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Inspiring Change Chris Abela is an experienced reconstructive and cosmetic surgeon. He has seen a large increase in people actively exploring surgical and non surgical options to address areas of new concern or which have impacted on their self esteem.

Common reasons for looking into surgery include: • Noticing a change in a mole, a new lump or bump, birthmarks on others including children and partners • Mothers who have completed their family and are looking to address abdominal protrusion or lower abdominal skin excess • Excess skin following weight loss • The ‘zoom’ effect with attention drawn to wrinkles, scars, eye-lid bags and jowls Chris prides himself on providing each individual with a professional, bespoke and compassionate approach with a gentle bedside manner and discretion at the heart of every consultation. He has clinics in Marylebone, Chelsea and Wimbledon and in June 2021, he opened a brand new clinic at 84 Harley Street.

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The Transformation Facelift is a bespoke treatment from Doctor Nyla, unique to her clinics and combining a variety of incredible anti-ageing treatments to make you look and feel 10 years younger in the space of only six weeks! The next generation, multiplatform transformational facial offered exclusively at Dr Nyla’s™. This treatment offers nonsurgical skin tightening and lifting to treat all anti-ageing concerns – from textured, dull skin, to deep wrinkles and loss of laxity. The technology combines ultrasound, radiofrequency, microneedling and can sometimes include aqualyx,

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LIFE MAGAZINES A festive walk with family or friends couldn’t be more perfect to experience the spirit of winter in the capital. From sprawling treks across the city’s parks and nature reserves, to inner-city urban trails, we explore some of the best walks to enjoy in London. The Regent’s Park including Primrose Hill covers 197 hectares, The park consists of formal gardens, shrubberies, sports pitches, rough grassland, a large lake, small enclosed wood and a canal with embankments. Regents Park also houses various structures and organisations both public and private, including the iconic ZSL London Zoo. Primrose Hill has a character all of its own, at the summit of this grassy hill are stunning panoramic views from 63 metres above sea level from six different viewpoints. The Connaught Christmas Tree 2021 has been unveiled outside The Connaught and this year, has been designed by friends of the hotel, influential London-based artist duo Annie Morris and Idris Khan OBE. The magnificent British sourced Nordmann Fir tree, stands 9m tall on Carlos Place and is surrounded by three interpretations of Morris’s Stack sculptures – her most recognisable body of work. Morris’s Stack sculptures comprise of irregular spheres, precariously arranged into tall columns, and painted in vivid hues. These have been recreated in 2D especially for The Connaught Christmas Tree. Claridge’s, London’s legendary Mayfair hotel, has announced that this year its much-anticipated Christmas Tree is designed by Kim Jones, Artistic Director of the Dior men’s collections. Named The Celestial Snow Globe, this outstanding creation is a magnificent take on the classic winter decoration, subtly mixing Holographic projections with a white Toile.

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2CELLOS World Tour 2022 Due to phenomenal demand, Final Ever UK Show Added! Bank Holiday Friday 3rd June 2022. The SSE Arena, Wembley

ABOUT 2CELLOS 2CELLOS is the eclectic, international sensation comprised of two classically trained cellists who reached video viral fame on YouTube from their 2011 rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal.” The pair, Luka Šulić and HAUSER, have since created a name for themselves with their electric and dynamic playing style. Together, 2CELLOS have amassed a staggering 1.3 billion YouTube views, 5.5 million YouTube subscribers, 1 billion streams, and have sold nearly 1 million tickets. 2CELLOS have taken the cello to unimagined heights as their signature style breaks down the boundaries between genres of music, from classical and film music, to pop and rock. Known for their electric live performances, 2CELLOS have sold out shows across the globe at historic venues including New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House. The duo has performed alongside musical greats Steven Tyler, Andrea Bocelli, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queens of the Stone Age and George Michael, to name a few, and was handpicked by Sir Elton John to perform both as an opener as well as part of the iconic singer’s live band. 2CELLOS are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, and are working hard to continue reaching new stratospheres. 28 DECEMBER 2021


aving spent the last ten years together as 2CELLOS, releasing six studio albums, amassing billions of streams, performing at iconic venues across the globe and selling nearly 1 million tickets to their electric live performances, the duo of Luka Šulić and HAUSER today announce the next leg of their world tour and reveal that 2022 will be the last tour together as 2CELLOS. The pair says: This tour is the culmination of everything we have achieved as the 2CELLOS. These will be our biggest shows, playing to some

of the biggest audiences. We have climbed the mountain together and we have reached the peak of what we can do together. We’ll put everything we have learnt from playing together into these dates. They will be intense, they will rock, they will be touching, they will be emotional. We are going to throw everything at them - and then we can rest the 2CELLOS. Are you ready to celebrate with us?!” Hospitality and VIP ticket options available. To purchase tickets visit



The Ritz London’s Rolls-Royce Phantom


he Ritz London is the proud owner of a Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase. Described as the RollsRoyce of Rolls-Royce’s, the hotel’s iconic 8th generation Phantom EWB is the authoritative statement of modern luxury. The elegant Rolls-Royce Phantom EWB has been built by hand in England in the manufacturer’s headquarters in Goodwood in Sussex, and is custom crafted to hotel’s design. With its commanding silhouette and striking chrome detailing, the motorcar is bespoke Ritz blue and features moccasin leather interiors with monogrammed navy blue carpets and navy seat piping, as well as unique headrests embroidered with a blue Ritz lion and front massage seats. The motorcar provides the quietest cabin Rolls-Royce has ever created with an incomparably spacious Suite, enhanced by discreet technology. A complimentary one-way airport transfer within The Ritz-Rolls Royce Phantom is offered

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to all guests staying in one of the hotel’s four signature suites, and the motorcar is also available for hire as an exclusive service to hotel guests. ABOUT THE RITZ LONDON The Ritz London, the iconic landmark conceived by renowned hotelier César Ritz, first opened its doors in 1906. Perfectly located in a landmark position in the heart of London’s West End, The Ritz is moments from the finest shopping destinations the Capital has to offer, including the luxury designer brands of Bond Street and Regent Street and the unique and quintessentially British boutiques of Jermyn Street. Throughout its distinguished history, the iconic hotel has been at the heart of London society and continued to play host to Royalty, aristocracy, stars of stage and screen and countless other discerning guests. The first and only hotel to have received a Royal Warrant from His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, The Ritz has deservedly taken its place amongst the great hotels of the world and is the benchmark by which other hotels are measured. Most recently, The Ritz Restaurant was awarded a Michelin Star in the Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2017. Following refurbishment it is sparklingly renewed though still retains the luxurious Louis XVI style interiors, meticulous service and the exquisite bar and restaurants for which The Ritz name is synonymous.

“A complimentary one-way airport transfer within The Ritz-Rolls Royce Phantom is offered to all guests staying in one of the hotel’s four signature suites, and the motorcar is also available for hire as an exclusive service to hotel guests”

THE DETAILS The Ritz London, 150 Piccadilly, London W1J 9BR Telephone: 020 7493 8181


London’s Best Winter Walks

A festive walk with family or friends couldn’t be more perfect to experience the spirit of winter in the capital. From sprawling treks across the city’s parks and nature reserves, to inner-city urban trails, here are just some of the best walks to enjoy in London.

BUSHY PARK At over 1000 acres, Bushy Park lies just north of Hampton Court Palace, Bushy is famed for its mix of waterways, gardens, and roaming herds of red and fallow deer. Visit the Upper Lodge Water Gardens, a historic gem hidden away in the north of the park. See if you can spot some of the arresting birdlife, from kingfishers to kestrels. And enjoy a walk in the peaceful Woodland Gardens after fuelling up at the Pheasantry Café.

HYDE PARK REGENT’S PARK AND PRIMROSE HILL The Regent’s Park (including Primrose Hill) covers 197 hectares, The park consists of formal gardens, shrubberies, sports pitches, rough grassland, a large lake, small enclosed wood and a canal with embankments. Regents Park also houses various structures and organisations both public and private, including the iconic ZSL London Zoo. Primrose Hill has a character all of its own, at the summit of this grassy hill are stunning panoramic views from 63 metres above sea level from six different viewpoints. Hampstead heath


Primrose Hill

Once the hunting ground for Henry VIII, this large royal park is best known for its famous Speakers’ Corner and Serpentine Lake, home to waterfowl and oarsmen. The Lido only opens for the summer, but the Swimming Club is open all year round so brave folk can swim in frigid waters, sometimes as cold as 4C. For over 150 years, the most dedicated have been getting up early on Christmas morning and swimming in the freezing lake! Hyde Park is also home to the hugely popular Winter Wonderland, open until January 2022.

Stretching from Hampstead across to Highgate, a roam across beautiful Hampstead Heath takes you to the countryside. It has provided inspiration for countless films, books and poems. with its 320-hectare wood and 18 ponds - three of which are reserved for wild swimming if you can brave the elements! Climb up Parliament Hill, stop to admire the spectacular views and continue towards the stunning Kenwood House, renowned for its impressive landscaped gardens. 32 DECEMBER 2021

Hyde Park

Richmond Park

Highgate Cemetery Wimbledon Common

RICHMOND PARK One of London’s most breathtaking landscapes and among the best places to enjoy wildlife. The 1,012-hectare space is made up of woodland, grassland and ponds attracting hedgehogs and bats hibernating in winter. But the park is best known for its 630 wild red and fallow deer – so have your camera ready if you want to catch their misty breath on a frosty day. Discover the Isabella Plantation woodland gardens, refuel at Pembroke Lodge tea rooms and enjoy distant views of St Paul’s Cathedral from King Henry’s Mound.

HOLLAND PARK Located in one of the most desirable areas in London. amble around its formal gardens, loop the woodland in the north of the park then follow the path into Kyoto Garden, a Japanese garden with stone lanterns, a waterfall and carp-filled pond. Look out for herring gull and black-headed gull in winter and squirrels and free-roaming peacocks all year round. The park also has an orangery, tennis courts and a cricket pitch. Holland Park

WIMBLEDON AND PUTNEY COMMONS 1,140 acres of countryside amidst the urban surroundings of Wimbledon, Putney and Kingston-upon-Thames. Designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation, the Commons provide an important home for wildlife With woodland, scrubland, heathland and mown recreation areas – and nine ponds. They are the home to a wide variety of bird, animal and plant life. Being an unfenced Common, the whole area is open to the public 24 hours a day throughout the year for visitors to explore, relax and unwind. You will also see avid horse riders from the nearby Wimbledon Village Stables.

GREENWICH PARK On a crisp winter’s day, there are few better places to be than at the top of Greenwich Park. The 74-hectare space is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as it overlooks the National Maritime Museum and the Old Royal Naval College, with the River Thames and Canary Wharf in the distance. Greenwich Park is an amazing mix of 17th century landscape, stunning gardens and a rich history that dates back to Roman times and a small herd of Fallow and Red deer, harking back to its royal hunting past. There’s also a children’s playground where kids can run around and exhaust themselves.

Greenwich Park

HIGHGATE CEMETERY Although it may seem a little macabre, Highgate Cemetery is one of England’s greatest treasures and one of the most peaceful, idyllic walks in the city. Notable writers, musicians, philosophers including George Eliot, Karl Marx, Jean Simmons, George Michael and Malcolm McLaren… and some rather well-off unknown individuals are laid to rest here. It has incredible architecture, mausoleums, and individual graves amongst an eerie gothic setting. A guided tour is well worth the cost, giving insight and knowledge of its fascinating history.

BATTERSEA PARK With its gardens and sculptures offering the chance to escape through botanics and brief history lessons to far-flung destinations around the world, Battersea Park is one of the prettiest and most varied green spaces to walk in London. The Grade II-listed, 200-acre park boasts a spot of inner-city tranquillity - the Old English Garden: a walled hideaway in which a lily-covered pond and vibrant foliage is tended to by a Chelsea Flower Show gold medal-winner. Battersea Park also holds a children’s zoo, a boating lake, and a playground.

There are many more parks and open spaces to discover in London, all bringing a bit of countryside into the capital. DECEMBER 2021 33



By artist duo Annie Morris and Idris Khan unveiled in Mayfair

he Connaught Christmas Tree 2021 has been unveiled outside The Connaught and this year, has been designed by friends of the hotel, influential London-based artist duo Annie Morris and Idris Khan OBE. The magnificent British sourced Nordmann Fir tree, stands 9m tall on Carlos Place and is surrounded by three interpretations of Morris’s Stack sculptures – her most recognisable body of work. Morris’s Stack sculptures comprise of irregular spheres, precariously arranged into tall columns, and painted in vivid hues. These have been recreated in 2D especially for The Connaught Christmas Tree. The colourful spheres are individually lit, some with over 1600 glittering lights. Stacked with staggering scale, these precarious towers represent the idea of uncertainty that has come to define our lives, particularly as a result of the pandemic, and that beauty can be born from the unknown and positive light can be found in the darkness. Topping the tree is a shining figure which represents one of Morris’s ‘Flower Women’ a recurring motif that appears in her work. Khan’s creative focuses on an often forgotten element of a Christmas tree – the base. He has designed this with ‘support’ in mind – the base reinforces Morris’s sculptures representing the love and support at the very heart of relationships and family. Surrounding the base, is a two way infinity mirror illuminated in Khan’s signature blue, featured in his recent paintings. Engraved on the mirror are the words ‘Merry Christmas’ translated into over a hundred languages, creating multiple layers of script. This represents the importance

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“The magnificent British sourced Nordmann Fir tree, stands 9m tall on Carlos Place and is surrounded by three interpretations of Morris’s Stack sculptures”

of the coming together of all faiths and cultures throughout the festive time. “We are so excited to create this year’s iconic Christmas tree at The Connaught. Our idea was to make a tree that represents home and togetherness, through language and colour” said Morris and Khan. This is the sixth year The Connaught Christmas Tree has been designed by a celebrated artist, past trees include Damien Hirst, Antony Gormley, Tracey Emin, Michael Craig-Martin and Sean Scully. The Connaught has long established itself as playing a significant role in the art world amassing a considerable art collection over its 170 year history. The Connaught Christmas Tree 2021 will shine bright on Carlos Place until the first week of January, 2022.


Kim Jones, Artistic Director of Dior Men’s Collections, designs



laridge’s, London’s legendary Mayfair hotel, has announced that this year its much-anticipated Christmas Tree is designed by Kim Jones, Artistic Director of the Dior men’s collections. Named The Celestial Snow Globe, this outstanding creation is a magnificent take on the classic winter decoration, subtly mixing Holographic projections with a white Toile – recalling the emblematic haute couture Ateliers’ Toile – to produce a poetic interplay of transparency, in which Kim Jones pays tribute to the Dior savoir faire. In another homage to the House’s heritage, the Christmas baubles that seem to float in orbit around the tree recall iconic Dior emblems. Perched atop the tree, Kim Jones’ faithful canine companion, Cookie, delicately hugs Monsieur Dior’s lucky star. Commenting on the collaboration, Kim Jones said, “It is a great honour for me to design the Christmas Tree for Claridge’s and thus bring Dior, London and the Christmas spirit together in this iconic place.” Claridge’s co-owner, Paddy McKillen, also said, “Christmas has always been a truly special time of the year for us here at Claridge’s, and we are delighted, for the first time in many years, to welcome a homegrown designer to create our illustrious tree.” The Claridge’s Christmas Tree has long been a seasonal London landmark and symbolises the start of the festive season in the capital, drawing visitors and Londoners alike to admire its creative design. This is the eleventh year Claridge’s has invited one of its distinguished guests to reinterpret the tree in their own distinctive style.

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ABOUT CLARIDGE’S At the centre of London’s Mayfair, Claridge’s, part of the Maybourne Hotel Group, embodies grand English style, timeless glamour and impeccable, intuitive and highly tailored service. It is London’s art deco jewel, and home to elegant rooms and suites. From London’s finest afternoon tea in the Foyer and Michelin star dining from Daniel Humm at Davies and Brook, to vintage champagnes and cocktails at Claridge’s Bar, all are part of the hotel’s unique splendor and charm.

“We are delighted, for the first time in many years, to welcome a homegrown designer to create our illustrious tree”

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Partridges Celebrates its 50th Christmas in Chelsea

Royal Warrant Holder grocer Partridges, the family-owned and run speciality food store, is celebrating its 50th Christmas in Chelsea.

THE DETAILS Opening Hours: 7.30/8am-10pm daily. Shop Online - - FREE Local Delivery Available (T&C’s Apply) and Deliveroo. For delivery in time for Christmas all hamper orders should be placed and completed by: Overseas: 5th December UK Mainland: 12th December Orders can be sent after these dates but delivery cannot be guaranteed before Christmas. Due to ongoing supply issues, Partridges may need to substitute items in the hampers with other items of equivalent value. Buns. 50cl - ABV 41.5% - £35.99. 50cl bottle presented in a red Partridges gift box - £42. The new Gin joins Partridges two other house gins: The Original Chelsea Flower Gin, launched in May 2017 to celebrate its 45th Anniversary and No.2 Chelsea Flower Gin, launched May 2018.

ABOUT PARTRIDGES The independent family-run food store was founded in 1972 in Sloane Square and in 1994 was granted a Royal Warrant as Grocers to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. In 2015 Partridges was voted Retail Family Business of the Year by Family Business United and in 2016 became a Commonwealth Export Champion.

Partridges 50th Anniversary Golden Hamper To celebrate, Partridges has launched a new Golden Anniversary Hamper containing a bottle of prosecco and half bottle of champagne, as well as other delicious fine foods and drinks. Christmas hampers make wonderful presents for family and friends. Presented in a traditional wicker hamper - £225. Partridges wide selection of ready-prepared and bespoke hampers include either a beautiful wicker hamper or a festive bright red, eco-friendly box. Packaging is 100% biodegradable from renewable sources and can be dissolved in water and is compostable.

Partridges New Chelsea Bun Gin Also new this Christmas is the Partridges Chelsea Bun Gin which contains delicious fruit flavours of oranges, sultanas and all spice inspired by Chelsea 38 DECEMBER 2021

Partridges New Christmas Gift Shop A new Christmas shop has opened in Partridges Duke of York Square store, full of gift ideas, gingerbread houses, Christmas chocolates and sweets, decorations and more. Partridges 50th Christmas Catalogue contains details of its prepared and bespoke food and drink hampers, Christmas essentials, wine pairing advice, a history of Partridges 50 years in Chelsea, a review of some of its customers over the years and much more. Available in store and online.


Skate At Somerset House With Moët & Chandon Until Sunday 16 January 2022


fter a year away, Skate returns to Somerset House with a joyful season of unparalleled ice skating, rinkside DJ takeovers, winter dining and festive experiences. Hailed as one of the capital’s favourite festive outings, Somerset House’s striking neo classical courtyard has been spectacularly transformed into the ultimate winter destination with new partners Moët & Chandon, welcoming visitors to make magical memories with loved ones. Specially for 2021, the courtyard features a more open skate space and Skate’s signature dazzling 40ft Christmas tree, with specially curated decorations from Moët & Chandon, providing perfect picture moments. Skate Lates with UNIQLO presents brandnew unmissable rink-side deck takeovers, from a specially curated line-up of leading contemporary DJs, artists and collectives. For those looking to improve their skills, Skate School returns with new professional coaching sessions with National Ice Skating Association (NISA) instructors. Stabilisers are offered to children as part of entry on a first come, first serve basis. This season also sees the introduction of Chilled Out skate sessions, taking place on selected 40 DECEMBER 2021

weekday mornings at a reduced capacity. The rink is open to wheelchair users across all skating sessions. Irresistible winter food and festive tipples await you from Hotel Chocolat’s muchloved Chocmobile, serving decadent winter treats. Soak up views of the rink in style, in the Skate Lounge by Moët & Chandon, where a wide selection of drink options are available, including an elegant range of champagnes and cocktails to toast the festive season. Housed in Somerset House’s West Wing, visitors can further unwind with a new all-day dining experience, Chalet Barragiste - from pop-up legend Jimmy Garcia, celebrating the best in festive feasting. An array of special events and activities are available for all ages to enjoy and visitors can browse an exclusive pop-up store from Hotel Chocolat where a range of luxury chocolate gifting is available for those in search of an indulgent gift, or simply a treat for themselves. Sessions sell out quickly so it is advised that visitors book tickets in advance. A small number of walk-up tickets will be available on-site each day.  Skate will operate with Covid security in mind and enhanced safety measures in place.

THE DETAILS For more details and to book tickets visit Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA



Beautiful organic children’s clothing to make you smile Helping to provide some much needed Christmas cheer, we offer an ever-evolving range of bright, bold and beautiful organic children’s clothing from newborns up to 10 years.

Discover one of the largest collections of organic children’s clothing brands in one place, including: Toby Tiger, Frugi, Pigeon Organics, Little Green Radicals, Maxomorra, Kite Clothing, Piccalilly and more. Organic Cotton isn’t just softer — it’s better. We believe that offering 100% organic materials across our range provides customers with a far higher-quality product. Visit and enjoy fast, free UK shipping on all orders.


Celebrate A Holly Jolly Christmas With Granary Square Brasserie


ranary Square Brasserie celebrates Christmas with a festive installation and limited-edition cocktails created in collaboration with Edrington UK This season, Granary Square Brasserie celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with a joyful installation for guests and passers-by to enjoy, complete with festive florals and robins, as well as a limited-edition cocktail menu and trio of desserts, available from Wednesday, 17 November. For those looking to treat themselves to a yuletide tipple, the brasserie’s bar team are serving up a number of bespoke cocktails, including the showstopping Red Robin (£9.75), a delicious blend of Maker’s Mark Bourbon, lemon, pomegranate, and honey, finished with apple cider, and Hold-

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“The brasserie’s bar team are serving up a number of bespoke cocktails”

Up Ginger (£10.25), complete with Haku Vodka, Aperol, pineapple, lime, and gingerbread, perfect for an after-dinner treat. Also featured is the Christmas Star (£10.25), a festive delight incorporating refreshing Roku Gin, star anis, pineapple, lemon and Crème de Mure. For those with a sweet tooth, the proof is in the pudding as guests can enjoy a series of new dessert additions, including warm mini mince pies (£4.75), served with hazelnut and brandy cream, a mouthwatering steamed Christmas pudding (£8.25), with almonds, redcurrants and brandy cream, and the snowball fight (£9.50), featuring brandy ice cream, and a white chocolate, gingerbread, and cream sauce. Junior Dieng, General Manager at Granary Square Brasserie, says: “We are delighted to partner with our friends at Edrington UK to offer unique and delicious cocktails this Christmas. We look forward to welcoming visitors and locals alike to the restaurant to celebrate the festive season with us.” If that wasn’t enough, the brasserie’s menu offers a selection of warming, winter dishes, including Roast Pumpkin and Butternut Squash Soup with truffle ricotta, chestnuts, pine nuts and crispy sage (£6.95,) and Goose Shepherd’s Pie with pigs in blankets, creamed mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce (£18.95).


A ‘Grand 34’ Christmas arrives in Mayfair

Mayfair favourite unveils its show-stopping Christmas installation and limited-edition cocktail menu in collaboration with Courvoisier Cognac


e’ve gone off-piste this Christmas, bringing you an imagined world of apresski, seventies kitsch and appetising delights at the ‘Grand 34’ Christmas. Step onto the terrace where folk nouveau meets alpine splendour, complete with a limited-edition ‘As Choux Like It’ dessert and festive cocktails created in collaboration with Courvoisier Cognac, available until the end of January 2022. This season, guests are invited to enjoy the most wonderful time of year in the heart of central London, whilst sipping on delectable delights including the Panache XO (£22.00), featuring

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“This season, guests are invited to enjoy the most wonderful time of year in the heart of central London, whilst sipping on delectable delights” Courvoisier XO, apple Aperitif, pumpkin spice syrup and anise, the Kovacs Demise (£20.00), with The Macallan 12yo Double Cask, banana liqueur, maple syrup and cacao, a flavoursome and tangy whisky ginger ale highball, the Renaissance Highball (£20.00), with The Macallan 12yo Double Cask, umeshu, amaretto and ginger ale, Zero Fizz (£17.00) [pictured], a bubbly cocktail incorporating Courvoisier VSOP, velvet falernum, sherry and popcorn syrup and topped with Champagne, or even Boy with Apple (£17.00) with Suntory Haku Vodka, cherry wine, cinnamon and apple. 34 Mayfair also offers a selection of mouthwatering seasonal, à la carte options, including Japanese Wagyu Fillet Steak from 34 Mayfair’s Rotisserie Grill, Dover Sole, 34 Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Crispy Duck Salad or even the Porcini Pizza with provolone and shaved truffle for added flavour throughout the holidays. The ‘Grand 34’ Christmas offering will be available until the end of January 2022. To book a table, call 020 3350 3434 or visit


All aboard for Christmas at

London Transport Museum Escape the cold this December with a festive line-up up family fun at the award-winning London Transport Museum in Covent Garden. Take a break in the Museum’s enchanted winter forest, filled with twinkly lights and cosy cushions. Settle in to watch a video story about Santa’s utterly awesome Underground journey with the ‘Tf-Elves’. MERRY QUIZMAS On Friday 17 December adults can swap the work Christmas do for a night at the Museum instead. At the Museum’s last After Dark event of 2021, explore after hours, enjoy a drink from the pop-up bar and show off your transport trivia knowledge in the ultimate end of year quiz. Tickets cost £12. Over 18s only.

MEET FATHER CHRISTMAS With the festive season upon us, families visiting London Transport Museum can meet Father Christmas himself. But after a bumpy landing in Covent Garden, his sleigh needs some attention. Little engineers can climb aboard a brandnew sleigh installation and have fun checking all systems are go before Christmas Eve. Santa and his elf-helper will be in the Museum daily between 11:00 and 15:00 until 23 December meeting and greeting visitors. WINTER WONDERLAND As you explore the Museum’s galleries, keep your eyes peeled for frosty Underground roundels hidden among the historic vehicles. Children who find all the roundels can enter a weekly prize draw to win a Mini London Underground Lightbox from the Museum’s shop. Look out for a new display of vintage posters celebrating winter in the Capital and step into a life-sized version of one to get a picture-perfect wintery Instagram snap too. 46 DECEMBER 2021

GIFTING GALORE Shoppers can pick up their last-minute Christmas gifts from the Museum’s shop too with every purchase supporting the Museum’s charitable work. Choose from beautiful vintage London transport posters, festive knitwear and children’s toys. To help your loved one’s step into the new year in style look no further than the Museum’s new ‘Ultimate Moquette Socks in Box’ collection, bringing together 12 classic transport textile patterned socks.

THE DETAILS Book online in advance Kids go free! Adult tickets £18.50


THE BERKELEY WINTER CABINS ARE UNVEILED Cosy cabins and festive candlelight in the heart of Belgravia


he Berkeley has revealed a festive new addition to the hotel with their elegant terrace spot playing host to five cosy wooden cabins – each seating up to eight diners – in addition to counter-top dining. Abundant with lanterns and flickering candles, the cabins are decked with wreaths, and surrounded by fir trees and fairy lights. Blankets and heaters are on hand, while a menu of alpine specialties is built around fondue and a showstopping raclette grill. The Berkeley Winter Cabins offer a menu of seasonal dishes served in convivial eating style. Starters include a trio of rostis flourished with different toppings, a hearty oxtail soup with

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toasted Gruyère croûte and short-rib croquettes. Mountain-inspired comfort food follows – from veal schnitzel to spätzle and cheese fondue. For indulgent ‘cook your own’ dishes; a feast of carefully-sourced cheeses, meats and vegetables are brought to the table for diners to pick and choose, customise and grill. For pudding, guests can select from a menu of decadent desserts designed to share, from apple tatin and pear and ginger crumble, to flambéed baked Alaska featuring three different flavours of ice cream. A chocolate croquembouche is set to be a retro showstopper. The drinks list showcases a wide range of craft beer, wines, champagnes, hot cider, classic cocktails and mocktails. The beer menu, in particular, is a key focus – all hail from Belgium including some rare bottles for guests to discover.

THE DETAILS The Berkeley Winter Cabins are open all day from 12pm (last sitting 9.15pm) Wednesday – Saturday, and 12pm – 5pm on Sundays. Cabins have a minimum spend of £500 per sitting and seat up to eight guests. Counter-top dining is available for walk-in guests only.

ABOUT THE BERKELEY Nestled between bustling Knightsbridge and leafy Belgravia, The Berkeley is the essence of contemporary chic and innovative luxury. With stunning rooms and suites, Michelin-starred cuisine from Marcus Wareing, a fashion favourite afternoon tea at Prêt-à-Portea, the Blue Bar and The Berkeley Bar & Terrace for drinks and The Berkeley Health Club & Spa, The Berkeley continues to surprise and enchant. To book, please contact The Berkeley For more details please visit: restaurants-bars/ the-winter-cabins

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estfield London and Westfield Stratford City announces their full festive line-up of Christmas activities, a must-visit destination for day-to-night shopping, dining and seasonal entertainment.

The Winter Village, Westfield Square Westfield London until 30 January 2022 In partnership with ETM Group, the Winter Village features nine stunning winter chalet igloos, inspired by traditional alpine lodges, transporting you to the magical snowy mountain side – a perfect backdrop to your Christmas celebrations. Opulent décor and impeccable service await as you relax and snuggle up with friends and loved ones. The indulgent 3 course menu, with drinks for each course, features the ultimate sharing feast. Each igloo comfortably accommodates up to 6 guests. You can experience food, drink and live music at Jack’s Winter Lodge in the heart of Winter Village, hosting live music every Thursday from 6.30pm to 9.30pm during December. Tickets are £6.50pp and include a reserved table and Jack Daniel’s Hot Toddy. To book your event at Westfield Square’s Winter Village, visit: www.etmgroup. or JacksWinterLodge

Meet Santa - a new digital and physical winter woodland experience Until 24 December Visitors to either Westfield Centre can meet Santa through a brand-new immersive experience. Guests are welcomed and led by an elf to Santa’s Lodge to greet the man of the hour. Friends or family at home can also watch the experience

virtually, to view their loved ones enjoying this once-a-year meet-and-greet moment. Each experience lasts around 10 minutes, with a maximum of six people per session. Tickets can be booked via the Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City websites.

Dining Out at Westfield Stratford City Westfield Stratford City has a mouth-watering choice of casual dining restaurants and eateries in one destination, plus everything you need for your festive household groceries. Take your pick from 80 food and drink concepts, including plentiful vegan and halal options, all of which serve the freshest flavours from across the globe.

Boxing Day Sales from Sunday 26 December Make the most of the annual shopping event at either Westfield Centre where shoppers will be able to bag the best deals and sales in the country. Boxing Day falls on a Sunday and Westfield London will open from 12pm – 6pm and Westfield Stratford City open from 10am – 4pm. For more details about Christmas at Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City, visit @westfieldlondon @westfieldstrat

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London launches Christmas celebrations with world’s biggest light switch-on By Sophie Corcoran


ondon has kicked off its Christmas festivities with the world’s largest light switch-on. The capital’s most well-known hotspots including Mayfair, Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square have been decked with more than one million LED lights ahead of Christmas. Shoppers buying their loved ones gifts on Oxford Street and Regent Street are also able to see the lights there. A total of 20 streets across the city’s West End all had their lights switched on at the same time to mark the beginning of the festive season. Photos and videos taken of the switch-on were shared on social media. One person tweeted: “London’s West End Christmas lights are officially on! A fantastic evening in the West End tonight for the world’s biggest ever Christmas lights switch-on.” Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, said: “London is the greatest city in the world and I’m thrilled that this year the West End is hosting the largest Christmas lights switch-on ever seen. “From our world-class shops, attractions, arts, and culture to our incredible bars and restaurants – all of which will be sparkling under more than a million lights – there is so much to see and do this festive season. “With just six weeks to go until Christmas, I’m urging Londoners and visitors to enjoy the best our capital has to offer, see the amazing lights and support our hospitality to continue to bounce back.” Ros Morgan, a spokesperson for London’s West End, said: “Tonight marked a landmark moment for London’s West End as 20 iconic streets came together to mark the start of Christmas. “Having lost out on Christmas last year, 2021 has to be about getting the chance to really cherish that joy that you get in the lead-up to Christmas and where better to do this than the West End?”

