Life Magazines (London editions) October 2018

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or the first time in its 122 year history, this year the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox will adopt two routes out of the capital at first light on Sunday 4 November. The journey from Hyde Park to the Sussex coast has been subject to various minor changes since the posse of early automotive pioneers celebrated the passing into law of the Locomotive on the Highway Act. Two of the world’s most famous thoroughfares will be reunited in central London on the first Saturday in November when the Illinois Office of Tourism returns as title partner to this year’s Regent Street Motor Show, a Royal Automobile Club event. The UK’s best loved seasonal home event, Ideal Home Show Christmas is returning for its eighth magical year at London’s Olympia - with over 600 exhibitors and enough festive filled content to create the ultimate Christmas at home. The capital city’s London Morgan have announced their new hire service to allow customers unprecedented access to the Morgan Motor Company’s iconic models - whether it be for the day or an entire tour of Europe. Hand-made models are available to hire from the beautiful home of London Morgan, situated in one of London’s last remaining working mews deep in the heart of South Kensington. The London Restaurant Festival has arrived for its 10th year. Taking place throughout October, there is a starstudded line-up of some of the world’s top chefs and as ever LRF will take place in restaurants, welcoming over 50,000 people into over 400 restaurants across the capital.

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4 November 2018 Meanwhile the other half will head past the Westminster Abbey crossing the Thames via Lambeth Bridge and then taking a parallel journey through Vauxhall, Tooting and Mitcham meeting up with the ‘traditional’ route close to Croydon. From there to the coast the full field will pass through Purley, Coulsdon and Hooley on its merry way to Redhill with a well-earned mid-way refreshment stop in Crawley before travelling through the picturesque villages of Sussex followed by the final descent into Brighton. Full details of the route and a spectator map are available at


or the first time in its 122 year history, this year the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox will adopt two routes out of the capital at first light on Sunday 4 November. The journey from Hyde Park to the Sussex coast has been subject to various minor changes since the posse of early automotive pioneers celebrated the passing into law of the Locomotive on the Highway Act. Though since setting out on the very first Emancipation Run way back in November 1896, all participants have always followed the same officially designated road as one another down to Brighton. However, due to increasing Sunday morning congestion on the streets of London and everspiralling spectator traffic, this year Run participants have two routes between Westminster and Croydon to help alleviate overcrowding on the increasingly busy highways meaning even more enthusiasts in south London have a wonderful opportunity to savour hundreds of extraordinary pre-1905 cars travelling past en-route to Brighton. All cars will depart Hyde Park at sunrise and travel through the Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner, then down Constitution Hill, past Buckingham Palace, along The Mall, under Admiralty Arch, and down Whitehall to Parliament Square. Here the Run will split into two. Half of the spectacular veteran car field will follow the familiar path taken in recent years past Big Ben over Westminster Bridge and then onto Streatham and Thornton Heath.

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THE DETAILS To choose the spot from which to enjoy this not-to-be-missed spectacle, take a look at the spectator map and join the many thousands of enthusiasts lining the route. Official Run charity, Movember, is also working with pubs along the route which will become Movember hubs in support of the day. For more information, visit the official event website



Get your Kicks on

Route 66, via Regent Street!

The West End will come alive with the Illinois Route 66 Regent Street Motor Show on Saturday 3 November


wo of the world’s most famous thoroughfares will be reunited in central London on the first Saturday in November when the Illinois Office of Tourism returns as title partner to this year’s Regent Street Motor Show, a Royal Automobile Club event. The Illinois Route 66 Regent Street Motor Show is the UK’s largest free-to-view motor show, showcasing the future and celebrating the past. The event first began in 2005 when the first Veteran Car Run International Concours d’Elegance was staged on Regent Street featuring the top 100 veteran cars from around the world, the day before the start of the historic London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. In 2010 the Concours evolved into the Regent

About the Royal Automobile Club’s London Motor Week The Regent Street Motor Show is an integral part of London Motor Week, which incorporates the following events: • The Royal Automobile Club Motoring Lectures • The Art of Motoring exhibition at the Royal Automobile Club • Dewar Trophy Presentation Lunch • Motoring Book of the Year Awards • Royal Automobile Club Motoring Forum • Regent Street Motor Show • Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox For more information, visit the official event website


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Street Motor Show incorporating 21st century vehicles, and now embraces everything from the earliest 19th Century veterans to the cars of the future. The event takes place from 10:30am until 4pm and the street is pedestrianised from Piccadilly Circus to Oxford Circus, creating a family friendly environment. There will be plenty to keep all ages entertained with karting action for children aged 4-10, performances from the West End Kids throughout the day, the Top Gear Experience simulator, and there’ll even be the chance to win a holiday to the state of Illinois. And of course not forgetting the stars of the Show; the stunning cars and bikes across the ages to savour, providing a fantastic photo opportunity. Alan Titchmarsh will even be presiding over the presentation of coveted prizes for the prestigious veteran car International Concours d’Elegance. And the best bit? It’s completely free to attend.




‘T “It offers the finest food from the Food Halls”

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he Harrods Tea Rooms’ is the new all-day dining concept on the 4th Floor of the iconic department store. Open from 10am-9pm it offers the finest food from the Food Halls in a beautifully designed room. Upon entry to the new restaurant, guests are welcomed by an indulgent Cake Table showcasing the finest cakes & pastries created by Head Pastry Chef, Alistair Birt. Visitors can choose from an array of delicious tarts, loafs and seasonal cakes perfectly paired with a pot of Harrods tea or a freshly roasted coffee. An impeccable range of breakfast items are available including Harrods signature sourdough, fresh baked croissant with Harrods jams or toasted english tea cakes, all freshly made in the Roastery & Bake Hall by master baker, Lance Gardner. For those looking for an indulgent afternoon tea, the team of Harrods experts have crafted an exceptional spin on the traditional tea with beautifully presented open-faced sandwiches including Harrods smoked scottish salmon with lemon and salmon mousse or roast beef and horseradish with pickles and watercress. The selection of sandwiches showcase Harrods dedication to providing food with seasonality and provenance with dishes including a Norfolk black leg chicken club sandwich with crispy smoked bacon

and Burford brown egg mayo or smoked chalk stream trout with pickled cucumber, horseradish and watercress. The signature King George sandwich was created after searching the archives for inspiration. This delicious combination of salt beef, pickles and sweet mustard was first created for King George V when he was newly crowned back in 1913. The Harrods Tea Rooms have also introduced a carefully curated menu led by Executive Head Chef, Andy Cook and Executive Head of Food Innovation, April Preston. Preston details the provenance and seasonality of the newly designed menu saying, “We’re thrilled to welcome the launch of The Harrods Tea Rooms with a brand new offering created by our exceptional Harrods Chefs. The menu is an exciting showcase of Harrods excellence with each dish crafted from ingredients sourced from the historic food halls.” Discerning guests can enjoy a wide variety of savoury dishes from lunch through to supper at The Harrods Tea Rooms choosing from the dish of the day or a selection of favourites including dover sole meuniere, Barbers cheddar and potato scotch pie, or 32 day dry aged Josper grilled minute steak. The Harrods Tea Rooms is open for full-service breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner from 10am-9pm every day. Follow at @Harrods #HarrodsFood


Celebrate the season with a Taste of Autumn at Wisley A

utumn is a wonderful time of year at the flagship garden of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), with an abundance of vibrant seasonal colours on display and home-grown produce being harvested. Where can you find these autumnal delights? At RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey. To celebrate the sights, sounds and flavours of the season, RHS Garden Wisley is hosting the Taste of Autumn event in the garden from 17-21 October 2018. This year, more than 30 stalls will be exhibiting to promote the local harvest and artisan food and drink, with lots of opportunities to sample the delicious produce. As well as tantalising the taste buds, visitors will be able to marvel at displays of autumn produce and vintage tractors as they meander by.

Expert advice Special guest exhibitors include the Surrey Bees Society, National Vegetable Society and National Allotment Society, each providing insightful information to visitors. Additionally, RHS experts will be providing gardening advice to all, so whether a novice or more experienced gardener, it’s the ideal opportunity to ask those autumnal questions. Additionally, the RHS Seed Team will be showcasing the work that they do, drawing upon the Society’s diverse plant collections and wealth of expertise to offer seed harvested from RHS gardens. 1 4 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 8

This year, there will be a Talk Theatre for visitors to take a pew. Inside, a variety of speakers will provide insightful talks about their produce for those keen to find out more.

Horticultural highlights There are many seasonal highlights for visitors to discover in October at RHS Garden Wisley. Must-sees include the eye-catching Nyssa sylvatica ‘Wisley Bonfire’ and Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Wisley King’ as the foliage changes from green to vibrant ambers and reds. The Equinox Borders are another colourful delight, with autumn flowering Aster, Kniphofia, and Euonymus filling the display.

Family fun For those visitors looking for family friendly activities during October half term, head to RHS Garden Wisley from 20-28 October for a week of Room on the Broom themed fun. There will be a spooky trail around the garden for children to enjoy, alongside a variety of creepy activities such as crafts, storytelling, gardening workshops and practical music sessions. Additionally, bookable pumpkin carving sessions will be running on select dates. For further information about the seasonal highlights at RHS Garden Wisley and the full range of events, visit

“Must-sees include the eye-catching Nyssa sylvatica ‘Wisley Bonfire’ and Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Wisley King’ as the foliage changes from green to vibrant ambers and reds”

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ojca Usnik’s dressage career began in her native Slovenia. As a junior rider she competed at Prix St Georges level, winning team gold medals in National Competitions as well as an individual bronze. After completing a master’s degree in engineering, Mojca moved to the UK to work on a professional dressage yard. “I rode both youngsters and Grand Prix horses. I enjoyed training the horses and developing their confidence.” Mojca joined Wimbledon Village Stables in 2012; “I wanted to focus more on my coaching and since being at WVS I’ve gained my FEI Level 2 International Coaching Certiificate, qualified as a dressage judge, and become a certified equine body worker.” The WVS horses get regular treatments from Mojca, enjoying more massages than most people! Working at WVS has also provided Mojca with the opportunity to train and compete two sports horses, owned by clients. Both horses have had great success at British Dressage affiliated competitions. She has always dreamt of riding at the Olympics. It was after watching Rio 2016 that Mojca realised her Olympic dream could become a reality. “I was surprised how different the level of horses and riders were. I began to research the rules and discovered that as a Slovenian rider, qualifying as an individual was a possibility.” “I’ve received lots of support from colleagues and clients at the stables who have given me encouragement and ideas on how to make this dream come true.” The project is at a critical stage, Mojca

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FORTNUM’S X FRANK 2018 presents unseen work by Modern British Artist

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ortnum & Mason are continuing their annual artistic collaboration Fortnum’s X Frank 2018 until 20th October, with eminent art collector, Frank Cohen, presenting a rich body of work by British landscape artist, John Virtue. Frank Cohen is one of the world’s most influential and prolific collectors of British and international contemporary art. Previous notable exhibitions have included: a significant collection of Modern British masterpieces from the Frank Cohen Collection that went on display at Chatsworth House’s New Gallery in Spring 2012; a collection of recent works from China, India and Japan entitled ‘Facing East’ that was on display at Manchester Art Gallery in Spring 2010. John Virtue is one of the most distinguished painters working today in the UK. He was awarded the post of Associate Artist at the National Gallery and this will be the first time since his 2005 National Gallery show that such an extensive oeuvre of works has been seen in London. Fortnum’s X Frank 2018 (FXF18) sees 70 large-scale monochromatic works by Virtue placed across the floors of the luxury London store, in the heart of Piccadilly. Having trained at the Slade School of Fine Art, Virtue’s practice is continually informed by natural environments and his geographical moving from Lancashire to Devon, to London, and now to Norfolk. The artist’s idiosyncratic black and white canvases, created using a mix of white acrylic paint, black ink and shellac, provides a provocative juxtaposition among the iconic Fortnum’s colours and gilt. The works chosen include abstract landscapes that challenge the viewer to see beyond the paint to make out landmark sites, such as London’s St Paul’s Cathedral, London Eye and The Gherkin. FXF18 is curated by Robert Upstone, former Director at the Fine Art Society, which he joined in 2010 from Tate Britain where he was Head of

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Modern British Art. The collaboration is taking place as the global art world descends on London for the prestigious Frieze Art Fair, also coinciding with London Design Festival. Fortnum’s has a long-standing commitment to the arts, supporting generations of artists and designers through its connections with the Royal Academy, the Royal College of Art, the Slade School of Fine Art and the Bloomsbury Group, alongside Fortnum’s own distinguished collection. “Fortnum & Mason is about creating a sense of pleasure, and while we focus on things that taste amazing, art enhances the sensory pleasure of the store and creates an intellectual pleasure for those that enjoy it. With Frank’s astute collectors eye and Robert’s impeccable curation, we are able to challenge and inspire our customers as they move throughout the store. As a British, family business, it seems a perfect fit to have John Virtue’s incredible landscapes and seascapes exhibited in our home throughout one of the busiest months in London’s art calendar.” Ewan Venters, CEO Fortnum & Mason.

“Fortnum’s has a long-standing commitment to the arts, supporting generations of artists and designers through its connections with the Royal Academy, the Royal College of Art, the Slade School of Fine Art and the Bloomsbury Group, alongside Fortnum’s own distinguished collection”


The Deer

of Richmond Park


ichmond Park was originally a deerhunting park, and still has 300 red deer and 350 fallow deer. When Charles I moved his court to Richmond Palace (no longer standing) to avoid the plague in London, in 1625, he turned his manor into a deer park with herds of fallow and red deer. The park was enclosed with an 8 mile long brick wall in 1637. Most of the wall that still encloses Richmond park is the original. The Royal deer have been maintained in Richmond ever since. The deer have played a major role in the Park’s history and have shaped the landscape too. Their special grassland habitat depends on grazing and the parkland trees have a distinctive ‘browse line’ as the deer eat all the leaves and twigs growing below

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about 1.5 metres. Deer grazing also prevents tree seedlings from growing, keeping the grassland open. For young trees to survive they need to be protected against damage from deer antlers for some 50 years. During the autumn the deer ‘rut’ (breeding season) takes place. The red stags and fallow bucks compete for females (known as hinds and does respectively). At this time, the large males roar, bark and clash antlers in a spectacular way in an attempt to fight off rivals and to attract as many females as possible. The young are born mainly in June, and are hidden by their mothers amongst the bracken and long grass. Females and their young are very vulnerable and sensitive to disturbance at this time Herds of red and fallow deer roam freely within much of the park. The herds are culled in November to keep numbers manageable and the park population healthy. The British Deer Society and the Deer Initiative of England and Wales, who are regarded as the main welfare organizations dealing with the welfare and management of deer nationally, recognise that parkland deer numbers must be managed and that removal of some of the deer is necessary each year to keep populations at acceptable levels. The keeping of deer in enclosed English parkland has a long heritage. Although many ancient parks were originally maintained for hunting purposes, in recent times it is recognised that the deer herds


of the Royal Parks in London are an integral part of the parks’ ecosystem, as well as being a valuable amenity and educational feature. These parkland deer are wild animals, which are not regularly shepherded or handled; they are left to breed normally and to establish normal social behaviour.

“The keeping of deer in enclosed English parkland has a long heritage All deer parks have a maximum capacity of deer numbers, which must not be exceeded to avoid problems of disease and damage to the natural environment (the complex ecosystems for which Richmond Park is notified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, National Nature Reserve and a European Special Area of Conservation, being of particular importance). The deer are wild animals, so never try to touch or feed them. Always keep a respectful distance, especially if you have a dog. As well as deer, a range of other mammals lives in the park, though they may not be as obvious. These include Fox, Rabbit, Shrew, Mice and Vole. Unfortunately the Brown Hare, which was once common in the Park, has vanished as a consequence of increased disturbance. The Park’s diverse landscape, abundant insects and plentiful tree roost sites are good habitat for bats. There are recent records of at least 2 2 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 8

nine species including all 3 species of Pipistrelle, Noctule, Serotine, Brown Long-eared and Daubenton’s bats. bAs well as deer, a range of other mammals lives in the park, though they may not be as obvious. These include Fox, Rabbit, Shrew, Mice and Vole. Unfortunately the Brown Hare, which was once common in the Park, has vanished as a consequence of increased disturbance. The Park’s diverse landscape, abundant insects and plentiful tree roost sites are good habitat for bats. Th ere are recent records of at least nine species including all 3 species of Pipistrelle, Noctule, Serotine, Brown Long-eared and Daubenton’s bats.

ADOPT A DEER You can adopt a deer in Richmond Park When you become an adopter, you’ll receive a certificate of thanks, postcard, factsheet and a badge pin A. n adoption makes an unusual gift and is a great way to mark a special occasion! www.royalparksfoundation. org/support/foundation/ foundation_adopt_new. cfm

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October at Bocketts Farm E

njoy a full packed programme of fun and freaky activities this October Half Term including a Quiz Trail, Creepy Craft Corner and Reptile Roadshow, where you’ll get the chance to meet awesome creepy crawlies up close! Plus, they’ll be hundreds of pumpkins on sale and amazing magic shows from the Wizard magician! Daily activities include pony rides, tractor rides, animal handling and pig racing, and you can meet and feed all of the friendly farm animals too. With a large heated indoor play barn, trampolines, pedal go karts, young driver’s area and a jumping pillow, there’s plenty to keep the whole family amused, whatever the weather! Open daily 10am – 5.30pm. Visit for more details.




Harrods is proud to introduce the Hair & Beauty Salon, occupying 16,200sq ft on the Fifth Floor of the iconic store.

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serene space, the department brings together the UK’s most renowned hair, beauty and make-up talents alongside a product offering from the world’s most innovative beauty brands, making it the ultimate destination for hair and beauty in London. The Harrods Beauty buying team have carefully curated an edit of new brands and products, championing exciting trend-led categories such

as cruelty-free beauty, avant-garde skincare and at-home beauty gadgets, all of which are becoming increasingly important to the Harrods customer. New brands, including Votary, Skin Laundry, Hair by Sam McKnight, Allies of Skin, RMS Beauty, Balmain Hair, Foreo and UKA, sit alongside already successful products from Valmont, Murad, Rahua, SkinCeuticals, Dermalogica and Cover FX, among many more.

“A collection of massage treatments are on offer, from personalised techniques to lava shell massages”

The Harrods Hair & Beauty Salon also welcomes a refreshed restaurant concept, Café on 5. A contemporary menu of comforting yet healthconscious dishes ranges from delicious breakfast bowls and Rainbow Buddha salad bowls to freshly made treats straight from the Food Halls, as well as juices and speciality teas and coffees. Alongside classic hair, make-up, nail and body treatments, the salon’s treatments and services include:


SkinCeuticals, and many more. • The Moroccan Spa by MarocMaroc offers an unrivalled choice of hammam treatments. A range of massages, nourishing facials, indulgent wraps and exfoliations can be tailored to suit each client’s needs. The salon, formerly Urban Retreat, is a tranquil getaway situated right at the heart of Knightsbridge, and is the ultimate destination for hair and beauty on the go. For more information visit

• Trichologists provide an individual service for each client, utilising laser treatments and PDA technology. A full analysis and diagnosis of conditions will be carried out before a bespoke treatment plan is offered. • Administered intravenously via a drip, vitamin hair infusions aid overall hair health and growth. • Using individual strands of either Hairdreams or Great Lengths hair extensions, a well-proven and distinctive bonding technique is used to create a style that suits all.

BODY • A collection of massage treatments are on offer, from personalised techniques to lava shell massages. • Paraffin wax baths, Guam cellulite treatments, Thalgo scrubs and wraps, and slimming and cellulite treatments are available, as well as tanning services by St Tropez. • Facial treatments are available from the beauty industry’s most loved skincare brands, including Murad, Guinot, Valmont, Dr Dennis Gross, O C TO B E R 2 0 1 8 2 7


Tutton & Young present



ade London: Marylebone is an annual contemporary craft and design fair featuring a handpicked selection of top contemporary designer-makers. Now in its sixth year, the fair runs for 4 days from Thursday 18- Sunday 21 October 2018. Tutton and Young have invited applications from artists working throughout the UK and have handpicked more than 100 exhibitors to showcase and sell a diverse selection of textiles, fashion accessories, clothes, metalwork, jewellery, ceramics, mixed media art, beautifully worked wood and handcrafted furniture – a huge range of gorgeous things for the home and for you. The makers themselves are on hand to meet visitors and discuss inspirations, design processes and future projects. Get your Christmas shopping underway and be spoilt for choice from the handpicked collections on offer. One Marylebone is a stunning setting for all the original work, a Grade 1 listed former church designed by Sir John Soane. It’s ultra convenient being opposite Great Portland Street tube station. The café will also be serving delicious coffee, lunch, snacks and drinks throughout the day for that wellearned pit stop. Although an extremely difficult task, we’ve chosen a selection of the designer/ makers selling their work at MADE London to give you a taste of the wide choice of lovely goods on offer.

Latimeria metal Poetry in metal is how Latimeria describe their beautiful cutlery and serving wear. Their salad servers are fit for a queen!

Sam Walker ceramics We love Sam Walker’s handmade patterned ceramics 3 0 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 8

for their sense of fun and personality. Made from flat slabs of clay and decorated with slip they are bursting with individual character.

Alison Dupernex textiles Alison’s aim is to make a work of art to wear, with the choice of colour and yarn texture being the vital magic components. Snuggle up in one of her beautiful scarves.

“The makers themselves are on hand to meet visitors and discuss inspirations, design processes and future projects” Top left: Chair by Hugh Miller Top right: Latermeria Above: Ring by Sarah Pulvertaft Below: Snowberry scarf by Alison Dupernex Bottom right: Sam Walker

Sarah Pulvertaft jewellery Sarah uses traditional techniques to make silver and gold jewellery in her Oxfordshire workshop. We adore her sequinned rings!

Hugh Miller wood Hugh Miller is a designer and applied artist specialising in studio furniture in wood. His ultra-elegant work is made in British elm, Japanese bamboo, brass, and Japanese Sumi ink. Tickets are £10. Tickets for the Private View taking place on Thursday 18 October from 6-9pm are £20.00. Browse the work at leisure over a glass of wine and enjoy the live band. Visit us at the Spirit of Christmas Fair, Monday 29 October - Sunday 4 November, London Olympia


Introducing the BRAND NEW Spirit of Christmas Fair 2018 Monday 29 October - Sunday 4 November, London Olympia


he premier UK’s high-end Christmas shopping event, the Spirit of Christmas Fair, is returning for its 18th year as never before - with a brand new look, layout and even more boutiques and designer-makers, offering visitors seven glorious days of Christmas shopping. The Spirit of Christmas Fair will be home to everything you need on your Christmas list, not forgetting a plethora of treats for yourself! Highlights of the brand new Spirit of Christmas Fair will include: • Over 825 independent boutiques to kick-start your Christmas Shopping • Support small businesses and up-and-coming designers not usually found on the high street • Exclusive show offers and competitions from the unique collection of boutique brands • The chance to listen and ask advice from industry experts • Interactive workshops • The exclusive Mosimann’s Brasserie • Three Louis Roderer Champagne Bars • The Food Hall presents an entirely delectable mix of over 100 leading artisans, independent producers and Great Taste award-winners where you can discover the ultimate fine wines, spirits, handmade cheeses, organic oils, luxury Christmas puddings, truffles and caviar. • Late night shopping on Thursday 1st November • More bars and cafés to keep you refreshed all day including a Food Court • Complimentary entry to the Luxury Travel

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Fair which takes place alongside the Spirit of Christmas Fair from 1-4 November 2018. Shop, dine and be inspired, all whilst enjoying an unmissable day out. Unlimited entry available as one day is simply not enough.

“The Food Hall presents an entirely delectable mix of over 100 leading artisans, independent producers and Great Taste award-winners”

Advance Pricing and Ticket Types Unlimited Entry: £28 Premium Pass (opening day, plus one return visit): £25 New - Weekend Pass: £25 New - Weekend Ticket 1 Day: £22 Standard Adult (Tues-Fri): £20.50 Child (13-16): From £13.50 Child (12 and under): FREE For further details and opening times visit

Visit us on Stand M71 at the Spirit of Christmas Show


Eat & Drink Festival 2018 21st – 25th November, London’s Olympia The Great Eat Visitors can indulge in a selection of the world’s finest flavours, crafted by the country’s most celebrated street food visionaries. Visitors are able to walk the ‘Streets of London’, sampling flavours from across the capital. There is the option to pick up a quick lunch, a delicious dinner or get lost in the delightful aromas of fantastic, fresh food.

Artisan Producers Market


he Eat & Drink Festival is the ultimate foodie experience! Find independent artisan food producers selling fresh produce, an eclectic selection of the best street food vendors, mixologists and a wealth of the UK’s top brands all celebrating the very best seasonal food and drink of 2018. And for the second year running, the show is co-located with the Ideal Home Show giving you FREE ENTRY on purchasing a ticket for Eat & Drink Festival!

Sample and shop for the freshest produce and handmade products. Beautiful chutneys and pickles, brilliant breads and patisserie favourites, excellent oils, fresh juices and jams, locally-sourced cured meats, cheeses and seafood sat alongside fresh fruits and vegetables. Meaning you can continue your Eat & Drink experience at home.

“Sample and shop for the freshest produce and handmade products”

The Christmas Kitchen The live demonstration theatre is the community hub of Eat & Drink. Top chefs, foodie favourites and experts include Rosemary Shrager, Theo Randall, Aldo Zilli, Rachel Green and Ed Baines will be offering their top tips and expert advice on perfecting a festive feast, cooking up a storm to educate and inform with flair. Ever had the dilemma of which mince pies, Christmas pudding or Cranberry sauce to buy? Join this session and taste the way to the answer!

The Drinks Station Home to the most celebrated industry experts who will reveal the best tips and tricks for top tipples! Resident wine expert Olly Smith will be on-hand offering his recommendations to pair your Christmas food with fantastic drinks. Sample creative cocktails crafted by top mixologists and bar managers from innovative bars and restaurants. Surrounding The Drinks Station will be a selection of fabulous drinks brand offering tasters and the chance to buy & take a bottle of your favourite tipple home. 3 4 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 8

Second circle: Theo Randall Third circle: Olly Smith

Late Night Thursday On Thursday, Eat & Drink Festival Christmas will become a buzzing hub of nightlife. Food from the country’s top street food vendors will be served until 9pm including majestic Mexican food, heart-warming Caribbean delights and Italian delicacies. Top tipples will be on offer from the Drinks Station. It will become your new favourite destination for after-work drinks. There will also be a backdrop of live music performed by London’s finest, up and coming street musicians and artists over at The Buskers Station. For more details and to purchase tickets visit

Inspired by iconic vintage design and the North Norfolk coast, Whale Of A Time Clothing is fast becoming the go-to lifestyle brand for the young and discerning. It’s blend of statement block colours and functional designs will effortlessly transition between the coast and the capital. Whale Of A Time products are designed to be lived in, each made from luxurious 100% organic cotton and styled in a relaxed unisex fit. They are perfectly constructed to withstand even the most active of lifestyles. Easily dressed both up or down, the Sowerby Sweatshirt and Norfolk Quarter Zip Sweatshirts are sought after staples this season and are made to take on the British winter with style. We will be exhibiting at the Spirit Of Christmas on stand number N101 in the Grand Hall, make sure you come and see us and check out the new AW18 Collection.


