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MAYFAIR LIFE & ST JAMES’S

ISSUE 54

NOVEMBER 2013

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The London Shooting Club is an exclusive members club and concierge service that specialises in providing access to the finest shooting experiences in the UK and internationally. The London Shooting Club is very pleased to offer a bespoke shooting experience to both members and non-members that will make you feel as if you have stepped into the cast of Downton Abbey. Release your inner Lord & Lady Grantham as you shoot game on the estates of the finest of Britain’s stately homes including Highclere Castle where Downton Abbey is actually filmed. Krug is delighted to announce a surprising and festive culinary experience with the launch of the Krug Kreperie, in collaboration with legendary French Chef Pierre Koffmann. Inspired by both the innovation and simple pleasures of Krug, the crepes created by Pierre Koffmann are the perfect complement to be enjoyed with a glass of Krug this winter. The Michelin Guide has announced the winners and losers in the 2014 star ratings. The Michelin guide is the Oscars of the foodie world, with stars being dished out to UK restaurants after extensive inspections. The Oscars of the UK and Ireland restaurant world have just been revealed. The Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2014 has the power to make or break a restaurant as the ‘Michelin stars’ accolade is gifted or taken away. Tickets are now on sale for London’s spectacular Christmas destination - Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. Returning for six exciting weeks of winter festivities with FREE admission there will be even more entertainment and new attractions than before. PWR Events and The Royal Parks are thrilled to announce the main attractions that will be making a welcome return to Capital’s most popular and dazzling winter event. This Christmas, the Connaught, one of London’s most revered and respected hotels in the heart of Mayfair, continues to build on its links with the art world, creating the must-give gift of the year for art lovers with a penchant for martinis; The ultimate martini experience perfectly packaged as a unique Christmas cracker.

This gives you just a small taste of exciting events & articles featured in this month’s issue...

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Contents 9 Local Life, Arts & Events Dolce & Gabbana Design Claridge’s Christmas Tree 2013 London Luxury Quarter Christmas on Bond Street Christmas magic starts at Olympia Horse Show Enjoy the Downton Abbey Experience with the London Shooting Club Jessie J switches on Oxford Street Christmas Lights Limited Edition Martini Experience Christmas Gift Crackers Covent Garden is Christmas Christmas in the Village Get your skates on... this winter The Berkeley opens Roof-Top Winter Cinema The Macmillan Enchanted Ball The British Military Tournament

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Luxury Christmas Shopping in Chelsea Past and presents Duke of York Square Design Centre Chelsea Harbour Want a good night’s sleep this winter? A Playground of the Rich and Famous A treasure trove of history British style arrives on Sloane Street this Christmas Chelsea Pensioners’ War Stories Saved For The Nation An Evening of Elegance

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Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 2013 Celebrity Christmas Stockings Go Under The Hammer

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Feature Snake charming with jewels Join Legends of the Tennis World to support Best Beginnings at the Statoil Masters Tennis The Arch London Food & Drink Krug Launches the Krug Kreperie The Michelin Guide Great Britain 2014 Restaurant stars revealed Discover a Christmas less ordinary at Taste of Christmas 2013 Feature The Ultimate Modern Gentleman’s Hotel Cartwright & Butler Gift Hampers & Gift sets Jack & Frank Together Again

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Finance Not quite so private - private banking

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House & Garden Jean Paul Gaultier - Le Défilé Collection Exploring the benefits of underfloor heating John Bly Antiques - Wood Make an entrance! How to create a welcoming hallway Quality Environment, Quality of Life Simple And Elegant Fired Earth A reputation carved in stone Inspirational Backcare at FineBack

Antique & Craft

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Education Sydenham High: enriching young minds

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Design Claridge’s Christmas Tree 2013 Claridge’s, London’s legendary Mayfair hotel, announced that this year, its annual Christmas tree will be designed by long time guests and friends of the hotel, designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.

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he tree which will depict iconic elements from a traditional Christmas tree reinterpreted with Sicilian elements, draws on the Italian heritage of the designers: hand-crafted Sicilian puppets known as ‘pupi’, hand-painted Italian festive glass baubles and a bespoke multi-coloured ‘luminarie’ framework created in Southern Italy. The new tree will be unveiled in Claridge’s on 26th November 2013 The Claridge’s Christmas tree has long been a festive landmark, drawing visitors and Londoners alike to marvel at its magnificent design. This is the fourth year that Claridge’s has invited one of its favourite guests to create and decorate the Christmas tree in their own inimitable style, and the first time it has been celebrated with the traditions of an Italian Christmas by Dolce & Gabbana. Commenting on the collaboration, Thomas Kochs, Claridge’s General Manager, says: “We are delighted to welcome Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana to spread their special Christmas magic in our lobby this year. Both Claridge’s and Dolce and Gabbana are synonymous with timeless glamour, innovative spirit and traditional family values that are so important at this time of year.” Designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana comment: “When we think of London we always think of Claridge’s and of its typically

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English atmosphere that fascinates us and makes us fall in love with the city every time as if it were the first. Our Christmas tree isn’t only a celebration of Christmas as we celebrate it in Italy, but it’s at the same time a tribute to the artisanal Italian tradition, the same that we love to export worldwide with everything we do.” About Claridge’s At the centre of London’s Mayfair, Claridge’s, part of Maybourne Hotel Group, embodies grand English style, timeless glamour and impeccable, intuitive and highly tailored service. It is London’s art deco jewel, and home to breathtaking rooms and suites. From London’s finest afternoon tea in the Foyer to vintage champagnes and rare spirits at Claridge’s Bar or after-dinner drinks in the Fumoir, all are part of the hotel’s unique splendor and charm. www.claridges.co.uk About Maybourne Hotel Group Maybourne Hotel Group owns and manages Claridge’s, the Connaught and the Berkeley, three of the world’s most legendary fivestar hotels, located in the heart of London. Maybourne Hotel Group is committed to delivering authentic and unique guest experiences that reflect the individual nature of its hotels, its guests and its staff whilst maintaining a timeless elegance and intuitive service style that are the hallmarks of its properties. www.maybourne.com


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LUXURY QUARTER At the heart of London’s West End is its most exclusive district, the London Luxury Quarter. Spanning 42 luxury streets across Mayfair, Piccadilly and St James’s, the London Luxury Quarter is the world’s most exclusive shopping and cultural destination.

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ome to high-end retailers, internationally renowned art galleries and auction houses, five star hotels and Michelin starred restaurants, all within a close vicinity, the area offers a truly unique proposition to visitors. Get closer to the designer brands, the craftsmen and hidden gems. There some amazing ways you can celebrate Christmas & New Year in the London Luxury Quarter…. The Ritz London Limited Edition Christmas Puddings - £35, available from late November at the Christmas Concierge at The Ritz Christmas & Boxing Day Dining at The Ritz Traditional Christmas Tea Live at The Ritz Christmas Eve Gala Dinner and Dance Traditional Christmas Day Luncheon Boxing Day Lunch New Year Celebrations at The Ritz Black tie Gala Dinner The Ultimate Christmas Cracker (with jewellery inside)

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Claridge’s Dolce and Gabbana Christmas Tree - to be unveiled on 26th November Berry Bros & Rudd Christmas gifts this year include a range of 40 parcels priced from £36, including 11 good hampers, from Spain, France, England and Italy. Examples of items included in the hamper: White Truffle Salt, Ortiz Anchovy fillets, 2005 Rioja Reserva Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts The Twelve Days of Christmas (Christmas afternoon tea) - 29th November – 6th January 2014 Floris Complimentary gift wrapping and gift boxes Complimentary UK Delivery until 20th December The Langham Six-course Christmas Day lunch at Roux at The Landau (£225 per person) New Year’s Eve dinner at Roux at The Landau (£245 per person) Festive afternoon tea at Palm Court ‘Winterfall’ cocktail at Artesian

Fortnum & Mason Christmas Wine Tasting Christmas Rocks (showcase of exclusive jewellery) White Truffle Extravaganza with Angela Hartnett (dinner at Fountain restaurant) Enchanted Evening (fashion accessory and fragrance demonstrations, mini treatments, consultations from the beauty departments) Christmas Storytelling How to Decorate a Cake with Fiona Cairns Christmas Personalised Chocolate Lollipops Carols by Candlelight

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Christmas ON BOND STREET

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et in the heart of Mayfair, in London’s popular West End and encompassed by many of the world’s most outstanding hotels and restaurants, Bond Street is a landmark for all things sophisticated. Since its foundation in 1700, Bond Street has been the playground of society’s wealthiest most stylish and influential people. Past residents of the street include Admiral Horatio Nelson and Lady Emma Hamilton as well as a number of renowned authors and poets. Today, over 300 years on, Bond Street remains a much-loved destination for celebrities, socialites and the international jet set. Home to some of the world’s most prestigious retailers including Armani, Asprey, Bulgari, Burberry, Chanel, Cartier, Chopard, Dolce & Gabbana, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Mulberry, Daks, Prada, Ralph Lauren and Tiffany & Co, to name just a few, Bond Street offers a unrivalled mix of traditional elegance and modern luxury. As Christmas approaches, some of the prestigious stores in Bond Street are offering something special for the Christmas season... Ralph Lauren All London stores will stay open until 7pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays throughout December Personal Shopping Complimentary Deliveries Signature Gift Presentation Unique Personalisation Services Tiffany & Co. The Tiffany Cracker (on sale from 25th November) The Tiffany Carriage (6th- 8th December, the carriage will visit locations including Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral and Harrods)

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London’s famous Bond Street is revered throughout the world for its wealth of elegant stores, exclusive brands, designer fashion, luxury goods, fine jewels, art and antiques.

 he Tiffany Mistletoe Chandelier (spiral staircase of Old Bond T Street store during weekend of 14th -15th of December) The Joy of a Tiffany Gift (an array of popular Tiffany gifts to be displayed in the Christmas Shop) Burberry Burberry is holding an open event on 12th December from 6pm9pm at their Bond Street store, together with a festive window. Fabergé F  aberge launches the Devotion collection this festive season. The Devotion Collection exemplifies ‘the art of colour’, seamlessly fusing extraordinary coloured gemstones, artistic ingenuity and exceptional craftsmanship. I n celebration of the festive season, Fabergé is planning on hosting an exclusive client event in London on 5th December 2013. Guests will have the opportunity to discover ‘The Art of Colour’ collections while enjoying champagne and cocktails. The event is by invitation only and space is limited, for enquiries, please contact: information@faberge.com The Fabergé windows will also be seasonally festive with exquisite decorations inspired by Alma Pihl, one of the most renowned designers at the House of Fabergé. F  abergé welcomes its clients in London at its flagship boutique in Mayfair and in the Fine Jewellery Room at Harrods.


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Christmas magic starts at Olympia Horse Show 16th - 22nd DECEMBER 2013.

Over 400 horses will descend on London for the equine world’s annual Christmas party; Olympia, the London International Horse Show, now in its 106th year.

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he hugely popular show is the only event in the UK that hosts three FEI World Cups™ in extreme driving, show jumping and dressage, establishing itself as one of the most important competitions on the international circuit. Over 80,000 equestrian enthusiasts are expected to attend, with the week-long show running a variety of equestrian displays and entertainment alongside the elite competitions, including the thrills and spills of the Shetland Pony Grand National, the fast and furious Kennel Club Dog Agility and of course the nail-biting Alltech Christmas Puissance on Thursday 19th December – a knockout high jump competition, where horses have to jump a 7ft wall - the equivalent height of a Ford Transit van!

Horse-loving Londoners will also have the rare opportunity to see some of the GB heroes from London 2012 return to the capital, such as double dressage gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin and current World Number One show jumper, Ben Maher who will both be competing in their respected disciplines.

As well as all the equine activities, Olympia Horse Show hosts a spectacular Shopping Village, which is second to none. With over 200 ‘non high-street’ shops, selling a massive range of goods from all things equestrian, to fashion, jewellery, wines, gifts, novelty items and fine art – it is a perfect one stop shop for any last minute Christmas presents.

Tickets start from £35 each and discounts for groups, children and concessions apply for certain performances. Tickets can be purchased from the website www.olympiahorseshow.com and from the Box Office on 0871 230 5580.

As a special addition to this year’s line-up, spectators will get the chance to witness one of the most outstanding displays of horsemanship in the world from the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art. It will be the first time that the stunning pure bred Andalusian horses from Jerez De La Frontera, south-west Spain have performed in the UK for over 40 years.

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Performances run twice a day during the week long show; in the afternoon and evenings with an international equestrian competition included in each session. Highlights include the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage leg which takes place on 16th & 17th December, the FEI World Cup™ Extreme Driving leg on 19th & 20th December and the Longines FEI World Cup™ Show Jumping leg presented by H&M on 21st December.

Olympia Horse Show’s official charity for 2013 is veterinary charity, the Animal Health Trust, which works behind the scenes to monitor equine disease around the world and undertakes extensive on-going research to minimise the risk of injury to sport horses. The evening performance on Wednesday 18th December will be dedicated to the Animal Health Trust and 50p from every seat sold will go to the charity.


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Enjoy the Downton Abbey Experience

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he London Shooting Club is an exclusive members club and something a little different, often including the chance to meet leading concierge service that specialises in providing access to the experts, entry into London’s exclusive private member’s clubs, and late finest shooting experiences in the UK and internationally. night revelry. The London Shooting Club is very pleased to offer a bespoke shooting experience to both members and non-members that The London Shooting Club also offers a concierge service for both private will make you feel as if you have stepped into the cast of Downton Abbey. and corporate members and their guests providing high quality shooting Release your inner Lord & Lady Grantham as you shoot game on the throughout the UK and abroad. The Club uses its extensive network of estates of the finest of Britain’s stately homes contacts and experience to give its members the WEST LONDON SHOOTING SCHOOL including Highclere Castle where Downton best shooting throughout the year. Abbey is actually filmed. The London Shooting Club will have four Spend the day with The London Shooting membership levels. Beginner for those looking Club taking aim at everything from pheasant to learn to shoot, Competent for those who are to partridge in the ground of Britain’s most looking to return to the sport or progress from stunning homes and you may even catch a a novice level and Advanced that is ideal for glimpse of the real Lord & Lady Grantham. So if those shots who are of intermediate to advanced you want to relive the golden era what better way level and able to book game shooting days. than a day with The London Shooting Club. The London Shooting Club finally also offers a corporate membership. To get the most out Based at the prestigious West London Shooting of Shooting Club membership, you need to be School but using various prestigious shooting comfortable and safe handling a firearm - but it grounds around London, The London Shooting is fine if you’re rusty! Shooting Club Membership Stately Homes include Club offers unrivalled access and expertise to is £335 payable annually for Competent and Highclere Castle Ashcombe those interested in shooting, from beginners Advanced memberships whilst the beginner Blenheim Palace Great Tew wishing to take up the sport, to the advanced. membership is £195 annually. West Wycombe Estate Chavenage Working with leading experts and top shoots to Belvoir Castle Ashcombe House arrange group trips, tailored experiences and So join the Shooting Club London if you’re game instruction in all disciplines of shooting, whether it be a shooting clinic, a training session, private trips to venues of special interest or a talk from leaders in the field of shooting. It can be hard for city-bound shooting enthusiasts to find quality places to shoot or even just enjoy the company of other followers of the sport. The packed diary of social evenings, lectures and parties which each bring

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Award Winning British Solo Artist

Jessie J switches on Oxford Street Christmas Lights

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hristmas Cheer starts here! The UK’s most spectacular Christmas Lights are now lighting up Oxford Street, switched on by pop sensation Jessie J following a spectacular ceremony on 12th November. The event, hosted by the world’s top department store Selfridges, also featured Conor Maynard and James Arthur.

Following in the footsteps of previous global superstars who have switched on the display including Robbie Williams, Westlife, and The Spice Girls, Jessie J said “I was so excited to be turning the Oxford Street Christmas Lights on this year. I’m honoured to be part of such a big event in London’s Christmas season! What a way to celebrate the end of my tour!”

Jessie J, the dynamic singer songwriter, performed some of her biggest hits in front of thousands of eager Oxford Street shoppers, alongside international pop star Conor Maynard and X-Factor winner James Arthur.

Sally Eden of New West End Company, organisers of the event, says “The Oxford Street Christmas Lights are always a spectacular sight, and this year, with its new design, they look even more wonderful. The switch on event was bigger and better than ever.”

