Life Magazines (Hertfordshire editions) April 2024

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Sunday Lunch at the Auberge du Lac



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• Overnight Accommodation in the Melbourne Lodge

• Full English Breakfast in the Watershyppes Restaurant

• Round of Golf on one of our Championship Courses.

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This Easter holiday there are lots of fun activities to take part in at Hatfield Park, with something to choose from for all the family! Taking place until Saturday 14th April, choose from a series of activities and workshops all with an Easter Explorers theme.

One of the region’s most popular cultural attractions, St Albans Museum + Gallery has welcomed its one millionth visitor. The milestone figure was reached in February just 6 years since opening its doors in 2018 after a £7.5 million restoration project.

Oliver Bonas is dramatically increasing the size of its boutique and doubling in size by expanding into the adjacent store at Maltings Shopping Centre in St Albans city centre. The refurbishments are underway and due to complete in time for the planned opening during the weekend of 27th April 2024.

Knebworth House, Park, Gardens, Adventure Playground and Dinosaur Trail is now open every weekend, bank holiday and school holiday until 29th September. Here are our top things to do this season! Find plenty of inspiration for the spring and summer months ahead at the Hertfordshire Garden Show celebrating 30 years at Knebworth Park.

The greatest flower show on earth returns to Royal Hospital Chelsea with stunning garden designs, gorgeous floral displays and exclusive shopping. Over a century old, and RHS Chelsea still delivers new ideas in horticulture – drawing a global crowd and is the ‘hautecouture’ of the international gardening scene.

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ParkPlay is a national project that runs every Saturday and is completely FREE to attend. We aim to encourage families to participate together across generations and get involved in game activities. All our games are inclusive and can be played across a range of ages in a way that keeps thing safe and most importantly fun for all the family! Run by your community for your community! There are no age restrictions to any of our projects but say if they can walk, they can play. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Cedars Park, Theobalds Lane, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire EN8 8RX


15 APRIL - 26 MAY


Enjoy a visit to Willows Activity Farm for a wonderful Spring day out! Our daily programme includes adventure play, funfair rides, tractor ride, farmyard animals, indoor soft play, inflatables, our Puddle Play Park and more.

Willows Activity Farm, Coursers Road, St Albans AL4 0PF



“At times I thought it was me” says Michael Bublé

“A must-see”

says Sinatra family’s Europe Rep. This electrifying show has it all – all their great hits, the realistic exciting vocals and personas of the two idols amid a fun storyline, and a full live band feat. musicians on Michael Bublé’s 2022 album ‘Higher’. So, get set for an exhilarating night with the two music icons…and let the showdown begin!

The Eric Morecambe Centre, Leyton Rd, Rothamsted AL5 2FR



A nine acre hilltop garden and woodland. Many species of roses, herbaceous border, water garden, woodland walks and blossoming orchards. Lovely view over Lea Valley. 12pm-4pm.

Admission £5, Children free. Light refreshments. Hill House, Ware, Hertfordshire SG12 8BX

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24, 27 & 28 APRIL


An abundance of over 2,000 colourful tulips will greet you as you enter over the mill stream bridge which leads to this romantic walled garden full of spring planting which set off this listed Mill House. Ancient apple and box trees under planted with tulips and Narcissi within which nestles a box parterre and vegetable planters, magnolia tree and colourful terrace. The Mill House, Welwyn, Hertfordshire AL6 9EU

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The Baldock Festival brings together 1000’s of people from across North Hertfordshire over two weeks of activities in May each year. This year there are over 100 events including a Street Fair, a Car Show, Tasting Sessions, and Music Events. High Street, Baldock, Hertfordshire SG7 6AX




The exhibition features two floors of exhibits all accessible to those with limited mobility. Over a dozen layouts in various gauges.

Ludwick Way Methodist Church,Ludwick Way, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire AL7 3PN



Lovely traditional Fete. Lots of stalls, bric a brac, bbq, bar (including pimms and beer) crockery smash, face painting, fire engine, tombola and much more! 12-4pm £2.50 adult, £1.50 senior, children free.

St John’s Lemsford School & Church, Lemsford Village, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire AL8 7TR


& 23-28 APRIL


Discover Hertford’s twin cities, Évron and Wildeshausen. Learn how these European links were forged over 50 years ago.

Hertford Museum, 18 Bull Plain, Hertford, Hertfordshire

SG14 1DT

23-27 APRIL


This riotous comedy follows Mole, Rat, Badger, and the impulsive Mr. Toad, whose insatiable need for speed lands him in serious trouble. With his beloved home under threat from the notorious Chief Weasel and his gang of sinister Wild Wooders, Toad must attempt a daring escape leading to a series of misadventures and a heroic battle to recapture Toad Hall.

Wyllyotts Theatre, Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, , Hertfordshire EN6 2HZ

11 MAY



Over 20 quality layouts have been invited from across the country covering a range of timescales from the early 20th century to the present day. Queens School,Aldenham Road,Bushey,Watford, Hertfordshire WD23 2TY

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St Albans Museum + Gallery Hits One

One of the region’s most popular cultural attractions, St Albans Museum + Gallery has welcomed its one millionth visitor. The milestone figure was reached in February just 6 years since opening its doors in 2018 after a £7.5 million restoration project.

Catherine Newley, Audience Development Manager at St Albans Museums, says: “It is a huge achievement to have welcomed one million visitors and we are thrilled that so many people have chosen our historic venue as a place to enjoy arts and culture. In just under 6 years, there have been 45 exhibitions as well as countless smaller community displays ensuring that there is always something different for visitors to see each time they visit.”

The museum’s recent recognition as a National Portfolio Organisation by Arts Council England secured access to additional funding and ensures an elevated offering of inspiring and ground-breaking exhibitions and events in the coming years.

Victoria Barlow, Arts, Tourism, Heritage and Culture Manager at St Albans Museums, says: “Since opening in 2018 St Albans Museum + Gallery has established itself as a world-class centre for arts and culture attracting visitors from the local area and way beyond. It’s an incredible accolade to welcome 1 million visitors and is testament to the commitment and hard work of the museum team – delivering on its mission to provide highquality programmes which explore a breadth of topics, embrace diversity, offer vibrant arts and culture, and spotlight St Albans’s fascinating history and community.”

Million Visitor Milestone


St Albans Museum + Gallery and UH Arts and Culture present a solo exhibition by acclaimed artist Rana Begum. Rana Begum: Ordered Form includes sculptures, paintings, screenprints, and relief works fabricated especially for this exhibition. FREE until 14 April.

Becoming Us: African Caribbean St Albans at St Albans Museum + Gallery explores the role of the African Caribbean community in St Albans and celebrates its multifaceted contributions to the city over the past 80 years. FREE until 30 June in the Keeper’s Galleries.

Women doing everything, everywhere, all at once… at Verulamium Museum provides a unique opportunity to meet the women archaeologists of the 1930s who brought Verulamium to life and meet four of the women who populated this ancient landscape 2000 years ago. FREE with general admission entry until 4 July.

Don’t forget to pop into the museum shop, full of bespoke and unique items from local suppliers and businesses which make perfect gifts and keepsakes. And the Courtroom Café in St Albans Museum + Gallery is an

ideal space to meet friends and family and enjoy coffee, cake and a delicious lunch


Learn the basic principles of darning at Darning Workshop and help your clothes last longer at a time when we are considering our environmental impact as well as the budgets. £5, 13 April, 1.303pm, St Albans Museum + Gallery.

Join local artist Donna Borg in a unique still-life drawing workshop focussing on an arrangement using archaeological objects from the museum. Still Life Drawing –Archaeology guides you through the process of drawing in charcoal and is suitable for all levels. Materials will be provided. £10, 27 April, 1.30pm, Verulamium Museum.


Top: Rana Begum Ordered Form at St Albans Museum + Gallery © Stephanie Belton

Left: Boudica for Women doing everything, everywhere, all at once © Gary Erskine

Below: St Albans Museum + Gallery © Stephanie Belton

16 APRIL 2024

Pub in the Park

St Albans’ Verulamium Park, 6 - 8 September

Tom Kerridge’s epic food and music festival is hitting St Albans’ Verulamium Park between the 6th to the 8th September. This year’s festival promises an unforgettable fusion of gastronomic delights, entertainment and live music from the likes of Tinie Tempah, Scouting for Girls, Olly Murs and Paloma Faith. Alongside, an incredible chef line up will be cooking up a variety of small plates designed to impress.

Visitors can expect pan-Asian delicacies from Sticky Mango including a Tempura Soft Shell Crab Steam Bun served with Asian slaw and spicy mayonnaise. Visitors to the festival can also head to a brand new restaurant concept, Collision Cause. The brainchild of chefs Sabrina Gidda and Thom Bateman, the pop up will be collision of taste, flavours and influences. Get your hands on the Ultimate Masala Ox Cheek Mac & Cheese, served with dill pickles, wild garlic & beef fat crumb, before it’s too late.

There’s plenty of other foodie fun to get stuck into, with some brand new additions for 2024. Sunday Brunch star Simon Rimmer is set to unveil his brand new touring live music and food podcast series, Pod in the Park - an imaginary touring pub that will see Simon’s all-star lineup of friends

joining him to chat all things food, drink and pubs, including Mel C, Tom Kerridge, Angela Hartnett and Andi Oliver, with many more to come. All new firepit restaurant Hangfire BBQ will be cooking their menu over the firepits. Each restaurant will have specially designed kids dishes. Activities for families include xtreme dodgeball, super Olympics, funfair & fair games, inflatables, storytelling, circus activities, face painting and more.

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Rennie Grove Peace Hospice Care is delighted to announce the launch of its first ever overseas trekking challenge. Taking place in March 2025, Trek Vietnam is set to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for those looking to combine travel and adventure with raising vital funds to support local hospice care.

The 10-day challenge, taking place in March 2025, will see a group of intrepid explorers trek through the beautiful Vietnamese countryside as well as volunteering at a local community project to support palliative care facilities in the country.

Cat has already signed up to the challenge. She explains: “When I saw an advert for Trek Vietnam I just knew it was for me. Rennie Grove Peace cared for my husband, Martin, at the end of his life last year so this is a way of both giving something back to the charity and really pushing myself. Martin spent his last two weeks in the Peace Hospice Inpatient Unit and the staff there just couldn’t do enough to

support both him and me.

“I’ve always fancied doing a challenge like this and I’m not getting any younger. So if I don’t do it now, I never will! Having the chance to take on this trek while raising money to make sure other families can benefit from the same care we received, is an opportunity I couldn’t miss.

“I know the trek will really push me so it will be great to do it as part of a team. I’d encourage anybody else who is looking for an adventurous way to see a bit of the world while challenging themselves, to sign up and join me!”

Emma Stewart, Events Manager at Rennie Grove Peace Hospice Care, says: “Trek Vietnam is a totally new event for us and we’re delighted to have people like Cat already on the team. Now is the perfect time to sign up as there’s still plenty of time to focus on the fundraising and training elements of the challenge.”

To find out more about Trek Vietnam visit or email

“I know the trek will really push me so it will be great to do it as part of a team. I’d encourage anybody else who is looking for an adventurous way to see a bit of the world while challenging themselves, to sign up and join me!”

Baker Brothers: A Legacy of Luxury and Craftsmanship

Nestled in the heart of Bedford Town, Baker Brothers epitomizes elegance and refinement. With a history dating back to the early 20th century, this esteemed jeweller, has consistently delivered exquisite craftsmanship and timeless beauty in every piece. As 2024 unfolds, Baker Brothers enters a new era, promising an enhanced experience for its discerning clientele.

Synonymous with high-quality and an outstanding customer experience, Baker Brothers has long been a beacon of luxury. From exquisite diamond rings and lustrous pearl necklaces to sophisticated accessories and Swiss watches, each creation reflects the brand’s artistry and passion. Yet, beyond its reputation for luxury, the boutique maintains a deep connection to its community, supporting local charities and initiatives, enriching lives beyond its doors.

In a significant development for the boutique, 2024 welcomes an on-site watchmaker to the Baker Brothers team. This addition marks a pivotal moment, promising heightened levels of service and craftsmanship. With a skilled artisan on hand, clients can expect nothing short of perfection for their timepiece needs, reinforcing Baker Brothers’ commitment to quality and authenticity.

The presence of an on-site watchmaker not

only enhances the bespoke experience but also adds a dynamic dimension to the shopping journey. Patrons can witness craftsmanship firsthand, from intricate repairs to detailed polishing, reaffirming the allure of artisanal workmanship in an age of mass production.

Beyond the boutique, the arrival of the watchmaker heralds prosperity for Bedford Town. As news spreads, visitors will flock to experience the luxury of Baker Brothers, injecting vitality into the local economy and fostering a sense of community vibrancy.

