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The Modern British kitchen company is our stunning front cover for March. Based in Chelsea Harbour, their kitchens are designed and manufactured in England. Their entire range is handmade from premium quality hardwoods, grown largely in Britain, and their designs include previously unseen storage solutions. Not surprising then that this company has achieved a Patent Award for its designs.

London’s iconic Mayfair will be celebrating in style from giant screenings of the Coronation events to immersive experiences across food, drink and entertainment, hosting a party like no other in Grosvenor Square from 6-7 May.

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.

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.












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Focus On: Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty, also known as upper and/or lower eyelid surgery removes excess skin around the eyes and tightens the supportive structures to achieve a more alert and youthful appearance.

The skin loses elasticity with age and the underlying structures relax and weaken. This can cause the delicate skin around the eye to sag with protruding fat pads causing folds, deep lines and a puffy appearance.

Who is it for?

Patients are typically between 40 - 70 years old. However patients are often younger if the loss of tone around the eye is hereditary.

Why get surgery?

Excess upper eyelid skin can cause a ‘hooded’ appearance causing excess skin to fold into the eye which can impact vision. For others, it can cause asymmetry or the eyes to appear permanently puffy, swollen and tired.

What are the types of surgery?

Whilst there are some non-surgical options, upper and lower eyelid surgery provide a permanent solution. Sometimes a brow lift is recommended instead of upper eyelid surgery (as the eyebrow also drops with age) but this is all dependant on an individual.

Chris Abela is an experienced cosmetic surgeon. He prides himself on providing each individual with a professional, bespoke and compassionate approach with a gentle bedside manner and discretion at the heart every consultation. He has clinics 84 Harley Street, 102 Sydney Street, Chelsea and at Wimbledon Parkside.

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Mayfair unveils spectacular secret garden party in celebration of the King’s Coronation. 6-7 May 2023

London’s iconic Mayfair will be celebrating in style from giant screenings of the Coronation events to immersive experiences across food, drink and entertainment, hosting a party like no other in Grosvenor Square from 6-7 May.

Honouring Mayfair’s incredibly strong links to the Royal Family, London’s iconic neighbourhood will mark the Coronation of King Charles III with a first of its kind, secret garden party right in the heart of London – a celebratory event transforming Grosvenor Square into an enchanting urban garden wonderland with world class entertainment and dining.

From the co-inventor of Coronation Chicken, legendary floral designer Constance Spry, having owned a shop on South Audley Street to Mayfair being home to various Royal Warrant holders such as Purdeys and H.R. Higgins, to the late Queen Elizabeth herself being born in the neighbourhood, it is only fitting that Mayfair will be heralding the King’s Coronation in style. The neighbourhood’s celebratory party will be nothing short of an experience fit for royalty offering a fanciful aesthetic of a beloved garden soiree drawing inspiration from Alice in Wonderland

while celebrating new age opulence across food, shopping and celebration.

Rejoicing in the first Coronation in almost 70 years, this once in a lifetime party will indulge the senses with an assortment of special experiences including Coronation themed cocktails and modern twists on famous Coronation dishes to sample.

The square will also be displaying cinema sized screens and seating throughout, offering an unforgettable location to watch the Coronation ceremony and Windsor concert across both the Saturday and Sunday of the Coronation weekend. The Mayfair Secret Garden Party will kick off Mayfair’s spring and summer of celebrations.


To find out more about the event and Mayfair’s summer offerings, visit or follow on Instagram @mayfair_ldn #LetsMayfair

Image: Mayfair London

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BCafé culture comes to Claridge’s for the first time, on Brook’s Mews sandwich which takes two days to make.

ringing café culture to Claridge’s for the very first time, the legendary Mayfair hotel has opened the doors to Claridge’s ArtSpace Café, with its own dedicated entrance on Brook’s Mews bedecked with awning and flag.

Open daily with a focus on breakfast and lunch, the Café offers a vibrant menu with crêpes as a signature, alongside tortillas, toasties, mega madeleines and, naturally, Claridge’s cakes galore. Designed by renowned British architectural designer John Pawson, the Café features a patisserie counter, marble communal table, and entry down to Claridge’s ArtSpace – a vast gallery which rotates exhibitions, free for all to view. At the ArtSpace Café, everything is designed for takeaway fallowing Claridge’s to be eaten alfresco or ‘al desko’ for the very first time.

Freshly made in front of guests all day, Daily Café life starts with pastries galore, fresh from the Claridge’s bakery. Lunch heroes include roasted brie and wild mushroom on toast, croissant sandwiches and the Claridge’s croque madame. Equally, the Café’s chef team have pored over the perfect veggie Reuban – a

Artisan coffee is by independent Cornwallborn Origin Coffee, chai lattes are spiked with turmeric and blocks of chocolate emblazoned with the Claridge’s crest, dunked into hot milk, make the Café’s signature hot chocolate. With juices, smoothies and kombuchas aplenty, champagne – a tipple poured from dawn until dusk at Claridge’s – is also on the menu, served in takeaway coffee cups, café style.

Both the Café and the gallery space continue Claridge’s longtime commitment to the arts and further cement its positon at the centre of the thriving Mayfair art community. The ArtSpace Café is a creative hub within the hotel, with exhibitions rotating in the gallery space and the Café hosting art moments in its own right. The Café opening coincides with New Frontiers: Movements in Contemporary Art, a thoughtprovoking exhibition presented by Ben Brown Fine Arts, celebrating the unique visions and powerful messages of great contemporary artists including Gavin Turk, Miquel Barceló, Vik Muniz, Candida Höfer, José Parlá and Ron Arad.


Claridge’s ArtSpace Cafe is open and located on Brook’s Mews, W1, Monday-Friday 8am-6pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm.

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Delight in the Beauty of Intricate Detail at Japan House London

Fine details are part of what makes life so special. Whether it’s an artful finishing touch to an outfit, the work of an artisan who has spent decades honing their craft, or a beautifully designed space, we know that details make a difference. That being said, London life can be very hectic, and with the constant pressure to go from place to place it can be hard to pause and look at things up close.

KUMIHIMO: Japanese Silk Braiding by DOMYO invites Londoners to do exactly that – to stop and delight in the beauty of intricate detail. It is the first major UK exhibition to focus on kumihimo, a type of braided silk cord from Japan. Kumihimo is characterised by vibrant colours and intricate patterns, and is created by expert craftspeople from up to 140 hand-dyed threads, with some particularly complex kumihimo taking a whole year of work to produce.

The exhibition is produced by Yusoku Kumihimo Domyo (Domyo) a company that epitomises craftsmanship, mastery and attention to detail. Domyo has been making silk cords by hand since 1652 and brings an extraordinary depth of knowledge of kumihimo to the exhibition. The Domyo workshop is based in Ueno, a historic shopping and entertainment district in downtown Tokyo, and some of the artisans working there have been studying and practising kumihimo for decades.

KUMIHIMO: Japanese Silk Braiding by DOMYO at Japan House London brings kumihimo to life through large-scale installations, captivating videos, presentations of tools and processes, as well as more than 50 examples of the braids themselves, artfully displayed throughout the gallery. Three distinct sections explore kumihimo’s history, structure, and future potential. The exhibition is beautifully laid out, with enlarged braiding stands that allow visitors to get up close to the process, allowing them to appreciate the detail in the braids that is so fine it can be easy to miss.

Londoners who appreciate artfulness, mastery, history, or the beauty in intricate detail should take the time to visit KUMIHIMO: Japanese Silk Braiding by DOMYO, which runs at Japan House London until 11 June 2023. Entry is free and, while tickets can be booked online, drop-ins are also welcome. Please visit for more information.

“KUMIHIMO: Japanese Silk Braiding by DOMYO invites Londoners to do exactly that – to stop and delight in the beauty of intricate detail”


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

The British Museum presents Luxury and power: Persia to Greece

4 May – 13 August 2023, Joseph Hotung Great Court Gallery of ancient metalworking and demonstrate the influence of Persian and Greek luxury across the Balkans.

This major exhibition will explore the relationship between luxury and power in the Middle East and southeast Europe between 550-30 BC.

This was a period when the Persian empire of ancient Iran clashed with the cities and kingdoms of Greece before it was conquered by Alexander, king of Macedon, known to history as ‘Alexander the Great’.

Luxury and power: Persia to Greece moves beyond ancient Greek spin to delve into a more complex story of luxury and power in ancient Iran, Athens, and the world of Alexander.

Drawing on exquisite objects from Afghanistan to Italy, it explores how the royal Persian court used objects of exquisite luxury as markers of authority, defining a distinct style that was copied by different social classes throughout the empire.

Among the exceptional loans to the exhibition is the extraordinary Panagyurishte Treasure from Bulgaria. Accidentally discovered by three brothers in 1949, these treasures are outstanding examples

The exhibition will also feature objects from the British Museum collection, bringing together astonishing artefacts of gold, silver and glass. A gilt silver rhyton shaped as a griffin is a remarkable example of Persian craft. Alongside these stunning Persian vessels will sit Athenian examples of drinking vessels, influenced by their Persian contemporaries. A pottery rhyton, crafted in the form of a lion’s head, demonstrates how ancient Greece emulated and incorporated styles of precious-metal luxury from the Persian court. Also from the Museum’s collection will be a gold wreath from Turkey, similar to those found in elite tombs in the kingdom of Macedonia. The gold oak wreath, consisting of two branches with a bee with two cicadas, showcases the spread of luxury across the region and how styles evolved into the period after the death of Alexander in 323 BC.

Dr Jamie Fraser at the British Museum said: “Traditionally, we have viewed the Persians and their apparently “decadent” love of luxury through the eyes of their enemies, the Greeks. This exhibition is a chance to explore beyond these biased accounts and understand how Persians wielded luxury as a political tool across a vast and complex empire.”


For more information visit luxuryandpower

Clockwise from top left Lion head drinking cup © The Trustees of the British Museum; Red-figured water jug ©The Trustees of the British Museum; Millefiori glass dish © The Trustees of the British Museum; Sphinx Drinking Cup © The Trustees of the British Museum

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”


From 17th March - 2nd April 2023, Olympia London

The UK’s favourite indoor food festival, supported by ITV, is back and as previously, takes place at the same time as The Ideal Home Show – so your tickets to the Ideal Home Show gives you free access!

This festival is perfect for food lovers, and promises to showcase the best in modern cuisine, mixology and independent produce, all under one roof. With a feast of interactive features for the ultimate foodie experience, visitors will be able to eat, drink and shop their way through a fantastic range of different areas, all bursting with ideas and inspiration for the ultimate taste experience.

The best chefs and food and wine experts in the country including Rosemary Shrager, Atul Kochhar and John Torode will be displaying their talent at Eat & Drink Festival, with an array of live demos that highlight their culinary skills. They will also share their favourite tips and tricks to help you become a master in the kitchen at home. Olly Smith will also be on hand for those that need advice on the perfect wine to go with the perfect meal.

Visitors will also be able to fill their shopping bags to the brim with the very best fresh produce from hundreds of vendors, find their favourite new wines, beers, and spirits, and indulge in artisan produce.

THIS YEAR, HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: Eat & Drink Stage – budding cooks can watch renowned chefs from up and down the UK bring their famous dishes to life, whilst sharing those all-important culinary tips to help you become a pro in the kitchen.

The Great Eat - the street food hub of the show, where guests can sample the most exciting street food offerings, featuring flavours from around the world.

The Artisan Producers Market – a hand-selected range of stalls boasting an incredible selection of chutney, pickles, breads and patisserie favourites.

The Eat & Drink Festival is also co-located with the Ideal Home Show - visitors who have a ticket to Eat & Drink Festival can also visit Ideal Home Show for free!


Tickets are available to buy now via

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equipment out that could be used to gain entry to your home. It is also important to be aware of the latest trends in criminal activity, such as the use of social media to identify potential targets and take steps to protect against these threats.

In recent years, the importance of residential security in London and the home counties has become ever more important, particularly for high-net-worth individuals who are concerned about protecting their families and assets. With the ever-increasing crime rates and a vast increase in targeted, often violent highvalue burglaries and street robberies, it is crucial for homeowners to take proactive steps to enhance their personal and property security.

One of the most effective ways to improve home security is to make your property less appealing to criminals by investing in technical and physical security, such as CCTV, alarms, and lighting. Also, fences, gates, windows, and doors. A 24/7 security guard presence or residential security team is advised should your profile, status, threat and risk require such measures. This is an essential requirement for high-profile business leaders, celebrities, political and royal stock.

In addition to these often-expensive solutions, there are several simple steps that everyone can take to enhance their security. These include making sure you lock doors and gates, close windows when you go out, keep your car keys out of site, and don’t leave ladders or garden


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Ultimately, the key to effective home security is a combination of technological solutions, physical measures, and manned guarding. By taking proactive steps to protect their homes and assets, homeowners can help to ensure the safety and security of their families and possessions for the peace of mind that comes with good security awareness and measures.

“One of the most effective ways to improve home security is to make your property less appealing to criminals”


Separated by a wall and 200 years are the Mayfair homes of two musicians who chose London and changed the face of music.

Two months before reopening on Thursday, May 18, 2023 (also International Museum Day); Handel & Hendrix in London are pleased to announce that they have been awarded a grant of £100,000 by the Wolfson Foundation towards the Hallelujah Project.

Handel & Hendrix in London cares for and presents to the public the homes of two of the greatest musicians ever to have lived in London. Handel at 25 Brook Street, Hendrix at number 23. The £3million project will open all of Handel’s house to the public for the first time by restoring the basement and ground floor and refurbishing the upper floors which were first opened in 2001.

As Simon Daniels, Director of Handel & Hendrix in London commented: “We are thrilled to receive this grant from the Wolfson Foundation, which will help us to present and care for Handel’s home for everyone. The Hallelujah Project is only possible thanks to the support of donors and grant makers. We are hugely grateful to the

Foundation’s Trustees and to all our donors for their magnificent support.”

The Wolfson Foundation is an independent charity with a focus on research and education. Its aim is to support civil society by investing in excellent projects in science, health, heritage, humanities and the arts. Since it was established in 1955, some £1 billion (£2 billion in real terms) has been awarded to more than 12,000 projects throughout the UK, all on the basis of expert review. Chief Executive, Paul Ramsbottom said: “We are delighted to support this distinctive project which will not only restore Handel’s house but will also allow visitors to discover new stories about the two great musicians who called this building home.”

Handel & Hendrix in London closed for the works to take place in September 2021 and will reopen 300 years after Handel first moved in. Tickets will go on sale in April. For more details visit and follow on Social Media

“Handel & Hendrix in London cares for and presents to the public the homes of two of the greatest musicians ever to have lived in London”
Jimi Hendrix at 23 Brook Street, Mayfair 1969.Credit Barrie Wentzell Image: Handel & Hendrix in London


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Located in the heart of London, Kensington, they travel UK-wide and across Europe. They only operate luxury chauffeur-driven cars, and their fleet consists of over 60 vehicles driven by professional chauffeurs who have been in the industry for a decade, all carefully vetted by the founder of EG Chauffeurs.

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EG Chauffeurs are trusted by HNWI from around the World, investment companies, private jet charter operators, EAs, CEOs, Royal families from the Middle East, and members of the EU parliament. Whether you are travelling for business or leisure or require a discreet chauffeur for your residence on a long-term basis, please get in touch, they will be delighted to hear from you.

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Friday 17th March – Sunday 2nd April 2023

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The ultimate International Design and Decoration Show

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


Amelia Amour’s journey began in 2012, when Angelika, a mother to two young sons and an immigrant in the UK, was inspired to make a living. She decided to start a family-owned business by selling handmade candles and other aromatherapy products made in her garage. These were sold at weekend markets at St. Albans, initially. Today, brand Amelia Amour is available across the UK at Costco stores, Amelia Amour stores and online on Amazon and eBay. With her grit and determination, she produced a beautiful range of products that use only pure essential oils, natural wax and other environmentally friendly materials. The key to the steady growth of Amelia Amour has been her intuitive use of Essential Oils, with carefully and exquisitely blended aromas and 98% recyclable packaging. It is now a decade old, home-grown British brand, loved by customers across the country. They also offer on-demand product lines for corporate clients.

Amelia Amour is owned by Concepto Diagnostics Ltd., an award winning, employee-owned, trusted and diverse British healthcare brand with a decade of experience in serving the healthcare needs of customers across Diagnostics, Wellness, Genetics and Nutrition.


ASCOT RACECOURSE Enjoy 26 racedays throughout the year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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!”
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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.

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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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Birmingham Royal Ballet is delighted to announce the launch of its new company BRB2 and its inaugural UK tour in April - June 2023, visiting the Linbury at the Royal Opera House on 12 & 13 June as part of the New Generations festival.

BRB2 is a new initiative where BRB proactively seeks out some of the best young ballet graduates from around the world to join a twoyear performance programme, providing vital employment for the next generation of exceptional ballet dancers, (aged 18-22) to transition from training into jobs at BRB or other leading ballet companies, impacting the dance sector worldwide. It will act as a magnet for the best UK and international talent, providing extensive training and professional experience, sending developed, professional dancers back into the dance sector and providing role models for the next generation. BRB2 is inspired by Dutch National Ballet Junior Company and ABT Studio Company.

The BRB2 dancers will not only train and perform with the whole Birmingham Royal Ballet company in major productions, but they will also develop their own touring programme, supported by senior members of BRBs ballet staff.

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artists can spend years working their way up to dancing principal roles; this showcase puts the spotlight on the new talent in Birmingham Royal Ballet’s ranks in an exciting, crowd-pleasing and challenging way. In this first year six of the company are current BRB dancers and six the founding group of BRB2. In 2024, the founders will graduate and, in their second year, be joined by six new dancers – providing an ongoing platform for brilliant young talent to be showcased across the UK.

The full Royal Ballet SInfonia conducted by Paul Murphy will perform live on opening night in Northampton and for the rest of the tour there will be specially recorded music with End of Time and Dying Swan performed live by Jeanette Wong (Head of Piano) and Antonio Novais (Principal Cellist).

BRB’s First Soloist, Kit Holder, will lead BRB2 as Artistic Coordinator in this first year. This role has been created to support Kit’s professional development and the continued development of his leadership skills. Along with Carlos Acosta, Kit has developed the exciting programme featuring favourite pieces from classical ballet across over a century of performance. For more information visit

The Linbury at the Royal Opera House, 12 & 13 June 2023

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What could turn a woman from a lover into a destroyer of love?

Medea tells the story of a woman laid bare by grief and rage, and her terrible quest for revenge against the men who have abandoned her.

Sophie Okonedo brings her visceral, mercurial brilliance to literature’s most titanic female protagonist, whose complexity and contradictions have kept audiences on the edge of their seats, unable to look away, for almost 2,500 years.

Medea, adapted by Robinson Jeffers from the play by Euripides. Dominic Cooke directs Sophie Okonedo as Medea and Ben Daniels as Jason/Tutor/ Creon/Aegeus in this ‘uncompromising, brutally human 90-minute production’ (Evening Standard).

“I am really excited and a touch nervous to be playing Medea. I’m buoyed by the fact I’m working with two of my closest friends and long-term collaborators, Dominic Cooke and Ben Daniels.

I was lucky enough to have Nica Burns show me around the new Soho Place theatre while it was still being built, and I was so impressed by the space that I signed up immediately to perform there!”Sophie Okonedo

The production is now playing for a strictly limited season @sohoplace until 22 April 2023. Best availability Monday to Wednesday. Running Time: 90 minutes, no interval. Please note the production contains flashing lights.

‘A glamorous new theatre right in the heart of London’ (Official London Theatre) @sohoplace is the first new-build West End theatre in 50 years, and is the culmination of a 12 year project. With a flexible 602 seat in the round auditorium and programming that ‘pushes theatre boundaries’ (The Observer), @sohoplace is cementing itself in the heart of West End theatre. For more information and to buy your tickets, visit

‘A blazing Sophie Okonedo makes this Spartan production a must-see’

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‘Ben Daniels is superb in each role’

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‘Dominic Cooke’s subtle, brilliant staging’

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Grace Jones, Kaiser Chiefs, Rick Astley and Björn Again are the first artists announced for 2023’s Hampton Court Palace Festival presented by heycar. The superstar line-up will play live in the Tudor Courtyard of Henry VIII’s majestic palace.

The legendary singer, songwriter and actress Grace Jones will perform on 8 June. Best known for her distinctive new-wave style and post-punk influences, she has released several acclaimed albums including Nightclubbing and Slave to the Rhythm. Famous for her electrifying live performances fans can look forward to hearing unforgettable hits including Private Life, Pull Up To The Bumper, I’ve Seen That Face Before and Slave To The Rhythm.

BRIT Award winning indie-rockers Kaiser Chiefs headline on 10 June. With seven original studio albums, including their Mercury nominated debut Employment and No.1 albums including Yours Truly and Angry Mob, they are one of the leading bands of their generation. Their huge hits include Ruby, Oh My God and Every Day I Love You Less and Less.

Global sensations Björn Again perform on 16 June, promising a night jam-packed with muchloved ABBA songs. Their internationally acclaimed show has been performed in 71 countries over 35 years, amassing over 5,000 performances and is acknowledged for initiating the ABBA revival.

Legendary pop sensation Rick Astley will bring his sublime soulful sound to the festival on 17 June. He shot to fame in 1987 with his smash hit single Never Gonna Give You Up, reaching

the top spot on both the Official UK Charts and Billboard Hot 100 and Best British single at the BRIT Awards. His debut album Whenever You Need Somebody sold over 5 million copies worldwide, and he achieved further success with singles including Together Forever, When I Fall In Love, and Whenever You Need Somebody. Festival goers can enjoy drinks on the stunning East Front Gardens, as well as delicious street food. New for this year, elevate your experience with a welcome glass of Champagne, or reserve an al fresco experience in a fountain side gazebo to make the festival experience something truly special.

A summer festival like no other - world-class artists in an intimate 3,000 capacity setting, in a truly unique location.

More fantastic artists will be announced soon.

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Iconic British ultra-luxury brand marks historic 110th anniversary

Aston Martin ignites year-long celebration

The past, present and future of Aston Martin is to be honoured through a year-long celebration of the iconic British brand’s 110th anniversary.

Sunday 15 January was exactly 110 years since founders Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford officially formed the partnership that went on to create the first Aston Martin car, igniting more than a century of automotive intensity, cuttingedge British innovation, and high-octane racing success.

Born on the track and inspired by its founders passion for racing, Aston Martin has risen from humble beginnings in a small workshop on Henniker Mews, London to become one of the world’s most renowned automotive marques, synonymous with inventive design, luxurious craftsmanship, thrilling performance and scarce exclusivity.

In photographs released to mark the anniversary, Aston Martin has brought together two of the most iconic and innovative models from its 110-year bloodline, highlighting the brand’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of performance and applying engineering from Grand Prix racing to the road. One of the brand’s oldest surviving racing cars, the record-breaking 1923 racer Razor Blade is pictured alongside the uncompromising Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar.

One of the earliest cars to be specifically designed with aerodynamics in mind, and propelled by an Aston Martin Grand Prix specification engine, the trailblazing Razor Blade took numerous class records at Brooklands in 1923, a year on from Aston Martin’s Grand Prix debut with TT1 – the

car nicknamed ‘Green Pea’. A century later, Aston Martin continues to innovate with its thrilling highperformance models, bringing modern Formula One™ engineering to the road through its eradefining Aston Martin Valkyrie. The brand’s historic 110th anniversary is to be celebrated through the launch of a new, strictly limited, exclusive Aston Martin model, to be unveiled later this year. The milestone will also take centre stage of this year’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Goodwood Festival of Speed, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and other major events across Aston Martin’s key regions, as part of a global marketing campaign entitled ‘Intensity: 110 Years in the Making’.

2023 promises to be a monumental year, as Aston Martin prepares to unleash the first of its highly anticipated next generation of sports cars, which will further enhance Aston Martin’s focus

“Aston Martin has brought together two of the most iconic and innovative models from its 110-year bloodline”
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Amedeo Felisa, Chief Executive Officer of Aston Martin Lagonda, said: “In 1913 Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford came together with a shared vision of racing cars and using learnings from the racetrack to push the boundaries of automotive innovation.

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The 110th anniversary is one of several notable landmarks for Aston Martin in 2023, with the year also marking 75 years of the DB bloodline, 60 years of the iconic DB5 model and 20 years of Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters, the purposebuilt facility serving as a centre of excellence for world-class sports car design and engineering.

Aston Martin reveals special logo on AMR23 Formula 1® car in celebration

Aston Martin’s 110 years of iconic on-track intensity will be celebrated throughout the 2023

FIA Formula One World Championship™ season, with a special anniversary logo revealed today to mark the ultra-luxury manufacturer’s milestone.

Unveiled for the very first time on the nose of the new AMR23 challenger to be raced this season by established driver Lance Stroll and two-time F1® World Champion Fernando Alonso, the ‘110 Iconic Years’ crest features Aston Martin’s renowned wings marque, which was redesigned in 2022 as part of a bold new creative identity to match the brand’s future direction.

The 110th anniversary will be celebrated throughout 2023, with Aston Martin’s home Grand Prix at Silverstone seeing a special celebration of the British manufacturer’s past, present and future.

“Our 110th year promises to be just as exciting as our first, as we turn a new chapter in Aston Martin history with the launch of our next generation of sports cars and the reveal of an extraordinary special model later this year that will celebrate this unique milestone”
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THE KILLIK CUP Barbarians v World XV

The world-famous Barbarians will take on a World XV for the Killik Cup at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday 28th May and kick start the summer off in style.

The former England coach, Eddie Jones, will head up the Barbarians and go head-to-head with former New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen, who leads a World XV in what is set to be an unmissable clash in London.

Fans can expect an entertaining match, with attacking rugby full of tries and the teams packed with world class international players, going all out to catch the eye ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

Global stars already invited include:

Barbarians: Alun Wyn Jones (Wal), Danny Care (Eng), Andre Esterhuizen (Sa), Justin Tipuric (Wal), George Furbank (Eng), Rhys Webb (Wal), Jack Nowell (Eng), Jonny May (Eng) & Joe Marler (Eng).

