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ondon Shooting Club provides members with access to the best shooting experiences in the UK and abroad and a schedule of great social activities and events which bring together like-minded sporting enthusiasts. Since its inception in 2013, London Shooting Club has introduced hundreds of Londoners to the world of shooting and helped many experienced shots to improve their shooting and get the best out of their sport. BADA, the British Antique Dealers’ Association, is pleased to announce the 25th anniversary edition of its annual fair, BADA 2017. The fair will welcome over 90 specialist exhibitors from across the UK and will offer collectors, curators, art professionals, interior designers and general visitors the chance to view and purchase outstanding pieces of traditional, modern and contemporary art, design and antiques. BADA was established in 1918 and is the leading trade association for dealers in fine art, design and antiques. The Riding Club London provides access to quality horses, riding lessons and unique private events and holidays throughout the UK, Europe and worldwide. Bringing together like-minded equine enthusiasts of all levels, the Riding Club London work with leading experts in all equestrian disciplines as well as offering the opportunity to participate in team riding events. Chelsea Old Town Hall will be the venue for the superb Desire Fair from 3-5 March. This stunning mixed media jewellery and silversmithing event where visitors can purchase direct from contemporary designer makers selected from the best in the UK is an event not to be missed. For the first time ever, the Michelin Guide held a huge event in the centre of London to unveil this year’s group of Michelin star restaurants in the UK and Ireland. Still considered as the most important guide to eating out in the world, Michelin inspectors have spent the last twelve months dining in the places that encapsulate everything incredible about the world of food and drink.

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LONDON ART BIENNALE 2017 29th March - 2nd April 120 artists from 40 nations Chelsea Old Town Hall Clockwise from top right: Rita Paola “Misericordia” Italy Leonardo Beccegato “Passeggiando una sera d’estate” Italy Hasnaà Benchekroun ”Coexistence1” Morocco Yao Li “Illumination of Life 4” China

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Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour 12 – 17 March 2017

London Design Week 2017 The Science of Design - Discovering Design’s DNA

Designers, architects and tastemakers from the UK and overseas will head to Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour for spring’s ultimate design event. With a burgeoning interest in the science of design, London Design Week 2017 this year is all about exploring methods, makers and materials that have shaped the new season.


he word ‘science’ comes from the Latin ‘scientia’ which means ‘knowledge’; so if you really want to keep ahead of the curve on luxury interiors today London Design Week 2017 is not to be missed. Highly immersive, it promises a packed programme with opportunities to learn the secrets of design’s DNA. Connect with top influencers and big thinkers, explore new perspectives and see the results of invention and innovation up close. Join discovery tours and trails, encounter pioneering experts, exchange ideas with specialists at workshops, see amazing demonstrations and get rare

insights from an all-star line-up at the Conversations in Design sessions. Bursting with new ideas, explore themes of botany, geology, chemistry, zoology and much more, imagined by some of the most creative minds in the industry. Design is a multi-faceted and complex enterprise; it involves an understanding of how people live, the pursuit of excellence, as well as a passionate interest in experimentation, craftsmanship and technical expertise. It is this depth and richness that makes visiting London Design Week 2017 an experience like no other. With ground-breaking approaches to design from 600+ established brands at 120 Design Centre showrooms (as well as outside participants in Chelsea), this show offers a comprehensive collective to a global audience. Add to this courtesy transport, a specially commissioned restaurant and thought-provoking installations and pop-ups. And don’t forget, entry is free.

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Modernist photography from The Sir Elton John Collection

Tate Modern, Until 7th May 2017 Open daily 10am – 6pm and until 10pm on Friday and Saturday

Tate Modern presents a major new exhibition, drawn from one of the world’s greatest private collections of photography.


his unrivalled selection of classic modernist images from the 1920s to the 1950s features almost 200 works from more than 60 artists, including seminal figures such as Berenice Abbott, André Kertész, Man Ray, Alexandr Rodchenko and Edward Steichen among many others. The exhibition consists entirely of rare vintage prints, all created by the artists themselves, offering a unique opportunity to see remarkable works up close. The quality and depth of the collection allows the exhibition to tell the story of modernist photography in this way for the first time in the UK. It also marks the beginning of a long term relationship between Tate and The Sir Elton John Collection, as part of which Sir Elton and David Furnish have agreed to give important works to the nation. Featuring portraits of great cultural figures of the 20th century, including Georgia O’Keeffe by Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Weston by Tina Modotti, Jean Cocteau by Berenice Abbott and Igor


Stravinsky by Edward Weston, the exhibition gives insight into the relationships and inner circles of the avant-garde. An incredible group of Man Ray portraits are exhibited together for the first time, having been brought together by Sir Elton John over the past 25 years, depicting key surrealist figures such as Andre Breton and Max Ernst alongside artists including Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Dora Maar. As life underwent rapid changes in the 20th century, photography offered a new means to communicate and represent the world. Alexandr Rodchenko, László Moholy-Nagy and Margaret Bourke-White employed the ‘worm’s eye’ and ‘bird’s eye’ views to create new perspectives of the modern metropolis - techniques associated with constructivism and the Bauhaus. A dedicated section of the exhibition looks at the new approaches that emerged in capturing the human form, highlighted in rare masterpieces such as André Kertész’s Underwater Swimmer,

Hungary 1917, while Imogen Cunningham’s Magnolia Blossom, Tower of Jewels 1925 and Tina Modotti’s Bandelier, Corn and Sickle 1927 feature in a large presentation dedicated to the Still Life. The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection is curated by Shoair Mavlian with Simon Baker and Newell Harbin, Director of The Sir Elton John Photography Collection. The exhibition is accompanied by an exclusive audio tour of the exhibition featuring commentary from Sir Elton John, and a major new catalogue from Tate Publishing including an interview with Sir Elton John by Jane Jackson. THE DETAILS

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London Shooting Club London Shooting Club provides members with access to the best shooting experiences in the UK and abroad and a schedule of great social activities and events which bring together like-minded sporting enthusiasts. Since its inception in 2013, London Shooting Club has introduced hundreds of Londoners to the world of shooting and helped many experienced shots to improve their shooting and get the best out of their sport.


ntil now it has been difficult for the experienced sportsman visiting London or the UK to find a satisfying and thrilling shooting experience. The London Shooting Club can meet this demand and provide its members with a great days shooting not just in London but, if required elsewhere in the UK and abroad” says Clive Hetherington, Director of London Shooting Club. London Shooting Club also offers a concierge service for private and corporate members and their guests providing high quality shooting throughout the UK and abroad. The Club’s uses its extensive network of contacts and experience to give its members peace of mind. Whether you are Londonbased or just visiting the UK, the Club can offer the best in shooting facilities

throughout the year. Members can book events shown on the Club activities schedule directly or use the concierge service to organise bespoke shooting days or weekends. Shooting clinics and training sessions for all levels of competence take place regularly as other shooting-orientated activities in and around London ranging from specialist presentations by shotgun manufacturers to dinners with guest speakers from the world of shooting. The Club has access to some of the finest venues in London for members to socialise and meet new friends. The Club also offers members private visits to venues of special interest to shooters such as workshops, collections, proofing houses and exclusive shops accompanied by shooting professionals. The Club’s team of expert coaches and advisors include Olympic, National and World Champions. Their guides and instructors are some of the best in the field. What better to way to treat your family and friends or get to know corporate clients than a driven day on a country estate or a private clay pigeon shoot followed by lunch. The London Shooting Club was started in 2013 offering its members a complete shooting and sporting service within the UK and abroad. The Club has a growing network of suppliers, facilities and venues around the world. THE DETAILS For more details visit Telephone 07737 744950 or email


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BADA 2017

Duke of York Square, Chelsea 15 - 21 March 2017

BADA, the British Antique Dealers’ Association, is pleased to announce the 25th anniversary edition of its annual fair, BADA 2017. The fair will welcome over 90 specialist exhibitors from across the UK and will offer collectors, curators, art professionals, interior designers and general visitors the chance to view and purchase outstanding pieces of traditional, modern and contemporary art, design and antiques. BADA was established in 1918 and is the leading trade association for dealers in fine art, design and antiques.



ADA 2017 will combine unrivalled expertise with fine objects and luxury presentations; leaders in their fields will show painting, sculpture, furniture, ceramics, jewellery, glass- and metal-ware, amongst others. In anticipation of BADA’s centenary year, BADA 2017 will unveil a new creative identity for the fair, highlighting BADA’s commitment to beautiful objects that can become cherished additions to the home. The new design will also underline the fair’s imaginative and creative juxtaposition of the contemporary and the modern with the antique. A number of dealers will exhibit for the first time at BADA 2017, including Mallett, Anthony Outred, Peter Petrou and joint exhibitors Alexander di Caraci and James McWhirter. BADA is especially delighted to welcome a number of young dealers in 2017, including Matthew Holder Works of Art and The Parker Gallery. There will also be a particular focus on modern and contemporary presentations, highlighting the scope and variety of BADA 2017’s exhibitors. Amongst others, Beaux Arts London, Jonathan Cooper, Peter Petrou, Matthew Foster and John Adams Fine Art will all display 20th century and contemporary work. Antique furniture experts James McWhirter and Alexander di Caraci will make a joint presentation at BADA 2017. Di Caraci specialises in English and Continental furniture and objects from the 17th to the 20th centuries, whilst McWhirter specialises in English and Continental furniture and works of art from the same period. Antique clocks will make a strong presence in 2017 with specialist dealers including Howard Walwyn and Campbell & Archard exhibiting. Other dealers who have a particular emphasis on conservation and will exhibit at BADA 2017 include W.W. Warner Antiques, who concentrate on 18th and 19th century porcelain, pottery and glass, and jewellery specialists Grey-Harris & Co. and Howards Jewellers. Every object on display at BADA 2017 will be carefully vetted for quality and authenticity by BADA’s specialist Vetting Committee, meaning that only the finest objects will be on display in elegant and considered presentations. Visitors to the fair will be able to buy with confidence, benefiting from the extensive expertise of BADA members, who are individually selected for their knowledge, integrity and rigour. THE DETAILS BADA 2017 will be held at Duke of York Square, King’s Road, London SW3 4LY. Further information including ticketing information available at Follow BADA on







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Griffin Gallery is delighted to present their spring exhibition, I Lost my Heart to a Starship Trooper, curated by Catherine Loewe and Gallery Director Becca Pelly-Fry.


he exhibition explores the idea of mass media, popular culture and venerated Old Masters. It will feature ten London artists; from YBA Gavin Turk, Turner Prize nominee Glenn Brown to Wolfe von Lenkiewicz, whose great-grandfather was the court painter to the Fairy Tale King of Bavaria. The exhibiting artists reimagine Old Masters with a contemporary twist, such as Henry Hudson’s plasticine paintings of Van Gough, and Luke Caufield’s 3D projected sculptures. I Lost my Heart to a Starship Trooper features the artists: Glenn Brown, Gavin Turk, Luke Caulfield, Gordon Cheung, Stephane Graff, Henry Hudson, Nick Hornby and Sinta Tantra, Wolfe von Lenkiewicz and Mariele Neudecker. Catherine Loewe, the curator and London-based art consultant said: ‘The exhibition’s title comes from the 1978 Hot Gossip song of the same name, and also refers to the artist Glenn Brown, who used the title for one of his paintings, a meticulous rendition of a Rembrandt. Through this appropriation, Brown united something old and almost sacred with something modern, and this, in part, was the genesis of the exhibition. While all of the featured works open up myriad lines of inquiry, from challenging notions of value and authorship to examining modern morality, the show is in essence about the artists’ relationship with the art historical canon, from Old Masters to the present.’ The works in the exhibition include both traditional materials and the use of new technologies in a wide variety of media, from plasticine to video projection.


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Is this the future of cycling in London? While new innovations in automobile technology may grab the headlines, it's easy to forget that the bicycle, which predates the motor car by decades and assumed its basic design by the 1880s, is one form of transport that just refuses to go away.


ycling in London is more popular than ever before - with train delays a plenty, rising travel fares and the congestion charge, getting on your bike around London appears to be the way to go. There are huge concerns over safety, with sadly increasing reports of fatal accidents on the capital’s roads.

So what is the solution to keep our cyclists safe on London’s streets? There are many plans that have been reported, illustrating an exciting and revolutionary future for safer cycling – also reducing pressure on the road, bus and rail networks, cut pollution and improve the journeys in and around London for everyone. Reported plans for London include a SkyCycle pathway -- designed by the famous architecture firm Norman Foster -- of 220km of bike paths suspended above railway lines and one proposal for a floating bike path that would be anchored to riverbed along the Thames. Another plan proposes using some of London's disused underground 18 FEBRUARY2017

railway stations and tunnels as part of a series of subterranean bicycle paths. Despite a support rate of 84% for the cycle superhighway, however, the city's cycling lobby is often at loggerheads with other interest groups. Opponents -- including the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association - say segregated bike paths will take too much space from motor traffic and will bring gridlock. The greatest potential for cycling in London is to make the existing street network safe and inviting – then maybe we will all be getting on our bikes!

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World’s Largest LEGO® Exhibition inspired by Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. Artist Nathan Sawaya presents more than 120 works of art, created with more than 2 million LEGO bricks at London’s South Bank, from 1st March 2017


ollowing a successful run in Madrid, The Art of the Brick: DC Super Heroes makes its London debut on 1st March 2017. The contemporary art exhibition will be shown in an exclusively built space on London’s South Bank. Together with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, the well-known and celebrated artist has created the world’s largest collection of artwork inspired by DC's Justice League, including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, alongside DC Super-Villains the Joker, Harley Quinn and more. Through a series of immersive galleries, The Art of the Brick: DC Super Heroes showcases Sawaya’s interpretations on characters, vehicles, environments and themes found throughout DC Super Heroes mythology including transformation and reinvention, strength and weakness, as well as good vs. evil. To kids and adults who love LEGO, Sawaya is a bit of a super hero! For the last decade, the former lawyerturned- artist has elevated the simple toy to highly sought-after artwork, and has inspired countless kids to think outside of the box. Sawaya has turned to the stories of super heroes for his own inspiration in this exhibition — featuring LEGO sculptures that emulate DC’s


legendary characters, vehicles, surroundings and themes that are present in the DC mythology. The Art of the Brick: DC Super Heroes exhibition includes more than 120 original pieces, created exclusively from LEGO bricks, including a life-size Batmobile (5.5 metres) and built from half a million standard pieces. Sawaya has captured on a real scale some of the most iconic Super Heroes and Super-Villains from DC, exploring more than 80 years of history. “Just like Superman, we all have our own story. This art collection is based on the elements of the journey of a super hero, including the moment in which we are all called to the adventure,” explains Sawaya.“As a kid I spent Saturday mornings sitting on the floor playing with LEGO and watching the DC Super Friends cartoons. So this new collection of artwork is a dream come true for me.” The Art of the Brick: DC Super Heroes is in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment. Open daily from 1st March 2017 Sunday – Wednesday 10am – 6pm Thursday 10am – 8pm Friday/Saturday 10am – 7pm Last admission one hour before closing THE DETAILS For more information and to purchase tickets please visit or telephone 0333 247 0620 London’s South Bank, Doon Street Car Park, Upper Ground, London SE1 2PP BATMAN, SUPERMAN, JUSTICE LEAGUE and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics. (s16) LEGO, its logo, the brick and knob configuration and the Minifigure are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2016 The LEGO Group. Used with permission.




including ‘The Cars of Spectre’ Bond In Motion, the largest official collection of original James Bond vehicles anywhere in the world, and includes a display called The Cars of Spectre is taking place at the London Film Museum, Covent Garden.


ond in Motion, in association with EON Productions Ltd, has been the most successful in the history of the London Film Museum and now features over 150 original artefacts spanning all 24 Bond films, including vehicles, miniatures, concept art and storyboards. Highlights include iconic cars such as the Aston Martin DB5 from GoldenEye; the ‘Wet Nellie’ Lotus Esprit S1 from The Spy Who Loved Me; the Rolls-Royce Phantom III from Goldfinger; and the ‘Little Nellie’ Wallis WA116 Agile autogyro from You Only Live Twice. The Cars from Spectre incorporates never before seen vehicles, props, models and costumes from the latest film release including the James Bond’s Hero Aston Martin DB10, Mr Hinx’s Stunt damaged Jaguar C-X75, Franz

Oberhauser’s Rolls Royce Wraith and the all new beefed up Land Rover Defender. The displays are also supported by props, models and costumes from the film. The museum management, along with EON Productions decided earlier this year to keep Bond in Motion open indefinitely. London Film Museum Founder and CEO, Jonathan Sands said: “We are so excited to be presenting one of the first exhibitions dedicated to Spectre as it keeps Bond in Motion at the London Film Museum up-to date and relevant..” The Cars of Spectre is free to enter as part of the current Bond in Motion ticket entry price. ABOUT THE LONDON FILM MUSEUM The London Film Museum is the only film museum of its kind in Great Britain, promoting the Film Industry and the talent within it. It is selfsupporting, reinvesting back into the museum and within the community, creating a number of local area initiatives that also form an important part of the school curriculum. THE DETAILS Tickets to Bond In Motion are available from and 45 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 7BN Telephone 020 7836 4913


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London Classic Car Show Revs up for a Ferrari spectacular The 2017 London Classic Car Show moves into its third year with a host of spectacular features guaranteed to excite motoring enthusiasts of all ages and interests.


mong the new features planned is a celebration marking 70 years of Ferrari road cars while a display focusing on the life and work of a top motoring personality will be another highlight: previous shows have turned the spotlight on Red Bull designer Adrian Newey and Gordon Murray and the McLaren F1. Popular features such as The Grand Avenue and Car Club Square will return, bigger and better than ever. The Grand Avenue, a roadway running through the centre of the show, allows visitors to see and hear their favourite classics in action. This time, The Grand Avenue will have an open paddock allowing visitors to get even closer to the cars. Introduced in 2016, Car Club Square had displays from leading one-make classic car clubs and proved an instant hit. For 2017, more clubs will be invited to display a range of models, while top classic dealers will be on hand with mouth-watering machinery for sale.

As in previous years, The London Classic Car Show will attract a large number of celebrities from the motoring world over the four days of the event. Previous guests include: James May, Chris Evans, David Coulthard, Jenson Button, Sir Stirling Moss, Ari Vatanen, Gordon Murray, James Martin and Jodie Kidd. Expect plenty more big names in 2017. One of those will be renowned racing driver Jacky Ickx, rated by many to be the world’s most successful all-round racer having won numerous grands prix, the Le Mans 24 Hours (six times!), the Paris Dakar, Can-Am and World Sportscar titles. The Belgian legend will be guest of honour at a special Gala Evening on Thursday. “The 2016 show was enjoyed by more than 33,300 visitors and we are confident that the expanded 2017 exhibition will be even more popular,” said event director Bas Bungish. “With Ferrari as the featured marque, The Grand Avenue’s open paddock and the added attraction of entry to the new Historic Motorsport International, the London Classic Car Show is going from strength to strength.” THE DETAILS Tickets to the London Classic Car Show 2017 are now available from the show website – – and start at £24 for single adult entry (£27 on the door on the day).

Although only in its third year, the London Classic Car Show has already established itself as the classic car show by which all others are judged.We have introduced many innovative features and have more exciting plans for 2017 SAID EVENT DIRECTOR BAS BUNGISH 26 FEBRUARY2017

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The Little Chelsea Antiques Fair The Little Chelsea Antiques Fair takes place bi-annually in March and October and has grown steadily in popularity since it was first introduced in 1980. The Fair is keenly supported by dealers and members of the public and attracts exhibitors from both inside the uk and abroad.


he Fair has a friendly, relaxed atmosphere and has become known as, "The Affordable Antiques Fair." It boasts a unique mix of exhibitors with furniture, pictures, silver, jewellery and watches,


china and porcelain, lighting, statues textiles, scientific equipment and decorative items. Prices range from ÂŁ20 to ÂŁ40,000, with everything in between, so there is truly something for everyone! Whether you are a dealer or a collector looking for that something special for yourself or a gift, why not come along and see what you can find.

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The Property Rich List 2016 London's Eaton Square has been named as the most expensive street in England and Wales


aton Square, in the heart of London’s wealthy Belgravia district, has been crowned the most expensive street in England and Wales, with an average house price of £16,944,000, according to the latest research from Lloyds Bank. One of three garden squares built by the


Grosvenor family in the 19th century, Eaton Square includes a mix of grand houses and apartments behind Grade II listed white stucco facades overlooking 2.5 hectares of private garden squares, making it one of the most desirable addresses in the capital. With upmarket and fashionable areas close by, including Knightsbridge, Sloane Street and Chelsea, Eaton Square has attracted many famous residents over the years, including former Prime Ministers Neville Chamberlain, Stanley Baldwin and Margaret Thatcher, and former James Bond stars Sean Connery and Roger Moore. Such is the pull of Eaton Square that the average house price is over three times more than the costliest street in the South East; Camp End Road in Weybridge, which has an average price of £5,164,000. Andrew Mason, mortgage director at Lloyds Bank, says: "Eaton Square, and prime central locations such as Westminster, and Kensington and Chelsea, have established reputations as exclusive addresses. Not only do these streets possess a rich historical legacy, but properties located there are some of the most prestigious in the world and are close to superb local amenities in Knightsbridge, Sloane Street and Chelsea, as well as the capital’s business and entertainment districts."

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Top 20 most expensive streets

Street Borough/Town Average Price 2011-16 Eaton Square Grosvenor Crescent Ilchester Place Lansdowne Road Chester Square Lansdowne Crescent Kensington Road Camp End Road Cavendish Road Panorama Road East Road Queens Drive Coombe Park West Road Crick Road Leys Road The Green Ham Common Spicers Field Princes Drive

Westminster Westminster Kensington Kensington Westminster Kensington Kensington Weybridge Weybridge Sandbanks, Dorset Weybridge Leatherhead Kingston Upon Thames Weybridge Oxford Leatherhead Richmond upon Thames Richmond upon Thames Leatherhead Leatherhead

The square is also home to the most popular property on Rightmove in 2016 - a £55 million, 10,000sq ft mansion with seven storeys and seven bedrooms that has been viewed 400,000 times online.

£16,944,000 £16,918,000 £16,029,000 £12,830,000 £12,534,000 £10,842,000 £10,185,000 £5,164,000 £4,705,000 £4,618,000 £4,521,000 £4,410,000 £4,398,000 £4,373,000 £4,049,000 £3,687,000 £3,656,000 £3,606,000 £3,522,000 £3,505,000


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most expensive houseboat at £3.7 million When most people think of a houseboat, they visualise a small barge drifting along a canal towpath. So here to completely transform your mental imagery is this exclusive yacht home that is currently moored at the upmarket marina,St.Katherine’s Dock.This ultimate floating home comes in the luxurious shape of Britain's most expensive houseboat that has just gone on the market for at a jaw-dropping price of £3.7million.


amed Matrix Island, it comes with extravagant additions which add to the glamour of the large vintage barge, boasting of a state-of-the-art kitchen, a 5,000 square ft dining room, five large double en-suite bedrooms, a jet-ski platform and open plan upper deck (complete with a huge trampoline and table tennis) for entertaining when the spring sunshine eventually arrives again. Interiors are kitted out in wooden cladding, white walls and luxurious fabrics. With a £18,000 annual maintenance fee inclusive of mooring charges, Matrix Island is fit for those with deep pockets and a love for the sea. The plush water home also includes an indoor football table and a sauna. Previously owned by a French filmmaker, the boat was later sold and refurbished into its present state. The 128ft-long craft is on the books of the Riverhomes agency. Nigel Day, head of houseboat sales, said the market for prestige houseboats has been increasing at a remarkable rate. “Houseboats have evolved from the narrowboats we are accustomed to seeing on Britain’s canals. The best examples are now floating mansions - inside they are almost indistinguishable from land built luxury homes but have the obvious advantage of the best views.’ The price tag easily dwarfs the £2.25m price of the last houseboat to claim the record for the country’s most expensive. The Enterprise, moored in Chelsea went on the market in May 2016 and came with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a reception room and its own patio. There has been a 50 per cent rise in houseboat numbers in London in the five years to March 2015, according to the Canal and River Trust.


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Discover our contemporary 1 & 2 bedroom apartments and duplexes featuring contemporary layouts, complete with a Hacker integrated kitchen and stunning panoramic parkland views! Located just 0.6 miles‡ from Mill Hill East station, Millbrook Park is ideal for commuters. WITH THE FANTASTIC HELP TO BUY LONDON SCHEME YOU CAN BUY YOUR DREAM HOME WITH JUST 5% DEPOSIT **

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TAY L O R W I M P E Y . C O . U K Terms and conditions apply. Artist’s impressions of typical Taylor Wimpey homes at Millbrook Park. Internal photography shown is indicative of a typical Taylor Wimpey home and may include upgrades at an additional cost. Please speak to a Sales Executive for more details. Prices correct at time going to press. Houses on this development are freehold except plots 52 – 67 which are leasehold. Apartments on this development are leasehold. Please see a Sales Executive for further details. *Terms and conditions apply. These offers are subject to status and are only available on selected developments and properties. Some offers are not offered with other promotions unless by special arrangement by us. Please see a Sales Executive for further details. †Terms and conditions apply. Please speak to a Sales Executive for more details. ‡Distances taken from **Eligible applicants will be offered an equity loan of up to a maximum of 40% of the purchase price (based on the open market value). Applicants are required to fund at least 60% of the purchase price by means of a conventional mortgage, savings and any deposit where required. For the first five years there is no fee charged on the equity loan component. At the start of year six a fee of 1.75% is payable on the equity loan, which rises annually by RPI inflation plus 1%. The equity loan is provided by the HCA and is held as a second charge. This offer is subject to status and is only available on selected developments and properties in England only up to the value of £600,000. This offer is not offered with any other promotion. YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE. February 2017.


London’s Premier New Address

Ten Trinity Square, EC3

Ten Trinity Square is one of London’s true landmark buildings and is set to become one of the city's most exclusive addresses.


ollowing a meticulous restoration, the Grade II* listed heritage building will be home to Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square and 41 residences managed by Four Seasons. The building will comprise a distinctive collection of spaces harmoniously arranged to provide the very best of places to live, meet and stay.

