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Welcome to the May issue. Royal Ascot is one of the pinnacle events of the summer social season and the racecourse will be playing its part, in this historic year, in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.



For the fourth year, the hallowed turf of Hurlingham Park in Fulham will thunder with the hooves of polo ponies. Polo players from all over the world will battle each other in a furious display of horsemanship at MINT Polo in the Park. Land Rover and Victoria Beckham have unveiled a new bespoke luxurious, hand-finished Range Rover Evoque Special Edition. Victoria was appointed Creative Design Executive in July 2010 and has worked with the Land Rover design team over the past 18 months to create her Special Edition. The magic of Monaco will truly be in evidence from the 24th May when this beautiful Principality hosts formula One’s 70th Grand Prix.

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he magic of Monaco will truly be in evidence from the 24th May when this beautiful Principality hosts formula One’s 70th Grand Prix. In the words of Graham Hill, it’s the only Grand Prix where you meet lamp-posts, trees, nightclubs, houses, hotels, curbs, gutters and boats. For one glorious weekend in May Monaco becomes a festival of style, colour and ear-splitting noise, blended with glamourous members of the ‘jet set’ and stars of screen and stage. Remember, Cannes Film Festival is in full swing just along the coast and is the perfect warm-up act for Monaco’s Grand Prix. We especially love Monaco during this week because it just doesn’t sleep and its vibrant atmosphere after the excitement of the racing keeps on going. Stunning cocktails, fabulous restaurants, dancing and people watching all come to the fore, but what has been missing until 2012 has been a beach party. Thankfully this year the secluded beach at Larvotto will play host to the exclusive Crazy Bear Beach Party. champagne will be flowing, along with great barbecue food,, and guests will be dancing to Boy George’s DJ set, Shuffler,The brilliant Fun lovin Criminals and Eddie Jordan on drums with his band the Robbers. All this in addition to fire, Vaudeville and burlesque dancers. What more could we ask for? Entry to this epitome of chic is on a strictly ticket only basis and numbers are limited. You need to be a part of this night to remember – I have seen what the guys at Crazy Bear are capable of and I really wouldn’t want to miss it. Feathered Edge Events Ltd 01749 890053

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24th-27th May 2012 Wentworth Club, Surrey

Bmw Pga Golf Championships It’s time once again for the finest golfers across Europe to descend upon Surrey and compete in the BMW PGA Championship at the iconic Wentworth Club in Virginia Water, Surrey. The BMW PGA Championship represents a vibrant partnership between BMW and The European Tour and enjoys its deserved status as the Tour’s Flagship event for more than a quarter of a century. Severiano Ballesteros, Angel Cabrera, Nick Faldo, Tony Jacklin, Bernhard Langer, José Maria Olazábal, Arnold Palmer and Ian Woosnam, all Major Champions, feature among a distinguished roll call of winners since the inception of the PGA Championship in 1955. This year a total of 14 Major Champions will descend on Wentworth Club from 24th - 27th May when the iconic West Course plays host to the 58th staging of The European 16 m ay 2 0 1 2

Tour’s Flagship Event, the BMW PGA Championship. Ireland’s quartet of Major winners will be led by World Number Two Rory McIlroy, who will be keen to bolster his collection of titles by triumphing at Wentworth Club, where his highest finish was fifth place in 2009. McIlroy’s close friend Graeme McDowell, will also be bidding to take home the lion’s share of the €4.5million prize fund, as will the reigning Open Champion Darren Clarke and threetime Major winner Padraig Harrington, who finished in a tie for sixth place on his last appearance at the BMW PGA Championship in 2010. Chelsea FC head coach Roberto Di Matteo, will be reunited with his former Blues team-mate Gianfranco Zola when the pair compete alongside Ryder Cup star Edoardo Molinari in the BMW PGA Championship Pro-Am on Wednesday 23rd

May . Di Matteo will be joined at Wentworth Club by Zola and former AC Milan striker Daniele Massaro, a member of the Italian squad which won the 1982 World Cup in Spain. Other sporting stars scheduled to tee up on the iconic West Course include Harry Redknapp, his son Jamie, the former Liverpool midfielder and current Sky Sports pundit; former England and Arsenal forward Ian Wright; Olympic silver medal-winning athlete Kriss Akabusi; and former tennis player Tim Henman . Current Liverpool FC manager Kenny Dalglish and BBC TV’s ‘Match of the Day’ pundit Alan Hansen, will also be taking part in the Pro-Am. The rowing knights Sir Matthew Pinsent and Sir Steve Redgrave , will also be in attendance along with Sir Clive Woodward, and Matt Dawson, who finished runnerup in ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ in 2006, will play alongside

one of the show’s judges, Len Goodman; while host Sir Bruce Forsyth, who lives on the Wentworth Estate, will not have far to travel to tee up in the Pro-Am. The 2009 ‘Strictly’ champion Chris Hollins, formerly of BBC Breakfast, has been confirmed and Anton Du Beke, one of the programme’s professional dancers, will also be ditching his sequined trousers in favour of Plus Fours. Chris Evans and Vernon Kay will also play along with their fellow TV and radio presenters Andrew Cotter and Steve Ryder, while Michelinstarred chef Jason Atherton will be swapping the confines of the kitchen for the wide fairways of Wentworth Club. The Pro-Am, which will feature the top three in the Official World Golf Ranking in Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood, gets underway at 8am on Wednesday 23rd May www.europeantourtickets.


oyal Ascot is one of the pinnacle events of the summer social season and the racecourse will be playing its part, in this historic year, in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The Royal Meeting will certainly be one of the mustattend events of the year to enjoy all of the pageantry and history of a quintessentially British day out. The quality of the racing at Royal Ascot is simply outstanding, with nearly £4 million in prize money on offer and a total of eighteen ‘Group’ races (racing’s term for the most prestigious races) over the five days. The celebrations will commence at 2pm each day as Her Majesty The Queen arrives in her horse drawn landaus, with superb racing action from 2.30pm onwards, including seven Group One races over the five days. After racing, traditional singing around the Bandstand commences in Grandstand Admission at approximately 6pm.. Silver Ring customers can help celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee too, by joining in with the 1950s style ‘Street Party’ with everything from brass bands to bunting.

Royal Ascot Tuesday 19th - Saturday 23rd June 2012 . Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire

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The opening day of what is sure to be a spectacular Royal Meeting gets off to a flying start with three Group 1 races (i.e. the very best in the world); the Queen Anne Stakes, the King’s Stand Stakes - the first British leg of the Global Sprint Challenge - and the St James’s Palace Stakes. As the first day of Royal Ascot, the fashion stakes are high but the atmosphere is relaxed which allows racegoers the chance to enjoy a glass of Champagne between races or explore the racecourse at their leisure. Wednesday 20th June

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Royal Ascot experience at a slightly more gentle pace.

The highlight of the second day is the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes, arguably the most important race at the Royal Meeting in the modern era with £400,000 prize money on offer. Also on the card are the Group 2 Windsor Forest Stakes, for older female milers and the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes, for the best up and coming two year old fillies (females). Wednesday is perfect for groups of friends to enjoy the

Thursday’s highlight is the Group 1 Gold Cup, a battle of stamina and determination over two miles and four furlongs - this undisputed long distance world championship is not for the faint hearted! Style, elegance and the height of the summer social calendar all combine on Gold Cup Day, colloquially known as ‘Ladies’ Day. Although the whole week of Royal Ascot is a fashion show like no other, it is Thursday when the designer creations and millinery masterpieces reach new heights. To commemorate 300 years of racing, the Hampton Court Stakes has been renamed the Tercentenary Stakes. Friday 22nd June

The feature race on Friday is the Coronation Stakes, which traditionally brings together the leading threeyear-old fillies in Europe. Also on the card is the King Edward VII Stakes, colloquially called


the ‘Ascot Derby’ - as its conditions mirror those of the Epsom Classic. This is the perfect way to start the weekend with friends and work colleagues. Saturday 23rd June

The final day of the Royal Meeting always provides a dramatic climax and features one of the world’s most important and international races, the Golden Jubilee Stakes, renamed as the Diamond Jubilee Stakes in 2012 to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s important milestone. The race is also the second British leg of the Global Sprint Challenge. Saturday is a relatively new addition to the Royal Meeting, having been introduced as recently as 2002. Although the fashions are as elaborate as they are during the week, there is a pronounced, relaxed family feel as many people who are unable to attend until the weekend come to enjoy the experience of the greatest race meeting in the world. Royal Ascot is without doubt the greatest race meeting in the world and a celebration of everything that is uniquely British. For more details, including strict dress code and tickets, please visit

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The Investec Derby Festival Friday 1sT & saTurday 2nd June, ePsom raCeCourse


he Investec Derby Festival is the pinnacle of the sporting and social calendar, set to attract over 200,000 racegoers. This year, Epsom Downs Racecourse will host the first event of Diamond Jubilee celebrations as ‘Britain’s Biggest Day Out’; the Investec Derby is celebrated for the 233rd year. The two-day festival opens with Investec Ladies Day on Friday 1st June whereby elegant, fashionable racegoers gather for a classic day’s racing featuring the Group 1 Investec Oaks; combining high style stakes both on and off the track. Saturday 2nd June presents the ‘World’s Greatest Flat Race’, the Investec Derby, worth £1.325 million in prize money. Attracting an eclectic mix, from royalty and famous celebrities decked out in traditional morning suits, to partygoers spanning the famous Hill in the centre of the course, this is the race that brings the nation together. The hype and exhilaration surrounding this year’s Investec Derby Festival will be enhanced due to this years Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Her Majesty The Queen has a long affiliation with Epsom 20 m ay 2 0 1 2

Downs Racecourse, having attended the Derby in 1953 only four days after she was crowned Queen. She has won the Oaks twice with Carozza and Dunferline in her Silver Jubilee year, and has had ten runners in the Derby; therefore it is fitting that this prestigious event marks the first engagement of the extended weekend celebrations. Last year, a large gathering of Royal Family members including newlyweds, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge turned out to support The Queen as her horse Carlton House was favourite to win the only Classic race alluding Her Majesty. However despite being willed on by the sixfigure crowd that thronged the Downs and millions viewing on Television, Carlton House could only finish third, narrowly beaten by the Investec Derby winner Pour Moi. Guest of Honour at this year’s Investec Derby Festival is Willie Carson OBE, five times British Champion Jockey and four times Epsom Derby winner. Willie Carson has won 17 British Classic Races, 11 Irish Classics, exceeded 100 winners in a season 23 times, and celebrated a total of 3,828 races, making him

or sit in the sunshine and enjoy a Carluccio’s picnic for two from £130+VAT. For further information and to book tickets please visit the website www.epsomdowns. or call Epsom Downs Racecourse on 0844 579 3004 the fourth most successful jockey in Great Britain in an outstanding 34-year riding career. In 1977, Her Majesty’s Silver Jubilee year, dressed in the famous silks of purple, gold braid, scarlet sleeves and black velvet cap with gold fringe, WiIlie Carson won the Oaks on Her Majesty The Queen’s outstanding filly, Dunfermline. Tickets to the Investec Derby Festival start from £45 for the Grandstand Enclosure. This year there is The Jubilee Family Enclosure, a family friendly secure area on the Hill where families can relax in a safe and friendly environment with entertainment for all to enjoy. Admission is £5 per adult in advance (17’s and under free of charge) or £10 per adult on the day. To enjoy one of the most elite hospitality offerings at any British racecourse treat yourself to lunch in the Boisdale Enclosure where packages start from £675+VAT m ay 2 0 1 2



Mint Polo In The Park 2012 hurlinGhaM park, fulhaM, sW6 3pr. 8Th, 9Th & 10Th June 2012


or the fourth year, the hallowed turf of Hurlingham Park in Fulham will thunder with the hooves of polo ponies. Polo players from all over the world will battle each other in a furious display of horsemanship at MINT Polo in the Park. Winner of the 2010 and 2011 ‘London Sport Attraction of the Year’ at The London Lifestyle Awards, MINT Polo in The Park is the leading outdoor polo and lifestyle event in Central London, providing a mix of sport, entertainment, VIP experiences, fun and glamour like no other. MINT Polo in the Park invite you to join them for the perfect summers afternoon of fun, fashion, luxury and high octane polo action! Friday 8Th June: City Friday & Polo Players Party - ‘Veuve Clicquot @ The Hurlingham Club’ saTurday 9Th June: Ladies Day sunday 10Th June: Finals / Family Day Timings: Gates open at 12.00pm and close at the following times: Fri -9.00pm, Sat - 8.00pm, Sun - 7.00pm

Spend a quintessentially British summer’s day at MINT Polo in the Park, complete with a Harrods Food Court, which will recreate some of the iconic Knightsbridge store’s food service area. Enjoy The Veuve Clicquot Champagne Garden, London’s largest champagne garden! The Veuve Clicquot garden gives spectators first class service and the best views of the polo at MINT Polo in the Park. Relax and revive on the picnic blankets and simply sit back and sip on a cool glass of Veuve Clicquot. 22 m ay 2 0 1 2

Back by popular demand, the ‘Tiki’ themed bar has been re-located pitch-side. This slice of cocktail lets you see all the action and be able to relax around tables or picnic blankets as you wish, with the much larger marquee structure providing ample cover and shade from the sun. You can also celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in style, at their very own ‘Best of British’ themed pub,Crown & Corgi Pub! This pub boasts one of the best viewing spots in the park. They can also deliver your drinks straight to your grandstand seat. Pimms anyone? To add variety they have created two new areas, Havana Mojito Bar and PIMMS Bus. There will be the ultimate chill-out zone - The Havana Mojito Bar. Relax in the shade as you sip on the ultimate summer refreshment. If hanging out in the sun on deck chairs is more your scene, they have the famous PIMMS Bus with its own picket fenced garden - what better way to relax between the excitement of the games! kids CLuB

The newly designed kids club will be a carnival atmosphere, featuring a circus activity run, themed bouncy castles, a soft play centre, face painters and lots more to keep the kids entertained. FamiLy day (sun 10Th June)

As a special addition for families, on Sunday 10th they will have special free on-field entertainment catering for all age groups, and will run from midday - 1.45pm with children’s entertainers circulating the crowd , providing the ultimate family day out.

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Mint Polo in the Park has ticket packages to suit all ages and budgets: General Admission Grandstand Tickets Family & Groups VIP Hospitality at The Hurlingham Club VIP Hospitality at Hurlingham Park Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. Please call the Ticket hotline for groups and single tickets on 0844 248 5069. Hospitality: For details of VIP hospitality packages, please contact City Events on 0207 936 5284 or email Website: Facebook: Twitter: @PolointhePark


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his summer will see the launch of a bespoke polo consultancy company, Polo Life. Founded by polo player Charley Law this unique service offers the finest of what the sport has to offer, creating truly unforgettable experiences for their clients. As a player himself, Charley has competed with some of the world’s best horsemen, has a true understanding of the management side of the sport, and has travelled to a diverse range of polo destinations around the world. Many aspects of polo are still relatively unknown or inaccessible to the public, so employing his extensive knowledge and contacts, Charley has created Polo Life to throw open the door and bring this thrilling sport to all. Polo Life provide a tailored service, designed to meet the needs of everyone, whether businesses or individuals. They will organize Taster Days which provide the finest of what polo has to offer through a variety of packages that tend to be built around a polo lesson followed by witnessing a high goal match, where you will be both coached and accompanied by an international player. Not only will clients learn about the intricacies of the sport, but they will be experiencing all of this amongst the finest surroundings, not to mention the helicopter rides and the quad bike polo. Charley personally knows the owners of some of the most desirable private estancias which are not usually advertised to the general public, taking each person’s requirements into account and planning the perfect sporting holiday. For those who prefer to soak up their polo from the sidelines, Polo Life has an extensive portfolio of commercial and private polo events throughout the year on a worldwide scale. The service will advise on the most suitable occasions and are always in-the-know about the private and discrete events that are often preferred for entertaining clients at. Polo Life’s global knowledge of the latest polo developments allows them to also offer a unique service to businesses looking for sponsorship opportunities in the game whether it be; targeting a club, player, team, event or tournament to support. Founder Charley Law sums up the launch of Polo Life: “Polo Life is an invaluable new concept that was founded with the intention of giving businesses and individuals the inside track to the world of polo. We look forward to helping our clients achieve the absolute optimum from this unique and thrilling sport.”, Tel: 0207 1383 161 24 m ay 2 0 1 2

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t seems only natural that most exclusive peninsula in the UK is home to the South’s most glamorous and spectacular summer event, the Asahi British Beach Polo Championships. Now in its fifth year this beachside sporting event with a festival vibe not only brings together the four nations of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales to battle it out in a custom-built polo arena for the first time, but the organisers are also planning some unique night time activity to make the championships in 2012 extra special. Famous for glamour and excitement that spills off the pitch and onto the dance floor, Asahi Beach Polo 2012 brings a new class of partying to the exclusive shores of Sandbanks. After a day of exhilarating polo, Friday’s after party kicks off early evening with sophisticated ambiance to get guests in the mood. ‘Swing the Polo’ is the theme for the celebrations promising a mix of finger clickin’, hip jiggling live swing, jazz and 26 m ay 2 0 1 2

mellow vibes heating up the dance floor until the late hours. e real excitement however comes Friday night at 10pm with a stunning world-first planned by Sandpolo Events and Airstar lighting. As the curtain of night drops across the waters of Poole bay the arena will be illuminated by giant ethereal balloons of glowing light, suspended in the air as if by magic. International polo players will then stage a stunning display of gladiatorial night polo set against a backdrop like no other. Of all the elements new to e Asahi Championships 2012 this is the one that promises to be the most breathtaking. Culminating in a dramatic climax to the championships, the final teams will go head to head on Saturday afternoon to win the coveted first place spot. anks to the award winning Mayfair club Amika, Saturday’s guests can then get down to partying the night away and rubbing shoulders with polo players, VIP’s and

celebrities at the ‘Beach Party e Polo’ with live music and International House DJ Colin “StarRocker” Pereira. is exhilarating two-day event promises to be a non-stop feast for the sensations. Dip in and out of the polo and activities to create your own perfect blend of sport, sun, sand and sophistication. If you have never experienced the Asahi British Beach Polo Championships this year is the one not to miss and for those of you who can’t resist, expect more of the best sport and partying Sandbanks has to offer.