World XV: Semi Radradra (Fij), Charles Piutau (Nz), Marika Koroibete (Aus), Pablo Matera, (Arg), Michael Leitch (Jap), Emiliano Boffelli (Arg), Willie Le Roux (Sa), Nick Phipps (Aus), Nangi Laumape (Nz) & Joe Launchbury (Eng), plus

many more top players from both teams...

Eddie Jones commented, “It’s an incredible honour to be asked to coach the Barbarians for a second time. The Barbarians are so special and still very much alive and I am very much looking forward to returning to Twickenham Stadium – a venue I have so many fond memories of – as head coach of the Barbarians, and I’m more motivated than ever to put on a show.”

Meanwhile, this will be the first convening of a World XV for five years, and Hansen – a Rugby World Cup winner during his seven-year stint at the helm of the All Blacks – is relishing the prospect.

The Barbarians had a busy autumn in 2022 with four fixtures; retaining the Killik Cup over an All Blacks XV at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, a last-gasp Barbarians triumph over Bath Rugby, sandwiched by two defeats to Northampton Saints and Harlequins.

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The American Bar at The Stafford London

Cocktails and Dreams with new food menu from Lisa Goodwin-Allen

The American Bar takes its place alongside the hotel’s 380-year-old wine cellars, secluded courtyard, stunning private dining rooms, and hugely popular restaurant, The Game Bird.

Food: American-Inspired Menu by Lisa Goodwin-Allen...

Lisa Goodwin-Allen oversees the menus in The Game Bird restaurant and The American Bar, offering an all-day menu inspired by the bar’s American history and connections. To start, snacks include BBQ pork ribs, sticky buffalo wings, Montgomery cheddar mac and cheese bites and loaded potato wedges. To follow, large dishes include chipotle chilli dog, pastrami-cured smoked salmon bagel, lobster thermidor sub, and cobb


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Created by Director of The American Bar Benoit Provost and Director of Mixology Salvatore Megna, the cocktail list is inspired by the equilibrium and balance between the four classic elements: water, earth, air and fire, and highlights how when working in harmony they create the fifth element: quintessence. Each of the four elements is represented in four different cocktails. The American Bar at The Stafford London belongs to the great tradition of American cocktail bars that became renowned in London during the 1920s and 30s and remains one of the longest surviving American bars in the capital. With its lively atmosphere, secluded cobbled courtyard for al fresco drinking and dining, quality service and old-school glamour, it is no wonder the bar remains a popular meeting place for hotel guests and visitors alike.


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the space, each with a fold down shelf hidden in its arm to be used for resting drinks. An outstanding feature is the Swiss extraction system, which through the floor and ceiling, silently and constantly cleans the air to stop the space getting too smoky. Lalique ashtrays and glassware, French crafted lighters, a sharp, velvet-jacketed team and the sounds of JazzHop combine to complete the ambiance.

The Connaught on Carlos Place has unveiled a new hidden gem in the heart of the hotel – The Connaught Cigar Merchants. The intimate room is home to one of the finest cigar collections in London with exemplary spirits. Guests and customers can drop in and shop the collections or sit and sample the cigars with views of majestic Mount Street.

Guests enter The Connaught Cigar Merchants speakeasy-style via an unassuming door in the Red Room. An Italian crafted humidor spans the length of one wall, brimming with boxes of cigars. Lajca – one of only 33 ‘Masters of Havana Cigars’ in the world – has curated a collection of over 170 Cuban cigars spanning regular production to extremely rare and vintage varieties, showcasing Cuban tobacco craft at its very best. Highlights include the Cohiba Siglo VI Gran Reserva, one of the finest post-embargo cigars on the market, and Montecristo Sublimes – a highly sought-after, velvety-smooth smoke. Lajca and his team of Cigar Sommeliers will advise on helping to build personal collections and source bespoke requests.

A collection of extremely rare spirits has been handpicked – ranging from vintage Japanese whisky to unique rums, to complement the cigars. A 42 year old blend of single malts has been produced to mark the opening of the Cigar Merchants, in a limited release of 200 bottles.

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The Connaught Cigar Merchants opening times are 4pm – 1am Monday to Saturday and 2pm –10pm on Sunday. Guests must be 18 or over

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Visionary. Spectacular. Rule-breaking. Sunday 12th November 2023, London, The O2

The bad boy of instrumentalists and founding member of 2CELLOS known simply as HAUSER announces his much anticipated, first-ever worldwide solo tour “Rebel with a Cello” which includes two UK dates at o2 Apollo Manchester and London’s The O2.

Armed with the momentum from his last and final sold-out 2CELLOS tour, the superstar cellist and visual artist is launching the ultimate musical, showcasing his signature performance pyrotechnics alongside his romantic and soulful, playing sound and style.

And while music’s mischievous romantic is including everything his fans have come to know and love through his visual media presentations, like the wildly popular “Beach Party” and musical dreamscapes like the “Alone Together,” visual concepts, HAUSER’s first “Rebel with a Cello” tour features a third act of rocking and rhythmic retro into modern globally-influenced dance tracks from his new solo album which is available Worldwide now, “The Player.”

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Conference, Meetings And Events At Atholl Palace Hotel

Conference & Events Venue in Pitlochry, Perthshire, Scotland

The Atholl Palace Hotel offers a range of conference and banqueting rooms, suitable for business lunches, private functions and entertainment. The largest room is the spectacular, circular Atholl Suite, with a capacity for up to 300, and very large doors at ground level to allow for easy access.

The room sizes vary from the beautiful Bow Lounge, the original ballroom for larger conferences up to 140, to the intimacy of the Corrie Room, or the syndicate rooms for small groups or temporary offices. In our garden level museum we have a screening room with a seating capacity for 25 guests, making it ideal for training and promotional demonstrations.

All our rooms have large windows with natural light and fresh air. They are equipped with the technical capacity to suit all requirements including WiFi.

We have upgraded our Meetings and Conference equipment and can now offer an integrated Whiteboard. The interactive whiteboard can be connected to PCs and has many useful features including being able to use software loaded on the connected PC, but also allowing notes written on the whiteboard to be captured by the PC. This allows you to control the PC from the whiteboard. Obviously, Tablets can also be used instead of a PC.

In our circular Atholl Suite, natural daylight and 360 degree views over oak woodland create an atmosphere which is hard to rival. Built in AV Equipment and a separate AV room allow us to host international conferences, product launches and national awards ceremonies.

Our Atholl Suite (the largest of our conference rooms) now boasts a state of the art Video Wall which allows presentations to be easily seen throughout the room.

Our facilities are all situated within 48 acres of prizewinning gardens and parkland grounds of the hotel. Our location allows seclusion and privacy for your event.

Choose Atholl Palace Hotel

For Your Conference In Pitlochry


Wish You Were Dead

Richmond Theatre, Tuesday 18 – Saturday 22 April

one of the greatest masters of crime thrillers!”

By Fletcher’s side will be Casualty regular George Rainsford as DSI Roy Grace: “Getting to play Roy Grace, Peter James’ most renowned detective creation will be a huge honour, and I am excited to meet audiences and share with them some enthralling, edge-of-your seat entertainment!”

The pair will be joined by the Olivier Awardnominated actor Clive Mantle, who is perhaps best known for his TV work in shows such as Game of Thrones and The Vicar of Dibley, as Curtis: “I’m looking forward to terrifying…I mean entertaining…audiences with Wish You Were Dead. Roll up, roll up, all you amateur sleuths.”

Writer Peter James said: “I am beyond thrilled with the wonderful star cast that we have assembled for our world stage premiere of Wish You Were Dead. It is going to be very exciting to work with this great group of actors and I can’t wait for them to give audiences around the country a thrilling, fun and hugely entertaining night at the theatre.”

Wish You Were Dead, Richmond Theatre

Tue 18 – Sat 22 April

Following the success of Looking Good Dead last year, and the critically acclaimed primetime ITV series Grace, Richmond Theatre are delighted to be welcoming another Peter James stage adaptation to their stage. The UK’s number one crime author’s book Wish You Were Dead has been adapted for stage for the first time and will be playing at the iconic Matcham venue this April.

Join DSI Roy Grace and Cleo Morey as they take their first family holiday together and a well-earned break from their crime solving exploits…but things don’t go entirely to plan. When the humorous French hostess greets them at the eerie chateau they’ve booked into, they begin to wonder if their week in paradise might become their holiday from hell.

The thriller will star hugely successful author, podcast host and Queen of the Castle (I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, 2020) Giovanna Fletcher as Cleo Morey. Fletcher, who previously starred in West End smash-hit 2:22 A Ghost Story, says: “As a novelist, I know how important the characters I create are to me, so I’m thrilled Peter James has entrusted me with this wonderful role, in what is another brilliant and gripping story from

“As a novelist, I know how important the characters I create are to me, so I’m thrilled Peter James has entrusted me with this wonderful role”

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

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


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 multi-award winning

The 1840, St George’s Garden development in South West London is proving popular with 90% of the first phase of the heritage conversion apartments sold. The former hospital and Grade II listed building has undergone an impressive restoration, offering a luxury range of one, two and threebedroom apartments, duplexes and terraced houses boasting a prime location between Tooting, Balham, Earlsfield and Wandsworth Common and showcases the very best of London village living.

Set within eight acres of private landscaped and walled gardens, this development offers the best of London village living with plans for a 32-acre park alongside retail and café space. Residents enjoy the best of both worlds with Wandsworth Common nearby and a choice of underground and overground stations within walking distance.

Following the success of the first phase of luxury apartments, of which there are a handful remaining and ready to move into this Spring, the second phase of homes, named ‘The Kitchen Yard’, have recently been released.

Each refurbished home has been individually designed to incorporate the historical features of the impressive Victorian building with a premium specification. Combining period charm with contemporary style, selected homes feature high ceilings with meticulously restored original features.

The homes have been thoughtfully designed


Prices currently start at £399,000 for a one-bedroom apartment. A concierge service is available to residents, with selected apartments benefitting from allocated parking.

To find out more, call 020 3811 6170 visit

down to the interior finishes with underfloor heating alongside Amtico flooring throughout, as well as 100% pure wool carpets to all bedrooms. Stylish kitchens benefit from integrated Siemens appliances and stone worktops, and bathrooms are complete with Villeroy & Boch sanitaryware.

Jennifer Rhodes-Finch, Head of Marketing for City & Country, said: “The 1840, St George’s Gardens is one of the finest examples of early Victorian architecture in South West London. It has been our privilege to restore this impressive Grade II listed building, bringing it back to its former glory. The result is a rather special collection of luxury apartments in an exceptional setting; a combination which can’t fail to impress.”

‘The Kitchen Yard’ phase now offers a stylish range of one and two-bedroom conversion apartments, duplexes, and terraced houses located around a private courtyard. Internally, many of these attractive, Grade II, mews-style properties boast original windows, roof terraces, roof lanterns and cast-iron columns.


A sanctuary for your new chapter

Pegasus offers a new lease of life with luxury later living property, Belle Vue, currently offering 50% off rent for six months

a rental. It’s clear the long-term rental market is no longer limited to the young, as a generation of boomers see the lifestyle appeal of more financial freedom in their later years.

Community life at Belle Vue also means taking advantage of all the outstanding services and access to facilities, including our hotel-standard guest suite, perfect for when friends and family come to stay. After a busy day exploring, residents can unwind in the tranquil wellness area which includes a swimming pool and spa with treatment room, gym and stretch studio. One of the brilliant advantages of a Pegasus community is our Lifehosts; dedicated, on-hand resident support, there to book a local restaurant, or organise your weekly book club. Residents who are new to the area don’t need to worry about making local connections on their own and can feel confident in 24-hour concierge.

Timeless Hampstead has long been one of London’s most desirable areas, attracting curious visitors since the 18th century with tales of its healing spring water. Taking inspiration from the village’s heritage, wellbeing is central to Pegasus’ Belle Vue, a later living community with a difference. Understanding the huge life shift moving home can often bring, Pegasus’ unique rental offering creates flexibility and agility for its residents and ensures peace of mind. The unique combination of being light of foot and maintenance-free while renting means residents can concentrate on enriching their lives.

Pegasus are currently offering 50%* off rent for six months at Belle Vue, creating the opportune moment for those thinking about downsizing to take the plunge this Spring. Recent research by Pegasus revealed that those who rent in retirement could save over £300,000** in inheritance tax, fast becoming the more financially astute option, as the appeal of having accessible cash in the bank rather than in bricks and mortar rises. Renters are having a renaissance, with more than 50% of all Pegasus’ inbound enquiries now coming from those seeking

Belle Vue itself was designed by worldleading architects Morris+Company, who have drawn inspiration from Hampstead’s Edwardian charm and prestigious surrounds, being home to some of the world’s most celebrated creative minds, from George Orwell to Judy Dench. The development, designed exclusively for those over

“Belle Vue itself was designed by worldleading architects Morris+Company”

60, consist of a range of stylish one and twobedroom apartments which boast incredible views from their private balconies and floor to ceiling windows. The apartments offer both comfort and luxury, with high quality, modern kitchens that optimise space and light, ensuite bathrooms and open-plan living areas.

For retired teacher Sheila Mellor, the freedom of renting at a Pegasus community gave her the flexibility and equity to be able to do as she wished without home ownership holding her back. Sheila explains, “I was looking for a home where I could live my life on my own terms, somewhere with my own front door and excellent facilities with the security that would give me peace of mind.” Any concerns about renting were quickly eliminated as Shelia adds, “The Pegasus team were quick to provide me with all the information I needed and assured me they want those that rent to stay as long as possible. Also, if for any reason I decided to move from this home, I wouldn’t have to go to the trouble of selling a home, I could possibly rent another apartment or look at another apartment in one of Pegasus’ other communities.”

Apartments at Belle Vue are available to purchase from £695,000 or rent from £3,900 pcm.

Learn more about Belle Vue at lifestory. group/bellevue or get in touch to arrange a private viewing on 020 7980 8727 or

*Terms and conditions: Your rent will be reduced by 50% for six calendar months if you reserve and move-in by 30th June 2023. This offer is available on selected developments and plots only. ** Financial modelling looks at a customer who owns a £1.5m house.

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– Featuring Crufts 2023 and National Pet Month –

The Greatest Dog Show in the World!


9th – 12th March 2023, NEC Birmingham

Crufts, organised by The Kennel Club is the World’s most highly respected dog event, celebrating every aspect of the role that dogs play in our lives.

Watch over 20,000 dogs compete for the world class title of Crufts Best in Show, enjoy fantastic displays and competitions and shop at over 550 trade stands with special show offers and exciting new products for you and your best friend.

For details of all the events taking place on each day, visit

• Can’t decide between a Labrador and a Lhasa Apso? Then the Discover Dogs area is the place to go. Sponsored by Royal Canin, it will host over 200 breeds of pedigree dog for you to meet. Talk to owners and breeders and get advice on grooming, training and which breed is right for you. You can be sure that it will lead you to your perfect companion!

• Scruffts, sponsored by James Wellbeloved, is the nation’s favourite crossbreed competition and a great way to enjoy time with your dog and family!

• The Kennel Club Hero Dog Award takes place at Crufts each year, celebrating the unique relationship people have with their dogs and the support they give us in the face of adversity.

The five categories are:

• Extraordinary life of a working dog in the army, police force, RAF, airport, search and rescue etc.


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• Hero support dog - celebrating support and assistance dogs, from guide dogs, hearing dogs, medical detection dogs and autism assistance dogs to support dogs, including therapy dogs or pets who provide emotional support

• Best friends – celebrating a pet dog who has seen its owner through the hardest times, as well as the happiest

• Child’s champion – recognising a dog that has supported and had a positive impact on a child’s life (17 years and under)

• Rescue dog hero – for a rescue dog who has overcome adversity and gone on to improve the life of its owner/s

Celebrate and share the amazing stories of how dogs give back to us every day and hear the finalists and overall winner announced in the main arena at Crufts 2023.

You can watch all the action daily on Channel 4 and on More4 at different times throughout the day. and the Crufts YouTube channel!



SNUGBUMS is a bold and luxurious pet brand specialising in stylish, comfortable and extremely ‘grammable’ pet beds and luxury leather collars made entirely in the UK. Each product delivers high-performance durability, sumptuous textures and show-stopping patterns for heavily-papped pets to bring out their inner diva.

SNUGBUMS founder Rosie Mason has over a decade of fashion and design business experience with her unique style being honed by influences from across the UK and Europe, as she has travelled in support of her Army Officer husband. Along with starting a young family overseas and managing long periods of separation, Rosie has always found time for her passion for all things design based and fabulous.

As a proud Mum of a much-loved pair of pooches, Rosie designs all of her desirable pet products with the comfort and luxury of the furry customers as the first priority. Each SNUGBUMS prototype and design is extensively tested by Monty the golden Labrador and Matilda the picky English Springer in the SNUGBUMS Peak District HQ. With only the best making it through to our high-quality UK Manufacturer.

Looking fabulous, four-legged fashionistas can rest assured they are fully taken care of whilst catching some Z’s with the firm premium filling allowing just the right amount of cushioning to support ratio. The classic donut bed style is designed to cuddle to sleep, easing anxiety and providing comfort. The beds are entirely washable.

SNUGBUMS new exciting release of premium pet collars and leads, has caused a stir amongst pet lovers. Not only are they extremely durable and made entirely in the UK by highly skilled leather artisans using only the finest leathers around, they also come in a range of show stopping patterns and colours so you can stand out from the crowd wherever you are.

Since launching 2 years ago SNUGBUMS have earned a reputation for their WOW factor, distinctive designs that are an essential for any posh pet out there. The rave reviews from its customers for the quality of the products and the service Rosie and her team provide speak for themselves.

Your pets will thank you later!


Follow @snugbums_ on instagram for more Papped Pooches and pet style Pupdates.



photo shoot at CRUFTS: HALL 2, STAND 126


NEON MOON PET BOUTIQUE is a small business based in Cheshire, founded by two sisters, Becca & Zara, just over a year ago. Neon Moon is a way for the sisters to share their love of their dogs and cats through their fun and quirky prints with practical and safety conscious features.

Each Collection is inspired by their pets and includes mesh and step-in harnesses, collars for cats and dogs and carabinerstyle clip leads for all pets of all sizes with matching organic cotton hair scrunchies. The sisters make a donation to an animal charity with every purchase and all packaging is eco-friendly.

Gruffpawtraits specialises in photographing dogs in a unique way to create truly beautiful prints. Established photographer Rhian gives your dog it’s very own photoshoot, and within a week would receive a beautiful 30x30 bespoke print.

The perfect Birthday, Wedding or surprise gift for a loved one.


Explore more and to make booking enquiries go to or @gruffpawtraits.


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Slumber Wolf dog beds

Slumber Wolf dog beds are not like other dog beds. Described as “ The Chippendale of canine furniture”, our beds have been admired for both their quality and beauty.

Made entirely in England, each bed begins as a plank of rough sawn hardwood.

Responsibly sourced oak, maple and walnut are used to build the frame. Mortise and tenon joinery negate the use of screws and nails.

Eye-catching as they are, our beds are designed with comfort in mind. A cotton rope weave around the finished frame gives just the right balance of spring and support. The soft wool topper keeps your dog warm in winter and cool in summer.

Whether you have a city apartment or country house, our beds can be made to complement your existing decor. Every piece is made to order and fully customisable. Although you may order

directly from the website, many clients enjoy the bespoke service which gives them total control over sizing, wood choice and colour schemes. We also accept own design commissions to make your ideas become a reality. If you would like a no obligation consultation contact

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National Pet Month: April 2023

Anyone who owns an animal of any kind, or simply loves them can get involved!

If you can spare a day or two a month, have special skills to offer, or are prepared to get down and dirty for an afternoon, consider volunteering for a local animal charity. Or, many animal charities operate shops and stalls across the UK, so if you can help them, it will be greatly appreciated.

Review your own pet’s care

What is National Pet Month?

National Pet Month (NPM) is a celebration of pets and animals, and the positive effect that they have on the lives of their owners – whether it be companionship, physical activity, social interaction, safety or consistent emotional support.

NPM celebrates and raises awareness of responsible pet ownership through educational and media campaigns – and whilst it runs throughout April, the important messages that NPM endorses run all year-round.

Why is National Pet Month important?

NPM provides a valuable opportunity to learn about pets and animals of all kinds, get help, advice, and insights into caring for your own pets,. A lot of veterinary clinics and other petrelated organisations will likely be running special events including clinics, talks and advice sessions, which can give you a valuable chance to learn something new about your pet, and the best ways to care for them.

How can you get involved?

If you’re passionate about pets and want to help and support homeless animals as well as your own, why not raise funds for your favourite charity? Rehoming shelters and charities need financial support all year round. Whatever you like to do, you can likely find a way to use it to raise funds!

Finally, National Pet Month provides a good opportunity to review how you care for your own pet to ensure that you are doing everything possible to keep them happy, healthy and fulfilled. This can help to strengthen the bond you have with your pet, and even improve their welfare and health.

Many pet organisations like Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, The Kennel Club and Dogs Trust offer advice to new and existing dog owners on navigating certain situations and environments.

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“National Pet Month provides a good opportunity to review how you care for your own pet to ensure that you are doing everything possible to keep them happy, healthy and fulfilled”


We speak to Pet Pavilion’s Master Groomers about their top tips to keep your furry family in the best shape possible between grooms at their salons….

Every dog is different and each coat has its own specific grooming requirements.

Over the centuries, dog hair has adapted to both evolutionary needs, and changes to environment; in most breeds you will find an outer layer of hair, and an under layer, called the undercoat.

A combination of brushing and combing your furry friend’s coat on a regular basis has multiple benefits. Firstly, it collects the dead hair that has settled on their skin and can prevent annoying knots or matting. Secondly, it can improve circulation, much like a massage. And thirdly, taking care of your dog’s grooming needs strengthens the bond between you.

Dogs need to be brushed every single day, or every other day at minimum.

Additionally, dogs require grooming appointments to check their ears and nails.

It is important to get your puppy used to the grooming process as soon as possible, so as to show them it can be an enjoyable experience. In fact, unlike adult dogs, puppies face new experiences far more easily, just like children! This is why they get used to bathroom training right away.

Getting the dog used to coming into contact with water in the first few months of life can be very useful with it being such an important period

in the animal’s psychological development. A full grooming experience will entail not only a bath, but plenty of brushing, loud hair drying, and much more. With a handful of treats and a whole lot of patience, you’ll see them skip out the door (and in.. hopefully). We aim always provide a stress free environment for your dog, and coupled with the above, our professional groomers ensure the safety and well being of your beloved pet whilst in our care. But you don’t need an appointment to get some advice, as foremost, we are animal lovers priding ourselves being a support - no strings attached. So why not pop in? We’d love to see you!

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It’s all about

Colin & Co is a country dog retreat providing clients of London and Windsor with a personable and professional service set in the beautiful English countryside. Each service at Colin & Co can be tailored to any type of dog including, but not limited to, dogs with disabilities, elderly dogs and puppies.

What services do you offer?

We believe in having a structured day for the dogs which is why we offer:

• Countryside walks • Collection and drop off in air con & legally secured vans

• Whatsapp groups for each dog with photos & updates daily

• Boarding with us in the Dog-Log Cabin and Chalet

• Posh wash including a professional grooming standard massage

• Training / behavioural work with Ria

• Home made treats

• Grooming including hand stripping

• Included express wash in daycare service & exit bath when boarding

• Special attention to the longer haired dogs to keep their coat in the best condition

• Old dog, puppy and difficult dog areas

• Pet taxi

our Dogs…

Colin & Co is a country dog retreat providing clients of London and Windsor with a personable and professional service set in the beautiful English countryside. Each service at Colin & Co can be tailored to any type of dog including, but not limited to, dogs with disabilities, elderly dogs and puppies. We understand that all dogs have different requirements both in care and training, that’s why we are flexible in looking after them.

We have an outstanding team of dog walkers and trainers, who are extremely knowledgeable and can cater to your dog’s specific needs, so both you and your dog are happy. Every member of our team has completed a full canine first aid course, are fully insured, and have achieved outstanding results in their dog behaviour courses.

We offer a fantastic range of services that your dog will enjoy, ranging from countryside daycare all the way to boarding and training. Please see below for further information regarding the services we provide. 0774 787 0048


Colin & Co is the highest quality dog care company that provides overnight boarding at our dog hotel, dog daycare, training and grooming. Based in South Bucks near Windsor & Eton, our day care and boarding services are high end, providing only the finest, luxurious environment for dogs - we believe this makes us stand out from everyone else in the dog care industry. We only use the best, ecological products out there on the market and we strive to offer everything with a personalised touch to keep pups and their parents happy.

We pride ourselves on providing you and your dog with the utmost care and comfort during their time with us. Our ethos is based around enrichment, behaviour and training. Each member of staff has completed relevant courses to enable your dog to keep up their general obedience even when they’re with us. This keeps them engaged and focused throughout the day in between play and nap times. We are in constant comminucation with you so you know your pups are well loved and all their needs are met.

Safety is our number one priority and we will always strive to provide the best possible care.

“Eton for dogs!”


Does your dog have bad breath?

Does your dog greet you with smelly breath? Bad breath is not a normal condition. In the long run, this can lead to painful inflammation or worse. But luckily, as a dog owner, you can do a lot to keep your dog’s mouth healthy.

A common belief among us humans is that it is normal for dogs to have bad breath, but a healthy dog should not have bad breath. A healthy dog’s breath can smell like the food the dog eats, a scent that we humans do not always appreciate. But there is a difference between smelling dog food and how a dog smells from their mouth when their dental and oral health is poor.

Bad breath is often a sign of plaque, but it can also be due to oral tumours, nutritional deficiencies, and organ diseases such as kidney & liver disease. However, the most common cause is plaque formation, which in the long run can lead to painful gingivitis and more serious diseases. Plaque forms every day in the dog’s mouth, therefore daily routines of tooth brushing and food supplements are important.

Although bad breath is the most common sign of plaque, it’s also good to keep an eye out if your dog loses weight, has red and/or swollen gums, a poor appetite or seems sensitive around their teeth. The sooner you take care of plaque, the better. When plaque is mineralized and calcified by saliva, it develops into tartar. Tartar can lead to inflammation in the dog’s gums, which can be very painful.

By brushing your dog’s teeth regularly, you can prevent plaque, tartar and bad breath. A flavoured toothpaste on a microfiber cloth can help. It is important that you use toothpaste specially

developed for dogs, never use one designed for humans. Brush gradually and increase slowly if your dog is a beginner at brushing teeth, and let it keep its mouth closed if it wants to and instead just lift the lip. Remember to reward and encourage!

