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most trusted pet shops and grooming salons.

Focus On: Skin Lesions

A skin lesion is an abnormal area of skin which differs in appearance to surrounding skin, including moles, cysts, lipomas, birthmarks, blemishes, sun or age-related skin changes and skin tags.

Surgery is sometimes necessary for moles that have changed in appearance, lumps, bumps, and skin cancers. Freeze treatment with cryotherapy is also a useful treatment for benign skin lesions that do not require surgery

Who is it for?

Skin lesions can present in any skin type of any age from babies right through to the elderly. Chris can treat patients of all ages.

Why have surgery?

In some cases it is medically advised in order to provide a diagnosis, for example when a suspicious looking mole has changed. In other cases, skin lesions may catch on clothing, cause pain or make patients self-conscious; especially if a lesion is on a visible part of the face or body. Treatments are aimed at improving quality of life.

What are the types of treatment?

Surgery for skin lesions are typically performed under local anaesthetic in the outpatient department. Options are dependant on the specific issue and the necessary trade-off with scarring. They include cryotherapy, shave removal, or complete surgical excision. Scars can occasionally be treated with steroid injections.

More information is available at Consultant Plastic Sur geon
Professional | Approachable | Bespoke

Chris Abela is an experienced cosmetic surgeon and has trained in several leading skin cancer specialist units. 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.

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


We know that when you’re looking for a gym, you’re looking for more than just a place to work out. You want a gym that’s going to be there for you no matter what kind of fitness routine you’re trying to build, and we are more than happy to help.

Experience it for yourself by joining us for a FREE 7 DAY TRIAL. SPECIAL OFFER: Pay NO JOINING FEE with the code SPRING2023. Use the code when signing up for your Membership at Majestic Fitness. MAJESTIC FITNESS RICHMOND Call us: 020 8876 8634 Email: WhatsApp: 07402 939 393 1 Dairy Court, Orchard Road, Richmond TW9 4FG WE OFFER A FULL RANGE OF SERVICES, INCLUDING: • Brand new gym facility with top quality TechnoGym equipment • Over 200 Fitness Classes every month included in your Membership • Sauna • 1-2-1 and Small Group Personal Training • Massage and Physiotherapy • Venue hire for children’s birthday parties


Pet Pavilion features on our April cover. Born in 1995, Pet Pavilion are a family chain of pet stores specialising in pet products and Grooming with branches in Chelsea, Hampstead, Kensington, Notting Hill, Wimbledon & Primrose Hill.

From 20th – 24th June, thrill seekers and racegoers will come together to escape the ordinary and indulge in a week of celebration at Royal Ascot. Steeped in history, the illustrious event sets the stage for world-class horse racing in all its joy, igniting passions and inspiring new generations to leave their everyday at the door.

From 22-29 May 2023, the London neighbourhood of Belgravia will celebrate all creatures great and small, during the annual return of its flower festival, Belgravia in Bloom.

One of the few events given the green light to be held at the exclusive Royal Hospital Chelsea, Salon Privé London is the metropolitan sister show to the famous Salon Privé Blenheim classic car concours. Headline brands include Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Bentley, Aston Martin and many more.












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Royal Ascot

20-24 June 2023

From 20th – 24th June, thrill seekers and racegoers will come together to escape the ordinary and indulge in a week of celebration at Royal Ascot. Steeped in history, the illustrious event sets the stage for world-class horse racing in all its joy, igniting passions and inspiring new generations to leave their everyday at the door.

Watch on as world-class thoroughbreds thunder towards glory in the tranquil surroundings of the English countryside. With 7 flat races a day taking place on this famous course, Royal Ascot is where the finest horses, most esteemed trainers and champion jockeys come to compete for their place in history.

Whether you’re savouring a picnic in the Windsor Enclosure, cheering from across the track in the Village Enclosure, singing around the Bandstand in the Queen Anne Enclosure or donning your very best in the Royal Enclosure, each site at Royal Ascot has its own undeniable charm, guaranteed to exceed expectations.

Whichever enclosure you choose, you’ll enjoy the perfect backdrop to your Royal Ascot experience, courtesy of a talented line-up of live music acts.

The fashion on display at Royal Ascot is a spectacle of its own. Guests come to see and be seen – extravagant headpieces, bold patterns and bright colours set the sartorial trends for the


From Michelin-starred restaurants to Fine Dining establishments, the hospitality onsite is a feast for the eye and the palate. On-the-go eateries and pop-up bars provide refreshments throughout the day, and what better way to enjoy a glass of champagne than with a quintessential afternoon tea in the sun?

Unbridle yourself from routine at Royal Ascot. This is where the nation comes to play.

Tickets from £49 per person. Fine Dining hospitality packages from £299 + VAT. Join the merriment at

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23 – 25 May 2023

Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW), now in its 12th edition, will return to London in May.

Taking place across the whole of Clerkenwell, a neighbourhood renowned for its high concentration of architects and designers, the annual festival is set to offer its biggest programme yet –featuring more than 600 events and, for the first time, merging with its sister show, Design London.

CDW 2023 sees a total of 12 exhibition venues across Clerkenwell including: Design Fields, Contract, Light, Project, Elements, British Collection, Detail, Platform, Ceramics of Italy, Old Sessions House (the festival hub), and two new additions – Catapult and The Garden.

While these unique venues will present over 300 design brands and emerging talent covering furniture, kitchens and bathrooms, materials and surfaces, textiles, decorative accessories, and lighting, an extensive network of more than 130 local showroom partners will host product launches, workshops and talks over the three days of the festival.

Headlining this year’s CDW Presents programme is a specially commissioned installation by British artist, Steve Messam – who exhibits internationally and is well known for his largescale, inflatable artwork reimagining our everyday surroundings.

At the festival, the County Durham-based artist will bring his distinctive public art – sponsored by 3D design software company, SketchUp – to St John’s Gate of the Order of St John. This site-specific piece, titled Gateway and measuring 6m (height) by 15.5m (length), will feature 27 giant spikes hand-sewn in a striking blue textile. It forms part of Messam’s ongoing art series taking over historic architectural sites – and inviting the public to examine their environment in a new light through its deliberately ambiguous shape and size. In addition to Gateway, visitors will have the opportunity to experience Messam’s artistic treatment of the iconic telephone boxes –sponsored by Budvar. K6, originally designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott for the coronation of George V in 1935, is one of the most recognised telephone boxes; while K2 – also designed by Scott in 1924 – was the first national telephone box, many of which were initially installed in Clerkenwell. Spread over three locations, the former is located on Cowcross Street, and the latter can be found on Clerkenwell Road as well as outside St James’s Church.


For the full programme and to register for FREE festival passes visit

Instagram: @clerkenwelldesignweek

Twitter: @cdwfestival


Steve Messam, K2 PLP Architecture Steve Messam, Gateway Ziba Homes Kirkby Design


Close protection is a specialist security service often thought to be the reserve of the ‘rich and famous’. However, in the modern world of police cuts and an increase in crime close protection services have become ever more popular with families and business owners.

So, what is close protection and what does it entail? Close protection more widely referred to as bodyguard services, or personal protection is the provision of physical personal security to protect a person or group of people from harm or attack be it targeted or a general local threat.

Essentially, it is hiring bodyguards. Not your stereotypical burly bodyguard romanticised and depicted in TV and film, but a discrete nonimposing, non-threatening professional close protection operative (CPO) embedded with a family or company that does not draw unwanted or unwarranted attention by undesirables. They are typically from a military or police background using their vast training and experience to keep clients safe from danger.

Despite how bodyguards are perceived, close protection operatives do not spend each day toeto-toe fighting off enemies. Research and planning

bodyguards can blend in as family members, work colleagues, or nannies”

are key, identifying threats and risks, and avoiding any physical altercation at all costs. Real-world bodyguards can blend in as family members, work colleagues, or nannies. Female bodyguards are increasingly popular with high-net-worth families with their stealth ability and emotional intelligence. With close protection being such a vital service for high-profile and high-risk individuals and families it is important to hire bodyguards through a highly credible, experienced, and established security company that is licensed and insured to provide such services. It is worth noting that household staffing agencies cannot legally satisfy these prerequisites.

Westminster Security is a leading close protection company in the UK providing an array of personal security services in London, throughout the home counties, and beyond.


Professionals in protection. For more information visit or call 0207 123 4544


The Carlton Tower celebrates Spring with new seasonal menu

This spring, The Carlton Tower is delighted to announce a new seasonal menu available to guests at Al Mare restaurant. Inspired by Italy’s rich tapestry of history, and the warmer months filled with light and rebirth, Al Mare’s new mouthwatering spring menu features an array of dishes designed to delight and inspire.

Carefully created by the restaurant’s talented food teams, the new menu includes Tartare di Tonno, (£26.00), consisting of Mediterranean bluefin tuna, avocado, apple and topped with yogurt & Oscietra caviar, L’Orto, (£21.00) a selection of seasonal cooked & raw vegetables with dressing, Tagliolini al limone con Tartare di Gamberi Rossi, (£36.00) featuring, homemade tagliolini pasta, Mazara del Vallo shrimps, Amalfi lemon, burrata cheese, oyster leaf & saltwort, and Eliche ai Frutti di Mare & Pesci di Scoglio, (£34.00) with fresh Eliche pasta, a mix of seafood & a rich fish sauce.

With each dish a fresh and colourful plate poised to tempt even the pickiest of diners, be sure to partner with one of Al Mare’s signature cocktails or carefully selected wines to truly make it a meal to remember.

For those with a sweet tooth, Al Mare does not disappoint, with a number of beautifully crafted desserts sure to put a smile of anybody’s face. From Cioccolato e Frutto della Passione, (£14.00) a rich chocolate mousse with a soft tropical sorbet, and Italian classic Tiramisù, (£12.00) dark chocolate & fresh espresso coffee as well as an array of ice creams and sweet treats.

Flavio Ringer, Director of Food and Beverage at The Carlton Tower says, “Spring is my favourite time of year, it symbolises rebirth and enjoyment after the cold winter months. The team and I are so excited to launch the new menu and look forward to welcome guests into the restaurant.”

The Carlton Tower Jumeirah, 1 Cadogan Place, London SW1X 9PY

“The team and I are so excited to launch the new menu and look forward to welcome guests into the restaurant”

Into the Wild: Belgravia in Bloom 2023

The annual flower festival returns from 22-29 May, coinciding with RHS Chelsea Flower Show

From 22-29 May 2023, the London neighbourhood of Belgravia will celebrate all creatures great and small, during the annual return of its flower festival, Belgravia in Bloom.

Themed ‘Into the Wild’, Belgravia for the duration of the festival will be home to some of the world’s most beautiful and eclectic species, all recreated as colourful, vibrant floral installations. From majestic tigers to delicate butterflies, the displays will depict some of the most surprising and exotic animals to lesser-known UK wildlife, celebrating all things furry, feathered, scaly and creepy crawly.

Coinciding with RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the 8th annual Belgravia in Bloom festival falls during the month of King Charles III’s Coronation. A number of installations will celebrate the King’s ascension to the throne, with ‘kings’ and ‘queens’ of habitats depicted with royal adornments.

The leading boutiques and landmark restaurants on Elizabeth Street, Motcomb Street, Pimlico Road and Eccleston Yards will be abloom with unique floral-themed exhibits, promotions, dishes and experiences. Floral creations will be brought to life by the neighbourhood’s iconic florists, including Neill Strain, Moyses Stevens and Judith Blacklock.

Belgravia’s streets will be transformed into a wondrous wilderness with a series of

striking displays and experiences at every turn, cementing its status as one of London’s most ‘Instagrammable’ neighbourhoods.

Throughout the festival, Belgravia’s leading florists and delightful shops and restaurants will come together to create and host a series of unmissable floral themed events, offers and experiences, including ‘Into the Wild’ themed floral products, menus and cocktails.

More details will be announced soon.

Located just moments from Victoria train and tube station, and with plenty to do, see, explore, and eat, there’s no better time than the present to explore Belgravia.

To stay up-to-date with the latest festival news and announcements, visit and follow @belgravia_ldn on Instagram. #IntoTheWild #BelgraviaInBloom

“Belgravia for the duration of the festival will be home to some of the world’s most beautiful and eclectic species”

A Century of Excellence in British Floristry

Since its inception in 1876, Moyses Stevens has been setting the standard for the finest artistry and quality in floristry. The company has become synonymous with sophistication, elegance, and timeless beauty. Its reputation as a purveyor of exquisite blooms has only grown over the years, cementing its status as one of the most respected florists in the world.

Their journey began over a century ago with its first shop in London Victoria. Its exquisite floral arrangements quickly garnered a following among the city’s elite. By the 1920s, its Berkeley Square location had become a daily “veritable Chelsea Flower Show,” a testament to the company’s unwavering commitment to excellence.

Today, Moyses Stevens has six inspiring shops throughout London, a flourishing floristry studio, and a Flower School housed within the iconic Battersea Power Station development. Their success is due in no small part to its commitment to quality. Every florist employed is fully trained in all aspects of the traditional art of floristry, with skilled florists working in dedicated departments.

The company’s contract team creates impactful weekly flowers for some of London’s finest landmark locations, while its Events team brings

their skill and creativity to wonderful parties and occasions.

For those with a love of flowers, their Flower School offers a range of courses, from creating their famous hand-tied bouquets to arranging exquisite seasonal flowers in a vase, or even designing a unique bridal bouquet. The possibilities are endless, and the choice is yours.

The florists receive fresh flower deliveries daily, directly from various British growers, Holland, Columbia, and Ecuador, thereby cutting out any middlemen and ensuring everlasting freshness and great stock quantity throughout the group. Beautiful floral gifts leave its premises in branded Moyses Stevens hand-tied flower bags, bearing the company’s iconic sage green and burgundy colours and the Royal Warrant, wrapped within signature gift wrap with the famous ‘Moyses ribbon.’

Moyses Stevens continues to flourish and enjoy a special place in the London floral scene. Its century-long commitment to quality and creativity continues to set the standard for floristry in the United Kingdom.

For more details visit Tel: 020 8772 0094 (Head Office and Floristry Studio)

“For those with a love of flowers, their Flower School offers a range of courses”



Wednesday 7th June - Saturday 17th June 2023

Now in its 27th year, Hampton Court Palace Festival, presented by heycar, has announced its stellar line-up for a series of truly special concerts in a truly unique location. Artists perform in an intimate 3,000-seat auditorium in Base Court, set against the backdrop of Henry VIII’s magnificent Tudor Palace.

Returning to Hampton Court Palace Festival this year following an electrifying performance in 2021 is bastion of British music Tom Jones. Through an unprecedented career spanning five and a half decades, he has sold over 100 million records worldwide, with 36 Top 40 hits in the UK and 19 in the USA. Tom will take to the Hampton Court Palace stage on 14 June to perform a host of revered tracks from his formidable catalogue, including It’s Not Unusual, Delilah, What’s New Pussycat, She’s a Lady, and Sex Bomb.

Opening the festival on Wednesday 7th June will be Soft Cell who burst onto the British music scene with the all-conquering hit single Tainted Love, which reached the top of the UK singles chart in 1981. Three top 10 albums followed, including their debut Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret and 1983 follow up The Art of Falling Apart. Their headline performance at Hampton Court Palace will see the duo perform all of their greatest hits,

including the aforementioned Tainted Love, Say Hello, Wave Goodbye, Torch, What, and Bedsitter. Also joining the line-up is Jersey City’s Kool & The Gang. Famed for their R&B, Soul and funk fusion, their catalogue of melodious hits includes Celebration, Ladies’ Night, Get It Down and Joanna, the group achieved an incredible 17 top 40 singles in the UK between 1979 and 1985. They also scored a top 10 album to boot, with 1981’s Something Special. Kool & The Gang will take to the Hampton Court Palace stage on 9 June.

This year’s line-up also includes legendary singer, songwriter and actress Grace Jones, BRIT Award winning indie-rockers Kaiser Chiefs, global sensations Björn Again, and closing this year’s Festival - legendary pop hit-maker Rick Astley.

Attendees arriving at the Palace Gardens can

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Grace Jones Tom Jones (Michael Kovac, Wireimage, Getty) Rick Astley
“This year’s line-up also includes legendary singer, songwriter and actress Grace Jones”

enjoy a spot of picnicking in the spectacular surroundings with a range of delicious Street Food options.

Make the most of your time in the glorious grounds of Hampton Court Palace by arriving early and starting your summer evening with a delicious ‘Best of British’ Picnic or Hamper, proudly bought to you by British Fine Foods. So, relax and soak up the pre-concert atmosphere while indulging in seasonal mouth-watering food from leading artisan producers across the British Isles, winners of Great Taste Awards, World Cheese Awards, and holders of A Royal Warrant.

To ensure you enjoy the very best quality, British Fine Foods have created a range of 4-course gourmet menus to choose from within The Courtiers Picnic, the Queens Picnic, or the Kings Hamper. The ‘Best of British’ Picnics and Hampers start from £99.00*, and each selection

serves two people and paired with fine wines or a chilled bottle of Champagne. *Booking fees apply.

Over the past 15 years, British Fine Foods have created and provided bespoke hampers for an exciting variety of clients and Summer events including: Wimbledon, Royal Ascot, Epsom Derby, The Oval, Royal Henley Regatta, and BBC Proms & Radio 2 in Hyde Park.


Tickets are on sale now available at


Wednesday 7 June

Soft Cell

Thursday 8 June

Grace Jones

Friday 9 June

Kool & The Gang

Saturday 10 June

Kaiser Chiefs

Wednesday 14 June

Tom Jones

Friday 16 June

Bjorn Again

Saturday 17 June Rick Astley


Exclusive dining and corporate entertainment packages in the palace’s spectacular state apartments are also available to purchase nowfor a truly unforgettable experience. The festival offers the perfect opportunity to celebrate special occasions or entertain key business clients in a prestigious setting. With a stunning 3 course dinner, private dining and exclusive access to the palace on top of flowing champagne and fine wines throughout the evening, guests are sure to leave with memories they’ll never forget. For hospitality enquiries please email

Facebook @HamptonCourtPalaceFestival Twitter @HCPfestival

Instagram @HCPfestival

Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, KT8 9AU

Book tickets:


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Kaiser Chiefs Bjorn Again Kool & The Gang


Hampton Court Palace Festival are delighted to be partnering this year with British Fine Foods to bring you the tastiest picnic offering yet. Make the most of your time in the glorious grounds of the Palace by arriving early and starting your summer evening with a delicious ‘Best of British’ Picnic or Hamper, proudly bought to you by British Fine Foods.

To ensure you enjoy the very best quality, they have created a range of 4-course gourmet menus to choose from within The Courtiers Picnic or the Kings Hamper. The ‘Best of British’ Picnics and Hampers start from £99.00, and each selection serves two people and is paired with fine wines or a chilled bottle of Champagne.

A ‘Best of British’ can be purchased at the time of booking your concert tickets, or added to your existing order if you have already purchased your concert admission. Your picnic will be available for collection from the East Front Gardens where you can enjoy your scrumptious spread in the regal surroundings before taking your seat in Base Court for the evening’s performance.

So, relax and soak up the pre-concert atmosphere while indulging in seasonal mouthwatering food from leading artisan producers across the British Isles, winners of Great Taste

Awards, World Cheese Awards, and holders of A Royal Warrant.

British Fine Foods was established in 2007 by husband and wife, Andrew & Pam Harper, to celebrate the best of British artisan produce, and to provide Luxury Food Hampers of the highest quality and provenance. From Dorset Potted Crab, accompanied by Scottish Isles Oaties, to Champion Sausage Rolls from the West Country, and Award Winning Winterdale, the UK’s 1st carbon neutrally produced cheese, BFF create delicious and sustainable Picnics.

The year’s Hampton Court Palace Festival will welcome Tom Jones, Grace Jones, Kaiser Chiefs, Rick Astley, Soft Cell, Kool & The Gang and Bjorn Again.

Tickets are available now at

“Relax and soak up the pre-concert atmosphere while indulging in seasonal mouth-watering food from leading artisan producers”
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Hendy Group and the new MOKE Electric

a great opportunity to showcase the car to our VIP guests.”

The evening offered guests a chance to relax at the drinks reception and the opportunity to take a closer look at the new car and learn more about its benefits from the MOKE Hendy team.

Hendy Group launched the new MOKE Electric in style recently with Bournemouth’s WestBeach restaurant providing the perfect seafront backdrop for the VIP event.

Hendy Group is the UK’s exclusive distributor of MOKE and Harry Pearson, Head of Performance at the group said the event was designed to mark the arrival of the MOKE Electric on the south coast.

“The MOKE Electric represents a new era of eco-friendly motoring for this iconic brand,” said Harry, “Interest in the new model has been high since it was announced last year, and the event was


To book a test drive of the MOKE Electric, visit and experience the fun, vibrant world of MOKE.

“It was a good opportunity for us to talk to existing and potential buyers about MOKE which really has become an iconic name in motoring since it was first launched back in the 1960s,” said Harry. “The feedback from the guests was so enthusiastic and we’re looking forward to meeting increased demand for this fun and innovative car in its new electric guise.”

The MOKE Electric heralds a new era for MOKE with the latest model bringing the brand right up to date with its eco-friendly credentials. Made in Britain, the new model has been designed to inspire and delight a new generation of motorists.

Fully electric and ideal for dashing around town and enjoying the summer sun, MOKE Electric has a range of 75 miles and it takes just four hours to full charge from a mains charger.

The car has a top speed of 50mph and is available in a range of vibrant colours including wave blue, sunset orange, sunlight yellow, scuba blue and granite grey which add to the car’s playful and cheerful personality.

The MOKE Electric’s compact size and agile handling make it perfect for urban driving, enjoying the countryside or seaside jaunts and its low carbon footprint makes it an eco-friendly choice for those who care about the environment.

“It’s perfect for those who want to make a statement with their car while minimising their carbon footprint,” added Harry. “And with summer fast approaching the MOKE Electric really is perfect to enjoy wind in your hair motoring.”

“The MOKE Electric’s compact size and agile handling make it perfect for urban driving”


Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, from 12 May

34 years after having starred in the original West End production, Michael Ball returns to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s celebrated musical Aspects of Love for a strictly limited season, this time playing the role of George.

Joining Michael Ball will be Olivier nominated Laura Pitt-Pulford (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Sunset Boulevard), Jamie Bogyo (Moulin Rouge! The Musical) and Danielle de Niese (Man of La Mancha and It’s a Wonderful Life English National Opera).

In ravaged post war France, beautiful actress Rose Vibert finds herself homeless and penniless after her hoped-for career break play closes early. Invited to a country villa by a love struck young American, Alex Dillingham, she impulsively accepts. When unexpectedly interrupted by Alex’s distinguished uncle George, everything changes. So begins a tumultuous 20-year love story, entwining the three of them and George’s mistress, the feisty artist Giulietta. Everything changes once again when Rose’s daughter Jenny turns 18.

From the cobbled streets of Paris, through the French countryside to the splendours of Venice, Aspects of Love is a sweeping romantic story of passion, love, betrayal and heartbreak across three generations, where they discover how love - in its many forms - truly does change everything.

With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Don Black and Charles Hart, based on the novel by David Garnett, Aspects of Love is directed by Jonathan Kent. Visit for more information.


You can enjoy a 2-course meal at Brasserie Zédel and be transported to the heart of Paris with a Band A ticket to see Aspects of Love, just around the corner at the Lyric Theatre, for the package price of £75 (Monday) or £85 (Tuesday to Thursday) from 12 May until 20 July 2023.

Book online at nimaxtheatres. com and enter promo code AspectsZedel in the top left corner of the booking page or call 0330 333 4812.

Please note, Michael Ball will not perform on Monday performances from 29 May onwards.

Terms & Conditions: The package includes a £75 or £85 ticket and two course meal at Brasserie Zédel from a set menu, plus a glass of wine, or coffee or tea. Subject to availability and excluding 25 May. No cash alternative. Please note, you will need to pre-book your table by emailing or calling 020 7734 4888.

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‘Nothing in the world will ever be the same’
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Global superstar Ellie Goulding is set to thrill fans as the headline music act in a concert performance during the AIG Women’s Open at Walton Heath this August.

For the very first time, live music will feature as part of a new, enhanced fan experience that looks to attract new and diverse audiences to the championship to enjoy women’s golf at the very highest level. BRIT Award winner Ellie Goulding will entertain fans on Saturday 12 August following the close of play.

Along with the live music performance from Ellie Goulding, fans can look forward to the new festival fan village that will feature:

• Festival village stage featuring panel discussions with leading names from sport, business and entertainment.

• Golf It! Zone which will feature fun golf activities to introduce fans to the sport

• Interactive golf experiences including VR and e-sports

• Big screens to watch golf and other leading women’s sport including the FIFA Women’s World Cup

• A new food and beverage offering which will feature a collective of exciting, passionate and diverse street food traders.

The AIG Women’s Open heads to Walton Heath from 9-13 August 2023 for the very first time, where the world’s best players will take on the famed Surrey course. Current world number one Lydia Ko of New Zealand, world number two Nelly Korda and fellow American Lexi Thompson, have already qualified for the Championship.

Tickets are now on sale via AIGWomensOpen. com. Adult tickets are available from £20, with Saturday tickets including full day of golf action and entry to Ellie Goulding concert priced at £55. A number of offers are also available, including a £10 discount when booking a weekend bundle and a saving of £40 when booking the new fiveday ticket offering.

Mastercard holders are also eligible to receive £5 off their transaction when booking with a valid Mastercard on checkout.

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Claridge’s - the legendary Mayfair hotel - often referred to as the ‘annexe of Buckingham Palace’, will be unveiling a series of special royal moments this May 2023.

Claridge’s Archivist Kate Hudson has searched through the hotel’s distinguished historical archives to unveil some of its most memorable royal moments and treasures. Showcased for all to see in Claridge’s Coronation Archive Windows, this display will have a particular focus on royal coronations throughout the 200 year life of the hotel. Mementos include pages from Queen Victoria’s diary, celebratory fans created by the hotel in 1911 for the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary, and Claridge’s menus and cocktail cards created for the coronations of King George VI in 1937 and Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. The showcase will also include treasures that have been collected over the years from a charming figural biscuit tin in the form of the royal state coronation coach.

Claridge’s Coronation Archive Windows will be open to view in the hotel’s lobby throughout May 2023, when the Mayfair hotel will also be proudly flying Union Jack flags across its entrance bringing a sense of pomp and ceremony to Brook Street.

Meanwhile, the hotel’s signature Claridge’s Crest Cake, will have an extra regal touch. The crown in the hotel’s emblem acts as a symbol of status and Claridge’s royal appointment, and so – for the week of the Coronation – will be flourished with gold leaf. Claridge’s newest barThe Painter’s Room - will create a special drinks menu, nodding to the fact that King Charles

proudly flying Union Jack flags across its entrance”

himself is a celebrated painter. The cocktail list will reflect the King’s love of his garden at Highgrove and all things floral, botanical and sustainable.

Claridge’s has long been seen as ‘the royal hostelry’ from as far back as the nineteenth century and has a wealth of royal stories and anecdotes. For one Coronation, extra emergency flagpoles had to be added to the brickwork of the hotel in order to fly the flags for the many different royals and royal dignitaries staying at Claridge’s. Another legendary royal tale was that a few days before a notable royal occasion, when a harassed diplomat telephoned the hotel and asked to speak to the King, the response was “Certainly sir, but which one?”.

For more details, please visit Claridge’s, Brook Street, Mayfair, W1K 4HR

“Claridge’s Coronation Archive Windows will be open to view in the hotel’s lobby throughout May 2023, when the Mayfair hotel will also be

Ginza St James’s

Ginza St James’s boasts authentic Japanese dining that incorporates contemporary presentation with flair and professionalism, led by General Manager Richard Jayakody. The elegant restaurant features the main 70-seat dining room, as well as three distinctive counters for theatrical interactive dining – Sushi Omakase, Teppanyaki and Robata, each with eight seats. Private dining is also taken very seriously at Ginza St James’s, with three distinct rooms with capacity up to 12.

Ginza’s main menus mix traditional and modern from Head Chef Pavel Kanja – but the core Japanese ingredients are key to each dish and include the finest quality – from Wagyu Beef and Kobe Gyu, to Lobster, Red Shrimps and Caviar.

Typical dishes on the à la carte menu feature Kagoshima Wagyu Tartare, Hamachi Carpaccio, Lobster Tempura, Coconut Silken Tofu, Seafood Sukiyaki, Black Cod Saikyo Yaki, and Nigiri and Sashimi Platters

Each month a new, short very traditional and specialist ‘Gatsu’ set lunch menu is showcased –£40pp for three courses, ideal for a quick meal but with no compromise on dishes and ingredients (a glass of cold or warm Sake can be added for

£10). Great value is also offered with the set Lunch Kyoyu Sharing Menu for two people (£74), including a glass of sake and a range of classic dishes always on offer, including starters to share (Yellowtail Carpaccio, Ginza Chicken Karage Rolls, and Seaweed Salad), and individual main dishes (BBQ Salmon Teriyaki or Baby Chicken grilled on the Teppanyaki with Yuzu Pepper Sauce), Several Tasting Menus allow a luxurious sampling showcase - the Utage seven-course menu (£150pp ) includes a Sashimi Selection, Hamachi Tartare, Lobster Tempura, King Prawns, Dryaged Scottish Rib, Fried Rice and Miso Soup, and Coconut Silken Tofu.

More than 70 Sakes are offered, including many rare options, and Sparkling Sake is a hugely popular as a Champagne alternative. The wine list has strength in Burgundy and Bordeaux, but has been devised with the Japanese menu influences in mind, and the sommelier Angela Lorea can offer inspired assistance.

The new ground-floor Bar has a cocktail list devised by legendary mixologist Tony Vega, whose inventive style incorporates many Japanese flavours with delicious results. Tokyo Mary is a bes-seller (with Haku vodka, tomato and ponzu).

A Japanese Afternoon Tea is a charming ceremony each Saturday and Sunday from Noon4pm (£45pp), with a tea trolley of Japanese teas, a selection of savoury and sweet delicacies such as Maki Rolls, Black Cod Croquettes,Teriyaki Beef to Lychee Sorbet and Mango and Green Tea Mochi.


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Opening Hours – Daily Lunch from Noon (until 3pm Monday-Friday, 4pm at weekends) and Dinner 5pm-10pm

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9-14 May 2023, Battersea Park

back young dealer Jacksons Antique with Asian and European antique objects and works of art, and Marie Ducasse Design with mid-century furniture, lighting and decoration, who join the many regular exhibitors taking part.

A frequently observed and unique aspect of the Fair is the breadth of stock available across every period and style, to suit every budget.

