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Abdominoplasty refers to a range of surgical procedures focused on improving C-section scars, the removal of excess skin and fat around the abdomen and tightening any separation of the abdominal muscles. A patient recently reported:

“The surgery was life transforming - I can now wear what I want and I have healed really well. I had such a positive experience, I would recommend it to anyone. It felt like restoration.”

Who is it for?

Women who have finished their family and reached their ideal weight, as well as men and women after significant weight loss.

What are the types of surgery?

A mini abdominoplasty is a short scar lower abdominal tightening. A floating abdominoplasty tightens the muscles to give a flat abdomen with a hidden scar. A full abdominoplasty removes all abdominal skin laxity, excess fat and corrects the separation of the abdominal muscles.

Chris Abela is an experienced reconstructive and cosmetic surgeon. He 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 at 84 Harley Street, 102 Sydney Street, Chelsea and at Wimbledon Parkside.

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If you have any questions, please contact Chris at or on 0203 545 2990

Christian Develter Tommy Fiendish

The abundance and diversity of art available globally can be mesmerising and enjoyable in equal measure. Molasses House cuts through the clutter, presenting new contemporary artists alongside their more established counterparts.

Art is best appreciated when one has time to immerse yourself and absorb the imagery before you. At Molasses House this could be the soothing palate of a Hannah Nijsten, or the dystopian imagery of Tommy Fiendish. Whatever your contemporary art interests you will not be disappointed by the constantly changing gallery selection.

As the exclusive stockist for the UK, this month Molasses House will be hosting an exhibition by internationally renowned artist Christian Develter (see page 98).

At Molasses House you are always assured of a warm and knowledgeable welcome by phone, online, in the gallery or home viewing.

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London Design Week 2023 at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is Spring’s much anticipated design and decoration show brimming with creative ideas, inspiration and insights. Whether you are a trade professional or a design enthusiast, be the first to see and source the latest launches and hear from the best in the business.

Entering its ninth year, the capital’s premier celebration of automotive culture and history, The London Classic Car Show will again be the must-attend season-opener to the year’s flourishing classic car scene for all classic car owners, collectors, experts and enthusiasts.

Founded by Queen Anne in 1711, Ascot Racecourse remains a pillar of British sporting and social culture. Welcoming almost 600,000 guests each year, Ascot’s stature, reputation and famed celebration of occasion is admired the world over.

From defiant train writers to powerful large-scale muralists, Saatchi Gallery is thrilled to announce over 100 international artists to be featured in BEYOND THE STREETS LONDON, opening this month. The exhibition, supported by adidas Originals, will be the most comprehensive graffiti & street art exhibition to open in the UK, and is set to take over all three floors of London’s iconic Saatchi Gallery.










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Monday 13 - Friday 17 March, Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour

The ultimate International Design and Decoration Show

London Design Week 2023 at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is Spring’s much anticipated design and decoration show brimming with creative ideas, inspiration and insights. Whether you are a trade professional or a design enthusiast, be the first to see and source the latest launches and hear from the best in the business.

Experience the energy and excitement of the new season at the world’s premier destination for design and decoration. Take a voyage of discovery around 120 showrooms and 30 pop-up House Guests to connect with an expanding creative community who are shaping the future of design. Nowhere else will you find world-class talent gathering together to share their stories and design vision.

The events programme is curated to engage, inform and spark the imagination. Conversations in Design, the renowned talks series, offers indepth interviews and panel discussions with star names, while Grow Your Business sessions provide professional insights on how to build your brand.

There are also scores of free events in the Access All Areas schedule to enjoy in and around the showrooms, from meet the designer sessions to hands-on demonstrations, alongside design discovery tours which will give visitors the inside track on the most talked-about products at the show.

Adding an extra layer of creativity to the show, carefully curated brands are only in-situ in the


Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, London SW10 0XE


Design Avenue during London Design Week 2023. They include Amy Kent Rugs, Anta Scotland, Baccarat, Barbara Osorio Fabrics, Design Archives, DKT Artworks, Eloise Home, Fiona Howard Wallpapers, Fiona McDonald Bespoke, Gloster, Haberdashery, Hyde House Bespoke Furniture, Masureel International, Misia Paris, Moon, Moore & Giles, Rose Uniacke, Susi Bellamy, Tatiana Tafur, Trowbridge Art and Warwick Fabrics.

There are specially commissioned installations and dining experiences to enjoy, including the Design Restaurant by Social Pantry.

London Design Week 2023 at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is a show that champions creativity and excellence, where connections are created and ideas are shared. This wealth of experience is extraordinary and, what’s more, there is free entry for every visitor.

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The Tailors at Harrods

Their bespoke alterations service offers you the freedom to restore or reimagine garments anew. Perhaps you wish to transform a wedding gown into a cocktail dress. Or maybe you’re adapting a classic suit for the new work-life balance. Whatever your garment or request, The Tailors at Harrods can help.

The fitters and tailors can fit and alter your garments in-store. For your safety, all garments are quarantined for 48 hours after the fitting has taken place and for 48 hours after the work is carried out.

How does it work?

If you require advice on the fit or finish of a garment while trying it on in-store, simply let a sales associate know. A fitter will be sent to you to record any necessary alterations and send the information to The Tailors at Harrods. Alternatively, you may book a fitting through any sales associate. Then, when your garment is ready, they will give you a call and let you know where you can collect your finished piece.


can I have altered?

Their menswear and womenswear specialists will ensure your piece is always in the best hands, whether it’s a sharply tailored suit or an embellished dress. They can also make alterations

to kids wear and homewares, including bed linen. Their experts are trained in working with all materials and silhouettes, from fur and leather to heavily beaded gowns.

How long does it take?

The tailors work to complete alterations as quickly as possible. Depending on the work required, your pieces should be ready in less than 10 days. Need an item urgently? Simply request an express service, through which alterations can be set to a required deadline. They can also offer a same-day service to adjust trouser hems.

How much will my alterations cost?

As the tailors take a bespoke approach to each and every piece, they will talk you through the price of your alterations at your appointment. Prices are variable and are evaluated based on the requirements for each garment.


Breathe new life into your wardrobe with their new at-home service - offering everything from simple hem adjustments to larger alterations including full garment redesigns. Available within 2 miles of the Knightsbridge store.

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Real Handcrafted Alfajores by Argentinian Hands Not just in the label

Argentinian culture is recognised by its passion, tango, football, Malbec wine and maybe really good horses too but, there is one more lush and indulgent secret that you might have missed and is accessible to you here in the UK, handcrafted by Argentinian Head Chocolatier Maria Romero at Sur Chocolates.

Alfajores are a traditional confection that Argentinian people grow up with and anyone will make a pause and enjoy with coffee, as dessert, or just because they are a craving for a happy moment for themselves. Maria has transformed this mass produced kiosk treat, consumed by approximately 2 billions every year, in a modern chocolate gem.

But, what’s an alfajor?

The Alfajor [alfaˈ xo ˈ], (plural alfajores) is typically made with two biscakes with an indulgent filling coated with chocolate. The most popular filling in Argentina is Dulce de Leche (the national “milk caramel”) but Sur Chocolates has also introduced new flavours like Yerba Mate, Malbec, Red Berries, Cortado just to mention a few.

Maria uses her 20 years of experience in the field to play around techniques and quality ingredients creating the Alfajor of today. Growing up the tasting experience amplifies: “We have more palate experience and just a machinemade Alfajor would not do. People are far more aware of real handcrafted products, instead of a mass produced chocolate made by machines and operated by people pressing buttons. I wanted to create a business that will bring back craft and

value to our world sharing my identity too”. But, how do you know this is for real? You can visit their workshop and see it with your own eyes. As you come in you will listen to Argentinian Music, smell the freshly baked biscakes and see Maria work with Latin American origin chocolate and ingredients.

They offer on-site tasting experiences and an immersive hands-on Alfajores Class. Although Maria shares her passion bringing this experiences to other workplaces and pop-ups to help spread the word about Argentinian Ingredients and real handcraft, not just for show.

Roots and Inspiration

“I go back to the South as I you go back always to love” is the lyric of the tango Vuelvo al Sur that inspired Chocolatier Maria Romero and Creative Director Emanuel Ferrandez when developing SUR Chocolates. They hope to inspire people to be authentic and connect with their roots. To trust that every part of your upbringing has left a unique fingerprint that makes you who you are.

“Making the best Alfajores is the way of expressing ourselves. In a world were you are surrounded by similar products, all looking and tasting the same, we believe in being different because we have a story to tell, not just something to sell. We should all be proud of what makes us different and be brave to share it with the world”

You can buy Sur Chocolate’s range of alfajores and other chocolates at

Instagram @Sur.chocolates




vocalists and instrumentalists on the London scene, from Monday to Saturday varying from jazz and samba sets to guitar duos and Club DJ Mike Vitti and friends spinning soul, funk and rare groove vinyl on Saturday nights.

Late Late Shows

Ronnie Scott’s legendary Late Late Shows – the hottest ticket for late night entertainment running Wednesday to Saturday, every week. Hosted by some of London’s coolest artists and stars like Vula Malinga and Renato Paris. Tickets cost just £12 in advance and £12-25 on the door, and with entry from 11.15 pm until 3am, the Late Late Shows are the perfect post-dinner destination for drinks and entertainment in the heart of Soho.


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Ronnie Scott’s – London’s iconic live music venue est. 1959 – is excited to announce its upcoming listings for February.

They are celebrating big bands with six different groups: Buddy Rich Big Band, Manchester’s Beats & Pieces, Julian Siegel’s Jazz Orchestra, The Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra, Big Swing and NYJO, who return for two nights with two different themes – Chick Corea and Blue Note. Ronnie Scott’s also welcome back two heavyweights of the jazz world - Kenny Garrett and Terence Blanchard plus a variety of new acts from the UK and if you are romantically inclined, they have the award-winning vocalist, Georgia Cecile.

Main shows

Main shows at Ronnie’s are spread across two sittings, with early show doors at 5:30pm for a 6:30pm start and second house doors opening at 8:30pm for a 9:15pm start. On single houses that they have on Mondays and Tuesdays (check website) doors open at 6pm for a 7.30pm start. On Sundays the doors open at 12pm and 6.30pm for one sitting.

Upstairs @ Ronnie’s

Upstairs @ Ronnie’s offers guests the opportunity to experience some of the best up and coming

Kenny Garrett Cedric Angeles Georgia Cecile


Chef Ben Tish has continued his culinary relationship as Chef Director at Cubitt House with the launch last October of The Barley Mow, a 19th century Grade II listed pub and restaurant in the heart of Mayfair.

The modern pub group Cubitt House acquired the impressive corner site in Duke Street, Mayfair, in early 2022 and invested in a full refurbishment and restoration of the property. The pub retains its pub credentials by serving accessibly priced pub fare and a fine selection of ales and lagers on the ground level. The first-floor restaurant – seating 45 in two rooms – features a contemporary clubby environment with an open bar showcasing a small carvery area as well as a Neal’s Yard cheese display.

Ben Tish and Head Chef Chris FordhamSmith (previously at the Great Norther Hotel and The Westbury) have devised a restaurant menu that showcases British classics, in collaboration with their favoured UK suppliers. Starters are £12-£18, main courses £19-£36, and desserts £10-£12. Highlights include Fish soup & rouille; Baked squash, spelt, sage & Ticklemore salad; Mediterranean rose prawns with Bloody Mary mayonnaise; Poached turbot, cockles, seaweed butter & Jerusalem artichokes; Native Breed pie & mash with parsley sauce; Daily Roasted Rare Breed with traditional garnishes; Cambridge burnt cream; and Sticky Toffee Pudding with salted caramel sauce.

The pub’s more casual food offering comprises Haggis Scotch egg with whisky mayonnaise; Sausage roll with homemade brown sauce; Pulled beef with pickled walnuts, Stilton croquettes & anchovy mayonnaise; Battered haddock & chips

with mushy peas; Seasonal oysters; and Bavette with house fries & roasted garlic aioli. Snacks are £5-£14, and main plates from £19. Drinks are carefully chosen, with approximately 20 wines by the glass (from £8) and more than 60 bottles (from £29), including some excellent magnums.

General Manager George Dean superbly oversees the day-to-day running of The Barley Mow, with a welcoming professionalism, straddling the casual pub environment and the elegant dining room.

The interiors have been designed by Cubitt House co-owner Georgie Pearman, who wanted to maintain a pub feel to the entire property. Design touches include wooden panelling, antiques collected from various dealers, shops and markets, complemented by beautiful velvet-covered banquettes. The ground floor retains the original back bar from the 1800s, and a striking, new earthy brown marble bar top. Wherever possible, focus was given to working with British manufacturers and artisans.

Cubitt House is a collection of nine landmark pubs, restaurants and boutique hotels throughout London, Cubitt House is privately owned and operated by Georgie and Sam Pearman. Ben Tish oversees the culinary direction with strong kitchen brigades in each site. As well as The Barley Mow, the portfolio includes The Grazing Goat (Marylebone), The Builders Arms (Chelsea), The Alfred Tennyson (Knightsbridge), The Orange (Pimlico), The Coach Makers (Marylebone), The Princess Royal (Notting Hill), The Beau Brummell (Piccadilly), and The Thomas Cubitt (Belgravia).


The Barley Mow – 82 Duke Street, Mayfair, London W1K 6JG

Reservations – 020-4553 1414

Website –

Opening hours: Pub – MondaySaturday 11am-11pm, Sunday Noon-10pm

Restaurant – Lunch MondaySaturday Noon-3pm, Sunday Noon5pm; Dinner Monday-Saturday 5pm-9.30pm, Sunday closed




The fascinating world of classic cars takes centre stage at Olympia, London on Saturday 25th February for an exclusive auction of 100 of the finest cars of yesteryear by specialist auctioneer Historics.

Well-known for its vibrant classic car sales at venues including Ascot Racecourse, Historics is the official auction partner of The London Classic Car Show and is staging the auction midway through the three day event at Olympia, that’s been steeped in motoring history for more than a century.

Historics has assembled a truly spectacular array of classics for this sale, to suit all tastes and pockets.

For example there’s a magnificent example of an exceptionally rare 1954 Porsche 356 Pre-A Coupé, believed to be the earliest right-hand drive production 356. Joining it is an equally collectible 2.0 litre 1969 Porsche 911 S, plus a wonderful array of Porsche’s finest spanning several decades.

Italian classics are most certainly not be outdone, with a brace of timelessly-elegant late 1950’s Alfa Romeos joining a striking grand tourer in the shape of a 1972 Maserati Ghibli, one of just 13 delivered to the UK, whilst four years its junior a wonderful 1976 Ferrari Dino 246 GT is sure to get pulses racing.

Waving the sports car flag for Britain is a number of true archetypes... a very collectible 1964 Aston

To accommodate viewings for buyers, entry to the Historics auction at The London Classic Car Show up to and during the sale on Saturday 25th February is by auction catalogue, priced at £30, allowing entry for two. The catalogue can be purchased in advance via the Historics’ website and at the entrance to the auction. For full details, bidding registration and the regularly updated entries, visit

NOTE: All visitors to the show can view the auction lots without charge on Friday 24th, Saturday 25th postauction and Sunday 26th February. For details of The London Classic Car Show, see

Martin DB5 leading the charge. Meanwhile an example of the holy grail of Jaguar E-Types, a flat floor 1961 Series 1 Roadster, is joined by a constellation of exceptional E-Types of different eras, plus more from the iconic marque.

As ever at Historics sales, there is a fine collection of Mercedes-Benz classics and no Historics sale would be complete without more affordable and less conventional classics. A rare 1953 Ford Consul Mk.1 Estate by Abbot of Farnham sets the tone, whilst the honour of the quirkiest entry at this showcase auction by Historics most surely goes to a rare, amphibious 1965 Amphicar 770 that’s equally at home on the road or on water!

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The 1954
356 on sale is one of the earliest and rarest
The fabulous 1961 Jaguar stirs
Bond-ing appeal - The sublime 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Italian Exotica ‘70’s style, the Maserati Ghibli Drive it or sail it - 1965 Amphicar


24-26 February 2023

The London Classic Car Show is making a welcome return to prestigious Olympia in Kensington this month.

Entering its ninth year, the capital’s premier celebration of automotive culture and history will again be the must-attend season-opener to the year’s flourishing classic car scene for all classic car owners, collectors, experts and enthusiasts.

Olympia is steeped in motoring history having hosting blue-riband automotive shows for more than a century. The spectacular Grand Hall was home to the International Motor Exhibition from 1905 to 1936 and has accommodated a host of similarly distinguished car-themed events ever since… most recently The London Classic Car


Show in 2020.

With restrictions on indoor venues, the show was forced to innovate with an inspired move to a temporary new outdoor venue in Syon Park in June 2021… but now returns to its traditional February fixture under Olympia’s magnificent, Victorian, barrel-vaulted roof.

“We are thrilled to be bringing The London Classic Car Show back to Olympia,” confirmed Kate Woodley, Show Director at organiser Brand Events. “It’s a truly spectacular venue which provides us with the perfect backdrop for wonderful displays of iconic cars from throughout the ages.

Olympia already feels like our spiritual home, and we have a truly great show planned for 2023.”

the evergreen Porsche 911, the second will put the spotlight on Barn-Finds and Survivors.

The former will feature an eye-catching collection of evolving 911s from the original aircooled Type 901 launched at the Frankfurt Show in 1963 right up to the latest Type 992 supercars.

The latter will provide a fascinating insight into the uncovering and restoration of recently discovered relics as well as offering visitors a trip down memory lane with a line-up of oncemainstream models that are now becoming muchmissed rarities.

A special display featuring three of the bespoke Mini Coopers presented to the Beatles in 1965 will be another major attraction. Sadly the car given to John Lennon hasn’t survived the test of time, but the Minis of Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr are being reunited for the first time in more than 50 years.

As ever, The London Classic Car Show will boast hundreds of the world’s finest cars from yesteryear as well as celebrity interviews on the main stage plus a host of other dazzling highlights. Two special displays have already been confirmed for February – the first will honour 60 years of

There will also be an auction organised by Historics with 100 highly sought-after classics going under the hammer giving both visitors and those online a great chance to join the classic car movement.

Offering exceptional value, adult admission in advance is priced at just £25. Full details of all ticket buying options – as well as the latest show news – can be found on the official website.


The London Classic Car Show was launched in 2014 at ExCel London and is now firmly established as the capital city’s premier showcase for discerning classic car owners, collectors, experts and enthusiasts. The annual event has quickly become an international celebration of the finest classic road and race cars across the UK and Europe, bringing together the very best dealers, manufacturers, restorers and car clubs.

For 2020 the Show moved to a new home at Olympia, a more central venue boasting significant automotive history… and then, to provide a Covid-compliant setting, The London Classic Car Show 2021 relocated to a new outdoor setting at historic Syon Park, in West London.

The 2023 Show will take place between 24-26 February and advance tickets start from £25 per adult, £20 per child (6-16). Entry for children under the age of six years is free. Premium tickets are available for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, starting at £65 per adult, which include fast track entry and show guide. For more information visit:

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“As ever, The London Classic Car Show will boast hundreds of the world’s finest cars from yesteryear”


Bacchanalia is the perfect destination for a lunchtime visit, for both business meetings and lavish lunches, guests can enjoy a truly unforgettable and unique experience. The astonishing restaurant was curated by Mr. Caring and acclaimed interior architect Martin Brudnizki, featuring Damien Hirst statues and hand-painted murals.

Internationally renowned chef Athinagoras Kostakos brings the story of Bacchanalia into full bloom through a beautifully curated Mediterranean menu, featuring an array of lighter traditional dishes perfect for a midday meal.

Guests can begin their Bacchanalia lunch experience by taking a seat at the bar, inspired by classical myths through a palette of marbles, mosaic and furnishings. Wander through the bar to the restaurant where guests can enjoy a flamboyant lunch, dining an exquisite menu of both traditional Greek and Italian flavours. The extensive cocktail menu is even available during lunch, which may be irresistible to some, with highlights including Lost in Athens, Lost Explorer Mezcal and Baklava.

Lunchtime dishes to highlight include Crab Salad, Sea Bream Carpaccio, a locally sourced fresh Burrata with Danterrini tomato, confit San Marzano and a basil vermouth vinegar, and a chargrilled beetroot, walnut pesto and Greek yoghurt salad. Not to forget the several vegan options, perfect for Veganuary with firm favourites including a vegan citrus pavlova. The menu also features Bacchanalia branded caviar for diners to enjoy and desserts including a take on the traditional tiramisu and a traditional Greek Karydopita.

The start of the new year has brought some new lunchtime favourites, including Red Shrimp Carpaccio and Lobster Paccheri Pasta which can

be enjoyed by the whole table. Dishes are finished in front of diners at the table, creating a theatrical performance to add to the memorable experience. The essence of Bacchanalia is for everything to be shared, from the wine, the entertainment and the food on the table.

The restaurant’s incredible wine list has been individually selected by Caprice Holding’s, featuring over 650 references from Greece and Italy. Bacchanalia is the only destination in London to feature 25 Italian 100-point wines. Celebrate the exceptional cuisine, exquisite wines and exuberant revelry during lunch!

“Lunchtime dishes to highlight include Crab Salad, Sea Bream Carpaccio, a locally sourced fresh Burrata with Danterrini tomato, confit San Marzano and a basil vermouth vinegar, and a chargrilled beetroot, walnut pesto and Greek yoghurt salad”


THE SCIENCE MUSEUM Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of Imagination

A Journey of Discovery until 4th May 2023

The Science Museum presents its most ambitious exhibition yet; placing visitors at the heart of an interactive science fiction story, filled with objects that explore how scientists and science fiction creators have inspired each other through innovation and imagination.

The immersive experience features a specially developed alien language, designed by award-winning creative studio, Framestore, in collaboration with P&P Projects, and curated by the Science Museum Group.

Science Fiction uncovers fascinating connections between significant scientific innovations and celebrated science fiction works through over 70 objects. On display is classic literature, set-pieces and props from iconic films and TV - from a screen-used Lieutenant Uhura costume from Star Trek: The Motion Picture, to the Dalek from Doctor Who and a Darth Vader helmet created for Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back.

Inside the exhibition, visitors will explore the vast Exploration Deck of the spaceship, filled with iconic items that the AI Guide has identified from science and science fiction, that delve into our

human drive to journey beyond our world.

In the ship’s Bio Lab visitors can examine what it means to be human with objects that explore how science fiction imagines the evolution and replication of the human form through the depiction of cyborgs, AI and gene editing. Visitors can see titans of science fiction cinema from Frankenstein’s monster, Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet to Iron Man’s iconic armour.

Visitors will then take part in an away mission, using a wormhole jump gate to visit a strange subterranean world where they will encounter a beautiful swarm of bioluminescent creatures who interact through the intelligent communication of a collective hive mind, inspired by different depictions of aliens across science fiction.

Back on the Visualisation Deck, artworks on display include Passing Spring at the Ancient Dock by artist Yao Lu and a poignant metal urn from Hiroshima, displayed alongside a poster from the original Godzilla.

Visitors will end their journey overlooking Earth through a huge window from the Observation Deck. Few have savoured this unique view from space and this extraordinary vista will provide visitors with a moment to reflect on our place in the universe and the boundless creativity and imagination that exists on the blue planet we call home.

For further information or to book tickets, please visit

“The immersive experience features a specially developed alien language, designed by awardwinning creative studio, Framestore, in collaboration with P&P Projects, and curated by the Science Museum Group”




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Everrati was founded in 2019 by British entrepreneur Justin Lunny and long-term automotive specialist Nick Williams. Both car enthusiasts from an early age, they became increasingly conscious of the wider impact combustion engines have on the environment. Everrati was launched with the vision of restoring iconic models from an earlier era and converting them to electric propulsion.

Each car’s past is preserved by a detailed, concours-standard restoration whilst simultaneously receiving a meticulously engineered zero-emissions, full-electric powertrain that offers much improved levels of outright performance, refinement and of course sustainability.

Everrati believe that it is the very DNA of a car that makes it iconic and that such cars must be preserved for future generations – not be placed in a museum, but to be driven. We take some of the world’s most beautiful and seminal cars, restore and re-engineer them. Using modern engineering techniques and integrating advanced EV powertrains, we further enhance each car’s performance, yet ensuring they have a similar driving ‘feel’ with weight distribution – and overall weight – mirroring that of the original, enabling automotive icons like the Porsche 911 to be reborn for the coming age of zero-emission mobility, yet with soul intact.



Friday 17th March – Sunday 2nd April 2023

In addition to this, Ideal Home Show brings together full-scale show homes and fresh ideas that will inspire everything from architectural designs to magnificent garden glow-ups. The Show is also illustrating over 600 of the best interior brands, offering visitors something for every room of the home.

The Show is offering even more ideas on how to create an interior paradise, with access to hundreds of free talks and demonstrations on the Interiors Stage from celebrity guests and expert guidance on topics such as, how to make a house a home. Plus, the four interactive Good Homes Room sets will showcase the latest in-home furnishings, storage solutions, colours, trends and technology, providing inspiration for all home renovations, no matter the size!

Ideal Home Show, supported by ITV, is back this spring! With over 600 brands, the show promises to deliver the biggest innovations in homeware, interior design inspiration and all the essentials needed to create your dream homes and gardens this year.

This year, the Show features a number of new, brilliant additions, including the greatly anticipated, Spring Clean area. Launched in response to the growing popularity of cleanfluencers, Ideal Home Show will host some of the most recognisable rising stars on the dedicated Spring Clean stage. Offering Show goers, the chance to receive expert advice and tips on cleaning and de-cluttering live. In addition to this, the new area will host innovative brands, highlighting new products including kitchen gadgets, wardrobe solutions and storage systems as well as touching on moneysaving advice.

In line with current affairs, this year’s Show leans into money-saving themes throughout. From advice and guidance from Martin Lewis to how the future of the home will respond to moneysaving demands, this remains a key focus across all content and at-show activations.

Visitors will be able to spot a plethora of famous faces from their TV screens, who will all be sharing their top tips, with confirmed guests including: Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Martin Lewis, Phil Spencer, David Domoney, Lisa Faulkner, John Torode, Rosemary Shrager and Olly Smith.

There will also be an opportunity to be spoiled in the Pamper Lounge and the chance to sit back with a glass of bubbles in the Champagne Bar. Tickets are available to buy now via:

Phil Spencer

ASCOT RACECOURSE Enjoy 26 racedays throughout the year

Founded by Queen Anne in 1711, Ascot Racecourse remains a pillar of British sporting and social culture. Welcoming almost 600,000 guests each year, Ascot’s stature, reputation and famed celebration of occasion is admired the world over.

As one of the largest and most prestigious racecourses in the world, Ascot has been hosting some of the finest racing events, including Royal Ascot, for more than 300 years.

With 26 annual racedays and several other events throughout the year, Ascot has something for everyone to enjoy that encapsulates the thrill of horse racing, the pleasure of a day spent at a memorable venue and the many experiences to be had whilst there, from the Michelin star chefs providing exquisite Fine Dining to the live music and entertainment across the lawns.

Revered across the globe, Royal Ascot attracts the finest horses to compete for over £9,500,000 total prize money. Synonymous with sartorial elegance, magnificent millinery, exquisite cuisine and unforgettable celebration, it is an event that must be seen to be believed.

Situated at the height of the British summer social season, from Tuesday 20th to Saturday 24th June 2023, Royal Ascot is the perfect occasion to enjoy with friends, family and loved ones. The thunder of hooves, the roar of the crowd, the delicious refreshments and the outlandish outfits

combine to create an unforgettable experience to be shared and remembered with your nearest and dearest.

Outside of Royal Ascot, the racecourse’s flagship summer occasion, other racedays include the Peroni Nastro Azzurro May Racing Weekend, QIPCO King George Diamond Weekend, QIPCO British Champions Day, the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup and Concert, to name just a few.

Additionally, four dedicated family days, complete with free entertainment for little ones and teens through to grown-ups, take place at Ascot each year. From roaming entertainment to fairground rides, face painting, fireworks, and seasonal delights – there’s an occasion at Ascot to suit every preference, for all ages, throughout both the Flat and National Hunt seasons. Find out more at

“Situated at the height of the British summer social season, from Tuesday 20th to Saturday 24th June 2023, Royal Ascot is the perfect occasion to enjoy with friends, family and loved ones”

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas


Eco-friendly jeweller Aurum by Guðbjörg have been making exquisite, eco-friendly jewellery in Iceland since 1999. Their contemporary designs take inspiration from Iceland’s unique landscape, flora and fauna and all the jewellery is handcrafted in Reykjavik. Their beautiful new Eagle collection, crafted in recycled 925 sterling silver and 14K gold, makes a gorgeous gift idea for Mother’s Day as it is inspired by the majestic whitetailed eagle, a symbol of freedom and strength. For a very luxurious gift, look to their fine jewellery collections made in recycled 14K and 18K gold, with lab-grown diamonds and ethically sourced precious gems.


