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ello and welcome to the April issue.

Can it really be Spring when it is still so cold? Was it really officially the first day of Summer on the 31st March? Whatever the weather, here at Fish Media we have turned our attention to things other than these cold days with our Special Bathroom Supplement and a review of the recent London Fashion Week. We hope that both will warm you up. Our April front cover and main story feature the world famous London Fashion Week. This show has become an increasingly important, highly regarded and greatly anticipated event. We are sure that you will enjoy our review of the Autumn/Winter 2013 collections and be proud that once again British designers took centre stage. This month we are pleased to include our Bathroom Life Special Supplement, highlighting the very best of local bathroom specialists for you to consult for advise, tips, ideas and suggestions before you decide which bathroom and bathroom accessories are right for you. Our first class Local Life team have been out and about again visiting more towns and places of interest for you and the family to visit. This month our superb well-travelled writer Maureen Cole, focuses on Ightham and Benenden whilst John Ruler our very own, highly regarded local historian, looks back at local Sporting history and sees firsthand the challenges of looking after three of the largest local gardens and Adam Swaine our Chief photographer focusses his camera on Chartwell. Despite the cold weather we encourage you all to get out and about with some interesting events in our April What’s On section. Over the past year you have told us what your favourite subjects and interests are, so we are delighted to tell you that our excellent writers have covered them all in this issue. Regan Maloney our food editor reviews more local restaurants. The Beauty pages suggest that you ‘Brush Up with an Expert’. The Fashion pages give you more Catwalk Show-Stoppers and our Home and Garden article help you to make ‘a grand entrance’. Once again we look at some more highly recommended, professional local businesses including Stonehams Kitchens who are taking part in the Coronation festival at Buckingham Palace. Priory Print the Sevenoaks stationery and print specialists. Rowhill Grange the superb Hotel and Spa in Wilmington. Mustard the new Eaterie in Chislehurst. Annabels the luxury gift emporium in Chislehurst. Cinnamon Culture a superb new Indian restaurant in Bromley. Sundridge Interiors in Bromley. ICE Clinic beauty salon Beckenham. Murinci Brasserie in Petts Wood and Bang and Olufsen Bexleyheath. As you can see as usual there is so much for you to read and enjoy month. Until next month………………

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what’s on... APRIL 2013

Chislehurst Farmers Market. 3rd Sunday of the month. Open 10am - 2pm. Produce includes seasonal fruit and vegetables, chocolates, cider and alcoholic drinks, bread, meat, cheese, preserves and sauces and much more. Hornbrook House Car Park, High Street, Chislehurst, Kent BR7 5AB. 10am to 2pm. Free Entry. Contact: 07775 736116 www.

The Oxted Players. Calendar Girls. A group of extraordinary women, members of a very ordinary Yorkshire WI, spark a global phenomenon by persuading one another to pose for a charity calendar with a difference. Wed May 15th – Sat 18th May 2.30 & 7.45. Tickets £7.00 - £9.00 available from or 01883 724852). Barn Theatre, Bluehouse Lane, Oxted, RH8 0AA

ABF The Soldiers Charity. Thurs 25th April 2013 Dinner Party and evening of Magic. 3 course Dinner, magic and merriment with Bertie Pearce one of England’s leading magicians. Nevill Golf Club, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 5LW. Only £35 per head. Reception 7.15pm, Dinner 8.00pm finishes 10.00pm. Contact Colonel (Retd) PC Cook. 01622 832370. Email:abfthesoldierscharityinkent@

Assembly Hall Theatre Tunbridge Wells. Tickets and info 01892 530613. www.

Marle Place Gardens and Gallery. Brenchley,Tonbridge, Kent TN12 7HS. Open for 2013 season from 29th March to 29th September. 11am to 5pm every day except Thursdays, or by appointment. Adult £6.00 Concessions £5.20 Child 4 -12 £2.00 Wheelchair users free. National Gardens Scheme.Cream teas. Wed 10th April. Art Exhibitions throughout the season. www.marleplace. tel: 01892 722304 email : Sidcup Art Club Exhibition. Keeping ART alive in Sidcup, Sidcup Art Club are holding their Spring Exhibition at Sidcup Library starting on Sat March 16th. An eclectic mix of paintings in a variety of media for a month. All paintings will be for sale so why not come along and browse or buy. Free entry. The exhibition will be open during Library opening times daily (not Sunday) between 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Any enquiries to the Chairman, Christine Simmons on 0208 302 5390. Sidcup Library, Hadlow Road, Sidcup Kent DA14 4AQ. Sat 16 Mar 2013 to Fri 12 Apr 2013. 6 april 2013

Joe Brown. The premier rock ‘n’ roll legend goes from strength to strength as his contemporary achievements continue to gather momentum. Thurs 11 April 7.30pm. Tickets: £26. Rapunzel. Don’t miss all the ‘hairraising’ fun this Easter 2013 as Enchanted Entertainment present this fantastic pantomime version. Packed with great songs, amazing dance routines and plenty of laughter for all the family! Fri 12- Sat 13 April. Tickets: Adults £18, Children, Seniors and Concessions £16, Family (x4) £65. Let’s Talk Fishing with Bob Nudd. Bob Nudd was the first English angler to win four individual World Angling Championships and he represented England at international level for 24 years. Thurs 25 April 7.30pm Tickets: £16.50 Let’s Talk Bike - Between them, Hutchy and Nick have won the Isle of Man TT race on 8 occasions and been on the podium 23 times! They can rightly be regarded as true champions of real roads racing. Fri 26 April 7.30pmTickets: £16.50 The Doors Alive are widely regarded as the closest and most enthralling representation of the legendary 1960s rock gods The Doors in the world today. Saturday 27 April 7.30pm. Tickets: £18.50 The Karpenters Beautiful music, fond memories, and nostalgic moments. It’s Yesterday Once More! Sun 28 April 7.30pmTickets:£17.50

The Reference Section at Kaleidoscope Gallery. Artists were invited to submit work to the gallery work which interpreted a book of their choice. This exhibition explores how the written word is translated and represented in visual language and how narrative inspires the visual artist. A variety of exhibiting artists. The Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery is a contemporary space run by Kent County Council to show new work from established and emerging artists and art groups. Free entry. Open Daily 9am to 6pm. Contact: 08458 247200. Kaleidoscope Gallery, Buckhurst Lane, Sevenoaks Kent TN13 1LQ. Until Monday 6 May 2013 Craft and Gift Fair. Over 35 stalls with a wide range of local crafts 11am to 3pm Contact 07935 700 417. Stag Theatre. Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1ZZ. Sat 4 May 2013. The Hermitage Ensemble. A concert by a world-class Russian Orthodox male voice ensemble from St Petersburg, with Russian sacred music and folksongs. www. hermitage.seenworks. com 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 (£5 students) at the door or from Sevenoaks Bookshop (personal callers only). Phone 01732 452715. St Mary’s Church, Riverhead, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 3DU. Fri 10 May 2013. The Ramblers group walk. Distance 6.5 miles. Enjoy British wildlife on a Ramblers group walk. Circular. Fort Halstead, NDW. Time: 10:00. Contact: Sylvia 01732 461536. Most walks are intended primarily for Ramblers’ Association members. Non-members are welcome to join us as guests on two or three walks, though if you walk with a group regularly you will be expected to join the Ramblers. The Ramblers group walk starting point.. Grid Ref: TQ489577 Kent TN14 6HG Wed 24 Apr 2013 www.ramblers. php