Supported by 300 Oxford Street retailers, the world famous Christmas lights have undergone a £1.5 million transformation. The lights, inspired by falling snow flakes have kick started the festive season in style, with shoppers enjoying the sight of three quarters of a million LED bulbs lighting up Oxford Street. The organisers are fully committed to protecting the environment, using 750,000 LED bulbs, which use 75% less energy than conventional bulbs. The whole mile and a half of Oxford Street will be covered in a blanket of bright white lights and 1778 baubles providing a perfect Christmas setting, attracting thousands to the West End over the Christmas and New Year period. The switch on event, with a specially built catwalk stage outside the front of Selfridges, was hosted by Capital FM presenters Lisa Snowdon and Dave Berry. 2 0 N OV E M B E R 2 0 1 3

Oxford Street is Europe’s longest shopping street, a 1.5 mile stretch, with over 4.27 million sq ft of retailer accommodation, running from Marble Arch to Tottenham Court, serviced by four tube stations, Marble Arch, Bond Street, Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road. New West End Company is a company dedicated to driving forward London’s West End as the world’s top shopping destination. It is supported and run by major retailers and property owners in Bond Street, Oxford Street and Regent Street as well as 22 connecting streets. For more information #ChristmasCheer www.oxfordstreet.co.uk

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MARYLEBONE CHRISTMAS GIFT FAIR 23-24 November, 2013

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Gift for Him Gifts for Her Gifts For The Kids Gifts for the Home Saturday 10am-7pm Sunday 11am-5pm ÂŁ3 Admission

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THE CONNAUGHT LAUNCHES

Limited Edition Martini Experience

Christmas Gift Crackers

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his Christmas, the Connaught, one of London’s most revered and respected hotels in the heart of Mayfair, continues to build on its links with the art world, creating the must-give gift of the year for art lovers with a penchant for martinis: the ultimate martini experience perfectly packaged as a unique Christmas cracker.

Featuring a miniature diver spearing an olive, the cracker is a tribute to the work of Christopher Boffoli, who belongs to a select group of artists who play with scale, magnifying and subverting the everyday to create a world for his meticulously handpainted miniature figures to inhabit. Each of the specially commissioned, limited edition, handmade crackers is not only an artwork in its own right to be cherished, but also entitles the recipient to a specially created martini experience at the hotel’s iconic Connaught. Hosted at a table reserved exclusively for the recipient and three guests with delicious canapés from the kitchens, the Connaught Bar’s award winning mixology team will take them on a journey of discovery as they craft a bespoke martini (two for each guest) using a range of blended Vermouths and mono-fragrance bitters, exclusive to the Connaught. The recipient will also receive a cocktail book and set of Connaught bar recipe cards to take home with them as a memento of this very special experience. Commenting on the project Nathalie Seiler-Hayez, General Manager of the Connaught, says: “The Connaught is synonymous with Christmas. The hotel is a special place throughout the year, but it’s especially magical during the festive season. With this creative and original take on the traditional Christmas cracker, the hotel brings together the ideal

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experience for the ultimate connoisseur, referencing an appreciation of art with impeccable taste for the perfect martini.” With work from the likes of Julian Opie, Damien Hirst and Sean Scully and photographers Slim Aarons, Horst and Todd Burris, the Connaught has always been at the forefront of championing art in a way that is rarely seen outside the world’s best galleries. The limited-edition Connaught Christmas cracker costs £250. Crackers can be purchased by contacting the hotel directly via email to crackers@the-connaught.co.uk About the Connaught In the heart of London’s Mayfair, the Connaught, part of Maybourne Hotel Group, blends contemporary style, classic English character and impeccable service to create the ultimate in sophistication. Rooms and suites to suit every mood, exquisite cuisine from Hélène Darroze, the charm of the Connaught and Coburg Bars, and Europe’s first Aman Spa make this the perfect place to rest, relax and dine in style. www.the-connaught.co.uk About Maybourne Hotel Group Maybourne Hotel Group whose headquarters is in Mayfair, London, owns and manages, Claridge’s, The Connaught and The Berkeley three of the world’s most renowned hotels. Maybourne hotels are committed to delivering authentic and unique guest experiences that reflect the individual nature of its hotels, its guests and its people whilst maintaining a timeless elegance and intuitive service style that are the hallmarks of its properties. www.maybourne.com


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Covent Garden is

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ovent Garden is London’s most magical destination this Christmas. From the shimmering 60ft tree and 15ft topiary reindeer watching over the festivities, to the larger-than-life baubles and thousands of twinkling pea lights adorning the Market Building and side streets, the world famous Piazza will be brimming with festive cheer to mark the holiday season. Once Upon A Christmas The traditional Christmas pantomime grows up this Christmas as Covent Garden hosts the world-premiere of ‘Once Upon a Christmas’ from 18th November to 15th December . This immersive theatre experience, from acclaimed theatre company Look Left Look Right, will take the audience behind the scenes of Christmas at Covent Garden, blending reality and fantasy on an unexpected adventure to reunite Prince Charming and Cinderella. For every adult who thinks they have outgrown pantomime, the journey is about to begin again. Tickets are available at https://ticket.ltmuseum.co.uk/peo/show.asp Lego Surprise Inspired by the enchantment of 2012’s LEGO advent calendar, on 14th November a brand-new LEGO creation will arrive on the West Piazza. Follow us on @coventgardenLDN and www.facebook. com/CoventGardenLDN for a sneak peak. Live Reindeer A firm family favourite, live reindeer petting will return to the West Piazza every Saturday from 9th November until 21st December from 12-4pm, providing the chance to hand feed Santa’s helpers for the perfect Christmas photo moment.

Festive Foodie Treats ‘Escape the cold to the warmth of Balthazar, their first outpost outside of NYC, or savour the brasserie-style menu at Tuttons’ ‘Admire the giant red baubles from Jamie Oliver’s Union Jacks or marvel at the topiary reindeer from the balcony of Brasserie Blanc’ All the way from the US of A, celebrate the end of your Christmas shopping at Shake Shack Get up close to the twinkly Christmas tree lights from the balcony at Laduree Wine and dine your loved one at London’s most romantic restaurant, Clos Maggiore Soak up the history of London’s oldest restaurant Rules and its hearty game menu Christmas Gift Ideas There are many upmarket stores to choose from at Covent Garden, with an array of luxury Christmas Gifts.  Luxury Beauty Dior, Chanel, Aesop, Penhaligon’s and Jo Malone D  esigner gifts for her Opening Ceremony, Lulu Guinness, Links of London, Kurt Geiger, Sandro Bespoke gifts for him Burberry Brit, Oliver Sweeney, Casio  Delightful gifts for children Benjamin Pollocks Toy Shop, Moomins  Healthy gifts Reebok, Lulu Lemon  One off gifts Apple Market For more information, please visit www. coventgardenlondonuk.com

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Christmas in the Village SUNDAY 1st DECEMBER 2013

Make a date on the first Sunday in December to come Christmas shopping in Wimbledon Village, where businesses and retailers have planned a wonderful day for all the family.

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anta will arrive in the Village on horseback at 12 noon. He and his Helper will be at Santa’s Grotto at the Dog & Fox for the rest of the afternoon so the children can give him their all-important Christmas Wish Lists. From 12-2 pm the annual children’s Christmas Trail will take place through many of the shops and restaurants in the Village. There will also be mini funfair rides, street entertainment, music and much more to get everyone in the mood for the beginning of the festive season. Many of the Village shops will be offering generous discounts, gifts with purchases, drinks and delicious nibbles on the day. You can purchase an array of delicious foods for your Christmas entertaining from stores like Bayley & Sage, The Lawn Bakery, Le Pain Quotidien and PAUL Bakery & Patisserie. Wimbledon Village is home to many treasured specialist independent shops selling fashion, organic skincare, fragrance, lingerie, jewellery, books, kitchenware, tennis equipment, interiors, tiles and specialist paints, art and antiques. We have shops dedicated to selling children’s stationery, shoes and clothing. Every member of the household is welcome and cared for in the Village, with a wonderful pet

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shop and Veterinary Hospital offering 24 emergency service (Stone Lion). Why not combine your shopping visit with lunch in one of the many excellent restaurants such as Aubaine, Lightcafe, Café Rouge, The Lawn Bistro, newly refurbished pubs the Dog & Fox and Rose & Crown, Strada, Brew, Thai Tho, Layla and The Fire stables. Or work up an appetite and stroll across the Common to Cannizaro House Hotel for lunch or tea. Please ring ahead and book a table as all our restaurants get very busy. This annual event is once again raising vital funds for the local charity, The Wimbledon Guild, who will be joining 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 www.wimbledon-village. com closer to the time for a full list of participating shops and festive street activities on the day.


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NEW COLLECTION signed by stan lee

A collection of limited edition art of iconic comic book covers This collection of twelve limited editions celebrates some of the most iconic Marvel characters. Chosen, curated and signed by Stan Lee himself, the collection features Spider-Man, The Hulk and The Avengers. Available in the gallery now.

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SKATE AT SOMERSET HOUSE CANARY WHARF

LONDON EYE ICE RINK

Get your skates on... this winter A guide to London’s coolest ice rinks Ice Skating at Westfield London From 21st November 2013 - 5th January 2014 This Christmas, Westfield London’s central atrium space will once again be home to a spectacular Christmas ice rink. Made with real ice and situated indoors, it’s the perfect place to go ice skating in London with your friends or family. Take a moment out from gliding through the stores to gliding the ice. Revel in the fashionable surroundings of Westfield London’s indoor rink, in The Atrium. Fun Penguin and Seal stabilisers will keep young skaters looking like professionals and festive tunes will provide the perfect soundtrack for a magical experience. Tickets for the ice rink are on sale - Kids themed sessions, Wednesday 2-for-1 for students and date and disco nights ensure something for everyone. Book now and take advantage of the off peak tickets at uk.westfield.com/london Eyeskate at the London Eye From 27th November 2013 - 5th January 2014 This winter add a little sparkle to your Christmas visit, take to the ice as the iconic London Eye presents it’s very own, open air ice skating rink in 2 8 N OV E M B E R 2 0 1 3

the glorious shadow of the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel right in the heart of the fabulously festival Southbank in 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 www.londoneye.com or at the onsite ticket office. Ice at the Tower at Tower of London From 16th November 2013 - 5th January 2014 What better way to celebrate the festive season than ice skating in the 1000 year old Tower Moat. Back by popular demand for yet another year. Feel the cold tingle of London’s crisp winter air, listen to the music, and take in the incomparable surroundings as you glide (gracefully or not so) around 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. www.toweroflondonicerink.com


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TOWER OF LONDON WESTFIELD LONDON

WINTER WONDERLAND, HYDE PARK

Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park From 23th November 2013 - 5th January 2014 Winter Wonderland celebrates its 7th year! The UK’s largest outdoor Ice Rink will once again be located around the picturesque setting of the historic Victorian bandstand, creating a beautiful centre piece for Winter Wonderland. Stretching over 1,350m2, the outdoor rink will be the biggest of its kind. 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. Winter Wonderland provides fun, laughter and excitement for both adults and children. As well as the stunning ice rink and observation wheel, Winter Wonderland includes gentle rides for younger children.Children can meet Santa in his grotto every day from 10am to 6pm. Entry is free but the queue will close at 4pm on busy days. Book online at www. hydeparkwinterwonderland.com Natural History Museum Ice Rink Until 5th January 2014 Embrace winter at their 950-square-metre ice rink, London’s most spectacular winter attraction. 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 Café 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 Café Bar will offer sumptuous food, drinks and entertainment for all to enjoy. Book online at www.nhm.ac.uk or call the 24-hour Ticketmaster hotline on 0844 847 1576. Skate at Somerset House, The Strand From 14th November 2013 - 5th January 2014 Skate at Somerset House is one of London’s most glamorous ice rinks. Enhance your experience with Skate Extras and opt for champagne &

chocolate, dinner at Tom’s Kitchen or a luxury stay at The Savoy.After dark, music turns up the tempo as the rink transforms into an ice dance floor as part of the Club Nights sessions. Top live DJs from Europe and the UK’s leading clubs spin the latest soundtracks while you skate. Glad Tidings Tuesdays brings the spirit of Christmas to Skate at Somerset House on Tuesday evenings with festive music, a special late night shopping experience at The Christmas Arcade, and traditional yuletide treats including mince pies, toffee apples and mulled wine served rink-side.The Christmas Arcade is the ice rink’s pop-up mall with stalls from the very best of British brands and independent artisans. Book online at www.somersethouse.org or call Ticketmaster on 0844 847 1520 Ice At the Palace, Hampton Court Palace From 30th November 2013 - 12th January 2014 The Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink returns this festive period for another skating season. Put on your ear muffs, gloves and skates, grab someone’s hand and have some fun this Christmas. The outdoor ice rink at Hampton Court offers spectacular views of the magnificent Palace that Henry VIII once lived in.Book an evening session to see the palace lit up after dark while you skate under the evening stars! The Ice Bar & Café provides a welcome place to warm up after your skate, serving a selection of winter drinks and festive snacks. Book online at www.hamptoncourticerink.com Ice Rink Canary Wharf Until 16th February 2014 Located in the heart of Canary Wharf, and bathed in twinkling festive lights, it is even bigger and better than last year, the rink has a unique skate path which leads skaters under trees lit with fairy lights then back onto the main rink. Their onsite bar is brought to you by Boisdale, offering a range of festive drinks and food. A party package is available for larger bookings. The bar also features an outdoor viewing terrace from which non-skaters can watch the fun. Prices vary, visit www.icerinkcanarywharf.co.uk for more details on party bookings and ticket prices. N OV E M B E R 2 0 1 3 2 9


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The Berkeley opens

Roof-Top Winter Cinema in the heart of Knightsbridge 25th NOVEMBER 2013 - 31st JANUARY 2014

Known as the place to see and be seen during the summer months, The Berkeley’s Health Club & Spa is transforming its roof-top terrace into a pine-filled forest cinema this year.

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otel guests and Londoners are treated to winter classics on the big screen while nestling between warm down feather Moncler blankets and hot water bottles. Homemade hot chocolate and Berkeley mince pies are on hand to complete the festive atmosphere while heating lamps will keep guests warm when the cold really sets in. Screenings at The Berkeley’s Winter Cinema are taking place 25th November 2013 until 31st January 2014. With a hot chocolate in hand, guests will be protected from the cold while watching winter classics such as ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ and ‘Love Actually’. Towering high above bustling Knightsbridge and overlooking Hyde Park, this pine-lined outdoor theatre is London’s only private cinema featuring only four seats. To make a reservation please call the Berkeley Health Club & Spa on 0207 201 1699.

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Guests staying at The Berkeley can book the Winter Cinema on a complimentary basis. A special Winter Cinema package for Londoners is available at £55 per person and includes full access to the movie theatre at 7.00PM seating, copious amounts of hot chocolate and home-made mince pies. Movies tickets are available for non-hotel guests on weekdays only, weather permitting. Weekend screenings are reserved for resident guests. About The Berkeley In leafy Knightsbridge, the Berkeley, part of Maybourne Hotel Group is the essence of contemporary chic. With stunning rooms and suites, two Michelin-starred cuisine from Marcus Wareing, Pierre Koffmann’s French Brasserie, classic British dishes in the Caramel Room, fashionista fancies for afternoon tea at Prêt-à-Portea, cocktails in the Blue Bar and the Spa complete with rooftop pool, the Berkeley is rich in pleasure and discoveries that will surprise and enchant. www.the-berkeley.co.uk


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nter this year’s glamorous party season in style at Macmillan Cancer Support’s annual flagship event The Enchanted Ball, held at London’s legendary Dorchester Hotel. Guests will be treated to a magical evening of glitz and glamour, stellar live entertainment and sumptuous food. The cast of the West End’s Les Miserables are set to enthrall as entertainment for the evening while Lord Archer wields the hammer as auctioneer. Guests will have the chance to bid for a range of incredible prizes, some of which have been hand-picked by celebrities including Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Martin and Emma Thompson. Prizes include a luxury trek up Mount Kilimanjaro with a lavish lodge safari, a sailing trip around the Seychelles and a five-star holiday in Cape Town. In addition racing driver Susie Wolff has donated the race suit she wore for her first official Formula One test drive at Silverstone. Susie said: “In 2011 I lost both my dear grandmothers to cancer. The support our family received from the Macmillan nurses was invaluable and we will always be thankful. As everyone who has been affected by cancer knows, this is an incredibly tough time. “Macmillan supports not only people with cancer in their daily lives but also their families and

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carers. I am very proud to be an ambassador and help raise vital funds as I know what a difference they can make and how much the support can significantly improve people’s quality of life.” Last year the event raised an impressive £225,000 which helped Macmillan ensure that no one faces cancer alone. For tickets (£2,000 - £5,000 per table of 10, or from £200 for individual) please see macmillan.org.uk/enchantedball or call 020 7840 4800. About Macmillan Cancer Support Cancer is the toughest fight most of us will ever face. But you don’t have to go through it alone. The Macmillan team is with you every step of the way. They are the nurses and therapists helping you through treatment, the experts on the end of the phone, the advisers telling you which benefits you’re entitled to, the volunteers giving you a hand with the everyday things, the campaigners improving cancer care and the fundraisers who make it all possible. More than one in three of us get cancer. Two million of us are living with it. If you are affected by cancer Macmillan can help. We are Macmillan Cancer Support. For cancer support every step of the way, visit www.macmillan.org.uk or call 0808 808 00 00.