In combination with tooth brushing, veterinarians often recommend supplements to prevent plaque. Keep an eye out for the VOHC Seal on packaging when looking for oral hygiene products. VOHC stands for Veterinary Oral Health Council, and they approve anti-plaque and calculus products that meet their specific standards. ProDen PlaqueOff® products for dogs are VOHC approved and are available in powder form, treat and chew form. The products can also be perfectly combined with each other. ProDen PlaqueOff® contains the unique seaweed A.N ProDen® which is a 100% natural seaweed. It is proven in clinical trials to help reduce plaque, tartar and bad breath when used as directed. ProDen PlaqueOff® products contain no colouring, additives or preservatives.


Adorable Pets, Captured for a Lifetime

In our hearts, we know that our pets are much more than mere animals. They assume the roles of family members, trusted companions, and unwavering sources of comfort throughout the ebbs and flows of life. Their unwavering presence serves as a poignant reminder that we are never truly alone, no matter what challenges we face. Yet, despite our best efforts, the passage of time cannot be halted or reversed. As our pets age, we are acutely aware of the inescapable reality that one day, they will leave us.

Making sure we encapsulate the essence of their personalities and the beauty of their stories is a way to celebrate life, and to honour the love that we share with them. It could be the way they nudge you, the way they give you that look of adoration and unconditional love. The way they remind you they are with you each and every moment of our lives.

The experience of bringing their story is our life heartfelt tribute to the special bond shared with them, and a joyous celebration of the happiness

they bring into our lives.

“It all happened naturally and organically, it was an amazing experience, and a very moving one, it’s something that I think everyone should do, it’s a requirement almost. We go about our everyday lives, time passes, and things move on, and if you’ve never captured these moments, you will have lost them forever.” Anandh

That’s why telling their unique story is our mission! It is a way to capture the soul of our pets and hold on to it forever.

If you thought of your fur baby in this very moment, and all the things they bring to you and your life, if you could put one thing in a time capsule, about them and who they are, what would it be?


Puppy love or mucky pup, Poochiful is a brand made for your dog.

are also fully recyclable and made from 30% recycled plastic, and they are constantly striving to improve their eco paw print in any way they can.


Poochiful doesn’t believe that luxury should come at a price. They haven’t spent lots of money on fancy marketing, just investing in quality ingredients and employing the best pet experts and chemists. They know what dog owners want because they are dog owners.

Their collection of premium dog shampoos, dog conditioners and dog coat sprays offer affordable luxury that you and your dog can enjoy without compromise.



Their founder Ryan has a Golden Doodle, the inspiration behind Poochiful. Ryan couldn’t believe the high prices and confusing array of dog shampoos and dog perfume on the market. He found that they were either very expensive or just cheap and ineffective. Frustrated by what he had seen and tried, he began to analyse the market in more detail and thus, the beginning of the Poochiful brand was born.


Poochiful is proud to manufacture their range here in the UK. They are supporting British jobs, British manufacturing and British industry. Their deep clean shampoos, conditioner and coat sprays are all formulated, created and tested by dedicated dog-loving experts in Burnley, Lancashire. Their British made dog shampoo, and grooming products are for all dog breeds and ages.


Their products are also kind to your dog’s skin. They are only tested on humans, to ensure that if it’s good enough for us, it’s good enough for our beloved dogs. Their in-house Chemist Nicola designed all their bespoke formulations exclusively for Poochiful. From shampoo for puppies to elderly dogs, the collection is both effective yet, at the same time, gentle on your dog’s skin. Bottles

You can shop online with through their secure online store or find their product range through retailers such as The Range.

They also sell their collection through a selection of dog groomers nationwide.

They believe in keeping it simple; quality ingredients, products that do what they say on the bottle, and an affordable price tag you and your dog won’t bark at.

“Their collection of premium dog shampoos, dog conditioners and dog coat sprays offer affordable luxury that you and your dog can enjoy without compromise”

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

Shop the collection at and follow @pawsandru on Instagram. USE CODE ‘FEB20’ FOR 20% DISCOUNT.

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.

Inspired by dogs for beautiful homes

Sustainable, plastic free dog beds and accessories. Luxury dog travel mats, box mattresses and canine furniture - all made in Cornwall. Maasai bead work collars and leads from Kenya.

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Struggling to keep your home and car free from muddy paws?

Pawdaw of London have a range of stylish luxury products to help dry and keep your pup clean

Pawdaw of London is a small, familyrun business based in London. The founder, Anna Muir, struggled to find good quality products to care for her cockerpoo Phoebie and keep her clean. Like most cockerpoos, she is a mud-magnet, a trip to the forest would always end up with muddy car seats, followed by much needed bath time, which like most pups, she hated! Anna was concerned that too much bathing would strip Phoebie of her natural oils and cause her skin to become irritable and dry.

Anna curated a Luxury Drying Bag, that would not only dry pups after a muddy walk, but would also clean, saving the need for bath time after every walk and keeping her car and home mud free. The bag is made with special premium microfibre that works with their body heat to draw mud and dirt out of the fur. Just pop them in the bag after a muddy walk, secure them in the back of the car

through the unique harness hole, once home just remove them from the bag and give their coat a quick brush. Perfect for beach trips, keeping sand contained. The bag only needs washing as needed, just shake and allow to dry, machine washing after around 5 or 6 uses, saving you time and energy, plus caring for the environment.

When you do need to bathe your pup, they have their own range of natural grooming products, including skin, nose, and paw balm, conditioning or sensitive shampoo, shampoo bars, detangler and cologne. Containing zero nasties, only the purest essential oils and gentlest of ingredients to nourish their coat and keep in top condition. Plus, they really do work, needing only the smallest amounts to be effective, with shampoos that lather well, with aromas that are gentle on your pup’s nose and keep them smelling wonderful.

Pawdaw of London care about the planet as well as your pups. Each order is beautifully giftwrapped with recyclable packaging, made with recycled materials, making the perfect gift for your four-legged friends and their parents.

“The drying bag is excellent, loads of room, very thick absorbent material, the mud just falls in the bottom of the bag. An absolute must!”
–Patricia B

Urban Mutts Hotel and Dog Club


London. The boutique retails luxury brand accessories, toys, beauty products and a selection of the finest nutritious foods, treats and supplements from sustainable sources. The events hosted by the hotel is fast becoming a destination for the local dog community.

In January they hosted a highly successful open-house Health and Wellness day, where guests were invited to drop in and chat with a nutritionist, vet, behaviourist, trainers, groomer and watch grooming demonstrations. These events are not just for dogs, with guests travelling across London to attend fortnightly ‘Yoga with your Dog’ classes held exclusively for members and friends.

We can confidently say that Urban Mutts Hotels is on a par with London’s best hotels when it comes to service excellence and guest satisfaction. You have to see it, to believe it!

Alifestyle brand synonymous with delivering the highest quality of care, providing an environment which prioritises the health and wellbeing of dogs. Urban Mutts Dog Club & Hotel is the ideal destination for luxury daycare, boarding, wellness services and retail.

The flagship, located in Westfield London since its launch in 2020, was conceptualised in 2019 by Managing Director and Co-Founder Greg Hands and his late wife Georgina. Greg’s vision is to create a luxury, all-in-one destination for dogs, a high-end brand of modern, urban dog care offering unparalleled convenience, flexibility and support for dog owners, with expert care from a team of trained professionals adhering to UK’s new licensing regulations.

There are no member fees, limits or minimum booking requirements. Urban Mutts is unique, as the hotel has full time staff who provide a bespoke service 24/7, 365 days a year. Each dog has their own luxury hut featuring mood lighting, calming music, air condition and room service. Dogs enjoy mingling in the Social Club, go out for daily excursions to the local enclosed and secure dog exercise park and get lots of cuddles and play. The spa and wellness services include grooming, styling and dental cleaning with plans to add more treatments.

Demand is high and we recommend booking in advance.

Urban Mutts is the only pet store in Westfield


For more information, visit

Or email:

Telephone: 020 3883 7597

Instagram: @urbanmuttshotels


It’s Spring – time for a new bed?

size of the bed.

A bed with sides must have a centre that is large enough for the dog to be able to lie completely flat when they want. Buy the bed to fit the dog, not the space. Move furniture if you have to. If your dog overheats easily, avoid a soft bed that they will sink into. Memory foam retains heat, so this is better avoided for dogs that feel the heat, especially larger or heavy coated dogs.

Sleep is important to our health as well as affecting our ability to function, including our concentration, attention span, sociability. If your sleep has been disturbed, it can leave you feeling crotchety and ‘out of sorts’.

Well, all this applies to your dog too! A dog that sleeps well will often be better behaved because they are in a better mood – just like you!

Investing in a dog’s bed is investing in their health. A good night’s sleep is not a luxury; it is essential to the health and wellbeing of your dog. This means you should give proper consideration to what your dog is sleeping on. Key aspects are size and bed construction.

The bed should be sufficiently large that they do not dangle off the edge. It should be big enough to allow them to lie in various positions – stretched out or curled up, as the mood takes them, and not be forced into one position due to the shape or

Long legged dogs tend to like a firm surface as a soft one makes them feel unstable. Likewise, heavier dogs need something that gives back when they go to stand up. A waterproof outer cover will help reduce or eliminate odours as it is the inner cushion rather than the cover that holds onto doggy aromas and no amount of cover washing will eliminate that.

One final thing: your dog should have at least two beds in the space they regularly occupy, one where the family spends a lot of time and one where they can have peace and quiet from the family mayhem.

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“A dog that sleeps well will often be better behaved because they are in a better mood –just like you!”

New-tritious dog food by Hawksmoore

digestibility and nutritional value for your much loved pet.

The combination of human skill and the latest technology ensures the whole process is produced accurately and hygienically



With 65% total animal ingredients and grain free recipes, with 5 selected superfoods added to each recipe with their own unique benefit. Containing naturally occurring collagens to maintain healthy joints and skin. With pre-biotics MOS and FOS for healthy gut bacteria and to aid digestion. No added artificial colours or flavours are added. Available in 7 adult flavours with puppy, senior and small breed recipes


Hawksmoore Pet

Nutrition is a newly launched product brought to market from an established pet store in Yorkshire. The brand, launched by a family run business with experience in pet care for over 12 years. Working with experts in the pet food industry to bring customers the finest quality foods from sustainable sources.

They source ingredients from farms and fisheries across the UK, choosing only the finest fresh meat, fish and ingredients, providing traceability. All 800+ ingredients are tested prior and throughout the production process, the manufacturing partner combines industry leading science, automation and expertise in testing, storing and blending, to provide the finest dry pet food.

The meats are gently cooked at 82˚C to protect the proteins, enhance the flavour and keep in the goodness. The cooking process ensures maximum

With a 50% total meat content, this range is perfect for pets with grain intolerances. Proven to produce smaller, firmer stools and helps promote good skin and a healthy glossy coat. Naturally preserved with rosemary extract and tocopherols


Formulated for pets with a sensitive digestion. With rice that is gentle on a dogs digestive tract, absolute single protein in each recipe. Our hypoallergenic is formulated without beef, pork, wheat gluten, dairy, egg or soya, it promotes a healthy gut. Chicory extract may aid healthy gut bacteria and digestion, naturally preserved with rosemary extract no added artificial colours or preservatives


This range of hypoallergenic recipes are formulated without common food allergens affecting dogs i.e. beef, pork, wheat, gluten, dairy and soya.



Dog prams have become increasingly popular in recent years. Some people may view them as a luxury item for pampered pets, but the truth is, they serve a crucial purpose in improving the quality of life for dogs with various health issues. For some families they are a game changer!

Here are some of the benefits of using a dog pram..

Elderly dogs are one of the most common beneficiaries. As dogs age, they may experience joint pain and other health issues that can make it difficult for them to go on long walks. Dog strollers allow them to join their owners on outings without causing them any discomfort.

Paralysed or disabled dogs can also enjoy the benefits of freedom a dog pushchair offers. Enjoying exploring with their owners from the comfort of their safe den.

Sick dogs or pets recovering from surgery often feel weak, fatigued or frustrated, making it challenging for them and pet owners. A pram offers a convenient and safe luxury chariot to transport dogs to the vet or to the park improving everyone’s mental health.

Rescue dogs, particularly those that have suffered abuse or neglect, can be fearful and anxious in new environments. A dog buggy can provide them with a sense of security and comfort, allowing them to explore their new surroundings at their own pace.

Dogs with heartworm or hip dysplasia require

limited physical activity to prevent further damage to their organs or joints.

The dog prams offer a safe and controlled way for them to get some fresh air and sunshine without risking further harm to their health.

Of course, these stroller models are easy to manoeuvre on trains or buses. Simple to collapse and transport in the boot of your car. Many pet owners simply use them to enjoy holidays and daily commutes with their furry family.

Pets Own Us stock a wide range of models for every eventuality.

For expert advice, contact them on 020 8133 2740 or drop them a mail at

More info at

“As dogs age, they may experience joint pain and other health issues that can make it difficult for them to go on long walks”

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, The Lino Room, Tessitura Toscana Telerie, Thomas Ferguson and Ulster Weavers.

Featured dog themed tea towels.

Ulster Weavers, “Dog Days”, Printed cotton tea towel cost £7.20 each.

Ulster Weavers, “Hound Dog”, Pure cotton printed tea towel cost £7.20 each.

Tessitura Toscana Telerie, “Best Friends - Cani”, Pure linen printed tea towel cost £14.00 each.

Claire Henley “Windy Washing Day”, Pure cotton tea towel. Printed in the UK cost £8.20 each. or you can call them directly on 01635 48521


– Stunning art from local, national and international artists –


Featured Artwork: Underwater Swimmers by Maria Filopoulou

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

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

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


The palette of works by Tanja Playner ranges from still life, object and act painting, to surrealistic motifs mixed with pop art. Despite the wide range of her art, Tanja Playner’s own style is recognizable. Tanja Playner’s artworks have been exhibited at international art fairs from New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, Miami, Dubai, Barcelona to Tokyo, UK, at the Carrousel du Louvre Paris, during the Cannes Film Festival, during the Art Basel time in Basel.

Tanja Playner experiments with body plasticity, space and the human sense of self in relation to objects and space. In combination with her already developed style, the artworks often show controversial depictions of the human body in reality. The often split upper and lower bodies are not only placed perpendicularly, parallel or transversely to each other, but also to the landscapes, still lifes and objects. Often the images are presented in combination with abstract, intricate wavy lines that minimize the abstract display.

In contrast to the artist Georg Baselitz, who mainly turns the human body upside down, Tanja Playner places the human body perpendicular to

objects. Split upper and lower bodies can often be seen in her works of art, placed perpendicularly, parallel or transversely to one another.

Tanja Playner also experiments with the perception of the work through alienation, in which she paints the pose of the body without a head. The perception of the picture is created by the composition and not by additional human emotions of the face that are not visible in the picture. Understanding and communication are also the themes of Tanja Playner’s artworks. In her own way, she represents the similarities and differences between people, communication between generations. Despite controversial topics, the works do not lose their colourfulness.

Some new works will be on display in the Salon California of the Hotel Juliana Cannes from 19 to 21 May 2023 at the Contemporary Art Cannes Biennale during the Cannes Film Festival. From 16 to 18 June 2023, some works can also be seen in the Grand Salon of the Hotel Victoria in Basel at the Fine Art Biennale Basel.

In the PAKS Gallery you can purchase unique pieces and prints of the artist Tanja Playner.

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“Tanja Playner experiments with body plasticity, space and the human sense of self in relation to objects and space”

Oil Painter Anthony Daley

For Oil Painter Anthony Daley, whose work currently exhibits at Dulwich Picture Gallery, recognition was often a precarious issue. Known as one of few Black artists in London Art Schools during the 1980s, the technicalities behind Daley’s recognition have been bittersweet.

Subject to more than 30 international solo shows, a Pollock-Krasner fellowship, and a plethora of awards - Daley was named the first ‘Artist of the Week’ by the Financial Times, awarded later to the likes of Hirst and Tracey Emin. Whether a reflection of society during certain periods, or the ‘right place, wrong time’, Anthony chose not to delve into the increasing art world politics. Instead, Daley painted in silence for 10 years.

During his period of silence, Daley was unknowingly rehearsing for his busiest period to date. When Black Lives Matter movements resurfaced previously overlooked art history in 2020, re-energised academics, scholars and art historians alike resurfaced Anthony Daley. His use of a modern art movement to respond to and rekindle monumental moments in art history was noted by The Telegraph: “Where a figurative painter might have struggled to avoid weak

imitations of Rubens’s masterpiece, Daley’s works come across as ruminative responses to it.”

For Anthony, an exciting future is guaranteed. With his lyrical adaptions of historical masters, ethereal oil technicalities, and consistent fervour and praise from renowned media and art institutions - owning a ‘Daley’ might bring a stroke of luck.

For more information on Anthony’s work, please visit

“Subject to more than 30 international solo shows, a PollockKrasner fellowship, and a plethora of awards - Daley was named the first ‘Artist of the Week’ by the Financial Times”

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David Hockney ‘thrilled’ with new immersive exhibition, says arts venue boss

The chief executive of a new London arts venue has said David Hockney is “really thrilled” with his upcoming immersive experience.

The experience, David Hockney: Bigger & Closer (Not Smaller & Further Away), has been created by the 85-year-old Bradford-born artist and will open at Lightroom in King’s Cross.

Speaking ahead of the show’s public opening, Lightroom chief executive Richard Slaney, 41, told the PA news agency: “It’s an incredibly exciting threshold to be at, to allow audiences in this week, and David, he was here (on Monday night) with his friends and he just seems really thrilled and happy about the show.

“He just seemed to be having a lovely time and that’s all you can ask for. If he’s happy, then we’re happy.”

The experience uses virtual reality with immersive audio and visual techniques to guide visitors into Hockney’s world.

Taking place in a single room with 360 degree visuals, the show features some of the artist’s most recognisable work, alongside rarely-seen pieces and some newly-created work.

On working with Hockney to develop the experience, Slaney told PA: “David is incredibly generous with his time, and with his approach.

“It’s inspiring, genuinely inspiring, because his

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“The experience uses virtual reality with immersive audio and visual techniques to guide visitors into Hockney’s world”


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

Website: Follow Victoria on Instagram @victoriace_art

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:

Instagram: sandras_malereien


Tree Tops Oils on canvas, Framed. 120cm x 100cm

work is so joyful, and the way he approaches work is so joyful.

“Also, his work ethic is incredible, you know, still works eight to 10 hours a day, he’s watched the show hundreds of times and every time he still finds something, still manages to improve it, and that’s just inspiring to work with someone like that.”

During the experience, Hockney, through surround sound, explains his creative processes to visitors using a cycle of six themed chapters with a specially-composed score by American composer Nico Muhly.

During the show, Hockney explains “I am a person who likes to draw … I like looking at things.”

He adds: “I’ve always wanted to paint, I’ve always wanted to make pictures … That’s my job, I think, making pictures.”

Visitors are also given an insight into Hockney’s creative techniques – using photography as a way of “drawing with a camera”, capturing time and specific locations such as the Grand Canyon in his Polaroid collages and exploring the joy of spring through drawing on an iPad.

Of Hockney’s variety of artistic methods, Slaney said: “How do you bring David’s work into this


“Which is taking work that is designed for a gallery and turning it into something that’s a mix between a podcast, a movie, a theatre show, a gallery show, a documentary, it’s all those things wrapped into one.

“David Hockney is the dream choice of someone to work with in this way.

“When we first approached him, we didn’t realise quite how involved he would get with the show.

“He’s been with us in the space for the past few months and for the last three-and-a-half years we have been working with him.”

The gala opening of Hockney’s show on Tuesday was attended a host of celebrities in the evening.

Singer Myleene Klass, comedian and presenter Leigh Francis – known as Keith Lemon, musical composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and his wife Madeleine Gurdon and Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker were among the attendees.

David Hockney: Bigger & Closer (Not Smaller & Further Away) will run until June 4 at Lightroom in King’s Cross. Tickets are available now.

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“Visitors are also given an insight into Hockney’s creative techniques – using photography as a way of “drawing with a camera””

ACommunion with Art and Nature

Layers of patterns and organic rhythms, guided by instinctual and considered gestures, inform the work of Carolin Rechberg. For Rechberg, art making is a portal to her psyche and subconscious, a connection to the environment, and feeling presence. Her embodied understanding of traditional technique enriches and connects her work to the experimental contexts of contemporary art. She works in the mediums of drawing, installation, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture, and incorporates both traditional and contemporary practices.

Rechberg states that “Alerting the senses through creating, is an opportunity to ground in the present moment. Observing with the senses provides a place to simply be, to breathe, to feel, to find rest in the now. It is a means to communicate with the is-ness of being; with being in presence. The art process, and the artwork, is a vehicle to harness instinct, stimulate creativity and gather

awareness, information and insight, emanating through heightened sense perception, in the communion with art and nature.”

Rechberg’s work has been exhibited in Solo and Group Exhibitions, in Asia, Europe and the United States. Her work has received numerous awards, residencies, and been published in magazines and international literature. Rechberg obtained a Bachelor of Fine Art at the California College of the Arts, a Master of Art at the San Francisco Art Institute, and a Master of Art and Art Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has taught as a Teaching Assistant in Drawing and Painting at the San Francisco Art institute, and Etching, Lithography, Relief Printmaking and Silkscreen at Teachers College, while managing the printmaking studios. She has recently returned to Europe to establish Carolin’s Studio in the region of her origin close to Murnau am Staffelsee, Germany.

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Top Left; Surging Existence, Relief Print, Graphite on Lokta Paper, 15 x 11 cm 2023 Top Bottom: Jewels of the Earth, Photograph, variable dimensions, 2023 Top Centre: Sea kelp, Photograph, variable dimensions 2012 Top Right; Empathy III, Painting, Mixed Media on Canvas, 84 x 128 cm 2012 Bottom Centre: State of Being, Drawing/Painting, Aquarelle and Pencil on Vintage Paper, 2022 Bottom Top Centre; Cocoon for my Soul, Relief Print, Graphite on Lokta Paper, 21 x 14 cm 2023 Bottom Top Right; Ephemeral Moments, Photograph, variable dimensions, 2023 Bottom Right; Energy in Motion, Photograph, variable dimensions, 2023
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The Contemporary Craft Fair. 9 – 13 May 2023

Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is the world’s premier destination for design and decoration and in May 2023, during London Craft Week, it will proudly be the home of Artefact, the Contemporary Craft Fair.

Now in its third year, Artefact will bring the joy of the hand-crafted and highly collectible to an international audience of designers, architects, collectors and craft-curious enthusiasts. Celebrating and championing the highest levels of creativity, it will be an opportunity to meet leading gallerists from the vibrant craft arena and view outstanding work from established and emerging makers and artists. World-leading galleries such as Cavaliero Finn, Jaggedart, Katie Jones Gallery, Madeinbritaly and Vessel Gallery will showcase their latest offerings.

With interior design placing ever greater value on craft, Artefact is a must-visit for international design professionals sourcing unique objects for prestigious residential and commercial projects, as well as curators and collectors seeking highly individual pieces for museums, public institutions and private collections.

At a time when contemporary craft has never been more sought after, Artefact will be the place to connect

with remarkable design talent and experience the energy and excitement that their work generates. The diversity and techniques on display will attest to the relevance of collectible craft today and give an international platform to showcase imagination and skill.

Throughout the week, there will be an accompanying programme of gallery tours and talks with renowned names.

If you would like to know more, and find out how you can show at Artefact, along with worldleading galleries such as Cavaliero Finn, Jaggedart, Katie Jones Gallery, Madeinbritaly and Vessel Gallery, please take a look at their exhibitors’ guide online.


Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour

Lots Road, London SW10 0XE




Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is the world’s premier destination for design and decoration excellence. Home to 120 showrooms and over 600 of the world’s most prestigious luxury brands, it is the largest of its kind in Europe. More than a resource, it is a thriving platform, both creatively and commercially, for an exceptionally dynamic industry. Nowhere else will you find such a high concentration of design’s biggest names shaping luxury interiors today – all at one address.


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.

If you’d like to see these delicious textures in real life, Manoela will be at the Holy Art Fair this month, 30th March – 2nd April, Oxo Tower, Bargehouse, London. You can also visit her website or follow @mojoandmuse on Instagram.

Carmen Delprat Art is focused on being more than just a collection of beautiful and visually stunning works of art - it’s a brand that seeks to inspire and create a feeling of luxury with its refreshingly original designs.

Whether it’s the exquisite shell and female portrait artworks or the signature art scarves, Carmen Delprat Art products are designed to elevate one’s mood, enhance one’s spirit and enjoyment of all things beautiful in life.

Visit the full collection

IG Carmen Delprat Art.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


Tickets are on sale at Check the official Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts for further information


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as Jakke and MADE.

In recognition of her statement jewellery, Brewster was featured in Vogue UK as one of Britain’s leading jewellery designers of colour. Recognised for working from large to small scale, Brewster was pulled into the world of jewellery by something simple - a small stick of ebony wood. Following similar strokes of luck with painting, it was only one year of practice before being featured in the Royal Academy Summer Show. During these occasions, Brewster solely represented herself.

It’s often natural to specialise in one ‘thing’. For Designer, Sculpture, Artist and Jeweller Simone Brewster - specialising lies in connecting the creative cords within her practice. Whether large-scale public displays, elegant paintings, or collaborations with major designers - the varying of Brewster’s projects give way to her success.

Brewster first rose to prominence after studying under Tom Dixon, Martino Gamper and Hannes Koch at the Royal College of Art. Her notoriety as a designer and jeweller has been proven through permanent acquisitions by the V&A Museum, Smithsonian Museum, frequent London Design Festival appearances, international biennales - and vast collaborations with international brands such

This summer, Brewster’s first solo show will launch in North Greenwich’s NOW Gallery. Incorporating each element of her creative practice, the exhibition is far more significant than one might think. In art institutions, specialising in one area is key for exposure and recognition. Whilst a painter might occasionally produce sculptures - they will be known as a painter, or sculptor first. For Brewster, bridging each practice together is what she is known best for. Titled “The Shape of Things”, the show provides an opportunity to view Brewster’s evolution in person. From free flowing paintings to her considered complex objects, the exhibition is visual proof of different passions coinciding in their own right.