Mu Du London is your one stop destination for high quality hats and headwear for every occasion. We look forward to seeing you at the Spirit of Christmas fair from 29 Oct - 4 Nov 2018 and Stylist Live from 9 - 11 November 2018 at Olympia London





21st – 25th November, Olympia London

he UK’s best loved seasonal home event, Ideal Home Show Christmas is returning for its eighth magical year at London’s Olympia - with over 600 exhibitors and enough festive filled content to create the ultimate Christmas at home. The most established and celebrated show of its kind, brings together all of the seasonal essentials to create the ideal Christmas for loved ones, split across five dedicated festive sections. And for the second year, the show will be co-located with the Eat & Drink Festival Christmas, giving visitors of Ideal Home Show Christmas FREE access to the ultimate foodie experience! Tick off the Christmas list in the Christmas Gift section and shop this season’s top toys, gadgets, artisan gifts, stocking fillers and the perfect gifts for him, her, the kids and pets. Alternatively, for those with a penchant for handmade, head over to the Christmas Theatre where a host of the nation’s most loved experts from each of the show’s sections will come together to teach the skills behind a truly traditional home-made Christmas. Indulge in a packed schedule of live Q&A’s and How To’s on everything from Christmas dinner party etiquette, home decoration tips and advice, crafty homemade gifts, essential gift wrap skills and even the latest fashion trends and make-up tips in time for the party season. Six Christmas roomsets have been designed and styled around the key dates of the festive season Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve. You will see the top colour trends, key themes and

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must-have decorations to create the perfect living and dining spaces to wow your guests. After all that shopping, visitors will also be able to enjoy Christmas lunch early, set in beautifully festive surroundings of the Christmas Restaurant, where resident chefs will serve up a traditional Christmas menu with a twist, allowing visitors to sample different options created and freshly prepared by the team to inspire any Christmas menu. It will leave tastebuds festively fed! Those with a sweeter tooth can indulge in this year’s Festive Afternoon Tea, with a variety of Christmasfinger sandwiches, traditional British Cream Tea and a selection of mini mince pies, cinnamon brownies and traditional stolen. The sound of Christmas will fill the air with entertainment from the nostalgic Doo Wop girl group The Hey Las, harmony arrangements by Stella Mann College, nationally acclaimed gospel choir group Enchorus and funky contemporary choir Natural Voices. For the perfect end to the festive filled day, visitors can unwind and enjoy a glass of fizz in the Champagne Bar sponsored by Hydropool, or enjoy being pampered in our Pamper Lounge with a range of FREE treatments. Visitors can also participate in exclusive show offers and competitions which this year includes access to a special late night shopping event on Thursday 22nd November for just £5 a ticket, which will see an evening of festive fun and games, special show content, live entertainment until 9pm. There truly is something for everyone at the Ideal Home Show Christmas 2018. For more details visit

“Tick off the Christmas list in the Christmas Gift section and shop this season’s top toys, gadgets, artisan gifts, stocking fillers and the perfect gifts for him, her, the kids and pets”




ondon’s scariest just got scarier! The London Dungeon invites you to SCREAMFEST, the ultimate Halloween event. This month the Home of Halloween prepares to thrill and scare those who dare enter with fear drenched stories and scream inducing shocks as you experience the toils and tales of London’s darkest history. Darker and danker than ever before, those brave enough will need to scamper past soulless skeletons and venture into rat-infested cells as they journey through London’s perilous past in a bid to escape with their lives intact. With twenty haunting tales and two thrilling rides, guests will come face to face with London’s scariest and most notorious characters including Jack the Ripper, Sweeney Todd, The Plague Doctor and The Torturer. Take on London’s only underground water ride as you sail to certain death down the Thames, dodge the grasp of an escaped convict from Newgate Prison, and prepare for a ‘hangy’ ending as you plummet into the depths on the exhilarating vertical free fall drop ride; Drop Dead. Plus exclusively for Screamfest, a new Jack the Ripper show sees guests plunged into complete darkness on the streets of Whitechapel, and the spine-tingling Séance returns; inviting guests to sit round a Ouija board and summon the spirits. Andrew Walker, General Manager for The London Dungeon said; “Halloween is the most thrilling time of the year for The London Dungeon, and this time we’re going bigger and better than ever before. With the most stories, scares and special effects we’ve had in 40 years, SCREAMFEST will without a doubt leave our guests screaming… for more!” This Halloween, scream, scream, and scream again as you shake, shudder and squeal your way through London’s scariest outing; SCREAMFEST at The London Dungeon! Book ahead to avoid disappointment: The London Dungeon is located on the South Bank close to Waterloo and Westminster station. Open seven days a week – times vary so please check the website for the most up to date information.

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Behold: A life-size Lego Bugatti Chiron… …and it is driveable!


he Bugatti Chiron, a sleek supercar worth millions, is the ultimate drive for motor enthusiasts - but one made entirely of Lego takes the idea of expensive toys to a whole other level. LEGO® has successfully built a life-size, driveable replica – made entirely from over one million LEGO pieces. Bugatti sports cars and LEGO® building bricks may seem like two very different things, but they do share a common design feature: to be the very best. Incredibly it is fully functional and can fit two passengers inside. Lego says the car can accelerate to slightly over 12 miles per hour (theoretically up 18 miles per hour) and weighs over 3,000 pounds. It also boasts 5.3 horsepower, as well as real Bugatti Chiron wheels. Two batteries in the car serve as its overall power source. Although there is no gas or acceleration pedal (as the car is driven by voltage level), there is a working pedal for the brake. The car, the first of its kind, was built using 339 types of Lego Technic elements - Technic, for the unfamiliar, is Lego’s line of interconnecting rods, gears, axles, motors, and other parts a bit more

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complex than the bricks and blocks the company is best known for.) and no glue was used in its assembly, according to the company. The engine itself is comprised of 2,304 Lego Power Functions motors, along with 4,032 Lego Technic gear wheels and 2,016 LEGO Technic cross axles. It was created by LEGO® designers at its facility in the Czech Republic, widely known for creating the eye-popping pieces that can be found at Lego stores and Legoland parks. A team comprised of 16 specialists spent over 13,000 hours building it. They started brainstorming back in June of last year, with actual construction beginning in March of 2018. Perfectly recreating the organic design lines of the world’s fastest production car – the LEGO Technic life-size model pushes the boundaries of what LEGO builders imagined was possible to build in LEGO elements. The car is equipped with a rear spoiler, speedometer, front and back-lights and detachable steering wheel - all fully functional…..a dream come true for any LEGO fan! Seen from a distance side by side, the resemblance of the two cars is striking. Get closer

“Incredibly it is fully functional and can fit two passengers inside. Lego says the car can accelerate to slightly over 12 miles per hour”

and you will find a fascinating and complex outer ‘skin’ structure, built of interconnected triangular segments made into a LEGO Technic ‘fabric’ designed to mimic the iconic shapes of the original Chiron. Peek inside and discover that every single detail of the original car has been carefully and precisely recreated. LEGO even got Le Mans-winning racer and latterly Bugatti test driver Andy Wallace to test the creation at the Ehra Lessien test track in Germany. “When I first saw the LEGO Chiron, I was immediately impressed by the accuracy of the model and the minute attention to detail. In fact, from about 20 metres away it’s not obvious that you are looking at a LEGO car,” he said. “Driving the LEGO Chiron was a great experience, which I thoroughly enjoyed. All those years ago I could never have imagined that one day I would actually drive a LEGO car!” The Chiron is the ultimate super sports car. It is not only designed for maximum speed, but also meets the highest possible demands in terms of luxury, comfort, everyday drivability and durability. The Chiron combines the best in all these areas which makes it the world’s most complete super sports car.

• Detailed cockpit with working steering wheel bearing the Bugatti emblem • Insert the top speed key to switch the active rear wing from handling to top speed position • Includes a colour collector’s booklet with comprehensive building instructions The LEGO Group’s motto is ‘det bedste er ikke for godt’, which roughly translates to “only the best is the best”.

Currently, consumers can purchase a 1:8 scale model and build it themselves, costing around £250 from selected retailers. • Exclusive 1:8 scale LEGO Bugatti Chiron replica model • W16 piston engine with moving pistons connected to the drivetrain • LEGO technic eight speed gearbox with movable paddle gearshift and separate forward/reverse selector • Logoed spoked rims with low-profile tires and detailed brake discs

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GIVE THE GIFT OF THEATRE AT CHRISTMAS words: James Haddrell, Artistic

& Executive Director, Greenwich Theatre


am no different to the millions of other people whose hearts collectively sink at the sight of Easter eggs on sale on the 2nd of January, the gruesome affront of seeing Halloween costumes available in supermarkets from the summer holidays, or the sound of the first tinny recording of a Christmas hit played over the PA system in a shop at the beginning of October. However, I work in an industry where, publicly or not, Christmas is never far from our minds. The pantomime phenomenon in this country is unrivalled anywhere in the world and at Greenwich Theatre our annual pantomime is the biggest show of the year by far, with more people coming in the seven week run than to anything else that we present. That means that we know the title of the year’s pantomime as much as 18 months ahead (this year, it’s the turn of Robinson Crusoe), we start working with writer/dame Andrew Pollard on the script in the Spring and we commission set and costumes in the Summer. As I write this, the show is fully cast and we are only three weeks away from starting rehearsal. However, the pantomime is not the only show in the festive line-up at Greenwich Theatre this year. Joining the programme and playing in our studio theatre is European Arts Company’s version of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. I spoke to the show’s producer John O’Connor about its development. “My company is based at The Hazlitt Theatre in Maidstone” he said, “and one summer’s day in 2015, the manager called me into her office and asked if I had any ideas for Christmas shows. I found myself saying ‘What about a one-man version of A Christmas Carol as Dickens himself used to do in the 1860s?’ I knew that Dickens had toured all over the world with these readings and been phenomenally successful. The Manager thought it a brilliant idea and half an hour later, I seemed to have committed not only to producing the show but to appearing in it as well.” The performances at Greenwich Theatre will not be the first of their kind in the borough, as Dickens himself came to do a public reading of A Christmas Carol in Greenwich in 1858. I asked John how he has approached the story, given that it has become so well known to people in so many different versions. “A Christmas Carol is one of those stories that everyone seems to know without necessarily having read it. It has permeated popular culture so completely that there are versions by The Muppets, The Smurfs and even Doctor Who! However, I thought it would be interesting to go back to Dickens’s own adaptation of it and recreate the effect on an audience of his original performance. By all accounts he was a spellbinding actor.” After A Christmas Carol, the studio at Greenwich retains its festive feel with the arrival of the awardwinning SharkLegs Theatre and their all new seasonal story – Knitmas: A Winter Yarn. The show is all about a Christmas jumper – a staple tradition in so many homes – but this jumper’s arms aren’t the right

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size and they aren’t the same length. One Christmas he was unwrapped, thrown aside and forgotten and he’s been alone ever since but this year, something might be about to change. Having had so much success with last year’s SnowPocalypse, the company are also reviving the craft element of the show, so before every performance children will be invited to join a free workshop to make something that will be used in the show. The final addition to the Christmas line-up is the return of the ever-popular Christmas Comedy Club For Kids – a line-up of professional comedians performing material written for ages 6 and above, recreating the experience of going to a comedy club but without the beer – and with a whole new style of heckling! I know how hard it can be to decide what to buy people for Christmas. It can be a hugely expensive time of year, we are bombarded with advertising from retailers of just about everything, and there is always the battle to release the absolute must-have toy, gadget or book. However, our homes are all too full of things already, and with parents working all year and children in school, I think one of the most precious gifts at Christmas can come in spending time together with family and friends. That can be special in itself, and I hope a festive trip to the theatre will make that time all the more memorable.

FESTIVE CALENDAR DATES Robinson Crusoe 23 November – 13 January A Christmas Carol 27-28 November Knitmas: A Winter Yarn 4-30 December Christmas Comedy Club For Kids 22 December Box Office 020 8858 7755



his December, Harlequins will once again swap the Twickenham Stoop for the home of English rugby at Big Game 11. In a repeat of Big Game 2, old rivals Wasps will be the opponents for this Gallagher Premiership fixture. Last season’s instalment was one of the best in the series as Harlequins thrashed Northampton Saints 50-21 in front of more than 75,000 supporters. Following last year’s seven-try haul against Northampton Saints, Harlequins will be hoping for another victory over their historic rivals. In terms of Big Game legacy, the two clubs share a similarly dramatic history. In 2009 Harlequins were downed 20-21 by the visitors in a hard-fought fixture, with points from the boot of Danny Cipriani and Dave Walder being the deciding factor between the teams. This encounter set a record Premiership attendance at the time, with 76,716 descending on the home of English Rugby. Since its beginnings in 2008, the Big Game series at Twickenham Stadium has rapidly grown in


Tickets for Big Game 11 are on sale now, however the best way of securing your seat at Rugby HQ for this iconic fixture is by purchasing a Harlequins membership which guarantees attendance to all regular season home matches, including all Tyrrells Premier 15s encounters in 2018/19. To find out more on purchasing a membership please visit or call the Harlequins Ticket Office on 020 8410 6010.

popularity and is now a firm fixture in the festive sporting calendar. The occasion prides itself on being a day out for all the family as the worlds of rugby and entertainment combine with spectacular musical performances, jaw-dropping pyrotechnics and fun for all the family. Over the years, Scouting for Girls, EXTREME Sports, Olly Murs, Rudimental, Sam Bailey and Lawson have all performed at Big Game, with television personalities such as Mark Wright and Vernon Kay both having MC’d the event. 4 4 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 8


H&H CLASSICS announces 1929 Bentley 4.5 litre

‘Le Mans’ style tourer for sale by auction About H&H H&H was founded by Simon Hope in 1993 as a specialist auction house dedicated solely to the sale of collectors’ motorcars and motorcycles. 25 years on the company can boast a continuous trading history which exceeds that of most UK rivals. Staffed by hands-on enthusiasts with over 600 years combined experience, its specialist valuers are among the most knowledgeable in the industry. H &H has had the pleasure of handling everything from 1890s London to Brighton runners through to 1990s Formula 1 cars, not to mention a variety of iconic motorcycles and holds a considerable number of World Record auction prices. H&H holds regular sales at the Imperial War Museum Duxford in Cambridgeshire, National Motorcycle Museum in the West Midlands and Pavilion Gardens, Buxton in Derbyshire

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17th October 2018 at IWM Duxford

his car was supplied new to the man who not only bankrolled four out of Bentley’s five Le Mans 24-hour victories during the vintage era but also achieved three of them. The greatest ‘Bentley Boy’ Woolf Barnato. He was also nicknamed ‘Mr 100%’ by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, organisers of the Le Mans 24-hours because of his unmatched starts-to-wins ratio. As Chairman and majority shareholder of Bentley Motors, Barnato had his absolute pick of the company’s luxury vehicles. One of just two normally aspirated 4.5 litre cars that he took delivery of (the other, ‘YH 3196’ no longer exists in its original form), ‘GU 1927’ represents a concrete link to the man who saved one of Britain’s greatest marques. H&H Classics is one of just five classic car auctioneers to sell a car for more than $10m – and they are bringing the 1929 Bentley to the Imperial War Museum, Duxford this October. It is estimated to sell for between £750,000 - £850,000. You could be in possession of a piece of incredible history and nostalgia ahead of Bentley’s Centenary Celebrations in 2019. Pleasingly retaining its original registration number ‘GU 1927’ (issued March 1929), the Bentley has been extensively recommissioned by the vendor. As well as an engine overhaul, the 4.5 litre has benefited from attention to its steering, brakes and suspension plus careful drivetrain alignment / balancing. The fettling has costs tens of thousands of pounds and taken hundreds of hours. The result is a W.O. Bentley with a pleasingly gentle patina and in rude mechanical health. W.O. Bentley spoke of Woolf ‘Babe’ Barnato with great admiration saying, “The best driver we ever had and, I consider, the best British driver of his day. One who never made a mistake and always

obeyed orders . . . He won Le Mans three times running, an achievement no one else has equalled. He was a formidable man, behind a glass of whisky, behind a driving wheel, and behind a boardroom table. He enjoyed himself with Bentley Motors, enjoyed the racing and the status it brought him in the public eye. In spite of 1931, and the bankruptcy, ‘Babe’ and I never quarrelled’ Damian Jones, Head of Sales for H&H Classics, says: “This is one of those cars that it is almost impossible to put a value on given its history. But for its owner pumping money into Bentley, the company may now be just a dim memory instead of being one of the world’s leading luxury brands. And then there is the glamour of the gilded Barnato name. This is a must buy for anyone who has a passion for Bentley.” Viewing Tuesday 16th October 2018 from 126pm & Wednesday 17th October 2018 from 9am. Sale Day Wednesday 17th October 2018 at 1pm. For further information please contact H&H Classics on 01925 210035 or email Julian Roup at





Until 21 October 2018. Sponsored by BOSS and Sony Music

ichael Jackson: On the Wall at The National Portrait Gallery explores how Michael Jackson has inspired some of the leading names in contemporary art. Curated by Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, this major exhibition opened to coincide with what would have been Michael Jackson’s 60th birthday on 29th August 2018. Jackson was one of the most influential cultural figures to come out of the 20th century and his legacy still continues. His significance is widely acknowledged when it comes to music, videos, dance, choreography and fashion, but his impact on contemporary art is an untold story; one that has not been recognised with an international loan exhibition such as this. Almost a decade after his death, Jackson’s legacy is as strong as ever: his record sales, now in excess of one billion, continue to grow; his short films are still watched; and his enormous fan base remains loyal. His impact and fame show no signs of diminishing and the questions raised by him as a social phenomenon are still relevant.

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In addition to breaking records for the most albums sold, awards won, philanthropic achievements and cultural barriers overturned, Michael Jackson has become the most depicted cultural figure in visual art since Andy Warhol first used his image in 1982. For the first time, Michael Jackson: On the Wall brings together the works of almost 50 of these artists, drawn from public and private collections worldwide, including new works made especially for the exhibition. The 48 artists featured are: Rita Ackerman, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Emma Amos, Lyle Ashton Harris, Dara Birnbaum, Candice Breitz, Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom, Monster Chetwynd, Michael CraigMartin, Dexter Dalwood, Graham Dolphin, Mark Flood, Isa Genzken, Michael Gitttes, Todd Gray, Maggi Hambling, David Hammons, Keith Haring, Jonathan Horowitz, Gary Hume, Rashid Johnson, Isaac Julien, Johannes Kahrs, KAWS, David LaChapelle, Louise Lawler, Klara Liden, Glenn Ligon, Sam Lipp, Isaac Lythgoe, Paul McCarthy, Rodney McMillian, Dawn Mellor, Dan Mihaltianu, Lorraine O’Grady, Catherine Opie, Yan Pei Ming, Grayson Perry, Paul Pfeiffer, Faith Ringgold, Michael Robinson, Mark Ryden, Susan SmithPinelo, Donald Urquhart, Kehinde Wiley, Hank Willis Thomas, Andy Warhol and Jordan Wolfson. The exhibition asks why so many contemporary artists have been drawn to Jackson as a subject and why he continues to loom so large in our collective cultural imagination, and the continued interest in him as a major cultural figure.

THE DETAILS Michael Jackson: On the Wall is produced with the co-operation of the Michael Jackson Estate. Tickets with donation from £17.50 - £22 Tickets without donation from £15.50 - £20 Under 12s are free and family tickets are available. Tickets are subject to availability on a first come, first served basis and can be booked online or in person at the Gallery. Proof of age is required. National Portrait Gallery St Martin’s Place London WC2H 0HE


Bath’s Historic Venues Roman Baths & Pump Room • Assembly Rooms • Victoria Art Gallery • Guildhall

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ecognised as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Bath is the only city in Britain to enjoy UNESCO World Heritage status. It is the perfect location for a wedding, with its stylish combination of beautiful architecture, breath-taking scenery and luxurious accommodation. Only 90 minutes from London, Bath is both an exceptional and accessible city. Bath’s Historic Venues are integral to the city’s history and include some of the country’s most iconic buildings: Roman Baths & Pump Room Situated at the heart of the World Heritage site, the Roman Baths and Pump Room was voted Best Historic Wedding Venue in the 2017 UK Wedding Awards, and is without doubt one of the most distinctive and unique buildings in the country. Not only is there nothing like it in the world, it also provides a fantastic opportunity to be married in the open air but remain under cover, safe from the unpredictable British weather. What could be more romantic than exchanging your vows next to the torchlit, steaming waters of the Great Bath in one of our Sunrise or Sunset ceremonies? The Great Bath is continuously filled with hot flowing water which rises up bubbling from deep underground, warmed by the heat of the earth’s core. Surrounding this bath is 2000 year old paving, where couples can exchange their vows amid the flickering torchlight and rising steam. Beyond the classical statues on the Terrace above, Bath Abbey will be illuminated whilst guests can gather and enjoy a stunning and atmospheric wedding. The grand Pump Room, built in the 1790s was the focal point of Georgian society and Jane Austen observed people and fashions from within the building. This elegant room is a perfect location

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Bath’s Historic Venues: Pump Room, Stall Street, Bath, BA1 1LZ 01225 477786 BathsHistoricVenues @bathvenues (twitter) @bathshistoricvenues (instagram)

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to continue celebrations, with a seated wedding breakfast and dancing. There is a choice of rooms, and the venue can cater for intimate groups as well as much larger wedding parties for up to 200 guests. Assembly Rooms The Assembly Rooms is one of Bath’s most prestigious venues and has been at the heart of the city’s social life since the 18th century. Voted Best City Wedding Venue in the UK Wedding awards 2017, the venue houses stunning crystal chandeliers, impressive architecture and everything necessary for a stylish city wedding. There are four inter connecting rooms of varying size providing versatile space for weddings with 50-300 guests. Searcys, our esteemed in-house caterer at the Pump Room and Assembly Rooms, have an enviable reputation. Since 1847, they have been one of the UK’s most prestigious catering companies. With a passion for quality and an ability to execute an event to the very highest standards, they have developed a world-famous reputation for catering and hospitality at their iconic, exclusive venues which include Blenheim Palace, the Gherkin and St Pancras Grand.

“I know everyone says it’s the best day of their lives, but it was and this is down to the beautiful venue, amazing staff and perfect food. You don’t deliver a wedding; you deliver an experience of a lifetime!”

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– Gemma Davidson Wedding ceremonies and receptions can also take place in the Guildhall and Victoria Art Gallery, both in the heart of Bath. For further information about all of our venues, visit our website:


At your service... Five-star concierge culture Nothing is too much trouble for the breed of high-powered concierge services in London.


ith London being a millionaires… and billionaires paradise, having a top concierge to literally pander to your every need is now standard to this elite lifestyle. We are talking a 24/7 – 365 days personal service working globally to meet your requests. The best concierges are a highpowered breed, extremely well connected and know ‘all the best places’ whatever your requirements. Exclusive privileges and bespoke lifestyle solutions offered to you on a plate…or on demand. These are just some of the prestigious benefits on hand...

restaurants or even arrange for a Michelin-starred chef to cater for a private dinner party.


“Top concierge services have relationships with all the world’s top airlines, car hire companies and hotels and resorts – and private jets if that is your wish”

Access to a live allocation of music, sport and theatre tickets, which is not available to the public. Get VIP access into hospitality and VIP areas at major tournaments, races and concerts.

RETAIL There are shopping specialists who are experts at tracking down any specific requests - with a huge pool of contacts, there is an eye and an ear out for the latest fashion trends and what piece of jewellery is going to be the next musthave item, and sourcing the perfect gift for every occasion. Working with personal stylists to ensure you always look and feel at your best.



Access to a 24/7 travel service, whether it’s a once-in- a-lifetime around the world trip, a short haul business trip or a family holiday, they can recommend destinations or accommodate your requirements. Top concierge services have relationships with all the world’s top airlines, car hire companies and hotels and resorts – and private jets if that is your wish.

This can be anything from trusted domestic staff such as chauffeurs, security guards and au-pairs to the most prestigious interior designers. If you are planning a luxury basement conversion… a real status symbol in London – your concierge service will have the best contacts. So it really is a case of “nothing is too much trouble” for today’s wealthy.

DINING They have strong working relationships with maitre d’s and managers at the world’s top restaurants, meaning that they can often access tables which aren’t usually available to the general public. With new restaurants opening each week, reservations for opening nights and soft launches can be achieved. They can book the chef ’s table in many of the top 5 2 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 8




he iconic Ritz hotel in London has become the first owner of the brandnew Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase. The Rolls-Royce of RollsRoyce’s, is the authoritative statement of modern luxury. The £500,000 fully customised vehicle was built by hand to the prestigious hotel’s brand design at the manufacturer’s headquarters in Goodwood, Sussex. With its commanding silhouette and striking chrome detailing, the motorcar is bespoke Ritz blue and features moccasin leather interiors with monogrammed navy blue carpets and seat piping with unique headrests embroidered with the blue Ritz lion. To add further luxury there are heated massage seats, two TV screens, built in complimentary Wi-Fi and a hidden champagne compartment complete with flutes, And for those who prefer some privacy the windows are set slightly forward so you can see out without being seen. The motorcar provides the quietest cabin Rolls-Royce has ever created with an incomparably spacious suite, enhanced by discreet technology. A complimentary one-way airport transfer in The Ritz-Rolls Royce Phantom is offered to all guests staying in one of the hotel’s four signature suites.* The first and only hotel to have received a Royal

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“The £500,000 fully customised vehicle was built by hand”

Warrant from His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. And as an exclusive service to hotel guests, the chauffeur-driven luxury vehicle is also available to hire for £600 for a one-way London airport transfer. Perfectly located in the heart of London’s West End, The Ritz is moments from the finest shopping destinations in the capital, including the luxury designer brands of Bond Street and Regent Street and the unique and quintessentially British boutiques of Jermyn Street. So whether you are going to a meeting or taking advantage of exploring London and its hidden gems, you can hire the Ritz Rolls-Royce for £300 an hour. *Suites at the Ritz start from £1,795 per night for the Piccadilly Suite. To make a booking or for more information please contact or telephone +44 (0) 20 7493 8181.




he capital city’s London Morgan have announced their new hire service to allow customers unprecedented access to the Morgan Motor Company’s iconic models whether it be for the day or an entire tour of Europe. Hand-made models are available to hire from the beautiful home of London Morgan, situated in one of London’s last remaining working mews deep in the heart of South Kensington. Morgan cars represent a unique and entirely authentic part of British motoring history, combining the perfect concoction of heritage, tradition and cultural opulence. They are the UK’s last family owned car manufacturers, hand-building vehicles with meticulous attention to detail and unrivalled finesse for over a hundred years. London Morgan believes that driving one of their cars is not about possession and ownership, but moreover experiencing a very real way of life and craftsmanship synonymous with British heritage. Now customers will have the opportunity to understand something of a bygone era at the wheel of a Morgan car, by hiring one of these very special motor cars from Astwood Mews in South Kensington and from £75 per day*. The illustrious Morgan 4/4 will represent an opportunity to drive the longest running production vehicle in the world. Since 1936, the Morgan 4/4 has been built using traditional craftsmanship complimented by the most modern of technology. The designers and the engineers work together to produce these cars using the three key elements of ash, aluminium and leather to create a truly sensory

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“Customers will have the opportunity to understand something of a bygone era at the wheel of a Morgan”

delight both aesthetically and performance wise. Managing Director Mr Anthony Barrell said: “Morgan cars have and will always represent something beyond that of anything the current automobile industry can offer. The feeling of getting behind the wheel of these cars is something that, in essence is only relatable through experience. We want our hire service to allow people to experience this when they go to that wedding, when they have that special weekend away and when they decide that it is time to tour Europe properly. It is the perfect automotive condiment.” Morgan cars can be hired from London Morgan by calling: 0207 244 7324 or 07860 921 371. Please ask for Gregory and note that drivers must be over the age of 25 and in possession of a full UK driving licence. For further information, please visit:


Jason Anthony, Founder and designer at Jason Anthony – Bespoke Designs be the first on the beach at the crack of dawn to seek the new rocks that had been washed up in the storm and hopefully find the ones that contained fossils.

Being wrapped up all snug and with the fresh cold sea air, it really does clear the fog and allow the creative juices to flow – Jason Anthony On a recent visit to Durdle Door, a beautiful spot along the Jurassic coast just outside Poole in Dorset, I was looking for inspiration when I happened upon some drift wood on the shore with the waves lapping against it. It reminded me of the rugged cliffs and the sea crashing against them. I was struck by this image and wanted to reflect this in a piece of furniture.


ason Anthony Bespoke Designs was founded by Jason Anthony, who is an independent, artist who specialises in pieces made from an eclectic mix of seasoned wood and resin. We speak to Jason about where he found the inspiration for his most recent work, known as the Ocean Collection, a stunning collection of wooden coffee tables. Having always had a creative mind and a keen interest in woodworking, in 2013 he turned his hobby and passion into a full-time business crafting unique pieces of furniture and art. Jason, can you tell us about the inspiration behind the creation of your Ocean Collection? I am lucky enough to live and have a studio in the New Forest, a national park in Hampshire, I am also a short drive from the south coast. I am so fortunate to be located in this beautiful part of the country and have such amazing array of natural beauty on my doorstep to inspire me. From the tranquillity of the New Forest, with its wonderful array of flora, forna and quaint villages, to the rugged coastline and ferocious seas of the Jurassic coast, a UNESCO world heritage site that stretches from Orcombe Point in East Devon and Studland Bay in Dorset. Growing up as a child in the area I have always been struck by the natural beauty of the rugged Jurassic coast, and I love nothing more than wrapping up warm in the winter and going for a walk along the coast. As a child my father would always wake us at 4AM after a big storm to travel to the Jurassic coast around Charmouth so we could

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How have you used this inspiration to inform your Ocean Collection? My latest Ocean Collection of coffee tables was the result of my inspiration from my visit to Durdle Door. I went on the search in various saw mills to find some beautiful pieces of English Oak with just the right character that I felt reflected the Jurassic Coast. I crafted several pieces into sections of cliffs with the natural beauty and character of the oak with all its faults reflecting the ruggedness of the cliffs. For more details call Jason Anthony on 07957 136383 or visit




opUp Painting & Events Ltd run painting experiences like no other! They are themed social painting events, all artist led, where adults can enjoy unleashing their creativity in a fun environment. Perfect for friends, family, meeting new people or even team building, their mission has been to bring art out of the classroom and gallery and into the places people meet on an daily basis. You will be guided step by step by a practicing artist, while you drink, paint and create your way to becoming an artist for the night! PopUp Painting invites you to an enjoyable and unique evening - wine glass in one hand, paintbrush in the other! Each experience includes: • All art supplies – including paint, brushes, apron • Guidance from a qualified and practicing artist (but feel free to go off-piste!) • A themed playlist to immerse you in your experience • A guaranteed like on Instagram if you share your pics with #popuppainting Here are just some of the events coming up so you can paint the town red! Or any colour you wish!