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The history of Moquette Moquette is the durable, woollen seating material that is used in upholstery on public transport all over the world. Coming from the French word for carpet, It is produced on looms using the Jacquard weaving technique, with a pile usually made up of 85% wool mixed with 15% nylon. The first moquette pattern was called Lozenge, made in 1923 by Firth Furnishings Ltd. It followed the fashions in home furnishings and art deco styles of the day. Creation of London Transport With the creation of London Transport in the 1930s, Chief Executive, Frank Pick and his Publicity Officer, Christian Barman commissioned established artists and designers to create stylish, contemporary patterns for the Capital’s transport system. Textile designers such as Enid Marx, Marion Dorn and Paul Nash were commissioned by London Transport to produce exclusive moquette designs. Geometric and contemporary, these new moquettes were radically different from the floral patterns produced previously. This ‘Leaf ’ or ‘Colindale’ moquette was introduced in the 1940s. Today, moquette patterns can be designed in house by Transport for London, or by an external design company. From Furniture to fashion London Transport Museum now takes this rich design history and applies it to a unique range of 54 DECEMBER 2021

quirky, well made products. The most prominent of these is their extensive homeware collection which encompasses a variety of different sofa designs alongside chairs, cushions and stools. All of these are available in multiple moquette patterns with some very eye-catching colourways. They also stock a lovely range of lambswool scarves & throws produced in the UK with manufacturers Bronte. Bronte use one of the UK’s last remaining vertical woolen mills. Further accessories include their bestselling socks gift boxes, face masks, tote bags, watches and even a picnic set. Browse online at or visit the store in Covent Garden. You can receive 10% off your first order online.

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SCENES IN THE SQUARE Icons from a century of cinema are honoured in Leicester Square


he dynamic trail of interactive bronze statues celebrates the capital’s rich movie history and exciting future, through a unique cultural initiative by Heart of London Business Alliance in partnership with Westminster City Council and major film studios. A creative expression of the past 100 years of movie magic, the long-term installation features many iconic film characters, each immortalised in bronze statues. Leicester Square has long been the home of film, with the first cinema opening in 1930 and the first movie premiere taking place in 1937. The trail celebrates unforgettable films from almost every decade, with each character dynamically displayed from the rooftops and walls to benches and flower beds. Legendary comedy duo Laurel & Hardy who together starred in over 100 films, including Liberty (1929) – the inspiration that sees their statues playfully teetering on a rooftop. Another timeless figure is a statue of Looney Tunes’ Bugs Bunny, having appeared in the most films in history since his first official appearance in 1940’s A Wild Hare, The iconic figure of Gene Kelly is celebrated on a lamppost from the timeless dance sequence

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in ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ (1952). Mary Poppins lands gracefully in Leicester Square gardens, a shining example of 1960s cinema and still popular today with the West End musical at the Prince Edward Theatre. Also gracing the rooftops is Batman, DC’s iconic Super Hero, celebrating the character’s onscreen presence in every decade since the 1980s. The trail also recognises a British comedy great in Mr. Bean, who bumbled his way to box office success in 1997, after first appearing on our television screens 30 years ago. Treasured British icon Paddington, whose beloved cinematic outings Paddington and Paddington 2 premiered in Leicester Square in 2014 and 2017 respectively, sits on a bench where visitors can have lunch beside this marmalade loving star! Completing the trail is Wonder Woman – another DC’ Super Hero who stands for justice, peace and equality. Bursting dynamically through a wall, the figure celebrates the 2020 release of Wonder Woman 1984. Leicester Square has been hosting red carpet movie premieres since the 1930s and over a third associate the location primarily with the glitz and glamour of these film events.

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rom limited-edition gift packs and bijoux bottlings, to special celebratory wines and A-list champagne, these luxe libations will bring more than a twinkle to their eye this Christmas…

The Wine Society Vegan Case of 6 Enhance those plant-based Christmas recipes with a vegan-friendly vino, featuring top drops from France, Italy, Australia and California. £56, The Wine Society

Champagne Bollinger Special Cuvée 007 Limited Edition Star-studded sparkler… Brilliant bubbles for Bond fans and anyone with a taste for the high life. £46.95, EW Wines

Don Papa Limited Edition Port Cask Proving the Philippines is a go-to for premium rum, this one’s aged for two years in ex-bourbon casks, then aged for an additional five years in port casks. The result? A dark, spicy rum with lingering fruitiness and warmth. £70, Master of Malt

Bloom Gin Gift Pack with London Dry Gin and a Cocktail Making Set With a rose gold hammered cocktail shaker, jigger and cocktail barspoon, this looks bloomin’ marvellous. £59 (70cl), Amazon

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Merry Christmas Bordeaux Duo Gift Two classy clarets to put the cheer into Chrimbo. A 2017 vintage Wine Advocate praised as being ‘all about finesse, perfume and aromatic intensity’ and a 2018 medal winner, both in their drinking window. £30, Laithwaites

Dom Pérignon Rosé 2006 Lady Gaga Special Edition Not only is Lady Gaga gracing the front cover of December’s Vogue, she’s fraternising with the most famous – and fashionable – fizz in the world. Chin-chin! £315, 31 Clos

Martin Miller’s Winterful Flavoured Gin Christmas spice and all things nice. Think warm and complex flavours of cinnamon and mandarin peel, topped with tonic and stick of cinnamon to garnish. £27.95 (70cl), Amazon

Tiempo Tequila Reposado Cristalino Batch 1 Call the shots… from Jalisco, with love. Perfect for sipping neat or in a cocktail. £54.99 (70cl), House of Malt

JJ Whitley Blue Raspberry Russian Vodka This regal looking Russian vodka will blow away the winter blues. Ripe raspberry notes interplay with juicy blueberries, and it can be sipped neat over ice or mixed in a fabulously fruity blue cocktail. Chin-chin! £15 (70cl), Sainsbury’s

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Bellmans Auctioneers Expanding Horizons | A Collection of Contemporary Art


s one of the UK’s leading regional auction houses, Bellmans holds specialist auctions as well as regular Home Interiors auctions, featuring sales of both Asian and European ceramics, silver, pictures and prints, jewellery, wristwatches and works of art. Each auction includes a wide range of remarkable items, with something to appeal to all, bringing an enticing variety of treasures, consigned from Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, London, the Home Counties and further afield.

“Included are a host of wonderful works by truly brilliant contemporary artists”

This Winter, Bellmans is delighted to present Expanding Horizons | A Collection of Contemporary Art. Included are a host of wonderful works by truly brilliant contemporary artists, such as a mesmerising piece from Damien Hirst, striking works from the artist Zhang Huan and his Earth Life and Memory Door series, stunning triptychs by Ian Monroe, and captivating prints by the great Wim Wenders. As Head of the Picture Department at Bellmans, Julian Dineen’s personal featured highlights include, Lot 295, Earth Life No.13, 2007, oil on canvas from Chinese artist, Zhang Huan, with an estimate of £10,000 - £15,000, Lot 300, Damien Hirst, In a Spin, The Action of the World on Things, gloss household paint and screenprinted text and fibreboard, estimated at £15,000 - £25,000 and finally, Lot 379, Heavy Arms, a high polished bronze and walnut sculpture by Kevin Francis Gray with an estimate of £500 - £1,000. 60 DECEMBER 2021

The specialist contemporary art auction takes place on the 16th December 2021 at 6pm, at Bellmans’ West Sussex location and if you’d prefer to bid from the comfort of your home, online at Please contact julian@bellmans. for further information. Bellmans’ regular auctions continue to see exceptional results and increasing numbers of registrations, indicating the strength and competitiveness of the current market, making it the perfect time to sell. Bellmans are actively welcoming consignments and offer complimentary valuations at both their West Sussex and Mayfair locations. Visit Bellmans’ website to find out more, subscribe to regular auction alerts or simply to browse and bid in Bellmans’ next auctions online at your leisure. *Subject to Buyers Premium @ 22% + vat


Craftsmanship for Christmas T he Shop at Japan House London brings artisan and hand-crafted products from Japan exclusively to Kensington High Street for the delight and enjoyment of guests. Each product has a history and is often the result of centuries of innovative development from expert craftspeople who constantly work to hone and improve their skills. This Christmas, The Shop has an even wider selection of lifestyle, apparel, food and healthy living items to offer. Jewellery fans may enjoy browsing the Jinbo Pearl range – each one formed inside a species of oyster native to Japan’s largest freshwater lake and shining with a different pink, white, purple or gold hue. For the young at heart, colourful Tumiisi blocks by A4 made from Yoshino cedar and cypress can be stacked on top of one another any which way and can be enjoyed as a plaything for young children as well as a stylish decorative item. The Shop stocks an array of scents and diffusers from leading scent brand @aroma, which

brings the scents of Japan’s forests and nature into the home creating a calming atmosphere in any room. Or for the family artist, calligraphy sets by renowned brush makers Akashiya sit alongside oil-based crayons from stationery brand Kokuyo which allow the build-up and blending of layered colours for a uniquely textured finish. Customers visiting over the Christmas period will encounter a large display of Edo-kiriko, an eye-catching style of colourful, engraved cut glass developed in Tokyo. These beautifully finished glasses make the ideal vessels for a tipple of Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky (aged 18 years), while delicate glass sake sets from Hirota Glass 62 DECEMBER 2021

combined with a bottle of seasonal yuzu flavoured or sparkling sake may make a novel gift set for drink connoisseurs. Christmas shopping at Japan House offers the chance to browse, learn about and purchase Christmas gifts that will really stand out under the Christmas tree. Surprise and delight loved ones with something out of the ordinary by visiting the new Japan House online shop and have items delivered straight to the door or come in store to talk to their friendly retail assistants for gifting advice. The Shop is open from 10:00-20:00 Monday – Saturday and 12:0018:00 on Sundays and bank holidays.

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Christmas Port & Cheese Gift Set Great for Gifting - £69.95 Our Christmas Port and Cheese Gift box comes with the Decanter Gold award, 10 year old Tawny Barros Port, with a delicious trio of hand selected cheeses which deserve to be championed and devoured! Tuck into our three-cheese gift box, which offers best in class, Lincolnshire Vintage Poacher, Stichelton and Tor cheeses complemented with Peters Yard Sourdough Multipack Crackers. Wash down with 10 year old Tawny Barros Port packed with dried fruit aromas. Enjoy the delicate vanilla and chocolate notes, enhancing those cheese flavours and as recommended by our port connoisseur. Devine and luxurious. FULL EXPERIENCE CONTENTS - Barros Porto 10-year-old Tawny Port - 3 Cheese Selection - Peters Yard Cracker Multipack Selection - IMP & MAKER Truffle Selection

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arking has been an issue in towns for years now, and certainly not getting better, and whatever happens, we all know it’s going to get more expensive! Do we abandon our safe and trusted cars, get out bicycle clips, queue in the rain for the bus, or walk to the tube? Even if we go down that route, we’ll still need our cars for work, appointments, shopping and trips out visiting friends and family. A dilemma: where to park the families’ cars? This is where the clever people at Strongman Lifts can help out. They’ve been specialising in all sorts of different car parking solutions for 15 years, providing results to thousands of customers across the country, including Jaguar Land-Rover, Red Bull, and domestic homes, installing thousands of lifts, from monsters to micros. They can’t manufacture space but get close. Their years of experience of making the most of all available space to deliver maximum parking spaces presenting a bespoke service - ‘From inception with CAD drawings to completion package’, all in-house as well as aftercare service too. Interested? What next? If you’ve got garage space, then in all probability you may be able to double or triple the space available. If you don’t have sufficient headroom there are ways to simply convert garages to accommodate an extra vehicle or two, with opportunities go either

up or down or both! Areas around the house too can be converted to park cars underground, and Strongman have options to park anything from an extra one to multiple cars underground. Security considerations. Having your cars stored away in your garage or underground parking gives peace of mind knowing your vehicles are safe from theft of vandalism. Whether it’s your everyday cars, or prized classic or super car, Strongman have the knowhow to deliver a storage solution and package for you. Need to know more? ... website, email or better still give the guys at Strongman a call.

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Beat those cold winter days by warming yourself at one of our many log fires.. Our amazing winter offer includes a bottle of Prosecco with chocolates and savoury snacks in your room on arrival, a sumptuous 3 course dinner from our table d’hote menu in the evening and a delicious Full Scottish breakfast, served each morning in our Verandah Restaurant boasting stunning views of the Tummel Valley, before exploring this beautiful part of Scotland. There is so much to see and do. Enjoy a walk to the black spout waterfall or maybe the Pitlochry Dam and Fish Ladder are all worth a visit as is House of Bruar. Atholl Palace Hotel is the ideal touring base and a warm welcome awaits. Don’t forget you can also relax in our inviting lounge areas with real log fires. £189 for one night for two people SundayThursday. £209 for one night for two people Friday & Saturday. Conference and meetings within the stunning backdrop of Perthshire. Located just over an hour away from Edinburgh, and in the heart of Perthshire, Atholl Palace hotel offers first class event services. Choosing the right venue for your next event is incredibly important. You’ll want assurances that your personal event planner understands your needs, can offer flexibility and wants the event to run as flawlessly as you do. At the Atholl Palace, we have a dedicated corporate events team with a wealth of experience - after all, we’ve been looking after our clients and your delegates since 1878.

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ourselves on our ability to host international conferences for up to 400 delegates. In our circular Atholl Suite, natural daylight and 360 degree views over oak woodland create an atmosphere which is hard to rival. Built in AV Equipment and a separate AV room allow us to host international conferences, product launches and national awards ceremonies. For smaller seminars, our Bow Lounge – with original fixtures and fittings – really adds grandeur to any event. Holding up to 140, this suite is perfect for seminars, exhibitions and presentations. With exclusive use of an adjacent beautiful roof-top garden, let us impress your delegates with an al fresco BBQ lunch or even champagne closing drinks as the sun sets over the Tummel valley.

The Atholl Palace is one of Scotland’s finest wedding destinations, pairing warm hospitality with spectacular surroundings with both the Scottish Baronial style palace and 50 acres of award-winning gardens and mature parklands. Discover exquisite yet traditional interiors, delicious cuisine, a wealth of unique activities and our tranquil Lavender spa. Whether imposing yet intimate, uniquely-themed, or luxe and lavish are the order of the day, our personal, discreet and attentive team will ensure that your Wedding day dreams come true. Our couples are our focus and we appreciate that each couple is different in their own way. Our promise is to realise your Wedding day vision whilst supporting you through your planning journey from start to finish



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elcome to Coppa Putney, your local Clubhouse offering a homefrom-home experience, taking you seamlessly from day to night. Bringing a distinct café culture experience to Southwest London, the newest site in the group, Coppa Putney, provides a welcoming retreat for locals and guests alike. Located on the riverfront, there’s a café, bar, restaurant, lounge, terrace and private dining all in one space, to enjoy from morning to night. As part of the brand’s home-from-home ethos, you can tuck into everything from breakfast, brunch, intimate dinners, after-work drinks and of course get your daily caffeine fixes. In essence, it’s a private members club experience but without the

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membership fees! With a large outside area, guests will be able to dine alfresco on the terrace or in one of Coppa Club’s iconic private igloos, perfect for those special days. With views of passing boats and the sun setting on the Thames, it’s an ideal drinking spot for whatever the season – from a glass of rosé in the summer sunshine to a cosy mulled wine during the winter. For those keen to escape the confines of their home office, there’s plenty of working space, cosy lounges and super-fast WIFI indoors. Coppa is even dog-friendly, so if your pooch is looking to join in, then bring them along. If Putney locals are looking for fun, innovative events, then Coppa will be hosting seasonal activities throughout the year. From supper clubs with highbrow speakers, to pop up shops and craft classes, get ready to untap your creative skill set at Coppa.

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he Duchess of Cambridge has starred in a film alongside a 10-year-old Cub Scout to mark the Royal British Legion centenary. In the film, Kate awarded Emily Edge a new Scouts’ Centenary Remembrance Badge for creating a poppy display for her local church. The initiative, spearheaded by the duchess, was created to commemorate 100 years of the Royal British Legion and bestowed to those who take a meaningful part in remembrance. In the film, Kate, who is joint president of The Scout Association, was in conversation with Italy star veteran Colonel David Blum OBE and 10-year old Cub Scout Emily. Emily told the duchess what she had learned about the roles that the Scouts played as part of the wartime effort, including helping with the evacuation of young children from cities and taking part in fire watches and harvests. During their chat, which took place at the Royal Hospital Chelsea earlier this month, Kate spoke about the vital role that remembrance has played

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within our society over the past 100 years. In the film released on Friday, the star veteran reflected on the importance of remembrance to him, having served in Italy during the Second World War. They also discussed the long-term impact of Colonel Blum’s own time in the Scouts and the vital life skills and experiences that being a Scout can provide to young people, including building confidence, team-building skills and resilience. This year, Scouts across the country have been taking part in activities to commemorate the centenary of the Royal British Legion, which was created by Earl Haig in 1921.

“Emily told the duchess what she had learned about the roles that the Scouts played as part of the wartime effort, including helping with the evacuation of young children from cities and taking part in fire watches and harvests”

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Mulberry Street Premium Hard Seltzer is a new alcoholic drink with less than 70 calories and 100% natural ingredients. The Sicilian orange with chinotto and Sicilian lemon with bergamot are refreshing on their own but also the perfect mixer with a gin or a twist to classic cocktails such as a Spritz, Negroni or Mojito. Celebrate this Christmas with a special festive fizz, half Prosecco and half Mulberry Street, we are The Cocktail Seltzer. @mulberrystreetuk on IG




reenwich Peninsula, London’s newest creative neighbourhood, has kicked off its ‘Christmas Less Ordinary’ for 2021. A one-of-a-kind festive environment for those who love to push their creative boundaries. ‘WAVE’ AUDIO-VISUAL AND INTERACTIVE LIGHT DISPLAY An entrancing physical presence of how light, sound and movement can work in perfect harmony. Created by digital and lighting collective, Squidsoup, the light experience consists of five hundred individual suspended orbs, offering a dazzling light filled sanctuary in which to explore. WINTER MARKETS FLOW farmers market is back! Taking place on Peninsula Square every weekend until 19th December, this seasonal event brings the best fresh, local produce direct to residents and visitors. From cured meats, top quality cheeses, fresh pasta, plants and freshly baked goods, Flow offers something for everyone. LYDIA CHAN AT NOW GALLERY NOW Gallery’s 2021 design commission introduces multidisciplinary artist Lydia Chan with her bold and unique look at science fiction through her exhibition ‘Your Ship Has Landed’. Established as one of the most exciting young set designers in the industry, with previous commissions including Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney and Gucci. Free to attend until 6th March 2022, CULT CLASSIC FILM SCREENINGS What’s Christmas without some cult movie classics! Winter Film Nights present festive greats such as Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas, Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Elf and Love Actually. Held in Design District’s C1 building, showings take place every weekend until 19th December. Tickets are £5 for kids and £7 for adults, food and drink packages are also available, £15 for adults, £10 for kids, which includes tickets and a £10 food voucher for Canteen. To purchase tickets visit

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FESTIVE FEASTINGS Catering for the culinary adventurous, Design District’s food hub, Canteen, hosts an exciting range of food and crafts experiences. For a limited time only, guests can explore festive street food cuisine from around the world, while taking part in homemade gifting and crafting workshops. Let your tastebuds do the travelling and grab a taste of Christmas in South America or the Mediterranean or how about Malaysia? With festive food offerings throughout December, workshops taking place until 19th December and lunchtime workshops every weekend throughout December this event is perfect for the adventurous nibblers amongst us. Please visit whats-on for further details. @thepeninsulist #GreenwichPeninsula


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arylebone Village is a central London destination with a bustling community that caters for everything you need at Christmas from the turkey from renowned butcher The Ginger Pig and cheeses from La Fromagerie to the seasonal tableware from David Mellor, jewellery from the newly opened Mejuri, hampers from Ottolenghi, curated gift sets from childrenswear brand Bonpoint and pastel knits from Olivia Rubin. Despite being minutes from Oxford Street, Marylebone Village sits within an oasis of tranquillity and poses as the ultimate Christmas shopping destination with something for everyone. Its subtle twinkling festive display reflects the community feel of Marylebone Village and showers their coveted boutiques, restaurants and bars in a soft, golden glow. Illuminating the streets in a swathe of sparkling lights, Marylebone Village’s festive makeover attracts tourists worldwide. Marylebone Village is home to a diverse collection of shops, galleries, bars, pubs and restaurants all set within a grid of Georgian streets. Whilst Moxon Street is renowned as a destination for food lovers while atmospheric Marylebone Lane is defined by its independent shops and one-off concept stores. It’s coveted shops and boutiques include: Olivia Ruben, Dinny Hall, Kastur Jewels, Wyse London, The Organic Pharmacy, Daunt Books, Isabel Manns and Designers Guild.

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“Despite being just minutes from Oxford Street, Marylebone Village sits within an oasis of relative tranquillity and poses as the ultimate Christmas shopping destination”

With winter in full swing, Marylebone Village’s most coveted dining spots are welcoming the Christmas period with a plethora of festive menus and seasonal offerings. Home to a cluster of London’s most exciting restaurants, Marylebone Village has quickly assumed the role of a feasting hotspot. With names such as Orrery, Ottolenghi, Delamina, The Cavendish and Caldesi getting into the Christmas spirit with specially curated food and drinks menus, Central London’s foodie paradise has had a festive makeover. Their newest addition ‘28-50 by Night’ effortlessly blends live blues and jazz music with premium wines and carefully curated menus to pose as the ultimate late night dining spot. On Wednesday 10 November, Marylebone Village welcomed visitors to the renowned central London location for its much-anticipated annual Christmas lights and shopping event Merry Marylebone, with spectators celebrating the switch on moment with the nation’s favourite father and son duo Martin and Roman Kemp.


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SOMETHING GREEN FOR THE LUNCH BOX? THE RE-WRAP-IT REUSABLE SANDWICH WRAPPER! No more single use plastic for your sandwich, wrap or roll! The Wrapper folds round your sandwich and seals with a velcro strip. It opens into a place mat; ideal for out and about! Wipe down and use again. Hand made in Scotland with the help of the inmates at Kilmarnock Prison. The perfect Secret Santa Gift! 10% discount with code LastMinute. 82 DECEMBER 2021

NATURAL SCENT JEWELLERY THE NEW WAY TO WEAR SCENT The Perfino set combines exquisite jewellery with expertly blended, 100% natural, pure essential oils so you can wear scent all day long without any chemicals touching your skin. Our solid recycled silver and 18ct gold vermeil pendants come with 18” or 24” adjustable chains, 6 naturally porous lava stones, and 10ml of house blended pure essential oils. “An amazing gift for a loved one, but this one’s for me” Lavinia

SCULPTURES AT ANGELA REED Proudly championing beautiful, high-quality furniture and home accessories for over 140 years, Angela Reed has evolved with the times, remaining contemporary and timeless all at once. The heritage speaks through every carefully curated product. Explore this Antique Bronze Style Kissing Couple on Bike Sculpture or browse the extensive collections for your loved ones this Christmas. Exclusive discount for readers with online only code: LIFE10




NETGEAR ORBI QUAD-BAND WIFI 6E MESH SYSTEM (RBKE963) Introducing the industry’s first Quad-band mesh WiFi 6E system. Orbi Quad-band, with dedicated WiFi connections, new WiFi 6E, and a 10-gigabit wired Internet port, delivers ultra-fast speeds and massive device capacity. With combined WiFi speeds of up to 10.8Gbps across up to 7,500 square feet you’ll enjoy the most amazing WiFi experience ever. Pre-order now at

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ART DECO POSTERS Pullman Editions designs striking original limitededition posters that capture the enduring appeal of Art Deco. Their newlycommissioned posters feature glamorous winter sports and summer resorts around the world, as well as the world’s greatest historic automobiles. Evoking memories of holidays and special occasions, their modern take on the Art Deco classics make super original gifts. There are over 100 designs available to view and buy online at Priced at £420 each.


7 LIMITED AVAILABILITY! Have a favourite photo transformed into an oil painting by the extraordinary Paul Wright, the National Portrait Gallery exhibitor. Only the first 3 people to contact McKay Williamson will have a wonderful, commissioned portrait in time for Christmas. Speak to one of the gallery advisors for guidance, as Paul reserves the right to select the best image to work from. Prices range from £5,750 - £10,500 for portraits. Contact his gallery, McKay Williamson, on 020 4529 5413, or email and quote London Life. DECEMBER 2021 83







If you’re looking for the perfect present this Christmas, Culinary Concepts has an extensive range of unique gift ideas on offer. Discover an assortment of luxurious home accessories that are sure to wow, unique gifts for the person who has everything and smaller token items that show you care. With a fabulous collection of barware and dining table must-haves and decorative homewares, there are plenty of pieces to inspire you this Christmas. Use the code LIFE20 on to receive 20% off full-price lines. 01252 852305

NEW BABY MUST-HAVE. The Cuddledry handsfree towel is a luxurious yet practical new baby gift, designed to make bathtime simple, safe & snug. Made using a sustainable blend of bamboo and cotton, the towel allows parents to keep two hands free to lift baby from the water and into their arms for a warm embrace. The handsfree towel can also be personalised- making it one of a kind, just like baby! Choose from five stunning colourways at

BOING JEWELLERY British jewellery brand, BOING Jewellery, have released their first ever Christmas gift set, each including a beautiful, UKmade bracelet and a matching key fob, all made using sailing and climbing rope and rigging. These stylish and tactile accessories come in a range of festive colours for both men and women, and with a huge range of colours and designs, there’s one to suit every taste. Shop here:


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11 HAPPY CHRISTMAS SEED BOMB STOCKING FILLERS A set of three native wildflower seed ball boxes – a colourful eco friendly stocking filler, Christmas party favour or festive gardening gift. Each box contains 6 UK native wildflower seed balls - easy and fun to use, simply scatter on top of soil or compost, water and nature will take care of the rest. No gardening expertise or digging required! Great for for bee lovers, children and gardeners. RRP £7.50

A F A M I LY B U S I N E S S Curating and crafting quality-made sustainably sourced products for a lifetime of memories for your family. Full range of long-lasting UK & EU branded rocking horses and animals for babies, toddlers and children up to 12 years old!

We also offer a free personalisation service for many of the baby rocking horses All traditional toys we source, allow you to integrate them into your existing toy library to create limitless imaginative play and bonding time with your Children or Grandchildren. We want you to feel being part of something greater not just for your little ones, but for society and the environment. For further information visit Or you can call us, leave a message or WhatsApp at 07792 314546 Email:


EVIE AND SKYE Betsy the Teddy Bear and her friends are handcrafted in a small workshop of skilled artisans in Canterbury. Betsy and her friends are all unique and are made using a gorgeous selection of Evie & Skye’s 100% brushed eco-cotton. Using the offcuts from our Tiny Tot cushions our bears and bunnies are a story in sustainability. Shop now at




Hula Studios specialises in creating timeless, luxury silk scarves, made in England by designer Phoebe Kenny. Sustainability and slow fashion are core to Hula, and each scarf is made with passion and care. The scarves are made from the most luxurious silk twill, carrying a beautiful light drape ensuring an effortlessly chic, elegant style. The perfect Christmas gift. Prices from £55. Use code SANTA for a 10% discount. Visit and follow @hula.studios on Instagram.



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LAMBSWOOL THROWS FROM LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM As part of their extensive range of moquette design products London Transport museum offer 100% lambswool luxury throws. These come in Routemaster and District moquette with an Elizabeth Line version on the way and plans to expand further. The throws are made from Bronte using one of the UK’s last vertical woollen mills. £95. Shop online at or in their Covent Garden store. 10% off your first order online.




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NMRK JEWELLERY Celebrate the festive season with a little extra magic and give the gift of gold this Christmas. NMRK Jewellery combines affordability with lightweight luxury. Thoughtfully designed pieces crafted in responsibly sourced gold and diamond. The perfect earring, whatever your style and budget. From elegant understated studs, essential style must have mini huggies to timeless diamond hoops. A gift to be treasured for a lifetime. For the ones you love this Christmas, be sure to make their stocking sparkle. @nmrkjewellery


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GIFTS FOR THE SOUL The Universal Soul Company has been awarded the Positive Luxury Award for it’s commitment to sustainability and the environment. Award winning products, designed by Sara Griffiths, created to ‘Awaken the senses and Uplift the Soul’. Our brand new, remote control, Ultrasonic Aroma diffuser, humidifier & purifier, AURA, is now available in Chrome or Blanc, complete with 15ml of pure, essential oils in signature fragrance STILL. £130. The ‘Expect Miracles’ collection launches with a handcrafted, artisan, sterling silver necklace – also available plated in rose or yellow gold £90. See all our beautiful & uplifting soul products at Vegan. Nontoxic. No synthetic fragrance. No SLS/Parabens. Cruelty Free. Use expectmiracles10 for 10% off orders until Dec 17th

SANSOM REED Our mission is to inspire you with every aspect of your wardrobe, accessories, and home. Annie has a lifetime of creative retail buying candour and she and her team will personally help you identify multiple uses from each piece. We deliberately source responsible, ethical labels, who use sustainable fabrics and are fair trade recognised. We aim to surprise with finds that you will fall in love with.





The luxury faux fur beanbag makes those cold winter nights just that little bit warmer. Handmade in the UK with a choice of 4 sumptuous colours you can enjoy superior comfort this winter from £275.00 Go handsfree with the iPad Bean bag stand at £29.99. This stand will cleverly hold your iPad, phone, Kindle, or cookbook at the perfect angle. Available at

LHW X EMILY BROOKS Are you thinking about how to get your kids to ‘want’ to wear a warm hat this winter? Cool kids hat brand Little Hotdog Watson have you covered with their exclusive collaboration with award winning British illustrator/ designer Emily Brooks. LHW creates high-quality, responsibly-made kidswear. All their hats are water resistant, reflective and cosy thanks to a thinsulate layer. Made to be worn with a bit of attitude. Available at



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20 LIGHTWEIGHT BIKES FROM WOOM As you consider the best bike to place under the tree, look no further than woom bikes. From colour coded gears and brakes little hands can reach, to a chainguard and a comfy seat, every little detail has been thought of to get children going on their bikes.

CHIC & RAW Chic & Raw has created a new experience in luxury candles. Each rose gold candle contains crystals or gems matched with fragrances from French perfumiers to enhance stress relief. Choose rose quartz, amethyst, green aventurine or ruby, with a premium gift box. Visit and follow @chicandraw on Instagram.

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Hello Day Planners are for stylish people who want to get things done. Caring as much about wellbeing as ‘work’ to-do lists, the planners help to keep track of healthy eating, exercise, reflection and positivity – helping to achieve goals and end each day with a sense of accomplishment and progress. Founded by interior designer, Kirsten Wilson, Hello Day Planners are a perfect blend of Kirsten’s style expertise and organisational skill. As an independent brand, the attention Hello Day gives to the packaging of their products is just one thing that sets them apart from other stationers - making the planners the perfect gift this festive season. RRP: £46. Available at, Harrods, Fenwick and Amara.

Ice Globes are one of the latest trends in skincare, making them the perfect Christmas present. Keep them in the fridge for the ultimate cryotherapy pamper treatment. These globes help to reduce puffiness, especially around the eyes, making it a great addition to your morning routine. Other benefits include tightening and firming, reducing redness and helps to improves skin tone by stimulating blood flow. Order by 20th December for Christmas delivery.



