the case,” Steve laughs. “Any fellow tattooist out there is having to be a tattooist after studio hours; drawing or prepping designs and answering customers’ questions, even at 10pm at night.” Right now, the team are being asked for mandala inspired tattoos. These pretty circle designs are a spiritual symbol usually associated with Buddhism and Hinduism,


although they have become a must-have for celebrities, boho babes and fashionistas alike. However, one of the most popular requests is still for memorial tattoos. “I like doing traditional tattooing and putting personal ideas together for customers such as memorial tattoos,” Steve tells us. This gives the studio’s artists the opportunity to craft something extra-special for their client, as it’s so personal and meaningful. Whether you’ve got loads of tattoos already or are contemplating your first permanent piece of body art, it’s important to think not only about your design, but also the studio where you’ll be getting inked, as Steve explains:

“My top tip for people getting a tattoo is to research online firstly. Look at the studio’s feedback on social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram then when you’ve decided on a few, go into the studio and ask to talk to the tattooists about what you are after. Personally, I don’t trust a studio that’s not owned by a tattooist either.” “I would encourage people to come get tattooed by us because of our vast experience and knowledge, our humble attitude and, of course, the quality of our tattooists’ work.” Find North Road Tattoo at 71 North Road, Brighton

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artists that are comfortable creating an array of styles and are open to customising their work to both satisfy their artistic journey, as well as giving our customers personalisation.�



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Saltdean Lido T h e S ev en t h Wo n d e r of t h e E n g l i s h S e a s i d e On Saturday 17th June, Saltdean Lido once again came alive with the sounds of laughter, splashing and delight from swimmers and sunbathers basking in the holiday-like atmosphere, as the art deco lido reopened - thanks to the dedication of local volunteers.


ot wanting to miss such a momentous occasion Absolute’s Shelley Welti grabbed her swimming costume and met with Deryck Chester, director of the Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company and lifelong Saltdean resident to find out all about the community project. Hi Deryck, how does it feel to be reopening? It’s very exciting. It’s been seven years since the former leaseholder announced plans to fill the pool with concrete and build 125 apartments on the historic site. It’s been a mammoth journey and thousands of hours have been spent by our team of volunteers getting us to this point. There have been many twists and turns but we feel elated. Saltdean Lido is a magical site and seeing all these people here, enjoying themselves, has made it all worthwhile!

Why was it so important for you to bring the lido back to life? Saltdean was once a proud holiday resort village, developed as a gentrified extension to Brighton’s tourism industry. We lost its sister building, the Ocean Hotel, to residential development. If we’d lost the lido too it would have been a travesty, not only for Saltdean, but Brighton as a whole. The tourism industry of Saltdean, Rottingdean and east Brighton has suffered since the closure of the Ocean Hotel. The reopening of Saltdean Lido, we hope, will bring back increased footfall to the region.


Hundreds of people have already contacted us saying they will now be holidaying in Brighton, for the first time in years, so that they can visit Saltdean Lido again.

What made you get involved? I grew up in Saltdean in the 80s when it was a bustling holiday destination. I learnt to swim at the lido and as a teenager, used to visit with friends. My first job was also at the Ocean Hotel. Being surrounded by this wonderful modernist architecture, in a fun holiday environment, was a simple pleasure I took for granted as a child. However, after studying history and learning of the lido’s plight as an adult, I decided I’d use my local knowledge and research skills to get involved with the project and join the team of professional volunteers who’ve helped make this project happen.

How much has it cost so far? Phase one has cost £2.9 million. This has included reinstating the original 1938 pool tank, a brand new plant room, a wet play area, landscaping and new changing room facilities. The majority of capital funds have come from the Coastal Communities Fund, Social Investment Business and People’s Millions.

Donations from the community have been vital in helping us get set up, especially when we were fighting to stop the development of flats. Our sponsor a brick in the ‘wall of fame’ was also important in helping us build a new


substation. Without those donations Saltdean Lido wouldn’t have a power supply.

What are you looking forward to most about opening up to the public again? To see people enjoying this pool as it was originally intended – plus the fact that it’s now heated properly for the first time in its history, at 27 degrees!