For more information on Simone Brewster, visit her website at or follow @simonebrewster_london on Instagram

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“This summer, Brewster’s first solo show will launch in North Greenwich’s NOW Gallery. Incorporating each element of her creative practice, the exhibition is far more significant than one might thinK”


Enjoy the perfect art filled day out this spring as London’s Affordable Art Fair returns to the beautiful Battersea Park until 12 March.


9 – 12 March, Battersea Park

Evolution London, SW11 4NJ

Tickets from £10 - £27


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

Friday 10 March, 11am – 5pm, Art

After Dark Late* 5 – 9pm

Saturday 11 March, 11am – 6pm

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

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

*Late events are 18+ only

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

For more information and to book tickets visit

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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Elena Dobrovolskaya Art

Elena Dobrovolskaya is a New-York based award-winning artist working in Contemporary Realism style primarily in oil and pastel. Her vibrant and colorful figurative paintings which critics compare to Alex Katz and Tom Wesselmann by style were exhibited broadly in the US and Europe, including ArtExpo New York, Florence Biennale and Salon Carrousel du Louvre in Paris. Her art was published in numerous art magazines and catalogues such as “We Contemporary” and “50 artists to invest in” in Italy, “Trends in Art: Insights for collectors” in Great Britain and “Important World Artists, Volume V” in the US. Elena’s first Solo portrait exhibition “Look into my eyes” took place in March 2021 at the Artifact gallery in Manhattan, New York.

You can find her art works on or place a portrait commission via Instagram @ladyvictoria2007

“Finding myself”, oil on canvas, 122 x 92 cm. “Becoming a woman”, oil on canvas, 122 x 92 cm

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Coronation Concierge with PoB Hotels

Spring this year will see plenty of royal events with King Charles III’s longawaited coronation and an additional bank holiday to mark the event- and at PoB Hotels, they know how to mark a special occasion. Think quintessentially British afternoon teas, celebratory dinners, and sumptuous stays, all to mark this once-in-a-lifetime occasion (and to make the most of that extra day off).

Several PoB Hotels are imbued with intriguing Royal links and historic connections, and to celebrate and spotlight these, PoB Hotels has launched the Coronation Concierge to guide guests in booking their perfect Coronation celebratory stay this spring.


Indulge in royal treatment at The Goring, Bovey Castle, Fingal, The Relais Henley and Cromlix, to name but a few. The Coronation Concierge is on call to assist with packages and authentic experiences available not only for the coronation weekend but the whole of spring 2023. Possibly the best time to take a break and avoid the busy summer, spring brings warmth to the air, flowers in bloom, and longer brighter days.

Cromlix’s ‘Stay fit for a King’, for example, includes luxurious overnight accommodation, and a tour of Scone Palace to explore its royal connections as the crowning place of Scottish Kings. The experience is topped off with a Royal Gin Fizz and a decadent three-course dinner.


What better way to celebrate the most British of

occasions than with afternoon tea? Bovey Castle’s chef has created the ‘Coronation at the Castle’ afternoon tea as a treat for guests. Walk off your indulgence with a Royal Tour of the castle estate, pause to admire the landscape, and enjoy a game of croquet.


The Coronation Concierge awaits. These offerings, and many more, will be at your fingertips with a simple call to PoB Hotels’ Coronation Concierge. Launching on 1st March, they’re all about pairing each guest with a spring getaway experience that’s extraordinary and unique for them. Whatever you choose, an inspirational journey awaits you. Call 0330 236 2944

“Several PoB Hotels are imbued with intriguing Royal links and historic connections, and to celebrate and spotlight these, PoB Hotels has launched the Coronation Concierge to guide guests in booking their perfect Coronation celebratory stay this spring”


Welcome to La Manga Club – the most well-known place you may never have heard of. Located in the south east of Spain, on the Costa Cálida in the Region of Murcia, La Manga Club is an exclusive tourist, sports and leisure resort, surrounded by an exceptional natural environment, next to the Mediterranean Sea and set in the Calblanque Natural Park.

La Manga Club was the brainchild of an American business man, Gregory Peters, and was inaugurated in 1972. Since then, the resort has grown and now features three world renowned 18 hole golf courses, a Racquets Club with 28 tennis courts, 7 padel courts, 1 pickleball court, a gym, kid’s activity club, and 8 football pitches.

Add to that a great selection of bars and restaurants, as well as the newly refurbished and magnificent Grand Hyatt La Manga Club & Resort hotel, easy transfers from 2 international airports, and you have a unique holiday destination.

This area of Spain boasts over 320 sunny days per year and its micro climate makes for a great summer or out-of-season destination. The close

proximity of La Manga Club to 2 seas – The Mediterranean Sea and The Mar Menor – makes it a great base for those wanting to experience some of the best diving and water sports facilities in Spain. Kayaking, kite surfing, paddle board, sailing – all are catered for at all levels, whether beginner or expert. Road and mountain biking are popular too, with guided rides available.

Just a short drive from La Manga Club is the Mar Menor. This is the largest salt water lagoon in Spain, with its warm and clear water no more than 7 metres in depth. With miles of sandy beaches, it is a fantastic place for families and kids to enjoy.

Many people came to La Manga Club on holiday and ended up moving there as they enjoyed it so much. There is an extensive range of properties of all types and styles, with prices ranging from £80,000 to over £3,000,000.

Resort Sales and Management has been established on La Manga Club for over 30 years, and can help you with any holiday or property purchase queries. tel. +34 968 175 117

“This area of Spain boasts over 320 sunny days per year and its micro climate makes for a great summer or out-of-season destination”


Sir Richard Branson’s collection of unique retreats and luxury hotels are renowned for offering personalised, intimate experiences. The collection includes a luxury villa estate in Mallorca; Son Bunyola, and private island hideaways in the British Virgin Islands; Necker Island and Moskito Island.

Son Bunyola’s vast private gated estate covers 700 acres of stunning landscape and is home to three luxury villas, which can be rented individually or exclusively. The villas have fantastic views over the Mediterranean Sea and warm temperatures all year round, providing the perfect escape for families and friends looking for somewhere

secluded to relax and spend time with loved ones. Slightly further afield, those looking for barefoot luxury can book exclusive use of Sir Richard Branson’s 74-acre island home on Necker Island in the Caribbean – and after two years of reconstruction works to restore the island to its former glory following the devastating effects

“The villas have fantastic views over the Mediterranean Sea and warm temperatures all year round”
All images on this page: Moskito Island

of Hurricane Irma, the island is looking more beautiful than ever. Located in the beautiful and unspoiled British Virgin Islands, sustainability has been firmly rooted at the heart of the rebuild and ongoing vision for the island, which has seen the installation of three giant wind turbines and an extensive solar farm, to enable the island to run on up to 100% renewable energy.

Also new to the BVI, and just two miles from Necker, is its sister island, Moskito Island. Made up of ten individual estates, all set within 125 acres of stunning paradise. Moskito Island boasts warm turquoise waters, beautiful trails and exclusive, remote seclusion. The island is due to officially launch later this summer, however, The Branson Estate which forms one of the ten individual luxury estates on the island entered the Virgin Limited Edition portfolio last year and is already available for private rental.


For bookings please call 0800 716 919 (UK toll free) or +44 (0) 208 600 0430 or alternatively visit for more details or email

The Son Bunyola villas are available to book exclusively or on an individual basis. Rates start from EUR 16,100 for a seven-night self-catering stay during July and August 2021. Shorter stays of 3, 4 and 5 nights are also available on request (outside of July and August) subject to availability. The Son Bunyola villas are available to book exclusively or on an individual basis. Necker Island is available to book exclusively or as individual rooms during its popular Celebration Weeks.

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The best British walks and hikes to put a spring in your step

Embrace warmer weather, new shoots and birdsong with these super strolls, says Sarah Marshall.

Throughout the year, British landscapes are a visual display of colour. But there’s arguably no prettier season than spring.

One of the best ways to enjoy the beauty on our doorsteps is on two feet, walking through fields of wildflowers, strolling on the edge of wave-crashed cliffs or winding along quiet lanes.

So, whether you want to hike for multiple days or explore a shorter stretch, these are some of the great trails to try in the weeks ahead.


Due to be completed this year, the new England Coast Path is set to become the longest coastal trail anywhere in the world. While the full 2,800 miles is probably too much for anyone to attempt in one go, it is possible to explore sections. Inntravel recommend their self-guided Seascapes of North

Norfolk itinerary, which provides walkers with an opportunity to witness some excellent birdlife, with local breeding species including marsh harriers, little egrets and avocets. Explore rural villages, quiet woodlands and vast sandy beaches during five days of walking. Highlights include the spectacle of wading birds congregating on the mudflats of Snettisham, and Holkham Hall with it’s collection of paintings by Gainsborough and Van Dyck.

How: A six-night trip costs from £975pp (two sharing), including B&B accommodation, three dinners, luggage transfers and route notes and maps. Available from March 1 to April 30. Visit


Designated the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1956, the Gower Peninsula stretches from the south coast’s limestone scenery of Worms Head and Oxwich Bay to the saltmarshes and dune systems in the north. Discover the area’s most scenic parts on a six-day self-guided tour, starting at the Mumbles headland in Swansea Bay. Walking along coastal paths and secluded coves, pass the ruins of the Norman Pennard Castle and the Oxwich National Nature Reserve. Cross a causeway to reach tidal island Worms Head and watch grey seals bathing on the beach below.

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“Due to be completed this year, the new England Coast Path is set to become the longest coastal trail anywhere in the world”

How: Headwater’s Highlights of the Gower Peninsula Walk costs from £1,049pp (two sharing), including B&B accommodation, GPS route directions and maps, luggage transfers and services of a local representative. Departures every week from April 17. Visit


A host of golden daffodils inspired British poet William Wordsworth to write one of his most famous works. Walk through similar displays on a walk along the shores of Ullswater in the Lake District, where wild daffodils parade their bright yellow trumpets in the spring. Eco-holiday park

The Quiet Site is the starting point for several hikes, such as the Ullswater Way – a 20-mile circular walk which circumnavigates the lake. Alternatively, take a shorter eight-mile stroll to the 70-foot Aria Force waterfalls, or weave through the wild flowers at Little Mell Fell. Stay in carbon neutral Gingerbread Houses, timber Camping Pods or underground Glamping Burrows.

How: From £55 per night for up to two adults and two children. Visit


Their displays may be fleeting, but bluebells are always a sight to behold in the English countryside. Woodlands brimming with the wildflowers can be found scattered across the Yorkshire Dales, and if you head out in the early hours, it’s possible to spot red deer and red squirrels too. More adventurous trekkers should attempt the Howgill Fells, which Alfred Wainwright likened to a herd of sleepy elephants basking in the sun, and described it as his favourite place to escape crowds in the nearby Lakes. After a day of walking, recharge at the Black Bull, a former 17th century coaching hotel in nearby Sedbergh.

How: Rooms from £125 per night B&B. Visit


After a long hike, there’s nothing more refreshing

than a dip in a natural pool – and Dartmoor National Park has one of the best in the country. While temperatures may still be a bit bracing in spring, it’s hard to resist jumping into the Sharrah Pool, a watery idyll surrounded by rock walls, cascades and dense forest. Located on the River Dart at New Bridge near Holne, it’s also close to luxury property Bovey Castle, where guests can also join a deer keeper for a walking tour of the estate, learning about the animals and their role in the ecosystem. Two award-winning restaurants and a spa provide an opportunity to refuel and recharge.

How: Rooms from £325 per night with breakfast (two sharing). Visit


Birdsong provides a soundtrack to the seasons, reaching its crescendo in the spring breeding season. Identify some of the key performers on an early morning walk with the National Trust through Dunwich Heath, an area of big skies and fields carpeted in sunshine-yellow heather. Leaving at 6.30am to catch the dawn chorus, a ranger guides groups along a trail, stopping to identify different winged species and native plants. A 90-minute walk including a bacon sandwich or vegetarian breakfast costs £14 for adults and £8 for children, with departures on April 5 and 19.

How: Stay at the Westleton Crown, where B&B rooms cost from £100.80. Visit



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more details on this tranquil coastal retreat, visit


• Sleeps 4 adults, one double one twin

• Step free with allocated parking

• Suitable for young children with buggies or elderly parents

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

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• 1 mile east of the heritage St Agnes coastline

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BERGAMO AND BRESCIA discovering Italy’s twin capitals of culture for 2023

Ancient history, opulent churches and the grand-daddy of gelatos are highlights of Lombardy’s exciting urban centres, as Sean Coyte discovers.

You might recognise the names Bergamo and Brescia from the first wave of European lockdowns in 2020. Struck hard by the pandemic, they belong to the Italian region of Lombardy, labelled a ‘red zone’ during that difficult period.

Three years on, the cities have transformed their hardship into hope. Recognising their shared struggle, the neighbours – they’re less than an hour’s drive apart – joined forces to earn the title of Italian Capital of Culture 2023.

The joint honour is a first in the country where, since 2015, the annual prize has boosted social and economic growth from Palermo to Perugia. Bergamo and Brescia’s bid focused on four key themes, but it was the idea of ‘culture as a cure’ that really impressed the judges. Conveniently connected, the two cities are ideal for a twin-centre break. Here’s how the arts, food and architecture are unlocking a brighter future for locals and tourists alike…


Brescia was known as Brixia by the Romans, and its archaeological sites could easily rival some of the Italian capital’s most popular ancient landmarks.


Entering the restored Capitolium of Brixia, there’s a five-minute delay designed to regulate moisture in the air and stop the atmosphere outside contaminating two-thousand-year-old mosaics and statues inside.

After examining a series of inscriptions, I’m confronted with the main event – the Winged Victory, a statue dating back to the 1st century AD. The figure was found fractured into thousands of pieces and painstakingly pieced together for guests to admire today.

The winged female’s empty arms would have held a bronze shield displaying the name of a proud victor, and the discovery of the bronze figure prompted the city to open its first museum in 1830.

Next to the Capitolium, you’ll find the Roman Theatre – but the real showstopper is at the other end of a corridor.

New for 2023, the path connects the Capitolium and Roman Theatre to Santa Giulia Museum, which is home to the remains of large Roman villas. A raised walkway allows me to peer into a pokey 2000-year-old kitchen, and I’m surprised to discover there wasn’t more room for preparing the lavish banquets associated with the Romans.

Entry to the Capitolium and Santa Giulia

Museum ( costs €15/£13 for adults and €8/£7 for over 65 and under 26.


I make my way to La Citta Alta, or Bergamo’s Upper City, as a passenger on a tuk tuk. The driver’s narrow handlebars almost graze the maze of medieval walls around us, while my local city guide narrates on our surroundings. “And if you look to your right, you’ll see where chocolate-chip ice cream was invented,” he says.

That’s all the persuasion I need to head in and try the grandad of gelatos for myself. The Pasticceria, or pastry shop, stands on a winding road with a shaded outdoor area, benches, and an unlit firepit with views of the Atalanta football stadium in the distance.

Travelling between the modern lower town and historic upper town is an event in itself. For locals, the most practical way to get between the two is using the funicolare (funicular). In operation since 1887, the public transport system carries passengers in carriages on a steep incline with views over converted farmhouses and imported palm trees. Single tickets cost €1.50/£1.30, while a daily ticket costing €4/£3.55 covers local buses too.

The fully pedestrianised upper town oozes old-world charm. Wrought-iron balconies draped in plants are dotted across buildings overlooking piazzas filled with pizzerias and cafes. More than half of locals own a dog too, so you’re never far from petting a pooch while you sink your teeth into a slice of fresh pizza.

I’m told to come back in June to see the city

“Brescia was known as Brixia by the Romans, and its archaeological sites could easily rival some of the Italian capital’s most popular ancient landmarks”

at its best. Donizetti by Night is a series of more than 100 shows celebrating the life of one of Bergamo’s most loved exports, the highly revered classical composer Gaetano Donizetti. The party is set to spill out onto the streets between June 3-4, and will be followed by the city’s Opera Festival, June 9-10, another chance to join in the musical fun across more than 70 public and private venues.


The Church of Santa Maria in the province of Bergamo may look unassuming from the outside, but no trip to the village of Lovere is complete without stepping inside. The towering columns and curved vault are revealed in dramatic fashion as I enter the basilica in darkness. It’s only after my guide switches on the lights that I am able to appreciate its beauty.

The Church of the Good Shepherd in Brescia has a similar effect on onlookers. As I make my way to lunch on the final day of my trip, my guide casually advises me to look inside. The Baroque altar inside is one of the most magnificent pieces of craftmanship I’ve ever seen, a collection of columns, statues and colours that will live long in my memory. It’s not a large church but the details that adorn its dome and walls have to be seen to be believed.

Not all of Lombardy’s holy buildings are quite so modest from the outside. In Bergamo, the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore and the neighbouring Colleoni Chapel grab your attention from the moment you step onto Piazza Vecchia or the Old Square. My view from Campanone, the city’s tallest tower, might be the best of them all. You can enjoy the same vista of the Old Town for €5/£4.40.


For more information on the cities’ Capital of Culture events, visit


There’s something about Lombardy’s location at the foot of the Alps that makes the region a gastro goldmine. In the valleys surrounding Bergamo, nine of Italy’s 50 DOPs, or ‘Protected Designations of Origin’, can be found.

The title is given to areas where foods are produced using traditional methods and to the highest standards. Here, the local herdsmen produce cheeses that, by definition, cannot be me made anywhere else. It’s no surprise that the city is considered the European Capital of Cheese.

Bù Cheese BAR (Via Monte S. Michele, 1) is just moments from an 18th century opera house and the perfect spot to sample Bergamo’s finest produce. The cheeses on my plate are arranged like a clockface, where every hour is formaggio o’clock. I sample two DOP varieties, the Formai de Mut, or ‘mountain cheese’, and the Strachitunt, which my host introduces as the ‘Father of Gorgonzola’.

If it’s a ‘sit-down meal’ you’re after, Il Colmetto (, a few minutes outside Brescia in Rodengo-Saiano, serves a refined menu made from the freshest ingredients, provided by its residents. The 200-plus goats at the back of the sun-drenched restaurant provide everything from ice cream to cheeses and the lightest butter I’ve ever tasted.

The risotto is the real talking point, a light concoction topped with burnt goat’s milk and black lemon, a combination of flavours unlike anything I’ve tried before. A tasting menu of 10 dishes will set you back €70/£62.


Experience the Spirit of Mallorca

could be served in the exotic nomad camp with views over the farm, afternoons can be spent enjoying a dip in the pool or exploring the area by bike, before returning to the villa for a poolside aperitif and a delicious dinner.

For visitors wishing to experience the island outside the confines of the property, a fun day out could include a helicopter ride for a day trip to Ibiza, or the chartering of a yacht to swim in the turquoise waters of the Balearics. After sunset, the many bars dotted along the island’s harbours or the beach clubs-turned-nightclubs will provide plenty of entertainment for the night owls.

Amix of rugged countryside, dramatic mountains and a breathtaking coastline, Mallorca remains one of the most desirable European destinations for the summer holidays. At the foot of the Tramuntana mountains lies the luxurious Spirit of Son Fuster, a private 14th-century farm turned into an upscale country estate sprawling over 40 hectares – the ultimate residence for a luxury Mallorcan experience.

With outdoor living at the heart of its philosophy, it’s easy to see why this fascinating manor house is a destination in itself. Hiking trails, horse stables, a riding paddock, a heated swimming pool, a fully-equipped outdoor gym, and a yoga terrace are just some of the many amenities available to fitness enthusiasts.

For guests preferring ultimate relaxation, there are plenty of terraces and lounge areas – including a Berber-style tent, canopy-draped daybeds, and a poolside bar. Kids will be endlessly entertained by art workshops or by getting familiar with the farm animals, including ponies, sheep and hawks.

Indoors, this country mansion has been respectfully renovated, preserving the original structure and materials and at the same time creating ten stylish bedrooms and vast and welcoming communal areas. Displayed on the ancient stone walls is a carefully-curated selection of contemporary furniture and art, collected by the owners from their travels around the world.

Guests will be pampered throughout their stay by the full complement of staff who will be on hand to arrange activities and showcase their culinary skills. The day will start with a scrumptious breakfast enhanced by the produce from the villa’s organic garden and orchard, followed perhaps by an excursion on horseback or an invigorating yoga session. After lunch, which

After a packed day, heading back to the privacy and comfort of Spirit of Son Fuster will be an added bonus. This uber-luxurious hidden gem will exceed the expectations of even the most demanding guests.

“With outdoor living at the heart of its philosophy, it’s easy to see why this fascinating manor house is a destination in itself. Hiking trails, horse stables, a riding paddock, a heated swimming pool, a fullyequipped outdoor gym, and a yoga terrace are just some of the many amenities available to fitness enthusiasts”

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Whether you want to relax on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world that are only found in the Maldives, sample some aromatic tea directly from a plantation in Mauritius, or meet the famous Giant Aldabra Tortoises during a visit to Curieuse Island in Seychelles, our friendly team at Citibond Holidays can arrange this for you.

With offices in London and Leicester and a team of international agents, we hand-craft our bespoke holiday packages to meet the needs of our clients. When you book your holiday with us, you will always have a knowledgeable personal travel assistant on hand to help or advise you whenever you need us.

Citibond Holidays has specialised in providing luxury holidays to places like India and Africa since the 1980s. We design the perfect holiday around you and what you want to experience in your chosen destination. We can make your dream holiday become a reality.

Using our new personal video meeting service, we will connect with you with a one-to-one video chat where you can tell us exactly what type of holiday you want. We offer a level of personal service and attention that you simply cannot get by booking a package holiday online.

We will create a helpful preview of your holiday using pictures, videos, virtual tours and background information about your chosen destination so you can delight in what you see

and look forward with great excitement for your bespoke holiday.

Whether you want to see the tallest building on earth in Dubai, you fancy snorkelling in the warm waters of Barbados teaming with tropical fish, you fancy exploring Mexico – the birthplace of chocolate, or experience the non-stop adventure of a Safari in Kenya, we have got you covered.

If relaxing on the pure white sands of Bora Bora and watching the calm turquoise waters lap the beach while you sip on a refreshing cocktail is more your thing, Citibond Holidays can arrange a holiday that delivers all the peace and tranquillity you want. We will take care of all your travel needs, so you can sit back and relax, knowing the arrangements for your luxury holiday is in safe hands. Start planning your next luxury trip with Citibond Holidays. 0207 290 0607

Bora Bora Machu Picchu, Peru
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Fowey Cottages

Whether you want to get out on the water to sail around picturesque Fowey harbour or enjoy getting active with the whole family with a wide range of water sports and cycling trails. Or why not relax and enjoy the fresh sea air with a scenic beach walk. The family friendly town of Fowey has so much to offer, to those in the know!

Plan your next trip to the historic harbour town of Fowey, a beautiful haven on the southern Cornish coast.

Cornwall’s best kept secret, in Fowey there really is something to suit everyone.

Fowey Cottages are proud to offer some of the finest holiday cottages in and around Fowey. A family owned business, Fowey Cottages offer a range of properties to suit whatever you want from your holiday. With a wide selection of properties, you can choose to relax and unwind in a stunning townhouse with river views across the harbour, charming and cosy cottages along the coast or peaceful rural retreats, just minutes away from the main town. Fowey Cottages provides guests with a slice of Cornish heaven that is guaranteed to keep you coming back year after year.

“Cornwall’s best kept secret, in Fowey there really is something to suit everyone”

THE COLLECTION Luxury Homestays

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

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

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

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

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

For further information visit

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



Histrionic Productions in partnership with Penguin Ventures

The Peter Rabbit™ Easter Adventure

Covent Garden, 21 March – 16 April 2023

One of the world’s most iconic and best-loved children’s characters will take families on an immersive adventure

Histrionic Productions is thrilled to announce The Peter Rabbit™ Easter Adventure in London’s iconic Covent Garden Piazza this Easter. Through a captivating mix of live performance and puppetry, visitors will be transported back to a Covent

Garden of old, teeming with fresh flowers, fruit and vegetables as Beatrix Potter heads out on a mission to rescue Jemima Puddle-Duck from the clutches of Mr. McGregor.

During this brand-new 50-minute interactive outdoor adventure, families will experience Peter @CoventGardenLDN #CoventGarden


Rabbit’s adventures in person as they accompany Beatrix Potter to search for secret notes, maps, and other clues and meet Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, and a few surprise encounters along the way.

The show will be adapted by Calum Finlay, directed by Barney McElholm and designed by Tina Torbey. Between them, the creative team bring the experience of working at the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre of Scotland, Shakespeare’s Globe, The Almeida, Theatre Royal Bath, Manchester Royal Exchange and Birmingham REP amongst others.

above and families will have the opportunity to clamber onto Mr. McGregor’s tractor and have a souvenir photograph taken with Peter Rabbit.


Histrionic Productions delivers a new, gold standard in live theatrical experiences. Following the acclaimed success of last year’s ‘Paddington Marmalade Messiness’ in Dalkeith Country Park and ‘The Peter Rabbit™ Garden Adventure’ at Blenheim Palace, Histrionic Productions continues to roll out unprecedented immersive experiences including a pioneering production of George Orwell’s masterpiece ‘1984’, due to open in London in Autumn 2023, and further shows to be announced this year.



The perfect Easter gift, tickets are on sale for this mischievous outdoor immersive experience from The Peter Rabbit™ Easter Adventure

Open at Chestnut Bakery, 24 Floral Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 9DS between 21st March - Sunday 16th April. (Closed Tuesday 11th April and all Mondays except Easter Monday 10th April)

Alongside the experience, The Easter Adventure Shop will open in Covent Garden’s iconic Market Building. The new store will offer Peter Rabbit merchandise, a café serving a range of delicious refreshments and drinks, as well as an activity area featuring a programme of fun-filled Easter activities for all of the family. Tickets for the show will also be available in store.

