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THE LONDON POLO CLUB The London Polo Club is once again gearing up for the exciting summer season. 2013 is looking to be a busy year with several new fixtures.




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Welcome to our April issue... The historic Ham Polo Club is once again gearing up for the summer season. 2013 is looking to be a busy year with several new fixtures. This year will see the return of the home edition of the Ham versus Cowdray Park games, a fantastic match with a huge amount of rivalry between the two clubs. Also particularly worth looking out for is the Access Bank high goal day in June, the worlds greatest polo player Adolfo Cambiaso will be on the field with his team mates dazzling the crowd with their playing skills.

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Nowhere 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 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by M&G Investments, is back and is celebrating its centenary year in a spectacular show brimming with colour and creativity. Oxford put in a dominant performance to claim the 159th BNY Mellon Boat Race ahead of rivals Cambridge. Oxford University’s Blue boat jumped out to an immediate lead and held it throughout to win the 159th Boat Race, winning a sabotage-free Boat Race by a length and a half, constantly challenged but never beaten by a courageous Cambridge crew. With an estimated 250,000 people lining the banks of the River Thames in freezing conditions, the heavier Oxford crew featuring two Olympians from the 2012 London Games never trailed on the 6.8-kilometre course. This gives you just a small taste of exciting events & articles featured in this month’s issue...


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The life and work of actor Sir Michael Caine is to be celebrated in a new exhibition at the Museum of London. The free exhibition, Michael Caine, featuring a number of photographs, portraits and film clips, to coincide with the iconic Londoner’s 80th birthday this month.



n display will be family photographs, iconic portraits by David Bailey and Terry O’Neill, and a selection of film and audio footage from some of his best-loved movies including Alfie, The Italian Job, Get Carter, Educating Rita and Hannah and Her Sisters. The exhibition traces Sir Michael’s life from Cockney rebel, through to Hollywood legend and inspirational Londoner. Born Maurice Micklewhite in Rotherhithe, South East London, and son of a Billingsgate Fish Market porter, Michael Caine worked hard to achieve his dream of becoming a Hollywood actor. After making his film debut in A Hill In Korea (1956), Sir Michael received his big break in the 1964 film Zulu. He has now featured in over 100 films, at least one almost every year from 1956 to the present day. June 2013 sees the release of his latest film Now You See Me, with Sir Michael starring alongside Morgan Freeman and Jesse Eisenberg. Beverley Cook, Museum of London curator, said: “Sir Michael Caine is one of London’s most loved and recognisable characters. He was the first actor to bring an authentic London accent to the big screen, and although Hollywood success made him an international star, he remains inextricably linked to his London roots. This exhibition will celebrate how the city influenced both Caine’s life and his career.” Commenting on the new exhibition, Sir Michael Caine said, “I think the Museum is great for London, and I am so proud to be included.”

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To complement the exhibition, the Museum of London Docklands is running Caine on Screen, a series of free films voted for by the public. Whether it’s The Ipcress File or Harry Brown, Alfie or Little Voice, fans can vote for their favourite Michael Caine movie with the top four films receiving a free public screening each month from April to July – the winning films will be announced with a full schedule in late March. Caine on screen… Alfie? Get Carter? Educating Rita? Vote for your favourite Michael Caine film online and see the top four films for free at monthly screenings. Visit MichaelCaine for details. The winning films will be announced and the final schedule available after 20th March.

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“RUSSIAN” PURDEY Presented To British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan By Russian President Krushchev WEDNESDAY, 17th APRIL 2013 - SOTHEBY’S, 34-35 NEW BOND STREET, W1


avin Gardiner Ltd’s first auction of 2013 of Fine Modern and Vintage Sporting Guns and Rifles will include a historically and internationally significant rare “Russian” Purdey, that was presented to British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan by Russian President Nikita Krushchev on the occasion of MacMillan’s Historic 1959 State Visit to Russia one of the key points in the Cold War. Remaining in a new unfired condition and with presentation inscription in a gold plaque, the 12-bore gun that was made to Purdey specifications by the Tula State Armoury is expected to sell for between £20,000 and £30,000. As Gavin Gardiner explained: “The gun was presented to Prime Minister Harold Macmillan by Nikita Krushchev during the historic 1959 visit to Moscow at the height of the Cold War. It is of superb quality and is exquisitely finished with a presentation gold plaque set in to the stock, and it remains unused in its original presentation case. It has remained in the family ever since. “During a period of extreme tension between the East and the West, the visit was remarkable as it was the first visit of a major Western leader to the USSR since the Second World War. Harold Macmillan was committed to curbing the arms race and played a major role in negotiating the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty of 1963, the first important treaty signed between the US, USSR and Britain since the end of the war.”We are delighted to be offering this rare and historic

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piece in our forthcoming auction at Sotheby’s in London, and anticipate a great deal of interest from all around the world.” Also included in Gavin Gardiner’s April sale will be a good selection of fine English and European sporting guns by makers such as Purdey, Holland & Holland and Boss & Co. An exceptional pair of recently completed English over and under guns by London-maker Charles Lancaster, carry an estimate of £35,000-£45,000, while a fine pair of Boss 12-bore assisted opening sidelock ejector guns also carry an estimate of £35,000 - £45,000 and a fine pair of 12-bore self-opening sidelock ejector guns by J. Purdey & Sons estimated at £18,000 - £24,000. The European Guns include a scarce 12-bore single trigger sidelock ejector over and under gun by the renowned Italian master, Ivo Fabbri. Estimated at £25,000-£35,000, the gun is exceptionally well-finished and engraved, and also comprises two further pairs of barrels in its original case. For further information please contact 01798 875300 or 07831 645551 or visit You can follow Gavin Gardiner on Twitter @GavinGardiner




LONDON’S MILLIONAIRE PROPERTY BOOM Sales of multi-million pound properties offering home comforts such as private spas and wine cellars rose a “staggering” 71% in the final three months of 2012, according to Land Registry figures.


ritain may have taken one step towards a possible triple-dip recession during that period, but the market for properties priced between £2m and £5m in England and Wales boomed. A total of 448 properties with a £2m-£5m price tag were sold during the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with 262 during the same period in 2011, according to analysis of Land Registry data by residential property specialist London Central Portfolio. Sales of “super prime” homes in Central London, costing in excess of £10m, proved similarly robust, rising tenfold as wealthy European, Russian, Chinese and Arab buyers continued to view the capital’s property market as a “safe haven” for their money. The most expensive property to change hands during the final three months of last year was a home in Farm Street, Mayfair, which fetched more than £28.1million. Wealthy buyers also snapped up properties in exclusive developments such as One Hyde Park, the residential project launched in 2011 by the colourful Candy brothers, offering homeowners with deep pockets features such as eel-skin decorated walls, a panic room and homecooked meals from a team of award-winning chefs. One half of the property development duo, Nick Candy, has retained a penthouse at One Hyde Park with his celebrity wife, the singer and actress Holly Valance. KENSINGTON PALACE GARDENS

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Average prices in prime areas of Central London, including Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, rose 14.1% to end 2012 at £1,359,739, according to the LCP research. However, Naomi Heaton, chief executive of LCP, said average prices reported by the Land Registry may have been inflated by the number of buyers now using their own names to purchase properties, rather than using a taxefficient corporate vehicle. Using a corporate structure to buy a property has become less attractive following a crackdown by George Osborne, the Chancellor, during last year’s Budget. The Chancellor introduced a 15% stamp duty for individuals buying through a corporate vehicle. Ms Heaton pointed out that properties wrapped in a corporate vehicle and sold as a company do not appear on the Land Registry. Therefore, an increase in the number of people who have chosen to buy in their own names has had an inflationary effect on average prices, according to Land Registry data. The boom in £2m-£5m properties comes despite an increase in stamp duty, from 5% to 7%, in last year’s Budget. The rise initially sparked a fall in the number of transactions in this price category, with sales in the third quarter dropping by almost 30% year-on-year, before recovering. BELGRAVIA






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anish the winter blues and look forward to the summer months for rejuvenating your home, garden and holiday wardrobe. Discover the best of Britain’s newest creative brands and established talent at the Spirit of Summer Fair, in association with House & Garden. A stunning collection of handpicked boutiques offering unique and beautiful designs from stylish interior and garden decorations to striking fashion accessories and gorgeous children’s clothing. Returning to Olympia, London, it’s the ultimate day out to experience the pure luxury of alfresco dining, gourmet picnic ideas, the latest fashion trends for resort/swimwear and creative tips to enhance your interior and garden spaces. Sample summer delicacies from the food and wine connoisseurs on offer in The Food Hall and discover gastronomic delights from some of Britain’s best artisan producers. For a stylish dining experience like no other, visit Mosimann’s Summer Restaurant, offering the finest summer cuisine and a beautifully presented afternoon tea experience. Embrace the summer at the Champagne and Pimms Bar serving up Britain’s tip-top favourite cocktail with chilled lemonade, mint, cucumber and refreshing strawberry. This year’s Fair sees a new injection of interiors inspiration in the form of five inspiring design features including indoor room sets and an outdoor city garden feature. Produced by leading brands such as Osborne & Little, India Jane, Clifton Nurseries, Wawa and Sanderson Home, each feature is designed to captivate your imagination, inspiring fresh design ideas and distinct looks for 2013.

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Styling your home is at the heart of the Fairs premise, with the help of the interior and garden theatre plus the Summer Living Workshops presenting the best line up of industry experts including Florist at the Dorchester, Master Chocolatier Paul.A.Young, Nina Campbell, Pret á Vivre and interior designer Matteo Bianchi. In addition to an unrivalled collection of hard to find interior brands and boutiques the Fair presents a mix of fashion accessories and summer gifts. Make a day of it and enjoy the home of stylish living at the Spirit of Summer Fair.

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‘Pre-nups’ and the ‘seven year itch’ Margaret Kelly, family lawyer at Slater & Gordon, discusses whether a ‘pre-nup’ is for you. “There are lies, damned lies and statistics”. Whether it was Mark Twain, Benjamin Disraeli or some other luminary who coined this phrase, it has often been used when trying to justify a weak argument with some helpful numbers. A new report by the Marriage Foundation follows a study of the divorce rate over the past forty or so years. Its findings are that roughly 39% of couples marrying today can expect to go through a divorce. It also shows that the greatest risk period for that divorce is during the first ten years of the marriage. The dangerous period within those ten years is generally between the first four and seven years. What does this say about the infamous ’sevenyear itch‘? Well, perhaps that it’s an overhyped phenomenon that is little more than a myth and a victim of statistical spin. What does, however, seem clear is that if a marriage can survive for ten years or more there is a significantly higher chance of its overall survival. So if marriages are likely to fail in the early years what can couples do to minimise the pain of separation and divorce? The law governing financial provision on divorce celebrates is fortieth anniversary this year. There is no immediate sign that the law itself is to be reformed. Given the enormous social changes which have taken place since 1973, it is something of a surprise that successive Governments have failed 16 APRIL2013

to update the law to bring it in line with current attitudes and conventions. One proposed change, which has received much publicity in recent years, is the legalisation of the prenuptial agreement. Whilst the concept of the ‘pre-nup’ is nothing new, there have been moves to increase its importance and relevance. In recent times, our highest courts have been asked to consider in what circumstances the ‘pre-nup’ can be followed in English law. The current view is that, whilst not legally binding, it should be followed in circumstances where: he proposed arrangements T are fair to both parties. Both have provided full disclosure of their respective financial positions to each other. Both parties have had the benefit of independent legal advice. The agreement has been finalised well in advance of the marriage. However, the law relating to financial provision on divorce relies on achieving a fair outcome. And what may be fair before a couple marry, may no longer seem so even shortly after the marriage. The arrival of children and related potential changes to career prospects may leave one party in a much weaker position than they had originally thought. So the prenuptial agreement should be re-visited and revised as circumstances change and time moves on. It thus morphs from ‘pre-nup’ to ’post-nup‘.

A word of caution though. Prenuptial agreements are not suitable for everyone. For the majority who marry young and have not yet generated any significant wealth, a prenuptial agreement is little more than an expensive and unnecessary waste of time. They also rank very low on the romance scale! But, for people with significant assets to protect, a prenuptial agreement can be very useful. Such people may come from wealthy families who want to protect that family wealth or, alternatively, have generated their own wealth (the obvious example being the superstar premier league footballer). A further category covers those who marry later in life or for the second or even third time. In such cases, people may well wish to ensure that there is a degree of protection for the assets that they have generated prior to a marriage and which they bring into their new partnership. Anyone considering whether a prenuptial agreement is right for them should speak to a specialist family lawyer at the earliest possible opportunity. For more information about Slater & Gordon’s family law services, visit To book a free initial consultation, call 0808 175 7901. Slater & Gordon have 10 offices nationwide, and our London office is centrally located in Chancery Lane.


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Oxford put in a dominant performance to claim the 159th BNY Mellon Boat Race ahead of rivals Cambridge


xford University’s Blue boat jumped out to an immediate lead and held it throughout to win the 159th Boat Race, winning a sabotage-free Boat Race by a length and a half, constantly challenged but never beaten by a courageous Cambridge crew. With an estimated 250,000 people lining the banks of the River Thames in freezing conditions, the heavier Oxford crew featuring two Olympians from the 2012 London Games never trailed on the 6.8-kilometre course.

Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE is perhaps the most distinguished oarsman ever to compete in The Boat Race.He was in the Oxford Blue Boat in 1990, 91 & 93, winning twice but was losing President in 1993.In 1992 he missed out on a Blue to take time to win his first Olympic Gold with Steve Redgrave at the Barcelona Olympics.He went on to win 3 more golds, two with Blues; in 2000 with Oxford’s Tim Foster and in 2004 with Oxford’s Ed Coode. In 2011 Pinsent returned to the Boat Race appearing in and winning his first Veterans Race. He was the umpire for the 2013 Boat Race.

Having lost last year’s re-started race, the heavier Oxford crew won the toss, chose the southern Surrey station, and built an immediate lead. The Dark Blues completed victory in 17 minutes 27 seconds, their ninth win in the last 14 editions of the race, to cut Cambridge’s overall lead to 81-77. It followed victories in this year’s reserve and women’s races for Oxford.

Both crews earned themselves warnings from umpire Sir Matthew Pinsent as neither could make a decisive break and interweaving oars came very close to clashing. But Oxford kept solid, their calmness helping them to creep a little further ahead of their opposition. The Mile Post was reached in a time of 3 mins 46 seconds where Cambridge continued to harry Oxford but to no avail as the Dark Blues held a ¾ length lead. Cambridge kept the lead to ¾ length at Harrods and put in a big push to try and counteract the Dark Blues advantage around the long Surrey bend. Reaching Hammersmith Bridge in a time of 6 minutes 51 seconds Oxford fended off the push but still couldn’t make the decisive break.

In bracing conditions, Oxford, who outweighed their opponents by 757.6kg to 736.4kg, never trailed on the 6.8km course, but Cambridge remained in contention with a spirited performance. Both crews boasted Olympians and returning Blues. Oxford’s Constantine Louloudis won Bronze in the GB VIII at London 2012 while in front of him at stroke was another man from the same Olympic final, Malcolm Howard, he won a silver in that one but a Gold in the same event four years earlier. Cambridge’s GB Olympian and President George Nash boasted a Bronze from 2012 while crew mate Milan Bruncivik, the first Czech to race in a Blue Boat rowed at the last two Games. 18 APRIL2013

Passing St. Paul’s, Chiswick Eyot and as far as Chiswick Steps the distance didn’t change but it was here that Oxford cox Oskar Zorilla pressed the accelerator urging Howard in the stroke seat to break Cambridge once and for all. Howard and his crew responded taking their chunky rhythm up two pips to move away from Cambridge along Corney Reach. Oxford now with clear water between


themselves and the Light Blues moved across onto the Middlesex station, washing their opposition down enabling them to cancel out any advantage Cambridge may have had from the bend.

England’s oldest and most prestigious sporting events. With some spectators keeping pace on bicycles along the banks, Oxford found a steady rhythm, the crew raising their arms aloft as they crossed the line.

By Barnes Bridge the Oxford lead was just under two lengths and despite the efforts of Niles Garratt in the Cambridge stroke seat they couldn’t get back on terms, with Oxford’s lead at the finish 1 1/3 lengths in a time of 17 minutes 28 seconds. Crossing under the final bridge after the finish line, Oxford’s rowers gasped for air, splashed and lifted their arms in triumph, with Cambridge slumped in defeat.

The first race was in 1829 and the event has been held annually since 1856, except during World War I and World War II. The course covers a 4.2 mi (6.8 km) stretch of the Thames in West London, from Putney to Mortlake. Members of both teams are traditionally known as blues and each boat as a “Blue Boat”, with Cambridge in light blue and Oxford dark blue. As of 2013 Cambridge have won the race 81 times and Oxford 77 times, with one dead heat.

