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Extravaganza festival, in celebration of all things bright, beautiful and of course, tropical. Happy New Year and welcome to our January issue.

Welcome to our On 24th February 2011, Cancer Research UK is hosting its annual November issue…

Depressed by the&thought of those long winter looming on the ‘Sound Vision’ music heritage eventmonths at the iconic Abbey Road Studios. Olympic Flame arrives in London on 18th May 2012. horizon?The Then put Sunday 5th February into your diary, which marks We take a closer look at the up and coming charity event. Representing peace, unity and friendship, 8,000 inspirational

the opening of from the Royal Kew’s month-long people aroundBotanic the UK Gardens, will carry the Olympic Flame as Tropical it

journeys across in Britain. Extravaganza festival, of allcritically things bright, beautiful of Atul Kochhar is celebration one of the most acclaimed chefsand in Britain and course, tropical. the Chef Patron behind the highly acclaimed Indian restaurant and bar, More than half of the London 2012 Torchbearers are expected to

be young people aged asSquare, young asMayfair. 12, so theWe designers aimed to Benares in Berkeley meet the wonderful chef at his make the Torch as light as possible.

On 24th breathtaking February 2011, Cancer Research UK is hosting its annual restaurant.

spectacular Wonderland returns for the 5th year ‘Sound &The Vision’ musicWinter heritage event at the iconic Abbey Road Studios. running with FREE admission and even more entertainment

We take with a closer look the up in and coming charity event. Claridges wasatbought 1854 by Mr and Mrs William Claridge, the new attractions.

hotel received the ultimate accolade in 1860 when Queen Victoria London’s biggest city-wide music festival brings together Atul Kochhar is Claridge’s onestars of the acclaimed chefs in Britain and This was visited to seecritically hertalent, friend Empress Eugenie ofofFrance. established and most emerging reflecting the traditions and illustrating breadth and depth.visits, the Chefjazz Patron behind theaitshighly acclaimed Indianwhich restaurant and bar, the beginning of tradition of royal continues to this day.

Benares Ryder in Square, We meet theworld wonderful chef at his Hotel. WeBerkeley explore the fascinating history of the famous Claridge’s Cup legend PaulMayfair. McGinley will pay tribute to his beloved team restaurant. mate at a star-studded evening in aid of the Seve Ballesteros breathtaking Foundation in partnership with Cancer Research UK.

This gives you just a small taste of exciting events and articles thebought pastin three ‘Big making their waythe ClaridgesFor was in years 1854 byHitters’ Mr andhave Mrsbeen William Claridge, featured this month’s issue, until next month... to Wimbledon not only for the summer Tennis Championships hotel received in 1860 when Victoria but for the twoultimate weeks of accolade glorious music making at theQueen International Wimbledon Festival. visited Claridge’s toMusic see her friend Empress Eugenie of France. This was

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it in Greece, the Olympic Flame arrives in the UK on 18th May 2012. Representing peace, unity and friendship, 8,000 inspirational people from around the UK will carry the Olympic Flame as it journeys across Britain between 19th May – 27th July 2012. Nominated by someone they know, it will be their moment to shine, inspiring millions of people watching in their community. Torchbearers will carry the Flame through more than 1,000 cities, towns and villages. The Olympic Flame will come within 10 miles of 95% of people in the UK, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey. It will enable local communities to shine a light on the best their area has to offer – including celebrations of local culture,

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breathtaking landscapes and dynamic urban areas. The London 2012 Olympic Torch features 8,000 small cut-out circles, representing the 8,000 inspirational people who will carry it on its journey. The Torch was designed by east Londoners Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, who won the opportunity through a competitive tender run by the London 2012 Organising Committee and the Design Council. The Torch stands 800mm high and weighs 800 grammes, and is made up of an inner and an outer aluminium alloy skin, held in place by a cast top piece and base, perforated by 8,000 circles which run the length of the body of the Torch also offer a unique level of transparency. You can see right to the heart of the Torch

and view the burner system which will keep the Olympic Flame alive on its journey. More than half of the London 2012 Torchbearers are expected to be young people aged as young as 12, so the designers aimed to make the Torch as light as possible. The circles also help ensure heat is quickly dissipated, without being conducted down the handle, and providing extra grip. The triangular-shaped Torch was inspired by a series of ‘threes’ that are found in the history of the Olympic Games and the vision for the Olympic Movement: ✱ The three Olympic values of respect, excellence and friendship; ✱ The three words that make the Olympic motto – faster, higher, stronger; ✱ The fact that the UK has hosted the Olympic Games in 1908, 1948 and will host them for the third time in 2012; ✱ The vision for the London 2012 Olympic Games to combine three bodies of work – sport, education and culture. As it makes its way across the UK on a 70-day journey it will bring the excitement of the Games to everyone.

Monday 23rd July Lewisham Bromley Croydon Sutton Merton Wandsworth (Evening celebration) Tuesday 24th July Kingston Richmond Hounslow Hillingdon Ealing (Evening celebration) Wednesday 25th July Harrow Brent Barnet Enfield Haringey (Evening celebration) Thursday 26th July Camden Islington City Southwark Lambeth Kensington & Chelsea Hammersmith & Fulham Westminster (Evening celebration) Friday 27th July Olympic Stadium, London For details of the route further afield, please visit http://www.london2012. com/olympic-torch-relay

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illed as ‘The ultimate Top Gear experience’, visitors can expect all the on-screen, supercharged excitement of the TV show rolled into one event, with the famous presenting trio of Clarkson, Hammond and May previously seen in the TopGearLive action arena now spilling out into the rest of the event. At the centre of the new format is the new Top Gear indoor track featuring highlights from the TV show including Stig power laps and Star in a reasonably priced car as well as the Top Gear Stunt Team, head-toheads and supercar parades. Other highlights will include a re-creation of the famous Top Gear studio, special tributes to Top Gear’s greatest challenges and some of the more creative and famous machinery featured in the programme over the years. 10 n o v e m b e r 2 0 1 1

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Following the huge success of the TopGearLive global tour, the UK is to debut an exciting new format to be showcased this month.

To cater for the scale of the event and activities, show organisers have moved to the 100-acre ExCel London venue in Docklands. Commercial Director of TopGearLive, James Cooke-Priest, said: ‘The idea is simple - to create the ultimate motoring event in the spirit of Top Gear’. Tickets start at just £49. For more information about the show or to book tickets visit or call 0871 230 5588. To keep up-to-date and for the chance to win exclusive behind the scenes experiences, keep an eye on TopGearLiveUK, Twitter @TopGearLiveUK and TopGearLive is a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Brand Events Ltd, who are running the event in the UK jointly with Clarion Events Ltd. Offering a variation on more traditional motor shows TopGearLive brings the spirit of the TV programme to the live events arena allowing fans to immerse themselves in their passion for Top Gear and motoring in general. Starring Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond the event features an indoor track, exhibition and Live Action Arena. TopGearLive has been running world tours since 2008 entertaining over 1 million visitors.



ondon’s biggest city-wide music festival brings together established stars and emerging talent, reflecting the traditions of jazz and illustrating its breadth and depth. In a programme made up of premieres, commissions, one-off collaborations, talks, family events, workshops and a fantastic Jazz for Free series, 280 concerts in over 50 venues across the capital. The line-up of artists is as impressive as ever and takes in a number of landmark anniversaries on the way. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Impulse! Records McCoy Tyner* revisits the classic John Coltrane/Johnny Hartman vocal record with José James and Chris Potter. Other jazz giants associated with the label in the 1960s are also featured - modern jazz drum giant Roy Haynes and firebrand saxophonist Archie Shepp with pianist Joachim Kühn. These artists are joined by Steve Coleman, Bill Frisell, Abdullah Ibrahim, David Sanborn, Martial Solal, Steve Swallow and Henry Threadgill, plus younger stars like Ambrose Akinmusire, Stefano Bollani* and Lionel Loueke. The Festival explore the riches of jazz history in a variety of ways. In celebration of Louis Armstrong’s 110th birthday, the Festival presents the European premiere of ‘Louis’, a brand new silent movie that re-imagines a young Louis Armstrong as he navigates the colourful intricacies of life in the quintessential jazz city. Wynton Marsalis’s score is played by a hand-picked ensemble of some of the composer’s closest associates, directed by trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, including saxophonist Wes Anderson, and drummer Herlin Riley, contributing a spirited counterpoint to director Dan Pritzker’s stunning Chaplin-inspired movie. Jazz historian/drummer Richard Pite salutes the 100th birthday of Roy Eldridge. To mark another centenary, broadcaster/double bassist Alyn Shipton toasts Buck 12 n o v e m b e r 2 0 1 1

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Clayton - one of the stalwarts of the Count Basie band presenting evocative film and audio clips plus performing new arrangements of his music with a stellar band. The Festival’s legendary opening night is celebrated in style with Jazz Voice*, featuring Ayanna, Gregory Porter, Ian Shaw, Lucinda Belle, Mary Pearce, Norma Winstone and Shingai Shoniwa (The Noisettes), arranged and scored by Guy Barker and accompanied by the London Jazz Festival Orchestra. Jazz has always had strong global connections and this year there is a chance to see two seminal figures that have made worldwide impact tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain and Cape Verdean superstar Cesaria Evora, plus two Iranian masters, Kayhan Kalhor and Madjid Khaladj. ECM multiinstrumentalist Stephan Micus, brings his astonishing range of instruments from across the globe for an extremely rare London performance. European pianists of extreme talent appear throughout the Festival. From the British scene, Mercury Prize-nominee Gwilym Simcock plays multiple gigs across the Festival, Jason Yarde and Andrew McCormack launch their new Edition album Spaces and Other Places, Empirical open for jazz giant Archie Shepp and saxophonist Steve Williamson makes a rare London appearance. The Festival takes the London club scene by storm, with performances from former EST linchpin Magnus Ostrom and trioVD at The CAMP, Robert Glasper Experiment at XOYO and a fiercely creative meeting between Charles Gayle and Han Bennink at Charlie Wright’s. Colin Vallon brings his cutting-edge Swiss trio to Pizza Express Jazz Club, and Istanbul’s club culture hits Southbank Centre in two latenight sessions with saxophonist/ keyboardist and agent provocateur Ilhan Ersahin. For full concert listings please visit the Festival website www.

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Viva La Vida Paul McGinley will lead tributes to Seve Ballesteros at a star-studded celebration of his life


yder Cup legend Paul McGinley will pay tribute to his beloved team mate at a star-studded evening in aid of the Seve Ballesteros Foundation in partnership with Cancer Research UK. The annual flagship event Viva La Vida will be held to mark the end of the 2011 golfing season and help raise vital funds for brain cancer research. ‘Viva la Vida’ which translates as ‘Live the life’ will be a celebration and commemoration of Seve Ballesteros and the legacy he left behind. Unseen footage of Seve will be screened for the first time and some of Seve’s friends will provide moving insights into his life and career. The event will also include top entertainment, fine dining, a money-can’tbuy auction and will be attended by top personalities from the world 14 n o v e m b e r 2 0 1 1

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of sport, music and screen. Paul McGinley, an ambassador for Viva La Vida and Seve’s team mate for 15 years, said: “Seve was an inspirational man both on and off the golf course. I am truly honoured to be an ambassador for his official tribute event, Viva la Vida, which will help raise money for Seve’s Foundation in aid of Cancer Research UK. ‘He more than anybody was responsible for bringing me to the game. ‘I’ll always remember Seve for his compassion, personality and dedication and am looking forward to honouring and celebrating his unforgettable career and life through this fantastic event.’

‘Viva la Vida’ which translates as ‘Live the life’ will be a celebration and commemoration of Seve In 2009, Seve Ballesteros set up his Foundation in partnership with Cancer Research UK with the aim of being the biggest funder of brain cancer research in the UK. The Foundation has already raised more than £1.5 million towards vital research. This event marks the continuation of Seve’s legacy and his fight to find a cure for brain cancer. Ivan Ballesteros, Seve’s nephew and manager, said: “Seve’s determination to help others through his Foundation has been truly inspirational. By attending Viva la Vida you will not only experience unique insights into Seve’s life, you’ll also be helping keep his legacy alive by funding vital research into brain cancer.”

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iVoucher London Restaurant Festival Awards 2011

WINNERS ANNOUNCED! The great and good of the British food industry attended the glittering and gastronomic 2011 iVoucher London Restaurant Festival Awards ceremony on Monday 17th October at Old Spitalfields Market.


estival co-founders Simon Davis and Fay Maschler were joined by over 300 guests made up of renowned chefs, media and key figures in the restaurant industry. Unlike many other restaurant awards which feature ‘Best This’ and ‘Best That’ and end up regularly promoting the same usually very expensive places, the LRF Awards concentrate on the qualities that attract people to restaurants − qualities like Warmth, Discovery, Passion, Ceremony, Bravery and Fun − that explain why restaurants have become a vital part of so many Londoner’s lives. Judges this year included restaurant critics Tracey MacLeod, Marina O’Loughlin and Tom Parker Bowles, Christine Hayes, editor of Olive Magazine and 16 n o v e m b e r 2 0 1 1

Joe Warwick, originator of The World’s 100 Best Restaurants. Chair of the judges was Fay Maschler. Guests were treated to Laurent Perrier Champagne, Wines From Rioja and food from The Fresh Olive Company, Manchurian Legends, Elwy Valley Welsh Lamb, La Tua fresh pasta, Hi Sushi, Pizza Express and more. Aston Martin’s, were provided by Stratstone of Mayfair, the festival’s official car sponsor. To celebrate their official partnership with the London Restaurant Festival, PizzaExpress held a nationwide pizza poll for their two limited-edition ‘Boris’ and ‘Ken’ pizzas. The overall result was 52% - 48% in favour of Ken Livingstone. For more information and about this year’s festival go to: www.

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elebrating nearly 40 years of world class equestrian sport, Olympia, The London International Horse Show is introducing a brand new Extreme Driving competition to its coveted event format for 2011. The new indoor carriage driving competition will see the world’s best four in-hand drivers battling it out for the title on the evening of Thursday 15th and the afternoon of Friday 16th December. 20 n o v e m b e r 2 0 1 1

Renowned for immense speed and precision, the driving competition will feature marathon-style obstacles and pairs of cones, which drivers navigate against the clock. To mark the London Olympia debut, three of the world’s best will take part including Boyd Exell, Ijsbrand Chardon and Koos de Ronde. Flying the flag for Great Britain Pippa Bassett, will also take part with her team of Lipizzaners - an entry that is sure to get the support of the home crowd.

This year’s equestrian extravaganza kicks off with the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Qualifier. With Britain, and particularly Carl Hester

and Laura Bechtolsheimer, winning recent top dressage competitions, this will provide a good indication of Britain’s ability to go for gold in 2012. Jumping classes and highlights include the Alltech Christmas Puissance, The Rolex FEI World Cup Qualifier and The Olympia Grand Prix. Olympia favourites, The Kennel Club Dog Agility, The Shetland Pony Grand National and the Christmas Finale will feature in all jumping performances from Thursday 15th to Monday 19th December. Billed as ‘the world’s best equestrian Christmas party’, there will also be an Olympia Christmas Finale supported by The Hilton, London, Olympia complete with Father Christmas on a sleigh, carol singers and lots of fluffy white snow. Visitors can also stock up on Christmas gifts and equestrian goodies courtesy of the Shopping Village. The retail experience will be open from Wednesday 14th at 1pm and then every day from 10am till close with 200 shops and stalls selling items ranging from food, gifts, homeware, clothing, art, jewellery and much more. Tickets for Olympia, The London International Horse Show, are priced between £21 - £55 with discounts available for groups, seniors and children. Tickets include entrance to the Shopping Village but these can also be purchased separately without a show ticket for only £10. For further information and a confirmed programme of events please visit www. For tickets, call the box office on 0871 230 5580.

