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alerie Prints features on our cool September front cover and are delighted to present The Slim Aarons Collection. Over 900 of his exquisite images now available to have as beautiful Open Edition or Limited Edition Estate Stamped Collectors prints. Premium quality, official & certified, Slim Aarons photographic prints. Galerie Prints offers premium quality photographic prints from the Slim Aarons Archive owned and housed by the Getty Images Archive in London. All photographs are printed issued and authorized by the Slim Aarons Archive and Estate, London.Working in close partnership with the prestigious Getty Images Archive and Slim Aarons Estate, we offer officially certified prints from this beautiful collection. The National Trust has come a long way since it was founded by Octavia Hill, Sir Robert Hunter and Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley in 1895. The founders believed that nature, beauty and history are for everyone and so set up the Trust to look after the nation’s coastline, historic sites, countryside and green spaces. Princess Beatrice has married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a surprise ceremony, but what’s more unexpected was her choice of wedding dress. Instead of enlisting a top designer to make a gown from scratch like so many royal brides before her, Beatrice opted for a customised vintage dress.

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125 years of the

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he National Trust has come a long way since it was founded by Octavia Hill, Sir Robert Hunter and Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley in 1895. The founders believed that nature, beauty and history are for everyone and so set up the Trust to look after the nation’s coastline, historic sites, countryside and green spaces. Octavia Hill, a radical social reformer and cultural philanthropist, saw the preservation of open spaces as crucial to improving the lives of the urban poor. Their aim was not only to save important sites, but to look after them for everyone to enjoy in the years to come. From this trio of environmental pioneers, the National Trust was created. Initially, one hundred people paid 10 shillings each to get the ball rolling forming the National Trust into an independent Charity. And their original values are still at the heart of everything the charity does 125 years later. The National Trust welcomed more than


27.9million visitors over 2018/19. Vast coastlines, land, historic houses , castles, ancient monuments, 250 gardens and parks and nature reserves – with 9 lighthouses, 56 villages, a gold mine and 39 pubs including the George Inn in Southwark, featured in Dickens’ Little Dorrit. The National Trust’s first house was Alfriston Clergy House in East Sussex, a dilapidated medieval meeting house, acquired in 1896. The National Trust’s historic houses and stunning landscapes have also provided backdrops to some unforgettable moments on the small and silver screen from Harry Potter to Poldark and from Tarzan to Wolf Hall, via Game of Thrones. Stourhead House in Wiltshire was the inspiration for Lady Penelope’s residence in the original Thunderbirds puppet series in the 1960s. And you don’t need to leave the bustling, lively streets of London either. With thriving wetlands to sprawling estates, intimate spaces and modernist masterpieces, London has it all including

Hampstead Grove, Hampstead

The George Inn, Southwark

“With thriving wetlands to sprawling estates, intimate spaces and modernist masterpieces, London has it all including Morden Hall Park and Ham House and Garden”


Morden Hall Park, Ham House and Garden, 575 Wandsworth Road, Fenton House and 2 Willow Road in Hampstead, Carlyle’s House in Chelsea, Sutton House and Breaker’s Yard in Hackney and the last remaining galleried Inn in London - The George, built in 1677. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has been President for the past 25 years and in a special anniversary edition of the National Trust Magazine, The Prince has written a foreword acknowledging the vital role of its members and volunteers. This extract clearly displays his passion for the National Trust and what it has and always

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will, stand for. “This year marks the 125th anniversary of the National Trust. It also happens to be my 25th year as President of this great British institution which, with your valuable support, continues to play a vital role in our national life. When our three founders established their new organisation it would surely have seemed impossible to them, or indeed anyone else, that a membership of Polesden Lacey House

“His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has been President for the past 25 years”

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millions of people would one day own and support 250,000 hectares of farmland, 780 miles of coastline and more than 500 historic properties, together with glorious gardens and spectacular Nature reserves. “We owe a huge debt of gratitude to those pioneers and to everyone whose support over the years. Your membership is much more than a pass to beautiful places: every penny you spend helps keep these places alive and special for the future, and open to all. The global spread of coronavirus is challenging society in a way that we have not experienced for generations and as a direct impact it has of course, necessitated the temporary closure of the National Trust’s properties, parks and gardens too. While this was undoubtedly a great shame, I know the anniversary will not be overlooked and I shall do whatever I can to play my part in celebrating this important milestone – however remotely. I can only say how enormously privileged I am to have watched this remarkable institution grow over the last 25 years and hope you will look forward, as much as I do, to seeing the next chapter unfold” The National Trust reopened more than 130 gardens and parklands last month.. To ensure the safety of their visitors, staff, volunteers and local communities, they have reduced the number of people they can welcome at one time and you’ll

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need to book your visit in advance. ​Last year over 65,000 volunteers devoted in excess of 4.8 million hours of their time to support The National Trust and thanks to the generosity of their supporters they received almost £97.8 million in fundraised income during 2018/19. River Wey and Dapdune Wharf, Surrey

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National Maritime Museum, Royal Museums Greenwich. 23-27 September 2020

n all-new al fresco twist on London’s leading comedy extravaganza is coming to the National Maritime Museum, Royal Museums Greenwich - featuring a stupendous line-up. The reimagined Greenwich Comedy Festival will trade its Big Top tent for an open-air spectacle that once more presents the absolute best in comedy in a safe, enjoyable and new-look socially distanced environment. To celebrate this momentous occasion the stars are out in full force, including the virtuosic BILL BAILEY, The Last Leg’s JOSH WIDDICOMBE, Irish master of grumpiness DYLAN MORAN, the multi-award winning SARA PASCOE, the supersonic wit of DARA O’BRIAIN, British Comedy Award winner AISLING BEA, The Mash Report’s NISH KUMAR, Taskmaster champ LOU SANDERS, Qi’s ALAN DAVIES, Have I Got News For You star SINDHU VEE, fast-rising PHIL WANG plus many more. Tickets to this year’s event are sold in pairs with audiences seated on chairs in socially distanced plots in the stunning setting of the Queen’s House and National Maritime Museum. Performances will take place on a huge domed stage with large LED screens bringing audiences closer to an incredible line-up of comedy marvels, guaranteeing socially distanced silliness come rain, wind or shine. Now in its 12th year, the much-lauded event will naturally look a bit different. Closely following Government guidelines, additional safety measures will be in place such as staggered arrival times and gate points, one-way walkways, 20 SEPTEMBER 2020

mandatory face coverings, additional hygiene facilities and practices, and PPE-adorned staff. This year, instead of the usual bars, street-food stalls and intervals, ticket holders can pre-select everything they need for an incredible night out. When buying tickets audiences can choose one of the all-new drink & snack bundles bursting with a tasty selection from some of the UK’s finest creators. Everyone has been determined to make this happen and help get the stand-up world back on its feet, working closely with the local council, the venue and suppliers to make sure they deliver an event that is safe for everyone, while still being enjoyable - and above all very funny! To book tickets visit Tickets £25 each (sold in pairs) 23rd to 27th September 2020 National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF Top L-R: Nish Kumar; Nina Conti; Reginald D Hunter; Sara Pascoe; Left: Josh Widdicombe

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hor Explore is an exploration vessel created by British design studio Gresham Yacht Design. The 100-metre motor yacht breaks from the norm by beginning the design process from the interior and working outwards. The internal spaces directly inform the exterior styling, which encompasses large nautilus windows. Organic shapes feature throughout the vessel and complement the prominent double-height windows in the grand saloon on the main deck. Unlike other double-height spaces, Thor’s design maximises on most of the available real estate by incorporating a floating glass floor supported by exposed structural beams. The result is a light and spacious saloon with superior views out to sea and a central lighting feature that draws the eye in. This upper level is the mission control centre where an owner and guests can plan their adventures as well as monitor the day’s activities as they unfold In the centre of this space is a sunken seating area that floats between the decks. This main focal point of the deck features a futuristic skylight


that sits directly above and carries the same visual language. To bring warmth and further intrigue to the double-height space, carefully executed lighting design brings the space to life. When privacy is required, the glass floor can be turned opaque with the flick of a switch to visually separate the top level from the lower half of the main saloon. This area offers all the amenities and comfort one would expect with the inclusion of a lounge bed, bar and central seating area with additional seating provided to starboard. Direct access to the beach club is provided via a captivating circular corridor with an aquarium either side as the owner and guests are greeted by aquatic life housed within a floor-to-ceiling cylindrical aquarium. This large beach club is positioned high above the waterline and includes fold down balconies, offering outstanding views and enhanced security. This space takes full advantage of the beam, as does the one-of-a-kind tender hangar that can be seen and accessed via a large bi-folding glass door. The tender hangar is a large, futuristic space

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Cockwise from far left: Peppard & Hepburn 1961 / AKG; The Beach by Irie Wata; Fun Loving Criminals by BATIK Derby Spectator 1923 / Topical Press / Getty Archive; DarthElvis by BATIK; James Bond Sean Connery / AKG




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he days of browsing the high street and finding things you had no intention of buying seem to be disappearing. Online is now becoming our go to and targets us directly, all thanks to the world of cookies (and not the choc chip kind!). The internet now suggests what we want or what we need, tailored for a completely unique online experience. However, the fundamental rules still apply, we are ALL unique and we ALL have different tastes from the clothes we wear, the food we eat to even the colour of our sofa. We practice our subconscious likes and dislikes every day and they propel every action we make, and ART is no different. Our unique taste is what makes us different to the next person. It is personal.


Above: Andy Warhol by Zinsky Below, right: Intertwined II, Jennine Parker Below: Snowy Path II, by Philip Gray

Art is simply a reflection of this, an extension of your personality and may even inspire others, creating lasting impressions. Surprise yourself, finding a piece of art which resonates with you will show more about your character than anything else. Art is a luxury to invest in and enjoy forever. The art world may look like a minefield and confusing where to start and drop the pin; but by talking with a reputable gallery can guide you on your journey. As one of the leading UK galleries, we are happy to lend a hand. We offer in-person gallery experience and an online service. However, online does not mean impersonal, we can call or FaceTime you around our Galleries and offer complimentary virtual art interior design for your home or workspace. With two beautiful galleries in the heart of Baldock you can see, touch, and get up close to an eclectic portfolio of ever-changing works of art and sculpture. So, drop the pin and visit Baldock for a fine art experience.




aroline is originally from Amsterdam, Holland but lives in London since 2016. She has had several exhibitions in Holland and in London art galleries over the past years. The majority of Carolines work consists of collections and women shapes, although she made individual art work, she emphasizes on her collections. Strength, Oceans love, Inspired by Picasso, Women in abstract and Let’s face it’ are her main collections. A distinctive signature from her which returns in all her paintings are straight lines and cubicle shapes mixed with a contemporary art style. The fashion runways and the beauty of women are what inspired her to create her latest collection ‘Strength’. Her background in fashion clearly comes back in this collection. There is a bit of mystery in the face expression which you have to believe but can also be intriguing. By using elements of abstractionism and realism at the same time there is contradiction in her work, you have to take an extra look and have your own imagination. As this collection is about the power and beauty exposed by so many different women, ‘Strength’ is the only true name for her latest collection. Caroline is starting her art classes in the beginning of 2021. There are two different courses, the two day ‘Strength art’ class based on the latest collection and the one day ‘Oceans Love art’ class based on abstract seascapes. At the end of these courses you should be able to work with acrylic paint, mixing of colours to get


the right shades and applying effects by using tape, gold leaves, spray paint and glitters for example. The main focus in the ‘Strength art’ classes is becoming acquainted with and how to mix acrylic paint into several skin tones and paint an abstract face and body. The main focus in the ‘Oceans Love art’ classes is becoming acquainted with and how to mix acrylic paint into different ocean colours and how to paint a wave. All art classes are held in a West London venue and have a maximum of 5 persons per session. You can find more of her work and additional information about the paintings and available art classes at or on Instagram & Facebook @Caropaintings

Bianca Prettau is a Brussels-based painter who currently focuses on semi-abstract cityscapes by using alternative contemporary painting methods and tools. Her lately ongoing URBAN collection (acrylics on medium/large size canvases) is increasingly collected worldwide; art collectors and galleries interested to find more information are invited to visit or




“Nature being the inspiration, the source!

nvironment, nature all around me, beautiful moments, happening all around us all. Capturing those moments as I see them and showing how they make me feel, how they made me stop and take notice.I tend to romanticize people and places; moments and faces, and then, dealing with them in my idealized state. Like walking around with my head in the clouds, daydreaming or something. Self- discovery along this journey called Life has taught me, to make my idealized world real. And share what I see. With my work, I try to recreate that moment when the image became clear, the moment I was experiencing connected, and I knew that I would always remember it that way. That feeling it stirred in me. A connection to nature that feels familiar, and contemplative.

Named one of the ‘Top Artists To Watch’ in 2018 Originally, from England, Award winning New York artist Carol Brown has had exhibitions in New York, Miami, Paris, Florence, Tokyo and Barcelona. Her Documentary film, Jamaica Jamaica, an expat’s experience with emigration, won her a best director award in 2010 With a spirit of Independent Film woven throughout her work, she tells stories. Whether on film or captured on canvas, or acrylic, or in print, her characters are bold and complex inviting


intrigue and exploration in the mix. The work captures a moment in time. A single moment that contains and evokes such reverence for nature, a connection, and feeling of oneness with the universe inside you. At lease, I know that is what she wants you to feel. Working on canvas and acrylic to recreate the textures and tones of the environment and bring a vivid realism and authenticity to the work. The landscapes are large, as are the stories they tell. The works look at familiar and obscure sights in nature in a more abstract way finding hidden layers in the beauty and complexity we often overlook, and appreciate rediscovering. I recently began exhibiting my work in outdoor public exhibitions. Shibuya Station Exhibition 2019, in Tokyo, and Passeig de Gracia Exhibition 2019, in Barcelona, marking my entrance, and recently The Best of SPRUNG 4 Exhibition, 2020 at Big Screen Plaza in New York City. I love it! The work is huge! I get such a buzz seeing my art out in the public arena, for all to see and enjoy. I dream of showing my work like this! We have all got our heads tuned into our devices, a part of the Network, Transhumanism luring us forward with ever enticing gadgets and toys, art offers food for the soul, a respite from the prescient pull of demand. I hope my work is seen this way, felt this way.

“A single moment that contains and evokes such reverence for nature, a connection, and feeling of oneness with the universe inside you. At lease, I know that is what she wants you to feel”


The title of the five pieces are;

Art by Carolin Rechberg

‘Transitions II’, stage of polyptych woodblock prior hand printing, india ink on birch hardwood plywood 152 x 365 cm Still in process and not yet for sale, individual commissions for flexible price range available. Transitions II Hand printed, Ink, rice paste on Strathmore 152 x 365 cm AP 3,000 $ Edition Varité, individual prints available on paper and fabric for 500 $ to 3,000 $, dependent on size and material, or by individual commission Transition II Hand printed, Ink, rice paste on Mulberry Paper approx 100 x 150 cm EV 800 $ Edition Varité, individual prints available on paper and fabric for 500 $ to 3,000 $, dependent on size and material, or by individual commission Transitions I Woodblock, India ink on birch hardwood plywood, 123 x 305 cm 8,000 $ for original unprinted woodblock, individual woodblock carving commissions or prints available for flexible price range

‘Transitions’, hand carved woodblocks and prints on linen and mulberry paper, dimensions variable. Artist Carolin Rechberg offers International Fine Art Commissions, Exhibitions, Sales and Services. Please contact via email at or through her website 36 SEPTEMBER 2020

Transitions II Hand printed, Ink, rice paste on Mulberry Paper 152 x 365 cm AP 1,000 $ Edition Varité, individual prints available on paper and fabric for 500 $ to 3,000 $, dependent on size and material, or by individual commission


Art by Mark Stopforth “Flag fen”, 40x40cm (Oil, chalk and pencil on canvas)


ark’s work over the past twenty years has been devoted to those landscapes that are associated with the untamed and wild landscapes that can be found in the Moors, Fens, Fells and Estuaries of Britain. He has carried those impressions of the sublime in the landscape that were left on him as a child growing up in the Fens of East Anglia, impressions that are still relevant to his work today. It is this sense of the liminal landscape that persists. A line between two worlds, given its focal point in the horizon. It is also something he keenly feels and anticipates when the first marks of charcoal, pencil or paint are made on the paper, that he is breaking into another plane or perceptual depth, this “liminal” space which is so important to his work. Marks influences are many and varied and include the calligraphic paintings of Cy Twombly, the tonal ink paintings of Hosagawa Tohaku and the landscapes of Constable, Claude, Cottman and Turner. He has exhibited work around the country, most notably on a number of occasions at the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol as well as being shortlisted for SKY’s Landscape Artist of the Year 2016, he was also a finalist for TOAST’s “works from the heart” 2017. Mark has also been successful as a published poet being shortlisted for the Brit Writers’ Award 2012 and winning Fleeting Magazines International Best Short Writing 2010. “Mark Stopforth’s work captured me from the first. The delicate relationship between expression, fluidity and order is one that occupies me in the searches of my own work, and in encounters with art that moves me. Mark is one of those rare artists able to balance these qualities with quiet precision,


calibrating his affect exactly to the point at which its reach should cease, leaving a clear space in the ether where we can take up and build with the strands that he has placed so carefully. Only in this way can landscapes draw themselves in mind, and draw us to look outwards again, anew. This is art that leads us away from its own self-effacing fluency to a world that floats above it all, always forming before our eyes, imprinted long after the fact.” (Jim Aitchison - Jim is a contemporary visual composer who has created performances and visual scores around the country, most notably in alliance with Tate Modern and Tate St.Ives, and is a lecturer at Falmouth University.)

Work for sale can be found at markstopforth @Instagram and Commissions can be sought through contacting Mark via email Mark is represented by: Gallery57 The John Davies Gallery ModernArtBuyer

Left: “...pollen drifts and summer storms” (oil, pencil, charcoal and chalk on 41x28cm)


LONDON COCKTAIL WEEK IS BACK! Festival extended to the whole month of October 2020


estival Passes are now on sale for the award-winning London Cocktail Week - the biggest city-wide celebration of cocktails in the world. With the fantastic success of the government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme, it’s now the turn of London’s bar scene to get in on the action. London Cocktail Week entices and incentivises cocktail lovers to get back into their favourite bars – every cocktail counts! With the backing of five major drinks companies, alongside 30 individual drinks brands, the UK drinks industry has come together in a way not seen anywhere else in the world to help London’s cocktail bars get back on their feet. A £15 festival wristband unlocks access to £6 Signature Serves in hundreds of the best bars in London - each hand-picked by the organisers for excellence. The festival will be specifically championing bars who are committed to customer safety and will be highlighting venues who are ticking all the boxes with regards to face coverings, cleanliness and distancing protocol. There will be a schedule of physically distanced, ticketed events and some venues will also be hosting immersive pop-ups or extended special


menus curated especially for London Cocktail Week 2020 - spreading the spirit of The Cocktail Village, which had to be cancelled this year right across the city. Those not quite ready to venture out or not London-based can still get involved with tastings and masterclasses available to access digitally, plus an opportunity for people to enjoy quality drinks from the comfort of their home with a spotlight on at-home cocktail delivery. Right now, bars need support more than ever and truly - every cocktail counts! October gives everyone the chance to get out and about, help the London bar scene and enjoy some delicious cocktails every single day. Festival passes are available NOW via and available to collect from any of the participating bars once the festival begins. London Cocktail Week is set to take place however if there is a second lockdown, it will postpone or pause in line with government advice. If that happens, tickets will be fully transferable or refundable if preferred. #londoncocktailweek #everycocktailcounts #LondonIsOpen

“Right now, bars need support more than ever and truly - every cocktail counts! October gives everyone the chance to get out and about, help the London bar scene and enjoy some delicious cocktails every single day”



Sweet Shop of the Year 2019


oted as the Best Sweet Shop Central SugarSin need not be a step into the dark, but a London 2019, SugarSin is in the charming tour through captivating confectionery. Theatre District of Covent Garden! A bright blue shop that stands out from Shop at SugarSin its more austere fellows, SugarSin is the home of Spend up to £30 or more online at some of the most delectable sweets in the whole and use code ‘Strawberry 20’ to get 20% off your of London. Firmly planted at the high-end of the order. market, SugarSin is a haven for pick n mix-lovers, Whilst SugarSin is working hard to bring its a tribute to chocolate-lovers, and a home to unique entire pick n mix offering online, to know more cocktail & fruit flavored candy. about how you can order SugarSin pick n mix Sourcing products of the highest quality from to be delivered to your doorstep, send an email the best confectionery suppliers in the UK and to It is a simple process Europe, SugarSin brings a unique collection of where you virtually choose your sweets to create confectionery for vegetarian, vegan, gluten- and your own bespoke box or jar of luxury pick n mix dairy-free diets. 90% of SugarSin products are sweets. hand-packed in-house with utmost care ensuring Visit SugarSin at 1 Russell Street, London, every bag, box or jar reflects the SugarSin ethos of WC2B 5JD. Tel: 020 8616 5959. great quality and outstanding taste. The Email: emphasis on quality is at the core of all SugarSin decisions, never READER compromising on this aspect of OFFER: SAVE its business. This ethos is what brings people coming back time after time, in the search for a repeat of an excellent experience. Finding a sweet shop with a vast variety of products, wonderful staff, and in the perfect location is no mean feat. Becoming the destination for those wanting a premium sweet experience is no accident. It is the result of years of work, building a fine reputation that has garnered the respect of Londoners, tourists and – thanks to the Royal Opera House being a stone’s throw away – theatregoers. Owned and managed by Jiten Shah, the adoration he has for the shop is reflected in the customer service SugarSin provides. A visit to



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Your Favourite Chef’s Best Kept Secret Looking for the secret to serving restaurant quality food at home? The answer is Forman & Field. them, fresh as can be, to your doorstep. Fish, meat, cheese, charcuterie – if it’s delicious and made in Britain, you’ll find it at Forman & Field. As well as sourcing artisan produce, the vast majority of Forman & Field’s offerings are made in their state-of-the-art East London kitchens. Think back to the best fishcake you’ve ever eaten – there’s a very good chance that it was made by their team. Directed by Lloyd Hardwick (ex-Roux), their chefs create gourmet dishes for leading culinary establishments, but let the hotels and restaurants take the credit. That’s just the sort of people they are. And the best part? You can reap the delights of s restaurants closed their doors Forman & Field too. With over 300 made-to-order and going out for a meal became a dishes in their catalogue to choose from, distant memory, the lives of their gorgeous new website will have foodies across the country your mouth watering. Their dinner were turned upside down. Dining in READER party set menus allow you to spend became the new dining out, spurring OFFER: SAVE less time in the kitchen and more a wave of experimental culinary time creating special memories with adventures at home. Cookies, your guests. Think Black Cod in Miso sourdough and banana bread were (upwards of £40 in a restaurant, but ‘menu du jour,’ much to our children’s is less than £13 a head), Beef Wellington delight. But the sugar highs quickly (made with the finest 32-day Aged Aberdeen morphed into a state of bland fatigue, and our Angus Beef), and Lobster Thermidor (on the table cravings for chef-made food began take hold. in just 12 minutes). And don’t even get us started Enter Forman & Field. Their gourmet home on the desserts…! delivery service is part of the Forman family of Whether for birthdays, Sunday roasts, midcompanies spearheaded by H. Forman & Son, week meals or a full-on Christmas extravaganza, the world-renowned smoked salmon business Forman & Field is there for you. Find out more that dates back to 1905. There is no Mr Field but at and let them become there is a Mr Forman: Lance Forman, the great your new best kept secret. You’ll only wish you grandson of Aaron ‘Harry’ Forman who started discovered them sooner. this deliciously fishy tale. It’s very simple. For over twenty years, they’ve been sourcing the finest Use the code LIFE10 for 10% off your first foods from across the British Isles and whisking order.




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London’s only immersive Wild West cocktail experience

riginally designed as a pop-up experience, Moonshine Saloon welcomed thousands of visitors at its previous home in West London. It is now located permanently in the heart of the City, just a short walk from Liverpool Street and Aldgate Stations. The experience has become Design My Nights highest rated cocktail experience, along with almost all 5* reviews across TripAdvisor, Facebook and Google. It has also featured on popular TV show Celebs Go Dating along with BBC features. Visitors to Moonshine Saloon become a part of the story as they bring their own liquor and become the beating heart of a covert liquor operation led by King of the Moonshiners, Clyde Cassidy. The Law was closing in on the operation in West London so the new location provides a fresh home for outlaws to learn the art of smuggling and supplying illicit liquor during the Great American Frontier. Outlaws can try their luck at card games or be trusted enough to receive a closeup inspection of Cassidy’s notorious Moonshine Distillery. The new location also sees a new element - guests celebrating special occasions can select a specific character such as The


Mayor or the Deputy when booking their place, who will form an integral part of the storyline that unfolds. Visitors are served bespoke, delicious cocktails - expertly prepared by world-class mixologists and barkeeps, who combine smuggled liquor with bitters, syrups, liqueurs and garnishes to make contemporary and classic cocktails. Inventive Productions, the team behind Moonshine Saloon, created the experience as part of a series of experiences that all link together within a wider world. For instance, following events at Moonshine Saloon and with Prohibition coming into full effect, Mr Cassidy turned to nationwide bootlegging, prescribing “medicinal liquor” under the disguise of a pharmacy. Customers can purchase covert remedies from Cassidy’s, a unique online cocktail delivery experience for people to enjoy at home. With all this criminal activity, it all had to come to an end. Guests can experience life behind bars at Alcotraz - the worlds first prison-themed cocktail experience. Fear not though, Mr Cassidy has managed to turn this place as crooked as the rest. Visits typically last around two hours and cost £35.99 per person (includes 4 cocktails using guests brought spirit of choice).

THE DETAILS Moonshine Saloon 28-30 Houndsditch, London EC3A 7DB Open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 6.15pm-10:15pm and Saturday 5pm-11.15pm Bookings can be made online: Or via Design My Nights Instagram: @MoonshineSaloon Facebook: @MoonshineSaloonLondon Twitter: @MrClydeCassidy




nhanced Hospitality, former owner of the Camden Market pan-Asian restaurant Gilgamesh, has recently acquired boutique Japanese restaurant Kurobuta Hyde Park W2 (formerly named Kurobuta Marble Arch) Situated just a 5-minute walk from London’s Hyde Park and the luxury of Paddington and Gloucester Square, Kurobuta is a safe haven for groups of friends and couples to enjoy luxurious Japanese cuisine served in their unique small plates. Kurobuta takes its inspiration from the Izakayas of Japan, where tapas- style plates are served to accompany drinks in a casual setting. Originally a pop up, Kurobuta has been such a hit with diners who fell for the unique chilled out ambience and exceptional contemporary, Japanese food, it’s been


a permanent fixture in the area for many years. Super fresh sushi, in a variety of creative incarnations such as Soft-Shell Crab Tempura Maki with Kimchee Mayo, take a starring role, alongside a fantastically imaginative selection of innovative snacks, salads and stunning sashimi. Robata fans are in for a treat too, with an irresistible choice cooked over charcoal, including our signature dish of BBQ pork belly in steamed buns. As for beverages, expect to find Frozen Cocktails, Japanese Whiskies, Barrel-aged Cocktails, Frosted Tankard Beers, Growlers and sparkling Sake. And for those who missed out in August, Kurobuta is extending the Eat Out To Help Out scheme Monday – Wednesday in September where you can enjoy up to £10 off per person. Book now at

“Kurobuta takes its inspiration from the Izakayas of Japan, where tapas- style plates are served to accompany drinks in a casual setting”


We Are Bar – We Are Open! picked from our impressive global wine list by our knowledgeable team of experts.

The Bolthole, Suffolk Lane Our underground haven, The Bolthole may be hidden from public view, but the venue is no longer a secret as word spread of the fantastic drinks and meals on offer. Featuring original brick-work archways, a relaxed restaurant area and bar as well as a number of cosy areas for group drinks, it`s the perfect place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the City!


Jamies – Adam’s Court, 6 Adams Court

e Are Bar Collective are a series of wine bars and restaurants situated in the City of London. As offices start to welcome back staff, We Are Bar Collective will reopen on Tuesday 15 September. With 8 locations to choose from, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Adam’s Court is nestled in a bustling courtyard just yards away from Bank station and is spread across 3 floors. Our Copper Bar is a great versatile space perfect for any occasion! Experience this room with a full sit-down menu or an open standing space for drinks or a light buffet!

The Crosswall, Minories

Jamies Tudor St has got twice the party space – our ground floor restaurant area and quirky basement bar are both perfect for winding down after a hard day’s work. With a wide selection of cocktails, draught beer and a hand-picked global wine list, there is something for everyone at Jamies Tudor Street.

Just a stone’s throw away from the iconic Tower Bridge, The Crosswall, provides a vibrant atmosphere complimented by its modern interior and wholesome pub food. The Crosswall offers a variety of options to cater for meetings, private events, and parties. Our upstairs room is airy and light and makes you feel at home. With a modern and comfortable decor, you will never want to leave.

Willy’s, 107 Fenchurch Street If there is one place in the City you need to experience, it’s Willy’s Wine Bar. This is one of London’s most established wine bars - not only is it bursting with tradition and charm, it also plays host to some of London’s best quizzes nights, wine tastings not to mention a popular spot for a game of darts.

Number 25, 23 Birchin Lane This 80 capacity venue may be small, but this quirky bar is the perfect little gem for your drinks in the city. Full with the buzz of the city and some of the friendliest bar staff you’ll find Number 25 oozes charm. Whatever time you drop in, day or night, you’ll be sure of a pleasant welcome on the door and a warm atmosphere inside. The food is simple but classic, and drinks are hand50 SEPTEMBER 2020

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Jamies – Tudor Street, 36 Tudor Street

Jamies - Ludgate Hill, Ludgate Hill Jamies Ludgate Hill is situated in a Grade II listed building that used to be a bank. Now it’s a wine bar that’s the perfect venue for City workers and tourists alike. Within walking distance of St Paul’s Cathedral, if you want to give yourself a break, you can enjoy a game of Pool or Bar Billiards in the basement Club Room.

Jamies St Mary At Hill - 2 ST MARY AT HILL Close to London’s Monument, Jamies St Mary at Hill has made a mark of its own in the City, where indulging in long lunches is custom and wine is enjoyed at a leisurely pace. Come the evening, the bar is transformed into a lively hot spot, the drink is flowing and the amazing bookable spaces for any occasion are sure to make your party extra special! BOOK NOW at

Missed out Eat Out To Help Out in August? To celebrate reopening, we’re giving up to £10 off per person when dining in all our venues Monday to Wednesday. Terms apply.


