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To celebrate these gorgeous summer days we’ve packed this issue with indulgent treats, amazing feats and plenty of high spirits – not all of them on the grass courts. Most notably our cover girl, entrepreneur Beanie Geraedts-Espey, who is putting sherry on the map again. And making a splash are our incredible rower, Kiko Matthews and Lucy Choi’s to-die-for shoes. Cheers to our great food (especially Carole’s raspberry and passion fruit flan) and wine selections, courtesy of Friarwood’s, Nesan’s Super Clubs which continue to impress, Pam’s couples reconnecting, and Paul’s bridge tips for couples who are still talking to each other! Plenty of health and beauty opportunities in our neck of the woods to keep us fit and gorgeous for the summer. Find out What’s Hot with Lady Wimbledon in our ‘out and about’ social pages, and for local festival fun, checkout the lineup for the annual MyRaynesPark Festival which is gathering momentum with every year. Until the golden days of autumn (and another royal baby?) eat, drink and love sherry! Karine Torr Editor | For franchise enquiries in other areas please email us. CONTENTS

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Inspiring woman Beanie making Sherry cool again Summer florals with stylist Charlotte Loves A chat with shoe designer, Lucy Choi Boho’s hot summer styles Tennis time – then and now Exclusive wine experience at Friarwood Summer treats with Bayley & Sage Record breaker – Kiko Matthews State-of-the-art beauty treatments Pam gets couples reconnecting Problems with snoring? Infinitidental Clinic Gastronomic journeys with NC Supper Club Body Mindfulness Studio – Method Putkisto Lu-Ma focus on eco-friendly eating Roz Hanna feels at home. Aya Restaurant review VIP’s loving St Cassien Thai with a twist – Yum Sa, new kid on the block Carole’s English Cream Tea, fit for a queen Peacock Solicitors facing the afterlife Cook’s Corner summer favourite Local hero tradesmen Rygas, at your service O’Brien Hi-Fi, 50 years of know-how Top of the pile at The Flooring Co Community arts festival – MyRaynesPark On the Social Scene with Editor Karine Torr Lady Wimbledon’s ‘What’s Hot’ Keeping your fitness on track at David Lloyd Bridge with Paul Mendelson What’s On diary Kate Greenhalgh tries to keep off the grass | summer 2018 


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aughter of a South African Father (who likes to joke that he was one of the first South Africans in Wimbledon!) and a Costa Rica-born Mother, both of whom have a real sense of wanderlust, it is hardly surprising that my sister Jessica and I both sought out international adventure in our careers – admittedly with the safety-net of a family home in Wimbledon to return to. As a youngster at Holy Cross Preparatory School in Coombe Hill, I already had my sights set on travel, but of a rather more celestial order, convinced that one day I would be an astronaut. A dearth of scientific aptitude and more of an ear for languages ultimately propelled me toward Modern Languages, and I completed a degree in Spanish and Italian at Oxford University. Part of my degree course entailed spending an extended period of time in Spain and it was there that my enthusiasm for the Wine and Spirits trade was born, working as a Sales & Marketing Assistant for Sherry producer Gonzalez Byass. Like many of my generation,

Sherry was a foreign concept, but I soon fell in love with this amazing style of wine and moreover the land and the people from whence it comes. Jerez de la Frontera is a uniquely beautiful place; towering church steeples in every one of the many squares, boulevards of purple jacarandas and scented orange-blossoms, and of course the cool, cavernous wine cellars or ‘bodegas’ filled with the perfume of ageing wines. I was hooked and pledged to one day make my career in the industry. It took me almost 12 years to fulfil that ambition as Marketing Director of not one, but two, Wine & Spirits businesses – first earning my stripes at marketing behemoth L’Oreal and then at luxury goods brand Chanel. The former took me to the mad and marvelous city of Hong Kong for four years and it was there that I met the two women with whom I would go on to launch my own Sherry brand: Xeco Wines. Launched in September 2017, our mission at Xeco is to open a new generation’s eyes to the majesty of a style of wine too often dismissed as, “Granny’s favourite tipple.” Immensely versatile,

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That is me and my Pa at the Glendronach Distillery in 1984 when I was 2 years old!

