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yde Park Winter Wonderland returns with a magnificent array of new attractions and returning fan favourites in the beautiful setting of Hyde Park. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason returns. Hailed as one of the capital’s favourite winter experiences, Skate at Somerset House heralds the start of the festive period with unrivalled skating, ground-breaking music, seasonal shopping and delicious food and drink. Europe’s first FAO Schwarz flagship destination has opened at the Selfridges London Oxford Street store. It is the first time America’s oldest and most prestigious toy retailer has ventured into Europe on such scale in its 157-year history. Internationally renowned fashion designer Julien Macdonald OBE has collaborated with Mexico City–based model, socialite and influencer Gabriela Gonzalez on Julien X Gabriela, a 40 look capsule collection that launched with a glamorous outing at London Fashion Week. Brought to you from the team behind the much-loved Baby Shows is Baby to Toddler, the ultimate two-day shopping event for every parent. With big baby names you know and love, alongside boutique brands you might not see on the high street, over 100 exhibitors will showcase their products – everything from Prams, Pushchairs, Carriers, Car Seats & Strollers to Nursery Furnishings, Toys, Clothing, Healthcare & Wellbeing, Books and Gifts.

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yde Park Winter Wonderland returns with a magnificent array of new attractions and returning fan favourites in the beautiful setting of Hyde Park.

Brand-new for 2019… The Magical Ice Kingdom returns with a new traditional theme ‘A Christmas Carol’. Journey through beautifully crafted snow and ice sculptures and relive the magical story of Dickens’ timeless classic in the UK’s largest ice experience. Paddington™ On Ice will make its UK debut at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. Combining awardwinning international figure skaters, cutting edge choreography and toe tapping music, the 45-minute show is perfect for all ages. At Mr. Men & Little Miss The Show, visitors can join their favourites in this hilarious, 45 minute live show. With a special appearance from Little Miss Christmas, Happyland bursts into life in colourful and timeless stories told through puppetry and music. Visitors can laugh-out-loud at the Winter Wonderland Comedy Club - showcasing established stand-up comedians and up and coming comics. Headline acts include the endlessly inventive Milton Jones and Britain’s Got Talent star, Lee Ridley (AKA Lost Voice Guy) with more to be announced. This year, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland will host a world record-breaker! At 70m tall, a whole 10m bigger than last year, the Giant Observation Wheel is the biggest transportable wheel in the world! Visitors can enjoy more spectacular views across London and with its enclosed pods, one of London’s cosiest places to take in the view.

And back by popular demand… The UK’s largest outdoor Ice Rink surrounds the picturesque Victorian bandstand, where visitors can unwind and glide with a gentle musical backdrop. Penguin skating aids are available for your little ones. Bar Ice is the coolest destination around! Step inside the apres ski bar, surrounded by funky, pop-art memorabilia, where the bar, tables, chairs 18 NOVEMBER 2019

and even the glasses are made of ice. With a free cocktail with each ticket and a cloak to keep out the -10C cold, it the perfect spot to chill! Zippos Christmas Circus returns to thrill and delight the whole family. With jaw dropping aerial acrobatics and laugh-out-loud clowning, the show is fun-packed from start to finish. Cirque Berserk returns with an all new, dystopianthemed show with their international troupe of brave daredevils, aerialists and acrobats performing mind-blowing stunts. The Globe of Death returns with motorcyclists reaching speeds of 60mph as they hurtle around the giant steel cage. It’s a fastpaced, thrill like no other. 2019 welcomes back the exciting Ice Sculpting Workshops. Visitors can create a masterpiece with expert guidance from the UK’s finest ice artists and the creators of the Magical Ice Kingdom! An all new Season Ride Pass allows tap ’n’ ride access onto all rides. It’s easy to top-up using your phone and perfect to give as a gift! Entry to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is FREE. For all attraction ticket prices and information visit Advance booking is strongly recommended.




group of Chelsea Pensioners – the retired army veterans who live at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, famous for their scarlet uniforms – had a surprise tour of duty at Yattendon Estates in Berkshire for the Christmas trees that will soon be raising money for the historic institution.. The trip was organised by Capital Christmas Trees, who will be providing freshly harvested trees directly from the estate to be sold in the Royal Hospital’s elegant South Grounds. Home of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show on the Embankment, The Royal Hospital will offer a superb selection of fresh trees giving London families the chance to pick out their own special tree and know that it’s as fresh as if they had travelled to Yattendon Estates themselves. This is the first time that the Royal Hospital has sold Christmas trees, and a commission on every sale will help to raise funds for the Grade I listed buildings, which was commissioned by Charles II and designed by Sir Christopher Wren as a permanent home for old soldiers. The Chelsea Pensioners spent the day as guests of Lord Iliffe, who lives and works at Yattendon Estates. He was a pioneer of the UK Christmas tree industry in the 1970s and has seen the farm operation expand to harvest more than 50,000 trees each year. Allan McLaren, Acting Head of Fundraising at the Royal Hospital, said: “We would like to thank Capital Christmas Trees and Lord Iliffe for offering our retired soldiers a great day out and a chance to get into the Christmas spirit a little earlier than usual! We are really looking forward to selling these lovely trees and we are sure they will be very popular in Chelsea. The great thing about The Royal Hospital is that there is a wealth of space for people to look at lots of different trees and select the one that’s exactly right for them.” 20 NOVEMBER 2019

Capital Christmas Trees is a joint initiative between Capital Gardens, run by Colin CampbellPreston, and Needlefresh,a specialist group of UK Christmas Tree growers. Managing director of Needlefresh Christopher Hood said: “Every real Christmas tree is unique and takes 10 years to grow, and will be delivered to the heart of London in perfect condition, ensuring that a traditional, fresh Christmas tree with its natural beauty is just as accessible to those in the city as it is to country dwellers. The new sales centre at the historic Royal Hospital will make it even easier for everyone this Christmas to get hold of a traditional tree, and help the Chelsea Pensioners at the same time.” Trees will be available from the Royal Hospital from 28th November. For more information visit

Christmas Cards, Pack Of Ten, £5.00 From Royal Hospital Chelsea Shop


SILENT POOL GIN CHRISTMAS Get ready to make a splash with gin-spiring Christmas gifts from Silent Pool Gin.


ward-winning Silent Pool Gin was launched just five years ago but is already one of the UK’s most popular premium gin brands. It is a contemporary London Dry gin and is handcrafted at a small, independently owned distillery in Surrey using a unique four-stage distillation process and a recipe that combines 24 botanicals and water from the Silent Pool itself, which is adjacent to the distillery. The result is a gin of clarity and depth of flavour with complex yet refreshing notes of florals and citrus. It is beautifully balanced in a G&T paired with Indian tonic water and a twist of orange zest to garnish, smooth enough to serve neat, and also exceptional in cocktails. The iconic teal and copper embossed bottle features an intricate botanical design that is shared across a range of Silent Pool Gin glassware, candle holders and bar accessories. Each makes a stunning and highly individual Christmas gift for gin lovers, whether they are friends and family or you are treating yourself! Each Silent Pool Gin Christmas Cracker contains a 5cl bottle of gin together with the essential festive hats and jokes. There’s no better way to kick off your festive feast (£50 per box of six). The Silent Pool Gin Gift Box (£67) includes two Silent Pool Gin Copa glasses alongside a 70cl bottle of Silent Pool Gin. Or for £20 you can purchase a Silent Pool Gin Miniature Gift Set, a stunning fold out box that displays two 5cl gin bottles. Silent Pool Gin glasses have quickly acquired cult status amongst gin collectors thanks to their beautiful design, and are available in a choice of long-stemmed Copa glasses (£12 each or £40 for six) or tumblers (£12 each or £72 for six). Meanwhile the Silent Pool Gin bar kit includes everything you need for a super-stylish home bar: 22 NOVEMBER 2019

ice bucket (£20), bar runner (£8.50), pourer (£4), jigger (£8.50) apron (£22) and Silent Pool Gin Mists (£10 each), which are liquid garnishes to spritz over your G&T. The Silent Pool Distillers worked with Coln Valley Smokehouse to create their truly delicious gininfused Smoked Salmon (£12.50), bursting with flavour and ideal for canapés or a festive brunch. Highly aromatic soy wax candles, each poured into a repurposed and professionally cut Silent Pool Gin bottle, are available in Bergamot & Lavender or Juniper & Cassia Bark (£22 each) variants. The Christmas Spirit candle (£16) is a warming, festive blend of juniper, clove, cinnamon bark and orange essential oils reminiscent of mulled wine and crackling log fires. Gorgeous glass candle holders (£8 small size, £12 large size) feature an intricate copper coloured casing that casts flickering shadows of the 24 botanicals when a night light candle is lit within. Finally, rechargeable bottle string lights (£10) enable your empty Silent Pool Gin bottle to enjoy a new life as a beautiful table lamp! Find our more at

“Each Silent Pool Gin Christmas Cracker contains a 5cl bottle of gin together with the essential festive hats and jokes”


A CARNABY CHRISTMAS Enter a spectacular underwater odyssey this Christmas as Carnaby switches on its oceanic-themed light installation.


isit Carnaby on Thursday 7 November for a breath-taking, immersive Christmas Shopping Party from 5-9pm. Be amazed by the theatrical underwater scenes alongside an exciting line-up of live music and DJs and the much anticipated switch-on at 6pm. The never-before-seen light installation is part of a collaboration with ocean conservation charity Project Zero, with each section of Carnaby Street representing an area of the ocean in need of conservation. The iconic Carnaby Street arch will be adorned with the powerful message, One Ocean One Planet. The free entry shopping party will include a 20% discount at over 100 shops and restaurants across the 14 streets of Carnaby, plus exclusive promotions, on-street entertainment and in-store activations. Get a head start on your Christmas shopping at participating Carnaby fashion and lifestyle favourites including British icons Paul Smith, Ben Sherman, Barbour and Dr. Martens, international labels 24 NOVEMBER 2019

The Kooples, Levi’s, Diesel, The North Face and MONKI. For beauty lovers visit Benefit’s 70s themed Glam Grotto and special activities at beauty emporiums Cowshed, Duck & Dry and Pixi. Follow more than 200 illuminated vampire squids into the Newburgh Quarter, where the recently opened RÆBURN will offer mulled wine and t-shirt printing and Cubitts will provide shoppers with complimentary monogramming and free drinks. Also taking part in the Newburgh Quarter are Levi’s Vintage Clothing, MÜHLE, The Great Frog, Lazy Oaf and Mor. Refuel at one of Carnaby’s 60+ restaurants, bars and cafés, including Kingly Court’s Pizza Pilgrims, The Detox Kitchen’s Señor Ceviche, Whyte & Brown, Le Bab, Wright Brothers Soho, Kolamba, Dirty Bones, Bread Ahead, Kua’Aina, Mother Mash, The Diner, The White Horse and KALEIDO. For an ocean-lovers dream, Carnaby is the ultimate destination to officially launch the Christmas season.

the details For a full list of participating shops and restaurants and to register for a free ticket, please visit @CarnabyLondon #CarnabyChristmas @WeAreProjectZero


SKATE AT SOMERSET HOUSE WITH FORTNUM & MASON Wednesday 13 November 2019 –Sunday 12 January 2020

THE DETAILS For further details and to purchase tickets visit Sessions sell out quickly so it is advised that visitors book tickets in advance. A small number of tickets will be available on-site each day. SomersetHouse Somerset House Twitter: @SomersetHouse Somerset House Instagram: @SomersetHouse Hashtag: #SkateSomersetHouse

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elebrating its 20th anniversary, Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason returns. Hailed as one of the capital’s favourite winter experiences, Skate at Somerset House heralds the start of the festive period with unrivalled skating, ground-breaking music, seasonal shopping and delicious food and drink. The neoclassical courtyard is transformed with a magnificent ice rink, complete with a glorious 40ft Christmas tree laden with Fortnum & Mason hampers, and a multitude of special events and experiences. On Saturday 7 December, to celebrate 24/7, Somerset House presents London’s very first 24-hour skating event. Keeping its doors open throughout the night, it offers the ultimate afterhours experience, from skating under the stars to enjoying the 24/7 exhibition long into the night, without the crowds. Saturday night revellers can enjoy a warming drink in the Skate Lounge, home to the Baileys Treat Bar. From 23.00 – 07.00, tickets to the Skate all-nighter are specially priced at £8 (plus transaction fee), a guilt-free treat for all. For those looking to enhance their first skating experience, or for seasoned skaters looking to advance their skills, the ever-popular Skate School and Polar Bear Club offer sessions with National Ice Skating Association (NISA) instructors, guaranteed to build confidence on the ice. The rink is open to wheelchair users across all skating sessions, and dedicated sessions for wheelchair

users are also available. Off the ice, the alpine-inspired Fortnum’s Lodge offers a range of delicious après-skate treats that are perfect for sharing with loved ones. Brand new dishes include the indulgent Mushroom Fondue, combining Comte, Raclette and Gris Bleu cheeses with sautéed Portobello, Oyster and Chestnut mushrooms; for those with a sweet tooth, freshly baked Apple and Cinnamon Lattices await, served with Black Cherry Bellinis, whilst further new cocktail offerings include Sloe Gin Fizz, Scandi Coffee, and Treacle – a rum and brandy-based tipple stirred with golden syrup and apple juice. The Fortnum’s Christmas Arcade brings a special selection of the iconic grocer’s products for festive shoppers to gift their loved ones. Day or night, Skate at Somerset House forms the perfect place to take time out from the pressures of everyday life, embrace new experiences both on and off the ice, and enjoy quality time with loved ones


Join the Beasts of London on an immersive tour Museum of London, Until 5th January 2020

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he Museum of London presents Beasts of London; a state of the art, immersive and digital experience that takes visitors on a journey through time, from before London was created through to the present day. Inspired by objects drawn from the museum’s world class collection and working in partnership with Guildhall School of Music & Drama, this family-friendly show brings you face to face with the beasts both large and small who helped shape the city we know today. Made up of nine episodes, each tells the story of the capital from an animal’s perspective, highlighting some of the city’s most iconic moments. Starting in pre-history with the very first of London’s beasts you are then guided through the arrival of the Romans. Then comes the Medieval Age when the first menageries were built in the city and then through the disastrous years of the Great Plague of the 1600s. From there you find yourself transported inside a rowdy Victorian tavern, centre ring underneath a bustling big top at the Circus and then standing side by side a group of noble horses from across the ages. Finally, you arrive back in in the 21st century to explore people’s relationship with the city’s animals today. The animals throughout the experience are voiced by well-known names such as Kate Moss, Brian Blessed, Pam Ferris, Nish Kumar, Stephen Mangan, Angellica Bell and Joe Pasquale alongside

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actors from Guildhall School. Francis Marshall, Senior Curator at the Museum of London said: “Beasts of London is the first fully-immersive show presented by the Museum of London. It is a journey that is surprising, creative, visually striking, emotionally affecting and encourages visitors to look at the animals of London in a new way and to consider our city from a very different perspective. It is a product of intensive research and boundless imagination from our team in partnership with Guildhall School of Music & Drama and is sure to appeal to audience members of all ages.”

THE DETAILS For further information visit beastsoflondon Variable pricing. Family tickets from £20 #BeastsofLondon Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London, EC2Y 5HN


The perfect gift idea for ecowarriors, beelovers and wine connoisseurs


ew SustainaBEElity crowdfunding and biodiversity initiative by award-winning Chêne Bleu enables you to enjoy their vintage wines and become part of a passion-project at their estate in the South of France – and for as little as €200. Pioneering winemakers Chêne Bleu have launched a breakthrough crowdfunding initiative which will involve you or those you gift in their ground-breaking SustainaBEElity education and research project at their estate - situated at 1,800 feet within a picturesque UNESCO biosphere reserve in Provence – AND enjoy award-winning vintages, not available in the wider market. La Verrière estate is owned by the former CEO of the London Stock Exchange Xavier Rolet – who is also an expert beekeeper - and the winery is run by his wife Nicole and their extended family. It’s a passion project rooted in excellence, purpose and a commitment to improving the land and environment in which the winery resides - and now you can be part of it! Just in time for the gifting season, choose from six education and wine packages starting at €200 for the ‘Pollen Package’, including wine and lovely elements such as estate honey from the apiary – and going up to the €15,000 ‘Royal Package’ – where you can name an estate bee hive, experience a two-night stay at the estate with up to 17 guests and spend time with the team, where you’ll learn about viticulture, wine making/tasting and bee-keeping. The Rolets and their team have steered the vineyard’s epic twenty-year journey from a derelict medieval priory to an exciting state-of-the art winery responsible for creating the award-winning Chêne Bleu wines. With the SustainaBEElity Fund, gain behind the scenes access to the estate’s exciting practices and help extend its burgeoning apiary. Bees are not only important to the eco system but propolis is also being used as a natural disinfectant on the vines. You will be party to research conducted by preeminent institutions and experts in biodiversity

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“The Rolets and their team have steered the vineyard’s epic twenty-year journey from a derelict medieval priory to an exciting stateof-the art winery responsible for creating the awardwinning Chêne Bleu wines”

and agriculture. The Rolet’s deep love of nature has always set the tone at La Verrière in their commitment to preserve its integrity, history and terroir, while enhancing its exceptional character with sustainable, organic, and biodynamic winemaking practices. The site is renowned for its exceptional biodiversity with more than 1,200 species of butterflies alone. Abélard and Héloïse are the two flagship, critically acclaimed Chêne Bleu red wines. The wines are named after the famous French equivalent to Romeo and Juliet: based in 12th century Paris, they were remarkable scholars and philosophers, whose scandalous and lasting love affair inspired centuries of poets, artists, and now winemakers. Abélard is an intense, muscular, brooding Grenache blend with a splash of Syrah. Héloïse is a Syrah blend which is balanced and elegant through restraint – fleshed out with a splash of Grenache and a touch of white wine that brings a delicately fragrant nose. Have a peruse of Chêne Bleu’s award-winning wines at and sign up to their SustainaBEElity Fund at by 25th December.


London’s most

interactive Grotto is coming to Chelsea this Christmas


THE DETAILS For more details visit chelseagrotto Tickets cost £27.50 and can be purchased via the website. For any booking queries, please call Sharky & George HQ on 0207 9244 381or email

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he Chelsea Christmas Grotto will offer an hour-long winter wonderland experience like no other. Famed children’s entertainers, Sharky & George have teamed up with Cadogan to create a truly immersive Christmas grotto, transporting children to the North Pole to meet Father Christmas and his elves. The grotto will also offer a ‘My First Grotto’ session for under two-year-olds, and exclusive pre-school sessions for 4-year-olds and under. Inside the grotto on Chelsea’s picturesque Pavilion Road, children will enjoy 30 minutes of classic Sharky & George games (while their parents relax!) before they enter Father Christmas’ workshop. Father Christmas will be decked in luxurious red velvet and settled in front of the fire to read a festive story, before each guest is invited to meet him one-on-one. He will dazzle them with his knowledge of what they’ve been up to during the year and hand them a traditional gift from under the tree. Festive crafts will then be on offer, giving children the chance to enjoy trying their hand at gingerbread biscuit or bauble decorating. Launched to coincide with the Chelsea

Christmas lights switch-on on 23rd November, this magical experience will run until 23rd December. At the pace tickets sold out last year for the first S&G grotto, it’s advised to book your space early. Unlike traditional Christmas grottos, this event will be packed full of mischief and mayhem and is also available for exclusive hire sessions, so grab a group of friends and get in touch to book. Pavilion Road offers the perfect place for a coffee, glass of wine or last minute present shopping while the children have fun. London’s longest mews that runs parallel to Sloane Street, it has seen a complete transformation over the last two years. Formerly Victorian stable blocks, the road is now a picturesque haven for independent artisans, including a butcher, baker, greengrocer, cheesemonger, stationer, ice cream shop and wine merchant. The road is also home to three restaurants - Granger & Co, Wulf & Lamb and Hans’ Bar & Grill. An optional donation of £1 will be added to every ticket sale, which will go towards the K&C Foundation, an independent charity dedicated to bringing together people across the Borough to overcome hardship and exclusion.


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LOUNGE The Unforgotten Secret Gem


ituated in the heart of Berkeley Street, Novikov is the No.1 standing restaurant & lounge offering an immersive luxurious experience from the moment you walk through the doors. Novikov Restaurant & Bar combines sleek and contemporary interiors with fresh flowers and beautiful chandeliers. Owned by personal friend of Vladimir Putin, Arkady Novikov is the entrepreneur behind the celebrity hotspot restaurant & bar. Novikov is popular with celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Mariah Carey, Drake, Rihanna, Prince William, Justin Bieber, Usain Bolt, Anthony Joshua and Novak Djokovic to name a few. The luxurious vastness engulfs customers and draws them into the unique Novikov experience. You’re welcomed into the prestigious Mayfair bar by not one but two restaurants serving the finest Pan Asian and Italian cuisine which is topped by the addition of the exquisite lounge bar serving up

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the most creative cocktails in Mayfair. Just a few steps down and your transported into a sexy supper club with draped sofas, framed paintings and stylish decor is the unforgettable lounge bar. Sensual, intimate with grand chandeliers and antique furnishing the lounge is the heart of the Novikov experience. The go to spot in Mayfair with an extensive cocktail menu, live music and performances from some of the world’s most legendary DJ’s. From Danny Rampling, Smoking Jo, La Plage, Sally K have DJ’d in the exclusive lounge bar. From world class DJ’s to high flying celebrities, the Novikov Lounge Bar has been home to some of the most exclusive celeb after parties including the Julien McDonald London Fashion Week afterparty, GQ Magazine party and London Men’s Fashion Week afterparty. The lounge was was host to the official parties Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham FC. Notably a number of individuals from the Forbes 100 list host lavish birthday and corporate parties in the luxurious lounge.The Lounge bar has made Novikov one of London’s classiest and most popular destinations. With an exclusive loyal clientele making the bar their go to destination for after work drinks and business meetings the atmosphere in the Lounge Bar is one of electric sophistication and fun. All the fun is underscored by a fabulous cocktail menu that changes twice a year keeping the servings innovative and fresh, with ingredients and spices that are mainstays of the menus at Novikov’s Italian and Asian restaurants. Novikov offers a mesmerising experience to it’s esteemed clientele with an extensive offering. The Lounge Bar is one of the most unique venues that you will return to experience time and time again. 50A Berkeley Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 8HA 020 7399 4330

“The Lounge bar has made Novikov one of London’s classiest and most popular destinations”


The Chelsea Christmas Lights



Saturday 23rd November 2019

helsea is in for a treat this year, as a new Christmas light scheme is to be unveiled. The much anticipated switch-on will take place on Saturday 23rd November. Returning with magical displays across Sloane Square, Sloane Street, Duke of York Square and Pavilion Road - and, for the first time, new ‘gateway lights’ for the King’s Road, to celebrate its regal heritage. The new displays will see decorative lights inspired by the crown of King Charles II, who the Road was originally built for as a private route to travel between palaces. He famously restored Christmas to the nation following Oliver Cromwell’s ban on festivities for over a decade. Hosted at Sloane Square, the switch-on will be celebrated in style from 2pm, with an array

Top centre: Chelsea Pensioners Christmas cards, pack of ten, £5 Left: John Lewis King’s Road Street sign tree decoration - £7.50

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of festivities including wreath-making classes, chestnuts roasting and unmissable entertainment including our brave Chelsea Pensioners who will be singing their hearts out to a number of traditional Christmas carols. At 5pm, Santa and his ‘special helper’ – a local child in particular need of a Christmas treat – will flick the switch and turn on the dazzling Christmas Lights. In addition, on Saturday 7th December, Chelsea will be hosting a special Christmas shopping event with an array of activities across the area. Restaurants and bars will be taking part in exclusive offers, treats and surprises. Father Christmas can be spotted and entertainment is laid on with .plenty of festive music. Sloane Square station is on London Underground’s Circle and District lines. Victoria station is only a 10-minute walk from Sloane Square. Waterloo, Euston and Paddington stations are easily accessible via London Underground.





super premium gin designed to embody the heritage, culture and spirit of the West London Borough of Ealing is set to grab the spotlight on the UK’s upmarket gin stage. Long term residents Simon and Amanda Duncan have worked on the recipe development and design of Ealing Gin for over two years. The result is a beautifully deep flavoured, distinctive gin. It is sophisticated and complex enough to please the most discerning of gin drinkers whilst remaining pleasing and friendly to less experienced palates. Not only is it a truly lovely gin, it comes in a truly lovely bottle… the type you just can’t throw away even when empty! The bottle design is inspired by the iconic Art Deco buildings scattered across Ealing Borough such as the beautiful Hoover Building and, of course, the famous Ealing Film Studios. Look carefully and you’ll also spot a nod to the London underground sign. Ealing has been nicknamed The Queen Of The Suburbs for over 100 years - hence Ealing Gin’s strapline “The Queen Of London Dry Gins”. It is a very leafy part of London with tree-lined streets and lots of pretty, very typically English parks and gardens which have served as inspiration for the Ealing Gin recipe. “From the outset we knew what we wanted.” says Simon. “We were looking for a classic juniper-led London Dry gin with a bit of a modern twist (pink peppercorn, sweet orange and cassia) and featuring some Ealing inspired botanicals. The ones that 38 NOVEMBER 2019

worked best were chamomile flowers, garden mint, scented rose, and rosemary.” The result is indeed a seriously classy tasting gin. What’s more, although it sits at the higher end of the gin market, it has down-to-earth, good spirit at its heart - 20% of profits are pledged to good causes addressing loneliness and social isolation. Amanda explains: “The feeling of belonging - having friendships and social interaction - is fundamental to health and happiness and yet in a world full of people, so many feel lonely and socially isolated. We know as a family how hard it can be in particular for people with disabilities to get out and make friends but the same is true for old and vulnerable people. Thankfully however, there are lots of good people and organisations working hard to alleviate social isolation – we hope to be able to support such initiatives so that more people have the opportunity to make friends and belong”. Buy it for someone this Christmas and spread the good spirit!

THE DETAILS To find out more, buy online or find stockists visit


Baby to Toddler Show 2019 B

Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th November, ExCeL London

rought to you from the team behind the much-loved Baby Shows is Baby to Toddler, the ultimate two-day shopping event for every parent. With big baby names you know and love, alongside boutique brands you might not see on the high street, over 100 exhibitors will showcase their products – everything from Prams, Pushchairs, Carriers, Car Seats & Strollers to Nursery Furnishings, Toys, Clothing, Healthcare & Wellbeing, Books and Gifts. Hear about the top toy brands for Christmas and do all your kiddies Christmas shopping under one roof! Savvy shoppers can pick up some fantastic Black Friday offers just in time for Christmas from the UK’s leading baby retailers, including Silver Cross, Baby Bjorn, MAM, Tommee Tippee, Maxi-Cosi, Bugaboo and many more! And take advantage of the complimentary gift wrapping service provided by show partner LetsBab. The Show also proudly offers complimentary expert advice. Daisy First Aid classes with founder Jenni Dunman will demonstrate 20-minute first aid classes where you can learn life-saving skills should you ever have to deal with an accident or emergency. Topics cover choking, burns, febrile seizures, meningitis and CPR. Dr Robert Titzer, early language expert and founder of Your Baby Can Learn will teach visitors how they can help their babies and toddlers learn language during the first two years of life.

“For those in need of a wellearned break, the MAM Feeding Area has everything you need to feed your tots” The Show’s new partner OKIDO will be offering free art and science activity sessions to entertain, engage and educate pre-school children. There will also be a fantastic new Play Zone sponsored 40 NOVEMBER 2019

by Little-Masters Kids who will be offering an unforgettable children’s experience with a variety of themed role play activities. For those in need of a well-earned break, the MAM Feeding Area has everything you need to feed your tots including bottle warmers, bibs, spoons and complimentary organic food from Babease. It will also be a quiet area where mums can breastfeed comfortably. There will be a purpose-built changing area with complimentary nappies, pull-ups and wipes for your little VIPs. Exclusive ticket packages available at www. and excludes a transaction fee. Each MAM ticket package offer includes two tickets to the Baby to Toddler Show, a specific MAM product and the first 1,500 orders* also receive a book from Campbell Books. Prices start from £25.00. *Recipients of the Campbell Books will receive a voucher in the post which they redeem for a book at the Campbell book stand E40.


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very woman loves to shop, but having children can hold you back from strolling round the boutiques and department stores of London looking for that next luxury item. Reminiscing of the days when you were free to spend bundles of cash followed by ‘ladies who lunch’ with your friends. Taking the kids shopping can conjure up nightmare thoughts of boredom, temper tantrums, and ‘can I have this Mum?’ over and over again. But have no fear, you can turn this around to your advantage… A new study by academics from Oxford and The Open University has found that shopping actually boosts infants’ happiness levels and the development of everyday skills. Researchers said there was evidence of a “positive” link between shopping and the physical skills that children need to master in the early years. The disclosure was made as part of a largescale analysis of parental activities and the impact they have on children. The study found that more passive activities such as watching television and looking through picture books had “no discernible benefits”. Children are getting visual stimulation, they’re getting out of the house and into a new environment, they’re bumping into other families where social skills come into play and they may get the chance to do something physical in a shop like run around. There does seem to be a connection between the kinds of activities that are taking place and the skills that are being developed. But this doesn’t just happen by magic, even at Christmas… The key is to engage them when you are shopping, not dragging them behind you. In between you indulging in a fashion shopping frenzy, include some visits to stores that will capture their imagination and excite them. Hamley’s is top of the list with Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park - together with department stores that offer exciting window displays, kids workshops and activities. And as we approach the festive season, there are a huge amount of family activities that can

“Children are getting visual stimulation, they’re getting out of the house and into a new environment”

encompass your shopping trip - like ice skating – Somerset House, Natural History Museum and Westfield will all have ice rinks open from November. Taking them to see Santa at one of the many department store Grotto’s will go down very well – Harrods, Selfridges and Hamley’s to name but a few, although you will need to book these in advance. Giving your children some time to enjoy themselves will make them just a little more patient when you want to splash the cash on yourself. Besides taking the kids Christmas shopping gives you a great chance to listen and observe them, compiling their ‘Christmas Wish List’ without them realising! So next time you have the perfect excuse to go shopping with your friends, and purchase your little ones Christmas presents – in between the boutiques, hair salon and spa of course!

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Marylebone Village kicks off the festive season

Christmas light switch-on Wednesday 13 November, 3-7 pm


arylebone Village invites shoppers to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season with a festive light switch-on with charity partner, Teenage Cancer Trust. Guests are invited to enjoy shopping stalls, food and drink, a Santa’s Grotto, fairground rides, tombola, live music and more. Marking the big moment is a special celebrity guest, who will officially switch on the festive Christmas lights taking place on Devonshire Street at 6pm. With activity in full swing across Marylebone Village between 3-7pm, spectators can also get into the holiday spirit with a snow machine, listen to classic Christmas hits from the talented school choirs and even enjoy the Christmas lights from above by taking a ride on the fairground’s Ferris Wheel. Showcasing the community spirit, Marylebone

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Village retailers have come together to offer exclusive one-off experiences and promotions, to ensure that finding the perfect Christmas gift is a whole lot easier. Exclusive discounts include; a one-time only, in store discount of 20% off from knitwear experts John Smedley and fashion brand J Crew, Rachel Riley will be offering a 10% discount off their luxury women’s and children’s clothing and Mascaro will have a 10% discount on all shoes and bags. Creative experts David Mellor will also be providing customers with a 20% discount on their high-quality tableware and kitchenware. Hands on experiences such as workshops, talks and classes will be taking place throughout the Christmas period, with Fabriano Boutique keeping the kids busy with a children’s colouring station in their Marylebone store. Marylebone is also hosting a special Christmas Shopping evening on Thursday 5 December, 5-8pm. Renowned for its collection of independent shops, restaurants and pubs, Marylebone Lane will host a late night shopping event where you can get all of your Christmas gifts in one evening. Visit the lane for a range of in store promotions, exclusive offers and events that are not to be missed,as well as a chance to win the ultimate Marylebone Lane hamper for one night only. Marylebone Village is easily accessible from nearby tube stations such as; Marylebone, Baker Street, Great Portland Street and a 5-minute short walk from Bond Street. For regular updates on all activity, visit or follow on Instagram @MaryleboneVillage.

“Showcasing the community spirit, Marylebone Village retailers have come together to offer exclusive one-off experiences and promotions”


Wembley Park launches its first immersive light festival

‘Winterfest’ this Christmas W

embley Park, North West London’s cultural neighbourhood, will be launching its ‘Winterfest’ light festival on Wednesday 20th November. The free event will see the area transformed into an immersive winter playground, through specially commissioned, site-responsive and touring light and sound installations. Visitors can experience ‘Sonic Runway’, the acclaimed multi-sensory installation makes its European debut on Wembley Park’s world-famous Olympic Way. ‘Sonic Runway’ was conceived by Californian visual artists Rob Jensen and Warren Trezevant. They have drawn on their skills of animating and engineering at Pixar Animation Studios in the design. Music ripples down a 100-metre corridor of 32 concentric rings, triggering kaleidoscopic patterns of light that move at the speed of sound. A bespoke music soundtrack will be curated in partnership with Boxpark Wembley. After the switch-on, there will be an after-party to launch Winterfest, where visitors can enjoy 20 street food vendors and a whole floor of entertainment including the newly opened Zero Latency, the world’s first free-roam virtual reality e-gaming arena. Digital ‘flocks of birds’ will perch on 36 newlyplanted trees on Olympic Way this winter, through ‘Murmuration of Hopes’, a site-specific light commission presented by architectural designer Elyne Legarnisson. The installation, displayed 46 NOVEMBER 2019

“Music ripples down a 100-metre corridor of 32 concentric rings, triggering kaleidoscopic patterns of light that move at the speed of sound. A bespoke music soundtrack will be curated in partnership with Boxpark Wembley” Top: Sonic Runway_credit Jordan Laboucane

For more information please visit: winterfest

across 15 giant LED banners and across the trees, expresses hope through choreographed clouds of light, inspired by murmurations, the distinctive and intricate patterns created when birds flock. ‘Murmuration of Hopes’ continues on London’s tallest-ever LED Christmas tree, ‘The Hopeful Tree’. The 25-metre conical structure is illuminated by over 100,000 low-energy coloured lights, located on Wembley Park Boulevard outside London Designer Outlet (LDO). The walk-through tree will welcome shoppers to the LDO’s 50 shops, 20 restaurants and nine-screen Cineworld cinema. Visitors can walk into the digital artwork, as the gentle movements and unpredictable motions of the lights evolve over time, slowing down, speeding up, flying lower or higher, closer or further, dispersing and reforming. Throughout November and December, Wembley Park will present a curated music programme of live weekend performances. Wembley Park’s Market Square will be turned into a multi-sensory playground with ‘Illumaphonium: Halo’, a series of eight, three-metre tall music-making installations by musician and inventor Michael Davis. Using sound, light, algorithms and digital sensors, Halo consists of digitally interlinked columns of ever-evolving patterns of light and sound that react to touch, bringing audiences together in a shared moment of spontaneous music making. Visitors will discover ‘LoveSpot…Under the Mistletoe’, a 3-metre tall heart sculpture adorned with mistletoe and pulsating red lights; ‘Star Box’, a giant gift-box shaped cube, filled with glowing golden lights and shimmering sequins; and ‘Saturation Surge’, a bold, colourful and geometric public commission by acclaimed street artist Maser for The Spanish Steps, connecting The SSE Arena, Wembley to the National Stadium. International smash-hit sensation musical, ‘Fame’, will extend its current run from the West End and play for a strictly limited season at the newly opened Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre. The critically acclaimed 30th Anniversary production, featuring the Oscar-winning title song and an outstanding cast will run from 21st December – 26th January.


Hidden London Some secrets lie waiting to be discovered… Experience the secrets of disused stations and a forbidden Underground world at an exciting new exhibition at London Transport Museum.

Hidden London: the Exhibition Revealing the fascinating history behind some of the city’s ‘ghost’ stations, the Hidden London exhibition brings together rare archive photographs, vintage posters, diagrams and objects for the first time. From wartime sheltering and Churchill’s secret bunker to new contemporary uses for film locations and growing salad, the mysteries of this subterranean world offer a different perspective on the life of the Capital. The exhibition takes you on a journey of the most secret spaces belonging to the oldest subterranean railway in the world. Explore a recreated historic abandoned ticket hall and a lifesize underground dining room – just like the one Prime Minister Winston Churchill would have sat

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in as he sheltered from the Blitz during the Second World War, in the disused Down Street station.

Hidden London: the Tours You can continue your Hidden London experience by joining a disused Underground station tour of locations such as Aldwych, Charing Cross, Clapham South, Down Street, Euston, 55 Broadway, Piccadilly Circus and Highgate. For more information visit ltmuseum.couk/hidden-london

“The exhibition takes you on a journey of the most secret spaces”

Hidden London: the Friday Lates Unlock more of London’s secrets at one of the Museum’s Friday Lates. Inspired by the new Hidden London exhibition guests can enjoy curator-led tours, craft workshops, quizzes, music and a bar. Four Lates will take place next year; the first on 28 February. Doors open at 18:45 to 22:00 and guests will get to explore the rich nightlife of London through the ages - from Victorian music halls and night clubs, to subcultures that have influenced London and the world. The Hidden London exhibition takes place in the Global gallery at London Transport Museum in Covent Garden Piazza, and runs for over a year until 31 January 2021. Adult tickets allow unlimited daytime entry for a whole year, and kids go free.