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Photography Catherine Harbour at LHA represents Fashion Rachel Gold Creative Direction Christopher Manoe Hair & Grooming Erika Agosto Where is home? Good question. I live in 3 different cities around the world but Sydney Australia will always be home.

What is the best thing about London? The best thing about London is the diversity in humanity & culture. Things really happen first here.

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Where is home in London? I live in West London in Bayswater.

What is the worst thing about London? The worst thing is the perpetual road works.

Which are your favourite west end shows? Mathilda was marvelous & I am dying to see Sweeny Todd.

Which are your favourite shops? LAB always has something for me & Greys Antique Market constantly enthrals me.

Have you visited any museums or galleries recently? I saw the Hockney at the Royal Academy. It was epic!

Which are your favourite restaurants? Crazy Homies on Westbourne Park Road in Notting Hill &

Have you ever been starstruck? Oh yes, a number of times. One time I was introduced to Petra Nemcova at a

What is your first memory of London? My first night in London my friend & I managed to get scalped tickets for Jamiroquai & The Brand New Heavies playing at the late London Astoria & getting to right up the front. I met a person there who has been my friend to this day so it was a pretty grand night & the bands were brilliant 28 m ay 2 0 1 2

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bar & I babbled incoherently for a few moments before telling myself in my head to simpply shut up. She is one of the prettiest women I’ve ever seen. What is the best thing about being you? My insatiable curiosity. What is the best advice you have been given? It was advice for acting but it applies to everything. “just be open’’

What are you up to at the moment? I’m performing at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for 6 consecutive Sundays starting May 6 in a new dance show called Revolution with the best commercial dancers in London & also with my fellow Got To Dance judge Kimberly Wyatt. I am also rehearsing the part of Bill Calhoune in Kiss Me Kate for the Chichester Festival.

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Photography: Lottie Anderson Fashion: Rachel Gold Hair and Makeup: Enzo Volpe at HMS using Topshop and Joico Model: Milou at M and P models 30 MAY 2 0 1 2

Blouse: Dans La Vie; Leggings: Sorapol; Gold Necklace: Arianna Cerrito; Gold Lace Cuffs: Julia Burness jewellery; Gold lace disc ring: Julia Burness jewellery; Afgahan gold & black onyx ring: Pebble London

Left: Gold metal bronze fac glass peacock feathers cuff: Pebble London; Hollow brass beads necklace: Pebble London; Golden Mirror collection ring and bracelet: Luca Romanyi;Gold sequin boob tube: Stylists own Below: Silver mirror collection ring and earrings: Luca Romanyi; Silver Trollbead bracelets: Trollbeads; Rombos plastic dress: Luca Romanyi; Silver chunky necklace: Victoria Bedwell

Left: Gold & black brocade vintage jacket: Rokit London; Taureg brass disk pendant on blk leather: Pebble London;

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Ballgowns British Glamour Since 1950

Sponsored by Coutts. V&A Museum, South Kensington, SW7 19th May 2012 - 6th January 2013


spectacular exhibition of more than 60 ballgowns from 1950 to the present day. Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 will be the first exhibition in the newly renovated V&A Fashion Galleries and will feature beautiful ballgowns, red carpet evening gowns and catwalk showstoppers. There is a strong British design tradition of creating sumptuous ballgowns, through the work of designers such as Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano and Alexander McQueen. The exhibition will cover more than 60 years of a tradition that continues to flourish. Ballgowns will show specially made designs for social events such as private parties, royal state occasions, debutante balls 34 m ay 2 0 1 2

and red carpet events. Tour de force eveningwear from the V&A’s vast collection by designers such as Norman

Hartnell, Victor Stiebel, Zandra Rhodes, Catherine Walker, Jonathan Saunders and Hussein Chalayan will be on show, as well as dresses fresh from the catwalk shows of Alexander McQueen, Giles, Erdem, Roksanda Illincic, Mark Fast and Jenny Packham. Innovative designer Gareth Pugh has created a stunning metallic leather dress especially for the exhibition. Royal gowns always make headlines. A selection of royal ballgowns will be displayed,

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including a Norman Hartnell gown designed for Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Princess Diana’s ‘Elvis Dress’ designed by Catherine Walker and gowns worn by today’s young royals. Dresses worn by Sandra Bullock, Daphne Guinness, Elizabeth Hurley and Bianca Jagger will also be shown. Since the 1950s, occasions for wearing formal attire have evolved from the private event to the public parade. In the post-war period as Europe struggled toward recovery, extravagant, exclusive balls provided glittering backdrops for splendid couture gowns, so helping to stimulate sartorial consumption and aspiration in Britain. The emergence of the charity ball in the 1980s provided a new platform for a wider society to dress to impress. More recently it is the red carpet that acts as the most important site of fashionable splendour. What the stars of a film wear to a premiere can sometimes deliver as many column inches as the film itself. The ground floor of the exhibition will feature over 30 ballgowns from the Museum’s permanent collection. Designs include gowns by Hardy Amies, Ossie Clark, Bill Gibb, Belleville Sassoon, Murray Arbeid, Bruce Oldfield and Julien MacDonald. The display will include film as well as contextual images and accessories such as elegant evening bags, gloves and shoes. Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 is part of Fashion 2012, the official fashion industry activity for the Olympic year. Created by the British Fashion Council, it is a central platform under which the industry is able to showcase and celebrate British fashion. It will provide a core focus for the industry and a schedule for the major fashion events and activities throughout London’s Olympic year.









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NAR C ISS Notting Hill based ‘Narciss’ wins designer of the year for second year running


uxury ready to wear label Narciss has just won Designer of the Year at the Latvian Style and Fashion Awards for the second consecutive year. Chosen by TellusFashion, the exclusive fashion concierge, it is the second year in a row that the designer Alise Trautmane has won the much coveted title at the awards, which is judged by top photographers, magazine editors and bloggers. Alise says, “It’s amazing to get this very reputable award ‘Designer of the Year’. It’s a great honour… thank you!” Alise originally pursued a successful career in the corporate world. The launch of Narciss was rather unexpected as many never thought that Alise would be associated with catwalk shows, beautiful dresses and glamorous accessories. Though her unconditional

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love for beauty, fashion and design saw her quit the corporate world and embark on a very different career path, attending courses at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design and Instituto Europeo di Design. She now produces chic dresses that are designed to make women fall in love with themselves and embrace their sensuality. It has been an exciting time for the label, who exhibited their Spring Summer 12 collection at Riga Fashion Week last September and more recently their Autumn Winter 12 collection at the MercedesBenz Berlin Fashion Week. In January, Narciss was named by WWB as a ‘label to watch’ and has had a presence on the red carpet recently with a number of high profile names wearing her designs to movie premieres. Combining femininity with a modern edge, the new

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Narciss Spring/Summer collection includes a wide range of flattering shapes such as midi skirts, straight-leg trousers and cropped jackets; and luxe materials including lace, viscose and silk. Surprisingly, Alise takes her inspiration from her Aunt Zize who enjoyed a long and beautiful life with a wardrobe to match. The collection combines a slightly nostalgic mood, looking back to the silhouettes of the 1950’s and 1960’s merged with some of this season’s most captivating trends. Chic dresses are prominent in the collection, both in the soft pastel hues of blue, pink and peach as well as statement block colour such as orange and the key trend of monochrome. The Narciss flagship boutique is located in the heart of Notting Hill on Westbourne Grove. The key focus of the N arciss collection is on the cut, the quality fabrics and stylish femininity. Infinite attention goes into ensuring each piece is tailored to perfection and with interesting detailing. For the stylish urban lady, her designs hit the perfect note between glamour and practicality, making them the go-to designer for outfits that will take them from day cool to evening sophistication. Using only the finest natural fabrics and manufactured with precision tailoring, the Narciss collection symbolises sophistication and combines femininity with a modern edge. Dresses are the primary focus of each collection, from fabulous evening gowns to beautiful dresses fit to take you from day to night. Each garment is designed to be a unique investment piece, with a nod to the ‘trend du jour’ yet made to blend in effortlessly with your existing wardrobe. Why not go see for yourself…


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The highest rent in the UK Bond sTreeT, Mayfair


talian shoemaker to pay highest ever UK retail rent on Bond Street Italian luxury shoemaker Salvatore Ferragamo is agreeing a deal to pay a record £1059 per sq ft UK rent at its Bond Street store. This will break the £1,000 per square foot mark for the first time, a source familiar with the deal told Reuters. The deal would also break the previous record of £965 per square foot for the valuable Zone A front section of a store set by jeweller Piaget on the same glitzy central London shopping strip in December 2009. Under the deal between landlord NFU Mutual

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pension fund and Ferragamo, the retailer will extend its lease and increase its rent from £600 to £1059 per square foot at 24 Old Bond Street as part of a plan to expand its retail space, the source said. Bond Street rents far exceed other central London shopping streets. Rents on the second most expensive strip of Oxford Street are on average £200 per square foot lower and Marylebone High Street peaks at about £225. NFU declined to comment. Ferragamo was not immediately available to comment. Fierce competition for space on Bond Street, the UK’s most expensive shopping stretch and the

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second priciest in Europe behind Paris’ Avenue des Champs Elysées, has driven up rents and spurred some deep-pocketed retailers to buy stores in order to guarantee ownership of top sites. Unlike mid-market retailers, luxury brands have bounced back strongly from the depths of the 2008 downturn, helped by strong demand from emerging markets such as China and Russia. The acute space shortage on the half mile stretch combined with strong demand from global brands that see a Bond Street presence as essential to European expansion plans, may boost rents to £1,500 by 2013, consultancy Cushman & Wakefield said.

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Q A Sue Gilbert, a property and renovation expert has seen the market change over the years. With experience from both an estate agent perspective and as a renovation expert, Susan certainly knows what buyers want. Sue, with TV shows like Grand Designs are renovations increasing? These shows certainly help to give people inspiration. It’s lovely to meet with clients and help them to turn their ideas into workable solutions.

What would add the most value to a property? The kitchen/diner area; it’s the hub of the home or a good quality bathroom will also always add value. How would you suggest they set their budget? It depends if it is purely an investment or their home. I suggest a budget in line with their expectations. There are some great ways in which to cut cost and still deliver a 5* finish. Are people concerned about how long a project will take? Yes, time is usually tight. I would always give the client a realistic timeline, for example a kitchen renovation

without an extension would take 2-3 weeks. What are common pitfalls people experience during a renovation? Colour can dramatically change a room, and what looks good on a small swatch can look very different on the wall. People waste time looking for suppliers and products themselves. By hiring a renovation expert the process is not only more enjoyable but cost-effective. Need an experienced and enthusiastic expert to help you avoid the pitfalls? Contact Sue Gilbert on 0208 882 2795.

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Luxury Boutique Hotel

London’s Quintessential


verything about The Milestone makes it unique from its history to the levels of service guests experience. The Grade II listed boutique hotel is an architectural treasure located in the heart of London’s Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It boasts luxury accommodation, one of the city’s most famous spas and an intimate restaurant – Cheneston’s; offering Modern British cuisine. The whole hotel feels romantic and each of the bedrooms and suites has its own distinct personality. Whether it’s a romantic escape, a city break or a business stay- The Milestone is the ideal hotel offering combining deluxe guest rooms, luxury suites and six long-stay apartments. The interiors are rich and make the most of the stunning views over Kensington Palace and Gardens, soon to become home to the most glamorous couple in the world! Whilst offering a traditional interior, 21st century technology has not been forgotten and includes complimentary high-speed wireless internet and interactive TV with movies on demand. Services and experience are taken seriously at The Milestone, a maid visits rooms twice a day and treats including home-made cookies, bonbons, tomorrow’s weather forecast, chilled mineral water, hand-picked seasonal fruits, newspapers, canapés and candles in the bedrooms are all organised for each guest. Books can also be placed

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in the bedrooms. The guest experience is further enhanced through the hotel’s spa. Debuting for Valentine’s Day, but continuing throughout the year, the spa is unveiling London’s finest massage master classes which teach couples how to give the perfect massages for the head, shoulder and feet. These are combined as packages with either dinner or an overnight stay. The tranquil and intimate spa offers a selection of rejuvenating spa treatments using the finest quality products from SOTHYS. Furthermore guests can make use of the health & fitness facilities which include a selection of modern cardio vascular technology and pilates sessions can also be organised along with in-room yoga. Cheneston’s Restaurant offers Modern British cuisine complete with an extensive wine list including more than 400 vintages. The menu showcases British cuisine at its best and includes a 7 Course Tasting Menu. The restaurant is intimate and rather formal but this only adds to the whole experience. Location is also one of the distinct advantages that the Milestone Hotel benefits from; tourists, shoppers and art lovers have London’s finest on offer to select from with nearby attractions including the Royal Albert Hall, the National History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The vast selection of shops in Knightsbridge close by and the West End is a short taxi ride away. If it is impeccable service and personal touches you look for then look no further; The Milestone Hotel awaits. 1 Kensington Court, London, W8 5DL. Tel: +44 (0) 20 7917 1000

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and Rover and Victoria Beckham have unveiled a new bespoke luxurious, hand-finished Range Rover Evoque Special Edition. The exclusively design is the result of a collaboration between Land Rover Design, led by Gerry McGovern with Victoria Beckham, winner of the coveted Designer Brand of the Year award at the 2011 British Fashion Awards. Victoria was appointed Creative Design Executive in July 2010 and has worked with the Land Rover design team over the past 18 months to create her Special Edition. Victoria Beckham said: “I am very excited to be working with Land Rover as I have an enormous amount of respect for the brand. I’ve always driven a Range Rover, for me they are the epitome of quality and luxury. When I first started working with the team I did a lot of research, and created mood boards to show the team my love of timeless and classic design. I looked at yachts, luxury jets and classic cars. It’s the small detail that makes all the difference. I want everyone who gets into this car to feel special and empowered by its quality and craftsmanship. I like that it feels luxurious but also has quite a classic edge to it as well as a contemporary feel.” m ay 2 0 1 2


Land Rover Design Director Gerry McGovern said: “The design of Evoque has truly captured the hearts of customers worldwide. Working with Victoria the intention was to create a Special Edition that extends its character in a new direction through understated, restrained colour and detail changes. Both Land Rover and Victoria Beckham are British luxury brands with credibility and global appeal, this dual ‘Britishness’ makes the collaboration even more exciting especially when considering the huge audience for bespoke products around the world. Working with Victoria we quickly recognised our similar design tastes and ambition for this car. For example at the first meeting, Victoria herself inspired the use of rose gold. She was wearing dark clothes and no jewellery apart from a rose gold, 44 m ay 2 0 1 2

man’s watch. I was struck by the juxtaposition of the masculine watch on a very elegant, feminine wrist. We both agreed it was the ideal way to introduce a softer touch to the bold, assertive exterior colour scheme.Throughout the process we were keen to ensure that the vehicle would appeal equally to both men and women, in fact Victoria always maintained that she wanted her husband David to be proud to drive this car. We fully enjoyed working with Victoria and I am confident this special edition will appeal to discerning luxury consumers globally.” Quintessential British luxury is a hallmark of both the Land Rover and Victoria Beckham brands. This Special Edition allows that impression to be further heightened through the use of the finest quality materials and

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craftsmanship. Powered by the lightweight, all-aluminium 240PS 2.0-litre petrol engine the Range Rover Evoque Special Edition will be hand-finished by Land Rover’s Engineering to Order division (ETO) in Warwickshire. Essential to the design is the high quality hand-finished matt grey paint, unique 20” gloss black forged alloy wheels and luxurious rose-gold details, limited solely to this Special Edition. Complimenting the ultra-modern, stealth-like exterior is an elegant and luxurious interior. The sport design four-seats are finished in a semi-aniline Vintage Tan leather, with a bold ‘baseball’ stitch detail chosen by Victoria as a tongue-in-cheek reference to her sporting husband David. The same leather is also used to cover the door inserts, arm rests and central storage box lid. Another personal touch are the exclusive and ultra-luxurious floor mats. The designer explained that when she was a young girl, her father owned a Rolls-Royce and she would enjoy taking her shoes off to sink her bare feet into the thick carpeting. Land Rover’s designers replicated this for her by using mohair, usually reserved for luxury clothing, to make the mats. Bespoke luggage completes the holistic design package that is the Range Rover Evoque Special Edition with Victoria Beckham. This four-piece set is based on the designer’s own luggage range, using the same high-quality internal structure and clothed in hand stitched black leather. The set comprises two his and her’s wheeled suitcases and wash bags, all of which are lined in the same microsuede used for the roof lining, and as a finishing touch the zip pulls are finished in the same matt grey as the exterior. A beautiful hand stitched leather wallet, with rose-gold detail containing a guide to the exclusive features of the car is cobranded Range Rover Evoque and signed by Victoria Beckham. Victoria Beckham is a joint venture between Victoria Beckham and Simon Fuller’s XIX Entertainment Ltd. About Land Rover

Since 1948 Land Rover has been manufacturing authentic 4x4s that represent true breadth of capability, versatility and premium design. The Land Rover Defender, Freelander, Discovery, Range Rover Evoque, Range Rover Sport and Range Rover each define the world’s 4x4 sectors. All Land Rover’s products are designed, engineered and manufactured in the UK with 85% of production exported to over 177 global markets.