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or the past three years ‘Big Hitters’ have been making their way to Wimbledon not only for the summer Tennis Championships but for two weeks of glorious music making at the International Wimbledon Music Festival each November. This year the sporting and cultural life of this leafy suburb are coming into closer harmony through a newly commissioned work based on a poem by 2010 Championship Poet in Residence, Matthew Harvey


bounce bounce bounce bounce twackety wackety zingety ping hitterty backety pingety zang… Festival Director Anthony Wilkinson thought the words perfect for the vocal group JUICE, described by the Times as “…the 21st century’s answer to the Swingles or the King’s Singers’, and has commissioned composer Robert Fokkens to Sunwook Kim Piano Wed 23rd Nov

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write a work which premieres on Thursday 24th November. The tennis metaphors have come thick and fast, the latest with BBC Music Magazine declaring this years musical offering : “Wimbledon’s serve is perfect pitch’’, whilst other headlines have put the Festival on the international map. Gramophone has the festival among ‘The Best Events Worldwide’ and German Tokafi headlined: ‘Wimbledon Music Festival: Re-defining the Best’. So what is the ‘best’ at Wimbledon this year? Well you can’t do much better than this quartet of soloists – Nancy Argenta, Michael Chance, Allan Clayton and Roderick Williams – in Bach’s B minor Mass which opens the Festival on 12th November. Whilst closing the Festival on 27th November are the dazzling London Winds, one of the world’s most prominent chamber ensembles. Perhaps the scoop of the year comes with the UK premiere of a stunning, visual realization of Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ at the hands of Russian pianist Mikhail Rudy and the great Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky, who was inspired by the music to stage a work for ‘total theatre’ while he was at the Bauhaus in the late 1920s. Rudy spent 15 years tracking

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down the original elements, water colours, and annotated score to realize a full length animation which is projected on a vast screen above him while he plays. Go to Wimbledon on 19th November to experience this remarkable event. Another major production will bring more than 100 of Merton school children to perform alongside international stars in a performance of Benjamin Britten’s community opera ‘Noye’s Fludde’. Students of Wimbledon College of Art have made spectacular life-size puppets to lead the groups of animals into the Ark. The professional forces include the Brodsky Quartet, recorder virtuoso Piers Adams of Red Priest fame, and international opera stars David Wilson-Johnson, and Catherine Wyn-Rogers as Mr and Mrs Noye, both the composer’s own choice when he recorded the work. Festival Director Anthony Wilkinson thinks the discovery of his year has been flautist Wissam Boustany. whom he first heard at a concert with Martha Argerich at Kings Place. Boustany was booked for the festival on the spot, and given a major recital with soprano Nancy Argenta [15th Nov] Brodsky Quartet Sat 26th Nov

Piers Adams 21st & 22nd Nov

He will also be playing with French Jazz legend, pianist and composer Claude Bolling, who is coming from Paris with his Trio as Wimbledon’s competition to the London Jazz festival at this same time. Bookings are already going well! Apart from Mikhail Rudy and Claude Bolling, there are other superb keyboard artists: harpsichordists Trevor Pinnock, and Maggie Cole; and pianists Joanna MacGregor with percussionists Ensemblebash, and the young Korean Sunwook Kim, the youngest winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition. Last but not least are some outstanding string players: the wonderful Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque in a programme of Bach and Vivaldi concertos; the Brodsky Quartet in residence with two concerts; the London Schubert Players in an exciting programme built around Schubert’s the ‘Trout’; and Lawrence Power generally considered the finest viola player of his generation. Big Hitters indeed! International Wimbledon Music Festival 2011. for details and web bookings. Box Office Ambassador Tickets tel 0844 871 7685 Juice Thu 24th Nov




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ollowing a 10-year absence, Richmond Green and Hill Rise will become a hub of historical activity with a street parade, live entertainment and charity stalls selling seasonal nibbles as Victorian Evening comes back to the borough. George Street and Hill Rise will be pedestrianised as Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, Father Christmas and famous panto stars from Cinderella make an appearance in the horse carriage street parade at 7pm – 8pm. Traditional goodies such as mulled wine and minced pies will be available against a backdrop of Christmas carols, with shops staying open with in-store special offers and activities. People can also enter the Best Dressed Victorian competition. Prizes are set to include a £250 Shopping Voucher, theatre tickets and even a Christmas hamper. Proceeds from the Victorian Evening will go towards The Victoria Foundation Special Wheels Appeal. This will help the Richmond medical charity to fund a 15-seat customised minibus for the community’s elderly and disabled. Businesses are welcome to support the event and residents who wish to 26 n o v e m b e r 2 0 1 1

get involved or even feature in the street parade can contact the Victoria Foundation on 020 8332 1792 or email enquiries@ thevictorianfoundation. for more details. If you would like to be at the very heart of the Victorian Evening on board one of the carriages on the parade as it moves from Sheen Road, Paradise Road, Red Lion Street, to George Street, which will be pedestrianised, before returning to Sheen Road - tell us in no more than 100 words why you should be the lucky one! Remember to include your name, age, address and a contact number with your entry. All entries to be received by 5pm on Monday, 21st November. The winner will be announced on Thursday, 24th November. The Victorian Evening is supported by Richmond Business Retail Association, Richmond Council, Chamber of Commerce and Best of Richmond. Email or send your entries to The Victoria Foundation, St David’s House, 15 Worple Way, Richmond, TW10 6DG.


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Winter Wonderland Celebrates its 5th year with a magical new Ice Rink Friday 18th November 2011 to Tuesday, 3rd January 2012


he UK’s most spectacular winter event returns for the 5th year running with FREE admission and even more entertainment and new attractions. Since its launch in 2007, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland has attracted a staggering 8 million visitors, firmly becoming the Capital’s most popular and dazzling winter event. With beautifully decorated attractions set out across 20 acres of historic parkland, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland provides festive fun over seven weeks. Celebrity fans including Prince Harry, Kate Moss, Claudia Schiffer & Matthew Vaughn, Chris Martin, Tom Cruise, Alexandra Burke, Fearne Cotton and Liz Hurley have all been spotted enjoying Winter Wonderland’s festivities. This year, PWR Events and The Royal Parks are delighted to announce that

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the ice rink will be given a new home and will surround the Victorian Band Stand, creating a beautiful centre piece for Winter Wonderland. Stretching over 1,350m2, the outdoor rink will be the biggest of its kind in the UK. It will take 10 days to build using 100,035 litres of water which will be frozen at -12c. At night the ice rink will be transformed, as suspended above the rink will be 108,000 pea-lights illuminating the ice, creating a magical atmosphere for skaters. Other attractions making a return include the Giant Observation Wheel and the beautiful Angels Christmas Market, featuring over one hundred wooden chalets offering unusual and handmade gifts. A number of stalls will also feature traditional Christmas items such as wooden toys, nativity scenes and decorations. Last year

Father Christmas handed out over 50,000 presents to well behaved children, and he will make a welcome return this year as an ever popular free attraction. The UK’s favourite, Zippos Circus, also returns with two completely new shows – a daytime show for all the family, Zippos Christmas Circus starring Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

and friends, and an evening show for older thrill seekers, Zippos Cirque Extreme. For thrill seekers everywhere, Cirque Extreme is a jaw dropping, daredevil show combining some of the most thrilling and dangerous acts the world of circus has to offer. Top of the bill is the Motorbike Globe of Death, a beyond-thrilling spectacle starring three Brazilians riding together at up to 60mph in an unbelievably small steel globe. There will be perilous aerial work on the High Wire and Trapeze, death-defying antics on the rapidly-rotating steel Wheel of Death, reckless chainsaw juggling, thrilling fire acts and electrifying break dancing. There will be more bars, cafes & restaurants, including the new Carousel Bar, which rotates gently whilst you sip your mulled wine, and the Bavarian Village where you’ll find Bratwurst, bars and live music. In addition, there will also be the authentic Spiegel Saloon situated within a stunning ballroom, with its cosy booths, tables and chairs and cabaret acts. There will be three new and exhilarating thrill rides in the Alpine Adventure area alongside the ever popular Paower Tower, Christmas Coaster, Avalanche and Ski Jump Swing as well as more traditional rides and games. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is a fantastic day out for everyone, so be sure to book your tickets early and make Winter Wonderland part of your Christmas tradition.

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Observation Wheel & Live Big Top shows: Cirque Extreme and Zippo’s Christmas Circus. ✱ Open 10am - 10pm daily (on 18th November 2011 only - opens at 5pm) ✱ Winter Wonderland is FREE to enter, there is no admission fee ✱ or call the box office 0844 858 6755 ✱ Bespoke Winter Wonderland hospitality & party packages are available. Email groups@ for more details. Winter Wonderland is subject to licence and planning permission.

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Christmas in Belgravia Camels, Carol Singers, Christmas Lights and the best of Festive Shopping!

This Christmas Grosvenor’s picturesque Belgravia estate Christmas Lights Switch On on Thursday 1st December will be transformed into a winter wonderland.   from 6-8.30pm. With entertainment from the  With the annual Belgravia Christmas Household Cavalry Quintet, the IDMC Gospel Sunday, Christmas Lights Switch-On events Choir, jazz bands and more, this charming cobbled and tempting offers across its many unique street will come alive with Christmas cheer. boutiques, bars and restaurants, Belgravia  Launching for the very first time this year celebrates the festive season in style. Not will be the Mayfair & Belgravia Christmas only that, but with a brand new online Inspiration website. By visiting www. gift guide, savvy shoppers can plan ahead keen shoppers can and track down the perfect Christmas browse a selection of festive gifts on offer gift before the festive season begins. throughout the estate, creating their very  On Sunday 4 th  December, Pimlico Road own unique ‘Wishlist’. From glamorous to and neighbouring Elizabeth Street will celebrate gourmet; stocking filler to budget blow out, Belgravia Christmas Sunday. A haven from the this online gift guide has inspiration for everyone busy high street, visitors can soak up Belgravia’s – and maps to plan the perfect shopping trip! unique charm and take in the stunning Christmas lights,  For more information about Belgravia and while enjoying the delicious food and drink on offer Mayfair’s festive offerings, please visit: Belgravia and browsing some of the stalls that line the street.  Christmas Sunday  The three-wise-men will also be paying a    About Grosvenor Sunday 4th  December, visit, bringing real camels into the heart of Grosvenor is a privately owned international 11am - 4pm London’s best loved village! Joining them property group with over 300 years experience Elizabeth Street and Pimlico will be Father Christmas and a host of that includes a distinguished London estate Road, Belgravia, London, SW1 ‘Christmas helpers’ and carol singers who covering over 300 acres of iconic Belgravia  Motcomb Street Christmas Lights will entertain throughout the day. A festival and Mayfair in London.  Belgravia and Thursday 1 st December, of twinkling lights, Christmas cheer and Mayfair are two of London’s most vibrant 6pm – 8.30pm only 10 minutes walk from Victoria (national and prestigious destinations; with cutting Motcomb Street, Belgravia, rail & tube) Knightsbridge and Sloane edge luxury fashion, refreshing open spaces, London, SW1 Square (tube); Belgravia Christmas Sunday is gourmet restaurants, grand Georgian architecture one of London’s most authentic festive events. and timeless buildings to explore across its main  Meanwhile, Motcomb Street will kick off the shopping streets on Elizabeth Street, Motcomb Street, Christmas season with the inaugural Motcomb Street 30 n o v e m b e r 2 0 1 1






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Last year’s concert raised nearly £30,000 for Maggie’s featuring  Rupert Everett and Janet Ellis.

ickets now on sale! TV gardener and writer Alan Titchmarsh, newsreader and presenter Fiona Bruce and Academy Award winner Julian Fellowes will all be taking part in this year’s event. Last year’s concert raised nearly £30,000 for Maggie’s featuring Rupert Everett and Janet Ellis.  Event organiser Charley Price said: “Last year’s concert was such a huge success. It’s really exciting news that Alan Titchmarsh, Fiona Bruce and Julian Fellowes have agreed to read for us this year which will make it such a special event.”  Mulled wine and mince pies will be served during the interval. Maggie’s offers free practical, emotional and psychological support for anyone affected by cancer. Maggie’s London is based on the grounds on Charing Cross Hospital in Hammersmith.  For tickets contact Charley Price at charley. or call 0207 386 3544. Maggie’s is celebrating its 15th birthday this year. Opening in Edinburgh in 1996 it now has 15 centres nationwide, including their London centre at Charing Cross Hospital. Maggie’s programme of support empowers people to live with, through and beyond cancer. Maggie’s Centres are free to visit, no appointment is necessary and are for anyone affected by any type of cancer as well as their family and friends. In 2010 Maggie’s Centres across the UK were visited by 77,971 people affected by cancer.  Maggie’s president is HRH the Duchess of Cornwall.  Follow Maggie’s on Facebook - http://www.facebook. com/maggieslondon Maggie Keswick Jencks Cancer Caring Centres Trust (Maggie’s) is a registered charity, No. SCO24414


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Kew Gardens Father Christmas, Vintage Car Rides, and Winter Walks!


s you enter the gardens, admire the stunning Christmas tree at Victoria Gate, as well as the beautifully decorated wreaths placed around the gardens. Take a walk... Join a free guided ‘Winter Walk’ with Kew’s expert guides and discover the Christmas plants that shine throughout winter in Kew’s 300 acre site. The walks are daily and start from the volunteers desk (Victoria Plaza) at noon and run from 1st December to 29th February. If you prefer to go at your own pace, why not pick up a leaflet at the gates and try a self-guided ‘Winter Walk’, from 3 December to 2 January. Visit Father Christmas... Would anyone in the family like to meet Father Christmas in his festive grotto? If so, the grotto is open from 10th - 23rd December in the Princess of Wales Conservatory. The queue opens at noon and closes at 3pm. Have Fun... Once the little ones have visited Father Christmas, take them for a carousel ride on Kew Palace lawn, from 10th December - 2nd January. The rides begin at 10.30am and finish at 4pm. Adults £2, children £2, adults accompanying a child under five, £1. Also available is seasonal face painting at Climbers and Creepers, from 10th 34 n o v e m b e r 2 0 1 1

Would anyone in the family like to meet Father Christmas in his festive grotto?

December - 2nd January. £4 a face, or two for £7. If your little ones prefer Christmas in the fast lane, they can take a spin in a mini-sized vintage cars. The rides will run from 10.30am to 4pm daily. Adults £3, children £2. Learn... Would you like to learn how to use what grows in your garden to create delicious Christmas dishes? Drop into their secluded garden to find out, at one of their ‘hands on’ sessions. 3rd December - 2nd January, Wednesdays and Sundays, 11.30am to 2.30pm. If you’re feeling hungry after all of this Christmas fun, either enjoy a snack of roasted chestnuts and mulled wine outside the south end of the Princess of Wales conservatory (10 - 11 / 17 - 18 December) provided by the Rotary Club, or order a sumptuous meal from the in-house caterers Peyton & Byrne’s special festive menu, in one of four onsite restaurants. Shop... A variety of festive products will be available from the fabulous onsite shops, which will be opening late before Christmas on the evenings of 7th, 10th, 14th and 17th December, 4.30 - 8.30pm. Recycle...Once Christmas is over, feel free to bring along your Christmas tree minus decorations and have it recycled by Kew’s very kind arboretum team!

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ome to Wimbledon Village to enjoy the beautiful new Christmas lights while you do your Christmas shopping amongst our upmarket stores and boutiques. The Village offers such names as Cath Kidston, Crew Clothing, Matches, Cologne & Cotton, LK Bennett and Molton Brown, combined with treasured independent stores like Senti, The Mint Source, Valentina, Michael Platt and Canvas Wimbledon. Many of the Village shops will be offering generous discounts, drinks and delicious nibbles on the day. You can purchase an array of th 4 y Sunda delicious foods for your Christmas 11 20 ember Dec entertaining with stores like The Butcher & Grill, Le Pain Quotidien, Bayley & Sage and PAUL Bakery & Patisserie. Or if you are looking to combine your shopping visit with a tasty lunch, you can try one of our many pubs and restaurants eg The eht rof sdnuf lativ gnisiar si tneve s’raey siht niagA yadnuS no egaCarluccios, l liV nodCannizaro elbmiWHouse, ot em oc tsum uoY Lawn Bistro, Piccolino, Giraffe, Cafe eb lliw ohw ,dliuG nodelbmiW ehT ,ytirahc lacol wen luRouge, fituaeDog b e& htFox yoand jneStrada. ot rebmeceD ht4 through ot spuorg hcruhc dna sloohcs lacol htiw gnikrow samtsirhC ruoSanta y odwill uobey riding elihw sthgthe il samtsirhC village on horseback at 12noon, .yad eht tuohguorht cisum evitsef edivorp eb l liw spowith hs eagChristmas al liV evTrail itsefor f ychildren naM .gnippohS selbbin dna skbetween nird ,12 stn uocthrough sid suo renofeg gnireffo - 2pm some evah lliw seeB gnittinK s’dliuG nodelbmiW ehT the many shops. The prize will be .yad eht no dna stfig detfarcdnah lufituaeb fo noitceles a presented by Santa at 3pm outside gnihsiW a evah osla lliw yehT .reffo no snoitaroced noon ta kcabesrohis h ngrotto o tisativThe a sDog u g& niFox, yapwhere eb lliw atnaS he will be greeting children from fo troppus suoreneg eht yb elbissop edam eerT ehT edistuo o12.30pm. ttorg sihYou nican dedownload tisiv ebthe retal nac dna from gnitanod stnaruatser dna spohs gnitapicitrap mp 00trail .3 d na the 03.Wimbledon 21 neewtVillage eb xoF dna goD website or collect from participating .srehcuov hguorht nerdlihcshops rof lfrom iarT1st saDecember. mtsirhC a eb lliw erehT Between 1pm-3pm there will be fo egap stnevE dna sweN eht ees esaelP detneserp eb lliface w eand zirnail p epainting ht dnaatsThe poh s eht fo emos Dog rof emit eht ot resolc moc.egalliv-nodelbmiw.w w w eht daolnwoD & .oFox ttorand g swith ih echoirs, distuChristmas o mp3 ta atnaS yb music, drinks and free nibbles teerts evitsef dna spohs gnitapicitrap fo tsil lluf a tcelloc ro etisbew egalliV nodelbmiW eht morf liarT all day, it is not to be missed! .yad eht no seitivitca .)ceD tsAgain, 1 mothe rf(event spoishsraising gnitvital apicitrap morf funds for the local charity, The ku.oc.dliu gnodelbmi w.w w w .424002 .oN y tiWimbledon rahC deretsi geRGuild, .y ti rahcwho deretwill si ger be a s i d l i u G nod e l b m i W eh T working with local schools and church groups to provide festive music throughout the day. The Wimbledon Guild’s Knitting Bees will have a selection of beautiful handcrafted gifts and decorations on offer. They will also have a Wishing Tree made possible by the generous support of participating shops and restaurants donating vouchers. Please see the news and events page of closer to the time for a full list of participating shops and festive street activities on the day. The Wimbledon Guild is a registered charity. Registered Charity No. 200424.