Fine Wine and Whisky: F

Are You Sitting on a Goldmine?

or all intents and purposes, the value of a fine wine should be a simple one to understand—a fantastic wine is produced in finite quantity, and, whilst being consumed across the globe, it appreciates in value as a result of its increasing rarity. The reality is that understanding the value of a fine wine is not that simple. The vintage, producer, and the wine itself are all contributing factors to its value over time. How successful was the vintage, and at what price was it released? Although wine has been traded as a commodity since the early 19th century, it was the 1970’s that was to really set the modern precedent for interest in fine wine. Amidst globalisation and a rise in global wealth, both America and Asia became important emerging markets, and in an increasingly competitive and active market, the values of wine began to rocket. As values have increased to unprecedented levels, it has been the wines of Burgundy which have led the way. A single bottle of 1945 Romanee-Conti was sold recently for a recordbreaking £424,000, with prices continuing to increase year-on-year. Scotch whisky is also booming. A single bottle of Macallan 1926 60-year-old single malt was recently sold for £1,500,000, with rare whisky claiming growth of 582 per cent, according to the Knight Frank index. A 2012 survey by Barclays Wealth and Investment Management found that 28% of high net worth individuals have a wine collection, and that 2% of their wealth is tied up in wine. With many people not realising that they could be sitting on a goldmine, and the untapped potential that their wines and whiskies may hold, technology is now increasingly helping people navigate the world of fine wines and whiskies. By leveraging technology, companies are now able to value wines instantly online, and provide you with an accurate valuation and quotation for your fine wine. It is worth asking the question: is there value in your cellar or wine collection waiting to be unlocked?


“A single bottle of 1945 Romanee-Conti was sold recently for a record-breaking £424,000”


Chelsea FC adopts RAF Museum Lancaster bomber THE DETAILS For more details visitrafmuseum. The Museum is now open daily with measures in place to ensure a safe and great day out for the whole family. FREE ENTRY! Visitors are kindly asked to pre-book their arrival time at Follow the RAF Museum on Twitter - @rafmuseum Facebook - @RAFMJoint Instagram - @rafmuseum RAF Museum London, Grahame Park Way, London, NW9 5LL RAF Museum Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire, TF11 8UP



helsea Football Club has announced its adoption of the RAF Museum Avro Lancaster - in the name of the Jewish personnel who served in the RAF during the Second World War and the vital role they played. This is a continuation of Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich’s support for the RAF Museum’s ‘Hidden Heroes’ project. The Lancaster is among thirteen aircraft in the Royal Air Force Museum’s new Adopt an Artefact programme, offering everyone over 50 iconic objects within the Museum’s collection. All adoptees receive a digital adoption certificate and photo, exclusive updates, and the option to include a dedicated message with their name alongside the object on Collections Online, the Museum’s new digital collections system.

“The Lancaster is among thirteen aircraft in the Royal Air Force Museum’s new Adopt an Artefact programme”

Support from adoptees will help the Museum continue sharing the RAF Story, past, present and future, to engage, inspire and encourage learning for current and future generations. Bruce Buck, Chairman Chelsea Football Club said: “Last year we initiated a partnership with the RAF Museum around Hidden Heroes, an educational initiative which tells the stories of the bravery of Jewish RAF personnel during the Second World War. Thanks to a kind donation from club owner Roman Abramovich, we are delighted to now further extend our partnership by sponsoring a Lancaster plane at the museum and contributing to this exhibition. As recognition for their adoption, Chelsea FC will have a special plaque placed by the Lancaster honouring the Jewish contribution to the Second World War and Bomber Command. An event will be held at the RAF Museum London later this year to celebrate their adoption with their supporters. Whether you’re adopting an artefact for yourself, a personal tribute to honour and remember a loved one of a gift for someone currently serving in the armed forces, this is a fantastic opportunity to be part of the RAF’s history.




Bugatti’s Designer Director reveals his six favourite Veyrons

Veyron 16.4 Pur Sang (2007)


he first hyper sports car of the modern era, world record breaker and icon of automotive design and still regarded as one of the greatest technological challenges in the automotive industry. Three hundred Veyron 16.4 Coupés and 150 Roadsters, including special editions, were produced over 10 years in the French town of Molsheim. Achim Anscheidt has been directing the Bugatti Design department since 2004 and under his regime, many of the notable Veyron variants were born. Here he looks back on his six personal favourites.


“Looking back it is like remembering the birth of your first child. You never forget such an emotional event.” said Anscheidt. It was the start of Bugatti’s range of special editions. Instead of using two different colours, the Pur Sang contrasts carbon and aluminium – a first in automotive engineering. To highlight the technical beauty of the materials, Bugatti decided to reinterpret the classic Bugatti two-tone design element in a spectacular new way. Only five units were made and sold out within 45 minutes at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport (2010) “It was the first time we applied the ‘form follows performance’ approach so systematically,” explained Anscheidt. “To achieve our goal of breaking the world speed record for series production cars, we had to optimise the aerodynamics..” The engine has an output of 1,200 PS, enabling the car to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 415 km/h. Under the strict conditions of Guinness

“To achieve our goal of breaking the world speed record for series production cars, we had to optimise the aerodynamics”


World Records, the car achieved an average top speed of 431.072 km/h, thereby becoming the world’s fastest production super sports car. The first five “World Record Edition” models sold out immediately.

Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport L’Or Blanc (2011) “Made out of high-quality porcelain inside and out, calling the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport L’Or Blanc extraordinary is an understatement. Its abstract paintwork goes well with Bugatti’s goal with this one-off art car. “I was sceptical at first, as I by no means wanted to emulate automotive works of art such as those by Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons or Roy Lichtenstein,” said Anscheidt. “But there was a desire at Bugatti to create an art car that reflected superior standards of quality and material, as well as hand craftsmanship. What emerged was the fastest porcelain in the world. The one-of-a-kind car was sold to a collector.

Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse (2012) As the only open-top Bugatti to this day, the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse set a new speed record for open-top sports cars at 254 miles per hour, But that’s not what makes it special for Anscheidt. “ Initially, we as designers were criticised for the Vitesse not looking powerful enough as a roadster, but our customers appreciate the fact that it looks like a coupé when the roof


is closed and when open they can enjoy the inimitable feel of a roadster.” The World Record Car Edition of the Vitesse was limited to eight cars. They sold out immediately.

Veyron Grand Sport Venet (2012) The Veyron Grand Sport Venet was another art car, made in collaboration with the French artist and sculptor Bernar Venet. “Developing a car with a famous artist with no connection to car design can be a tricky undertaking. With Bernar Venet, it was a creative process from start to finish. It was fascinating to witness how he works and how he creates large-scale sculptures. We worked closely together, and ultimately created something truly beyond compare,” said Achim Anscheidt. The result is a unique automotive sculpture. and now belongs to a private collection.

Les Légendes de Bugatti” – Ettore Bugatti (2014) The presence of soft, natural cordovan leather in the Les Légendes de Bugatti made it special for Anscheidt, as with the other Legends edition cars. But above all, the final edition of the model range based on the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse stands out. “Anyone who has ever owned a pair of shoes made from this material will understand the remarkable quality of cordovan leather and appreciate its durability. This was precisely our starting point when we created the interior of this Legend,” explains Achim Anscheidt. All 18 units of the six-part edition sold out immediately.

“We hope that one day, the grandchildren of the current owners will sit inside the Ettore Bugatti Legend car and begin to reflect on the beauty of the materials and the fact that this car offers quality beyond the normal lifespan of an automobile. That is precisely what a Bugatti is” – Achim Anscheidt

Due to current circumstances, it is vital that your home is safe and secure. Like many of our clients located elsewhere, you also can have peace of mind that your home will be looked after by Private PA.

We can look after your property with regular visits to include checking your post, keeping in touch with you, and scanning over any documentation that requires your approval. Let us check that your property is well maintained and that any enhancements or work you need carried out is supported and monitored by us. In these unprecedented times, things can quickly become overwhelming and little problems become big overnight. If you’re struggling to find stability in your home or business, Private PA can give you peace of mind that everything in your life is under control and running smoothly. We are happy to work with you virtually or in person when needed Mobile: 07714 100 370 Email: Or have a look at our website for ideas at



Of The Best

Autumn Park Dog Walks in London Finsbury Park We love this park, one of the first of its kind in Victorian London. As popular as it was back then, Finsbury Park boasts a former 4.5-mile railway line which is now a tranquil footpath and nature reserve linking Finsbury Park to Highgate Woods. The Parkland Walk is a beautiful way to escape the hustle and bustle of London on our doorstep!  

Hyde Park A central London park that is both dog friendly and full of historical landmarks. Even if you’re a Londoner, you’ll still be impressed by this Royal Park and its numerous famous landmarks including Speakers’ Corner, Serpentine Lake and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain. A ‘pawsome’ park in the throbbing heart of the capital!

Hampstead Heath


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With 790 acres to explore and several tube stations surrounding it, Hampstead Heath is well worth a tube ride or car journey (the heath has several car parks) to explore with your fur friend. With a combination of woodland and vast heath areas we say it’s worth sniffing out! For more of our must-try London dog walks and to shop our water-resistant, easy to care for collection of designer dog collars and leads:

Battersea Park A favourite with our Team and woof juniors and just a short stroll from our head office. Battersea Park boasts 200 acres including lakes, woodland areas and open spaces. There are nature reserves which are dog-free zones, but well-behaved dogs are allowed off lead in vast expanses of the park.

Chiswick Gardens Chiswick Gardens does have a few ‘no go dog zones’, but there are plenty of areas for your pooch to explore, including a dedicated part of the lake for your water baby to paddle and swim. Fortunately, our stylish dog collars and leads are also water-resistant and wipe clean: We can’t say the same about your dog though! 60 SEPTEMBER 2020

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Life is made of memories…

We spend a lifetime creating memories and we need to ensure that those memories are cherished and can live forever.


adly, in 2020 the memories of those families that lost a loved one to Covid-19 will be that they were unable to fully remember or celebrate those precious lives that have been lost. Was it due to of the government’s decision to limit the number of people that could attend a funeral? Their decision was based on scientific analysis and we have to respect that decision as it was made in the Public’s best interests. In 2019 Brightwater Memorial Park was launched as the country’s first ever indoor memorial park with the view to modernising end of life celebrations. At Brightwater, the Public now has an


alternative to in-ground burial or cremation in which to remember their belated loved ones. Set in 14 acres of landscaped grounds and mature woodland, the 2 mausoleum buildings contain a total of 690 above ground, indoor crypts. For those who would prefer to be cremated, there are niches available each of which come with a beautiful handmade bespoke urn. Bill Heasman, Founder and Managing Director of Brightwater Memorial Park said, “It’s similar to a cemetery but with the difference that instead of the family coming to pay their respects at a grave side, they’ll be indoors, away from the elements, in the comfort of a luxurious lounge.” Although the site will be open to the public, privacy is one of the standout features that sets it apart from other burial sites. A booking system allows visitors time to remember their loved ones completely to themselves. TV screens and speakers can display and play their favourite music, photos or video.  For those that do not have transportation, even a chauffeur driven car is provided … all part of the service … In contrast to the element of privacy,  Brightwater can also create a place of togetherness and comfort, where those who are mourning can be offered support by experienced professional staff to help with the healing and grieving process.

SO HOW DOES THE COST COMPARE TO TRADITIONAL BURIAL? Surprisingly, pricing for crypts and niches is comparable with similar burial options within the local London boroughs … and there are no hidden or additional costs either! No headstones to purchase, no engraving costs and no annual maintenance fees to find. People can also pre-buy, securing their space at the facility at today’s prices and giving the family peace of mind for their future needs.

THE DETAILS For a personal introduction to Brightwater Memorial Park, contact Bill or Jackie Heasman on 01689 850880 or email See



Life is made of memories… however in recent months memories of Life are not being fuLfiLLed Here at Brightwater we’ve recognised that our loved ones need to be cherished and remembered after they have passed. As such we’ve created the first above ground, indoor mausoleum in the UK. Brightwater Memorial Park is a modern, uplifting alternative to cemeteries and crematoria. Combining a state-of-the-art burial facility, an exemplary level of service and a serene, natural setting extending to over 14 acres of private gardens and grounds, Brightwater Memorial Park is the ideal place to create your legacy.

You can now reserve your final resting place at Brightwater Memorial Park… For more information, please visit our website at | 01689 850 880



This month we catch up with Liz Francis, Managing Partner at Hanne & Co Solicitors, to look at a couple of practical topics related to using a law firm. What would you say is your clients’ main concern? Probably the legal costs. Although Hanne & Co have a reputation for being very reasonable and providing excellent value for money, there are many things clients can do to ensure there is no waste. First and foremost, you should be organised and provide any appropriate documents/information for your solicitor in a timely fashion so you can work as an efficient team and reduce costs. You should also read the client care information you receive since it gives the best estimate on the likely legal costs. Costs are extremely hard to predict at the start of a case but are updated as matters proceed. In certain instances, it is also possible to get a costs order, requiring your opponent to pay your legal costs, and we will advise when that is a possibility. When is litigation the best way of settling a dispute? A very difficult question to answer. Litigation can be very expensive and should be a last resort, especially in family law cases when family relationships will be impacted.


In most areas of law there are established preaction protocols, which steer parties to disputeresolution out of court where possible. In Family Law, for example, anyone wishing to issue a court application has to first attend a Mediation meeting (unless there are exceptional circumstances) to be told about the benefits of Mediation. If compromise is not possible then it is vital to consider the strength of the case. This is where obtaining quality legal advice is paramount and an early assessment is important. Your solicitor, sometimes after consulting with a trusted barrister, should be able to determine whether your case has merit. It is essential to understand the likely legal costs from the outset. The costs consist not only of solicitor and barrister fees, but also court fees, the fees of experts as well as reports, valuations etc. You should always do a cost-benefit calculation, especially if you run the risk of having to pay the other side’s legal costs in the event of losing the case. A good lawyer will, in fact, be slow to go to court and will fully explore the possibilities of settling first, and at Hanne & Co we always put the best interests of the client first - even if that means advising against legal action.

Liz Francis is the Managing Partner of Hanne & Co Solicitors

“Litigation can be very expensive and should be a last resort, especially in family law cases when family relationships will be impacted”

Property Focus There are three ways one can hold property in England and Wales: Leasehold, Freehold or (rarely) Commonhold. But what are the differences?

Leasehold Your ownership of leasehold property will be subject to a lease, granted by a superior landlord which sets out the terms on which the property is held - including how long you may own the property for and obligations you must comply with. The lease will often require you to pay a ground rent to the landlord and contribute towards a service charge. The lease will also specifically demise what property you own, which, if the property is a flat in a block, will not normally include the common parts or main structure of the building. You may vary the lease in numerous ways (such as extending the term or changing clauses etc.) but only with the consent of the landlord. When you purchase a leasehold property, unless you are purchasing a new lease, the lease will not be in your name.

“At Hanne & Co we always provide our clients with a detailed title report - stating clearly whether the property is leasehold, freehold or commonhold�

Freehold When freehold property is transferred, the whole land within the title is transferred and the buyer will take the land subject only to any restrictions or obligations that are registered against the legal title. Unlike leasehold land, ownership is not time limited and you will rarely have to make service

Steven Bannell is a Property Law specialist at Hanne & Co Solicitors

charge or ground rent payments. Whilst leases may restrict how a property is disposed of, there are usually no restrictions preventing freehold property from being sold and bought (save for any third-party interests such as mortgages).

Commonhold Although rarely mentioned, commonhold property is the third tenure of legal ownership in England and Wales. Commonhold flats allow the owner to also own the freehold of the building, thus removing the landlord and tenant relationship that exists in leasehold property. Very few properties are commonhold however and so it is unlikely that you would come across such a property if you are looking to move at the moment. At Hanne & Co we always provide our clients with a detailed title report - stating clearly whether the property is leasehold, freehold or commonhold and (if applicable) what the terms of the lease are, including the ground rent and service charge provisions. When information is unclear or has not been provided, we will raise enquiries of the seller and/or the landlord on your behalf and will explain any technical issues in plain English.



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hoosing a building contractor to execute and manage your building project safely and efficiently can be a daunting task, especially if you have never done it before. It is imperative to anyone planning to refurbish or build their homes that any such company will have great experience and knowledge in the construction industry and will also provide peace of mind from the very early stages of a project until handover. The team at Flare Project Management have over 30 years of experience in the construction industry, an extensive portfolio of completed residential and commercial projects in many areas of London and an ever-growing list of happy clients and positive partnerships with architects, engineers, and many other professionals in the field. The company’s experienced managerial skills include responsible handling of new and existing materials, conscientious waste disposal and competent workforce administration throughout every project, always keeping possible environmental impact in mind and at the same


time offering the best options to their clients in terms of savings. Nothing is ever wasted. Flare Project Management is very conscious about adapting to these new and challenging times by creating a safe work environment for their team and bringing reassurance to clients while works are being carried out in their homes. The team is provided with all appropriate PPE and are trained to follow all guidance on Covid19 safety procedures. Now more than ever, there is a great demand and need to adjust to and embrace the new normal and working from home is still the best option for many. The team at Flare Project Management are working hard with the current needs of clients to rethink their new work space at home by adapting rooms and lofts into more productive and ideal home offices. These include designing, creating and executing the works to clients’ requirements and budget. To see some of their completed projects and to get in touch with the friendly team at Flare Project Management, go on to their website or email them at

“Flare Project Management is very conscious about adapting to these new and challenging times by creating a safe work environment for their team and bringing reassurance to clients while works are being carried out in their homes”

Looking for a construction company that can deliver your dream home hassle free? Flare Project Management is a family business specialised in high-end residential and commercial refurbishments, extensions, basements and loft conversions. Whether you are planning a complete upgrade, or simply a new kitchen, a new bathroom or perhaps painting and decorating, we have the right team for your project! Working closely with architects, designers and clients we always go the extra mile to make sure your dream comes true.


Adding Value To Your Home

From ambitious building projects to timely tidying up, Luke Rix-Standing looks at how to boost the value of your property.


een to add value to your home? Whether you’ve just moved into a decrepit bedsit, or have lived in a mansion for years of domestic bliss, there is still plenty of mileage to adding value to your property. Doing so could help improve your own quality of life while you’re still in the property (if buyers find something appealing, odds are you might too), and keep you well placed on the property ladder, regardless of whether you’re currently looking to sell. From five-year plans to on-the-day dust-ups, here’s seven ways to add value to your home...

Loft conversion Perhaps the gold standard of home improvements, loft conversions are not for the faint of heart, but can come with major domestic and financial rewards if done well. Adding square footage is a guaranteed value-boost, while the market fixation with number of bedrooms means that adding one can practically ensure a hefty payday when it comes 68 SEPTEMBER 2020

to selling. “The average loft conversion costs around £40,000,” says Chris Smith, regional director at estate agents Yopa, “but can increase your property value by an estimated 21%. They’re usually more of a long-term strategy, so you might not see all the money back if you sell immediately.” Loft conversions are not cheap - and not suitable for every property of course - but they often perfectly prove that old adage, that you have to spend money to make money.

Brush up on kerb appeal First impressions matter, and putting your best foot forward is key to getting customers through the door. “We estimate that simply by improving

The average loft conversion costs around £40,000, but can increase your property value by an estimated 21%.


your property’s ‘kerb appeal’, with a freshly painted exterior, clean windows, a tidy driveway and a new front door, can boost the value of a property by up to 10%,” says Smith. “The outside of your property is the first thing potential buyers will see, both when browsing online and in person at a viewing.” On modern properties, buyers may probably expect double glazing - a savvy way to save on your energy bill in the meantime - along with up-to-date security and draught-proofing.

Go for open-plan living Open-plan living has been in vogue for some years now, and it’s clearly not going anywhere anytime soon. Most modern house-hunters are looking for spaces that are practical and adaptable, and it seems distinctly old-fashioned to cook your food in one room and then have to transport it to another to eat it. Open-plan living spaces don’t have to be giant, or rectangular - you’re looking to create areas that are connected but distinct. Consider sliding doors or curtains that can pull back during the day, waist or shoulder-high partitions, or doorway-like arches that demarcate your space. These are the golden rules of open-plan living: separation without isolation; continuity without uniformity.

Refurbish the kitchen A recent report by Norton Finance mapped out the most expensive home improvements performed by homeowners in their first year in a new property, and kitchen renovation ranked second only to furniture. The centrepiece to so many homes, it’s no surprise that the kitchen commands so much attention both before and after a sale, and a welldesigned room can easily pull in extra thousands. “If your budget can only stretch to renovating one room, that room should be the kitchen,” says Smith. “You can cut costs by painting cupboard doors yourself and adding new, fashionable handles.”

Add a conservatory The stars have to align somewhat for conservatories to be sensible investments, but if the cap fits, they can enhance a property with ease. Aside from the necessary financial clout, homeowners will need to ensure proper planning permission, while those with 70 SEPTEMBER 2020

smaller gardens might want to think twice before sacrificing valuable yard space. Though often associated with summer, conservatories really earn their keep during the winter months, when they provide a portal to the outside world, free from the cold, damp and dark. “The addition of a traditional British conservatory typically costs around £5,000,” says Smith, “and can increase the value of a property by around 10% when done well. To add real value, make sure your conservatory is fully glazed and blends in with the style of the rest of the property.”

Redecorate Consider any second-hand shop - regardless of what it sells - and consider the price difference between products marked ‘used’, and products marked ‘like new’. This one’s a no-brainer, and just a fresh lick of paint can make pokey rooms immediately more marketable. Your house isn’t new - but it’s new to your potential buyers, and you’ll be doing your bank balance a favour if you can make it look that way from the moment they cross the threshold.

Add an extra bathroom As with bedrooms, the number of bathrooms appears like a ranking next to your property, and it’s a crucial integer in the valuation equation. Broom closet, pantry, cupboard under the stairs - a small downstairs loo doesn’t take much, and it can be a delightfully canny way to carve profit out of otherwise wasted space. “You can add up to 5% value to your property by adding a second bathroom,” says Smith. “An average bathroom costs £4,500, and according to NAEA Propertymark, 70% of estate agents say an additional loo helps to sell a house.”

“Open-plan living has been in vogue for some years now, and it’s clearly not going anywhere anytime soon. Most modern househunters are looking for spaces that are practical and adaptable”


A place to call home for those who place lifestyle high on their list


ater living is becoming a lifestyle choice. No more so than at Chimes and Belle Vue, located in two of London’s most sought after neighbourhoods. These stylish, contemporary and dynamic developments for the over sixties, created by specialist later living developer Pegasus (part of Lifestory), put health, wellbeing, exceptional service and way of life at their heart.  Whether it is the upscale urban style of central London or the more beatnik luxury of Hampstead, these developments are much more than just bricks and mortar. From a café style restaurant, beautifully landscaped outdoor courtyards, luxury wellness areas with sauna, steam room, treatment rooms, gym and stretch studios to the 24 hour concierge, safe on-site parking and guest suites for when friends and family come


to visit, this is low maintenance comfort and independence on a whole new level.   Chimes, in the heart of SW1, the most recent to launch in August, is an exclusive collection of 39 apartments. Large picture windows in each deluxe apartment, combined with open plan living areas allow the light to flood in whilst the attention to detail and thoughtful design can be seen throughout.   The one- and two-bedroom apartments at Belle Vue in stylish, desirable Hampstead, also offer open plan living areas, maximising the living space and natural light. Most are dual aspect and feature a loggia style terrace, perfect to enjoy the

“Chimes, in the heart of SW1, the most recent to launch in August, is an exclusive collection of 39 apartments”


striking views of London or just watch the world go by from the privacy and ease of your own home. Such enviable living does not end there. Owners at Chimes will love the stunning roof terrace where they can soak up the sun and the sensational views with a cocktail or two in the company of fellow owners and friends before popping out to enjoy a bite to eat in one of the many nearby upmarket and delicious eateries or a concert at St John’s Smith Square. With the charm of Pimlico a short stroll away, the delights are endless. An amble around Hampstead Heath or the myriad cultural and artistic delights of Hampstead Village await Belle Vue owners. Explore such gems at Burgh House or Fenton House, follow in the footsteps of romantic poets and artists or enjoy a play or bite to eat in one of the tempting gastro pubs before returning to

The sales suites are once again open for viewings strictly by one to one appointment. Prices at Chimes start from £1,650,000 for a two-bedroom home with the homes at Belle Vue available from £792,500. Please contact Chimes on 020 3936 4466, email or visit and Belle Vue on 020 3808 0119, email or visit our-developments/belle-vue    relax in the private owners’ lounge.  Or perhaps the appeal lies in the sheer luxury of being able to spend an indulgent afternoon in your very own Wellness Spa without setting foot outside. Imagine enjoying the cleansing and healing Steam Room on a chilly winter’s day. All that remains is to decide whether you want central London buzz or the leafier, artier, surrounds of one of the Capital’s most sought after neighbourhoods, both these Pegasus developments are places to call home for those who place lifestyle high on their list of priorities. Life at Chimes or Belle Vue offers the kind of exclusive, boutique later living communities that will help redefine retirement living, offering quite simply unrivalled locations, service and lifestyles.  SEPTEMBER 2020 73


Meet the makers: New Sundridge Park homes named after historic figures


ccessed via a leafy, wooded drive, the iconic Grade I listed Mansion at Sundridge Park is set within 300 acres of green space yet is just 25 minutes from central London. Dating back to 1200 and built in the late 1790s / early 1800s, the Mansion is recognised as a nationally significant heritage asset. Passing through the hands of English nobility over the intervening years, The Mansion has welcomed a range of English aristocrats and others notable for their contribution to British construction and design. And now, having been impressively restored and converted by heritage specialist City & Country, the influence of these famous visitors lives on, with the most exclusive of the apartments named after those that had the greatest impact on the estate. The current Mansion owes its existence to Edward George Lind, an English gentleman who set about greatly improving the estate. In celebration of his part in the estate’s history, an impressive three-bedroom duplex home on the first floor has been named after him. Lind enlisted the help of Humphry Repton, the last 74 SEPTEMBER 2020

great landscape designer of the eighteenth century and successor to Capability Brown, to complete the landscape vision of its surrounding parkland. The Repton, now a vast two-bedroom home and the largest of all the apartments in The Mansion, offers incredible views across the very landscape that its namesake designed. Meanwhile the Scott family, who owned the Sundridge Park Estate for over 100 years in successive generations, have been acknowledged too. The Scott’s were responsible for some of the later additions to The Mansion, including the exquisite ballroom which was built in 1880, as well as some of its decorative plasterwork. The apartment in keeping of the family name is arguably the most ornate, with exquisite original plasterwork throughout on walls and ceilings. The beauty of the detailing surrounding the fantastic circular stairwell which draws the eye up to the unique rooflight and leads to the showstopping master bedroom, simply cannot be described. These beautiful homes boast prime positions within The Mansion, and all feature a sumptuous specification, with bespoke shaker-style Ladbury kitchens, appointed with integrated Siemens appliances and stone worktops. Luxurious bathroom suites are complete with Villeroy & Boch sanitaryware, and beautiful porcelain tiling, with many also featuring freestanding roll top baths and separate rain showers.

THE DETAILS Prices range from £950,000 to £2.5 million. To register your interest and for more information, including virtual tours for each of the unique homes, visit or call 02081 857 740.



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LUXURY WEDDING GUIDE – From gifts to venues, we’ve got the big day covered – i ma g e : P RIN C E S S B E ATRI C E M A RRIE S IN V INTA GE


Princess Beatrice marries in vintage: How to choose the perfect pre-loved wedding dress The royal wore an upcycled gown lent to her by the Queen.


rincess Beatrice has married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a surprise ceremony, but what’s more unexpected was her choice of wedding dress. Instead of enlisting a top designer to make a gown from scratch like so many royal brides before her, Beatrice opted for a customised


vintage dress. For her big day, she dipped into the Queen’s archives and found a Peau De Soie ivory taffeta dress by Norman Hartnell, trimmed with duchess satin and encrusted with diamantes. The Queen wore the gown to the premier of Lawrence Of Arabia at the Odeon Leicester

Square in December 1962, and again to the State Opening of Parliament in 1966. Beatrice had the Queen’s senior dresser Angela Kelly and designer Stewart Parvin remodel the dress to make it appropriate for her wedding day, adding delicate capped sleeves. She topped off the outfit with another loan from the Queen – the Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara, which Elizabeth II also wore on her wedding day in 1947. Over the last decade we’ve seen royals get married in pieces by top designers from Alexander McQueen to Givenchy, so Beatrice’s vintage choice is quite unique. The outfit was well received on social media, with one Twitter user writing: “Adorable couple and could not have picked a more perfect wedding dress for her than that elegant/whimsical, yet very vintage, sentimental ensemble she wore.” Beatrice has also been praised for choosing a more sustainable option for her big day. Not only is re or upcycling an existing dress eco-friendly, but people often turn to pre-loved wedding dresses as they can offer something a little different to more modern designs. “Princess Beatrice’s choice of wedding dress marks a point in the royal family’s iconic fashion choices, taking steps towards mindful consumption even on such an important day,” says Victoria Prew from rental platform HURR Collective ( So if you’re looking to wear a vintage outfit on your wedding day, these top tips may help you find the perfect outfit…

Be open-minded and set aside plenty of time You might have your heart set on a particular designer from a certain era, but Prew warns against this. “Try not to be too focused on the designer; there are incredible options out there without the labels,” she says. Head of pre-loved at eBay ( Emma Grant recommends you commit a fair amount of time to the hunt, saying: “The nature of vintage clothing is that you’ll need to have a good scroll before that one-of-a-kind gown catches your eye.”

Be targeted in your search “Try and find the best vintage sellers online, starting with Etsy or 1stdibs,” advises Prew. To make life a bit easier for yourself, Grant says: SEPTEMBER 2020 81


altered at the time of buying to fit the owner, so you may have to size up or down to get the fit that works for you. Always get in touch with the seller to check the specific measurements.” As well as tailoring the outfit to fit, Grant recommends shortening hemlines or streamlining waists to give your vintage look a modern touch.

Search for accessories You might not have the Queen’s tiara handy for your wedding, that doesn’t mean you can’t take inspiration from Beatrice and hunt for vintage accessories to go with your dress. “Vintage is also great for crowns and earrings,” says Prew. “Going vintage means you can guarantee your choice will be ‘timeless’ rather than ‘trendy’ – it’s your day, so make a statement.”

Consider its condition “While a few buttons or sequins missing shouldn’t put you off investing in a great quality, pre-owned wedding dress, more significant signs of wear and tear require further thought,” Grant says. “Don’t risk your money on items that are fraying, holed and stained as, chances are, trying to repair a gown and get a good colour match will be trickier to get away with. If the dress hasn’t been professionally cleaned by the seller, consider getting this done yourself.”

“If you’re looking for a particular cut, style or era, be specific in your search. Naming brands or eras that are associated with the style you’re looking to emulate will help you narrow down the search to the most relevant items.”