One of the most beautiful events of the spring, The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair has its second edition of the year in Battersea Park the week after the coronation.

Amongst the 130+ stands of traditional and informal antiques, 20th century design and works of art is a seasonal focus on garden-related furniture, objects, planters and statuary. Exhibitors come from across the UK to display their carefully gathered collections of country house antiques, art nouveau and deco designs, mid-century classics, glass and silverware, decorative textiles, out of the ordinary lighting and mirrors, collectable curios and unexpected treasures, shown alongside art and sculpture of all eras and styles from traditional to contemporary.

For the garden, discover unusual decorative objects, sculpture, planters and furniture with dealers such as Muse The Sculpture Company who specialise in contemporary bronzes and large-scale works to commission for outdoor spaces, Nicholas Gifford-Mead one of London’s leading experts in fine antique garden furniture and statuary, Wakelin & Linfield who favour elegant ironwork decoration such as étagères (open shelves for displaying potted plants), benches and urns and Inglis-Hall Antiques where folk art weathervanes can often be found,

New exhibitors being welcomed this Spring are Anthony James & Son Ltd a long-standing London family firm specialising in antique furniture, mirrors and objects from the Queen Anne, Georgian, Regency and Victorian periods, and Sam Kohn Fine Living based in Lillie Road Fulham with decorative twentieth century design.

The Organisers are also delighted to welcome

The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair has a relaxed and laid-back ambiance, where professional designers and trade buyers rub shoulders with private clients and international collectors of all ages.

Celebrities and international royalty are often seen at the Fair in a private capacity, enjoying the freedom of browsing in peace. For further information visit @decorativefair Autumn Fair, 3-8 October 2023

Pair of wrought iron garden chairs. Mid 20th Century; Shell pink opaline, 1960s Murano glass lamps, by Cenedese; Oil on panel, Marigolds c1927, by Fanny Wilhelmina Hjelm (Sweden 1858-1944)


Get baking for the 2023 World Chelsea Bun Awards and create delicious memories

Lady Sophie Windsor, also known as the actress Sophie Winkleman, and actress and cake expert Jane Asher, who are both patrons of The Children’s Surgery Foundation, will judge this year’s World Chelsea Bun Awards. Other judges will include John Shepherd, owner of Partridges Fine Foods and Munther Haddad, the Chairman of The Children’s Surgery Foundation and a Senior Consultant Paediatric and Neonatal Surgeon.

This year for the 5th annual bake-off, there will be both an Instagram Competition plus a Live Tasting Competition at Partridges in Chelsea. Although both competitions are free to enter, bakers are encouraged to donate to the chosen charity, The Children’s Surgery Foundation.

To enter the Instagram Competition, all bakers need to do is make some Chelsea Buns, photograph them and post the photo on Instagram using the hashtag #worldchelseabunawards and tag in @world.chelsea.bun.awards or email their photograph via The competition closes on Wednesday 17th May at 5pm, and the winner will receive a Partridges Hamper full of treats, a Partridges Certificate and a World Chelsea Bun Awards apron donated by Initially London.

To enter the Live Tasting Competition, bakers need to bring or post their Chelsea Buns to Partridges, 2-5 Duke of York Square, Chelsea,

SW3 4LY, to arrive by 5pm on Friday 19th May.

Chelsea Buns can be entered into one of three categories: Children (under 18); Adults and Professional Bakers. Winners of each category will receive a bespoke Partridges hamper, a certificate, a World Chelsea Bun Awards Winners Apron from Initially London, and the overall winner will become ‘The Supreme Champion Chelsea Bun Baker 2023’.

On Saturday 20th May Lady Sophie Windsor, John Shepherd and Munther Haddad will taste and judge the Chelsea Buns at Partridges in Duke of York Square. The buns will then be taken to The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond for Jane Asher to judge them. Jane is performing the lead role in Somerset Maugham’s 1921 comedy The Circle from 29th April - 17th June 2023.

Buns in both competitions will be judged on how appetising they look, the originality/creativity of the recipe and the presentation/plating. The winners will be announced on Instagram and at on Monday 22nd May 2022.

“This year for the 5th annual bake-off, there will be both an Instagram Competition plus a Live Tasting Competition at Partridges in Chelsea”
Jane Asher Sophie Windsor Mr John Shepherd, Partridge’s

Tower Bridge will once again provide the stunning backdrop to the finale of this year’s Ford RideLondon-Essex 100, 60 and 30-mile challenge rides on Sunday 28 May.

The Ford RideLondon-Essex 100, 60 and 30 are the three mass participation rides that form part of the world’s greatest festival of cycling, and, for a second year, the routes will start on Victoria Embankment in central London and finish in spectacular fashion at Tower Bridge.

A renewed partnership with Essex County Council means the routes will again enable participants to explore Essex, where sponsor Ford is also headquartered. A wide range of improvements have been put in place for 2023 following feedback and engagement on the 2022 event.

These include:

• improved start process using St James’s Park in central London

• improved local access plans for communities on the route

• increased provision of managed vehicle crossing points on the route

• improved communications with social care providers

• enhanced engagement programme with businesses on the route to help them plan ahead

• working with schools and community groups on the route to develop cycling and active travel initiatives around Ford RideLondon-Essex

The Ford-RideLondon-Essex 100 route will head out of London past the Olympic Park and

Routes revealed for 2023


Sunday 28 May 2023

through the London boroughs of Westminster, City of London, Tower Hamlets, Newham, Hackney, Waltham Forest and Redbridge, before heading out into Essex via Epping Forest. This circuit of Essex will see riders pass through some of the county’s most picturesque towns, villages and countryside, including Epping, Ongar, Great Dunmow, Felsted and Writtle, with a section of the route a replica of the 2014 Tour de France stage that went through Essex and finished in central London.

The Ford RideLondon-Essex 60, the ride designed for people looking for a moderate challenge, reaches as far as Ongar in Essex before returning to finish in Southwark at Tower Bridge, while the Ford RideLondon-Essex 30, designed for those looking to take part in their first mass participation ride, reaches South Woodford before heading back to central London and the jawdropping Finish Line.

For more information including full route maps of the Ford RideLondon-Essex 100, Ford RideLondon-Essex 60 and Ford RideLondon-Essex 30, visit

“A renewed partnership with Essex County Council means the routes will again enable participants to explore Essex”
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The London Marathon returns to its traditional slot in 2023, on Sunday 23 April.

The 26.2mile route has remained largely unchanged since the inaugural race in 1981 and encompasses many of the capital’s most mesmerising landmarks, old and new. The race starts in Blackheath, then heads into central London, winding its way past multiple iconic landmarks including Cutty Sark in Greenwich, The Shard, Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf, London Eye and Big Benbefore finishing in The Mall with a backdrop of Buckingham Palace.

An iconic image of the event are the thousands of runners pounding the streets with sheer determination, to raise money for charity, many in fancy dress, hoping to stand out from the crowds. More than three quarters of competitors now run for a good cause and a third of all entry places are offered by charitable organisations. The London Marathon was first held on 29 March 1981 and the total raised for charity so far exceeds an astonishing £1 billion.

The spectators at the London Marathon are said to be some of the best in the world, lining both sides of the course cheering on and encouraging elite, club, charity and fun runners as they make their way to the finish line. There will be a host


Sunday 23 April 2023

British running legend Sir Mo Farah confirmed to take part in the World’s biggest marathon

of celebrity runners this year including: Golden Globe-winning actor Josh O’Connor, who played Prince Charles in the Netflix series The Crown, Chris Evans, Harry Judd and Jake Quickenden. EastEnders actors past and present will be running in memory of Dame Barbara Windsor, raising money and awareness for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Sir Mo was forced to withdraw from last year’s TCS London Marathon just days before the race after sustaining a hamstring injury. He has now recovered from that setback and is looking forward to returning to his hometown marathon for the first time since 2019.

For exclusive coverage in the build-up to the 2023 TCS London Marathon, make sure you follow @LondonMarathon on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Twitter.

BBC TV will be broadcasting live coverage and highlights.

There is no race in the world that comes close to the London Marathon.

“An iconic image of the event are the thousands of runners pounding the streets with sheer determination, to raise money for charity”


The Inaugural International Edition of



Christie’s is collaborating with the renowned designers and event producers Jane Schulak and David Stark as the Tastemakers for the inaugural international edition of The Collector online, in London, New York and Paris in April.

A celebration of the Decorative Arts, these sales are the first of a new bi-annual auction series selling concurrently across locations. This innovative evolution of The Collector unifies the auction calendar, reflecting the global nature of demand and providing new and existing collectors, dealers and decorators with an enhanced buying

experience spanning the full breadth and depth of works offered.

The sales will open for bidding on 4 April, closing sequentially on 18, 19 and 20 April in London, New York and Paris, respectively. Pre-sale highlights exhibitions designed by the Tastemakers will be on view to the public in each location, demonstrating inspiring and relevant ways to enjoy living with and displaying decorative arts in dynamic settings of all periods. Estimates range from some lots offered with no reserve up to £180,000 / $210,000 / €200,000.

Comprising over 600 lots in total, The

In collaboration with Tastemakers Jane Schulak and David Stark

Collector sales series showcase important European, English and 19th century furniture and works of art, silver, ceramics, glass, clocks and gold boxes from the 16th to the 20th century, which highlight the enduring craftsmanship and beauty of exceptional works of art.

Jane Schulak and David Stark commented: “It’s an honour to inaugurate Christie’s International Tastemakers program for The Collector sales series, collaborating with their teams in New York, London and Paris to bring immersive installations of curated auction lots to life. It’s been great fun shining the spotlight on historic objects that are a direct path from the 18th century to the 21st century, recontextualizing them as surprisingly contemporary in an electric mix of juxtapositions.”

Nick Sims, Christie’s Global Managing Director, Classic Art, commented: “I am delighted that in response to demand in this category, we have improved the format of this important sale series to reflect the International buying needs of our clients. We have been privileged to collaborate with Jane Schulak and David Stark on this April relaunch, which invites us to look at precious pieces of history in a different and innovative context.”


Designer Jane Schulak is the founder and creative director of non-profit Culture Lab Detroit. She has served on the boards of the University of Michigan School of Architecture, Cranbrook Art Academy and Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. She lives in Detroit. David Stark, president and chief creative officer of David Stark Design and Production, is an acclaimed event producer,


For more information on The Collector online auction, visit

designer, and author. His books include David Stark: The Art of the Party, and his work features in numerous publications. His clients include celebrities, major corporations, and museums, and he has appeared as a party planning expert on such programs as Today and The View. He lives in Brooklyn.

In their recently published book At the Artisan’s Table Jane Schulak and David Stark present ‘stunning contemporary tabletop designs inspired by historical decorative objects from the world’s great museums paired with pieces by an international array of contemporary artisans who reinterpret traditional crafts and styles’ (Vendome Press).

“Treillage, reinterpreted in graphic fluorescence is the great connector between the three cities –grounded in history but reinterpreted with a pop sensibility. It works beautifully as a backdrop for all the objects in the sale irrespective of period and origin” explain Jane Schulak and David Stark.

“We assigned each city a different treillage color, but at the same time kept the walls and floors consistent between all. It was essential to establish a visual thread between the geographies, so that we were able to seamlessly incorporate such a wide variety of objects that might not otherwise find themselves in the same room. It was also important to find a way to add levity to the proceedings and avoid bowing to the pressure of freezing these objects in ‘period’ rooms. The unexpected pops of blazing color give a context that is very NOW with a respectful wink to history.”

Christie’s specialists working on The Collector sales in London, New York and Paris collectively share over 400 years of expertise between them. The Decorative Arts are fundamental to the DNA of Christie’s.


THE MANDRAKE, FITZROVIA Get set for a mind-altering journey at this surreal hotel

The Mandrake in London demonstrates how a hotel can double as a creative gallery space, says Sarah Marshall.

There’s no finer furnishing to grace a grand entrance than a chandelier. Whether it’s an antique piece crafted from the finest Murano glass, or a Gothic wrought iron fitting flickering with candles, a hotel’s choice of lighting reveals a great deal about your stay.

It takes me some time to work out exactly what’s hanging from the lobby of the Mandrake Hotel in London’s Fitzrovia. Ebony tassels tumble from several concentric crowns of wax lanterns, but there’s something a little more unusual about the material – it’s made from human hair.

Surreal and delightfully perplexing, the installation by hairdresser and artist Robert Masciave uses 200m of real-life manes to decorate The Haunted Chandelier, made by jewellery designer Lara Bohinc. It’s one of many pieces commissioned by the hotel’s art-loving owner Rami Fustok, who has fashioned the 33-room property into a hotel, restaurant, wellness space and gallery.

Inspired by the medicinal properties of ‘the mandrake’ (a Mediterranean plant belonging to the nightshade family, supposedly resembling the human form and historically used in rituals), rooms are named after legendary healing and hallucinogenic plants – but the artworks alone are enough to spin me into a mind-altering state.

An antelope dressed in a peacock’s body appears to leap above the bar, while an extravagant ostrich with a snakeskin neck parades it’s feathers in the dining area. There are also works by big names such as Salvador Dali, Jeff Koons and Marc Chagall scattered throughout the labyrinthine property. Each piece has its own message to convey, making it very clear this is more than just eccentric interior design.

The idea a hotel can also double as an art space makes sense: away from our everyday stresses, it’s much easier to appreciate statement-making sculptures and thought-provoking paintings. Equally, art has the power to soothe and relax –essential for a successful weekend away.

In fact, every element of the hotel is a creation.

In the YOPO restaurant, chef George ScottToft has prepared a South American and European inspired menu with an emphasis on spice and flavour. Standout dishes include a seabass with charred avocado and roasted pineapple, and a side of grilled Sicilian aubergine served with puffed rice, and a miso made with 28 ingredients.

Next door, in the Waeska bar, a cocktail menu is based on ethnobotany, with drinks made using herbs and botanicals. Fans of spicy infusions will enjoy the Mangosteen, made with chipotle agave and jalapeno vinegar on a tequila base.

And while a courtyard decorated with ferns and passion flowers is a winner in warmer months, seductive scents fill the corridors year-round. Carefully concocted by award-winning British perfumer Azzi Glasser, jasmine and fig are two key ingredients used in the secret potion said to heighten sense and arouse sexual desire.

Aphrodisiacs aside, though, it’s very easy to fall in love with a hotel built on creativity and beauty –both inside and out.

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“An antelope dressed in a peacock’s body appears to leap above the bar”


1947 to 1957. These images are marked by the grace of the Majorcan model Andrea Gutiérrez, “who embodied that timeless woman, of yesterday or today” as the photographer wrote in her preface.

Turning at times to colour, the photos shared in the second book go back in time in an exploration of the Dior archives. Signed by Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri, the pieces and their adjoining texts by Olivier Saillard relate thus while facing the artist’s lens, the history of a House in perpetual movement.

The third opus reproduces Sarah Moon’s

In continuation of the dialogue between Dior and Sarah Moon, the House is publishing an elegant box set of images taken by the photographer, most of which were created especially for this publication, notably at the Fondation Le Corbusier or at Dior’s archives.

“Fabric is the sole impetus of our dreams. And fashion, in short, is the result of a dream, and dreams area form of escape” , Christian Dior wrote in his memoirs. An elusive and impalpable dream of fashion that Sarah Moon nonetheless manages to capture in her evanescent and powerfully textured photos. A pictorial and gestural form of poetry, transcending the Dior spirit and style, which expresses the force emanating from the silhouettes imagined by Christian Dior and his successors, particularly those of Maria Grazia Chiuri, Creative Director of Dior Women’s collections.

In ode to multifaceted femininity, sublime by its very complexity, the work of Sarah Moon is unveiled in an outstanding edition of three beautiful books, each celebrating the many facets of Dior and the architectural essence of its creations. The first volume presents a selection of staged compositions, which explore the variations of black and white in their infinity, with a special focus on the iconic models of Christian Dior from

“Fabric is the sole impetus of our dreams. And fashion, in short, is the result of a dream, and dreams area form of escape”

conversation with Maria Grazia Chiuri initiated in 2016. Haloed in ablur that bestows a magnetic aura, the images invite the reader to discover the singular relationship uniting the two women and display the evolution of the Creative Director’s work step by step, putting it thus into perspective. “Revealing the body while dressing it, is probably what attracted me”. Sarah Moon. “It is via her images that I discovered fashion during my studies. They came to the surface again when I arrived at Dior and started looking for new interpretations of femininity in fashion design.”

Sarah Moon’s signature resides in her capacity to give form to unconscious movements and retrospective intuition, and in her aptitude to image indescribable ambiences. “For all these reasons, her vision was perfect for transcribing the story told by my creative process for the Dior collections: that of a woman anchored in her epoch, drawing her strength by listening to her emotions.”

Texts by Sarah Moon, Olivier Saillard and Maria Grazia Chiuri, along with quotes from Monsieur Dior chosen by the photographer, enrich this precious boxset, available from delpire & co edition.


3-volume boxset (26x26cm format) - 240 pages. Available in French and English. £130, sold in ‘all good book shops’

Publisher: DELPIRE & CO


The distinctive work of photographer Sarah Moon, born 1941, is developed around three themes: the ephemeral nature of beauty, uncertainty and the passage of time. Prevalent in her images are fashion, nature and myths, characteristically bathed in a signature haze. Particularly renowned for her polaroids, halftone photography and blurred faces, sarah moon has published many books, including Vrais Semblants, Coïncidences and the winner of the Prix Nadar,, All with éditions delpire. She has also made several feature and medium-length films about photography and photographers. Obtaining numerous awards, sarah moon’s work is exhibited and recognized throughout the world. In 2021, the museum of modern art, paris, presented a retrospective of her work entitled passéprésent.

All images: Sarah Moon

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London’s largest free flower festival blooms for 2023 with the theme ‘Flowers on Film’

Chelsea in Bloom, the world-class floral art show and London’s largest and most prestigious free flower festival is returning this spring with the theme ‘Flowers on Film’. The streets of Chelsea will be transformed with floral creations adorning the frontages of more businesses, shops and restaurants than ever before, taking inspiration from characters and storylines that have graced the big screen, famed cinematic awards and the neighbourhood’s silver screen heritage.

Chelsea in Bloom is produced by Cadogan, in association with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), extending the Chelsea Flower Show out into the local area. Large-scale central installations will spring up around the neighbourhood, nodding to this year’s theme, Flowers on Film, including a life-sized Oscar’s statue and interactive red carpet on Pavilion Road and a cinematic celebration on Sloane Square (alongside the Information Point, where the previously sell-out complimentary rickshaw rides and walking tours can be booked), both by designers All for Love London.

Further installations will be found along the King’s Road, on Dovehouse Green and at Royal Avenue, as well as a number at Duke of York Square and along Sloane Street.

In 2022, nearly 100 shops, hotels and restaurants competed for the covered awards with floral masterpieces. Gold, Silver, Bronze and Merit Awards will be awarded to participants by RHS judges alongside a celebrating lifestyle judge, in addition to the top awards for ‘Best Floral Display’, ‘Highly Commended’ and ‘Innovation Award’, with winners announced on Tuesday, 23rd May 2023.

Voting for ‘People’s Champion’ is decided by the public and online voting will open on Monday 22nd and close at midnight on Thursday 26th –please vote for your favourite!

Further information on displays and details on the event will be available closer to the time, via

Hashtag: #ChelseaInBloom

Nearest tube stations: Sloane Square, Knightsbridge and Victoria

22nd – 28th May 2023

Images shown are from Chelsea in Bloom 2022


27th - 29th May

The UK’s biggest touring celebrity food and music festival series – returns for a huge May Bank Holiday weekend from 27th - 29th May.

Featuring a star-studded line-up of celebrity chefs and chart-topping music stars, including Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Scouting For Girls and Fleur East

Known as Gastro-Glastonbury, the festival will take place at Syon Park. The three-day event features live cooking demonstrations from top chefs drawn from the ranks of MasterChef, Great British Bake Off and Great British Menu, plus top-rated Michelin-starred and award-winning chefs

Star names appearing in the live cooking theatres include: Great British Bake Off 2022 winner, Syabira Yusoff, MasterChef: The Professionals 2022 champion, Nikita Pathakji, MasterChef: The Professionals champions Alex Webb and Steven Edwards, MasterChef champion, Dhruv Baker, MasterChef: The Professionals

finalist, Charlie Jeffreys, Great British Bake Off finalist, Juergen Krauss, stars of Channel 4’s Extreme Cake Makers, Christine and Phil Jensen and ITV Love Island cast members, chef and authors John and Tony Alberti (The Alberti Twins).

The musical feast is just as sumptuous with chart-topping disco diva, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, platinum-selling festival favourites Scouting For Girls, singer and TV star, Fleur East, and rapidly rising Scottish singer-songwriter, Callum Beattie.

Visitors will enjoy a jam-packed schedule of TV cooking show champions and award-winning chefs in the interactive live theatres. In the Chefs Theatre, celebrities will create their signature dishes, whilst in the Cake & Bake Theatre, star bakers whip up showstoppers.

In The Kids Cookery School, Foodies SuperChefs make cooking fun and masterclasses in the Drinks Theatre include tutored Champagne, Beer, Cider, Cocktail and Wine-tasting

Visitors can browse the latest food trends in the Shopping Village, meet local producers in the Artisan Market and taste exotic dishes in the Feasting Tent – which features a mouth-watering range of street food from around the globe. Other attractions include a fairground, children’s activities, and family-friendly areas.


Syon Park, Brentford 27th - 29th May Bank Holiday Weekend

Day tickets from £3 (child) and £19 (adult)

Weekend tickets from £38

Sophie Ellis Bextor by EJ Event Photography

Salon Privé London is back

Salon Privé London returns for its second year at Royal Hospital Chelsea on 20-22 April – and with it, the boys are back in town!

include Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Bentley, Aston Martin, Alpine, Abarth, McLaren and Wiesmann, along with pure electric premium brands Genesis and Polestar.

More star cars will appear in the central Concours de Vente, a unique gathering featuring 75 of the world’s finest collector’s cars – and every one of them will be for sale.

Directors David and Andrew Bagley are thrilled to be once again hosting the capital’s definitive luxury motoring event, with the world’s greatest automotive brands starring alongside the best in luxury and fine dining.

One of the few events given the green light to be held at the exclusive Royal Hospital Chelsea, Salon Privé London is the metropolitan sister show to the famous Salon Privé Blenheim classic car concours.

Located in the heart of Chelsea, just minutes from Sloane Square Underground, headline brands

‘Andrew and I were bowled over by the success of the inaugural event last year,’ explained David Bagley. ‘This year’s event is already set to surpass it.’

Indeed, it is the universal appeal to fans of all things luxury, not just petrolheads, that makes Salon Privé London so unique. ‘Everything, naturally, will come with that famous and exclusive Salon Privé luxury touch,’ added David, ‘which you simply can’t find anywhere else. It’s a truly wonderful experience.’

This will include first-glass food and hospitality. Highlights include a three-course luncheon in the event’s exclusive VIP hospitality pavilion, The Sloane, plus Pommery Champagne, cocktails from the London Essence Co and fine wines from Chateau La Gordonne. More casual dining comes from a selection of vintage food trucks curated by KERB.

Friday’s Boodles Ladies’ Day is the first one of the season; the most head-turning headpiece of the day will win the Boodles Best Hat Competition.

On both Thursday and Friday, the event runs into the evening, with DJs keeping the party going until 8pm. Meanwhile on Saturday, it’s fun for all the family at Salon Privé London, where car enthusiasts and their families get the chance to view never-before-seen cars and meet the people behind them.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit

Calling all former VSO volunteers! You’re part of an amazing community of volunteers stretching back 65 years. And we will be bringing together old friends and new at VSO volunteer reunions. It’ll be your chance to share cherished memories, celebrate your experiences and connect with people who’ve had similar adventures. Don’t miss out – visit today to find the next reunion near you. Were you a VSO volunteer between 1958 and the 1990s? Find out more and register your interest: Visit email or call our team on 020 8780 7500 Discover the friends you’ve never met Voluntary Service Overseas is a company limited by guarantee. Registered in England and Wales registered number 703509 and charity registration 313757.

Pet Pavilion Stores For Discerning Dogs & Cats

From the desire to share our passion and knowledge of the world of four-legged friends, Pet Pavilion was born in 1995, a family chain of pet stores specializing in pet products and Grooming. We have branches in Chelsea, Hampstead, Kensington, Notting Hill, Wimbledon & Primrose Hill.

We offer carefully selected quality meals, snacks, toys, and accessories with the goal of providing you and your pet with the greatest experience possible. Our highly experienced groomers and luxury salons offer a stress-free, friendly atmosphere in which your pet may be pampered and groomed.

Our mission is to offer a complete shopping experience for pet lovers with the best assortment of food, accessories, hygiene, and beauty products. The range of products is dedicated to the specific needs of dogs and cats.

Here are some compliments from our customers (non-furry) “Very well stocked shop, with the competent and qualified staff! I have been in King’s Road brunch for three years now. I feel reassured to leave my precious baby with an experienced and caring person during the Grooming.”

“Amazing place for grooming and heath treats our beloved pets. The staff are incredibly nice and very committed to giving the best care, clearly, with knowledge and, lastly, guidelines, not forgetting kindness. Very good not only with the dog but with us. Absolutely recommended.”

“Recently, I had a very nice service from Marika. Apart from a very cute haircut, she did a deep cleaning of my dog’s teeth. I like the fact she was very sweet and also professional. When the service was done, she gave me some tips on how to maintain the hair and skin healthy! Thanks for everything!”

Animals are our passion and expertise: our staff members receive dedicated training to guarantee correct customer assistance and care for your pet.

“The staff are incredibly nice and very committed to giving the best care, clearly, with knowledge and, lastly, guidelines, not forgetting kindness”


Arthritis is the most common cause of chronic pain in dogs. It affects 4 out of 5 older dogs. It is a major cause of premature euthanasia due to a perceived loss of quality of life. However, there are many things that can be done to keep your dog fit and mobile despite the condition.

Keep them slim. Excess weight puts strain on joints, increasing pain levels. Food dispensing toys will extend the time over which your dog is eating, increasing the period of enjoyment.

Several short walks in a day will avoid overstraining painful joints while also maintaining your dog’s fitness and interest in life. Avoid doing the same strenuous activities as when they were younger just because your dog enjoys it, as you are not doing them any favours.

Engaging their brains with indoor puzzles can prevent boredom and compensate for shorter walks. Consider learning canine massage to increase blood flow which will help reduce joint inflammation and the associated pain. This also gives you time with your dog that does not involve exercise.

Don’t let your dog toil upstairs to share your bedroom. Jumping on and off beds and sofas puts huge strain on their compromised joint and will accelerate their deterioration. Consider installing a ramp if accessing the house involves even just a few steps. Likewise, adopt ways of getting them in

“Several short walks in a day will avoid overstraining painful joints while also maintaining your dog’s fitness and interest in life”

and out of the car that avoid them jumping.

Tiled and laminate floors make it difficult for arthritic dogs to stand up and move through the house. Use rugs on primary routes through the house and link these to their bed as well as to outside doors, and to food and water bowls. Beds must provide weight appropriate support and a stable surface for standing up easily. Avoid beds with a raised edge at the front which presents a trip hazard. Loose covers or extra blankets should be avoided for the same reason. Providing a decent, supportive bed from a puppy will help delay the onset of arthritis.

A few changes can make a huge difference to keeping your dog mobile for longer.


THE CHELSEA FRINGE is back and seeking ideas for its 12th festival year

20 - 28 May 2023

The Chelsea Fringe – the alternative garden festival and established highlight of the horticultural calendar, will take place with nine days of festivities from 20 - 28 May 2023.

A programme brimming with stimulating and diverse events took place in 2022, with contributions from Cranbrook to Perth, and from Naples to Seattle. Fringe organisers are now encouraging everyone to start thinking about the imaginative, quirky, and unusual ideas they might bring to the 2023 Fringe to help create another bumper celebration of horticulture and grassroots gardening.

Thousands of events have taken place in more than 20 different countries since the first Fringe was held in 2012. What started as a back-of-apostcard idea has grown over a decade into an international event which is an established fixture of the gardening calendar. It remains an unfunded, unsponsored and volunteer-run Community Interest Company (CIC), powered by a small but dedicated group, with many events in the festival free to attend.

Contributors and venues over the years have included community gardening groups, public parks, artists, poets, chefs, galleries, schools, and major institutions such as Kew, the Inner Temple,

the Natural History Museum, and Covent Garden Flower Market, among many others.

Despite its name, the festival reaches well beyond Chelsea; not just to every quarter of London, but also to the far corners of the UK and around the world. Events have taken place on the Isle of Mull, in Monmouth, Leeds, Bristol and Henley-on-Thames, and the Fringe’s global appeal has been underlined by enthusiastic participants signing up in Canada, Sweden, Poland, Italy, Australia, and Japan.

Events usually begin to appear on the Fringe website from February, while registration remains open right up until the very last day of the festival. Potential event organisers are encouraged to make contact as soon as possible, to make the most of the promotional potential that taking part brings. Anyone with an idea is encouraged to get in touch now at outlining what they propose to do as part of the 2023 festival programme. Their team of volunteers will do everything they can to turn germs of ideas into flourishing blooms by May 2023.

The Chelsea Fringe is entirely independent of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, though acts with its support.

“Thousands of events have taken place in more than 20 different countries since the first Fringe was held in 2012”

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.

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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



The Landsby in Stanmore delivers 101 one and two-bedroom apartments including ten penthouses and is the only luxury retirement living offering of its sort in the North London area.

During the design process, extensive customer research was undertaken by Elysian Residences in order to understand customers’ needs and preferences. This has resulted in over 44 different apartment designs ensuring options and choices that meet those requirements, delivering a variety of unique properties and most importantly providing exceptional living spaces.

Bespoke apartments, provide a state-of-the-art specification and high- quality finishes including Miele and Siemens appliances, Hansgrohe and Duravit bathrooms and timber tongue and groove flooring.

Homeowners benefit from the amenities and services of a five-star hotel including a 24-hour, restaurant Benjamin’s, currently offering home delivery. Homeowners are also able to utilise the Landsby’s library and there is a gym located on the sixth floor.

A natural extension of the staff’s matchless service day-to-day, is the additional care that is also available on a totally flexible basis if needed.

“Homeowners benefit from the amenities and services of a fivestar hotel including a 24-hour, restaurant Benjamin’s, currently offering home delivery”

Elysian Residences chose Stanmore for their flagship development due to the area’s sense of community, its urban location with a rural feel, alongside its connectivity into Central London from Stanmore station.