Riverhill Himalayan Gardens - Open Garden for NGS. Beautiful hillside garden, privately owned by the Rogers family since 1840. Wonderful views across the Weald of Kent. Spectacular rhododendrons, azaleas and fine specimen trees. Bluebell and natural woodland walks. Walled Garden open for 2013 - extensive new planting, terracing and water feature. Children’s adventure playground, den-building trail, hedge maze and ‘Yeti Spotting’. Open:For NGS: Tue 23 Apr, Wed 12 June (10.305). Entry £7.25, Children £4.95, concessions £6.50. Telephone:01732 459777. For other opening times and information, please phone or see garden website. Open for charity. Riverhill Himalayan Gardens, Sevenoaks Kent TN15 0RR www. Oxted Operatic Society are presenting The Sound of Music a wonderful, romantic and tense family musical story. 7.45pm with a 2.30pm Saturday matinee. Tickets £15.00 available from www.barntheatreoxted. or 07530 528094. Barn Theatre, 25 Bluehouse Lane, Oxted Surrey RH8 0AA. Tues 16 Apr 2013 to Sat 20 Apr 2013 www. Pastime Historical Dance. Experience Ightham Mote as it comes alive with fifteenth-century costumed dance. Performances at 12:00, 14:30 and 15:30. Free event but normal admission charges apply. Please see website for details. Ightham Mote, Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks Kent TN15 0NT. Sun 21 Apr 2013 ighthammote Stroll into spring. Come and enjoy the wonderful spring wildlife on this guided walk through the garden and estate. 11.30am – 1.30pm. Normal admission applies. 01732 868381.Chartwell, Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent, TN16 1PS. Wed 10 Apr 2013, Wed 24 Apr chartwell

Inspired Interiors and renovations Create the home you’ve always wanted Intro and Open show jumping. The next step up from the ‘Taster’ shows. Aimed at the more confident Grade 4 & amp; 5 rider. The courses are set at a low height with no doubles but small fillers are introduced. These shows are held in the sand arena. Open Shows For riders of Grade 5 upwards. The shows will be held on sand and grass. Our competitions have an informal, relaxed atmosphere, making them ideal for clients new to competing as well as those who have more experience. Check the website for times and info. Riding Farm Equestrian Centre Kent TN11 9LN. Mon 1 Apr 2013, Mon 6 May horse_event Delphi British Truck Racing Championship. The heavyweights of the motorsport world return to Brands Hatch for a weekend of amazing action. The 1000bhp leviathans race wheelto-wheel around the Indy circuit in a no-holds-barred contest between the drivers! Truck racing is a fantastic spectacle and is a great day out for all the family. There will be plenty of other activities away from the tarmac, including a fun fair. Tickets from £18, with free entry for children aged 12 and under Gates open from 8am. For info or to book call 0843 453 9000.Brands Hatch circuit, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NG. Sat 20 Apr 2013 and Sun 21 Apr 2013. The Grosvenor Orchestra. Concert of classical music Conducted by Michael Hitchcock Beethoven Symphony No.8 Verdi Preludio : La Traviata Dvorak Symphony No.6 . 7.30 p.m. Free entry. With a retiring collection in aid of Hospice in the Weald. St. Philip’s Church, Birken Road, Tunbridge Wells Kent TN2 3TE. Sat 27 Apr 2013 grosvenororchestra.

Carnaby Street - The Musical. Arts and Theatre . 19:30 and 14:30. See website for prices and details. Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall, Crescent Road, Tunbridge Wells. Kent TN1 2LU. Tues 14 May 2013 to Sat 18 May 2013. ‘Sweet Chorus’ The John Etheridge Band. A concert to celebrate the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, with guitar virtuoso John Etheridge. John Etheridge spent 6 years touring the world with Stephane Grappelli, and the all-star line up in ‘Sweet Chorus’ features Christian Garrick, the great Paris-based violinist. 8pm (doors open @ 7.30pm) tickets £12 from Paul Barber 01892 750665. Frant Church, High Street Frant, Near Tunbridge Wells TN3 9DX East Sussex TN3 9DX. Fri 26 Apr 2013 Virgin London Marathon in aid of Cystic Fibrosis. Greater London. Sun 21 Apr 2013. Were you inspired watching nearly 40,000 people take part in the 2012 London Marathon and want to follow in their footsteps? Whether you are new to running or aiming for a PB in 2013, this is how you could run with Team CF: We offer all our runners loads of support and encouragement along the way including: • Team CF running top • Fundraising pack & ideas • Online interactive Training Zone • Team newsletters & e-newsletters • Kerb crews to cheer you on M-day • Post-run hospitality complete with a team of masseurs Run with Team CF and help us create a life without limits for those living with cystic fibrosis. Visit uk for details. Stroll into spring. Come and enjoy the wonderful spring wildlife on this guided walk through the garden and estate. 11.30am – 1.30pm. Normal admission applies. 01732 868381.Chartwell, Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent, TN16 1PS. Wed 10 Apr 2013, Wed 24 Apr chartwell

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Medieval Magic Words: Maureen Cole


A picturesque setting, historic buildings and romantic, moated manor house, make Ightham a very special place.

picturesque setting, historic buildings and romantic, moated manor house, make Ightham a very special place. Ightham lies roughly four miles east of Sevenoaks and six miles north of Tonbridge. The village is surrounded by the beautiful Kent countryside and is only 45 miles from the Kent coast, with Gatwick and Heathrow airports around an hour away. The village, although not mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086), appears to have been in existence well before this. The name Ightham, dates from the early Anglo-Saxon period and is derived from the Saxon word,”Entaham”. “Etah”, being a personal name and “ham” meaning settlement. At one time Ightham was famous for its cob nuts

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and there are still a number of trees in and around the village. It is believed that James Usherwood, who lived at Cob Tree Cottage was responsible for their early cultivation. There was also an inn in the village, known as Cob Tree Inn, which has now been converted back to a private house. In 1315 the village was granted a market by King Edward II, at the request of the Mayor. Known as the Coxcombe Fair it was to be held in the village for three days annually. The fair was revived in 1977, for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee and since then other fairs have been held. -In 1988, to commemorate the defeat of the Spanish Armada and in 2002 and 2012, to commemorate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and the Diamond Jubilee, respectively. The village has retained its old world charm with

LOCAL LIFE few changes taking place over the years. The halftimbered houses and quaint pubs all add to the historic appeal of the village. Ightham is probably most famous for its medieval manor, Ightham Mote. The house is an imposing 14th century moated manor house, sitting quietly in the beautiful Kent countryside. Sir Thomas Cawne was the first person to live in the Mote, from 1340 until his death in 1374. Over the next 300 years the house had various owners and when Sir Richard Clement purchased the house in 1521, it cost him a mere £400. If we could buy such a beautiful home for that today, I guess there would be little need for mortgages! Sir Richard had some minor associations with Henry VIII and filled his home with symbolic tributes to the king. Examples of these can be seen in the stained glass windows in the Great Hall and the painted roof boards in the new Chapel ceiling, both depicting the union of Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon. The Selby family held the Mote for the longest period, from 1591-1889. As a young man Selby had been on a cycle ride when he had come across the house and immediately been attracted to it. Today the house continues to woo visitors with its impressive façade. Over the years few changes were made to the Mote and this has contributed greatly to its attractiveness and sense of history. The last owner was Henry Robinson of Portland Maine USA. Robinson was overwhelmed by its beauty and when he died in 1985 he bequeathed the property to the National Trust, who then began a huge project of repair and conservation, which was completed in 2004.

