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Roxanna Hayes Editor Welcome to the latest edition of Inspirational London! I would also like to extend a warm welcome to our advertisers, both those who are returning and those new to the glossy pages of our magazine. Gracing the pages of Inspirational London this season is our cover star, Emily Ratajkowski, as we take a look over her career to date and her rise to prominence. With summer finally here, for many of us our attention turns to looking and feeling our best. To inspire you, read our catch up with Harley Street nutritionist and author, Rhiannon Lambert BSc, MSc, ANutr. Rhiannon is passionate about eating well and has worked with professional sportspeople as well as TV’s Gregg Wallace. If sport is your thing, then we’ve got you covered. In our sporting world section, you’ll find a round up of the Farmfoods European Senior Masters 2017, a look ahead to the World Cup 2018 and an all you need to know guide to Powerboat P1, the world’s fastest growing marine motorsport! If all that action leaves you in need of a break, check out our top cruises for summer feature to help inspire that summer getaway. And don’t forget, if you are looking for inspiration on where to dine out in the capital, our food and drink section is the perfect place to find out what London’s dining scene has to offer. 2018 marks our 15th birthday, something we celebrated in style with a birthday bash bringing together all of the Champions team. At the event we officially launched our internal re-brand which revolves around the ‘Perfect 10’ – a suite of ten services we offer. It is now easier than ever before for our clients to build their own, bespoke, package of support. As partners of The Lord’s Taverners, a charity which aims to help disadvantaged and disabled young people enjoy sport, we support them through the charity events we organise. Find out more about the upcoming, The Authors XI vs The Lord’s Taverners XI charity cricket event, held at The Wormsley Estate, Buckinghamshire, in the ‘sporting world’ section. And finally, we’re excited to confirm we are an official partner of world-renowned Champagne brand, Moët Hennessy! We look forward to taking Moët Hennessy goodies to some of the many events we host and organise. With plenty to read, dive in and enjoy your summer 2018 Inspirational London!

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Continuing their tropical theme, each table at Laki Kane is named after a different island, with the bar comprising of different sections including Polynesian, Indonesian, Thailand and the Carribean. Each of these sections has décor to match with all tables coming with ‘push for service’ buttons. If a guest requires the attention of a waiter, they simply have to push the button for immediate service. Unlike most cocktail bars, Laki Kane do not add any refined sugars to their cocktails, using only natural sweeteners in all of their drinks to the benefit of their guest’s wellbeing. Laki Kane’s ‘Spiced Dry Rum Club’ will also offer the exclusive opportunity for people to design, distil, bottle and take away their own rum under the guidance of world renowned experts and using the finest ingredients. At Laki Kane not only will guests be treated to high quality cocktails, but an experience that will allow them to immerse themselves in the spirit of modern day tiki. With music provided by The X-Factor sensation Andy Abraham and the bar’s design created by DI Concept Design, every aspect of the venue has been carefully thought out to give guests the best possible experience. With Steve’s fantastic business expertise, and Georgi’s vast knowledge on all things mixology, Laki Kane has the perfect recipe for success. LAKI KANE, 144-145 Upper Street, London, N1 1QY T: 020 7607 0766 E:

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EMILY UNCOVERED From London girl to Californian model, actress and women’s spokesperson, Emily Ratajkowski takes the stage.






Left: Emily Ratajkowski and Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants during the NFL Honors at the Wortham Theater Center. Right: Emily Ratajkowski & Zac Efron at the Los Angeles premiere of their movie “We Are Your Friends” Below: (L-R) Leigh Lezark, Karl Lagerfeld and Emily Ratajkowski attend the Tiffany Cooper Exhibition at Karl Lagerfeld Boutique.

From the #metoo campaign running across social media to Time’s Up, a project which seeks to fight sexual harassment, a quick glance at the news and it is clear that women’s rights are firmly in the spotlight. Following a number of recent allegations surrounding some of Hollywood’s key players, stars have flocked to back these campaigns, but for many big-name stars, speaking out about the right to be yourself isn’t anything new. Model/actress Emily Ratajkowski, has long since been outspoken on women’s rights, writing in a 2016 edition of Glamour magazine: “Our society tells women we can’t be, say, sexy and confident and opinionated about politics. This would allow us too much power, instead our society asks us to declare and defend our motivations, which makes us second-guess them, all while men do what they please without question.” Firm in her belief that women should feel empowered to make their own choices, in 2016 Emily came to the defence of Kim Kardashian West who received negative feedback following a naked selfie. When the pair later met at a Justin Bieber concert they posed together topless – defying critics and generating lots of comments. With her long brunette locks and dark eyes, Emily could easily pass for one of the Kardashian clan. And like her famous lookalikes, Emily too is taking the world by storm.


Pronounced Rat-a-kow-ski, 26-year-old Emily was born in London and lived in the capital until, at the age of five, her family relocated to San Diego, California. The only child of well-educated, older parents, Emily was raised to appreciate the arts, (she studied art at UCLA for a year before leaving to pursue her career) and develop opinions and views of her own. . She told Glamour magazine: “From the beginning, when I didn’t have as much popularity, I made the decision to be as honest as I could about who I am and what I believe, and I have never apologised for that,” “I could have been like, ‘I’ll never post a sexy selfie again because I want people to take me seriously as an actress,’ or I could have said, ‘I’ll never talk on political issues because I want people to see me as this sex symbol,’ or whatever.” Taking the world by storm… Back in 2011 Emily was featured nude on the cover of Treats magazine. The black and white image caught the eye of music artist Robin Thicke and Emily was soon cast to appear in his video for super-hit, Blurred Lines.



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Appearing in the video, Emily has said of what was to become her big break: “I just thought it was another job - a music video, kind of fun. There are a million music videos and a million things that go up on the web. It took even a while for me to really understand how big of an impact it really had because people still love it.” While not the only music video she has appeared in, (Emily also starred in Maroon 5’s Love Somebody and Taio Cruz’s Fast Car), Blurred Lines is arguably Emily’s most defining role to date. From this launchpad Emily went on to grow her modelling career with covers on Sports Illustrated, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue Espana and Cosmopolitan. And such is the power of the Ratajkowski look that many of the world’s leading brands and fashion houses, including Christian Dior, Chanel, Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen, choose her to model their clothes and accessories. With such a successful modelling career it would be easy for Emily to take things easy, however, keen to pursue an acting career, she continues to audition for, and win, interesting movie roles. In 2014 she featured in the Oscar nominated, Gone Girl, a psychological thriller with Ben Affleck and Rosamunde Pike. And her first leading role came in 2015 drama, We Are Your Friends where she played Sophie alongside Hollywood heavyweight, Zac Efron.


A hitch in the plan… Back in 2015 Emily became the victim of an iCloud hack. This breach led to naked pictures of her being put up for sale. While undoubtedly distressing, Emily handled the situation in a pragmatic way, telling GQ Magazine: “I’ve gotten over the fact I’ve got no privacy. This is not the right way to think, politically - that you ‘have nothing to hide’ - but I always hated when I was growing up how people would really freak out about paparazzi following them. It’s like, ‘Well, that’s the job and the profession that you’re in’. That sucks but that’s not the thing I’d really love to battle.” Self-possessed and confident in her skin, despite this gross invasion of her privacy, Emily has moved on and is keen that women should feel able to exercise their own choices. Posting on Instagram Emily said: “Female sexuality and sexiness, no matter how conditioned it may be by a patriarchal ideal, can be incredibly empowering for a woman if she feels it is empowering to her”. What the future holds… With such passion for women’s issues it is clear that Emily will continue as a spokesperson and recent projects include working with the charity, Planned Parenthood, which delivers sex education and information on reproductive health. Whatever the future holds for Emily, with an Instagram following of some 16.4 million, it is clear there is an audience for what Emily does next.

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Her tales have been delighting children for generations, and in 2018 Beatrix Potter’s enchanting world of Peter Rabbit has been brought to the big screen in the animation/ live action movie Peter Rabbit. This big screen outing brings Beatrix’s most beloved characters to the world of cinema, courtesy of the vocal talents of some of today’s biggest stars. Playing the title role of the mischievous Peter is James Corden, with Domhnall Gleeson playing his nemesis, Mr McGregor. Also lending their vocals is Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley as Peter’s youngest sister, Cotton-tail, Margot Robbie as Flopsy and Elizabeth Debicki as Mopsy. British comedian and actor, Matt Lucas plays Peter’s cousin, Benjamin Bunny, and singer, Sia, takes on the role of Mrs TiggyWinkle. This isn’t the first time the works of Beatrix Potter have been brought to life on the silver screen. In 2006 Renèe Zellweger took on the role of playing Beatrix in the drama, Miss Potter, which detailed key parts of Beatrix’s life. With this latest reimagining of one of Beatrix’s most loved characters, Inspirational London takes a look at the woman behind the tales…


A BLOSSOMING TALENT Born Helen Beatrix Potter into an affluent family in London in 1866, from an early age Beatrix had a love of nature and wildlife and would spend holidays in Scotland and the Lake District sketching and developing her artistic prowess. In these early years the seeds of what would become the phenomenally successful, The Tale of... series were sown, with two of Beatrix’s pet bunnies; Benjamin Bouncer and Peter Piper becoming objects of her sketches. Despite growing up in Edwardian England – a time when women were limited in their career and education choices – Beatrix went to study at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew. It was here that she honed her talent for not only beautiful drawings, but for being technically accurate too. DRIVEN TO SUCCEED While we now recognise Beatrix’s talents, this wasn’t always the case. In fact, Peter Rabbit was rejected by six publishers before Beatrix herself published her own edition! Initially just 250 copies were made, however the book’s success brought the novel to the attention of publishers Frederick Warne & Co, (who had previously turned it down). Republished in 1902 with new coloured illustrations by Beatrix, it was an instant bestseller.

The following year, The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin and The Tailor of Gloucester were also published. It was through her publisher that Beatrix found love. Defying her parents’ wishes, Beatrix agreed to marry her editor, Norman Warne, though sadly he passed away just a month after they got engaged. Beatrix wrote and illustrated many books, and while the magical world of Peter and his friends brought her much pleasure, she had other passions too… A COMMITMENT TO CONSERVATION While she had always had a love of nature and the natural world, Beatrix’s interests in this area grew throughout her life. Devastated by the death of her fiancé, Beatrix began making changes to her life, namely by, buying Hill Top Farm in the Lake District, in 1905, a place she found great comfort. Initially splitting her time between London, to care for her parents, and her new home, Beatrix took her responsibility as a rural homeowner seriously, making it her business to learn all she could about running a farm. It was while expanding her Lake District property portfolio that Beatrix found love for a second time, with local solicitor William Heelis. William and Beatrix were married in 1913.

Making Hill Top Farm her permanent base, Beatrix was a practical farm owner, getting involved with its day to day running. So much so that she became a major sheep farmer, developing specialist knowledge of Herdwick breed sheep. A passionate conservationist, upon her death in 1943 she bequeathed 14 farms and 4000 acres of land to the National Trust to be cared for and preserved for future generations. She also left her original illustrations to the National Trust and Hill Top Farm was opened to the public, with her artwork on display. A HEAD FOR BUSINESS Peter Rabbit is the world’s oldest licensed literary character – thanks to Beatrix’s entrepreneurial mindset. She designed and created a Peter Rabbit doll in 1903 and registered it with the patent office. She also pushed for other merchandise to be produced including tea sets, a board game and toys. These days two million Beatrix Potter books are sold every year around the world, with new audiences delighting in the timeless stories Beatrix created. Through her writing, artwork and commitment to preserving the landscape for future generations, Beatrix’s legacy is one that will live on for many more generations to come.


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ASCOT! How a Berkshire racecourse became synonymous with royalty, style and of course, hats…

Home to a number of race events throughout the year, each June sees the eyes of the world turn to Ascot as the Royal Family descends for The Royal Meeting. By Royal Appointment Ascot was founded over 300 years ago by Queen Anne and since then it has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with the Royal Family. The Queen, (whose official country residence, Windsor Castle, is just six miles away from the racecourse), attends Royal Ascot each year, with other members of the Royal Family often attending with her. Previous years has seen the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Prince of Wales attend. The Queen’s arrival at the racecourse, in a horse drawn carriage, marks the start of five days of resplendent pageantry done in a way only the British can. Dress code The dress code for Ascot is anything but casual and it is most strictly enforced for those attending the Royal Enclosure where formal daywear for women and morning dress for men, including a top hat, is compulsory. For those in the Queen Anne



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Re-think what you know about nutrition to re-nourish your body Leading Harley Street Nutritionist, Rhiannon Lambert, BSc, MSc, ANutr, is taking the world of nutrition by storm.

Through her private RHITRITION clinic, Rhiannon works with her clients to deliver clear, practical advice that promotes eating well and the benefits of developing a positive relationship with food. Passionate about eating well to nourish both body and mind, Rhiannon’s expertise includes weight management, eating disorders and sports nutrition and it is little wonder that she is a favourite with athletes, as well as celebrity clients, including most recently, famous foodie, TV presenter, Gregg Wallace. We caught up with Rhiannon to find out more… What led you into a career in nutrition? I won a national singing competition at 15 and was encouraged to audition for Classic FM’s Young Musician of the Year. To my amazement, I won – aged just 17 and without any formal classical training. I signed with a major record label and during my time in the industry, the pressure to look a certain way persuaded me to follow restrictive, and unsustainable, diets. Believing that shop-bought diet products and meal replacement drinks were the answer to looking your best, I began to suffer from malnourishment. As a result, my energy levels were so low that I went to my GP for answers. It was at this point that I began to take an interest in nutrition as a way to reinvigorate my body. Realising this was my true calling, I made the decision to enrol at university as a mature student to study nutrition. After three years, I proudly obtained a first-class degree in Nutrition and Health from the University of Roehampton. My insatiable interest in learning then pushed me to undertake a master’s degree in Obesity, Risks and Prevention. You’ve worked with professional sportspeople, including Olympians, what key thing do you notice about their attitude to food and exercise? A common thing I see in the athletes that I have worked with is that food is taken very seriously, as they know how essential it is to their performance. Food is fuel, and that is something they are very aware of. They don’t often fall victim to dietary trends and seek out qualified advice instead. You’ve also been working with MasterChef presenter, Gregg Wallace, can you tell us a bit about that? Working with Gregg has been so interesting as he is constantly

surrounded by food and it can be extremely difficult for him to find time to prepare food. Making some simple changes to his routine, and his daily food choices, has made a huge difference. Gregg now chooses food when on the go that he previously would not have. It’s an absolute pleasure to be able to help Gregg as he is so interested and invested in his health and happiness.