The Range Rover Evoque Special Edition with Victoria Beckham goes on sale first in China with deliveries due from October 2012. Indicative pricing is from £79,995. To register interest visit:

Equipment ✱ An 825W audio system is provided by British experts Meridian and features 17-speakers and state-of-theart amplifiers to create the company’s patented Trifield surround sound which delivers all-enveloping sound to all four seats. ✱ Entertainment options include digital and satellite television, DVD playback, 10disc virtual CD multiplayer and digital radio tuners. ✱ The Range Rover Evoque Special Edition with Victoria Beckham features Land Rover’s hallmark full-time, four-wheel drive and award-winning Terrain Response system. ✱ Powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 240PS and 340Nm of torque delivered to the wheels through a six-speed automatic gearbox with steering wheel mounted paddles for full driver control ✱ Surround Camera System offers a 360-degree view of the car’s surroundings. ✱ Park Assist automatically steers the Evoque into a suitable parking space while the driver operates the accelerator and brake.

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hesTon BluMenThal naMed ‘World’s BesT chef’


lumenthal’s new London venture, called Dinner, has been voted the ninth best restaurant in the world in an influential survey of hundreds of food experts. Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck has fallen out of the world’s top 10 best restaurants but the chef is still riding high after his newest enterprise rose up the ranks. This means that despite The Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire, falling down to 13th in the list, the Briton is now effectively the most successful chef in the world because he is the only one to have more than one restaurant in the top 15 of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list

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Blumenthal’s Dinner, which is based at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, does not follow the chef ’s molecular gastronomy approach and instead offers

The Top 10 1. noma, Copenhagen 2. el Celler de Can roca, girona, spain 3. mugaritz, san sebastian, spain 4. d.o.m., sao Paulo 5. osteria Francescana, modena, italy 6. Per se, new york 7. alinea, Chicago 8. arzak, san sebastian 9. dinner by heston Blumenthal, London 10. eleven madison Park, new york

historic and more hearty dishes. The restaurant only opened at the start of 2011, and was the highest placed UK restaurant by Restaurant Magazine and was also the highest new entry. The chef made his name with his unusual creations, which he perfected at The Fat Duck, such as snail porridge and nitro-scrambled egg and bacon ice cream. The Ledbury, in London, was also in the top 50 and took the highest climber award after leaping 20 places to the 14th spot. For the third year running, in Copenhagen was named the best restaurant in the world. El Cellar de Can Roca and Mugaritz, both in Spain, were second and third.


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a boutique 80s inspired nightclub

The 80s are back! s

till in their 20s, young entrepreneurs, Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling launched Maggie’s: an exclusive 1980s inspired boutique club in the heart of Chelsea. Their other highprofile venues share unusual themes; with their hidden speakeasy bar, Barts, which opened to rave reviews in February 2009 and most recently Bunga Bunga, an Englishman’s Italian, Bar, Pizzeria and Karaoke, which launched in September 2011. As children of the 1980s, Duncan and Charlie have created a kitsch and amusing tribute to this great decade in which they were both born. It is exactly thirty years since this vibrant era began and

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they felt the time was right for a club of this nature. Maggie’s is named after 1980s Prime Minister Maggie Thatcher, who was in power throughout this ten year period. The club is walking distance from Thatcher’s present home, though whether she chooses to visit remains to be seen! A bottle of vintage Champagne signed by Thatcher herself (with letter of authenticity) is the centrepiece of the diverse Maggies menu which is depicted through classic 1980s view masters.

The music is a mixture of classics from the 1980s, and stars from the era play regular DJ sets. The Maggie’s bar tenders are dressed as Tom Cruise from the 80s cult movie, Cocktail, and serve a range of delicious drinks and cocktails from Pina Coladas and Daiquiris to the unforgettable Babycham. Club-goers can surround themselves with walls of iconic 80s images and paraphernalia, and can sit and relax in either a Madonna or Wham! Booth. Charlie Gilkes says: “Both Duncan and I

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love the general style and music of the 1980s, but have always found 80s nights to be very cheesy and naff. We wanted to create somewhere upmarket which totally encapsulates the period from its history to its music, drinks and style, where people can relive or indeed live this amazing decade for the first time’’. Duncan Stirling says: “There is no doubt the 80s was ahead of its time and elements are creeping back into our popular culture today. You only need to turn on the radio to hear new bands playing 80s inspired synthesizer music or walk down the street and see the ladies all wearing big shoulder pads from Topshop.”





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flaVours of The easT MeeT sounds of The WesT aT souTh WesT london’s hoTTesT neW Bar & kiTchen – forBidden TeMple

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orbidden Temple, a new Bar & Kitchen located in South West London fuses an extensive cocktail menu and food menu drawing on flavours from the Far East and India combined with an interior designed to transport you somewhere warmer. Add to this DJ’s every Friday & Saturday bringing together a selection of pop music and a late licence until 3am and you have all the ingredients for an impressive and fun night out. The bar team at Forbidden Temple have created an extensive and inspiring cocktail menu including a selection of Signature House Cocktails, Classic Cocktails, Ice Cold Cocktails, Sparkling Cocktails, Martinis and Mocktails. The Signature House Cocktails are priced from £6.20 and include the ‘Forbidden Fruit’ featuring Dark Aged Rum, Vodka, Strawberry Syrup, Vanilla Syrup, Apple Juice

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and Lime. The ‘Okinawa Island Tea’ features White Rum, Gin, Melon Liqueur, Pineapple Juice, Ginger and Fresh Mint. For something altogether sweeter the ‘Sweet Orchid’ cocktail fuses Coconut Rum, Amaretto, Strawberry Syrup, Orange Juice and Lime. For a hint of Japan the ‘Hiro Nakamura’ combines Sake, Bison Grass Vodka, Melon, Fresh Kiwi, Lemon and Apple Juice. A selection of leading spirits, international beers, wines and champagnes are also available. Forbidden Temple operates waiter/waitress table service throughout the venue. The Kitchen draws on flavours from the Far East and spices of India and the food menu showcases perfect accompanying dishes to the extensive Bar Menu. Homemade Duck Spring Rolls are served with spiced plum and chilli sauce whilst Home-made

Thai Fish-Cakes are served with sweet chilli sauce. Asian spiced Coconut Mushrooms also stand out on the menu whilst another dish suitable for vegetarians are the Vegetable Samosas and Spring Rolls served with sweet chilli sauce. The menu changes regularly and the kitchen team have plenty of scope to introduce the vast flavours of the Far East to complement the Bar Menu. An excellent sound system further enhances the design and layout of Forbidden Temple, which is spacious with a capacity of 180 people. A large private room (The Taboo Lounge) with its own distinct design is also available for hire for all manner of celebrations and can host up to 50 guests. For those seeking a private venue during the day, Forbidden Temple can be hired and AV equipment and Wi-Fi are provided. Forbidden Temple can also be hired exclusively

throughout the day or evening and events and celebrations themed accordingly. A selection of Cocktail Flair Masterclasses will be announced as part of a wider calendar of events. Forbidden Temple supports the charity Trinity Hospice and have a dedicated cocktail on their bar menu with £1 from each cocktail being donated to the charity. Forbidden Temple also actively supports the charity through a selection of forthcoming awareness and money raising events. Forbidden Temple is the only venue within the area with a 3am licence, locally other venues stop at 1am. Head to South West London for an escape to the Far East at Forbidden Temple! 30-32 Queenstown Road, London SW8 3RX 020 7720 5446

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The Arts Club

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ast Autumn The Arts Club re-opened its doors to welcome members to the dramatically redesigned Club situated in the heart of London on Dover Street. New owners of The Arts Club, Property investor Gary Landesberg and Restaurateur Arjun Waney, endeavour to embrace the history of this cultural landmark and propose to reclaim the Club’s place at the heart of contemporary

cultural life in London and the continent. The Managing Director is the well-known and ebullient Brian Clivaz who was previously at the Home House Club. Designed by David D’Almada of Sagrada, the space consists of a series of individually furnished rooms, including a sophisticated Member’s Library accented in warm bronzes and rosewood, the Brasserie and Oyster

Bar, finished in rich shades of blue with Deco-inspired shagreen tiles and a dramatic black, white and grey Italian marble floor in geometric design and at the heart of the space is the Grand Staircase, pulling together the past and present of the Club, made of solid creamy-white marble with a bronzed balustrade. With Mark Ronson at the helm as Director of Music, members can be assured that they will be exposed to the most exciting and stimulating artists in the music business. Performing art 52 m ay 2 0 1 2

will be a key element of the Club as well as a programme of cabaret and film. The state of the art kitchens are under the stewardship of Chef Director Raphael Duntoye of La Petite Maison. With the aim of transforming the food culture of London clubs Raphael will create a menu that has a global outlook in his famed style. The extensive menu, spanning breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner will be filled with amazingly light and simple food that pays homage to the very best seasonal produce. A substantial oyster bar will be a signature feature. An in-house bakery fronted by Executive Pastry Chef Claude La Marche, formerly of The Dorchester, boasts an exciting selection of pastries and cakes. The Club’s contemporary art collection highlights international trends, as well as maintaining a special focus on London-based artists. Curator, Amelie von Wedel, has selected the art to create a unique experience through a combination of site-specific installations and carefully selected acquisitions. The permanent collection includes work by Tomas Saraceno, John Baldessari and Matthew Darbyshire which will hang throughout the Club alongside temporary exhibitions showcasing both emerging talent and established artists. Well-known members include Gwyneth Paltrow, Sir Peter Blake, David Hockney, Tracey Emin, Grayson Perry, Matthew Derbyshire and Gavin Turk. The Arts Club is open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, from 7am until 3am, Monday to Friday, 10am until 3am on Saturdays. The art collection and exhibition space are open to the public every Wednesday and Saturday, from 9am until 12pm, arranged by prior appointments. 40 Dover Street, London W1S 4NP 020 7499 8581


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The Ritz

Poker Evenings


For high stakes enthusiasts looking to play Poker in style, The Ritz Club is an ideal place on Wednesday nights! Members are welcome to bring guests and show their skills in this popular game. Games run throughout the evening with a range of values and Omaha will be accommodated upon request. Complimentary canapés and drinks will be served with a smart dress code preferred. Tutorials are available for those wishing to learn how to play poker. For further information about the evenings, contact Gary Rolfe – 07932 673 446 or email:

New CEO Appointment ROGER MARRIS JOINS THE RITZ CLUB AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE Acknowledged industry trailblazer to spearhead the development of The Ritz Club

Roger Marris has joined The Ritz Club as Chief Executive. He brings with him over 17 years operational, commercial and business management experience. Scotsborn Marris who studied law and politics at Aberdeen University through a bursary with the British Army, and went on to be a Captain with the Black Watch (now The Royal Highland Regiment), moved into senior management in 1993 when he left the services for the commercial world. Although Roger has some exciting ideas for the Club including some subtle improvements, some things though will not change. “The Ritz Club brand will continue to be a strong, luxurious and stylish brand, and it will sit comfortably alongside our sister companies The Ritz Hotel, and Ritz, Fine Jewellery. As CEO, I intend to spend my time thinking about what our customers would expect from their ‘Ritz Club experience’.” Roger has set ambitious targets for the 54 m ay 2 0 1 2

business over the next couple of years. “Most importantly, I want to maintain and grow recognition of The Ritz Club brand. Although we want to consolidate our activities and focus on the home market this year; we do see continued opportunities in Europe, the Middle and Far East.” I’ve been involved in several flagship brands in my professional career, but none have been so quintessentially British on a global scale, nor the epitome of cool as the Ritz. In the next 12 months we will be bringing these values to new audiences worldwide without sacrificing the level of service we provide to the valued members who have been with us for so long.

Spring Indulgence Special Prix Fixe Spring Menu - £49.00

The Ritz Club’s intimate restaurant is renowned internationally for the highest standards of service, luxury and award-winning cuisine. Chef de Cuisine, Philippe Vanderwalle and his brigade have prepared a delicious new Spring Menu bursting with flavours that include light, summery dishes that will delight your senses. In addition to this delectable Spring Menu, we have created a very special Prix Fixe Menu that offers a choice of dishes originating from a variety of different cuisines including the finest French, Mediterranean, Lebanese, Indian, Chinese and Thai for £49.00. The Ritz Club is the perfect place to celebrate that special birthday, anniversary or occasion amongst friends, in the comfort of London’s most opulent and enchanting setting. For reservations, please call: 00 44 207 499 1818.

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his year’s Taste of London restaurant festival will celebrate the best of world class cuisine with a host of new international features and the most impressive line-up of Michelin starred restaurants and world renowned chefs in the show’s nine year history. The capital’s largest open air food and drink festival will welcome a raft of international talent including Wolfgang Puck, Nuno Mendes, Bruno Loubet and David Chang to name just a few. New food trends will be discovered as chefs from around the world take to the AEG Theatre to showcase international flavours, collaborating and going head to head with culinary masters from different cultures. Restaurants set to make their Taste of London debut include Jason Atherton’s award winning Pollen Street Social, Bar Boulud (Dean Yasharian), Whitechapel Gallery (Angela Hartnett), The Corner Room (Nuno Mendes), Massimo’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar (Massimo Riccioli), Barbecoa ( Jamie Oliver & Adam Perry Lang) and newly launched Iberica Canary Wharf (Cesar Garcia) and Cinnamon Soho (Vivek Singh). Celebrating London’s vibrant restaurant scene, Taste

taste of London Celebrates World Class Cuisine 21st - 24th June, Regent’s Park of London will help set the stage for a truly international summer, boasting a total of 11 Michelin stars with a line up including Le Gavroche, Gauthier Soho, Rhodes 24, Club Gascon, Petrus, Maze, Benares and Tamarind. Jason Atherton is one of many chefs looking forward to staring alongside so many of London’s best chefs and those flying in from overseas for the show: ‘London is without doubt the world’s number one when it comes to finding quality cuisine from all around the world. Where

else could you find as many Japanese and Vietnamese restaurants as French and Italian? It’s remarkable and Taste of London is a brilliant opportunity for people to enjoy a flavour of what London will be serving up to the rest of the world this summer.’ Over 50,000 visitors can expect to dine from 40 of the capital’s top restaurants, serving a mix of Asian, European and South American cuisine, enjoy international flavours from Malaysia, Brazil, Peru and the Caribbean and pick up the latest ingredients

from 200 quality food and drink producers. British Airways will once again be offering first class service at its Executive Club Lounge whilst Laurent-Perrier champagne masterclasses promise to delight the senses with bespoke ‘tout les sens’ masterclass sessions involving champagne, food and flowers. Set the scene for a spectacularly international summer and taste your way around the world at one of biggest social events of the calendar. Reserve your ticket

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Standard (entry only): £24.00 Child (entry only): £12.00 Premium (entry + £20 of Crowns): £40.00 VIP (fast track entry + VIP area, glass of champagne & £20 of Crowns): £60.00 Laurent-Perrier Masterclass (VIP benefits plus entry to one LP Masterclass) £80.00 Secret Garden £90.00 (fast track entry + Secret Garden area, glass of champagne, £30 of Crowns, plus a host of Secret Garden VIP benefits) Crowns are the official Taste of London currency used to purchase food and drink consumed at the event.