The Landsby’s position on Merrion Avenue also affords homeowners accessibility to the shops and restaurants situated on Stanmore highstreet. Designed by leading London architects Collado Collins, the Landsby’s architectural style deliberately references the Art Deco period seen in the local area with generous covered balconies and large windows. Limited apartments are still available to purchase at the Landsby. Prices start from £480,000 for a one-bedroom, £695,000 for a two-bedroom and £1,275,000 for a penthouse apartment: all providing private outdoor space. If you would like to visit contact the Landsby Tel: 0203 813 3861 or visit:


City & Country’s exclusive conversion apartments offer a


Showcasing the very best of London village living, City & Country’s multiaward winning The 1840, St George’s Gardens development has proved popular with 90% of the first phase of the heritage conversion apartments sold.

Situated in a prime location between Tooting, Balham, Earlsfield and Wandsworth Common the development offers an ideal South West London lifestyle with an on-site concierge, work hub, luxurious specification and eight acres of private landscaped walled gardens for residents to enjoy.

The former hospital and Grade II listed building has undergone an impressive restoration, providing a luxury range of one, two and three-bedroom stylish conversion apartments, duplexes and terraced houses. Following the success of the first phase of exclusive apartments, the development’s second phase of homes, ‘The Kitchen Yard’, has recently been released.

These Grade II mews-style properties, have been individually designed to incorporate the historical features of the impressive Victorian building with a premium specification. Combining period charm with contemporary style, many homes at the development include meticulously restored period features such as original windows and cast-iron columns, as well as roof lanterns and terraces.

Thoughtfully designed by in-house specialists, homes at The 1840, St George’s Gardens feature a premium specification with underfloor heating as well as 100% pure wool carpets to all bedrooms.

Stylish kitchens benefit from integrated Siemens appliances and stone worktops, whilst bathrooms are complete with Villeroy & Boch sanitaryware. Jennifer Rhodes-Finch, Head of Marketing at City & Country, said: “Buyers looking for a conversion development can’t help but be drawn to The 1840, St George’s Gardens as the exceptional quality of the individually designed apartments make it completely unique from anything else in London.

“Of course the location is also incredibly desirable, with access to the trendy and upand-coming Tooting as well as the vibrant and sophisticated Wandsworth, with Wandsworth Common within walking distance! The development is a hidden South West London oasis offering the very best of London village living yet benefits from excellent transport links to the city centre, it is a truly special place to live.

“The development is one of the finest examples of early Victorian architecture in the area, and it has been our privilege to restore this impressive Grade II listed building back to its former glory.”

Prices currently start at £399,000 for a onebedroom apartment. To find out more, call 020 3811 6170 or visit

“The development is a hidden South West London oasis”


spaces on offer.

Catch up over a coffee at the Espresso Bar, challenge new neighbours to a game of bridge in the Club Room, have a dip in the pool, or choose a book from the well-stocked library...the choice is yours. Grandchildren will love the private cinema, featuring cosy chairs and an extensive library of films and blockbusters – of course with popcorn on the side! Enjoy a meal with the family at Maria G’s, our restaurant and bar, which is also open to wider community. Soak up the sun in our private gardens in Kensington (designed by Chelsea Flower Show winner, Andy Sturgeon) or drinks at our riverside terrace in Fulham – the perfect spot for people watching!

After a long (cold and wet!) winter, spring is finally here. And, with the season of new beginnings, it couldn’t be a better time to consider your next chapter. Riverstone is a new concept in retirement living for the less retiring.

Designed for those aged 65 and over, Riverstone encourages residents to live full, active, and independent lives, embracing all that the capital has to offer. With two prime locations, both offering 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments for sale, take your pick between historic, vibrant Kensington or leafy, riverside Fulham.

Believing in the power of community is central to Riverstone’s DNA and is hugely beneficial when it comes to maintaining mental and physical health, as well as offering a renewed sense of purpose. That’s why we actively encourage all our residents to invite friends and family to enjoy the wealth of

Retirement can mean many things to many different people. To us, it’s all about ‘rewriting the retirement rulebook’ - doing things your way, supported by a fun and flexible living environment. Whether you want to stay living in the same area, but are keen to “right size”, want to move closer to family - perhaps with a return to London after time in the country - or simply want a place to just lock up and leave safe in the knowledge someone is keeping an eye on your home - we have all your needs covered.

What are you waiting for? Come and discover Riverstone.

Email; call 020 3839 8545; or visit

“To us, it’s all about ‘rewriting the retirement rulebook’”

Location, location, location

One ideal for first time buyers and investors alike

Finding a location that ticks all the boxes can seem impossible at times, particularly when looking for that perfect property. Situated on the banks of the rejuvenated waterways, Shanly Homes’ Waterside Quarter development combines tranquillity with the benefits of living in an area of regeneration, providing a stunning development with everything that you could dream of right on the doorstep. Whether you are an aspiring firsttime buyer looking to get on the property ladder in the heart of the town centre, or an investor looking for a second home with excellent projected rental values, Waterside Quarter could be the ideal location for you.

This fantastic new build development has a buzzing new retail, restaurant and leisure quarter, and also benefits from fantastic travel connections, ideal for commuters hoping to escape the hustle and bustle of London and enjoy life in the leafy suburbs. Maidenhead rail station is just a short

walk away and offers regular train services to London Paddington in just 19 minutes, plus access to the Elizabeth Line providing direct trains to central London including Bond Street and Canary Wharf.


Waterside Quarter is on the market with Roger Platt, and prices start from just £355,000. For more information, please call Roger Platt Maidenhead on 01628 773333 or email

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Live Like the Lord or Lady of the Manor for a Fraction of the Price at


which was an activity enjoyed by a great number of writers that took inspiration from the grounds, including acclaimed author H.G. Wells and Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, as well as the renowned poet John Milton.

Retaining much of the original features from the site’s period as a spectacular estate, one of the key features is a stone statue, Gott’s Monument, which was originally erected in 1785 by the first owner of Newland Park, Henry Gott, to commemorate the death of a stag killed by King George III on a hunt in the woodlands that surround the grounds.

Newland Park was once a grand mansion set on 200 acres of private land, with a succession of owners that enjoyed the company of prominent figures, including Kings, political activists and renowned writers. After close to 50 years of the Grade II listed house being out of residential use and falling into disrepair, leading developer Comer Homes is transforming the expansive site into a considered collection of premium houses and apartments, which will allow residents to enjoy the lifestyle of a country estate for a fraction of the price.

Country house experts at Sole agents for the development, Hamptons have estimated the Georgian mansion would be worth over £25 million in today’s market (if the house was fully renovated and functional as a residence). With prices at Newland Park ranging from £695,000 to £1.950 million purchasers have the exciting opportunity to live like the lord or lady of the manor for between 3-8% of the true value of the mansion house and wider grounds.

Comer Homes continues to restore the grounds and original house, which will be converted into apartments as part of a later phase, whilst also delivering modern facilities that will make Newland Park one of the best private residential developments in the UK.

Residents can walk the expansive grounds, which feature a mixture of landscaped and wild planted gardens and parkland, as well as children’s play areas and modern sports facilities.

This carefully curated greenery will provide residents of Newland Park with the feeling that they are walking across their very own grand country bolthole in the heart of the Chalfonts,


Prices for the first phase of homes at Newland Park range in price from £695,000 to £1.950 million. For further information contact the Comer Homes sales team or Hamptons on 01494 506 364, Email: or visit

Residents will also benefit from world-class modern amenities at the development, including a market leading health & wellness spa facility, The state-of-the-art centre will provide a swimming pool, multiple sports courts with an inflatable dome, whilst the exclusive spa, will be catered by a bar and restaurant, with sauna and steam room, jacuzzis, plunge pools and relaxation terraces. Available exclusively through sole agents

Hamptons, the first phase of new-build homes delivered by Comer Homes comprise 10 semidetached 2,045 sq. ft. three/four-bedroom houses, benefitting from large gardens and which have been designed to a contemporary heritage-style. There are also 64 impressive two and threebedroom spacious apartments, with the majority enjoying outside space in the form of gardens or terraces.



– Making the most of the great outdoors this summer –


World-renowned, glamorous and quintessentially British..


23 - 27 May 2023

The greatest flower show on earth returns to Royal Hospital Chelsea with stunning garden designs, gorgeous floral displays and exclusive shopping. The world’s most prestigious flower show is more than a century old, but RHS Chelsea still delivers new ideas in horticulture. It is the pinnacle of garden design.

RHS has revealed the garden line-up for 2023 from the best garden designers gathering to showcase cutting-edge design and ideas with inspiration, colour and innovation. Expect to be dazzled!


The Savills Garden - designed by Mark Gregory, built by Landform Consultants Ltd. The Savills Garden evokes the experience of stepping into the intimate walled garden of a country hotel. The combination of beautiful ornamental and edible planting provides a tranquil retreat and a source of the very best in flavours and nutrition. - cooking for the Chelsea Pensioners in a working kitchen, set amongst edible planting for a true ‘from plotto-plate’ experience.

Horatio’s Garden - designed by Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg, built by Ryan Alexander Associates. A place of sanctuary and hope, embracing the mission of Horatio’s Garden charity to create and nurture beautiful, accessible gardens in NHS spinal injuries centres. Designed to be an immersive, restorative haven, the garden is the antithesis of a clinical hospital environment and strongly influenced by the ways of seeing and experiencing for patients, either from a bed or from a wheelchair. Horatio’s Garden is the first

garden on Main Avenue specifically designed to be wheelchair-accessible. Samaritans’ Listening Garden - designed by Darren Hawkes, built by Landform Consultants. Inspired by stories of people who found the courage to reach out to Samaritans in their darkest times. Sculptural seats positioned throughout the garden remind us that taking time to talk can change our perspective on the world. A sculpture of a female figure by Andrew Litton, called Listening, sits in a quiet corner, waiting to hear the thoughts of those who pass through. Designer Darren Hawkes is currently training to become a listening volunteer, the garden is a special opportunity to celebrate the charity’s 70 years of supporting people.

The Fauna & Flora Garden - designed by Jilayne Rickards, built by Living Landscapes. The garden maps the journey of an ecotourist on a gorilla trek, tracing a rough track through a succession of lush and changing landscapes. The garden aims to demonstrate the critical importance of protecting nature and how this can be best achieved by putting people and collaboration at the heart of conservation efforts.

“RHS has revealed the garden line-up for 2023 from the best garden designers gathering to showcase cutting-edge design and ideas with inspiration, colour and innovation. Expect to be dazzled!”
The Savills Garden.


The Boodles British Craft Garden - designed by Thomas Hoblyn, built by The Landscape Consultants. The garden celebrates British craft makers by using their skills. Features such as the arbour created by Cox London, which serves as the destination within the garden and the floating pool by water sculptor Bamber Wallis, which mimics raindrops dancing across the surface. Inspired by the Pre-Raphaelites’ stylised depiction of woodlands, the garden is filled with plants selected for their perfected forms.

The RSPCA Garden - designed by Martyn Wilson, built by Landscape Associates. Featuring a contemporary structure akin to a wildlife observation hide, enabling views out into the space. A rill, framed from recycled plastic, flows through the garden, creating movement and sound. It cascades into a pool, providing a spot for quiet contemplation, as well as a source of water for wildlife. The whole space is enclosed by hedging and a canopy of native trees and shrubs, essential for birds and wildlife. the garden hopes to inspire visitors to mark the RSPCA’s 200th birthday by creating outdoor spaces for all creatures to share.

Hamptons Mediterranean Garden - designed by Filippo Dester, built by Garden Club London. A contemporary outdoor living space redolent with the look, feel and smell of sunny Mediterranean landscapes; a tranquil place where the warm textures of the architecture merge into nature. An

outdoor kitchen is the garden’s focus with a shady alfresco dining space to relax, enjoy cooking and entertain friends and family.


An oasis of colour and scents with some of the world’s finest growers and nurseries exhibiting impressive displays and offering expert advice. Nothing compares to being surrounded by the colour and fragrance in the Pavilion - a truly unique experience. A paradise for every gardener!

The Discovery Zone is home to educational exhibits promoting the latest discoveries in horticultural science. Visitors can explore inspiring displays, many of which champion the benefits of gardening and it can combat climate change or improve mental wellbeing.

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


Enjoy exclusive boutique shopping - from garden buildings and seating to jewellery, textiles, arts and crafts, there’s something to tempt everyone. All around the showground, you’ll find a host of exhibitors, both new and established, selling their innovative and desirable horticultural-themed products. Expect to be wowed with a mouth-watering array of food and drink available including glamorous restaurants including Spring Garden at Chelsea, The Ranelagh Restaurant, The Drawing Room and Champagne & Seafood Restaurant. Plus there are plenty of cafes, food courts and picnic areas perfect for a quick bite to eat, including glutenfree, vegetarian and vegan options.


A great opportunity to enjoy everything that the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has to offer with the experience continuing into the night at Ranelagh Gardens, with a magical evening of music, great food, live talks and demonstrations.

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Horatio’s Garden.



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.

Outdoor luxury personified from
“Their garden rooms are designed to meet the specific needs of each customer, and are built to the highest standards”


Importantly, quality, comfort, functionality and design of all products are paramount. Consequently, this gives you the peace of mind that you are investing in the very best outdoor furniture & accessories. For example, the company works with leading European brands such as: Cane-line, Royal Botania, Gloster, Roda, Grythyttan Stålmöbler, Todus, FueraDentro and many more.


For more information visit

02392 410045

As the days grow longer and lighter, thoughts turn to enjoying sunny afternoons and balmy evenings outdoors, sharing good times with family and friends.

For instance, relaxing together on a large outdoor sofa, or entertaining guests around a stylish garden dining set. Moreover, you can bring indoor functionality and style outdoors with a minimalist garden kitchen, configured to your precise desires. However, with so many options available on the market, it can be a challenge to know where to start looking.

Encompass Furniture is a one-stop-shop for modern garden furniture & accessories. Significantly, the company has 25 years of experience supplying a unique selection of carefully curated garden furniture & accessories to both residential & professional customers here in the UK & internationally.

And the company’s product portfolio includes extensive ranges of garden sofas and outdoor dining furniture, thus satisfying the desires of most design aficionados, whatever their tastes. Firstly, products range from the iconic Grythyttan Stålmöbler collection of vintage garden dining furniture. For example, this range is known to all Swedes thanks to its original 1930s design...even Abba are fans!

Next, Encompass also offers extensive ranges of minimalist garden furniture with modern 21st century style for the design purist. Significantly, Encompass have assembled an exclusive range of outdoor accessories that won’t be found together anywhere else. For example, the collection includes minimalist fire pits, modern electric heaters, luxury parasols, outdoor kitchens and cushion boxes. Accessory brands include; AK47 Space, Heatsail, Tuuci, Conmoto, Roshults and many more. Lastly, Encompass don’t overlook even the smallest outdoor details. For instance, the company offer the unique RiZZ collection of luxury door mats that stop dirt at the door with contemporary panache.

Now there’s no excuse not to kit-out your outdoor space in exceptional comfort, functionality and style.

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Make your garden functional all year round with our full range of shading solutions. A wide range of Awnings, Sail Shades & Pergolas Our knowledge, products and expertise can help you achieve this. Talk to us on 020 8059 4944 Send an email to Visit us at Sundowner Outdoor Living

The LIFE garden furniture collection is aimed at comfort, functionality and user-friendliness. In every season this outdoor furniture can serve as an addition to your homes interior, with its 100% weather proof materials

The Spin Garden Torch burns clean Biofuel and is suitable for indoor and outdoor use, German design beautifully crafted, our number one seller!

Want to get in touch? We’d love to hear from you. Here’s how you can reach us… GARDEN CHEFS Email:

Handpicked luxury outdoor living

Quan Garden Art is about being together, united around fire, having the time of our lives. The grills are beautifully designed, skillfully handcrafted and unbelieveably functional.

The Glowbus® Dewdrop is an eye-catcher in any garden thanks to its timeless design. The ideal blend between raw simplicity and pure outdoor luxury. Plus for every Dew drop sold 25 trees are planted.


Tele: 01383 669 190 Option 4

For product information contact Matthew Bluck

Create a True Escape From The Outside World with Garden Chefs

Amidst the chaos and noise of our daily lives, finding a space to escape and unwind can be a challenge. But what if we told you that you can create your own oasis, right in your own garden? That’s where Garden Chefs comes in.

Founded four years ago in a humble backyard in Berkshire, Garden Chefs was born out of a desire to offer something truly special to customers. Tired of the generic products available at exorbitant prices, Matt, the founder, set out on a mission to find luxury garden furniture that truly stood out. With a keen eye for outdoor textiles, sleek lines, and on-trend colours like anthracite, grey, and natural stone, Matt curated a collection of all-weather sofas in aluminium, wicker, and rope with deep-seated cushions. He has a particular passion for angular designs with bold lines.

Garden Chefs, understand that customers not only want beautiful furniture but also a seamless shopping experience. That’s why Matt holds customer service to the highest standard, striving to provide the best experience possible. With a 30-day money-back guarantee and a manufacturing warranty of up to 10 years on most furniture, you can rest easy knowing that you’re taken care of for years to come.

But what truly sets Garden Chefs apart is their commitment to providing a range of furniture that’s not only luxurious but also functional and durable enough to withstand the elements. With

“Garden Chefs, understand that customers not only want beautiful furniture but also a seamless shopping experience”

Garden Chefs, you can create an outdoor oasis that not only looks good but feels good too.

It’s not just furniture that Garden Chefs offers. They also provide a luxurious selection of lighting to add those finishing touches to your outdoor space, these pieces can help tie everything together and make your outdoor space feel like home.

In a world where we’re constantly bombarded with distractions and noise, it’s more important than ever to have a space to escape and unwind. With Garden Chefs, you can create your own little corner of paradise right in your own garden.

So why wait?

Visit Garden Chefs today at

Tel: 01383 669190



Elevating Design

HollandGreen’s Director of Landscape Design Mark Latchford speaks to Life Magazines

day when thinking about entertaining and seating spaces, and we understand our client’s lifestyle to design the more practical aspects, such as discrete storage, whilst still being aesthetically pleasing.

What designs work well in a London garden?

Planting is key and we use contrasting foliage, height, and seasonal flowers to build colour and textures across the year, and screening trees are good for privacy. Water features are great for creating interest, as well as for softening traffic and peripheral noise, and a sculpture or art piece can be a really striking visual addition to the garden, enjoyed from inside the home too. A lighting scheme will bring gardens to life when the sun sets and extend your enjoyment into the evenings.

How do you support biodiversity in a garden design?

What’s your philosophy as a Garden & Landscape Design Studio?

At the heart of our designs is a desire to connect our clients with nature, inspire their wellbeing and reflect their personal style. We’re looking to link their outdoor and indoor spaces and create the backdrop for wonderful moments and memories –that’s what the best gardens are all about. We are passionate about sustainable design and our aim is to enhance the ecology and biodiversity in every garden.

Is there a HollandGreen style?

We design gardens for London townhouses and roof terraces as well as contemporary new builds and heritage country estates. Rather than one particular style, we produce a unique response to our client’s needs and personality within the characteristics of their property and its setting.

How do you approach the design of a London garden?

We want to maximise every corner of the garden and create a holistic relationship between the indoor and outdoor living. We consider the sun’s path across the

There are many ways to increase the biodiversity and support wildlife. By integrating a mix of trees and pollinating plants at different flowering times, it’s possible to attract a wide variety of insects and bees, even in the winter. A well thought out planting scheme can provide habitats, shelter, and a food source for birds, whilst also looking beautiful throughout the year.

“Planting is key and we use contrasting foliage, height, and seasonal flowers to build colour and textures across the year”


Last autumn markilux renovated its London showroom in the Business Design Center in Islington. A diverse range of awning systems can now be experienced up close on almost twice the space. This creative environment is the ideal place to show the modern and stylish product range.

markilux has been exhibiting its awning systems in the Business Design Centre in Islington, London, for seven years now. With the opportunity to expand the showroom, the company can now show considerably more products on an area of around 140 square metres.


This includes several folding-arm awning models and the whole range of the attractive, modern

designed MX series. Vertical roller blinds and side screens as well as the fabric collection are also on display. Due to the fact that the showroom offers more space, visitors can now also take a closer look at awning systems for particularly large areas. The new location therefore offers plenty of inspiration for designing the garden and terraces in a homely way with modern sun and weather protection.

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markilux stands for “Design Made in Germany”, innovative new products and excellent quality in the exterior solar protection sector. Since 1972 folding-arm awnings, conservatory awnings and vertical blinds have been produced at its manufacturing facility in Emsdetten, northern Germany. The high-quality products are distributed by professional partners in Germany and abroad. Selected companies assure the high qualitative standards during the assembly of the awnings.

Images: markilux has reopened its showroom in London’s Business Design Centre. There is now space for more of the manufacturer’s awning models in an area almost twice the size. It is an opportunity for the company to showcase several models designed to shade large areas as well. markilux presents its designer awnings in a larger showroom.


every aspiration – if you can imagine it, we can create it.

But we don’t stop there - if you already own a long-established pool that needs a new lease of life, our Refurbishment Team can transform your outdated pool into a stylish new one.

Whether you want a traditional swimming pool, one with a movable floor or want to revitalise an older pool, we will be by your side when the pool is completed. Our expert Pool and Spa Servicing Engineers will commission the pool and then provide servicing to keep your pool in peak condition all year round.

Abespoke luxury swimming pool is one of the most spectacular additions to any home. It should be a focal point that draws the eye and delights you every time you look at it. Getting that dream pool is all about working with a pool designer and builder that shares your vision and passion.

That is where London Swimming Pool Company comes in. We have been designing outstandingly beautiful pools for clients for over 30 years, and many have won design accolades. What sets us apart is how we work with our clients – interpreting what they want and ensuring their pools reflect their lifestyle, taste and décor.

We achieve this by collaborating with clients, their architects and interior designers, and worldclass manufacturers that supply high-quality equipment that enables us to construct pools that not only look fantastic but are technologically advanced and energy efficient.

A prime example is a pool built with a movable floor system. This allows the pool to be concealed beneath a solid, load-bearing floor that matches your decor, so that the pool area can then be used for other social activities.

Not only can you make your pool vanish at will, but the movable floor can also be set at different depths to suit everyone in the family, from a shallow paddling pool for young children to full depth for adults and experienced swimmers.

London Swimming Pool Company designs and builds elegant indoor and outdoor pools to satisfy

Our Servicing Engineers provide comprehensive regular pool and spa servicing and maintenance. This includes the vital task of keeping the water in pristine condition, ensuring safety for bathers and protecting the longevity of the pool. Your regular engineer will advise you on the frequency of servicing based on whether your pool is located indoors or outdoors, its size, frequency of use and number of bathers. You will receive a bespoke programme to suit your schedule and needs throughout the year, including when you are away from home.

Opening outdoor pools for the spring/summer season is one of our specialities. These services involve a thorough deep clean of the pool, the addition of certain chemicals and inspection of the plant room equipment. You can use these services even if you are not a regular service client. And of course, we provide an emergency service in London and the Home Counties. If something goes wrong with your pool or spa you can rely on us to remedy the issue promptly, so you do not miss any swimming time!


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“We have been designing outstandingly beautiful pools for clients for over 30 years, and many have won design accolades. What sets us apart is how we work with our clients – interpreting what they want and ensuring their pools reflect their lifestyle, taste and décor”

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The new showroom, based in the heart of Solihull, is designed solely to allow visitors to visualise exactly what their outdoor space could look like. There are six dedicated areas showcasing their aluminium outdoor structures, these are all built on different composite decking or modern tile patterns to show you a range of design styles that could be achieved.

Luxury garden company The-Oi supply and build luxury outdoor living and shading solutions including pergolas, garden rooms, verandas and retractable roof solutions.

Their new state-of-the-art 3,000 square foot showroom has a range of aluminium garden structures on display showing you how you can achieve additional outside space all year round. The dedicated areas have been designed to give inspiration of how to utilise the garden from simply being a summer area to a year-round practical space, bespoke outdoor kitchens with pizza ovens and outdoor fridges for the allimportant wine and beer for entertaining and a bespoke outdoor cinema area. The luxury timber garden rooms demonstrate how you can use these spaces as an office or entertaining area. All the structures are displayed with the latest outdoor kitchen solutions or bespoke dining tables.

It’s possible to make use of your garden, patio or land all year round, with an elegant glass veranda or modern aluminium pergola or retractable roof. The retractable roofs and glass walls mean you can enjoy the great outdoors, even in the colder months. They also add extra space to your home, ideal for parties and large gatherings. With a covered outdoor dining area or retractable waterproof canvas, you can snuggle up beside a fire or beneath a patio heater and enjoy your outdoor space all year round.

The-OI are specialists in outdoor living spaces and outdoor kitchens, with an unparalleled range of products made to the highest specification.

The team will work with you design the outdoor living space you’ve always dreamed of, and the highly skilled team of installers will ensure your project is delivered with the minimum amount of disruption.

For more information visit

The-Oi, Boulton Road, Solihull, B91 2JU

Tel: 0121 461 8299

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“It’s possible to make use of your garden, patio or land all year round, with an elegant glass veranda or modern aluminium pergola or retractable roof”


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“Extremely professional, everything laid out clearly in terms of pricing and T&C’s. Answered all my questions and were thoroughly prepared for the day. It all felt extremely well managed. As we weren’t there on the day, in progress photos were sent on the ground preparations which had all been done properly, and most importantly the finished grass looks brilliant. Extremely impressed with this company and would recommend to anyone.”

Visit our website to explore our premium range of artificial grass options which includes a 10-year warranty.


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“Dilan and Adam including their team did an amazing job transforming our garden. From day one they provided a professional, reliable and quality service and were always happy to answer any queries we had. They are a hardworking team that ensure all work is completed to the highest standards. Extremely happy with the end result!!

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This solar wicker lantern with flame effect.


A modern, grey furnished outdoor kitchen is a magnificent additional room to the customers home, perfect for entertaining guests. This area is completed heated, fitted with a Bluetooth sound system, and completely sheltered by a Pergola with grey blinds. This kitchen has a monocouche render finished and is designed in an L-Shape, is topped with black granite top. It features a Classic Monolith Kamado and a Morfose Grill, to cook for your guests. It has an inbuilt bar and fridge to entertain your guests whilst cooking and beefeater doors for gas tank hidden storage.


The Pacific Lifestyle Rio Set of 2 Sun Loungers are made with a powder coated steel frame, and ergonomically shaped for maximum comfort - the string weave moulds to the shape of your body as you’re getting your daily dose of vitamin D!


Featuring Sophie’s juicy solo red strawberries against a navy ground, this is s the perfect summer essential for family days out, festivals, camping or a romantic picnic for two!


Used for generations from India to Hungary, a tiffin with it’s seperate compartments and handle is a highly practical lunch box. Our hand painted ones are simply the most beautiful you’ll find…


This stylish, industrial and classic firepit is the perfect addition to your garden. Be a great garden party host, keep you and your guests snug into the night!



foremost lettering artists. Commissions come in all shapes and sizes marking births and anniversaries, commemorations and other milestones – or simply celebrating the delight of the garden. Whatever the occasion, a lettered artwork creates an intriguing focal point.

Nestling in a shrubbery a standing stone breaks up a border. A remembrance plaque in a quiet corner – a reminder of a favourite companion. Inscriptions on walls prompt a moment for reflection. Even with the vagaries of our British weather, a sundial marks the passing of time or heralds al-fresco drinks.

There are numerous eloquent quotes and poems about the garden and its joys, but have you ever thought about commissioning an artist to carve a special inscription that is unique to you? It’s easier than you think.

Just imagine the pleasure of working with a professional letter carver to develop your idea into a treasured artwork: discussing your wishes; talking through designs; watching the skilled hand carving as the legend emerges from the stone and then enjoying the beautiful outcome sited in your garden.

For more than thirty years the Lettering Arts Trust has been helping people to realise their aspirations by connecting clients with Britain’s

Hand-carved lettering is a heritage craft to be treasured. Until quite recently there was a diminishing number of expert artisans but thanks to the resurgent appreciation for fine craftsmanship, more people want to encourage and sustain this skilled tradition. When a client commissions through the Lettering Arts Trust, a proportion of the project is invested in apprenticeships and journeyman training so that a new generation will continue to create work that we can all enjoy and cherish.

“In order to bloom you must grow” – and that is just what the Lettering Arts Trust is doing to help the art and craft of hand lettering design and hand letter carving to flourish for years to come. Meanwhile, you could be supporting lettering artists whilst having something beautiful to show for your patronage.




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Best Of The Best!

Award Leisure is a family-run business that has been trading for over 38 years and has become the number one retailer of hot tubs, swim spas, swimming pools and saunas, with award-winning showrooms in Warwickshire, Hertfordshire, Leicestershire and Cheshire.

With over 70 hot tubs, swim spas, and garden buildings on display it is not hard to see why Award Leisure grows from strength to strength and is considered one of the largest hot tub retailers in the UK.

What sets Award Leisure apart is not only their ‘one stop’ shop, but their vast experience in garden design over three decades, helping customers successfully develop their outdoor leisure projects; offering the whole package - designed to make a garden a home and social hub all year round.

Award Leisure select only the best and most reliable brand partners to represent their brand; hand selecting quality, sustainable and innovative manufacturers before committing to work with them with no distribution chain, offering a quality product at competitive pricing. At Award Leisure they believe in wellness and enjoyment, and their product range is handpicked to enable you to create inspiring outdoor havens that you and your family will enjoy for years to come.


Award Leisure’s dedicated and award-winning sales and customer service team help with all your needs when it comes to finding you the best garden leisure product to suit your lifestyle, specification and budget; as well as providing you with the aftercare in order to maintain and look after it. Their outdoor leisure products ooze luxury and quality and they ensure you experience this

throughout your buying journey, right through to delivery and after-care. When visiting their showrooms, you will be taken around their large display of products and explained their unique selling features, making sure your needs and requirements are met.

Customers can try before they buy, and during your visit they offer complimentary refreshments, whether this be a tea, coffee, prosecco, or beer –they’ve got you covered.

Award Leisure was the first industry retailer to gain Which? Trusted Trader Accreditation, is consistently WhatSpa? Approved, and also recently received ‘Retailer of the Year’ and ‘Showroom of the Year’ Award at the UK Pool & Spa Awards. Visit Award Leisure and see the Proudly Designed in the UK British Hot Tubs range, and the Canadian made Beachcomber Hot Tubs range.

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choose from a wide selection of fabrics, colours and weave patterns. With Bloom Outdoor Furniture you can create your own unique and individual outdoor space.

Whatever the size of your outdoor space, Bloom brings you the highest standard in luxury –patio chairs and tables, lounge furniture, daybeds and sun loungers. They also have stunning ranges for balconies with limited space - coming in a variety of sizes and practical features that are especially designed with your balcony in mind.