The Mote has over seventy rooms which are arranged around a central courtyard. The house is surrounded by a mote, crossed by three bridges. Many rooms within the house are open to view, some of which were first opened after the renovation works in 2004. These include rooms in the South West Quarter and Charles Henry Robinsons private rooms. There are a number of activities held during the year, including children’s activities, countryside walks, restaurant events and Ightham’s theatrical, “Murder at the Mote”. Events range from family crafts to performances in the Grand Hall. Introductory talks offer the chance for visitors to learn about the history of Ightham Mote. They are organised throughout the day and last about 15 minutes. Guided walks are also offered, which lasts about 45 minutes and take visitors around the gardens and to the South Lake. The beautiful views from the top of the tower can be enjoyed during a tour. The gardens cover 14 acres and there are three way-marked walks, which take about 30 minutes to an hour to complete and which provide spectacular views of the countryside, wildlife and plants. Other great walks, which include Ightham Mote and local places of interest, can be found at - www. The church of St Peter’s sits on a steep hill overlooking the historic village. First mentioned in the 12th century, it is likely that a church existed here as early as the Saxon period and was largely rebuilt in the 14th and 15th centuries. Some Norman features have survived and include the chancel walls and

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two blocked windows in the east end. The church is well worth a visit to see its collection of historic memorials, the oldest of which is the memorial to St Thomas Cawne, who died in 1374 and was the original builder of Ightham Mote. Above his tomb is a fine square headed window, which is the oldest window in the church and was funded by a bequest in St Thomas’s will. A grand Jacobean monument stands nearby, dedicated to two Selbys, both named William, who were uncle and nephew. The family came to Ightham in 1590 from Scotland and an inscription on the monument claims that the younger Sir William was responsible for executing or exiling over 1500,”wicked and disparate thieves”. A monument to Dame Dorothy Selby, a lady-inwaiting to Queen Elizabeth I, who died in 1641 and was wife to the younger William, can also be seen alongside the east window. A keen needlewoman, Dorothy was believed to have been infected by a needle prick on her finger and to have died as a result. Her various interests - music, books, needlework and flowers, are all depicted on her memorial together with poor children of the parish. The village was bombed in World War II and although the church was not hit it lost much of its glass. The east window was replaced in 1949 and a plaque states that it was erected in memory of the parishioners who lost their lives in both World Wars. Ightham has several fine eating places and pubs, including the Harrow Inn, The Old House and the George and Dragon. The latter, a beautiful 15th century coach house, is set in the village centre and has a striking black and white Tudor façade. It is surrounded by historic half- timbered houses and is believed to be where Guy Fawkes hatched his infamous Gunpowder Plot and where Queen Elizabeth stayed. Ightham is a village well worth a visit. Its historic buildings and spectacular manor house, set in the beautiful Kent countryside, make it a place to remember and treasure.

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Chartwell through the Seasons

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Breathtakingly Beautiful Words: Maureen Cole

Pictures: Adam Swaine

This pretty village with its historic buildings and links to Royalty cannot be forgotten. It was some years ago that I first travelled to Benenden to visit a patient in Benenden Hospital, which was then a hospital for those suffering from tuberculosis. Although the hospital has changed over the years and now treats a variety of conditions, the pretty village of Benenden remains much the same. Situated in the Weald about six miles to the west of Tenterden, the village has a long, broad village green (once known as the “playstool�), where the landed gentry would meet to play bowls. Cricket has been played on the village green for hundreds of years and it has been home to some notable cricket matches. Edward Gower Wenman , a respected cricket player( 1803-1879), played on the green. Edward, also known as Ned Gower, came from a famous cricketing family and played for Kent between 1825 and 1854. He was born in Benenden and was considered by many to be one of the best all round cricketers of his day. The village sign, on the

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green, echoes the importance of cricket in village life. It depicts a man in a top hat, playing cricket on the green. The name Benenden has many recorded spellings including - Bynningden, Benindene, Bennendene and in 1253 Bynindenne. The name is derived from the personal name Bionna and from the word den, which indicates that Benenden was one of the clearings in the forest, where Saxon farmers drove their domestic pigs, to feed on the fallen acorns, chestnuts and beechnuts that littered the forest floor. It is believed that the tracks formed by the farmers and their animals eventually developed into the roads we have today. From the 7th century, many of these dens had settlements develop around them and these grew into the villages in the Weald, which carry the suffix den. The manor of Benenden was given by William the Conqueror to his half-brother, Odo Bishop of

LOCAL LIFE Baieux, in1067 and the Domesday Book records that the village was owned by Osier and later by de Benendens. The village prospered in the 14th century when it was an important centre of the Wealden iron and cloth industries. By the late 18th century however, both industries had moved to the industrial north, and Benenden’s prosperity came to an end. Many historic, half-timbered houses from the 17th century line the village green including Clevelands and the Edmond Gibbon School (1609). Other noteworthy buildings in the village include Dingleden , an old farmhouse (dated circa 1350) , which contains a wealth of timber and is Grade 2 listed and The Pump house, which was built in 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and is Grade 2 listed. At the top of the green is the parish church of St George. The church stands on a hill and from its tower it provides a good view of the surrounding countryside. A church was mentioned here, in the Domesday Book, in 1086 and Benenden was recorded to be only one of four places in the Weald to have its own parish church. In 1672, in the early hours of the morning, the church caught light during a great storm and the steeple and timber works of the church were destroyed. So great was the

heat that the five large bells melted. An appeal was launched and the church was rebuilt in 1677-1678. However, the present tower was not finished to its present height until 1718, after the sale of the scrap metal from the old bells. The interior of the church was redesigned in 1857 and has remained little altered since. In the 18th and 19th centuries the village was important for hop growing and hop pickers would descend on the village each year. However, agriculture declined over the years and many of the barns and oast houses were converted into properties. Today equestrian activities form an important part of village life. The village also has several noteworthy pubs, including the Bull Inn (circa 1601) and the King William IV. The latter dates back to the 16th century and its cosy interior, with its wooden beams and inglenook fireplaces, provide the visitor with a glimpse into the past. There is also a pretty beer garden with a play area for children. The pub was originally a chapel and a resting place for pilgrims on their way to Canterbury. It is also reputed to have been a haunt of the infamous smugglers, the Hawkhurst Gang. The Bull has a good selection of real ales, local ciders and fine wines. The pub is popular with locals,

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with its main bar centred on an inglenook fireplace with integral seats and roaring fires in the colder months. It also provides a traditional pub menu with home cooked foods. On the outskirts of Benenden lies Benenden girls school. The school was begun in 1924, using the buildings of Hemsted House - a historic house built by the first Lord Cranbrook in 1857, on the foundations of a much, older building. The school was founded by three teachers from Wycombe Abbey School, who set high educational standards and wanted the school to be a, “happy school with personal integrity and service to others always in mind, where everybody would be given the chance to follow her own bent�. Situated in a beautiful setting, the school has had some famous pupils, including Princess Anne, who attended the school from 1964. Many small villages in Kent suffered great losses during World War 1. Benenden was one such village and in honour of the brave young men, who sacrificed their lives, the village erected a War Memorial, which stands outside the church. The striking monument was designed by sculptor Albert Toft and depicts a robed woman, seated and holding a laurel wreath .The memorial was unveiled on February 27th 1921 by Esmond Harmsworth, the Member of Parliament and records those who lost their lives in both World Wars. The village has a large general store, a hairdresser,

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a butchers and a post office. More comprehensive shopping is available in Tenterden and Cranbrook and the closest railway stations are Headcorn (7.14 miles) and Etchingham (7.19 miles). Benenden is a quiet, Wealden village that offers the best of country living. The hospital and private school may have added to the village’s importance but it is the history and beauty of Benenden that captivates the visitor.