Afterwards Constantine Louloudis called it “one hell of a race” while Zorilla expressed what most pundits thought, that their “indestructible, devastating rhythm” was decisive. Sean Bowden their coach with his 11th Boat Race win under his belt expressed his pleasure with his crew, especially their technical rowing in the last third of the race. “ Cambridge threw everything they had at us,” said Oxford stroke Malcolm Howard. “There wasn’t a moment when I think they ever gave up. All credit to the way they raced it, this is the hardest race in the world to be down in.” Having accepted the trophy and attended to the team custom of throwing the victorious cox into the freezing water, The Oxford president, Alex Davidson, a loser last year, voiced his delight at his team’s change in fortune. “It’s completely chalk and cheese, it’s such a different feeling,” he said. “I’m very happy with the performance and proud of the result. I’m very proud of the guys. It was so gutting last year, to lose in those circumstances. “It was harder than I thought it was going to be, I wasn’t happy until I could see Oskar’s hands in the air and knew we had done it. It’s such an incredible feeling. I’m so proud of the guys. It’s all been worth it.” The event in south west London passed off without incident, unlike last year when the race was disrupted by a protester who jumped into the water and swam between the crews before an Oxford crew member collapsed in his boat after the finish. “It’s a bit different to last year,” said Oxford six seat Karl Hudspith, who was competing in his third straight race and celebrating his 25th birthday. “A year ago, I was carrying my friend’s body onto a stretcher. This was a real Boat Race.” Royal Marines were stationed in inflatable boats on the river this time to ensure there was no repeat of those extraordinary scenes. This year’s victory cut Cambridge’s overall lead to 81-77 in one of

The course is 4 miles and 374 yards (6.779 km) from Putney to Mortlake, passing Hammersmith and Barnes; it is sometimes referred to as the Championship Course, and follows an S shape, east to west. The start and finish are marked by the University Boat Race Stones on the south bank. The clubs’ presidents toss a coin (the 1829 sovereign) before the race for the right to choose which side of the river (station) they will row on: their decision is based on the day’s weather conditions and how the various bends in the course might favour their crew’s pace. The north station (‘Middlesex’) has the advantage of the first and last bends, and the south (‘Surrey’) station the longer middle bend. During the race the coxes compete for the fastest current, which lies at the deepest part of the river, frequently leading to clashes of blades and warnings from the umpire. A crew that gets a lead of more than a boat’s length can cut in front of their opponent, making it extremely difficult for the trailing crew to gain the lead. For this reason the tactics of the race are generally to go fast early on, and few races have a change of the lead after half-way. The race is rowed upstream, but is timed to start on the incoming flood tide so that the crews are rowing with the fastest possible current. If a strong wind is blowing from the west it will be against the tide in places along the course, causing the water to become very rough. The conditions are sometimes such that an international regatta would be cancelled, but the Boat Race has a tradition of proceeding even in potential sinking conditions. The race is a well-established and popular fixture in the British sporting calendar, with an estimated quarter of a million people watched the race live from the banks of the river and millions on television. APRIL2013 19


Marriott London Sevens invites you on Safari The England Rugby Sevens team is calling fans to join them on Safari and roar them on at this year’s Marriott London Sevens on the 11th-12th May at Twickenham.


ith the HSBC Sevens World Series coming to a close, London promises to be full of drama, action and excitement as the series builds to a spectacular finale. After the hugely successful London 2012 games, Rugby Sevens is now part of the Olympic family and the road to Rio has already started.

spectators in the stands. There is always an incredible atmosphere in London and we can’t wait to play in front of the home crowd.”

Last year’s 70s Disco themed Marriott London Sevens was a glorious weekend of non-stop rugby action, disco moves, wig waving and flying flares. With a record breaking crowd of 103,000 passing through the turnstiles, surpassing the records set at the 2011 event, 2013 promises to be bigger, better and louder!

The Marriott London Sevens pits the finest national sevens sides against each other in the 9th and final round of the HSBC Sevens World Series. National Sevens teams compete for points at each round of the Series and the overall champion is crowned in London based on points accumulated throughout the nine events.

England Sevens Dan Norton is encouraging everyone to join the pack and go wild with this year’s theme: “Safari is a great theme, there are so many fancy dress options and ways to be creative with outfits. I’m looking forward to seeing lots of painted faces and dressed up

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The historic Ham Polo Club is once again gearing up for the summer season. 2013 is looking to be a busy year with several new fixtures. This year will see the return of the home edition of the Ham vs Cowdray Park games, a fantastic match with a huge amount of rivalry between the two clubs. Also particularly worth looking out for is the Access Bank high goal day in June, the worlds greatest polo player Adolfo Cambiaso will be on the field with his team mates dazzling the crowd with their playing skills.


nly eight miles from Hyde Park Corner, Ham Polo Club is the last remaining polo club in Greater London. Founded in 1926, the club has an established and distinguished reputation at over 85 years old. HPC was the first club to restart the game of polo in the UK following the second world war, this was largely due to the efforts of Billy Walsh who was honoured by HM the Queen in 1985 for his efforts reviving the club and the sport. Billy’s career in the game brought a great deal to Ham, he had a huge knowledge of horses and was for many years the Duke of Edinburgh’s team mate.

He captained the Ham team that won the Roehampton Cup in 1947, the first post war edition of the competition. The tournament for the Roehampton is now held at Ham and the finals sponsored by Bang & Olufsen of Kingston are held in late August. Ham has had many royal visits over its history. Prince Charles played at the club in several high profile events during the 1980s and 90s. Since 2000 Princes William and Harry have been on the field for a number of charity fundraisers. Charity days like these at Ham have raised around £2 million over the last 15 years. APRIL2013 23


Ham Polo Club has become one of the most idyllic settings in the capital city and goes from strength to strength. Upon arrival, players and spectators find themselves nestled between the leafy cover of Richmond Park and the River Thames, overlooked by the stunning Jacobean Ham House. The club now boasts one of the busiest schedules of competitive polo and charity events, and known for excellent playing and social facilities combined with a relaxed family atmosphere. As well as these big events there is a full programme of polo every Sunday at Ham Polo Club. Spectators are always welcome and there is plenty of pitch side parking and picnic space. A day at Ham Polo Club is a truly British day out as well as being one of the most inexpensive ways to entertain family and friends. The club also offers social membership which allows you to use the fantastic clubhouse restaurant and bar. If you cant wait to come and enjoy the atmosphere at Ham then you’ll be pleased to know that polo starts on Sunday 5th May. The first big finals day will be May 19th and will be combined with a visit from the MG car club. An action packed final will be followed by a concourse d’elegance

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featuring 50 stunning MG classics dating from 1926 till present. Set in more than 21 acres, the Club has 3 polo fields, all suitable for helicopter landings by arrangement. There is ample parking for quick and easy limo access to nearby central London and the surrounding area. Its close proximity to the River Thames means the nearby River Boat service at Richmond can be accessed for trips into and out of London. Twickenham Rugby stadium is just 3 miles away. Agreed and paid for in advance, we welcome helicopter landings from all over the country, and are happy to offer 30 minutes parking included free of charge within the landing fee. For advance bookings, please contact

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Fixtures list 2013 MARCH Saturday 9th Accra PC vs Ham (away) Saturday 23rd Polo Liveries Open

APRIL Friday 19th Cocktail Party Thursday 25th Chukkas (Weather Permitting)


Sunday 16th Tiger Tops Tiger Mountain I Tiger MountaIn II Sunday 23rd Petersham Bowl John Player Friday 28th Gaucho Sundown Polo Saturday 29th Spring League Games CST Polo Classic Sunday 30th Tiger Stream Ventura Pauly


Sunday 7th Summer Tournament Saturday 4th Spring League Games Rosie Adams Sunday 5th Club Matches Rerrison Monday 6th Chukkas Edward Tauchert Bow Saturday 11th Spring League Games Saturday 13th Spring League Games Sunday 12th Anthony Cup Sunday 14th Invitational Day Double Bet Cowdray vs Ham Sunday 19th Ham House Peter Pitts I MG Owners Club display Peter Pitts II Hine Cognac Visitors Cup (Leadenham vs Ham) Saturday 25th Spring League Games Saturday 20th Spring League Final Sunday 26th June Bamberg Sunday 21st Gold Cup HR Owen Club Matches (morning) Monday 27th Open Day Friday 26th Summer Ball Saturday 27th Accra PC vs Ham JUNE Newport PC vs Ham Quatro Amigos Cup Sunday 2nd Mixed Doubles Sunday 28th International Day Social Committee NO POLO AT HAM Saturday 8th Spring League Games Sunday 9th Moscow PC vs Ham AUGUST Richmond Park Doug Brown Saturday 3rd Summer League Games Saturday 15th Spring League Games Sunday 4th Godbold Trophy

Don Zoilo Saturday 10th Summer League Games Dubai Trophy Sunday 11th Kingfisher Indian Army Saturday 17th Summer League Games Sunday 18th Stagshead Cheval Trophy Saturday 24th Summer League Games Sunday 25th Roehampton Cup Critchley Trophy Leadenham vs Ham (away) Monday 26th Cowdray vs Ham (away) Saturday 31st Summer League Games


Sunday 1st Candilio Cup Jimmy Edwards Saturday 7th Summer League Games Newport PC vs Ham (away) HAC 105 Cup Day Sunday 8th Polo Challenge Hunt Kendall Saturday 14th Summer League Games Sunday 15th Autumn Cup David Brown Friday 20th Players Dinner Sunday 22nd Billy Walsh Saturday 28th Summer League Final Sunday 29th Farewell Cup Asprey Red Cross Tournament Final Visiting Team Saturday League Day

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Lord’s - Cricket’s Finest Lord’s has long been seen as the ‘Home of Cricket’ and the game’s spiritual ‘headquarters’. But its importance is not merely historical. In practice it remains, to this day, perhaps the most important single place in world cricket.


ts owner, Marylebone Cricket Club, remains the guardian of both the Laws and the Spirit of Cricket, and MCC sides (which play around 500 games a year) perform a key role in promoting cricket - in Britain and elsewhere. In addition, Lord’s is the home of Middlesex County Cricket Club and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), as well as the European Cricket Council (ECC).It is also the setting for the state-of-the-art MCC Cricket Academy, the unrivalled MCC Library and the world-famous MCC Museum.

Additional attractions at Lord’s include the Tennis Court where Real Tennis, ‘the game of kings’ (famously enjoyed by King Henry VIII), is still played, and the MCC Cricket Academy - where many future Test and county stars hone their skills. Founded in the 1970s, it soon produced some of the world’s finest cricketers, including Sir Ian Botham, Martin Crowe and Angus Fraser. Regular users include Middlesex players, MCC’s Young Cricketers and international cricketers preparing to appear in major matches at Lord’s.

Above all, Lord’s is the setting for some of the best cricket in the world. It hosts Investec Test matches and NatWest-sponsored one-day internationals plus most of Middlesex’s home games, some historic fixtures (such as Oxford v Cambridge) and the village and club finals.

Members of the public are welcome too. Facilities include a 19-yard run-up for bowlers, a variable speed bowling machine for batsmen, two-way simultaneous video recording equipment, a Supergrasse playing surface - especially for cricket, a bar & coffee shop for spectators (for tired players!) with coaching available throughout the year.

There is a Tour of Lord’s where you will begin in the MCC Museum, home of the famous Ashes urn. The museum brings the fascinating story of cricket is to life. Paintings, photographs and artefacts, covering 400 years of cricket history, reveal the game’s development from a rural pastime to a modern, increasingly international sport. The museum also boasts bats, balls and kit donated by great players like Mahela Jayawardene, Glenn McGrath, Rahul Dravid, Paul Collingwood and Shane Warne - as well as from past greats such as Victor Trumper, Jack Hobbs and Don Bradman. Other highlights include the players’ Dressing Rooms with the renowned Lord’s Honours Boards, which provide a lasting reminder of exceptional batting and bowling performances in Lord’s Tests.

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Lord’s is also an ideal venue for meetings or conferences, exhibitions, wedding receptions, dinners, parties or any celebration. From the Victorian elegance of the Pavilion to the striking lines of the J.P. Morgan Media Centre, Lord’s offers a wide range of facilities that allow for flexibility and creativity. Its ideal location in the heart of London and stunning vistas of the hallowed turf make Lord’s a unique and popular choice for any event.


Full Lord’s 2013 Fixture list Please note, the dates and timings of these fixtures may change




Middlesex v Derbyshire MCC v Wales

LV= County Championship Div 1 MCC Match

11.00am 10.30am

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MCC v MCC YCs Middlesex v Surrey Middlesex v Glamorgan England v New Zealand MCC Corporate Cricket Day England v New Zealand

MCC Match LV= County Championship Div 1 Yorkshire Bank 40 1st Investec Test match MCC Match 1st NatWest ODI

10.30am 11.00am 1.45pm 11.00am 9.30am 10.45am

Free entry See below See below

J. P. Morgan International Cricket Cup Sponsor’s Cricket Day Middlesex v Somerset Yorkshire Bank 40 Middlesex v Sussex LV= County Championship Div 1 Middlesex v Yorkshire LV= County Championship Div 1 Oxford v Cambridge Varsity Match Inter-Services Twenty20 Tournament IST20 MCC Universities Challenge Final MCC Match Eton v Harrow Fowler’s Match Middlesex v Sussex Friends Life t20

9.30am 3.40pm 11.00am 11.00am 11.00am 10.00am 10.30am 11.00am 2.30pm

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MCC London South v MCC Home Counties MCC v Midlands CCC Middlesex v Essex England v Australia MCC v Melbourne CC Middlesex v Surrey

MCC Match MCC Match Friends Life t20 2nd Investec Ashes Series Test match MCC Match Friends Life t20

10.30am 10.30am 6.10pm 11.00am 10.30am 6.15pm

Free entry Free entry See below Sold Out Free entry See below

Middlesex v Durham Middlesex v Unicorns Middlesex v Gloucestershire England Women v Australia Women Middlesex v Leicestershire Middlesex v Somerset

LV= County Championship Div 1 Yorkshire Bank 40 Yorkshire Bank 40 NatWest One Day International Yorkshire Bank 40 LV= County Championship Div 1

11.00am 1.45pm 3.40pm 10.45am 1.45pm 11.00am

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MCC Schools v ESCA TBC v TBC Middlesex v Nottinghamshire TBC v TBC

MCC Match National Village Cricket Championship Final LV= County Championship Div 1 Yorkshire Bank 40 Final

10.30am 11.00am 10.30am 11.30am

Free entry See below See below

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MAY Wed 1 Thu 2 - Sun 5 Mon 6 Thu 16 - Mon 20 Thu 23 Fri 31 May

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LV= CC (day 1-3) £16 £8 £5 LV= CC (day 4) £5 £2.50 FREE Yorkshire Bank 40 League (Group matches) £18 £9 £5 Friends Life t20 £20 advance (£25 on the day) £20 advance (£25 on the day) £5 England Women’s international £14 £7 £5 Oxford v Cambridge £12 £6 £5 Inter-Services T20 Tournament £15 £7.50 £5 Eton v Harrow £18 £18 £18 MCC Universities Challenge Final £12 £6 £5 National Village Cricket Championship Final £12 £6 £5 APRIL2013 27


Tee Time in Kensington


roving that golf isn’t boring, Urban Golf’s chic Kensington venue brings a touch of glamour to this much maligned sport. Conveniently nestled in the heart of High Street Kensington, the stylish indoor golf venue boasts state of the art simulators which give you the chance to play on 60 of the world’s best golf courses, including Palm Springs and Pebble Beach. The eyepoppingly good graphics and highly accurate 3Trak ball tracking system make this experience about as close as it gets to the real thing (without having to leave London and with no risk of getting rained on). Another brilliant feature is that the simulators can be adjusted according to your skill level. So whether you’re the next Tiger Woods, or total beginner, you can get involved and have a great time. To make things even easier, there are friendly golf pros on hand to show you the ropes and give you some tips. This is particularly good if you are playing with a group with mixed abilities, or adults and kids. In fact, Urban Golf is extremely family friendly and makes a great place to bring the kids on a rainy Sunday afternoon. You could even treat them to golf lessons to get them swinging like a pro. Or, if you’re looking for

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inspiration for a children’s birthday party, Urban Golf makes a great alternative to the usual activities. You can hire a part or the whole of the space and there is a range of packages to suit your needs. Best of all, the virtual screens can be used for anything you like; to keep the little ones constantly entertained you could play golf on one screen and have the other set up to show a movie or play a video game. The top notch golfing facilities are equally matched by the food and drink on offer. The bar menu serves freshly prepared meals and snacks for you to enjoy, great coffee and a full range of drinks. The impressive lounge area is kitted out with deep sofas and massive HDTVs, so you can relax while the kids play, or have a rest after a hard fought round of golf. The informal atmosphere and helpful staff makes this a really fun activity for all the family and well worth giving a try.

For more information Kensington National is open 12pm - 10pm Mon - Fri, 12pm - 8pm Saturdays and 12pm - 6pm on Sundays. For bookings call 0207 248 8600


The Polo Event of the Summer

HPA GAUCHO INTERNATIONAL AT THE 02 TUESDAY 21st MAY 2013 Event organisers have announced that tickets are now on sale for the third annual HPA Gaucho International Polo event at The O2 in London.


he world’s greatest polo players will fly in from around the globe to compete in this prestigious tournament in three international matches – all vying for the honour of taking home the championship. It is confirmed that England will take on the mighty Argentina, with England Captain Jamie Morrison going mallet-to-mallet with Argentinian rival Nacho Figueras. The event kicks off Britain’s famous summer season in style offering delicious South American fayre by Gaucho, live music and DJ’s alongside the Polo. The venue will also be host to the largest consumer tasting of Argentina’s wines ever staged in Europe – 40 of Argentina’s best wineries will fly over especially for the occasion, presenting over 200 wines. Guests will enjoy sets of live music and DJ’s in addition to a VIP after-party at Indigo2. Veuve Clicquot will be creating a unique Champagne garden for the evening and Tanqueray gin will be hosting a ring-side party and hospitality

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package. The Club Gaucho premium hospitality package includes meeting the players, Veuve Clicquot reception, VIP access to the arena and after-party and more. Spectators can opt to arrive in style and enjoy Thames-side views on board the ‘Polo Express Clipper’ a 150 seated Catamaran. Martin Williams, Operations Director for Gaucho said: “The event will be our biggest and most spectacular yet. We’ve added our own South American Festival twist- bringing in wine and live music alongside our partner The Hurlingham Polo Association who will be partnering us in delivering another World Class sporting event.” David Woodd, Chief Executive of HPA Polo comments: “Congratulations to Gaucho for once again bringing the game of polo to The 02 arena and thus providing the opportunity for people to experience the skill of these top players and the athleticism of their ponies.”


Michael Amoore, Chairman of the Hurlingham Polo Association Arena Polo Committee and the Arena International Committee said: “This year Argentina will be seeking revenge for last year’s penalty shoot-out defeat by England. Scotland meanwhile waits confidently in the wings for the opposition to come forward after sending Ireland back with a defeat in their hearts in 2012. “The polo action promises to be fast, furious and electrically exciting so should not be missed. For those who wish for more of the same after the polo do not forget the legendary after party held at the venue.”

doubled in a decade, in an action packed sport where players travel up to 70mph on their ponies. There has also been a dramatic increase in young enthusiasts, with more than 1,500 school and university players registered nationwide. Polo can be played in outdoors (on the field) or in an arena which is more thrilling to watch due to the close proximity to the players and ponies.