An American journalist recently wrote a story about the family business and entitled the article, “These women are Rare Spirits Hunters (aka our dream job)”. It made us laugh and caused me to reflect on my good fortune to indeed be doing my dream job every day.

naturally low in calories and alcohol (when used as a substitute for gin or vodka), six months on from launch, Xeco is already gaining ground in the UK among a younger, discerning consumer group for whom provenance and authenticity are pivotal to their drinking choices. In conjunction with Xeco, I jointly run The Last Drop Distillers together with another dynamic woman - Rebecca Jago. The business was founded by our fathers Tom Jago and James Espey ten years ago, and Rebecca and I jointly took up the mantle four years ago, seeking out rare parcels of super-aged fortified wines and spirits and bottling them for connoisseurs and collectors.

The two businesses are complementary but very different and no two days are the same. One minute I’m planning a luxury whisky pairing dinner in China, and the next I’m standing in a warehouse, sleeves rolled-up, packing sherry bottles into gift boxes. Whether I’m scouring the Scottish Highlands for the next ‘rare spirit’ release for The Last Drop, visiting our customers across the pond in the USA, or catching-up with our sherry suppliers in southern Spain, the lure of home is always strong; both businesses are run just down the road from our family home in Wimbledon where the wanderlust seed was sown. To quote Josh Gates, the US Travel presenter, “Travel does not exist without home… if we never return to the place we started, we would just be wandering, lost. Home is a reflecting surface; a place to measure our growth and enrich us after being infused with the outside world.”

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As niece to celebrated shoe designer Jimmy Choo OBE and sister to Sandra Choi, Creative Director of Jimmy Choo, shoes are very much in Lucy’s soul. Lucy was fortunate to grow up close to her uncle where she learned how hand-made shoes are made. But Lucy didn’t go straight to the family line of business, instead she built a successful career in the corporate world first. She followed her dream in 2012 and started Lucy Choi London.

D: Top tips for splurging and saving? L: Definitely splurge on a pair of our signature flat ankle boots, we have them in all different materials and are a must for winter. Also make sure you have a pair of signature high heels as they are timeless. Because of our weather you won’t get so much wear from open toe sandals, so I would say that is a save.

D: What sets your brand apart from the other brands on the market? L: I really wanted to launch a shoe brand known for its affordable yet luxury designer styles without compromising on what I call the 3Cs: Comfort, Craftmanship and Character. Our theme is ‘Rock and Royal’. Think of Kate Middleton and Kate Moss. They would all find something to their liking. Our shoes have been stocked at the floors of key department stores, including Fenwick and Harvey Nichols, and online at Net-a-Porter, MatchesFashion. com and high end boutiques such as Wolf & Badger. Internationally, we have been stocked in the Middle East, Belgium, Hong Kong, Singapore and New York. They all cater to different customers but what their customers all have in common is that they want this rare mix of quality, comfort, unique design and price. Women who for example buy Prada or Manolo Blahnik also buy our shoes. Shoes that you can wear everywhere and every day, not just shoes which you only wear a few times.


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Wimbledon Then And Now A nostalgic look back at the past 50 years of The Tennis By Richard Jones Imagine if top professional tennis players such as Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic were not allowed to play at Wimbledon! Unthinkable as it may seem, that’s exactly how it was before the introduction of ‘Open’ Tennis fifty years ago this year. 2018 sees the fiftieth anniversary of the first “Open” Wimbledon Championships when amateur and professional players were able to compete together for the first time. Before 1968, only amateur players were allowed to play at Wimbledon and the world’s other major tournaments such as the Australian, French and US Championships. Many of the top players of the day such as Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall and Lew Hoad were touring professionals, and as such had to play mainly hardfought exhibition matches in front of sparse crowds in much less glamorous venues around the world. In 1968 all that changed. For years pressure had been building in the tennis world to end the distinction between amateur and professional players which was a throwback to the early days of the sport in the nineteenth century, when to be seen as a professional was highly frowned upon by Victorian society. Led by the British Lawn Tennis Association, various attempts were made during the twentieth century to introduce open tennis, but each time this radical proposal failed to gain sufficient support amongst the world’s major tennis nations. By 1967, however, the pressure for change had become an unstoppable force, and in the summer of that year Wimbledon staged an eight-man professional tournament on the Centre Court shortly after The Championships. This was the first time that professionals had ever played on the lawns of SW19, and the tournament was a great success. Afterwards, Wimbledon’s chairman Herman David told winner Rod Laver that he and his fellow-professionals were invited back to play in The Championships the following year.