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he nation’s favourite comic and Hampstead resident, Michael McIntyre will switch on the lights at the Hampstead Christmas Festival. The lights, which are being specially designed for the Village have been generously sponsored by Savills, together with NW3Hampstead Business Group, and promise to have the ‘wow’ factor. Michael McIntyre will be on stage at 4.45pm to flick the switch to illuminate the spectacular 20ft Christmas tree and lights on Hampstead High Street and Heath Street. Frank Townsend, Director Savills Hampstead, said, ‘We are delighted to sponsor the Hampstead Christmas Lights this year and how wonderful that Michael McIntyre will switch them on! We are working with the lighting designers to ensure that the lights will make a real impact this year.’ 2011 marks the 5th Hampstead Christmas Festival and it is anticipated that it will attract record crowds. The chosen charity this year is Great Ormond Street Hospital, one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals with the broadest range of dedicated, children’s healthcare specialists under one roof. Hopefully, significant funds will be raised on the day for the charity. The High Street will be closed from 8am - 6pm. Activities will start with a free screening of the famous and ever popular Disney cartoon film, Peter Pan at 11am at the Everyman Cinema. Come early as it will be strictly first come first seated! In addition to Father Christmas’ grotto, there will be spectacular birds of prey, reindeers, fairground rides, a treasure hunt with prizes and a programme of music on stage ranging from traditional carol singers to a 50 strong rock choir. Fire-eaters and other street artists will be there to amuse and entertain and visitors can also enjoy a wide 38 n o v e m b e r 2 0 1 1

variety of hot and cold food from around the world, with plenty of gift stalls for that essential Christmas present shopping. The Hampstead Christmas Festival is kindly sponsored by local businesses and Hampstead Residents. Great Ormond Street Hospital

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity needs to raise £50 million a year to help rebuild and refurbish Great Ormond Street Hospital, provide vital up-to-date equipment and fund research into better treatments for children. Since it was founded more than 150 years ago, Great Ormond Street Hospital has relied heavily on donations. Money raised will be used in the following ways … The hospital are replacing


will switch on the Christmas Lights in Hampstead on Sunday 27th November 2011

Fire-eaters will be there to amuse and entertain cramped outdated wards with new facilities allowing doctors & nurses to cater for an estimated 20,000 more patient visits a year. Technological and medical advances allow doctors to continue to improve the quality of care they can offer sick children. Medical equipment suitable for young people, children and babies is particularly expensive. Research into the best way to fight children’s illnesses is one of Great Ormond Street Hospital’s most important goals. One current project is to develop new and more personalised bone marrow transplants that reduce the need for cancer patients to have chemotherapy. The welfare of the patients is the hospitals’ primary concern. It costs as little as £50 for a parent to stay nearby the hospital for five nights. There can be no better care and reassurance than for a child to know their parent it right beside them.

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Winter Wonderland Weekend Start the festive season with a visit to see Santa and his huggable huskies.


ome and meet these friendly dogs; they look gorgeous but they’re also working animals, so younger children can experience the excitement of a husky sleigh ride (age eight and under, although some weight restrictions may apply). Or have your photo taken with one of these cuddly dogs as a special seasonal souvenir. The huskies will be here from 10am - 4pm (with a short break) on both days. Of course Christmas wouldn’t be complete without 40 n o v e m b e r 2 0 1 1

a visit to Santa, so bring the children to meet him in his cosy grotto set among the firs and pine trees. He’ll be at London Wetland Centre throughout the weekend (10am - 12.30pm, 1pm - 4pm). Merlin the magician will be on hand to help Santa keep the children entertained. In our shop there’s enough choice for you to fill everyone’s Christmas stocking this year, with classic confectionery and plenty of wildlife themed gifts. Tempt your taste buds throughout the weekend with

special Christmas tastings of wonderfully old-fashioned sweets and chocolates. Gifts from London Wetland Centre’s shop won’t just delight whoever is unwrapping them on Christmas day: when you shop here you’re also contributing towards vital conservation work in the UK and around the world. Once your shopping is complete take a stroll around the scenic walkways set amongst the lakes, meadows and ponds of this 105 acre wildlife oasis. Enjoy the frost glistening on the trees and watch the ducks hunting for their own version of Christmas dinner! You can enjoy your own lunch in our Water’s Edge Café or relax over a coffee and mince pie. Santa and the huskies are very popular so you may have to queue. Christmas Pantomime

Saturday 17th - Tuesday 20th December Which Witch is Which? Join us for a magical Pantomime full of wetland animals and magic spells. The Wetland animals need your help... There are Wicked Witches about! Can our Wetland friends, Duck, Vole, Rabbit and the others find them and put a stop to their wicked plans? And can red apples help them?

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Wednesday 21st December - Thursday 5th January Younger visitors can also enjoy a wintery walk around the wetlands with our Christmas themed trail, then warm up by the fireside in the yurt for some storytelling and snowflake making. We’ll also be creating wreaths, yuletide

logs and Christmas decorations in our festive family crafts sessions. Find out more about underwater wildlife in our Perfect pond show and join us for some guided birdwatching: find out which birds are out on the lakes and how they’re finding food in winter. Please note that we are closed on Christmas Day, and will not be running any family activities on Boxing Day. WWT London Wetland Centre Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes, London SW13 9WT

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- Sunday 11th nd Saturday 10th ndon Wetla December. Lo es SW13 Centre, Barn

Some favourite wetland pantomime characters are back: come and help them before the Witches can turn them all into tiny frogs! Performances - 11.30am and 2.30pm each day Tickets are £6 and do not include entry to the Centre. Non members must pay entrance fee at time of ticket purchase. Suitable for ages 5 and up. Younger children must also have a valid ticket. Please note that no refund or ticket exchanges are available. Booking is essential, call 020 8409 4400 to reserve your seat.

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Covent Garden is embracing tradition this Christmas, making it the most festive neighbourhood in the West End!


nown for delivering unique cultural experiences and firsts, Covent Garden has partnered with award winning director and visual artist Martha Fiennes’ SLOimage to create ‘Nativity’, the world’s first animated nativity-scene, to be displayed on the Piazza. Completely self-generating the mesmerising technological art-work slowly changes, keeping viewers wondering as to what may happen next, who may become part of the narrative, whether it might rain or snow, or even transform into a magical night-time scene. Situated in the heart of Covent Garden’s traffic-free shopping area, ‘Nativity’ will be joined by a Christmas shopping extravaganza - ‘The Twelve Treats of Christmas.’ Running from 1st - 12th December the activity will be centred around a Snow Globe installation on the West Piazza. Lucky shoppers will be offered a chance to enter the Snow Globe and catch tickets to win a range of prizes from watches, to shoes to holidays - all combining to make Covent Garden the most interesting and fun shopping destination in London this Christmas. A gold coin donation to enter the Snow Globe will benefit Covent Garden’s Christmas charity partner, the Teenage Cancer Trust. A hand-picked, British grown Christmas tree will light up the West Piazza, whilst a 15ft topiary reindeer will be the centre piece of the East Piazza. Giant red baubles and mirror balls will fill the halls of the Market Building,

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and new festoon lighting will illuminate the arches. Keeping the seasonal cheer, carol singing from some of London’s best-loved choirs will return to Covent Garden and the family favourite, live reindeer petting, will be taking place each Saturday. The locally loved Real Food Market will also be getting a Christmas makeover and from 24th November will be open from Thursday - Saturday. Rugby Ralph Lauren’s famous Tweed Run will also be kicking off from Covent Garden on the morning of 26th November. A seasonal favourite in New York City, the event will see over 400 tweed wearing cyclists do a lap of the Piazza before heading off on their leisurely jaunt around London. Gathering outside the Rugby Ralph Lauren store on King Street at 9am it is a sight not to be missed. Bev Churchill, Covent Garden London Brand Director, said: “Christmas is always a beautiful time to be in Covent Garden. Whether it’s the quietness of the ‘Nativity’ the fun and theatre of the Snow Globe, or the piping hot cider and mince pies from the Real Food Market, the neighbourhood offers something for everyone this Christmas.” Martha Fiennes, creator of ‘Nativity’ comments: ‘Covent Garden provides wonderful free world-class cultural content and I’m delighted that it has chosen the Nativity to be its Christmas installation. It’s thrilling to have direct contact with a huge

London events public audience, as Covent Garden enjoys very high footfall over this period. We are honoured to be giving the world premiere of the artwork in this prestigious venue.” You can also enjoy across the festive period:

Every Saturday from 12th November, Covent Garden Piazza will be filled with the sound of festive music as some of London’s best loved choirs sing traditional Christmas carols Covent Garden Christmas Food Market: From 27th November - 24th December the awardwinning Covent Garden Real Food Market will be in the Piazza from Thursday to Saturday each week, from 10:30am - 8pm Thursday and Friday and 10:30am - 6:00pm Saturday, selling special Christmas foodie treats. Apple Market: The historic Covent Garden Apple Market, home of the best of the UK’s handmade crafts and collectibles will be selling unique Christmas gifts every day in the Market Building from 10:30am - 6:30pm The Twelve Treats of Christmas: From 1st - 12th December, spend £100 in participating stores and win the chance to go in Covent Garden’s snow globe. Inside the lifesized snow globe, lucky shoppers will have a chance to win exclusive prizes from chocolates to holidays Reindeer Petting: Reindeer petting will return to the Covent Garden Piazza, every Saturday from 12th November from 12pm - 5pm, creating a perfect family picture opportunity




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his year make your Christmas tree count more than usual. If you live in or near London, you can buy a tree from The Christmas Forest - London’s largest and most ethical independent ‘treetailer’ with seven sites across London and a new internet shop. Every Christmas tree you buy, a new tree is planted by Tree Aid on the Forests for Food project in Africa. Since 2006, The Christmas Forest has donated over £60,000 towards Tree Aid’s planting projects - that’s over 70,000 new trees planted and many more families are thriving. The project works with some of the poorest people on earth and trees mean life for many of these Africans. Living with the effects of extreme poverty made worse by climate change, villagers are learning how to raise and care for trees thanks to Tree Aid. Trees are not only good for the environment but also for people. Trees often survive when other crops

fail so families can rely on a sustainable, nutritious variety of foods including fruit, nuts and even leaves and flowers. Trees give shade and shelter, food for animals, natural medicines, tools and fuel. “The money we have received has been a lifeline for African families using trees to battle poverty and climate change”, says Tony Hill, Programme Director at Tree Aid. For the last twelve years, Kelty Caston has been running the Christmas Forest and has become the biggest supplier of Christmas trees in London. His sustainably-sourced trees are cut in late November and early December, so you can be sure they are fresh and at their best. ‘Although every tree we source is replaced by another at a tree plantation, I wanted to go further. Tree Aid really impressed me. In Britain we appreciate trees for their beauty but perhaps we take them for granted: in Africa trees really do mean life for people.’ This year you can shop online and have a beautiful tree delivered to your door

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Ice Skating at Westfield Stratford City 19th November

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This festive season, shop and skate at London’s shiny new shopping centre, Westfield Stratford City. The new east London version of Westfield London, Westfield Stratford East, enjoys its first Christmas this year. To celebrate, Westfield Stratford East welcomes you to its open-air ice-rink, with great views of the Olympic Park. A calendar of special ice events will kick off with a spectacular Christmas Light Switch On to gear London up for the festive season and as the ice rink is open beyond the Big Day, there’s no need for the post-Christmas blues. 46 n o v e m b e r 2 0 1 1

This winter add a little sparkle to your Christmas visit, as the iconic London Eye presents it’s very own, open air ice skating rink in the shadow of the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel situated on the Southbank in the heart of London. By day guests can enjoy the breathtaking views of this feat of engineering and by night festive lighting will provide the perfect atmosphere to have some fun with friends, family and colleagues alike. Open 7 days a week. Book online at or at the onsite ticket office.

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Daily at Tower of London 19th November 2011 - 8th January 2012

Feel the cold tingle of London’s crisp winter air, listen to the music, and take in the incomparable surroundings as you glidearound the rink in the moat of one of London’s most iconic landmarks. Whether you pop along with friends during your lunchtime, plan a romantic date or decide to make a day of it at this world-famous fortification, the Tower of London Ice Rink is one of the coolest locations for winter fun with a group of friends or a festive family gathering. With one of the most beautiful skating settings in London the awesome battlements of the Tower of London provide a magnificent backdrop for the ice-cool skating season. Book online at www. or call See on 0844 871 8814

Westfield London Ice Rink 19th

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Glide round the shops this Christmas! Westfield London will be cooler than ever as an ice rink takes over the Atrium. The rink is made with real ice and it’s indoors so you don’t have to worry about the weather! The Atrium is transformed into a winter wonderland complete with a Santa’s grotto and Christmas lights. Get your skates on! Book online at http:// or call the box office on 0871 330 8077.

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Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park

19th November 2011 - 3rd January 2012

Winter Wonderland celebrates its 5th year with a magical new Ice Rink. The ice rink will be given a new home and will surround the Victorian Band Stand, creating a beautiful centre piece for Winter Wonderland. Stretching over 1,350m2, the outdoor rink will be the biggest of its kind in the UK. It will take 10 days to build using 100,035 litres of water which will be frozen at -12c so you can feel the cold tingle of the crisp winter air, listen to the music and take in the festive surroundings as you glide around the rink in London’s Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. Book online at

This year Teatime with Tiffany combines tea-dance music with live ice-dance displays and delicious treats. Children will be enchanted by Storytelling beside the Tiffany Christmas Tree. Improve your fitness with the Big Ice Dance lunchtime sessions. Experience the unique atmosphere of open-air clubbing, on and off the ice, to a soundtrack curated by prominent DJs, iconic clubs and trend-setting festivals at one of the Club Nights. Whatever the time or occasion, the Somerset House Ice Rink is the ultimate London winter destination for everyone! Book online at or call Ticketmaster on 0844 847 1520

Hampton Court Palace - 26th November 2011 8th January 2012

For a thoroughly regal iceskating experience this winter, head to Hampton Court Palace ice rink. Offering a great view of the palace’s spectacular Tudor façade, the ice rink beats skating round an indoor rink any day! Hampton Court Palace has a fascinating history and was once home to England’s most famous (and infamous!) King, Henry VIII.Besides skating, there’s plenty to see at the Hampton Court Palace, including Henry VIII’s State Apartments, the vast Tudor Kitchens and the topiary Maze. Book online at

The Canary Wharf Ice Rink opens for its 7th season - 12th November 2011 - 19th February 2012

Natural History Museum Ice Rink

4th November 2011 - 8th January 2012

The Natural History Museum Ice Rink is London’s superior skating experience. Set within the lawns of the Natural History Museum, the Ice Rink will offer an array of entertainment and events for all ages, plus a lovely Cafe Bar where guests can warm up in the most cosmopolitan and cosy fashion. For those who don’t wish to take to the ice, but want to soak up the festive fun and stunning surroundings, the stylish Cafe Bar will offer sumptuous food, drinks and entertainment for all to enjoy. Book online at or call the 24-hour Ticketmaster hotline on 0844 847 1576.

Open 7 days a week and located in the magnificent setting of Canada Square Park, surrounded by Canary Wharf ’s world famous towers. The park will again be decked in festive lighting transforming the estate into a winter wonderland, offering the finest facility for outdoor ice skating and entertainment in the Capital. Festive music and drink will add to the winter atmosphere. Book online at or call Ticketmaster on 0844 847 1556




SKATE IN PALATIAL SPLENDOUR AT HAMPTON COURT PALACE 26TH NOVEMBER - 8TH JANUARY 2011 Ice Skating returns for the 9th year running to the beautiful setting of Henry VIII’s historic red brick Tudor Palace. Situated on the banks of the River Thames, Hampton Court Palace provides the perfect picturesque setting for festive skating and even more so at night, when the palace is beautifully illuminated.

the most magical locations for winter fun this festive season.

Feel the cold tingle of London’s crisp winter air, listen to the music and take in the festive surroundings as you glide around the rink in front of the breathtaking West Front of Henry’s Tudor palace. Whether you gather a group of friends, plan a romantic date or decide to make a day of it at this worldfamous location, the Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink is one of

It’s never too early to book your session and advance bookings are highly recommended as skating sessions around Christmas and the New Year sell out fast. Ice Guides, Group Bookings and Corporate Hire are available – please visit the website for full details www.

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The Ice Rink Café alongside the ice rink (no entrance charge) will be serving warming drinks from hot chocolate to mulled wine and festive snacks for those wishing to relax after their skate or whilst watching others take to the ice.

Please note Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Which dishes rumbled a Tudor tummy? Come in from the cold and feel the heat from ADVANCE BOOKINGS the fire in our Tudor kitchens. AND WEBSITES Experience real smells and sounds Online as our intrepid team of history Phone 0844 871 8815 chefs experiment with recipes, (Booking fees apply) ingredients and cooking methods Book in person (no booking fees) to prepare a feast fit for a king. at rinks from opening dates. Group Bookings 0844 412 4650 11TH DECEMBER 2011 Exclusive Rink Hire & Corporate bookings phone 020 8241 9818 GHOST TOURS Ice rink is closed on Christmas Day



See Hampton Court Palace in an eerie new light. Experience the unique atmosphere of Henry VIII’s State Apartments, including the infamous Haunted Gallery, and creep through the deserted courtyards - if you dare! Advanced booking is essential.