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et within the voluminous grounds of Rowhill Grange Hotel, The Pavilion is Kent’s newest and most inspirational conference centre. By combining intelligent ‘think space’ with stylish design and modern technology, The Pavilion creates a flexible environment where networking, learning or simply absorbing can take place. Spread across two floors, each of the three business areas are designed using subtle spring greens and hues of pebble grey. There is an abundance of natural light, a large foyer and a private terrace overlooking the hotel’s charming gardens. This one-of-a-kind venue, which launched in January 2013, can welcome up to 60 VIP delegates and offers state of the art facilities, complimentary wifi and comfortable seating. Located near Dartford, The Pavilion at Rowhill Grange Hotel enjoys the serenity of 15 acres of private grounds, yet is ideally just 10 minutes from the M25, 20 minutes from Ebbsfleet International Station (Eurostar) and 30 minutes by train from London. Visitors arriving by car have the ease of knowing there is ample free parking. In addition to this impressive new conference venue, organisers will receive support from the Rowhill Grange Conference Team who have mastered the art of helping businesses create great events. To find out more about the new Pavilion at Rowhill Grange Hotel visit or to arrange a site visit call 01322 612778. Rowhill Grange Hotel & Utopia Spa, Wilmington, Kent, DA2 7QH

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Hever Castle

As spring goes on ice, John Ruler speaks to three gardeners used to seasonal surprises

It’s what makes our job so challenging !


Pictures: Adam Swaine

t may have seemed a bloomin’ long wait but the arrival of spring, agree three head gardeners, was as usual unpredictable – if perhaps ‘somewhat prolonged.’ Their good news is that the combined effect of snow, ice and cold winds actually produced a fantastic show of snowdrops and the promise, fingers-crossed, of a dazzling display of bluebells later this month and into May. Each stress that though their job can sometimes be challenging it would all come right in the end.

Darwin’s ‘outdoor lab’ defies the weather


t Down House, Downe, home to explorer Charles Darwin, best known for his work On the Origin of Species, Rowan Blaik was busy getting on with other jobs while waiting for the daffs and others to play catch-up. ‘ You’re never short of jobs to do,’ he said,

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Though set high on the edge of the North Downs and subject to strong prevailing winds, the location was chosen by Darwin as the ideal ‘ outdoor laboratory’ in which to pursue his theories. All of which is still put to good use by Rowan in what, while basically a research garden with ongoing experiments, remains faithful to Darwin’s desire to involve his children as much as possible. ‘ The whole idea is not to keep the place as a museum, but as a domestic family home, ’ he explained. ‘ Plants are not labelled, for example, though you can identify them with the handset we provide for visitors.’ There’s no denying that Darwin was spot on with the potential of what is now a 32-acre site of international significance: the surrounding scenery is stunning, with Rowan confidently predicting a mass of colour as the meadows come into bloom through from May to September. Orchids are constantly in

Down House

LOCAL LIFE There was too much of interest to attend to on a monthly basis. It’s a theory Rowan heartedly endorses …

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Exotica thrives amid the snow

photo: English Heritage/Rowan Blaik

Rowan Blaik


ver at Emmetts Garden, Ide Hill, Simon Walker was busy organising his band of National Trust volunteers for a session of pruning as the sun made a rare March appearance over this 100 acres of woodland trees and shrubs, of which a mere four acres are formal gardens. Its transformation from a cattle farm to the current scene-stealing site was down to banker Frederic Lubbock’s passion for plants and his love for his Edwardian estate which he bought in 1890. This, and the influence of his great friend William Robinson whose ‘wild garden’ approach ran parallel to the simplicity of the Arts and Crafts Movement, saw the blending of the formal flower beds with the rambling beauty of the surrounding Greensand Ridge. His decision to buy the estate may also have been sparked by his elder brother John, a great friend of none other than Charles Darwin who lived close to his High Elms estate in Farnborough. He was also a world expert on ants. And the name emmett is a dialect word for ant, with giant anthills once covering the area. The estate’s magnificent rhododendrons, their buds at bursting point – ‘ they don’t care about the weather, they’ll flower when they want’ said Simon – are a lively indication of the many exotic and rare trees and shrubs collected from across the globe. ‘ They were the bling of their time,” observed Simon.


Simon Walker

flower in greenhouses stocked with the same plant specimens that Darwin cultivated. Buoyed up by research showing that spring has actually been warming up over 60 years and kicking in earlier, I forgave this year’s vagaries – especially as the frost loving snowdrops at Down House have flourished like mad. The daffodils, too, held back and bursting with moisture filled foliage – unlike like last spring with a hose ban threatened – seemed anxious to provide a fine show of seasonal colour. Darwin never worried about winter snow and frosts which were far more ferocious in his days. APRIL 2013 23

LOCAL LIFE It still does. From Tudor times when a lusty Henry VIII courted Anne Boleyn at what was then her childhood home, the grounds of Hever, originally a 13th century defensive castle, grew from being virtually marshes and bogland, to Astor’s dream gardens, laid out between 1904 and 1908 by Joseph Cheal and Son. ‘Something’s always happening in the gardens for at least 11 months of the year,’ added Neil ‘with literally thousands upon thousands of snowdrops appearing in the snowdrop trail laid out in late February.’ Though winter dragged on ‘Mother Nature pops her head out only when she wants to. This is what makes our business so interesting. If you average it all out it‘s not all that bad, and it does give you something to talk about.’

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Hever ‘They are suited to a high altitude and if you’d just spent out on a costly four month expedition to China to collect them it was understandable you wanted to make a statement at the same time.’