Gregg famously loves his puds, is there a place for ‘treats’ in a nutritionally balanced diet? Absolutely! Restriction is not the answer, and research suggests that the more we restrict ourselves of the foods we love, the more likely we are to then crave them and potentially over eat. I have some great dessert options in my book; RE-NOURISH. A personal favourite is my apple crumble. Let’s talk about the release of your new book, RE-NOURISH: A Simple Way to Eat Well, what prompted you to produce the book? The book was completely unexpected. I had just 7,000 followers on Instagram when I was approached by my editor and was totally flattered that someone believed in me so much. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity! I found that there had been few nutrition books published that had been written by a nutritionist with a degree and with an accredited governing board. All the diet and nutrition books out there seem to be by people without any education on the subject, and focus on restriction and short term quick fixes, not a lifetime of eating well. You’ve previously said that “With the rising trend of ‘healthy eating’ many of us have lost touch with the true meaning of nutrition…” what do you mean by that and how can we overcome it? Today there is a focus on numbers and achieving the ‘perfect’ diet with very little focus on a healthy balance. A lot of people focus more on the calorie/macro-content on food, as opposed to the nutritional value of it, which is something I try to really embrace, a nutrient, not numbers, philosophy. Not all calories are equal, and I truly believe that if we all focused more on the nutrition our body needs to thrive, the happier and healthier we will be. Through her clinic Rhiannon offers a wide range of services including private consultations, family nutrition and corporate wellness, perfect for businesses looking to inspire their workforce, increase energy levels and ultimately boost productivity.

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European Senior Masters 2017 marked the start of a brand-new event on the European Senior Tour, (now called the Staysure Tour), with the inaugural Farmfoods European Senior Masters taking place at the stunning Forest of Arden Marriot Hotel & Country Club in Warwickshire. Over the years the venue has hosted many prestigious golfing tournaments, including European Tour events and the British Masters on three occasions and it provided the perfect backdrop for this inaugural event. A whole host of professional stars took part including Peter Baker, Paul McGinley, Ian Woosnam OBE, Sam Torrance OBE, Constantino Rocca, Jarmo Sandelin and Barry Lane. The field comprised of 15 Ryder Cup players, making the event the most decorated assembled field in the history of the European Senior Tour. Unlike most Tour events, the Farmfoods European Senior Masters is unique as it gives amateur players the opportunity to play alongside some true golfing legends in a real tour environment. A rundown of the best of the week’s play… Thursday 19 October The event was due to get underway with a Pro-Am on the opening day, with celebrities including Stuart Broad MBE, Dan Walker, Gordon Strachan OBE and Johnny Herbert all set to compete. However, bad weather meant play was suspended with guests retiring to the clubhouse as the evening’s entertainment was brought forward.


Guests were treated to a Q&A conducted by former Great Britain Olympic sprinter, Derek Redmond, as he discussed the golfing careers of some of the event’s finest players. These included the tournament host, Peter Baker. The former European Tour winner was also marking his first ever appearance on the European Senior Tour after celebrating his 50th birthday. Former Masters winner, Ian Woosnam, and 2014 Ryder Cup captain, Paul McGinley, also took part in the Q&A session where they relived some of their career highlights. Following this, Perrier awardwinning comedian, Dominic Holland, performed a hilarious comedy set. Guests also enjoyed a delicious three-course meal provided by the Forest of Arden’s team of expert chefs. Not even the torrential rain could spoil the atmosphere! Friday 20 October With the weather easing overnight, the pros were keen to get the tournament started. In the Alliance element of the event an amateur player was paired with one of the Tour professionals for the first 36 holes, which was played over the course of two days. A team prize was up for grabs, but individual scores were also recorded for the professionals, as these scores would contribute to the overall Farmfoods European Senior Masters leaderboard. Spectators were treated to some fantastic golf and at the halfway stage of the first round, Spaniard, Miguel Angel Martin, found himself ahead of the pack. With a first-place prize of €50,000 on offer to professionals, everyone was giving their all and the European Senior Tour’s Order of Merit leader, Clark Dennis, soon put himself in contention. Firing seven birdies and an eagle, he took a three shot lead into the weekend, with the 2016 Scottish Senior Open champion, Peter Eales, in second place.




Saturday 21 October The competition took a significant turn on the second day of action as Irishman, McGinley, piled the pressure on overnight leader, Dennis. In blustery conditions, McGinley found himself four shots behind the American going into the day’s play, but soon clawed himself back into contention. Famously known for holing the winning putt for Europe at the 2002 Ryder Cup at the Belfry, McGinley was in fine form making two exceptional birdies on the 7th and 12th leaving him just one shot off the lead ahead of the final round. Another former European Tour winner, Phil Golding, also played fantastically well seeing himself into third place. As the Alliance team competition came to an end, amateur Michael Doyle and former Ryder Cup star, Ronan Rafferty, took home the main prize after a fantastic round in which the pair finished on a combined seven under par total. (Pictured above centre). Sunday 22 October The climax of the event saw only professionals taking part, with all players taking to the course for a final 18-hole shootout for the title. Players teed off in reverse order setting up a grandstand finish for the event. Much of the day saw Dennis and McGinley continue to battle it out for the top spot in what was an extremely tightly contested final round.


However, in a twist that no one expected, Welshman Stephen Dodd emerged from the chasing pack to take victory in the most dramatic of circumstances. Beginning the day three strokes behind Dennis, he quickly made ground on the American. Playing in the penultimate group, Dodd holed a remarkable 40yard putt from off the 18th green, the Forest of Arden’s signature hole, to see him tie the lead at the top of the leaderboard with Dennis and McGinley still to play their last hole. With McGinley missing a tricky putt to drop a shot, Dennis could have forced Dodd into a play-off, however he missed his birdie putt, crowning Dodd the first ever winner of the Farmfoods European Senior Masters.

For more information on how you can sponsor or play in the event please contact Benoit Lawrence on 07792 530 020 or at

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TEE-UP FOR 2018 This summer will see the eagerly anticipated return of the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship. One of the region’s most popular golf tournaments, the championship will take place between 7 –10 August and is unique in that it brings together people from all golfing backgrounds, including professionals, amateurs and celebrities. Taking place at Nailcote Hall, Warwickshire, over the years the event has welcomed some of the biggest names in the world of sport and entertainment onto its Cromwell Course greens. Originally founded in 1933, the event was first brought to Nailcote over two decades ago, where the venue’s owner Rick Cressman helped transform it from a little-known Par 3 event, into the ever-growing event it has gone on to become. He did this with the help of leading brand agency and golf event organisers, Champions (UK) plc. The company came on board to organise, manage and deliver the event in 2006 with each event bigger and better than before. 34 | INSPIRATIONAL.LONDON

One of the biggest draws of the Championship is the fact that for over a decade, it has been hosted by Europe’s most successful Ryder Cup captain, Tony Jacklin CBE. The former US Open champion will be back for the 2018 Championship where for the 11th consecutive year, he will be on hosting duties, rubbing shoulders with both the pros and celebrity players. Over the years the event has had some extremely memorable moments. Including in 1998 when the championship arrived at Nailcote for the first time. Renowned for being shorter than the average course, and with extremely small greens, the first tournament of the revamped edition saw the legendary British major winner, Charlie Ward, take the honorary tee shot to get the competition underway. This moment was particularly significant, as Charlie also took part in the first ever British Par 3 Championship in 1933, and so was a moment which saw his career go full circle. SPRING/SUMMER 2018 ISSUE 5 | 35


Last year saw yet another stellar line-up of professionals and celebrities attend the event in what proved to be a thrilling week of action. The week commenced with a Celeb-Am which saw a whole host of stars take part. Great play was demonstrated by all the celebrities throughout the Celeb-Am, but it was former Scottish international rugby player, Max Evans, who stole the show and walked away with the title. Harry Potter actors, James and Oliver Phelps, ex-England cricketer James Taylor and former Manchester United striker Andrew Cole also took part. The following two days of the event saw the competition hot up as the 2017 Pro-Am got underway with the likes of Masters winner Ian Woosnam OBE, World Golf Hall of Fame member Dame Laura Davies, Ryder Cup star Jamie Donaldson, former Open champion Paul Lawrie and Italian golfing hero, Costantino Rocca, all gracing the greens. In front of a packed-out grandstand, 2010 winner Richard O’Hanlon secured his second Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship title and the €50,000 prize. The Super Senior category was won by Woosnam, taking the prize from former European Tour winner Carl Mason who had won the honour in the last five consecutive years. The 2017 Norma C Herd Silver Salver went to, Michael Lawrie, who followed in his brother Craig’s footsteps who won in 2013. 2017’s edition of the event came to an end with another Celeb-Am taking place, with stars including Robbie Fowler, Nigel Mansell CBE, Sinitta, Gail Emms MBE, Ryan Sidebottom and William Roache MBE all in action. It was Liverpool legend Fowler who won the event, score of +3 enough to claim victory over former Manchester United player Clayton Blackmore. This Celeb-Am also incorporated a team aspect to the event with Müller coming out on top with a score of -6 ahead of Kerry Foods who scored -4. Peter Baker was the top scoring professional on +2 as the curtain came down on what was a fantastic week.


The 87-year-old then went on to play 36 holes across two days to get the event off to an excellent start. Peter Baker was the event’s winner and since 1998, 14 other winners have taken home the title.

One aspect of the championship that has made it so fiercely contested is that it has acted as the launchpad for many golfing stars careers. This includes two European Tour winning players, Tommy Fleetwood, and Eddie Pepperell, who both won the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship prior to going on to have success on the European Tour. Fleetwood won the event in 2013, and in the same month he won the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, clinching his first European Tour victory. Since then he has gone on to win three more Tour events in 2014. Pepperell won the championship the following year which was followed by some impressive finishes and earlier this year he also won his first Tour event, triumphing in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

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Amateur players are also recognised at the championship. Since 2011 the competition’s leading amateur has been rewarded with the Norma C Herd Silver Salver. The prize was introduced by Eric Herd, the owner of Farmfoods, in honour of his mother. The first Silver Salver was won by amateur turned professional golfer, Aaron Rai, who has since gone on to achieve three victories on the Challenge Tour and gain his European tour card. Other notable winners include Ladies European Tour Order of Merit winner, Charley Hull, former Strictly Come Dancing professional, James Jordan, and Craig Lawrie, the son of the 1999 Open winner Paul Lawrie OBE. 36 | INSPIRATIONAL.LONDON

As well as the fantastic golfing action, one of the highlights of the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship is the dinners and charity auctions that take place throughout the week. These events bring together all the players from across the week allowing them to unwind from the day and enjoy themselves, as well as raise much needed funds for Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People who care for youngsters suffering from life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. This year, the event is back and looks set to be bigger than ever, as the professional and celebrity players prepare to make a return to the Cromwell Course. Once again, Tony Jacklin will oversee proceedings as the event host and celebrities including, Robbie Fowler, Mike Tindall, Keith Duffy, Brian McFadden, James Taylor, John Hartson, Len Goodman and Derek Redmond are all expected to return.

Preparation for this year’s event is already well underway with the Championship set to take place between 7-10 August 2018. To play or sponsor the event please call Roxanna Hayes at Champions (UK) plc on 08453 31 30 31 or email SPRING/SUMMER 2018 ISSUE 5 | 37


Old Head Golf Links Experience the most spectacular golf course in the world

Located on the west coast of rural Ireland, the Old Head Golf Links course is situated in a place steeped with history, dating back thousands of years. Offering a golfing experience like no other, the course which is just a stones throw away from the quaint town of Kinsale, regularly attracts visitors from all over the world. Open for six months of the year between April and November, the venue offers incredible views across the 220-acre diamond of land which the course stretches across, extending two miles out into the Atlantic Ocean, meaning visitors are surrounded by the ocean as they play. The golf club comes with a range of practise facilities as well as the course itself, so visitors can practise their swing before heading out for a round on what is one of the most visually stunning landscapes in the world. 95% of the visitors to the golf club are international with around 70% coming from North America, and the course’s close proximity to Cork Airport is ideal for visitors who are jetting in to experience what the course has to offer.


The course itself was opened in 1997 but the origins of the location’s headland actually dates back hundreds of years. Long before businessmen John and Patrick O ‘Conner decided to add a golf course to the picturesque setting, Old Head was full of unique sights including the iconic lighthouses that have overlooked the location since 1610. Now, some 400 years later, the lighthouses make up some of the course’s best areas including one that can be found in full view of the fourth hole. Danny Brassil is the Director of Golf at Old Head Golf Links and he discussed some of the stand out holes that the course can offer. He said: “The fourth and 12th are ones that stand out for me. The fourth is where the lighthouse really comes into play, it’s known as the ‘razor’s edge’. A doglegged left par 4 hugging the cliff edge all the way from the tee to the green. That hole runs down to the headland where you are looking at endless ocean. In my opinion the 12th is the most intimidating tee shot in golf. You’re right on the cliff edge and the hole gets narrower the closer to the hole you get. If you lose a ball here at Old Head, it will never be found again as it will end up in the depths of the ocean.”

Another unique factor that Old Head Golf Links provide, is the fact that guests tee off in 15-minute intervals. This means that players won’t have to wait around for other people to finish a hole, giving the unique and hard-to-come-by impression they have the entire course to themselves. As the club’s caddies can also provide fascinating insight into the history of some of the course’s ruins and features. Each hole on the course also comes with the option of six tee boxes, depending on the weather and wind conditions, a different tee can be used, meaning that guests receive a unique golfing experience from one day to the next. A feature that has became increasingly popular in recent years is the courses heli-golf options which sees visitors able to fly to and from the course in helicopters. Danny explained how this offering works. He said: “During the high season we tend to see an average of eight to ten helicopters per week coming in to play at the course and they can fly from course to course within Ireland. In some cases, our North America visitors will fly to the golf course from the airport. It’s very popular and also an amazing way to see Old Head for the first time as you fly in to the course getting an amazing birds eye view of the remarkable scenery we have here.”

Not only does the course provide fantastic golfing experiences, but their range of suites and spa, sees visitors relax in style. Their clubhouse comes complete with 15 luxurious suites that can be used by both members and guests, including rooms that overlook the ocean, making it the perfect place to wake up to. Each suite has their own private outdoor area which looks over the Lighthouse and 18th green, and there is also a spa on site which offers a whole host of massages and treatments to help guests unwind. Looking to the future and Old Head Golf Links are continuing to improve their offering all the time, regularly making changes to the holes on the course, giving visitors a fresh new experience.

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Europe’s most successful Ryder Cup captain, Tony Jacklin CBE, gives the lowdown on this year’s event Golf’s most illustrious tournament, The Ryder Cup, returns this year as the best players from America and Europe descend on Paris for a wonderful weekend of golfing action.

Le Golf National, 28th-30th September 2018 This year marks the 42nd edition of the event where Europe will be hoping to reclaim the trophy which they lost to the USA two years ago in a 17–11 defeat. For the first time ever, the competition is set to take place in France on the Albatros Course at Le Golf National in south-west Paris. One man who knows everything there is to know about The Ryder Cup, is Europe’s most successful ever captain, Tony Jacklin CBE. The British hero is a two-time Major winner who helped mastermind Europe’s first ever victory over the Americans in 1985, captaining the team on four occasions. This year, Danish golfer, Thomas Bjorn, will be hoping to follow in Tony’s footsteps as he captains the team for the first time in his career. One of the key decisions the captain of the hosts has to make is how to set out the course, including making choices on where to set up the pins. Inspirational London spoke to Tony and he explained how this could become a crucial factor in deciding the outcome of the entire tournament. He said: “How it plays out will depend on how Thomas Bjorn wants the course to be set up. At Hazeltine in 2016, America captain, Davis Love, had very little rough which favoured the long hitters in the USA team. So, he put the flags pretty central which caused a stir with some European players wanting the pins to be a bit tougher, but that was how Davis wanted it. Maybe Thomas will grow the rough up and narrow the fairways so there is that aspect to think about.”