Janis Kelly

Danny John-Jules

Robert Powell

Join us for Mayhew Carols at Christmas Tuesday 3 December You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout we’re telling you why… Mayhew’s Carols are comin’, to town! Our Carols at Christmas on Tuesday 3 December is set to be a festive and heart-warming evening filled with favourite tunes, special guests and seasonal treats. Held in the beautiful St Giles-in-the-Fields church in Covent Garden, carollers will be led by the wonderful church choir themselves, who will expertly guide us through old classics and new favourites alike!

Oh come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant… VIP performances and guest readings will help to welcome in the festive season in style, with Strictly Come Dancing star Danny John-Jules set to entertain with a specially choreographed musical act, fresh off the back of his one-man show dedicated to the life of Sammy Davis Jr. Prestigious TV, film and theatre actor Robert Powell, of Holby City and The Italian Job fame, will then treat us to a beautiful seasonal reading, after which world-renowned soprano and singing sensation Janis Kelly will delight guests with a special festive performance. With more celebrity names still to be announced, we can guarantee you’ll be in for an absolute treat!

We all want some figgy pudding, so bring some right here… Speaking of treats, mince pies and mulled wine will flow during the service and attendees will also have the chance to complete a spot of Christmas shopping for two and four-legged friends. We will be running our signature raffle, with some fantastic prizes up for grabs including two meet and greet tickets for Jason Donovan’s 2020 tour and signed merchandise from Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr!

May our days be merry, and bright… With tickets priced at £20 for adults and £10 for children and concessions, all funds raised will go towards helping animals in need – at Christmastime and throughout the whole winter period. At Mayhew we want to inform, educate and 50 NOVEMBER 2019

change behaviour to improve animal welfare. We take a realistic view of the difficult situations humans and animals face, and we look for ways to reduce the number of animals who need help through proactive community initiatives and preventative veterinary care. We know that a major part of our work lies in understanding the links between social issues and animal welfare. We do not judge. We listen. We value people too. What better way to show your support for us than bringing your own family, friends and neighbours out for a heartfelt and inspiring evening full of festive cheer? We do hope you can join us at Mayhew Carols at Christmas. Book your tickets at:

“VIP performances and guest readings will help to welcome in the festive season in style”

Images above, left and below: Graham Hilling


Stephen Cawston

International Sculptural Aritist Presents His Bronze Collection

“These stunning bronzes are cast from the original skull of each species, so every detail of the original skull is in the bronze cast�


tephens new Collection of Bronze Skulls are now available to purchase. These stunning bronzes are cast from the original skull of each species, so every detail of the original skull is in the bronze cast. The patina is a very contemporary Burgundy/Horse Chestnut colour, with the teeth and tusks being the polished bronze.

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Bronze Skulls Available to order now Male Bengal Tiger Female Bengal Tiger Bull Hippopotamus Female Lion Warthog Cheetah Leopard Cape Buffalo Order now to avoid disappointment.





Mezemiso at Crowne Plaza London – Albert Embankment Chef Victor Klomu has created a unique Japanese fine dining menu.

New Year’s Eve There’s no better place in London to spend New Year’s Eve. With the rooftop terrace offering views overlooking the London Eye ensuring you won’t miss out on London’s iconic fireworks display.

Mezemiso New Year’s Eve Experience Your Mezemiso New Year’s Eve experience starts with a signature Mezemiso Cocktail, expertly designed and made by the mixologists at our stunning rooftop bar, with Lebanese and Japanese crudités served upon your arrival. The 12 course sharing menu features dishes from our Lebanese and Japanese menus, from 28-day aged Ribeye and Japanese Scallop Uramaki to Mutabbal Aubergine and Hand Rolled Vine Leaves. Tables will be guaranteed from 10pm until 1am making sure you won’t miss out on the spectacular London Eye fireworks. For booking enquiries, please visit


Why not try something different this year for Christmas? Enjoy three Christmas set menus from the 1st – 25th December:

CHRISTMAS MENU A Set Menu £40 per person Starter Homemade Hommos Warak Inab B’zeit Mutabbal Aubergine Tofu & Nameko Mushroom Miso Soup Main Black Cod or Shish Barak Dessert Miske Bel Ashta or Green Tea Ice Cream

CHRISTMAS MENU B Sharing Menu £55 per person Starter Homemade Hommos Warak Inab B’zeit Mutabbal Aubergine Fruity Prawn Rock Harumaki Main Black Cod or Shish Barak


Dessert Miske Bel Ashta or Green Tea Ice Cream

ffering panoramic views over the River Thames and the Houses of Parliament, Mezemiso brings guests a world class menu of Japanese and Lebanese cuisine from the 15th floor of the Crowne Plaza London Albert Embankment. Led by Head Chef Madlene El Saikali, one of Lebanon’s leading chefs, the menu showcases classic Lebanese dishes. Head Sushi

CHRISTMAS MENU C Sharing Menu £75 per person

12 COURSE Sharing Menu £290 per person Homemade Hommos Mutabbal Aubergine Hand Rolled Vine Leaves Fruity Prawn Rock Line caught Tuna, Scottish Salmon & Hamachi Nigiri (6 pieces) Tiger Prawn’s à la Provencal Octopus Mezemiso Japanese Hand Dived Scallop and Prawn Gyoza 28-day aged Ribeye and Japanese Scallop Uramaki Duck Kawayaki Miso Orange Teryaki Dessert Swiss Milk Chocolate Bomb Glass of Dom Pérignon at midnight 54 NOVEMBER 2019

Starter Homemade Hommos Warak Inab B’zeit Mutabbal Aubergine Fruity Prawn Rock Harumaki Nigiri (8 pieces) Main Black Cod or Shish Barak or Duck Kuwayaki & Miso Orange Teriyaki Dessert Miske Bel Ashta or Green Tea Ice Cream For booking enquiries, please visit


Fabulous jewellery at a fraction of the cost W

e all love a bit of sparkle and with Christmas on the horizon now is the prime time to be thinking about presents. Jewellery always has been, and probably always will be, high on the list of desirable items for many, but the expense of fine jewellery often means you have to take the cheaper option or wait that bit longer to save. There is another way to get what you want, without the big price tag. Buying at auction is cheaper, cost effective and you will definitely get more for your money. It is the opportunity to purchase the most beautiful items, both historic and modern, as long as you don’t mind that some may have been pre-loved (but not always). Even with the buyers premium (applicable to all auction purchases) you are often paying a fraction of the retail price. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers, based in Stansted Mountfitchet, Hertford and London are renowned for their specialist jewellery sales and with their next Fine Jewellery, Watches and Designer Handbag auction taking place on 19 November this could be the perfect time to get that ring, necklace, pair of earrings or designer handbag for your nearest and dearest. We spoke to Sworders head of Jewellery department Catriona Smith, who is a Fellow of The National Institute of Registered Valuers, about her favourite pieces in the auction and 56 NOVEMBER 2019

asked her ‘what would she buy for herself as a gift’? She said ‘I think it would have to be the rose gold, pink and white diamond orchid ring, it has wonderful colours, is very sculptural and has great texture, it makes a lovely party ring. It carries an auction estimate of £4,200-4,500. I also love the Victorian Etruscan revival shield form garnet and diamond brooch, I really admire the quality of the work, its condition is fabulous, I am a big fan of texture and this has an original ‘bloomed’ finish. It is estimated at £500-700. As well as jewellery, Designer handbags are highly desired; brands such as Hermes, Chanel and Louis Vuitton will always be a great investment and will retain their value over the years, particularly when purchased at auction. You can find a selection of designer handbags in Sworders sale on 19 November including a Hermes red alligator skin wallet, a Mulberry Bayswater and an early 20th Century Louis Vuitton trunk.

THE DETAILS You can contact Catriona about the sale at their Stansted Mountfitchet Auction Rooms 01279 817778 or email


Wimbledon Village where Town meets Country…


hen you arrive in leafy Wimbledon Village it’s hard to believe you are just 30 minutes from central London. Nestled at the edge of picturesque Wimbledon Common, the Village wouldn’t look out of place in the English countryside. Walk down the attractive, historic High Street and you’ll see a diverse range of boutique shops, interspersed with modern eateries and traditional pubs and hotels. For the keen shopper, the extensive selection of retailers, many independent, offer a variety of goods from exclusive homewares to designer clothes, shoes and accessories. Fine food and wines are available at the fabulous delis and wine merchant, while each Sunday the Farmers Market brings a wide range of fresh and local produce to the Village. Art and culture lovers can browse the several galleries and museums in the area, or visit stunning Southside House, Cannizaro House and Buddhapadipa Temple. Each October, Wimbledon BookFest arrives in the Village, delivering a worldclass programme of events. Visitors seeking ‘me-time’ can choose from over twenty hair, beauty and well-being salons and clinics offering an extensive range of treatments for mind, body and soul. Wimbledon Common also provides a tranquil oasis and is the perfect place for a gentle walk, bike-ride or ramble with the dogs or kids. It’s a popular place for horse-riding too - as the Village is home to historic 58 NOVEMBER 2019

Wimbledon Village Stables - and golf, as it has its very own course, one of three in the Village area. While the Village is a great destination to shop, wine and dine, it’s also a thriving commercial centre. Architects, lawyers, engineers, financial advisors and business consultants are amongst the many professionals locally based who offer their services to residents and visitors alike. The area has excellent schools too, which helps make Wimbledon Village a popular choice for families. Wimbledon Village is a traditional English village offering an exceptional shopping and dining experience, along with excellent facilities, all on the doorstep of central London. It is this interesting juxtaposition of town and country that gives Wimbledon Village its enviable and enduring appeal. Enjoy a family day of fun, food and festive shopping at Christmas in the Village, Sunday 8th December. More information:

“Wimbledon Village is a traditional English village offering an exceptional shopping and dining experience”


Horse Riding - the great escape!


re you yearning for an escape from the trials and tribulations and hustle and bustle of everyday life in London? Would you like to get fit, enjoy the great outdoors and broaden your horizons? If either of these questions resonate with you and you have ever experienced the joy of horse riding, or thought about giving it a go, then look no further than a Wimbledon Village Stables Membership. Whether you are able to ride every week or just occasionally during the year you will always be assured of a warm and friendly welcome. The stables is situated in the heart of vibrant Wimbledon Village, adjacent to the glorious riding country of Wimbledon Common. The wide, well maintained tracks weave their way through 1,100 acres of beautiful woodland and open commonland

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“In addition to hacks on Wimbledon Common or into Richmond Park, the stables also caters for those wishing to focus on developing their equine knowledge and skills�

allowing you to enjoy the ever-changing scenery across the seasons. In addition to hacks on Wimbledon Common or into Richmond Park, the stables also caters for those wishing to focus on developing their equine knowledge and skills. All the horses are happy and well cared for, a testament to the importance Wimbledon Village Stables places on their wellbeing. The award-winning team of professionally-qualified instructors has a wealth of experience to share with you, enabling you to learn and develop at your own pace. Members are offered the rare opportunity to practise on an equine simulator, the Equicise, which allows beginners to build confidence, those returning to riding to brush up their skills and more advanced riders to focus on improving specific aspects of their performance. In addition to a wealth of horse-riding activities, Members are invited to numerous social and educational events which are organised throughout the year. These include dressage demos, workshops, sponsored rides, summer barbecues and a Christmas carol concert, as well as its very popular annual charity ball, where Members can swap jodhpurs and breeches for ball gowns and black tie. If you want to indulge your passion for horses with like-minded people in a friendly environment, WVS Membership is for you. Sign up now and make 2020 the start of a new way of life!


Eat & Drink Festival Christmas Olympia, 20 - 24 November 2019

T IDEAL HOME SHOW CHRISTMAS Ticketholders will also have access to the Ideal Home Show Christmas co-located with Eat & Drink Festival for no extra charge.

he UK’s favourite indoor Christmas food festival is set to give foodies a taste of the best drinks and cuisines in the country. With independent artisan food producers selling fresh produce and an eclectic selection of the best street food vendors and mixologists on offer, you are bound to have the ultimate festive foodie experience. Award-winning chef Rachel Green, the cocktail connoisseurs of London’s popular hangout, Bunga Bunga and Mr Fogg’s Residence, will offer their top tips and expert advice on perfecting a festive feast. A feast of interactive features to feed the soul. Eat, drink, shop and enjoy yourself across our distinct areas, each with their own unique atmosphere.

Book at www.eatanddrink

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. From Indian to Italian, burgers to bavarois, all of your favourite street food vendors were serving up the most sumptuous selections.

Artisan Producers Market They say a chef is only as good as his ingredients. The Artisan Producers Market allows you to 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. The most exciting Farmers Market means you can continue your Eat & Drink experience at home. The show will not disappoint, you are sure to leave with new foodie ideas, inspiration and a taste for food you never thought you had. For more details visit

The Christmas Kitchen The live demonstration theatre is the community hub of Eat & Drink. Visitors will be able to enjoy watching renowned chefs from some of the countries’ best restaurants and television’s most celebrated chefs bring their unique style of cooking to life. Michelin star Chef Atul Kochhar, drinks expert and TV presenter Olly Smith, popular returning TV chef Rosemary Shrager and TV presenter and food campaigner Rachel Green will offer their top tips and expert advice on perfecting a festive feast.

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Atul Kochhar


SLOANE PLACE CHARMS THE RESIDENTS OF CHELSEA his favourite cuisines so expect modern European dishes with an Asian twist. The menus at Sloane Place celebrate quality ingredients showcased in healthy and simple dishes. For breakfast, guests can enjoy dishes including coconut bircher musli with mango, blueberries, passionfruit and pomegranate, ruby grapefruit salad with compressed cucumber and toasted sunflower seeds and London cured Scottish smoked salmon with scrambled free-range eggs, from Haines Farm Berkshire, and lemon. For dinner guests can tuck into black truffle ravioli with white wine and sage sauce, chicken piccata with parmesan, wild rocket and heritage tomatoes and a lobster and prawn burger with mango-chilli relish and avocado in a brioche bun. Guests can enjoy divine cocktails, premium spirits and a carefully selected wine list in the stunning cocktail bar located on the lower ground floor of Sloane Place. The bespoke interiors and private setting offer the perfect location for guests to sip on their favourite tipple as they catch up with friends or celebrate a special occasion. The hotel also offers guests a luxury spa with an incredible selection of treatments to unwind and relax. From massages and facials to manicures and pedicures there is everything guests could want from an indulgent spa.


he recently opened Sloane Place is the stunning new restaurant and hotel located in the heart of Chelsea. Launched by an incredible team including award winning Executive Chef Bernhard Mayer and Matt Hobbs, former Managing Director of The Groucho Club, the restaurant offers residents delicious food and drink. Sloane Place is also proud to be dog friendly and encourages guests to bring their pooches with them when they dine. Executive Chef Bernhard Mayer will oversee all aspects surrounding the restaurant. During his 30year career Bernhard has worked at Michelin starred restaurants around the world as well as The Savoy and the Four Seasons Park Lane Hotel in London. He has created menus with a focus on

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“Guests can enjoy divine cocktails, premium spirits and a carefully selected wine list in the stunning cocktail bar located on the lower ground floor of Sloane Place�


SPOTLIGHT ON… Howard Birchmore

An Artist is drawn to the light like a moth to a flame, I have tried to express myself in many different forms, styles and mediums almost since childhood, no matter where I am, I cannot resist the challenge to capture the elusive quality of light be it the dawn of a new day or the dazzling reflection off the sea.


The Ocean

Venice may have been painted a thousand times before but few Artists can resist it’s compelling combination of reflection, refraction and faded beauty, it is somewhere we are all drawn to, somewhere we feel we must visit during our lifetime. This compunction is even stronger in an Artist, where to find the most beautiful panorama, at what time of day are the vistas bathed in that turquoise light, where to find a space to sketch and paint in the of maze of canals, backwaters and pathways. When you fly into Venice for the first time you will see the City laid out beneath you, the Terracotta roof tiling, the numerous churches and the many Palaces along the Grand Canal, it is a panorama like no other in the world. My first visit was in April, the light was wonderful and in the early morning the water simply shimmers like a thousand dancing diamonds beneath the dome of the Santa Maria della Salute, later with the sun setting you can capture that Golden light moment so beloved of artists and film makers as the sun drops behind the Salute.

I love to paint “En Plein Air”, that moment when you arrive at the beach, the wind in your hair and the sun with its playful light reflecting and refracting on the sea, challenging you to capture that moment in time. It is what I call “Being there” and there is no other way of living the subject, of course the light can change, the heavens may open and a canvas of any size can become a sail, but those moments, those days out of the ordinary are what makes us all truly feel alive and inspire an Artist to his most soulful work. We are lucky in these islands to have some of the most varied and inspiring coasts and these colour sketches are like experiments along the way to the final work, large canvas works (up to 10ft by 3or4ft) are by necessity completed in the studio and can require specialised transport, 60 by 30 inches is the most popular size but whatever the clients requirements I love the challenge of producing their special reminder of the Ocean.

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“I love to paint “En Plein Air”, that moment when you arrive at the beach, the wind in your hair and the sun with its playful light reflecting and refracting on the sea”

Light and Water A modern look at a traditional vision describes Howard’s work. Time spent in the west of these Islands and abroad has provided variety and depth to his paintings from the wild seas of West Cornwall to the romance of Italy. Howard records intense colour, light and shade and the drama of the Mediterranean has resulted in some of his most evocative works, his paintings are in private collections throughout the world and his work has been exhibited with the Royal Society of Marine Artists. Howards majestic seascapes are in Exhibition at Kendalls Fine Art in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. Plus - Sheldon Fine Art in Newport, Rhode Island, USA No Naked Walls Chertsey, Surrey, UK, Mayne Gallery, Kingsbridge, Devon, UK

Howard Birchmore | tel 0-118 9625656 email -


Celebrate Christmas with Tramp


ondon’s Tramp members club has enjoyed a year of celebrations in preparation for its official, 50th anniversary party on December 17 - but for those hoping to squeeze in a last toast, the iconic venue is offering members a luxurious tasting menu to help see in the new year. The club on Jermyn Street has seen in more new years than any of its competitors and just as its first members celebrated the turn of the decade in 1970, corks will pop and champagne will flow around the tables of the venue’s restaurant and discotheque. The evening will begin with Louis Roederer Brut Premier as guests are invited to take their tables for a seven course menu incorporating Turbot fillet with butter poached langoustines; Beef Wellington served with sauce Périgourdine and Champagne granita. But Tramp’s reputation was not built on fine food alone, and as the final Macaroons are polished off and guests begin to edge towards the dancefloor, it will be the club’s legendary party atmosphere that sweeps the crowd into the year 2020. It is a momentous occasion for the club, not just because it marks the end of their 50th anniversary celebrations, but because the team have been busy ensuring the next half decade is as successful as the last. General Manager, David Fleming says: “Tramp’s history is, without doubt, more celebrated and famous than any other members club in London, if not the world. But as a team, we are keen to look forwards and never rest on our laurels. “Tramp membership is exclusive and much sought after, and we continuously strive to keep it

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that way, with announcements planned for the new year that will make that Gold ‘Tramp’ card even more valuable than it is today. “But our ethos will always remain the same: Great food, great cocktails, great service and a great atmosphere. “And whether it’s your first visit to the club or your fiftieth year as a member, the club is your home from home.” Prospective members may apply at

“It will be the club’s legendary party atmosphere that sweeps the crowd into the year 2020”


New shopping destination:


ICON Outlet at The O2

CON Outlet at The O2 is the newest shopping destination in London with over 60 premium fashion and lifestyle brands with up to 70% off retail prices. Since opening in October 2018, ICON Outlet has welcomed a range of retailers that are complemented by the offering of The O2, the world’s number one entertainment venue, seamlessly integrating retail with music and leisure. British and international superstar brands include; Nike, adidas, Ted Baker, Guess, Calvin Klein, Skechers, Aspinal of London, Cath Kidston, Dune London, G-Star RAW, Gant, GAP, Guess, Hackett, Hobbs London, Jack Wills, Kurt Geiger, Levi’s, Pepe Jeans London, Rolling Luggage, The Cosmetics Company Store, ASICS and its newest opening, New Balance.

Services With the busy shopper in mind, ICON Outlet offers a range of services including free home delivery, free bag drop for those visiting the arena, free gift wrapping during Xmas period, free parking (t’s & c’s apply), late night shopping Thursday, Friday and Saturday and Gift Cards are available.

Showcase Showcase at ICON Outlet delivers sample sales of major labels at up to 80% off RRP. Open ThursdaySunday with access via pre-registration. The first sale was with Superdry and upcoming brands include Helmut Lang, Theory, J Brand, Reiss and Hackett.

The Hour

ICON Outlet is also home to The Hour, a curated wellness programme, designed to help you grow your wellbeing practice. The pop-up space includes a range of classes including guided stretch or flow, HIIT sessions and mindfulness.

O2 Customers O2 customers can get a free glass of bubbles and an additional 20% off with the Priority app. Valid 7pm - 10pm every Thursday and Friday. ICON Outlet is just 15-minutes from central London and served by the Jubilee Line, Thames Clippers and the Emirates Air Line and joins an array of reasons to visit including The O2 arena, which hosts over 200 events a year, Up at The O2, a climbing experience across the famous roof, Cineworld, now London’s largest cinema with 19 screens; Hollywood Bowl; Oxygen Freejumping trampoline park; over 30 bars and restaurants; ‘Mamma Mia! The Party’, an immersive theatrical and dining experience and ABBA: Super Troupers The Exhibition, opening December 2019. 70 NOVEMBER 2019


Inspiration for your ideal Christmas



Returns to Olympia, 20 November 2019 – 24 November 2019

deal Home Show Christmas, sponsored by CLC World Resorts & Hotels, will be bringing festive cheer to Olympia this month. The show will feature more than 600 exhibitors offering inspiring gift ideas and on-trend festive solutions for the home. Shop from hundreds of new brands including The Perfume Shop, Marshall, Maxwell & Williams and KitchenAid as well as returning favourites like Norse, Big Metal London, Sass & Belle, Ginger Ray, Forever England and Culinary Concepts. Discover this season’s must-have toys, gadgets and stocking fillers and this year’s Christmas Decoration section is the ultimate haven of decorated decadence and bespoke decorations from artisan makers and craftsmen. A present for your pooch? Whether it’s spoiling them with a new bed or luxury blanket, a Christmas jumper or festive flavoured chews, visit the dedicated pet section to ensure no one is missed off the family gift list! The Christmas Theatre is a must visit where expert guests will share their tips and tricks live on stage. These include drinks expert and TV presenter Olly Smith, property expert and TV presenter Kunle Barker and renowned British chef Rosemary Shrager. The Good Homes magazine Roomsets will help inspire you to create the ultimate living and dining spaces, showcasing the season’s on-trend colours, as well as festive decoration ideas to give your home a magical feel this Christmas. The Christmas Bandstand, sponsored by Bulb, will sound a lot like Christmas, with a sprinkling of festive music and entertainment. From gospel

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singers to ex-’The Voice’ contestant Roger Samuels and international award-winning women’s a cappella group Vocal Dimension Chorus, there will be something uplifting and festive to get you in the mood for Christmas. The Christmas Carvery Restaurant is the perfect place to refuel with a delicious Christmas lunch. Or take a trip to the sumptuous Champagne Bar to recuperate after all the Christmas shopping with a glass of bubbly. And if you prefer to soak up the festive atmosphere with a pint and a feel-good festive feast, then you can visit the show’s very own British pub The Duke’s Head, sponsored by Britelite Windows. Finally, come and find a calm oasis within the show and treat yourself to some down time, courtesy of London College of Beauty Therapy who will be offering free pamper sessions including manicures, hair braiding and make-up. Additionally, ticketholders will also have access to the Eat & Drink Festival Christmas, which is colocated with the Ideal Home Show Christmas, for no extra charge.

THE DETAILS For more details and to purchase tickets, visit To keep up with the latest news and announcements, follow the Ideal Home Show on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.






iscover the magic of St James’s for the upcoming festive season, with a series of events and delicious treats to get you in the Christmas spirit. On Thursday 14 November, St James’s will be celebrating all things Christmas with a special late night shopping evening and a switch-on of the Christmas lights. The dazzling Christmas display will form a warm canopy of light above the streets of St James’s with a series of dramatic, large-scale spirit figures, lit from within with twinkling spotlights, each soaring above the visitors to Jermyn Street, Regent Street St James’s, and St James’s Market. In celebration, the entire length of Jermyn Street will be pedestrianised from 5pm for an evening of live music, delicious food, street entertainment and exclusive offers to enjoy along the way. Jermyn Street is an air of elegance, class and distinction - known for over 300 years as the home to some of London’s finest and most prestigious men’s tailors, shirt makers , hatters, shoe and boot makers. It is renowned throughout the world for offering a wide range for gentlemen of all ages and tastes. Ladies can also find exquisite clothing in many stores too. With multiple stores staying open late with offers, activities and gifts, St James’s is the perfect place to start your Christmas shopping. To finish off the evening head to one of the distinctive restaurants or bars who will be offering festive menus and drinks especially for the season. Everything one would expect of the street synonymous with British style, luxury and service. For more information about Jermyn Street visit

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the Christopher Wharton GOLDSMITH

Christmas Gift guide

Image: The Fusion Collection by Georg Jensen

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Hairy Viking Sterling Silver cufflinks With black spinel helmet, white enamel horns and ruby eyes by Deakin & Francis £935

Christmas Collection Gold/ Ice blue 2019 Bell Ball Heart Gift Set By Georg Jensen £60

Astley Clarke Friendship Bracelets Stack and Layer for a Truly Personal Style. From £95.

Raymond Weil Freelancer Jimi Hendrix Limited Edition Chronograph Only 500 pieces worldwide £2,795

Black Rhodium Plate and Rose Gold Plate Mechanical Shotgun Cufflinks By Deakin & Francis £315

Fine royal blue Ceylon sapphire and diamond rings By Christopher Wharton From £2500

18ct white gold diamond ear studs By Christopher Wharton From £695

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18ct White Gold Diamond Tennis Bracelet. Game, Set and Match; never fails to win! Prices from £1,980.

Breitling Premier B01 42mm Special “Norton” Edition Chronograph £6,700

Sterling Silver Offspring Diamond Earrings By Georg Jensen £525.00

Sterling Silver and 18ct Rose Gold Offspring Pendant By Georg Jensen £230

Sterling Silver Mercy Hinged Bangle By Georg Jensen £450

Sterling Silver Mercy Large Pendant By Georg Jensen £235

Fusion 18ct White Gold Pavé Diamond Earhoop £1,650

Fusion Open 18ct White Gold Pavé Diamond Pendant £1,700

18ct White Gold Multi Sapphire & Diamond Flower Style Stud Earrings £525

18ct White Gold Multi Sapphire & Diamond Flower Pendant £650

18ct White Gold Multi Sapphire & Diamond Flower Style Ring £595

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New Watches for a New Decade

Christopher Wharton offers the best of this seasons models at special prices this Christmas in his St Albans showroom


he demand for a more individual, customised look in luxury timepieces leaps forward into the new millennium ‘20’s, but at the same time harks back to previous eras of bold inventiveness and creativity. Breitling have created some beautiful retro models this year starting with a design partnership between themselves and the iconic British motorcycle brand Norton.

Freelancer Jimi Hendrix™ Limited Edition Mechanical Chronograph Movement 42mm £2,795

Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Norton £6,700

Continuing the nostalgic theme, Raymond Weil have released their latest Musical Icons collaboration with the Jimi Hendrix Freelancer limited edition chronograph. With only 500 pieces worldwide this is sure to be a highly collectible timepiece. There are many detail references on the dial and case that celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock and Jimi’s famous performance and the tie-dye coloured special box make it a very special gift for any fan.

The top of the range Premier Norton chronograph has a modest 42mm case but inside is their most powerful engine – the bespoke calibre B01 with 70 hour power reserve. As with any engine, reliability is key and Breitling are so confident with this movement they offer a long 5 year warranty. 80 NOVEMBER 2019

“Continuing the nostalgic theme, Raymond Weil have released their latest Musical Icons collaboration with the Jimi Hendrix Freelancer limited edition chronograph”

There are some very special women’s references as well from both brands. Raymond Weil have unveiled one of their most iconic lines – Parsifal. Named after Richard Wagner’s last opera and first launched in the early 90’s it quickly gained a loyal following for its ergonomic fit and understated luxury. Today the women’s model is available in a 30mm case size and as this is a musical theme, just for the sake of harmony (and Christmas!), there is a men’s version at 41mm. Breitling have a very different ethos and prefer to focus on action and sports and hence their womens watches are that little bit bolder. However that doesn’t stop them offering something for every occasion. From popping colour watersports models to luxurious diamonds and Mother-of Pearl beauties. Perfect for the Christmas hoilday break their Superocean range will travel with you anywhere , including those azure seas.

“For that luxury winter cruise there are sleek, streamlined models from the Premier and Galactic collections” Parsifal Ladies Quartz Classic Two-Tone 56 Diamond Dial Watch, 30mm £1,695 and Parsifal Men’s Quartz Classic White Dial Bracelet Watch, 41mm £1,395 Premier Automatic Day & Date 40 £3,900 ANDNavitimer Automatic 38, £3,350

THE DETAILS No. 1-2 George Street St. Albans Hertfordshire AL3 4ER Tel: 01727 859 489 Email: showroom@

Superocean II 36 £2,760.00 and Conservacy Limited Edition £4,880

Opening Hours Monday to Saturday 09.30 to 17.30

Alternatively, perhaps for that luxury winter cruise there are sleek , streamlined models from the Premier and Galactic collections that provide that extra touch of sophistication. For exclusive discounted prices across all our ranges of watches please mention that you’ve read this article. NOVEMBER 2019 81


Christmas at Kew 2019 Brand new trail to illuminate the magnificent Treetop Walkway and Temperate House 20 November 2019 –5 January 2020 In another mirroring of nature, Australian studio Mandylights brings Vines to the trail. A 30-metrelong promenade of LED vines that visitors can walk through, touch and interact with, each vine houses up to 8,000 individual colour-changing pixels, making for an otherworldly immersive experience. Throughout the trail, Kew’s own natural splendours will feature prominently, highlighting the beauty of nature, and the importance of plants in all our lives. Trees along the route will be illuminated from different angles, allowing visitors to admire their striking winter forms. Branches will be wrapped with tiny blossom shaped lights to create a sparkling cherry tree walkway.

The grand finale…


his winter, more twinkling and fantastical than ever before, Christmas at Kew returns, inviting visitors to experience the night time beauty of a new trail, illuminated by over one million lights. The route will include some incredible showstoppers, such as the recently restored Temperate House – the largest surviving Victorian glasshouse in the world – which will form the canvas for a kaleidoscopic laser show. Visitors can expect bursts of colour and enchanting optics with a feast of art, light and music at every turn.

Myths and magic… French creative Studio Pitaya is bringing Bifröst to Christmas at Kew, drawing inspiration from the bridge of light in Norse mythology. Set at the beginning of the trail, visitors can wander through a tunnel of 20 light arcades, the hypnotic animations bringing them through to the magical landscape beyond. Australian studio Mandylights returns with Will o’ the Wisps. The installation sees thousands of pixel mapped ‘wisp’ forms perform in different ways to reflect their diverse origins - from devilish displays of red mischief, to soft glowing orbs, to explosions of vibrant colour. Visitors can also meander through a Fire Garden with enchanted ruby and emerald flames, as pyrotechnic artist Mike Jones brings his spellbinding work to Kew.

A tumbling waterfall and forest of vines… The centrepiece of this year’s event, Brighton-based ITHACA will bring Waterfalls to Kew’s arboretum. With four spiralling columns of light cascading from the Treetop Walkway in the canopy above, the mesmerising display will captivate visitors with dazzling reflections and a ‘Sea of Light’ at their feet.

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The renowned Palm House finale will feature festive projections playing across a giant screen of water in the centre of the lake, and across the iconic glasshouse itself.

Extra features – Father Christmas, and the chance to try Kew’s new restaurant… Father Christmas and the chance to try Kew’s beautiful new Pavilion Bar and Grill. Visitors can find Santa and his helpers on the Temperate House steps and a mini food village complete with fairground rides will be a perfect stop-off point for little ones. New for this year, street food favourite KERB will bring a delectable variety of local and independent traders to the trail, including awardwinning barbeque masters Prairie Fire BBQ, and indulgent cheese toasties by Meltsmiths. Visitors can treat themselves to something sweet in the shape of churros or festive chocolate-orange brownies from La Churreria and SE Cakery, and to ensure visitors stay warm, the KERB bar will offer mulled wine and spiced rum cocktails, as well as other refreshments. For more details and to purchase tickets visit: Advance booking only. Under 4s free. Book a timed ticket, entry every 20 minutes from 5pm. Last entry 8pm.

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For creations to take you into a fantasy land… The Christmas Tree Below: The Christmas Tree, Limited Edition

Advent Calendar


his season Pierre Marcolini takes us to an imaginary Lapland village to celebrate Christmas and bring in the New Year in style. Vast snowy landscapes, forests of marvellous pines, delightful animals adorned with bells… the magic of Christmas shines through. The collection bears the hallmark of Pierre’s unique skill for which he is renowned, as well as using exceptional raw ingredients: signature chocolate from Ecuador and Cameroon, hazelnuts from Piedmont, pistachios from Iran, vanilla from Madagascar and Tahiti… these will be the flavours of an unforgettable Christmas.

Carillon Gourmand – The Christmas Tree A majestic masterpiece for large dinner parties… made of the Maison’s signature chocolate, decorated with six praline bells, placed on a two-drawer box with a 36 piece combination of praline bells and an assortment of truffles to enjoy well into the New Year. Dimensions: 20.5 x 19.5 x 34.5cm. Price: £129.00

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Christmas Box Selection Below: The Christmas Cake

festivities this year! The 1 metre high masterpiece is decorated with glistening bells and beautifully finished down to the last detail. Limited edition. Made to order. £1000.00

A Winter’s Tale – The Christmas Cake Pierre Marcolini’s delectable cake will be the showstopper of your Christmas dinner table. In the form of a crown, this spectacular cake is decorated with a dreamlike village made of milk chocolate, combining a very light texture with intense chocolate tones. A light chocolate mousse sits on a layer of Black Forest biscuit and is covered with a cashew nut crisp, mixed with sunflower and pumpkin seeds. At the centre is a Tahitian vanilla crème brûlée. A coat of the Maison’s Cameroon dark chocolate completes the piece. Christmas cake for 6 people. £49.00

“Pierre Marcolini’s delectable cake will be the showstopper of your Christmas dinner table” THE DETAILS Giant Snow Globe Advent Calendar Have a magical countdown with this calendar reinvented as an oversized snow globe depicting a fabulous winter landscape. Each day discover Pierre Marcolini’s iconic chocolates in a 24 piece box election designed for all chocolate lovers, young and old. £49.00

Chocolate Box Selection Praline Bells - 18 bells £19.90 and 36 Bells £39.00 Praline Presents - Individual £3.00 and 6 presents £20.00 Rare Whiskies and Rums - box of 18 £25.00 and box of 36 £49.00

Available at: Pierre Marcolini, 37 Marylebone High Street, W1U 4EQ Counters in Selfridges and Harrods. Online at Twitter/ Instagram @pierremarcolini


Festive Stays at Royal Lancaster London


s Michael Bublé would sing, “it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”. Make sure you plan a luxurious Christmas with loved ones with a stay at the magical Royal Lancaster London, perfectly located in the centre of London. Take a stroll through the beautiful Hyde Park to the Royal Albert Hall for a festive show, or experience the magic of Winter Wonderland, before returning to the warmth and sparkle of a hotel that makes Christmas its own. Step through the revolving doors into a stunning gold and white marble lobby featuring a spectacular 21ft Nordmann Fir Christmas tree, alongside elegant decorations throughout the hotel, which will be unveiled on the morning of 1 December 2019. With rooms starting at £259 per night, the Winter Wonderland package enables you to experience a luxurious stay with guaranteed early check-in at midday and late check out at 3pm, a delicious buffet breakfast, a surprise festive gift on arrival, and fluffy Paddington Bear for the little ones. The package is available from 21 November 2019 to 5 January 2020. For the ultimate family getaway, the interconnecting rooms are perfect for a spacious stay. Enjoy 50% off the second bedroom when booked at the same time. The hotel’s convenient location just a stroll away from Winter Wonderland, above Lancaster Gate Tube Station – will whisk you to the sparkling lights of Oxford and Bond Street. After a day of shopping for Christmas presents, head back to the hotel for some delicious food. Relax in the elegant Park Restaurant, which overlooks Hyde Park and the 86 NOVEMBER 2019

Italian Gardens and enjoy a Festive Afternoon Tea with delicious sandwiches, warm bakes scones, and deliciously sweet cakes and delights. Priced at £39 per person, or £45-£49 per person including a glass of Champagne or Rosé Champagne. Guests can also indulge in the Festive Set Menu at Island Grill, the hotel’s award-winning sustainable restaurant, where they can enjoy carefully curated dishes such as Roasted Longhorn Sirloin and Mint Chocolate Baked Alaska. Priced at £25 per person for two course, or £34 per person for two courses including a glass of Champagne. The restaurant is the perfect setting to come together with friends and family to celebrate this magical time of year. Countdown to New Year 2020 with a fabulous stay in a beautifully designed guestroom and toast to new beginnings in style. From £559 per room guests will receive a bottle of chilled Champagne on arrival or delivered at 11.30pm to toast in the New Year, a buffet breakfast, a surprise amenity and Paddington Bear for the children, plus a 1pm late check-out. This package is available on 31 December 2019 only. Guests can upgrade to a luxury suite for far-reaching city views to witness the famous London fireworks in style and toast in the new decade in elegant style. The hotel completed an £85 million refurbishment in 2017. The prestigious hotel has been completely transformed both internally and externally in this universal restructure, and is one of the most iconic hotels in the Capital. Royal Lancaster London, Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY. Reservations on 020 7551 6000 or visit


Kids for Kids

Candlelit Christmas Concert Thursday 5th December, 7pm


e are pleased to announce that this year’s Kids for Kids Candlelit Christmas Concert will be hosted by none other than the Absolutely Fabulous Joanna Lumley OBE – Patron of Kids for Kids! Please join us for an evening of Christmas tales, carols and live music in the heart of Belgravia. Joining Joanna, we will welcome Celebrity Guest Readers Miriam Margolyes OBE, Barry Cryer OBE, Timothy West CBE and The Lord Cope of Berkeley PC. World class soprano Natalie Rushdie will join us for the evening as well! Natalie has seen sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, Royal Albert Hall, and the London Coliseum. Also joining us for our Concert we have the choirs of Queen’s Gate School, one of the first all girls’ schools in London founded in 1891, who’s angelic voices will enchant us, whilst the lights of hundreds of candles usher in the Christmas season. Always a favourite, Thames Fanfare Brass will raise the roof under the charismatic leadership of Roy Bilham. The evening ends with mulled wine and mince pies – what else?! We are grateful to our wonderful celebrities and supporters who will come together this Christmas 88 NOVEMBER 2019

Season in an effort to raise much needed funds for Kids for Kids, virtually the only organisation helping the forgotten children in the rural villages of Darfur, Sudan. This year, our concert is raising funds to plant trees in Darfur, a region at the forefront of Global Warming. The desert is creeping south at a rate of three miles a year. By planting trees, we can reforest and stabilise the Desert, give fruit to hungry children and provide shade from the hot desert sun. Any aid we give will be lost unless we address global warming, which we have been doing for the past decade. To date, Kids for Kids has adopted 100 villages, transforming the lives of over 550,000 people. By introducing an integrated package of sustainable grassroots projects identified by the villagers themselves as things they are in need of most, we are helping people out of poverty long term. Projects range from our key project, a goat loan scheme, to training midwives and first aid workers, planting sustainable forests and fruit trees, to installing water pumps in villages so they have clean, fresh water, to building kindergartens.