Jamie Morrison

The remaining two match line-ups and musicians playing at the event will be announced shortly. IG will continue their sponsorship of Team England and are joined by Cheval des Andes a LVMH winery in Mendoza who will sponsor Team Argentina. La Martina and HR OWEN Maserati are also taking roles as official merchandising and official car partners. Royal Salute will be sponsoring team Scotland, and sponsors of the opening match – between two patron led teams by Thomas Kato and Yevgeny Chichvarkin - will be Merchant Hub and Hedonism Wines. There are now more than 70/80 polo clubs in the UK, a figure that has

Polo Superstar and England Captain A brief biography Jamie began playing polo when he was 14  on many tournaments including 2 gold W medals at the FIP European championships Represents England over the world Introduced to polo by his father Bryan Morrison [former music mogul, manager of Pink Floyd and publisher of music by Elton John, the Bee Gees and Wham] who founded the Royal Berkshire Polo Club with Prince Charles as the first member.

In 1862 the first polo club, Calcutta Polo Glub, was established by two British soldiers Captain Robert Stewart and Major General Joe Shearer. The British are credited with spreading polo worldwide in the late 19th century and the early 20th century. The establishment of polo clubs throughout England and western Europe followed, and the Hurlingham Polo Association drew up the first set of formal British rules in 1874, many of which are still in existence. Follow the latest news on Gaucho Polo via social media: @gauchopolo @gauchogroup Facebook Gauchointernationalpolo For tickets visit APRIL2013 31




he highlight of the South Coast’s summer season, the Asahi British Beach Polo Championship to be held at Sandbanks, Poole for its sixth year on the 12/13thJuly 2013 is now only 2 months way. Supported by some of the best arena polo players, including Jamie Morrison, the hotly anticipated beach festival promises excitement and glamour both on and off the pitch. England, Ireland, Scotland (sponsored by our sister publication Sandbanks Life) and Wales will be competing with Ireland keen to retain the title after a gripping final against Wales last year. There is floodlit night beach polo on the Friday evening, visiting international polo teams and of course the ‘bonkers’ beach polo after parties. Arena polo is a spectacular spectator sport and played on a

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stunning Blue Flag beach (preferable sundrenched!) brings the very best out of the players and guests. The thorough bred ponies and high goal players love playing on the beach in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd. Jack Kidd who is a regular for England at the Championships says ‘I have been lucky enough to play polo all round the world – Sandbanks is still one of my favourite weekends of the year. The polo is insanely competitive, the guests are always on great form and the beach party’s well – they are simply the best!’ Whether visitors are eating lobster and drinking Champagne and Chablis in the waterfront Sandpolo Hospitality marquee, enjoying the exclusive VIP experience, soaking up the atmosphere with General Admission Tickets, or just choosing to sit outside the fence on the purpose built beach viewing area it is a chance


for polo and Sandbanks to show off its attributes to about 5000 seasoned and new supporters each year. To complement the polo The Asahi British Beach Polo Championship offers a host of other activities such as ‘have a go’ polo, the Oakley Ladies Beach Volleyball, fashion shows, the charity Audi V Polo Pony race and the vibrant retail village. The polo is an excuse to dress up (or strip off for a quick swim), stay up late and indulge. Founded by Johnny Wheeler and David Heaton-Ellis the publicity for the inaugural Championships in 2008 was kick started by Piers Morgan drawing people’s attention to Sandbanks as ‘Britain’s Monte Carlo’ . Despite the onset of the recession a growing number of businesses use this ‘boutique’ event to entertain clients, reward their staff and promote their brands. Whilst sponsorship is still an important revenue stream new ideas such as camel polo (stand by for the elephants!), floodlit beach polo, equine displays and the appearance of the odd celebrity has kept people talking about the event and coming back year on year. So why does the Championships keep returning to Poole. Johnny Wheeler says ‘a cooperative council and a large stunning easily accessible beach are the vital ingredients for us as event organisers. Some good weather, the best polo players and an enthusiastic crowd is pretty important too’. The beach polo continues to add massive value to Sandbanks and continues to go from strength

to strength. So what of the future of Beach Polo? It is definitely growing in popularity. The Chairman of the International Beach Polo Association (IBPA) – Alex Webbe says ‘beach polo is different to conventional grass polo – it needs an adjusted handicap system and slight variations to the rules. The British Beach Polo Championships and its organisers Sandpolo Ltd are working hard with the IBPA to regulate Beach Polo and introduce it in a more structured way to other venues around the world. After Dark At Sandbanks Polo players and supporters have something of a reputation for letting their hair down. The polo ‘beach after parties’ at Sandbanks provides seasoned and new comers to the sport with a very cool but exciting place to relax, socialise and dance until the small hours of the morning. On the Friday evening live music will increase in tempo after the floodlit beach polo match with the most original DJs connecting with the mixed generation audience. The closing party on Saturday night brings an unmissable eclectic mix of sounds to rock the Jurassic coast. With the title sponsors Asahi beer providing a refreshing balance to the flowing champagne and excellent food to fuel the dancing it is rare to see people leave the beach before the 1am survivors photo.

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Welcome... The independent school system in the UK is one of the finest in the world and you are fortunate to have some of the best schools in the country right on your doorstep. In today’s economic climate, making the right choice for your child’s education is of paramount importance.

Sometimes every parent needs a helping hand in deciding what is best for their children. Our Education Life series is an invaluable resource for any parent considering private education. Encourage your children to come with you and get their feedback after each visit. It also provides an insight into the way a child sees a prospective future school.

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from learning in a multi-sensory way. The negative side of dyslexia is so often emphasised but what of the strengths? We bring out pupils’ creativity and the wonderful visual sense that many dyslexics possess if properly nurtured. Our exciting displays of art work and design technology projects are a feature of the school.

airley House, described in the sunday Times as ‘The Gold standard’ is london’s leading day school for children with specific learning difficulties. We offer an education almost unique in that educational Psychologists, with speech, language and Occupational Therapists are integrated into the school curriculum. We enjoy a central london location with excellent facilities such as a science laboratory, art room and outdoor play space. Fairley House addresses the difficulties of children between 5 and 14 with dyslexia and dyspraxia. Children’s learning styles have often not been catered for in their previous school, leading to failure and loss of confidence, but Fairley House offers them a ‘level playing field’ where everyone has similar difficulties. Children receive a rich, stimulating educational experience integrated with therapy and specialist teaching. Teaching is multi-sensory and children learn science, spelling, Geography and History through interesting, hands-on activities. There is a staff: pupil ratio of 1: 3.5. The average stay is two to three years after which children return to mainstream schooling with a new ‘can do’ attitude.

A full range of sport is available at Fairley House school, including touch rugby, football, netball, hockey and cricket. We use Battersea Park as well as the Queen Mother’s sports hall and swimming pool. We play fixtures against other schools and our after school clubs offer a wide range of activities.


Our teaching is different. Children with specific learning difficulties benefit

At Fairley House our intention is to provide your son or daughter with an educational experience which rivals that of any mainstream independent school.

We aim to develop children’s confidence and self-esteem, enabling their talent and enthusiasm to grow and shine. We emphasise the development of the whole child, helping him or her to gain confidence and self-esteem through an encouraging and nurturing ethos. The children have opportunities to develop sound academic and social skills and to become independent. At Fairley House, everyone succeeds.

Rosemead Preparatory School Dulwich

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

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Open Mornings 09.30 -11.00 Tuesday 7th May 2013 Thursday 20th June 2013 Tours of the school are held on Tuesday mornings during term time. Bursaries available Please call 020-8670 5865 for further information Prep Department, 70 Thurlow Park Road, SE21 8HZ Pre Prep Department, Elmcourt Road, SE27 9BZ email:



Visiting a different school world A

t the end of 2005, Herne Hill School, an independent nursery and pre-prep school in South-East London, formed an allegiance with Khanya Primary School, a state school in a township in Cape Town. The aim has been to form lasting links which not only support this desperately poor South African school but also provide benefits to Herne Hill’s children such as making them more appreciative of the material comfort they enjoy and aware of the world they live in.

average class size is over 50!) with few resources and no assistance. By comparison, Herne Hill School has a similar number of staff who educate six times fewer pupils! The children often share seats and have to take turns to do the activities. Yet the atmosphere is full of energy and the children loved meeting Jane and Dominik and asked them many questions about Herne Hill School and London. The children proudly demonstrated their singing and dancing skills. This is an area in which they excel. Their natural rhythm and movement is amazing! The teachers also love to sing, even punctuating staff meetings with a song and dancing to it.

The relationship was initiated with the strong backing of Herne Hill’s parent association, ‘The Friends’ of Herne Hill School. Over the years, they have raised substantial funds for Khanya School, enabling funding for a variety of projects from buying footballs to supporting the school At the end of the day all the children are bussed back to their choir to participate in regional township homes. Jane and DOMINIK AND JANE DISPLAYING THEIR SEAWEED HERNE HILL competitions. To strengthen the Dominik travelled on the buses SCHOOL ART ON THE BEACHES OF CAPE TOWN link, Herne Hill School’s head to see for themselves the endless teacher and its director, Jane Beales tracts of shanty homes in which and Dominik Magyar, travelled the children live, often without to Cape Town earlier this year. toilets and almost always without showers. The bus ride During their five day visit, Jane was a happy, noisy affair as and Dominik got a chance the children sang all the way. to understand more fully the way this large and busy school South Africa is a beautiful runs. Khanya School has about country and Jane and Dominik 1,400 pupils whose mother came back determined to do tongue is Xhosa. They come all they can to help the smiling from extremely poor families, children of Khanya School with about three quarters of overcome the hardships in their parents being unemployed their lives and most of all send and living off minimal state the important message to the support. Only 40 staff manage hardworking staff that people this large number of pupils (the do support them and care. 4 APRIL2013

Make the grade at A level At CIFE we’re not just about getting the right grades or getting you into the best university. We’re about bringing out the best in you as an individual. That’s why our 2-year A level courses have so much choice and flexibility built in. In fact it’s what our association of highly accredited independent sixth form colleges is all about. Yes, we’ll help you meet others’ standards – but fulfil your own promise too. To discover how CIFE can enable you to achieve your full potential, call 020 8767 8666 or visit

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St James Junior School

A Place to Grow ‘Speak the truth, be generous and kind, be your best’ is an ambitious motto for a junior school but St James Junior School in Kensington Olympia, is nothing if not ambitious. The dictionary definition of ambition is strong desire for success, achievement; St James is ambitious in the desire to inspire wonder in its pupils. The teachers want the children to enjoy and experience the best literature appropriate for children of junior school age – so Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar may not make the list, but A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Mozart’s Magic Flute certainly do. ‘We have a great cultural reservoir to draw on, why not give the children the best material?’ says Mrs Thomlinson, the Headmistress, a teacher from her head to her toes. Mrs Thomlinson is passionate that school should be a place where children discover the subjects they love and the talents they have. She is a believer in academic rigour, but not at the expense of a child’s confidence or, perhaps more importantly, a child’s love of learning. She continues, ‘School should be a place to grow, discover your strengths and ask lots and lots of questions.’

Respect and knowledge of the environment is an important part of their curriculum. Step by step the children grow in awareness and respect for living things and learn that the environment is integral for the health and wellbeing of us all. How is this done? The Reception classes don their wellies for trips to Forest Schools in nearby Holland Park and 6 APRIL2013

as the children grow older there are opportunities to visit Minstead Environmental Centre in Dorset and Bushcraft Camp in Oxfordshire. All sounds very laudable I hear you cry, but what about academics?

The Good Schools Guide 2013 reports, ‘Academic performance is strong, with the standard of written work exceptionally high, both in content and accuracy.’ Recent school leavers have headed off for destinations such as Wetherby Prep and Colet Court but many parents choose to continue onto the St James Senior Schools. So what can a school that is based on the philosophical principle of unity, that aims to offer the finest cultural material and that believes in community responsibility, offer your child? ‘An excellent academic foundation, deep and lasting friendships, security in their own ability, and the confidence to meet challenges.’ answers Mrs Thomlinson.

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North London Collegiate School

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orth London Collegiate School, one of Britain’s leading schools, was founded by the great Victorian education pioneer, Frances Mary Buss. From its inception over 160 years ago, the School has provided an exceptional education for girls from a wide variety of backgrounds. Set in the grounds of the former home of the Duke of Chandos, NLCS provides a first-class academic education in a parkland setting within London. The School’s extensive coach service enables girls aged 4 to 18 from across London and the surrounding counties to attend. Whilst ensuring academic excellence and intellectual challenge, equal attention is given to supporting the development of the whole person, aiming to inspire confidence, individuality and selfesteem. Consequently, the school is a positive and energetic community where girls are encouraged to take advantage of the abundant opportunities open to them, with around 36 productions, 40 societies and 30 foreign trips offered each year. In this friendly, supportive environment, the girls are highly motivated and develop self-belief, independence of mind and an appetite for learning. NLCS offers students wide academic choice including six modern languages, Triple Award IGCSE Science at 16, drama, art and music. In the Sixth Form, pupils are offered a choice of A Levels, Pre-U or the IB 8 APRIL2013

Diploma. The Sutton Trust “Degrees of Success” report placed the School first nationally for proportion of students gaining places to highly selective universities, in keeping with the fact that around 40 girls go to Oxbridge and Ivy League schools each year. NLCS has a highly international perspective that is unique amongst London day schools. The opening of its sister school in South Korea benefits pupils through exchange opportunities and internships and creates an important connection with the ever-growing economies of the Far East. The School also offers student and staff exchanges with schools in the USA, Australia and Germany, as well as outreach opportunities with a school in Zambia. Central to the ethos of the School is offering bursarial help to as many girls as possible, making available the best education to bright and able pupils irrespective of their backgrounds. NLCS gives individual support to all girls so that they have the confidence to be future leaders. Courtesy, care and consideration for others underpin community life. NLCS is a diverse and tolerant school where cultural difference is acknowledged and celebrated. For further information, please visit www.

St Benedict’s, Ealing Independent Catholic Day School

Teaching a way of living

Co-education from 3 years through to 18

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words Chris Roseblade, Deputy Head (Communications), Merchant Taylors’ School

ducational changes in the pipeline will see the introduction of an English Baccalaureate (EBacc) to measure performance at 16. Alarmed by graduate shortages in science, technology, engineering, and maths; by the dumbing-down of examination standards; and by the soft option trendiness it associates with arts, coursework, and media-related subjects, the government is signalling a return to “basics”. The EBacc is based on ‘Five Pillars’: English, Maths, Science, Modern Foreign Languages and Humanities (History and Geography), coincidentally the same subjects that the Russell Group of universities lists as ‘Facilitating Subjects’ - that supposedly give youngsters a better chance of gaining a place at a top university.

of the band ‘Nero’; Riz Ahmed read PPE at Oxford but achieved fame as the star of ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ and ‘Four Lions’. If the pressure is on state schools to become cultural wastelands, it will fall yet again to Britain’s independent sector to mitigate the consequences of government faddery. Only independent schools will nurture that exceptional breadth of interest and achievement that surpasses a narrowly academic curriculum and develops a culture of creativity – whether scientific, artistic, or a fusion of the two. Rishi Sodha’s huge canvases ‘Man-made apocalypse’, exhibited at MTS in 2006, were his gateway into the design profession. Independent schools must preserve the space and resources for creativity that put Riz Ahmed on the stage in ‘South Pacific’ aged 11, encouraged Joe Ray to experiment with keyboards as well as language, and allowed Rishi Sodha to work on large-scale projects.

The massive collateral damage here is to creativity, particularly the arts. In 2012, 15% of schools withdrew an arts subject because C P Snow famously bemoaned of the introduction of the EBacc. the chasm between the arts and The majority of schools have seen a sciences in the British educational decline in the number of students tradition. The world of the ‘Arts’ choosing Music, Art, Drama, and today has never been more scientific: Dance for A Level. Parents have almost all arts events incorporate taken the Russell Group’s report multi-media elements of digitally to mean that students must only controlled and manipulated film, choose facilitating subjects to imagery, music, and dance. Eric qualify for top universities. Actually, Schmidt (CEO, Google) remarked, its purpose was to eliminate the “You need to bring art and science specious padding out of applications back together: Lewis Carroll didn’t with ‘soft option’ A grades in just write ‘Alice’. He was also a JOE RAY (LEFT) READ PHILOSOPHY AT OXFORD. NOW ACCEPTING subjects irrelevant to the intended mathematics tutor at Oxford”. At this HIS GRAMMY IN LOS ANGELES WITH THE OTHER MEMBERS OF NERO course. Politics is perception, and moment of natural confluence between although not intended as a knife to the heart of the creative arts, the Group’s the arts and sciences, politicians should heed the old rabbinical saying, report has become one. At Key Stages 1-3 (i.e. until 14) the government has “Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time”. effectively: removed drama from the English curriculum; bracketed dance with PE, not recognizing it as an art form; and based its Art and Design Combined with massive cuts in Arts subsidies, this educational curriculum on principles the Design Council brands as ‘retrograde’. disenfranchisement of the creative arts threatens the UK’s creative industries that generate £60 billion a year. The arts represent an Yet the creative arts are one of the great pillars of a traditional education. emotionally and financially rewarding world of work for your creative At Merchant Taylors’, in the last decade alone, we have produced boys who child. Einstein remarked, that, “Imagination is more important than now run major design houses, film post-production companies, produce knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world”. A Brad Pitt movies or are writers for stage and screen. Joseph Ray went up government posturing about academic standards should know its Book to read Philosophy Oxford, but is now clutching his Grammy as one half of Proverbs better: there were seven pillars of wisdom, not five. 10 APRIL2013

DEVONSHIRE HOUSE PREPARATORY SCHOOL 2 Arkwright Road, Hampstead, NW3 6AE A co-educational IAPS Prep and Pre-Prep School for children from 3 – 13 with its own OAK TREE NURSERY for children from 2½ to 3½

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Extra Curricular Activities words by Jill Bennett, Schools’ Marketing Specialist, Orchid Creative


ll schools recognise the wider educational value of pupil involvement in activities beyond the classroom: it encourages them to learn new skills, to pursue special interests and to grow into well-rounded individuals. It also encourages pupils to meet other children with similar interests across a range of ages, provides opportunities for leadership and responsibility and can be enormous fun. Involvement in such activities broadens pupil horizons and experiences and gives them a more balanced perspective on their work inside the classroom. Independent schools are in a strong position to put resources into this crucial area of school life and child development, offering an impressive range of extra curricular activities; this is undoubtedly one of the reasons many parents choose to educate their children privately.