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So, it was that Britain’s unilateral action ushered in the world of professional tennis as we know it today. Laver won the first open Wimbledon tournament in 1968, having previously been champion as an amateur in 1961 and 1962. He won £2000, the first-time prize money had ever been paid at The Championships. Billie Jean King won the Ladies’ Singles, but her prize was just £750. Billie Jean later campaigned successfully for equal pay for women tennis players and remains an iconic figure in the ongoing campaign for women’s equality in all areas of life and all parts of the world. The contrasts between The Championships then and now are quite remarkable. Laver’s £2000 prize cheque back in 1968, a tidy sum at the time, simply does not compare with the £2.2 million Roger Federer and Garbine Muguruza took home as singles champions last year. Also in 2017, Martina Hingis and Jamie Murray received £100,000 for winning the Wimbledon Mixed Doubles title. Back in 1968, the Australian pairing of Margaret Court and Ken Fletcher shared just £450 for winning that event. Over the last half-century open tennis has triggered a huge worldwide tennis boom, and Wimbledon’s annual profits have risen from just over £37,000 in 1968 to over £35 million today. Much of this surplus


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Today the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum shop and its various satellite outlets around the grounds offer a comprehensive range of branded gifts and souvenirs. In 2017, 46,000 baseball caps, 30,000 towels, 17,000 tee-shirts, and 8,000 umbrellas were sold, all contributing to Wimbledon’s profits, ninety percent of which are paid over to the Lawn Tennis Association for the development of tennis in Great Britain. In half a century, Wimbledon has been transformed from a national treasure to an iconic global event. Who knows what the next fifty years may bring?

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comes from TV rights, with Wimbledon now watched on television and online in more than 200 countries around the world. Attendances at Wimbledon have always been high, but improvements in facilities at the All England Club, in particular the opening of the new No.1 Court in 1997, have seen the aggregate attendance increase from 276,270 in 1968 to 473,372 in 2017. In 2009 an all-time record of 511,043 people visited Wimbledon during the fortnight. In line with other major world-class events, Wimbledon’s spectators are now referred to as “guests.” Guests now consume 110,000 scones, 86,000 ice creams, 76,000 sandwiches, 30,000 pizzas, and 17,000 portions of fish and chips each year. Far and away Wimbledon’s champion food item, however, is the great British strawberry. Wimbledon’s strawberries are picked on the day of sale at a farm in Kent and then rushed to Wimbledon. It is anticipated that around 150,000 bowls of strawberries and cream will be purchased during the thirteen playing days of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships. Back in 1968, Wimbledon had a small kiosk selling tennis magazines, books and photographs of the players. There were no other onsite retail facilities.

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Wines worth discovering, on our village high street – Friarwood’s stunning boutique Darling drinks it in


ext time you plan on having a picnic at Wimbledon Common, or are hosting a dinner with friends and family, stop by Friarwood and have their staff recommend some unique and exclusive worldly wines. Tucked away on the corner of the High Street and Haygarth Pl, Friarwood is relatively new to Wimbledon Village, having only opened in October 2017 but already starting to feel right at home with the locals. Patrice, one of their Retail Managers who has sommelier background, receives weekly phone calls from our residents tapping into his expertise to pair their upcoming dinner with some unique wines. “From our early beginnings, it has been very important for us to provide a personalized approach to our client and supplier relationships,” says Ben Carfagnini, owner of Friarwood. Founded in 1967 and originally known for their Bordeaux and Burgundy discoveries, Friarwood has now expanded their portfolio to offer wines from all key regions in France, along with other unique finds from Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, USA, Chile, Australia, Argentina, Spain and South Africa. Friarwood has two retail shops and an underground cellar located in Central London that stores over 15,000 bottles with top mature wines available by the bottle. It’s not every day you can pick up a mature vintage Bordeaux directly from a shop.

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What makes their process unique is that every single one of their wines is tasted and selected by the entire team to ensure the highest quality. Friarwood have also been known to incorporate some client suggested wines to their portfolio, as Auriane, Friarwood’s head buyer mentions, “We are keen on discovering wines together with the communities around us, so we welcome all feedback.” At Friarwood, don’t expect to be told what you like; they have implemented a very welcoming and relaxed approach to tasting events. Every second last Wednesday of the month, they host ticketed Discovery Tastings, where they partner with local food merchants and uncover unique pairing combinations. Previous events have included ventures with gelato, chocolate, empanadas,

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caviar and even insects, as Friarwood believes no dish is ever impossible to pair. The evening typically begins with a glass of wonderfully balanced fizz, followed by another 5 wines that have been carefully selected for each pairing. The setting is intimate with only 20-25 guests, encouraging wine conversations of all caliber. Friarwood aims to spice up the way their guests experience wine, giving them the opportunity to taste and discover unique flavour combinations, bound to surprise their senses. If you prefer a more in-depth learning experience, Friarwood offers private group tastings at their shop, where you can indulge in unique vinous treasures for a set cost. The tastings don’t end there, as they offer daily tastings of a few pre-selected bottles, waiting to be discovered.