Jessica Prealpato, most noted for being awarded the World’s Best Pastry Chef in 2019 and Pastry Chef of the Year by Gault et Millau in 2020,has created an afternoon tea inspired by nature and Kew Gardens exclusively for The Carlton Tower. True to her signature style, Jessica preserves and enhances the natural sweetness of whole fruits, by adding carefully selected layer of flavours without compromising the key ingredient and its natural taste. Each dish relies wholly on the naturally occurring sugars within each ingredient – only occasionally using honey and brown sugar. Each piece is a sophisticated display of flavour, taking guests on a surprising journey through Jessica’s universe. She works with seasonal, locally sourced produce, exploring and celebrating the best ingredients available in England, as well as experimenting with unexpected pairings to disrupt the classic British tradition of Afternoon Tea to create a sensorial experience.

Classic afternoon tea, £75 per person at The Carlton Tower the-carlton-tower-jumeirah

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Bloomsbury Flowers

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Snuggle up on the sofa this Mothers’ Day with these gorgeous striped alpaca lounge/ bed socks; they are super soft and cosy and made of 82% pure alpaca. Alpaca has higher insulating properties than any other fine wool fibre and just get better and better with wearing. Lovely colours of grape/lilac, natural grey/ pink, natural grey/pale blue in three sizes from extra small to medium. Gift box options too.

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The Governor premium early harvest Extra Virgin Olive Oils from Corfu, are considered to be one of the healthiest in the world. The first to be granted a EU health claim, it is supercharged with naturally occurring anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiviral compounds. It is a robust EVOO with a gentle grass aroma and a peppery finish. Its velvety mouthfeel and incredible length and complexity adds a layer of taste and luxury to any meal. Only 8500 hand numbered bottles produced per annum.

10% of all sales are donated to the Pink Ribbon Foundation.


There’s no better way to celebrate the most important women in your life this Mother’s Day than with a gift of meaningful luxury. From fine silk shirts to unique accessories, Hawes & Curtis have thoughtfully curated a collection of gifts for you to choose from, with an exclusive 10% off when you use code MOTHER10 at checkout.

*T&Cs: Offer excludes sale, ends 1st April 2023

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Fortuny - Atelier set out in Venice in 1984 with a clear ambition to create products that speak in the universal language of fine craftsmanship, complex details, and good taste. Entirely handmade in Venice, our unique clothing and accessories will make a wonderful gift for someone who loves luxurious velvets and refined sophistication.

Discover our products: original Fortuny® lamps, clothing, bags and accessories on


Give the Gift of Beauty Sleep and Healthier Skin & Hair. Blush Silks Pillowcases are made from the Finest Grade (6A) 100% Pure Mulberry Silk. Blush pillowcases are temperature regulating, help retain moisture in your hair and skin & reduce friction that causes hair frizz, hair breakage and fine lines. Blush Silks hair accessories are made from the same finest grade mulberry silk as our pillowcases. Using silk scrunchies help to prevent kinks, hair damage, frizz and won’t absorb moisture from your hair, all while keeping a strong hold. Use code London10 for 10% off sitewide (expires 30/04/23). (no tax & £10 international shipping). Visit & follow @blushsilkspillowcases on Instagram.


Right: Fortuny® Icaro Lamp for Hotel Londra Palace, Venice. Interior Design: Studio Architetti Ruberti Cutillo Photographer: Dario Garofalo Far Right: Fortuny® Furrowed Silk Velvet Scarf in Candy Blue


It has been three years since the introduction of the Japanese product Pure Beauty Collagen was introduced to the market. The formulation of high quality marine collagen includes COQ10, Hyaluronic acid, and pearl coix extract. The product helps the process of achieving the look of healthy glowing skin and stronger feeling hair and nails.

Find them online now at and @purebeautycollagen_official on Instagram


The Croft House is an exclusive collection of sustainable Scottish knitwear & accessories inspired by heritage designs and the landscape of Scotland. From patterned fair isles and gansey sweaters to warm chunky knits, we have something to suit. Our large range of wool and cashmere gloves, hats, scarves and socks make gifts. 01779 838155


Neola Design is a British jewellery brand renown for original, sculptural designs. We offer jewellery without compromise: handmade, sustainable, and made only from precious metals and natural gemstones. Our beautifully crafted pieces are made by master craftsmen from 18ct Gold Vermeil and Sterling Silver. Escape the ordinary!

Visit our store: 199 Portobello Road, London W11 1LU

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Located in the heart of fashionable Knightsbridge, The Carlton Tower Jumeirah, a London institute since 1961 stands proudly over Sloane Street and Cadogan Gardens, offering visitors and guests alike a hotel experience like no other.

Inspired by the past but looking to the future, The Carlton Tower implemented an 18-month closure in 2021, when the hotel underwent the most extensive transformation in its history, at a cost of over £100 million, creating a space designed to delight and enchant the moment you step inside.

With 17 stories and overlooking the capitals skyline, The Carlton Tower offers 186 magnificent bedrooms and suites, a health club, and a spa - home to London’s largest naturally lit indoor swimming pool, a restaurant, and lounge as well as a ballroom and many function rooms available on request.

The Carlton Tower embraces a rich tapestry of history with the hotel’s story dating back to The Swinging Sixties, when London was the epicentre of fashion, music, culture, and design. Welcoming the likes of supermodel Twiggy and fashion icon Mary Quant, The Carlton Tower was a place to see and be seen. Famously known to be London’s first tower hotel, it changed the face of Knightsbridge forever, from traditional and stiff to glamorous and stylish.

Be sure to treat mothers and loved ones this Mother’s Day at The Hotels ‘The Peak Fitness Club & Spa’ set across three floors and was completely redesigned in the renovation. New treatment rooms have been created at the Talise Spa on the second floor and the swimming pool area revitalised. The Carlton Tower is proud to be home to London’s largest indoor swimming pool with natural daylight and its bright interior is complemented by views through its double height glass ceiling, lined with poolside cabanas for relaxation. Additionally, The Peak offers 70 studio classes weekly, and a gym featuring bespoke ‘Technogym’ equipment on the ninth floor, which overlooks The Peak’s light-filled club lounge with breath-taking panoramic views across London.


La Bohème and Aida at Richmond Theatre

Senbla, by arrangement with Opera International, proudly presents two Ellen Kent Productions featuring the Ukrainian Opera & Ballet Theatre Kyiv with international soloists, highly-praised chorus and full orchestra.

Award-winning producer Ellen Kent returns in Spring 2023 with the Ukrainian Opera & Ballet Theatre Kyiv presenting stunning traditional productions of Verdi’s Aida and Puccini’s La Bohème at Richmond Theatre. Both productions are sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Aida, the grandest of all Ellen Kent’s operas, returns to the UK with a stunning new traditional production, boasting an impressive set built by Set-Up Scenery in the UK, who also build sets for the Royal Opera Covent Garden. At the heart of this story of war, jealousy and revenge is the doomed love of the beautiful Ethiopian slave girl Aida and the Egyptian hero Radames. This tragic tale is brought to life with Verdi’s music including the well-known arias ‘Celeste Aida’, ‘Ritorna Vincitor’ and the classic ‘Triumphal March’ featuring a temple dance and amazing fire performers.

La Bohème, one of the most romantic operas ever written, is traditionally staged in this brandnew production which features beautiful sets and costumes. It tells the tragic tale of the doomed, consumptive Mimi and her love for a penniless writer. The set reflects the Bohemian art of the period and will include, a local brass band, snow

effects and Muzetta’s dog will also make an entrance. This classic tale of Parisian love and loss features famous arias including ‘Your Tiny Hand is Frozen’, ‘They Call Me Mimi’ and ‘Muzetta’s Waltz’.

Ellen Kent has personally hand-picked and directed all soloists to create visually beautiful and moving productions. Ellen is pleased to announce that after previously wowing British audiences, the fabulous Korean soprano Elena Dee will again be returning to perform. Joining Elena will be Ukrainian soprano Alyona Kistenyova (La Bohème), French soprano Olga Perrier (La Bohème, Aida) and Ukrainian mezzo-soprano Natalia Matveeva (Aida). Cast is subject to change.

La Bohème (Friday 31st March) and Aida (Saturday 1st April) at Richmond Theatre. Tickets available from Richmond*


Marylebone Village

Discover a curated mix of individual and independent brands.

Marylebone Village is located in the heart of central London. It is a true urban village, where culture and businesses thrive, and the community blossoms.

Despite being just minutes from Oxford Street, Marylebone Village sits within an oasis of relative tranquillity. Marylebone Village boasts a diverse and impressive collection of retailers, galleries, bars, pubs and restaurants all set within a grid of Georgian streets. The celebrated area offers an experience for everyone, from a solo shopping trip to a family day out in an atmospheric and engaging environment.

The retail and leisure offering within Marylebone Village is concentrated in and around Marylebone High Street. It includes Marylebone High Street, Moxon Street, Marylebone Lane, New Cavendish Street, Devonshire Street, Paddington Street, Blandford Street and George Street. Moxon Street is renowned as a destination for food lovers while Marylebone Lane is defined by its independent shops and one-off concept stores.


The culture festival will include an open-air cinema, dog show, alfresco bars, live music performances, as well as family friendly activities. The event is organised and funded by The Howard De Walden Estate in partnership with Greenhouse Sports, a local Marylebone charity whose goal is to change young lives through sport. The Marylebone Village Summer festival will showcase the best of the Village’s shopping and dining. From fashion, beauty and wellbeing to food and drink, the brands in Marylebone Village will offer an exciting array of in-store activations, exclusive discounts, special menus and extended opening hours.


The Marylebone enjoys a spectacular location in the heart of Marylebone village, one of London’s trendiest neighbourhoods, and sits within a short walk from bustle of Oxford Street, the iconic stores of Bond Street and Mayfair and Harley Street.

The vibrant charm of Marylebone village is mirrored in the style and ambience of The Marylebone. This charming tone starts in the hotel’s chic lobby and Cocktail Bar, characterised

“The culture festival will include an openair cinema, dog show, alfresco bars, live music performances, as well as family friendly activities”


by their inviting nooks and crannies. Then, there is ever-popular 108 Brasserie and Bar, set on the cobbles of Marylebone Lane and a lively forum for locals and guests alike.

Stylishly designed guest rooms and suites, including our acclaimed rooftop terrace suites, epitomise modern comfort. Meanwhile, guests may enjoy complimentary access to the exclusive and on-site Third Space Health Club - with gym and 18m pool.

Renowned for its contemporary and understated luxury, The Marylebone is an ideal base for those wishing to sample the delights of Marylebone Village. It offers guests 257 bedrooms and suites, including the London Suites with private terraces and views across the capital, state-of-the-art meeting rooms, and access to health and leisure club the Third Space, with an 18 metre pool, and a spa offering an extensive range of treatments. 108 Brasserie serves modern British cuisine and 108 Salon is an inviting new space to dine, drink and lounge in.


Kastur Jewels has an emphasis on antique & heritage inspired jewellery, spanning the 15th –19th centuries, the Mughal – Edwardian Periods, with a hint of contemporary classic for the modern woman. Timeless, luxurious, fashionable & affordable. Explore the unique range of earrings, rings, necklaces, bracelets.


A neighbourhood restaurant and cafe with a classic Viennese menu. Warmly evocative of Vienna in the early years of the twentieth century, Fishcers is an all day dining destination. A place to relax on your own at any time of day over a paper, cake and

coffee; to relax with friends over lunch or dinner; to meet over breakfast or for an early evening aperitif. The menu includes an extensive choice of Austrian specialities. They serve a delicious brunch menu between 11:30 and 5:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays with a selection of British classics.


With a rich British heritage and over thirty-five years of expertise, Rococo Chocolates bring tastes and experiences to our customers for the first time, and believe in setting trends, not following them. They use only the finest ingredients and the

“With a rich British heritage and over thirty-five years of expertise, Rococo Chocolates bring tastes and experiences to our customers for the first time”

care and attention to detail that we put into every single one of our chocolates is evident from their exquisite taste


This contemporary French menswear label was founded in Paris in 1973 and offers studied French clothing where formal tailoring and casual pieces elegantly co-exist.


Luca Faloni fuses exceptional Italian craftsmanship and style, with quality fabrics to create durable menswear. The brand travels across all regions of Italy to select the most experienced artisans, who have refined their craft over generations, and to source materials from the most prestigious Italian producers. Pass by Luca Faloni’s store on Marylebone High Street to discover their elegant designs, which are perfect for both casual and formal occasions.


108’s globally inspired menu takes diners on a journey to discover the freshest and most delicious

options the season has to offer. Enjoy Three courses and a bottle of house wine.


David Mellor Design operates on the simple principle that well-designed equipment can improve your life. The company was set up by David Mellor, Royal Designer for Industry. Mellor was a key figure in British design with a international reputation as designer, manufacturer and shopkeeper. Born in Sheffield and originally trained as a silversmith, he always specialised in metalwork and is particularly famous for his cutlery which won numerous design awards and which is in many international collections.


The Italians are a small community of people passionate about fine Italian produce and top quality wines. You will be visiting their first ever wine bar in Marylebone Village. They work closely with their suppliers to make sure they always offer customers the best produce Italy has to offer. They organise regular tastings and staff training sessions with their producers and take time to visit them in Italy to really learn about them, their ethos and their produce.

“Luca Faloni fuses exceptional Italian craftsmanship and style, with quality fabrics to create durable menswear.”
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10-12 March, Chelsea Old Town Hall

Purchase Direct From Some of the UK’s Finest Designer Makers at the Desire Jewellery and Silversmithing Fair

The 2023 London Desire Jewellery & Silversmithing Fair will be held at Chelsea Old Town Hall from 10-12 March. This stunning mixed media jewellery and silversmithing event where visitors can purchase direct from contemporary designer makers selected from the best in the UK is an event not to be missed.

Desire offers visitors a choice of individual jewellers and contemporary silversmiths who have been selected for their superb and innovative craftsmanship and have a genuine passion for the work they create. Visitors can see and purchase from an exciting range from both emerging British talent as well as more established designer makers. Anyone celebrating a special occasion – maybe a birthday or anniversary - may also like to speak to many of the makers about commissioning bespoke pieces of jewellery or silverware. Several visitors in the past have commissioned engagement or wedding rings at the event and, by working with the designer maker, have been able to have input into the design and come up with something that means so much more and is completely individual. Many of the makers will also be happy to speak about remodelling inherited jewellery to give it a more contemporary feel.

Whether you are looking to treat yourself, purchase a unique gift for someone special or commission something for a special occasion, make a date to visit Desire in Chelsea.


Opening times for the event are 10 am – 5 daily. Admission is £7 (if booked online in advance) or £10 on the day.

Use promo code CIFADV23

For further information contact the organisers on 01622 747 325 or visit the web site at Venue: Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5EE.



Forest is a deep, rich and natural green that has everlasting appeal. Super smart, it’s replacing Bottle Green as part of our Classic colours revamp. Hot on the heels of Blackberry replacing Heather, the refreshed Classic range is more beautifully practical than ever!

The Classic Range of Drying Coats is comprised of four colours: Forest, Blackberry, Brick Red and Sandringham Blue. In seventeen sizes, the coats fit dogs between 1 and 120kg. From the tinest tea-cup Chihuahua to the biggest Mountain Dog, Ruff and Tumble Drying Coats dry and warm wet, cold and muddy dogs. Six sizes are especially designed with shorter legged dogs in mind, ensuring all breeds are catered for and the fit is good.

Ruff and Tumble’s award winning design ensures dogs dry particularly fast. Two layers of natural cotton towelling wick wet from fur

fast. Comfy for dogs to wear, with easy to use Velcro and a generous but hugging cut, dogs can walk, eat and sleep in Drying Coats.

At Ruff and Tumble we are proud to be the market leaders in Dog Drying Coats. Our high-quality, super-absorbent, double thickness soft cotton towelling doggy dressing gowns, with their unique, practical yet stylish design, is what sets us apart from other brands. Everything we make at Ruff and Tumble is designed with dogs and their owners in mind.

Our Dog Drying Coats, Drying Mitts, Bed Covers, Sofa Throws and Leads are the ultimate solution for managing wet dogs. Designed with care, and made from top quality cotton towelling, the Ruff and Tumble range is simply essential for dog owners everywhere. ruffandtumbledog

“The Classic Range of Drying Coats is comprised of four colours: Forest, Blackberry, Brick Red and Sandringham


PAWS & RU offer a touch of luxury to your dog’s wardrobe. From premium dog toys and beautiful bandanas to fashionably unique harnesses, collars and leads, you can expect nothing but the highest quality.

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Finally, a solution for all eco-conscious dog owners!

A sustainable solution to the growing environmental issue of dog waste bag

After relocating from Chelsea to Edinburgh during the pandemic, George Greer and his partner visited Loch Long to walk their Swiss Shepherd Noah, they expected to find beauty and tranquillity in nature. Instead, they found the stark reality of an environmental crisis. “There was this awful scene of plastic bags and debris all along the northern shoreline,” says George. “It shocked us. It underlined just how much plastic is in our water. In fact, ten percent of general waste plastic worldwide ends up in our rivers and oceans.”

They decided to do something about it and their company, Project Harmless, was born. Now, just 18 months later, their solution – a dog waste bag which can disintegrate in water – is available to all UK dog lovers who care about the environment.

Dog waste bags might not be the most glamorous topic. But it’s a huge problem for all of us. “The majority will be around for 500 years. As they decay, they release poisonous microplastics and toxins which are bad for wildlife. Fish eat them and they go into the human food chain.”

Perhaps, he reasoned, conventional biodegradable and compostable dog waste bags would be the answer until he walked further along the Loch noticing many conventional compostable and biodegradable bags laying around. “A 2019


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study from Plymouth University examined how different kinds of biodegradable bags responded when immersed in soil and water. It found that many brands were still fully functional after three years. A study in 2022 by UCL also found that most conventional home compostable bags don’t work and are effectively greenwashing.” George added.

So, Project Harmless came up with a new approach.

George’s partner had previously researched materials used to manufacture medical pills which dissolve as they are digested. Why not, they reasoned, use the same material for dog waste bags? After intensive development, manufacturing, and testing, they came up with a product that worked.

Their award-winning Harmless Poop Bag is made of water-reactive, non-toxic, and microplastic free material, allowing the bag to rapidly disintegrate in landfill, or in our seas and oceans, yet remain durable enough for their purpose.

Project Harmless has not only introduced a new category of dog waste bag but a truly sustainable solution for all environmentally-conscious dog owners.


Chiswick Nursing Centre

Offers high quality rehabilitation, convalescence & respite care

Restore 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. New for 2022 is Massage Therapy including Acupressure, Advanced Deep Tissue Massage, Seated Hot Bamboo Massage, and Manual Lymphatic Drainage all helping to escape the day-to-day stresses of life whilst you enjoy an


Please email enquiries@ or call 07568 106258.

hour long session with our trained and qualified therapist. Massage Therapy is available to residents and to outpatients, so book an appointment today.

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.



Ahome is more than just bricks and mortar. At The Vale, their collection of 30 luxury apartments available to rent, have been designed, so you can enjoy your retirement in a welcoming and vibrant community, without the worry of maintaining a property. Their 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 and walk-in showers. Senior living can bring a change in pace and priority. They believe that The Vale enables you to live life to the fullest, safe in the knowledge that personalised care is available if required.

Their aim has always been to combine convenience, security contemporary retirement living in south London and affordability with access to a comprehensive range of hospitality. Knowing that support is available means you can embrace life with peace of mind.

With the Fleming one-bedroom elegant apartment, you can have the best of both worlds with a restful, stylish, open plan living room complete with hi spec, fully fitted kitchen. Add to this a chic double master bedroom with its fitted wardrobe and contemporary bathroom, all for a monthly cost that needn’t break the bank.

At The Vale you can have as much company and social life as you wish. The Bar & Bistro is perfect for catching up with friends. For a cosy place to read the papers or play cards, the library and lounge offer a comfortable, beautifully decorated environment. And If pampering is what

you’re after, the on-site hair salon offers treatments or if you want to learn a new craft, the hobbies room is the place to go.

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.

Are you unsure about making the move to a retirement village? At the Vale, they offer a trial stay experience so you can gain a feel for what it’s like to be a resident and whether retirement living is right for you. Meet the friendly team and residents which form the heart of their community.

Please contact them for a private appointment or they offer virtual appointments via FaceTime so you can experience The Vale virtually.

* Some services may not be available on your chosen trial dates Tel: 08081 696511

“At The Vale you can have as much company and social life as you wish”

Retirement living for the less retiring –Riverstone Fulham is now open

A stunning residence of beautifully appointed 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for sale in a prime location directly on the Thames Path, Riverstone Fulham offers exceptional living exclusively for over 65s.

An outstanding lifestyle experience, Riverstone is focused on health and wellbeing. With a swimming pool, a bar, a private cinema, treatment rooms and a luxurious hair salon, places to meet for cocktails, a coffee, to play games or to just sit and read, Riverstone offers the kind of luxury amenities found in a top hotel. There is also the opportunity to connect with people of a similar

age, who share common interests, and know and love the area, as residents typically move from just a few miles away.

With peaceful landscaped gardens and uninterrupted river views, Riverstone Fulham offers tranquil riverside living, fine dining at Maria G’s restaurant and bar and plenty of opportunities to socialise in comfort with other residents, friends, and family. Live independently, with the safety and security of a 24-hour concierge and should you need extra support, it’s available on site. Enjoy all the capital has to offer and more, as Riverstone benefits from key partnerships with Saatchi Gallery, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English National Opera and many more, providing rich cultural events and activities for all residents. Rip up the retirement rule book at Riverstone. Book your exclusive private viewing today.


Call Riverstone Fulham 020 3839 8554, or contact our sister flagship residence, Riverstone Kensington, 020 3839 8540 or visit, with prices from £790,000.

“With peaceful landscaped gardens and uninterrupted river views, Riverstone Fulham offers tranquil riverside living, fine dining at Maria G’s restaurant and bar and plenty of opportunities to socialise in comfort with other residents”
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Enjoy the perfect art filled day out this spring as London’s Affordable Art Fair returns to the beautiful Battersea Park from 9 – 12 March.


9 – 12 March, Battersea Park

Evolution London, SW11 4NJ

Tickets from £10 - £27


Thursday 9 March, 11am – 5pm, Late View* 5 – 9pm

Friday 10 March, 11am – 5pm, Art

After Dark Late* 5 – 9pm

Saturday 11 March, 11am – 6pm

Sunday 12 March, 11am – 6pm Weekend Family Hour 11am – 12pm

Private View: Wednesday 8 March, 5 – 9pm*

*Late events are 18+ only

Last entry: 8.30pm on weekdays; 5.30pm on weekends.

For more information and to book tickets visit

Affordable Art Fair is home to over 100 exhibiting galleries all under one roof, bringing together an unparalleled selection of emerging and established contemporary artists from across the UK and around the world. Immerse yourself in 1,000s of pieces in all styles and genres, from original painting and sculpture to printmaking and photography – there’s a host of brand-new art waiting to be discovered.

Find your perfect piece from a hand-picked selection of galleries showcasing thousands of original contemporary artworks, to suit every

budget, priced between £50 and £7,500. With the Fair’s preview coinciding with International Women’s Day (8 March), look out for an exciting exhibition of work by female identifying artists from the Affordable Art Fair community exploring unique and powerful stories. Other highlights include a large-scale mural which will be created live across the week of the Fair by Margate based artist David Shillinglaw, and curated edits of the best art under £500.

Soak in all the fun of the fair after hours at the Art After Dark Late (Friday 10 March) or bring the whole family for an inspiring day out on the weekend. There are delightful bars and eateries to help keep you refreshed and refueled, including delicious gin from the Silent Pool Distillery – the fair’s official Spirit Partner.

Whether you’re an art afficionado, looking to buy your first piece, or freshen up your home this spring, Affordable Art Fair is the perfect destination to fall in love with art.

Above: Richard Perry, Whirlybird, limestone sculpture, £5,500, Smithson Gallery Works by Kate Dolan, Will’s Art Warehouse. Photo by Guy Bell Fei Alexei, 2 Big Shows for the price of 1, digital collage, £910, from Liberty Gallery Ewan Taylor, Women Of The World Take Over, GOLD £525 Screen Print. North London Printmakers


Graham Hunter’s bijoux gallery can be found on Baker Street in London’s popular Marylebone district. It prides itself on championing studio-based artists with established and proven practices.

Exhibiting at The Affordable Art Fair Battersea offers the opportunity to widen the gallery’s reach and talk to the ongoing power of traditional mediums such as paint and ceramics.

This spring Graham is bringing an assembled cast that not only demonstrates the abundance of female talent working in the arts but also the range, depth and quality of their disciplines. Jill Sutcliffe creates sculptures that command any space. Her pieces are both architectural and organic, with contrasting qualities of strength and fragility. They are equally at home in an interior or exterior position. Jill is passionate about her glazes, which lend her artworks a weathered look that speaks to a sense of longevity.

Landscape art is represented by three distinct


Graham Hunter Gallery can be found at Affordable Art Fair Battersea on stand B12 between 9 – 12 March 2023

Tel: 020 7935 7794


81 Baker Street, London, W1U 6RQ

artists. Sarah Ollerenshaw with her stunning bluebell themes, bright and dynamic. London river scenes in sensitive colours but richly textured are presented by Alison Groom. Then there is the mid-century vibe delivered via Sara Vertigan with her bold and attractive tree-lined scenes.

Jane Wachman brings abstract paintings with punk colours that swirl and swoop across the painted surface. Inspired by sun filled destinations, Jane’s paintings are joyous to behold. The gallery also likes to challenge its audience, Jane Clatworthy is a figurative artist who is passionate in her belief that the male figure is under employed in today’s art world. “Exploring concepts of masculinity and vulnerability she encourages questions and dialogue on the validity of the continuing stranglehold of the patriarchy on today’s culture.” Graham and his team strive constantly to bring art of integrity and quality to today’s art market.

Captions - Clockwise From Top Left: Jane Clatworthy –Galaxies Explode With Your Touch, alcohol ink on Yupo paper, 114cmx80cm Alison Groom, A Winter Evening At Richmond Hill, 69x93cm Framed - £1,400 Jill Sutcliffe, Clusters Jane Wachman, Walking In Sunshine, Graham Hunter Gallery.

Wild landscapes and peaceful forests inspire contemporary artist Amanda Horvath to create outstanding paintings. Living in the Peak District her work is a response to nature and quiet woodlands capturing the spirit of the forest. Focusing on mood and light the paintings are expressive, colourful and vibrant. Full of beauty and life the paintings lie between abstraction and realism. Amanda’s work has found homes with collectors worldwide. Appearing with the Wey Gallery at Affordable Art Fair Battersea 9th-12th March. Also represented by leading galleries including Wychwood Art, Cloud Gallery, Bell Fine Art, D’art Gallery, Beaulieu Fine Art.

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Eliza de Geus (Poland, 1989) is a self-taught abstract expressionism artist based in Amsterdam, Netherlands Eliza’s works are informed by a personal quest in which she seeks to understand the deeper dynamics of our existence in this world. Her elaborate range of interests - such as metaphysics, philosophy, spirituality and foreign cultures - lead her to find answers, that form the inspiration for her art.

“Nothing Ever Happens Twice” - Acrylic, acrylic ink, acrylic gel on canvas. 120 x 190 cm.


Aportrait said to be the only signed and dated image of William Shakespeare created during his lifetime has gone on display in London.

Its owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, is offering the piece for sale by private treaty – without an auction – for a figure of more than £10 million.

It is the work of Robert Peake, Sergeant-Painter to King James I, and is signed and dated 1608.

Prior to 1975, the picture hung in the library of a stately home in the north of England, once home to the Danby family. Since then it has been in private ownership.

Those behind its sale claim that the connections between Shakespeare and Peake are “extensive”.

They say Peake was regularly commissioned to paint the portraits of high-ranking members of the Court and Jacobean society.

They also noted he was commissioned by the Office of the Revels, which oversaw the presentation of plays, and worked in the premises in Clerkenwell, London, where some of Shakespeare’s plays were rehearsed.

However, only two paintings of Shakespeare, both posthumous, are generally recognised as valid – the engraving that appears on the title page of the First Folio, published in 1623, and the sculpture at his funeral monument in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Shakespeare died in 1616, at the age of 52.

Art expert Duncan Phillips, who investigated the work ahead of the sale, said: “There is more evidence for this portrait of Shakespeare than any other known painting of the playwright.

“It is a monogrammed and dated work by a portrait painter of serious status with connections to the artist who produced the image for the First Folio.