Bloom Outdoor is a global brand creating luxury outdoor furniture made to lastdesigned for those who care about high quality and craftsmanship.

Bloom products are designed for long-term use. Their exclusive designs are modern, timeless and are carefully handcrafted by master-weavers in their own production facility. Their highest quality materials are recyclable, weather resistant to rain, frost, snow and are 100% UV-resistant.

Bloom manufacture exclusively on-demand, giving you maximum flexibility as their lack of rigid mass production processes means you can

It’s the detail that makes beautiful things perfect and completes your outdoor oasis. Bloom’s garden accessories include planters, decorative cushions, covers and cushion chests. Complete your outdoor space with practical accessories and creative decorative elements.

Whether you want to design an outdoor area from scratch, convert or refurbish an existing outdoor space, planning is the first step in any outdoor design – tailor-made for you to relax in your own oasis and to entertain family and friends. Configure your Bloom outdoor furniture using their 3D planner or visit one of their showrooms.


To view their full range and more information visit

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Home Landing is a relatively new online business focusing primarily on the sale of kitchen tea towels and selected table linens.

It was becoming increasingly difficult to find a nice assortment of attractive and good quality tea towels and the company was founded to simply fill that gap in the kitchen textile market.

Irish linen glass cloths are known the world over as are fine Italian printed linens and the French are renowned for their wonderful use of colour in their Jacquard cotton cloths.

The company offer a collection ranging from fun inexpensive cotton prints, woven French Jacquard designs, classic Irish Linen glass cloths, printed Italian and Lithuanian linens and rustic French country textiles. They have carefully selected first-class textiles from all over Europe. Recently added are new linen designs from Lithuania- these wonderful prints are striking works of art in their own right, perfect to add colour to any kitchen and they make wonderful gifts too.

Tea towels are so versatile and not simply for drying dishes or polishing glasses. Attractive linen ones can be used to decorate small tables and tea trays and of course over the festive season

Christmas tea towels can be used as part of your seasonal decorations or for wrapping a special present.

Whilst Home Landing’s main emphasis is on the sale of tea towels they do offer a small collection of table linens and are more than happy to help with bespoke orders and the sourcing of any kitchen or table linen requirements. Check out their web site today: or you can call them directly on 01635 48521

“The company offer a collection ranging from fun inexpensive cotton prints, woven French Jacquard designs, classic Irish Linen glass cloths, printed Italian and Lithuanian linens and rustic French country textiles”

Woven Cotton Jacquard Tea Towel, “Tomatoes” (Red), by Jacquard Français, retail price £19.00 Left: Woven Cotton Jacquard Tea Towel, “Josephine” (Green), by Jacquard Français, retail price £19.00

Home Landing is the home of fine tea towels; a website for textile enthusiasts. Browse through our collections of printed and woven tea towels ranging from fun loving and classic cotton prints, fine printed Italian linens, rustic woven French linens, design led coloured French jacquard tea towels and classic Irish linen glass cloths. There is something for everyone.

Suppliers include: Charvet Éditions, Coucke, Emma Ball, Jaçquard Français, Lino Room, Tessitura Toscana Telerie, Thomas Ferguson and Ulster Weavers

Printed 100% Natural Hemp Tea Towels, “Maui – Turchese & Maui Viola” - by Tessitura Toscana Telerie, retail price £14.50 each.

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For a gift that will last a lifetime, send Kitty Draws Dogs a selection of photographs of a special dog or pet and tell her what you or their owner loves the most about them. Using pencils and watercolour, East London-based artist Kitty Forbes will hand-draw a custom portrait. Visit and follow @kittydrawsdogs on Instagram for more.


Handmade Slate water features using Cornish slate hand picked from Trevillett Quarry Nr Tintagel. Delivery and installation Nationwide. No lifting equipment necessary; we have installed on the rooftops of London to small courtyard gardens (with no rear access). A choice of two types of slate to choose from.



– Stunning art from local, national and international artists –




– 14 May

Discover the joy of collecting art as Affordable Art Fair returns to Hampstead Heath for one week only, 11 - 14 May!

The fair is held in a beautiful custom-built marquee, hosting 100 top exhibiting galleries from the UK and around the world. Find the best in affordable contemporary art with 1,000s of artworks in all styles and genres, from original painting and sculpture to printmaking and photography, all ready to take home.

Don’t miss thought-provoking new installations, curated edits of the best art under £500, rising star artists from University of the Arts London and Jackson’s Painting Prize, delightful bars and cafés, and expert advice available from our new

Art Consultancy service, to help make finding your dream artwork a breeze.

Soak in all the fun of the fair after hours at the summer Lates (Thursday 11 and Friday 12 May) 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. There’s even a pooch photobooth where dog-lovers can have a professional portrait taken of their beloved canine! 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.

11 – 14 May. Private View 10 May. Tickets from £10 - £27. For more information and to book, visit

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Iconic Art on the Heath
“One of the highlights of the art calendar”
– 2022 visitor
Bottom, from left: Anne Féat Gaiss, ALKAHEST II, £6,600, abstract mixed-media, LE FOLLOW 13 gallery; Christian Poellner, Plain Gold Ring, £5,500, Brass sculpture, Schwarm Collective; Maja Zenz, Lost Places Alone, £1,750, Photocollage on canvas, NewingerART Below: Lisa Krannichfeld, Panthera II, Mixed Media, £3000, JJ Galloway Studios

Sandra Hraba is an Austrian-born talented artist whose colorful paintings are intended to bring joy and inspiration. Her artworks are heavily influenced by Australian Aboriginal art, combining traditional techniques with modern styles and themes. With her passion for art and her sense of creativity and originality, she creates unique and unforgettable works of art that delight the eye and touch the soul. If you are looking for a unique and stunning painting, then explore the wonderful world of her art and contact her to get your own colorful and inspiring art at:

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London Gallery Weekend returns

From 2 – 4 June 2023

London Gallery Weekend, the biggest gallery weekend in the world, has announced it will return from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 June 2023. Established in 2021, this third edition of the free public event will bring together the city’s galleries and attract tens of thousands of visitors to engage with art at locations across the city.

With over 120 participating galleries confirmed so far and including 15 new participants, 2023 will also see an expanded performance programme developed in collaboration with UP Projects, with multiple free, public artist-led performances taking place across London over the course of the three-day event. Each artist’s performance will be staged in the three LGW locations (Friday 2 June in Central London, Saturday 3 June in South London and Sunday 4 June in East London). Further details of the performance commissions will be announced in May.

Following the successful launch of a new partnership with Art Fund in 2022 to bring curators from the UK’s regional institutions to London, this year London Gallery Weekend


London Gallery Weekend, 2-4 June 2023, @londongalleryweekend #londongalleryweekend

is delighted to announce another new bursary programme, to support curators to visit from across the EU.

Early highlights include a solo show of new sculptures and paintings by Gary Simmons at Hauser & Wirth, an exhibition of new works by storied painter of dusky metropolises Jane Dickson at Alison Jacques, a suite of vibrant paintings on paper showing tender moments by Hong Kong-born, London-based artist Cary Kwok at Herald St | Museum St, and a site-specific performance work at Karsten Schubert London by Rose English, one of the most influential performance artists working today.

London Gallery Weekend offers art-lovers and collectors the opportunity to experience and celebrate the rich and diverse range of exhibitions that the city’s galleries have to offer. Each of London Gallery Weekend’s three days focuses on one area: starting with Central London on Friday, followed by South London on Saturday and culminating on Sunday in the East End.

The exhibitions will be complemented by a programme of workshops and kids’ events, guided tours, joint gallery parties and special performances; all of which are totally free and accessible to all. All participating galleries will be open across the three days, until 8pm on their respective focus days and until 5pm on Sunday.

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“London Gallery Weekend offers artlovers and collectors the opportunity to experience and celebrate the rich and diverse range of exhibitions that the city’s galleries have to offer”


opposed to the skin, whereby she builds a hypnotic luminosity that draws the viewer’s attention to the face. Pensive, dreamy, and overall intriguing, each figure inhabits a world only half-revealed, inviting us to probe further.

Elena Dobrovolskaya has exhibited broadly in the US and Europe, including ArtExpo New York, Florence Biennale and Salon Carrousel du Louvre in Paris. Her first Solo portrait exhibition “Look into my eyes” took place in March 2021 at the Artifact gallery in Manhattan, New York. Elena’s art was published in numerous art magazines and catalogues such as “We Contemporary 2021” and “50 artists to invest in” in Italy, “Trends in Art: Insights for collectors” in the UK and “Important World Artists, volume V” in the US.


Elena Dobrovolskaya is a New-York based award-winning portraitist working in Contemporary Realism style. Classically trained, she blends the core tenets of Northern Renaissance painters with the graphic aesthetic of Post Impressionism. From Holbein she takes the deep blues and greens of the background, from Durer the dark red, from Gauguin the flat surfaces and thick outlines. The elegant simplicity of Elena’s paintings is deceitfully effortless. Rather, it rests on solid drawing foundations and skillful color layering. Her palette is very limited for the clothes and background as

You can find her art works on and visit her website Instagram @ladyvictoria2007

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Andrea Insoll

With a background in surface design a young Andrea Harris joined the Gallery in Portscatho Cornwall producing hand painted silk cushions in 1985.

Fast forward through becoming a well known china painter, having children and getting married to becoming a serious painter and environmental sculptor, Andrea Insoll has made her mark upon the art scene in Cornwall. She is based in her studios at Gerrans Bay house in Gerrans Cornwall and exhibits her work in The New Gallery in nearby Portscatho. Her work has also been exhibited at the Falmouth Art Gallery where she won a prize for one of her environmental pieces and at the St.Ives Society of Artists in St.Ives.

Andrea’s recent work is inspired by her passion for beach combing and collecting interesting objects from a variety of sources, ranging from a recently acquired dolphin’s head to a mummified rat found in an old sofa.

The paintings are mostly figurative but very much in the artists individual style. They range from illustration through to complicated abstracts. Andrea’s source material is drawn from her many

travel sketchbooks as well as from set ups of great beauty in her painting studio.

Both Andrea’s illustrative skills as well as photography are well represented in the book “From hell to breakfast ”, a travel book detailing a trek on horseback across the Canadian Rockies which she and her mother, Dr Helen Andrew, undertook in 2004.

Andrea divides her time between her 3D studio and her painting studio with ideas flowing between the two. Both studios delight the occasional privileged visitor. However they are not just an installation to entertain fans, rather they are the key to the pictures and sculptures.

The sculptures have led to a separate initiative described as ‘Trash or Treasure’ A series of grids located in the local area whereby visitors to the local beaches are encouraged to add flotsam and jetsam, hopefully raising awareness of the ongoing problem of pollution in our coastal environment.

Andrea Insoll’s work can be seen at

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Stained glass Orchid in the silver pot

Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cms

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BELGRAVIA GALLERY Art that Makes a House a Home

Established by Anna Hunter in London over 30 years ago, Belgravia Gallery is now run by Anna’s daughter, Laura Walford. A family business with a global outlook, the gallery was born out of a vision to showcase exceptional artists, with an emphasis on giving back with art for charity. Since moving from its former base of Belgravia and then Mayfair, the gallery is now situated in a beautiful home setting just outside Cranleigh, Surrey, overlooking the Surrey Hills.

Belgravia Gallery is proud to represent both established and emerging British and international artists and has links with some of the most highly regarded artists of all time. It can also help secure commissions with local and global talents who are willing to create something unique and perfectly suited to its surroundings.

With an approachable ethos, Belgravia Gallery helps select works tailored to your individual needs, location and style and offers a personalised art advisory service to accommodate every level of buyer. Anna and Laura are focused on supporting clients to pursue their interests, whether for passion, investment or both.

As well as giving guidance for individual collectors, corporate clients and interior designers, there is also the opportunity to arrange site visits and view artwork in situ. With a wealth of knowledge, Anna and Laura offer advice from expert sourcing and current market trends through to installation, framing services, rental, insurance

valuations, shipping and restoration. Rather than something that is added at the end, Belgravia Gallery views art as a feature that enhances the character of its environment and is integral to a space and the owner’s enjoyment of it. The best pieces of art are not always the most expensive, and as art consultants with over 30 years of experience, Anna and Laura can ascertain very quickly what a client – and a space – needs.

Belgravia Gallery is committed to raising funds for a variety of charities with Art for Charity. The gallery supports its own charity, the Sebastian Hunter Memorial Trust, which helps encourage livelihoods in India’s deprived rural communities in Tamil Nadu through the empowerment of education:

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Artists include Charlie Mackesy, HM King Charles III, Nelson Mandela, Maria Filopoulou, Monroe Hodder and others

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MANOELA GRIGOROVA is a Bulgarian born, London-based, mixed media and embroidery artist creating wondrous, abstract realms of escapism through colour, texture and contradiction. Her works are often inspired by nature, from plants and funghi, to corals and plankton, microscopic organisms and other sea creatures. Manoela champions sustainability by interweaving unusual, repurposed and salvaged materials in her works.

You can visit her website or follow @mojoandmuse on Instagram

Victoria Curling Eriksson

There is an honesty and naivety found in Victoria Curling Eriksson’s painting. Her compositions indulge in complex washes and layering of oil exploring the depth of field present in verdant landscapes. The irregularity and beauty of heathlands and seascapes are sensitively observed with unaffected and modest interpretation.

There is an abundance of meditative qualities which unfold in the simple flat graduations of point-to-point colour divisions found in each composition. Her brushstrokes are visible and undefined, diffusing muted basic colour elements

enforcing the minimal approach to her painting.

British born artist Victoria Curling Eriksson has always painted but began to focus on her career as an artist more intensely during the last 17 years. Her move from England to Sweden resulted in further exploration of her artist’s education and prolific painting of nature and landscapes that surround and inspired her.

Victoria has exhibited extensively throughout Sweden in group and solo exhibitions and sells her work internationally.

You can view more of her works by visiting her website: Or visiting her Instagram page:

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“There is an abundance of meditative qualities which unfold in the simple flat graduations of point-to-point colour divisions found in each composition”

Victoria Woolfe

Victoria Woolfe is an oil painter from East Sussex specialising in wild flowers, rural scenes and animals. Contact her on Instagram @victoria.woolfe or visit her website

ANKE RIEMENSCHNEIDER is a German multidisciplinary artist based in Basel, Switzerland. Her works are experiential spaces where feelings and stories of life are found. Her works are an expression of the deepest of human emotions. They are melodic, harmonious and dense with meaning. Pictured here is ‘Paradise Lost’.

Find out more at or follow @anke.riemenschneider on Instagram.


Emma Carey Baxendale is a multidisciplinary artist and designer with a stunning range of limited edition prints and original paintings.

Currently residing between the UK and Spain, Emma has exhibited internationally.

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only porcelain and ceramics, but artworks in acrylic and watercolour (including her stunningly unique Leopard, featured in the pages of Tatler magazine).

In 2015 Lana opened her own Kent Talents Art Studio & Gallery in Broadstairs, Kent, which enabled her to devote her time and skills to being a full-time artist and art tutor. Many of her works have subsequently been sold to private collections across the world.

Lana Arkhi is a world-famous ceramic artist whose work has been exhibited in galleries from Moscow to Chicago and has appeared in the pages of House & Garden and Vogue. Specialising in the striking cobalt blue porcelain, Lana’s individually crafted pieces feature breathtakingly vivid interplays of light and dark tones to present unique insights and new sides of ordinary objects.

Her miniature ceramic figures and buildings have great charm and humour and they are painted with painstaking detail, and she herself confesses that “I can sit for hours painting tiny details. I can keep an idea in my head for months and then realise it at the most unpredictable moment”.

Whatever the source of her potent creative magic, her skilful modelling and masterly brushwork have transformed mice, hedgehogs, owls and what would otherwise be plain ordinary household utensils into exquisite works of art, which reward close attention with ever-greater levels of intricacy and craftsmanship.

However, many of Lana’s earliest works were on a far grander scale – including whole-building murals – and today her artistic repertoire includes not

In 2017, she was elected as a Member of the Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers, receiving an award for the Most Outstanding Sculptors’ & Gravers’ work at the RMS Exhibition 2017; she then went on to receive the People’s Choice Award in 2018, with her work repeatedly featuring in London’s Mall Galleries.

In conversation Lana’s irrepressible enthusiasm and engaging charisma are compelling motivators for her growing number of young protégés: “Art helps build self-esteem which is very important in life. Art helps to express your feelings and share your ideas with the world. I say to my students that every person is talented, you just need the time to discover your talent and the bravery to exhibit it.”


You can see Lana’s beautiful artwork at the Royal Miniature Society’s Exhibition 2023 28th June - 8th July Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton St, London SE1 9JH

Writer Andrew Carter, Image courtesy of Lana Arkhi

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Carolin Rechberg, born in Starnberg, Germany, is a female artist specializing in the importance of cognitive and sensory learning, initiated through the encounter of the artistic process. Through gathering 25 years of first-hand experience in primary, secondary, and tertiary, art, craft and design education, as well as through her career as a professional artist and art educator, Rechberg has situated herself as an expert in Art making.

After specializing in Art and Design, in the IGCSE and IB, at the Munich International School, she continued her international education in the United States. Since then, she has attained an Individualized BFA from the California College of the Arts, an MFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute, and an M.Ed. in Art and Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Rechberg has taught Drawing and Painting as a Teaching Assistant in her 1st Master at the San Francisco Art Institute, and Etching, Lithography, Silkscreen and Woodcut during her 2nd Master at Teachers College. Simultaneously to completing her education she managed the Printmaking Studios at Teachers College and facilitated, individual instruction of adult students,

and assisted in workshops such as the “Making and Knowing Project” an “initiative from the Center for Science and Society at Columbia University, that explores the intersections between artistic making and scientific knowing.”

Rechberg states that “Alerting the senses through creating, is an opportunity to ground in the present moment. The art process, and the artwork, is a vehicle to harness instinct, stimulate creativity and gather awareness, information and insight, emerging through heightened sense perception, in the communion with art, being in presence and nature.”

Rechberg’s interdisciplinary body of work comprises of drawing, installation, painting, performance, poetry, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and sonic voicework. Rechberg has received numerous awards, artist residencies, and has been exhibited in Solo and Group Exhibitions, in Asia, Europe and the United States. Her work has been published online and in print, in magazines and international literature such as; Vogue, World of Interiors, House & Garden, Wired Magazine, Tatler, Hidden Treasures Art Magazine, Inspiration Art Book, and International Contemporary Masters XI.

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From top left: Guardians of the Dialogue, Lithograph, Ink on Paper, 30 x 45 cm, 2014; Contemplation Stones in ‘Studio C’, Photograph, 2022; Tracing the Inner Sound, Lithograph, Ink on Paper, 30 x 45 cm, 2012; Genesis, Photograph from Performance Painting, 2016


Although based in the US, Long-Sharp Gallery (LSG) has been exhibiting in London for a decade. An early participant in Masterpiece London, the gallery was a consistent US presence at this important fair.

LSG is owned by former death-row defense attorney Rhonda Long-Sharp. Her daughter, also a lawyer, serves as in-house counsel and director. Together they spearhead a program focusing on big name American pop artists (Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Keith Haring), American abstract artists (Helen Frankenthaler and Sam Gilliam), and a growing roster of emerging/established artists (most of whom are women, many of whom are British). Why so many British artists? During summers in London for Masterpiece, Long-Sharp had the “privilege of seeing works up close by British artists that I otherwise might have missed. I fell hard for sculpture by Wendy Taylor and Patrick Hurst, mixed media works by Spiller + Cameron, and more.”

How did two lawyers find their way into the art world and London’s art scene? A non-traditional route, certainly. After paying off school loans, Long-Sharp and husband Scott began living her dream of collecting art. She had long admired the modern masters and set out to collect their works (think Picasso, Miro, Dalí). She “believed the art world to be full of ethical people

who conducted appropriate due diligence on everything they offered” and was “gobsmacked” when she learned otherwise. After learning more about the fine art world from numerous sources, Long-Sharp started a small consulting company focused on prints by masters (such as those she sought as a young “collector”). Ten years later, daughter Nicole graduated from law school with an emphasis in transactional law and the two forged new pages for the small but ever-growing business.

London came into the picture when LongSharp learned about “vetted” fairs such as Masterpiece London. She shared: “This concept is almost foreign in the US. Because I had experienced the ‘underbelly’ of the art world as a collector, and started a business because of that experience, Masterpiece London’s vetting and standards knocked my socks off. Seeing it first hand was life-changing. We never looked back.”

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“Because I had experienced the ‘underbelly’ of the art world as a collector, and started a business because of that experience, Masterpiece London’s vetting and standards knocked my socks off. Seeing it first hand was lifechanging”

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Summertime in Anguilla

Anguilla – a tiny strip of eel-shaped land framed by powdery white beaches – is a wonderful destination not only for travellers seeking winter sun during the UK’s chillier months but also for those looking to add some Caribbean flair to their summer holidays.

Travelling to the Caribbean in the summer is of course lighter on the wallet, but there are so many other advantages for off-season visitors.

Firstly, Anguilla’s summer months are not as busy. The days are longer and they end with vibrant sunsets that bathe the island in spectacular shades of pink, yellow and orange.

Whilst the weather remains lovely, its popular restaurants and beaches are not as crowded as in peak winter months, allowing for a more relaxed experience.

Anguilla’s summer season officially opens on the 30th of May, the country’s national day. Locals celebrate their national holiday by beginning the day with an exciting boat race that fills the turquoise waters with white sails, and ending it with lively, rum-fuelled beach parties.

The Anguilla Summer Festival, running

“Anguilla’s summer season officially opens on the 30th of May, the country’s national day”

throughout the first week of August, is another major attraction. A true celebration of Caribbean culture, the festival features carnival parades, music festivals, beach parties, children’s pageants, calypso competitions and a whole lot more!

If all the partying gets too much or the music too loud, there is no better way to recharge than heading to a private beachfront villa to revel in its peaceful surroundings.

Villa Indigo, The Beach House, and Villa Le Bleu are three luxury beachfront mansions. Varying in size from eight to 11 bedrooms, each contemporary villa offers manicured gardens, five-star amenities, and a full complement of staff dedicated to ensuring guests’ satisfaction. The villas all boast private pools plus direct access to the sandy beach, making them ideal for families with children and water sports enthusiasts.

These luxury homes maintain excellent standards all year round, providing an inviting retreat for those wishing to experience a Caribbean summer holiday.

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Experience Australia’s Iconic Rail Journeys

There are very few global journeys considered national treasures but Journey Beyond Rail provides an iconic Australian experience. From the moment you step aboard these legendary trains, you can feel it – a spirit of adventure and a sense of something very special about to unfold. Traversing the full length and breadth of Australia by rail captures the rich tapestry of this land and will allow you to explore this vast country in unparalleled style.


The Ghan is an historic route, once travelled by camel trains, through spectacular landscapes from Darwin to Alice Springs and on to Adelaide. Regarded as one of the world’s greatest train journeys, The Ghan delivers so much more than an extended train ride. Onboard you will find sumptuous dining, elegant private cabins, attentive service, and the camaraderie of your fellow travellers. Choose from a range of included Off Train Experiences to create a rewarding personal escapade through Australia, from witnessing unique desert animals in Alice Springs to encountering life on a working cattle station in Katherine. This journey promises access to parts of Australia no other holiday can come close to.


A journey aboard the iconic Indian Pacific will whisk you between Perth, Adelaide and Sydney in comfort and style, traversing mountain ranges and passing through arid deserts and subtropical savannahs on its transcontinental crossing. From

the Blue Mountains to the treeless Nullarbor plain, see unique landscapes unfold and spot a fascinating array of wildlife from the comfort of your cabin. From world-class food and wine to a range of immersive Off Train Experiences, the hardest decision you’ll need to make is what to have for lunch and which experience to join.


The Great Southern journeys between Adelaide and Brisbane showcasing the best of Australia’s east coast. From one buzzing city to another and crossing four states, this journey covers a variety of landscapes including rugged coastlines, forested peaks, premium wine regions and the sun-kissed beaches of northern New South Wales. Partake in Off Train Experiences that allow you to immerse yourself in rich cultural history, meander through historic vineyards and feast on local produce, all while travelling along the coastline in style.


The Overland was Australia’s first inter-capital passenger train. This grand lady has been servicing guests from Adelaide, Melbourne, and the regional towns in between for over 135 years, as she makes her way between cities of South Australia and Victoria. With a daylight service between two vibrant cities, enjoy a relaxing and unique journey, while savouring the creature comforts and romance of rail.

Trailfinders are experts in tailormade holidays worldwide offering exceptional value and unbeatable service, so speak to one of our travel consultants to book your Australia rail holiday.

“The Ghan is an historic route, once travelled by camel trains, through spectacular landscapes from Darwin to Alice Springs and on to Adelaide”

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Kentucky USA

From the rolling bluegrass-covered hills of legendary Horse Country and the grandstands of America’s most storied thoroughbred racing tracks to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and world-renowned outdoor adventure, visit Kentucky and experience the unbridled spirit that runs wild in the Bluegrass State. Explore exciting cities, towns and regions, discover incredible one-of-a-kind attractions, learn about unique traditions and culture, and absorb the unabated energy that can be seen, heard and felt in everything from metropolitan nightlife to small town festivals and events.

Hiring a car and taking a road trip through this beautiful state is one of the best ways to explore - from lakes, caves and corvettes to Bluegrass, Horses, Bourbon and the Kentucky Appalachians, the distinct regions of Kentucky offer outdoor adventure, horse racing passion, creative music and art, metropolitan attractions and everything in-between.

Kentucky is the Horse Capital of the World, maker of 95% of the world’s Bourbon, home to the longest cave system in the world, Mammoth Cave, and birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, Muhammad Ali and Bill Monroe, Father of Bluegrass Music. Kentucky’s can-do spirit is alive throughout The Bluegrass State – from explorers

who first trekked through the Cumberland Gap to the visitors who explore the depths of Mammoth Cave National Park today. You can see it in the jockeys who race majestic thoroughbreds to victory at the Kentucky Derby and taste it through the master distillers. You can savour it from chefs who are elevating Kentucky cuisine and feel it in the artists who find inspiration in the state’s natural beauty.

No matter the season you visit, the duration of your stay or your budget, Kentucky will not disappoint any traveller who is lucky to experience this wonderfully unique, natural and exciting state. Purely America offers flights, hotels, car hire, attractions and self-drive tour itineraries to Kentucky and, with a direct flight on British Airways starting in June from London Heathrow to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Intl Airport, there has never been a better time to visit.


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Naiko Retreat is a luxury, self-contained eco-retreat located on 2,600 acres of private property on the coastline of South Australia, 90 minutes from Adelaide Airport. Guests can immerse themselves in the iconic Australian landscape where kangaroos abound, restore body and mind with massages in the iconic Futuro spaceship and swim in the crystalline waters of the private beach. Naiko sleeps 6 in 3 king-size bedrooms each with ensuite bathroom and views to famous Kangaroo Island.

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The Meadows at Polehanger

picturesque meadow – they’re heated and cosy in winter, and light and airy in the summer.

The Meadows at Polehanger is a charming and thoughtfully designed glamping site situated in the Bedfordshire countryside - only an hour from London.

If you are looking for a peaceful spot to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, the Meadows at Polehanger is the perfect place for you. Four beautifully crafted cabins in a

With gorgeous wood-fired hot tubs, fire pits, barbecues and outside seating, you can enjoy the delights of a traditional camping trip, before retreating into the cabin for a peaceful night’s sleep in one of the comfy beds. You’ll find crisp white sheets, as well as soft fluffy towels. There’s a kitchen with all the essentials: from the toaster, fridge, kettle, icebox (G and T anyone?) to crockery, wine glasses and tea, coffee and sugar, plus a sweet treat for your arrival.

With so much to do in the area - from exploring quaint villages and visiting historical houses and gardens, to farms and parks for the kids - it’s perfect for a break with the family or a couples’ retreat. The Meadows at Polehanger is a must-visit destination for 2023.

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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 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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Holidaymakers who love the Caribbean but want to explore off the beaten track should look no further than Curaçao. The island is located in the Southern Caribbean Sea but forms part of the kingdom of the Netherlands. Known for its abundance of wildlife, Curaçao is a melting pot of cultures thanks to its rich history, links to Europe and close proximity to South America.

Sandals Royal Curaçao opened in June 2022, boasting over 350 luxurious rooms and suites, a double-layer infinity pool, eight restaurants, three food trucks and 13 bars. Guests staying in the top two suite categories get access to the resort’s very own fleet of MINI Coopers which they can use to explore the island themselves, visiting hot spots such as the colourful capital city of Willemstad. As part of Sandals Resorts’ Luxury Included experience, couples can make the most of the complimentary land and water sports including paddle boarding, kayaking, cycling, and snorkelling. Qualified scuba divers can embark on up to two free scuba dives per day where, if they’re lucky,

they’ll get to swim alongside green sea turtles and other species of marine life. Guests staying in butler suites are given a complimentary $250 voucher to spend at a local restaurant as part of the resort’s Island Inclusive dining programme.

For those wanting to experience Sandals newest resort, the hotly anticipated Sandals Dunn’s River opens on 24th May 2023. The resort is returning to the Sandals family after a 14-year hiatus and a full renovation, including lavish new suites –some featuring their own private pools or rooftop sun decks – 12 restaurants serving cuisine from across the globe, and 9 bars, including a swim-up pool bar. The new look Sandals Dunn’s River’s will use water sourced straight from the nearby Dunn’s River Falls to feed its pools, Red Lane Spa and other water features. The hotel is steeped in history, originally opening in the 1950s as The Arawak, which was the largest resort in the British West Indies in its heyday.

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Escape to an island where time stands still

Ocean views and walkway to the beach.

New entry-level Hilltop Lodge rooms and a Hilltop Villa are available nestled in the treetop canopy, taking you closer to the island’s abundance of wildlife.

The smallest of private island resorts in the St Anne National Marine Park, each property is serviced with the 24/7 service, and with air conditioning, an outdoor dining area and minibar, all home comforts are catered for. To add to this unique remote experience, in the Private Pool Villas you will discover showers and bathtubs are located outdoors with bathrobes and slippers provided.

Guests can enjoy international cuisine with Creole influences at the restaurant. Free WiFi is available in the villas and public areas of the island.

The airy Spa experience takes you to the island’s hilltop where the only sound you will hear is Mother Nature’s call, whilst relaxing in the Massage Pavilion with outdoor shower and bathtub.

As the smallest of all luxury island resorts in the Seychelles located in the heart of Ste. Anne Marine National Park, JA Enchanted Island resonates with the intimate experience of this innermost natural sanctuary.

Voyage back to French-colonial days staying in an exquisitely understated ‘home away from home’ with classical décor and shrouded with antiques, every piece telling its unique story.