Saltdean Lido is Brighton’s last historic pool - we’re so lucky to have this on our doorstep! There’s something incredibly special about its design. When swimming in the pool it feels like you’ve been transported back in time to the hedonistic days of the 1930s when outdoor exercise and pleasure-seeking were all the rage. The way the rotunda rises above the pool like the bow of an ocean liner, with its wings gracefully hugging the crescent end of the pool, it feels like being on holiday at some chic European holiday resort. If you’ve not been here before, try it! I think that most people will be pleasantly surprised! The volunteer-run Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company are now working towards Phase two of the project, to restore the building to its former glory with a cafe/restaurant/ events space, community spaces and library, subject to funding. If you’re able to help, please contact: Saltdean Lido is open every day from 8th July – mid-September.

Saltdean Lido is open every day from 8th July – mid-September.

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While its clients are based all around the country, Cloudhelix’s Brighton base is a crucial part of its identity. Here, Commercial Director Dave Blesovsky shares his go-to spots across the city that make running a business in Brighton so brilliant.


o into a pub late on a Thursday afternoon around The Lanes or Preston Circus and you can guarantee that a good proportion of those enjoying a post-work pint are from one of Brighton’s many digital businesses. Just imagine the creative ideas and problem solving power that could come from a bar full of developers, designers, MDs and marketers… before the drinks start flowing, of course.   Our city is filled with places, events and people that support us in running our business that we simply wouldn’t get if we were based elsewhere in the UK. Whether it’s for some gastronomic goodness to thank our clients, to catch up with local partners over a beer or network with likeminded professionals at industry events, Brighton always serves up the goods for our business.

street food style eateries that make each and every midweek lunchtime something to get a little too excited about. Our favourites include Carlito Burrito, Curry Leaf Cafe, Lucky Beach and Orange Buffalo at The Joker for food that will transport you to somewhere far, far away from the Sussex Coast.

You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to impressing your most special client. Whether it’s a bowl of fresh pasta at CinCin for a quick chat over lunch or a brilliant multi-course feast sat at the pass of The Set, the foodie community in Brighton is always growing, changing and pushing boundaries, which makes for a pretty impressive night out with clients.

That great cup of coffee you need to keep you going is always just around the corner. We’re far from coffee snobs at Cloudhelix, but being spoilt by the great roasts on offer around town certainly raises your standards. There’s so many brilliant spaces to take a quick call, drop in for a meeting or pick up that flat white on the go, plus a change of scenery always helps the work flow. Some of our favourites include Cafe Plenty Coffee at 33, Marwoods, Bond St Coffee and Cafe Coho, all of which are independent. As a business

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When it’s time to talk industry, there’s always a meet up or event around the corner. From Develop Brighton to BrightonSEO, Brighton hosts a variety of large scale industry conferences, which bring the attention of whole industries to our city once (or sometimes twice) a year. On a more local, regular level, Glug Brighton, Brighton Farm and the Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce all hold events that give us a regular opportunity to meet fellow businesses, talk about our passions and gain remarkable insights that help Brighton’s business innovate and collaborate. It’s a great thing to be a part of.


ourselves, we understand the importance to go local and keep our thriving city growing.

Business support is never far away. Initiatives such as the Happy Startup School and Barclays Flight Programme provide mentorship to make entrepreneurs out of bright ideas, plus through networking as a business, it’s not long before the laid back approach of the city means you’ve got a bunch of friends you can count on for business advice. With so many migrating to Brighton after growing tired of London rat race, and with two universities nearby, the talent is second to none, especially for the size of the city. From bright eyed graduates through to that next strategic, board level hire, we benefit greatly from tapping into the talent pool Brighton offers. What ties all this together, making Brighton different to anywhere else in the UK, is the mentality of the people who call this city home. Spend a couple of years in Brighton and you are bound to be that little bit less stressed and perhaps a little more reasonable, which has a great impact on business, especially when everyone joining our team locally comes in with the same perspective. It’s something rather special we’ve got down here. You can find the Cloudhelix team at the Eagle Labs at Preston Circus, so if you want to talk about your business or technical challenges, we should chat–in true Brighton style–over a beer one lunch time. Just pop in and say hello.

What ties all this together, making Brighton different to anywhere else in the UK, is the mentality of the people who call this city home.



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Absolute magazine summer 2017 issue134  
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