THE RESIDENCES The 41 spacious and highly specified luxury residences range in size from one to five bedrooms, offering amazing views of the Square Mile, Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the River Thames. Designs draw inspiration from the building’s origins in the 1920s, a time of refined luxury, prosperity and glamour. Residents will enjoy Four Seasons services and property management, combining a luxury lifestyle with personalised 24-hour care in surroundings of style and quality. Property prices start from £5million for a one-bedroom apartment on a 999-year-lease, and are for sale through Christie’s International Real Estate (020 7389 5142; and Strutt & Parker (020 7318 5198; Residences will also have access to the luxury Four Seasons Hotel and Spa on the premises. THE FOUR SEASONS HOTEL & SPA Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square will offer 89 guest rooms and 11 suites, restaurants, bars, meeting salons and spa. Acclaimed French chef Anne-Sophie Pic will make her UK debut with the opening of La Dame de Pic. And opening on 1st May their sleekly designed Asian restaurant will specialise in Chinese and Japanese dishes, all served with Four Seasons finesse. From 1st April, experience the City of London’s most lavish spa sanctuary, offering premier health and wellness treatments, a state-of-the-art fitness centre and a beautiful 14 metre indoor pool. Adjoining relaxation amenities include a vitality pool, steam room and sauna. THE PRIVATE MEMBERS CLUB The building’s original classical meeting rooms are being restored to provide facilities for an exclusive private members club, housing a cigar sampling lounge, bar, art gallery and business centre, and the residents’ and members’ wine store featuring the Château Latour Discovery Room and Dining Room. Following this six-year, multi-million-pound renovation – and now with the renowned management of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts – Ten Trinity Square stands once again as one of London’s most desirable addresses. THE DETAILS For more information, visit Four Seasons Hotel, Spa & Residences 10 Trinity Square, EC3N 4AJ Telephone 0203 297 9200 36 FEBRUARY2017


Step into luxurious London living

at Crest Nicholson’s Valentine Place Find your dream home in an enviable Zone 1 location at Crest Nicholson’s beautifully designed Valentine Place. This luxury development, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city, represents an ideal investment opportunity.


his popular development comprises of 42 one, two and three bedroom apartments, penthouses and duplexes. Five mews houses, nestled around a secluded central courtyard garden, will be released within weeks. Each home has been expertly finished to the highest standard, boasting interiors with contemporary, understated elegance throughout, as well as state-ofthe-art kitchen and bathroom appliances. At Valentine Place, you’ll benefit from fantastic transport links, with Waterloo station and Southwark underground station just a fiveminute walk. Despite it’s close proximity to the bustling South Bank and major transport hubs, Valentine Place is a surprisingly quiet sanctuary from the city, where residents can relax in the peaceful communal courtyard garden. Positioned in London’s coveted SE1 neighbourhood, where the legal, financial and media industries meet, Valentine Place is an ideal location for culture vultures and art lovers alike – situated just moments from The Old Vic theatre and within easy reach of both The National Theatre and The Globe. If that’s not enough, you’ll also be within walking distance of the South Bank, home to a number of London’s iconic landmarks, such as the London Eye, Royal Festival Hall and Tate Modern art gallery. Immersed in the rich history of the surrounding area, the building was previously a flour mill and bakery and Crest Nicholson has worked hard to ensure that the original façade of the building reflects its heritage. Valentine Place is proving hugely popular with buyers, and the exclusive mews houses will be launching within weeks. Don’t miss your chance to purchase a home at this sophisticated development. THE DETAILS Find out more by calling 020 3437 1294 or visiting



Unique & Boutique A secluded sanctuary in central London Perfectly placed just a few minutes’ walk from Waterloo and Southwark stations*, Valentine Place boasts a secluded courtyard garden to escape the hustle and bustle. Most homes ready to move into.

Call today on 0203 437 1294 to find out more and to arrange a viewing. 1 beds from £689,995 | 2 beds from £899,995 | 3 beds from £1,484,995 1-19Valentine Place London, SE1 8QH - Show Homes open daily Distances taken from Google Maps. Show Home photography. Pricing correct on 07.02.17.


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Admiralty Arch A luxury hotel, with private residences available to buy including a £150million apartment

Regarded as the gatehouse to Buckingham Palace, Admiralty Arch was designed by the leading architect of the period, Sir Aston Webb.Through its grand arches have passed some of the world’s most notable figures - Sir Winston Churchill, Sir Ian Fleming, Lord Mountbatten, grand dukes and duchesses, political leaders, dictators, kings and queens. It has witnessed coronations, royal weddings, grand state occasions and presidential visits.


dmiralty Arch, a Grade 1 listed building, is now being restored by Prime Investors Capital Work to create 100 elegant bedrooms, an exclusive private members’ club, several restaurants and a state-of-the-art spa. Up to four serviced residences are being created and are already available for purchase. Each residence comprises several suites, 6-metre high ceilings, original fireplaces and fittings from the Edwardian era, as well as spectacular views of The Mall, Trafalgar Square, St James’s Park and Buckingham Palace. A 15,000 sq ft residence which boasts 12 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms, is set to become London’s most expensive flat at £150million - a title currently held by a penthouse at One Hyde Park that cost £140million in 2014. The buyer will have the chance to own the whole apartment or split it into four smaller properties. 40 FEBRUARY2017

Residents will have access to the luxury amenities offered by the hotel inside Admiralty Arch, including a 24-hour concierge service and security, private entrance, valet parking and a lifetime membership to the private members’ club. The Admiralty Arch hotel will feature one of the most talked about restaurants in London, open to hotel guests, and also the public for the first time in the building’s history, with table views directly down The Mall towards Buckingham Palace. There will also be bars on both the inside and outside on the roof terrace. Overseeing the restoration is renowned interior decorator David Mlinaric (who has worked on the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, the National Portrait Gallery, the Victoria & Albert Museum and British Embassies in Paris and Washington) and architect Michael Blair of Blair Associates, responsible for the renovation of luxury hotels The Connaught and Claridge’s. Twelve of the worlds’ leading hotel groups have expressed interest in managing London’s Admiralty Arch. The iconic hotel will offer guests the ultimate bespoke service, beyond the expectations of a 5-star hotel. Rooms and suites will be configured to cater for the requirements of international and local guests. Admiralty Arch has had a glorious history and now it is set to be transformed in a way that will give it new life and a glorious future. THE DETAILS For general enquiries please email Or visit #AdmiraltyArch

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Royal Albert Hall private box

on sale for £2.5million A 12-seat private box on the Grand Tier at the world-famous Royal Albert Hall, close to where the Royal Family sit when attending events, has gone on sale for £2.5million.


he Grade I listed Royal Albert Hall is the UK’s busiest and most beloved venue with a capacity of up to 5,272 seats, including 1,276 owned by private individuals and corporate entities. Its long history with the royal family stretches back to its opening in 1871 by Queen Victoria, who named it after her late husband and acquired 20 boxes on the Grand Tier. The box is on the western side of the auditorium and has approximately 849 years remaining on its lease. One could commonly describe the Grand Tier as the first balcony. The owners will have prime viewing to enjoy hundreds of performances, with nearly 400 events this year alone. It is bestknown for hosting the annual BBC Proms, an eight-week summer


festival of music. Other events include the Baftas, Titanic Live and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s The Music of Bond. Seat holders are entitled to view around two-thirds of the performances during the year. In purchasing the box, the owner will automatically receive a membership to the Corporation of the Halls of Arts and Science, making them responsible for electing the Hall’s president and council and upholding historic traditions. Agents Harrods Estates said it was the first time such a box has come on the market in almost a decade and there has "already been a bit of interest" Nicholas Shaw, sales manager of Harrods Estates Kensington who are marketing the box, said. “This Grand Tier box at the Royal Albert Hall is a real generational purchase. It is ideal for entertaining, with its 12 seats, and provides enviable views over the main stage and auditorium. We have witnessed these boxes sell previously to the true lovers of the arts and this time should be no different.” A five-seat box situated on the second tier, whose previous owners included Earl Spencer and the Duke of Devonshire, went on sale in 2011 for £550,000.



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Another skyscraper

is coming to the capital A £400m skyscraper has been given the green light by City of London planners and will be built next to the historic Leadenhall Market, featured in the Harry Potter films.


he 600ft 36-storey building, named 1 Leadenhall for its location, is one of a host of new towers going up in London’s financial district.The building will contain a free public viewing gallery, overlooking the adjacent Grade II-listed Victorian market, and out towards Westminster. The developer behind 1 Leadenhall is Canadian group Brookfield Property Partners, is also building an office block at 100 Bishopsgate and other projects in the City. Designed by the former Foster + Partners architect Ken Shuttleworth’s Make practice, 1 Leadenhall will have 540,000 sq ft of office space, as well as 50,000 sq ft of shops and cafes on the ground, first and second floors. Construction is due to start next year and the building is expected to open in 2021. 1 Leadenhall, which will replace a 1970s seven-storey office block, has faced strong criticism from conservation charities Historic Royal Palaces and the Victorian Society. Alex Bowring, a conservation adviser for the Victorian Society, said: “We are extremely disappointed by this news. We have objected to these plans as we feel a skyscraper is not appropriate for the site … The proposed skyscraper would mark an absolute break in the skyline and therefore significantly harm the streetscape and leave the lively Leadenhall Market looking like a lost relic.” But the location will no doubt prove fruitful for archaeologists, as


the site is right on top of the ancient Roman Forum, the biggest building in Londinium. Martin Jepson, who runs Brookfield’s UK office division, said: “1 Leadenhall is a carefully considered design that will complement the architecture of the surrounding buildings and embraces the heritage of its unique setting.” THE DETAILS For more information about 1 Leadenhall visit the website at

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Sunday 30th April – Monday 1st May 2017

The Prince Charles Cinema off Leicester Square

The ULTIMATE Harry Potter marathon for adults All eight Harry Potter films back-to-back!

It's happening! After years of requests,The Prince Charles Cinema is bringing ALL of the Harry Potter films to the screen in one epic back-to-back all-night movie marathon!


he Prince Charles cinema off Leicester Square is set to screen all eight Harry Potter films in one 21-hour marathon this April. Harry Potter fans will arrive at the cinema for an 8.30pm start on Sunday 30th April. The films will then be screened in order, concluding at 5.25pm on Monday 1st May. The first film, Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone was released in 2001, while the final film, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part Two, came out in 2011. The ultimate Harry Potter Marathon is recommended for adults only. 8:30PM HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE (2001) Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. 11.20PM HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS (2002) Harry ignores warnings not to return to Hogwarts, only to find the school plagued by a series of mysterious attacks and a strange voice haunting him. 2.10AM HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN (2004) It's Harry's third year at Hogwarts; not only does he have a new "Defense Against the Dark Arts" teacher, but there is also trouble brewing. Convicted murderer Sirius Black has escaped the Wizards' Prison and is coming after Harry.


4.40AM HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE (2005) Harry finds himself mysteriously selected as an under-aged competitor in a dangerous tournament between three schools of magic. 7.25AM HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX (2007) With their warning about Lord Voldemort's return scoffed at, Harry and Dumbledore are targeted by the Wizard authorities as an authoritarian bureaucrat slowly seizes power at Hogwarts. 9.55AM HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (2009) As Harry Potter begins his sixth year at Hogwarts, he discovers an old book marked as "the property of the Half-Blood Prince" and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort's dark past. 12.40PM HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 1 (2010) As Harry races against time and evil to destroy the Horcruxes, he uncovers the existence of three most powerful objects in the wizarding world: the Deathly Hallows. 3.15PM HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2 (2011) Harry, Ron and Hermione search for Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord as the final battle rages on at Hogwarts. This marathon is scheduled to end at 5:25pm THE DETAILS For more information, visit Box Office 0207 494 3654 The Prince Charles Cinema 7 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BY


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Are you into rock and horror? Experience the gruesome story about Lizzie Borden wrapped in sex, axe and Rock 'n' Roll in the hard rock horror musical LIZZIE, when Fredericia Teater transfer the show to Greenwich Theatre for its eagerly anticipated UK premiere 22 February 2017. LIZZIE is a genuine gothic rock musical, which retells the bloody legend about Americas favourite axe murderer Lizzie Borden.


n a sweltering summer morning in 1892 in a small New England City, a prominent businessman and his wife were axed to death in their home. Their daughter Lizzie Borden was the prime suspect. Lizzie's trial was a coast-to-coast media sensation. However with no witnesses and evidence against her, she was released even though everyone knew about her guilt. What let her to commit such a dreadful crime? Why did she do it? Starring Eden Espinosa most recognized for her critically acclaimed portrayal of Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway and in


Los Angeles and San Francisco. She originated the title character in Brooklyn the Musical, played Flora in Flora the Red Menace, and Maureen in the closing company of Rent. Most recently she portrayed Eva Peron in TPAC and Studio Tenn’s production of Evita. Her television appearances include Law and Order and Ugly Betty. She will be working alongside Jodie Jacobs (Carrie, Southwark Playhouse, We Will Rock You, Dominion), Bleu Woodward (Oh! What A Lovely War, Stratford East) and Bjørg Gamst (The Little Mermaid, The Drowsy Chaperone) A new American musical with a sound owing less to Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber than to Bikini Kill, the Runaways, and Heart. Lizzie and her story has become an American legend. Now you have the opportunity to get bloody and rocking with Lizzie and her girlfriends from February 22-March 12 2017 at Greenwich Theatre. THE DETAILS For more information about Lizzie or to book tickets online visit


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4 February – 5 March The Princess of Wales Conservatory

India’s Vibrant and Colourful Culture Celebrated in

Kew’s Orchids Festival 2017

This month, visitors can chase away the winter blues and become immersed in an Indian celebration of vibrant colours, culture and magnificent plant life inside the tropical paradise of Kew Gardens’ Princess of Wales Conservatory during its 22nd annual Orchids Festival.


s well as the usual visual displays, the sounds of India will surround visitors entering the steamy glasshouse. From the tones of milkmen’s bicycle bells and newspaper boys, to the playful voices of school children, temple bells, and muezzin calls, the Indian street will be brought to life. This visual feast of colour will also feature elaborate floral displays inspired by a typical Indian market, including Kew’s own decorative rickshaws. An infographic map will transport the visitor from the dreary British winter to the vibrancy and colour of India. The map, created by Tonwen Jones, includes drawings of India’s natural vegetation and landscapes. A giant Indian flag created from 900 chrysanthemums will set the backdrop as visitors admire life-sized animal figures including an elephant, peacock and monkey. Phalaenopsis drops will hang


delicately from the ceiling, while a beautifully embellished traditional Indian marriage swing sways amongst the Vandas, with sari material adding an extra splash of colour. This year’s pond display will explode with intense hues in a larger than life floral arrangement made up of Vanda, Dendrobium, Cymbidium and Paphiopedilum orchids, marrying traditional and modern culture. Elisa Biondi, Princess of Wales Conservatory Supervisor, RBG Kew says, “This year’s Orchids festival is going to be something really special and different. It will immerse visitors in the sights, senses and sounds of India’s exotic and vibrant culture creating an explosion of unique and colourful beauty. We hope this journey will highlight the significance of plants in all walks of life, from the spiritual and medicinal to the textiles and cuisine, all the while showing the importance of plant diversity and Kew’s work to protect, conserve and study plants.” Entrance to the Festival will be free and included in the daily entrance ticket. 2017 is also the year the UK and India will celebrate a major bilateral year of cultural exchange presented by the British Council. THE DETAILS

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BREAKING UP DOESN’T HAVE TO BE HARD The end of a relationship is a difficult, emotional and usually stressful time and can cause mental, emotional and financial hardship. If you have made the decision to separate from your partner, it is important to obtain some clear guidance, particularly where money or children are concerned. It can be difficult to see the road ahead during separation. Everyone will have an opinion on your situation and maybe a horror story to tell. To help you avoid making mistakes my five tips are as follows: 1. Money – try and agree an interim financial arrangement with your spouse if at all possible which meets the family’s interim financial needs. If it is affordable, it is usual for the financial status quo to be maintained at least in the short term. Investigate any state benefits that you or your partner may be entitled to such as tax credits. Most calculations can be done quickly online.

Be open with the children without involving them in the conflict. Research indicates that parents that work together for the children during this difficult time have a much better outcome. Give the children permission to enjoy time with the other parent. There is lots of advice on this issue in the Resolution leaflet ‘Parenting After Parting’ from

“It is important you understand your legal rights and obligations and avoid the pitfalls”

2. Housing – The family home will be very important, whether it is owned in joint names or not. Married couples are both entitled to occupy the family home. One spouse cannot simply evict the other from the home or change the locks without consent. If your personal safety is threatened (or the safety of the children) then seek solicitor advice. 3. The children – it is important that both you and your partner reassure your children that although you don’t get on anymore, they are safe and loved by you both.

4. Payments – it is imperative to have a record of any payments made or received between separating couples.

These can be payments for child maintenance, household utilities, mortgage or household upkeep.

Either way it is important that you understand your legal rights and obligations to your spouse and children and avoid the pitfalls. In many cases, matters can proceed cooperatively and amicably. Modern family law encourages separating couples to try and agree a way forward wherever possible. Mediation, collaborative law and solicitor negotiation are all ways to avoid Court and the costs associated with it. If you would like any further information or advice then please contact the family team at Moore Blatch solicitors.


Try not to make any payments in cash so that they can be identified in the future if needed. 5. Legal advice – it is important to take some independent legal advice. Your legal advisor will be able to set out the various routes available to you including options that save money and avoid Court by concentrating on constructive discussions to bring matters to a conclusion by agreement.

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Miser Griff Rhys Jones stars alongside Lee Mack in Molière's classic comedy The Miser


ctor, writer, presenter, comedian and two-time Olivier award-winner Griff Rhys Jones returns to the West End alongside BAFTA and British Comedy Award winning comedian Lee Mack, who is making his West End debut. They are joined by Mathew Horne (Gavin & Stacey, Bad Education), Katy Wix (Not Going Out) and Ryan Gage (The Hobbit). Fanatical about protecting his wealth, the paranoid Harpagon suspects all of trying to flinch his fortune and will go to any length to protect it. As true feelings and identities are revealed will Harpagon allow his children to follow their heart, or will his love of gold prove all-consuming? Passion and purse strings go head to head in this hilarious new adaptation by Sean Foley and Phil Porter of Molière's classic comedy, opening at the Garrick Theatre on 1 March 2017. This major revival is directed by Sean Foley (The Dresser, The Ladykillers, Jeeves and Wooster). Book now to be among the very first to see this major revival. THE DETAILS For more details visit 54 FEBRUARY2017

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DESIRE JEwEllERy ANDRETURNS SIlVERSMITHING FAIR TO CHElSEA OlD TOwN HAll C helsea Old Town Hall will be the venue for the superb Desire Fair from 3-5 March. This stunning mixed media jewellery and silversmithing event where visitors can purchase direct from contemporary designer makers selected from the best in the UK is an event not to be missed. Desire offers visitors a choice of around 90 individual jewellers and silversmiths who have been selected for their superb and innovative craftsmanship and have a genuine passion for the work they create. Visitors can see and purchase from an exciting range from both emerging British talent as well as more established designer makers. Exhibitors include jewellers working in gold, silver, platinum, palladium, aluminium, bronze, copper, titanium, cellulose acetate and glass and incorporating gemstones, seaglass, buttons, pearls, glass, enamelwork, silk threads and beads into their work. Silversmiths include Jen Ricketts who creates intricate hand-pierced functional silverware of city

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The Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2017

Restaurant stars revealed For the first time ever, the Michelin Guide held a huge event in the centre of London to unveil this year’s group of Michelin star restaurants in the UK and Ireland. Still considered as the most important guide to eating out in the world, Michelin inspectors have spent the last twelve months dining in the places that encapsulate everything incredible about the world of food and drink. 58 FEBRUARY2017




udges awarded 18 new one-star awards, as well as one new restaurant in each of the two-star and three-star categories. Among the big winners were The Ritz and Veeraswamy, the capital’s oldest Indian restaurant, which each gained a star after a combined total of 200 years in the industry. Gordon Ramsay can breathe a sigh of relief, his flagship Restaurant Gordon Ramsay site on Royal Hospital Road retained its prestigious three-star status. Rebecca Burr, Editor of the Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2017, said: “London’s great variety of establishments, its history, but also its dynamism and vitality are illuminated by the capital’s new Michelin Stars. The Ritz Restaurant and Veeraswamy, London’s oldest Indian

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restaurant, both receive One Michelin Star. These establishments have long and illustrious histories, but the cooking at both has never been better than it is today. There have been some excellent additions to the guide across both Great Britain and Ireland - restaurants that are producing consistently good food using excellent ingredients.” The Michelin Guide 2017 is also available as an iPhone app, which allows users to instantly find and book Michelin recommended restaurants via a reliable and easy-to-use online service. You can now follow the inspectors around the country via Twitter too! Get behind the scenes and learn more about the guide @MichelinGuideUK

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Ralph Lauren opens coffee shop and bar in Regent Street Ralph's Coffee & Bar is the iconic fashion brand's first dining destination in London, and is located next to Polo Ralph Lauren’s three storey Regent Street store.


choing the warm, sophisticated atmosphere of The Polo Bar in New York, the café décor pays homage to Ralph Lauren’s trademark equestrian sensibilities. The interior features a brass-topped bar, saddle-leather banquettes, and equestrianthemed art hung against dark wood paneling and green billiard cloth. Ralph’s Coffee & Bar is a great spot for social or business gatherings from brunch, lunch to cocktails in the evening, in an intimate space seating 24, with a further 12 seats available at the bar. Its menu of light fare, from oysters to open sandwiches has been carefully curated to evoke a European sense of quality and tradition, with fresh ingredients and refined classics at its heart.


Meanwhile, Ralph’s Coffee is divine; a custom blend, roasted specifically for the iconic brand using organically grown beans crafted by La Colombe. Enjoy alongside a selection of homemade muffins, bakes and cakes. After dark, indulge in a menu of timeless cocktails, such as an Old Fashioned and Ridgway Margarita, plus bespoke concoctions available exclusively at Ralph’s Coffee & Bar London. Signature bar snacks from fried olives to mixed nuts will complement the heady flavours of the bar’s covetable creations. Other Polo dining destinations are already up and running in Paris, Chicago and, of course, New York City. THE DETAILS Ralph's Coffee & Bar is open from Monday to Saturday, 10am to 8pm, and on Sundays from 12pm to 6pm 173 Regent Street, Mayfair, W1B 4JQ





Berkeley Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of

Prêt-à-Portea Collection in the newly designed Collins Room and will receive an exclusively signed copy of the anniversary book. Priced at £175 per person, Pret-a-Portea Masterclasses will run every Wednesday and every first Saturday in the month from 2pm – 4pm until spring 2017 when the hotel will launch their new Spring/Summer Collection. Prêt-à-Portea is served in the Collins Room at The Berkeley every day from 1:30pm – 5:30pm priced from £52 per person. To make a reservation for Prêt-à-Portea call 020 7107 8866 or visit the hotel’s website

Following the recent publication of The Berkeley’s first recipe book, Prêt-à-Portea, High-Fashion Bakes & Biscuits, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the legendary fashion afternoon tea, the Knightsbridge hotel is launching its greatest hits collection and masterclasses to learn the secrets from the past decade.


rêt-à-Portea is the original fashionista afternoon tea in London, since its creation in 2006, adding an innovative twist to traditional tea, with biscuits and pastries inspired by the latest fashion collections. The trend setting tea follows the Spring/Summer, Autumn/Winter fashion seasons bringing fresh ideas from the catwalk to the cakewalk. With couture cakes from legendary names such as Anya Hindmarch to Manolo Blahnik and Dolce & Gabbana to Jason Wu, this collection of the hotel’s top ten designs from the past decade celebrates ten years of creativity and pays tribute to the designers who continue to inspire Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley. With Head Pastry Chef Mourad Khiat


spearheading the creative challenge of combining style with substance, The Berkeley is offering limited edition masterclasses to teach their fashionista following to transform the most decadent designs, fabrics, handbags and vibrant colours into delicious cakes, mousses and biscuits taken from the hotel’s very own recipe book. Following the class the guests will enjoy their very own Pret-a-Portea 10th Anniversary

The anniversary recipe book, Prêt-à-Portea, High fashion Bakes & Biscuits, is published by Laurence King and priced at £12.95 with exclusively signed copies by Head Pastry Chef Mourad Khiat available only at The Berkeley. THE DETAILS For more information about Prêt-à-Portea at Claridge's, the Connaught the Berkeley Maybourne Hotel Group, Wilton Place Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RL

Fulham Football Club and Beaufort House present

Ladies Evening at

In recognition of International Women’s Day this March, join us on Tuesday 7th March at The Clubhouse, Craven Cottage – football’s first–ever stadia gin bar - for an evening of entertainment, as Fulham take on Leeds United in the Sky Bet Championship (kick-off 7:45pm). Treat your partner, or head down to Craven Cottage with a group of friends and enjoy our Ladies Evening package, which includes: • A welcome gin cocktail courtesy of Beaufort House • Gin Masterclass conducted by Martin’s Millers Gin • Sushi and sliders served prior to kick-off • Complimentary drinks* • Private balcony seating to watch the match • Signature Clubhouse Cocktail served at half-time • Competitions and giveaways on the night Price per person: £99 (+ VAT) For more information or to book, visit, contact a member of the team on 0208 336 7555 (Mon-Fri, 9am – 5:30pm) or alternatively email

Craven Cottage, Stevenage Road, SW6 6HH *Additional four complimentary drinks per person.

Fulham Football Club In the entertainment business since 1879 2016/17 Matchday Hospitality

Matchday Hospitality As London’s original team, we’ve been entertaining people for longer than any other club in the capital. Our Hospitality packages offer truly personal service, exclusive entertainment and delicious refreshments, all served up in the character and charm of London’s oldest professional football club. From fine dining to relaxed lounges, there’s a package to suit everyone, with prices starting from £75 per person (+VAT). For more information or to book visit or call our Hospitality team on (+44) 020 8336 7555, Mon-Fri, 9am to 5.30pm.


Touring Vietnam I

Vietnam is a beautiful country with an incredibly varied and dramatic landscape.

ts climate varies from the relative cool of Hanoi in the north to the tropical climate of Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon) and Phu Quoc in the southern reaches of the peninsula. The great link between the countries in Indochina is the huge snaking Mekong river which provides some awe inspiring cruising options, particularly on Halong Bay and along the Mekong Delta. Beautiful tree-lined boulevards and grandiose lakes overlooked by faded french villas conjure up images of Hanoi’s colonial past. Halong Bay is absolutely stunning: allow your eyes to swim through the azure waters of this magical place, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the water like gigantic dragon’s teeth. Our 13 day Vietnam Adventure tour includes return economy flights to Hanoi, accommodation for 11 nights, private transfers, the services of a private guide throughout, a Hanoi city tour, a Halong Bay cruise and overnight stay, visits to Hoi An’s vibrant markets and food stalls, a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a private guided tour of Ho Chi Minh city, a Mekong River day cruise and 3 nights on Phu Quoc island. This tour will give you a real taste of Vietnam and provide a rich combination of culture, history, Vietnamese cuisine, exploration and relaxation. Visit Vietnam’s first university dating from the 11th century, learn how to make traditional cuisine onboard a Halong Bay cruise, cycle around Hoi An or explore the surrounding countryside, visit floating food markets and finally relax on the desert island paradise of Phu Quoc island. Prices vary based on your individual requirements, the flights you select and the time of year you choose to travel and start from £2,700 per person.

SPECIAL OFFERS For departures in March 2017: 7 nights at Sugar Beach Resort, St Lucia, in a Sugar Mill Luxury Room with breakfast, departing Gatwick with British Airways economy flights including resort transfers, from £2,900 per person, based on two travelling. Subject to availability. For departures in May 2017: 7 nights at Cap Maison, St Lucia, in a Garden View Room with breakfast, departing Gatwick with British Airways economy flights including resort transfers, from £1,978 per person, based on two travelling. Subject to availability.