Every year one of the biggest debates surrounding the competition is who the captain’s picks will be. Both captains will be able to select four players to complete their team. Europe’s other eight picks will be based upon the top four from the European Tour’s money list, and the four who are leading in the Official World Golf Rankings. These decisions can play a significant role in the outcome of the entire tournament and Tony emphasised just how important these could be. He said:

“As a captain you need to know that you have the absolute best 12 players available to you. Bjorn has some big decisions to make, clearly Ian Poulter is still one to consider with his Ryder Cup

record and the way he plays. He’s a good match player so Bjorn will have him in his sights I would think. Graeme McDowell is another one who will be doing his all to be considered. I still think it was a shame that Paul Casey wasn’t in the last competition having already played in three Ryder Cups and to not have him just because he wasn’t a member of the Tour I thought was a poor choice.” He continued: “America has some very strong young players, but so do we with the likes of Rahm and Fitzpatrick and they are an inspiring bunch. Sergio Garcia is another one who always seems to step up to the plate in The Ryder Cup as does Rory McIlroy. Tommy Fleetwood is another one who is the real deal, he’s come through this last year to prove he’s not a fluke. I hope he is able to maintain his form and there’s a lot of good players in Europe now. I think from Thomas’ point of view he’ll want the 12 who are at the top of their game as the event gets closer. There is no substitute for this as you can’t play your top men for the first two days all the time. They need some rest bite, so you need quality to fall back on.” Europe will be hoping to add an 11th Ryder Cup victory to their collection this year, which would make it four wins in five tournaments for the team, Tony discussed what the team will have to do in order to clinch victory. He said: “If we can get off to a fast start, which we can do if Bjorn gets the powerful players out there early, then we have a really good chance. It will certainly be close and we’re going to have some shocks I’m sure. In my experience you just have to wait for it all to unfold as anything can happen. Weather can play a part and all manner of things can contribute. The course setup as I mentioned earlier is important. Whatever happens I can’t wait for it all to get started in what is sure to be an exciting week!”

This year The Ryder Cup takes place between the 28–30 September and you can book Tony Jacklin CBE for a range of opportunities.

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The Authors XI Vs. The Lord’s Taverners XI The Getty Wormsley Estate, Buckinghamshire 12pm Sunday 9th September 2018 EVENT ORGANISER


The Authors XI Vs. The Lord’s Taverners XI The Quintessential English Cricket Match Picture the scene. A bright, late summer Sunday afternoon. One of the world’s oldest wandering teams. The most picturesque cricket ground in the land. And, a golden opportunity for you to cross the rope. Join two teams of authors, celebrities and former pros, captained respectively by the award-winning writer, Sebastian Faulks CBE, and 2005 Ashes winner, Matthew Hoggard MBE.* A day of lavish entertainment, fine dining, fundraising, and wonderful cricket. Sponsorship and table bookings available. The Authors Cricket Club – 1891 – 1912 & 2012 - Present You’d be forgiven for dismissing The Authors Cricket Club as the stuff of Victorian myth. Yet, not only is it an illustrative thread in cricket’s rich cultural tapestry, it’s alive and kicking in the 21st century.

In 2018, the stand-out match on the fixture list comes on 9th September, when some of today’s leading authors face Lord’s Taverners XI in a fundraiser to be held at The Cricket Ground on the Wormsley Estate in Stokenchurch. Lovingly created by John Paul Getty II, an Italian-American philanthropist, who fell in love with the game after he was introduced to it by Mick Jagger, the Buckinghamshire ground is a sight to behold. Wormsley Estate Cricket Ground With its manicured square and outfield exact replicas of The Oval and a timeless Tudor revival pavilion, this beautiful venue is the very model of an English cricket ground. The perfect summer setting. The Day Itself

Over the course of 21 years, after its first ever game in 1891, The Authors XI featured such literary giants as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, P.G. Wodehouse and J.M. Barrie.

We get the ball rolling with a drinks reception on the lawn at midday sharp followed by a sumptuous lunch. That gives us ample opportunity to raise valuable funds for The Lord’s Taverners and Chance to Shine, two admirable cricketing charities.

And, those celebrated writers, among a host of others, spent their summers wandering the length and breadth of the country, taking on teams of all descriptions. Village greens were abuzz.

The focus then shifts back to the pitch for a 2.45pm toss. It’s a 30 over game, with the first exchanges beginning at 3pm, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the fun.

Cricketing Renaissance But, despite the team disbanding as we approached The Great War, it was reformed a full century later in 2012 and continues to play a full programme of games each season.


A day of lavish entertainment, fine dining, fundraising, and wonderful cricket. Sponsorship and table bookings available.


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To secure your spot, call Roxanna Hayes at Champions (UK) plc on 08453 31 30 31 or email

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The wallcharts are being readied, children everywhere are in the midst of working on their sticker collections and excitement is building among all generations, throughout the world as The World Cup returns. This summer marks the 21st edition of the biggest event on the footballing calendar which for the first time will be taking place in Russia. One of the most watched events in the world, over one billion people watched the 2014 final, even non-football fans get excited by the prospect of the World Cup which sees 32 teams from all over the world coming together for a wonderful festival of football. While it doesn’t seem like four years has passed since the 2014 World Cup in Brazil when Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 in the final, this year the event lands in Russia on June 14, coming to a close on July 15. Here at Inspirational London we have given our rundown on what is sure to be the biggest and most watched event of the summer.

Teams There will be plenty of competition heading into the tournament with several teams standing a good chance of victory. One team who seem to always be touted as favourites are the current holders, Germany, who won their fourth world title in 2014. Renowned for having an excellent team from front to back rather than relying on one or two-star players, Germany will be vying to become the first team since Brazil in 1962 to consecutively win the tournament and successfully defend their trophy.


If the trophy is to go to a non-European nation, then record five times winners Brazil are perhaps the most likely team to win. Well known for their free-flowing attacking football, ‘Selecao’ as they are known are desperate to avenge for that humiliating 7-1 defeat they suffered to Germany on home soil four years ago and the talents of Neymar, Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus will go a long way in helping the team achieve this. France are perhaps the team who have the best strength in depth of any team who will be in Russia this summer and will be hoping to put 2016’s European Championships disappointment when they lost in the final behind them by going one better in 2018. Spain may no longer be the team that took the world by storm with their tiki-taka tactics and winning three consecutive major tournaments between 2008 and 2012, but they still have star players such as Alvaro Morata, Andres Iniesta and Diego Costa who can make an impact on the world stage. Weak at the back but formidable in attack, Argentina will be hoping they can put an end to more than 30 years without a World Cup win. It may be talismanic forward Lionel Messi’s last shot at World Cup glory so expect him and the team to be up there come July. As well as the favourites, this year is also special for several other teams. Egypt successfully qualified for the first time in 28 years, Morocco have also made the cut for the first time in 20 years and smaller nations Iceland and Panama are set to make their tournament debut. There have also been some high-profile omissions with the Netherlands, USA and inexplicably Italy, all failing to qualify.



Players One of the greatest things about the World Cup is the fact it showcases the very talent of the world’s best players to fans across the world. Able to express themselves on the biggest stage of all, the World Cup provides players the chance to make history in the world’s biggest football competition. Stars are born at every tournament (think Pele, Maradona and the Brazilian Ronaldo.) Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping that he can help Portugal to their first ever World Cup victory in 2018 recreating the wonderful form he has shown for Real Madrid. The Golden Boot is awarded to the tournament’s top scorer and Ronaldo’s rival for club and country, Lionel Messi will be hoping he can go one better than his old adversary this summer. Other contenders for the Golden Boot include England’s record breaker Harry Kane, the world’s most expensive player Neymar, Belgian powerhouse Romelu Lukaku, Germany striker Timo Werner and France’s Antoine Griezmann. The World Cup is where many players make their mark on the world’s stage and, so you can be sure that several new stars will also emerge from the tournament this summer.

England’s hopes… Every time a new World Cup is on the horizon people’s attentions inevitably turn to how the current crop of England players will fare. From comparisons to the historic team that won the tournament in 1966, to former pros and pundits explaining why ‘this year could be our year’ before England inevitably crash out in spectacular style, it simply wouldn’t be a World Cup without our iconic optimism. This year is no different with fans everywhere speculating on how England are likely to do. Drawn in a group with Belgium, Tunisia and Panama, on paper England should have no problems making it to the knockout stages, however nothing is ever straight forward when it comes to England! The team’s first game takes place on 18 June, but Gareth Southgate still has plenty to think about until then. There is sure to be plenty of debate about which 23 players will be making the trip to Russia with several positions still having question marks over. For England to have any chance of success at the World Cup striker Harry Kane has to be fit and firing and coming off the back of a fantastic goal scoring season with Tottenham, he certainly looks sharp.


The biggest position up for debate was that of goalkeeper. Joe Hart has been England’s undisputed number one since 2010 but his form at West Ham this year has been questionable, and Stoke’s Jack Butland, Everton’s Jordan Pickford and Burnley’s Nick Pope have all been selected ahead of him. Central midfield is also an area of weakness for the Three Lions. Jack Wilshere’s injury concerns have seen him miss out with Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Dele Alli, Fabian Delph, and RubenLoftus Cheek getting the nod. A surprise choice is Liverpool’s teenage fullback, Trent Alexander Arnold, who has been rewarded for his excellent season with the Reds with a place on the plane. One man who knows exactly what it takes to play at the World Cup is former England captain Terry Butcher. The image of Terry covered in blood during a qualifying match against Sweden has become iconic, and he gave his lowdown on the upcoming tournament and what he expects to see from England this summer. “I’m looking for the English players to stand out more than anything else. The World Cup is a spectacle and it brings out the best in players as it is the highest level of football you can play at. I’m looking for the England players to go out there, give their all and do really well, we didn’t do that in 2014 going out in the group stages. I think with Gareth at the helm if they get some momentum who knows where that could take them but I don’t think the English fans are getting carried away. I’d like to see Harry Kane set a good standard at the World Cup, he’s been brilliant for Tottenham this season and I’d like to see him go as captain and prove he can handle it at the highest level. I think he has the capability to do it.” Discussing England’s group, he said: “England’s group is a good one, playing Belgium will be a good game and a team we all know about. They won’t bring anything new to the table and a lot of their team play in the Premier League, so the English players will be well aware of the threats they pose. Overall, I think it’s a good group for England and a chance to get into the knockout stage where we have fallen short before. I think it’s positive that England are starting later on in the campaign, so we can see the other teams and find out what they are all about.” Terry concluded: “I still fancy Germany but it is still pretty open with Brazil, Spain Argentina and France all in with a shout. It’s something we can all look forward to and I think it will be an exciting competition.”



RAISING THE BAR Tottenham Hotspur’s Ground-Breaking Premium Offer Tottenham Hotspur is on the up. It’s hard enough to overlook the on-field exploits of Harry Kane, Dele Alli et al, but, when the 2018/2019 Season kicks off, it’ll be impossible to ignore the world-class, new sports and entertainment destination in N17. The 62,062 seater Stadium being built will raise the bar on premium sporting hospitality. By several notches. The Club knows it’s in the entertainment business. But it also very much understands it sells experiences. To Dare Is To Do The Populous design practice behind a host of the world’s most iconic stadia is delivering on Tottenham Hotspur’s vision. The acoustically optimised cauldron of the arena is all about atmosphere. It features a single tier stand that, with 17,500 seats, will be the UK’s biggest. In addition to year-round music concerts, the new Stadium will play host to NFL games each year, thanks to a retractable grass pitch revealing an artificial gridiron surface beneath.


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But there are other imperatives at play behind the scenes. Taking premium hospitality to the next level chief among them and a design philosophy rooted in choice and opportunity.

Built with access to seating in mind, you’re just yards away from your Recaro seat behind the home dug-out, part of what the Club calls ‘the largest bench in world football’.

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First up is the H Club, tipping its hat to the Club’s historic past, with an authentic ‘H’ badge from the 19th century emblazoned across the floor, and the Victorian sophistication of the Luminaire Bar.

The premium choices on offer at the new Stadium go on. Look at the ‘loge’ suites. Intimate spaces where groups of four, six, eight or ten can enjoy quality food before and after the game.

There are five eclectic ways to dine, including an intimate experience hosted by a Club legend and the opportunity to dine at the chef’s table. You can design your own cheeseboard and sommeliers will even hold your favourite tipple in The Vault. With a one-off H Club membership fee of £30,000 + VAT and a further £30,000 reserving two seats for the season, you’re in the most exclusive of company. The Tunnel Club has a unique industrial elegance, from which members can watch the comings and goings, as players line-up before the game.

Loges have all the privacy and business capabilities of a box but the added networking opportunities and ambience of a highend restaurant. The two Sky Lounges will appeal to the millennial market. They’re nine floors above the pitch, with panoramic views of the game and the city. Bathed in natural light, there’ll be live DJs and mixologists on hand, and the dining experience features tasting bowls and grazing options.

The entry level Lower East Club has a sports bar feel with assisted self-service. In contrast, the Members’ Lounge is an accessible way to breathe in the premium atmosphere and allows guests to upgrade for a restaurant experience. Tottenham Hotspur’s new premium offering will send ripples not simply across the world of sport but across the entire entertainment industry. To Dare Is To Do – and Tottenham Hotspur are well on their way. Be There With premium seats starting from £152 (+ VAT) per match, now is the time to register your interest for premium suites, loges, lounges and seats. To experience the new Stadium in virtual reality, please visit or call 0208 108 4750 to speak to a member of the team.



FROM KART TO CAR: THE LEGEND OF LEWIS HAMILTON Lewis Hamilton MBE is the most successful British Formula One driver of all-time and one of the most recognisable sportstars on the planet. Since making his debut in the sport 11 years ago at the age of 22, Hamilton has ripped up the record books during his spells at McLaren and Mercedes, becoming a four-time Formula One World Champion and winning a total of 62 races – more than any other British driver. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of his first World Championship title, here are a few of his F1 career highlights… 2007 - Hamilton makes waves in Oz The announcement that Hamilton was to race for McLaren in 2007 came as a shock, with many commentators questioning the team’s decision to sign up a rookie. Any fears about Hamilton’s abilities were soon kicked to the curb, as he showcased his fearless driving skills alongside his world champion teammate Fernando Alonso, finishing third, and making the podium, something that would become a familiar sight, very quickly… 2007 – A first win and the record breaking rookie season continues The positive start continued for Hamilton, as he went on a streak of red-hot form, finishing on the podium in his first nine races. Coming in amongst this form was the first pole position and victory of his burgeoning career in Canada, as he steered McLaren to victory. Just one week later in Indianapolis, USA, for his second win, putting him in the driving seat for a rookie championship win. 2008 – Second season Silverstone masterclass After the near miss of the season before – Hamilton suffered from a run of bad luck narrowly missing out on the title – there was no doubt that the Brit had a point to prove, as he entered his second year in the sport. After a strong win in the Australian opener, Hamilton had slumped and arrived at his home GP sitting in 4th place in the World Championship, 10 points behind leader Felipe Massa of Ferrari. However, he blasted away the competition at Silverstone in sodden conditions, providing further evidence of his wet weather driving ability and taking the top step of the podium by a margin of 68 seconds. 2008 - Youngest F1 World Champion Hamilton’s British Grand Prix result acted as a catalyst for the rest of his season. His result at Silverstone propelled him to joint first in the World Championship race. By the time the seasonender in Brazil came around, Hamilton had a narrow lead over Massa and the tension was high ahead of the start of the race. In wet-dry conditions, Massa, and his native Brazilian crowd, thought he’d done enough to become World Champion, before Hamilton passed Timo Glock to move up to fifth place to secure the points he needed to become the sport’s youngest-ever champion in its then 58 year history, in the most dramatic of circumstances.