“It’s not every day you can pick up a mature vintage Bordeaux directly from a shop” In addition to hosting tasting events, Friarwood have also introduced Wedding Wines services to help navigate those planning a wedding through the daunting task of picking wines for the day. The team and services are very flexible, and they can help with everything from curation to delivery – all along with their personalised recommendations tailored to your specific needs. 020 7736 2628 Unit 3, Haygarth House, 31 High Street Wimbledon, SW19 5BY


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ummer means different things to all of us. For Bayley & Sage in Wimbledon, its tennis (obviously), strawberries and cream, fabulous fresh produce, soft cheese, delicious picnic food and lots of rosé! We have had some fun events on this Spring - our Cheese Festival was such a success that we are thinking of making it an annual event. We had an amazing turn out to our Spring Reception at Clarendon Fine Art, when we launched our new award winning English Sparkling Wine from Wiston Estate, alongside some really delicious food and wine tastings. We also hosted a fun and informative cheese and wine pairing evening in our Parkgate store. If you missed any of these events please sign up to our newsletter, so you can be first to know next time! If you have bumped into any of us recently you will know the exciting news that we are opening at BBC TV Studios in Shepherds Bush this summer. We are opening in the famous Helios, it’s quite different to our other stores – with a café and we hope to welcome you over there soon. 60 High Street, SW19 5EE t: 0208 946 9904 Mon-Sun 8am-9pm

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Treats in season right now: June: Courgettes, broad beans, peas, strawberries, raspberries, cucumber, tomatoes, globe artichokes, cherries, melons, asparagus Try: Grilling courgettes drizzled with olive oil, lightly boil broad beans and smash with gently fried garlic and serve alongside burrata and iberico ham, with a salad of fresh tomatoes, summer leaves and soft herbs. July: Raspberries, runner beans, peas, sweetcorn, redcurrants, blackcurrants, gooseberries, peaches, nectarines, melons Try: A fabulous fruit salad: prepare summer fruit then whisk lemon juice, shredded mint, fine lemon zest, and honey together in a small bowl; drizzle over and toss through the fruit. August: Peaches, aubergines, tomatoes, nectarines, apricots, sweetcorn, romano peppers Try: Prosecco and peach lollies: Peel ripe peaches and place in a blender with sugar and mix to make a puree. Combine the sweetened puree with the Prosecco in a bowl and set aside to reduce the fizz. Add peach slices to a lolly mould, top with the mix and freeze overnight. Divine! | summer 2018 


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Kiko Matthews solo trans-Atlantic rower smashes World Record “I didn’t get scared by the adverse conditions, I just got on with things. What can you do about it? You have no choice but to carry on, like in life. It was temporary relentlessness.” The tumour on her pituitary gland caused severe memory loss, psychosis, diabetes, osteoporosis, insomnia and muscle wastage. Briton Kiko Matthews, 36, celebrates arriving in Barbados having smashed the World Record as the fastest woman to complete a solo trans-Atlantic row in 50 days. Photo by Anthony Ball


ecently, Wimbledon resident, Kiko Matthews, 36, arrived in Port St.Charles, Barbados late one evening in spring, smashing the World Record as the fastest woman to complete a solo trans-Atlantic row. Kiko, finished the 3000 mile journey, from Gran Canaria, single-handed and unsupported in 49 days, breaking the previous record of 56 days. Having only learnt to row last year, Kiko rowed the Atlantic alone in 21-foot long Soma of Essex for up to 16 hours a day for seven weeks, slept in twohour shifts, dealt with 70 foot waves, sharks, hand and feet blisters and the least prevailing winds. She was her own doctor, mechanic, skipper, friend and worst enemy in one of the toughest physical and mental challenges known to man. Only five women have previously completed the journey solo.

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Arriving to scenes of jubilation, with crowds lining the coast line and yachts sounding their horns, the Union Jack toting Brit rowed in after what she described as one of the hardest days of rowing in the last two months. Kiko was met by her family – mother Genevieve Matthews, father Paddy Matthews, brother Robin Matthews and nephew Louis Matthews – and was noticeably relaxed, calm and full of energy. Kiko says;” The thought that eight months ago I was lying in hospital having my brain operated on and now I am here having rowed the Atlantic, I guess I am a bit proud. I have shown that anyone can attempt anything given the right attitude, belief, and support,” she says. “I want to use my story to inspire women to challenge themselves.” If I did ever get down I thought of the people willing me on, I wanted to do it for them. The stories they sent me supported me incredibly. By the last two