THE DETAILS Savile Row Travel Luxury Holidays | Private Tours | Unique Experiences 1 Market Place Mews, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 2AH Office: 01491 575 987 66 FEBRUARY2017






Stay calm and kickstart your holiday at The Connaught The Connaught announces ultimate stress-free “The Night Before” sleepover this summer to eliminate pre-holiday travel tension


his summer, The Connaught in Mayfair, known for its legendary five star Butler service, has launched ‘The Night Before’ the ultimate pre-holiday sleepover to ensure early rising globe-trotters experience the smoothest, stress-free start to their holiday. ‘The Night Before’ carefully thought out series of rituals, turns the dreaded early morning flight call into a joyous holiday start. The Connaught takes charge from the moment guests are collected from their homes by chauffeur driven car armed with the essential 10 point travel check list; passport...check, sun-cream... check, iron off...check. Arriving at the hotel, guests are met by their butler who whisks their suitcases away to be pressed and repacked using secret Connaught techniques honed over the years, ensuring the wardrobe arrives spick and span ready for the beach club – no travel irons necessary. Guests are then escorted to the legendary temple of relaxation, the Aman Spa, deep in the heart of The Connaught where a series of treatments and rituals ensures the stress of travelling is gently massaged away allowing them to return to their rooms for a light evening supper and early turn down and a good night sleep. Early next morning ensuring no flights are missed, a gentle wake-up call with soothing cup of morning tea and a destination bound weather forecast, wakes guests who are then tucked into airport bound chauffeur car, complete with take away breakfast and a warm farewell from The Connaught doorman. The holiday can officially begin…Connaught style. ‘The Night Before’ includes, a one-night stay for two people, chauffeurdriven car from home to The Connaught within a 40 miles radius, pre-travel


checklist, treatments for two people at the Aman Spa, Butler to re-pack suitcase, early morning take-away breakfast with chosen reading material and chauffeur-driven car to London airports or railway stations. Rates start from £1,060 per night for a Deluxe King Room (inclusive of tax). Offer is valid until May 2017 and must be booked two days in advance. ABOUT THE CONNAUGHT In the heart of London’s Mayfair, The Connaught, part of Maybourne Hotel Group, blends contemporary style, classic English character and impeccable service to create the ultimate in sophistication. Rooms and suites to suit every mood, exquisite cuisine from Hélène Darroze, the charm of The Connaught and Coburg Bars, and Europe’s first Aman Spa make this the perfect place to rest, relax and dine in style. ABOUT MAYBOURNE HOTEL GROUP Maybourne Hotel Group owns and manages Claridge’s, the Connaught and the Berkeley, three of the world’s most legendary five-star hotels, located in the heart of London. Maybourne Hotel Group is committed to delivering authentic and unique guest experiences that reflect the individual nature of its hotels, its guests and its staff whilst maintaining a timeless elegance and intuitive service style that are the hallmarks of its properties. THE DETAILS To book “The Night Before” please call our Reservations Team on +44 (0) 20 7107 8945 or email www.

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Rio de Janeiro

A New World to discover Since the Rio 2016 Olympics this incredible city has become one of the most popular holiday hotspots for 2017.


io de Janeiro, known as the marvellous city (“Cidade Maravilhosa”) by the local Cariocas, proudly offers stunning culture and history, white sandy beaches, carnivals, amazing shopping opportunities, incredible nightlife…and views to die for. Rio de Janeiro is the city it is today because of its historical past. Portuguese rulers were the first ones to rule Rio as they landed on the soil of Guanabara Bay in 1502. The bay forms the opening of a river, hence the name ‘Rio de Janeiro’ which means ‘River of January’. When Brazil achieved independence in 1889, Rio was named the capital. The statue of Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor) is part of the new edition of the Seven Wonders of the World. Acting as a representative of Rio, the attraction, inaugurated in 1931, was built approximately 38 metres high and covers 710 metres of the Corcovado Mountain, providing panoramic views of Rio beyond compare. The world famous Rio de Janeiro Carnival is celebrated during the four days previous to the beginning of Lent. A trip to Rio de Janeiro is incomplete without experiencing the shimmer and jiggle of brilliant samba dancers - a great opportunity enjoy Rio’s party culture. Many people travel to Rio for its famous beaches like Ipanema - the wealthier sibling of the famous Copacabana beach, located between Leblon and Arpoador regions. For shopaholics, shopping in Rio is a dream come true! The malls are home to some of the most famous brands in the world. The city also has a number of markets well worth a visit. The history and culture, the sandy beaches and the glitz of the city have all made Rio what it is today. The people are friendly, laid-back and amazing hosts, with tourists welcomed with supreme warmth and friendliness.


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ourney Latin America has been creating award-winning tailor-made holidays and escorted small group tours to every corner of Central and South America for over 36 years. Their strength is in their experience. All of the company’s staff have lived, worked, or travelled extensively throughout the region and have an unrivalled knowledge, and a real passion for sharing it. The extraordinary Galápagos Islands lie 973km (or a 1hr 45min flight) off the Pacific coast of Ecuador. The archipelago’s location on the equator means it is blessed with good weather year-round which has helped nurture the unique array of wildlife which inspired Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. Visitors can explore the islands on a


choice of cruise ships and itineraries, or by staying at one of the land-based accommodation options on the islands themselves. Journey Latin America’s experts can create your perfect holiday to the Galápagos Islands. S ignature Ecuador and Galápagos 15 days from £6,052pp Value Ecuador and land-based Galápagos 9 days from £2,282pp

Visit to browse their full selection of over 150 ready-made private holidays and escorted group tours to Latin America. Or if you prefer, allow one of their experts to tailor-make an itinerary according to your exact budget and requirements. THE DETAILS To speak with one of their experts directly, call 020 3733 2747 email or visit them at their office in west London. Journey Latin America 401 King Street, London, W6 9NJ

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Boutique Retreats From raising the flag on your own private island to watching the stars over the sea from your hot tub, Boutique Retreats specialise in unique properties that celebrate their surrounds whilst embracing luxurious living.


ith more than 100 luxury holiday rentals across the UK, our passion is to give you a boutique hotel experience whilst providing privacy like that found in your own home. Large and luxurious or small but perfectly formed, Boutique Retreats’ unique properties all share the same tip-top standard of luxury. Whether you’re looking for a week in a seaside-chic cottage, a thatched family home stay, a cliff top retreat with a private pool or a romantic weekend getaway in a countryside bolthole, our unique collection of retreats have been carefully hand-picked within the best areas of the UK. And with


many of the retreats dog friendly too, you don’t need to leave your furry friend at home. Rustic, beach-chic, vintage elegance or Farrow and Ball-soaked style – each of Boutique Retreats’ luxury cottages has been lovingly designed for a perfect stay every time, and with the team on hand to help arrange those oh-so-special extras such as a private dining experience with a Michelinstarred chef, foraging with an expert, one-to-one surfing lessons or even a dog-sitter, you can be rest assured your holiday will be one to remember. Boutique Retreats have uncovered some seriously special places to stay in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, and throughout the UK. We know how good getaways should be. THE DETAILS Take a look at our stunning retreats at To book, either call us on 01872 553 49 or email us at


Most Anticipated Luxury Beach Resorts Opening in 2017

About forty new luxury hotels will open on beaches around the world in 2017, with two major regions appearing to be winning the race: Asia, catering both to an ever growing elite of international travellers in search of escape; and the Caribbean, Mexico and Southern US where demand from wealthy Europeans is stronger than ever.


alf of the hotels are run by major chains, yet very unique, and the rest demonstrate the steady development of smaller groups, betting on a more personal story. Here are a small selection of new openings in paradise this year.



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Lanka. Located on a long beach on the southwest coast of the island, the resort sits just a few minutes from Fort Galle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 172 rooms and suites will offer sea views and access to the resort’s facilities: multi-level tropical pool, Amari’s signature Breeze Spa, two restaurants, and a gym.

ONE&ONLY SANYA, CHINA OPENING 2017 One&Only Sanya is located in the south most part of China, on the tropical vacation island in the South China Sea. With 190 luxurious guest rooms and villas, One&Only Sanya will be nestled amidst 11 hectares of coconut palms and ancient rosewood trees, commanding enviable views from over 500 meters of private coastline. LUX* NORTH MALE ATOLL, MALDIVES OPENING MID 2017 LUX* will occupy a 6-hectare island in the Northern part of the Maldives. Introducing the first contemporary-designed beach houses in the Maldives (inspired by superyacht architecture and South Beach heritage), LUX* will have 60 suites up to 255sqm, on the beach and over water. There will be 2 onsite restaurants, a bar, wine cave, LUX* Me Spa and kids club to complete the offering. PARK HYATT ST. KITTS, WEST INDIES OPENING SPRING The resort will have 125 guestrooms, with most suites offering individual rooftop pools and spectacular views of the volcanic Nevis Island, only 3 miles away. Located in a secluded area offering golden sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, the Park Hyatt will introduce unique dining concepts at its

3 signature restaurants. This is the first Park Hyatt in the Caribbean. BAGLIONI RESORT MALDIVES, MALDIVES OPENING OCTOBER The 96-villa resort will become the first luxury Italian 5-star property in the Maldives. Baglioni Resort Maldives will include an international restaurant, a traditional Japanese restaurant and a signature Italian beach eatery. The swimming pool and bar, spa, yoga pavilion and gym all open onto the beach and the pure, crystalline waters of the Indian Ocean. FOUR SEASONS SURF CLUB, MIAMI, USA OPENING MARCH The resort will only accommodate 77 guestrooms, yet boast 4 pools, an oceanfront spa with two outdoor cabanas, a hammam, and serenity lawns for your yoga routine. 3-Michelin-star chef Thomas Keller of The French Laundry will open his first Miami restaurant on the property and Antonio Sersale of Positano’s Le Sirenuse will showcase his first eatery outside of Italy. Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly, Winston Churchill and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor once were regulars of The Surf Club; Four Seasons is now opening the door to a new generation of elite. FEBRUARY2017 77


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


resh mountain air, wide-open spaces and stunning views… not to mention après-ski! You no doubt understand the allure of the mountains, and may want to start planning your next snowy adventure.

Val Thorens is the highest resort in Europe (at an altitude of 2,300 metres) and the highest point of the largest ski area in the world, the 3 Vallées (600 kilometres of interconnected runs). It’s a New World resort that combines the best of skiing with the best of atmospheres so that each holidaymaker feels unique and enjoys their very own Val Tho experience! Reinventing enjoyment to give its guests the best possible holiday is Val Thorens’ credo. Val Thorens is a sporty, innovative, ski in- ski out car-free resort, built in pure mountain style. Alpe d’Huez is a true paradise for those who love snow and the great outdoors. The Winter/Summer sports resort is well known for its very sunny climate. The village sits perched on a full south facing plateau at 1860m altitude in the Grandes Rousses mountain range. The ski area called ‘Alpe d’Huez grand domaine Ski’ links up to the resort villages of Auris-en-Oisans, Huez, Ozen-Oisans, Vaujany, Villard-Reculas, La Garde and Le Freney. Its summit, the Pic Blanc is 3,330 metres at its highest point and offers an exceptional panorama stretching over one fifth of French territory. The resort is endowed with facilities that harmonise with the natural features of the resort to offer holiday makers a whole host of indoor/ outdoor, sports and cultural activities. La Plagne is a family winter sports and summer resort located in the French Alps between 1250 and 3250 metres. For over 50 years, the destination has become internationally renowned for its huge ski area with 225 kilometres of runs for all levels of skier. The atmosphere and architecture are diverse and recount over 50 years of the history of winter sports! St. François Longchamp is nestled on the mountainside between 1450m and 1650m altitude. The resort welcomes you to an exceptional setting, protected between the Mont Blanc mountain range on the north and the Pic l’Etendard on the south. Children, couples or tribes, everyone can find their place at Saint François Longchamp. Between four season sledge, dog sled riding, ski lessons for the toddlers or thrilling descents of the ski slopes in the “Snakegliss”(group sledging) at nightfall, or moments of relaxation in the Balneotherapy Centre for the parents. At Saint François Longchamp and its surroundings you can explore or practice in peace Nordic skiing or snowshoeing. Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc Over the past few years the resort has undergone a facelift. The Belle Epoque architecture has regained its splendour and the village its original charm. Dominated by the Mont-Blanc range, the Evasion Mont-Blanc ski area, the third largest in France, has been extended to the centre of the resort. This winter Saint-Gervais revives the magic of the night, increasing its evening activities outdoors: skiing, ski touring, snowshoeing etc. A new dimension that procures a


change of bearings, a feeling of heightened speed and the awakening of senses. Saalbach Hinterglemm - Welcome to Austria’s largest ski resort: 270 piste kilometres and 70 modern lifts are waiting. Ski-In/Ski-Out on well-groomed slopes and masses of powder fascinate skiers, snowboarders and offpiste fans. Perfectly shaped funparks attract freeskiers. Over 50 cosy mountain huts serve local specialities. Kitzbühel - the most legendary sports destination in the Alps: this self-confident slogan stands for a town that effortlessly combines tradition with sophistication. The legendary Hahnenkamm, a long sporting tradition and pioneering ventures in Alpine golf and winter sports have all contributed to Kitzbühel’s worldwide reputation. Today Kitzbühel remains a place of contrasts, where rustic Tyrolean guesthouses rub shoulders with international designer boutiques. Visitors can experience Kitzbühel in many ways, from the alleyways in the medieval old town and the breathtaking pistes to the town’s elegant hotels and scenic hiking trails. Gstaad - The combination of the special experiences for which Gstaad is so famous is unrivalled. It cannot be found anywhere else and makes Gstaad the ‘last paradise in a crazy world’ The prestige value of the brand Gstaad comes top of the list. The internationally renowned brandwhich is associated with luxury and high society creates a value that resonates far beyond the actual main target group. Baqueira Beret is a complete resort, divided in 3 areas: Beret, Baqueira, and Bonaigua with their respective characteristics, a network of modern installations and carefully maintained pistes, will satisfy all skiers. Beret is ideal for beginners and families. You’ll have easy access to all amenities, its pistes are very wide and of moderate inclination. Although, paradoxically, it is there that the permanent Stadium hosting competitions of high level is located. Åre in Sweden is Northern Europe´s largest and most advanced and diverse alpine sport resort, with skiing and a wide variety of other sports and activities to suit every possible preference and level of skill. There is everything from aweinspiring black pistes and highly challenging off-piste slopes to an abundance of easy skiing for children and beginners. Åre and adjacent Duved also offer world-class slopes for snowboarding, telemark and carving. Extreme adventures such as heli-skiing are also available.

5 F Platinum Chalet Hotel Le Savoie Superb location in the centre of Val d’Isère Exclusive airport transfers 5-course dinners (6 nights a week) with a choice of menu and flexible dining times

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Top Trips for 2017 Sometimes, when travelling, you find yourself somewhere truly unique. Perhaps it’s uncovering the lost cities of the ancient world, watching wildlife flourish in its natural habitat or marvelling at utterly otherworldly landscapes.


he team at The Luxury Holiday Company have put together this collection of their top five trips of 2017. Specialising in bespoke, highly personalised, luxury holidays and experiences, each itinerary comes complete with tailored advice from their destination experts, UK airport chauffeur service, 24/7 assistance and a personalised mobile app with destination information, travel documentation and the ability to share your holiday details with friends. The Luxury Holiday Company is also giving you the chance to win a holiday for two at The Peninsula, Paris, travelling in Business Premier with Eurostar. Visit to enter. INDIA’S GOLDEN TRIANGLE India’s Golden Triangle is a heady mix of world wonders, ancient fort cities and the country’s capital where technicolour marketplaces sit side by side with a dignified colonial charm. Discover Delhi, Rajasthan’s Jaipur and Agra’s Taj Mahal icon with private guided touring throughout and stays in some of the country’s finest accommodation, from landscaped oases to grand colonial mansions. 8 days from £2,820 pp incl. flights HIGHLIGHTS OF INDOCHINA Indochina is graced by great wonders of the world, formed by both nature and lost empires. Jungles cloak the mist-shrouded temples of Angkor and the schist pillars of Ha Long Bay pierce cloudless skies. In between, you’ll take in its famous cities; there’s Hanoi’s twisting colonialism, Ho Chi Minh City’s skyscraping enthusiasm and Phnom Penh’s gilded palaces. Take it in with private guided tours and stays in beachside villas and grand European estates. 18 days from £5,900 pp incl. flights


HIGHLIGHTS OF BOTSWANA From the Okavango Delta’s waterway maze to the desolate magnificence of the Kalahari Desert, Botswana is animated by one of the world’s most diverse collections of wildlife. And, after punts in dugout canoes, visits to indigenous tribes and game drives in search of big cats, you’ll return to luxurious spa properties. 10 days from £8,865 pp incl. flights HIGHLIGHTS OF PERU Explore Peru’s cultural tapestry in unrivalled style, with chef-led cooking courses, luxury train rides through the Andes and cruises among islands built entirely from reeds. There’s also the Sacred Valley, where colonial churches squat on temples ruins, ancient communities hide among rolling foothills and Incan sites dominate whole mountainside, including a certain Machu Picchu. 13 days from £6,970 pp incl. flights HIGHLIGHTS OF JAPAN Japan, for all its cutting edge, still wears its uniquely insular culture on its kimono sleeve. And, while you’ll take in Tokyo’s skyscraping neon in between Shinkansen bullet train sprints, you’ll also uncover the country’s rich past. There’s Kyoto’s thousand-strong spread of geisha teahouses and Zen shrines, along with stays in the country’s ryokan inns whose rice mats and onsen hot springs have hosted wandering samurai. 11 days from £4,600 pp incl. flights THE DETAILS For holiday inspiration and advice call The Luxury Holiday Company on 020 7590 0639 or visit

Imagine stepping onto your personal island and enjoying a champagne picnic in the middle of the Indian Ocean

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Sicily Jewel of the Mediterranean

Italy’s largest island has its own culture, delicious regional cuisine, glorious scenery, beautiful beaches and a rich history – all watched over by Mount Etna – one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Consequently, Sicily is an island that should be on every traveller’s list. But what are the top sites you shouldn’t miss? Here are some suggestions from Italy holiday experts Inghams: GREEK THEATRE, TAORMINA This magnificent remnant of the Greek and Roman ages has one of the most stunning settings imaginable with the Mediterranean Sea and Mount Etna as its backdrop. It was first created around the 3rd century BC to host performances and then transformed by the Romans for games and mock battles. BAROQUE TOWNS OF THE VAL NOTO Nestling in the south-east corner of Sicily are some of the most beautiful towns in Italy. Wander the streets of Noto, Scicli, Modica and Ragusa to admire the churches and palazzi with ornate façades adorned with carvings and gargoyles. More recently, these towns have enjoyed fame as the setting for the BBC 4 detective series, Inspector Montalbano. HISTORICAL SYRACUSE Syracuse was founded by the Greeks in 733BC; a visit to the fascinating Archaeological Park with its enormous amphitheatre is highly recommended. By contrast, the historical centre of the city dates to the early 18th century and is completely designed in beautiful baroque style. The Cathedral is unique in that it started life as a Greek temple but has been transformed into a glorious church with an elaborate baroque façade. MARKETS AND STREET FOOD OF PALERMO Palermo – Sicily’s capital - is wonderfully unconventional but with a long and complicated past which has left it with a fascinating culture. There are many street markets but the Ballarò and La Vucciria are the most famous and are great places to immerse yourself in Sicilian culture and cuisine. Join a walking tour to experience the best of Palermo’s wonderful street food. VINEYARDS AND WINERIES The cultivation of vines goes back centuries in Sicily but in recent years there have been many innovations taking Sicilian wine to the top of its class. Vines are grown all over the island and there are many wineries you can visit to learn more about the particular grape varieties grown here such as Inzolia, Nero d’Avola, Cataratto and Grecanico. THE DETAILS For more information about holidays to Sicily and the rest of Italy contact Inghams call 01483 915 014 or visit 82 FEBRUARY2017

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So long White House,

hello paradise!

On leaving the White House last month, former president Barack Obama whisked his family off for a well-deserved holiday. Stopping off in Palm Springs, they then flew to Richard Branson's lavish private island retreat Necker Island, aboard the British billionaire’s own private jet.


any celebrities have taken advantage of the businessman’s hospitality - Mariah Carey, Kate Winslet, Robert De Niro, Nelson Mandela and Diana Princess of Wales have all reportedly stayed there. Kate Moss held her 40th birthday party there and Google co-founder Larry Page was married there. Mr Branson has made no secret of his negative feelings for Obama’s successor Donald Trump. The multi-billionaire said it is “extremely worrying” Mr Trump is reversing the “positive moves” Barack Obama and George W Bush did before him. Necker Island can be booked exclusively, and is available to rent for £64,000 a night for up to 34 guests (approx. £1,900 per person, per night) - or you

could book an individual room on Necker Island as a couple, individual or family for stays of 7 nights (see website for varying seasonal rates) AND THIS IS WHAT YOU GET… Your accommodation All meals and drinks (including alcoholic beverages) Return launch transfer from Virgin Gorda or Beef Island airports A dedicated team of 100 staff Two freshwater infinity pools and a huge hot tub on the beach Two floodlit tennis courts Water sports equipment for windsurfing, kite-surfing, water-skiing, sailing, snorkelling and even scuba diving plus much more Wireless internet throughout the island Disco DJ included on one night 10% BVI accommodation tax THE DETAILS For bookings, please call 0800 716 919 or 0208 600 0430 or email


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Make your way to SaintTropez Brigitte Bardot frolicked on the beaches of Saint Tropez in the ‘50s; now it’s the playground of rap stars and international socialites. Most of the sandy hot spots lie southwest of town on the Baie de Pampelonne. But if you’re not P. Diddy, take heart: you’ll find a few family-friendly, public beaches where the sun, sand and waves are just as fabulous.


eautiful coastal path, its hilltop villages, monumental architecture, magnificent wine domains, dainty little squares and the world famous harbour… Saint Tropez is an enchanting destination. The village got its name from Saint Tropez who was born in Pisa, Tuscany of patrician lineage. Hotel Byblos Saint Tropez is a destination all too familiar amidst the high-heeled as well as ‘jet-setters, celebrities and artists’. Most renowned for being the choice of proclaiming love to a partner, where Mick Jagger proposed to his first wife, the resort is a Mediterranean paradise.

TOP DAY TRIP Ramatuelle is a charming and peaceful village of 2,500 inhabitants nestled up the hill near Saint-Tropez. It was built on a hill to defend itself against enemies and dominates the Bay of Pampelonne and the agricultural plain, at an altitude of about 130 metres. As typical of Mediterranean villages, architecture reveals porches, stairs, passages, squares, narrow streets paved with flowers, church and its bell tower .


Located in Ramatuelle, the bay of Pampelonne of 27 hectares is believed to be the origin of Saint Tropez. Frequented by the jet set, the bay is one of the most famous beaches in the world. Two institutions are at the origin of this myth: “Tahiti Beach” installed in 1946, using the bamboo décor abandoned by the Victorine studios in 1935 during the filming of the movie “Song of the Islands” by Georges Manae, and “Club 55” (created in 1955), that was a canteen for the team shooting “And God Created Woman” featuring Brigitte Bardot and which became a popular restaurant. BEST FAMILY ACTIVITY Escalet Beach sits in between the Cape taillat and the Cape camarat, The beach, spread out over about 350 metres, is ideal for a family outing. Several sport and water activities are available including snorkel indispensable for exploring the seabed… unless you prefer to rent a kayak! BEST PLACE FOR LOCAL SHOPPING Saint-Tropez is the capital of shopping on the Côte d’Azur with its boutiques, all the best brands in fashion or its world famous crafts and specialties. Thus, in the triangle between the Place des Lices, Rue Gambetta and Rue Allard you will find exactly the same retail opportunities as in Paris, London or Rome. In St Tropez, though, they are attended by seaside insouciance. In other words, the resort has all the shops which villagers require – butchers, bakers, newsagents – but with the world’s leading designer outlets grafted on. BEST RESTAURANT FOR A CELEBRATION: RIVEA BY ALAIN DUCASSE Rivea at Byblos offers authentic Mediterranean fare using fresh, simple and healthy produce, all issued from neighboring lands of the French and Italian Riviera. An establishment drenched in sun, just like super chef Alain Ducasse so loves!


Get Ready for the UK’s Most Exciting Theme Park

From Bear Grylls adrenalin adventures to pampering spa treatments on one site Forget Disney or Universal. Post Brexit, stay-cations are the new normal.And the 2017 professional family expects a lot more from their leisure time. Our appetite for adventure is ravenous.We need an escape from the pressures of work and school. Hand-in-hand is a desire for holistic health and the inner peace it brings. Using the family holiday as a time of strengthening relationships, even healing rifts brought on by the relentless stress of everyday life.


s it asking too much to achieve both goals during one holiday? Not any more. The UK’s most exciting new theme park in a generation has just been launched. Set in 485 acres of the beautiful Afan Valley in South Wales, this new concept combines the beauty of hills and forests with the accessibility that comes with being just ten minutes from the M4. Already in the top ten global venues for mountain biking, the area’s reputation for adventure is about to explode. The park will feature 40 adrenalin-fuelled activities designed by the Bear Grylls Survival Academy. Names like Sheer Drop, Leap of Faith and Canyon Crossing give you a flavour. Or you can spend the day in the water slides and plunge pools of the aquatic centre, cycle or ramble round the mountains and valleys or undergo extreme pampering in the 5 star spa. When the day’s action is done, the Central Hub area will come alive with street parties, live music, parades and a tough decision on whether to eat out in one of the restaurants or have a family dinner in the luxury lodge.

Ah, yes, the lodges. Did I mention that you can own the cabin you stay in, with all the facilities you’d expect in a permanent holiday home? One to four bedrooms, fully fitted kitchen, utility room, en-suite master bedroom, hot tub and decking. And a 50 year warranty, five times as long as you get on a new brick-and-mortar property. As a lodge owner you receive a whopping 8% per annum rental income and 14 days of family use in this year-round resort. Lodges range from £149,000 to £259,000, with a 50% initial deposit, 25% in August 2017 and the balance due when your lodge is delivered in late 2018/early 2019. The 8% payments start as soon as your deposit and paperwork is received, reducing the amount of the final payment. The team behind this landmark project have just pulled off a major coup. They’ve recruited as their new chairman Peter Moore OBE, the former Managing Director of Center Parcs and Marketing Director of Alton Towers. Here’s what Peter has to say about this unique development “It's an exciting concept, with many similarities to, yet very different from Center Parcs, in its core offer. It does, however, require a similar skillset to turn it into an exciting guest experience and having done it before, I am convinced an offer of this type is absolutely right for the marketplace.” Reservations are now being taken for the first phase of the project, with some excellent plots near the Central Hub being snapped up by families who want to combine the unique experience of regular retreats to the countryside with an investment that pays passive income for years to come. Elite Investor Club can provide you with full information and access to the episode of Sky TV’s Make Your Money Work programme in which the project is featured. THE DETAILS For more information visit FEBRUARY2017 87


World class luxury on the sea This innovative British brand has been building exclusive, high quality motor yachts for almost 20 years.


ike many of today’s most successful companies, Pearl came about almost by chance. Iain Smallridge, Pearl’s founder and MD, spent the early part of his career working as a captain on privately owned motor yachts based in the Mediterranean. When asked to oversee the build of a brand new yacht for one of his clients, he finally got a chance to put those ideas into practice. The resulting boat was so successful that Iain went into business with John Yarnold, purchasing the assets of the former Humber Boats to build a new range of luxurious aft cabin cruisers. Pearl Yachts was officially launched at the 1998 Southampton Boat Show with the unveiling of the Pearl 41 and 45. In 2002 Iain bought out John Yarnold’s share of the company with the help of private


investors Tony and Margaret Whittaker, experienced boat owners who remain closely involved with the business to this day. The Pearl 55, which emerged the following year, introduced a striking new exterior style and a substantial flybridge but still boasted that unique aft cabin layout. This evolved into the Pearl 60 and in 2006 was joined by its smaller but no less luxurious sibling, the Pearl 50. Finally in 2012 with around 50 boats already built, the Pearl name was firmly established on the international scene. Once again, Bill Dixon was chosen to give the new 75 the secure seakeeping and distinctive lines expected of a Pearl but this time Iain invited the acclaimed interior designer Kelly Hoppen MBE to give its spacious accommodation a fresh look and feel. She proved to be an inspired choice, creating a sophisticated palette of neutral tones and subtle textures that brought out the best in the 75’s innovative layout and light-filled interior. Two years later, the same pairing were responsible for the equally desirable Pearl 65. Now the yard is working on its largest and most ambitious launch to date, an all-new 95-footer that promises to pack a raft of class-leading superyacht features on to a craft that still slips under the crucial 24m waterline length exception, boasting an elegant exterior profile but also the deck spaces and interior accommodation of a much larger craft. Three or four additional guest suites are accessed down a separate staircase, providing unrivalled privacy for both owners and their guests.