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It roses all the way as castle awaits the sun


hen it comes to choosing between his former life as a City broker and that of head gardener Neil Miller simply glances through the window and asks: ‘What better place to work could you ask for than here?’ Here being Hever Castle where a few weeks back he proudly showed off the castle’s hybrid tea roses, his particular passion, during a visit by TV’s Gardeners’ World. And that’s for starters. One of the most magnificent areas is the Italian Garden, designed to display the sculpture collected by the American tycoon William Waldorf Astor who used his fortune to restore and extend the castle which he bought in 1903. To that you can add not simply the walled rose garden with 4,000-plus bushes, but the Tudor Garden, Rhododendron Walk and Anne Boleyn’s Walk with its collection of trees planted over 100 year ago. All of which Neil and his team of ten take in their stride. ‘I don’t treat the gardens any differently than I do my own,‘ he said. ‘Once you get to know your priorities, it’s no different whatever the size.’ A jovial man with a bagful of stories, Neil fits in neatly with the castle’s image as an award winning attraction with something for everyone. This falls nicely in line with Astor’s original objective of creating an Edwardian pleasure ground ‘built to impress’ said Neil ‘ and probably shock to tell the truth, though in the nicest possible way. To make statement if you like to his family and friends.’ 24 FEBRUARY 2013

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Annual ploughing competitions still take place at Shoreham (Photo: John Ruler)


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It All Began With a Bit of Archery…


oodness knows what the Victorians, let alone the even more sporty Edwardians, would have made of it all. First, our post-Olympics resolutions to exercise more have seemingly flagged during the grisly days of winter. Even worse, we Brits are now well down the league in healthy living as well as being the most obese in Europe. All a far cry from the 1920s when Bromley’s foremost historian E.R. S. Horsburgh wrote enthusiastically about the diversity of sporting activities, not just in the late 1800s and early 1900s but well before that. This issue concentrates mainly on those, which have, or had, been around quite some time…


During Henry The Eighth’s time every able-bodied man was legally obliged to practise archery on Sundays and holidays. In fact the name ‘Shooting Common’ is still referred to by some today as land extending southwards to Hayes Lane and Homesdale Road. Part of it was once labelled Long Shots and Short Shots, though this could just as easily apply to the original landowners, the family Shot, or Shotte. In 1863, with archery in danger of dying out at least as far as a weapon of war, the West Kent Archery Club was formed with its grounds in Widmore. This attracted some of the finest bowmen in Britain, including C.E. Nesham a regular winner of the Grand National Championship. 26 APRIL 2013

Old cottages opposite the former archery ground, Widmore (from a painting by Yeend King, RA)

Old prints courtesy of Bromley Library


Meeting of the local hunt in Royal Parade, Chislehurst.


Equally as ancient was fox-hunting, particularly popular with the Bromley based Bishops of Rochester of which one, Walter de Merton, was styled as ‘ the mightiest hunter before the Lord’ in the war against ‘ wild and dangerous animals’, including prowling wolves. The first recorded pack of foxhounds operating locally was the ‘Old Surrey’ which rode over a vast area, with a meet perhaps at Peckham Rye being followed by one at The Fox Inn, Keston. Among a small band of Bromley members was William Mortimer, a Master or Joint Master around 1850, who was conspicuous for riding through the streets of Bromley in full uniform from The Valley, his house in Glass Mill Lane. This was nothing compared to the antics of Rev Henry Smith, who became Vicar of Bromley in 1785. Married to the daughter of the owner of the famous Bell Inn, his reputation as a mad keen horse rider was enhanced by being able, along with the Parish Clerk, to knock back more booze than ‘ any other two men in the parish.’ He also started a pack of hounds with a group of local farmers, including Tom Stone of Milk Street farm, now a modern housing estate. They proved his downfall. He was spotted leaping on horseback on to the main road by the Bishop of Rochester with the pack of hounds being urged on in full cry. Such ‘ unclerical exploits’ were henceforth forbidden, especially by a man who also carried the title DD (Doctor of Divinity).

course was a severe one, with casualties not uncommon. The main objections in 1865 came, however, from ‘the sober and orderly opinion of the town itself against the disorderly and disreputable crowds which the races attracted.’ With each succeeding year bringing more scandals, and a fire in 1874 killing a night watchman, the course fell into disrepute and closed down shortly after. In 1892 it became the course for Bromley and Bickley Golf Club (of which more in a later issue) Fishing, sadly, was never that great in Bromley, with Horsburgh lamenting in the 1920s: ‘It is a melancholy reflection that within living memory trout were caught in the Ravensbourne, the last recorded within the parish – of a two-pounder – below the fall in Glass Mill by Joseph Wells, famous in the cricket field (of which more in a later issue), famous as the father of H.G. Wells (author of The War Of The Worlds and other novels) and now famous as the captor of the last Ravensbourne trout.’ This, he revealed, was being blamed on ammonia overflowing from an underground storage tank at Bromley gasworks. A legal attempt to safeguard the fishing ended in judgment for the gasworks. Similarly game, once plentiful around Bromley Common had practically vanished ‘except the woodcock which return to their old haunts as long as they find enough, regardless of the proximity of villas, gas–lamps and motor omnibuses.’ It all sounds horribly familiar today ……


There was even horseracing, with an official three-mile long steeplechase course sited on Bromley Common between 1864 to 1875. This was built thanks to William Pawley of the famous White Hart Hotel and a Croydon company; two-day meetings were held in February, April, October and December. But the

Horse racing was staged on Bromley Common, once a truly rural area as this painting aptly shows.

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Beating the Bounds

It may not qualify as an activity, but the ancient practice of Beating the Bounds, dating back to Roman times, kept everyone on their toes – and some ‘bumping’ with plete com cases still does ds, boun the Beating was a big affair in 1890. today. The first reference to this simple way of checking borough boundaries was in 1772, though it was probably more a revival of an old way of spotting blocked rights of way – a problem which still exists today. In 1890 the walk was joined at Shortlands by a Mr J.B. Walter, aged 85, one of a gang of local lads who, armed with white sticks – used, along with ladders, axes and hammers, to remove obstructions – had been ‘ an indispensable adjunct’ since 1817. It was also remembered for the traditional ‘bumping’ rites being a bit too indiscriminate, with a passing ‘parson’ and a ‘cook’ being reluctantly dragged into the drama. For the record, selected individuals were poised between their captors and swung against the parish posts or selected trees or stones.


At least one rural activity still gets a showing – ploughing with competitions still being held, the nearest being at Shoreham in September. They certainly figured strongly in rural Bromley during the 19th century, providing a much-needed day out for competitors and spectators alike. They still do nationwide, with heavy horse owner and TV celeb Martin Clunes among the devotees. Basically held to improve the skills among teams of farm workers, they offered prize money varying from 10s 6d (52½ p) to three guineas (a guinea being £1 one shilling/ 10p) depending on who ploughed the straightest furrows. ‘Prizes for servitude’ also went to long serving employees of major estates; those who had brought up the largest families without any parish relief were also frequently rewarded. Among farms taking part in the annual contest run by West Kent Agricultural Association, centred on Bromley, were some familiar names – Hayesford, Holwood Park, Hook Farm, Kent House, Sundridge Park, West Wickham and Widmore being among them. A ‘notable incident’ in 1870 was the first appearance of a steam plough owned by Edward Wilson, owner of the Melbourne Argus, who had recently taken over Hayes Place. The combined clatter and smoke so frightened the horses that it had to stop until they had finished ploughing. In 1877 the ploughing association also finished after 57 years due to lack of funds.