weeks I was just totally content and at peace, I didn’t even listen to music.” In completing the challenge, Kiko has so far raised over £90,000, of her target of £100,000, for King’s College Hospital Intensive Care Unit who twice removed a brain tumour from her. In 2009, Kiko, was diagnosed with Cushing’s disease, a rare condition that made even walking up stairs impossible. The second was removed in August 2017 whilst she was in training for the Atlantic crossing. On land she has been virtually powered by a team of women, through her 100TogetHER initiative. The collaboration of women from all walks of life, have come together to support Kiko financially and with skills highlighting what can be achieved through community, challenge and collaboration and it’s their names which adorn the boat. Part of 100TogetHER is Britain’s most successful female Olympian, Katherine Grainger and Tracy Edwards - who skippered the first all-female crew in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race. She was also coached by Guin Batten, the 2000 Olympics silver medalist. Part of her fitness training was also sponsored by Louise Whelan and the wonderful trainers at Fit8 in Wimbledon. For more stories go to, | summer 2018 



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It stimulates production of both natural collagen and elastin to renew your skin from within. It is delivered by just a few injections to acupressure points and from there it will diffuse throughout the upper layers of the skin literally taking up the slack creating a smooth, fresh and naturally rejuvenated result. The treatment is repeated after 4 weeks and the results are visible at that point but continue improving. “Increasingly our customers are looking for the most natural way to improve their skin health and we are delighted to be one of the leading clinics to use Profhilo effectively. Our nurse Libbie Wallace is one of the most accomplished practitioners in the UK and as placement of the product is key to the success, her experience is invaluable to our customers”, says Louise Stewart, founding Director. Nakedhealth MEDISPA 020 8944 5454 261-263 Coombe Lane, Wimbledon, SW20 0RH

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Snoring is no laughing matter. Whether the guilty party is you or your partner, snoring can have a drastic impact on your relationship and the quality of both of your lives, especially when the irritation of it drags on for years. Interrupted sleep isn’t the only side-effect. Snoring can be linked to daytime sleepiness, lack of energy, poor motivation, driving related accidents, fatigue linked stress, reduced productivity and a reduced sex drive. What if we told you that there is a solution to snoring that doesn’t involve surgery or taking medicine? Would that sound appealing? At infinitidental Clinic, Dr Anand Patel is now seeing patients who are affected by snoring. As a certified Sleepwell clinician, Dr Patel is qualified to fit patients with a clinically effective device that is worn only whilst sleeping, providing a safe and simple long term snoring solution. The custom fitted device is made from material which is flexible and offers high degree of comfort, using the patient’s dental impressions as a template. The Sleepwell snoring device is surprisingly cost effective. We charge £50 for the initial consultation where we will go through a pre-screening questionnaire with you. If we believe you could have other related

issues such as Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, we will refer you to a sleep clinic. After your initial consult we will see you for future appointments to create and fit the device. This will cost £385. Dr Anand Patel, who wears a Sleepwell device himself, told Darling Magazine, “I can really tell the difference in how tired I feel the morning after a night without wearing my Sleepwell device. I definitely feel over the recent weeks of wearing it that my sleep is less disturbed, and I do feel more energetic in the day time.”

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London’s Exclusive Supper Club From page to plate. That’s the simply brilliant idea behind Nesan’s Supper Clubs, now trending in a leafy suburb near you Arup Dasgupta

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Serving great food from famous chefs and cookbook writers. That’s the unique experience of NC Supper Clubs that’s luring discerning diners back again and again for more. Started in the summer of 2017 by international entrepreneur Nesan Thirunesan, the exclusive NC Supper Clubs is taking over London with an incredible versatile menu from Indian, Mauritian, French, Modern European, Burmese and Sri Lankan fusion cuisine. May and June has already seen a Burmese and Sri Lankan experience with Wincie Wong of Burmese Kitchen and chef Jessica Heath, author of “CeyLove” supported by Executive Chef, Arup Dasgupta. Greek and Modern British cuisine has also been launched and

Supper Clubs will be taking over Clapham and parts of Surrey for even more exclusive cuisine experiences in addition to their events in Richmond, Wimbledon and Lavender Hill. The events so far have been graced with celebrities and high-end clients. As well as the Supper Clubs, Nesan runs an exclusive dining and catering experience with private chefs in South West London, Richmond and Surrey. Spending time between London and Bangalore, Nesan works with the best in celebrity chefs and wellknown cookbook writers to create the dishes served at the events. The chefs are regular demonstrators at food festivals all over the UK including the BBC Good Food Show, Taste of London

and other food festivals. Their clear passion to create dishes with a fusion take on the traditional Indian cuisine and others is why the NC Supper Clubs are taking off and treating guests to incredible food. From Chef Jessica Heath, author of “CeyLove”, Anjula Devi, author of “Spice for Life”, Chef Maria Elia author of “Smashing Plates, Full of Flavour”, Chef Dipna Anand author of “Beyond Brilliant” to Wincie Wong of “Burmese Kitchen”, these are just a few of the top names that Nesan is working with.