2013 – Moved from McLaren to team Mercedes Following his title win, Hamilton found frustration with season after season of lacklustre, unreliable cars and in 2013, the British driver decided enough was enough and moved away from his home of McLaren to Mercedes. The move was made with one eye on the future, with rumours of the German brand investing in their 2014 car ahead of a range of rule changes coming to the sport. With only a single victory in 2013, there was more success for both Hamilton and Mercedes on the not too distant horizon… 2014 – First career ‘Grand Slam’ The rumoured Mercedes advancements were proven to be true come the start of the 2014 season, as Hamilton and teammate Nico Rosberg dominated the field in the season-opener at Melbourne, winning by a comfortable margin. Come the Malaysian GP, the first 1-2 for the team since 1955 was secured as Hamilton went onto record his first career ‘Grand Slam’ – a pole position, race win and fastest lap. 2014 – Hamilton vs Rosberg in the battle for a second world title The Malaysia ‘Grand Slam’, was the start of a season of domination for the Mercedes team, as Hamilton and Rosberg fought it out for the World Championship. The two often came to blows throughout the 2013 season, as the former karting teammates created a rivalry that would captivate the global TV audience. A topsy turvy season saw Hamilton eventually take the title, a run of five consecutive wins helping his cause, in the last race in Abu Dhabi, a moment he described as “the greatest day of my life.” 2015 – Two teammates battle for top spot, and a third championship A new year saw yet more Mercedes domination at the front of the pack, and further incidents involving Rosberg and Hamilton, with clashes leading to rumours of a frosty relationship between the two. On the track, Hamilton’s superiority saw him lead the Championship from an early stage, which, when combined with a series of unfortunate mechanical failures for Rosberg, saw the Brit wrap up his third Championship at the American Grand Prix, three races before the season’s climax! 2017 – Hamilton makes history by securing the most pole positions ever Hamilton’s ability to pull out a fastest lap from nowhere is among his most heralded qualities – which when paired with one of the most dominant cars in recent memory was going to be a dangerous combination. Hamilton dislodged the great Michael Schumacher from top of the pole position records at the Italian Grand Prix, and has gone on to record 72 poles*, in a record he’s sure to hold for time to come.

2017 – A fourth world title confirms the Brit’s status as the most successful UK driver in history Following yet another bruising season competing against Rosberg, 2017 was slightly more straightforward for Hamilton. The German managed to defeat his rival for a maiden world title, before a shock retirement from the sport. A revitalised Ferrari team often threatened to trouble Hamilton, with Sebastian Vettel at the forefront of that challenge, but in reality once Hamilton overturned Vettel’s lead, 16 points at the Hungarian Grand Prix, there was only one winner. The Brit was in imperious form, while Vettel’s Ferrari let him down at the time he needed reliability the most. A fourth title beckoned for Hamilton, as he secured the championship in Mexico, celebrating by running the length of the track! With vested interests in music and film, rumours persist about Hamilton’s future involvement in the sport. At the age of just 33, Hamilton will have plenty more years left in F1 if he wishes, although many of his contemporaries will be hoping he retires sooner rather than later! While the story for Hamilton isn’t over just yet, it’s clear the British driver will be among the best of the best F1 drivers of all time. *At the time of writing












Multiple host venue options with 620,000 KM of coastline around the world The preservation of the marine and coastal environment is a key management priority If it begins with ‘M’ P1 has probably raced there: Malaysia, Malta, Mumbai, Miami, Marseille, Milford Haven, Margate and Minehead still to come in August 2018 race calendar features 20 events in 7 countries from April to November Free to watch Grand Prix of the Sea events designed to excite and entertain, ensuring spectator enjoyment and sponsor value Partnerships are at the heart of the P1 business Commercial and media alliances are important TV coverage of the P1 action in more than 150 countries in-house expertise in marketing, PR, event production and commercial exploitation Understanding and harnessing the power of sports tourism to raise the profile of host venues, attract visitors and boost the local economy Extensive sponsorship and promotional opportunities The P1 Panther powerboat with its Mercury Racing outboard engine was designed by P1 and the identical race boats deliver highly competitive racing on both lakes and close-to-shore courses P1 AquaX jet ski racing began 7 years ago in the UK, expanded to the USA in 2013 and then into mainland Europe last year Includes both world class racers and leading amateur riders Close relationship with the leading ski manufacturers P1 Jetcross series features stand-up circuit racing in Europe






With fantastic wildlife, stunning beaches and picturesque landscapes, cruises down under are always a big hit with holidaymakers. Whether you want to travel around Australia, New Zealand or both, you can be sure that you can find a cruise that suits.


One of the best things about this part of the world is that it combines both the vibrancy of city life, with the picturesque countryside, so you are getting the best of both worlds. Depending on the cruise you could explore tourist hot spots and shopping areas in Melbourne and Sydney, as well as taking a trip to Australia’s iconic, Ayers rock, or even explore the movie magic of The Lord of the Rings franchise by seeing where it was filmed in Wellington. Whatever you plan on doing, the wonders that Australia and New Zealand behold are truly unique.

The world is full of a wide range of travel opportunities from countries with stunning sun-kissed beaches, cities with beautiful architecture and locations filled with amazing natural wonders, but with so many fantastic destinations to choose from, it can be hard to decide where to start. A cruise allows you to take in several breath-taking locations in one trip. The benefits of a cruise also include the versatility that they offer. Whether you want to sail away for a week, a month or even embark on a 100-day cruise that travels around the world, there is something for everyone. Here at Inspirational London we have compiled a list of some of the best cruise locations on offer in 2018 which can make for the perfect summer getaway:

D ISCOVER WHAT EUROPE HAS TO OF F E R You don’t need to go to the other side of the world to enjoy a fantastic cruise. From Scandinavia to the Greek Isles, Europe has a whole host of incredible destinations to enjoy. If you prefer you can even stay within the UK with a tour of the British Isles. Cruises can take you anywhere within the continent from the ancient cities of Rome and Athens, which are still home to their original historic architecture, to Mediterranean locations in Spain, Portugal and Greece. These European cruises can also be combined with ones that head further afield, such as to the USA. A lot of European cruises hit many major capital cities on their routes, making adding more pins to your map easy.


TA K E I N T H E HER ITAGE O F T H E W E ST E R N C AR IBBE AN One of the world’s most popular cruising destinations, the Western Caribbean has so much to see and do. Away from the tropical jungles and stunning blue oceans that surround the area, there is plenty of other hidden secrets to uncover in this part of the world. There are a wide range of different cruises that head to this part of the world, from those that take in the hidden treasures left behind by the ancient Mayans, to exploring natural wonders such as the second largest reef system in the world. If you want to get out and explore then several cruises also stop in areas which incorporate a whole host of activities including zip-lining, scuba-diving and snorkelling.


Everyone is well aware of the huge theme parks and resorts that the USA can offer, and Disneyworld and Universal Studios are both fantastic attractions. However, if you want to get away from the parks and see some of the country’s lesser known, but equally enjoyable highlights, then perhaps an American cruise is the way to go. North America’s ports include the likes of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Vancouver and all have plenty to see and do. Why not take a trip to the Golden Gate bridge on your stop off in San Francisco? Or the Space Needle that dominates the Seattle skyline? Whatever you prefer there are plenty of cruises to choose from that travel across the USA and Canada.

With cruises becoming an increasingly popular way to travel, it is important you pick a cruise company who can provide you with exactly what you need. All of these locations are available with Princess Cruises, one of the UK’s leading cruise companies. With over 800 worldwide cruises to choose from, you can decide on your location, duration, and the type of cruise that is right for you. For more information visit or call 0344 338 8663.



Saint Lucian owned and Saint Lucian run this resorts offers an authentic and charming experience combining true adventure, relaxation, and refreshment all in one place. It features ultra modern conveniences and facilities. The pleasures are many, enjoy on-site dining at Hi-Tide Restaurant or Sea Grapes Beach Bar & Restaurant; stay active in our fitness centre; take a dip in our stunning lagoon-style swimming pool and Jacuzzi; or seek thrills with Splash Island Water Park, the largest outdoor water entertainment complex in St. Lucia. The rooms all feature en-suite bathrooms with modern luxury fittings and are tastefully decorated in a contemporary style. Deluxe rooms feature two king size double beds, a terrace or balcony with garden, pool or ocean views and walk in shower, whilst the one and two bedroom suites are ideal for families and offer self-catering with a fully fitted kitchen and open plan dinning/living area and separate cloakroom. Complimentary WiFi access is on offer throughout the hotel and in rooms.



For that total luxury holiday upgrade to a one or two bedroom suite for extra space, add in all-Inclusive with no limitations on steak or lobster, unlimited non-motorized water sports, six half day passes at Splash Island Water Park, daily spa treatments and the Taste of Rodney Bay dine around program which offers the chance to enjoy eating out at a choice of eight independent restaurants three nights for every seven booked plus complimentary transfer. 0800 088 5104

The Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa won Luxury Beach Resort of the Year at the Luxury Travel Guide Awards in 2017, since then they have added even more luxury items into their premium all Inclusive product and enhanced the rooms with a refreshing soft refurbishment. This resort enjoys an enviable setting on the world-famous Reduit Beach, within Rodney Bay Village. A prime location on the island which has a wide range of dining and entertainment options, with over 40 different restaurants and Saint Lucia’s only casino. The property has been imaginatively designed to combine both French Caribbean and Georgian plantation styles and is set amongst neatly landscaped gardens.





Situated on a tranquil stretch of beach on the island’s northwest coast, the beautiful beachfront residences at Saint Peter’s Bay offer a stylish and contemporary home away from home. With a choice of one, two, three or five bedrooms, spacious living areas and generous terraces with breathtaking views, families will have plenty of space to spread out.

With luxurious, family-sized accommodation, a prime beachfront location and wonderful staff, this excellent resort has everything you could want for an idyllic tropical holiday. The dedicated concierge team will thoroughly pamper and spoil you during your stay. The Gazebo Bar next to the pool is the perfect spot to relax in the shade during the day – but if you prefer not to move from your sun lounger, poolside and beach butler service is also provided.

Facilities include a large, lagoon-style swimming pool, a fitness centre, yoga and pilates studio and complimentary nonmotorised watersports such as sailing, kayaking and paddle boarding. Waterskiing, wakeboarding and other motorised watersports are available at an additional charge. A children’s activity zone operates year round and is complimentary for those aged 5 yrs and over. Parents are welcome to join the fun or to accompany younger children, and babysitting services can be arranged at an additional cost. Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the property and the resort’s friendly concierge team is on hand to attend to your every need, from making restaurant reservations to arranging rounds of golf or polo lessons at the resort’s own polo fields. Additional facilities, such as a full service spa, kids’ playroom, golf simulator and additional watersports are available a short water taxi or shuttle ride away, at sister property, Port Ferdinand.

To book any of these properties please contact your preferred travel agent or tour operator.

There is even more reason to visit Port Ferdinand Marina and Luxury Residences as Nikki Beach Barbados has just opened on their beach. Port Ferdinand is set on the beautiful northwest coast of Barbados and offers an exclusive collection of luxurious homes overlooking a turquoise marina, together with rich amenities and legendary Bajan service. There are currently 46 luxury homes for rental, all with their own yacht berth, ranging from 2,500 square feet for a two bedroom home, to 6,100 square feet for a four bedroom penthouse.

The brand new Nikki Beach Barbados sits on 1.4 acres of pristine beachfront property at Port Ferdinand, marking the entry of the first luxury beach club property in Barbados and the 14th location for the brand. This intimate beach club location consists of a restaurant, pool and beach access with oceanfront seating for up to 200 guests. The beach club runs along the shores of the ocean and is elevated to ensure spectacular water views throughout the entire property. Yachts are able to dock directly at the location and the water shuttle service ensure guests arrive in style.

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West Coast Luxury in Barbados

Fairmont Royal Pavilion, Barbados Perfectly located on an enviable half mile crescent beach, the boutique Fairmont Royal Pavilion is ideally situated on the West Coast of Barbados. All 72 newly refurbished guest rooms and suites elegantly designed, with muted colours are uniquely ocean front. 48 Oceanfront rooms with clear glass balconies, offer spectacular unobstructed views of the glistening Caribbean sea, while 24 stylish Beachfront Junior Suites, complete with butler service and decked terrace just a step on to the beach. A welcoming staff, exceptional cuisine and an array of complimentary leisure facilities, make this resort perfect for romantic getaways, memorable celebrations and unforgettable family holidays, welcoming the most discerning traveller’s wanting to embrace a truly Bajan experience.

Barbados, a picturesque island with scenery so breathtaking a photographic opportunity presents itself at every turn. With dramatic outstretches of crystal clear waters that frame pristine coastlines, the haven promises an unforgettable vacation of tranquility and surprise. Whilst the charming landscapes are promising enough, the eclectic culture of the island is the main attraction, celebrating an assortment of historical, cultural and sporting opportunities, complemented by lavish accommodation and a myriad of restaurants to suit all tastes. The island offers an array of 5 star accommodation options from luxurious resorts and sumptuous villas to generous hotels and premium apartment complexes. Visitors can expect bespoke service catered towards their desires.

Open-air dining at Fairmont Royal Pavilion in two beachside restaurants with breath taking Ocean views, the sound of the waves lapping or local musical talent. Complimentary amenities include Tennis and non-motorised watersports, plus traditional Afternoon Tea is served on the terrace.

Port Ferdinand Marina & Beach Club and Saint Peter’s Bay Luxury Residences Port Ferdinand Marina & Beach Club offers spacious luxury homes complete with yacht berth and balconies with marina views. Port Ferdinand provides the ultimate in luxury living, as the homes are beautifully appointed, featuring coral stone walls, solid wood fittings, marble floors and quality furnishings in a traditional cool Caribbean style. There is a fantastic choice of facilities and activities and direct access to the beach with Nikki Beach Barbados just opened on Port Ferdinand’s Beach. Saint Peter’s Bay is ideally situated on a beautiful stretch of beach on the island’s north west coast, the luxurious residences offer a stylish and contemporary home from home with plenty of space to spread out and the resort’s dedicated concierge team will thoroughly pamper and spoil you during your stay. Take the complimentary water taxi to sister property Port Ferdinand or let a private chef cater for you in the comfort of your own residence, a stay at Saint Peter’s Bay is all about having the freedom to do things your way.