THE DETAILS St Peter’s Church, Eaton Square, SW1W 9AL Concert 7.00pm followed by Mulled Wine & Mince Pies (included in your ticket) Tickets: Adults £35; Children £15 (Min donation) Book Online Now: candlelitconcert Or by Cheque to ‘Kids for Kids’ at PO BOX 456 Dorking RH4 2WS Please get in touch with any questions:; 07957 206440


Support Veterans this Christmas Monday 9th December 2019, 6.30-8.30pm, St Marylebone Parish Church


ing Edward VII’s Hospital is an independent charitable hospital combining world-leading expertise with impeccable standards of nursing care. Thanks to generous philanthropic support the Hospital is proud to be able to continue their 120 years’ tradition of providing life-changing medical treatment to the men and women who have served this country. Through their ‘Sponsor a Veteran’ campaign, their goal is to increase the number of veterans they help by 40% over the next five years. Why donate to King Edward VII’s Hospital this Christmas? Through their ground-breaking Pain Management Programme (PMP) and Military Grants, the Hospital is able to provide complex surgical procedures to veterans. For many, the treatment they receive is life-changing. “The greatest gift you can give an injured veteran suffering chronic pain is a place on their Pain Management Programme.

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Christmas is a time for family. Most, if not all veteran’s families become their primary carers receiving little or no recognition, respite or relief. By sponsoring a veteran you can resolve many issues related to pain; improve psychological health and eradicate damaging side effects of dependency and overuse of prescription drugs. This leads to a direct and exponential improvement in their family’s welfare and quality of life. ‘Sponsor a Veteran’ this Christmas and give joy and happiness to a veteran and their family.” – Hugh Northam MBE, Pain Management Programme attendee To help the Hospital achieve their target join them, and special guests, at St Marylebone Parish Church on Monday 9th December for Christmas Carols followed by home-made mince pies and mulled wine. All proceeds go towards their Sponsor a Veteran campaign. “This fantastic programme taught me how to manage my pain, and also helped me to start living my life again. Please help support other veterans this Christmas by sponsoring them, so they too can have the wonderful opportunity I had, and help them enjoy this special time of year.” Caroline Beazley – Pain Management Programme attendee

The Details Celebrating Christmas at St Marylebone Parish Church Monday 9th December 2019, 6.30-8.30pm Guest contributors: Sir Derek Jacobi, CBE Jermain Jackman, Winner of The Voice UK Ticket price includes your donation, home-made mince pies and mulled wine and can be purchased on the door from 6pm or visit kingedwardviishospital/255071 where you can also make a donation.

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Introducing the woman that is breaking boundaries, Lojain Omran L ojain Omran is a Middle Eastern TV personality and fashionista that has used her successful career to continually empower women. Lojain is one of the most influential media personalities in the Middle East, ranking number 55 by Forbes on their list of 100 Arabic Celebrities. Lojain being one of five Saudi individuals on the prestigious Forbes list. Before becoming a powerhouse in the media industry, Lojain started her career in the banking sector in the Saudi Holland Bank and then in Citibank. By 2004 Lojain had several of her tv programmes including The Situation with Lojain on Bahraini TV, she was a presenter on Ya Hala on Rotana Khaleejia, Around the World, World of Eve before making her breakout career move by going to Good Morning Arabs on MBC1. As a Saudi woman, making the transition from working in the banking world to a revolutionary media personality was met with mixed reactions with Lojain openly discussing it as a point of reference to continually break boundaries and stereotypes in

“She’s encouraging females to continually push the boundaries to become something great” the Middle East. She is constantly using her voice and exponential social media platform of over 8 million followers to evoke the changes to the mentalities of people in the Middle East towards women. She’s encouraging females to continually push the boundaries to become something great. Lojain uses her own life to inspire women around the world. Despite the stigma and views of society, Lojain from a young age raised her kids as a single mother. Despite the large stigma around a woman being single and divorced within the Middle East she continued to build herself a glamours successful career with the endless support of her family. Against every resistance she continued to persevere and strut through the glass ceilings. Lojain has began to pave the way for her children and women in the Middle East, constantly striving to use her life story to empower women. The Gulf Business listed Lojain on it’s Arab power list, describing her as one of the most popular fashion and beauty influencers positively affecting millennials in the UAE. Loajin’s message to not only Arab young women but to women across the world is that they can be powerful, independent and self reliant. She encourages them to believe that they are strong enough to achieve anything they set their minds to do. Lojain is 92 NOVEMBER 2019

creating the cycle of empowerment; changing the lives of the current generation so they can continue on to help and empower others. Lojain has become a role model and style icon for many Arab girls. Known for her ultra feminine and elegant style, she uses her style as a bold expression of her strength and personality. With many women across the globe following her Instagram for her regular fashion inspirations. Working with an array of global renowned fashion designers, Lojain has made her mark on the middle eastern fashion world, craving out her own signature style. Follow Lojain’s journey on @lojain_omran

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Over 100 Pianos. Largest choice of quality New & Used upright & grand Pianos for London and the Home Counties. All pianos delivered and set up anywhere in the UK. Easy Free Parking – Only 25 miles from London. Showroom open 6 days a week. Well worth a visit. Showroom: 194 Penn Road, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP15 7NU | Tel: 01494 813388


FAME THE MUSICAL THIS CHRISTMAS 21 December 2019 – 26 January 2020 York’s High School For The Performing Arts as they navigate their way through the highs and lows, the romances and the heartbreaks and the ultimate elation of life. This bittersweet but uplifting triumph of a show explores the issues that confront many young people today: prejudice, identity, pride, literacy, sexuality, substance abuse and perseverance. Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre is a fully flexible theatre which also houses a modern state-of-the-art restaurant and a fun, sociable bar space and an open-air terrace. The venue has been created inside the former Fountain Studios by award-winning Troubadour Theatres. Wembley Park is an area that is fast becoming one of London’s most lively new creative districts, with affordable artist studios in addition to the sporting and musical events for which the area is internationally known. *Previous cast


he critically acclaimed 30th Anniversary production of Fame the Musical will play at the newly opened Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, located in the heart of North West London’s new cultural neighbourhood from for a strictly limited time. Based on the 1980 phenomenal pop culture film, Fame - The Musical is the international smash-hit sensation following the lives of students at New

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THE DETAILS Further information on Troubadour Theatres can be found at Tickets are on sale now, from £10-£45 Box Office No: 0844 815 4865 Access bookings: 0333 320 1663 Groups and schools bookings: 0203 701 9370 Running Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes with an interval Recommended for those aged 12+ Performance dates and times vary visit wembley-park Twitter / Instagram / Facebook: @troubadourWPark Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre Fulton Road Wembley Park, HA9 8TS


Awaken your senses at

Meliá White House


eel the soul of London and awaken your senses at Meliá White House. From extraordinary gastronomy to elegantly designed spaces and exclusive services, this iconic hotel in the idyllic area of Regent’s Park is the perfect location for your stay in the capital. With an array of shops, restaurants and attractions on the doorstep, plus international event venues within close proximity, this luxurious property is ideal for you to explore London. There are also superb national and international travel connections, in case you are travelling further afield. Discover The Level Lounge, a chic and bright space reserved only for The Level customers, who can enjoy a full breakfast in the morning, a cup of coffee or tea at any time of the day, or a drink with complimentary tapas in the evening. This distinguished and luxurious spot provides all the warmth of home plus personalised attention that epitomises the Spanish warmth and hospitality that Meliá is famed for. Arado, the brand new culinary heart of the Meliá White House, is now open. Authentic Spanish flavours are reimagined in all of their splendour, transformed with modern culinary techniques. Fresh ingredients of the highest quality are served in a comfortable and welcoming restaurant with a personality of its own. This is a traditionally innovative eatery providing all-day dining and a menu influenced by the traditional flavours

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of the Mediterranean, where traditions and the contemporary combine to create an unforgettable gastronomic experience. The Arado bar is somewhere worth visiting in its own right; a welcoming, warm area that invites you to escape the bustle of the city any time of day, with a delicious cocktail or fresh hot drink. Recently Meliá Hotels International was named as the most sustainable hotel chain in the world – as a company, they aim to contribute to the common good through strong social commitments and corporate values that are rooted in more than sixty years of history. Meliá White House is an extension of this, with the elimination of single-use plastics and introduction of eco-friendly amenities in all rooms working alongside the planet-first attitude of staff.

THE DETAILS For more details, visit Melia White House, Albany Street, London, NW1 3UP 020 7391 3000


Celebrate the festive season with the return of

Hogwarts in the Snow & dinner in the Great Hall


16 November 2019 - 26 January 2020

arry Potter fans are invited to discover the filmmaking secrets behind Christmas in the Wizarding World as Warner Bros. Studio Tour London undergoes a magical makeover for Hogwarts in the Snow. From Saturday 16th November – Sunday 26th January 2020, visitors will have the opportunity to see the Harry Potter film series’ most iconic sets decorated for festive scenes. The Great Hall will be transformed for the Yule Ball, the Gryffindor common room will be dressed for the season and a blanket of filmmaking snow will be meticulously applied to the majestic Hogwarts castle model. This festive season also sees the return of the highly anticipated ‘Dinner in the Great Hall’ events at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. Each night from 9th-11th December, Harry Potter fans can enjoy drinks and canapes before sitting down to a two-course Christmas feast on the truly magical Great Hall set that will be completely transformed for the festive season. Dessert will be served on Platform 9 ¾ next to the original Hogwarts Express locomotive and guests will be free to explore the Studio Tour exclusively after hours. The festive transformation will begin in the Great Hall, where the stage will again be decorated as it was for the iconic Yule Ball. As seen in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the celebration of the Triwizard Tournament saw every detail of the Great Hall covered in shimmering silver, dripping icicles and sparkling snow. Visitors to the Studio Tour will get a taster of this incredible set dress as the top section of the Great Hall will be transformed with snow-covered Christmas trees, icicles and an orchestra of magical instruments that have been painted by the Prop-Making Department to match the silver of the Yule Ball. In addition to the Yule Ball decoration, The Great Hall will be lined with Christmas trees and the long dining tables will be dressed as they were for seasonal feasts at Hogwarts with prop versions of roast turkeys, hams studded with cherries and even

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Christmas puddings surrounded by real flames. As part of the Hogwarts in the Snow feature, many of the iconic sets housed at the Studio Tour will receive a festive makeover. The Gryffindor Common Room and Boys’ Dormitory will be decorated with the original props including handmade Christmas cards, some of which were created by the cast members during production. Fireplaces throughout the Studio Tour (including those in the Leaky Cauldron and Great Hall) will be ‘lit’ with special effects fire, created by John Richardson and the SFX team using a combination of water vapour and lighting effects. The Hogwarts castle model will be transformed with a layer of filmmaking snow. During filming, a member of the crew climbed aboard an elevated work platform and sprinkled the ‘snow’ mixture of granulated paper and grains of salt onto the model by hand with a sieve – like dusting sugar onto a cake. The same process takes place at the Studio Tour every festive season. Visitors will even be able to touch samples of the different types of ‘snow’ used during production, each selected for its ability to float like falling snow, crunch under foot or glisten in the light like ice. Hogwarts in the Snow will run from Saturday 16th November – Sunday 26th January 2020. Tickets must be pre-booked at and cannot be bought at the attraction.

“The festive transformation will begin in the Great Hall, where the stage will again be decorated as it was for the iconic Yule Ball”


Jamie North: Inflection

11 - 17th November. Open Evening: Wednesday 13th November 6-8pm

About the gallery:


enley on Thames based gallery, Informality, is collaborating with Pi Artworks in London to bring the first solo show of renowned Australian sculptor Jamie North to the UK. Indicative of his critically acclaimed sculptures combining blast furnace slag, concrete and blown glass, the exhibition, titled ‘Inflection’ consists of an eroded column encircled by distorted elliptical terraria. These forms play host to living plant species native to the UK.

“The shifted column, Forward Projection, (pictured), teeters on an eroded axis, having slipped its vertical trajectory” The shifted column, Forward Projection, (pictured), teeters on an eroded axis, having slipped its vertical trajectory. The surrounding terraria sit in material contrast, their glassy surfaces indicating numerous past impacts. Together, they present as forms on the edge of a conflicted past and a perilous future. The title, Inflection, refers to a tipping point or the crossing of an ecological threshold resulting in a shift toward a new systemic direction. 100 NOVEMBER 2019

Still, Inflection resists a nihilistic reading. North’s work assuredly underlines a delicate balance at this critical ecological juncture. The assemblages of Hart’s-tongue fern (Asplenium Scolopendrium) and other indigenous UK plant species are reframed as a form of hope for complex life, however tenuous. Implicit is the presentation of opportunity through positive action. Where there is opportunity, there is at least some promise. Jamie North has exhibited widely, including numerous solo exhibitions at Sarah Cottier Gallery: Terraforms (2014), Remainder (2016), and Worlds (2019), and other commercial and institutional galleries throughout Australia. North has also completed many significant sculptural commissions including: Rock Melt (2015), Chasm (2018), and Borrowed Landscape (2019). Internationally, North exhibited in Concrete (2015) at the Tophanei-Amire Cultural Centre in Istanbul, and was a resident in the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore Residences Programme in 2017. Other highlights include exhibiting in the 20th Biennale of Sydney. Work by Jamie North is held in major public collections including, Museum of Old and New (MONA) and the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). The Exhibition is running from 11th November until 17th November at Pi Artworks, 11 Eastcastle Street, London W1W 8EF

Informality, based in Henley on Thames, is a new independent gallery operating in the UK which curates and supports international contemporary artists with a concentration on topics such as the environment and co-existence. Their purpose is to collaborate with artists site specifically. The gallery has a dynamic contemporary programme under this context, to investigate and discuss new ways in which the visual perception of art can be changed by carefully considering art and environment combined. Artists manoeuvre through exploratory mediums such as installation and digital devices, as well as reinterpreting classical mediums. Informality operates with a dedication acting on a concern for the environment by seeking new procedures that can educate our need for sustainability.


Colour, shape, & form “In Sarah’s case, when she hears sound, she simultaneously sees colour, shape, and form”


arah Capps is an artist with an extraordinary story. She has synaesthesia – a rare condition that affects how one processes sensations. In Sarah’s case, when she hears sound, she simultaneously sees colour, shape, and form. As you’d expect, much of her painting is done with the speaker turned up. Her goal is to capture the song and its feeling by sharing her experience of particular instruments, the singer’s voice, and/or a collage that serves as an imprint of the entire song. It’s like trying to hit a moving target. She attempts to convey that movement by using many layers of paint to express the forms she sees within the song, which also allows for greater texture and vibrancy in the final product. Sarah’s process is unique for each painting that she creates, although most of her work to date is abstract and landscapes. All of her work is inspired by music and the local landscape. She loves painting with acrylic, oil, and watercolor in particular. Other mediums she plays with are charcoal, pencil, pen, ink and coloured pencil. She frequently receives commission requests for weddings, anniversaries, proposals, birthdays, and just because! IG @shepaintsmusic

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“Sarah’s process is unique for each painting that she creates, although most of her work to date is abstract and landscapes”


Selfridges: the first department store in the world to unveil its 2019 Christmas displays.

‘A Christmas for Modern Times’ T he theme which in full is entitled: ‘Future Fantasy, a Christmas for Modern Times’ has been unveiled across all its stores - London, Birmingham, Manchester Exchange Square, Manchester Trafford and online at For 2019, Selfridges boldly goes into a futuristic vision of Christmas for its theme - rethinking traditional, beloved festive stories and re-tells tales as old as time, but through a modern lens. This is a next generation Christmas, an interplay of old and new. This year the Oxford Street windows fuse together the perfect balance of a futuristic vision and the magic of Christmas and fairy tales. Each window is either an symbolic representation of a well-known fairy tale or features one particular iconic element from one of them, but reimagined through a modern lens contrasting with a futuristic aesthetic treatment and a softer magical narrative. Selfridges London’s biggest triple-sided window at the corner of Oxford Street and Orchard Street showcases the feast of Christmas from the Selfridges Food Hall, featuring a magical shipwrecked feast amongst the waves, with giant magical moon and moving boat and oars. • Over 85,000 Christmas baubles, with many reused from existing displays are hung across the stores’ balconies and ceilings. • Snow globes across all stores each contain over 40kg of biodegradable confetti • 13,000 paper decorations hung across the stores’ ceilings • A giant 1.5 tonne, 13 meter high mirrored Christmas tree hangs in the Oxford street store’s central atrium – it will come alive through a dazzling lighting show projected on its surface • Over 100 metres electric cabling was used to install the handrail atrium decoration framing the giant Christmas tree • Over 100 bespoke mirrored Christmas trees in

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London alone • Over 15,000 metres of LED lights decorate the dense spruce foliage and handrails inside and outside the London store *Above figures are across London, Manchester and Birmingham stores unless specified Harry Gordon Selfridge was the first retailer to use window displays to tell visual stories using products. Up until then products were used as the sole focus in a ‘pile-them-high’ style that was customary at the time. His first display – when the store opened for the first time on 15 March 1909 – was based on renaissance paintings by Watteau and Fragonard. Christmas displays have always been of huge importance to Selfridges – all window displays are created in-house in collaboration with industry specialists across the worlds of design, fashion, architecture, technology, lighting, prop making and theatre. Everything is made bespoke for Selfridges and often (in the case of visual merchandising) created in-situ.


Dive into WUTOPIA this Christmas 2-8 December 2019


ooking for an alternative shopping destination this Christmas but still with a central vibe? Then head to Neal Street in the heart of Covent Garden (2-8 December 2019) where the WUTOPIA POP-UP beckons. This year The University of Westminster’s Creative Enterprise Centre is bringing eight of its creative entrepreneurs to the high street, providing them with the opportunity to showcase their talents in one of London’s top shopping and cultural destinations. All purchases made will go directly to the exhibiting emerging creative entrepreneurs, and support the growth of their craft & businesses. So what can you expect? Let’s dive into WUTOPIA… Inspirational clothing comes from Manimekala, a fashion brand that doesn’t compromise on aesthetics or ethics. Responsibly handmade to last, their statement clothing and accessories are charming and inspirational (prices from £60). Complementing the ethical vibe, Rescued by Nature’s luxurious, hand poured soy wax candles resonate with scent. With body balms, oils and soaps, for him & her, making the perfect gift box (prices from £10). If you have somebody who loves travel & design, then it’s worth checking out int/roe. Fusing art with apparel, their swimwear (£150 each) is a perfect canvas for emerging artists’ work, whilst men’s jewellery brand, Royale, offers a modern & minimalistic collection. A stunning new Belgravia pendant (£30) is available in either rose gold, yellow gold or silver options.

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But what about those of us who love interiors and pattern we hear you cry? Don’t worry you’ve not been forgotten! Ava’s Canvas is a homeware brand which mixes emotions and resin to stunning effect. Vivid memories such as walking in the woods and dancing barefoot on the beach swirl through each layer of colour (Trays POA). The dreaminess continues with works ‘By Angelica’, whose sky art prints are infused with sweet sunset colours (From £18). Vibrant colour and shape are key in the final two entrepreneur’s work. Working in traditional media such as gouache and acrylic, illustrations flow to the canvas from the brand illoustration, with essences of solitude and quiet meditation throughout (original paintings from £75). In contrast, The Lost Artist’s skateboards, t-shirts and digital prints are inspired by the skate and surf culture- a free way of living with no limits to creativity (Skateboards are made to order). 67 Neal Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9PJ Nearest Tube: Covent Garden

Clockwise from top left: Berlin Photo by The Lost Artist; Fashion from Manimekala; Swimwear from int/roe; ‘Terra’ Resin Tray by Ava’s Canvas; ‘Belgravia’ Pendant by Royale; Black Orchid Candle from Rescued by Nature; Limited Edition Sky art prints – ‘By Angelica’; ‘Reflection’-original painting by illoustration


Selfridges opens Europe’s first FAO Schwarz Flagship in London More than a toy store, FAO Schwarz is a destination of imagination and discovery, showcasing an unrivalled experiential retail experience. Customers – especially children – can expect to be fully engaged with the space and its interactive offerings, such as Build Your Own Race Car, which enables shoppers to customise and build their own remote car from scratch, and My FAO Doll which enables children to acquire their doll through an exclusive immersive experience.

Top toys expected to be the most popular include: Sharper Image monster spinning remote control car, £16 FAO Schwarz Dance on Piano, £60 Discovery Planeterium, £25 FAO Schwarz plush giraffe 48 inch, £300


urope’s first FAO Schwarz flagship destination has opened at the Selfridges London Oxford Street store. It is the first time America’s oldest and most prestigious toy retailer has ventured into Europe on such scale in its 157-year history. At over 22,000 sq. ft, FAO Schwarz at Selfridges is the second largest FAO Schwarz destination after the Beijing store. The London outpost at Selfridges features the FAO Schwarz toy line - exclusive to Selfridges - as well as a comprehensive selection of products to satisfy all ages, from pre-school to early teens, catering for all tastes and genders. FAO Schwarz at Selfridges will also house two new collections from the brand - Discovery #Mindblown, a learning-focused science and technology collection, as well as Sharper Image, a design and innovation driven robotics, remote control car and laser line. The store will also offer the widest range of dolls, plush toys, kids tech, magnets, souvenirs and automotive toys as well as ranges from brands including Playmobil, Lego, Steiff, Bunnies By The Bay, Schleich and Build-a-Bear. At launch, well over 2,000 product lines will be on offer, backed by over 130,000 units of stock.

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Jellycat plush, from £15 Elsa feature doll, £40 Lego, from £5 L.O.L Glamper, £100 Owleez, £50

Additional play and exploration experiences include FAO’s iconic Rocket Ship, Clock Tower and, of course, FAO Schwarz’s famous dance-on piano. Piano dancers will be on hand to teach customers of all ages and skill levels how to simultaneously dance and play songs . FAO Schwarz’s hand-selected toy ambassadors and product demonstrators are also on hand to provide a world-class shopping experience with showmanship, thoroughly supporting the whimsical and theatrical wonderment FAO has always been known for. FAO Schwarz is the premiere global brand in toys and today it is certainly the most dynamic experience and customer driven within its field,” said Martyn Stroud, Director of Home and Toys at Selfridges. “We are thrilled to bring the wonder, excitement, and passion for toys at the heart of FAO Schwarz and offer them to our customers. The pairing of our brands, both originated by American founders and steeped in a shared sense of showmanship and outstanding customer service is a perfect fit.”

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Jo Brand, Jon Clegg and Jason Sutton to star in Richmond Theatre’s 2019 pantomime


7 December 2019 – 5 January 2020

ichmond Theatre have today announced that comedian, writer, actor and presenter Jo Brand will lead the cast of this year’s spectacular family pantomime, Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, alongside returning funny man Jon Clegg with hilarious panto dame Jason Sutton from Saturday 7 December 2019 – Sunday 5 January 2020. Press are invited to attend for review on Thursday 12th December at 7pm. Well-loved comedian, writer, presenter and actress Jo Brand will star as The Wicked Queen. A mainstay on television and the comedy circuit since the mid-80s, Jo has forged a highly successful career in alternative comedy, headlining across the country and regularly appearing on stage and screen. Best known for her Channel 4 show Jo Brand Through the Cakehole, she also co-created and starred in Getting On for the BBC, is a regular guest on QI and Have I Got News For You and is currently the presenter of The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice. In addition to her comedic and presenting work, she has also written four critically acclaimed novels, and two autobiographies; Look Back in Hunger and Can’t Stand Up For Sitting Down. Last year she released her critically-acclaimed book Born Lippy and released the film adaptation of her book The More You Ignore Me, which won the National Film Award for Best Comedy 2019. After his swashbuckling success as Mr Smee in last year’s pantomime Peter Pan, Jon Clegg returns to star as Snow White’s best friend, Muddles in this, his 19th consecutive year in pantomime. The Britain’s Got Talent finalist has been a regular on stages across the country with his unique celebrity impersonations and quick wit. He also appeared on the ITV topical comedy sketch show Newzoids and regularly entertains international audiences performing his one-man comedy and impressions show on cruise ships and hotels across the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. He also starred in the UK tour of award winning musical Forever in Blue Jeans. Jason Sutton, best-known for his award-winning alter ego Miss Jason has been entertaining audiences across the country for over 17 years. Aside from his cabaret work Jason’s television credits include The Weakest Link, Come Dine with Me, Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is and Sky1’s ChockyWocky-Do-Dah. On stage Jason also received rave reviews for his leading role of Terri in Peter Nichols’ Privates on Parade and starred in The Boys in the Band, directed by Christopher Biggins. Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs marks Jason’s third pantomime for Qdos Entertainment, having previously starred as Nurse Nancy alongside Jessie

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Wallace in Bromley and Brendan Cole in High Wycombe. Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs will be lavishly brought to life in a production packed full of magical mirrors, seven friendly dwarfs, an abundance of comedy, and sensational song and dance routines from producers Qdos Entertainment, the team behind the annual must-see production for the last two years. Jonathan Kiley, Casting Director for Qdos Entertainment said: “A theatre as iconic as Richmond really deserves the best casting so we are thrilled to have secured Jo Brand to star as the ultimate Wicked Queen. Not only will her deadpan humour make for a very different villain, it will have audiences in stitches, and coupled with the wonderful Jon and Jason, this year’s show will truly be magical.” Richmond Theatre’s Theatre Director Brendan Riding said, “Jo has brought several of her stand up performances to Richmond Theatre over the years and I’m excited to see her as the Wicked Queen this year! With her classic dry wit and no doubt a slice of wickedness, she’s sure to have audiences in hysterics. Jon returns by popular demand and with Richmond newcomer Jason making this one Panto not to be missed!” Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs will run from Saturday 7 December 2019 to Sunday 5 January 2020. Book now to secure the best seats, or you won’t be able to look yourself in the mirror! Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs starring Jo Brand, Jon Clegg and Jason Sutton at Richmond Theatre. Tickets From: £12*

“Jo has brought several of her stand up performances to Richmond Theatre over the years and I’m excited to see her as the Wicked Queen this year! With her classic dry wit and no doubt a slice of wickedness, she’s sure to have audiences in hysterics”


Selfridges to open the world’s first permanent cinema in a department store


elfridges have announced that the opening of their in-store cinema destination in Oxford Street is at the end of November. This will be the first time a department store anywhere in the world is to permanently accommodate such a facility. The cinema destination will be fitted with the latest state-ofthe-art sound and vision technologies to ensure the viewing experience is world-class. Operating all year round – and after the iconic store’s trading hours – the venue will screen current releases, blockbusters and independent films. It will have an entrance within the store as well as direct access from the street. The cinema will have three screens, with capacities of 70, 60 and 30 seats. There will also be the potential to have a private screening in one of the rooms and an underground bar making the Selfridges cinema even more enticing! Films scheduled for the first week of launch include Frozen 2 and Le Mans 66 with Matt Damon and Christian Bale. The Cinema at Selfridges is the result of an exclusive partnership with one of London film fans’ favourite independent boutique cinema, the Olympic Studios, which has much loved locations both in Barnes and Battersea. The Cinema at Selfridges will also feature an exciting food and beverage offer and a priority membership scheme. ‘We are delighted to announce the launch of our very own The Cinema at Selfridges within our London Oxford Street store later this year. For us this is a very exciting, yet natural extension to what Selfridges does, which is to provide customers with an extraordinary experience all year round.’ Simon Forster, Managing Director Registration to be among the first to access The Cinema at Selfridges booking page when it opens is now live at The Cinema is the latest phase of a £300 million investment to attract even more shoppers into London’s second largest department store.

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Personalised Antique Maps A

British Made, Thoughtfully Gifted… Introducing Atlas & I – The ‘go to’ online marketplace for location based gifts.

tlas & I is a bespoke gift company which marries the unique beauty of antique maps with exquisitely crafted, British made products. Founded in 2014 by Sophie Kirkpatrick, their small all-female team, located in South West London, manage every aspect of the company to ensure each item created is as beautiful and special as the maps and the location they feature. With over 100 products in their collection ranging from pieces of art to kitchen splashbacks, each item is personalised with a reproduction antique map location anywhere in the world. With various map styles and dates to choose from over the past 100 years, the memory of a special place can be immortalised on a cushion or photo album, creating a gift to please even the hardest Christmas gift recipient. Vintage maps and the sentiment they hold is at the core of the business and the foundation of all the products they create. The unique charm of an antique map encapsulates the viewer as they recall past events and memories associated with certain places. Atlas & I’s signature print collection marries the silhouette of a hobby or interest with a relevant location creating a unique and eye catching artwork. Ideal for a husband or brother who is impossible to buy for, they can create a silhouette of his prize car, boat or dog silhouetted against a vintage map of his home. The handcrafted leather collection is outstanding in both quality and beauty, printed and made in their South West London studio. 114 NOVEMBER 2019

Wine coolers and hip flasks are wrapped with a printed leather jacket featuring an antique map of a favourite wine region and become the focal point of any drinks party. New to 2019, Atlas & I’s interior collection consists of lampshades, cushions and placemats, combining the beauty of vintage maps with functional living spaces. At the heart of the business is exceptional customer service and the desire to create lasting memories through exceptionally made pieces which stand the test of time. Whether you want to celebrate the place you call home or a special family holiday, the Atlas & I team is here to help you create the perfect gift. To find out more visit and search our vintage map collection. Email please Call 0208 9442123.


London’s most picturesque christmas market returns. London Bridge City launches

CHRISTMAS BY THE RIVER 26 November 2019 – 5 January 2020 a unique Christmas shopping experience with unbeatable riverside views. New to this year: Voted the best Christmas market to impress a first date1 in the UK, this year’s Christmas by the River is sure to set hearts racing once more with a sophisticated, vintage ski theme. With picture perfect views of some of London’s most iconic landmarks, the ski themed bar at The Scoop, will be the ideal London location to stave off the cold and enjoy a hot toddy. With more live music scheduled for this year, visitors will be transported to elegant snowy peaks of the Alps. Back by popular demand, the six-week event will see festive crafts workshops return to The Pier’s popup winter workshop, visitors will be able to try their hand at a range of arts and crafts from Christmas wreath making to Christmas jumper decorating in support of Save the Children. Further information on the market, workshop calendar and exciting new additions to this year’s event will be revealed soon, so make sure to keep a date in your diary free for a visit!


ollowing on from the success of Summer by the River, London Bridge City is pleased to announce the return of London’s most picturesque festive market, Christmas by the River, which will run from Tuesday 26th November through to Sunday 5th January. Perfect for family and friends, Christmas by The River boasts 70+ stalls alongside the return of a busy schedule of creative workshops, to keep both parents and little ones busy over the Christmas break. The festive stalls will offer a stunning array of boutique gifts and delicious world cuisine, for

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London Bridge City’s Christmas by the River info: Dates: Tuesday 26th November 2019 - Sunday 5th January 2020 Location: London Bridge City, SE1 2DB Nearest Tube: London Bridge Follow London Bridge City on: • Facebook: LondonBridgeCity • Twitter: @LDNBridgeCity • Instagram: LDNBridgeCity





irginia Wolff, Bob Marley and Gandhi are an unexpected mix of residents for any area, but then Bloomsbury has never conformed to the norm. A place renowned for its eclectic mix of writers, intellects, artists and philosophers, today’s Bloomsbury is home to fashionistas, information gatherers, AI specialists, music mixers and many more who occupy the elegant Grade I and Grade II Georgian properties. The Bedford Estates has owned, developed and cared for much of Bloomsbury since 1669. As such, we are deeply committed to the area and its heritage. In partnership with key stakeholders and the community, we work for the improvement of the local area to enhance its many attractions and keep it relevant to the demands that modern day life places on it. We continually refurbish and upgrade our residential and commercial properties to preserve and enhance their historic fabric while ensuring that they are fit for purpose in a 21st century context. This means that we offer the market a distinctive range of shops, offices and homes; all contemporary environments within period properties. It is not only the historic buildings that make Bloomsbury what it is today, but also the abundance of green and open spaces. From the glorious landscapes of Russell Square and Bloomsbury Square to the secluded privacy of Montague Street and Bedford Square, these garden squares provide a feeling of leafy tranquillity that is unique to London. For more information about The Bedford Estates call in and see us at The Bedford Office, 29A Montague Street, WC1 or visit For more information on the gardens, please look out for the forthcoming book Bloomsbury’s Squares and Gardens (spring 2020) published by the Association of Bloomsbury Squares and Gardens 118 NOVEMBER 2019


Invest in quality to protect your property value I

nteresting times in the UK property market, given the uncertainty around Brexit. However, one thing that remains a safe bet is that homes considered ‘best in class’ experience high demand, higher resale value and better return on investment. So anyone building their own prime property would be wise to make quality a priority. There’s no point cutting corners when it comes to building a multi-million pound home, as savvy investors know. The homes built or refurbished by Aspire Luxury Properties certainly bear this out. The company specialises in delivering ultra-high quality results for its clients, perfecting every detail of every build. They’ve been in the industry for over ten years, so understand exactly what it takes to deliver high-end homes that are truly special. This means their properties appreciate well above the average in this sector. Aspire’s homes are an investment, built to last, and to reward their owners for years to come.

What makes a home stand out? So if you’re building or refurbishing your home, how can you make sure your property is ‘best in class’? It all starts with the ‘bones’ of your home. If you build with great proportions – high ceilings, good light, spacious rooms – you can’t go wrong. They say the devil is in the detail, so the quality of the finish is essential. Use the best materials for the job, and the most skilled craftsmen. This isn’t an area on which to economise, because you’ll be the one having to live with substandard results.

Splash out on bespoke To make sure your home has that wow factor, include features that make it feel unique, rather than cookie-cutter. It pays to go bespoke on this, with elements such as a sweeping staircase or a private spa giving a sense of grandeur and luxury. Another aspect of your property to think about is its sustainability. If your running costs 120 NOVEMBER 2019

are disproportionately high, your home’s value may well take a hit. It pays to minimise your carbon footprint with energyefficient lighting and heating, high-grade insulation and even solar panels. Alongside this, the newest smart home technology means you can manage every aspect of your home from a single app, which makes owning a large property so much simpler.

Invest in peace of mind We see many newly-built so-called luxury homes prioritising size over quality, which unfortunately means they can drop in value after a few years. But as Aspire knows, if you build it properly and invest in the best, your investment will result in a beautiful home you know will pay off in the long term. After all, you can’t put a price on peace of mind.