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Adding to his already incredible menu of chefs, Nesan is also keen to work with his good friends including chefs Rohit Ghai (formerly of Jamavar), Suresh Pillai (Leela Raviz) Daniel P Britten, Anthony Raffo, Dave Pigram and Connor J Lowrey.

A love of food and exploring flavours is all that is needed. NC Supper Clubs also sponsors the monthly “London Kitchen Social” founded by Majella O’ Connell of (Pavlova & Cream) which has been an incredible success story.

The events are targeted at food lovers who want to be part of this exclusive NC Supper Clubs experience.

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dishes are not available in mainstream restaurants which adds a unique twist to the food we serve and the overall experience” Follow the hashtag #NCSupperClubs and @ nesancreations (Instagram) @ttnesan (Twitter) on social media to find out about the latest events and what’s cooking in the exclusive world created by Nesan. | summer 2018 


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First Serve - AN ACE EVERYTIME We love Lu-Ma Café’s fresh food and eco-friendly approach


ith tennis fever in full swing, we’re all gearing up for the fortnight of fun. Lu-Ma will be open later in the evenings to welcome our Wimbledon visitors and will be offering the usual late nights on the first and third Friday of the month, check our website or call for more detail.

Exciting summer menu

Our new summer menu has now been launched with amazing dishes like Jack fruit burger in a bun topped with avocado, lettuce, umeboshi marinated red onion, sweetcorn and courgette fritters served with leafy salad, mashed avocado, raw slaw and sun-dried tomato pesto, summer lentil curry with activated ginger brown rice, steamed greens, cashew nuts and a side of sauerkraut, the ever popular Caesar salad with gem lettuce, bread croutons,

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Lu-Ma are also part of the sustainable Merton project, Reduce, Re-use, Recycle. The majority of our take-away containers are both compostable and biodegradable, supplied by Vegware. We have also now started the ‘Bring your own cup’ and receive 25p off your coffee or buy a Lu-Ma Flask and on each refill receive 25p discount. Lu-Ma strongly support re-cycling with used cooking oils collected by a reputable recycling company, waste collected by First Mile contractors. Food waste (hopefully never very much) is disposed of via food waste disposal.

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Are you interested in learning more about wholefood cooking? Angela, Lu-Ma’s Executive Chef and author of “Cooking with Angela”, holds evening group workshops where she shares her many years of foodie experience, expertise on whole food cooking, demonstrating a wide variety of dishes and suppling the recipes for the easy to achieve but highly impressive dishes. Angela also offers individual cookery classes, an ideal gift for those wanting to have more information to understand whole foods and those switching to a plant food diet. Further information and booking can be made on our website T: 020 8296 6714 43 Worple Rd, Wimbledon, SW19 4JZ | summer 2018 



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THE FULL LEBANESE EXPERIENCE AT AYA By Darling Features Editor, Roz Hanna


s I push open the door at Aya, I am transported to what could be downtown Beirut. A waft of garlic, parsley and thyme is coming from the kitchen and the big smile lighting up the room from owner, Amira Mahfouz, is a blast of Middle Eastern warmth and hospitality. Back in 1992, when Amira and her husband Ali had to flee war-torn Beirut for the UK and opened this, their first restaurant in SW London, they had to teach customers about the concept of ‘sharing’ dishes. It went well. That concept, the insistence on using only fresh ingredients, freshly cooked, the use of real charcoal and a live flame and Ali’s secret recipe for garlic and chilli sauces were the perfect ingredients to establish Aya as SW London’s favourite Lebanese, and a destination restaurant for foodies. So, I was delighted when Darling Editor, Karine, invited me to experience what makes Aya so good that Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London has come to Wimbledon to dine there with his family three times since Christmas. As a coeliac, I worried that my gluten-free diet might be a problem, and Karine

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Roz, Karine and Amira out to lunch at Aya Restaurant