The Pearl range comprises three yachts; the 65, 75 and new 95. The one thing they all have in common is a world-class fit and finish, and pricing that embarrasses many of their big name competitors. Prices for the Pearl 65 start at £1.31 million ex VAT while the Pearl 75 costs from £2.49 million ex VAT. These prices have stayed frozen for the last three years. The new 95, the first of which is already in build and due to be launched in the summer of 2017, is priced from £4.65 million ex VAT. Pearl makes a point of specifying all its boats with an unusually high level of standard equipment that many rival yards charge extra for, ensuring they represent excellent value for money in any like-for-like comparison. Pearl Yachts prides itself on the level of personal care it provides before, during and after the purchase of a boat. A network of dedicated dealers in the UK, South of France, Mallorca and Florida are on hand to deal with local issues while Iain and his team of factory technicians are only a phone call away. THE DETAILS To find your local dealer and to learn more about the Pearl range of yachts, visit or call 01926 491069


Home Farm Glamping

the perfect countryside escape is only a tube ride away Glamping is fast becoming the perfect way for families to reconnect with each other. Home Farm Glamping, based just north of London, has three yurts and nine bell tents on site, bbqs and campfires next to each tent, fine dining options, hog roasts, open air yoga classes, ukele classes, and acres of land and forest for the kids to explore.


place to get your wellies muddy and to kick back and relax, Home Farm’s glamping experience is easily accessible for Londoners, being 5 minutes from Stanmore and Edgware tubes and near the M4 and M40, and M25. With rolling green fields and avenues of beautiful, ancient trees, Home Farm offers wide open spaces and plenty of opportunity for families to embrace nature.

If camping sounds worrying, don’t worry, this really is glamping! There are fully heated indoor showers and flushing loos, sockets, warm blankets, hot water for tea and coffee, and ice for the cocktails. The tents are all situated in one gorgeous meadow and you'll find pubs and attractions nearby. Home Farm can create a full itinerary of adventures, or leave you to your own devices. If climbing trees, country walks, toasting marshmallows and star gazing form your idea of a perfect family holiday, then glamping at Home Farm with the family will hit the spot, with a dash of luxury. Home Farm also caters for couples. hen parties and private events. Midweek and weekend bookings available from April-September. THE DETAILS Visit to book or email homefarmglamping


Chateau Lou Casteou’s

‘Let’s Salsa’ is a vibrant programme full of fun, frivolity and fast footwork.

‘Let’s Salsa’

Chateau Lou Casteou’s ‘Let’s Salsa’ retreat combines all the rhythm and sparkle of Strictly Come Dancing with good exercise, great company and delicious food. Hidden in the Cote d’Azur’s idyllic Esterel Mountain and just minutes from the sea, the elegantly furnished chateau is a luxurious haven, perfect for a few days away and a chance to take to the dancefloor.


he ‘Let’s Salsa’ programme is designed to cater for both new dancers and those with experience aiming to improve their skills. During the four-day retreat, the classes cover dance disciplines from all over the world, offering guests the chance to try their hands (and feet) at Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cha Cha, Kizomba, West Coast Swing and fun Reggaeton! Dance classes are also interspersed with a variety of fitness activities selected to enhance dance fitness and core strength, balance and posture. The classes are led by a team of experienced


fitness instructors and award-winning professional dancers, keen to pass on their passion for dance and music. Delicious and healthy breakfasts, lunches and dinners are served around the pool or in the historic cloisters. After energetic workouts and dancing, there is a welcome chance to relax, socialise and enjoy the stunning chateau and views. The talented chef, Jimmy Karl, who also specialises in delicious coconut milk mojitos, also provides sumptuous meals that are made from locally sourced ingredients. Aperitifs are served nightly by the pool with a fun dance session before dinner. After being wined and dined , guests can try out their new moves at a local Salsa club and during candlelit evening parties at the chateau. The warm and friendly atmosphere at Lou Casteou is the perfect setting for this retreat. It is a luxurious and welcoming sanctuary where guests are encouraged and supported by their teachers and one another, improving their dance skills and forming friendships at the same time. THE DETAILS For reservations and enquiries, please contact or for more information about Chateau Lou Casteou's 'Let's Salsa' visit the website at

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La Bella Italia Do you ever dream of your own idyllic Italian hideaway? Appassionata shows you how to turn this fantasy into a straightforward reality.


magine stepping out of your car into the Italian, summer air. You look around admiring the lush rolling hills, acres of vineyards and olive groves and the beautiful golden glow of the earth around your home as the Italian sun warms the glistening swimming pool. As you settle into your sun lounger, the solitude and natural beauty of the area, complemented by the luxurious villa, will ease you into complete relaxation. This is a fairy tale many people dream of: an idyllic, second home in Italy, an escape from the rat race of modern living. Now, this fairy tale has become a reality. Appassionata is a boutique, family run, fractional ownership business set in Le Marche in the heart of Italy. Appassionata is truly unique and offers customers the chance to own a luxurious home away from home without the stresses associated with purchasing, maintaining and renovating a property overseas. Michael Hobbs and Dawn Cavanagh-Hobbs visited the Le Marche region in 2004, instantly falling in love with the historical and picturesque landscape and the Italian way of life. This region is ‘real’ Italy, un spoilt by mass tourism. Its rich lands incorporate 180 kilometres of coastline, the largest number of museums and galleries in Italy, thousands of monuments and acres of national parkland, making Le Marche perfect for holidays all year round. The Hobbs family wanted to share the beauty they had discovered with others looking to escape and relax in the sanctuary of a second home. With Michael’s entrepreneurial skills and Dawn’s expertise in interior design,


combined with a lot of hard work from their daughter India and her husband Charlie, the industrious family created their fractional ownership business, Appassionata. Owners buy an actual share of a deeded property. Your purchase is forever, so that owners may choose to sell their stake or pass it on to their family whenever they choose. This differs from ‘time share’ schemes where investors only lease a property for a set timescale. There is no need to worry about gardening or pool cleaning, security or maintenance when you are away, the Appassionata Management Company takes care of it all. The Hobbs family run the business with care and attention to ensure that each and every one of the owners have a happy and carefree experience every time they visit their home. Each owner has a 1/10th ownership in their property, five exclusive weeks per year to enjoy with family and friends. Appassionata’s latest property ‘Il Riposo’ is a beautifully restored four bedroom home, dating from the 12th century and nestled in the medieval hill top town of Patrignone. The split level walled garden and private pool together with stunning views make this the perfect holiday home retreat. Relax, unwind and immerse yourself into the Italian lifestyle, slow living at its best. Come and visit us soon and make your dream a reality. Call or email us today.

Prices from £90,000 for five weeks only 9 shares remaining

THE DETAILS For more information about Appassionata Telephone India Hobbs-Mauger on 0039 331 5413225 email or visit the website at




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wimWay is the leading home visit Swimming School in London. Since 2005, the company has developed a reputation for providing high quality swimming lessons for parents & babies, children and adults. Locations include exclusive private developments, homes, schools and gyms around London, as well as 11 sites open to general public. Because SwimWay specialises in private or semiprivate lessons, the children receive full, direct support inside the water from their teacher. This allows them to use only a kickboard as a floatation device without sacrificing any safety measures. Other swim schools often use backpacks, shark wings and noodles which inevitably delay the learning process. A good programme will work on fundamentals such as breath control, buoyancy, body position, gliding and correct leg kick action before introducing the full stroke. Students that are given the correct core elements will thrive, and become good swimmers. The majority of SwimWay swimming lessons are provided as one-to-one, or as semi-private classes. This allows the instructor to

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create a specific lesson plan for each student. Other swimming schools have to follow a generalised swimming plan due to the high student/teacher ratio, and the number of students taught per week. The SwimWay programme has been developed inserting a combination of skills obtained from many countries throughout the world, including Australia, New-Zealand, USA, South Africa and Brazil, to provide you or your child with the best swimming lessons in London. The most important aspects of the classes are the lesson quality, teachers’ enthusiasm, and the methodology that has been developed and implemented. Of course, the environment and water quality/temperature also play an enormous factor in students’ progress. The swimming programme that SwimWay has created enables all the students to develop and practice key techniques and skills, progressing as stroke and skill competency is achieved. The technology used for booking and assessments allows the instructors to continually assess all students to ensure they are progressing through the programme. This system also allows clients to

register and view this progression from home. The SwimWay team has a huge base of knowledge and experience of which they are incredibly proud. All instructors undergo constant training and development, ensuring they are the best they can be when it comes to health and safety, and teaching techniques. This enables SwimWay to provide you with fantastic swimming lessons that are also safe, and lots of fun! SwimWay have a number of swimming pools located in London: • Kensington High Street • Putney • Kew Gardens • East Sheen • Bloomsbury • Wimbledon / Southfields • Mandarin Oriental Hotel • Balham • Wandsworth Common For further information please email, telephone the SwimWay offices on 0208 871 3972 or visit their website at


Revision advice for parents:

How best to help your child


While the exams are still a few months away yet, it will not be long before teenagers start thinking about revision.


CSEs and A Levels are not only stressful for the children sitting them; they can be stressful for the whole family too. Routines get turned upside down, the pressure mounts and everyone’s emotions run high. Parents want their child to do well, but are scared of adding to the pressure or burdening them with expectation. The good news is that there are many ways parents can help, and they do not need to be an expert at algebra or remember the ins and outs of Hamlet’s relationship with Ophelia! A SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT This is important in an emotional and practical sense. Students benefit from a quiet place to study and having the materials they

need to hand, including a comfortable chair, adequate light and enough stationery. The fewer distractions at home the better. If there are other children around, they should be kept from disturbing their sibling. It may be necessary to adjust family boundaries for TV and Internet during this time. Social activities will inevitably scale back, but teenagers need enjoyable things to look forward to. It goes without saying that regular exercise and plenty of sleep are vital. PLANNING AHEAD The sheer volume of revision and the exam schedule itself can be daunting. Parents can play a vital role by breaking it down into manageable tasks and milestones. They should start by acquiring a copy of the exam timetable and noticing any potential conflicts. For example, a work commitment on the day of an exam, or a family birthday the weekend before. Planning ahead ensures these events do not disrupt exam preparation. Depending on the child and the support they receive from school, parents can help them to plan a realistic revision timetable. Regular breaks and time to unwind before bed should always be built in. PRIVATE TUITION AND GROUP REVISION CLASSES Revising alone day after day is boring. To maintain motivation and confidence it is important to vary revision. Many parents will hire a private tutor to support their children with exams. Group revision sessions, such as those run by AW Tuition, are another option. These provide useful structure as well as the opportunity to share


difficulties and learn from others. Parents may wish to research if there are any TV programmes, museums or theatre productions relevant to what their child is studying. Another way to vary revision is to offer to test the child on a topic or ask them to explain something they have been learning. This is a great indicator of whether or not the information has sunk in and it can be enjoyable too! ON EXAM DAY On the day of the exam, nerves may well take over. Parents should remain calm and check their children have everything they need, including a calculator and any set texts. THE DETAILS AW Tuition provides elite tuition and academic coaching. For more information, you can visit their website,, or speak to Emma on 0208 123 0242. AW Tuition will be holding courses on GCSE revision skills in April. For more information, and to register for a place, visit

Bocketts Farm Park 11th - 19th Feb 2017


ENJOY FREE RANGE FAMILY FUN THIS FEBRUARY HALF TERM! Daily birds of prey flying demonstrations! (Mon-Fri only)


Plenty of indoor play & activities

Early Spring lambing starts



Visit the Pony Parlour PLUS Animal handling, goat milking, tractor rides, pig racing and pony rides daily!



CELEBRATE YOUR CHILD’S BIRTHDAY AT BOCKETTS Fantastic party package includes farm entry, private party room, party food, private animal handling and free entry for adults.

Call 01372 363764 to discuss availability and prices. LM

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The Royal Air Force Museum London, Grahame Park Way, Colindale, London NW9 5LL T: 020 8205 2266 SATNAV NW9 5QW



Secret Garden 30–31 May 2017

With help from a friendly robin, a little girl finds the hidden key and unlocks the magic of The Secret Garden. A narrated one-act ballet perfect for younger audiences featuring an all-child cast.

THE LYRIC, HAMMERSMITH Tickets: £10 – £35 Box Office: 020 8741 6850 Transaction fee £1.25 over the phone

Tues 30 May: 10.30am • 2.30pm • 6pm Wed 31 May: 2.30pm • 4.30pm

Photo: Peter Teigen





Learning Your


Our definitive guide to help you make all the right choices for your children


here are 2,500+ independent schools in the UK which are independent of local or central government control. Independent schools offer a wealth of facilities and high teaching standards that enable students to achieve great results year after year. Independent schools are in the unique position to provide a truly bespoke education for your child. Choosing the right school for your child is an important decision that takes plenty of time and research. There are a wide range of independent schools specialising in different age groups and needs.

PRE-PREPARATORY SCHOOLS (AGES 2 YEARS - 7 YEARS) Pre-preparatory schools - also called nursery schools or kindergartens - correspond to nursery and infants stages in local authority schools. In pre-preparatory schools children are taught to read, write, develop numeracy and learn to play. Pre-prep schools are often attached to specific junior schools.Pre-prep school is the first time most children will experience education, as opposed to the daycare provided by kindergartons. Children will have to learn the basics of mathematics, science and English, and a host of other subjects. Outside the classroom, many of the children will be having their first proper experience with team sports, music and/or choral tuition, and the arts. PREPARATORY SCHOOLS (AGES 7 YEARS -11+ OR 13 YEARS) Preparatory or prep schools, have a full range of subjects leading to admission to senior schools at 11+ or through the 13+ Common Entrance Examination. As their name implies, the preparatory schools are focused primarily on preparing boys and girls for their senior education, and the important public exams that come with it.

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Free of the National Curriculum, prep schools can differentiate their curricula according to what they think best prepares children for their later education. Most prep school children will be learning a foreign language from the very first year, and don’t be surprised to see subjects like Latin, Philosophy and Physics in the classroom, with cricket, rugby and tennis all on offer during games. As children reach the end of their time at prep school, most will look to the Common Entrance Exam as their gateway into the senior schools. It is during this transition process that senior schools are also looking for talented pupils for scholarships and other awards, so the very able students may be asked to attend further examinations/recitals/matches &c, depending on where their particular strengths lie. In the state system, children are tested by the Government SATs, however many schools in the independent sector will have their own internal methods of measuring the performance of the children. There are around 499 prep schools in the Independent Association of Prep Schools, one of our constituent Head’s Associations, collectively educating over 134,000 children. SENIOR SCHOOLS (AGES 11 YEARS -18 YEARS) Most of the pupils in independent education are in senior school, educating over 350,000 senior school students in almost eight hundred schools. Independent Senior Schools offer approaches to education, subjects, facilities and sports unparalleled in the state sector – students can study History of Art, Government, Russian and Japanese, and try their hands at Astronomy, Ceramics or Equestrianism. They could be on their school judo or sailing team, and take trips all over the world. Whatever your child’s particular strengths, passions and interests, there is almost certainly a school which can offer the chance to try all of them.


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



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

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

London’s leading day school for specific learning difficulties 020 7976 5456


‘Private schools should be praised for producing

influential people’ A new study by Debrett’s, the etiquette experts, reveals that two-fifths of the 500 most powerful and influential people in Britain went to private schools.


rucially this cuts across all spheres of influence, including not only traditional careers, like business and politics, but areas like architecture and acting too: witness the amazing global success of Eton-educated Eddie Redmayne, still only 33, as Professor Stephen Hawking, in The Theory of Everything. Of course private schools are always going to produce far more than their fair share of Society’s most powerful “players”. This is inevitable, given the fact that most successful people educate their own children privately; thus the system is guaranteed to be perpetuated, with success breeding success.

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For example, high-flying parents will have all the key contacts, whether in commerce or theatre, to help ensure their own offspring have that first, vital helping hand up the career ladder. Work experience slots inevitably go to the children of top business people or lawyers, for example as inevitably their parents have the contacts to find precious openings. And anyone who has been to a private school, whether big or small, famous or not so famous, will know that there will be many such high-achieving parents. Their added influence opens doors more easily and, crucially, other pupils can also benefit from their contacts. For example, successful parents are often instrumental in prompting high-profile acquaintances to visit schools as speakers: spending time with pupils and offering invaluable advice on “How to succeed” in the process. That way, everyone benefits from their expertise. This is indeed how the system works on a termly basis: little nudges here and there, but nothing too blatant or nepotistic. Private schools are exceedingly good at producing successful pupils...

Teaching children to fly The House Schools Group is made up of three non-selective, co-educational preparatory schools for 3 – 11 year olds. The group collaborate closely, sparking off new ideas for ever more successful teaching practices. Whilst each school has a unique character, they share a common ethos: that every child is different, but deserves to learn to fly regardless of early learning abilities. high-flyers are encouraged to soar, whilst children who need extra support are given wings for their journey. The powerful combination of highly trained staff and tailor-made teaching opens up young minds to endless possibilities, encouraging them to think for themselves. Our pupils mostly call it having fun. We call it being the best they can be. The enthusiasm of our pupils has to be seen to be believed. We invite you to come along and judge for yourself at one of our weekly tours.

Open days: Orchard House Sat 11th March am. Bassett House Sat 20th May am. Prospect House Thurs 25th May pm.

Chiswick 020 8742 8544

North Kensington 020 8969 0313

Putney 020 8246 4897 House Schools Group


Developing children to their full potential at St Benedict’s School The Catholic, co-educational school in leafy Ealing enables children to benefit from a seamless education which can begin at the age of 3 and continue through to the Sixth Form.


t Benedict’s has strong academic standards, with considerable ambition for future academic success. The School is committed to supporting all children to develop their full potential, by treating them as individuals, and catering for their particular needs and talents at every stage. Inspirational teaching, tutorial guidance and exceptional pastoral care are at the heart of the education we offer. The Junior School and Nursery provide a supportive and vibrant environment in which to learn. Sharing excellent facilities with the Senior School and a programme of cross-curricular activities help ease the transition at 11+ to the Senior School, which is on the same site. At St Benedict’s, there is a vital focus on personal development, and our outstanding co-curricular programme helps pupils to thrive by enabling them to find and develop their unique gifts and talents. St Benedict’s has a distinguished sporting tradition: while many boys and girls train and compete at county and national level, everyone is encouraged to enjoy sport, teamwork and fitness. Music and Drama are both excellent; there is a strong choral tradition, renowned Abbey Choir and many instrumental ensembles. Termly drama productions have recently included Amadeus, West Side Story and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. We encourage principled leadership, resilience and character in our pupils, and promote the Christian values of integrity, fairness and generosity to others. This is a hallmark of the School, informed by the 1500 year-old Rule of St Benedict, and there could be no better way of equipping young people for the future. Recent developments include a fine new Sixth Form Centre and Art Department, opened in 2015. A new Nursery and Pre-Prep Department will open in September 2017, providing our youngest pupils with a first-rate learning environment. St Benedict’s School is unique. Come and visit, and see what we have to offer. You can be sure of a warm Benedictine welcome. THE DETAILS For more information about St Benedict's School Telephone 020 8862 2254 or visit the website at

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Outstanding Catholic Independent school for boys & girls aged 3 - 18

Additional Year 6 class now available

Open Mornings Nursery Tuesday 21 February Senior School Thursday 04 May Nursery & Junior School Thursday 18 May

New Nursery & Pre-Prep building opening September 2017

View our website for a full list of our Open Events or arrange a personal visit with our Registrar, Louise Pepper, on 020 8862 2254

Independent Co-educational 3-11 years. Founded 1942. ISA & IAPS

Hawkesdown House School

For boys aged 3 to 8 years Endeavour Courage Truth

Inspiring Brilliant Futures

Open Mornings Wednesday 8th March 9.30-11.00 Tuesday 13th June 9.30-11.00 Tours of the school are held on Tuesday mornings Bursaries available

27 Edge Street, Kensington, London W8 7PN Telephone: 0207 727 9090 Email:

Kensington Prep School in Fulham has been transformed. It now has some of the best facilities of any prep school in London with the completion of an innovative £2.7m ‘Creating Spaces for Growing Minds’ building programme.

020-8670 5865 email:

DEVONSHIRE HOUSE SCHOOL 2 Arkwright Road, Hampstead, NW3 6AE

Registration is now open for 4+ entry in 2018.

The quality of the pupils’ achievements and learning is

ISI Inspection Report, May 2015 596 Fulham Road London SW6 5PA Phone: 020 7731 9300 Email:

Kensington Prep School is an award-winning school in Fulham for girls aged 4-11 set in spacious grounds with netball and tennis courts. We win praise for our nurturing approach, rich curriculum and outstanding academic results. Entry at all levels is by assessment.

A co-educational IAPS Prep and Pre-Prep School for children from 3 to 13 with its own Oak Tree Nursery for children from 2½ to 3½ OPEN MORNINGS Wednesday 3rd May 2017 Thursday 4th May 2017 For more information contact Admissions: 020 7435 1916





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The collaborative

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Mobile technology, truly embedded into the classroom, encourages students to develop communication, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration skills. But technology has to be inbuilt into the curriculum, if students are really going to reap the rewards.

CS Hillingdon International School developed its showcase collaborative IT Lab, with mobile technology at its heart as an integral part of the school day to encourage students to develop essential skills. High School students recently created, coded and built the ‘100 iPad Wall’ within the school’s IT Lab - a huge screen able to receive and display images simultaneously in real time. Younger students also collaborated on the project by producing a piece of artwork, using a microscopic camera lens attached to an iPad. 700 pictures of the school were collected and used to create a piece of art streamed on the iPad Wall.

As a result of this project, a student team from all age groups were asked to exhibit the iPad Wall at the Apple Leadership Summit held in London to over 400 international delegates. Through the use of collaborative technology, students learnt key communication and life skills by presenting and filming their creation; critical thinking and problem solving through the design and build of the iPad Wall and developed a creative mindset by producing the ‘live’ artworks. THE DETAILS For more information or to register for an open day visit

Through learning, inspire all to make a difference

OPEN MORNING Saturday 11 March 2017, 10am –12 noon Boys and girls aged 4-18. To find out more, visit

‘The quality of the pupils’ personal development is excellent’ ISI Report

Did you know, in 2016… • 63% of our students earned the equivalent of 3 A*s or above at A Levels. • Our students won places at leading universities around the world, and over half of these were in the UK.


Fulham Prep School

To learn is to grow Education is about developing the curiosity, confidence and security to learn and try. Fulham Prep is a co-educational pre-prep and prep school providing continuous education for children between the ages of 4+ and 13.

Find out how your child can reach their full potential by calling 020 7371 9911 (reception to year 2) or 020 7386 2444 (years 3 to 8). For year 9 enquiries please call 020 7386 2444.




Why Choose an Independent Sixth Form College? BY JAMES WARDROBE

Independent VI Form colleges are now established as very reliable and successful providers of pre-university education. Most of the best colleges are members of the Council for Independent Education (CIFE). CIFE, founded in 1972, is a national association whose colleges are spread widely over the country. Details of each college can be found at


major advantage of independent VI Form colleges over a school's sixth form lies in the wider range of choice of subjects and much greater flexibility of subject combinations. Most colleges allow you to pick virtually any combination of subjects. Different types and lengths of A-level course are also available. More and more students are joining colleges just for the second year of A-level and most colleges will allow you to combine A2 courses with a complete new A-level taught in one year. So, apart from the variety of subjects, you 110 FEBRUARY2017

will find standard two-year, final-year (ie second year), one-year and retake courses (even short, half-year pre-June courses!). GCSEs are also offered at all colleges. Intensive Easter Revision courses at both A level and GCSE are available at many colleges. CIFE colleges have experienced and enthusiastic teachers who are A-level subject specialists. They are familiar with all the requirements of the various examination boards and are often examiners for the syllabuses they teach. They often have the advantage of being able to specialise in their subject at a particular level for a particular exam syllabus throughout their whole teaching timetable, unburdened by any lower school teaching requirements. The colleges offer small group teaching, usually with a maximum of eight students

per class. The informal, relaxed nature of the small-group environment enables the teacher to establish quickly and maintain a very productive and beneficial working relationship with you, with close supervision of your work and plenty of individual attention, encouragement and advice, including for your UCAS application. Academic and pastoral support is a high priority, with some colleges running very sophisticated and targeted programmes of support for students applying for the most challenging university courses, e.g. Medicine. THE DETAILS For more information, go to the website at or telephone 020 8767 8666

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t CIFE we're not just about getting the right grades or getting you into the best university. We're about bringing out the best in you as an individual. That's why our 2-year A level courses have so much choice and flexibility built in. In fact it's what our association of highly accredited independent sixth form colleges is all about. Yes, we'll help you meet others' standards – but fulfill your own promise too.

To discover how CIFE can enable you to achieve your full potential, call 020 8767 8666 or visit


Ashbourne College, London

Keys to success at A level What are the factors that maximize performance in sixth-form students? How should schools prepare pupils who are about to face university life? Ashbourne College, a co-educational school in Kensington, aims to create independent learners who take responsibility for their work within a supportive environment.


he school combines an informal atmosphere with careful supervision. All pupils know exactly what is expected of them in terms of behaviour, punctuality and effort. Each student has a personal and UCAS tutor, and the groups consist of, on average, seven pupils, allowing an adult, seminar-based approach to learning. Ashbourne’s small class sizes and personal-tutor system enable teachers to engage directly with the developing needs of each individual. All the students benefit from rapid, detailed and constructive feedback, which is essential to their academic success. Students are continually

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challenged to take on more complex concepts: difficulties are seen as opportunities rather than threats. At Ashbourne College no assumptions are made about a student’s previous knowledge, and understanding is established in a step-by-step manner. The teaching style aims to be positive and sympathetic. As a result, this year 51% of the grades were A* or A and 76% were A*, A or B. This is despite the fact that Ashbourne accepts students with a range of abilities, some of whom have just missed the GCSE grades required by their previous school’s sixth form. Ashbourne provides excellent preparation for applications to top universities, with specialist programmes for Oxbridge, medicine, engineering and law, and 50% of the students go on to Russell Group universities. This year 5 students met their offers for undergraduate courses at Cambridge University. The school is rated as Outstanding by OFSTED and has a vibrant extra-curricular programme, helped by its superb location in the heart of London. THE DETAILS For enquiries about Ashbourne College contact 020 7937 3858 or

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One of London’s best private college for A levels offers full or partial scholarships for: • maths • science • economics • humanities • art • performing arts • Emphasis on study skills, independent thinking and individual attention has produced excellent exam results and university destinations • Informal, university-style approach and wide range of cultural activities Telephone: 0207 937 3858

WESTMINSTER SCHOOL To request a prospectus or find out about Open Days, please call 020 7963 1003 or email For information about entry to Westminster Under School at 7+, 8+ or 11+ please call 020 7821 5788. Westminster School is a charity (No. 312728) established to provide education.