Included in the ticket will be an ‘Activity Burrow’ for creative crafting for all ages including letter writing to Beatrix Potter and a Peter Rabbit reading corner. Additional activities available on site include Mr. McGregor’s Obstacle Course for thrill-seeking children who want to test their driving skills in a mini ROVER for ages 4 and

The Tale of Peter Rabbit is one of the world’s best-loved children’s books and was created by author and illustrator, Beatrix Potter in 1902. The story has never been out of print since it was first published by Frederick Warne & Co. (today an imprint of Penguin Random House) and has sold in excess of 46 million copies worldwide. Today over 2 million of her ‘little books’ are sold globally every year, whilst Peter Rabbit has appeared on books and merchandise in more than 110 countries throughout the world.

Penguin Random House Children’s is committed to growing and protecting The Peter Rabbit™ brand. The World of Beatrix Potter™, one of the world’s largest literature-based licensing programmes, is managed in-house by Penguin Ventures.

The Easter Adventure Shop Open at 10 The Market Building, Covent Garden, WC2E 8RB between Sunday 5th MarchSunday 16th April, 10am to 5pm

“Alongside the experience, The Easter Adventure Shop will open in Covent Garden’s iconic Market Building”


The Little Blazer Company® aims to revolutionize the children’s blazer market and is the first gender-neutral British luxury kidswear label.

Proudly authentically British and partnering timeless distinguished tradition with a free and contemporary expression of individuality, the new clothing label recognizes every child’s need for self-expression. Celebrating all personalities and differences, each vibrant piece from the collection adorned with an expression of character, empowering our mini trailblazers with the confidence to be themselves.

These hand-crafted blazers are effortlessly cool and tailored with an expert finish. The go-to statement piece can be worn all year round and/

or for special occasions. Gender neutral in their finish, with fabrics that are specially selected for sensitive skin, comfort and versatility, the blazers make a great staple to your fashionista’s wardrobe! The luxurious fabrics are entirely sustainable and use Harris Tweed®, UK-farmed 100% pure new wool. This is a unique collection with Harris Tweed® Hebrides and the bespoke cloths have been designed by Ria, the designer, and founder of TLBC label and therefore are completely unique to The Little Blazer Company. The blazers are beautifully lined in soft vegan satin and have exquisite embroidery detail, made end-to-end here in the United Kingdom.

These heirloom garments are made to last, with the hope that each blazer supports many a story as it’s lovingly passed down through generations and each blazer comes with a handmade complimentary, limited edition, colour-matching carrier. As seen in VOGUE, TATLER, WIRED. Please visit and follow @thelittleblazercompany on Instagram.

THE LITTLE BLAZER COMPANY® partners timeless, distinguished tradition with free and contemporary expression of individuality.

Made in the United Kingdom, this gender-neutral collection is crafted from bespoke Harris Tweed® pure new wool, is lined with vegan satin and has exquisite embroidery detail. These heirloom garments are made to last, with a hope that each blazer supports many a story as it’s lovingly passed down through generations.


As seen in VOGUE, TATLER, WIRED. and follow @thelittleblazercompany on Instagram.

Kiddikicks: Girls-Only Football

Local business Kiddikicks is delighted to announce their plans for Girls-Only football skills and match play classes in Richmond. They will operate an indoor (January to March) and an outdoor season (April – December) based out of Pools of the Park and Old Deer Park. They plan to roll out their GirlsOnly classes across London shortly after.

Studies show some of the main things that motivate girls to play football are the opportunity to take part with friends and having fun in a safe and comfortable environment.

There is no doubt that women’s football has developed over the past decade being now one of the most popular team sports for girls. It’s Kiddikicks job to help this continue.

At Kiddikicks, they focus on developing skills and encouraging everyone to participate from as young as 18 months. They say there’s no need to pressure young children about perfect technique, or winning and losing. It’s far more important to learn ball control, about the fun of playing, being

active and trying hard and being resilient. Kiddikicks will be running a series of FREE TRIALS in the coming months. Register your player here to request a free trial or email

“There is no doubt that women’s football has developed over the past decade”

Moppet’s handmade crewel tapestries make spectacular heirloom gifts for little ones. Meticulously hand embroidered from wool in tiny batches, every piece is entirely unique. Marrying the traditional folk art design and technique of Kashmir with contemporary colourways and natural materials, each is a one-of-kind craftpiece to be treasured for generations.

Lansinoh supports vulnerable new mums through charity partnership

Lansinoh, the global leader in maternal health and support; well known for their iconic purple tube nipple cream, have announced their support of UK-based charity Baby Basics to help vulnerable new mums get the hygiene products they need after giving birth. As part of the launch of their new Maternity Pads, an extension of their award winning Birth Preparation & Recovery range, Lansinoh have donated 16,500 Maternity Pads to the charity which will be distributed across the UK via the Baby Basics network.

Cat Ross, CEO for Baby Basics said: “When Baby Basics first began 14 years ago, we heard stories of mums in hospital without maternity pads and being shamed for it. We committed then to ensure that every mum referred to us would be provided with Maternity Pads to ensure that they had the essentials needed for themselves as well as their babies.”

But they aren’t stopping there. Lansinoh are calling on all new mums who are able to help, to donate a pack of Maternity pads via their website – Each donation will be matched by the brand, in the hope that more vulnerable new mums can be reached.

Lisa Craven, Marketing Manager for Lansinoh said: “All women experience bleeding after the birth of their baby. For many women, postpartum bleeding is heavier than a typical menstrual period, particularly in the first 2 weeks requiring a degree of protection not offered by traditional menstrual or bladder leakage pads. It’s heart-breaking to see so many women unprotected during this period of healing, so we’ve proud to be able to support Baby Basics in the wonderful work they do. Our brand mission is to ‘Stand with the Mothers’ – that means all mothers, regardless of status or situation, and we hope that by shining a light on this issue, we can pull together as a community to support those struggling when they need it the most.”

Extra Absorbent Maternity Pads: 10 pack.

RRP: £2.49; Discreet & Absorbent

Maternity Pads: 12 pack.

RRP: £2.49. Lansinoh

Maternity Pads now available from and Amazon.



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!



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The Baby & Toddler Show

31 March – 2 April 2023, Sandown Park, Esher

Don’t miss out on the Baby & Toddler Show when it returns to Sandown Park in Surrey - the ultimate location for new and expectant parents in London and the South East, bringing together everything you need to give your baby the best start.

From all the big-name brands to local companies and services, free baby first aid workshops from the Royal Life Saving Society and expert advice talks from MAM and Organix, with many more to be announced, the Baby & Toddler Show is the one-stop shopping destination for new and expectant parents!

Kerrison Exhibitions run the UK’s leading consumer exhibition series serving the pregnancy, baby, and toddler market in key locations across the UK.

At The Baby & Toddler Show you can see over 150 brands, take home complimentary goodies, get hands-on demonstrations, meet the brand experts and ask them your important questions in person and so much more - all under one roof.

As Show Director Clare Barker explains, “The Baby and Toddler Show is the perfect way to shop both efficiently and cost-effectively. Our

brands allow you to stretch that baby budget even further with unbeatable, show-exclusive deals on all the baby essentials. Plus, we offer a best price guarantee on all the leading brands including iCandy, Nuna, Maxi Cosi, Joolz, Cosatto, OBaby, Mee-Go, Cybex, Snüz, BabyBjörn, Egg and many more. Customers also hugely benefit from all the expert advice on hand from our exhibitors – it’s great to witness the collaboration between excited parents and industry professionals, who offer advice on every step of the pregnancy journey.”

The Baby and Toddler Show is proud to be sponsored by Pura – a brand with sustainability at the core of its ethos. Founded in 2020, Pura is one of the first carbon-neutral baby care brands, combining high-quality, eco-friendly credentials with a more affordable price point. Their 100% plastic-free, biodegradable baby wipes, which also come in a Water UK certified Fine to Flush version, and eco-friendly nappies have taken the parenting world by storm. Families can get their hands on a free Pura goody bag when they visit the show!

To find out more and book a FREE pair of tickets worth £32, visit and quote SAVE23.

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is set to deliver another incredible event this month!
“Bringing together everything you need to give your baby the best start”





childcare recruitment, but our company is run by an experienced maternity nurse, nanny & mother of 3 (including twins) and all the team are similarly experienced.

With over 22 years of childcare and domestic recruitment experience our teams here at The Maternity Nurse Company & The Elite Nanny Company offer clients a more personal experience. Making the right match is something we take seriously – whether you have a new baby or older children and whether you need a Maternity Nurse, Nanny, Governess or Housekeeper.

Not only do we have years of experience in

There are many childcare agencies in the UK, but we believe our bespoke agencies – The Maternity Nurse Company and The Elite Nanny Company stand out. We have evolved and adapted over our many years in the business and have become one of the premier child-care placement agencies not just in London, but throughout the UK and around the world.

Whether your needs are for help post-birth, during recuperation, for setting routines in the first few weeks, or for a longer-term childcare solution – we are here to help. Call today for a personal chat with one of our team – every family is different, and we are here to help and support you through the process.

Tel: 020 7751 0320

“Our company is run by an experienced maternity nurse, nanny & mother of 3 (including twins) and all the team are similarly experienced”



“The perfect way to launch a theatre-going habit”

- The Guardian

Baby Show is the Unicorn’s ever-popular sensory performance with captivating images and intriguing sounds that keep little ones rapt. It’s a perfect first theatre experience.

During the show, you and your baby are sat in our gorgeous garden-inspired set and watch as the performer playfully explores the joys and tribulations of getting ready and exploring outside. At the end of the show there is a chance to play in the space.

For ages 6 - 18 months

Tue 14 Mar – Sun 16 Apr


“This small wonder is full of surprises... remarkable”

- The Guardian

This beautifully engaging show for the youngest theatregoers delighted audiences and critics alike when it first premiered in 2019. The Guardian’s Chris Wiegand described it as “supremely welcoming and warm-hearted” and “an irresistible treat for under-fives” in his five star review. This is a story of new growth and new beginnings with a sprinkling of magic and puppetry mayhem thrown in.

Recommended for children aged 6 months to 4 years who are actively encouraged to take part in the show.

For ages 6 months - 4 years

Sat 27 May – Sun 2 Jul 2023


Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, London SE1 2HZ Admin: 020 7645 0500

Box Office: 020 7645 0560


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What wonders await at Longlands…

boat ‘Little Bird’ out to explore the lakeside. For a more gentle start to the day we have a yoga and meditation circle set in amongst the wild flowers where you can hear the water babbling down in the stream close by. Saluting the sun has never been so much fun!

Explore our 17 acres of woodland and wild flower meadows, or head to nearby Saunton Sands, Croyde, Putsborough or Woolacombe beach for a day at the seaside. With 3.5 miles of golden sands you’ll always find a spot for your beach towel.

Shrug off your daily cares and immerse yourself in a simpler and slower way of life, getting closer to nature and reconnecting with friends and family.

Nestling in a private secluded valley, in an area of outstanding natural beauty, overlooking the spectacular North Devon Coast are five fully equipped, beautifully furnished luxury safari lodges and a holiday cottage.

At Longlands we have our very own lake for a refreshing cold water dip pre-breakfast or postbeach. If that sounds a little too bracing, take our

Our Farm Shop comes well stocked with fresh local produce and our two freezers with delicious home cooked meals from Cook so that you don’t need to trail around the supermarkets.

Perhaps you would like to order a continental breakfast or a loaf of bread hot and steaming straight out of the oven? Or order one of our fabulous cream teas from our Food To Go menu. Then finally, once the day draws to an end book our private hot tub and watch the sun setting over the sea in the distance.


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A soothing salve for cracked nips, stretched hips, babies’ bums, and mummas’ tums. Made from 100% pure New Zealand lanolin This magic salve soothes babyravaged nipples, settles nappy rash, and smooths scars, stretch marks, eczema and much more.

Milk Storage Bags

Our robust milk storage bags hold up to 200ml breastmilk each and have been designed with space-saving in mind Each handy bag is resistant to snags and tears and comes with a clever, leak-resistant zipper at the top, preventing any mishaps. Thanks to their shape, they can stand up on a surface, making it a total breeze to decant your milk from a pump.

Hands Free Breast Pumps

Affordable, Hands Free and Stylish Breast Pumping. Designed to be popped into your bra. Our Pumps are fuss- free and wire-free giving you more time to yourself. Comes in Royal Green or White with all the spare parts you may need for hassle free pumping Breast Pumping Made Easy express yourself TM Reader Discount LIFE10

Enjoy Education’s Top Tips for getting prepared for the 11+

1. Get started early

When it comes to the 11+, slow and steady wins the race, and putting the right preparation roadmap in place is key. Get started early to build core skills and confidence ahead of Year 6 in Maths, English, Verbal and Non-Verbal reasoning.

The Spring term and Easter holidays are a great time to begin preparation. This is the time to start visiting and registering for schools and getting to grips with the types of assessments your child will sit. Many families find it helpful to sit an academic assessment at this time of year to identify their child’s strengths and areas for improvement, which they can use to focus their preparation.


Encourage curiosity

One of the best ways to get prepared is to encourage children to read and feed their natural curiosity. Reading widely across fiction and nonfiction is the best way to build a strong vocabulary. It’s also worth introducing children to childfriendly podcasts and news sources to build their understanding of current affairs, and encouraging them to try puzzles, sudokus and wordsearches to stretch their thinking.

If you’d like some inspiration for the best books, resources and podcasts, please get in touch.

3. Inspire confidence

At interview, schools may ask for children’s opinions on their interests or current events and see how well they can defend these. The best way to prepare is to talk to your child about what they’re studying in school or the news, ask their opinions, and challenge these.

4. Foster creativity

Schools want to meet passionate, interesting students. The holidays are a great opportunity to help your child build on their interests and try new things that help them stand out from the crowd! This could be anything from visiting museums or art galleries together, to taking up a new sport, building a rocket, learning to cook or getting stuck into passion projects.

Enjoy Education is London’s award-winning private tuition and home-schooling provider. We’re here to help you at every stage of the 11+ process – from identifying where to apply through to exam preparation and interview practice. We’d love to have a conversation with you about your journey; get in touch at or on 0207 352 8800 to book your free consultation with one of our advisors.

“One of the best ways to get prepared is to encourage children to read and feed their natural curiosity”

Instilling the love of literacy from the roots of Chapter House

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)



This is when a couple cannot get pregnant (conceive) despite having regular unprotected sex. Most couples take their fertility for granted ...until they cannot get pregnant. Around 1 in 7 couples may have difficulty conceiving.

Causes of infertility:

Female infertility 30%, male infertility 30%, mixed male female infertility 20%, unexplained infertility 20%.

Why do infertility problems occur?

1. Timing of intercourse. Probability of conception is maximum in the three days up to and including the day of ovulation.

2. Ovulation.

3. Egg quality.

4. Tubal disease.

5. Sperm quantity and quality.

6. Uterine pathology.

7. Hormonal reasons.

In women, infertility declines steeply after the age of 35 to 37 and spontaneous abortions (miscarriages) increase steeply at the same time. Women’s ovarian reserve, that is the number of eggs (follicle number) declines very gradually from birth then rapidly from age 35 until the menopause.

When to seek help?

1. Irregular or infrequent periods. These can also be short cycles or unpredictable irregular cycles.

2. Miscarriage.

The rate of miscarriages is 15-20% if under 35, 50% if 40 years old and 80% if over 42 years old.

3. If previous medical treatment, for example chemotherapy has been received, a woman should seek help earlier.

4. If there is a family history of early menopause.

5. Previous gynae or abdominal surgery.

IVF is an option. However, it has its limitations.

Live birth rate per IVF cycle is approximately:

• 30% for 35 - 37 year olds

• less than 20% for 38 - 40 year olds

• and approximately 6% for 41 to 42-year-old females.


Fertility problems are multifactorial. Female age is very important. Prompt investigations should be initiated, and help should be sought sooner than later especially if the woman is over 35.

At the London General Practice, we offer preconception counselling gynaecological investigations as well as hormonal testing and referral for specialist investigations for infertility.

THE DETAILS To book your appointment, please call now: 0207 935 1000 Or email us at: info@thelondongeneral The London General Practice 114a Harley Street, London W1G 7JL OPEN 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK Private GP Services Occupational Health and Corporate Health Services

The Kensington Wing

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

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

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


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

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

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

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



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AYear 6 curriculum focused on delivering skills that are important for future success, with no formal SAT testing, fosters curiosity for the important journey into Key Stage 3 and beyond, says 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 child can join their Year 6 Taster Day on Wednesday 29 March


A child’s mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled

Hill House, situated in Chelsea the original Bohemian centre of London always filled with actors, composers, painters, poets, designers and inventors, continues that tradition with its highly regarded style of educational philosophy that “a child’s mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled”. Hill House believes that a true education is one which excites pupils by the breadth of opportunity it offers.

Hill House is the oldest London school in which every aspect of the daily administration of the school remains in the care and control of the founding family. It is a school that enables children

from all over the world to have the opportunity to follow an English curriculum while learning that every nation is equal but different and that peaceful co-existence comes from mutual respect, understanding and consideration for others from diverse backgrounds.

In addition to the core academic subjects, delivered by inspired teaching, equal weight is given to those cultural and sporting activities which are so essential to the development of the whole personality and character of a child. That can only be achieved when a pupil is meaningfully engaged in the discovery of the richness of our cultural heritage in art, drama and music. To do

“Equal weight is given to those cultural and sporting activities which are so essential to the development of the whole personality and character of a child”

that we invest in highly skilled teachers with a passion for their subject, the imagination to convey their enthusiasm to their pupils, inspiration in the way they present their subject and individuality in their approach to each of their pupils. To fulfil our philosophy at Hill House we have a team of specialist art and drama teachers, twenty one music teachers, and fifteen specialist sports teachers.

Teaching Music to every child, not just those with natural talent, will keep the performing arts of opera, ballet and concert alive for future generations with increased leisure time and be a joy to those who will love to perform at amateur or professional level.

And Sport in all its forms not only brings good physical health but also good mental health with its essential requirement of dedication to team effort, commitment to rigorous training and a spirit of comradeship – all skills which will be of benefit in every aspect of a person’s life.

It is an investment in a child’s future which will bring rich rewards beyond measure and give them the promise of an exciting and enriched life whatever path they choose to follow.

If you believe, as Hill House does, that a fine broadly based education is the greatest gift you can give your children do visit the school. You will be very welcome and we will show you how they can realise their talents and achieve your dreams. To arrange a visit please telephone 020 7584 1331 or email:


Hill House was founded in Switzerland in 1949 moving to La Tour-de-Peilz in 1951 when the building in Hans Place, London was also opened. The guiding vision was that the modern child must be educated for a world community. He or she must be taught to understand that all nations depend on one another; learn to live with children of other nationalities; respect that which is unknown and often very foreign to them, and thus open the doors to belong to a world which each day becomes smaller.

The purpose built house in Glion, 2,500 feet above Lac Léman, hosts specialist courses throughout the year for selected pupils from London, providing experience of a boarding school environment in the setting of a mountain village in the French speaking canton of Vaud.

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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

What’s a Day like in a Top Boys’ Pre-Prep School?

Serena Jones finds out

It’s a typical Tuesday at Eaton House The Manor Pre-Prep in Clapham which takes in boys aged 4-8 and prepares them rigorously for the renowned Eaton House The Manor Prep which has sent generations of children to Eton, Westminster, St Paul’s, Tonbridge, and many more top schools. Today, the Pre-Prep is fun and fizzing with life and not a second is wasted in class. Boards are covered in exciting projects. Music drifts faintly through the corridor from a practice room, but the boys are hard at work.

They get plenty of breaks in sports sessions on leafy Clapham Common and playing on their new ‘all bells and whistles’ Adventure Playground. Even after school boys can enjoy a range of fun clubs from sports clubs like Dodgeball, to Mandarin, Animation, and more. There are also many theatre productions and musical events throughout the year.

Mr David Wingfield, the Headmaster, makes sure that every boy receives the perfect blend of stretch and support in a busy week. The timetable today is well balanced, with Reasoning, English, Humanities, Art/DT, Games and Science among the subjects on offer.

Class 2C is gathered around a whiteboard learning methods of multiplication. On the tables


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are rows of miniature matchbox-sized silver cups. ‘They get those for good effort,’ whispered the teacher as they tried to multiply 87 x 2, working independently. The teacher patiently broke the sum into components. Some boys finished quickly, some took a moment or two more. One boy, who needed help was gently taken aside by the support teacher and shown how to understand the concept. She was warmly encouraging when he got it right.

Class 3B was pondering how to best write a persuasive letter to the world as a character called ‘The Iron Man.’ Outside one of the youngest classes, a young teacher was crouched at the level of one of the smallest boys. He had got out of his seat a couple of times. She handed him a personal fidget spinner. ‘Keep this for yourself’ she said ‘and if you feel like running about, try playing with this.’ He beamed and trotted back in. A perfect example of show, not tell in this magical school.

“They get plenty of breaks in sports sessions on leafy Clapham Common”

STEM in Girls’ Schools - is it changing?

Faith Hagerty, Head of More House School in Knightsbridge, explores STEM subjects in girls’ schools and whether we are seeing a shift towards more girls following science-based career paths.

Encouraging girls into STEM has been a worldwide focus for over two decades but we still have a long way to go in terms of equality of opportunities. Even more crucial, however, is a much needed move towards global recognition of the contributions of women to Science. Research tells us that a larger percentage of girls are going into biomedical sciences or pharmacy but are still shying away from degrees with ‘engineering’ in their name. There is an increase in the number of girls studying medicine nationally (the purist will not agree that this is STEM), but we still do not have many girls going into research, as the pay in the UK is not particularly competitive.

More House’s new Head of Science; Samia El-Ali, has identified a number of priorities since moving into the girls’ school environment this academic year. “My focus since I started teaching has been to inspire as many students as possible to venture into the STEM route, regardless of gender. I see my role as handing over the baton to the next generation. Our scientific future has to be in safe hands”.

She emphasises that making science relevant to our children’s lives is key, as well as taking time to understand and appreciate where their interest

lies. “If they like art, great! We can talk about the role of scientists in developing pigments and dyes. William Perkins was the father of ‘mauve’.” Crucially, she wants to ensure that the love of science is passed on. It is alarming how many parents and carers tell their children that they hated science or maths and were no good at them. This is where the switch into or out of science or maths begins.

The forthcoming More House Science week has been designed to enthuse pupils and expose them to the relevance, fun and achievable aspects of science, through assemblies, careers speakers (including their Chair of Governors who is an architect), quizzes, eggs hatching, battery making and dry ice experiments.

As a school, they want to continue to shift the mindset around science and hopefully see more of their leavers moving on to STEM related pathways.


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t Sherborne Girls we feel privileged to be educating future generations of women. Through the environment we provide and the education we deliver, we aim to equip them with the skills and confidence to seize opportunities, make wise choices, be true to themselves and make a positive difference in the life they live.

We ensure that every girl understands the importance of developing leadership qualities and offer a programme of activities and opportunities that enable them to explore what it means to be an effective leader. In the younger years they may be captaining a team of girls on the sports field or taking lead roles in drama productions; as

they progress through the School, they will take on leadership roles as prefects, heads of school, as part of their Duke of Edinburgh pursuits or perhaps within the Combined Cadet Force.

Female entrepreneurship is high on the Government’s agenda, so there has never been a better time to be a woman in business. According to the World Economic Forum, the skills required to thrive in the workplace include complex problem solving, critical thinking, people management and coordinating well with others. Now in its third year, the Sherborne Girls Entrepreneurship in Education Programme develops these abilities and more across all year groups. We ensure that our girls are fluent in the use of technology; enriching the learning environment so that every pupil interacts confidently across real and virtual platforms.

Preparing for the future means learning to live with a level of uncertainty. We help our girls to form habits and dispositions that equip them to thrive, regardless of the circumstances. They leave Sherborne Girls equipped not only with the skills and passion to make their mark on the world, but with the rare combination of confidence and humility to lead others on their path to success.

“Female entrepreneurship is high on the Government’s agenda, so there has never been a better time to be a woman in business”

What does it take to be an Academic Scholar?

at Cheltenham Ladies’ College, discusses why the school looks beyond results, to assess potential and value independent thinking within their Academic Scholarship programme.

“We believe education is more than the achievement of grades. We aim to educate the whole person, so that pupils learn the skills to make their own decisions and have the emotional resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them. We do this by providing a balanced and challenging curriculum, underpinned by values such as respect and tolerance.

Our Academic Scholars play a key role at CLC and we value intellectual development, curiosity, the ability to enhance debate in the classroom and the acquisition of skills.

We encourage them to be brave and resourceful when taking on new challenges. For example, we recently used Lego Serious Play® in our assessment of Academic Scholarship candidates, and within our academic enrichment programme, to help students to think in an abstract way to solve a problem.

Our programme always aims to stretch and inspire. It includes seminars, lectures and webinars that are open to all pupils, featuring talks from high profile thought-leaders such as Baroness Lola Young and Professor Lewis Dartnell.

Scholars deliver weekly TED-style talks, tackling subjects such as whether the UK should have an army or whether science can disprove free will. They attend masterclasses and a bespoke six-week

mentoring project with academics, based on what they want to explore at university. A highlight is seeing our Scholars present and defend their assertions at a mini academic conference, because it is wonderful to see them inspire our younger pupils. It is these collaborative skills which are of great importance, as opposed to the ability to purely recall facts or information. It is vital that students develop the skills to exchange ideas and come to a new or balanced viewpoint as a collective. Business leaders want to hire thinkers, problem solvers and collaborators. The only way we will overcome the greatest challenges that humankind is facing is by working together and by harnessing the collective genius of the group.” For more information visit

“Our Academic Scholars play a key role and we value intellectual development, curiosity, the ability to enhance debate in the classroom and the acquisition of skills”


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.



Syon Nursery is a Specialist Early Years provision serving the West London area for children with special educational needs. We offer care and education for children with a diagnosis, or emerging traits of ASC or ADHD and also children with sensory, communication or social needs. Our individualised, person-centred approach to learning and growth is something that we take great pride in. Play is crucial for children learning in their early years, and we promote creativity and discovery; since we know that it is the foundation of all learning. Along with curriculum-based activities and therapeutic input, our routines offer children chances to support their independence and build upon their unique learning styles. We always strive to include our children in their decisionmaking as it our top priority to both hear and listen to their voices and respond accordingly. In order to support each child’s individual needs and upcoming developmental stages, we follow the strategy, set out by Options Autism to always accept our children’s starting points and build upon their strengths. Acceptance is at the very heart of the strategy and celebrates all the facets

of neurodiversity. Our multidisciplinary approach enables our team of in-house therapists to collaborate with our practitioners in a way that is specific to your child’s needs. Or therapists also offer assessments that are carried out by a team of Psychologists, Speech & Language/Occupational Therapists, and education staff, that will all work closely with families every step of the way. We also pride ourselves in offering a wide range of support services to our families through our on-site Autism Learning and Development Centre. The centre is a gateway to accessing a wide variety of training, workshops, library services, coffee mornings, advice, and guidance on statutory processes. Please book a tour to visit our site!