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Gin-gle all the way into yuletide with these Mr Hobbs Gin offerings from Henley on Thames. They have their original traditional gin, two fruit flavoured gin liqueurs, which pair perfectly with prosecco and the party season, as well as the distinctly delectable gin and orange infused ganache truffles. All available at


Personalised Antique Maps by Atlas & I

British Made, Thoughtfully Gifted… Atlas & I is a bespoke gift company which marries the unique beauty of antique maps with exquisitely crafted, British made products. Whether you want to celebrate the place you call home or a special family holiday, the Atlas & I team is here to help you create the perfect gift. 0208 9442123. 122 NOVEMBER 2019

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THE BEST GIFT YOU EVER BOUGHT Looking for something spectacular? The ultimate boys toy experience? Buy a Flight Simulator Voucher to fly a Boeing 737 or 747 or an Airbus A320. 5 times winners of Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence and inducted to their Hall of Fame, you won’t be disappointed. Situated at Coventry Airport CV34FR, see our website or call me on 0800 999 7370 – Captain Chris Rigby”


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CALI LIFE CO. LUXURIOUSLY NATURAL EYEWEAR The latest Wood and Titanium Collections by Cali Life Co. are inspired by the diverse landscapes of California. Rugged coastline meets sophisticated skylines. A societal yearning to return to nature and meet our true selves. Strong, classic designs that are lightweight and comfortable. Polarized/UV400 Lenses, Flexible Spring Hinges. Frames are hand-crafted using natural materials, ready for every adventure. Designed by Artists in California. Use code LONDON35 for 35% OFF @calilifeco

Eva Gems & Jewels

Eva Meijer is the gem stylist behind Eva Gems & Jewels. As a certified gemmologist, gem dealer and jewellery designer, Eva helps her customers discover exquisite, hidden coloured gemstones based on their style and story and offers a bespoke jewellery service. She hunts for the finest coloured gemstones around the world for her customers who require authentic jewellery as unique as they are. Visit to discover your own bespoke piece of jewellery. 124 NOVEMBER 2019

children’s clothes from startsmart Startsmart is a traditional children’s clothing company which provides beautiful garments for every possible occasion. Our clothes range from British made shooting coats and the illusive woollen jumper to gorgeous pinafore dresses, classic long coats and so much more. You would struggle to find such affordable, traditional clothing anywhere else and that is what makes us so special. Our clothes make the perfect gift! 01386 710000 Insta: startsmartclothing FB: Startsmart


Award-winning grooming. Made with natural ingredients Hawkins and Brimble, is a luxury male grooming range, designed with men’s skin and hair in mind, formulated using simple, natural ingredients. Their gift range boasts an impressive collection of grooming giftsets and other high quality gifts, all made in Great Britain, that will be sure to please any man this year. Go to to see the complete gift collection and use the code SANTA for 20% off. Offer ends 31st December 2019. Cannot be used with any other offer on website.



“Robert and Son is now an internationally recognised brand”

14 Robert & Son Beachwear Robert & Son is a family run business inspired by the magic of holidays spent sailing, surfing and hanging out at the beach. Father of two sons, Marc created the business after trying – and failing to find stylish, coordinating father and son shorts at a reasonable price. Robert and Son is now an internationally recognised brand, filling a niche in the men’s swimwear market and satisfying the needs of fathers and sons all over the world in those precious years of bonding. Visit or follow @robertandsonbeachwear on Instagram



Irvine shirts are made for men of character who are stylish enough to have their own signature look and confident enough to wear it. Irvine Shirts is an exclusive manufacturer of beautiful floral shirts. You can wear your shirt to enliven a suit, cheer up your chinos or bring panache to a pair of jeans. You can opt for a subtle floral flourish or a design in full fabulous bloom. 07973 342967 i: @irvineshirts f: @alsfloralshirts NOVEMBER 2019 125




SCOTTISH KNITWEAR FROM THE CROFT HOUSE The Croft House is an exclusive collection of Scottish knitwear and accessories inspired by heritage designs and the landscape of Scotland. From patterned fair isles, gansey sweaters and chunky knits, we have something to suit. Our large range of wool and cashmere gloves, hats, scarves and socks make great stocking fillers. Find the perfect gift for all the family when you browse the full collection online. 01779 838155

Perky Peach Perky Peach is a British activewear brand. All their products are made from recycled plastics and bamboo and are designed to be multi-functional, ideal to take you from a yoga class to a coffee catch up. Their prints are sublimation printed, using less water and electricity than other printing methods. Perky Peach wants to ensure colourful but eco-friendly collections. Visit or follow @perkypeachofficial on Instagram


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KERA PETS “The Ultimate in Affordable Luxury for Modern Dogs” Our fresh contemporary designs are elegant, practical and durable and all made from top quality leathers and include free standard UK delivery on orders over £40. The best dog collars and leads for your best friend – why settle for less?

19 NATURAL SOAPS FROM LUCY BEE Soap bars are back in fashion. Lucy Bee’s Natural Soap Collection (4x150g bars) is an ideal gift, containing: Fragrance Free (GOLD winner, 2019 Free From Skincare Awards); Spearmint, Basil and Clove Exfoliating with Coconut Shell (SILVER); Ylang, Ylang Jasmine and Cedarwood; and Lemon, Tangerine and Cinnamon. Ethical and effective, made using 100% coconut oil, these are palm oil free;voted #1 Ethical Best Buy, by the Ethical Consumer Magazine; certified Vegan, COSMOS Organic and Fair Trade. RRP £31 incl. delivery.

THE ALPACA CLOTHING CO Make Christmas extra special this year by giving the gift of alpaca. Alpaca has many special properties and is the most sought after natural fibre due to its softness, durability and warmth. Alpaca is hypoallergenic and eco- friendly. Shop our range of exquisite items crafted from the exceptional alpaca fibre. Request our free catalogue now, visit us or order online. The Alpaca Clothing Co, Stainton, Penrith, CA11 0ES

Fur scarf £89

“Perfectly imperfect pieces crafted by hand from precious metals”


“Alpaca has many special properties and is the most sought after natural fibre due to its softness, durability and warmth”


Snood £40

Pom Pom Hat £39

Mens sock Box £45

Cape £499

Aktaie Jewellery Aktaie Jewellery offers a range of perfectly imperfect pieces crafted by hand from precious metals and natural gemstones. The collection is frequently updated with unique, one of a kind designs, where nothing detracts from the beauty of the stones. Website: Instagram:@aktaie_jewellery Email:

“Journey through Asia’s single garden oolong teas with this JING gift set”

JING Oolong Gift Set £35

JING GIFT SET Journey through Asia’s single garden oolong teas with this JING gift set of ten loose leaf tea sachets, each containing a perfect single serve. Paired with JING’s One Cup Tea-iere, experience loose leaf tea-making with ease. Visit JING’s new shop at 18-19 St. Christopher’s Place, London W1 or online at


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“They source unique home accessories and decorative objects handmade in Sicily”


ALPACA SOCKS For the most exquisite, soft but hardwearing alpaca socks look no further than Perilla. All socks are yarn dyed and knitted in the UK and have hand-linked toes and range from child sizes to large adult sizes. The 75% baby alpaca walking socks shown are one of the many ranges that are produced to include 90% alpaca bed socks, knee length country socks and ski socks, plain or striped. Bespoke gift box options are available. 01886 853 615



This festive season, to find the perfect gift be inspired by Agata Treasures. They source unique home accessories and decorative objects handmade in Sicily directly from the best artisans. Their offer includes vases, planters, bookends, candle holders, lamps, and table ware. These are refined and sophisticated objects not available on the high street and each one of them has a different fascinating story rooted in the ancient traditions of Sicily. +44 (0) 7449772176


Bolin Webb LUXURY RAZORS Bolin Webb is Britain’s leading maker of contemporary and luxury razors. Raising the bar of innovative grooming design, their award winning X1 Matte razors are hand-built in England and painted to the same exacting standards of famous automotive marques. Distinctive, tactile and available as a set with a matching stand, Bolin Webb shows how design excellence can make the difference to a man’s grooming routine. Sold in some of the most prestigious retailers in the world, the X1 Matte and stand is presented in a signature gift box.

Stardust Necklace Capture the magical sparkle of the stars with our Stardust Necklace. Illuminate your special words in 18K gold plated. Paired with a single disc, choose between deep green or shimmering bronze. Hand-engrave the names of those who feel like magic, special dates or a message that makes you shine. From £129. 128 NOVEMBER 2019


personally perfect gifts


Looking for an extra special gift for the man who has everything? Make their next set of socks personally perfect. Keep it simple with classic initials at the ankle and full name across the toes. Wish him a Merry Christmas or remind Daddy he’s No. 1. The possibilities are endless with this uniquely personal gift. Made to order, priced from £29.99 for 5 pairs. Available from www. or contact Sarah +44 7833330453.



28 MrQuintessential London

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“Individually handcrafted in steel wire, these figures are incredibly expressive and emotive”

These expressive wire sculptures by internationally renowned contemporary artist Rachel Ducker would make the most unique and special Christmas gift. Individually hand-crafted in steel wire, these figures are incredibly expressive and emotive. With a career spanning over twenty years, Rachel has several ranges of work to choose from and has recently added bronze to the collection. To view Rachel’s work, please visit

MrQuintessential London, produces some of the very finest, ethically sourced mens cashmere knitwear from Inner Mongolia. Discover our collection of luxurious cashmere sweaters, with hand stitched detailing. Sumptuous cashmere loungewear, beautiful polo shirts, elegant silk roll necks, and range of accessories. Perfect holiday gift ideas. The Mayfair Roll Neck £250, styled with Portobello Cashmere SweatPants £295. Exclusive 20% discount with the code LIFE. (T&Cs apply. Full Price Merchandise Only)

LUXURY SCENTED CANDLES Taylor Benfield’s luxury scented candles are inspired by travels to beautiful holiday destinations. Choose from captivating scents including Spiced Noir (warming) and Floral & Ginger (botanical). The larger Home Candles make impeccable Christmas gifts for friends and family while the Travel Candles are the perfect stocking filler size. From £12 at

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WIRE WEAVE LAMP FROM DUCK BARN INTERIORS This beautiful wire weave lamp has fairy lights weaved throughout providing a truly sparkling display. It is stylish by day and sophisticated at night. The silver coloured handle and base set off the weaved wire beautifully. We just know that this gorgeous lamp will be a talking point. Use code LIFE20 for 20% off.


Bringing the Sunshine Back at Christmas! Tom & Teddy’s matching beachwear for men and boys makes the perfect father, son and grandson gift. This Australian swimwear brand uses bold prints and bright colours for its quickdrying and UV protective trunks, light and airy polos and ultra-soft Pima cotton t-shirts. All pieces are beautifully crafted and are designed to be worn all day long – to the beach and beyond! Browse the collection at





English Weather Scarves Each and every English Weather scarf begins life as an acrylic on canvas art work, painted in our London studio before being printed in Italy, where there is a long and rich history of textile printing. A marriage between art and fashion, our unusual designs incorporate complex colour palettes rarely seen in fashion textile design. These are uncommon gifts, the like of which you will not find elsewhere. 130 NOVEMBER 2019



An inspired collection of gift and home furnishings combining the new and the nostalgic. For cosy nights in see the fabulously soft lambswool throws woven in the heart of Yorkshire, and for a touch of chalet chic try the snuggly soft cotton fleece blankets from Austria which are both visually striking and tactile. Lovingly hand-crafted lavender gifts plus fun festive felt decorations complete the range making it a one stop shop for that perfect present. Tel: 01628 531555

Sega Toys Homestar Flux Flux is the powerful star projector. Imagine enjoying the sky full of stars while sitting on your sofa. This dream can become reality with the Sega Toys series of home planetariums. Flux is the most powerful and most advanced model available to date. Flux takes an incredibly popular planetarium design and refines it even further. Crafted in a satin black finish, brilliant glass lenses and our brightest LED to date make everything look vibrant and sharp. Buy online £149

36 35 The Red Dog Company Luxury dog beds and accessories, made in Britain, using the finest British materials. The memory foam Mats and Beds, with real wool fleece toppers, were designed in conjunction with a veterinary surgeon to provide optimum comfort and joint support. Like the topper, the beautiful wool outer is hard wearing and machine washable. Mats from £95 and Beds from £230.

LUXURY SCENTED CANDLE Discover a Balance Between Luxury and Eco-Friendly. The Mitzee Collection is a unique range of natural wax candles that fills your room with luxurious scents which are designed to enhance your mood and help take you through your day. Choose from four signature fragrances including Fresh Morning (Lemongrass & Lime), Energize (Sea Salt & Oakmoss), Unwind (Tranquillity Fresh-Floral) and Late Night (Dark Noir Woody-Spice). All candles are beautifully gift wrapped with a personalised card, together with a complimentary Beyond The Candle kit so that once you’ve enjoyed every last minute of your Mitzee Candle you can recycle your glass candle holder and create a miniature herb garden. Email: £35


Bedstretch PillowShelf Bed Extender Everyone needs a bed 5 inches longer than they are. This unique present will revolutionise the way you or your loved one sleeps - it’s the present that keeps giving night after night. Elegant and upholstered, it will extend any divan bed by simply slotting in undetected at the head of the bed with or without a headboard giving you up to 7 foot to stretch out in. Your Bed, Your Bedding but Longer. (4 colours) from £99 -£129.


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GORGEOUS GIFTS FROM Shibumi Shibumi create a range of beautiful outerwear, shawls, dresses and homeware made from their stunning silk and cashmere fabrics which are all designed in their Gloucestershire Showroom. They cater for men and women of all sizes and specialise in classic, flattering cuts that never go out of fashion. Their luxurious cashmere dressing gowns make the most unique gifts, the patterns are stunning and the cashmere is wonderfully soft. Get 10% off by using code LLM10 (online only) To see the full range please go to

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“Garments have extended necks, arm and body length with thumbholes to keep out winter chills”


Snow Finel Ski Wear combines stylish design with functional merino wool to ensure the wearer looks fantastic on and off the slopes. Combine our signature zip colours and eye catching designs to add a splash of colour to an outfit. Garments have extended necks, arm and body length with thumbholes to keep out winter chills. From baselayers to classic ski jumpers Snow Finel will keep you warm all winter. Snow Finel Ski Wear 01962 600333

“Hand made in small batches using soy wax flake blended with the finest fragrance and essential oils available”




LUXURY SCENTED SOY CANDLES Candle maker Little Button’s extensive range of beautiful, individually poured scented soy wax candles will make the perfect gift this Christmas. Hand made in small batches using soy wax flake blended with the finest fragrance and essential oils available. From small travel candles through to exquisite Woodwick Jar candles and curated gift sets, find the ideal gift here... Prices from £8 132 NOVEMBER 2019


copper cups

Drinking water from a copper vessel has amazing health benefits. It is clinically proven to be anti-bacterial, produce collagen and have antioxidant properties. Copper water is widely recommended by health experts. We also set pure precious gemstones onto our water filters and bottles, that mindfully help centre your self. For the best-looking water filters and bottles in the world. Visit us at or follow us on Instagram #mycoppercup

44 “We seek out original, well made products with a timeless aesthetic”


TIMELESS CLASSICS Such & Such is a design store offering a carefully curated collection of homeware and lifestyle goods. We seek out original, well made products with a timeless aesthetic. This year we launched our own range of leather goods. The designs are clean, simple and functional. The leather is vegetable tanned, utilising organic tannins in plants, bark and leaves. The product is then handcrafted by artisans renowned for their craftsmanship. Find out more at or email


BEAUTIFUL BABY GIFTS Beautiful, award winning 100% cotton baby wear with hidden magnetic fasteners instead of poppers. Gentle palettes, piped Peter Pan collars and gorgeous bespoke prints. Loved by parents, nannies and midwives, these babygrows make changing time simple and easy and give you more time for cuddles not struggles. Inspired by a loving British childhood and proudly made in England.

GIFTS BY CHLOE GARDNER Look at Chloe Gardner’s collection of unique and beautifully made products to find gifts that will be loved by all. From wash bags, cushion covers and beautifully boxed homewares to wonderful limited edition prints of her feather made artwork, Chloe’s designs always make people smile. A new set of small edition screen prints bring her renowned feather-made elephant, penguin and whale to life in new colours: silver on black Japanese paper, very bright fluoro pink, blue or green and three popular Farrow & Ball colours.

SKINCARE BOXES BY DESAVERY Desavery has just launched these beautiful gift boxes featuring their line of organic, plant-based products designed to boost your mood and provide incredible skincare. Their bestselling Stellar facial oil absorbs beautifully and is made with nourishing prickly pear seed oil. Their roller remedies use botanical ingredients to help with everything from focus and cognition to improving sleep. They smell divine and are perfect for all skin-types including sensitive skin. For free shipping use code GIFTGUIDE.







“You can have your pillowcases monogrammed, making them a thoughtful and personalised gift”

CORAL BRANCH RING BY LILLY HASTEDT Quite Cute! A Coral branch ring with diamond in 18 carat gold. A great stocking filler which looks great on the index finger and with all your other rings too! From £1,100. Lilly Hastedt 3 Lonsdale Road Notting Hill W11 2BY. T: + 44 (0)20 7221 3344

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For the most exquisite, 100% cotton bedlinen look no further! Whether you prefer an ultra-soft, warm and cosy bed, or crisp hotel-style sheets, Rise & Fall have what you are looking for. Available in classic white and a selection of elegant muted colours. You can have your pillowcases monogrammed, making them a thoughtful and personalised gift. And, a charitable donation is made for every duvet set sold. What’s not to love?


Elevating the Cuba Libre!


Just in time for the holidays, RumJava Artisan Crafted Rums and Coca-Cola Signature Mixers have collaborated to create the perfect bespoke cocktails for the festive season. We have carefully paired our favourite RumJava coffee infused dark rums and Coca-Cola Signature Mixers. Behold RumJava Signature with Coca-Cola Signature Mixers Smoky Notes (as featured on Channel 4 Sunday Brunch), Cacao’Mon with Spicy Notes, and Cinna’Mon Bay with Woody Notes. Give the gift of Holiday Cheer from RumJava and Coca-Cola Signature Mixers at

Galerie Prints Galerie Prints brings you a wealth of beautiful fine art photography to buy easily in store or online. Photography Collections include the Slim Aarons Archive, V&A , Terry O’neill, Norman Parkinson, Michael Putland and many more. From architecture to film & stars and images from sports and nature and with bespoke sizes and frames you’ll find something to enhance your space. Galerie Prints Gallery, 152 Arthur Road, Wimbledon Park, London SW19 8AQ 020 8947 6898 and



ARTISIMO PRINTS A glamorous and gorgeous unique gift for Christmas – a golden high quality print of Marilyn. Starting at just £26 on photographic paper. For many other celebrities and for different papers and print sizes – please visit or email


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Master miniaturists MULVANY & ROGERS have re-created an exquisite interior from Versailles, ready to dress with your own miniature furniture and accessories - or life-size macarons if you prefer! The room, decorated with 22ct gold leaf and hand-cut parquet, is presented in an attractive wooden case which sits on a table or slides into a suitable bookcase. An unusual and utterly unique gift for the Marie Antoinette in your life. Tel: 01225 783611

“Next Generation Sherry to spice up Christmas”

Sherry! Not just for Christmas... but a core part of the festive feast! Our Fino is delicious well chilled, either straight-up as an aperitif or mixed with a good quality tonic or lemonade in a refreshing Spritz. To add some sparkle to proceedings, add our richly spiced Amontillado to your glass of Prosecco (see full recipe at There’s also no better match than “Monti” for roasted meats and The Turkey! XECO sherry wines are made from the Palomino Fino grape variety which produces crisp and refreshing dry wines that are super versatile and very low in sugar. For more cocktail ideas and to stock up for Christmas visit



A GIFT FOR THE GARDEN Created by conservation scientists to help people grow bee and butterfly-friendly wildflowers, this set of three tins is a brilliant gift for wildlife and nature lovers. Each tin contains 20 seed balls made from a mixture of UK wildflower seeds, clay, peat-free compost and chilli powder to naturally protect the seeds from predators. Set covers three square meters or 15 pots - simply scatter on top of soil, and with rain and warm sun the seeds will grow. 100% London made. Twitter @seed_ball NOVEMBER 2019 135





Transfers and Home Video Editing TIMELESS GIFTS FROM RAGGED ROSE Decorate your home with our Ragged Rose Luxury Christmas table linen. These seasonal tablecloths with matching napkins, placemats, runners and more are available in either metallic silver or traditional red on soft white cotton. This beautiful folkloric style embroidery creates a timeless collection to use each Christmas. Save 10% with this discount code LLRRV10 valid till Dec 10th 2019 on full price items. or contact us on

KASTUR JEWELS Jewellery heavily inspired by Rajvi’s (the founder) cultural heritage; historical real life stories; ancient design & technique influences from as far back as the 11th century, recreated with a contemporary take. A % of sales go towards supporting various humanitarian initiatives Currently supporting the use of sustainable sanitary kits for vulnerable young girls in very remote villages across Kenya. 07512 907522


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Have your old cine film, camcorder and VHS tapes transferred into a format that you can watch and enjoy. Wondering what to do with your hours of phone footage? Lemongrove Productions will edit your memories into a beautiful film, to enjoy over Christmas and for years to come. We cut to music of your choice and add titles and effects. Films provided on DVD and in digital format. Transfers from £20. Edits from £250 T: 020 8090 3049 E:

56 40 58 58 “The kids have been watching your film over and over again and so have I! It’s brilliant!” – Katherine, Parsons Green



SKIMONO Beauty Masks

The multi-award winning luxury beauty masks by SKIMONO combine enriched serums with cutting edge mask technology for longer lasting skincare benefits. Inspired by the dressing ritual of the Japanese kimono and designed to help you look and feel your best, SKIMONO’s sheet masks for the face, hands and feet leave your skin deeply moisturised and with a youthful glow. Suitable for all skin types, the masks are ideal as a treat for yourself and make the perfect gift for someone special. Available at niche beauty retailers, and 20% off at with code LIFE20 at checkout. Email:

gorgeous ladieswear Beautiful hand embroidered jackets, tunics and dresses for autumn/winter season.Visit our shop just a stones throw away from Richmond station to view our range of beautiful fur shawls. Ideal for that perfect Christmas gift or just treat yourself.



“London Velvet is a beautifully british brand that specialises in timeless classics”

timeless classics from london velvet

London Velvet is a beautifully british brand that specialises in that specialises in timeless classics that are designed to last you a lifetime. The founders behind London Velvet wanted to create or give their customers the ability to create something completely bespoke and special to them or a friend. London Velvet prides itself on being one of the only companies that can deliver this service in the luxury market at an attainable price point. Nothing is too much hassle. Lets us make your work of art!

“Beautiful collection of ladies luxury Kaftans, dresses and resortwear”

Dazzling gifts she will love from ALINA PETRA


Whether you are planning a tropical vacation or attending holiday parties in the city, we want to make sure you are having the most unforgettable celebration and would love to be a part of your experience. Add a gift of dazzling rubies and diamonds to your holiday season and don’t forget to pack a few new pieces from our swimwear collection for her and him.

62 Genie Plate by Love Dining Do you find that cutlery drops off your plate all too often? Designed with cutlery inserts, the Genie Plate provides a place for your cutlery to sit, either side of a generous square eating area. Ingenious! It’s designed to make your life a little simpler and avoid unnecessary accidents like a stained carpet, tablecloth or sofa. It’s more than just practical, however. Made from high quality white porcelain china, its sleek curves make it fantastic for dinner parties. Website: Email: NOVEMBER 2019 137



BLUETOOTH SPEAKERS These stylish little pocket bluetooth speakers are not only naturally hand crafted and beautifully designed but provide great sound too! Perfect for travel and a truly unique gift... Made from solid natural America walnut wood and powered by a long-lasting integrated rechargeable battery, this neat little square speaker delivers seriously great sound. Greige Lifestyle Boutique – Chiswick W4 1LD. Take a look at for some wonderful Christmas ideas.



Peseli was founded by Marianna Marolla, fourth generation gemologist and diamond grading graduate. Peseli is handcrafted in 18ct gold, drawing inspiration from the extensive cultural heritage of Corfiot designs and has been created a with a modern and fresh taste incorporating precious stones. This sophisticated collection is based on curvaceous forms, with love and passion for colour and romantic designs.

New Gin Blows Raspberries At The Competition With All-Natural, Farm-Made Raspberry Gin, Handcrafted Using Hedgerow Fruits New Warner’s Raspberry Gin is the perfect addition to your festive celebrations. Made from one third pure raspberry and blackberry juice, and handpicked, farm-grown elderflowers, this gin transports you straight to the rolling fields of the Northamptonshire countryside. You can purchase this deliciously vibrant gin via Tesco, Waitrose, M&S or online at this autumn, to enjoy at home over the festive season. Better still, your love for this Raspberry Gin will help support Britain’s precious hedgerow species, as 25p from each bottle is donated to the PTES. Price: £38 RRP products/raspberry-gin

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64 Fairfax and Favor The Regina Mahogany Leather Boot The Fairfax and Favor Regina boot features a 6cm elasticated stretch panel to achieve the perfect tailored fit. A memory foam insole compliments a leather/rubber composite sole for improved longevity and ultimate comfort. Dressed up or down, the Regina is a true Fairfax & Favor signature to suit any occasion. The Regina is available in many colours of both suede and leather, with or without a 5cm Cuban heel.

“Dressed up or down, the Regina is a true Fairfax & Favor signature to suit any occasion”


“Tribe All” is a street art apparel T-shirt company by artist Angela Thouless. Starting in early 2019 the aim is to make unisex urban wear at a price that is affordable to all. All images are based on original paintings motivated by my love of street art and culture. Inspired by tribal gods and ritual masks whose non-naturalistic, highly stylised forms embody powerful, highly expressive imagery. It’s objective is to represent All Tribes.

What’s your Tribe? Facebook @For.All.Tribes Instagram @tribe_all_tees Email


SCHOOLS GUIDE – The finest independent schools in the UK – im a g e : S A I N T CH R I S T I NA ’ S S CHOO L

Extending to GCSE from 2020, starting with entry into Year 9


Steering the stress free path to senior school

David Bradbury, Headmaster of Portland Place, on the benefits of a tailored approach…


t this time of year, many 10 and 11 year olds are about to ‘get their heads down’ in preparation for SATS and entrance exams. In contrast, as Headmaster of Portland Place, I feel immensely fortunate to be preparing our students for a year of exploration, development and discovery. I am particularly struck by the curriculum ‘narrowing’ which can take place during this year, at a time when these young minds are thirsty for knowledge and experience. With small class sizes, Portland Place School offers a unique, individually-tailored curriculum to support, consolidate and stretch every learner. We are committed to developing a growth mindset attitude amongst our students where learning is challenging, fun and effort is rewarded. Our teachers can be guided by the interests of individual pupils and are able to spend time with each pupil to inspire, address misconceptions and maximise their achievements. Rather than simply teaching to the ‘test’, we ensure that your child has as many opportunities and experiences as possible. Our commitment to creative learning is unswerving. Year 6 students flourish in a relaxed and happy

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“With small class sizes, Portland Place School offers a unique, individuallytailored curriculum”

environment, underpinned by highly qualified teachers and excellent facilities. Students are assessed at key points in the year with a rigorous but light-touch approach to assessments and our data shows that students make excellent progress from their starting points and are ready to fly when they make the seamless transition to the senior school. Being in the heart of London, we use everything the city has on offer to support and extend our learning. So if we’re doing geometry in Maths you’ll find us up the BT Tower measuring the angles of London, making pizza at Pizza Express to extend our Italian vocabulary and undertaking close observations of Darwin’s finches at the Natural History Museum to understand evolution. These are just a few places that you’ll find us learning as well as taking our daily exercise in Regent’s Park where we have access to excellent sports facilities. Portland Place students are happy and inspired in their learning because we guide them to be autonomous in pursuing their individual interests as well as understanding that they are part of a community. Our aim is to develop their sense of self competence and through the diverse opportunities and experiences on offer, to blossom and flourish into curious and happy young people with a thirst for learning. Portland Place School, 56–58 Portland Place, London W1B 1NJ 020 7307 8700


Brighter boys

Huw May,

Head of Eaton House Belgravia, says active learning is one of the best ways to engage younger boys catching newts, fish, snails and other fascinating creatures while pond dipping at the Wetland Centre in Barnes. By its nature, art is an active subject, and in the last year, examples of our projects included elaborate gold pharaonic masks, an Oscar Night ‘abstract’ that involved splattering paint on a gold statuette picture and tube travel posters of Covent Garden, Westminster and Wimbledon. As a result of all these activities, we have a school buzzing with intellectual and creative energy. There is truly never a dull moment! If you would like to learn more about Eaton House Belgravia, please contact Sam Feilding, Head of Admissions, on 0203 917 5050 or email Below: Mr Huw May, Headmaster, Eaton House Belgravia Bottom: Eaton House Belgravia boys in class


t Eaton House Belgravia, which is a single sex boys’ school educating boys from 4-11, we believe that boys learn better when they roll their sleeves up, evaluate, get excited and sometimes make lots of noise! We try to make lessons as active as possible for our 4-8 year-olds. As an example, they enjoy learning maths with a variety of techniques, one of which is ‘Bee-Bot’ yellow bugs that track across the room. They love the games and races involved and they find they love maths too. Eaton House Belgravia Pre-Prep is non-selective at 4, yet we get some of the highest 7+ and 8+ results in London, with 49% of our pupils from 2010-2019 accepting offers to Westminster Under, St Paul’s Juniors, Westminster Cathedral Choir and Sussex House, amongst many other fine schools. We think that experiments can be a wonderful way of getting the boys engaged in lessons, so they might find themselves learning about capacity in a fun way with balls, jugs and various receptacles, or ‘feeling’ the velocity of water by holding a real fireman’s hose when the Fire Brigade visits. Themed immersive events are another good way to get boys involved. We had a wonderful ‘Finding Neverland’ event where the boys were asked to embody the emotions and feelings of characters such as Peter Pan and Captain Hook in J.M. Barrie’s classic book, Peter Pan. Topic work in the field can also be successful in teaching boys if it is active. The Reception children found that there was something truly magical about 148 NOVEMBER 2019

“We think that experiments can be a wonderful way of getting the boys engaged in learning”


A great life, a great beginning. S

aint Christina’s School is a leading coeducational prep school for girls and boys aged 3 – 11 in St John’s Wood. Saint Christina’s is the school of choice for parents who want strong academic achievement, whilst still recognising the importance of developing the whole person and allowing children to flourish in a caring, nurturing environment. Whilst the Catholic ethos permeates throughout all of school life, Saint Christina’s is proud of its rich multicultural heritage, boasting children from many faiths.

“It is an exciting time for Saint Christina’s School as it celebrates its 70th Anniversary this year” The school is located in St John’s Wood, a ‘hidden suburb’ in Central London just a stone’s throw from Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill; these provide unique open spaces in Central London for sports and field trips. An extensive extra-curricular programme including STEM, Latin, Chess Club, Orchestra and a variety of sports clubs give pupils the opportunity to explore their interests, thereby enabling the strongest possible start for all. It is an exciting time for Saint Christina’s School as it celebrates its 70th Anniversary this year. The school’s myriad celebrations have included building and launching its own space craft, filming a full school aerial video, 70 letters to 70 inspirational people, the completion of 70 acts of kindness, 150 NOVEMBER 2019

a new green wall as part of an eco-plan and the launch of a new AI and Robotics STEM initiative. Headteacher Mr Alastair Gloag is an experienced school leader who is passionate about developing and nurturing every child within a culture of ambitious learning and a strong pastoral framework. Prospective parents are encouraged to visit the school for both Open Mornings and private tours, where you will have the opportunity to meet the pupils and see the school in action. Early Years Open Morning, Tuesday 21st January 2020 from 9.15am – 11.00am. Contact the school office on 0207 722 8784 to register your interest. T: 0207 722 8784 E: W: 25 St Edmund’s Terrace, London NW8 7PY


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 152 NOVEMBER 2019

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


North Yorkshire School Sees Most Successful Year To Date


ueen Ethelburga’s Collegiate has been celebrating another successful exam season this summer, capping off a fantastic year for the North Yorkshire school, the College of which was ranked No.1 secondary school in the North of England by The Times Independent Schools Guide, 2019. A Level students in the academically focused College achieved 80% A*/A (92% A*/B) and students in the Faculty, which offers a wide range of academic, creative and vocational courses, achieved 70% A*/A at A Level (93% A*/B) and 82% D*/D in Level 3 BTECs, (equivalent in UCAS university points to A*/A at A Level). The Collegiate has also seen a significant improvement of around 10% on last year’s already great GCSE results, with students in the College achieving 80% 7-9 or A*/A (99% 4-9 or A*/C) and students in the Faculty achieving 37% 7-9 or A*/A (93% 4-9 or A*/C). “I am sure our students are as delighted with these results as we are. They reflect students’ hard work across the board, and the degree to which our staff have inspired and challenged each one of them. “We instil in our students the Hill Standard – “to

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be the best that I can with the gifts that I have”because each of them is unique, special and gifted in their own way. We support this ethos with an innovative and personalised curriculum, extensive co-curricular opportunities and outstanding pastoral care, to help them to grow into resilient, caring and confident young adults who are well equipped for life beyond QE. “As they go on to the next step in their educational journey, our students are our greatest ambassadors.” said Steven Jandrell, Collegiate Principal. The results complete a string of successes this year for the Collegiate, after being awarded the highest grading of ‘Excellent’ across all schools and areas in spring by the ISI, who praised the pupils’ outstanding academic achievements and personal development. QE supports students through four schools: Chapter House (3 months to Year 5), King’s Magna (Year 6 to 9), the College and the Faculty (both Year 10 to 13).

“A Level students in the academically focused College achieved 80% A*/A”


OPTIMUS LAUDUM With ‘Felices Erimus’ as its motto, happiness is at the heart of the philosophy at St John’s Wood Pre-Preparatory School and it works


ducating 3-7 year-old boys and girls in a friendly and caring environment for over 35 years is its strength. Principal & Proprietor Adrian Ellis believes that the excellent ratio of staff to pupils allows each child to reach their full potential. “Of course, together with parents, we look to recognise each child’s unique qualities and particular talents and aim to develop them as fully as possible,” says Mr Ellis. “We want our children to move on to the right schools for them. As a result, St John’s Wood Pre-Preparatory has been since 1982 a ‘feeder’ to many of London’s top preparatory schools, including St Paul’s Juniors, Highgate, South Hampstead High School, University College School and Westminster Under School. “The sense of a whole-school community is evident in this small school, we become an extension of home and family, I hope it feels more like a village school.” adds Mr Ellis. Size

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matters to St John’s Wood Pre-Prep. By limiting its numbers, most children know the rest of their fellow pupils throughout the school – an important element in building confidence and developing social skills.” There is never a time when prospective parents aren’t welcome and there are frequent tours bookable via the website.

Latest Leavers List: The 2018/2019 class received offers from: Bute House, North Bridge House, South Hampstead High School, St Anthony’s for Boys, St Paul’s Juniors, University College School. For more details visit Tel 020 7722 7149 or email St John’s Hall, Lord’s Roundabout, London, NW8 7NE

“We want our children to move on to the right schools for them. As a result, St John’s Wood Pre-Preparatory has been since 1982 a ‘feeder’ to many of London’s top preparatory schools”


The GOLD Standard

Fairley House School, described by the Sunday Times as the ‘Gold Standard’, is London’s leading day school for children with Specific Learning Difficulties

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ddressing the needs of children from the age of six, who require assistance due to dyslexia and dyspraxia, the school has a staff/pupil ratio of 1:3.5 and the average stay at the school is between two to three years. Children then return to mainstream schooling with a new ‘can do’ attitude. Fairley House now offers Key Stage 4. This enables pupils to carry on their education in an environment that ensures that their

needs are fully met. While our intention is to enable your child to re-join mainstream education as quickly as possible, our provision now offers the possibility of remaining in our school to undertake the first major examinations that a pupil will face. Many of our alumni have enjoyed great success at GCSE and A-Level and they have progressed to top universities and have successful careers in a range of professions.


DLD College London Launches Extensive Scholarship Programme L eading independent school, DLD College London has significantly invested in its scholarship provision, launching an unrivalled extended programme. To continue attracting and developing talented students, the Westminster Bridge-based college has enhanced its offering and will now provide a host of appealing Academic, Sport, Music, Art and Drama scholarships, contributing up to 40% discount in tuition fees for UK students. Additionally, in celebration of the college’s upcoming 90th Birthday, a special ‘90 Scholarship’ will be awarded to an outstanding academic candidate who will be studying at the college in 2021, to coincide with the momentous occasion. The invaluable opportunity will provide a substantial 90% discount in tuition fees. Notably, the college introduced the Aysha Frade Scholarship which will now benefit a student wishing to join the college in September 2020. The opportunity equates to an unparalleled 100% fee reduction in tuition fees for a student who would not ordinarily be able to afford to study at the college. Current DLD student, Archie Collins, was awarded the Aysha Frade Scholarship in 2018 and describes studying at the college as, “an entirely unique experience”, stating, “the learning experience at DLD College is not just about the subjects one studies, it is also about the opportunities that a student is given to seek out their own interests. This could be both academic and creative.” DLD College is looking for driven and ambitious students showing talent and potential in a subject area of their choice. Irfan Latif, Principal at DLD College London commented, “We have extended our provision significantly and by offering an extensive range of scholarship opportunities at highly subsidised values, we are enabling local, gifted pupils access to

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first-class facilities and a ‘gold standard’ education in the heart of London.” “At DLD College London we pride ourselves on our vision and fundamental mission of helping students achieve their potential, focusing on each student as an individual. We are delighted to be able to offer these scholarships and to continue enabling students to thrive in a safe and secure learning environment. We look forward to welcoming a variety of applications.” Applications for scholarships are welcomed for September 2020 entry, with a deadline of Thursday 2 January 2020. The college is also offering bursaries assessed on a means tested basis, decided case by case. For those seeking entry to the college in September 2020, the Scholarship Assessment Day will be taking place on Saturday 18th January (9:00am to 12:00pm). For additional information contact DLD College London is a 14-19 independent boarding and day school housed in highly contemporary, purpose-built premises in the heart of London, on 199 Westminster Bridge Road, overlooking the Palace of Westminster and the River Thames. The school offers students the chance to study a wide range and flexible combinations of GCSEs, A-Levels, BTEC courses and International Foundation Programmes (IFP). As part of the Alpha Plus Group, DLD College provides a ‘gold standard’ of educational quality. Classes are small, enabling students and teachers to focus upon the most effective ways of learning and to provide them with the highest levels of pastoral care. The school’s beating heart is its award-winning wellbeing centre. To find out more about DLD College London and to book a visit, go to

“For those seeking entry to the college in September 2020, the Scholarship Assessment Day will be taking place on Saturday 18th January”

Thursdays 09.10-10.40 by appointment with the Registrar Bursaries available

Please come and see for yourself! Call us today for a personal tour, or come along to our next open morning on

Tuesday 11Th February 2020


travel GUIDE

– Heading out of London to explore the rest of the world – im a g e : F L I GH T C E N T R E


Introducing The Luxury Travel Society We caught up with Spencer and Simon, founders of TLTS, to to get their take on the UK travel industry

Hi Guys, how did you get into the travel industry? Simon - I came into the travel industry straight from school, initially working for a software company who supplied an airfares database to the travel industry. They had an in-house travel agency and I soon realised I enjoyed helping people find their perfect holiday far more rewarding than the technology side of the industry and haven’t looked back since. Spencer - I was always obsessed with travel and holidays and knew I wanted a career in the 166 NOVEMBER 2019

industry just didn’t know where to start. A chance conversation with someone led to me to I join a new Lunn Poly store in Fulham in the early 90’s and went from there, I took to sales quite quickly but always had a plan to move into the product and commercial area of the industry, in my head I wanted to get paid to travel and look at hotels and that’s how it turned out to be for a number of years. You must have seen some dramatic changes in that time? Spencer - Yes of course, Lunn Poly were a

Above: Carlisle Bay, Antigua. A resort both Spencer and Simon rate amongst the best family resorts in the Caribbean. Top Right: Vakkaru, Maldives. A favourite with the current clients of the Luxury Travel Society. Right: Rosewood Bangkok, Thailand. One of the most stylish new openings providing a great stopover option before hitting one of the many stunning islands.