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The Study Opens its Doors The Study Preparatory School, Wimbledon, is one of London’s leading prep schools for girls aged 4-11.


lthough academic rigour is at the heart of this successful school, its highly creative and nurturing ethos ensures that its girls enjoy a well-rounded and broad based education. Particularly strong in music, sport and the performing arts, the opportunities for the girls to showcase their talents and develop their skills are many; with specialist teaching from the start, a wide array of extracurricular clubs, and an individual approach to learning. Academic success stems from happy, confident and respectful girls who go on to some of the leading senior schools in the country. The Study’s 11+ success record is remarkable, with many offers and scholarships awarded each year; the total of scholarship offers over the last five years is an impressive 92. Come and see for yourself why The Study is such a special place at its forthcoming Open Morning on Saturday March 11 between 9.30am and 12noon. THE DETAILS Call 020 8947 6969 for further details. The Study Preparatory School Wilberforce House, Camp Road, Wimbledon SW19 4UN 114 FEBRUARY2017

Saturday 11 March 2017 9.30 -12.00 Wilberforce House Camp Road SW19 4UN For further details, contact Jane Davis on 020 8947 6969 Registered Charity No. 271012

Preparatory School for girls aged four to eleven


The world's most exclusive boarding school It is known as the school of kings, counting among its alumni the Shah of Iran, Prince Rainier of Monaco and King Farouk of Egypt. Its catchment area was once the glittering palaces that housed the grandest families on the continent: the Metternichs, the Borgheses and the Hohenlohes.


ut Institut Le Rosey, is now spreading its net to Britain. For the first time in its 135-year history, the prestigious Swiss boarding school has been recruiting gilt-edged pupils, aged 7 - 18, in London. At £80,000 a year, London has become the city of choice for the world’s richest parents so is also home to the world’s richest kids. And it is they who have formed the target audience for Le Rosey’s recruitment drive. There has long been a tiny British contingent at the school, making up five per cent of its 400 pupils. Sir Roger Moore and Elizabeth Taylor sent their children there. John Lennon’s son Sean studied there too, as did the Duke of Kent and Winston Spencer Churchill, grandson of the wartime Prime Minister. Opened as a boys school in 1880 by Paul Carnal, in 1967 the school opened a girls campus. Classes are in French and English, in

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a system called “à la carte bilingualism”. The teacher-pupil ratio is an enviable 1:5. Facilities include a 25m indoor swimming pool and Wellness Centre (including a sauna, steam bath and jacuzzi), a skate park, an open air theatre, 10 tennis courts, a shooting range and a 1,000-seat concert hall. Few other schools have their own 38-foot yacht on Lake Geneva, let alone a spa for stressedout pupils to unwind in at the end of the long school day. Off-campus students have unlimited access to an equestrian centre with 30 horses and 18-hole golf course. The winter term is spent in Gstaad, with lessons finishing by lunchtime so the children can hit the slopes for the afternoon. In spring, they head to the school’s Château du Rosey campus nestled on the site of a Gothic, 14th-century château in the village of Rolle on the shores of Lake Geneva. But for those who can afford the fees, perhaps none of this seems out of the ordinary. The school is keen to stress it’s not just for those who have money but no brains. All pupils sit official external examinations - the International Baccalaureate (IB) or the French baccalauréat. Only those who can expect to get into university are offered a place . And only one in three applicants are accepted. Go to Le Rosey or, even better, marry another Ancien Roséen, as Old Roseans are called - and you’re set up for life. There’s an Anciens Roséens alumni programme and a strictly private directory that lets you network with other super-rich old boys and girls. With that exclusive alumni network, along with the school’s fabulous settings and eye-watering fees, it’s hard not to agree with F Scott Fitzgerald: the very rich “are different from you and me”.

Alleyn’s Co-educational excellence in a caring community for boys and girls aged 4-18 Bursaries and scholarships are available. Visit our website for details. / @Alleyns_School / 020 8557 1500 / Townley Road, Dulwich SE22 8SU 160712-NappyValleyNet-Schools-Guide-Senior2.indd 1

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‘Little people day nursery knew they were good, but how did they become


This was a question posed after the last Ofsted inspection at Little People of Fulham. Like many nursery managers, Jane Gleasure concentrated on the “foundations…which lay with the quality of staff and their skills” focusing on keeping them motivated, well qualified, develop in-house and external training, regular team meetings and following best practice.


ane believes you can see the improvements in the happy contented children at play. Recent achievements such as achieving Bronze & Silver awards by the Healthy Early Years Partnership and the Millie’s mark for excellence in First Aid training and practice result from inspirational and passionate leadership. All settings will follow the Early Years Foundation stages of learning, but inspectors are looking for the children to be truly engaged with the learning process. Much of this you can see in the children’s work, development folders or on the display boards. One recent practical improvement

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by Dawn Cove at Little People of Willow Vale was the introduction of “Forest School’- trips in wellies and wet weather gear, to local parks to see and learn about the natural environment, taking calculated risks like climbing trees, identifying birds and insects. Children make their own decisions about their play and their environment in an adventures way. School trips to the local farm, fire stations, local markets and a small children’s theatre excite not just the children but energise staff too. At this age learning is fun and the Montessori method of teaching helps “Children learn their early number, writing and reading skills brilliantly. They are extremely well prepared for their next stage of learning”. Ofsted 2016. What must never be lost is putting the children first. Safeguarding policies and procedures together with regular reviews and training ensure that an Outstanding nursery’s primary focus is always the children in their care. If you would like to know more about what makes Little People Day Nursery outstanding please call Alison Truss – Manager on 0207 386 0006 or email THE DETAILS For more information about Little People of Fulham 250a Lillie Road, Fulham SW6 7PX visit the website at

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Developing resilience in girls is currently a hot topic in education. Risk-taking and the ability to find positive learning in failure in an atmosphere of discovery and challenge is encouraged from the first day in Nursery at Streatham & Clapham Prep. This is supported by the introduction of Philosophy4Children and Talk4Writing and the use of outdoor learning and tablets.


isiting the Nursery during a Philosophy4Children session, you will find a calm and engaged atmosphere suited to sharing thoughts and ideas. A group game, such as pass the clap, helps unite the pupils towards a common purpose at the outset. The teacher may use a puppet or storybook to explore ideas and to stimulate questions and explanation amongst the pupils. Opinions and beliefs are expressed individually, in pairs and as a group. When faced with a dilemma the pupils work together to problem solve. Talk4Writing develops confidence and creativity around stories and performance. Girls are immersed in rich and carefully chosen literature. They 120 FEBRUARY2017

learn stories by memory and take part in artistic and role play activities. This process of learning naturally embeds story language, structure and vocabulary, and fosters comprehension skills. Progress takes place with greater ease, with the girls becoming confident creative writers, willing to explore new vocabulary choices and plot development, and to think independently. The use of technology crosses over into many other areas of learning, with girls learning to code using e-tablets. The task of learning a story sequence alongside the skills of coding, challenges pupils in a new and exciting way. Outdoor Learning develops language, creativity and gross motor skills and helps the girls deal with new situations and environments whether it is a bug hunt in the nature garden or a welly walk through the park. These initiatives are designed to encourage girls to use critical and creative thinking to determine their boundaries. THE DETAILS You are invited to attend the Open Morning on 7 March, for further information or to register visit To contact the Nursery & Prep email Telephone 020 8674 6912 To contact the Senior School email Telephone 020 8677 8400

Resilience in girls starts with Nursery

Empowering girls to pursue ideals and knowledge unafraid

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Tuesday 7 March 9 am - 10.45 am

Friday 10 March 9.15 am – 11.30 am

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Streatham & Clapham Preparatory School (girls 3-11)

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Private schools team up with

Tottenham Hotspur FC to open new sixth form

Highgate School and Tottenham Hotspur Football Club have announced an innovative partnership to create a new sixth form school in the heart of Tottenham, with the support of the Department for Education.


he new London Academy of Excellence, which opens in September on the site of the new Spurs stadium, will welcome A-level students into Year 12, following the model of the highly successful first London Academy of Excellence in Stratford, nicknamed the “Eton of the East End” for its success in getting pupils into Oxford and Cambridge. They will help bright local teenagers get into the best universities or land top jobs. Highgate School, a co-educational independent day school for pupils aged 3-18, would act as principal education sponsor of LAET and recruit and deploy the full-time equivalent of five members of the total teaching staff, as well as assisting with wider administrative, pastoral and management support. Tottenham Hotspur would be the principal business sponsor, providing financial support, as well as the school premises and facilities management. Adam Pettitt, Head of Highgate School, said: “Although Highgate School is situated in an affluent area of London, some of the least affluent and most

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challenged parts of the whole city are on our doorstep. With LAET, we want to enable bright, local children, especially those with disadvantaged backgrounds, to access a high-calibre academic education and first-rate preparation for university and employment. We want to create opportunity at the heart of Tottenham, in what is the most stunning educational building. This kind of collaboration is our way of being both a charity, which fundamentally we are, whilst remaining true to our educational ethos”. Donna-Maria Cullen, Executive Director, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club added: “What has become evident to us is both the thirst for teaching at the highest level and a real need to retain the brightest schoolchildren in Tottenham. The LAE model represents an outstanding opportunity to provide an aspirational educational offering in one of the poorest parts of Britain, supported by a leading public school. We are working hard to bring about the regeneration of this area of North Tottenham and this is another, exciting step forward”. Other leading private schools, which include Harrow, Alleyn’s School in Dulwich, Chigwell School, Mill Hill School, North London Collegiate, St Albans, St Dunstan’s College and Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’, will also share facilities and activities, arrange pupil exchanges and offer support for university applications. It is expected Harrow, alma mater of Winston Churchill and actor Benedict Cumberbatch, will invite Tottenham pupils to spend time there to prepare them for the Oxbridge experience.

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Based in the heart of Chelsea, a school with a long and proud history of academia, the arts, sports and music. “Pupils success is the result of the excellent quality of teaching� Latest ISI Report

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Traditional views of boarding are often guided by parents’ own spartan experiences decades previously or, for those new to the idea of boarding, by visions of Tom Brown’s Schooldays. Neither view bears remote resemblance to Modern Boarding – an environment that provides huge pastoral and academic advantages for young people.

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oarding provides a highly structured routine of homework in the evenings, under close supervision from qualified teachers who are able to offer professional advice. Older students are encouraged to develop those independent working habits crucial in later life but in an environment where they can bounce ideas off their peers. Firm and appropriate frameworks exist for the use of technology, allowing students to develop crucial skills safely and with clear boundaries. Boarding provides a vital resource for young people in a busy world – time. The hours lost commuting become available for a huge variety of co-curricular activities and top class facilities are open and available to students long into the evening or early in the morning. The extended day gives children the chance to try something new, or pursue an established interest. Clearly there are advantages for busy working parents, but the true benefits lie in the holistic approach to education it provides, leading to the development of character. Boarding environments provide a unique setting that promotes common experience, camaraderie, friendship, trust and honesty between children and adults. Schools like Cranleigh offer comfortable, pleasant and often state-of-the-art boarding spaces with communal areas such as common rooms and kitchens that are supervised, ensuring

students learn to respect other users and the facilities at their disposal. Modern boarding is not about taking students away from their parents but rather the housemaster or housemistress developing a strong partnership with families to allow pupils to flourish. At Cranleigh parents get to know the house teams very well through numerous house and school functions, whilst family time is built into the weekend as the majority of students return home for 24 hours after a full day of endeavour on Saturday: a modern approach to boarding that recognises the importance of family. THE DETAILS For more information about Cranleigh School Telephone 01483 276377 or email


We’ve been here before Matthew Hilton-Dennis is Head of English at Merchant Taylors’ School, talks about teaching English at a time of dramatic political change.


s a teacher, I often find myself wondering on the extent I should let the real world into my classroom. When modern life becomes precarious and uncertain, it can feel comforting to retreat behind the shield of canonical texts. Here things matter but in an environment controlled by the reader or by the teacher. What consequences there are happen to somebody else, who generally lived a long time ago and is in most cases made up. But as is so often the case with texts that transcend their own place and time, they take one look at modern life and tell the reader we’ve been here before. Over and over again. So it is that I have found myself watching the news over the last seven months as though it were a kind of vaudeville theatre, a series of separate comic acts on both sides of the Atlantic. Pantomime sometimes appears a better analogy. Regardless of genre, I feel the odd sensation of thrill and despair as I watch people we love to hate declaim and strut and fret their hour upon the stage. They say they represent forgotten peoples in 21st Century societies; this is populism in action; in a reluctant way I am forced to agree this is how it seems. I feel like I have seen this before.

And where? Dickens with my Year 10 class first leaps to mind. I think of the exploited factory workers in Hard Times¬ whose lungs are full of coal fumes and snowy flakes of cotton dust. I see them standing before Slackbridge, the professional agitator paid for by the trade unions to incite industrial action against their cruel masters. Slackbridge fashions himself as one of them, his cry of anger and outrage is their cry. But the truth is he comes to take their voices away with him and use them for an ulterior purpose. Sound familiar? And why are these long-suffering workers so susceptible to what effectively amounts to a political hijacking? Because their severely limited education has failed to instruct them in the art of critical thinking. They have never dreamed it possible of actually calling the establishment to account. Unsurprising then that they fall for the first agent provocateur who comes their way: a man whom Dickens reminds the reader is in no way above the humble ‘hands’ in anything (and certainly not in morality or looks) other than the few inches of stage upon which he stands. Listening to Nick Clegg recently at a Merchant Taylors’ school trip to the Cheltenham Literary Festival, I was inspired by his clarion call to rediscover the middle ground in British politics, not so much as a political stance but as a place where peoples of all persuasion can gather, voice their opinion and if so inclined change their mind. This sounds sensible and intelligent. The grand hope was for the Internet to become this kind of place, but the reality is that to enter into any number of different online chat rooms is to find what Clegg describes as ‘people furiously agreeing with each other’. So I look to my English classroom instead as a liminal space, one which teeters between the norm and the subversive and is always critically reflective of ideas put forward by the texts we study and by the students themselves. It seems to me that anyone who emerges from this kind of discursive culture is properly equipped to withstand today’s 24-hour supply of constant information, the Orwellian Post-Truth New Speak world of Brexit and Trump, and make their own judgement. THE DETAILS For more information about Merchant Taylors' School Sandy Lodge, Northwood, Middlesex HA6 2HT Telephone 01923 845514 or email www.

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Strike a pose in London The sixties were swinging, the seventies went hippie, the eighties spawned punk, the nineties got grunge and today? According to Gity Monsef, Creative Director of Fashion and Textile Museum, “the world is getting smaller - everything cross-integrates. London is a place of eccentricity and creativity and possibilities - it’s more about expression than anywhere else in the world.”


ondon is at the heart of designer and independent fashion with London Fashion Week leading the way. Organised by British Fashion Council and taking place twice a year, prestigious designers present their next season's collections to a star-studded audience, with high street brands following suite with their own take on new designs from the catwalk. In Summer 2012, London Fashion Week for the first time introduced Men’s Collections, and now just as sought-after and exciting as the Women’s catwalk. Leading designer brands have made London their home with exclusive boutiques such as Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana,

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Burberry, Gucci, Emporio Armani, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Prada, just some that you can discover on Mayfair’s Bond Street. Sloane Street brings you equally high-profile expensive brands like Boodles, Cartier, Dior, Gucci, Bulgari and Alexandre Paris. Mount Street in Mayfair has become a designer lover’s paradise with Christian Louboutin, Dunhill London, Pringle of Scotland, Loewe Madrid among the stores selling their exclusive collections. Exciting new boutiques coming to Mount Street include Celine, with Victoria Beckham opening her first flagship store in the Autumn. High-profile department stores like Selfridges, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Fenwick and shopping areas like Westfield, all have designer labels under one roof. There are a huge number of trendy independent boutiques across London offering their own exclusive ranges if you want something that little bit different. Streets such as the famous King’s Road for example have countless shopping opportunities for both elegant and quirky tastes. Mary Quant and Vivienne Westwood continue to maintain the exciting reputation that King’s Road established in the swinging sixties. Vibrant Camden offers some amazing independent stores if you are looking for the ultimate in vintage style. London is a fashion mecca, bringing you the most exclusive, the most elegant and the most quirky when it comes to fashion, there is no other city in the world that can offer such versatility.


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London Fashion Week is one of the highest profile fashion events in the world - and one of the ‘big four’ international catwalk influencers alongside Paris, Milan and New York. It presents an unrivalled opportunity to showcase some of the world’s leading fashion talent, with the schedule packed with shows, presentations, showrooms, events and parties from the best and brightest names in the industry.


hile most of us are not even thinking about our summer wardrobes, designers will be showcasing their Autumn/ Winter 2017 Collections. It’s a week where designers are free to create at will and experiment with new trends, with the world watching as fashion history is made. The provisional schedule of designers have been announced - returning to the show are luxury designer brands including Burberry, Versus Versace, Antonio Berardi, Jasper Conran, Aspinal of London, David Koma, Vivienne Westwood, Florian London, Pringle of Scotland,

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The Importance of the Patient as an Individual In an age of technological change BY DR PAUL ETTLINGER, LONDON GENERAL PRACTICE

In the first of our new features from The London General Practice, Dr Paul Ettlinger the Practice’s founding doctor, reflects on advances in healthcare and the importance of the patient as an individual.


rab Health in Dubai, one of the major conference events in the international healthcare calendar, has just finished and in attendance was Dr Paul Ettlinger from the London General Practice, along with medical colleagues from Harley Street, London and the UK. On display was a whole array of technological improvements, new advances in medical science, and evidence of the changing face of global healthcare. Healthcare which is also starting to see the birth of remote consultations, the use of telemedicine and even computers being used to diagnose patients. As a surgery the London General Practice prides itself as being at the forefront; be it technological advances, latest techniques or the training provided to staff. As with any organisation the desire 142 FEBRUARY2017

and ability to embrace change is paramount. However, there is one crucial factor which Dr Ettlinger believes we must always return to. No matter how great or impressive the technological advances, no matter how global and interconnected we become, each and every patient is an individual. With their own concerns, needs and requirements for their own personal healthcare. “At the London General Practice, we’re taking on board the technological advances, but we never forget to treat our patients as individuals. Similarly at a time when our ‘phones and lives are always ‘on’, we recognise that when illness strikes it doesn’t respect the time of day or where you are, and that’s why we offer our services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year – our Doctors visiting patients at home, place of work, hotel as well as in our Practice rooms just off Harley Street.” says Dr Ettlinger. So in an age where we are becoming ever more connected, where technology runs more and more of our lives and communication goes global, Dr Ettlinger’s message is to embrace change and technology but never forget to treat the patient as an individual. THE DETAILS If you would like to contact The London General Practice please telephone 020 7935 1000 OPEN 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK 16 Devonshire Street, London W1G 7AF

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(Meno)pause for thought BY ELLA WALKER

We know it will strike eventually, most often when you hit your late 40s and early 50s. But despite the fact it’s such a common part of life, menopause remains a bit of a mystery and is something many women don’t totally understand.


s well as the promised hot flushes, mood swings and the end of popping to the chemist for sanitary products, there’s more going on beneath the surface, and how it affects one woman to the next can vary dramatically. Some claim they actually feel better during and after menopause, while for others it can have a big impact on their health and well-being.Here’s the low-down on the varying side effects, you will or are experiencing… ACHING JOINTS AND BACK PAIN Oestrogen levels fluctuate during menopause. The hormone usually gives strength to muscles and ligaments, so without it, your joints can get achy and are more susceptible to injury. To combat the effects, try to do Pilates at least twice a week. Unlike other sports and exercises, Pilates is done in safe and supportive positions to cut out the risk of strain on joints. BRITTLE BONES During and after menopause, when oestrogen levels are low, the process of bone loss starts to speed up and can lead to osteoporosis. Eat healthily, exercise and supplement your diet with vitamins. This will make sure the collagen, calcium phosphate and calcium carbonate in your bones (substances woven into them for strength) remain topped up and active. EXCESSIVE SWEATING AND HOT FLUSHES Almost 75% of women will experience hot flushes during the menopause, and the NHS recommends avoiding certain triggers such as woolly jumpers, stress, alcohol, coffee and spicy foods. Always carry a bottle of water to help keep you cool. THINNING HAIR Perhaps the most dreaded side effect of menopause is hair loss. When the levels of female hormones drop, the effects of androgens (male hormones) can increase, causing hair to fall out. Another primary cause of hair loss in women is low levels of iron. So make sure there’s enough iron in your diet. WEIGHT GAIN You may have to learn to love your ‘spare tyre’. If you are going into the 144 FEBRUARY2017

menopause, your body will be extremely reluctant to let go of the fat around your middle. This is because fat is a manufacturing plant for oestrogen, which will help protect your bones from osteoporosis. It’s a very clever system, designed to protect you, but it helps explain why diet and exercise alone will rarely shift that stubborn fat. BLOATING AND CONSTIPATION Unstable levels of oestrogen can wreak havoc on your gut too, causing excess wind, constipation and bloating.. It leads to less bile being produced, meaning the gut is drier than usual, creating the perfect environment for the above conditions. Stock up on yoghurt to promote friendly bacteria in the gut to relieve symptoms. DRY SKIN Skin regenerates itself every 3-4 weeks when we are younger, but takes between 6-8 weeks as we get older. Low levels of oestrogen mean slower production of skin-smoothing collagen and oils, as well as reduced ability to retain moisture. This can also affect lubrication during sex. It pays to be strict with your moisturising regime and invest in a good lubricant. MOOD SWINGS Low oestrogen can reduce levels of the ‘happy hormone’ serotonin in your system. Combined with sleep deprivation (thanks to night sweats) and you’ve got the perfect recipe for mood swings. A good night’s sleep and a diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids should get you back on an even keel. WEAK BLADDER The drop in oestrogen after the menopause causes the bladder muscles to lose their strength and flexibility, so get practising your pelvic floor exercises and work those muscles! LOW CONFIDENCE All of the above can lead to low self-esteem. The thing is, 50% of the population will experience the menopause, so don’t be afraid to talk about what you’re going through. Share worries, fears and tips for getting through it. And if in doubt, always speak to your doctor.

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Get perfect pins to be proud of this Christmas, with our top leg-toning exercises and leg-enhancing beauty tricks.We’ve got the only five tips you need to get legs to rival Angelina Jolie so take note and then prepare to bare, ladies!

PERFECT LEGS STEP 1: LEG-BEAUTIFYING EXERCISES The first step to perfect pins is toning them up. Perfectly smooth, moisturised legs probably look great but perfectly smooth, moisturised and toned legs will look even better. The best way to achieve this? Squats, leg lifts and good old fashioned walking.

favour cardiovascular work over strength training. For maximum results, walk up a hill or another inclining surface – this will boost your metabolism, burn fat and tone your thighs.





What and how? Squats – for hips, glutes, quads and hamstrings Place your feet a little wider than shoulderwidth apart with your feet facing forward and extend your arms out in front of you with your palms to the ground. Inhale into your stomach and start moving your hips back while slowly bending your knees. As your bottom sticks out, make sure you keep a straight back with your shoulders upright. Exhale as you reach the ground and then rise up again, using the strength of your legs and core to support you. Leg lifts – for mainly the thighs and bum Lay down on your right side on top of an exercise mat or carpeted surface and rest your right elbow on the ground. Take a deep breath and then exhale as you move your left leg up towards the sky as high as you can. Repeat on your other side and do two sets per day for optimum results. Walking – for inner and outer thighs and fat burning Walking is the perfect leg toning exercise if you 148 FEBRUARY2017

workouts are great exercises to blast the cellulite if you decide to go down the training route or – if you’re looking for a quick temporary fix – fake tan can dramatically reduce the appearance of cellulite.

PERFECT LEGS STEP 2: EXFOLIATE AND DE-FUZZ Before you start your hair removal regime, remember to exfoliate first. While you take a bath or shower, apply an exfoliating leg scrub (or mix sugar and olive oil together for a natural, purse-friendly option) and scrub your skin in a circular motion. Do this to open your pores and sloth off dead skin cells before carrying out your hair removal regime – this minimises the risk of in-growing hairs. Say hello to smooth, sexy legs!

PERFECT LEGS STEP 3: TACKLE CELLULITE Cellulite manifests itself onto the pins of even the skinniest catwalk models and experts say that around 90% of us have it (lucky 10%!). The ‘orange peel’ effect is caused by fat deposits just below the surface of our skin, causing the skin’s surface to appear dimply and uneven. The gold standard treatment for getting rid of cellulite? Dry body brushing. By sweeping over your skin up towards your heart with a firm body brush on a daily basis, you stimulate the lymphatic system to disperse the fatty pockets built up under the skin. This takes dedication as you will need to repeat your body brushing routine daily but the result is soft legs with less dimples. Resistance training and cardio

PERFECT LEGS, STEP 4: MOISTURISE After all of that exfoliating, hair-removing and dry body-brushing, the next step on our road to perfect pins is of course moisturisation. We don’t just mean you should slap some moisturiser on and call it a day – invest in a good body oil to apply while you’re showering or bathing as this will give your legs a much needed moistureboost. Once you’ve finished showering, pat your legs dry and apply a moisturiser that’s right for your skin type. By applying your moisturiser when your legs are still slightly damp, it’s easier for the lotion to sink in. PERFECT LEGS, STEP 5: NATURAL-LOOKING TAN There’s no doubting that a bronzed glow can make you feel healthier, sexier and thinner and what better way to achieve this look than with a fake tan? Not only are UV rays harmful to your skin, a natural tan from the sun can also be a timeconsuming process. Instead, use a fake tan such as the Dove Summer Glow build-up moisturiser. This keeps your legs hydrated and smooth while covering minor imperfections and adding a sun-kissed glow to your pins. Beautiful!


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ox clever because throwing a few punches is the way to go Top model, Victoria's Secret Angel Adriana Lima recommends it - she has boxed for more than 10 years and combines it with skipping. And we can certainly see the results!

IT STRENGTHENS YOUR CORE Boxing is an amazing sport for strengthening your core muscles as it uses a lot of power from your hips and waist. The stabilising you have to master in order to keep your balance really works your core muscles, helping you to tone and strengthen up. Your muscles are always working and your body is tight, in anticipation of being. IT IMPROVES YOUR BALANCE

Boxing is great for improving both your mobility and stability as it requires you to move quickly and fluidly, and think fast with excellent hand-eye coordination in order to keep sharp and on your toes. IT'S A CARDIO WORK-OUT Boxing fitness is high intensive interval training (HIIT) that really utilises your upper body, combining a number of different inter linked disciplines and movements. Due to this it is incredibly tiring but totally worth it as unlike some sports it conditions the whole body whilst teaching you fun techniques. IT'S A LOW COST SPORT All you need is a pair of gloves and a skipping rope and you are set to go, which makes the sport low cost. IT'S GOOD FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH Aside from the physical benefits, boxing has been acknowledged to be great for your mental health as it can help reduce stress by physically relieving your body of any built up tension, releasing positive endorphins and the same time. It’s a great opportunity to blow off steam and punch a bag for 45 minutes! IT'S ABOUT BODY COMPOSITION NOT WEIGHT LOSS As boxing is a full body workout, you'll see an improvement in your body composition. It’s not about weightloss - results should be driven by a lower body fat percentage, tighter body, and better definition. QUICK RESULTS! Due to the combination of exercises when boxing, you should expect to see results quickly.