SNUGBUMS Bold and luxurious pet brand specialising in stylish, comfortable and extremely ‘grammable pet beds made entirely in the UK. The brand delivers high performing products in show stopping patterns and sumptuous textures for highly papped pets to get some ‘down time’ and enjoy a 5* dreamy nap. Looking fabulous, four legged fashionistas can rest assured they are fully taken care of whilst catching some ‘Z’s’ with the firm READER premium filling allowing OFFER: SAVE just the right amount of cushioning to support ratio. The classic doughnut bed style is designed to cuddle to sleep, easing anxiety in pets and providing comfort. Your loveable pet can be comfy for Christmas Instagram snugbums_ Reader offer save 10% use code SNUGLIFE10 your pets will thank you later.


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ROSEHIP DESIGN Everyone loves a pretty umbrella and Rosehip Design have over 20 beautiful botanical designs to choose from, on their online store. Rosehip’s own designs are printed and manufactured into a fabulous range of gifts, from umbrellas and raincoats, to bathrobes and towelling. Aprons, tea towels and pot holders are also amongst their most popular gifts. Take a look at their online store.

26 FEARS WATCHES With a heritage dating back to 1846, Fears Watches is one of Britain’s oldest watch companies. This family-run business meticulously handcrafts premium mechanical watches that uniquely are understated, elegant and versatile. The Brunswick Salmon features a hand-finished copper salmon dial similar to Fears models from the 1940s and 50s using 18ct rose gold and copper. Built in small, exclusive batches and available on a hand-made watch strap using British calf hides sourced in the company’s home city of Bristol. @fearswatches 020 8050 2024


DION MICHAELS - SKIN CARE FOR MEN Dion Michaels – is a simple results-driven skincare system for multiethnic men created to tackle the top skin challenges impacting men from razor burns to dry beards. This convenient subscription-based skincare system provides men with a custom-blended formula resulting in two simple products, a grooming cream and a skin balm. Both products are multi-functional, saving on time spent in the grooming process. The grooming cream acts as a cleanser, moisturiser, shaver and beard conditioner. While the skin balm works as an additional moisturiser and aftershave. Christmas Special Offer – For every single delivery or subscription bundle purchase you will receive a bonus amount of the skin balm while supplies last! Go to and purchase the gift of confident skin!

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EARLYBIRD CLUB We source stock from brands that we love, selecting our favourite pieces so the work is done for you! Designer clothing, cashmere, jewellery, menswear, homeware, accessories, beauty, kidswear, and more. When you sign up to The EarlyBird Club this December you’ll be entered into our draw to win a £100 voucher. EarlyBird runs online sales with exclusive discounts of up to 80% off. Instagram: @theearlybirdclub

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NOLOGO-CHIC NoLoGo-chic, designed by award winning designer Tina Malhamé, has a long READER list of loyal customers OFFER: SAVE around the globe. Since 2009 our ethically minded company has grown into a beautiful collection of fabulous printed and embroidered resort-wear, loungewear and exquiste nightwear, created in pure natural fabrics. Our unique garments are cut to fit and flatter. Available online and though selected boutiques. Use code LIFE21 at checkout for 20% offer Email:





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BAGPAD Bagpad is the best way to keep your handbags in shape in between uses. No more plastic or paper but instead a sustainable and elegant solution. Special designs for Hermès, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton bags and all other luxury brands. Can be made bespoke and personalised with monogramming, which makes the perfect gift for any handbag collector. Handmade in the UK. Shop all styles at or call +44(0) 777 507 7600. Use code “LIFE10” for 10% off.


LA SCOLCA THE CLASS OF CLASSIC Excellence, style, dynamism and passion that go beyond time, fashions and boundaries. An iconic brand that was able to compete and conquer international markets thanks to its constant attention to innovation, technology and modernity without sacrificing the taste of tradition and the expertise of artisans in the vineyard and in the factory.

RIBBIES Based in London, Ribbies is a designer of super cute hair accessories manufactured responsibly with the highest quality materials at a great price for girls of all ages and their mothers! Ribbies offers a wide range of non-slip hair clips, great in little girls’ thin hair, as well as bow elastics, headbands and twinning fabric headbands, all made using Oeko-Tex certified ribbons, cotton fabrics and original Liberty of London prints.



The ideal gift for someone who has done everything. Step aboard one of our WWII fighter aircraft and feel the power in your hands. We have a P51 Mustang fighter bomber and a Messerschmitt 109 fighter to combat each other over the white cliffs of Dover. Wrap around scenery convinces you are flying the real thing. Visit our website to book one of these amazing aircraft or one of our commercial jets, a Boeing 737 or 747 or an Airbus A320. or 0800 999 7370. Flight Simulators Midlands – Europe’s largest public simulator centre with 5 different aircraft to choose from. Prices from £75.

This fabulous shop has taken London’s King’s Road by storm this year. Filled with French fashion & interiors, as well as some excellent accessories & gift ideas, the shop is a dreamy two storey destination that might just tick all your boxes this Christmas. Find them at No 227 King’s Road or online at


34 MR HOBBS GIN Gin-gle all the way into yuletide with the Highly-Spirited Mr Hobbs Gin festive offerings. Award winning Mr Hobbs Gin, Rhubarb & Ginger & Raspberry & Elderflowcr gin liqueurs, perfectly paired with fizz for the party season, delectable handmade milk chocolate and fresh cream ganache truffles infused with orange oil and our very own Mr Hobbs Gin.


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AKTAIE JEWELLERY Aktaie Jewellery offers a range of perfectly imperfect pieces crafted by hand from precious metals and natural gemstones. The collection is frequently updated with unique, one of a kind designs. Pictured: Chrysoprase rings from Grains Collection;sterling and fine silver, gemstones. Website: Instagram: @aktaie_jewellery Email: DECEMBER 2021 93


CHISWICK NURSING CENTRE Offers high quality rehabilitation, convalescence & respite care


estore your strength and health after an illness or operation by letting us take good care of you with individually tailored nursing care and our in-house physio, excellent chef and expert hairdresser. The Chiswick Nursing Centre’s physiotherapists work seamlessly with nursing staff to provide the highest levels of integrated care. As a part of the rehabilitation programme, the Centre’s qualified physiotherapists work closely with nursing staff to help patients achieve their goals. Highly experienced in the treatment and management of numerous conditions, the Centre’s physio team are experts in the field of rehabilitation. We support convalescence after surgery and to aid cancer recovery, including care of those with a range of other complex needs. We have particular expertise in rehabilitation following hip replacements and knee replacements. The physiotherapy sessions are tailored to help recover mobility and the physio team aims to provide early detection of any movement related problems. Through their treatment the Centre’s physios help patients and residents to regain their confidence and independence to promote an excellent quality of life through improved health and wellbeing. Sessions take place in the Centre’s physiotherapy gym which has state of

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the art equipment including an interactive video ‘exer-cycle’ suite – which lets you ‘cycle’ through ‘country lanes’ and ‘town areas.’ A sister of a resident at the Chiswick Nursing Centre has seen the impact of care first-hand, she said, “ My sister (86) was admitted to this home during the virus crisis. The staff have been so caring and compassionate! She told us the carers were so kind and that the food was wonderful. The staff meet her every need and she feels that nothing is too much trouble for them. There are doctors, nurses and physiotherapists who help her daily.” Chiswick Nursing Centre offers high quality rehabilitation, convalescence, respite & nursing care. We also offer holiday stays for carers who need a break – with maximum peace of mind – so they can take time for themselves. Respite care should be a proper break for you. Short term or long term, we can take care of your loved one so that you can rest, recuperate and re-energise, or simply catch up on your to do list. With free parking on-site, the care home is a convenient location to be treated for a range of conditions including post-surgical rehabilitation and orthopaedic and musculosketal conditions. So, whether its physiotherapy, rehabilitation or convalescence, respite care, dementia care, longterm complex nursing care or general residential care, rest assured your loved one will be in safe hands at the Chiswick Nursing Centre. Please email or call 07568 106258.

“The staff meet her every need and she feels that nothing is too much trouble for them. There are doctors, nurses and physiotherapists who help her daily”


Luxury Living at The Vale W

e believe that a home is more than just bricks and mortar. At The Vale, our collection of 30 luxury apartments available to purchase or rent, have been designed with you in mind, meaning you can enjoy your retirement, in a welcoming and vibrant community, without the worry of maintaining a property. All of our contemporary apartments are beautifully crafted to the highest standards. Lightfilled open-plan living spaces, luxury kitchens and beautiful bathrooms combine style and accessibility. Expect Porcelanosa kitchens with integrated Bosch appliances, built-in storage, underfloor heating, walk-in showers and Smart heating and lighting. Senior living can bring a change in pace and priority. We believe that The Vale enables you to live life to the fullest, safe in the knowledge that personalised care is available if required. Our aim has always been to combine convenience, security contemporary retirement living in south London and affordability with access to a comprehensive range of hospitality and care services. Knowing that support is available means you can embrace life with peace of mind. Our community of apartments means as much company and social life as you wish. With a view over the beautiful landscaped gardens, the Garden

Bistro & Bar opens onto the terrace and is the perfect place to catch up with friends over a cappuccino. For a cosy place to read the papers or play cards, the library and lounge offer a comfortable, beautifully decorated environment. If pampering is what you’re after, our onsite hair and beauty salon and therapy suite offer treatments, manicures and massages. For film buffs our cinema room will be a popular option and if you want to learn a new craft, the hobbies room is the place to come. Nestled in a peaceful location a short distance from Streatham, The Vale is more than just a new home - it’s a future filled with opportunities.

“All of our contemporary apartments are beautifully crafted to the highest standard” Are you unsure about making the move to a retirement village? At the Vale, we offer a trial stay experience so you can gain a feel for what it’s like to be a resident at The Vale. Our trial stay experience is the perfect way to decide if retirement living is right for you, offering the opportunity to meet our friendly team and residents which form the heart of our community. We also offer virtual appointments via FaceTime so you can experience The Vale virtually and meet our friendly team. *Due to COVID restrictions, some services may not be available on your chosen trial dates Tel: 08081 696511 96 DECEMBER 2021


WATERSIDE QUARTER FLOURISHES AS BENEFITS OF REGENERATION FLOW IN F inding a location that ticks all the boxes can seem impossible, especially with all the uncertainty post-pandemic. Situated on the banks of the York Stream, Shanly Homes’ Waterside Quarter development combines the tranquillity of riverside living with the benefits of living in an area of regeneration, providing a stunning development with everything that you could dream of right on the doorstep. The multi-million-pound regeneration project in the heart of Maidenhead town centre has bought a buzzing new retail, restaurant and leisure quarter. Just a 6-minute walk away, Nicholson’s shopping centre hosts over 40 stores including Pandora and H&M. Perfectly positioned to capture picturesque waterside views, Coppa Club is just across the road, and offers a varied dining menu as well as a wide selection of drinks. Maidenhead also reaps the benefits of being surrounded by 20 Michelin-starred restaurants, which is the highest concentration anywhere outside of London. Maidenhead’s rejuvenated scenic waterways provide a calming backdrop for a variety of leisure activities. From riverside strolls to competitive rowing, the stunning rivers are central to Maidenhead’s relaxed lifestyle and vibrant community. Greenspace is also plentiful in and around Waterside Quarter. Waterside Quarter is just a 7-minute walk away from Kidwells Park, which offers a children’s play area and a variety of sports pitches. Kidwells Park also hosts the annual Maidenhead Festival, filled with street food, music and children’s entertainment. Surrounding Maidenhead, the rolling Chiltern Hills provide

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THE DETAILS Prices at Waterside Quarter start from just £270,000 with Help to Buy available. For more information, please call 01628 673046 or email waterside.quarter@

extensive opportunities for walking and exploring. Waterside Quarter also benefits from fantastic travel connections, ideal for commuters hoping to escape the hustle and bustle of London and enjoy life in the leafy suburbs. Maidenhead rail station is just a short walk away and offers regular train services to London Paddington in just 19 minutes. The introduction of Crossrail services in 2022, will provide fast and direct services to a range of locations including Reading, Farringdon and Stratford. Waterside Quarter delivers a spectacular range of 259 new homes right in the heart of the newly regenerated town. With property demand remaining high in the area, Waterside Quarter provides investors with an excellent opportunity to invest in a second property. Oozing with architectural finesse, the development also incorporates 16,000 sq ft of commercial space for shops, restaurants, cafes or offices.





ecognised around the world as London’s iconic triumphal arch and a momentous backdrop for processions like the Trooping of the Colour, Admiralty Arch and the gateway to Buckingham Palace, is being meticulously restored and transformed under the direction of Prime Investors Capital, led by CEO Rafael Serrano Quevedo, to become one of London’s leading luxury hotels, serviced residences and exclusive private members club. Admiralty Arch is a beloved London landmark with a unique political, cultural and royal history…. The arch was commissioned by King Edward VII as a tribute to his mother Queen Victoria. It has been home to some of Britain’s greatest national figures, Winston Churchill as First Lord of the Admiralty wrote some of his great war-time speeches here, whilst Lord Mountbatten and Lord Hailsham used it as their official base. Through its grand arches have passed some of the world’s most notable figures, grand dukes and duchesses, political leaders, emperors, kings, queens and dictators. It was also home to British spycraft during two World Wars and the Cold War and used by HM Government for the Cabinet Office from the 1990s when the Royal Navy moved out. The momentous restoration is a unique collaboration of established creative minds, including David Mlinaric CBE and Hugh Henry of MHZ, Archer Humphryes Architects, Blair

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Associates Architects, WSP, McGee, Hoare Lea and Elliott Wood Partnership, in addition to specialist advisors and consultants. The project has reached an important milestone in its transformation as the extensive groundwork phase and excavation of the two 2-storey basements has been completed. From January 2022, the next stage in the restoration journey will begin as the final fit-out phase begins.

THE EXCAVATION: The first groundworks for the restoration, began in 2018 and entailed the excavation of two basements which are located beneath The Mall and Trafalgar Square crescents of Admiralty Arch. The concept and early-stage design for the building conversion and basement works was driven by Michael Blair of Blair Associates Architects, who has worked on projects such as Connaught, Claridge’s and the Ritz, and structural engineers WSP, led by director Ron Slade. Their design for the basements was then executed by McGee, a specialist construction contractor, with over 60 years’ experience in delivering high profile and complex engineering projects. As part of this complex phase of the restoration, the design team were met with various challenges given the prominent location of the building and the Grade I Listed status. These included potential ground movements and also having to maintain one of the most prestigious

“The design team were met with various challenges given the prominent location of the building and the Grade I Listed status”

roads in the world - The Mall. The first critical stage of the groundworks was an 18-month piling programme. This involved inserting c.300 steel piles into the ground in order to create solid foundations of the basement, including the surrounding walls and internal columns to support the structure. Following the piling, the next phase was the excavation of the earth within the newly created foundations. The completion of the groundworks has created c.40,000sqft of new space in a prime central London location, enhancing the original demise by c.30%. The creation of these basements has allowed for the design of wellness facilities, including a 20metre pool and additional front of house spaces for the hotel and the Private Members Club, as well as grand Ballroom. The final phase of the development is the fit-out of the hotel. The design team working on the final design for the restoration is being led by David Archer and Julie Humphryes of Archer Humphryes Architects (Lead Architects) together with David Mlinaric CBE and Hugh Henry for the Interior Design, alongside industry leading professionals including Hoare Lea (MEP Engineers), Elliott Wood Partnership (Structural Engineers), and more.

THE EXPERT ADVISORS BEHIND THE RESTORATION: David Archer & Julie Humphryes (Archer Humphryes Architects) - Established in 2002, Archer Humphryes Architects are world renowned experts for intelligent thinking in the work of architecture and interior design, urban planning and landscape spaces, furniture and identity and, sea and air projects. From their studio in Clerkenwell, London they have completed more than £200 m of niche projects notably including the Chiltern Firehouse, KOKO London or London’s highly anticipated Peninsula Hotel in 2021. Julie, David and their team bring a wealth of knowledge and talent to the Admiralty Arch project in all aspects of architecture and interior design. David Mlinaric CBE - Eminent decorator & co-founder MHZ with Hugh Henry of Mlinaric, Henry & Zervudachi (MHZ London) and has been designing homes and working on commercial projects around the world since 1964. Past projects have included London’s National Gallery, the

Victoria & Albert Museum, the Royal Opera House, Spencer House, the Aurelio Hotel in Lech and British Embassies in Washington and Paris. Hugh Henry - Co-Founder of design firm MHZ Hugh Henry is the co-founder of design firm Mlinaric, Henry & Zervudachi, which has epitomised British good taste for a generation and continues to do so. Hugh Henry has worked for the National Trust and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Henry has also worked for Lord Rothschild at Waddesdon Manor and Spencer House. Henry is as much interior archaeologist as interior designer. Michael Blair - Leading Architect has undertaken the major restoration and extensions to a selection of London’s leading 5-star hotels. These include, the Connaught, Claridge’s and the Ritz. Blair Associates’ experience and track record, together with their approach and knowledge of designing luxury hotels within prominent landmark buildings, are invaluable. Dr. John Martin Robinson FSA - Architectural historian and officer of arms “Aston Webb’s great achievement was to design a traditional triumphal arch which also contains a large office / residential building. Professor John Martin Robinson is a leading architectural historian who has written 28 books including the definitive history of James Wyatt, architect to George III. Dr. Chris Miele FRHS FSA - Expert in heritage projects Leading heritage expert Dr Chris Miele has worked on some of the largest development and regeneration projects in London, and Montagu Evans is one of the most highly regarded companies for providing technical expertise to heritage projects in central London.

“The completion of the groundworks has created c.40,000sqft of new space in a prime central London location, enhancing the original demise by c.30%”

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Lyons Place:

A City Bolthole in Maida Vale


ocated at the meeting point of Maida Vale, Little Venice and St. John’s Wood, Lyons Place is a boutique collection of contemporary homes, offering hyperconnected city living in Zone 1 and is surrounded by London’s most coveted north-west neighbourhoods. Lyons Place is comprised of spacious oneand two-bedroom apartments, penthouses and townhouses, set around a beautifully landscaped courtyard and designed by world-renowned British architect Sir Terry Farrell. With just two onebedroom apartments remaining, this presents a last chance for buyers looking for a brand-new luxury bolthole in this sought-after location. Both residences offer up to 758 square feet of ample living space, featuring an open-plan kitchen, dining and living room, as well as generously sized private balconies or a terrace. Full height windows draw natural light in to the apartments, which is complemented by the interior design which uses soft, muted tones to create a calming environment. There is secure private underground parking, as well as bicycle facilities. Set back from Regent’s Canal, Lyons Place sits on the doorstep of two of London’s largest

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Royal Parks and the village-like areas of Little Venice and St John’s Wood, offering bustling high streets lined with boutique shops, cafes and delis, and restaurants. Thanks to the proximity to five underground and train stations, including Paddington and Marylebone, residents also benefit from being on the doorstep of all that Central London has to offer. The City of London is just a short tube ride away, and the bright lights of Soho even closer, with the area’s theatres, museums and galleries, and celebrated bars and restaurants all within walking distance. Lyons Place’s highly accessible location is also only set to improve when the Elizabeth Line opens. The new train line will service nearby Paddington Station, cutting journey times both within the city to Heathrow and Liverpool Street, and also beyond London to the Home Counties. Lyons Place is ideal for those wanting a quiet lifestyle in a coveted location, only moments from the heart of a city. To arrange a viewing, contact Sales Manager Dawid Dziegielewski at 020 7535 3948,

“Both residences offer up to 758 square feet of ample living space, featuring an open-plan kitchen, dining and living room, as well as a generously sized private balcony or terrace”

A BOUTIQUE COLLECTION OF HOMES ON THE DOORSTEP OF MAIDA VALE, LITTLE VENICE AND ST. JOHN’S WOOD, ONLY MOMENTS FROM THE HEART OF THE CITY The two final remaining one-bedroom apartments offer open-plan living, spacious private terraces, and secure underground parking. To book your private viewing today, contact Sales Manager Dawid Dziegielewski: 020 7535 3948 | |


Winter sparkle for Luxury Lets Staycations have boomed this year, so if you’re considering letting out your home soon, you might want to give it a winter makeover. By Vicky Shaw.


enting out a property can be a good way to generate some regular extra income – particularly as UK-based staycations have boomed this year. Whether you own a holiday let property, or you’re considering renting out your own home occasionally, there may be some ways to boost your chances of attracting bookings throughout the year – not just in summer. Bev Dumbleton, chief operating officer at Sykes Holiday Cottages (, has some tips for maximising bookings during the winter months – traditionally considered the low season. She says: “Certain added extras tend to appeal to holidaymakers when it’s colder – the key is to ensure the space is cosy. If it’s something you can afford to do, it could be a worthwhile investment.” Sykes’ data suggests hot tubs can help generate more earnings, while woodburning stoves and open fires also often attract guests over the colder months. But if it’s not cost-effective to spend on such amenities, there are cheaper ways to make your property appeal to staycationers. “For example, providing blankets, putting rugs down on wooden floors to add warmth, or even ensuring there are lots of games to pass the time on cold and rainy days,” recommends Dumbleton. Widening your target audience could also

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help – Dumbleton suggests highlighting scenic walking trails nearby, for example, or it may pay to market the property as a cosy couples’ retreat, or somewhere friends can get together for a catch-up. If your home is near Christmas markets, it could be a perfect base for people looking to buy festive gifts as part of their break. Make sure to show off the full range of activities available in your area – come rain or shine. Allowing shorter bookings can also help in winter, as guests are often looking for a midweek or weekend break. Sykes’ data suggests owners allowing shorter breaks could potentially boost their earnings by 30%. To secure top reviews – ultimately leading to more bookings – make sure you tackle any lingering DIY jobs, such as leaky taps, and ensure the heating is running smoothly. If you’re considering renting your home out for the first time, it’s vital to speak to your insurer and your mortgage lender. You need to consider the tax implications and legal responsibilities of renting out a home. More information to help you consider your responsibilities can be found at the UK Government-backed MoneyHelper website ( as well as at and on estate and lettings agency body Propertymark’s website (

“Certain added extras tend to appeal to holidaymakers when it’s colder – the key is to ensure the space is cosy”





hat began as a micro business focused wholly on development opportunities for high net worth clients both in the UK and abroad, has over the past decade flourished into a reputable and formidable company specialising in Assett Management, Sales & Lettings, Acquisitions, Investments and Developments. Grand Estates have positioned themselves as more than a high street estate agency. Grand Estates is a company built upon the belief that as well as making sound investment decisions, clients must be afforded the opportunity to express their passion through property. As well as working towards building a diverse and profitable portfolio, Grand Estates are equipped and well versed in pin pointing exactly what it is that you need. How your investments can work best for you, how they can support you both presently and in the future and how they can afford you financial freedom. Matthew Azubike, Managing Director of Grand Estates, founded the business in 2009. Having always had a clear and direct focus on how he wanted to enter and effect the industry, Matthew has worked strategically over the last decade to 106 DECEMBER 2021

raise the bar on what a property firm has to offer. He shared that the question that remains at the forefront of the service he provides his clients is “How do you offer more if you do not know more?” At the heart of what may seem like quite a transactional process, is a well thought out and uniquely formulated plan, perfectly suited to each client. “In taking time to really get to know who you are working with and who you are working for, you afford yourself the opportunity to correctly match your clients to their next property.” Alongside himself is Michelle Whittle, New Homes Director and Joseph Smith-Koomson, Sales & Lettings Director, who combined have over 45 years of experience within the property industry. Some would say they have seen it all and as a result know the exact peaks and trophs that come with the territory, helping clients avoid the pitfalls that those who are less experienced can easily fall into. Described by external partners as a dynamic and versatile team, these three pioneers share a common vision of empowering a generation to not only take full control of their financial future but to also push the envelope on what they can

“In taking time to really get to know who you are working with and who you are working for, you afford yourself the opportunity to correctly match your clients to their next property”

attain and achieve. The team at Grand Estates have built formidable relationships with like minded and driven partners within the industry becoming a one stop shop for all things property related. When asked how they have selected their partners Matthew expressly states that “We do not recommend mortgage brokers, solicitors, surveyors and the like based on a pick of the luck draw! We have worked incredibly hard to foster long lasting professional relationships, only working alongside best in class organisations who offer a best in class service.”

“I trust them wholeheartedly to manage my property portfolio but also to have my investment needs as a top priority”

Client Testimonial “I have been a client of Grand Estates for the past 8 years and have built more that just a working relationship with the team. I trust them wholeheartedly to manage my property portfolio but also to have my investment needs as a top priority. There have been countless opportunities presented to me by Matthew that I would have been hard pressed to pass on quite simply because they focus on how my personal needs have evolved over the years and tailor the suitability of their offerings to suit me specifically. It gives me great confidence that they consistently deliver and have

ensured my property portfolio remains profitable and up to date.” There is no stone to be left unturned when choosing Grand Estates. The in-house team have extensive knowledge that spans the breadth of the UK property market and with a client base that touches upon a variety of professional industries, pro activity, privacy and discretion have always been paramount to the work that they do.

THE DETAILS If you are looking for a property whether it be as a first time buyer, an experienced investor or an established developer, get in touch with Grand Estates today on 020 7228 5922 or A property advisor will be available for a chat and a free consultation and remember “The choices you make today dictate the freedoms you will be afforded in the future”

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The 1840 offers award-winning homes in Wandsworth


s far back as the Victorian era, there has been significant importance placed on the therapeutic nature of outdoor space. And throughout the winter months, with shorter days, it’s more important than ever to get outside. It’s this ethos that City & Country, the UK’s leading developer of heritage buildings, has considered when sensitively restoring and redesigning St George’s Gardens, 32 acres of parkland which surround the former Springfield Hospital in south west London. First created back in the mid-1800s, City & Country is now breathing new life into the majestic Grade II listed building and these gardens to match the demands of 21st century living. The development was recently awarded the top prize at the prestigious What House Awards 2021 for Best Renovation, highlighting the incredible homes on offer. The 1840 is a breath-taking new collection of luxurious one, two-, and three-bedroom conversion apartments located on the site of the former hospital, with almost nine acres of secure private gardens for the use of its residents, creating a series of outdoor oases. This network of linked garden squares and courtyards ensures a green thread runs throughout the development and all the homes will have attractive areas to relax, enjoy and socialise. The hospital was originally built on a 97-acre site owned by Henry Perkins, a wealthy brewer who obtained the freehold from the 2nd Earl Spencer. 108 DECEMBER 2021

Victorian in age but with Tudor influences, the building stands as a significant and well-preserved example of architecture from this time and a distinctive local landmark. Nearly two centuries later, City & Country is creating a range of luxurious new apartments perfectly designed for modern living. Plenty of features, including original windows and high ceilings, are being carefully restored, bringing back previously lost features, and creating an impressive sense of grandeur. Each unique apartment has been individually designed by City & Country’s specialist inhouse design team. Luxurious designs and premium materials have been paired with beautiful colour palettes that are modern but pay homage to the past to create chic and elegant interiors fit for its discerning residents. Many homes enjoy outdoor terraces, balconies, and roof terraces, giving views across the landscaped gardens to the parkland and beyond. Residents also benefit from an on-site concierge, secure parking, electric car charging points, a communal room and on-site cycle storage. The 1840 boasts a prime location with the sought-after neighbourhoods of Tooting, Earlsfield, Balham and Wandsworth Common all within walking distance, well known for its lifestyle amenities and superb transport links. Nearby Tooting and Wandsworth Commons also provide the ideal setting for a walk, jog or a picnic with friends.

THE DETAILS Prices for new homes at The 1840 start from £477,500. For more information visit or call 0203 961 6802.


The happiest place to live in London is...



his month, The Evening Standard published the results of Rightmove’s annual Happy at Home index which measures a series of factors, from the friendliness of the locals to the quality of local amenities, to access to open space, to establish which are the happiest places to live in the UK. And while, nationwide, the historic town of Hexham, in Northumberland, took the top spot, leafy Richmond was UK runner up and top of London. Richmond Square has published a free ‘Perfectly Located’ guide to Richmond localguide. which lists a personal selection of boutique restaurants, salons, spas and other venues in the locality.

Bingham Riverhouse Enjoy beautiful views of the river

Richmond Square Welcome home

THE DETAILS Apartment prices start from £650,000 for a one bedroom apartment and rise to £1.4m for a two bedroom penthouse. To arrange an appointment, email, call 0203 369 0179 or visit

Richmond Park Where wild deer roam free

Richmond Bridge For chilled afternoons and enticing evenings

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upernova Real Estate is a group of driven professionals specialising in the Central Market of London. Combining over two decades of experience in sales, lettings, valuations, and property management their team will guide you through every stage of service required to achieve your expectations to the highest standard. Constantly striving to do things better and create a sense of custom and personalised approach that best suits each of their clients.

THEIR MISSION: To offer a comprehensive range of services whilst remaining continuously up to date with the property climate and all legislations, is essential to their unique work ethic, giving accurate valuations and striving to maximise your income along with ensuring your assets reflect desired outcome in a shortest time frame possible. Working with a reputable tenant and client base is what makes all of the above possible!

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package that will reflect your requirements individually. •They make sure that your property is proactively marketed, as well as being made highly visible online through a number of major property websites and portals. • They use trusted partners allowing them to confidently guarantee prospective tenants and buyers. • Always have time for you and are only one call away from delivering you the service you require! • If it is just advice, you are looking for don’t hesitate to reach out for them, they will do their best to refer you to a relevant department that will look after you.

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racy and Simon recently saw their lovely two-bedroom property in Knaphill for the first time since their purchase was completed. BTLH had done the thing they do best and it was looking smart and ready for some guest action. “Shall we move in?” they joked as they strolled through the door. Honestly, they would need to fight off the punters if they were serious, because we had so much interest on this smart, modern property before it was even listed, that we could have rented it four times over. Why did you choose BTLH to find your investment property for you? “We were keen to outsource because we both have arduous jobs and work long hours – although we knew we wanted to invest in property, we also knew we wouldn’t be able to manage the process ourselves and were painfully aware that we could make mistakes. In short, we had the “investment will” but none of the expertise!” What were you hoping to achieve? “We see the house as being in lieu of Simon’s pension. Making an investment in property instead of shares we are aware that we might earn an annual surplus which would be all well and good but our priority is the longer term aim of owning a property which increases in value.” How have you found the process? “It has been very good overall –the initial phase was excellent, within two days we were looking at houses in general and specifically this house. It was a no brainer.”

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THE DETAILS Can BTLH help you find the perfect property? Get in touch and have a chat: 020 7550 9396 or For more information check out Quadrant Road, Richmond, London, TW9 1DH

“Adrian was very clear once we got in to the purchase there is a limit as to how much they can do to assist. We found then that we were chasing and working through things ourselves when it came to setting up the mortgage and arranging the transfer of the deeds for the purchase – but BTLH had great contacts for loans and solicitors. BTLH identified the perfect property within our budget and were very clear about how to proceed.” What advice would you give? “Investing in stocks and shares can be rather sterile, investing in a property is a more emotional decision. We genuinely wanted to be involved in the process and already feel a connection with the house. That is exactly what we wanted, rather than be too remote or feel it was completely removed from us. Simon has always aspired to this sort of investment and felt the desire to do it at least once, and, frankly, we just didn’t know where to start. Going forward we now have a mixture of investments instead of being so limited. We look forward to maybe doing this all again!”