“Our demographic of client is generally 34+ who need a break, or some family time and we will look after every facet of that starting from having them or even just their luggage picked up from home and delivered to their room for their arrival”

traditional shop front travel agency mainly dealing with walk in customers, after that I worked through the teletext era which then moved into the web space. From my side its always been a similar process just the distribution and the way people decide to purchase a holiday has changed dramatically. Simon – As Spence said yes, many changes. Having been in travel since the teletext was the preferred media for advertising holidays, the biggest change has been the internet. This changed how companies advertised and how consumers purchased. It’s a bittersweet tool for what once was primarily a service industry, but I now believe that we are almost going full circle, and due to the saturation of online options, people are now preferring to interact personally with a company when they are booking holidays, which is where we come in. How about changes in what people want from a holiday? Simon – It depends on the person, we have some clients who work for themselves and can travel 3

or 4 times a year and do a bit of everything then we have others in high executive positions but ultimately still employees so may have the 25-28 days allowance only. This clientele has changed slightly in that whilst they still need to use this time to relax, they want a bit of an experience with that. People have such long bucket lists now they need to start early. Spencer - The idea of a holiday hasn’t changed much and that is where we specialise. Our demographic of client is generally 34+ who need a break, or some family time and we will look after every facet of that starting from having them or even just their luggage picked up from home and delivered to their room for their arrival. The new generation want more of an experience or a story to tell on social media, they don’t want to sit on a beach and relax they want to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and take a picture of themselves washing an Elephant at the peak.

Spencer Groves led a previous team to 7 British Travel Awards between 2015 and 2018

Are there Elephants on Mount Kilimanjaro? Spencer - Never been but I wouldn’t imagine there were, would be an impressive sight if one was plotted up there though. So how did the Luxury Travel Society come to be? Simon - Myself and Spencer have worked together since the afore mentioned teletext days, and always spoke about one day starting a company. Although this was often excused as chit chat, we eventually took this seriously and with a lot of encouragement from industry peers and the support of our book of long-standing leisure clients we took the plunge. We have combined experience and expertise from different sides of the travel industry, so the Luxury

Simon Eves with his daughter on holiday at Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives

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TOP PICKS South Africa Simon is a big fan of the hotels and safari options here ‘with the rand still pretty low it offers great value’ he said when we met.

Sri Lanka This destination is one of a few that do offer something for everyone. Whether is tours, wildlife, beaches or culture Sri Lanka has it all.

Montenegro Spencer believes that the next 2 years will see Montenegro emerge as a major luxury destination with many big brands now open or due to open.

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Travel Society was born. Spencer – As Simon mentioned we started out together a long time ago and ended up selling worldwide luxury packages which we always tailor made bespoke to the client’s needs. The last 18 years since internet based travel started up has been amazing but we have seen service levels and attention to detail drop, the internet has become a modern day teletext with everyone wanting everything for as low a price as they can get it and this has a detrimental effect on service levels. We decided we wanted to go a bit retro and go back to the personal levels of service that we started out with, the definition of luxury means different things to different people but we have the expertise to pair the right people with the right destinations and hotels.

Any A listers on your books? Simon - We have quite a few well-known people booking with us, but we would never discuss who they are or where they go, we go to great lengths to secure their privacy. Understood, what sets you apart from the rest? Spencer - I would say our product knowledge, whilst we can book anything our clients ask for the hotels on our website have been hand selected based on them having all met the criteria we want. Basically, deluxe hotels offering world class service alongside world class facilities where we have been and can vouch for both. You would find it hard to find as personal a level of service as we offer, we are a small team and we know the numbers of clients we can handle so whilst of course we want

to grow our business we don’t want or need to grow it too much, we know our formula of how many clients we can handle whilst maintaining the highest levels of service. At the end of the day your holiday starts with us and its down to us to give the levels of service we then expect from our chosen hotel partners upon your arrival. Simon - Service, knowledge of the hotels and destinations we sell, and doing that little bit extra to make sure our clients have a memorable holiday. Our clients know they can contact us anytime with queries, even via text on our mobiles, no matter how small the query we will assist. We have vast knowledge not just of the hotels but the destinations, if you want a local restaurant recommended and booked, we will handle this before travel or even whilst the clients are there. Spencer - We are not kid’s anymore; we have 50 years of luxury travel experience between us! In that period, we have forged great relationships with our hotel partners and their people so our clients will always be taken good care of, our reach goes way beyond us and therefore we called it The Luxury Travel Society. It seems a challenging time for the travel industry right now? Simon - There are always challenges for the travel industry. In my time we’ve had to overcome the impact of wars, terrorism, natural disasters and financial crashes, that all impacted the travel industry greatly. These unfortunate circumstances affect many industries, but thankfully the desire to travel embedded in human nature has allowed us to overcome such challenges. Spencer - The industry has to be one of the most tenacious and resilient that there is, people will always need a holiday and I think most look at it as a necessity rather than a luxury, I couldn’t imagine going a year without a break of some sort? The plight of Thomas Cook is a tough one for the industry as they were pretty much the founding fathers of what we do but they had been mismanaged for so long. The ongoing Brexit saga hasn’t really stopped people from travelling but the weak pound has had an impact on certain destinations, the bottom line is people will always need to travel whether it be for business or pleasure.

“We have vast knowledge not just of the hotels but the destinations, if you want a local restaurant recommended and booked, we will handle this before travel or even whilst the clients are there”

switch off and chill then the Maldives is the great spot to leave the world behind but the perfect spot would be somewhere in the Caribbean, I have always been very passionate about the region as I love the laid back vibe of the people and adore the food. Simon and I were at the forefront of the movement to bring Dubai to the masses in the late 90’s, whilst Dubai has changed beyond comprehension in those 20 years it never ceases to amaze me and if you want a bit of the high life with amazing standards and out of this world service then Dubai is a great choice. I was lucky enough to stay in a two bedroom beach villa at the Bvlgari in Dubai recently and hand on heart that has to be the best room product I have ever stayed in, very private and if I am honest it felt like being in the Maldives which is unique amongst the hustle and bustle of Dubai. Visit or contact the team on 0203 538 5564 for further information.

Opposite page: Bvlgari Resort, Dubai. The 2 bed beach suite that Spencer regarded as the best room he has ever stayed in. Right: Heritage Le Telfair, Mauritius. One of the best hotels the Society features for Spa and Golf breaks. Below: Royal Hideaway Corales Suites, Tenerife. As absolutely stunning design and one of Spencer’s favourite spots.

So, where do two guys, who have seemingly been everywhere, go on holiday? Simon - Having two young children, I’m now balancing the requirements of kids with my desire to tick off all the destinations on my bucket list. In the process I am finding destinations that you wouldn’t normally assume to be family friendly suitable for everyone. We’ve enjoyed amazing family holidays to the Maldives, Italian Lakes, Greek Islands and South Africa, which you would normally imagine to be geared towards adults only. Spencer - For me it depends on what I am looking for from that particular break, if I need to NOVEMBER 2019 169


The Maldives: ultimate beach destination T

he Maldives is the ultimate beach destination with exquisite private island resorts encircled by pristine beaches and extraordinarily calm turquoise lagoons. The incredible beauty of the islands is matched by the richness and diversity of the underwater world. There is an astonishing combination of impressive coral walls, schools of brightly coloured tropical fish and remarkable marine life. As well as being an enticing destination in their own right, the Maldives can also form the relaxing heart of a magical twin centre holiday. With convenient connections from a host of regional airports, the futuristic Arabian cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi offer luxury resorts, superlative shopping and high octane thrills, making a wonderful contrast to the peace and tranquillity of the islands. Alternatively it’s just an hour’s flight from Colombo, so combining the rich history, wildlife and scenery of Sri Lanka with the coral fringed beaches of the Maldives couldn’t be simpler.

The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives Experience luxury like no other. Dip your toes in the ocean and spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach - the Maldives is yours to do as you please. This secluded resort is set in the unspoilt Noonu Atoll, boasting powder white sand beaches, a wealth of dining options and a house reef just 150m from the shore. Take your pick from a range of stunning accommodation including breath-taking water villas, 170 NOVEMBER 2019

beach villas, and exclusive retreats. At The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, not only do you get to experience luxury, you get to experience traditional Maldivian culture too. The five bars and eight restaurants serve an extraordinary range of cuisine, from Maldivian grilled seafood at Islanders Grill to sublime French fare at overwater Flavours restaurant.

Olhuveli Beach & Spa Maldives Luxury villas stand over warm turquoise waters, stunning beaches lead to beautiful sea views, and traditional architecture meets modern flair. Olhuveli Beach & Spa Maldives offers picturesque white sand beaches and calm azure waters brimming with exotic marine life. The recent addition of Dream Island, connected by a bridge to the main resort, offers additional accommodation and facilities including a pool, dining options and an overwater spa. The property combines a relaxed atmosphere and a wealth of activities to create an excellent value, all inclusive resort experience, so you can be as active or as relaxed as you want - this time is all yours.

“Luxury villas stand over warm turquoise waters, stunning beaches lead to beautiful sea views, and traditional architecture meets modern flair”


All travel, No worries D

on’t be confused by the name – at Flight Centre we’re about so much more than just flights. In fact, we’ll offer an experience that’s All travel, No worries. Think beach holidays, city breaks, big adventures, business trips and more. We are longhaul, tailor-made holiday specialists, with over 75 stores across the UK… but we’re not your average high street travel agent. We don’t use algorithms and chatbots to plan your itinerary – instead we rely on the expertise of our lovely humans to do the job. These wonderful Travel Consultants have a real can-do attitude. They’re passionate, well-travelled, and are here to get to know you over a cuppa (or two!). In fact, it’s these in-house experts that really make our holidays stand out. They can, and will, go above and beyond to create a trip that’s as unique as you are. They’ll listen to you, finding out your hobbies, likes, dislikes, budget and overall travel style to tailor-make that perfect holiday. Speaking of perfect holidays, we’ve really got your back. We’re ABTA and ATOL protected, offer a 24/7 Emergency Assist service, and have over 23,000 5-star reviews on Trustpilot. All of our tailor-made itineraries include tried and tested accommodation, flights, excursions and, well, anything you fancy really. As part of the Flight Centre Travel Group – one of the largest independent travel agents in the world – our global scale means we have our own people in-destination, sourcing the best products, services and deals, exclusively for you. With these great connections, our Travel Consultants can build a bespoke, authentic travel experience to suit you, so you can really get to know that place you’re desperate to visit. We’ll make recommendations of course, but ultimately where to go and what to see is up to you – tell us your dreams and we’ll make them happen, without the hassle. And, for those who need a little more help on the ground, this is where our dedicated Concierge service – a key part of our tailor-made holiday offering – comes in. Our Concierge team have travelled the planet and know just how to get under the skin of it. After you book, they’ll be on hand to recommend and book the best restaurants, tickets and tours. So what are you waiting for? Pop into your local

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store, chat with the team and we’ll do all the legwork for you! That’s what we mean when we say we’ll tailor-make it easy.


Back to nature

Luke Rix-Standing discovers the perfect mix of green and grey.


ESRI declared the Scottish capital the UK’s most verdant city, with a whopping 49% green coverage, streets ahead (or indeed, behind) second-placed Glasgow.

Vancouver, Canada

Zoom out on Auckland on Google Maps, and you’ll immediately see where it gets its green reputation. Auckland council administers 40,000 hectares of space split between 4,000 parks, pitches and farms, while designated walking trails criss-cross city and region. Though perhaps a bit of a trek for Europeans seeking a bright and breezy city break, New Zealand’s largest city rewards its visitors with more flora and fauna than some forests.

n an increasingly eco-conscious world, smoky, fume-filled cities often get a bad name. The car exhaust, the noise pollution, the grey, concrete brutalism - urban areas can feel claustrophobic, and it’s no wonder so many city-dwellers spend their weekends escaping to the country. But not every metropolis is so tree-free. Here are a few urban jungles that won’t make you choose between nature and culture...

Crowning a king of green cities is a remarkably difficult task (one entirely dependent on how you mark city limits), but whatever your metrics, Vancouver is pretty damn verdant. 1,000-acre Stanley Park is undoubtedly the park de la creme, with lakes, lily ponds, hiking trails, outdoor theatre performances and even a moonlit cinema.

Vienna, Austria Ringed by 12,000 hectares of almost unbroken green belt, Vienna contains 280 imperial parks, and in March 2019, the Mercer Quality of Living Survey named it the world’s most liveable city for the 10th time in a row. For every one of its residents, Vienna contains nearly 100 square metres of green space - an astronomical ratio for a metropolis of 1.8 million souls.

Singapore, Singapore Nicknamed ‘The Garden City’, Singapore spent decades nurturing nature under the watchful gaze of founding father Lee Kuan Yew. He personally planted around 60 trees during his premiership and demanded that city planners create leafy, tree-lined boulevards providing shelter from the glare of the tropical sun. Now local residents are reaping what they’ve sown, and most estimates class Singapore as by far the greenest city in Asia, if not the world.

Edinburgh, Scotland One of the straight-up nicest cities in Europe, and somehow still under-appreciated, Edinburgh’s buildings are so attractive that they sometimes detract from the trees. In 2017, satellite analysis by 174 NOVEMBER 2019

Auckland, New Zealand

Oslo, Norway When 95% of residents live within 300 metres of green space, does Oslo even count as urban? More a built-up park than a green city, estimates suggest that up to two thirds of the Norwegian capital is green in some way, while even the more urban areas are segmented by a network of waterways. Nestled within an amphitheatre of hills, Oslo was recently made the European Commission’s ‘Green Capital’ for 2019.

“1,000-acre Stanley Park is undoubtedly the park de la creme, with lakes, lily ponds, hiking trails, outdoor theatre performances and even a moonlit cinema”


T ravelling L ight Take the burden out of travelling by investing in this light-as-a-feather gear for women, says Sarah Marshall


hen packing for a holiday or an intrepid adventure, it’s always tempting to take as many creature comforts as possible. But a hefty bag can really weigh you down; trundling around with so much stuff can become tiresome after a while, and it’s also bad for your back. Thankfully, there’s now plenty of travel gear on the market designed specifically to be lightweight. These are some of the items which might revolutionise your packing style...

The essential T-shirt icebreaker Women’s Cool-Lite Amplify Short Sleeve Low Crewe, £65, Weight: 126g Suitable for hot and cold conditions, this merino wool T-shirt is also kind to the environment; naturally odour-resistant, it can be washed less frequently, and poses no risk of releasing synthetic microfibres into waterways.

The wonder top Long Sleeve Performance Top, £50, Weight: 330g Opt for multi-tasking clothing if you really want to cut down on luggage weight. This base layer is ideal for cooler climates. Made from DriRelease fabric, it can also be used for active sports; wear it while kayaking or under a wetsuit.

The foldaway footwear Vivobarefoot Primus Lite Women’s Shoe, £110, Weight: Each shoe weighs 164g Not only are they heavy, but shoes also take up valuable luggage space. These comfy trainers solve the problem by folding neatly into a ball. Bend them, squash them - and they still look fine.

The quick-dry solution Microfibre towel, £25, Weight: 250g Suitable for camping or taking to the beach, this quick-dry towel rolls up into a tight bundle. You could even use it on flights as a blanket.

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Luxury in Cornwall

Claire Spreadbury checks


in to Luxury Lodges in Cornwall and discovers the brand’s expansion plans.

s I lie, face down, sniffing in the scent of TempleSpa’s Breath Of Life before having all the stresses and strains massaged out of my shoulders, I conclude all family holidays should be like this. Having time together to make memories is so important, but so too is just a little time out. It’s something Sharon Hurley is very aware of. She set up Luxury Lodges - a collection of resorts throughout the UK (two in Cornwall, one in the Lake District and a new launch coming soon to Wales) - in 2015, because she couldn’t find anything for “busy families, seeking practical but stylish holidays in the UK”. She wanted to create a space where families could enjoy quality time together, but also get away from the stresses of everyday life. And she’s achieved it. At Clowance, in South Cornwall, the accommodation is lovely. Simple but stylish interiors, with great beds and linen for a quality night’s sleep, everything you need in an open-plan self-catering living area, little extras like games for the kids, and outside space. So it’s a home from home, but with added luxuries, like a hot tub. The grounds are enormous - 97 acres of pretty parkland - so you can wander around, feed the ducks on the lake, swing high in the children’s playground, explore the boat house or play giant chess or draughts. There are a variety of lodges to 178 NOVEMBER 2019

suit different party sizes and pockets, and they’re all wonderfully spaced out, so you can sit and read outside, or let the kids run wild, without worrying about the neighbours. In spring 2019, Clowance completed its extensive £5million refurbishment of the Club House, which now offers a huge bar and restaurant overlooking all the gorgeous greenery. Plush, comfy sofas sit alongside funky mustard diner-esque booths. Blue velvet, orange leather and floral fabrics all pop against the neutral background, and the kids can lose themselves in the games room playing pool or creating masterpieces on the Lego wall, leaving you time to relax over dinner. The pool area has also been invested in, and there are plenty of other activities to try. Croquet on the lawn, tennis courts and a well-equipped gym mean you can burn off any cream teas you might be consuming when you’re down there. Or, if you fancy something a little more thrill-enducing, H2O Training offers SUP lessons, fitness classes and board hire, archery sessions and kayaks, and as Clowance is only five miles from the coast, you don’t need to travel far. If you do want to explore the local area, it’s a 20-minute drive to Porthtowan Beach, which sits in a designated Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty and won a Blue Flag beach award in 2019. The surf is sparkling and clear, and there are gorgeously steep coastal walks, a sandy play park and a couple of nice cafes. The Unicorn On The Beach is definitely worth a visit - check out the eye-bogglingly huge Chelsea buns which sit atop the bar, calling your name while you order a local cask ale. So, are the best family holidays self-catering ones? With the new Welsh launch set to be complete in early 2020, Hurley certainly thinks so. “I believe you should not have to compromise on style and quality, just because you have a family to cater for. We want to offer all the luxuries of hotelquality accommodation, but with the freedom and flexibility of self-catering.” Visit for more information and to book.

“It’s a home from home, but with added luxuries, like a hot tub”


The secret ski holiday no-one has told you about

A typical day starts by clipping into skis at the hotel and skiing down to the chair lift for a warmup run, then daily lessons begin where an elite level ski instructor will teach all-mountain techniques. Piste perfection, deep powder and tackling moguls are the order of the day, customers are masters of the mountain in training. As lessons come to an end and the lifts close for the day, it’s time to ski down to the bar and have a well-earned refreshment. After a few weeks of training with the best instructors in Canada, students take the CSIA level 1 exam to become a certified a ski instructor. Training continues towards level 2 certification after the exam, but expect it to kick up a gear – the steeps get steeper and deeps get deeper.

“This type of holiday is unique to Canadian resorts like Sun Peaks”


he best kept secret in Canada is definitely Sun Peaks Resort. With the second largest ski area in Canada (only Whistler has more runs) Sun Peaks has no lift queues, empty pistes, pure powder and an alpine village that wouldn’t be out of place in the French Alps. Sun Peaks is the Courchevel of Canada – with better quality snow and quieter runs. Sun Peaks boasts luxury hotels, amazing restaurants and dozens of winter activities and events, it’s no wonder most visitors return again and again. Making the long journey to Canada has to be worthwhile, and tour operators are offering a different kind of holiday for the UK market – ski instructor training holidays. More people than ever before are taking extended holidays or mini-gap years, and joining a ski instructor course is the perfect getaway from the fast paced, long hours of the workplace. Holidays to Sun Peaks range from 2 weeks to living and skiing for a full season - a minigap year - in the centre of a world class resort.

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Photography: Adam Christian Photography

This type of holiday is unique to Canadian resorts like Sun Peaks. Over-crowding has become a problem in popular European resorts and there is no room to accommodate hotels for weeks on end, let alone full seasons. Tour operators are aware that the modern traveller is looking for quality accommodation, prime location and first class service and instruction whilst on these extended holidays – and the hidden winter paradise of Sun Peaks is perfect. You can book up to four months in Sun Peaks Resort with Winter Sports Company. Packages include flights, transfers, breakfast and evening meals, lift pass, first-class tuition and instructor exam from £610 per week.


Sri Lanka

Look Beyond the Ordinary – 6 Seriously Special Reasons to Visit


nderestimated and in many ways undiscovered, Sri Lanka is one of the world’s most intriguing, complex and beautiful countries. Beyond the idyllic palm fringed beaches, there is a never-ending explosion of colour, warm hospitality, verdant jungles, lush landscapes and impossibly scenic train rides. Not overlooking the sheer abundance of wildlife, Sri Lanka has the highest density of leopards in the whole of Asia. Experience majestic elephants, sloth bears and a dizzying assortment of scaled amphibians. With whales and dolphins breaching the water line the ecological stage is a crowed one. This small island holds a wealth of undiscovered experiences. Within a few hours, travel through different eco-systems, experience breath taking landscapes, walk in ancient cities and feel the vibrant culture in a small island that has a huge personality. Where else in the world can you visit a 300BC city in the morning and take a safari in the afternoon? Coupled with traditions, festivals, 8 UNESCO World Heritage sites and taste popping food, this destination is undeniably magical.

WALK IN A 3000-YEAR OLD ANCIENT CITY Visit some of the cultural capitals and relive some of the seminal episodes of the islands past. Colossal monuments and serene rocking carvings in sprawling city ruins showcase the islands rich history. Better known as the Cultural Triangle, a stay at the luxurious Water Garden Sigiriya will reward its visitors to magnificent views of the islands most awe-inspiring archaeological site – Sigiriya Rock.

This 200m Fortress is a UNESCO World Heritage site that is an elaborately planned royal township complex with the ruins of a palace on top. Outside its capital and away from large hotels, a selection of deeply luxurious and unique boutique

Infinity pool views at Dunkeld Lake at Ceylon Tea Trails

“Outside its capital and away from large hotels, a selection of deeply luxurious and unique boutique hotels that boast stunning locations and striking designs has emerged”

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hotels that boast stunning locations and striking designs has emerged. Kalundewa Retreat in the Cultural Triangle is no exception. A secluded eco retreat hidden away in a lush 100-acre land. Stay in spacious villas with private pools or the romantic floating villa in the hotel’s lake. Natural springs, cycle paths and an open-air restaurant make for a haven for those wanting something truly different.

EXPERIENCE HEART-STOPPING VISTAS ACROSS VERDANT TEA PLANTATIONS Find mist-shrouded mountains, rolling tea plantations and cascading waterfalls in the islands central heartland known as the Hill Country. With cool climes and a rich heritage, the landscape of Sri Lanka from coast to peak are nothing short of spectacular. Stay in luxuriously converted tea planter bungalows that proffer a rich heritage with infinity pools overlooking terraces blanketed in emerald fields of green tea interrupted only by splashes of colour from the local Tamil women’s saris.

GET OFF THE GRID Gal Oya Lodge is perfect for those with tech filled, hectic schedules who want to press pause. Expect complete signal loss within two hours radius and prepare to immerse yourself in a nature experience in one of Sri Lanka’s remotest areas. Bordering one the island’s untouched national parks, experience boat safaris that discover wildlife from a whole new perspective and trips to meet the forest dwelling indigenous Veddha people of Sri Lanka. This is a real treat for those who want to experience nature and wilderness at its best.

UNRIVALLED WILDLIFE A stay at one of Sri Lanka’s unique safari boutiques bordering one of the island’s national parks is a wildlife stay that is nothing short of immersive and starts with your hotel stay. It’s not surprising to wake up to elephants crashing around in the hotel’s lily pond, or chattering monkeys playing at the edge of the swimming pool. Take a private safari into a national park and spy a sleek leopard camouflaged on a branch. Or witness up to 300 elephants emerging at the end of a dry season. Stay in stunning boutiques such as Chena Huts – super luxe safari residences that nestle among dunes and luscious jungle at the ocean’s edge.

TRAVEL IN WIDESCREEN WILDERNESS Soar by helicopter over jungle covered hills, board the most beautiful train ride, whale watch from above in a seaplane, take technicolour road trips with dramatic pit stops and just so much more. Sri Lanka has an astonishing amount of experiences with many still under the radar. This country is full of well-kept secrets and hidden gems and quite simply has something incredible for everyone. Travel with Sri Lanka Bespoke – a team of Sri Lankan’s with utterly unique access and insights offering something a little more special. We have Sri Lanka in our hearts and souls. We create highly tailored holidays around our clients delivering an incredibly personalised service every step of the way to ensure that your trip is a lifetime experience. To start your bespoke journey, visit or call on 0207 8662177

LIE UNDER SEAWARD LEANING PALMS Karpaha Sands is arguably one of the island’s most luxurious beach stays. Decompress in luxury tented suites carefully tucked between palm trees. Unwind on private loungers on pristine shores and enjoy the divine culinary journey that makes this hidden gem extra special. With a spa, library and fully equipped games room it’s impossible not to recharge and deeply relax. NOVEMBER 2019 183


DESTINATION WEDDINGS M Planning a wedding overseas? Watch out for these legal loopholes. ore couples than ever are gathering their nearest and dearest for sunsoaked destination weddings - yet planning your Big Day from afar can be daunting, and legal obligations can often be overlooked. Partner at law firm JMW Solicitors (jmw., Katie Lowe, says: “Year-on-year, we see an increase in calls from couples with issues relating to weddings abroad. They’ve had a wonderful wedding before then finding out they were never married at all.” To ensure your wedding is bona fide rather than bogus, make sure these boxes are ticked.

Gather the right legal documents Gathering documents can feel like a chore, but make sure you’re clear on the paperwork you need before booking your wedding. The rules differ considerably between regions, with some more onerous than others. Don’t leave it to your wedding planner to make sure you’ve dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s - it’s not uncommon for couples to be married without the right paperwork in place. Jerry Hall and Mick Jagger’s exotic marriage in Bali is a famous example: It was claimed the priest who officiated the ceremony did not receive the right legal documents, there had only been one witness, and a letter of authority hadn’t been received from the British consul.

Quirky customs If you’re jetting off to Mexico, don’t forget to arrange blood tests; both the bride and groom will need blood tests at a Mexican hospital before the wedding, witnessed by four people. Lowe advises: “Along with documents and paperwork, some countries do have very specific rules which can be somewhat left-field. Make sure you do your research well in advance to make sure you are comfortable with the conditions.”

Check the residency rules Those planning on heading straight down the aisle could find they need to spend some time in the country before saying, ‘I do’. In Croatia and Cyprus, for example, the couple must spend three days in the country before the wedding can take place legally; in Thailand you’re required to spend four days in Bangkok. Even more planning is required in Greece, where documents must be obtained from the local registrar at least 28 days in advance, and Italy has a few strange regulations: If you’re female and have been divorced or widowed in the last 300 days, you won’t be permitted to marry.

Have documents translated Gathering the right paperwork is just the beginning; you’ll also need documents to be translated, including birth certificates, passports and a decree absolute if either of you is divorced. Make sure you have this done well in advance to avoid delays.

Certify marriage certificates and keep them safe Make sure you keep marriage documents safe to avoid issues further down the line. Lowe says: “People often don’t get a certified copy of their marriage certificate on returning to the UK, assuming all the legal legwork has been done prior to the wedding. The General Register Office will need to register it, which cannot be done if the original copy has been lost. Where copies are lost, it’s very difficult to get hold of new versions - and without them, those who are wanting to divorce will find it difficult to move on. “If you’re getting married abroad, seek legal advice beforehand to make sure that the necessary requirements have been met - it could save an awful lot of heartache.” 184 NOVEMBER 2019

“It’s not uncommon for couples to be married without the right paperwork in place”


This image: Lapland; Right: Munich; Below: New York

Christmas hotspots around the world


hristmas is usually a time for staying at home with family and friends, and here in London, we offer the very best in Christmas Shopping and celebrations to both UK residents and visitors from overseas. But if you are planning to travel over the festive season, there is a whole world of Christmas magic to experience out there:

SANTA CLAUS VILLAGE, LAPLAND You can meet Santa Claus and cross the magical Arctic Circle every day at the Santa Claus Village in Lapland, Finland. When Santa Claus declared Rovaniemi as his hometown, he told how his home at Ear Mountain (Korvatunturi) was revealed at the beginning of the last century and how this closely guarded secret spread the world over. In order to retain the privacy of his secret location, the Elf folk decided to build a place where Santa could meet people from near and far at the Northern Arctic Circle. Santa Claus spends his time at the Santa Claus Village every day of the year to take care of his mission in life; to enhance the wellbeing of children and the kindness of grown-ups, as well as spreading the message love and goodwill of Christmas Spirit throughout the globe. Rovaniemi is The Official Home of Santa Claus. The postal service of the Santa Claus Main Post Office will send items for you when you want them to be sent, perhaps for Christmas?

A WALT DISNEY CHRISTMAS Discover the spirit of the season at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Start your christmas break off right with millions of lights, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, spectacular fireworks, and a special holiday parade. There is no place on earth like Disney for the Holidays. Be sure to check out more holiday festivities and have a magical holiday celebration for your entire family. Enjoy live entertainment, festive fireworks and a jolly holiday parade at this winter celebration in Magic Kingdom park—on select nights from 7:00 PM to midnight. Delight in the lights shimmering like ice on Cinderella Castle! And hum along with the holiday music that fills the air. It’s a time for wishes to 186 NOVEMBER 2019

come true! Tis the season to give gifts, and Mickey’s present to Minnie is not to be missed!

MUNICH CHRISTMAS MARKET – GERMANY Possibly the most beautiful Munich Christmas market can be found in the district of Haidhausen where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city and experience the Christmas market that becomes home to more than 60 festively decorated stalls over Christmas time. Another marvellous spot for soaking up the special festive ambiance is the intimate Christmas market in the English Garden. Idyllically placed around the famous Chinese Tower, the air is filled with the enticing scents of gingerbread and roasted almonds. In addition, there are 20 more Christmas markets located throughout the city of Munich, including a charming medieval Christmas market where costumed candle makers, glass blowers and blacksmiths demonstrate their skills. The lovely decorated Christmas market at Sendlinger Tor, is only a short walk away from the main market at Marienplatz.

PRAGUE The most popular Christmas stalls to visit are located in the lovely squares of Wenceslas and the Old Town, with smaller markets to be found at Namesti Republiky and Hevelske Trziste. From the brightly coloured traditional handmade toys, ornaments and gifts to the delicate glass baubles and sparkling Christmas decorations, there is plenty to explore. Czech glassware is a popular purchase in the destination, with high quality crystal making a very special gift for a loved one back home. Aside from the markets, there is plenty of entertainment on offer. In particular we recommend buying a ticket for a classical concert. Over the festive period, performances in the city’s ancient churches and grand concert halls are magical. The opera and ballet season is also in full swing, with performances proving popular at all the Prague opera houses. Sightseeing is of course a major reason to visit Prague. The Christmas lights and the festive atmosphere bring the ancient buildings to life at this time of year. A sightseeing tour will help you discover the best of the city.

NEW YORK CITY – USA New York’s famous Christmas reputation is well deserved - from the enormous Christmas tree and lighting display in Rockefeller Center, to the picturesque iceskating rink in Central Park, there is something for everyone here during the holidays. British visitors can save up to 50% on equivalent London gift prices when they shop in U.S. stores, according to a study that compared prices of ‘must-have’ gift items. Department stores Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue set up spectacular store displays. With its North Pole village with lively elves, forest of talking trees and dancing teddy bears, Macy’s Santaland is a must if you have children - or even if you don’t. A large red letterbox is set up outside where the little ones can send letters to Santa, and Macy’s donates $1 to the Make-A-Wish foundation for every one posted. You can also have a go at playing a melody on the Big Piano, featured in films including Home Alone and Big. The toy store FAO Schwarz is a great place to visit to feel like a kid again.

When and where to see the Northern Lights in 2020! Where should you go? The lights appear most frequently at a latitude of approximately 66°N - 69°N. Within this area, whether you’re in Finland, Sweden, Norway or Iceland, you will need to escape the artificial lights of cities and resorts for dark skies to maximise your chances.

When should you travel? Although the Aurora Borealis occurs throughout the year, these shimmering ribbons of light are only visible to the eye from late August until early April, once summer’s Midnight Sun has faded.

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celestial light show that has fascinated humankind for millennia; the Aurora Borealis is Mother Nature’s greatest spectacle and is an epic, must-do travel experience. We caught up with leading Northern Lights holiday specialist, The Aurora Zone, for some insight into ticking this wonder off your 2020 bucket list.

For the ultimate taste of Scandinavia and new for 2020, experience the Three Countries Aurora Short Break and travel through the Northern Lights territories of Norway, Finland and Sweden on a four-night break. Embark on a Northern Lights catamaran cruise, tick snowmobiling off your bucket list, spend a night in a glass igloo and enjoy a stay at the world-famous ICEHOTEL. The Aurora Zone has been built on years of passion, scientific research, expert knowledge and first-hand experience resulting in an unparalleled collection of Northern Lights holidays.

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This winter’s hottest

Holiday Destinations

With the cold months of UK winter upon us, we all dream of warm and sunny climates. If you’re looking to escape the bitter, cold weather and indulge in some winter sun, you’ll want to check out some of these destinations and leave the cold behind you.


With a coastline facing both the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica is an ideal destination for some winter sun. Misty waterfalls, rugged rainforest, exotic wildlife, deserted beaches and adventures abound. Try kayaking, white water rafting or scuba diving, or simply sit back and relax.

MOZAMBIQUE The Quirimbas archipelago off the coast of northern Mozambique mingles 34 islands, many of which are uninhabited, with the Indian Ocean. Sand bars, coral reefs and mangroves make this area rich with marine life, and snorkelling and sea-kayaking are ideal pursuits.

BORACAY, PHILIPPINES Surfers have been keeping Boracay their little secret for years, but a new airport on the island means Boracay is now easier to get to. Less than an hour from capital Manila, and quieter than some of the larger islands, Boracay has endless stretches of white sand beaches, and a new hotel designed by Philippe Starck and John Hitchcox make this the perfect time to go.

INDIA If you’ve seen the film of The Jungle Book, starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, you might want to visit India. Writer Rudyard Kipling was inspired by the Madhya Pradesh landscape in central India where you can try and spot a wild Bengal tiger for yourself in one of the area’s national parks. 188 NOVEMBER 2019

SEYCHELLES Long known for their breathtaking beach beauty and opulent marine life, the 115 islands of the Seychelles provide postcardperfect solace from a dismal winter. With six marine national parks protecting turtles, spinner dolphins and over a thousand fish species, it is a scuba diver’s dream.

NEPAL Warm weather and clear skies make winter the ideal time to take in the incredible mountain vistas of Annapurna and Everest on a trekking holiday. Visit the Kathmandu Valley, which has the largest concentration of UNESCO heritage sites in the world, many of which had to undergo serious restoration projects after earthquake damage. There are also many picturesque villages to visit along the way.


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foodie heaven

From Turkey to Vietnam, here’s where chef and food writer Sabrina Ghayour has fallen in love with on her travels


If you travel with mainly your stomach in mind, you’re not alone. Food is one of the great joys of visiting different countries, and for cook and food writer Sabrina Ghayour, it’s a massive part of any trip. The British-Iranian chef ’s latest cookbook, Bazaar - which was 100% vegetarian - was published earlier this year, and here she rounds up her absolute favourite places around the world for glorious food.

Bangkok “Bangkok is ridiculously vibrant. There’s no food trend they’re not on and don’t do beautifully. You have the whole Thai culture and then you have everything else also - it’s just like New York. It’s the most visited city on Earth. It’s colourful and we spend a hell of a lot of time there - I love it.”

Istanbul “Istanbul connects me to my culture, and when I look at these people and the way that they eat, they have pickle stands and watermelon on the side of the street, I’m like, ‘These are my people’. It’s like the closest I can get to Iran. I feel strangely connected to them through kebabs and breads and culture, and just the way that they are - and our language is very similar. The diversity of food in Turkey is really priceless, Iran doesn’t have that. Every single region of Turkey is totally different from one another, food-wise and flavour-wise. It’s very interesting to me.”