The legacy of Baker Brothers is a testament to heritage and craftsmanship. With each passing year, its reputation for excellence and innovation grows. As 2024 unfolds, the introduction of an on-site watchmaker underscores the unwavering dedication of Baker Brothers to its patrons, craft, and the timeless allure of luxury.

“The legacy of Baker Brothers is a testament to heritage and craftsmanship”

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TODD IN THE HOLE Returning for it’s 5th year

12th – 14th July 2024

After the resounding success of Todd in the Hole 2023 the team are back and busy planning their biggest festival yet for July 2024.

The Festival organisers have pulled out all the stops to deliver a fantastic line up for this year. Visitors will be able to enjoy Headliners who include Rick Parfitt JNR & RPJ Band on Friday and The Killerz on Saturday. Closing the festival in style and paying homage to one of the biggest boy bands in recent years, Rule The World will be bringing the hits of Take That back to the Hertfordshire countryside. Back by popular demand, and after their Todd debut last year, Australian band, Furnace & The Fundamentals will be keeping the crowd jumping on Sunday afternoon.

Other bands on the bill include the Stereotonics, The Fore Fighters, 7 Wonders of Fleetwood Mac, Kazabian, Blurd, The Arctic Monkeyz and Todd favourites, Definitely, Could Be Oasis.

Flying the flag for local talent acts include Max Ryan, The New Town Centres, Piano Factor, The Dirty Half Hundred, Snubchat plus loads more. For the Todd campers and festival goers over

the age of 18, the team are excited to announce that legendary DJ, Dave Pearce will be back to headline the Friday night After Party.

‘Dave has a special place in our hearts he was headliner for our first Afterparty back in 2020 so we’re delighted to welcome him back next year’ David Nye, Festival Co-founder.

While Saturday night Afterparty visitors will be entertained by dancers and a DJ from the iconic ‘Carwash’ club in London who are set to end the night with disco classics.

All this, plus the return of the Kids Arena, vintage funfair, VIP area and, new for 2024, a Woods DJ Area hosted on the Dance Den Stage.

Early bird tickets sold out within 24hrs but you can still grab yourselves a bargain with the Tier One tickets still available. This is going to be one weekend you don’t want to miss!

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“Other bands on the bill include the Stereotonics, The Fore Fighters, 7 Wonders of Fleetwood Mac, Kazabian, Blurd, The Arctic Monkeyz and Todd favourites, Definitely, Could Be Oasis”


Oliver Bonas to Double in Size!

Oliver Bonas is dramatically increasing the size of its boutique and doubling in size by expanding into the adjacent store at Maltings Shopping Centre in St Albans city centre.

The refurbishments are underway and due to complete in time for the planned opening during the weekend of 27th April 2024.

Oliver Bonas is an independent lifestyle retailer with over 50 stores in London and across the UK. Its products are mostly designed in house and include an eclectic mix of fashion, homeware, gifts, and furniture.

Richard Marrett, Maltings Centre Director commented, “We welcome the Oliver Bonas expansion, it further strengthens an offer that leads the way in the Maltings. We ask our shoppers to be patient whilst work is carried out and look forward to its grand opening at the end of April.” Richard added, “This will be great for the Centre!”


Maltings is the premier shopping destination at the heart of St. Albans. In addition to its great selection of stores and eateries it includes a library, OVO at the Maltings Theatre and a host of other services. Adjacent to the centre is its own multistorey car park which offers nearly 800 easy and convenient parking spaces.

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Oaklands College, St Albans, from 31st May - 2nd June

Foodies Festival returns to Oaklands College, St Albans, from 31st May - 2nd June, with brand new features and a star-studded line-up of celebrity chefs and chart-topping music stars, including: Blue, Sister Sledge and the exhilarating Symphonic Ibiza Orchestra with live vocals and DJ.

Known as Gastro-Glastonbury, the three-day event will feature live cooking demonstrations from TV celebrities and chefs drawn from the ranks of MasterChef, Great British Bake Off and Great British Menu, plus many of the regions most-highly acclaimed Michelin and awardwinning chefs.

Throughout the 3-day weekend, visitors will enjoy a jam-packed schedule in the interactive live theatres. In the Chefs Theatre, celebrities will create their signature dishes and share new tips and tricks, whilst in the Cake & Desserts Theatre, patisserie chefs and star bakers whip up showstoppers and offer tempting sweet treats.

In the Kids Cookery School, Foodies SuperChefs make cooking fun, helping younger guests to prepare delicious food which they can take away and enjoy.

Masterclasses in the Drinks Theatre include tutored Champagne, Beer, Cider, Cocktail and Wine-tasting - presenters include BBC, ITV and Channel 4 drinks experts.

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“Throughout the 3-day weekend, visitors will enjoy a jam-packed schedule in the interactive live theatres”

the Shopping Village, meet local producers in the Artisan Market and taste exotic and unusual new dishes in the Feasting Tent – which features a mouth-watering range of street food and delicacies from all four corners of the globe.

Other exciting new features and attractions include: TV Chef battles, Fire Pit Stage, Cook School with experts, Silent Disco, Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, Chilli Eating competitions featuring the current world champion, fairground rides, walk about artists, drum troops, choirs, children’s activities, family-friendly areas and later opening hours on Friday.


Rediscovered Guercino painting to go on public display for first time

Waddesdon Manor, until 27 October. By Jamel Smith

Anewly unearthed 17th-century painting by the artist Guercino is headed for public display for the first time at Waddesdon Manor.

The painting, Moses, depicts the Old Testament figure in a “gesture of praise”, raising his head and hands to connect with God.

It will be revealed alongside four other Guercino paintings, which include King David, the Samian Sibyl, Libyan Sibyl and the Cumaean Sibyl with a Putto.

This is the first time all of these paintings have been together in one location since leaving the artist’s studio in 1651.

Crafted by the Italian painter between 1618 and 1619, Moses was in the possession of a 17th-century Roman Catholic cardinal and his descendants until the 1800s when its whereabouts became unknown.

It is thought the painting may have been relocated to France by art dealers, where it was rediscovered in 2022.

Pippa Shirley, the director of Waddesdon, said: “We are so excited to be able to display this group of paintings in a first for Guercino at Waddesdon, and to put a new acquisition on display also for the first time.

“The arrival of Moses felt irresistible because it appeared just as we were planning this exhibition, with the great painting of King David at its heart.

“Bringing the two together with the group of sibyls creates an incredibly rich context of contrast and comparison, allowing us an insight into the arc of Guercino’s extraordinary career.”

Born in 1591, Guercino was among the most sought-after Italian painters of his era, enjoying a successful career producing hundreds of artworks under the patronage of popes, foreign courts, and dukes.

He was renowned for his baroque painting style, characterised by dramatic compositions, intense emotions, rich colours, and intricate details.

“The sibyls in particular are emblematic of his work, as he returned to the subject of these mysterious and powerful female seers again and again,” Ms Shirley said.

“I hope that they will create the same fascination for our visitors.

“Because the way in which all of these paintings embody ideas of faith and foresight, power and prophesy and how the past relates to the future is as relevant to us now as it was in the uncertain 17th-century world.

“We are immensely grateful to the National Gallery and His Majesty the King and the Royal Collection for so generously enabling this potent encounter.”

Moses and the four other paintings will be publicly displayed at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire, until 27 October.

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21 – 25 May 2024

The greatest flower show on earth returns to Royal Hospital Chelsea with stunning garden designs, gorgeous floral displays and exclusive shopping. Over a century old, and RHS Chelsea still delivers new ideas in horticulture – drawing a global crowd and is the ‘haute-couture’ of the international gardening scene.

RHS has revealed the sensational garden line-up for 2024, representing the pinnacle of horticultural excellence with cutting-edge design, inspiration, colour and innovation. Expect to be dazzled!


• St James’s Piccadilly: Imagine the World to be Different - designed by Robert Myers, built by Stewart Landscape Construction. Paying homage to the revitalising influence of urban green spaces, the garden symbolises a message of hope and recovery while igniting the imagination of future

generations to envision a different world. Upon entering through an archway reminiscent of the proposed gateways leading to the churchyard at St James’s Piccadilly, this tranquil space serves as a sanctuary for urban dwellers and city wildlife.

• WaterAid Garden - designed by Tom Massey & Je Ahn, built by Landscape Associates. The garden explores the challenges presented by an ever-changing climate. It focuses on sustainable water management and features a colourful array of plant species designed to deal with varying amounts of rainfall. The structure harvests every drop of rainfall, filtering and storing this precious resource for drinking and irrigating while also slowing flow and providing shade.

WaterAid Garden, designed by Tom Massey and Je Ahn

• The National Autistic Society Gardendesigned by Sophie Parmenter & Dido Milne, built by Landform Consultants. The Garden aims to capture an autistic person’s everyday experience of the world, using walls of cork to create spaces dedicated to different types of social interaction - at work, with friends and family, with partners, and with ourselves - highlighting a strategy called ‘masking’ – a potentially draining process involving consciously or unconsciously hiding autistic characteristics in order to fit in.


• The Boodles Garden - designed by Catherine MacDonald, built by Gadd Brothers Trees & Landscapers. The Boodles Garden is a celebration of the 200th anniversary of the National Gallery. Taking inspiration from paintings at the gallery, it evokes the spirit of many significant artworks. Subtle links to prominent paintings at the gallery will pervade the garden’s design and planting, providing visitors a visual treat where nature represents art, and vice versa.

• The Freedom from Torture Garden: A Sanctuary for Survivors - designed by John Warland & Emma O’Connell, built by Living Landscapes. A place of sanctuary, peace and hope where horticultural therapy calms, heals and restores survivors of torture on their journey to recovery. The garden is designed to be a curvaceous and immersive space, where visitors can engage in therapy one-to-one, with family, or in a group. The communal bread oven brings survivors together to share stories and build new friendships.


A fresh floral feast! An oasis of colour and scents with some of the world’s finest growers and nurseries exhibiting impressive displays and offering expert advice. Nothing compares to being surrounded by the colour and fragrance in the Pavilion - a truly unique experience. The Discovery Zone is home to educational exhibits promoting the latest discoveries in horticultural science. Visitors can explore inspiring displays, many of which champion the benefits of gardening and it can combat climate change or improve mental wellbeing.


Enjoy exclusive boutique shopping - from garden buildings and seating to jewellery, textiles, arts and crafts, there’s something to tempt everyone. All around the showground, you’ll find a host of exhibitors, both new and established, selling their innovative and desirable horticultural-themed products and gifts.


Expect to be wowed with a mouth-watering array of food and drink with glamorous restaurants such as Spring Garden at RHS Chelsea, The Ranelagh Restaurant and Champagne & Seafood Restaurant, and a delicious afternoon tea at The Promenade at RHS Chelsea Flower Show by The Dorchester. Plus, there are plenty of cafes, food courts and picnic areas perfect for a quick bite to eat.


Discover RHS Chelsea Flower Show as the sun sets with music, food and music. From 5.30pm, all the sights of the show are yours to enjoy. At 8pm, head to Ranelagh Gardens for an unforgettable evening performance from legendary DJ Jo Whiley and an eclectic mix of delicious food and drink options from around the world. RHS Chelsea Flower Show is without doubt the most prestigious Flower Show on earth.

For more details and to book tickets for RHS Chelsea Flower Show, visit

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Above: The National Autistic Society Show Garden, designed by Sophie Parmenter and Dido Milne; Below: The Water Saving Garden, designed by Sam Proctor, built by Castle Landcapes The Freedom from Torture Sanctuary Garden, designed by John Warland and Emma O’Connell

Knebworth House, Gardens & Park opens for the 2024 season

Knebworth House, Park, Gardens, Adventure Playground and Dinosaur Trail is now open every weekend, bank holiday and school holiday until 29th September. Here are our top things to do this season! Find plenty of inspiration for the spring and summer months ahead at the Hertfordshire Garden Show celebrating 30 years at Knebworth Park from 4th - 6th May.

On 16th May and 20th August enjoy the unique opportunity to explore the House at night on a spooky Ghost & Bat Tour! Thursday 13th June hosts an alfresco performance of ‘The Secret Diary of Henry VIII’ by The Three Inch Fools. If you prefer Shakespeare, ‘Hamlet’ by The Lord Chamberlain’s Men will be performed on Sunday 4th August. And finally, join fellow opera fans on Sunday 7th July for an enchanting Garden Opera performance. Bring a picnic, blanket and chairs to make an evening of it! Medieval Jousting returns to Knebworth Park on Sunday 16th June - the perfect treat and day out for Father’s Day!

Summer wouldn’t be the same without The Great British Food Festival. Set for 20th & 21st July, there will be a wonderful array of homemade produce on offer.

The Classic Motor Show on 25th & 26th August is not to be missed – including a static display, parades, children’s entertainment, live music, hot food, and shopping stalls!