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diamond jubilee

Sainsbury’s Announces

Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant Revealed Sunday 3rd June 2012, 2pm - 6pm


he organisers of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant have revealed the details of the 1000-boat tribute to Her Majesty The Queen’s 60-year reign. One of the largest public events ever held in London, the Pageant will take place on the river from Battersea Bridge to Tower Bridge. The flotilla itself will be over seven miles long and will include some 25 miles of Thames river bank and pass under 14 bridges. It will take 70 minutes to pass any given point. This unique spectacle, inspired by a rich history and tradition of entertainment and theatre on the Thames, is expected to include 20,000 participants on the water, millions of spectators on the river banks and London’s public spaces, and a global 58 m ay 2 0 1 2

audience expected by the major broadcasters to number many hundreds of millions. Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said, “I am proud that London can play such an important role in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and there couldn’t be a better start to an outstanding summer of aweinspiring events in the capital. The Thames Pageant and associated events around the capital will not only provide the most fitting tribute to Her Majesty’s 60 years on the throne but will be an amazing opportunity to show off to the world London’s pride in its heritage and traditions ahead of the Olympics” The Music Herald Barges

The flotilla will be divided into ten sections, with music

herald barges separating each one. The Pageant’s music will be a diverse mixture of the contemporary and classical. The final music herald barge will be the London Philharmonic Orchestra, performing a British repertoire, including music by Benjamin Britten and Gustav Holst. The Sequence of the Flotilla

Heralded by The Royal Jubilee Bells, and led by Gloriana, the hand-built, 88-foot rowbarge, will include rowed and paddled vessels, modern row boats, kayaks and Dragon boats. The second section includes boats carrying the flags of the Commonwealth nations, Realms, Territories and Dependencies. Then comes the Royal

section, with support vessels from the former Royal Yacht Britannia, accompanying the Pageant’s flagship, the Royal Barge, The Spirit of Chartwell, on which The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, and other members of the Royal family will travel, decorated and adorned for the occasion at the head of the royal section of the flotilla. The Prince of Wales will play a key role on the day as Patron of the Pageant. This will be followed immediately by the Guard of Honour, the Dunkirk Little Ships, historic vessels, working boats, including steam boats and tugs, and then an array of leisure vessels, narrow boats and Dutch barges. The final two sections are designated for passenger vessels, allowing for significant public participation as part of the flotilla itself. Applications to take part from boat owners from the UK and the Commonwealth have been three times oversubscribed. The Pageant organisers made the final decisions on vessels selection, with advice from the Port of London Authority (PLA) and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Battersea Park Jubilee Festival

As part of the planned entertainment for the Pageant, there will also be a festival held in Battersea Park, where visitors will be able to watch the flotilla as it passes by the park’s northern Thameside. The Jubileethemed entertainment, curated by Hemingway Design and Clare Patey, will be a day-long programme of funfair, competitions, games, food and cookery, storytelling, fashion, and live music through the decades. Follow us on Twitter @riverpageant

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Sainsbury’s Announces

JuBilee faMily fesTiVal saTurday 2nd & sunday 3rd June 2012. london’s hyde park


he Jubilee Family Festival Presented by Sainsbury’s, will take place in Hyde Park, one of London’s eight Royal Parks, from 10.30am - 7pm daily. The Festival is hosted by the incomparable Myleene Klass and the UK’s favourite impressionist Jon Culshaw throughout the two-day fun-filled family Jubilee celebration. War Horse, the thrilling and spectacular West End production, has been confirmed to join the festival’s programme. The event will also play host to the very first performance, specially designed for a festival, from BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing presented by BBC Worldwide and hosted by Craig Revel Horwood. Already confirmed to return to this special Strictly Come 60 m ay 2 0 1 2

Dancing dance floor is 2011 finalist Chelsee Healey. The Festival will be themed around 60 years of great British heritage and will include influences from across the Commonwealth, and will be a once in a lifetime experience for the whole family to enjoy. Visitors will be treated to some of the nation’s best live music and entertainment. The finale of each day will be an unforgettable, with a 70-minute Disney concert produced specially to mark the Jubilee celebrations, featuring beloved Disney songs and characters. Throughout the weekend there will be a full programme of activities including favourite kids television characters, celebrity performers and dancers, equestrian events and deathdefying motorcycle displays, Commonwealth-inspired

acts from around the globe, and of course, great British food will be plentiful, serving up pies, roasts, pastries, fish and chips, cream teas, jellied eels and the traditional British breakfast. Harvey Goldsmith, said: “This will be the largest family festival London has ever seen. With a huge programme of incredible entertainment and activities for everyone to enjoy, it will make for a memorable experience for visitors of all ages. Families can come to the Jubilee Family Festival knowing that, in a

greaT BriTish Food wiLL Be PLenTiFuL, serVing uP Pies, roasTs, PasTries, Fish and ChiPs, Cream Teas and JeLLied eeLs

very lively London, it will be a family-friendly environment in which there will be fun for all.” Mike Stagg, General Manager, Retail, The Walt Disney Company UK & Ireland added: “Disney is delighted to play such an important part in what promises to be a fantastic event. In addition to hosting a Disney area in the main festival, we will be staging a finale concert featuring some of the most beloved Disney music and characters, which is sure to enchant the whole family.” Tickets are available from Ticketmaster or Seetickets: www.ticketmaster. or 0844 847 1661 or 0844 858 6760. aBouT The royaL Parks

The Royal Parks is proud to play a key role in the official Diamond Jubilee ceremonial proceedings hosting a number of celebratory events in four of London’s eight royal parks. Thousands of national and international visitors are expected at Hyde Park, Green Park, St James’s Park and Richmond Park during the royal celebrations. The Royal Parks are: Bushy Park, The Green Park, Greenwich park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, The Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill, Richmond Park and St James’s Park. For further information, please visit:

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t is not surprising that the New Yard-O-Led Diamond Jubilee Ballpoint and Pencil have more than a passing resemblance to those made for Britain’s only other Diamond Jubilee – Queen Victoria’s, in 1897. The small British company in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, not only employs the same levels of craftsmanship that were used more than a century ago, it has also based its design on a pencil, called ‘The Pointer’, that dates back to the period. The cap of Yard-O-Led’s Diamond Jubilee Ballpoint and Pencil features the commemorative hallmark of Queen Elizabeth II’s head, created specifically to mark 60 years on the throne. Six other hallmarks are individually applied to the barrel of the reassuringly heavy pens and pencils, before each one is individually numbered by hand. Tim Tufnell, the Director of Yard-O-Led, and John Freeman – one of the craftsmen who makes the Diamond Jubilee pens and pencils – have both celebrated their 40th Anniversary at the company, while John’s brother, Dennis, has notched up an even more remarkable 45 years. The workshops are full of old but beautifully

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Yard-O-Led launch a Diamond Jubilee Ballpoint and Pencil

maintained machines and tools that are every bit as durable as the craftsmen who use them. No other pens in the world are made using such traditional skills at every stage in their creation, and with so few people now having the skills the company needs, Yard-O-Led provides a way to protect as well as enjoy all that is best about British craftsmanship. • Yard-O-Led’s history stretches back to 1822 when Sampson Mordan invented the first ever propelling pencil. • Each Yard-O-Led pen and pencil has a lifetime guarantee and is individually numbered and hallmarked – making it unique. • The distinctive hand-chased Victorian finish, available on several designs, requires at least 2,000 strikes to create the exquisite pattern. • The team of highly skilled silversmiths are based in workshops within Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.

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owhere makes gardening more fashionable than the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. A catwalk of colour and creativity, the latest trends and the pinnacle of garden design make this show the one the world wants to see. The creme de la creme of the gardening world will be wowing visitors so make sure you’re there to enjoy gardening at its most gorgeous and glamorous. The world’s most famous flower show is back for another year, kicking off the summer social season with spectacular gardens and stunning floral displays. The Great Pavilion is the jewel in the crown and is the spectacular centrepiece of the show. This year it promises to be as spectacular as ever with an exciting and eclectic range of floral exhibits. Joining in the nation’s sporting fun, Hillier Nurseries will be hosting demonstrations in the Great Pavilion by the Beazley Olympic British Fencing Team and King & Co. will be displaying a life-size topiary version of Frank

Williams Formula One car. The National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies will be taking a more artistic approach with an exhibit inspired by Monet’s paintings. RHS Chelsea Flower Show Manager, Alex Denman, said: ‘The Great Pavilion always has great energy and character and this year will be no different. We’re thrilled to welcome back many familiar faces as well as some newer exhibitors making their RHS Chelsea debut. Floral exhibitors always bring such high quality work to RHS Chelsea the Great Pavilion is one of the most colourful and dynamic spaces on the show ground” New for 2012 at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, will be five Artisan Retreats, decorated by well known designers and artists to inspire the show’s visitors and show the creative and decorative potential of a garden hut. The five retreats, provided by RHS Chelsea exhibitor The Malvern Collection, and located in the Ranelagh Gardens section of the showground, will be decorated by interior

Chelsea Flower Show 2012 22ND - 26TH MAY at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea SW3

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designer Vicki Conran; textile artist Kaffe Fassett; print, fashion, lifestyle and interiors designer Orla Kiely; Annabel Lewis, founder of ribbon shop V V Rouleaux; and luxury florist Nikki Tibbles. The designers have each selected a style, size and colour scheme for their hut, and have been given free reign to decorate and furnish the retreat as they wish. Also new for 2012 is Fresh, a category which challenges designers to come up with cutting-edge gardens that are experimental and less conventional in design than traditional Chelsea Flower Show gardens. To launch the category in its opening year, the RHS has commissioned Tony Heywood and Alison Condie to create a unique Fresh Garden which combines sculpture, video, sound and smell with ambitious planting. This dramatic garden will set the tone for the other gardens in this category and for this section of the showground. In 2012, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by M&G Investments, and its exhibitors will celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of HM The Queen, the show’s Royal patron. 2012 will mark HM The Queen’s 48th visit to the show, which she has attended each year without a break since 1971. Since 1816 the Society has received formal patronage from the reigning monarch, and HM Queen Elizabeth II follows in the footsteps of her ancestors Queen Victoria, King George VI and her mother Queen Elizabeth amongst others. The RHS will celebrate the Jubilee with exhibitions of photographs of HM The Queen at Chelsea as well as a specially commissioned flower bed. Exhibitors will mark the event in a variety of ways. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is renowned as the social event of the summer. There will be a wide range of catering facilities at the show, offering everything from a quick sandwich to a lavish three course meal, and there are plenty of shopping opportunities, with a wide range of beautiful accessories to decorate any garden and some of the newest and most innovative gardening products.

amongst the spectacular show garden designs, confirmed are: ✱ the Laurentperrier bicentenary Garden designed by arne Maynard ✱ the L’occitane immortelle Garden designed by peter dowle ✱ the Westland Garden designed by diarmuid Gavin ✱ the arthritis research uk Garden designed by thomas hoblyn ✱ the brewin dolphin Garden designed by Cleve West ✱ the M&G Garden designed by andy sturgeon ✱ the homebase teenage Cancer trust Garden designed by Joe swift ✱ the rbC blue Water Garden, designed by nigel dunnett ✱ the Landscape agency the daily telegraph Garden designed by sarah price

To buy tickets: 0844 338 0338 Ticket prices range from £16-£55 for RHS members, £22 - £49 for non-members All tickets must be bought in advance RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit RHS Registered Charity No. 222879/SC038262 m ay 2 0 1 2


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Summer fun for everyone on Wimbledon Common Saturday, 23rd June 2012

The Wimbledon Village Fair and Horse Show T he Wimbledon Village Fair takes place on Wimbledon Common on Saturday, 23rd June. It is the Wimbledon Guild’s flagship fundraising event which attracts up to 20,000 visitors, and features a Horse Show and Fun Dog Show. The unaffiliated Horse Show, now the largest, local village horse show within the M25 area, is open to all standards and showing and jumping classes and attracts riders from all over the south east of England. There are three rings, Jumping, Show and Display with the Show Jumping starting everything off at 9am. The famous Musical Rides take place at 12noon and 3pm. Over 200 craft stalls, two excellent food villages and a high quality farmers’ market will open from 10.30am to 5.30pm. This year the event will be officially opened at 11am by Sebastien Foucan, former Dancing on Ice contestant, free runner and James Bond actor! It’s a

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brilliant day out for everyone with loads of fun activities including Mr Alexander’s travelling show, pony rides, the exhilarating Zorb Balls, rodeo sheep and human table football, candy floss and Krispy Kremes. A new attraction that is bound to be an extraordinary crowd puller will be The Big Red Balls - based on the BBC1 TV Show Total Wipeout. The famous Wimbledon Village Fair raffle will be offering great prizes including restaurant vouchers, theatre tickets, spa treatments and gifts galore! Tickets will be on sale across the fair for just £1 each. A huge variety of live entertainment takes place on the central stage all day long and you can also enjoy the Young’s beer tent accompanied by Berkeley Homes’ Jazz Tent. The International and British Food Villages, cater for all tastes with everything from burgers, hog roast, paella and toasties to Thai, Moroccan and Hakka Chinese and Indian food on offer. The best of summer fare is available at the Wimbledon Guild Tea Garden which will be offering delicious cream teas and cupcakes. Come and enjoy all the fair has to offer knowing that you are supporting The Wimbledon Guild raise money to continue its work supporting people in the local community. To find out more about the Wimbledon Guild visit www.wimbledonguild. ; call 020 8946 0735 or visit the Wimbledon Guild



o other city in the world does luxury and refinement quite like London. London Luxury, a New West End Company initiative, is anchored by Bond Street and encompasses Savile Row, Burlington Arcade, Jermyn Street & St James’s, Mount Street and Cork Street including the destination stores of Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Liberty and Browns. London Luxury brings together the world’s most discerning shopping streets, luxury retailers, hotels and restaurants in central London into a defined luxury quarter. Since 1686, Bond Street has been the location to purchase the finest, most exclusive luxury goods in the world. Royalty, gentry and diplomats alike have visited Bond Street to experience the famous craftsmanship and first class service engrained in Bond Street’s rich heritage. Bond Street hosts the highest number of Royal Warrant Holders on a single street, affirming its strong royal connections. Royal

Bond Street The Crown Jewel of London’s Luxury Quarter Warrants are highly prized and hard won and are a mark of recognition to individuals or companies who have supplied goods or service for at least five years to HM Queen, HRH Duke of Edinburgh or HRH The Prince of Wales. The Royal Outfitter DAKS (10 Old Bond Street) is unique in being one of only five fashion brands in the world to hold all three Royal Warrants. Bond Street’s Royal Warrant

Holders span an eclectic mix, with each brand choosing to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in a unique way. The renowned perfumer Penhaligons just off Bond Street (20A Brook Street), with its rich heritage and archive of formulations, has produced an enchanting floral chypre fragrance, Jubilee Bouquet, originally created in 1977 for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. Asprey (167 New Bond

Street) is creating limited edition pieces inspired by the palace’s household pet, the Corgi Dog. Asprey’s Corgi Head Decanter will have a special inscription numbered 1-60 in the Queen’s honour, with no. 1 being gifted to HRH Queen Elizabeth II. Garrard (24 Albemarle Street), who were honoured with the title of Crown Jeweller in 1843 and have since served six successive monarchs . To commemorate this history, Garrard will launch a special Diamond Jubilee pendant. Created in 18ct white, yellow or rose gold, and with a focal white topaz, the pendant will come in twelve variations - each with the personal touch of a birthstone. The international luxury brands on Bond Street receive equal patronage from the Royal Household. Cartier (40-41 Old Bond Street), who established a shop on New Bond Street in 1909, was hailed by King Edward VII as ‘the jeweller of Kings, the King of jewellers’. Jaeger-LeCoultre (1A Old Bond Street) has received similar support, with HRH Queen Elizabeth II wearing the 101 bracelet, the smallest mechanical watch caliber in the world, for her coronation in 1953. To celebrate their royal connection, Jaeger-LeCoultre will host an exhibition of old and new 101 timepieces at their Bond Street store, along with some High Jewellery antique creations. The exhibition will start on May 15th and will last for a month. Bond Street is a magnificently rich archive of treasures and history. Its legacy will be celebrated in an array of breathtaking forms during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, confirming its status as the Crown Jewel of London’s Luxury Quarter . or 68 m ay 2 0 1 2

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New Moves, Old Grooves And Vintage Shoes ON SHOW AT LONDON SWING FESTIVAL 2012. 31st May - 3rd June, Bishopsgate Institute


wing Patrol© will be hosting the 3rd annual London Swing Festival, marking another successful year for one of the largest swing dance schools in the world. The London Swing Festival will again be held at the Bishopsgate Institute, London, EC2M 4QH. The venue will be used for the majority of workshops and social dances. It doesn’t matter if you’re new, experienced, shy or brave, the festival’s doors are open to all. The workshops, will be led by some seriously good swing dancers - Vincenzo Fesi & Isabella Gregorio, William Mauvais & Maéva

Truntzer, Remy Kouakoe Kouame & Moe Sakan, Scott Cupit & Trisha Sewell and Cam Mitchell & Loz Yee, to give the general public the finest introduction to swing dancing you can get. All the swing rhythms will be on the agenda - 8 beat, 6 beat and Charleston. And if that’s all too familiar, there’ll be some solo jazz for you to sink your feet into. The lessons will take place in the upper hall of the Bishopsgate institute. The true spirit of swing dancing will be found at the social dances, which will take place EVERY NIGHT! The first, The Welcome Dance on Thursday May 31st, at 93

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Feet East, Brick Lane, E1 6QL. Ticket-holders get to hear the ‘Old Hat Jazz Band’, playing the best of New Orleans and Chicago style jazz from the 20s and 30s. The London Jitterbug Championships, one of the most prestigious swing dancing competitions in the UK, will be held at the Bishopsgate Institute on Friday, 1st June. It’s . The finest dancers from all over Europe will compete against each other, with several disciplines - Showcase, Strictly Lindy, Fast & Furious, All Balboa Jam, Solo Charleston and Open Jack & Jill. The biggest social dance of the festival will be The Best of British Ball, at the Bishopsgate Institute on Saturday 2nd June. Guests are encouraged to sport typically British attire for the evening. Special guest MC, famous actor and radio-personality Mr. Rufus Gerrard Wright, will be managing the microphone. He will be accompanied by

the ‘University of London Big Band’ who will provide beats for an extra special floor show. The final social dance will be The Sunday Send Off at the Bishopsgate Institute on Sunday 3rd June. The ‘Basin Street Brawlers’ will be rocking out the hottest stomps, rags and Dixieland tunes from the roaring 1920s. And for those who just won’t tire of swinging out, an after-party will go on until the early hours of the morning at Passing Clouds, 1 Richmond Road, London, E8 4AA. The Swing Patrol team will be on hand to answer your questions at the Welcome Dance on Thursday May 31st.