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There is such a vast wealth of opportunities available outside lessons, as well as creative outlets in subjects such as Music, Art, Design Technology and Drama. There are many other types of activity such as sport, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, academic clubs and societies and community service, Adventurous Training and, of course, the CCF (Combined Cadet Force). Pupils on expeditions quickly become aware that one person cannot successfully carry the rest of the team and if the role they assign themselves are not taken seriously by the designated member of the group, problems quickly emerge. Such schemes are extremely popular and widely promoted in independent schools as they combine service and self-development. Although these opportunities lie outside the normal curriculum, they still reflect the importance of school values: community, teamwork, balance, leadership and above all a sense of fun. With all of us so conscious of worries about childhood obesity, involvement in extra curricular sport, whether recreational or competitively, is something that parents and schools themselves are very keen to promote. Again, independent schools often are very well placed to provide the facilities and staffing time and expertise to support exciting and varied sporting opportunities beyond the curriculum. A school’s extra-curricular activities programme provides excitement not only through academic as well as physical and emotional challenge; there is something for everyone to experiment with until they find their own niche. The key point is that pupils should discover what they enjoy, and then participate; in doing so, the broader skills that they master during the course of these activities will contribute to building the rounded individuals that schools and parents hope children will become at the end of their school career. As Peter Hamilton, Headmaster of the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, notes: “The huge range of extra-curricular activities available at my school ensures that every boy finds something at which he excels, and as a result develops a self-assurance that will equip him for life.”

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You are assured a warm welcome at our family-orientated, purpose-built School, close to Primrose Hill and Regent’s Park. We offer a rich and varied learning experience, with excellent examination results and a wide range of extra-curricular activities. For further details, please email: 25 St. Edmund’s Terrace, London, NW8 7PY T: 020 7722 8784

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Sydenham High’s Alchemy Programme makes maths fun Sydenham High year 8 students became maths tutors for a morning as part of the school’s KS3 Alchemy programme, designed to reinforce good personal, learning and thinking skills. Following preparation sessions to help them understand what makes a good lesson, the year 8 girls worked with groups from Reception to year 5, helping them to practice their maths skills through interactive exercises and games. The sessions were a great success with both learners and tutors having fun and getting a boost to their maths confidence. Herne Hill School is well known as an oasis of happy, successful learning and as the largest feeder into the Dulwich Foundation Schools. By focusing on Early Years education (2+ to 7 years), it has developed a strong expertise in making the critical transition from Nursery to School seamless. Next Open Morning: Saturday 9 March 10am – 12.30pm The Old Vicarage, 127 Herne Hill, London, SE24 9LY Tel: 020 7274 6336 Fax: 020 7924 9510 Email: enquiries@ Website:

In touch with nature at Virgo Fidelis Virgo Fidelis Nursery had a wonderful visit to Crystal Palace Park Nursery. They saw all kinds of farmyard animals and some exotic creatures too! Our Nursery and school is just a short journey to the fabulous park. Lucky children to have Crystal Palace Park and Farm on your doorstep. Contact the school for places Call 0208 653 2169 or visit the website at In February, one of Southwark’s longest-serving Headteachers was presented with a CBE from HRH Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. Dr Irene Bishop, Head of St Saviour’s & St Olave’s in the New Kent Road, was named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to education. Dr Bishop, a Head for 19 years, said: “I feel extremely proud and see this as an honour for the whole school community.” St Saviour’s & St Olave’s School, New Kent Road, London SE1 4AN T: 0207 407 1843 Web:

Outperforming Expectations The Junior School at Streatham & Clapham High School (girls 4-11) provides a lively, stimulating environment in which learning is fun and every day has exciting opportunities that encourage pupils to develop their own strengths. Our pupils rapidly become able, confident and independent thinkers and learners ready to outperform expectations. If you are looking for a place in Reception for September 2013 visit SCHS Junior Open Day, Wavertree Road SW2 3SR, Tuesday 14 May 2013 2-3.30 pm. 020 8674 6912.

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Across the pond: Study in the US


pplying to ‘college’ (university) in the USA used to be rare amongst British students – perhaps the preserve of students with sports scholarships or parents with deep pockets. However, the recent rise of tuition fees in the UK, combined with the financial aid packages available at some US colleges, mean that the difference in cost between studying in the UK and USA is becoming much smaller. In some cases, crossing the pond will enable a student to emerge after four years with a good Bachelors degree, an international CV and little or no debt. While tuition fees in the USA can be even higher than the UK – £9,000 per year is about average – tuition and living costs can be offset by grants provided by many colleges, some of which are available to British students. Harvard, Yale, Princeton, MIT, Dartmouth and Amherst are the most generous to international students. In practice, families with incomes of less than £40,000 per annum will often get all costs paid by these colleges, including tuition, food, accommodation, books and a travel allowance for two trips home a year. Families with higher incomes also receive means-tested grants, and even a salary of £110,000 will attract aid. In addition, about 60 other US colleges also provide at least some financial aid to international applicants. As the aid is usually in the form of grants, not loans, the money does not have to be paid back in most cases. But there are many other good reasons to study in the USA besides finance. By far the most important factor to UK students is the broad ‘liberal arts’ curriculum that is followed in most US colleges. Unlike in the UK, there is no need to commit to one or two subjects to study when you apply. In the USA, apart from a small core curriculum, you can study whatever you like for the first 18 months. This is ideal for those students who are keen to explore new interests before choosing which subjects to study in more depth. American universities also seek to educate the ‘whole person’. As such, extracurricular activities are considered an integral part of a student’s experience, rather than ancillary to the main business of education, as they are often viewed in the UK. A large US college will have around 400 recognised student clubs, including sports teams, performing arts groups, international groups, religious groups, community service groups, and newspaper and magazine publications. The emphasis on holistic education is reflected in the application process, where extracurricular achievement is valued 18 APRIL2013

just as much as academic ability and you will be asked to explain how you intend to contribute to college life. Finally, an important reason to study in the USA is that you will acquire a more global outlook. Students from all over the world study in the USA and your multicultural experience will be valued by future employers. Global companies look to hire graduates who can communicate in a variety of contexts and with different people. What better way to demonstrate an understanding that the world really is getting smaller than by studying abroad? You will also build up a global network of contacts, useful in anything you go on to do later in your career. Natalie is the founder of She can guide you with all aspects of both US and UK university applications and give you expert guidance on your application essays and personal statement. She also offers interview preparation and SAT/ACT preparation classes. Top tips for applying to US colleges:

1. Research the US colleges thoroughly and create a shortlist. 2. Allow plenty of time to draft and redraft your application essays and show it to your family, your teachers, and, if possible, a specialist. 3. Practise taking the standardised tests (SATs or ACTs), an important part of your application. 4. Calculate the net cost of your education, taking account of tuition fees, living costs and financial aid. 5. Investigate if there are any scholarships for which you can apply, for example, in music or sport. 6. Talk to a professional adviser such as Natalie Lancer, for guidance in putting together a successful application

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Bassett House School in Kensington, Orchard House School in Chiswick and Prospect House School in Putney are prep schools for children aged 3 and above. All are IAPS-member schools and participate in the Early Years Grant scheme, which reduces the fees charged for children aged under 5 years old. Bassett House School 60 Bassett Road, London W10 6JP Tel 020 8969 0313, OPEN DAY Saturday, 11 May, 10am–12.30pm

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All three schools are co-educational to age 11, when the children leave for their senior schools. The schools are non-selective for younger children, yet the academic expectations are high and the achievement distinguished. We believe this is for two principal reasons. First, we provide at each of our schools a nurturing, positive and happy yet structured environment. We know that happiness and success go hand in hand and we celebrate success at every level and in every sphere of school life, be it in academic work, sport, music or the arts. Secondly, we have a low pupil to teacher ratio and an abundance of resources. Together these bring out the best in each and every child. Examination results have consistently been excellent: the schools are proud of their hard-won and long-standing reputations. Parents usually register their children early to secure places in each school’s Nursery or Reception classes but vacancies in other year groups arise from time to time. If you wish to consider one of these schools for your child, we strongly encourage you to visit us. Please call the school secretary of the relevant school, who will be happy to arrange for you to visit the school and see it in action. In addition, there are occasional Open Days which give an even greater opportunity to speak to our strongest supporters, namely the children!





ow in its’ 7th year, The Olive Branch Group is continuing its work providing Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to individuals, couples and groups. Founder of The Olive Branch Group, Karen Thomas highlights the importance of providing emotional support for children, how this can lead to a better education and the benefits of family therapy. “In addition to working with adults, The Olive Branch Group works alongside children and young people. Like adults, sometimes our children need some additional support, a little bit of emotional TLC. Exams, sporting pressures, relationship issues – be it with their parents, peers or siblings – can all take their toll on our children leading to emotions such as anger, stress, anxiety and depression; and deterioration in behaviour. We all want the best for our children and for them to get the most from their education and I’m sure it is no surprise to hear that learning is best achieved when emotionally stable children are introduced to supportive educational environments. However, even with the best resources and the most highly qualified and experienced teachers, children will not achieve their best if they are anxious, unsettled or find themselves isolated from their peer group. The Olive Branch Group specialises in providing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to children with emotional [and/ or behavioural] difficulties. We have a track record of working with schools and supporting families to help children tackle problems that might otherwise prevent them from making the most of their education. We work either directly in conjunction with schools or privately outside of the school environment. In addition to offering CBT on a one to one basis, we have come to

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realise that sometimes a more holistic approach is needed. As such we have just launched our ‘Family Consultancy’ option. This allows us to make an assessment not just of the child but also of the family and school environment. It is simply not always enough to offer therapy to a child without looking at the broader picture. The ‘Family Consultancy’ option allows us to have a more in depth look at issues like; parenting difficulties such as eating, sleeping, homework and behaviour management, interpersonal problems with peers, siblings, parents or other adults, issues at school be it academic, social or the provision of additional support, whilst also using CBT to help adjust any emotional difficulties. At The Olive Branch Group we know what a positive role CBT can have in empowering the most vulnerable of children and have witnessed first-hand the impact this can have on their ability to learn and enjoy their time at home and school. We also know that fixing one part of the puzzle isn’t always enough. If you feel that your child would benefit from our input, whether on a one to one basis or if you feel that need additional support as a family, please do not hesitate to contact me.” Karen Thomas 07738713545

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nterContinental London Park Lane has unveiled a newly designed Royal Suite, which pays homage to the hotel’s location on the site of 145 Piccadilly, Queen Elizabeth II’s former childhood residence. Attention is in every detail of the timeless design that encapsulates signature styles from Her Majesty’s early life through to the present. Located on the 8th floor, the glamorous Mayfair position offers panoramic views of the Royal Parks and sits at the heart of a new ‘By Appointment’ suite collection that creates one of the largest offerings in the capital. Designed by The Gallery, the specialised studio within HBA’s London team, the contemporary interpretation draws inspiration from Her Majesty’s style and duties to create residential grandeur, perfectly suited to entertaining, meeting or relaxing. At the heart of the Royal Suite is a stunning living and entertaining area, which celebrates old world glamour and features an opulent hand-blown glass chandelier inspired by Her Majesty’s diamond

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collection. The elegant dining area, complete with black lacquer dining table and bespoke accessories, is complemented by an intimate seating alcove. The plush velvet cocoon is ideal for post-dinner Champagne while soaking up the Knightsbridge skyline. The study area features a traditional writing desk with a stylised interpretation of a white leather wingback desk chair, bespoke accessories, and a collection of Taschen curated books. Overlooking Knightsbridge and Hyde Park, this creates one of the most inspirational places for work or reflection in London. The master bedroom boasts a sumptuous flora lined satin canopy bed that celebrates the backdrops Cecil Beaton used in his portraits of Her Majesty and an expansive walk in wardrobe with rich leather and brass trim doors inspired by the ever-present iconic little black handbag. A luxurious cream Calcutta marble ensuite is replete with reclaimed antique mirrors and By Royal Appointment amenities from Penhaligon’s, the London perfumers.


& ‘BY APPOINTMENT’ COLLECTION TO CELEBRATE A ROYAL HISTORY A special collection of artwork features limited edition signed giclée prints by Ann Carrington, who created the Royal Jubilee banner for the stern of the Royal Barge, the Spirit of Chartwell, as it made its journey up the River Thames. Other pieces include framed antique postcards, and contemporary sketches of the Queen’s finely detailed millinery and her beloved corgis.

This newly renovated Royal Suite, London Suite, and connecting rooms complement a new porte-cochère, updated meeting and events floor, and revitalised Club InterContinental (completed early 2013). All will connect aesthetically with the elegant ground floor and lobby area (completed in 2011) and the 90 redesigned London rooms that were completed in 2012.

Throughout the suite pastel palettes are paired with bolder colour accents and luxurious finishes. Distressed smoked oak floors, leather, silk and brass studded wall coverings are enhanced by the millwork finished cabinetry and antique furnishings. The four interconnecting rooms have been redesigned in a matching style and can be joined to create an incredible 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom space totalling 196.7m². The hotel’s famous 73m² London Suite, which is a duplex apartment style offering, can also be interconnected to create a stunning 350m² space. The new ‘By Appointment’ collection offers the ultimate luxury with a flexible design that can be tailored exclusively to the needs of each guest.

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Years of The Chelsea Flower Show TUESDAY 21st MAY UNTIL SATURDAY 25th MAY 2013

Centenary-themed gardens and exhibits feature at world-famous event


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 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by M&G Investments, is back and is celebrating its centenary year in a spectacular show brimming with colour and creativity. This year’s show offers visitors 15 spectacular Show Gardens, 11 Fresh Gardens – the best of contemporary

garden design – and eight Artisan Gardens. In addition, 150 exhibits from nurseries and florists in the Great Pavilion and up to 250 trade stands means the centenary RHS Chelsea Flower Show will be one not to miss. Established in 1913 on the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, the show has become one of the most celebrated annual events in the world and is now hailed as the catwalk of the gardening world. Since its beginning, the show has grown from 244 exhibitors in 1913 to more than 500 today. It now attracts 161,000 visitors each year and brings the world’s best horticulture to the heart of London.

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Many exhibitors are celebrating the show’s special year with centenarythemed displays. The M&G Centenary Garden will celebrate and capture the design trends and themes of RHS Chelsea Flower Shows past and present. This year’s Generation Gardens will highlight the changes to gardens and gardening over the last 100 years, and a special RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Centenary will be decided by a public vote. A concert, hosted with Opera Holland Park, will be held on the Friday evening as part of the centenary celebrations, and visitors to the show will be able to take a walk through the show’s history, with photographic displays from the archives of the RHS Lindley Library. Other exhibits to look out for this year include Delancey’s East Village, a garden modelled on London’s Olympic Park. Prince Harry’s charity, Sentebale, is exhibiting for the first time in collaboration with B&Q, while Arthritis Research UK’s garden reflects the personal journey and emotions of someone with arthritis. The Artisan Retreats will also return for a second year to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Here visitors can relax among beautiful summerhouses decorated by top UK designers and artists, including Cath Kidston,

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Hemmingway Design, Rob Ryan, Pippa Small and the London College of Fashion. As well as all this there are spectacular floristry displays and gardening advice from RHS experts, 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, of 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.

Gnomes at Centenary RHS Chelsea Flower Show..... Gnomes to be auctioned for RHS Campaign for School Gardening The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is lifting the ban on gnomes at RHS Chelsea Flower Show as part of the show’s centenary celebrations and to raise funds for the nationwide RHS Campaign for School Gardening. The RHS is inviting celebrities to paint and decorate gnomes to feature at the world famous gardening event, before auctioning the gnomes online to help more school kids to garden. For one year only the ‘celebrity gnomes’ will be on display at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, before being auctioned off via


Ebay for the RHS Campaign for School Gardening. Gnomes were banned from RHS Shows as they fall into the category of being ‘brightly coloured mythical creatures’, which is how the ban is implemented in RHS manuals. So far Dame Maggie Smith, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Julian Fellowes, Rob Brydon and Antonio Carluccio have confirmed that they will paint gnomes for the RHS Campaign for School Gardening. There are over 16,500 schools signed up to the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, engaging 3.5 million children with gardening and growing plants. Last year an initiative called Pot Art at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, where pots were painted by a dozens of celebrities, including Dame Judi Dench, Jerry Hall, Joan Collins, Julian Fellowes and Alan Titchmarsh, raised £14k for the RHS Campaign for School.

About the RHS The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood for the encouragement and improvement of the science, art and practice of horticulture. We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, the first of our gardens, in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London’s

Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity. Today the RHS is committed to providing a voice for all gardeners. We are driven by a simple love of plants and a belief that gardeners make the world a better place. 200 years on we continue to safeguard and advance the science, art and practice of horticulture, creating displays that inspire people to garden. In all aspects of our work we help gardeners develop by sharing our knowledge of plants, gardens and the environment. 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

For more information The Chelsea Flower Show 2013 at Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London 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.