“The picture has survived the past 400 years almost untouched by wear and tear thanks to its ownership by a family of Shakespeare enthusiasts who hung it in their library.”

However, Shakespeare expert Michael Dobson told the Daily Mail claims the painting is of the Bard are “wishful thinking”.

The painting went is on display at Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

“Prior to 1975, the picture hung in the library of a stately home in the north of England, once home to the Danby family. Since then it has been in private ownership”


are all on show. Each image is presented using the highest quality fine art printing methods, every image is then meticulously checked, signed and numbered by the photographer. With a very low number of images available (around 20 World Wide), these works also tend to increase in value over time.

Trading in Fine Art for over 30 years our journey into album art began in 2002. With well over 100 signed prints our online gallery is a place not to be missed if music is your passion. Our licenced album cover art includes the like of Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Beatles and more. Every print is created using the finest printing methods including screen and giclee printing onto heavy stock fine art paper.

Once printed each print is checked by the artist and then signed. Many of the prints are then presented to the relevant artiste/s to sign and musicians so far who have endorsed by hand signing the prints include David Bowie, Jimmy Page, Brian May, Mark Knopfler, Nick Mason and many more. As the print editions sell out, due to their exclusive and finite nature, the value and price of remaining prints increases so investment potential is a very real facet of collecting these important editions.

We also offer signed Soundwave prints produced by artist Tim Wakefield. These vibrant works are art are a real talking pint and a great addition to any interior. Produced from the soundwave of a particular band’s song and then signed by the relevant band or artiste. These prints were produced in conjunction with the bands and the Nordoff Robbins charity.

If photography is your preferred choice we have a large and growing selection of signed fine art photographic portraits by one of the most celebrated portrait photographers of our time, Deborah Feingold. Largely unseen images of Madonna, Keith Richards (Rolling Stones), Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits), James Brown, Paul Weller and Nick Mason (Pink Floyd) to name but a few

Investment Art. Our collection of fine art including Warhol, Picasso, Henry Moore & others is constantly growing. With art prices in this area increasing as investors look for alternative vehicles, the gallery collection is well worth viewing. If you are looking to expand your investment portfolio or wish to start a collection, our on-hand experts will be happy to guide you through the process.

“If photography is your preferred choice we have a large and growing selection of signed fine art photographic portraits by one of the most celebrated portrait photographers of our time, Deborah Feingold”
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Until end of February 2023

Eleven powerful artworks are blasted on thousands of billboards and outdoor digital screens across London and the Home Counties, responding to the theme ‘The State We’re In’. By taking over advertising space across high streets, bus stops, cinemas and billboards, the artworks are making art accessible over the four-week run, thrusting the thought-provoking pieces into the heart of public conversations and debates.

Launched in 2022, The Gallery is the brainchild of leading UK arts producers Artichoke and public artist Martin Firrell, conceived in partnership with the Out-of-Home advertising industry.

The 11 artworks that make up ‘The State We’re In’ cover mediums including photography, illustration, oil painting, collage, and digital prints. Together the collection represents a variety of responses to the theme, from the personal to the political and from the domestic to the global.

Part of the outdoor exhibition is award-winning British artist Sarah Maple reflects on the UK’s cost-of-living crisis and the multiple contemporary meanings of cake with a pithy 21st-century

reinterpretation of Marie-Antoinette’s often misinterpreted phrase ‘Let them eat cake’.

Hugh Malyon’s work confronts the direct impact of ableism attitudes, and the one-size fits all approach taken by society. Exploring vulnerability on his own terms, the digitally created work shows Hugh’s own body multiplied and crammed into a sardine can, a symptom and a cause of the state we’re in.

London based Bobby Baker’s piece takes the form of a revolutionary poster that celebrates the value of domestic labour and care. In quiet contrast, photographer Dola Posh explores her own experience of motherhood during lockdown, a blissful self-portrait brushing her daughter’s hair in a tender moment when the house is still.

Speaking about the project, Artichoke’s CEO and Creative Director, Helen Marriage, said: “Public art can be innocuous, or it can provoke debate and challenge people to think about what it means. For me, all these works do this in different ways, and I’m excited to see what the reaction will be.”

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“Dola Posh explores her own experience of motherhood during lockdown, a blissful self-portrait brushing her daughter’s hair in a tender moment when the house is still.”


With over 100 graffiti & street artists, the highly anticipated list includes some of the most celebrated names of our time

From defiant train writers to powerful large-scale muralists, Saatchi Gallery is thrilled to announce over 100 international artists to be featured in BEYOND THE STREETS LONDON, opening this month. The exhibition, supported by adidas Originals, will be the most comprehensive graffiti & street art exhibition to open in the UK, and is set to take over all three floors of London’s iconic Saatchi Gallery.

Following successful exhibitions in Los Angeles & New York, BEYOND THE STREETS

LONDON will feature new works, large-scale installations, original ephemera and extraordinary fashion that capture the powerful impact of graffiti & street art across the world.

No area of Saatchi Gallery will be left untouched; visitors will be immersed by works and


Tickets from £15. Members Go Free. Family tickets available. Tickets: Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Rd, Chelsea, SW3 4RY

ephemera on view across hallways, tunnels and staircases and will enter rooms exploring the birth of graffiti like never seen before.

Curated by graffiti historian Roger Gastman, BEYOND THE STREETS LONDON will examine the fundamental human need for public self-expression, highlighting artists with roots in graffiti and street art whose work has evolved into highly disciplined studio practices, alongside important cultural figures inspired by this art scene. “With every exhibition we’ve put together I always learn something new, and London is no exception. The number of stories and historical moments--some of which may have been forgotten and arguably unknown until now - are what will make our Saatchi Gallery show such a spectacle. We really hope to educate and inspire through a curious lens that digs into the nooks and crannies of all these subcultures and the massive role London played in bringing them to light on a world stage”.

Each of the exhibition’s chapters will explore exceptional moments in the history of this artistic movement; including the emergence of punk; the birth of hip-hop - marking its 50th anniversary in 2023; and street culture’s strong influence in fashion and film.


Frameless is a place where art breaks free from the frame. It’s art that envelopes, surrounds and connects you with the artist’s imagination in ways it never has before.

Located just a few short steps from Marble Arch, Frameless is a culturally rich, immersive, multi-dimensional, entertainment experience, the biggest of its kind in the UK. Among the many world-class attractions in London, Frameless is becoming a major new landmark and cultural destination for visitors in the capital.

Covering 30,000 square feet, Frameless is a multi-sensory and highly Instagram-able experience presented using the very latest interactive projection technology that breaks the boundaries of art in a unique way.

In total, Frameless showcases 40 different interactive digital interpretations of masterpieces by 28 iconic artists including Canaletto, Cézanne, Dalí, Kandinsky, Klimt, Monet, Rembrandt and Van Gogh displayed in a series of four skillfully curated galleries, each dedicated to a different theme:

‘BEYOND REALITY’: A combination of wrap around projection coupled with mirrored surfaces takes guests on a mind-bending journey beyond the boundaries of reality. Surreal, otherworldly, and dreamlike, the artworks include The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch and The Tree of Life by Gustav Klimt.

‘COLOUR IN MOTION’: Here, advanced motion tracking technology allows guests to use their own gestures and movements to paint, offering a rare opportunity to influence and


Art with no boundaries. Step inside a world of light, colour and sound.

“In total, Frameless showcases 40 different interactive digital interpretations of masterpieces by 28 iconic artist”

interact with artistic masterpieces. The artworks include The Waterlily Pond: Green Harmony by Claude Monet and Mont Saint-Michel, Setting Sun by Paul Signac.

‘THE WORLD AROUND US’: Using spectacular 6-sided projection, visitors are surrounded in some of the world’s most recognisable art. Here, you’ll see landscapes as you have never seen them before. Be swept away by 360-degree cityscapes and seascapes that completely envelop you in the beauty of our world. The artworks include Avenue at Chantilly by Paul Cézanne and Piazza Di San Marco by Canaletto.

‘THE ART OF ABSTRACTION’: Wind through a maze of colour, shape and form to discover the pioneers of abstract art. Here the artworks include Yellow, Red, Blue by Wassily Kandinsky and Composition in Red, Yellow, Blue and Black by Piet Mondrian, with additional artworks from Hilma af Klint, Kazimir Malevich and Paul Klee.


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Contemporary artist Victoria Curling Eriksson, originally from Bath, now lives in southern Sweden and sells and exhibits her artwork internationally. She creates original minimalistic landscapes using oil paints, often using thin layers upon layers to create depth and texture. Greatly inspired by the energy yet peacefulness of nature, her works incorporate strong and rich colours that are thoughtfully presented on canvas to depict various horizons.


Follow Victoria on Instagram @victoriace_art

Top: “Dance of tangerines” , oil on canvas, 18” x 20” . Above: “Still life with a green purse”, oil on canvas, 24” x 24” Instagram @ladyvictoria2007 Elena Dobrovolskaya Art Portrait of Kate, Princess of Wales” , oil on canvas, 36” x 36” Pictured: SNOW FALLING Oils on canvas 125cm x 105 cm ( framed)

Featured Artwork : March of the Zapotec by Monroe Hodder

Set in the welcoming surroundings of Fortune House, Surrey, Belgravia Gallery is a space dedicated to showcasing and selling art for every interior. Offering a wide range of artists, styles and price points, the evolving collection is crafted to suit a variety of different tastes and budgets.

Amongst the collection you’ll find work from renowned names including Nelson Mandela and HRH The Prince of Wales, Pop Artists such as Andy Warhol and Sir Peter Blake, and works by Charlie Mackesy, Jan Coutts, Maria Filopoulou and John Illsley, alongside a variety of other established and emerging talents. Gallery Directors Anna and Laura truly believe that having great art on your walls can enhance your home and life, and that you don’t have to have a vast budget to make a huge difference.

For more information or to arrange a viewing in Cranleigh or at your home/office, contact us.


Internationally acclaimed artist Christian Develter makes a post pandemic splash in the UK with the opening of his first solo exhibition at Molasses House this month.

Christian Develter, a “global nomad”, born in 1968 in Blankenberge, Belgium, has resided and worked in Asia since the mid-nineties and now calls Cambodia home with a purpose-built studio nestled amongst the serene paddy fields of Siem Reap, home of the iconic Angkor Wat temple.

Christian uses oils as an instrument to portray his rich experiences of people and cultures around the world. As a highly versatile artist whose work pushes boundaries, he believes that despite cultural differences and starkly different socio-realities, there are moments that can be appreciated by everyone.

Christian’s sense of beauty and the individual strength and spirit of his characters is developed through careful consideration of line, lighting, and geometry as well as his insightful awareness

of the power of colour to reveal beyond the surface of each character. At the heart of these works is a search not just for physical beauty but also for something of the spirit that embraces and motivates each one in our era of hyper celebrity. The uniqueness of Christian’s work lies in his radical choice for strong colours and mixture of oils and acrylics usually preferring to combine them with bold shapes. His works are deeply powerful and compelling in the way they capture light and space in translating Christian’s desire to create large iconic works.


The inspiration for this body of work comes from the intricately tattooed faces of the Chin women located in the North-Western region of Myanmar. In 2012, Develter travelled the region extensively and visited the remote tribes of the Chin region, in which this series is entitled. Each painting from this series is named

“The inspiration for this body of work comes from the intricately tattooed faces of the Chin women located in the North-Western region of Myanmar”

after a village or area within the Chin region. The concept behind the works being the modern Asian face of today, overlayed with the ribal tattoos - grounding us back to our cultural roots and heritage. This striking collection of work is an invitation to explore the artist’s contemporary narrative of evolving cultures through his district creative style.

The Chin tribe and their tattoos are relatively unknown to the outside world. These tribes in north-western Myanmar (Chin and Rakhine State) to this day use tattoo facial markings that is a centuries old tradition to distinguish one hill tribe from another along with their marital status and social ranking. Together with the Derung tribe in Southwest China’s Yunnan province, they are the only other tribe known to adhere to this traditional ancient practice. Both tribes are believed to be from the same Indo-Tibetan lineage.


Collaborating with cigar brand Siglo and Italian whiskey Samaroli, Christian draws upon his studies at Ghent Art School and Antwerp Fashion Academy, to create a joyful series of compositions, presenting a radiant kaleidoscope of shapes and forms. His choice of playful humour and bright colours recalls the artist’s view of popular fashions and trends. These are self evident in his most recent work, launched this month, building on the acclaimed Cigar Series which continues to evolve with global icons from film, fashion, literature and politics.

Develter’s world acclaimed works are housed in some of the most spectacular properties and art collections around the world including that of Royalty. The vibrant UK exhibition brings together a comprehensive collection and an immersive experience to view a curated vision of Christian’s internationally acclaimed signature works from his Original Oil Paintings and Limited Edition Lithograph Collections. Bold, vivid and iconic understate Develter’s work. A visual feast for the eyes and walls.

EXHIBITION: Molasses House February 10th thru 11th March 2023


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“Celebrating Life Through Arts & Design”

It is specifically motivated by her concern for the humanity’s well-being due to the arising social issues in our world today. Her art practice leads her to tread upon this subject with deep analysis, to create works that touch on themes such as human connection, identity, spirituality and dreams or purposes in life. Her goal with these projects, is to visually depict the importance of humanity’s well-being, create awareness of holistic health and impact change in our society.

Deborah Chan is a multi-disciplinary artist and a full-stack designer from Singapore. She founded Deborah Chan Studio in 2016, merging a decade-worth of experience in graphic design work and her passion for art into celebrating life through arts & design.

As a designer and an artist, she has the best of both worlds, bringing valuable business strategies and executing the whole design process aesthetically for her clients’ brands and products to achieve the end goal in both usability and functionality.

Her artworks vary from painting, drawing, and experimenting with different materials. The primary inspiration behind her work derives from her curiosity with cultures and human behaviours. She is often intrigued by the culture of society around us and how it shapes human mindsets while affecting human emotions and behaviours.

As an artist, Deborah hopes to lead her audience to remembrance that there is a realm of beauty and glory which exists while living life on earth. She also believes that Life itself is the highest form of arts because life is always evolving. Many of her works have brought encouragement and healing to the individual soul. Since the age of five, she has not stopped dreaming about being an artist. Pursuing her dreams constantly with experimenting her works in different mediums: painting, drawing and designing. Her works are featured in a number of magazines (Her World, Female Singapore, Expat Living Singapore, House & Garden UK and Abode2 to name a few). Since 2014, she has exhibited her artworks in Europe and Singapore. Through the years, Deborah had conducted art workshops for various age groups internationally.




Facebook, Instagram: @deborahchanstudio



Jane Swan is an English watercolourist on a LARGE scale.

She paints on a working stretcher on the floor. Jane is excited by the smell of wet unprimed 15oz cotton duck and its drumlike tautness when stretched and the dispersal of heavy bodied acrylic paint in water.

Recently she has been using local powdered slate and grit as pigments mixed with acrylic medium.

The size of the paintings has nothing to do with convenience and everything to do with her physical involvement in the painting process. Jane wants the viewer to share this involvement.


Frozen 137cm x165cm powdered and grit slate Red Shimmer 173cm X 227cm

“Alerting the senses through creating, is an opportunity to ground in the present moment. Observing with the senses provides a place to simply be, to breathe, to feel, to find rest in the now. It is a means to communicate, with the is-ness of being, with being in presence. The art process is a dialogue, a dance of energy and matter, guided by intuitive, intentional and informed gesture. The artworks created become their own entities, embodying the knowledge of their own material, the experience which shaped them, was learned during and through the artworks process, to continue to exchange, gather and transform information in the encounter with me, you, and the environment. The act of creating is the art and, the art process, the artwork, is the vehicle to the awareness emanating from the communion with art.”

Carolin Rechberg, is an interdisciplinary artist, born in 1988 in Starnberg, Germany. She places value in the multisensory experience and understanding brought forth in the process of creating. Carolin offers unique artworks for sale and designs individualized commissions of art, for commercial, private or public space.

After completing her primary education with focus in Art and Design at the Munich International School (IB), she received her formal training in Fine Art from the California College of the Arts (BFA), from the San Francisco Art Institute (MFA), and in Art and Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University (EdM). As a Teaching Assistant Carolin instructed Drawing and Painting, at the San Francisco Art Institute, and Etching, Lithography, Relief printing and Silkscreen, at TC, Columbia University. At Teachers College (TC) she also managed the printmaking studios and facilitated all printmaking courses.

Carolin Rechberg has exhibited in Solo and Group Exhibitions, in America, Asia and Europe. She has received awards, multiple residencies and has been published in international art publications. Recently she returned to Europe to establish an art studio close to Murnau am Staffelsee in Bavaria.

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Artworks from top to bottom clockwise; Origin, Finding Stillness in the Inner Chaos, Contemplation Stone XX, Witness, Place of Becoming and Composing Monuments for the Stage of Performance.


– Heading out of London to explore the rest of the world –



There 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.



The Perfect Easter Escape Awaits At The Most Remote Maldivian Private Island

Ever wondered what your private villa home would feel like in the remotest of tropical destinations? Waking up to the sound of the Indian Ocean lapping up your private beach or the waves whispering past your overwater villa?

This Easter, why not venture out, relieve the boredom of London and head to a place that is furthest from reality – a place where couples and families can simply stop their daily rat-race, take a barefoot journey into the Indian Ocean – and into a premium Residence villa at JA Manafaru.

Experience an idyllic island escape in the secluded sanctuary of JA Manafaru. In the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean lies a tropical resort, blending the serenity of the Maldives with seven venues as well as additional in-villa and destination dining offerings, extensive leisure activities, and exotic spa and wellness facilities.

From the first hello, guests of JA Manafaru Residences receive a warm welcome and will be greeted by irresistible comfort and pampered with distinctive service during their entire stay.

Residences immerse guests in the island’s most exclusive accommodation with a sophisticated atmosphere in which they can call home.

The largest of these prestigious properties is the 2,022sqm three bedroom “Island Residence” with family pool and private pool. This luxurious and multi award winning two-storey residence offers three bedrooms, two spectacular pools and a private spa pavilion with both steam room & sauna, allowing you to relax in complete privacy.

Perfect for a large family or group of friends, or just for couples who enjoy the luxury of space, the Island Residence villa offers ample indoor and outdoor areas to ensure the most relaxed island living experience possible. A few steps away from the main house, guests will find the private entrance to access Horizon Fitness Pavilion and the Residence’s very own Secret Garden, offering views out to sea and direct access to the beach.

For those who wish to be even closer to the oceanic vista, the 377sqm two bedroom “Ocean Residence” with family infinity pool is the perfect choice. Located at the tip of the longest water villas pier and right at the edge of the island’s reef, marvel at the expansive views of the Indian



Ocean’s turquoise waters and two uninhabited islands. The spacious living room opens to reveal an inviting pool and an outdoor sundeck with direct access to the ocean. Both bedrooms allow for either sunrise or sunset views for the best of both worlds.

Finally, back on the island for the 1,400sqm two-bedroom “Beach Residence” with family pool and private pool. This magnificent villa covers two storeys, a unique property feature only the most exclusive of Maldivian private islands can offer.

Image an Easter lunch or even a private Chef’s BBQ with family and loved ones, gathered poolside in your landscaped Beach Residence, this is the place for you. Settle into lavish island living in this villa with its very own couples’ spa pavilion with private steam room and sauna. Through the private courtyard, the airy living area opens to reveal a spectacular oversized family garden pool bordered by an enlarged sundeck completed with daybeds, outdoor lounge, dining space and direct access to the beach.


JA Manafaru has a ‘Premium Direct’ scheduled flight serviced by Manta Air, one of the fastest domestic flights available for passenger transfer, and the very first aircraft of its kind in the Maldives.

Your journey starts with a 50-minute flight. Fitted with single person window seats, admire scenic views of glowing coral islands surrounded by shades of azure blue. Once landed at Hoarafushi Domestic Airport, be whisked away on a 10-minute speedboat ride to the resort. Privacy is everything. Situated in the middle of a pristine private island and nestled amongst the lush greenery of the tropics, there’s something wonderfully captivating about the Residences at JA Manafaru as you set out to uncover this relaxing soulful sanctuary.


Positioned at the most Northern tip of the Maldives in the beautiful Haa Alifu Atoll, JA Manafaru offers privacy, space, and distance from other islands, idyllically located where the Arabian Sea meets the vast Indian Ocean. The remote location is beyond the rest of the islands, offering unspoilt natural landscapes to explore.

The award-winning resort describes this as ‘the true Maldivian experience’, allowing guests to discover a pristine natural landscape uninterrupted by an excess of tourists. Fringed with exquisite powder beaches and crystal-clear waters teeming with exotic marine life, the chic enclave features 84 luxurious beachfront and over-water villas and residences, each with their own private pool and, in some cases, two.

The accommodation options range from 135 sqm to 2,022 sqm, providing complete serenity, with even entry-level options enjoy a larger space than most deluxe categories in the Maldives. The lagoon-ringed island location offers a sense safety, being far and away from any hustle and bustle or large tourist or locally inhabited areas.

On the island, there is a wealth of options for the palate with brand-new menus, including traditional Indian Ocean cuisine, international fare, and seafood feasts –available on the all-inclusive meal plan which also entitles guests to premium beverages. One of the most picturesque spots on the island has been transformed into the new White Orchid Lounge. The atmospheric space sits on the ocean treating guests to balmy breezes as they indulge in Asian street food and melodic beats. Guests can also enjoy a wide range of premium beverages and cuisine across multiple venues. These include Kakuni, the all-day venue and island hub, Andiamo Bistro and Pool with its lush green backdrop, and Ocean Grill, offering awe-inspiring beachfront dining under the stars.

With a 5-star rating and TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award 2022, JA Manafaru is one of the Indian Ocean’s most sought-after destinations and a popular choice for couples and families.

JA Manafaru is offering Life Magazine readers an Easter promotional offer of 40% Discount when you book directly online using promotional code JA-SUITE.

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It’s more than travelling, it’s Canada.

Witness some of the most incredible natural wonders in the world and discover why Canada is one of the most loved destinations to travel to. From the stunning cities, such as Toronto, Montréal, Vancouver and Calgary; to the beautiful scenery, outdoor activities and exquisite cuisine of Atlantic Canada, Whistler and Sun Peaks.


Experience the stunning untamed wilderness of British Columbia. Paddle along a glacial lake; dip into natural hot springs at Radium Hot Springs in Kootenay National Park; spot grizzly bears in Khutzeeymateen Provincial Park and humpback whales at Vancouver Island; do it all in the province of contrasts.

When travelling to Western Canada, Vancouver is a must. A haven for cosmopolitan adventurers, the largest city of in British Columbia, offering the

perfect blend of urban and outdoor experiences, being a city immersed by nature. For outdoor enthusiasts, stop in Whistler and Sun Peaks. These all-year round and family friendly mountain playgrounds are home to stunning hiking and biking trails, world-famous ski resorts, and plentiful activities for all interests.


Explore the stunning lakes, mountain towns and alpine scenery of the majestic Canadian Rockies, discover dinosaurs at the world-famous Canadian Badlands, marvel at Lake Louise and the Athabasca Glacier before heading to Calgary, also known as the Stampede City.

Renowned for their western hospitality, chefdriven cuisine, lively music events, and outdoor festivals, Calgary is a vibrant city centred around five UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In addition, this cosmopolitan Alberta city is best known for the annual Calgary Stampede, the largest outdoor rodeo in the world. Professional cowboys and cowgirls compete in a myriad of rodeo events which includes bull riding, steer wrestling and barrel racing.

Furthermore, the mountain town of Banff has got a lot to love: historic charm, stunning natural surroundings, great selection of shops and restaurants and the turquoise Lake Louise, surrounded by a stunning mountainous backdrop.

Whether you want to relax and unwind, or camp out under the stars, visit Jasper, the perfect place to do it.

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Ontario offers beautiful scenery, open roads, wonderful lake settings and impressive natural wonders. Explore Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, and discover Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rideau Canal, as well as the world-famous Canadian War Museum and Parliament Hill. Be sure to visit the thundering iconic Niagara Falls, where you can Voyage to the Falls with Niagara City Cruises.

Toronto is filled with eclectic neighbourhoods and, as a result, there’s no shortage of activities to do and places to see. Take in the view from the CN Tower and stroll through the St. Lawrence Market and the Distillery District. Celebrate the culinary skill and artistry of Toronto chefs at MICHELIN-starred restaurants. Soak up culture by visiting the stunning Gothic Revival-style castle Casa Loma, or visit one of North America’s greatest Museums, the Art Gallery of Ontario.


This stunning Eastern Province of Canada offers a diverse mix of beautiful, vast wilderness and heritage-rich cosmopolitan cities. From the classical architecture of Montréal and Québec City to the Saguenay Fjord, a spectacular glacial valley now occupied by the majestic Saguenay River, this incredible destination has something for everyone. Experience some of the most incredible sights and sounds that Canada has to offer on a lifechanging trip to Québec.


Located on Canada’s East Coast, Atlantic Canada boasts some of the most spectacular and pristine coastlines. A much more natural and rural side of the country, this Canadian coastal beauty consists of four provinces: New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.

The Atlantic Provinces are known for their colourful villages, fresh seafood and rugged coastal landscapes as well as picture-perfect lighthouses, impressive whale watching and huge icebergs, and the world’s highest tides in the Bay of Fundy. Experience the best of the East in scenic Atlantic Canada.


You can look forward to award-winning service, a choice of three cabins* and great fares from coast-to-coast with non-stop flights from London Heathrow to Calgary, Halifax, Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver. Plus, enjoy non-stop seasonal flights from Edinburgh and Manchester to Toronto. So… Where will you be heading first? Contact award-winning First Class Holidays, industry leader in providing tailor-made holidays and start planning your Canadian adventure on 0161 888 5632 or email today.

*Not available London Heathrow to Halifax.

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At home in the world’s most inspiring locations and hand-picked for unique cultural charm, One&Only Resorts are havens of outstanding style and service that place you in the heart of every fascinating environment. From authentic cuisine, to tailored excursions, and spectacular spaces to simply ‘be’; unforgettable moments begin at One&Only.

One&Only resorts are designed to ensure you feel inspired and can unwind in harmony, no matter if you come as a couple, family, or group, and no matter the age or desires. With a range of activities and relaxing hubs, adult and child spaces and curated indoor and outdoor activities, there is something to inspire everyone.


Indulge in luxurious rooms and suites, nine inspiring restaurants, and dramatic, Arabesque architecture at One&Only Royal Mirage in Dubai. More than 65 acres of immaculate gardens, soothing fountains, arches, domes and intricate Arabic details welcome you. Meandering pathways lead down to the one-kilometre sweep of beach. Peaceful and serene, you’ll feel instantly at home.


Uniquely located on a private peninsula on the east coast of the stunning coastline is the iconic resort, One&Only Le Saint Géran. Wake up to endless views of the Indian Ocean on a secluded peninsula, offering views of the blue lagoon to the west and palm-fringed seas to the east.


Nestled between the Gardens of Stone National Park and the Wollemi National Park lies Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, just a three-hour drive inland from Sydney. An ultraluxury nature-based resort that is quintessentially rustic, yet wonderfully refined.


Framed by the towering Table Mountain, One&Only Cape Town is a tranquil enclave surrounded by mesmerising waterways and a traditional harbour, moments from the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.


Go where few have travelled before as you discover One&Only Nyungwe House, nestled within the jungle on a working tea plantation, Gisakura. Overlooking verdant hills and misty mountains, stay within reach of the lush tree canopies of Africa’s oldest rainforest.

Speak to one of our expert travel consultants to book your One&Only holiday.

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THE COLLECTION Luxury Homestays

The Collection is a carefully curated portfolio of extraordinary places to stay, handpicked for their inspiring design, luxury facilities and unrivalled locations.

From grand Georgian farmhouses set in acres of private grounds and contemporary coastal houses with the beach at their feet, to ancient thatched cottages hidden in the forest, every property in The Collection has been personally visited and hand picked. They’ve unearthed luxury homes with wood-fired pizza ovens, cinema rooms and swimming pools for celebrations, get-togethers and unforgettable family holidays, and tranquil lakes, orchards and hot tubs for honeymoons and romantic escapes.

Escape to Cornwall’s magical wide open beaches, scramble through sand dunes for a

morning swim or surf, or wander the well-worn coastal paths watching fishermen land lobster for supper that evening. Slow down on a holiday in Devon exploring hidden sandy coves or losing a day amongst the gorse and heather of Dartmoor, making new friends in old moorland pubs or cracking open fresh Devon crabs on a harbour wall. Forage for fossils, eat like kings and get out on the water along the Dorset Coast, or turn off your phone and get away from it all in one of their luxury homestays hidden amongst the trees of the majestic New Forest.