Treat the kids to an open-air performance of ‘Peter Pan’. On Thursday 29th August, watch Immersion Theatre bring this classic story and characters to life. Suitable for ages 4+

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“Treat the kids to an open-air performance of ‘Peter Pan’. On Thursday 29th August, watch Immersion Theatre bring this classic story and characters to life. Suitable for ages 4+”

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Two Exceptional Music Events Return to Hatfield Park

Hatfield’s leafy and historic Queen Elizabeth Oak Field welcomes back two of the county’s most popular music events this July, both offering fantastic value for money for an entertaining day out in a stunning setting!

Battle Proms Picnic Concert – Saturday 20 July

On Saturday 20 July

The Battle Proms bring a celebration of uplifting pieces from the New English Concert Orchestra, this year including the Dam Busters March, the iconic Downton Abbey Theme and Gershwin’s Summertime, complimenting classical favourites you know and love such as Elgar’s Nimrod and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

Concert goers will also enjoy breathtaking Spitfire, parachute, cavalry, cannon and firework displays and are invited to bring their own picnics and drinks into the auditorium, making it a great value day out for the whole family.

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Folk by the Oak Festival – Sunday 21 July

Family friendly folk, roots and acoustic festival Folk by the Oak returns to Hatfield Park on Sunday 21 July, with a 13 strong line-up that is hitting all the high notes, including iconic band Levellers who will headline the Main Stage with a high energy set packed with their most loved tracks, plus superb Hertfordshire born indie-folk band The Staves, kora master Seckou Keita the exceptional Boston based Darlingside and many more.

The festival also has a fun packed family area, an inspiring array of arts and crafts plus real ale bar and tempting street food. Many of the family and craft activities are free of charge and, unusually for the festival world, you are welcome to bring your own picnics into the arena, making Folk by the Oak excellent value for money for music lovers and families alike.

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Karolina Sawras is Head Chef at The Hub on Verulam in St Albans.

Did you always think you’d become a chef? No, it really wasn’t a dream of mine as a child, although i’ve always loved watching cookery shows on TV. I’d love seeing how the chefs would put recipes together and add their own flare to a dish. It was only as a teenager in Wroclaw, Poland, that I started to find work in small restaurants and fell in love with cooking. I built my career from there, before coming to the UK in 2018 and working in further restaurants to gain experience and broaden my skillset. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some amazingly talented chefs since coming to the UK, who’ve inspired and taught me along the way.

What favourite dishes linger from your childhood?

Beetroot soup & Polish dumplings, made by my mum. It was always served at Christmas and rather than waking up excited for gifts, I’d wake up excited for beetroot soup. I like anything with earthy flavours and the dumplings would be stuffed with different fillings each time. I’ve actually been lucky enough to serve it to some of our guests since coming to the UK, and people are always surprised that it tastes so good.

How would you describe The Hub on Verulam?

A social space for everyone to find what they need. There’s such a variety of events and offerings going on here at any one time, I’m not sure I could ever go back to working in a traditional setting again. We get to enjoy the atmosphere whilst working in the Open Kitchen, rather than being tucked away and not seeing the guests enjoy what’s been prepared. It feels very special.

Who are your culinary heroes?

I prefer to follow up and coming Chefs now, rather than the headliners. For all the negatives of social media, the culinary community is incredible. Clare Smyth’s work is like art, she’s a big inspiration at the moment.

If I was dining at The Hub on Verulam, what should I eat?

Rope grown Cornish mussels with melted leeks & nduja, Ras el hanout spiced lamb with Israeli cous cous & the mango & buttermilk pannacotta with candied pistachios. Delicious!



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This Easter holiday there are lots of fun activities to take part in at Hatfield Park, with something to choose from for all the family!

Taking place until Saturday 14th April, choose from a series of activities and workshops all with an Easter Explorers theme.

All young visitors will receive their Easter Explorers sticker to help join in the fun, plus, when they show their ‘I’m an Easter Explorer’ sticker at the Coach House Kitchen they can enjoy a free chocolate brownie and ice cream with every children’s meal purchased – a little thank you for joining in the holiday fun!

Easter egg decorating workshops will be taking place from 30th March through until April 6th. The workshops will be held in the beautiful Motor House room in the Stable Yard retail courtyard – no need to worry if those April showers make an appearance. The premium Easter eggs that you can decorate are from local business Yvette’s Chocolates, and you can choose from lots of delicious treats and decorations to create your own unique chocolate masterpiece to take away with you and enjoy at home.

From the 7th April to 14th April you can join in one of the Wooden bunny making workshops which again will be held indoors in the Motor House room in the Stable Yard. You’ll be crafting your own charming Easter bunny from wood sourced directly from Hatfield Park estate, the perfect decoration for a spring garden. Hatfield Park’s experienced team will guide you each step of the way, ensuring that everyone who takes part will take away a keepsake as a memory of the day.

The workshops are taking place daily from 11am to 3pm, and the cost per bunny is £10.

For even more delicious Easter treats, the Coach House Kitchen are serving up some extra special

Easter delights, including a white hot cross mocha and fresh hot cross buns - the perfect treats to indulge in after your Easter adventures!

For information on opening times and ticket prices for the Park and Gardens please visit and go to events to see all the information you need to become an Easter Explorer.

For anyone joining us over the holidays with either a Gardens and Park ticket, any valid Season ticket or a Friends of Hatfield Park Pass can join us for our special ‘Sow and Grow’ activity.

Sow and Grow is a fun, interactive potting activity where you can plant flower or vegetable seeds in your own compostable pot, and learn how to nurture your seedling ready to display in your garden this summer.

This activity is free of charge for all ticket holders.

For even more fun, why not try to find one of Hatfield Parks amazing Golden Eggs, which are hidden in different locations throughout the park each day. The lucky person or family who find the Golden Egg will win a family ticket to explore our magnificent house, park, and gardens on another occasion.

Simply follow Hatfield Park social media channels for a daily morning clue to show where the Golden Egg might be hidden each day.

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Atlantis Travel in Chigwell have been in business in Brook Parade (opposite Chigwell underground) since 1971, now in our 53rd year, we are fully licensed and bonded, so your money is 100% protected. The team here are extensively travelled and personal recommendations can usually be given. With Spring officially underway and Easter around the corner, it’s the perfect excuse to relax with our loved ones. We have plenty of clients escaping the English drudgery for a much deserved Easter holiday for some sun, sea and sand. In fact, this month could be the perfect opportunity to snatch up your dream cruise, with Silversea introducing their new ‘Essentials Fare’ and Seabourn offering Suite upgrades and Onboard Credit. I myself am getting onboard, sailing the Canary Islands with Seabourn, but, as always, am leaving the office in safe hands with my experienced Atlantis Team. I wish you all an enjoyable and well rested Easter. Have a good month.

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Sani Resort, Halkidiki, Greece – will be offering complimentary courses with Bear Grylls Survival Academy this summer. They also have a fleet of yachts, which can be privately chartered by guests.



Silversea introduces their new voyageonly, Essential Fare developed with freedom-loving travellers in mind. The Essential Fare was exclusively curated for those travellers seeking last-minute experiences at a great value and who prefer to manage their air, transfers and shore excursions independently. Make the most of immersion on your own terms.


Opening on the 25th of April, W Ibiza, Santa Eulalia’s luxury beach front hotel opens its door to the buzzy Ibiza charm we much adore. The resort is introducing a hotel-wide refresh and the announcement of Yellow Fish, its very own beach club.


Lux Belle Mare in the dazzling Mauritius has made its return after undergoing a major renovation following a fire at the resort in July 2022. Local architect Jean-Francois Adam has led the redesign of this much-loved resort.


Feel the Beat: Hitchin Priory’s Inaugural Summer Music Festival

Get ready to immerse yourself in a symphony of sound at the highly anticipated Hitchin Priory Summer Series, gracing Hertfordshire from August 29th to September 1st. This inaugural event promises a diverse and captivating lineup, curated to entertain music enthusiasts of all ages and tastes, transforming the picturesque grounds of the historic Priory into a vibrant hub of melody and rhythm.

Launching the festivities with an explosion of energy on August 29th, the beloved British band Busted will ignite the stage with their infectious pop-punk anthems. From timeless classics like ‘What I Go To School For’ to the ever-popular ‘Year 3000’, Busted’s performance guarantees an evening of nostalgia and sing-along fun.

On August 30th, the spotlight shines on legendary UK rapper Dizzee Rascal, headlining an ensemble cast of British talent. Joined by grime

sensation JME, R&B powerhouse Ms. Dynamite, and the renowned Drum and Bass DJ Shy FX, Dizzee Rascal’s show promises an electrifying fusion of hip-hop, garage, and jungle beats that will have audiences of all ages grooving well into the night.

As the weekend unfolds, August 31st welcomes the incomparable Craig David, accompanied by special guest Wes Nelson, for a soulful celebration of summer vibes. With chart-toppers like ‘Fill Me In’ and ‘7 Days’, Craig David’s smooth vocals and infectious melodies will provide the perfect soundtrack, alongside the duo’s recent number 1 hit, ‘Abracadabra’.

Closing out the festival with a flourish on September 1st is Sunday Soul, a day-long extravaganza of funk, soul, and disco. Join Sister Sledge as they belt out classics like ‘We Are Family’ alongside the legendary hip-hop superstars De La Soul, Craig Charles, and J Felix, ensuring a finale filled with joyous rhythms and irresistible grooves. With a capacity of eight thousand, the Hitchin Priory Summer Series offers an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere for all to come together and enjoy world-class music in a stunning setting. Complemented by an array of delicious street food, refreshing cocktails, and craft beers, this festival promises an unforgettable experience for music lovers of all ages. Tickets available now.

“Closing out the festival with a flourish on September 1st is Sunday Soul, a day-long extravaganza of funk, soul, and disco”


Tk Maxx Presents Bedford Summer Sessions:


Announces Exclusive South Of England Headline Show. Saturday 29 June, 2024

Live Nation and leading live music and event promoter Cuffe & Taylor revealed that Avril Lavigne will perform her only South of England headline show at the inaugural TK Maxx presents Bedford Summer Sessions, performing at Bedford Park on Saturday 29 June. This latest news contributes to the expanding line-up of global superstars headlining the Summer Sessions series, including Tom Jones, James, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Jess Glynne and DJ Pete Tong’s Ibiza Classics, across June and July 2024. Starting today, Weekend Passes are on sale. Weekend One Passes gain access to both Jess Glynne & Avril Lavigne shows for £99 inc. fees, and Weekend Two Passes showcase Tom Jones, Pete Tong, James, and Nile Rodgers & CHIC at £149 inc. fees for a limited time. Both Weekend Passes are available via smmrsessions. com /, offering fans early access ahead of Avril Lavigne’s general ticket release on 16 February at 9am.

On Saturday 29 June, Bedford Park will welcome Avril Lavigne, the alternative rock singersongwriter renowned for redefining the 00s pop-

punk landscape. Aged just 17, Lavigne became the youngest female solo artist to hit the Number One slot in the UK album charts, catapulting her to stardom with unforgettable anthems like “Complicated” and “Sk8er Boi”. She became the voice of a rebellious generation, known for her infectious hooks, signature punk-inspired style and fearless attitude. Continuously evolving, proving a mainstay in the global charts, she boasts a multiplatinum status, as well as international accolades including, ten JUNO’s (Canadian Music Awards), three BRIT nominations, eight GRAMMY nominations, and many more. An uncompromising force in music and culture, Avril Lavigne is an enduring icon, set to bring her rebellious spirit to Bedford Summer Sessions in 2024.

For the first time, TK Maxx will join Bedford Summer Sessions as presenting partner, as part of a new agreement with Cuffe & Taylor shows across the country including Scarborough Open Air Theatre, Live at The Piece Hall, Derby Summer Sessions, Depot Live, Plymouth Summer Sessions, Southampton Summer Sessions.


Saturday 29 June

Avril Lavigne

Sun 30 June

Jess Glynne

Cian Ducrot

Thursday 4 July

Tom Jones

Friday 5 July

Pete Tong Ibiza Classics

Jules Buckley

The Essential Orchestra

Saturday 6 July

James (With Orca22 Orchestra + The Manchester Inspirational Voices Choir)

Johnny Marr

Sunday 7 July

Nile Rodgers & Chic

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The LBX is set to be a game-changer for Lexus.

The smallest Lexus yet, it is a selfcharging hybrid electric crossover that’s designed to be accessible and easy to live with, combining high quality with a casual feel. It offers much more than might be expected from a car in its class, embracing advanced technologies and making no compromise in the distinguishing Lexus qualities of luxury craftsmanship and omotenashi hospitality for everyone on board.

The driving experience is central to the LBX’s appeal and extensive efforts have been invested to ensure the constant control, comfort and confidence of the Lexus Driving Signature are delivered in a small car package.