JA Enchanted Island is a journey to a time of discoveries, whilst savouring authentic Creole and international cuisine and exploring the Seychelles from its heart – all on your private island where time stands still.

This peaceful intimate private island features a bar/restaurant infinity pool terrace, spa, fitness facilities and a selection of water sports and excursions - taking you to the most iconic of Seychelles locations.

Choose from the Owner’s two-bedroom, the Signature two-bedroom or one of the Private Pool Villas for a private pool, terrace, panoramic Indian

The fitness centre and bar infinity pool are other places where guests can rejuvenate. Snorkelling, kayaking and stand-up paddleboard equipment is also available complimentary, and excursions can be arranged for tours and more adventurous watersports activities.

JA Enchanted Island can be reached in less than 15-minutes by speedboat from Mahé and Seychelles International Airport on Mahé is 10 minutes from the main island jetty.



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.

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

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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Alush yard on a beautiful summer afternoon. For the Baby Dior Summer 2023 line, Cordelia de Castellane pays homage to Christian Dior’s passion for nature in all its forms - a series of pieces that are suffused with tenderness, celebrating the beauty of a delicate garden.

A joyful, bucolic fable, told through two worlds – Sweet Garden and Villa Rhumbs – exalts the enchanting art de vivre of the House’s collections for children. With its delicate, poetic palette – from powder pink to sky blue, milk white and Dior Gray – the first theme revisits the House’s emblematic references, such as cannage, which is revealed

in a dazzling star-spangled version – a subtle evocation of the founding couturier’s lucky charm – on dresses and flounced skirts. A new floral print in two pastel variations embellishes casual pieces, while the “Dior” signature, reinterpreted in a graffiti-like style, is sketched on t-shirts and hooded sweatshirts.

Inspired by the rose garden facing the sea in Granville, where Christian Dior spent his childhood – and where the founding couturier cultivated his passion for gardening - the second story features an original new design, punctuated with flowers, birds and enchanting plant motifs, illuminated with sunny nuances, adorning outdoor


clothing, dresses, blouses and swimsuits for little girls and babies.

For a contemporary, casual look, the boys’ wardrobe is dressed in bold stripes and the Dior Oblique print, which is featured as an all-over on jackets and shorts. As a final surprise, t-shirts and hooded sweatshirts for children and toddlers are adorned with playful bouclette embroidery, reinterpreting the letters “DIOR” in eye-catching

colours. Available in a palette of cheerful shades, such as yellow or coral pink, these creations are a couture ode to the splendours of nature, along with the infinite delights of childhood. The Baby Dior Summer 2023 Collection can be purchased at: House of Dior, 160-162 New Bond Street, W1 Tel: 0207 172 0172

“When I think of my childhood, I remember happy, full and carefree days when everything was about enjoying life”
– Christian Dior



This Blossom Lemon Bunny cuddly toy. Suitable from birth, 18cm high.


Dare to be different with this striking Matte Black Anika cot, a beautiful sleep space for your baby with sophisticated style for an on trend nursery. The tall slender legs and rounded spindles create an elegant shape and gold accents on the feet and handles finish the cot beautifully offering a luxe look. The bed base is adjustable to 3 heights offering extra safety for your baby as they grow.


These handcrafted bunnies and bears are made in the beautiful workshop of Canterbury Bears. The vintage-inspired bunnies and bears are 100% unique, there are no two alike and that makes them so incredibly special.


These Pull Along Toys make perfect gifts for babies and toddlers to cherish! Each character features soft tactile fabrics, providing touchy-feely goodness. They also come with removable wooden wheels, transforming them into huggable friends.


La vie en rose. The Alice dress is guaranteed to make little ones look as angelic as they do in their grandparents’ eyes! Classic hand smocking is finished with intricate embroidered roses and delicate green leaves. The Alice is made using a beautifully soft brushed cotton, has a signature Annafie silhouette with delicate puffed cap sleeves and a peter pan collar in white.




Alimited-edition carbon-inspired new Bugatti Baby II has been created exclusively for W16 Mistral owners.

Developed in partnership with The Little Car Company and hand built to each customer’s specifications, the Baby II Carbon Edition follows the exterior and interior detailing of the W16 Mistral, making it the ideal addition to Bugatti’s ultimate roadster.

Based on an advanced carbon fibre architecture, the Bugatti Baby II Carbon Edition is a design and engineering tribute to the W16 Mistral, the last roadgoing Bugatti model to feature the legendary W16 engine.

Every customer has the option to tailor their new Bugatti Baby II to their very own W16 Mistral specifications, making it a truly unique model.


To accompany bespoke paintwork and individual design specifications, the Bugatti Baby II Carbon Edition incorporates numerous carbon features. Visible carbon elements grace the radiator and grille, dashboard panel, interior panels and mirror mount while the bespoke black wood steering wheel is finished with a carbon centre.

Beautifully painted black components add an intricate depth to the visual finish. The spare wheel, spare wheel bracket and straps have all been removed, to make the vehicle lighter. The headlights are beautifully enclosed within a horizontal LED styling, a design tribute to the W16 Mistral’s headlights. Inside, each new Bugatti

Baby II is adorned with a custom engraved internal panel, displaying the chassis number and model name.

The Baby II Carbon Edition follows a similar design treatment, exhibiting signature Bugatti interior styling characteristics. Elements of the original Bugatti Type 35’s instruments have been adapted for the modern day: the fuel pressure gauge is redesigned as the battery gauge. In a nod to the Bugatti Veyron treatment, the oil gauge has transitioned into a power gauge. And the scale version of the famous four spoke steering wheel has a quick release mechanism, to make access to the cockpit faster and easier.

The adjustable pedals are machined from solid aluminium billet and proudly display the famous ‘EB’ logo, while the fuel pump handle has been exactly reproduced, but in this iteration, it serves as the forward, neutral and reverse selector.

The Bugatti Baby II Carbon Edition is priced at €80,000 plus taxes and shipping.

For further information on the strictly limitededition Bugatti Baby II Carbon Edition, visit:

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“To accompany bespoke paintwork and individual design specifications, the Bugatti Baby II Carbon Edition incorporates numerous carbon features”


the roof, feeds air to the 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W16 engine. It curves gently into a stabilising tailfin while an enormous, fixed rear wing is used for ultimate downforce. An X-shaped taillight design provides a recognisable visual signature.

The Bolide is unique in every sense, with exceptional Bugatti performance, power, design and track-focused drivability at its nucleus.

The most extreme Bugatti ever created, the track-only Bolide, has been transformed into LEGO® Technic™ form, continuing a partnership between the LEGO Group and Bugatti.

The scale LEGO Technic Bugatti Bolide recreation – measuring over 3” (8 cm) high, 12” (31 cm) long and 5” (13 cm) wide and featuring 905 pieces – is packed full of intricate details and immersive touches. These include scissor opening doors, aerodynamic rims with low-profile tires, a detailed cockpit with turntable steering wheel, and a detailed W16 engine with moving pistons.

Finished in black and yellow, the LEGO Technic Bugatti Bolide pays homage to the favoured colours of company founder, Ettore Bugatti, who specified many of his own personal cars in this timeless combination. It comes complete with authentic sticker details to recreate Bolide’s ultimate evolution of the Bugatti ‘Form Follows Performance’ design philosophy.

Bolide’s numerous air ducts and delicate front end, including the famous Bugatti horseshoe grille are brought to life in LEGO form, with the wheel arch mounted vents and X-motifs – a trademark of Bolide – applied as a sticker.

A large scoop, designed strategically as part of

Having made a surprise appearance in 2021 at The Quail in Monterey, California, when a limited production run was announced, demand for the Bolide was unprecedented and instantaneous. By the end of Monterey Car Week, all 40 examples of this radically light track-oriented Bugatti machine were sold and assigned for, with a unit price of four million Euros each. First deliveries are scheduled for 2024.

The new LEGO® Technic™ Bugatti Bolide is available for sale in all international markets and can be bought from official retailers.

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“Finished in black and yellow, the LEGO Technic Bugatti Bolide pays homage to the favoured colours of company founder, Ettore Bugatti, who specified many of his own personal cars in this timeless combination”

The rental revolution has begun for baby clothes.

The fashion rental revolution is proving that renting clothes isn’t just a trend or an instagram fad. This sustainable alternative to buying is growing and becoming more popular than ever.

Babies outgrow their clothes in the blink of an eye. An average baby goes through 6 clothes sizes in just one year, so it’s no surprise that the rental revolution is now arriving for baby clothes too.

Sarah, a new mum from Yorkshire, had already chosen to rent maternity wear during her pregnancy and was familiar with the concept of renting clothes that are used only for a short period of time. So when it came to baby clothes, she began searching for a similar option.

9plus1 was offering exactly what she was looking for- an affordable solution to dress babies in organic, ethically manufactured, high quality baby clothes.

Sarah has been using the service for over a year now and can only see the benefits of renting: “I love the selection of clothes 9plus1 offers, I don’t feel guilty about a growing pile of unworn clothes. The clothes look brand new and are beautifully packaged. Plus, I love the personal touch you get from a start-up—nothing is too much trouble.”

Sarah admits that she used to be a bit conscious about staining the clothes, but she knows now that all accidents are fully covered by insurance and parents don’t have to worry about any extra cost if any clothing gets accidentally damaged or stained.

With all of the benefits 9plus1’s service offers to parents: having a huge wardrobe of gorgeous, ethical baby clothes, saving money and storage space, and being more sustainable and eco-aware, Sarah would recommend 9plus1 to other parents. “I have happily recommended them to friends and even total strangers at baby groups!”, says Sarah.

If you would like to find out more about renting baby clothes, visit

When using discount code YUMMYMUMMY you will get the first month for FREE!


baby to relax in.

All Leclerc Baby strollers are perfectly safe for everyday use as well and also travel friendly. The differences between the models are mainly their looks. The Influencer XL is the only stroller in the range to feature larger wheels and a higher seat position, perfect for your off-road adventures.

Leclerc Baby also offers matching accessories as well as functional adapters to transform your stroller into a double mode of transport for twins or siblings of different ages, Car seat adaptors allow you to attach your car seats, stylish, coordinating changing bags to complete your look, footmuffs for chilly winter walks and an organiser for those quick pop to the shops visits. Take off and explore with Leclerc Baby in style and with complete ease!

Taking your baby on holiday for the first time can be daunting. There’s so much more to think about to pack for your baby before you even start thinking about your own luggage!

One of the big things to think about is your stroller. You want your baby to be safe and comfortable while you are travelling and on holiday. Some pushchairs can be bulky and cumbersome, not ideal for an airport experience. With a Leclerc Baby stroller you will breeze through the airport with ease, right up until you are on the plane thanks to the compact, cabinfriendly fold.

Super lightweight, Leclerc Baby strollers all weigh around 6.6kg, an ideal weight for travelling with. Exceptional safety standards, a one hand auto-fold and the compact folded size truly make these strollers the perfect travel companions. They also have many additional features for you and baby to make your life easier. A UPF50+ canopy helps to protect baby from the sun’s harmful rays, a flip-flop friendly brake is kind to your feet, the 5 point safety harness with magnetic buckle is simple to use and sumptuous fabrics are comfortable for

“All Leclerc Baby strollers are comfortable for daily life and also travel friendly”


Becoming a parent can be a time of joy, but also overwhelming. Here to help you every step of the way is Katherine Whitby, Paediatric Nurse, Health Visitor, and Maternal Wellbeing Practitioner, who has been supporting families for 30 years. Her unique blend of qualifications and personal touch as a mother of two, offers a holistic service with both practical and emotional support for you and your baby.

Katherine’s warm smile and reassuring approach make you feel at ease and has proven invaluable. Rachel said Katherine’s support was “exactly what this anxious, overwhelmed, frazzled Mummy needed.” Emma said “ I’ll cherish the sessions and tell Clara about them for years to come.”

Katherine’s services combine traditional Health Visiting with holistic wellbeing. Appointments in your home or online, provide advice on all aspects of your baby’s development and parenting. Intertwined with baby massage and treatments for you with Neals Yard Remedies and relaxation exercises. She offers First Aid and Home Safety

advice for peace of mind. Plus support on your Weaning journey.

What sets Katherine apart is her “SAFE” philosophy - Support and Advice, helping parents Feel reassured and confident so they Enjoy and relax with their baby.

Courses are also available to share with friends and family in your home or at her beautiful studio in the woods.

Every family is different. So why not have a chat with her to see how she can best help you?


Tel: 07796 942771

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LITTLE SNOOZES: luxury children’s beds

Little Snoozes is the home of luxury children’s beds, nursery furniture, and bedroom décor in London. An awardwinning family business committed to sustainability, they work with luxury brands such as Oliver Furniture, LIFETIME Kids, Little Folks and the truly exceptional Circu Magical Furniture and others who share their commitment to quality, safety, and the environment, while refusing to compromise aesthetics.

To help you create a nursery or children’s bedroom that inspires imaginations, a place where dreams come true, Little Snoozes continually updates its collections with the latest models from leading manufacturers in children’s design. Amongst the junior bed classics, you’ll find Teepee and Tent beds, Treehouse beds, Playhouse beds, and a delightful display of themed beds that will make every bedtime one of adventure.

As a company, Little Snoozes strives to provide discerning parents with the finest designer children’s bedroom furniture in and around London, with hand-crafted and hand-tailored pieces that are practical, durable, and designed to bring a sense of style to modern living spaces. They pride themselves on fast delivery, with many

items delivered the next day, and not to mention their discrete installation service that has already transformed countless London homes.

Little Snoozes children’s furniture collections are carefully curated for contemporary London residences, You’ll find cots that convert to junior beds, daybeds, loft beds and bunk beds, and a beautiful selection of wooden toys that promise to delight future generations.

If you are expecting a new arrival or modernising a children’s bedroom, be sure to check out the Little Snoozes website. You’ll find modern Scandinavian-style bunks rubbing shoulders with timeless trundle beds. Cosy cot and junior bed mattresses, a veritable rainbow of children’s bedding, and all the accessories you need to organise, declutter, and create a place of dreams for your little ones.

“Little Snoozes continually updates its collections with the latest models from leading manufacturers in children’s design” Email - Tel - +44 203 488 4942 Winners of ‘Best Online Children’s Bed Retailer 2021’ – UK Enterprise Awards Sparking Imaginations through sleep and play Use ‘Yummy10’codefor 10% OFF

The benefits of a child-specific bike

Having a bike that is specifically designed for a child means it will fit their anatomy properly. As a result, they will feel comfortable and enjoy their cycling trips more, since they will feel confident handling and manoeuvring the bike.

EASY TO LEARN ON: Lightweight bike frames allow children to balance, pedal and stop with more precision and control. Frog Bikes’ components are specifically suited to the needs of younger riders, so teaching children to ride can be stress-free.

EASY TO MANOEUVRE: Frog Bikes use child-specific lightweight components without compromising on quality or safety, keeping the bike lightweight and easy to handle.

COMFORTABLE TO RIDE: Since children’s arms and legs, hands and feet, and hips and shoulders are smaller than adults’, bikes need to be designed specifically for children. A good ergonomic bike design for kids is crucial to them achieving the most comfortable riding position.

MORE POWER, LESS PEDAL: Because children have shorter legs than adults, the Frog Bikes patented cranks allow the pedals to be closer together, giving children the most power when they pedal.

GROWS WITH THE CHILD: Frog bikes are adaptable to growing children so they can use them for longer and they are durable enough to withstand years of use so that they can be passed from one owner to another.

“Frog bikes are adaptable to growing children so they can use them for longer”


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.

“I 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)





Are you tired of seeing clumps of hair in your brush or shower drain? Hair loss can be frustrating and even downright scary, but there are natural ways to help combat it. Our Collagen supplements with hyaluronic acid, beetroot and pomegranate are three powerful ingredients that can help stop hair loss and promote healthy hair growth.

Collagen is a protein that is naturally found in our bodies, including our skin, nails, and hair. As we age, our bodies produce less collagen, which can lead to thinning hair and brittle nails. Supplementing with collagen can help improve the strength and thickness of your hair by

providing the building blocks it needs to grow. Collagen supplements can also help improve the health and elasticity of your skin, giving you a more youthful appearance overall.

Hyaluronic acid is another powerful ingredient that can help prevent hair loss. This molecule is naturally found in our bodies and helps keep our skin and hair hydrated. When applied topically, hyaluronic acid can help strengthen hair follicles and prevent them from becoming brittle and breaking. Hyaluronic acid can also help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, making it a great addition to any skincare routine.

Beetroot and pomegranate are two superfoods that are packed with antioxidants and nutrients that can help promote healthy hair growth.

Beetroot is high in iron, which is essential for

healthy hair growth, and can also help improve circulation to the scalp, providing the nutrients your hair needs to thrive. Pomegranate is rich in vitamins C and E, which can help improve the health and strength of your hair. These two ingredients work together to provide a powerful one-two punch against hair loss.

So, if you’re looking for a natural way to stop hair loss and promote healthy hair growth, look no further than our superfood collagen range of supplements, hyaluronic acid, and beetroot and pomegranate. They are also packed with vitamin D and C With regular use, you’ll start to notice stronger, healthier hair that’s less prone to breakage and thinning. Try incorporating these ingredients into your daily routine and watch your hair transform before your eyes!


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 our most successful, and popular initiatives has been the introduction of our reading dog, Indie, especially with our 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 we 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.”

“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 our mission of ensuring each child can be ‘the best they can be, with the gifts that they have’.!

Children can board at Queen Ethelburga’s from Year 3.

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


Your local Urgent Care Clinic

St John & St Elizabeth Hospital’s Urgent Care Clinic ensures easy access to expert and efficient healthcare without the wait.

Access doctors when you need them most

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, the recently upgraded clinic offers almost instant access to doctors when you need them most.

A family-friendly service

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.

A wide range of treatments

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 private hospital, so you can access results and treatment without the wait.

Visit the Urgent Care Clinic

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: urgent-care-clinic

Opening times

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.




• Being over 50

• 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:

• 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

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.

• 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.

London General Practice 114a Harley Street, London W1G 7JL Tel: 0207 935 1000 OPEN 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK Private GP services Occupational Health and Corporate Health Services
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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 the Head of King’s Magna Middle School at Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate (QE), Joseph Birchall.

“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 teachers.”

“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 QE’s innovative curriculum visit for more information, where you can book on their next Whole School Open Day happening on 13 May 2023, or you You can meet the team from Queen Ethelburga’s at Independent Schools Show London on Tuesday, 23 May 2023

Queen CollegiateEthelburga’s Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate Welcoming day students from 3 months to 19 years and boarders from Year 3 Come and meet us at Independent Schools Show 11+ / 13+ ANSWERS Tuesday, 23 May 2023 “You cannot help but be impressed by the sheer ambition of QE. Facilities are spectacular, staff committed and clearly able, students delightful.” The Good Schools Guide | | 01423 333330 | York YO26 9SS


When you walk through the vast and impressive door at Clayesmore, there could not be a warmer welcome. This Dorset-based independent boarding and day school is well known for its outstanding pastoral care and community spirit.

Whether in the younger years at the prep school, or the senior school or sixth form, the focus is on cultivating a warm, friendly and kind culture in all its pupils. Senior students take an active role as mentors and guides to the younger students; particularly in the boarding environment.

Being a relatively small school, everyone is known as an individual. The nurturing environment in the prep boarding house, and the supportive environment in the five senior boarding houses creates a real family feel. Houseparents, their assistants, and matrons are dedicated to the pupils’ wellbeing and keeping balance and focus to the pupils’ days. House staff understand that children can go through ups and downs with friends, school work, home life and just the trials

and tribulations of growing up. Their extensive experience allows them to support pupils in every challenge they may face.

Whilst the ethos of the school is rooted in kindness, warmth and friendliness, it is no less rigorous in its academic or competitive ambitions. Almost all those applying to university last year were awarded their first choice destination and the breadth of courses and universities students have accepted is impressive - showing real evidence of a school which supports the individual and helps them achieve their goals.

Clayesmore has a forthcoming Open Morning on 13 May 2023, and you are warmly invited to visit, hear from the Head and to be toured by pupils to get a real feel for school life. Register today - open-mornings. Learn more about this happy school by visiting

‘A superb school with a big heart’ - Current parent

Relocating to the Cotswolds

seems set to strengthen the links between the capital and the Southern regions”.


“With excellent shops, restaurants, wine bars and cafes, Cheltenham is known for Jump Racing and the renowned Cheltenham Festival. It also hosts four thriving artistic and cultural Festivals; Literature, Music, Jazz and Science, and boasts excellent schools including Cheltenham Ladies’ College, which The Sunday Times has named Top Independent School in the South West for the third year running”

Country living and a slower pace isn’t for everyone, but there are certainly benefits for many families. From small market towns like Cirencester, recently named The Sunday Times best place to live in the South West, to a thriving Regency town like Cheltenham or the stunning villages of the Cotswolds, the countryside is not one size fits all. With excellent shops, restaurants, wine bars and cafes, Cheltenham is known for Jump Racing and the renowned Cheltenham Festival. It also hosts four thriving artistic and cultural Festivals; Literature, Music, Jazz and Science, and boasts excellent schools including Cheltenham Ladies’ College, which The Sunday Times has named Top Independent School in the South West for the third year running.


While remote working continues to thrive, for some the odd trip into a central office might still be necessary. Commuter links into the South West, especially towns like Cheltenham, are strong. Regular trains run direct to London Paddington in under two hours and the M5 motorway is close by, with Bristol, Birmingham and Oxford all accessible within an hour’s travel.

With the daily commute looking like a thing of a past, it seems that for many ex-Londoners, the occasional longer trip into the capital is a small price to pay for a simpler life in the country.

Opting to leaving London for cleaner air, more space or even a mortgage-free life is nothing new, but the pandemic’s remote working revolution has propelled the trend for escaping the city to new heights.


Hamptons reported that a record 90,000 people left to buy new homes throughout the UK in 2021, the largest exodus in “at least a generation”, citing the rise of hybrid working and the cost of property in London as the main factors.

With London and the South East set to be hit hardest by the increasing cost of living, their reporting predicts that by 2025 the “increase in flexible working, part at home, part in the office,



‘Achanging world’, ‘new global citizens’ and ‘developing the leaders of tomorrow’ are phrases often used in education. Embracing a unique context of British and international influences, at DLD College London we recognise that young people join us with different experiences, views and aspirations for their education.

It’s important therefore, to understand the contemporary and forward-thinking nature that education has to be in order for students to be prepared for the increasing variety of courses and learning opportunities available to them.

Our pioneering new Year 9 programme for example, offers a curriculum designed to spark a love of learning for the younger years, preparing students for the careers of tomorrow whilst at the same time providing a solid bedrock of knowledge and skills. It’s a modern concept that delivers a hybrid of the traditional and the cutting-edge, Project Based Learning (PBL) can also add great value. This style of bespoke, inquiry-led learning enables young people to get involved with the wider community in which they live, while developing their research, inquiry, reflection and decision-making skills.

We understand that students do not fit into one mould of learning and so, a variety of traditional

and contemporary courses can be hugely beneficial. Our Esport BTEC for example is the first of its kind in the world and at the core of this qualification is the concept of preparing young people for the working world.

To find out more about DLD College London, go to and register for our next 13+ and 16+ Open Evening, 11 May 2023.

“Our pioneering new Year 9 programme offers a curriculum designed to spark a love of learning”


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.

Richer Education promotes the enjoyment


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of learning to expand children’s worldviews and enhance children’s knowledge.

About Richer Education’s tutors

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.

Richer Education’s classes and camps

Richer Education offers a variety of face-to-face and virtual holiday camps and weekend classes throughout the year.


What is Learning Support?

Mrs Krystle Flack, Head of Learning Support, Cranleigh School

to support them in the classroom. It could be a really minor detail but solving it sets them off on their own journey. We’re always helping to build that confidence that makes them independent and shows them not to compare themselves to others. The individual experience is at the heart of everything we do, whether it’s just strategies, differentiation in the classroom or one-to-one support – the idea is that we are building students up to flourish and thrive, regardless of any challenges or difficulties they face.

Many students will have coping strategies and will have learned to travel the academic journey on their own by using these, but then get to a level where their strategies stop working, perhaps around GCSEs or A-Levels. So it’s not uncommon to find that students who seemed to manage in the first few years at senior school then need help further down the line.

If pupils don’t need full support they can have regular reviews or check-ins at odd times, such as when facing exams and stress is looming. We can support with homework too, so if a student is really struggling with a concept we can break it down for them and that gives them the skillset to go and use resources correctly and find answers for themselves. They can then go into exams with a little more confidence.

Learning support is all about developing skillsets to enable pupils to become independent learners. The aim is to ensure that students who need support can thrive, not just at school but in the outside world. The strategies we put in place now will help them to succeed into higher education and their eventual careers.

We avoid using labels and look at each child as an individual. Labels, such as dyslexia, become something that we work around and with to help the student, ideally with parents on board too. If we have a good relationship with parents it supports the student and we can allow parents to take a step back and provide the care and nurturing that teenagers need, whilst we take on the role of pushing the student to progress.

We aim to help each student identify their skills and discover how we might need to adapt teaching

Below: Cranleigh Learning Support
“We avoid using labels and look at each child as an individual. Labels, such as dyslexia, become something that we work around and with to help the student, ideally with parents on board too”


It won’t take you long to find something in the media to outline the issue that humanities are taking a dip. In recent years, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Guardian and BBC have reported on the declining uptake and prestige of the humanities. However, Hurst College believes that they play a hugely significant role, and their power must not be undervalued.

With worldwide current affairs seeing a rise of right wing and centralised politics in Europe; abortion laws resurfacing in the US; climate, energy and cost of living crises; war and conflict in Europe and beyond; the study of the humanities is ultimately more important now than ever before.

Hurst College created a Humanities Faculty in September 2022, to include the departments of geography, history, religious studies, politics, business, economics, sociology and classical civilisation from Year 6 in the Junior Prep School through to Upper Sixth in the Senior School. A fantastically diverse set of subjects and key stages all working together collaboratively, to share love for the humanities, instil passion and enthusiasm in pupils and make them acutely aware of the world around them.

The role of humanities is a vital one. From Key Stage 2, pupils are taught about a range of cultures, traditions, norms and values, social skills, how to show empathy for others. At a young age they foster justice and equality from humanities teaching. Throughout Key Stage 3 and beyond, pupils learn to deal critically and logically with subjective, complete, imperfect information and

weigh evidence sceptically, to consider more than one side of every question.

Members of the new faculty will structure, linearise and design an effective curriculum which interlinks topics between subjects and key stages. They will effectively outline skills, topic areas and cross-overs which pupils can apply to real life contemporary examples. This allows for scaffolding of the key skills, especially higher order logic and thinking, and improvement of writing styles. Plus, a focus on teaching the harder components of the humanities world - powers of analysis, discursive writing and evaluation skills. The humanities are vital for developing important life skills which pupils can use beyond their school years. It encourages them to debate, challenge ideas, reflect upon their own personal experiences and empathise with those of others who are very different. The faculty also promotes a range of super-curricular options and believes these are vital for preparing pupils for life and society. These include lectures, guest speaker events, workshops and trips.

Ultimately, the goal is to facilitate a love and excitement for the humanities and to show their relevance. Currently, the faculty is buzzingnumbers of pupils opting for these subjects are incredibly high. The robust set of departments are paving the way for creating well-rounded, thoughtful, inquisitive, passionate students who will go on to be successful global citizens in the world beyond school.


Brighton College is coming to London: Brighton College Prep Kensington Opens September 2023.

We are delighted to announce that Brighton College and leading education provider Cognita are joining forces to establish an exciting preparatory school in Kensington for boys and girls aged 2 to 13, opening in September 2023. The beautiful campus, currently Princes Garden’s Preparatory School, will be known as Brighton College Prep Kensington. This exciting venture builds upon the terrific success of Brighton College Prep Singapore, a similar partnership between Brighton College and Cognita.

Brighton College, recently named ‘United Kingdom School of the Decade’ by The Sunday Times, has eight prep schools in the Brighton College family of schools. Brighton educates children from 3 to 18 and is consistently one of the highest achieving schools in the country.

Richard Cairns, Head Master of Brighton College, believes the partnership offers something totally unique: “Brighton College has demonstrated that children can get superb results without hot-housing, in an environment that values kindness and mutual respect above all else. It is this approach that convinced The Sunday Times to name Brighton ‘School of the Decade’, and it is one we know will resonate with London parents.”

Lois Gaffney, Head of Prince’s Gardens Preparatory School, will continue in her role as Head when the school formally becomes Brighton College Prep Kensington, and believes the coming

together of two great educational organisations is truly exciting for their children: “All the values we hold dear will only be strengthened by becoming part of the Brighton College family of schools. Having previously been Senior Deputy Head at the award-winning Brighton College Singapore, I witnessed first-hand the tremendous impact of such a partnership. I am delighted to be Head of Brighton College Prep Kensington, a school that will not only continue to build a community of academic excellence, but one that will develop a love of learning and provide our pupils with the greatest opportunities to become the best version of themselves.”


To learn more about Brighton College Prep Kensington please email admissions@ brightoncollegeprepkensington. or register to attend their upcoming Open Morning: brightoncollegeprepkensington.



Knightsbridge School, otherwise known as KS, is a co-educational day school for children aged 3-16 set in the heart of Central London. Achievement and success are believed to be best accomplished when pupils learn in an ecosystem of happiness.


Book a school tour via the website to learn more about life at Knightsbridge School. Contact

67 Pont Street, SW1X 020 7590 9000

KS is incredibly proud of the happy, vibrant and purposeful community that has been built over the last 16 years. When parents walk through the blue doors they are warmly welcomed into a friendly school where there is a palpable buzz; children chatting happily with one another and their teachers as they move between lessons, matches or clubs or heading off for a delicious lunch in the dining room. Exceptional pastoral care ensures that Knightsbridge School pupils feel loved and well supported by consistent messages based around the KS Code - both at school and at home.

There are six main aims at KS – Atmosphere, Attitude, Autonomy, Achievement, All-Rounder and Action. Teamwork is key to achieving these A’s at school.

A broad and engaging curriculum, combined with an outstanding range of over 70 extracurricular opportunities, mean that children have the opportunity to be creative, curious and, by having a go, to find their talents and develop the skills for success.

An academically rigorous approach to learning

enables children to excel across the curriculum. Senior pupils join from the junior section of Knightsbridge School, with curiosity in the classroom and backed up by a range of cocurricular activities.

Pupils have three sports sessions per week including team sport. Knightsbridge School uses local facilities at Burton Court, Battersea Park, Holland Park, St Luke’s and Imperial College. There are weekly fixtures against other schools both within the local area and surrounding counties in football, rugby, netball, and cross country, as well as opportunities to try individual sports such as tennis, badminton, swimming and fitness training.