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TRAVEL – Heading out of London to explore the rest of the world – I M AG E : T R A I L F I N D E R S



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here is no better place than the Derbyshire Peak District to enjoy a short break or a family holiday. The Peak District is ideally located in the Heart of England and is bursting with majestic landscapes, stunning views, stately homes and unique family attractions. Award winning Landal Darwin Forest is situated between Matlock and Bakewell and combines luxury self-catering lodges with fantastic onsite facilities. Whether you want peace and tranquillity on a romantic break, action packed adventures or fantastic local attractions for entertaining friends and family, our lodges provide the perfect base from which to explore. The luxury lodges at Landal Darwin Forest are nestled within a 47 acre woodland paradise. The parks 135 lodges are sympathetically interwoven into the forest, which enables you to get back to nature and enjoy the picturesque environment. We have created a holiday park where children can explore, and young and old will feel carefree and relaxed. There are several types of accommodation options to choose from which will keep the whole family happy. Most popular are our spa lodges that include a private hot tub on the veranda and really enable you to appreciate the serenity of our forest setting. We also have a number of pet friendly lodges. At Landal Darwin Forest we have created the perfect setting for you to relax, enjoy your holiday and leave the hustle and bustle of everyday life far behind. Landal Darwin Forest is the perfect destination to enjoy a family holiday. Our fantastic onsite facilities include Evolution Health & Fitness, which has a swimming pool, spa, gym and beauty rooms. For the younger members of your family, Little Monkeys indoor play centre will provide hours of fun and entertainment. The Activity Den is perfect for older children with pool tables and a games room to keep them entertained. We also offer a range of fun activities onsite that are suitable for children and adults. Let our qualified instructors train you in the art of archery or the skills of fencing. The more adventurous could experience the thrills of bodyzorbing, waterwalkerz or snorkelling! For all the family to enjoy, we have a tennis court, mini golf and an abundance of footpaths and cycling trails. If you want to give yourself a break from cooking you can enjoy a coffee and lite bite at the Explorers cafe or you can visit the Foresters bar and restaurant which has an extensive menu serving fresh, locally sourced produce. Many families enjoy celebrating Christmas or New Year at the park, or gathering the family together for a birthday or anniversary. No matter what the time of year, we are confident your friends and family will have a fantastic break.


HUR & 5.8 S et on an enchanting private island in the pristine Lhaviyani Atoll in the Maldives, Hurawalhi Island Resort is a 90-villa, adults-only luxury resort. Even before you arrive, the views from the seaplane window will speak for themselves – from the moment you first set eyes on Hurawalhi you will know you’re about to experience something very special. The uncrowded stretches of white sandy beaches, crystal clear lagoons, private villas on the ocean and amidst verdant greenery on the beach set the scene for effortless adventures where you can experience ‘amazing’ from countless different perspectives. Swimming with manta rays, snorkelling with sea turtles, scuba diving with sharks and watching dolphins playing in the waves at sunset are just a few of the experiences awaiting guests at Hurawalhi. Punctuate the adventures with moments of relaxation at Hurawalhi’s Duniye Spa, a sanctuary for the soul where indulgence, mindfulness and well-being are combined with irresistible treatments and natural products, all delivered by the caring hands of our experienced therapists. Hurawalhi Maldives has become synonymous with exquisite dining experiences, it’s a foodie’s heaven that never ceases to amaze. The chefs make every effort to dive deep into their culinary creativity and awe diners with fabulous dishes that are delectable and visually appealing in equal measure. The jewel in Hurawalhi’s culinary crown is 5.8 Undersea Restaurant, the largest all-glass undersea restaurant in the world, the ultra chic dining venue where you can set your senses soaring. Diners are dazzled and delighted by

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the spectacular 5.8 with its multi-course tasting extravaganza, garnished with a state-of-the-art location, a place where you can sate your appetite and dive into the pleasure of having a view that but a few restaurants in the world afford. Underneath the luxurious surroundings and impeccable service at Hurawalhi Maldives, there is an eco-conscious thread running through the resort’s operation and we continually work to minimise its impact on the fragile ecosystem that we inhabit. We believe that going green is a responsibility rather than a choice, with sustainability and eco-consciousness not taking a back seat when ensuring guests’ satisfaction and comfort. Above and below the surface of the Indian Ocean, Hurawalhi delivers once-in-a-lifetime experiences that leave a lasting impression.

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The Northern lights this season Hot air balloons in the cold

From hot air balloons to mobile meals, hunting the aurora is more fun than ever before, says Sarah Marshall


ays are darker and considerably colder, but winter promises one great delight: an opportunity to see the northern lights. Already, there have been good reports of strong activity with some solar flares strong enough to show up as far south as the UK. There are no guarantees, of course, but gambling is all part of the fun. And with several exciting new activities available for this season, aurora hunts have even greater appeal.

Walking in the air One of the downsides of searching for the aurora in Finland is coping with chilling temperatures that can easily dip down to minus 25C. Remedying the problem, the Iso-Syöte hotel have constructed a glass panel walkway offering panoramic views of the aurora and surrounding landscape. Sleep in traditional log cabins and rooms spread throughout the forest – or opt for the Bear Cave suite, with interior walls made from stone, pine and lichen. Located in Finland’s southernmost fell, 90 miles from the Arctic Circle, the opportunities for aurora viewing are excellent. How: Best Served Scandinavia (0207 664 2241; offers a four-night half-board stay from £880pp per person (two sharing) including return flights to Rovaniemi and transfers.

Following a road less travelled Clear skies and a lack of light pollution are essential for aurora viewing, so it’s good to get as far off the beaten track as possible. Although thousands of tourists head to southern Iceland every year, few venture to the remote Westfjords region. Historically, roads have been badly paved and difficult but a new route – the Westfjords Way – opens up the isolated area. Measuring 950km long, it runs through fjords, waterfalls and mountains. How: Hire a camper van for a flexible journey and follow for the latest aurora forecasts. From £76 per day off peak; 122 DECEMBER 2021

According to Sami folklore, if you listen hard enough it’s possible to hear the aurora pop and crackle. Take the chance to tune in by getting up close on a hot air balloon, an exciting new activity set to launch in Swedish Lapland in February 2022. Organised by a company who run ballooning experiences in Kenya’s Masai Mara, the evening trips will use balloons tethered to one spot for optimal aurora viewing (£199). For a longer trip, take the morning ride above the snow covered landscapes of the Råne River Valley and its frozen lakes and forests, keeping an eye out for wildlife far below (£510). How: Stay at the company’s own luxury Arctic glampsite, Aurora Safari Camp, to be close to the action. A three-night stay with return airport transfers starts from £2,219 per person (two sharing).

Aurora-lit dinners Dine out on fine food beneath a ceiling of electrifying views with the new Aurora Hideaway Dinners. The small mobile restaurant moves around the Luleå archipelago depending on cloud cover and light viewing opportunities. Travel out by snowmobile to reach the evening’s chosen spot and spend 2.5 hours enjoying a three-course meal (from £208 per person). Combine it with a stay at Brandon Lodge which offers a wide choice of winter adventures including husky sledding, a snowmobile forest safari and a Northern Lights sled tour. How: Discover The World (01737 214 250; offer a four-night fullboard stay from £1,323 per person, including excursions. Flights extra.


Finding Freedom Reimagined Where luxury treads lightly


oday the decision to travel is not one to be taken lightly, it presents a myriad of choices, not least in today’s climate with the unseen foe of freedom and safe travel, that virus. It is refreshing when the search for the ideal getaway offering the reassurance of staying responsibly, experiences of a lifetime and the promise of a deeply relaxing atmosphere are all to be found in an intimate private hideaway in the Maldives. Influenced by Japanese design, the award-winning designer, Yuji Yamazaki, delivered on the belief that luxury can be found in ample space, open to the influence of nature where breeze, shade and the serene view over the ocean go on and on. The ‘Retreat’, the central complex, is at the sustainability heart of the property, the roof design is truly magnificent, at an angle of 3˚, it is perfectly calculated to maximise the solar absorption from the 984 Solar panels that enables the island to operate off-grid. Sustainability does not stop there, with not a solitary item of singleuse plastic to be found on the property, the team at Kudadoo are not only mindful hosts but earn their sustainable hotelier accolades. With just 15 private residences, each with their own infinity pools, built using sustainably sourced timber suspended over the Indian Ocean. Each one designed with floor to ceiling sliding doors to advocate natural ventilation. The detail in the muted design extends to thoughtful comforts of ample shade, the design of the roof allows for 50% of the deck to be in shade for up to 5 hours a day. Every comfort has been thought of, and considerate design is everywhere you look. The experience of Kudadoo is defined by the philosophy of ‘Anything. Anytime. Anywhere’, where you can truly appreciate ethereal ‘unscripted’ culinary journeys, cheese bar and wine cellar where every label on the list has scored 88 points

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or more with Wine Spectator magazine. Included are unlimited water sports, spa, excursions, scuba diving, and snorkelling. If this is not enough, you have full access to their sister property Hurawalhi, where you can dine in awe at the world renounced 5.8, the world’s largest all-glass undersea restaurant. There is no better place to be diverted than at Sulha Spa featuring the Maldives first Himalayan salt chamber. The Lonu Immersion Cave is lined with mineral-rich Himalayan salt formed in nature over the millennia. Distinguished for its healing qualities, enriched with potassium, calcium, and magnesium, breathing in the world’s most healing salt air restores the body’s natural equilibrium. If Maldives immersion is what you seek, you will find no better guide than the team at Kudadoo, where over half are natives of the archipelago. They will be able to guide your exploration of the turquoise oceans teeming with life, island ecosystem, culture and heritage of an island nation with a rich with a history of being hospitable to travellers and on this island, defined with charm and finesse. The search for a safe destination to revive your joy of being alive is over, be assured, look no further than Kudadoo Maldives Private Island.

“If Maldives immersion is what you seek you will find no better guide than the team at Kudadoo”


WINTER BREAK DESTINATIONS Now the world has opened up, the choice of last-minute holidays have vastly expanded, says Sarah Marshall.

SOUTH AFRICA Off the radar for too long, this popular Christmas and New Year destination is back in business again. One of the best ways to experience everything that South Africa has to offer is to take a self-drive trip, beginning in Cape Town and ending on safari in the Eastern Cape. Look out for whales off the coast of Hermanus, spend time in the forests and beaches of Knysna and finish up on safari, visiting one of the country’s private game reserves, where it’s possible to see the big five. Along the way, sample world class wine from some of the country’s finest vineyards, cycle through epic landscapes and hike along the coastline where two oceans collide. How: Tropical Sky (; 01342 547 010) offers a 12-day self-drive holiday from £2,799 per person (two sharing), based on travel before January 1, 2022. Price includes return flights, car hire and a mix of B&B and room-only accommodation, with full board on safari.

JAMAICA New James Bond film, No Time To Die has given us a big-screen reminder of why Jamaica is such a showstopping destination. The birthplace of 007, where Ian Fleming found inspiration for his Bond novels, will also be celebrating 60 years of independence next year. But go much sooner to make the most of a tropical climate and soak up some winter sun. Beautiful beaches and a lively nightlife make Montego Bay a good option for a trip in the next few months. British Airways fly direct from London and Virgin recently increased their number of flights. How: Tropical Sky (; 01342 547 010) offers a seven-night stay at Couples Negril from £1,429 per person (two sharing) – saving

“Beautiful beaches and a lively nightlife make Montego Bay a good option for a trip in the next few months”

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£600 per person – if booked by November 15. Price includes all-inclusive accommodation, flights and resort transfers.

MONTENEGRO Winter is one of the best times to visit Montenegro, when typically busy cities Kotor and Budva are much quieter, allowing for relaxing city strolls and unrestricted views. Alternatively, visitors can head to the mountains for skiing and snowboarding for a fraction of the price,


compared to a similar vacation in Western Europe. Although too cold for the beach, temperatures are still pleasant, and cold evenings provide the perfect opportunity to try rich, hearty Montenegrin food. Opened earlier this year at the entrance of Boka Bay on the edge of the Adriatic Sea, One&Only Portonovi honours a local winter tradition for gathering around fires by having a burning hearth in every room. During the winter months, guests will also be able to take part in a special four-day Chenot De-Stress & Recharge programme, which aims to stimulate the body to recover and restore its vitality and energy levels. How: Doubles start from £718 per night with breakfast. Visit

COSTA RICA Through a greater appreciation of the finer details in nature, lockdown taught us the benefits of slow and considerate travel. For years, Costa Rica has championed sustainability, and slow living is part of its DNA. Get back to nature in style by visiting three of Costa Rica’s finest eco retreats, all affiliated to global sustainability membership association The

Long Run – guaranteeing the highest standards of green practice, community engagement and commitment to conservation. White river raft along one of the world’s most beautiful rivers to Pacuare Lodge, deep in the lush rainforest; enjoy eco air conditioning on breeze beds at costal retreat Lapa Rios on the Osa Peninsula, followed by an adventurous day out in Corcovado National Park; and grind almost to a halt at costal retreat Kasiiya Papagayo by joining specialist movement classes to mimic a crab, a monkey or a sloth. How: Steppes Travel (; 01285 880 980) offers a 12-day Green Costa Rica itinerary which includes three nights at Lapa Rios, three nights at Kasiiya Papagayo and two nights at Pacuare Lodge. The price is from £5,675 per person (two sharing) including all flights, activities and accommodation, on a full-board basis. 128 DECEMBER 2021

“Costa Rica has championed sustainability, and slow living is part of its DNA”


Could this be the most luxurious resort in the Indian Ocean?


Legendary Seychelles resort Maia has relaunched. Sarah Marshall finds out why it’s even more magical than before.

ales of treasure hunting have always been part of the Seychellois culture. First sighted by Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama in 1602, the remote archipelago was frequently visited by sailing ships and pirates, who reputedly used the jungle-cloaked islands to hide their hauls. To date, no-one has successfully located any valuable goods – although along Mahe’s southwest coast, some of the finest treasures are on full view. Described by go-to luxury architect and designer Bill Bensley as his favourite work, the Maia resort and spa has gained legendary status in the Indian Ocean archipelago. Under new ownership and management, it relaunched this year as an Anantara property, promising ever greater riches. Here’s what to expect from the top address in the Seychelles. Where can I find paradise? Although conveniently located on Mahe, the

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gateway island to the Seychelles, Maia feels as remote and exclusive as further flung resorts in the 115-island archipelago. Spread along a peninsula in the rugged southwest, the property enjoys a privileged position above Anse Louis beach, where it’s possible to snorkel or swim metres from the main restaurant. Some of the best sunsets on Mahe can be observed from this spot, as hot days melt into a watery horizon. Where do I sleep? Hidden within 30 acres of tropical gardens, where tiny hedgehogs snuffle between cinnamon trees, 30 villas are set along the beachfront or rising up a granite hillside. Along with a generous bathroom and sleeping area, an outdoor lounge, kitchen and private pool tempt most guests to spend a longer-than-average time in their rooms. Fine linens, delicate wooden furnishings and a retractable glass wall make it easy to feel immersed in nature. Inspired by flora and fauna found in the archipelago, design details include curtain holds moulded to resemble chameleons, towel rails shaped like fish, and bathroom taps in the form of a coco de mer seed.

“The Maia resort and spa has gained legendary status in the Indian Ocean archipelago”

THREE MORE ACTIVITIES TO ENJOY ON MAHE… How does the butler service work? Aside from the superb setting and interiors, it’s high-quality service that sets Maia apart from other resorts in the Seychelles. Every guest is assigned their own butler, available 24 hours a day with the tap of a WhatsApp message. On hand every morning to prepare coffee, escort you to the gym or share a run-down of the day’s activities, they quickly become an indispensable holiday PA. The list of possible requests is inexhaustible: order favourite snacks, plan special excursions or even get pieces of clothing repaired. Every detail is caringly thought through and carefully considered. Appropriate items like forgotten sunscreen magically appear at just the right moment, and foam baths strewn with rose petals greet guests after long days out. What about the food? Flexibility is the key to achieving true relaxation – especially when it comes to eating whatever and whenever you want. Shifting away from restrictive meal timings, a Beyond All Inclusive concept offers dishes at any time of day. To make choices simple, menus are divided into cuisines influencing Seychellois cooking – including Creole, Asian, Indian, Japanese and Mediterranean. Maia’s ocean-side Tec-Tec Restaurant is the main eating area, although it’s also possible to arrange private dinners in a secluded spot along the sands or delivered to your villa. What’s the spa like? The obvious choice would have been a coastal cliff setting, but designer Bill Bensley was adamant his spa should be tucked into the jungle. It became the focal point for his plans, dictating the layout of everything else in the resort. Walking into the open-air pavilion, with massage tables framed by a wall of greenery and the

spiralling tendrils of a Banyan tree, it’s immediately obvious he made a good choice. Fragrant essential oils mingle with the scent of fresh vegetation, and birdsong provides a soothing soundtrack. What else can you do? Direct from the beach, guided snorkelling sessions reveal an underwater maze of rocky fingers extending from the land. Diving trips can be arranged further afield, while a helicopter pad at the top of the resort facilitates both transfers and sightseeing tours. How to plan your trip Abercrombie & Kent (; 01242 547 760) offers a seven night all-inclusive stay from £6,499pp (two sharing) – saving up to £840 per person, including flights. Excludes Christmas period.

Enjoy a local tipple at Takamaka Rum Distillery Descendants of early French settlers in the Seychelles, Richard and Bernard d’Offay are responsible for distilling the only rum truly hailing from these Indian Ocean islands. Named after the native takamaka tree, their brand is stocked in most bars and stores. Come to the visitor centre to learn about the history of the product and taste several blends. Visit Kayak through pristine wetlands at Grand Police Young adventurer Franky Baccus eagerly shares his love of the outdoors with a collection of innovative trips sold through his company White Sands. Drive to off-road viewpoints in a vintage Santana 4×4 and explore waterways in a flatpack canoe. For prices and more information, contact Franky on +248 261 8441 or visit Sample the local art scene Inspired by bucolic scenes of Aldabra giant tortoises and women carrying bundles of fish from the market, paintings by Seychellois artist George Camille give a colourful insight into local life. Visit his gallery in Mahe’s capital Victoria.

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Unique Experiences to Love Canada Tourism Ontario

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Connect with indigenous roots in British Columbia The westernmost province brings dramatic mountain ranges, windswept beaches and rainforests overflowing with life. Explore ancient coastal villages with an indigenous guide, enjoy authentic cuisine and listen to stories to make you feel connected with this fascinating land.

Explore Stanley Park in Vancouver

Self-drive in Atlantic Canada

In this bustling city lies the 1000-acre Stanley Park. Explore the Stanley Park Seawall Path offering 5.5 miles of forest-fringed waterfront.

Stop to see whales migrate in the summer in the Bay of Fundy between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, paddle through the pristine coves of Prince Edward Island, enjoy the fabulous seafood, and pay a visit to Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Go downhill biking in Sun Peaks Explore Sun Peaks in summer, known for its world class downhill bike park, recent additional trail developments have rounded out the network for all abilities.

Peak 2 Peak Gondola, Whistler The three-mile ride connecting Whistler Mountain to Blackcomb Mountain offers panoramic views of jagged peaks, aeons-old glaciers and coastal forests.

Hike in Banff National Park, Alberta Choose from 1,000 trails, passing deep valleys, soaring peaks, lush meadows and rushing rivers. For great views, hike from iconic Lake Louise to Lake Agnes. Tourism Industry Association of PEI

Canoe in Ontario Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario boasts over 1,200 miles of canoe roots that wind through lush landscapes of maple hills and rocky ridges.

Embark on an exhilarating journey in Manitoba Churchill, Manitoba, is home to the largest population of polar bears and beluga whales in the world! Spot the Bears in the fall and see the beluga whales in summer.

Journey coast to coast by rail Taking 4 nights to complete with the option to break it up in Winnipeg, Jasper or Edmonton, VIA Rail’s ‘The Canadian’ connects Toronto and Vancouver crossing Northern Ontario’s Lakelands, wide open prairies and the Rockies.

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Metaphorical Relationships Iconic one-of-a-kind abstract artworks by Kerry Campbell

Kerry is a female abstract modern artist based out of Southern California. She is known for her Metaphorical Relationships collection. This body of work is bold, bright, and serene abstract artworks that explore love and connection through the inter-relationship between abstract form and space. Iconic shapes inter-play with each other within colorful backgrounds and express stories about relationships - how you cannot have one without the other. Artworks are paired with a love poem written by the artist that expands on the theme of the work’s title and provides the artist’s interpretation of the story she sees in the artwork. These works adorn homes and businesses throughout the United States and Europe.

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Amanda Horvath is a professional contemporary artist practising from her studio in the Peak District. Her outstanding paintings are a response to nature and capture the quiet tranquillity of the land and peaceful forest places, bringing the outside into the inside space. Having developed a unique style her paintings are beautiful, full of colour and life, lying somewhere between abstraction and realism. Her work has found homes with collectors worldwide. Amanda’s paintings can be found at leading galleries in the UK including Eclectic Gallery, London and the Wey Gallery, Surrey.

Charmaine chaudry is an Oxford based artist, specialising in landscape and portrait oil painting. Influenced by her dual English-Pakistani heritage, much of Charmaine’s work portrays feelings of nostalgia and familiarity. Charmaine wants her audience to find a relatability and comfort in her artwork, whether that is rose-tinted memories, or idealised dreams.

Charmaine is sharing exclusively with London Life Magazine holders a 10% discount on selected paintings with the code ‘LondonLife’ at checkout on her website

Commissions are welcome, please visit Instagram: @amandahorvathfineart Email

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– Stunning art from local, national and international artists – I M AG E : T H E A RT O F B A N K S Y




n 2022, PAKS Gallery will show contemporary artists from many countries in exhibitions in Vienna, Munich and in the gallery at Heidenreichstein Castle. Enthusiastic about abstract art will be impressed by the works of art by the artists Bex Wilkinson, Rebecca K. Klodt and Almas Kabani from the USA, Marek Borkowski from the UK, Samo Pajek from Slovenia, but also by the large-format works by Cynthia Nouhra from Lebanon. Those interested in installations and NFT will be delighted by the unique works of Anita Fleerackers from Belgium. Works of art change when viewed from different angles and thus create a fascinating game. Those interested in Street Art and Pop Art will be impressed by the works of art by Mona Ballesteros from Colombia and Nati / Anastasia Yanchuk from Italy. Surrealistic playful works by Mar de Redin from Spain attract attention. Photo art and digital art is also very popular among art collectors today. PAKS Gallery shows a selection of photo artists such as Chikara Komura from Japan, Cheryle G. Galloway from the USA and digital art by Daphna Laszlo-Katzor from Israel. The expression in the works of art by Gilles Vayret France is remarkable. Anyone looking for a mixture of abstract art

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and figurative painting will be delighted by the works of art by Barbara Palka Winek. For fans of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, originals and prints by Pop Art artist Tanja Playner will be interesting. In addition to numerous exhibitions in Miami, New York, Los Angeles, Oxford, Munich, Vienna, Dubai, Paris and Tokyo, her works of art were exhibited at the Fine Art Cannes Biennale during the Cannes Film Festival and at the Contemporary Art Biennale Basel during Art Basel. The artist has her own artistic language in which she uses Pop Art, Surrealism with a tendency towards the classic, elegant style. She is one of the few artists in the world to whom her own art museum has been dedicated.

“The artist Tanja Playner mixes Pop Art, Surrealism with a tendency towards the classic, elegant style”


Sevenoaks, Kent, oil on panel, framed 54w x 44d cms- £400

Sevenoaks, Kent, oil on panel 54w x 44 cms- £300

For more paintings visit: I will display and attend the Parallax Art Fair, Kensington Town Hall, London 25-27, February 2022


THE ART OF BANKSY World’s largest collection of original privately owned Banksy Art announces extension to May 2022


ue to overwhelming public demand, The Art of Banksy, is now booking to May 2022. Seen by over one million people worldwide, The Art of Banksy has now made its home in London, where over 90 authenticated Banksy pieces gathered from private collections across the globe are exhibited in a 12,000 sq. ft gallery.

THE DETAILS Please buy your ticket in advance. The box office is a cashless venue and can only accept debit & credit card payments. Location: 50 Earlham St, Covent Garden, WC2H 9LJ Follow @ArtBanksyLondon

Left: ‘Brace Yourself ’; ‘Grannies’

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Opening to critical acclaim in May 2021, the exhibition has quickly become a must-see addition to the London art scene. It features original and authenticated works from one of the most intriguing and talked-about artists in modern history, including prints, canvasses, screen prints, unique works and limited-edition pieces mainly dated between the years 1997 to 2008 - the period which resulted in Banksy’s most recognisable and well-known works. It includes iconic favourites such as ‘Girl with a Balloon’ and ‘Rude Copper’ alongside ‘Brace Yourself ’ a rarely seen public outing for the painting, mostly hidden away since its creation over a decade ago. The vast 245 x 182cm work one of the largest ever created by Banksy - takes centre stage in the exhibition. A new addition to the exhibition is the installation of six video screens showing exclusive interviews with Banksy’s former printer. A graffiti artist himself, he gives hilarious first-hand testimony of how the pair first came to work together, how they broke into zoos around the world to graffiti tag animal enclosures, and the time Banksy created a special Flag print to finance a Santa’s Ghetto exhibit in a former shoe shop on Oxford Street. No Banksy fan will want to miss this unique opportunity to hear first-hand amazing insights from one of the close collaborators of the notoriously anonymous artist. Also new are schools workshops and private tours conducted by London Blue Badge Tourist Guides who specialise in graffiti and street, available Monday to Wednesday from 6 pm. In true Banksy style, The Art of Banksy is not authorised or curated in collaboration with the elusive man himself. For more details and to book online visit or call 08440 412001




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naCo.Art is the successful art brand created by Ana, a young artist and architectural designer based in the UK. Mixed media imaginary landscapes define Ana’s unique aesthetic signature. Using multimedia tools and combining different textures and experimental techniques, she explores unseen fantastic structures guided by her architectural perception. Her super realistic vision reveals the magnificent 140 DECEMBER 2021

beauty and simplicity of nature: mysterious forests and fantastic vegetation that is growing between fluid grounds and spectacular skies where cloudy worlds flow, collide and blend in imaginary spaces. What makes AnaCo.Art special is the synergy between the paintings and the spaces where they are exhibited. As an architectural designer, Ana can add new and valuable aesthetic accents to a space, elevating any interior.

“What makes AnaCo. Art special is the synergy between the paintings and the spaces where they are exhibited”




arnik gallery is a new London-based art dealership and curatorial platform that finds the meeting point between contemporary excellence and age-old tradition. Karnik handles works by an eclectic, international range of artists, including: Marcus Dove, Tim Fowler, Marc Guiragossian, Lino Lago and Dina Duliman, to name a few. Our artists produce work that is innovative, challenging and forward-looking, while also drawing from artistic traditions of the past. Amidst a drastically transformed art market, Karnik gallery champions innovation, adaptability and collaboration. We work with galleries, collectors, curators, consultants, agents and exhibition spaces in order to increase the

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visibility and value of some of the best in contemporary painting, sculpture, photography and craftsmanship. Co-directors Mark Keshishian and Jessica Nicholls represent a new generation of art dealers and curators in London. These young and ambitious entrepreneurs present a fresh vision for the contemporary art market by seeking out unusual artists to promote and by encouraging new and emerging collectors. Their combined passion for fine art spans from the old masters to contemporary painting and sculpture. Between them, the pair have worked in some of the most prestigious art organisations, including Sotheby’s, Saatchi Gallery, Christie’s, Colnaghi, JD Malat, Hignell Gallery and Moscow state historical

“Co-directors Mark Keshishian and Jessica Nicholls represent a new generation of art dealers and curators in London”

Near Eel Pie Island, Greater London, oil on panel, framed 54w x 44d cms - £700

Boats and swans, Richmond, Greater London, framed 54w x 44d cms- £800

For more paintings visit: I will display and attend the Parallax Art Fair, Kensington Town Hall, London 25-27, February 2022


museum. Keshishian descends from a Lebanese-Armenian family of textile manufacturers trading oriental silk carpets, tapestries and antiquities. He developed an early fascination with his family’s involvement in the world of heritage; now, combined with his passion for art sales, Keshishian’s contemporary art venture is an extension of this legacy but also a launch pad for his own vision for curating and dealing art. Nicholls’ expertise ranges from contemporary

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“Karnik gallery is presently based at 12 Hay Hill, London’s luxury business club for industry leaders, entrepreneurs, influencers and innovators”

to Asian and Russian classical art. Having grown up surrounded by the world’s largest collection of Russian icons, she went on to study art history at Soas university London and then to work with a wide range of artists and collectors. Nicholls’ has moved between London, Moscow, Switzerland and Hong Hong, developing a global network and bringing an international vision and experience to the gallery. Karnik gallery is presently based at 12 Hay Hill, London’s luxury business club for industry leaders, entrepreneurs, influencers and innovators, whose diverse professional community ranges from finance to fashion and beyond. In extension to their exciting project at 12 Hay Hill, Karnik gallery has scheduled a number of pop-up exhibitions for 2021-2022, with a solo show for esteemed Russian-Israeli artist, Sasha Okun, opening on November 18th of this year. For further information about the gallery and our artistic program, please visit or email us:


Chris King wooden bird sculptures - £320 each


MAKING ART AFFORDABLE Everyone loves the idea of affordable art but buying artworks can be a big investment. However, you could own a fabulous original artwork for the price of around twenty shop-bought coffees a month. How come? The gallery is a member of Own Art, a national scheme which helps art lovers pay for artworks in ten monthly instalments. This 146 DECEMBER 2021

WHY OWN ORIGINAL ART? Katherine Richards has spent her career helping homeowners choose interior colours intelligently to create the perfect palette tailored to suit individual homes and personalities. She knows that choosing an artwork which resonates is similarly personal and important. The result will change how you feel about your space. Owning one-of-a-kind art pieces allows you to express yourself creatively and surround yourself with beautiful things which create good feelings. There is pleasure in knowing your artwork was created by hand, by a talented artist who loves their work and takes pride in their workmanship and high-quality materials. A special piece of art can bring to mind a person, place or event in your life and so acts as a keeper of memories. Do you know someone who is looking for an artwork as a focal point or accent piece in their home or office space? Being able to choose an original artwork makes a wonderful, thoughtful gift. Katherine Richards Art Gallery offers Gift Vouchers from £20 which can be used in conjunction with the Own Art payment scheme. If you love colour and design, visit to find out more.

Nigel Sharman - Spring Moorings 80 x 80cm oil on canvas £ 2425

interest free loan (from £100 to £2,500) makes it easy to invest in a beautiful piece you will treasure for years to come. Contact art@katherinerichards. for details.

Tim Bates – Brutal Balance lamp £350


ritish designer Katherine Richards has launched a beautiful collection of original artworks by emerging and established contemporary artists. In her friendly, welcoming art gallery in Hove, East Sussex, you will find standout art pieces to transform your favourite living space and infuse it with personality. There’s an online shop and the gallery can arrange international delivery using specialist art carriers. Located at Katherine’s interior design studio, this new gallery challenges the way artworks are conventionally displayed by presenting them against carefully designed, minimal interior settings to help you visualise the art in your own home. Collection Two (10th Dec to 22nd Feb) brings together the work of nine artists and includes oil painting, brutalist design, sculpture, mixed media and lighting. As winter deepens, this collection feels calm and tranquil with an emphasis on blues, greens and neutrals. Nigel Sharman will headline the collection with his beautiful semi-figurative abstract oil paintings.

Anna Macdonald - Trinite sur Mer II, 50x50cm acrylic on canvas £600

Looking for the unusual and exciting to add interest to your home? Katherine Richards Art Gallery is for interior design fans and art lovers alike


Eva Merendes Artist

Through her practice Eva explores the themes of identity, sexuality and the role of relationships in her life. Psychotherapy, literature and people play integral part in her life. She admires curves, elegant brushstrokes and bold contrasts and is mesmerised by intense gazes, which is apparent in her portrait series. Eva also is a finalist for the 4th FIDA Awards with one of her Red Hair Portrait series. Her work is also on display in the FIDAARTS Online Show until the 31st December 2021.

THE BLUES IN ME - Triptych “Series of self-portraits during lockdown, playing with fabrics, body forms, shadows and light. I explored the different stages my body went through using photography as my first medium and then I transferred it into watercolour paintings. From being frustrated, anxious and wanting to hide into my cocoon, I ended up getting to terms with what my soul and body need and finally freeing myself.” Eva Merendes is a Contemporary Visual Artist and art tutor based in South London. She specialises in watercolours & inks but she also uses mixed media to create both figurative and abstract artworks. She participated in numerous art exhibitions and campaigns since 2018, when she graduated from Roehampton University in London. She has a background in Psychology and art therapy and she is now a full-time artist. Eva is represented in London by Bleur Art Gallery, where you can find some of her original artworks. Recently she was commissioned to create works for “The Art of Coffee” campaign, which is a collaboration between Bleur Art & The Gentlemen Baristas. Artworks were displayed in Piccadilly.