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The British Military Tournament Celebrate legendary events & heroes in British history 7th & 8th DECEMBER 2013, EARLS COURT ABF The Soldiers’ Charity in association with The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity and The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund has announced the return of The British Military Tournament 2013, supported by The Boeing Company.

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his year’s theme is in celebration of the achievements of heroes and legends in British Military history. The code breakers at Bletchley Park in World War II, Nelson at Trafalgar, Lawrence of Arabia, and today’s heroic servicemen and women will all take centre stage.

The British Military Tournament 2013, once again written and directed by Christopher Joll and produced by IMG Arts & Entertainment, is the most breathtaking performance of military theatre of its kind. It will be narrated live by British actor Anthony Andrews and features pre-recorded contributions by Carol Vorderman, Andy McNab & Martin Shaw. The dazzling arena production will feature re-enactments, death-defying stunts, stunning military ceremonial set pieces, storytelling, music and state-of-theart audiovisual and a submarine emerging through the floor of Earls Court! The British Military Tournament is the largest fundraising event in aid of the three national charities of the British Armed Forces. Participants from all three Armed Forces make up this incredible show that raises much needed funds to support the men and women of our Armed Forces and their families. ABF The Soldiers’ Charity was recently in the news after JK Rowling decided to donate the global publishing royalties from her Robert Galbraith novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling, to the Charity – for a period of 3 years. Martin Rutledge, Chief Executive of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, said, “The 2013 British Military Tournament promises to be our most show-stopping yet - personally I can’t wait to see a submarine emerge through the floor of Earl’s Court! Not only is it a great family day out but it also brings together the three national Service benevolent charities, so that we can support the whole Service family together. It’s our biggest fundraising event and, as ever, we’re grateful for the backing from our sponsors, Boeing, for helping us to Tickets are priced from £29.75 with concessions available for children and wheelchair users. www.britishmilitarytournament.com 3 4 N OV E M B E R 2 0 1 3

make this great event happen.” The 2013 British Military Tournament will include: O  ver 500 participants including Royal Marine Commandos O  ver 100 horses and two camels M  assed Bands of the Royal Marines, the Central Band of The RAF and the London Scottish Regiment Pipes and Drums The legendary Field Gun Run M  otorcycle Display Team of the Royal Signals’ White Helmets Vintage & current armoured vehicles, a hot air balloon and a helicopter S  tate-of-the-art battlefield technology C  ommentary from Anthony Andrews with contributions from Carol Vorderman, Andy McNab and Martin Shaw In addition to the spectacular show the exhibition area at Earls Court will once again be an integral part of the British Military Tournament. Visitors will be able to enjoy a whole host of fun activities at the Armed Forces Activity Area, this includes the opportunity to use an Enigma machine to create a coded message which will be decoded on site at Bletchley Park. A shopping area with a mix 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. Each day, doors open two hours before performances to allow access to the exhibition area and a variety of concession stands. There are two shows each day: 7  TH December: 2.30pm & 7.30pm

8  TH December: midday & 4.30pm

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Luxury shopping in

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a special christmas shopping event taking place from dovehouse green and down the king’s road and fulham road on 21st november 2013, between 5pm and 8pm

for more information www.christmas-past-and-presents.co.uk


past and presents a special christmas shopping event

from dovehouse green, down the king’s road and fulham road, 21st novemBer 2013, 5-8pm

get carried awaY this christmas street and kings road, with several stops from where you climb down regally, for late night shopping with extra pizzazz. as if we hadn’t spoilt you enough, we have arranged plenty of special offers along the way with participating retailers and a raffle with exquisite prizes. 100% of the raffle money is to be donated to our chosen charity, the chelsea community hospital school.

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for one magical winter’s night – join us for a unique king’s road celebration of wonder, circus charm and gift-choosing. tradition meets clever innovation, as you gaze up at a designer steel-framed tree where leaves will fluctuate magically with ever-changing permutations of light and movement. wide-eyed and scarfwrapped, you will be delighted by carol singers, performers on stilts and a mesmerising juggler, before alighting a horse-drawn omnibus. this is a journey like no other. Your destination? brightly lit local shops and eateries – where, like a child at christmas, you will experience that ‘face pressed to the window’ joy of discovery.

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imagine the scene: chelsea’s historic dovehouse green, adjacent to the king’s road. a stunning 8 meter steel-framed christmas tree with high-tech ‘leaves,’ designed by hollywood set decorator sonja klaus, shimmers in london darkness. at 6.30pm the lights on this gloriously constructed piece of art will be turned on by the mayor of kensington and chelsea. the circus will come to town to continue this magnificent feast for the imagination: elegant stilt walkers, a juggler, balloon-modellers and the sweet melodic sound of traditional carol singers. however, this unique celebration of colour, fun and joy does not finish there.

an unmissable night awaits:

everyone is happy, relaxed, excited. a town crier announces the arrival of the free omnibus and the clatter of horses and brass bridles reveal the wondrous delight of a ‘your carriage awaits’ moment. this unique vehicle will take you on a leisurely journey – a circular route around the fashionable fulham road, beaufort

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come and see our specially commissioned christmas tree at dovehouse green. the lights will be turned on for the first time at 6.30pm by the mayor of the royal borough of kensington and chelsea! take a free ride in an old fashioned horse drawn bus which will take shoppers on a circular route down the western end of the king’s road and fulham road, with opportunities to hop on and off for christmas shopping along the way. shop until late, with many shops offering discounts and special promotions. listen to our town crier. be entranced by our festive street entertainers. sing-a-long with carol singers.

for more information www.christmas-past-and-presents.co.uk


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the horse-drawn omnibus will take you on a circular route around the fashionable fulham road, beaufort street and kings road, with three stops from where you can hop on and off to enjoy late night shopping and special offers and promotions at participationg shops and outlets.


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DUKE OF YORK SQUARE A stunning oasis of elegance and history

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he Duke of York Square opened in 2003 and is the largest new public space created in London in the last 20 years. Today, the Duke of York Square is owned and managed by Cadogan Estates Ltd. In its previous incarnations the site has been home to the Duke of York’s army barracks, and prior to that it was a school set up in 1802 and called The Duke of York’s Royal Military Asylum. Duke of York Square offers an unrivalled range of prestigious international retailers, leading restaurants and cafes. Quite simply a place to enjoy life. At the heart of the Square are 33 diverse and exciting fashion and lifestyle retailers anchored by one of Europe’s largest Zara stores alongside other iconic brands such as Banana Republic, All Saints, Ted Baker and Joseph. Capturing the fashionable history of Kings Road the Square is also home to Mary Quant as well as leading international lifestyle retailers including Taschen, Yves Delorme and Space N.K. Duke of York Square is also home to the Saatchi Gallery, arguably the world’s leading contemporary art Gallery housing both permanent and visiting international collections of sculpture and art. Perceived as an oasis of calm set within a continental atmosphere the Square is also a leading destination of eating and drinking offering seven restaurants and cafes all with extensive outdoor space, including leading Italian restaurant Manicomio and the contemporary surroundings of the Gallery Mess cocktail bar. The main Square itself offers a perfect haven to

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rest and relax away from the hustle and bustle of Kings Road and Sloane Square with extensive seating set amongst stunning water features making it a firm favourite for families and children. The Duke of York Square fine food market takes place every Saturday offering a large range of some of the finest produce available in London, visit and enjoy the generous complimentary samples available at many stalls which will be sure to tempt your taste buds for more! Bookings Open For Santa’s Grotto The annual Santa’s Grotto at Duke of York Square has returned for Christmas 2013. Totally free of charge, children are invited to visit Santa in his log cabin to enjoy an authentic festive experience. Mr. Claus will be meeting little ones, telling stories, and giving away Christmas sweets to all who visit his cosy workshop. Visitors can make sure Santa remembers their wish list by posting letters in the magical Christmas post-box situated at Duke of York Square. The elves will be snapping photos of each child with Father Christmas for the ultimate keepsake. The Christmas Grotto will be open on weekends every day from 1st December until 24th December. Places are limited and advanced booking is recommended. www.dukeofyorksquare.com


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isiting Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is a unique shopping experience. A dazzling space provides the ideal environment for 99 showrooms and over 500 international interior brands. At over 90,000 square feet, it is the largest of its kind in Europe and well-established as a leading design destination.

Shop, relax and spend time in their iconic domes. The experienced team care passionately about delivering the best customer service. From greeting you at the door and parking your car to their professional concierge desk, they will help you navigate the domes with ease. There is even a friendly Personal Shopping Service which can save you time by showing where to shop with confidence, safe in the knowledge that you are making the right choices. You can also browse through specialist design titles in the Bookshop or stop in the Design or Dome Cafes by Absolute Taste. From light snacks and coffees to delicious meals, there is something to suit every appetite. The Design Club, a private members’ club for design professionals, is hard to beat. The sleek interior by award-winning designer Rabih Hage is a stylish base whether you are working, relaxing or entertaining.

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At Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour it has never been easier to discover what is happening in the world of design. Make your visit memorable, enjoyable and stress-free. Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, Lots Road, London SW10 0XE Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 9.30am - 5.30pm www.dcch.co.uk


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Want a good night’s sleep this winter? Turn down the thermostat and throw out the electric blanket!

s the UK starts to battle plummeting night-time temperatures it is no surprise that people are hiking up the thermostats and digging out their high tog duvets. But with energy costs at an all-time high, turning your thermostat down during the night could not only save you money, but also help you get a good night sleep.

Thermoregulation - your body’s heat distribution system - is strongly linked to sleep cycles. When you sleep, your body’s internal temperature actually drops to its lowest level, generally about four hours after you fall asleep. Scientists believe a cooler bedroom may therefore be most conducive to sleep, since it mimics your body’s natural temperature drop.

“People need to resist the temptation to increase the temperature in their bedroom this winter. A hot room will dramatically impact on the quality of their sleep as it will increase their core temperature making them sweat – this will cause them discomfort and either break their sleep pattern or cause them to wake,” said Brent Cooper, MD and Sleep Expert at Marshall & Stewart.

Choosing the right bed is also essential to aid thermoregulation and your bed should contain as much natural material as possible, Mr Cooper said “every Marshall & Stewart bed contains only nature’s finest materials, including cotton, lambswool, cashmere and hand teased loose horsehair, allowing the body to breath and regulate it’s temperature, giving all our customers the best possible restorative sleep”.

Mr Cooper, who has worked in the luxury bed industry for over 30 years, leading bed makers, And So to Bed, Hästens and now Marshall & Stewart, to considerable UK success, added “maintaining a neutral temperature throughout the night is a vital component to a healthy night sleep, and the bedroom only needs to be heated to around 18° C to ensure people experience deep, restorative sleep and avoid feeling exhausted the following day.” 4 4 N OV E M B E R 2 0 1 3

A complimentary bed consultation can be booked with Brent Cooper at their London based showroom, to help identify the correct bed and support system for you. Call 020 7099 6131 or visit www. marshallandstewart. com for more information.


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Chelsea is home to some of the most interesting places in London. The ever-hip King’s Road in Chelsea has something to offer for all generations. Our slightly older readers may well remember the area which started “Swinging London” in the mid-60s in places like King’s Road (which also saw the birth of punk in the 70s!)

tarting at Sloane Square, Kings Road stretches south-west and round Worlds End before becoming New Kings Road and crossing Putney Bridge. Sloane Square, Kings Road and Fulham Road are all adorned with fine historic buildings, exclusive and elegant boutiques, as well as the well-known brand stores. Upmarket Peter Jones is situated in Sloane Square. The building that houses the Peter Jones department store was one of the first structures in Britain to have an impressive glass front.

McLaren’s boutique, Let It Rock, which was renamed SEX in 1974 and then Seditionaries in 1977.McLaren was also the manager of ‘The Sex Pistols’. With their anarchic attitude and extreme clothes the group became a living advert for McLaren and Westwood’s shop. King’s Road became famous for the crowds of punks who paraded up and down it each weekend.

At 102 Edith Grove, SW10, Brian Jones, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones lived here in 1962/3 before they hit the big time. Richards and Jagger later moved to Cheyne Walk, SW3 in the late 60s (by this time they could afford separate houses!). Keith was at No 3 and Mick at No 48. Eric Clapton and Bob Geldof also lived in Chelsea, Eric in Old Church Street and Bob in Redburn Street SW3 . Both were frequently seen eating breakfast at the Picasso Café in King’s Road.

The doyenne of punk fashion, Vivienne Westwood, still runs her first ever store at the so called ‘World’s End’ end of the King’s Road. Mary Quant caused a sensation when with her husband, Alexander Plunkett Green, she opened Bazaar on the King’s Road in 1955. She designed and made clothes that ‘were much more for life - much more for real people, much more for being young and alive in.’ Her clothes signified a sense of freedom from the constraints of post war Britain. She broke the fashion mould when she launched the mini skirt in the early 1960s. This mood was to become associated with Kings Road for the next twenty to thirty years. Her boutique can now be found in Duke of York Square.

The Swinging Sixties was defined in Chelsea. 484 King’s Road was headquarters of Swan Song Records, owned by Led Zeppelin. They left following closure of the company in 1983 And in the 1970s Malcolm

Many of the original clothes boutiques have made way for more exclusive and corporate clothing labels in modern times. Chelsea is also a treasure trove of antiques stores - the famous Chelsea Antiques Market and The

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Furniture Cave for example. Many established stores such as Habitat, Heals and Bluebird have grown from the Kings Road. Specialist shops include : VV Rouleaux for ribbons and trimmings, Green and Stone for artist’s materials, storage specialists the Holding Company, interior designer Tricia Guild’s Designer’s Guild, Bourbon Hanby antiques centre, Limelight original movie posters, Rococo Chocolates for handmade artisan chocolate, Blue Velvet and French Sole for classic pumps, the Blue Bird shop, restaurant and café on the site of the Bluebird Garage that land speed record holder Donald Campbell named his cars after, and Vivienne Westwood’s World’s End shop with its surreal clock. Partridges Food Market selling delicious foods operates in Duke of York Square. You will be spoilt with home furnishings (chains and designer stores), especially on the stylish Fulham Road, and within the iconic Design Centre Chelsea Harbour. There you will discover a wealth of prestigious showrooms and brands to suit all expensive tastes! If you need to take some time out from your tiresome shopping, there are many places to take a break….quirky cinemas, stylish pubs, upmarket restaurants and brasseries. And for those that are looking for extreme exclusivity there are a number of private clubs here, although membership is required. Throughout the year Chelsea hosts some of the most high-profile events on the social calendar….The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the world’s most famous flower show, where horticulturists go to discover and create new trends and hobby gardeners go to find inspiration. This fashion show of the gardening world is an 11-acre display of flowers and cutting-edge show garden designs. The Queen and the ‘A’ listers visit on the first day, and the first two days are reserved for members of the Royal Horticultural Society. Specially designed show gardens are inspiring. If you do go on the last day you could snap up some bargains as exhibitors start to sell their plants at about 4pm. The beauty of Chelsea, is not only it’s amazing array of stores, restaurants and bars, but it houses some of the most captivating venues to visit…  he Royal Court Theatre in Sloane Square is Britain’s leading national T company dedicated to new work by innovative writers from the UK and

around the world. The theatre’s pivotal role in promoting new voices is undisputed – the New York Times described it as ‘the most important theatre in Europe’. The National Army Museum is situated on Royal Hospital Road, directly next door to the Royal Hospital Chelsea, home of the Chelsea Pensioners the famous scarlet-coated veteran soldiers. The hospital was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and is open to visitors. The National Army Museum has a range of exciting exhibitions, both permanent and temporary, that tell the fascinating story of the British Army and its role in shaping the world we live in. These galleries and displays showcase aspects of the Museum’s remarkable Collection. With Remembrance Sunday on 10th November, this is a particularly symbolic place to pay tribute to our heroic soldiers that fought so bravely in World War I. The Saatchi Gallery aims to provide an innovative forum for contemporary art, presenting work by largely young artists or by international artists whose work has been rarely or never exhibited in the UK. Many artists showing at The Saatchi Gallery are unknown when first exhibited, not only to the general public but also to the commercial art world. Many of these artists are subsequently offered shows by galleries and museums internationally. In this effect, the gallery also operates as a springboard for young artists to launch their careers. Saatchi Gallery will be closed between 4th to 20th November inclusive due to show change. Set in a fantastic location in the heart of Chelsea, Cadogan Hall has become one of London’s leading venues. The Hall’s 900 seats, excellent acoustic and luxurious surroundings makes it the first choice for some of the UK’s top orchestras, including the Hall’s resident orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, as well as a favourite London destination for international touring orchestras. Cadogan Hall is the chosen venue for the world-famous BBC Proms Chamber Music Series and also offers a vibrant selection of contemporary, jazz, folk and world music events as well as debates and conferences. Chelsea is still full of famous faces... as for people spotting, the 60s hippy chicks, 70s punks and mohicans all may have gone now, but people do seem to be more beautiful here, and the rich and famous almost go unnoticed. Look out for newly married couples posing for photos on the steps of Chelsea Registry Office, they could well be celebrities! Chelsea is indeed one of the most upmarket and most varied places to shop and eat in London, with a reputation for being one of London’s most fashionable shopping streets.