Syon Nursery, London Road TW7 5AJ Contact Number 020 8588 9144 07990 078117


“Along with curriculum-based activities and therapeutic input, our routines offer children chances to support their independence and build upon their unique learning styles”

Syon Nursery is a Specialist

Early Years provision serving the West London area for children with a diverse range of strengths and needs. We offer care and education for children with a diagnosis, or emerging traits, of Autism and ADHD and those with sensory, communication or social differences.

We have an on-site team of therapists and clinicians who weave and embed therapeutic strategies into the daily routine. We offer a wide range of support services for families, including workshops, training, social events, and guidance on specialist topics.

Please book a tour now to view our facilities and packages.

Syon Nursery, London Road TW7 5AJ Contact Number 020 8588 9144
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We love a classic French toile de Jouy, so we have stuck with the ‘pastoral romantic’ genre for this print, although the colourway is far from typical! The slight hint of black mixed through these delicate pastel shades makes this print eminently wearable and provides the perfect undertone for pairing up the perfect outfit. This gown is perfect as a luxurious house coat or for layering as a chic accessory to your favourite outfit.


Our original indigo hand-dyed bandanas are proudly made in Japan. The pattern is created by a technique called Bassen (discharge) where a silk screen is placed over the dyed fabric resulting in destined areas losing their colour, creating very thin patterns and revealing the intricate designs.


If you’re looking for a simple, easy to wear dress, Mabel is just the thing! She’s a classic pinafore and looks great worn as is or layered over your favourite spring knitwear. And lets not forget her classic Palava deep pockets.



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Stunning earrings from the V&A. All Joli pieces are handmade in California, with the aim of emphasising the beauty of original, vintage materials with a history of their own. Three delicate balls of amazonite are topped by a glass bead, mounted in brass.

“The slight hint of black mixed through these delicate pastel shades makes this print eminently wearable”

Julien Macdonald makes a star-studded return to London Fashion Week

Julien Macdonald returned to the London Fashion Week schedule after a three-year hiatus with a celebrity-packed show.

Amanda Holden and her 17-year-old lookalike daughter Lexi were on the front row as the collaboration with Mexican designer Gabriela Gonzalez was unveiled.

Gemma Collins, Despacito singer Luis Fonsi, Strictly Come Dancing stars Aljaž Škorjanec and Janette Manrara, and presenter Ashley Roberts, were among the other celebrities in attendance.

While supermodels Winnie Harlow, Leomie Anderson and Cindy Bruna walked the runway.

The Julien X Gabriela AW23 show was held at the ornate Freemasons’ Hall, central London – the ideal backdrop for a typically glitzy collection.

British model Anderson opened the show in a black sequinned bodysuit with cut out details and exaggerated shoulders – to Sam Smith and Kim Petras’ hit Unholy.

Gothic glamour featured heavily in a collection full of the Welsh designer’s signatures.

It included bodycon silhouettes, bejewelled minidresses, metallic gowns, mesh catsuits and masses of sequins.

There were several draped minidresses reminiscent of the silver one that Macdonald famously created for Paris Hilton’s 21st birthday party.

The London Fashion Week veteran is a go-to designer for red carpets, and his ultra-glamorous dresses have recently been worn by Gisele Bundchen and Bella Hadid.

The 51-year-old has also dressed music icons like Beyonce, Kylie Minogue and Jennifer Lopez. The show was soundtracked by a series of club bangers, including Beyonce’s Break My Soul and the TikTok-famous White Lotus theme tune, Renaissance. Bruna’s strutting in a white feathered minidresses elicited cheers from the audience, as did Harlow’s appearance in a black bodysuit and flowing cape with feather collar.

Harlow closed the show, taking a final turn to Chaka Khan’s I’m Every Woman. Macdonald and Gonzalez joined the trio of top models to take a bow as silver confetti rained down –marking a triumphant return to the London catwalks.

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These are the sneakers you should be sporting this year, says Katie Wright.

Akey part of any modern wardrobe, trainers are essential for work and weekends, holidays and hiking –and everything in between. No longer the last thing you think about when planning an outfit, sneakers are at the forefront of fashion, with macro and micro trends popping up all the time. So how should you be accessorising your ensembles right now? We asked sportswear experts for their predictions on the trends that will be big in 2023…


“We saw the revival of classic soccer silhouettes last year and that’s something I think we’ll see carry over into 2023,” says Derek Morrison, general manager EMEA at StockX ( “The Adidas Samba – arguably the most classic style – is booming on StockX.” Football was a major talking point at the end of 2022, and that looks set to continue next year. “Trades of the Argentina Samba saw an uptick during the World Cup final,” Morrison says. “With more exciting football events like the Women’s World Cup taking place this summer, we’re expecting an even bigger focus on the sport in 2023.”


Minimalism takes a back seat this year as attentiongrabbing kicks come to the fore. “Shapes and colours are experimental for 2023, which will give an effortless elevation to looks,” says Donna Hill, PR and marketing director at Gola (gola. “Styles are served up with classic sports luxe detailing combined with distinctive heritage call-outs and unique material combinations.” Make a pair of colourful kicks your everyday go-to, she says. “With trainers now ever more prevalent in daily styling, the boundaries of the smart-casual wardrobe will be pushed even further.”


As trends come and go faster than ever, sneakerheads are constantly on the hunt for the next big thing. “With Dunks and Jordans fatigue setting in, we are seeing a massive rise in brands championing comfort, like Salomon, proving substance can be stylish,” says George Sullivan, CEO and Founder of The Sole Supplier ( “Our new UNTIED


Report shows ‘gorpcore’ is a huge trend, with sneakers incorporating GORE-TEX technology for performance styles and a rugged aesthetic.” Gorp stands for ‘good old raisins and peanuts’, AKA the trail mix munched by outdoor enthusiasts. Urbanites are adopting the hiking look and making it their own, with ‘ugly’ trainers top of their wishlists.


Looking for a shortcut to trainer cool? Get yourself a pair of New Balance 550s, says Morrison: “Dubbed the ‘dad trainer’, the 550s have been spotted on some of the trendiest celebs including Kendall Jenner, Justin Bieber, and Bella Hadid.” Available in tons of colours from laidback neutrals to bold blues and reds, these basketballinspired kicks are a 2023 must-have. “The silhouette manages to retain its clout due to the many colourways and iterations released, including collabs with Aimé Leon Dore and Comme Des Garçons,” Morrison says. “We expect new variations of the 550s this year that further elevate the silhouette.”

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FineWatchesBerlin brings riot of colour to your life!

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British Ghanaian Winifred Mills-Amui founded her namesake label out of necessity. She wanted clothes that fit – a desire shared by so many globally.

Handmade, each collection is designed to fit, flatter and accentuate strong silhouettes - covering the size range from XXS to 5XL The collection offers a curated edit of styles for women who want to confidently celebrate their femininity.

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Fortuny sees itself as the preserver of the creative heritage of Mariano Fortuny, the elegance of an artistic production that is a cornerstone in the history of design and fashion.

The company’s range extends from the exclusive production of lamps designed by Mariano Fortuny, to Fortuny fashion. From handmade garments and clothing accessories to the famous pleated Delphos dresses. Each product is a masterpiece of technique and craftsmanship. The world-famous silk lamps are still made and painted today using the same methods as their creator.

Mariano Fortuny was a pioneer in a broad range of disciplines. His creative flair was extraordinary for his multidisciplinary and curious approach to

the world, for his countless sources of inspiration, thanks to which he was able to interpret the need and taste of time, transforming them once into a dress loved by all, another in a revolutionary lamp.

By returning to the basic principles of lighting, Mariano Fortuny formulated a theory that distinguished two different forms of light – direct and reflected light. He sought to include these two aspects in his lighting setups; this feature is nowhere more apparent than in the case of the Fortuny® Studio 1907 lamps. These lamps are the direct result of his research into stage lighting techniques and an innovative break from what was seen as the norm in the early twentieth century.

Fortuny’s incredibly modernistic designs, which incorporated both diffusers and his milestone invention of the dimmer (a tool that allowed for control of the intensity of light being thrown out by the lamps) meant that an array of colored lights could be projected in theatres giving far greater artistic control and creating a more efficient and effective system of stage lighting. Since Fortuny invented these techniques, these lamps have permeated their way into daily life. They now find themselves as popular choices to decorate homes worldwide, giving them that ever-on-trend touch of elegance.

As sold online and in all Fortuny® Stores (in Venice, Paris, and Munich), the Studio 76 makes an intriguingly stylish discussion piece in any room, as well as serving as a nod to the pioneering work of Mariano Fortuny. Handmade in Venice, Italy, these timeless lamps give out a dramatic glow. They are products of technical brilliance and aesthetic beauty produced today by Fortuny, which follows a tradition of many years but adapts to the current choice of materials and finishing products, enabling the Fortuny Lamps’ performance and reliability through changes of time and taste.

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“These lamps are the direct result of his research into stage lighting techniques and an innovative break from what was seen as the norm in the early twentieth century.”


ere’s everything you need to know about the pioneering Focus Dual skin rejuvenation treatment now offered by Dr Ariel Haus at his award-winning clinic on Harley Street.

Focus Dual is quickly becoming one of the most successful and sought-after anti-ageing inclinic treatments, not only for its unrivalled skin rejuvenation results but because it offers something that many treatments cannot.

The treatment uses a unique combination of two of the latest clinically proven technologies to enhance anti-ageing results. This means it has the benefit of delivering two treatments in one to help achieve a stronger treatment and more effective results.

“Focus Dual is the first treatment I have seen combining High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound with Radiofrequency Microneedling that does not involve downtime for the patient,” Dr Haus explains. “All my patients lead busy lives and avoiding downtime is key for them.”

Deep in the skin is the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) layer, which is the layer a cosmetic plastic surgeon will be aiming to reach in a facelift. Offering an alternative to surgery, the Focus Dual delivers the powerhouse of treatments combining Radiofrequency Micro needling (RFM) and High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) – helping to penetrate this layer.

What makes HIFU unique?

HIFU uses Focused Ultrasound to target the deep structural layers of the skin with heat, more importantly without damaging the skin’s surface.

Focus Dual is one of the very few treatments that can reach the SMAS – previously accessible only via surgery. The heat generated at a deep level in the skin stimulates the cells to produce strong, new collagen and kickstart the production of collagen and elastin, which are natural proteins needed for youthful looking skin.

What is Radiofrequency microneedling?

The second step of treatment with Focus Dual involves the use of microneedles to puncture the skin’s surface, to improve a variety of different skin problems, from textural and ageing concerns to acne scars, skin laxity, stretch marks, open pores, and wrinkles. Radiofrequency microneedling helps to improve the overall appearance and rejuvenation of skin by delivering heat to the deeper layers of skin and causes the collagen structures within these layers to tighten.

The radiofrequency energy directs heat to the more superficial dermis and epidermis to stimulate the production of collagen. The heat zones created help with collagen induction to help tighten the

skin. By inducing thermal trauma to stimulate neocollagenesis (collagen production) in deep layers of the skin, the technology creates stronger, firmer, and more lifted skin.

What happens during treatment?

After double cleansing the treatment area, the handpiece is placed on the skin in the target area directly on the skin. Prior to your HIFU treatment, the area will be marked in order to define the areas for treatment. You may experience some mild heating or a slight tingling sensation during treatment, and once it’s complete, posttreatment serum and SPF 50 is applied to help soothe the skin and aid its recovery. Micro needling treatments can be performed alone, but a series of 3 treatments is often recommended to maximize the clinical outcome.

What are the end results?

The result is a natural lift with virtually no downtime. Results can sometimes be seen immediately, but they get better and better up to 12 weeks post treatment as your collagen is renewed, giving your skin a more youthful and refreshed look. Recovery is fast - a matter of 12 hours during which time the treated skin appears slightly pink in colour while it is being repaired from within.

To learn more about treatment with Focus Dual, please telephone 020 7935 6358 or email Dr Haus Dermatology, 75 Harley Street, London W1G 8QL

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Handbags, backpacks, briefcases

Loved for their robustness as much as their elegant appearance, leather handbags continue to inspire fashion conscious people of all ages and walks of life.

It is well known that some of the finest leather goods are manufactured in Italy, where some cities, for example Florence, have a long established leather crafting industry.

The label “Vera Pelle” is generally regarded as a sign of good quality genuine leather, and, together with “Made in Italy” is rightly taken as indicator for an expertly crafted product.

While there is undisputed attractiveness in adorning ourselves with expensive Italian designer handbags, there is also - more often than not - a need to use slightly less conspicuous, if not understated bags to carry our essentials with us. Bags that do not lack in beauty, quality and practicality, but also don’t intimidate us (nor the people around us), with their price tag.

Ivy Niche, of London, is an online boutique giving UK handbag lovers easy access to exactly this type of product.

“We are a retailer specialising exclusively in Italian genuine leather handbags, backpacks and briefcases”, explains Ruth Rein, director at Ivy Niche Ltd.

“All stock is kept at our London warehouse, and customers can be sure of fast and friendly service,

with free delivery to all UK destinations”.

Ivy Niche started importing bags from Italy in 2019. Unfazed by the new customs regulations taking effect in 2020, the family run business continues to offer the much loved Tuscan bags at very reasonable prices to customers across the UK as well as internationally.

They are regularly updating their collection, showcasing amazing styles of bags, ranging from clutches to large tote bags, briefcases to duffel bags, wallets, shoulder bags and many others.

Available textures include crocodile and ostrich print, woven style, pebbled or buffed surface. A mixture of vibrant colours as well as many subtle natural tones are on offer.

“To choose a leather handbag to match a specific outfit or occasion is a pleasure that many recognise” says Rein. “We aim to facilitate this process by providing a wide range of beautiful styles in one place”.

An objective that has certainly been achieved, as a browse through their website reveals.



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These treatments have shaped our unique way of treating veins called The Whiteley Protocol®. This protocol ensures that both a specialist consultant and vascular technologist work together to diagnose and plan treatment, giving patients the lowest possible recurrence rates in the world.

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London Fashion Week

spotlights creativity and resilience of Ukrainian designers

Three of Ukraine’s most prominent designers have shown their latest collections on the final day of London Fashion Week (LFW).

Kseniaschnaider, Paskal and Frolov made their LFW debut at the Old Selfridges Hotel, as Ukrainian Fashion Week has been cancelled due to the war.

At the beginning of the show, a voice on the speakers said: “These collections are and will continue to be a piece of history, symbolic of the resilience and courage of Ukraine and its people.”

On each seat was a description of each designer’s collection, a Ukrainian flag and a QR code for UNITED24 – the official fundraising platform of Ukraine.

Kseniaschnaider – founded by husband and wife team Ksenia and Anton Schnaider – opened the show. The brand is known for its use of denim and commitment to sustainability. The show notes said the collection was “designed during the war and produced under raid sirens in Ukraine”. Despite the circumstances, it was infused “with an air of hope and positivity”.

Denim ran throughout the collection, in edgy pairs of jeans and cut-offs. There were also plenty of sporty elements, including a tailored tracksuit and Adidas trainers. It was given a distinctly Ukrainian feel with the addition of traditional patchworking techniques and models with braids in their hair. Dead stock ties were used throughout the collection, patchworked into blazers and skirts.

According to the show notes, this was a symbol of Ukrainian men no longer needing ties – instead only wearing military uniforms.

Next came Paskal, by designer Julie Paskal, whose collection, called Out of Cocoon, had everything themed around butterflies.

Models wore dresses and skirts in pastel pinks and blues, almost completely covered in delicate, laser-cut butterflies.

It seemed to take inspiration from 90s fashion, with crop tops, slip dresses and visible thong detailing on some outfits.

Frolov closed the show, helmed by designer Ivan Frolov. Frolov has become a celebrity favourite, most recently worn by Beyonce during her first performance in five years at the opening of Atlantis The Royal in Dubai. She donned a see-through pink minidress with silver detailing from the brand. For the autumn/winter collection, the show notes said Frolov was inspired by “reflections of the current events in Ukraine, and the value of Ukrainian cultural heritage”. This collection had the most options for the red carpet, from white tulle gowns with corset detailing to pink power suits. A heart motif ran throughout the outfits, which is described as “the everlasting element of the brand”.

Swarovski crystals embellished many of the outfits, and knitwear featured the Ukrainian fertility symbol, an ear of grain.

The show ended with Ksenia Schnaider, Julie Paskal and Ivan Frolov walking the runway holding the Ukrainian flag with the UNITED24 logo.

After the show, Ukrainian Kate Kadeniuk, who works in PR for Kseniaschnaider, told the PA news agency: “It’s a dream to present our country, our culture, our view of living in the real world in London.”

Kadeniuk wants the show to highlight “our technique, our Ukrainian hand, what we put in our designs”.

This includes the patchwork used by Kseniaschnaider and the corset detailing in the Frolov collection.

“Frolov has become a celebrity favourite, most recently worn by Beyonce during her first performance in five years at the opening of Atlantis The Royal in Dubai”
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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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DETOX Deeply penetrating scalp treatment for those suffering from dandruff, dryness, sensitivity, flaky skin or Ph imbalance. The treatment stimulates hair growth and its vitality.

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Cataract and Lens treatments The new options you should all know about!

As we age the natural lens inside the eye becomes cloudier and can form a cataract, this often has detrimental effects on mood, and quality of life.

We should all know about cataracts and the latest surgical options to treat them.

Did you know cataract surgery is the most commonly performed, and most successful surgical procedure on the planet?

We spoke to Mr Vik Sharma (MBBS BSc FRCOphth), Clinical Director of London OC (London Ophthalmology Centre), and is a Lead Cataract and Glaucoma Surgeon at the Royal Free NHS Hospital, London.

Mr Sharma has operated on royalty and is trusted by professional colleagues including doctors, GPs and eye surgeons to be their trusted eye surgeon. He says; “In my opinion we are in one of the most exciting times that I have ever known for eyes. Technological advances allow greater precision meaning surgery can now be minimally invasive, with advanced lasers, making it easier and safer than ever, to provide life changing optimised results for my patients’ eyes.”

But what does this mean for you?

If you have cataracts, or are experiencing vision problems, troubled by difficulties with reading and are juggling glasses you might not be aware of the options that are now available to you.

The most advanced of these treatment developments is lens replacement surgery and it is designed to last one hundred years. That means

for the majority of people their vision is restored perfectly for the rest of your life without glasses. This is life- changing for people who experience it allowing them to see clearly for the rest of their life.

The painless surgery takes about 15 minutes as a day case procedure.

There are a variety of lenses available including multifocal lenses, which allow about 90% of patients not to need spectacles for most tasks. If need be, they can even make bespoke lens implants for your eye prescription.

Gone are the days you had to wait for the cataract to ripen and the treatment involved an overnight stay in hospital. Now you can choose when to have the surgery - even before you develop a cataract, so you can permanently get rid of your glasses and enjoy clear vision.

Make sure you discuss your options with your surgeon and understand the risks and benefits of any procedure. At LondonOC it’s only the most experienced and best surgeons who will look after you throughout every part of your treatment.

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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.


Get to know your gynae

With International Women’s Day taking place this March, it’s the perfect time to shine a spotlight on women’s health and some common conditions that many women will be affected by at some point during their life.

1. Let’s start with fibroids

Fibroids are incredibly common benign growths that develop in the womb. They are made of muscle and tissue, can vary in size, and can grow anywhere within the uterus. Around 2 in 3 women will develop at least one fibroid during their lifetime, though they are more prevalent in women aged 30-50.

Many women won’t have any symptoms and it’s very common to find a fibroid during an ultrasound scan which a patient didn’t know about.

When women do have symptoms, these will be influenced by the location, size and number of fibroids. The main, and most common, symptom is heavy periods, but women could also experience painful periods, a feeling of pressure in their tummy, spotting between periods, a frequent need to pee, backache, and leg pain.

2. Moving onto ovarian cysts

Again, ovarian cysts are very common. The vast majority of these are called ‘functional’, which means they develop as part of the usual menstrual cycle, and therefore won’t occur after the menopause. Most of the time, these cysts will disappear on their own within 6 – 12 weeks. They are not dangerous and are absolutely fine to have.

Sometimes, a cyst can bleed or rupture, which

can be very painful. Most of the time, this pain will be short-lived and can be managed with painkillers. However, if the pain is intense or doesn’t go away, it’s best to see a doctor and have a scan straight away.

After the menopause, women are more likely to get cysts which are nasty. Thankfully, this isn’t that common, but it’s still very important to have a check-up and see a gynaecologist for advice if you have any symptoms or are worried. Symptoms can include bleeding or spotting, needing to pee often, pain, and a swollen tummy.

Another type of cyst is called a dermoid cyst. These are more common in younger women and can be filled with all sorts of funny things, such as hair, teeth, or sebum (oil that’s found in the skin). These cysts will often develop over a period of years and grow over time. The risk with dermoid cysts is that they can twist, particularly when they grow to a larger size.

When a cyst twists the ovary on itself (ovarian torsion) this can cause sudden, sharp pain, nausea and vomiting. This is an emergency and will require keyhole surgery to save the ovary.

3. What is PCOS?

PCOS is a common condition that affects how a woman’s ovaries work.

The 3 main features of PCOS are:

1. irregular periods

2. hormone imbalances


3. polycystic ovaries – ovaries which contain many fluid-filled sacs that surround the eggs.

PCOS can make it harder to get pregnant, cause weight gain and acne, lead to excessive hair growth – usually on the face, chest, back or bum, as well as hair loss from the head.

PCOS is also associated with an increased risk of developing health problems in later life, such as type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol. The good news is that it’s very treatable and can be managed with lifestyle changes and a medical management plan.

Did you know?

Waiting times for gynaecology care have trebled in the past decade, with more than 540,000 women in the UK facing extremely long waits for gynaecology care.*

Over this time, the average waiting time to see a gynaecologist has also increased, with many women waiting almost five months for an appointment.

Gynaecological issues can cause extremely distressing symptoms. Waiting months for help only adds unnecessary stress and suffering.

*as of October 2022

Help is at hand

No matter where you are in your health journey; whether you’re looking to have a routine check-up or have a diagnosed condition that needs treating, St John & St Elizabeth Hospital’s Gynaecology Clinic can help. Their compassionate consultants are all experts in their field and available to help without a wait.

If you are experiencing any symptoms or would like some advice, call their friendly team on 020 7806 4098 Find out more:


Founded in 1865, St John & St Elizabeth Hospital is one of the UK’s largest independent charitable hospitals. All treatments in the hospital help fund the onsite St John’s Hospice, which provides free care to over 4,500 people and their families each year, across seven boroughs.

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Beating the impossible

If you’ve ever had an MRI scan, you’ll know that one of the most important things you’re asked to do is lie. Completely. Still. Sometimes for 30 minutes or more. This allows the machine time to compile a detailed and accurate picture of whatever’s being scanned. And for knees, shoulders and kidneys this is easier. But for your heart, it’s more of a challenge.

Made from a unique type of muscle found nowhere else in the body, the heart beats more than two billion times over an average lifetime. An incredibly delicate and sophisticated combination of valves, vessels and chambers, all working in perfect synchronicity, your heart is poetry in perpetual motion. And it’s very difficult to image.

However, for some people, difficult is what they do. Born in 1928, Professor Donald Longmore is very much symbolic of his generation’s pioneering ingenuity. In 1968, he was part of the team that performed the UK’s first ever heart transplant. By 1982, as Director of the Magnetic Resonance Unit at Royal Brompton Hospital, he was about to change the way we see the heart forever.

It was a series of major technological innovations, led by Professor Longmore and colleagues, with British Heart Foundation (BHF) funding, that helped transform cardiovascular MRI from an impossibility into a routine tool of modern cardiac care. Today, the UK has the highest density of experts in, and hospitals that offer, cardiovascular MRI in the world.

How the ‘can do’ generation left a lasting legacy on our nation’s hearts and may yet fuel the lifesaving research of tomorrow.

Yet behind much of this revolutionary research lies another group of quiet heroes, similar in spirit to Professor Longmore, and whose legacies are every bit as essential to lifesaving science. Tony, who lost his own father to a series of heart attacks, is one of them:

“My dad was still working, even at 74. He served in WWI, and as Home Guard Adjutant in WWII. He had his heart attacks in 1968. Back then, no treatments existed except for bed rest and oxygen.

“Years later, I had a heart condition of my own. They discovered an aortic dissection, where your aorta basically starts to come apart from the inside out. It has a very high mortality rate, but research had advanced to the point where they gave me emergency surgery and a pacemaker. What a difference a generation makes.

“When I consider what was available in 1968 for my father and compare it to my own experience, I realise the huge impact of research and pioneering treatments. Cardiac disease is treatable now and leaving a gift in my Will to the BHF will help the work to continue. I know they’ll spend the money wisely.”

Gifts in Wills fund over half of the visionary research the BHF supports, which has helped to lower UK deaths from heart and circulatory diseases by over 75% since the charity was founded, in the 1960s. Likewise, Tony’s gift will help fund further breakthroughs that will benefit both his and his children’s generations.

The fight is far from over, however. In London, heart and circulatory diseases cause 1 in 4 deaths each year, and they remain the biggest killers worldwide. More than malaria, more than dementia, and more than cancer. But thanks to quiet heroes like Tony, today’s researchers are continuing Professor Longmore’s legacy. Motivated by the same world-changing desire, they aim for

nothing less than a world free from fear of heart and circulatory diseases.

The tools at their disposal, and techniques and treatments they’re developing, appear as if plucked from the pages of an Isaac Asimov novel. Artificial intelligence that has the power to predict heart attacks before they happen. 3D printed hearts and 4D-flow MRI. Genetic analysis that could help stop sudden cardiac death, from heart attack, stroke, out of hospital cardiac arrest, and regenerative medicine research that may one day cure heart failure. The results could be game changing for millions. The only question that remains is how many more quiet heroes, like Tony, will step forward to support research. If enough do, the ‘can do’ generation, which took humanity to the moon and helped us see the heart clearly for the first time in history, could be about to change the world all over again.