PAINT LONDON WITH WINE, LONDON BRIDGE Thursday 18th October, 7.30pm – 10pm, £29.99 Your event at The Horniman at Hays will be themed around Wyland Tondelier’s super London painting! Paint your own favourite London landmark or your house! A free glass of wine or soft drink alternative is included

PAINT THE SINGING BUTLER WITH WINE, KENSINGTON Saturday 20 October, 7.30pm – 10pm, £29.99 Your event at The Britannia will be themed Britain’s most sold contemporary painting by Jack Vettriano – The Singing Butler! Sing along to the music whilst you paint this idyllic scene. A free glass of wine or soft drink alternative is included

PAINT THE SCREAM FOR HALLOWEEN, FARRINGDON Wednesday 31 October, 7.30pm – 10pm Your event at The Castle will be themed around Edvard Munch‘s iconic The Scream painting – perfect for Halloween! 6 0 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 8

For a full list of events visit Tickets are purchased via Eventbrite with a direct link from each event

“You will be guided step by step by a practicing artist, while you drink, paint and create your way to becoming an artist for the night!”



Designed by shooters for shooters

E.J.Churchill grounds in the Chiltern Hills

Practise makes perfect


ohn Churchill established Churchill Gunmakers in 1891. One-hundred and twenty-seven years on, E.J. Churchill continues to produce the highest quality shotguns and is the only privately owned company in Britain with its own gunmakers, shooting ground, sporting agency, country outfitters and events business under one roof. In 1989 Sir Edward Dashwood created the shooting ground at West Wycombe Estate in the Chiltern Hills, just 30 miles from London. Six years later, a corporate and private events business, gun room and country outfitters extended E.J. Churchill’s business further. The shooting ground has 150 shooting stands, six clay shooting disciplines, ‘The Pit’, three high towers and five purpose-built grouse butts and offers extensive practise and tuition opportunities. It is regarded as one of the finest facilities of its kind in the world and has played host to the World English Sporting Championships in 2014, 2016 and again this year. Its gun room sells new and second-hand shotguns and rifles with a full range from Blaser, Beretta, Browning and Perazzi. Customers are encouraged to try the guns at the shooting ground and, once a decision is made, E.J. Churchill’s skilled craftsmen offer a professional gun fitting service and undertake gun servicing, repairs and alterations, from simple overhauls to complete rebuilds, rebarrelling and re-stocking. There are secure on-site storage facilities and they can provide a personal carriage service throughout Britain. The shops at the shooting ground stock a range of carefully chosen brands and E.J. Churchill’s own collection, available in store and online, comprising full shooting attire for game and clay sports, country

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fashion, outdoor footwear, shooting accessories, gifts and fine bronze artwork. The Club allows members to enjoy the grounds, extensive shooting, social facilities, country outfitters and a wide range of E.J. Churchill cartridges at preferential rates. Social events are held throughout the year, from shopping and Christmas carols in the winter to a members’ shoot and latenight shooting in the summer. E.J.Churchill also organises exceptional sporting experiences with exclusive access to some of the most prestigious sporting estates, from Scotland for grouse to Spain for partridge and Turkey for wild boar. From multi-activity days and product launches to family fun days and simulated game days, the E.J. Churchill team creates exciting events and is especially proud to have raised millions of pounds for charitable causes through its mobile charity shoots. Led by passionate sportspeople, E.J. Churchill is designed for shooters by shooters, providing a superior service in a friendly environment that encourages participation at all levels, from Olympic hopefuls to beginners. E.J. Churchill is proud to keep the sport thriving and to introduce a new generation with Young Guns sessions during school holidays to encourage youngsters from as young as nine. It also runs parent and child, women-only and university and school events. E.J. Churchill’s awards include the CPSA ‘Shooting Ground of the Year’ 2017 award, Shooting Industry Award ‘Best Shooting Ground 2017’ and the Rural Business Award for ‘Best Rural Business 2016’. George Digweed MBE, 26 time World Champion, has been recruited as our global ambassador.

“In 1989 Sir Edward Dashwood created the shooting ground at West Wycombe Estate in the Chiltern Hills, just 30 miles from London. It is regarded as one of the finest facilities of its kind in the world”

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THE DETAILS E.J. Churchill Park Lane, Lane End, High Wycombe, Bucks Hp14 3Ns. +44 (0)1494 883227.


Phenomenal Fireworks Festival ultimate gaming experience. Little ones can marvel at Mr Marvel’s magic show & jump with joy on the bouncy castle, generously donated by sponsor, Martyn Gerrard Estate Agents. Girls can find the glam squad - hair braiding, glitter bar & manicures. Funfair, inflatable penalty shoot-out & basketball hoops, face-painting, popcorn, flashing candy floss, photo booth, the best street food & incredible bar from The Gatehouse, so parents can relax & enjoy as the kids are thoroughly entertained! Book tickets now to avoid disappointment at Choose between Early Show (4-6.30pm) or Late Show (7-9.30pm)


aturday 3rd November, Highgate School will be igniting their annual Fireworks Festival, sponsored by the wonderful Martyn Gerrard Estate Agents, ensuring to start November with a bang, sensational fireworks & endless entertainment. Two spectacular fireworks shows, each filled with fun for all ages. Disco dancing with Sharky and George, Games Bus & Virtual Reality for the

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“Two spectacular fireworks shows, each filled with fun for all ages”


Diana: Her Fashion Story at Kensington Palace Until 28 February 2019

Image © Patrick Demarchelier; Below: Kensington Palace

Trace the evolution of the Princess’s style, from the demure, romantic outfits of her first public appearances, to the glamour, elegance and confidence of her later life


rom her earliest royal engagements, everything Diana wore was closely scrutinised. In this elegant exhibition at her former London home, Diana’s relationship with her favourite designers will be explored through a display of some of their original fashion sketches created just for the Princess. The exhibition highlights how she navigated her unique position in the public eye: learning to use her image to engage and inspire people, and to champion the causes she cared about. Eleri Lynn, curator of ‘Diana: Her Fashion Story’, said, ‘Diana, Princess of Wales, was one of the most photographed women in the world, and every fashion choice she made was closely scrutinised. Our exhibition explores the story of a young woman who had to quickly learn the rules of royal and diplomatic dressing, who in the process put the spotlight on the British fashion industry and designers.’ Don’t miss this extraordinary collection of garments, ranging from the chic Catherine Walker suits that made up Diana’s ‘working wardrobe’ and glamorous evening wear including the iconic velvet gown famously worn at the White House when the Princess danced with John Travolta. Follow the Princess’s relationship with her favourite designers

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“Diana, Princess of Wales, was one of the most photographed women in the world”

through a display of their original fashion sketches, created for her during the design process and discover her remarkable fashion story. industry and designers.’ This extraordinary collection includes: • The chic Catherine Walker suits that made up Diana’s ‘working wardrobe’ • The iconic velvet gown famously worn at the White House when the Princess danced with John Travolta. • A blue tartan Emanuel suit, worn by the Princess on an official visit to Venice in the 1980s - a rare survival of the Princess’s daywear, and only recently rediscovered and acquired by Historic Royal Palaces at auction. • The flak vest, denim shirt and Armani chinos selected for her high-profile visit to the landmine fields of Angola in 1997 will form the centrepiece of the exhibition until November 2018. • The pink Bellville Sassoon suit worn by the Princess to board the train for her honeymoon There are many neverbefore displayed outfits including a sumptuous Victor Edelstein evening gown worn for an official portrait by Terence Donovan. You can trace the evolution of the Princess’s style, from the demure, romantic outfits of her first public appearances, to the glamour, elegance and confidence of her later life.


Cahoots is Soho’s underground home that transports guests back in time to post-war 1940s, to a disused underground tube station, where guests can enjoy bespoke cocktails, 1940s rationed snacks and regular entertainment with homages to the 1940s stars of the stage and screen.


nspired from the era that saw Londoners take refuge in the underground, as stations were commonly used as air raid shelters during the war, Cahoots replicates the wartime British spirit with drinks and sing-alongs around the piano to boost morale. Look out for the underground sign on the ground floor of Kingly Court by the Beak Street entrance, where old-fashioned wooden escalators lead you downstairs to a stationmaster at the entry kiosk, who will issue you a ‘day ticket’ to the platform/tube carriage destination bar. Regulars of Cahoots will be rewarded with a special ‘season ticket’ with exclusive access to the bar. Sit on reworked 1940s tube carriage seats and enjoy a drink or two. The bartenders (in braces, of course!) serve classic cocktails, as well as black market liquor and post-war favourites - in particular rum and gin based drinks that are furtively knocked back from old mugs, hip flasks, vintage milk bottles and tins. And several times each week, a live band plays 1940s jazz and swing, so you can practice your lindy hop! The 1940s tube carriage seats, mismatched furniture and bunting draped throughout completes the perfect backdrop for a jolly good knees-up. Cahoots, where spirits are high and drinks never run dry. Available seven days a week for private hire. For more information about Cahoots 13 Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, London W1B 5PW get in touch via email highspirits@cahoots-london. com or call 0207 352 6200 to book. Opening hours: Monday – Wednesday - 5pm-1am Thursday & Friday - 5pm-2am; Saturday - 7pm3am Sunday - 5pm-12am;

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Centuries of Celebration “If you wish to celebrate within the Castle itself, then why not host a grand feast in the Henry VIII Banqueting Hall?”


or 900 years, the grounds of Leeds Castle have provided a grand stage for luxurious events, soirées and celebrations. Located just an hour away from London, the Castle is set within 500 acres of beautiful Kentish parkland and formal gardens, once owned by six medieval queens and King Henry VIII. Today, Leeds Castle is still the most captivating of buildings, and in 2019 it celebrates a milestone anniversary; toasting to nine centuries of epic sagas and celebrations. It was the Castle’s last private owner, Lady Baillie, who bought the Castle in 1926 and transformed it into a more elegant setting for weekend parties. Sir Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin and John F. Kennedy are amongst the roll-call of many other influential guests who enjoyed Lady Baillie’s hospitality. Today, the spirit of Lady Baillie lives on, and the Castle boasts a number of venues for any occasion. Whether you are marking a major anniversary, celebrating a business milestone or planning a wedding, Leeds Castle will exceed all expectations. The estate boasts a variety of venues available for hire. If you wish to celebrate within the Castle itself, then why not host a grand feast in the Henry VIII Banqueting Hall? Or for a more intimate gathering, begin with drinks in the book-lined Library before moving on to the Dining Room for dinner. With twenty bedrooms also available in the Castle, your guests can relax knowing they won’t even have to leave the estate once the evening comes to an end. Another venue on the Castle Island is the

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Maiden’s Tower, offering a private walled garden and event space for up to 100 guests. In addition, the Fairfax Hall, a 17th Century oak-timbered barn with spectacular views across the moat, provides space for up to 200 guests. But perhaps the most charming venue of all is Leeds Castle’s 14th century newcomer. Battel Hall, a beautiful medieval manor situated on the edge of the estate, has recently been transformed into a luxurious country-house and is now available for exclusive hire. The property offers five stunning bedrooms, and is perfect for reunions, wedding parties and corporate retreats. To round off a wonderful stay, consider taking part in a wide range of activities; from countryclassic pastimes such as falconry and archery, to the nine-hole golf course and punting on the moat. For further information please visit

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FESTIVE DINING running reindeer Inject the colour of Christmas into festive feasts, drinks and parties, and set the scene beautifully with this red jute hessian style table runner. Use this rustic table decoration to complement your place settings, inside and out or to cover sideboards and coffee tables.


Meet the Cult Living Loretta chair, inspired by the designs of Xavier Pauchard, the brain behind the famous Tolix chairs. The Tolix chairs were designed in the 30’s - 40’s and can still be found in many restaurants and homes all over the world. It’s a robust, versatile chair that looks good anywhere. We took the Tolix-style chair to another level! The Loretta chair has the iconic Tolix shape but with an interesting, industrial twist: beautiful hairpin legs and back with a sturdy wooden seat. The chair would look great in industrial homes, offices or commercial spaces.


These linen napkins feature a hand printed design inspired by wreaths and classic winter foliage. Made from 100% linen, these handmade napkins are available in natural with a raspberry red printed design, or red with white print.

crackers, ideal to adorn your festive table.


Set in a sea of enchanting stars and sparkles, this delightful design featuring geese dressed in party hats will add a splash of colour to your festivities.


Clarissa Hulse is one of the leading lights of the British textile world, uncompromising in her passion to deliver the ultimate combination of colour, print and fabric. She produces beautiful and luxurious home accessories, wallpapers and fabrics. We just love this midnight blue set, ideal for a Christmas dinner party. 7 2 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 8

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A luxury champagne bath crafted in nickel plate with leather handles and champagne hammered finish. Holds up to three bottles - perfect for parties and family gatherings when one bottle of wine or champagne is simply not enough. A stunning bath to keep all your wine and champagne chilled. Also perfect for bottle of beers and other drinks.

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These cute drinks napkins by Talking Tables, and Champagne bucket from Marquis & Dawe.

Farrar & Tanner specialise in luxury bespoke gifts for men, with a focus on delivering high quality gifts designed and crafted to last a lifetime. They source a premium range from the most esteemed companies around Britain and the rest of the world to provide a lavish, diverse collection. We love this drinks cabinet gift selection.


Add a touch of glitz to your glass this Christmas and make your special day with friends and family even more memorable. These little antler decorations attach to your guests’ glass this Christmas for that added touch.

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Annabel James is an online boutique selling home accessories, jewellery and gorgeous gifts, beautifully wrapped and delivered. Ideal for any festive gathering are this set of four hand made Lulu champagne flutes, each in a different coordinating design, presented in a gorgeous gift box. 7 4 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 8

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The Danubius Hotel Regents Park is delighted to unveil its newly refurbished Deluxe Bedrooms, including a selection of: Deluxe Double and Twin Deluxe King Deluxe Family Deluxe Junior Suites Contact the Reservations Team to plan your stay Tel: +44 (0) 207 722 7722 - 18 Lodge Road, St. John’s Wood NW8 7JT – London

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10 YEARS OF LONDON RESTAURANT FESTIVAL: Celebrate London’s international restaurant scene with world’s top chefs


The London Restaurant Festival (LRF) in partnership with American Express® has arrived for its 10th year. Taking place throughout October, there is a starstudded line-up of some of the world’s top chefs and as ever LRF will take place in restaurants, welcoming over 50,000 people into over 400 restaurants across the capital.

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his year centres around the international nature of London’s restaurant industry with some of the most exciting chefs in the capital. Each of the ‘Top Ten Cuisines’ are represented by some of the world’s best chefs, including Bill Granger, Michelin-starred husband and wife Dylan Jones and Duangporn ‘Bo’ Songvisava from Bo.Lan in Bangkok who are teaming up with som saa, and one of the world’s most decorated female chefs Anne-Sophie Pic who holds seven Michelinstars and is hosting a dinner at La Dame De Pic. Galician Chef Javier Olleros is cooking alongside Nieves Barragan Mohacho at Sabor, whilst Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino from Lima’s Malabar will champion the food of the Amazon alongside Martin Morales at Peruvian restaurant, Ceviche. LRF’s Tasting Menus, sees 20 menus exclusively created for the Festival, which this year features chef-hosted events for the first time including Ben Chapman at Kiln (recently voted the UK’s Best Restaurant in the 2018 National Restaurant Awards), Monica Galetti at Mere, and Adam Handling at The Frog. Alongside this, there is a unique pop-up; Hertzstück™ Dining Room, where guests are invited to explore the future of dining through a sensory, theatrical tasting menu. A series of events celebrate Thailand’s culinary scene and the impact it has had in London. Tasting

Menus run throughout the month at the likes of Som Saa, Kiln and Greyhound Café, as well as a Gourmet Odyssey visiting three of London’s top Thai restaurants. There is also an opportunity to win a trip to Thailand, with Thai Airways International, Amazing Thailand and Hyatt hotels. This year, the Ultimate Gastronomic Weekends include an overnight stay at one of two 5-star, London hotels (Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill and Andaz London Liverpool Street) and a series of chef-led events and dining experiences. There are several brand new events for LRF 2018, including: Eat Art, fusing two of London’s great passions with an exclusive private view and dinner at the Saatchi Gallery; Eat Talk, delving into the minds of some of the industry’s best-known names including the legendary Pierre Koffmann, Andrew Wong and Michelin-starred husband and wife team James Knappett and Sandia Chang. Celebrating the quintessentially British obsession, luxury tea brand Newby Teas has joined the festival with a series of LRF Tea Tasting Masterclasses plus exclusive Curator Tours of their prized Chitra Collection – the world’s largest private museum of historic teawares. Restaurant-Hopping Tours, an LRF staple, sees diners discover some of London’s most exciting food neighbourhoods by enjoying five different restaurants in the area. From Chelsea’s charming Pavilion Road, to St James’s and Regent Street, and the newly revamped Battersea Power Station,

guests can enjoy a course at five restaurants within the neighbourhood, with drinks from the likes of Remy Martin, Zonin Prosecco, City of London Gin and paired wines selected by Chalié Richards wines. Devonshire Square has returned along with Estrella Galicia’s Tapas Tour, and a spin around St Katharine Docks showcasing its restaurants along the water’s edge.

THE DETAILS LRF 2018 now has over 60 events during the course of October. For tickets and further information on this year’s festival please visit @londonrestaurantfestival @LRF2018 #EatOctober

Clockwise from top left: Ceviche Restaurant; Angler Restaurant, Moorgate, La Dame De; City Social; Club Gascon; Adam Sandling, The Frog; Som Saa; Friends enjoying dinner together; Pierre Koffman; Michel Roux Jnr.

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WHITE CHOCOLATE, CARDAMOM AND RASPBERRY TART Give cheesecake a break in favour of this decadent tart. words: Ella

Walker, Press Association


his is one of our best desserts it might even be Jemima’s favourite,” say foodie duo, Lucy Carr-Ellison and Jemima Jones of Tart London. “It is exactly what you want in a dessert, with a crunchy nutty base, luxurious creamy centre and a tart lift from the raspberry. “White chocolate and cardamom are a match made in heaven, we are always pairing them - try making white chocolate and cardamom ice cream, it’s divine.”

Ingredients: (Serves 12) • 200g pecans • 200g hazelnuts • 175g unsalted butter, melted • 2 pinches of sea salt • 250g mascarpone • 100ml double cream • 300g good-quality white chocolate • 1tsp vanilla extract • 1tsp ground cardamom • 250g raspberries

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1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas 4. Spread both the pecans and hazelnuts out on a baking tray and roast for about 15 minutes until nicely golden. Remove and set aside to cool. 2. Place half the nuts in a food possessor and blitz to a fine powder, then put into a bowl. Blitz the rest of the nuts to a rough crumb, then mix with the powdered nuts. Add the melted butter and a pinch of sea salt and stir to combine. Tip the mixture into a 23cm loose-bottomed tart tin and press firmly up the sides and into the bottom of the tin. You want the base to be crunchy and quite thin, rather than a thick crust. Chill in the fridge while you get on with the filling. 3. Put the mascarpone, double cream, white chocolate, vanilla and cardamom into a pan and

warm over a low heat, stirring all the time to let the chocolate melt, then add a pinch of salt and remove from the heat. 4. Pour the chocolate mixture into the base. Return to the fridge and leave to set for about one hour. 5. Put the raspberries into a sieve suspended over a bowl. Use a spoon to press the raspberries through the sieve, leaving the seeds behind in the sieve. Once done, take the nearly-set tart out of the fridge and use a teaspoon to dot blobs of the raspberry puree over the tart. Turn the teaspoon over and drag the dots a little to create a pretty, swirled effect. Return to the fridge for another two hours to set completely. A Love Of Eating: Recipes From Tart London by Lucy Carr-Ellison and Jemima Jones, photography by Laura Edwards, is published by Square Peg, priced £25. Available now.

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“We are building our brand around things we are passionate about and London is our favourite city in the world”

RumJava: Artisan Crafted RumJava Artisan Crafted Rums are all natural and inspired by a passion for Caribbean culture, rum, and coffee. We sat down with RumJava’s Founder and CEO, Brian Cunningham, to discuss their unique approach to the craft of rum-making and how they are leading the trendsetting cocktail scene in the UK.

Tell us a bit about the award-winning RumJava, what makes it so special? RumJava is an all-natural, premium coffee-infused craft rum, conceived in the U.S. Virgin Islands from our own coffee company, Java’Mon Coffee. RumJava uses high-quality Florida cane and is twice-distilled in a copper column, pot still in Clewiston, Florida. Artisan crafted in small batches, my wife and I have personally nurtured every part of the process from formulation, to mixing, testing, and tasting. After making our base rum, we naturally infuse freshly roasted Java’Mon Coffee beans and other natural ingredients such as vanilla, coconut, hazelnut and chocolate to achieve amazing, wellbalanced flavour profiles in RumJava Signature, Cacao’mon, and Espresso Rum Cream. RumJava rums are 100% handcrafted, hand filled, and hand sealed. Each can be enjoyed neat, in an artisan crafted cocktail, or as a twist to a classic cocktail. With no spirits background, why the Rum business? This may sound funny but Mindy loves coffee and I love rum. We wanted to make a spirit we could enjoy together and help our local bartenders make great drinks. Our vision was for a spirit that didn’t exist, one enjoyable for everyone, one that put our

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passion in a bottle; Caribbean culture, rum, and coffee.

You come to us from Florida and the Caribbean, why did you pick the U.K.? We are building our brand around things we are passionate about and London is our favourite city in the world, as well as the cocktail capital of the world and the gateway to Europe. It was a challenge getting here for UK RumFest 2017 after surviving Hurricane Irma in St John but we made it. With a lot of encouragement from terrific friends in the UK, the rum community, and Ian Burrell, the Global Rum Ambassador and winner of the spirits association Spirits Ambassador of the year award, we decided to double down and work hard to find success here and make our island proud. What’s next for RumJava? As long as people love our RumJava, we want to continue to make great rum and grow our brand. We have six flavours in our range and will continue to introduce our rum in the UK, Caribbean, and Florida - our key markets. We are working on an aged RumJava XO and are very excited to have some rum enthusiasts try a sample in October at the 12th UK RumFest 2018.

Olymp ia, 1st November (11am – 5pm) & 2nd N ovember 2018 (11-4pm)

Join us at this year’s Luxury Property Show to view stunning properties for sale from around the world and visit our free of charge seminar sessions providing expert insight into buying luxury properties overseas. Whether you are looking for a scenic real estate in the French countryside, a city apartment in New York, or a luxurious beachfront home in Spain, we will be showcasing the most celebrated real estate from around the world and you are sure to find your perfect match. Exhibitors include Spanish Property in the Sun, RE/ MAX Collection, Intero – A Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate, Mayfair International Realty and Alteo Properties

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Properties made in heaven

If you are looking for vast open space, original features and a unique design, then this could be the answer to your prayers.


recent survey conducted on the website found that church conversions were the most popular choice among users for a converted living space. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) says that in the last 5 years around 500 London churches have been turned into homes. The religious zeal of the Victorians and the wealth of God-fearing philanthropists left London with a surplus of churches. The combination of declining congregations and the massive need for new homes in the capital has meant that it is even more common to find churches converted into residential dwellings. If you plan to buy an already converted church, check out estate agents in the area of your choice... Due to the fact that the former usage of the property was to provide somewhere for the community to worship; the location of the building is often a big plus point for potential buyers. Whether in a serene and picturesque village or in the centre of the hustle and bustle of a town, the likelihood is that you will get more for your money in terms of location with this type of property. Some churches have been converted into several smaller apartments others have been transformed into a single home. In the quest for originality, character and charm, more and more property developers are converting churches for habitation. Whether you love contemporary furnishings or a more rustic feel, such buildings lend themselves to being completely transformed to your taste. Whether it’s been converted into a home, or is still a functioning place of worship, there is something undeniably calming and serene about churches and chapels – a feeling that survives long after the congregation has moved out. 8 4 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 8

“Some churches have been converted into several smaller apartments others have been transformed into a single home”


London’s Luxury Apartments Boom Sales of £1 million-plus flats in England have trebled in the past 10 years as wealthy buyers opt for new-build luxury apartments in desirable central London locations.


early 96 per cent of the million-pound apartment sales recorded in England and Wales last year were in London, with more than half taking place in Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster, the capital’s two most expensive boroughs. The increase in luxury flats takes place against a background of generally rising house prices in London: average property prices in the borough of Kensington & Chelsea rose 114 per cent in the decade to 2016 to £1,850,000; in Westminster the change was even more dramatic, with average prices rising 145 per cent to £1.4 million. However, a study also found that the proportion of £1 million plus sold properties that were flats increased more than any other property type in the price bracket. “In the past decade there has been a large increase in the building of high-value apartments in Knightsbridge, West End, Victoria and King’s Cross, with Marylebone and Mayfair the top two locations for most development.” The rise of the £1 million flat has been led in

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part by London’s spiralling house prices, with flats in some popular locations now costing as much as a house in the same areas 10 years ago, according to Nicholas Shaw, of Harrods Estates in Kensington. “Since the stamp duty increases in 2014, overseas investors in particular have been looking at properties around the £1 million mark because stamp duty is cheaper at that level,” says Shaw. “Chinese and Middle Eastern investors like to buy at this level because they save on stamp duty and it enables them to spread their risk a lot better.” The past decade has also seen increased appetite for luxury apartments from a broad spectrum of owner occupiers. The number of EU nationals living and working in the UK almost trebled between 2006 and 2016, according to the ONS. “They tend to prefer apartments because they provide a much more European style of living,” says Simon Deen, director of new homes at Aston Chase.

“A finite supply of land in prime central London combined with a growing population has meant the only way is up with more and more developers focusing on apartments” – Louise Santaana, Head of Lending at Lloyds Private Banking

Take the stress out of property development

arts &


– A collection of stunning arts and antiques – I M AG E : M ADDO X GALL E R Y


Maddox Gallery:

One of the world’s most stylish contemporary art destinations


ith four London locations in Maddox Street, Shepherd Market and Westbourne Grove, a European outpost in the luxury Alpine ski resort of Gstaad and a stunning new space opening on 11th October 2018 in Los Angeles, Maddox Gallery has rapidly become one of the world’s most stylish contemporary art destinations. In just three years, the gallery has established itself as a highlight of the London art scene, specialising in highly collectable contemporary and modern art, with a dynamic programme of exhibitions from artists including David Yarrow, RETNA, Bradley Theodore, Mr Brainwash and The Connor Brothers. Led by Creative Director Jay Rutland the Maddox Gallery brand has built a reputation for exhibiting cutting-edge work from internationally acclaimed and emerging artists. Dedicated to showcasing the most exciting artists and with a keen interest in helping first-time collectors enter the market, Rutland is passionate about exhibiting distinctive new voices alongside established names. Maddox Gallery showcases international contemporary artists and photographers such as Bradley Theodore, RETNA, Dan Baldwin, The Connor Brothers, Richard Hambleton, Mr Brainwash, Harland Miller, Damien Hirst, Danny Minnick, Massimo Agostinelli, Carl McCrow, Tyler Shields and Bran Symondson. The gallery recently opened Maddox Editions in Mayfair’s Shepherd Market, their first space devoted to limited edition prints. The gallery has exhibited large scale solo exhibitions by some of the most sought-after international artists such as Bradley Theodore, dubbed ‘the A-List’s favourite artist’ by ES Magazine and legendary urban artist Mr Brainwash, whose 2018 exhibition ran across three London galleries. In September they opened a major London retrospective dedicated to ‘Godfather of street art’ Richard Hambleton, the first since the artist’s death last year. 9 0 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 8

“Maddox Gallery showcases international contemporary artists and photographers”

Included on its roster of highly acclaimed artists is the world’s leading wildlife photographer David Yarrow whose solo show ‘The Untouchables’, was presented at Maddox Gallery Westbourne Grove in September 2017. Yarrow achieved ground breaking auction results at Sotheby’s with “Wolf of Main Street” where the hammer price reached $100,000 USD in 2018. Jay Rutland comments, “When we launched in 2015 we knew there was an audience who loved art and wanted to enjoy it and invest in it, but felt intimidated by the established galleries, institutions and auction houses. Maddox Gallery strives to offer a warm and welcoming environment for both aspiring and established collectors and Maddox Editions offers a more accessible price point for new buyers wishing to start their collections.” For more information visit or follow @maddoxgallery


The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair 2019 Dates Winter Fair: 22-27 January Spring Fair: 9-14 April Autumn Fair: 1-6 October



he experts from the Decorative Fair in Battersea have passed on their top tips for buying standout antiques. In the three decades that this prestigious Fair has been running, the dealers that sell there have offered visitors a wealth of antiques-hunting insight. Now, more than ever, antiques are being mixed into chic modern interiors, as well as to add authenticity to period homes.