The team behind The Collection offer invaluable local knowledge. Having visited every property in person, their in-depth knowledge extends to a detailed understanding of the space, accessibility and luxury facilities on offer, enabling them to match you to the perfect property. From secret spots for wild swimming to the nearest pubs and best places to eat, the team’s first-hand recommendations and insider tips promise an experience that’s so much more than just a holiday.

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“From grand Georgian farmhouses set in acres of private grounds and contemporary coastal houses with the beach at their feet, to ancient thatched cottages hidden in the forest”

Tales of the Riverbank

The River Fowey is definitely one of Cornwall’s best kept secrets. Running through an area of outstanding natural beauty to the historic harbour town of Fowey, the river is bustling with activity and wildlife. Take a leisurely cruise up river and listen to the captains tales of everything that surrounds you, or the more adventurous could get even closer to nature with a guided canoe expedition. Then there is Readymoney Cove, with its swimming platform and town beach, perfect for picnics and sandcastles. But you could always just, sit back, relax and watch life unfold in front of you from one of Fowey Cottages fantastic riverside properties.

Fowey Cottages, a family owned business, offer some of the finest holiday cottages in and around Fowey.

With a wide selection of properties, you can choose to relax and unwind in a stunning townhouse with river views across the harbour, or

escape to a peaceful rural retreat, just minutes away from the main town.

Fowey Cottages provides guests with a slice of Cornish heaven that is guaranteed to leave you returning home with a few tales of your own to tell.

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Mysterious & Magical Kenya

Lesser known than Mara but equally brilliant for safari, the volcanically-formed Chyulu Hills sizzles with a special energy, says Sarah Marshall.

Stood atop a stack of ancient balancing rocks, the sight below me is extraordinary. Large herds of oryx shift across open grasslands as clouds lift to reveal the curves of grassy mounds. Glinting in the distance, the snow-capped tip of Kilimanjaro soars upwards in a perfect cone.

Today, the only rumblings I hear are from lions and elephants, but this undulating landscape was once a hothouse of volcanic activity. Part of a range that formed 1.4 million years ago, the Chyulu Hills are relatively young in geological terms, with the last recorded eruptions occurring in 1855. And although blankets of grass have since softened any angry tectonic upheavals, energy from fiery lava flows still runs through hilltops and stimulates life from the fertile soils below my feet.

“There’s something very special about this place,” whispers my safari guide, Jackson, as we watch a hazy dawn sun emerge from the mist. “Some people even say it sits on ley lines.”

Regardless of whether supernatural pathways pass through the Chyulus or not, this national park in southeast Kenya certainly has the power to captivate imaginations, supposedly providing the inspiration for Ernest Hemingway’s book Green Hills Of Africa.

Although it receives far less visitors than flagship wildlife destinations, such as the Maasai Mara and Lewa, it’s an equally important ecosystem. Sandwiched between the red earth soils of Tsavo and the swamps and marshlands

of Amboseli on the border with Tanzania, it’s an important migration corridor for elephants.

I meet some of the region’s male bull residents later that morning, when I visit a hide built next to a man-made watering hole. Some have tusks so long they spa like fencers as they battle greedily for the water source. At a time when most big tuskers have been almost genetically wiped out by decades of ivory poaching, they are a reminder of how magnificent this species once looked.

A particularly striking example is an elephant affectionately known as One Ton.

“He’s one of our regulars,” explains Graham Mckittrick, host manager at Ol Donyo Lodge, one of the few places to stay in the area.

Set at the foothills of the Chyulu Hills National Park, 11 thatched cottages are spread across a

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gentle slope on the 111,000-hectare Mbirikani Group Ranch – community land owned by 4,000 Maasai. Built with ancient lava rock which once flowed from Kilimanjaro, the space radiates a warm and earthly glow.

Between game drives, I sit in my private plunge pool, watching giraffes glide across the horizon, their tall frames dwarfed by the epic scenery. During the day, klipspringers bolt through bushes, bright hornbills flash between treetops, and langur monkeys bathe boldly on terraces – making themselves just as much at home as paying guests.

Even after dark, nature continues her display. One night, I crawl into a star bed on the rooftop of my suite, listening to lions roar somewhere below the burning bright constellations, until I drift off to sleep.

Filmmakers and photographers with an eye for beauty, Dereck and Beverly Joubert were so captivated by the Chyulu Hills, they chose to bring Ol Donyo Lodge under their Great Plains Conservation umbrella 15 years ago. The couple quickly recognised its ecological importance.

“We have one of the only continuous unfenced populations of black rhino in Kenya,” explains Graham, when we head out early one morning on a walking safari. In so many places, populations have been poached to extinction, with animals reintroduced at a later date. But here, lava flows have created a fortress, providing a natural refuge.

Climbing over sharp, rough parapets and a moat of whistling thorns, it’s no surprise to learn the


Rooms at Ol Donyo Lodge start from $1,045USD/£872 per person per night (two sharing) full board, including Big Life conservation fees. Visit Exceptional Travel can arrange packages with flights. Visit

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rhinos are rarely seen. But its still reassuring to know they are tucked safely somewhere inside.

Along with geological fortifications, nonprofit organisation Big Life has played a key role in securing the survival of these animals, employing community scouts and establishing a security monitoring programme at the peak of the poaching crisis.

The son of a well-known Kenyan game warden, conservationist Richard Bonham was one of the first people to negotiate a tourism land lease from communities when he started building Ol Donyo in the 1980s. He later sold the property to Great Plains but continues to live nearby in a bohemian open-air house with his wife Tara.

Co-founded with photographer Nick Brandt and entrepreneur Tom Hill, Big Life has successfully co-ordinated cross-border antipoaching operations between Kenya and Tanzania, protecting more than 1.6 million acres by employing hundreds of local rangers.

But the biggest threat, Richard tells me when we meet at his home, is ongoing conflict between communities and wildlife, made worse by the sub-division of farmlands which block elephant corridors. Like so many conservationists, he faces ongoing challenges and frustrations, with no easy solutions readily available. His ongoing commitment is testimony to how special this place is.

Late in the afternoon, I hike to one of the Chyulu’s many viewpoints. Perhaps it’s the fronds of red oat grass tickling at my skin, but the sensation of standing here is electrifying.

Whether mapped by lava flows, ley lines or ancient migratory paths, Chyulu’s hills have a magnetism that will continually draw you back.



The three small islands that make up the Cayman Islands lie quietly in the western Caribbean Sea. Ringed by white sand and turquoise sea, they offer everything you would expect from a Caribbean holiday destination in terms of balmy weather, friendly people, and tropical scenery. But the people of these islands are also devout in their faith, proud of their British ties, and embrace traditional holidays with great gusto.

Visit over a major holiday and you’ll be treated to much more than sunshine, cocktails and hammocks strung between palm trees. You’ll find a packed calendar of themed events with a special Caymanian twist.

At Easter, in addition to numerous church services, Grand Cayman in particular comes alive with all manner of events. Scavenger hunts, Easter eggs buried in the sand, Easter themed games and crafts and more, organised by various local enterprises, promise lots of seasonal family fun. This can be followed up with an indulgent afternoon tea: popular options include the Alice in Wonderland-inspired Mad Tea Party at the Marriott’s Anchor and Den restaurant and the oh-so-classic Afternoon Tea at the Ritz-Carlton, complete with loose leaf tea selections, refined finger sandwiches, delicate pastries and freshly baked scones.

Extravagant Sunday brunches have become a much-loved tradition in the islands. Mouthwatering buffets serving everything from freshly prepared eggs and breakfast items to sushi, carvery stations, local dishes and vegetarian options, plus a choice of cheeses or sweet treats, are offered at numerous venues, often with the option of adding on bottomless bubbles. At Christmas and Easter local restaurants pull out all the stops to create the ultimate brunch experience that carries on well into the afternoon.

On Easter Monday, families typically head over to the quiet district of Northside for the annual Kite Fest. Kite-making and flying is an age-old activity in the islands, and this is an opportunity to learn to fly colourful, home-made kites, as well as enjoying a day out at the beach with live music, games and water sports.

With lots to do, weather that is just about perfect, and direct flights from London and Miami, Easter is the ideal time for a family holiday in the Cayman Islands. While the island’s exclusive hotels make for a luxurious break for couples or groups of adults, a villa that offers privacy, independence and self-catering facilities is often the more convenient option for families.

Cayman Villas, a locally based villa rental company is uniquely qualified to find the ideal family villa. In business for 53 years and staffed entirely by locals, Cayman Villas have unparalleled knowledge of the islands. Their portfolio of over 70 properties includes both villas and condos, ranging from one to eight bedrooms, ensuring plenty of options for larger groups.

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“On Easter Monday, families typically head over to the quiet district of Northside for the annual Kite Fest”

La Manga Club Resort

The Most Unique Place in Southern Spain

The Resort offers first class sport facilities including 3 Golf Courses, 20 tennis courts, 7 padel courts, FIFA size football pitches, brand new gym as well as a 5* Hyatt Hotel with a fantastic wellness centre.

La Manga Club is located on the Mediterranean coast, only 5 minutes from beautiful sandy beaches and cristal clear waters. The area is also known for its fantastic scuba diving, surfing, kite surfing and other water sports, as well as cycling.

At Resort Sales & Management, located within La Manga Club Resort, we can offer you a vast selection of properties both for sale and for rent and a complete bespoke customer service.

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The secret Mediterranean

Luxury villas with private pools and 5* facilities at Château Capitoul in the Languedoc

Surrounded by vineyards overlooking a lagoon, Château Capitoul has been lovingly restored to create a luxury sanctuary, set in 200 acres of unspoilt countryside in one of the most exquisite locations in the South of France.

Integrated into a secluded, wooded slope with sweeping views over the Pyrenees beyond, a characterful hamlet of 44 luxury self-catering villas, many with private pools and all with magnificent terraced Mediterranean gardens by award-winning landscape designer James Basson, awaits families and friends looking to holiday in style.

The original Château has been transformed into a boutique hotel with eight beautifully curated bedrooms blending classical French style with art deco touches. In the cool cellars of the Chateau, hides a Spa, where guests can enjoy treatments from French beauty brand Cinq Mondes before a soak in the indoor pool.

Downstairs, Méditerranéo, an intimate gastronomic restaurant offer diners the opportunity to sample a hand-picked selection of Languedoc wines alongside a distinctive menu created by talented chef Valère Diochet who takes advantage of the huge range of local ingredients available. For something more low key, head to Asado, a lively, laid-back bar and brasero restaurant serving local fish and regional meats charred over wood fired grills accompanied with generous plates from the kitchen garden.

Guests will find an astonishing amount to do in and around Château Capitoul. After warming

up on the tennis and boules courts, cool down in the vast infinity pool before enjoying a cocktail under the shade of an olive tree. Oenophiles will appreciate the hotel’s stellar cellar & weekly guided walks and tastings managed by renowned wine partner Vignobles Bonfils.

You’d be forgiven for not wanting to leave the idyllic surroundings but the hotel is the perfect base to access the authentic Languedoc landscape in its many alluring guises. Hike up to the soaring cliffs of La Clape, a 37,000-acre natural playground for bikers and climbers, cycle to the many secret beaches & characterful coastal towns or allow the concierge to reserve you a best table at one of the Michelin starred restaurants in nearby Narbonne. Simply put, Chateau Capitoul has something for everyone.

Easily access from the U.K, Château Capitoul is situated within 1hr 30 of six airports, whilst highspeed rail links provide a convenient, eco-friendlier option.

To receive a personalised quote, please visit or call 0345 686 6506

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Everyone who has visited Perranporth Beach in Cornwall raves about it.

Perranporth won the Seaside Award, 2022, and ‘Seven Dunes’ provides the perfect family accommodation, right on the beach. It’s so close, you can step straight from Seven Dunes onto the beach to enjoy magical sunrises and sunsets.

It’s the perfect holiday solution for those craving a true slice of beach life in accommodation where everything has been considered at a very sensible price.

Seven Dunes offers wonderful modern onelevel family-friendly accommodation for 4. With its own designated parking space from just £673 per week, you can park up, grab a towel, walk over the nearest dune, and simply relax! If you need to get sandwiches or grab a shower it takes minutes - it is so handy with small children to have all the amenities close by.

Perranporth Beach is known as a great place for surfing, sunbathing, skydiving, and splashing around! There are miles of golden sand and

Perranporth Village is just a short three minutes away - which is perfect if you’ve got little ones in tow. Alternatively, you can take a longer coastal stroll to Ligger Point, two miles away. You are spoilt for choice for fantastic coastal walks and beach horse rides with the St Agnes heritage coastline nearby for hiking.

There are a selection of cafes and bars near Seven Dunes, so if you don’t want to cook in the modern kitchen, there are plenty of places to choose from to get a fresh and delicious meal, not least the legendarily fresh crab, fish & chips, Cornish cream teas and of course clotted cream ice-creams. Alternatively, you can station yourself in the only bar on the beach to chill and watch the world go by.

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• Sleeps 4 adults, one double one twin

• Step free with allocated parking

• Suitable for young children with buggies or elderly parents

• Open all year, with special offpeak rates starting from £673 pw

• Something for everyonesurfing, coastal walks, skydiving

• 1 mile east of the heritage St

Agnes coastline

• 30 mins from Newquay Airport

• 20 mins from Truro Railway Station


Gara Rock

Step into our world at Gara Rock. Where land meets sea as you overlook the waves perched on a clifftop. Surrounded by countryside and sea views, you’ll leave everyday life behind for a few days of secluded South Devon luxury. Bring the family. Come with your closest friends. Don’t forget the dog – we welcome them too!

We’ll make you feel at home when you stay with us. All our accommodation has sea views. Catch a sunset, listen to the waves. Take in the stretch of ocean from your balcony. Put your feet up in a Gara Rock Room. Snuggle down in a Suite. Get cosy in an Apartment. Or go all out with our unique ‘Out of the Ordinary’ Suites. Enjoy your own slice of our clifftop, away from everyone in our Secret Suite. Take in the stunning seascape from the master bedroom of the Penthouse. Step into your own bubbling hot tub in our Signal House. Which will you choose?

Taste the very best Devon has to offer in our restaurant. We create seasonal dishes featuring ingredients from our local producers and kitchen garden. Hearty breakfasts. Leisurely lunches. Sunset suppers. Food is something we delight in at Gara. Sink into an armchair for a nightcap or cocktail in the Lounge Bar or end the night with a specially curated dessert taster menu at The Pudding Bar.

Relaxing is also on the menu. Enjoy lazy laps in the pool or chill in the jacuzzi bubbles as you take in the view. Unwind or re-energise in our Wild Rock Spa. Treat yourself to a manicure, pedicure (or both), a facial or restorative massage and steam away your stresses in the sauna and steam room. We’ve our own 12-seater cinema room too so you can sit back in the comfy chairs with your favourite snacks and enjoy a more intimate screening of some firm favourites. The cinema is open seven days a week and private screenings are available to book.

And if it’s exploring you love, you’ll be in the perfect location for adventures. Connect with coastal paths and stroll along Gara Rock Beach. Or head to nearby Salcombe by boat or car and wander through streets of shops and cafes overlooking the harbour.

Easy-going and down to earth, Gara Rock is the place to bring together your loved ones this season.



of nature. Thrill seekers can find a great variety of exciting activities on land, in the water, or even in the air. Explore the surroundings of the resort and cycle through the lovely coastal village on a mountain biking tour to take in the magnificent views; rent a car and discover the natural landscape of Mauritius at your own pace; hop onboard our luxury catamaran for a premium cruise to explore spectacular destinations off the Mauritius coast, or soar like a bird above the island on a mind-blowing skydiving trip.

Nestled in a secluded cove in Turtle Bay on the picturesque north-west coast of the island of Mauritius, Le Jadis Beach Resort & Wellness is a tropical oasis where luxury blends seamlessly with stylish rustic elegance and wellbeing.

Featuring 54 stylish suites and an Imperial Villa, with private infinity pools and hammams, jet pools, an award-winning Spa & Wellness, delectable gourmet offers, world-class conference facilities, exhilarating experiences on tranquil lagoon from water-skiing to kayaking, including beach yoga and wellness retreats, you will find here the answer to your ultimate quest for a serene tropical lifestyle and a complete wellness immersion.

Embark on a transformational journey to rediscover your inner self. Learn to live again and savour the beauty of life. Immerse yourself in the blissful sanctuary of our award-winning Spa & Wellness. Aimed at instilling an overall balanced sense of wellbeing, encompassing holistic activities such as yoga, pranayama, watsu, hydrotherapy and meditation, le Jadis is a voyage of self-discovery. It is an enriching, fulfilling and empowering experience that encompasses a total body overhaul, and nurtures the body, mind and soul.

With pristine sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons, a melting pot of cultures, as well as a wealth of exhilarating activities, Le Jadis and the island of Mauritius present an idyllic tropical paradise for travellers of all ages.

The natural beauty of the island makes it a choice destination for an adventure in the midst

Basking in the ecstatic serenity of the charming Turtle Bay, we set the stage for a deeply moving romantic experience for couples and honeymooners amid spectacular sunset views, starlit dinners and wellness spa. Whether you are looking for a dreamy beach wedding, a once-ina-lifetime proposal on an island paradise, or an unforgettable honeymoon escape, Le Jadis is your ultimate luxury romance destination.


The Banyan Tree Group is a leading international operator and developer of premium resorts, hotels, residences and spas, with a collection of award-winning brands. Banyan Tree offers a Sanctuary to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul in aweinspiring locations around the globe. Rediscover the romance of travel as you journey to iconic destinations where authentic, memorable experiences await.


An Enchanting Collection Of Treehouses, Shepherds Lodges & An Original American Airstream Experience luxury and charm in the heart of the Devonshire countryside. Just a mile from the waters’ edge of the beautiful River Dart, overlooking a private sun-dappled wooded valley, sits the stunning Dittisham Hideaway. The Hideaway is just outside the picturesque village of Dittisham, and is just a 10-minute drive from the scenic port of Dartmouth in South Devon. | | 01803 925034


– A guide to some of the most prestigious companies to help you travel in style and luxury –



Westminster Security is a private security company headquartered in its namesake - Westminster, central London. They were established at the turn of the millennium after recognising a niche and under-catered sector within the private security industry. That was high-end security services for UHNW individuals, private households, company owners, and executives alike.

The private security sector was awash with ‘security companies’ providing basic and lowstandard security guarding services, many being rogue and unlicensed companies run by criminals and protection rackets. Thankfully, those days are long behind us now due in part to the regulation of the Industry by the Home Office and the creation of the Security Industry Authority (SIA).

These days, you will likely find more security companies trying to crack the lucrative ‘highend’ market with their service offerings, yet one name remains consistent at the pinnacle of their

trade and the chosen provider to many securityconscious individuals, families, and businesses.

Having built an excellent reputation and enviable brand image through their high standards, exceptional attention to detail, and excellence. Westminster Security has established itself as the industry leader and the ‘go-to’ company for ‘luxury’ high-end security services.

Their services are based around their core service of close protection, what is that? We hear you say. Well, essentially, its bodyguards, but not as you might envisage them. When we think of bodyguards, we all naturally think of Hulk-like burly men or gun-toting Hollywood hearth-throbs. But the reality is very different.

John Moore, Managing Director of Westminster Security Ltd said “Close protection operatives (bodyguards) come in all shapes and sizes, non are armed in the UK, and female bodyguards are ever more popular with our clients”. John is a veteran of the British Army where he served in the Royal Military Police and specialised in close protection within the Close Protection Unit. So, we believe him.

Other services they provide in support of their close protection operations include highly trained security chauffeurs, residential security guards, surveillance, and VIP event security.

For more information visit or call 0207 123 4544

“Westminster Security has established itself as the industry leader and the ‘go-to’ company for ‘luxury’ high-end security services”

Platinum Cars

The ultimate and most luxurious VIP Chauffeur Service

Luxury Chauffeur Service covering the whole of the UK and Europe including all major airports such as Heathrow, Gatwick and private airfields such as Biggin Hill and Farnborough. Our brand-new top-of-the-range fleet includes a stunning Rolls Royce Phantom Series 1 and 2 Extended Wheelbase models, S Class Mercedes AMG Executive Car and Range Rover Autobiography Long Wheelbase – guaranteeing you will arrive as a VIP Business traveller should – in luxury and comfort.

• First Class Professional and Prompt VIP Service

• Highly trained respectful and discreet Chauffeurs

• Chauffeur driven cars for VIPS, sports celebrities and very well-known clients in the music, film and TV industry.

• Courier Service for VIPs

• 5 Star rating on Google

• Chauffeur Tours in London

Included in your journey, you will find bottled still/sparkling water, mints, free in-car 5G Wi-Fi and a daily newspaper of your choice - your journey will be seamless, and you will travel in pure comfort.

Please call our Mayfair office on 0207 458 4995 or email Or visit


Platinum Cars is a high-end luxury chauffeur service based in Mayfair, London. With a luxury fleet of chauffeur driven cars ranging from the stunning Mercedes S Class to their flagship Rolls Royce Phantom Series 2, they pride themselves on delivering first class prestigious chauffeur driven cars, at all times.

Their business chauffeur service has been developed to meet the needs of corporate travellers world-wide. With a highly trained team of professional smart suit chauffeurs, you will always be rest assured your booking with Platinum Cars will be a journey to remember from start to finish.

Their Luxury Chauffeur Service covers the

whole of the United Kingdom and Europe including all major airports such as Heathrow, Gatwick and private airfields such as Biggin Hill and Farnborough. With bottled still/sparkling water, mints, tissues, free in-car 5G Wi-Fi and a daily newspaper of your choice, your journey will be seamless and you will travel in pure luxury and comfort.

With a wealth of experience within the London area, their chauffeurs leave nothing to chance, and your chauffeur service will be planned in advance to ensure the most prompt chauffeur journey with minimal delays for traffic congestion.

Platinum Cars also specialise in all the leading corporate events including Royal Ascot, FA Premier League football, Six Nations Rugby and the Cheltenham Race Festival. They also provide a car service for proms and funerals - they have the luxury car for every occasion.

Their chauffeur service in London caters for some very well-known celebrities within the film, music, TV and sports industry giving you the assurance that you will have discretion at all times with our private chauffeur service.

Whether you’re based in London, UK, or Overseas their reservations team are on call to assist you with your chauffeured transportation needs.


Please call their London office on 0207 458 4995 or email Or visit their website



FlyEliteJets is an award-winning private jet company providing private jet and helicopter charters worldwide for corporate and private clients. FlyEliteJets puts you in control of your travel & time. Fly when you want to, where you want, with your guests.

Are private jets and helicopters just for billionaires?

No, this is a common myth. We fly a wide range of people from CEO’s to families wanting to avoid the nightmare of flying from busy airports. Costs start from £3500 for a return trip London to Paris on a 6-seat jet making the per passenger rate comparable to business class.

Is Private Aviation Safe?

Yes. We operate to a higher standard of safety than the commercial airlines with less intensive flight schedules meaning crew are not tired when they fly and all aircraft are rigorously maintained.

Avoid the Stress, Fly like a VIP!

In private aviation you book the whole aircraft, it’s yours for the trip meaning, if you are late the aircraft and crew will wait for you.

Where do you fly from?

We fly from all 12 London airports and the capital’s 2 heliports and fly worldwide.

What can our readers expect when they fly?

FlyEliteJets provide complimentary limos for all flights to collect passengers and take them to the aircraft steps – they are pre-cleared for travel, so no nuisance queues or customs. Onboard we have soft leather seats, air conditioning, VIP catering tailored to their requirements and fully stocked bar and soft drinks. We can normally take off immediately, flight times are faster than the scheduled airlines.

How do our readers book a flight?

FlyEliteJets has a free App on the Apple and Google stores, or readers can email or call us. We accept all debit and credit cards and bank transfers. Our record is 15 minutes call to take off! We look forward to welcoming your readers onboard!

For more information visit or call +44 207 043 2447 Email

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and can advise their clients according to whatever solution might arise - something that would not be possible for a stand-alone charter broker without any operational expertise. On top of that, their vast experience and economic muscle within the charter marketplace ensure that they can always offer highly competitive rates.


Should you require something special in the way of a charter flight, TAG offers a wide range of bespoke solutions. Be it a music or event tour, medical flights, pet flights or sports flights, TAG has an unrivalled reputation for handling the complexities involved with all of these.


Customer care and service excellence takes pride of place in the list of priorities for TAG’s charter teams, who are totally dedicated to the needs of their clients.

For getting where you want to gorelaxed, hassle-free and in the lap of luxury - chartering an aircraft is the only option. But which charter company should you select? Amongst the many to choose from, only one stands out in terms of resources, reputation and reliability: TAG Aviation.

Established in 1966, TAG is a world leader in private and business aviation with offices across the globe and thousands of private jets available for charter, from entry-level four-seaters to 96-passenger aircraft, thanks to its own fleet and brokerage selected partners.


What really sets TAG apart from its competitors is that it not only functions as an aircraft operator but by working with brokers and other operators, the charter solutions are endless to their passengers. This means that its staff have an in-depth knowledge of every kind of aircraft

Another core value is Safety, which is fundamental to the way they conduct their activities. The safety of clients is their primary focus and they strive to achieve this by promoting a proactive safety culture.

Hence the TAG company maxim of SPIRIT: Safety, Passion, Integrity, Respect, Innovation and Team Spirit.







Brighten up your child’s bicycle with this sweet Mimi and Milo bicycle bell. This bell can even be used on the handlebars of a scooter.


Brighten up mealtimes with this fantastic farmyard melamine spoon. Sophie’s illustration of a tractor sits at the bottom of the long handle, which allows you to easily reach the bottom of jars.

Stirling is a beautiful rocking horse, standing proudly on smart painted grey rocking rails with contrasting pale end grain. Dressed in an on-trend textured grey herringbone fabric, with a matching grey softly padded leatherette saddle and bridle, he suits both modern and traditional home interiors alike. His sturdy wooden frame is built to last and he comes complete with a super soft scrunchy faux suede mane and tail and supportive stirrups.


Tidy Books’ original kids’ wall shelf design makes it easy for your child to pick out books for themselves, encouraging independent reading. Simple, stylish design.


This wooden puzzle is a wonderful gift for curious, problem-solving toddlers. It makes an ideal first puzzle, perfect for developing their knowledge of animals, as well as shape and colour recognition.


Jolly Croc’s super fruity infusion is bursting with vibrant banana, sweet strawberry and refreshing apple. It has been especially blended for keeping your little ones happy and hydrated, with no added sugar or nasties.



Six Physio have been working with mums and mums-to-be for over a decade.

We know how hard it can be entering this new world of motherhood, with so many questions and not knowing who to turn to. Our job is to answer all these questions and more.

Antenatally we treat any aches or pain through your pregnancy including lower back pain, neck pain and pelvic girdle pain. We also cover pelvic floor weakness including bladder and bowel dysfunction and sexual dysfunction. Postnatal checks are available across all our Clinics too: an assessment of your pelvic floor, abdominal muscle function and assessment, education on bladder and bowel habits and assessment and advice on scar management.

All our team are trained in Clinical Pilates and have experience using the reformer and Cadillac Pilates equipment within their treatment. Pilates is a great rehabilitation tool which can help build up the strength of your core stabilisers.

Under the guidance of our Women’s Health Physiotherapists you will be ready and feel stronger when walking, going back to the gym or your chosen activity. We specialise in youar recovery and getting your body back to feeling like yours again.

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Leclerc Baby Making Parenting Easier

There are no written rules for parenting. Parenting alters everything, transforming the world into one filled with love and new challenges. Leclerc Baby wants parents to enjoy and feel liberated as parents.

When folding and unfolding a stroller, every parent has felt the need for an extra set of hands. This frequently results in frustration. To fold and unfold our stroller, simply press a button, freeing up your other arm to focus on your child and make them happy.

As Leclerc Baby’s journey to make parenting easier continues, the company has recently launched two new strollers in the UK: The Influencer XL for those who like bigger things and The Hexagon for fashionistas.

The Influencer XL makes life bigger. It is Influencer’s big brother who stands out from the crowd. Just like the Influencer you can fold and unfold your Influencer XL in just 1.5 seconds with only one button press! The larger wheels allow you to explore the outdoors, tackle rough terrain with ease and gives baby a smoother ride. Because of

its larger wheels, and unique folding mechanism, the Influencer XL buggy is ideal for travel, city life, nature walks, and all-terrain adventures. The soft, padded seat ensures outstanding comfort for baby and allows them to travel in comfort for longer.

The Hexagon collection is the most luxurious and most exclusive design within the Leclerc Baby range. Designed by the famous Dutch couturier, Christian Lagerwaard, the Hexagon boasts a refined combination of beautifully hand-crafted faux leather and suede. Tested to the highest of safety standards, packed full of features and functionality, this eye-catching stroller will turn heads wherever you go.