The new powertrain, a self-charging 1.5-litre hybrid electric system, is tuned for rewarding performance, with powerful, linear acceleration from start-up. This helps deliver low-speed agility that’s well-suited to the demands of urban driving. A new bi-polar nickel-metal hydride hybrid battery provides greater responsiveness from a smaller and lighter package, while extensive measures to address road noise and vibration ensure the kind of calm and quiet on-board experience appropriate

for a premium model.

The LBX’s styling establishes a new Lexus identity with a “Resolute Look” front design that reinterprets the famous spindle grille. While the exterior dimensions are more compact than any other Lexus, the look is muscular and powerful. Inside, the emphasis is on driver-engagement with a focused driver’s cockpit based on Lexus’s tazuna concept. Inspired by a rider’s precise use of the reins to control a horse (the meaning of tazuna in Japanese), controls and information sources are arranged so that only small movements of hand and eye are required for operation, keeping the driver’s attention focused on the road. The cabin has a light, open feel with excellent visibility and an instrument panel that wraps around smoothly into the door panels.

The LBX grade line-up is designed to give owners the freedom to express their own tastes, style and character, true to Lexus’s commitment to “making luxury personal”, with a range of different styling details, colours, textures and finishes.

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Fragile Beauty:


In partnership with Gucci. 18 May 2024 – 5 January 2025, The Sainsbury Gallery, V&A

The V&A is to present a major exhibition of modern and contemporary photography, on loan from the private collection of Sir Elton John and David Furnish. Showcasing over 300 rare prints from over 140 photographers - the majority of which will be on display to the public for the first time.

Covering the period from the 1950s to the present day, it will bring together an unrivalled selection of the world’s leading photographers to tell the story.

Marking 30 years of collecting, the exhibition will celebrate John and Furnish’s passion for the medium and will reflect their personal taste and unique eye as collectors. Across eight thematic sections, it will explore subjects such as fashion, reportage, celebrity, the male body, and American photography.

Portraits of stars from stage and screen will feature, including Marilyn Monroe, Miles Davis, and Chet Baker, as well as iconic images from key moments of history from the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, AIDS activism of the 1980s and the events of 11 September 2001.

Also on display will be the very first acquisitions

made by John, as well as some of the newest additions to their collection.

Fragile Beauty: Photographs from the Sir Elton John and David Furnish Collection is curated by Duncan Forbes, Head of Photography at the V&A, Newell Harbin, Director of The Sir Elton John Photography Collection, and Lydia Caston, Exhibition Project Curator.

The exhibition is part of the ongoing partnership between Sir Elton John and David Furnish with the V&A, which began with their generous support for the V&A’s Photography Centre in 2019.

Sir Elton John and David Furnish, said: “Since we first loaned a selection of Horst photographs to the V&A in 2014, our relationship with the museum has grown significantly. Fragile Beauty takes our collaboration to exciting new heights, showcasing some of the most beloved photographers and iconic images from within our collection. Working alongside the V&A again has been a truly memorable experience, and we look forward to sharing this exhibition with the public.”


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KNOOPS: Expertly crafted chocolate drinks

Since opening last June, Knoops, the British brand that is revolutionising chocolate drinks, has settled into their home at 12 Market Place, St Albans. Next to the famous clock tower and very close to St Albans Cathedral, the store is the perfect refreshment stop when shopping and exploring. Over the winter, with its range of over 20 hot chocolates, it’s developed a dedicated following of local chocolate fans. From a 28% White chocolate up to 100% Extra dark, there is something for all tastes - including committed coffee fans, thanks

“For something different, Knoops Cacao Tea is made from the roasted cacao husk, the natural by-product of the chocolate-making process”

to their single origin, Brazilian speciality coffee. In summer, selected chocolate %s can be blended into a refreshing iced chocolate or milkshake. For something different, Knoops Cacao Tea is made from the roasted cacao husk, the natural by-product of the chocolate-making process. It is naturally sweet with a delicate caramel aroma, and naturally high in antioxidants and calorie-free. With baby-changing facilities and high chairs, all ages are catered for - making Knoops perfect for a family outing, with delicious chocolatey treats for all generations. You can also pick up a tube of chocolate flakes, and craft your own chocolate drinks at home.

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St Margaret’s School Introduces Nutrition Workshops for its Youngest Pupils

Independent day and boarding school in Bushey, St Margaret’s, has launched weekly nutrition workshops for its pupils in Reception and Year one. The children, aged four to six years, have been participating in a series of fun, inspiring sessions which help them to identify a wide range of seasonal fruit, vegetables and herbs, while learning why they should include them in their diet. The sessions aim to capitalise on the early window of opportunity to establish lifelong healthy eating habits.

Fruit and vegetables are the cornerstone of a healthy diet, containing essential vitamins and minerals to support a child’s rapidly growing body and brain. By introducing these workshops from a young age, St Margaret’s is keen to boost understanding and recognition amongst its pupils around healthy diets, delivered via fun, enriching experiences.

Studies have shown that if a child understands why certain foods are beneficial, they are more likely to eat them. Nutritionist, Caroline Mentzer, who has worked in the field of children’s health for over two decades, is running the sessions at St Margaret’s

“By introducing these workshops from a young age, St Margaret’s is keen to boost understanding and recognition amongst its pupils around healthy diets, delivered via fun, enriching experiences”

School. She explained, “I’ve found that young children are really interested in learning how certain foods can benefit them. Simply telling children to eat five a day because it’s good for them, does little for their motivation. Yet most children can tell you that carrots help you to see in the dark. Through these regular workshops they are slowly but surely, making the connection between eating real food and experiencing good health.”

The weekly workshops use a combination of storytelling, colour coding and craft activities to emphasise key messages around healthy food. The stories usually follow an interactive discussion with the children about a particular food, and then they participate in a craft activity related to it.

Emma Gray, Head at St Margaret’s Junior School commented, “The children are really enjoying the sessions with Caroline where they get lots of hands-on experience with healthy foods. While children are young, it’s so important that we exploit this crucial window of opportunity to reinforce the importance of a healthy diet and help them to learn in a way that is digestible (pardon the pun), and fun. The more they understand about the food they eat, the stronger the foundation for their future lives.”

Over the coming weeks the children will continue their nutritional journey at school and will engage in a number of sessions, including discussing the benefits of allotments as well as designing their own vegetable patches.


Future Thinking and Future Proofing

In an ever-changing world with tech and AI dominating the headlines, Aldwickbury School has incorporated ‘Future Thinking’ lessons into the curriculum to ‘Future Proof’ its pupils, equipping them with a set of skills that will prepare them for senior school and beyond.

Incorporating a blend of traditional subjects and contemporary activities, the school’s innovative Future Thinking Curriculum encompasses a diverse range of experiences tailored to foster the development of essential 21st-century skills. Boys at Aldwickbury School engage in activities that stimulate critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication—fundamental skills that have been identified by leading organisations and educational experts as crucial for future success.

STEM and Tech enthusiasts can delve into the realms of robotics and coding, while creatives explore design software, photography and videography. Outdoor learning experiences across all age groups instil a sense of adventure whilst developing an appreciation for our natural environment.

Recognising the importance of mental health and wellbeing, Aldwickbury has introduced practices such as yoga, mindfulness activities and mental first aid training, empowering pupils to navigate life’s challenges with confidence and resilience.

The curriculum also promotes community engagement, developing meaningful partnerships with local charities and community groups. This year the boys will undertake a number of fundraising initiatives for their chosen charity SANDS.


To find out more about Aldwickbury School or to book a place at the next Open Morning on Thursday 2nd May visit

Meanwhile, Year 8 boys have also been collecting and donating supplies to the St Albans and District Foodbank.

Commenting on the curriculum, Paul Symes, Headmaster has said, “The longer school day at Aldwickbury allows us to add extra lessons to the timetable without sacrificing any of the core curriculum subjects. It is crucial that we not only ensure the boys excel academically but that we also prepare them for the future. When boys leave Aldwickbury aged 13 we want them to be ready for the next stage of their academic journey; equipped with the skills required for senior school and life beyond as they enter the world of work.” A testament to the school’s commitment to provide a holistic education whilst achieving academic excellence was underscored last year when the school was selected a one of six finalists for ‘Boys Prep School of the Year’ at the Independent School of the Year Awards.

Giving back to their local community Boys enjoy a visit from ‘Spot’ –Boston Dynamics
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Christie’s Auction celebrates 57 years of iconic Mayfair restaurant LE GAVROCHE

10 - 24 April 2024

Christie’s has announced, Le Gavroche, an online auction featuring the exceptional wine collection from the esteemed two-Michelin starred French restaurant, together with works of art and selected storied objects from this fabled London institution.

Running from 10 to 24 April, the sale will offer more than 100 lots spanning Wine, Pictures, Drawings, Prints, Decorative Objects, Porcelain and Silver from the renowned restaurant which closed its doors to the public for the final time on 13 January, after an illustrious 57-year journey.

Globally recognised as one of the finest dining institutions, the legendary Le Gavroche was founded in 1967 by the Roux brothers, Albert and Michel Roux Snr and has been run by Albert’s son, Michel Roux, since 1991. In addition to its own success, the restaurant proudly boasts a prestigious roster of internationally renowned chefs who were trained within its kitchens, including Gordon Ramsay, Marco Pierre White, Marcus Wareing and Pierre Koffmann.

Michel Roux remarked: “The cellar at Le Gavroche has been lovingly curated over decades, and we are delighted that Christie’s, with its global

reputation in art and luxury goods, will be holding the online auction for these wines. The sale will also include artworks and other special items from Le Gavroche that are of significance to the Roux family and familiar to everyone who has eaten at the restaurant since we first opened. Sadly, we are unable to find a home in our other restaurants and businesses for these iconic pieces, but I am pleased to know that our beloved guests will be able to enjoy a part of Le Gavroche in their homes.”


Known as “the last bastion in London of classically rich French haute cuisine” Le Gavroche became a London institution, internationally recognised for its culinary excellence and unparalleled attention to detail. It was the first UK restaurant to be awarded one, two, and then three Michelin Stars. Honours awarded to the restaurant span from inclusion in various World’s 50 Best lists to the Laurent Perrier Award of Excellence, Tatler Restaurant Awards – Most Consistently Excellent Restaurant, and a Lifetime Achievement Award for its Chef Patron, Michel Roux Jr. For more information visit


Le Gavroche Part I: The Restaurant and Le Gavroche Part II: The Wine Cellar will provide a rare opportunity to obtain a piece of one of London’s most loved restaurants ahead of the two sales taking place online from 10-24 April.

Le Gavroche Part I: The Restaurant will comprise pictures, drawings, prints, decorative objects and porcelain from the restaurant which finally closed its doors to guests in January, after a 57-year journey.

Le Gavroche Part II: The Wine

Cellar will present an impressive range of sublime wines, including bottles acquired by Albert Roux OBE, showcasing an array of top Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne and Rhône wines, alongside Loire, Alsace, Port, Tuscany and more.



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This retro Hilary knitted top is surprisingly light thanks to the pointelle detail in its knit. With a unique neck and collar, you’ll be reaching for Hilary time and time again this season. She has a slightly cropped length, making her perfect for pairing with our Josephine or Edith trousers.


The Wristlet is the ultimate luxury clutch for every occasion, sure to give its wearer an air of style and distinction. Sleek, sophisticated, and easy to pair with any outfit, our wristlets can be matched with almost anything you wear with their timeless and understated elegance.


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Top spring trends

From fabulous florals to marvellous metallics, this is how to style the runway looks, says Sam Wylie-Harris.

When we flick through fashion shows, it’s with great excitement and anticipation… moreover, how these costume dramas will be reimagined into wearable, must-have items that we can’t wait to slip into.

And with firm favourites enjoying a bijou update and sexy separates coming into play, here’s what we’re looking forward to wearing when these key looks land in-store…


The warmer months are all about baring more, and for the spring/summer season, the mini has been pushed aside in favour of the micro short. That’s right, it’s time to get your pins out. From Paris to Milan, models strutted down the catwalk in the shortest of shorts. Nina Ricci perfected the look with fishnet tights, setting the tone for sexy but sophisticated; while Max Mara paired them with silk shirts, oversized canvas jackets and strappy heels. Either way, stylish neutrals, snakeskin prints and clean tailoring signals spring chic.


Sure to be a big hit, high-waisted trousers are universally flattering, and if you’re after a few more inches, they lengthen the leg. The key is to choose the highest style that’s right for you. As seen at Aadnevik, Rokh, Ralph Lauren and Emporio Armani, wear with a cropped top, tailored jacket – or, as a twist on an old favourite, a bandeau top with bare midriff to show off your waist.