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The Lion, the Pitch and the Wardrobe

Thomas Pink, Official Outfitters to The Lions, to host a rugby extravaganza for all the family at ‘The Pink Lion’ pub on Parsons Green with special guest appearances from members of the 2013 Lions Squad.


n Saturday May 18th Thomas Pink will be transforming the legendary White Horse pub, Parsons Green into The Pink Lion for a Lions Tour celebration which the whole family will enjoy. Whether you are interested in hearing exclusive speeches from this year’s Lions Squad, playing some touch rugby with Matt Dawson, or sampling our authentic Australian BBQ served by Phil Vickery, this will be the highlight of the social and sporting calendar. The pop-up venue will be a mecca for rugby fans, featuring Astroturf bars, screenings of previous Lions Tours, Pink umbrellas and Pink Pints. A special touch rugby session will kick off the festivities on Parsons Green at 12:30pm for budding young rugby players aged 11-14 years. Question of Sport host and British & Irish Lions veteran, Matt Dawson will be using his expertise to guide the boys through a fun and interactive training session with the help of VIP guest Lions of the 2013 squad in their final public appearance before going on Tour. For Mums and Dads more interested in whetting their appetite than getting grass stains on the green, Lions legend and Celebrity Masterchef champion Phil Vickery will be donning his Chef’s hat and apron to man the barbeque throughout the afternoon. Make sure you get in line to try one of his scrumptious Kangaroo burgers which can be washed down with one of our Pink Pints. After touch rugby and copious amounts of delicious food outside there will be an opportunity to meet both past and present Lions inside The Pink Lion pub. Players from around the UK and Ireland will gather in an intimate setting for ‘The Lions tales’ where they will share rugby anecdotes and dressing-room tales as well as express their hopes for this year’s tour to Australia. Speeches from special guest speakers will culminate in the Heineken Cup Final screening at 5:30pm.

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As the Official Outfitter for the team’s 125th Year anniversary Tour to Australia, Thomas Pink has created an exclusive Lions Collection which will be available to purchase inside the venue at The Pink Lion pop-up shop. Fans can get their hands on signature items including a velvet smoking jacket, vintage print merino wool and silk scarf, gold plated cufflinks, socks, ties and boxers. The Lions Collection by Thomas Pink is available to purchase across all Thomas Pink stores,, and select John Lewis stores and online.

For more information and to reserve a place in the touch rugby session, please visit Event details Date Time Location

Saturday 18th May 12pm – 11pm ‘The Pink Lion’, previously known as The White Horse, 1-3 Parsons Green, London, SW6

Event schedule 12:00-17:00 Pink Lion Barbeque hosted by Phil Vickery 12:30-13:30 Touch rugby on Parsons Green (11-14 year-olds). Every player will be presented with a Pink rugby ball memento and will have the chance to be photographed with a player from the 2013 squad. 15:00-16:00 ‘The Lions Tales’ with members of the 2013 Lions squad as well as speeches from Lions Veterans. 16:30-17:00 Heineken Cup Final build-up 17:00-20:00 Heineken Cup Final screening

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The New Chelsea Art Fair brings exceptional modern & contemporary art to the King’s Road


xcitement is growing in anticipation of the opening of the new Chelsea Art Fair, which will take place at Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, London SW3 5EE between Thursday, April 11 to Sunday, April 14, 2013. 35 exhibitors from around the country and abroad, will show works by some of their best modern and contemporary artists in Chelsea. Some well-known, others new discoveries, but allworks of art are specially selected to be first shown at this fair in London. This makes the Chelsea Old Town Hall THE destination for art lovers, keen collectors and first-time buyers. The fair includes flat and three-dimensional works of art from respected galleries with prices ranging from £500 up to £20,000. The new fair layout makes the fair feel a lot more open and light, creating a much more relaxed atmosphere and giving the town hall more of a contemporary touch. These changes to the fair have attracted some of the top end galleries and contemporary art dealers from around the country and Europe, including Cube Gallery, Cameron Contemporary, Neville Contemporary Art, Carina Haslam, Woodbine Contemporary Arts, Wren Gallery and The Contemporary Fine Art Gallery, Eton, including some collected by well-known art collectors, museums and celebrities around the world. The new Chelsea Art Fair is also used as a platform to introduce some

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international artists to UK buyers. There will be some exciting talks on various aspects of modern and contemporary art to give visitors the opportunity to engage more with the art on view.The organisers have been working hard to give the 17-year-old fair this new look and feel! Recently appointed Fair Director Ben Cooper said: “I am delighted to have made a few changes to the new Chelsea Art Fair, creating a gallery-style look and to ensure the quality of the art on offer, we have a low value threshold of £500. We are also supporting two charities this year, Parkinson’s UK and Hearing Dogs and visitors have a chance to support the charities by buying specially selected works of art for which part of the sale will go directly to each charity.”

For more information When Thursday, April 11th to Sunday, April 14, 2013 Where Chelsea Old Town Hall, London Sw3 5Ee Open Thursday, 11am-9pm, Friday & Saturday 11am-6pm and Sunday 11am-5pm Cost £6 Up-to-date information and E-Tickets: can be found on or on Twitter and Facebook.


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Carnaby Shopping Party Carnaby’s biggest fashion event is back! THURSDAY 2nd MAY, 5PM – 9PM The thirteen streets of Carnaby will be home to over 100 participating brands, making it the biggest event of its kind in London.


Aqua Women will have style advice from stylist Kimi O’Neil and Cheap Monday will be offering free nail art with any purchase. Iconic shoe designer Terry De Havilland will be signing shoes in his new Carnaby boutique.

Grazia’s Fashion News and Features Editor Katherine Ormerod will be hosting trend talks, with all the best fashion tips for the summer and top picks from Carnaby stores.

There will be free cocktails at the pop up bar in Kingly Court, tastings at Sutra Kitchen, free cupcakes at Johnny Cupcakes, prize draws, goodie bags, a live art wall and of course 20% discount in over 100 shops, restaurants and bars, including The Kooples, Monki, American Apparel and Levi’s Vintage.

Enjoy DJ sets in Pretty Green, Flying Horse Jeans and Fourth and Main, as well as live music in Lambretta. Shoppers can take part in the Carnaby Instagram shoot, with a makeover and styling session, then be photographed for the Carnaby Instagram hall of fame.

Neon will be trending this summer in Carnaby, so make this a date for the diary. Carnaby Shopping Party - Thursday 2 May, 5 – 9pm.

mix of global fashion brands with their only UK store in Carnaby will take part, as well as independent boutiques and one off concept stores, restaurants and bars. As well as the 20% promotion, Carnaby will be offering free activities, special experiences and beauty treats throughout the night.

Make-up artists will be on the streets giving free neon makeovers and Revival Retro will be hosting a Gastby themed party. Pose with friends for photoshoots in Atelier Millinery and New Frames. They have teamed up with Premier Model Management, the official model agency for the event who will be scouting throughout the evening and hosting a Q&A session about what they look for in a model. 72 APRIL2013

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SUNDAY 12th MAY 2013

n Sunday 12th May, Regent Street, London W1, will join with countries from across the globe to bring a month-long world campaign to London’s iconic destination to showcase its variety of international retailers. Regent Street will be traffic-free on 12th May only and the street will be transformed to showcase the best of each country’s culture, music and dance, art, food and fashion.

lessons from Argentina; folkloric performances, cuisine, fashion display and professional henna drawings from Egypt; a hot air balloon brought by Great Britain; a professional steel pan band and dancing carnival from Trinidad and Tobago; coffee shop experience and food sampling with a live music band and dance floor from Turkey and Chinese drumming performance with lion dancing and martial arts demonstrations brought by Chinatown.

‘InsureandGo The World on Regent Street’ will welcome destinations including: Argentina, Egypt, Great Britain, Trinidad and Tobago and Turkey with further cultural representation from Chinatown who will each deliver a voyage of discovery set against the backdrop of Regent Street’s famed British architecture. Throughout the month, there will be a schedule of events including in store activities, special menus and competitions.

Regent Street continues to build on its reputation as one of the ultimate shopping and lifestyle destinations in the world, with many global fashion brands choosing to call this famous shopping thoroughfare their home. Recently, Swedish brand ‘& Other Stories’ opened at 256-258 Regent Street , introducing a new range of stylish products to join other international flagships such as Burberry, Liberty, Apple, Anthropologie, Hollister, Superdry, Coach, Sebago and Calvin Klein.

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The Regent Street Cocktail Safari

he Regent Street Cocktail Safari will be launching in April 2013 at restaurants, cafés, bars and hotels along Regent Street, London W1. Shoppers will be able to enjoy multiple venues in one evening, tasting the signature cocktails and small plates each venue has developed. The Regent Street Cocktail Safari has been created as an extension of the internationally renowned Regent Street Food Safari.

Taking part in the 2013 Regent Street Cocktail Safari are... MASH 77 Brewer Street, W1 Bar Américain at Brasserie Zédel 20 Sherwood Street, W1 aqua 240 Regent Street, W1. (entrance on 30 Argyll Street) Gaucho 25 Swallow Street, W1 The Living Room 2-9 Heddon Street, W1 Sartoria 20 Savile Row W1 Courthouse Double Tree by Hilton 19–21 Great Marlborough Street, W1 Le Méridien Piccadilly 21 Piccadilly, W1 Dirty Martini 10c Hanover Square, W1 Inamo 134-136 Wardour Street, W1

Gaucho have created their own Regent Street Cocktail including Smirnoff black with Aperol and a saffron infusion. The Living Room, W1 are launching their brand new Bar Sliders menu, a new concept, with their Regent Street punch. Sartoria have designed 3 cocktails to embrace the West End spirit including a Regent Street special, made with lychee juice, whereas Courthouse Double Tree by Hilton have created the Regent Street Cosmojito.

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At Le Méridien Piccadilly you can try the mini tasting menu with three mini food plates and three tasting cocktails. If you’re a sushi fan then Inamo is offering a sushi selection with their signature spicy cocktail the Inamo, with chilli syrup. If you’re looking for a martini, head to the experts at Dirty Martini to try their Tropical Pear Martini, Mango & Chilli Martini, or signature Dirty Martini.

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Regent Street, located in the heart of London’s West End, continues to build on its reputation as one of the ultimate shopping and lifestyle destinations in the world, with many global fashion brands choosing to call this famous shopping thoroughfare their home. Regent Street has two vibrant food quarters, Heddon Street and Swallow Street, both offering a great variety of international cuisine, where people come to relax within its stylish café, restaurants and bar, as well as the restaurants located on the street itself.

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American Psycho and the American Beauty. Bar Américain at Brasserie Zédel will be serving Salt Beef Bagels, Hot Dogs and Slider Sandwiches alongside their signature Chrysler Cocktail, with a Cognac base. Go to aqua for their Iron Lotus and Guatemalan Spirit cocktails to complement their Spanish tapas.

These Regent Street Food Quarters boast a selection of restaurants from all over the world within a pedestrian oasis and where alfresco dining is extremely popular. Heddon Street is home to Regent Street‘s first commemorative plaque, in honour of David Bowie and his alter ego Ziggy Stardust. The plaque celebrates the 40th year anniversary of the album Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders of Mars, whose album cover was photographed there.

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Hampton Court Palace Festival 13TH - 24TH JUNE 2013

Sir Cliff Richard, Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, Russell Watson, Lisa Stansfield, Imelda May, Jools Holland, Joe Bonamassa & Beth Hart, Björn Again and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra


istoric Royal Palaces and PWR Events are delighted to announce the complete line-up of performers for this year’s Hampton Court Palace Festival, featuring artists from the world of rock, pop, jazz and classical music. British icon, Sir Cliff Richard, will be this year’s headline artist and will sing in the stunning open-air court of King Henry VIII’s Palace for two nights - Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd June. Having established himself as one of Europe’s authentic rock ‘n’ roll stars and selling a staggering 250 million records to date, Cliff will delight the audience with his spectacular live performance of best loved classics and new songs. Following a sensational sell out performance last year, which marked their UK comeback after a 20 year break, the Festival is delighted to welcome back Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, one of America’s most successful pop and rock group from the 1960s. The group will give fans another chance to hear many of their classic hits such as Big

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Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like A Man, Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You, Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby Goodbye) and December 1963 (Oh What A Night). The UK’s best ever selling classical artist Russell Watson will also be performing with his orchestra. Having won four Classical BRITS, Russell will perform many of his well-known songs including those from ‘Anthems’, his most recent album release. Russell’s special guests will be Amore, the stunning classical vocal quartet. They are also delighted to host the incredible Lisa Stansfield for her only London date this year. A multi Brit Award winner, Lisa has sold over 20 million records throughout her career. Best known for her smash hits All Around the World, So Natural and All Woman, the audience will be treated to her greatest hits. Lisa said: “After having such a great time last year in the UK with my three sold out shows, I’m so excited to be touring once again and I cannot wait to perform at Hampton Court Palace this June!”





Bringing 50s glamour and rock ‘n’ roll to the Festival is the hugely popular singer Imelda May. With a triple platinum album under her belt and gold certified album Mayhem, Imelda will wow the audience with her powerful vocal.

Now a veteran of the Hampton Court Palace Festival, Jools Holland will be one of the highlights of their summer concerts. His passion for music has made him a doyen of the music scene, and he was awarded an OBE in 2003 for his services to the British music industry. Jools’ phenomenal success has seen him sell millions of records throughout the course of his career and he holds the unique status of performing with musicians who have achieved success in every decade of the 20th Century. Special guests include the fantastic former Squeeze drummer Gilson Lavis, Roland Gift (the voice of Fine Young Cannibals) and Ruby Turner who together with Jools and his fantastic Rhythm & Blues Orchestra will raise the roof of the magnificent Palace once again. The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra also returns to the Festival for another spectacular classical evening. The Orchestra will


perform scores from the mainstream masters of classical music: Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks to Tchaikovsky’s waltz; from Swan Lake to Ravel’s Bolero. Young and upcoming trumpeter Melissa Venema from the Netherlands will perform the ever popular classic, Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto. There will be a long interval so that Festival-goers can enjoy their picnics and Champagne in the Palace Gardens as the sun sets. A fireworks display will provide a visual fanfare to round off this superb evening.

Incredible blues rock duo, Joe Bonamassa and Beth Hart, will make their Festival debut this year. One of the world’s greatest guitar players and a child prodigy, Joe Bonamassa was opening shows for blues icon B.B. King by the age of 12. Singer-songwriter Beth Hart is known for her powerful vocals and soul-baring performances. Beth and Joe will feature songs from their highly anticipated second album due to be released in May, alongside selections from their critically acclaimed debut duo album, Don’t Explain. Beth and Joe are very excited by their new project and plan to bring their individual virtuoso strengths to a grand live stage in the beautiful setting of Hampton Court Palace. The internationally acclaimed Björn Again, will bring a night of ABBA fun to the Festival. Designed as a rocked-up, light-hearted show, it rapidly achieved world-wide cult status and was acknowledged for singlehandedly initiating the ABBA revival which brought about ABBA Gold, Muriel’s Wedding and MAMMA MIA! The enduring appeal of ABBA is reflected in the ongoing success of the Björn Again show, having amassed 5,000 performances in 71 countries in 25 years.


In addition to the music, Hampton Court Palace Festival is renowned for creating a truly unforgettable experience. Artists perform in the historic main courtyard of the magnificent Tudor Palace providing an intimate atmosphere for an audience of 3,000. Corporate hospitality is available in the State Apartments and Festival-goers can also arrive early (doors open at 5pm) to enjoy picnics, courtesy of Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts, on the Palace Garden lawn or underneath a luxury waterside gazebo before the show. To hear further announcements please register on www. or follow us on twitter @HCPfestival.

More information FESTIVAL DATES Thursday 13th to Monday 24th June 2013 LOCATION Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, KT8 9AU BOOK TICKETS FOLLOW US!/HamptonCourtPalaceFestival and @HCPFestival DATE 13th June 14th June 15th June 16th June 19th June 20th June 21st June 22nd June 23rd June 24th June

ARTIST TIME Jools Holland 9.00pm Lisa Stansfield 9.00pm Fanfare & Fireworks 7.30pm with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Russell Watson 7.30pm Imelda May 9.00pm Bjorn Again 9.00pm Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons 9.00pm Sir Cliff Richard 9.00pm Sir Cliff Richard 9.00pm Joe Bonamassa and Beth Hart 9.00pm

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13 Italian Michelin Stars Identità London returns to the capital

Under One Roof At Harrods On Sunday 28th April, Harrods will play host to seven of the world’s top Italian chefs, who, when combined, bring a total of 13 Michelin stars to the iconic department store. Massimo Bottura, the brothers Enrico and Roberto Cerea, Carlo Cracco, Gennaro Esposito, Luciano Monosilio and Davide Scabin, will join forces with the renowned Milanese chef’s congress, Identità Golose, to serve the ultimate Italian pranzo in the new edition of Identità London.


ach chef will create a dish for the seven-course lunch, taking place in The Georgian restaurant at Harrods. Brothers Enrico and Roberto Cerea, from three Michelin-starred restaurant Da Vittorio, will together create a salted codfish salad with codfish tripe and smoked potato mousse starter, along with a grand dessert buffet. Massimo Bottura will be serving ‘psychedelic’veal, one of the signature dish at his three Michelin-starred restaurant, Osteria Francescana – which is ranked number five in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. In addition, the head chef of Ristorante Cracco, Carlo Cracco, will be producing a starter of saffron poached egg with courgettes and mussels, while Davide Scabin, chef proprietor of Combal.Zero, will create a pasta shake. The two restaurants ranked 55th and 59th in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, respectively. Other dishes that will be served during the lunch are white fish in an aromatic herb crust with a chlorophyll reduction, created by Gennaro Esposito, chef at two Michelinstarred restaurant La Torre Del Saracino, and the legendary carbonara of one of Italy’s youngest Michelin-starred chefs, Luciano Monosilio. The lunch will take place over the course of the afternoon, in typical relaxed, Italian style. The esteemed chefs will cook at individual stations around the dining tables, offering guests the unique opportunity to interact with each one as they perform the finishing touches to the dish before their eyes. Harrods’ trained sommeliers will be on hand to serve Italian wines at the table, each of which has been carefully chosen to complement the lunch. The intimate nature of the lunch allows guests to partake in culinary discussions with the chefs, guided by a top industry figure who will lead Q&A sessions throughout the afternoon. Allowing for a convivial, informal

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atmosphere, guests will dine on large round tables, each seating up to 10. Founded in 2004 by Italian journalist Paolo Marchi and Claudio Ceroni, who is renowned for the organisation of grand events, Identità Golose is a culinary organisation with the aim of highlighting the best of contemporary Italian cuisine, showcasing the culinary excellence of each Italian region and honouring top Italian chefs who proudly blend traditional techniques with modern methods. The first Identità Golose event was held in Milan in 2005 and, following its success, has since launched Identità London in 2009 and Identità New York in 2010. Hosting Identità London at Harrods is the latest in a series of culinary events and restaurant launches and cements the department store as one of London’s top dining destinations. Following in the success of The French Laundry pop-up in 2011 and the launches of Galvin Demoiselle Petit Bistro and Bentley’s Sea Grill in 2012, this prestigious lunch will bring some of the world’s top chefs under one roof for one day only. “We are delighted to be bringing this rare culinary event to Harrods, and to welcome these exceptionally talented chefs to London for what is sure to be an unforgettable experience,” says Paul Goodale, Director of Restaurants and Kitchens at Harrods. Offering excellent value at £150 per person, including a seven-course lunch and selected matching wines, tickets to the exclusive event go on sale on Monday 15th April. A limited number of 100 tickets are available. To book, please contact Harrods Concierge on 020 7225 6874 or email Full payment will be taken in advance upon reservation.