The House and Treasure Beach by Elegant Hotels The House by Elegant Hotels is a chic adults-only boutique hotel, after undergoing extensive renovations to modernise its current oceaninspired design and build its boutique Spa. Guests are welcomed with a complimentary 30-minute jet-lag massage and, during the holiday, they can enjoy complimentary and daily treats such as champagne breakfast, afternoon tea and evening canapés. Treasure Beach is the seventh Elegant Hotels property on the magnificent Caribbean island of Barbados. A true gem amongst luxury hotels in the Caribbean, located in Paynes Bay, St. James, on one of the most beautiful beaches of the Platinum West Coast of Barbados. The redesigned 35room all-suite hotel is set in lush, tropical gardens with stunning views overlooking the Caribbean Sea with a focus on art and culinary.

Coral Reef Club and The Sandpiper Located directly on fine white sandy beaches lapped by warm Caribbean waters are the family run Coral Reef Club and The Sandpiper. The plantation style Coral Reef Club’s 88 rooms and suites are set in lush tropical gardens where monkeys play in the tree tops and guests sip cocktails under shady palms fringing the powder white beach. The Sandpiper, with its stylish lap pool and idyllic, understated Harold’s Beach Bar appeals to guests looking for something a little more contemporary but with the intimacy of a family run property. Come, relax and rejuvenate under Caribbean skies and sunshine. To book any of these properties please contact your preferred travel agent or tour operator.

Cobblers Cove, Barbados English elegance with Caribbean character, located on the platinum west coast of Barbados, Cobblers Cove offers a haven of grace and tranquillity to discerning travellers. The beachside hotel has 40 suites, each individually decorated and open to the ocean and tropical garden surroundings. Serving the finest food on the island, The Camelot Restaurant is a destination in itself - make sure to visit us soon. 66 | INSPIRATIONAL.LONDON



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With more and more Brits choosing short city breaks rather than long getaways, European cities are overwhelming favourites for those wanting to get some sun while cutting out the lengthy plane journey. But what options do holidaymakers have when it comes to a city break? Let Scarlett London take you through a few of her top picks for this summer:


With the second biggest population on the continent, Berlin is a city that is full of history and culture, with artists like David Bowie having lived in and been inspired by the capital. The 20th century alone saw a revolution staged, the Nazi party set up their HQ, before the city was bombed and eventually divided into two for decades. As a result, there’s tonnes to see, whether it be walking along remnants of the Berlin Wall, checking out Checkpoint Charlie, or visiting the rooms where key events in WWII were planned. Despite the city’s size, its main attractions are pretty easy to visit either on foot, bike or by using the public transport system. If you’re a party animal, you’ll love Berlin too, as it puts New York to shame, as a 24/7 city. Locals, too, have a laidback, friendly style, and the capital’s many nationalities have resulted in a melting pot of cultures from around the globe, creating an international village of experiences to be had, be it culinary or entertainment-based.

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COPENHAGEN Copenhagen has become one of the fastest growing metropolitan destinations in Europe, with cruise passengers and tourists flocking to Denmark to see what its capital has to offer. What they find is a city full of colourful fashion and design, and one of the world’s most dedicated bicycle cultures – Copenhagen actually has more bikes than people!

KRAKÓW Poland is a country with tonnes of history, much of which Kraków has been at the centre of as the nation’s second largest city, and one of its oldest. Regarded as one of the most beautiful cities on the continent, the summer gives an average high of 24 o in July, while visiting in December can see highs of just 2 o! A city of extremes, then, but Kraków’s attractions include the Wawel Royal Castle, striking 14th century, St. Mary’s Basilica, and the massive 1O-acre, Main Market Square.

Major landmarks for the city include The Little Mermaid statue on the Langelinie promenade, an iconic statue based on the fairytale of the same name, by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, the Tivoli Gardens and the Amalienbord and Christiansborg palaces. If you enjoy quaint scenery with beautiful buildings, and a relaxed atmosphere, Copenhagen may be the break for you.

Outside the city centre is the Wieliczka Salt Mine, an incredible feat of human engineering that needs to be seen to be believed. An unmissable, poignant experience is the Oskar Schindler factory, immortalised in Steven Spielberg’s Oscar award-winning film, Schindler’s List. Touring the museum and finding out more about the story is a must for any visitor to Kraków.



The capital of the Czech Republic has long been a destination for couples and groups to enjoy a weekend away. Prague is a wonderful, vibrant city to escape to, with plenty to do. The Louvre might have the classics, but Prague’s art galleries feature fantastic bohemian art to admire, complementing the city’s architecture perfectly. Between intimidating Gothic towers and decadent delights of small, intimate cafes and bars, there’s something here for everyone.

Despite being situated on the Atlantic coast, continental Europe’s westernmost capital enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with average temperatures of 15o between December and February, and 25o from June to September. Lisbon has a lot of attractions for a city break destination, be it the glorious river, the vibrant buildings, or glistening sunshine.

In bars you’ll find one of the city’s main attractions – beer! Known for being incredibly tasty and great value for money, more and more bars and microbreweries have popped up in the city over the last few years, giving connoisseurs fresh blends to try. Aside from that, if you feel a little bit overwhelmed by the throngs of tourists in the city, venture down one of Prague’s maze of cobbled streets. With hidden delights around every corner, each one will bring you an authentic Prague experience.

If you’re a seafood lover, ensure you consume copious amounts of fresh, grilled sardines, from one of the many seafood bars, as it is the local delicacy. If a spot of extreme sport is your thing, then you’ll want to take part in a surf tour to one of the local beaches, Estoril and Cascais which are a short train journey away, or if you just want a bargain, the antique shops and flea markets offer all kinds of trinkets and clothing. When it comes to accommodation, there are a number of fantastic options, with elegant suites at fine hotels such as the Principe Real, suited for all budgets. O2O3 958O 427 @InfluencerChampions



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Home Sweet Home Its origins began as a large townhouse, built for the Duke of Buckingham back in 1703, before its acquisition by King George III in 1761, who turned it into a private residence for his wife, Queen Charlotte. Taking on the name ‘The Queen’s House’, the building went through various stages of renovation over the next few decades with Queen Victoria becoming the first monarch to reside there in 1837. However, the monarch found that despite the grandeur of the state rooms themselves, areas of the palace were in need of some serious attention, with rooms icy cold and poor ventilation leading to rooms smelling badly! Upon Queen Victoria’s marriage to Prince Albert in 1840, the couple set out on improving their home. A new wing was added in 1847, to account for their growing family and court life.

years and counting – since Buckingham Palace has been open to the public Buckingham Palace is one of the most iconic buildings in London’s skyline. The grand splendour of the Queen’s home draws half a million visitors from around the world annually, and has been open to the public every summer for the past 25 years. When the decision was taken to open the palace back in 1993, it was intended to only be open until 1997, however with viewing slots for the next three years selling out in just ten minutes, as well as visitor numbers of 380,000 in the first year alone, it was clear the public were eager for a peek into the Queen’s home. Numbers soon levelled out to 300,000 a year in the proceeding years, before a recent spike with news of royal weddings and births. So, what can visitors in 2018 expect? Tours of the palace take in the 19 spectacular State Rooms, which are decked out in some of the royal collection’s greatest treasures, including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck. But how did this stunning building become the icon it is today?


More recently, a 10-year plan of maintenance work began at the palace, including crucial improvements of their wiring, plumbing, boilers and radiators throughout the building, and installation of solar panels on the roof, was approved last year by the House of Commons. The aim is to extend the palace’s working life by at least five decades, taking the building’s use since its initial construction in 1703, to around 350 years, a fantastic feat for the iconic royal palace. Palace Under Attack World War II saw the palace become the target of German forces. It was bombed nine times during the war, the most serious of which saw the palace chapel destroyed in 1940. VE Day saw the celebrations centre around the palace, with King George, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret all appearing on the famous balcony to cheers from throngs of the public. Tea with the Queen Nowadays, the palace holds three garden parties every summer, with 50,000 guests invited for various receptions, banquets and audiences with the royals. The forecourt of Buckingham Palace is often used for the Changing of the Guard, which has become a tourist attraction in its own right, as crowds gather to see the Queen’s guards swapping, their iconic red tunics and black bearskins, attracting hundreds on a daily basis throughout the summer. Did You Know? • The palace is not just home to royalty! Over 800 members of staff reside on the premises in order to keep everything ticking along. This includes a flagman, fendersmith and a clockmaker, who’s kept busy by maintaining over 350 clocks and watches. • If you find yourself gazing at the palace from the outside, wondering if the Queen is home, check which flag is flying – if it’s the Union Jack, the Queen is away, however if the Royal Standard is flying strong, she’s in! If the Royal Standard flag is flying from the Victoria Tower at the Palace of Westminster, this signifies Her Majesty is present in Parliament. • Queen Victoria was the very first monarch to live in the palace in 1837, despite its commissioning by King George IV many years before. Ever since Victoria’s accession to the throne, however, every monarch since has gone on to live in the palace.



A right Royal year… 2018 is shaping up to be a big year for the British monarchy, with engagements, weddings and Royal births on the cards. We take a look at what’s in store for our hardworking Royals…

While the due date has not been revealed, it is believed that Zara Phillips and husband, former rugby hero, Mike Tindall MBE’s second child is due mid-summer.



The year got off to a flying start with the Queen’s granddaughter, and eighth in line to the throne, Princess Eugenie, getting engaged to Jack Brooksbank.

Autumn will see a second Royal wedding, that of Princess Eugenie, the daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, to Jack Brooksbank, a brand ambassador, at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, on the 12 October.

April The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed their third child, a boy, named Louis Arthur Charles on the 23 April 2018. The fifth in line to the throne. The busy month continued as 21 April also marked the Queen’s 92nd birthday. Although celebrated in private, (her official birthday, 9 June sees a Trooping of the Colour parade), her birthday is marked by gun salutes at midday at venues across London. May On 19 May the eyes of the world’s media turned to St. George’s Chapel in Windsor as Prince Harry married former Suits actress, Meghan Markle.



The Markle Sparkle… With her on-trend sense of style, good looks and career as an actress, Meghan is sure to add extra-sparkle to Royal events. Here’s what you need to know about the new Royal addition… She met Prince Harry on a blind date. She was born Rachel Meghan Markle, on 4 August 1981, making her three years older than her groom. Upon her marriage she will become; Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales. Her biggest acting role was as Rachel Zane on hit US show, Suits. She’s also committed to charity work. June The 2 June, sees the Queen mark 65 years since she was coronated in 1953. While she officially ascended the throne in February 1952, following the death of her father, King George VI, as a mark of a respect a period of mourning was observed, and she was coronated more than a year later.

November It is another milestone month for the Royals as 14 November is the 70th birthday of the heir to the throne, Prince Charles. To mark his birthday, Buckingham Palace will host an art display of works selected by the Prince. To further mark his birthday, The Royal Mint is also set to produce a new £5 coin which will feature the Queen, Charles, William and George – four generations of the monarchy. December As the year draws to a close, no doubt the Royal family, which will have seen new arrivals in the shape of two Royal births and new in-laws, will reflect over what has been a truly remarkable Royal year.



7/8/9 september 2018 Festival @ Robin Hill, Isle of Wight

Famed for its history, festivals and being a holiday destination for families, the Isle of Wight will once again be the focus for the high-spirited music festival, Eklectica. This year, music lovers, as well as some of the biggest artists in the industry will descend on the Island for what is sure to be one of the most spectacular events in the music industry. Held at the enchanting Robin Hill Country Park, from 7-9 September, Eklectica will wow people of all ages with its wide range of music acts. The family friendly event will showcase everything you expect to see at a music festival, including a range of camping options across 88 acres of stunning countryside and woodland. Whether you are looking for a family weekend away accompanied by some live music, or to be partying long into the night with your friends, Eklectica has something for everyone. Eklectica boasts an exceptional range of acts to enjoy, as well as making for the perfect escapist weekend in a wonderfully relaxing setting. The festival will include a wide range of wellbeing activities throughout the weekend such as drop-in sessions every day, morning awakening sessions to get people up and ready for the day ahead as well as healthy breakfast options available from the woodland Heartwood Bar and Brasserie.

Headlining the opening day is popular TV and radio presenter, Reggie Yates, who will be performing a lively DJ set to audiences. Also headlining on the Friday is two-time UK number one rapper, Tinchy Stryder, who will wow audiences as he performs some of his greatest hits. The following day will see pop-rock band, Scouting for Girls take to the stage. The band have sold over 1.5 million albums in their career, and in this, their 10th anniversary year the group will perform some of their most famous hits including She’s So Lovely and Elvis Ain’t Dead. The Hoosiers and popular indie rock group the Noisettes will also keep audiences on their feet on the Saturday with their own rousing sets. On Sunday, chart-topping pop star, Pixie Lott, alternative rock group Toploader and Scottish band, The Fratellis, will then bring the incredible weekend to a close. Tickets for Eklectica are selling fast, so be sure not to miss out and grab yours today! Visit the website for more information.





Part of the HR Owen Group, Jack Barclay Bentley is recognised far and wide as being the oldest and foremost Bentley dealership in the world. And now, the iconic showroom has undergone a dramatic revamp to reflect its position as the dealership of choice for discerning customers. HR Owen’s Brand Director, John Stone, recognised it was time for Jack Barclay Bentley to take their showroom to the next level. And, now, thanks to the group’s investment, the showroom is chic, sophisticated and effortlessly reflects the Bentley brand.


Jack Barclay Bentley re-opens – a rebirth of a London landmark

Nestled within the iconic Mayfair, a place synonymous with luxury, the dealership aims to give prospective buyers, and current Bentley owners, the ultimate experience from the moment they walk through the doors. The luxurious new showroom now boasts a leather-trimmed bar as the focal point, where clients can enjoy a glass of Champagne while browsing the cars, as well as a commissioning suite for a private, and personal, buying experience. Of course, the refurbishment has been designed to be sympathetic to the showroom’s heritage. Iconic design features have been maintained including the basement’s chequered floor, wood panelling and art-deco signage. The new space will also provide a stunning backdrop for the exclusive events the Jack Barclay Bentley team host throughout the year.

Jack Barclay Bentley 18 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London, W1J 6AE





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Located in the heart of Mayfair and welcoming society’s finest since the early 19th century, 5 Hamilton Place, home of Les Ambassadeurs (known affectionately as ‘Les A’), exemplifies the very best in British gaming clubs. Thought to have been built in 1810 on the site of one of King Henry VIII’s hunting lodges, this magnificent building has entertained royalty, millionaires, politicians and playboys since its earliest days. Indeed, Princess Margaret called it her second home.

intelligence agent. Storylines are now blurred but the rumour was that Les A was set up to ‘see who could hold their liquor and who spoke freely.’ It seems appropriate that a James Bond movie has been filmed on location at Les A.

Having previously been inhabited by the Fourth Earl of Buckinghamshire (Robert Hobart) and subsequently by the Third Marquess of Conyngham (a grander and more colourful man), Leopold de Rothschild, a thoroughbred racehorse breeder and member of the prominent Rothschild banking family, bought the house in 1879 to use as a London residence. Heavily influenced by the fin de siècle Louis XV style with extravagant twists of Renaissance flourishes, Rothschild drastically remodelled the mansion to suit his tastes.