This painting is part of a series of portraits where I explore my obsessions for freckles, red hair and piercing eyes.

TOUCHING HANDS 56.5 x 76 cm

“Bleur Art is the art family I needed as an emerging artist. Being an artist usually means working in isolation, so having the right people around you who can support your art processes is important.”

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SCHOOLS GUIDE – The finest independent schools in the UK – I M A G E : Q U E E N E T H E L B U R G A ’ S C O L L E G I AT E




t King’s House School in Richmond, an independent day prep school for boys aged 3 to 13, with girls in the co-ed Nursery, pupils benefit from a broad and balanced curriculum, allowing them to develop their unique talents and passions. In the Nursery (where children start in the term they turn 3), boys and girls are supported by a team of highly experienced staff as they begin their educational journey. Boys move into the Junior Department (Reception to Year 3) for Reception, and it is here that the pupils build upon the skills introduced through the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. With small class sizes, excellent pastoral care and specialist teaching, King’s House Junior Department offers its pupils a unique, caring and stimulating environment, which encourages each child to seize every learning opportunity. From their first day boys are welcomed into the King’s House community, quickly making friends and settling into their daily routine. We place a great emphasis on ensuring a smooth transition from nursery to school by building strong relationships with feeder nursery schools. The four years in the Junior Department instil pupils with a lifelong love of learning. Based in their own classrooms with their teacher and teaching assistant, the pupils’ timetable is tailored to suit their age group. Alongside English, Maths, Science and languages, boys benefit from specialist 152 DECEMBER 2021

teaching staff in subjects such as Drama, Music, Art and Computing. They also take part in swimming and PE lessons, and from Year 1 use the facilities at our outstanding Sports Ground in Chiswick, which has over 35 acres of pitches and facilities. Working with parents, our staff help the pupils to achieve their own best standard in a happy and nurturing environment. By the time they move across the road to the Senior Department (Years 4 to 8), the boys have become confident, independent learners and ambassadors of King’s House School. Enquire now for applications to the Nursery and Reception for September 2022 onwards, and ad hoc places in Reception, Year 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7 by contacting the Registrar, Sally Bass, on

“Working with parents, our staff help the pupils to achieve their own best standard in a happy and nurturing environment”


International Baccalaureate at Taunton School


ecause the classes are so small and you spend so much time together you become close with people from all over the world.” Set in the beautiful English countryside, within 1 hour 45 minutes of London, Taunton School offers sixth formers the best of both worlds. Post-16 students choosing to study at the 19th century school in Somerset will experience the traditions that accompany life in a school full of history, whilst embracing a truly cosmopolitan life and a 21st century approach to education. The International Baccalaureate (IB) allows students to gain an all-round qualification which is recognised by high-ranking universities globally, including the universities of Oxford and Cambridge in the UK. The IB’s unique appeal is its focus on an allencompassing education, which allows students to study a range of subjects from disciplines including languages, literature, science, humanities,

maths and arts. At Taunton School this is all available within small classes, allowing friendships to flourish and encouraging collaborative working. Those achieving the top grades earn the equivalent of five A*s at A-level, with 85% of Taunton School students achieving the equivalent of A*-B. Students at Taunton School consistently achieve above the world average for IB. However, it’s not only about academic success – it’s about the life experience too. One Taunton School IB student said: “At Taunton School the IB becomes your second family. “Because the classes are so small and you spend so much time together you become close with people from all over the world and you gain an insight into different cultures and beliefs.” Studying the IB at Taunton School is more than just an education, it’s a home away from home at a traditional school with a truly global outlook. Day and boarding options are available. For more information about the International Baccalaureate at Taunton School: Visit: Email: Call: 01823 703703

“Because the classes are so small and you spend so much time together you become close with people from all over the world and you gain an insight into different cultures”

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Fulham 020 7386 0006 or Shepherds Bush 020 8749 2877 or Hampton 0208 941 7666

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t is our belief that if we want the world to change we must begin with the teaching in the very young. This is the moment where our minds are the most open and the most receptive, where we see the world around us without judgement and where we are able to ask questions without fear or embarrassment. Ecology and Climate Change, Equal Thinking, Care and Kindness within our communities - the list goes on -will only be positively affected if we educate our children from the beginning, giving them the imagination, tools and skills at an early age. Neil Postman wrote ‘Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see’ and it is this exact sentiment that we need to keep in our minds when looking at how we approach every area of our children’s early education. If we give them the skills to question, to problem solve, to recognise and celebrate their differences, to listen to and to respect their different opinions, to understand and value their different emotions and realise that all emotions are equally valid – rather than pushing the emphasis on constant happiness – we will be giving them the skills that will help them to prepare for the future with resilience. We believe that the most inspiring way of

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“Ecology and Climate Change, Equal Thinking, Care and Kindness within our communities - the list goes on -will only be positively affected if we educate our children from the beginning, giving them the imagination, tools and skills at an early age”

teaching these invaluable lessons is not through ‘forced learning’ but through the art of play. This was recognised in ancient times; ‘Do not keep children to their studies by compulsion but by play’ Plato. Children’s play has an imaginative and creative flow which leads to discovery and problem solving. The forced learning of phonics and numbers can kill the joy of literature and numeracy. The use of stories, songs, rhymes, drama all the time, even for daily requests, will enthuse a child with a love of words – and the exciting environment around us with all its rich mathematical content, can stimulate a love of and show the child the necessity of number. It is the children who will mould the future of our world but it is for us to inspire them with the skills to create that future.


A pathway to sporting success A Yorkshire school is supporting students looking to compete at the highest levels of sport, through its Performance Sports Programme.


et in 220 acres of stunning Yorkshire countryside, Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate is a top performing independent day and boarding school for girls and boys aged 3 months to 19 years. The Team QE Performance Sports Programme offers specialised training and development for those students with the potential and determination to push themselves to compete in their chosen sport, as part of a wide and varied curriculum. Using the dedicated Sports Village on campus, the professional team of coaches will create Individual Development Plans (IDPs) for each Pathway student, with age-based strength and conditioning programmes, use of video analysis tools appropriate to professional sport and ongoing nutritional guidance, to support each student to access their full athletic potential. Sport options in the programme include: athletics; basketball; cricket; football; rugby; netball; hockey; and swimming. Each students’ programme follows a unique scheme of work including the latest tactical, technical, physical

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“Sport options in the programme include: athletics; basketball; cricket; football; rugby; netball; hockey; and swimming”

and mental training. They are designed with a focus on individual talent development and present opportunities for students to develop their skills right through to UK and international competition. Importantly, all Performance Sports students are enrolled within The Faculty, one of QE’s two senior schools, where the flexibility of the curriculum allows them to combine their sporting programme with a range of options in GCSE, A Level and BTEC courses in both Key Stages 4 and 5. This enables them to maintain a well-rounded education whilst pursuing their passion. They also have access to a strong network of pastoral and academic support including Tutors, Heads of Year, and Academic Learning Mentors. Students are taught responsibility, resilience and leadership skills, and are challenged to achieve at the highest level at all times. For more information about how your child can pursue their sporting passion by studying at QE, or to book on to their next Open Day on 29 January, please visit


The Eco-Aware Generation Strategic Thinkers, Not Snowflakes


aith Hagerty, Head of More House School in Knightsbridge, articulates the need to facilitate strategic thinking for our young people, rather than dismissing them as snowflakes The days of a school’s green initiatives being driven by a charming Eco Committee and the Geography department are long gone. Faith states “If we hope for transformation and a chance for Net Zero Emissions by 2050 to be a reality, we must give our young people the opportunity to make decisions at a strategic level. They must understand just how many financial, logistical and ethical factors have to be considered when driving down the carbon footprint of a school community.” This year, to tie in with Cop26 and harness this crucial global moment, More House School curated their November Prize giving around a sustainability theme by inviting Julie Johnson (CEO of UK Green Building Council) to speak and by launching their brand new More Green Award. The award invited pupils to come up with their own green initiatives for the school, assessed

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on impact and longevity, within a £50 budget. The finalists created three minute videos outlining their idea and their films were shown during the evening. The entries were assessed and the winner, whose idea will be implemented, was selected by guest speaker, Julie. Ideas spanned the purchasing of compost bins and increasing recycling capacity, to growing plants and vegetables on the school’s unused balconies, building a small greenhouse in their courtyard and running a gardening club to bring the community together. At a recent Girls Schools Association (GSA) conference, Faith attended a compelling talk by Phoebe Hanson from the growing charity Force of Nature who “empower young people to turn their eco-anxiety into agency, and work with leaders across business and education to drive intergenerational solutions.” Faith reports that “Phoebe addressed approximately 150 Headteachers about Eco Anxiety, with grace, gravitas and remarkable insight.” Our woke teenagers are fully aware of life on earth after their existence, it seems, which is a powerful thing to witness. Despite the emphasis on self, generated through the use of mobile devices and social media, Faith is certain that “there is a social consciousness that we must harness and welcome with open arms”. The future rests on these young ethical leaders gaining traction in their campaigns, so that they are empowered as strategic thinkers, not labelled as snowflakes.

THE DETAILS For more information about More House School, please contact or visit


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aking a decision about your child’s schooling is often a very difficult one where seemingly age-old debates have raged about opposing styles of education. Should I send my child to a single sex school or a mixed school? An academic focused or more holistic school? A day school or a boarding school? But perhaps the question that causes the most divide, emotionally, socially and politically, is whether to send children to a state school or a private school. The British state school system is something that we as a country can be proud of, particularly in London where the concentration of exceptional state schools is often astounding, with many achieving exam results comparable with private schools right the way through the system. However, there can be reasons why children might not be flourishing to their full potential within these schools. At Eaton House, our main intake from state schools is at 8+ and this is a common age for parents to make the decision to move their child from state into private schools. We have found from this intake that pupils who are joining us from state schools are bright but for one reason or another have not thrived in a busy primary school, be it academically and psychologically. Often in state schools the highest and lowest achievers stand to gain the most and can receive the most attention from teachers, whilst large class sizes can leave many pupils with a lack of one-to-one teaching time. For this reason, parents often make the decision to move their child to a private school with smaller class sizes where they can get more hands-on attention and start to realise their potential. This is what we often see being borne out at Eaton House and are exceptionally proud

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“Parents often make the decision to move their child to a private school with smaller class sizes where they can get more hands-on attention”

of this. There is no definitive answer to whether state or private schools are better, and decisions clearly must be made on a child-by-child basis, but for those children who might not be getting the attention they deserve, private schooling from 8+ might just be the way to go. Mrs Sarah Segrave Head of Eaton House The Manor Prep School



B THE DETAILS To learn more about Prince’s Gardens register to attend a January Open Morning: 13 January and 27 January, www.princesgardensprep. or email

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uilding a personal desire to learn in our children is vital in helping them develop confidence. Alison Melrose, Headmistress of Prince’s Gardens Preparatory School in Kensington, talks to us about the power of pupil agency, and how their inspiring spaces play an integral part. ‘Giving children a choice in how they learn helps them build the competence to become lifelong learners’, says Mrs Melrose. ‘They develop transferable skills needed for the future: creativity, communication and collaboration.’ ‘Schools may have specific spaces to support personalised learning’ and at Prince’s Gardens these spaces take centre stage. Forest school, which takes place in the School’s two acre garden, allows the outdoors and natural spaces to be integrated into the children’s learning, helping build self-esteem and encourage knowledge-gathering. The makerspace, a learning environment that contains tools, allows children to enter with an idea and leave with a complete project. Children are given the opportunity to create new things, collaborate on ideas and, through handson discovery, develop solutions to real-world problems. The multi-purpose science lab accommodates a

wide range of practical lessons across all science disciplines and encourages children to develop enquiring minds and to be curious about science and nature. Prince’s Gardens’ young scientists combine work in the science labs with visits to local museums giving them experience of science being brought to life. And with world class museums, such as the V&A, the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum, just five minutes-walk away, there are plenty of opportunities for immersive learning. Parents can encourage a love of learning in their children at home too, adds Mrs Melrose. ‘Ask open-ended questions about topics they’re in interested. Have a range of materials at home so they can choose how to express themselves. After a daytrip, keep their interest in a subject alive: talk to them about what they saw or ask them to remind you of what interesting facts they learnt. You’ll be delighted with the results.’


Herne Hill School strengthens its ECE focus and expertise A t the top of Herne Hill, a mere three-minute walk away from its main site, Herne Hill School recently opened a dedicated Kindergarten for 2- and 3-year-old children (girls and boys). The stately Victorian mansion has been completely refurbished to the highest standard to create a warm, welcoming ‘home from home’ environment. The site, which is highly conducive to stimulating the children’s creativity and maximising their learning, has met with strong approval from parents, with some comparing it to a “Soho House for children”. It enables Herne Hill School to consolidate its position as cutting-edge experts in Early Childhood Education, the period research has unequivocally established as the most formative in a child’s life and requiring a specialist pedagogical approach.

Focus and expertise “Since our foundation in 1976, we have focused exclusively on educating young children from Kindergarten (2+) to Year 2 (7+)”, says Ngaire Telford, who is only the third Headteacher in the school’s history. “Thanks to this cumulative experience and by thoughtfully integrating best

practices from other successful ECE programmes such as Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Forest School and Te Whāriki from my native New Zealand, we have developed a unique, continuous five-year curriculum which we believe goes way beyond the statutory requirements of the English EYFS and Key Stage 1 national curriculum”, she adds. Herne Hill School benefits from being just

Ngaire Telford, Headteacher

“We have developed a unique, continuous five-year curriculum which we believe goes way beyond the statutory requirements of the English EYFS and Key Stage 1 national curriculum”

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the right size for its focused five-year provision. On the one hand, being the largest stand-alone independent school in the country specialising in this age range affords it the scale required for employing a critical mass of expert early years educators and state-of-the-art facilities and resources. On the other hand, it is sufficiently small to enjoy a warm and friendly family community atmosphere in which the children benefit from deep relationships with these loving, caring and expert staff.

Strong ethos and high-quality staff are key Asked about what she believes to be the greatest success factors for cutting-edge ECE provision, Mrs Telford spontaneously replies “ethos and staff ”. She explains: “A strong and purposeful ethos can provide an all-encompassing cultural umbrella for everyone’s behaviours at the school. Our own ethos of ‘Love · Care · Excellence’ encapsulates our commitment to excellence and conviction that love and care are prerequisites for optimising a young child’s learning trajectory. But ultimately, having amazing staff is even more

“Early Childhood Education is the period research has unequivocally established as the most formative in a child’s life and requiring a specialist pedagogical approach”

important as it is they who develop the supportive relationships required to guide young children, day-in day-out, on their crucial ‘whole child’ development journey.” Following their successful start in the Kindergarten, on a term-time basis with full-day provision two to five days per week, the Herne Hill School children are gradually introduced to the school’s main site and its extensive woodland area to enable a smooth progression through the five-year continuous curriculum. They then move on to their next schools at a natural Year 3 entry point - with a spark in their eyes and equipped with a comprehensive set of life skills to seize the opportunities and surmount the challenges they will face in their futures.

New website just launched Herne Hill School have just launched their new website, which contains a wealth of information on what cutting-edge ECE looks like.

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t is an exciting time for some of Haileybury’s most creative and ambitious young scientists whose research could contribute to finding cures for human diseases like pancreatic cancer and diabetes. Haileybury is proud to be the only school in Europe offering Stan-X – an open-ended science programme based on experimental biology, allowing pupils to build resilience in learning and experiencing genuine, unscripted experimental science. Working collaboratively with Stanford University and The University of Oxford, Stan-X is comparable to a graduate genetics course and is part of an innovative study involving schools around the world. “We are very proud to have been invited to be involved in this project and to be the only school in Europe offering Stan-X. It is very exciting indeed to be involved in a project that so significantly enhances our pupils’ scientific understanding. We are hopeful that our new Science Centre will be completed in two years’ time. It is an ambitious project and ground-breaking, in that integral to the project, it will be a standalone facility for scientific and technological research.” The Master, Martin

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Collier, said. ‘Team taught’ sessions see pupils use modern stereo-microscopes to identify phenotypic markers in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, such as curly wings, stubble hair or white eyes. The aim of the research is to use fruit flies genetics to investigate cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie human diseases. Results obtained at Haileybury will provide new tools and insights to a global community of researchers investigating diseases like diabetes and cancer. It is the brainchild of Stanford Professor Seung Kim, of Stanford University, who said: “The essence of science is discovery. But too often science is taught in a very general way. That’s why my colleagues and I developed a programme to allow them to do genuine experiments and make discoveries in school. The Haileybury pupils will play an important role in this research but, perhaps most importantly, will experience the joy, mystery and anxiety of attempting to make a discovery at an earlier stage of their education than most school pupils. For many, this experiment could be transformative.” 01992 706 353

“The essence of science is discovery. But too often science is taught in a very general way. That’s why my colleagues and I developed a programme to allow them to do genuine experiments and make discoveries in school”


St Dunstan’s College hosts inaugural Youth Mental Health Summit

St Dunstan’s College, Catford, south London, was delighted to host its inaugural Youth Mental Health Summit on Friday 8 October, 2021.

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he summit, which was hosted in the College’s Great Hall, was attended by more than 100 students from schools across the country. Headmaster Nicholas Hewlett opened the summit, acknowledging the ongoing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on mental health. He explained: ‘The world has been through one of the biggest shocks in the last 6o or 70 years, and with

any great shock comes a fundamental change in society’s perceptions and values – and that’s what we’re in the middle of right now. We understand that the world we live in today, for all of us, but in particular young people, is a challenging one. A very, very challenging one.’ Sir Anthony Seldon, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham and previous Deputy Head of St Dunstan’s, opened the summit

with the keynote ‘Enough talk: how does one improve student mental health in practice?’ St Dunstan’s Deputy Head Pastoral, Jade McLellan, also led a keynote talk ‘Child and adolescent brain development,’ and Tom Telford, Head of Adventurous Activities, spoke about ‘Thriving in a stressful environment.’ Following the keynote talks, students then took part in a carousel of workshops. This included ‘Adaptability in a changing digital world’ hosted by Finalsite’s Lori Foster and Jak Blackwood; ‘Managing your stress container’ led by St Dunstan’s Head of Psychology, Lois Haddington; ‘Understanding thought processes’ with the school’s counsellors Julia Gray and Fugen Hassan; and ‘Thriving in a stressful environment’ with Tom Telford. The summit, which was kindly supported by leading London estate agents Kinleigh, Folkard and Hayward (KHF) and website providers Finalsite, was organised by Deputy Head Pastoral, Jade McLellan and the Communications Department. Speaking about the event, Mrs McLellan said: ‘As society grapples with the legacy of the pandemic and its impact on the mental health and wellbeing of the world’s children, St Dunstan’s College was excited to bring together young people from schools across London to hear from a range of experts and specialists on

wellbeing and to plan together our vision for promoting positive mental health in schools. ‘We believe real change can be effected by putting young people at the heart of the decision-making process and by listening to their ideas on how we can best support them and prepare them for a flourishing post-pandemic life.’ Mental health and wellbeing is a top priority for St Dunstan’s College. The school has a dedicated Wellness Centre that was opened in 2018. The centre provides a hub of services, including the College Nurse and healthcare team, the College Chaplaincy, two counsellors, our student Peer Mentors and our Youth Mental Health First Aiders. Additionally, the Wellness Centre provides students with much-needed break-out space; the large, inviting reception area with its café-style seating is in near-constant use by students during break and lunch times, and offers a quiet respite space at other times. The school was named Independent Coeducational School of the Year at the 2020 Independent Schools of the Year Awards, and most recently was praised by the Good Schools Guide. The review explained: ‘Diverse in every way – academically, socially, and intellectually. The St Dunstan’s ethos could come across as a bit ‘woke’ on paper, but in real life we found the school to be inspiring, both liberating and liberal thanks to interesting leadership, committed teaching and a very engaged student body. A great school for unstuffy polymaths.’

THE DETAILS Find out more about life at St Dunstan’s College on their website: or by contacting the Admissions Team at Registration is currently open for entry to the Junior School in Years 4, 5 and 6, and Senior School tours will take place in the spring again.

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. Anselm’s School, recently named UK Prep School of the Year 2021 in the Tatler School Awards, lies tucked away above the quiet medieval market town of Bakewell yet it is no stranger to innovation. This year, the school has created a daily twenty-minute reading period for all its students up to the age of thirteen. Richard Mace, Head of English at the school, explains how stories provide a much-needed remedy for a range of modern ailments. “Like many, I find the great works of JRR Tolkien inspirational. Last year, after a twentyyear hiatus, I returned to his epic fantasy novels and revisited Middle Earth disappearing into a seemingly endless world of goblins, orcs, hobbits and elves. It was a much-needed break from the realities of lockdown and the restrictions imposed. Great stories act as a gateway. They allow us to safely roam, wander and experience the trials and tribulations of worlds far beyond our front doors. Two-hundred million books were sold in the UK in 2020, a rise of over five percent on prepandemic levels. The decision to institute a reading period for all five to thirteen year olds at S. Anselm’s has been partly driven by a desire to reduce these recent limitations and to ensure our children retain their sense of adventure and their natural inclination to tour beyond borders and seek challenge. We learn through play, and a book offers a safe environment to experience peril and voyages of discovery. We want the children to move outside their comfort zones, have fun, surprises and unique cultural

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experiences. This emphasis on reading supports every child’s development. It helps forge wellrounded outward looking individuals who are ready for an ever-changing world with all its quirks. The recent restrictions of lockdown have also provoked much debilitating anxiety, particularly pronounced in the young. Last year, the Mental Health Foundation reported that ten percent of five to thirteen year olds in the UK have clinically diagnosed mental health problems. To suggest reading for twenty minutes a day would be a panacea is to underestimate the gravity of this modern affliction but there is no doubt that reading can relieve anxiety and enable a mindfulness that builds resilience and a sense of self, particularly in the young. At S. Anselm’s, we are proud that a visitor will see calm, engaged and mindful students travelling through the pages of the books they are reading. Some have gone back in time; some have trekked to far-flung lands, many have met characters that inspire or act as a warning. Importantly, all the children have found a moment of peace, a chance to be calm and to centre themselves. Their resilience grows and so does their life experience, confidence, compassion and empathy.” To arrange a face to face or virtual visit, please email 01629 812734

“Great stories act as a gateway. They allow us to safely roam, wander and experience the trials and tribulations of worlds far beyond our front doors”


& BEAUTY – Fashion and beauty news to keep you looking your best – I M AG E : E L O I S E J E P H S O N



FASHION & BEAUTY INTO THE BLUE This beautiful blue topaz statement cocktail ring with organic brushed silver setting will make a sensation.

SPLASH OF COLOUR We simply love this art deco 100% silk scarf featuring storks and cranes.

THIS LITTLE PIGGY… Made for stylish snoozing, our classic White pyjama shorts set is made from super soft 100% stonewashed linen. Linen keeps you cosy and warm in the winter and cool in the summer. This lightweight and effortlessly comfortable set features a relaxed fit linen shirt and pair of shorts; perfect for quiet days at home and weekend trips away.

TAKE A HIKE Our luxury chocolate brown hiker boots in suede are fully sheepskin lined and perfect as we go into cooler seasons. The lace opening and WG branded lace stopper are the perfect amount of detailing, and the gold embossed WG branding on the insole make these boots a luxury item.

SOUND WAVES This scarf design is influenced by the sound wave image Joy Division used on their debut album, Unknown Pleasures.

WINTER WARMERS Stay warm outside for hours this winter. Fitting cosily in gloves and shoes, hand and feet winter warmers are a must for this season. Made with 100% recyclable and natural materials. Unisex. 182 DECEMBER 2021


Eloise Jephson silk sleepwear About Eloise Jephson With a background in illustration and print design, Jephson takes her inspiration from the natural & mythological. Known for her fun and playful prints there is often a nod to the subversive and unexpected in her designs. After studying Fashion Design with Print at Central St Martins, Jephson cut her teeth working for brands such as Versace, Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen. After many years freelancing and working for other designers she launched her own label at the end of 2020. Her first collection is luxurious silk sleepwear, with intricate prints inspired by the zodiac. The designing, fabric printing & production of the collection are all done in London, helping to reduce Jephson’s carbon footprint and keeping the collection sustainable where possible. 184 DECEMBER 2021

Known for her fun and playful prints there is often a nod to the subversive and unexpected in her designs.

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Kate: Get the look

Kate debuts glamorous new hair at Royal Variety Performance. By Katie Wright

a very classic red carpet look,” says Dani Still, senior master stylist at Charles Worthington Salon, who recommends starting with shampoo and a conditioning mask to maximise moisture and glossiness if you want to copy Kate’s hair. She adds: “Do make sure you comb the mask through for even distribution and to smooth the cuticle down – Kerastase Nutritive Masquintense (£34) for either thick or fine hair will do the trick.” Now you’re ready to get glam. Follow Still’s step by step guide to recreate Kate’s curly look…


hairdresser explains how to recreate the Duchess of Cambridge’s stunning new style. The Duchess of Cambridge attended the Royal Variety Performance alongside husband Prince William and unveiled a stunning new hairstyle: long, shiny, perfectly curled locks cascading over one shoulder. A big change from the way she usually styles her hair for red carpet events – in soft waves or an elegant up-do – the new look complemented Kate’s sharp-shoulder emerald green Jenny Packham gown and understated make-up. “Kate knows how to add drama to otherwise 186 DECEMBER 2021

“The Duchess of Cambridge attended the Royal Variety Performance alongside husband Prince William and unveiled a stunning new hairstyle: long, shiny, perfectly curled locks cascading over one shoulder”

1. Blow dry your hair smooth and make sure your parting is a little further to the preferred side. 2. Once blow dried, curl your hair using a GHD Curve Classic Tong (£129). Your sectioning is key here – each section should be one inch wide and deep on normal hair or 1.5 inch wide on thicker hair. For the locks to sit like Kate’s, hold the tong horizontal to your face. This will ensure the right fall of the wave. 3. Once curled, do NOT brush it out. Apply hairspray first and let it all cool down. Then, with a wide tooth comb dusted a little with a shine spray, comb the hair through to the side you chose – usually the one opposite the parting. 4. Apply a little serum or nourishing oil to finish the look.


Inspired by the enchanting rose notes that caressed her senses while summering in the South of France, Nina Christine’s passionate love for flowers led her to train with both Galimard in Grasse, France and the fames Parisian Olfactory School; Cinquieme Sens. There, Nina learned the process of scent accords, blending raw aroma materials into fragrant formations, mastering the analytical chemistry of both flavour and fragrance and so much more. ‘Karma Love’ is a fresh and floral eau de parfum with a beautiful fusion of rose, gardenia and jasmine. Nina hopes her exclusive perfumes bring women pure feelings of joy, comfort, femininity and luxury, IG: ninachristineperfumes

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A Wild Spirit F

ounded in 2002 by designer Natalie Lake, the Really Wild store has been described as a slice of the countryside in Sloane Square, Chelsea. Having always drawn her inspiration from nature, Natalie creates designs that celebrate our country heritage in both an urban and rural setting. The designs bridge the style gap between country and town pursuits and Natalie has been successfully fusing her love of the great British countryside with elegant tailoring for what will be two decades in 2022. Really Wild prides itself on a dedication to craftsmanship that is second to none. Using the most meticulous construction methods and the finest Scottish tweeds, the company creates classic tailoring with a contemporary twist, always with exceptional finishing and in limited numbers. Indeed, Natalie believes that the recent changes in the retail landscape have played to her brand’s strengths. ‘We may not be dressing up as much as we did, but every Really Wild piece, from our softly, tailored coats to our exquisitely cut Liberty silk shirts, are versatile enough to be worn dressed up or down. ‘I think many women are taking more joy in their wardrobes, mindfully purchasing quality pieces that have been consciously crafted from natural fabrics such as cotton, wool and silk,

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that are not only comfortable but kinder to the environment.’ Natalie designs for women who will wear a piece for years to come in a ‘buy now, wear forever’ approach. Committed to thoughtfulness is key to the brand, from working closely with her factories and mills through to fabric sourcing, manufacture, and delivery. Producing timeless, carefully crafted designs with limited runs also means there is little wastage in production. With party season just around the corner, RW has brought you a capsule collection of designs that will inspire you to dress up whatever your plans may be. Add a sense of occasion to everyday dressing, with jewel inspired shades in luxurious velvets and heritage plaid tweeds with a hint of sparkle, crafted into investment pieces with enduring appeal. Cosy, Scottish cashmere knits will add festive warmth to your look and for true indulgence add a shearling coat for instant glamour. Visit the RW store at 53 Sloane Square for the full Really Wild experience to celebrate with a glass of Mirabeau’s sparkling La Folie and complimentary styling advice from their team for the festive season ahead.

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Party season beauty ideas to transform your look Get ready for the festive season in no time with these pro tips, says Katie Wright. loves a high-shine red lip for a glam party look. She says: “Like my super bright red nails that I love to wear, I adore a pop of colour and not much else. Distract from tired eyes and add a festive pop of colour with the new Jones Road Cool Gloss in Poppy Red. It is really red – no yellow, bright red. I think it’s super wearable with the sheen, versus a matte red lip (not a gloss like you would imagine). I would wear the red gloss with just mascara and a little Miracle Balm on my skin.”


The easy smoky-eye



hristmas is just around the corner and this year parties are – fingers crossed – on the cards once more. Hurrah! So, you’ve got a sparkly frock or trendy tailored suit sorted. Now it’s time to zhuzh up your look with a bit of festive glam. Often, there’s not a lot of time to prep for midweek gatherings, but by focusing on one feature, you can go from plain to party-ready in a matter of minutes. Here, pro make-up artists offer seven quick-fix ideas for a fabulous festive beauty look…

The glossy lip

The long-lasting lip “There are some great long-wear lipsticks that aren’t too drying and don’t require so much reapplying,” says Gia Mills, founder of exercise-focused skincare and make-up brand Skin In Motion. “I have loved using Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink, recently. It’s quick and easy to apply, and a fun, bright shade will bring your face to life in a jiffy. Finish off with a hydrating lip balm to minimise any cracking of the lipstick. I always


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Jamie Genevieve, make-up artist and founder of Vieve, is all about the “one-and-done smoky eye”, created with a brown eyeshadow stick, instead of a palette. She explains: “Scribble your chosen Vieve Eye Wand shade onto your lid. With a clean brush, start to buff the colour evenly over the lid. Once you’ve done this, scribble a little bit more of that same shade into your crease and dab with your fingertips. For an even PRECISION GEL LINER, more dramatic look, sketch £15.75 (WAS £21), AVAILABLE FROM the Eye Wand along your lash ILLAMASQUA line and use a smaller, more precise brush to shape the shadow into a wing.”


apply a solid block of eyeshadow, going from inner to outer corners, and from lash line up to the eyebrows. Apply Precision Gel Liner in Infinity, starting with a very thin line in the inner corner, and add more pressure to make it thicker as we go towards the outer corner. Smudge the leftover product in the brush across the bottom lashes. Curl lashes and coat them with mascara.”

use the Skin In Motion Plump It Lip Balm in Sheer Berry – it hydrates and acts as a gloss, as well as having a hook, so you don’t lose it.”

The shimmer smoky-eye “Your eyes deserve to be the focus when it comes to party glam,” says make-up artist Aimee Connolly, founder of Sculpted by Aimee, who suggests a three-step “buff, smoke and shimmer” approach. “Start by buffing a matte transition shade through the crease of the eye to add some depth, then add some smoke with a darker matte shade on the outer corners of the eye and around the lash line. To finish, sweep a dazzling shimmer or metallic shade across the eyelid, and pair with lashings of mascara.”