Pedal power proved no laughing matter! Eat your heart out Bradley Wiggins … a cycling champ from Bromley once fought his way through wind and rain to complete the six-mile uphill course from the Tiger’s Head in Masons Hill to Downe Church in 28 minutes. So what, you might say, but this was September, 1877, eight years after a writer on the Bromley Record in a pop at the new fangled velocipede had dismissed ‘ the pleasure of riding it …as about on par with that of an Irishman in a sedan chair with his bottom out.’ He was later to eat his words. Yes, the velocipede – or boneshaker as it was commonly called – was in 1869 regarded as a bit of joke, with a meeting set up to form a Velocipede Club described as being attended by ‘ all young gentlemen with any pretension to smartness. ’Some dandy horses (another name for a velocipede) were in attendance but prove as unmanageable as unbroken colts, throwing off their riders as soon as they got on, thus creating an amount of fun worth going a mile or two to see.’ But the same issue also carried an ad from the French Velocipede Company, announcing that Walter M. Walmisley, of Wilton House, Palace Grove, Bromley had been appointed their agent and that their machine could be bought for £10, or by instalments. Two years on a Phantom Velocipede Club was established, and while no more mention of them were made in the local press for six years, cycles were rapidly improving in design and construction. In May 1877,a local manufacturer, Mr W. Bourdon opened in town followed, no doubt through his initiative, by the formation of Bromley Cycling Club, of which he became secretary. The club soon grew to 21 members, four of which took part in the gruelling race to Downe Church. Two of them were blown of their bikes, leaving W. Bourdon, no less, as the winner in 28 minutes, without even having to dismount. In 1881 he joined the club captain, H.Line, in an 805-miles ride from Bromley to John o’Groats. During the years that followed club members made their mark in the fast growing sport of road racing. In 1892 it was announced that Bromley Cyclist Club ranked as the third oldest in England and held no fewer than 37 records. But times were changing. Motorcycling was becoming the rage and despite efforts to form the Bromley Cycle and Motor Club, the old cycling club became defunct in 1912. Among the up and coming local motorcyclists was a certain Malcolm Campbell who in 1928 broke the world’s motor speed record of 206mph on Daytona Beach, Florida. Thereby hangs another tale… Sports day run by the newly formed Bromley Cycle Club in Widmore Road, 1897.


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Paul Blake, Dealer Principal of Bang & Olufsen of Bexleyheath (second right) collects the award for ‘Retailer of the Year’ with his colleague Alan Thomas, Sales Executive, (second left) from Ian F Payne, Bexleyheath Business Improvement District Manager (right), and Ross Paton, General Manager of Bexleyheath Marriott Hotel. and Apple device-compatible B&O PLAY products, which span 3D Smart televisions to loudspeakers to speaker docks to space-saving digital audio systems. Full after sales facilities are available and many products can be demonstrated in-store or even at customers’ homes. Bang & Olufsen of Bexleyheath can also supply NEOD televisions that when not in use have the appearance of mirrors! A key specialism of Bang & Olufsen of Bexleyheath is home automation. It offers a tailored solution for anyone who is looking to revolutionise their home’s entertainment, security, heating and lighting systems, merging Bang & Olufsen products with other premium third-party products to create customers’ perfect ‘intelligent’ homes. As Paul Blake, Dealer Principal of Bang & Olufsen of Bexleyheath explains, he and his team are looking forward to demonstrating their awardwinning service and products to as many people as possible.

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A world of celebrities and famous people, beautiful and expensive clothes and general fashion glitz. The vibrant and internationally renowned London Fashion Week is always exciting and inspirational, and last month’s event proved to be just that.


ondon Fashion Week presented another unrivalled opportunity for both established designers and newcomers to present their latest collections. A constantly buzzing key event for those who haven’t got the patience to wait until the latest fashion designs and stylish fashion trends make it into the fashion magazines. 62 catwalk shows and 20 presentations took place across the 5 days. The magic of London Fashion Week is not merely thanks to the fashion designers’ and fashion stylists’ cutting-edge collections but the media excitement that accompanies them. The allure of the show is exceptional and London Fashion Week continues to be the top fashion event pulling visitors from every corner of the globe, with international press attending from 42 countries. It’s a week where designers are free to create at will and experiment with new trends for clothing. The world watches as fashion history is made. While we are all thinking about our Spring and Summer wardrobes, designers were showcasing this year’s Autumn/Winter collections during last month’s London Fashion Week. PRINGLE OF SCOTLAND The Pringle of Scotland Autumn/Winter 2013 collection offers a clean and structured silhouette, softened through the use of luxurious knits and a colour palette that builds from white, chalk, praline and caramel tones through to vivid cornflower and sea blue, with a 1960’s influence. The brand’s iconic argyle is presented in varying forms, from a more literal interpretation on a knitted dress with devore effect diamonds, to the subtle formation of pixelated prints, to the use of sharp angles that mimic the points of a diamond seen on the v neckline of a tuxedo jacket and in the rib hem detail of a cashmere knit. The twinset concept is developed through the matching of elements throughout looks; from the yarn on a knitted sweater that is mirrored in the knitted pocket panels of the trouser, to skirt and trouser suits that pair double weave fabrics, to the trimming of a knitted dress and cardigan with matching tubular knit piping. Pringle has been a favourite of the stars of stage and screen since the 1940s. in the 1950s, the original sweater girls: Jean Simmons, Margaret Lockwood, Deborah Kerr, Grace Kelly, Brigitte Bardot, and many more all wore Pringle. Pringle now

sells from London, Milan and New York showrooms, with their London flagship store in Sloane Street, Chelsea. BURBERRY PRORSUM Burberry showed its Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Autumn/Winter 2013 collection, inspired by Burberry classics, sixtiesbeauty Christine Keeler, and featuring an iconic Burberry colour palette. The show culminated in a surprise music performance that celebrated Burberry’s support of emerging British music talent. The runway opened up to reveal a stage with Tom Odell, 2013 Critics’ Choice BRIT award winner and Burberry Acoustic musician, accompanied by a choir of concert backing singers. The performance of the forthcoming single ‘Hold Me’ served as the backdrop for the show finale, concluding a British soundtrack by Paloma Faith and Burberry Acoustic musician Misty Miller. The show marked Burberry’s debut of Runway Made to Order, a service that offers custom-made outerwear and bags from the collection featuring personalised engraved nameplates. Over 1500 guests attended the show at the custom-built Burberry show venue in London’s Hyde Park, including Les Miserables director Tom Hooper, actors Kate Beckinsale, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Freida Pinto, Vicki Zhao, Melanie Laurent, Michelle Dockery, Gabriella Wilde, Alinne Moraes, Alice Braga, Olivia Palermo, Douglas Booth, Harry Treadaway, Joe Dempsie and Callum Turner. Musicians Rita Ora, Tinie Tempah, Jake Bugg, Dan Gillespie-Sells, George Craig, Harley Viera-Newton, Nil Karaibrahimgil and Misty Miller and 2012 Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton also attended. As part of the show, Burberry also introduced Burberry Nail Polish to its beauty collection, launching in stores in Autumn 2013. JASPER CONRAN Jasper Conran lit up London Fashion Week, with models sporting bold creations in navy, blue, brown, black grape, ultra violet and moss green. The show illustrated gorgeous cashmere knit and crepe de chine, double jersey suit shirts and pleated skirts. Violet Pink, Persimmon Ginger, Tan and Caramel Wood Crepe, Leather and Cavalry twill tailored t’s and Short, jersey