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Get on your bike! BY ABI JACKSON

An exciting way to keep fit, a chance to get outdoors and into the countryside at the weekend, or merely a fun way to plod around the park with the kids, the appeal of cycling really is endless.


n recent years, more and more of us have been getting on our bikes. There are a number of theories why: is it down to the London 2012 Olympic legacy, heroes like Bradley Wiggins and Laura Trott peddling up enthusiasm, or exercise that doubles up as a cheaper - and greener - mode of transport? Most likely, it's a combination of all of these things, plus much more, but one thing's for sure - our love of all things bike related looks like it's here to stay, and it's an exciting time for cycling. We can reveal seven cycle highlights for the year ahead... ROAD DISC BRAKES As much as riding a bike is about getting out in the fresh air and seeing the world, let's be honest, we all love to build up a bit of speed while riding. The problem with speed is that at some point it means stopping. The technology behind braking on bikes has evolved over the years, but has always used the same basic principals. Recently however, designers have started to introduce disc brakes, which work in a similar way to the brakes on a car. They have revolutionised the stopping power of mountain and cyclocross bikes in recent years, and are currently being tested by professional road race teams, which is seeing brands like Trek and Canyon invest a lot of time in their development. CYCLOCROSS Cyclocross - technically-demanding, multi-terrain races that often see

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riders take on short climbs, steps and even fences and other obstacles, which they have to carry their bikes over - has seen a resurgence in recent years, with more and more cyclists taking to the field at weekends. The beauty of Cyclocross is that it can take place pretty much anywhere. eBIKES The rise in the popularity of cycling goes far beyond the elite end of the sport; there's been considerable research and debate into how cycling can be made more accessible too. The very first electric bikes were looked down upon by purists for being bulky, heavy and unnecessary. In recent years, however, the development of lighter batteries and smaller and lighter motors has seen their popularity rise. The likes of electric bike-makers EMU are even partnering with mainstream electronics firms like Samsung, to push their development even further. CYCLE TOURISM Part of the appeal of cycling is the chance to get out and about, and for an increasing number of us, that means packing our bags and taking our bikes on holiday (or hiring a bike when you get there). More and more resorts and destinations are catering for cyclists, with dedicated packages. GRAVEL BIKES We have our American cousins to thank for Gravel bikes, a new trend that recently made its way across the Atlantic. Over in the US, long stretches of unused gravel tracks are the norm, to allow fire trucks to reach remote areas. While we don't have identical paths here in the UK, we do have plenty of farm access paths and similar terrain - too technical for a road bike, but too fast for a cyclocross bike. With manufactures like GT launching the spectacular Grade Ultegra adventure road - or gravel - bike, Sportive organisers have now started to put on events that purposefully cover sections of suitable roads and tracks.

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experience, and many mountaineering clubs limit membership to over-18s. Considerable physical fitness as well as mental skills are required. Risk factors of mountaineering. This sport can be extremely dangerous and should not be attempted without the necessary experience or a guide. Mountaineering requires significant safety gear, as there are the dangers of falling, things falling on you, or adverse weather - all of which you must be prepared for.


SKYDIVING Skydiving involves throwing yourself out of an aircraft or other airborne craft at a typical height of around 12,000ft (approximately 3,658m) and then freefalling for a period of time before activating a parachute and steering it safely towards a landing site. Some people take skydiving to further extremes by doing things such as sky surfing

KITE SURFING Kite surfing is a relatively new extreme sport whereby you use a small surfboard with foot straps and bindings which are attached to a large power kite. This controllable kite propels you across the water - and at times over it - while you control both the kite and the board at the same time.

Who is skydiving suitable for? There is usually an age limit of 16, and it is considered best to consult a doctor if you are over 40. However, skydiving is a possibility for most reasonably fit people, provided that they are not prone to panic! Most skydivers make their first jump with an experienced instructor in the form of a tandem skydive. Risk factors of skydiving. Despite seeming to be fraught with danger, fatalities in skydiving are rare. You have to complete a thorough course of training, and skydivers are required to carry a reserve parachute - plus some parachute packs now use an automatic activation device which activates the reserve parachute if the skydiver has failed to do so.

e have selected a few of the most accessible extreme sports out there that may be well worth giving a go, who they are suitable for and what risk factors there are. And you can really indulge yourself with breath-taking views in the most exotic locations

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Who is kite surfing suitable for? Kite surfing is considered to be a family sport, and can be done by children as young as 12. Those participating need to be strong swimmers with a fair degree of upper-body strength - and it also helps if you are proficient at other water sports such as windsurfing. Risk factors of kite surfing. Kite surfing is a relatively low-risk extreme sport, since most kite surfers wear helmets, and each kite has a quick-release mechanism which allows you to release the kite with one tug or push, leaving only one line attached to a kite leash. This will cause the kite to lose its shape, preventing you from being dragged along by an out-of-control kite. MOUNTAINEERING Mountaineering - as its name suggests - is the sport of walking, hiking and climbing up mountains. The degree of difficulty with mountaineering depends on the terrain, with the more daring mountaineers venturing up high, craggy, and often snow-covered peaks. Who is mountaineering suitable for? Mountaineering is not for the casual participant! You will need to have substantial rock climbing and hiking 156 FEBRUARY2017

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

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nfortunately, women are up to 10 times more likely to have a negative body image than men. This is unsurprising when you consider how much emphasis is placed on the ‘thin is beautiful, and beautiful is good’ message in today’s media. Looks are everything in today’s society, and since few of us live up to (or, at least, believe that we live up to) society’s ideal, we are facing a national epidemic of bad body image.

KNOCK-ON EFFECTS Body dissatisfaction can have just as serious an impact on women’s emotional health as excess weight. There is undoubtedly a link between negative body image and eating disorders, and is also associated with a loss of sexual desire and depression, as well as feelings of low self-esteem and failure. But how can we get out of this vicious cycle? THE BODY BEAUTIFUL We’ve probably all spied a woman walking down the street, turning every man’s head as she passes. We may not think that she is particularly attractive, but if she feels good about herself, she will ooze body confidence and sex appeal. How we see ourselves is not a reality but an illusion. Body image exists only in our mind’s eye, and it changes from moment to moment. That’s why you can feel ‘fatter’ ten minutes after eating a slice of cake, when in actual fact you couldn’t possibly look any different. Accepting this is an important first step in becoming more body confident. BE POSITIVE! Become more familiar with your body – for example by looking at your 158 FEBRUARY2017

body in the mirror after you’ve had a shower – and focus on aspects of yourself that you like. Acknowledging something you like about your body will shift the emphasis away from the bits you may not like. Also, reflect not only on the parts of your body that you like, but on why you like those bits as well. BE ALERT TO YOUR ‘BAD BODY’ TRIGGERS What makes you feel bad about your body? Try to identify your triggers so that you can rationalise why you feel bad when such situations arise. Many simple triggers, such as using a communal changing room at the gym, can also be easily avoided if you continue to feel bad in those situations.

GET ACTIVE! Research shows that people who regularly exercise generally have better body images than those who don’t. Experts think this is partly down to being more ‘in touch’ with their bodies through being active – but exercise also ensures that you experience your body from the ‘inside’ rather than the ‘outside’, and helps you to appreciate its myriad abilities. If you exercise more then you’re also likely to become less judgmental of others’ body shapes and sizes. LOOK AFTER YOURSELF Spend some time looking after your body and making yourself feel good. You may not be able to slink into a pair of size eight jeans, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fabulous hair or killer nails! Whether it’s just rubbing in a luxurious body lotion or a soothing massage at the salon, taking care of your body will tell your subconscious mind that you care about your body and respect it. OPEN YOUR EYES When you feel negative about your body, you tend to only spot those around you who you perceive as being ‘better’ than you. So, open your eyes and really see everyone – and then you’ll realise just how many shapes and sizes there are!


Is ExErcIsE DamagIng Your skIn? Would you like to know a secret…..?

Here goes….. There is a downside to exercise. This surprises many people. After all, we are all constantly told about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and the advantages of exercise for your body. On that score I totally agree: Exercise is fantastic for the body. It’s just not always great for the face. That’s because exercising – whether at the gym, outside or at home – can play havoc with the skin. For a start, when you’re exercising, it’s very easy to become dehydrated, and this can leave your skin looking dry and wrinkly, long-term. If your skin isn’t clean when you sweat – for example, if you haven’t taken your makeup off – you can also clog up your pores, leading to breakouts, increasing the likelihood of blackheads and agitating any pre-existing skin conditions. More seriously, you may have noticed that longdistance runners can sometimes look gaunt (the look is referred to as ‘runner’s face’!). That’s because there’s not a spare ounce of fat on them. While that leaves our bodies looking toned and fit, our faces need a bit of fat in order for our skin to maintain its volume and look healthy. When you lose too much weight, everything loosens, and we start to see a slack neck and jowls. This can also happen when you work out too much at the gym. Even if you’re not running, you can end up with ‘runner’s face’ (but this does take a lot of over-exercising.) The pity is that looking haggard is the exact opposite of what someone who is exercising wants…. It really is a type of ‘collateral damage’. You obviously don’t have to – and shouldn’t – stop exercising, so how can you fend off the damage to your skin?

The first two steps are simple. Make sure that you drink lots of water before, during and after a work-out so your skin doesn’t get dehydrated. And – no matter how good you want to look at the gym – don’t step foot on any machines without removing your makeup first. If you do feel your skin is dehydrated, drop by our clinic. The most efficient way to restore hydration and plump your skin up again is with one of our vitamin IV infusions, which send all the liquid goodness you need directly into your bloodstream, so that it is processed quickly. It’s also a great way to re-energise and maximise athletic performance, because our infusions restore minerals, electrolytes and antioxidants which you may have lost. If you find that you’re developing “runner’s face”, you need a gentle dermal filler like Restylane. This mimics the skin’s production of collagen to “plump up” and fill out lines or depressions in the skin. It will restore your lost volume, so that your cheeks no longer look sunk in and you lose the haggard look. Your face will finally look as good as your super-toned body! Hit ‘reply’ if you’re worried that exercise is leaving your skin dehydrated or haggard, and let’s talk about the best solution for you. In the meanwhile, carry on exercising – just don’t let it harm your skin. Warm regards, Ravi

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ou deserve to look as great on the outside as you feel on the inside. Dr Zohaib Ali, a practitioner at Ten Facial Aesthetics, explains how non-surgical cosmetic treatments can work for you. Based at Ten Dental in Balham and Clapham, Ten Facial Aesthetics offer a wide selection of luxury, bespoke treatments that help with the most common concerns patients have including: fine lines and wrinkles that make you look older than you are dull skin that may be suffering from acne, scarring or pigmentation thin lips that you have always wished were fuller or more defined embarrassing excessive underarm sweating WHAT TREATMENTS ARE AVAILABLE? At Ten Facial Aesthetics we are committed to ensuring you always receive the most up-to-date, effective treatments available in the industry producing natural, rejuvenated and believable results. We want to help you look the best you can be for your age with natural, younger, healthier skin. Non-surgical cosmetic treatments we offer include: Anti-wrinkle treatments to smooth away unwanted lines Excessive underarm sweating treatment Gummy smile correction for a more beautiful smile Facial fillers to restore volume and define the face Full non-surgical face lift to turn back the clock for a more youthful appearance Lip enhancement for more defined and plump lips Skin peels to improve acne, pigmentation and skin tone Tailored skincare programmes with award winning products for that supermodel glow Non-surgical Eye bag/ tear trough treatment WILL PEOPLE BE ABLE TO TELL I HAVE HAD TREATMENT DONE? It is our priority to ensure your results are completely natural and believable looking. Friends and family will be thinking you look fantastic and refreshed without guessing you have ever had treatment done. ARE THE TREATMENTS SAFE? Yes the treatments are safe. It is our priority. You can rest assured that all treatments will be carried out by highly trained and experienced clinicians. We have a UK Government recognised accreditation, called 162 FEBRUARY2017

Save Face. As a Safe Face provider of non-surgical cosmetic treatments, we have been independently assessed against a robust set of standards, in order to be certified as Save Face accredited. We use only the best products available on the market with the safest techniques. DOES IT HURT? Apart from the small injections most anti-wrikle and dermal filler treatments are relatively pain free and you should be able to return to work within 0-24 hours. Our duty of care to you is of the upmost importance to us. We will guide you through every step of the treatment so you know exactly what to expect. Two weeks after your treatment we invite you back to see how the results are progressing. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? Cost varies due to the extensive range of treatments available. We will work together with you to create a bespoke treatment plan for maximum results at your budget. Arrange your free consultation to find out how we can help you look and feel your best. EXPERT ADVICE AND TREATMENT Dr Zohaib Ali (GDC number191600) is an experienced and respected facial aesthetics clinician and is also a specialist trainee in prosthodontics. As well as carrying out his own clinical work, Zohaib tutors other dentists and has had his research work published in major journals. THE DETAILS To arrange a FREE consultation contact Ten Facial Aesthetics 10 The Pavement, SW4 0HY 156 Balham High Road, SW12 9BN 0203 432 4626


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nique aspects include a chandelier of south-pacific pearls and an indulgent Spatisserie with the ethos ‘a little bit of what you love is good for you’. Choose from a range of breakthrough anti-ageing techniques by La Prairie and Dr. Barbara Sturm for unparalleled refinement and results. Luxury treatments are offered by acclaimed British brand, Aromatherapy Associates alongside other worldwide leading skincare experts including Kerstin Florian and Valmont, luxuriously relaxing and rejuvenating signature facials are by Carol Joy London. The spa also features nine spacious treatment rooms including two double suites, a manicure-pedicure suite, a sleek relaxation room,

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male and female aromatic steam rooms and male and female experience showers. The Fitness Studio is equipped with TechnoGym resistance equipment and cardio vascular equipment with integrated televisions as well as a full set of free weights, Swiss Balls, a Bosu Ball and various Medicine Balls. The Barber Shop: The Dorchester Gentleman’s Hair Stylist has been providing gentlemen with the finest traditional grooming services for over 30 years. In addition to the traditional wet shave, clients can enjoy haircuts, manicures and pedicures and treatments.

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s hard as this may be to believe, your overall health - and your lifestyle habits - can have an impact on your dental health. Case in point: recent research has suggested a possible association between obesity and periodontal (gum) disease. It may seem obvious but sugar is a major threat to dental health. Sugar, from the foods we eat, causes plaque to develop on our teeth. The plaque is then combined with carbohydrates and causes acid buildup. Then the acid breaks down the tooth enamel, which can cause cavities to form. Without treatment, cavities can penetrate deep into the tooth and cause pain or, in severe cases, tooth loss. A good way to help prevent sugars from damaging your teeth is to eat fewer sugary foods. When you do choose to indulge, do so during meal times, rather than snacking throughout the day. It is also important to practice good oral hygiene. Regular brushing and flossing and bi-annual dental visits are good strategies to help keep your teeth healthy. Among different types of junk food, soft drinks have raised particular concerns and are the main source of free sugar for many individuals. There is now a convincing evidence base linking poor oral health, in particular periodontal disease, to amplified CVD risk. Periodontal disease occurs as the result of untreated dental caries, which is in turn driven by a number of factors including poor oral hygiene and excess sugar consumption. It has been noted that the free sugars in fizzy drinks and other junk foods are particularly potent drivers of this. And did you know that 166 FEBRUARY2017

smoking tobacco products can make gum disease get worse faster? Studies have shown that smokers were three to six times more likely to suffer from advanced gum disease than non-smokers. In addition, current or former heavy smokers were five times more likely to have severe bone loss than nonsmokers. Not only does smoking potentially increase the chance that you will develop gum disease, it can make treatment much more difficult. Further, the treatment may be less likely to succeed. That’s because smoking hinders healing in your mouth. Quitting smoking is a process, it’s not easy but it’s possible. Put yourself on a path to success and create a plan: Visit your dentist for a cleaning. A clean feeling mouth feels great and can help kick start your new healthier lifestyle. Incorporate healthy oral substitutes to help curb cravings. Chewing sugar free-gum, eating healthy snacks and drinking water can help you beat a craving. When you feel you need to smoke, brush your teeth instead. Sometimes things we think look “cool” can also be a health hazard, like oral piercings. Oral infections are common, but they can also contribute to cracked or chipped teeth. Oral piercings can also lead to gum recession, which can cause teeth to come loose and fallout. Quitting smoking and losing weight are essential steps for improving your oral health.


Energise yourself with Reiki Today everyone is so busy, wanting to achieve all that is possible within the shortest amount of time; we forget to actually take care of ourselves.Why not try booking yourself in for a Reiki Treatment; you might be surprised at the effects. WHAT IS REIKI? Reiki pronounced Ray-key is a Japanese word for Universal Life Force Energy. Reiki is an ancient healing system that can be experienced by either ‘hands on’ or by distance (remote) healing. A Reiki treatment encourages physical, mental and emotional healing and spiritual growth. This unique gift of healing is learned by a process of attunements. A person who has been attuned to Reiki has experienced a very ancient technology for fine tuning the physical and spiritual bodies to a higher vibrational level. The individuals energy centre’s (chakras) are also opened up to enable them to channel higher amounts of Reiki energy. Reiki is not a religion or a belief system because it holds no creed or doctrine. Reiki is designed to work whether you believe it or not. Reiki energy is drawn through the practitioner, and the recipient’s body will draw the energy to those parts of the body that require it. Simultaneously the practitioner is also treated whilst giving the treatment. Energy enters through the practitioner and passes out through the hands to the recipient. Reiki healing not only works on a physical level; it can relive pain but also promotes total relaxation and works to restore mental well-being and spiritual equilibrium. After being attuned an individual can also perform self healing, with daily self treatment to encourage the body’s natural healing abilities and reduce stress. THE FIVE REIKI PRINCIPLES Just for today: I will not worry Remember that there is a divine and universal purpose in everything. Living each day to the best of your abilities is all that can be asked of anyone. To worry about the past or future is futile. Just for today: I will not anger Every situation is a mirror, a direct reflection of cause and effect created by ourselves. Those who cause anger in us are teaching us a lesson about ourselves. Witnessing your weaknesses gives you opportunity to grow. Just for today: I will respect my family, employers and friends Respect those around you for their wisdom and experience and show 168 FEBRUARY2017

gratitude. Feel thankful for what you have received and trust it will always be provided. Just for today: I will earn my living honestly If we are honest with ourselves then we project honesty to others, it then becomes easy to “do unto others as you would have others do unto you”. Just for today: I will show gratitude to every living thing. We must not try to control nature, but harmonise with nature and show love and respect for all life forms. By practising the five Reiki principles daily and using them continually they will become a habitual part of life and compliment your Reiki treatments. Your participation in your own life healing process is of paramount importance, in order to achieve the perfect balance you must give back for what you receive. WHAT HAPPENS DURING A TREATMENT? Treatments can vary from 30 – 45 minutes and prices vary according to practitioner as do types of Reiki, but the healing element is the same. You will be fully clothed and lying down on a bed akin to a massage. Reiki practitioners often practice ‘hands on’ healing on or around the head area and will channel energy through them to you. However, if you are uncomfortable being touched Reiki is still as effective with the practitioner placing their hands above the area about 6 inches away from the head or body. The practitioner should ask if you are comfortable for them to treat other areas of the body, such as feet, legs and stomach. The practitioner’s hands may be placed lightly over your eyes, sides and underside of your head and/or your neck depending on where they feel you need treatment. During a treatment some people experience nothing whereas others may experience feelings of hot cold, tingling and sometimes even light headed dizziness or seeing colours. However on the most part, people experience a feeling of well-being and deep relaxation. The practitioner should not suggest changes in medication or attempt to diagnose you with any conditions they think you may have. Most people have Reiki treatments, and may even be attuned to study Level 1 and 2 for everyday self treatment and care for family members and/or friends. If you want to move forward with Reiki as a hobby or profession you must do Level Three Master/Teacher. THE DETAILS A certified practitioner can be found via The Reiki Association who apply rules, regulations and standards to treatments, as well as offering membership and practitioner insurance.

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As we head out of winter and into spring, the weather starts (hopefully) improving, the days become longer and everything takes on a fresher feel. Now is the perfect time to give your home, and in particular, your bedroom a refresh for spring.


hroughout the dark, cold months of winter we often look at our homes and resolve to give them a revamp in the New Year. Dusting off the cobwebs of winter, spring is the perfect time to spruce up your home including your bedroom which can often get overlooked. Industry experts often advise changing your

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mattress every 7-8 years but it is important that your bed is judged on how comfortable and supportive it is and not solely on its age. Regular mattress replacement also has a number of health benefits, for example helping to reduce the build-up of asthmatriggering dust mites. These little critters love mattresses as we each lose around 285ml of fluid every night and shed 6kgs of dead skin cells each year making your mattress the perfect home for dust mites. Spending the time choosing a quality bed that suits your individual requirements is a valuable exercise as buying a bed is an investment in your future health and wellbeing. A lack of quality, restorative sleep has adverse effects on your short and long term health. Did you know that regularly losing sleep as a result of stress or an uncomfortable sleeping arrangement has the same effect on your brain and reflexes as being drunk?

A restful night of quality sleep is vital for good health and it is important people give it the attention it deserves. Irritability, short temper and a lack of concentration are all symptoms of sleep deprivation. If you want to work well, enjoy good relationships with your loved ones and work colleagues then improve your sleep quality. SAYS BRENT COOPER, MANAGING DIRECTOR AT WESTEND BED COMPANY

With decades of experience in the bed industry, the team at Westend Bed Company are pleased to offer every customer a complimentary sleep consultation to help them find the correct model, support system and style of bed for their individual requirements. The team are also happy to provide advice on how to take care of your bed to encourage longevity. As the weather begins to improve, choosing a bed made of natural materials will help to regulate your body temperature during the night creating a more comfortable and restful night’s sleep. Brent said: “We are pleased to offer a wide variety of beds and mattresses at Westend Bed Company, many of which are handmade with natural materials. For instance, the beds in the luxury Diamond Collection from Marshall & Stewart contain materials including cotton, lambswool, cashmere and hand teased horsehair which naturally helps regulate temperature and efficiently manage moisture control. Our team are always on hand and happy to offer advice on finding the best bed for you.” In addition to being the flagship showroom for Marshall &

Stewart’s Diamond Collection, Westend Bed Company is also home to the largest selection of Hypnos beds in the UK. There is also a specially chosen selection of beds from Simon Horn, including the caned and upholstered Louis XV and Louis XVI style beds. The showroom also has a purpose-built Sleep Room where customers are welcome to try the market-leading Super CAD adjustable bed from Treca Interiors Paris. To perfectly complement your new bed, Westend Bed Company offers a wide collection of exquisite bed linen that has been made using traditional techniques and precise finishing to create a truly luxurious feel. Browse the collection of beds and linens in store and speak to the friendly team at Westend Bed Company to find your perfect bed this spring. THE DETAILS Visit Westend Bed Company and speak to Brent and the team at 215 Upper Richmond Road West, East Sheen, London, SW14 8QT or call 020 7723 2925 For more information, visit FEBRUARY2017 173


Fabrics for a perfect escape... The new fabrics from LELIEVRE take you on a world trip. This diverse collection takes inspiration from Africa, South America and the Mediterranean.


ropical is the iconic design for the season. The deep harmonious blue of this jungle-like reef emphasises the colours of each motif while naive drawing is expressed in the weaving technique. The structure of Kayapo is inspired by geometric formal gardens and there is an ethnic look to the embroidery with fringes and vivid colours reminiscent of ornamental native jewellery on a background of linen and cotton. Vacoa is inspired by the tangled leaves of the Vacoa shrub and the ribbon motif has a soft matt 3D effect. Inspired by Africa, the motifs of Kasai are formed by networks of parallel lines creating a rhythmic geometric pattern. At the same time the matt and shiny texture and colours add depth and richness to the fabric. Gaucho has its origins in the wild plains where shadows alternate with streams of light. Studio Lelievre has synthesised these extreme landscapes to obtain a pure graphic design. Rhythmic and dynamic on a background of luminous matt satin.

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The flowers and stylised branches of Bali are delicately infused with woven weft yarns. The colours are complementary and inspired by African habitats and landscapes. Lande has a natural look and feel with mixed weft yarns and superimposed motifs. The geometric motifs show a matt refinement. Gently diffusing light in metallic glints, Tamis is a sheer wide width fabric. The particular finish of the weaving produces random vibrations on the surface which add interest. In gold or silver to keep the spirit of the fibres. Lelievre was founded in Paris in 1914 and Lelievre since that time has created exclusive fine Évasions furnishing fabrics, decorative accessories and Collection fabrics designer collections for countries around the from £80.00 world. Working hand in hand with interior per metre designers, Lelievre uses themes both traditional and contemporary in their collections with unique creativity and technical innovation. THE DETAILS For more information about Lelievre Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, London SW10 0XE Telephone 0207 352 4798


Stylish ways to integrate your TV When designing your living room it’s a good idea to consider ways to integrate or conceal audiovisual equipment such as televisions in your home. Here you will find inspirational decorating ideas on how to fit the television into your existing decorating scheme in a sleek and stylish way.


ide your TV by wall-mounting a flat screen among a group of pictures. Keep the look consistent with picture frames in the same colour, such as smart black, but vary the sizes for an interesting visual display. Fit a television in to deep alcove shelving and conceal with a sliding door for when you want to keep the room clear. This is a perfect solution if you have other media that also needs to be tidied away, such as files or a collection of DVDs. For a contemporary look, set a plasma screen in a modern panelled feature wall, or in a traditional living room, disguise a TV behind country-style panelling, with bespoke inset shelving behind a sliding painted panel. When the television is not in use, simply slide the panel over and the living room will return to a classic, elegant space.

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One of the most simple ways to hide a television is with a decorative screen for a calm and serene living area when the television is not in use. Alternatively buy suitable furniture such as a sleek sideboard or cupboard to house your television. In a modern living room, draw the eye away from a flatscreen television with a sleek fireplace to balance the look on a chimney breast. If you can’t live without a television in the bedroom, choose a luxurious bed, such as a design in faux leather, which includes an LCD TV that is concealed in the bedstead.

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First impressions The front door can make or break how good your property looks from the outside. It takes just eight seconds to decide whether or not you will buy a house, according to the latest research.And at least four of them will be spent waiting at the front door. People look at a front door before they look at anything else - your front door reflects what you think about the house.A door can sell a property.


front door must be in keeping with your property - planked doors can work well on barn or warehouse conversions or new-builds. But there is no escaping the universal charm of the Georgian front door - solid, well-constructed, but at the same time curiously domestic and welcoming. The classic Georgian combination of solid, panelled door with a glazed fanlight over the top, , is just magic. In fact, No10 Downing Street, Britain's most famous front door, has changed in appearance only once in 300 years. It was an "unlucky" dark green for a brief spell at the beginning of the 19th century, when Herbert Asquith was prime minister. Number10 has been black ever since. It even bears a wonky "0" in the number 10 - a tribute to the original door, which had a badly fitted zero. THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF FRONT DOORS There are three main types here. Firstly you can opt for a front door made from solid wood. These are heavy and built to last, but they do require some upkeep. You’ll need to sand them down and repaint them periodically to stop the wood from rotting. However they do give you the opportunity to change the colour of the door whenever you want a change. Secondly you can get a uPVC front door. These tend to be a lot cheaper 178 FEBRUARY2017

and some people buy them at the same time as getting their windows done. They’re easy to clean and never need any upkeep other than the odd wash and dry to rinse off any dirt and dust. And finally you could opt for a composite front door. As the name may suggest, they are made from a variety of different materials. The best material is chosen for each part of the door, providing the best overall performance as a result. Door knobs, knockers and letterboxes should be in keeping with one another and sympathetic to the size and style of the door. Simple brass ring knockers and "Doctor's" door knockers, popular in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, are two simple styles that suit both panelled and plank doors. Octagonal or round door knobs and handles and plain letterboxes work well with this simple look. Lionhead knockers and knobs with ornate embellishment are typical of the Queen Anne period while reeded (ridged) door furniture was used in late Georgian and early Victorian times. Edwardian door furniture is plain, with simple reeding, while Victorian is slightly heavier. Traditional-style door furniture coated in brushed and polished chrome and nickel creates a more contemporary look and works well with flatter, lighter colours. FOCUSING ON SECURITY Clearly security will be an important element of any front door you choose. Ideally you should opt for one that offers multipoint locks. This essentially means the door will be locked into place at more than one point by a series of strong bolts. Your front door should ideally always have a split spindle design. This means when you close the door from the outside, the only way of getting back in is to use a key. It also means a thief cannot get into your house by opening the door by the handle from the outside (unless you have locked it from the inside). Multipoint locks should always have bolts that move into place by an upward turn of the handle from inside or outside your home. You then use the key provided to keep them in place. In some cases compression bolts are also provided in the door, to further secure it into the frame. Clearly the more bolts you have the more secure it will be.