A strong can-do spirit runs like a golden thread throughout the school from pupils to staff and to the parents who support every step of the way.



On your marks, get set, GO!

We all want our children to have the best start in life and to fly out of the blocks. At Sherborne Prep School (SPS) we know how valuable a positive introduction to school life is. I was thrilled to join the team at the Pre-Prep in September 2022 as the Year 1 teacher. I already knew a lot about the school, as both my children are in the Pre-Prep (my younger in Reception and my older in Year 2); it’s become a bit of a family affair!

So I speak from experience on both sides of the fence when I say that at SPS we really do provide the best educational start. We keep class sizes deliberately small, enabling teachers to really understand their pupils, where they excel and where they need support. This close relationship means that we recognise potential and nourish it early on. 1:1 work is standard across the Pre-Prep, and all children read every day to an adult.

We were all delighted to receive a recent visit from the Independent Schools Inspectorate (January 2023) as it gave us the opportunity to show the inspectors what a fantastic school we have. We were even more delighted to find that they agreed with us! The recently released report found that SPS was found to be excellent in ALL areas.

Children can join us the term they turn three,

– Mr Tom Briggs, Year 1 Teacher, Sherborne Prep School, Dorset

in our self-contained Nursery. Outdoor learning happens daily, with a fantastic separate and secure play space just for our youngest learners. Overlooking our orchard (complete with climbable apple trees!) our three-year-olds quickly adapt to their first school setting (they eat lunch in the main Prep dining hall) and can see the progression they will make as they join Reception in the Pre-Prep building.

Our light and airy classrooms in the modern Pre-Prep afford a perfect start to a child’s formal education. Reception has a double sized classroom, with plenty of room for free play in several role play areas; budding veterinarians have loved recently playing in the ‘vets’ area Grace Finney (our Reception teacher) spent part of her halfterm building! They’ll have the chance to put their play into action soon as we begin to introduce animals to the Pre-Prep; guinea pigs are top of the wish list!

A Pre-Senior Baccalaureate school, we teach Pre-Prep children to be independent, work together, respect each other and to persevere to overcome adversity. Thus, ensuring that, rom Nursery onwards, children grow to be life-long resilient, collaborative learners. We encourage children in Reception to climb the weekly ‘Challenge Mountain’ completing independent tasks. We provide those in Year 1 and 2 with an increasing amount of independence and leadership roles as they grow to be the biggest fish in the Pre-Prep pond.

We give all Pre-Prep children the best opportunities to explore who they are and what they enjoy. We have an extensive enrichment programme that (aside from one or two externally provided options) is included within our competitive termly fee. Violin, recorder, samba, choir? Why not try them all?! Tennis, golf, dance, gym? Sport is covered! Coding, art, DT? Creativity after hours is no issue. Our newly introduced Head’s Awards for Pre-Prep could make a private education more affordable.

A unique offering at SPS is provided by our recent merger with Sherborne School (SS). We are a secure school, which will withstand the knocks and bumps that inevitably come with straightened times. Children benefit from the fantastic facilities of the Sherborne Group (SPS, SS and Sherborne International). PE lessons take place either on site on our own sports pitches, or in the Group’s

recently refurbished multimillion-pound sports centre with heated indoor 25m swimming pool. Performances regularly take place at Greenfields, the SS music centre and Sherborne Abbey. Again, the smallest at the beginning of their educational journey benefit from seeing the road ahead, laid out smoothly in front of them.

Pre-Prep children love their specialised music, French, DT, IT, and art lessons (every child exhibits their artwork in our end-of-year gallery exhibition). The Pre-Prep in-class curriculum (English, Geography, Science and History) is topicbased, with many cross-curricular links ensuring that children really do make the best possible start to their education. Weekly Forest School visits mean that all children grow in understanding their role within nature and their responsibility for it. The School’s active Friends Committee recently refurbished our on-site pond, providing a superb dipping site in which to catch tadpoles! Termly external visits –highlights so far this year include Wookey Hole and Corfe Castle – broaden children’s education outside the classroom.

My daughters are now in their third year at SPS, and I can say, without a doubt, that choosing the Pre-Prep for them was the right decision. They love going to school and complain when it’s the weekend or holidays! Fast starts? At SPS we get children zooming down the runway and soaring before you know it! Why not come along and see for yourself?

Sherborne Prep’s next open event is Tuesday 6th June, 10am-12pm.

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both schools are single-sex environments, there is every opportunity for boys and girls to mix in planned activities and during free time.


As well as regular joint socials, pupils from both schools enjoy meeting informally in Sherborne’s attractive town centre and the schools regularly collaborate in concerts, drama, expeditions and CCF to enhance their co-curricular provision, as well as engaging with the local community. In these ways, they learn to be comfortable in each other’s company, while avoiding the distractions that a coeducational setting can create.


With a girls’ school and a boys’ school working in close harmony, Sherborne offers the best of both worlds when it comes to educating your children

In an era when an increasing number of independent schools educate girls and boys together, the beautiful Dorset town of Sherborne offers a unique proposition.

Here, you’ll find separate girls’ and boys’ schools, located within a stone’s throw of one another and working closely to offer the focus of single-sex teaching with the social benefits of a co-educational setting.

Sherborne has long been regarded as a centre of learning in the South West. The two schools – Sherborne School and Sherborne Girls – have a history of working together to enhance the experience of their pupils.


The schools remain discrete entities:

At Sherborne Girls, pupils are empowered to make a positive difference to the world around them. They are encouraged to find their voice, recognising the role they have in shaping the future and giving back to society.

At Sherborne School, a culture of kindness and compassion is woven into the fabric. Boys are given space to grow, finding their unique gifts and relishing the joys and opportunities of life in a busy boarding environment.

Both schools have a full-boarding approach. Their calendars are aligned, making life straightforward for parents with sons and daughters at each. And while the classrooms of

This close cooperation produces pupils who are ready to face the challenges of the modern world, alive to the difference they can make, and ready to embrace the future.;




In 2023, the Eaton House Belgravia results were excellent. The 7+ boys received 4 offers to Westminster Under, 4 offers to St Paul’s Boys’ School, 5 offers to King’s College, Wimbledon, 1 offer to City of London Boys’ School and 2 offers to Dulwich College, among a number of top schools.

Mr Mark Snell, the current Headmaster of Wetherby School, will be joining Eaton House Belgravia as Headmaster from September, 2023. The current Headmaster, Mr Huw May, is handing the baton to Mr Snell after 10 wonderful years at Eaton House Schools.

As a mathematics specialist, with a strong understanding of London schools and their families and an established track record in preparing boys for 7+ and 8+ examinations, Mr Snell will be able to bring his formidable expertise to Eaton House Belgravia.

In a sense, it is a return ‘home’ for Mr Snell who was Head of Mathematics at Eaton House The Manor in 1994, before moving to teach at Westminster Under and King’s College Junior School. He then joined Wetherby School as Deputy Head before taking on the Headship in 2008. As Eaton House celebrates its 125th year, Mr Snell is the perfect choice to take Eaton House Belgravia on into the next phase of its history.

Eaton House Belgravia is a Belgravia institution,

founded in 1897, with the boys instantly recognisable around Sloane Square and Chelsea in their green and red uniforms. Many famous names have passed through its ranks, including Sir Laurence Olivier and Eddie Redmayne to Philip Pullman and Bear Grylls.

The 8+ boys received 2 offers to Westminster Under, 2 offers to St Paul’s Boys’ School, 4 offers to Dulwich College, 8 offers to Sussex House and offers to King’s College Wimbledon, Summerfields, Eaton House Belgravia Prep and Eaton House The Manor Prep, amongst other top schools.

“The boys have been incredible, as they always are,” said Mr May. “They have worked hard in a caring school that is always fizzing with life, due to boyfriendly teaching and academics that are balanced with so many co-curricular and extracurricular activities and clubs. This leads to happy outcomes.”

If you would like to find out more about Eaton House Schools speak to Miss Sam Feilding, Head of Admissions on 020 3917 5050, or visit

Mr Mark Snell


Roedean School, offering day and boarding for girls aged 11 to 18 in an inspiring cliff-top location, provides a distinctively all-round education. This holistic ethos encourages girls to achieve outstanding academic grades, but also to pursue passions and try new things.

Roedean places a high value on all those experiences that take place beyond the classroom, offering 14 different sports (with girls representing Roedean in over 800 fixtures across the board), and 30+ opportunities to perform every year (including 3 major productions; this year saw Les Misérables, Six and Mary Poppins staged in Roedean’s professional 350-seat theatre).

One of the 122 co-curricular clubs offered at Roedean that encompasses this ethos resulted in a team of girls swimming the English Channel –Sea Swimming Club runs throughout the Summer Term on Brighton beach and a record number of pupils have recently signed up, following last year’s successful Channel crossing. The relay team of 6 pupils (Year 8 to Year 13) managed to swim to France in just 13 hours and 13 minutes – even swimming over night! Training begins soon for the next relay team, who will attempt the crossing in 2024.

Roedean offers these opportunities because the school believes that a happy child outside the classroom excels within it, and all girls at Roedean are encouraged to pursue their own interests as well as intellectual challenge. The success of this

approach is shown in Roedean’s outstanding exam results (71% 9-8 Grades at GCSE and 71% A*-A Grades at A Level in 2022); just ask Rose, one of the relay team members who swam the Channel in the midst of her GCSEs and still managed to achieve nine Grade 9s, and one Grade 8.

During the school’s most recent ISI Inspection, Roedean was given a perfect score in every category, with the girls’ positivity and keenness to get involved in every aspect of School life all recognised by the Inspection. New Head Niamh Green is inspired by the School founders: “My vision for the girls at Roedean is to continue the vision of the founding Lawrence sisters when they moved Roedean to this exceptional site 125 years’ ago: a truly holistic education.”

For more information visit or contact Mrs Ali Wienekus, Director of Admissions & Marketing



Confidence, independence, social skills and international understanding are vital for success in the modern world and will be even more important in the future. Young people can develop all of these – and more – at boarding school, explains George Masters, Senior Deputy Head at Felsted, a co-educational boarding and day school an hour from the Capital.

Education at Felsted has been devised with the future in mind. Not only do we teach our pupils in a way that prepares them for the life and careers that lay ahead of them, but by boarding with us they can equip themselves with a versatile range of skills and attributes they will need to thrive and succeed as adults in a future world we can only imagine.

Boarders get the very most out of their academic education, with specialist subject teachers and house tutors on hand in the evenings, extending boarders’ learning on an individual basis. Boarding at Felsted provides an environment in which young people are able to develop the skills and attributes that will prepare them for happiness in life and success in their future careers.


Boarding is an excellent opportunity to gradually stretch young people, just outside their comfort zones, at a pace that suits them. At Felsted we have devised a choice of boarding arrangements to suit individuals and families - although around 20 percent of our boarders are with us seven days a week, many choose weekly boarding, which is

Mr George Masters

particularly popular with London-based families. Families based abroad find the school’s close proximity to London Stansted and other London airports very convenient.

Boarders quickly learn to take responsibility for themselves and their belongings. They understand the importance of self-reliance and personal organisation; being on time for lessons and supported to complete work to a high standard. There is a team of caring, experienced house staff to help and guide the boarders in each of our eight, on-campus boarding houses for pupils aged 13 to 18 (and one for children aged from eight in the Prep part of the school).


Pupils soon feel settled in the house environment and their confidence is built through taking part in a broad and varied programme of clubs and activities, making use of the school’s superb facilities in the evenings, including sports, arts, debating and public speaking. There’s the chance to be appointed Head of House, or to become a prefect and chat through concerns and issues with younger pupils.


Social skills are essential at any stage of life, and boarders have plenty of time to build friendships and socialise. There is downtime in the evenings, when boarders relax in the house common rooms, watching movies or playing pool or board games. Saturday evenings are for social events, such as music and dancing and on Sundays boarders enjoy a leisurely brunch together before an outing

(Cambridge is nearby), or trip to the cinema, gokarting, bowling or shopping. Living and working together, boarders soon find they are happy to chat to anyone.


Around a fifth of Felsted’s pupils are from families that are not based in the UK and this makes the school a truly international environment. Boarding houses are a mix of nationalities and pupils casually discuss their cultures and experiences and respect those of others that are different from their own. Boarding presents a unique opportunity for young people to develop a level of international understanding at a formative age, that is hugely beneficial for future success in global careers.

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St Dunstan’s College

Forward-thinking and focused on the Future

Last year, St Dunstan’s College, in Catford, was delighted to be named Independent Senior School of the Year at the Tes Awards in central London.

The awards, known as the Oscars of Education, celebrate the work of teachers and schools across the United Kingdom. The event was held in person for the first time since the start of the pandemic, and for the first time in Tes’s history the awards brought together both state and independent schools for the ceremony.

Speaking about the award, St Dunstan’s Head,

Mr Nick Hewlett said: ‘We are absolutely delighted to have been recognised in this way. It is testament to the extraordinary drive and ambition of so many that we have been able to create the unique school culture we enjoy today. To transform a school so that it challenges and trailblazes in the sector takes a colossal community effort. My gratitude goes to everyone who has contributed to our incredible journey as a school.’

Winners were chosen by a panel of experts –including school leaders, inspectors, and education researchers.

Judge David James has worked in independent schools for over 20 years and is an experienced inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate. He said: ‘There’s a very clear and coherent vision of what they want to do, both with the curriculum and the local community. The head is asking interesting questions of the sector, including areas like privilege and responsibility, which go beyond the usual platitudes. It’s a really interesting school in a tough market, trying to not just survive but actually make

“We are absolutely delighted to have been recognised in this way. It is testament to the extraordinary drive and ambition of so many that we have been able to create the unique school culture we enjoy today”

something different for the children and families they’re working with.’

The award comes at an exciting time for St Dunstan’s. In 2021, the College’s new £25million Junior School, STEM Centre for Excellence and Innovation, and Sixth Form buildings officially opened, which were the most significant developments since the school opened in 1888. The College’s forward-thinking approach is now matched by modern, bright, and inspirational facilities. This was followed by the opening of a new Performing Arts Centre, which includes dedicated learning spaces for the arts and a 170-seat theatre.

The state-of-the-art facilities are also regularly used by local schools and community groups.

Since arriving at St Dunstan’s, Head, Nick Hewlett, has been committed to working closer with the local community and providing lifeenriching opportunities for local residents.

St Dunstan’s, in collaboration with the Westside Young Leaders Academy (WYLA) and Lewisham Council, established the Lewisham Young Leaders Academy (LYLA), a ground-breaking academy for young people in the borough.

The academy was established in response to research and evidence showing disparities in attainment and outcomes for Black Caribbean and dual heritage (Black Caribbean/White) children and young people, not just in Lewisham, but throughout London and the UK.

Through weekend classes, Lewisham Young Leaders Academy provides additional support to young people from across Lewisham through transformative teaching in life skills, including leadership, teamwork, presentation skills and CV building. The programme is designed to develop 12 traits of leadership in the young people attending: bearing, courage, decisiveness, enthusiasm, initiative, integrity, judgement, knowledge, loyalty, perseverance, responsibility and unselfishness.

Last year, the project was shortlisted for an award at the Independent School of the Year Awards. Speaking at the time, St Dunstan’s Head, Nick Hewlett said: ‘I am delighted that this unique partnership has been recognised by the Independent School of the Year Awards. St Dunstan’s College is passionate about, and dedicated to, providing life-enriching opportunities to our local community. We realise that we hold a privileged position as an independent school both

in terms of our facilities and the experiences of our staff and pupils, and we are proud to work closely with Westside Young Leaders Academy (WYLA) and Lewisham Council on Lewisham Young Leaders Academy (LYLA).

‘The team at LYLA are changing the lives of the young people attending each week, and I look forward to growing our continued partnership.’

Damien Egan, Mayor of Lewisham said: ‘We live in the wealthiest city in Europe, and for too long many of our young people here in Lewisham, and particularly those from African and Caribbean backgrounds, have found it difficult to access those top jobs and opportunities. I’m very grateful to St Dunstan’s for hosting the programme and working with us on this brilliant initiative, that is already making such a difference. I’m excited to see what happens next for the programme.’

Most recently the school has won praise for its groundbreaking Stuart Curriculum, which looks at relationships, skills for the future and critical thinking. Stuart lessons have tackled the rise of toxic masculinity and individuals such as Andrew Tate.

Speaking about the lessons, St Dunstan’s Deputy Head Academic, Jonathan Holmes, explained: ‘As well as having the confidence to react to specific examples such as Andrew Tate, it is important that our teaching is predominantly proactive and enables students to independently understand when views are harmful and dangerous, and how they can protect themselves from being exposed and influenced by them online.’


St Dunstan’s offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for pupils joining at 11+ and 16+. Find out more information at an upcoming spring tour. Book your place at

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The Power of Houses

Faith Hagerty, Head of More House School in Knightsbridge, analyses why working with a House System in schools has never been more vital, than in this post pandemic world our young people find themselves in.

When she witnessed the More House School end of year ‘House Entertainment’ performances for the first time in July 2021, Faith was utterly blown away.

Having come from another Catholic girls’ school the previous March, she had seen her fair share of excellent participation in House activity over the years, but there was something special about the More House way. Every single child was fully committed to the performance they were preparing, along with their fellow House members from across the school. There was nobody loitering on the sidelines, and members of staff were equally involved in making that year’s House performance one to remember. As this was still in Covid times, the performances were outside in our Courtyard, with the whole school able to be together for one of the first times in well over a year and a half.

The More House Houses are dedicated to four

different places of Catholic pilgrimage - Iona, Canterbury, Walsingham and Santiago and without doubt create a sense of belonging for pupils. The programme, run by House Captains in the Sixth Form, offers opportunities throughout the year for competitions and quizzes in the form of events such as bake offs, karaoke, University Challenge, debating, Uno and Jenga competitions and House Talent.

When we consider the two years of lost schooling, we often focus on the gaps in the learning and personal development, as opposed to the gaps in the understanding of community. These experiences at the end of term, when pupils are offered the opportunity to throw their hearts and souls into producing a fun but highly entertaining performance for an audience, are the moments they remember for the rest of their lives. They learn a huge amount about teamwork and working to a tight deadline, but alongside that, they have permission to immerse themselves in joy.

It goes without saying that we are still seeing the aftermath of those two difficult years, with mental health concerns at an all-time high. It is vital that we remember that the sense of belonging, and community is what pupils take with them for years to come after leaving school.


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To celebrate British womenswear brand Winser London’s tenth anniversary this month, founder Kim Winser OBE has commissioned the celebrated fine artist, Carin Gerard, to design a bespoke butterfly and floral print for her eponymous womenswear brand.

Kim launched her digitallybased business in March 2013 to meet the wardrobe needs of busy women just like her and ten years later her timeless investment pieces are worn by women across the world. Having created design collaborations with Gillian Anderson, Yasmin Le Bon and Cat Deeley during its first decade, Winser London has become recognised for delivering confidence to women through its versatile, timeless, flattering designs.

Fine artist and classical realism painter, Carin Gerard, is renowned for her large-scale, nature-inspired artwork. Her limited-edition collection for Winser London’s anniversary focuses on British-made printed silk garments and a cotton tote made from recycled plastic bottles and launches this month. The luxe silk of Carin’s capsule collection sits at the heart of the brand and is a true delight one shouldn’t miss. It features rare butterfly

species on a clear light blue-sky background. Whether you go with the luscious wide leg trousers, the detachable bow top or the sumptuous yet simple light dress – wearing these pieces really is like wearing spring! The butter-soft silk has long been a favourite of Winser’s clientele and is worn by HRH The Princess of Wales, Emma Watson, Sienna Miller and many more British and international celebrities. Winser’s pussy-bow blouse style has become an indispensable wardrobe icon and comes in a variety of colourful spring and neutral shades. For those who

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“Kim launched her digitally-based business in March 2013 to meet the wardrobe needs of busy women just like her and ten years later her timeless investment pieces are worn by women across the world”

aren’t fond of bow blouses, the brand also offers fabulous classic shirt and V-neck styles in fitted and oversized shapes.

Mindful of the fragility of the future of the planet, Winser has introduced a circular economy collection from luxurious fabric, left unused from the designer runway shows and then curated into the collection. Their cashmere knits and Merino wool pieces are made from fine quality sustainably sourced yarns that stand the test of time. The V-neck merino boyfriend jumper and the Audrey Hepburn inspired cashmere top are both pieces that all fashion cognoscenti will identify as forever pieces that can be passed from one generation to the next.

Highlight of the Winser London collection are certainly their much talked about Ponte di Roma fabric staples; flattering, comfortable, doublestretch Miracle dresses, glamorous coats and smart trousers offer women the wardrobe building blocks that simplify looking and feeling great. They are ideal as day to day workwear capsules, and work perfectly for the upcoming event season. View the full collection on

“Mindful of the fragility of the future of the planet, Winser has introduced a circular economy collection from luxurious fabric, left unused from the designer runway shows and then curated into the collection”


Flower Headband fit for a Fairy Queen! This flower headband is the stuff of fantasy. Set with colourful enamel details and oversize gems; it has exquisite details. Pop it on, and transport yourself into a floral dream.


Made in London by an all-female atelier, the Chloe is a real head turner. Crafted from pure 19 momme silk satin, the corset-like tie effect at the waist provides gentle support under the bust, which can be adjusted for your best fit. Like a very discreet friend, she won’t tell when you loosen the waist after a long day. Finished to the inside with French seams throughout for ultimate comfort and durability. Pin hems to the sleeve and hemlines create a delicate, luxury finish.


This garment is part of the “Solo Flight” SS17 collection which was showcased in New York Fashion Week. This is a loosely fitted white shirt made from a sheer viscose fabric.


And breathe! Take time out with a little R&R St Andrews Hamper Company style. This indulgent Relax & Recharge Pamper Hamper is filled with gorgeous organic goodies, plus an authentic eco cotton hammam towel, perfect for relaxing at home or the ideal travelling companion.


Handmade in their Cotswolds studio, this contemporary blue and gold disc ring is consciously handcrafted using recycled solid gold. Each piece is completely unique as every lapis lazuli gemstone varies in look.


This sumptuous soft silk eye mask by Gingerlily.


NANDANIE is luxury neckwear created by women, and that’s as easy as putting on a necklace. The classic men’s tie has been reinvented with women in mind, with unique textures, colourways and styles, NANDANIE is breaking into an untouched fashion category for women. Created to be the final touch to elevate any outfit, NANDANIE ties will become a new wardrobe staple.


New Spring fragrance launches


Bringing together a bouquet of spring bloomers, this eau de toilette combines pear blossom, rose, lilac and freesia. Rounded out with cedarwood and amber musk, this bumper bottle is excellent value for money.

£16.99 for 125ml, Boots


The latest addition to the Versace fragrance family, Dylan Purple is a fruity affair. It’s bursting with pear and citrus notes alongside the woozy, white floral aroma of freesia, cedarwood and amber.

£78 for 50ml, Escentual

Katie Wright rounds up the scents to know about this season.

Like the first shoots peeking through the grass after winter, spring scents are popping up all over the place –and there’s a distinctly violet tinge to many of the latest offerings.

From lightest lavender to deepest purple, perfume bottles are shot through with pretty plum tones – but what do they smell like?


Want something richer than all the petal-powered spring scents? Jo Loves’ latest will likely float your boat. Inspired by travels in the Middle East, this heady mix of blackberries and blackcurrant is spiced with nutmeg, while myrrh imparts an incense-like aroma.

£115 for 100ml

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“This heady mix of blackberries and blackcurrant is spiced with nutmeg, while myrrh imparts an incense-like aroma”


From the creators of the logo-print Stark bags loved by fashion fans, MCM Ultra comes housed in a mini version of the iconic backpack. Aimed at a style-conscious audience, the woody-floral scent puts tuberose and jasmine front and centre, bolstered by seductive cedarwood, tonka and amber.

£74 for 50ml


An innovative take on a perfume classic, this scent is inspired by the queen of flowers: the rose. The luxurious, unisex composition also features pink peppercorn, geranium and patchouli, resulting in a stunning scent symphony.

£145 for 75ml, Harvey Nichols


Celebrating 20 years since the launch of Narcisco Rodriguez For Her, this new perfume pays tribute to the cult classic. Uniting four powerhouse florals – jasmine, tuberose, gardenia and frangipani – For Her Forever shares the same musky patchouli base as its predecessor.

£102 for 100ml, John Lewis and Partners


Inspired by the sensation of a lover’s kiss (the name means ‘on your lips’), Sur Tes Lèvres is a floral fantasy with iris and jasmine at its heart. Pink berries, patchouli and amber notes amp up the romance.

£110 for 50ml (available April 27)


One for the fruity fragrance lovers, Ange de Vignes (which translates to ‘angel of the vines’) opens with a mouthwatering explosion of Isabella grape, known for its sweet aroma. The warmth of neroli (a white floral) swiftly follows, with patchouli adding a woody richness.

£31 for 50ml


Part of the Blossoms collection, Star Magnolia pays homage to the white flowers that bloom in urban parks. The fresh, uplifting scent beautifully blends lemon and soft sandalwood with a floral heart note.

£115 for 100ml


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Now’s the time to max your petal power, says Sam Wylie-Harris.

It’s no secret flowers are one of fashion’s most enduring love affairs – and this season is no exception.

“We believe florals never go out of fashion,” says Zoe Donovan, digital and marketing director at LK Bennett. “As a brand, we focus on investment pieces that can be worn time and time again, dressed up and down. And a beautiful floral silk dress ticks many boxes.

“This season, we’ve reimagined incredible vintage archive prints, bringing a unique feel to a number of florals, including an 18th-century meadow scene.”

Another fan, Jo Collins, head of womenswear design at FatFace, says florals aren’t going anywhere.

“After the past few years, we see people looking towards trends that are optimistic and uplifting. This is especially played out in this season’s palettes and the print explosion we’re seeing.”

Mood-enhancing and easy to pull off, here’s what’s in bloom…


“Lilac has been an emerging trend colour for a few seasons,” says Collins. “It can be tricky on some skin tones, but we’ve treated this very much as a background colour to overlay the season’s pops of apricots and nude pinks.” This ‘on-trend’ colour is ideal for layering up, and would work well for a high summer event, says Collins. And,

with wedding season coming into play, these freespirited wild flowers can be accessorised with a floral fascinator or headband.


“Our customers are still embracing the versatility of the midi dress and we’re excited to introduce great new silhouettes and prints this season,” says Queralt Ferrer, director of design for fashion at John Lewis. “Our in-house design team has introduced graphic tile prints, block colours and bold florals; giving customers a fresh take on the floral midi for spring/summer.” Fusing full blooms with a puffy shorter sleeve will take you seamlessly through the seasons… save your heels for after-hours.


Ditsy prints and darling buds look casual and laid-back, but with a little bit of attitude. Wear with trainers and a denim jacket over your shoulders to nail the look.


One of fashion’s favourites, can you ever have too many maxi dresses? We think not. Whether it’s a tea dress or empire line, the flowing silhouette is flattering and feminine. Spring’s standouts come in two-tones, with floral detailing focusing on a prominent shade. Think vibrant pink or cornflower blue to build on your enchanted garden, err, wardrobe.



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Most of today’s luxury handbags take from European designs, and there is a need far more variety in an ever-changing world. To that end, we’ve created beautiful Afro-centric designs. Craftsmanship and Elegance in one. Never has there been a luxury handbag that takes inspiration from Afrocentric designs.

Our goal is to inspire people to take new directions with their fashion and open the door for more representation within the industry. Our team at Mutayo Ekiye has gone to great lengths to ensure that each bag fits all our customer’s needs. You’ll find the elegance of corner curves representing African art in the design. We also wanted to create a durable luxury handbag that our customers can enjoy for many years. Comfort, luxury, and originality make our line something you can proudly add to your collection. Breaking through the luxury handbag industry with the Mutayo Ekiye line of luxury handbags, you can claim sophistication no matter the season. Stand out from the crowd and display a beautiful heritage that very few dare to explore. Be a part of the movement that changes how we see luxury handbags and fashion.

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SPRING BEAUTY TRENDS from sparkly eyes to blunt bobs

These are the hottest backstage hair and make-up looks of the season, says Katie Wright

Spring/summer 2023 is all about optimism and individuality, according to the backstage beauty pros who worked their magic on models at the catwalk shows.

From shimmery make-up in bold hues to cool girl hair, the top trending styles of the season offer the chance to customise and create your own unique look.

As we head into spring, these are the trends to try now…

Sparkle and shimmer

The SS23 catwalks were awash with all things sparkly, from diamante-lined lids at Halpern to glitter eyeshadow

at Mark Fast and face jewels at Edward Crutchley. Tap into the trend in a subtle way with shimmery eyeshadow in a metallic hue, or stick a smattering of diamante jewels in the corner of your eyes.


The pink craze continues this season with lips in every shade from bubblegum (at Vivienne Westwood) to fuchsia (Paul Costelloe) to magenta (Carolina Herrera). Eyes daubed with matte cream shadow in punchy pink shades took the trend to the next level at Paul & Joe in London, and Alice + Olivia in New York. What shade should you choose? Embrace your inner Barbie with a powder pink, or go for grown-up glamour with a rich raspberry.

“Plum and berry lip colours were seen at Chanel, Molly Goddard, Versace and more”


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Slicked-back hair

Bringing a sleek, chic look to long and short styles, slicked-back locks was the biggest hair trend to emerge from the spring fashion weeks. Go for glossy and polished – as seen at Victoria Beckham and Michael Kors – wet-look like Huishan Zhang and Molly Goddard, or pushed to one side like the models at Bally.

Barely-there brows

You may have heard that pencil-thin brows are back, and yes, Bella Hadid was spotted with skinny, drawn-on eyebrows during Paris Fashion Week, but you don’t have to go that far. Make-up artists at Missoni and Dries Van Noten gave brows a naturally groomed look, while at Victoria Beckham brows were lightened slightly to match the muted tones of the eye and lip colours.

Plum pouts

One of the more surprising trends to emerge from the spring shows, plum and berry lip colours were seen at Chanel, Molly Goddard, Versace and more. Team a satin-finish lipstick with matte skin and minimal make-up for a summer-ready look.


No, not flawless foundation or digital trickery –we’re talking rainbow bright eyeshadow and blush that looks like it was applied with an airbrush, as seen as Chet Lo, Etro, Marni and Christian Cowan. One of the more daring spring/summer trends, you can recreate the effect by buffing a bright powder or cream blusher high on your cheekbones and up onto your temples.