Pre-booking is essential as tickets Kitchens, our historic cooks will also be preparing suitable sell out quickly 0844 482 7775 festive fare. Come to the King’s finest palace and experience 27TH DECEMBER 2011 – the splendours of his court 2ND JANUARY 2012 during the Christmas season. TUDOR CHRISTMAS All events are subject to change, 19TH - 23RD DECEMBER 2011 please check It is December 1540. Henry VIII and his new young wife, Catherine for up-to-date information CAROL SINGING AROUND on prices, opening times and THE PALACE COURTYARDS Howard, will celebrate her first details on event booking. Christmas as Queen at Hampton Court Palace. With songs, stories, Join us for our annual carol music and dance - and the madcap Historic Royal Palaces is the singing around the courtyards independent charity that looks humour of the king’s fool, Will of Hampton Court Palace, after the Tower of London, Sumer - everything looks set accompanied by the Epsom & Hampton Court Palace, the for a Christmas to remember! Ewell Silver Band. Promenade Banqueting House, Kensington around the palace courtyards Palace and Kew Palace. We But what to do about ‘the King’s singing carols to get everyone help everyone explore the story dear sister’ - his wife from earlier in the Christmas mood. of how monarchs and people in the year, Anne of Cleves? have shaped society, in some of This is an outdoor event so the greatest palaces ever built. Meanwhile in the Tudor please dress warmly. 6pm-7pm,

Tickets cost £25, to book online please visit or call 0844 482 7799. Please note that the ghost tour does not include a full tour of Hampton Court Palace and is not suitable for under 12s.

We receive no funding from the Government or the Crown, so we depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, volunteers and sponsors. These palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and we manage them for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. We believe in four principles. Guardianship: giving these palaces a future as long and valuable as their past. Discovery: encouraging people to make links with their own lives and today’s world. Showmanship: doing everything with panache. Independence: having our own point of view and finding new ways to do our work. november2011


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their favourite food and wine. Anyone looking for inspiration for a truly magical Christmas will certainly find it thanks to Taste of Christmas’ brilliant team of top chefs, food personalities and restaurateurs who promise to divulge all their best-kept Christmas secrets to make your Christmas sparkle. A major draw of Taste of Christmas 2011 , in common with previous years, will be the chance to sample Christmas-time signature dishes from the cream of the capital’s restaurants. They’ll

all be available in perfectly proportioned ‘tasting’ portions so visitors can fit in as many exciting gustatory experiences as possible. True inspiration for a Christmas dinner with a difference! Fans of celebrity chefs won’t be disappointed as there will be unparalleled access to some well known faces and opportunities to ‘meet the chefs’ and go behind-thescenes as the ever-popular Taste Cookery School and Taste Theatre return once more. Chefs confirmed include: Jamie Oliver, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Rachel Allen, Gary Rhodes, Michel Roux Jr, Atul Kochhar, Lawrence Keogh, Simon Rogan and Theo Randall. Taste of Christmas isn’t just for grown-up gourmets. Children can enjoy the fun of a great family day out at Taste with activities, demonstrations and indulgences on offer that are guaranteed to put a smile on the face of

young budding foodies. Central to the show are those things that make the true foodie’s heart beat faster - namely cheese, wine, beer, coffee and, of course, chocolate! All favourite Christmas indulgences. New products, tutored tastings and samples galore will be on show with entire areas dedicated to single foodstuffs such as the Taste Cheese and Wine Theatre. All the season’s ‘must haves’ will be there too such as that all-important free-range turkey, boozy Christmas pud, truckle of Stilton and bottle of sherry for Santa. In short, everything that’s needed to make this Christmas a cracker. Be sure not to miss Jamie Oliver and Hugh FearnleyWhittingstall who will be joining culinary forces in a Taste of Christmas first with a live demonstration to open the show exclusively to 2000 lucky ticket holders. If it’s more about adding to the season of good will, maybe an exclusive Dining ticket to Jamie Oliver’s Big Feastival pop-up restaurant will do the trick. £2 every ticket sold goes to the Jamie Oliver Foundation, with the big hearted chef making an appearance for the first serving you better get your skates on as there are only 2,500 tickets up for grabs. All tickets for Taste of Christmas will be available at a variety of price points to suit all the family. Also available this year will be the very popular VIP tickets that allow fast-track entry and include extra-special tastings, priority booking and a festive glass of Champagne. For those looking for one last day of stress-free indulgence before the preChristmas planning starts in earnest - or for an early Christmas present for a food-loving friend - a VIP ticket is hard to beat. For further information about Taste of Christmas please visit

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Christmas party is an integral part of the celebration of Christmas, and it is never too soon to start planning your company Christmas party. An early booking is definitely recommended to secure your preferred party date and avoid any disappointment. You can have a bespoke Christmas event that will be the talk of the office for years to come! Christmas parties are an absolute must for companies, whatever their size. A night out to remember at Christmas is an excellent way of saying a big thank you to your staff for all the hard work they have put in over the year and developing a high level of team spirit. Christmas is a time for reflection and reconciliation as well as a great opportunity to let your hair down and party! There are two main types of Christmas parties. A shared party or a party that is exclusive to your group. Please note that shared parties can usually be booked as exclusive if required.

own exclusive venue offers an abundance of opportunities to make the event a special and unique occasion for your company. Private party venues come in all shapes and sizes with a whole host of high-profile venues available in London, from 5*hotels, chic private clubs, casinos and river cruises, to the more unique tourist attractions, museums and even churches! Exclusive Christmas parties can be as simple or extravagant as you wish. With your own private party space, the choices are endless. In addition to venue finding, there are all the other elements involved, including whether you wish to have a sit down meal or a buffet and canopies, drink packages, entertainment, lighting, floral displays, transportation, accommodation and the total planning of your event, giving you confidence that your party will be a perfect occasion. There are a number of specialist event planners if you wish to pass over the responsibility and the budget! We wish you a have a superb night with lots of festive cheer!

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Booking into a shared Christmas party night gives smaller groups access to bigger bashes in the best venues with the most elaborate theming. For companies of any size, joining a shared Christmas party can be a great option for your company Christmas function. If you are a small office or separate department within a bigger organisation, this allows you to book tables at a full scale Christmas party, allowing you to benefit from the high end production and entertainment of a big event - and possibly meet new people too. A shared party will typically include a three course meal and after-dinner entertainment, with either a disco or live band. Some parties include drinks and exciting attractions such as live entertainment, fun casinos and much more. Exclusive Parties 2011

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The London Marriott Hotel Regents Park is here this Christmas to solve all your corporate party, festive accommodation, Christmas Day lunch, New Year's Eve dinner and private party needs under one roof. Dining options from £47.50 and Bed & Breakfast packages from £149.00 To celebrate with us this festive season, please call +44 (0)20 7449 4412. Visit our hotel website to view a copy of the 2011 Christmas Brochure.


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home for a birthday party. With pescatarian (fish eating vegetarian) guests, Steve created a unique range of home-made canapés, then a starter of rotollo - a River Café classic dish made with fresh pasta rolled around a mushroom, garlic, spinach and ricotta filling, and served with fresh sage butter, baked whole seabass, and then plum crumble with homemade ice cream for dessert. And the 50 year old chef

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harades is so last season. Years ago people were ridiculed if they held a dinner party and they didn’t actually cook. Today we embrace the personal chef catered for service. Why go out to eat when immaculate, delicious food can come to you? Recognising our need for bespoke catering, professional Chef Steve Evennett-Watts has provided us with Your Personal Chef Service

(www.yourpersonalchefservice. to clients in central London and Surrey. Starting up the business last year Steve said “When the website went live, at the end of November 2010, we half expected the phone to start ringing off the hook - of course that didn’t happen at all. Our first enquiry was a man calling to place an order for braised red cabbage for an early staff Christmas dinner. When he gave his address as Buckingham Palace, [my wife] Karen laughed her head off thinking it couldn’t be true. But it was completely genuine and made me my first sale. Things really started to take off after Christmas. “It’s great to see each job through from start to finish, knowing that I have created exactly what the client wanted. I love the fact that I could be

“It’s great to see each job through from start to finish, knowing that I have created exactly what the client wanted.” helping plan someone’s 21st birthday party, cooking a lavish meal for multi-millionaires, or dropping off canapés for a business launch. Every job is different and unique - although I do have favourite dishes that I may suggest: stuffed poached salmon, coq au vin, fragrant Thai curries, tarte tatin, lemon tart and crème brulee”. Steve trained at the River Café in his early 30s, and went on to work for Bruce Poole (at Chez Bruce) and Bruno Loubet before heading the kitchen at Villandry for 8 years. He then moved on to Chelsea Arts Club where he was head chef. His meticulous eye for detail and experience can be seen in the

exquisite and stunning food he creates. You can put your faith in Steve to deliver exceptional food creations suited to you, because before taking on any new job, he liaises closely with you to establish the type of food you enjoy, the occasion, and the budget. Steve ‘preps’ in his kitchen in Kingston upon Thames, then the meal is finished and served in your home. Steve can deliver meals for you to serve if preferred. For more prestigious events, he can bring a butler and recommend a wine consultant to advise on what to pair with the meal. You won’t have to lift a finger! Last month he prepared dinner for 8 in a client’s

shows no signs of stopping. For a client in Belgravia having an al fresco roof terrace buffet he made prosciutto, figs and mozzarella, a fish stew made with razor clams, monk fish, mussels and crevettes in a spicy saffron tomato sauce - made with a home-made fish stock of course! - with fennel and potatoes and served with home- made aioli. What came after included baked aubergines with pomegranate seeds, piedmontese peppers, mixed berry tart and chocolate roulade. If you want a dinner party executed with class, style and beautiful food, then Steve is your man. You’ll be the talk of the dinner party scene with these unusual offerings and everyone will want to dine with you.

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Celebrate this Christmas & New Year... the luxurious surroundings of the Danubius Hotel Regents Park and we promise a visit to remember!

For more information on our party nights and Christmas and New Year celebrations please email : sales@ and we can send you our brochure.

Danubiu Christmas & New


There’s something for everyone from our fun packed private Party Nights to choose from our traditional party or Deluxe Party or something different with our Arabian buffet theme or joiners parties in Minsky’s Restaurant. Also available is our very popular Minsky’s Christmas Lunch and our sumptuous New Year’s Eve Dinner.

book before 30th november and get 10% off the listed price!

Danubius Hotel Regents Park 18 Lodge Road, St John’s Wood, London, NW8 7JT, UK Tel: 020 7722 7722 Fax: 020 7483 0749 E-mail:

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f you are looking for something different, why not try a brand new hybrid masterclass perfect for cocktail and cupcake lovers... Caketails. Award winning mixologist, JJ Goodman partner with Raymond Blanc at The London Cocktail Club and Michelle Husserl of Mychelle’s Baketique (, have joined forces to host a new concept class, combining afternoon sweet treats with evening drink delights. Michelle will teach guests how to make everything from Strawberry Daiquiri to Pina Colada cupcakes, whilst JJ tickles the taste buds with cocktails matched with the cupcakes. Caketails classes will bring an evening of fun to any party.

by Levanah Reyes-Wainwright While Michelle shows you how to make mouth watering cupcakes laced with one’s favourite flavours, she’ll give great tips for blending icings and making decorations. In addition, JJ Goodman and his team will teach you the art of making the perfect cupcake matched cocktail with flare and ingenuity. If you fancy having a great day out the classes are also held in The Covent Garden Cocktail Club, London’s favourite basement bar for enjoying the best in classic

try a brand new hybrid masterclass perfect for cocktail and cupcake lovers...

cocktails in a devil-may-care atmosphere. It is an exquisite blend of the shabby chic Gentleman’s club, a 1920’s New York ‘Speakeasy’ with a touch of Victorian London quirkiness thrown into one. JJ Goodman has built a reputation based on excellence and flair. Having developed his skills and quality in top London clubs and having won numerous cocktail and bartending competitions his name has become a byword for both classics and innovation in cocktail perfection. Teaming this with the skills from Princess of Patisserie Michelle, this new 2 hour class comes in at an affordable £100 per head and is definitely designed for the sweet tooth! To book classes email Michelle on

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ocated at the notoriously cool and quirky end of the King’s Road, ‘The Scene’, a vintage Hollywood style bar and diner, is bringing some Golden Age glamour to the heart of Chelsea. Paying homage to movie legends with iconic photography and film set memorabilia decorating the walls. Studio lights hang from the ceiling and an illuminated billboard highlights daily specials. A gourmet all-American menu has been created by talented Head Chef Wyatt Shevloff with a great selection of classic favourites as well

as more modern fare. Guests can enjoy a weekend brunch, a lazy lunch or an indulgent dinner with starters including crab cakes spiked with basil and spring onion or chorizo and potato mini tacos. Mains include baby back ribs, world-class burgers and steaks alongside small plates of mozzarella sticks and salt and chilli squid. Indulgent desserts feature a decadent chocolate sundae, New York cheesecake with berries, and homemade pumpkin pie.

Head to the bar area for some exciting cocktails and spill out into the large outdoor drinking area for people-watching on the King’s Road. The drinks list ranges from old favourites such as a classic Manhattan to a range of all-American beers, hard shakes and supersize martinis. The Scene offers an informal yet utterly trendy experience and is fast becoming Chelsea’s place to be. The World’s End is also home to ‘The Summerhouse’,

a nautically themed room reminiscent of a Hampton’s beach house and ‘The Cellar’, a beautiful candlelit basement space. All spaces are available for private hire and menus are available online at The Scene opening hours: Tuesday-Friday 12pm-10.30pm Saturday 10am-10.30pm Sunday 10am-6pm The Scene The World’s End Distillery 459 King’s Road London SW10 0LR Tel - 020 3362 3362 Email -

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Coaching Inn Style

The Olde Bell The Olde Bell translates the traditional pleasures of the coaching inn for modern travellers


eputed to be the oldest inn in England, The Olde Bell offers locally sourced fare and stylish lodgings so that guests and patrons can rediscover the pleasures of the traditional inn. The first in the family of Dhillon Group’s stylish modern coaching establishments, The Olde Bell functions as a village in itself, combining great service, thoughtful design, robust food, relaxed surroundings and rambling meadow gardens. With parts of the original building dating back to 1135, the inn creeks with heritage and history, palpable today in the black wooden beams, inglenook fireplaces and crooked, sloping oak floorboards. Loved by Hollywood royalty and political icons, Mae West, Cary Grant, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Errol Flynn were among the many guests who stayed at the inn, along with Winston Churchill and former US president, Dwight D Eisenhower. Nowadays Dustin Hoffman, Erdem Moralioglu and Grace Woodward are seen dining in the restaurant or relaxing by the roaring fire. While many historical features of the inn remain unchanged, Isle Crawford adopted the restrained-chic aesthetic that she used to revitalise Babington House. Much of the furniture, tableware and textiles were specially commissioned pieces by local suppliers such as Ercol in nearby High Wycombe. The inn bar, ideal for fireside banter, serves local ales, ploughman’s lunches and hearty, nostalgic dishes. The bar comprises chunky tables, low beams and a local, homely feel prevails. Heart and Hearth

The dining room continues the love affair with the traditional inn concept as ‘warm, affordable and connected to good food’ (Ilse Crawford). The design elements take their inspiration from local history and suppliers. An antler chandelier provides the centrepiece to a dining space furnished with locally produced birch Windsor chairs, accessorised with sheepskin throws. Tactility and historical touches are key elements, the settles are detailed with geometric. Welsh woollen blankets while the walls whisper with references to local legends and folklore; plates printed with vintage images and woodcuts line the walls while literal historical touches such as ceramic pie birds remain. 60 n o v e m b e r 2 0 1 1

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The main restaurant opens out towards a vast, meadow-style garden, making it an ideal spot for alfresco summer dining, complete with an outdoor summer kitchen. Meanwhile, The Olde Bell’s seasonally inspired menu of traditional and modern British classics is the culinary brainchild of The Olde Bell’s distinguished kitchen triumvirate, executive chef and author, Warren Geraghty, head chef, Andrew West-Letford and pastry chef, Jason Farr. The inn has earned itself a reputation as a foodie retreat with menus that are in keeping with the inn’s essential character, inventive and unfussy. Local suppliers are used for fish and meat and all bread is baked fresh on the premises. In line with his passion for wild food and foraging, Warren has implemented plans to maximise The Olde Bell’s commitment to local produce and nature dictated dining. Since summer 2011, guests and diners have been sampling dishes containing the freshest, home grown ingredients, courtesy of the inn’s very own ‘Kitchen Garden’ and head gardener Mandy Hill. Simplicity with Modern Flourishes

While the design emphasis is on the communal spaces, rooms are spread between the main inn and a collection of barns and outbuildings. The bedrooms mix the old with the new, retaining the simple, pared back feel to the communal areas. Comfortable modern beds covered with woven wool Welsh blankets sit atop traditional reed rugs. Additional room features include a rustic oak trestle, an Anglepoise lamp and a chair upholstered in Windsor suiting. Bathrooms are fitted with drench showers in the doubles and elegant roll top baths (as well as showers) in the suites. Inn the village

Connected by a ramble of traditional and modern buildings, The Olde Bell’s village-like feel has made it a popular venue for weddings and special occasions. The Tithe Barn and Malt House are licensed to hold civil ceremonies. Meanwhile, the Malt House is available for exclusive hire for very special occasions and includes a dining room and bar, music room complete with grand piano, private garden and personal chef. Among the The Olde Bell’s many unique selling points is its close, 40 minute proximity to London. Meanwhile, Heathrow airport is a mere 15 minute drive making it the ideal resting point for jaded, weary travellers. Located in a genteel, Thames-side village in Berkshire, Hurley itself boasts countless attractions, among them a picturesque, riverside walk and the historic towns of Henley and Marlow. Many rambling trails and nearby outdoor pursuits will satisfy those with a yearning to explore the British countryside at its best. The inn supplies bicycles and picnics upon request that are ideal for guests who wish to take a more strenuous route to exploring the local countryside, stately homes and nearby attractions. On the Web

The Olde Bell’s recently launched website is the perfect tool to whet your appetite before visiting The Olde Bell. Using illustrations drawn by legun, the site perfectly depicts the history, myth and intrigue which surrounds this ancient hostelry. Combining present day photos with a collection of half man – half beast portraits, food news and a blog, the website gives an insight into the coaching inn’s past, present and future. Enjoy three courses off the a la carte menu for £29.50 in The Olde Bell’s restaurant and stay in a Main Inn, Malt House Smaller Bedroom from £130. The Olde Bell, High Street, Hurley, Berkshire, SL6 5LX w: t: 01628 825 881 e: november2011

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elcome to our new monthly section. Every month, our London historian, Sean Davies will explore London to pick out a variety of wonderful historical stories. This month, Sean visits Oxford Street and Harrods‌ Make sure you do not miss Sean’s fascinating articles next month and every month!