Barcelona “The Catalans are just awesome people and they’ve had vegan cafes since the Seventies - I had no idea. So it’s obviously been a lot more cosmo than we have been. I like the very cool people - and they don’t give a s*** what your beliefs are, as long as you’re cool with them. I always feel really welcome in Barcelona. “Catalonia feels like it could be anywhere Catalan culture is completely different to Spain; I love the region and I love going into the mountains and the olive trees a couple of hours outside of it - it’s just beautiful. And there’s beach, it’s gorgeous. I love fideua, which is like paella’s cousin - it’s vermicelli noodle with seafood. I think it’s much more refined; that’s a very Catalan dish. And I love all their meats and cheeses.” 190 NOVEMBER 2019

“I was really surprised. I dated somebody for a very long time who was Portuguese who was obviously an idiot because he never had very nice things to say about Lisbon, considering he was from there. Then I went and I was like, ‘I knew he was an idiot, this place is awesome!’ “From great seafood, reasonably priced seafood, to the culture of tinned fish... There are some brands that we know that are stupidly expensive, but go to Lisbon and stock up on all their conserveira as they call it, all the tinned fish - it’s all you want to fill your suitcase with. Pastel de nata and drinks and meat - I just love it; it’s really diverse there.”

Hanoi “I went to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh) and I thought my love couldn’t increase [for Vietnam] any more, and then I went to Hanoi. ‘It’s just a city,’ my Vietnamese friends would say, but I went there and I was like, ‘Oh my god, what a city!’ “One night only we ate in a restaurant, and I realised what a massive mistake that was, what a waste of valuable time, because it was just mindblowing the food on every corner. Both me and my mother are difficult eaters sometimes if we don’t know what it is, but guess what - you’re not gonna know what it is, so let’s just sit and eat everything! You eat so much better on the street there are so many wonderful things. “I had every soup noodle going, I must have had 65 banh mis in two days, bun cha - noodles with grilled meats - a very Hanoi dish, they have a different pho, Catfish with turmeric and dill [cha ca], what didn’t I eat? I just ate my body weight in food there.” Bazaar: Vibrant Vegetarian And Plant-Based Recipes by Sabrina Ghayour, photography by Kris Kirkham, is published by Mitchell Beazley, priced £26. Available now (


Which ski resort to choose?

If you are looking for the best ski resorts with the best slopes in Europe, we have selected those that really will take you to new heights!


resh mountain air, wide-open spaces and stunning views… not to mention après-ski! You no doubt understand the allure of the mountains, and may want to start planning your next snowy adventure. Val Thorens is the highest resort in Europe (at an altitude of 2,300 metres) and the highest point of the largest ski area in the world, the 3 Vallées (600 kilometres of interconnected runs). It’s a New World resort that combines the best of skiing with the best of atmospheres so that each holidaymaker feels unique and enjoys their very own Val Tho experience! Reinventing enjoyment to give its guests the best possible holiday is Val Thorens’ credo. Val Thorens is a sporty, innovative, ski in- ski out carfree resort, built in pure mountain style. Alpe d’Huez is a true paradise for those who love snow and the great outdoors. The Winter/ Summer sports resort is well known for its very sunny climate. The village sits perched on a full south facing plateau at 1860m altitude in the Grandes Rousses mountain range. The ski area called ‘Alpe d’Huez grand domaine Ski’ links up to the resort villages of Auris-en-Oisans, Huez, Ozen-Oisans, Vaujany, Villard-Reculas, La Garde and Le Freney. Its summit, the Pic Blanc is 3,330 metres at its highest point and offers an exceptional panorama stretching over one fifth of French territory. The resort is endowed with facilities that harmonise with the natural features of the resort to offer holiday makers a whole host of indoor/ outdoor, sports and cultural activities. La Plagne is a family winter sports and summer resort located in the French Alps between 1250 and 3250 metres. For over 50 years, the destination has become internationally renowned for its huge ski area with 225 kilometres of runs for all levels of skier. The atmosphere and architecture are diverse and recount over 50 years of the history of winter sports! St. François Longchamp is nestled on the mountainside between 1450m and 1650m altitude. The resort welcomes you to an exceptional setting,

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protected between the Mont Blanc mountain range on the north and the Pic l’Etendard on the south. Children, couples or tribes, everyone can find their place at Saint François Longchamp. Between four season sledge, dog sled riding, ski lessons for the toddlers or thrilling descents of the ski slopes in the “Snakegliss”(group sledging) at nightfall, or moments of relaxation in the Balneotherapy Centre for the parents. At Saint François Longchamp and its surroundings you can explore or practice in peace Nordic skiing or snowshoeing. Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc Over the past few years the resort has undergone a facelift. The Belle Epoque architecture has regained its splendour and the village its original charm. Dominated by the Mont-Blanc range, the Evasion Mont-Blanc ski area, the third largest in France, has been extended to the centre of the resort. This winter SaintGervais revives the magic of the night, increasing its evening activities outdoors: skiing, ski touring, snowshoeing etc. A new dimension that procures a change of bearings, a feeling of heightened speed and the awakening of senses.

“A change of bearings, a feeling of heightened speed and the awakening of senses” Saalbach Hinterglemm - Welcome to Austria’s largest ski resort: 270 piste kilometres and 70 modern lifts are waiting. Ski-In/Ski-Out on wellgroomed slopes and masses of powder fascinate skiers, snowboarders and offpiste fans. Perfectly shaped funparks attract freeskiers. Over 50 cosy mountain huts serve local specialities. Kitzbühel - the most legendary sports

destination in the Alps: this self-confident slogan stands for a town that effortlessly combines tradition with sophistication. The legendary Hahnenkamm, a long sporting tradition and pioneering ventures in Alpine golf and winter sports have all contributed to Kitzbühel’s worldwide reputation. Today Kitzbühel remains a place of contrasts, where rustic Tyrolean guesthouses rub shoulders with international designer boutiques. Visitors can experience Kitzbühel in many ways, from the alleyways in the medieval old town and the breathtaking pistes to the town’s elegant hotels and scenic hiking trails. Gstaad - The combination of the special experiences for which Gstaad is so famous is unrivalled. It cannot be found anywhere else and makes Gstaad the ‘last paradise in a crazy world’ The prestige value of the brand Gstaad comes top of the list. The internationally renowned brandwhich is associated with luxury and high society creates a value that resonates far beyond the actual main target group. Baqueira Beret is a complete resort, divided in 3 areas: Beret, Baqueira, and Bonaigua with their respective characteristics, a network of modern installations and carefully maintained pistes, will satisfy all skiers. Beret is ideal for beginners and families. You’ll have easy access to all amenities, its pistes are very wide and of moderate inclination. Although, paradoxically, it is there that the permanent Stadium hosting competitions of high level is located. Åre in Sweden is Northern Europe´s largest and most advanced and diverse alpine sport resort, with skiing and a wide variety of other sports and activities to suit every possible preference and level of skill. There is everything from aweinspiring black pistes and highly challenging off-piste slopes to an abundance of easy skiing for children and beginners. Åre and adjacent Duved also offer world-class slopes for snowboarding, telemark and carving. Extreme adventures such as heli-skiing are also available.


Villa 1870 Corfu is an all season villa with villa’s privacy and 5 star hotel’s facilities. Salted water pool - heated during the cooler months, private chef, mini-van with driver, daily cleaning – linen changing, stunning view of the blue Ionian and a famous wonderful island to explore. Perfect located close to the Old Town of Corfu – Monument of Unesco! Villa 1870 Corfu is a traditional Corfiot mansion which was built by an English architect in the second half of the 19th century. It was restored in 2018 with particular respect to its history and architecture and it became into a paradise on earth for relaxing, comfortable and luxury vacations.

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FASHION & BEAUTY HELP FOR MUM The Reminder Ring has been designed to help breastfeeding mums. Simply move this ring from hand to hand reminding you which side to use for your following feed.

SHELTER WITH A CONSCIENCE This Suprabrella Umbrella will not hurt the planet – it was designed for you in the hope that you will start to love the umbrella, and not hate rain! The perfect object: where form meets function. An umbrella, a sail; it is both an emblem and a means. It takes you on a journey and provides you with shelter. The best part is that if you do abandon it, forget or lose it, it will not take a lifetime to disintegrate as is designed with the environment in mind.


WATCH OUT We love this unisex watch. Swiss quartz Ronda movement and convex sapphire crystal with anti-scratch. Luxury black Italian calfskin leather strap with alligator grain, and interchangeable strap. 196 NOVEMBER 2019

These cufflinks are perfect for everyday wear as well as formal attire. Their sleek design is an ideal blend of opulent and understated. Expertly handcrafted from solid 925 Sterling Silver and hand-picked luxury natural gemstones, this pair of heavy-weight cufflinks hold a proper gentleman’s shirt in an impeccable fashion.

IN THE POST A timeless stylish vegetable tanned envelope design that can be used as a tablet case or as a clutch. Available in 5 colours: Nude, Tan, Wine, Forest and Black. Free personalisation.

HIKE IN STYLE Stylish new rucksack design with Poppy Treffry’s oystercatcher design. It has multiple small pockets and the elastic clasps allow for all kinds of adventuring to take place. It’s made from printed canvas with brown canvas base, green cotton lining and blue ticking handles and internal pocket. There’s an internal phone pocket, 3 small outer pockets, complimentary elastic with two adjustable plastic side release clasps, elastic key holder with lobster clasp. Adjustable shoulder straps and short carry handle.


PERFECTLY POLISHED: AUTUMN/WINTER NAIL TRENDS These are the nail hues to choose this season, says Katie Wright


urveying the AW19 backstage beauty trends, when it comes to nails, there were some bonkers but brilliant - designs on show. From curved, two-inch talons at Rick Owens to shiny golden fingertips at Lanvin, these lavish creations are not exactly ideal if you need to use your phone, rummage in your bag or make it through the day without harming yourself or others. But at the other end of the spectrum, the catwalk nail gurus have given us some beautifully wearable options for autumn/winter, as have the new-season nail polish collections. In the mood for a mani makeover? Here are five trends to try...

Classic reds The mani equivalent of a scarlet lip, shiny red nails never go out of style. At Ashley Williams, manicurist Michelle Class made the case for a slightly longer nail length with rounded tips and a ‘true red’ hue, while at Oscar de la Renta, neatly filed nails were painted blood red.

Peacci Candy Nail Polish, £10

Pearls Once the preserve of grannies and ladies who lunch, pearls have made a massive comeback in fashion recently, seen on everything from bags and hair accessories to knitwear. Now, they’re on nails. At the Adeam AW19 show, models had pearl beads of varying sizes dotted on top of a metallic blue base, while at Yuhan Wang, tiny pearls were peppered all the way down the fingers. Sounds like this fits in the ‘not very wearable’ category? To make it both pretty and practical, instead of using beads, paint dots with a pearlescent polish instead.

Mavala Maputo Nail Polish, £5.20, Nail Polish Direct Mavala Tunis Nail Polish, £5.20, Nail Polish Direct

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From heritage tweeds to leather trousers and swishy skirts, Seventies fashion is a major trend for AW19, so you’ll need the perfect polish to match. Enter Mavala’s Retro collection. This six-piece line-up has all the shades you need, from creamy ivory and slate grey, to burgundy and pale peach.

OPI It’s in the Cloud, £7.95, Nail Polish Direct

Green nails Barry M Green Origin Nail Paint Evergreen, £3.99, Superdrug

Sensationail Nailtural Reliable Rose, £6.99, Boots

Seventies shades

OPI Chopstix and Stones, £8.95, Nail Polish Direct

Slowly but surely, in response to consumer demand, the beauty industry is taking steps to become more environmentally sustainable, and that includes nail varnish. Barry M has launched a Green Origin collection of vegan polishes made from 70% ethically-sourced natural ingredients, including potato, corn and wheat. Inspired by nature, the eight wearable shades include Evergreen, a green as deep as pine needles, and Mushroom, a soft greybrown.

Barry M Green Origin Nail Paint Mushroom, £3.99, Superdrug

Deep blues Got the blues? You’ll want them when you see the stylish but simple nail art at House of Holland, where OPI technician Robbie Tomkins started with a base of teal and added a thick stroke of black at the tip to create a bold aquatic effect. Even simpler, at Giorgio Armani, models were given midnight blue nails, a look Nailberry you can recreate Moonlight, £14.50 with the purplish Moonlight from the new Nailberry autumn range. OPI Is That a Spear in Your Pocket, £13.50

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shows you the shapes and prints to be seen in this season.

Katie Wright

A chunky jumper with puffy sleeves is ideal for teaming with an A-line mini or a floaty maxi dress and a pair of ankle boots.

4. Embrace your animal side Leopard print may have dominated all summer, but now zebra stripes are ruling the fashion kingdom. And not just black and white, either. Autumnal hues and khaki variations fit with this season’s Seventies vibes, while a dash of sporty stripes breaks up a monochrome base.


re you rejoicing because knitwear season is finally here? Us too. After that annoying in-between period when it’s too cold for T-shirts but too warm for woollies, now we can embrace winter fashion in all its glory. But that doesn’t just mean throwing on the same boring old jumpers. This season, take your knitwear up a notch with stylish silhouettes and catwalk-inspired prints. Here are four new trends to try now...

1. Coordinate your look Winter’s answer to double denim, woolly coords are a genius idea, because they’re as comfy as loungewear but still look classy. For a chic workwear look, team a jumper and skirt set with brown leather boots and accessories, or

2. Dress it up Loose, Eighties-style jumper dresses take a back seat for autumn as form-fitting knits take centre stage. In ribbed fabrics and dark hues, these clingy frocks are a far cry from frumpy jumpers. Add knee high boots to really amp up the sex appeal.

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Clockwise from top right: Monsoon Mali Knitted Jumper Coord, £49; Mali Knitted Pencil Skirt Coord, £49; Bia Block Star Knitted Dress, £65, available from Monsoon; Miss Selfridge Yellow Long Sleeve Knitted Jumper, £30, available from Miss Selfridge; M&Co Caramel Ribbed Blouson Sleeve Jumper, £26; Caramel Knitted Pencil Skirt, £26, available from M&Co; Very Jumper, £35; Check Midaxi Dress, £45, available from Very (shoes, stylist’s own); Roman Khaki Mixed Animal Print V-Neck Jumper, £35, available from Roman; Matalan Zebra Print Jumper, £16, available from Matalan; Sosandar Black Button Through Ribbed Knitted Dress, £79; Black Leather Zip Knee High Boots, £139, available from Sosandar

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Longer lasting Autumn Colour Redhead or brunette? Claire Spreadbury reveals how to make your colour last longer this season.


h, how we love autumn. The hues of the season are so stylish, and they suit almost everybody. Much like the colours on the catwalk, hair is becoming warmer and more lustrous, too. But if you opt for a full head of gorgeously-rich red or deep chocolate, how can you ensure your colour lasts? We asked the experts for their top tips...

Shampoo with care “When your hair is freshly coloured, avoid shampooing for 72 hours to allow the cuticle to recover, as this will prevent initial fading,” says celebrity stylist and colourist Edward James. “If you have a very oily scalp, consider using a cowash and ditch the shampoo at least a couple of times a week. Shampoos cleanse hair more and result in colour molecules being cleansed away. You could also consider getting a water softener, as this will prevent a build up of minerals from dulling your hair. And avoid very hot water, as this will speed up colour fade.”

Go ionic “In the colder autumn months, we tend to blast our hair dry more frequently than letting it air dry, which will increase colour fade; brunettes will tend to go more brassy; blondes more yellow and reds and coppers more dull,” continues James. 202 NOVEMBER 2019

“Try investing in an ionic hairdryer, which emits negatively-charged ions that break down water molecules faster, and allow your hair to more easily absorb moisture. The ions also flatten the hair cuticle which adds shine, but also prevents your colour from fading over time.”

Banish sulphates “Use a sulphate-free colour shampoo and conditioner,” advises colour specialist Christel Lundqvist, founder and director of Stil Salon. “It seems like a simple aftercare tip, but it’s crucial to be able to prolong vibrant coloured hair, as every time you wash your hair, colour will fade. The gentle shampoo will cleanse the hair with a minimum fade effect and the conditioner will seal the cuticle locking pigments in.” Try Smith England Guardian Colour Shield Shampoo and Conditioner, £8 each, Sainsbury’s.

Refresh more and dryshampoo less “Lengthen times between shampooing to keep your hair looking vivid for longer,” says James. “Although dry shampoo is still a massive life saver for many, it tends to have the downside of making hair feel drier, as it essentially absorbs oil and creates more friction between hair strands - with the result being ‘fresher’ looking hair that is also more dehydrated. Using a scalp and hair reviver,

rather than a dry shampoo, is the way to go, particularly if you want to reduce how much you wash your hair to prevent colour fade. A hair and scalp refresher revives and refreshes second-day styles and also reduces frizz. “Aveda Rinseless Refresh, £24, is a new product which helps tame frizz. Micellar technology refreshes the scalp and it’s very lightweight, so perfect for finer hair. Oribe also has Cote d’Azur Hair Refresher, which is designed to refresh second-day hair by neutralising odour and adding condition (£22,”

Give your colour a boost Keeping hair vibrant when it may be damaged from summer sun can be a challenge says Tom Smith, colour director at Billi Currie: “The condition of the hair must be restored in order for the colour molecules to remain stable. A great way of keeping your autumnal tones ‘salon fresh’ while conditioning your hair at the same time, is a custom-mixed pigmented conditioner. Evo Fab Pro have a fantastic system that allows me to personalise the pigment mix to any shade. You can use this in place of your regular conditioner at home every time you wash your hair (or every few washes as needed), just leave it on for a minimum of three minutes and it will leave your hair soft and super-shiny, while topping up the pigments that fade away.” You can also buy ready-made colour boosting conditioners, too. Try Evo fabulouso Colour Intensifying Conditioner, £25, or Moroccanoil Color Depositing Mask, £28.95, both

Overcome dehydration from central heating “Just like our skin, hair becomes dehydrated and this is made worse with artificial central heating,” notes James. “To overcome the drying effects, it’s worth using a weekly hair treatment on your hair. I’m a huge fan of Philip Kingsley Hair Elasticizer Treatment.” (Try the new Elasticizer Therapies Balancing Rose & Lychee Deep Conditioning Treatment, £21.50.) James adds: “In addition to treatments, make sure you seal your hair in the autumn. Use a couple of drops of hair oil or a leave-in moisture treatment. Aveda Dry Remedy Daily Moisturising Oil, £22, smells beautiful and leaves your hair feeling soft. I normally advise applying to damp hair, as it’s more easily absorbed. Oribe Super Shine Moisture Cream (£20-£50, is also incredible and can be used on wet or dry hair, and does not leave it feeling greasy.”

“Just like our skin, hair becomes dehydrated and this is made worse with artificial central heating”

damaged by heat, it won’t be able to hold on to the colour naturally, due to the structure and cuticle being damaged, so colour will fade very quickly. Using less heated equipment means healthier hair and longer-lasting colour.”

Reduce heat styling “Minimal styling and heat usage will also help prolong vivid colour,” says Lundqvist. “Heated equipment, like tongs and hairdryers, can create colour fade due to over-styling. If the hair gets NOVEMBER 2019 203


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Let’s take a little test, answer the following questions with a yes or no 1 - Is your jaw starting to show the first signs of sagging? 2 - Is volume loss creeping in? 3 - Is your skin starting to lose its spring? 4 - Is your neck looking crepey? 5 - Does your décolletage have those fine lines that won’t go away when you get out of bed in the morning? If you have answered yes to any or to all of these questions, then; Let me introduce you all to Profhilo, which is an injectable treatment delivering unique levels of hyaluronic acid in a way that fillers never could. Sitting somewhere between skin boosters and fillers it offers intense hydration, while triggering collagen and elastin production… It has a hyaluronic acid based, gel like formula that attracts water to the skins surface, but, rather

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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s a child Rebecca was inspired by her grandparents to be creative and let her imagination run wild. She soon found a passion for making teddy bears with her grandmother, using scraps of material to create unique and personalised designs. This inspiration, love of teddy bears and drive to be creative has stuck with Rebecca throughout her career. Rebecca discovered her love for fur whilst working on her final collection at Central St Martins, London’s prestigious college of art and design. Upon graduating she opened her own company Rebecca Bradley London (RBL), a specialist furrier, which has now been trading for over 15 years. RBL has a small and dedicated design team, bringing together years of experience in the fashion industry, working with private clients, fashion houses and even the Bolshoi in Russia. The team at RBL offer a full range of services including design consultation, pattern cutting, bespoke orders, small production runs, alterations to existing pieces, repairs, remodels, relining, cleaning and storage. Being a young furrier in an industry that is historically much older and more traditional, Rebecca has found her niche, approaching the use of fur and its use in garments and accessories with a contemporary aesthetic, bringing this luxury material and product to a wider audience. Fur is a wonderfully sustainable product, lasting for generations, and with climate change so much in focus, it is the antithesis of the modern polluting fast fashion trend. Rebecca has worked on coats that have been handed down through families and

friends for years, even hand sewing the initials inside the piece of each careful owner. RBL is wonderfully inventive with pieces that can be made from fur, aside from modernising fur coats, recent commissions include blankets, cushions, rucksacks, handbags, furniture upholstery and even car seat covers. After finding a teddy bear pattern one day in a pile of old papers, Rebecca decided to make a bear from fur, bringing leftover material to life. Visiting clients would often comment on the bears and their desirability and many would commission their own bespoke bears. The bears can be made from any material and can be initialled to create gifts for special events such as weddings or the birth of a child.

“I love the idea of a family heirloom, something that can be cherished through generations” – Rebecca Bradley

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The autumn chills might be here - but your wardrobe can still be sunny-side-up, says Liz Connor.


ove over burgundy, spiced orange and earthy brown, there’s a new colour that’s set to dominate our autumn style - and it’s inspired by the zingiest shade in the paintbox. Yellow might not seem like the easiest trend to rock year-round, but with a few simple style cues, it can easily become the hardest working hue in your wardrobe. If you’re already reaching for your lemon blazer or dusting off your canary clutch bag, take note: This season’s trend is all about a delicious shade called ‘egg yolk’. Richer than butterscotch, brighter than burnt orange and nudging into gold territory, egg yolk is

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surprisingly versatile shade that works for all skin tones - even those on the fair and freckly side. On the AW19 catwalks, oeuf-inspired shades reigned supreme, from marigold evening gowns at Marc Jacobs and Off-White, to tailored trousers at Alexa Chung and sunny coats at Emilia Wickstead. The thing a lot of these looks had in common? Keeping the rest of your outfit quiet, so the colour can do the talking. Try pairing up matching pieces with the same tone and fabric for an effortless statement, or add a colourful blouse to a simple pair of tailored leather trousers for a less out-there take on the trend. Egg-yolk even lends itself to the office. Yellow tailoring is one of the smartest ways to get an edge on the trend and the high street offers a variety of sunflower-coloured suits, from double-breasted 70s power dressing to sweet and simple blazers. Dress them up with a pair of minimal kitten heels, or take the look down a notch with a slouchy white slogan tee and a pair of white Veja V-10 trainers. The catwalks provided some serious autumn wedding guest inspiration too, and a buttery dress is also an easy way to break out of spring and summer florals without resorting to playing it safe in navy. If you aren’t brave enough to opt for a head-to-toe look though, an egg-yolk accessory can be your gateway into this sunny-side-up trend. Whether you opt for a yellow bucket bag to spice up an evening look, or a pair of dandelion Converse to inject some fun into your weekend wear, there’s plenty of inspiration awaiting you.

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“The most sustainable way to shop is to shop your own wardrobe”


e’ve all heard and been shocked by the dangers and perils of the ‘fast fashion’ industry, and the impact our choices have on the environment and generations after us. The power however remains with the consumer and what we decide to buy, or more impactfully decide not to buy. This rising awareness leads us to a conversation around ‘slow fashion’ which unlike fast fashion, ensures quality manufacturing to lengthen the life of the garment, and encourages us as consumers to develop a more conscious and considered approach to purchasing or rediscovering old garments in our wardrobe. Re-discovering your own wardrobe can really be the most sustainable and cost-effective way to shop, as we usually already own everything we need. If it all seems too big a task to tackle alone, perhaps a professional personal stylist can help? Someone who will objectively help you along your way. By understanding your personal body shape, style personality, budget and lifestyle requirements you can begin your style journey and re-build and refresh your current wardrobe. A stylists works carefully through your wardrobe and encourages lots of ‘try on’s as you go, giving you guidance so you begin to recognise pieces that either work fabulously for you, would perhaps benefit from alteration, simply need archiving or donating to your favourite charity shop. You will be creating looks from items you already have, that you never imagined working together or re-discovering an old blazer for example, that has been lurking at the back of your wardrobe and can be rescued with a few simple tweaks from your local tailor. Any gaps identified in your wardrobe, will be noted and an ‘Essentials Shopping List’ created with recommendations of stores. The aim is to save you time and money in 210 NOVEMBER 2019

the future as you begin to recognise items that work for you and that you ‘require’ rather buying haphazardly. It is a highly personal and cathartic exercise as you clear out and re-define your wardrobe space so it reflects you in your life now. Ultimately you will be on a more conscious ‘slow fashion’ journey to - shop smart, buy less and buy well. A Personal shop can also be arranged after this stage, to assist you finding those perfect pieces that will be worm and loved for years. See website for more details:

Proper self care is key, and at 303 Face | Body, founder Marci Lundy makes certain that her line of skincare and wellness products helps others create and maintain a balanced self care journey.

“Self care is paramount. We all have to make sure that we take time each day to pamper ourselves, and my skincare and wellness line is designed to do just that,” Marci states. “Whether you are taking a moment to center while creating a ritual/regimen in the morning or evening while cleansing your skin with the Rose Tonic Facial Astringent by 303 Face | Body, or enjoying a delightful loose leaf tea blend from the SubtleTEAS line by 303, the focus is on bringing forth your best, healthy self. Made for you. Made for someone you love. A line of lush body oils, moisture rich creams, youth serums, purifying astringents, soothing loose leaf teas, and healing bracelets can all be found at 303 Face | Body.


sustainable slow fashion Are you looking for something different? Fed up with fast fashion? Let’s tell you a little story about old fashioned, hand printed, pure silk sarongs, This is sustainable slow fashion.


hese Silk Sarongs and scarves, are hand made with no machinery, by local skilled craftsmen in Indonesia, using traditional methods inherited from generation to generation. The Luxury Sarong Boutique wholeheartedly care about the supply chain and supporting smaller community businesses. So…. no mass production, no synthetic materials, and with an incredible creative way of wearing these beautiful sarongs, which are provided with an illustrated booklet showing you the many various ways you can wear it. The Luxury Sarong Boutique enjoy working with these small groups of skilled artisans in creating a product of beauty, by hand, that will last a lifetime. Not only is the company proud of their hand crafted silk sarongs, but they really believe slow fashion is the future, so the silk sarongs/ scarves which can be worn in so many ways, are perfect for use 12 months of the year. From a luxurious, stunning scarf during the cold winter months to a beautiful dress that can be worn for dinner, or to a summer wedding, as a skirt, shawl, or sarong in the summer months. Small groups of traditional skilled batik printers use block stamps, with hand drawn images, the wax is then heated in a bowl and kept at a certain temperature then poured through a narrow pipe and placed by hand onto the design drawn on the fabric, this is called cianting. The layers of colours are added by hand as the wax dries. They also use traditional tie dye methods, and copper stamps that are handed

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down from generation to generation with bespoke designs to craft a work of art on silk. Visit, and you will find that perfect gift.

“The Luxury Sarong Boutique enjoy working with these small groups of skilled artisans in creating a product of beauty by hand” Silk Sarongs can be personalised for hotels, spas, beach clubs, boutiques, super yachts, villas, beach weddings, or for unique corporate gifting that is sustainable and hand produced. All you need from beach to bar and traveling light. Stunning hand printed pure silk sarongs can be worn as a scarf, dress, skirt or a traditional sarong. Looking for something different… they are all versatile, crafted by hand, the softest silk, in stunning colours, with unique designs, luxurious, timeless and ageless, they make wonderful gifts as they are lightweight and perfect for any travel. Each sarong comes with a buckle and an illustrated how to wear booklet. Support the planet, slow fashion, be sustainable and try a silk sarong. +44 7887 633330

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JULIEN X GABRIELA CAPSULE COLLECTION at the many different events she attends. With Julien already the designer of choice for the most beautiful, successful women in the world, it’s testament to Gabriela’s force, keen eye and futuristic vision, along with the magic of her femininity and exquisite taste that she embodies Julien’s aesthetic. Julien X Gabriela fuses together two continents, two souls entwined by talent, inspiration and a shared passion. Gabriela is thrilled to have partnered with Julien; this collection marks the start of their journey from friends to collaborators and an opportunity to own unique inspirational garments infused with inherent innovation and taste.

“I’m thrilled to be collaborating with my dear friend Gabriela, who embodies my aesthetic, of a strong, beautiful, and confident woman”

words: Sally Learmouth


nternationally renowned fashion designer Julien Macdonald OBE has collaborated with Mexico City–based model, socialite and influencer Gabriela Gonzalez on Julien x Gabriela, a 40 look capsule collection that launched with a glamorous outing at London Fashion Week. Julien is the king of glamour and his shows at London Fashion Week are always eagerly anticipated and celebrity packed fashion extravaganzas. With the likes of Lottie Moss, Sabrina Elba, Munroe Bergdorf, Victoria Hervey, Hana Cross, Ed Westwick, Mary Charteris, and more rubbing shoulders with reporters from Vogue in the front row, Julien and Gabriela delivered a high-octane show featuring decadent, sexy looks epitomising the contemporary luxury and elegance of the Julien Macdonald brand and the jet-set lifestyle of Gabriela, who’s being hailed as the hottest new name on the fashion circuit. International fashion designer Gabriela studied fashion in Mexico and Spain where she developed her eye for exceptional pieces, bringing her influencer status in Mexico and the US where she is adored for her infectious personality. Gonzalez’s natural beauty made her an obvious model, but her style, class and elegance elevated her to the status of muse. Her extensive global travels fire her creativity and her vision led to her collaboration with Julien, her dearest friend and mentor, in the creation of pieces for her to wear

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Julien said of the partnership, “I’m thrilled to be collaborating with my dear friend Gabriela, who embodies my aesthetic, of a strong, beautiful, and confident woman. She is a global traveler living the jet-set lifestyle while also a gifted mother.” “I fell in love with Julien’s red carpet designs a long time ago and am so happy to call Julien a beloved friend and partner in this venture” said Gabriela. “My life has taken me to so many different places, I’ve always turned to Julien to outfit me for those special occasions. I’ve been very excited to debut this collection!” Macdonald and Gonzalez unveiled a select number of exclusive pieces from the Julien x Gabriela collection during the Cannes Film Festival in May 2019 on supermodels Alessandra Ambrosio and Izabel Goulart (who walked the catwalk at the LFW show), Mariah Carey for her performance at the AmfAR Gala and most recently Thalia at The 73rd Annual Tony Awards.

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NanaLola Couture activities. Myasthenia Gravis is a neuromuscular disease that causes muscular weakness of the voluntary muscular groups. The best way to describe it is to think about exercising for a full day and then trying to run a marathon. NanaLola Couture is a young brand that has shown its collections around the world. NanaLola Couture has shown in New York, London, Scotland, San Francisco and the Netherlands. NanaLola Couture has been featured in music videos and worn by television hosts. February 2019 NanaLola Couture showed a plus size collection during the House of Ikons fashion show. During this show Monica was able to show the world that your height, weight, size, shape or race does not matter because in the end we all are beautiful. Monica has called out the fashion industry for the lack of diversity and inclusion. Many brands do not understand that there is a difference between diversity and inclusion. Diversity is the measure of difference while inclusion describes a climate where people of all types feel comfortable being themselves. Many brands and individuals have spoken against Monica and NanaLola Couture for being outspoken about diversity and inclusion, but NanaLola Couture will continue to speak up and not back down. NanaLola Couture started out as a plus size women’s brand, but after witnessing the disrespect given to models by other brands, NanaLola has expanded to include all individuals because everyone should be respected no matter who they are or where they are from. In today’s world people face many challenges and Monica has made it her mission to remove some of the stress. There is so much pressure on people to look like who they see on television or social media. From photo filters, photo editing and surgery people face a constant barrage of pressure to fit in. This constant barrage has cause damage to the self-image of people. Monica is using NanaLola Couture to show that you do not need to fit into the mold of society and to accept yourself for who you are. “Elevate Your Style, Elevate Your Life.”


anaLola Couture is a brand that draws a new vision on classic lines. This vision is done through its Designer Monica Jones. NanaLola Couture not only states that its line is for diversity and inclusion, but shows it during photoshoots, television, radio, interviews, magazines and fashion shows. NanaLola Couture designs bespoke garments that meet her client’s needs and wants while at the same time using sustainable materials. Monica is also an advocate for the Myasthenia Gravis foundation and other rare diseases. Monica was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis in 2009 after being rear ended in a car accident. From that day her life was changed forever. Myasthenia took a toll on her health which made her have to reduce her

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Does the early bird catch the gym gains, or are you better off running through your reps after the sun sets? We ask two personal trainers. There are two types of people in this world: There are those that are able to jump out of bed when the cock crows at 5.30am, throw on their trainers and get to a spin class before the sun’s even up. And then there are those that prefer to snooze the alarm, lay in bed and hit the weights room after dark. But which is actually better for your body? Are those freakishly energetic gym larks doing it right, or should we be taking notes from the post-work tribe?

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ccording to experts, there’s no perfect answer. “The truth is there are benefits to both, and there are physiological differences between exercising in the morning or the evening,” says Marvin Burton, head of fitness at Anytime Fitness UK ( Biologically, he explains, our individual circadian rhythms dip and rise at different times in the day, which means our energy, alertness and mental focus fluctuate. Finding the time where your performance is at its peak for the type of exercise you like to do, is the key to sticking to a regular workout regimen. “Studies have shown that the average individual who goes to bed at 11pm and has a 9-5 desk job displays the biggest spike in their blood pressure at 6.45am, as this is when the sleep hormone melatonin begins to drop,” says Burton. When the body is exposed to natural daylight, the brain sends signals to produce the stress hormone cortisol too, which sets the body up for an early-morning energy boost. For this reason, mornings have become a popular time for spinning and HIIT classes, but if you’re not a natural early riser, Burton says activities such as steady state cardio walking, cycling or gentle forms of yoga, may actually be the best way to introduce your body to the day. There are other benefits to getting in a workout first-thing too. “Training in the morning means you can benefit from a wakeup call, not only for you, but your metabolism too. Exercising in the morning ensures your metabolism gets going and it will burn [calories] more efficiently for the rest of the day,” says Dave Mercer, a personal trainer at Nuffield Health ( That said, sleep is a really important factor to any workout, and if you haven’t had a sufficient night’s kip, it might be better to snooze the alarm and slot in a workout later in the day. “Morning workouts require getting a good night’s sleep, a nutritious dinner the night before and a longer warm up to get your body ready for

exercise,” says Mercer. “Sleep is vital for the body to repair and recover, and you need to get enough so your body is in a good state to exercise the next day.” Don’t discount the evening if you like to lift hard and heavy though. “If you’re into strength training, the evening would biologically be the best time to do this,” says Burton. “Exercising in the evening ensures you’re alert, you’ll have consumed enough calories and you’ll likely feel like you have more energy. “Be warned though, high-intensity training later in the evening, after 7pm, can negatively affect sleep - but a heavy lifting workout with plenty of rest and a lengthy cooldown period is a good alternative.” Bear in mind that you might also feel tired from your working day, so it’s important to listen to what your body is telling you. So, should you just do what feels right for you at the time then? “Yes. Unless you’re an aspiring athlete or have the luxury of not having to work, my opinion would be to choose the one which allows you to plan and execute your daily tasks easily,” says Burton. “Personally, I’m a big advocate for morning workouts. Arguably it’s a harder habit to implement, but you’ll get a sense of fulfilment and accomplishment which sets you up for a proactive day. “People who exercise in the morning often also benefit from feeling more alert, more productive and more energetic. The likelihood of something cropping up which would prevent you from exercising is lower too, so you’re probably more likely to stick to a training plan.” The bottom line? There’s no right answer. “Exercise is by no means a one-size-fits-all approach,” says Burton, “and I always stress that it’s personal for the individual.”


Affordable Luxury at the laboratory spa & health club


uxury, style and elegance create the perfect environment to escape the many pressures of London life. Relaxation is essential to the body and mind and the Laboratory Spa and Health Club provides a gateway to undisputed tranquillity. 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. Innovative, motivational and led by some of the UK’s finest and most-respected fitness professionals, the Lab offers an unrivalled and envied timetable to cater for every age, interest, and schedule. Their expansive gym floors flooded with natural daylight boast the very latest Lifefitness™ treadmills and bikes, designed in America they have both cutting edge technology and ergonomic engineering at their core. A personalised fitness and well-being programme with over 100 different fitness classes that includes: • Schwinn cycling • BodyPump • Salsa • Aquatics • Yoga • Pilates • Meditation • Zumba Each Club also offers: • A spectacular 25 metre swimming pool cleansed

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with the latest UV light technology, ensuring the highest standards of hygiene with minimal levels of chlorine. • Twin spa baths • Marble steam rooms • Scandinavian saunas The Lab’s philosophy is to not just treat the body, but the mind and soul as well. The Day Spa is a haven of peace and calm providing a chance to escape the stresses of daily life. • Newly-refurbished treatment rooms • 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 Club is surrounded by its own secluded gardens where you can sun-bathe or relax in private. 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 mind’s concerns simply melt away allowing you to emerge refreshed, balanced and energised.” Lab members have full use of all facilities. Non-members are welcome to use the Day Spa.

“Innovative, motivational and led by some of the UK’s finest and most-respected fitness professionals, the Lab offers an unrivalled and envied timetable to cater for every age, interest, and schedule”

THE DETAILS For further information call: Mill Hill: 020 8457 3300 - 1a Hall Lane, NW4 4TJ. Muswell Hill: 020 8482 3000 - The Avenue N10 2QE.