“Make-up artists at Missoni and Dries Van Noten gave brows a naturally groomed look, while at Victoria Beckham brows were lightened slightly to match the muted tones of the eye and lip colours”

Blunt bobs

Gone are the days when every model walking a show had identical, super-long locks. Now, designers value individuality. Bobs are a massive catwalk trend, from the wavy crops at Alberta Ferretti to the bleach blond wigs at Paul Costelloe, and glossy, blunt locks at Coach and Fendi. Celebrities like Lily Allen and Hailey Bieber have recently unveiled bobs, but make sure you talk to your hairdresser about what style suits your hair type and face shape before going in for the chop.

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The capillary schedule together with laser therapy offered at Scissors Palace gives an incredible result and restores the strands because it consists of the three treatments that the hair needs most. According to the need, this care routine includes hydration, nutrition, and reconstruction of the damaged hair fiber. Before joining, you

need to know what your hair needs the most to focus on one stage or another. Nothing better than leaving the salon with that incredible hair, hydrated, soft, and with a super movement, right? But, we know that this treatment with a professional is not done as frequently as we wish. So what really matters is investing in the capillary schedule! Come and have a free consultation with one of our hair specialists. Scissors Palace hair & beauty, 122 Holland Park Avenue, tel: 02072214004 email:

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With the opening of the new Dr Sebagh London clinic at Chandos House, W1, clients—celebrities, royalty and heads of state among them—can now experience the full range of cosmetic procedures in the luxurious setting of this stunning and historic, Grade I listed townhouse.

Dr Sebagh brings 40 years of experience as a cosmetic doctor to his pioneering treatments (his first London clinic opened its doors in 1998).

Beauty trends, breakthrough ingredients and treatment technologies come and go, but one thing stays the same: it’s all about the skin, and getting a glossy, glowing, lit-from-within look. A complexion that’s plumped, radiant and looks well-rested (no matter how few hours sleep you got in). A glow that gets everyone asking if you’ve been away.

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From London to Paris, New York to LA, Dr Sebagh is the name synonymous with “the glow”, and achieving your freshest, most flawless-looking skin with powerful, results-driven skincare and non-invasive cosmetic procedures, as an alternative to surgery.

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It starts with what you feed your skin daily. Every day is an opportunity to nourish, restore, rejuvenate and protect it against and the premature ageing effects of dulling free-radicals, pollution and UVA, UVB and HEV light.

Serums are the secret. The stars of the renowned Dr Sebagh Serum Bar are three, expertly targeted serums which can be used on their own,

The “Vampire Facial” uses platelet rich plasma and fibrin, a concentration of growth factors and cells collected painlessly from your own blood. When re-injected into your skin, they promote the regeneration of cells, give skin a gorgeous rosy glow and even reduce nasolabial folds, marionette lines and peri-oral lines.

Targeting a loss of definition, Ultralift is a breakthrough technology focussing on both muscle lifting and skin tightening simultaneously, with long-lasting results and zero downtime.

If sagging is a concern, Thread Lifts offer a subtle and effective way to tighten and lift the face without going under the knife. This gravitydefying treatment is sought out by red carpet stars who want that lifted, firm and youthful look. The results can last for years.

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Spring/summer FASHION TRENDS

The catwalks are king when it comes to predicting the colours, cuts, fabrics and fashions that will dominate each season.

Looking at the spring/summer 2023 designer collections, there was an eclectic mix, with everything from floaty gowns and silky slips to laidback tailoring and utility-inspired separates.

Bold blues, retro denim and glitzy, party-ready looks offer lots of inspiration for the warmer months – that are not too far away now.

These are the eight most important spring/ summer fashion trends to have on your radar, as we head into the new season…


London Fashion Week favourites Richard Quinn and S.S. Daley turned up the volume with A-line skirts in luxe floral fabrics, as did Maria Grazia

From full skirts to Noughties denim, get ready for the new season with these key looks. By Katie Wright.

Chiuri at Dior, styling black midi skirts and dresses with sheer stockings.

Midi skirts are fast becoming a transitional fashion favourite for 2023, teamed with ankle or knee boots.


The ‘underwear as outerwear’ trend is back in a big way this spring, championed by the likes of Christopher Kane, Victoria Beckham and hotlytipped London-based designer Nensi Dojaka, who all sent nightie-style dresses down the catwalk.


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For a more sustainable take on the trend, opt for a vintage lace-edged slip.

Take a styling tip from the Christopher Kane runway and wear it with a pastel-hued cardigan.


Major fashion houses including Fendi, Balmain, Dior and Versace declared cargo pants a SS23 must-have – albeit soft, slinky trousers in pretty colours, rather than the starchy, beige kind.

Alternatively, why not try a cargo skirt or dress? Multi-pocket minis were seen at Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton and Coach.


One of the biggest trends of the season, sheer fabrics were seen everywhere from Erdem, Victoria Beckham and Nensi Dojaka in London, to Prada, Fendi and Bottega Veneta in Milan.

Focusing mainly on eveningwear, diaphanous gowns and floaty cocktail frocks left little to the imagination, while sheer overlays gave clingy dresses an angelic aura.


What’s the opposite of a power suit? London Fashion Week designers answered that question with slouchy, oversized tailoring seen at Eudon Choi, Rejina Pyo and Eftychia.

Muted tones like slate, mushroom grey, mint and jade are versatile and ideal for the office.


Finally, a rival to the ubiquitous pink that has ruled the runways (and the red carpet) in recent seasons – blue is back for SS23.

We’re talking statement shades like cobalt, royal and electric blue, used to great effect at Richard Quinn, David Koma and Alexander McQueen.


Silver takes first place this season, thanks to the glitzy gowns at Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and Jason Wu.

For a less formal take on the trend, try a silver maxi skirt teamed with a white vest as per the Michael

Kors catwalk, or the ‘jeans and a nice top’ look a la Nensi Dojaka.


Love them or loathe them, low-rise jeans are here to stay, as decreed by designers at Givenchy, Ganni and Alexander McQueen. Another Noughties throwback, the denim maxi skirt, was seen on the catwalks at Burberry, Altuzarra and Masha Popova, and has already been adopted by many a street style star.

“We’re talking statement shades like cobalt, royal and electric blue, used to great effect at Richard Quinn, David Koma and Alexander McQueen”

A world of aesthetics

Behind the beautiful door of 34 Hans Road in Knightsbridge, you will discover a whole new world of aesthetics with an unrivalled offering of the latest noninvasive cosmetic and anti-ageing treatments at the award-winning Dr Rita Rakus Clinic!

A leader in the field, Tatler Top Doctor and known as the London Lip Queen, Dr Rita Rakus has earned an enviable reputation in the industry over the last 30 years and this is why her Knightsbridge clinic is often the first to launch brand new treatments in the UK. And we are sure some of the latest arrivals will be on your aesthetics wish list this year.

Sofwave is a breakthrough new non-invasive treatment, for which Dr Rakus is the International Key Opinion Leader. It is FDA-approved to minimise fine lines, wrinkles and lift the eyebrow, and lax submental and neck tissue and works by using ultrasound technology to stimulate production of new collagen

As well as facial enhancements, the clinic’s body contouring department led by Tatler Top Doctor, Dr Galyna Selezneva, offers a comprehensive range of non-surgical body treatments. The latest addition is Cristal Pro, the new gold standard body layering treatment which uses cryolipolysis or ‘fat freezing’ to target stubborn fat and reshape and contour your entire body. It has built in ultrasound technology to enable the treatment to be more precise and help personalise the treatment for each individual patient to achieve the best possible results!

Other treatments available at the clinic including Thermage FLX, for all over skin tightening, EMsculpt Neo, the perfect treatment to help you get in tip top shape for summer, the new latest generation skin regeneration plasma treatment Jovena, and the revolutionary skin care programme Universkin which uses AI technology to prescribe bespoke formulas for your skin to name just a few.

And it isn’t just in London that you can benefit from Dr Rita’s expertise. Last year the first USbased Dr Rakus Clinic opened at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles, in May this year a Dubai based clinic will be opening at the incredible new Raffles The Palm, plus she has a presence in Monaco and a new associate clinic in Cannes.


If you would like to discover more about the Dr Rakus Clinic, the incredible treatments and the latest special offers available, contact the clinic now on 020 7460 7324 to book a complimentary consultation with Dr Rita Rakus.

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Adiscreet destination (long treasured by those in the know), Waterhouse Young has a well-established reputation as the go-to for skin rejuvenation. Tucked away between Harley Street and Marleybone High Street, this aesthetic clinic has a stylish, serene interior yet is reassuringly medical, as you’d expect at this prestigious address. One of the first of its kind in London, Waterhouse Young has a team of medically–trained, patientfocused staff who artfully balance clinical expertise with genuine friendliness and care for their clientele, most of whom have visited the clinic for many years. The ethos here is results–driven but undetectable treatment, enhancing natural features and ensuring patients remain ‘beautifully you’ . Dubbed by Tatler magazine as “the skin wizards”, this skilful team appears regularly in the beauty media, from Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and Vanity Fair to the Times. Their portfolio of treatments includes precisely-administered injectables, with a subtle, less-is-more approach, and skin–regenerating favourites such as the HydraFacial which they combine with collagen-boosting Celluma red light therapy (as well as a raft of other bespoke options). Treatment plans are tailored to each individual, created during a consultation with one of their warm, knowledgeable aesthetic

doctors, selected from a range of the latest specialist treatments and science-backed skincare. Patients emerge more rested and radiant, as their many glowing testimonials attest, ”The WY team are a breath of fresh air in London for skin. I have been a client for almost 10 years and have loved every visit”.

“Waterhouse Young offers an abundance of skincare treatments and expertise. From a luxury facial to more targeted skin solutions, the clinic is a go-to skincare destination” –Vogue


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eight treatment rooms and space for larger group therapy sessions.

Soke Wimbledon will open with eight new practitioners to offer best-in-class psychotherapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, counsellors and leadership development specialists. They cover common behavioural health issues such as depression, anxiety and other non-acute disorders; offer family therapy, child & adolescent counselling, and corporate wellbeing services. Clients will benefit from an accessible and integrated system of care in one location, ensuring their individual needs are met at every junction, and enabling them to become the best version of themselves.

The Soke announces the upcoming launch of a brand new clinic in Wimbledon, which will offer specialist mental health and wellness services for children, adults and families across South West London and beyond.

Following an increase in demand for specialist and accessible services across all categories, Soke Wimbledon will open its doors in May 2023 as the second centre under The Soke umbrella. It follows the successful launch and growth of its flagship centre in South Kensington, which first opened in 2020.

The new clinic will be located at 1 Compton Road, SW19 7QA, in a 2,600 square foot building occupying the ground and mezzanine floors of The Old Post Office. The centre will include

Maryam Meddin, founder & CEO of The Soke, comments: “When we launched The Soke, it was with the intention of showing that if mental health services were less clinical and more accessible, more people would be amenable to finding out how they could benefit from them; this theory of de-stigmatisation had to be proven through practice. Over the past two years we have been overwhelmed with the positive response from those who have become our clients, as well as those who endorse what we’re doing through their encouragement and moral support. We’re pleased to now extend our reach, both geographically and in other ways, by creating a smaller, ‘local’ version of our centre to serve the South West London community and beyond. Soke Wimbledon will continue to operate according to the principles that helped us to win an ‘Outstanding rating from the Care Quality Commission, principles we live by to ensure that those who seek out mental health care can do so armed with the knowledge that they - and their loved ones - are in uncompromisingly safe, caring and experienced hands.”

“Over the past two years we have been overwhelmed with the positive response from those who have become our clients”

St John & St Elizabeth Hospital

Pursuing healthcare excellence, delivered with impeccable standards for over 165-years

finest doctors, who are at the forefront of their field. Should you wish to see one of their specialists, appointments are easy to arrange, with most appointments confirmed within one working day, although urgent cases are dealt with within hours.

A seamless referral process means that after the initial consultation, patients can also have scans, blood tests and some follow-up treatments completed during the same visit.


This year (2023) St John & St Elizabeth Hospital in St John’s Wood, has fully opened the doors to its £35 million three-floor new wing; the largest single investment made into the organisation to date. The new wing is the jewel in the crown of a hospital committed to delivering excellent care and impeccable standards.


• Six amazing new theatres, with the latest technology and surgical equipment;

• A refreshed department for scans and tests where it’s possible to get a quick and accurate diagnosis;

• A new and improved Urgent Care Clinic for those everyday illnesses, bumps and bruises;

• New patient bedrooms, waiting areas, changing rooms, and a coffee shop.

The layout of the new wing has been intuitively designed to ensure the easiest and calmest journey possible through the hospital, with each next step only one door away. All who visit will benefit from modern technology and equipment; calm surroundings filled with an abundance of natural light; and expert, attentive care.


John & Lizzie’s, as it’s affectionately known to locals, is proud to work with some of the world’s

You can ask your GP for a referral to John & Lizzie’s. If you’re struggling to contact them, the hospital has its own private GP service. Get in touch at 020 7432 8269 and the team will do their best to find you the earliest possible appointment with the best specialist for your needs. The service is designed to offer same or next day medical attention, giving you peace of mind and a quality 30-minute consultation. All the GPs have excellent experience, and being based in a fully-serviced private hospital, should you need anything, from picking up a routine prescription to a referral with a specialist consultant, this can easily be achieved, as part of a frictionless pathway to getting you better.

The hospital is also registered with all major insurers, so ask your provider to book at St John & St Elizabeth Hospital, or book in yourself and rest

“The service is designed to offer same or next day medical attention, giving you peace of mind and a quality 30-minute consultation”

easy that your treatment will be covered (always double check with your insurer before booking).


With an estimated six million people on waiting lists for elective operations in the UK, and with this number only set to rise over the coming years, the new wing opening has come at a perfect time, as the hospital will be able to treat more patients privately.

With fast appointments and treatments; consultants at the forefront of their field; and calm, comfortable surroundings, people can rest

easy knowing they are in the safest of hands.


Founded in 1856, St John & St Elizabeth Hospital is one of the UK’s largest independent private hospitals. Over the years, the hospital has earned a reputation for delivering the best possible outcomes with compassionate care, and it is proud to attract world-class consultant and dedicated nursing staff.

All treatments in the hospital help fund the onsite St John’s Hospice, which provides free quality-of-life care to over 4,500 people and their families each year, across seven boroughs.


Find out more:

Get in touch: 020 7806 4060

St John & St Elizabeth Hospital

60 Grove End Road

London, NW8 9NH

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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


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.


Why Health Screening is paramount

Q. What is Health Screening?

Health screening involves the use of tests, physical examinations and advanced investigations to help detect conditions early in people who look or feel well. This is in contrast from diagnostic tests which are done when someone is ill and showing signs or symptoms of a condition.

It is important as it can detect disease early in people who do not show any signs and/or symptoms of illness or disease It is the first step to safeguarding your health.

Q. Why is it important?

Early detection and timely intervention for earlier intervention and treatment of previously unknown conditions. It will help to reduce the risk of complications and the occurrence of more serious diseases such as:

• Stroke

• Diabetes

• Cardiovascular complications

• Lung disease and renal failure

• Cancers

Q. Why should one go for Health Screening if one feels well?

Health screening will help to discover if you have particular diseases or conditions, which as yet you do not know. Often there are no signs or symptoms of these diseases. As such, early detection followed by appropriate treatment and control of the condition will result in a better outcome and lower the risk of serious complications. Cancer in particular, is better treated if found early. If symptoms develop at a later stage, the cancer may be at an advanced stage and require more intensive and higher risk therapy. Chronic diseases such as diabetes take time to develop and if detected early can be better managed with less complications and improved long-term outcomes.

Q. Who should be Health Screened?

Everyone should be screened at some stage, it just depends at what age one should start. Here at The London General Practice, we tailor the screening package to the individual. All our recommendations are based on the current best practice and clinical guidelines available. Depending on your family history and personal history will lead us to suggest a screening module geared to you. Good health screening does not mean testing for the highest number of conditions

“Health screening will help to discover if you have particular diseases or conditions, which as yet you do not know. Often there are no signs or symptoms of these diseases”

to good health

or diseases. It should contain relevant tests and not tests that are unnecessary. Doing more tests than is necessary may make one more worried, incur unnecessary costs and result in over diagnosis and over treatment.

The London General Practice does not believe in a one size fits all health screening package.

Each individual has different personal, family and medical histories and benefits from different screening tests. However, all our health screenings evaluate for cardiovascular risk, such as:

• Obesity

• High cholesterol

• High blood pressure

• Diabetes

• And Cancers as appropriate

Q. Why Should I Screen?

Statistics reveal that 30% of the population will die of cancer and a further 30% will die of heart attack and stroke. These conditions can and should be screened for. Heart attacks and strokes do not occur spontaneously.

The primary causes of these are:

• Diabetes

• High cholesterol

• High blood pressure

• Obesity

• Lack of exercise

Men are also more prone to heart disease. Here at The London General Practice, we will apply evidence based clinical guidelines to determine your risk of heart disease and stroke and dependent on this risk will lead us to whether you require further tests such as:

• CT coronary calcium score

• Carotid Doppler study

• Functional imaging of the heart


Patients who have their cancers detected at stage one have survival rates 80% or even higher than later detection. Stage 1 cancers are unlikely to have symptoms. Early detection through our advanced health screening pathways will help to identify any risk and treat appropriately. Once the disease reaches stage three or four, survival rates can drop to just 50% or even lower as in 5% for more aggressive cancers.


Screening can also look at specific health issues. This is an opportunity to bring up any concerns or worries you have in the consultation, these can be expressed, investigated and identified.


Naturally leading a healthy lifestyle is paramount. This can help to delay or prevent primary silent disease and lowers the risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.


However, genetics and family history play an important part and it is possible that even if you have a healthy lifestyle, you are at an increased risk. Genetics plays a strong part. For healthy adults who wish to gain important, medically actionable insights based on their DNA, we offer proactive genetic testing. Our tests will give you insights into important health risks you may, or may not have based on genetic variants of your DNA.


To book your screening appointment, please call now on: 0207 935 1000 Or email:

Private GP Services

Occupational Health and Corporate Health Service

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

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All able-bodied Muslims are expected to fast during the month of Ramadan from dawn until dusk. This is complete abstinence from food, drink and sexual relations. There are a number of exemptions to this, and in such cases the individual will either make up a fast at a later date or give a fixed sum to charity (Fidyah).


The changes that occur in the body as a response to fasting depend on the length of the fast. It takes 8 hours for the body to technically enter a fasting state once we have finished absorbing nutrients from the last meal. In the normal state glucose stored in the liver and the muscles is the main source of energy. During a fast this store of glucose is used first, and then fat becomes the next source of energy. It is only with a prolonged fast of many days/weeks that the body would start to break down protein from muscle for energy, and this is classified as starvation

and clearly unhealthy.

During Ramadan there is plenty of opportunity to replenish energy stores at the pre-dawn and dusk meals and a balanced diet with plenty of fluids is essential. If this is adhered to, there is no evidence that fasting is unhealthy, and many studies have shown there to be health benefits e.g. weight loss, reduction of cholesterol, better control of blood pressure and increased levels of endorphins resulting in a feeling of improved mood.



Fasting usually reduces the amount of acid, but thoughts of food or the smell of it makes the brain order the stomach to produce more acid, so heartburn could occur during the fast. Those on regular medication for indigestion, such as antacids, antihistamines, or proton pump inhibitors are advised to continue taking them, at the predawn meal. The control of heartburn or belching can be aided by eating in moderation and avoiding oily, deep-fried or very spicy food. Reducing your caffeine intake and/or stopping smoking can also be of benefit, if relevant. Sleeping with your head raised on a few pillows and long-term weight loss may also help prevent heartburn.

“There is also a celebration at the break of the fast which is seen as a blessing”
The London General Practice


Dehydration is a common occurrence during a fast. The body continues to lose water and salts through breathing, sweat and urine; the quantity of water loss varies depending on the weather, how much you had to drink before your fast, the degree of physical exertion and the ability of the kidneys to retain water and salts. Prevention is always better than cure. However, if you do not adequately rehydrate before a fast, your risk of dehydration is increased. Depending on the severity of the dehydration, you may experience a feeling of being unwell, lethargy, muscle cramps, dizziness, disorientation or fainting. If you are unable to stand up due to dizziness, or you are disorientated, urgently rehydrate with regular, moderate quantities of water, ideally with sugar and salt. If you faint due to dehydration, your legs should be raised above your head by others, and when you awake, urgently rehydrate as outlined above.


This is a common problem with many possible causes e.g., dehydration, hunger, inadequate rest, absence of caffeine or nicotine. Not missing the pre-dawn meal, consuming adequate quantities of fluid and if necessary, taking a dose of painkillers such as paracetamol, may all go a long way towards either preventing or reducing the risk of

developing a disabling headache. Headaches can also be prevented by sensible measures such as not exposing oneself to direct sunlight, wearing a hat when out, using sunglasses to reduce the effect of glare from the sun and relieving any tense muscles with a short, gentle massage.


This is often exacerbated by dehydration and advice should be given regarding this, including dietary advice on fruit and vegetables, increasing the fibre content of food, being active etc. If the problem persists a short course of bulk laxatives may be prescribed.


Lack of food and water, changes of routine and shorter periods of sleep can all collude to increase stress levels. Hence it is important to address any potential sources of stress to minimise harmful effects. This can be helped by not taking on more than you can reasonably handle, not playing sports in the hot sun, controlling your anger in advance and abstaining from smoking.


For the unwary, or those lacking in caution, food consumed during the pre-dawn and dusk meals may lead to some unintended weight gain. Obesity is an epidemic in the making and has numerous complications in its own right. It is ironic that you are able to become overweight or obese while you are fasting. But if you do not approach the fast with discipline and will, the opportunity to lose weight and become healthier is wasted.

THE DETAILS The London General Practice 114a Harley Street, London W1G 7JL Tel: 0207 935 1000 OPEN 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK Private GP services Occupational Health and Corporate Health Services
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Treating prostate cancer with focal therapy

Adiagnosis of prostate cancer can be frightening and overwhelming. There are many treatment options and whilst this might feel bewildering, the wide range of options represents a chance to choose the right one, along with your medical team, to successfully treat or manage your cancer.


More than 130 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every day in the UK. There has been a sharp increase in incidence since the 1990s and it is now the number one form of cancer affecting men in the UK. Diagnosis with any cancer can be frightening, but for many men, being told they have prostate cancer can also spark additional worries about their continence and sexual health.

The good news is that as well as being one of the most common forms of cancer, prostate cancer is also one of the most treatable. Survival rates have trebled over the last 40 years and new and minimally invasive treatments, such as focal therapies are helping men treat their cancer with reduced chance of side effects.


Focal therapy is a treatment option suitable for men who have medium (intermediate) risk prostate cancer, ideally in one part of the prostate. As it treats only the cancer, and a small area around the cancer, the side effects of treatment are much less than those for traditional prostate cancer surgery or radiotherapy. It requires a careful assessment of

Focal therapy is a treatment option suitable for men who have medium (intermediate) risk prostate cancer, ideally in one part of the prostate.

the prostate using MRI and biopsy information. For men who are suitable, it is done as a day surgery procedure. Follow up is similar to being on active surveillance, and includes MRI scans and sometimes biopsy.

It allows some men to continue to have good sexual and urinary function, while treating the cancer. For example with following the HIFU procedure (High Intensity Focussed Ultrasound), less than 1 in 100 men reported urine leakage and 2 in 3 men had no problems with sexual function, while the remaining third were able to with tablets. As it’s a small treatment, it can be repeated, and if necessary, surgery or radiotherapy can be used at a later date.

There are a number of different energies used in focal therapy for prostate cancer, including ultrasound (High Intensity Focussed Ultrasound, or HIFU) and electroporation (passing an electrical current across the tumour to kill it). King Edward VII’s Hospital is one of the few private hospitals in the UK to offer these treatments.


The King Edward VII’s Hospital Focal Therapy Centre is led by world-leading experts, supported by nurse specialists and a multi-disciplinary

team meaning they’re able to offer personalised treatment plans tailored to your needs and recovery. Using the very latest technology including HIFU and the da Vinci xi surgical robot and located in a convenient central London location, you can access fast treatment for your condition.

Whether you’re experiencing symptoms, have a raised PSA level or have recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer, the King Edward VII’s Focal Therapy Centre is here to help you. It can be an overwhelming and nerve-wrecking time and starting private prostate cancer treatment can be confusing. The team at King Edward VII’s Hospital is able to talk you through every step of the process, choose the right treatment for you and get you back to living life to the fullest.


The King Edward VII’s Hospital Focal Therapy Centre is a leader in prostate cancer treatment. It specialises in diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer and offers one-to-one support from a Clinical Nurse Specialist.

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

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Bowel Cancer: Why it’s important to talk about your symptoms

Many people find it difficult or embarrassing to talk about their bowels and bowel habits, but despite it not being spoken about in public very much, bowel cancer is more common than you might think.

Every year in Britain, around 42,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer, making it the third most common cancer in the UK.

Both men and women can develop bowel cancer, with men having a 1 in 15 lifetime risk of developing the condition and women having a 1 in 19 lifetime risk. The majority of people that are diagnosed with bowel cancer are over the age of 60, although it can still affect younger people. Bowel cancer screening is available and if bowel cancer is caught early, it’s preventable.

Mr Alexander von Roon is an expert in

colorectal surgery and cancers. He gives his insight into signs, symptoms, diagnosis and treatments for bowel cancer.

What is bowel cancer?

Bowel cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the large bowel (also referred to as the large intestine). It can affect the colon, which is part of the large bowel, or the rectum, that connects the end of the large bowel to the anus.

If bowel cancer begins in the colon, it’s sometimes referred to as colon cancer, and if it begins in the rectum, it can be called rectal cancer.

What are the signs of bowel cancer?

A common symptom of bowel cancer is a sustained change in your bowel habits. This

“Both men and women can develop bowel cancer, with men having a 1 in 15 lifetime risk of developing the condition and women having a 1 in 19 lifetime risk”

means that you regularly open your bowels more or less frequently than is normal for you.

Other common signs of bowel cancer include:

• Persistent blood in your stools or on your tissue paper after passing a stool

• Mucus in your stools

• Regular pain and/or bloating in your stomach area after eating or before opening your bowels

• A feeling that you haven’t or can’t completely empty your bowel

• A lump that can be felt in your abdomen or back passage

• Unexplained, significant weight loss

• Tiredness

• Anaemia

Sometimes, bowel cancer has no symptoms, and instead it’s detected during a scan for something else, or as part of the NHS National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme. This programme offers bowel cancer screening tests to all those living in England aged between 60 and 74, every two years.

King Edward VII’s Hospital also offers private FIT testing.

What causes bowel cancer?

The exact cause of bowel cancer is still unknown, but doctors do know that there are certain risk factors that can increase the risk of someone developing bowel cancer. These include:

• Being overweight or obese

• Consuming a diet high in red and processed meat

• Consuming a diet low in fibre

• Living a sedentary lifestyle without much physical activity

• Smoking

• Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol

• Getting older

• Having a family history of bowel cancer

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

These risk factors don’t mean that you’ll necessarily develop bowel cancer, but they may increase your risk of developing the condition.

Why it’s important to talk about your bowels

Because most people find it uncomfortable talking about their bowels, even to their doctor, patients with bowel cancer may only talk to their GP when their symptoms become more severe. This can mean that bowel cancer is caught much later.

Men in particular are at risk of getting a later diagnosis of bowel cancer due to their bowels being a difficult topic of conversation.

There is no need to feel embarrassed talking to a doctor or nurse about your bowel habits, as they’re a perfectly normal part of our bodies. If you speak to your doctor about your bowels, you will never be judged or made to feel embarrassed, so if you’re concerned, make sure you book an appointment as soon as possible.

The old saying that prevention is better than cure is definitely true for bowel cancer. Around one third of people develop small benign growths called polyps in the lining of their large bowel by the age of 60.

Although most of these polyps will remain small and benign, some grow and progress into bowel cancer. There is now very good evidence that removing polyps during a colonoscopy significantly reduces the risk of developing or dying from bowel cancer in the long term.


Speak to an expert at King Edward VII’s Hospital on 0203 930 1392 Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm

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– A collection of London’s finest house and garden companies –IMAGE: ALEXANDER JAMES INTERIORS



Perfect for entertaining in the garden or adding a dose of boholuxury to the dining room, this grey and natural rattan beauty has been lovingly hand-crafted, resulting in a tightly woven finish that extends throughout the entire sculpted shape of the seat.


NEW Limited-Edition Collaboration with Kitty McCall! The range, which launched on 31st March, will embrace Kitty McCall’s iconic Summer Garden design, digitally printed on 100% linen duvet covers, pillowcases and curtains. To complement the print, there will also be two coordinating throws and a cushion cover.


Vintage Olive is a glossy 300x75mm ceramic wall tile that has an aged look with rustic charm. This bathroom has a classic look with a modern twist.


Bring a burst of colour and happiness to your home with our beautifully crafted dual-design. The Bee cushion cover, in a beautiful mustard yellow with cream tone and pure lambs wool throw adorned with honeycomb patterns are gorgeous.


A mix of hand illustrated shoreline treasures transport you straight to the coast with our beautiful Beachcomber bone china. Decorated with hand drawn illustrations of shells and seaweeds, this is a totally unique and individual collection.


Discover the great outdoors with Cane-Line…

carving out a protected piece of space within its loosely woven walls. A sculptural silhouette creatively crafted from weather-resistant, weave, it’s at once a visual focal point and a shaded, private area to have to yourself. Hang it on a rope to add a meditative swing to stolen moments. Need some extra outside space to host or relax in? When no other areas seem quite right? Fashion a new one in seconds with Cane-Line’s Hyde Parasol, which forms its own living zone

The season of outdoor living is upon us, and as open-air spaces become areas to extend life into, we should make the most of every minute. Renowned outdoor design brand Cane-Line knows the effect fresh air, seeing the sky and – dare we dream it – a flash of sunlight can have on the day, its pieces focused on creating joy, as well as the weatherproof practicalities.

The 2023 Cane-Line collection of designer outdoor furniture doesn’t do conventions. Picture a set of outdoor chairs, an outdoor table, an outdoor sofa. It doesn’t look like that. Every contemporary, boundary-pushing al fresco design is carefully crafted to create daily servings of indulgence, intimacy, satisfaction, smiles, charm, and cheer. Let’s explore the highlights and how they can impact our day-to-day lives.

Self-care is the phrase on everybody’s lips, but so often not at the top of to-do lists. We all need some time to ourselves, to step back and assess, or to put everything to one side and just be. That’s where Cane-Line’s Hive Hanging Chair comes in, an encompassing shape which hugs the sitter,


wherever it travels. Sunny or not, the expansive square canopy is architectural, like an extension of an indoor ceiling, instantly creating a room-like feel, shade, and a sense of seclusion, everywhere it stands.