The Influencer XL and Hexagon are both lightweight and compact making them ideal travel companions.

• Suitable up to 22kg

• SPF50 sun canopy

• 5-point safety harness with magnetic buckle

• All-round suspension

• Flip-flop friendly brake

• 3 position, one-hand seat recline

“To fold and unfold our stroller, simply press a button, freeing up your other arm to focus on your child and make them happy”

Where luxury meets maternity and nursing clothes, the mummyowned business has been creating beautifully crafted loungewear since 2021. Whether you’re expecting your first or welcoming your third, The Mum Collective ranges have been designed to journey with you throughout motherhood.

Founder, Sophie Baldwin, understands that during each trimester and postpartum, you want to feel comfortable but also on trend. Their awardwinning collections have been designed to do just that. Hand-drawn and created using carefully selected, high-quality fabrics - no matter if you’re relaxing at home with your little one or heading out for a coffee with friends, each piece is here to make you feel a little more…you.

At The Mum Collective, the team have taken the time to understand what mother’s and mothersto-be want. Paying extra attention to the smallest of details, from the cuts and shapes to fabrics and fastenings.

Whether you’re shopping for your maternity and nursing essentials or something a little extra special, endless amount of love has gone into each of their unique pieces. Striving to make your motherhood journey as comfortable and luxurious

The Mum Collective

as possible, they’re proud of what they’ve brought to the market for mummies and their little ones. Launching in April is their third collection, Slumber. This sleepwear range has been hand-drawn by founder, Sophie, and offers a pyjama set with matching robe, crafted in a beautiful waffle fabric. With a spa look and feel, the range is perfectly suited for long evenings with baby and lazy days at home. Helping mums to nurse effortlessly during the night, Slumber opens for pre-orders at the end of February, and is set to be one of the brands most popular launches to date.

You can browse and shop all their collections, Essentials, Lounge, Little TMC and Slumber, by visiting Buy once, wear forever.



3 – 5 March 2023, ExCeL London

The Baby Show with Lidl GB is back for its 21st year. The UK’s most popular pregnancy and parenting event will be giving new and expectant parents the opportunity to shop for everything they could ever need for their new arrival.

A one-stop shop for products, services and advice, The Baby Show is the nation’s largest shopping destination for all things baby, with over 350 brands. Visitors can compare, try, and buy products and enjoy exclusive deals from hundreds of brands. From independent boutique companies and online stores to the biggest baby brands in the industry, including iCandy, Cybex, Silver Cross, Baby Björn, Joie, Tommee Tippee, Leclerc, Mamas & Papas, MAM, Nuna, Micralite, Nanit, Obaby and Snüz. Supporting new and emerging businesses, there is also a section of the show dedicated to ‘New Kids on the Block’ – home to innovative start-up baby brands.

There will be over 25 expert speakers to hear from on the Live Talks Stage, allaying any fears a new parent might have, reassuring them with the very best tips when it comes to sleep, birth, breastfeeding, weaning and those early weeks and months. Experts include The Honest Midwife, Charlotte Stirling-Reed, Sarah Patel, Dr. Will Dooley, Daisy First Aid and The Breastfeeding Mentor. What’s more, all this priceless advice and information is free to all visitors.

With family-friendly facilities, including The Baby Feeding Café with Joie, the Lidl Lupilu Baby

Changing Area, Shop ‘n’ Drop and Collect-byCar service make this day out a really stress-free experience whether you’ve got a bump or baby on board. For the first time ever for ExCeL London, Your Baby Club will be the show’s digital partner. With exclusive show-only offers and the very best prices, parents can make huge savings on all their baby essentials including buggies, car seats, carriers and nursery furniture to make the most of whatever budget they have, plus save time by getting all their shopping done in one swoop.

Tickets cost just £16 for subscribers to The Baby Show, saving over 35% on tickets on-thedoor. You can also purchase an amazing Baby Show goody bag in association with Project Baby for only £5.50, containing products worth over £50 or buy a Tommee Tippee package, where you can purchase all your new-born essentials at a hugely discounted rate including two standard adult tickets.

For more information visit

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“A one-stop shop for products, services and advice, The Baby Show is the nation’s largest shopping destination for all things baby”


All ZIPPYUPs have concealed zips so they do not have contact with your baby’s skin and the tab at the neck ensures the zip puller doesn’t catch on any little chins.

Sleeves have turn back cuffs so you don’t need separate (often lost or odd) mittens.

There is a wide variety of prints and colour combinations including unisex colours such as aqua and pale grey along with traditional whites, pinks, blues and rainbows.

I am very excited to have also launched the new ZIPPYUP sleeping bag with legs and detachable arms. Select from 1 Tog and 2.5 Tog thickness, designed to be worn as a baggy fit so it can also be layered with a ZIPPYUP babygrow underneath for extra warmth. The sleeves simply zip on or off depending on your babies needs. Sizes are from 6-12 months up to 24-36 months.


This is a question most parents probably ask as they are dressing their newborn in the middle of the night.

As a Mummy of two very wriggly little boys I have first hand experience of the struggle to dress them, it’s like wrestling a lion cub trying to get them dressed after bath time. ZIPPYUP’s will make nappy and outfit changes so much quicker and easier.

With this in mind I got to work on making ZIPPYUP a brand that gives you not only useful but stylish babygrows.

Before promoting myself to the position of Mummy I had a background in textile design and fashion, a passion I didn’t want to be lost in the midsts of motherhood. I have taken the many years of experience and put it to good use by designing a babygrow that works well for both the wearer and the dresser.

ZIPPYUP products aren’t just well designed, they are beautiful quality. The collection has now expanded with an organic cotton range in a variety of colours, Winter fleece onesies are great for after swimming or just to keep cosy on strolls in the buggy…and now sleeping bags with legs. I personally source and work with the factories making ZIPPYUPs to get the best possible materials.

New to the ZIPPYUP family this month is a subscription service, you can have a range of babygrows delivered straight to your door every month! Choose how many and what size you want in either girl, boy or neutral colours and we do the rest!

At ZIPPYUP we are always developing new designs, prints and colour combinations, I look forward to sharing these with you.


couldn’t be happier with this beautiful babygrow. Night feeds in particular are so much easier now I can just zip up and I don’t have to fiddle with poppers”
–Simone M
(Spring Garden Bunny Printed Zipped Babygrow)




Everyone benefits from a good night’s sleep, it helps with learning and managing emotions.

Research highlights the importance of giving children the opportunity to sleep at least 10 to 11 hours per night throughout early childhood, so the bedtime routine is important and begins at teatime!

All you need is one to two weeks of gentle behavioural training to help your children’s’ long-term intellectual development.

Amazing growth hormones are secreted in young children during certain sleep stages, so children need to sleep soundly and transition through these stages, which also helps to prevent obesity.

Please do contact me to discuss your family’s unique, individual sleep plan

Tel: 07391 501589


Music Matters for Little Ones

The developmental benefits of singing, dancing and making music are well documented (they include memory, literacy, numeracy, emotional control, coordination, self-confidence and so much more…) So if we want to give our little ones the best start, how can we make sure we are incorporating music into our children’s lives?

Top Tips for Making Music Together with your baby or toddler

• Try not to be self-conscious: your child adores you and your voice is the most important sound to them – so sing and enjoy the moment!

• Make it repetitive: young children benefit hugely from repetition. They will love you singing their favourite song over (and over!) again

• Make it interactive: Move to the music and dance together. Use small hand-held percussion instruments to explore and respond to music.

• Make it part of your routine: have some special tidy-up music, or a song to accompany teeth cleaning!

• Make music with others: music classes are a great opportunity for little ones to share music together, and a great way for grownups to make friends too!

At Monkey Music we’ve spent thirty years refining our progressive age-appropriate curricula, so that whether your little one is 3 months or 4 years old you can be confident they are benefitting from all that music has to offer.

Come and experience the magic of Monkey Music, and see how much fun and learning is packed into every session. There’s lots of classes across London, and your first class is free!



Designer Baby & Children’s Wear Boutique

Mariposa Children’s Boutique has been established since 2011 and during this time has turned into a successful online boutique specializing in bringing the best Spanish & European designers of Children’s Wear to the UK.

Stocking Brands such as –

• Miranda

• Belcoquet • Abuela Tata • Angelitos Spanish Footwear

Ela Confeccion • Artesania Sonata • Sal & Pimenta • Naxos

Our own Exclusive Handmade Collection of Girl’s Dresses plus many more Designers.

From newborn to 12 years you will find everything from classic baby knitwear to stunning puffball dresses and boys 2 piece sets. BUY NOW PAY LATER with Klarna & Clearpay. We also offer online Payment Plans to spread the cost up to 12 weeks.

us online @mariposachildrensboutique or Facebook at Mariposa Children’s Boutique Shop online at

Laid-back luxury

Why Château Les Carrasses is everything you need for the perfect family getaway

Acenturies-old wine domaine nestled in the vineyards of France’s Languedoc region, Château Les Carrasses has been sensitively restored to create a luxury family friendly estate complete with 30 chic self-catering properties, first-class hotel facilities and a relaxed, private members’ club vibe. Effortlessly combining grown-up elegance with family fun, it’s the perfect retreat. Boasting an elegant restaurant (along with a dedicated menu and early sitting options for younger diners), terrace bar, heated infinity pool, kids’ club, tennis courts, Orangery and gardens with an on-site petting farm, where children can get the chance to cuddle bunnies, stroke goats and meet friendly chickens opening this Easter.

Flexible accommodation options range from one-bedroom suites to spacious villas which sleep up to eight complete with private heated pools. Full of character & individually designed with plenty of traditional French country flair yet with all the modern comforts.

Children and parents alike will be utterly charmed by this wonderfully laid back Château. Days can be spent poolside soaking up the sunny Mediterranean climate, exploring the estates wine trails or borrowing a bike for a scenic ride along the Canal du Midi. The sandy beaches of Gruissan and Sérignan Plage are not to be missed.

For parents craving some time alone together the lively kids’ club (for children aged four to 12 years) run by a team of English-speaking staff

is a hugely popular hangout with its creative, nature- based program tailored to different age groups. Whilst younger children are encouraged to help out at the farm – searching for freshly laid eggs and feeding the bunnies, older children can improve their skills on the tennis court with the Château’s own professional coach. The children’s weekly supervised dinner parties and cinema evenings are a social highlight too, and help to cement new friendships.

With easy access from the U.K, Château Les Carrasses is situated within 2hrs of six airports (Béziers, Perpignan, Carcassonne, Montpellier, Toulouse and Girona just across the border in Spain), or alternatively high-speed rail links to the South of France provides a hassle free and ecofriendlier solution for your holiday.

Already picturing yourself with a glass of rosé in hand? It’s time to enjoy a no compromise familyfriendly holiday the Château Les Carrasses way.

If you’re looking for somewhere closer to the beach, why not try sister property Château Capitoul which opened last summer & blends Domaine & Demeure’s trademarks of understated luxury and effortless style, in a magnificent location on the French Meditteranean coast.


To receive a personalised quote, please visit or call 0345 686 6504


Learn to swim with SwimFin

10’s of Millions have learnt to swim from all around the world using SwimFin.

Developed using the psychological and scientific principles, results prove that children learn to all important life saving skill is a fraction of the time simply through play.

With or without formal swimming lessons, children very quickly adapt to their surroundings because of the confidence SwimFin installs.

Accredited with endorsements and partnerships from leading global organisations, Olympians and celebrities, SwimFins versatile has proven invaluable to teachers parents and children alike.

How it works is unique, its multi functionality allows SwimFin to work on all ages and abilities, all the strokes plus more.

Learning to swim must be fun and through play, children will discover the basics of the fundamental movement skills, the core aquatic skills and progressive development.

Naturally gaining their experience with every splash and kick, building confidence is key!

Safety is paramount and SwimFin is tested to international safety standards and comes with a life time guarantee (exc straps)

Our quality is second to none, a very robust yet flexible EVA foam design with two strong adjustable elasticated Velcro fastenings to ensure a correct and comfortable fit to the swimmer.

SwimFin will give your child an advantage to discover for them selves in next to no time at all. Order on line email Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @swimfingb

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Instilling the love of literacy from the roots of Chapter House

It is important to instil a love of literacy from an early age as literacy skills span far wider than just picking up a book. Karen Kilkenny, Head of Chapter House School at Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate talks through the innovative ways in which they ensure each, and every pupil enjoys reading from a young age.

In Chapter House, literacy and learning is at the heart of everything we do. Time is made every day specifically to enjoy sharing a book together, and each class has a specific time to visit the Chapter House library. This allows them to choose a book they can take home to share with parents and siblings.

One of their most successful, and popular initiatives has been the introduction of their reading dog, Indie, especially with the younger children. It has increased the confidence of reluctant readers by having a non-judgemental audience. The children are purely reading for pleasure with no one pointing out mistakes or questioning them on the text. It is an initiative where they have seen their confidence increase and their reading has become more animated, with more expression – one Year 1 child’s reading age has improved by two years over one term, and they are more curious about reading different texts. Throughout the school, they bring books to life

to spark imaginations. One of the ways they do this is a whole school project around a single book, all age groups from nursery upwards completed mini projects which were then shared with the rest of the school in an assembly.

Children are also encouraged to create their own dioramas (three-dimensional models of a scene with characters) and dressing up and acting out their own versions of popular books and poems, such as ‘That’s not my stick’ and ‘The naughty bus’ to create class videos.

Year 5 students are encouraged to be librarians, recommending books to their peers, creating displays in the library and using break times to share books with younger pupils. This vital engagement, extends beyond the classroom with regular parent information meetings on reading, sharing new school initiatives and advice on how they can support their child with reading at home.

Chapter House is a vibrant and engaging school that focuses on providing an enabling environment which respects, recognises and tunes into each unique child; central to their mission of ensuring each child can be ‘the best they can be, with the gifts that they have’.

To find out more, or to book a tour to come and see why Chapter House is the school where your child will thrive, visit

“One of their most successful, and popular initiatives has been the introduction of their reading dog, Indie, especially with the younger children. It has increased the confidence of reluctant readers by having a non-judgemental audience”

Breast cancer awareness

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK with around 1 in 8 women developing breast cancer in their lifetime.

Mammogram: A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast and is used to investigate symptoms as well as being offered as part of the breast screening programme to women ages 50-70 in England. In younger women, the breast tissue can be quite dense and therefore an ultrasound can be more effective.

Being aware of symptoms can lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment, and with that more effective treatment and improved survival rates. Most women diagnosed with breast cancer are over 50, however younger women can also be affected; around 5,600 women under the age of 45 are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the UK. Breast cancer is possible, but very rare in men.

Early detection is key – many breast lumps and breast symptoms are not cancerous but it is always best to get your symptoms checked by a doctor. Symptoms to look out for include:

• A lump or area in the breast that feels thicker than the rest of the breast

• Swelling of all or part of the breast, a change in size or shape of one of the breasts

• A lump or swelling in either one of your armpits

• Nipple discharge (other than breast milk)

• Breast or nipple pain

• A change in skin texture such as puckering or dimpling (like an orange peel)

• Redness or rash of the breast skin and/or around the nipple

• Nipple retraction (nipple is pulled inwards) or a change in appearance of the nipple

If you are concerned a doctor can examine you and advise if you need further investigations or referral to a breast clinic. Investigations may include the following:

Breast Ultrasound: Ultrasound uses sound waves to produce images of breast tissue. It can be used to determine whether a lump is a fluid filled cyst or solid mass.

Other imaging studies are also used such as MRI, and often along with examination of the breasts the doctor may be able to make a diagnosis. However, the only sure way to know if a suspicious area is cancerous is to take a sample of tissue and examine it under a microscope, called a biopsy. A biopsy is when a small sample of breast cells is taken to test if they are cancerous. Needle biopsies are the most common type using a needle to extract a sample of tissue from the breast, usually under a local anaesthetic.


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“Other imaging studies are also used such as MRI, and often along with examination of the breasts the doctor may be able to make a diagnosis”
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Designed for life’s slips, trips and falls, as well as those unexpected minor illnesses, the clinic is ready to give you the care you need, no appointment necessary. Open seven a days a week, and trusted by the St John’s Wood community for over ten years, this new facility offers almost instant access to doctors when you need them most.


The improved clinic has a designated children’s waiting area and treatment rooms, and is for all the family, including children aged one and up.


The clinic can treat minor injuries and illnesses; including sprains, strains and fractures; cuts, burns and grazes; eye and ear infections; stomach bugs, and colds. If you’re not sure whether you should come in, give the friendly team a call and they can help.

If needed, instant referrals can be arranged for tests and scans (including x-ray, ultrasound and MRI), physiotherapy, and specialist consultations –all under one roof in John & Lizzie’s comfortable


The clinic is part of St John & St Elizabeth Hospital, which is a short walk from St John’s Wood station. Initial consultations with a doctor cost £120. If you need any scans, tests, or further treatment, these will be charged extra.


St John & St Elizabeth Hospital 60 Grove End Road NW8 9NH

Call the team: 0207 432 8300

Find out more: services/urgent-care-clinic


Monday to Friday 8am - 8pm (last appointment 7pm)

Weekends 8am - 6pm (last appointment 5pm)


The Kensington Wing

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

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

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


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

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

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

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



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“AYear 6 curriculum focused on delivering skills that are important for future success, with no formal SAT testing, fosters curiosity for the important journey into Key Stage 3 and beyond.” says Joseph Birchall, the Head of King’s Magna Middle School at Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate (QE).

“At QE, our mission is for all members of our community to aspire to the Hill Standard ‘To be the best that I can with the gifts that I have’. As Head of King’s Magna, the middle school of QE’s unique four-school model, we harness this individuality through an innovative curriculum. This is a curriculum which supports the transition between the Collegiate’s primary education at Chapter House, our Preparatory school, and the demands of GCSEs and beyond in our two senior schools.”

“In a difference from the traditional school model where children stay in primary education until the end of Year 6, here at QE students join King’s Magna in Year 6 and stay with us until Year 9. We find many students are ready for a new challenge at the end of Year 5, so we made it our focus to develop a unique curriculum for this transitional year, with content designed in partnership between secondary school subject specialists and highly experienced primary age


“Importantly, we have made a crucial decision not to assess our Year 6 students using SATS testing. Students are instead assessed formally at three points during the year using standardised and moderated “common evaluation tasks” - these are used to track progress and identify what each student can do and what they could do to improve further. This decision allows us to focus on delivering those skills that the students need to be successful in Key Stage 3 and beyond.”

“Our all-encompassing, holistic approach to developing the whole student, which is at the heart of everything we do here at QE, creates a supportive, vibrant and caring school environment throughout King’s Magna. We are committed to equipping our students with the skills and knowledge they need to move seamlessly to our College or Faculty at the end of Year 9, growing and maturing into their teenage years with confidence.”

To find out more about their innovative curriculum visit for more information, where you can book on their next Open Day on 11 March 2023.


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Scholarships Awarded 2020-2022 25+ Acres of Open Space and a Swimming Pool 7.00am – 7.30pm Wrap Around Care 12+ Alumni and Friends School Community Events 10+ Sports Played at Every Level
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Oxford stripes for Clayesmore

Celebrating future thinkers, makers and creators

It’s been an exciting start to the year at Clayesmore, a leading co-educational, all through day and boarding school in North Dorset, as Year 13s have been receiving offers from their chosen universities.

This year’s Oxbridge offers include a place for Seth C to read German at St Hilda’s College, Evie A, to read English at Balliol College and for Tasmin J to read Chemistry at Hertford College.

Other offers include Durham, Warwick, Exeter, Nottingham and the Royal Agricultural University, to name but a few, with a diverse range of courses including History, Nursing, Architecture, International Festival and Events Management, Journalism, Fashion Marketing and Management



and Global Sustainable Development. Head, Jo Thomson says ‘As ever, I’m incredibly proud of all our pupils who are now starting their onward journey to realising their future dreams. Their success is a direct result of their hard work and commitment, and their teachers’ unwavering belief in every single student’s potential. It is this powerful ethos that makes Clayesmore such a special and exciting place to be, and it is a pleasure and a privilege to watch the thinkers, makers and creators of the future growing in front of our eyes.’

Clayesmore is located in the beautiful village of Iwerne Minster, Dorset and is surrounded by glorious countryside.

The school comprises five boarding houses, with a 50:50 mix of day and boarding pupils. Total pupils numbers is approximately 550. The year 2021 marked the school’s 125th anniversary. Clayesmore’s founder, Lex Devine, whose guiding principle was to offer ‘an all-round education’ remains at the heart of a Clayesmore education today. Devine understood the importance of a traditional academic education, but he also recognised that, without a strong foundation of values and attitudes, it was nothing.



Hurst College has grown and developed significantly over the past 15 years. It has doubled in size, become one of the leading independent schools in the south east academically and strengthened co-curricular engagement. There has also been a shift away from full boarding to weekly and flexi boarding and a move to an equal split between boys and girls.

Over the last three years, the Senior Leadership Team and the governors have been considering the best structure for the college - influenced by the shifting landscape in which the school operates and the way in which education has developed nationally. The decision was taken a year ago to reshape the college structure to reflect the shift towards an 11 to 16 educational curriculum and the way in which children grow up faster now than in the past. Hurst has introduced a Junior Prep (Reception to Year 6), echoing the maintained sector, with a separate Senior Prep (Year 7 and Year 8) focusing on these interesting developmental years.

A pioneering initiative, known as the Hurst Education Trust (HET), has also been developed. This initiative has been driven by a desire to do the right thing by integrating Hurst with a local group of schools - to benefit pupils and staff in the college and the HET schools. There are already three primary schools in the trust, and this will grow in a considered manner to include a secondary school.

The leadership structure has also evolved. Tim Manly has become Principal, responsible for the strategic direction of the College as well as CEO and leader of the HET. Dominic Mott, previously Head of the Senior School, has become Head of College and taken on the day-to-day responsibilities. He is succeeded by Lloyd Dannatt who was Deputy Head Academic. Lloyd has been key in developing the successful linearisation of academic programmes across the entire college. His role has been taken on by Michelle Zeidler who also acts as Director of Education for the HET.

These changes will enable the college to cater for the needs and ambitions of each school section - with a shared set of values and ethos. Although many changes have been introduced, and came fully into play in September, the transition has been carefully planned. The ethos will remain the same, and whilst continuing to develop strongly, the college will stay close to its vision and values, enabling pupils to achieve the best they can according to their ability - at the college and in the Hurst Education Trust..

“These changes will enable the college to cater for the needs and ambitions of each school section - with a shared set of values and ethos”

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The International Baccalaureate (IB) promises to develop lifelong learners who will make a difference in the world. We spoke to Maia, a student at Cheltenham Ladies’ College, about her experience of taking the IB instead of A Levels...

Why did you choose the IB?

CLC encourages the soft skills the IB instils in its students. It makes you reflect on the kind of learner you are and person you’ll become, including being principled, open-minded, balanced, reflective and caring risk-takers.

What IB subjects are you studying?

You have to take maths, English, a language, a science and a humanity, so I loved the breadth. I thought it was valuable to maintain my maths, English and language skills past GCSE, where I may not have taken these as standalone A Levels.

I take higher level Spanish, history and biology; and standard level maths (AI), English and philosophy. You have to take three subjects at higher level and three at standard level to provide depth and breadth in the diploma.

How does the IB differ from A Levels?

As well as six subjects, the core of the programme includes a 4000-word Extended Essay on one of your subject areas; Theory of Knowledge (TOK), a study into what we know and how we know it; and Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS). With CAS, every student participates in activities outside the classroom. For example, for creativity, I took up crochet; for activity, I represent my school at netball and started rollerskating; and for service, I volunteer at a local primary school. It’s really the core components that set the IB apart from A Levels.

What advice would you give to students considering the IB?

The thought of studying six subjects and the core programme means the IB tends to sound overwhelming. However, stay positive, be organised and meet deadlines as they come, and you will fly through the two years. If you want an all-round and diverse education, rather than a deep dive into a few select subjects, it may be perfect for you.

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About Richer Education

Richer Education is an educational enrichment company founded in 2014. Richer Education aims to inspire children in real-life challenges and encourages children to put theory into practice, in a fun and engaging manner, with a particular emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) subjects.

Richer Education is a leading company in STEAM education. They have solid expertise in education. Therefore, they have the knowledge, understanding and experience to ensure children enjoy, learn and are inspired during their weekend classes and holiday camps.

What is STEAM Education?

STEAM is the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics acronym. Richer Education advocates the integration of STEAM subjects and the development of skills such as problemsolving, teamwork and resilience. Richer Education goes beyond the traditional school approach and constantly encourages children to discover and understand the links between subjects and their application in the real world.

Richer Education aims to deliver a comprehensive approach to STEAM education by going beyond the school curriculum, providing activities that children would not usually experience at schools while at the same time instilling in children new skills for life.

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Richer Education’s tutors and mentors are specialists in the subjects they teach. They employ a range of tutors and mentors from primary and secondary school teachers, PhD and EdD students, academic doctors and post-doctoral researchers. Richer Education’s tutors and mentors are trained to communicate and explain concepts in a child-friendly manner according to children’s age and knowledge level. Their teaching staff are committed to providing the best possible learning experience for children of all ages.

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Mrs Angharad Holloway, Head professionally.

My own daughter has headed off to university this year from Talbot Heath, to take on a challenging undergraduate course. ‘Don’t worry,’ said a fellow colleague. ‘ She is from Talbot Heath, she won’t crumple in the face of a challenge, she is resilient and will adapt to whatever challenges she will face. She has learnt to think for herself, hone and refine her ideas and articulate them. TH pupils don’t go out into the world as shrinking violetsthey are resourceful and determined.’ And at that moment, I realised that this is the product of an education that is supportive yet dynamic. Talbot Heath is both the anchor and the kite.

Young people flourish when they feel safe, valued, respected, supported and inspired.

Talbot Heath School, named as one of the most innovative and influential independent schools in the UK, fosters in its pupils, from age 3 to 18, a ‘can do’ attitude, encouraging them to think big while helping them to develop the selfbelief and principles that will keep them grounded while they fly high.

Rockets reach their dizzy heights because they are equipped and supported by a team of experts. The rigorous teaching, high standards and outstanding pastoral care at the school ensure that all the foundations are in place to allow the young people to explore and discover their loves and passions.

Pupils at Talbot Heath have dreams and aspirations but know that these will only be achieved through hard work, determination and tenacity. They do not expect the world to come to them on a plate, they appreciate that it is substance, time and effort that brings the most sparkling and ambitious of plans to fruition. Teamwork, kindness, compassion and selflessness are the qualities that will enable them to overcome adversity, to build the strong relationships that will be so important in their lives, both personally and

We head into our new term with vim and vigour, an educational ‘James Webb telescope’, excited to embrace the new, knowing that our strong foundations will enable us to go boldly where no school has gone before.

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“Pupils at Talbot Heath have dreams and aspirations but know that these will only be achieved through hard work, determination and tenacity”

Our Open Days will be in September 2023, if you are moving to the area sooner, enjoy a Head’s Talk & Tour and a visit to our Boarding House. These can be booked via our website. A warm welcome always awaits.

Growing curious minds at Sydenham High Prep School

“The minute we are born, the world around us provides surroundings to explore and discoveries to make. Children are innately curious, beginning their early lives questioning. The ever-present, “Why?” is a word uttered with a compelling conviction that to most adults can be staggering in frequency.

At Sydenham High Prep School, we want our pupils to always remain that curious and enthused about their learning every day.

Our singular vision for excellence is built upon the core foundations of an aspirational, creative critical thinking and innovative learning environment that allows pupils to experience the joy of learning first hand. When children are filled with a love for learning, they develop resilience, compassion for the world around them, curiosity, and communication skills. The joy of learning bubbles in the classrooms of Sydenham High Prep School every day.

Enthusiasm permeates debates and discussions, whilst our teachers provide ambitious learning challenges for pupils and often hands-on activities to better visualise and understand specific subjects. Offering choices through challenges, encourages

pupils to look deeper to open up their own initial ideas. Play and imagination is encouraged at all ages, seeing the girls develop their learning together through spirited, active discourse.

Recently, a STEAM day themed ‘Mission to the Moon’ marked the Artemis missions and 50 years since astronauts stepped on the moon’s surface. A team of stellar scientists from Years 5 & 6 led assembly and demonstrated their passion for learning. The fascination and wonder of the moon inspired the STEAM activities and experiments across every year group from Reception upwards.

Pupils tested and trialled their innovative ideas using robotics and questioned each other with purpose and conviction. Enrichment opportunities such as these, expose pupils to interesting topics and offer a chance to learn new skills through practical, active learning. Whether it’s debating, coding, skateboarding, zendoodling, micro-bit development, or fencing, teachers and pupils play and learn together throughout the enrichment of the ‘everyday’. Whilst children have a natural propensity for curiosity, there can be no doubt on the impact that we, as parents and educators, have on fostering a lifelong love of learning.