On the back of this illustrious history, Les A has reaffirmed its place as the most exclusive private members casino in London. A spectacular multimillion pound refurbishment has brought back the jaw-dropping beauty and highlighted some unexpected details. The work has lasted a year and has included the use of expert building restorers who painstakingly uncovered and polished original panelling and murals and restored glorious tapestries previously hidden to the world.

In 1950 Mills relocated Les A to 5 Hamilton Place and the limelight returned to this grandest of stages, decorated by Rothschild et al. Over the years Les A has played host to The Milroy nightclub, The Garrison Club and Le Cercle (one of London’s first gaming clubs).

Rothschild commissioned world famous Florentine master woodcarver Chevalier Rinaldo Barbetti to create the magnificent library and the squeaky spiral staircase that still stuns the unaware to this day. The library remains one of the best examples of Barbetti’s work. Equally impressive is the ‘Four Seasons’ ceiling in the Marble Room, by Queen Adelaide’s appointed history painter – Edmund Parris.

Along with the refurbishments comes the garden development. In this busiest of London milieux, an oasis of tranquility has been created. In a garden area that has to be seen (and not heard!) to be fully appreciated, 213 square metres of outdoor space now boasts six gaming tables, underfloor heating, shower facilities, vertical flower gardens and a dining area. All outdoors, all unbelievably quiet and all superbly protected from the elements.

Les Ambassadeurs was originally opened in Hanover Square during World War II by John Mills. An international businessman of Polish origin Mills was rumoured to have been a government

Number 5 Hamilton Place always was one of London’s most indulgent addresses and it now plays host to one of the world’s most exclusive gaming clubs.

American Roulette | Baccarat | Blackjack | 3 Card Poker | Slots 5 HAMILTON PLACE, MAYFAIR, LONDON Over 18 years old for casino entry





FOOD AND DRINK Freelance food writer and blogger, Helen Best-Shaw, best known to her army of followers as Fuss Free Flavours, has put together an easy recipe that makes the most of fresh, seasonal ingredients. As well as cooking up a storm in the kitchen, Helen also loves to eat out and has rounded up her highlights from the Inspirational London food and drink guide… The Devonshire Club, on Devonshire Square, offers a choice of British and Mediterranean classics, all prepared with an Asian-inspired twist. With impressive dining staff on hand, the experience is relaxed and enjoyable. Also offering great food and great service is TITU, a bijoux eatery within Mayfair’s Shepherd Market. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the handmade gyozas are a must-try speciality of this Japanese-inspired gem. If you are looking for a more formal dining experience, look no further than the three Michelin Starred Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester. With a menu of contemporary, seasonal dishes, all prepared to exacting standards, the restaurant is perfect for those special occasions. Taking diners on a culinary journey, is RIGO in New King’s Road. The restaurant offers an eclectic menu, influenced by Executive Chef’s Gonzalo Luzarraga’s career, which includes cooking in Europe, Asia and South America – making for an exciting blend of dishes and flavours.

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Located on Stratton Street in the affluent Mayfair, which is awash with fine architecture and five star hotels, Langan’s Brasserie was founded in 1976 by entrepreneur Peter Langan and his actor friend and business partners, Sir Michael Caine CBE and Richard Shepherd CBE (the first ever Michelin starred chef). Under the trio’s wing, the restaurant quickly became a haunt for the world's most famous faces, seating the likes of the iconic Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Mohammed Ali, Sir Mick Jagger and Jack Nicholson. An avid art enthusiast, Peter also built a prestigious art collection with originals from dear friends and famed artists including Francis Bacon and David Hockney. To this day the restaurant and private dining area’s walls are still adorned with original paintings, a feature that brings guests to the brasserie time and time again.

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Sadly Peter passed away in 1988 due to a fire at his home, however his legacy lives on. Offering an exciting range of traditional British fayre, at Langan’s, diners find a delicious mix of vibrant dishes all made from fresh ingredients. Dishes include, spinach souffle, grilled Dover sole with parsley butter, Veal Saltimbocca and beef Wellington with Madeira sauce.

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Langan’s Brasserie is arguably one of the most iconic eateries in London, boasting an interesting history, a menu that showcases traditionally British cuisine, and an interior easily mistaken for a high-profile art gallery.

The menus have, of course, naturally changed with the times, but there are still a few dishes that pay homage to the brasserie’s history and have remained on the menu since the day it’s doors first opened. The brasserie, which also offers a decadent bar area, is truly the perfect destination for both art and food lovers alike.

For more information or to book a table please visit or call 020 7491 8822 Stratton Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 8LB SPRING/SUMMER 2018 ISSUE 5 | 83




The 104-cover Great Queen Street restaurant is a picture of deep blues, pale marbles and copper accents, inspired by the architecture and design of Italian greats Giò Ponti and Carlo Mollino.

Great Queen Street, Covent Garden WC2B 5AA

While the upstairs dining space is bathed in natural light, the subterranean downstairs is an intimate retreat from metropolitan life. A fusion of classic and contemporary. Margot is more than versatile. With a central Covent Garden location, it’s impeccably placed for theatre-goers, before and after the show. A relaxed lunch, a sublime dinner, or early evening charcuterie and wine. An aperitivo, an exquisite cocktail or a late night digestivo. The little details.

GASTRONOMIA Head Chef Massimiliano Vezzi is steeped in Italian cuisine. He knows all its regional twists and turns. Options abound, so follow your feeling. Maybe try Seared scallops with paprika, purple potatoes and red peppers antipasta or Sicilian prawn carpaccio, green bean salad and raspberry vinegar dressing. Nicolas and Paulo (seated)

For primi, you might plump for homemade pasta, like the signature Pumpkin and ricotta ravioli with sage butter, toasted hazelnuts and Grana Padano.


Secondi could be Seared fillet of brill with Sardinian seafood fregola or Baked veal ossobuco, saffron risotto alla Milanese and veal jus. The little details.

Imagination. Finesse. Ambiance. All vital ingredients in establishing the finest of restaurants. But, in the end, it’s the little things adding up. Detail, upon detail, upon detail. As you step inside Margot, Covent Garden’s premier Italian restaurant, as you sit down to begin your journey, you sense it immediately. You feel like you’ve skipped across town to Mayfair. The discreet lighting, the soft leather banquette, the cut of the tablecloth. The authenticity of your food, the potential in over 350 wines, the cut of your waiter’s jib. And the service. Elegant. Refined. Seamless. The little details.

FOR TOMORROW While Nicolas hails from France’s Atlantic coast and Paulo is a Brazilian of Italian descent whose formative years were spent in the US, they share one philosophy. Margot is its living expression.

SIGNATURE NOTES Paulo De Tarso, former maître d’ of Bar Boulud, and Nicolas Jaouën, former general manager of La Petite Maison, whose shared vision saw Margot’s doors open in October 2016, see things at the human level.

They know how to blend the technique of Europe with the personality of the Americas. They know the business and they instil the highest of standards in their team. All they ever wanted to do back in their Scott’s restaurant days, when all and sundry begged them to push the button, was build something to outlive them. And those little details? The story goes on. A legacy in the making.

You come to Margot to break bread. You come from your own world, with your own hopes and dreams. Your bubble is everything.


Paulo and Nicolas speak of what they call ‘the umami of service’, an elusive state only few achieve. A value system you can neither see nor touch. But all too apparent at Margot.

To explore Margot and its menu visit:

Love, care and attention. Subtle touches and smooth flourishes. The little details.

Book online or call 0203 409 4777







Fresh to London’s restaurant scene is TITU, a bijou 15 seat eatery located within the heritage setting of the 18th century Shepherd Market in Mayfair. The restaurant is open all day and is headed up by New Zealand chef, Jeff Tyler, who brings the expertise he has gained working internationally, including in Japan, to his London clientele. With plenty of curb appeal from the outside, inside the restaurant, the interior is bright with a tasteful décor that reflects the Japanese-inspired menu choices and vintage Japanese posters adorn the walls. For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, TITU provides a restful backdrop with its calming interior and seasonally updated menu. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, menu choices include avocado smash and gluten-free green tea pancakes for breakfast along with lunch/dinner options of soft shell crab salad, juicy veal ribs and the signature TITU burger. A speciality of TITU is handmade gyozas and with options including Wagyu black pepper and spicy prawn, diners will be spoilt for choice. To round things off there is a choice of desserts including Tonka bean beignet – a delicious deep-fried pastry. For those in a rush, or wanting to take something to enjoy later, all dishes are available for takeaway. Speciality coffees, teas, soft drinks, fruit juices and cocktails are available through the fully licensed bar. Food served: Monday to Friday: Breakfast 7:30am-11:00am Monday to Saturday: Lunch 12:00pm-14:30pm Monday to Saturday: Dinner 17:00pm-22:30pm TITU 1A Shepherd St, Mayfair, London W1J 7HJ

The home of the bartender’s bible, The Savoy Cocktail Book, was named the world’s best bar at the ninth annual World’s 50 Best Bars awards in 2017, for those looking for cocktails in the capital, there is really only one place to go. For decades The Savoy’s American Bar has been serving cocktails and mixed drinks to visitors from around the world. Open to both hotel guests and non-guests, visitors to the bar will find art decoinspired décor, helping to create a stylish and sophisticated atmosphere. As you might expect from a leader in cocktail mixing, the bar boasts an exhaustive drinks menu, which includes Red Lips Rye, a blend of Michter’s rye whiskey, raspberry port cordial, Campari and Kummel. You will also find an exciting range of vintage cocktails including the 1903, Hanky Panky; the signature cocktail of renowned bartender, Ada Coleman.


The wine and Champagne menus are equally as impressive with both available by the glass or the bottle. If spirits are more your thing, the bar offers a fine selection of spirits from around the world including tequila, rum, brandy, whiskey, gin and vodka. For those staying clear of the strong stuff there is also a choice of non-alcoholic cocktails, including the Afternoon Reviver, a mix of Seedlip 108, cold brew coffee, pink grapefruit juice, tonic and mint and Nearly Negroni, a refreshing blend of Seedlip 94, non-alcoholic aromatised wine and bitter sweet cordial. A small selection of bar snacks is also available including caviar, smoked salmon and beef sliders – mini beef burgers served with chunky chips.

Opening times Monday - Saturday: 11.30am - 12.00am Sundays: 12.00pm - 12.00am

The Savoy’s American Bar The Savoy, Strand, London WC2R 0EZ 020 7836 4343

The bar is for over 18s only and the dress code is smart casual, no sportswear.




London’s premier location when it comes to high-quality food, contemporary art and fantastic music, sketch ticks all the boxes if you are looking to enjoy great food in a truly unique setting. Over the years, the eatery has seen a whole host of local artists contribute one of a kind pieces to their restaurant’s walls, and this year renowned artist, David Shrigley, has returned to the venue to bring a fresh new design to the Gallery Room.

Experience an authentic tropical escape with Two of London’s most well-respected personalities have teamed up to launch a brand-new bar that offers guests an experience like no other.

The artist, who is well known all over the world, helped launch The Gallery at sketch in 2014 and has provided 91 brand new pieces to the room. Recognised for his distinctive style, which sees him use comedic images to make comments on the world around us, diners are able to digest the thought-provoking messages of David’s work as they enjoy their delicious meal. Providing the backdrop for David’s remarkable artwork is interior designer and architect, India Mahdavi, who has opted for a ‘millennial pink’ style for the restaurant’s décor which perfectly complements the artwork. The combination of superb food and incredible artwork has made sketch a hub for bloggers and social media influencers who can be found using the Gallery’s stunning colour scheme and backdrop as a place to take photos to upload to their social media platforms. As well as the Gallery, sketch is also home to a Michelin star restaurant, The Lecture Room & Library. The luxurious room includes both tasting and à la Carte menus for diners to choose from, hand-crafted by their French chef Pierre Gagnaire who has worked in establishments all over the world. Guests can choose from a wide range of fish and meat courses including a stunning selection of Portuguese fish poached in saffron, fennel, clove broth and coco beans, marinated milk lamb with vadouvan spices, and a perfectly grilled rack of Iberian pork marinated with sage. For dessert, there is everything from pavlova, to Pierre’s special Grand Dessert of Arlette Praline which comes complete with caramelised hazelnuts and almonds as well a wide selection of side options. Not only does each room at sketch have its own look, feel and menu, but their music director Mathieu Massadian has also used his vast knowledge on the industry to set the individual mood for each space with unique playlists. Sketch 9 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2XG

Laki Kane will open its doors this June and sees telecom extraordinaire, Steve Kyprianou, and award-winning mixologist, Georgi Radev, join forces to bring the spirit and traditions of tiki into the modern day. The bar will provide people with an authentic tropical escape in the heart of London. Located in Islington, the bar is awash with modern tiki influences, from its range of cocktails to its stunning décor. Steve was born and resides in Islington and his knowledge on both the local area and business community is second to none. Coupled with the experience of Georgi, who ran the successful Mahiki Bars in Mayfair, the bar is certainly set to make an impact when it opens this summer. The pair will also be joined by Sam Robson, who has swapped a decade long career in finance and banking to become the bar’s Finance & Operations Manager. As well as putting their own twist on some much-loved cocktails, Georgi’s carefully concocted cocktail menu will see guests experience a whole host of tropical flavours with world class cocktails, including the Laki Kane house cocktail which will focus on the tiki god Laki.