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Two nights of opera at Chiswick House 20th & 21st June 2012

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hiswick House Friends announces two nights of opera in the magnificent gardens of the historic house this summer. On Wednesday 20thJune there will be a Midsummer Gala of popular arias and opera favourites. The following night, Thursday 21st June, a production of Puccini’s Madam Butterfly will be staged. Both performances will be sung in English by Opera Brava, Britain’s leading outdoor touring opera company. Set in Japan at the turn of the century, Puccini’s Madam Butterfly is the story of the doomed love of an American naval lieutenant and his young Japanese bride. The opera is considered to be unrivalled in its tragedy and sorrow highlighted by some of Puccini’s most beautiful music. The Gala Night offers both opera devotees and those with a general love of classical music an inspirational programme of favourite arias including Verdi’s La Traviata, the Flower Duet from Lakme and Bizet’s famous Pearl Fishers duet. The second half of the evening includes a West Side Story medley, songs from Rodgers & Hammerstein and Gershwin melodies. All performed by singers from English National Opera, Covent Garden and International Opera houses and sung in English accompanied by the Opera Brava ensemble. The performances will be staged on the magnificent lawns at the rear of Chiswick House and will commence at 7.30pm on both evenings, gates opening in advance at 6pm. Audiences are encouraged to arrive beforehand and make the most of the superb surroundings for picnics on the lawns or a glass of wine or two. The event’s main sponsor is again local brewer Fuller, Smith & Turner who will

provide a bar pavilion in the grounds for purchases of wine, champagne and beer. Food stalls will offer hot drinks, cheeses, strawberries and small plates for sharing. Delicious hampers will be available priced from £35 (vegetarian, meat and fish options are available). Each serves two people and can also be pre-ordered through the Chiswick House Cafe, www.chiswickhousecafe. com, 020 8341 5384*. Opera Chair Jan Grandison explains: “Summer opera nights at Chiswick House have

Puccini’s Madam Butterfly is the story of the doomed love of an American naval lieutenant and his young Japanese bride. become the chance for friends to gather from all over London to enjoy some of the most famous operas and popular arias with the backdrop of this stunning 18th century property. Seating is not provided so everyone arrives with rugs, blankets and low chairs and the result is a wonderful casual elegance. It’s opera that’s not stuffy and there’s the chance to picnic at the same time” Tickets are now on sale and cost £26 for the Midsummer Gala and £28 for Madam Butterfly. They can be obtained from and via the Friends’ website (note agency booking fee applies). This is the eighth year of opera promoted by Chiswick House Friends and the two nights are expected to sell out well in advance, as in previous years. For more information visit and

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3Th - 8Th JuLy 2012

kew gardens’ FesTiVaL of suMMer concerTs Will younG, JaMes Morrison, sTaTus Quo, M people, chic feaTurinG nile roGers, pink MarTini, TiM Minchin, los loBos and The Gipsy kinGs


ew the Music is one of London’s most popular open-air picnic concerts, performed against the backdrop of the magnificent Victorian Temperate House in the magical setting of Kew Gardens. These laid-back concerts are known for their magical festival atmosphere, where you can enjoy an evening picnic in the stunning surroundings of the botanic gardens, whilst listening to world-class concerts. All the ingredients for the perfect summer evening out. Tuesday 3rd JuLy: status Quo With speCiaL Guests the straits

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the world in 2012. Their deceptively brand of boogierock and high-energy shows always bring audiences to their feet, including Paper Plane, Caroline, Whatever You Want and Rockin’ All Over the World. Former members of Dire Straits, Alan Clark, Chris White and Phil Palmer perform the greatest hits from Dire Straits, including the iconic songs Money For Nothing, Sultans Of Swing, Walk Of Life and Brothers In Arms. Their album Brother In Arms won two Grammy Awards, Best British Album at the 1987 Brit Awards. wednesday 4Th JuLy: M-peopLe With speCiaL Guests ChiC FeaturinG niLe roGers.

M People perform their uplifting dance songs like Moving On Up, Sight For Sore Eyes, One Night In Heaven and Search For The Hero. They had ten top ten hits, sold 11 million albums and won numerous awards. Chic were one of the most influential bands of the 1970’s and produced some of the most successful disco songs ever. Formed by legendary musicians Nile Rogers and Bernard Edwards, Chic’s songs include Le Freak, Good Times, Everybody Dance and I Want Your Love. Edwards and Rogers composed, performed and produced some of the most influential disco and funk records of all time, including Sister Sledge’s album We Are Family. In 1996,

Rogers co-produced David Bowie’s Let’s Dance album, Madonna’s Like A Virgin album and produced Duran Duran’s Notorious album. Thursday 5Th JuLy: pink Martini With speCiaL Guest tiM MinChin

Oregon-based Pink Martini are a thirteen member ‘little orchestra’ who draw their inspiration from the romantic Hollywood musicals of the 1940’s & 50’s, with their highly polished combination of class and kitsch, swooning nostalgia and deliriously romantic melodies that have won them an international cult following. Tim Minchin is an acclaimed musician, songwriter and comedian who is known to millions for his own brand of

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24 hour ticket hotline: 0871 231 0834. For more details and to book online Group discounts apply on Weds & Thurs eves, call 0844 412 4650 for details. Tickets from £35.50. Booking fees apply. Please note Tim Minchin’s show is not recommended for children under 12. Parental guidance advised. To book a ready made Picnic Hamper to collect on the night or for VIP Hospitality experience visit musical comedy. He recently embarked on an arena tour with a 55-piece orchestra, which included shows at 02, London and the Royal Albert Hall. He has written the music and lyrics for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Award-winning production of Matilda The Musical currently performing in the West End. His unique style of musical wit has made him a favourite at a variety of UK festivals. Friday 6th July: James Morrison

Award winning singer songwriter James Morrison made his debut in 2006 with You Give Me Something, which became an instant international hit. His albums have sold a combined total of 4.5 million copies and have included the singles You Give Me Something, Wonderful World, The Pieces Don’t Fit Anymore and the smash hit Broken Strings, featuring Nelly Furtado. His latest album The Awakening debuted at No 1 in the album charts. Saturday 7th July: Will Young with special guest Nerina Pallot

won two BRIT Awards an Ivor Novello Award and his debut single Evergreen was the UK’s biggest selling single of the noughties. Will Young is joined by the wonderful, platinum selling British singer songwriter, Nerina Pallot for an evening of first class music.

Gates open 6pm. Concert starts 7.30pm (7pm on Sunday). Firework finale at 10.15pm. No fireworks on Sunday. No seating is provided, so bring blankets, folding chairs and picnics.

Sunday 8th July: Gipsy Kings with special guests Los Lobos

The legendary Gipsy Kings achieved world-wide recognition in 1988 with the release of their eponymous album which featured the global smash hit Bamboleo, Un Amor and Djoba Djoba. The band are credited with being responsible for bringing the sounds of progressive flamenco to the world. Los Lobos sold millions of records and had an instant No 1 hit with their version of La Bamba. They are a multiple Grammy Award-winning band from California who have been performing their own style of Latin dance music for over 30 years. Kew the Music is supported by Winkworth

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open Garden sQuares Weekend LONDON PARKS & Gardens Trust are delighted to announce that 212 gardens will be taking part in the extremely popular Open Garden Squares Weekend, held throughout London every June. The 2012 weekend will take place immediately after the extended Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday and for the first time, the event will be in association with the National Trust. This year 23 new gardens will be opening their gates for the first time - these range from several National Trust gardens to community gardens to schools, urban ecology centres, roof-gardens and allotments, offering a wide range of activities such as visits to an Observation Beehive in Greenwich, to an exhibition of Art & Sculpture in Holland Park. Here are just some of the open gardens this year.... Acton Community Garden (W3/ Ealing) will open on Saturday from 11am - 4pm. It is a small garden featuring a 'Capital Growth' community vegetable growing area, nature pond and example areas of meadow and woodland. Maintained by the Borough's Rangers with assistance from community groups and volunteers at set times. 76 m ay 2 0 1 2

*Bramford Community Garden (SW18/ Wandsworth). Open both days 2-5pm, Bramford Community Garden is designed and managed as a model of sustainability. Run by Transition Town Wandsworth volunteers, it aims to provide wildlife benefit, incorporate productive elements and be beautiful; contributing to its setting within a public park and educating the community on environmental issues in gardening. The garden includes a wild flower meadow, fruit orchard; edible plants in raised beds and mixed amongst herbaceous borders. Leighton House (W14/ Kensington & Chelsea). Open both days 10am - 5pm. The tranquil garden of the leading Victorian artist Frederic, Lord

Leighton (1830-1896) is located on the edge of Holland Park. The garden was restored in 1997 with the generous support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, on the basis of a plan of the house and garden dating from 1896. This showed the formal beds immediately in front of the house, and a large expanse of lawn with herbaceous borders around the perimeter. A trellis covered part of the path running up the west side of the garden and the two mounds originally laid out were evidently planted with two substantial trees. On Sunday between 10am-1pm, contemporary artist Julian Wild will be hosting workshops enabling visitors to add to his work 'Making the Connection', which is constructed out of pipe sections. • St Paul's Churchyard Covent Garden (WC2E/ Westminster). Open on Sunday 9am - 5pm. The burial ground of St. Paul's Covent Garden dates from 1633, and was laid out to gardens in the 1850s. The award-winning garden provides a calm and tranquil space in what can be a stressful part of the city. There is ample seating for informal picnics and a brilliant setting for Inigo Jones's masterpiece, St. Paul's Church. *Waterlow Park Kitchen Garden (N6/ Camden). Open both days 10am - 4pm. In

1889, Sir Sydney Waterlow gave his gardens to the people of London as 'gardens for the gardenless'. In 2011, the original site of the kitchen garden was restored and re-opened as a community resource for growing vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers. There are 10 raised beds, each one managed by a different local organisation. These include two primary schools, two mentalhealth agencies, three local gardeners' groups, the Friends of Waterlow Park and HICAN, a local conservation group. *Capital Growth Garden For more information, please visit Tickets cost £9 if bought in advance and £12 during the weekend. Open Garden Squares Weekend is run by the London Parks & Gardens Trust to raise awareness of the significant social, cultural, environmental and economic contribution that garden and squares make to the capital and its inhabitants. The Trust provides a centre for education, research, and creative projects for the improvement and conservation of London's green urban spaces. www. Open Garden Squares Weekend will be participating in The Chelsea Fringe and will be the culmination of three exciting weeks of horticultural 'happenings', popup gardens and instillations.

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Cartier The prestigious launch of the Cartier Tank Watch Collection takes place at the Orangery, Kensington Palace Gardens


n Thursday 19th April, Cartier UK celebrated the launch of the Tank Anglaise, part of the iconic Cartier Tank collection. It was unveiled in true Cartier style alongside the Tank Folle and the Tank Louis Cartier XL Extra Flat. Cartier bell boys greeted guests at the entrance of the Orangery, where they were then escorted through the West Apse, decorated by bay trees interlaced with candle lights. Within the Orangery, guests were invited to view the iconic vitrine’s displaying the historic Tank watches. At 8.30pm, flanked by trumpeters the Master of Ceremonies brought the guests to attention. With some welcoming words, Arnaud M. Bamberger, Executive Chairman of Cartier UK, proceeded to unveil the Tank Anglaise to great applause and celebration. Cartier UK was pleased to welcome both friends of the Maison, as well as ambassadors of the Tank Anglaise, who were photographed by David Bailey in an exclusive portfolio. Guests included Miss Edie Campbell, Miss Olympia Campbell , Mr & Mrs Charles Delevigne, Miss Poppy Delevigne, Ms Charlotte Dellal ,Dame Vivien Duffield, Ms Sophie Hicks Ms Kelly Hoppen,Mr Richard Laxton & Mrs Saskia Winbergh 78 m ay 2 0 1 2


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he Design Museum presents the first UK retrospective of iconic French shoe designer Christian Louboutin, celebrating a career which has pushed the boundaries of high fashion shoe design. Louboutin’s exquisite shoes, with their instantly recognisable glossy red soles, are a unique fusion of fashion, craftsmanship, engineering

and sculpture. This exhibition celebrates Louboutin’s career to date and showcases twenty years of designs and inspiration, revealing the artistry and theatricality of his shoe design from stilettos to lace-up boots, studded sneakers and bejewelled pumps. Louboutin’s shoes are the epitome of style, glamour, power, femininity and elegance. Drawing from Christian Louboutin’s personal archive,

Christian Louboutin At the Design Museum. 1 May – 9 July 2012

the exhibition presents his celebrated shoe designs, referencing the origins of the iconic red sole, through to the latest Louboutin collections including a range for men and desirable handbags. A dramatic exhibition environment will present Louboutin’s artistic personality and creative approach. It will examine the many sources of his creativity, shoes inspired by performance, cabaret and the showgirl; fantasy and fairy tale; art and architecture; film; landscape and travel. The exhibition will also focus on the handcrafted shoe, one-off designs which incorporate his highly innovative ideas, forms and materials. There will be a special section dedicated to the shoes designed for ‘Fetish’ an exhibition at the La Gallerie Du Passage, Paris in 2007, a unique collaboration of photography between Louboutin and acclaimed artist David Lynch. At the core of the exhibition will be a unique exploration of Louboutin’s design process, taking the visitor through every stage of the design journey, revealing how a shoe is constructed, from the initial drawing and first prototype through to production in the factory. Looking beyond design and production the exhibition will also explore the company’s innovative store design in which Louboutin is always closely involved.

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o mark 50 years since Marilyn Monroe’s death, Westfield Stratford City and Getty Image Gallery presents an exclusive collection of artwork and memorabilia ranging from Monroe’s early years as an aspiring actress through to her rise to international stardom, aswell as showcasing a diverse selection of prints and video content. Myf Ryan, General Manager, Marketing UK comments: “This is an exciting exhibition from Getty Galleries as it is full of iconic pieces from such an iconic woman. We are delighted that they will be shown within Westfield Stratford City and wanted to ensure that we celebrated this exhibition throughout the centre with offers and incentives for all our customers. “This is the second exhibition from Getty

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Treasure gets a multi-million pound makeover for 2012 14Th June - 17Th June 2012 somerseT house, sTrand, wC2 and is the perfect host for London Jewellery Week. The iconic venue provides a heart for the various events that will take place in the City in June, including Treasure. Della Tinsley, Director of Jewellery Week comments: “We are proud to be invited to host the centrepiece of Jewellery Week at Somerset House. Treasure has always been in inspirational venues since the first show in 2008 at the Tower of London, so this is the right move for Jewellery Week and Treasure. The new venue will enable us to expand Essence, the Ethical Jewellery pavilion further and create other specialist galleries and boutiques” Curated by Elizabeth Galton, this show will display visionary design, cuttingedge technology and new talent from the very best in contemporary jewellery design.


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consumers and buyers. In 2011, Treasure showcased over 150 exhibitors and attracted over 4,000 visitors. Somerset House, Strand has played a huge part in the cultural heritage of London,

This will include Essence, an ethical & sustainable jewellery pavilion, a new Bridal Trail and an afternoon tea Fathers Day special on Sunday 17th June. There will also be a series of inspirational audiences and talks from some of the brightest stars in the jewellery world. Elizabeth Galton says” I’m delighted to be invited to curate this year’s Treasure exhibition as it launches in its sumptuous new surroundings at Somerset House, whose grand heritage is the perfect setting in which to showcase London’s most innovative jewellery design talent.” Visitors will be able to discover, buy and commission direct from designers, or relax and enjoy being pampered in the Treasure Beauty Room and have their photograph taken in the Treasure Photo Booth, presented by Jewellery Week 2012 charity, Ovarian Cancer Action. Embankment Galleries at Somerset House, Strand, WC2. Opening Times: Friday 15th June 10 am - 8pm. Saturday 16th June 10am-6pm. Sunday 17th June 10am-6pm. Tickets are £10 - Join the JW12 Select club for special ticket offers. VIP ticket £25, includes special goody bag and glass of Champagne Thienot Ovarian Cancer Action the official charity for Jewellery Week in 2012

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HAMPSTEAD SUMMER FESTIVAL 18th - 24th June 2012, with the Heath Street Big Fair Day, Sunday 24th June

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he Festival week starts from Monday 18th June, when many of historical and cultural buildings in Hampstead will be holding events. St John’s Parish Church will be holding a flower festival to highlight the joys of Hampstead. Many high-profile shops will also be doing special promotions and discounts throughout the festival, eg Jeroboams are kindly offering a 20% discount off their delicious wines if shoppers mention the Hampstead Summer Festival. On the Big Fair Day there will be chess tournaments and coaching, sport and dance, tug of war, scotch egg race, art open air exhibition, children’s fairground rides and falcons, with

donkey and unicorn rides along Heath Street! Heath Street will be lined with a big variety of stalls, including delicious foods and tempting goodies to purchase, so come along with a big appetite! The day promises lots of entertainment and fun, with music on the big stage.   Hampstead Summer Festival is organised by volunteers, and funds raised will be donated equally to the local Henderson Court Age UK resource centre, and the Children’s Society. Everyone is particularly grateful to all the sponsors and supporters without whom the event would not take place.


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Ultra-Rare £1m Lamborghini Reventón On sale at London Motorexpo, 11-17Th June, Canary Wharf


ell-heeled petrolheads will have a unique opportunity to take possession of one of the world’s rarest supercars on the planet this summer, when an ultra-exclusive Lamborghini Reventón supercar features in an exclusive H&H Classics sale being held at London’s Motorexpo . Expected to achieve more than £1 million, the Reventón being offered for private sale at Motorexpo was one of only 20 produced and is thought to be the only example in the UK, making this a truly unique opportunity for automotive collectors. The Reventón was revealed to the public for the first time at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2007 and, despite commanding an asking price of €1 million (plus local taxes), all 20 examples were pre-sold before the car had even been unveiled. Powered by a 6.5-litre V12 engine producing 650bhp, the carbonfibre Reventón can crack the 0-62 mph sprint in just 3.4 seconds and go on to a top speed of 211mph, ensuring the car has more than enough pace to live up to its stunning F-22 Raptor jet fighter-inspired body. As part of its ‘Supercars and Superclassics’ sale, H&H will be presenting an Auburn Speedster replica as well as a number of vehicles from brands such as Ferrari, Pagani, Maserati, and Koenigsegg. “The appearance, let alone sale, of a car as rare as the Lamborghini Reventón is sure to attract a large number of supercar enthusiasts and collectors to Motorexpo this summer,” commented Graeme Carver, Motorexpo CEO. “But even those who can’t 88 m ay 2 0 1 2

quite justify the £1 million asking price for the Reventón can get up close to their potential next purchase – be it classic or modern. Alongside H&H’s impressive catalogue of vehicles a host of car manufacturers will display more than 250 new models. With on-the-road prices starting from less than £8,000 there will be a car for every buyer,” he concluded. Motorexpo is open daily in Canary Wharf from 10am to 6pm , Monday 11th - Saturday 16th and 11am to 5pm on Sunday 17th June. In addition to the cars being displayed by H&H, a number of leading automotive brands have already confirmed their attendance, including Bentley, BMW, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Vauxhall and Volvo. Motorexpo offers visitors unrivalled interactivity, with all vehicles being open and available for people to sit in and enjoy. Motorexpo is also offering full test-drive capabilities with Motorexpo DriveME, giving visitors the chance to get behind the wheel of the very latest models on the roads around the famous Canary Wharf business and shopping district. For more information about the show visit Further information about the vehicles being offered by H&H is available at the company’s website:

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The Brittania Box To celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics, LINLEY has created 60 Limited Edition Boxes which are distinguished by that most quintessentially British symbol, the Union Flag. The Britannia Box is available as either a Jewellery Box or a Humidor. LINLEY specialises in bespoke commissions, and so these boxes can be made bespoke.