“Our singular vision for excellence is built upon the core foundations of an aspirational, creative critical thinking and innovative learning environment that allows pupils to experience the joy of learning first hand”

Sarum Hall School puts health and wellbeing at heart of education

find a listening ear, or have a moment to reflect on any worries, concerns or big emotions. For younger year groups I work with teachers to create opportunities for students to improve their friendship skills, learn how to recognise and respond to tricky emotions and practise speaking out when feeling down.

Our older pupils enjoy mindful activities like yoga and meditation. They also work on one of the school’s golden values ‘resilience’ by trying out different wellbeing techniques such as positive affirmations and goal setting.

Children’s Mental Health Week (6-12 February) is also going to be celebrated at the School. Activities include a virtual visit from author Clare Luther who writes stories to help youngsters explore big emotions in everyday life.

Like many school first-aiders Cara O’Connell spends her day dishing out plasters, tending to bruised knees and taking temperatures. But health and wellbeing at Sarum Hall School means so much more than that. Last year the school won an independent school award for Healthy Eating and its commitment to overall health and wellbeing is clear. Headmistress Karen Coles explains: “without good physical and mental health, children cannot learn well. Our number one concern is whether our girls are happy.”

This is where Cara comes in. She is Health & Wellbeing Coordinator at the School, as well as being one of 3 trained mental health first responders, she supports the physical and mental wellbeing of the children at the school and works hard to ensure that they are equipped with the skills to take good care of themselves later in life too. ‘Happiness’ is part of the school motto, and outdoor learning, healthy eating and exercise are actively encouraged.

Cara says: “Children have many challenges to face, problems tend to be friendship troubles, anxiety, exam stress, self-esteem, confidence, transitioning into different year groups, and home life changes and concerns”.

Sarum Hall School holds regular staff meetings to ensure everyone is aware of any issues that students are facing, and also uses technology to spot behaviour patterns that might be a cause for concern. Children are encouraged to speak to any member of staff at the school, not just Cara. One of the initiatives the school has put in place are postal boxes where pupils have the opportunity to discreetly - and if they wish anonymously –send a message about an area of life they may be struggling with. This allows the school to respond promptly with support.

Cara continues: “We also aim to provide spaces outside of busy classrooms for pupils to

The school will also be undertaking the Taskmaster Education daily challenges. Taskmaster have partnered up with Place2be, the charity which aims to improve mental health in schools, and Alex Horne will set tasks each day for children to solve.

And there’s more, Cara says: At Sarum Hall School we love any opportunity to dress up so we are very excited to support Place2Be’s ‘Dress to Express’ day. We’ll also be organising some lunchtime sessions focussing on visualisation and relaxation.

When asked what advice she would extend to a parent concerned for their child’s mental health, she says: “Be curious and ask questions. We were all once a child trying to comprehend complex thoughts and feelings but we all grew up in slightly different worlds with differing challenges. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help from your child’s school or GP – the earlier a person can get help and support, then the better chances they will have to lead a happy and healthy life.

Cara doesn’t stop with the children at the School, she also makes sure that staff are supported too. She organises flu jabs, staff yoga and sends weekly emails with tips and ideas of ways to look after themselves. Her advice to teachers and parents alike is: “Make sure you are finding ways to support your own health. If you don’t have enough mental or physical fuel in the tank for yourself, it is incredibly hard to support others.


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New fine jewellery brand launches with a mission to help the wearer live their best life.

If you were granted a magic wish, what would it be? Would you wish for love, happiness, for protection, willpower, success or prosperity?

No matter what you wish for, the rings and earrings from Charlotte Reedtz Jewellery’s first collection - Magic Wish - assist you on an energetic level to help achieve your desires.

Each piece has a unique positive story that supports the wearer to seek to unlock their potential.

Originally from Denmark, Charlotte Grierson has lived in London for the last 20 years, but it’s her international travels, plus natural gifts that have inspired her new brand and first collection.

The high-end jewellery brand launched this year - online, or by private appointment - is beyond visually stunning and appealing, it engages with the wearer on a deeper, more spiritual level.

The first collection, Magic Wish, is made up of 16 rings and 15 pairs of earrings that are all available in 18ct white or yellow gold.

The feature of each piece – and where the magic is – is within the stones. Each stone within the collection is chosen for its distinctive energy and the way it will empower its wearer.

The vibrant colours within the collection each have a purpose as Charlotte explains, “Each stone

“We welcome clients to enjoy a 1-2-1 appointment with me before they pick their piece. During this appointment we work together to find the right ring or earring for them. They will be guided by their own intuition to pick the right stones that speak to them and I use my gifts to support them and help bring out their desires and goals.”

Charlotte added: “You may be led to buy one of these creations because of the design, the colours, what it evokes for you, how it makes you feel. You may be drawn to it for reasons you don’t realise. I work on every piece of jewellery individually, and each one comes with a story, an intention, and a unique energy. The one you choose is going to be right for you or the person you are getting a gift for. A gift of a little bit of magic”.

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Lily James stars in glamorous new beauty campaign

Lily James is starring in a new beauty campaign inspired by old Hollywood glamour.

James, 33, is putting the spotlight on Charlotte Tilbury’s latest release – the nextgeneration Hollywood Glow Glide Face Architect Highlighter.

She models the product alongside Jourdan Dunn, Lihi Menahem, Hadassah McGrew, Aimee Cheng-Bradshaw and Bella Tilbury – Charlotte Tilbury’s niece.

James first showed off the product on the red carpet for the 2022 Fashion Awards – in a fairytale-inspired Rodarte outfit – and is likely to be a familiar face this awards season, as she’s nominated for the Best Actress award for her role in Pam & Tommy at the Golden Globes.

“As we head into the awards season, I’m absolutely thrilled to reveal Golden Globe, Emmy nominated, and beauty muse ICON Lily James will star in my latest campaign for Hollywood Glow Glide Face Architect Highlighter,” says Tilbury.

“Like me, she gets the power of glow and is obsessed with the glow glide texture of my new highlighter innovation which she uses for all her red carpet looks! We had so much fun shooting this campaign together, the lights, the cameras, the dresses, the glamour – it was the most magical time!”

James wears an ivory silk gown in the shots with diamond earrings and loose waves in her hair.

“Charlotte Tilbury is the Queen of Glow and I love her new Hollywood Glow Glide Face Architect Highlighter,” James says.

“It has this incredible sculpting effect on my cheekbones and jawline, and the glow glide texture behaves differently to anything I’ve experienced before – it does exactly what it says – smoothing out my pores, putting everything into soft focus and playing with the light to make me look illuminated and lifted from every angle. I know great lighting can transform your face and Charlotte has captured and bottled those light tricks in Hollywood Glow Glide Face Architect Highlighter. It is my go to glow trick!”

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In a ground-breaking project that has seen teams of experts excavate five floors into the London clay, to pave the way for the next 200 years of Claridge’s life, the legendary Mayfair hotel announces the opening of its first ever spa.

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Guests cross the iconic monochrome lobby and embark on a journey to a sensorial space of calm serenity, with sounds of flowing water, a visual play of light and shadow, and energy-cleansing music. Escaping the bustle of the capital, spa guests can feel time moving at a slower pace and experience a sense of replenishing restoration. The heated swimming pool is central to the spa, framed by a striking, multi-vaulted ceiling and stone columns. Cabanas set back from the water

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London Fashion Week Preview Autumn/Winter 2023 Collections

17th - 21st February 2023

The first of the year’s London Fashion Week hits the capital this month. The world-famous London Fashion Week, presented by Clearpay, returns with catwalks, celebrities, glitz and glamour. It is one of the highest profile fashion events in the world – and one of the ‘big four’ international catwalk influencers alongside Paris, Milan and New York. It presents an unrivalled opportunity to showcase some of the world’s leading fashion talent and the best and brightest names in the industry.

While many of us are already planning our Spring wardrobe, designers at London Fashion Week will be showcasing their Autumn/ Winter 2023 Collections - both menswear and womenswear, as a hybrid digital and physical event.

It is a week where designers are free to create at will and experiment with new trends - whether colourful, crazy or controversial - the world is watching as fashion history is made.

A provisional schedule for London Fashion Week has been announced and so far, it sees the return of over 100 emerging and established

designers. Brands set to return include iconic British luxury brand Burberry, who will be presenting their first collection under the new creative direction of Daniel Lee. Also, DAVID KOMA, JW Anderson, Emilia Wickstead, Roksanda, Christopher Kane, Simone Rocha, Erdem, Julien Macdonald and Halpern.

The BFC has announced an exciting line-up of events and activations to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its internationally celebrated BFC NEWGEN initiative. BFC NEWGEN is the most established designer development scheme globally, set up by the BFC to enable a group of designers, including the late Lee Alexander McQueen, to showcase their collections at London Fashion Week in 1993. The year-long celebration will kick off at LFW February 2023 and will provide an opportunity for the creative community to come together to celebrate and acknowledge the scheme’s illustrious history and alumni, and London’s legacy in nurturing emerging talent and the next generation of visionary creatives.

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“The BFC has announced an exciting line-up of events and activations to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its internationally celebrated BFC NEWGEN initiative”
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three Ukrainian designers: FROLOV, KSENIASCHNAIDER and PASKAL as part of “Support Ukrainian Fashion”. This initiative was launched by Ukrainian Fashion Week to support designers in Ukraine. The show will be an opportunity to showcase the diversity, creativity and talent of Ukraine’s fashion scene, and the courage, resilience and resistance of Ukrainian designers striving for a peaceful future.

The LFW digital platform, is the Official Digital Hub and is freely accessible to everyone, industry professionals and global fashion consumers alike, showcasing digital content from the designers, enabling collaboration and bringing together fashion, culture and technology.

The magic of London Fashion Week is not merely thanks to the designers’ and fashion stylists’ cutting-edge collections, but the media excitement that accompanies them. Celebrities swarm to attend the fashion event of the year – past attendees include Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Dame Helen Mirren, Bradley Cooper, Brigitte Nielsen, Yasmin Le Bon, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Elle Macpherson, Cara Delevingne, Eva Herzigova, Craig David, Pamela Anderson, Calum Best, Jude Law, Pixie Lott and Daisy Lowe. Fashion retailers, hotels, restaurants and bars across London will do what they can to join in the celebration of London Fashion Week by hosting special events and promotions both in-store and online.

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Kate’s most Googled fashion moments of 2022

From Alexander McQueen coat dresses to yellow Eighties-inspired outfits, these are the royal looks we’ve been searching for this year. By Prudence Wade

With royal tours and plenty of engagements in the diary, the Princess of Wales had a busy 2022 – and her wardrobe was more than up to the challenge.

From colourful outfits and vintage-inspired looks to sombre black mourning outfits, Kate’s fashion has been characteristically polished throughout the year.

But which outfits piqued our interest the most? There were particular days of the year we turned to Google to find out more about what Kate was

wearing. These are the top days – and corresponding outfits – we were looking up Kate’s fashion.


For the sombre occasion of the Queen’s funeral in September, Kate wore a black Alexander McQueen coat dress with a wide-brimmed hat and veil. Pearls are traditionally worn by the royals in mourning, and Kate accessorised her look with the late Queen’s Japanese pearl choker necklace –which she also wore to Prince Philip’s funeral the previous year.

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Kate wheeled out a series of enviable outfits for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June, and the outfit that had people rushing to Google was the pastel yellow Emilia Wickstead outfit, worn to a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral. The elegant midi dress featured wrap detailing underneath the bust and was teamed with a matching hat by Philip Treacy and the Bahrain Pearl Drop Earrings –which were given to the late Queen as a wedding present by the Hakim of Bahrain in 1947.


Ahead of the Queen’s funeral, Kate attended a service for the late monarch in Westminster Hall. She kept her outfit simple – a black Catherine Walker coat dress, worn with a pearl and diamond brooch.


Kate continued her run of colourful Jubilee outfits for the pageant, choosing a raspberry Stella McCartney to watch the show. The cut of the dress was quite demure – with long puff sleeves, a high neck and midi length, but the bright colour made it feel a lot more fun. While fans went wild for her outfit, she was almost outshone by fouryear-old Prince Louis – who struggled to sit still during the two-hour pageant.


Proving a midi dress is always her go-to, the day after the pageant Kate stepped out in a white version to watch the Prince of Wales play in a charity polo match. She turned to one of her favourite designers, Emilia Wickstead, for the occasion, and looked elegant in the simple white dress with black piping.


Kate switched up her style for the royal tour around the Caribbean in March – while she packed some failsafe midi dresses and suits for the trip, she was also a bit more experimental with vintage finds and unusual colours. The most searched-for outfit from the trip was the yellow Alessandra Rich dress she wore leaving The Bahamas. With puff sleeves, peplum detailing and a bow on the front, the vibe was distinctly Eightiesinspired – and quite different to the silhouettes we’re used to seeing Kate in. While most of Kate’s outfits tend to sell out immediately, this one is still available to buy – and has been reduced from £1,690 to £1,014 on Net-A-Porter.


We can only imagine how many coat dresses Kate has in her wardrobe – this was one of the most popular of the year, a red version by Eponine London (which she first wore back in 2021). Kate donned the outfit for a Jubilee visit to Cardiff Castle – and as red is the colour of Wales, we can’t imagine her choice was an accident.


As a patron of the All England Club, Kate is a familiar face at Wimbledon – and this year she took Prince George to the Royal Box for the first time, to watch the men’s singles final between Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios. Kate kept things light and summery in a navy blue polka dot dress by Alessandra Rich, with the cut reminiscent of the yellow dress she wore by the same designer in The Bahamas.


Anne X Joseph

Founded by Daniele Klien, Anne X Joseph is a luxe handcrafted accessories brand, special-izing in bespoke jewelry designs which incorporate the highest quality gold-filled chains, freshwater pearls, vintage repurposed hardware, and more. Each piece is made with the person who exudes, class, style, confidence, and sophistication in mind.

Born in Guyana, South America, Daniele grew up with a grandfather who was the precious stones & metals mining business. She was always fascinated by the dainty, unique pieces he made for her. This is where her love for beautiful jewelry was born, and it has grown over the years.

As a teenager, Daniele left her home country and moved to New York City to begin her University journey, where she studied Finance. While this educational background led to a 20-year career is in Corporate Insurance & Risk Management, Daniele has always naturally been drawn to the Arts and design. It was during the Covid-19 Pandemic Lockdown that she decided to explore her love for jewelry design by making a few beaded bracelets for family members. She quickly learned that not only did she enjoy doing this, but it was a therapeutic form of “self-care” which most of us needed during that period.

“It was during the Covid-19 Pandemic Lockdown that she decided to explore her love for jewelry design by making a few beaded bracelets for family members”

Building on the feedback she received after making those first beaded bracelets, Daniele opened a small Etsy shop where she began selling a few pieces, and as her designs be-came more intricate and unique, she decided to expand the brand.

In January of 2021, Anne X Joseph was officially registered in the US, followed by the launch of the website. In the space of a few short months, what started as making beaded bracelets as a form of self-imposed therapy, led to the launching the brand, Anne X Jo-seph, LLC. Daniele’s pieces now include handcrafted, semifine necklaces, earrings, brace-lets, anklets and more. Daniele takes pride in sourcing high quality materials to make each piece, providing jewelry that will last at a price-point which won’t break the bank. She also loves receiving custom design requests, as I enjoy the process of working with my clients to design pieces that are truly unique to them. Additionally, Daniele collects vintage designer components to create unique, one of a kind, repurposed jewelry. Sus-tainable fashion is so important, now more than ever, and giving repurposed pieces a “second” beautiful life is one way to promote sustainability in a fashionable way.

When asked who her target customer base

is, Daniele states that they are individuals who appreciate carefully crafted, unique, sustainable fashion. Her goal is to make pieces which appeal to a range of tastes. You should be able to feel stylish, classy, bold, unique, luxuri-ous, and sophisticated when you wear one of her pieces.

While she is enjoying the pace at which Anne X Joseph has grown since she launched the brand, Daniele is in the process of expanding her skill set to be able to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps by making unique solid gold pieces. Although there are plans for growth of the brand, Daniele emphasizes that she will prioritize maintaining the ability to personally handcraft most of her pieces, ensuring each piece is made with love, care, and attention to detail.

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Ski season is in full swing, and if you’ve got a snowy getaway on the horizon you’ll need a winter wardrobe to match. Whether you’re cruising the green runs in Courchevel, going off-piste in Zermatt or indulging in some après ski fun in Aspen, there’s something for everyone in this year’s skiwear collections.



Make like a Bond girl in head-to-toe white. From slim-fit thermal tops and salopettes to puffer jackets and ski suits – with matching accessories, of course – you’ll be the chicest ski bunny on the piste.


A major trend on the runways recently, Fair Isle prints lend themselves perfectly to ski style, particularly when it comes to cosy baselayer tops and leggings.


The opposite of subtle, logomania is all about repping your favourite brands – with monogram prints and logos aplenty. Wrap up in a puffer jacket from the trend-led Pretty Little Thing ski range, or grab a brightly coloured beanie from the logotastic collaboration between Michael Kors and Ellesse.


For the eco-conscious or occasional skier, renting your gear instead of buying is better for the environment – and can be much cheaper too. Specialist sites like EcoSki ( and Snow Clothing Hire ( offer great value bundles and separates, while trendy fashion rental site HURR ( has recently added a ski section.


This season’s biggest boot trend – literally – will keep your feet well and truly warm when you’re stomping around in the snow. Choose from sporty, designer-inspired black padded boots or pretty pastel shades to match your all-white ensemble.

Swoosh down the pistes in style with these sporty essentials, says Katie Wright.

QUILTED FLATFORM WALKING BOOTS, £45, AVAILABLE FROM MARKS AND SPENCER MOON BOOT ICON LOW CREAM NYLON BOOTS, £120, AVAILABLE FROM MOON BOOT MY SUNDAY SKI PERFECT SKI PANTS WHITE, £210, AVAILABLE FROM MY SUNDAY SKI MK X ELLESSE RIBBED MERINO WOOL BEANIE, £120, AVAILABLE FROM MICHAEL KORS Dare 2b X Julien Macdonald Women’s Excursive Half-Zip Fleece White Black, £32.45 (was £65); Women’s Regimented Ski Trousers White, £69.95 (were £145), available from Dare 2b Pretty Little Thing Ski Black Faux Fur Hooded Printed Puffer, £46 (was £70); Ski Black Trousers, £39.75 (were £70), available from Pretty Little Thing Amaranth Pink Fair Isle Base Layer Top, £80; Base Layer Leggings, £80, available from Sweaty Betty (boots, stylist’s own)

Fierce Face Skin Clinic is a private secluded clinic in Battersea. Henrietta, founded the clinic based on prioritising discretion and personal attention. Are you tired of busy high street skin clinics, not knowing who’s going to be doing your skin that day? Founder Henrietta understands the importance of privacy, comfort and consistency, and has created a space that allows clients to leave their treatment feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, without the added stress of navigating crowded waiting rooms. Fierce Face also has non-invasive treatments. One of these is the Ulfit HIFU (High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound), a treatment for facial skin tightening, lifting, and body contouring.


• No down-time and pain free

• Lifts and tightens the skin

• Irons out wrinkles and fine lines

• Targets the ‘V’ line and jowl lines

• Reduces stubborn fat pockets by destroying fat cells on the chin and body

• Improves overall skin tone and texture

• Non-surgical, no knife, no needle facelift and skin tightening treatment

Fierce Face is offering complimentary consultations for the HIFU, where you’ll also have the opportunity to experience the clinic’s diagnostic imaging device, The Observ 520x, which visualises the total condition of your skin, including the underlying layers that are invisible to the human eye. They have flexible scheduling options, with hours from 8am to 10pm, Monday to Sunday. They are also really proud to have partnerships with community groups including local mum clubs and head offices, working with businesses and families on their skin health. Book a consultation today and discover the benefits of private, personalised skin care at Fierce Face Skin Clinic. | @fierce_face_aesthetics | | 07725162560


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Back pain, particularly lower back pain, is very common. It usually gets better within a few weeks, but sometimes it can last longer or keep coming back. Although back pain can be very distressing, most of the time it doesn’t represent a serious problem and can be treated with some simple lifestyle changes and physiotherapy.

Sometimes however, back pain could be a sign of an underlying issue, such as a slipped disc, sciatica (a trapped nerve) or arthritic changes causing inflammation and pain. So, if your pain doesn’t go away or keeps recurring, it’s a good idea to get your back checked out by a medical professional.

We spoke to Susanne Selvadurai, Lead Spinal Practitioner for St John & St Elizabeth Hospital’s surgical spine clinic to find out more about the causes of back pain and how to take care of your back. Susanne specialises in spinal physiotherapy and manages the spinal clinic at John & Lizzie’s, where she also assesses all the patients in


collaboration with the clinic’s lead orthopaedic surgeon, Mr Molloy, who is an expert in complex spinal cases and revision surgeries.

The causes of back pain

Back pain can be very frightening. Understanding some of the common causes, knowing what to look out for and the steps you should take, can give great peace of mind.

Should a young person have pain in their lower back and down a leg, it could be a sign of a torn disc. This will normally heal by itself within six weeks. The best thing to do in this situation is take it easy, be careful, and look after the problem at home.

Should the pain be severe and feel like it’s shooting down the back of a leg, stabbing in the buttock, or becoming strong pins and needles in the toes, this could suggest sciatica. This is most often due to a slipped disc compressing the nerve. In many cases, this will get better by itself in 4 to 6 weeks, but should the pain be really bad, a steroid injection could help relieve symptoms.

Typically, when an older person has back pain, this is due to stenosis in the spine, which is when the spinal canal narrows due to natural degenerative changes. When this happens, people may have buttock pain, heavy legs and tip a little forwards. Depending on the severity of the issue, they may struggle to walk. This problem may need to be fixed surgically.

Stenosis can happen at any level of the spine. When it happens higher up, it will affect your hands and arms, meaning you might feel pins and needles, shooting pains and electric shocks down one or both your arms. In this situation, as your spinal cord is being compressed, surgery will be needed.


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Back pain often improves by itself within a few weeks. However, there are things you can do to help speed up your recovery:

• Stay active and try to continue with your routine.

• Take paracetamol. If this doesn’t help, possibly take anti-inflammatories as well. Always check with a GP if in doubt.

• Use a heat pack to relieve stiffness or muscle spasms.

• Avoid not moving for long stretches of time.

Top tips for preventing a spinal injury

• Strengthen your core. A physiotherapist can teach you exercises for training your deep stabiliser muscles.

• Take up Pilates or swimming, both of which are ideal for deep muscle re-activation.

• If you need to lift something heavy, kneel down, hold the object close to your centre of gravity, and then stand.

St John & St Elizabeth Hospital’s specialist spinal surgery clinic was set up by Mr Sean Molloy, Consultant Spinal Surgeon, with the view of providing the most comprehensive service possible. The clinic can help with anything from routine spinal injections to complex revision surgeries.

The team has a unique multi-disciplinary approach, which consistently leads to outstanding outcomes.

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Preparing for Ski Season: How to avoid common injuries

With 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.

What are the most common skiing injuries?

As a higher-risk yet popular sport, overall injury

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.

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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.

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

Bunion surgery: Recover in time for strappy sandal season

Bunions can be a real pain, literally, and can increase your chances of being pain free and able to wear your favourite strappy sandals by the summertime.

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Mr Lee Parker from King Edward VII’s Hospital answers some FAQ’s about bunion surgery and how best to recover from it.

What are bunions?

Bunions are bony lumps that form at the base of the big toe on the inside side of the foot. They can be painful and make wearing certain footwear uncomfortable and sometimes, impossible. There are several different causes of bunions. They are partly genetic, often running in families and can be made worse with certain footwear choices.

Also known as a hallux valgus correction, bunion surgery involves correcting both the deformed bone and the lax tissues around the big toe.

What happens during bunion surgery?

Bunions are caused by a combination of a bone

deformity in the foot and laxity, or looseness, in the soft tissues surrounding the joints that help to maintain the internal structure of the foot. Because of this, most often a bunionectomy, that involves simply shaving the bone, isn’t enough to remedy the problem.

Instead, precise surgical cuts, called osteotomies, on the bones of the big toe are required to straighten-out the deformity. These cuts are then secured with small surgical screws, buried into the bone to allow the bone to heal in the correct position.

At the same time, the lax soft tissues are reinforced with surgical stitches to support the alignment of the big toe.

Bunion correction surgery is usually carried out while you’re asleep under a general anaesthetic or if health reasons prevent this, local anaestheic around your foot.

Either way, when your surgery is completed, your surgical team will apply heavy bandaging around your foot. This should remain in place for two weeks. You will be provided with a surgical shoe that can be worn over the top of the

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“There are several different causes of bunions. They are partly genetic, often running in families and can be made worse with certain footwear choices”

bandaging. This will allow you to walk on your heel for short distances, such as around your home, using crutches for support if necessary.

How will I manage my pain after surgery?

After surgery, it is normal to have minor low level pain. After the anaesthetic wears of, you are advised to take painkillers to help manage the pain for two weeks

During recovery, your foot will be supported by heavy bandaging to reduce swelling and pain. Once the dressings have been removed, continue to rest and elevate the foot and gently apply an ice pack to your foot which will reduce pain and swelling.

Are there any exercises I should be doing to aid my recovery?

After your bandages have been removed, you’ll be given exercises to help move the toe and strengthen the muscles in your forefoot. For the first two weeks, you should keep your foot elevated for 55 minutes in each hour, and you should only walk a few metres at a time, wearing your surgical shoe when weight bearing. After your two week check-up, and your bandages have been removed, you’ll be able to

spend more time walking and moving your toes and ankle.

It is recommended to gently and regularly move your toes to move the blood around and prevent DVT. Gentle swimming, cycling, yoga and pilates can be started 6-8 weeks after surgery.

What is the recovery like following bunion surgery?

In the majority of cases, you’ll be able to walk short distances using a surgical shoe on the same day as surgery. After six weeks, you should be able to wear normal shoes.

When will I get back to normal life?

If you have a desk-job, you should be fine to return to work after 3-4 weeks. You should allow 6-8 weeks off work if you have a manual job or you need to be on your feet all day.

Returning to running, contact sports and racquet sports is possible after four to six months post-surgery. Wearing insoles inside your can be helpful in preventing overloading the big toe and any subsequent swelling.

It should be possible to wear strappy sandals or short heels again from around three months post-surgery.

The King Edward VII Hospital Orthopaedic Surgery Department is a world leader in orthopaedics, including the management and treatment of bunions.

For more information, contact: Mon- Fri 0203 930 1392 or visit

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THE PRESSURES OF MODERN LIFE When does Stress become an Illness?

In the second of our regular features from The London General Practice, DR RAI discusses the effects of stress on the body and how this can become a problematic condition.

We all know the feeling, be it at work or at home; there’s just not enough time, and too much to do. Demanding deadlines in an unforgiving world where we’re always contactable and everyone expects an immediate response.

Stress affects us all; a little pressure can be good, making us more alert and responsive, but too much leads to declining performance, fatigue and potentially an inability to function.

Dr Rai who specialises in Anxiety and Stress Management at The London General Practice presents regularly on the topic to individuals, corporations and businesses.

“In some respects stress and anxiety are subjective measures and the outcome is dependent on several factors including the subjects own personal resilience. However, what we do know is that there are strong physiological links between stress, anxiety, and an individual’s ability to function correctly.

It’s important to realise that there are direct links between stress (which can feel like an intangible concept) and our medical health and wellbeing, resulting in real discernible changes to how we perform.

We also know that there are several factors which may make a person more susceptible to becoming severely impacted by stress or anxiety. These include their lifestyle, sleep patterns, alcohol, workload, underlying physical health as well as genetic or hereditary pre-dispositions.

Through our work with patients and organisations we provide consultations including screens for underlying medical issues, as well as give practical advice on relaxation, exercise, nutrition and sleep. There are also medical interventions which can be appropriate in some instances.”

Dr Rai also advocates thinking of our personal ‘resilience’ as a fixed resource. We may feel that the best way to deal with a stressful day is to hit the gym, or go for a run – ‘burning off the tensions of the day’. However if our reserves are already depleted as a result of prolonged stress then moderate or light exercise may be more beneficial, aiding recovery and guarding against

further illness or injury. Whilst this is a complex area there is a lot that can be done to help identify the issues and proactively implement changes in order to reduce the consequences of stress.