Continuing their tropical theme, each table at Laki Kane is named after a different island, with the bar comprising of different sections including Polynesian, Indonesian, Thailand and the Carribean. Each of these sections has décor to match with all tables coming with ‘push for service’ buttons. If a guest requires the attention of a waiter, they simply have to push the button for immediate service. Unlike most cocktail bars, Laki Kane do not add any refined sugars to their cocktails, using only natural sweeteners in all of their drinks to the benefit of their guest’s wellbeing. Laki Kane’s ‘Spiced Dry Rum Club’ will also offer the exclusive opportunity for people to design, distil, bottle and take away their own rum under the guidance of world renowned experts and using the finest ingredients. At Laki Kane not only will guests be treated to high quality cocktails, but an experience that will allow them to immerse themselves in the spirit of modern day tiki. With music provided by The X-Factor sensation Andy Abraham and the bar’s design created by DI Concept Design, every aspect of the venue has been carefully thought out to give guests the best possible experience. With Steve’s fantastic business expertise, and Georgi’s vast knowledge on all things mixology, Laki Kane has the perfect recipe for success. LAKI KANE, 144-145 Upper Street, London, N1 1QY T: 020 7607 0766 E:








Chef Monica Galetti’s first solo restaurant, Mere opened on Fitzrovia’s buzzing Charlotte Street earlier this year to much excitement. A joint venture with Monica’s sommelier husband David, Mere is a melting pot of the cultural influences which have defined their lives, bringing together Monica’s South Pacific and New Zealand heritage with elements of classical French cuisine, drawing on David’s French background and their years at Le Gavroche. The menu changes seasonally, with favourite dishes including roasted squab breast served with black apple butter, hispi cabbage and manuka glazed swede, and ‘Salted Toffee and Hokey Pokey’, a milk chocolate mousse served with Hokey Pokey (more commonly known as honeycomb!) ice cream and a Breton sable. A magnificent wine list boasts an excellent selection from Europe and further afield, and includes Monica and David’s own bespoke Mere Champagne – a 100% chardonnay Blanc de Blanc. If you’re flummoxed by the extensive wine list, head sommelier Sandra Bein will help suggest the perfect wine pairing for your meal, and don’t miss out on a cocktail or two in their elegant yet contemporary bar. Our favourite this season is the pumpkin spiced bourbon sour, recently created by head barman Laurent. For something extra special, Mere’s private dining room can also be booked in advance, with a bespoke six-course menu for up to ten guests. Food served: Monday to Saturday: Dinner 12:00pm-14:00pm Monday to Saturday: Lunch 18:00pm-22:00pm Closed all day Sundays and Bank Holidays Mere 74 Charlotte Street, London W1T 4QH 0207 268 6565


Rigo is an award-winning eatery based in one of the most illustrious parts of London, which continues to delight diners time and time again. The restaurant’s menu focuses on the career of their co-founder and Executive Chef, Gonzalo Luzarraga, who has worked alongside some of the world’s greatest chefs throughout his career including Alain Ducasse and Walter Eynard. Gonzalo has created the Rigo menu around what he has experienced throughout his career, including cooking in Europe, Asia and South America, as well as his own culinary influences. Rigo have both a tasting and à la carte menu for guests to choose from, which includes unique dishes such as: risotto with seven-year rice acquerello, sweetbread ravioli with leek fondue, mangalitza pork cheek with Anatolian mixed spices and much more. For dessert, guests can experience the delights of Rigo’s modern white bonet or sample their sumptuous black forest gateau with fermented visciola cherries and peach. To end the meal with something savoury, guests can opt for a cheese selection which comes complete with wild honey from Styria and onion jam and crackers. The restaurant are also renowned for their fantastic variety of cocktails which is overseen by their General Manager and Head Sommelier Federico G.Dadone. Having worked in some of the capital’s highest quality venues during his career, Federico knows exactly how to concoct the perfect cocktail. Food served: Monday to Saturday: 6:30pm-10:30pm Friday to Saturday: Lunch 12:00pm-2:30pm Rigo 277 New King’s Road, London SW6 4RD



THE SOMMELIER WITH A TASTE FOR SUCCESS (AND WINE) Ruben Desport is a renowned sommelier who was first cast into the wonderful world of wine during his teens. His first experience of being a sommelier came when he was just 19 years old when he worked as an intern for Ducasse Paris in Monaco. Ruben’s passion for wine and drive for success has only matured with time and remaining loyal to the Ducasse Paris establishments, he has recently been promoted into the role of Head Sommelier at Alain Ducasse’s restaurant within London’s hotel, The Dorchester. A three Michelin star restaurant, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester is just one of 25 other restaurants of Ducasse Paris throughout the world. Inspirational London were lucky enough to catch Ruben away from the restaurant floor to find out more about where his passion for wine began, what he brings to the Head Sommelier role, and a few recommendations of some good bottles. You have been working as a sommelier since the age of 19, but what was it that lead you down this particular career path? “My passion for wine. That’s probably what everyone says isn’t it? But just because you have a love for wine doesn’t mean a sommelier is the only route. I chose it because as a sommelier I am not only able to showcase my vast knowledge of wine, but I also get the opportunity to meet a variety of different people. I’m very sociable by nature and so I take a lot of pleasure in interacting daily with guests, and I enjoy watching them experience new wines for the first time. Knowing I have played a part in introducing them to something really special, is a great feeling.”

Do you remember the first time you discovered your passion for wine? “Yes, it was while I was studying at a catering school in Bruges. The school predominantly focussed on cuisine and the service industry, but for one hour per week we studied wine. It was in these lessons that I found myself paying the most attention. There was one exercise where the teacher had 20 small samples of herbs and liquors, and we all had to guess what it was using only our sense of smell. I went home and told my mother about it right away. So, that’s the moment I always credit to being the point where my interest in wine really stemmed from.” Being promoted to Head Sommelier after just two years is an impressive feat, what skills and experience do you bring to the role? “I have had quite a bit of experience working within the Ducasse Paris establishments, so, what I bring to the role is an elite level of understanding of what is expected from the wine list. I am responsible for composing the wine list so it is imperative that I know all the different variations and appellations we have, because guests really can ask anything at any time. And, as Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester is a three-star establishment, it is justifiably expected that we always have the right answers. “I also help to provide the ultimate experience for restaurant guests and that often goes beyond understanding the wine list. I bring my conversational skills to the role which is an intrinsic part of the job and works to ensure guests remember their experience for a lifetime.”

As you said, you have experience working within the Ducasse Paris establishments can you explain what it is about them that make them so special for you? “My first experience of Mr Ducasse’s work was back in Monaco when I was just 19 years old. I was interning at the restaurant and I was struck by the success he had created for himself. He’s very ambitious, very passionate and very rigorous in all that he does – and as I believe we share much of the same traits, working with Ducasse Paris is just the perfect fit for me. “What I find most special is that it’s a company with endless opportunities. Not only are the Ducasse Paris establishments committed to creating a truly bespoke experience for each of their guests but they are equally committed to the development of their employees. Even after working for Mr Ducasse on and off for many years, I still learn new things daily.” Is there anyone in the industry that you particularly aspire to/ draw inspiration from? “There are many people I admire within the industry, but I’m particularly inspired by wine producers. As I am not a wine producer it is very impressive to me as an outsider looking in, how a producer can create a wine with such harmony. A bottle of wine is made up of many different elements, and I find it truly remarkable how a producer can introduce all these elements and not lose a single one when it comes to the finished bottle.” Do you have any interest or ambitions in one day owning your own vineyard? “It’s actually very funny you should ask this question, because that is an absolute dream of mine. If I am ever able to make my own wine, then that would be a dream come true – but that’s a dream for later. If/when it happens though, I fancy Tuscany both for its stunning food and their beautiful wine.” What is the wine that you find you always go back to? “Brunello di Montalcino. It is made from the local grape ‘Sangiovese’ which offers a lot of diversity. The very best examples display red plums and wild strawberries and the wines combine strength and finesse which allow them to accompany red meats very well.” In that case then, is this the red you would typically pair with a steak dish? Or do you have any other recommendations? “It is my personal favourite yes, but the likes of Cabernet Sauvignon, Nebbiolo or Merlot are also fantastic when paired with red meats such as steak or rich venison. But of course, Malbec is one of the most popular in the UK.” What white would you recommend to pair with fish? “Something very classic, and very good, is Extra Brut Champagne paired with a seafood platter or simply with oysters. I also like a nice, flowery Riesling paired with a dish such as tuna tartare. But, what I must say is that when my guests ask me what wine to pair with certain cuisine, I always ask them first which wine they prefer. If you know what you like, and you enjoy drinking it, then that’s what you should have, and if that so happens to be a red wine but you are having a fish dish then just enjoy it!” Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester is located inside Mayfair hotel, The Dorchester. For more information about the restaurant, visit:




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Always keen to discover what is great on the London scene, Inspirational London Editor, Roxanna Hayes, recently checked into the stylish, Devonshire Club… Located just a short walk from Liverpool Street, the Devonshire Club is a haven of calm and luxury amidst the hustle and bustle of the capital. From this fantastic location, the club has created a space that is home to a 68-roomed boutique hotel, a 120-seat restaurant called Number Five, a Champagne bar, private dining rooms, gym and even a secret garden! Checking in for an overnight stay, I was pleased to note that the rooms reflected that of a high-end establishment, with a bedroom that was spacious and tastefully designed. I was also happy to find a complimentary mini-bar loaded with soft drinks and treats – perfect for a midnight snack! The stylish décor continued throughout the club, including within the effortlessly luxurious restaurant – Number Five. I was honoured to be one of the first to experience their new spring menu which showcases modern British classics, this dining experience did not disappoint. The menu offered a great choice of dishes, from seafood to steak, tartes to sorbet. Opting for scallops to start with sea bass to follow, the food was beautifully prepared. The scallops were served with new potatoes, tomatoes and wild herbs while the sea bass came with smoked bacon, clams and spring vegetables. The meal was complemented by the club’s excellent wine selection and the impressive waiters whose friendly approach helped to create the perfect atmosphere to enjoy a relaxed meal. For those not dining, but looking to meet for drinks, the Champagne bar is a must-visit. Along with all the usuals, including classic cocktails, you will also find plenty of unique cocktail blends to try. As an added twist, drinks are served with truffle nuts for a new take on the usual bar nuts. Club members are able to take full advantage of the Devonshire Club’s outstanding facilities, as well as access to exclusive events and entertainment. The Devonshire Club is open seven days a week, 7am to 3am. Inspirational London Editor, Roxanna Hayes


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Understanding that kitchens are so much more than just a place to cook in, luxury lifestyle brand, Rossana, has spent more than half a century delivering high quality kitchens to home owners across the world. Having established themselves as market leaders in the industry, Rossana use the latest innovative materials including stunning stone, patinated metals and marble. Founded in 1953 by Italian engineer, Fulvio Brembilla, the brand has worked with some of the world’s most successful designers and has even seen one of their kitchen models displayed at the iconic Museum of Modern Art gallery in New York. The company’s flagship UK store is located in the illustrious area of Mayfair where ideas become reality. Rossana’s UK brand director, Chanda Pandya, discussed what makes the brand so special, she said: “Rossana redefines luxury and what makes us unique is our approach to design. The brand is steeped in heritage, but we are always looking to the future in terms of our designs and finishes. From Rossana’s inception in 1953, to the present day, we are always working with new and interesting materials. We recognise just how important a kitchen is to a home. It can be a social space, a family space, an entertainment space and much more. Rossana has always embraced the evolving lifestyle of our consumers and take our clients on a journey and giving them an experience rather than just a kitchen. We take a brief from them and continue to hone it down and rework it until they are 100% happy with the outcome.” All of the products Rossana design are bespoke to their clients, hand finished and produced in Italy. Focusing on premium level craftsmanship,

finishes, design and quality, one of the brand’s most popular kitchen ranges is their K-In K-Out series. These can be specified as either indoor or outdoor islands depending on the client’s requirements. The indoor version comes complete with internal carcasses in a choice of timber and metal finishes, whilst the outdoor version features internal stainless steel storage. The kitchens are engineered to make the stone lightweight, allowing for sliding worktops that create overhangs for occasional seating. As with many of Rossana’s pieces, when closed, the K-In K-Out series makes for a stunning piece of functional artwork too! Another range which looks set to become popular with clients, is their revolutionary Portatilé concept. This sustainable option can be reassembled time and time again, meeting the needs of people’s everchanging lives taking them from living alone, to having a family and can also be downsized if necessary. The range can also be moved from home to home, so people are safe in the knowledge that they really are investing in a kitchen for life. Since opening their flagship store in Mayfair two years ago the brand has continued to grow. Much of what the brand does is solving problems for their clients, providing them with a luxurious product which fits with their lifestyle. Rossana have a global consumer base and have worked with clients in the likes of the USA, Asia and the Middle East, delivering stunning products that exceed expectations. As trends evolve and time goes on, you can be sure that Rossana will continue producing the highest quality kitchens, creating trends and wowing clients for years to come.

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COOKING… When it comes to updating your home, finding a specialist capable of doing the work is often a stumbling block. From poor workmanship to non-genuine replacement parts, choosing the wrong supplier can lead to problems. Thankfully, for those looking to enhance their cooking facilities by upgrading to a new appliance, or for those maintaining or repairing their current one, JES Ltd are on hand to help. Launched in 2005 JES Ltd have built a reputation as experts in the industry, offering a nationwide service. Covering all aspects of cooking appliances from induction hobs, range cookers, pizza ovens and BBQ’s to extraction systems. JES Ltd’s workmanship takes the worry out of finding a reputable company to service your appliances. JES Ltd are fully qualified in their industry and offer reassurance of being fully insured; gas safe registered and electric safe registered.

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We will make sure you get the expert advice you need without paying astronomical legal fees. We still talk to many clients who think that they have to go to Court to get divorced. No-one has to go near a court room now if everything can be agreed. The paperwork to obtain a divorce is normally straightforward and if the couple can reach a financial agreement, that agreement is recorded in a document called a Financial Consent Order which is signed and posted to the Judge for approval. To help couples reach agreement we will use all sorts of processes. It may be that an agreement can be reached with just the lawyers’ negotiating with each other. It may be that a particular case is more suitable for mediation, collaborative practice or arbitration. We would discuss all of these options with you to make sure that everything is specifically tailored to your particular case. I do not charge for initial telephone consultations, so why not give me a call to see whether or not we can help you take the stress out of your divorce or separation.

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Sport, sexuality and speaking out. Mark Foster talks to Champions After Dinner Speakers While the world of sport has a long way to go until all strands of equality, including gender, race, age, sexuality and disability, are resolved, there is no denying that more and more sports are challenging stereotypes and becoming far more inclusive than they were 20 or even 10 years ago.

With the media focussing more on LGBT issues, and the community being more openly spoken about in all areas of the world, this increased awareness is having a positive impact and carving a path for more sportsmen and women to be open about their sexuality. Mark discussed:

Before 2009 issues regarding gender, disability, race and age held different places on the priority list for the world of sport, but when the Single Equality Bill passed all these issues were granted equal treatment and priority. This included sexuality. The issue regarding sexuality within sport was more widely addressed, and certainly encouraged sports associations to raise awareness and for more sportspeople to speak out and come out.

“The more people that come out the more accepted it is, so it just builds a momentum. There are still barriers of course and there are still no ‘out’ gay footballers in the Premier League which demonstrates that it is still hard for some sports to break through the barrier. But it will come.”

Despite this increased awareness of the LGBT community within sport, and more efforts to be an inclusive industry, fears about coming out as a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender sportsperson remain. This includes worries about how it may affect their career, sponsorship deals and fan reception – concerns that have, sadly, held many high-profile athletes back from opening up about their sexuality. One sportsman who knows all too well about the pressures surrounding sport and sexuality, is six-time world champion and former Olympic swimmer, Mark Foster, who, after many years of hiding his real self, revealed he was gay in an extremely poignant and no-holds-barred interview with The Guardian in November 2017. Speaking to Champions After Dinner Speakers, six months after the news broke, Mark talked about sport, sexuality and how times are changing for the better in the world of sport. He said: “I think sport is a reflection of the wider society and the fact that you now have openly gay sportsmen and women is a testament to that. There are trailblazers like Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King who came out in the 70s and 80s when there was no where near as much support for sportspeople as there is today.” He continued: “There is also our country’s own Gareth Thomas, Tom Daley and Helen and Kate Richardson Walsh, to name but a few. It’s great to see how accepted and celebrated they are for their talent first, and being gay second. I think all the sports associations are embracing diversity in a really positive way. They are all waking up.”