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Thursday 28th June, 11am - 9pm Friday 29th June, 11am - 9pm Saturday 30th June & Sunday 1st July, 11am - 7pm Monday 2nd July, 11am - 9pm Tuesday 3rd July, 11am - 6pm Followed by the Masterpiece Midsummer Party in support of CLIC Sargent 7pm-10pm Wednesday 4th July, 11am-9pm 2012 Ticket Prices:

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asterpiece London is once again set to thrill collectors and new enthusiasts across the globe when it returns for its third year. Hailed by Oprah Winfrey as an event with ‘an exciting and diverse range of quality and beautiful things’ and described by Sir David Tang as ‘at the premier end of all the fairs’, Masterpiece London showcases the best of the best in art, antiques and design from around the world. With capacity for up to 170 exhibitors, the fair will once again bring to London a wealth of extraordinary UK and international exhibitors. A wide-ranging collection of unusual objects of the highest order across an assortment of disciplines, from the fine and decorative arts to premium collectors - items such as classic cars, watches, jewellery, fine wines and contemporary design - will be on display and for sale. Everything for sale will be stringently vetted by a committee of experts before the fair opens, giving buyers every confidence in their choice. The discerning visitor will be spoilt for choice at Masterpiece London 2012, with not only a treasure trove of magnificent exhibits to discover, but also a complimentary educational visitor programme of captivating lectures from The Wallace Collection and engaging experiences with exhibitors, as well as a fine dining offering courtesy of Caprice Holdings. Masterpiece London is also delighted to announce CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, has once again been selected as the beneficiary of the Masterpiece London Midsummer Party which will take place this year on Tuesday 3rd July.

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hen Helen Turkington, one of Irelands foremost interior designers opened her first London store on St. Johns Hill in Clapham in April 2010, she was introducing a new concept to the London Interiors scene, designer fabrics by the roll. Helen travels extensively twice a year to source interesting and versatile fabrics for curtaining and upholstery direct from the mills around Europe. Because she does them in quantity, the consumer gets them at 40 % less, starting at ÂŁ 15,00 per metre. The showroom is cleverly laid out in colour palettes so the fabrics complement each other perfectly for curtaining

and upholstery, making it easy to bring a scheme for a room together. Essentially the showroom is a one stop shop. Alongside the fabrics, you can also view selected pieces from Helens range of Furniture and sofas which are bespoke made. Also on display is the full range of home accessories and lighting. A full interior design service is available in store, where one of the designers can help bring a scheme together. Helen has also created a paint range of 36 washable colours which are manufactured in Ireland for her. The range was designed to work with Helens fabrics, every fabric having a complementary paint colour. The colours span a

comprehensive palette, ranging from beautiful pale greys such as Lipizzaner Grey and St. Remy through to muted greeny tones, Woven Flax and bolder stronger blues such as Belgian Blue and Cinema Navy. All the paints are available in Matt Emulsion, Satinwood and a special kitchen finish for cabinetry. This month sees the launch of the new Helen Turkington website. Now all 400 fabrics are available to sample and purchase online. It is a really exciting departure for the company as suddenly all three collections the fabrics, furniture and paints are being brought together online for the first time. The Helen Turkington range of furniture

which comprises of Helens own collection of upholstery and woodwork such as consoles, side tables and dining tables is now all displayed along with a Belgian and French collection of furniture for more casual living spaces. While Helen is well known for designing beautiful and stylish private homes, she is also venturing into designing show apartments for developers. This was a huge part of her business in Ireland during the boom years of the economy there, so she is really glad to continue this part of the business in the UK. She was recently approached by St. George PLC developers to design a penthouse apartment at Kew Bridge.

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ciTy of london fesTiVal 2012 Celebrates 50 years with a wealth of world premières. over 155 performances during 34 days in more than 55 spectacular london venues. 24th June - 27th July 2012. There are oVer 155 PerFormanCes, many oF Them worLd PremiÈres


he City of London Festival is a music, dance, art, culture and intellectual festival that will turn the city’s square mile into a magical place to be over the summer - not just a place of finance and trade. There are over 155 performances, many of them world premières taking place in some of the square mile’s most iconic locations. The Festival’s theme, City of London - Trading Places with 94 m ay 2 0 1 2

the World will be brought to life with performances from internationally acclaimed stars including Sir Colin Davis, who conducted at the first CoLF, performances of new music and dance including works by composer Tansy Davies and Place Prize winner Nina Rajarani, and family events across the Square Mile and beyond. Other highlights this year include the English National Ballet performing

in St Paul’s Cathedral and a world première performance from tetraplegic trumpeter Clarence Adoo for whom a special piece has been written by Nigel Osbourne. In celebration of the festivals Golden Jubilee, 50 golden street pianos for members of the public to play will be placed around London Landmarks within the City for three weeks during the festival. To emphasize the theme of sustainability wildflowers will be replanted in 3 city churchyards – accompanied by performances of poetry and music – and there will be a chance to taste honey from the Festival’s rooftop beehives. Each event and performance acts as a new installment in the story of the City, taking the audience on an international journey that connects back to London’s heart. City of London Festival is delighted to continue its partnership with BNY Mellon, as the Festival’s principal sponsor for a third year. Full listings on website:

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Yoko Ono 19th June - 9th September 2012 Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA


his Summer, the Serpentine Gallery will present a major exhibition of the work of celebrated artist Yoko Ono for the London 2012 Festival, which will include SMILE, a large-scale participatory project. The Serpentine’s timely exhibition will reflect upon the enormous impact that Yoko Ono has made on contemporary art, exploring her influential role in art, music, film and performance. Her first exhibition in a London public institution for more than a decade, Ono will present new and existing works, some of which have rarely been shown in the UK. These will include installations,

films and performances, as well as architectural alterations to the galleries. As a part of her exhibition, Ono will present SMILE, a large-scale project which will be exhibited at the Serpentine Gallery and online for the London 2012 Festival. Conceived as a way of connecting people across the world, the project invites people to upload and send an image of their smiles, to create a global anthology of portraits. Ono envisions that ‘all of the smiles... that are collected will be kept by the Serpentine Gallery as a record for the planet Earth. When people take part in the SMILE, they will receive their own smile to take home.’ Working as an artist, filmmaker, poet, musician, writer, performance artist and peace activist for over five decades, Yoko Ono has influenced generations of artists and received numerous prestigious awards. In her prolific career, she has embraced a wide range of media, defying traditional boundaries and creating new forms of artistic expression. Born in 1933 in Tokyo, she is a pioneer of conceptual art. Her work has been presented internationally in major exhibitions and performances.

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artbox project Celebrating 25 Years Of Childline. Open-Air Art Exhibition Across London This Summer. 18th June - 16th July 2012


eading artists, designers and creatives from around the world have been invited to apply their individual talents to re-style that much-loved icon of British design, the traditional red telephone box, and transform full-size replicas into stunning artworks. The BT ArtBoxes will be

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on display in high-profile locations around the capital between 18th June - 16th July, then to follow, The National Portrait Gallery will host a VIP gala auction on 18th July where the ArtBoxes will be auctioned to raise money for ChildLine. Each artist or designer will take delivery of a full-size,

fibre-glass replica of the Sir Giles Gilbert Scott-designed original K6 telephone kiosk, which was introduced in 1936 to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of the coronation of King George V. Participating artists include internationally acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid, Romero Britto and Royal Academician Professor of Sculpture David Mach, along with fashion designers Giles Deacon and Zandra Rhodes. Sandy Nairne, director of the National Portrait Gallery and patron of the BT ArtBox project, said: “The Gilbert Scott telephone box is a truly iconic British design, and I’m looking forwards to seeing how artists and designerstransform the replica boxes into works of art on London’s streets.” Esther Rantzen OBE, founder of ChildLine and patron of the BT ArtBoxproject, said: “I’m thrilled that ChildLine’s 25th birthday is to becelebrated by such a unique and inspiring project as BT Artbox. “The redphone box is a much loved symbol of British culture and I’m keen to see howthe artists involved will create new masterpieces from such an iconiccanvas. It’s fantastic that the proceeds from the sale of the boxes willraise vital funds to support the work of ChildLine, enabling us to help manymore children

and young people to get comfort, advice and protection whenthey need it most.” The BT ArtBox project is supported by the Mayor of London, Professor Malcolm Garrett RDI, London & Partners, The May Fair Hotel,Harvey Nichols, The Times and The Sunday Times and borough councils across the capital. About ChildLine

ChildLine on 0800 1111 and is the UK’s only free, 24-hour helpline for children in danger or distress. Trained volunteer counsellors comfort, advice and protect children and young people. ChildLine is a service within the NSPCC. In Scotland it is delivered by CHILDREN 1ST on behalf of the NSPCC. Calls to ChildLine on 0800 1111 are confidential, but if a child is in immediate danger the counsellor will let the caller know if they have to break confidentially and contact the emergency services to save the child’s life. Every £20 raised could help ChildLine answer another five calls from children who dial our helpline. If you are worried about a child or would like to make a donation, please visit the NSPCC website

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suin Bolt and 15,000 other London 2012 Olympians Mr Osmond-Evans, 68, added: “I said to the mayor: ‘If and Paralympians are to be given a superb record I get together a consortium of companies to pay for it all of London to remind them of the city. would you like to have a book to present to the athletes?” The athletes will each have a copy of the coffee table and he said ‘what a wonderful idea - do it’.”If Usain Bolt book, which contains photos of reads it I shall be delighted and very excited.” famous landmarks and events, such “The book is about heritage. That is what as Last Night of the Proms, William visitors come to see - what they don’t have and Kate’s wedding, the Gherkin and in their own countries. It is a very broad The Spirit of the Thames, placed in their rooms. brush of the huge mosaic that is London.” London, is a With a foreword by present London The book was officially launched on 24th photographic mayor Boris Johnson, the book, called The April, and will be delivered to the athletes’ in record of Spirit of London, is a photographic record July, with the patrons of the book receiving the city - and of the city - and includes iconic images their own editions to present to their includes taken by many high-profile photographers. VIP customers. The Founding patron is iconic images Created by photographer and publisher The Dorchester - Patrons also include taken by many Anthony Osmond-Evans, it was born The Hearst Corporation, Jaguar Land out of a conversation with the Mayor of Rover, The Berkeley Group, Asprey, high-profile London Boris Johnson at a lunch meeting. Harrods and Henry Poole & Co. photographers.

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t Leisure Plan’s showroom in Stansted Mountfitchet, you will find the greatest selection of contemporary outdoor furniture imaginable. The stunning display is a surprising contrast to the converted old chapel (1836) which houses the complete Leisure Plan organisation. Back in the early 80’s Leisure Plan’s founder and owner Chris McCormack set up his company with the express intention of bringing the very best of European outdoor furniture design to the UK. Since then Leisure Plan’s portfolio of high quality, distinctively designed collections have established the company at the very top of the market for outdoor living. Leisure Plan is the exclusive partner to the three most highly rated luxury outdoor furniture brands and market leaders in Europe and many other world markets. DEDON – the originator and undisputed world leader in hand-woven fibre. EGOparis- French design flair with the largest colour range of any outdoor furniture manufacturer. FISCHER MOBEL – German precision using the highest grade modern materials. All three brands are winners of the prestigious Red Dot Award, worldwide recognition from a panel of independent judges with a knowledge and passion for contemporary design and quality. The strongest endorsement of Leisure Plan’s skill in identifying good design with product reliability, offering complete comfort and satisfaction. From Dedon comes the latest introductions of Mu, an imaginative and versatile modular system, adaptable to a variety of configurations and layouts. This offers a hugely versatile combination through the range of

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Outdoor Luxury sofas, daybeds ,benches , coffee and side tables. Less formal but equally distinctive is the new SeaX foldable director style chair from the French designer Jean-Marie Massaud. Distinguished by the attention to detail, the combination of materials,textures and colours gives this collection an air of sophistication, whilst maintaining the simplicity of function. Colour has an individual language. EGOparis has an extensive colour palette with over 20 choices of powdercoated aluminium frames, combined with 16 colours of high-tensile polyester mesh slings. Manufactured entirely in France, the designs are based around conviviality, informality and the chance to create an individual outdoor ‘look’. From the new innovative KUBE – (each single piece converts into either a sunlounger, chair or coffee table) – through the TANDEM range including a sunlounger that is now a design classic, to the highly versatile KAMA which can change function simply by moving the cushions One of the most highly respected German outdoor furniture manufacturers of the past 50years, Fischer Mobel’s reputation for minimalist design in the highest grade materials – stainless steel- aluminium- ceramic/granite/glass has given this brand an enviable reputation for long lasting, highly durable collections. LODGE is a modular lounge system designed around the simplest of concepts - a square base unit with easily interchangeable backs and armrests according to individual preference. The rounded stainless steel frames of the TAKU collection gives the stackable chairs a real practicality, and when combined with the single catch flip-top table, makes this elegant style suitable for any location where space is at a premium. This contrast of styles enables Leisure Plan to offer furniture suitable for any design scheme or location, where individuality,

style, quality and comfort are paramount. Leisure Plan’s furniture is specified for residential projects in the furnishing of terraces, deck areas, poolsides and conservatories through to high end hotels, spas, cruise liners and luxury motor yachts. To compliment the wide variety of furniture, cushions are manufactured in Leisure Plan’s own workshop. From their large collection of fabric colours, you can give your outdoor area a touch of individual flair that will be much admired and enjoyed by all. Why compromise comfort because it is outdoors? The modular low seating combinations to dining sets, loungers and unique signature pieces ,allows home comforts to be enjoyed outdoors – without moving the furniture ! Across all three of Leisure Plan’s exclusive brands can be found collections which will satisfy the desire for both traditional and highly contemporary settings. Why not take a trip to Leisure Plan’s showroom and benefit from their expertise and assistance to help you create the outdoor lifestyle for play, relaxation or entertaining which will not only extend your home, but give you much satisfaction and enjoyment.

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Adding value & fun to your home A garden room can add value to your property and more enjoyment from outside space.


t has been an unseasonally warm March, and we are all hoping that summer is just around the corner and we can start looking forward to outside living. But if you are lucky enough to have a garden room or a gazebo you can enjoy garden living all year round. Not only that, but a garden room can add value to your home and increase your quality of life. Crown Pavilions manufacture a whole range of garden rooms which can feature outdoor kitchens or barbecues, sitting rooms with plasma screens, studies with storage and internet connection, screens or fold-back doors to protect you from the weather, mood lighting for evening entertainment, heating, hot tubs, home gyms. Crown Pavilions can create a wide range of buildings for a variety of requirements, all of which will enhance your use of outside space, whether it be leisurely breakfasts with the family early evening drinks with friends, lunches and dinners, or just a private, quiet sanctuary. One of the questions that often arises is whether planning permission is required. Luke explains, “A garden room should

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be an extension of your home and you can put it wherever you want. In most cases our buildings would fall under permitted development. However in certain circumstances planning may be required. We always advise that you either contact your local planning officer, or why not let us do it for you. We provide a seamless hassle-free product and service from order to completion. “When we install a garden room we are especially mindful of the landscaping around it. Our sister company Crown Gardens, will look after every aspect of planting and creating a beautiful setting which fits in with your existing garden. The lighting and heating are also important, especially if you want to entertain in the evening. We take care of all that too. “ In an exciting development, for Chelsea Flower Show, Crown Pavilions is launching The Crown Duchess, a new garden room designed in partnership with the Duchess of Rutland. Working closely with the Duchess on every aspect of design and finish, Crown Pavilions has created a versatile, handcrafted garden room with elegant interiors that echo Belvoir Castle, the beautiful home of the Duchess of Rutland.