Plan in advance Vintage wedding dresses tend to be one-of-a-kind, so it’s unlikely you’ll find a dress that fits you like a glove. This doesn’t mean you can’t wear it on your big day, but you’ll have to be a bit smart with planning. “Make sure there’s enough time to have your perfect piece altered,” says Prew. “Get the dress, then get it altered to perfection.” Grant also says you should be flexible with sizing: “As it’s pre-loved, it might have also been 82 SEPTEMBER 2020

“Make sure there’s enough time to have your perfect piece altered,” says Prew. “Get the dress, then get it altered to perfection””

Weddings at

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trulyunique uniquevenue venue AAtruly Home to the Chelsea Pensioners and their iconic Scarlet uniforms, the Royal Hospital Chelsea is a treasured London landmark on the banks of the River Thames. Set within 66 acres of stunning grounds, the Royal Hospital’s beautiful rooms and gardens are some of Chelsea’s best kept secrets and most desirable wedding spaces.

Special offer We are thrilled to offer a 10% discount on Thursday and Friday bookings for civil ceremonies, wedding breakfasts and receptions in Oct and Nov 2021, and Jan to March 2022 Contact the events team to enquire via Email: Office line: 020 7881 5350

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New styles by Sabina Motasem Sabina Motasem adds new styles to the Green Collection after Princess Beatrice’s dress sparks interest in sustainable wedding dresses Sabina Motasem


hen Princess Beatrice wore the Queen’s Norman Hartnell dress and upcycled it for her intimate July wedding, she sparked lots of interest in sustainable wedding dresses. To celebrate, cult bridal brand, Sabina Motasem, who recently launched The Green Collection, a new fashion line of vegan, luxe and eco-friendly pieces with six beautiful wedding dresses, has just expanded the collection by adding two of their much-loved dresses from their Couture Collection – Josephine and Violette. If you’ve had your eye in the past on one these timeless classics but had limited funds, want to be green and not compromise on quality, then these new dresses, Empress Josephine and Violet {named after plants} are for you. Already a growing trend in fashion and now perfect for intimate weddings. Not only are they completely ethical and proudly made by the same ateliers who makes their couture dresses in London, they are completely affordable too with prices from £1200. Available to buy exclusively online. Sabina Motasem are offering customers a home delivering service so you can try on the dresses in the comfort of your own home and you can book a complimentary virtual appointment too. You can rest assured that even though they aren’t meeting physically, customers will still receive their signature personal touch they are known for! “They say necessity is the mother of invention – we always wanted to create a secondary line long before the pandemic came along. A whole 86 SEPTEMBER 2020

season of weddings [including my own!] have had to adapt. As weddings begin again, in a new way, brides are re-evaluating what they want from their big day.” Sabina Motasem. Visit or call 020 3051 4592. Photography by Roger Wooldridge, styling by Rebekah Roy, Make up by Birute Thomas, Hair by Duboux, hair accessories by Victoria Fergusson

“Sabina Motasem are offering customers a home delivering service so you can try on the dresses in the comfort of your own home and you can book a complimentary virtual appointment too”

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Contemporary wedding cakes, specialising in marble, texture, wafer flowers, and hand-painted art. We offer both bespoke wedding cakes and our newly launched signature wedding cakes that you can order online. We are versatile in styles (offering all buttercream, ganache and fondant finishes) and flavours. We offer tasting consultations or alternatively post our cake sample box and follow up over the phone and email. We deliver to London and surrounding counties.

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STUNNING DRESSES FROM ADELLA BRIDAL so we can tailor each appointment specifically to them. Most of our bride’s book online but we always try to speak to them before coming in and ease any worries they may have. Every appointment is a VIP appointment no matter when you book in for each Bride is treated the same, we offer 2hours appointments with complete exclusivity of our entire showroom, not another bride in sight so you have our complete and undivided attention throughout. We don’t limit guests as we have a very large showroom so feel free to bring along your bridetribe. Just remember the more opinions you have can sometimes be overwhelming so we advise to only bring along those who’s opinions you really value. When you arrive in the showroom we welcome you and your guests in and provide you with slippers to wear so you can really feel at home, we will then sit you down with your favourite drink and chat about your wedding and any ideas and go through the rails together. Its then time to play dress up! We carry around 150 dresses which is the largest in our area and our samples range from a size 8-20. Although most of our designer’s dresses can be ordered in a size 0 -30. Some also come in the option to be made to measure. We have a


e are situated in the heart of Norfolk countryside which is just 10mins from Norwich city centre and 5mins from the A11 making us easily accessible from London, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire & Surrounding areas. Our showroom is set inside the stunning Ketteringham Hall with parking right outside and a tearoom onsite, lots of our Brides book in for an afternoon tea and really make a day of it. From the moment you drive through the gates it feels luxury and calm. Our priority is the Brides experience, we want to make shopping for your dress the most incredible part of your wedding planning journey. We believe the Brides experience starts before their appointment. From chatting to them about their wedding to any ideas they have that might have 88 SEPTEMBER 2020

“We carry around 150 dresses which is the largest in our area”

seamstress on site so you can relax knowing all your alterations can be carried out in one place if you wish. We source the best designers from around the world and only sell gowns that we absolutely love, anything less doesn’t get selected for the showroom. I am from a Fashion design & sourcing background so this really helps me when we are buying as I have a solid fabric knowledge and know exactly what to look for. Our brides come to us for quality so this is always at the front of my mind when buying. Every designer has been very carefully selected and we have a very strong collection in the showroom. They have all been chosen for different reasons and all have their own signature style to ensure we offer something for all of our brides while still fitting in with the Adella. Brand. We stock Jesus Piero, Made with Love, Hayley

Paige, Theia Couture, Madison James, Dando London and Georgia Bridal. Jesus Piero is just simply amazing, our fashion forward brides love these statement gowns with their incredible silhouettes and we love the ethos of the Brand. Made with Love is our newest designer and we are obsessed! These are for the more Boho bride and we cannot get enough of them. Our Blush collection from Hayley Paige is our more fun and flirty range. Theia Couture for simplicity and beautifully cut dresses. Madison James is for our more adorned bride who’s looking for something a little bit different and Dando London is more of a sexy silhouette for amazing back and train detailing. Georgia Bridal is British designed which we feel is important to represent in the showroom, they have the most incredible overskirts which can be added to your dress to give you two very different looks.

THE DETAILS Our designers vary in price range offering something to suit all budgets. We start at £1400 up to £3500. We are appointment only and would absolutely love to book you in, our weekend appointments get booked up weeks, sometimes months in advance so booking early is essential. You can request your appointment via our website or email us at You can follow us on social media to keep up to date with new dresses coming in and events etc. @Adella_Bridal.



top tips for brides Let your florist know your budget from the very start. It’s much easier to advise on designs and flowers to achieve the look you are after if we have this information. If you love expensive flowers such as peonies, ask your florist to use them in your bouquet and find a more economical substitute for the table flowers if your budget will not stretch.

Romantic Florals

Josephine Stevens speaks to Alana Watts, Owner and Floral Designer of Petal and Wild. The company specialises in wild, pretty and romantic wedding floral design covering, London, Essex and surrounding areas • Tell me a bit about yourself and your company. I’ve always been creative and loved the outdoors. As a child I’d spend hours outside in the garden helping my parents prune the roses and plant tulip bulbs. I trained at Italia Conti Academy of theatrical arts and performed in West End shows as a singer/dancer for a number of years. I was frequently sent the most beautiful bouquets during the run from a florist stand outside the theatre on Seven Dials. Once I left the theatre world I struggled to find something that gave me the same passion. By chance a leaflet was popped through my door advertising a floristry course at my local university which caught my attention. I enrolled and am delighted to say it reignited my creative fire and reminded me how much I love working with natural materials. It was totally fate looking out for me and I’ve never looked back. I created Petal and Wild flowers to appeal to the bride who wants something completely unique and elegant on their wedding day. My style is romantic and natural, like flowers just picked from a country garden. I enjoy working with a loose brief so I can 92 SEPTEMBER 2020

really be creative and design something stunning and enchanting for the big day. • Where do you get inspiration from? I get inspiration from so many sources, including the natural beauty of the English countryside. Pinterest and Instagram are great online tools too as they give you access to amazing floral designs from around the world. • What is your favourite part of being a wedding florist? I love the early morning trips to Covent Garden Flower market shopping for my blooms and the excitement to see what’s new in and what is in season. I also love seeing the bride’s reaction to her flowers on the wedding morning. It’s such a wonderful feeling after months of planning to know you’ve been a part of making someone’s special day look beautiful. • What plans do you have in the future? More weddings and more beautiful flowers! I’ve got some gorgeous weddings booked for next year at amazing venues, it’s a privilege and I’m very grateful to work with such lovely brides.; 07976 881505

Ask your florist to choose flowers that are in season, it doesn’t mean they are necessarily cheaper but means they are better quality and at their best. It will also help to encompass the time year you have chosen to get married in. Choose a few larger arrangements, rather than lots of smaller vases or jars if you really want to make an impact on your wedding day. Pedestal arrangements and pew ends can be re-used from the ceremony and repositioned in the reception area afterwards to help make the most of your flowers. Suppliers: Photographer:Terri & Lori Planner:Hayley Jayne Weddings & Events Venue:The Railway Barn Caterer:Gather & Feast Events Cutlery/Tableware Hire:CMA Florist:Petal & Wild Furniture Hire:Anthology Vintage Hire Silks:Silk & Purl Makeup:Belle’s Beauty Hairpiece:PS with Love Dress Supplier:Turner & Pennell Bridal Gallery Model:Jess Bradshaw

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Fall in love with “the loveliest castle in the world”

Weddings at Leeds Castle in Kent


ising majestically from the still waters of its historic moat, the 900-yearold Leeds Castle in Kent is an idyllic setting for the most romantic weddings, making it the perfect location, whatever the season. Set amongst 500 acres of beautiful Kentish parkland and formal gardens, Leeds Castle offers a number of exquisite locations for both indoor and outdoor celebrations. Guest are welcome to witness wedding ceremonies within the Castle, taking place in the elegant Ceremony Room adjoining the book-lined Library, ideal for champagne drinks receptions. A banquet-style wedding breakfast is served in the largest room in the Castle, the Henry VIII Banqueting Hall, with impressive views across the moat. After dinner, guests are invited to dance the night away in the Heraldry Room or relax in the opulent 1920s Drawing Rooms, before staying overnight in one of the luxurious state bedrooms. The Maiden’s Tower is a 16th century stone building and garden, ideal for your nuptials and evening celebrations. Originally the Castle’s bake house and brewery it is situated on the Castle Island. The venue consists of two function rooms with French doors leading onto a private garden. The venue offers five en-suite five star bedrooms, all beautifully decorated in period style with a contemporary twist, offering views across the moat to the golf course and surrounding parkland. Perhaps one of the Castle’s most charming venues is the newly restored Battel Hall. Emerging from an extensive two-year restoration, Battel Hall has been meticulously refurbished and is a fine example of Kentish hall house. Whilst retaining its historical splendour, the venue embodies a modern luxury and classic, country-house style. The oak-panelled dining room is perfect for intimate ceremonies and wedding breakfasts, whilst the drawing room and De Gournay room are ideal


spaces for celebratory receptions. Upstairs, the five en-suite double bedrooms are all individually decorated and offer views across the private lawns. A venue for all seasons, Battel Hall’s garden is an equally memorable space for your wedding celebrations, with the opportunity to say ‘I do’ under an old English Bower. Enjoy your first romantic walk as a married couple on the quiet meadows overlooking the Castle, before celebrating with your family and friends. Discover first-hand everything the enchanting Leeds Castle has to offer at the Wedding Showcase on Saturday 7th and Saturday 8th November 2020. Get in touch now to secure your appointment and experience “the loveliest castle in the world” in all its glory. Guests are invited to witness the enchanting Castle rooms beautifully dressed for a romantic wedding day. During your visit you will get to explore the many other venue spaces, including the timber-framed Fairfax Barn, exquisite Maiden’s Tower and Battel Hall, Leeds Castle’s manor house on the edge of the Estate. Appointments will be available on either of the two days, from 10am-4pm and the experienced Leeds Castle wedding coordinators will be on hand to make sure you get the most out of your visit.

“Set amongst 500 acres of beautiful Kentish parkland and formal gardens, Leeds Castle offers a number of exquisite locations for both indoor and outdoor celebrations”



nn Guise designs and creates exclusive, ethereal, silk tulle wedding veils for brides from all over the world, using only the best quality silk fabric, lace and decoration. She is the only designer specialising solely in bespoke silk wedding veils. A silk wedding veil can make a dramatic difference, transforming the simplest dress into a stunning bridal outfit. Each veil is professionally designed and hand made to order. It can be hand beaded with Swarovski pearls or crystals, scattered with Swarovski diamante, edged with silk ribbon, French lace or stunning bespoke hand embroidery. Her silk creations are carefully designed in consultation with the bride throughout creating a unique family heirloom. Ann graduated in Fashion and Textile Design from the highly regarded Harrow School of Art London, now University of Westminster, alongside well known names as David and Elizabeth Emanuel. On graduating Ann was offered employment in the Costume Department at BBC TV London. 96 SEPTEMBER 2020

After 4 years she moved to the Costume department at BBC Cardiff where she was nominated for a prestigious BAFTA Cymru award for best Costume Design. After 14 years with the BBC Ann decided to offer her talent to the general public. She ran a successful couture Bridal Design Studio using sumptuous silk fabrics. Her standards are the highest, in fact she was awarded Fellowship of the Chartered Society of designers, extremely rare in the Fashion sector. All of Ann’s creations are in pure silk fabric sourced direct from the manufacturer. Her silk tulle is woven using the same techniques as used in the early 1800s. She creates a limited quantity of exclusive silk wedding veils, each year, all professionally designed and meticulously hand made to your individual requirements using only the very best quality silk fabric, French lace and custom embroidery. She is the only bridal veil designer specialising solely in designing and hand crafting beautiful top quality, bespoke silk bridal veils.

“Her standards are the highest, in fact she was awarded Fellowship of the Chartered Society of designers”



artalia specialise in personalised and one of kind laser-cutting art, letterpress, foil prints & more. With a range of luxury boards and ribbons they are proud to say all of their cards are Hand Made, and as a result they create all

the cards from scratch ! Cartalia work with you from consultations with their graphic designers to completion with their printing specialists. They were established in London in 2009 by Domenica as Domenica Designs as a small passionate business along her university studies, now couple of years down the line it has grown far beyond expectations and can only say Thank you to all of their wonderful clients that made it happen ! WINNER of : London Wedding Award for Best Stationery Supplier of the Year 2020 From the all-important save the dates, right through to those essential thank you cards, wedding stationery can set the tone for the big day. CARTALIA WILL HELP YOU VISUALISE AND CREATE SOMETHING ONE OF A KIND.

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What can schools learn from COVID-19? Jonathan Holmes, Deputy Head Academic at St Dunstan’s College


he Coronavirus pandemic placed a national spotlight on education the like of which I had never seen in my teaching career. Back in April 2020, St Dunstan’s College moved all of our academic, co-curricular, and pastoral programmes to online platforms, and enacted swift training of our staff, students, and parents in how children could continue accessing our full range of services from their own homes. I doubt that such a significant educational shift, at such short notice, has been undertaken by teachers in this country since the evacuations

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of children during the Second World War. It reminded us, as a society, of the vital importance of schools as places of learning and individual growth, as well as places of routine and structure, and the fundamental role this plays in the wellbeing of young people. Following on from the summer, innovations within education continue at pace, as we reopen our fantastic buildings to St Dunstan’s students, and welcome young people back for a new academic year. It is without question the best setting for students to learn, supported by specialist teachers who can respond to students

“St Dunstan’s College moved all of our academic, cocurricular, and pastoral programmes to online platforms”

immediately and individually, and with lessons taking place in inspirational classrooms, creative workshops, and modern laboratories. Yet the difference is palpable for those of us working as teachers and coming back to the physical classroom, and in lots of ways the creativity in reacting to the recent global challenges has provided us immense opportunities to develop ourselves as educators. Our desire to keep students safe in their arrival and departure to the College prompted ambitious thinking about when young people start their lessons. Among many changes, we have moved the first period of the day for our oldest students to 0945, allowing Sixth Formers a later wake-up time, and to begin their lessons more in-line with teenage body-clocks. Similarly, those studying for GCSEs arrive to school 45 minutes later than previous years. All of this has been achieved without any loss of educational time. Of course, the impetus for this came from the circumstances of the global pandemic, but we will without doubt be looking closely at the impact this has on the general wellbeing and academic progress of our A-Level students! Our teachers continued to plan exciting programmes of study during our period of remote learning, collaborating with one another to produce exciting and forward-thinking lessons to inspire our pupils. Our current suite of teacher training features many options for staff to meet and develop their practice together, both in the classroom but also utilising our digital learning environment and sharing ideas on contemporary software. For some colleagues, this more flexible approach has promoted further their welfare and work-life balance, in an indisputably positive way. Teaching is very much a vocation, and our teachers give willingly so much of their time to the refinement of their craft, and although the move to meet ‘online’ as colleagues was spurred by COVID 19, the opportunities for networking and collaboration have grown significantly for us at St Dunstan’s.

Finally, the pandemic has accelerated the education of ‘soft skills’ that underpin successful Computing and ICT education; at St Dunstan’s, we are proud of our strong reputation for Digital Literacy and Innovation, which has been enhanced during lockdown (and now beyond) with those more administrative attributes essential for efficient ICT, be that teaching students how to organise digital files, how to communicate formally in a digital landscape with teachers, and how to present information and research to their peers remotely, a skill which I’m sure parents were also honing during their own lockdowns! I am sure that education will never go back to what it was like before Coronavirus, and the challenges of the past months have required a huge amount of dedication from teachers, parents, and young people. An inspirational education is an entitlement for every child, and teachers would not allow the pandemic to stand in the way of this, yet I remain excited at how much of a turning point it has sparked within teaching; certainly St Dunstan’s College will never be the same!

THE DETAILS St Dunstan’s College is a leading independent school located in Catford, South London for pupils aged 3-18. Find out more about St Dunstan’s College at one of their upcoming bespoke tours or virtual Q&As with the leadership team. Visit uk to book a place, or contact the Admissions Team at or 020 8516 7200. The team are always happy to help.

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beyond school. Respect, responsibility, resilience and reflection are learnt through the programme, and students also learn how to communicate with each other as part of a team and in leading a team. These activities also help them to become accurate decision-makers - another important asset for later life. Benefits from the more physical activities help improve students’ health, wellbeing and fitness levels in order to maintain a balanced lifestyle.

Education is about much more than achieving the right grades. Nick Creed, Deputy Head of Co-curricular at Hurst College explains why as much value is placed on what goes on outside of the classroom as inside.

Why does Hurst use the term co-curricular rather than extra-curricular? We regard co-curricular activities as being key to the all-round education of every individual student, and use the term co-curricular because we believe that activities should run alongside the academic curriculum as part of the weekly timetable. Skills that are learnt through cocurricular activities can be transferred to the classroom. Sport and games are compulsory throughout the week and the service afternoon is compulsory for students in years 10/11, whilst the majority of Sixth Formers continue to be part of the service programme. Dance and drama are compulsory for Year 9s and have protected slots as part of the weekly timetable; music activities such as choir and orchestra also have protected slots. Specialist sports during games sessions include archery, climbing, rowing, sailing and mountain-biking. Through these activities students will not only develop a range of qualities and gain certain skills but they might also be introduced to a pastime or hobby which they can enjoy throughout their lives. Why are co-curricular opportunities so important in a child’s education? The range of activities provide many opportunities for students to try new ventures, confront risks and learn from experience – all crucial aspects in developing skills for life. The aim of the programme is to equip students with the skills and experience to make a success of their lives

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Which co-curricular events are most popular? We encourage students to engage in as much of the programme as possible – as members of dance companies or sports teams, performing in drama or music productions or taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh award. There are highly qualified staff to deliver the activities and to bring out the best in each student. Some discover talents they didn’t realise they had first team rugby players have also taken lead roles in the Dance Showcase. By the time students leave us, the majority will have performed in a sports team, on the stage, as well as having marched with the CCF and been involved with an environmental activity. Do you actively encourage girls to take part in activities traditionally favoured by boys and vice versa? The programme is not focused on gender and therefore activities are not gender-specific. Boys are equally involved in dance as girls; and in sport, some teams consist of boys and girls – particularly cricket and hockey. How did you deal with co-curricular activities during remote learning? One of the most interesting challenges was to redesign the school day to adapt to the new way of learning. Some creative timetabling allowed for an earlier finish each day without losing any of the co-curricular provision. This last point proved critical: by continuing to offer a programme of assemblies, sports sessions, choir and orchestra practices, drama rehearsals, activities sessions and CCF, the regular rhythms of school life continued – and the students stayed fit, healthy and active.


John Lyon School, Harrow-on-the-Hill


ohn Lyon is an academically selective independent day school in Harrow-on-theHill. Having educated boys for the past 145 years, from September 2021 the School will become coeducational, welcoming girls into Year 7 for the first time. Academic excellence is at the very heart of what pupils who study here seek to achieve. Pupils’ academic standards and personal development were both rated the highest possible ‘excellent’ in our recent school inspection. Pupils gain a good grounding in all the major academic subjects. Dedicated teachers work to develop learning skills, creativity and the ability to apply learning in all areas of life. Pupils perform well from the point they join — whether at 11+, 13+ or 16+ — and achieve excellent results at GCSE and A-Level. Most gain places at leading UK universities and move into the workplace in a huge and varied range of valued professions. A John Lyon pupil also gains from time spent outside the classroom. There is a strong reputation

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for Music, Art, Drama and Sport. Add to this an exciting co-curricular timetable focusing on each pupil’s sense of community, achievement and wellbeing, a range of more than 70 extra-curricular activities, and pastoral care that is second to none, John Lyon is a school designed to nurture highachieving and happy children. John Lyon is well-connected by bus, tube and rail. Our closest station is Harrow-on-the-Hill which has fast, direct services to and from London Marylebone, Uxbridge, Aylesbury, Watford and a number of other stations on the Metropolitan Line and Chiltern Line. We are also well served by the Piccadilly Line at South Harrow station.

School in Action Throughout September, October and November John Lyon will host 30 School in Action days, allowing prospective boy and girl pupils and their parents to see the School on a normal working day, tour the School site and speak to pupils and teachers. Full information and registration at

“Academic excellence is at the very heart of what pupils who study here seek to achieve. Pupils’ academic standards and personal development were both rated the highest possible ‘excellent’ in our recent school inspection”


Harrow School Online


he online provision offered during the pandemic was by necessity a rapid response to a crisis rather than a carefully planned consideration of how to make the most out of online delivery. It has been challenging for everyone – teachers, parents, pupils – and while some have had positive experiences, others have struggled. However, attending a purpose-built online school is a very different experience compared to learning via emergency online provision. A world-leading independent education is now available online. Harrow School Online is an online A Level school built on the traditions and academic excellence of Harrow School. We offer girls and boys aged 16-18 A Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry, Physics, and Economics. From September 2021, we will also offer Biology. The two-year online courses have been built for Harrow School Online by Pearson, an acknowledged leader in the provision of British curriculum and qualifications. They present concepts in a way that is interactive and engaging, using video and text explanations alongside graphics, simulations and frequent checks of understanding. The self-study components of our courses are supported by live online sessions with their teachers, where pupils have the chance to discuss and practise what they have learnt.

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Alongside this focus on academic excellence, we ensure all pupils are safe, happy, involved and able to perform to their potential through regular meetings with a Success Coach, and a House system which forms the backbone of our school community and provides the chance for peer support and encouragement.    Harrow School Online pupils engage in a wide range of activities that develop character, foster friendships and promote leadership and personal fulfilment. Extracurricular opportunities include online activities such as chess club, robotics, art club and a literary magazine. In addition, the extracurricular programme encourages pupils to be engaged in service to their local communities. The highly flexible ‘anywhere, anytime, anyplace’ aspects of Harrow School Online allows pupils to participate in these activities throughout the week. Prospective pupils and parents can get a flavour for what sixth form is like at Harrow School Online by attending our Virtual Open Day in October where you will hear from teachers and pupils, and have the opportunity to take part in a live taster lesson.   We are now taking applications for September 2021 and have a Scholarships and Bursaries available. We would love you to join us.

THE DETAILS Please contact our Admissions Office directly on 020 3024 4861, email us at for information on Open days or to begin your application. Learn more on our Website


A Happy Start to School By Vicky Ellis, new Head, The Study Preparatory School, Wimbledon


“All years of school are important but it’s during the formative years that foundations are laid, cemented and built upon”

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icky Ellis commences her headship at The Study Preparatory school in September, and understands just what a milestone it is to start school at the age of four years old, not just for children but for parents too. “This year in particular will be even more challenging with the anxieties surrounding covid-19 impacting on all schools. We understand that parents have entrusted their most precious possession to us as staff in school, and this is not something that we take lightly. We are, however, highly trained and experienced in what we do, so the best advice I can give to parents is to trust the school and the staff. As parents, you know your child better than anyone else. We in school, however, have seen every type of child - shy, confident, boisterous, talkative, those quick to pick things up, others who need more re-assurance or consolidation, physically co-ordinated children, creative children, compliant children, and those

who are still working out the boundaries and figuring out right from wrong. It is very likely that there will be children falling into each of these categories in your child’s class. For us, this is normal and it is part of the rich tapestry of school life. No matter what stage of development your child is at, their personality, or their physical or creative prowess, the beauty of our Early Years curriculum is its individual approach; girls are taken from their individual starting point across all areas of learning to ensure development and progression, at the rate that is suited to them. All years of school are important but it’s during the formative years that foundations are laid, cemented and built upon, which are crucial to a child’s development in all areas – personally, socially, physically and academically. It is during these early years that children ‘get’ school. The children are like sponges for learning, they are inquisitive, develop a love of learning and most

importantly, become their own little people with unique identities. The personal, social and emotional development that takes place during the early years, I would argue is almost as important as learning to read. Yes, we want our children to be literate and numerate, but to allow children to thrive, they need to understand their own emotions and those of others, self-regulate their own behaviour, understand social norms and cues, follow instructions and have the confidence to express themselves. This development comes through exposure, watching,

Illustration of the new Development at Wilberforce House

“Marvel in the joys of your child’s inquisitive nature and progress, however small the steps may be”

listening, collaboration, high quality dialogue and input from staff, trial and error, making mistakes and having a go. It is normal that some children will take longer than others to settle but with support and encouragement they will get there. Ultimately, there is nothing more important than your child’s health and mental wellbeing and The Study has always believed that happy children learn best, and confident children go far”. Here are Vicky Ellis’s tips for parents with children starting school: • Trust the school and staff, they have the experience and have seen it all before. • Try not to compare your child to others (including siblings); children do not learn and develop on the same trajectory and learning is not a race. • Take an interest and share your child’s learning at home but try not to let this become the sole focus of your time together. Reading with your child is one of the most useful things you can do. • Marvel in the joys of your child’s inquisitive nature and progress, however small the steps may be. Childhood is precious and flies by, don’t wish this inquisitive time away, they will be teenagers soon enough! The Study is a leading prep school for girls aged 4-11, and is based on two picturesque sites adjacent to Wimbledon Common. Proudly non-selective at 4+, the girls go on to achieve excellent results at 11+, with offers and scholarships from top senior schools. 2020 was a record year for scholarship offers, with 40 offered to the Year 6 cohort, bringing the total number offered over the last three years to an impressive 104.; Tel: 020 8947 6969 SEPTEMBER 2020 113


Adult Learning Lewisham


earn a new skill, enhance your health and wellbeing and meet new people who share similar interests at Adult Learning Lewisham If you are thinking about taking a course and need some inspiration, Adult Learning Lewisham (ALL) has over 700 part time of courses on offer. Courses run from a day to a year so learning a new skill doesn’t need to be a big commitment. Come and discover your creativity at the Lewisham School of Arts and Design. You will receive specialist tuition from artists, designers and experts practising in their fields in a wide

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range of subjects such as drawing and painting, clothes making, floristry, jewellery design, glass work, pottery, illustration, upholstery, photography, printmaking and more. ALL are busy preparing their centres for a return to face-to-face teaching in September. To keep you safe class sizes will be reduced and there will be a range of online courses for those who prefer to learn from home. You could cook up a feast on an Indian street food cookery course or start your day with a sun salutation on the early morning yoga class. Learners embraced the opportunity to continue their courses online during lockdown. Michelle Russell share’s her experience of taking an online watercolour course. “Jo is a great teacher and always prepares exciting lessons for us to develop our painting techniques. This course has focused on Japanese kimono prints which are a lovely subject for watercolour and makes for a very creative session. I’ve learnt a great deal about the possibilities of watercolour and have greatly enjoyed the course”. – Michelle Russell

How to enrol You can enrol online now for courses starting in the autumn term. If you want to take a course in English, maths or ESOL you’ll need to call 020 8314 6677 Monday-Thursday 10am-4pm to book a pre-course assessment to ensure you get the most out of your class. For a full list of courses visit: adultlearning Centres are located in Brockley, Lewisham, and Grove Park; ten minutes from Forest Hill, Honor Oak Park, Lewisham and Grove Park stations.

“To keep you safe class sizes will be reduced and there will be a range of online courses for those who prefer to learn from home”


Virtual Open Evenings at ArtsEd

2020 will go down in history as a challenging year right across the globe. However, the world is beginning to turn in a better direction as September sees young people getting back to school and people gradually returning to the workplace. The phrase ‘a new normal’ is on our lips as we all work out what that means individually and to those close to us. ArtsEd very quickly moved all learning online back in March and feedback from their students and parents demonstrated the success of this transition. The creativity and tenacity of ArtsEd’s

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staff and students during that initial lockdown period really did embody the saying “the show must go on”, and it’s in that spirit they now approach their upcoming Open Evenings! Virtual Open Evenings are nothing new by now, but ArtsEd have decided that prospective students and parents deserve more than just a video tour with a Q&A. They want to put on a show, just as they would under normal circumstances. With the help of a brilliant technology company, their Virtual Open Evenings in October will take attendees on a journey through an interactive map. As you follow the road (we nearly said yellow brick!) you will experience a mix of pre-recorded videos covering all aspects of the school, alongside live talks with their staff. There will also be a live chat feature, allowing you to get answers to questions in real time. There are separate events scheduled for the Day School and Sixth Form, each with the opportunity to book a one-to-one in-person tour if you wish to see more. ArtsEd cannot wait to throw open their virtual doors and invite you to sample the atmosphere they’re so famous for!