Stylish interiors

...that are here to stay BY GABRIELLE FAGAN

Decoristas get as much pleasure from beautifully designed interiors as fashionistas get from clothes, but even the most devoted don’t want to be such dedicated followers of trends that it means redecorating every season.


hankfully, a little insider knowledge goes a long way and savvy home bunnies know the styles that won’t have a short shelf-life, because their good looks and design credentials will ensure enduring appeal. Plus, some looks are versatile enough to allow for fresh interpretations, which can easily breathe new life into them. Reprise last year’s favourites that are set to make their mark again in 2017. GLADLY GREY Those of us reduced to a ‘rabbit-in-the-headlights’ standstill when confronted by colour charts hailed the passion for grey as a blessed relief. This is surely a ‘Mr Right’ palette - easy-on-the eye, versatile, and grey can be mean and moody or feminine and delicate, depending on the shade you choose. It’s also the perfect foil for a multitude of other colours, so I predict this colour is ‘a keeper’, and our love affair with grey will continue for a long time to come.

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should be a ‘handle with care’ label on metallics however, as overdosing on them can all too easily tip a setting into tacky territory, but with a careful ‘less is more’ approach, they’re guaranteed to inject glamour and interest. Go full-on with metallic-finish tiles, a high-end choice for kitchens and bathrooms, or simply confine burnished metal to glittering accessories. MONOCHROME MAGIC Classic, timeless black and white never goes out of fashion, and just as a wardrobe should have at least one little black dress, in my book, every home can benefit from one room decorated in monochrome. It’s a style that’s surprised even the interiors experts with its enduring popularity over the last few years - but not its fans, already well aware of how versatile it is. For life on the really dark side, you can opt for drama - a black feature wall or ceiling - or my choice; white walls and black paintwork, complemented by black framed photographic prints. Leave it minimal or dress it up with simple ‘home jewellery’, like colourful cushions and lamps. Frankly, what’s not to like? RUNNING WILD My votes for last year’s fun, achievable looks went to ‘country lodge’ think hunting, shooting, fishing, with wood panelling and stag heads - and its wilder cousin, frontier decor, evoking the Wild West in prairie chic, fur throws, buffalo heads and tribal prints. Nature will still rule in 2017 but looking forward, my advice is: step away from the squirrels and cute creatures! A more formal botanical look’s coming through, which is less cosy and more sophisticated, and those deer heads should be funky and colourful and a little less like true hunting trophies. Alternatively, embrace a luxury lodge look; natural materials from stone to wood and layered faux furs - more grand mountain retreat than cowboy shack.

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Take the plunge with a luxury indoor swimming pool They're glamorous, highly desirable, fun and great for parties. You can swim whenever you’re in the mood, irrespective of how cold and dark it is outside.


veryone sets a budget for major purchases and it should be the same for a swimming pool – the complexity of the build, style, size and finishes chosen obviously determines the cost. Also you can incorporate a whole range of extra features including saunas, whirlpool spas, changing rooms and a gym to provide your very own leisure centre at home. The cost will obviously vary depending on the size and style of the pool you choose, and if you are looking to have a new building constructed to house your indoor pool with any extra luxuries. You should probably expect prices to start at a minimum of £120,000 for the swimming pool and pool building. A successful swimming pool project requires input from multiple professionals all working together - architects, swimming pool designers, engineers and project managers. There are a number of swimming pool specialists that manage the entire project, from initial design through to getting you swimming, guiding you through every stage of the process, and helping you with the decisions and choices so you do not have to deal separately with each tradesmen. And if you really want to splash out then a moving floor is for you! Imagine a swimming pool that doubles as a dance floor or an entertaining room or even a place to park your car? A space that transforms seamlessly from one function to another.It doubles your floor space and adds to your property's square metres. A swimming pool that can be simultaneously a deep diving pool, a child friendly shallow depth pool or a mid-depth pool for exercise and water games whilst also offering the ability to be completely closed for security. They can be specifically designed to meet each unique and individual requirement.

WHY CHOOSE A NATURAL INDOOR POOL? Your indoor swimming pool water will be 100% chemical free, clean and clear, hygienic, drinkable and filtered naturally. You won’t have to suffer any of the unpleasant side effects of a chlorinated pool such as nasty smells or the potential health risks associated with swimming in chlorinated water.A natural indoor pool also comes with reduced running costs, with no need for chlorine dosing and vastly reduced pump electricity demand, running costs are up to 10 times lower than that of a conventional pool. Revel in the luxury of enjoying your swimming pool every day of every season, and take the plunge! And if you are looking to have a pool in your basement, refer to article on page 224 in our Conversions Guide for more details. 182 FEBRUARY2017

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Authentic materials, rich texture and unique colour are the hallmarks of Roger Oates Design.


he name Roger Oates Design is synonymous with elegant, timeless floor coverings. The distinctive rugs and runners, made from a British Cheviot wool blend that’s spun and dyed in Yorkshire, are woven on traditional looms and finished-by-hand in the Roger Oates Herefordshire workshop. With its finished selvedge edge the narrow width is ideal for stairs and the supple nature of flatweave enables it to be expertly fitted on almost any stair winders, resulting in a perfectly upholstered, tailored staircase. This truly British product has become a design classic, furnishing floors and stairs not only in the UK but also across the globe. The stripe is at the core of the collection this simple graphic device offers endless possibilities when designing for stairs and hallways. From bold borders to

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classic fine lines in sophisticated neutrals or vibrant brights there is something for every style of home from a traditional country mansion to a contemporary townhouse. The signature stripes make the flatweave ideal for joining together to form made-to-measure, hand-finished area rugs. Edges can be finished with a false selvedge or bound in either contrasting or tonal linen for a touch of luxurious simplicity. To maintain a high level of craftsmanship, all rugs are sewn together and bound by hand in the workshop. The Spring 2017 launch comprises three distinctive designs, collectively known as The Eastern Collection, influenced by a long term fascination with the tones, textures, culture and history of the East, specifically Japan. Kasuri is named after an ancient Japanese textile technique whereby dye is randomly applied to the yarn to create an organic evolving pattern, and is available in three distinct colourways. The Eastern theme continues with Kobe and Kyoto. Linked by colour, the designs complement each other perfectly with common hues of brightly coloured lanterns, cherry blossoms and volcanic landscapes which form fine, delicate stripes or bold, theatrical bands. For those looking for something unique, Roger Oates Design offers a bespoke service. All of the existing flatweave designs can be woven in wider or narrower widths and re-coloured in customer’s own colours for an extra degree of personalization. THE DETAILS For more information about Roger Oates Design 1 Munro Terrace, Riley Street, Chelsea, London SW10 0DL Tel:ephone 020 7351 2288 or visit

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Once upon a time, magnolia ruled in homes. The warm peachy shade was for years apparently the only choice for walls - until out of the shadows came grey.


t's an interior designer's murder mystery - did grey kill magnolia?" teases Kate Watson-Smyth, whose new book, Shades Of Grey, focuses on the power of a grey palette and explains in crystal clear fashion, spiced with a liberal dash of humour, how to use it stylishly. Fresh, modern and easy to match to other colours, it's perhaps hardly surprising that elegant, sophisticated grey is currently regarded as the perfect neutral. There's only one snag - deciding which shade to choose. As if the names for shades weren't baffling enough - take these, 'Elephant's Breath' is actually mid-grey, 'Blackened' is actually pale blue, bestselling 'Down Pipe' is dark grey while 'Clooney' (named after George, natch) is a bluey grey - the number on offer can induce paint chart paralysis. Fifty shades? Forget it Dulux recently expanded its range and now offers a mind-boggling 557 greys. "Grey's one of the hardest colours to get right when it comes to decorating your home. Get it wrong and the effect can be cold and energy-sapping, but if it's right it will look ultra-chic and modern, so although it takes a bit of mastering, it's well worth it," says Watson-Smyth. "To find the best shade, you need to consider a few key things, including which direction your room faces, the prevailing weather and the actual shade you like! Hopefully, by understanding grey, you'll be spared from buying a million sample pots, having walls daubed with confusing splashes of paint, or painting a whole room in the wrong shade and finding it resembles a prison cell! I've done it myself in my kitchen and had to repaint it. Just be warned, once you've gone grey, you'll be hooked." MAKING GREY WORK Grey's enduring popularity over the last decade is partly down to the cold, clear Northern light we enjoy in this country - put simply, grey just

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looks good here - but always evaluate how much natural light a room gets and the direction it comes from. "For a small and dark north-facing room, don't fight the space by painting it a pale colour," says Watson-Smyth. "Instead, embrace its cosiness. Pick a strong shade of grey - as near to black as you dare - and use on every wall. The warm light of a south-facing room allows you more freedom of choice - pale greys can work as well as dark ones. East and westfacing rooms can be tricky, as the light will change from warm to cold as the sun moves across the sky. The secret is to look for a shade which will warm the cool and tone down the warm. For east-facing rooms, try greys with a blue or green base." A shade to consider, she suggests, is Little Greene's French Grey, a warm pale grey which won't dominate or darken a space. Absolute matt emulsion, £19.25 for 1L ( EXPERT VIEW "I started by painting one alcove in my house grey - it's a good way to experiment with a shade - and then fell in love with the colour and painted the whole house in dark grey. It's the best interiors move I ever made," enthuses interior designer Abigail Ahern. “To be safe, buy a sample pot and apply a generous amount in various places in a room, to see how the colour alters at different times of the day.” GREY MATTERS Always consider the effect that your existing furniture, textiles and flooring may have on a paint shade - no grey is ever seen in isolation. "Grey goes with all the other colours on the wheel, so you could throw in some pink until you feel like a change, and then maybe swap it for orange or yellow. It's probably more affordable to swap the accessories than the wall colour," suggests Watson-Smyth. "Be aware, though, that light will bounce off a bright pink sofa and turn walls slightly violet. Modern LEDs often throw out light with a blueish tinge, which will add to the pink purple effect. If you're concerned a room may look too plain painted all grey, use a textured wallpaper as a base to add interest. Skirting boards and radiators painted the same grey as walls will open up and enhance a space and painting a ceiling a paler shade of the wall colour, rather than white, can also be effective."

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The Joy Of Life! Celebrate la Joie de Vivre with Galerie Prints and the beautiful Slim Aarons Collection... Luxury travel, gorgeous places and glamorous fashions are the ever present in the work of the American photographer and socialite, Slim Aarons.


lim’s trademark summary of his towering body of work spanning the 1940’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s right through to the 1990’s – is that he photographed ‘attractive people in attractive places doing attractive things’ – and I think we can all be very grateful for this!“ says Galerie Prints founder Stuart Möller, a photographer himself and massive fan of not just Slim Aarons but Archival and vintage photography as a whole, as is evident on their online prints gallery. “Back then there were no iphones, no instagram, no instantaneous social media posting – documenting where you were and what you were doing every second of every day – instead, the world was so much larger and mysterious – and travel was so much more glamorous as a result, and far flung places were truly exotic.” “Looking through some of these breathtaking works of Slim’s – one cannot help but be swept up in the romance of this bygone era – like his now infamous ‘Poolside Gossip’ depicting two glamorous women chatting by the pool at the hostess’s beautiful Palm Springs home in 1970 , designed by Richard Neutra or the ridiculously luxurious ‘Hotel Du Cap Eden-Roc’ which looks breathtaking when printed at a huge 60x40’ inches framed up or presented on aluminium dibond and then acrylic Perspex sealed, an increasingly popular framing choice” Stuart explains. “And because we work with the Archive directly we have access to the best possible image quality as the prints of Slim’s work are produced utilizing the original transparencies.” “The other amazing thing is that Slim’s body of work is so expansive – he was just a wonderfully prolific photographer, that as a result, new images are being discovered in the Archive all the time – like this great shot ‘Snowmass Village’ of fabulously attired après ski folk enjoying an outdoor buffet in 1968 – with their helicopter just visible behind them – wow, how wonderful is that?!” The Slim Aarons Collection is a genuine treasure trove of how people truly lived the high life and travelled in style – in glorious vivid colour – and if sadly we can’t all claim to have lived that way, we can be lucky enough to have a gorgeous Slim Aarons print on our wall and dream about what it must have been like. Galerie Prints works in partnership with the prestigious Getty Images Archive and Slim Aarons Estate, to bring you officially certified prints from this beautiful collection. Our prints are produced as Original Colour C-type or Black & White Silver Gelatin Photographs – utilising the original transparencies and negatives housed at the Archive. THE DETAILS For more information about Galerie Prints telephone 0208 947 6898 or email (All images copyright Slim Aarons / Getty Images)

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Splash out on a garden pond You can dig a miniature pond in just an afternoon. It may hold only a few gallons of water, but will still make a pretty feature. A slightly larger one - 1m x 2m gives more scope, but a 2m x 4m pool has massive potential for plants, wildlife and beauty.


or small ponds, rigid liners are a good option. You'll want the mould to be virtually invisible beneath the water so choose a dark green or black model. Tiny moulds can cost as little as ÂŁ20, but expect to pay ÂŁ600 for a 2.6m x 1.8m x 0.6m pond. Prices vary, so visit an aquatic centre or look online before buying. Flexible liners - PVC or layered polythene - are an alternative, especially if you want to create an unusual shape. They must be laid in a faultlessly prepared hole that has been interlined with old carpet or pond underlay. GET THE SITE RIGHT If you know what you're doing,

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pond building is fairly easy. Otherwise, call the professionals. Remember that the pond sides must be level so that the water comes right to the top, leaving no unsightly liner on display. Site your pond in sun or partial shade away from trees, and have paving, turf or soil running right Picture: up to the edges for an attractive margin. The pond should be at least 0.5m deep for aquatic plants, but needs to be shallow at the edges for marginal species.Use planting baskets filled with aquatic compost or soil topped with gravel. Wildlife needs to have access, so install a ramp of some kind or build up part of the marginal shelf with bricks or stones. Planting is the best bit. You'll need floating leaves for summer shade so include water lilies

and aim for 60 per cent surface cover. For tiny ponds, choose Pygmaea range or other non-vigorous types Oxygenating plants are essential, so include native starwort, curled pondweed or water crowfoot. These help to keep water cleaSr and give homes to invertebrates. Beautiful marginals include Japanese water irises, Bowles golden sedge, kingcups, water forget-me-nots and cotton grass. Choose carefully and match plants to the pond's size. Thugs such as great spearwort, pickerel weed and yellow flag are suitable only for big ponds. If you want fish, fine. But for more diverse fauna, limit your choice to sticklebacks. That will give tadpoles, dragonflies, newts and other creatures a chance.

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Known for innovation and quality, in-toto Kitchens presents its trend predictions for 2017


n-toto is ahead of the 2017 kitchen trends with its latest product offerings and fresh design possibilities. Grained wood-effects in a spectrum of shades from stylish Stone Oak-effect, to crisp and refreshing Katthult Pine-effect, and high-gloss doors in bright ‘pops’ of red, perfectly capture the interiors trend for using mixed materials. Available through in-toto Kitchens – a nationwide network of high-street Kitchen Design Studios, recognised for providing exceptional customer service, and the design and installation of high-quality kitchens – new doors in stylish muted blue and grey tones are evocative of Dulux’s ‘Colour of the Year’ – Denim Drift, and subtle cashmere and beige colours provide a sophisticated canvas for adding contrasting accent features. New interiors feature hints of soft green, while concrete and wood-effects are blended, paying tribute to nature and the trend for bringing the outdoors in. NEW in-toto LAURIN SHINES BRIGHT Made from an innovative lacquer laminate material, the latest range to be launched by in-toto is a head-turner, demanding the attention of everyone in its presence. Laurin’s high-gloss exterior effortlessly reflects light, emphasising the fabulous shimmer of its metallic appearance for a kitchen


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that takes centre stage in your home. The lacquering process offers a glass-effect quality, creating a luxury finish at an attractive price-point, and a smooth surface that is easy to clean. Shown below in an indulgent champagne gold shade, Laurin’s sleek lines and sharp edges create an ultra-contemporary look, showcasing the exceptional quality of the German manufactured product. Also available in High-gloss Anthracite Grey Metallic and with the option of a handled or handleless design, Laurin is perfect for adding a little glamour to your kitchen! in-toto Kitchens offers a wide selection of inspired design solutions to suit your requirements and fit around your lifestyle. For over 35 years, in-toto has been transforming kitchens for customers across the UK and is well-known for its wide variety of high-quality contemporary and traditional kitchens. Dedication to delivering first-rate customer service and innovative products, has steered in-toto - one the UK’s leading kitchen manufacturers - towards becoming a market leader.


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narrow shop entrance about half way down the North End Road, Fulham, somewhat like a Tardis, opens up into a vast space packed full of rolls of curtain & upholstery fabrics, curtain tracks & poles, roller blinds, Venetian blinds, Roman blinds and anything else that one could imagine to make windows look fantastic. This is the famous and original Curtain Fabric Factory

established 20 years ago as the retail department of Chelsea Fabrics wholesale company. Together with expertise second to none the selection of top quality fabrics is probably one of the largest in London, but at prices substantially lower then places like Kings Road or Chelsea Harbour. The company offers a complete and comprehensive service from visiting clients homes or offices ,measuring up (free estimates) advising and installing the

most suitable curtain tracks or poles and making up the curtains or blinds (Roman blinds are a particular speciality) and then fitting the finished article. Rush jobs are another speciality! Easy to get to, just 5 minutes walk from West Kensington, West Brompton Road or Fulham Broadway tube stations, pay & display parking in adjacent side roads, or public car park in Lillie Road, 5 minutes away. If you’re thinking of new curtains or blinds, Chelsea Fabrics Curtain Fabric Factory is more than worth a visit. THE DETAILS For more information about Chelsea Fabrics, 236 North End Road, Fulham W14 9NU call 0207 386 0008 or email

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‘More than meets the eye’ with up to 30% more hidden storage from Urban Interior (London)

Hidden in plain sight, Urban Interior masters the art of concealed kitchen design from its trendy East London studio by recommending the PURE SE 8008 + S2 Kitchen by SieMatic.


upplying maximum storage via MultiMatic in a highly distinct yet elegant fashion, this PURE kitchen concept is perfect for storing kitchenware and making use of those left over chutneys, spices and extra-special garnishes from past festivities. A highly flexible interior design system, MultiMatic can be configured, changed and expanded to meet your exact requirements and storage needs. It will allow for individual arrangement of your kitchens interior to create practical compartments, fixtures and fittings tailored to you: as well as gain up to 30% more space! This kitchen arrangement available from Urban Interior is taken from SieMatic’s PURE Collection: where quality materials and craftsmanship remain the key foundations for creating a simple, delicate design that lasts. Dieter Berends, Senior Designer at Urban Interior says “The architectural and geometric clarity of this design, coupled with the black and white contrast is a true reflection of chic metropolitan living and I believe, is the reason this PURE kitchen is so well-defined and timeless.” The PURE SE 8008 is seen here in Agate Grey finish which presents a highly sophisticated appearance, further accentuated by its linear design and contemporary colour palette of the S2 Black Kitchen area. Its slim line profile is made possible by the inclusion of a 10mm optic worktop in honed Nero Absoluto Granite, and these thinner worktops allow for much easier installation: creating the same impact and longevity as the standard 30-40mm options. For added luxury and increased quality aesthetic, the natural stone splashback enriches the monochrome look of this kitchen and proves that opposites really do attract. Its pearlescent façade allows each ray of

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natural light to bounce around the PURE kitchen living space, adding a subtle sparkle and air of superiority. SieMatic’s granite sliding splashback is suspended from a running system set above and features integrated down lighting to provide the perfect backdrop to your cooking and preparation areas. The unique MultiMatic interior system is available in a range of stylish combination finishes and materials. From high-grade aluminium, noble woods and fine porcelain you can accommodate a variety of different sized trays and frames, along with a host of accessories such as racks for bottles and wine glasses. Whatever your home, personal style or space requirement, Urban Interior is at your service to inspire, guide and design you a kitchen interior that answers the demands of modern life. The SieMatic PURE SE 8008 + S2 Kitchen is available from Urban Interior (London) and has a retail price from £30,000+vat.

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Taking a Step Up Despite being a major traffic thoroughfare, when it comes to design and decoration, staircases are one of the most frequently overlooked areas of a home.


rom spirals to spindles, glass to granite, there’s plenty of scope for making a statement, but homeowners looking to transform their space are often unaware of the possibilities. The key is to understand your options and the impact building regulations may have. First and foremost, stairs need to fulfil their primary function of getting you from one level to the next, once this need is fulfilled, you can really go to town on the aesthetics and create something that gives a really great first impression. In terms of renovation, replacing a staircase is akin to knocking down a structural wall. But if your stairs are badly positioned, oppressive, or hinder light flow through the house, then it’s worth considering, as a new flight can make all the difference. Always consult an architect or a specialist company, as it’s critical that a new staircase fits in both proportionally and stylistically. Remember, also, that plans must comply with building regulations, specifically the Approved Document K or Protection, Falling and Impact, and in particular section K1, which deals with stairs, ladders and ramps. You can download it free from STRAIGHT STAIRS Straight doesn’t have to equal dull, and it’s possible to modernise less than lovely stairs with cladding, such as timber, tiles or stone. Many modern homes have stairs built in concrete, which is ideal for resurfacing. If you’re updating a less sturdy staircase, make sure it’s sound by cladding it with marine plywood before affixing any sort of tiles, otherwise they may crack. You can re-clad a staircase in oak for about £500-£1,000, depending on the balustrade you choose. This is a much more accessible solution if you would rather not embark on big structural changes, or are limited by space. SPIRAL AND HELICAL STAIRCASES Spiral staircases wind around a central pole and have a

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handrail on the outer side only. Helical stairs do not have a central pole and there is a handrail on both sides. If a spiral staircase is being used to access a single room, it must be at least 1500mm in diameter. But if the spiral goes up to more than one room, it is classed as a main staircase and needs to be at least 1900mm. Bear in mind that the opening in which your spiral fits needs to be 100mm wider than the spiral itself. A bespoke spiral would start at £3,000. It can be difficult to get furniture up and down, so move large items in before you install the stairs. CARPETED STAIRS If you prefer carpet to bare wood or glass, make sure you buy one that’s suitable for stairs. It’s imperative you choose a quality, hard-wearing carpet – 80% wool to 20% nylon. Avoid loop-pile carpets as they “grin” (open up when bent) and are more slippery. Use a good underlay over both tread and riser and fit the carpet so the pile runs down the stairs. It’s also possible to use a strip of carpet as a runner, see Roger Oates Design Hartley runners, which are reversible so last twice as long. CANTILEVERED STAIRS A cantilevered staircase can look stunning, but is also a feat of engineering, with most of the weight of the treads supported by one wall. You need a balustrade to comply with UK building regulations, but glass is unobtrusive and will still give that ‘weightlessness’ look. These staircases should always be designed and built by a specialist. ALTERNATE STAIRS Ninety per cent of new staircases are constructed to create access to a loft conversion. The pitch of the roof can make constructing a flight difficult and, if this is the case, alternate-tread stairs can be the answer. These have one tread for the left foot and another for the right, and mean the angle of the stairs can be tighter, increased from 42 to 65 degrees. Consider who will need to use them, as they are trickier to negotiate than standard stairs. It can also be hard to move furniture up and down them.


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Ideas to steal Flooring is the backbone of a home, so it’s vital that you make the correct choice. Get it right and it will make a dramatic difference to the overall feel of a room. Peter Keane, wood flooring expert and Director of The Natural Wood Floor Company, shares his advice. ENGINEERED OR SOLID WOOD? Engineered flooring looks just like a traditional solid floor when it’s laid, but rather than being a single, solid plank of wood, it’s made of layers of hardwood ply sandwiched together. This makes the board stronger and more stable. This matters because the strength limits movement in the wood when it’s exposed to changes in heat and humidity levels. This means you can use it in kitchens, washrooms, conservatories, utility rooms and with most underfloor heating systems. Engineered boards can also be wider and longer than those made from solid wood. It’s a versatile way of making wooden flooring and there are lots of design options, incorporating different textures, colours and plank sizes. WHAT STYLES ARE POPULAR AT THE MOMENT? If you want to go for a current look think soft white washes and subtle greys tones, along with chevron and parquet designs. These are of the 200 FEBRUARY2017

moment but they are also classic, timeless designs. Peter explains: “The Nordic theme is still very much in vogue. We have some new boards that tie in with it nicely and as they are subtle, they won't date - it is important to choose a floor you can live with in the long term, as they last for a very long time. Our Dusk board, is lightly wire brushed to enhance the wood’s grain and it is coloured a contemporary grey. New England is a creamy buttermilk colour and White Brushed is light shades of natural oak with hints of white, sand and also a chocolate grey. Unlike painted floorboards, they won’t blister, chip or scar and are perfect for family homes where the floor often takes a pounding.” Peter's top tips on cleaning & maintaining wood flooring Regularly sweep or vacuum the floor and use a good quality specialist cleaning product Never pour floor cleaner directly on to the floor and make sure that the mop is squeezed dry before use. For an annual, deep, protective clean, apply a liquid wax to oiled floors and a polish to lacquered floors. Clean the floor thoroughly first to avoid sealing in any marks. Both products are applied with a mop, so it’s a quick and easy job. THE DETAILS For more information about The Natural Wood Floor Company, 20 Smugglers Way, Wandsworth, London, SW18 1EG Telephone 020 8871 9771


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hop in person at our extensive showrooms in Fulham, where you can speak to our highly-trained and experienced sales team and technicians for design advice and inspiration. Or shop online at our brand new, easy to navigate website for the best prices in London from the comfort of your own home! We stock a huge variety of styles and products from classic Heritage to modern Crosswater, period-style living to cutting edge technology – we have it all. Bathroom Discount Centre offers incredible prices but never cuts back on quality or performance. Trusted by private clients, tradesman, architects and professional interior designers we can work to any specification and have time to listen to your requirements. We deliver all across the country and no task is too small or too large. All that’s left to say is this: we hope you love shopping here at the Bathroom Discount Centre, because we love helping you to create the bathroom you’ve always wanted! THE DETAILS For more information about Bathroom Discount Centre telephone 020 7381 4222 or vist the website at

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How metal is taking over our homes

ll that glitters is not gold - because silver, bronze and copper are also dazzling in decor this season and beyond. These days, metal is creeping into our homes in all guises and in all places, from wallpaper to flooring, appliances to furniture. Right now, metals in any form are huge. Today’s interior designers are using glowing metallic wallpapers to add warmth and sheen to a room and metal worked into flooring, whether it’s tiles or carpet, for richness and light. Metal can appear everywhere, from bookshelves to tiling to furniture, where it appears in sinuous sculptural forms. It’s worth considering how your chosen metal will work practically. Zinc, for example, looks beautiful on a kitchen countertop but it will change over time as it becomes stained by ingredients, warped by hot pans and scratched. Pewter is easier to maintain, or you could go for good old stainless steel, which won’t stain, although it can be scratched. Bringing on the bling couldn’t be better timed, as the most glittering of seasons, is here. But investing in some decor treasure for your home won’t be a waste, as this look is set to last long after the baubles have been packed away. The metallics trend is definitely going to stick around, so whether you’re a gold-digger, silver-seeker or just burning for bronze, there’s sure to be something to appeal... 1. Warm your interiors with rich coppery shades - The allure of rich copper to give your kitchen a glow looks beautiful - from hammered copper countertops to custom kitchen backsplash tiles, copper is the answer to your warm aesthetic questions in your head. Visit your favourite tile specialist for a mixture of copper and mosaic tiles for the kitchen or bathroom. 2. Golden hues in interiors are hotter than hot - Remember in the 1980’s when gold and brass were big interior metals and then the trend slowly faded away? Well they have returned in more subtle ways and wallpaper, furniture and ornamental cabinetry pulls and decor are big for gold and brass. If you want to add glam to your bedroom, try adding golden metallic wallpaper that has a slight sheen behind your bed as an eye-catching accent wall. Lighting fixtures such as 204 FEBRUARY2017

chandeliers, wall sconces and pendant lights are showing off their new golden hues and bringing these into your home along with darker hues will add a dramatic flair to your interiors 3. A return to green living with corrugated metal - If your decorative style steers more towards the rustic and natural approach to metallic finishes, why not try the appeal of corrugated metal? In recent years corrugated metal has been used by designers for walls, ceilings, sides of cabinetry and creative accent walls in bedrooms and even adorning masculine bathrooms. Try adding corrugated metal to bring out your love for recycled and repurposed materials. 4. Cool silver metallic finishes are still top rated - When it comes to the most used and specified finishes of kitchen, bath, and interior designers it has to be the silvery metallic family of metals which include: nickel, chrome, aluminium, and stainless steel. These silvery metals are durable have high reflective qualities and come in a variety of finishes from a dull brushed finish to highly polished to sparkle in any light. 5. Mirrored furniture is all the talk of the town - If there ever has been a re-emergence of glamour added to interiors it is now! Mirrored furniture reminisces back to Hollywood Regency style with highly reflective furnishings, mirrored dressers and tables and bold colours create the look of a modern Art Deco era. Bring in mirrored furniture to your interiors and add instant glam without even having to try! 6. Ornamental metal throughout your home - While metallic finishes are seen in large quantities throughout your home, don’t forget about ornamental metals throughout your interiors that are just as important. Remember, attention is in the details and wrought iron ornamental railings and banisters are a prime area to showcase this gorgeous metal. Also look to cabinetry door pulls, door hardware and even exterior door hardware for metal subtleties. You will be surprised how metallic finishes are trending in every part of your home. The metallic trend is one that is often forgotten but once you see it, you can’t fathom how you ever forgot about this wonderful style.