The special salad accompanying this dish featured pink pickled onions which looked pretty as well as being the perfect complement to the ground chickpeas and broad beans, all served with Lebanon’s finest tahini sauce. Lebanese food, with its sharing platters, is very compatible with large parties, so it makes sense that in addition to the restaurants, Aya offers outside catering.

prefers not to overdo the red meat. Amira and her team could not have been more accommodating. The head chef, Nabil, personally talked us through the options so we could both eat well. And there were plenty of options. Aya’s speciality dishes are chicken shish and chicken and lamb shawarma, a Lebanese version of moussaka (Mussakaa Batinjan - oven baked aubergine cooked with chickpeas, peppers and tomato sauce) – gluten free, meat free and utterly delicious. Nabil also suggested Moutabal – Baba ghanouj, providing me with carrot and cucumber sticks to dip in, while Karine used homemade pitta bread (we got through four bowls). There followed grilled halloumi cheese and the most delicious falafel.

No party is too small or too large. Amira and Ali are famed for bringing their three delightful children to help out. Whether in one of the restaurants, or in your own home, the Mahfouz family will show you how to eat and share as they embrace you with their unique brand of Lebanese cuisine and love. ‘Just as the UK has welcomed us and made us feel at home here, we aim to make every customer at Aya feel like part of our family,’ says Amira. Aya Streatham 78 Streatham High Rd | Aya Cuisine 195-197 Merton Rd 020 8417 0606 | Aya Takeaway 72 The Broadway 020 8543 3363 | Aya Cuisine 2 24 Merton High St 020 8543 3444 | Pizzaya 193 Merton Rd 020 8417 0066 | summer 2018 




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ave you decided what you would like to happen to your body after you die? Probably not. It isn’t exactly a decision most of us ponder over our cornflakes, but it is worth giving it some thought to avoid potential disputes after you have died. When you die, those left behind have to deal with the practicalities and one of the first things to think about is organising your funeral. Do you want to be buried or cremated? Perhaps you want to have your organs donated or your body given to medical science? Where should the funeral should take place, should


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couples, step families etc and added to the fact that only one third of us have a will, disputes are increasing. Legally there is no ‘property’ in a body so therefore no-one ‘owns’ your body. Generally, you may well be used to having complete control over your property and affairs and yet you don’t actually own your own body, nor do you have the ability to decide how you dispose of it after death. However, the law generally recognises any funeral wishes you leave provided they are legal and possible and it is the executors named in your will (or representatives appointed by law where there isn’t a will) who have the legal authority to dispose of your body. Your executors might of course be family members but equally might not – you could have appointed, say, your solicitor, accountant or your bank manager to be your executor. If your wishes are clear, then this isn’t a problem. If you haven’t left wishes, then it is the executors who will decide and if their wishes, (family member or not) and other family members don’t align, then the decision about your body could end up in costly court proceedings that causes delays for your funeral. There has been a case recently in the news. The deceased was married and divorced in the US, then remarried in the UK, at 92, to his first love, whom he met during WW2. When he died his wife wanted him buried locally but

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his children wanted him buried in the family plot in the US. Neither could agree so the matter ended up in court. After many months, during which time, there could be no funeral or burial, the parties came to an agreement, with his wife agreeing to the US burial. This is possibly not what the deceased wanted. How to avoid this? Considering your funeral wishes and setting them down in writing is the clearest thing to do – either in your will or in a ‘letter of wishes’ – so burial or cremation, what sort of service, flowers or donations to charity, religious or not. Share this with your family and executors (often when the will is read it is too late –especially so for organ donation). Even if you don’t have a preference, state this and perhaps add that the wishes of another family member should be followed. Plan now and get on with living. Peacock & Co Solicitors have been established in Wimbledon since 1991 and opened in Epsom in May 2017. Katherine is a partner at the firm and specialises in Wills, trusts, powers of attorney, estate administration and Court of Protection matters.

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ow great is it that we’ve come into summer! Amazing considering the awful winter we have just had. Normally at this time of the year, I like to think of BBQ’s and outside al fresco dining. I am also thinking of very lovely Tea Party ideas hence a refreshing summer dessert “Raspberry and Passion Fruit Flan”.