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Generally used for birthday parties, celebrations and various corporate events such as Christmas or summer parties, this layout offers 2 seating sections in the white room and a large seating section in the black room. The black room, which provides a darker and cosier atmosphere, is generally used as a “chill out” area due to its lighting and quieter sound system. As it overlooks the white room, it still feels part of the same space.

Cabaret: Low Seating

This layout can be used for various presentations or shows, such as stand-up comedy or entertainer performances (magician, contortionist, burlesque). It provides seating facing the stage and projector screen and also low tables, which provide space to set up drinks and food if required.


Perfect when you are looking to mingle and chat. Whether for a social network gathering, or when entertaining current or potential clients, this format allows seating on the edges of the room while the centre of the venue is dedicated to standing and moving around.

PRIVATE DINING Seated Meal in the White Room

Set over up to 5 tables and able to accommodate between 10 and 14 guests per table, we can cater for up to 70 guests in this format. Offering a drink reception in the black room on arrival guests are then directed to the white room for dinner. Depending if dancing is scheduled after dinner or not, we can offer a 3 course meal at the table or 2 courses and a dessert canapés buffet served in the black room while the white room is transformed for dancing.

Seated Meal in the Black Room

Set over 2 or 3 tables, the black room can accommodate up to 40 guests. The drinks reception is offered in the white room as well as after dinner drinks, dancing or pre/post dinner presentation or activity. This format is great when training or presentation before dinner for small group is required, allowing a change of atmosphere between work and dining.


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VANILLA is dedicated to business, training and events space.

We exceed the standards of 1000’s of businesses looking for something ‘out of the box’. We have found that our clients have been booking Vanilla as a place where colleagues and clients can meet confidentially on a neutral ground or as an extension of their own office. Being so well located, with transport and accommodation only seconds away, the value offered exceeds all expectations. You receive a professional welcome with arrival drinks. Your guests will be comfortable and well looked after throughout the duration of the event. After your business session, you can invite your guests for lunch or dinner depending on what suits your requirements to enjoy several courses at a very high standard. Catering for all dietary requirements, you can be confident in the knowledge that the team at Vanilla look after your guests on an individual basis. We ask that you inform us at least week in advance for all dietary requirements and selected menus.

As the venue is so versatile, you can rest assured VANILLA will use the space effectively to create the perfect ambiance and comfort for your event.

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Dîner des Grands Chefs OLD BILLINGSGATE, 22nd APRIL 2013


“rhubarb” is proud to be supporting the third annual Dîner des Grands Chefs at the beautiful riverside venue, Old Billingsgate Market.

his exclusive event from Relais & Châteaux was established in 2011 and celebrates provenance, seasonality, regional cuisine and native talent. The theme of this year’s event will be ‘The World’s Kitchen by the Thames’ and plays tribute to the delicious and diverse food bought together in London. A total of 600 guests will arrive at the stunning waterside venue to indulge in a variety of “rhubarb’s” signature best of British canapés. Guests will then be treated to a five-course dinner prepared by 45 Relais & Châteaux Grand Chefs from around the world. “rhubarb” will support the Grand Chefs in their live food pods with our exceptional team of highly trained professional chefs. Cooking live in the great hall, this event is sure to raise the bar for gastronomic theatre as well as create an outstanding and unprecedented meal. Each dish will be excellently prepared and presented with valuable support from the “rhubarb” team. Sumptuous lobster from the Cornish coast, Aberdeen Angus beef and home-grown seasonal vegetables will all take a

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starring role at the dinner as well as many other locally sourced ingredients. By bringing the Dîner des Grands Chefs to London, Relais & Châteaux is acknowledging Britain’s outstanding cuisine, exceptional talent and extensive variety of produce. “rhubarb” is thrilled to be involved with such a committed organisation that shares our passion for food that exceeds the ordinary. The evening will feature an auction set to thrill foodies and connoisseurs of all tastes, raising funds for Relais & Châteaux’s chosen charity, Action Against Hunger. Relais & Châteaux was established in France in 1954 and for almost 60 years has remained unchanged in its founding principles. Today the association is represented in 60 countries and offers guests exceptional yet personal experiences. The organisation runs lifesaving programmes in some 45 countries helping 7 million people each year.

A Multi Award Winning Bar JuJu has just been named “Best DJ Bar” at the London Club and Bar Awards 2012 and has previously been awarded “Best Bar 2011, Outstanding Mixology 2010 and Best New Bar 2009”. JuJu is the perfect location for any event. The stylish bar has been the setting for many successful birthday parties, PR launches, corporate events and client drinks. You can book a number of different areas, including the whole venue that can hold up to 300 people. The private room sourcing its own bar with a capacity of 80 people (with DJ facilities and iPod dock available), but for smaller get-togethers you can book an area for up to 20 people or the VIP room for 25 people. We also have a projector screen and internet access should your event require them.

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Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize 2013 The 2013 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize has launched with a high profile panel of judges from the world of fashion including Vivia Ferragamo, Guglielmo Miani, Fabia Di Drusco and Margherita Perico.


he UK launch event was held at The Dorchester in London with the following judging panel: Daniella Helayel, Caroline Issa, Stephen Jones, Nicholas Oakwell, Rupert Sanderson, and Stephen Webster. Following the worldwide interest that the prize has generated in the fashion industry, the prize has widened to invite applications from young design talent of ready-to-wear or premium accessories brands based in countries where there are Dorchester Collection hotels: the UK, France, Italy, Switzerland and the US. In a further move designed to encourage emerging international design talent, the prize will now feature additional panels of judges recruited by Dorchester Collection hotels in each of these countries. “We’re thrilled to continue to support upcoming designers and launch the 2013 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize with a new international format. Our aim is to continue to attract a high standard of talent; it’s been rewarding to follow the success of previous winners and finalists, knowing that the prize has helped them to make that next step to global success and recognition,” states Christopher Cowdray, chief executive officer of Dorchester Collection. The grand final will be on 29th October 2013 at The Dorchester, where five shortlisted designers will be invited to stage a catwalk presentation. The judges of the 2013 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize will seek to award one designer who best demonstrates original aesthetic flair, a capability for future critical distinction and commercial success. The winner’s work must also evoke the spirit of Dorchester Collection’s iconic hotels and, therefore, project a sense of individuality, luxury, style and craftsmanship. Entries for the 2013 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize must be based in UK, France, Italy, Switzerland and the US; have an established design business and have operated their brand for a minimum of two years and a maximum of five years. A new element of the application process includes the submission of a one minute video entry which invites applicants to present their collection, inspiration and design philosophy. The 2013 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize carries an endowment of £25,000 to help establish the designer’s brand, a two night stay at a Dorchester Collection hotel and, in a new element launched this year, the

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prospect of one-to-one mentoring from a selection of the judges. Application details will be available for download on the Dorchester Collection website ( from mid-April 2013 and registration will be open until 31st May 2013. Established in 2010, the annual Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize was created to discover emerging fashion talent and build on Dorchester Collection’s own established fashion heritage. It is the first award of its kind developed by a luxury hotel company. Each year shortlisted finalists take part in a glamorous catwalk event hosted at one of the Dorchester Collection hotels, at which the winner is announced. Dorchester Collection Dorchester Collection is a portfolio of the world’s foremost luxury hotels in Europe and the USA, each of which reflects the distinctive culture of its destination. By applying its unrivalled experience and capability in owning and operating some of the greatest individual hotels, the company’s mission is to develop an impeccable group of the finest landmark hotels through acquisition as well as management of wholly-owned and part-owned hotels, and to enter into management agreements. The current portfolio includes the following hotels (in order of them joining the group): The Dorchester, London; The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills; Le Meurice, Paris; Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris; Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan; Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles; Coworth Park, Ascot, UK; 45 Park Lane, London; and Le Richemond, Geneva. Social media details Twitter: follow @DC_LuxuryHotels and @PrincipeSavoia for updates on #DCFashionPrize Facebook: Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize Instagram: @DorchesterCollection Pinterest: Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize board

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e sure to visit the Cabbages and Frocks market in Marylebone village for their special Vintage themed day! This is where the fashion savvy shop on Saturdays. There will be masses of stalls with Retro clothing, accessories and homewares.

Amongst the vintage clothing expect to find dresses from 1920’s upwards including fabulous prices from yesteryear such as Jean Muir. Looking for curtains? You will find them there with plenty to choose from along with fabrics from the 1950’s. Household items will include china, cushions, notebooks, fans, furs, parasols, tea dresses and much more. Specialist jewellery items and sunglasses from the 1940’s and 50’s will be there for you to buy. You may also find the odd Dior or Chanel bag amongst others. Hats will also be on sale. Don’t miss the fabulous Three Belles, Betty, Gail and Dorothy who will be performing on the day with their impressive harmonies. Dressed in 1940’s costume they rekindle the nation’s love of swing music and capture the essence of an era. Performance times are 12.30 and 2.30pm. Listen to music from the 50’s on a vintage style gramophone. During the afternoon there will be 90 APRIL2013

various artistes performing for your enjoyment. Afternoon tea and scones will be served on the lawn by girls dressed in clothes from the 1950’s. Italian homemade cakes will also be available together with sourdough toasted sandwiches from Pompon and other delicious munchies. Take part in our Vintage Visitors competition, come dressed in your retro finery for an opportunity to win a bottle of champagne! Winner will also receive 10% discount from selected stalls to be used on this day only. Photographer will also be available on the day. Regular Cabbages & Frocks stallholders will be there on the day. Be sure to see Ruby Red with handmade bath and body products, with essences such as lime and red mandarin, coriander and cedarwood. Lisa with her beautiful handmade silk pin-on flowers, Roberto with his Italian accessories, gorgeous cashmere and silk shawls. Beverley with her Paris fashion collection amongst others.

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heir philosophy for sourcing unique and beautiful things stems from their live events, with their flagship Spirit of Christmas Fair changing the face of Christmas shopping at London’s iconic Olympia back in 2001. Partnering with the experts at House & Garden who play a vital role in the vetting of retail brands, this ensures a high quality and diverse mix of product from a hand-picked collection of Boutique designers. The introduction of this exciting e-site bridges the gap between the Spirit events (May and November) whilst introducing the ‘Spirit’ style of shopping to new consumers further afield. With Spirit Boutique, you can enjoy shopping from unique independent designer boutiques ranging from home to fashion and gifts in the comfort of their own home! With over 125 retailers to be discovered and more joining every week, this online experience is a one of a kind and offers some exclusives with a wide range of choice to suit most occasions and ideas to inspire the most discerning shopper. is the voice of the Fair’s trends in gifts, home and fashion, available to shoppers all year round. The creators behind the site are passionate about sourcing undiscovered boutiques, presenting stylish items for your home, desirable pieces of jewellery and on trend fashion accessories, gorgeous children’s wear and gifts for all occasions.

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These elite boutiques provide the most wanted and desirable products, reflecting a stylish, good quality, beautiful mix – everything a gift should be. Spirit Boutique provides shoppers with an off-the-beaten-track shop window for gifts and accessories, with a lot of small boutiques waiting to be discovered. The team behind it are made of the Spirit Fairs and experts from House & Garden, visit undiscovered boutiques in the most tucked away locations to bring you the widest choice of stunning and beautiful things; just a few clicks away. Their selection of gifts for her has been specially selected to offer a great range of fabulous fashion items and accessories. From bags and purses through to necklaces, wraps and scarves they are sure to have something to suit all tastes and occasions. These are women’s gifts the way they should be; stylish and indulgent but at prices that may surprise you. They believe that gifts should be special, meaningful and unique which is why they have used their industry experience and eye for quality to select the very best items from hundreds of boutique retailers which you won’t easily find elsewhere. All their boutique retailers and every single product you will find on, has been approved by their expert team to ensure they present you with some of the

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Museums at Night 2013 Latest Events Announced for After-Hours Culture Festival

Museums at Night, the annual late night festival of art, culture and heritage will take place this year over three nights in May



ying in with the European event La Nuit des Musées, hundreds of museums, art galleries and heritage spaces all over the country will be opening up late and putting on a fantastic mix of events: expect bands playing in art galleries, artist happenings, unique literary events, sleepovers in palaces, family-friendly astronomy and beautiful historic houses lit by candlelight. Ten of the UK’s leading contemporary artists, including Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Creed, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Gavin Turk, Mat Collishaw and sculptor and installation artist Richard Wentworth have already confirmed they will be putting on unique Museums at Night events. Event highlights include...  torytelling: London: An Evening with Simon Mayo and Itch. S The Royal Institute. Join BBC broadcaster and author Simon Mayo for an effervescent talk with live experiments and find out what led him to write books about a science mad element hunting hero called Itch. Suitable for 7 – 13 year olds.  ashion: London, Fashion and Textile Museum. Sue Timney F and Kaffe Fassett. An evening tour of the forthcoming Kaffe Fassett exhibition, A Life In Colour, which celebrates the work of one of the great practitioners of contemporary craft. There will also be a special Museums at Night talk from textile and interior designer Sue Timney, famous for her monochrome designs, will be discussing the design of the museum’s exhibition and her relationship with colour.  ontemporary Art: Turner-Prize winning artist C Martin Creed at The Freud Museum, London for a talk providing a fascinating insight into his artistic practice, interspersed with live musical performances.

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Contemporary Art: rAndom International at The Horniman Museum, London. Following their recent immersive installation Rain Room at the Barbican, rAndom International will be putting on a live art event with installation, music and storytelling inspired by the museum and its natural history collection. Sleepovers: London: Kensington Palace Sleepover. What happens in a Royal Palace after the doors are locked? Join Princess Victoria and Dash the Dog at Kensington Palace to find out. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a Prince or Princess and enjoy an exclusive slumber party in a Royal Palace. Sleepovers: Surrey: Hampton Court Sleepover, Sleep Like A King. Lodgings at court are never easy to obtain, but this year to celebrate ‘Secrets of the Royal Bedchamber’ you can spend the night at Hampton Court. Foodie Event & Music Event: London: Cockles and Mussels at Museum of London. From oysters and scallops to roll-mops and jellied eels – join urban sociologist Dr Alex Rhys-Taylor for a mouthwatering journey through the history of British seafood. Plus pop up fish restaurants and contributions from the Billingsgate and Tubby Isaacs and live music curated by Mercury Music Prize nominated artist Sam Lee and the Nest Collective. Photography & Music: London: William Morris Gallery: Explore David Bailey’s East End Faces exhibition by night time in a 60’s themed evening with music, art and fashion and dancing. Events are being added on a daily basis but full listings for Museums at Night can be found at For up to the minute news on Twitter follow @MuseumsatNight #MatN2013 Museums at Night is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England’


GetwithFuzz-Free NEW Pain-Free Motif laser hair removal

Brazilian Dermatologist Dr Ariel Haus introduces new Motif laser hair removal into his Harley Street clinic. Pain-Free... Proven, Effective, Predictable Results... Treats any Skin Colour... Combines Laser with Radio Frequency


ffering a new gold standard in Hair Removal, Dr Haus is proud to unveil the launch of the new pain-free laser hair removal system powered by elos® from aesthetic leaders Syneron Candela. This new laser features the combined energy technology of laser diode light (810nm) and Radio Frequency treating all skin types and colours, resulting in long term hair removal in little as 4-6 treatments! Motif’s Deep Dermal Penetration means longer lasting results and all hair types and most hair colours including fine facial hair, can be treated! Ladies across the country can now breathe a sigh of relief when discovering that Motif uses a fast-acting, Contact Cooling Device which makes the treatment comfortable! The laser head gently glides over skin offering a warm massage sensation, with very little sensation of hair being zapped. Why choose Motif over traditional hair removal treatments? Because Motif harnesses Radio Frequency to boost the light energy, it is highly effective, extremely fast and very comfortable compared to traditional laser hair removal.