The barrier Mark speaks is often built up around sports that project this stereotypical ‘masculine’ individual. England rugby only broke down their barrier three years ago in 2015 when Sam Stanley became the first professional rugby union player to come out as gay, and hopefully as Mark says, football will follow suit soon. Mark was and still remains one of Britain’s most treasured athletes, but despite having his nation completely on his side throughout his illustrious career, (which saw him take six world Championship titles, two Commonwealth titles and 11 European titles), Mark kept his sexuality secret from his country and sport. Speaking about the reasons behind his delay in coming out to the world Mark said: “For me it was a complicated process. I was out from an early age to my friends and family and I just kept my personal and professional life separate. But, I have to admit that as my profile grew outside of the sporting world, I realised I was having to work hard to keep my two worlds separate and I was in this half way house. There were times when I could have come out, during my Strictly Come Dancing era for instance. But, I was going through a difficult time in my relationship and I didn’t want media attention on that part of my life which at the time was very painful. And, to be honest, I also thought coming out might damage my commercial interests and as everything was going well at that time I didn’t want to damage that. Although with hindsight I wish I had.” Mark was lucky to have a solid network of friends, family and fellow competitors around him who honoured his wish to keep his private and professional life separate for the years leading up to his coming out.

But, for many sportspeople the biggest fear comes with losing control of coming out in their own way. One problem with being in the spotlight, as Mark and many of other sportspeople are, is that often as soon as the press catch wind of a story, there is great pressure for them to publish it. And so, they will. This has been the case for many sportspeople before. A famous example is Martina Navratilova, whom Mark previously referred to as a trailblazer. Martina spoke to the New York Daily News about being bisexual but requested the article wasn’t published until she came out publicly herself. Her request was ignored, and the article was published in 1981 before she had the opportunity to share the news herself. When Mark came out via the media in 2017, he was sure of his decision, he chose the right newspaper to publish the story and he was in control of his coming out journey from beginning to end. He now wants to share his advice to fellow sportspeople wanting to come out. He said: “You have to be happy and content with yourself first and foremost and be at ease with who you are. Once you’ve cracked that, and your family and friends accept it, then you have a solid platform to work from. Secondly, find someone who has been through it and talk to them and test out what your fears and concerns are. Often these fears are imaginary so just test them out.” On Thursday 10 May, Mark shared more insight into being part of the LGBT community within competitive sport, at the LGBT Diversity & Inclusion Showcase – just one of the many thought-provoking events Champions After Dinner Speakers hosts throughout the year. The breakfast event took place at Searcys at the Gherkin and alongside Mark were other prominent after dinner speakers including Kellie Maloney, Justin Osmond, Kelly Jayne Smith MBE, Beverly Callard and Mark Clemmit.

Mark Foster is a renowned after dinner and motivational speaker, available to book through Champions After Dinner Speakers. If you are interested in booking Mark for your next event, please contact the agency on 0207 1010 553 or complete the online form available at:

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To call an event a success relies on a number of factors all coming together at the right time. This includes the perfect venue, the right guest list and entertainment that appeals to the audience. Then there is that extra-something special, that indefinable quality that just makes some events exceptional. This is something award-winning brand agency, Champions (UK) plc, knows all about. With an enviable reputation for delivering high-quality events, organisations from across all sectors rely on Champions to deliver a wide range of wow-factor occasions including balls, dinners, fundraisers, festivals and team-building days. Always keen to stay ahead of the curve, Champions have stepped things up in 2018 by becoming an official partner of prestigious Champagne brand, Moët Hennessy. Moët Hennessy are the world leader in premium wines and spirits, with a rich heritage for producing superior Champagnes and cognacs. It is this prestige that makes Moët Hennessy a perfect partner for Champions. Speaking of the partnership, Champions’ Managing Director and co-founder, Matthew Hayes said: “The quality that the Moët Hennessy brand stands for is a perfect match for Champions and the excellence and style we bring to every event we organise.” He added: “We work to build and strengthen the relationships we have with our clients and suppliers, and being confirmed as an official Moët


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Five fizzing facts about Champagne 1. It is said that Marilyn Monroe once bathed in Champagne. It took a reported 350 bottles to fill the tub. 2. While synonymous with a martini, shaken not stirred, in the films James Bond actually drinks more Champagne than anything else. 3. A cork leaving a Champagne bottle can reach speeds of up to 64km/h – don’t forget to duck! 4. Champagne contains seven times less calories than a gin and tonic – good news for those watching their waistline! 5. To bear the name ‘Champagne’ the grapes used to make the wine must be from the Champagne province of France and cultivated in the ‘méthode traditionelle’.


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OUR PROGRAMMES support some of the most marginalised and at risk young people in the UK

WE CREATE a range of opportunities for young people from deprived areas and those with disabilities to engage in sport and recreational activities in their local communities

OUR PROGRAMMES DISABILITY CRICKET: For disabled young people aged 12-25 tackling the lack of competitive sport available for the disabled community

TABLE CRICKET: Adapted form of cricket played on a table tennis table aimed at young people with disabilities unable to play the traditional form of the game

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There are many inspirational young people who participate in the Lord’s Taverners cricket programmes. None more so than Sam Alderson, who credits cricket with giving him a new lease of life. Sam Alderson lives with TAR syndrome (a rare genetic disorder that is characterised by the absence of a radius in each forearm) and thought his chances of playing cricket were over when he became a wheelchair user, but our Disability Cricket programme has given him a new lease of life.



He had not played this form of cricket before but after two weeks of training with Bexley coach Dom Taylor, both his skills and self-confidence quickly improved.




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Sam is always trying to find ways to improve his game despite the restrictions his disabilities impose on him. He began playing from his powered chair but found that playing on his knees improved his game and he also discovered that with only 2 fingers on his hand, using a smaller bat gave him more control.




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Sam demonstrated his commitment to Bexley when he continued to attend his team sessions to learn and support, even when he was injured. The whole team respects Sam and his infectious confidence settles down what can be an excitable team before any training session or competition. All of this resulted in Sam being named captain for the 2016 Disability Cricket Finals, where he also won the Most Improved Player Award, and representing the Kent Learning and Physically Disabled team in the ECB Super 9s competition. “I never thought I would be able to play cricket with my disability. When I became a wheelchair user, I thought it was game over, that I wouldn’t be able to play sport again. I didn’t know what to do, but luckily I was introduced to cricket and it has allowed me to experience all the excitement and happiness that sport gives me.”


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Tuesday 21 November 2017 Champions Speakers held another successful networking breakfast at Searcys at the Gherkin, in London on 21 November 2017.

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The exclusive breakfast event saw guests gather to celebrate sporting legends, with English cricketing hero, David Gower OBE, and 1988 Winter Olympian, Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards, in attendance as guest speakers. David had a successful career with the English cricket side, playing for his country for over three decades, between 1978-1991, and leading the team as captain for a number of years. Among his highlights was the 1985 Ashes victory over the old enemy, Australia.

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Friday 3 November 2017 Marking the 25th anniversary of one of the most iconic moments in Olympic history, the Derek Redmond ball at London’s glamourous Dorchester Hotel venue was a roaring success. Derek’s career-defining race came in the 400m semifinal at 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. With an initial strong getaway, Derek looked to be cruising into the final, before disaster struck 250m from the finish when a torn hamstring saw him fall to the ground in pain. His determination and persistence, though, saw Derek, with the help of his father, hobble to the finish line - a moment which captured the hearts of the world.

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A Laurent Perrier Champagne reception welcomed guests upon arrival at the venue for the black tie event to celebrate Derek’s athletic achievements. Headline sponsors for the night were Thomas International, with children’s charity Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People the chosen charity.

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Friday 20 - Sunday 22 October 2017 The first-ever Farmfoods European Senior Masters was held at the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel and Country Club, between 20-22 October 2017, with stars of the Staysure Tour (formerly known as the Senior Tour) playing in support of tournament host Peter Baker’s Tour debut. Derek Redmond interviewing Ian Woosnam OBE, Peter Baker and Paul McGinley

The likes of 2014 Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley, 1991 Masters champion Ian Woosnam OBE and Scottish star Sam Torrance OBE, were all in attendance for the first toptier golfing event in the Midlands for over a decade.

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A wonderful weekend was had by all during the debut event, which despite poor weather at times, provided thrills and spills throughout. Welshman Stephen Dodd won his second European Senior Tour title in spectacular fashion on a dramatic final day, securing victory with a 40-foot birdie on the 18th green.

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In fourth place Jarmo Sandelin, a member of Europe’s 1999 Ryder Cup side, recorded the best result of his debut Senior Tour season on one over par, and two strokes further back were Peter Fowler and Philip Golding on two over par.

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Tuesday 13 March 2018 Two of the country’s biggest names in the world of digital disruption and cyber security came together for a fantastic networking breakfast like no other thanks to Champions After Dinner Speakers. The agency secured the former Managing Director of Amazon and current chairman of ASOS, Brian McBride, and the British Army’s first ever Head of Cyber Security, Major-General Jonathan Shaw CB CBE, as the speakers for the event. Brian McBride CEO, former Amazon Managing Director and ASOS Chairman

Offering extraordinary panoramic views of London, guests at the event were treated to fascinating speeches from the pair whose years of experience in the industry made them perfect speakers for the morning’s topics.

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Having worked for companies including T-Mobile, BBC, Amazon and now ASOS, Brian knows the importance of having a strong digital presence. After serving in some of the world’s biggest conflicts including the Falklands War, in Kosovo, and Iraq, Major-General Jonathan Shaw CB CBE is now responsible for the army’s cyber security, arms control and biological & nuclear policy. The event was a huge success giving guests an excellent insight into these issues as well as a fantastic opportunity to network with one another.

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Tuesday 10 May 2018 On Thursday 10 May, Champions After Dinner Speakers put on another fantastic networking breakfast at London’s Searcys at the Gherkin. The event focussed on the LGBT community, diversity and inclusion in the community and featured talks from prominent figures from the world of sport, entertainment and music.

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One of Britain’s most successful swimmers, Mark Foster came out as gay in November 2017 and discussed his experience as being a gay sportsman. He was also joined by one of the country’s greatest female footballers, Kelly Jayne Smith MBE. Other speakers included trans woman Kellie Maloney, and advocate for mental health awareness, Coronation Street’s Beverly Callard. The event’s host, Mark Clemmit also joined Beverly in speaking about the true impact of mental health.

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One of the highlights of the event was Justin Osmond taking to the stage to play a 200-year-old Baldantoni violin. The violin was certainly another talking point of the day as it is worth a whopping $100,000! As a child, Justin was diagnosed with 90% hearing loss and so his break into the world of music is truly remarkable.

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Located inside the iconic London high-rise, Searcys provided a stunning backdrop to the extremely topical event. The LGBT Diversity & Inclusion event was just one of the many networking breakfasts Champions After Dinner Speakers organises throughout the year and are always thoroughly enjoyed by guests and speakers alike.

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Friday 26 January 2018

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A whole host of stars from the world of sport and entertainment gathered at the home of Premier League side Leicester City for the annual Champions charity ball this January. Hosted by Great Britain athletics star Derek Redmond, this year the event had an 80s theme and saw guests raise money for a deserving cause and enjoy the entertainment on offer.

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The black-tie event was attended by a wide range of famous faces including: BBC Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills, The Chase’s Shaun Wallace, Coronation Street legend William Roache MBE, The X-Factor runner up Andy Abraham, former England footballer Terry Butcher and blogger Becky Sheeran. All guests were treated to a delicious four course meal before renowned auctioneer Charlie Ross took to the stage to begin the charity auction. All proceeds from the event went to Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People who provide much needed care for youngsters suffering from life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.

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Entertainment on the night was provided by pianist Adrian Dixon, soul group Urban Intro and band Coyote.

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Wednesday 29 November 2017 The 2017 Essex Business Excellence Awards was another roaring awards success, taking place at The City Pavilion, Romford.


Hosts on the night were critically-acclaimed comedian Mark Dolan and TV presenter Lucy Nicholls, who both kept the audience engaged throughout the special evening. The awards were aiming to celebrate success and highlight the innovative people and companies that put Essex on the map by recognising their achievements. Mark Dolan hosts the awards ceremony

The 2017 ceremony was the first-time that event organisers Champions (UK) plc ran the event, after years of organising business awards across the length and breadth of the country.



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The headline sponsors of the night were Wortley Byers Law and London Stansted Airport. Event sponsors included the likes of mortgages and finance solutions experts, Choice Finance, and global banking giant HSBC. Entertainment came courtesy of 2015 Britain’s Got Talent contestant Jamie Raven, who wowed the audience with the unbelievable magical tricks that saw him make the live final of the popular talent show.


The night was capped off by Davis Construction, winning the acclaimed ‘Company of the Year’ award.

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Friday 2 March 2018 Leading brand agency, Champions (UK) plc marked two momentous moments in March – 15 years in business, and the launch of 10 new business centres. The company’s 80 members of staff attended an allexpenses paid launch event at Nottingham’s Best Western Plus venue, which saw the agency launch their ‘perfect 10’ services which include creative, digital, marketing, PR, media, events, publishing, advertising, celebrity and web.

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The company’s Co-Founder and Managing Director, Matthew Hayes, got the event underway with a motivational presentation to staff highlighting everything the company has achieved in the last 15 years, including winning numerous awards, achieving a £30 million turnover and going from just eight staff members to 80.

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While the agency has always provided these areas and departments, their internal re-brand has seen them able to offer clients the ability to pick and choose the services specific to their needs, ultimately creating a bespoke and tailored package.

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He also outlined their plans for the future as Champions look to reach a turnover of £50 million by 2021, £100 million by 2025 as well as hopes to double their workforce. By thinking big but acting small, the company hope to achieve these aims and more in the coming years.

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Following the presentation, staff were then treated to a stunning three-course meal before the night’s entertainment got underway. Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists The Garnett Family took to the stage to wish Champions a special ‘Happy Birthday’, and the band The Talent also got people on their feet on what was a wonderful evening of commemoration of the past 15 years and a celebration of all that is to come for the country’s leading brand agency!

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Monday 4 December 2017 The UK’s leading disabled sports charity, Lord’s Taverners are dedicated to giving young people a chance to excel in sporting activities such as cricket, by offering a range of initiatives. This Christmas saw guests come together for a charity lunch at London’s luxurious Grosvenor House with the aim of raising some much-needed funds for the organisation.

Former Ryder Cup golf captain Paul McGinley

Over 1,200 guests were in attendance at the event with a whole host of famous faces making appearances. The event was headlined by the popular television personality and Britain’s Got Talent judge, David Walliams, who entertained audiences with his hilarious comedic routine. David was also interviewed by the Lord’s Taverners’ President, journalist, and author Sir Michael Parkinson who talked about David’s highly successful career and plans for the future.

David Walliams receives a special gift from Sir Michael Parkinson

Following this there was a Sky Sports panel which featured a range of high-profile individuals from the world of sport all of which discussed the latest sporting issues. The lunch was a huge success and raised in excess of £200,000 with all money going towards the Lord’s Taverners’ projects.

Nicholas Parson pictured with David Walliams and his mum

Sky Sports expert and former England cricket coach David Lloyd

These include the group’s disabled cricket programme, which helps the people they work with enjoy one of the country’s most popular sports.

Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn attended the lunch

Former Arsenal and England striker Alan Smith

Speed painter Dave Sharp entertains the audience


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