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or 500 years up until the late 18th century, Oxford Street was known as Tyburn Road, a name that struck fear into the hearts of condemned prisoners. It became notorious as the route taken by prisoners on their final journey from Newgate Prison to the gallows at Tyburn near Marble Arch. By 1729, the road had become known as Oxford Street. In the late 18th century, many of the surrounding fields were purchased by the Earl of Oxford, and the area was developed. It became popular with entertainers, and for entertainment buildings such as the Pantheon. During the 19th century, the area became known for its shops. Grand emporiums made their appearance in the 1890s and the opening of four stations on the street in 1900 allowed customers to come from further afield. In 1902 the Bourne and Hollingsworth moved in, and in 1909 Selfridge opened Britain’s first ‘democratic’ department store. The Blitz arrived with shocking effect. Oxford Street’s personal nemesis came 17-18 September 1940. Oxford Street was hit repeatedly. West End’s most prestigious department stores were ablaze, badly damaged or destroyed. It`s hard to imagine that Oxford Street, which today lies at the heart of London`s West End shopping area, was lined with tiny single shops such as booksellers, shoemakers and goldsmiths. Some of the most well-known stores on Oxford Street, also have a history: SELFRIDGE & CO.

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on the largest, richest city in the world - London. Aimed at thrifty housewives, the Bargain Basement opened in 1911. To celebrate the store’s 16th birthday in 1925, Scottish inventor John Logie Baird demonstrated history in the making by showing his televisor. “Television is here,” Selfridge said when he launched the store’s inter-active studio in 1939. “You can’t ignore it.” At the outbreak of war, women stepped up. They cleaned windows, drove delivery vans, operated the lifts - and even stoked the store’s huge boilers. The store survived, although the Blitz destroyed the famous roof gardens, which never re-opened to the public again. Newly-affluent Fifties families craved big consumer goods. Men wanted cars. Women wanted refrigerators and washing machines - while families wanted a television set, and in 1953 when the Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation was to be televised, sales surged. In 1969, the store celebrated its Diamond Jubilee. Building development started, including the Selfridge Hotel, which opened in 1972. By the 1980s, when fashion on the box was about big hair, big shoulders, and big budgets, Selfridges became the first British department store to advertise on television. In 1992, Sears Holdings created a £94 million re-development programme, and the yellow carrier bags - now a symbol of Selfridges - were put in place. JOHN LEWIS

In 1864, John Lewis opens on Oxford Street, taking 16s 4d on his first day, selling ribbons, haberdashery and linens. Over the next 20 years, the shop grew, so did the range of goods sold. John Lewis was also an outfitter, upholsterer, furrier, a dealer in china, glass, cutlery, plate and ironmongery and an importer of

oriental fabrics. The small shop had become a department store. After inheriting the Oxford Street shop in 1926, John Lewis’ son Speedan Lewis established a Trust for the benefit of the workers. The John Lewis Partnership was born. Spedan Lewis extended the Oxford Street premises yet again & took over a property on the other side of Holles Street and connected it to the existing building by an underground tunnel. During the 1930s, the shop continued to flourish, but on Wednesday 18th September 1940, an oil bomb fell. Despite the considerable damage, part of the shop re-opened for business within three weeks. However it was not until 1954 that it was decided to consolidate the premises onto one site. On 17 October 1960, the new John Lewis Oxford Street opened. Multi-million pound refurbishments have taken place since.

to 12,200 sq ft. By 1955, Marble Arch store was at the centre of the M&S mail order service, reminiscent of online shopping today. A new food hall was opened at Marble Arch in 1965. In March 1971 brand new tills were installed ready for the switch over to decimal currency. Throughout the years, Marble Arch has had a number of high profile visitors. One of the first visitors was Queen Mary, who visited the store on 18th March 1932. It is said that she purchased six handbags, three books, a rug, a baby doll, a 21 piece tea set and a willow pattern teapot. Other glamorous customers have included Prince Rainier of Monaco and his wife Grace Kelly in 1959, the Bolshoi Ballet and Portuguese football legend Eusebio who purchased a sweater from Marble Arch in 1962.


On 21st July 1921, Sir Edward Elgar officially opened a new record store in Oxford Street. HMV’s new store was the first to catch the demand for recorded music. Nipper made his first appearance on an advertising supplement in 1900. In the following years, the dog and trumpet painting was used on all promotional items. By 1910 the words ‘His Master’s Voice’ were a trademark to be used as the name of a record label and the company’s first shop. In the 1920’s & 1930’s HMV in Oxford Street became one of London’s landmark stores, selling only HMV goods including records of such styles as Jazz, Swing and Dance Band music. In 1939 it was hit by World War II, stocking ‘forces sweethearts’ records, at the same time designated an official air-raid shelter. Cliff Richard used HMV’s Oxford Street recording studio to cut a demo disc, which eventually helps him secure a contract with EMI. A rock ‘n’ roll explosion was confirmed at the store on 8th February 1962. The store’s manager knew a Liverpool entrepreneur called Brian Epstein who visited HMV with a demo tape. Epstein had been trying to get a deal for his band The Beatles, - but had been rejected by Decca and EMI; he needed more discs in his search for a contract. HMV’s disc cutter, Jim Foy, was impressed and called EMI’s small Parlophone label - George Martin. A meeting was arranged and in June 1962, The Beatles - freshly signed to Parlophone - arrived at EMI’s famous Abbey Road studios to record a new single ‘Please Please Me’. The Sixties’ revolution in pop music was about to begin. HMV adopted the Oxford Street store as its role model, and in October 1986, and again in April 2000 saw openings of HMV’s new flagship stores on Oxford Street.

Marble Arch opened on 5th November 1930. The opening special was a tin kettle for the price of 6d in two styles. The first week’s takings were £4,568 9s 6d. In the mid 1930s, Marble Arch store was one of the first stores to have a Café Bar, where customers could order from popular menus joints, chops, steaks or fish and chips. During the World War II, the Café Bar took over the entire basement floor. By the end of the 1950’s the basement was enlarged




In 1830 James Smith founded the famous firm of James Smith and Sons at Foubert Place in London’s West End. His son, also called James, was quite an entrepreneur and moved the business to New Oxford Street in 1857, also opening six other businesses including a hatters and a barbershop. For a long time the company specialised in making ceremonial umbrellas, maces, and gentlemen’s canes and these are in service around the world. Until the 1920’s the cane or stick was an essential part of the well dressed male’s attire. During World War I many hundreds of thousands of military ‘swagger sticks’ were sold to soldiers, but today the cane or stick is used mostly as an aid to walking. Apart from being the leading umbrella company for 180 years and the first name in sticks and canes, the shop on New Oxford Street is a legend in itself. It is a perfect example of Victorian shop front design and has remained virtually unaltered in 140 years. Inside, it is a unique experience; tradition is still maintained with their workshops situated in the basement making umbrellas and walking sticks on the premises. NOVEMBER 2 0 1 1





harles Henry Harrod, born 1799, first started trading as a grocer and tea merchant in Cable Street, Stepney, East London.  In 1849, The Harrods legend was born. Charles Henry Harrod took an active role in running a small grocer’s shop at 8 Middle Queen’s Buildings (later 105 Brompton Road). Two assistants were employed from 8am-9pm, six days a week.  In 1851, The Great Exhibition was held in nearby Hyde Park. Knightsbridge gained social cachet as a result and became increasingly prosperous as a residential area. With this in mind, in 1861, Charles Digby Harrod, Charles Henry’s son, buys the store from his father and by 1868, turnover has increased to £1,000 per week, from just £20 in 1853. In 1879 Charles Digby Harrod acquired  two adjoining buildings at 101 and 103 Brompton Road. He adds a van delivery service and new products such as medicines, perfumes, stationery and china. He renames his shop ‘Harrod’s Stores’. In 1880, one hundred staff are employed from 7am to 8pm, six days a week. But disaster strikes in 1883... the store is fully stocked for Christmas when a fire breaks out on 6th December,completely destroying all buildings and stock. In spite of this, all deliveries are made on time and Christmas trade beats all previous records.  In 1884, a new purpose-built store, designed by Alfred Williams, assistant district surveyor of Kensington, rises from the ashes... and in 1885 Harrods breaks its ‘no credit’ rule and personal accounts are opened. Among the first account customers are Oscar Wilde, Lillie Langtry and Ellen Terry. 1889 saw C.D. Harrod retire and Harrods floated on the stock exchange as Harrod’s Stores Limited, a limited liability company.  In 1890 Richard Burbidge is appointed General Manager.

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Under his stewardship Harrods flourishes,working hours are reduced, new departments are added and the store issues its first ever illustrated catalogue. Over the next 21 years, neighbouring premises are acquired until Harrods occupies the island site. During 1894, The Fur Salon, Restaurant, Hairdressing Salon, Photography, the Harrods Bank, the Estate Agency and the Piano Department are among new additions to the store. It is also the year of the first January ‘winter clearance’ sale. 1898 saw Britain’s first escalator or ‘moving staircase’ installed, to the amazement of the public. Attendants were stationed at the top of the escalator ready to offernervous customers smelling salts or a tot of brandy!  The store, as it appears today, started to take shape in 1901 as construction of the famous Brompton Road terracotta  façade, designed by C.W. Stephens, began. New fashion salons on the first floor were furnished with unprecedented luxury. The floors above occupied by residential flats. The Meat Hall is built during 1902-3. Its distinctive tile decoration designed by renowned arts and crafts ceramic sculptor W.J. Neatby, is still in place today. The first Harrods green clad doormen were employed in 1909. They became known as the Green Men. 1911 saw construction of the Harrods building near completion with the opening of the spacious Georgian Restaurant, the largest and grandest restaurant of its time, to commemorate the coronation of King George V. During World War I, Harrods gave its full support to the war effort. The shortage of male staff meant that Harrods Green Men were replaced by Green Women. Female dispatch drivers and a female lift operators were employed for the first time. In 1920 Harrods factories were established at  nearby locations in Trevor Square, Pentagon Place and Draycott Avenue housing workshops for tailoring, cabinet making, upholstery, bootmaking,silverwork, baking and chocolate making. 1921... The most famous bear in the world,Winniethe-Pooh, was bought at Harrods by author A.A. Milne for his son, Christopher Robin. In 1930, a new ‘Man’s Shop’ on the Ground Floor is devoted entirely to the store’s male clientele, specialising in fashion and accessories.   During World War II some areas of the store are taken over for military use. Outside of trading hours, parachutes and aircraft parts are all manufactured on the premises and the Royal Canadian Air Force is given a base in the store. The store narrowly escapes serious damage when a flying bomb completely destroys the Estates Office and neighbouring pub on the opposite side of Brompton Road. Harrods celebrates its Centenary Year in 1949. In just 100 years, it had grown into a £20 million a year success story. To mark the occasion, a fullscale model of the original Victorian grocer’s shop was erected in the Exhibition Hall.  As commercial television went on air in Britain for the first time in 1955, Harrods was one of the first to advertise in the new medium. In 1959 Harrods Limited was taken over by the Scottish company, House of Fraser.  Capturing the ‘Swinging Sixties’ Way In, a boutique for younger customers, opened in 1967, followed by in 1971 a spectacular new cosmetics department, known as the White Hall, on the Ground Floor. It is followed by a new perfume hall, opened in 1986, known as the Black Hall.

In more recent times, in 1982, The Food Halls were increased in size to seven halls, and in 1985 The House of Fraser Group acquired by the Fayed family and Harrods became a family owned firm once again. Mohamed Al Fayed, the new Chairman of Harrods, initiated a refurbishment plan which cost approximately £400 million.  The first celebrity Sale opening took place in 1988 as Hollywood legend Charlton Heston became the first in a long


1898 saw Britain’s first escalator or ‘moving staircase’ installed, to the amazement of the public. Attendants were stationed at the top of the escalator ready to offernervous customers a tot of brandy!  line of famous names to perform the honours at the Winter Sale.  1991 saw further expansion with the opening of new departments including part of the magnificent Egyptian Halls setting new standards in store-architecture. The Fifth Floor also opens - a vast area devoted entirely to sporting goods. Celebrations for Harrods 150th anniversary got underway on Valentine’s Day in 1999 with a spectacular fireworks display and the launch of And from 2002 the store re-development continued with a £6million refurbishment of  the Hair & Beauty department, now renamed Urban Retreat. The White Cosmetic Hall was refurbished at a cost of £4million. Parisian elegance came to Harrods in 2010 with the opening of the first London branch of the celebrated patissier Ladurée in a stunning new interior created in the former delivery yard entrance. Mr Al Fayed sells Harrods to Qatar Holdings - the investment arm of state’s sovereign fund. ‘Omnia Omnibus Ubique’: ‘All Things For All People, Everywhere’ NOVEMBER 2 0 1 1


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ith the anticipation of the 200th Birthday of Charles Dickens in February 2012, you can forget ice skating this festive season and jump on board an interactive adventure with Courvoisier. Following the success of the sell-out tour in 2010, The Courvoisier Dickens Punch Tour this year returns on a larger scale with even more to satisfy your Christmas spirits; sure to soften even the meanest of Scrooges. Running for two weeks from 23rd November, you will be taken on an interactive hour long walking tour of Dickensian London, visiting his favourite haunts and past residences. The tour will come to life on route finding yourself immersed in the drama of ‘A Christmas Carol’ with a few of Dickens’ characters popping up along the way! The historic journey will culminate in a well-deserved Christmas Courvoisier Smoking Bishop punch made by Ebenezer Scrooge himself

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The Return of the Courvoisier Dickens Punch Tour 23rd November - 3rd December 2011

(just like the final scene of the festive favourite) at Dickens’ personal book binders, the Old Curiosity Shop. You can expect the unexpected as well as learning some history along the way with locations including Bow Street Magistrates Court (where Bob Cratchit would have gone if Scrooge had put him up in front of the debtors court), the Charles Dickens Coffee Shop and St Clements Danes Church (whose bells are said to have woken Scrooge from his nightmare dreams). You will also take away a surprise gift so that you can recreate this Christmas spirit and festive frolics at home. The Courvoisier Dickens Punch Tour will run from 23rd November to 3rd December, Wednesday Saturday, 6pm and 7.30pm (1 hour duration) starting at Bow Street Magistrates’ Court, Bow St, WC2. Tickets cost £12 (includes punch and guided tour) and are available to purchase at

Thai Rice Marylebone 42 Crawford Street, London, W1H 1JW Tel: 0207 262 6582

Founded 9 years ago on Portobello Road, Thai Rice use traditional family recipes and fresh ingredients to produce authentic Thai cuisine. With the combination of excellent food, a welcoming ambience, contemporary dĂŠcor and fast, friendly service, Thai Rice offers the perfect dining experience.

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ounded in 1991, Valentina is an Italian family owned and run small chain of delicatessen/ restaurants. Named after the daughter of one of the founding families, their stores provide the best store cupboard essentials and Italian regional specialities. Food and wine has always been their passion. The Zoccolas and the Arcaris, cousins through 70 n o v e m b e r 2 0 1 1

marriage, came from a small village called Saint Elia Fumirapido. It is located near Monte Cassino, a rocky hill about 130 km (80 miles) southeast of Rome. After the Second World War, some of the family moved to the UK, opening food businesses in Scotland and London, before joining forces to launch Valentina. Food and farming has

been their way of life for generations, and even today, they return home annually to help with our own label olive oil harvest, as well as selecting the finest ingredients for our own label antipasti, pasta and sauces. 2011 marks Valentina’s 20th anniversary and coincides with the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy. To celebrate, note only have they

launched additions to their own label range (currently at over 110 items), but have also opened their newest store in Notting Hill. Every Valentina serves recipe dishes that use seasonal ingredients, packed full of hearty flavour: These have been handed down from their own families for generations. Valentina look forward to welcoming you very soon.