Here, the dealers that know the market best, offer us their insider tips for buying and decorating with unique finds…. 1. Whether you pay a few pounds or several thousand, a finely crafted antique will retain value far better than a brand new mass-produced item. It is money well spent. 2. Have confidence in who you are buying from: always go to reputable dealers, those standing at a vetted fair, or who are members of trade associations such as LAPADA or BADA. 3. If you like a piece of upholstered furniture but not the colour or textile, don’t be afraid to ask the dealer if they will consider re-covering within the asking price. If it’s a valuable piece, they are more likely to. 4. Antiques mix effectively in modern interiors 9 2 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 8

“If you like a piece of upholstered furniture but not the colour or textile, don’t be afraid to ask the dealer if they will consider recovering within the asking price”

Ed Butcher. Vintage 30 Kokeshi dolls from 1940s -70s, each individually carved and hand-painted £2,350 for the collection

and needn’t feel old-fashioned or fussy. Fall in love with a ‘hero’ piece and it will mingle happily with your existing room scheme. 5. If you are interested in a specialist field, it’s worth investing in one or two well-regarded books on the subject. There are dealers in new and second-hand collectors’ and design books who are worth consulting. 6. Check a piece of furniture before you buy it. Don’t be afraid to open drawers or cupboards to check that the age of lining and interior woods corresponds to the exterior surface. Check for modern screws or nails. Older pieces (pre-1860) should have wooden fixings as a general rule. English painted furniture originated in the 18th century and would have used light, freely available woods such as pine or beech, not mahogany or the more expensive hardwoods. 7. Polished or natural brown wood looks fantastic against a colourful background, ideal if you favour patterned wallpaper or bright hues of paint. Wood blends perfectly in rooms of neutral tones and with upholstered furniture, especially when it’s multi-coloured. 8. Antiques and vintage items are often one-ofa-kind; they create an atmosphere of their own and express individuality. Unlike new furniture, which usually has to be ordered and waited on for weeks, you can take an antique home with you, or have it delivered right away. Follow your gut instinct when buying and you will be rewarded.

Amanda Horvath is a contemporary artist creating unique paintings celebrating life, nature and beauty. Achieving a B A Hons (first class) in fine art Amanda went on to lecture in painting and printmaking. Now working full time from her studio in the Peak District she is influenced by the wild landscape of her home and is renowned for forests, meadow flowers and moorland scenes which are increasingly popular. “Painting is a response to the beautiful landscape around me, the experience of being in the place is as much an important part of the process as drawing. I attempt to capture the spirit of the land and that quiet sense of tranquillity that coexists with a closeness to the natural world. This affinity with nature has grown from childhood and my past experiences� After taking preliminary notes en plein air Amanda works in the studio translating her drawings on canvas using various mark making techniques and palette knives to create a highly textured finished painting, which lies somewhere between abstraction and realism. Her work has found homes with private collectors worldwide. Amanda exhibits with galleries in the UK. For more information visit or to request commissions email


So Much More Art with SoFAP! The Society of Fulham Artists & Potters’ Autumn Art Exhibition & Sale of affordable art created by local artists in the Fulham Library Hall, SW6 5NX. 13th – 18th November

Interest-Free Credit available: With artworks created by amateurs and professional artists, this Exhibition & Sale offers you a variety of modern paintings and 3D works for all tastes to select from. Whether you enjoy realism, or abstract paintings, highly decorated pots, or delicate bronze sculptures, we have something for all pockets. As members of OwnArt we now offer an interest-free opportunity for buyers to purchase larger value art works, paid over a 10 month period – yet you can take the paintings, sculptures or ceramics away at the end of the exhibition! This makes a super opportunity to buy presents for Christmas, birthdays and high days, supporting the local artist community.

10% off – with the Code: Life1018: As a special Autumn offer, if you quote Life1018 when you come to the Exhibition & Sale to make your purchase, we will give you 10% off the price of the framed painting, sculpture or ceramic. So, bring this page with you.



Friendly Art Society since 1952:

Established in 1952, our Society welcomes members of all ages, from Annabelle Painter at 27 through to Dennis Gilbert aged 96, who all have a range of abilities, across all mediums, producing gloriously original art works. Typically, we have works created in oil, acrylic, watercolour, limited edition etchings and manipulated photographs, ceramics, etched glass, bronze sculptures and wood carvings. Our website: shows recent members’ works, with some still available for sale, plus details of our Society if you are interested in joining up.

As a member we offer you: • monthly one day workshops with international and local tutors: e.g. Hazel Soan, Penny German, Roger Dellar, Jason Bowyer, Soraya French, Kathy Barker; • monthly Plein Air excursions to London locations such as Chiswick House, Syon Park, Barnes Wetlands, King’s Cross Station, Middle Temple, etc., • a scholarship programme worth @£500+ with mentors (available after one year’s membership); • entry to our twice-yearly Art Exhibition & Sale; • entry to local market opportunities, e.g. the North End Road Market Contact Patricia Watson, Chairman of SoFAP:; for more information. 9 4 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 8

“Established in 1952, our Society welcomes members of all ages, from Annabelle Painter at 27 through to Dennis Gilbert aged 96”


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h, the very word Broadway. To me it brings immediately to mind my times in New York’s Theatre Land, buying tiny cowboy boots for my three and four year old sons in a shop called Tepee Town and being allowed to watch the Woody Herman Big Band rehearse in the afternoon before their Top of the Bill concert at Radio City. The beginning of this theatrical legendary area began in the 1750’s when Walter Murray and Thomas Kean opened a theatre on Nassau Street. So it is comparatively new compared to the other Broadway which holds equally fond memories for me. That’s the one in the Cotswolds. For it was there that I first travelled with my father to visit antique furniture dealers in that most beautiful and ancient town. Dating back to the Mesolithic period (9,600 -4000 BC) Broadway in Worcestershire is now equally known for its charm as its centre for the Arts and Crafts movement. In the town itself is the Gordon Russell Museum, where the history of Sir Gordon Russell and his work is most fittingly displayed, while in nearby Chipping Camden one of the original artisan workshops, Harts Silver, is still being run by the founder’s family. Currently they have a truly inspirational Exhibition in the Aylesbury Museum, on display 9 6 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 8

“Broadway in Worcestershire is now equally known for its charm as its centre for the Arts and Crafts movement”

until December. An absolute must visit for silver of the period enthusiasts. But nearby Broadway is an architectural Folly. A structure that my father took me to see as a lesson on the inspiration of Capability Brown and the designs of James Wyatt for the Countess of Coventry which was built for her in 1798 – 9 as a tower from which she could view her vast estate. The mirror illustrated is a great example of how architecture influenced some of the more avant garde patrons of the English Regency period in their quest for novelty in their furniture. Amongst their favourite makers was one George Bullock (1777 - 1813) to whome this is attributed. So mirror, mirror, on the wall, is it the reflection or the frame for which we fall? For more information about John Bly Antiques: 533 King’s Road, Chelsea, email;

Above:: Regency period Bird’s-Eye Maple and Mahogany Mirror in the Gothic Taste available at John Bly.

We specialise in fine art, porcelain, furniture and decorative pieces for the home and specialist collection. Our next event in London is Olympia, stand 77, 30th October - 4th November, Kensington, W14 8UX. Visit our website to see a selection of our stock and details of complimentary tickets for Olympia.

Emma Duveen Art & Decorative Antiques, Guildford, Surrey. email: Tel: 07847 182 766

“Karin: RESIST”, 2018, Oil on canvas, 183cm x 153cm

Broad strokes, bold shapes, rich texture create form; reflect the emotion of our times while exposing the figure’s true character. Gesture, posturing, & larger-than-life scale provide insight on inner emotions & outer truths; bring the obligation of being human into the conversation. Leslie Plato Smith was educated at University of California Santa Barbara, Tulane University, University of California Berkeley. Her “Who Are We?” Series is at the 2018 Venice Biennale



Black is the New Black: Portraits by Simon Frederick Until 27 January 2019


Simon Frederick

lack is the New Black brings together exceptional figures from the world of politics, business, culture, religion and science to celebrate black British achievement today. Artist and director Simon Frederick constructed still portrait photographs as well as filming the participants for Black is the New Black, his acclaimed 2016 BBC Two documentary series, in which Frederick employed the power of talking heads with no archive footage or voiceovers. Photographed sitters ranged from Naomi Campbell, Sir Trevor McDonald, Sir Lenny Henry, Les Ferdinand, TV judge Alesha Dixon; Tinie Tempah, Olympian Denise Lewis OBE; Beverley Knight, Ashley Banjo to barrister and Attorney-General for England and Wales Patricia Scotland, politician Chuka Umunna and John Sentamu who was appointed Archbishop of York in 2005, becoming Britain’s first black Archbishop. The sitters disclosed heartfelt stories and opinions to paint a unique portrait of modern Britain’s past, present and future, recognising the profound impact of black individuals on British culture. This display celebrates their acquisition as the largest group of

“The sitters disclosed heartfelt stories and opinions to paint a unique portrait of modern Britain’s past, present and future” portraits of Afro-Caribbean sitters into the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection with Simon Frederick donating the entire portfolio of thirty-nine prints as a gift. This event follows Simon Frederick’s last appearance at the Gallery in 2016 when he took part in a panel discussion about identity and achievement with three of the sitters in Black is the New Black Oswald Boateng, Ekow Eshun and Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock. Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director, National Portrait Gallery, London, says: ‘These striking portraits of black British sitters powerfully reflect the diversity and variety of contemporary British achievement in public life. The National Portrait Gallery is delighted to receive Simon Frederick’s very generous gift of photographs.’ Simon Frederick’s work spans from celebrity portraiture to art exhibitions to global advertising campaigns and TV. He is known for his recent role as a lead judge and co-host alongside Isabella Rossellini on the Sky Arts programme Master of Photography and for his series Black is the New Black on BBC TWO. National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place WC2H 0HE. 9 8 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 8

Top left: Naomi Campbell Bottom left: Sir Trevor Mcdonald Above, from top: Sir Lenny Henry, Denise Lewis OBE; Tinie Tempah, Alesha Dixon


Mike Bernard

Collage and Acrylic Contemporary Art Born in Kent in 1957 award-winning leading artist Mike Bernard trained at the West Surrey College of Art & Design, Farnham, followed by postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy Schools

Clockwise from right: Summer Rain, Trafalgar Square; St Paul’s; City Lights, London; Chelsea Potter, King’s Road


ince then he has exhibited widely in London and the provinces. The artist was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour in 1997. He moved to Devon in 2008 where he has been inspired by the amazing light. Mike Bernard enjoys experimenting with media and techniques, often using mixed media incorporating collage and acrylics. Mike has used paper collage for several years and has developed a highly original and appealing style of his own. As a base to his paintings it has allowed him to create abstract structures that in turn develop into those “happy accidents” which come about from time to time. Random textures, colours and shapes suddenly fall into place. This method allows picture to evolve their own personality as they progress, which avoids them becoming over-representational. Mike’s initial starting point was collecting on the spot sketches, with subjects varying from harbour coastal scenes to street and market scenes and occasional still life. He is selective when describing detail, wanting to portray only the essence of the subject. Back in the studio he starts his paintings, (surfaces can include, paper, board and canvas), with layers of paper collage, newspapers, tissue, leaflets, magazines etc, glueing with acrylic medium. Mike can create shapes which relate to the abstract structure of the subject. When the glue is dry, he applies acrylic ink in bold random strokes which encourages wonderful colour and textural ‘happy accidents’. From this state of chaos he endeavours to definite the subject through various

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drawing techniques, to a finished stage where the subject has recognisable passages, but at the same time retains a semi- abstract, impressionistic feel, engaging the viewers imagination. Mike now paints almost exclusively in mixed media, combining collage, acrylics and pastel. He enjoys the way textures, shapes, colour and ‘happy accidents’ steer the direction of his paintings. Mike’s favourite subjects continue to be harbour scenes, market and street scenes both in Britain and abroad. If you would like to enquire about purchasing one of Mike’s paintings, please email him with the painting you are interested in and he will be able to confirm availability, price etc. Commissions are also undertaken. For more details of Mike’s work visit or email

Melissa Blair Carter is a self-taught artist, painting mostly on canvas and paper with acrylics and pastels. With no formal art instruction, she paints intuitively. Bold colour, shape, and line are sources of inspiration for her whimsical abstract paintings. Her work is held in private collections all over the world. You can find more about Melissa and her artwork at Follow her on Instagram @melissablaircarter.


Sitting Pretty

A guide to antique furniture


hen people talk about antique furniture it can have many different meanings. ‘True’ antiques are items which are over 100 years old, but with many other retro and vintage pieces coming back into fashion, pieces younger than this are often referred to as antiques by the lay person. The term ‘furniture’ covers an enormous variety of items. From the obvious, such as tables, chairs, dressers, sofas, desks and the like through to smaller pieces such as shelves, coat hooks, vintage suitcases and even the fixings for doors and light switches. Antique and vintage furniture has, over the past

“Good quality antique furniture is a joy to own, the craftsmanship and sheer amount of man hours which went into producing a quality piece” decade or so, been at its lowest price in years. The savviest amongst collectors and people in general have taken the opportunity to purchase various quality items of antique furniture to both enjoy and use in their homes along with seeing it as an investment opportunity. It is only a matter of time before the pendulum swings and antique furniture prices once again begin to rise. Good quality antique furniture is a joy to own. The craftsmanship and sheer amount of man 1 0 2 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 8

hours which went into producing a quality piece is apparent from every angle. Items made from rich woods such as mahogany, oak and walnut just cry out to be appreciated; not only by sight but a gifted craftsman produces pieces which are tactile and almost decadent in their appearance. Furniture antiques are one of the most popular types of antiques, not only because of their practicality but also because of their historical significance. The most popular time for antique furniture was the Victorian period, which dates from about 1850 to 1910 and the most popular woods used to make the furniture were mahogany, oak, pine, rosewood and walnut. There is also a difference in pieces depending in which geographical location they were produced. Some people yearn for English crafted pieces whilst others adore the intricate, quality pieces created in various other European countries such as France. Increasingly popular are vintage pieces from the 1950’s and 60’s. Retro is very much the in thing right now, with many people clamouring for originals with which to furnish their homes. You only need to glance in any modern furniture store’s catalogue to see how this era has inspired today’s current styles. Whatever your favoured style of antique furniture, the canny investor can not only put their money into something which is almost guaranteed to be worth more in the future, but will have a unique and beautiful pieces which can be enjoyed and appreciated each and every day.


SCHOOLS GUIDE – The finest independent schools in the UK – i m a g e : F E LST E D SCHOOL


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any parents believe that their child needs to be awarded a scholarship in order to receive financial help from a school. This isn’t the case. Over 168,000 private school pupils (33% of all pupils) get some sort of financial help. The 2018 ISC annual census shows that many schools have extended bursary provision in the last year providing almost £400m means-tested fee assistance for pupils. The ways in which schools assess how they are going to give families a bursary have now become much more generous and will continue to do so.

“Over 200 of the UK’s leading schools all under one roof” So why do schools offer bursaries? It goes back to the mission of most independent schools, where the founders wanted to pay for poor scholars to have an education for social mobility and the alleviation of poverty. It’s in the schools’ ethos. As Mark Bailey (High Master of St Paul’s School) and David Goodhew (Headmaster of Latymer Upper), both agreed in our education theatres last year, diversity in independent schools benefits all pupils. ‘Our parents want us to be a school for people 1 0 6 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 8

from all walks of life, from diverse backgrounds, culturally, social-economically, because it helps one feel like real life in the modern world.’ – David Goodhew, Headmaster of Latymer Upper We can’t tell you how much financial aid you might receive as schools differ widely in how they make decisions and, of course, how much money they have for such purposes. Some schools, such as St Paul’s, consider families with a surprisingly high overall level of income (£120,000) whereas others have a much lower income threshold. Schools are autonomous when it comes to offering fee assistance – there are no fixed rules. The best way to find out what each school has to offer, and if you could be considered for some sort of financial aid, is to speak individually to the schools. At the Independent Schools Show, we have over 200 of the UK’s leading schools all under one roof, providing parents with the perfect opportunity to meet schools one-to-one and get your questions answered. You can also hear from experts in the field in our two education theatres, covering topics such as affordability.


A unique and

tailor-made education


hitgift is situated in a beautiful and historic park. A Whitgift education is unique and exceptionally tailor-made, offering a variety of pathways to qualifications, including A Levels, Pre U, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC, with a bilingual section for native French speakers. Exchanges, visits and scholarship programmes are in place with more than 25 countries worldwide. Whitgift is regularly ranked amongst the country’s top schools for achievement; new records are regularly set. Exceptional pastoral care is at the foundation of the School’s provision, and each pupil, along with their parents, are guaranteed a friendly face to turn to for advice and guidance. Whitgift’s record in sport is exceptional and at the forefront of achievement nationally, with more than 130 national sports titles won in the past five years. More than 40 sports are available at Whitgift, including modern pentathlon, golf, judo and cycling. Many boys represent their country in a wide variety of sports, or go on to pursue a career at the highest level. An exciting Performing Arts programme is offered by the School, with first-class musicals and plays performed regularly. Orchestras and choirs tour internationally, and play at major venues, including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, Goodwood House, and the Royal Pavilion, Brighton. The School enjoys close links with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, enabling pupils to learn side-by-side with professional musicians. Co-curricular activities at Whitgift feature more than 80 clubs and societies, as diverse as the 1 0 8 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 8

Apiarian Society, Animal Club, Debating Society, Remote Control Car Club, STEM Club, Archery and Karate. In addition, Outdoor Education – offering sailing, wakeboarding, skiing, mountain biking and more – introduces boys to new and exciting activities. The School also gives boys the chance to enter into the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, highly regarded by admissions tutors and employers alike. Furthermore, Whitgift has a well-established Combined Cadet Force, containing elements of all three services - Army, RAF and Royal Navy - and one of the oldest Corps of Drums in the country. The School’s Boarding House is superblyequipped, and offers full, weekly and flexi-boarding to boys aged 13-18. Boarders have cutting-edge IT equipment, private study areas, en-suite bathrooms, and spacious, communal social areas with kitchen facilities. Whitgift offers generous scholarships and bursaries. Whitgift School, Haling Park, South Croydon CR2 6YT. +44 (0)20 8633 9935.


What’s the difference between A levels and IB Diploma?

By Martin Hall, Head of ACS Hillingdon International School


ou could consider A levels a 20th century qualification, and the IB Diploma a qualification for the 21st century. Andreas Schleicher, Director of Education and Skills at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said: “The world no longer rewards people for what they know – Google knows everything – but for what they can do with what they know.” While I disagree with the implication that people don’t need to know things, there is little doubt that the application of knowledge is becoming ever more important and it is in this that the IB Diploma is different from A levels. Both the IB Diploma and A levels involve studying three subjects in depth. A top grade at A Level and a top grade in an individual IB Diploma Higher Level subject are each worth 56 UCAS tariff points. The difference with the IB Diploma is that these three subjects are just one part of a qualification which teaches you how to develop an inquiring mind and apply your knowledge to the world around you. An A level and IB Diploma exam question will probably look similar on paper. In both you will be assessed on how much knowledge you have retained, whether you understand key concepts and whether you can apply standard methods. But the IB assessment will also be gauging whether you are skilled in analysing and presenting 1 1 0 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 8

“The IB Diploma is an ‘all round’ qualification, well suited to our multicultural, fast paced, digital 21st century lives”

information; whether you can evaluate and construct arguments and solve problems creatively. The IB Diploma also involves completing an Extended Essay and a course in the Theory of Knowledge. Three subjects at ‘Standard Level’ also have to be completed, plus Creativity, Action and Service, which must involve some combination of sport, art or community service. You can see that the IB Diploma is an ‘all round’ or holistic qualification, well suited to our multicultural, fast paced, digital 21st century lives. A good IB school (and of course I think that at ACS Hillingdon International School fits that description), will teach time management and study skills to help students complete their Diploma, and not surprisingly universities award the qualification a much higher tariff overall than three A levels. ACS Hillingdon International School. +44 (0) 1895 818402


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“The first workshop, for students aged 11-16, will take place on 9 November from 10am to 4pm and will give boys the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a performing arts student”

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he prestigious Tring Park School for the Performing Arts is hosting two dedicated day-long workshop for boys with a passion for performing arts and dance in November and December. The first workshop, for students aged 11-16, will take place on 9 November from 10am to 4pm and will give boys the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a performing arts student. Boys keen to attend this workshop will have the chance to enjoy lessons in acting, musical theatre and commercial music alongside current boys from Tring Park School The second Life in a Day workshop is being held on 7 December and will focus solely on dance and will cater for boys aged 10-16. During the day, students will take part in a dance technique class, get some tips on how to get the most out of auditions as well as observe a masterclass by world-class teachers. At both workshops, teachers will be on hand to shed some light on what life is like for a boy with a passion for performing arts and dance studying at Tring Park School. As well as having the taster sessions, boys attending the workshops will get the chance to hear about how the day is structured and the balance between academic and performing arts classes. Academic studies are just as important as dance, acting, musical theatre and commercial music education with Tring Park School, says Principal Stefan Anderson. “The school’s teaching staff and students pride themselves equally on academic success and performing arts achievements and this is reflected in the school’s glittering alumni, who have left Tring Park School fully prepared for whatever career path they choose to follow.” When it comes to its alumni, Tring Park School has some seriously strong credentials. Director and choreographer Drew Mconie is a Tring Park graduate, and at the tender age of 33, he already has an impressive CV. Drew won the 2016 Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer for his work on In the Heights and was nominated for the 2017 Olivier

Award for Best Theatre Choreographer for Jesus Christ Superstar. He has also directed and choreographed Strictly Ballroom in the West End this year and is set to make his name on Broadway as the director of King Kong the Musical, which previews in October. Like fellow Tring Park graduates, Daisy Ridley and Lily James, Drew has made a name for himself all over the world. Currently, there are a number of ex-Tring Park students performing in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, including Will Bozier and Max Westwell, while former Tring Park School boy Ned Porteous has had a lot to shout about this year after he made the shortlist for Most Popular Newcomer in the National Television Awards for his role as Joseph Tate in Emmerdale. Ex-student Zach Wyatt has landed his first professional role alongside Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams in the UK premiere of Lauren Gunderson’s I and You, at the Hampstead Theatre later this autumn. In the world of musical theatre, Kit Esuruoso has been starring as Craig Turner in the original cast of West End hit show Tina the Musical. Kit will also be starring in a new film called Akoni. And of course, there’s not forgetting, the incredible Kaine Ward, who is one of six boys from Tring Park School who have played the lead role of Billy Elliot in the smash-hit West End musical and UK tour. Kaine attended Tring Park from the age of 10 and graduated from the school last year to follow his dancer’s dream to New York City where he was one of just 24 dancers selected worldwide to attend the world-famous Juilliard School of Performing Arts, whose alumni include Robin Williams, Christopher Reeve and Val Kilmer. So, Tring Park School’s credentials speak volumes when it comes to teaching boys with a passion for performing arts, and the Life in the Day for boys workshop is the perfect experience to give boys an insight into life as a performing arts student. For more information, go to The deadline for applications is 29 October.


Portland Place Pupils ‘Strive’ for Success D escribed by The Good Schools’ Guide as “A godsend for the discerning parent”, leading independent school, Portland Place has launched The Strive Programme - a highly creative and ‘out of the box’ learning initiative designed to harness a pupil’s curiosity and deepen their interest and engagement in a particular subject through closer study. A refreshing alternative to the traditional learning environments, and acknowledging that by cultivating creativity through enabling students to use their imagination and develop their personal passion or particular interest, Portland Place School prides itself on facilitating creative outputs in all aspects of school life. It has introduced Strive to empower and inspire their pupils to choose their own specific topic for further study. This may be an active interest in a far away culture, a fascination with an unusual sport or a love of novels by a favourite author, students are encouraged to develop through this forward thinking programme, a real love of learning. Benefitting Year 7 pupils upwards, Strive aims to stretch student learning far beyond the classroom inspiring, motivating and setting their own direction. Strive can go on to form the basis for an Extended ProjectQualification (EPQ) Level 1 which is the equivalent of half a GCSE, and can be taken over one or two years depending on which year your child is in. Julia Findlater, Deputy Head (Academic) at the

“Strive aims to stretch student learning far beyond the classroom - inspiring, motivating and setting their own direction”

THE DETAILS For more information or to book a place on a school tour, open morning or open evening visit: or call 020 7307 8700.

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Marylebone-based Portland Place School explains: “We are immensely excited about the potential of Strive. We are keen to provide our children with the opportunity to explore topics and issues further, to develop a sense of questioning and curiosity. “When we are curious, we see things differently, making connections and experiencing moments of insight and meaning, all of which provide the foundation for rich and satisfying life experiences. This is an amazing opportunity to undertake rigorous research into a topic of particular interest. This is about our pupils making a choice, not us, as their teachers! “The research project a student chooses can be realised in a number of creative ways other than just an essay or a portfolio. Students can explore their interest in, for example, Spanish by producing a cookery book and a delicious meal. The aim of Strive is to give students the freedom to explore and express their research in whatever format they want, within reason, away from the traditional book-based outputs of the classroom. So, they could: make a film, create a piece of theatre or dance, produce a website, curate an exhibition, make an artefact. The final expression of their research is totally open ended. Further benefit also comes from the opportunity for the the pupils to be acknowledged with our own Strive awards that we will be organising at the school, as well as the formal EPQ qualification that accompanies the scheme.” Portland Place School is located directly in the heart of the City of Westminster. It was founded with a particular purpose in mind: to be an alternative to the intense, large, examinations focused independent day schools of which there are many in London. The school ethos is to be small, nurturing and relaxed, encouraging and enabling those who attend to achieve their very best academically, with space to develop and express their creativity and athleticism. The school is also building a contemporary dining facility and developing a larger multi-functional performance area. At Portland Place School, it is believed that warmth, care and happiness are essential ingredients of a successful education.


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short 20 miles north of London, nestled in over 500 acres of woodland, playing fields and superb facilities, one can discover a hidden gem, which is Haileybury, one of the UK’s top co-educational boarding and day schools. According to the Deputy Head Academic Stephen Campbell, ‘what sets the school apart, is its ambition for its pupils. At the centre of the school’s thinking, is the desire to ensure that boys and girls receive the best possible education.’ Children who attend Haileybury are encouraged to find their personalised pathway, strengthen their sense of ‘self ’, and develop a level of responsibility that comes through being a valuable member of society. Stephen believes that ‘Haileybury is at the forefront of independent school thinking in the way that its unrivalled curriculum is taught; carefully considering what pupils learn, how they learn it, and the order in which this learning is taking place. Pupils are encouraged to be independent, creative and intellectually ambitious.’ Building on the ethos of being ambitious for its pupils, the school is not afraid to do things a little differently: pupils in year 7 and 8 have two afternoons a week of sport, during which they learn about their physical development, and the strength of their bodies. They also have an afternoon a week dedicated to the arts, spending up to three hours a week working on art, drama or music, allowing them to discover their inner artist that can be nurtured and developed. As boys and girls progress in Y10, they have the opportunity to produce an independent project that seeks to offer a way of making the world better: during which, they work with pupils from partner 1 1 6 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 8

schools within the UK and abroad, demonstrating a truly collaborative learning process. Sixth Form, sees pupils choose either the IB or the A level curriculum, coupled with the support and guidance of the school’s experienced staff on their university application and career options. Haileybury seeks to imbue all girls and boys with both a desire to make the world a better place, but also the knowledge and skills to understand how to do so. Haileybury School, Hertford, Herts, SG13 7NU. 01992 706200

“Haileybury is at the forefront of independent school thinking in the way that its unrivalled curriculum is taught”


Step into the most exciting school in England “We have had four children through the public school system and I think that Hurtwood House is the only one which has really delivered what it promised”


lthough it has all the facilities of a typical public school, Hurtwood House specialises exclusively in the sixth form and the age range 16-18. Changing schools at 16 opens up a whole new world of fresh experiences and challenges and provides the perfect steppingstone between school and university. Hurtwood House is young, exciting and dynamic and, most importantly of all, it is exceptionally creative with drama, media, art, textiles, dance, music and singing to die for. Famous former students include Oscar-winner Hans Zimmer (music for Gladiator, Rain Main, Lion King) and Golden Globe winner Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada, Gideon’s Daughter) and watch out for Hollywood hot-tip Jack Huston (Factory Girl). Zara Brownless (winner of the first Young Apprentice). But marvellous as the performing and creative arts are, this school is definitely not a one-trick pony. It also caters for the budding entrepreneur, doctor, lawyer, architect, etc etc etc with a range of subjects which, though less eyecatching, are no less successful and inspirational. Small wonder, then, that the world is beating a path to Hurtwood’s door, and one of the first things to strike visitors is that it has a completely different “campus” feel about it – not like school at all. That’s because there are no juniors – everybody here is 16+ and they all join after they have taken their GCSE’s. In many ways, it defies definition - more public school than sixth form college, but smaller and less institutional – more boutique than department store. At the moment it’s in a class of its own but one suspects that one day soon there will be more schools like this, because five years is a long time 1 1 8 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 8

to be in one public school, and so many boys and girls are now ready at 16 for a fresh challenge and a more stimulating life. A lot of parents agree wholeheartedly. As one satisfied customer puts it: “We have had four children through the public school system and I think that Hurtwood House is the only one which has really delivered what it promised.” Indeed, Hurtwood has a file of letters as thick as your arm from grateful parents, and clearly what they appreciate most is that Hurtwood has given their children the confidence to cope with anything in life and has fired up their enthusiasm. “Her mind was turned on,” says one, “and her appetite for learning is voracious. I want you to know that you lit the fuse.” Who could ask for anything more?