The London General Practice provides a wide range of Private Medical Services including helping individuals and organisations understand and deal with stress. If you would like to contact the Practice please telephone 020 7935 1000


The London General Practice 114a Harley Street, London W1G 7JL

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• Strong family history of bowel cancer. All family members should tell their GP if they have one first-degree relative diagnosed with bowel cancer before the age of 50, or two or more relatives diagnosed at any age, or one or more relatives with a known genetic condition linked to bowel cancer

• History of non-cancerous growths (polyps) in your bowel

• Longstanding inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis

• Type 2 diabetes

Lifestyle factors:

Bowel cancer, also known as colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK and the second biggest cancer killer. Over 42,000 people are diagnosed every year in the UK and can affect anyone of any age. More than nine out of ten are over the age of 50, and nearly six out of ten aged 70+.

However, more than 2,500 new cases are diagnosed each year in people under the age of 50. 1 in 15 men and 1 in 18 women will be diagnosed with bowel cancer during their lifetime.

Bowel cancer is treatable and curable if diagnosed at the earliest stage but drops significantly as the disease develops. More than 16,000 people die from bowel cancer in the UK every year.

Symptoms include:

• Bleeding from the back passage and/or blood in your stool

• Persistent, unexplained change in bowel habit

• A need to pass stool, even after opening your bowels.

• Unexplained weight loss.

• Extreme tiredness for no reason.

• A pain or lump in your abdomen.

Most people with these symptoms don’t have bowel cancer, but if you are concerned, please speak to your GP.


• Being over 50

• Avoid processed meat and limit red meat consumption

• Eat plenty of fibre from wholegrains, pulses, veg and fruit.

• Maintain a healthy body weight

• Increase physical activity

• Reduce alcohol consumption: about 6% in the UK are linked to alcohol

• Stop smoking: An estimated 7% of bowel cancer cases in the UK are linked to tobacco smoking


Screening tests healthy people to see if they show early signs of cancer, or non-cancerous growths (polyps) that may develop into cancer in the future. Removing these can reduce your risk of getting bowel cancer.

At the London General Practice they guide their patients to access screening techniques to detect bowel cancers early.

• Faecal immunochemical test (FIT) or Faecal occult blood test (FOBT). Both look for tiny traces of blood in a stool sample.

• CT Colonoscopy, or virtual colonoscopy . This is when your bowel is imaged using a CT scanner

• Bowel scope screening. This test involves an endoscopist using a flexible tube called a colonoscope with a light and a camera to examine the bowel and take samples where needed.


Would depend on each individual case, but may comprise surgery with chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Even cases of advanced bowel cancer, where cancer cells may have spread beyond the bowel, can be treated through a variety of novel techniques.


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The Kensington Wing

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

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

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


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

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

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

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



There are a number of reasons why you may wish to preserve your fertility:

• For social reasons

• Preparing to transition

• Ahead of treatment for cancer such as chemoor radiotherapy

• If you have been diagnosed with gynaecological conditions, such as endometriosis or ovarian cysts


Formerly the Assisted Conception Unit, The Fertility Centre is a longstanding centre of excellence for fertility treatment and care at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. In 2021 they enlarged the Centre with a new satellite service at West Middlesex University Hospital, extending patient care and convenient access across West London.

The Centre provides a broad and comprehensive range of fertility services to their patients –including IVF, ICSI and IUI – but their areas of particular expertise, include the management of women and couples over the age of 40, premature ovarian ageing or low ovarian reserve, and male or sperm-related infertility issues.

Notwithstanding their expertise in these complex fields, The Fertility Centre continues to perform very well in its success rates. They hold one of the highest clinical pregnancy rates amongst NHS hospitals in the UK (please visit for further information) and welcome NHS-funded patients and those seeking to selffund their care and treatment.

As well as treatment for those trying to conceive now, The Fertility Centre offer services for those who are considering their ability to conceive in the future. Fertility preservation through egg or embryo freezing is becoming increasingly popular and they can provide these services through their dedicated Fertility Preservation programme.

If you are thinking about your fertility health for future years, they also provide a range of fertility assessments - with packages for individuals as well as couples. Alongside tests and assessments, expert clinicians can explain your results and advise you accordingly.

In addition to their clinical expertise and range of treatment options, The Fertility Centre understands the inevitable stress and anxiety of fertility treatment. They are committed to supporting you every step of the way throughout your treatment. This includes sessions with their British Infertility Counselling Association and UK Council for Psychotherapy accredited counsellors.

The Fertility Centre team is always happy to support you and answer any questions. If you want to learn more or are ready to start your fertility journey, please contact them on 020 3315 8585 or email fertility-centre



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With a textured pattern and shiny gold finish, this funky ice bucket will give your dinner parties a touch of Art Deco elegance. A wonderful gift idea, it is sure to add style to those cocktail parties.


A modern take on mid-century style, our Sandringham 2 Seater Sofa is a stylish centrepiece for contemporary living spaces. Inspired by Scandinavian design, the sofa is characterised by a slender profile and gently flared arms that invite you in. Smooth cushions filled with resillent foam ensure sublime comfort whenever you sit. The Lilac Aquaclean Chenille upholstery provides a thick and luxurious look and feel, while ensuring protection from stains - simply remove marks with water. Pair with the Sandringham Footstool and matching Armchair to fill your living room with Scandi splendour.


A fabulous ornamental handmade screen from 3 panels made from bent bamboo and rattan pieces. In the grand picture they form a beautiful large ornament, successfully dividing a room.


Beautifully crafted from mango wood with a serene limewashed finish, exquisite wood grain detail and gold metal feature hardware, our Lowe range has a stylish contemporary touch without straying too far from classic design.


Blue colours with brown tones erupted into a mysterious palette in our Iris collection.


This luxury and iconic Jan Constantine Union Jack cushion is hand embroidered in deep navy blue pure wool with cream and red appliqué detail.


Katherine Brown Curtains and Blinds

window dressings and soft furnishings for projects throughout London for the last 15 years.

There’s nothing quite like new curtains and blinds to update and enhance an interior. It’s a great opportunity to add interest to any living space through the use of colour, texture and pattern and it’s that passion that drives the team at Katherine Brown Curtains and Blinds.

Katherine Brown Curtains and Blinds are passionate about creating high quality bespoke window dressings that are beautiful, inspiring and effective. They are a small and friendly team who have together been creating beautiful

They offer a completely integrated measuring, design, making and fitting service for bespoke curtains, blinds and other soft furnishings. They will help you decide on the best window dressing solutions for your windows, present you with inspiring fabric options, supply and fit curtain hardware such as tracks, poles and pelmets, and make and install your curtains and blinds. Further with their complementary services including soft furnishings, upholstered furniture and reupholstery they can help design and deliver a fully coordinated interior ensuring that you make decisions with complete confidence and that all aspects of your project are managed with the utmost care and attention.

So whether you’ve already chosen your fabrics or are totally overwhelmed by the choice the team are here and ready to help you - love where you live!

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The Modern British Collection

The Modern British kitchen collection is designed and manufactured in England. Their entire range is handmade from premium quality hardwoods, grown in Britain, and their designs include previously unseen (and unique to them) storage solutions.

Not surprising then that this company has achieved a Patent Award for its designs!

Designed by award-winning Architects, their range of kitchen styles are ’different by concept’ and offer truly unique details. Working closely with their clients and their advisors, ‘bespoke design’ can be taken to a new level creating furniture of distinction and individuality.

The collection includes the highly individual O’45 Kitchen that provides unique storage solutions by creating unique geometric solutions. The frame is available in a choice of hardwoods including an English Woodlands series. Their signature door and drawer frontals are available in either natural hardwood or a painted finish to a colour of your choice. Through clever design drawers are elevated to the status of ‘work centre’, making food preparation less of a stress and more pleasurable.

The Classic collection is the Modern British take on an in-frame ‘Modern Shaker’ style kitchen. It has the same uncompromising attention to detail and commitment to premium grade natural materials. They provide the same wide range of choices on wood types, colours and materials. At only 52mm, the cabinetry has the smallest plinth on the market, leaving more space inside for storage.

The Horizon collection combines contemporary

handle less design and sleek lines with handcrafted construction, again in sustainably sourced hardwoods of the highest quality. The modernity of the design is softened by the inclusion of hardwood details that introduce a beautiful touch of nature to the design.

Modern British has recognised the desire to extend the kitchen’s influence across the home. They have designed a collection of loose furniture pieces to complement the kitchen including dining tables and chairs, media centres, display cabinets, console tables, credenzas and a host of other accessories to complement your interior design. This extends to bedroom furniture with the same uncompromising commitment to quality design and construction.

New London Showroom now open at Design Centre Chelsea

“The collection includes the highly individual O’45 Kitchen that provides unique storage solutions by creating unique geometric solutions”

VICTORY COLOURS awarded top eco accreditation

Family-run paint specialists Victory Colours are celebrating after its products received a top accreditation recognising their eco credentials.

Victory Colours’ range of paints has been awarded the Indoor Air Comfort GOLD Product Certification. The accreditation, which is awarded by product testing specialists Eurofins, means its paints fulfils low product emissions and VOCs requirements.

The higher level Gold certification shows bestin class low emissions, making the paint good for indoor air quality.

Victoria Yardley, Managing Director of Victory Colours, said: “We are thrilled with these test results. Eurofins are renowned for putting products through the most vigorous testing process so to be recognised with a Gold certification is testament to our paints.

“When we started Victory Colours, we did so to make our products as eco-friendly as possible. We know we can’t change the world, but we can actively change our own immediate environment

and that of our customers.”

Offering exceptional quality paint with virtually no VOCs and solvents, Victory Colours puts the environment at the heart of its business.

There are more than 120 colours within the Victory Colours range, with capsule collections launched throughout the year. Victory Colours also offering a colour-matching service for shades not currently in the collections.


Offering exceptional quality emulsion with virtually no VOCs and solvents, Victory Colours puts the environment at the heart of its business.

The independent family-run firm has adopted an holistic approach to business; from making paint to order and delivering direct to the end user, to handpicking packaging that is fully recyclable or made from sustainable sources, such as bamboo.

There are over 80 coloursin the Victory Colours range with capsule collections launched throughout the year.

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Chloe savage embroidery offers a variety of services within the sewing and embroidery industry. We aim to ensure the longevity of needlework and embroidery skills which are endangered artforms alongside our commitment to sustainability. Services range from sewing kits for beginners to experts, private tuition, workshops, bespoke commission pieces, conservation, and restoration.


There are some furniture designs that seem to belong to both the past and the future, that wouldn’t look out of place in the home of your grandparent or grandchild, that give no clue to when they were designed by the way they look –are they a recent Barber and Osgerby triumph, or a classic Gio Ponti number?

Really, it’s thanks to the Modernist movement which began its climb to dominance in the early 1900s, properly getting going post World War II when contemporary designers turned their backs on the ornate classical furniture of their forbears, instead looking to tone things down and shake things up. As Le Corbusier put it; ‘A great epoch has begun. There exists a new spirit.’

Out went Art Deco, Neoclassical and Victorian styles – no more dark carved woods, gilded carpentry or rich patterns – and in came the shiny and new. Pared-back forms, a focus on function over style and visual lightness, all gloriously massproduced with gleaming new technologies, were

“Designed between 1927-31 for Louis Poulsen, when the first prototype of the PH Septima light was presented at the Danish Museum of Decorative Art, the crowd broke into spontaneous applause”

finally available and affordable(ish) to all.

Design icons rained down. Furniture took on sculptural, minimal forms as hallowed architects began producing smaller objects to fill their projects, and names such as Eames, Wegner, Castiglioni and Breuer were sanctified in the furniture hall of fame.

Jump forward to the present day, and the tubular steel is gleaming just as brightly as it did 70, 80, 90, 100 years ago, and those alluring curves look like they just fell out of the pages of a contemporary design magazine. Traversing the decades is no easy feat, yet several key 20th-century pieces of furniture have made the leap with ease, their utter minimalism protecting them from the ravages of time and blending them in so well with the present-day, it’s hard to tell what new and what’s a revered design icon.

We all know the bonafide classics – the Wishbone chairs, the Tulip tables, the Eames loungers – so let’s discover those (slightly) more under-the-radar pieces that have made it through the years thanks to their brilliantly time-proof aesthetic.

Wassily lounge chair by Marcel Breuer, 1925

Designed by Hungarian modernist architect Marcel Breuer in 1925, it’s hard to believe the gleaming shapely form of the Wassily lounge chair, now produced by Knoll, is hovering around its hundredth birthday!

PH Septima pendant light by Poul Henningsen, 1927

Designed between 1927-31 for Louis Poulsen, when the first prototype of the PH Septima light was presented at the Danish Museum of Decorative Art, the crowd broke into spontaneous applause.

S 533 by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, 1927

With sculptural curves slotting it into modernday sensibilities and the ongoing trend for all things round, the S 533 chair by leading GermanAmerican modernist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe defies the rules of time.


Poul Kjærholm piece, the seat is also referred to as the Hammock Chair to highlight its function of suspending the body between two points.

Snoopy lamp by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, 1967

A 1960s child in more ways than one, the Snoopy lamp by Italian architect and designer brothers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni was created in 1967, taking its shape from the loveable illustrative dog from the cartoon strip Peanuts which was at its peak at the time.

La Chaise by Charles & Ray Eames, 1948

The Dali-esque La Chaise by lauded American industrial designers Charles & Ray Eames was inspired by the Floating Figure sculpture by French artist Gaston Lachaise. A conceptual, freeform design on which the user could either recline or sit up straight on, the daybed is an icon of organic design.

CH07 Shell Lounge Chair by Hans J. Wegner, 1963

A new type of shell chair with three legs, no armrests and a deep recline, the CH07 Shell Lounge Chair was created by ‘master of chairs’ Danish architect Hans J. Wegner in 1963, its organically curving seat gaining it the nickname of ‘the smiling chair’.

Haller storage by Fritz Haller, 1965

Purposefully designed to be time-proof, Haller storage was designed by Swiss architect Fritz Haller for Swiss brand USM in 1965 and has had a place in New York’s Museum of Modern Art since 2001.

PK24 chaise lounge by Poul Kjærholm, 1965

Simple, elegant, and minimalist, the PK24 chaise lounge is an iconic

“A new type of shell chair with three legs, no armrests and a deep recline, the CH07 Shell Lounge Chair was created by ‘master of chairs’ Danish architect Hans J. Wegner”

Soriana lounge chair by Afra and Tobia Scarpa, 1969

Created by postmodern Italian architects and designers Afra and Tobia Scarpa in 1969, the Soriana lounge chair is a true style icon, changing the face of upholstered furniture and winning the illustrious Compasso d’Oro prize in 1970.

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Bespoke tufted rugs by Roger Oates

Over the last two years Roger Oates Design has developed a collection of tufted rugs drawing inspiration from the highly sought-after Venetian Flatweave Rugs and Runners

The contemporary hand-tufted rugs and runners use the same 100% British wool blend and heritage colour palette found in the Roger Oates flatweave collections. With a subtle nod to the company’s weaving heritage, stripes remain a key component of the designs, with cut and loop textures and varying pile heights creating depth and movement.

Now the company is expanding its collection with a bespoke tufted design service. The starting point is simply to recolour or resize an existing rug using shades from the 190 colours in the exclusive Roger Oates palette. Rugs can be made in any size up to 4m x 6m.

This tailored service brings boundless possibilities for customers to create their own Roger Oates Design tufted rug. For the more ambitious, a portfolio of sample designs has been created as an inspirational springboard using elements from several designs. Any shape of rug is possible from circles and squares to trapeziums

and triangles - endless design opportunities for a custom creation underfoot.

The rug designs come to life at a specialist Roger Oates Design workshop in Devon, which blends cutting-edge technology with traditional techniques. Individually made, every piece is hand-finished by a skilled team of craftspeople, trimming and shaping every design detail. The company has spent two years refining the methods, techniques and processes, along with the set-up of a new tufting facility unique to the UK.

Roger Oates Design provide an in-depth bespoke design consultation, offering a wealth of knowledge and guidance at every stage of the design process. From design sign-off, a handtufted rug can be delivered within 6 - 8 weeks.

Tufted rugs, samples and pom colours are available to view in the Roger Oates Design Chelsea Studio.

Roger Oates Design

31 Chelsea Wharf, 15 Lots Road, Chelsea SW10 0QJ Tel 020 3924 0171

Anything is possible with a tufted rugthe key is making a composition that is beautiful, refined and distinctive.
Tufted Samples – To inspire client’s own designs Osborn Fall – All tufted rugs can be made in bespoke colours and sizes Void Pebble – Showcases a variety of tufting techniques Devon Workshop – Rugs are tufted and hand-finished.




Residential Security


Our residential security package is designed to provide a layer of security to our Principals daily lives, reducing the risk of criminal activity and undesired attention against their family, home and possessions. We utilise our many years of experience and knowledge in personal security to secure the home in a variety of effective and practical ways. We offer 24/7 physical and technical security solutions for our Principals at their main residential property , as well as their weekend or overseas vacation residences. We undertake a full assessment, taking into account many factors such as personal and professional profile, lifestyle, local geography ,crime trends and law enforcement response. To create a complete bespoke security solution and give peace of mind.

Founded in 2011 and based in Mayfair London, Trojan Consultancy are a genuine and unique team of security professionals. We have served in SO14 (2) Royalty, Personal Protection branch of the Metropolitan Police Service, responsible for the security of the British Royal Family in the UK and overseas.

We have an unrivalled level of expertise and knowledge which allows us to deliver a professional and discreet style of security. Through our dedicated team we offer a variety of security services that has attracted High Net Worth clients, Government and non-Government organisations and Royalty from around the world. Having delivered security all over the globe, we have experienced all types of environments and varying levels of threat.

Founded in 2011 and based in Mayfair London, Trojan Consultancy are a genuine and unique Team of security professionals. We have served in SO14(2) Royalty Personal Protection the branch of the Metropolitan Police Service, responsible for the security of the British Royal Family, in the UK and overseas.

We have an unrivalled level of experience and knowledge which allows us to deliver a professional and discreet style of security. Through our dedicated team, we offer a variety of security services that has attracted High Net Worth clients, Government and non-government organisations and Royalty from around the world. Having delivered security all over the globe, we have experienced all types of environments and varying levels of threat.

We design, resource and deliver a security plan ensuring that the operational objectives are always achieved. Our levels of professionalism, integrity and experience is available to discerning clients of wealth, visibility and status who require a security resource who are used to delivering at the very highest level.

Our mission is to deliver the same standard of service to private clients that we delivered to the British Royal Family – The Royal Standard of security.

We design, resource and deliver a security plan that ensures that the operational objectives are always achieved. Our levels of professionalism, integrity and experience is available to discerning Clients, of wealth, visibility and status who require a security resource who are used to delivering at the very highest level

Our mission is to deliver the same standard of service to private Clients, that we delivered to The British Royal Family. The Royal Standard in Security.


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loomed flat weave is super-durable and works well in high footfall areas such as patios.

The geometric pattern of the Andalucia Zahara Rug features faded tones of pink, grey and gold. The Andalucia range is available in six different sizes and is the perfect choice for bringing Mediterranean flair to balconies, terraces and gardens. Priced from £155.

Days are getting longer. The outdoors will soon be beckoning. It’s time to get set for Spring!

What better way to embrace the new season than Weaver Green’s collection of soft-to-the-touch weather-proof rugs? These robust floor coverings transform the outdoors into an extension of your home. Their beautifully woven designs upgrade a plain patio or drab decking into a warm and welcoming space.

Yet perhaps best of all, each rug is made from up to 5,400 recycled plastic bottles. Besides making them good for the planet, this also makes this truly unique selection of floor coverings UV stable, mould and water-resistant as well as quick drying. And if they do get a little grubby, a quick spin in the washing machine and they’re good as new!

New for 2023, Weaver Green’s Andalucia Granada Rug blends the motifs of southern Spain and northern Africa in soft pastels. The hand-

The Medina Tangier Rug takes inspiration from Moroccan rug designs, in an on-trend monochrome print. Made from up to 5,400 recycled bottles, using the toughest weaving style, this understated, neutral design would look beautiful on outdoor patios and terraces. It is available in six sizes and priced from £155.

The flagship Nomad rug range is ideal for high traffic areas both indoors and ut as it’s one of the most durable designs, thanks to the weaving style used. This beautiful collection of Persian-style patterns feature burnt reds, greens, greys, yellows and blues to bring a taste of the East into your outdoor space. Each design comes in six different sizes, starting from £195.

Made entirely from recycled plastic, all of Weaver Green’s rugs are child- and pet-friendly. Their cosy underfoot feel is as soft as wool, clawresistant and uninteresting to moths and mites.To complement the look, Weaver Green has a wideranging collection of cushions, throws and floor cushions.

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Based in Brazil, transforming the table into a place full of smiles and joy for Brazil and the World is Alegoria Casa’s mission.

“Our work always starts from a lot of research, study and the search for the best materials. And it is a truly handmade and manual creation which makes each piece a unique work of art. We bring the pleasure of sharing unique pieces to the tables and to people’s conviviality that goes beyond the object, a surface and the material landscape. Basically we help create and colour special memories”, says artist Cristina Margherito – founder of Alegoria Casa.

In addition to seeking technical reference, another aspect that has been decisive in the use of very high quality materials for their artistic creations.

As well as paints imported from the United States and the United Kingdom, Alegoria Casa selects only first-rate crystals for its productions. The result is a portfolio with more than 50 unique prints for cups, glasses, plates, cups and vases that are shipped worldwide.

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Fresh new looks for ’23

The elegant Essen sofas are not only beautiful to look at, but also offer the ultimate in practicality. Constructed from modular components, allowing for ease of installation, they can be extended with additional modules and moved into multiple configurations to suit your lifestyle.

The Essen Two- and Three-Seat Sofas are available as standard or corner sofas. But for the height of luxury, the Essen Lounge Suite creates an inviting, curved seating zone for a spacious living space, seating up to nine people. The multipurpose Essen Ottoman can be used individually, to offer an extra seating option, or as an extension piece to the Essen sofas.

My Furniture’s new Lexington Pebble Grey range provides a contemporary look for bedrooms. The reeded detailing and brass legs look so chic on these soft grey painted pieces. While push catch drawer closures make for a neat finish. The 80cm high Lexington Pebble Grey Chest of Drawers has three drawers and the 60cm high Lexington Pebble Grey Bedside Table has two. To complete the look, the Lexington Pebble Grey Console Table has two slim drawers and would be perfect to use as a desk or dressing table.

Make 2023 a year of living gorgeously with three utterly stunning new concepts from My Furniture. Add a dash of effortless retro chic to the living room with the delightfully tactile Essen Cream Chenille lounge suite. Give your bedroom an understated touch of timeless design thanks to the Lexington Pebble Grey bedroom ensemble. And create a feast for the eyes in the dining room by serving up the shimmering glamour of Smoked Glass Emmeline collection.

Inspired by luxurious 1970s Californian interiors, the Essen Cream Chenille range is cool, calm and wonderfully tactile. The sprung seat and backrest, with deep foam and fibre topping, are upholstered in soft cream chenille and have a sumptuous fluted and blind-tufted finish.

There are four distinctive pieces in the new Emmeline Smoked Mirror collection from My Furniture. Choose a singular item for a standalone statement or combine two or more for extra glamour. For living areas, the eye-catching Emmeline Smoked Mirror Coffee Table and slim line Emmeline Smoked Mirror Side Table have an extravagant and glamorous appeal. They showcase a multi-faceted, toughened, smoked mirror base, bringing depth and sparkle to your room. They are completed with a toughened, smoked glass top. The tall and slim Emmeline Smoked Mirror Bar Table stands at 104cm tall and represents the ultimate in glamour for nights in with friends, while the Emmeline Smoked Mirror Dining Table will be a definite talking point, seating up to six people.


Cayman Island villa design concept by interior design house, SAINT & NOIRE

Saint and Noire have been appointed to project manage, design, and procure another luxurious villa; working closely and collaboratively with the client to create a minimal and striking family home, for work, leisure, and pure relaxation in an exquisite coastal marina of the Cayman Islands.

Inspired by the Bauhaus* avant-garde of the 20th century modernism, influential - from the iconic Mies Van Der Rohe classic armchairs, low lounge chairs and stripped soft furnishings to contemporary spotlighting, the design concept offers a truly compelling futuristic residential abode.

Industrial textures of wood, steel, metal and marble with clean lines, paintings, sculptures, elevate the muted grey, black, brown, and white accent colour palette - whilst a pop of colourful sheers and chrome trimmings, contrasts elegantly well with geometric shapes and modern aesthetics.

Bespoke elements from an exquisite piano and pool table - which transcends into a dining table and staple furniture from master craft makers Knoll and Minotti, wonderfully reflect the luxury innovative living vision, desired by the client.

Abundant natural light with endless large open windows, floods the open floor space, bringing warmth and clarity. Wooden panels divide the living, dining, and kitchen area with a spacious ebb & flow.

The bedroom designs are the epitome of lightweight comfort - luxurious textiles for the throws and pillows and a concealed walk-in wardrobes. The bathroom with its industrial walk-in shower, fitted with sparkly glass doors and

surrounded by concrete cast walls - is a modern classic sanctuary.

Saint and Noire - Luxury boutique interior design house based in London & Hertfordshire, founded by Interior Designer Lenka Marsh. Saint & Noire’s clients include luxury residential, commercial and developer projects. Lenka started her design career as a kitchen designer for the prestigious kitchen design brand - her unique designs have adorned the homes of A-List footballers and since she started her company she has gone global - with projects in the Cayman Islands, Lake Como and Monaco, to find out more visit

(*Bauhaus was an influential art and design movement which originated in 1919 in Germany, changing face of modernity forever.)


SKIN Interior Design

Award Winning Interior Designers

SKIN interior design London

Limited specialise in classic, timeless interiors with a modern edge, built around each client’s idiosyncrasies and personal story. With an approach to design that starts with getting under the skin of their clients – to uncover different layers of personality, diversity and taste – Lauren and Michelle’s aim is to create environments that surround people with beautiful things they love, which inspire confidence, ambition, passion and creativity. Colours, organisation, textures and patterns all have the power to change a mood. Their design philosophy has never been more relevant than today: “the reality is that the nature of home life in this post Covid-19 era is changing – with more time working from home, people are increasingly recognising they need to be in an environment today, that truly reflects an aspect of wellbeing,” says Lauren. Naturally, each SKIN project is bespoke and

tailored but united by the brand’s classic, yet hallmark look of pairing hand-selected vintage furniture finds and art with modern materials and styles. Whether creating interiors inspired by old world antiques, chinoiserie, French art deco or mid-century masters, they are unafraid of anachronistic pairings, so expect to find Louis XIV tables matched with Milo Baughman chairs or a Biedermeier chest with Maison Jansen into SKIN’s exciting living spaces.

“Lauren and Michelle’s aim is to create environments that surround people with beautiful things they love”

To find unique pieces for projects, Lauren and Michelle scout the world, frequenting estate sales and auction houses, exploring furniture markets and visiting their favourite shopping districts. As part of this international approach, Lauren and Michelle welcome clients to join them on their design journeys by offering one-on-one or small group shopping trips to London, Paris, New York and San Francisco. Whether it’s delving into San Francisco’s Design District or discovering fabrics in Paris’ Marché Saint-Pierre, Lauren and Michelle personalise each trip, offering expert guidance, and providing insights on the emotional impact of interiors along the way.

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SKIN not only takes on large interior design projects with private residential clients, developers, commercial and hospitality spaces, but also offers design consultancy and for smaller projects. They regularly use top world brands such as Pierre Frey, Jiun Ho, Dedar, Holly Hunt, Phillip Jeffries, House of Hackney, Timorous Beasties, Jean Paul Gaultier and many more.

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Ideas to create a naturally cosy home this winter

The cost of living crisis is looming large, and with energy bills set to soar, this winter rare-breed and natural sheepskin specialists Jord Home are here to help savvy homeowners reduce their energy bills by using warming textures to create a naturally cosy home this winter.

Every room feels cosier with a sheepskin. Jord Home hand-pick only the finest rare breed and sheepskins which are irresistibly soft and naturally warming.

Carefully selected neutral tones these special sheepskins create a relaxed, scandi-style that will make a home feel warmer this winter.

The choice of Instagram influencers and boutique hoteliers, not only are Jord Home’s natural sheepskins stunning to look at, placed over benches, chairs and sofas they instantly add comfort and warmth to seating and for a look that feels relaxed, cosy and welcoming.

Sheepskins layered over carpets or flooring add softness underfoot and keep the cold from creeping in. And there’s no need to just have one, mixing textures and colours creates interest and extra warmth.

And unlike synthetic sheepskins found on the

high street, Jord Home’s sheepskins are strokeably soft, naturally warm and ethically sourced.

Available in various sizes and natural shades

Thick, lustrous and naturally warm, Jord Home’s sustainable sourced Reindeer hides are the ultimate in cosy interior decor. Snuggle up to them on the sofa or lay them over bed linen for a timeless Nordic aesthetic that will keep the cold at bay.