If there’s one thing we love, it’s the wanderlust, dreamy vibe that puts us in a sunny mood when we don a white maxi dress. Designers including Michael Kors, Stella McCartney, Valentino and Susan Fang embraced the allure of broderie anglaise and ruffles for a breezy, fresh take on fashion’s most romantic silhouette. Add a casual edge to your diaphanous dress by wearing it with T-bar flat sandals, or white platform trainers.


Bridging the gap between boho and artisan, the

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craft trend channels crochet, fringes, tassels and embellishment… in a word, craftwork. As seen at Bottega Veneta, with giant pom poms adorning crochet dresses; laser-cut florals at Valentino, and twisted strands and fancified fringing at Asai. By the time the high street embraces these eclectic creations, you can look forward to toned down, tactile pieces with movement – and a good measure of artfully placed decor.


Flower power and plush posies were speaking volumes on the runway with petal prints, petalshaped curves and all matter of flora flourishing in the new collections. Highlights included Burberry, Paul Costelloe and Rodarte. The latter, in their ready-to-wear collection, teamed a silk, floralpatterned, bias-cut slip dress with a floor-length, pink silk cape… stunning. Whether you go dress and cape combo – perfect for glamorous garden parties – or fancy florals with a focus on feeling feminine, it’s a perennial staple.


There are lots of ways to make this new addition to your wardrobe work for you. Whereas models at Erdem, Jayne Pierson and Louis Vuitton waltzed down the runway with their undies on show, it’s

possible to tweak this sheer skirt trend with bigger briefs – aka high-waisted hot pants; or footless opaque tights. But if you do dare to bare, think co-ordinating knickers in the same colour, with lace trims, embellishments or showy sequins… designed to be seen.


Be it a slither of silver, or full-on crystals, this is your summer to shine… But just in case you’re having a feeling of déjà vu, silver sirens have been shimmering down the runway for the past couple of seasons. Alexander McQueen, Schiaparelli, Courrèges and Roksanda – to name a few – are still showing the love to lamé and metallics… and so are we. Furthermore, whereas some looks encourage you to play it safe with accessories, more is more with metallics. Which is great news if you fancy a pair of eye-catching silver kitten heels – the shoe for S/S24 – to rock with your silver trousers. Or, a slick silver handbag to team with a dazzling silver dress when you’re going out out. Either way, silver is the standout performer on our wish list.

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Sail into SpringSummer

with The Nautical Company’s Inspired Capsule Wardrobe

Hello, we are The Nautical Company, and we are excited to share our Spring/Summer nauticalinspired capsule wardrobe. As a brand recognised for our deeply rooted love for seainspired fashion, we have curated our newest collection keeping in mind the essence of the nautical spirit while ensuring versatility, style, quality and comfort. Drawing inspiration from maritime heritage and life by the coast, this collection, is now available.

The Classic Breton Top

The Breton top, a classic wardrobe addition that effortlessly captures the spirit of seaside fashion. Equally loved by men and women, it promises comfort and style. For our full range, visit our website and explore the various cotton types, sleeve lengths and colour choices.

The Coastal Raincoat

What differentiates a coastal raincoat is its striped white and navy lining. Always on trend, those

classic vibrant colourful waterproof and windproof jackets are perfect for those cool beachside breezes or unexpected summer showers.

Quality Canvas Jackets and Smocks

Canvas garments are must have for any coastal wardrobe. Unisex fisherman’s smocks, are crafted in quality cotton and a nod to the classic fisherman’s garb, marrying style and functionality seamlessly. Shower proof and perfect for sailing or outdoor activities, it is an incredibly practical piece. Not just for the seafarers, it also finds affinity with passionate gardeners and artists alike. In addition, our French work jackets, available for both men and women, are classic designs effortlessly fusing casual comfort with smart style, making it an equally perfect choice for your upcoming cruise holiday or urban exploration.

Nautical & Coastal Fashion Accessories

Complete the look with our large beach bags, designed in heavy duty canvas fabric, and stocked in a range of colours. And don’t forget to cover your head from the sun! Go for a unisex fisherman’s hat, showcased here in terracotta orange but again stocked in over 8 different colours.


Royal Ascot Lookbook’

Royal Ascot unveils its first ‘Lookbook’ under new creative director Daniel Fletcher. The fashion designer made history as Royal Ascot’s first ever creative director in its 300+ year history. By Rikki Loftus

Royal Ascot has unveiled its first Lookbook under fashion designer Daniel Fletcher – the British racing institution’s first ever creative director in more than 300 years.

While still highlighting tailoring, British designer Fletcher – who first rose to fame after dressing Harry Styles – has applied his signature, bold aesthetic to the annual Lookbook. It’s set to help racegoers be inventive in how they source their outfits, to create an inspired look that’s authentic

to their personal style.

Ascot is an important fixture in the fashion stakes – with notable attendees of the prestigious event including King Charles and Queen Camilla. Fletcher has produced five consolidated edits that showcase a range of looks appropriate across all enclosure dress codes.

These include a ‘New Guard’ category, which showcases clothing from independent designers and rising stars in the UK, and ‘The Conscious Edit’, which takes a more sustainable approach

“Fletcher has produced five consolidated edits that showcase a range of looks appropriate across all enclosure dress codes”

and includes pieces from Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood.

In 2022, Royal Ascot relaxed their famously strict dress code for the first time due to soaring temperatures, with racegoers being allowed to remove their jackets and ties.

Now, Fletcher is adding an exciting new edge to the event’s style focus.

“This season, I wanted to bring a fresh take on fashion at the races and the magical world of occasion dressing,” said London-based Fletcher, 33.

“Inspiration came from my lifelong fascination with British heritage, and the stylish characters one might find at the racecourse this summer and beyond, whilst also paying homage to the array of styles able to be showcased across each enclosure, as well as my favourite Royal Ascot looks throughout the decades that I discovered during my research delving through the pictorial archives.

“This includes my signature style of building an outfit based on neutrals and my love of tailoring, which I’ve then juxtaposed with more playful maximalist looks that highlight a sense of British sartorial elegance and the glamour of Royal Ascot.

“Be it flamboyant or understated, Royal Ascot gives us the chance to embrace the famous dress codes and dress up, encouraging freedom of

expression through dressing. For 2024, I want to capture that joy and inspire racegoers to push the boundaries with their own unique style, and to embrace their own creativity.”

Originally from the North West of England, Fletcher launched his eponymous menswear label, DANIEL w. FLETCHER in 2015, after graduating from Central Saint Martins and gaining experience with fashion giants including Louis Vuitton, Lanvin and JW Anderson. He soon started getting noticed, especially after Harry Styles began wearing his clothes.

In 2020, he took part in Netflix’s Next In Fashion series, which saw him make it to the final.

Now leading the style helm for Royal Ascot, Alexandra Bertram, brand and creative lead for Ascot Racecourse, said of Fletcher’s first Lookbook edits: “From quintessentially ‘Royal Ascot’ looks that embody our sartorial heritage, through to the playful elegance of vintage dressing and relaxed formalwear, there’s a look that speaks to every style generation across every enclosure.”

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Healthcare Why choose to go private?

With a beloved National Healthcare System (NHS) in the UK that has looked after so many of us since birth, Some may ask why choose to go private?

With only around 11% of the population covered by private health insurance many have never visited an independent hospital to experience the benefits.


Simply put, it is an organisation that provides treatment and healthcare services independently of the NHS. However, many private hospitals support their local NHS Trusts by providing several NHS services.

Exploring the benefits of using a private hospital

The benefits of going to a private hospital can usually be grouped into the three following categories:

Fast access to care

Private Hospitals often offer Private GP services that allow patients to seek face-to-face medical assistance within 48 hrs with options to be treated within 2 weeks. Having the benefit of reduced waiting times reduces the time that their issue has to impact their lives.


Private healthcare offers patients the benefit of choice. Whether it be choice of hospital, treatment and drugs (many not offered on the NHS due to costs), time and location that is convenient for patients. All help to provide a tailored healthcare service.


Private hospitals pride themselves on offering their patients great care alongside a great experience, with an emphasis on comfort and luxury normally seen in the hospitality sector. Private rooms with ensuites, TVs and access to high-speed Wi-Fi, Al-carte dining, fewer restrictions on visiting hours are just some of the benefits seen in a private hospital.

How to get a private hospital appointment

Private medical insurance patients

If you are in the 11% of the population that has access to private healthcare cover you can make a claim against your policy to be seen at your preferred private hospital.

Self-pay patients

Join the growing number of people going direct to private hospitals by getting in touch with your local private hospital to submit an enquiry.

NHS Patients

When referred for treatment use your ‘patient choice’ to select to be seen at a private hospital. NHS GPs are able to refer patients to be seen at private hospitals where they offer NHS services.

All the above patients are welcomed at One Hatfield Hospital. To start your journey book an appointment today by calling 01707 44 33 33 or visit

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HAIR TRENDS THAT WILL DOMINATE IN 2024 from the Nineties bob to the ‘mixie’ cut

Thinking about revamping your look in the New Year? A chic haircut or colour refresh can make all the difference, whether it’s a dramatic transformation or a subtle tweak to your usual style.

If you’re looking for inspiration, a host of stylish celebrities and influencers are ahead of the curve, and hairdressers say the cool cuts and sumptuous shades they’ve been rocking recently will be everywhere next year.

We asked hair industry experts to talk through their predictions for the hottest hair trends of 2024…


Last year, Hailey Bieber’s wavy bob inspired many a haircut, and now we’re seeing variations on the short, sharp chop.

“Harking back to the Nineties is the blunt bob that is continuously evolving, now more so into a chin-length style,” says celebrity hair stylist Paul Edmonds. He recommends trying the style with a soft fringe: “It’s all about shorter bangs and keeping the outside edges long. The cut-through fringe with the centre being shorter than the edges provides flexibility.”


“Warm golden tones are replacing the long-standing preference for ashy blondes and cool brunettes, with a shift towards gold and

Hair stylist Paul Edmonds Robbie Purves, hair stylist and Ffør ambassador


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honey hues,” says celebrity hairdresser Edward James.

Inspired by celebrities like Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Blake Lively, the best way to achieve multi-tonal golden hues is with balayage: “For darker blondes and mid-to-dark brunettes, it creates depth and will reflect more light, making your hair look incredibly glossy.”


We’ve had the wolf, the octopus and the jellyfish –the next animal-inspired, layered ‘do that will be all over your social media feeds is the kitty cut.

“The kitty cut is longer than a bob with hair falling between the shoulders and collarbone,” explains hair stylist Adem Oygur, founder of Adem salon.

“Cut with subtle ascending layers throughout, it’s face-framing without being too short or choppy.”

The great thing about this mid-length style is that it can be tailored to every hair type and face shape: “Around the face, the layers can begin from the cheekbones or jawline – it is versatile, with many styles such as curled, beachy waves, shaggy or straight.”


“I love that we’re moving into a more glamorous era,” says Charlotte Reid, celebrity hair and makeup artist and Bristows ambassador.

But that doesn’t mean complicated updo’s. On the contrary, she’s noticing a trend towards pokerstraight, ultra glossy locks worn long and loose.

“For premieres and red carpets we’ll be seeing more Nineties, glass-straight hair – that is all I’m being asked to do at the moment,” Reid says.

Case in point? British model Rosie HuntingtonWhiteley swapped her usual glam waves for super-straight tresses at the Fashion Awards 2023 in December.


Countless celebrities jumped on the copper bandwagon in 2023, and now the red trend is hotting up.

“The natural development of this trend is into the brighter and less ‘natural-looking’ red tones,” says hair stylist and trend forecaster Tom Smith.

“Glossy, intense, deep and bright, true reds will bring a fiery nature into 2024 for those wanting to stand out from the crowd. We’ve been seeing

this already on tastemakers such as Dua Lipa and Megan Thee Stallion.”

Robbie Purves, hair stylist and Ffør ambassador, agrees that rich reds will rule next year: “Cowboy copper is the latest trend to hit salon chairs, characterised by its versatile and warm leathery tones. I predict that clients are going to opt for deeper red tones, moving towards plum red and even violet hues.”

Scarlet shades are notorious for fading fast, so if you’re going down the red route, you’ll need to stock up on a pigment-packed product to keep it looking vibrant.

Smith says: “Thankfully, simply using a redtoned conditioner when washing one’s hair is enough to keep the hair healthy and glowing hot red. My go-to is the Evo Fabuloso Colour Boosting Conditioner, £26.50.”


Pioneered by the likes of Miley Cyrus, Kristen Stewart and British actor Emma Corrin (who rocked the look on the Miu Miu catwalk), the choppy, edgy ‘mixie’ cut is short at the front and longer at the back, and has been gaining traction recently.

“A mix of pixie cut and mullet, this trend is perfect for those who want a daring transformation,” says Tasha, senior stylist at Paul Edmonds.

“The mixie makes a bold statement without sacrificing a touch of femininity, creating a fashion-forward look that exudes confidence and a hint of rebellion.”