Taking lounge furniture outside can sometimes feel wrong. That’s what living rooms are for! Think again. Who says outdoor living is only for functional occasions like hosting, eating and cooking. Why not relax al fresco? Take a book, take a cup of tea, take another person and take time out under the sun. It’ll be the highlight of your day.

The Peacock Chair straddles the bridge between indoor and out – pretty and practical, visually like something that belongs inside, but ready to be exposed to the elements. Member of a comprehensive collection of designer outdoor seating, the range’s brutalist grey palette echoes the tones of many buildings’ exteriors (and the occasional sky...), while its curved forms mirror contemporary interior trends, with natural accents pulling them both together. Calming the designer chair’s predominant greyscale tones are teak legs and woven seats made from weather-proof soft rope, which speak of nature and craft tradition, adding an elegant, shouldn’t-that-be-protectedfrom-the-rain edge.

There’s a moment when the evening starts drifting, begins to loosen and unravel. When pudding is finished. When guests begin to float away. When there’s nothing left to do but deeply exhale. It’s a dream-like, gentle time when light has faded but the day’s not come to a proper conclusion. There’s still time for something more.

How to tackle this hazy feeling furniture-wise?

With something similarly undefined, that can change and evolve as well as forming areas that are alluring, easy and oh-so comfortable. Enter the Cane-Line Capture Sofa, which effortlessly harmonises with any backdrop, so the eye

smoothly meanders over its calming curves before the body melts into them. Its rounded corners and integrated tables prompt socialising. Its tonal taupe upholstery and teak details create tranquillity. Its sink-into-me softness is all about snuggling. Finally, say goodbye to limitations with the Choice Chair: a modern interchangeable seating system of different parts, it’s created with flexibility, classic Scandi style, and the environment at its forefront. The pioneering modern chair is based around a seat produced with up to 98% recycled polypropylene, its cover and legs designed to be changed without tools, transforming it from metal sled-based bar stool to teak-legged dining chair. And at the end of its life? Effortlessly recycled.

Book an appointment at the Chaplins Furniture showroom in Hatch End to experience the latest Cane-Line creations in person.

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Stunning new Kitchens for 2023

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.

Whether you are planning major building work or just looking to upgrade your old kitchen, get in touch for a free consultation.

New for 2023 - Schuller and Next Line


• 845 and 875 high base units – more storage and less plinth

• The Colour Concept 14 different doors available in 27 different colours in a Matt or Satin finish

• Black interior carcase colours

• Walk in larder units

• Bespoke utility rooms

• Bedroom and living room furniture

• Anti-fingerprint finishes

Need Bedroom furniture visit West London Bedrooms, for all your bedroom storage requirements. They provide sumptuous Italian bespoke furniture in a variety of different styles with all the space saving and easy access extras you might require.

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Embracing colourful expression


Book your consultation

A consultation can be arranged online, or by calling or visiting your nearest store.

Initial briefing

Your chance to share your vision with your consultant and give them an idea of the shades and combinations you’re drawn to.

At home visit

Neptune’s new colour consultancy guides you in curating a cohesive paint palette that’s tailored to you and your home, from walls and ceilings to woodwork and architectural features.

One of the greatest joys of interior decorating is that no two homes are ever the same. Our individual approaches to colour and pattern and the stories we tell through our homes means that the opportunity for creativity is never-ending. How we use colour can say so much about us – from the fresh greys and whites of a kitchen to the lively ochres of a dining room. A room’s decor articulates the environment we want to create and live in, as well as our own histories.

Choosing paint colours is one of the most exciting and affordable ways to transform your home, with the ability to create different moods and emotions. Yet, the intricate nuances and interactions between these colours, as well as their response to different types of lighting, can make the process daunting and time-consuming.

Neptune’s new colour consultancy demystifies this process, bringing you the unrivalled understanding of colour held by their own design experts. Neptune’s edited collection of interior paints includes over fifty shades, and they add a

new seasonal colour twice a year. They believe that colour is the bedrock from which we weave our stories, whether that’s the enveloping richness of shades like Constable Green, the pale refinement of Salt, or the uplifting joy of their new shade, Rhubarb.

To book a consultation, visit Or call or visit your local Neptune store.

Your consultant will visit your home and, at the end, give you a wallet containing swatches of the proposed paint colours for each room.

A custom colour plan

You will then receive a detailed plan outlining the colours, finishes, areas of application, and quantities.


For £200, you’ll benefit from a one-hour consultation at home, and expertly-chosen palettes for four of your rooms. If you’re looking for help with more than four rooms, it’s an additional £50 for every hour thereafter.


Mustard House Design

functionality, and style.

Design stages include research, development of ideas, mood and style boards, spatial planning to maximise usage and unlock hidden potential, reimagining options for fixtures and fittings, creating detailed plans and product sampling.

A continuous commitment to seeking out new products and finishes to bring you the most current ideas and products available, ensures the finished interior is unique for years to come.

Whether you already have a contractor or require the entire project tendered is handled by our team, providing the highest level of cost certainty and competitiveness.

Founding partners Simon and Fiona have a wealth of interior design experience gained over many years of delivering luxury hospitality and high-end residential projects. This experience is brought together, providing, and enabling us to work on projects of scale, complexity and a high level of design and finish.

We would welcome the opportunity to discuss your initial ideas, from which we can develop your brief and begin the process of moving your project forward. We look forward to hearing from you. 0207 0626708

Mustard House Design’s expertise is to guide you on the journey, to develop and realise your ideas and design a stylish, practical, comfortable interior that speaks to who you are, how you live and what you love.

Everything starts with you and your projectperhaps a newly purchased home to make your own, an extension and fit-out to enhance your living spaces, or a full home refurbishment to modernise and inspire.

Working in collaboration with you and building a strong relationship, we gain an essential understanding of your individual requirements and personality. This informs development of all aspects of the design - the flow, form,

“Simon and Fiona have a wealth of interior design experience gained over many years of delivering luxury hospitality and high-end residential projects”


Project Manager - Builder - Architect - Kitchen Supplier - Designer

Precise Project Management have been buying and renovating their own projects in and around SW London for twenty plus years. Covering Richmond, Wimbledon, Wandsworth and surrounding areas.

They have experienced and weathered numerous ups and downs since they started and during uncertainty in the market in the run up to Brexit, Michael Stephens founder decided to shift direction and offer their expertise in design and build services face to face.

Initially they thought this would be a short-term thing, but due to word of mouth, the work gained momentum and it became a much more rewarding experience working directly with clients to achieve their customers vision, using their skilled craftsmen to bring the successful project to life.

The main benefit to the client is that they have the same ethos as they would have if they were developing their own projects, by sourcing the same good quality materials while all the time forensically watching the cost.

They work with an amazing dedicated team of professionals, most of them have worked together for the last 20+ years, like-minded individuals who achieve great satisfaction at the end of a project, when the keys are handed back to delighted clients.

Working with highly skilled tradesmen and suppliers such as MQ Modern Living who supply high quality Italian and German kitchens as well as an extensive range of living room and dining room furniture. They too have the same goal, to achieve that wow factor while endeavouring to keep the customer spend as low as possible.

Precise Project Management are passionate about what they do, continue to stay in contact

with most of their clients and this is where the word of mouth emulates from.

Unlike many of their competitors, they can also offer the whole package from submitting the planning application, working alongside an amazing young forward thinking Architect practice, right through to laying the carpets. instagram: preciseprojectmanagementltd

“We are very passionate about what we do and have continued to stay in contact with most of our clients”


Independent brand Sophie Swan Design, aims to bring colour and nature into your home with a modern take on floral prints.

Sophie Swan created the brand in 2020, with a mission, simply to create beautiful designs to enhance your living space.

All designs are created by Sophie, on the Isle of Wight, with each design originating from her own photographs. She discovered her style of designing, whilst studying for her degree in surface design, in Somerset. By combining two of her favourite things; photography and pattern, she found her signature style. The designs are then completed digitally, with a vibrant colour palette. Inspired by Oriental gardens and Fairy tales, Sophie set out to create colourful, elegant designs to enhance living spaces and enable a sense of wellbeing through her use of colour. Her love of flowers is evident in each design, and while the aesthetic of the brand is flower focussed with its modern floral prints, there are the occasional appearances from birds and butterflies.

The designs are available on greeting cards, bags and cushion covers. It is important to Sophie that the brand produces high quality, locally made products; therefore only UK production companies are used. The greeting cards are printed onto a softly textured card stock, to give a luxury look and feel. The bags and cushion covers are

printed onto a strong cotton panama fabric, which perfectly captures the vibrancy of colour in each design. All products are available to purchase directly from Sophie’s website.

This year Sophie is expanding her collection of greeting cards, by introducing a range of Occasion cards. There will be two collections in the range, the Lotus collection and the Chrysanthemum collection. The lotus designs are available in a vibrant colour palette of pink, teal and blue, while the chrysanthemum designs are on softer shades of pink, lilac and blue. Sophie will be launching the new range to retailers at Progressive Greetings Live this year on 6-7th June at the Business Design Centre in Islington, (Stand 726, in the Springboard area). The cards will then be available individually on the website from 12th June.


View the full collection at, and follow on Instagram @sophieswandesign



One of the leading interior design houses in the UK, Alexander James Interiors believes the world deserves design without boundaries, welcoming everyone but not dictating to anyone. With one of the largest teams of top interior designers under one roof, they can provide full end-to-end support, more choice for clients and an individual designer from their eclectic team to suit each taste. For a carefully considered creative design that is seamlessly seen through, they welcome you to share your vision and unlock limitless possibilities.


For all private residential projects, whether they are classical super-prime properties or modern apartments, we will provide a dedicated designer who delivers a level of service and attention to detail that is second to none, from the start to the finish of the project. From specifying the specific bespoke requirements for a single modern room to the interior architecture for an entire luxury private property, we deliver seamlessly to every client.


Our specialist, in-house team of Interior

Architects & Designers work on both new build and renovation projects. With our experience in creating stunning home interiors, we know how to make the best use of space, and how to create ideal room layouts. We produce plans and technical specifications that are precise to every detail, including lighting, joinery, kitchen and bathroom concepts, flooring, and internal finishes as well as liaison and design coordination with specialist subcontractors all focusing on accurate budgeting and exact construction.


‘Shop the Look’ by Alexander James Interiors was created to provide luxurious interior pieces, furniture or gifts to enhance any space. Designed by our award-winning Interior Design team, all our ‘looks’ have been directly taken from some of our most prestigious high-end private or show home schemes. Whether you are looking for a bedroom layout or living room accessories, ‘Shop the Look’ by Alexander James Interiors, is here to provide all the inspiration you need in one easy-to-navigate website. Designed to make your consumer experience more enjoyable, our ‘Shop the Look’ website categorises each room by theme in order to make your purchasing decision more seamless. To find out more please contact; Email: Website: and Instagram: @alexanderjamesinteirors

“We will provide a dedicated designer who delivers a level of service and attention to detail that is second to none”
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Frustrated with your home internet? Orbi Mesh WiFi System is the solution.

WiFi has become a fundamental part of life, whether for leisure or work. WiFi and internet are so closely related that many people don’t make the distinction between them. But you depend on your internet service provider’s router to supply WiFi, and you may be disappointed with the signal strength. Especially if you have a larger home, or a garden which extends some distance from your house.

Are you relying on the lagging router from your current internet provider to get strong WiFi everywhere? Have you tried Wireless repeaters, but were dissatisfied with results?

Fortunately, WiFi Mesh systems are the solution to spread stronger signals throughout your home and garden. Unlike WiFi repeaters, which only extend your main router’s signal, Mesh systems create a new, boosted wireless network across your entire home.

Mesh systems give you the ability to fully enjoy the internet speeds you have subscribed for thanks to a WiFi up to ten times faster! They are usually based on 2 or more units, which create a single, reliable WiFi network, expandable with additional satellites. Connected devices are handed off seamlessly to the unit with the strongest signal, making Mesh WiFi ideal for large homes and businesses with WiFi “dead spots”.

For today’s needs as well as tomorrow’s, we recommend premium WiFi, meaning products which are easy to install and use and which offer the speeds and capacity to support your family’s evolving needs. Premium WiFi upgrades your

home, opening new possibilities, and elevating the things you already love. Imagine your hobby, favourite activity, anything you’re passionate about, taken to the next level with high-speed WiFi.

NETGEAR’s Orbi WiFi 6E Mesh Systems bring unparalleled performance based on cutting edge, patented technology. On top of that, the units are elegant enough to fit unobtrusively into your décor and secure enough to automatically shield your family from external threats such as hackers and identity thieves.

NETGEAR Orbi 960 series Mesh System: Nocompromise, best-in-class performance, capacity and range

The Orbi RBKE963 Mesh system features best-in-class, lightning-fast WiFi Internet access to homes of up to 7,500 square feet, with packages available for further coverage of up to 15,500 sq. ft. The Orbi 960 is also available in stylish white or black designs, making it a welcome addition to any home, and with up to 200 devices even the most demanding smart homes are covered.

If you’re tired of weak WiFi signals and slow internet speeds, consider a WiFi Mesh System like NETGEAR’s Orbi 960 series. You’ll enjoy lightning-fast, wall-to-wall WiFi access, seamless network operation, and the ability to expand coverage as needed. Shop online for the white or black edition today.

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“Mesh systems give you the ability to fully enjoy the internet speeds you have subscribed for thanks to a WiFi up to ten times faster!”

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How to choose a bath for your bathroom or ensuite

and how easy it is to clean. Acrylic is the budgetfriendly option, which is also lightweight and easy to install. Make sure you go for a quality design, as cheaper models tend to scratch easily.

Steel baths are extremely durable and hardwearing and popular for built-in designs. They stand up well to over-bath showering and are ideal for families, as they cope well with stains, scratches and everyday use. They also retain heat well, so you won’t need to keep topping up the hot water when having a long soak.

For a modern look, composite and solid stone models come in gloss or matt finishes and can be moulded into sleek shapes with soft curves or rounded edges for a contemporary feel.


Whether it’s for the family bathroom or a luxurious ensuite, a long soak is the ultimate treat at the end of a long day. Create a soothing sanctuary with a spa-like design, make an impact with a statement tub or enhance a smaller space with a dual function shower bath. Jo Sangster, Senior Designer at Ripples London has got all the ideas and inspiration you need, along with practical advice to help you make the right choice.


Usually, the size and layout of your bathroom determines the shape of the bath. A freestanding tub makes a statement with a luxurious boutique hotel look but needs enough space around it as well as a freestanding bath/shower mixer or wallmounted tap if the bath is set against a wall. Inset baths can tuck neatly against the wall and are ideal for smaller bathrooms and compact ensuites. Bear in mind that replacing like for like, is more costeffective than changing the layout and plumbing so consider this if you have a budget.


It’s important to consider what the bath is made of, as this determines how well it retains the heat

Once you’ve selected the style, shape and material, next comes the final flourish – the finish or bath panel to make your tub complement or contrast with your bathroom décor. Both cast iron and acrylic can be painted in modern eggshell, estate eggshell or full gloss. Choose a vibrant shade for a focal point or something muted and neutral for a chic and sophisticated feel. Painted finishes look particularly stunning on a freestanding roll-top, bateau or slipper style.

Visit Ripples London at 26 England’s Lane, Belsize Park, London NW3 4TG, or call 020 7449 9594.



secure them in situ and are safety backed, making them suitable for all ages. And they’re a popular solution in gyms, where space is at a premium. The mirrors are designed to stack together so minimal storage is required when not in use, and they can be used around different pieces of fitness equipment in one-to-one coaching, so you always have a posture visual.

Our fantastic portable mirrors can convert any room into a multi-functional studio or professional training area. All our mirrors are manufactured to the highest standard; they are built to last in powder-coated steel, with the choice of a black or white finish. They cost £250 plus VAT.

Mirrors for Training are dedicated to offering the highest quality mirrors.

As a leading UK supplier and manufacturer of specialist mirrored training products, we offer a full design, build and installation service, from single mirror installations to large bespoke fits covering several walls. No job is too large or too small for our dedicated team. Mirrors for Training has installed mirrors at a number of gyms, sports facilities, health clubs, schools, and colleges.

Whether a supply-only or a supply and fit service is required, the Mirrors for Training team are able to advise on possible configurations to suit any budget and requirement.

We also manufacture the ultimate training aid –our portable mirrors. These mirrors on wheels are popular for clients who cannot have permanent wall mirrors. Mirrors on wheels can be moved around in different locations, including external usage.

These 6ft x 4ft mirrors are designed to fit through standard doorways, have locking wheels to

At our purpose-built warehouse, we stock large quantities of the highest quality mirror. Our made-to-measure mirror is processed inhouse, safety backed and manufactured to British Standards.

Our experienced installation team is committed to quality and will quality assess every aspect of the manufacturing and fitting process. Installations are completed using our unique, polished aluminium system. This preferred system of installing safety mirrors avoids using unsightly screw fixing. Safety mirrors should always be mechanically installed, for optimum safety.

Our system allows the mirrors to be easily removed without damage to walls, if needed in the future. Contact us for a quote.

“Our fantastic portable mirrors can convert any room into a multifunctional studio or professional training area”
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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.

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. For more information, visit the company’s website on

For a free hard copy of the brochure or to discuss your project requirements, call the technical sales team on 01246 641214 or email


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Sustainable interiors are not another home design trend, but a different mindset - pivoting our lifestyles in such a positive way. It’s the choices we make now that will go towards a better Earth for years to come.

As we step towards a more environmentally friendly future, our decisions around furniture buying are an important factor to consider. In a world where conscious living will be the norm, it’s vital for brands to offer more consciously made products for their customers.

The Eco Edit furniture is made from more conscious yet still high-quality materials that will last. Having sustainable furniture in your home is hugely beneficial in the long run. Good quality furniture offers a longer lifespan which benefits the environment by not adding to landfill.

Cult is committed to offering more sustainably

conscious furniture, accessible to everyone. It starts with fabrics and textiles. A number of Cult’s Best selling styles are now available in recycled velvet such as the Sylvia, Harriet and Nova ranges. Made from 100% recycled PET yarns of the highest quality, you can shop for furniture with the environment in mind.

The science bit; Many woods are long lasting and eco-friendly including mango wood, which is quicker to grow than many other woods. Solid woods like oak, beech and ash are highly durable meaning they’re going to last a long time in your home. Other similar materials such as rattan, cane and cord have an extremely sustainable process. Rattan is dried out in the sun and 100% biodegradable. The Lambert Accent chair features both sustainable rattan and a plush recycled velvet seat. Sustainably-conscious furniture is here to stay.

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“The Eco Edit furniture is made from more conscious yet still highquality materials that will last”

We are Sarah and Rosie Ward. Mother and daughter interior design duo based in London.

Guided by years of experience, our multi-lingual design team love nothing more than creating inviting spaces full of soul and charming details. We are storytellers, building a narrative that begins the minute you walk through a door and ends with a profound connection.

We are distinguished by a deep respect for culture filtered through a contemporary lens, we are as equally fluent in grand, clean modernity as in classicism. The studio has crafted a broad range of city and country homes, historic estates, modernist developments, seaside retreats, restaurants, bars and chalets nestled in the Alps. As a team, we work closely with clients crafting authentic spaces that feel personal and reflective of those who will enjoy. This year we have opened a Caribbean office based out of Antigua, and are able to work on projects throughout the region.

Each and every project is bespoke and is tailored to the individual client.

We work on projects to renovate, furnish and redesign from conception to completion, and work harmoniously with the wider project teams to finish residential and hospitality interior design projects on time, and within budget.

Please do get in touch, we are happy to email you our latest brochure or have an informal chat regarding your project.

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Getting to know Interior Designer Elliot Barratt

Elliot is the co-founder and CEO of multi-award winning ‘Elliot James Interiors’ alongside his business partner Tom Ryan. Established in 2012, Elliot James Interiors specialises in residential and commercial projects and uses decades of expertise to deliver projects globally with opulent and multipurpose interiors that enhance their clients’ lives.

Having designed landed properties, penthouses, apartments, villas, nightclubs, offices, bars and much more over the past decade, Elliot explains “we pride ourselves on being able to tackle any project, anywhere in the world, and deliver a highend, bespoke and tailored design solution that will stand the test of time.”

Whilst growing up, Elliot always dreamt of becoming a designer, “I was born and raised with a father who is an engineer, and a mother who is a fanatic interior design enthusiast. This fostered an inherent love for understanding how things work, whilst also a need to make them look beautiful,” reflects Elliot. “As I grew up, I always found myself fascinated by the psychology of how people interact with and are influenced by physical spaces. It’s incredible how a surrounding really

impacts people’s moods, mindset, and behaviours.”

After pursuing a furniture design degree, a freshfaced 21-year-old Elliot established ‘Elliot James’ originally as a furniture design company alongside his corporate day job. After climbing the corporate ladder for 8-years whilst running The Telegraph newspapers commercial design team, he decided to take the leap into working for himself full time. Elliot explained “I never felt fully satisfied working in a corporate environment, I wanted to nurture something that I had built and establish a working culture that took the best of what I’d experienced and put people, trust, and inspiration at its core.” Whilst establishing the company, Elliot realised “I wanted to curate the space around the furniture, so I transitioned into the world of interiors, and Elliot James Interiors was born in 2012.”

With offices in both London and Singapore, Elliot James Interiors has clinched awards for several of its projects. With a business ethos driven by individuality, flexibility, and transparency, the firms’ internationally trained architects and designers have completed a beautiful array of luxury residences, commercial offices, and hospitality design. To find out more, visit

“As I grew up, I always found myself fascinated by the psychology of how people interact with and are influenced by physical spaces. It’s incredible how a surrounding really impacts people’s moods, mindset, and behaviours.”


Entering their third year since launch, design duo Niki Wright and Scarlett Hampton have continued to impress with their constant release of innovative and trend leading lighting designs.

Building on their successes, the pair look towards a more natural and grounding design ethos for this Autumn Winter season.

“Hand woven rattan remains an integral part of our range this year” explains Hampton, “the natural finish, warm light and diffused shadows are just things we can’t resist”.

Following their ‘Lagom’: just enough approach, lights&lamps offer a diverse range of elegantly simple products using striking forms in an array of different materials.

“There is already so much natural intricacy in the materials we choose” describes Wright “that we believe the shapes and overall compositions should be kept minimal to let each substrate speak for itself”.

Alongside hand woven rattan and raffia,

lights&lamps have created a collection of beautiful pieces using ceramics, polished marbles, ribbed concrete and soft slubbed linens.

Wright and Hampton know their audience and pride themselves on listening to customer feedback and requests. Their ability to create new products and answer demand is market leading and has meant they have already built a loyal following within the UK.

“Our aim is and has always been to offer more for less” continues Wright, “the design details, the product scale and the materials we use all ensure our customer’s expectations are exceeded every time”.

“We often hear back from our customers to say they thought it might have been too good to be true!” adds Hampton “but we can assure you, our lights and lamps look every bit as good in your home as they do on our website”. For the full range of designs please visit

offer a diverse range of elegantly simple
Imperial - 5 light brass and opal flush £189 Sanvi - rattan globe table lamp £109 Ensia - tall rattan table lamp £109 Circo - 1 light arc brass and natural linen floor lamp, £239 Left: Morola - large brown marble cylinder table lamp, £189 Right: Denari - small brown marble, cylinder table lamp, £109
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Chelso - 6 light matt black and opal pendant £269 Orcia - linen tripod diffuser floor lamp £239 Orta - 1 light antique silver and burnished brass, cone table lamp, £139 Bardi - 1 light oversized scalloped rattan pendant, £369



Woodpecker is a family-run business with a heritage in the timber industry that goes back three generations.

Founded nearly 50 years ago by Bruce Ker, a skilled craftsman who loved teaching people how to work with wood, the Woodpecker tradition is continued today by his son Nelson and grandson Darwyn.

Since the very beginning, Woodpecker have been passionate about designing and sourcing the finest wooden floors.

As interest soars in ‘wabi sabi style’ – an interior trend celebrating the aesthetic appeal of imperfections – wood floor experts Woodpecker Flooring are embracing natural beauty in all its unfiltered forms.

Woodpecker Flooring’s Berkeley Century Pine is a majestic collection that brings a wealth of character through its thick, traditionally oiled boards. Each board has been hand-worked and boasts undulating ridges and grooves, as well as knots, scrapes and age-blackened bevels and nail holes. It is these imperfections that give Berkeley Century Pine its distinctive finish.

Darwyn Ker, Managing Director of Woodpecker Flooring, said: “The appetite for more natural, slightly imperfect finishes is growing. Homes are very much a reflection of real life and not everything is perfect all of the time. Berkeley Century Pine reflects this in a truly authentic way. These are beautifully imperfect floors with a story to tell.”

Berkeley Century Pine is part Woodpecker Flooring’s Legacy Floor Range; all these boards offer something extra special, from careful handfinishing to extraordinary textures and character.

Consumer interest in wabi sabi style is rising according to research from Pinterest Trends.

Berkeley Century Pine Engineered Wood Flooring is available now from priced at £123 per m2

Their dedication starts in the forest. Woodpecker only use responsibly sourced wood with full FSC® or PEFC certifications, selecting the trees before they are felled and paying close attention to how they are sawn, stacked and dried. The dry wood is then kilned twice for maximum stability before being machined. Centuries-old hand-finishing techniques - such as lacquering, oiling and antiquing the wood - further enhance its natural beauty.

It’s fair to say, nobody knows or cares more about wood than Woodpecker.

Headquartered in Caerphilly, Woodpecker currently offer over 100 flooring options in real wood, engineered wood and wood design which retail online and at nationwide stockists. For more information:

“Each board has been hand-worked and boasts undulating ridges and grooves, as well as knots, scrapes and age-blackened bevels and nail holes. It is these imperfections that give Berkeley Century Pine its distinctive finish”


Floors of Stone have recently launched a brand new tile range, their Enza Porcelain collection. Following current trends and keeping up with the demands of customers, these tiles are set to be extremely popular and are an ideal option if you are looking to tile a kitchen or bathroom splash back or even a shower enclosure for those a little more daring with their interiors.

These very on-trend, Italian porcelain tiles

contain subtle variations in colour along with slight undulations to the surface which adds to the handmade, authentic aesthetic of these tiles.

Within this collection, there are 4 desirable colours; Gres, Verde, Celeste and Hazel, carefully selected to ensure there is something to complement every project. Each tile is finished with a beautiful high-gloss glaze which strikes the light perfectly and can add some real depth to your spaces.

There are many wonderful elements to these tiles but one of them is the variety of ways in which they can be laid including; brick bond, vertical or horizontal bond as well as a very attractive herringbone pattern. Patterns can make such a difference to how a space looks and these tiles allow you to be more creative with your interiors.

These tiles are now available to purchase directly through Floors of Stone’s website, and are priced at just £54 p/ m2, inc.VAT. These tiles are stocked items so can be delivered out within 3-5 working days of purchase. Free samples of each colour can be requested by contacting their knowledgeable and friendly sales team on, 01509 234000.


Harvey Maria’s Trend Predictions for Spring 2023

Interior trends and colour predictions for this year are all about making our homes unique. There is a bright new energy in the colours and patterns we are choosing for our interiors, as well as the ongoing desire for calm, tranquillity and sustainable living. Harvey Maria has identified the following flooring trends which reflect these themes.


We have been more creative with pattern and bolder with colour in our homes over the last year, and this trend looks set to continue. Chequerboard in particular, has been a huge trend - from fashion to textiles to flooring. Harvey Maria has reimagined the classic black & white check floor and says it’s all about warmer tones and pretty pastels – vintage inspired floors with a 2023 twist. Their plain colour collections can create chequerboards to suit all styles; from monochrome bathrooms to bright and playful blues for a dining nook or boot room.


Those looking for a more gentle aesthetic will find lots of inspiration this spring for creating a calm and tranquil space using warm neutrals and natural accents. The Harvey Maria MSeries collection of authentic planks is recognised for its low impact on the environment in all aspects - production process, product composition, emissions & indoor air quality and sustainable construction. These hand-crafted designs with ultra-realistic wood grain emboss and a unique matt finish, means that they

look and feel like real wood, but are massively practical and durable.


The move towards a more eco-friendly and slower way of life has driven a trend for all things vintageinspired and the mixing of modern and antique styles - meaning a renewed demand for heritage patterns and Victorian-inspired floor tiles. The new Walbrook collection and bestselling Northmore, reflect this trend perfectly. Authentic patina and rich historical tones, give a stylish look when paired with darker walls or wood panelling. Harvey Maria is seeing their customers being more eclectic with the colours and patterns that they choose for their flooring, which can then be paired with a more neutral decor or one of their natural effects alongside.

Harvey Maria has been creating unique luxury vinyl tiles for over 25 years. All designs are incredibly durable and easy to maintain, providing a waterproof and slip resistant finish. Their floors work beautifully in busy homes & demanding commercial spaces alike.

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Black and White Zig-Zag Berber style rug or hall runner, perfect under console tables and narrow hallways, made from 100% cotton with a mix of Silicon as an extra hardwearing protective layer. Design Pro Tip- for rugs generally best to go slightly bigger than the furniture to create a more spacious zoned experience. Check the size and measure your space to get the best option.


Ideal for rustic-inspired interiors, this area rug brings a cosy touch of texture to the home.


These gorgeous taupe coloured rugs are the perfect statement piece for living rooms, kitchens and hallways. As soft as wool, they’re stain resistant, easy to clean and made entirely from recycled plastic bottles.


These collections are driven by the demand for increasingly beautiful, elegant, and comfortable home designs. Designers and technicians have created entire collections that are modern, accessible and designed to bring the utmost pleasure. We absolutely love this gorgeous mustard offering from The Module Nuance Collection.


Indulge in your love of clean, minimalist design with the Vida shaggy floor rug in teal.

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Hanoi Rose – the latest design from independent tile specialists Porcelain Superstore – ticks all the boxes.

Inspired by the encaustic tiles found throughout Vietnam, Hanoi Rose is – quite simply – pure flooring fantasy.

Charming and elegant, classic yet contemporary, it is a design that would look just as stunning in a period property as a modern new build, putting hallways, bathrooms and kitchens into the design spotlight.

Superstore, said: “While they might be the newest design to join our collection, these tiles are steeped in history, having been inspired by the stunning flooring found in Vietnam.

“However, unlike their encaustic counterparts, Hanoi Rose has all the benefits of modern manufacturing methods and because they are made from porcelain, are perfect for busy households thanks to minimal maintenance requirements.”

Hanoi Rose Patterned Tiles are available now from, priced at £60 per m2

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