THE DETAILS Hurtwood House, Holmbury St Mary, Nr Dorking, Surrey RH5 6NU Tel: 01483 279000


Devonshire House School

New “Forest School” in the heart of London


his Autumn Term the children at Devonshire House School are enjoying spending time outside in a newly developed and landscaped forest area in the grounds of the Junior School. Here the children are able to experience and enjoy the benefits of an outdoor learning zone. Outdoor learning enables the children to develop their independent learning skills and gives them the confidence to explore different areas of learning. With our new thoughtfully equipped zones we hope to further extend their problem solving skills and give them plenty of opportunity for imagination and inventiveness to come to the fore. It was with great excitement that the children welcomed their new ‘Vegepod’, a raised garden bed, with a hood and integrated watering system. The Junior School Councillors and Prefects helped to build the pod, and plant it with seeds and young sprouting vegetables. Great teamwork and brainpower were required to put it together as it was rather like a huge Lego garden box! The children enjoyed getting their hands into the compost and planting the seeds. They learned all about growing their own vegetables and herbs. We hope to be able to enjoy this produce with our amazing school lunches. Each week a different class will be looking after the young vegetables by watering, clearing

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away and removing any hungry bugs! The Vegepod program promotes the ethos that children, like all people, benefit from time spent in green spaces and that children’s wellbeing is enhanced through meaningful interactions and connections with nature. Devonshire House Preparatory School, 2 Arkwright Road, Hampstead, London, NW3 6AE. Tel: 0207 435 1916.

“It was with great excitement that the children welcomed their new ‘Vegepod’”


A Rounded, Holistic Education A t Felsted, emotional and social development is valued as much as academic and intellectual development. From the moment that your son or daughter joins Felsted’s supportive and close knit community, they will be nurtured and challenged. They take pride in knowing and valuing every child as an individual, stretching, encouraging and appreciating them for every contribution that they make to the community. Pupils thrive in a school which cares for the individual and gives so many opportunities to excel both academically and in a wide range of activities. Away from the classroom, every child becomes a valuable member of sporting teams, involved in drama and music or many of the other clubs and activities available. The welcoming Boarding and Day Houses ensure that strong friendships are made, with an extensive co-curricular programme to ensure your child is happy and stimulated.

A Variety of Modern Boarding Options London parents are seeing the benefits of their children flexi, weekly or full boarding on a stunning countryside campus, just one hour out of the city. Giving their children the opportunity to experience a modern boarding education allows them the time to take advantage of the huge range of cocurricular opportunities available. Without the daily hassle of commuting, children are able to spend more time doing the things they love, being with their friends and completing homework with their peers in a supportive and nurturing environment.

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support for those that need extra help. Pupils perform at their best in a nurturing and happy environment and our exam results are a testament to that. • IB Diploma: 100% pass rate, 35.5 average score (equivalent to A*A*A). Five students achieved over 40 points, a top 6% worldwide score. • A Levels: 65% A* to B grades, 90% A* to C grades, 99.5% pass rate. • GCSEs: 48% 9 to 7, 97% 9 to 4. Top scorer gained nine grade 9s and one A* For further information, please contact our Admissions Office on 01371 822605 or

“Pupils thrive in a school which cares for the individual and gives so many opportunities to excel”

“A good and varied syllabus with much specialist teaching, including music “A good and varied and syllabus sports. with much ” specialist teaching,

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Parsons Green Prep Parsons Green 1 FulhamPrep Park Road London SW6 4LJ 1 Fulham Park Road T: 020 7610 8085 E: Please use the code A&USUMMER18 to receive £15 off your registration fee. London SW6 4LJ T: 020 7610 8085 E: Please use the code A&USUMMER18 to receive £15 off your registration fee.

“A good and varied syllabus with much specialist teaching,

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onnoisseur Travel was founded in 1994. Their efforts to strive to provide the very best and to always go the extra mile for all their clients is their company ‘Mission’. The level of success the company has achieved being evident in the many clients that choose Connoisseur Travel as a direct result of commendations made by satisfied clients who still today entrust all their travel arrangements and vacation plans to Connoisseur Travel. Your holiday needs careful planning and consideration. Whether it’s the excitement of a safari, an adventure in South America, the mystique of the Far East or the lure of relaxation on a beach with your family, Connoisseur Travel can recommend the destination to suit you, your partner and family.

“The company’s experts will share their worldwide knowledge of destinations, climate and culture” The company’s experts will share their worldwide knowledge of destinations, climate and culture to Initially the Company specialised in weddings and tailor-made honeymoon destinations. Personal recommendations and expertise in the honeymoons market resulted quickly to bookings coming in nationwide and overseas. And, with their reputation for personalised travel planning, the Company soon expanded its horizons, providing luxury specialist worldwide travel tailored not only to honeymooners but to all discerning travellers. Over the years they 1 3 8 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 8

have developed their market for providing family holidays – from the very young to teenagers. Some of their clients are original honeymoon couples who now, with their growing families, entrust Connoisseur Travel to source and tailor their family holidays. Being independent, Connoisseur Travel works with a carefully selected number of tour operators which enables the company to be able to offer genuine choices and unbiased holiday advice. They will discuss your tailor-made holiday dreams with you and then produce exactly what you are looking for. Instead of a general glossy printed brochure, their website is designed to outline what they can achieve for you. They take the pain out of planning your holiday yourself, and help you realise your dream with minimum effort on your part and maximum effort on theirs! Each and every travel itinerary they organise is unique, based on the client’s individual requirements. Their specialists are available to you before, during and after your travels, and always available to serve you exclusively. If you would like professional help planning your next holiday or trip of a lifetime, Connoisseur Travel would very much like to speak with you to offer their impartial advice on any worldwide destination. So let Connoisseur Travel make your next travel experience one of unsurpassable ease. Their dedication and enthusiasm combined with their friendly service guarantees you the relaxing tailormade holiday you deserve! Please call 01403 272 143; email; All travel is covered by fully bonded ABTA/ ATOL/IATA tour operators


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ife in and around London operates at a fast and frantic pace. To escape the routine, there are plenty of reasons to choose a ski holiday this winter, in the up-and-coming ski resort of Châtel. A short transfer from Geneva, chalets in the charming resort of Châtel offer luxury accommodation in a lively French resort that is only now being discovered by many British ski enthusiasts.

Easy access to amazing skiing Easily accessible from London, Châtel offers clean mountain air and stunning scenery at the heart of one of the largest ski domains in Europe. The Portes du Soleil, literally meaning ‘Doors of the sun’, has over 650km of piste, exhilarating off-piste and an opportunity for perfect bluebird days. Not only that, the micro-climate created by its proximity to Lake Geneva provides an enviable snow record.

Resort designed for family and friends Whether you are catching up on family quality time or having a blast at ‘Rock the Piste’ concerts with your mates, a week messing about in the snow invites adventures, epic tales and a lot of laughs. Châtel holds the Famille Plus Award, with dedicated sledging runs, huskies and a purple chocolate cow on the slope. The nightlife is laid back with a distinctive French atmosphere and an après ski perfect for re-living the day’s most memorable moments. 1 4 0 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 8

Catered Chalets for the perfect holiday get-away Clarian Chalets’ renovated Savoyard Farmhouse boasts an extensive wine cellar, craft beers and a fully stocked bar to accompany evenings of food and relaxation. The helpful concierge service will make all the arrangements to ensure you are on the slopes seamlessly. Then, after a day of mountain scenery, leisurely lunches and exploring the challenges of the Portes du Soleil, you can ease the muscles in the hot tub or sauna before settling in front of the fire. For a ski holiday to remember, Clarian Chalets creates the ideal package, tailored for your group. The magic of this picturesque resort, sitting on the Swiss border in one of the most stunning regions of the Alps, is waiting to be discovered!

“Chalets in the charming resort of Châtel offer luxury accommodation in a lively French resort”


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celand is the destination for travellers who want an experience that is utterly unique. Where else do you find bubbling geysers, active volcanoes, gigantic glacier and thundering waterfalls ? an all within 3 hrs flying time from the UK ! Alongside the trendy hotels, stylish restaurants, bars and geothermal spas of vibrant Reykjavik. So, look no further, than our adventure filled, luxury, spa, guided and family holidays. We have truly got something for everyone. Can you picture yourself diving between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates ? Or dashing across a glacier on snow scooters? Perhaps you would like to venture inside a volcano or go white water rafting? No matter what you are interested in be it ice climbing, dog sledging, whale watching or observing spouting hot springs. Iceland is your destination ! Should you prefer to see it all a bit more hassle

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free then take a look at our amazing Iceland ProCruises program on the Ocean Diamond where we circumnavigate Iceland. The Iceland Circumnavigation is the perfect way to see the best Iceland has got to offer by sailing at night and being in a new port each morning. And for those night owls among us, they can enjoy 24 hours daylight during the summer nights. In each port, we offer optional shore excursions which can be booked in advance. The Iceland Circumnavigation highlight the natural wonders of Iceland during a ten-day voyage that circumnavigates the entire island treating its passengers to magical vies of mountains, ancient glaciers and fjords. As well as crossing the Arctic Circle and visiting the island of Grimsey using our fantastic zodiacs. Our comfortable ship makes your expedition cruise an unforgettable adventure. Thanks to two stabilizers and an ice-strengthened hull, the Ocean Diamond is the ideal ship for adventure voyages in the Arctic and north Atlantic. Due to the compact size, we can take you to places off the traditional cruise routes so that you experience all that Iceland and Greenland have to offer. Our experienced expedition team consist of local guides from both Iceland and Greenland who can offer real insight into the culture, history and nature of each destination. Discover the best of Iceland on one of our great holidays. We have a wide variety of trips, so you are sure to find the one that is right for you. Get in touch today ! We look forward welcoming you to Iceland.

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alancing gingerly on a paddleboard, I’m torn between basking in the dry heat of Slovenia’s midday sun and abandoning everything to dive into the cool blue water beneath me. I’m in - or, rather, on - Lake Bohinj, a fine example of the natural beauty this Slavic country has to offer. The setting is beautiful crystal clear water below and rich green alpine trees in the distance, all enveloped by a section of the sprawling Julian Alps reaching high into the sky. Slovenia is an almost completely landlocked section of eastern Europe, situated to the west of Hungary and above Croatia, which has slowly been gaining more attention from holidaymakers. Subsequently, the prices and crowds are still wonderfully modest. This is particularly true for Lake Bohinj, where families have bedded in for the day to enjoy their own slice of paradise as the sun reaches 26C overhead. Young lovers are paddling in the shallows, and a couple of older men are sat watching ducks from the shade of a tree. It’s possible to spin 360-degrees on my paddleboard - hired from nearby PAC Sports at a price of E30 (£26) for two hours with tuition - and barely see a single trapping of the 21st century.

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Blessed with beauty spots but yet to attract big crowds, the eastern European country is holiday heaven, says Ryan Hooper.

Life here is sweet

The lakes are magical

Along with adrenaline-pulsing, calorie-burning activities, there are plenty of opportunities to indulge as well. Honey, for example, is one of the country’s biggest exports. Subtle reminders of how important the sweet product is are dotted across capital city, Ljubljana, just over an hour’s picturesque drive from Lake Bohinj. “Honey is so central to being Slovenian,” says local resident and guide Martin Sustersic during an early morning tour of the medieval city. “A typical Slovenian breakfast is bread, butter and honey. We sweeten coffee with honey, and every important building here in Ljubljana has a beehive at the top. There are hundreds of urban beehives in this city.” One of those properties is Hotel Park, a contemporary city-centre hotel with a strong ecological focus. Its hives produce 60 to 80 kilos of the nectar every year, some used within the hotel and the rest sold to local businesses. Honey is also used in one of the country’s cherished delicacies, potica, a sort of nut roll which features brown walnuts or green tarragon, and is best enjoyed at the top of a hill after a long slog to the summit. Perhaps Slovenia’s best-known delicacy, though, is Bled cake - a three-layer slab of creamy goodness which owes its name to Slovenia’s popular holiday destination.

Aside from good cake, there are many more reasons to visit Lake Bled, the beauty spot in the far northwest of Slovenia, and one of the few places where it’s possible to find a crowd. It is hard to imagine just how many pictures are taken on its banks each year. From the beautifully quaint platna boats - the Slovenian equivalent of a gondola carrying passengers to tiny Bled Island in the middle of the lake - to the pure waters of Bled itself, it’s impossible to find a view unsuitable for the family photo album or Instagram. “Yes, the water is normally this colour,” says Croatian-born tour guide Dobrivoj Soboljev, also known as George, a man who moved to Slovenia three decades ago and has lived here ever since. It is possible that George, who has the demeanour of a librarian but the physique of a World’s Strongest Man contestant, has the firmest handshake of anyone in Slovenia. “We had some American tourists a while back asking how much we paid for the chemicals to make the water look so good,” he laughs, explaining the bright blue is caused by limestone deposits. Bled Island has its own traditions. Around 50 brides a year get married in its 60-seater Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Maria. It has a wishing bell which must be rung three times with the ringer’s back to the door, while grooms are required to carry their wives-to-be up the steps to the church.

minutes and five seconds, though attempts to better that are not for the faint-hearted, trust me. Had Eddie been looking for something else to do in the area, he could have done a lot worse than swing by the hidden gem that is the Zelenci Lake. The Green Lake, as it’s known, is a popular destination for those looking for peace and tranquillity. The glacial meltwater is at a nearconstant temperature of 7C, with the white chalk base perfectly reflecting the sky above to create an unbelievable vivid green. As our own platna moors on the island, the scale of that task becomes apparent. “It’s 99 steps. Not easy,” George smiles. “If they make it, they then go into the church and ring the ‘wishes bell’ three times. It’s big business.” Failure is not really an option, he says.

It’s more than just the landscapes which are green Along with possibly the toughest pre-matrimonial challenge on the planet, Slovenia also lays claim to being one of the most environmentally-friendly destinations. Cycling tours are an extremely popular way of getting a feel for Ljubljana’s history in a short space of time, zipping around the significant cultural landmarks, such as the workplaces and homes of the three mustachioed men - Joze Plecnik, Ivan Cankar and Rihard Jakopic - credited with shaping the modern-day capital. But those wanting to explore more physicallychallenging trails can be given a helping hand with an e-bike, particularly in Kranjska Gora, an alpine resort in north-west Slovenia, which transforms into a skier’s paradise in the winter when the snow falls. E-bikes are heavy, like a London ‘Boris bike’, but can mean the difference between getting to the top of the hill to take in the views of the magnificent Tamar Valley, and not. We rent ours from nearby company Julijana for E25 (£22) for the half day, although regular bikes cost even less. Within an hour, we have left the Hotel Kompas and are breathing in the beauty of the Planica alpine valley and its famous 400m ski slope. “This was the only ski slope Eddie the Eagle was not allowed to do,” says larger-than-life local journalist Andraz Sodja, our jolly guide, who pauses for us to take in just how difficult the slopes look, even without any sign of the white stuff. “We nicknamed him ‘Safety Risk Eddie’. It was too difficult for him to compete here,” he jokes. In the summer, the ski slope doubles as the stage for the toughest 400m race in the world, the Red Bull 400, with athletes sprinting to the top in a madcap reverse of the famous Gloucester cheese rolling competition, in which brave competitors seek to get down to the bottom of the steep incline as quickly as possible. Going upwards, in the baking heat, is a different challenge altogether. The Planica race record is five

Getting an energy fix Funicular railways, cable cars and e-bikes offer several means of reaching some of Slovenia’s highest peaks, while hiking is also incredibly popular for those keen to burn calories gained from the variety of rich, delicious food served in restaurants - with some of the greatest examples found back in Ljubljana. At the capital’s Gostilna na Gradu restaurant, it is possible to enjoy the finest locally-produced fare in the grounds of the capital’s stunning castle. Try the beef tongue, which comes with asparagus, pea mash, marjoram, pumpkin oil and smoked cottage cheese, with a glass of Slovenian wine, described by locals as the country’s best-kept secret. (Budget about E35/£30 per person for two courses and drinks.) The views over Ljubljana are free, while the toilets - down several steps in the well of the historic castle itself - are bizarrely atmospheric. Sampling the variety of fine, local dishes, I’m reminded of a comment made by one of our earlier guides, Martin. He playfully joked there was only one McDonald’s restaurant in the whole city. That’s not strictly true, but he was right to point out that many of the global franchises that have infiltrated cities and diluted identity across the globe are yet to really permeate Slovenia. For me, that’s the country’s real charm. Inghams offers a 10-night, three-centre holiday, staying three nights on a bed and breakfast basis at the four-star Hotel Slon, Ljubljana, followed by three nights on a half-board basis the four-star Hotel Kompas, Kranjska Gora, followed by four nights on a half-board basis at the four-star Hotel Jezero, Lake Bohinj, from £1,341 per person, based on two sharing. To book, visit or call 01483 791 116.

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An Oasis of Paradise


aradis Plage Resort is a year-round sunny oasis — a gorgeous piece of paradise just 20 miles from Agadir, and the first eco-resort in Morocco to combine surf, yoga, fitness and a traditional organic spa. Guests enjoy a bespoke experience based on a unique wellness formula designed to balance and relax your body and mind. Paradis Plage, just a 3 hour flight from most European capitals, is located on the southern coast of Morocco, in a region where mountains melt into fine sand beaches and bask in up to 300 days of sunshine a year. The area surrounding Agadir is a collection of hidden gems, including Taghazout, a former traditional fishing village, which has grown into a world-class surfing destination since the 1970s. With a three-mile beach at its front and rolling hills to the rear, the resort showcases 103 suites, bungalows and villas. While the overall feel is like a quiet South African beach resort, its design is distinctly modern Moroccan. Desert-style gardens house canopy-shaded tables, a cool sofa area and four-poster daybeds, while the Surf House is a great place to socialise over a drink at any time of day. There’s even an outdoor cinema to enjoy. All rooms are spacious suites with kitchens and an attractive view, and decorated with pieces of

PARADIS PLAGE KEY FACILITIES • 103 suites, bungalows and villas • Three restaurants and a snack bar • Open-air cinema • Wi-fi • Zen garden • Fire camp

KEY ACTIVITIES • Rip Curl Surf School & Surf House • Yoga shala • Spa • Fitness facility • A heated swimming pool and a kids’ pool • Semi-private beach • Kids’ Club

GET IN TOUCH T: +212 (0) 528 200 382 E:

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local craftmanship. The menus of the three on-site restaurants are based on local, seasonal and organic ingredients, especially seafood, which is an invitation to discover the world-famous Moroccan cuisine in an innovative, healthy way. Vegetarian, vegan or glutenfree dishes are also on offer to suit all tastes and dietary requirements. Paradis Plage uses surf, fitness, yoga and spa as complementary tools to build a programme of sustainable wellness. With its Rip Curl Surf School and its Surf House with direct access to the beach, its toes-in-the-sand Yoga shala, and a brand new fitness facility, these activities are combined into unforgettable experiences. Additional facilities include a kids’ club, cosy fire camp, zen garden perfect for relaxation and meditation, two swimming-pools and a semi-private beach. The ethos of this independent resort is a testament to sustainable harmony with nature and conscious wellness for guests. A truly amazing place.



visit to the North Cornwall coast offers the perfect opportunity to try something new and step up your usual workout, while also enjoying some serious down time. Whether you’re young or old, a die-hard runner, self-confessed adrenalin junkie or a time strapped couch potato, it’s hard to resist the plethora of activities on offer in and around Rock, Daymer Bay, Polzeath and Port Isaac. Only an hour from London by plane, and a civilised overnight journey by sleeper coach from Paddington, North Cornwall offers the ideal opportunity for an indulgent short break or longer adventure. You can of course take the motorway, but unless you’re hauling a lot of kit, dogs and kids, we’d recommend the latter. Local holiday letting agents John Bray Cornish Holidays, who have over 300 of the best located Cornish cottages and luxurious holiday houses in the area, offer these insider tips for what’s on offer. Head to Rock for stunning sailing, water skiing, wakeboarding and paddle boarding on the protected Camel Estuary. The mile-long golden beach that stretches from Rock round to Daymer at low tide offers jaw dropping scenery for keen dog walkers and connects you to some 630 miles of South West Coast Path. On the opposite bank

at Padstow, reached by foot ferry, you can also hire bikes to explore the Camel Trail that wends its 18 miles along the river bank from Padstow through Wadebridge and onto Bodmin and Wenford Bridge. There are also some excellent off-road bike trails on offer as well as miles of scenic road cycling to enjoy. Around the corner at Daymer Bay you’ll find perfect conditions for sea swimming, kayaking and when the wind hits; wind surfing and kitesurfing. Here you can also enjoy one of the most scenic rounds of golf in the UK either at the world class links course at St Enodoc Golf Club and nearby The Point at Polzeath. Continuing on, the coast path leads directly to Polzeath beach. A renowned UK surfing spot with truly epic sunsets, it also offers early morning beach fitness and yoga classes to get your day started the right way. Rising majestically out of the sea, Pentire Headland offers some seriously good running with views that will literally, take your breath away! From here travelling northwards towards Port Isaac’s picturesque harbour the Atlantic Ocean offers the perfect conditions for scuba diving. Calm waters, craggy cliffs and vast caves at nearby Port Quin and Port Gaverne provide the perfect environment for wild swimming, coasteering, sea kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. Needless to say, the area also offers a wealth of excellent cafés, award winning pubs and restaurants in which to refuel and reward yourself. Stay locally with John Bray Cornish Holidays.

“North Cornwall offers the ideal opportunity for an indulgent short break”

Photo Cornish Rock Tors

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fashion, HEALTH

& beauty – Fashion, health and beauty news to keep you looking and feeling your best – i m a g e : LONDON F ASHION W E E K HIGHLIGHTS



BEAUTY & FASHION HAPPY HOUR Colourful and vintage inspired, this Pink Toucan Zip Wallet Purse by Yvonne Ellen is perfect for storing money and small treasures. The purse features a toucan among flowers illustration, gold zip with signature bee on pull tab and three turquoise card pockets on the inside of the wallet. A brilliant gift idea, the eye-catching zip purse is an ideal accessory for everyday use as well as nights out.

“The perfect way to add a splash of colour to your outfit”

PRETTY AS A PEACOCK Featuring a colourful illustrative print of a regal peacock this scarf is 100% cotton and features a cotton lace trim. The perfect way to add a splash of colour to your outfit this pretty scarf is designed so that the wing span wraps around you, encasing you in a collection of colourful feathers. Dimensions: 180 x 50cm.


MAKE A STATEMENT Make a statement with this striking, multicoloured triplet opal five stone ring in 9ct yellow gold with diamond accents. As the birthstone for October, opal jewellery makes a gorgeous gift for those with a birthday on this month. 1 5 2 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 8

This simple and beautiful leather glasses case is the perfect accessory, your sunnies will thank you! It has a very structured shape, so your glasses will remain protected no matter where the case ends up.

WARM FOR WINTER We just love these Alpaca fur trim gloves in nutmeg colour, with opening at wrist and mother of pearl button detail. Understated and elegant, the Samantha Holmes collection is made from luxuriously soft natural fibres.

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WEEK HIGHLIGHTS From Beckham to Burberry, all the news from the spring/summer collections. WORDS: Katie Wright


s catwalks are being dismantled and the giant blow-up Burberry bear that’s been seated at Marble Arch is deflated, the world’s most in-demand models, make-up artists, editors and buyers are hotfooting it to Milan for the next round of shows, which means London Fashion Week is officially done and dusted for another season. And what a season it’s been. We’ve seen much-anticipated debuts, the return of established names and the revamp of one very famous brand, all in the space of five action-packed days. So what does all this tell us about what’s in the store for spring/summer 2019? Here’s all the news you might have missed from the biggest shows at the British style extravaganza...

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Alexa Chung Style icon turned designer Chung has long been a regular on the fashion week front row, but this season she was behind the scenes, holding the first ever show for her eponymous clothing brand. The 34-year-old was on a flight of fancy for spring, calling the collection ‘Arrivals and Departures’, which meant a holiday wardrobe of floaty midi dresses, safari style tailoring and travel-friendly jumpsuits, all in a muted 1970s colour palette. While other designers try to - and need to - grab headlines with zany clothing and make-up, Chung kept it simple and played to her major strength: Knowing exactly what women want to wear.

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Victoria Beckham Celebrating 10 years of her own eponymous brand, Victoria Beckham showed in London for the first time after a decade on the New York schedule, but insisted the collection wasn’t a retrospective. Of course, there were the signatures Beckham has become known for - breezy silk midi dresses, sharp tailored jackets and bodycon knitwear for instance - while there was also a freshness in the use of colour and the sexiness of it all. Spaghetti strap and racer back slip dresses were as revealing as we’ve seen on the VB catwalk in

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some time, and flashes of scarlet packed a punch. It was the skinny ankle-split trousers, however, which Beckham herself wore, that we think will be the big hit of SS19.

Burberry “This show is a celebration of the cultures, the traditions and the codes of this historic fashion house and of the eclecticism that makes up the beautifully diverse United Kingdom,” said Riccardo Tisci, Burberry’s newly appointed chief creative officer. In typically rebellious Tisci style, the show began with a slew of ladylike pencil and pleated skirts, pussy-bow blouses and paired-back trench coats, the bait and switch coming in the second half... Models on the catwalk during the Burberry SS19 show (Isabel Infantes/PA) The soundtrack surged and out came a riot of skin-tight zippered miniskirts, corseted dresses and punky vinyl coats. Judging by the reaction on social media, Burberry purists weren’t best pleased with the latter but the elegant opening impressed many.

Julien Macdonald If it’s not broke, don’t fix it, they say, and that seems to be the mantra of Julien Macdonald, who returned to the London schedule after a season’s sabbatical. Consequently we were treated to the usual all-out glam fest, a parade of glittering, sharp-shouldered gowns and extremely skimpy minidresses. Alongside the usual black and silver, there were pops of bright yellow, tangerine and fuchsia - expect to see these colourful creations on the red carpet once spring rolls around.


Rich fabrics? Check. Fabulous florals? Yep. Glamorous gowns? Plenty of them. All of the elements that make Erdem a favourite of red carpet walkers everywhere (not least the Duchess of Cambridge) were present on Monday, the stunning collection bolstered by a fascinating backstory. Erdem Moralioglu said he was inspired by Fanny and Stella, a pair of nineteenth century crossdressers who were, given fashion’s current obsession with all things genderless, well ahead of their time. Combining mannish tailoring with voluminous dresses in raspberry and duck egg blue, this opulent Victoriana look was a resounding victory for Erdem.

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Preen Alexa Chung wasn’t the only one thinking about travel for spring. At Preen, there was a nomadic theme and the show traversed eras too as vintage ruffles were clashed with cagoules and hiking boots. Models on the catwalk during the Preen SS19 show (Isabel Infantes/PA) Designers Thea Bregazzi and Justin Thornton said they had been thinking a lot about displaced peoples this season, but this wasn’t just lip service: The pair have pledged that a percentage of sales from the collection will go to charity Help Refugees.