“Like my super bright red nails that I love to wear, I adore a pop of colour and not much else” – Bobbi Brown Above: Bobbi Brown, founder of Jones Road Left: Gia Mills, founder of Skin in Motion Below, right: model with shimmer smoky-eye look, created by Sculpted by Aimee

The bronze eye “A warm bronze shade is a really easy go-to shade for a party look,” says Melanie Barrese, head makeup artist at Eyeko. “Take an eyeshadow brush and ensure you have patted the colour densely onto the eyelid. Then take a fluffy blending brush and, using backwards and forwards motions, blend out – ensuring you push the product outwards and upwards. This can be kept just to the upper lid or, for more drama, apply underneath the eye as well. If you’re going from day to night, don’t forget to add an extra coat of mascara.”


The scarlet lip “Rouge Dior Lipstick 999 Velvet is the ultimate festive lip colour,” says Jamie Coombes, Dior Beauty international pro-artist, of the lipstick with a soft matte finish. “As well as on the lips, it can be used as a cream blush. Add a touch off this colour to the upper part of the cheeks and blend out using the Dior Backstage Blender. Pair this with your Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara, and you’ll be party-ready in no time.”

The festive flick



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ranche d’Olive offers elegant home fragrances, lifestyle accessories and luxurious bath/body products with sustainability at its core. Fragrances are 96.6% naturally derived and the majority of Branche d’Olive packaging is glass, highly reusable and recyclable. One of the brand’s signature fragrances is Verbena, the strongest of the lemon scents, which features a sparkling mix of crisp green citrus sitting on a white jasmine and soft musk base. Available in two sizes, the attractive Verbena diffuser will add a refreshing zest into your home and is also available in a range of additional products including triple milled hand stamped soaps, soy candles and a sparkling room spray. Diffuser £29 (100ml) or £40 (200ml)

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Londons hidden secret, London Silver Vaults home to Belmont Jewellers


elmont Jewellers have been established for more than 40 years in London and deal in all aspects of the jewellery trade, from antique to modern jewellery. Our expertise extends across a wide field, from buying and selling second-hand watches, diamonds, silver and gold jewellery, to stocking an exciting selection of jewellery for all occasions as well as major brands of watches including Cartier, Rolex, Patek Philippe and Omega. Selling and buying precious items can be a daunting experience. At Belmont Jewellers, we aim to take the stress out of the situation and make it as easy as possible. How do we do this? We will guide you along the way just as we have done with all our past and present customers in a professional and personal way, allowing us to help you decide what you’d like to sell or buy and give advice and most importantly make you feel comfortable from

start to finish. We pride ourselves on our honesty and transparency and we believe that is why we have been successful for the last 40 years.

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Winter wardrobe trend:



Petal prints are big bloomin’ news this season, says Katie Wright.


loral prints took a dramatic turn on the AW21 catwalks, by way of dark blooms, sumptuous fabrics and beautiful bouquet embellishments. London Fashion Week designers were leading the charge, with chintzy dresses and frock coats fit for a royal seen at Erdem, Yuhan Wang and Preen, while Temperley’s maxi dresses and separates had a retro 70Seventies feel to them. Now, the high street is giving us fabulous petal-powered pieces to rock day or night. Here are three key ways to try the dark florals trend…


Midi dresses An absolute autumn/winter essential, floral midi dresses are a massive trend right now, and they’re so easy to style. It’s all about layering – either pop a roll-neck top underneath a V-neck dress, or throw an oversized blazer or slouchy cardigan on top. Complete your look with chunky ankle or kneehigh boots.


Preen’s AW21 collection

Day to night tops Demure enough for daytime but easy to dress up after work, a floral print blouse is a really versatile piece. Team with jeans, boots and statement earrings for a laidback look, or go glam with a leather mini skirt and heels.

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Secrets from a celebrity facialist Ada Ooi mixes Chinese and Western medicine for a more holistic approach to skincare. By Prudence Wade


ith a client roster including Rooney Mara, Ellie Goulding and Lily Allen, facialist Ada Ooi ( knows a thing or two about glowing skin. Originally from Hong Kong, Ooi spent weekends growing up at her grandfather’s pharmacy in nearby Macau. “I would sit next to him every Saturday, I was the girl grinding all these herbs and pastes for the customers,” Ooi remembers. “I picked up a lot about the good feeling of helping people.” Another thing she learned from her grandfather was the potential in mixing Chinese and Western medicines. After an ill-fated foray into advertising, Ooi trained as an aromatherapist and aesthetician – realising she was “trying to find a link to my 196 DECEMBER 2021

grandfather”. When she started treating skin, often it was the last thing Ooi looked at. “Someone would come through my door and I’d be like, ‘Actually, I don’t even want to touch your face, I want to touch your feet because your blood circulation is bad, your liver and kidney is in depletion’,” she explains. The next step in Ooi’s career was to train as a practitioner of Chinese medicine – and that’s when she felt she was “really helping people”, she says. “My philosophy is treating from within: that is how I see myself as a facialist, because our skin is the biggest organ of our body and is really the reflection of what’s happening in our inner self.” This ethos has garnered Ooi plenty of celebrity fans, and these are just some of the tips and secrets she’s picked up along the way…



Think about your skin holistically

Ooi prefers to use the word ‘essence’ rather than ‘toner’ – particularly as toners have an increasingly bad reputation for being harsh or drying. For Ooi, an essence should follow your cleanser – it won’t minimise your pores (“pores don’t shrink”, she says), but it can balance your skin’s pH and “give your skin a boost of hydration, in the sense that it’s mild and easy enough for the skin to drink up”, she explains. “It’s more important than a moisturiser, I would say.”

“If you care for your skin, you should be caring for your whole wellbeing as well,” Ooi says simply. “I’m not saying you need to go and do lots of check-ups – nothing complicated, but be more mindful and conscious about your stress, the tension you have, hormonal fluctuations. These contribute to most longer-term skin problems, like adult acne and wrinkles – yes, gravity plays a role, but a tense expression is the killer.”

Don’t blindly follow trends “Don’t follow trends to try look like other people – it really is unsustainable and you can make the wrong decisions,” Ooi says. Over-exfoliating is a big one right now. “I really do see there is an addiction to using acids and exfoliating agents, because of how it feels,” she sighs. “Initially, it feels very smooth, very good – but then you start peeling, or you have redness… And your skin can get very dry.”



Try not to do everything at once Almost all of us are guilty of it: we get some kind of issue with our skin – whether it’s acne or melasma – and we try and fix it by chucking on as many products and treatments as we can. “Try to do one thing at a time – don’t experiment with so much,” Ooi pleads. “Even if you’ve got the money, doing everything at the same time cannot be good for you.”



Vitamin C Vitamins are “vital for the skin”, says Ooi. “Vitamin C is a great antioxidant you can use day and night to protect your skin from all the free radicals.” Her top tip is to make sure you don’t opt for too high a concentration.

Mindset is everything “It’s really down to the person to find the right mindset to be receiving the skincare routine they have designed for themselves,” says Ooi. “Slapping everything on will always feel like a chore – it really doesn’t do much, apart from conditioning the surface of your skin. “But if you take a little bit of mindfulness in your skincare routine, you will feel a big difference in your mood. And if you do it at night, you will sleep better as well.”

Massage your products in Ooi is a big fan of taking the time to massage in your products. “It really creates a brain-skin reaction with dopamine – happy hormones. They are going to be hyped up, so you’ll have more benefits from your skincare, and your mind will feel a lot better too.” 198 DECEMBER 2021

“Emulsions are the texture between serum and moisturiser,” Ooi says. “It’s actually got the best of both worlds… I think an emulsion is a great light moisturiser to always have on your dressing table, so you can adjust how much moisture you want to have every night.” This means your skincare routine can be more “flexible”.





s pioneers of the ‘shoes that feel like sneakers’ category back in 2001 Harrys of London has always been on a mission to blend comfort and style. That ambition is translated across a full spectrum of smart through to casual styles that will see you through most every-day situations life may throw at you. These shoes are wardrobe work-horses. Harrys approach to sneakers is, in the main, lowkey, understated and elegant – meaning you can easily team a pair of white, navy or black smooth calf laceups with an ‘of the moment’ double breasted suit, or switch around with a more formal shoe teamed with

selvedge jeans and a cashmere sweater. When it comes to travelling (please say we can soon!), a pair of Harrys signature Edwards is the ultimate in versatile luxury – offering enough refinement for an elegant dinner but equally not looking out of place teamed with a pair of shorts. Each season the design team love trying out new ideas and approaches to materials; new for this summer is a cotton mesh knit upper version of their much-loved Jaunty slip-on sneaker, a welcome development to keep sneakered feet cooler on the hottest days. The final piece of the puzzle is that every Harrys of London shoe is built around their signature Technogel 3D innersole, covered in gel-filled capsules that mould to the shape of your foot, relieving pressure and providing a one-of-a-kind fit. They never harden, they never lose flexibility and don’t need to be worn in – this secret weapon means every Harrys shoe will feel as comfortable on day one as on day 10,001.

Taking inspiration from her travels in the Balearics and beyond, Luna Menta founder Deborah Menta, a London-based jewellery buyer with over 25 years’ experience, has carefully curated a stunning collection of one-of-a-kind pieces using hand-sourced gemstones, pearls and charms. From resort wear to everyday jewellery, unique commissions to heirloom pieces, there is something for every occasion. Enjoy building your own collection of sustainable beauty that won’t cost the earth! W W W. L U N A M E N TA . C O M A N D O N I G @ L U N A M E N TA J E W E L L E RY

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Life & Sole of the Party Meet Lisa Kay: Founder and Designer of Sole Bliss reveals the inspiration behind her shoes for bunion sufferers


isa Kay, 57, is the founder of fashion footwear brand Sole Bliss, which specialises in shoes for bunions, sensitive soles and painful feet. Lisa’s shoes have been snapped up by the likes of Dame Helen Mirren and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. In the 1980s, I left my accountancy job in the City to launch a fashion label with my husband Roger. We started out making belts in our factory in Shoreditch, which we sold to Selfridges, John Lewis and Topshop. For the last 20 years, I have been designing ladies’ shoes. About 10 years ago, I started growing a painful bump on the base of my big foot. I looked into just how many other women were suffering like me and I couldn’t believe the numbers! There are over 14 million bunion sufferers in the UK! That’s when I decided it was time to design a collection of fashionable shoes for women with bunions. After 5 years of research & development with expert artisans and podiatrists, I launched the first collection of Sole Bliss shoes in 2017. We launched Sole Bliss with just 4 lines of heels, branded ‘heels for women who can’t wear heels’. They were quickly snapped up by British Royalty and Hollywood A-listers. Our bunion-friendly shoes were the Red Carpet’s best-kept secret. Today our collection has over 100 types of heels, flats, loafers, wedges, and our latest addition: the

‘Miracle Trainer’. This brand new shoe is not just for women with bunions. It contains an innovative comfort technology which combats conditions like plantar fasciitis, hammer toes and flat feet. As a majority-female company, we are much more in tune with the demands of our customers. Our collection has evolved from ‘shoes for bunions’ to ‘shoes for every woman’. We believe that every woman deserves beautiful shoes, no matter what problem they have with their feet.

“ All our shoes are handcrafted from ethically sourced leathers from Italy and Spain. We are passionate about sustainability and slow fashion. We create shoes which are designed to last and focus on fashion that is timeless “

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he Red Carpet is back! After an 18 month hiatus, Hollywood’s A-listers are back in their most glamorous dresses and they are wearing the things we’ve most dreaded putting on our feet: heels! But having worn nothing but flats for so long, how are these stars coping in high heels again?

CBD cream has anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing properties, so massaging the foot before and after wearing heels helps reduce the discomfort of squeezing into stilettos. Other actresses use Neurofen gel to soothe their feet when wearing heels. CBD foot cream, £22.50 (below)

HELEN MIRREN (76) - SECRET SHOES FOR BUNIONS: Helen Mirren never steps out in heels lower than 3 inches. Hers are from Sole Bliss, a brand which specialises in shoes for bunions and sensitive feet. Every pair contains a hidden stretch panel for bunions, a wide toe-box and soft underfoot cushioning. The silver screen star has a collection of over 10 pairs of Sole Bliss shoes (all reasonably priced at £149). Her favourite and most commonly seen pair on the red carpet is a black suede court shoe with a 3.5 inch heel and hidden comfort stretch panel. Pure bliss for Helen’s feet! Sole Bliss heels, Black Suede, £149 (far right)

MEGHAN MARKLE (40) - WEAR A LARGER SHOE SIZE: Other stars such as Meghan Markle, Jennifer Lopez and Kristen Stewart opt for footwear that’s a size bigger when they are on the red carpet. By wearing high heels one size bigger than their normal size, these stars are able to avoid swelling, pain and blisters, as the foot has more breathing space. It also means the foot is more prone to slip so to avoid this, they insert a silicone pad inside the heel or stuff the toe with padding like tissue or cotton wool.

GLENN CLOSE (74) - CBD CREAM: Glenn Close took to Instagram last year to show her secret trick to wearing high heels. She revealed she rubs her feet with CBD cream.

“The silver screen star has a collection of over 10 pairs of Sole Bliss shoes”

UMA THERMAN (51) - DITCH THE HEELS: Uma is one of the many stars to say “no” to heels this year. After 18 months without wearing stilettos, Uma is opting for flat shoes only on the red carpet. DECEMBER 2021 203


Feet Fit for Royalty! Camilla teaches Kate and Meghan how to look after their feet, as she completes over 250 Royal engagements every year


he British Royals completed more than 3500 Royal engagements in 2021. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall has completed over 250 official engagements, which is more than Kate and Meghan’s totals combined. Since June 2018, the 73-year-old has been wearing heels from Sole Bliss, who specialise in fashionable, comfortable footwear for women with bunions and wide feet. The Duchess of Cambridge (who completed under 120 engagements) and Meghan Markle (who completed under 100 engagements in 2020) rarely opt for heels lower than 4 inches on public engagements. Meghan continued to wear 4-inch stilettos during her pregnancy, which sparked widespread criticism. Podiatrist Tracy Byrne explains that wearing heels in the final trimester of pregnancy can cause particularly dangerous health issues. “When pregnant, our centre of gravity changes significantly, affecting balance and therefore putting us at greater risk of falls when in heels”. Kate Middleton created a stir when she got her heel stuck in a street gate at the St Patrick’s Day parade in 2013 when she was nearly 6 months pregnant. High heels and uncomfortable footwear have taken their toll on the Duchess of Cambridge, who buys 3 different sizes of shoes in order to avoid blisters. In her tour of India, she kicked off her pointed stilettos to reveal toes which had formed a claw position due to excessive pressure from

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pointed shoes. Meghan has come under scrutiny for her bunions since her debut Royal tour in New Zealand, which revealed a 4cm scar from an operation thought to take place in 2014. Her designer shoe collection (worth thousands of pounds) is rarely appropriate for a bunion sufferer or walking long distances in heels. It appears that Camilla is the only Royal who seems to take her foot health seriously. The hard-working Royal admitted she could no longer wear high heels: “That’s just one thing I have to accept. I’ve gone down to two inches – can’t do any more”. The Duchess of Cornwall has over 11 pairs of heels from Sole Bliss, whose comfortable shoes boast a stretch panel to comfort and conceal bunions, a deep and wide toe-box, arch support and triple-layer cushioned soles. One of the 11 pairs of Sole Bliss shoes which the Duchess owns in a variety of colours.

“Oh my! I LOVE my trainers, LOVE them. SO grateful! Wearing them now and FOREVER” – Dame Emma Thompson

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idswear Collective is an award-winning website selling pre-loved designer fashion, at up to 80% off original retail prices. It carries over 500 brands including Gucci, Burberry, Dior, Moncler as well as up-and-coming labels. Having originally launched online in 2018, it now has a concession in Selfridges Oxford Street and pop-ups in Fenwick Brent Cross and Bentalls Kingston. Kidswear Collective was started to address our urgent need to reduce waste in fashion. Of the 80 billion pieces of clothing produced worldwide, it is estimated that 75% of these will end up in landfills each year. And in Britain alone, we are expected to throw away 235 million items of clothing this year. Kidswear Collective estimates that a designer children’s piece is only worn five times on average. Compare this with the 30 times it is recommended that we wear our garments in order for them to be sustainable and it’s easy to see how kidswear is falling behind. Pre-owned fashion has come a long way in a

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short time and the team at Kidswear Collective are passionate about changing the perception of what pre-loved shopping looks like - first and foremost making it a luxury experience, similar to what you’d get when shopping on ‘first-hand’ fashion sites. Every garment is inspected and authenticated, before being professionally cleaned by sustainable dry cleaners Oxwash. It is then photographed and stored until it is sold and sent out in Kidswear Collective’s luxe (and bio-degradable) signature packaging. Anyone can sell on the site, however, all items must pass Kidswear Collective’s ‘8-step inspection process’ to ensure only the highest quality collections are stocked. Any unsold items are donated to the family charity, Little Village and up to 5% of every item sold is donated to the NSPCC. With reports that pre-loved fashion is going to overtake fast fashion within the decade, there has never been a better - or more important time - to change the way we shop, but without having to compromise on quality.


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inhua GUO is an international Chinese woman based in Paris. She learned how to sew and embroider with her mother. She learned oil painting, dance and musical instruments at the age of five. Her proximity with natural elements and a simple life made her who she is and represents all her imagination. She moved to Paris alone in 2010 and become a fashion creator to gain international recognition. In 2016, Minhua GUO launch her own label LYSANDRE PARIS and created the FANTASY CLUTCH which is hand-embroidered. Passionate and strong women are the leitmotif of LYSANDRE PARIS. In 2019, she was the only representative of French was awarded the title of “Outstanding Women for the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of New China” in Beijing. In the same year, she was selected into the French “WHY ME” 100 Portrait Art Exhibition of Success and Talent in Paris. She don’t follow trends, every series she creates is a dream story. She chose to live an hour away

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“In 2016, Minhua GUO launch her own label LYSANDRE PARIS and created the FANTASY CLUTCH which is hand-embroidered”


Amanda Holden

On her 5am beauty routine, copying Princess Diana’s hair and chatting to Kylie Minogue on the Neighbours set. By Katie Wright,


ooking back on her acting career, there’s one role Amanda Holden is raring to reprise more than any other. “I always think, ‘Oh, let’s bring back Cutting It!’” – the BBC drama set in a Manchester hair salon that ran for four seasons from 2002 to 2004 – “I still regularly see Angela [Griffin], we’re all still good friends. I think it would be really fun to bring that back.” To play hairdresser Mia Bevan, the Hampshireborn actor spent time under the tutelage of legendary stylist Lino Carbosiero at Daniel Galvin: “I actually learned how to be a hairdresser. I swept the hair, did the blow dries. I learnt all kinds of tricks and tips.” Now, nearly two decades later, Holden has landed a hew hair-related role as celebrity ambassador for Charles Worthington. After an afternoon tea event to launch the partnership – Holden resplendent in a white suit, her honeyblonde locks perfectly coiffed – we’ve retired to a quiet corner of the swanky hotel to chat. The Britain’s Got Talent judge admits her tresses have been through some tough times, including the phase in the 80s when a certain royal was all the rage: “Me and my sister, both of us wanted Princess Diana hair. I had a sailor dress because [Diana] wore a sailor dress, I had flat pumps. I made a scrapbook. I was a huge fan.” Jennifer Aniston was – and remains – another source of ‘hairspiration’ (“Yes, I did The Rachel! Of course!”) but the 50-year-old says she won’t be following the recent trend set by celebs such as Sarah Jessica Parker and letting her greys peak through. “I will always be blonde. Each to their own – I have some friends that are embracing age, some people that aren’t. My mum stopped dyeing her own hair around 60 and she’s got really gorgeous, soft-coloured grey hair. I’ll always go ‘Oh god, Mummy, can you just put a bit of colour back in?’ But for me, it’s not something I’m going to do.” Nor is she going to be retiring from the spotlight anytime soon. Holden, who co-hosts the Heart Breakfast radio show with Jamie Theakston on weekday mornings, cites Jennifer Lopez as an example of a woman in the entertainment world

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going “through the roof ” in terms of “what you can achieve at what age”. Blonde ambition aside, the mum-of-two (she shares daughters Lexie, 15, and Hollie, nine, with record producer husband Chris Hughes) “relished” the chance to spend more time with her family at home in London during the first UK lockdown last year. “I really loved having everyone under one roof. I loved it. I loved being silly on TikTok, I loved that I socialised with my best friends on Zoom. I loved that I didn’t need to call an Uber, I just staggered up the stairs. There was so many positives for me.” The third lockdown was a different story, however: “The third one did my head in, just in the way that I just lost faith in the government and the rules generally and human nature. I think we started lockdown by being told to look out for each other, and we ended lockdown by being told to spy on each other.” Now, as the pandemic rumbles on, Holden worries that Brits might not be as resilient as they were in the past. “We’ve got to learn as a nation. You know, we’ve won wars, we’ve got through everything with our sense of humor and our stoicism and our ability to stand up for ourselves, and I just hope that we haven’t lost any of that. I don’t want Great Britain to go soft, otherwise I’m leaving – like Kylie!” Recently, the pop star told the BBC she would be moving back to her native Australia, a claim which Holden cheerfully refutes.


“I don’t think she’s going. No! Rubbish!” she says, laughing. “She’s not going anywhere. She has a house here and Australia, she’s always done that.” The pair share make-up artist Christian Vermaak, and now they’re both Neighbours alumna, with Holden shooting scenes for the Aussie soap in London earlier this month that will air next year. “Oh my god, she rang on set as well!” Holden recalls. “Kylie rang Christian. She was like, ‘Let me speak to Amanda’. And I was like, ‘Excuse me, I’m just talking to Charlene, everyone!’ It was such a thrill. So fun and so camp.” After making her Ramsay Street dream come true and releasing her debut studio album, Songs from My Heart, last year, the multi-talented star has now set her sights on the literary world and hopes to publish a novel. Is there anything else left on her showbiz bucket list? “I would love to play like a baddie in a Bollywood movie. That’s one thing I’ve always wanted to do, right from my 20s. Surely I could be some wicked mother or some kind of baddie who turns up an upsets the apple cart?” For now, the jetsetter is off to Dubai for a wellearned break, where she’ll indulge in her favourite treats again after being “vegan for most of this year. I thought, ‘I’m gonna just try being vegan for a bit’, because I just wanted to and I’ve really enjoyed it, and how it’s made me feel. “But I’m off on holiday tomorrow, so I will be back on the rosé and the cheese. I just think don’t make rules for yourself. Just do everything in moderation.”

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HOLDEN’S HEROES: 5 BEAUTY BUYS SHE CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT Too Faced Natural Face Palette, £36, Boots “I use Too Faced on my face, so I sort of bronze everywhere and then put a little bit of pink on the apples of my cheeks.”

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Pillow Talk Original, £25 “And then I just grab a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick out of my bag. I love Pillow Talk.”

Hourglass Arch Brow Micro Sculpting Pencil, £33, John Lewis “I get up at 5:20am I get ready and out the door by 5:45am and I go on air at 6.30am. I literally give my face a little bit of a spritz, I clean any sleepy dust out of my eyes, then I use an Hourglass eyebrow pencil. That’s an amazing eyebrow pencil.”

Charles Worthington Colourplex Ultra Violet Shampoo, £7.99, Boots “We’ve always had the Charles Worthington purple shampoo in our house. We use the heat protectors, and the hair masks as well, mainly when we’re on holiday or we’ve got a bit of downtime or a Sunday.”

Espa Nourishing Lip Treatment, £21 “There’s a lip moisturiser I use by Espa, they’ve got an amazing lip juice thing!”


Natural beauty: How to master the barely there make-up trend Make-up artists explain how to get the catwalk look at home. By Katie Wright.

Aimee Connolly, make-up artist and founder of Sculpted by Aimee



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ubtle, chic and flattering on everyone, the ‘barely there’ make-up trend is perfect for summer, when we don’t want to spend ages on elaborate smoky-eye looks or be caked in heavy foundation. The au naturel look was big news on the SS21 catwalks, too – as seen at the Victoria Beckham, Jacquemus, Jason Wu and Prada shows – and it’s more relevant than ever as pandemic restrictions ease and we get reacquainted with our make-up bags.


Perfected pout You’ve got a few options when it comes to a natural lip look. Blake suggests going one of two ways: “A beautiful matte lip that matches your natural lip shade or a balm that enhances your natural lip colour.” Connolly says: “Lots of us tend to stay away from lip liner, when really it can be worn so naturally. For a barely there look choose a shade close to your lip colour and generously blend into the edges and centre of the lip. You can also soften it with your finger to avoid a very lined lip look but that still holds definition.”

“Keeping things soft and fresh makes people look and feel youthful,” says celebrity makeup artist Bryony Blake. “The key is to make everything pop and glowing but without it being too obvious, and I love to do this by making the skin look like skin but giving it a beautiful glow.” Opt for lightweight foundations or BB creams with a dewy or satin finish, says Connolly: “Light coverage is a brilliant way to colour correct the skin whilst still letting it breathe. You can always add some concealer into areas you need to for that extra bit of cover up.” On the catwalks, models’ complexion were, for the most part, bronzer and blusher-free, but if you’re worried about looking washed out Connolly adds: GIORGIO ARMANI MAESTRO FUSION “Cream blushes are having a moment MAKEUP, £37.50, AVAILABLE FROM JOHN and I am delighted they are. Taking a cream LEWIS blush into the apples and sweeping back up to the cheekbones is a brilliant and natural way to add colour.”

Fluffy brows “When it comes to natural looking brows, you want to keep them fluffy and in place,” says Blake. “My favourite products to achieve this would be a coloured brow mascara or a fixing wax.” Brow gels with microfibres will “help build volume to your natural brows” while clear fixing products “hold your brows in place without leaving them feeling crispy and wet. Perfect for creating a fluffy brow, they can be used with other brow products or on their own.”

Defined lashes While bold eye make-up looks call for bold lashes, with the ‘barely there’ trend it’s about “making

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your eyes stand out without using a lot of product,” Blake says. “You need to go for a mascara that will add length and volume but won’t be clumpy. Using a comb shaped wand or rubber wand can really help with this.” Connolly adds: “A dash of mascara helps to bring the face and structure alive.”




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4 things preventing you moving from where you are now to where you want to be


From Mindset & Transformational Coach Victoria Ogilvie-James

o you feel as if there is so much in the way of you achieving your goals? Are you struggling to move from where you are now to where you want to be? Here are the four main components towards achieving your goals and visions, to help you stop overcomplicating things and achieve meaningful results.

1. Find your vision and purpose Think specifically and honestly about what it is that you want to achieve and consider the benefits this will bring. If your goal is to leave your job and retrain, how will this positively impact you and those around you? Once you have a clear vision, break this down into small, achievable chunks. You’re more likely to get started once you have a realistic plan in place.

2. Consistency With consistency comes success. You won’t feel motivated every day, you’re human after all. But commitment in achieving your visions and goals, even when it gets tough, is the difference between make and break. Those days when you feel unmotivated but keep going demonstrate your resilience and determination. Consistency allows you to learn and evolve, whether learning from previous mistakes and the experiences of others or evolving as an individual, strengthening, expanding and focusing your mindset.

3. Identify with the future version of you The future you is worthy and capable and has already achieved what you desire. Instead of staying trapped in the past, envision your future self today. Take this a step further by being that person, embodying their actions and thinking their thoughts. If your goal is to create a calm start to your day, think about how the future you has achieved this and take action. 218 DECEMBER 2021

4. Commit to Self Healing It is only once you can acknowledge your past wounds that you can move forward. Whether it’s recognising your self worth and capabilities, understanding and dealing with your fears and limiting beliefs or opening yourself up to receiving love and happiness, working on your inner self is key to success. What is it that you want to achieve? And which of the above is making this challenging? With 2022 just around the corner, gaining a sense of clarity will give you the head start you need to get to where you want to be. Victoria Ogilvie-James is a lawyer turned Mindset and Transformational Coach working with ambitious, high achievers who are seeking a new career with a greater sense of purpose. Victoria works with clients to help them pursue their goals and visions with conviction and ease to maximize their potential.

“Think specifically and honestly about what it is that you want to achieve and consider the benefits this will bring”





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K18 renews hair from the inside out to heal damage by repairing broken polypeptide chains (keratin chains), restoring strength, softness, smoothness, and bounce. Suitable for all hair types and textures, all generations and all types of expressions, K18’s vegan and cruelty-free formulas liberate you from the constraints of modern haircare, by empowering you with the science to unlock a fearlessness in selfexpression that isn’t possible without damage. K18 has made the impossible, possible with the K18 Hair Molecular Repair Treatment Mask £55 (50ml), £9 (5ml), which restores strength, softness, smoothness, and bounce, leaving hair looking radiant and feeling like new. It is the staple product you need at home to restore any damage from everyday styling and help maintain and protect your hair health.

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“To ensure the safety of women and their birth partners, The Kensington Wing have 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”

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he Kensington Wing is the dedicated private maternity unit at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, providing women with around-the-clock clinical care, comfortable en-suite private rooms and hospitality services. Being located in the heart of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital - one of the UK’s safest hospitals - the safety and wellbeing of mother and baby 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 women on the Kensington Wing. In these uncertain times, expectant parents can have additional anxieties or concerns about childbirth or going into a hospital. To ensure the safety of women and their birth partners, The Kensington Wing have 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 in these times 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. The Kensington Wing’s highly experienced team of midwives welcome enquiries from prospective women and the opportunity to discuss midwifeled 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 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 our 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 remain 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. If you would like to talk to one of the team, call 020 3315 8616, email or visit our website


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s we get older, we need to be more aware of our health. Although some of it is down to our genes, advancing age, exposure to environmental factors and the cumulative effects of our lifestyle choices have an impact on our wellbeing. ‘Our team will work with you to maintain your best possible health and wellbeing, so that you can continue to enjoy life to the full, whatever your age.’ People in their 30s, 40s and 50s tend to be running around between work, home and family, leaving less time for exercise, relaxation and taking care of health issues. At The Practice, we encourage you to take a step back, take time out to have you health and risk factors assessed and to take timely action. Through a combination of the latest screening techniques and technology, and expert diet and lifestyle advice, we can help you to be proactive about your health.

Essential cancer screening Most cancers become more prevalent as people age – the vast majority are diagnosed in people over 60. Unfortunately, too many cancers are Dr Catrin Bevan

still diagnosed late. With modern treatments and surgical techniques, early detection can often make a significant difference to the outcome so it makes sense to undertake regular screening to spot these cancers at a very early stage. At The London General Practice, we offer comprehensive cancer screening, including colon, prostate, breast, ovarian and lung cancers. We can access the latest, high tech, cutting-edge diagnostic tests available in Harley Street and its environs, arranging your tests efficiently so that you can get everything done within a day. ‘The London General Practice cancer screening programme gives you complete peace of mind.’ ‘Maintaining a healthy heart is the key to health and wellbeing as you move into the middle age and beyond.’

Heart health Heart disease is still a big killer in the UK. Although women are protected to some extent before menopause, that protection ends as levels of oestrogen drop. Women in the 50+ age group are just in need of cardiovascular risk assessment and screening as men of the same age. At The Practice, we offer comprehensive screening, either to identify problems early, or simply to put your mind at rest. 224 DECEMBER 2021

THE DETAILS The London General Practice 114a Harley Street, London W1G 7JL Tel: 0207 935 1000

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he menopause is a normal process that women experience, when the ovaries stop producing eggs, leading to a drop in hormone levels. There are 3 stages: • Perimenopause – this occurs a few years before menopause when the ovaries gradually make less oestrogen. • Menopause – is the point when it has been at least one year since the last menstrual period. • Post menopause – these are the years after the menopause. As oestrogen drops it can affect different systems in the body, such as skin, bones, heart and vagina. The average age of menopause is 51 years. Menopause prior to the age of 40 is defined a premature ovarian insufficiency.