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The ‘ouch’ factor For maximum comfort, the special Dynamic Cooling Device cools and protects the skin’s surface. Dr Haus’ Fuzz Free Fact File 6 Weeks = the time between body hair treatments 6 = average number of treatments needed for the body 5 Minutes = average time to treat the underarm area 11,540 = times women shave their legs during their lifetime £12,000 = studies show that the average woman spends this much in her lifetime on shaving and hair removal products 9 Months = ahead of when you want to be fuzz free by to get started on laser hair removal treatment 72 Hours = before your first treatment have a patch test Don’t wax between laser treatments – only shave


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When you’ve spent months in the gym trying to smooth out those annoying little areas where the fat simply won’t budge, it can be frustrating. You’ve put in plenty of effort, you’ve been watching the calories, but nothing seems to shift the pockets of fat. So what is the answer?


ou could go under the knife, but it’s a bit extreme for small areas and surgery not only carries risks, but also leaves scars. Vaser is an excellent way of removing localised fat deposits, however, although the incisions are tiny so scarring isn’t an issue, you will need to wear a compression garment for several weeks after treatment and take things easy with regard to exercise for a while. It’s not sounding too good yet, is it? But now there is another solution – and one that involves no surgery, no anaesthetic or sedation, no scars, no compression garments, no downtime – and great results. It’s called CoolTech® Fat Freezing Technology and it is getting fantastic outcomes for people who just want to spot reduce stubborn areas. How does it work? You simply relax and read, listen to music or watch a movie and one or two suction cups are applied to the areas that are to be treated. It’s not painful so no anaesthetic is required. The fatty area is sucked into the cup and then the temperature is reduced gradually to -8°C. This won’t harm your skin, but will freeze the fat cells. The treatment lasts an hour and then your therapist will massage the area gently to smooth the contours out and you can drive home and carry on as normal. Firstly, let’s get things straight, it’s not a magical cure for obesity, it works on localised pockets of stubborn fat that won’t go away, so love handles, chubby abdomens (hiding your six pack that you’ve worked so hard on), flanks and thighs. You’ll need to be within 10-15% of your ideal weight and have reasonable skin tone. Secondly, it requires patience! There are no instant results as the fat cells will be emptied and your body’s natural system flushes the waste material away over time. Realistically it will be 4-6 weeks before you’ll see a difference,

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although this can be speeded up by lymphatic massage during the weeks following the treatment. On the plus side the reduction is at a similar rate to that achieved by dedicated diet and exercise so all you friends won’t see a sudden difference. The results are gradual and nobody need know you’ve had treatment to help you achieve that buff body! The effects will continue to work for up to six months so you’ll see your troublesome bulges smooth out to create the streamlined silhouette you want. Is there a downside? You’ll be a bit sore – like you’ve overdone things at the gym for a few hours afterwards, but otherwise the only downside is that it will take time to see the results. It won’t stop you regaining weight if you don’t eat sensibly and keep in shape. Even though some fat cells will be destroyed, nearby cells will still be active and can increase in size, so you will need to stick with your nutrition and exercise routine. You’ll need to have reasonably good skin tone. For people who have lost a lot of weight and have loose skin, this isn’t the right treatment. To remove loose skin a tummy tuck is probably the only option, or for larger areas of fat removal, liposuction may be required. There are some things it doesn’t do – it isn’t a cure for cellulite, so if you were hoping that this could get rid of that dimpled look – you should consider the Med Contour treatment already available at Riverbanks.

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Tooting Leisure Centre launches a low cost gym membership Low cost fitness comes to Tooting Leisure Centre from 1st April 2013, bringing with it a smart, unique and affordable way for everyone to exercise


his new ‘gym only’ membership type offers the quality, professionalism and high standards that you would expect from a membership at a DC Leisure Centre. Members will benefit from unlimited use of the gym and can choose optional extras such as swimming, health suite and workout classes on a pay as you go basis

Lee Holden General Manager at Tooting Leisure Centre says; ‘This is a great opportunity for the Leisure Centre, we are very pleased to be able to offer more affordable fitness to the local community’ Perhaps the biggest benefit of this membership is that it will allow people of all ages, fitness levels and abilities a chance to join a local gym and begin their journey to a healthier and fitter lifestyle

Further more the membership comes with no long term commitment and administration is simple, new members are able to join online, book there gym induction and begin exercising almost straight away. The Leisure Centre’s kinetika gym features state of the art fitness equipment and was recently refurbished. During this refurbishment all of the cardio vascular equipment was replaced, along with a number of resistance machines. Improvements also included new flooring and redecoration, allowing gym users to exercise in vibrant, modern surroundings.

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For further information on Tooting Leisure Centres new gym only membership you can go online at or call the centres membership team directly on 020 8333 7555 and a customer advisor will be happy to help.

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arly detection of disease when it is easily treated or even prevented, is an ideal doctors and patients alike dream of. A regular check-up aims to detect early disease. However, not all tests are good for screening. The cervical smear test was one of the first and most successful screening techniques. It picks up abnormalities in the skin of the cervix before they become a cancer, at a stage when they are easily treated and cured. The precancerous changes may pre-exist for 5 or 10 years before they become a cancer and so there is a wide window of opportunity to intervene. Attendance for smear tests is very important. Unfortunately, the number of women attending for smears is dropping in our community so this opportunity to prevent disease is not as effective as it could be. Many young women have been vaccinated against HPV to prevent cervical cancer. However, we do not know how successful this will be and in the meantime it is important that women still have smear tests taken regularly. Ovarian cancer is usually discovered very late in its development and women often have a poor outcome, partly because of that. Until very recently no precursor had been recognised for ovarian cancer, and so screening attempts have been directed at picking up cancer at a slightly earlier stage. The two approaches are either the CA125 blood test or a pelvic ultrasound scan. CA125 is useful only for women after the menopause. In early stage cancers, the very ones that we want to discover, it may be falsely negative in up to half of the cases. Ultrasound screening seems to be better at picking up early cancers but detects many abnormalities, which were never going to cause problems, and results in unnecessary intervention. At the moment, a very large study has recruited women to be screened by both of these methods,

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and we are waiting to hear the results in the next few years. Recently, a possible precursor for ovarian cancer has been found in an unlikely place. Abnormalities develop in the very fine fronds of the fallopian tubes, called the fimbria. These are in close contact with the ovaries, and do display precancerous abnormalities similar to those seen in the skin of the cervix and other organs. There are very strong suggestions that these abnormalities may be the precursor of ovarian cancer. They would be very difficult to detect directly with either ultrasound or a tumour marker like CA125, but in the future it may be possible to detect them with a molecular technique.

mammography outweigh the risks posed by this amount of radiation. Mammograms aren’t always accurate. The accuracy of the procedure depends in part on the quality of the image, the technique used, and the experience and skill of the radiologist. Other factors - such as your age and breast density - may result in false-negative or false-positive mammograms. Always tell your doctor if you’ve noticed a change in one of your breasts, especially if your mammogram is interpreted as normal.

Mammograms in younger women can be difficult to interpret. The breasts of younger women contain more glands and ligaments than do those of older women, resulting in dense Breast Screening mammography is used to detect breast tissue that can obscure signs of cancer. breast changes in women who have no signs or With age, breast tissue becomes fattier and has symptoms or observable breast abnormalities. The fewer glands, making it easier to detect changes goal is to detect cancer before any clinical signs on mammograms. Having a mammogram are noticeable. This usually requires at least two may lead to additional testing. Among women mammograms from different angles of each breast. of all ages, about 10 percent of mammograms The NHS Breast Screening Programme is based on require additional testing. However, most screening at 3 yearly intervals from 50 - 70. If patients abnormal findings aren’t cancer. If you’re told are concerned about their breast health from the age that your mammogram is abnormal, make sure of 40 it is possible to self refer for breast screening. that the radiologist has compared your current mammogram with any previous mammograms. Breast screening is based on monitoring changes in the breast using mammography. If your Screening mammography can’t detect all cancers. mammogram shows areas of concern that may be Some cancers detected by physical examination cancer, the radiologist may recommend additional may not be seen on the mammogram. A cancer may mammograms or an ultrasound. A breast biopsy be too small or may be in an area that is difficult may be recommended if the area continues to to view by mammography, such as your armpit. appear suspicious. A biopsy is a procedure to Mammograms can miss 1 in 5 cancers in women. remove a piece of tissue or a sample of cells from your body so that it can be analysed by a pathologist. Mammography isn’t foolproof. It Mr Angus McIndoe does have some limitations and potential risks: PhD FRCS MRCOG Consultant Gynaecologist A Mammogram exposes you to low-dose The London Breast Clinic radiation. The dose is very low, though, and for most women the benefits of regular

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The London Breast Clinic – Fully integrated breast care service for all benign and malignant disease with on site digital mammography, ultrasound, cytology and core biopsy allowing rapid diagnosis. Breast screening, genetic and family review also available on site. The London Skin Clinic – Experts offer same day consultation and surgery under local anaesthetic for conditions including melanoma, skin cancer, cysts and other benign lesions, together with diagnosis and treatment of general dermatological conditions. The Gilmore Groin and Hernia Clinic – Over 30 years’ experience of the diagnosis and treatment for sportsmen and sportswomen with Groin Disruption / Sportsman’s Groin (Gilmore’s Groin) and adductor injuries, together with herniae of all types both primary and recurrent. Both open and laparoscopic repair are available as appropriate. The London Rectal Clinic – Expert opinion and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, malignant and benign disease of the colon and rectum including rectal bleeding, haemorrhoids, pilonidal sinus, fissure and fistula. Bowel cancer screening is also available. The London Sports Injury Clinic – A cutting edge, multidisciplinary service that specialises in non surgical solutions for sports and orthopaedic injuries. In addition the clinic focuses on human performance and wellness. “You don’t have to be a professional athlete to be treated like one”. 108 X-ray and Imaging – Rapid access to full field digital mammography, ultrasound and where appropriate needle aspiration cytology or core biopsy. A full range of plain film investigations, general ultrasound including abdominal, gynaecological and small part imaging. A full breast screening service is also available.

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In the first of a new regular column, Healthy Balance Integrated Medicine practitioners share their advice on your health issues.

This week, GP Dr. Kate Barnes, Osteopath, Steven Fullagar & Specialist dietitian, Tanya Wright contribute I am having problems sleeping, it is hard to get to sleep and when I do I find I wake up and lie in bed tossing and turning. This has been worse by the stress of my husband’s recent redundancy and also since I hurt my shoulder 6 weeks ago lifting my father who has recently had a stroke. I am very tired, what can I do?

My three year old son keeps getting awful outbreaks of eczema all over his body. The dermatologist has prescribed him hydrocortisone and Diprobase and these do work for a week or two, but the outbreaks come back again. A friend suggested that it could be related to something he eats. Is this true?

There are several factors contributing to the difficulties with your sleep. From a physical point of view, pain from a shoulder problem will nearly always affect sleep when lying on the injured side. Managing your pain is important to make you as comfortable as possible and a GP can advise you on this. As the shoulder hasn’t improved in 6 weeks, I would advise treatment with a physiotherapist or osteopath.

Hi Anna, childhood eczema can feel hot and itchy and can be caused by many different factors. It can get worse in hot or cold weather, when a child is unwell, or may have an environmental trigger including dust, pet fur, woollen clothing or perfumes... diet can be another important factor. If you are going to exclude foods from the diet, this should be done in a structured way and preferably with the help of a dietitian. Your GP can refer you to an NHS dietitian. Try and keep a food and eczema diary to help identify if the eczema might be triggered by a food (or foods). If food is making eczema worse and foods are excluded from the diet it may become unbalanced; this is why replacement foods should be used and recipes for family foods adapted; it is easier than you think to do this especially with the right help and supervision.

Recent events will be contributing to your anxiety and directly affecting your sleep. You could look to explore this with a cognitive behavioural approach giving you some useful tools for reducing anxiety. Hypnotherapy would be excellent too as it would enable you to get into a relaxed state where sleep will occur naturally and easily. If you are struggling to manage your father and his physical needs please contact his GP and social services for further community care. Kate Barnes is a GP of 20 years experience with a special interest in Mind-Body Medicine.

Tanya Wright is on the committee of several organisations including the Board of Trustees and Scientific Committee for Allergy UK.

I’ve had an MRI confirming that I have a slipped disc in my back. Is it safe to have osteopathic treatment for my back pain?

‘Slipped disc’ is a colloquial term for a prolapsed or herniating intervertebral disc. Discs are the cushioning between the 24 moving vertebrae (bones) in the spine. Damage happens when the soft squidgy centre of the disc pushes through a weakened portion of its own outside fibrous layer and this can lead to nerves being compressed. This can be very serious and in certain circumstances can lead to a condition called cauda equina syndrome which requires immediate surgery. Pain from a prolapsed disc can be debilitating and your body will try to compensate to avoid it. Whilst joints do need to move to get better, this altered movement can result in additional problems. It is commonly understood that keeping active is better than bed rest for this condition. However, it is important that this condition is managed properly. An osteopath can go through with you in detail, which movements and activities you must avoid to stop the problem getting any worse with the aim of maximising the mobility of the rest of the spine in order to minimise the forces occurring at the damaged level. Steven Fullagar is an osteopath with special interest in sports medicine and is on the committee of OSCA UK.

The information in this column is intended as a guide only and not treatment itself. If you are worried about a health problem please see your health care practitioner for detailed advice. For any further information or questions please contact; Healthy Balance, 51 High Street, Great Missenden, Bucks HP16 0AL 104 APRIL2013 Telephone: 01494 867272


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H OUS E & GA R D E N “We were very impressed by the choice Alhambra offers. We were also very pleased with the competitive price.”

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Tiles are taking centre stage in people’s homes. And where better to look than to Spain with its enchanting encaustic designs, delicate mosaics and modern monochrome patterns?

lhambra Tiles is a young company well placed to meet demand. Attracted by the wonderful textures, soft colours and geometric and retro patterns, the Spanishthemed interiors shop began importing encaustic cement tiles in 2010. “We started with reclaimed tiles,” says proprietor Rebecca Leathlean. “By definition, supplies were limited, so we returned to Spain to find newly-made encaustic tiles that could be produced in unlimited quantities. We also sourced mosaics.” The result is a unique enterprise providing both reclaimed and new tiles in an unrivalled choice of design and colour. Clients (either online or in store) can use an interactive tile chooser to pick one of 68 patterns, decide on shades and generate a view of how the tiles will look. They can also opt for a patchwork combining different patterns. Since the launch of the website in 2011 business has been brisk, with a number of commercial clients now among the customer base. Alhambra prides itself on its personal service. “There’s no minimum order,” says Rebecca. “We take as much pride in a small local order as a big international one. We have negotiated some very good transport rates, so we can keep our prices down. “Patchwork designs are very popular. We have tiles in stock in Spain that can be used. We’ve also worked with interior architects and others on bespoke patchworks for both floors and walls.” Patchworks aside, tile designs go from traditional to super-modern. Projects have included minimalist monochrome designs for bachelor pads and a hallway tiled with black and white diamonds, the showstopping entrance to a Buckinghamshire ‘grand design’ 106 APRIL2013

developed by architects Charlie Luxton and Takero Shimazaki.

“Personally, I love the reclaimed tiles as they are a great sustainable choice with an enchanting rustic quality,” says Rebecca. “We have lots in stock, and you can even just buy one - they make great trivets, doorsteps, stair-risers, table-tops and hearths. “Reclaimed tiles are good for big projects too. My favourite was a bathroom floor made entirely with random tiles from our garden! The client was a set designer with a great sense of style. He combined the reclaimed tiles with modern metro tiles and fabulous bathroom fittings. “People often think of tiles as cold but in fact they are wonderfully warm. They work well with underfloor heating because cement is a great heat conductor. They also stay nice and cool in the summer.” New lines include a fashionable collection of patterned monochrome porcelain tiles for floors and walls. The company also supplies elegant mosaic ‘alizares’, like those found in Spain’s Alhambra Palace as well as fabulous art tiles by ceramicist Matthew Weir and he is available to undertake bespoke commissions. *Hydraulic, also known as ‘encaustic’ cement tiles are cast in a mould. The top layer of cement is mixed with ground marble and tinted with colours according to the pattern before being hydraulically pressed. The tiles are not fired, but rather dried in fresh air.

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Lifes a Beach


ith Spring and Summer finally on the horizon, it makes us all re evaluate our living spaces. Out with log fires and wool throws for the dark evenings stuck indoors and in with bright fresh fabrics and a new look to blow away the cobwebs. At Helen Turkington Interiors, new fabrics and accessories are coming into stock heralding a new season and so we turn our minds to holidays and where we will be spending them. Helen herself works between Dublin where she has two large interiors showrooms and London where she has been gradually building up the UK side of her business for the past three years from her base on St. Johns Hill, Clapham. Commuting between the two takes its toll especially with three children and a large business to run. Three years ago Helen was visiting her parents in Northern Ireland and came across a lighthouse keepers cottage for sale on a peninsula. “ I thought I’d died and gone to heaven when we first saw it” she says of the property. “ It was the location that was amazing rather than the house itself. Set in two acres of land with the two sides of the house facing the sea, it felt as though it was in the middle of the water”.