Virtual Open Evening dates: Sixth Form: Tuesday 6th October Day School: Wednesday 7th October To register:


Purpose and Personality The Summer Show is a highlight of the Alleyn’s School Calendar.


ead of Art and Art History, Ms Sally Reynolds, tells how students’ creativity and resilience could not be thwarted by the lockdown. “In any Art Department’s calendar, the Summer Show is the grand focal point at the end of the year - we were in full throttle and just weeks away from completing GCSE Art and Pre U A level courses. The final push and students adding the finishing touches to their pieces and making final improvements to their sketchbooks - immersing themselves in the painstaking task of installing their works in the Great Hall over half term. Then the world came to an abrupt standstill. Students had to hurriedly complete their work at home. Once the dust had settled after lockdown evacuation, we were able to celebrate students’ work and their pieces that would have formed this year’s exhibition. Pre U Year 13 Art groups produced daring and edgy work, exploring complex concepts alongside an experimental approach to materials and processes. The themes chosen were varied; fairytales, the last supper, the environment, technology, gender, therapy, memories,

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pattern and colour. Students have found their own pathways and it is not surprising that the majority are going on to Art Foundation courses or straight onto Arts/Art History degree courses. The graduating year 11 GCSE artists equally excelled, producing an impressive range of works, from highly skilled oil paintings, to exciting sculptural work, photography and film. Students have made incredible progress over their twoyear course. It is brilliant to see the ambition and confidence of their final coursework pieces. Having all experienced lockdown in different ways, I for one have felt there is more than ever a case for art and art education. Being part of a stimulating environment seems particularly pertinent; where students are encouraged to engage with the world around them, develop enquiring, critical minds and finding creative solutions to problems. Although they have missed out on their show, this cohort of students will form part of a generation, who have experienced at first hand the world in flux, so it will be fascinating to see how they continue to use their creativity to navigate these uncertain times.” This year’s summer exhibition of GCSE and Pre U Art artwork, including a more extensive range of works, can be found on the Alleyn’s school website.

“Having all experienced lockdown in different ways, I for one have felt there is more than ever a case for art and art education”

Clockwise from top left: Artwork by Ore Bakre; Head of Art and Art History Sally Reynolds; Artwork by Bella Amenta; Artwork by Bex Edwards; Artwork by Tabitha Griffiths


Optimus Laudaum W

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

works. Educating three to seven year-old boys and girls in a friendly and caring environment for over 35 years is its strength and 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” adds Mr Ellis. “Size matters to St John’s Wood Pre-Prep. By 122 SEPTEMBER 2020

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 frequent one-to-one private tours are planned. Congratulations to the children of the 2019/2020 Year 2 class for securing offers from: City of London School for Girls; Highgate; Latymer Prep School; Queen’s College Prep: South Hampstead High School: St Paul’s Juniors, Thomas’s London Day School and University College School.

THE DETAILS For more details visit Tel 020 7722 7149 or email St John’s Hall, Lord’s Roundabout London, NW8 7NE


PREPARE YOUR CHILD (AND YOU!) FOR STARTING SCHOOL Making the transition to primary school is a huge milestone in children’s lives - here’s how to make it a smooth one. By Lisa Salmon. written down, it’ll help them take responsibility for their own belongings - otherwise you risk a lot of lost possessions over the next school year. She suggests playing games, ordering the letters in their name, making labels for their book bag, creating a bedroom sign for their door, or moulding it with play dough.


tarting primary school for the first time involves more planning than just buying a new uniform (if their school has one) and pencil case. Getting a four or fiveyear-old ready for the huge transition from home, childminder or nursery to ‘Big School’ needs plenty of preparation and support. This is something early years specialist Claire Russell and nursery teacher Suzanne Roberts know all about. As Russell, founder of playHOORAY! (, which provides play ideas and prompts for young children, says: “When it comes to preparing your child for school it’s not all academic, it’s about supporting and preparing them from a social, emotional and general wellbeing perspective too. “Parents shouldn’t panic or put any pressure on themselves or their young children,” she adds. “Don’t forget children will pick up on your own anxieties about them starting school, so it can be really beneficial to prepare together for the new chapter in both of your lives.” Russell and Roberts have compiled these 14 tips to help parents and children navigate the transition and sail through starting primary school... Recognising their name It’s not necessarily about children being able to write their own name, says Russell, but about them recognising their name, as it will be on their belongings. If they can recognise their name

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Counting Counting doesn’t mean reading, writing and ordering numbers one to 10, as that involves a lot of skill for a preschooler. Instead, practise counting through songs and stories, and try playing with numbers and noticing them when out and about - on doors, buses and price tags, etc. Practise wearing the uniform Suzanne Roberts, teacher and manager at Burgess Hill Girls Nursery in Sussex, says children should practise wearing their uniform and PE kit, and just generally dressing themselves. “Lots of parents forget this and then expect their child to be comfortable on their first day,” she says. “Uniforms can be very different to what your child is used to wearing. Children of this age can be sensitive to change.”

“Practise counting through songs and stories, and try playing with numbers and noticing them when out and about - on doors, buses and price tags, etc”

No laces Roberts suggests parents should avoid buying new school shoes with laces. “Your child has to become more independent, so help them as much as possible by either buying shoes with Velcro straps or slip-on trainers or plimsolls.” Toileting independently Ensure that when going to the toilet, your child is able to undo his or her trousers, wipe their bottom and wash their hands. Tidy tots Help them become more independent by encouraging your child to hang up their own coat and bag on arrival at nursery or at home. Ask them to do some little chores at home, too. Prepare them by teaching them to put their shoes together at home, or putting some of their own belongings away. “By helping them to be more independent, you’re helping them to feel confident and selfassured,” explains Roberts. Eating independently “Don’t expect miracles, but do encourage your child to use their cutlery correctly, eat independently, and try clearing their plate away when finished,” suggests Russell. Read school information If you haven’t already done so, it may be too late to visit the school, but make sure you read any information the school has sent. Practise the school run Practise taking the journey to school, so it’s not so alien. Use it as an opportunity to talk about any anxieties your child may have. Play taking turns games A lot of children in one space means they’re going to have to learn to share and take turns. Russell advises that parents help children practise by playing lots of games together as a family or with friends, to help them learn to wait for their go. Read bedtime stories Most schools will send home books or even homework, so it’s a good idea, if you don’t already, to build books and reading into the bedtime routine now. Try books like Topsy And Tim Start

School by Jean Adamson, Starting School by Allan and Janet Ahlberg, or Harry And The Dinosaurs Go To School by Ian Whybrow. No comforters Leave special toys - comforters, blankets, or teddies - at home. Don’t linger Explain to your child that they’re going to have the best time ever - implanting this idea is very powerful, stresses Roberts - and that you’ll see them later. If you forget to tell the staff something, don’t go back into the room; pop to the reception desk and they’ll pass on a message.

Hide your emotions Starting ‘Big School’ can be a very emotional time for parents, but don’t show your child you’re upset on their first day. “If they see you upset, they’ll think they should be upset too, and this is very unsettling,” explains Roberts.

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Felsted School ‘Shortlisted for Boarding School of the Year 2020, Prep School of the Year and Sport School of the Year 2019, by Times Education Supplement


Felsted School education has become the popular choice for many families across London, who appreciate the school’s focus on pupil wellbeing, small class sizes, dedicated teachers and modern boarding and day options. Based on a stunning village campus one hour north of London and south of Cambridge, Felsted places as much emphasis on each student’s emotional development as on their academic progress. From the moment a child joins Felsted’s supportive and close-knit community, they will be welcomed, nurtured and challenged. Highlights include: • A Broad Curriculum, including Spanish, Music, Forest School and PE in the Prep School, with a choice of A Levels or the IB Diploma in the Sixth Form. Superior provision for the very able, plus experienced learning support for those that need some extra help. • Extensive Co-curricular & Leadership Programme, including Model United Nations, Duke of Edinburgh Scheme and Combined Cadet Force. • Superb Sporting & Creative Arts Pathways: Professional partnerships with expert coaching, mentoring, facilities and performance opportunities and fixtures. • International Outlook: as a member of the Round Square network of schools worldwide and with a diverse pupil body of over 30 nationalities, pupils get stuck into global debate, networking and exchanges. A highly acclaimed international summer school also delivers an outstanding global 126 SEPTEMBER 2020

studies and EAL programme each year. • Superb Care Team, including 24/7 medical team, wellbeing centre, tutors, matrons and house parents provide market leading mental health and wellbeing support. • Scholarships and awards: in Academia, Music, Art, Sport, Design & Technology and Drama, worth up to 20% off the fees. Awards may be supplemented with a means-tested top-up bursary. Find out more at their next Virtual Open Event on 19 September (for entry ages 4 to 8) and 3 October (for entry ages 11-16) or book an on-site Open Morning Experience. Register via or contact the Admissions Team on 01371 822605,

“From the moment a child joins Felsted’s supportive and closeknit community, they will be welcomed, nurtured and challenged”


The principles of preparing for a whole school reopening The new Principal of Queen Ethelburga’s talks about planning for a September reopening, for all age groups, and his vision for the Collegiate.


tarting the next academic year as the new Principal of Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate will be a very different experience to that which I had envisioned when I was first appointed. Having been in education over 30 years, 17 of these as the head of large UK and international independent schools, I’ve seen some change in practice. The challenges facing schools across the UK in preparing for full reopening in September - as we’ve heard said many times already - are unprecedented. With key worker and Forces boarding students staying on campus throughout lockdown, and a successful welcoming of our Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 cohort in early June, we now have plenty of experience of operating in a controlled lockdown. QE has complied with, and gone beyond, the measures required by government and we have committed ourselves to the BSA School Safe Charter. We are using this experience to ensure we have adaptable plans in place, as we welcome students back at the start of term. We have issued guidance to our students and parents on the measures we are taking to keep the campus as safe as possible, whilst maintaining the welcoming and happy atmosphere that they know and love. Our location is ideal. Queen Ethelburga’s benefits from a highly secure, rural campus, set in the stunning North Yorkshire countryside.

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It is looking increasingly likely that school will be reopening in September without the social distance restrictions we have now, however, we are still planning to bring our boarders back two weeks earlier in August, so that we can offer quarantine if necessary, but also to offer a curriculum preparation programme for the year ahead. Our priorities for the next year build on QE’s success story to date. We know that the key to academic excellence is the consistency in quality of teaching, therefore this will always be the focus for the Collegiate. Continuous improvement is also key. We will be reflecting on everything we do and will always seek feedback from our students, parents and teachers so that we understand our community needs and find ways to meet them. We will continue to find ways to broaden and improve the curriculum and enrichment opportunities we offer, and extend students learning beyond the restraints of the classroom. We will use our recent online teaching and learning experience to develop our IT strategy, taking the opportunity to develop e-learning in an impactful way. Through our academic, pastoral and enrichment programmes, we will continue to develop the personal qualities of our students, such as leadership, resilience, critical thinking and responsibility. As always, we will prioritise the safeguarding, health and wellbeing of all our students and staff. To find out more about QE, visit

“The key to academic excellence is the consistency in quality of teaching”


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travel GUIDE

– Heading out of London to explore the rest of the world – i mag e : p u r e ly am e r i ca


Exceptional service and understated luxury S

ix Senses Hotels, Resorts & Spas are renowned for their exceptional service and understated luxury. With a passion for wellness, community, sustainable design and smiles, they believe travel can serve a purpose. Promoting personal health and the health of our planet, with distinctive properties in exquisite locations, your every want and need will be taken care of. The secluded resorts also offer incredible views; from lush rainforest to dramatic clifftops, making sure you find peace and tranquillity on a stunning escape from everyday life...

The hotels all beautifully reflect the architectural styles of the destinations in which they are located, blending into the natural landscapes and incorporating the local culture. From Six Senses Krabey Island in Cambodia where the freestanding pool villas merge with the lush canopy of trees, Six Senses Koh Yao Noi that overlooks the 138 SEPTEMBER 2020

dramatic limestone pinnacles of Phang Nga Bay, and Six Senses Ninh Van Bay which is backed by lush rainforest and accessible only by boat. The focus is to reconnect with yourself, others and the world around you. Their world-renowned spas are integral to the Six Senses experience. With signature therapies, locally-inspired treatments and in-house experts, you’re guaranteed to feel re-energised and restored. You can also learn of the science involved at the Alchemy Bar, a space where skilled therapists will guide you through the ingredients and products allowing you to continue your wellness journey at home. A Six Senses escape also offers a wealth of activities for when you’re feeling more adventurous. Take cooking classes and learn how to surprise your dinner guests with Cambodian cuisine, visit an endangered monkey conservation in Vietnam, or take a guided bike ride on paths less travelled in Thailand. However you like to escape and unwind, allow Six Senses to assist you in experiencing something out of the ordinary.


SENSATIONAL SCOTLAND This is why the royal family retreats to Scotland every year. Words: Sarah Marshall


o aim for the highest point is not the only way to climb a mountain,” wrote Nan Shepherd in her 20th century nature masterpiece, The Living Mountain. The Aberdeen-born poet and writer, whose face now adorns the Scottish £5 note, made it her life’s quest to find the “essential nature” of the Cairngorms. In the process of exploring its graceful, gleaming rivers and high plateaus “as delectable as honey”, she discovered a lot about herself too. Twice the size of the Lake District, East Scotland’s Cairngorms National Park is a wilderness area of crisp, clear lochs, ancient forests and glens bristling with vibrant purple heather. Promising calm, quiet and the freedom of space, it seemed an obvious choice for a post-lockdown adventure with my mum, Gabriella. Aged over 70 and recovering from heart surgery, my mum had been shielding since March. I’m not a fan of Zoom or FaceTime, so when we met at Heathrow airport to catch our flight to Aberdeen, it was the first time I’d seen her in four months. In a world where every move seems to be dominated by Covid-19, the decision to travel isn’t an easy one to make at any age. But as days disappear and months march on, there’s an urgency to get moving. I’ve never really

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understood why time accelerates with age. The harder we grip, the more it slips away. Maybe it’s the realisation that everything is finite, including us. Then there was the risk of being indefinitely confined by anxiety. “If I don’t go out soon, I’ll never have the confidence,” my mum confessed. So, armed with face masks, sanitiser and a sensible degree of caution, we refused to be beaten

“Cairngorms National Park is a wilderness area of crisp, clear lochs, ancient forests and glens bristling with vibrant purple heather”

by fear. Nan chose to camp her way around the Cairngorms. But we’ve opted for a greater degree of comfort at the Fife Arms, a regal Victorian property in the village of Braemar on the banks of the River Clunie, matched in magnificence to its surrounding mountain landscape. After having our temperatures checked, we’re ushered inside by the hotel’s welcoming ghillies who apologise profusely for the impersonality of Perspex panels on reception, visors and the absence of Fife’s bespoke tartan blankets in rooms. Scotland only recently emerged from lockdown on July 15, and the hotel Is quickly adapting to a new and unfamiliar way of working. Rooms are deep cleaned between guests, breakfast buffets have been ditched in favour of timed sittings, and a one-way system is in place throughout the property. Otherwise, it all feels refreshingly normal. Owned by art dealers Iwan and Manuela Wirth (owners of the Hauser & Wirth gallery), who breathed new life into its rundown shell and re-opened in 2018, the Fife is filled with 16,000 artworks, antiques and collectables. When you’ve been indoors for so long, everything has a new and shiny appeal. But here in this Disneyland of culture and creativity, my mum has the wide-eyed wonder of a child embracing infinity and beyond. Paying homage to Braemar’s Victorian roots, furnishings reflect the grandeur of that time: an ornately carved walnut wood fireplace depicting works by Scottish poet Robert Burns dominates the reception; chairs upholstered in Liberty fabrics decorate the drawing room; and natural history specimens are displayed in curiosity cabinets, or used to create whimsical tableaux in bell jars. Not

“Braemar’s relationship with royalty reaches back to 1852 when Prince Albert purchased Balmoral Estate for his sovereign wife. “She was passionate about this place,” Katy Fennema of Braemar Highland Experience tells me”

to everyone’s modern PC tastes, one corridor alone has 100 pieces of taxidermy, upstaged only by an eery waxwork model of Queen Victoria in the library, purchased from Madame Tussaud’s. If a wall of stags’ heads is divisive, modern artworks incorporating antlers are pleasingly palatable: hanging above the main staircase, Richard Jackson’s Red Deer Chandelier is a tangle of neon bagpipe drones and glass antlers. From outspoken sculptures to understated sketches, every corner of the Fife is covered in conversation-provoking art. Works by Picasso, Brueghel The Younger and Man Ray hang on walls; one of Louise Bourgeois’ bronze spiders straddles the courtyard. But an even more impressive find are some watercolours of royal estates painted by Prince Charles and a sketch by Queen Victoria of a stag shot by her close confidant John Brown. Braemar’s relationship with royalty reaches back to 1852 when Prince Albert purchased Balmoral Estate for his sovereign wife. “She was passionate about this place,” Katy Fennema of Braemar Highland Experience tells me. The former musician, whose family have 300 years of history in the area, now runs local history, wilderness and

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wildlife tours with her husband, Julian. During a morning driving tour, she shares tales of brigands hung from tree boughs, and delights in stories of Chanel’s fashion rival Elsa Schiaparelli, who became fascinated with Braemar when her friend, Vogue editor Frances Lovell Oldham, married a laird. The two ladies would literally go on to paint parts of the town shocking pink, and an art deco bar at the Fife is named after Elsa. Much of the land here has been shaped by aristocracy. Patchworks of charred heather on the hillside are the remnants of controlled burns, used to boost a grouse population in time for shoots. Yet so much remains wild. Along the Queen’s Drive walking trail, trees are laden with tufty beards of lichen, an indicator of the air’s purity. At 5.30am one morning, mum and I ramble through the Morrone Birkwood, a relic of deciduous woodland that once covered the Cairngorms. On the way up, we watch hares and red squirrels scamper through a stadium used to host the Braemar Gathering, one of the most popular Highland Games. And we detour past the house where Robert Louis Stephenson spent a miserable, rainy three months in 1881, emerging with the first 16 chapters of Treasure Island. It’s a very different scene today. Sunlight splinters through gate pickets as we clamber onto a trail scattered with pinecones. Streams trickle melodically from the mountainside and the scent of honeysuckle is dizzying. Juniper, blaeberries, meadowsweet and yarrow – so many plants thrive in this healthy environment. Later in the day, herbalist and forager Natasha Lloyd introduces us to her open-air medicine cabinet. She recommends treatments for my mum’s liver, and I learn how to eat a raw nettle without getting stung. The common nettle is packed with Vitamin D, which may boost the immune system against respiratory viruses such as Covid-19. Fortunately, there were no cases of coronavirus in Braemar. Although one famous figure down the road made headlines: Prince Charles self-isolated at Balmoral when he fell ill at the beginning of lockdown. It’s easy to see why the royals come here to escape and recuperate. This month, the Queen will arrive for her annual summer holiday. We follow one of her favourite trails through the Ballochbuie Forest, a protected tract of 300-year-old pines 142 SEPTEMBER 2020

saved from felling by Queen Victoria, leading to the Honka Hut – a simple cabin where Elizabeth II likes to picnic. In the past, hikers claim to have “run-into” Her Royal Highness walking the corgis, but blissfully, we don’t see a soul. It was silence and solitude that guided Nan Shepherd into the mountains. Similarly, it helps my mum readjust to an outside world fraught with complications, but beautiful at its core.

How to plan your trip Rooms at the Fife Arms start from £230 (including breakfast) in a Croft Room. For more information or to book, visit


Dream Now, Plan Now, Travel Later!


n just over an hour’s drive from Miami you will be on one of the most scenic roads in the USA, the 125 miles of overseas highway takes your through hundreds of little tropical islands nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean. The first island you arrive at is Key Largo, home of Everglades National Park and Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, popular among eco-adventurists because of the many activities including kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding and snorkelling. Continue south to experience Islamorada known as the Sport Fishing Capital of the World, this village of islands prides itself on fresh seafood and fine dining. Shop, relax on sandy beaches, swim with dolphins, visit Alligator Reef Light House by boat or visit art galleries and museums. Next you’ll reach Marathon, a retreat for families and boating, you’ll feel like you are driving on water as you cruise over the world-famous Seven Mile Bridge. The pace slows down as you enter the Lower Keys where you can see endangered Key deer, be sure to visit Bahia Honda State Park, one of the nation’s top beaches, we highly recommend a stay at Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, an exceptionally luxurious tropical island paradise reached by boat or air for an unforgettable Keys experience. Next you reach Key West, the end of the road and the southernmost point in the continental USA. Key West has a unique & quirky personality. Tour the island easily by foot, bicycle, trolley, Conch Train or electric car. Enjoy the many

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theatres, museums, galleries, restaurants, beaches, Hemingway’s Home, historic seaport, President Truman’s Little White House, sidewalk cafes, legendary pubs and nightlife. Only in Key West is the sunset celebrated with so much fanfare, head to Mallory Square overlooking the water an hour before sunset to join the party with jugglers, fire eaters and musicians. At the exact moment the sun sets someone blows a conch shell horn and the crowd erupts in applause. Your time in the Florida Keys can be as actionpacked as you desire or just simply unwind and let go with the outgoing tide. You will be, after all, on island time.

We are here ready to tell you more about this beautiful destination and help you plan your dream holiday. Please call us on 0800 0336 335 or visit our website ATOL protected.

Fowey Cottages

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


ornwall’s best kept secret, in Fowey there really is something to suit everyone.  Whether you want to get out on the water to sail around picturesque Fowey harbour or enjoy getting active with the

whole family with a wide range of water sports and cycling trails.  Or why not relax and enjoy the fresh sea air with a scenic beach walk. The family friendly town of Fowey has so much to offer, to those in the know!  Fowey Cottages are proud to offer some of the finest holiday cottages in and around Fowey. A family owned business based in the heart of the town, Fowey Cottages offer a range of properties to suit whatever you want from your holiday. With a wide selection of properties, you can choose to relax and unwind in a stunning townhouse with river views across the harbour, charming and cosy cottages along the coast or peaceful rural retreats, just minutes away from the main town. Fowey Cottages provides guests with a slice of Cornish heaven that is guaranteed to keep you coming back year after year.

“Fowey Cottages are proud to offer some of the finest holiday cottages in and around Fowey”

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Château St Pierre de Serjac


hâteau St Pierre de Serjac is a beautiful family-friendly vineyard estate in the Languedoc, South of France, offering uninterrupted views of rolling vines, olive groves and woodland. The château has been converted into an intimate hotel with eight stylish bedrooms, an elegant cocktail bar and a restaurant offering fresh Mediterranean cuisine and brasserie classics from home-grown and locally sourced ingredients, while the outbuildings have been turned into 36 luxurious, fully equipped selfcatering properties, many boasting their own pools and gardens. A magnificent heated outdoor infinity pool takes centre-stage, while the heavenly Mediterranean spa, clay tennis courts, kids’ club, barbecue area and boulodrome ensure guests big and small want for nothing during their stay. Whether strolling around the aromatic gardens in search of the perfect picnic spot, or borrowing bicycles to explore the winding cycle trails, there is so much for families to discover here. Little ones will love making new friends in the kids’ club, where bilingual staff will entertain with creative activities focusing on nature. The children can take part in anything from archeological digs to woodland art, reptile hunts to den-making, allowing the adults some much-deserved downtime. Relax with a quiet swim in the spa pool or enjoy an indulgent massage, before curling up with a good book. Later, take advantage of the hotel’s babysitting service and head to the winery to sample the wide selection of Languedoc wines. Despite the alluring climate, there is plenty of fun to be had at Serjac away from the sun loungers, and the sandy beaches, mountain trails, vineyards, picturesque villages and market towns are not to be missed. The concierge service can help to arrange many of the nearby activities, including horse riding, kayaking, rock climbing and kite surfing to ensure you get the most out of your stay. Hugely popular for multigenerational travel, Serjac offers the freedom of a self-catering holiday with the pampering aspects of a hotel stay, and the sociable atmosphere of a members’ club. It’s the perfect choice for an unforgettable family trip to this unspoilt corner of the South of France.

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LA DOGANA Exceptional Umbrian farmhouse villa to rent

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Available September 19 till October 3. Some weeks 2021.

A family business providing exclusive valet parking at Gatwick Airport since 1992.

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Leeds Castle Staycations together there are several properties to choose from, all beautifully appointed with antique and modern furnishings. Receive free entrance to the Castle and grounds for the duration of your stay.

Battel Hall

Stable Courtyard and Maiden’s Tower B&B Staying on the estate of a 12th century moated Castle with free entry to the Castle and grounds makes for a truly memorable staycation. Enjoy unrivalled tranquility as you wander through the beautiful parkland exploring trails not open to the public. For the ultimate unique experience, the 16th century Maiden’s Tower on the Castle Island offers five stunning bedrooms with breathtaking views and en-suite bathrooms, all beautifully decorated in period style with a contemporary twist. The overnight stay at the five star award-winning venue includes a delicious full English breakfast in the 17th Century oak-beamed Castle View Restaurant and free entry to the Castle and grounds.

Escape to the countryside... Holiday Cottages Treat your family and friends to a staycation in the English countryside with a self-catering break in a period cottage nestled within the tranquility of the 500 acre Leeds Castle estate. Whether it’s a romantic weekend for two, a group gathering or a family get 148 SEPTEMBER 2020

Battel Hall provides a wonderfully luxurious escape to the countryside, with the added benefit of access to all the estate has to offer. Battel Hall provides the perfect setting for gathering with family or friends, with comfortable drawing rooms, an oak-panelled dining room, five exquisite bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and additional annex accommodation. Battel Hall Oast set adjacent to the Hall is a delightful two double bedroom self contained apartment. This can be booked in conjunction with the main house and is ideal for young families. There is the option to have a skilled chef on request.

Knight’s Glamping Fun for families and couples alike, treat loved ones to an escape to the countryside for a glamorous camping break with a difference. Eight Medieval style pavilions form a one-acre ‘village’ nestled in the woodland behind the Maze. Enjoy the luxury of a four poster bed, warming wood burning stove, crisp cotton bedding and snug furry throws. The added luxury is not having to bring any special camping kit with you, just food for your evening feast! Tents can comfortably sleep couples or families of 4 with children’s camp beds. Access to the Castle and grounds is part of the package.

“Fun for families and couples alike, treat loved ones to an escape to the countryside for a glamorous camping break with a difference.”


The Western Algarve


rom rugged cliffs where the Mediterranean joins the Atlantic, through quaint sandy bays overlooked by fishing villages to the lively town of Lagos; this is the true Algarve, where customer service still matters and a local galao coffee and pastel de nata pastry are savoured, not rushed. Just over an hour from Faro airport, cascading down two valleys in a delightful mixture of town houses and individual villas is the exclusive Spa Resort of Santo Antonio, and right in the heart of it is, MyVilla6. In a secluded setting, completely refreshed for the 2020 season, featuring open plan lounge and dining areas, with large windows and doors opening on to extensive upper floor terraces, MyVilla6 is the perfect holiday destination for those wanting to please themselves. With comfortable seating for eight guests around the large marble table served by the built in BBQ, the dining terrace is the signature of MyVilla6. Full sun protection is offered by the new sun sail which protects from the intense midday heat and gives a feeling of intimacy for those relaxed summer evening meals. The Master and Guest Suites both feature a

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dressing area and spacious en-suite shower room. Bedrooms three and four are twin-bedded rooms and both use the very large house bathroom with its separate walk in shower. Step out of any of the bedrooms onto their terrace and proceed down to the private pool terrace surrounding the large 5m x 10m solar heated pool. For those wanting to venture out, just drive the 3 km (or take a locally organised taxi) to the nearby fishing village of Salema, spend a day on its golden beach gently sloping to the sea and return in the evening; this hidden gem hosts some of the finest dining on the Algarve. 15 minutes by car is the vibrant town of Lagos, you’ll find plenty to occupy yourself, try buying fish (straight off the boats) at the early morning market or simply stroll through the cobbled streets viewing the shops while choosing somewhere for lunch, in the afternoon, walk alongside the stylish marina. No trip to the Algarve is complete without a visit to Cape St Vincent. Set on 75m high rugged cliffs this is most South Western Point of mainland Europe. Stop at the lighthouse for a galao coffee and pastel de nata while you watch the surf come in.

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& beauty – Fashion, health and beauty news to keep you looking and feeling your best – i mag e : cha n e l


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FASHION & BEAUTY AUTUMN ESSENTIALS The Billy Ruffian Chelsea Boot, durable and desirable. Hand crafted and blake stitched in either fine European leather or rich calf suede. Available in various colours, with full leather lining and double leather sole.

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ONE OF A KIND Hoda silk kimonos are hand made by highly skilled tailors from a family run business in Rajasthan, India. Created from recycled wedding sari silk, each one is totally unique. Perfect holiday ‘beach to bar’ cover-up, sleepwear, loungewear or for adding a glam pop of colour to your jeans and basic tee. £55 from FABRIC - new fashion boutique in Old Amersham.

This mask is naturally gentle on the delicate eye area, and made from Mulberry 22 Momme silk. Eliminates harsh light for a perfect night’s sleep.

LONDON STYLE Inspired by fashion and style on the streets of London, this beautiful silk square features original illustrations by Emma, framed by an orange coral and leopard print border. 100% silk twill finished with hand rolled edges. 90cm x 90cm.

we love This Morris Blue Fruit Silk Tie by Fox & Chave. 150x8cm.

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With the spirit of travel at the soul of SUNNYTALES SWIMWEAR, this Greek luxury brand combines handcrafted designs with top quality materials to create elegant storytelling collections.

Coming from a rather different industry, SunnyTales Swimwear founder and designer, Dimitra Kiousi, worked for many years as a corporate lawyer, however she always dreamt of starting her own swimwear line, with a vision of combining her knowledge in business with her creative nature, her love for the beach and summer and her passion for traveling to the most unique places on earth. Inspired by endless blue of Greek islands, Mediterranean summers, past decades and travelling, this brand features vintage styles, flattering shapes and unique cuts, handmade exclusively in top manufacturers in Greece. IG: @sunnytales_swimwear Facebook: Sunny Tales Swimwear


A brief history of the cardigan, from The Queen to Taylor Swift


The humble cardi is becoming cool again. By Katie Wright

o mark the release of her new album Folklore and first single Cardigan, Taylor Swift took the unusual step of selling an actual cardigan alongside more traditional merchandise, like hoodies and T-shirts. A replica of the one Swift wears in her Cardigan video – a thick cable knit V-neck sweater in cream with black stripe edging, that has three stars on each sleeve – has already sold out on the singer’s online store. Famous fans including actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Kobe Bryant’s daughter Natalia have

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posted photos on Instagram wearing the cardigans, they’d been gifted by the singer. It’s surprising to see such a wintry garment gaining popularity in summer, but the cardigan has a way of popping back into fashion just when it seems to have gone for good. From its earliest origins to the present day, here some of the faces who have helped make the cardigan famous…

7th Earl of Cardigan The knitted sweater takes its name from the 7th Earl of Cardigan, James Thomas Brudenell,

“The cardigan has a way of popping back into fashion just when it seems to have gone for good”


a lieutenant general in the British army. Lord Cardigan, famous for leading the Charge of the Light Brigade during the Crimean War, was known for wearing a short, woollen sleeveless waistcoat to keep warm during the failed offensive in the 1800s. It is thought to have been trimmed in fur. After the war, the practical knitwear item reportedly became rather popular outside the military, and cardigans began to be widely produced.

dresses for formal occasions, when it comes to off-duty style, Her Majesty is all about cardigans. Usually teaming a blouse and pleated skirt with a loose, open cardigan in a muted hue, the Queen has been pictured in button-down sweaters for decades, most recently when the monarch met her newest great grandchild, Archie.