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INSALATA DI POLIPO Steamed Octopus marinated in extra virgin lemon oil served on a mixed leaf, celery and pomegranite salad ANTIPASTO DELLA CASA An assortment of a small mozzarella ball, ceringnola olive, thinly sliced parma ham, mortadella, provolone Piccante cheese, Milano & Napoli salame, pickled vegetables served with music paper bread TAGLIOLINI AL ASTICE E COZZE Fresh egg Tagliolini pasta cooked with half lobster and mussels with a garlic and white wine cherry tomato sauce





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SORBETTO Blood orange sorbet served in a shot glass, accompanied by red berries, honey and mint FILETTO AL PEPE NERO Pan fried Fillet steak cooked to your liking with a black peppercorn and Chiodini mushroom sauce served on a bed of triple cooked chips PANNA COTTA Homemade vanilla panna cotta served with red currents, crumbled amaretti biscuits and a shot glass of Pistacchio ice cream Shot of Limoncello or Sambuca

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CHRISTMAS AT VALENTINA The festive season is a magical time of year when some of our favourite specialities come into season, such as white truffles, wild boar salami, mostarda di fruta and marron glace - Italian Christmas food is as varied as it gets. Every region, every province, every village has its own specialities for both Cena della Vigilia (Christmas Eve dinner) and Pranzo di Natale (Christmas lunch). A lifetime would not be enough to try all the regional Christmas food worth savouring, but here at Valentina, we’ve put together a taster of some of the things you can find in store and online:

Valentina honey & jam from £7.95

Valentina antipasti from £5.95

Store Cupboard Essentials For those moments when you have unexpected visitors, or simply need to put together a quick and tasty meal in minutes, the Valentina own label range harks back to our pastoral roots, with most of the collection carefully sourced from the fertile lands around Southern Italy. Olive oil, for example, is from our family’s own olive groves in Saint Elia.

Valentina spray oils from £8.95

Hampers from £25

Panettone & Pandoro During the Christmas season, these are the two most popular yeast cakes served. Originally, Panettone, the dome shaped cake made with butter, eggs, raisins and candied peel was invented and produced in Milan, while Pandoro was baked in a special star shaped mould & dusted with powdered sugar and came from Verona. Traditionally Italians eat panettone at breakfast with coffee, between meals with Marsala wine, and after dinner with spumante. Pandoro is more often sliced and served with a sauce. Both are an ideal treat for Christmas.



Valentina Panettone or Pandoro from £10.95


Alberti Strega Panettone or Pandoro from £19.95

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We offer a number of different brands, each one with its own unique story some are flavoured, some are stuffed with custard or chocolate and others are alcohol infused - but all are simply delicious!




Confectionery Sweetmeats are always a must have at any Italian Christmas feast. The following selections are perfect for after dinner, for hostess gifts or simply a self indulgent treat!

Alberti Strega collection from £5.95

Masoni Panforte Fig And Walnut £11.95 (450g) £4.95 (100g)

Caffarel Marron Glace Box 240g Box £19.95

Exclusive to Valentina for this year, we have the wonderful products from Alberti. Producer of the famous ‘Liquore Strega’, a saffron infused herbal digestif, the company also produces chocolates and torrone using the finest millefiori honey, bari almond and hazelnuts from Campania.

Wines & Spirits At Valentina, we offer over 160 wines from every region of Italy. Our Sommelier has chosen a selection of spirits and wines that can fill any party or get together with Christmas cheer. Prosecco, Italy's answer to Champagne is the perfect aperitif, while the Barolo from Villadoria is full-bodied, tannic, with a characteristic note of roses and tar, and designed to complement rich meaty dishes. Gavi is one of the most fashionable white regions in Italy and the La Minaia has notes of stoned and spiced fruits yet dry and big. A great wine indeed. Or for something a little different why not ask us for our current favourite wines?

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hat do you do if you really want something special and just can’t find it? When all you yearn for is just the best of its kind in the world - and no-one seems to have produced it; at least not to the standard you desire? If you are Roy and Tracey Jones you initially scour the earth for a key ingredient and, when you have finally tracked it down, you create what you were looking for in the first place - the world’s finest luxury chocolate experience. “I wanted to buy a very special present for a very special person on a very special day - her 40th birthday,” explains Tracey. “Like me she is a chocoholic! I went to the top-end departments stores and even some of the little luxury chocolate boutiques but just could not find what I wanted. There is a lot of nice chocolate about, of course, but, I don’t know, there was always something missing. It was very frustrating and in the end I bought her something else entirely.”That was the beginning but by no means the end of a two year journey which has reached a triumphant conclusion with the launch of ‘the Chocolate’ Roy and Tracey’s new business dedicated to producing ‘the best luxury chocolate experience in the world.’

What is it?

In its simplest form we are talking about an amazing ‘experience’. Handmade truffles using an award winning, secret recipe Italian chocolate, filled with champagne, flaked with edible 24-carat gold all enclosed within a bespoke handcrafted boutique box encrusted with more than 450 Swarovski Crystals inside and out. Also made by hand no two of these boxes will ever be the same. The chocolate itself is 63% Toscano Black sourced from a tiny artisan chocolate maker based just outside historic Pisa. The cocoa beans are refined using a traditional granite stone mill and the result has been judged by the Academy of Chocolate as officially the best in the world. What experts call the ganache - basically the mixture of cocoa, cream and a variety of other ingredients to form 74 n o v e m b e r 2 0 1 1

what consumers think of as, well, the chocolate - that forms ‘the Chocolate’ is a closely guarded secret but Roy and Tracey are happy to confirm that there are several glasses of champagne added to the normal recipe. “As we make everything ourselves we can, of course, produce ‘the Chocolate’ without alcohol if required,” commented Tracey. You Eat the Gold?

It’s the world’s most expensive foodstuff and has been eaten for millennia. Although the Ancient Egyptians believed it gave them immortality no such claims are made for ‘the Chocolate.’ (yet). However other authorities do claim that gold has many attributes when eaten, including generating a higher IQ, managing rheumatoid arthritis, developing mystic power and contributing to a long and healthy life. More seriously it is authorised for use in food products in both Europe and the USA. High quality chocolate also has its enthusiasts. They claim that chocolate with over 60% cocoa content (‘the Chocolate’ has 63%) reduces blood pressure, decreases the chance of both diabetes and heart attack, improves the memory and even eases a persistent cough amongst a plethora of other attributes. Be that as it may the fact remains that ‘the Chocolate’ has a fantastic taste that will exceed the expectations of the wildest choccie enthusiast. And the memory of the experience will last and last. The Products:

Available online at and exclusively at Harrods, the Boutique Box contains 15 chocolates minimum and a weight of 200 grammes. It retails at £190 including postage and packing. Delivery of this unique hand-made product is within five days or can be expressed for specific delivery date. The Bambina is a one chocolate box experience, which retails at £50 including postage and packing. Available online and exclusively at Harrods For more information on the Chocolate visit:


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Evoking pleasure and decadence and offering humorous and philosophical advice in equal measure whether it’s on how to enter a convent, go on holiday with your girlfriend, avoid bores at parties or when to ring your lawyer Dangerous Women urges you to trust your own instincts, find your own voice and reminds us how far we have come. Girlfriends, sisters, mothers and daughters up and down the land are questioning what it means to be a woman in the 21st century. Each eclectic entry in Dangerous Women sparkles with some if not all of the answers. So whether you need to establish the weight of the soul or plan your wardrobe for a stint in hospital this life-enhancing book, offers wit and wisdom on over six hundred subjects that every 76 n o v e m b e r 2 0 1 1

woman wants to talk about.. Drawing on the experience of the authors’ own lives, plus an eclectic range of writers, artists and iconic women, Dangerous Women is a lexicon rather than a traditional howto book –it’s an ideal bedside companion with a definitive understanding of the finer art of modern living that every

Dangerous Woman will return to again and again and will want to share with others. Don’t expect cookery tips on how to be a domestic goddess... these women are having great fun. Entries are designed to offer hope to anyone who feels she may be alone (you’re not), or any women seeking inspiration. Yes it’s aimed squarely at the Sex & the City generation (but the authors also want to tell twentysomething readers why this can be the best time of your life). Under ‘D’ one entry reads: Dullness

Is there any real excuse for dullness? There is surely little or no reason why people can’t

put effort into being amusing and entertaining company. Under ‘R’ one entry reads: Raves

We miss them. Can somebody bring them back? Dangerous Women is the ideal read for all manner of occasions - whether carried in your handbag to read on the train, after a tricky date or interview, or to boost selfesteem before a dinner party. The guide is certainly not conventional self-help. It’s about finding your own voice. The subtext of the book is “live as well as you dare”. Life is not a dress rehearsal - stop making excuses and get on with it now. You deserve to be happy! A great read.

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enneth Turner started the scented candle trend 25 years ago and today the brand showcases 7 distinct scents including ‘Original’ which provides a classic blend of polar, honeysuckle, lemon & orange oils, cloves and cinnamon. The collection includes extensive products for the home and body meaning every aspect of day-to-day life can have an Original scent added to them! Transitional scent ‘Nature Nurture’ takes our senses from summer into autumn combining blends of jasmine, rose, sandalwood and cedar wood, and is ideal for everyday use. The inspiration for this fragrance came from the natural scents of nature. The new ‘Smells Like’ campaign uses day-to-day faces who are fans of the brand and Original is represented

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by Paddy Renouf (pictured). As London’s most exclusive and entertaining guide Paddy entertains discerning travellers coming to London and shows them all the hidden gems and must have British products and brands- Kenneth Turner is one of those. Paddy is a personal guide who feels like a friend and an entertaining companion. Nature Nurture sees the changing of seasons represented by British actress Ruby Snape (pictured). Her television appearances include; Murderland, Bodies, The Bill, Holby City, Worst Week of My Life, Doctors, Agony Again, Dirty Work, Daylight Robbery and The Grimley’s amongst others. Film roles include; Parting Shots, Wild Justice and It Might Be You and Ruby has also appeared in the West End. She relaxes by burning a Nature Nurture scented candle. At 25, Kenneth Turner’s scents smell better than ever! 0844 567 1000 For information on Paddy Renouf visit For information on Ruby Snape visit http:// Kenneth Turner Products Are Available in Selfridges, GTC, Harrods, Fortnum & Mason & Nationwide and online

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bright young shiny star landed on New Kings Road at the end of Autumn, a nice surprise for anyone in search of the perfect dress… Zaeem Jamal is an extraordinary new luxury brand fusing stunning embroidery, hand picked radiant gem stones, luscious fabrics and vibrant colours, creating pieces that are design alchemy in motion. With a lively philosophy that injects soul and purpose in to the dynamic world of fashion and centred around a unique design strategy, it weaves cutting edge energetics and spiritual philosophies into the world of couture. Backed by an experienced, world class international team, and drawing from a wide range of influences, the brand is

truly global both in appeal and impact. Created by visionary creative designer Zaeem Jamal, the first collection created such a stir, he was awarded the Best New designer of the Year at DFW, and is listed in the top 100 top people to keep an eye on. With celebrity clients lining up for private fittings and bespoke pieces, it appears he really is. Specially selected quality crystals uplift and provide energy, while the process of delicate stitching and hand embroidery is done with detail, energy, joy and fine work ethics, embodying each piece with a special feeling and radiance. For the current Fall Winter season, the ‘Colours of I’ collection is based on colour therapy and the use of gemstones in affiliation with the rainbow & chakra system, setting stones such as

jade, rubies and sapphires in strategic positions creating pieces that not only reflect style & glamour but create the experience of an energetic event. Each piece is not only a garment but a happening. The acclaimed Angels & Seraphims collection, which shall be arriving in early 2012 in time for Spring, embodies flowing drapes and “Angelic capes” across its range of chiffon dresses and silk gowns that touch upon the heavenly realms. With several global studios catering to bespoke clientele and a limited number of independent stores, Zaeem decided to open his flagship London store this Autumn in the Fulham & Chelsea area, across the river from his home in Wimbledon Village. His eagerly anticipated Hollywood store is due to open in Los Angeles at the end of November. Zaeem Jamal, Founder and Creative Director, says, “We recognize the demands on time and energy that life puts on us, especially our clients in the public eye, and so our goal is to create fashion that gives a much needed lift in order to enable women to shine from the inside, out. We want to inspire women to be creative and enlightened with their style, looking at both external glamour and internal beauty, and we hope to awaken their relationship to each piece as a reflection of an aspect of their core being, and an opportunity to shine. We do not offer a wardrobe of clothes but a wardrobe of experiences...’ If you are in search of the perfect dress for your Charity Gala, Christmas party or Bridal event and would like to look and feel elegant, graceful, vibrant, stylish and unique, then this is definitely the store to experience…. Zaeem Jamal, 273 New Kings Road. SW6 4RD. Open from 11am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday. For private fittings & bespoke appointments please telephone: 0207 736 3536. november2011

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r Ariel Haus is one of London’s leading dermatolgists and recently partnered with Comfort Pure to conduct some research on skin sensitivity. Comfort Pure, which is specially formulated for those with sensitive skin, asked volunteers from British Naturism – as well as a group of people who like to keep their clothes on – about their skincare habits. Results showed that Naturists, who expose their bodies to the elements whatever the season, were found to be more aware of their skin’s needs. Nearly half (45%) apply sun protection every day, 82% examine their skin for any abnormalities on a regular basis and eight out of 10 naturists feel that wearing natural fibres such as cotton provide comfort for their skin. But we should all be aware of our skin and seeing a dermatologist regularly is vital to not only look your best but also to look for any changes in skin behaviour. As we head into party season Dr Haus continues to offer a selection of non-invasive treatments at his Harley Street clinic in London. Here is a list of treatments that clients benefit from to look their best in that party outfit: • Skin peels to remove the effects of sun damage and also to rejuvenate the skin • Treatments to address wrinkles and frown lines • Dermal fillers (bioplasty and Restylane SUBQ) to smooth out deeper wrinkles and lines • Skin treatments, rejuvenation and hair removal using eMax laser • Body sculpting, cellulite and fat removal with Velashape, the latest technology to achieve non-surgical liposuction • Carboxytherapy to remove dark under eye bags Dr. Haus only uses noninvasive treatments and medicines that have been approved by the relevant

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Dr Haus has regular columns in UK magazines and is often consulted by manufacturers of leading skin products and brands to offer insight and his opinion owing to his extensive experience.

regulators in the U.K. In most cases, these procedures have also been approved for use in other countries in Europe and the United States. Dr. Haus is always happy to share his knowledge and experience with his patients, to understand the concerns they have about their skin and agree on the treatment or procedure that will best suit their specific circumstances. “The findings show that, on

average, naturists tend to be more aware of skin sensitivity and how to protect against this. When skin is exposed to the elements it is exfoliated naturally, helping to preserve its natural oils while leaving it clear. For those who prefer a more modest approach to life, it is best to make sure clothes are as soft as possible against your skin to keep it in good condition. I would recommend using a fabric softener such as

Comfort Pure, the only fabric conditioner whose research is recognised by the British Skin Foundation, to help maintain healthy skin,” says Dr. Haus. Furthermore Dr Haus adds; “I always recommend patients to see a dermatologist at least every other monthsomething that is on the increase in the UK, In Brazil people tend to visit their dermatologists more often.”


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Kay Greveson RGN BA (HONS) Independent prescriber

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here is an increasing trend for both men and women to seen non-surgical, non-invasive methods for achieving a younger look. There are various options available that fall into this category, including wrinkle relaxing injections such as Botox®, dermal fillers and skin peels, to name just a few. Erika Moore recently visited Sister Kay Greveson at her clinic in Hampstead after becoming increasingly frustrated by her lines and wrinkles. Here she outlines her experience. I work in a job that involves dealing with clients on a daily basis, so my appearance is important. I was increasingly aware of the lines on my forehead and between my eyes. I always felt as though I looked angry, and older than I was, even though I am only in my early 30’s. I approached Sister Kay Greveson her clinic within Aquarius Spa, Hampstead, about two months ago as I had been recommended to her by a friend. I was initially nervous as I have never had any sort of treatment like that before. I was worried about having the injections and what I would look like afterwards but Kay put my mind at ease immediately. We had a detailed chat about what results I wanted from the treatment; she took a medical history and some photographs. Kay explained that Botox® is a safe, naturally occurring protein that works by blocking nerve

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It was so exciting to see the lines disappearing little by little each day and I don’t think I’ve ever looked in the mirror so much as I did in those first 2 weeks! signals to specific muscles that cause facial expression; relaxing the muscle and making the treated area smoother and less wrinkled. She gave me the option of using a ‘numbing’ local anaesthetic cream, which I took. Despite being nervous, I did not find the procedure bad at all. Kay talked me through each step and made sure I was comfortable throughout. She was very gentle and I hardly felt the injections; it certainly wasn’t as bad as I had imagined. She explained that

it would take between 2 and 14 days for the full results to be visible and advised me to come back after this time so she could check on the result and have a ‘dose adjustment’ of treatment if required. It was so exciting to see the lines disappearing little by little each day and I don’t think I’ve ever looked in the mirror so much as I did in those first 2 weeks! In the end I did not need more treatment as I was more than pleased with the results. I have a natural look and still have facial expression but no lines!! Botox® is not permanent, lasting only three to four months, after which, the lines that were there prior to treatment slowly return. I will definitely have it again when the time comes as it has made me feel so much more confident with my appearance. I feel that I look more relaxed and don’t have an ‘angry’ look from frowning all of the time.