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Although Helen wasn’t in love with the house itself, it would have been too expensive to knock down. “So we revamped the interior – taking out carpets, installing wooden panelling in the bedrooms and hall and painting it all in Distressed white, one of my own paint colours for a nautical feel” Easy living was key to the look – the floors are a mix of white painted boards and sisal rugs. “ With three children and two dogs it has to be easy to maintain. What I love about is the fact that the children can be out on the beach with their buckets and nets, the long walks on the beach are endless, it’s better than a holiday, it’s easy living at its best”. For more information about Helen Turkington Interiors 4-5 The Parade St. Johns Hill Clapham SW11 1TG Tel. 0207 228 9435


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he beauty of fine architectural moulding was the business of Herbert Hodkin of Hodkin & Jones in 1868 and from those fine beginnings for over 144 years the company have been associated with the design, manufacture and installation of quality fibrous plaster products still producing by hand now, as then. The importance of Hodkin & Jones history is evident in the care, skill and craftsmanship given to each commission showing experience is paramount to achieve the service expected from their discerning clients. Many plaster manufacturers in the uK can be traced back to the company having worked or trained there before establishing their own companies. Having over the years worked with architects, restoring fire damaged mouldings in theatres and halls, reinstating mouldings in great mansions and historical buildings to creating spectacular features like the acoustically designed rock wall effect for the Millennium Cardiff Theatre which won the coveted Plaisterers Trophy. The FPDC Plaisterers awards are held in high esteem as one of the most prestigious competitions in the industry. Winning the trophy immediately classes you amongst the industries greatest, giving recognition from your clients and reassurance for potential customers about your standard of workmanship . Hodkin & Jones “Simply Elegant” range of mouldings offers one of the most comprehensive ranges of fibrous plaster mouldings available. With traditional elegant cornices from Georgian, Victorian, Gothic, Regent, and Art Deco periods through to the present day popular contemporary range. Hodkin & Jones also offer a match to existing service for restoration to heritage or listed properties and have re created patterns from debris and previous photographs available to faithfully reproduce the original mouldings. Typical projects include spiral staircases, swimming pool ceilings,


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and restoring ornate plaster mouldings to historical residential buildings. Often Architects or interior designers have a need to use designs not available from standard ranges, which is where Hodkin & Jones offers their bespoke service. From drawings they are able to manufacture mouldings to the exact dimensions specified whether it is for a ceiling design to create a grand room or a new design created by the architect that is in keeping with the particular project they are working on. Managing Director David Lewis stated in a Rolls Royce commemorative book “Archaeologist who have excavated locations such as Herculaneum and Pompeii have found designs that are exactly the same as ones we still make today. Plasterwork has a very, very long history going back thousands of years. The one aspect that is incorporated into the business from start to finish is quality” says David. “We have never lowered our standards, or substituted quality for cost but I would argue that we are the best”. Hodkin Jones Ltd undertakes projects both nationwide and overseas. Many of the residential projects are based in London with contract managers and installers working here on a daily basis. Many of the projects are of a confidential nature due to either the building or the client so agreements are drawn up when requested ensuring no advertising is allowed unless with prior agreement with the client or their representative. The companies website is very comprehensive showing the “Simply Elegant” range that is available. There is also a gallery with images of previous projects which include Residential, Public Building, Hotels, Offices and Retail schemes. For a free catalogue or to talk to one of their specialists about your requirements please call 01246 290890 or email sales@hodkin-jones. The company is also happy to arrange visits from one of the technical contracts managers either on site or via the designer’s office to go through specific requirements. ■


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ome improvement is as popular as ever right now and whilst extending upwards, outwards and even downwards are all possibilities, the kitchen is usually the most logical starting point in any plan. The Dovetail Joint in Forest Hill has been manufacturing high quality, bespoke kitchens and other builtin furniture since 1990. Materials used are to the specification of the customer. The Dovetail Joint will work very closely with you to ensure that you get what you want and kitchens manufactured at The Dovetail Joint are truly distinctive, owing in part to the high quality of materials and fittings used. Additionally, painstaking attention to detail, superb finish, and the subtle personalisation of each job allows them to take real pride in every commission. Other kinds of built-in furniture, most notably wardrobes, alcove cupboards, bathroom cabinets and home office furniture are also manufactured. The timber and panels suppliers to The Dovetail Joint belong to the Forest Stewardship Council, or FSC whose logo identifies products which contain wood from responsibly managed forests which are independently certified in accordance with the rules of the Forest Stewardship Council. The Dovetail Joint kitchen designers and craftsmen work as a team to combine style and individuality with traditional skills and painstaking attention to detail. They believe in teamwork with the most important player being you. Your ideas and tastes give the inspiration to create a unique kitchen which is built to the highest standards of design and workmanship, especially for you. What is more, as a small company

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with minimum overheads, they can afford to price their bespoke furniture very competitively. Whatever your choice - wooden or painted - contemporary or period - steel, granite, Corian or glass The Dovetail Joint will design an original layout considering every aspect of space, light and function. They have no production line, the kitchens are hand made in their workshop by their own craftsmen and guaranteed for five years. When you buy a kitchen from The Dovetail Joint you get much more than an efficient work space. You get a room that is tailored to your lifestyle. It will be tough enough to withstand almost anything you can throw at it, yet still stylishly equipped for even the most ambitious cook. The Dovetail Joint is a small family run business that holds to the traditional values of high quality workmanship and value for money. As part of the full design service they take time with you, the client, and listen carefully to everything you say. They work with you to ensure each Dovetail Joint kitchen reflects your own personal style. They know that you will want to show it off. They realise how important it is to get every detail right in a kitchen that is going to last a lifetime.

If you would like a beautiful, practical, hardwearing, competitively priced bespoke kitchen or any other built in furniture to enhance and improve your home call The Dovetail Joint or visit their website at Or call on 020 8291 5578.

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REVAMP YOUR HOME Ian Dunn Woodwork and Design is a bespoke cabinet making business located in East Dulwich with over 30 years experience working alongside architects, interior designers and many of the specialist trades to create furniture which combines unique design with exceptional quality. Every project, both large and small, is hand crafted to the highest possible standard in their fully equipped East Dulwich workshop.


ith the current economic climate many people are looking to revamp their homes rather than move property. Ian Dunn Woodwork & Design are able to help you maximise your space with clever design and resourcefulness. In London this is particularly important with space being of optimal value. As the projects are completely bespoke they can offer alternative solutions in line with your individual budget. Ian Dunn, who founded the company in 1981, has extensive knowledge of his craft and a wealth of experience ensuring that he is able to realise and create the very latest in contemporary furniture as well as the more traditional styles. Projects are reliably and professionally managed from start to finish, from the initial design stages through to manufacture and installation. Ian Dunn are happy to provide their own detailed drawings but can also liaise with other contractors, architects and interior designers to refine and perfect detailed designs and ensure project requirements are met. Their experienced craftsmen marry traditional techniques with the latest technology to create furniture that delivers on style as well as functionality and durability. They pride themselves on their ability to listen and respond to ideas, collaborating with clients and taking time to understand personal style and space before realising ideas into unique pieces of furniture which can be enjoyed for years to come, becoming the focal point of any room in which they are placed. They use only responsibly sourced timber suppliers with FSC, PEFC or SFI certifications.

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Ian Dunn and his team are experienced in working in both domestic and commercial environments, providing a high level of expertise and an individually tailored service to all their clients. Their projects include a wide variety of bespoke cabinets, alcove and media units, dressing rooms, fitted and free-standing furniture and kitchens including sourcing and supplying the best appliances, work surfaces, glass and lighting for their clients. They have worked in a wide range of settings including historic palaces, West End restaurants, listed buildings, award winning new build properties and numerous private houses. Each project is bespoke and each creation is a one off and truly unique. As a testament to their professionalism and ability to supply exactly what their client’s want, much of Ian Dunn’s work comes from previous clients and personal recommendations by clients, interior designers and architects they have formerly worked with. Their excellent standards were confirmed and recognised at the Wood Awards in 2009 in the Private/Best Small Project category and again in 2010 for Outstanding Craftsmanship. They are also long standing members of the Guild of Master Craftsmen. For more information about Ian Dunn Woodwork & Design 4 Goose Green Trading Estate, 47 East Dulwich Road, London SE22 9BN Call 020 8613 1781 or email www.


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The Spring Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair will be full, with over 140 UK and European exhibitors of wonderful objects, furniture and works of art of all periods to tempt every aficionado of fine interiors.


he Decorative Fair runs three times a year in January, April and October. Dealers offer carefully chosen items for those seeking antiques for interior decoration. It’s a stylist’s dream. One visitor to the January Fair described it as “full of wonders… you just can’t get anywhere else.” Twentieth century mirrors, lighting and furniture such as sideboards, consoles, occasional tables and desks had one of their most successful outings yet in January’s fair. These original and individual pieces offer modern style with quality and integrity of design at prices competitive with many high street and designer sources, and furnish the buyer with an item unique to their taste without blowing the budget. Antique mirrors and lighting, perennial customer favourites at the Decorative Fair, displayed an interesting trend in January; industrial and quirky was ‘in’, so immediate sellers were mirrors that were circular, convex or metal-framed, whilst best-selling lights were floor lamps (metal, or chunky turned wood), metal lanterns, or industrial ceiling lights in glass or metal. Anything globe-shaped also sold well. At the Fair, discerning customers also buy fine and decorative art, from 16th century portraits to abstract modern and contemporary pieces by leading artists such as Matisse and Keith Vaughan. Sculpture spans medieval and early wood carvings to modern bronzes, and tribal artefacts to classical statuary. Book Signing The Fair is delighted to reveal its recent

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collaboration in the creation of a new book being published this Spring. A Guide to Collecting Affordable Antique Furniture (Vivays Publishing) features a large number of illustrations from the Fair’s library of stock photographed at past Fairs. A book signing session by the author Caroline Wheater will be held at the Spring Fair the morning of Saturday 27th April. The book will be available to purchase direct from the publisher on the day for a special price. The Spring Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair coincides with National Antiques

Week this year (20th-28th April, www. The Fair is working with NAW in a new initiative to find the ‘Young Guns’ who are behind the future of the art and antiques industry. All around the UK there are hundreds of fresh businesses being established in the art and antiques world led by enthusiastic youngsters. They may not be well known, yet, but The Decorative Fair and the organisers of National Antiques Week hope to change that. Twelve Shortlisted young dealers have already been selected as finalists for the 2013 Young Guns of the Antiques Trade Award. The Winner and two Runners-Up will be announced and presented with their Awards during the Spring Decorative Fair. The Foyer of the Fair will showcase a selection of stock from this year’s Young Guns contenders, curated by one of the Fair’s own regular ‘young guns’, Mark Hill. As a youthful expert who is already a well-known name (a new primetime BBC2 series featuring Mark will be on air soon), Mark will be picking a directional edit to showcase the tastes of these young and exciting antiques and vintage devotees. Spot the stars of the future here!

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Audi R8 V10 Spyder

The latest set of wheels are taken for a spin. This week: Audi R8 V10 Spyder. By Matt Joy


he R8 has been the figurehead of the Audi range since it first rolled into town in 2006 and it’s been working wonders for the brand ever since. In that time it’s had its roof cut off, a bigger engine stuffed in it and in GT form pumped up and pared back even further. Not many cars could go so long effectively unmolested but for 2013 the surgeon’s scalpel has come out - in a very modest way and a few tweaks have been made to four-ringed supercar.

presence, still turns heads and has no trouble of raising the pulse of the lucky person holding the keys.

Spot one in your rear view mirror and it will be the piercing all-LED headlights that catch your attention first, now standard on all R8 models. The front grille has been subtly tweaked and now wears chromed horizontal details on V10 versions, the side blades are also a little bigger on ten-cylinder models and there is a new front bumper to boot. Massive changes they are not, and with good reason; this is still a fantastic looking car, both in coupé and Spyder forms. It has immense

But the biggest change is in the engine room (well, next to it), as alongside the standard six-speed manual Audi has introduced an S tronic seven-speed gearbox to replace the previous R tronic version. What does that mean? Well the old R tronic box was essentially an oldschool automatic, whereas S tronic means that same as elsewhere in the Audi range - dual-clutch wizardry, rapid and seamless full-bore up shifts and much less grief in traffic.

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There’s a new model in the range too, the V10 plus Coupé which has a tweaked version of the 5.2-litre V10 engine producing 550PS, and gets some extra bits thrown in; unique alloy wheels, exterior detailing plus LED lighting and carbon trim in the engine bay.


The reality is just the same. Piloting this V10 Spyder out through the centre of London is exactly the kind of challenge that everyday supercars have to take in their stride, and despite it being the middle of the lunchtime rush hour the R8 copes perfectly well. Leave the transmission in automatic mode (you still get a chunky alloy level to select the gearbox’s actions) and you can pedal the R8 along without expending much more effort than you would in a regular car. Not that this spoils the sense of occasion however, because sitting snugly in the R8’s cockpit you are down low compared to other cars, and grasping the small but chunky flat-bottomed steering wheel reminds you of what it is capable of. Leave it in automatic and stick to the first few centimetres of throttle travel and you could almost forget you’re in a supercar, especially if you leave the button marked ‘Sport’ alone. But that would be a waste, and it takes only a moment to access the more dynamic side of the R8’s personality. Punch that button and the revs flare instantly as the throttle response is sharpened and the gearbox switches into a more aggressive programme. The thing you’ll notice first however is the howl from the exhaust as it opens out completely to give the engine its full voice. Frankly why you’d have the switch in any other position is beyond me; that V10 delivers such a fantastic range of noises it encourages you to change down very early and hold on to gears for longer just to hear it sing. Squeeze on the throttle in any gear and there’s a hardening of the exhaust note as it begins to accelerate hard. Pin the pedal to the floor and the response is dramatic and instant; third gear is the one to go for, because at first you can’t believe how hard it pulls in a relatively tall gear and then as you reach the red line it’s even

more amazing how it keeps on pulling hard way into big speeds. Whatever you ask of it, the V10 Spyder responds emphatically with a mighty push in the back. Crucially it is friendly and entertaining when you start to push on too. The Quattro drivetrain provides reassurance rather than nannying interference and even if the surface is only fractionally damp you can use the power with much greater freedom. The steering is sharp and responsive but not nervous, although the flat-bottomed wheel takes a little getting used to. No car this fast has a right to be so friendly, but you can lean on the R8 a great deal and forget how much it costs and just revel in the grip, the balance and the knowledge that even if you are a little cackhanded it is on your side. That the R8 is so responsive and accessible when you press on yet comfortable and unobtrusive when you’re just burbling through town is exactly why you’d buy one. If such all-round brilliance sounds dull, it isn’t; you just get all the thrills but without the headache when you just want to get home. There are younger cars and there are outright faster cars (just), but the one you’ll want to see out of your bedroom window every night is the R8.

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A PERFECT PENTHOUSE with a perfect view

Fusion Residential’s exquisite Murano House Penthouse in Cockfosters Road, Hadley Wood, is quite clearly a home for someone at the top of their game, someone used to making big decisions, someone who likes being in control.

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he property has been finished with meticulous attention to detail and is a luxurious concierge-serviced home boasting everything from waterproof flat screen TVs, a bespoke kitchen and touch control air conditioning as well as state of the art entertainment systems.

Winners at the 2011 UK Property Awards, Fusion have followed the blueprint from their hugely successful Amara Lodge project just along the road. You will discover and delight in that unmistakeable Fusion feel from the moment you enter the secure underground car park and are luxuriously elevated to the exclusive penthouse above. There can be no mistake that you have arrived on entering the stunning entrance hall with an abundance of natural light from the huge skylight above. The property also boasts three double bedrooms, living room, study, large kitchen diner, utility room, and a very wide open air terrace commanding magnificent views across Hadley Wood Golf Course at the end of the lawned garden which, for good measure, boasts its own private putting green!

The kitchen, overlooking the undulating Green Belt countryisde to the front, has been Poggenpohl fitted with a range of Miele integrated appliances including two multifunction ovens, combination microwave, coffee machine, dishwasher and induction hob. And helping keep you in control is Fusion’s trademark “Smart Home” technology delivered via wall inset iPads allowing remote programming and control of lighting, heating, air-con, audio, vision and security. Selling agent Nick Staton is overwhelmed with the property and in particular the priceless views it offers. “At last a penthouse that combines stunning views, wonderful outdoor space, majestic elevations and built to one of the highest specifications I have seen for a long time. At around 3000 sqft backing on to the renowned Hadley Wood Golf Course… of course we are excited and proud to be involved with such a property”, he enthused. Offers are invited in the region of £3 million.

The master bedroom is enormous. It too, provides terrace access and that incredible panoramic view. In fact, Murano has spectacular countryside views front and back.

Contact Debbie Williams on 01923 216535 to arrange a viewing.

The master en suite has been finished with a statement free-standing oval bath with a skylight above to gaze at the starry night sky, walk in shower, exquisitely crafted seamless double basins and the requisite waterproof flat screen TV. The two other magnificently appointed bedrooms are adjoined by another unique en suite bathroom which oozes Fusion opulence. Wall coverings are richly textured and, combined with the walnut floor and door finishes, project wonderful warmth, enhanced by subtle mood lighting which has been sunk into the floors.

For more information about this property please contact Nick Staton on 020 8440 9797

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The 2013 Virgin London Marathon SUNDAY 21 ST APRIL 2013


ince the first ever London Marathon on 29th March 1981, the race has grown in size, stature and popularity ever since. Now established among the major events in the sporting calendar, the London Marathon is shown on television in more that 150 countries around the world. As a fundraising event, there is no race in the world that comes close to the London Marathon. Runners in the 2012 Virgin London Marathon set yet another record figure for charity fund raising when they collected £51.8 million for good causes at last year’s race , confirming the London Marathon as the largest annual one-day fund raising event in the world. With a similar total expected from this year’s runners, the total raised over 30 years since the first race in 1981 will reach more than £500 million! An iconic image of the event is the thousands of runners traipsing the streets to raise money for charity, many in fancy dress, hoping to stand out as a rhino, football mascot, giant tree, or escaped convict. More than three quarters of competitors

now run for a good cause and a third of all entry places are offered by charitable organisations.

world while becoming familiar with the London course. Celebrities lined up to take part this year include: model Sophie Anderton, actors In addition, over the last three decades the London Christopher Eccelston and Tony Audenshaw, Marathon Charitable Trust has awarded more than designer Wayne Hemingway, opera singer £35 million in grants to develop sport and recreation Katherine Jenkins, McFly’s Harry Judd, Top chef facilities in the capital and other areas in the country Michel Roux, wine and foodie expert Olly Smith. where the London marathon stages events. The elite races start at 9am for women and 9.45am for Some advice to those that wish to go along men, with the London Marathon wheelchair races and support and cheer on the brave runners, beginning at 9.20am and the mass race at 9.45am. many roads are closed on race day, so the best way to get around is using the London Britain’s double Olympic champion Mo Farah Underground, South Eastern and Docklands will get his first taste of an elite marathon when Light Railway (DLR), who lay on extra services he runs the first half of the 2013 Virgin London especially. Remember, the trains will be busy Marathon alongside some of the greatest marathon all day – expect it to be like rush hour. You’ll runners of all time. The Olympic 5000m and probably have to queue at some stations and 10,000m champion has agreed to make his full the tube lines may be forced to shut temporarily marathon debut at the 2014 London Marathon throughout the day to help ease the crowds. and will use this year’s race to prepare himself for the challenge of tackling 26.2 miles. Farah’s For more details go to aim is to test himself against the best in the



Cleves House is a stunning 5 bedroom renovation of a late Victorian building. Great attention to detail has ensured the retention of many period features while at the same time providing a home for modern day luxury living. Located in the sought after area of East Molesey, an area rich in history and close to the Royal Palace of Hampton Court, this home is situated

in a peaceful residential road and has its own gated entrance and walled garden. Cleves House is within walking distance of local shops and Hampton Court station. With excellent private and state schools in the vicinity, this is a superb location for families.

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