Wet rooms the essential guide

Want a wet room, but not sure whether it will work in your home? Read on for the advantages, disadvantages and expert design tips.With a wide range of wet room styles to suit every taste, they are becoming more popular and they're a great way to add value to your home. CAN ANYONE HAVE A WET ROOM? In theory, yes. A wet room is basically a shower room that does away with the shower screen and tray, and has an open, fully tiled shower area. If your bathroom is on the small side you probably will need to include a shower screen to prevent everything getting sprayed. WATER DRAINAGE Installing a wet room is a job for the professionals as a gradient needs to be created along the floor to channel the shower water into a drain and then the entire room needs to be tanked (waterproofed). The most common method for creating a gradient is to install a sub-floor made 206 FEBRUARY2017

from WBP Ply (a type of plywood), which is then tiled over. Another option is to install a ready-made sloping shower former (a bit like a giant shower tray), which is also then tiled over. A final method is to use a giant preformed tray that slopes towards a drain, and can be fitted across the entire floor without the need for tiling over. WATERPROOFING Waterproofing the wet room involves priming the floor, the lower section of the walls and the whole of the wall area around the shower and then covering with a syrupy membrane. Once it's set, the room is then tiled. It's also worth raising the bathroom door threshold by about 5mm from the floor in case the room fills with water (if someone covers the shower drain with a towel, for example). This will keep the water contained. ADVANTAGES OF A WET ROOM A wet room is super-stylish and perfect for creating a contemporary look. As a second bathroom, a wet room can easily increase the value of your home. Great for small bathrooms - removing the bath creates loads more space. Wet rooms are, in general, easier to clean.

There's no shower screen or tray to worry about and if you go for a wall-hung sink and toilet, it's easier still. If it's done properly, your floor is better protected than it would be in a standard bathroom. DISADVANTAGES OF A WET ROOM In small bathrooms, watch out for wet towels caused by spray from the shower. You'll need a professional fitter to waterproof the room - if it's not done properly leaking water can cause damage. Wet rooms should be tiled from floor to ceiling - and that's expensive. And if you go for porous stone tiles, they may need to be resealed every few months, which is hard work. Swapping a main bathroom with a bath for a wet room could make your home less saleable - buyers want at least one bath. The cost of installing a wet room is usually between ÂŁ5,000 and ÂŁ10,000. If you are paying a company to tank and install the wet room, including floor-to-ceiling tiles, suite and shower, expect to pay more. Retailers can offer you some ideas or may sell you those little extras you need to complete your wet room.



the traditional bathroom How C.P. Hart are changing perceptions of classic bathroom design


years ago a South London builder called Charles Percival Hart started selling bathrooms for prestigious West London properties. In those days it would have been unthinkable to fit anything other than a cast iron bath and gleaming white sanitaryware in classical proportions. Bathroom trends have come and gone since then – who will forget the avocado suite? - but the Edwardian elegance of a traditional bathroom remains the benchmark for luxury. Explore a C.P. Hart showroom and it is easy to understand the appeal. Their London collection of basins, WCs and matching furniture are still hand-made in the Potteries,

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the home of the British ceramic industry for over 200 years. The formal lines are pleasing to the eye, but it is the flawless lustre of the finish that marks out its quality. The traditional brassware is also made in England. Many of the ranges were designed nearly 50 years ago by Charles Hart’s son John, and remain unchanged to this day. The perception of traditional bathrooms is that they are restrained and graceful, but not necessarily exciting or dazzling. Daniel Cook, Principal Designer at C.P. Hart, is keen to change minds: ‘There is no need to be conservative with traditional bathroom pieces. Black sanitaryware was popular in the 1930s and can be a magnificent centrepiece.

Choose a nickel, brass or gold finish for your brassware instead of chrome. Paint the outside of your bath – we can supply a cast-iron bath primed for painting. A bold wallpaper with a modern update of a traditional print will link the past to the present. We love the latest collections from House of Hackney, for example.’ To discover how to fuse the bold and the traditional, or alternatively to choose the most cutting edge bathroom possible, visit one of C.P. Hart’s 13 showrooms in and around London, or browse their website at



How to hire

an interior designer


by Nick Lee, Former Head of Marketing & PR of the British Interior Design Association & Director of Niche PR, the UK's only PR consultancy exclusively for interior designers.



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iring a designer means you won’t have any of the stress usually associated when dealing with tradesmen and suppliers. A designer will not only save you time and effort, but money too, avoiding costly mistakes and passing on trade discounts where possible. Remember that you are not just using the skills of the designer, but also their trusted team of tradespeople and suppliers. So how do you go about selecting the right designer? The best place to start is the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) - you can explore their members throughout the country and worldwide - with each having the necessary insurances, qualifications and experience, and where you can see images of their style and type of work. I would recommend that you see three or four designers, you not only need to like a designer’s style but you need to get on with them too. Another online source is or any of Niche PR's 10 mostly award winning interior designer clients. It is vital that you give your designer as much information as possible about your lifestyle and tastes - gather interior images from magazines, collect paint or fabric swatches and styles you like. It is also important to be receptive to your designer’s ideas. 3D CAD visuals or freehand drawings are sometimes used and presented to a client to convey an original concept, which allows for amendments as the client wishes or as the design evolves. It is important to discuss your budget from the start. The way designers charge for their services vary on the size of the project. Overall there are four main ways of charging… A set fee is often used when the job involves complex structural renovations as well as decorating the interiors. In these cases the designer may agree a percentage of the contract as their fee, which can be around 15% for projects up to £250,000. Mark ups are usually adopted for smaller or pure decorating jobs. All designers can buy materials at trade prices and may charge the retail price and take their fee from the mark-up. Hourly rate - most designers offer a service whereby they will produce room schemes but leave the client to carry out or oversee the work themselves. This consultation is charged at an hourly rate, varying tremendously according to expertise and experience and could be anything from £75 an hour upwards. Some designers offer a free first consultation. Combination - for example a designer may charge an hourly rate for producing schemes and then charge retail prices and materials, or they may take a 5% design fee and then take a percentage of the mark-up on materials. Every job and price is different, it is recommended that you put aside around 15% as a contingency to allow for any unforeseen issues that arise or any changes to the scheme. So, whether you have a blank canvas or just want to refresh what you already have, hiring a designer will open the door to a realm of possibilities, through which you can wander at leisure while someone else does all the hard work.

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esthetically speaking, London is a fascinating city of dichotomies: innovative, glass-façaded skyscrapers neighbour historic, colonnaded buildings; sprawling parklands complement densely populated communities; and the city’s mechanical flow of traffic replicates the organic flow of the River Thames. It is the duality of modernity and tradition, however, that most inspires the city’s best interior designers. Callender Howorth - a full-service interior design company, based in the heart of London - is working to redefine the interiors of the capital’s most prestigious addresses, progressing the design of both residential and commercial spaces. Mark Howorth, a Designer and the Founder of Callender Howorth, shares his opinions: “At Callender Howorth we don’t have a house style. We work closely with our clients to complete homes and reflect personalities. This is a fun process. I see each project as a unique chance to create something special. Design should be timeless and not overly measured or faddish. I focus on quality products, high-end finishes, and cleverly considered design, which give our clients interiors that endure. London is a melting pot of cultures and personalities; the diverse energies of the city are inspirational. We have worldleading architects designing with innovation and creativity.”

We take a look at three of Callender Howorth’s recent projects to understand how London has forged a name for itself as a hub for dazzling design. Mayfair Mews House The residents of a Mayfair Mews House traded Marylebone High Street for a Miami boulevard under the expert guidance of Callender Howorth: externally, the property resembles a conventional Victorian building, yet the inside is nothing short of a contemporary masterpiece. Callender Howorth has balanced functional living with sophistication and fun to create the Mother of all party pads. The internal courtyard and feature staircase offer a basis for a unique design.

the exchange Building Modelled on a New York loft apartment and set in London’s Shoreditch, Callender Howorth’s Exchange Building Project benefits from an industrial motif that salutes the building’s past and makes the penthouse apartment look effortlessly cool: exposed brickwork brings character, glass partitions enhance a feeling of spaciousness, and an understated sense of minimalism makes the property look clean and stylish. Bathed in natural light, and embellished with colourful works of art, the Exchange Building Project encapsulates modern design.

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amenities. Staff quarters, gym, and wine cellar define luxury in this well-proportioned property, which is situated on the Boltons – one of Britain’s most desirable locations. Natural colours and muted tones soothe, while striking chandeliers and interesting furnishings transform an empty space into an inspiring home. Callender Howorth Interiors, The Tanneries, 55 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3XN. 020 7336 8560.


Shaken not stirred? Of all the topics I’ve talked about the most response come has from those concerned with drinking, particularly cocktails. Although the name was not coined until 1798 we’ve enjoyed mixed drinks since the reign of William III who introduced Punch and all the accessories to prepare and serve it; nutmeg graters, ladles, lemon strainers, punch bowls.


y the late 18th century one popular ingredient was Ginger whose ‘vulgar’ name was ‘Cock Tail’. Probably a sexual connotation was there somewhere. In America in 1803 cocktails were called a drink for the Democrats. “If you can swallow a cocktail, you can

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But the big impetus came in1862 with the publication of “How to Mix Drinks” by Jerry Thomas, wherein he listed Punches, Slings, Sours, Cobblers, Shrubs, Toddies and Flips, and the essential addition of ‘Bitters’ to the drink. The first recorded Cocktail Party was held by a Mrs Julius J. Walsh of St Louis. Missouri in May 1917, but stories of the origins of cocktails being named after the cockades on a soldier’s headdress or the lady running a ‘Speakeasy’ and dishing out feathers from poultry to each drinker in the days of prohibition are myths, albeit the latter being a good one. And it might well be the origins of the little tally sticks you get with each drink in a US bar. Another myth is that the ‘Manhattan’ was invented by Jennie Jerome – Lady Randolph Churchill – to celebrate an inauguration bash she was hosting for Samuel J. Tindel in 1873. It was in fact concocted by Dr Iain Marshall for the same event while Lady Churchill was in Paris. In my book there are only two Cocktails:- The Manhattan and, top of the list, the Martini. It must be dry and it must be stirred. Never mind James Bond, if it’s shaken it’s called a Bradford, invented in NY in 1949. ‘Dry’ refers to the lack Vermouth in the drink, a ‘Wet’ Martini has a lot. Noel Coward recommended taking the top off the bottle of Vermouth and “pointing it vaguely in the direction of Italy”. That’s bit extreme but worth a try with a really good gin. THE DETAILS For more information about John Bly Antiques 533 Kings Road, Chelsea email


Where to go for a romantic escape in 2017

Valentine’s Day is upon us and romance is in the air.With Londoners having easy access to several airports many may be jetting off with loved ones on a romantic break.


oliday company Kuoni suggests that Cape Town, New York and the United Arab Emirates make perfect city breaks for February or, for a beach holiday, the Maldives and the Philippines are top destinations for 2017. When people are planning their breaks they also need to consider who will look after their pets. Some don’t want to leave their cat or dog in a cattery or kennel. It disrupts their pets’ routines and owners can return to an unhappy pet. Increasingly people who travel frequently are using home and pet sitters who come and stay in their home and look after their pets. With more than one pet, it becomes an even more affordable option. Pets are happier at home and with homesitters not allowed to leave the home and pets unattended for more than three consecutive hours during the day (or one hour at night), pets benefit from lots of attention! Homesitters also provide great home security as they ensure a home looks occupied which is particularly important during winter, when homes can become targets for opportunistic thieves. Being burgled causes people great distress and recent figures from the Metropolitan Police suggested that only 8% of domestic burglaries in

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London in 2015 resulted in action being taken against the perpetrator. It’s also highly unlikely anything taken will be recovered. A homesitter will also deal with emergencies such as a burst pipe, which can happen in cold weather if pipes get frozen or, damage to the home occurs during stormy weather such as slates falling off the roof or trees falling down. One company that has been offering home and pet sitting services in London and nationwide for over 35 years is Homesitters Ltd. The company saw a 16% rise in business over the past year, highlighting the growing number of people relying on them when they go away. The company employs an extensive network of vetted homesitters who are all highly experienced, reliable and trustworthy. The company also has comprehensive insurance including Employer’s Liability, Public liability and Professional Indemnity Cover. Homesitters are provided with 24 hour support on assignment, including bank holidays, Christmas and New Year, and a dedicated person from Homesitters head office remains in regular contact with each homesitter. So if you fancy jetting off for a romantic Valentine’s escape, make sure your home and pets and home are left in safe hands. THE DETAILS For more information about Homesitters telephone 020 7084 6320 or visit


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extending your home... F

or a lot of households, there comes a time when your home becomes a bit of a squeeze. Maybe you have had more children, or have embarked on working from home. So should you move somewhere bigger, or extend your house to make it large enough for you and your family’s needs? An extension can radically improve a property. Bigger, better space and extra rooms can add value, and make a house more attractive to buyers. Your location, and the level of demand for your type of home, could make a big difference to the financial implications of extending versus moving. In high-value areas in London it can be more worthwhile digging under the house to add a basement conversion. The reality is that if you are able to extend, it is often sensible to do so from a financial point of view. The cost of buying a new house would far outweigh the cost of building. If you want to make structural changes with the purpose of adding value, you should first find out the current market price of your property, as well as its potential value once the changes have been made. Otherwise, your hard work and cash may not reap rewards. Also be area aware - before you plan that extravagant extension or costly conversion, it’s crucial to talk to a local estate agent to find out what renovations are popular in your area. Every street has a ceiling value so don’t over develop if you want to see a good return on your investment. Rising property prices with a premium being put on space can make extensions a wise investment. However, this is a major project and shouldn’t be undertaken lightly:

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 all in professionals to get the job done properly, as there are important C planning restrictions and regulations which need to be followed. Ask friends if they can recommend an architect and builders. It is really important that you locate the best people, as a botched extension can devalue a property. The National Federation of Builders (NFB) can provide you with a list of registered builders in your area. A builder that belongs to a respected trade organisation will have to comply with membership standards. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) provides a list of registered architects. Although a modern extension can look good on an old house, when it comes to selling on it is important to appeal to the average buyer’s taste. Therefore it is more advisable for an extension to match the architectural style of the existing house. Be strategic: Extra bathrooms and large kitchens are usually good investments in family-sized homes, and a garage in a busy, urban area will also add value. The room that usually benefits the most from enlarging is the kitchen. Adding a kitchen/diner creates the farmhouse kitchen most people want and provides extra space. The old dining room can become an office, playroom, or an extra sitting room. Kitchen extensions also provide the opportunity to extend upwards - an additional bedroom can be built on top at the same time.



For the latest trend in conversions

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This cost-effective craze has been big news in London for a while, where homeowners are keen to use every square foot of space.


n the US, basements have long been used as play and utility rooms, but it’s only in recent years that British homeowners have started making good use of the same space. Your kids can have a giant playroom all to themselves – or you can treat yourselves to a home cinema, a recording studio, a swimming pool and gym, or a state-of-the-art wine cellar. IS MY BASEMENT SUITABLE FOR A CONVERSION? Luckily, Victorian houses, and older types of properties which have timber-suspended floors, are ideal for basement conversions, as the work can often be carried out from outside, which means you can easily continue to live in your property while the renovations are taking place. A word of warning, however, some older houses may have shallow foundations, so in order to create a safe living space below, you may need to underpin your property first. If this is the case for your property, then the easiest thing to do is to talk to an underpinning firm or specialist builder who can advise you on feasibility and cost of the job. Remember – while a basement conversion may seem like a dream come true, always make

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sure that a cellar conversion is a realistic venture for your property before forking out any cash. DO I NEED PLANNING PERMISSION? The good news here is that most cellar conversions don't need planning permission because you are only changing the inside of your property. However, if you choose to add a new entrance or windows at the front of the house, dig an entirely new basement, or need access to dig up parts of the road or pavement outside your home, you will need planning permission from your local council. You may also want to check out the specifics of planning permission for basement conversions in case you want to extend or change your basement structure in the future. If you live in a listed building,, then remember that all renovations require permission before you begin any work - even if they are completely out of sight from the outside. This is because the features in listed buildings are protected for historical reasons. Whether or not you need planning permission, you will need to comply with the current building regulations for extensions - these are simply legal requirements for any new living space, which exist for your own safety.

WHAT ARE THE BUILDING REGULATIONS? Any extension that people will use as a living area is covered by building regulations. These regulations are designed to protect the inhabitants from health or safety hazards, and include things like adequate fire escape methods. The most basic regulations for a basement conversion are; ventilation, damp proofing, electrical wiring, safe access, ceiling height and a fire escape route. Even if you don't need planning permission, you must get building regulation approval for your basement. These regulations will insist on certain considerations when you are planning your project - for example, a door which is at least 30 inches wide is considered fine but a window has to be a certain size, as well as a minimum distance from the floor, in order to be considered safe. WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW? The biggest factors to consider when it comes to converting your basement are underpinning the foundations which we have discussed above, waterproofing or damp-proofing walls, and providing a suitable access point. And ensure your neighbours are totally aware of your conversion plans, giving them notice to avoid any conflict later on.

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Across London, home owners are digging down like never before in their quest for more space and added value to their properties. Indeed, research shows a threefold increase in basement conversions in the capital in 2016 - with gyms, playrooms, wine cellars, cinema rooms, nanny flats and swimming pools aplenty.


ell-designed and well-built basements can transform your home, whether digging beneath your house or under your garden. But beware, taking short cuts or employing the wrong people – you could end up with months of remedial work and a depleted bank account.” Says Mike Lander, Programme Director of architectural and interior design company Ensoul, who has built a strong reputation for basement design and build

HERE ARE ENSOUL’S TOP TIPS FOR A SMOOTH BASEMENT BUILD:  esearch: You can either dig under your house, under your garden or R both. But what’s feasible will depend upon local planning guidelines and thorough investigation work e.g. geological, boundaries, water table, drains and trees. Ensure value for money: Calculate the financial value that the additional square metres of your basement will add to your property. Then compare this to at least three estimates of what it will cost to build it and make sure the numbers work. Design before build: Bringing in an experienced design partner will ensure a beautiful basement with the right feel in terms of volume, ceiling height and natural light. Expert space planning ensures a good flow and a beautiful fit out will ensure that your basement feels just as high quality as your accommodation above ground. Beware of cheap: Basements are highly complex structures that require expert architectural and structural design, construction methodology, waterproofing design and an experienced contractor. A lot of firms are jumping on the trend for basements and not all of them have the skills and experience to deliver them safely and reliably. Be neighbourly: Talk to your neighbours early on and throughout the process. Liaising before your application can iron out any concerns and avoid unnecessary objections. Keep them up to date with the schedule and offer free window cleaning or dusting – it’s a nice gesture. THE DETAILS If you’d like to know how to price a basement, Ensoul has an online guide: or you can telephone them on 020 3637 0700. 226 FEBRUARY2017



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Going up in the world The most obvious benefit of having a loft conversion is adding space to your home. In fact there are many reasons why people choose to have their loft converted.


oft conversions have been shown to add around 20% on top of your property’s value, according to the Housing Market Research. This can add up to somewhere in the range of £15,000 - £35,000. The value of your property will increase no matter what you use the converted space for. This can be useful as the loft is often out of the way of the rest of the house. In order to get the most benefit from your loft conversion, carefully work out the costs to make sure that these do not add up to more than the conversion will be adding to the value of your property. IDEAS FOR YOUR CONVERTED LOFT Loft conversions are created for many different purposes… Home Office... Perfect for creating an office at home – it can provide a quiet and uninterrupted space when working. Bedroom... Perhaps the most common use of a loft conversion, and creating a unique master bedroom away from the rest of the house. Loft bedrooms are one of the easiest conversions, and will require electricity though not much else. Bathroom... When creating a master bedroom you may choose to add in an luxury en-suite bathroom. This is also popular, though requires more

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work due to the plumbing involved and installation. Play Room... If you have children, this is an excellent use of the space. Just make sure the access to the loft is safe for your children to use. This shouldn’t be too difficult, as there are many great stairway options now available for converted lofts. STAGES OF YOUR LOFT CONVERSION An architect or surveyor will be required in order to determine the loads that will be placed in the building to make sure that your property is still structurally sound. This is extremely important in all building and planning regulations, so will be required on top of your builder. Not all loft conversions will need planning permission, but you will always need to check this for sure before going ahead. Even if you do not need it, you still need to comply with building regulations which include inspections. It is much easier to check regulations before starting work – which will also save you money by avoiding problems down the line. You will need to be able to reach your loft easily once it has been converted, and your loft conversion company will help you determine your options when it comes to stairs. They should comply with fire regulations, and may need to be altered if used by small children. Most loft conversions take a few months to complete, and the planning stages can be even longer if you need planning permission. Inspections may need to be carried out, and you may need to get an agreement if the work disrupts your neighbours. The building work itself should take around 1 or 2 months to complete, but get an agreement on certain building stages from your loft conversion company.


Let’s take it to the loft Thinking about taking it to the loft? Perhaps a new bedroom and a beautiful new ensuite? Before you delve in, Ripples designer Joel Fry offers his advice on creating a luxury en-suite bathroom for your loft conversion. Go large and light with tiles - when it comes to picking tiles there are considerably more options available than you might first think. As a general rule, if you want to make a bathroom feel more spacious, opt for larger and lighter tiles. If you are looking to create a contemporary feel then take a look at rectified tiles, thinner grout lines will ensure that your bathroom has a crisp and sleek finish. Go for consistency - very often less is more when it comes to the loft ensuite, to open up what could appear to be quite an awkward space keep your wall and floor tiling the same. This way your eye will not distinguish where two different tiles might meet, the seamless finish will help to make the space feel much bigger too. Go for a touch of “wow” - you might want to think about some very clever design ideas such as large and light tiles but you also need to have some fun with your new bathroom too. Perhaps think about adding some “wow” factor decorative tiles, to create an element of interest in the room. Decorative tiles in your shower and behind a basin will add personality to the bathroom and inject just the right amount of décor. Go for a wet floor - sloping ceilings in a loft can mean that you really need to think about how to maximise the height in the room, particularly when it comes to the shower. Opting for a wet floor in the shower area will help you to retain as much height as possible. It's also important to think about running the same floor tiles in to your shower and concealing your shower tray, to help make the space feel bigger and to create a seamless walkin design. 232 FEBRUARY2017

Go for underfloor heating - think about adding underfloor heating to dry up any moisture in your bathroom, this is particularly important if you’re opting for a wet floor in your new loft ensuite. Go for sensible storage - space is possibly limited in your new ensuite, create alcoves in the shower, add in recessed mirror cabinets and choose vanity units with deep drawers for extra storage too. Go for feature lighting - you may be limited on the amount of ceiling lights in your ensuite, it’s therefore more important than ever to think about feature lighting. Wall lights, floor lights and alcove lighting should all be considered. Extra lighting in drawers and around the mirror will help to illuminate the space when you need it too. Go careful with the space - it’s really important that you think about the usability of the space. Do you have enough sitting and standing height in front of the toilet? Can you comfortably open the drawers of your vanity unit? These are all questions that you should be asking yourself. Go for wall hung - opting for a wall hung basin and wc will help to maximize the available space in your new ensuite, wall hung furniture and sanitaryware will create extra space by opening up the floor space that is on show in the room. Go for large mirrors - make sure that your new bathroom features large mirrors, they will help to reflect the natural light and open up the space. Ripples London, Belsize Park showroom will help you make the most of the hidden potential of your bathroom. At Ripples, their attention to detail and those all-important personal touches that they add to every project, their hand-drawn designs and carefully selected products are sure to help create a unique, luxury bathroom that you can be proud of. So, as well as looking at their latest showers, whirlpool baths, walk-in wet rooms and range of traditional taps & baths, make sure you say hello to showroom owner Lisa and let Ripples design the bathroom of your dreams. THE DETAILS For more information about Ripples London 26 England's Lane, London NW3 4TG Telephone 0207 4499 594 or email

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to build Britain's biggest mega-basement Claridge’s has been granted permission to build Britain’s biggest mega-basement after planners ruled it would enhance London’s reputation as a luxury destination.


he iconic five-star Mayfair hotel, popular with the rich and famous, will create just under 20,000sq ft of new floor space to house a swimming pool, spa, sauna, wine cellar, bakery and in-house chocolatier in five storeys beneath the renowned venue. The proposal has been given the green light despite Westminster Council’s clampdown on basement conversions. The application, submitted to Westminster Council by The Maybourne Hotel Group, which also owns the Berkeley and Connaught, included drawings for several subterranean features including a spa with treatment rooms, revamped staff quarters, a meeting room and conference centre and a wine cellar. It’s also been reported that the extension with feature an in-house chocolatier. While the two storey roof extension will allow for 40 more rooms and suites.

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The Maybourne Group, which also owns the Berkeley and Connaught, stated that the facilities destined for the underground extension are “must-haves” for a modern five-star hotel. The group said extra laundry and storage would reduce the number of delivery vans required each day, meaning less noise and disturbance. A spokesman for Claridge’s said: “Claridge’s is excited about our future development plans to put in to place state of the art, sustainable technology and systems which will further enhance services for our guests, staff and neighbours, taking this iconic Mayfair hotel’s vision into the next century.” The hotel, which is home to Simon Rogan’s esteemed Michelinstarred restaurant Fera, was founded in 1812 as Mivart’s Hotel, becoming Claridge’s in 1854. The current grade II listed building opened in 1898 and was extended in the 1920s. Now approved, this will be its biggest renovation project to date. THE DETAILS For more information about Claridges or The Maybourne Group visit or


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