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Crown Pavilions have created some wonderful garden rooms for many UK and international clients. They specialise in providing a tailored, bespoke service. Recently they have been working with a number of retailers who will carry samples of their garden rooms and gazebos so that people can experience the quality and workmanship before committing to purchase. Stewards GardenLands in Christchurch, Dorset, is the first retailer and they will be displaying a Crown Edward from the Redwood Collection and a new Cedar Pavilion not yet before seen in the UK. Contact: Rees Gidley or Barbara Anne Barber Tel 01491 612820. Crown Pavilions Ltd, 6B Lys Mill Farm, Watlington, Oxfordshire, OX49 5EP

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Bella Interiors B

ella Interiors offer a one-stop service for all your property refurbishment projects. Whether you want several bar stools or a complete back-tobrick design and build service for a new kitchen, bathroom or bedroom; their team of interior designers, registered electricians/gas fitters, kitchen fitters and project managers will be happy to take on all the responsibility. They have carefully chosen suppliers that provide quality and style at affordable prices. They are able to supply appliances from a number of reputable manufacturers such as Miele, Neff and Smeg. They also have a comprehensive range

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of bedroom furniture, tiles, solid wood flooring, composite and granite worktops all at competitive prices. Prices for their kitchens range from £2,500 upwards. All their work is guaranteed and insured. The owners say: “Our aim is to provide stylish yet affordable kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and interiors. We oversee all our projects to insure that they meet with our high standards. Subsequently, we have chosen suppliers that we believe best promote our philosophy to provide quality and style at affordable prices”. Visit their showroom to see some of their kitchen, bathroom and bedroom displays. Alternatively, you can view over several hundred pictures of their previous projects on their Facebook page-Bella Interiors. Bella Interiors Ltd 137 Kew Road Richmond Surrey TW92PN 0208 332 9898

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Visit our new German kitchen range now in store At Bella Interiors we supply individually designed kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms. We work with selected Italian, German and French manufacturers who we feel offer a balance between style and value for money. We offer a one-stop service from designing, construction and management through to completion of projects. We have a variety of products from flooring and worktops to heating solutions. We offer brands such as Miele, Neff, Smeg and Wackenhut. We also supply bespoke furniture for those situations where a custom fit is important.

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Ronald Phillips Antiques

onald Phillips, one of the world’s finest antique dealers specialising in English antique furniture, celebrates their 60th anniversary this year. Based on Bruton Street in the heart of Mayfair, the gallery has developed into one of the leading antique houses in the world. The owner Simon Phillips remarks: “Our ethos then and now has not changed. Every piece of furniture is carefully chosen for its quality, colour and rarity and when necessary sympathetically restored in our workshops.” History is a big part of the collection, and each item has a story behind it that is often fascinating- although they do not have provenance for every piece that they sell. Inside the gallery one can see the craftsmanship that went into making these pieces is quite extraordinary. This month Ronald Phillips releases its annual catalogue, a specialist book that reflects Ronald Phillips’ passion for and the extensive knowledge of antiques. Commenting on the creation of the catalogue Simon Phillips, said:

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“We have been very fortunate to acquire outstanding pieces of furniture in the past and this year has been no exception.” Many of the items in the catalogue have not been on the open market for some time and some have come from distinguished collections like Samuel Messer, The Earl of Devon and most importantly The Royal Collection to name just a few. Notable features include, a George III mahogany serpentine Partners desk, a shape rarely executed and retaining its outstanding original handles. Also, a pair of gesso tables attributed to the celebrated workshop of James Moore which have survived in remarkable condition. Today reputedly the gallery holds the largest and most comprehensive collection of 18th century mirrors. A stunning example of the collection is the important George II giltwood mirror in the manner of Matthias Lock. This remarkable mirror survives in an incredible state of preservation, retaining the original oil gilding and astonishing original

plate. Its provenance is equally alluring having been in the same family since around 1750 including Prime Minster Sir William Gladstone’s home at Hawarden Castle. Their collection also comprises some of the finest Chinese reverse painted glasses made for the English market. “Mirrors are something that I’ve always particularly liked, and like paintings you can always find room for them. Michael Jackson once came in here and admired our mirrors. We’d love to be thinking of us when he wrote Man in the Mirror. One of the founding dealers of Masterpiece London, Simon Phillips is looking forward to an exceptional fair in June. “We’re confident that the inaugural success of Masterpiece over the last two years will be exceeded in 2012.” Masterpiece London will open its doors to the public between 28th June -4th July in the grounds of The Royal Hospital Chelsea, a perfect backdrop for a fair driven by a philosophy that incorporates the highest quality art from around the

world. An inter-disciplinary fusion of traditional and modern provide an opportunity for old and new to coexist with the finest antiques and decorative arts complementing contemporary design. Visitors will see classic cars alongside the latest models; the world’s greatest cognac and its oldest Champagne house; furniture by the prodigious makers jostling for attention with 21st century pieces; breath taking jewels by Faberge, Cartier and Sterlé; and paintings of museum quality and rarity. The fair will also feature world-class restaurants, including Mayfair’s notorious Harry’s Bar and Scotts providing an exceptional cultural, culinary and social experience for the discerning and distinguished clientele. For contact: Ronald Phillips, 26 Bruton Street, London, W1J 6QL , 0207 493 2341

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ome working, for many, simply means enough space to house your laptop, but for photographer Darren and his young family, their needs were greater. “It seems strange now but until recently, I worked from a living room crowded with equipment, young children and toys” Darren remembers.  “I needed more privacy, space and light and after two years of making do, things were just getting worse and worse.”  The Salansons faced that well trodden move/ extend dilemma.  “We looked at several houses but as our home is on such a popular, quiet street there was nothing in our price range that could quite match up to it.” Instead they began to investigate the cost of extending their already partly converted loft.  “We were already using our loft as a bedroom but it was cramped and ill-suited to my requirements for work.  We realised that by adding

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WORKING FROM HOME? SPACE IN SHORT SUPPLY? ONE LOCAL FAMILY LOOKED TO (L&E) LOFTS AND EXTENSIONS TO CREATE THE PERFECT SOLUTION  a dormer there would be enough space to combine my studio needs while retaining a tranquil bedroom space.  The reality was that extending rather than moving was simply the best and most cost effective solution.” They invited several companies to quote for the work, but felt an immediate connection with (L&E) Lofts and Extensions.  “I took to them straight away.  It’s a relatively small job and while some builders were pretty unenthusiastic, L&E’s surveyor was great.  He had such a positive attitude and was never disparaging about the amount of work involved.  He offered us some great

advice, was competitively priced and after our initial meeting was instantaneous in his responses to our follow up queries” Darren comments. Confident that L&E were the right team for them, work

began. “We didn’t have much idea on what permissions we needed to obtain but both the surveyor and foreman guided us seamlessly through the whole process.  They obtained the permitted development requirements and detailed the work involved in a stage by stage timeline.”    The team began by building a rear dormer, and to keep disruption to a minimum sealed the loft room space above, accessing in the early stages only from the scaffold.  With the Salansons at home throughout the build, decisions could be made swiftly “L&E’s foreman was fantastic.  Nothing was too much trouble and he kept us updated on progress on a daily basis.”   Once the structural changes were complete, attention turned to practicalities and decor.  The previously cramped room now had much more space though the Salansons’ wish list also included a bespoke storage

solution. “L&E’s carpenter set to work creating a wall of cupboards to give us a much needed storage area.  They are great quality and were surprisingly affordable too.”  Thankfully the build went smoothly and after only three and a half weeks, ahead of schedule, the L&E team moved out.  “We expected some delay or disruption but work was much quicker than we thought.  The team worked like Trojans – they just kept on going!”  Darren laughs.  “They were great with the children and before leaving insisted on installing them an outside tap to fill their much loved watering cans at no extra charge.”

Now finished, Darren is delighted that L&E have fulfilled their brief to create a light, open plan area which works equally well as an office/studio and bedroom space.  “It’s really changed the way I work.” Darren concludes “The view from the window creates an amazing backdrop.  We can look out onto everyone but aren’t overlooked at all.  The extra window gives me much needed light for my work and my wife equally loves it as a bedroom ….and the fact that I’m no longer under her feet downstairs during the day!” So would you recommend L&E? “Yes, I would highly recommend them!”

Mr and Mrs Salanson are so confident recommending L&E (Lofts and Extensions) that they are even happy to show you round their new home. Contact them via L&E to arrange a viewing L&E (Lofts and Extensions), The Old Office Block, 16 Elmtree Road, Teddington, TW11 8ST T: 0800 326 5506, E:, W: www.

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espite the tough financial times the sales line for one small traditional company in London has continued to buzz, why? – Because of Google Street View. Google Street view is a remarkable application on the Internet where people can now walk down a street and take a look around from their PC or even mobile phone. Which means of course, that the appearance of our homes as viewed from the road, has never been more important.V “And that’s where we come in.” said managing director, Trevor Alexander. “Attractive steps can transform the first impressions someone has of

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your house – especially in London where steps are such a prominent feature. We create beautiful steps and paving using only top quality York stone or Portland stone, the two best looking and most famous natural materials for walking on. What is more, these traditional materials have stood the test of time because they have good grip even when wet, are extremely hard wearing, but above all, they both look fantastic! When a potential client phones us now we can now simply invite them to take a walk on Google Street View and look at the steps in their neighbourhood. As we’ve installed hundreds of

steps in South Kensington and Chelsea the chances are - the ones they like - are ours!” First impressions do count, especially when you are trying to sell your home or impress your friends. We asked one of Trevor’s clients what they thought, “I hadn’t really appreciated what a difference to the look of the whole house the steps would make. It was only when I found the Natural Stone Steps Company website on Google, and saw the ‘before and after’ photographs that I realised. Visitors now comment on the nice appearance of the house, which we never received before – even though we’ve only changed the steps! I’m

glad I Googled. Thanks Trevor!” A set of stone steps are normally installed in one or two days but will last a lifetime and if they are visible from the road then they are visible by the whole world! It may just be worth going on Google Street view to take a look (, and if improvements are needed, ring Trevor at the Natural Stone Company! For more information contact Trevor Alexander on 01483 211311, email info@naturalstonecompany. or visit website at www.


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ood is the first choice for many when it comes to flooring. It has a timeless appeal, is easy to clean and is available in an abundant choice of styles, designs, colours and species. But with lots of different products of varying quality on the market, it pays to buy from an established, specialist supplier with a good reputation. Founded 21 years ago, The Natural Wood Floor Company is a family owned and run business which has grown to become one of the leading wood flooring manufacturers and suppliers in Europe. Run by three brothers, the company now employs over

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450 staff at its warehouse in Wandsworth, London and their manufacturing centre in Europe. With over 20,000 square meters of wood in stock, covering 140 different types of flooring, The Natural Wood Floor Company offers flooring to suit all tastes, budgets and designs. The extensive range of flooring includes engineered, solid wood, parquet woodblock and pre-finished. The Natural Wood Floor Company also manufactures an impressive range of pre-oiled and pre-lacquered engineered oak wood flooring in the key colours for 2012; Silver White, Silver Grey, Pure White, White and Charcoal

The Natural Wood Floor Company, 20 Smugglers Way, Wandsworth, London, SW18 1EQ 020 8871 9771,

Wash. The pale colours help to highlight the natural beauty of the wood, as the specialist finishing process emphasises the wood’s distinctive grain patterns. Antique floors are another popular option. The Natural Wood Floor Company manufactures two products to create this look. Solid wood Aged Oak Parquet Woodblocks are ‘aged’ using a specialist distressing technique, while the Engineered Oak Antique Pre-lacquered Boards are lightly brushed and then finished with a coloured lacquer to give the wood a rich patina. The Natural Wood Floor Company also manufactures a range of wooden worktops, solid wood mouldings, step kits and kitchen chopping boards. They also offer a selection of exterior decking. With ecological issues high on their agenda, The Natural Wood Floor Company follows the replant and recycle principle. The company believes that using wood from sustainable sources is essential for the replenishment and protection of forests for the future. All of their wood is selected from both farmed and managed natural forests, which have long-term replanting procedures in place to ensure that there is a healthy crop of wood for the future. Finding the best wooden floor for your home has just become a whole lot easier, thanks to the company’s new redesigned website. With a new clear, stylish design, the re-launched site offers everything from inspirational pictures to expert advice. email INNER 070111 LONDON Jan i31.indd 83

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or over 40 years the Emporium has been a popular destination for those in search of antique and vintage treasures from the 18th Century to the present. But how many locals realise that Hampstead is home to one of London’s last remaining indoor antique markets? Tucked behind one of Hampstead’s most picturesque turnings, just off Heath Street and Perrin’s Court, the Emporium is an intriguing labyrinth of over 20 specialists offering Georgian, Victorian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, MidCentury and Contemporary finds. Serious collectors and those searching for gifts or home accessories will be spoilt for choice. Where else could you find such a mind boggling range of antique and handcrafted artefacts from pearls to porcelain, dolls to door handles, paintings to pepper pots or tea sets to tiaras? Long-established shops include silver gift specialist Hammond Leigh – great for weddings, christenings and anniversaries; Antium

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10.30am-5.30pm, Sat 10.00am-6.00pm, Sunday 10.30am-5.30pm ✱ Where: Hampstead Antique & Craft Emporium, 12 Heath Street, London NW3 6TE         (may also be accessed from Perrin’s Court)  ✱ Tel: 020 7794 3297 ✱ www.hampsteadantique

Antiques, a haven for enthusiasts of all things Art Deco including lighting, clocks, jewellery, perfume bottles and glass plus Edwardian furniture; The Button Lady for unusual buttons and scarves plus Treasure which offers beautiful and original bespoke jewellery, a repair service and gifts. Capricorn is known for its fine small furniture,

tea sets and crystal while The Antique Textiles Company is a must for exquisite antique quilts and textiles dating from as early as 1780 up to the 1930s. Another hugely popular shop is London Dolls’ Houses & Toys, a wonderful collection of dolls’ houses, miniatures and antique dolls which continues to delight collectors and children alike. In recent times new dealers

have increased the variety of quality items on offer. Jewellery lovers will be enthralled by the selection of fine period and vintage pieces at Minoo (M & A Kaae Jewellery) and Maryam. With Mid-Century style currently all the rage, head to The Modernist (1930 – 1970) for vintage George Jensen and other Scandinavian and American silver jewellery designers.   Browse through a fabulous mix of period and vintage collectables, including antique silver, china, mirrors, porcelain, ceramics, glass and brass plus costume jewellery and accessories at Jean, Natasha Johnson, Malcolm Davey and Sarah De Normanville. For a more contemporary look, visit Camilla Del Maestro’s sparkling array of handmade jewellery featuring semiprecious gems for inspiring avant- garde designs. For quality, cotton nightwear seek out Andrea Dreamtime.  Not just a feast for the eyes, the Emporium is also home to Tania’s waffles and coffee! The dealers here are knowledgeable and friendly which makes a visit to the Emporium an interesting and welcoming experience.   Happy hunting!

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A French Life W

hilst authentic French furniture is very distinctive, reproduction pieces have flooded the market in recent years. The thirst for all things French has led to many companies re-creating French beds, armoires and buffets. These pieces, which capture the essence of French style, are often not as well made as the originals and tend to devalue over the years. But not at A French Life they travel right across France sourcing stock for their successful shops. It began says Shabina “with a desire to get herself off the treadmill that had become her life” I wanted myself and our 4 children to get back to basics and to start appreciating the

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very ordinary things around us. Whether that was having big family meals with all invited. Or to not feel like we had to keep up with the Jones. Also, not be so quick in replacing things that had many a good year left in them. From this came the love for all things French. They personally source their stock from all over France. Over time they have built relationships with many, 53 Richmond Road , Kingston Upon Thames , kt2 5bp 020 8546 6771 Kingston Antique Center, Old London Road, Kingston Upon Thames, kt1 563 -565 Battersea Park Road , Battersea , sw11 3bl 020 7223 7489

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raeme Thirde is rapidly carving himself a reputation as a rising star in the world of garden design. He started his working life as an Army Officer and having served for nine years, during which he was deployed on several overseas tours of duty, he decided to hang up his uniform and steer his career in a different direction. Why Garden design? His Grandfather was a keen horticulturalist and Graeme has many fond childhood memories of time spent in his Grandfather’s garden looking for the hidden treasures of fresh peas, raspberries or strawberries. He has always been interested in plants, good

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Graeme has many fond childhood memories of time spent in his Grandfather’s garden looking for the hidden treasures design and working outdoors, and it was while planning and developing his own garden that he became set upon the idea of combining these interests and training as a Garden Designer. After extensive research Graeme decided to apply to study at the London College of Garden Design under the expert tutelage of Andrew Wilson, Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Mark Gregory. Having been accepted on the course he fully immersed himself in

the world of garden design. Going back to study was harder than Graeme anticipated but his passion for horticulture was galvanised and he graduated with Merit. After an internship with Marcus Barnet he set up his own design practice and is now expanding his portfolio of works. He recently won a competition to design a garden at this year’s BBC Gardeners’ World Live Show, at the NEC in Birmingham which will

provide a fantastic opportunity to showcase his design skills to a wide audience. It is his first foray into the discipline of show gardens; and will act as good preparation for entering a show garden into the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Inspiration? Graeme draws inspiration for his designs from many different things. From sculpture and other works of art, to the natural landscape he tries to keep his designs relatively simple and uncluttered while ensuring that the plants are the focus. He says “The key for me is understanding the client and translating their thoughts into a design that not only gives them an aesthetically pleasing garden, but also a practical and useable outdoor space.” His designs start with the structural elements which act as a framework for the softer elements of the garden. The ratio of the different elements within the garden is also important, “Having the correct balance is key to creating a successful design”. To see Graeme’s garden at the BBC Gardeners’ World Live Show tickets are still available and the show runs from the 13th to 17th of June.