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I Dream Jewellery

ounded in 2015 Lucy Bradshaw Jewellery creates timeless pieces in sterling silver adding a twist of colour. All pieces are hand made with a pain staking attention to detail and quality to ensure they will last for years to come. Since its launch Lucy Bradshaw Jewellery has gone from strength to strength with a thriving online business in the UK and worldwide. The brand also has a loyal customer base that travel far and wide to visit the many shows where Lucy exhibits. Beginning by making jewellery in her spare room Lucy now employs 8 people and has just opened her first office and showroom in her home town of Arundel. Her jewellery is also stocked in fashion, lifestyle and jewellery boutiques in the UK. Her business has won several awards including the Theo Pahitis Small Business Sunday Award, the Jaqueline Gold OBE #WOW award and her collections have been featured in Vogue, Tatler and Elle magazines. Inspired by her travels around the world Lucy collected bracelets from each place she visited. “I know you have pictures and memories but when you buy a bracelet with sentimental value, you get this great feeling for all that you love”. Energised by her travels she came back home and started to design her own pieces. However, it was 10 years before Lucy launched the family run business. Working in fashion and retail since the age of 16 she admits that at first she didn’t want to take the risk and quit her job”. A strong factor that propelled her forward was her son. “I wanted to spend quality time with him and achieve a work life balance. We now get to go on so many adventures that inspire future collections”. This includes the My Shining Star collection designed after falling in love with the stars they saw in Iceland. So is she glad she took the leap of faith? “Yes” she smiles “There have been ups and downs but it has definitely been worth it”. All Lucy’s collections can be viewed on-line, including her latest ‘feather’ collection which is proving incredibly popular. The designs from the collections can also be customised offering a bespoke service. “People will come to me and ask for a particular size, charm or a mix of designs to make something special and unique to them”.

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You can also visit one of the many events in the London area including: • Country Living – Islington British Design Centre 7-11 November • Cancer Research Christmas Fair Wandsworth Bank of England centre SW15 5JQ 7-8th November • Friends of Royal Trinity Hospice Christmas Fair – Wandsorth, SW12 8RQ 13-14th November • Ascot Christmas boutique shopping 29th November-2nd December With collections already in the pipeline for Spring/Summer 2019 and new stockists there’s certainly lots to look forward to at Lucy Bradshaw Jewellery. For more information visit

“When you buy a bracelet with sentimental value, you get a great feeling for all that you love”


SPIN ME RIGHT ROUND… Tips for your first spin class. WORDS: LIZ CONNOR Hydrate properly


orget boxing or weights, anyone who’s ever sweated their way through a spin class will know they’re one of the most exhilarating and endorphinpumping experiences you can have at the gym. This challenging workout format, which originated in New York and first became popular in the Nineties, uses a stationery bike with various resistance levels to challenge the rider’s speed and endurance often accompanied by pumping music, flashing lights and an enthusiastic instructor setting the pace! As well as building muscle and increasing cardio capacity, spin is a great way to shed fat; you can burn anywhere from 400-600 plus calories depending on the intensity and length of a class. But if you’re new to the spin world, it can seem a little intimidating at first. But you really don’t have to be a pro-cyclist to give it a go and reap the benefits. Here, Dan Little, head of fitness at boutique spinning studio Digme, shares his top tips for surviving - and nailing - your first spin class...

Little advises making sure you take a bottle of water to the class with you. Even with air-con and fans, a spin class gets very sweaty, so you’ll definitely want to have a drink handy.

Give yourself a break

Get your bike set up correctly Turning up to the spin class can feel like the first day of secondary school; you’ll probably spot a couple of regulars who know exactly what they’re doing, while you’re scratching your head at the back. It’s worth arriving 10 minutes early so you can get your bike set up correctly, to make sure you’re comfortable in the saddle and that you’re not going to be pedalling towards injuries. If you’re not sure, just ask the instructor to help. Little says: “Modern spin bikes are very easy to adjust, and the most important bit to get right is the height of the saddle. Stand next to the bike and feel on one side of your body for the top of your hip bone - the saddle should be about level with it. When you sit on the saddle, it should feel comfortable and your legs should have a slight bend in the knee at the bottom of the pedal stroke. If you have to lock out your knees, the seat is probably a bit too high.” Once the seat’s in place, adjust the handlebars, ensuring they’re not too close that your knees are rotating into them, and not so far away that you’re over-reaching.

Get to grips with cycling shoes A lot of spin studios provide clip-in cleats; shoes with protrusions on the sole that attach to the pedals (but check beforehand whether this is the case - and it’s usually totally fine to wear regular trainers). These may seem scary if you haven’t used them before, but they are very simple to use. The trick is to slot in the front part of the cleat, then push down hard until you hear a pronounced click. To un-clip, simply push your heels out firmly to the side. As you are on a static bike, there’s also no danger of you getting stuck and falling off, as you might do on a road bike. Little says: “Being clipped in means you have a more efficient pedal stroke as you can pull up as well as push down. Your hamstrings and glutes therefore work harder than if you were cycling in trainers - trust me, this is a good thing!” 1 5 8 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 8

Use the instructor’s guidance on gear range and speed as rough idea of how you should be performing. If you can’t keep up, don’t get disheartened. “Everyone is a beginner at some point, and there’s no shame in not being able to match people in the room who are experienced riders,” says Little. “Instructors are generally trained to give a wide range to cater for different levels of fitness, but even if that’s too much, you can ease off a bit. If you need a break, take one. The beauty of spinning is that you’re in complete control of how hard you work.”

Keep your shoulders relaxed and focus on transferring power from your legs to the pedals” Don’t death-grip the handlebars It’s natural to feel like you need to hold on tightly when you’re going hell for leather, but this could lead to painful injuries. Keep your shoulders relaxed and focus on transferring power from your legs to the pedals to maximise your ride, says Little, and keep your grip loose so you can take the pressure off your wrists and elbows.

Invest in some padded shorts Specialist cycling shorts are not essential, but a little bit of light padding on the bum area won’t go amiss, especially if you’re not used to sitting on a saddle. You don’t need to spend a fortune, but if you would prefer to wait until you have completed a session or two, you will be completely fine to take a class in a normal pair of leggings or shorts.

Don’t blow out in the first 10 minutes As with any cardiovascular exercise, it’s important to learn to pace yourself so you can endure a 45-minute class. Little says: “It’s really important to ease into the session with a warm-up of about five minutes, which prepares you for the session ahead. Don’t be tempted to go off like a rocket - you will probably regret it and it will make the experience a lot less enjoyable if you are hanging on for the last 20 minutes.”

Enjoy it! Spin classes are designed to be fun and exhilarating, so smile, enjoy the music, and get ready for the endorphin rush when you reach the finish line.


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uxury, style, space and elegance create the perfect environment to escape the many pressures of a hectic London life. Relaxation is essential to both the body and mind and the Laboratory Spa and Health Club provides a gateway to undisputed tranquillity. The Laboratory boasts an effortless and peaceful ambience in drawing you in and leaving you wanting more. Twice winners of the UK Health Club of the Year award (National Fitness Awards) and previously voted best private Health Club and

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Spa in London by Time Out. No expense has been spared at the Lab from fresh flowers in the changing rooms, to the finest cutting-edge workout equipment. The flawlessly finished workout areas complement the stunning swimming pools, personalised fitness and well-being programming and the choice of over 100 different fitness classes at each club. Innovative, motivational and led by some of the UK’s finest and most-respected fitness professionals, the Lab offers an unrivalled and envied timetable of group exercise classes to cater for every age, interest, and schedule. Schwinn cycling, BodyPump, salsa, aquatics, yoga, pilates, qi gong and so much more! Regular courses are also held, from meditation to Zumba and hula hooping workouts, pole-dancing and motivational talks. Tight for time? Their experienced fitness team will ensure your workout programme gets you tip-top results safely before you head off to work or why not squeeze a class into your day for a super-fast, super-intense workout that will leave you positively buzzing with renewed energy and vigour! The Juice Bar is the ideal place to enjoy fresh and healthy snacks, and catch up with other members of the Club, home-made light meals and refreshments made from the highest quality ingredients make for

“Twice winners of the UK Health Club of the Year award (National Fitness Awards) and previously voted best private Health Club and Spa in London by Time Out. No expense has been spared at the Lab from fresh flowers in the changing rooms, to the finest cuttingedge workout equipment”

a scrumptious menu. In each Club there is a spectacular 25 metre swimming pool. These beautiful award winning pools are cleansed with the latest UV light technology, ensuring the highest possible standards of hygiene with minimal levels of chlorine. This enables members to bathe in comfort in the finest water possible. Whether it’s a few gentle lengths before a steam or serious lane swimming as part of your cardio-vascular workout, it’s heaven for anyone who enjoys a swim. Each pool area incorporates twin spa baths, a wonderful relaxation area, marble steam rooms and Scandinavian saunas to help completely unwind. The Lab’s philosophy is to not just treat the body on its own, but the mind and soul as well. The Day Spa at The Lab is a haven of peace and calm that provides a chance to escape the stresses of daily life. The stylish treatment rooms are the perfect backdrop for the exceptional team of highly-qualified spa therapists and holistic therapists to deliver a broad range of exceptional treatments including facials, massage, body care therapies , hot stone and reflexology, to name but a few. The Laboratory Spa & Health Clubs are one of the few remaining independent, privately owned Clubs in London. The original flagship site opened in 1995 with the impressive backdrop of Alexandra Palace in Muswell Hill. The Club is surrounded by its own luscious and secluded gardens where you can sun-bathe or chill out in private. At The Laboratory, unlike most other clubs, there is no annual contract. Seb Barre, General Manager says “Our members stay with us because they value what we offer and love what we do. We provide an oasis of calm in a busy life. We aim to help you achieve your goals and increase your individual wellbeing. At the Lab you will be transported to a world of serenity, where muscle tension and the

“The Lab’s philosophy is to not just treat the body on its own, but the mind and soul as well”

mind’s concerns simply melt away allowing you to emerge refreshed, balanced and energised.” Lab members have full use of all facilities. Nonmembers are welcome to use the Day Spa. For further information call: 020 8457 3300 (Mill Hill) or 020 8482 3000 (Muswell Hill) Mill Hill: 1a Hall Lane, NW4 4TJ. Muswell Hill: The Avenue N10 2QE.

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iamonds are forever”.… enjoy wearing your jewellery, but, if you want your diamonds and jewellery to be long lasting, do have your jewellery checked regularly. Michael Platt, Goldsmith and Jeweller in Wimbledon Village recommend this is carried out every twelve to eighteen months by a competent, experienced working Goldsmith looking for evidence of wear or damage. Michael Platt, cannot emphasis strongly enough the importance of having jewellery regularly inspected and offer this complimentary service at their store in Wimbledon Village. They often come across the misconception held by many that jewellery never wears out! Platinum is a harder wearing metal but is not indestructible and will wear with time; gold is softer and therefore wears down faster. Michael Platt have an in-store workshop and specialise in restoring all jewellery, modern, vintage or antique, often previously unchecked or inspected which is worn out resulting in the loss of precious and sentimental gemstones and/or diamonds. Have you knocked or caught your jewellery? can you feel a ring claw that is sharp? loose stones? Hurry, visit Michael Platt to have your jewellery examined and checked over by Professionals. Top quality restoration work, handcrafted by the talented Goldsmiths at Michael Platt ensures your jewellery remains in good condition. In the event of loss, good, up to date and adequate insurance covering all eventualities gives

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models backstage at Christopher Kane AW18

a model having her make-up done backstage at Christopher Kane


s we head into autumn and start to assemble our seasonal style shopping lists, it’s time to switch up our make-up routines too. The AW18 shows offered an abundance of inspiration, from bold brights to metallic shimmer, and modern twists on make-up classics. From the hundreds of shows in the four fashion capitals, we’ve distilled five key trends that are set to soar in the next few months, and the products you need to get the look. Here’s your autumn beauty cheat sheet... 1 6 4 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 8

a model backstage at Preen AW18

Shimmer and shine

The natural look

Seventies disco sparkle was a major theme for AW18, with glitter sprinkled liberally on models’ foreheads at Preen and all over their faces at Giambattista Valli. Will these looks translate to real life? They will once they’re toned down (a lot), but there was more wearable shimmer by way of jewel-toned eyes at Michael Halpern and metallic lips at Stella Jean. As MAC make-up artist Mark Carrasquillo explains: “It’s not about recreating a retro look, but getting the energy of the decade’s aesthetic, without applying a lot of make-up.” NYX Face and Body Glitter in Silver, £6

Alongside all the glitz and punky glam, AW18 proved that the ‘no make-up make-up’ trend has still got legs, because who doesn’t love a youthful ‘I woke up like this’ glow? The aim here is an ‘uncluttered, invisible’ feel, so the focus is very much on a flawless complexion, enhanced with soft rosy hues on the eyes (as seen at Oscar de la Renta and Shrimps) or flushed cheeks (Christopher Kane, Issey Miyake and Missoni). Illamasqua Colour Veil in Tonic, £20

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models backstage at Preen AW18



3 a model backstage at Palmer Harding AW18

models backstage at Erdem AW18

Bright eyes

Black eyes

Red lips

There was a rebellious spirit, too, in the way colour was used on the eyes, with opaque citrus hues daubed at Kenzo and Palmer Harding, abstract aqua eyeliner used at Jeremy Scott, and neon eyelashes seen at Dries van Noten. “The new way to wear colour is borderline bad taste, but it still looks beautiful,” explained MAC’s Terry Barber. Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Color Paint Waterproof Eyeshadow in Matte Orange, £19, Escentual

The one product the backstage pros couldn’t get enough of at the autumn shows? Black eyeliner. From razor-sharp liquid flicks at Molly Goddard and David Koma to smudged and smokey pencil scrawls at Max Mara and Carolina Herrera, the make-up staple was given a new lease of life and a punky sensibility reigned. Marc Jacobs Magic Marc’er Liquid Eyeliner in Blacquer, £23, Net-a-Porter

Designers spoke about female empowerment a lot at the autumn/winter shows, and that theme came through in the make-up as well, with a return to the bold ‘power lip’. From orangey-red at Dolce & Gabbana to blood red at Alexander McQueen and Rochas, and berry hues at Erdem; the shade is up to you, but the texture is non-negotiable: It’s got to be a stamp of rich, matte pigment. Nars Audacious Lipstick in Louise, £26

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Vegan designer handbags rival high-end fashion


aBante’s luxury handbags look like they have come straight from the catwalk or a high-end fashion shoot – its sleek lines and detail confirming it is a designer product. But this range is crucially different from its expensive leather rivals – they are made from recycled plastic bottles and vegetable fibres in a unique fusion of style and sustainability. The ethical balance is creating an impact on display stands and the environment with 10% of each LaBante handbag purchase directed to a charitable cause of the buyer’s choice. Cruelty-free fashion is a growing force with celebrities such as Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez and Leona Lewis, celebrating their vegan lifestyle and influencing a generation to make ethical style choices. The LaBante handbags are leading the vegan handbags market along with Stella McCartney’s range which pledges no leather or fur. Behind the luxury LaBante brand is a former high-flying banker who quit the corporate world to follow a childhood dream. Vanita Bagri always wanted to work in fashion and her passion for anticruelty came from her resolve as a teenage to follow it as a way of life.

Cruelty-free fashion is a growing force with celebrities such as Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez and Leona Lewis,

“I am a vegetarian and wanted my range to reflect that so the products are ethically sourced and produced and we use no animal products,” she says. “Our handbags are high-end luxury leather but they are completely natural. We use highly skilled craftsmen who have produced some of the world’s most distinguished leather products – but crucially, we don’t use leather, animal dyes or glues.” The handbags are made from a mixture of Luxe Polyeuthrane, derived from recycled fabric and resin and the silky linings manufactured from leftover plastic bottles that are turned into pellets and then spun into yarn. “We are very proud of our production lines and methods and you don’t have to 1 6 8 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 8

be vegan to enjoy them. Our customers are pleased they can buy a handbag that is sustainable - and a lot of people purchase them because they look amazing, Most of my bags sell for up to 50% less than some other luxury leather brands. Vanita was born in Mumbai, completed a degree, relocated to Arizona to complete an MBA then moved into banking in Hong Kong, New York and London. “I had a good job but my calling into fashion never stopped. It was high-powered but it didn’t satisfy me. I always felt a desire to do more and contribute back to society which I thought was missing.” Now living in London, Vanita was facing a daunting task breaking into style retail - now her bags are available via House of Fraser online with more department stores taking notice of LaBante’s distinct offering. “Awareness about vegan fashion is growing - look at the amount of plastic trash polluting the oceans and photographs of sea horses or turtles wrapped in plastic netting or cans. I want people to enjoy the fashion and to make a contribution to the environment.” The LaBante brand is growing with celebrities such as Made in Chelsea’s Tiffany Watson expressing her delight with her LaBante handbag over social media. Vanita adds: “We have plans to move into men’s bags and shoes in the future and its really inspiring to know that we are attracting more customers who are thinking about their impact on the environment.” Join LaBante London in their #Wearitlikeyouownit campaign to promote female empowerment, tag @LaBante_London on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook in a picture of yourself with the #Wearitlikeyouownit sign. Either make the sign or direct message @LaBante_London requesting for a sign to be sent via email or post. Vote for LaBante as Best Vegan Handbag of the year: For further information please visit:

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than sticking to where it’s been injected it spreads beneath the skin like honey - so it works throughout the tissue to lift, hydrate and re-contour. It doesn’t add volume (unlike conventional filler), but it does remodel the skin “propping it up and giving it a youthful glow” Five points on each side of the face prescribed by Doctors to lend structural support to the facial features (for example; the highest point of the cheekbone, the angle of the jaw and just in front of the ear), are measured and marked and a small syringe is used to inject the solution, beneath the skins surface (takes around 10 seconds each point) And then you are good to go. Pain Factor -it feels a little stingy for a couple seconds Downtime – You may walk out with a slight swelling at the injection points, but a day later that will have disappeared, no exercise for the first 24hours (incase of bruising) and just avoid facials or facial massages for about 2 weeks Results – skin looks instantly tighter; a month later, following a second treatment new collagen and elastin start to become apparent for a more smooth and youthful tighter skin.

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Is Your Dad Bod In-Style or Unhealthy? M

en have been working out to increase muscle mass for decades. Every generation comes up with new phrases that refer to this phenomenon, such as getting “ripped” or “swole” or “yoked,” as a result of men searching for the optimal physique that has been influenced by athletes, movie stars and other public figures. In recent years, a new opposing trend has emerged in pop culture known as the Dad Bod. Instead of marvelling at the muscular look, celebrities and every-men alike have embraced a rough-around-the-edges approach to the male aesthetic. The term Dad Bod has been used to classify men who are slightly overweight and don’t possess a sculpted frame. The positive attention this new trend has received could be seen as an effort to promote a positive self-image in men who otherwise may have had some insecurities about the way they look. Society embracing an archetype that is more attainable by a higher percentage of the male population is an uplifting occurrence and allows men to realise that you don’t have to have the perfect body to be considered healthy and attractive. The human body does need a certain level of fat to survive, as fat serves as an insulator for your core body temperature and aids with hormone production. However, with obesity rates higher than ever, it’s important to emphasise weight management and metabolic health, so recognising body types that are close to the optimal body fat range is a good start to improving general health. The focus on Dad Bods have provided a positive shift in visual standards and self-image, which is very beneficial for the male population, but they can also promote dangerous habits as well. Here is how you can tell if your Dad Bod is a good look or evidence of an unhealthy lifestyle:

Avoid These Behaviours Dad Bods are thought by many to be caused by typical “dad” activities: eating a lot, drinking a lot, and exercising very little. You have probably seen on multiple occasions the “TV Dad”, sitting in his arm chair with a big plate of food and a beer, glued to his big screen. Making these activities an everyday routine can be a recipe for disaster on your health. While having the chiselled muscle tone of a bodybuilder seems like a far cry for TV Dad and other regular blokes, moderation is almost always the way to go, and achieving your Dad Bod look shouldn’t exclude you from living a healthy lifestyle.

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“The term Dad Bod has been used to classify men who are slightly overweight and don’t possess a sculpted frame”

that can’t be reached, but a healthier lifestyle is easily attainable. In order to have a Dad Bod that is also healthy, you must find a happy medium between positive body image and healthy body composition. The formation of the Dad Bod trend has addressed a troubling side effect of social media, in which individuals work to develop the appearance of a successful life, instead of actually doing the work to create that success. Embracing your Dad Bod means separating the stigma of working out, which is now viewed as obsessive and self-involved. Exercise should be viewed as a therapeutic activity which is used to improve emotional and physical health. Working out doesn’t have to completely transform your appearance. It can just transform your quality of life. The Dad Bod trend is an encouraging development in the world of self-image. If used correctly, a positive shift in social norms and overall health can occur. Strive for regular improvement, not perfection. That’s what the Dad Bod is all about.


Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre at Hotel Café Royal Cleopatra Inspired Gold Treatments


ollowing in the footsteps of legendary beauty Cleopatra, Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre at Hotel Café Royal is offering an indulgent Hammam treatment centred around the rejuvenating qualities of gold. Created exclusively for London’s Hotel Cafe Royal by cosmetic artisan spa brand La Sultane de Saba, the 23 Carat Gold Signature Hammam prevents the signs of ageing and leaves skin glowing. Playing a part in ancient beauty rituals, with the ancient Egyptians as its most famous fan, gold was used in Ayurvedic medicine for its healing qualities and ability to bring elasticity to the skin. The four-step ritual, which lasts 90 minutes, will use a combination of 23 carat gold, mother of pearl and caviar extract which adorn the face and body throughout. The 23 Carat Gold Signature Hammam ritual commences on the hammam plinth surrounded by copper bowls filled with rose petals and flickering candles, which fill the air with an opulent

and corundum extract to soften and smooth the complexion. The experience is complete by a Pure Lava Clay & Gold hair treatment to remove impurities, smooth and condition the hair and scalp.


fragrance. The sound of softly played Morrocan music and aromatic steam creates a fitting ambience for the welcome ceremony, which uses a mist of orange blossom, rose and rose geranium on the body alongside gemstones – to promote harmony throughout. Once this is completed the Akasha therapists perform the following treatments..

GOLD INFUSED BODY AND FACE EXFOLIATION The exfoliation starts with a full body cleanse using black soap blended with gold minerals. A traditional kessa glove is then used with a technique that massages the body whilst providing the most invigorating exfoliation with immediate and visible results. The face is then cleansed with a 23 carat gold jelly and exfoliated with 23 carat gold anti-ageing scrub combining micronised pearls 1 7 4 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 8

Following the exfoliation guests are given the choice of an indulgent massage or decadent facial. The Gold Back Massage uses 100% pure shea butter which is melted and combined with an oil of the guests’ choice which is steeped with gold minerals. The massage is an exceptional anti-ageing and nourishing skin treat whilst the deeply relaxing and muscle melting techniques provide the ultimate back massage. The first step of the Mini Gold Facial is an anti-ageing massage using a luscious honey and gold balm. The silky texutured balm is placed on the face, neck and décolleté using hypnotic moves that gently lift, smooth and plump the skin. Hot towels, infused with a facial tonic, remove the balm before a 23 carat gold liquid mask is applied during which the therapists starts the head and scalp massage. The final part of the facial is a gold exlixir serum, enriched with caviar and argan oil, which is applied to the face alongside a 23 carat gold anti-ageing cream infused with mother of peal and hyaluronic acid. The ritual is completed with a ceremonial mist, after which guests are invited to spend time in the relaxation room with an invigorating fresh mint tea and sweet pastry.

Treatments cost £190 for 90 minutes £245Back for 120 “The and Gold minutes. Massage uses 100% For reservations please call 0207 pure 406 3360shea or emailbutter akasha@ which is melted and For further information please combined with an oil visit of the spa-and-gym guests’ choice Follow @AkashaWellbeing on which is steeped Instagram and Twitter with gold minerals” and Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre on Facebook Hotel Café Royal 68 Regent Street,W1B 4DY Tel: 0207 406 3333


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rit-Stitch make beautiful leather bags and accessories right here in the UK. From pretty pastels to classic colours and the chance to personalise every piece, you are sure to find something you love. The colourful product range includes a variety of bag styles, from cute clutch bags to backpacks, handy wallets and purses to stylish tech accessories, fun bag charms to personalised key rings and their bestselling travel accessories. All products are available in an eclectic colour range, including fun two-tone colour combinations and elegant croc pattern-finish leather.

TRADITIONALLY TOMORROW When Brit-Stitch say they have vintage heritage, they really mean it! Their love affair with leather goes back a long way. It’s a family thing – Peter Jones started it, and his children are bringing it to a new generation of style lovers and vintage coveters. Master craftsman Peter Jones started his journey in 1967 in a tiny workshop as a saddle and harness maker and was always looking for new things to try his hand at. One day, Toby, the local milkman, popped in for a chat and asked Peter to make him a new leather cash bag for his milk round. He wasn’t disappointed with the result. Peter hand-stitched a beautifully crafted strong bag that was built to last. Such was the quality of the bag that Toby bought it back to the family business in 2010 for a replacement strap. With 43 years of history in their hands and Peter’s love of making beautifully crafted items, they decided it was time to give the vintage bag a thoroughly modern makeover while using the traditional skills they are so proud of. Using skills passed down to make an array of accessories that match heritage with high fashion, each piece is available for personalisation.

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the historic market town of Abergavenny in beautiful South Wales. Fifty years of experience in the leather product industry ensures that quality is at the heart of every product. The company’s story started with a milkman, and it’s that history it remembers every day. The bags come in Pint and Half Pint sizes – one to suit you whether you’re lugging around books or just a lipstick. Visit: Contact: Follow: @britstitchuk

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ure Collection was founded in Harrogate in 2002, and is now one of the world’s largest direct and online retailers of cashmere. In 2006 it launched in the US, and a year later brought out its first womenswear range, following requests from customers for

“With 15 years’ experience sourcing cashmere that’s sustainable, superb quality and fairly priced, they have crafted sweaters in a range of weights and textures, including Signature, Gassato, Purist and Cashmere Infused giving you the choice of lightweight layers that will see you through every season”

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clothes to partner its luxe cashmere sweaters, cardigans and cover-ups. That range has grown to include sleek tailoring with coats, blazers and pencil skirts using Yorkshire tweeds and woollens woven by Abraham Moon of Guiseley; dresses, tees and shirts in laundered silks, cottons and linens, many featuring exclusive in-house prints; jeans and trousers from slim-leg crops to wideleg palazzos; plus a full range of jersey pieces including tops and dresses designed to work day to night. With 15 years’ experience sourcing cashmere that’s sustainable, superb quality and fairly priced, they have crafted sweaters in a range of weights and textures, including Signature, Gassato, Purist and Cashmere Infused giving you the choice of lightweight layers that will see you through every season. Plus their cashmere sweater range has grown to include a number of necklines, from funnel neck sweaters to v-neck and crew neck sweaters. You’ll find them in lots of bold prints and vibrant colours, in sizes 8 to 24. In 2011, Pure Collection opened its first shop in Tunbridge Wells. There are now eight stores across the UK, including their flagship store in Guildford, plus a clearance outlet at Braintree. The brand is stocked in 16 John Lewis stores and on the John Lewis and Next websites. Pure’s Autumn collection has been inspired by their Yorkshire heritage, designed by Pure Collection’s in-house team at Harrogate, led by head of design Martin Parker and also photographed in Harrogate and featured here. Look out for the Luxe Edit of cashmere and silk featuring cabled and richly textured sweaters, plus a standout brushed wool coat. Moving towards the party season, there will be plush velvets and sophisticated sparkle added to chic sweaters and tweed tailoring. And in time for Christmas, the brand welcomes its first baby cashmere collection. Because you’re never too young to be at home in cashmere. To find you nearest store and to shop online visit

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Lunchtime Meditation Classes at The Connaught with The Aman Spa therapists


s Londoner’s continue to strive for the perfect work and life balance, the Aman Spa at the Connaught, part of London’s prestigious Maybourne Hotel Group are offering complimentary daily 20 minute mindfulness meditation classes over lunchtime to raise awareness on the benefits it has for coping with stress and anxiety in the workplace. Mindfulness meditation is an adaptation of Buddhist meditation which encourages one to focus on the moment rather than being consumed by the pain of the past or anxiety over the future. Aman therapists have been practicing daily meditation since the launch of the Spa in 2009 to find a personal balance as it helps them sense and craft the most unique and tailored treatments for their guests. This will be the first time their therapists open their

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“Mindfulness meditation is an adaptation of Buddhist meditation which encourages one to focus on the moment”

doors and welcome guests to participate in their daily habitual. Guests will be welcomed in the lobby by an Aman representative and ushered to the spa into a cool and dim-light treatment room where they will be asked to remove their shoes and turn off any technological equipment. Aman Spa Manager Rene Van Eyssen explains “Meditation encourages you to observe your emotions, which improves awareness of the present moment, bringing clarity and peace. The result is a total renewal of mind and spirit.” The 500-square metre spa features five treatment rooms, a 60-square metre pool, a fitness studio and an extensive spa menu, which reflects the renewing traditions of China, Thailand, India and the Americas. The Aman Spa Meditation Classes are available weekdays at 1:00pm and last 20 minutes. Classes are complimentary and must be booked in advance.