SYMPTOMS Some women may experience symptoms for a few months, whilst others may suffer for many years. Around one in four women have no symptoms. The first sign of menopause is usually a change in the normal pattern of your periods where periods become lighter or heavier with a change in frequency, until the period stops altogether. Common symptoms include hot flushes and night sweats, vagina dryness, reduced libido, joint pains, difficulty sleeping and mood changes such 226 DECEMBER 2021

as irritability and anxiety. There are also long-term health problems associated with a lack of oestrogen which include the risk of cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis which is a weakening of the bones making them fragile and increasing the risk of fractures.

TREATMENT Treatment options include hormone replacement therapy (HRT). HRT is recommended for women who have gone through an early menopause and should take it until around the time of natural menopause. HRT can reduce the risk of osteoporosis, however it may also be associated with a small risk of developing breast cancer and women need to be assessed on an individual basis. HRT is available as tablets, skin patches and gels. Oestrogen creams can help symptoms of vaginal dryness and discomfort.

HELPFUL SUGGESTIONS Wearing lighter clothing, keeping the bedroom cool at night, using a fan, having cool showers or having a cold drink may be simple measures that help the symptoms of hot flushes and night sweats. Following a healthy lifestyle, reducing alcohol consumption and giving up smoking are beneficial.

Dr Angela Rai

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Preparing for Ski Season: How to avoid common injuries W

ith many of us missing the slopes last year because of Covid-19 restrictions, avid skiers will be itching to head to colder climates this winter. Although a hugely exhilarating pastime, skiing can also be classed as an extreme sport. And for good reason too, as not many of us prepare for the physical demand that skiing places on the body, meaning that injuries are common. Here, Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon from King Edward VII’s Hospital in Marylebone, Mr Sam Oussedik, explains how you can prepare yourself for ski season — to help reduce your risk of injury, so you can look forward to your next adventure on the slopes.

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“Although a ski injury can happen to anyone, the risk of injury is higher in those who haven’t received professional training”

rate from skiing is close to one injury per 1,000 days skied. And, skiing can result in various types of injuries, affecting different parts of the body. The most common are: • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture or sprain which occurs in your knee • Medial collateral ligament (MCL) rupture or sprain which occurs in your knee • Shoulder sprains, fractures and dislocations • Wrist and thumb fractures • Head injuries, whiplash and concussion

What causes most accidents on the slopes? Although a ski injury can happen to anyone, the risk of injury is higher in those who haven’t received professional training. Those who rent rather than own their ski equipment, and those aged between 35 and 50 years old, are also at a higher risk.

Accidents while skiing are often caused by: • Poor fitness • Not warming up • Not taking enough ski lessons • Misunderstanding or not taking notice of the safety rules on both the slopes and the ski lifts • Taking too many, or large risks, such as going off-piste • Poor judgement • Incorrect, ill-fitting or damaged skiing equipment • Collisions

How can I prevent ski injury? When it comes to skiing, preparation is everything. The more you prepare, the less likely you are to get injured. Here are some tips to help prevent ski injuries: Physical fitness – skiing is a physically demanding sport, so maintaining a good fitness level before you ski is essential for reducing your risk of injury. Performing exercises that help to condition your body and core muscles can help to prevent injury, but it’s important to follow the advice of your GP. If you experience any pain when exercising, stop and seek the advice of your medical professional. Ski lessons – if you’re a beginner or you haven’t skied for a few seasons, then make sure you take professional ski lessons. Even experienced skiers can benefit from lessons. They help with your confidence as well as your technique, and can also teach you how to fall correctly in order to reduce the risk of injury. Skiing to your ability – whether you are new to skiing or not, make sure you stick to the safest run that’s within your ability. Only move up when you’re absolutely confident to do so and wellpractised. Warming up – as with any exercise, physically exerting yourself with cold or stiff muscles can cause an injury. Starting your day on the slower runs is also a good idea, no matter how experienced you are. Use protective equipment – items such as wrist guards and pads for the elbows and knees

More information If you’re concerned about an injury speak to an expert orthopaedic consultant at King Edward VII’s Hospital such as Mr Sam Oussedik on 0203 930 1392 Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm

can help protect your joints. A ski helmet is a good idea to help reduce your risk of injury. Don’t ski when you’re tired – injuries are more likely if you haven’t had enough rest, or you’re keen to squeeze in one last run at the end of the day. Dehydration can also cause tiredness, so make sure you’re properly hydrated throughout the day. Don’t consume alcohol and ski – not only are you more likely to become dehydrated and tired on the slopes, drinking leads to recklessness and accidents because your judgement becomes impaired and you take more risks.

“If you’re a beginner or you haven’t skied for a few seasons, then make sure you take professional ski lessons”

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DIGESTING CHRISTMAS DINNER: How to keep your tummy happy


s well all know, Christmas is a time for overindulgence, both in the quantities we eat, but also in the rich and decadent nature of our favourite festive food and drink. In the UK, the average person consumes 5,373 calories on Christmas day, more than three times the recommended daily amount, and heavier nature of this food can play havoc with our digestive systems. Mr James Kinross, consultant colorectal surgeon at King Edward VII’s Hospital in Marylebone, discusses how we can help our gut this Christmas. Christmas dinner can cause an issue when a sustained period of unhealthy eating affects the microbiome, our intestinal habitat of millions of microbes, their genomes and their surrounding environmental conditions, which requires a varied diet in order to function properly. Like any other habitat, a healthy gut microbiome requires diversity to thrive. Eating fatty foods and processed meats, like pigs in blankets, or having too much sugar by picking at a selection box, instead of more plant-based meals doesn’t give the microbiome the diversity and nutrients it needs, which can take its toll on the body. 232 DECEMBER 2021

POST-CHRISTMAS PROBLEMS Interestingly, dietary changes like the ones we experience during the festive season not only influence gut bacteria to create digestive complaints, but can also have a serious impact on your overall health. In addition to IBS and digestion issues, bloating can be a sign of food

“Christmas dinner can cause an issue when a sustained period of unhealthy eating affects the microbiome”

intolerances and autoimmune conditions of the gut associated with gluten consumption such as coeliac disease. More rarely it is a sign of inflammatory diseases of the gut, such as Crohn’s disease, or more rarely certain cancers, such as stomach and colon cancer. Other consequences of an unhealthy gut include sleep problems, and it may even influence our mental health. Recently, significant advances have been made in our understanding of how the gut and the brain interact, and the microbiome also plays a significant part in determining our mood. If you notice you’re bloating very often, or if it is especially painful, or any other new and persistent symptoms, you should go and see a doctor. You should also seek help if you are experiencing symptoms such as weight loss or a persistent change in your bowel habits. I always tell my patients to listen to their bodies. If something doesn’t feel right, or you’ve noticed changes lasting for more than a couple of weeks, it’s best to get it checked out.

SPUDS AND SPROUTS THIS CHRISTMAS Staying active can help to combat some of the side effects of Christmas overindulgence. Rather than sitting down to enjoy a Christmas film after dinner, getting up to go for a 45 minute walk can help stimulate the digestive system. Exercise is critically

important at any time of the year; our health, and an active lifestyle improves the function of the bowel. Traditional Christmas dinners are low in fibre and high in fat, meaning they are not always gutfriendly. Try to avoid fatty foods such as Yorkshire puddings, processed meats and rich puddings which are the staple of any Christmas meal. I would also recommend maintaining a diet rich in fruits and vegetables to give the microbiome the fibre it needs. Staples such as Brussels sprouts are rich in prebiotic fibre, which means they are the perfect fuel to help our gut bacteria flourish. As party season kicks in, try to maintain a healthy balanced diet and avoid takeaways. Although this doesn’t mean avoiding nights out and Christmas get-togethers, as socialising with other people can contribute to diversity of bacteria in the gut. Beware of ramping up alcohol intake over the Christmas period too. Alcoholic drinks contain a lot of calories, and bacteria break down alcoholic drinks into molecules that can be harmful to us. If you want to enjoy a drink, stay hydrated and try alternating alcohol with low calorie soft drinks or a glass of water. Having a healthy diet enables the cycle of a healthy gut and immune system. These simple changes will make you feel fresh and ready for the New Year!

MORE INFORMATION If you’re concerned about your colorectal health, speak to an expert colorectal consultant at King Edward VII’s Hospital such as Mr James Kinross on 0203 930 1392 Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm

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Access state-of-the-art facilities at St John & St Elizabeth Hospital and get back to ‘you’ faster


t John & St Elizabeth Hospital is ushering in the future with the opening of a new £35m wing, featuring cuttingedge technology, and designed with the patient at heart. The new wing is the jewel in the crown of a hospital committed to delivering the highest quality care and impeccable standards to the St John’s Wood community.

New £35m wing now open The wing is opening in three phases, with the first phase boasting four state-of-the-art operating theatres with the latest surgical equipment to allow for complex operations, a six-bay recovery area, and wide pathways with natural light designed specifically to create a calm, stress-free environment. Patients recover in comfortable en-suite rooms, with many overlooking St John’s Hospice Chelsea Flower Show Garden. “Our new wing represents huge efforts from our staff, surgeons and the design team to create an environment that will provide the highest standards of care for our patients,” says Caroline Fox, St John & St Elizabeth Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer. “They have worked against all odds, particularly having to navigate COVID-19 restrictions, to produce a beautiful addition to this historic hospital, and one which will go on to serve the community of St John’s Wood for many years to come. The new wing will provide state-of-the-art

facilities, enabling us to expand our capacity to treat patients in superb surroundings.” By February 2022, two more operating theatres will be open on the second floor, and the ground floor will have become the Hospital’s imaging department and home to an expanded Urgent Care Clinic. This service, which is accessible seven days a week, provides instant access to treatment for minor injuries and illnesses for people aged one and up.

Same day appointments at larger Urgent Care Clinic The new Urgent Care Clinic will be twice the size of the Hospital’s current Casualty First, a vital service for the community which is proving invaluable as COVID-19 continues to add further pressure on NHS waiting lists. The new clinic will have more treatment rooms, and a larger team available for same day appointments, often within the hour, for around £100. 234 DECEMBER 2021

“The new clinic will have more treatment rooms, and a larger team available for same day appointments, often within the hour, for around £100”

Greater capacity to treat more people With an estimated six million people on waiting lists for elective operations in the UK, and with this number only set to rise over the coming years, the new wing opening has come at a perfect time, as the Hospital will be able to treat more patients privately. The Hospital offers fast appointments and treatments; Consultants at the forefront of their field; and calm, comfortable surroundings. People can rest easy knowing they are in the safest of hands.

A hospital with a heart Founded in 1865, St John & St Elizabeth Hospital is one of the UK’s largest independent charitable hospitals. Excellence of care has been at the core of its ethos since it opened under the care of the Sisters of Mercy, an order of nuns who worked with Florence Nightingale in the Crimean War. In 1899, the hospital was moved, brick by brick, to its current location in the heart of St John’s Wood, including the careful relocation of its exquisite chapel. All these years later, the Hospital has stayed true to its mission to help the needy in the local community. All profits from the hospital go towards funding the onsite St John’s Hospice, which provides free palliative care to over 4,500 patients and their families each year.

What’s new – at a glance • Six new theatres • Improved imaging department • New orthopaedic facilities • A brand new endoscopy unit • Critical care unit upgrade

GET IN TOUCH St John & St Elizabeth Hospital is located at: 60 Grove End Road London NW8 9NH If you would like to book an appointment, or need any advice, call the team on 020 7806 4000 or email To find out more about the hospital, visit You can ask your GP for a referral to St John & St Elizabeth Hospital. You can mix and match between NHS and private, and choose between diagnostics, surgery, or physio. To make an appointment at the Urgent Care Clinic, call the team on 020 7432 8300

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Self-Pay at The London Clinic T he London Clinic, situated in the heart of London’s world-famous Harley Street medical district since 1932, has a long-established reputation for offering quality healthcare solutions to patients choosing to pay for their own diagnosis and treatment. Now, more than ever, it is important to make accessing private healthcare easier and more affordable. We know that patients are seeking advice on how to access healthcare solutions, with digestive disorders and a wide variety of aches and pains high on the list of concerns. With the current pressures faced elsewhere and the level of pent up worries, The London Clinic’s self-pay service has expanded and is ready to respond quickly to help patients from across the UK and around the world. For patients, the self-pay advisors at The London Clinic offer a speedy and friendly service. They are able to answer questions about treatments available and which of our world-class consultants and allied health professionals can help to ease concerns and get you back on your feet. Consultations are available, often within a few days or even on the same day, and can be held in person or by video if preferred. In addition to a personalised service, The London Clinic offers a wide range of all-inclusive packages for some of our most common

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procedures, ensuring peace of mind for patients and no surprise charges. From diagnostic procedures like gastroscopy and colonoscopy through to surgery including hip and knee replacement and treatment for cataracts, these packages have been designed to make accessing treatment more affordable than might be expected and to make it even easier to spread the cost of treatment.* With a full range of diagnostic services available, including state-of-the-art imaging, testing and endoscopy, The London Clinic is ideally placed to support patients. Our extensive therapies team offers prehab to get patients in the best shape possible before surgery, and rehab following surgery, including time in our hydrotherapy pool to aid recovery. Since 1932, our mission has been to provide exceptional patient care, and that remains as true today as it was 90 years ago. Our services are designed to offer the best experience and outcome for all patients. To find out more about our self-pay services, contact The London Clinic Self-Pay Advisors for more information on 020 3131 4624. * subject to approval by Chrysalis Finance. An online calculator and the relevant T&Cs are available on

“Our extensive therapies team offers prehab to get patients in the best shape possible before surgery, and rehab following surgery, including time in our hydrotherapy pool to aid recovery”


Luxwells: Luxury intertwined with Wellbeing


anting to thoroughly enjoy the benefits of drinking water, but struggling deeply to overcome the blandness, Founder Kristal Baker began experimenting with how to pair flavoursome water infusions, which were not a chore to drink. Driven solely by the intense desire to taste an alternative which was enjoyable, refreshing and original, the outcome of extensive research, trials and testing, resulted in the emerging of Luxwells. It is their brand’s profound intent to cater to the growing market of health-conscious consumers, who neglect to drink enough water due to the challenge that overcoming the taste presents. Luxwells do not believe that you should have to choose between good health and personal enjoyment. It is for this reason that Luxwells strives every day to make both aspects one and the same. With highly considered ingredient compositions, each handmade containment is dynamically infused with real flowers and plant-based ingredients, to achieve natural goodness and optimum flavour. 238 DECEMBER 2021

“Luxwells uses 3 different types of roses to maximise the taste, define the scent and highlight the colour, giving a real sensory experience”

Luxwells gently tapers the amplified tartness of their chosen zesty hibiscus petals with the sweetest mint, to marry the perfect union of sharpness and texture. They blend just enough pear to gently soothe the spirited potency of lavender, whilst still encouraging its enhancing effect. Luxwells uses 3 different types of roses to maximise the taste, define the scent and highlight the colour, giving a real sensory experience. They select their honey to best complement each flavour, using duskier and richer shades of honey, to maintain best quality, these shadowing tones follow through to the deeper beverage shades that you will find from Luxwells. Be led by the unadulterated scent of nature’s unfolding story, composed for a truly authentic, floral experience, and bottled to capture a precise moment of unearthed, botanical purity. Some of the considered health propositions of the ingredients used, can include indigestion relief, increased antioxidants, immune boosting benefits, enhanced healing properties, antibacterial effects, heightened cognition, and improved mood. It is of high importance to Luxwells to ensure that there are no artificial flavours or colourings within their products. Luxury intertwined with Wellbeing is their successive aspiring. Luxwells therefore, invite you to simultaneously uncage and increase your hydration, realigning your wellbeing positively, from one point to another. For more details and to order visit or email

BE THE FIRST TO GET HYDRATED The offering of flowers is a universal language of prevailing gesture. At Luxwells we offer to you our interpretation of nature’s enchanting garden… one beautiful bottle at a time.

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INTERIORS FURNITURE VS CLIMATE CHANGE Bridgman offers a sustainable home furniture solution to aid in the fight against climate change. Arundel Collection upholstered in sustainable recycled fabric options Experience soft Nori Seaqual Chenille fabric, made from 100% recycled materials and upcycled marine plastic.

UP THE SHARD Introducing the Shard, a new three dimensional, textural statement chandelier crafted from fine bone china. Available in two sizes, a laser-cut British-made steel frame acts as the chassis onto which either 30 or 42 biscuit finish matt bone china tiles are suspended. Made by hand at Original BTC’s Stoke factory, the long, rectangular tiles feature a raised ribbed section and contrasting smooth sides, to create a particularly decorative ambient light output. “The multi-faceted forms work to maximise the material’s translucency, luminosity and versatility,” explains Director Charlie Bowles.

MAMMA MIA! With its clean lines and gentle curves, the Mia sideboard channels ercol’s timeless, enduring aesthetic. A stylistically versatile storage solution, Mia is perfectly at home in contemporary or modern country interiors.

TIMELESS CLASSIC As we approach 2022, many of us will be looking to revamp our homes to welcome in the new year, but choosing new additions can be difficult when trends and aesthetics evolve so quickly. However, while certain trends will come and go, there will always be classic designs that never go out of style – none more iconic than the Chesterfield. 242 DECEMBER 2021

PARTY PIECE Heating & Plumbing London is launching the perfect party catalyst, a brand new collection of colourful Champagne buckets and glass charms (we call them Champagne Charmers!). The charms are designed to be attached to the stem of each glass, so they don’t get mixed up. Eight charms, eight personalities. Who is the dapper? Who is fabulous?

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Lessons In Luminosity: Lighting Trend Report with Gubi, they’ve brought forth the Howard Chandelier — a spellbinding light that is as minimal as it is grand. For anyone with a penchant for industrial design, it’s a real find. The kind of style that promises to work hard for your affection, developing a beautiful patina over time.



here isn’t much on this Blue Planet that thrives in the dark. It’s why ever since we were able, we have lit fires. First physical, then electric, designed to enliven the night and nourish the soul. And yet, not all lighting is born equal. Spurred on by the ubiquity of screens, we’ve seen sleep patterns short-circuit and our view of the stars fade. The challenge for lighting brands, then, is simple. To reconnect us with a kinder light. One that respects our rhythms and treads softly on the Earth. It’s in search of such a glow that we’ve put together a dossier of the very best lighting styles for 2022. The kind that shine for you, not on you. And make coming home the most sumptuous moment of all.

THE NEW LUXE Of all of design’s little luxuries, the chandelier is perhaps the most flamboyant. A glamorous spectacle of light designed to see and be seen. And yet in 2021, designers are rethinking its iconic form. Peeling back the layers of ostentation to arrive at something more truthful. One case in point comes from Danish design studio, Space Copenhagen. In collaboration 244 DECEMBER 2021

Pomposity isn’t the only virtue under the microscope this season. Today’s designers have also been reevaluating their methods of making. The quarter began with an announcement that Italian lighting brand, Flos, are now officially carbon neutral. The achievement is largely due to investments in renewable energy for their factories, but can also be attributed to the decision to make sure that any new releases can be fully recycled after their lifetime. Sustainable sensibilities can also be found at smaller ateliers like Brokis. Novelties like the Geometric Table Lamp gain their ethereal appearance from BrokisGlass — an upcycled material that reutilises shards of glass from the factory floor. Taken together, they represent a commitment to closing the circle of production, once again cementing design’s role as a protagonist in the fight for a sustainable future.

“The kind of style that promises to work hard for your affection, developing a beautiful patina over time”

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MATHEMATICALLY PERFECT If politics can sometimes feel perplexing, then you wouldn’t have wanted to spend much time with Raimond Puts. As an outspoken professor-cumdesigner, he spent most of his time thinking about prime numbers — the mystery of such digits and their many aesthetic possibilities. It’s an obsession that’s led this year to the new and expanded Raimond Collection — a series of glowing geodesic domes that bring the wonder of a starry night home. When we dug a little deeper, we were surprised to find that Puts wasn’t alone in his metaphysical musings. Meticulous precision can also be found in Louis Poulsen’s Pâtéra pendant: a luminous style with diamond-shaped cells that delivers a rich, atmospheric glow.

NOMADIC BY NATURE Untethered from unsightly cables and wires, these nomadic little creations ask you to get outside and explore. Some of them, like the Pantop Table Lamp, you will undoubtedly recognise — an iconic Verner Panton style set loose. Others like the Sfera collection are entirely new. Its brutalist base houses both a charging module and touch sensitive dimmer, meaning you’ll never be left in the dark this season.

a cool anchor. A heart of stone for the soft halo of light that follows. They also inject a necessary dose of glamour into everyday lighting — an art form long dominated by the use of glass or steel.

LIGHT YOU CAN SHAPE One of the most generous gifts a designer can bestow isn’t to do with its style or finish — although all these details are important. Rather, it’s to let us into the act of creation, deciding exactly when, where and how much light is needed. This season, we were delighted to stumble across a selection of luminaires that did just that. In the new Plié Plissé Lamp, it’s pleated shade can be folded inwards or out. A simple gesture that allows it to provide both ambient and directional light. Aqua Creations, meanwhile, takes customisation a little further, with a stackable series of silk lanterns that can be personalised down to the very last detail. Known as the Code 130 collection, they promise to give you one more reason to look up and smile.

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HEART OF STONE We are creatures of five senses. And as design lovers, we only really thrive when all of them are in play. In keeping for this desire for tactility are a series of rich and inviting stones, used for the very first time in contemporary lighting. When paired with the soft sweep of a linen shade, they serve as DECEMBER 2021 245


Wallsauce Launches its Own Collection of Wallpaper Murals


reators of made-to-measure wallpaper murals, Wallsauce has launched its very own collection of designs. Inspired by the current trends of oversized abstracts combined with Bauhaus influences, the 12-piece collection offers statement designs for sophisticated feature walls. Available in a variety of colourways including pastel blues with baby pinks to ultra-dark tones with textures, the wallpaper murals have been strategically created by the in-house studio team at Wallsauce. The studio manager, Rachel Kenny says, “Wallsauce is very fortunate to host thousands of designs by artists from around the world, but we wanted to add to our exclusive collections and offer our customers more designs that can’t be found elsewhere. The team has worked very hard to develop this collection. The colours in particular took some development as we aimed to offer on-trend sophistication. With an in-house team of talented graphic and digital artists who liaise with customers on a oneto-one basis, it made sense to further expose their talents.” The Wallsauce Collection sits within the designer category at with prices starting from £35/m2.

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he surface you walk on provides the backbone of an interior scheme. Get it right and it will make a dramatic difference to the overall feel of a room. Wood flooring is a wonderful option as it introduces colour, texture, pattern and character. It’s easy to live with being practical, hardwearing and a cinch to maintain. There are endless design options too. “Wood flooring is brilliant for bringing a scheme together,” says Peter Keane, Director of The Natural Wood Floor Company. “Dark floors create a luxurious look, while rustic floors with lots of knots enhance a casual, country scheme. Rich colours will add warmth, while pale colours will go with just about anything and introduce plenty of light into a room.” The grade of wood will also create a different look. Prime grades have minimal knots and colour variation, so create a contemporary feel. Natural grades have more feature marks so lend themselves to more traditional looks. “Don’t be constrained by this though,” Peter advises. “A rustic board with plenty of knots, shakes and detailing can soften modern schemes.” When it comes to the latest trends, darker hues are gaining in popularity. “Although there will always be a demand for light wooden floors, darker shades are about to step into the limelight and have their moment. The dark rich shades found in our Smoky Mountain and Baked Oak flooring introduce a glamorous, dramatic look and can’t fail

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to get noticed.” Parquet blocks have been back in fashion for a while, but couldn’t be hotter right now. The combination of colour, wood detailing and pattern makes for a real statement floor. For an up-todate look go large with 600 mm sized blocks. Alternatively, aged blocks are great for adding extra character as they look like reclaimed blocks but can be used with underfloor heating. It always pays to buy a good quality floor from a reputable supplier, as the right wooden floor will improve your property, add to its value and last for years. The Natural Wood Floor Company manufacture most of the floors they sell and are also valued for their expertise. The full flooring collection can be viewed on large display boards at their Wandsworth showroom or on their new-look website.

THE DETAILS The Natural Wood Floor Company, 20 Smugglers Way, Wandsworth, London, SW18 1EG. 020 8871 9771.


Christmas at Graham and Green


ndependent, British lifestyle brand Graham and Green is making the festive season uniquely magical with cosy homeware, handpicked gifts and beautifully crafted baubles. This time of year, our homes become cosy havens where we hibernate, invite friends and relish in all the good things in life - fires, feasting and fun! The only thing better than stomping around outside in the cold air is coming back in from it afterwards. Make your home feel especially inviting and give guests your warmest welcome whether with twinkling outdoor lights, a generous pile of logs beside the front door or, the final flourish, a festive wreath! Pop into one of Graham and Green’s five stores (Bayswater, Notting Hill, Primrose Hill, Bath, and the Chippenham Outlet Store) or browse online to discover whimsical festive decorations, unusual gifts and stocking fillers, as well as winter warmers such as candles, velvet cushions and cosy lighting. Find everything you need to get Christmas ready. If you’re in the area, G&G’s flagship Bayswater store is also open for late night shopping on Thursdays.

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with eclectic furniture, handpicked homeware and unique gifts sourced from artisans across the globe. With a mission to share the pieces that inspire them on their travels, husband and wife duo Jamie and Lou Graham passionately continue the legacy of over 45 years to bring carefully curated designs to the modern home. Today, Graham and Green has five stores across London and the South West alongside a growing online business.

“This time of year, our homes become cosy havens where we hibernate, invite friends and relish in all the good things in life”

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ntroducing Modern Tones, a collection of eight wood stains curated and developed for refined luxury brand L.Ercolani by Christian Møller Andersen. Echoing ercol founder Lucian Ercolani’s heartfelt calling to create, L.Ercolani is firmly rooted in a century of design and innovation. Combining ercol’s past and future, L.Ercolani is the new home for Ercolani’s classics, in addition to original works, all crafted by hand at the heritage manufacturer’s Princes Risborough factory. Honouring the pure, elemental beauty of wood, Modern Tones breathes new life into Ercolani’s mid-century icons, with the rich palette lending a tactile warmth. With its delicate, transparent finish, Modern Tones showcases the wood’s natural grain, whilst referencing the bold richness of the Modernist movement. Colours range from earthy Vintage Red and Ochre to Original, which pays homage to the finishes used in Ercolani’s day. “As we move into our 101st year of business, we are proud to launch a new British brand inspired by my great-grandfather. Lucian Ercolani believed in making furniture that was modern and honest, designed and crafted to be cherished for generations. His pieces from the 1950s inform our DNA, but much like he always looked to the future, we too are looking to create a new collection, combining archival and original designs. The new colours speak to the future, while recognising and celebrating our legacy of well-built furniture, imprinted with our family’s intrinsic understanding of wood,” explains Henry Tadros, Director, L.Ercolani.

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Stunning new Kitchens for 2022


ounded over 10 years ago, West London Kitchens supply high quality German, Italian and traditional handmade English bespoke kitchens at family friendly prices. Real kitchens for real families. All their kitchens are designed bespoke for each client, offering great flexibility in style, finish and colour and delivered ready built which cuts down dramatically on the time and mess of installation. West London Kitchens have a studio showroom with easy local parking, where you can view all the door ranges together with worktop, splashback and lighting samples. The 2022 range offers dozens of colours and styles together with all the modern developments in kitchen design, including reduced plinth heights and the TIP-ON touch opening system. They can now also offer specialised utility room furniture providing a myriad of clever storage solutions. Much of their business comes via word-ofmouth recommendations from happy clients, and their builders, architects and interior designers. West London Kitchens are proud of our reputation and their customer service is second to none. Whether you are planning major building work or just looking to upgrade your old kitchen, get in touch for a free consultation.

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New for 2022 - Schuller and Next Line Kitchens • 845 and 875 high base units – more storage and less plinth • The Colour Concept 14 different doors available in 27 different colours in a Matt or Satin finish • Black interior carcase colours • Walk in larder units • Bespoke utility rooms • Bedroom and living room furniture • Anti-fingerprint finishes Need Bedroom furniture visit West London Bedrooms, for all your bedroom storage requirements. They provide sumptuous Italian bespoke furniture in a variety of different styles with all the space saving and easy access extras you might require.

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We supply high quality German, Italian and traditional handmade English bespoke kitchens at family-friendly prices. Our 2022 range offers all the modern developments in kitchen design, including reduced plinth heights and the TIP-ON touch opening system, together with specialised utility room furniture providing a myriad of clever storage solutions. Much of our business comes via word-of-mouth recommendations from happy clients. We’re proud of our reputation and our customer service is second to none, for which we were awarded the Best of Houzz Client Satisfaction Award. New for 2022 even more storage with our 875mm taller base units 020 8741 1981 | |


CHRISTMAS GIFTS: BEST Herbs, houseplants, horticultural design and practical tips are all covered by these festive reads. By Hannah Stephenson


ancy buying your loved one a gardening book for Christmas? Whether they are into practical skills, coffee table inspiration, organic methods or sustainability, there’s a book out there that’ll be perfect for gardening fans. Leafing through some of the best, here’s our pick of the crop for festive flora and fauna reads… Winter Gardens: Reinventing The Season by Cedric Pollet (Frances Lincoln, £20) Snuggle up with a hot toddy to appreciate the icy beauty of winter gardens at their best. The book features fantastic photos, showing how gardens can be transformed into fairy tale hideaways, if you use the right plants. The book highlights 20 gardens in Britain and France and the plants and landscaping they have used to create a cornucopia of luminous colours, when everything else in the garden is looking bare.

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‘The Eighth Wonder Of The World’: Exbury Gardens And The Rothschilds by Lionel de Rothschild and Francesca Murray Rowlins (Exbury Gardens Limited, £30) Anyone who has ever visited Exbury Gardens in Hampshire and delighted in its stunning 200 acre woodland garden and admired its blousy, beautiful rhododendrons, will appreciate this coffee table thumper of a book whose subject gardens recently celebrated their centenary. It all began in 1919 when Lionel de Rothschild pursued his love of woody plants by creating a garden where they would thrive. The gardens first opened to the public in 1955 and this book, written by his grandson and namesake, charts the history of the garden right up the the present. Readers can pore over the collections of rare plants, shrubs and trees, which are still on show today. If you’ve never been to Exbury Gardens and you read this, it’ll be top of your list to visit.

Simply Flower Arranging: A Step-by-Step Guide by Judith Blacklock (The Flower Press Ltd, £18.99) Your loved one may know how to grow flowers, but do they know how to arrange them? They could find help in this easyto-follow guide from a top flower arranger, who presents some truly inspirational ideas. How to create eyecatching displays when you are entertaining, or even if you fancy some quirky floral forms, Blacklock will have the answer, both for contemporary and classic homes.

Herb by Mark Diacono (Quadrille, £26) If you have a foodie in the family who has decided they want to grow their own herbs, this excellent plot-to-plate exploration from the food writer and gardener Mark Diacono will provide some inspiring ideas and information. He shares techniques at the heart of growing, explaining how to prepare and use herbs well, enabling you to make delicious food that’s as rewarding in the process as it is in the end result. The book features a compendium of recipes as well as techniques on how to grow herbs and change the way you cook with them at home, enabling budding gardeners and cooks to capture flavours to use.


Thirteen Ways To Smell A Tree by David George Haskell (Gaia, £12.99) Ever considered how a tree smells? Or how a tree might evoke memories of childhood, or a particular time in a particular place? This dip-in, dip-out offering would be perfect to peruse in a quiet moment over the festive season. Written by biologist, award-winning author and academic, David George Haskell, it contains 13 beautifully written essays that explore the evocative scents of trees, from the conker tree that takes us back to childhood, to the pine tree hanging from the rear-view mirror.

Rebugging The Planet by Vicki Hird (Chelsea Green, £12.99) Even if your gardening loved one has a phobia about insects, this fascinating little tome may convert them into turning over a new leaf about creepy crawlies, given their importance to the planet. After all, a world without bugs would mean no flowers, no trees, no crops and no food. More than 40% of insect species are at risk of extinction while a third more are endangered, warns environmental campaigner Vicki Hird, who says it’s up to us to rebug our attitudes. She looks at the solutions for rebugging, offering tips, advice and activities including rewilding, making bug-friendly choices with food and clothes and learning how to rebug a variety of spaces.