Kurt Cobain

Coco Chanel Credited with popularising cardigans for women in the 1920s, it’s said that French fashion designer Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel preferred a button-down sweater because she didn’t like the way traditional pullovers messed up her hair when she put them on. Inspired by the legendary designer’s early work, cardigans and knitted jackets are still seen on the Chanel catwalk and in boutiques today.

“The Queen has been pictured in buttondown sweaters for decades”

At the other end of the style spectrum, rock icon Kurt Cobain introduced a whole new generation to the cardigan in the Nineties. The Nirvana frontman took an item of clothing usually seen on grannies and grandpas and made it cool, wearing moth-eaten chunky knits with band T-shirts and battered jeans. One of the singer’s most famous cardigans, worn for the band’s 1993 MTV Unplugged gig, sold at auction for $334,000 (£260,000).

Queen Elizabeth II

Michelle Obama

While the Queen favours brightly coloured coat

Preppy, fine-knit cardigans from brands like J. Crew were a mainstay in Michelle Obama’s wardrobe as First Lady, reportedly leading to a spike in sales as fans sought to emulate her elegant style. On the night Barack Obama was elected as President in 2008, the First Lady wore a black cardigan over her red and black Narciso Rodriguez dress.

Taylor Swift Now, with the release of Folklore, Taylor Swift has put the cardigan back on the map once more. Given the pop star’s huge reach (she has 137.5 million followers on Instagram) we predict we’ll be seeing more cosy cardis in the shops once autumn rolls round.

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Pretty in a Pandemic

Founder of 303 Face | Body, Marci Lundy opted to lean into her brand at a time where all seemed to be unravelling.

“The emphasis on minimalist is not only on the brands packaging, it’s also about the contents of each product. Being organic is paramount to 303’s line, where the company’s motto is, Spa Grade. Handmade. Pure. You”


’ve always felt that it’s so important to have a self care routine, and as time and life seemed to stand still for many, I felt compelled to put forth and even larger effort to ensure that 303 Face | Body had an added emphasis of taking care of mind, body and soul.” Revamping approximately 50% of the line over the last 6 months, an emphasis on minimalist simplicity has been integrated into the brand. “I want the customers experience to be simplistic; from online browsing, to point of sale, to at home experience,” states Lundy. “Previously, you’d have body butters and soaps in the line that were beautifully fussy, now you’ll find serums that glide on with ease, with a cooling effect offered up by a silver rollerball, as well as toners that offer a refreshing kiss, if you will, to skin in the morning, and a gentle hug in the evening, in packaging that is both alluring and calming.” Marci’s concern is solely on her customers well being. “People are stressed, confused, overwhelmed, Zoom-calling away their days,

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but one thing that remains consistent, is that individuals want to continue to look and feel their best. I feel it’s so important to focus on skin and not cover up flaws, dryness, and other skin issues that can be easily treated. At 303 Face | Body, the focus is largely on fresh-faced beauty.” The emphasis on minimalist is not only on the brands packaging, it’s also about the contents of each product. Being organic is paramount to 303’s line, where the company’s motto is, Spa Grade. Handmade. Pure. You. “You could call it a mission,” says Marci, “It’s crucial the contents of each product have components that one can look at and know exactly what’s what. No more than 5 elements in each product, and that’s on purpose. With all the things that life is throwing our way, what should be painless is our self care regimen.” New to the line; Lemon Dew Glow Skin Gel, 3 | Revive Body Tea, and Rock Candy Lip Glass Balm. “I spend a lot of time wanting to offer the best to others, and with 303 products, that’s how I bring forth love to our world.”

Boots made for walking When a dog walker in Cornwall couldn’t find comfy footwear to keep her feet dry, she designed her own


nspired by the hardworking rigger boot, originally designed for the North Sea oil riggers, Trailbacks are handcrafted, fully waterproof footwear that have been redeveloped into a brilliant lowland walking boot suitable for men and women, with or without canine companions. Thwarted in her quest to find the perfect dog walking footwear, Sandy Wallis decided to

create her own: “It was hard to find a suitable boot that would keep my feet warm and dry on long walks,” she explains, wellies she found were cold and uncomfortable over long distances, and hiking boots were no match for deep muddy puddles. “I ended up wearing an old pair of safety rigger boots I found in my shoe cupboard, they were waterproof and comfortable enough to walk in all day. I thought they were fantastic and they inspired me to make my own ‘off-rig’ version.” Sandy spent two years developing the Trailback: “Since day one, the drive has been to produce a boot of quality, one that keeps going, works hard and will stay with you a long time. Roscoe, the Trailback dog meanwhile, has secured his place in Trailback forever, as his sleek and distinctive silhouette is the company logo, and features on all products and packaging.

THE DETAILS Find our more at @trailbackboots, and email, Photographer, Paul Terry, PT Creative. @trailbackboots email: Photographer, Paul Terry, PT Creative

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Ten Health & Fitness


en Health & Fitness is an awardwinning boutique fitness brand and the only premium collective to bridge the gap between the fitness and medical sector. With nine locations in London, Ten offers a greater breadth of classes and services than any other boutique provider – from classes and personal training to physio, massage and clinical exercise prescription. Founded by Joanne Mathews in 2007, Ten opened its first studio in Notting Hill, quickly becoming the go-to fitness brand for high-profile clients including models, actors and influencers. At a time when people are increasingly beginning to embrace the importance of regular, low-impact but highly efficient exercise and a more prerehabilitative and sustainable way to work out, Ten’s classes, experts and ethos is vital in helping people on their fitness journey. Following quarantine and government lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic, many people turned to digital fitness platforms not just for exercise but for services that many would have previously accessed face to face, including Physio, clinical exercise consultations and mindfulness sessions. Ten is in the process of reopening its physical studio spaces, but as a brand, is convinced that the future lies in a blended approach combining in-studio and digital solutions. In line with the ethos and ‘Circle of Care’ approach, Ten’s offering encompasses a breadth of health and wellness experiences including group classes, 1-1 sessions, physio and clinical consultations (also in-studio and online). This gives clients unparalleled,

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integrated and collaborative continuity of care at all stages of their individual journeys from injury and rehab to recovery and functional fitness. To further support this strategy, Ten is enhancing its online class offer. The live-streamed classes are now established (Zoom-based), using broadcast standard, high-quality equipment and TV screens direct from Ten’s gorgeous Londonbased studios. These virtual classes are capped at 20 attendees, meaning each participant can get the individual attention that they need - an approach that Ten is known for. But to give clients even greater flexibility on when and where they work out, Ten has launched its custom on-demand platform, featuring workouts across a number of disciplines, from Pilates to strength and conditioning. Updated weekly and with prices starting at £21.99 per month, Ten’s expert training is available to clients all over the world, at a time and place of their own choosing. As Jo Mathews, founder of Ten Health & Fitness explains; “We’ve discovered that health, really is wealth in today’s climate. To encourage a more active nation, a healthier population, we want to give people access to our highly trained and knowledgeable instructors as well as our evidencebacked workouts, via our gorgeous studios as well as through digital means. We’re all adapting to the new normal; but we truly believe that this blended approach to fitness and wellbeing will shape the future of our sector for the better.” Ten’s studios can be found in Chiswick, Fitzrovia, Shoreditch, Mayfair, St James’s, Hatton Garden, Little Venice and Tottenham Court Road. Ten’s online and in-Studio services can be accessed via their website, visit to find out more.

“Ten is in the process of reopening its physical studio spaces, but as a brand, is convinced that the future lies in a blended approach combining in-studio and digital solutions”


Gorgeous jewellery from Aktaie T he idea behind Aktaie, the new British jewellery brand, was born during long beach walks with the dog along the shores of the North Sea in Norfolk. Fluidity of the waves, their movement and cleanliness of lines inspired many of Aktaie designs. The waves would often bring beautiful stones such as quartz and carnelian that were tumbled by the ocean over many years making them smooth and rounded. There was such beauty in those natural stones and their flawed shapes that it gave the inspiration for jewellery that is simple, where nothing detracts from the beauty of the gems, jewellery that is perfectly imperfect. Name Aktaie was not chosen by chance. Being one of the fifty Neireids, Aktaie is the Greek goddess of the seashore, it seemed like Aktaie herself gifted the idea that has inspired the creation of the brand. Most of the stones come from India and are cut and faceted by hand. There is great beauty in slight imperfections and variations in colour, because

just like it is in nature – nothing is ever absolutely perfect. All pieces are handmade in a small studio in Norfolk by the designer and founder, Ksenia. Every gemstone is completely unique and there will be no other like it in shape, size or colour which makes each Aktaie piece one of a kind. Discover more at Instagram: @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

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LIVIEREWILSON Skin, offering Microneedling rollers that are uniquely simple, lightweight, easy to use and very effective. Dermatologist inspired and clinically proven to rebuild skin’s health, strength and hydration. A non invasive treatment that boosts the skin’s natural reparative process to smooth wrinkles, combat blemishes and reverse sun damage. This treatment effectively repairs tissue, exfoliates dead skin cells, minimises pores and improves elasticity. With continued use, fine lines will soften and the skin regain more of its natural glow and lustre. Get ready for a radiant luminous complexion and achieve professional results at home. OLIVIEREWILSON Microneedling rollers for FACE and BODY provide a natural, highly effective treatment that rolls a sterile needle device across the skin. This treatment creates invisible pathways that encourages active ingredients to flood the skin far more successfully than a simple topical application could ever achieve. Research has shown up to 3x amplified absorption. This treatment triggers the skin’s in-built repair mechanism sending it into ‘healing’ mode. This helps rebuild the skins structure, laying down new collagen fibres to strengthen the skin and enhancing cell turnover faster than you naturally would. This is skin rejuvenation. Microneedling is perfect for treating skin concerns such as pigmentation, uneven skin tone, enlarged pores, dry skin, fine lines, acne scars, stretch marks and hair loss. OLIVIEREWILSON rollers are durable, high quality precision tools using micro-fine medicalgrade, sterile titanium needles for a non-invasive treatment with no downtime. Gamma radiation

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sterilised and hermetically sealed. Simple, slick, recyclable packaging. All rollers are sold with OLIVIEREWILSON Sanitising Spray, a pH neutral solution containing only Water and Hypochlorous Acid. Refine. Rejuvenate. Renew. The pursuit of healthier skin. “I spent a huge part of my life not liking my skin. The struggle against uneven skin tone, pigmentation and dry skin remains an ongoing battle. Learning to love the skin I’m in is a journey I’m still on which has led me to create this range of Microneedling rollers and my vision for OW. Age, hormones, diet, UV and more can all impact the health and vibrancy of our skin. Despite all of these challenges, your skin can be improved with the right treatments and products. OLIVIEREWILSON is my skin revolution. I’ve been skin obsessed from a very young age. Appreciating there is no gender, just needs. There is no colour, just needs. Luminosity for everyone is my quest. The Body is mesmerising. Skin is beautiful. Hydration is vital. The long term benefits of Microneedling are incredible and the instant effects are equally powerful. I wanted to capture and create a hydrating delivery system and skincare range sitting between Dermatologist grade treatment and home treatment. I wanted to transform the face and body to its most healthy and hydrated form. My whole belief is that if your skin is properly hydrated you will radiate a healthy, natural glow. Luminosity from me to you”. Catherine Wilson, FOUNDER Use code LIFE15 for 15% off

“OLIVIEREWILSON Microneedling rollers for FACE and BODY provide a natural, highly effective treatment that rolls a sterile needle device across the skin. This treatment creates invisible pathways that encourages active ingredients to flood the skin far more successfully than a simple topical application could ever achieve. Research has shown up to 3x amplified absorption”


Billy Ruffian brings a splash of colour to the end of summer


illy Ruffian is a luxury footwear brand that offers beautifully handcrafted shoes for the everyday gentleman, designed and created with both style and substance. Summer may seem in the distant past but colour should not be going out of our wardrobes just because the days are getting greyer. Billy Ruffian offers something for every modern man to keep him stylish all year round, with styles including everything from Loafers, Oxfords and Brogues, to Chelsea and Chukka Boots. Colour is known to lift spirits and evoke emotions and has been further introduced across the brand to offer more choice and enable the wearer to personalise their style. The Loafer is a timeless classic but has been given a contemporary uplift with an array of colours available ranging from the traditional to the more daring. Whilst the brogues in navy suede are enough to stave off any thoughts of shorter days. For those who want to inject some personality into their already established favourite pair, Billy Ruffian now offer a range of coloured laces which can transform a pair of ordinary black lace ups into something much more extraordinary. If needing to keep your playful side under wraps, the wide range of patterned socks means there is something for everyone from the two-tone blue to multicoloured stripes. With a display of colour across the range, there is something to suit every outfit and every mood

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so why not bring some sunshine back into your day and walk out in style. Billy Ruffian’s are available to buy on-line with excellent customer service on hand to solve any sizing questions. Feature on Billy Ruffian’s Instagram page and share your shoes using #MyBillyRuffianShoes. Billy Ruffian believe it’s important to Walk Well in life; to know what matters and to remain true to their values and themselves.

BLUE VELVET SHOES Blue Velvet, the home of contemporary and Luxury footwear direct from the heart of Europe. Always one step ahead, they have established themselves on their quality and first-rate service.

Visit Blue Velvet Shoes at 174 Kings Road, SW3 4UP or call 020 7376 7442 buy online


Can’t find the solution you need? Invent it!


anya Mulesa had a dream lifestyle: a wonderful family, job and house, and a diary filled with travel. The archetypal modern woman on the go, she balanced her work, social life, business trips, and her boys at home – all while maintaining her sense of style. All was going smoothly until she and her family moved house. Our heroine found herself with two enormous boxes filled with upwards of 60 pairs of shoes, taking up more space than the rest of her wardrobe combined. Sounds like a typical suitcase, right? A sustainability junkie, Tanya felt hypocritical about the amount of footwear she had amassed over the years. She no longer even wore the majority of her shoes, which were uncomfortable, out of fashion or needed repairing. None of their brands could claim sustainability credentials, either. It was a wakeup call to declutter. That week, Tanya went on a two-day business trip filled with formal, evening, and casual events. The packing puzzle she had to solve was beyond exhausting. She would have to stuff her shoes, clothes, make-up, and work documents into her

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carry-on luggage. To save space, Tanya bought a new pair of formal flats to wear throughout the trip. They seemed fine at first, but soon revealed themselves to be too dull for her more glamorous engagements. Worse still, they blistered Tanya’s feet. The trip reached its low point when a plaster fell off her foot and out of her shoe, right in front of her client. Not her proudest moment. Back at home, Tanya’s shoe drama was getting worse. So few of her countless shoes were comfortable or suited her lifestyle. If only she had one pair that didn’t blister, that she could customise for different outfits and occasions, and were sustainable… After struggling to find anything resembling this, Tanya realised the world was missing something. And so, the idea for Cleverstein was seeded. Tanya offers the following advice to all women: • Ask yourself: what frustrates you most on a daily basis? • Is there a practical solution to it on the market? • If the answer is NO, Google “How to invent a product.” • Feel free to reach out to Tanya at and ask how she did it. She’s always happy to offer guidance – one woman to another. Also, don’t forget to check out the gamechanging Cleversteins.

“If only she had one pair that didn’t blister, that she could customise for different outfits and occasions, and were sustainable”

This glamorous British brand from creative director Gabriella Verdi has really caught our eye. Designed to be a treasured travel companion and statement piece for the home, their lightweight vanity cases are an exquisite blend of timeless elegance and classic styling. Each piece is exclusively made to order in a boutique Tuscan workshop and feature stunning leather sourced from a prestigious Santa Croce sull’Arno tannery, bespoke hardware and a nappa interior.

Visit and follow them on Instagram @officialverdionline


Check prints to sharp tailoring Here’s how to wear a waistcoat in 2020.

Prudence Wade takes a look at fashion’s favourite androgynous style.


hen you think of relaxed and understated cool in fashion, waistcoats might not be the first thing that spring to mind. After all, the last time you wore one was likely the mid-Noughties, chasing after the Boho style of Sienna Miller and Kate Moss. Like so many trends from the 2000s, waistcoats have since been banished from our wardrobes and minds. However, last year saw a resurgence in the popularity of waistcoats for men – largely thanks to England manager Gareth Southgate’s tailored styling at the football World Cup – and now it would seem like the look is seeing a renaissance in womenswear too. Big fashion brands, from Dior to Burberry, have realised there’s a modern way to wear a waistcoat, as it’s actually an incredibly versatile and hardworking piece of clothing – and it’s perfect as we come up to the dog days of summer and need to start thinking about transitional dressing. Now is the time to forget any preconceptions around waistcoats, because they’re making a comeback. Here’s how to wear a tailored vest in 2020… 172 SEPTEMBER 2020

Check prints From Burberry to Louis Vuitton, major labels have fallen in love with check-print waistcoats. Perhaps it’s because there’s something vintage about the style, as well as going hand-in-hand with another major trend of the season for extreme matching. There’s been an uptick in matching your whole outfit both on the runways and on Instagram, with fashion fans wearing trousers, jackets and waistcoats all in similar patterns and colours. Call it the Clueless effect – the film might be 25 years old, but it still seems like we’re learning style lessons from it. On the more extreme side of things is Burberry’s take on the trend, with model Joan Smalls wearing a full suit and waistcoat in a mix of houndstooth and the iconic Nova print. If this was a bit too much for you, you can still get in on the fad by wearing a check suit and picking out a matching waistcoat within the same colour scheme – a la Cher in Clueless. Even if the waistcoat itself isn’t check, make sure the rest of your outfit is.

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Diane Keaton’s iconic outfit in the 1977 film Annie Hall. To tap into the Seventies vibe without feeling dated, opt for loose silhouettes in light materials like crepe or linen. It’s all about a relaxed approach to the trend. We particularly like lighter colours for this look – like creams or pale pinks – when the weather is warm, but the style works just as well for more wintry weather in black or charcoal colours. For a real Seventies look, layer your waistcoat with lots of other tops and jackets. If you can’t find actual waistcoats that work for this, ‘sleeveless blazers’ fit the bill just as well.

Masculine tailoring With the lines between male and female dressing becoming increasingly blurred, waistcoats – traditionally part of a masculine three-piece suit – are the perfect way to bring some androgyny into your outfit. Paired with a matching suit and jacket, it’s a sharp and modern take on the trend. You can experiment with silhouettes and colour schemes, perhaps going for classical tailoring in an unexpected colour, or over-size the proportions for a playful interpretation of the look.

Nothing underneath At the other end of the spectrum, an ultrafeminine way to wear waistcoats is with nothing underneath. This demonstrates just how versatile they are: while waistcoats are perfect layered on top of a turtleneck for an autumnal day, when the weather warms up, they’re just as suitable on their own. When worn like this with jeans, a simple black waistcoat channels Nineties-inspired minimalism. Layer with lots of delicate necklaces to really capture the vibe.

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At the other end of the spectrum, an ultra-feminine way to wear waistcoats is with nothing underneath.

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Going back to school:

Methods to support your child or teen with returning to school


he past 6 months has presented many challenges for all of us, particularly for our children and teenagers. Schools closed, exams were cancelled, cubs and swimming lessons stopped, children were told to stay in and keep safe. Now children and teenagers are getting ready to go back to school which will feel different to one they left behind in March. The anticipation of a new school year, transitioning to secondary school, GCSE’S and A Levels will feel different. Anxiety levels, fear , irrational thoughts may be at the forefront rather than the excitement of new beginnings. Children and teenagers may also have enjoyed the home setting away from school pressures such as exams and perhaps bullying. A sudden change of environment from home to school may increase their stress levels and cause feelings of despair, angst, fear and depression. We can help to support our children and teenagers with some quite simple tools so their return to school may feel a positive and nurturing experience. Mental wellbeing for the young will hopefully be at heart of each school as their pupils’ return.

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Diffusing Essential Oils . This is a popular method for home. The use of diffusers has increased over the past few years. You could diffuse oils in the morning before school, or while doing homework .

Aromatherapy Aromatherapy is a gentle and effective natural therapy that can be a wonderful support to children and teens. Aromatherapy is the use of plant and flower extracts. The oils may provide relief from anxiety, depression, and other emotional conditions, resulting in a sense of peace and well-being. Aromatherapy can support and heal by triggering “feel-good” chemicals in the brain, which can cause physical and psychological changes in the body. Essential oils are the perfect for children of all ages and there are any different methods for you to safely use them in your home. What are the benefits to using aromatherapy with children? There are many benefits to using Many parents and professionals have found that essential oils can: • reduce anxiety • ease depression or feelings of grief • help children focus and alleviate symptoms of ADD • calm children at bedtime and given them more restful sleep • ease transition troubles • reduce tantrums • calm aggressive behaviours • Balance hormones • Support with study and homework

Blend 1 Grounding Blend in 10 ml Base Oil Frankincense 2 Lavender 2 Cypress 1 Blend 2 Sleepytime Blend Mandarin 2 Roman Chamomile 2 Rose Otto 1 Children may also struggle with concentration and tiredness as they return to school . Oils such as Peppermint, Sweet Orange, Rosemary and Lemon may help to decrease fatigue and increase focus. You could perhaps make a Roller Ball for your child with essential oils that they could use before school and for homework. Always check with a qualified Aromatherapist before using oils for safety and appropriate dilution. Check for allergens such as Almond Oil and Wheatgerm Oil. Be cautious with sensitive skins. Always dilute your oils before applying to the skin in a base or carrier oil. Keep out of the reach of children. Do not digest or drink any essential oils. Instagram: Aroma.therapy.shed Website:


Unique jewellery from Reuse design


hile jewellery has for long been synonymous with fashion, Maria Clelia Scuteri, Italian trained Architect and Designer from Rome is on a mission to reimagine and reinterpret jewels, both what they are, what they mean and how they’re used. As the founder of Reuse Design, Maria Clelia uses her unique eye and sense of creativity to push boundaries, defy definitions, bringing some great extraordinary in the ordinary life. A staunch opponent against homogenous and counterfeit jewellery designs, Maria Clelia’s designs look to “contaminate” different backgrounds and fields, creating new opportunities for even newer points of view, perspectives and horizons. Wanting to create pieces that were unexpected, and yet still “elegant and classy”, Maria Clelia began to find her own voice through the theme of, what she calls, “conceptual transition”. The creation process is all about rethinking industrial objects and giving them a brand new life, reinterpreting and treating them in pure gold and silver in order to deliver a never seen before design jewel capable of creating amazement. Nuts of all kind, plates, hinges, dowels, unscrew washers and much more are completely rethought and take on new extraordinary meanings stimulating the customer thinking out of the box, always. Admittedly unconventional, it’s this unique approach to handmade craftsmanship that makes the designer’s jewellery stand out in a crowd. On top of being bold and unique, Reuse Design is fully committed to sustainability, striving to bring more attention to the importance of creating things that are truly valuable and timeless, going beyond the concept of fashion. Recently recognised by the “Worth Partnership Project”, an EU initiative that supports designers to create 178 SEPTEMBER 2020

innovative design-driven products and ideas, the future of Reuse Design is already looking very impressive. Completely independent and quickly growing, new collections, which will continue to offer a variety of unconventional designs, are on the horizon for Reuse Design. The first of these will be created with two European partners, forging a connection between “sustainability, uniqueness, craftsmanship, and technology”. Maria Clelia is excited to introduce 3D printing to her design process as it will allow her to deliver even more precision to her work, and, as an added benefit, this technological marriage will help her cut down on unnecessary production waste even more, while keeping the quality of the products high and unique. See more on and follow @reuse_design on IG.

“Admittedly unconventional, it’s this unique approach to handmade craftsmanship that makes the designer’s jewellery stand out in a crowd”

Clean Beauty with Honey Corn; Sustainability as part of your daily life


oney Corn is an artisan, sustainable, gender neutral skincare range ethically sourced, made with organic ingredients and 100% natural. Honey Corn is one of the pioneering clean beauty brands and demonstrates meaningful commitment towards sustainability. What we now know as a generation is we must respect the vitality of our environment - take care of that and it will take care of us. Support Honey Corn and you support their ‘Bee a Keeper’ initiative which aims to aid the survival of the Bee population in tandem with local enterprise, enabling farmers to gain crop yields and build financial stability.

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How to master the brushed-up brows trend

Katie Wright asks eyebrow experts to explain everything we need to know.


ver since the great eyebrow revolution of 2015, when Cara Delevingne almost single-handedly ushered in the era of the bold brow, thin arches have been firmly out of fashion. Lustrous eyebrows are still very much on trend, but now we’re seeing the emergence of a variation on the Cara look that’s growing – quite literally – in popularity: brushed-up brows. Offering a soft, feathery feel – as opposed to a thick, defined shape – fans say it gives the appearance of fuller brows, without being too dense or severe.

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It’s easy to create the look at home, or a treatment called brow lamination offers a longerterm solution. Here, beauty experts explain everything you need to know about mastering the brushed-up brows trend… Where did the brushed-up brows trend come from? “Brushed-up brows have been on the trend circuit for quite a few years now,” says Marc Reagan, make-up artist and global director at Hourglass Cosmetics. “As people embrace the power of a naturally full and fluffy brow, there are more and more products

“Brushed-up brows are my personal favourite look for everyone – they adds structure and strength to the face, and they also add an instant lift to the eyes”

Hourglass Arch Brow Volumising Fiber Gel, £25, available from John Lewis

in the beauty industry available to help everyone achieve the brow that works best for them.” Who does it suit? “This is quite a universal look and suits all eye and face shapes,” says Sherrille Riley, founder of Nails & Brows, but she warns that it’s more achievable on brows that are already quite thick. “More mature women – and those who have thinner and sparser hairs – will need to use make-up to enhance their brows.” Reagen says: “Brushed-up brows are my personal favourite look for everyone – they adds structure and strength to the face, and they also add an instant lift to the eyes.” He adds that when it comes to brows, it’s best to find “a look that works with what your unique features already provide,” rather than being guided by the latest trends. “Whatever your personal preference, make sure that it makes you feel good when you look in the mirror. Focus on giving yourself the brow that works for you.” Are there ways to make your brows grow thicker? “Absolutely,” says Riley. “I would advise investing in brow serums like RevitaBrow or using castor oil.” Brow growth serums use peptides and conditioning ingredients to strengthen hairs and prevent them from breaking. “Our clients swear by the result of these products,” Riley adds. “Applying a serum daily will help with re-growth, as well as condition the hair.” How can you create the brushed-up brows look at home? Reagen suggests a three-step approach to create the look at home, starting with filling in sparse areas with an eyebrow pencil matched to your hair colour. “Choose the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil (£33, John Lewis) when you want to fill in and shade throughout the entire brow, and the Arch Brow Micro Sculpting Pencil (£27, John Lewis) when you want precision and individual hair-like strokes. “Apply colour where you need it first, focusing on sparse areas of the brow and adding definition to the arch and tail.” Next, follow with Hourglass Arch Brow

Volumising Fiber Gel (£25, John Lewis), which “adds a tint of colour while wrapping fibres around brow hairs for a fuller, multi-dimensional look. “Lift the hairs away from the skin using the tip of the wand to build texture, then comb the hairs at the start of the brow upwards, working along the first half of the brow. Then, brush in the direction of the arch and tail for a perfectly sculpted shape. “For a finishing touch, apply the Hourglass Arch Brow Clear Shaping Gel (£25, John Lewis) to separate, set, and hold hairs in place.” Riley recommends using the soap trick to create the look: “This is one of the secrets used by many make-up artists to achieve this look behind the scenes of editorial shoots and fashion shows. “I would recommend using a brow brush, such as our Beauty Edit Mayfair Brow Styler (£18, Nails & Brows), dampening it in water and gently rubbing it on a colourless soap. “Then use this brush to ‘brush up’ the brows to create the look. The soap will hold the hair in place.” What is brow lamination? “Many salons offer brow lamination, which is a professional service to achieve a more permanent effect of the brushed-up brow look,” says Riley. “This is called the Brow Lift Treatment at Nails & Brows. “It’s an innovative technique that straightens the brow hairs to tame and set them in place for a feathery, natural style.” The results last up to six weeks and can include a brow tint as well. “I would recommend using a conditioning brow serum, as lamination can make the hairs a little dry.”