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FA S H I O N dresses with a silk binding with a patent shoe. Geranium, Bubblegum gold, Brown and Black Organza, Chiffon and Zibeline – The dress a soft trapeze, pailettes and beaded spirals. A colour hit. PAUL SMITH Packed with rich texture and vibrant colour combinations, Paul Smith’s autumn/winter 2013 women’s collection offers a contemporary twist on sartorial classics. The collection mixes hard and soft textures contrasting soft alpaca tweeds and lambskin with silk twill and layered organza. Dark, wintry shades collide with optimistic brights and a softened silhouette with harsh lines; relaxed shoulders contrast with tailored trousers and sharply cut collars and sleeves in outerwear. Geometric prints are subtly incorporated into fabrics, bonded onto felted wool and crisp cotton, and inject a signature Paul Smith twist into linings and soft accessories. Vivid accessories mix and match with bold separates, either complementing rich hues or clashing with right tailoring. The oversized portfolio clutch is a key accessory, available in an array of colours, asis the ‘Ziggy’ bag. The ‘Base’ holdall is reinvented this season in ‘Point’ fabric, designed by Paul in collaboration with textile designers Maharam. Key shoe styles include ‘Pepper’ court shoes with an elegant pointed toe, ‘Eta’ low-cut booties with ankle straps, ‘Waters’ elongated loafers and ‘Miles’ loafer ankle boots. MATTHEW WILLIAMSON This season, Matthew Williamson imagines a TOM FORD spirited English rose seeking adventures new. It’s an idea that best translates into a unique jacquard that sets a red rose against a rich tapestry, conceived entirely in-house and which often appears further enhanced with hand embroideries, creating an almost 3D effect. Opulent colour and print is informed by the Northern Lights. This spectacular light show is depicted as digitally printed snowscapes with acid green-lit skies, and also, as long shards of neon and iridescent sequins which land on full-length column sheaths. This concept of surprise illumination continues into sequined floor-skimming evening gowns, in degrade pewter, gunmetal and sulphur yellow. Silhouettes are refreshed and now fall away from the body in favour of trapeze and tunic designs with longer hemlines. Below-the-knee skirts are knife pleated and erupt into fluted shapes inspired by the traditional dress of Nordic natives, whose eclectic costumes also inform strings of mini pompoms and jewels adorning necklines of sweaters, blanket-style dresses and coats in hyper-coloured stripe and chevron. Waffle sweaters are knitted with rabbit fur, and elsewhere, wildly colourful fox and raccoon stoles add new verve to clean line tailoring and evening wear. Autumn/Winter 2013 also sees the debut of Matthew Williamson leather handbags, a capsule collection of roomy handheld totes, and smaller duffle styles in leather and jacquard boasting longer across-body chains. HOUSE OF HOLLAND ‘Nana Rave’ House of Holland harks back to the autumn of 1989, the end of the second summer of love and the acid house scene. A field full of “like minded people” a pocket full of “treats” and they’re all up at 9 to collect their state pension. 70s graphic interior prints, jewel coloured palettes of tonal ruby, emerald and sapphire, pops of neon appear in shearling trims and floor length zips. Crystal embellishments of club night indulgence all collide in this 70s – meets – 90s nostalgic homage. Silk fil coupé, printed and embellished wool crepes, printed stretch and patent leather, and maribou embellished grey marl all come together to create a rich layering of textures. VIVIENNE WESTWOOD RED LABEL This season the collection took inspiration from mythical nature. The collection began looking at feminine prints of delicate flora and wild fauna,

looking at patterns in nature, that then lead to studying gods of nature and Greek mythology, split into 3 main areas of inspiration: ‘Pan’- in Greek Mythology is the God of Wild, shepherds and flocks, nature, hunting and rustic music, and companion to the nymphs. ‘Pan’ is the more masculine part of the collection- with oversized, boxy, loose coats and minimal clean lines in jersey and knitwear. ‘Artemis’- is the great Olympian goddess of hunting, wilderness and wild animals and is also a goddess of the nymphs. Artemis is one of the patron gods of the mythical, warlike, bow-wielding Amazons. ‘Artemis’ is the pared down feminine part of the collection that offers rounded shoulders, fitted high waists, hiplines curving outwards creating a slight 40’s silhouette, soft curved lines in tailoring with contrasting voluminous and narrow silhouettes. ‘Selene’- is the moon goddess and Pan’s greatest conquest. He wooed her by wrapping himself in a sheepskin to hide his goat form and drew her down from the sky into the forest where he seduced her. ‘Selene’ is the most sensual part of the collection, offering cape details in coats, fluid draping in tops and dresses, short jackets and bolero styles in leather and sequins, and feminine voluminous knitwear. Vivienne Westwood’s press release presented at the show is in support of the Climate Revolution: The Revolution is already begun. The fact of man-made climate change is accepted by most people. Through every walk of life people are changing their values and their behaviour. The fight is no longer between the classes or between rich and poor but between the idiots and the eco-conscious. Climate Revolution is the only means towards a sound economy. When the general public massively switches on to this fact we will win. If we want a sound economy we have to have a sound environment. What’s good for the planet is good for the economy / What’s bad for the planet is bad for the economy. How to join the revolution sign up today at ISSA LONDON Rolling sandy hills, sprawling valleys, endless blue skies. The rugged home of native Navajo Indians acted as a rich source of inspiration to Issa this season. From the bold geometric designs of woven blankets to wide brushstrokes mimicking the flow of the Colorado River, Issa delivers prints as diverse as the landscape from which they originate, experimenting with fabrics and textures rich in tradition, yet re-worked to deliver a thoroughly modern finish. Woven, monochrome feather jacquards feel warm and comfortable but fashioned into pleat front trousers, circle skirt dresses and fitted jackets they’re the epitome of understated chic. Our Fit & Flare jacquard dresses have been updated with a variety of contemporary prints from skeleton, monochrome designs to striking geometric, bright angles. Silk, in all its timeless indulgence, is part of Issa’s culture and has been expertly tapered into slim-fit, printed shirts and neatly fitted or flowing, wide leg trousers to effortlessly take you from day to evening. Alternatively, the Issa woman can waft through the heat of the day in breezy silk chiffon kaftans printed with majestic eagle feathers; embroidered with plumes and beaded fringe echoing the headdresses of warrior tribes as they fan out sumptuously across the neckline. As the light fades and evening sets in she slips into one of this season’s show-stopping, embroidered evening dresses. Ultra-glamorous shapes cut from heavy crepe de chine are adorned with cut mirror and crystals to ensure she glimmers alongside the camp fire. Gliding through the crowd in a long, languid dress cut to reveal an open back, seductively long sleeves or teasingly closed neck. These are dresses to guarantee you’ll have all eyes on you. APRIL 2013 39