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Ovarian Cancer is the 6th most common cancer in females in the UK. This cancer arises from the ovaries, which are part of the female reproductive system and are on each side of the womb. This cancer tends to affect women over the age of 50, although it can affect younger women as well.

The earlier the diagnosis of ovarian cancer the better the chance of cure. The survival rate for ovarian cancer is strongly related to the stage of the disease at the time of diagnosis.

Ovarian cancer often goes undetected until it has spread within the pelvis and abdomen. Late stage ovarian cancer is more difficult to treat. When the cancer is in early stage and confined to the ovary it is more likely to be treated successfully.

The risk of ovarian cancer is increased by factors such as a family history - breast cancer, endometriosis, smoking, hormone replacement therapy and being overweight.

Common symptoms of ovarian cancer include feeling bloated, swelling of the abdomen, pelvic or abdominal pain, feeling full quickly after eating and passing urine more urgently or more frequently. Some of these symptoms can also be present in other conditions such as irritable bowel


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syndrome so can be difficult to recognise. Other symptoms of cancer may include weight loss, loss of appetite, change of bowel habits and fatigue. If you have any concerns regarding any of these symptoms you should discuss them with your GP immediately.

Diagnosis will involve seeing your GP and having an examination. You may require imaging such as ultrasound, CT or MRI scans. Treatment of ovarian cancer may result surgery and chemotherapy. Surgery involves removing the ovaries and fallopian tubes. If the cancer is more extensive the womb may also be removed alongside any affected lymph nodes. Chemotherapy involves giving drugs that kill fast growing cells in the body including cancer cells. Treatment success depends on how early ovarian cancer is diagnosed. Early detection by means of Healthcare Screening can save your life. If you have worrying symptoms or a family history of ovarian cancer your GP can guide you and arrange some simple tests.

Book either a Home Visit or an In-Practice appointment for your initial assessment. Your bespoke screening programme will then be developed around your individual health needs.

Dr Angela Rai from The London General Practice discusses ovarian cancer


Dr Angela Rai from The London General Practice discusses prostate cancer

What is the prostate?

The prostate is a small gland in men in the pelvic area. It is at the base of the bladder and in front of the rectum, it surrounds part of the urethra. It is part of the male reproductive system and helps make some of the fluid in semen.

This gland can grow and be a normal part of ageing. The prostate surrounds the urethra, therefore prostate enlargement can cause difficulty in passing urine. A benign enlargement is known as Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH).

Risk factors for prostate cancer

1) Age. Increasing age is a risk factor. Prostate cancer mainly affects men over 50. The average age of men being diagnosed with prostate cancer is between 65 and 69 years.

2) Ethnicity. Men from Afro-Caribbean origin have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer.

3) Family history. Men with a first degree relative (father or brother) who have had prostate cancer have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer, especially if the relative was diagnosed before the age of 60.

4) BRCA gene. The risk increases in men with BRCA 1/BRCA 2 gene mutation. BRCA gene also increases the risk of breast and ovarian cancer in women.

5)Obesity. There are links with obesity and prostate cancer. Staying a healthy weight and exercising regularly may be important.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of prostate cancer can be similar to other prostate conditions such as BPH, but you should seek medical advice if you have any of the following symptoms:

• Having to pass urine more often than usual

• Waking up in the night several times to pass urine

• Difficulty in starting to pass urine and difficult emptying your bladder

• Weak flow of urine

• A sudden strong urge to empty your bladder

• Blood in urine or sperm

• Other symptoms that can occur if the cancer has spread include back pain, bone pain, unexplained weight loss and loss of appetite.

Having these symptoms does not mean you have prostate cancer, however speak to your GP if you have concerns.


There is currently no screening programme on the NHS for prostate cancer. However an individual’s risk is assessed by their doctor and further tests are initiated.

PSA is a blood test. Prostate specific antigen (PSA) is a protein that is produced by both normal and malignant cancer cells. It is normal for men to have some PSA in their blood, but high levels can also indicate prostate disease, both cancerous and benign. A raised PSA can be due to BPH, urinary tract infection and other benign conditions as well as cancer.

There are age related reference ranges for PSA results, however these may vary with individual risk factors:

Age 40-49 years <2.5

Age 50-59 years <3.0

Age 60-69 years <4.0

Age 70-79 years <5.0

There is a test available that calculates the ratio of ‘free’ and ‘protein bound’ PSA in the blood. Free PSA is associated with benign conditions whilst bound PSA is associated with malignancy. Research has shown that the proportions of free and bound PSA are different in men with prostate cancer compared to those that have benign disease. If more than 25% of the total PSA is free then there is less chance of having prostate cancer. However PSA testing is not diagnostic and further investigations would be required to diagnose prostate cancer.

In addition to the PSA blood test, further investigations include a rectal examination, transrectal ultrasound scan, MRI and biopsy.

If you have any questions or concerns about these issues then please speak to your GP who can advise on the best form of examination and testing.


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Severe period pain? Pain during sex? Pain when you poo? If these symptoms sound familiar to you then you may have a condition called endometriosis.

On average, a diagnosis takes around 7.5 years from the onset of symptoms, so it’s important for women to understand what endometriosis is and how it might affect them. In this article, expert gynaecologists from King Edward VII’s Hospital in Marylebone explain the condition and potential treatment options.

What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a condition that causes tissue from the lining of the womb to migrate to other areas of the pelvic cavity such as the fallopian tubes and ovaries. It can also migrate further to the outside of the bowel and bladder.

This tissue then behaves in the same way as it would inside the womb – it builds up and then breaks down and bleeds. When this tissue bleeds

in the womb, it leaves the body in the form of a period. When it bleeds in other areas of the pelvic cavity, it builds up, forming cysts, scar tissue and inflammation.

Endometriosis signs and symptoms

Endometriosis affects different women in different ways. Some may have severe endometriosis but not experience any symptoms, whilst other women may only have minimal endometriosis but experience severe symptoms.

The most common presenting symptoms are:

• Severe period pain

• Painful sexual intercourse

• Painful bowel movements

Other symptoms of endometriosis include:

• Pelvic pain

• Ovulation pain

• Back, loin & leg pain

“Some may have severe endometriosis but not experience any symptoms, whilst other women may only have minimal endometriosis but experience severe symptoms”

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• Pain on passing urine

• Blood in the urine

• Bleeding from the back passage

• IBS symptoms

• Pain and difficulty during a smear test

• Fatigue

• Low mood

• Difficulty getting pregnant

Endometriosis does not cause heavy periods. However many women with endometriosis have a condition called adenomyosis.

Some women may experience many, or all, of these symptoms, whilst others may experience a small number of them.

Getting an endometriosis diagnosis

If you have any of the symptoms above and you think you may have endometriosis, it’s important to speak to your GP who can begin the process of you getting a diagnosis.

It will help to write down your symptoms and when you get them (in relation to the time of your period) so that you can discuss them properly with your GP. Your GP will ask you some questions about your symptoms and your periods. They may also feel around your abdomen and may perform an internal vaginal examination.

Your specialist may arrange either an internal ultrasound scan or an MRI in the first instance, to help make a diagnosis based on your symptoms and examination findings. Depending on the results (as all surgery as some risks associated with it) the specialist could recommend that you have a surgical procedure called a laparoscopy.

A laparoscopy is the only way to get a definitive diagnosis of endometriosis. Your specialist will be looking for scar tissue and lesions caused by endometriosis within your pelvic cavity.

Although the scarring caused by endometriosis can be surgically removed, there is no cure for the condition, only management. Even after surgery, the condition can still cause symptoms such as painful periods and further scarring may eventually build up. However, optimised surgery combined with appropriate ongoing medical management should help limit the effects of any ongoing symptoms.

Endometriosis treatment

Depending on the severity of your symptoms,

there are a few different treatments for managing the symptoms of endometriosis to help improve your quality of life.

Whether or not you’ve had surgery to help you deal with your endometriosis, pain relief can be helpful, especially around the time of your period. This can mean taking non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen from your pharmacy or a drug called mefenamic acid.

Using heat pads or a hot water bottle on your abdomen can also help to relieve pain, along with paracetamol. You may also benefit from hormone manipulation through the oral contraceptive pill, the minipill or a Mirena device..

Some women may be recommended a hysterectomy in conjunction with excising the endometriosis, particularly if you have associated adenomyosis or very severe endometriosis.

The important thing is to know you are not alone in your journey and to reach out to medical professionals if you are in pain.

More information

The King Edward VII’s Hospital Gynaecology Department is a leader in gynaecology. They specialise in diagnosis and treatment and offer one-to-one support from our Clinical Nurse Specialist.

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

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Tips for a Healthier Gut

The famous Greek physician, Hippocrates, has often been quoted as saying, “all disease begins in the gut”.

Nutritional Therapist Tracy Tredoux agrees that many chronic illnesses start in the gut and points out that today, most people suffer with one or more gut related symptoms such as gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, and heartburn. Tracy gives a few tips to help improve overall gut health:

• Keep a food journal if you have symptoms after eating to help you identify which foods you may be sensitive or intolerant to and eliminate those foods from your diet, at least temporarily.

• Increase your intake of high-fibre foods such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, and whole grains. These foods decrease your risk of constipation and have a beneficial impact on your all-important gut microbiome.

• Avoid or reduce foods known to contribute to ‘leaky gut’ (a condition in which gaps in your intestinal lining start increasing in size, allowing

bacteria, toxins, undigested food etc. to escape into the bloodstream, increasing your risk of chronic health issues and autoimmunity). The most common cause of leaky gut is inflammatory foods such as gluten, dairy, sugar, alcohol, and processed foods.

• Find out what’s causing your IBS ((SIBO, dysbiosis, leaky gut, infection, food sensitivity?)

• Increase your intake of fermented foods such as kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, tempeh, natto and probiotic yoghurt to boost the number of beneficial bacteria in your gut.

• Eat a variety of prebiotic foods such as onions, garlic, Jerusalem artichokes, leeks, asparagus, and unripe bananas, which feed and promote the growth of beneficial bacteria. Prebiotic and fermented foods can aggravate symptoms for those diagnosed with or suspected of having SIBO and should be avoided temporarily.

• Chew your food slowly and thoroughly. Chewing helps increase digestive enzymes and the production of hydrochloric acid and improves the overall digestion of food.

• Address your stress. Elevated stress hormones over time not only cause inflammation and leaky gut, but also result in poor food choices.

• Stay hydrated to help prevent constipation and promote a healthy gut.

• Sleep and exercise more. Both have been shown to contribute to better overall gut health.

“Chewing helps increase digestive enzymes and the production of hydrochloric acid and improves the overall digestion of food”


New research out this month confirms that snoring is keeping us awake at night and the ways we’re trying to beat it include using extra pillows, drinking water before bed – and putting a tennis ball in your pyjamas to stop you lying on your back.

The study of 2,000 adults found 56 per cent snore or have a partner who does, with 54 per cent of those resorting to a host of tricks to try and silence the noise.

Nasal dilators, strips, sprays, hot showers before bed and even sleeping sitting up featured in the top 30 list. 17 per cent avoid alcohol but one in twenty (five per cent) swear by a tipple before nodding off to stop snoring. Others resort to taping their mouth, putting a peg on their nose or sleeping with their head at the end of the bed.

The research was commissioned by in partnership with WebMD and forms part of the new 2023 Annual Sleep & Snore Report conducted by OnePoll. It found 44 per cent of those who snore or live with a snorer are so fed up they would do anything to stop it, spending £300 if it would stop for good.

Steve Smith said: “Snoring can be disruptive, and people are willing to give pretty much anything a go to put a stop to it. And while some of these are fairly routine hacks, there are some more unusual things being put to the test.”

It also emerged that 39 per cent have ended up

sleeping in separate bedrooms, 13 per cent have resorted to sleeping tablets and for 11 per cent, it has got so bad, they have ended a relationship because of snoring.

In a bid to stop, 28 per cent have turned to the internet for advice, while 18 per cent have gone to friends and family and even sought help from health professionals.

“Snoring doesn’t have to be something you simply put up with and freeing up the airways with a nasal dilator to help breathing while you sleep is helping thousands of snorers give them – and their partner - a quieter night.” Says Steve. Amazon UK, Holland & Barrett and good chemists stock Mute’s Trial Pack at £12.99 so you can find your right fit.



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Creators of made-to-measure wallpaper murals, has put together five beautiful designs that will give you a tranquil home that doesn’t compromise on colour. Trending lilac, lavender, and violet hues are the perfect balance to guide any room through the upcoming seasons. This selection of purple wallpaper murals features delicate florals to swooping cranes – designs for country homes to maximalists. All wallpaper murals at are available in a range of materials, including peel-and-stick wallpaper – great for rented homes!

For more lilac, lavender, and violet wallpapers, head to


Characterised by clean lines, muted colours, natural materials and a quiet elegance, an understated style. Featuring abstract shapes softened by tufting and chunky weaves.


New from Melody Maison is The Elle Stone Range. A modern collection of furniture with a stylish and practical design. Comprising of a chest of drawers and a bedside design, furniture sets are available in this collection. A stone, pale taupe coloured finish, a gold frame and gold handles.


Florence & Lavender was born in 2019 when Katie-Louise combined her passion for the British countryside & farming to create unique artwork which could be personalised. KatieLouise started the business from her kitchen table with £50 and a whole load of determination.

Florence & Lavender has grown over the years with a faithful customer base who love her contemporary yet traditional style of watercolour paintings.


Perfectly Imperfect


As technology advances, screens dominate and robots seem like a very imminent possibility, our homes are turning their backs on perfectly precision-made modern designer furniture and back to the simplest and most honest of decoration – the irregular and imperfect.

Contemporary furniture, lighting, rugs and accessories have taken a distinct turn for the uneven, a sidestep from the ‘bring the outdoors in’ trend that has ruled over contemporary home design for the past few years. Geometrically precise these forms are not, instead it’s as if they’ve been drawn by the human hand of nature itself. Expect wobbles, variations, and a distinct lack of straight lines.


Subtly backing up the green colouring, natural materials, and plant patterns currently filling our homes come unbalanced organic shapes, forms that could have evolved out in the garden, woodland or sky, or sea. They have a feel of the stumbled upon rather than the industrial, and if manufacture is alluded to at all, the pieces undoubtedly nod to the individually hand-crafted.

There’s no thought of factories. Every piece gives the impression of a one-off, imbued with love and charming inconsistencies.

This all stems from the natural, of course – the smooth, rounded edges, the bucolic influences, the almost accidental forms. But this modern decorating trend is a nature-inspired design that just so happens to be in your home like it’s been growing there for years overlooked or has been recently discovered behind a wall. Welcome to the completely non-obvious, the almost unseen, the would-have-been-there-anyway-even-if-you-hadn’tnoticed-me school of interiors.

designs that don’t stay within the lines.
Arrival Table Lamp by Artemide Mexique High Table and Stool by Cassina


It’s not about being noticed. It’s about the feeling. These asymmetric forms soothe the mind, as unthreatening as a plant, rock or pool of water with their shapes that speak of fresh air and freedom. These are shapes that seem formed by time rather than an intentional hand. The eye breezes over them, gently bumping across those smooth curves, while the mind draws them in and exhales them, the lack of angles, corners and straight edges signalling that it’s time to relax. One irregular piece of furniture tones down a room, calming its angles and pacifying it, while a larger collection creates a spa, away-for-the-weekend feel, forming a space that’s dedicated to tranquillity, health and peace.

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Noonu by B&B Italia Mexique Coffee Table by Cassina Senator Dining Table by Cattelan Italia Ploum Sofa by Lignet Roset


The Modern British Collection

New showroom at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour

The Modern British kitchen company has recently been shortlisted for the prestigious KBB award of ‘New Retailer of The Year’. Their Sales Director, Tristan de la Haye said “It is a fantastic honour, especially as our new Chelsea Harbour Showroom has been open for only 6 months. We believe this is due to the unflinching commitment to design innovation and exacting build quality”.

The Modern British kitchen collection is designed and manufactured in England. Their entire range is handmade from premium quality hardwoods, grown largely in Britain, and their designs include previously unseen (and unique to them) storage solutions. Not surprising then that this company has achieved a Patent Award for its designs!

Designed by award winning Architects, this range of kitchen styles are ’different by concept’

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and offer truly unique details. Working closely with their clients and their advisors ‘bespoke design’ can be taken to a new level creating furniture of distinction and individuality. Design Director Peter Foulk expanded on this by saying “Our customers realise that they are investing in furniture that is highly functional whilst having huge artistic merit. It is of course built to last an exceptionally long time and we hope these pieces will be regarded as heirlooms”.

The collection includes the highly individual O’45 Kitchen that provides unique storage solutions by creating unique geometric solutions. The frame is available in a choice of hardwoods including an English Woodlands series. Their signature door and drawer frontals are available in either natural hardwood or a painted finish to a colour of your choice. Through clever design drawers are elevated to the status of ‘work centre’, making food preparation less of a stress and more pleasurable.

The Classic collection is the Modern British take on an in-frame ‘Modern Shaker’ style kitchen. It has the same uncompromising attention to detail and commitment to premium grade natural materials. They provide the same wide range of choices on wood types, colours and materials. At only 52mm, the cabinetry has the smallest plinth on the market, leaving more space inside for storage.

The Horizon collection combines contemporary handleless design and sleek lines with handcrafted construction, again in sustainably sourced hardwoods of the highest quality. The modernity

of the design is softened by the inclusion of hardwood details that introduce a beautiful touch of nature to the design.

To complement the fixed furniture they have a collection of loose furniture pieces including dining tables and chairs, media centres, display cabinets, console tables, credenzas and a host of other accessories to complement your interior design.

Modern British has recognised the desire to extend the kitchen’s lifestyle across the home. This extends to bedroom furniture, media rooms and dining furniture with the same uncompromising commitment to quality design and construction. Managing Director George Gardner added “It is a completely natural extension of our design and manufacturing capabilities to extend our offer across the entire home. The key for us has been to develop a suite of details that are unique to specific rooms whilst giving the opportunity to harmonise across the home”.

To coincide with London Design Week, Modern British is opening a new showroom at 118 Design Centre East, London Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

This is immediately next to their existing kitchen showroom and will offer an immersive experience across the home.

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“The Classic collection is the Modern British take on an in-frame ‘Modern Shaker’ style kitchen. It has the same uncompromising attention to detail and commitment to premium grade natural materials”


The surface you walk on provides the backbone of an interior scheme. Get it right and it will make a dramatic difference to the overall feel of a room. Wood flooring is a wonderful option as it introduces colour, texture, pattern and character. It’s easy to live with being practical, hardwearing and a cinch to maintain. There are endless design options too.

“Wood flooring is brilliant for bringing a scheme together,” says Peter Keane, Director of The Natural Wood Floor Company. “Dark floors create a luxurious look, while rustic floors with lots of knots enhance a casual, country scheme. Rich colours will add warmth, while pale colours will go with just about anything and introduce plenty of light into a room.”

The grade of wood will also create a different look. Prime grades have minimal knots and colour variation, so create a contemporary feel. Natural grades have more feature marks so lend themselves to more traditional looks. “Don’t be constrained by this though,” Peter advises. “A rustic board with plenty of knots, shakes and detailing can soften modern schemes.”

When it comes to the latest trends, darker hues are gaining in popularity. “Although there will always be a demand for light wooden floors, darker shades are about to step into the limelight and have their moment. The dark rich shades found in our Smoky Mountain and Baked Oak flooring introduce a glamorous, dramatic look and can’t fail

to get noticed.”

Parquet blocks have been back in fashion for a while, but couldn’t be hotter right now. The combination of colour, wood detailing and pattern makes for a real statement floor. For an up-todate look go large with 600 mm sized blocks. Alternatively, aged blocks are great for adding extra character as they look like reclaimed blocks but can be used with underfloor heating.

It always pays to buy a good quality floor from a reputable supplier, as the right wooden floor will improve your property, add to its value and last for years. The Natural Wood Floor Company manufacture most of the floors they sell and are also valued for their expertise. The full flooring collection can be viewed on large display boards at their Wandsworth showroom or on their new-look website.


The Natural Wood Floor Company, 20 Smugglers Way, Wandsworth, London, SW18 1EG.

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Beautiful handmade kitchen, bedroom and bathroom furniture designed and created by craftsmen


their aesthetics but the space saving practicalities too, getting the right furniture for these can make a real impact” Jayne explains.

Richard adds “We enjoy working closely with our clients, getting to know them and their project really helps us to give the best, tailored advice an support we can. For many of our clients choosing quality hardware is a big investment and we try to ensure the hardware they choose now will look great now and also age well so it still looks great in years to come.”

The Period Ironmonger has many years experience working on all types of project, from DIY upgrades and labour of love renovations to large scale refurbishments and new builds. Working with the best of British manufacturers, along with sourcing some exceptional quality products from overseas means they can help with all styles of residential and commercial properties.

“We still absolutely love working on renovations of period homes and heritage properties, but are now enjoying the challenge of working with clients that are trying to incorporate more modern design schemes, in a timeless, elegant way. Pocket doors are very much on trend at the moment, not just for

So if you are planning a large scale renovation, starting in property development or just need some help or advice on a smaller home project, give Jayne or Richard a call, they will be pleased to help you. 01630 647 748

“We enjoy working closely with our clients, getting to know them and their project really helps us to give the best, tailored advice an support we can”


lacquer grey tone matches these cabinets to the ovens, creating a clean look.

On the large island, white handless cabinets, super slim Ceralsio worktops and an induction hob with a downdraft extractor which pops up only when needed, keep the look seamless and elegant and the view to the dining area and garden uninterrupted.

The understated grey and white colour scheme and clean lines of the space create the perfect backdrop to allow this family’s extensive art collection to shine, a key consideration for this design.

Creating a timeless, minimalist kitchen with simple clean lines, and a practical design was the brief from this young family extending their 5-bedroom Edwardian house in North London.

Working with Graham at Halcyon’s Wigmore Street showroom, they decided on a sleek kitchen with a simple grey and white colour scheme, creating the perfect place for this family to live and entertain, whilst also the providing the perfect backdrop for their art collection.

On entry, a single run of matt white cabinetry, purposefully without wall units, retains the feeling of space. A floor to ceiling bank of cabinets in the cooking area of the kitchen includes Gaggenau ovens, refrigeration, and wine storage. A bespoke

This is an incredible kitchen for entertaining, with the client delighted, ‘We love the island the most in the kitchen as it’s so good for socializing, when we have lots of guests they tend to gather around it and rest their drinks, giving the feeling of an art gallery or a bar. It’s exactly what we had envisioned.’

Halcyon creates luxury, minimalist kitchens with a distinctive edge and specialises in designing spaces with timeless style and the durability to last. Kitchens start at £38k.


Make an enquiry before 14th April, and quote ‘SPRING LIFE’ for HALF PRICE FITTING.*

To make an appointment at one of Halcyon’s showrooms call 020 7486 3080 or email

View Halcyon’s work at or follow them on social media at @halcyoninteriors

Showroom Locations: Marylebone, London 120 Wigmore Street London, W1U 3RU

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(*Ts and Cs apply, see website for details.) Credits: Styling by Alex Crabtree, Photography by Nick Smith

Oak Furnitureland: Gather round this Easter season

There’s more to Easter than chocolate eggs. Especially when it comes to celebrating the festive occasion within the home. It’s a time that signifies a change of season and new life. More importantly, it’s a time to be shared with family and friends. A time to come together and make memories, year, after year, after year.

Leading furniture retailer, Oak Furnitureland, has pieces for every room in the home to help you make the most of getting together with family and friends for this springtime celebration.

St. Ives solid oak and grey painted 6 - 8 seater dining table

This dining table is not just perfect for everyday dinners, but is ideal for hosting too thanks to its handy extendable design. Style with floral bouquets and wreaths, serve up a feast fit for a king or kickoff the hunt for Easter eggs.

Romsey solid oak larder

This freestanding larder is a great way to bring much-needed storage space into the home. From pots and pans to spices, bottles and jars, not forgetting the hot cross buns, there’s ample space to stow everything away and help organise your home.


The nifty modular element to this sofa means it can be arranged to create the shape that best fits your home. Its laid-back style makes it perfect for lounging on with family and friends at any time of the year too.

Highgate double bed

If you’re expecting guests this Easter and beyond, they’ll be guaranteed to sleep in style with this inky blue bed, made from solid oak and acacia.


Ireland’s largest supplier of genuine quality Irish sheepskin products.

Designer rugs, luxurious slippers and boutique pet beds, anything sheep related we have it, and if we don’t we can make it for you.



academy, as well as international textile shows Her work has featured in many of the top textile magazines, as well as the broad sheet press. Alongside articles in Insider, People, House and Garden.

Her work has also featured on the BBC and Australian Television.

All her work uses the highest quality materials, as they are focused on ecological sound, materials, preferably using united kingdom based small business, including the uk’s last gold thread maker. They business focus is to help keep endangered crafts alive, by working alongside other heritage crafts people, when required.

Chloe Savage Embroidery. Graduate of the Royal school of Needlework and Ecole Lesage (part of the house of Chanel), Trained by the best in the industry, Chloe’s work embodies traditional skills used in fine tapestries and haute couture, with contemporary design that is helping to change the face of embroidery as a whole.

She has worked with some of the world’s most prestigious fashion houses and embroidering two Royal wedding gowns and Veils. They are also Textile conservators to the national trust, and various museums.

Their works have been seen on Stage and Screen, as well as on international catwalks, including men’s fashions week, when commissioned to make bespoke pieces for the James bond brand.

Their textile art pieces are displayed in several private collections, including pieces displayed at 10 Downing Street, and are currently conserving and restoring the bonham carter banner for Clifton College. One of her most expensive pieces is now at home in Saudi Arabia

An Emerging artist in her own right she regularly shows at the royal west of England

“Chloe’s work embodies traditional skills used in fine tapestries and haute couture, with contemporary design that is helping to change the face of embroidery as a whole”


Red and yellow steel door frames by Clement chosen for this exceptional London home

Clement Windows Group has manufactured brightly coloured red and yellow steel door frames for a stunning South London home.