Hourglass Arch Brow Micro Sculpting Pencil, £27, available from John Lewis

Mayfair Brow Styler, £18, available from Nails & Brows

Mayfair Brow Setter, £25, available from Nails & Brows

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BISOULOVELY: the jewellery of your fairytale dreams


nspired by all things magical, BISOULOVELY carefully crafts the jewellery of your fairytale dreams. Each piece is whimsical and ethereal, with celestial motifs that are sure to be a stunning addition to your collection. With new pieces added to the collection every month, BISOULOVELY will surely be a shop you visit more than once for pieces that will speak to your inner starchild. Modern magical girls come in all shapes and sizes. We lovingly craft jewellery for mermaids, forest nymphs, and celestial goddesses alike. Not only does BISOULOVELY draw inspiration from the mystical world around us, but also from the Japanese art of anime. Nostalgic pieces like our Inuyasha collection draw elements from anime and elevate it to high fashion jewellery. Our anime inspired pieces are the perfect gift if you want your style to whisper of your favourite anime. No matter the inspiration, we hope that each and every starchild can express themselves through our jewelry and tell their own story with their very own piece of the sky. We want to bestow the sparkling stars to you in the form of our jewellery. Still curious about how we make your dream jewellery? At BISOULOVELY each jewellery piece is a work of art. Each is crafted with high quality materials like opals, moonstones, and lab sapphires. We use lab sapphires instead of diamonds for ethical reasons. Every piece we make is considered high fashion jewellery and is handcrafted by our team of jewellers. Not only is our dream to make yours come true, but we also ensure our pieces are

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well made and will last many summer’s eves. Long lasting BISOULOVELY rings are also the perfect alternative engagement ring for the fairytale bride. Our unique designs and quality materials allow bisou brides to find long lasting rings made in 14k gold with mystical designs. If you are not the traditional bride, you might find yourself entranced by our elven-like rings, perfect for a forest wedding. Not just rings, our magical collection also includes earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. BISOULOVELY rings are each named after a magical girl and have their own unique personality and charm. Each piece has its very own fairytale, its own story of how it came into this world. If you stand in the light of a full moon, hold your jewellery close to your ear, and listen very carefully, maybe she will tell you. To find your own ethereal jewellery, shop now at

“BISOULOVELY rings are each named after a magical girl and have their own unique personality and charm”


Unique and true One-of-a kind Jewellery by Sheila Westera


ith a love for stones, Sheila Westera creates beautiful and interesting cocktail rings with an emphasis on colours and unique shapes. Her self-invented techniques allow her to create sculptures in 18k gold, sterling silver, or 14k gold-filled — using the latter most often, as it allows her to make the biggest part of her collection somewhat more affordable. Her rings are all true one-of-a-kind statement pieces in themselves, containing hand-picked stones, pearls, and other finds that she collected over a span of many years. Most of her rings revolve around a particular stone and its setting: ranging from colourful and edgy deep blue lapis lazuli, to raw pebbles found on the beach, and from that perfect Tahiti pearl to a raw chunk of rock crystal — just to name a few. She organically sculpts and creates her pieces, and none of them are designed beforehand. Her flow of the day ensures that each piece will be different and truly recognisable, as she creates each piece herself. Her work is a reflection of her personality: even 184 SEPTEMBER 2020

“Her rings are all true one-of-a-kind statement pieces in themselves, containing hand-picked stones, pearls, and other finds that she collected over a span of many years”

though she is quite shy as an artist, in her work she can be wonderfully bold and outspoken. On instagram, her special jewels have found admirers from all over the world as fans adore seeing the wonderful variety of her one-of-a-kind jewels. The photos on her account (@sheilawestera) are all taken by her and her small team, as it is of utmost importance to her that they express the right vibe, matching with each jewel that she creates — a remarkable and interesting account that is definitely worth a follow. Fun fact: It is not uncommon that a complete stranger stops one of her clients on the streets, asking them where they got their jewel from. And so, Sheila found a name for her collection of cocktail rings… “Conversation Pieces”. We adore the beautiful and unique shapes, and the elegant and raw finish in her designs, which vary from a pure style, to a more intricate statement ring. A look that can be either highly glamorous, super edgy, or just very cool, and we cannot think of any individual personality that would not want to wear her amazing pieces.


exclusive, luxury footwear Founded by shoe designer Harriet Louisa Morris, Harry Lou Shoes is an exclusive, luxury footwear label that focuses on ease, comfort, and understated glamour. Launched in 2020, the brand originates from a challenging period in Harriet’s life, while going through a divorce and living in Portugal. Harriet set out to design a stable and reliable shoe, something lacking in her late marriage. Seeking solace, she visited local medieval churches and began photographing Portuguese tiles in houses, and along the walls decorating the local villages. It was here, as the designer’s cultural fascination grew, that the idea for Harry Lou’s effortless footwear was conceived.


eeling empowered to embark upon on a new creative venture, Harriet looks to the words of Maya Angelou who said, ‘My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style.’ Each collection showcases an outstanding talent for accessory design, evident in the silhouettes’ vivacious and joyful platform where comfort is at the very core. Skilled artisans construct the shoes in Sao João de Madeira in Porto, an area renowned for its impeccable shoe manufacturing. All designs are set upon a luxurious foam-filled suede insole and accentuated with the Harry Lou signature logo – printed in a variety of non-alphabet languages to acknowledge and respect our array of global cultures. Furthermore, every mule features sourced materials ethically and is characterised by a foot framing front strap and a high and low platform wedge heel alongside Harriet’s penchant for baroque pearls and diamanté embellishments trimming the edges.

“All designs are set upon a luxurious foam-filled suede insole and accentuated with the Harry Lou signature logo” Within Harry Lou’s most recent collection, entitled Tutti Frutti and inspired by Harriet’s grandmother’s preference for her favourite gelato ice cream, expect an array of pastel-hued 186 SEPTEMBER 2020

ornately embellished styles. Highlights include an assortment of delectable shades, including baby pink, light blue, purple, and a sunshine-bright orange and yellow. Harry Lou shoes are crafted using an innovative technique that takes its cues from traditional Japanese shoe design. Every shoe creation is tailor-made to display a signature Myosote process. The fabric is sustainably sourced, dyed, stamped, and oiled for longevity to create a unique embossed effect reminiscent of Koi Carp scales. The finished result showcases a delicate Japanese floral pattern, offset with sparkling diamanté studs and a micro pearl trim framing the contours of the shoe. All styles are available in European sizes from 35 to 42, directly through the Harry Lou website at Through a period of adversity, Harriet Louisa Morris was able to forge a new creative path and pave the way for the inception of Harry Lou shoes. The brand symbolises anything is possible with focus and determination. Wearing Harry Lou shoes offers a feeling of empowerment and freedom, while these refreshingly original and luxuriant designs will ensure all-day comfort and an inherently captivating aesthetic. If Harriet can overcome strife to create something beautiful, what stops the rest of us from achieving our life goals? Website: Instagram: @harryloushoes

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Soulstice brings you uniquely designed crystal jewellery, and ethically sourced, energy healing crystals hand-chosen by founder Jodie Perry. Soulstice loves to embrace the natural form of these wonder stones to radiate healing energy and positive vibrations., IG @soulsticelondon With designs inspired by the Caribbean, KinchaDesigns showcases a sharp move away from the monochromatic and into the vibrant and graphic. Each piece is handmade with passion by founder and designer, Kincha. Find them in Upmarket (Brick Lane) most weekends, Visit and follow @kinchadesigns on IG.

Consultant Plastic Surgeon

Professional | Approachable | Bespoke

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Chris is taking all possible precautions to protect his patients. He is offering virtual consultations for nonurgent cases and ‘see and treat’ appointments to reduce any exposure.

Patient care is the first and foremost priority of Chris and his team. A complete package of care is built on an individual’s unique set of needs and circumstances. With clinics in Chelsea, Wimbledon and Marylebone, the team’s overarching philosophies encompass: • a safe and evidence based approach to the medicine and surgery provided • holistic and honest consultations to enable patients with a better quality of life, long after they have been discharged • providing the right infrastructure and personnel to take care of a patient and fully support them for the duration of their journey All this is done with discretion in mind.

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Alpaca Attributes, Did You Know?


he Alpaca Clothing Co, a family run business set in the Lake District began breeding Alpacas in 1995. This was at a time when Alpacas in the UK were virtually unheard of as a farm animal, with only 250 in country. I began with three pregnant female alpacas purchased from a good friend Pat Bentley who at the time was trying to promote alpacas as a viable farm animal. My husband and I decided we would like to start a new Alpaca business to do all things alpaca. We

built the Alpaca Centre store and stocked it with beautiful alpaca clothing and with Pat’s support, expertise and in-depth knowledge about the animal we became a national help line for people as they became interested in breeding alpacas themselves. Alpaca has many advantages over other natural fibres. It is very silky soft against the skin and doesn’t irritate. It is hypoallergenic, it doesn’t pill, it is the second strongest to silk and will last for many years. We have had customers visit the centre who purchased an alpaca sweater 20 years ago and still wear it today. We have a very wide selection of alpaca garments with exquisite knits and beautiful coloured patterns unique to the Alpaca Clothing Co. I am sure anyone new to wearing alpaca will love it, just like we do! – Joy Stevenson

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Faisal Ahmed, ophthalmic surgeon

aisal Ahmed MBBS, Bsc (Hons), FRCOphth(UK) is a leading consultant ophthalmic surgeon and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College NHS Trust, London. He trained at the world renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital and specialises in state of the art cataract and glaucoma surgery providing the best patient care. He is the first surgeon in the world to use a new glaucoma device called the Eyeplate.

Cataracts Cataracts are a natural ageing of the eye’s lens which cause thickening and cloudiness of the lens leading to symptoms of blurred vision and glare. This condition is treated by day case surgery in which the eye’s natural lens is removed and replaced with a new artificial intra-ocular lens. The intra-ocular lenses have improved over time and Mr Ahmed is able to implant the latest lenses tailored to your needs reducing the need for spectacles.

Glaucoma Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world. It is most often a result of fluid building up in the front part of the eye. The increased pressure inside the eye damages the optic nerve and can lead to complete and irreversible loss of vision if not properly diagnosed and treated. Mr Ahmed is currently one of the first surgeons in the UK using the latest surgical devices including, the Glaukos iStent W. The iStent is the smallest surgical implant in the world being 0.3mm by 0.4mm in size and is used to improve the drainage of fluid out of the eye and hence reduce eye pressure (see photo) and reduce the need for glaucoma eye drops. Mr Ahmed is one of the most experienced glaucoma specialists in the country and will ensure that you have the best treatment required for your needs. Whether you require management of your cataracts, glaucoma or both Mr Ahmed is able to provide the latest treatment including laser and surgery for your care. He has bespoke diagnostic clinics in which all required tests and 190 SEPTEMBER 2020

consultation can be performed conveniently in one appointment. In his spare time Faisal has been a volunteer for a humanitarian charity called Humanity First for over 10 years travelling to The Gambia last year to set up cataract camps and has raised funds to train more eye surgeons locally. Mr Ahmed consults privately at the London Clinic, Parkside Hospital and the Western Eye Hospital. Appointments available Face to Face, Video & Telephone Consultations. For more information: T: 020 87709197 E: W:

“Mr Faisal Ahmed is the first surgeon in the world to use the new glaucoma Eyeplate device”

Knee or Shoulder pain affecting your daily life?

Sports Med London RESTORE. REpAIR. RECOnnECT. Established by a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon based in London with over 20 years experience, specialising in the surgical and non-surgical management of Knee, Shoulder & Soft Tissue Sports Injuries. Whether you are an elite athlete or a novice, play five-aside-football at the weekend or are simply suffering from aches and pains, we are here to help you get back on track and to get you moving again. Our highly trained and experienced multidisciplinary team will provide you with a thorough assessment, diagnosis and treatment plan, using the very latest techniques available.

Appointments available daily Face to Face, Video & Telephone Consultations available For more information: T: 020 7394 6614 E: W:


Using Science to Improve Your Health – Dr Richard Mackenzie


ll humans are uniquely different in terms of their biochemistry, anatomy, metabolism and genetics hence the global growth of personalised health and precision medicine. How we influence our metabolism through our diets, exercise and general life-style patterns all have a very big impact on our metabolic health and how this changes as we age. Research tells us that what we eat, for example, can either slow or increase the development of obesity, heart disease and diabetes. In addition, we all respond very differently to exercise, and to get the most out of our bodies (in terms of exercise performance or health), we must train appropriately. There is a popular interest in muscle mass development yet science tells us this is not always great for our metabolic health. At Rogers Regenerative Medical Group, they are able to directly diagnosis your metabolism to help you for example either to target weight loss or to improve your marathon running time. They can provide an indepth analytical profile of your body composition (using DEXA imaging) to help you understand just how much fat you store and how this changes over time. 192 SEPTEMBER 2020

“Research tells us that what we eat, for example, can either slow or increase the development of obesity, heart disease and diabetes”

Our resting metabolic rate assessment not only offers a game-changing alterative to estimated values used to predict your metabolism from algorithms, but also provides an accurate and personalised measure of fuel preferences, in terms of calories and grams of fat or carbohydrate you use. In addition, their genetic screening offers a detailed outline of your body’s preferred source of fuel (fats, carbohydrates or protein), recovery nutrition as well as revealing your body’s response to key genes associated power or endurance potential, allowing a deeper understanding on how best to train your body, whatever your personal goals may be. Combining this with direct measures of VO2max, lactate threshold and exercise efficiency, they can help you target a better and healthier you to reach your potential and avoid diseases in the future. Don’t leave your health and well-being to chance. Dr Richard Mackenzie is internationally recognised for his research into human metabolism, obesity, type 2 diabetes and elite athletic performance. Website: Email: Telephone: 0207 112 5400 Clinic: 10-11 Bulstrode Place, Marylebone, London W1U 2HX


Boost your mental and physical health and wellbeing


eiju offers an inspiring range of natural, unique healing crystals and semi-precious gemstones to help boost mental and physical health and wellbeing and keep you smiling! All crystals come beautifully gift wrapped and are charged with positive Reiki Healing energy to harmonise, balance, and align the chakras. Reiki Healing Energy is simply a natural, positive form of energy used for healing and relaxation. It is ‘life-force’ or ‘spiritual’ energy transmitted mainly through the hands. Because crystals are excellent at absorbing energy, they can absorb Reiki and this greatly enhances the healing benefits and properties of the already powerful crystals. Harnessing the power of crystals for healing is a practice that dates back thousands of years. Crystals are naturally occurring and therefore each and every piece we sell is completely unique. By working with the energy channels within the body (Chakras), crystals can help to restore energy balance. Having chakras out of balance can be indicative of illness and injury, and manifest as

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physical symptoms. so, we need to provide support to help the energy flow recover. If you are flagging and feeling like you are running on empty, then you might consider the following crystals as they are associated with boosting energy levels; Clear Quartz, Amethyst, Carnelian, Fluorite and Sunstone. These crystals offer a stimulating force within the body and help to produce positive energy while dismissing feelings of negativity. You may like to wear these crystals as jewellery, place them on your body while you meditate or just keep them close to you. Sadly, we are living in a fast-paced world which often causes high stress levels. For many of us, this can result in feelings of anxiety and panic as we struggle to juggle and manage our never-ending to-do lists! Celestite is a beautiful crystal for helping to relieve the aches and pains that come from carrying too much stress and tension in the body. For example, if you carry your stress in your shoulders and neck try placing celestite directly on these areas. If anxiety is crippling you, Amethyst is a must as this helps soothe and calm the mind and relieve mental panic. Try placing a piece under your pillow at night as this can be the prime time for the brain to go into overdrive. Rose Quartz, Hematite, Green Aventurine and Lepidolite are also extremely beneficial crystals for stress relief. The beauty of crystals is that they can be mixed and matched together to combine the healing benefits and we have a wide range of Crystal Gift Sets that we have carefully selected to complement each other. Visit us at or follow on Instagram @reiju_uk

“Harnessing the power of crystals for healing is a practice that dates back thousands of years. Crystals are naturally occurring and therefore each and every piece we sell is completely unique”

The Harley Street ENT Clinic Our experienced ENT specialists diagnose and treat a variety of ear, nose and throat problems as well as balance and sleep disorders. The Harley Street ENT Clinic is the most prominent specialists in London with five of the UK’s top ear, nose and throat surgeons providing a touch of a family run business. • State of the art equipment and testing facilities • Highly qualified audiologists and scientists • Same day appointments for emergencies * Latest CQC inspection overall rating was GOOD • Includes The Harley Hearing Centre led by exceptional audio-vestibular scientists performing a range of comprehensive hearing tests • In-house Pharmacy Whether you need an ear specialist to help with your child’s recurring infections or a nose specialist who can tackle your snoring, our clinic can help. From your initial consultation to your final treatment, our ENT surgeons will be there to provide advice, answer your questions, and help you to feel better.

For more details and to arrange an appointment visit Tel: 020 7224 2350 | Email 109 Harley St, Marylebone, London W1G 6AN


Exceptional healthcare, accessible to all Highgate Private Hospital is a leading independent hospital based in Highgate, north London.


ombining a dedicated multidisciplinary team of leading consultants and clinical nurses, with state-of-the-art technology and firstclass facilities, Highgate Private Hospital prides itself on providing exceptional healthcare. The hospital is a recognised centre of excellence offering: • World-class, consultant-led care from the moment you enter until you are ready to leave • High-tech imaging and diagnostic tests, including ultrasound, X-ray, MRI and CT scans • Cutting-edge medical treatment from consultants who are leaders in their fields • JAG-accredited Endoscopy Suite, awarded only to high-quality gastrointestinal endoscopy services • Minimal waiting times – fast access to quality care • Range of services and specialists – from cardiology and cosmetics to men’s health and hernias, Highgate’s specialists treat a range of conditions ​• Unrivalled patient care by a team of highly skilled and compassionate nurses who strive to ensure patients are comfortable at all times • Safety first culture including additional measures implemented in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic • Ultimate comfort with luxurious private ensuite rooms. Highgate Private Hospital offers world-class care and services including: • Cardiology – blood pressure monitoring,

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coronary artery disease • Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery • Dermatology – skin cancer, psoriasis, mole mapping • Gastroentorology – endoscopy, colonoscopy • General surgery – hernias, vascular repair • GP service – private consultations, health screening, private prescriptions, care of chronic diseases • Women’s health – menopause, PCOS, fertility problems • Imaging and diagnostics – CT, MRI and ultrasound scans • Neurology – migraines • Oral and maxillofacial surgery • Orthopaedics – knee and hip replacement, sports injuries, back, shoulder and hand/wrist pain • Respiratory medicine – asthma, COPD, sleep apnoea • Rheumatology – joint pain, sciatica • Men’s health – urology, erectile dysfunction • Vascular surgery – varicose veins, leg ulcers, aneurysms • Plastic surgery and cosmetics – facelift, breast augmentation, brow lift.

Feel safe at Highgate Hospital Highgate Hospital is committed to protecting patients and staff from Covid-19 and has introduced additional risk assessments, new health and safety and infection control measures, and additional staff training to protect everyone on our premises from Covid-19, in line with all official guidelines.

It’s All Good Highgate Hospital’s most recent Care Quality Commission report rewarded the hospital with a ‘Good’ rating, highlighting Highgate’s commitment to delivering clinical excellence in a safe and well-led hospital. Treatments are available to medically insured patients and selfpaying patients. To find out more about Highgate visit email or call 020 8108 7031.


Exceptional cancer care at Cancer Centre London


stablished in 2003, Cancer Centre London is an award-winning specialist oncology centre located in Wimbledon, South London. Patients at the Cancer Centre can access some of the UK’s most experienced cancer consultant doctors and an experienced team of cancer specialists who are dedicated to supporting patients through their personal cancer journey, and looking after both their physical and emotional wellbeing. Worried about cancer? For people worried about cancer, Cancer Centre London offers patients a comprehensive range of diagnostic services to help detect and diagnose cancer including: • genetic testing for breast, ovarian and colorectal cancers and for rare cancers • health screening for a range of cancers including skin, bowel, breast, ovarian and prostate cancer • a rapid access diagnostic clinic which patients can access to identify a range of medical conditions, not just cancer • nuclear medicine including Pet CT scans, to assist with more precise diagnosis and staging. If you are worried that you might have cancer, you can help you get tested and diagnosed quickly at Cancer Centre London. Treatment for all forms of cancer A recognised centre of excellence for cancer treatment, Cancer Centre London provides treatment for almost every form of cancer from blood through to liver and lung cancer. Cancer treatments include chemotherapy, immunotherapy, advanced VMAT and IMRT radiotherapy,

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Treatment is available for: • blood cancer • bone cancer • brain cancer • breast cancer • cancer of the unknown primary • cervical cancer • gastro-intestinal cancer • head and neck cancer • liver cancer • lung cancer • pancreatic cancer • skin cancer • urological cancer • and pre-cancerous conditions, such as Solar Keratosis and Bowen’s Disease. We are also able to treat a number of non-cancerous conditions, including Keloid scars, heterotopic bone formation, Dupuytren’s Disease and overactive thyroid disease.

“Cancer Centre provides treatment for almost every form of cancer from blood through to liver and lung cancer” stereotactic radiotherapy, photodynamic therapy and surgery. Helping patients live well with and beyond cancer The Cancer Centre also provides a wide range of supportive services from a dedicated cancer information centre through to complementary therapies, counselling services, support groups, dietician, specialised physiotherapy and more, all available to help patients and their loved ones live well with and beyond cancer. To find out more about Cancer Centre London visit To book an appointment call 0203 883 6112 / 0203 883 3380 or email


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 its expert surgeons to perform precise, minimally invasive robotic procedures. At the forefront

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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 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

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

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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 cutting-edge treatments.

Robotically assisted prostate surgery

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

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. SEPTEMBER 2020 201


Safe. Pioneering. Exceptional


arkside Private Hospital is an awardwinning hospital in Wimbledon, SW19. The hospital is home to Parkside Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Centre, where patients receive convenient, personalised and high-quality care for any musculoskeletal, orthopaedic or sports-related injury, all delivered on-site by Parkside’s expert team of world-renowned consultants. From initial consultation through to treatment and follow-up care, Parkside Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Centre delivers exceptionally high standards of clinical care in one location. With more than 40 specialist orthopaedic and sports medicine consultants who can treat any musculoskeletal or orthopaedic condition, there’s no reason to delay treatment. Parkside Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Centre is a recognised centre of excellence offering: • World-class, orthopaedic and sports medicine consultant doctors • Cutting-edge medical treatment including the pioneering Mako robotic-arm system for hip and knee replacement surgery • Rapid access clinics putting patients first and giving diagnosis within hours • Seven day access to high-tech diagnostic tests, including ultrasound, X-ray, MRI and CT scans • Paediatric orthopaedic consultants – offering specialist treatment for children with congenital, developmental and general musculoskeletal conditions and sports injuries, from flat foot to broken bones and scoliosis • Minimal waiting times – fast access to treatment, surgery and quality care • State-of-the-art facilities including a newly-

refurbished Day Unit and new MRI in 2020 • Highly experienced team of chartered physiotherapists, hydrotherapy treatments and therapeutic ultrasound for sports- and exerciserelated sprains, strains and inflammation. Parkside Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Centre treat a range of conditions including: • Shoulder injuries – rotator cuff disorders, shoulder instability, dislocation • Back and spinal injuries – slipped discs, strains and sprains • Elbow injuries – repetitive strain injury, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow • Hand and wrist problems – carpal tunnel, Dupuytren’s Fasciectomy • Hip pain – osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis • Knee injuries – anterior cruciate ligament repair, knee replacement, runner’s knee • Sports/exercise injuries: muscle and soft tissue tears, strains • Ankle injuries – bursitis, Achilles tendonitis • Tendon and ligament injuries • Overuse injuries • Trauma – bone fractures Parkside is committed to protecting patients and staff from Covid-19. They have introduced additional risk assessments, new health and safety and infection control measures and additional staff training to protect everyone on their premises, in line with all official guidelines.

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THE DETAILS Consultations are available Monday to Saturday, from early morning to late evening. Treatments are available to medically insured patients and self-paying patients. To find out more about Parkside Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Centre visit, email opdappointments@ or call 020 3918 9463


Why King Edward VII’s is the hospital of choice for self-paying patients


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’

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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.

“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”

Combining timeless elegance with contemporary and luxurious living. Harriet provides tailored interior design for both residential and commercial clients. E: w. t: 02081339233 harriethughesinteriordesign

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INTERIORS LITTLE EARTH With plenty of us spending more time indoors, the home is increasingly the place to entertain and impress. This beautiful and bespoke curved cabinet is a stylish focal point. Whip up a drink and gather nearby with your loved ones.

FRENCH FANCY The French Bedroom Company collections of French furniture, contemporary lighting and quirky accessories are for those who want a bit of sassy French style in their bedroom. Born out of a fascination of French designs, textures, craftsmanship, heritage, and history, the collections are fun and feminine - with quality at the core. Beautifully made French designs combine with quirky and contemporary lighting and accessories to create interiors that are eye-catching, elegant, inspiring, chic and most importantly, unique! L-R: Mulberry Silk Bed Linen by Gingerlily; Pom Poms on Parade Bed Linen set.

Christmas is coming Hallway happiness is so simple when you’ve a beautiful setting to come home to! You too can create your own special Christmas magic using festive wreaths and garlands.

STYLISH STORAGE Spice up your humble abode with a unique sideboard or media unit from Housecosy. If you are planning on a spring clean in your home, sideboards and media units are always a great addition for introducing that extra bit of storage that your hallway, bedroom or living room craves. 208 SEPTEMBER 2020

WALL TO WALL The Shop Floor Project are excited to launch new collections of original paintings, textiles and prints, all framed by the wonderful framers in Cambridge.


Arty Life by 4MURS


s if mirroring a life filled with escapism, far from the hurly-burly of crowds, the collection Arty Life by 4MURS feeds the need for a revitalising oasis where life is good. The terracotta dances with the ecru, writing a relaxing scene that is counterbalanced by black lines which assert the complexion of this collection. Like a signature in the room, an imprint of blue makes brief appearances, on the walls or on the floor, by an unexpected object placed there. Crafted according to ancestral artisanal codes, natural materials such as the rattan of a piece of furniture, the raffia of a wall decoration or the metal of a mirror frame, breathe authenticity into the interior, offering a scene that liaises between past and future. The spontaneity of the associations builds a harmony that breathes a holiday breeze, calling for relaxation. 210 SEPTEMBER 2020

4MURS has changed a lot over the last few years. The wallpaper retailer founded in 1969 by Michel Drugmanne has become a lifestyle brand offering a whole range of interior design themes. It’s an accessible brand that’s aimed at everyone, from the mainstream public to the knowledgeable interior design connoisseur. The 4MURS capsule collections blend wallpaper, decorative and lifestyle objects. Articulated through stories, the collections encourage the expression of one’s personality and lifestyle. Currently, the 4MURS brand accounts for 120 stores in France, including 25 new concept stores, and four e-shops (France, Belgium, Germany and the UK) with international delivery.

“The 4MURS capsule collections blend wallpaper, decorative and lifestyle objects”



Bespoke interior design service to fit your taste, lifestyle, timescale & budget. Providing interior advice, upholstery, curtains and much more nationwide. Working with clients to turn houses into homes, utilising space to the best ability.




The 2020 home by Carden Cunietti


he truism that your home is your haven has never been more relevant than in 2020.  Has there ever been a time when people were more aware - more / appreciative/ of – their home environments?  But, as with so many other facets of our world, the idea of “home” has been reshaped in the past six months.  Working at home, playing at home have created new priorities.  For twenty-four years,  Interior Design practice Carden Cunietti and their eight-strong studio team have specialised in high end residential design for a diverse range of demanding international clients.  They are bringing that experience to creating pleasing but practical responses to this strange new era.   

“Making the most of your home space is a challenge that is tailormade for Carden Cunietti”

Making the most of your home space is a challenge that is tailor-made for Carden Cunietti, whether it’s repurposing a spare bedroom as a home office or creating a home gym.   The notion of sanctuary is important in a busy household.  A home office can be turned into a comfortable retreat.  Equally significant is the way the reassuring routines of homelife have been given new meaning by lockdown: cooking, bathing, even sleeping, along with all the spaces where those activities take place.  Audrey Carden and Eleanora Cunietti feel it’s the perfect time to bring in an outside eye to reassess new needs, with everyone being home so much more.  They have been helping their clients refresh familiar surroundings with everything from bigger tubs and new tilework 212 SEPTEMBER 2020

in the bathroom to new mattresses and updated linen in the bedroom to bigger sofas in the family areas.  Consider these practicalities as a kind of future-proofing, given that uncertainty still reigns for the foreseeable.  But there is also art in the way the designers can elevate the familiar, make the ordinary extraordinary.  Audrey and Eleanora thrive on collaboration, and have long-standing relationships with many repeat clients as a result.     Carden Cunietti has a large address book of trusted suppliers and sub-contractors.  As well as designing all aspects of soft furnishings and furniture supply, their expertise in luxury bathrooms and cabinetry is particularly timely for anyone looking to transform their home.  Current projects include an apartment in LA, country houses in the Cotswolds and a number of London residences.

THE DETAILS For further Information please find us at and follow on instagram for our daily interiors inspirational at Carden Cunietti Ltd, Unit 3A the Linen House, 253 Kilburn Lane London W10 4BQ Tel +44 207 724 9679



e all have DIY jobs that need doing around the home. The ones that we keep meaning to get round to doing‌. but never do! We also want the end result to look perfect - and that requires an experienced professional. Parakeet is a new local full-service home and office handyman company based in Shepherds Bush. They offer experienced and professional assistance with a wide range of property repairs, improvements and installations in London Zones 1 and 2. Their team of skilled and insured tradesmen include fully trained painters and decorators, carpenters, plumbers, and experienced cleaners who will provide you with efficient and highquality workmanship born out of years of working in the building trade. Parakeet Handymen can complete any task regardless of its size, helping you with anything from picture hanging to flat pack assembly, painting and decorating and a cleaning and paint colour advice. Parakeet have devised a straightforward and clear pricing plan with no unexpected hidden charges. All extra costs such as materials will be explained to you in advance. Once the work has been completed to the highest standard, the clock stops and you will be automatically invoiced paying only for the minutes worked plus any extra costs for example, the congestion charge. No matter how unusual you think your requirement might be, just ask them! Parakeet will provide a top class reliable service to take care of all your home and office DIY needs - simply, effectively, and at low cost. To find out more about the services Parakeet offer, visit or call 0203 326 1753 to discuss your requirements. They will be happy to assist! 214 SEPTEMBER 2020

No need to do it yourself anymore!

CoviD 19 our whole team have a full PPE kit containing gloves, masks and hand gel to ensure the health and safety of our clients PARAKEET HANDYMAN

WEST LONDON’S prEmiEr HANDYmAN SErViCE Reliable. TRusTwoRThy. efficienT We provide West London with a team of experienced, knowledgeable handymen to undertake a variety of jobs that need to be done in your home. Our rates don’t start until our handyman has seen the job and fully understands what must be done. After the first hour, you pay per minute not per hour. • Interior Design and colour consultation • Painting & Decorating • Electrical work • Furniture assembly • Picture Hanging • General handyman service • Office Desk and Chair assembly Available 7 days a week by appointment For further details and rates visit Book online for a swift, reliable service.

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Luxury opEN-PLAN Dining


ith edgy shapes and glamorous finishes, this season’s collection is all about luxurious, sleek open-plan dining. As open plan dining continues to trend, and customers look for unique centrepieces to complete their dining space, has curated a collection of sleek and ultra-modern dining tables and chairs. Featuring architectural lines, high gloss finishes and luxe textures such as marble and glass, these dining tables are ideal for defining and highlighting an elegant dining space. Their sharp silhouettes also offer a clean, precise look in an open plan home. “With a modern, open plan dining area, it’s more important than ever to have a space that isn’t visually cluttered, and is anchored by a stylish centrepiece,” says Rebecca Snowden, Interior Style Advisor at “Tables with sculptural pedestals, especially in finishes such as chrome and glass, immediately achieve this effect 216 SEPTEMBER 2020

“A tonal dining set, especially in neutral tones, can be a very chic approach to take when designing an open plan dining space”

since they’re both eye-catching and simple.” The Peake collection features tables in a variety of sizes without compromising on the aesthetic: from large tables for more guests to smaller, more intimate designs. Styles in a high gloss or marble finish pack a punch and set the tone of the space. All the tables have also been carefully paired with distinctive, sophisticated chairs in an array of colours and finishes for a thoroughly contemporary look. “A tonal dining set, especially in neutral tones, can be a very chic approach to take when designing an open plan dining space,” Rebecca explains. “However, sometimes a touch of colour can also really elevate the look. When working with cooler finishes such as silver and gloss, moody jewel tones can warm up the room and add personality, without losing that edge.” Texture is a key element in the Ancona collection, including pairings such as marble and leather for a rich play on contrast. “When working with traditionally luxurious materials such as marble or velvet, looking for ways to have them play off one another is a must,” advises Rebecca. “Contrasting hard, smooth surfaces with soft fabrics, or using both glossy and matte finishes can create balance in a sleek, sophisticated dining room.”





o celebrate ten years providing an interior design service for private clients throughout the UK and overseas, Susan Folwell and Robert Allen of the interior design studio Artisans and Artists launched Artisan Abode in 2019 to take their years of experience designing and sourcing interesting furnishings to a wider audience. The design team have worked on all manner of property including Listed manor houses, waterfront luxury apartments, farmhouses, small country estates, period cottages, luxury new build, and mid twentieth century property which they have re-modelled for clients. Experience of designing for every space in a house, from entrance halls, boot rooms, kitchens, libraries, bedroom suites, bathrooms, orangeries to swimming pool houses, means that the team have extensive experience of bespoke furniture design as well as sourcing beautiful and interesting furnishings from around the world. “We know from our work for our interior design clients what people want and need from their homes, the pitfalls to avoid, the items to spend on and the clever good value finds, it’s all about the mix, hence you will find a wide variety of styles and price points on Artisan Abode, what matters ultimately is good design, quality and value, sound advice and good service. In essence Artisan Abode gives customers access to an interior design ‘little black book’ and a lot of know how.” says Susan Folwell.