Sister Kay Greveson has over ten years experience working as a specialist nurse within the NHS. She qualified as an independent prescriber in 2007 and works as a mobile aesthetic practitioner in Regents Park & Hampstead, and does home visits at her clients’ convenience. Regents Park Facial Aesthetics Tel: 07745845777 E-mail Web: regentsparkfacialaesthetics Follow at:

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magazines for selecting me to do a regular Clear braces are the new and feature on how to achieve a healthy mouth and modernanway to straighten attractive smile. I will be teeth focusing on useful important topics for readers with an and invisible appliance. Yoursuch as prevention gum disease, how gradually, to have fresh breath, what causes teeth areofstraightened decay and how to avoid dentistry! without metal or wires, using a series I would clear like to start the first feature on cosmetic of removable, aligners. dentistry and I will address various questions that have been emailed to me.

How long does will my treatment I have crooked teethtake? and do not really wantall to types have braces for 2 years. As with of braces, treatment What are my other options?

times will vary depending on how much straightening your teeth require. There are revolutionary braces the systems such as Total treatment time is about 6 Month Smiles ( same as and traditional braces, between 9 The Inman Aligner ( and 18 months. During treatment, that can correct crooked teeth, or eventhe close gaps little as 3 months! 6 Month Smiles number inofasaligners given depends on is a fixed braces system with tooth coloured brackets and how much the teeth need to move. tooth coloured wire. It’s the perfect solution for adult patients wanting a discreet option and faster results.

The Inman Aligner is a removable brace that is worn How often must I for 20 hours day and can be taken out for cleaning wear my aAligners? and eating. The Invisalign (

Can teeth whitening damage teeth? No. Teeth whitening is a safe and effective technique that is scientifically proven. The treatment involves the use of custom fitting whitening trays and a very small amount of whitening gel (carbamide peroxide). You need to apply the gel to teeth for 1-2 hours a day for 2-3 weeks. The whitening occurs via an oxygenation process within the structure of teeth. Problems can occur if you have ill fitting trays or if you use certain ‘over the counter’ whitening products. For the best advice and your total safety, it is always best to have professional teeth whitening with the dentist.

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Will the treatment be painful?

While clear braces straighten your teeth without the anxiety and pain associated with metal braces, some people may experience temporary before after discomfort for a few days at the beginning stage of treatment. This is normal and is typically described as a feeling of pressure. It’s also a sign that the appliance

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Tracey Smyth is the semi permanent make-up expert everyone is talking about!

ith 25 years experience, she is the semi-permanent make-up genius who changes the lives of celebrities by revitalising and enhancing their look. Together with her team of specialists and revolutionary treatments, Tracey devises a complete treatment plan to get that youthful and natural look you are hoping for. Semi-permanent makeup can change your life! Want to change your look, freshen up, look well rested and ultimately look younger? With an arch of the brow your look will be transformed from dated to on-trend and open eyed therefore giving the impression of fresh faced youthfulness. It’s time for a brow re-model. “Semi-permanent make-up has taken a complete turn, gone are the days of the half moon shape slapped above the eye, we have so many different types of fantastic and natural looking ways to enhance your eyebrow shape from fine hair line strokes to simply filling in patchy eyebrows with a shadow effect. I can create a totally realistic and natural arched brow for both men and women!” As you get older the shape of your face changes and it is very important to move with the times, it’s amazing how many women still over pluck their eyebrows into the shape they had in the nineties or even eighties. The area becomes over traumatised therefore making it impossible to achieve that full lush look you had in your 20’s. As the brows are such

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it’s amazing how many women still over pluck their eyebrows into the shape they had in the nineties or even eighties an important part of the total impression of your look it is only smart to seek advice from a specialist in this area. The brows frame the eyes and can be the making of you, they should be well shaped but above all suit the shape of your face and expressions. Semi-permenant makeup is the answer to all your brow dilemma’s Semi-permenant make-


up can create a new look, it is so natural they will look like your own LIP LINER

The common procedure most of you know about is the lip liner, which defines the outer lip and gives the impression of a fuller lip as if you were wearing a lip pencil liner. Lip blush is the new lip line! This treatment is fantastic


on more mature lips and anyone who has thin lips and would like a fuller sexy looking lip. As you get older the pigment of the lips fades, with this procedure that youthful blush is restored. The colour of your lip is matched to your complexion and the results are lip transforming! It sounds a little uncomfortable as the entire lip is tattooed, however my specialist Dr Harris applies a dental block so you will be totally pain free. The common question and fear my clients have is “will I get the trout pout?” My answer is emphatically no, no and no again. I concentrate on bringing out your own natural attractiveness and inner beauty, I do not (unless the client is a celebrity and trying to achieve a different look) believe in enforcing an over exaggerated look. I like my clients to achieve an improved and youthful look which is natural and complements their character and lifestyle. Well this should give you plenty to think about, feel like a change and know you need an overhaul. Make a booking today. Until next month, stay well and get ready for the summer! Tracey x Tracey can be seen in Harley Street, The West End and Crouch End or for private appointments at your home. To book an appointment with Tracey please contact: 07967 038492/0208 340 8069 Mention this magazine to receive your free gift.

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sing the mineral world’s powers, Celestial Spa Authentic builds upon the protective and therapeutic powers of Gemstones which are at the forefront of the cosmetics and beauty industry leading new trends in premium spa, body care and fine fragrance. Using advanced skincare formulations and Gem Therapy ™ product innovation to meet the needs of Anti-Stress skincare and capturing the natural positive energy of Gemstones extracts to help revitalise the skin cells- Celestial Spa Authentic is the ideal brand for those seeking a natural collection of products and treatments delivering immediate results. At the Nirvana Spa in Berkshire, you can experience a selection of spa treatments by Celestial Spa Authentic. These are also set to be available

at a selection of other spas throughout the UK but for now the biggest selection is available here and includes: Celestial Comfort Hydrating Indulgence Facial:

This luxurious treatment begins with a cleansing ritual while a creamy hydrating mask restores moisture to the skin, feel your body relax with a shoulder, neck and scalp massage. A nourishing moisturiser with pure colloidal gold, a radiant skin booster and cooling eye cream are applied to leave your skin feeling younger, smoother and truly relaxed. This treatment lasts 55 minutes. Celestial Hot Gemstone Therapy:

If you are feeling stress, a totally unique treatment is this one. Deeply relaxing

massage techniques use warmed semi-precious gemstones, to penetrate heat deep in to the muscles to relieve stresses and strains. The gem therapy treatment is complemented with a choice of either comfort or clarity massage oil, depending on your needs. The combination

of massage with stones makes this treatment the ultimate for relaxation. A full body treatment lasts 55 minutes. Celestial Spa Authentic’s extensive range of prestige products are ideal for home use and recommend ones include: Comfort Timelines Lifting Eye Cream- This instant lifting eye cream includes Colloidal Gold to help repair damaged tissue while the Lotus Flower Complex helps relax muscles so reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. (£32.50) Clarity Conditioning Mineral Hair & Scalp Mud- A deep conditioning treatment to help with dry and itchy scalp. The Dead Sea mud silt, rich in trace elements and minerals will help to improve manageability. Leave on overnight to boost volume, bounce and shine. (£12.50)

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rigin has been in the business of constructing indoor and outdoor swimming pools for over thirty years. In that time they have progressed from simple timber buildings to the impressive architect design schemes of today. To celebrate this anniversary Origin has commissioned a total redesign of their visual identity. This includes a bright new logo, excitingly updated publicity material and van fleet, and an interactive user-friendly website. To accompany this flurry of activity the company has produced an all new colour brochure, showing as never before the breadth of Origin's capability. Covering all the styles that this unique British company has become known for, from classic original styles to custom designed extensions that are a true product of yours and Origin's combined thinking, the brochure is economical with words, letting the beautiful pictures tell the story. Origin has also committed to an occasional newsletter, NewsWave, to announce the latest and greatest improvements the company has been working ?


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on, and of course show the pick of the recent triumphs. Add a monthly emailing, Origin eNews, and the new publicity thrust is complete ready to take on the next thirty years! But the caring attention to detail, the meticulous, design work and the insistence of only using the finest materials available hasn't changed. The company still handles every element of the process, without bringing in any outside experts whatsoever. From the first meeting, to the sketch ideas produced as a result, to the architectural drawings and finished visuals, to the guidance through the planning process, to the earthworks, the building and completing. Origin takes the process from beginning to end -

and all you have to do is jump into the state-of-the-art heated pool at the end of it all. Origin has become Britain's longest established, best known pool company because they have accepted every challenge, crossed every hurdle, and with great experience and ingenuity created a product that is considered second to none, by customers and the pool industry alike. The architects and designers are seasoned players in their fields, and bring a wealth of experience to every aspect of this complex and demanding business. Even the teams who build the final pool houses are eminently professional, many having been involved since the very early days of the company. Building an indoor pool house is a complex business, so many of Origin's buildings are based on the company's established styles. For example,

The Panorama has a light, airy construction with a bright hipped glazed lantern roof – and is built from solid timber with an optional brick or rendered facing, to co-ordinate with the style of your home. The Barn has all the appearance and appeal of a country barn conversion, but built to state-of-the-art standards to be the home for a superb heated pool. The Sirius has exceptional designer looks and a wide expanse of glass bringing a real indoor/outdoor feel to your swimming. These established style-inspired pool houses come in a wide range of standard sizes, and the heated pool will be in a style of your choice. Origin is recognised as the foremost designers of one-o buildings and extensions, designed and developed to co-ordinate with their surroundings perfectly. Materials and finishes are carefully matched with the existing structure – so the finished result is a handsome extension to the property, hiding a luxurious heated pool. To do full justice to Origin's expertise they include outdoor pools as part of their remit. The company is famous for creating pool houses, but they are all too aware that many people prefer to swim in the sun (or under the stars) and an outdoor pool can be one of the most aspirational features a home can have. The level of skill and understanding of pool technology has helped Origin to become one of the country's foremost outdoor pool providers. Origin's new logo has a strapline "The original indoor & outdoor pool company." Get in touch, and find out just why the original is usually the best. Origin Leisure Harefield Middlesex UB9 6TH Telephone 01895 823366 or email for the new brochure, or to be included in future distribution of NewsWave and Origin eNews. And check out the all new website:

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arlier this year the Government announced their first comprehensive review of the Feed-in tariffs for small-scale renewable electricity generation. On the 31st October 2011 they released their second comprehensive review which is considering various aspects of the scheme which include the tariff rates. Solar PV is still a great investment at the new rate of 21p per kWh. It will give you an average return of 8% to 10% which is still more than any ISA or building society would offer you today. There have been extensive price reductions in the last 6 months for a solar PV system which enables you to receive great returns on investment. From the 1st April 2012 any individual wanting to install a solar PV system will also require an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) to which they must

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achieve a minimum of band C energy rating to receive the 21p per kWh tariff. Any properties below band C will need to be brought up to band C by installing energy efficiency measures outlined in the EPC recommendations to be eligible for the high tariff. Any property below band C after the 1st April 2012 will only receive 9p per kWh until energy efficiency measures are implemented. BritishEco is an accredited MCS installer able to service The time to act is now to secure the high Feed-In Tariff levels with great returns and savings highlighted below: A typical 4kW domestic system could attract:

£720 Feed-In Tariff Payment £223 savings on electricity bill £53 from exporting to the national grid Estimated returns and savings

Annual saving of £996 10.4% Initial tax-free return on investment Estimated earnings over 25 years £34,396

There have been extensive price reductions in the last 6 months for a solar PV system which enables you to receive great returns on investment. your needs whether you are a domestic, commercial or public sector customer. We can supply you with a free desktop survey advising you on the suitability of your property, the cost of the relevant system and the returns in which you can expect. We specialise in the design & install of solar PV panels and other renewable energy systems. Our team of skilled PV solar installers will ensure that the unit is fitted exactly as designed. Please call us today on 0845 257 0041 or visit for further information.

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his month we take a quick look at Green and Pleasant Lifestyle who have recently opened in Barnes. A leading supplier of quality furniture, their collection combines a comprehensive selection of designs and finishes for every room in your home, from classically traditional to strikingly contemporary. Filled to the brim with an eclectic assortment from stylish bespoke pieces, to stunning English handmade leather and cowhide sofas and chairs. Choose from an endless selection of mirrors or from their beautiful Oak, Ash or painted dining tables together with elegantly crafted chairs,

their lamps, soft furnishings and giftware complete the setting, Green and Pleasant lifestyle will offer you with the perfect inspiration. Official stockists of Annie Sloan chalk Paints, Green and Pleasant lifestyle provide a bespoke furniture design service, interiors advice and a warm and friendly welcome to all. Green & Pleasant Lifestyle, 129 Church Road Barnes. Tel 02087 488993. www.

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ome cinemas, also commonly called home theatre, are home entertainment set-ups that will reproduce the cinema going experience and mood with the help of video and audio equipment in the comfort of your own home.Those of us that are old enough to remember the 1950’s, playing home movies became popular with Kodak 8 mm film projection equipment becoming available, although mainly to the most affluent of people. Today is a different story, with the advancement of High Definition television and digital sound processing produced from Sky TV, Cable and Blu-Ray DVD players you really can bring the big screen home. Flat screen TV’s have revolutionised the way we watch and enjoy television today, our living rooms have been transformed as you no longer need the big tube TV taking pride of place in the corner of the lounge as there was nowhere else it could go. You can now wall mount them anywhere in the room for optimal viewing pleasure, you can even disguise the TV’s as a Mirror or frame painting at a touch of a button the TV will be revealed. Very James Bond. To really catch the emotion of a film, live concert or a sports event, with surround sound it’s time for that upgrade. Projector systems have come a long way too, from a electric drop down screen in the lounge to a 120”+ Cine Wide SMX acoustically transparent projector screen in your newly constructed basement. The picture quality can exceed that of a commercial cinema and the sound from Dolby Tru HD or DTS HD at such close quarters can immerse you so much that you believe you are actually there; we can thank Mr. Lucas and Mr. Spielberg for this. The next step forward now is 3D projection with active or passive glasses. A company based in Italy called Sim2 who have pioneered new technology over the years have just launched a new projector called the Lumis 3Ds, the brightness and colours produced from this are truly amazing and breathtaking for such a small machine.

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Gaming from Sony’s PS3 or Microsoft’s X-box and the Nintendo Wii bring on a new dimension in 3D, you could really be racing alongside Lewis Hamilton and Jensen Button in the latest addition of F1, or playing the 18th Hole with Tiger Woods. Media servers like the Imerge MS1 HD 3D that copy your movies to a protected storage system, allowing for large movie and music collections to be stored and accessed at a touch of a button from your ipad or other universal remote control. Home cinema seating from Home Cinema Modules allow for bespoke custom built chairs with electric recliners and cup holders, which can be fixed together in any configuration possible for your room. Lighting control from Lutron can really make a difference to the way the cinema room looks, fibre optic ceiling lights that twinkle like the night sky, or bright LED’ s that light the way to the best seat in the house. Multi-Room home Automation systems from the latest IPAD control your whole house. From Crestron, AMX, Lutron controlled lighting and Savant. They are all playing a part in the digital revolution as we know it today. Putting aside all the technology behind Home Cinema is the fact that it really brings family and friends together to have fun, to enjoy a movie without interruption of mobile phones and the person with the big hair that always sits in front of you at your local cinema, It’s time to bring the BIG screen home. Supported by 4 COLOUR LOGO (SPECIALS) flat greens, icon fades from a light green to a dark green

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his month, we had the chance to speak to James Bernard, Owner and Director at ‘Plus Rooms’ to get an insight in to how, in such a competitive environment, he maintains to push the boundaries of conventional extension building and design. With a wide array of satisfied clients, jaw-dropping case studies and a design driven approach to domestic building work, James has placed ‘Plus Rooms’ at the very forefront of the London extension market. ‘Plus Rooms’ have been operating in the London for just over 9 years, in which time they have established themselves as one of the market leaders. The company was originally set up by James’ father in 2002, with James joining the business around 2 years later. However, James’ mother and father tragically died in a car accident last November which led to James and his brother Robert inheriting the family business. It quickly became apparent that whilst it was a huge responsibility, it was also a great opportunity to continue their father’s legacy and to steer the company in a new direction. “We wanted to maintain the great service and high quality product that our clients are accustomed to, but ultimately offer a design led service at a fixed price.” It is clear, that James lives and breathes building and design. After only 5 minutes of discussion he excitedly reels off images of various case studies, showing buildings that are almost unrecognizable and tailored specifically to his clients needs. The images are stunning, and in a rather unique way, each of the

builds has their own personality and a sense of function. It is this attention to detail, which is truly impressive. “We are determined to deliver extensions which are tailored to the individual client, rather than simply conforming to the local authority guidelines. We never have been and never will be a mass production company who move customers along a conveyor belt of obligatory extensions, we want each one of our projects to be unique and most importantly; outstanding”. James explains that the key to the success of his business is to understand what his clients want to achieve and then to make it accessible to them. After all, an extension serves a purpose, whether it is an investment in your property, catering for your families needs, or adding that ‘wow factor’ to your home. ‘Plus Rooms’ work with numerous professionals, including qualified architects, surveyors and planning consultants which makes them well equipped to deal with the obstacles that many building companies seek to avoid. James filled me in on how his service works and once it was broken down, it became very apparent why ‘Plus Rooms’ is gaining huge popularity within London. For the first time, James has made it possible for clients to use a fully fledged architectural firm for the design of their extension or conversion, without the exorbitant costs and with a clear view of the final outlay. “Generally speaking the only way to achieve something different or spectacular when it comes to building an extension is to enlist the services of an architect who will design the