The Kensington Wing

The Kensington Wing is the dedicated private maternity unit at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, providing women and birthing people with around-the-clock clinical care, comfortable en-suite private rooms and hospitality services.

Located in the heart of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital – part of one of the UK’s top rated hospital Trusts – your baby’s and your safety and wellbeing are reassuringly supported at all times. The Kensington Wing is immediately located next to the hospital’s outstanding and newly expanded Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and a consultant anaesthetist remains on site at all times 24/7, dedicated to the needs of our patients.

To ensure the safety of women, birthing people and birth partners, The Kensington Wing has important infection control procedures for staff and visitors to adhere to but remain welcoming to your chosen birth partner for all stages of your pregnancy, birth and postnatal stay. Your individual room and en-suite facilities are a haven, and the catering and hospitality team ensures your stay is relaxing as well as safe. On the Kensington Wing the consultant obstetricians, midwives, nurses and maternity support workers provide care as a team and are delighted to offer both consultant-led and midwife-led maternity packages.


If you would like to talk to one of the team, call 020 3315 8616, email or visit

The Kensington Wing’s highly experienced team of midwives welcome enquiries and the opportunity to discuss midwife-led care in more detail. These ‘meet the midwife’ sessions are always a relaxed and special time to talk and discover more without any obligation. For those women and birthing people who are appropriate for midwife-led care, the team provide full support throughout your pregnancy and the midwifery team are available 24 hours seven days a week for advice or concerns throughout your pregnancy, birth and postnatal stay.

The consultant-led care package allows you the choice of one of their experienced consultant obstetricians to personally guide you through your pregnancy and birth. Your consultant provides continuity and individualised expertise throughout your journey. They build a relationship with you and your partner through the antenatal period to give you confidence to birth safely with them in line with your birth preferences. They continue to support you through the postnatal period, including your 6 week postnatal check. All consultants are available to meet you and your birth partner without any obligation.

The Kensington Wing enquiry team are always happy to support with these arrangements and answer any questions.

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A unique design of master carving from La Maison London. A hand carved Four Poster bed frame, in the Rococo style, which also doubles as bunk bed. The top section has been designed to look like a canopy for when the top tier bed is not in use and so can present as either. The design also allows the ladder to be positioned either side, with slip in sections that can be placed in when the top bunk is empty or can be used as one, for the opposite side to the ladder, when being used.


Simon Taylor Furniture creates bespoke kitchens, bedrooms, and bathrooms together with fitted and freestanding furniture for people who appreciate high-quality natural materials and traditional craft skills.


When you have plenty to store this charming 3+4 chest will give you the room you need. Painted in a deep matte off-black it will bring character and drama to any space. Pair it with the coordinating Chantilly Dusky Black items for a striking room set or alone for an eye-catching one-off piece.


Cast your peepers on our brown leather ribbed dining chair, where the 70s called, but definitely won’t be getting their chair back! Clad in the richest brown leather, this chair is the bee’s knees of comfort and style. The gold metal frame is not just strong, it’s, “I got you mate” kinda strong, with a touch that adds just the right amount of bling to your home.


Discover the Gubbio Side Table by Eichholtz, a luxurious side table that merges functional design with an exquisite antique brass finish. Ideal for enhancing living or bedroom spaces, this table epitomizes Eichholtz’s devotion to superior quality and style.

Photographer: Darren Chung


Go wild. Release yourself. It’s the time. Dopamine décor has arrived and – as the name suggests – it’s zooming in on using the home to boost the mood. Think of it as one step further from viewing the home as a sanctuary. The home has become a playground.

At its core, dopamine decor is inspired by dopamine, the ‘feel-good’ chemical responsible for pleasure and reward. Integrating its influence into interiors taps into human psychology, and has led to the current boom in interiors created to amplify happiness.

So what does dopamine décor actually look like? There’s adventurous colour, there’s tempting texture, there’s alluring lighting, there’s unusual shape,

“There’s adventurous colour, there’s tempting texture, there’s alluring lighting, there’s unusual shape, but most of all there’s variation”

but most of all there’s variation. What makes us happy is so innately personal, that no two dopamine-dosed rooms will ever look the same. It could be a space full of mismatching furniture, a single powerful statement piece amongst the calm, an unpredicted combination of colours, texture where before there was smooth, moments of design that ignite surprise or a proudly showcased personal collection of objects. It’s design meeting emotion in the most playful and unrestricted way.


Juxtaposition and contrast are key. ‘Clashing’?

Throw that word out of the window and embrace eclecticism. Sure, not everything that brings you visual bliss coordinates with each other, but so what? The point is it’s beautiful to you, and it’s your home after all – forget about how the rule book says it should look and hone in on how you feel, not how you think you’re meant to feel. Get that dopamine going, decorate with abandon and design a space that’s all the more unique, vibrant and authentic for it.

Identify items that evoke a burst of positivity when you see them. Treat these as the centre of your space, and build up around them, working them into an existing set up – there’s no need to completely redecorate, using a single or few pieces of furniture, lighting, rugs or accessories can be


just as cheerful and effective as creating a whole new look.


The essence of the dopamine decor trend lies in selecting furniture and accents that genuinely bring you joy and reflect you as a person, so each object or aesthetic is imbued with meaning as well as beauty. Spaces should deeply resonate with you, prompting a surge of pleasure, contentment or sheer delight and moving past the way they look on a surface level to forge a connection with the sentiments. Rooms set ups can take inspiration from childhood, objects, art, a treasured collection, fashion, travel or a memory – dig deep into yourself.


Nothing is off the table – your personality is centre stage, and the furniture and objects you surround yourself with should bring a smile at every turn. Perhaps they evoke a joy-filled memory, or perhaps they stir up an emotion, or perhaps their sheer beauty gets your heart beating. Dopamine decorating is not about being subtle – now’s the moment to be daring and introduce any objects, colours or themes that ignite passion and awaken the senses. Don’t hesitate – put it on display in its full glory and cheerful splendour.


For many of us, colour plays a dominant role in decorating for that hit of happiness. From a rainbow explosion in one space to a gentle smattering of calmer shades, either one colour or a combination of many tends to strike a chord with us on a deep level (that sometimes we

“Nothing is off the table – your personality is centre stage, and the furniture and objects you surround yourself with should bring a smile at every turn”

can’t even explain). As dopamine décor gathers momentum, bright, cheering hues are on the up, with kaleidoscopic spaces filled with vivid, often contrasting colours filling homes with optimism and good vibes. An easy way to get involved? Choose objects individually rather than trying to make sure they all ‘work’ together – don’t worry about that – and organically layer shapes, forms, colours, patterns, or materials to grab attention and lift the spirits, or simply go a bit bolder with the colours you’re naturally drawn to.


While dopamine’d homes are the antithesis of quiet neutrality, that’s not to say calming, colourless spaces can’t get involved, and if you’re not an every-colour-all-in-one-space type of person, that’s great too. It’s about what brings personal satisfaction. A dash of pigment, texture or interesting material here and there can be just as effective as a space drenched in colours if it rouses your senses. While vibrant, elaborate, high contrast designs often define this style, a minimalist approach can also classify as dopamine decor if it creates a glow of wellbeing and a jolt of joy.

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In recent years, there has been a growing emphasis on health and wellness, with individuals seeking to incorporate more physical activity into their daily routines. While gyms and outdoor activities offer various options, one activity stands out for its holistic benefits: swimming. Swimming is often touted as one of the best forms of exercise, and for good reason. It’s a low-impact activity that works the entire body, engaging muscles from head to toe without putting stress on joints. Whether you’re doing laps or engaging in water aerobics, the resistance of the water provides a challenging workout that improves strength, flexibility and cardiovascular health. But the benefits of swimming extend far beyond physical fitness. The buoyancy of water makes it an ideal activity for anyone with chronic pain or mobility issues.


It also promotes relaxation and stress relief, with the rhythmic motion of swimming and water moving over the body inducing a meditative state that calms the mind and reduces anxiety.

Some of the key advantages of having an indoor swimming pool linked to your home or in your garden are accessibility and privacy. Unlike public pools, which may have limited hours or require time and travel to get there, a home indoor pool is available whenever you desire.

Additionally, indoor pools offer convenience which encourages consistency in your exercise routine, allowing you to reap the long-term physical and mental health benefits of regular swimming. With an Origin pool, you can tailor the environment to suit your preferences, working with our experts to design the temperature, lighting and ambience you want, creating a social hub for friends and family or a serene oasis that promotes relaxation and wellbeing. Whether you prefer a tranquil morning swim to start your day or a refreshing dip after a stressful day at work, an indoor pool provides a sanctuary where you can escape the pressures of daily life and focus on your health.

For those considering adding an indoor pool to their home, the benefits extend beyond health. Not only can it enhance the value and appeal of your property, but it also provides a long-term investment in your health and wellness. Indoor pools can be seamlessly integrated into existing homes, whether as a standalone structure or an extension that complements your architectural style. Opting for a pool house extension means your indoor pool becomes an integral part of your home, effortlessly weaving swimming and relaxation into your daily routine. On the other hand, a stand-alone pool house can serve as a personal haven nestled in your garden which provides a tranquil escape, undisturbed by the usual hustle and bustle of your home.

Whether you envision a modern, minimalist structure or a more classic and elegant design, your pool house can be tailored to elevate and harmonise with your home and garden’s aesthetic. The health and wellness benefits of swimming are undeniable, and having an indoor pool at home offers a convenient and effective way to incorporate this fantastic activity into your daily lifestyle. From improved physical fitness to enhanced mental well-being, swimming provides a holistic approach to health that can be enjoyed by individuals of all ages and abilities. Consider investing in an Origin indoor pool today and discover the transformative power of swimming in the comfort of your own home.

To speak to the experts at Origin Leisure call 01895 453996 now or visit for more information and to subscribe to our newsletter. Follow us on Instagram too @originpoolsuk

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Sophie Allport unveils exclusive paint collection with COAT Paints

“A celebration of colour inspired by nature”

Homewares and lifestyle brand, Sophie Allport, is proud to announce the launch of its first capsule collection of paint colours made by bCorp certified, COAT Paints.

Due to launch on 12th February 2024, the carefully curated compilation of 12 shades has been custom-made specifically for Sophie Allport. Each colour can be found in Sophie’s natureinspired watercolour designs and features classic neutrals, delicate pastels, and bold navy, red, and khaki accents.

Sophie Allport, Founder and Creative Director said: “As with our iconic designs, we wanted to produce a paint collection that would draw on the natural beauty of the great outdoors and help to bring the outside in. The result is a palette that is a celebration of colour, inspired by nature. These shades will work in any home and are timeless in their longevity.”

Known for using the highest grade of ingredients to produce heavily pigmented shades, which offer excellent coverage and depth of colour, COAT Paints was an obvious partner for Sophie Allport.

“Not only is the quality exceptional, but we also felt there was a real synergy between us. Honesty,

“Not only is the quality exceptional, but we also felt there was a real synergy between us”

simplicity, and doing our best for the environment are all central to both our core beliefs.” adds Sophie.

The entire Sophie Allport range is:

• Solvent-free and almost odourless, thanks to the low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) content

• Water based

• Certified Child and Pet Safe (EN71-3)

• Vegan

• Each tin of paint is made to order and produced in the UK

As with COAT’s own range, the Sophie Allport collection also has 100% accurate peel-and-stick swatches, which means less waste, less mess, and the flexibility to try out colours on different walls.

The introduction of paint follows on from the brand’s first furniture pieces launched in Summer 2023, with more to follow in 2024 and the addition of outdoor furniture.

Sophie continues: “We want to create a destination where customers can easily shop for every room in the home. Whether it be for the printed linens we’re well known for, timeless furniture that is built to last, or finding the perfect paint colour which ties the whole room together.”

“We want to make turning your house into a home simple and effortless – a place to shop where you can trust that we’ve thought about how everything works together so that you don’t have to.”

The paint collection will be available to buy from





We at Radlett Premier Bathrooms, specialise in the design , supply and installation of quality bathrooms with our teams of dedicated fitters. Trending are blue and green vanity units, brushed brass taps , showers and towel rails and enclosures. Our typical installation takes 2-3 weeks and we carry out all the plumbing, electric, tiling and decorating. Our average bathroom refurbishment is between 11k and 13k but some projects exceed 15k depending on size and product choice.

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At Glotech understand that the kitchen is the heart of the home and our practical, yet innovative designs will be chosen to reflect your lifestyle and taste. Our kitchen designers have hundreds of kitchens worth of experience behind them and produce custom kitchen designs with time and care based on our customers exact needs With your budget you can be sure that giving you value for your money will be one of our main priorities.