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“We felt that there was gap in the market for Artisan Abode to cater for the design savvy customer who may not want to engage an interior designer but who appreciates a well-chosen edit of interesting furnishings and where, if they so wish, they can be given help and advice by an experienced design team, all wrapped up with good service in terms of delivery.” says Robert Allen. The Artisans and Artists studio have designed and produced a capsule collection for Autumn Winter 20 / 21 exclusively for Artisan Abode, part of which is shown here, now available online. Contact Artisan Abode to request a copy of the fabulous AW 20 / 21 Look Book. All Images Courtesy and Copyright of Artisans and Artists Limited / Artisan Abode.

“Sourcing of furnishings, artifacts, antiques and art from around the world is at the heart of how the interior design studio achieves its trademark transcendent and soulful interiors, we also bring this to our offering for Artisan Abode.” – Susan Folwell, Creative Director Artisan Abode

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Autumn Wall Decor Colours I

ntroducing an original marbled range of wallpapers and prints made in the traditional Japanese Art of Suminagashi, meaning ‘floating ink’. Each piece is unique and colours are chosen for individual interiors and seasons. For Autumn 2020 colours are chosen in burnt orange, luxe blues and warm metallics such as bronze & gold. The process of Suminagashi involves colours being placed on the water surface, which then begin to expand on the water. They are only encouraged to move by air, nothing else disturbs the surface. The colours move in an organic way when a dynamic pattern has been shaped, Natascha makes a print by placing and moving the paper on the water. Both wallpaper making & paper marbling have been listed as an endangered craft by the Heritage Crafts Association. Driven to preserve these crafts, Natascha brings them alive on larger pieces, as abstract paintings. Therefore making them contemporary and accessible.

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Associative Design showcases ‘The Best of Portugal’ in Dubai Design Week


ubai Design District 9-14 November 2020. Retail Unit 2, Building 6, Dubai Design District (d3) As part of Dubai Design Week 2020, Associative Design will showcase ‘The Best of Portugal’ in Design District, a key area in Dubai for design promotion. Created by the Portuguese Association of Wood and Furniture Industries (AIMMP), Associative Design promotes Portuguese brands and products globally. Taking place in November every year, Dubai Design Week is known as the best platform for regional design and a catalyst for the growth and support of the creative community in Dubai and the UAE, Dubai Design Week aims to provide AROUNDtheTREE

a dynamic environment where design meets opportunity, and economic diversity and crossdisciplinary collaboration is encouraged. The festival’s varied programme covers a range of design disciplines including architecture, product design, interiors, multimedia and graphic design. Key components of Dubai Design Week include the region’s leading fair for high-quality, original design, Downtown Design, hybrid talks and workshops programmes, this is the perfect event for Associative Design’s artistic showcase. Bringing Portuguese flair and creativity to Dubai Design Week, the Associative Design showcase will feature the interior of a Concept House, 100% design and produced in Portugal, presenting a mix of innovation, sustainability and contemporary design in all the furniture, lighting, textiles and objects d’art included in this showcase. Get your invitation to this event through: More info at:;


Homel João Bruno Design

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onveniently located between Putney and Richmond (with free parking), Westend Bed Company is home to 40 different models, in different tensions, from the world’s finest, leading bed brands including the exclusive display of beds from Treca Interior, in the UK. Selecting only the finest materials, Treca Paris have developed a solid reputation for quality spanning across the globe. Specialising in adjustable beds, Treca have a unique selection of articulated relaxation beds to complement their CAD bed bases. These bases combine the comfort of a traditional high-quality bed base with an outstanding movement mechanism. With discreet technology, the silent motors move smoothly, allowing you to find your ideal position for that perfect nights sleep. Along with Treca beds, Westend Bed Company are home to luxury brand, Hypnos Beds. The British family-run bed making company, who have been perfecting the art of crafting luxury spring beds by hand for over 100 years. Hypnos’ attitude and commitment focuses on the pursuit

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Westend Bed Company of perfection and ultimately the delivery of an outstanding night’s sleep. The leading craftsmen use traditional, time-honoured skills that have been passed down five generations to create a truly authentic piece of furniture. Hypnos is proud to hold a Royal Warrant from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, reinforcing their first-class reputation for offering the very best of British Quality. Brent Cooper, Westend Bed’s director, lends his knowledge and experience to another luxurious brand, Marshall & Stewart. Each bed in the Marshall & Stewart Diamond collection has been purposefully handcrafted to create a sanctuary for sleep, seeking to facilitate the improvements in lifestyle and health that come with achieving truly restorative sleep. Each of these UK made beds can be found at Westend Bed Company’s showroom in Sheen and each purchase comes with a 25-year guarantee, so that you can purchase your perfect bed with complete confidence. Buying a bed can be a daunting experience, so to make the process as easy as possible, Westend Bed Company offer a complimentary sleep consultation service, helping you to find your

“Each bed in the Marshall & Stewart Diamond collection has been purposefully handcrafted to create a sanctuary for sleep, seeking to facilitate the improvements in lifestyle and health that come with achieving truly restorative sleep”

dream bed with ease. Each consultation lasts for 45 minutes and involves a lifestyle evaluation and sleep analysis, with an experienced member of the Westend Bed team. They will discuss mattress firmness, materials, spring turns and even side stitching with you to ensure the bed you take home offers the best possible support specific to your needs. Luxury beds aren’t the only thing you can find at Westend Bed Company. The Air Chair, by Swedish company, Conform Chairs, is another item of premium furniture that can be found in their showroom. This elegant chair is the perfect addition to your master bedroom, lounge or even home office. With an array of fabrics to choose from, it will sit well with any home decor. With the added benefit of an adjustable back and footrest, the chair is supremely comfortable and compliments Westend’s choice range of products. No dream bed is complete without the addition of perfect bedding, also something that you can find inside the Westend Bed store. Their comprehensive collection of high-quality duvets and pillows come in a variety of options to suit your personal preference. For that added touch of luxury they are made from the finest pure goose down and encased in 100% cotton with a satin-

piped edge. Call Westend Bed Company today on 020 7723 2925 to arrange your complimentary sleep consultation and start your journey in discovering the most perfectly sumptuous bed for your dreamiest night’s sleep yet. 215 Upper Richmond Road West. East Sheen. London SW14 8QT

“No dream bed is complete without the addition of perfect bedding”

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Secrets for a stylish and organised home office I f you find yourself sitting at your home office desk shifting through loose paper or feel that your space is home to more clutter that creativity, it might be time to get organised. Here are The Wooden Furniture Store’s secrets to a stylish and organised home office.

The right desk The right home office furniture can make a huge difference to your outlook on working and productivity. The trick is to find the desk that’s right for the job and that’s why we have desks to fit all sizes of spaces and all with storage and clever features. From innovative hidden home office desks that allows you to disguise your computer and tidy everything out of sight, to simple and stylish laptop desks which have wireless charging and bluetooth speakers.

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balanced, textures that make you comfortable and furniture items that support your workload and decorate the space. Think about adding a rug, a statement desk light, flowers and a throw to make the space comfy and cozy.

Keep storage open A well ordered work area, encourages clear thoughts and maximum motivation. Taking advantage of vertical space in a room with shelving units that line the office wall. Open shelving is not only an efficient and typically inexpensive way to sort, display and store your files and books but can also make a space feel lighter, bigger and more open.

Filing doesn’t have to be boring Organisation is key to starting every work day fresh and also helps you manage your time. Using baskets, boxes and colourful organisers for files and documents could not only save you valuable time, but create the order you need.

“A well ordered work area, encourages clear thoughts and maximum motivation”

Specialist plastering company that has been established for over 30 years. Recently, the firm were selected in LUXLlfe’s 2018 Leading Designers Awards where they were awarded the accolade Most Outstanding Plastering Firm in London. They also won the Plastering Company of the Year award in LTG Lifestyle Awards 2018/2019 and the Best Plaster Restoration Company South East England award of BUILD 2018 Construction & Engineering. Established in 1990, London Plastercraft Ltd have the largest range of stock cornice patterns anywhere with over 200 Victorian patterns, more than 100 Edwardian and over 100 Georgian, along with many other modern and period designs. Currently they have been developing cornice patterns to incorporate L.E.D lighting and also air conditions flow through designs.


The ultimate chalky paint finish: Absolute Matt Emulsion from Little Greene

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ittle Greene has built up a well-deserved reputation for not just its imaginative colour palette but also for the outstanding quality of its paints. Its original finish, Absolute Matt Emulsion, is more popular than ever and appears to be the ‘choice’ of Lockdown DIY enthusiasts. And it’s not hard to see why… The last word in flat, matt paints, with a ‘barelythere’ low-sheen of only 3%, Absolute Matt Emulsion produces the sublime chalky finish, often referred to as ‘dead matt’. This glorious, environmentally-friendly finish provides a more luxurious, less utilitarian option to its Intelligent Matt cousin (which was formulated specifically to withstand the rough and tumble of busy households). However, thanks to the expertise of the Little Greene technical team, Absolute Matt Emulsion is nonetheless wipeable, so not just beautiful but practical too! Sophisticated, understated and supremely elegant, Absolute Matt Emulsion can be used on many different surfaces including walls, ceilings and plaster work. It offers the perfect choice for a bedroom, living room or study - indeed any area of low traffic where the desired effect is an unequivocally beautiful result. Being water-based, Absolute Matt Emulsion is quick-drying (2-4hours) and virtually odourless. Its superb coverage means that it is high in opacity, efficient, economical and easy to apply with minimal disruption: a room can easily be decorated in a day, meaning your home can, quite literally, be transformed from one day to the next! Containing zero added VOCs, Absolute Matt Emulsion is kind to the environment, pet-friendly and, with child-safe certification under BS EN71-3:2019 (Toy Paint Regulations), it is also completely safe to use in children’s rooms, making it a very smart choice for the family home. Absolute Matt Emulsion is available in all shades in the Little Greene colour palette. Superb in all hues, it appears especially rich and sumptuous in darker shades, such as Obsidian Green, Basalt and Lamp Black, as its flat matt finish affords a real depth to the colour due to the subtle texture of its chalky surface. Little Greene paints are available through over 500 stockists nationally and internationally and three London showrooms in Marylebone, Notting Hill and Chelsea. They can also be bought via mail & phone order and online at


Trending: Houseplant Haven Style and substance…Autumn collection of indoor greenery arrives at Dobbies Calathea Plant £69.99, Capi Pot £64.99

Codiaeum plant £89.99, Vriesea plant £12.99

Large glass Hydroponic £24.99


ndoor greenery can quickly transform the look and feel of any room in your home and as our appetite for houseplants continues to grow, so does the on-trend range at the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, Dobbies. With Autumn on the horizon, waving goodbye to summer doesn’t have to mean the end of enjoying gorgeous greenery - by inviting a touch of the outdoors in. Making a real style statement, the stand-out Hydroponics range is here to change how we think about houseplants. The emerging trend for growing plants in water is ideal for homes in every shape and size due to the compact nature of planters. They are a low maintenance and contemporary addition which, thanks to LED lighting, will instantly brighten up a desk or any dark corner. In a range of shapes and sizes, there is a houseplant in the new collection to suit every home. If you are short on space, want to add some character to your home office desk, or create the ultimate #Shelfie, the cute-as-can-be Succulents in animal pots fit the style brief perfectly. Position in groups for maximum charm and impact. Offering sculptural impact with minimal effort, the Cacti Planter will help to complete a more industrial look. Next up on the all new autumn trends list is

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Bromeliads, a striking plant with an exotic vibe which feature beautiful arched leaves and produce stunning long-lasting flowers. Set against a block colour backdrop to make this graphic plant really pop. Adding a sense of simplistic grandeur without the price tag, they are available in store from just £14.99. Grow your own miniature ‘garden in a glass’ for a unique addition to your home. Starting from £19.99, a Terrarium will make for a decorative centrepiece display on your dining table or an eyecatching welcome sitting atop a hallway side table. A closed terrarium makes for a humid atmosphere – suitable for Ferns, Moss and Baby’s Tears. Open terrariums are better suited to plants such as succulents and air plants, which can’t handle too much moisture. Bold and beautiful, these lush and leafy plants will lift any unused corner and breathe new life into any space. One large floor plant, such as a Codiaeum or the ever popular Calathea, will create a foliage focal point in a smaller room or style a selection of larger plants for an indoor jungle vibe. Pair with neutral, concrete planters which take on a supporting role to allow indoor greenery to truly become the star of the show. These miniature indoor Bonsai trees have a distinctive Japanese style and will bring a calming touch of nature into your home. Keep them

“In a range of shapes and sizes, there is a houseplant in the new collection to suit every home”

Bromeliad Vriesea foliage £12.99, in Capi pot £8.99

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Q. What common mistakes do people make when it comes to house plants? A. The most common problem that can go wrong is too much love – overwatering. It’s surprising that most of the on-trend plants at the moment thrive upon minimal care. Also, too much light and draughts can affect plants, so being placed directly on a windowsill where the window is often opened. They can quickly recover if you reposition them.

looking their best by giving them a regular prune and keep them happy with frequent watering to avoid soil drying out. These evergreen plants are ideal for a minimalist style.

Plant expert and Dobbies Houseplant Buyer, Claire Bishop, shares her top care tips for happy houseplants… Hydroponics • Replace the water every 2-4 weeks • If possible, use rainwater or bottled water • Spray feed the leaves for a nutrient boost • Most plants can be grown in water as long as the base leaf is kept above the water line – Clusia are great as are Monstera, Spathyphyllum and Calathea.

Succulents • Easy to care for • Position in a bright spot away from direct sunlight • Water very sparingly when the compost feels dry • Misting with a spray is the easiest way to water them

Bromeliads • Stunning long-lasting flowers and an exotic vibe • Water at the base of the flower spike Succulent in animal pot £4.99

Hydroponics collection from £8.99

• Make sure the roots don’t sit in water • After flowering, will produce new plants called pups

Terrariums • Position away from direct sunlight • Sealed terrariums are self-nourishing and easy care • To grow succulents and cacti, choose an open terrarium

Calatheas • Position in a medium or low light spot • Keep soil damp and mist leaves regularly • Trim brown leaves to encourage new ones

Bonsai • Position in a bright spot away from draughts • Water often, whenever soil starts to dry out • Prune regularly to maintain its shape

Q. What tips would you give for caring with them? A. All houseplants require a little clean to keep them looking their best, simply wipe the leaves with a damp cloth. This is not just to keep them looking good – removing the dust ensures good health. Take off any foliage that is yellowing, and trim damaged leaves of larger plants with sharp scissors at the same time. During the Autumn and winter months, houseplants will be kept looking their best if you give them a shower as you water as this will keep the leaves looking green and glossy. They are ideal to #KeepBritainGrowing. Keep an eye on light levels in the darker winter months – some plants may need a bit more. Find out more at

Bromeliad plant £12.99, Capi groove pot £7.99

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OUTDOOR LIVING BEAUTIFULLY BRIGHT Give your home and garden that truly mediterranean feel with these bright artisan plates & Cushions by Le Botteghe d’Arte of Sardinia. With free UK Delivery.

Have a Spooky good time this Halloween Season Logi’s Firepits are perfect for the Halloween season, something to match your lit-up pumpkins. The days are getting longer and the evenings colder and we have the best thing to keep you warm. Light one of our firepits, get cosy and toast some marshmallows with your kids just in time for Halloween! Or get together with friends and family to celebrate the spooky season and have your very own bonfire. It is the perfect centrepiece for any party to keep everyone warm but most importantly to wow your guests.

a perfect pair The special edition “keep your cool” champagne bucket has been paired with a waterproof picnic blanket to create stylish and very practical musthave picnic accessories.

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A beautiful new collection from Wallace Cotton

reate a haven at home with beautiful new bed linen, nightwear and homewares from Wallace Cotton. Choose relaxed textures and sustainably sourced organic cotton in serene botanicals and soft stripes for your home this season.

Endless Love Duvet Painterly strokes in gentle shades of damson pink and sage green give new Endless Love bed linen, the appearance of a delicate watercolour. Magnificent magnolia blooms with subtle highlights of ochre and burnt umber on a white background, will make your bedroom serene. The reverse side of the duvet cover has a fine double stripe in soft sage green which offers a lovely contrast when folded back.

Horizon Stripe Duvet Update your bed with classic stripes in soft tones. The Horizon Stripe duvet has the subtle elegant texture of a beautiful herringbone weave. With horizontal stripes in shades of sage, blush and indigo on a soft white background, the Horizon Stripe duvet has a visable woven appearance that makes you want to touch it.

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damson pink and sage green. Lovely to sleep and relax in, the Magnolia sleepwear range includes a robe, a pintuck nightie, a short sleeved scoop neck nightie, a PJ bottom and matching PJ shirt, a sleep short and cami with frill and pintuck detailing. The Magnolia nightwear range is ideal for gifting at Christmas, the sleep shorts and cami are perfect as stocking fillers.

Crusier Kitchen Celebrate simple pleasures with the Cruiser Kitchen range from Wallace Cotton. The carefree joy of riding a bike on a sunny day and feeling the fresh breeze on your face. Beautiful soft blues, colourful stripes and a vintage bicycle motif make the Crusier Kitchen range the perfect choice to bring joy to your kitchen this season. The range includes an apron, a double oven glove, single oven gloves and a tea towel set, perfect for Christmas gifting. Wallace Cotton is a New Zealand family-owned homewares business founded in 2006. Celebrating beautiful designs, great quality and living with a little luxury every day, Wallace Cotton has been in homes worldwide for more than 14 years. The collectable range of bed linen, homewares and nightwear is available online at, at retail sites around New Zealand and at their flagship UK store in Battersea, London.

“Choose relaxed textures and sustainably sourced organic cotton in serene botanicals and soft stripes for your home this season�


28 years experience in supplying contemporary, designer and traditional radiators


adiating Style offers a wide selection of exceptional quality radiators designed to complement your home and style whether you are searching for heated towels rails for your bathroom to traditional cast iron radiators for your living room. Traditional or Victorian style radiators are becoming increasingly popular with homeowners throughout the UK and with a wide selection to choose from online you’re sure to find the right style for your home. Our traditional radiators come in a wide range of colours and are available in satin, gloss or metallic finishes making them a fantastic accompaniment for any home or business. All of our Victorian style radiators come with the option of traditional cast iron claw feet for free standing or fitted wall mounts. As with all of our radiators full quality control tests are carried out to ensure that they are designed and match our exacting standards. If you are looking for more contemporary styles, why not visit our aluminium and profile range pages. Our Aluminium selection range from traditional towel rails for the bathroom, to our more eye catching moon radiator. As with all aluminium radiators they are designed to be

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highly efficient, offer excellent heat dissipation properties and are lighter than standard radiators making them much easier to install. Our Profile range combines sleek design with functionality and are perfectly designed for hard to heat areas homes of the home. Established for over twenty-five years, at Radiating Style we have a reputation for producing unique radiators and towel rails in traditional and contemporary designs. Our product spectrum is vast, ranging from the conventional and traditional styles through to our designer radiators which are modern masterpieces! We are always thinking ahead in terms of both design and functionality which is reflected in our product offering. We are proud to say that the majority of our designs are exclusive to us and our product portfolio offers maximum variety, both in size and colour including a selection of distinctive metalic shades. Originality is paramount. We ensure that our designs are full of imagination and always practical, providing high thermal efficiency whilst allowing plenty of scope for customisation. We offer outstanding quality and expert advice and a comprehensive aftercare service.

THE DETAILS Please contact us at: Mob: 07413 140883 E-mail: Web: For further information or to see selected displays please come visit us in ITAL Living showroom at: 70 The High Street Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 5AB TEL: 01707 655924

If you are considering undertaking new Interior Design works to your property, and would like to know more details – please do not hesitate to contact me by either telephone or email for an informal chat. Treetops, 20 Newlands Avenue, Radlett, Hertfordshire WD7 8EL 01923 857029 07887 564621


Lace Market Handmade Tiles From Floors of Stone


loors of Stone are excited to launch a brand new range of Handmade Tiles. The main aim when creating this new range was to replicate the look of traditional, Victorian tiles which would often be installed in porch ways and London Tube Stations and pubs. Hannah, our on-site ceramicist, spent a lot of time experimenting with different glaze colours and has created the perfect colour palette to suit the vintage heritage of these tiles. Warm, rusty yellows, tinged blues and delicate blush pinks really highlight the appearance of making something newly made, look old. The range of Lace Market Tiles have a very

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special story behind them. Hannah’s Grandmother used to own a fabric shop in Nottingham and has passed on her vintage lace remnants and garments to Hannah which have inspired these truly unique tiles. Incredibly detailed patterns are created with a wonderful old tile press that gives texture to every tile and a little ageing of the clay before glazing also gives the tiles a delicately worn look. By releasing the large, swinging arms of the tile press, this creates the correct amount of momentum to force down the heavy ‘punch’ and press perfectly into the mould. It is truly fascinating that a small bit of dry powder can instantly be turned into a tile! The possibilities of these tiles are endless – there are so many spaces they would work perfectly in. They could be used as a splashback, either behind a sink in a bathroom or behind a cooker in a kitchen. You could even use them on a fire surround if you wanted to add a splash of colour! You can view this exquisite range of handmade tiles on our website and we also have a lovely display of them in our Cotes Mill showroom. As our handmade tiles are all made to order, the general lead time is 4-6 weeks.

“Hannah, our on-site ceramicist, spent a lot of time experimenting with different glaze colours and has created the perfect colour palette to suit the vintage heritage of these tiles”

Climatised Coatings are a superb range of external wall coatings that are tough, flexible, durable and weatherproof. • High build breathing coating suitable for all types of external walls • All the latest colourings available • Nationwide service with over 20 years experience • Guaranteed not to flake, peel or chip for 10 years • Not affected by acid rain or salt laden atmosphere. This resurfacing is applied by high pressure spray by our own fully trained staff • All our work is done by our highly trained personnel to an exceptionally high standard of details, rarely seen these days.

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style & character Russell Taylor from Russell Taylor Architects outlines how to put the style and character back into your home.


he traditional houses of London are popular because their character seems to embrace everything that one thinks of as home. But their appearance suffers a sort of erosion: windows are replaced, unsympathetic extensions added, cornices get clogged with paint, and so on. The challenge is to create a traditional sense of style without compromising modern family life. Extensions are a good example. There is no reason why an extension has to look as if it belongs to another building. The solution we have adopted on a number of projects is to design the extension as a mini orangery with the windows glazed in slim double-glazed panes. As an orangery type the extension will create a freeflowing transition from house to garden, bringing the spaces together. It brings welcome decoration and lightness that is otherwise absent from the backs of most houses. But how do you make an orangery that is elegant and convincing? It’s all in the details! Traditional details: the mouldings of doors, windows and architraves, plaster ceiling mouldings, etc are usually finer and more varied than standard, “reproduction” pieces. We design all parts of a house or extension: doors, windows, shutters, architraves, skirtings, cornices, chimneypieces, built-in furniture and cupboards,

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staircases, etc. Occasionally we have designed light fittings and ironmongery. Where appropriate we use off-the-peg elements, it’s a matter of choosing what is right. The details have to work with the overall design. It’s an attention to detail that we follow throughout all parts of the house, top to bottom, making it work for the family. This approach succeeds when working on Listed properties and in Conservation Areas. Obtaining Listed Building Consent can be a hurdle, but being sympathetic to the original design and enhancing the appearance is the best starting point. We have an unrivalled reputation for obtaining Listed Building Consent is difficult and controversial cases. It’s important to emphasise that building with a traditional attention to detail is no more expensive than making something with a stripped, bare appearance. The traditional houses of London were built in a straight forward way with a logic of construction that is inherently economical. And, such construction is a green, sustainable way of building! The embodied energy in traditional construction is far less than that in many modern materials and components. And because the construction is robust it will last a long time and is easily repaired using readily available, low energy materials. Traditional building is the future, not the past! E: T: 02072611984

“But how do you make an orangery that is elegant and convincing? It’s all in the details!”





owark Design is an Interior Design and Architectural Consultancy studio based in Chiswick, West London. Founded in 2017 by James Arkoulis and Saskia Howard, the company specialises in residential interior design across the UK and Europe. “Our aim at Howark Design has always been to combine our experience of highly detailed design with a super personal approach to each project. Working closely with their clients right from project inception, ensures there is complete understanding of what they want to achieve from the design” Describing their style as characterful, timeless and with playful originality, the team at Howark combine more than 20 years of residential and commercial design experience having worked on a wide variety of projects from Royal residences to hotels in the Carribean. Getting to know their clients and understanding their lifestyle is key to the teams friendly and open approach right from the start of all projects. “The initial meeting is relaxed with no obligation, and more of an opportunity to discuss ideas, specific requirements for the project and to show prospective clients what we can do for them

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and their home”. Howark Design strive to create homes that balance aesthetics and practicality while reflecting the unique character, location and spirit of the property. Central to all projects is the use of natural materials, layered textures and a distinctive use of colour and pattern, which often attracts clients of like-minded style. August has seen them launch their first collaboration with luxury rug designer Holmes Bespoke. The ‘Line Up Collection’ of contemporary, hand crafted and customisable flatweave rugs was inspired by the bold colours and simplified forms of the Bloomsbury Group’s Omega Workshop products and embodies the studio’s ethos of balancing aesthetics with practicality. “It was so important to us that the rugs were not only beautiful but family friendly and sustainable too so each design is available in 100% sustainable wool or PET yarn which is made from recycled plastic bottles.” With many peoples focus increasingly turning to their homes since lockdown good design has taken on a new importance. “As interior designers, we appreciate the impact that bespoke design can have on a home and we work closely with our clients to deliver a tailored design service and management package, liaising with architects, lighting designers, contractors, joiners and various other specialists to make the process as stress free as possible for them while bringing the home of their dreams to life”.

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uxury dog bedding specialist Charley Chau is celebrating its tenth birthday. From a quirky little hobby sewing dog beds on the sitting room floor to happy customers in over sixty countries around the world – this is the story of how a love of dogs and a passion for interior design led to the creation of an award-winning, family-run British business. Charley Chau was founded ‘by accident’ after endless frustrating searches for a dog bed that was both comfortable and stylish. Prompted by yet another disastrous dog bed purchase that went lumpy after one wash sisters Christine and Jenny Chau sat on the sitting room floor one afternoon and hand-stitch two Snuggle Beds for Christine’s Italian Greyhounds, Charley and Anna. The dogs absolutely loved the Snuggle Beds and after posting photos on Facebook, Christine was inundated by friends asking her to make beds for their dogs. And so, in August 2010, Charley Chau

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was born – no shiny business plan, no plan at all in fact, just a passion for creating dog beds that were super-cosy, stylish and practical. Charley Chau was meant to be a quirky little hobby but in 2012, the sisters found that their small business had taken on a life of its own and it was no longer possible to fit it in around their jobs in the City. It was decision time – close down or give up their successful City careers. Charley Chau won and the sisters have never looked back. Sadly, Charley left this world suddenly and unexpectedly in 2019 but, as the company that bears his name enters its second decade, he leaves a brilliant legacy. From humble beginnings on the sitting room floor, Charley Chau’s customers range from ordinary dog folk to baronesses and billionaires across the globe, all with one thing in common – they want the absolute best for their dogs! Discover the best in dog beds:


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hile radiators serve a highly practical purpose, they can often present a design challenge. MY Furniture have addressed this issue head on and launched a range of stylish covers that will set temperatures rising! The new Anastasia Mirrored radiator cover range is a stunning addition to their existing collection. The unique design features hand cut, bevelled mirror panels of toughened safety glass with a stainless steel pedestal. Tested up to 80 deg C to withstand changes in temperature, there are discreet 3mm gaps between the mirrored strips – thin enough to conceal your radiator, wide enough to enable effective air/heat circulation. As well as hiding intrusive, ugly radiators they also protect children from burning their fingers and provide extra storage with an above radiator shelf. The Anastasia range is available in three styles, standard and adjustable, which extends in height as well as width, and a show-stopping Black Glass version! In addition to the Anastasia range MY Furniture also offer two striking mirrored designs, the stylish French inspired Antoinette range and the sleek Leonore range. Available in small and standard sized fixed width and large extendable version, MY Furniture radiator covers will accommodate radiators up to 196cm in size.; 0800 092 1636

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style up your home wine and cocktail game


ant to take staying in to the next level? Sam Wylie-Harris shakes things up with the snazziest stemware and home

bar accessories. Thanks to social distancing, quarantinis and staycations, we’ve become a dab hand at fixing our own drinks and mixing up a storm at home. We’re buying more wine online, spirit sales are still soaring and we’re making the most of the change of bar scene. So much so, lavishing time and money on our drinking rituals at home has become much more of an affordable luxury, with cocktail equipment and ‘atelier du vin’ for every mood and budget.