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A treasure trove of history Chelsea is indeed one of the most upmarket and exclusive areas in London, appealing to all ages and expensive tastes.

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here is a high demand for arts and antiques, with Chelsea meeting that demand with an array of prestigious art galleries and antique shops. High-profile dealers can cater for all tastes, mixing contemporary with antique, the traditional with the eclectic, all with a price tag of course. Chelsea is the ideal destination for all those buyers looking for stylish luxurious fine art & antiques for interiors, collections and investment… making it also a wonderful resource for interior designers. It’s the perfect place to go if you want to add to an existing collection or even to start collecting. You can take a stroll down Kings Road or Fulham Road and discover a real treasure trove of antique and arts specialists who will share some of their expertise with you. The Furniture Cave, now rebranded as The Furniture & Arts Building, is an Aladdin’s Cave stocked full of a variety of treasures from bygone eras, Spread over three floors in a vibrant green building, and covering a massive sales and display area of approximately 30,000 square feet, with over 12 individual specialist dealers, this antiques shop will have something to suit everyone’s taste. In addition to the sales and display area, a new trendy restaurant and the restoration and repair department, there are a variety of additional services available to the public and these include house clearances, valuations, furniture stripping and polishing, restoration, furniture customization and design, stone specialists and import/export trading. Such is the reputation of the Furniture Cave that collectors and dealers travel many miles to visit the showroom. So if you are a dealer or a collector, it is definitely worth a visit. Art Galleries have a high-profile presence in Chelsea with the most 5 0 N OV E M B E R 2 0 1 3

well-known being The Saatchi Gallery at Duke of York Square. The Saatchi Gallery provides an innovative forum for contemporary art, presenting work by largely unseen young artists or by international artists whose work has been rarely or never exhibited in the UK. So whether your taste is formal & country furniture, mirrors, porcelain, oil and watercolour paintings, contemporary paintings, period prints and maps, bronzes and sculpture, rugs, carpets, tapestries or textiles, there will be a specialist dealer in Chelsea. Throughout the antiques social calendar, Chelsea hosts a number of high-profile antiques fairs like Masterpiece London in the South Grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, BADA Arts & Antiques Fair in Duke of York Square, Chelsea Antiques Fair & The Little Chelsea Antiques Fair both at Chelsea Old Town Hall, and alongside, Arts Antiques Albert Memorial at West Lawn, Kensington Gardens, and Olympia International Arts & Antiques Fair. Here is a selection of fairs visiting Chelsea in 2014... The Little Chelsea Antiques Fair 2014 – 3rd & 4th March C  helsea Antiques Fair 2014 – 19th-23rd March BADA Arts & Antiques Fair 2014 – 19th – 25th March Olympia International Arts & Antiques Fair – 5th-15th June. Arts Antiques London 2014 – 12th – 18th June Masterpiece London 2014 – 25th June-2nd July Chelsea is a perfect showcase for the thrilling mix of art, antiques and design you can discover amongst the chic boutiques and restaurants that also adorn this exclusive area of London.


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Sloane Street, one of the world’s most luxurious shopping destinations, is marking the festive season this year with a personalised five star Christmas shopping service. The street will be lined with traditionally dressed, multi-lingual butlers to assist shoppers with their every need.

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eflecting the street’s status as being amongst the leading international retail destinations, the butlers will be fluent in a range of languages including Russian, Arabic, Mandarin and Portuguese. On hand to open car doors, carry shopping bags, provide directions and offer information about Sloane Street’s luxury retailers, the butlers will provide a concierge service per excellence to match the exceptional retail offerings of the street. Spanning womenswear, menswear, footwear, accessories, fine jewellery and watches, Sloane Street’s luxury retailers offer every visitor something truly unique. Not only do many of the world’s most iconic brands choose to house their flagship UK stores on Sloane Street, but these stores stock some of the most sought-after and exclusive products in the world, many of which are unavailable to buy elsewhere.

Sloane Street, and the surrounding area, is home to some of the capital’s leading restaurants, incorporating a range of international cuisine, specialist restaurants, casual and fine dining. From Great Taste at the Cadogan Hotel, Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental, The Rib Room at Jumeirah Carlton Tower, Zuma, Zafferano, Fifth Floor Restaurant at Harvey Nichols, Koffmann’s at The Berkeley and il Ristorante at the Bulgari, visitors to th Sloane Street will find their every taste catered for.

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Sloane Street’s retailers include Tom Ford, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabanna, Valentino, Saint Laurent, Dior, Miu Miu, Vercace, Gucci, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Prada, Chanel, Roberto Cavalli, Hermes, Marni, Bulgari, Harvey Nichols, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sergio Rossi, 5 2 N OV E M B E R 2 0 1 3

Alberta Ferretti, Ermenegildo Zegna, Ermanno Scervino, Moncler, Pegasi, Fratelli Rossetti, Escada, Jimmy Choo, Emilio Pucci, Bottega Veneta, Tods, Loro Piana, Guiseppi Zanotti Design.

A favorite location of the internationally mobile, Sloane Street and its environs are naturally home to some of the world’s most luxurious hotels, including The Berkeley, the Mandarin Oriental, The Cadogan, and Jumeirah Carlton Tower. Hugh Seaborn, CEO of Cadogan Estates comments; “Underlining Sloane Street’s position as a world-leader in luxury retail and Britain’s unparalleled reputation for elegant service, we are delighted to bring a quintessentially British shopping experience to our domestic and international visitors this December.”


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Luxury British Christmas Shopping Experience In addition, Sloane Street is partnering with two of London’s finest hotels, The Dorchester and 45 Park Lane, to offer their hotel guests an indulgent and exclusive ‘Five Star Christmas Shopping Experience.’ Hotel guests will be chauffeured to and from Sloane Street in a Rolls Royce Phantom where they will be met by acclaimed personal shopper and model, Angela Dunn. A two-hour personal shopping and styling consultation will be provided by Ms. Dunn as Sloane Street’s personal shopper in residence. After a day of shopping guests of the hotels will enjoy the Dorchester’s award-winning Festive Afternoon Tea in the hotel’s majestic Promenade, followed by a soothing foot massage in the award-winning spa. This exclusive service will be available by appointment only to guests of The Dorchester and 45 Park Lane. For more information or to book the exclusive ‘Five Star Christmas Shopping’ experience with The Dorchester and 45 Park Lane please contact reservations on +44 20 7629 8888 or send an email to reservations.TDL@dorchestercollection.com Rates for a Superior King at The Dorchester start from £426 including VAT and breakfast Rates for a Superior King at 45 Park Lane start from £523 including VAT and breakfast Terms and Conditions for exclusive ‘Luxury British Christmas Shopping Experience’ Prices for the experience are from £602 and cannot be redeemed with any other offer The exclusive ‘Luxury British Christmas Shopping Experience’ is a service available by appointment only to guests staying at The Dorchester and 45 Park Lane A booking cancelled within 72 hours of the experience will not be eligible for a refund Bookings should be made at least one calendar week in advance, and experience is subject to availability Chauffeur and car will be available between 12 pm until 7pm and is only for travel between Sloane Street, The Dorchester and 45 Park Lane Bookings to be made direct with The Dorchester on +44 20 7629 8888 or send an email to reservations.TDL@dorchestercollection.com

The Dorchester Dorchester’s Collection iconic British hotel, The Dorchester is situated at the heart of London’s Mayfair on Park Lane. The hotel offers guests a selection of 250 suites and rooms including three roof suites and 22 newly renovated suites, many affording expansive views of Hyde Park. Some of London’s top dining is available to guests at The Dorchester including, three Michelin star Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester serving contemporary French cuisine; China Tang serving authentic Cantonese dishes; and exceptional modern British dining at The Grill at The Dorchester. Award-winning Afternoon Tea is served in The Promenade and The Bar at The Dorchester re-invented the glamour of the classic cocktail hour. Calling The Dorchester a hotel is like calling champagne a fizzy drink or caviar a sandwich spread. The hotel rejects bland luxury in favour of an unabashed celebration of opulence in décor, a level of service that is nearly telepathic, and food and wine that is gloriously over the top. www.thedorchester.com 45 Park Lane Dorchester Collection’s ninth hotel, 45 Park Lane opened just opposite The Dorchester on 1 November 2011 with Wolfgang Puck’s first venture in Europe, CUT at 45 Park Lane. Throughout the intimate-sized hotel, luxurious and contemporary interiors by New York based designer, Thierry Despont, provide a club-like feel offering international guests a smart, central environment from which to enjoy London. Each of the spacious 45 rooms and suites offer views of Hyde Park, as does a spectacular Penthouse Suite with wrap around terrace offering panoramic views across London. A striking central staircase leads to a mezzanine featuring Bar 45, a resident’s Library and the restaurant’s private dining room, the Media Room. www.45parklane.com

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CHELSEA PENSIONERS’ WAR STORIES SAVED FOR THE NATION Chelsea Pensioners’ wartime stories are being captured in an exciting new collaboration between the National Army Museum and the Royal Hospital Chelsea. ‘The Old and the Bold’ is an audio-visual history project which aims to document and store the personal accounts, expertise and careers of the remarkable residents of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

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orld War Two veterans like Army Commando, Fred Walker and Gunnery Instructor, Bill Wood are the first participants in a rolling programme of individual and group filmed interviews with the Chelsea Pensioners. Their recollections on iconic moments in military history such as the London blitz and D-Day will become part of the Museum’s collection of oral history interviews with soldiers, which includes accounts from the First World War to the present day. Items from the Museum’s Collection, such as uniform, equipment, weapons and personal kit, will act as conversation catalysts, unlocking the Pensioners’ stories and sparking discussions which will provide valuable insights into the Collection items as well as the soldiers’ own experiences.

expert support. The ‘Building for the Future’ project is being supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The Museum has received initial support towards its £11.3m HLF bid, including £350,000 development funding. About the National Army Museum The National Army Museum explores the impact of the British Army on the story of Britain, Europe and the world; how Britain’s past has helped to shape our present and our future and how the actions of a few can affect the futures of many. The National Army Museum was established by Royal Charter to tell the story of the Land Forces of the Crown wherever they were raised. Opened by the Queen in 1960, it moved to its current site in Chelsea in 1971. About the Royal Hospital The Royal Hospital Chelsea will be here for today’s young soldiers on the front line when they retire. Few British institutions can boast three centuries of unbroken service, and none is closer to the heart of the nation than ‘The Men in Scarlet’, the Chelsea Pensioners. Their home, the Royal Hospital Chelsea, was founded in 1682 by King Charles II to provide soldiers with a fitting home in their retirement. The Royal Hospital is proud to continue to serve its original purpose into the 21st Century. www.chelsea-pensioners.co.uk

Julian Farrance, Regimental Museums Liaison Officer, said: “This project will provide a unique record of the experiences of the soldiers of the Royal Hospital, so that future generations will benefit from knowledge that would otherwise be lost forever. ‘The Old and the Bold’ allows us to safeguard their stories for this and future generations to explore.” Colonel Simon C Bate OBE, Adjutant Royal Hospital Chelsea, said: “The Royal Hospital has very strong ties with the National Army Museum and I am delighted that our In – Pensioners are being provided with the opportunity of sharing their valuable experiences with this project. They have so much to give and such a record is an important part of our military heritage.” The project aims to capture the personal perspectives of soldiers who served in global conflicts for future visitors to discover, learn from and enjoy. It is part of the Museum’s exciting ‘Building for the Future’ project which will see the radical transformation of the Museum building as well as an extensive programme of community projects, nationwide tours and travelling exhibitions, together with Regimental Museum collaborations, loans and 5 4 N OV E M B E R 2 0 1 3

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bars and clubs. For some truly memorable clubbing experiences, head to Chelsea and explore some of the most classy nightclubs in town. JuJu London on King’s Road is the Winner of London Bar Awards - Best Late Night Bar 2013, and has a champagne and cocktail list to die for! It is chic and stylish, with a vibrant party atmosphere. Maggie’s on Fulham Road is a laid-back club that plays homage to the retro era. This 80s inspired venue features retro decor, kitsch cocktails and DJs that play both classic 80s and contemporary tracks. Whatever your music tastes you will be spoilt for choice in Chelsea. And if you are planning to stay over in Chelsea, there are a selection of luxury hotels in the area for you to rest your head in style after a full day’s shopping, dining and clubbing. Wyndham Grand London Chelsea Harbour is the city’s only five-star luxury all-suite hotel, only minutes from the chic boutiques, bars and clubs which line the King’s Road. The Wyndham Grand London Chelsea Harbour is one of London’s finest hidden gems, where guests can immerse themselves overlooking the marina of exclusive Chelsea Harbour. The Draycott Hotel in Chelsea is the epitome of class, and one of the finest and most elegant luxury hotels in London, and situated just around the corner from Chelsea’s fashionable Sloane Square. The Draycott Hotel offers luxury accommodation with traditional old age elegance and quintessentially British luxury within a peaceful city retreat. For those that already reside in Chelsea, it is all on your fashionable doorstep, for others Chelsea is the place to go for stylish shopping, dining and clubbing.


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Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 2013 FRIDAY 22nd NOVEMBER 2013 - SUNDAY, 5th JANUARY 2014 (CLOSED ON CHRISTMAS DAY) 10am - 10pm EVERY DAY (ON 22nd NOVEMBER 2013 ONLY - OPENS AT 5pm)

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ickets are now on sale for London’s spectacular Christmas destination - Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. Returning for six exciting weeks of winter festivities with FREE admission there will be even more entertainment and new attractions than before. PWR Events and The Royal Parks are thrilled to announce the main attractions that will be making a welcome return to Capital’s most popular and dazzling winter event. Following its sell-out success last year, The Magical Ice Kingdom will return and double in size with even more breathtaking snow and ice sculptures. The largest of its kind in the UK and created especially for Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, this awe-inspiring sub-zero experience will take you through a fantastical world of real ice and snow. This year there’s even more to explore. Take a stroll through the Kingdom’s idyllic ice village - ride in the ice swan and spot the frozen jumping fish. Then as danger stirs beware of the ice trolls, and join the knights to slay the giant ogre. Follow your adventure into the ice castle where the scary dungeon awaits... Back by popular demand is the castle’s ice slide – and new this year is the Ice Bar for a quick refreshment to help you on your way. The UK’s largest outdoor Ice Rink stretching over 1,600m2 will once again be located around the picturesque Victorian Bandstand, on which there will be live music played throughout the day and night as skaters take to the ice for a spin. For those who want to gaze at the action from above, the iconic Giant Observation Wheel will illuminate the skyline. Other favourite attractions making a welcome return include Santa Land, a haven for young visitors with many exciting new rides and attractions as well as Father Christmas, who will be there every day with a sack of gifts. There will also be over 200 chalets in the beautiful Angels Christmas & Yuletide Markets offering unusual and handmade gifts and crafts, including ceramics, candles, jewellery, wooden toys, nativity scenes and Christmas decorations. Following a sell-out run last year, the UK’s favourite circus, Zippos Circus returns! Zippos will perform two different shows – the ever popular daytime show for all the family, and an evening show for older thrill seekers. Back by popular demand, the Zippos VIP boxes will be available to hire for evening

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shows, where you receive fast-track entry, and watch the show from the comfort of your own private box with a bottle of champagne and delicious chocolates, all included in the price. Always quick to sell out, Zippos Christmas Circus is a perfect treat for all the family. A mix of colour, comedy and thrills, starring world-class jugglers, clowns and aerialists, the show is fun-packed from start to finish and at 50 minutes is the perfect length for little ones. For the evening crowd Zippos returns with, Cirque Berserk a very contemporary circus thrill show with strange characters, knife-throwing, fire, ultimate High Wire, sensational Wheel of Death and much much more! Cirque Berserk goes where no circus has gone before. The awe inspiring Wheel of Death, a beyond-thrilling spectacle starring two extraordinary acrobats spinning together in an unbelievably small steel wheel, a death defying knife throwing act, and a daredevil high wire act will leave you on the edge of your seat. The ever-popular Bavarian Village will be ready to serve even more bratwurst and mulled wine whilst hosting live music throughout the day and evening. In addition to the many restaurants and bars there will be delicious food available throughout the attraction to help you warm up on a cold crisp winter’s day. And for those thrill-seekers, there will be an array traditional and high energy rides. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is a huge hit with the celebrity crowds, those who have been spotted enjoying the festive treats have included: Prince Harry, Kate Moss, One Direction, Amanda Holden, Uma Thurman, Rod Stewart & Penny Lancaster, Russell Brand, Pixie Lott, Claudia Schiffer & Matthew Vaughn, Chris Martin, Tom Cruise, Liam Gallagher and Liz Hurley. So book early for the Ice Skating, The Magical Ice Kingdom, Giant Observation Wheel and Zippos Circus to avoid disappointment and discover what 12 million visitors have already enjoyed. Online booking: www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com Follow us: www.facebook.com/winterwonderlanduk or @hydeparkwinter