Looking to switch up your leggings and trainers for the cooler months? Lauren Taylor puts some best buys to the test. utumn is arguably the best time of year to pull on some trainers and go for a jog; the temperatures are much more runner-friendly than summer, parks take on pretty red and yellow hues, and stamping through crunchy leaves is satisfying no matter how old you get. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a complete beginner, comfortable running kit and handy accessories can make all the difference when it comes to motivation. This season you’ll need quick-dry, high quality material in case of rain, and supportive trainers that’ll see you safely over wet or muddy ground.

We put these 10 picks through their paces... 1. 361 Sensation 4 Running Shoes Without doubt the most important piece of kit for any runner, the right trainers, suited to your individual feet and running style, will help enormously. These offer plenty of ventilation across the front of the foot, and most noticeably, substantial support on the underside. The fit is snug and supported in all the right places - which is in part thanks to the padded tongue (under the laces). My only complaint is that there’s not as much noticeable rebound as some other brands I’ve tried. A very solid choice though. £118.47, 361 One Degree Beyond

2. Domyos 120 Women’s Fitness Cardio Training Leggings


I have to admit, I wasn’t expecting much from leggings for a tenner - but these really surprised me. The waistband sits higher than most and there’s added support around the middle, and I found them especially comfortable to run in. They’re part of Decathlon’s new Leggings For Everybody range, designed to suit a diverse range of shapes and fitness abilities, going up to an XXL. Best of all, there’s a handy smartphone-sized pocket on the side of the left thigh, which it turns out is a really comfortable place to carry a phone, rather than pocket-height or in a running belt. £10.99, Decathlon

3. Runderwear Original Support Running Bra (A-E cup) Sports bra quality can vary hugely, especially if you’re doing anything high-impact. This Runderwear one is specifically designed for runners; it has a really soft first layer that sits next to your skin, so no rubbing or chaffing, and most importantly, it gives enough support even for my longer weekend jaunt. £45

4. Beachbody Go-To Twist Women’s Training Shorts Autumn might not mean you want to forgo shorts altogether; many runners find them more comfortable. These are uber-light and don’t rub at all when I’m on the move, and would be suitable in warm temperatures too. They’re quite short, which you might want to consider if you’re on the taller side (but I’m 5ft 9 and I’m sold). reduced to £10 from £40, Activinst

5. Libratone TRACK Air+ True Wireless Earbuds I have to admit I’m a wireless newbie - I’ve spent years running with the long cord getting in my way. These new noise-cancelling wireless earbuds could do with a few more instructions when you open the box and set them up - but not having a cord 224 NOVEMBER 2019




flapping around is really freeing as I set off on a run. The earbuds sit in my ears comfortably without any danger of falling out - and, vitally, the sound quality is epic. The decent noise-cancelling element makes me feel in my own little bubble, without outside distraction, but does mean the sound of my own steps is somewhat amplified too (and remember - if you use noise-cancelling to run, stick to safe places without cars). £179, Amazon

help you run faster, for longer. I can’t tell whether it’s the technology, but these are easily one of the best pairs of leggings I’ve ever run in. The fabric’s super-soft, the waist band’s supercomfy, they don’t raise up or slip down; I barely notice I’m even wearing them. The sleek design is also really eye-catching, and I get an unusual amount of compliments while in them. Pricey, but they feel like the kind of quality that will last. £80, Kymira Sport

6. GORE R5 Women Sleeveless Shirt

9. Darn Tough Women’s Vertex No Show Ultra-Light Clover Running Socks

This time of year calls for a little more coverage, but I’m still reluctant to wear long sleeves for running until deep into winter. With mesh inserts, this top feels airy - it’s designed to be ‘highly breathable’ and specifically engineered for running - and doesn’t stick to my skin, but still keeps me dry and comfortable, even on a faster, sweaty run. £59.99, GORE WEAR

7. Dream Spin Leggings These are so soft and comfy, I could easily wear them on a lazy Sunday around the house - but as their primary purpose is for workouts, I give them a go on a longer Sunday jog. They stay in place perfectly, and feel ever so slightly thinker than my usual leggings, keeping the cold breeze out. The curved design, with a stripe down the legs, also makes them nice and flattering. I’ll be wearing these for yoga on cold mornings too. £47, ILU Fitwear

8. Women’s Infrared Running Core 3.0 Leggings Who knew leisurewear could be so high-tech? These are made from ‘infrared-emitting fabric’ to help regulate body temperature, dissipate heat and evaporate sweat. They also claim to increase ‘oxygenation and glycogen storage in the blood’, to


If you’re still wearing your everyday pop socks with your trainers, you need to pick up some runningspecific ones. Your feet need all the cushioning they can get, especially if you run on pavements rather than softer ground, and these padded ones are made with merino wool for extra warmth, while still managing to be breathable when you work up a sweat. £14.40, Trekkit

10. Women’s UA HOVR Infinite Running Shoes Designed for long distance running, the technology claims to produce a ‘zero-gravity’ feel to help eliminate the effect of impact after impact - and I can’t disagree. These rival my trusted Saucony Guides in terms of comfort - I find there aren’t many running trainers that have a slipper-like softness inside and they feel extremely cushioned to run in. With gender-specific designs, these are contoured to mould specifically for women’s feet with a high-tech sounding ‘ergonomic EVA sockliner’. The shoe even has an inbuilt sensor that connects to Map My Run to track progress, so they could be a great marathon training choice. £120, Under Armour

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The latest vein treatments EXCLUSIVELY at The Whiteley Clinic E

ver since our founder, Prof. Mark Whiteley, introduced Endovenous “Keyhole” varicose veins surgery to the UK 20 years ago, The Whiteley Clinic has stayed at the forefront of varicose veins treatments. The Whiteley Clinic is the only dedicated vein clinic in the UK with a research department that has won international awards for research. This means that many companies bring their best and latest inventions to us to assess. Those that we prove to be effective, can then be offered to our patients, years before they are available elsewhere in the UK. In 2019 alone, we have introduced 2 new varicose veins treatments to the UK. In February we were the first to use Endovenous Microwave Ablation – the next generation of varicose vein treatments on from laser and Radiofrequency ablation. In May, we started the revolutionary non-invasive vein treatment called High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) or “Echotherapy”. However, being vein experts, we don’t just treat varicose veins in the legs. Thanks to our specialist understanding of vein function and biology, we are now UK leaders in pelvic congestion syndrome (pelvic varicose veins) and the treatment of prominent veins on the forehead. Being part of the circulatory system, it is amazing that any patient would trust their vein treatments to anyone who offers to be the cheapest, rather than striving to be the best. The difference between these two approaches can be seen by looking at outcomes over several years. Although review websites are helpful, they only

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“The Whiteley Clinic were founding members of The College of Phlebology Venous Registry”

show if patients are happy in the short term. As varicose veins done badly often only show 1-3 years later, review websites alone can be misleading. Therefore, to prove our excellent results, we run audits and publish our results – our recent paper showing outcomes of our treatments after 15 years! In addition, to help patients have confidence in their choice, The Whiteley Clinic were founding members of The College of Phlebology Venous Registry. This registry analyses both doctor information and patient feedback over years, and in time will enable patients to know just who gets the best long-term results. This fits in with the ethos of The Whiteley Clinic to not only constantly strive for the best results possible for our patients, but also to measure the outcomes to constantly monitor our results.


What you need to know about erectile dysfunction Mr Paul Erotocritou, Consultant Urological Surgeon of Highgate Private Hospital on Erectile Dysfunction What is erectile dysfunction (ED)? Erectile dysfunction sometimes called impotence, is when a man is unable to get or maintain an erection that is firm enough for sex. Whilst ED becomes more common in men after 40 years of age, it is not unusual for a man to have difficulty maintaining or getting an erection on an occasional basis when tired, stressed, anxious or having drunk too much alcohol. Age alone is not a cause for ED and a number of other factors are involved. Diabetes (high blood sugar), heart disease, and sometimes treatments for prostate cancer can raise your chance of having ED. The good news is there are many safe and useful treatments to help men improve their sexual function. What causes ED? ED can be caused by a number of factors both physical and psychological. There are three mechanisms by which ED can occur. The first is that not enough blood flows into the penis. Smoking, heart disease and high blood sugar can impact the blood flow and lead to ED. The second cause of ED is nerve signals from the spinal cord and brain don’t reach the penis. Certain illnesses, injuries or surgeries in the pelvic area can cause damage to the nerves. A third cause is that the penis is unable to store blood during an erection, meaning that the penis is unable to become firm, as blood cannot be stored in the penis long enough. ED can also happen as a side effect from medications taken to treat medical problems, such as blood pressure medications. Even when there is a physical cause for ED, psychological factors may make the ED worse. For instance, anxiety about being able to sustain an erection can then exacerbate ED. Depression and past sexual traumas can also lead to ED. Treatment Options for ED Depending on the cause for ED a range of 228 NOVEMBER 2019

treatment approaches are available. For a number of men, lifestyle changes can make a difference. Stopping smoking, reducing drug and alcohol use, increasing physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight are all known to have an impact. A medication review with your GP if it is a side effect of a medication you are taking may be of benefit, to ensure it is safe to stop the medication and an alternative prescribed. Medications prescribed should not be stopped without consultation. Psychosexual counselling may also be of benefit, allowing one to explore their feelings around ED and sex. This can be done alone or with your partner. If treatment is needed for ED. The first line is oral medication, these tablets work well for the majority of men and work by allowing better blood flow into the penis, this increased blood flow creates a firmer erection. Second-line treatment options if oral medications fail are injectable medications. These are administered by the patient prior to intercourse, either through injecting medication into the base of the penis or a small pellet/cream into the urethra. Another option is the use of vacuum erection devices these help to pull blood into the penis to create an erection. Once an erection is gained an elastic ring is pulled around the base of the penis, to keep blood in the penis. It is important the ring is not left on for more than 30 minutes as irreversible tissue damage can occur. If these different options are not effective the final option would be consideration of a penile implant. These inflatable implants allow for a man to pump fluid into the implant making the penis rigid. Remember ED is a common problem for which there are solutions, it may also be the first sign of needing a check-up. Research has shown that there is a strong link between heart disease and ED. Don’t be afraid to visit your GP or a specialist for help.

THE DETAILS Mr Erotocritou has a clinic every Tuesday and Thursday Evening at Highgate Private Hospital. Call 02081087031 to make an appointment.


Not just for

adrenaline junkies... Extreme sports are about exhilaration, skill, fitness and an element of danger - so they are almost a total antidote to our safety-first world! However, all too often the risk of doing an extreme sport is overplayed - even though almost anyone can compete in them in relative safety. We have selected a few of the most accessible extreme sports out there that may be well worth giving a go, who they are suitable for and what risk factors there are. And you can really indulge yourself with breathtaking views in the most exotic locations over the world.

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Kite surfing is a relatively new extreme sport whereby you use a small surfboard with foot straps and bindings which are attached to a large powerkite. This controllable kite propels you across the water - and at times over it - while you control both the kite and the board at the same time. Who is kite surfing suitable for? Kite surfing is considered to be a family sport, and can be done by children as young as 12. Those participating need to be strong swimmers with a fair degree of upper-body strength - and it also helps if you are proficient at other water sports such as windsurfing. Risk factors of kite surfing. Kite surfing is a relatively low-risk extreme sport, since most kite surfers wear helmets, and each kite has a quickrelease mechanism which allows you to release the kite with one tug or push, leaving only one line attached to a kite leash. This will cause the kite to lose its shape, preventing you from being dragged along by an out-of-control kite.

Skydiving involves throwing yourself out of an aircraft or other airborne craft at a typical height of around 12,000ft (approximately 3,658m) and then free-falling for a period of time before activating a parachute and steering it safely towards a landing site. Some people take skydiving to further extremes by doing things such as sky surfing Who is skydiving suitable for? There is usually an age limit of 16, and it is considered best to consult a doctor if you are over 40. However, skydiving is a possibility for most reasonably fit people, provided that they are not prone to panic! Most skydivers make their first jump with an experienced instructor in the form of a tandem skydive. Risk factors of skydiving. Despite seeming to be fraught with danger, fatalities in skydiving are rare. You have to complete a thorough course of training, and skydivers are required to carry a reserve parachute - plus some parachute packs now use an automatic activation device which activates the reserve parachute if the skydiver has failed to do so.

MOUNTAINEERING Mountaineering - as its name suggests - is the sport of walking, hiking and climbing up mountains. The degree of difficulty with mountaineering depends on the terrain, with the more daring mountaineers venturing up high, craggy, and often snow-covered peaks. Who is mountaineering suitable for? Mountaineering is not for the casual participant! You will need to have substantial rock climbing and hiking experience, and many mountaineering clubs limit membership to over-18s. Considerable physical fitness as well as mental skills are required. Risk factors of mountaineering. This sport can be extremely dangerous and should not be attempted without the necessary experience or a guide. Mountaineering requires significant safety gear, as there are the dangers of falling, things falling on you, or adverse weather - all of which you must be prepared for.

WAKEBOARDING Simply put, wakeboarding is like water skiing, but on one plank rather than two. A powerboat creates a tail in the water, and the idea is that you use this as a ramp to perform airborne tricks. Initially, though, you’ll probably settle for being able to stand up when starting out in wakeboarding! Who is wakeboarding suitable for? Wakeboarding is pretty exhausting and requires good stamina both when trying to stand and also when having to swim when you’ve come unstuck! There is generally no age limit to participation - the only limit being your own degree of fitness. Surfers, snowboarders and water skiers will probably take to it easily. Risk factors of wakeboarding. Seriously aching muscles plus the odd strain and bump will be the main risk to you, although you may have to look out for other people on the water so as to avoid a nasty collision when wakeboarding.


Prevention is better than cure Tena Walters, Consultant Breast Surgeon MBBS, FRCS, MS


study at the Royal Marsden Hospital in 1940 first suggested that breast cancer could run in families, but it wasn’t until 1994 that the first genetic abnormality, which caused breast cancer was identified. Approximately 5% to 10% of the 4 million breast cancers diagnosed in the world, per year are due to genetic mutations. Approximately 1:400 people in the population carry the abnormal gene. More than half of all women with breast cancer, who are found to have an abnormal gene do not have a family history of breast cancer, but currently only patients with breast cancer who are considered to have a greater than 10% risk of carrying one of the abnormal genes is offered testing. This is based on their age, type of cancer and family history. Patients are offer testing if they have one of the following criteria: • One first degree relative with breast cancer younger than 40 years of age • One first degree male relative at any age • One first degree relative with bilateral breast cancer, when the first was diagnosed younger than 50 years old • Two first degree relatives or one first degree and one second degree relative with breast cancer at any age However, a recent study has suggested that it would be more cost effective to offer testing to all women with breast cancer, which would identify more gene carriers and their relatives, who would benefit from preventative therapy. Testing patients with a family history only means that 50% of gene carriers are missed. This is because there may be a lack of awareness of the significance of family history by patients and clinicians leading to restricted access, and underuse of genetic testing services with only 20-30% of eligible patients tested. This means that 97% of carriers of an abnormal gene in the population remain unidentified. If patients are known to have an abnormal gene then they may, like Angelina Jolie opt to have a risk reducing mastectomy with reconstruction. Patients

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who have breast cancer may opt to have a mastectomy instead of lump removal and a risk reducing mastectomy on the other side with breast reconstruction. This may also reduce the need for radiotherapy following lumpectomy. They may be also eligible for different, new preventative drugs. Most importantly, it is now possible to test embryos for the genetic mutation and this could prevent the gene from being passed on the future generations. Identification of gene carrying relatives could allow those individuals to have selective and advanced screening techniques with MRI and tomo synthesis mammography or risk reducing surgery. Prevention is better than cure and patients with breast cancer should discuss genetic testing with their clinicians. For appointments please call 01622 873058. For more details call Tena’s PA Helen on 07982 249612.Or email

“A recent study has suggested that it would be more cost effective to offer testing to all women with breast cancer”

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


Hairs to Your

Health Solutions to regaining your hair fall into three categories: 1. Treatment: Treatment often refers to nonsurgical options that have been shown to regrow hair. Treatment includes minoxidil, finasteride, and low-level laser light therapy. 2. Restoration: Hair restoration is usually surgical transplantation of hair from one area to another. 3. Replacement: Hair replacement is described as fitting new hair to areas that have thin or no hair. Hair replacement includes extensions, wigs, and hair systems.


hen it comes to health, we tend to think about diet and exercise and how they can stave off disease. Moreover, as it pertains to beauty, we often think about cosmetics and skincare. While these are essential components to your health and beauty regimen, we must not forget the vital role your hair plays in overall health and beauty. Hair loss is most often caused by genetics, but poor hair health may be a sign of disease, poor nutrition, or other maladies. If you notice significant changes to your hair, it is advisable to consult with a physician to rule out any underlying conditions. 234 NOVEMBER 2019

Treatment and restoration solutions may be a viable solution for you. Still, hair replacement remains the only guaranteed way to maintain the appearance of a full, healthy head of hair. The good news is that we’ve come a long way since the big powdered perukes of the elite. Today, highquality hair replacement is virtually undetectable, affordable, and no longer has a negative stigma associated with it. Bloomsbury of London solutions are designed for women’s hair loss. They use sophisticated, nonsurgical solutions and the most modern attachment techniques to integrate the system with your existing hair. Their integrated hair replacement systems use natural, unprocessed hair, and is a non-intrusive, 24/7 attachment. This allows you to regain a full head of hair without undergoing surgery. Once integrated with your own hair, you are free to enjoy all the activities that you used to. Similarly, The London Hair Clinic has solutions for men that will allow them to regain a full head of hair without having to undergo surgery. Their hair systems are individually made to the client’s needs and you can sleep, swim, and shower for up to 6-weeks without having to take the hair system off. They ensure that the hair system will be fully integrated with your own hair, creating a seamless blend that will be undetectable by sight or touch. Be sure to mind your hair health as few things impact your overall appearance and wellbeing as much as your hair.

THE DETAILS For more details visit 3 Northington Street, London. WC1N 2JE. Email: Tel: 020 7404 6040



ing Edward VII’s Hospital is an independent private hospital with a proud history of Royal Patronage and a reputation built on quality of care. The Hospital provides an extensive range of treatments that can be self-funded, both surgical and medical, ranging from life-improving hip replacement surgery to life-preserving prostate cancer treatment. Self-paying patients are able to choose their specialist and avoid waiting lists, getting back to enjoying everyday life with as little disruption as possible. Investment in the latest cutting-edge technology not only continues the Hospital’s tradition of attracting the best specialists, it also helps deliver the highest standards of diagnosis, treatment and aftercare to its patients. The outstanding quality of nursing care has been the Hospital’s trademark for over 120 years and it’s what patients talk about long after they have gone home. What truly sets the Hospital apart is that it provides medical care with the human touch, where its focus never waivers from its patient. What’s more, the Hospital is also a registered charity. Its charitable work includes providing life-changing medical treatment to veterans of the Armed Forces through its Centre For Veterans’ Health. Any surplus the hospital makes is invested back into facilities, equipment and the provision of subsidised treatment to veterans. All this means that King Edward VII’s is the hospital of choice for self-paying patients who expect more. To enquire about paying for treatment, contact the dedicated patient services team at King Edward VII’s Hospital, 5-10 Beaumont Street, Marylebone, London W1G 6AA.; 020 7467 4344.

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Why King Edward VII’s is the hospital of choice for selfpaying patients

“The outstanding quality of nursing care has been the Hospital’s trademark for over 120 years and it’s what patients talk about long after they have gone home”


A leading centre for


ing Edward VII’s Hospital is one of the UK’s leading centres for urology, bringing together an exceptional multidisciplinary team of consultant urologists who are all leaders in their specialist field. Collaborating to offer an integrated service, and with the very latest in diagnostic and surgical technology at their fingertips, the Hospital’s specialists work together to provide outstanding personalised, patient-centred care at the cutting edge of modern medicine. Conditions treated include prostate cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, incontinence, erectile dysfunction, stone disease and benign diseases of the prostate. The Hospital was the first in the Harley Street area to acquire the da Vinci xi© robot, allowing

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its expert surgeons to perform precise, minimally invasive robotic procedures. At the forefront of diagnostic and surgical technology, and with specialist urology nursing, it can deliver the very best end-to-end care to patients no matter what their condition.

The most advanced diagnosis and treatment for prostate cancer Focal therapy and robotic surgery at King Edward VII’s Hospital offer patients the most advanced and minimally invasive prostate cancer treatment available. In the UK, approximately 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime. It can be confusing for men to know whether

“The Hospital recently welcomed the London Urology Specialists to the team. Learn more about our amazing consultant urologists at”

urology in the UK

they should be checked for prostate cancer, and having any symptoms that might be related to prostate cancer can be worrying. If you’re concerned about prostate cancer, there are tests that can be carried out by your medical specialist to check for any signs of the disease including MRI, Ultrasound and biopsy. If a definitive diagnosis of prostate cancer is made, there are many treatment options and while this might feel bewildering, the wide range of options represents a chance to choose the right one, along with your medical team, to successfully treat or manage your cancer. King Edward VII’s Hospital brings together a team of internationally renowned prostate specialists and has invested in cutting-edge diagnostic and surgical technology to facilitate the highest standards of diagnosis and minimallyinvasive treatment for prostate cancer.

Focal therapy for prostate cancer Focal therapy is a treatment suitable for men who have medium (intermediate) risk prostate cancer, ideally in one part of the prostate. As it treats only the cancer, and a small area around the cancer, the side effects of treatment are much less than those for traditional prostate cancer surgery or radiotherapy. This treatment option requires a careful assessment of the prostate using MRI and biopsy information. For men who are suitable, it is done as a day surgery procedure. Follow up includes careful monitoring using MRI scans and sometimes biopsy. In many cases it allows men to continue to have good sexual and urinary function, whilst treating the cancer. As it’s a small treatment, it can be repeated, and if necessary, surgery or radiotherapy can be used at a later date.

There are a number of different energies used in focal therapy for prostate cancer, including ultrasound (High Intensity Focussed Ultrasound, or HIFU) and electroporation (or NanoKnife, passing an electrical current across the tumour to treat it). King Edward VII’s Hospital is one of the few private hospitals in the UK to offer these cuttingedge treatments.

Robotically assisted prostate surgery Prostate surgery is offered to men with prostate cancer that hasn’t spread further than their prostate, or that has only spread a short distance. It aims to cure prostate cancer by completely removing the prostate and all of the cancerous cells. King Edward VII’s Hospital has recently invested in a da Vinci Xi© robot which enables your surgeon to perform minimally-invasive surgery with an advanced set of instruments. Surgeons using the da Vinci Xi© are able to remove the prostate gland through a few small incisions (cuts). The benefits of this advanced technology include smaller scars, a shorter hospital stay, less pain after the operation and a greater likelihood of sparing the nerves around the prostate which control erections and urinary continence.

THE DETAILS If you are concerned about your prostate health, or you have received a diagnosis for prostate cancer and are considering private treatment, call a member of the dedicated patient services team at King Edward VII’s Hospital to discuss your options: 020 7467 4344 Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm

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influenza Dr Angela Rai from The London General Practice discusses influenza


nfluenza is a highly infectious viral infection of the respiratory tract. Symptoms include sudden onset of fever, chills, muscle pain, fatigue, headache, dry cough, sore throat and stuffy nose. Most healthy individuals usually recover within two to seven days, however complications can occur which may present as bronchitis, pneumonia or, less commonly, meningitis. The risk of serious illness from influenza is higher amongst children under six months of age, older people and those with underlying health conditions such as heart or lung conditions, chronic health conditions such as liver or kidney diseases, diabetes or immunosuppression and pregnant women. There are different types of vaccines for protection against influenza, the vaccines are prepared using virus strains in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations.

The current recommendation for a flu vaccination are: Children aged 2-17 years • The live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) (unless medically contraindicated). LAIV is given by nasal spray as it contains live viruses that have been weakened and adapted to cold so that they can only replicate at the lower temperatures found in the nasal passage. These live viruses cannot replicate efficiently elsewhere in the body but may cause mild symptoms such as runny nose or headache. All other flu vaccines in the UK are inactivated and cannot cause clinical influenza in those that are vaccinated. For children aged 6 months to under 2 years, as well as those over 2 who are unable to have the live vaccine, the inactivated vaccine can be given by injection rather than nasal spray. For those aged 18 to 64 years, there are two vaccines which are suitable. • The standard influenza vaccine (egg-grown quadrivalent -four strains of influenza virus vaccine). • A newly licenced cell-based quadrivalent influenza vaccine. Previously the influenza vaccine has been manufactured by culturing it in eggs, which lets the 240 NOVEMBER 2019

virus adapt to grow in the egg, and this can lead to changes to the virus in the manufacturing process. Through cell culture technology this egg-adaptation does not occur, the influenza virus grows well in the cells and it is able to produce high volumes of flu virus for use in vaccines. Both vaccines offer protection against four strains of flu. If an individual has had an allergy to eggs, having the flu vaccination should be discussed with your doctor. Anyone with a severe anaphylaxis to egg should not have the egg-grown vaccine vaccine, but those with less severe allergies can normally be immunised after discussion with medical practitioner. For those aged 65 and over, there are three vaccines that are available. • The adjuvanted trivalent influenza vaccine, which has three strains and an adjuvant. An adjuvant is an ingredient added to a vaccine that helps create a stronger immune response. • The newly licenced cell-based quadrivalent influenza vaccine. • The newly licenced high dose trivalent influenza, which is not readily available. All pregnant women should be offered an inactivated quadrivalent influenza vaccine whilst pregnant, regardless of their stage of pregnancy.


The London General Practice 114a Harley Street, London W1G 7JL (Entrance on Devonshire Street; between Harley Street and Portland Place) Tel: 0207 935 1000


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Celebrating a decade of leading dermatology at Dr Haus’ clinic A t the top end of Harley Street stands one of the capital’s foremost destinations for non-surgical skin treatments: Dr Haus Dermatology. For a decade, this exclusive clinic has been home to some of the nation’s top dermatologists and skin care specialists, offering consultations and advanced treatments for acne, rosacea and even skin cancers, as well as age-defying face treatments and non-surgical body contouring. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, Dr Haus’ clinic continues to offer market-leading aesthetic treatments. To say that Dr Ariel Haus is an expert when it comes to skin would be quite the understatement. He qualified as a medical doctor in Rio de Janeiro following training at the Santa Casa da Misercórdia Hospital (which dates back to 1582) and has since obtained postgraduate qualifications in Dermatology, Aesthetic Medicine and Anti-Ageing Medicine. He is also a key opinion leader who’s spoken at medical conferences on every continent. In short, you’re in extremely safe hands in his clinic. A visit to the bright, airy establishment, with its calm and private ambience and discreet staff, is a pleasure in itself.

“To say that Dr Ariel Haus is an expert when it comes to skin would be quite the understatement” So, what exactly is on offer at this esteemed Harley Street destination? A highlight is a one- ofa-kind option that pulls together Dr Haus’ broad expertise with seven different laser technologies. A truly hard-working choice, this signature treatment uses a variety of laser wavelengths and technologies to target lines, wrinkles, redness and pigmentation,

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while also tightening skin and plumping lips. Another treatment that works wonders on signs of ageing is Ultherapy, which employs focused use of ultra-sound to work deep into skin and stimulate collagen. Diminishing the look of lines and wrinkles, this also lifts and improves the appearance of skin. Dr Haus often combines Ultherapy with laser treatments in order to improve issues such as pigmentation and dull texture, often seen in patients with skin laxity. For further body boosting, EmSculpt (which uses non-invasive electromagnetic technology to induce muscle contractions) is new to the UK but already hugely popular for toning stomachs. Dr Haus Dermatology was the first clinic on Harley Street to offer EmSculpt and now it is the first to offer the new applicator for toning arms and legs.

THE DETAILS Dr Haus Dermatology, 140 Harley Street, London W1G 7LB. To make an appointment, please call 020 7935 6358 or email appointments@



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Suffer from workplace back pain?


o you suffer from back pain? If the answer is yes then you are by no means alone. In fact, according to research carried out by Bupa Cromwell Hospital, over half of us Brits are affected by this condition in the workplace. If you’re one of them then you’ll know what a bore it can be, particularly if it stops you doing the things you love outside of work. Getting out there and enjoying the finer things in life requires you to be physically active, which can be a real struggle if the pain is severe. Here Mr Jonathan Bull, a Consultant Neurosurgeon and Spinal Surgeon at Bupa Cromwell Hospital, tells us when to seek professional help and shares his top tips for relieving back pain. Many people who suffer with back pain in the workplace don’t seek medical advice as they believe they can treat it themselves or it will go away on its own. Backs are complex structures comprising of vertebrae bones of the spine, cartilage or discs, muscles, tendons and nerves. They play an important role in supporting and moving our bodies. When back pain occurs it can have an impact on us both physically and mentally. The time to speak to a healthcare professional is when you experience ongoing pain, or are unwell and unable to work due to the pain. X-rays and MRI scans can be carried out to detect spinal injuries and your doctor will be able to advise you on how best to treat strains, sprains or trapped nerves. When it comes to relieving back pain, try the following:

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regular breaks, where you move around the office. You could also try exercises and stretches or using a hot or cold compress (depending on which feels better) for short term relief.

Switch things up There are various straightfoward tactics to look after your back at work: • If you are lifting heavy loads, use lifting devices to help you. Try to alternate physically demanding tasks with less demanding ones. • If you work at a computer, make sure that your screen, keyboard, mouse and chair are positioned correctly. • Stretch at your desk. We spend a lot of time in a flexed forward position when sat down. Try to reverse this with regular extension (arching backwards). Place your hands in the small of your back and arch backwards comfortably. Try to do this every hour at work. • If you frequently talk on the phone and type or write at the same time, place your phone on speaker or use a headset. Avoid any unnecessary bending, twisting and reaching.

Speak to your GP Research reveals that almost one in two of us Brits have never sought medical advice for back pain. If you are struggling with pain that persists over a period of time or stops day-to-day activities, then speak to your GP or medical professional. They will be able to provide treatment options such as medication and investigate the reasons as to why it has occurred, as there may be an underlying more serious problem that needs to be addressed. Ultimately, if you are struggling with back pain at work you should talk to your employer about ways to help relieve it. If you need to take time off then do, as back pain can be made worse because of stress.

Mr Jonathan Bull MA MB BChir MD(Res) FRCSGlasg FRCSEng (Neuro.Surg) Consultant Neurosurgeon and Spinal Surgeon at Bupa Cromwell Hospital

THE DETAILS For an appointment with Mr Jonathan Bull at Bupa Cromwell Hospital, please call 020 7460 5700 or email


Latest Advanced Therapy for Prostate Cancer Lutetium-177 PSMA treatment

BIOGRAPHY Dr Yong Du has treated the largest number of patients with Lutetium-177-PSMA in the UK and practises at Cancer Centre London, one of only three hospitals in the UK that offer this treatment. Dr Yong Du graduated from Shandong Medical University. He was awarded a PhD in Cancer Sciences at the University of Southampton for his work on lymphoma and completed his nuclear medicine specialist training at the Institute of Nuclear Medicine, University College Hospital in London. Dr Yong Du also has extensive experience in radionuclide targeted therapy. He is interested in combining the fast advancing functional imaging technology with multidisciplinary expertise to help develop and optimise radionuclide targeted therapy for cancer patients. Dr Yong Du is a Trustee of the British Nuclear Medicine Society. He was the first recipient of the UK HEFCE Clinical Senior Lectureship award in the Nuclear Medicine speciality. He lectures in national and international medical conferences regularly.

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What is Lutetium PSMA Therapy? Lutetium Prostate Specific Membrane (PSMA) therapy is an innovative targeted therapy used to treat metastatic prostate cancer. Lutetium PSMA therapy aims to reduce the size of the prostate cancer metastases and stop them from spreading. This results in a decrease of the symptoms that people may get with metastatic prostate cancer.

“Lutetium PSMA is most often used when the disease has metastasised�

How does Lutetium PSMA Work? Prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) is a type of protein found on the prostate cancer cells. When someone has prostate cancer there is an increased amount of PSMA protein on the cell. PSMA will also appear in other parts of the body where the prostate cancer has spread or metastasised. Lutetium-177 PSMA Therapy uses a molecule which attaches itself to the PSMA receptors on the cancer cells. Before it is administered, the PSMA molecule is bound with Lutetium-177, which releases beta radiation, a destructive type of radiation that damages the cancer cells when it is in close proximity to them, with minimum damage to healthy cells. Prior to starting the therapy, a diagnostic scan is performed (Gallium 68 PSMA PET/CT) to highlight areas that have high levels of PSMA and

ensure the radiation will target the right areas during treatment. Who should have Lutetium PSMA Therapy? Lutetium PSMA is most often used when the disease has metastasised and when other therapies are poorly tolerated or have stopped working. This therapy aims to reduce the size of the cancer and stop it from multiplying, as well as to ease the symptoms that people may get with metastatic prostate cancer. Clinical trials have demonstrated this treatment to be highly effective in a significant number of patients. A substantial number of patients have experienced long term remission after PSMA therapy. How will this improve quality of life? Patients undergoing Lutetium PSMA therapy often experience a noticeable relief from pain caused by mestastic prostate cancer, especially in the bones. A number of patients who have had Lutetium PSMA therapy have also experienced long term remission. With the reduction in symptoms, patients can carry on with their activities of daily living and enjoy time with family and loved ones. There are very few side effects from Lutetium PSMA therapy. Some patients may experience a dry mouth, tiredness and a brief decline in the production of blood cells. Blood tests are performed intermittently to ensure the radiation is not damaging healthy tissue. . To book an appointment call: 0208 247 3428 Email:


Self-Pay at Parkside Hospital medication for up to 14 days. • One post-discharge outpatient visit for wound dressing or stitches removal. • One follow-up consultation with your consultant. • For weight loss patients - Two dietician appointments. • For Orthopaedic patients - Hydrotherapy during your stay, physiotherapy & one set of mobility aids for post discharge rehabilitation. If I need surgery how long will I need to wait? For most procedures it is usually possible to arrange surgery within 2-3 weeks of your initial Outpatient consultation. What is Self-Pay? Self-Pay is the option to pay for your own treatment. This alternative solution allows you quick access to high quality treatments with little or no wait time without the need for private insurance. Paying for your own treatment also allows you the freedom to choose the Consultant who will look after you. At Parkside Hospital we offer a range of Self-Pay Fixed Price packages allowing you to fund your own treatment with no unexpected additional costs. When can I choose to pay for myself ? • If the NHS doesn’t cover the treatment you require. • If you are not eligible for NHS-funded care. • You are on a waiting list and would like to be treated quicker and at time that is convenient to you. • If you don’t have private health insurance Do I need a referral? We have over 100 expert consultants across a range of specialities, who offer consultations for a fixed fee of £200 without the need for a referral letter. If my consultant recommends further tests, how do I find out costs? If at the time of your Outpatient consultation you are recommended to have further tests i.e. blood tests, scans or minor procedures we have a cashier in our Outpatient department who is available until 8pm on weekdays, and can provide you the cost of your treatment, allowing you to make an informed decision before proceeding. If I need surgery do you have any self-pay packages available? We have Self-Pay fixed prices packages for over 80 procedures across a range of specialties. What is included in your fixed price packages? • Pre-operative assessment prior to admission*. • All clinical costs associated with your stay, including consultant & anaesthetist fees for your inpatient care, nursing care and theatre fees. • Standard prosthesis, if required. • 24hr on-call doctor. • Test & scans required during your stay & postdischarge. • Medication & dressings including take-home 248 NOVEMBER 2019

Do you offer any finance options? Yes, subject to status we can offer monthly payment options for one-off private treatments through Chrysalis Finance. This allows you to spread the cost of your treatment using an interest free low APR finance option which can be arranged in advance.

“This alternative solution allows you quick access to high quality treatments with little or no wait time without the need for private insurance”

Benefits of choosing self-pay at Parkside Hospital: • Rated No.1 Private Hospital in London in 2018* by our patients across 15 Categories (*Survey compiled by HWA- Howard Warwick Associates)

• Choice of over 100 expert Consultants who offer a £200 fixed price consultation • Caring nurses • No waiting lists • Transparent pricing • Comprehensive pre and post-surgical care • Flexible finance options available To find out more about Self-Pay at Parkside Hospital call: 020 8971 8008 or email: Please note: Terms & Conditions apply on the Self-Pay Fixed Price Packages. *This does not include initial Consultation fees, diagnostic tests and scans prior to admission


Colorectal cancer making it’s unpopular debut amongst the youth


s a consultant colorectal surgeon, I have come across a fair share of haemorrhoids (piles), fissures, and other benign anorectal conditions which are extremely common affecting over 30% of the population. Patients who are diagnosed with these conditions present symptoms such as bleeding, pain, itching, irritation, a swelling or lump or discharge from the anus. These symptoms however, can also be the presenting symptoms of anal, rectal and even colon (large intestine) cancer as well as polyps (benign pre-cancerous growths) and inflammatory conditions such as colitis or Crohn’s disease. With 40,000 new cases of colorectal cancer (CRC) diagnosed every year in the UK, equivalent to a lifetime risk of 1 in 17, the NHS states that, ‘Bowel cancer is one of the most common types of cancer diagnosed in the UK.’ CRC is commonest in the elderly, majority being over the age of 60 years, and the numbers are low in the younger age groups. However, in recent years there is increasing evidence that shows the incidence is rising more steeply in the young, especially in 20-29 and 30-40 age groups in Europe and USA. The cause of this is not known but obesity may be a factor. More than 50% of CRC diagnosed in under 50 year olds are symptomatic suggesting symptoms are being ignored resulting in late diagnosis. In a majority of cases a clinical examination is conducted which would include a rigid sigmoidoscopy (small endoscope) by a specialist colo-proctologist. This would help the consultant to diagnose the benign condition, reassure and

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start treatment immediately. However in some cases further investigation becomes necessary post the initial consultation. This would involve a colonoscopy or CT virtual colonography to examine the entire large bowel if the diagnosis was not clear at first consultation. As most consultants would suggest, early diagnosis is essential and leads to a cure. With survival rate of CRC at 57% and mortality at 43% of which over 50% are considered preventable and were diagnosed late, it is imperative that patients keep an eye out for any early warning signs and symptoms no matter what age they are at. Mr Emin Carapeti is a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon with a special interest in management of anorectal conditions and endoscopy. He has published widely on anorectal disorders and pilonidal sinus disease and has pioneered new surgical techniques in complex recurrent pilonidal disease and day case surgery for haemorrhoids.