ABOUT THE CONNAUGHT In the heart of London’s Mayfair, the Connaught, part of Maybourne Hotel Group, blends contemporary style, classic English character and impeccable service to create the ultimate in sophistication. Rooms and suites to suit every mood, exquisite cuisine from Hélène Darroze, the charm of the Connaught and Coburg Bars, and Europe’s first Aman Spa make this the perfect place to rest, relax and dine in style. To book please call the Aman Spa on 0203 147 7305 or email The Connaught Aman Spa, Carlos Place, Mayfair, W1K 2AL.


Food to feed your skin Why the key to your skincare regime might be in the kitchen cupboard 1. OATS

Many of us long for naturally glowing skin without having to break the bank achieving it; however, the chances are you probably already own many of the key ingredients for your glowing skincare routine – you’re probably just looking in the wrong place! With celebrities including Kate Middleton, Kim Kardashian and Gwyneth Paltrow using real foods in their skincare regime, we reveal the fresh foods that mean your skincare regime may be hiding in the kitchen cupboard! 1 8 4 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 8

With advocates including the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and the Duchess of Cambridge, using oats in your daily skincare routine might be the key to giving you that Hollywood glow. The parchmentlike texture of oats makes them an effective exfoliator for those with very sensitive skin. Oats are effective in fighting dull, flaky dryness as they contain polysaccharides, which become gelatinous in water. They form a fine protective film when applied on the skin. Furthermore, their lipids and protein content also allows them to nourish and moisturise, making them the ultimate skin soother. Try wrapping a handful of Nairn’s rolled oats (RRP £2.00, Sainsbury’s) in a small piece of muslin cloth for an easy homemade natural body scrub that cleanses and hydrates.

thus exfoliating and nourishing your skin at the same time. However if you’re looking for a natural facemask with pomegranate extract, try Janjira’s Pomegranate & Acai Facial Mask (RRP £20.00,

5. MATCHA Due to its high content of chlorophyll Matcha powder is a powerful detoxifier. This allows it to deeply cleanse the skin and help reduce inflammation while at the same time not containing any harsh chemicals. If you choose high grade Matcha powder such as Clearspring’s Matcha shot (RRP £6.25, you can simply mix with few drops of water, or plain yoghurt for a thicker consistency, for a natural facemask that will soothe and nourish the skin.



Another natural skin booster that can be found in the kitchen is raw cacao. Full of potent antioxidants, it can help reduce inflammation and puffiness. Apply a small amount of melted raw cacao – the higher cacao quality the better – such as OMBAR 90% Cacao, to the face and leave for 5 – 10 minutes then rinse with tepid water.

Avocado may be the Instagram-food-of-themoment but did you know it’s also a staple of Kim Kardashain’s skincare regime? The healthy fats in avocados naturally moisturise your skin and reduce any inflammation. The oils of avocado are also very closely matched to the natural oils in your skin, so it will nourish and help to restore your skin’s glow at the end of a busy day. For a natural avocado facemask simply mix mashed avocado with Greek yoghurt and honey and leave for 5- 10 minutes and then wash off with warm water.

3. SESAME OIL Oils are a 3-in-1 staple that will transform your beauty regime. Use either to remove stubborn mascara, or as a hair mask. It’s also great to use as a moisturiser before you shower to lock in that essential moisture keep your skin smooth and silky throughout the day. For a light oil that isn’t too greasy, try Clearspring Organic Sesame Oil (£5.89,

4. POMEGRANATE If you’re looking for a new exfoliator, try crushing pomegranate seeds for a natural remedy. When the seeds are ground up they release their antioxidant nutrients

7. GREEN TEA Next time you indulge in a facemask, ditch the cucumber and opt for dampened Green Tea teabags such as Clearspring’s Matcha Green Tea (£3.99, Their natural anti-oxidants will help to reduce puffiness and dark circles round the eyes, leaving you feeling fresh faced with any traces of tiredness banished!

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Authentic Global Practices For Self Development, Ultimate Fitness & Relaxation

AwakeConBal Lifestyle studio in Chelsea welcomes us again and introduce us to the journey of self empowerment through introducing us to their unique lifestyle concept and why it is London’s best kept secret? What is AwakeConBal Lifestyle? AwakeConBal = Awakening Confidence Balance. Through regular practice of one or more of the offered classes/sessions at our studio, the member will start to achieve AwakeConBal lifestyle reaching the desired physical, emotional and mental state within a very short time. Is AwakeConBal Lifestyle a particular school of thought or practise? Quite the opposite, AwakeConBal Lifestyle studio is a platform for all the ‘crème de la crème’ of international schools, alternative therapies or disciplines, all of which deal with movement, breath and mental focus. All the Grand Masters and Master teachers are handpicked based on their expertise, knowledgeable wisdom with tried and tested practices/programs that produce the best results in the fastest time.

“AwakeConBal Lifestyle studio is a platform for all the ‘crème de la crème’ of international schools, alternative therapies or disciplines” Which International schools and alternative therapies does AwakeConBal Lifestyle represent? I. AwakeConBal Lifestyle represent “Kung Fu School China” whose Grand Master Xinglong Wang is a 32nd generation Shaolin Monk, regarded as one of the treasures of China and whose six thousand International students are now practitioners of AwakeConBal lifestyle. II. AwakeConBal Lifestyle represent “Tai Chi City” London, whose founder Master Imz is #1 International student and a direct disciple of Master Wang. Tai Chi City currently holds the UK’s Tai Chi Championship. III. AwakeConBal Lifestyle represent “AwakeConBal Multidimensional Yoga” designed and infused with the authentic practices of the 1 8 8 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 8

`vedas from Hatha Yoga, Kriya Yoga, Deep Wisdom Meditation, holistic healing through Prana and the Art Of Listening for couple therapy. IV. AwakeConBal lifestyle represent “Connect To Heal” founded by Zsena Kali Kay to experience alternative treatments and therapies that aid to enhance and improve the experience of Tai Chi, Yoga, Shaolin or meditations, such as sound baths, chakra cleansing meditations, Awake Prana, Past Life Regression and hypnotherapy. AwakeConBal Lifestyle Studio is like a hidden gem, which is only accessible by members, how can we get a taste of your unique lifestyle services? The studio is a boutique converted chapel that boasts beautiful widowed celling with plenty of natural light, and amazing calming energy. AwakeConBal members find our small group classes or one2one private sessions very thorough, highly effective and personalised. AwakeConBal teachers ensure that every member receive enough attention, correct alignment and adjustment to enjoy a precise practice thus a fuller experience. AwakeConBal Lifestyle studio is presently offering for the first month unlimited classes (on first come first served basis) for only £60 and 3 months membership programs at £150. AwakeConBal will be hosting 10 day relaxation & fitness retreats in Morocco from £1800 in Feb & May 2019, Please check our website for more information or email




selects the new season’s most stylish sportswear.

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The Upside Another Aussie import, The Upside has just launched on UK sportswear site Fashercise. The brand is known for it’s bold prints, which this season include bright paintbrush splodges, colourful camo and cute little bows. The Upside Logo Muscle Tank, £65, Fashercise



Lorna Jane Yoga and Pilates devotees will love the coordinating sports bra and leggings combos from Lorna Jane, which this season include trendy animal and camo prints, plus soft longsleeved tops to match. Jungle Warrior Sports Bra, £47; Jungle Warrior Core 7/8 Tights, £69; Adapt L/ Slv Top, £49

Adidas Adidas has teamed up once again with fitness festival Wanderlust, for a collection inspired by nature and made with recycled materials. That means block colour leggings and bras in forest green and maroon, loose-fit tees and super-soft fabrics. X Wanderlust Onesie, £64.95; Adidas X Wanderlust Cropped Tee, £34.95


ometimes called the ‘second new year’, September is a time for getting back to healthy habits after summer’s indulgences. If for you that includes hauling your lazy bum back to yoga classes, or setting your alarm that bit earlier to get a run in before work, some new sportswear may be just the motivation you need to actually make it to Monday night vinyasa flow, or not hit the snooze button (for the fifth time in a row). And now is the perfect time to shop for new gear - because the autumn/winter collections are in and there’s some really cool kit to choose from. Whether you’re looking for stretchy leggings and bra tops for studio workouts, or lightweight layers for outdoor sessions, here’s our pick of the best new fitness fashion drops...

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5 4 Point Zero Zero One If you operate a strict monochrome only gym kit policy, you’ll love new brand Point Zero Zero One and it’s largely black autumn offering for men and women. These designs are anything but boring though, with mesh and print detailing adding interest to the high-tech fabrics. Women’s Oversized Vest, £40; Functional Leggings, £75

Fearless New to the UK, Australian import Fearless is all about body positivity, which is why they create sportswear that’s suited to all sizes (and have the models to prove it). This season, we love the bras and leggings edged with gold stripes, and the slouchy slogan tees and hoodies. Activewear Cropped Hoodie, £32.74

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A major advance in prostate cancer diagnosis BY PROFESSOR HASHIM AHMED BUPA CROMWELL HOSPITAL

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, with over 40,000 new cases diagnosed every year. It often causes no symptoms, but men who are worried about it can request a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test.Your doctor will explain the pros and cons of this, as an abnormal level isn’t specific to prostate cancer (it can also indicate urine infection or inflammation of the prostate), and many men have unnecessary invasive tests as a result


Professor Hashim Ahmed, PhD, FRCS(Urol), BM, BCh (Oxon), MA Consultant Urological Surgeon, Bupa Cromwell Hospital

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f your doctor does suspect cancer, the usual next step is to take tissue samples through a rectal biopsy, but there are problems with this; the needle might need to be pushed through the prostate several times to find cancerous tissue, and there is a risk of infection. Transrectal biopsies can also find cells that look like cancer but do not grow or spread in the vast majority of cases. These mean that men commonly die with prostate cancer, not from it. However, many men have unnecessary treatment ‘just in case’, when these so-called cancers can be safely watched for years via active surveillance. Also, once a man is diagnosed with prostate cancer, and advised to have treatment rather than active surveillance, the entire prostate is treated with radiotherapy or surgery. Both cause damage to surrounding tissue, which leads to side-effects. 5-20% of patients can become incontinent, and 30- 60% suffer from impotence. So the benefits of invasive treatment need to outweigh the risks, but it only leads to a 5% improvement in survival over giving no treatment at all for those with medium to high risk cancers. Things are finally changing for the better. We can now find significant cancers in the prostate by carrying out an MRI scan. If the MRI is clear then men can avoid a biopsy altogether, and if they do

need a biopsy (to confirm a cancer flagged up on the scan), they can now have a MRI guided biopsy through the perineum rather than rectum. This is more accurate, can be done under local anaesthetic, and has a lower risk of infection. If cancer is found many men can now benefit from ‘focal therapy’ treatment, which has a far lower risk of side-effects as only the tumour is targeted, not the whole prostate. Focal therapy can use a number of energy sources to destroy the cancerous tissue precisely. Men return to normal activities 2-4 weeks after treatment, whereas recovery from surgery and radiotherapy can take over three months. Advanced imaging, and minimally-invasive biopsies and therapies mean men will have fewer and better biopsies and treatments that have a lower rate of side-effects. So, the outlook for men who are worried about prostate cancer, and those who are then diagnosed, is improving significantly. I have been working with Bupa Cromwell Hospital and Bupa’s London Health Clinics to create a new patient pathway for prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment, whether you have health insurance or are self funding. This provides a seamless journey from the first abnormal PSA result through to MRI, biopsy and treatment as required.” For more information about this see


Access to Private Health Care is easier than you think


hen you or a family member is unwell it can be a distressing time. Waiting for the treatment or care you need can be unbearable. Avoid long queues and waiting times with the Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth, London’s leading private hospital with an international reputation for the finest patient care. Home to some of the world’s leading Consultants and specialists, the charitable Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth is one of the capital’s best

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kept secrets; able to treat almost any illness whist providing ultimate standards of care. With same day consultations available in their specialist units including Urology, Spine, ENT and Dermatology, patients can enjoy immediate referrals to imaging and diagnostics where treatments and surgeries can be scheduled for the next day. Patients enjoy luxurious surroundings, state of the art technology and the reassurance of being treated by some of the best consultants and nurses in the world. Based in St John’s Wood, minutes from Central London, services include Casualty First, a walk in urgent care centre, which is able to treat children from the age of one. Uniquely, profits support their on-site Hospice, St Johns, which provides care to 4,000 terminally ill patients and their families each year for free. So while enjoying the best care you giving something back to the community. Contact the dedicated patient services team today to find out more about appointments and care at the Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth. 60 Grove End Road, London, NW8 9NH;; 0207 806 4000

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he caring and dedicated team The Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth are acclaimed features of their respite care. Excellent medical care and five-star luxury accommodation create an exceptional experience that is tailored to the needs of your loved one and to give you peace of mind. The Hospital takes pride in its homely and comfortable surroundings combined with round the clock care from experienced staff and world class physicians that can be built into personalised packages to suit all needs. The respite break starts with understanding the required levels of support and ensuring everything is in place from the moment of their friendly welcome, throughout the stay to the moment you are reunited. Elderly respite care packages include daily consultant visits, blood tests, physiotherapy, health checks and complimentary ambulatory transfer if required. The care plans are drawn up in consultation with all involved with the aim of providing a seamless transition into hospital and a comfortable, restful stay. Each package is

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constructed with attention to detail that covers medical, physical, personal and spiritual needs. “We provide both patients and family with assurances that the right care is delivered by a dedicated, expert team,” says Chief Nursing Officer, Andrew Gallini, of HJE. “Every part of the respite stay is important to us, from the medical and nursing support to balanced meals with a wide selection of food choices each day. We recognise that caring for a loved is rewarding but a break can be important and we ensure that everything is in place so you can both make the most of the time.” That assurance is built on decades of experience providing respite care and a determination to maintain high standards of service along with creating a warm environment. The Hospital attracts highly-rated physicians and their input guarantees the best levels of medical care that match exacting standards and a friendly atmosphere. The award-winning Hospital, in St. John’s Wood, is an independent charity and has a heritage of excellence across 160 years.

THE DETAILS Packages are for 3, 5 & 7 nights, contact their dedicated team for more details. Email Telephone 020 7806 4075 The Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth 60 Grove End Road, London, NW8 9NH


Breast Cancer Awareness Month


ctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a worldwide annual campaign involving thousands of organisations to highlight the importance of breast awareness, education and research. Breast cancer is still the most common cancer in the UK. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed in their lifetime, and each year in the UK around 55,000 women and 350 men receive the news “it’s breast cancer”. Sadly, around 11,500 women and 80 men still lose their lives to this devastating disease each year in the UK. Breast Cancer Now Breast Cancer Care are aiming to get as many people as possible involved in raising awareness and funds for breast cancer research.

Know the signs and symptoms of breast cancer Everyone’s breasts are different, and can change with age and at different times of the month. It’s important to get to know how your breasts normally look and feel so it will be easier to spot if 1 9 8 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 8

there are any unusual changes. Finding out about breast cancer signs and symptoms can help you understand what breast changes to look out for. The earlier breast cancer is diagnosed, the better the chance of successful treatment. So it’s important to check your breasts regularly.

What should I be looking for? Lumps are important to look for, and can be the first symptom of breast cancer for many women. But there are other signs and symptoms you should look out for too. Pain in your breasts is not normally a sign of breast cancer, but it can be if it is associated with other symptoms. While most pain is not usually a symptom, it’s important to look out for any pain that is unusual and persists over a period of time. There’s no right or wrong way to check your breasts, feel regularly as part of your usual body care routine. This could be while you’re in the bath or shower, or getting dressed. Do what’s comfortable for you. Check all parts of your breasts, your armpits and up to your collarbone for any unusual changes.

“Lumps are important to look for, and can be the first symptom of breast cancer for many women”

Further signs and symptoms to be aware of. • A change in size or shape of the breast • redness or a rash on the skin and/or around the nipple • Discharge (liquid) that comes from the nipple without squeezing • A swelling in the armpit or around the collarbone • Thickening that feels different from the rest of the breast tissue • A change in skin texture such as puckering or dimpling (like orange peel) • A nipple becoming inverted or changing its position/shape.

“The glamorous star-studded evening combines celebrities, first class entertainment and a worthy cause”

It is thanks to the dedication and generosity of those raising vital funds for the charities all year round, that Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now are able to provide specialist nurses, local services and an emotional support network.

PINK OCTOBER The 24th Pink Ribbon Ball London, in aid of Breast Cancer Now is to be held in the beautiful Ballroom at the prestigious Dorchester Hotel, Mayfair on Saturday 13th October 2018. The glamorous starstudded evening combines celebrities, first class entertainment and a worthy cause. Last year the event raised a staggering £255,000 which helps to fund cutting-edge breast cancer research. For more information about the event, contact the Breast Cancer Care special events team at or call 0207 025 2484. Gather your friends, family and colleagues together to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For example, hold a dress down day at work, a fun night with friends, a cake sale or a big pink party. Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now are both running Pink October fundraising campaigns. Many iconic London landmarks have come out to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the past by turning pink! These have included HMS Belfast, the Walkie Talkie, Tower 42, Selfridges and even Buckingham Palace! By holding a pink event in October you are helping the charities to be there for anyone affected by breast cancer. No matter how much you raise, you’ll be making a huge difference to people facing breast cancer today. Breast Cancer Care are once again holding The BigPink throughout October, for more details visit: Breast Cancer Now’s Wear it Pink takes place on Friday 19th October, so to take part visit

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PERSONALISED CANCER CARE With you every step of the way L ocated in Wimbledon, just a few miles outside the hustle and bustle of the city, Cancer Centre London offers technologically advanced equipment and facilities for treating patients at all stages of diagnosis, treatment and beyond. Cancer Centre London understands that every patient is unique and responds to treatment differently, which is why they make all chemotherapy on-site, on the day of a patient’s treatment. In addition to chemotherapy and other drug treatments, there are a wide range of Radiotherapy (RT) treatments available to patients, such as IMRT (Intensity Modulated RT), Stereotactic Radiotherapy and ABC-gated treatment for left-side breast, lung and liver cancer. Radiotherapy treatments are delivered using an Elekta VersaHD linear accelerator, which offers advanced radiotherapy techniques that enable high precision treatment in managing a range of cancers in the head and neck, lung, breast and prostate. The capabilities of the Elekta VersaHD allows continual reshaping of the radiation beam to the fine contours of the tumour, ensuring effective targeting of the site to the highest accuracy. All treatments are delivered using Image guided radiotherapy (IGRT) techniques which ensures the greatest accuracy.

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The team provides treatment of cancerous diseases affecting the blood and bone marrow systems including Multiple Myeloma, Leukaemia and non-malignant, haematological disorders. Led by an eminent group of Consultants and staffed by a large multi-disciplinary team of specialist doctors, nurses, pharmacists, radiographers, physicists and allied healthcare professionals, Cancer Centre London assures the delivery of safe, high-quality care, with complementary therapies and extensive support services made available to patients and their families throughout the treatment pathway.

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any things have changed since Miss Walters was appointed as a consultant breast surgeon in 1996. • Mammograms are now performed by tomosynthesis and are three-dimensional, increasing accuracy and decreasing false positive, abnormal results caused by overlapping of the breast tissue. • Contrast enhanced mammograms, which will be as accurate as MRI will soon be available in London. Improved digital analysis of the images has resulted in less compression of the breast tissue during the procedure and therefore much less discomfort for the patient. • Microscopic areas of calcification can now be targeted and biopsied under mammographic control with stereotactic vacuum biopsy and X-rayed immediately with a device called a faxitron to ensure that the correct tissue has been sampled. • Biopsy of lesions no more than a few millimetres in size can be undertaken under ultrasound control and are now commonplace. • Immuno-histochemistry of the specimens provides greater accuracy of diagnosis and therefore prognosis and treatment can be tailored to fit both the nature of the disease and the needs of the patient. • Genomic tests of the tissue of breast cancer tumours is now able to improve selection of patients needing chemotherapy and that chemotherapy is better tolerated and more effective in preventing the spread of the disease to more vital organs where it can cause decreased function. • In the past all of the lymph glands were surgically removed in patients with breast cancer, but now with radioactive isotope and a gamma probe only the Sentinel or’ the guardian’ lymph node needs to be removed and this can be analyzed for abnormal cells while the patient is still under anaesthetic and with the identification of smaller earlier tumours by screening often the tumour needs to be marked with a wire before surgery

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and the surgeon would be unable to see or feel it. This can then be examined by X-ray in a faxitron machine, again while the patient is still asleep. • Keeping patients warm during surgery has reduced the risk of bleeding post-operatively and improvements in anaesthetic agents her meant less nausea is experienced. • Radiotherapy is now more focused on the treatment area, which has reduced the side effects from this treatment. • There are now several drugs available to treat hormonally sensitive breast cancers, although Tamoxifen remains a powerful anti-hormonal therapy. Problems with decrease in bone density, post chemotherapy and hormonal therapy are now better monitored and treated and bone strengthening drugs also reduce the risk of breast cancer spreading to the bones. With more women surviving breast cancer for longer periods, therapy is also better directed at supporting their needs post therapy and the mental health sequelae of a diagnosis of cancer. Some of the genes causing breast cancer have been identified and it is possible to detect these genes in embryos, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis means that genes carriers do not need to pass these genes onto their children and grandchildren. So why do we still read in the newspapers of 40 year old women dying from the disease? It is still the most common cancer. At the age of 40 the risk of breast cancer is 1/250 women and at the age of 47 it is 1/50. Many other countries screen at an earlier age than the NHS BSP and more frequently. It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so BE AWARE! For appointments please call 01622 873058. For more details call Tena’s PA Helen on 07982 249612. Or email

“Biopsy of lesions no more than a few millimetres in size can be undertaken under ultrasound control and are now commonplace”

Awareness Is Power Early detection can save lives. If you have any concerns you would like to discuss, I am here to help. Fast access to a one stop clinics offering assessment and diagnosis of all breast symptoms Any breast lump, nipple discharge, dimpling should be investigated and management is offered for problems with breast pain, family history, breast feeding Also provide screening and a second opinion Miss Tena Walters, Consultant Breast Surgeon MBBS, FRCS, MS 22 years experience in Breast Surgery For appointments please call 01622 873058 For more details call Tena’s PA Helen on 07982 249612 Or email

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Taking a holistic approach to breast cancer care If you or a loved one is dealing with breast cancer, not only do you want the best treatment, you also want the best support system around you and your family. Bupa Cromwell Hospital offers complementary therapies alongside traditional treatments for cancer and other conditions. These can help to tackle both the symptoms of disease and the side effects of treatment, as well as aiding relaxation by reducing tension and anxiety.

“Whether you have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer, are worried about symptoms, or are recovering after treatment, remember that support is available at every step of the way”

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Complementary therapies and support services available to women with breast cancer: Physiotherapy and occupational therapy Specialist cancer physiotherapists aim to improve quality of life through rehabilitation programmes that are tailored to individual needs throughout treatment and recovery. Occupational therapists can assess your home environment to ensure a smooth transition when you leave hospital. They can also assist in organising care in the community should this be required. Prosthesis and bra fitting service Finding the right bra after breast cancer surgery can be tricky, so it is reassuring to have someone to advise on the correct fitting and also on partial prostheses (to even out breast shapes post-

breast conserving surgery), or for full prostheses (following mastectomy). Macmillan counselling service Cancer brings about many changes in a person’s life emotional as well as physical. Counselling provides an important means of support for you and your family. Massage service As part of your treatment plan, massage sessions can be helpful for those undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy to aid relaxation, alleviate tension and stress, and improve body comfort. Whether you have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer, are worried about symptoms, or are recovering after treatment, remember that support is available at every step of the way. Bupa Cromwell Hospital’s support services are offered to all cancer patients, ensuring that they get the most effective treatment within a supportive environment.


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ctober sees the return of Breast Cancer Awareness month, when beauty products get a pretty pink makeover and a percentage of sales are donated to breast cancer charities. Founded in 1985, the initiative has gone from strength to strength, raising more than £50m in total. This year, there’s another fantastic line-up of pampering goodies. Here’s our pick of the pink treats... 1. Philip Kingsley No Scent No Colour Shampoo For every full-size bottle of No Scent No Colour Shampoo or Conditioner sold, 50p will go to cancer charity Look Good Feel Better, while 25p is donated from mini bottles - and that’s all year round, not just October. £19 2. Elemis Pro-Collagen Rose Cleansing Balm A long-time supporter of Breast Cancer Care, this year Elemis will be making a donation of £25,000 to the charity through sales of its Pro-Collagen Rose Cleansing Balm, which is decorated with a bespoke rose print by Brit designers Lily and Lionel. £68


3. MZ Skin Hydrate & Nourish Age Defence Retinol Day Moisturizer SPF30 Luxury skincare brand MZ Skin will be donating 5% of its total website sales to Breast Cancer Haven, so when you purchase its celeb-favourite Hydrate & Nourish day cream online in October, you’ll be supporting the charity. £95, Net-a-Porter


4. Bobbi Brown Pinks with Purpose Lip Colour Duo In two flattering colours - Sandwash Pink and Pink - with a semi-matte finish, this is a lipstick duo that you’ll get lots of wear out of, and £5 from every sale goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. £35


5. Aveda Limited Edition Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme Aveda’s much-loved Hand Relief cream returns for 2018, with around £4 from each tube sold donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. £21


6. GHD Gold by Lulu Guinness Two icons have come together this year to say ‘kiss this, cancer’. GHD has teamed up with Lulu Guinness on a pink straightener emblazoned with the designer’s signature lip print. For every Gold style sold, £10 will go to Breast Cancer Now. £139

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7. Vintage Rose Rabbit And Cabbages Make-up Bag All the profits from this cute cabbage and bunny cosmetics pouch will go to Breast Cancer Care. £22, Breast Cancer Care


Battle Cancer London is coming to Olympia T Saturday 20th October 2018

he nation’s unique fitness event purposed to diminish the impact of cancer in people’s lives is coming to Olympia this month. The idea for Battle Cancer was born as a result of personal stories, love for fitness and a desire to help. The event owners are powerlifter Scott Britton and CrossFit enthusiast Peter Williams, two friends whose lives have been repeatedly disrupted by the disease. “As a kid I took part in more funerals than weddings, while growing up” says Scott, who had a long list of relatives or family friends that lost their battle with cancer along the way. But it was around Christmas 2015, when Scott’s wife lost her grandfather after a struggle with cancer that really sparked the desire to make a change. In the following year, Pete’s father was also fighting cancer, and luckily, he managed to survive. Both cases had the support of MacMillan, a foundation that offers support to people affected by cancer. After witnessing both the loss and the victory with cancer, in 2016 Scott had the idea of breaking a Guinness World Record for the most amount of weight deadlifted, for charity. The goal became to deadlift the Titanic. Scott shared the idea with a few of his gym buddies, and soon it became viral. They managed to enter the Guinness World Records and raised a total of £30,000.00 which was fully donated to cancer charities in the UK. In September 2016, Scott turned to functional fitness, and managed to organise one of the largest fitness events in the UK at that time. Inspired by people’s involvement he decided to make it bigger. The result was the 2017 Battle Cancer, organised in the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester where 1,200 people attended on the day and the event managed to raise £64,000. This year, Battle Cancer have already held their second Manchester event and so far raised £150,000 for over 23 UK cancer charities. Today, Battle Cancer is the world’s only 100% non-profit functional fitness event, raising money for the UK cancer society. Battle Cancer London was launched on the success on Manchester and the event sold

“Today, Battle Cancer is the world’s only 100% non-profit functional fitness event, raising money for the UK cancer society”

out its 800 athlete spots in a record breaking 7 weeks. With international partner Progenex, Battle Cancer has come to the capital and they invite everyone to come and join the fight. On Saturday 20th October 2018 Battle Cancer makes a dream come true and brings the fundraising celebration of fitness to one of the UK’s biggest venues: Olympia London. The event will see CrossFit games athletes and YouTube stars and Olympic athletes take part next to gym goers and cancer survivors. With live DJs, fantastic food and a host of vendors in attendance the day will have something for everyone. Battle Cancer London will also see the UK’s cancer charities in attendance to provide support to anyone at the event and share the amazing work they deliver. Battle Cancer co-founder Scott Britton said: “London is one of the world’s most recognisable cities and where else could such an event take place. We have 800 athletes and hope to bring 2000 people to the crowd all with the same goal to fundraise and fight cancer. There are multiple ways you can support this cause, even if you are not interested in competing. Visit our website www.battle-cancer. to find out how to donate or become a volunteer, spectate or simply donate. Join us on the day and rub shoulders with Olympic athletes, CrossFit games athletes and fitness YouTube stars and help us kick cancer into the dust”. For more information visit

HOuse & garden – A collection of London’s finest interior companies – I M AG E : GR E GOR Y P HILLI P S



INTERIORS ARTISTIC STYLE Incredibly unique, this decorative metal bowl is the epitome of modern artistic style. The softly textured aluminium of the metal display bowl is beautifully illuminated by the midnight black interior. Crafted into a half-round shape, the smooth curves give a wave-like look, yet the interpretation of this abstract ornamental bowl really is in the eyes of the beholder. Ideal for showcasing your artistic eye and adding stylish details to rooms, it’s hard to divert one’s gaze from this fabulous ornamental bowl.