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If you’ve always wondered what your favourite celebrities want for Christmas, all will be revealed at Macmillan Cancer Support’s 15th charity auction of Celebrity Stockings. Kate Winslet, Joanna Lumley, Lord Seb Coe, Sharon Osborne, Holly Willoughby, Tom Daley, Bear Grylls, Michael Buble and Kimberley Walsh are some of the stars who will be putting their dream Christmas stockings under the hammer to raise money for people affected by cancer. Benedict Cumberbatch will also be donating a ‘Treasure Chest’ for auction at the ball. The Celebrity Christmas Stocking Auction, sponsored by Macmillan’s partner Harrods and supported by luxury jeweller CARAT*, and aims to raise over £140,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Guests will be treated to a champagne reception, a three course meal and glitzy performances throughout the evening. The annual event kicks off the party season in starry style as it invites the crème de la crème of the celebrity world to create a wish-list of their dream gifts. These dream Christmas stockings will then be auctioned off by guest hosts Neil Fox and Emma Forbes. The stockings will be brimming with everything from high end luxury holidays to designer handbags, plus each stocking will include a ‘money can’t buy’ experience personally donated from each celebrity, such as film set visits and celebrity meet and greets. Tables of ten cost £1,500 - £4,000 so if you’re still looking for a Christmas party destination or you just want to treat friends and family to a fabulous evening, visit www.macmillan.org.uk/stockingauction or call 0207 840 4800 for more information or tickets. 6 2 N OV E M B E R 2 0 1 3

About Macmillan More than one in three of us will get cancer. For most of us it will be the toughest fight we ever face. And the feelings of isolation and loneliness that so many people experience make it even harder. But you don’t have to go through it alone. The Macmillan team is with you every step of the way. We are the nurses and therapists helping you through treatment. The experts on the end of the phone. The advisers telling you which benefits you’re entitled to. The volunteers giving you a hand with the everyday things. The campaigners improving cancer care. The community there for you online, any time. The supporters who make it all possible. Together, we are all Macmillan Cancer Support. For more information about Macmillan Cancer Support, visit www.macmillan.org.uk or freephone 0800 500 800 for an information pack. About Harrods Macmillan Cancer Support is Harrods chosen charity for 2012 - 2014. The luxury store will raise as much money as possible over the two year period to help support the invaluable work of Macmillan team of nurses, therapists, advisers and campaigners who help those affected by cancer and their families. At the forefront of luxury retail, Harrods offers the finest merchandise from its iconic Knightsbridge store. Harrods is located at 87-135, Brompton Road, London, SW1X 7XL. (Nearest underground station: Knightsbridge.) For further information about Harrods, please go to www.harrods.com


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Snake charming with jewels. words Adrian Hailwood, Business Manager at Fellows

As 2013 is the Chinese year of the snake, it is no surprise that the serpent motif is enjoying resurgence in popularity. Both new designers and established houses are finding novel ways to interpret this most ancient of jewellery designs. he snake is, if you pardon the pun, a most flexible design for jewellery; it naturally forms into a hoop, a spiral or a lariat design. The head can be included or not depending whether a naturalistic or figurative approach is required. The texture of snakeskin allows opportunities for goldsmithing, engraving or stone setting as decorative techniques. In mythology the snake has had a number of different meanings. The image of a snake with its tail in its mouth creating an unbroken circle symbolises eternity while the process of a snake shedding its skin hints at rebirth and immortality. Snakes can represent lust, temptation, fertility, wisdom and both good and evil so there is rarely an occasion where the correctly presented snake jewellery would not be appropriate. So strong is this motif that it has become bound up in the identity of several famous jewellery manufacturers, particularly Boucheron in Paris and Bulgari in Rome. Bulgari has used the snake in both its naturalistic and figurative forms since the earliest 6 4 N OV E M B E R 2 0 1 3

days of the company. The development of the distinctively flexible ‘Tubogas’ link lent itself to serpentine forms for rings, necklaces and bracelets. One of Bulgari’s most characteristic and enduring watch designs features a dial set into the head of a snake with the Tubogas coils forming the bracelet. One of Bulgari’s latest collections ‘Serpenti’ revisits these themes in both jewellery and watches using both the Tubogas and more segmented links. A more stylised Bulgari serpent design is shown in their ‘Spiga’ collection. These ribbed and stone-set coils are unmistakably Bulgari but without heads and tails they merely evoke the spirit of the snake without focus on the details – possibly a more versatile option, especially for the more ophidiophobic jewellery buyer. Two stunning examples of Bulgari’s Spiga collection, illustrated in the pictures opposite, are offered in Fellows Antique & Modern Jewellery auction on 5th December. With both a ring and bracelet up for grabs, what better way is there to close the year of the snake and prepare for the Christmas party season, all in one go?


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Join Legends of the Tennis World to support Best Beginnings at the Statoil Masters Tennis WEDNESDAY 4th DECEMBER 2013 AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL

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ennis legend Tim Henman has joined forces with Alison Baum, CEO of Best Beginnings to announce the line-up for The Grand Opening of the Statoil Masters Tennis in support of child health charity Best Beginnings. He will be joined for the special fund-raising evening by tennis legends Pat Rafter, Greg Rusedski, Mark Philippoussis and Mansour Bahrami, who will all feature in singles or doubles matches. Tim Henman said: “I’m thrilled to be playing at the Royal Albert Hall again with my old rivals and to support Best Beginnings - as a father of three I know how important it is to give children the best start in life possible.” Alison Baum, Best Beginnings CEO said: “Best Beginnings is thrilled to have been chosen as this year’s charity for the Statoil Masters Tennis. The money and profile raised on the night will help us to support more families across the UK and help them give their babies the best possible start.” Best Beginnings is a small national charity working to give every baby in the UK a better, healthier start in life, and provides families with information and support to help them improve their child’s health, wellbeing and future life chances. They work with health professionals to support their work with disadvantaged parents and improve the quality of services available to all families in the UK. Not all children in the UK have an equal start in life and Best Beginnings are working to change this. A baby born in Bradford is six times more likely to die before the age of one than a baby born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. This inequality also occurs across London A baby born in Harrow is one and a half times more likely to die before the age of one than a baby born in Kensington and Chelsea. A baby born in Harrow is two and a half times more likely to die before the age of one than a baby born in Bromley.

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VIP hospitality packages are available for The Grand Opening including a champagne reception that will also be attended by tennis legends and celebrities along with a gourmet dinner, to benefit the charity Best Beginnings. A percentage of ticket sales from the tournament will also go to the charity. The Statoil Masters Tennis is part of the ATP Champions Tour - a circuit of former World Number One tennis players, Grand Slam singles finalists and Davis Cup winners – and is owned and operated by IMG, the global sports, fashion and media company. About Best Beginnings: Best Beginnings works to give all children in the UK the best start in life, with a particular focus on those who suffer most from health inequalities: children born to parents under the age of 25 and to disadvantaged parents. We do this by creating engaging resources such as DVDs and phone apps to educate and empower parents, equipping them with the knowledge and confidence to give their children the best start in life. We also work with health professionals to create our resources and to provide training and support for their work with these hard to reach groups. Our work focuses on the window of opportunity from pre-conception to the age of three when the foundations for future health, cognitive and social development are laid, as highlighted in recent reports by Frank Field MP, Graham Allen MP and Professor Sir Michael Marmot. Packages start from £179 inc. VAT please call IMG on 020 8233 5854 and quote Best Beginnings www.statoilmasterstennis.com/bestbeginnings Seat Only Tickets Range from £12.50 - £99.50 Box office 0207 070 4404 (Quote code: 13890 to donate to Best Beginnings) www.royalalberthall.com


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he building itself is an amalgamation of seven dazzling white Grade II listed Georgian townhouses and two mews homes. Inside the decor is tastefully eclectic, boasting statement artwork, marble and glass. A specially commissioned video painting of iconic London scenes is digitally projected above the reception desk. The hotel’s restaurant, HUNter 486 offers guests and non residents an open plan dining experience, inviting visitors to watch the skilled chefs at work amongst the gleaming selection of pots and pans artfully suspended from the ceiling. In the evening the bright and airy dining space transforms into an intimate restaurant and bar, the perfect place to sample the rather magnificent array of cocktails on offer. The menu offers satisfying classic British dishes with a modern twist such as Carpaccio of beef with aged Parmesan, a delicate truffle dressing and black olive tapenade; and Roasted seasonal Yorkshire grouse with bread sauce, roasting jus and gaufrette potatoes. Handmade sour-dough pizzas are baked to order in the restaurant’s stone bed oven. The boutique hotel, which is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World™, boasts several different communal areas which can be used by hotel guests or booked for a private event. The Study is a fresh and contemporary place to meet with friends for drinks or conduct an informal business meeting for up to six people. The Martini Library is a warm, opulent venue for guests to enjoy fine cocktails or afternoon tea. The ‘press to refresh’

service button, sumptuous armchairs and period stone fireplaces make this a truly decadent space. Located on the lower ground floor, WHItehall 944 is a stylish boardroom with state-of-the-art teleconference technology and stylish concealed lighting.

LIFE MAGAZINE OFFER The Arch London is the perfect venue for birthday parties, business meetings, canapé events or private dinners. Whether guests are seeking an intimate private dining venue or stylish party space, The Arch London has the answer with its classic Martini Library, contemporary Study or the ultra stylish Whitehall board room. Until the 31st of March 2014, The Arch London is offering readers of Life Magazine a complimentary celebratory cake for birthday party bookings of 10 people or more, plus a complimentary glass of Champagne per person. For private dinners, guests will receive a complimentary glass of Champagne per person on arrival when booking for 10 people or more. Please quote “Life Magazine” when you make your booking. The minimum spend is £1000 excluding VAT to redeem this offer and is subject to availability. House champagne will be served on arrival. For reservations please visit www.thearchlondon.com or phone 020 7724 4700

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Krug Launches the Krug Kreperie

with Legendary French chef Pierre Koffmann 2nd – 8th DECEMBER, COVENT GARDEN 9th DECEMBER – MID-JANUARY 2014, KOFFMANN’S AT THE BERKELEY, MAYFAIR

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rug is delighted to announce a surprising and festive culinary experience with the launch of the Krug Kreperie, in collaboration with legendary French Chef Pierre Koffmann. Inspired by both the innovation and simple pleasures of Krug, the crepes created by Pierre Koffmann are the perfect complement to be enjoyed with a glass of Krug this winter. Both extraordinary visionaries who seek craftsmanship and adventure while providing unparalleled quality, Krug and Chef Pierre Koffmann will offer you a unique and delightful moment in this exciting pop up space. French chalet inspired dining pods will appear on the East Piazza as if by magic, delivered in three enormous Krug champagne crates like oversized Christmas presents. In the luxurious cosy interior, adorned with gorgeous sheepskin rugs, guests will experience crepes that have been diligently paired with Krug Grande Cuvée, enhancing Krug’s longstanding relationship with artisanal excellence and fine dining. Choose from one of the six sweet or savory crepes created for the Krug Kreperie, including a Crab crepe, a Caramel, Apple Crumble crepe, or Pistachio with Caramelized pistachio nuts, inspired by Pierre Koffmann’s famous Pistachio Soufflé. Each crepe will be paired with a glass of Krug Grande Cuvée for £35. Koffmann’s at The Berkeley Legendary French chef Pierre Koffmann, whose name has been

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synonymous with some of the finest French food in the country for the past 35 years, opened his new restaurant Koffmann’s at The Berkeley, part of the Maybourne Hotel Group to rave reviews. Koffmann operated 3-Michelin star restaurant La Tante Claire until 2003 and the opening of Koffmann’s has marked his return to the London culinary scene with a more relaxed, informal style while still embracing his classic, provincial, French culinary roots. About The Berkeley In leafy Knightsbridge, the Berkeley, part of Maybourne Hotel Group is the essence of contemporary chic. With stunning rooms and suites, two Michelin-starred cuisine from Marcus Wareing, Pierre Koffmann’s French Brasserie, classic British dishes in the Caramel Room, fashionista fancies for afternoon tea at Prêt-à-Portea, cocktails in the Blue Bar and the Spa complete with rooftop pool, the Berkeley is rich in pleasure and discoveries that will surprise and enchant. www.the-berkeley.co.uk About Maybourne Hotel Group Maybourne Hotel Group owns and manages Claridge’s, the Connaught and the Berkeley, three of the world’s most legendary five-star hotels, located in the heart of London. Maybourne Hotel Group is committed to delivering authentic and unique guest experiences that reflect the individual nature of its hotels, its guests and its staff whilst maintaining a timeless elegance and intuitive service style that are the hallmarks of its properties. www.maybourne.com


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DINNER BY HESTON BLUMENTHAL

The Michelin Guide

Great Britain and Ireland 2014 Restaurant stars revealed

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Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner receives its second Michelin star. The UK’s four three Michelin star restaurants retain their stars, including Restaurant Gordon Ramsay.

he Michelin Guide has announced the winners and losers in the 2014 star ratings. The Michelin guide is the Oscars of the foodie world, with stars being dished out to UK restaurants after extensive inspections. The Oscars of the UK and Ireland restaurant world have just been revealed. The Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2014 has the power to make or break a restaurant as the ‘Michelin stars’ accolade is gifted or taken away. Always the centre of controversy amid suggestions that the Frenchoriginating Michelin guide is out of step with British cuisine and the average diner, the star system used in the Michelin ‘Red Guide’ remains the key yardstick by which all UK restaurants are judged. The 2014 Michelin guide reveals that 15 restaurants have gained their first star, including Tom Seller’s Story and Jason Atherton’s Social Eating House. Heston Blumenthal has come up trumps again with his London restaurant Dinner landing its second Michelin star this year. Meanwhile there were no new three star restaurants. All four of the UK’s existing three-star restaurants, including Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant The Fat Duck, have retained their elite three-star status. This year marks another intriguing year for the UK restaurant scene,

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which has shown a surprising resilience to tough economic times. The latest awards suggest that, while many of us have reined in our spending, there are still enough high-rollers to keep the British dining scene in pretty rude health. Speaking from Australia, Heston Blumenthal said of winning his second star for Dinner, “Absolutely brilliant – I am overjoyed. It’s great news for Ashley [Palmer-Watts, head chef] and the whole team. It’s been an incredible two and a half years for Dinner and this is just simply the highlight. As a Brit, I am very proud that a restaurant inspired by and celebrating historic British cooking has been recognised today”. The Michelin Guide 2014 also reflects our changing dining habits. “In the last year we’ve seen the rise of relaxed counter dining but also the opening of some big brasseries” said Michelin guide editor Rebecca Burr. “Dining is becoming a less structured, less formal affair and opening times and menus are more flexible to reflect the way we live our lives. The Michelin guide has always reflected what’s out there and London in particular has never offered so much choice – there really is something for everyone and for every occasion and there appears to be no end to the number of exciting new restaurant openings. With cuisines and culinary influences from all parts of the globe, it’s no surprise that the capital is one of the most exciting cities in the world for food.”


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There are 15 new one-stars, bringing the total to 138 UK-Wide. There are three new two-star restaurants, bringing the total to 20 UK-Wide.