Used for centuries to keep homes warm, a well chosen rug will instantly transform the feel of a room from cool to cosy.

Jord Home’s natural rugs are handwoven on a traditional wooden loom, using a centuries-old weaving practice and because they are a flat weave, they are double-sided so you can turn the rugs for longevity - making them a great investment for keeping homes cosier.

Versatile and ideal for extra layering when the temperatures fall, a home can never have too many blankets. Jord Home’s pure merino wool blankets are woven in one of the UK’s last remaining heritage mills. Woven in British wool they are naturally warm to the touch and long-lasting. Snuggle up under them now for warmth, then use them for picnics come summer.

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2023 Interior Trends with OLIVIA CROSHER

Olivia Crosher, Interior Designer at Naturewall introduces the emerging trends of 2023. This year is all about unique homes with personal touches, find your style and creative confidence!


Creating a unique home is all about mixing different styles and design periods.

Olivia’s top tip for a living room design is to mix old with new, take a vintage wooden chest as a side table, styled next to a large bouclé sofa and modern wall panelling.

Celebrate those period features in your property. Keep the original wood floors or heritage statement tiles. These are what make your home unique!


Earthy colours are here to stay in 2023, with golden hues and ocean blues set to be popular.

Both have very calming aspects to them, with a huge focus next year being on feel-good spaces.

Olivia suggests elevating your home with colourful furniture styled alongside wood panelling to compliment the look.


There will be a huge emphasis and shift to hand-

crafted furniture, textiles, and accessories. The 2023 wall covering trend is celebrating handmade, long-lasting, hand-woven fabrics as well as painted prints and bespoke textiles.

2023 is the year to slightly move away from a completely minimalist style, introduce personal touches to elevate the tone and feel of your space.

“Earthy colours are here to stay in 2023, with golden hues and ocean blues set to be popular”


Makers create beautifully designed bespoke kitchens and furniture . Each piece individually tailored for you and your home using only the finest sustainable materials to create stunning, timeless furniture . Quality is at the heart of what we do. Everything we make is designed and built without compromise to both look stunning and function perfectly for a lifetime. In our London workshop, expert cabinetmakers utilise the latest technology alongside traditional joinery techniques to craft all our kitchens, wardrobes and furniture. Makers are constantly evolving - our inspiring designs always feature the latest innovations married with unique details, finishes, materials, textures, and processes.

At Makers, we don’t have predesigned ranges to narrow your choice. We strive to create truly bespoke interiors -always individual, innovative, and sustainable. We work closely with you to reflect your style and vision. Each one of our beautifully designed pieces is unique, whether timeless or contemporary, it will always be inspiring. All our furniture is designed, made, and installed by us. Our Philosophy is simple, we believe everything we make should not only be as

beautiful as it is functional, but most importantly, it should be a joy to see and use every day.

We can bring any design to life whether it’s minimal and understated or a contemporary architectural look or a take on a timeless Shaker style. If you’re looking for something truly original, our design team will work with you to achieve your vision. Whatever your dream, Makers has the knowledge, experience, and craftspeople to create it. Our designers and project managers work closely together with you to provide an outstanding customer experience. Our aim is to make the whole process exciting and stress free.

Please visit us any time Tuesday to Saturday at our London showroom.


Top things to consider when choosing tiles for your bathroom

Tiles are the most popular wall and floor covering for bathrooms yet with so many options available, it can be difficult to know where to start. Here, Senior Designer at Ripples London Jo Sangster runs through the top things to consider when choosing tiles for your bathroom


Bathrooms need tiles that are non-porous, so look for ceramic or porcelain designs. These are the most popular choices whether it’s for walls or floor and there are so many options for colour, pattern, size, shape and style. Porcelain is durable, hardwearing and easy to clean with a luxurious look and feel. Ceramic is less expensive and easier to lay, as it’s not as weighty as porcelain but is still a great option for longevity. Both materials are compatible with underfloor heating and for a good slip resistance – look at the R rating.

You can use natural stone, especially for the floor – think slate, limestone and marble – but it will need to be fully sealed or treated before and in some cases after, installation. If you do want that

natural stone look, it’s best to go for a porcelain or ceramic stone effect and the same goes for wood, too. These days you can find timber-style tiles that enable you to create an organic feel while still making sure your bathroom is watertight. For feature areas such as splashbacks behind the basin or bath, glass or glazed mosaics will add wow factor and these are great for reflecting light around the room, making a small bathroom feel larger.


Think about the overall look and feel you want to create with your bathroom. Do you prefer a contemporary or classic style? Should it be tranquil and calming or are you after a splash of colour and some wow factor. Decide whether you want your tiles to stand out or blend in, as this will help you determine which design is best for you.

Think about the style and architecture of your property. A characterful Victorian house for instance would be perfect for a more detailed decorative tile, ideal for enhancing a classic roll-top bath with cross head taps and traditional pedestal basin. A more modern home on the other hand with sleek and seamless wall-hung sanitaryware and walk-in shower may be better suited to a neutral tile or statement decorative design.


Visit Ripples London at 26 England’s Lane, Belsize Park, London NW3 4TG, or call 020 7449 9594.

Ireland’s largest supplier of genuine quality Irish sheepskin products. Designer rugs, luxurious slippers and boutique pet beds, anything sheep related we have it, and if we don’t we can make it for you.

FAITH KU DESIGNS and creates unique one-of-a-kind natureinspired ceramic artworks. Her work draws inspiration from the intricate structures of botanical and fungal life and the cycles of regeneration in nature. She makes wall and tabletop pieces.

To view her work or for inquiries, visit and follow @faithandcoceramics on Instagram.

Bathroom Tile Guide

The last few years have definitely taught us all the importance of making sure our homes are also a sanctuary. Therefore, it is not surprising that bathroom tiles that can help us feel that we have escaped to a spa and provide a feeling of luxury are set to be a sought-after tile choice for 2023.

One way of creating this is through the use of Onyx tiles which have become particularly popular for their elegance, calming colour pallets and luxurious feel. This has led Floors of Stone to recently introduce their Caverna Pearl Porcelain tiles which replicate the appearance of real Onyx without being such an expensive option. Our Onyx-Effect tiles still provide a translucent feel with their highly polished surface that reflects the light beautifully.

Statements shapes are another way of creating visual interest across our floors and walls, particularly in bathroom spaces. Floors of Stone


These are just some of the many creative options when renovation a bathroom space. For further information or advice, you can contact Floors of Stone either by telephone on, 01509 234000, or via email at

have recently introduced their Saluzzo Pink Porcelain which is a hexagon shaped, terrazzo-effect tile, which is the perfect option if you are looking to create a space with a little personality and depth. The luxurious feel that you can create in a bathroom is timeless and one which will never get old. A classical chequerboard marble is always a desired look when customers are searching for the perfect bathroom tile. The Parisian Chequer Marble by Floors of Stone would be the ideal fit as it is created by giving a mix of black and white tumbled Marble tiles to create that timeless chequerboard floor.

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London Plastercraft

London Plastercraft has been an essential part of London’s architectural scene for over thirty years, and in this time has proven to be an invaluable asset to those who are involved in designing pieces that need an extra flourish. We profile the firm to discover more about what the team has to offer following the team’s tremendous success in this year’s Architectural Awards.

London Plastercraft Ltd are experts in their field. The team boasts over 200 Victorian cornice patterns, more than 100 Edwardian cornice patterns and over 100 Georgian cornice patterns. When their impressive collection of modern and period designs is factored in, the team hosts probably the largest stock of stock cornice patterns anywhere in the world. Their massive range of stock moulds is only one aspect of the business. The team are constantly innovating to create new and exciting designs from their Wimbledon workshop. Some projects require a period touch that can only be met with older designs, but others need new and bespoke patterns. The talented craftsmen and women at London Plastercraft have proven themselves capable of delivering exceptional results, working from photos, simple sketches, artist’s drawings and CAD renders to create a beautiful finished product.

Architects to turn London Plastercraft because of the team’s well-regarded ability to deliver whatever is required of them. The team’s long experience means that there is an experience group of specialist lime plaster and stucco craftsmen with vast experience in run-in situ moulded work, lath and plaster, exterior mouldings and render. London Plastercraft have played a crucial role in newbuilds and restoration work to the interiors and exteriors of various buildings including castles, churches, hotels and domestic dwellings. Every project brings its own set of unique challenges, and the London Plastercraft team have worked tirelessly to ensure that they can carry out any type of specialist moulded work and that we can match in any pattern no matter how simple or intricate. All sorts of materials can be used in this sort of work, including plaster of Paris, G.R.G., G.R.P., G.R.C. and Jesmonite. This in-depth knowledge has been key to many of the firm’s success, allowing the team to carry out incredibly challenging heritage restoration and conservation work. Often London Plastercraft is invited to analyse these examples and identify historic mortars and materials. This allows the team to undertake some superb reproduction work on a like-for-like basis.

The future of London Plastercraft seems to be in safe hands indeed, with the founding partners Mark McKeever and Bill Thompson and team always looking forward to new challenges. They are a resource to be treasured, always delivering a service that goes above and beyond. 314 Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham, SW6 2UA; 020 7736 5146

“London Plastercraft Ltd are experts in their field. The team boasts over 200 Victorian cornice patterns, more than 100 Edwardian cornice patterns and over 100 Georgian cornice patterns”


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Alessia Miro Interiors Ltd is a Notting Hill-based interior design studio that provides fully bespoke design services for residential properties throughout the UK and internationally.

Alessia Miro Interiors provides staging, sourcing, project coordination, and other services to clients in order to create unique and timeless homes.

AMI’s core vision is to develop strong relationships with clients and guide them in realising their own personal style and vision.

Just Artificial are UK’s leading suppliers of high quality artificial plants, trees, silk flowers and related accessories, which we offer at competitive prices.

Just Artificial work with interior designers, decorators, set dressers, architects and more to set your home apart from the rest. Our artificial plants, flowers, and trees are highly realistic to look and touch, as well as being durable and attractive. We offer Fire Retardant and UV Protected ranges too.

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How to style Pantone’s 2023 Colour of the Year VIVA MAGENTA

Viva Magenta is all about jewel tone accents and inventiveness, says Sam Wylie-Harris.

The Pantone Colour Institute experts have chosen ‘an unconventional shade for an unconventional time’ for 2023’s Colour of the Year – and Viva Magenta is certainly far from muted.

In fact, ‘brave, fearless, powerful and empowering’ is how this nuanced crimson-blended shade is described – ‘an animated red that revels in pure joy, encouraging experimentation and selfexpression without restraint’.

According to the Pantone pros, this ‘electrifying’ and ‘boundless’ shade manifests as a ‘stand-out statement’ – and we’ve no doubt it’ll do the same for your interiors.

“Vibrant and energising, Viva Magenta is the perfect accent colour to liven up a room,” says Chelsea Clark, head of brand at Lust Home.

“If you’re looking to make a statement, pair

the warm red hue with neutral or complementary colours that have the same undertone – and add some contrasting accessories for an extra touch.”

As Clark points out, the thought of using a bright or vibrant shade when decorating can be quite daunting at first, especially if it’s a break from the norm for you. After all, big aspirations call for confidence – but you can skip the expected curtains and scatter cushions pairing (depending on your budget) by switching up your wall treatments.

“Wallpaper is a great starting point when looking to dip your toes into the world of bright interiors,” says Clark. “Add a pop of Viva Magenta to your walls in the form of a patterned wallpaper and embrace the bold trend.”

Elsewhere, colourful paint effects can help you


pull off a major wall statement and take your blank canvas to the next level.

“Vixen is Graham & Brown’s take on Viva Magenta,” says James Greenwood, interior expert at Graham & Brown. A bold pink perfect for those who love playful colour, he acknowledges this vibrant hue can often seem quite overwhelming when introducing it to the home – but you don’t have to go all in at once.

As Greenwood says: “For a more easily translatable look into an interior scheme, colour blocking is a great way to incorporate a hot pink into your interior without being overpowering.”

Think about pairing with cooler pink and purple shades, underpinned by a warm neutral like a putty beige, he suggests, which keeps the brighter pops of colour grounded.

Emma Bestley, co-founder of YesColours, agrees – especially if you’re feeling more timid than fearless: “Viva Magenta is a classic hot pink and in colour terms, a pinkish, purplish red. This exact colour may be too intense for your walls, but we don’t have to take Pantone’s colour of the year so literally,” she says.

Indeed, Pantone cite Viva Magenta as ‘a shade rooted in nature descending from the red family –and expressive of a new signal of strength’. How you choose to channel this in your own home is open to interpretation.

Bestley suggests looking at varying tones of pink-purple to suit your needs: “It will still maintain that fearless assertiveness.”

Play around with different depths of saturation and tones to see what works for your space. With a deep pinky-mauve sophistication, Bestley says these shades can wrap you in warmth and comfort,

like cashmere.

“Some may see it as lusty, but we just see it as loving and kind,” she adds. Another way to get the look is by focusing on upholstery and soft furnishings and having some fun with fabrics.

“Be brave with a rich magenta sofa and matching feature wall, guaranteed to create a statement in your living room,” suggests Francesca Hadland from Bridgman.

“Echo the colour around the space with your accessories, from your throw cushions to your rug,” she adds.

“And, don’t forget to look to house plants and foliage to offset this bold colour palette with complimentary greens, bringing the bold shades of nature into your home.”

Best of all – with Pantone describing Viva Magenta as a ‘pulsating red shade whose exuberance promotes optimism and joy’ – think of all the spectacular ways you can work this joyous shade into your scheme when spring flowers start to bloom.

With peony flowered tulips turning heads, this red-pink hue will be cropping up everywhere.



Fenwick & Tilbrook is one of the leading bespoke paint brands in the UK.

Founders Simon and Clare Tilbrook first got into paint by reviving the manufacture for a brand that had ceased trading but showed huge promise. They saw a gap in the market for a premium paint brand offering truly high quality, pigment rich paint and so in Spring 2018, they launched their own range of 120 colours and began to sell their paints under their own brand of Fenwick & Tilbrook. Fast forward five years and the brand now offers a fabulous range of colours in six different finishes (from scrubbable emulsion to highly breathable claypaint for lime plaster), beautiful colour chip cards and a stunning portfolio of clients and projects across the country, with great customer service at the heart of it all.

With a deep connection to the environment, the unique and beautiful colours of the British countryside, coastline and wildlife have long inspired the Fenwick & Tilbrook paint range.

Readers may notice a few of the paint names are based on areas in Norfolk and this is because the brand is based in the beautiful village of Attlebridge between Norwich and the north Norfolk coastline. This part of the UK is a constant source of inspiration for the team when

it comes to creating new palettes and colours, with some favourites including Sheringham Beach, Holkham, Cley and Blickling Woods.

Brand Director Anna Hill comments; “We create all our colours by eye, mixing responsibly sourced solids with high quality natural pigments until the perfect shade is born. Our paints have incredible chroma and this intense depth of colour comes from the quality of the pigments found in each tin. The paint is water based and low in VOCs, making it one of the best choices of paint on the market.”

Whether you are a fan of bright and bold shades or prefer a classic and elegant neutral, Fenwick & Tilbrook have an extensive palette to choose from.


Fenwick & Tilbrook is made to order and dispatched same day, priced from £27 for 1 litre of Pure Matt emulsion.



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Founded 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 2023 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.

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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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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.

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Thinking of extending your Property in 2023-2024?

LoftCraft London are your local experts when it comes to extending your home. We can advise you on the best approach to add the desired space to your property and can manage the entire process for you from conception through to completion. Whether you are looking for a Loft Conversion with a Master Bedroom/Ensuite or a Rear Extension to create an open-plan kitchen diner, we will ensure it’s done right.


We pride ourselves on our extremely accurate inhouse cost estimating and for typical projects, we will work to a fixed scope and budget to ensure an efficient and reliable service.


We work with a range of suppliers which allows us to provide a variety of options when it comes to finishes. This means that every project is truly unique. Every tradesman that we work with has been carefully chosen both for their aptitude in their craft and their friendliness and professionalism.


If you’re looking for a simple solution that provides great functionality and adds value to your home, with minimal stress; LoftCraft can provide you with the benefit of a personalised, managed service to ensure that you get value for your money.


Our Project Management team is run by Jack Davey (the company founder) and Hugh Milway. Jack (a Civil Engineering graduate) has the hands-on experience of a tradesman, as well as extensive industry knowledge from working in all corners of the sector.

Hugh (a Structural Engineering graduate) also has extensive experience in this sector. He has Managed a variety of challenging conversion, renovation and extension projects nationwide, as well as a number of personal renovations.


You benefit from either having Jack or Hugh as your main point of contact from day one until your project is completed. We believe in delivering ‘Quality over quantity’ as we work on lower volumes of projects, allowing us to give greater focus and personal attention to our customers.


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One Stop Door Shop is an aluminium door retailer based in Watford, Hertfordshire. Working in partnership with an industry leading manufacturer they have over 10 years combined experience in supplying bespoke aluminium doors and windows.

A business with a wealth of experience to help all end users, from homeowners to contractors, with their complete door needs. Be it internal or external doors, their premium aluminium products are bespoke and made precisely to your measurements. They are determined, and confident, that they can provide what you are looking for. No project is too big or too small.

Offering Heritage French Doors for internal and external use, allowing you to use a cost-effective product that will enable the building to remain in keeping with its authentic self. Bifold Doors –incredibly versatile and aesthetically pleasing, they produce these in any configuration you desire, bring the outside in with a wall of glazing allowing your home to extend into the garden. Finally, aluminium panelled Designer Front Doors have become all the rage, they offer custom made doors to suit your home and budget.

One Stop Door Shop is proud of their industry leading processing times and delight themselves with turnarounds from as little as one week. Having built a successful working partnership with their manufacturing arm, who hold a vast quantity of profiles, they are able to fulfil orders within as little as 7 working days using their express service.

Coupled with their excellent customer service you will not be disappointed. With new products and innovations coming soon be sure to check out the website for all the latest news and launches. Their supply only service allows them to focus on what is important, quality, range, cost and speed.

One Stop Door Shop also offer showroom visits by appointment so you can see their range of doors and the configurations available. To receive a free no obligation quote, contact via their website at

“One Stop Door Shop is proud of their industry leading processing times and delight themselves with turnarounds from as little as one week”
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Sash windows that last a lifetime

When Patrick and Jessica purchased their family home in a conservation area in Southwest London, they were sure of one thing, the whole property needed to undergo a major upgrade. Whilst they had big plans to extend the 3-storey home and completely refurbish the property before they moved in, they also knew this was the opportunity to replace the original rotting sash windows too.

In keeping with the aesthetic and because the house was in a conservation area, the windows needed replacing like for like. The couple knew they wanted low maintenance, stable and high performance timber sash windows, but they were unsure about what timber would be right for the job.

After a huge amount of research online and visiting local joinery showrooms they opted for Accoya® wood windows. Accoya was recommended to them by friends and the London joinery company they picked – London Box Sash.

It was the most high-performance timber for the window frames and was sustainable too, sourced from FSC® certified forests. The couple had faith in London Box Sash as they had been using Accoya for over 10 years for its resistance to rot and swelling – no more sticky windows!

The icing on the cake was that the Accoya wood came with a 50-year warranty – not offered on any other wood. This gave confidence to the couple who decided Accoya windows were going to tick all the boxes.


New windows

Fast forward a few months and Patrick and Jessica’s new windows have been installed and the couple and their daughter have moved in. They are thrilled with the results.

“We couldn’t be more delighted with our new windows – they look fantastic! New windows are a significant investment and it’s reassuring to know that they will last a lifetime. Knowing that the windows are less resistant to swelling in heat or rain gives us great peace of mind.”

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A bespoke interior design service for residential and commercial projects

DHD Interiors was set up by David Hegarty, a degree qualified furniture and interior designer, who has spent over 30 years honing his craft while working alongside some of the industry’s leading inspirational creative forces (such as Nicky Haslam, David Collins, Joanna Wood and Rose Uniacke), before establishing his own practice over a decade ago.

David and his team offer a bespoke service in design and space planning, with creative input and direction, including all building work coordination and project management.

Starting with inception of the brief, through to design development and final client sign off, we progress through to procurement and installation, working closely with the main building contractor and specialists to ensure the programme is adhered to and the clients’ wishes are realised.

From simple plan layouts to fully realised design concepts with mood boards, sampling and colour schemes. Bespoke joinery and furniture drawings are also offered, along with soft furnishings, draperies and wall coverings, sourcing for special and unique pieces, styling, lighting, decorating, marble and tile work.

With many years of experience under his belt, David can call upon his network of craftsmen and suppliers to fulfil all different types of design briefs. No project is too large or small, we are able to quote from a small studio apartment to large refurbishment and construction projects.

If you are planning to renovate or move house, why not contact us for a consultation.

“My aim is to interpret the client’s wishes, guiding them to a considered and uniquely individual home. There should always be an element of surprise, something unexpected when you enter a room which will make the clients smile!” - David @dhd.interiors

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Garden rooms have become increasingly popular in recent years, and for good reason. They offer homeowners a space to escape, relax and enjoy the beauty of their outdoor surroundings, all from the comfort of their own home. Garden rooms have come a long way since the days of basic shed-like outbuildings, and now offer a high-end alternative to traditional home extensions.

St Albans based garden room builder Outdoor Modular Spaces, is at the forefront of this trend, creating beautiful and functional garden rooms that blend seamlessly into the natural environment. Their commitment to quality is evident in their choice of materials, which include high-end cladding options in Siberian Larch, Western Red Cedar, and a totally unique architectural cladding system, along with powder-coated aluminium fascia, flashing, trims, windows and doors.

Their garden rooms are designed to meet the specific needs of each customer, and are built to the highest standards. The aluminium used in the finishing of their garden rooms is not only strong and weather-resistant, but it also provides a sleek and modern aesthetic that is both attractive and

long-lasting. Their high-end cladding options offer a range of textures and colours that are not only beautiful, but are also UV-resistant, can come in a fire retardant finish and very easy to maintain.

Outdoor Modular Spaces’ expert team is dedicated to ensuring that each garden room they build is not only functional and beautiful, but also energy-efficient. They use the latest insulation and glazing technology to help keep the room warm in winter and cool in summer, reducing energy costs and making the garden room a comfortable place to be all year round.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a high-end garden room that will enhance your outdoor space, provide a comfortable and functional living space and stand the test of time, look no further than Outdoor Modular Spaces based in St Albans, Hertfordshire. They travel throughout London and the Southeast of England, bringing their expertise and commitment to quality to homeowners everywhere.

To see some of their creations, find them on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook. Alternatively, head to their website, for more information.

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There’s no doubt that embarking on a build project is a daunting prospect. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the number of things you’ll need to consider: what has to happen, in what order, who can help, and of course, the crucial question of how much it’s all going to end up costing.

This is where independent support can help. As a multi-disciplined consultancy, Project Friday guides you through the entire process, managing all aspects of design and build and ensuring you have a clear understanding of your project’s progress at every stage.

Whether managing minor home improvements or extensive construction, Project Friday takes a holistic approach working closely with each client to build a bespoke project package. Managing Director Amie Pinfield understands the different demands of each new build. She says: “Each project has a unique set of moving parts at any one time. Foreseeing, planning and managing these are absolutely key in determining the success of a project.”

Project Friday collaborates with a trusted, talented network of award-winning architects, influential designers, and experienced consultants and contractors. Amie and her team not only act as a direct liaison between the professional services, they also offer their own valuable advice and expertise, from concept to completion.

It’s no surprise that engaging in project management is no longer seen as an extravagance or unnecessary expense. The organisation and administration required to control multiple suppliers and services across interdependent phases can be a huge undertaking. Securing independent project management not only ensures a superior build, but also prevents time and money being wasted, and therefore stops costs spiraling.

As Amie explains: “Many project pitfalls are avoidable and are usually a result of unexpected costs, lack of communication and reactive management. I started Project Friday to help clients mitigate these risks by providing a wellplanned, communicated and cohesive management service. Navigating effectively to deliver projects on-time, within budget and to client expectation is at the heart of everything we do.”

To see how Project Friday can get your ideas moving forward, contact Amie today on +44 (0) 207 088 8206


HODKIN & JONES The Finest Quality

Founded 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”

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.

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


The 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

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 Natural Wood Floor Company, 20 Smugglers Way, Wandsworth, London, SW18 1EG.

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Our residential security package is designed to provide a layer of security to our Principals daily lives, reducing the risk of criminal activity and undesired attention against their family, home and possessions. We utilise our many years of experience and knowledge in personal security to secure the home in a variety of effective and practical ways. We offer 24/7 physical and technical security solutions for our Principals at their main residential property , as well as their weekend or overseas vacation residences. We undertake a full assessment, taking into account many factors such as personal and professional profile, lifestyle, local geography ,crime trends and law enforcement response. To create a complete bespoke security solution and give peace of mind.

Founded in 2011 and based in Mayfair London, Trojan Consultancy are a genuine and unique team of security professionals. We have served in SO14 (2) Royalty, Personal Protection branch of the Metropolitan Police Service, responsible for the security of the British Royal Family in the UK and overseas.

We have an unrivalled level of expertise and knowledge which allows us to deliver a professional and discreet style of security. Through our dedicated team we offer a variety of security services that has attracted High Net Worth clients, Government and non-Government organisations and Royalty from around the world. Having delivered security all over the globe, we have experienced all types of environments and varying levels of threat.

Founded in 2011 and based in Mayfair London, Trojan Consultancy are a genuine and unique Team of security professionals. We have served in SO14(2) Royalty Personal Protection the branch of the Metropolitan Police Service, responsible for the security of the British Royal Family, in the UK and overseas.

We have an unrivalled level of experience and knowledge which allows us to deliver a professional and discreet style of security. Through our dedicated team, we offer a variety of security services that has attracted High Net Worth clients, Government and non-government organisations and Royalty from around the world. Having delivered security all over the globe, we have experienced all types of environments and varying levels of threat.

We design, resource and deliver a security plan ensuring that the operational objectives are always achieved. Our levels of professionalism, integrity and experience is available to discerning clients of wealth, visibility and status who require a security resource who are used to delivering at the very highest level.

Our mission is to deliver the same standard of service to private clients that we delivered to the British Royal Family – The Royal Standard of security.

We design, resource and deliver a security plan that ensures that the operational objectives are always achieved. Our levels of professionalism, integrity and experience is available to discerning Clients, of wealth, visibility and status who require a security resource who are used to delivering at the very highest level

Our mission is to deliver the same standard of service to private Clients, that we delivered to The British Royal Family. The Royal Standard in Security.

WHO WE ARE Our Services Include


• Security Consultancy

» Security Consultancy

• Residential Security

» Security Drivers

• Security Drivers

» Security Training

• Security Training

• Yacht Security

» Yacht Security

• Asset Protection

» Asset Protection

• Event Security and Management

• Close Protection

» Event Security & Management

» Close Protection

• Venue Security

» Venue Security

• Security SME

» Security SME


Our spectacular property in the Turks and Caicos Islands is reminiscent of the Grand Villas of the Italian and French Riviera.

We are located directly on the internationally renowned Grace Bay Beach in Providenciales. Villa Renaissance’s Turks & Caicos boutique villas include 28 luxurious 1, 2 and 3 bedroom oceanfront suites and 8 charming poolside suites. Villa Renaissance offers a quiet tranquil setting for the perfect vacation.

Throughout our Villa Renaissance boutique villas, Italian style architecture inter-plays with the natural environment. The Pavilion and reception areas lead to the courtyard pool with its shady walkways, charming cottages and long, elegant and highly inviting mosaic pool/hot tub. A central archway within the center of the building emerges onto the beach boardwalk and endless splendor of Grace Bay Beach.

The suites in the main villa are housed in a 4 story building and each suite is accessible from semi-private elevators. All suites offer expansive ocean frontages from romantic Juliet balconies. Air conditioned interiors offer full modern kitchens featuring granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, separate dining and living areas, WI-Fi, US Cable TV, washer/dryer, telephones and Egyptian cotton linens.


Specialist plastering company that has been established for over 30 years.

Recently, the firm were selected in LUXLlfe’s 2018 Leading Designers Awards where they were awarded the accolade Most Outstanding Plastering Firm in London. They also won the Plastering Company of the Year award in LTG Lifestyle Awards 2018/2019 and the Best Plaster Restoration Company South East England award of BUILD 2018 Construction & Engineering.

Established in 1990, London Plastercraft Ltd have the largest range of stock cornice patterns anywhere with over 200 Victorian patterns, more than 100 Edwardian and over 100 Georgian, along with many other modern and period designs. Currently they have been developing cornice patterns to incorporate L.E.D lighting and also air conditions flow through designs.

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