The concept often tends to be derived through the amalgamation or development of previous designs

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extension and obtain all the relevant permissions on your behalf. This service comes at a considerably perpetuating cost in itself, with the actual build cost only being determined once the project is put out to tender, often leaving clients with a nasty surprise. Using our extensive portfolio of projects, and through a detailed consultation with perspective clients, we are able to create concepts and provide an accurate quotation for the building works before the client has spent a penny.” ‘Plus Rooms’ provide a service which allows clients to enjoy the benefits of an architectural firm and a building company working unison. Perhaps most importantly, the cost for the service and the build has already been agreed. As “Plus Rooms” undertake more than 100 projects in London every year, it means they are able to negotiate fixed fees with the architects that would otherwise be unattainable. When planning a build or conversion with ‘Plus Rooms’ they will first and foremost establish exactly what it is their client wants to achieve, they will then work with the client

to create a concept. The concept often tends to be derived through the amalgamation or development of previous designs which are presented to the client during the consultation. A ‘schedule of works’ is then created, providing the client with a transparent week by week breakdown of how the build will develop. The payments are taken on a weekly basis, and are only due once the tasks associated with each week have been completed, meaning the client is never paying for work in advance. It is exactly this forward thinking that has made ‘Plus Rooms’ in to what they are today. What is interesting, is that in speaking to James he shrugs off how revolutionary this type of service is, for him it simply enables him to do what his team do best – create extensions and builds to the best they can be. It is his passion for creating a fantastic end product which has organically created a new type of building company. After all, like building itself; if the foundations are sturdy and well planned, building something marvelous on top of it is the easy part. november2011


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In this current market, how can I best renovate to invest in my home? Ultimately any extension to a property is an investment, as it adds something a bit extra to the price tag of the house. For me, the most lucrative investment in your property is a loft conversion, as adding additional bedrooms and bathrooms will always translate to added value. However, when the property market becomes saturated, as it is at the moment, a kitchen extension is the best way of transforming your living space and giving your property the edge needed to attract a buyer. The culture at home has changed significantly in recent years and for many the Kitchen has now become the main focal point of the house. A well thought out kitchen/living area to many home-buyers eyes is a priority and for me has to be the area of the house most heavily invested in if looking to prepare for a re-sell. I am already aware of the strict planning permission on my property, is there anything I can do? Planning guidelines in

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unique, functional and appease the local planning guidelines. Furthermore, we have on many occasions been successful in overturning council planning decisions through the government appeals process.

Q&A with James, Managing Director of Plusrooms

London change from borough to borough and it is particularly important to look at these guidelines carefully when purchasing a property to invest. Having said that, even in areas which boast the strictest planning constraints there are ways to achieve excellent extensions through the combined use of permitted development and planning permission. Permitted development rights are set by the government and are available to most houses in the UK. By working closely with planning consultants and the local authority we are able to achieve designs which are

I know exactly what I want to achieve for my extension, how can I get a realistic tender for the build? The best thing to do is to arrange a consultation with a company like ours, and we will be able to provide an accurate cost for the work before you outlay any money on having plans prepared. We will also be able to advise whether what you want to achieve is likely to be permissible to the local authority. By working with a company like ‘Plus Rooms’ you can get a complete budget for your project prior to signing a contract and sleep sound in the knowledge that all the necessary requirements will be taken care of for you. What can you offer me to give my extension the extra ‘wow factor?’ There are a million different design features which we can incorporate into your extension which will set it apart from the norm. At ‘Plus Rooms’ we love to create the wow factor, if that is what our clients are after. Whether we are aiming to do something which is architecturally in keeping with the property or something contrasting and contemporary we always look to achieve something special. Generally speaking, the careful incorporation of frameless structural glazing in conjunction with clean lines is the easiest way to create a contemporary design. Subtle changes like concealing gutters and roof tiles can also help give the build a sleek and modern feel. Installing large sliding doors with slim profiles and creating a flush floor level from the kitchen to the garden tends to give the build a touch of class.

Amberth is the new home of P&T Kitchens. Come and visit our new space and see all the big ideas we’ve filled it with. Quote Life Magazines for an exclusive discount.

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water temperature before it enters the underfloor heating system. There are forms of underfloor heating to fit every type of floor construction (screeds, fully floating timber floors, battened and joisted floors), as well as floor constructions that incorporate acoustic components required to comply with Part E of the Building Regulations. Screed


igh comfort levels, together with low running cost and environmental benefits, have resulted in a growing demand for underfloor heating systems. The UK market is currently growing at 20% per annum. Underfloor heating is the most comfortable form of heating because it is largely radiant, and people have evolved physiologically to prefer this form of heating. It is completely unobtrusive, and some people estimate that this gives an average of 15% more usable space in a room. It is completely safe and more hygienic than radiators. And it is more energy efficient. Radiant energy from the floor is absorbed by the other surfaces in a room, which warm up and become secondary radiant emitters. We become surrounded by gently radiating surfaces, which is very comfortable. There are no floor draughts and the temperature in all parts of the room is even. Convective forms of heating, such as radiators, use the air in a room as the transport mechanism to move energy into the whole room from a small surface that must be very hot compared with the room air. The hottest air is at ceiling level and the coldest is at floor level. The air can become dry and cause dry eyes and stuffy noses. Convection circulation can also pick up dust from the floor and put it into the air we breathe. Energy efficiency

Before the screed is laid, edge insulation should be set all round the periphery of the room to allow for thermal movement in the screed during the year. The heating pipe is fixed to the top of the insulation, just before the screed is laid. The pipe should generally be set at 200 mm spacing. This is close enough to guarantee best heating performance and minimises the length of pipe needed. The pipe can be stapled to firm insulation and fixed with screw clips to soft insulation. Another option is system plates. These vacuum-formed plastic panels have moulded pipe grippers to hold the pipe securely and at regular spacing. Timber floors (floating)

Panels of insulation are used to support a timber floor deck. This is normally formed from tongued-and-grooved panels of chipboard or plywood. Floating-floor panels with pre-cut pipe channels and factory-fitted aluminium heat diffusers are available to be used instead of plain insulation panels to support a fully floating deck. These purpose-build panels have a higher conductivity and help minimise downward heat loss. Timber battens, joists and I-beams

Battens are used where the floor loadings are to be higher than can be supported by a fully floating floor or where the floor deck is to be formed from planks to be nailed down to a support. Softwood joists are commonly used in intermediate floors, although manufactured I-beams are often used because they can be stronger and are more stable dimensionally. Prefabricated batten/joist panels are available from Wavin to fit between battens and automatically space these at nominal 400/600 mm centres or to be fitted between softwood joists. Underfloor heating is easy to install. The mechanism for fixing pipe or heating cable into the floor is simple. If it is planned to design and install a small area of underfloor heating, underfloor heating products available through merchants are easy to use. If the project is larger, it is better to seek the help of a professional underfloor heating supplier.

Most new buildings can be kept warm with heating power in the range 35 to 75W/m2, which can be achieved with floor-surface temperatures of just 24 to 27°C. The maximum floor temperature should not normally exceed 29°C, although up to 34°C is acceptable for bathrooms. An underfloor heating system uses water at a much lower temperature than that required by radiators, making it ideal to be fuelled by alternative energy sources such as solar or geothermal energy. Depending on the conductivity of the floor, the water needs to be between 40 and 60°C to reach the design floor temperature. By contrast, radiators generally require the water to be at 70 to 80°C. When designing an underfloor heating system to heat an entire building, some modern boilers can supply the water at the low temperature required directly to the heating system. The internal pump of such a boiler can be used to circulate the water around the pipe circuits. Floor types

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NATURAL BEAUTY Expertly crafted and designed wood flooring from The Natural Wood Floor Company


ounded 20 years ago, The Natural Wood Floor Company is a family run business which has grown to become one of the leading wood flooring manufacturers and suppliers in Europe. Run by three brothers, this is quite an achievement for a company that began life in a shed of a house in Balham. Trading began in 1991 selling reclaimed flooring from demolished buildings in the capital. As the company’s reputation grew, the demand for their products increased. Quick to respond, the company soon moved into manufacturing,

opening up a state-of-theart manufacturing facility in Eastern Europe. Providing supreme craftsmanship and excellent customer service are key to the company’s success. The company’s UK base is located in Smugglers Way, Wandsworth. With over 20,000 square metres of timber in stock, covering 140 different types of flooring, the showroom offers a huge selection of wood flooring to suit a wide range of tastes and budgets. This includes an unrivalled selection of engineered, solid and parquet woodblock floors and an extensive choice of pre-finished designs. These come in a variety of different species including oak, maple and walnut along with more exotic species such as wenge and panga panga. With ecological issues high on their agenda, The Natural Wood Floor

Company operates with a strict environmental policy. All timber is sourced from government owned and managed forests, ensuring that wood is from a reputable supplier, originating from a sustainable source. The company also operates with a strict zero waste policy. The whole tree trunk is used in the manufacturing process with by-products such as sawdust being used to power the wood drying machines and heat the factory buildings. This commitment ensures that all of their products are produced with respect for, and in harmony with, the environment. The use of The Natural Wood Floor Company’s products in a number of prestigious properties is testament to their success. The Tate Modern, The Natural History Museum, Westfield London, Chelsea

Football Club and The British Library are just a few of the buildings where you can see the company’s floors. There are many advantages to buying directly from the manufacturer, including the price. The company offers big discounts on end of line products, with up to 40% off the normal price. Stock changes quickly, so it’s best to visit the showroom regularly, or keep an eye on their website for some great deals. The Natural Wood Floor Company 20 Smugglers Way, Wandsworth, SW18 1EQ Tel: 020 8871 9771 nu og vu em s tb2e0r121 0 1 1 108 a

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London basements The only way is down


ith every square foot of floor space at a premium within London, basement construction has become the most popular form of home expansion. When you have either expanded to the limits of your property above ground, or have been refused planning for expansion above, a basement is the obvious solution. Maggie Smith of London Basement tells me that it is no longer a second choice for expanding homes, it has become the first choice for home owners and indeed for purchasers of new properties. It is the only way to gain such a large amount of space, indeed, a whole new floor level! London Basement is the original basement company, who have been building basements for over 15 years, who have to date built a remarkable 1000 basements. Maggie Smith told us that they have seen a steady increase in the construction of basements over the years

service, with all staff trained to the highest standards, Research has shown that there are many new companies springing up, stating that they have the experience and history to be able to take on these highly specialised projects, but please make sure to do your research into the track record of any company

It is the only way to gain such a large amount of space, indeed, a whole new floor level! and they are generally working on an average of 30 – 40 sites at any time. The reasons are simple and obvious, the improvement in lifestyle, a basement is generally cheaper than moving, taking into account the larger house, stamp duty and moving costs, the added living space is a perfect investment in your home where properties have achieved a 30% increase in value and when you have invested time and money to create your home and perhaps

your children are settled in local schools, a new basement floor level to improve your lifestyle, makes complete sense. The old concept of dark damp basements has been fully dispelled, as you can see from the portfolio on London Basement’s web site, showing wonderful living and entertainment areas, which I have to admit, fill me with envy. It is also refreshing to find a company that provides a true design, build and project management

you are considering. You are putting the very foundations of your property into their hands, so you need absolute certainty that you are dealing with the very best with the design, engineering and construction expertise necessary to safeguard your home. London Basement Tel: 020 8847 9449

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here’s no place like a beautifully styled home. Whether you’re a stickler for tradition or a lover of slick design, we all want our home to reflect who we are and how we live our lives. But where to start? Those with an eye for style may already have interiors specialists, Amberth, in their secret address book. The company have been offering bespoke fittings, design excellence and quality finishes for the past seven years. Formerly known as P&T Kitchens, newly christened Amberth has expanded its portfolio to offer great design and unique solutions for every space in the home.  Their service is a collaboration between client and designer, function and form. During an initial 112 n o v e m b e r 2 0 1 1


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consultation customers are encouraged to share their ideas. The space is then assessed to ensure the look can be achieved. Founder Inga explains, “We offer customers a service project managed from conception

The result is a uniquely beautiful space, custommade to meet their clients’ individual needs.

to finish. The emphasis is on finding a solution suited to the customer… the customer’s every need and idea is listened to with care, and if the team think something isn’t going to work or won’t look its best, they’re not afraid to say so.” Amberth combines an old-fashioned dedication to hand-made quality with a dynamic embrace of modern design. Each product is lovingly crafted and handfinished. They source materials of the highest quality and offer a choice of 250 colours, in high-gloss and matt finishes

as well as solid woods and glossy veneers. To ensure the highest standards are met, a team of in-house specialists will personally oversee each installation – they will even dispose of the old fittings. The result is a uniquely beautiful space, custom-made to meet their clients’ individual needs. Not content with transforming the homes of its style-conscious clients, Amberth is currently undergoing a makeover of its own. Its flagship store in Islington has been revamped to reflect the company’s design credentials, while a new studio will be soon opening in Putney. Now even more home-lovers will be walking through their beautifully hinged doors. Tel: 020 7354 8958

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The largest and most breathtaking performance of Military theatre in the world narrated live by Anthony Andrews


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he British Military Tournament, returns for a spectacular new show raising much-needed funds for three armed forces charities; ABF The Soldier’s Charity in association with The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity and The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. The Tournament’s two hour show will tell the 250-year military history of the ‘special relationship’ between the United Kingdom and the United States of America The dazzling arena production will feature re-enactments, deathdefying stunts, legendary military ceremonial set pieces, storytelling, music and

state-of-the-art audiovisual. The show includes: ✱ 700 troops and over 100 horses ✱ The legendary Field Gun Run, featuring two crews from Wellington College battling it out in a dramatic, nail-biting contest ✱ The iconic Musical Drive of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery ✱ The White Helmets (Royal Corp of Signals Motorcycle Display Team) ✱ Special appearances from the US Army Drill Team and the US Army Europe Band & Chorus ✱ The Bands of the Scots, Irish & Welsh Guards, The

Band of the Royal Marines (Lympstone), who will have just returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan, and the Central Band of the Royal Air Force ✱ Skill-at-Arms, featuring the gymnastics display team of the Royal Army Physical Training Corps, trick riding by the Household Cavalry, the Lancers Display Team, the Metropolitan Police Activity Ride and lots more Each day the exhibition area will host fun activities at the Armed Forces Activity Area, and a shopping area of retail and charity stands will have something on offer for all. The exhibition also provides the opportunity to meet members of the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force and to have hands on experience of some of the latest military kit. Doors open two hours prior to performance to allow access to the exhibition area and a variety of concession stands. The British Military Tournament is the biggest fundraising event in aid of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. This year it will be tri-service, also benefiting The Royal Navy and Royal Air Force charities. Tickets are on sale now. From £29.75 with concessions available for children and wheelchair users. www.britishmilitary or: Ticketmaster 0844 248 5026 / Earls Court Box Office 0870 903 9033/ See Tickets 0871 620 7051

Two years ago, we’d never have guessed we’d better our new Golf and Polo offers. Surprise, surprise... Golf Match Offer.

£189 Customer deposit. £1012.75 Deposit paid by retailer. £189 per month. 3 Years’ Free Servicing**. 1 Year’s Free Insurance°.

£500 Customer deposit. £500 Deposit paid by retailer. £199 per month. 3 Years’ Free Servicing**. 1 Year’s Free Insurance°.

£1,000 Customer deposit. £1,000 Deposit paid by retailer. £290.75 per month. 3 Years’ Free Servicing**.



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Golf Match 1.4 122PS 5-door

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Solutions (Personal Contract Plan) representative example Based on 7,000 miles per annum. Duration 35 monthly payments of Customer deposit Deposit paid by retailer Retail cash price Acceptance fee* Amount of credit Optional final payment Option to purchase fee† Excess mileage (per mile) Total amount payable Representative APR Rate of interest

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Follow us on °One years free insurance is available from Volkswagen Insurance for drivers over 21, excluding Northern Ireland. Go to for full terms and conditions. Volkswagen Insurance is sold, underwritten and administered by Allianz Insurance plc. Offer on selected stock vehicles and is only available until 31st December 2011. *Payable within first payment. †Payable with optional final payment. Further charges may be payable if vehicle is returned. Indemnities may be required. Subject to status. Available to over 18s. Volkswagen Finance, Freepost VWFS. Not available in conjunction with any other offer. Terms and conditions apply. Offer is subject to availability and may be varied or withdrawn at any time. **Subject to terms and conditions: 3 years or 30,000 miles, whichever comes soonest. In 10,000 miles or 1 year intervals. All cars set to time and distance regime. Free servicing is only available when you purchase on Volkswagen Financial Services Solutions Finance. Pictures for illustration purposes only.

Official fuel consumption in mpg (litres/100 km) for the Volkswagen range: urban 57.9 (4.9) – 13.3 (21.2); extra urban 88.3 (3.2) – 26.9 (10.5); combined 72.3 (3.8) – 19.5 (14.5). CO2 emissions 99 – 348g/km.

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Mayfair and St James Life Magazine November 2011  

Mayfair and St James Life Quality Lifestyle Magazine November 2011