Three stars

“Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey” Fat Duck, Bray  aterside Inn, Bray W Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Chelsea Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, Mayfair

Two stars

“Excellent cooking, worth a detour”  EW Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at N Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park & Knightsbridge NEW Greenhouse, Mayfair Sketch (The Lecture Room & Library), Mayfair L’Enclume, Grange-over-Sands/Cartmel Michael Wignall at The Latymer (at Pennyhill Park Hotel), Bagshot Midsummer House, Cambridge Gidleigh Park, Chagford Le Champignon Sauvage, Cheltenham Whatley Manor (The Dining Room), Malmesbury The Hand and Flowers, Marlow Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons,

Oxford/Great Milton Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Rock Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles, Auchterarder Patrick Guilbaud, Dublin The Ledbury, North Kensington Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley, Mayfair Le Gavroche, Mayfair Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, Mayfair Hibiscus, Mayfair Square, Mayfair

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“Very good cooking in its category”  EW Story, Bermondsey N NEW Lima, Regent’s Park and Marylebone NEW Social Eating House, Soho NEW HKK, Shoreditch NEW Brasserie Chavot NEW Outlaw’s at the Capital NEW Angler, Islington NEW Ametsa with Arzak Instruction NEW Bo London Alyn Williams at the Westbury Dabbous, Fitzrovia Hedone, Chiswick Medlar, Chelsea Trishna, Marylebone St John, Soho Launceston Place, Kensington Tom Aikens, Chelsea Hakkasan Hanway Place, Bloomsbury Pied à Terre, Bloomsbury Club Gascon, City of London

The paper version of the Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2014 is now available in bookshops priced at £15.99. Also published is the Michelin Guide London 2014, priced at £11.99. This

H  arwood Arms, Fulham R  iver Café, Hammersmith L  a Trompette, Chiswick S  t John, Clerkenwell R  asoi, Chelsea K  itchen W8, Kensington The Glasshouse, Kew G  alvin La Chapelle, Spitalfields C  hez Bruce, Wandsworth A  maya, Belgravia A  psleys (at Lanesborough Hotel), Belgravia P  étrus, Belgravia B  enares, Mayfair G  alvin at Windows (at London Hilton Hotel), Mayfair H  akkasan Mayfair, Mayfair K  ai, Mayfair M  aze, Mayfair M  urano, Mayfair N  obu (at The Metropolitan Hotel), Mayfair N  obu Berkeley St, Mayfair P  ollen Street Social, Mayfair Tamarind, Mayfair U  mu, Mayfair Wild Honey, Mayfair L  ’Autre Pied, Regent’s Park & Marylebone L  ocanda Locatelli, Regent’s Park & Marylebone Texture, Regent’s Park & Marylebone S  even Park Place (at St James’s Hotel and Club), St James’s A  rbutus, Soho Yauatcha, Soho Q  uilon, Victoria

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Discover a Christmas less ordinary at

Taste of Christmas 2013 21st – 24th NOVEMBER 2013, TOBACCO DOCK, DOCKLANDS

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aste of Christmas, The Hottest Restaurant Festival of the Season returns this November with a fresh new feel, new restaurants and a brand new location. Moving to the enchanting Tobacco Dock, the venue will welcome a line-up of London’s most exciting restaurants, foodie entertainment and a boutique Christmas food market for what is set to be the stand-out culinary event of the festive season. Passionate foodies will be able to taste incredible signature dishes from some of London’s hottest restaurants, with a bigger and better line-up that includes several new restaurants to the festival. Bringing a Spanish flair will be the innovative Ametsa with Arzak Instruction, as well as Old Street favourite Beard to Tail and gastro pub The Truscott Arms. Pop-up maestros Disco Bistro will make their Taste of Christmas debut, featuring dishes from a number of their restaurants including Disco Bistro, The English Laundrette and Rock Lobsta at Mahiki, while The Hix Group will showcase dishes from Tramshed, Hix Soho and Hix Chophouse and the new opening from Salt Yard Group. Alongside these exciting new additions will be a selection of Taste favourites including the Michelin starred Benares, Pascal Aussignac’s Club Gascon and the award-winning Indian The Cinnamon Club. There will be festive inspiration aplenty with a stellar line-up of top chefs putting their individual twists on Christmas classics in the Electrolux Taste Theatre. First up, is Mr River Cottage himself, passionate foodie and house-hold favourite Hugh FearnleyWhittingstall who will be cooking up some mouth-watering

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festive favourites and sharing his top seasonal tips. Making her Taste of Christmas debut will be Le Gavroche Sous chef Monica Galetti, while her boss, the world-famous Michel Roux Jr will also make a welcome return to the festival. Foodies can also look forward to live demos and cook-offs from the celebrated chef and restaurateur Mark Hix, quintessentially English fair from Valentine Warner, top TV chef Gizzi Erskine and French pâtissier Eric Lanlard who is sure to please foodies with a keen sweet-tooth with a masterclass on the finest festive puds. If it’s Christmas gifts visitors are after, the Christmas Food and Drink Market will provide gift inspiration for even the trickiest of recipients. With over 180 fine food and boutique food and drink stalls from the finest chocolate and confectionary, to seasonal ingredients and wines, festive shoppers will find all they need to create the perfect Christmas. Foodies will be able to indulge their senses with outstanding array of cheese and chocolate tastings, sample the finest whiskeys in the dark, and learn the culinary secrets of the experts in the interactive Electrolux Chefs’ Secrets. And if all the culinary delights take their toll, guests can take a break and relax in style in the Laurent-Perrier Champagne Bar. Make this Christmas the most indulgent yet with the ultimate festival flavours at the all new Taste of Christmas. Tickets are on sale now from www.tasteofchristmas.com or by calling 0871 230 7132.


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The Ultimate Modern Gentleman’s Hotel

45 Park Lane’s Penthouse Suite offers the complete package with Rolls-Royce Wraith drive experience

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he ultimate modern gentleman’s drive at the ultimate modern gentleman’s hotel (London) Dorchester Collection’s contemporary Mayfair hotel, 45 Park Lane, has joined forces with Rolls-Royce to offer guests of the Penthouse Suite a spin in the luxury car manufacturer’s newest model, Wraith. Guests booking the Penthouse Suite will be able to spirit away the Wraith for an exhilarating half day drive experience during their stay, available from 1st November 2013. Guests of the Penthouse Suite at 45 Park Lane will be amongst the first in the world to take to the road in the most powerful Rolls-Royce ever built, making seeing the iconic sights of London all the more memorable. Recommended drives include the famous Mall to take in Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square, on to Whitehall to skirt Big Ben finishing up along the Victoria Embankment to Tower Bridge. Keen car enthusiasts may prefer to open up the engine en route to Coworth Park, Dorchester Collection’s luxury country house hotel in Ascot for lunch, a polo lesson or a spa day by the pool. After a thrilling turn behind the wheel of the new motor car, guests will be welcomed back to 45 Park Lane to enjoy a special Wraith cocktail in Bar 45 mixed with ingredients that conjure the Wraith experience. A choice of three different varieties, or ‘speeds’, of Rémy Martin Cognac – VSOP, Coeur de Cognac and XO – offer degrees of intensity, flavour and finish. The addition of ginger which like the Wraith, has a natural tendency to make the hairs at the nape of the neck stand up, evokes the thrill of adrenaline. “45 Park Lane is a natural fit for a Wraith drive,” said Rolls-Royce design director Giles Taylor. “The story of the Honourable Charles Rolls begins in Mayfair, who throughout his life was a man who embraced the very finest things – the refinement and luxury of every Rolls-Royce and the ambience of contemporary London society. Were he alive today, I’m sure he would delight in sharing a Wraith cocktail with fellow guests at 45 Park Lane and exchanging tales of adventures from behind the wheel.”

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Wraith is the latest model in Rolls-Royce’s range of ultra-luxury models, and is the most powerful Rolls-Royce ever to have played host to the famous Spirit of Ecstasy figurine. The Wraith’s fastback styling allows for a powerful drive, but at its heart lies the hallmark attributes of Rolls-Royce luxury, refinement and hand-craftsmanship. 45 Park Lane offers the pinnacle of luxury for its guests. With interiors by internationally acclaimed designer Thierry W. Despont awarded ‘Best Hotel Suite in Europe’ at the annual European Hospitality Awards in November 2012, the Penthouse Suite provides a smart, contemporary, central location from which to enjoy London. Accessed only by a key controlled lift the two-bedroomed Penthouse Suite covers the entire top floor of the hotel, and features a wraparound terrace with outdoor seating and panoramic views over London. An oval dining-room provides residents the opportunity to enjoy Wolfgang Puck’s CUT menu in the comfort and privacy of their own suite. The Wraith cocktail at Bar 45 starts at £16 for the Rémy Martin Cognac - VSOP, £25 with Coeur de Cognac, and £50 with XO. Rates for the Penthouse Suite at 45 Park Lane start from £7,194 including breakfast and VAT. Two Wraith cocktails are offered complimentary to guests at the Penthouse Suite. www.dorchestercollection.com

To make a reservation email: reservations.45L@dorchestercollection.com or telephone: +44 (0)20 7493 4545. To request the Wraith Service while staying in the Penthouse Suite guests should contact host.45L@dorchestercollection.com and quote their confirmation number. Wraith service subject to availability from 1st November 2013. www.dorchestercollection.com


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DECK THE HALLS WITH TOP PRECISION. When it comes to taking on a full holiday agenda, the London Marriott Hotel Regents Park can help you maintain peak performance with some fantastic festive packages: • Office Party Night packages from £45 • Champagne & Canapés packages from £25 • Christmas Day Jazz Lunch with Santa £69 / £34.50 / £12.50 (adults / children 5-12 / children under 5) • New Year's Eve Zaike NW3 Indian buffet £32 / £18 (adults / children under 12)

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CARTWRIGHT & BUTLER

GIFT HAMPERS & GIFT SETS Established in 1981, Cartwright & Butler began with Home made jam being sold overnight in a craft gallery in a Coastal Town.The idea was to create jams and preserves that tasted better than Home made.

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ith a room rented in a nearby spice packing factory from a family friend, Cartwright and Butler soon developed an expanded range to include chutney. Their overriding objective was to produce luxury, hand-made products and to package them as beautifully as possible; positioning their cottage industry at outlets such as Fortnum & Mason, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, Liberty’s and all delicatessens and farm shops in the UK. Cartwright and Butler’s luxury produce is still being made by traditional methods, in small batches supervised by experienced cooks, to ensure that the highest quality standards were still maintained and is now sold all over the world including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, Japan, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Cartwright and Butler have now launched a new range of hampers and gift sets, including their gift set for Cheese Lovers which includes Yorkshire Chutney, a traditional chunky chutney, great for your Ploughman’s lunch or chunky cheese sandwich, made with freshly prepared pickles in a thick secret recipe sauce, with Wafers for cheese with sea salt and cracked black pepper and Cartwright and Butler Honey and Mustard Cheese Wafers packed with a Cartwright and Butler branded bamboo cheeseboard, packaged as

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beautifully as possible in an handmade pastel yellow caddy. For Jam lovers there are several hand made wooden caddy’s to choose from, with delicious handmade biscuits, butterscotch crunch, chocolate wafer biscuits along with Yorkshire Teas and Coffees and a range of jams and preserves to choose from, with cute mini half jars in some giftsets, which make them adorable as a gift for Christmas. For Chutney lovers there are larder gift sets with two or four recyclable kilner jars of mouth-watering range of chutney’s and piccalilli to choose from, which make them a perfect accompaniment to any Christmas party where cheese is involved. There is plenty to choose from, with Cartwright and Butler pastel coloured hampers packed to the brim with lovely handmade goodies, there is a hamper for everyone! Prices start from £56 and giftsets starting from £21 – all with FREE UK delivery. Available from Cartwright and Butler’s new Hamper and Giftset website at www.cartwrightandbutlerhampers.com


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Jack & Frank Together Again Jack Daniel’s Launches Special Edition Frank Sinatra Whiskey ®

The true and timeless relationship between Frank Sinatra and Jack Daniel’s has received a satisfying salute with the launch of Sinatra Select. Destined to be remembered as one of the finest releases by Jack Daniel’s, this special edition Tennessee Whiskey celebrates a legendary friendship that lasted more than half a century.

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ith a bold oak flavour, rich amber colour and exceptionally smooth vanilla finish, Sinatra Select is crafted from special ‘Sinatra barrels’ – each hand selected by Master Distiller Jeff Arnett – and bottled at 90 proof. The ultra-premium whiskey’s especially full character and dark rich amber colour is achieved by exposing the classic Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey to extra layers of toasted wood on the inner surface of the barrels. This results in a smooth, but bold whiskey, which embodies the smooth, bold character of Frank Sinatra and his impeccable taste. The classic, black Sinatra Select bottle depicts flashes of orange, said to be Frank Sinatra’s favourite colour as he thought it was the ‘happiest’. Packaged within a sleek, limited edition box, Frank Sinatra’s signature and iconic fedora hat is found on the bottle, along with the Jack Daniel’s Country Club logo, designed by ‘Ol Blue Eyes himself. Also enclosed is a booklet telling the captivating story of the legendary Jack Daniel’s and Frank Sinatra relationship Sinatra Select honours Frank Sinatra’s loyalty - a lifetime fan of Jack Daniel’s. Look onstage any given night and you would see Frank Sinatra, in his trademark tuxedo, captivating audiences everywhere. Look a little closer and his favourite drink, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, wouldn’t be far away. The legend was buried with a pack of Camel cigarettes, a dime and a bottle of Jack Daniel’s. Frank Sinatra also developed his own Jack Daniel’s country club, even designing the blazer logo himself – the Daily Mirror on May 31st, 1962 reported Frank flying into the UK early for his tour saying no one recognised him as he strolled around the West End: ‘Perhaps it was his clothes. No “Pal Joey” hat. No snappy suit. Just flannels and blazer. And on the blazer, a badge bearing the letters J.D…The J.D stands for Jack Daniels, an American distiller.” (Jack Daniel’s was small back in the 60s!) JD was his favourite drink. The Daily Express on Wednesday June 13th, 1962 reported that Sinatra in a London side-street studio “waved a bottle of his favourite Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Sour Mash Sipping Whisky – two bottles supplied by the record company at £3 8s each.” Commenting on Sinatra

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Select, Frank Sinatra Jnr. says “Dad would be very flattered by the association. This fine Tennessee Whiskey, or Old No. 7 as he referred to it, was a favourite part of my father’s life and he loved both sharing it with his friends and introducing it to new acquaintances. I’m very pleased to continue to be a part of the Jack Daniel’s family and feel the introduction of Sinatra Select is an appropriate tribute as we near my father’s 100th birthday in 2015”. Independent in character, with an appealing smoothness, it is no surprise Frank Sinatra found a friend in Jack - a relationship that Jack Daniel’s now extends to whiskey lovers worldwide. Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select is available in The Whisky Exchange (www.thewhiskyexchange.com), Selfridges and The Whisky Shop from early November with an RRP of £150. For more information, visit http://www.jackdaniels.com. About Jack Daniel’s Officially registered by the U.S. Government in 1866 and based in Lynchburg, Tenn., the Jack Daniel Distillery, Lem Motlow, proprietor, is the oldest registered distillery in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Jack Daniel’s is the maker of the world-famous Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey, Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey-Based Ready-to-Drink Beverages. About Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE) Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE) is a joint venture between the Sinatra family and Warner Music Group. FSE owns Sinatra recordings from the Reprise era as well as a treasure trove of films, television specials and unreleased footage, photos and audio recordings, which collectively represent one of the foremost bodies of artistic work of the modern era. FSE also owns and manages Sinatra’s name and likeness rights and represents the artist’s rights to Columbia and Capitol catalogues. (www.sinatra.com). Stockists: The Whisky Exchange, Selfridges and The Whisky Shop RRP: £150 Website: http://www.jackdaniels.com Maturity isn’t just about whiskey. Please enjoy responsibly.


Revisit 1987... At Llangoed Hall

OUR 1987 TARIFF Join us as we celebrate our award! For 3 months only you can visit us and pay the same price for a room that we offered in 1987. B&B from £49.50pp based on two people sharing midweek B&B from £62.50pp based on two people sharing Friday/Saturday Available in November, January and February For details and a brochure call 01874 754525 Email: enquiries@llangoedhall.com • www.llangoedhall.co.uk • @TheLlangoedHall Llyswen, Brecon, Powys LD3 0YP

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Merchant Taylors’ School Excellence, integrity and distinction since 1561 1561

Open Morning

May 10th 2014 10.00 - 12.30 September 27th 2014 10.00 - 12.30

Wouldn’t you prefer a London school in the country? 40 minutes from Bond Street is: • • • • • • • •

‘Top Ten’ boys’ school A traditional boys’ education for your son ‘Outstanding’ - 2008 School Inspection Inspirational teaching Unique tutorial system Civilized, friendly & unpressured Magnificent sports fields Superb facilities set in 250 acres

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Beaconsfield, Ealing, Harpenden, Harrow, Highgate, Mill Hill, Radlett, Stanmore MTS is 15 minutes from the M1, the M25 & the A40 www.mtsn.org.uk • MTS is adjacent to Moor Park (Metropolitan Line) and accessible from any Jubilee line station Find us on Facebook Merchant Taylors’ School • Chiltern line from Marylebone Follow us on Twitter @MerchantTaylors

Guided tours (last tour 11.30) The Head Master speaks at 11.15 and 12.15 8 4 N OV E M B E R 2 0 1 3 Excellence, integrity and distinction since 1561.