Mr Emin Carapeti, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at The London Rectal Clinic, 108 Harley Street, London W1G 7ET.

THE DETAILS The London Rectal Clinic 108 Harley Street London W1G 7ET To book an appointment contact our team on 0207 563 1234 For more information, visit us at

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new from Sweetpea & Willow

Sweetpea & Willow showcased exclusive new in-house pieces at Decorex last month, from their exclusive Handmade in London bespoke collection. They now have their our own factory, which has given them more room for creativity and to produce brilliant upholstery of the highest quality. All of the Handmade in London pieces can be upholstered in any fabric and size options are also available.


The Tanja dining chair is a real crowd-pleaser with it’s sculptural form, deep foam padding and comfortable seat pad. From casual everyday dining to dinner parties and special occasions, this timeless design is sure to impress.


Get into the festive mood with a seasonal 100% natural home fragrance, part of the Petits Rituels Winter Signature range, available in a stunning and luxurious eco candle & travel candle, beautiful handmade wax melts and organic essential oil blend. 254 NOVEMBER 2019

Christmas is on its way and it’s time to think about getting festive! Melody Maison boasts a stunning collection of Christmas Decorations available in Rustic, Vintage, Traditional, Modern and Scandinavian styles.

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A forever favourite in Black and Brass. Our Victoria iron and brass beds, is based on a classic Victorian design. With an elegant sweeping curve, grand bed posts and hand spun finials. This design is perfect for those looking to furnish their bedroom with classic and elegant iron bed.




importance. The construction process of a treehouse can be demanding - not kids’ stuff at all; requiring a great deal of planning and ensuring European safety standards are met. Approach specialist tree house companies and get recommendations from friends. It is crucial that you receive professional advice and guidance, with construction and installation done by experts to keep your child safe. Provide them with a fantasy hideaway in natural surroundings by making a part of the garden their own. All images courtesy of Cheeky Monkey Treehouses


t’s a dream of many children to own their own tree house where they can escape and immerse themselves in fantasy and imagination. The tree house has long been a symbol of the freedom of youth, and of creativity running wild. Tree houses have changed over the years, from rickety and unsafe structures, to modern designs that now even incorporate swings, slides and climbing frames. Despite their evolution, their popularity has remained consistent. When you really want to give your kids the ultimate custom tree house or wooden playhouse for the garden, getting a bespoke timber building from skilled craftsmen guarantees you get exactly what you want! The shops are full of playhouses barely big enough for the children’s toys and with a similar limited shelf life! If you really want to give your children a playhouse or tree house that lasts their whole childhood, bespoke wooden buildings are ideal. Bespoke treehouses are a big trend in many gardens; with elaborate designs built high up on stilts, within and around branches. They can take on many different shapes sizes, colours and themes, too, and feature a number of cute accessories and fun activities to keep kids entertained throughout the summer! And you don’t need a tree to have a tree house. It can be built in the right location for you. The areas surrounding your tree house could be landscaped with shrubs, trees or a lawn - whatever is needed to enhance the appearance of your treehouse. Your children’s safety is of paramount

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“The tree house has long been a symbol of the freedom of youth, and of creativity running wild”

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he best architecture has the ability to make space feel bigger than it actually is. With over ten years of experience in house renovations and extensions as well as new-build homes, award-winning vPPR Architects, is an all-women architecture practice based in central London, which specialises in adding value to homes through careful design strategies, in order to bring the sense of spaciousness, openness and lightness to previously dark constrained spaces. Working closely with the client to realise their vision, vPPR begins the design process by considering how to weave light into the space to meet the client’s brief. Careful positioning of windows and skylights enables different kinds of light to enter the house: diffused north light or directional light at different times of the day. Sometimes, such as their RIBA award-winning project, Vaulted House in Hammersmith, the skylight can become a sculptural feature of the house where the vault introduces additional space above creating the impression of structural lightness. At the same time as bringing light in, the function of any glazing is as much to frame views out. Glazed doors and walls have the advantage of dissolving the boundary between interior and exterior space, often creating strong connections to the garden. Alternatively, the use of framed windows or bay windows create compositions that focus the eye on specific views outside, whether a tree or a sculpture, such as at House of Light in Southwark. By visually merging interior and exterior, the interior space appears considerably bigger than it actually is. In vPPR’s projects, sightlines form the backbone of their interior re-configurations. By widening and aligning internal doorways, the classical effect of an enfilade is created whereby a series of separate rooms are experienced as interconnected, resulting in greater visual depth and order. To ensure that the floor areas are as large as possible, vPPR pays special attention to re-configuring the circulation so that it is as efficient as possible. By minimising the need for corridors, more space can be assigned to the living areas.

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One of vPPR’s favourite design strategies is increasing the floor to ceiling heights, particularly on the lower ground floor, which is often historically a compressed space. By lowering the floor, suddenly the new proportions of the space allow light to flood inside and creates the sense of generosity and grandeur. Sometimes, vPPR includes an unexpected double height space connecting two levels which reinforce this effect even more, such as at Split House in Marble Arch. The choice of colour and texture for the walls, as well as that of focus features, can radically impact on the atmosphere of the space and create the sense of harmony and calmness. Materials are also a way to draw out the character of the existing house by referencing historical elements in the property. By incorporating plenty of inbuilt storage, it is possible to conceal daily paraphernalia, in order to focus attention on significant objects or artworks. Further space can be gained by carefully detailed extensions. vPPR has an impressive 95 percent success rate in gaining planning permission. However, as we have seen, sometimes refurbishing the interior space can be as effective in creating the experience of more space than a physical extension. While actual floor area is a critical factor in valuing a property, the impression of a larger floor area should not be under estimated. E: T: +44 (0)20 7729 6168

“One of vPPR’s favourite design strategies is increasing the floor to ceiling heights, particularly on the lower ground floor, which is often historically a compressed space”

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Scandi-Inspired “With a strong belief that visual design affects our everyday wellbeing, MissPrint have created an iconic collection of vivid patterns”


ew for this year, Blinds 2go have added another spectacular new name to their portfolio of designer collections. Contemporary home stylists MissPrint are the latest brand to bring their unique flair to the Blinds 2go range. There are 30 stunning new roller blind fabrics to choose from, starting at just £29.25 and available to buy at the click of a button from the UK’s largest dedicated online made to measure blinds retailer. With a strong belief that visual design affects our everyday wellbeing, MissPrint have created an iconic collection of vivid patterns. Famed for their geometric designs, their range is heavily influence by Scandinavian styling and mid-century chic. From their flagship Little Trees pattern, showcasing co-founder Rebecca Drury’s whimsical illustrations, to the tropical leaves of Guatemala, each design starts out life as a naïve hand-drawn sketch and is brought to life through their use of colour, scale and rhythm.

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In 30 vibrant colours and contemporary patterns, Blinds 2go have curated the best MissPrint has to offer and delivered an incredible collection of made to measure roller blinds that are ideal for the modern home. Each roller blind design is available with a bespoke choice of linings to shade the home perfectly. A light filtering lining offers gentle protection from glare while the blackout lining is ideal for spaces such as the bedroom where darkness is a priority. The welcome addition of these stunning MissPrint roller blinds enhances an already stellar collection of blinds, curtains and shutters available at Blinds 2go and sister site Curtains 2go. With easy to follow measuring and fitting guides, up to 70% off high street prices and a fast, free sample service Blinds 2go makes made to measure style accessible to all. For further information, free fabric samples, instant prices and a huge array of choice, visit: or freephone: 0800 862 0464. Or visit and contact: 01 969 7247


REMEB & SPC Working Together “We recently worked on a kitchen for an architect that had to be designed around a climbing wall”


ocated on the stretch of St John’s Hill, in Battersea, that’s known as a hotbed of architectural and interior design as well as being home to some of the best independent lighting, furniture and interior shops in South London, sits Remeb and SPC’s newly refitted showroom. It’s next to the hip Story Coffee, where you can sit with your Flat White and pore over Interiors magazines for further inspiration.

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With over 50 years’ experience between them, both companies pride themselves on delivering design and manufacture of a superior finish and quality. Remeb with their bespoke joinery solutions for all rooms in a home and SPC with their vast selection of natural and man made stone. They also have the creativity to find stylish solutions to some pretty unique briefs and they work on homes of all shapes and sizes. “We recently worked on a kitchen for an architect that had to be designed around a climbing wall” explains Greg, managing director of Remeb UK, “The bottom of the wall was in the basement and then it rose up through three storeys of the house”. Mark, managing director of SPC, and Greg like nothing more than chatting about interiors, kitchens and the best materials for surfaces, wet rooms and bathrooms in order to find a creative solution to your brief, or simply give you a steer in the right direction; and as a long-term member of the Stone Federation, Mark is an expert on limestone, slate, marble, granite and other surface materials. To discuss any future projects, please don’t hesitate to contact either Greg or Mark. Perhaps make time to meet at the refitted showroom, with some of your team, to get a fuller picture to what we can do for you. The showroom stocks a range of stone and marble finishes on site along with examples of kitchen cabinetry and home interiors. 119 St John’s Hill, London SW11 1SZ 020 7228 0707.




Deco Tayberry is announced as Original Style’s Tile of the Year 2020

or the third consecutive year, Original Style is excited to reveal their Tile of the Year for 2020 in partnership with leading Interior Designers, 2LG Studio. Sophisticated, sumptuous and classic in design; Deco Tayberry, part of Original Style’s Winchester collection of hand crafted English tiles, is set to be the must-have tile for the upcoming year. “As interior designers, we approach our projects with one eye on the past and the other on the future. Deco Tayberry is the perfect representation of this motto. Square in format and with an arch motif, this gorgeous tile is a contemporary twist on classic tiling. Moving forward from the currently popular ‘millennial pink’, Tile of the Year’s blush and berry tones provide a softer approach, embracing the new heritage trend” Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead, 2LG Studio. The real beauty of this tile is reflected in its handcrafted nature. Designed in-house at Original Style’s factory in Exeter, Devon; Deco Tayberry is the epitome of British design. Each tile is hand crafted by skilled artisans using the age-old screen printing method which, alongside its reactive inks, means each kiln produces a different effect, so no two tiles are the same. “Vibrancy through colour is beginning to play a big part in interior schemes. It’s exciting to see people being bolder with their interior choices and during 2020 we’re expecting to see people integrate more statement designs through greater injection of personality and individuality” – Jane Addis, Original Style’s New Products & Design Manager. “Deco Tayberry was designed with this movement in mind. Its heritage-pink glaze encourages the embrace of colour which, when

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paired with its Deco pattern inspired by the luxury and modernity of art-deco design; provides a dramatic yet sophisticated edge. Alongside its inherent rustic nature, these tiles are wonderfully characterful providing an authentic and distinctive style” comments Jane. Renowned for their colourful and audacious interior style, Interior designers, 2LG Studio collaborated with Original Style to create a bathroom space for 2020; “When we first saw Deco Tayberry it was clearly unique and we were thrilled to design a setting to best showcase this tile for Original Style. Combining traditional style with modern influences was our primary objective and we achieved this through emphasis on shape and texture. We embedded the Deco Tayberry tiles into an arch formation to accentuate the striking curves of the pattern, incorporating matte concrete walls and accessories to contrast with and enhance the tiles rich glossy glaze. On this occasion, we styled Deco Tayberry in a bathroom but the versatility of this tile lends itself beautifully to a feature chimney breast, a kitchen splashback or even installed within a sitting room alcove” - Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead, 2LG Studio. Through the combination of age-old production methods and contemporary style influences, this captivating tile isn’t just aesthetically pleasing but it also evokes personality and charm. With homeowners now branching out with their own design styles, the vision for 2020 is the embrace of heritage design, colour and individuality and Deco Tayberry is the perfect reflection of this interior design movement.

“Renowned for their colourful and audacious interior style, Interior designers, 2LG Studio collaborated with Original Style to create a bathroom space for 2020”

Louise Hill Design A

fter graduating from Art School in London, Louise Hill specialised in highend packaging design for over 15 years working for clients such as Crabtree & Evelyn, Fortnum & Mason’s, Highgrove and Whittard’s Coffee. During this time she developed a love for colour, typography and detailed illustration which comes through in her vivid and vibrant multilayered digital artworks. Since leaving her hometown of Richmond, Louise has lived for nearly two decades in Shanghai, Hong Kong and more recently Singapore, where she creates new ideas for her prints from a colonial ‘Black & White’ studio nestled in a green and tropical setting. These traditional buildings were originally built by British colonial families around the 1930’s to accommodate businessmen, lawyers and high ranking government officials but are now popular with expats. Passionate about her work, Louise is constantly seeking creative new ways of exploring her own experiences of living, working and travelling throughout Asia.The way Louise works is an intricate process and takes time and patience to put together. She creates her artworks using her learned skills from her previous design career in London and uses her own imagery, photographing buildings,

textiles, ribbons and curated vintage objet d’art from her own collections, adding in a dash of illustration and pattern. She starts her design ideas with sketches and mood boards and then may take many weeks to source and find her subject matter from all over the world. Once she has collected and photographed them all, she digitally combines them into a highly detailed, multi layered finished artwork on her computer - which in turn is then printed onto canvas or etching paper. Some of her Limited Edition printed work on etching paper is also then hand finished in gold or coloured metallic inks – for example her ‘Chinoiserie in Teal & Peacock Blues’ which is shown in the images featured.

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Shoreline Inspiration

Immersed in the tranquillity of jewel-toned greens and deep blues, the Seaglass trend from Oak Furnitureland creates ethereal spaces cut adrift from the outside world


ak Furnitureland turns to the sea for solace this Autumn/ Winter with its Seaglass trend which draws us along the shoreline in search of the enchanting imperfection of wave-worn glass. Awash in a tonally tight colour palette, this graceful scheme is submerged in a spectrum of blues, greens and greys which flow everywhere, from the walls and ceilings to the upholstery and tableware. There are nods to vintage grandeur with full-length panelling on the walls. This reflects the cornices and beading on the more trad-with-a-twist furniture pieces which are mixed in with cleaner, more simplistic pieces to steer the scheme away from being too polished or fussy. Meanwhile, the tactile elements of Seaglass are referenced in the cabinetry’s gently rounded edges and smooth waxed and painted surfaces. Charming ‘wonky’ glassware, accessories and statement foliage reminiscent of seaweed help complete the look. Anchored in deep blues and jewel-like greens, this living room scheme explores a variety of shades in the palette and encompasses the beautiful teal on the Brighton corner sofa in seaspray and the Trend accent chair in sky blue leather. Sarah Boyle, Product and Commercial Director at Oak Furnitureland says: “Our Brighton sofa collection is inspired by mid-century designs. It’s set on slim tapered oak legs and features square arms with buttoned bolsters and inviting deepbuttoned backs that are fibre-filled for lounging in comfort. The upholstery has a soft touch textured weave which adds to its sumptuous feel and the foamfilled seat cushions retain their shape brilliantly so there’s no need for plumping.”

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STYLING TIPS By Joanna Thornhill, Interior Stylist and Author “When working with a tonal colour scheme, if you’re not sure which other colours to layer in, look to the colour wheel: locate your main colour on that, then pick out additional tones up and down it for subtle depth, as well as choosing colours from either side to add a harmonious accent. “By going all-in with a tonal colour palette you can’t go wrong so don’t be afraid to mix blue walls with similar-toned furniture and furnishings. Just ensure you have several variations of your main colour in there to stop things feeling flat, and introduce an element such as green flowers and foliage, for subtle but necessary contrast.” Oak Furnitureland has used pieces from its Brindle cabinetry collection to bridge the contemporary upholstered designs and the room’s more traditional decor elements. The range combines solid oak tops and country farmhouse cues with a fresh sage grey painted finish and nickel handles. The Brindle extending dining table looks cool and calm at the centre of this scheme. Smooth painted turned legs and beading support a honeyed solid oak top that effortlessly transforms from 4 ft 9” to 6 ft 5”, making it ideal for entertaining. The simplicity and chunkiness of the

Romsey large sideboard is a deliberate choice to counterbalance other more ornate pieces. Carefully built from solid oak, the sleek recessed handles and clean curved lines help to ground the scheme. “Break up the look of painted woods by adding in a natural piece for contrast, such as mixing in two natural dining chairs among four painted ones. Here we chose to sit the Brindle dining chairs alongside Oak Furnitureland’s Classic dining chairs, both are upholstered in striped silver fabric. “Consider using vintage kitchenware in unexpected ways too: an old tea caddy can make great storage for any dried foodstuffs or a beautiful vintage set of imperial-measure weighing scales could make for a quirky fruit bowl.” The Romsey king size bed is highlighted beautifully against this dramatic backdrop. To make a feature of the oak grain, it’s finished in a natural protective wax that enhances the timber’s unique patterns. The bed is flanked by the Brindle bedside table and Brindle chest of drawers. Smooth curved edges give the designs flow while bun feet elevate the base to bring a light feel to even the largest pieces.


The Beauty of Bespoke Service At Thomas Sanderson, we have been designing, crafting and installing bespoke shutters, blinds and curtains for over 25 years. With the guidance of our expert designers, we can assist you in achieving the vision you have for your home and make your windows a statement piece.

Quality Every product we produce is expertly measured and custom-made, with a variety of options to create a beautifully bespoke finish.Every unique window furnishing we produce is manufactured with care and precision to ensure you are experiencing the beauty for bespoke for years to come.

Bespoke Our service allows us to offer bespoke solutions to balance light, privacy, heat and style with window furnishings for even the most complex window shapes. Our elegantly designed pieces include contemporary and practical features which ensure our shutters, blinds and curtains can enhance your home and decor.

Craftsmanship Drawing on a wealth of experience, we understand the importance of choosing the right window furnishing for each room throughout a home. Our designers take pride in ensuring our collection of shutters, blinds and luxury custom-made curtains are made to your exact window specifications. We follow a stringent process to ensure that all the products we place in every home we visit are built to last. We offer guarantees of up to five years to give our customers assurance that they are receiving the finest shutters, blinds and curtains available. 268 NOVEMBER 2019

Harlequin Discover our new range, A Collaboration in Colour, in partnership with premium fabric brand Harlequin. Our Harlequin collection houses ten beautiful colour themes to offer a varied palette of stylish colours and texture. We have combined Harlequin’s outstanding design expertise with our own craftsmanship and service to create outstanding bespoke solutions.


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THE BROWNHOUSE INTERIORS T he Brown House Interiors shop and creative studio is situated at number 42 in the Queenstown Road design quarter, a collective of new and exciting design businesses which have sprung up in recent years to serve the vibrant, local south of the river community in Battersea as well as customers from further afield in the Capital. The area is developing into a wonderful little design destination with other names such as Decara Home, Edwina Ibboston Couture Millinery, Porter Vanities, Bowloom Carpets and Trunk Flooring to name but a few. It is a major thoroughfare into Central London and parking is available directly in front of the shop. From the minute one walks into this lovely emporium you are enveloped in a warm sense of comfort and style, from the antique bobbin chair in the window to the display of blue and whites and the hints of Africa and the Mediterranean where rustic and luxury mix harmoniously IN the space. The scent is interesting and sophisticated, and comes from the Cape Town based Charlotte Rhys home fragrance collection also available to purchase in the shop. The owners have also designed a stunning range of designer jewellery, featuring chunky vermeil necklaces and bracelets, featuring hand cut and polished cabochon semi precious gems, starting with beautiful twist bangles retailing from just £85. Just the perfect gift for a loved one. There are contemporary cushions and throws in cotton, linen, wool and alpaca or clients can choose a unique piece. Also Special customer orders can be delivered direct from European suppliers specialising in a wide range of upholstery, fabrics, accessories and lighting. You’ll find stunning furniture pieces as well as a range of rugs made from recycled plastic bottles that have the appearance of natural coir or seagrass but are washable and can be used indoors or out. The shop is also the perfect place for Christmas shopping – candles and candle holders, elegant vases, table linen and table wear, some of which is bespoke and can be made to special order. Please do ask about Pierre Jeanneret chairs, there are originals as well as amazing reproductions available. The owner and interiors stylist behind the shop is Wayne Brown. Wayne moved to Battersea in 2002

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and knows the area well, and is a common sight on the local streets with his cheeky border terrier, Ricky. Little did Wayne realise when he moved to the area that he would be opening his own business in the very same area ten years later, finally bringing to fruition his dream of both a design business and an interiors emporium selling contemporary and antique pieces which he has carefully curated over the years. Wayne is incredibly helpful and will go out of his way to find the exact item you’re looking for, and he will suggest things you may not have even considered to personalise your home or to buy for someone special as a gift. As a designer who’s worked in interiors for many years with a wide ranging group of clients in both business and residential work, Wayne is hoping that the combination of a shop and a specialised interiors design service will prove popular with both customers in the local area who are looking to remodel their entire home or a specific room within their house or commercial space. Wayne has a number of contacts who can help with remodelling and building work, and he is also happy to work with a client’s existing builder or tradespeople. The aesthetic of Brownhouse interiors is Skandi meets Mediterranean, and the shop has a relaxed, contemporary feel which offers both comfort and luxury. Wayne is happy to discuss any number of looks you may be seeking for your home, office or commercial space and the store houses a wide variety of mood boards for customers to look at and find inspiration. The sky is the limit, and Wayne’s friendly, expert approach to design is what makes this unique shop such a pleasure to visit. It’s a beautiful space and somewhere wonderful to come and browse, seek out ideas, and generally enjoy the different items for sale which Wayne has collected over the years from his work and travels. The BrownHouse prides its self in exceptional customer service and strives to make the experience both memorable and pleasurable. It is well worth a visit you will not be disappointed. The BrownHouse Interiors, 42 Queenstown Road, Battersea SW8 3RY. Tel 020 7738 8499 Email:

“Wayne is incredibly helpful and will go out of his way to find the exact item you’re looking for”


What to consider when renovating a bathroom and the pitfalls to be careful of


enovating a bathroom can be daunting at the outset as there are numerous aspects to consider, such as the space itself and any limitations it has. First you need to consider how the space is going to be used and who its being used by, and then of course it comes down to budget. Bathwaters are a new kind of online retailer offering a curated selection of products from leading trusted brands such as Duravit, Hansgrohe, AXOR and Roman along with an online design service from experienced bathroom designers who offer support and guidance from the outset and throughout the project. Renovating a bathroom can be overwhelming so begin with dreaming big and start by researching styles and products you love and narrow down from there. Think about how and who is going to use the bathroom, do you bathe or shower? Or is it a family bathroom? Storage is something that is at the top of everyone’s list, especially for families. You will need adequate space for spare towels and toiletries so opt for a vanity unit with plenty of drawer storage and, if space allows, add a niche either by the bath or in the shower.

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complicated tiling patterns have more wastage than others. • Storage. Make sure your bathroom design includes enough storage. • Always check with the person you are buying from that the products you are buying are suitable with the water pressure you have. After all, there’s nothing worse than a powerless shower… Our product selection is bespoke, our service is personalised and the outcome is a design conscious bathroom that brings a little luxury every day.; 0330 058 6479 or email

“Begin with dreaming big and start by researching styles and products you love”


A couple falls back in love with their maisonette

By re-thinking the layout and extending just what is needed in order to preserve the garden – Studio 29 Architects transformed a flat that was driving their clients mad into a bright and relaxed family home.


young couple’s maisonette started feeling a bit too small when their daughter started school, with all its cargo of books, sport kits and playdates. The only solution seemed to move to another, cheaper area and buy a bigger flat. But the family loathed the idea of leaving the charm of Little Venice and missing the vicinity to their child’s school, so they called Studio 29, a local firm offering both architectural and interior design services, to ask advice. Louise Glynn, one of the principals, took the challenge and re-designed the flat’s layout, changing its flow, extending the sitting area and adding a study. The clients saw the full potential of their flat coming to fruition and very soon the works were underway. With architect and clients sharing a vision and a builder used to work to Studio 29’s specification, 274 NOVEMBER 2019

“The partment is now organised and easy to use. It strikes the right balance between private and communal areas, mixing bespoke joinery and midcentury pieces for an elegant relaxed style”

the refurbishment was completed in a record time of 6 months. Studio 29 also took care of the interior design, adding a few new pieces to the clients’ existing furniture. The apartment is now organised and easy to use, with space for everything and everybody. It strikes the right balance between private and communal areas, mixing bespoke joinery and midcentury modern pieces for an elegant, relaxed style. Curved walls, opaque materials, warm lighting and a floating kitchen island define the different areas. The low ceiling of the basement is visually lifted by being up lit at the corners and the white kitchen - clad in milky Venetian glass - double as a perfect display unit for small art pieces. No more need to move. Just by changing perspective the family can remain in their favourite neighbourhood.


Luxurious Fitted Furniture from Davidson London


AVIDSON London is a multi-awardwinning designer and maker of some of the world’s most luxurious free-standing and fitted furniture. A family-owned and run business since opening their doors over thirty years ago, this company is deeply committed to inspiring the world with outstanding British design and craftsmanship. Their ethos always is to deliver the highest quality of customer satisfaction and service to each and every project working with the most skilled craftsmen in the country at their workshop in Sussex. DAVIDSON’s beautiful designs combine perfect proportions with beautiful lacquered finishes to create timeless luxury pieces, offering an expert guided experience that guarantees customers the very best in contemporary elegance. Alongside their standard collection of freestanding furniture designs, all of which can be tailored and customised to the specification of the client, they offer a bespoke service for those looking for something truly unique, interpreting a vision and delivering results that go above and beyond expectations. This summer 2019 they launched their fitted furniture design service offering fitted shelving, wardrobes, panelling, bar units, media units and home studies and are now able to offer their clients the full package of luxury furniture. Further to the launch of DAVIDSON Fitted, the team were commissioned to work on a beautiful project based in Hampstead, North London, designing a beautiful working space specifying the client’s favourite desk from the collection, the sleek Eclipse desk, in a smart hand tinted sycamore timber with polished nickel and leather detailing. Behind the desk they designed, made and installed an impressive bespoke fitted shelving and storage

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unit all in sycamore to match the desk for the ultimate seamless aesthetic. Finally, the look was completed by incorporating beautiful book matched onyx backboards with downlighters creating a cool and luxurious ambiance. What makes DAVIDSON different from other companies is that they offer project management from start to finish ensuring everything comes together smoothly at the requested lead time offering a stress-free client experience. This is particularly advantageous for fitted projects which can be much more complex in nature than ordering free-standing furniture. Planning, communication, foresight, and strategy combine with craftsmanship in inventive solutions to overcome every challenge encountered, understanding that precise calculation and a respect for budget and deadlines are just as important as imaginative design. DAVIDSON London have a beautiful showroom at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour where they exhibit their designs, with an expert sales team who are always on hand to give advice on choosing the perfect piece in terms of style, size and finish. They have a wide range of stunning finishes to choose from all in matte, satin and high gloss and can provide samples upon request. Always striving to source beautiful and innovative new finishes and techniques, the style of their pieces continues to grow organically drawing inspiration from the past, the present and the future.

“Alongside their standard collection of free-standing furniture designs, all of which can be tailored and customised to the specification of the client, they offer a bespoke service for those looking for something truly unique, interpreting a vision and delivering results that go above and beyond expectations”

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FABULOUS FLOORS in the round


There’s something extremely stylish about a black and white floor. It’s a true classic but also very of-the-moment. It can be used to easily create a timeless interior and works effortlessly with all styles of property, from rustic country home to city apartment. Whilst there are endless pattern combinations and designs, the chequer board is the simplest and most iconic. The white tiles reflect the light and the black tiles absorb it, creating a bold statement. Sticking to a monotone colour scheme creates a very dramatic, tailored look, but if that’s a little too severe other materials can be added to soften the appearance. Accents of marble and luxe metallics can make a bathroom feel very feminine - and indoor greenery will instantly soothe the soul. Organic materials, like wood and stone, can also be used for a more contemporary rustic feel.



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With a bold graphic design and a creation without limits, Covet House have developed a very coherent collection where they can show through noble materials, graphics and patterns that are different and unusual. This one is from the Rug Society, R an exquisite Portuguese brand of Rugs and covering sellections, that mainly aims to transform rugs into pieces of art. Rug Society appears with a strong connotation to the eclectic style.

Angela Rossi works with recycled, abused, broken and forgotten items creating altered antique plates, raw assemblage sculptures and mixed media portraits. The new collaboration with Angela, allowed us to produce this bold circular rug, like an enlarged antique ceramic plate with a central ram. Rams traditionally symbolize energy, power and fearlessness, which is how this ram is depicted, in its affluent attire and surrounded by decorative golden pattern. The design is made possible by digitally printing on to a special fabric backed rubber, that is hypo-allergenic, washable, nonslip, and will not curl up at the edges.

WORLD OF COLOUR We love this colourful encaustic effect floor tile with a geometric Moroccan pattern consisting of circles and diamonds.


Making the right choice The unsung heroes of every room, Luke Rix-Standing runs through the key pros and cons of some of the most popular flooring materials.

if it cracks or gets damaged; the grouting easily accumulates dirt; sock wearers risk slipping; it gets extremely cold in wintertime - and it’s not even that cheap. But a tough, durable surface makes tile petfriendly, and most flooring shops offer a nearinfinite array of colours and patterns - from Victorian florals to abstract collage - so in terms of aesthetic appeal and style, the possibilities really are endless and tiles can look truly striking. The bathroom surface of choice for generations of homeowners, being easy to clean, tiling also brushes up nicely in the kitchen and pantry.



hey may not be the latest 3D-printed armchair or voiceactivated speaker system, but your floors are, quite literally, the foundation of your home. A classic blend of fashion and function, a floor must tie a room together while fulfilling a range of - very important - practical requirements too. While aesthetics are a key consideration, in general, flooring should be relatively unobtrusive. It’s the defensive midfielder of home decor: If you don’t notice it, it’s probably doing a good job. Different flooring options will suit different parts of the home, so it’s vital to think carefully before coming to a decision. You don’t want your bathroom floor going soggy from shower spray, or a cold playroom surface punishing your children’s knees, for instance. Here’s a look at 10 of the most common options - what they’re good at, and what they’re not...

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Wood Summarising wood flooring is like summarising a clothing fabric - there’s a lot of different forms it could take. Oft-neglected softwood floors can work wonders in low-footfall areas, but as the name suggests, they can struggle with the rough and tumble of a busy family home. Most modern wood floors are hardwood - highly coveted surfaces that can also add serious value to a property. Relatively pricey, prone to scratching and potentially sensitive to moisture, hardwood flooring is nevertheless popular in living areas for its elegant appearance and underfoot warmth. For a tougher, cheaper alternative, try laminate - fibreboard printed with a high-res image of a wooden finish, which these days can look practically as good as the real thing.

Tile For such a popular flooring choice, tile has a long list of drawbacks: It’s relatively difficult to repair

A go-to for rooms with soft furnishings, carpet can be both chic and cosy has refreshingly clear pros and cons. The good: It’s warm, insulating, generally cheaper than wood or tile, and can be fashioned into almost any design. The bad: Stains easily, struggles with moisture, traps dust and pet hair, and needs to be replaced when worn down. And while we’re at it, the ‘ugly’: The infamously tasteless carpets at Las Vegas casinos. Do - bedroom and sitting room. Don’t bathroom and kitchen.

Cork Cork floors aren’t as common a sight as they perhaps once were - but, honestly, we’re not sure why. Soft to the touch, naturally insulating against sound and temperature, relatively cheap and ecofriendly, the reddish-brown patterns tally particularly well with hardwood furniture. The drawbacks? Fades in direct sunlight, prone to water damage, and may distort under table legs and other pressure points.

Vinyl The IKEA wardrobe of home flooring, this low-cost option is all the rage among practical homeowners with middling budgets. Approachable prices partner with a performance level that reliably returns more than you paid for. Vinyl looks pretty good (there are lots more design options available now), insulates well, repels water and soaks up high footfall nicely - but it can be prone to fading in sunlight and is easily


dented by sharp objects. Vinyl lacks the elegance of hardwood and the comfort of cork or carpet, but it’s a functional surface that will serve you well with some tender loving care.

Concrete Strange though it may seem, this staple of the multistorey car park is also a creditable option for your front room or kitchen floor. Virtually indestructible, concrete adds a modern, almost post-industrial vibe to the home, and partners well with underfloor heating. But the sturdiness comes at the expense of comfort - it’s really hard - and even well-finished surfaces can look a little bleak. At least you’ll have plenty of excuses to go rug shopping.

Rubber A little left turn, we’ll admit - but this unconventional pick is sure to raise eyebrows, if just from the slight bounce it elicits when stepped on. A highly durable choice, with superb sound insulation. However, rubber can also be more on the expensive side, and difficult to clean. It’s commonly used for it’s shock-absorbing qualities - think spaces with a high risk of heavy objects being dropped, such as gyms. Rubber is a horse for a course: Perfect for a music room or home gym, and possibly a bold choice for style junkies elsewhere in the house.

“If your domestic vision involves grand banisters, neoclassical columns and high-end toga parties, then marble is a go-to”

hard-wearing and low-maintenance. Literally hewn from the ground, stone tiles are eco-friendly and ideal for high footfall areas like hallways. On the flip-side, imperfections may result in a surface that’s uneven - literally and stylistically - while a high-ish price tag puts off some buyers. Stone tiles can also be foot-freezingly cold in winter, and for God’s sake don’t drop any plates.

Marble If your domestic vision involves grand banisters, neo-classical columns and high-end toga parties, then marble is a go-to (we jest - it’s an all-round stunning material). But there are cons too... It can chip, costs the earth, and can be dangerously slippy under slippers or socks. Long a linchpin of luxury, a marble floor could well add serious value to a home, but comes with severe cold feet syndrome, and weeks of bruising every time you bump your knee.



Given that most of the world’s rocks have looked after themselves just fine for centuries, it should come as no surprise that a stone floor is supremely

A relative newcomer to the flooring scene, bamboo has found a growing niche with eco-conscious householders looking to go au naturel. The world’s fastest growing plant (technically a species of oversized grass), bamboo is attractively textured, goes well with modern interiors, and is highly sustainable. Bamboo can be fairly expensive though and will need a little more TLC than some of the hardier materials. Lots of appeal, but be sure to do your research before you buy.

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What better way to jazz up a boring door, than with a majestic brass giraffe door handle. This beauty is handcrafted by artisans, a craft which is passed down through generations. Available as both left and right versions.

Exquisite, handcrafted Windows & Doors Individually designed to adhere to Evolution’s exacting principles, our luxury, bespoke windows blend specialist knowledge with the finest materials and craftsmanship to realise the ultimate next generation window. With all the beauty of traditional timber, our timber and wood effect windows and doors have to be seen to be believed. Each window is carefully made with unique and intricate elements. Everything we make is bespoke to your individual needs, wants and requirements, hand finished by our skilled craftsmen. These are Timber Alternative French Doors with Astragal bars Installation by Thames Valley Windows.


A striking blue door on a large contemporary house. This E80 pivot in a Rondo V design painted in a RAL 5013 stands out more due to the grey stone, frameless glass and striking aluminium surrounding the door.

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Don’t wake the tiger! Scare off intruders and keep your home muck-free with the WILD Tiger Doormat. A fun little addition to your entryway, the Tiger Doormat features a design inspired by traditional tiger hides. Luckily for us, no tigers were harmed in the making of the fantastic doormat. The mat has all the things you’d expect to find on a Tiger, stripes included. With an intricate cut out design, the Tiger Doormat features a face, 4 legs and even a tail. An especially perfect gift for animallovers and style-lovers alike, the mat is a great way to keep the place tidy. Made from all-natural coir, especially hardwearing.


Scaramanga was pleased to find this pair of wonderfully ornate blue wooden doors and frame from a salvage yard in Jodhpur, Rajasthan (in NW India) during a recent shopping trip. We are now offering the doors as a great statement architectural piece for a building project.


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THE NATURAL WOOD FLOOR COMPANY T he wood flooring experts


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. 288 NOVEMBER 2019

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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Tips for buying a front door • Avoid just buying a new door leaf. Two reasons - first, old properties will probably have twisted the old frame, so a square leaf will not be a snug fit. Second, a new door needs a matching frame for a more secure build. • Buy a fully finished door. A chippy / decorator combo is asking for trouble. • Insist on Banham locks - they are the most secure and are much more reliable. • Try and replicate the doors that are most prevalent in your street. • Stained glass needs to be inserted in a toughened double-glazed unit for security. • What happens if the door moves or the locks fail? What aftercare and guarantees do you have? • Make sure the manufacturer fits the door, no sub-contractors. You then know where the buck stops. • Check out local examples of fitted doors, go and see them. • Visit a showroom and see the doors up close and personal. • Finally, a secure, weather proofed, built to last beautiful new door cannot be your cheapest quote. Ayrton Windows & Doors 0208 877 8920 Wandsworth . Crouch End East Dulwich 290 NOVEMBER 2019

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