Sip in splendour with these stylish buys… John Lewis & Partners Swoon Raine Bar Cart – Gold (above) This Art Deco style bar cart mixes up white and pink marble with a brass finished frame and bottom wooden tray, garnished with bottle holder rings to prevent slipping and sliding. Ideal for luxurious gatherings, it’ll add some cocktail theatre to late-summer soirees when the sun goes down. £449, John Lewis Artland Tropical Leaves Glassware With their exotic palm leaf print and mirrored silver finish,. these gorgeous glasses will glisten when they catch the sunlight, or soft glow of a storm lantern. They’ll make everything you serve 250 SEPTEMBER 2020

taste a touch more exciting too. From £20.50 for Set of Two DOF Tumblers to £25.95 for Set of Two Gin Glasses, Wine Glasses, Champagne Saucers and Martini Glasses, Not Just Jugs

“These gorgeous glasses will glisten when they catch the sunlight”

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Yvonne Ellen Cocktail Hour Cheetah Glass Ice Bucket & Wood Lid – Clear/Natural Glamorous and wild, this decadent ice bucket, with its Art Deco inspired design, makes a striking addition to cocktail trolleys and hints at the high life. £30, John Lewis Hudson Living Verna Drinks Trolley – Bronze (above) One of the things we love most about this trolley is you can get a lot on it! With an antique gold finish, smooth casters and toughened glass shelves, it’s a cocktail-lovers cabinet on wheels. A high roller, it can hold magnums of wine or spirits and won’t groan under the weight of a whisky decanter or fancy implements. Cheers! £369 (other items from a selection), Very

be beautifully styled – much like a dressing table – with all our hero labels, crystal and decorative drinking decos. This stylish circular one has two glass shelves and can be wheeled with ease. £375 (other decos from a selection), Graham & Green

Pink Martini Gin Glasses – Set of 4 A treat to toast, deluxe drinks, such as a legendary martini, deserve these chic glasses, which scream jazz age, flapper dresses and cocktail couture. £39.95, Audenza

Kara Circular Drinks Trolley Cocktail trolleys are timeless and trending bigtime, from boutique hotel bars to our very own front rooms. Part of the appeal is that they can

Forge De Laguiole Sommelier – Olivewood Premium Box If you’re prepared to shell out to keep up with the somms – and master the art of good wine service – this professional bottle opener deserves your finest vintage. £179, Farrar & Tanner Aldsworth Wine Store – Spruce This stellar chest with a galvanised metal top has the capacity for 32 bottles of vino (angled so the cork stays moist), along with two upper drawers with storage for wine preservers, coasters and dining accessories. £350, Garden Trading 252 SEPTEMBER 2020


Hodkin & Jones The Finest Quality The beauty of fine plaster mouldings was the business of Herbert Hodkin of Hodkin & Jones in 1868 and from those early beginnings for over 150 years now, the company have been associated with the design, manufacture and installation of quality fibrous plaster products still produced by hand now as then.


odkin & Jones range of mouldings offers one of the most comprehensive selections of fibrous plaster mouldings available. With traditional elegant cornices from Georgian, Victorian, Gothic, Regency and Art Deco periods right through to popular modern day contemporary stepped cornices. Often Architects and Interior Designers create designs not available from standard ranges, which is where Hodkin & Jones offer a bespoke service. From drawings they are able to manufacture mouldings to exact dimensions specified, whether it is a bespoke ceiling design to create a grand space or a cornice specific to the particular project they are working on. Restoration of Listed buildings and historical properties is also a speciality of Hodkin & Jones with many buildings having mouldings reproduced and installed by their team of fixers, overseen by a dedicated contracts manager. Many of the most exclusive properties in London have mouldings from Hodkin & Jones, but confidentiality agreements are strictly adhered to by the company, so unless clients, or their representatives allow promotional documentation, the company would never allow images to be taken and used for marketing purposes. This would be a stumbling block for many companies needing images to promote their company, but as a lot of business undertaken by Hodkin & Jones is from architects and interior

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THE DETAILS For more information, visit the company’s web site on For a free catalogue or to discuss your requirement, call the sales team on 01246 641214

designers who are already aware of their reputation and also recommendation from contractors who have worked previously with them, this is not a major issue but of course they are always delighted when they are allowed to showcase their work. Hodkin & Jones undertake projects both nationwide and overseas with installers working on a daily basis in London and the surrounding counties. They also have there own transport department to ensure all products are delivered safely and on time.




It’s possible to live large despite sleeping small, says Luke Rix-Standing.

Bags and boxes are good for long-term storage, but slide-out clothes drawers are especially expedient, as they lessen the need for that other great space-snatcher, a large wardrobe.


or many of us, house space is a fiercely contested commodity, and you need to squeeze the most out of every square inch. But luckily there are plenty of clever tricks you can use to make this happen. Mirrors, multifunctional furniture and a recurring colour or pattern are all your friends. Here’s how to make even the smallest bedroom feel larger – without having to sleep on the sofa… Let there be light It’s the oldest rule in the book: Bright, breezy spaces feel looser, larger and lighter, so put your bed on the opposite wall from your windows and keep them clear of clutter. Thick, heavy curtains will help you keep warm in winter, but they will also protrude physically and visually into your room, so dress your windows with unobtrusive blinds or rollers instead. Under-bed storage is your friend Every square inch counts when you’re space saving, and there should be no room for monsters beneath the bed once you’ve finished economising.

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Make it a a virtue One person’s cramped is another person’s cozy, and a few soft furnishings can turn a poky shoebox into a snug den or bolthole. Think fuzzy blankets, chocolate box ornaments, warming lamps and lighting – anything you might associate with a comfy Scandinavian cabin on a cold winter’s day. Mirror, mirror Bedroom, entrance hall or downstairs loo – mirrors have long been number one on the list of domestic design tricks. They don’t add any physical space, of course, but they send light bouncing round the walls and can trick the eye into doubling a room’s depth. For the best brightening effects, place your mirror opposite a window and for the greatest sense of space, consider the wall opposite the door. Bed size matters We know, it’s so tempting to snap up an XXL king size and spend every night splayed out like a starfish, but if floor space is precious, your bed is the obvious place to seek savings. If you’re 6’4” and married, fair play; if you’re 5’3” and single, perhaps consider downsizing. Put your headboard to work Select the right design and your headboard can double as shelves for storage; a tabletop for

“Select the right design and your headboard can double as shelves for storage; a tabletop for ornaments; a rail for hanging clothes – anything really besides a useless wooden plank”


ornaments; a rail for hanging clothes – anything really besides a useless wooden plank. Think vertically Just as city centres maximise space by building upwards, so too can your bedroom. Think of a room in terms of volume, rather than surface area, and prioritise floor-to-ceiling units that can squeeze the most from every inch of your room. Add shelves atop wardrobes and cupboards, or just use them as storage space anyway. If you are investing in mirrors, make them fulllength, and design your room to draw the eye upwards. Consider vertically-striped wallpaper, a different-coloured ceiling, and high-hung pictures and decor. Choose furniture strategically Pick pieces that can serve multiple purposes, or at least do the job as efficiently as possible. Double up your desk and bedside table; pick a compact cabinet over an elaborate chest of drawers; investigate foldaway futons. Curate your colour scheme Lighter colours feel airier and more open, and there’s a reasons that whites, greys and varying shades of cream crop up again and again in the centrefolds of interior design magazines. From your paint job to flooring and furnishings, avoid darker colours that might lend a claustrophobic feel. Establish a theme It doesn’t take much for small spaces to feel disorganised, and giving your room a designed, curated feel brings a much-needed sense of order. It could be a colour or pattern – recurring on cushions, bed covers and wallpaper – or a simple motif. Declutter Minimalism is as fashionable as it is functional, and most bedrooms bear at least a few bulky burdens that would be better off down the charity shop. Do you really need that brick-sized Nokia with the first ever version of Snake, the box of expired medicines, or the tabletop popcorn maker you used once in 2015? Marshal your corners Corners are notoriously difficult to bring to heel, 258 SEPTEMBER 2020

but unless you live in a lighthouse every room has at least three of them, and they can easily turn into dead space. Consider anything with a right angle – tables, light fixtures, or wraparound, triangular shelving. Employ a feature wall Every room benefits from a statement centrepiece, and in a shoe-box bedroom it can hardly be the four-poster bed. Physical focal points may struggle to squeeze in, so instead opt for a visual one – a well decorated wall with an artwork, a photo collage, or simply a bold pattern.

“Think of a room in terms of volume, rather than surface area”


Ideal for that birthday, wedding, anniversary or retirement present. Hand painted, these delightful wooden caricature side-tables are fun pieces of furniture to rest your drinks etc on and light enough to move to wherever you want: hall, study or sitting room et al. They are made in England and hand crafted out of the finest Birch Ply.

Bring a smile into your house . . . Their sturdy trays are 25” above ground, an ideal height to place your favourite tipple when sitting on your sofa. Our Butlers, Maids and Waiters stand 38” tall and our Jockeys can be painted in your own silks. Guardsmen stand 45” tall and can be tailored with the insignias of the Queen’s Hussar, Grenadier, Coldstream, Irish, Welsh or Scots Guards,

Our Military models were commissioned as gifts to the highest echelons of the Royal Family Prices start at £129 +p&p. To see over 50 other models and to order call 07774 959561 or visit our website:




ince 1954 Mumford & Wood has established a hard-won reputation for timber windows and doors that combine cutting-edge technology with traditional aesthetics. From landmark refurbishments to residential developments, Mumford & Wood’s design team have been instrumental in helping architects, developers and aspirational homeowners to achieve the highest performance and quality for their properties. Mumford & Wood’s stunning range of engineered timber windows and timber doors appeal to both the aesthetic and functional requirements of architects, planning authorities, preservation societies and end-users alike. These products, including timber sash windows, use the best of traditional features with a choice of deep

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moulded profiles, advanced timber section design and timber material. With a variety of glazing options, including double, slim and single glazed, all of the products are hand crafted with a series of sanding processes to achieve a traditional look. The resulting timber windows and doors offer the impressive performance of a high-end modern window or door, with the unique traditional aesthetic that Mumford & Wood is renowned for. Possessing a rich heritage of more than 60 years, Mumford & Wood has been delighting commercial and residential customers with its product range throughout its history. Ten years ago, Mumford & Wood were specified for new windows to an extension added to an impressive 1854 Victorian townhouse in London. The home is owned by the Baker family who comment “we were originally attracted to the house because of the amount of natural light that fills the rooms”. “Mumford & Wood were specified along with a building firm by the architect originally. Being introduced to Mumford & Wood was the best thing to come from that architect as we were disappointed with the builder’s work” Mr Baker comments. In the present day, the family decided to update the rest of the house, undertaking a significant refurbishment project, including replacing the windows throughout, and there was only one manufacturer in the running. “There was no hesitation from us in returning to Mumford & Wood. The windows replaced 10 years ago continue to function perfectly and they look excellent. We knew that the rest of the house needed windows of this quality as well” Mr Baker explains.

THE DETAILS Mumford & Wood’s range of engineered timber windows and doors can be explored at or you can speak to one of the friendly, knowledgeable team by calling 01621 818155.


A beautiful spring display


ou may still be enjoying the summer, but if you want a gorgeous display of spring bulbs, you need to start planting them soon. Narcissi, snowdrops, grape hyacinths, fritillarias and tulips all make great displays, and can be planted from late summer through to the end of autumn if you want a riot of colour in spring. So check out these favourites to plant this year for a fantastic spring display…

pots or sunny borders where they will grow to around 25cm, flowering in April and May. £6.90 for 10 bulbs,

Fritillaria imperialis ‘Red Beauty If you want some rich, warm colour in spring, this statuesque cultivar, new for 2020, will give you striking deep red flower bells in April and May, growing up to 90cm tall. It prefers free-draining humus-rich soil with added grit or organic matter for extra drainage. Plant it in sun or partial shade. Crown imperials, as fritillaria are also known, look great in the open garden or in groups of three in large tubs or pots. Jacques Amand £6.50 each; Muscari armeniacum ‘Mountain Lady’ A twist on the traditional grape hyacinth, ‘Mountain Lady’, which grows to just 20cm, has paler blue flower spikes that appear bicoloured as they burst from their white buds. Perfect for front of border spots, or in containers to brighten up patios from March to May. Plant plenty of them for the best display. Thompson & Morgan, from £10.99 for 25 bulbs;

Anemone ‘Fullstar Blue’ One of the latest introductions from the exquisite range of Israeli anemones, ‘Fullstar Blue’ produces large, fully double blooms in the richest shade of mauve-blue. Plant the bulbs in autumn and overwinter them in a sheltered space for best results. When the weather warms in spring, they’ll start to sprout and can then be transferred to patio 262 SEPTEMBER 2020

Tulip ‘Eyelash’ These unusual bulbs, new for this year, have white outer petals and a deep rich pinkish-purple fringe that provide an eye-catching burst of colour. They’ll grow to around 55cm, doing best in well-drained soil with some sunshine. The large, robust flowers bloom in May and make great cut flowers as well as a stunning outdoor display. Plant them in groups for maximum impact. Bloms Bulbs, £11.70 for 10;

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Step into parquet with Natural Wood Flooring Co Oak Aged Parquet Ebony with an Oiled finish, from The Natural Wood Floor Co.

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Oak Aged Parquet Natural, from The Natural Wood Floor Co.


he lean towards real wood flooring in the home has brought with it a big trend for parquet – a look that is as comfortable in contemporary settings as it is in a classically styled property. Creating an elegant and sophisticated look, parquet blocks have been back in fashion for a while, but they couldn’t be hotter right now, with dark, warm finishes and tumbled blocks being particularly popular options. Whatever colour and finish chosen, the combination of colour, wood detailing and pattern make this a real statement floor. Natural Wood Flooring Company manufacture parquet wood flooring to the highest standard and are experts in the field, advising on all aspects to maximise this dramatic look. From herringbone and basket weave to brickwork and chevron, how the parquet blocks are orientated will have a big impact on the overall effect and will differ depending on the style of property and the size of the space. Often,

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blocks are laid in the direction of the light, but positioning them at an angle to a corner gives the look a quirky twist, while opting for 600mm sized blocks gives a contemporary update to a design classic. Tumbled designs, meanwhile, are ideal for adding extra character and creating a reclaimed look without the cost and can be used with underfloor heating to suit modern day needs. For all your parquet flooring needs, talk to the experts. Call Natural Wood Flooring Co on 0208 871 9771 visit the website at or the showroom at 20 Smugglers Way, Wandsworth, SW18 1EG.



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“Amberth’s designers managed to add an en-suite bathroom, bedroom and dressing area into this compact space”

Going up in the World Attic Bathrooms by Amberth


mberth’s expertise lies in taking any home and transforming it to make the most of your space and fit your lifestyle perfectly. From living rooms, kitchens and bathrooms to everything in-between. An ideal way to maximise the space available is to create a loft conversion. This full home renovation in London was carried out for a family who needed extra space, and what better way to achieve this than to use the loft alcove. Amberth’s designers managed to add an en-suite bathroom, bedroom and dressing area into this compact space. 270 SEPTEMBER 2020

Rather than build a wall in between the bedroom and bathroom, they chose to add a steel partition with frosted glass to maintain intimacy while giving the feel of a larger space. In the bathroom itself, the aim was to maximise the space, so they sitted a walk-in shower which flows into the floor, giving a sense of continuity that makes the room feel larger. Metro-style Carrara marble tiles were chosen to offset the darker mirrors for a stylish monochromatic finish. As a family-run business, Amberth feels an extra sense of purpose and pride in creating beautiful interiors for their clients, and more than ten years of experience gives them the expertise necessary to create amazing spaces. Amberth works closely with their clients on every project to ensure that their individual needs are met and that each stage of the process is clear. From the initial concept, through to the sourcing of quality materials and installation, Amberth provides full project management and highest quality craftsmanship. Amberth, 311 Essex Road, London N1 2BD T. 020 7354 8958

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bode Renovations are a family company employing a full time team of builders and decorators in West London, serving the local area and surrounding areas. They hold over 20 years’ experience in a wide range of building services - covering all types of property renovation and restoration including extensions, refurbishments and fit out both commercial and residential. Abode deliver a professional building service and will work with you step by step from inception of idea through to completion, in order to meet all your personal requirements. They understand that undertaking building, construction or refurbishment on your home or property can feel like a very daunting task and finding the right builder can be an even bigger challenge. As reputable building contractors they can provide you with local face to face references from previous clients and up front recent examples of their work. Having worked on a variety of projects in and around West London and South West London, Abode has considerable knowledge and understanding when renovating period properties and use traditional craft methods to ensure that all their building and renovation work is carried out in the most appropriate manner. In order to keep disruption in your home to a minimum, Abode endeavour to contain the building and decorating work to specific areas and will always do our utmost to protect easily damaged furniture and belongings. Our team of painters and decorators will naturally clean and tidy up at the end of each working day. Our aim is to continue making you feel at home even if your property is undergoing renovation. 274 SEPTEMBER 2020

“Abode has considerable knowledge and understanding when renovating period properties and use traditional craft methods”

As modern builders, Abode share their clients’ concerns regarding the environment and actively promote the use of environmentally friendly products when undertaking any building or renovation work and the recycling of waste material where appropriate. Abode Renovations reputation is built on reliability, diligence and attention to detail. They are committed to bring you the very best building and renovation service available and our finish is unparalleled. Call Paul on 0208 749 0899 or email to arrange a site visit to discuss your project.

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A professional family company with over 20 years’ experience in a wide range of building services, property renovation and restoration including building construction, both commercial and residential. Our team of highly skilled builders and tradesmen are chosen to provide you with exceptional standards. We are proud to share that our team is made up of fully qualified specialists in: • Complete Building renovation and refurbishments • Building • Decorating • Painting • Flooring • Plastering • Bathroom Installation • Kitchen Fitting • Plumbing • Electrics • Loft Conversion • Basements • Extensions All size projects and budgets undertaken Covid 19 Our whole team have a full PPE kit containing gloves, masks and hand gel to ensure the health and safety of our clients Call 020 8749 0899 or email to arrange a site visit to discuss your project.


Considering a loft conversion? Loft conversions can add more space and value but there’s a lot to think about first. Sam Wylie-Harris seeks some expert advice.


t’s safe to say our homes have seen a lot of action over the past few months. So much so that some of us may be thinking about going up in the world – with a loft conversion, to create extra living space without having to move. Savvy as it may sound, large construction jobs come at a price and there’s lots to consider. To help, we turned to trades site for insight into some of the key things to think about if you’re considering a loft conversion…

Hiring an architect When planning a loft conversion, it’s best to hire an architect to design and draw up the plans. This means the loft conversion will certainly be safe, and there’s a clear plan for contractors to follow to save any confusion, time and money. Architect fees need to be considered and added to any budget for a loft conversion.

Planning permission and building regulations Most loft conversions don’t need planning permission, however it’s always recommended you double-check. An architect or builder will have more of an idea whether you need to apply for planning permission, but it’s also good to research yourself. For a terraced house, you won’t need planning permission for adding 40m3 of space, and for semi-detached and detached houses, it’s 50m3 of space. You can find out more at the planning portal ( Even if your loft conversion doesn’t need planning permission, it will still need to adhere to building regulations and guidelines. Both 276 SEPTEMBER 2020

contractors and architects should ensure all work being carried out follows building regulations. Not following regulations can lead to fines and even knocking down conversions that aren’t up to scratch.

Type of loft conversion There are a number of different kinds of loft conversion, and it’s always good to have an idea of what type you can have in your property and what outcome you want. This will also give you an idea of what budget you’ll need too. For example, if you’re looking for a cheaper loft conversion, a roof light loft conversion is the most affordable option, whereas a mansard loft conversion is the most expensive type. The type of loft conversion you have can also be dictated by what type and size of space you have available. Roof light loft conversion: This is the most

“An architect or builder will have more of an idea whether you need to apply for planning permission, but it’s also good to research yourself”

affordable option, as no construction is carried out on the roof, but windows are added to let in light. They don’t provide as much space as other conversions because the roof is left where it is, so if you want more space, other loft conversions may be ideal. Dormer loft conversion: A dormer conversion increases the amount of head space in your loft, so you’ll have more space to play around with than a roof light conversion. Extra space is added by extending from the roof, and a dormer window is then added. Hip-to-gable loft conversion: A hip-to-gable loft conversion changes the shape of a property’s roof entirely. This will give a lot of extra room to a home, but usually can only be built on semidetached and detached houses as a sloping roof is changed to a vertical roof. Mansard loft conversion: This type of loft conversion will give a property the most space, as the roof is completely altered (most of the time to become a flat roof) and new walls are added too.

Budget Having a clear budget to stick to helps you decide what loft conversion you can afford, and what finishes and furnishing you can afford too. There are a lot of options out there to choose from, from door handles to windows, and having a budget can help you make decisions and ensure you’re not left out of pocket. The size of your loft conversion can have a massive impact on your budget. Smaller loft conversions can cost around £15,000, whereas a larger loft conversion can cost up to £40,000 – so you definitely need to consider what size loft conversion you need and what you can afford.

be converted comfortably. The minimum height for a loft conversion is about 2.2 metres, so if your loft is smaller than this, you may not be able to convert it, or you may need extra construction work to create enough head space.

Increased house value Building a loft conversion could increase your home’s value by up to 22%, according to a survey conducted by Nationwide Building Society, so it’s often well worth the time, effort and money. It’s generally the best value-for-money option to add value to your home, rather than extensions and garage conversions. However, if your main aim is to increase your property’s value, make sure you do your research first on houses in your area, as there always a ceiling price on properties and you don’t want to overspend. There are more advantages to building a loft conversion than disadvantages, as long as you do your research, keep within your budget and work with trusted contractors; there will be no unwanted surprises. It’s always recommended that you thoroughly research any significant decisions before beginning any building work.

“Think about where you can put a staircase and how much space is available for it. This is an important part of the build as you need the loft conversion to link with the rest of the house”

Staircase Think about where you can put a staircase and how much space is available for it. This is an important part of the build as you need the loft conversion to link with the rest of the house, so the property’s layout flows naturally and the conversion doesn’t create a disjointed space. There’s a range of staircases available, even for the smallest spaces, but having a plan is a must.

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Espresso Design

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o be the best in our industry, a company needs more than great products and design skills. At Espresso Design we’re not just experts at creating beautiful spaces. We specialise in dealing with the practicalities and logistics of delivering complicated projects whilst offering excellent value for money and brilliant customer service. During lockdown we have been working virtually, sharing our digital work directly with clients at home. This hasn’t been a difficult adjustment as we have always designed in a virtual environment. Many clients enjoy the freedom this technology offers, and our designers are very experienced at working with the latest platforms and 3D software to create a digital reality for their projects. In line with the latest health and safety guidelines, we are now delighted to announce the re-opening of our Chelsea Harbour and Wandsworth showrooms on an appointment basis. We have recently completed an extensive re-fit of both showrooms and are delighted to introduce four stunning new ranges from Cesar. • The award-winning Intarsio range takes its inspiration from traditional marquetry to create

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doors with distinctive cross directional veneers. These units pair beautifully with marble and other luxury materials to create truly unique kitchens. • The 50’s is a modern interpretation of iconic 1950’s bookcase design re-imagined for dining and living areas. The unit is based around aluminium vertical supports with built-in dimmable lighting. The versatile structure can accommodate everything from ovens to glass and bottle cabinets, alongside open units.  • The Williamsburg range is based around a cast iron and marble island inspired by the modern bridge construction. Side supporting structures are bridged by a suspended horizontal element. The island conveys solidity and strength with a light, slender aesthetic. The result is a stunning, perfectly functional and eminently social space. The UNIT range is a striking freestanding island solution that is elegant, timeless and versatile. Fifteen years after we started Espresso, we are still driven by the same objective: to deliver a truly customer focused approach to award-winning design. We are an organised, stable and wellfunded business with an exemplary track record of delivering beautifully designed interiors and excellent customer service.

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When a kitchen starts to float A profile of the design team at neongrün, Hamburg


esigners Sören Jungclaus and Mathias Knigge are the creators of Poggenpohl’s +VENOVO: an aesthetically scaled-back piece of furniture which offers added value by enhancing open living spaces. Questioning the tried and tested, improving functionality, intuitive use of materials and a striking design sense: these are neongrün’s key objectives. It’s under this name that Sören Jungclaus founded his product design company in Hamburg. Ever since he finished his studies, he has focused his work on the interface between architecture and design. He brings a blend of passion and patented, detailed solutions to every product he designs, from the very first concept right through to the finished prototype. None are meant to be stand-alone items. Jungclaus does not confine himself to a purely creative realm. Instead, he supports the creative process with an examination of user behaviour and a product’s environment. The goal is, ultimately, to offer a unique added value, just as with +VENOVO for Poggenpohl. +VENOVO, a kitchen newcomer, is a response to overarching contemporary trends such as urbanisation and mobility. It stands, as if floating on its sleek twin frames, for freedom and flexibility. It seamlessly blends into open living space. “It has to look attractive from every angle,” says Sören Jungclaus, referring to +VENOVO’s aesthetic efficiency in organising a variety of tools and functions, from hob to refrigerator. “People seek out visual calm, and we seek out minimalism,” Jungclaus continues. His collaboration with Mathias Knigge in developing +VENOVO was all about reinventing the kitchen. “It was important to us that we always had the piece in mind for living space, and therefore as a piece of furniture,” explains Knigge. An engineering graduate and designer, Knigge has been advising companies on the design and development of products which are characterised by a special proximity to the user since 2004.

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Kitchens by Amberth


mberth is a bespoke Interior Design Specialist based in Islington. With over 10 years of experience in designing and crafting unique Kitchens, Bathrooms and Fitted Interiors, their attention to detail allows them to create beautiful spaces, perfectly suited to their clients’ lifestyles. Amberth will take on projects of any size, from taking a compact kitchen and maximising the space available, to project-managing a full home renovation. Their design department and team of in-house fitters allow them to manage a project from the initial vision, right through to completion, creating a stress-free experience for their clients. The kitchen is the heart of the home and Amberth put their heart and soul into designing classic and contemporary spaces that are both functional and beautiful. From custom-made cabinetry to feature walls, Amberth’s bespoke kitchen interior designs combine beautiful natural materials with functional appliances and handpicked worktops to create the perfect space. The process begins with a free consultation at their Studio in Islington, where the experienced designers work with the client to establish what they want from their ideal kitchen. The designers then create 3D visuals to bring the client’s dream space

“The kitchen is the heart of the home and Amberth put their heart and soul into designing classic and contemporary spaces”

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to life. Two to three design options are presented during a second consultation, and a quote is given. Once the client and the designer are happy that the design is perfect, a site survey is carried out to take photographs and measurements and a schedule of work is put together. This gives the designer and project manager a visual sense of the space they are working with. With their dedicated design process and by using only the highest quality materials from around the world, Amberth is able to achieve extraordinary results with the space you have. If you are ever in their neighbourhood, why not stop by for a quick chat? There is always someone on hand to help. Amberth, 311 Essex Road, London N1 2BD T. 020 7354 8958

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KITCHENS Kitchenware brand VonShef merges onto


Launching VonShef products onto will allow for a more cohesive shopping experience for customers. It is a natural development for these two brands to work side by side, providing a complete range of categories for the home.


MARVELLOUS MONOCHROME This stunning tableware is made in Portugal from terracotta and each piece is painted by hand giving a beautiful rustic contemporary feel. Whether mixing up the designs in one colour, or playing with the accent colour elements, this is a great range to use as the base for a funky contemporary table setting.

GUILT-FREE Storage Introducing our new reusable Linen Produce Bags, available in a very handy set of three, for storing fresh produce and dry goods. Hand printed in Cornish studios using water based inks, these breathable bags are a great plastic-free alternative.

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high quality wood floor is an excellent choice for your kitchen. Especially if you have a kitchen living area that reflects how our lifestyles and the way we use our homes has changed. Your kitchen is the heart of your house, it’s where most of our time is spent these days, not just cooking, eating and relaxing, but also actually being used as living space - so a warm and natural feeling evoked by having a wood floor is a bonus. Feel safe using wood flooring in your kitchen. High quality gives you state of the art finishes that prolong the life of the floor. Take a look at some projects ‘tuttoparquet’ has worked on together with architects and designers in London to find the perfect wood flooring for their clients. ‘tuttoparquet’ showcase Listone Giordano: above and below are traditional wide chevron planks, Grigio Ferro, for drama and elegance. Top left are large wide planks, Montblanc, giving a clean, modern look. Above right, a more traditional plank, Grigio di Luna, for elegant sufficiency. Each floor illustrated is finished with a high traffic

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resistant mat antibacterial finish, all compatible with underfloor heating. The revival of parquet flooring together with innovations in production and invention of new hard wearing finishes has made it possible to mix modern living with classic floor design. Underfloor heating is no longer a problem for wooden flooring. Now you can have whatever you like and be comfortable that there will be less maintenance and long lasting beauty. ‘tuttoparquet’ import, supply and install high quality and bespoke flooring from Italy. Specialising in residential high end projects, they source a wide range of products to provide solutions for their discerning and demanding clients, combined with unparalleled service. Give them a call on 0207 435 8282 or go to for more information.


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On average, people spend from £8,000 to a massive £20,000 on a new kitchen. It is about creating a dream space…so depending on the price range, what can that buy you?

Contemporary Kitchens

This look combines rustic country charm with a grand, chateau-like sophistication. Opt for units in an aged shade of parchment or dove grey featuring beautifully-turned, bevelled detailing. Team with natural stone or slate on the floor, black or cream enamel Aga, chunky wooden worktops and tiled splashbacks in earthy shades. This also works well with freestanding features, so choose an antique-style armoire for displaying tableware and an island unit with matching hood as a focal point. Hang copper pans on a black wrought iron pot hanger and accessorise the room with rustic oil bottles and richly coloured earthenware. 290 SEPTEMBER 2020

The clean lines and rustic feel of a shaker kitchen means they appeal to those who adore both contemporary design and a classic look and feel. The round knobs, pillow-fronted doors and beautiful woods are features that epitomise the classic shaker style kitchen. The floor plan in a shaker kitchen is open, with cabinets often lining the sides of the kitchen. An island in the middle can make an attractive and very useful addition and can be created for you in classic shaker styling. This dignified, elegant kitchen is never excessive but nevertheless stunning to look at and work in.

Retro Kitchen A retro kitchen is styled in a way that includes elements that imitate kitchen trends of the past. You might find psychedelic colours that hark back to the 1970s, or even appliances based on those found in American households of the 1950’s. Adding a touch of retro fun to your new kitchen can be a great way to give character to the space, and is sure to provide a few nostalgic talking points.

The sleek look that comes hand in hand with a contemporary kitchen will provide instant gratification. The practical use of space allows for more movement in the kitchen and provides easier access to storage areas and necessary equipment as you prepare those mouth-watering dishes. Also, contemporary colours provide a more open feeling which adds into the functional atmosphere of the space. That is, in essence, one of the great benefits of contemporary custom kitchen designs; the array of options available. No matter what your exact tastes and preferences, there is a contemporary kitchen design that will meet all your specific needs.

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“No matter what your exact tastes and preferences, there is a contemporary kitchen design that will meet all your specific needs”

Your kitchen should be designed for whatever you are likely to want to do in it. There are people who want to frame pictures, wash dogs, even do keep fit in their kitchens. If you’re remodelling from scratch and have a large space, think open plan and multipurpose – somewhere to eat, work, cook and relax. Kitchen experts John Lewis of Hungerford advise thinking hard about your lifestyle. “The vivacious party animal” needs a U-shaped kitchen with island in the middle and open ended for social gathering, for example. “The Good Life fans” prefers a big L-shaped layout with a range-style cooker, large fridge and freezer and large farmhouse table. “The London weekday bolthole” needs galley-style layout with plenty of wall storage cabinets because most of the below surface cupboards are filled with appliances and gadgets. Meanwhile the “pony club set” loves a free-standing pantry offset to a wrap-around kitchen with peninsula and, of course, an Aga.

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