The Green Indoors by Maddie and Alice Bailey (Hardie Grant, £16.99) So, we all know the popularity of houseplants soared during lockdown, and this book will offer inspiration to those who may not have had much luck with indoor plants in the past. The authors will not only find you the perfect houseplant, but will show you where to put it and how to relocate plants to improve their growth and help them thrive. The book is broken down by environment – Extreme Sun and Heat, Dry Air and Central Heating, Deep Shade, High Humidity and Draughty – each chapter offering tips on reconfiguring your living space and improving your plants’ longevity, growth and vibrancy.

Grow Organic Salad Leaves And Greens by Charles Dowding (Green Books, £14.99) Charles Dowding has long been encouraging gardeners to grow their own in the easiest way possible, using ‘no-dig gardening’ so you won’t break your back doing it. No matter how large the plot or small the windowsill, budding growers can learn how to master the secrets of the seasons so they can have a tasty crop whatever the weather. As well as traditional favourites, the book features less wellknown salad leaves along with recipes to get the most flavour out of them. It’s an ideal gift for anyone who wants to lower their carbon footprint and cut the cost of their shopping bills. DECEMBER 2021 257


Working the woodland theme Design ideas inspired by country walks and wildlife are for keeps, says Sam Wylie-Harris.

Red Squirrels Lamp Shade, £65; Oak Lamp Base, from £55, Mountain & Molehill This contemporary table lamp customised with a beautifully illustrated shade is a fantastic find, with its clever contrasts and a rare red squirrel enjoying the limelight.

Abigail Ahern Large Stone Pinecone, £22, Freemans This collectable pinecone ornament can be placed on a coffee table or dining table for a farmhouse feel, or alongside a collection of quirky finds from nature walks.


hankfully, many designers have the same idea – and are busy creating artworks, furnishings and tableware inspired by woodland wonders. Keen to fashion a calm, idyllic setting where you can be at one with nature indoors, and harness that sense of wellbeing you’d gain from going on a lovely long nature trail? From country living to nature-themed decos, here’s out pick of the best creature comforts… Into The Woods Fox 8 ½ Inch Plate, £17.95; Oak ½ Pint Mug, £19.95; Animals Hare ½ Pint Mug, £19.95; In An Oak Tree Small Oval Platter, £39.95 (items from a selection), Emma Bridgewater From foxes to hedgehogs and hares, introduce a woodland tasting adventure at mealtimes with this charming new chinaware range from Emma Bridgewater. The Enchanted Woodland, £175 for 3 rolls, Mind The Gap Wondrous wallpaper and a fabulous folksy fantasy, this hand-drawn wildlife illustration is inspired by

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Transylvanian woodlands and a stylish collection of mystical creatures. Wilder Hare Cushion Green, £24.99-£39.99, Perkins & Morley With its ears pricked up, this handsome hare will sit proudly on a sofa or accent chair and feel like he’s part of the conversation.

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NEW YEAR, NEW STYLE! My Furniture have introduced a wide array of stylish, modern new products to add shine and light to your interior this New Year.

featuring frosted glass shades and large opal globe bulbs. This stunning chandelier makes a gorgeous centrepiece for a room and is also available in a matching table light. Also new to the lighting collection is the stunning Bromley LED light. This contemporary table light with graphic hoop silhouette has a brushed brass finish and low energy LED light strip concealed within the structure.


he latest introduction from My Furniture is the beautiful new Altalune Dressing Mirror. Available in Champagne Gold or Silver finish, this gorgeous full length, floor standing mirror has three sections and has an Art Deco inspired silhouette. Also new is the stunning Elara Dressing Table mirror. This elegant celestial inspired dressing table mirror, available in brass or silver finish, features an eye-catching warm LED ring light, perfect for applying make-up on taking selfies! If you are looking for an even more glam dressing table mirror then feast your eyes on the Hollywood inspired, Melissa mirror. This illuminated mirror features 14 LED bulbs with dimmer switch and is available in white or silver.


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Also new from My Furniture is a range of new stylish Sideboards/Media Units. The beautiful Hanna, Astrid and Eyos Sideboards are the perfect place to store books, glasses and nick-nacks of all shapes and sizes. These bold, statement sideboards feature durable, toughened glass with bevelled edges and playful graphic screen prints across the doors. Cable ports and adjustable shelves make this also ideal for use as a television or media unit. For further information visit:



When did Map Stores launch and why? The website, was launched in September 2018. The physical store in Harpenden took on it true form (as it is now) in March 2020. At the start of 2017 I was at a crossroads, following a couple of big life events, I had decided to take 6 months off to reflect, rest and recuperate. During this time I started the business concept and it just grew from there. I’m not very good at doing nothing.

“I had worked in the fashion industry for 20 years as a product developer, garment technologist and technical manager”

What were you doing before? I had worked in the fashion industry for 20 years as a product developer, garment technologist and technical manager. Working with high end brands, High Street and online retailers. It was a career I loved and it had taken me all over the world but I could start to feel a wind of change, so it was the right time to do something different. Where are you based and how important is this to you? We are based in the beautiful Hertfordshire town of Harpenden. I discovered Harpenden after doing a pop up shop there in Easter 2019 and found that there was a huge demand in the local area for a design led concept store. It is a very London centric demographic, yet there was nowhere to go, but into London, if you had an

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What’s different about Map Stores? We have always stayed true to a very authentic aesthetic. One that is driven by loyal values of simple design and functionality. Every product or brand we bring to our customers is considered for its simplicity, craftsmanship and quality, to evoke a sense of well-being and to cultivate a stylish, functional and contemporary lifestyle. What makes a great ‘Map Stores’ product? We strive for all our products to have value, design and function. To have meaning to our customers and to perform in their homes. A Map Stores product should be an investment, have longevity, sustainability and become better over time.

interest in Scandinavian inspired homeware. In Harpenden, there is a unique, old school sense of community and a real vibe to the High Street, which is hard to find. Who’s in the team and what do they do? We are a tiny, but perfectly formed team. There is me, ‘Jack of All Trades’. Then there is Fabian, who is the Operations Director, a master of all things logistical and who makes sure the day to day running of the store is smooth. Including the soulful sounds, carefully considered to create the right ambiance, which is very important to the vibe we want for our customers. Then there is Emma, Creative Director and a huge influence on the product and concept side of the business. We have all come from a similar background in fashion and so, as a team, we have always spoken a very similar language, which is a big part of our strength as a team. Not one of us could do what we do without the other and I am so grateful for the dynamic we have.

What’s your favourite piece from Map Stores and why? My personal favourite is the Menu Carrie Table Lamp, designed by Norm Architects. The perfect example of Scandinavian design principles: bringing together simple design and function.

“We strive for all our products to have value, design and function. To have meaning to our customers and to perform in their homes”

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his spring, fine artist and colour expert Annie Sloan launches a collection of decoupage papers in collaboration with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). Inspired by the vast archive of botanical drawings from the RHS’s world-famous Lindley Collections, the range includes twelve designs showcasing flora and fauna in styles from Elizabethan Knot garden plans to hand-coloured engravings. Each pack includes two large sheets of decoupage paper, incorporating colours from Annie’s Wall Paint and Chalk Paint™ palettes, alongside a practical guide. Beloved by the Victorians, decoupage is the art of decorating objects and furniture with paper cut outs until the entire surface is covered. Pictures from books and cards or patterned embossed paper were cut out and sealed with 30 to 40 layers of varnish till the “stuck on” look disappeared.

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Where the traditional method was extremely laborious, with Annie’s decoupage papers it’s all done for you – flowers and wildlife in harmonious colours are ready to be cut out, arranged and stuck down with just two coats of Image Medium, Annie’s special adhesive. If the completelycovered Victorian style isn’t for you, papers can be coordinated with the base colour of the wall or furniture to create a softer, pared-back look with cut outs positioned delicately over a larger area. “There’s been a big resurgence in the decorative, Bloomsbury-style aesthetic recently and decoupage fits in to that perfectly. It’s a delightful decoration technique with so much history,” says Annie. “My aim with this collection was to create a fool-proof way for everyone – beginner or expert – to bring creativity, craft and character into their homes, and transform their interiors into works of art.”

“Beloved by the Victorians, decoupage is the art of decorating objects and furniture with paper cut outs until the entire surface is covered”

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he Funky Appliance Company, based in West Sussex, co-founded by husbandand-wife team Joe and Sadie Sillett are back with their latest crowdfunding round on Seedrs, and are looking to make it a perfect seven out of seven funding rounds. The company, which was founded in June 2016, has raised a total of £1million investment to date and has three core products: a Funky Toaster, a Funky Kettle and a Funky Iron. The Funky Appliance Company partnered with Europe’s leading SDA (Small Domestic Appliances) and Housewares distributor RKW (Retail Knows Why) based in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, with distribution of the company’s eye-catching products now gathering pace with 81 retailers in the UK and Ireland now ranging Funky goods, as well as several leading UK online retailers. The Funky Toaster which was launched earlier this year has received the coveted status of “Good Housekeeping Approved” and are the Winners

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“The Funky Toaster which was launched earlier this year has received the coveted status of “Good Housekeeping Approved” and won the prestigious “Best New Product Small Domestic Appliances” category at the ERT Awards 2021”

of the “Best New Product Small Domestic Appliances” at the ERT Awards 2021 which took place in London on Monday 6th December. It is also Ideal Home Magazine’s “Best 4-Slice Toaster” and the Independent’s Indy Best “Best Toaster Tall Bread”. The new funding round launched on Seedrs to the public recently and is already at 50% of the target. Joe Sillett, Co-Founder and CEO of The Funky Appliance Company, said: “We are really excited to be back on Seedrs again. We are looking forward to another successful campaign ahead of what promises to be a hugely exciting 2022 for us.” The company has recently signed a 3-year exclusive global licence with RKW for the Funky brand to go into Housewares and Cookware. Rob Sutton, Managing Director at RKW, said: “We partnered with Joe and his team at The Funky Appliance Company as we believe that his vision for unique and stylish looking appliances was a strong one. “We are confident that we will see excellent growth in 2022 and are very excited to be launching a new Funky Housewares range in Quarter 1, and then a Funky Cookware range later in the year. We believe that the Funky brand will find a strong niche for itself in the market, and we are looking forward to supporting them not just in the UK & Ireland, but also internationally through the licensing deal we have signed with them.” The link to Funky’s Seedrs campaign can be found here:



inotti London is an Italian furniture company; leader in high quality modern, contemporary furniture, both for in and outdoor. Minotti London offers a premium showroom experience matching the service expected of a high quality product. Minotti is in the field of contemporary furniture design, an ambassador of a classicmodern lifestyle in high end residential. The showroom in Margaret Street, follows twenty years of successful collaboration between the Summerhill and Minotti families in London. The Minotti London showroom opened in February 2009 in the culturally rich West End of London. Recently extended in 2016 to include a second floor, the elegantly designed Margaret Street space showcases Minotti’s most recent collections, alongside pivotal pieces from two decades of collections coordinated by Rodolfo Dordoni. Minotti London prides itself on its high level of service to all clients, whether purchasing a single piece or fitting out an entire property, private or commercial. Our aim is to form long lasting relationships that ensure we understand your requirements to the smallest detail. Minotti offer a complete bespoke service, our team are all fully trained interior designers and understand the needs

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of private clients and architects alike. Minotti’s designs and philosophies are embraced by interior design and architecture professionals who collaborate with us on London’s luxury property and design scene, as well as private clients. Projects are unique and our client’s passion is evident in the diverse palette of projects completed in collaboration with Minotti London. Central to the Minotti identity is unwavering commitment to “100% Made in Italy” concept, which combines tradition and innovation. The skills of talented artisans are employed together with the latest modern technologies, balancing industrial precision with sensitivity and eye for detail. This high degree of know-how is constantly improving by exploring materials and technological solutions to enhance every impeccable detail. Minotti London is excited to be displaying the new 2021 collection which like previous collections includes the company’s design DNA, such as incorporating the principles of aesthetic understatement, timeless elegance, and continuity in the sign of tradition and artisan know-how, with great attention to detail as well as passion. The commitment to excellence involves everyone within the company and continues in our dedication to client service.

“Central to the Minotti identity is unwavering commitment to “100% Made in Italy” concept, which combines tradition and innovation”

At Hannah West Interiors we are dedicated to offering our clients a bespoke service, ensuring all of their requirements are fulfilled and they achieve the goals they desire. We source from a range of suppliers and have a particular flare for colour and pattern. We run residential Interior design projects of all budgets and sizes throughout London and are looking forward to taking on more projects in 2022. Please get in touch for more information!

Stephanie Burt | INTERIOR DESIGNER Tel: 07519 563112 E: W: Hannah West Interiors Website: Telephone number: 07971 655 682 E-mail:

VACANCY: We are looking for a upholstery cutter/ machinist, please contact us for details


A Beautiful Victorian Villa by Floors of Stone & deVOL Kitchens


f you are a big fan of our sister company, deVOL Kitchens, then you may have already seen the most stunning kitchen of all – Helen’s kitchen. Helen is the creative director at deVOL and she has the most wonderful way of putting an array of pieces together to create her very own style. A huge part of Helen’s kitchen is her beautiful Marble floor, purchased from us here at Floors of Stone. Helen spent a little time deliberating over the floor for her kitchen as a floor can have such a huge impact on the overall feel of the room and Helen wanted something that was elegant looking but yet gave that real sense of grandeur for her Victorian Villa. After a few samples, Helen decided that our Parisian Chequer Marble was the perfect floor for her! The softly tumbled edges of our Parisian Marble lends itself well to a more traditional style whilst still leaving a classical, timeless finish. The Parisian White Marble has delicate grey and pale pink veining throughout with areas of quartz that catch in the light which was another feature that caught Helen’s eye. Our showroom is based in Leicestershire where our tiles and kitchens are available to view. For our contact information, please visit

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“The softly tumbled edges of our Parisian Marble lends itself well to a more traditional style whilst still leaving a classical, timeless finish”


Designing a

London Home to Last L

ondon is a city awash with history, and indeed many of the homes that we work on have a story to tell. When designing an interior, it is with longevity in mind, and we ensure that the below principles are followed.

Retain and Refresh Part of our ethos is to preserve and reuse as much as possible. Many clients have collections of artwork, antiques or one-of-a-kind pieces that they wish to incorporate into their new interior. By threading this through the scheme, we aim to create a familiar and welcoming design that feels like home. When architectural spatial planning and reconfiguration may be required, we are always careful to retain as much of a home’s original fabric and detailing as possible. Pairing classic features with more contemporary elements such as Crittall doors creates a nice contrast, nodding to the property’s heritage while being aesthetically pleasing for modern living.

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Natural Materials To make an interior truly timeless, we champion materials that are built to last. When it comes to furnishings, natural fabrics are always favored. Linen is a good choice for window treatments such as curtains or blinds. For something luxurious, we recommend using velvet to upholster cushions, a sofa, or an ottoman. To add a contemporary touch, choose a bold colourway such as teal which will draw the eye.

Intelligent Design One of the main challenges when designing London homes can be narrow corridors and often disjointed layouts. In our Parsons Green Townhouse, we excavated the basement to make way for a media room, utility and bedroom. In terms of storage, our team design bespoke solutions including custom cabinetry or freestanding pieces to make use of space that would otherwise have been wasted. Lighting should also be carefully considered. We adopt a layered approach by using a combination of wall, floor, and overhead lighting. This will create a certain mood, dependent on the occasion. Our aim is to breathe life into each home, turning them into beautiful, timeless spaces that our clients and their families will ultimately enjoy. 01249 783087 Cotswolds & London – by appointment

“To make an interior truly timeless, we champion materials that are built to last”




ettled in the open countryside in Buckinghamshire this house is nestled in a secluded rural location, reflecting its surroundings of mature woodland. The setting and elegant simplicity were paramount to the design of this house. The brief was to provide a dwelling which responds to its context in materiality. A simple palette of carefully selected materials includes the use of stone from the earth on the lower level and timber on the floating box of the upper level, enhanced by a green tinted series of panels to provide transparency and reflect the surrounding plot-scape. With clean geometric lines, the floating first floor cantilevers and balances on the ground floor, providing long reaching views from the master bedroom and several short distance views of the plot from the other bedrooms. This architectural element pulls you into the site and allows you to marvel at its geometry and weightlessness. The lower floor is grounded by the strong stone element; the roofing detail of the first floor floats, gliding with the frameless glazing. Approaching the house, the glass enhances the large open spaces. The open plan ground floor connects from the front entrance area through to the rear garden and a horizontal expanse of glazing connects the rear living spaces to the garden-scape to the rear. Vertical electronically controlled louvres to the windows provide solar shading and privacy shading

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to the bedrooms. Wooden sliding door panels, some recessed and hidden in the walls allow for areas to be discretely closed off. The house is fully equipped with a home cinema room and an outdoor amphitheatre. A sunroom in the garden provides an area for outdoor living where you can sit outside in a sheltered area at different times of the day and enjoy the views of the house and the landscaped garden. This project is energy efficient and environmentally friendly with ground source heat pumps providing the heating and hot water. To further reduce the carbon footprint, the house is also equipped with solar panels and low energy lighting. This dwelling was designed to create an elegant, contemporary family home with an open plan layout that is an environmentally sustainable, contextually relevant and timeless concept.

“This architectural element pulls you into the site and allows you to marvel at its geometry and weightlessness”



The Finest Quality

ounded in 1868, Hodkin & Jones have been the specialists in the design, manufacture and installation of high quality, fibrous plaster mouldings for over 150 years. The Hodkin & Jones range of mouldings offers one of the most comprehensive selections of fibrous plaster covings available. With traditional elegant cornices from Georgian, Victorian, Gothic, Regency and Art Deco periods right through to popular modern day contemporary stepped cornices. Popular in many of their residential, retail and commercial projects, Hodkin and Jones are able to produce cornices that can incorporate modern LED uplighting, creating a discreet glow and enhancing a room’s ambience.

“Involving a specialist supplier like Hodkin & Jones, from the very beginning of a project helps to ensure the smooth running of an operation”

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Other plaster products in the range include decorative ceiling and wall panels, centre pieces, door surrounds, fire surrounds, arches and columns, all of which are delicately handmade by their dedicated and highly skilled craftsmen. The Hodkin & Jones contemporary cornices range reflects current market trends with their minimalist, geometric, flat design and they are suitable for any size modern renovation. Although modern in design, the contemporary covings are still designed and manufactured in house with the same high quality finish as the traditional range. Often Architects and Interior Designers create designs not available from standard ranges, which is where Hodkin & Jones can offer a bespoke service. From drawings they are able to manufacture mouldings to exact dimensions specified, whether it is a bespoke ceiling design to create a grand space or a cornice specific to the particular project they are working on. Restoration of Listed buildings and historical properties is also a speciality of Hodkin & Jones with many buildings requiring surveys and needing existing mouldings to be exactly matched where they can’t be repaired. Hodkin & Jones can match any plaster moulding no matter how complicated the design is, mouldings are then reproduced and installed by their team of fixers, all of which is overseen by a dedicated contracts manager. Hodkin & Jones have a broad project portfolio that includes 10 Downing Street, Harrods Knightsbridge, the Royal Armoury, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the o2 arena to name but a few. Involving a specialist supplier like Hodkin & Jones, from the very beginning of a project helps to ensure the smooth running of an operation while providing cost and time benefits. Hodkin & Jones undertake projects both nationwide and overseas with installers working on a daily basis in London and the surrounding counties. By using their installation service you can be assured that products will be fitted correctly with an exquisite finish, maximising the plaster mouldings longevity. The company also have their own transport department to ensure all products are delivered safely and on time. For clients looking for a fast turnaround Hodkin & Jones also have a large quantity of cornice and mouldings in stock, ready for delivery or collection. Their standard range of mouldings are available to view and purchase on their website.

“Hodkin and Jones are able to produce cornices that can incorporate modern LED uplighting, creating a discreet glow and enhancing a room’s ambience”

Get in touch For more information, visit the company’s website on For a free hard copy of the brochure or to discuss your project requirements, call the technical sales team on 01246 641214 or email

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cclaimed international designers Iuri Shubladze and Jane Wilson-Marquis have launched their first collaborative collection, IURI&JANE-HOME. The line debuts with their new collection of midnight black and barely off white pillows. Their original designs and surface treatments such as hand painting and silk screening give a one-of-a-kind beauty and quality to their pillows. Iuri is an innovative New York fashion designer creating one-of-a kind clutches, bags, scarves, and other accessories for men and women. His work has found a following among people all over the world and is regularly featured in shows and galleries. He is a graduate of New York’s elite Fashion Institute of Technology and, while at FIT, studied international fashion design in a special year-long program at the Politecnico de Milano in Milan, Italy. Jane, who is also based in New York, designs clothing for women who want a distinctive and

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original look. Her clothes have been featured in film, theater and television and exhibited in London, New York City, and Singapore. Jane, from the United Kingdom, comes from the world of modern dance and mixed media theater, and Iuri, from the country of Georgia, is a mixed media artist and painter as well as a fashion designer. They share a passion not just for fashion, but for everything HOME Now, in partnering to create their first IURI &JANE-HOME Collection, they have joined their artistry and talents to produce a unique pillow collection that reflects Jane’s and Iuri’s distinctive cultural heritages and design sensibilities.

THE DETAILS For further information and order enquiries including custom orders: 262 West 38th St suite #1502 New York N.Y. 10018 Email: Facebook: iuriandjanehome Instagram: iuriandjanehome IURI&JANE-HOME


Kitchens by Amberth


mberth is a bespoke Interior Design Specialist based in Islington. With over 15 years of experience in designing and crafting unique Kitchens, Bathrooms and Fitted Interiors, their attention to detail allows them to create beautiful spaces, perfectly suited to their clients’ lifestyles. Amberth will take on projects of any size, from taking a compact kitchen and maximising the space available, to project-managing a full home renovation. Their design department and team of in-house fitters allow them to manage a project from the initial vision, right through to completion, creating a stress-free experience for their clients. The kitchen is the heart of the home and Amberth put their heart and soul into designing classic and contemporary spaces that are both functional and beautiful. From custom-made cabinetry to feature walls, Amberth’s bespoke kitchen interior designs combine beautiful natural materials with functional appliances and handpicked worktops to create the perfect space. The process begins with a free consultation at their Studio in Islington, where the experienced designers work with the client to establish what they want from their ideal kitchen. Two to three design options are presented 282 DECEMBER 2021

during a second consultation, and a quote is given. Once the client and the designer are happy that the design is perfect, a site survey is carried out to take photographs and measurements and a schedule of work is put together. This gives the designer and project manager a visual sense of the space they are working with. Amberth have recently introduced an exciting element to this process, an interactive virtual reality experience to enable clients to visualize, design and shop with confidence, to style their dream space, and to ensure that both the designer and project manager execute their desired vision successfully. With their dedicated design process and by using only the highest quality materials from around the world, Amberth is able to achieve extraordinary results with the space you have. If you are ever in their neighbourhood, why not stop by for a quick chat? There is always someone on hand to help. Amberth are a reputable business which is family-run and so they pride themselves on building long lasting relationships with their clients. Amberth, 311 Essex Road, London N1 2BD Tel: 020 7354 8958

“Amberth have recently introduced an exciting element to this process, an interactive virtual reality experience to enable clients to visualize, design and shop with confidence”


John Charles Bespoke


fter over 13 years as Senior Designer and Project manager (business partner) working at the pinnacle of the bespoke kitchen market in Knightsbridge, we saw a gap in the market for a high end bespoke furniture installer with integrity and where your delivery date will be adhered to. We achieve this by limiting the number of rooms we undertake per annum to a maximum of 20 rooms. Creating an exciting design built around your lifestyle requirements and personality, from family breakfast to Saturday evening entertaining with friends and family, your John Charles bespoke kitchen will be functional, the work areas will flow with ergonomic precision while still creating a beautiful looking kitchen, the hub of your home. Manufacturing bespoke kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, in fact, any room in the home, producing the finest quality furniture by artisan craftsmen, using the most beautiful sustainable timbers including European Oak, American black Walnut, Maple and more, optional decorative “Burr veneers” are available to personalise your room. Our clients needs are our priority, nothing is too much trouble, unlike other high end kitchen companies, your senior designer will be working with you from initial design brief, choosing your preferred furniture range, appliances brand choices, the most stunning work surfaces and splash-backs, “Little Green paint company” trending colour choices for hand painted projects, paint is applied on site by our decorative artists, Armac Martin bespoke handles of your choice and finish, all aspects covered. 284 DECEMBER 2021

Our dedicated senior project manager will program all in house trades to ensure a smooth, exciting and enjoyable installation experience with a calm, levelheaded professional service. Offering our unique “Turnkey service” all trades, building and furniture installation service, from, extension construction, all trades in house including plastering, electrical, plumbing, decorating and natural/ceramic flooring finished to the highest possible standard with underfloor heating, all trades covered under one point of contact. The featured installation of our “Georgian” range of hand painted furniture with American Black Walnut carcasses and drawer boxes can also be seen on our website, ( including a video testimonial from our delighted client.

“Our clients needs are our priority, nothing is too much trouble”


Handy Tips to Improve WiFi Connectivity While Working from Home


y now, you may be better adjusted to working and learning from home, developing a routine that helps maximise productivity, or finding a workspace that allows you to comfortably work or learn with minimal distractions. While your network seems fine, there may be times throughout the day where your WiFi performance is less than ideal, resulting in lagging video conference calls or dropped connections while downloading important files. If you occasionally experience WiFi connectivity issues, there’s a good chance that the culprit is none other than your home environment or your existing equipment. So, what exactly can you do about this? Here, we provide some tips to help improve your WiFi connection and speed to help ensure your working and learning from home experience is as smooth as possible. Tip 1: Router placement If possible, you’d want your router in a central location of your home. This way, your WiFi signal can spread evenly throughout. Often, without rerouting any wires, router placement is limited to where our modem’s connection is located. If possible, have your router elevated on a desk, shelf, table or countertop to help ensure better signal distribution. This will help eliminate the need for signals to pass through unnecessary objects. Tip 2: Maximise the use of your WiFi frequency bands If you have a dual band router, your WiFi network will be split by two frequency bands – 2.4 GHz

and 5 Ghz. The main differences between the two frequencies are the coverage and speed each band provides. The 2.4 GHz band provides coverage at a longer range but transmits data at slower speeds, while the 5 GHz band provides less coverage but transmits data at faster speeds. With that said, you may want to consider connecting your key devices like laptops or tablets to the 5 GHz band when it comes to working or learning since the 5 GHz band tends to have less overcrowding.

THE DETAILS Visit to upgrade to the latest Orbi WiFi Mesh Systems today!

Tip 3: Upgrade your equipment If you haven’t upgraded your router in a while, or if your existing router just isn’t cutting it, highly consider upgrading your equipment. With newer WiFi technology, you can vastly improve your current situation. WiFi 6 or WiFi 6E, the latest WiFi standards, are designed to handle the growing number of devices in your home. Nowadays, with multiple laptops and tablets in use at the same time, a WiFi 6 or WiFi 6E Mesh System, like NETGEAR Orbi, is more than capable of handling bandwidth needs - improving speeds, coverage and performance around your entire home. Tip 4: Hardwire when possible Hardwiring your computer or laptop to your router via ethernet cable will always provide the most reliable and fastest connection possible. If you can, it is highly recommended. By hardwiring a work computer or a laptop used to learn on, you’ll enjoy a more reliable connection and overall experience.

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PROJECT MANAGEMENT Hamilford Design 0203 887 6900



Steve Bristow Furniture S

teve Bristow started work as a qualified stone mason in the late 1980’s and by his own admission always loved working with stone. The purity of the material, its ancient textures, natural flow and colours all inspired him. He decided to take a leap of faith and start his own business making bespoke worktops. Starting small with a tiny workshop in a garage in the Devonshire village of Kingsteignton, working hard and listening carefully to customers the result was a steadily growing reputation as a master craftsman. By the turn of the millennium Steve was able to open a showroom, displaying a wide range of luxury worktops. Fast forward 25 years and the company is first and foremost family owned and led, now operating from a state-of-the-art factory with a skilled team of 35 working alongside Steve. The company are proud to manufacture in the UK and passionately embrace modern technology evidenced with the introduction of the first cutting robot of its type in the UK stone industry for the most precise and detailed cuts. Internal design and development using 2D and 3D rendering software helps bring new developments and creations to life. ‘’We are about people and making beautiful products’’ The continued trend for more open plan living coupled with customer requests were the catalyst and challenge to develop the technology to bring to life Steve’s vision of contemporary and stylish furniture crafted from quartz. A new range of premium furniture was designed and developed using new technology to

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bend and shape quartz creating statement furniture pieces. The company specialise in quartz and natural stone products with every piece being hand made in the Devon workshop with unrivalled artistry and skill. The product portfolio contains a collection of stunning marble, granite and quartz Dining Tables, Console Tables, Occasional Tables and Coffee Tables, with a bespoke service available for customer commissions, hospitality and commercial projects too. The aim is to delight all its customers with high quality furniture that enhances all interior and exterior design projects all made to the same exacting standards – a quality philosophy that Steve started 25 years ago.


Making a Magical Christmas Favourite Tips from Angela Reed


he countdown to Christmas feels even more special this year, when we hope to be able to see our loved ones and make new and special memories together. There is nothing more welcoming than a home full of love, but the magic can really be helped along by some fabulous decorating to go with it. FOLIAGE AND GREENERY Seasonal decorating is a wonderful way to enhance your home during the winter months, especially at Christmas. Hanging garlands over the fireplace or banisters and if you have a mantlepiece deep enough, dot candles and lights in between. LIGHTS When it is dark and cold outside, there is nothing cosier and inviting than twinkling, low-level lighting. Pair large baubles with hanging string lights, or place cluster chain lights inside glass vases and bowls to create a bit of magic. TREE DECORATIONS There is nothing more magical than a beautifully adorned tree. Choose a theme or colours and don’t be afraid to hang more than one item per branch. Gone are the days of minimalist tree decorating. Embrace it and have fun.

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READER OFFER: SAVE SCENTS Candles and diffusers dotted around the home can relax and soothe and evoke Christmases gone by. Introducing the same scent into your home every year, can really Whether you’re purchasing in-store or online – you can shop with confidence knowing that Angela Reed values the highest quality and excellent service above all else. And with more than 140 years in business, it seems to be a winning formula. Exclusive discount for readers with online only code: LIFE10 @angelareedshop


We have designed the Mayd In Chyna apparel line to be first and foremost a social enterprise that does philanthropic work because that is what we believe to be everyone’s responsibility to each other. We started This business as a means to an end....a means to give back, to help make for a well functioning society, to assist in and support animal welfare and all the while giving people fashionable and quality clothing while polluting our planet as little as possible. Our fashion brand uses the Mayd In Chyna label to radically redefine the concepts that are normally associated with the usual phrase of Made in China. We want to demonstrate that there is such a thing as a business with a true conscience that diligently supports environmental and social justice, and animal welfare.

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olivia collins art and design

Olivia Collins is an Australian painter who is well known for her glamorous abstract designs. Contact the artist to arrange your exclusive commission. Mobile +61 413 596 480 | Website | Instagram @oliviacollinsartist

We have designed the Mayd In Chyna apparel line to be first and foremost a social enterprise that does philanthropic work because that is what we believe to be everyone’s responsibility to each other. We started This business as a means to an end....a means to give back, to help make for a well functioning society, to assist in and support animal welfare and all the while giving people fashionable and quality clothing while polluting our planet as little as possible. Our fashion brand uses the Mayd In Chyna label to radically redefine the concepts that are normally associated with the usual phrase of Made in China. We want to demonstrate that there is such a thing as a business with a true conscience that diligently supports environmental and social justice, and animal welfare.

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