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he alarm goes off just before 5am on a typical flying day. It’s still dark outside and the April showers are in full flow. Dr Dominik Krzanicki, one of London’s Air Ambulance full time doctors is preparing for another day as part of the only roadside trauma team in the Capital. A quick breakfast is followed by a 9 mile cycle across the city to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel. Dr. Krzanicki’s next hour is busy when the medical team prepare all of the lifesaving equipment including blood, anaesthetic drugs and surgical equipment to equip the helicopter and rapid response car for the next 24 hours. This single London’s Air Ambulance team is on call 24/7 for the 10 million people who live and work within the M25. The whole duty team (two firefighters, two pilots, a doctor and a paramedic) are joined by medical students and medical observers for the morning briefing, when the quiet is harshly interrupted by the klaxon - the team are about to be dispatched. 128 m ay 2 0 1 2


Three minutes later the aircraft lifts off the helipad and, with special priority over all other air traffic, proceeds directly to the scene. A five minute flight sees the aircraft circling over the incident and the team can clearly see that a pedestrian has been it by a lorry. Two London Ambulance Service paramedics are already at the scene. Just two minutes later, having touched down in anearby road junction, with the doctor confirming: “Medic 1on-scene.” An all too common scenario greets them, the lady is critically injured;

An all to common scenario greets them, the pedestrian has been hit by a lorry

unconscious with chest injuries, a collapsed lung, a fractured pelvis andsignificant hand injuries. The team also suspect she is bleeding into her abdomen. They phone ahead to the emergency department at the Royal London Hospital anddeclare ‘Code Red’. - the patient is critical, and the hospital needs to be ready. At the scene, the patient is given an emergency anaesthetic, two units of blood and her collapsed lung is re inflated with a surgical procedure. The patient is loaded on to the helicopter and the team lift off from scene. Five minutes later the aircraft is back at the Royal London hospital and the patient is transferred to the care of the waiting trauma team. Within minutes of the helicopter landing, the patient is undergoing surgery in the operating theatre. By this time, the London’s Air Ambulance team are back on the 17th floor, ready for their next mission. They attended four more missions that day, including a child who was seriously injured. At 7pm the helicopter leaves the helipad for the final time that day and the night team take over in a rapid-response car. Busy

as it sounds, this is a fairly typical for London’s Air Ambulance. What is shocking is that this life-saving service is a charity which relies heavily on donations from the public and corporate sponsorship. Treating around 2000 seriously injured patients a year and able to reach anywhere within the M25 in just eleven minutes London’s Air Ambulance is an invaluable asset to the Capital. The service is widely regarded as the world-leading prehospital trauma service. The highly skilled team are able to deliver intensive care at the roadside, are uniquely placed as the only UK air ambulance to carry blood and have an unrivalled experience in treating the seriously injured. If you would like to donate to the Charity, get involved in events, volunteer, join the lottery or hear about corporate support, please visit, email or call 020 7943 1302.

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Urban Retreat is the magical emporium acknowledged by many as the ultimate destination for beauty. Their prime location atop the worlds’ most famous department store, Harrods, covers 20,000ft of beauty heaven combining the talents of the industry’s top therapists with the finest salon brands. Together with their other locations across the UK and their luxury online beauty portal The Urban Retreat Beautique, they aim to provide the most innovative techniques, progressive therapies and newest products on the market, whilst maintaining an enduring devotion to tradition. Last year, to celebrate their tenth year at the forefront of the country’s beauty industry, they launched the innovative Urban Retreat at Home, offering everybody the opportunity to experience their professional standard of treatments and customer service without having to leave the house. Urban Retreat at Home brings the indulgent experience of a trip to a glamorous spa to you, wherever you are. Whether you’d like to make your party extra special, treat the staff at work, wow clients, or have an afternoon of indulgence at home the team transform any space into

a beauty haven. From your highly trained therapist, to the personal welcome pack complete with gown and slippers; from scented teas to a choice of background music playlists; from fragrant room sprays to set the scene, to professional and considered advice. Urban Retreat at Home has thought of every detail to transform your treatment into a total beauty experience. The Urban Retreat at Home professionals are trained in a full range of pampering, beautifying and invigorating treatments. If you are pushed for time and need help getting ready for a party, an immaculate manicure and a glamorous golden tan will ensure you are the centre of attention. Or perhaps you need a sculpting treatment and a wax before you jet off on holiday for a little added bikini confidence. Alternatively, if you just need time out, they can help you escape everyday life by creating a blissful spa atmosphere in your favourite room and treat you to a heavenly massage or aromatherapeutic body treatment. If you need some help in deciding which treatment to choose, there are also seven different luxury packages available offering ready-made pampering. For the whole of June the Urban Retreat at Home team are celebrating the Queen’s 60 years on the throne with a special Jubilee Tea Party package…Enjoy 3 hours of pampering for up to 6 people for £175 (£237.50 if you live in Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster or the City of London). The party includes a manicure and massage for every guest, a bottle of bubbly, cupcakes, a choice of teas and a goody bag for the host. For parties of more than 6 people, call the team to have the party designed to fit your needs. We know what we’ll be doing this June long weekend!

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JOHN LEWIS OXFORD J STREET BEAUTY HALL gets a multi-million pound makeover for 2012

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ohn Lewis Oxford Street launches revamped Beauty Hall in time for London 2012 John Lewis celebrated the relaunch of the Beauty Hall at its flagship department store in Oxford Street on 8th May, unveiling the results of a £7.8m spend ahead of London 2012. The Beauty Hall has been expanded by 40% to 19,000 sq ft to house 24 new beauty brands including Jo Malone, Topshop and Burberry; and will become one of the highest turnover beauty halls in the world. The unveiling of the Beauty Hall is the result of four months of work to the ground floor of John Lewis Oxford Street, which will culminate in the revamp of the menswear department in July - increasing in size by 2,000 sq ft to 17,000sq ft with a sleek and modern design. Brands and celebrities attended the event including Alice Temperley, Charlotte Tilbury, Lisa Butcher, Laura Bailey, Lisa Snowdon, Grace Woodward and Tara Palmer-Tomkinson. Designed by gpstudio, the new Beauty Hall concept is based on the idea of a Town Square, where all the premium cosmetics brands including Chanel, Dior, Crème de la Mer and Jo

Malone are positioned like ‘houses’ around a central area focused on fragrance and niche assortments such as haircare, skincare, and nails. The revamped ground floor Beauty Hall will make John Lewis Oxford Street a major national and international beauty destination and put the department store firmly on the map with visitors who come to London this summer. Simon Fowler, managing director, John Lewis Oxford Street said: “The multimillion pound facelift of the Beauty Hall in John Lewis Oxford Street marks the first step in our preparations for the London 2012 Games and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee the month before. “The investment underscores our commitment to making John Lewis Oxford Street the must-visit destination

the new ‘Town Square for Beauty’ will also include a Jo Malone shop for those coming to the capital this summer.” Famous for its rich heritage and royal warrant status, John Lewis Oxford Street is home to some of the best British beauty brands, including Liz Earle, Miller Harris and Molton Brown as well as leading international brands and exclusive ranges. Amanda Scott, head of buying for beauty, John Lewis said: “The launch of our revamped Oxford Street Beauty Hall is a key part of our vision for beauty which is a major growth category for John Lewis. The facelift allows us to express ourselves as an authority on beauty and skincare and engage our customers in a more emotional and inspiring experience.”

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r Ariel Haus is a leader in the use of Carboxytherapy both in London and Rio de Janeiro at his clinics. His most sought after treatment request has been for the treatment of dark under-eye circles also known as ‘bags’ under the eyes and Dr Haus sees this as the ideal treatment for an overworked city like London where looking good counts. A very minimally-invasive treatment which is safe and fast and can be done in around 5 minutes, the treatment of dark undereye circles will showcase a profound improvement in the skin texture and contour as the majority of dark under-eye circles are caused by poor circulation beneath the lower eyelids. Rejuvenating this area with Carboxytherapy is an excellent way to bid farewell to those undesired dark circles/bags. Dr Ariel Haus injects a small amount of carbon dioxide gas just beneath the skin of the lower eyelid; this is virtually painless and risk-free. Around 2-4 treatments are needed and in some cases 6 all spaced one week apart. The results following the injections are that circulation increases and dark under-eye circles improve and most look to have completely disappeared. Carboxytherapy dates back to the 1930s and by using

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this additional carbon dioxide the body recovers from poor blood flow and in turn the body reacts by increasing the oxygen flow to the target area (in this case under-eye circles). Furthermore Carboxytherapy increases collagen formation in the skin by giving it a more youthful appearance. Dr Ariel Haus is registered as a medical practitioner in Brazil, the United Kingdom and Portugal. The specific noninvasive cosmetic treatments that Dr. Haus offers are: • Skin peels to remove the effects of sun damage and also to rejuvenate the skin • Treatments to address

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The london Smile Kings Road Dental Clinic is located, in the heart of Chelsea, on this most iconic of London’s streets, and has served the local community for almost 3 decades. This idyllic dental practice, easily recognisable with its distinctive pink front door, we felt it would be a perfect fit into the Harley Street Dental Group, which provides dental excellence across London. By introducing our highly trained, expert Harley Street dentists and specialists, we are very excited to be rejuvenating an already respected practice, whilst retaining all it’s charm and elegance. Taking care of your smile is as important as the experts who provide the necessary high quality treatment. We have assembled the leading experts in their field to provide complimentary services ensuring they seamlessly blends into each other for your comfort and convenience The Team

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services with a particular interest in smile enhancement and improvement using the most gentle and minimal techniques possible. Chris has participated in a number of extended training programs in aesthetic and restorative dentistry since qualifying from Sheffield University in 1997 and is a full member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies and the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry where he is a serving committee member. Chris has spent a number of years in private practice and focuses primarily on aesthetic and restorative dentistry as well as some orthodontic systems. Dr Ilias Marinopoulos - Specialist Orthodontist DDS, Msc (Gothenburg, Sweden) - (GDC: 101601) Dr Ilias Marinopoulos is an integral member of the dental team at Kings Road Dental Clinic, maintaining his philosophies of innovation, precision and beauty that have become synonymous with the clinic. His learning at the Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece Dental School and his following undertaken work

to cover all your treatment needs, from tooth alignment to whitening, our patients receive courteous and personal attention you would expect from an esteemed practice. Let us help you discover what a truly beautiful smile can look like. A very common problem we are asked to help with are small or ‘gappy’ teeth. Our patient had her smile wonderfully restored using Enlighten tooth whitening and E-max porcelain veneers Invisalign: before & after

Smile Makeover: before & after

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Invisalign is among the foremost orthodontic treatments available today, able to produce incredible results without anyone being able to notice you are wearing braces. Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners to gradually guide the teeth into position. It provides an innovative solution for people who want straighter teeth but become worried about wearing bulky, unsightly appearance of normal braces. The Invisalign system creates straight, attractive smiles without the need for any painful metal brackets and wires. Unlike conventional orthodontic treatments Invisalign does not use braces – instead the patient wears a series of clear plastic aligners, which are designed to be invisible and provide maximum comfort and flexibility for the individual. The aligners can be removed to eat, drink and clean your teeth.    Teeth whitening

Tooth whitening treatments have seen a rise in popularity over the last decade and it comes as no surprise to the team at Kings Road Dental Clinic. This remarkable treatment can give both your smile and confidence a boost through affordable and effective treatment. Kings Road Dental Clinic offers the most effective and innovative whitening treatments in the current market, including: Zoom! Enlighten

in a military hospital for three years, was just the beginning of what has been a comprehensive and advancing career. Following this high-profile entry into the world of dentistry, Ilias continued his education at The Royal University of Aarhus, Denmark - one of the leading dental universities in the world in adult orthodontics. This was a pivotal point in his development as he gained expertise in the restoration of the most complex and challenging orthodontic cases. Still feeling that he could refine his skills even further, Ilias reached the level of orthodontic specialist in Sweden. He underwent his specialist registrar training in the University of Gothenurg, Sahlgrenska Academy and qualified for his speciality studies and his MSc degree with distinction. Using the latest and most comfortable invisible systems in the world, Ilias can transform even the most difficult cases and has achieved international recognition for his talents.

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The teeth’s natural whiteness can become faded over time and this can make your smile look dull and unhealthy. Drinking tea, coffee and smoking are another factor that can result in teeth becoming discoloured. Whitening treatments work quickly and give the teeth a healthy glow, which will make you look and feel great.  Our patient had a smile makeover for her wedding day. We carried out Invisalign to first straighten her teeth, followed by Enlighten Teeth whitening, conservative aesthetic bonding and cosmetic recontouring. This type of conservative makeover, which enhances her natural beauty with almost no loss of tooth structure at all, is affectionately termed a ‘London’ smile makeover –Alignment, Bleaching, Bonding, Contouring (ABBC). She was delighted with the results.  It’s time to treat yourself contact us regarding our range of treatments and latest offers. King’s Road Dental Clinic, 295 King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 5EP Telephone: 020 7351 1685, Email: Part of The Harley Street Dental Group

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Detox In The City


eplace meals for 3 days with spa treatments and the Lemon Detox Formula and the next 2 days with use of spa facilities and the Lemon Detox Formula DAY 1 Breakfast & Dinner at Spa which are actually spa treatments with the Lemon Detox formula throughout the day DAY 2 Lunch at the Spa which is a spa treatment along with the Lemon Detox formula DAY 3 Use of spa facilities and one treatment for Dinner with the Lemon Detox formula Madonna, Beyonce, Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi Campbell, Shakira are all regular users of the Lemon Detox and they regularly indulge in spa treatments

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designed to enhance the detox process. With summer on the horizon and thoughts turning to beaches and pools a detox may be in order. But with busy city lives it can be difficult to focus on a detox, which is why the Dolphin Square Spa in central London has unveiled unique new packages with the Lemon Detox. The overall objective is to eliminate wastes and toxins while simultaneously shedding unwanted pounds in a manageable environment. For those on the go, the first few days of any detox may prove the most challenging

dolphin sQuare spa, london unVeils uniQue ciTy day spa deTox packaGes & oVerniGhT ciTy spa deTox packaGes during which time the body starts to eliminate toxins. The lack of food is substituted by detoxers enjoying either 2 or 3 spa treatments during usual meal times combined with the Lemon Detox formula. For those opting to detox whilst maintaining day-to-day activity the Day Spa packages are ideal. Detoxers start the day (breakfast) at the Dolphin Square Spa by enjoying their first Lemon Detox formula tasting and speaking with a therapist. This is then followed by a Rhassoul. Detoxers then return for what would be lunch and enjoy a bespoke massage whilst enjoying an additional Lemon Detox formula drink. To end the day (dinner), guests return for a final treatment of a prescriptive facial. Whilst it may not be possible to

get away at lunchtime, two treatments can be enjoyed instead of all three whilst the Lemon Detox formula can be consumed throughout the day as and when needed. The above package can also be spread throughout the working week specifically over three days as detoxers commence a five day or longer detox. This package is priced £114.00 per person with the Rhassoul and Massage or Facial

or £183.00 per person for all three treatments and includes a litre tin of the Lemon Detox and a book on the detox. For detoxers wishing to remain in the city but stay within close proximity to the spa, a selection of luxury serviced apartments located inside Dolphin Square adjoined to the spa are available. Here detoxers can enjoy luxury accommodation whilst embarking on a 1 night or 2 night package, with spa treatments on offer each day. The benefits of the Lemon Detox are extensive and include a Cleansed body and mind and Weight loss whilst the detox also offers users an improved complexion along with Thicker & shinier hair. The Dolphin Spa is inspired by the essence of Morocco, the spa is a fusion of ancient therapies and contemporary spa philosophies centred around four core principles; cleansing & purifying, relaxation & balance, wellness & integrated health, prescriptive maintenance & repair. Visitors to the spa can enjoy a Hammam Ritual, Rhassoul Ritual and an extensive selection of other treatments. Whether you’re working or looking to take a break, there really is no excuse to not detox in the city and get ready for summer. Dolphin Square, Chichester Street, London, SW1V 3LX, 020 7798 6767

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hen it comes to looking for a place for your next holiday, there can be few better than the stunning Monte da Quinta resort in the heart of Portugal’s Algarve. Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Ria Formosa Natural Park, the luxurious venue is situated on the prestigious 2,000-acre Quinta do Lago estate which has long held a reputation for providing the best that the region has to offer. Whether it’s a golfing break, ‘girly’ weekend or family holiday, Monte da Quinta

is the ideal destination with first-class facilities throughout. The resort comprises a range of 132 impressive town houses, suites and villas and includes a choice of one, two and three-bedroom layouts, each providing a tranquil, spacious environment for guests to enjoy during their stay. All townhouses and villas come with private pools and Quinta do Lago’s extensive leisure facilities guarantee there is plenty to keep everyone occupied. Tennis, water sports and horse riding are just some of the activities available

under the Algarve sun while guided tours of the Ria Formosa nature reserve are available by boat or on foot. The estate also boasts three of Portugal’s top golf courses – with preferential rates available to Monte da Quinta guests – in the renowned Quinta do Lago North and South courses as well as the much-heralded new Laranjal layout – named best golf course at the 2011 Portuguese Travel Awards. But if guests prefer to be pampered on holiday, fear not, Monte da Quinta’s Magnolia Spa will ensure that’s exactly what they get. Offering a full range of treatments, the luxurious complex is a tranquil retreat with a Turkish bath, heated indoor treatment pools and a host of therapeutic showers among the array of facilities available.

Once fully reinvigorated, guests can venture into the fully equipped fitness centre and enjoy a session with the resort’s personal trainer. Parents might be thinking all of this is impossible to experience on a family holiday, but not with Monte da Quinta’s Kids’ World dedicated to catering for children from six months to 12-years old. With fully trained, experienced staff on hand and no advance booking necessary, kids can spend a day enjoying all the fun and games on offer without mum and dad having to worry. And the family barbeques in the evening mean they’re entertained all day long – or guests preferring a romantic meal for two can take advantage of the personal baby-sitting service.

For further information, or to book a stay call 00 351 289 000 300, email or go to

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