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The Hertfordshire Fireplace Gallery is a family-run business that has been helping customers for 23 years and has fireplaces to suit all budgets. Media walls and built-in electric fires are still a growing trend with homeowners. Not only are these aesthetically pleasing, but they are also space saving by having both focal points on one wall. The main advantage of an electric fire is the flame effect can be viewed without the need for heat. Shown here is the Evonic Volante 1500 electric fire with rotisserie flame effect and 1500w heat output.

Hertfordshire Fireplace Gallery, 9 Barnet Road, Potters Bar EN6 2QX; 01707 657070;


The block paving, resign bound and natural

stone specialist

Having over 25 years of experience within our home improvement sector, we have built an unrivalled reputation for the quality of our installations and the care and the service provided to our customers. As well as experienced and professional driveway and patio installers, we also work alongside leading governing bodies within our industry. Being approved installers of Marshalls, Bradstone and Brett landscaping, we are able to give all our customers the peace of mind that carrying these accreditation’s deliver. Our approved status allows us to proudly and confidently service Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, and North London with decades of design ideas. We can offer a vast range of product choices and solutions to all size and manner of installation requirements. Call today without obligation to arrange a free survey and written quotation Tel: 0800 112 3920 / 0333 577 3920 Caxton Point, Caxton Way, Stevenage, Herts, SG1 2XU

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‘Whatever you can imagine we can create’ We specialise in designing and supplying high end bespoke furniture. From concept to completion we can supply and install :

• Kitchens • Fitter wardrobes

• Dressing Rooms

• Bedrooms • Kids rooms

• Boot rooms

• Home Offices

• Wine Cellars

• Media Walls and much more…

Us: M: 0773846969;

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Working closely with each client, Lucy tailors each design, with exceptional thought, care and impeccable attention to detail.

Acting as a single point of contact, from conception to completion, Lucy provides a creative process that is enjoyable, rewarding and free from hassle. Lucy Winterwood creates relaxed, inviting and joyful sanctuaries of subtle, unobtrusive luxury which capture the character, taste and memories of those who live there.

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We are a family business, which has been around for over 95 years, specialising in the design and manufacture of quality furniture. Wood Bros is located in Ware, Hertfordshire, where it has been since the foundation “stone” was laid in 1952. Famous for our successful Old Charm traditional Tudor furniture collection, which was first introduced in the early 50s, we have designed and manufactured everything from the cutting-edge modern glass fibre shells of Lurashell to our more contemporary oak and upholstery designs of today. Design is at the heart of everything we do. Our designers continue to evolve our cabinet and sofa collections in style and function to match today’s living. Our customers’ peace of mind is important to us and all our products are backed with no quibble guarantees. As a family run business, we value our integrity and will go the extra mile for our customers.

Our Stunning Selection Of Contemporary Garden Sculptures Created By Elliott of London. Designed & created by hand by our small, dedicated team of craftsmen, from start to finish in our studio, enabling us to provide you with Modern Garden Sculptures to suit any size of garden or outdoor area. Each of our Garden Sculptures are hand forged & individually made for each customer using some of the oldest British sculpting traditions & a touch of “Elliott of London” modern twists. Using these older more traditional methods – including our trusty 1920’s power hammer – we are able to bend & forge the boundaries of garden art, sculpture, ornament & statue whilst keeping everything in-house. Bluebell Farm, Shootersway, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire HP4 3GW; 01494 758896;

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A“Whether that’s simply relaxing or entertaining friends and family, our gardens are a focal point, particularly in the Spring and Summer months. What better way to make the most of your time outdoors, than by creating an outdoor living environment with Broadview thanks to their louvred roof pergola systems and garden awnings”

s we look ahead to the warmer months, we’ll soon be turning our attention to our gardens and the prospect of spending more time outdoors. Whether that’s simply relaxing or entertaining friends and family, our gardens are a focal point, particularly in the Spring and Summer months. What better way to make the most of your time outdoors, than by creating an outdoor living environment with Broadview thanks to their louvred roof pergola systems and garden awnings. With one of the largest ranges of outdoor living systems in the South and manufactured by the Belgium based industry leading brand Brustor, every system from Broadview can be custom designed to fit your property. Outdoor pergolas with rotating and retracting roofs operated by remote or app control, along with weatherproof side screens and heaters can effectively create an extra indoor room, outdoors!

Alongside of this, it’s not just the structure alone that Broadview can provide. Their specialist design-team work alongside a wide range of suppliers across the South who offer outdoor kitchens, hot tubs, fire pits and garden landscaping– all of which can help to create a stunning outdoor living environment that can be used all year round. No more leaving guests outside to entertain themselves while you nip back into the kitchen to prepare the next course or organise the next round of drinks, with an outdoor kitchen positioned within your new outdoor structure, you really can make the most

of entertaining this year. What’s more, thanks to either sliding glass walls or integrated screens, the structure can be completely enclosed and with the great addition of heating and lighting, it can be used in all twelve months of the year. As the temperature drops, simply slide the glass shut and you can create a cosy and sheltered area within your garden, protected from the elements. Or, in warmer weather, all you need to do to make the most of the sunshine is open the roof and side screens for the perfect al-fresco space.

As well as their range of pergolas, Broadview also offer fully cassetted retractable awnings that can be installed to your property for added shade. Broadview has an extensive range of awning models to choose from, each with their own features and all can be operated by either Somfy remote control or a manual crank handle. Made with a beautifully crafted aluminium frame of superior quality and a weather-resistant fabric cover, the awnings provide stylish shading for your sunny patio. Available in any RAL colour and with the addition of LEDs and heating, Broadview has the perfect solution for you.

Now is the perfect time to give your outdoor space a makeover. Broadview Shading Solutions, a family run business based in Dorset, are celebrating 55 years in business this year. Their expert team specialise in helping you to create the perfect shading solution for your home, from concept to completion.

Contact our team today 01202 679012 or visit their website:


SPOTLIGHT ON: Penthouse Apartment Project by Rebecca Clark Interiors

‘Urban living with an elegant touch’

Delve inside the behind the scenes of how we transformed the dated interiors of this lofty apartment using warm colours, reflective surfaces and eye-catching details to create a luxurious oasis

Once upon a time this 3rd floor loft apartment was the archetypal bachelor pad, complete with stereotypical leather panelled walls with televisions in-set, straight out of the 1990’s. Fast forward to 2024 when my client was looking to downsize, with its lofty ceilings and wrap around views across Berkhamsted’s roof tops and countryside it was easy to see how she fell in love with the beauty of the bones of this gorgeous pied-à-terre.

Downsizing is almost always challenging, and downsizing to an open plan living, kitchen & dining space gave us a great challenge to get creative with, presenting a unique set of living requirements from one room that all need to flow seamlessly.

Maximising the floor space in this multi functional space was paramount. Removing an unnecessary step right across the bifold window, having a bespoke curved glass balustrade made and getting rid of various small radiators and replacing with bespoke tall, slim statement pieces opened up the floor space entirely.

Our brief was to create a home that’s focused around entertaining, and to create the perfect dinner party space. The kitchen was small and dated, and we took the decision to replace it with something that not only fits in with the rest of the décor in this open plan space, but increasing the kitchen area by bringing cabinets over into the central area of the open plan room made it feel much more connected for a truly convivial

entertaining space too.

The penthouse is flooded with natural light all day which gave us an opportunity to add depth by using a rich, warm palette. We used a soft base of taupe, punctuated with bronze and gold accents throughout the various zones. 11 different but harmonising fabrics in total were used to keep the eye from getting bored in this open plan space. The curtains, bespoke dining chairs, sofas, armchair and oversized footstool are all designed to work together so that when hosting large numbers of people the various zones all come together to create one beautiful room.

With entertaining at the heart of this space, we designed it to really come alive at night with a triple sided glass fireplace and an abundance of reflective crystal for a really glamorous and decadent finish.

If you are considering your own project, we offer a free of charge full Interior Design service and will help you to find the perfect furniture, curtains & blinds, flooring, kitchens, lighting & dressings. Simply pay a redeemable deposit of £350 which comes off of your first purchase over £1000, and let us help you to create the home you have always wished for.

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Specializing in residential projects, Katia Perez Design has carved a niche for itself as a premier destination for private clients and developers alike, not only in the Home Counties and London but also internationally, spanning across the UK and Europe.

What sets Katia Perez Design apart is not just its stunning aesthetics or meticulous attention to detail, but its unwavering commitment to understanding and surpassing clients’ expectations. As Katia herself aptly puts it, “Building on initial concepts, arising from a deep understanding of clients’ needs, lifestyles and tastes is the key to a successful project.”

This philosophy underscores every aspect of their work, from conceptualization to execution, resulting in spaces that are not just visually striking but also deeply personal and functional.

Whether it’s transforming a chic London penthouse into a modern oasis or infusing a countryside estate with timeless elegance, Katia Perez Design approaches each project with passion, creativity, and a relentless pursuit of excellence. Their portfolio showcases a diverse range of styles and influences seamlessly woven together to create spaces that exude luxury and

sophistication while remaining warm and inviting. But beyond their impeccable design sensibilities, what truly sets Katia Perez Design apart is their unwavering commitment to client satisfaction. Each project is a collaborative journey, where clients’ visions are brought to life with precision and care, resulting in spaces that not only reflect their personalities but also exceed their wildest expectations.

In an industry driven by trends and fleeting fads, Katia Perez Design stands as a testament to timeless elegance, innovation, and above all, the enduring power of personalized design. For those seeking to elevate their living spaces to new heights of luxury and refinement, Katia Perez Design is more than a choice—it’s a guarantee of excellence.


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Leading specialists in the highest quality natural stone & porcelain tiles for inside and outside the home.

When it comes to choosing tiles for your upcoming projects, the choice of products available is endless. Terzetto’s unrivalled collections will give you endless interior design options, encompassing timeless favourites as well as brand-new discoveries to keep up with latest interior trends, such as new textured ‘Kit Kat’ collections, innovative wood-effect porcelain planks and panels, and tumbled stone-effect porcelain tiles.

Terzetto’s natural stone collections are a timeless, natural beauty at its best, offering longevity and a truly unique character. Terzetto imports the highest quality limestones and marbles from across the globe, which come in a rich variety of shades, finishes, and textures. Many of their limestone feature a tumbled edge, giving each tile a rich character. Terzetto also has the capabilities to create beautiful custom fabricated items, such as staircases, fireplaces and skirtings that will give your home that unique finishing touch.

Many opt for porcelain tiles due to their

durability and practicality. As the porcelain manufacturing processes continues to evolve, it has never been easier to achieve the authentic look and feel of limestone, marble, wood, concrete, and terrazzo. These tiles are available in a variety of natural colours and unique sizes, including large format tiles.

If you’re wanting to upgrade your patio this spring, many of Terzetto’s porcelain tiles have an inside out option, to help create a continuous flow into the outside living space. Exterior porcelain tiles come in either 10mm or 20mm thicknesses, as well as an anti-slip finish for added safety.

For those wanting to add character to their home, Terzetto’s porcelain and ceramic decorative tile collections suit a multitude of design tastes, offering a generous variety of colour, texture, and patterns.

Terzetto have a wealth of knowledge in the installation process and pride themselves on their ability to work with their clients to design and develop their dream homes. Visit one of Terzetto’s 5 UK showrooms to gain expert advice and takeaway free samples, or browse their tile collections online and request their new collections brochure available now.

St Albans Showroom: 7 Chequer Street, Hertfordshire, AL1 3YJ

“Terzetto’s natural stone collections are a timeless, natural beauty at its best”


Cox & Cox arose from a desire to create a unique collection of homeware products that couldn’t be found elsewhere, with customers encouraged to find their own style and to love every corner of their home. Today our collection continues to curate natural style for design lovers of all tastes, with every detail for a look that is distinct, harmonious and always unique.

Based in Frome, Somerset, all of our products continue to be chosen with you in mind. Our design led collections are inspired by tradition and trend to offer new ways to transform the homes and gardens of every interior enthusiast. From inspirational furniture, lighting, storage and accessories, we capture the season with a timeless aesthetic and effortless style.

Our French Blue trend is the epitome of romantic country living, with natural rustic touches and the occasional subtle pattern. With limewashed wood and natural rattans, this perfect cool blue and inherently sophisticated palette promotes an eternal summer feeling. “It’s a delight to have something in the home that instantly transports us to a coastal setting, even if only in our minds, and our Faux Clam Vase does exactly that.”


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Having over 25 years of experience within our home improvement sector, we have built an unrivalled reputation for the quality of our installations and the care and the service provided to our customers.

As well as experienced and professional driveway and patio installers, we also work alongside leading governing bodies within our industry. Being approved installers of Marshalls, Bradstone and Brett landscaping, we are able to give all our customers the peace of mind that carrying these accreditation’s deliver. Our approved status allows us to proudly and confidently service Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and North London with decades of design ideas. We can offer a vast range of product choices and solutions to all size and manner of installation requirements.


Thinking about a new driveway, modernising or improving your front of house? Our experienced team can provide you with a complete service from the initial design through to finished article.