At Darlings of Chelsea you can choose from a combination of Harris Tweed fabrics, woven textiles and vintage-inspired aniline leathers to create your perfect blend. The Victoria (above) is a generously proportioned, curved sofa with deep buttoning and rolling arms finished with studded detail, an elegant feminine feel that would suit both traditional and contemporary settings. This luxurious sofa looks fresh, inviting and ideal for a neutral scheme.


Part of the Rose Manor collection from Australian brand Raine & Humble, this design features a rambling rose print in a rich indigo colour, accented with a soft pink, popular colour choices in kitchen decor at the moment. Paired with a simple ticking stripe for a simple modern look.


This stunning Peonies Wallpaper Mural by Behangfabriek is specially designed to add a touch of luxury to your home.If you dare to have something unique on your wall, this stunning mural will certainly give your home the wow factor! 2 1 0 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 8

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The Darcy radio is a dainty new portable analogue radio for the home. AM or FM with 20 preset stations, the Darcy comes in either Black and Silver or White and Gold. GPO updates one of its classic retro turntables. The Chesterton is a three speed record player, with cassette deck, Bluetooth, CD player and FM radio. The new Chesterton will be available from December 2018.


ORLA KIELY: ‘Colour and print can lift your spirits like nothing else’

No one knows pattern like Orla Kiely. Gabrielle Fagan catches up with the designer to find out how it can make you happy. Noticing, coincides with a major exhibition, Orla Kiely: A Life In Pattern, at The Fashion and Textile Museum, London, until September 23, 2018.

The designer reveals how it all began, her inspirations, and her tips on decorating the Orla Kiely way... What first inspired your designs? “Growing up just outside Dublin, I was aware of nature and I loved art at school. I’d always wanted to do fashion at art college - my sewing machine was my most treasured possession - until I discovered the option of printed textiles. “As a student, I was very drawn to architecture, which influenced my earliest print designs, the strong geometric lines dictating how the pattern would work was something I loved. These early influences are still there, often informing the structure of repeats throughout.”


rla Kiely’s renowned globally as the Queen of Prints - and it’s a welldeserved title. The Irish-born motherof-two, who began by designing hats and handbags in the early Nineties, has seen her retro motifs - most famously stems and pears adorn everything from housewares to wallpaper and clothes. Her latest book, A Life In Pattern: And How It Can Make You Happy Without You Even

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How did your business begin? “If I am ever asked when we first started our label, I think back to working at my kitchen table, designing handbags with Robert, our baby son, on my lap. I had a full-time position as a print designer in the fashion industry on a freelance contract, so those moments were usually after work on the weekend. “We lived in a purpose-built, first floor Victorian flat, which doubled up as a design studio, office and distribution centre, where boxes of stock were delivered and turned around while I was at work. “Every day, my husband, Dermott, who had the business skills and entrepreneurial tendencies, would do all the jobs a strong team would normally do, in an office shared with Robert and his toys. “We financed it ourselves from day one and

“As a student, I was very drawn to architecture, which influenced my earliest print designs”

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our lives were invested. Our second son, Hamish, was born - and nothing could have been more motivating than our two little boys depending on us for their all.” Where do you get your ideas from today? “Nature’s a great source of pattern ideas. My personal take on nature has always been more abstract and graphic. I absorb inspiration in my travels, reading books, films, going to exhibitions, it never stops. Everyday objects inspire too, they can be interestingly random, which I love. I’ll spot something and store it away for the right moment.” How would you describe your work? “It’s clean, controlled and orderly. It has a strong, bold graphic style, where colour plays along. As a design company, we’re always drawn to modernist/ mid-century design and print. This has informed all aspects of our product, from the ready-to-wear collections, fragrance, beauty, handbags, watches, jewellery, homeware, wallpapers and more. “Our style will always remain quite Sixties and Seventies, but our colours and prints continue to evolve - and we’re always open to off-piste influences for a quirky twist.” What’s your favourite design? “I can’t help but say Stem, the simple organic leaf motif. The idea arrived as an inspiration while developing new print designs back in 2000. It was, as all good things often are, a very quick sketch. It has, for some reason, touched many people throughout the world, and became the seed from which our brand flourished. “I always think it’s serendipitous, as it so resembles a rowan branch, and Rowan is the family name of my husband and children. It’s proved to be very versatile and has morphed into an array of different variations - I always get excited by the newest iterations.” How would you describe your own home decor? “My home is Victorian with a very mid-century aesthetic, original features, cornices, high ceilings and fireplaces. I’ve combined vintage furniture found in fairs and second-hand furniture stores with products we’ve made. “Growing up in Ireland has had a big influence on my taste for colour. My love for green, from moss to seaweed, the greys and browns of those rainy Irish skies, the mustard and orange of the wildflowers found on the roadside, have become my palette. I mix these with some other bright pops of colour, like pink and yellow. “Our patterns are present in every room, whether it’s a printed cushion, wallpaper or ceramic, an element of my work will be there. In the kitchen, our tableware adds something special at dinner times, and our towels in the bathrooms add that extra colour and pattern to everyday life.” 2 1 4 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 8

A Life in Pattern: And How It Can Make You Happy Without You Even Noticing by Orla Kiely, is published by Conran Octopus, priced £25. Available now.

How do people create a successful interior? “Consider the space and light of the room. Think of those colours that you love the most. Research design eras you love, visit flea markets, vintage fairs and off-beat stores. Find a piece you love - this could be a couch, a table, a light - be open minded. These objects can inspire and set the tone of where the other rooms can follow. I like to commit to an idea and don’t water it down. Colour and print are very important, it can lift your spirits like nothing else. Most of all, don’t be afraid. “People have embraced more and more the expression of individualism throughout home interiors. Customers now, will wallpaper entire rooms in our prints and are much more fearless with how they mix their colours.”

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Pots of Colour As Autumn makes itself feel known, plant some pretty pots to brighten the scene. Hannah Stephenson digs up top tips.


s pots of tired summer bedding are tipped onto the compost heap to make way for autumn and winter flowers, there are certain things you should do now to ensure your container plants for the cooler months get off to a good start. Here’s our step-bystep guide...

Provide good drainage Once you’ve emptied your pots of summer bedding and given the containers a good clean, line the base of your pots with crocks from broken terracotta pots or bits of polystyrene that your new bedding comes in, to make sure you have ample drainage for new autumn and winter bedding. As autumn rains come, if your pots are exposed to the elements, the roots of your plants can become too wet if you don’t include sufficient drainage when you plant them up. Mix a handful of sharp stone or grit into the fresh compost to help drainage and stand your pots on feet, so the moisture doesn’t come up through the pot and soak the roots from below.

Fill pots well Unlike summer bedding, which grows rapidly to cover the whole area of the pot, winter bedding is slower to make an impact - so it’s best to plant winter bedding closer together in tubs, troughs and hanging baskets. They won’t have as much growing time as summer plants had to make their mark, so don’t penny-pinch on the amount you buy.

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Shelter containers If you have planted up pots with spring bulbs, violas and pansies, put them in a sheltered spot say under a porch or cold greenhouse when the winter weather is at its worst - but make sure they get maximum light so they can benefit from even weaker sunshine. As the weather gets cooler, protect plants by grouping containers and moving them closer to the wall to keep off wind and rain.

Choose plants wisely Some bedding only appears in the autumn, including dwarf Michaelmas daisies, pot chrysanthemums and miniature cyclamen, while orange-berried winter cherries and ornamental kales appear slightly later on in the season. All can be put to good use in a container and enhanced with evergreen foliage plants. Garden centres will now be awash with autumn and winter bedding, including pansies and violas, wallflowers, dianthus and cyclamen. Use a showstopper as the centre plant and then use trailers, such as creeping Jenny or ivy, around the outside of your pots, filling the gaps with pretty violas and pansies.


Personalised Home Fragrances Delivered to your Door!


ounded in London, PureStyle of London sells locally sourced, hand poured Reed Diffusers and Scented Candles. They launched in 2018 and have gone on to sell many of their premium products into the UK and beyond. We caught up with founders Martin and Diana to find out more about the brand and the plans for the future. Why the new subscription service ‘Home Fragrance Club’? Pure Style of London has launched the first ever ‘Home Fragrance Club’, offering consumers a new and convenient approach to have personalized home fragrance products delivered all year round. The idea

How did you come up with this idea for your new venture? We have purchased and used reed diffusers and scented candles for the last 20 years but found we always had to compromise on the appearance of the vessel, reeds and fragrances and often forgot to replenish. The ‘Home Fragrance Club’ has been created to simplify the regular purchase of home fragrances. We have combined our consumer product experience with extensive research within the category and started our own company to develop a new and exciting venture for the consumer to enhance the ambiance of their home. What’s the uniqueness of PureStyle of London

product with a choice of different scents, sizes, colours, candles and bottles. This mix & match system is unique within the category and appeals to consumers who like to style their homes with great decoration and a premium fragrance. Only high quality, handcrafted, and locally sourced products have been selected to provide natural and beautiful long lasting fragrances, ensuring PureStyle of London products sit alongside the premium brands in the industry. How does the subscription model work for the on-line shopper? The simplicity and convenience of the ‘Home Fragrance Club’ enables the consumer to select and purchase their favorite products from the comfort of their home on, delivered to their chosen address with automatic replenishment on regular intervals. Fully flexible means that the consumer can change their fragrance or reeds and can pause or cancel at any time. PureStyle of London have also created beautiful Gift Sets, available on the website to give to family and friends (or yourself) as a one-time-purchase.

behind Pure Style of London is to combine the fastchanging online shopper dynamics, the convenience of subscription with regular delivery and the growing and exciting home fragrance category to consumers in the UK and abroad.

for the consumer? PureStyle of London’s introduction of its subscription-based model the ‘Home Fragrance Club’ - offering a unique new approach for consumers to personalize their home fragrance

THE DETAILS Please visit our website and subscribe to the newsletter to be among the first to be informed on home fragrance news, tips and exiting offers AND to order your free fragrance samples.

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What do you hope to accomplish at the end? We hope that we can bring just a bit more ‘Happiness at Home’ with our beautiful products and some peace of mind and convenience to the consumer. Additionally, we donate 1% of our profit to good causes and ensure that the business operates on a neutral carbon footprint base to support the environment.


This autumn sees the launch of an exciting new range of limited-edition table lamps from Katherine Richards Design. The new collection is comprised of seven pieces, all of which are startlingly different. Each one is sculpted by Katherine, cast in resin and meticulously gold leafed by hand.

A new collection from K

atherine runs a well-established interior design consultancy in Hove, Sussex and with more than 30 years of designing in a variety of disciplines, she has established a reputation for providing a passionate and inspiring approach to interior design. The rich and eclectic mix of experiences she has gained contributes to her individual artistry and vision which defines her approach now. Katherine’s understanding of sculpture defines the form, shape and balance within a room and her theatrical training pushes the aesthetic boundaries creating unique, exciting visions. What sets this company aside from others is her passion for designing the unusual for her clients. Because of Katherine’s artistic approach to design she says she has often found it challenging

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to find unusual lighting pieces for her bespoke schemes so she decided to create her own range. “For years I have enjoyed creating stunning statement pieces for both the interior and exterior”. Commissions have come from both UK and overseas and have included bespoke rug design, metal sculptures, mosaic fountains, sculptural wall designs and structures, murals, furniture design and much more. It was therefore a natural progression to start designing lighting “I’m fascinated by shadows, contrast and texture. With a theatrical background in stage and costume design, lighting has always been my passion and in my interior design work I spend a large part of my time focusing on lighting, the way in which it affects us and the ambient moods it creates”. Katherine has selected a talented team of experts

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to help realise her vision “It has been an extremely exciting time and I have found some amazingly talented people, all at the top of their respective fields. Her lampshade makers’ work can be seen in The Royal Opera House, Soho House, numerous restaurants throughout London and palaces in the Middle East, whilst the fabrics for them are sourced from her own library. The sculpted lamps are cast in a rural studio in Surrey where both TV and film props are made as well as important large sculptural works. Last month the lamps were launched at an exclusive event hosted by Boodles in New Bond Street. “The feedback was amazing - some said they felt the lamps were an inspiring mix of art and practicality. They seemed to evoke stories and emotional reactions which was wonderful to see and hear.” Looking at the lamps close up it is clear to see what Katherine means. The drama of the pieces gives them all an individual presence and any one of them would be perfectly placed as a statement accent in any scheme. There is an uninhabited, playful rawness about them which allows one to feel immediately connected. Katherine is unpretentious about them and seems to simply enjoy seeing the look on the people’s faces when they discover them for the first time. Katherine is already working on bespoke commissions and orders are being placed. Each lamp is limited to 20 and prices range from £5-£10,000 Her spirited approach has meant she has worked both here and abroad on a diverse range of projects. Friendly and personable but serious and professional in her approach Katherine has the knowledge and skills to collaborate with you to help you explore and discover the personality that lies within your home. O C TO B E R 2 0 1 8 2 2 3

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ounded in 1991, Gregory Phillips Architects has developed a unique and holistic approach to residential design, successfully delivering award-winning projects for clients in London and throughout the UK. Building on their established portfolio and reputation for light-filled, exquisitely finished homes, the practice has recently established an associate office in Los Angeles, California, offering award winning architectural and interior design services to clients stateside. Creating a seamless and often uninterrupted relationship between inside and outside is at the core of Gregory Phillips Architects designs, delivering beautiful homes to those wishing to create contemporary environments with an emphasis on clean lines and maximising natural light – Something the RIBA judges succinctly described in their judges report for the Shropshire Residence;

“Both the Shropshire residence and another completed project, Berkshire House, are contenders for this years RIBA house of the year award” “Even on a grey day, the quality of daylighting and the house’s level of openness imbue it with a quality of ‘California-living’ that many modern houses in England aspire to but rarely achieve with such panache.” RIBA- Shropshire Residence Both the Shropshire residence and another completed project, Berkshire House, are contenders for this years RIBA house of the year award – a prestigious accolade awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects to be announced in November. Berkshire house has already been awarded winner of Large House of the Year 2018 in the Sunday Times British Homes Awards along with highly

commended awards for Home Extension of the Year for a completed project in Chiswick and Best Interior Design, individual Home for the Shropshire residence. Tailored to their clients’ lifestyle and aspirations, and sensitive to location, every project is unique yet shares a distinctive design philosophy and unparalled attention to detail in the high end residential sector. Echoing this sentiment, further to visiting the Berkshire House, one of the Judges described what they saw in their report; ‘With every detail finely honed and every façade carefully composed this house is a shining example of carefully-considered, painstakingly-crafted architecture. This house stands out for the faultless finesse it has achieved at every scale, the spatial, material and detailed composition of the building is executed so eloquently and confidently, it has achieved excellence in its craft’ RIBA- Berkshire House Alongside their architectural response to the layout and spatial quality of a house, Gregory and his team are often engaged to carry out full interior design services, including the selection of furniture, fittings and soft furnishings, oversee landscaping and all other aspects relating to the design and construction. After 25 years of success, Gregory Phillips Architects continue to create spectacular houses and remain at the very top of their profession. We look forward to seeing what they will do next.




s we tumble into autumn, everyone’s attention turns back to their homes. The heady days of summer lounging in the garden and enjoying the great outdoors are behind us, and we’ve now all retreated back inside to find our homes need a little TLC. Many people are wanting to do a final push on renovations before (dare we say it) Christmas and complete those ongoing projects before the family descends. Traditionally this is the busiest time of year for Floors of Stone, so we always like to try and bring something new to market during September to inspire customers. This year we have four new products that have been introduced, with several more to be introduced later this year and in the New Year. The first two products are gorgeous marbleeffect porcelains. The Argentum Umbra and the Argentum Lux Porcelain are both large-format tiles, which have been cleverly designed to mimic the look of an elegant honed marble. The Argentum Lux Porcelain is a delicate pale grey, with areas of darker grey and white replica quartz detail. The Argentum Umbra Porcelain is slightly more dramatic, with dark grey tones highlighted by flashes of white vein detail. The third product is the striking Torrente Polished Marble. The white background has vivid violet, navy and black veining throughout, with areas of gold and amber coloured quartz to create a sumptuous, unique stone. Not for the faint hearted, this is definitely the stone for those wanting to create a real statement. Our fourth and final new product is the 2 2 6 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 8

Boughton Oak Parquet. These blocks have been left unfinished, allowing customers to apply an oil or wax of their choosing to give a beautiful, unique floor. The Boughton Oak has a smooth surface and square edges, to achieve a traditional ‘ice-rink’ look, making it versatile enough to use in both period and contemporary properties. Floors of Stone offer free samples of all of their flooring and their knowledgeable staff are available via email, phone or in their showroom at Cotes Mill, Leicestershire to offer more guidance and advice. Floors of Stone, Cotes Mill, Nottingham Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE12 5TL. 01509 234000.

“The Argentum Umbra and the Argentum Lux Porcelain are both large-format tiles, which have been cleverly designed to mimic the look of an elegant honed marble”


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ood is the first choice for many when it comes to flooring. It has timeless appeal, is easy to maintain and is available in an abundant choice of styles, designs and colours. With so many products of varying quality on the market, it definitely pays to buy from a reputable company with an established reputation. Founded 27 years ago, The Natural Wood Floor Company is a family owned and run business which has grown to become one of the leading wood flooring manufacturers and suppliers in Europe. Run by three brothers, the company now employs 1,450 staff at its Wandsworth warehouse and European manufacturing centre. “We hold over 20,000 square meters of wood in stock in London” explains Director Peter Keane, “so we can deliver flooring to projects running to extremely tight deadlines. There’s plenty of choice too, with over 100 different designs on offer.” In terms of styles, you can’t beat a parquet floor. ”Parquet has always been popular”, says Peter, “but it really is flying off the shelves at the moment. Our range caters for all tastes, from our aged blocks with tumbled edges to larger contemporary parquet in 400 mm and 600 mm lengths” Antique floors are another popular option. The Natural Wood Floor Company manufactures several products to create this look, which are sealed with mid brown tones to produce a rich, warm patina. At The Natural Wood Floor Company, you are buying direct from the experts. With the specialist advisors’ time at the company averaging 13 years, they know everything there is to know about wood flooring. So if you want to find the perfect wooden floor for your home, The Natural Wood Floor Company is the place to go. 2 2 8 O C TO B E R 2 0 1 8

With environmental issues high on their agenda, The Natural Wood Floor Company’s products are all FSC certified. The Natural Wood Floor Company, 20 Smugglers Way, Wandsworth, London, SW18 1EG. 020 8871 9771.

“Founded 27 years ago, The Natural Wood Floor Company is a family owned and run business which has grown to become one of the leading wood flooring manufacturers and suppliers in Europe”

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Bespoke Kitchens Where life meets style

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ith over 10 years of experience in the industry, Amberth, an Islington based bespoke Interior Design Company specialise in kitchens, bathrooms and fitted Interiors. They are renowned for their craftsmanship, and attention to detail, creating custom made cabinetry and furniture to suit their clients’ needs and expectations. Amberth help those wanting to transform a room or an entire home into a comfortable one of a kind space. With their own team of designers and fitters, projects are taken on board from initial concept right through to demolition and installation. Working with any size, they transform the style and functionality of Interiors. Their projects are managed by Amberth, ensuring the entire process is a stress-free experience for their clients. Beginning with a free consultation at their studio, 3D visuals are designed according to the given brief and a total of 2-4 designs are proposed, complete with a quote. Amberth are flexible and happy to make changes to the design to ensure their clients

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are happy. Once the design is approved by the client, the process is followed with a detailed space assessment at the property giving the designers and project manager a visual sense of the space they are working with. A site survey is carried out where measurements and photographs are taken to be used during the design process moving forward. Having exclusive access to a wide range of materials from around the world, the dedicated team of designers work closely with the project manager to produce high standard designs with top quality finishes. Each project is approached differently with a dynamic embrace of contemporary and traditional design, producing fantastic spaces that their clients love. Being a family run business, Amberth pride themselves on building long lasting relationships with their clients and often receive a vast number of clients through recommendations. If you are in the area feel free to stop by for a quick chat, there is always someone on hand to help. For more information about Amberth Studio visit 311 Essex Road London N1 2BD; Telephone 020 7354 8958 or email:


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Since 1954 Mumford & Wood has established a hard-won reputation for timber windows and doors that combine cutting-edge technology with traditional aesthetics. From landmark refurbishments to residential developments, Mumford & Wood’s design team have been instrumental in helping architects, developers and aspirational homeowners to achieve the highest performance and quality for their properties.

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umford & Wood’s stunning range of engineered timber windows and timber doors appeal to both the aesthetic and functional requirements of architects, planning authorities, preservation societies and end-users alike. These products, including timber sash windows, use the best of traditional features with a choice of deep moulded profiles, advanced timber section design and timber material. With a variety of glazing options, including double, slim and single glazed, all of our products are hand crafted with a series of sanding processes to achieve a traditional look. The resulting timber windows and doors offer the impressive performance of a high-end modern window or door, but with the unique traditional aesthetic that Mumford & Wood is renowned for. Possessing a rich heritage of more than 60 years, Mumford & Wood has been delighting commercial and residential customers with its product range throughout its history. Our range of windows and doors helped Kylemore House on the Coombe Estate, Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames win the ‘Best Out of London Home’ award. A selection of beautiful, bespoke sash and casement windows, French doors, bi-fold doors and entrance doors were selected, letting in lots of natural light and providing stunning views of the magnificent grounds. Working closely alongside architectural firm Hoban Design, Gary Hoban comments “The quality of the Mumford & Wood windows and doors was to the highest standard and enhanced the elegant detailing of Kylemore House. We were delighted with the craftsmanship and look forward to working with Mumford & Wood on our next project.”

The Mumford & Wood Conservation™ range was selected for the restoration and transformation of a converted grain store in Essex. Built during the Napoleonic wars in 1799, the Collins’ purchased the property in 2011 and undertook a large scale, 3-year project to transform it from a “complete wreck” into their family home. It took a year to fully satisfy all the requirements set out by the local conservation authority. Mr Collins comments “There were 39 different hurdles that we had to overcome before any building work could commence. For example, all of the windows had to be finished in Black to complement the oak and original beams.” A range of French doors, casement windows, tilt & turn windows and a stable door from Mumford & Wood have helped give this spectacular property a new lease of life. In the centre of London, a former sewing machine factory has been converted into seven residential accommodations and two commercial units. Situated in a conservation area, the City of London council planners oversaw all proposed changes and were presented with the details of the Mumford & Wood products, to which they were thoroughly satisfied. Authentically detailed sash windows provide fantastic views over the city skyline and flush casement windows give the retail units a fresh, yet fitting appearance at street level. Tony Greaves, the owner of the building comments “the windows really are lovely. We are so close to the city here yet it is so quiet when you’re inside the apartments, and we feel the quality of the windows make such a difference to that.” Mumford & Wood’s range of engineered timber windows and doors can be explored at or you can speak to one of our friendly, knowledgeable team by calling 01621 818155.

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Create a Luxurious Living Space with Faux Leather & Suede Shutters


he New England Shutter Company is the only company in the world to design and manufacture beautiful hand finished Faux Leather and Suede shutters. We create exclusive designs by combining luxury and durability to compliment any style of interior dĂŠcor in residential homes or commercial spaces such as gyms, board rooms, restaurants and spas.

Faux leather and suede shutters are popular with interior designers and homeowners looking to add luxurious elements to their home. It may seem like a simple design concept, but the highly crafted end result is as stunning to the touch as it is to the eye. The finest quality faux leather or suede provides an incomparable chic finish simply unmatched by any other form of window treatment. At our joinery workshop, our experienced tailors create the luxury tactile finish by machine stitching the faux leather or suede fabric and covering each solid tulipwood shutter by hand with incredible attention to detail. The fabric is UV stable and will not stretch, nor fade in sunlight. The faux leather is also stain resistant and easily wiped clean. Select from our wide range of textures and different tonal hues; Warm, Cool, Natural or Novasuede. Light and pastel colours maintain a light and airy feel to a room. Soft pastel shades of suede work well in children’s bedrooms. Our spectrum of darker colours are ideal for enhancing a sophisticated and contemporary style. Adding

depth of character and warmth to the room, the darker colours are ideal for games or media rooms, gyms, libraries and studies. Our exclusive faux leather and suede shutters are a super chic solution for modern living spaces and the perfect way to provide elegance with luxury appeal to any space. We pride ourselves on excellence, making shutters as a traditional joinery company would have done years ago, using time honoured methods and the finest craftsmanship. Attention to detail goes beyond our design process right through to the personal service we provide to ensure complete customer satisfaction. Investing in shutters is as rewarding as investing in a piece of bespoke furniture as we design to enhance architectural and interior design features. Whatever your specific needs are, we can design and manufacture shutters to meet them. London Showroom: 16 Jaggard Way, SW12 8SG. t: 0208 675 1099. e:

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y the year 2022, all newly designed wood burning stove appliances that are verified by HETAS must meet the new requirements to be cleaner and more efficient. Defra has recently launched the Clean Air Strategy, this document tackles the major sources of air pollution in the UK aiming to make our air healthier to breathe, protect nature and boost our economy. One major source of primary particulate matter emissions is solid fuel burning in homes, this is the largest contributor at 38% of the total PM 2.5 emissions. The Clean Air Strategy refers to the strict EU eco design emission limits as the target for stoves with open fires and non-defra exempt stoves quoted as very dirty burning appliances to be phased out. Capital Fireplaces are committed to meeting the future stringent efficiency and emission limits sooner than is required. Therefore are proud to launch their new range of A+ ERP 2022 compliant stoves which have been designed in Britain. Homeowners buying one of Capital Fireplaces ECO stoves will reduce emissions by at least 85% when compared to open fires and non-defra exempt stoves, therefore can enjoy their new stove with the added reassurance that their purchase is of a high environmental standard and is “future-proofed� (as far as we can see into the future!). Capital Fireplaces was established over 28 years ago to supply high quality, elegant and affordable fireplaces crafted from natural materials. Since then the company has expanded and developed to become one of the leading UK suppliers of a wide range of superior fireplace products. The Capital range is sold exclusively in the UK from eco, multi fuel, gas and electric stoves and fires to natural stone, marble and micromarble fireplace mantels and suites, Capital have a fireplace to complement every home. To view the full Capital Fireplaces range, request a brochure and for details of your nearest Showroom, please visit

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Time to update your tiles? Here Annabel Williams designer at award winning bathroom retailer Ripples takes a look at five emerging bathroom trends…


Tile temptation…

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odern Metro – the classic metro tile still certainly has its place in the bathroom, we love it teamed with a patterned or hexagonal floor tile but this year, the metro has had a thoroughly modern make-up, move over classic white, it’s time to let a new modern metro have its moment. We’re talking slim metro tiles in an array of gorgeous shades, from pastels that please to vibrant colours that pop. Hexagons – if you want to add a creative flair to your new bathroom, a stylish touch to your tiny cloakroom or perhaps an element of intrigue to your new en-suite, then a hexagonal tile could be just your “thing”. If a square tile is just a little too predictable for you then it’s time to introduce you to the hexagonal tile, which works well in mosaic form or as an encaustic tile. What I love most is that the statement of the hexagonal tile stands out against the everyday shapes of a bathroom or kitchen. Accidental patterns – it’s time to get creative with your grout. Yes, really. Ask your designer to create an unusual shape with different coloured grout lines, a simple white tile will look completely different with a dark grey grout as contrast, taking it from the “classic” to the “industrial” quicker than you can say “grout line”. This is what we’re coining an “accidental pattern”. Patterned – if you’re a social media user, you will know that it’s impossible to go anywhere without people snapping shots of their feet on patterned tiles to upload to their Instagram accounts, boutique hotels are pulling out their current tiles and replacing them with patterns that really do please and our customers are going crazy for patterned tiles that really will get their guests talking. Go for a monochrome palette and add colour in the shape of accessories in your bathroom, gold brassware would look great here too, or take the plunge and add a vibrant patterned tile in your main bathroom. A freestanding bath is optional. Herringbone tiles - want to know another tile trend that we’re really crushing on? The herringbone tile and we adore it in marble. Chic and classic, this is a great way of drawing attention to a particular area in a bathroom, opt for a muted shade for grown-up sophisticated styling and team it with wood where possible. Ripples, 26 England’s Lane, London NW3 4TG. T: 020 7449 9594