Hannah Cecil-Harden is a director at de Gournay, a family business founded by her father, Claud Cecil Gurney. De Gournay makes exquisite hand-painted and embroidered wallcoverings and the company’s work adorns some of the finest buildings in the world.

Hannah recently decided to reconfigure her London property to accommodate her growing family and the basement was turned into a playroom with adjoining utility and bathroom. The walls of the playroom are decorated in a beautiful hand-painted wallpaper scene of London.

Having worked with Hannah previously, Clement was approached to manufacture the new steel doors included within the designs for this space. Hannah wanted the steel frames to be painted to match the vibrant colours included in the wallpaper.

The steel frames to the exterior are polyester powder painted RAL 9004 Signal Black on the

“The steel frames to the exterior are polyester powder painted RAL 9004 Signal Black on the outside and RAL 1016 Sulfer Yellow on the inside”

outside and RAL 1016 Sulfer Yellow on the inside, while the interior doors are painted in the same yellow on the playroom side and RAL 3005 Wine Red on the utility and bathroom side.

Peter Clement, Chief Executive of Clement Windows Group, commented:

“We always say that our bespoke steel products can be painted in specialist hues from across the entire colour spectrum and these doors really demonstrate what is possible!”

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The Design Archives owned by Sharon Crowson, is a London based boutique interiors brand specialising in printed textiles and wallpaper. The designs are inspired by historic documents taken from the Crowson Archive, the legacy of her distinguished textile printer and collector father, Derek Crowson. The brand under Sharon’s direction, remains constant in its commitment to embracing a classic heritage of pattern and texture, while injecting a contemporary twist through her signature taste in colouring and an inventive use of scale, bringing to life some of the archive’s most beautiful designs.

Each stand alone collection has a specific aesthetic and style. The best selling Shala collection includes three vintage designs from the historical archive. The collection includes the eponymously named Shala based on a classic Indian floral motif, a large scale floral chinoiserie with sweeping botanical notes called Exotic Fruits, and Albertina which is a classic French toile design. Last year the brand also launched The Birchgrove Collection, its first dedicated group of wallpaper designs to add a new offering alongside its bespoke fabric backed papers. New for 2023 is Samarkand, a vibrant and eclectic fabric collection comprising of printed

archival designs inspired by traditional ikat and hand woven kilim textiles, which will be previewed this spring at London Design Week.

Over the last five years the archive has provided an invaluable source of inspiration for Sharon, and mindful that she wanted to capitalise on this rich and diverse collection, she embarked on an ambitious project creating The Crowson Archive. “We curated and digitised the entire collection of over 5000 designs which has been a massive labour of love but so satisfying” explains Sharon. The archive can now be accessed by anyone who registers on the dedicated site, providing an incredible source of inspiration of styles, from 18th century Japanese prints, through to French chinoiserie and modern 1960s abstract designs.

The Design Archives has exciting ambitions for the future, with a recent move to a larger and more spacious showroom at Worlds End Studios on Lots Road in Chelsea, where it now also hosts bespoke curtain pole and finial makers Todd Knights. Sitting alongside a number of other top textile showrooms such as Ian Mankin and Fox Linton, Worlds End Studios provides a creative and desirable destination for designers and retail customers to visit.


The Design Archives Worlds End Studios

132-134 Lots Road


London SW10 0RJ Tel 020 7349 7018

Open Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm &

Celeste/ Wedgewood & Chintz The Shala Collection Tree Of Life/Antique Rose Albertina/Indigo


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.

Thinking of extending your Property in 2023-2024?

LoftCraft London are your local experts when it comes to extending your home. We can advise you on the best approach to add the desired space to your property and can manage the entire process for you from conception through to completion. Whether you are looking for a Loft Conversion with a Master Bedroom/Ensuite or a Rear Extension to create an open-plan kitchen diner, we will ensure it’s done right.


We pride ourselves on our extremely accurate inhouse cost estimating and for typical projects, we will work to a fixed scope and budget to ensure an efficient and reliable service.


We work with a range of suppliers which allows us to provide a variety of options when it comes to finishes. This means that every project is truly unique. Every tradesman that we work with has been carefully chosen both for their aptitude in their craft and their friendliness and professionalism.


If you’re looking for a simple solution that provides great functionality and adds value to your home, with minimal stress; LoftCraft can provide you with the benefit of a personalised, managed service to ensure that you get value for your money.


Our Project Management team is run by Jack Davey (the company founder) and Hugh Milway. Jack (a Civil Engineering graduate) has the hands-on experience of a tradesman, as well as extensive industry knowledge from working in all corners of the sector.

Hugh (a Structural Engineering graduate) also has extensive experience in this sector. He has Managed a variety of challenging conversion, renovation and extension projects nationwide, as well as a number of personal renovations.


You benefit from either having Jack or Hugh as your main point of contact from day one until your project is completed. We believe in delivering ‘Quality over quantity’ as we work on lower volumes of projects, allowing us to give greater focus and personal attention to our customers.


Beautifully Crafted Loft Conversions & Extensions


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A complete guide to Spring Cleaning with Ecozone

British brand Ecozone has been producing effective home cleaning products for over 20 years. They know all the tips to get you through a successful Spring Cleaning season while helping you clean without compromise. Read on to learn more and the products they recommend.


Spring Cleaning isn’t just about hanging laundry outside or cleaning windows. Instead, it can be an opportunity to do the tasks we often push to the side, such as; organising paperwork and old clothing. Tip: Using Ecozone’s Oxo-biodegradable Bin Liners is an excellent solution to helping you dispose of unwanted items.


Ecozone also recommends getting specialist products to help with a deep clean. Deep cleaning your appliances or hard-to-reach areas makes maintaining a clean and tidy home long after spring easier.

For grease & grime, Ecozone recommends their Tough Degreasing Kitchen Cleaner. It can be used on most surfaces, even oven extractor hoods. This mighty spray is also anti-bacterial—a 2-in-1 solution.

For limescale, their Tough Limescale Remover is a powerful spray that quickly banishes scale from; splashbacks, sinks, tiles, taps and more. Getting rid of scale also helps reduce soap scum residues accumulating daily.

Ecozone’s Ecoballs are a great detergent alternative—a cost-effective option for everyday laundry. For 250 washes, it costs around 5p per wash. Perfect for all laundry, including towels and bedding. Appliance maintenance is essential to running a proficient and energy-efficient machine. Using a descaler, such as; Ecozone’s Multi-Purpose Appliance Descaler, helps banish limescale, odours and residues. The Magnoball is another excellent alternative to machine maintenance that can be used repeatedly in every cycle, helping prevent limescale build-up in every wash.


Spring Cleaning can seem overwhelming. Using toxic cleaning agents that smell awful isn’t something to look forward to. However, using eco-conscious and non-toxic formulas can help improve the cleaning experience. Knowing the products you’re using haven’t been tested on animals and contain ingredients typically more considerate of the environment can also help motivate you. Discover over 80 products at to get your Spring Clean started.

“Ecozone also recommends getting specialist products to help with a deep clean. Deep cleaning your appliances or hardto-reach areas makes maintaining a clean and tidy home long after spring easier”


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Top things to consider when designing a shower space

Want to refresh your shower space but don’t know where to start? With so many styles and options to choose from, it can be hard to know what will work best in your room. Here, Jo Sangster, Senior Designer from Ripples London, talks through the top things to consider when designing a shower space.


If room is tight within a shower area, concealed fittings are the perfect choice. By hiding the pipes within the wall cavity, the fittings sit flush to the wall, reducing the possibility of bumping into them when showering and creating a sleek finished look. You can create additional in-shower storage by utilising the void in a stud or false wall to build alcoves for storing shower products, in turn maximising space on the floor. These alcoves can easily become a real design feature, by adding lighting and/or contrasting tiles to inject personality into the space.


Shower glass comes in many shapes and sizes but there’s always an option to suit your space. Firstly, think about whether you want a shower enclosure

or a more open space with a shower screen. If you’re opting for an enclosure, consider which shape will work best, such as pentagonal to utilise the corner of a room or three-sided if you have a bit more space available. If you go for shower glass, think about which style you like, whether that be Crittall-style, fluted or the emerging trend, etched.


Sustainability within bathrooms has never been more important than it is right now and with the cost of living also rising exponentially, it’s important to consider the ways in which you can minimise excess energy and water consumption within the bathroom. One way to reduce water usage is to choose a shower head fitted with a flow restrictor. Luckily, this option doesn’t mean you end up with a substandard shower as each flow restrictor shower has been carefully designed to reduce water consumption but still offer a pleasurable showering experience. Alternatively, you can opt for a technology-led shower which enriches shower water with air droplets, making for an invigorating shower experience.

Visit Ripples London at 26 England’s Lane, Belsize Park, London NW3 4TG, or call 020 7449 9594

“Sustainability within bathrooms has never been more important than it is right now and with the cost of living also rising exponentially, it’s important to consider the ways in which you can minimise excess energy and water consumption within the bathroom”


Based in Brazil, transforming the table into a place full of smiles and joy for Brazil and the World is Alegoria Casa’s mission.

“Our work always starts from a lot of research, study and the search for the best materials. And it is a truly handmade and manual creation which makes each piece a unique work of art. We bring the pleasure of sharing unique pieces to the tables and to people’s conviviality that goes beyond the object, a surface and the material landscape. Basically we help create and colour special memories”, says artist Cristina Margherito – founder of Alegoria Casa.

In addition to seeking technical reference, another aspect that has been decisive in the use of very high quality materials for their artistic creations.

As well as paints imported from the United States and the United Kingdom, Alegoria Casa selects only first-rate crystals for its productions. The result is a portfolio with more than 50 unique prints for cups, glasses, plates, cups and vases that are shipped worldwide.

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Faith Ku, an American emerging artist, dreamed of using her creative talents to build lasting works during her youth. She contemplated pursuing a career in architecture or potentially attending art school but instead opted for a practical profession and became a pharmacist. Despite pursuing a successful pharmacy career, she was unable to surrender her creative ambitions.

To fulfill her intrinsic need to engage in creative activity, she enrolled in art classes at a local community college. Initially, Faith intended to create a portfolio to apply to an architecture program but later developed different ambitions. After several years of balancing her love of art with a full-time career, she became acquainted with ceramics while attending multiple art courses at the community college. She felt an immediate affinity for working with clay because of its tactile nature, malleability, and versatility in creating three-dimensional forms. After exploring various artistic disciplines, including drawing, painting, and architecture, Faith discovered her true medium in the ceramic arts.

Faith draws inspiration for her work from the intricate organic structures of botanical, fungal, and animal life forms intertwined within the natural cycles of decay and regeneration. As a keen observer of nature with a background in the life sciences, she creates sculptures incorporating these organic elements that are aesthetically sophisticated, nuanced, and elegant.

Currently, she is exploring the vitality of life and the cyclical stages of the transformation of organic matter. Her intricate and complex work visually depicts the story and journey of living matter from birth to decomposition using

elements from fungal, plant, and animal forms with a twist of surrealism. Faith’s work is displayed in national and international juried exhibitions. She is pursuing an MFA at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, and a post-baccalaureate certificate at the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth, gathering in-depth knowledge about ceramics and developing her voice as an artist. You can view her work at and follow her @faithandcoceramics.

Images: Erin Murphy at Erin Murphy Designs
“Faith draws inspiration for her work from the intricate organic structures of botanical, fungal, and animal life forms “

Precise Project Management

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”

Are You Sleeping On The Right Bed?

National Bed Month - March 2023

double bed size of 4ft 6in x 6ft 3in (135cm x 190cm) really isn’t big enough for two to sleep well without disturbing each other: studies have shown that more space – even a slight move up to a 5ft x 6ft 6in (150cm x 200cm) King size bed – can make a lot of difference to night-time comfort.

Always consider both the mattress and its support, whether divan base or bedstead. They work together to create the overall feel and performance of a bed, with different combinations producing differing results. If you are not buying a base and mattress from the same supplier, make sure the mattress is suitable for use with the type of support you are considering: if you don’t, lack of durability could be a problem, with no comeback to the supplier.

You should spend as much as you can afford on a new bed – it’s probably one of the most important investments you’ll make, not just for your home but also for your own wellbeing! Remember, every £100 you spend represents just 2.7p a night over 10 years.

March signals the annual awareness event, National Bed Month – the month dedicated to improving a good night’s kip with a comfortable, supportive bed.

As a good night’s sleep can’t always be guaranteed, it is up to you to regularly assess your sleep quality and comfort levels. It may, or may not, seem obvious but the best place to start when working towards a better night’s sleep is your bed.

So, what is the right bed? It’s not easy to make specific recommendations, as there’s such a huge choice on the market. The Sleep Council provides an independent source of advice on bed buying – as well as to raise awareness of the importance of getting a good night’s sleep to health and wellbeing.

First and foremost your bed must give you correct support and comfort, and if you suffer from back pain, allergies or breathing problems it is crucial more attention is given to choosing the bed that is right for you.

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Once you’ve got your new bed, do remember that it won’t stay wonderful forever – beds get a lot of wear and tear! Over time, your comfort and support needs change, too. Do the Bed MOT test once a year, National Bed Month is a good time to consider the state of your bed and your sleep and comfort quality.

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“You should spend as much as you can afford on a new bed – it’s probably one of the most important investments you’ll make”

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Hypnos launches UK’s first organic bed collection endorsed by the Eden Project & certified by the Soil Association & Global Organic Textiles Standard

Luxury British bed and mattress maker, Hypnos, has launched the Origins Organic Collection. An exclusive selection of six beautifully handcrafted, organically designed and supremely comfortable mattresses specially curated to celebrate sleep, wellbeing, and the prestige of Hypnos.

Luxuriously designed with natural comfort, provenance and authenticity at its heart, each mattress in the collection is uniquely endorsed by the Eden Project and certified organic by the Soil Association Certification. Made with Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS) certified organic fibres, including wool and lambswool from British certified farms, and the finest organic and ethically sourced materials from across the globe, such as peace silk and natural latex. In fact, Hypnos is the only bed manufacturer in the UK to have this prestigious combination of certification and endorsements, making it one of the finest bed collections that’s been handmade in the country.

Each of these six sumptuous mattresses are individually made in the heart of Buckinghamshire and meticulously handcrafted by skilled artisans using traditional techniques passed down through the generations. With a plush pillow top, seasonal turn and no turn options to choose from, each mattress is designed to provide unique support and luxurious comfort and comes in a choice of medium or firm tensions. An optional deeply

filled Organic loose Comfort Layer enhances the sumptuous feel and cushioned support, and this separate layer can be refreshed and then artfully secured to the mattress with attractive leather lace ties.

The collection also features British-made pocket springs and wool tufts, and beautifully tooled leather detailing from workshops in England. These traceable materials are expertly combined with traditional skills and craftmanship to create this collection of supremely comfortable, luxurious mattresses.

Furthermore, Hypnos has partnered with Abraham Moon & Sons, a traditional British company who make luxury wool fabrics skilfully woven in the UK for some of the finest fashion houses and interior designers, to offer an exclusive selection of artisanal fabrics for its stylish headboards and divans. They also share many of Hypnos’ sustainable values with all of their wool responsibly sourced through traceable and certified supply chains.

To find more information, or your nearest Hypnos retailer, visit



Luxury British bed brand Vispring has introduced a new luxurious headboard which is now available across UK retailers.

The sophisticated Kew headboard is available in a variety of sizes to ensure a perfect fit with each divan base.

Inspired by asymmetric shapes, the Kew headboard has been designed by student Phoebe Leader; winner of an exclusive competition run in collaboration with Plymouth College of Art to design a headboard for Vispring’s collection of luxury beds.

Fusing Vispring’s timeless aesthetic and craftsmanship with Leader’s modern design, the Kew headboard features a stylish off-centre gathered seam with a thick layer of high-quality upholstery and lightly textured surface.

Combining Vispring’s traditional craftsmanship with a soft, contemporary aesthetic, each headboard is hand finished with the softest materials and built to last, ensuring that every bed is an investment into many years of perfect sleep.

For the ultimate Vispring luxury, all Vispring headboards can be richly upholstered with

exquisite fabrics from the Vispring Timeless Collection or in a personal choice of material, highlighting Vispring’s bespoke design service.


Founded in 1901, Vispring is the ultimate destination for bespoke, luxury beds and mattresses. Valuing excellence and craftsmanship, it brings together the finest in British design and materials to create the ultimate sleep experience. Always a pioneering brand, Vispring’s founder was the first to introduce individually pocketed springs to mattresses. Today it remains at the forefront of luxury as its bespoke beds combine technical expertise with the finest natural ingredients. Vispring is committed to its responsibility to the environment, because of this, every natural material is sourced sustainably.

Pictured: Super King Size Kew headboard with Sublime Superb mattress and Sovereign divan in Chess Cream
“Founded in 1901, Vispring is the ultimate destination for bespoke, luxury beds and mattresses”


Presenting The New Windsor Garden Upholstered Bed Capturing the resurgence of Royalcore styling, the fabric of this exclusive French Bedroom upholstered bed was designed by the in-house team.

The floral design depicts an elegant, damask-like design from the early 19th Century, adorned with delicate garlands of roses, lilies and cornflowers, together with ornate scrolls.

A matching ottoman and cushions in the same fabric are also available.

Hand made in the UK by a company who have specialised in making luxury beds since the 1920s.

The Windsor Garden Upholstered Bed is a graceful, glorious, and timeless design in a pretty and spring-like colour palette of pink, magenta, blue and yellow.

Evocative of the décor of historic stately homes, its fine detailing gives it a distinctly feminine feel, echoed by the slender tapered teardrop legs in natural wood.

The gently undulating headboard and side rails are reminiscent of rolling hills.



Whilst many Londoners may grapple with achieving the ideal night’s shut-eye, many are already reaping the benefits of a bespoke service offered by London’s premier bed specialists Westend Bed Company, whose unique sleep consultations are helping Londoners improve their sleep quality night after night.

Taking place at the specialist’s flagship showroom in East Sheen, Westend Bed Company’s team of sleep experts conduct entirely complimentary sleep consultations for those struggling with their sleep health. Far from a one-size-fits-all approach, these personalised consultations take a holistic approach to sleep

– looking at everything from lifestyle habits and work life to any specific physical needs – to establish the ideal bed and mattress combination for you.

“Our many years of combined experience in the luxury bed world puts us in excellent stead when it comes to innately knowing what a customer needs from their own, and you’d be surprised to hear how many people don’t put much consideration into the bed they choose to sleep on – despite us spending around a third of our lives there,” explains Westend Bed Company Director Brent Cooper.

“Simple things, like getting the mattress support level you need wrong, or the type of material

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you’re sleeping on, can have a severely detrimental impact on sleep quality. So, we negate any of these potential issues at the source, sitting down with you to establish exactly what you need – not only from your bed and mattress, but from your sleep environment – to create the ideal sleep environment for you. It’s this holistic approach to choosing a bed that really sets us apart.”

Complementing Westend’s sleep consultations is the showroom’s fantastic selection of luxury beds and mattresses, including the largest selection of Hypnos beds in the UK, which boasts the latest selection of organic models crafted with sustainability in mind.

From the sumptuous Pillow-Top collection, offering blissful comfort thanks to a plush, sewn-in topper, to the Origins Organic selection which offers nature-derived luxury and sustainable credentials in equal measure, Westend’s extensive Hypnos collection is sure to have the perfect bed for you.

The showroom is also the flagship store for handmade luxury bed specialists Marshall & Stewart, whose exclusive Diamond Collection marries hand-crafted quality and natural materials to offer style, comfort and longevity in equal measure. With every bed in the collection handmade in the UK by master craftsmen using

traditional techniques, a 25-year guarantee on every model offers complete peace of mind; testament to the quality of the natural materials used to created them.

Westend Bed Company also offers more than just a comfortable place to sleep, thanks to its iconic Conform Chair collection. Crafted using the finest in Swedish design techniques, these elegant chairs – available in a range of classic and contemporary designs – provide the perfect, stylish spot to while away the hours. As stylish as they are comfortable, Conform Chairs are available in a range of materials including sheepskin, leather and fabric, with a unique ergonomic design which works to conform to the shape of your body. Music lovers will also love the MyPlace adjustable chair, which combines Conform’s timeless design with the best in audio technology for an immersive music experience.

As we all know, the linens you sleep in are almost as important to your sleeping experience as the mattress you sleep upon. For the ultimate in comfortable luxury, Westend Bed Company offers a range of finest Belgian Libeco Linen. Cool in summer and warm in winter, these artisan-made linens offer exceptional comfort; as soft on the skin as they are beautiful on the eye.


To discover Westend Bed Company’s extensive range of luxury beds, furniture and linens – or to experience a unique sleep consultation for yourself - visit the showroom at 215 Upper Richmond Road West (on the corner of East Sheen Avenue) or call 020 7723 2925.

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The Tuscany brown floor lamp is perfect for rooms with neutral tones. This floor lamp comes with a simple cream lampshade and would look beautiful on any surface.


Illuminate your home with the chic, Meurice Chandelier in the antique brass finish! Inspired by traditional, oriental interior design, this brass bamboo ceiling light will add a sculptural glow to your hallway or your dining area.


Amplify your interior with this unique pendant by Schwung. Inspired by futuristic style, this ceiling light features three translucent glass lampshades which are gracefully fixated on a solid brass frame in beautiful black finish.


Art Nouveau inspired stained glass fan lamp made from a mix of swirled jade green, turquoise and chartreuse yellow - a unique type of stained glass that uses swirled layers to create this beautiful effect, or a unique orange and tangerine swirled glass called Fire Opal.


The Porcini Mushroom is called a Carl Johan Mushroom in Sweden, and it is from this chubby little mushroom that the Carl Johan Lamp gets its name. Available here in Gold, the lamp shade has a white interior that helps to reflect light down. Pop this super cool lamp on a side table to create some beautiful ambient lighting in your living room or on a console in the dinning room.


Distinctive Bathroom Lighting

Alot of us live extremely busy lifestyles with work and family commitments. Making the most of your bathroom to create a beautiful and restful space is one of the highly treasured luxuries of today and can add significant value to your property. No matter how big or small your bathroom space, you can add attractive wall and ceiling lights that are IP44 rated to be used in your bathroom. This specification protects the electrics from steam and splashing water. (Check with your electrician as to how far you can position IP44 rated lighting products from sinks and baths).


If you have the luxury of a tall or vaulted ceiling in your bathroom, consider an IP44 rated crystal chandelier or pendant to look at and enjoy whilst you soak in a bath. For more regular ceiling heights there are decorative semi-flush or flush mounts that can be used, so that you can add an architectural detail with matching metalwork to your taps and showerheads.


As well as the regular functional downlights in the bathroom when you need to groom or use makeup, consider having interesting above the

mirror or wall lights either side of your mirror to illuminate your space. With a great choice of Traditional, Victorian or Modern designs, you now have a lot more colour finishes to choose from, rather than just the standard Polished Chrome. Look out for fixtures in Black, Brushed Brass and Bronze finishes to mention just a few.


For more inspirational ideas to brighten up your bathroom, visit the Distinctive Lighting showroom in Mill Lane, Alton, Hampshire where you will find more than 2,500 lighting models on display. The variety of choice is unrivalled, and our staff are on hand Monday to Friday 9-5pm and Saturday 9-1pm, to provide a friendly advisory service.

T: 01420 590510

“No matter how big or small your bathroom space, you can add attractive wall and ceiling lights that are IP44 rated to be used in your bathroom”


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

“lights&lamps offer a diverse range of elegantly simple products”
Imperial - 5 light brass and opal flush £189 Sanvi - rattan globe table lamp £109 Ensia - tall rattan table lamp £109 Bardi - 1 light oversized scalloped rattan pendant £369 Chelso - 6 light matt black and opal pendant £269 Orcia - linen tripod diffuser floor lamp £239 Roma - 1 light brass and opal rechargeable table lamp £119 Ruzo - 4 light matt warm white and white porcelain ceiling pendant £289

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Thoughtfully designed to rest against your wall by a tan leather handle, the compact planter is perfect for showcasing your houseplants, herbs, or homegrown produce without taking up too much space.

The Maya Wall Planter is well suited to living rooms, hallways, offices and kitchens and functions well as a standalone design or displayed in group formation.


Complementing one of Tom’s newest lighting ranges, the Verso Wall Light brings wooden art forms to wall spaces.

Sustainably designed and handcrafted in South Cornwall, Tom Raffield designs are synonymous with nature; each product is handcrafted with utmost care and attention to detail. With a focus on refreshing homes with versatile, innovative designs, each of Raffield’s newest pieces can be adjusted to suit a myriad of interiors.

“Our homes support us through our ever-changing daily routines, we seek to provide beautiful pieces that enhance our everyday, making each moment extraordinary through striking design”.


The Semper Lighting Range, the first light to join Raffield’s collection that features a pivoting, fully adjustable ply-wood frame (which allows the user to customise the direction of the light in their home) is set to be a triumph.

Centred around the Latin word for ‘always’, Semper’s shifting form and changeable lighting effects is representative of the seasonal movement and varying light levels of the Sun’s path. Inviting change with its tilting layers, Semper caters for multi-tasking modern spaces and passes the curation of home lighting to the hands of the user.


Introducing an exciting addition to Tom’s soughtafter Green Range, the Maya Wall Planter is the answer to spaces that are calling out for greenery but lack surface area to display indoor houseplants.

A steam bent oval hoop of sustainable ash wood is skilfully forged together with a curved scarf join to provide strength and stability whilst gently cradling a tactile, hand-glazed earthenware bowl.

An ornate marriage of balance and light, the Verso Range is an asymmetrical wooden work of art that welcomes a fresh perspective. Forged from the Latin word to ‘spin’, the sculptural Verso Lighting Range calls back to nature and showcases the gravity defying, swooping motion of falling leaves in the wind. Igniting creativity within your space, the Verso Range looks different from every angle and exhibits its varying form to add playful personality to a wide range of interiors.

Looping to create eye-catching asymmetry, the Verso Wall Light is carefully crafted from one continuous length of sustainably sourced FSC timber that soars around the warm glow of an exposed bulb to cast a beautiful blend of light and shadow.

The innovative design can be positioned at different angles to create focused lighting within your space, from cosy reading corners and hardworking hallways to calming bedside spaces, its varying form adds playful personality to a wide range of interiors.



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