Being more than just professional hard landscapers, we provide a complete service that offers garden and patio design. With a free consultation backed by skilled craftsman, we can create the outdoor space that you have always dreamed of.


We can also add the finishing touches to your new garden or driveway project, including services such as raised kerbing, steps, sleeper walls, Landscaping for natural or artificial lawns, and also a range of quality fencing products, to name but a few.

Call today without obligation to arrange a free survey and written quotation Tel: 0800 112 3920 / 0333 577 3920 Caxton Point, Caxton Way, Stevenage, Herts, SG1 2XU
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Out with the old in with the new - say goodbye to plain whites and hello to chic monochrome décor.

Find out how to nail this look with the help of our resident Interior Style Advisor Rebecca Snowden.

Monochrome décor is having a moment with over 20 million views on TikTok. It’s all about easy but luxe styling with simple neutrals and minimalist touches. Say goodbye to plain white and instead go for warmer off-white tones like cream, beige or taupe.

Monochrome’s popularity is also linked to the #softminimalism trend which is now at 24 million on TikTok views and counting. “Think of it as a sister trend as it takes the same light, calming colours of monochrome and adds comforting curved lines and natural materials,” Rebecca says. “After the year we’ve had it’s no surprise that we just want to relax and reset at home. This trend is about prioritising yourself - what’s soothing and inviting to you and to promote your own sense of wellbeing.”

“If you’re stuck choosing between both trends -

don’t worry, why not bring them together? Mixing both monochrome and soft minimalism allows us to craft spaces that not only look great but feel even better. Those off-white tones will warm up the room and textures like cotton, velvet and boucle are perfect for this look. Set the mood with soft lighting and bring in raw finishes and curves such as a clay vase or stoneware. Bringing monochrome and soft minimalism together is like a cosy hygge cocktail - served chilled with close friends and family.”


décor is having a moment with over 20 million views on TikTok”

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If you’re after quality outdoor dining, look no further than our best-selling Catherine 8 seater set. At 208cm long the Catherine is the perfect size to bring people together whether you’re hosting a BBQ or enjoying a meal with family or friends. Pair with our bestselling seat pad cushions and transform your outdoor space today.


These handmade, tropical outdoor garden cushions will add a gorgeous luxe contemporary look to garden sofas, chairs and outdoor spaces. Made from water resistant, coated polyester fabric they will withstand rain showers.


You can almost feel the sand between your toes and smell the sea air with this seaside themed, pure 80% wool 20% cotton stitched blanket featuring a flock of white seagulls. A perfect sea blue and soft brown nautical blanket, which is reversible.


This terracotta sundial by Lisa Parker features a beautiful Tree of Life design that’s brought to life with a rustic, bronzelike finish. Perfect for garden enthusiasts and those who appreciate a blend of nature and utility, this sundial not only tells time when the sun shines but also serves as an enchanting outdoor decor piece. Officially licensed Lisa Parker product.


Our innovative range of hemp pots are made from sustainable hemp fibre stitched with cotton. Fully biodegradable, they can be added to your compost or buried in the ground with your plant. Hemp is purported to be the strongest natural fiber in the world and is one of the fastest growing plants making it truly sustainable.

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Exceptional design meets award-winning customer service

Urban Myth, the designer kitchen and bedroom supplier for the Essex and London area, has long prided itself on putting the customer at the heart of everything we do. And now that dedication to customer service has been officially recognised by being awarded the prestigious Houzz Best of Service award 2024.

Best of Houzz awards are given annually. The Customer Service Award is based on several factors, including the overall rating on Houzz and the client reviews received in 2023.

“The Best of Houzz awards serve as a symbol of trust and validation among homeowners seeking leading design suppliers. This year’s winners represent some of the most customer–focused contractors in our industry.” Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz.

For Urban Myth, the Best of Houzz Service award reflects the unique relationships that we as a company build with our customers. Going beyond designing, supplying and fitting, we pride ourselves on becoming a close partner in the creation of each client’s dream living space.

Urban Myth specialises in creating beautiful bespoke kitchen and bedrooms across London, Essex and beyond. Whatever the size of the space,

every one of our designs is unique; made to each customer’s individual specifications, to suit their home and lifestyle.

The difference with Urban Myth is that we provide a full in-house service; from first consultation to design, manufacture, project management, installation and aftercare. With our own team of expert fitters, we ensure a seamless installation process with minimal disruption to your home. And we’re always ready to answer any questions and share our expert advice.

Based in Chingford E4, Urban Myth’s expansive showroom is the ideal destination for homeowners looking to upgrade their living spaces. Whether you’re dreaming of a sleek, modern kitchen or a cosy and inviting bedroom retreat, we can make your interior design dream come true.

Our relaxed, friendly approach starts with a noobligation consultation and a tour of our extensive showroom, featuring a range of contemporary and traditional styles. Here you can see and feel the quality of our products, discover more about what we do, and get a taste of the award-winning customer service of which we’re justly proud. Call 0208531 3413 or email info@urbanmyth. net today and let us make your dream kitchen or bedroom a reality.

“The Best of Houzz awards serve as a symbol of trust and validation”


A brand new painterly wallpaper

Wild Wild Woods transports you to a magical place, evoking a sense of calming tranquilitree. With a calming colour-palette of soft greens, blues and pinks, it’s the perfect wallpaper to bring the wonder of nature into any room. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Divine Savages wallpaper without a little twist, so look closer and discover the enduring legend of Britain’s ‘Beast of Bodmin’.

Part of the new Rewilding collection, this latest

design is printed on eco-paper, made from 79% renewable fibres and containing zero polyester fibres. The manufacturing process uses 30% less greenhouse gases than traditional nonwoven wallpapers. It’s also available on bespoke textured grasscloth, for the ultimate in luxury wall coverings.

The Wild Wild Woods collection also includes an opulent fringed lampshade, velvet cushion with luxurious Houlès piping in Coral and natural linen and recycled velvet suitable for a wide range of upholstery and home furnishing projects.

Wild Wild Woods Recycled Velvet Fabric (Linen also available) £110 per metre. Bespoke Wild Wild Woods Grasscloth Wallpaper £150 per metre.

Since launching in 2017, Divine Savages has been leading the way in witty, maximalist decor. Founded by husbands Jamie Watkins and Tom Kennedy, the brand mixes influences from a melting pot of history, culture, fashion and the natural world around us, and always with their signature Divine Savages twist.

Brave. Maximalist. Rebellious. Luxurious. Mischievous. Passionate. Your home will come alive with their carefully curated collections that bring a taste of the unexpected.

“The Wild Wild Woods collection also includes an opulent fringed lampshade and velvet cushion with luxurious Houlès piping in Coral”

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Colourful-Eclectic Wall Murals for the Modern Maximalist

As maximalism moves away from ‘more is more’ to a ‘controlled, OTT look’, creators of custom wallpaper murals, Wallsauce, showcases its most extravagant designs that can equally be pared down.

Taken from the designer collection, several artists have created the colourful-eclectic designs for a varied selection. The designs are versatile, allowing you to hang them anywhere in your home. Welcome guests with a show-stopping feature wall in your living room or dream in luxury in your bedroom.

All of these colourful-eclectic wall murals for the modern maximalist are made to your dimensions and are available on peel and stick wallpaper, which is excellent for rented homes! To discover more designs, head to


Cult, the ultimate destination for chic and stylish furniture and home decor, is thrilled to announce the arrival of our latest collections. Get ready to unleash your creativity and infuse your space with personality like never before.

At Cult, we believe your home should reflect your unique style, and our newest collections are designed to help you do just that. Whether you’re drawn to the sophisticated allure of Minimaluxe or the vibrant energy of our Bright + Bold trend, we have something to suit every taste.

Step into a world of luxurious textures and captivating colours as you explore our fresh line up. From lush sustainable boucle and velvet to rich walnut stained wood and the natural allure of cane and bamboo, our new arrivals boast an array of materials to elevate any room.

“We’re excited to introduce these collections that celebrate self-expression, creativity and most importantly STYLE,” says Becka, Head

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of Brand at Cult. “With our diverse new range of sustainable fabrics in on-trend colours, and plenty of statement pieces -it’s easier than ever to transform your space into a reflection of who you are.”

Whether you’re revamping your living room, sprucing up your office, or simply adding a touch of flair to any corner of your home, Cult has everything you need to make a statement.

Discover endless possibilities and let your imagination run wild with our take on a fresh perspective. Shop new and make your home the ultimate canvas for self-expression!

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Prime Specifications and World-Class Amenities Deliver

Dream Homes at Newland Park

The latest collection of properties at Newland Park, a grand development by Comer Homes, deliver the finest home specifications available in the Home Counties and combined with world-class amenities, including a spectacular David Lloyd Health Centre, ensure that the dream lifestyle is now a reality on the doorstep of central London.


For further information or to book a tour of the marketing suite contact the sales team on Tel: 01494 506 364, Email: or visit

Priced from £675,000 to £2 million, each home within the first phase of 22 two and three-bedroom apartments at Gott Place offers a sense of contemporary grandeur, drawing an abundance of inspiration from the estate’s illustrious heritage, finished to an impressive premium-grade specification.

The interiors showcase style and flair throughout, with bespoke handmade furniture that has been carefully designed by Comer Homes’ dedicated interior design team and crafted UKbased artisans using handpicked fabrics that bring a contrast of colours that bring a wow factor to each space.

Key features include a premium custombuilt kitchen, with flawless marble effect quartz countertops and solid ash shaker units painted in cool shades of grey and fitted with brushed chrome knobs and pull handles. The kitchen is also fitted with the latest Miele integrated appliances.

The bedroom suites include elegant sets of built-in and walk-in wardrobes with LED underwall cabinet lighting, creating the perfect storage and dressing room solutions. The bathrooms feature polished porcelain tiles throughout, with a marvellous Renaissance Mirage bathtub and contemporary shower units. A rare feature, each apartment and house at Newland Park include a spacious utility room that can be adapted to the individual tastes and needs of the owner.

Alongside the ability to call a 200-acre private estate your own, there are also countless worldclass amenities on your doorstep at Newland Park.

One of the most exclusive health clubs in the UK is set to open its doors at Newland Park. The flagship David Lloyd health & wellness club is set to open in 2025, with the world-class spa centre open to residents and the wider public. Key features include a swimming pool, tennis courts and Racquets Club, multi-sports pitches, Padel courts and tennis courts with an inflatable dome. There will also be a five-star spa, bar, restaurant and relaxation terraces.

Additionally, residents of Newland Park benefit from a courtesy shuttle bus service, operating exclusively for residents, to local commuter stations and popular shopping destinations nearby, offering easy connection from the private and secluded development.

The perfect natural location, there will be an expansive children’s play area, sports pitches, wildlife friendly nature areas, as well as ample underground parking (to maintain the open look and feel of the grounds), with 24-hour security present across the site, and secure manned gated access to provide peace of mind.

Following the recent show apartment launch, over 150 visitors were recorded across the weekend, with multiple reservations made and all available ground floor apartments with large terraces within Gott Place sold. One eager buyer secured the show home as seen (complete with all fixtures and fittings).

In addition to the Gott apartment launch, Comer Homes has revealed the availability of 10 homes within the Pankhurst Houses collection, which are available to be reserved immediately but are set to be fully launched in the summer upon the opening of the purpose build show house. Prices for the three/four -bedroom semi-detached and terraced houses start from £1.275 million, with the generous 2,045 sq. ft. homes benefitting from spacious interiors, private driveways and expansive front and rear gardens.


A Perfect Pink Palette from Clarissa Hulse

As we start to see a gradual move away from bold, saturated pinks that were so dominant last year, more subtle, powdery hues are still as popular as ever in our design choices. Playful yet still sophisticated, Clarissa Hulse’s ‘Dusky Skies’ palette will help bring a touch of botanical softness to any home.

‘I really believe you can’t go wrong using subtle dusky pinks in your scheme as it is a neutral that looks beautiful teamed with most colours. Mix with mustard for a Scandi vibe, olive for a contemporary look or natural warm tones. I have included a few softer palettes in my new mural range with Graham & Brown, and when decorating my own house took the plunge using the Serendipity Stone mural on all 4 walls of our bedroom. Even though the design is a bold show stopper, the softer hues make it really calm and easy to live with, ‘- Clarissa Hulse

Clarissa Hulse designs beautiful and luxurious homewares from her studio in North London, with an emphasis on botanical imagery and bold colour. Her designs are based on her passion for nature photography, which are just as likely to originate from walks in her local park, as the unspoilt countryside of Wiltshire, or even far

“I really believe you can’t go wrong using subtle dusky pinks in your scheme as it is a neutral that looks beautiful teamed with most colours”

flung tropical rainforests. Her unique prints and original colour sense transcend trends and bring timeless beauty to any home.


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