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Sydenham High: enriching young minds

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t Sydenham High, education is about more than just exams; enrichment is a vital part of the excellent education provided to girls aged 4 to 18, helping each student to be the best she can be. Extra-curricular life is therefore broad ranging and recently included activities as diverse as a crash course in brain science and learning Mandarin. Neuroscientist and regular TV broadcaster, Dr Jack Lewis visited the school to help students in year 11 learn how to optimise their thinking skills and creativity whilst minimising stress. This included giving them the secrets of BOPs or Brain Optimising Principles. Keeping hydrated, exercising and daily exposure to natural light

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If you are thinking of switching bank, for a free, impartial and informative guide to private banks as an alternative option, please visit Duncan Lawrie Private Bank’s website at www.duncanlawrie.com/banking-guide, where you can download its guide to private banking: ‘Unwrap the secrets of private banking.’ Research conducted by YouGov on behalf of Duncan Lawrie Private Bank. Total sample size 2,213 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between the 12th and 14th August, 2013. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+) based on ONS Annual Mid-year Population Estimates 2011 and 2012, released 08 August 2013.

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Much of this is to do with the private banking sector not adequately letting people know about the service and products they offer. Indeed, 32 per cent of potential switchers would not consider a private bank simply because they did not even know what one was. Matthew Parden, Managing Director at Belgravia-based Duncan Lawrie Private Bank said: “The private banking industry is not doing itself any favours by not properly communicating the superior levels of service they can offer customers. Many people believe that private banks are only for the extremely wealthy, but many have low monthly fees and are far more accessible than many people might realise. “Private banks can cost as little as £25 a month, which is often waived if the customer also holds investments with them. While the average price of a premium account in a high street bank is £15, if you consider all the extra benefits that a private bank can provide, such as your own Bank Manager’s phone number and email address, spending an extra £10 a month is great value for money. At Duncan Lawrie, we will waive our monthly fee altogether if you invest at least £250,000.” (2) Other misconceptions about private banks included the belief that they are less secure than high-street banks, with nearly one in five potential switchers believing that because of their size, private banks offer less financial security than their high street equivalents. “Each bank needs to be reviewed on its own merits, including private banks” continued Parden. “The Tier 1 capital ratio for Duncan Lawrie Private Bank is around four times higher than the average Tier 1 ratio of most UK high street banks, meaning that we are among the most secure banks in the country. To overlook this fact because of our size and status as a private bank would be a mistake.” 8 8 N OV E M B E R 2 0 1 3

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In this month’s article Healthy Balance Integrated Medicine practitioners share their advice on your health issues.

This issue, Norma Gardner and Jenny Phillips contribute. Q. My mother passed away 6 months ago and I feel this has had a very unsettling effect on my 14 year old daughter. Can you suggest how I can help?

Q. I have been suffering form the most awful mood swings. Perhaps they are hormonal, but could they be diet related at all? I am a 38 year old female.

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coping. The death of someone close is very painful for all of us and it is important to grieve in a way and at a time that is right for each of us. Your daughter will be going through profound developmental changes at her age and her emotions may be particularly intense. Let her know that it is OK to be upset by your mother’s death.

definitely one of them. Take some time to keep a food and activity diary, and reflect on what you are eating. High sugar foods may initially pick you up but they are shortly followed by an energy crash, so go for complex carbohydrates like vegetables, wholemeal grains and root vegetables for sustained energy and mood. Are you eating enough protein, which includes meat, dairy, pulses and fish? Protein is used to make neurotransmitters which positively affect well being. And what about brain friendly fish, particularly the fatty variety such as trout, salmon and mackerel? Also, do you make time to exercise? Activity, even a simple walk in the park, helps to raise endorphins which make you feel more upbeat.

I wonder if you are hiding your feelings as you do not want to cause her any more distress? At the same time, she might be trying to protect you from how she really feels. It would be good for you to talk honestly to each other about what has happened. If this is the first time your daughter has suffered a bereavement, she might feel confused and have questions about death and dying. Encourage her to talk about how she feels and give her the support and love she needs.

Sometimes a history of poor diet, or overconsumption of things like alcohol, can deplete your nutrients. A nutritionist can work with you to improve your diet and, if appropriate, advise you on supplements to help you beat the blues.

Norma Gardner is a registered counsellor and CBT practitioner able to work with adults and children 11 years and up.

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I think I’ve found a lump in my breast...

What Do I Do?

It is completely understandable that you might worry about the possibility of breast cancer if you find a lump, but remember; most lumps are not cancer. The most likely cause for a lump depends on your age. Women from 20s to 30s In women from 20 to 30 a definite lump is most likely to be a fibroadenoma. These are benign lumps that can sometimes be painful or enlarge but they are not cancerous and do not turn cancerous.

Women between 40s and 50s Between 40 and 50 breast cysts becom more common. These are also entirely benign. They are collections of fluid within the breast and although they can also be painful they are not dangerous.

Women aged 30 and onwards From the age of 30 onwards the gland tissue in the breast changes and it becomes more fibrous and nodular. The way the breast feels has been described as like a scaled down packet of frozen peas and occasionally, in just the same way that frozen peas can stick together to form a clump, so breast tissue can “stick together” to form definite nodular areas. These areas are also often tender but, once again, are not a sign of cancer. The rate of breast cancer begins to rise after the age of 40 and increases with age. Of course, breast cancer can occur at any age and I have seen cases in women as young as 19 and in their early 20s, but they are very, very rare. The important message is, if you notice a change in your breast please get it checked. Let’s go through what you need to do. The first thing to do is to see your GP and explain what you have noticed. They will examine you and in some cases may suggest a further check at a different time of your menstrual cycle. Some of the nodular areas can change with the cycle and this is actually a reassuring sign. If a discrete nodular area persists or your GP finds a definite lump, or is unsure, they will refer you to a breast clinic for a full assessment by the breast team. The team should consist of several consultants working together, and includes a surgeon a radiologist and a pathologist. The investigation of any breast problem revolves around, what is called, the triple assessment. It is like doing a jigsaw puzzle; pieces (of information) are collected and put together until the whole picture (the diagnosis) becomes clear. Indeed, this is often termed “the diagnostic jigsaw”. In some cases only 2 pieces may be needed, in others 4, but 3 (the triple assessment) is most common. Let’s have a look at what the pieces are. The first specialist you meet will often be the breast surgeon. They will ask questions about your symptoms (called taking your “history”). They will also ask about previous medical problems and your family history. They will then examine both breasts. How the breast feels when it is examined is the 9 6 N OV E M B E R 2 0 1 3

first part of the jigsaw. If there is a definite area of change then a fine needle aspiration may be carried out. This test uses a normal sized syringe and needle. The needle is placed into the area of the breast and “jiggled” so that a small amount of material is sucked into the syringe. This is sent away to be looked at under the microscope. More commonly now a test known as a core biopsy is done. A core biopsy takes a core of breast tissue about 1.5 cm long and 2 mm in diameter. The core biopsy is carried out by first putting some local anaesthetic into the skin of the breast. Once this has worked (it is quite quick) a small nick is made in the skin to allow the core biopsy needle, attached to the biopsy “gun”, to be placed into the breast. When the “gun” is “fired” (it is painless, but does make a noise rather like a large stapler) the needle takes the sample. This is often repeated a few times. The appearance of the cells that have been removed with a fine needle aspiration, or the result of the core biopsy, is the second part of the jigsaw. The final part of the triple assessment involves taking images of the breast. In ladies under 35 an ultrasound scan is the commonest way of doing this. In ladies over 35 they will have a mammogram as well. Full field digital mammograms are the most sensitive type available at the moment. What an area of the breast looks like on a mammogram or an ultrasound scan is the third piece of the jigsaw. If the triple assessment produces the same answer at each stage the result is said to be concordant and no further tests may be needed. For example, a lump in a 30 year old lady may feel like a fibroadenoma, look like one on an ultrasound scan and a core biopsy shows pieces of a fibroadenoma. An important part of the triple assessment that is not commonly mentioned is to watch how things change (or not) with time. It would not be unusual to check things a few months later, repeating some, or all, of the assessment to make sure nothing has changed. A thorough triple assessment may actually be a quadruple assessment! Once again it should be emphasised that in the majority of cases a triple assessment (or a quadruple one) will reveal that cancer is not present. Most symptoms are age related changes or benign lumps. However, it is important that any new change is thoroughly investigated by a specialist to make absolutely sure that all is well.

FOR MORE INFORMATION Mr Simon Marsh MA MD FRCS is a Consultant Breast Surgeon at The London Breast Clinic, 108 Harley Street, London W1G 7ET. Email enquiries@108harleystreet.co.uk or visit the website at www.108harleystreet.co.uk.


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f you want to seriously get into the sport, you need to make sure your skiing fitness is up to scratch. So, to make sure that you’re not left nursing aching muscles – or worse – after your first day careering down the slopes, check out our guide to getting ski-fit. Flying down the slopes all day on two narrow strips of fibreglass with only a pair of thin poles for support will place unique demands on your body. To cope with these demands, you’ll need to focus on the following three key areas for your training to boost your skiing fitness: Skiing strength Skiing demands specific training for improving your strength. The primary areas to focus on for skiing fitness strength are: Legs - Focusing on the quadriceps muscles at the fronts of the thighs is particularly important, because maintaining the correct skiing position means that the quadriceps will be loaded the whole time. Triceps - To maintain your balance when skiing, you will have to continually drive your ski poles back into the snow – and the specific muscles that facilitate this are the triceps at the back of the upper arms. Core muscles - Your core muscles will keep you upright and help you to balance. Without good core strength, you will have no control on the slopes. Cardiovascular ski fitness You won’t be running or moving forward under your own steam for most of the time when you’re skiing, but that doesn’t mean you won’t need good cardiovascular (CV) fitness. Skiing requires total body control in order to stay upright – and this will place a continual demand on your CV system as you employ every muscle group in order to remain balanced. Flexibility training If you’re flexible, you will have a good range of movement, which is

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extremely important when it comes to skiing fitness. Additionally, being flexible in the calves and Achilles tendons (at the backs of the lower legs) is vital, because your ski boots will force you to ‘hinge’ at the heel, thereby stretching both the calf and the Achilles in each leg. If you’re tight in either of these areas, your risk of injury will be much higher. How to avoid skiing injuries The last thing that you want to do on your skiing holiday is get an injury – so the best thing to do is prepare your body correctly by building up your skiing fitness. For injury prevention, your main focus should be on flexibility training, particularly in the legs. As we have mentioned, the calves and Achilles tendons are important to your flexibility – but you should also ensure that you are loose and supple in the following two areas: Quadriceps (front of the thigh). Hamstrings (back of the thigh). However good your preparation is, though, one thing is certain when you go skiing: at some point or other, you’re going to fall over. So, to avoid common injuries such as broken collarbones, work on your all-round mobility as much as possible. This way you will be in control of your body, and so when you do fall over you will be able to position yourself quickly and easily – rather than be awkward and stiff in your movements – which will make you less liable to suffer an injury. Additionally, try to have a couple of sports massages as part of your après-ski routine, as these will flush out the waste products in your muscles from your day’s skiing and help to keep your muscles in tip-top condition throughout your holiday. Skiing is all about fun, and you certainly don’t have to be an elite athlete to enjoy the sport!


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Knee Pain

Non-Surgical Options for Osteoarthritis of the Knee Osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee is a common problem, symptoms develop in many people in their 40s and 50s and 90% of all people over the age of sixty years show some signs of OA.

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steoarthritis is a condition involving the breakdown of articular cartilage in joints and is sometimes referred to as “degenerative joint disease”, or wear-and-tear. This results in areas of the joint where bones rub against each other leading to thickening of the edges of the bone and as a result spurs may form around the joint. People who suffer with OA knee have symptoms of pain, stiffness, swelling, aching in and around the joint and joint deformity, due to the changing shape of the bones and muscle spasm. Also muscle wasting occurs especially of the quadriceps (thigh muscles) and as a result they become weaker and tire more quickly. The cause of OA is not clear; however there are several factors that can contribute to the development. The common causes include: previous knee injury, repetitive strain on the knee, being overweight or obese and genetics (research has shown that OA often occurs in people in the same family). Treatment Options As OA is a degenerative disease there is no cure, however the good news is this is a gradual process and can be slowed with treatment. There are a wide range of treatment options, but the effectiveness of different treatments varies from person to person. The choice of treatment should be a joint decision between you and your treating physician. The treatment aims are to reduce pain, increase function and generally reduce symptoms. Surgery is only suited to people with severe OA, fortunately only one in four people with OA Knee need surgery. Physiotherapy is also important in the treatment of arthritis. By strengthening the muscles around the knee, you can improve the general “health” of your knee. Oral Medications Simple pain relievers such as paracetamol are available without a prescription and can be very effective in reducing pain. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug or NSAIDs are a more potent type of pain

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reliever and are available both over-the-counter and on prescription. Glucosamine and/or chondroitin sulfate may be helpful in the early stages of OA. Intra-articular Injections Hyaluronic acid (Viscosupplements) is a component of normal synovial fluid and an important contributor to joint health. In OA, both the concentration and the molecular weight of hyaluronic acid are decreased, which reduces the viscoelasticity of synovial fluid. Therefore, intra-articular injection of hyaluronic acid results in restoring the viscoelasticity of synovial fluid which helps to relieve pain. Corticosteroid injections are used for moderate to severe pain, they can also be very useful if there is significant swelling. Bracing and Orthotics Knee bracing and orthotics can help to unload knee by creating joint separation within the knee thereby reducing the wear and tear on the cartilage. These braces and orthotics work by pulling or pushing the knee into a position that creates space within the joint, which in turn reduces pressure on affected arthritic side of the knee. Studies have shown the unloading Knee Braces provide pain relief in 92% of patients and create visible joint separation in 80%. A brace can also help with stability and function Osteoarthritis of the knee has a great impact on mobility and ones quality of life. It is unnecessary to suffer in silence as there are various nonsurgical treatment options which can help with pain and get you back to the activities you love to do! Dr Ralph Rogers Medical Director – The London Sports Injury Clinic 108 Harley Street, London W1G 7ET www.108harleystreet.co.uk


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Energise yourself with Reiki

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

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

A certified practitioner can be found via The Reiki Association http://www.reikiassociation.org.uk/ who apply rules, regulations and standards to treatments, as well as offering membership and practitioner insurance. 1 0 4 N OV E M B E R 2 0 1 3


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Le Défilé Collection The new Jean Paul Gaultier - Le Défilé Collection is strong and original as you would expect from the iconic French fashion designer

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mages of crushed metal appear on two luscious fabrics for upholstery on chairs and sofas. The tactile textures are a surprise, Fangio is a soft sueded velvet while monochrome Le Male has brilliant silver reflections simulating chrome metal.

Spots are an essential design in the Gaultier fashion collections, Spatial is an explosion of giant spots, like a series of full moons with halos for an ethereal look while Coquin brings a touch of calm with regular iridescent spots bordered in black. The MOUSAILLON fabric has lovers and musicians wearing marine stripes in red or blue for a unique decoupage-style motif. The 6 different medallions show romantic stylised images by photographers Pierre & Gilles which form the design repeat. 1 0 6 N OV E M B E R 2 0 1 3

Angelots fabric shows amusing angelic tableaus on an astonishingly pretty satin cotton toile de Jouy. Obvious echoes of the fashion collections with Casino, an ultra feminine design with lace on a fishnet background for a seductive damask fabric with the unmistakable Gaultier look. Finally, full of mood and meaning, Vagabond is a large scale soft focus photographic landscape, playing with perspective on supple linen.

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EXPLORING THE BENEFITS OF

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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 1 0 8 N OV E M B E R 2 0 1 3

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 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 27째C. The maximum floor temperature should not normally exceed 29째C, although up to 34째C is acceptable for bathrooms.