Ingredients 3 Eggs 3 oz Caster sugar 3 oz Flour Pinch salt Filling 1 ¼ Pint double cream 2 oz Caster sugar 2 Punnets raspberries 6 Passion fruit Some passion fruit coulis (you can buy this in the supermarket)


Break the eggs into a bowl, add sugar and whisk until thick. Sift in the flour and salt. Fold in the flour, do not beat in. Pour in an 8” flan mould. Bake at 220 degrees for 10 minutes till golden and turn onto a wire tray to cool Once cool, whip the double cream until thick. Cut the passion fruit in half and take out the fruit from the inside. Spoon this into the cream, together with the passion fruit coulis. I use whatever amount I like – I love passion fruit so I always advise to add the amount you would like as it can be quite sweet. You can add raspberries into the mixture, but I just like it to be a decoration. I then decorate the top with raspberries, fresh mint leaves and edible glitter. shop local

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t started in response to 2008’s financial crisis in support of local restaurants and venues. Now in its ninth year it stretches over ten days with 21 events. “Last year we reached our widest ever audience with over 1,000 people attending, 30 local groups partnering with us and a school’s programme reaching many more.” Tom Underwood, Chair of MyRaynesPark Organised by Raynes Park Salvation Army with support from local groups we are a non-profit making organisation. We’re grateful for the financial support of our main sponsors Merton Council and the Wimbledon Foundation Community Fund, as well as from local businesses. The programme is developed around our five core aims: celebration, inclusivity, creativity, community and justice. What makes the festival different is our commitment to inclusivity and justice. We believe the festival should be for everyone so over 60% of our events are ‘pay what you can’ and this year has two free art exhibitions. We’re aware that not everyone can leave the house, so we’ve organised an art workshop for residents at Carters Care Home led by pupils from Raynes Park High School. We’re also delighted that pupils at Treetops, the base for autism at West Wimbledon Primary School, are displaying an exhibition on the theme of friendship at the Lantern Arts Centre. The festival has previously linked with Refugee Week and again we’re hosting some linked events including a Syrian cooking workshop from a local refugee. MyRaynesPark attracts a mix of established acts (Tim Vine, Yasmin Alibhai Brown, Prof Sir Diarmaid MacCulloch) and up and comers such as Inua Ellams, who since performing at our festival has had a big hit at the National Theatre with his play ‘The Barbershop Chronicles’. This year we’re joined by comedian Dana Alexander

(Russell Howard’s Good News), author Tim Finch talking about his book ‘The House of Journalists’ and a screening of critically acclaimed documentary ‘Summer in the Forest’. Look out for Raynes ‘Lark in the Park’, a community fun day in Holland Gardens, (‘World in a Tent’) features music, Indian dancing, Capoeira, African art, street entertainment and international food tasters from local restaurants and Merton School Sports Partnership will run sports activities. 8th July 12:30-4:30pm. For full listings on MyRaynesPark events please visit

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TurfWAR By Kate Greenhalgh reaping the pretty serious consequence of being put down to Div. 3 Maths, which I lied to my parents about for nearly a year until they found out from Mrs Austen at a parents evening, and never fully trusted me again; AND the smell of grass is also posh, and colonial: Polo, Cricket, Buckingham Palace Garden Party....I could go on. (#Grassmustfall.)


’m calling time on grass. (The green stuff, not the funny stuff you hope your teenager will not dabble in.) So many of my friends and family are crippled by it from hay-fever at this time of year. We have tons of it where I live, because some busybody fussily decided, in 1871, to ban concreting it over, by Act of Parliament. So now, thanks to those tree-hugging, green-belty Victorian Nimbies, instead of a decent multi-storey carpark, bowling arcade, shopping malls and a ninth runway for Heathrow, oh no, we are stuck with loads and loads of grass. Grass is a bad-boy. When it’s cut and blows its fresh, polleny scent through the windows, my daughter comes out in hives; but not only that, I suffer flashbacks to not revising properly for summer exams, and


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If you let a psychologist loose on grass (not literally) I think they’d come up with some fairly shocking stats. How many people are traumatised on or next to grass each year? 8 year-old boys flattened on rugby pitches, wedding guests keeling over in stilettos, scratch golfers missing putts, Crystal Palace fans in the 81st minute of the 2016 FA Cup Final when Man U equalised a mere 3 minutes after Jason Puncheon’s ecstatic opening goal, followed by the Man U winning goal in extra time, (like I say, traumatised) who is to blame? GRASS. Back in the day when my parents let me keep a vicious New Forest pony to cure me of the ponymad phase, I spent a lot of my time violently face down in grass, so I know what I am talking about. (It did cure me. It also made me very bad at maths, for which I blame my parents.) And most of you reading this know somebody who is overdue to mow the stuff, I’ll bet, (given the profile of readership, many of whom are possibly not yet ‘woke’ about the gender politics of lawn-mowing, long may that last.) And finally, what about grass stains? We don’t have to put up with this anymore, people. In Real Life is over. Roll out the Astroturf. shop local


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