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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 60째C to reach the design floor temperature. By contrast, radiators generally require the water to be at 70 to 80째C. 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 If the boiler cannot supply the water at the required temperature, it is necessary to add a water-mixing control unit to reduce the 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 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. Pre-fabricated 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. N OV E M B E R 2 0 1 3 1 0 9


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ohn Makepeace is the undisputed master craftsman in the world of furniture design and manufacture, recognised internationally as such for the last half century. He is a delight to share a platform with and he spoke of contemporary design and manufacture while I talked about the social background to the development of furniture through the ages. One of the hidden beauties of wood is revealed when you cut into the trunk or branch of the tree. Then you can see its medullar rays or ‘fan’. When in the 17th century furniture makers began to decorate chests and cupboards with thin slices of timber cut in this way it was known as ‘faneer’ cutting and the application of it was called ‘faneering’. But the word soon became corrupted to the easier-tosay ‘veneer’ cutting and ‘veneering’. If you cut where the branch joins the trunk you get a ‘flame’ cut, and a slice of a growth on the trunk will give you a ‘burr’ veneer. To know more we need to look at a piece of furniture in a number of ways; What sort of timber is it made of? What was – or is – it’s function? How was it made? Most of the household furniture made in England during the last 300 years was made of local woods, from elm and ash, yew and pine, birch and beech to any of the fruitwoods such as pear and apple but the best quality pieces were made of four main timbers which including oak were all imported and they fall into four main periods:- The Age of Oak, up to and including much of the 17th century, The Age of Walnut, from the mid-17th century to the early 18th century, The Age of Mahogany from the early 18th century to the 19th century and The Age of Satinwood from the late 18th century to the mid-19th century. This included

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I recently had the great pleasure of taking part in a presentation to The Inchbald School of Design with John Makepeace. The subject was the hidden Beauties of Wood in relation to furniture. other exotic timbers such as Rosewood, and Coramandel. As an example of function as a guide to social behaviour, in the 1780’s we had a spell of global warming while the latest fashion for women was the diaphanous and simple Empire line which enabled young women to recline on a sofa – you couldn’t recline in a huge hooped skirt – and a table which would pull up to the sofa was designed and for the first time we had a Sofa Table. There was no such thing in 1750. Then we come to manufacture. Before the middle of the 17th century furniture was joined with frames and panels or just plain boards, being made by joiners. Hence ‘joined’ or ‘joint’ stools. Although some were sufficiently adept to make cabinets there was no such nominated craft until later in the 17th century. Developments in glass production combined people collecting fine porcelain from China, cabinets with windows were required, and so the distinction between cabinet maker and joiner was born. The craft of furniture making really turned to industry in the last quarter of the 18th century but the great change came after 1847 when T.B. Jordan patented his wood-carving machine which enabled multiple production by one operative. We then had machine made furniture with hitherto unsurpassed degrees of accuracy. Today we have new technology, and when people say conspiratorially “ They don’t make furniture like they used to” and I answer “No they don’t….they make it better than ever”. Which brings me back to John Makepeace and his masterpieces of the 20th and 21st centuries. They must be seen to be believed for their sheer stunning originality and unrivalled quality. Just go to www.johnmakepeacefurniture.com I am grateful to John Makepeace for the use of his illustrations.


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Make an entrance! How to create a welcoming hallway E

The hallway is the first room guests see in a house. Make yours warm and welcoming with our inspirational design tips and advice…

ntrance ways tend to be dark and narrow but painting them white isn’t necessarily the best option. “Hallways, especially busy family ones, can take a lot of wear of tear and white be very unforgiving, as well as cold, so a better option, is to choose a light, bright colour in a warm tone. Choose a colour that is a shade or two lighter than the main room the hallway leads to, and it will help create continuity between the two spaces. As this room is primarily a walk-through, you can afford to make a strong design statement and be bold with colour and pattern. Patterned wallpaper with a slight shine will help reflect the light, while vertical stripes can create the illusion of height. If you’re concerned about knocks and scratches, a practical option is to have painted wood panelling on the bottom of the wall, with statement wallpaper above. Feature flooring Flooring in a hallway needs to be durable but choose wisely and you can create impact while being practical too. If you have a particularly long and narrow hallway, a chequerboard effect on the floor will create the impression of width - the wider the tiles, the wider it will look. Hallway runners are a great way to inject colour, while colourful striped carpet will instantly enliven a stairway. If you have bare wooden stairs, consider painting each step a different shade of the same colour or have fun with stencils to create patterns or words. Let the light in Hallways can often be dark, so getting the lighting right is essential. If you

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have a high ceiling, a large pendant light will act as a beautiful centrepiece and be the first thing that people see when they enter your home. If the ceiling is low, pendant lights will have the effect of making the room feel smaller, so wall lights are the better option. Mirrors are a good way to reflect natural light and give the illusion of more space. A large mirror placed at the end of a hallway instantly provides depth, making a hallway feel larger. Storage solutions Hallways can easily become cluttered so finding a space for coats, keys and shoes is a must. A wooden bench with storage If you have room, offers storage as well as a useful seating area. The more floor space you can see, the larger your hallway will seem and there are lots of great wall-hung cupboards available. Make a feature Hallways may be small but that doesn’t mean you can’t create a stunning focal point. A narrow console table with a pair of lamps and mirror above makes a pretty focal point - while a vase of fresh flowers or a scented cinnamon candle will create an inviting aroma. A group of family portraits is another great way to add interest and personalise the space. Generally, it’s best to hang fewer, larger pictures as opposed to several smaller ones, as it can make the space seem more confined and cluttered. With a little imagination and the right colours, storage and lighting, you can create an inviting entrance you’ll love coming home to and will want to show off.


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QUALITY ENVIRONMENT, QUALITY OF LIFE Quality product, exceptional value and experienced craftsmen are the hallmarks of sustainable hardwood flooring specialists,Treehouse, based in Notting Hill.

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s anyone who has renovated a property in the area will tell you, Treehouse is one of those businesses that locals (and plenty of architects, designers and builders) keep in their little black book of vital contacts. Their unassuming showroom is situated at 116 Talbot Road, W11, just off the Ledbury Road, directly opposite Raoulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Notting Hill restaurant, and inside youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find a huge selection of hardwood species rich in character, colour and form. Treehouse boasts a range of exotics that is second to none but, crucially, all their woods are sourced from sustainable and managed forests around the world.With around 100 large sample boards displayed of different timber species and finishes, the showroom is a perfect place to select your flooring. Flooring options include wide boards, strip floors, overlay, structural engineered or parquet wood block. There is also a machine-to-order service, worktop service, bespoke stair casing, plus doors and panelling. Treehouse also stocks a wide range of related products, such as finishes, sound proofing, fixings and trim. Plus a range of interior related

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products, such as limestone, slate, ceramic, rubber and much more. Beyond the showroom, Treehouse is unique, family run business offering an accessible, personal service.Whether working directly with a client, designer or architect, supplying materials or providing full installation, Treehouse can advise on all aspects, from the selection of timber, to detailing, planning and finished installation. Treehouse was opened in 1998 by furniture designer/maker John Tate. Based in Notting Hill, John has had over 20 years experience in the production of high quality furniture and interior installations for homes and businesses across the London area. During this time he has become a timber flooring specialist of great repute. The exacting quality in his work, attention to detail, his knowledge of timbers and techniques encourage clients and architects to return with new projects and to seek solutions to challenging situations. Treehouse, 116 Talbot Road, W11 1JR 020 7460 0376; www.johntate.co.uk info@johntate.co.uk


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Simple and elegant...

shutters are the perfect focal point for any room

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t may be the simplicity of shutters that makes them so effortlessly stunning – it’s almost certainly what makes them fit beautifully with so many design schemes. Whatever trend or look you’re going for in your home, you’re sure to find a shutter in a style and colour to complement your room perfectly – whether you’re looking for natural wood or a clean and contemporary painted finish. But it’s not all about looks, shutters are incredibly practical too. As you’d expect, they provide excellent control over light and privacy, but there’s more to them than you might think. They also give fantastic insulation to windows – perfect for draughty homes – they’re easy to keep clean and they’re extremely hardwearing, so it’s not just their classic style that will stand the test of time. Spoilt for choice If you’re sold on shutters but you’re not sure whether they’re within your budget, think again. There are so many ranges, from hardwood through to LDF, which make shutters an achievable option for most. What’s more, there are a variety of shutter styles and finishes to choose from – you can even get bespoke shutters for shaped

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windows, and waterproof shutters for bathrooms. The options really are endless. Local expertise Premier Shutters, based in Basildon, pride themselves on providing unrivalled experience for anyone looking for shutters for their home. Their staff live and breathe shutters, so you can be confident that you’ll not only get sound advice, you’ll also be absolutely delighted with the finished product. Their specialist surveyors bring their knowledge – not to mention their wide range of samples – to you in your home. They’ll take precise measurements, offer simple guidance and leave a competitive quote – all without the pressure of a hard sell. You’ll be surprised just how many options there are when choosing shutters, so having a friendly expert on hand to answer questions and provide honest advice really is invaluable.

You can book a no-obligation home survey or simply request a brochure by calling FREE on 0808 250 2582 or visiting their website at www.premiershutters.co.uk


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FIRED EARTH

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or many years Fired Earth in Wimbledon has been providing invaluable advice and beautiful products for those looking to create stunning interiors. Well known for its beautiful tiles, the company also has gorgeous bathroom collections, paint ranges, kitchens and a recently introduced wallpaper range. Every product in the Fired Earth collection has been carefully chosen and each season the team scours the world to find interesting and unusual items to add to the range. The bathroom is a case in point, where many exciting new items have recently been introduced. Today’s bathroom should be relaxing, somewhere you can escape the pressures of the modern world. Whether you want a state-of-the-art wetroom, a romantic hideaway – complete with roll-top bath – a glamorous contemporary space with a sleek freestanding bath or a marble-clad sanctuary – Fired Earth can help you achieve your dream. If you’re looking to give your home a quick update, it’s amazing how you can completely transform a room with a fresh coat of paint. Fired Earth has three paint ranges, including one designed in association with the National Trust, and its latest – The Paint Collection – is a versatile palette of 36 colours cleverly divided into New Neutrals (ideal as a backdrop) and Accents (for statement walls and bold splashes of colour). The paint

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names alone are enough to inspire you to get creative, with hues ranging from deep pink Roman Holiday to Modernist White and Greenwich Green. Last year Fired Earth launched its very first wallpaper collection and this year it has added to the range with a selection of witty and striking designs sure to be a huge hit. With names quirky names and exquisite designs, each is available in a number of colourways and all are sure to make a compelling style statement. If you’re thinking of beginning a project, but are unsure where to start or simply want some expert input, then it’s well worth finding out about Fired Earth’s Home Design service. The company’s Home Designers can work with you every step of the way to ensure you are choosing products that will not only look stunning, but will be perfect for your lifestyle. Their experience, along with their innate sense of style, makes them the perfect partner for your project. Further inFormation the Wimbledon Fired earth shoWroom is at 58 high street, Wimbledon Village, london sW19 5ee Telephone 020 8879 0855 or visit firedearth.com

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nglish City Stone are specialists in the area of restoration of Victorian and Georgian stone steps. With over 25 yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; experience in the field they can return any worn out flight of leaking steps to its former glory, both transforming the entrance to the property and protecting it from the elements. During the Victorian and Georgian eras the majority of townhouses were constructed with stone steps in either Portland limestone or Yorkshire sandstone (Yorkstone). These natural stones gave the entrance to homes and offices a bold elegance and were designed to withstand many decades of foot traffic and weather erosion. However, most of these original steps are now in a state of disrepair and many allow water to leak into the space beneath them. A quick look down any London street will demonstrate the way in which this problem has been tackled in the past: an ugly covering of bitumen or concrete. English City Stone supply and fit both Yorkstone and Portland limestone to replace worn or leaking stone, concrete or tiled steps. They have a revolutionary waterproofing system combining several membranes which funnel water away from the property whilst retaining flexibility, so even if the building moves over time the waterproof barrier is not compromised.

For a genuine Victorian or Georgian finish a flight of steps may require a cast metal handrail or gate, often with ornate baluster panels. If there are already railings in place these can be removed and refitted and any damaged sections can be re-cast using traditional methods. Installing 1 2 0 N OV E M B E R 2 0 1 3

the railings usually involves diamond drilling the stone, a process which can easily damage the underlying stonework if the materials are not fully understood by the drill operator. English City Stone have their own in-house stonework and metalwork teams, so finishing work does not have to be subcontracted to other companies who may not have the same in depth knowledge of the base materials. With this in mind, customers can be assured that the company take full responsibility for all of the work undertaken. The scope of the works English City Stone will undertake does not stop at the steps. They will supply and fit all associated stone paving and other masonry items such as coping stones, pier caps, window sills and door surrounds. Again, all of this work is carried out by their in-house teams ensuring the highest quality of craftsmanship. They are members of The Guild of Master Craftsmen and are happy to provide references and addresses of where their work can be viewed. Whether the work you require is purely cosmetic or a means to protect your home or office against water damage, English City Stone have the all the skill, experience and materials youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need. For more information about English City Stone call 0208 673 8785 or email info@englishcitystone.co.uk www.englishcitystone.co.uk 74 Fernlea Road, London, SW12 9RW


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Special Offer Order your Varier Gravity in November or December from FineBack and receive a beautiful Roros Tweed Luxury Blanket free of charge. This blanket features Classic Norwegian Design and would be a great way to get cosy this Christmas. Sit Well - Sit Comfortably FineBack are skilled in the art of ergonomic seating. The comprehensive range of office chairs is designed to meet the needs of the individual; fully adjustable and selected to complement the style of working. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Active Sittingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is encouraged in all the chairs, ensuring the chair moves with you as you work, effortlessly following your every movement and giving excellent back support at all times.

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School Conversions Are A Hit Most of us are relieved to have left the classroom behind years ago. But when it comes to grand, airy spaces, there’s much we can learn from schools.

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he Victorians built them a-plenty, and now 20th-century builders are knocking them down or converting them into apartments. The old, draughty turn-of-the-century schools, which are so distinctive all around the country in towns and cities with their imposing exteriors, high gables and large windows, do not lend themselves to modern-

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Victorian-built institutions might not suit modern-day teaching methods, but they do make unique homes. The Victorians built their schools to last, with solid woodblock flooring, good acoustic insulation, high ceilings and tall windows to maximise light. They are also expensive for both private and local authority owners to maintain and keep warm in the winter. And so many schools are being turned into large apartments, with the new residents sometimes lucky enough to have the use of the school grounds, if these have not been sold off separately. One of the difficulties encountered by developers, is how to deal with what is often a very large room with extremely large windows, typical of Victorian schools which have frequently undergone conversion. Where these rooms have been carved up, the proportions can appear slightly unnatural. If left alone, they can be dramatic, but the sheer size and height of the room and surface area of window can lead to large heating bills. 1 2 8 N OV E M B E R 2 0 1 3

Some schools have closed down in recent years, and developers are attracted to them because they are easy to convert. They are likely to be structurally sound because the authorities will have inspected them regularly to ensure they comply with health and safety requirements. Most have leisure amenities, such as tennis courts, well-maintained grounds and a swimming pool. Buyers considering school conversions should note that often these buildings are short on views, with windows typically placed higher than normal to avoid distracting daydreaming pupils from their studies. A former public school founded by the Masons, Royal Connaught Park in Bushey, Hertfordshire, has certainly had a colourful history since its closure. At one time an American university visited by John F Kennedy, it then became a film set for productions including the original St Trinian’s, Harry Potter and Little Britain. Now converted into luxurious flats and houses, “no two properties are the same” says Comer Homes’ marketing director Caroline Comer. Prices range from £399,000 up to £2.1 million. It would be easier for developers to knock a school down and start from scratch, but maintaining the originality of the schools architecture, space and characteristics, increasing its value considerably. Every time you climb the stairs, you feel the history


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Apartment for sale in Victorian Heights, Thackeray Road, Battersea, London SW8 - 2 bedrooms - £1,225,000 A stylish split level apartment located in Victorian Heights, a secure gated school conversion. Victorian Heights is a gated development situated in the ‘Diamond Conservation Area’ on Thackeray Road, and is well placed for the local amenities in Battersea, and Queenstown Road over ground station which has direct services to Victoria station. Property features 2 bedrooms 1 reception room 2 bathrooms Conversion Post War/Modern Town/City Private Parking Property description The apartment benefits from double height ceilings, wooden flooring, and is finished to a high specification throughout. Perfect for entertaining, the apartment is filled with light from the large windows and double height ceilings. The modern kitchen features a sleek central island breakfast bar, and a sophisticated lighting system, whilst the reception room is beautifully finished with a gas effect fireplace. The apartment also benefits from access to the communal gardens and a secure parking space. To arrange a viewing, or for more information, please contact Knight Frank, Battersea, SW11 on 020 3641 4956 (local rate)

For sale - Two bedroom penthouse, Prioress Street, Borough, SE1 - £1,495,000 Property description Set in the very top of a beautiful converted Victorian school, this stunning two bedroomed (both en-suite) split-level apartment has been renovated with fabulous attention to detail throughout. The property is presented in superb condition with the décor inspired by 17th century French baroque style and comprises a main reception room with high, vaulted ceilings (26’ high), beautiful kitchen/breakfast room, luxurious master bedroom with en suite bathroom and dressing room, 2nd bedroom and en suite bathroom on the mezzanine-level, communal gardens and allocated off-street parking within the gated grounds. Prioress Street is ideally located within easy reach of the wide range of amenities in both Elephant and Castle and Borough High Street. Transport links include Elephant and Castle Station (National Rail, Bakerloo and Northern Lines) and Borough Station (Northern Line), with the motorist well served by the A2, A3 and A201. To arrange a viewing, or for more information, please contact Foxtons London Bridge, 94 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1LL. Call 020 7386 6500 N OV E M B E R 2 0 1 3 1 2 9


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