FA S H I O N JOHN ROCHA Continuing his exploration and love of colour from his Spring Summer collection, John Rocha finds inspiration in the winter bright landscapes of Wicklow and the palettes in the work of Gary Hume. As always with John’s work there is a duality – a balance between the tender and the strong. The palette, while grounded in all the textured tints of black, is bold and beautiful with meadow greens, olive and lime, candy and sugar pinks, coral, red and flame. The silhouette is crafted in rugged felts, autumn sparkled tweed, mohair, double jerseys, latex glazed lace and John’s signature silk georgettes and chiffons. Over-sized great coats envelope the body, falling from the shoulder or tucked to the waist with slender belts. Cape coats and cropped reefers feature embedded collars. Figured dresses with cropped kimono sleeves bell or skim the form. While long sleeved shifts and trouser suits create a slim, more austere silhouette. Throughout the collection surfaces are densely worked in tone on tone stitch work, looped felts, and cartwheels in hand crochet mohair, and flurries of wonderful blossoms lend an almost couture sensibility. The collection is dressed with colour bright patent shoes and over size felt clutch bags. Headdresses draped in tulle, wrap the hair adding a little beautiful whimsy. MARIA GACHVOGEL Reflection Maria Grachvogel Autumn/Winter 2013 presents extreme simplicity and modernity in cut and texture. The collection is inspired by the quiet calm of winter woodland landscapes laid bare. Through artwork prints and intricately textured fabrics, Maria Grachvogel explores the beauty of winter decay and the introspection provoked by witnessing the changing seasons. The collection expresses this reflection through the purity of carefully composed prints and tailoring, embodying nature’s cycle of birth and rebirth through the seasons. Stark bare branches printed on a fragile silk chiffon slip dress, decaying leaves cascade down tailored wool pieces or monochromatic looks with Japanese-inspired architectural folds cling to the female form with silent strength. Pared down white-onblack graphic botanical prints and their negatives evoke a photographic quality. These give way to the soft beauty of fragile change through dark hues of ashen, lichen, bone, oxblood and deep winter rivers of teal blue edged with ice and bare-branch black. The ethereal sparseness of the season is illustrated with discreet flashes of print that are revealed upon movement and the play of light and dark that give symmetry to the body through the cut of textured fabric. As a counterpoint to the mood of decomposition, the collection is infused with elements of newness, marking an evolution for Maria Grachvogel. Texture is explored through the use of innovative, technically sophisticated fabrics, adding a dimension of unique discovery and illusion. Woven jacquard, reminiscent of vintage embroidered lace, is cut into inherently modern pieces. Degradé wool weaves together black and bone and is cut to create a textured illusion that sculpts the body. Printed velvet adds richness to the Maria Grachvogel signature jumpsuit. Maria Grachvogel introduces an expanded knitwear offering and new capsule jersey collection that offer new options to form luxe, go-anywhere looks. Drapey, simple knits pair with structured, tailored pieces whilst Maria’s signature artwork print tops are shown for the first time with a skinny stretch pant. Maria Grachvogel has once again partnered with Atalanta Weller to create wedge ankle boots in artwork printed leather and glossy patent to finish the look. A softly tailored kimono cape jacket and a leather belted-waist sheepskin coat embody the pared-down simplicity of Maria Grachvogel Autumn/Winter 2013 collection. 40 APRIL 2013

JULIEN MACDONALD Autumn Winter 2013 sees Julien Macdonald’s return to the catwalk to present a ready to wear collection displaying his signature styles, embodying Macdonald’s aesthetic of chic, modern glamour. Taking inspiration from the energetic, bright lights, casinos and graphic architectural aesthetic of Las Vegas, Macdonald fuses elegant style with elements of modern construction, tinged with a rock and roll edge for a fresh geometric feel. Focusing solely on dresses named after luxury Las Vegas hotels and iconic places, encompassing the high energy of the casinos, the collection showcases long, lean graphic silhouettes softened with feminine adornment as well as short dresses vibrant with pops of colour. Each dress encapsulates the atypical Macdonald woman, strong, confident and sophisticated. Luxe detailing and eccentric styling translates into expertly placed feathers, Swarovski beads and graphic sequins creating luxurious, opulent sheets of armor. The collection is highlighted with flashes of colour such as poison green, while dangerous reds, Ochre yellow and burnt orange imitate the saturated colours of a desert sunset, contrasting with shimmering metallics reflective of Las Vegas architecture. The collection is completed with Macdonald’s signature knitwear styles. New bionic stretch lace mixed with velvet yarns is seen on body-con dresses and cat suits, while other styles are infused with metallic thread and chain breaking the boundaries of stitching techniques within knitting. Launched in January of 2012, Julien Macdonald continues to offer a bespoke service to private clients made in his London atelier. OSMAN A journey to an otherworldly place, an ethereal fantasy Colours - bright winter white, icy tones of blue, smokey greys, gold & cream punctuated with deep black sheers Fabric - finely woven double faced cashmere, hand loomed brocades, bonded techno fabric, jacquard wool, crochet, karakul, lurex and wool blend, leather and lurex sheers. 2012 was an unforgettable year for our city and the serotonin is still flowing with the launch of the talentfest that is London Fashion Week. We have astonishingly creative people working in the capital, bringing energy and ideas as well as generating business. “Over just a few days Fashion Week showcases our best fashion designers, puts London’s creative industries on the front pages and brings in over £100 million of orders alone” THE MAYOR OF LONDON BORIS JOHNSON

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Jasper Conran Autumn/Winter 2013 catwalk show on day two of London Fashion Week, Somerset House, London


The Catwalk

Show-Stoppers By Lisa Haynes

In a whirlwind five days of high fashion, high heels and high drama, London Fashion Week secured the city’s position as one of the most exciting style capitals in the world.


howcasing upcoming autumn/winter 13 collections, this February proved to be a bit of a blockbuster season. Victoria Beckham jetted in to judge the International Woolmark Prize alongside Donatella Versace and Diane von Furstenberg; celebrity designer Tom Ford staged his womenswear catwalk for the first time in London, and Rihanna created a buzz with her debut fashion collection for River Island. Its eclectic mix of British style puts London head and shoulders above New York, Milan and Paris. Long-established brand heavyweights such as Burberry, Mulberry and Vivienne Westwood sit on the catwalk schedule alongside edgier designer darlings

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like Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou and Erdem. Take your front row seat for a whistlestop tour of the catwalk action.

The frow stopper Photographers went wild for Tom Ford’s front row VIPs. Newlyweds Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel took time out from Hollywood red carpets for the designer’s womenswear London debut. The dapper couple declared the collection “phenomenal - the beading was beautiful and the gowns were amazing!” Stand by to see Biel working one of Ford’s glamorous floorlength dresses, detailed with Lichtenstein-inspired pop art embellishment - made for paparazzi flash bulbs.

The model of the moment Stand aside Kate Moss, there’s a new British supermodel in town. Crowned ‘model of the year’ at the 2012 British Fashion Awards, Cara Delevingne lived up to her title, strutting her stuff at eight major London Fashion Week shows. Best pal singer Rita Ora even sported a ‘Queen Delevingne’ t-shirt for the 20-year-old’s appearance at Burberry. Defined by her caterpillar eyebrows, the hottest property in planet fashion is set to become a household name. Watch this face. The fashion pooch Well-groomed with a unique runway walk - on four legs Max the model poodle made a waggy-tailed turn on Mulberry’s catwalk. Delighting catwalk

guests, including brand ambassadors Lana del Ray and Alexa Chung, Max made two appearances trotting out in a heritage check coat and fetching yellow butterfly print that co-ordinated with the model’s trousers. The pedigree pooch will have felt right at home roaming around Mulberry’s rural English landscape theme.


The coat What to wear when the entire fashion industry’s eyes are focused on you? US Vogue editor Anna Wintour plumped for a statement Prada white daisy applique black coat. Style’s equivalent of royalty made her first appearance on day three of London Fashion Week, bringing some flower power to the occasion with a matching dress. Twitter went bonkers and a flurry of fashion editors pulled the same coat out of the closet to wear the very next day. The new recruit Forget autumn/winter 13. Rihanna leap-frogged the designers’ way of doing things by showing a collection launching this March for River Island. In a dark, warehouse-style venue, the singer-turned-designer threw one big party for the fashion pack for day three’s Saturday night. There was no impromptu gig or modelling walk but, wearing a simple black dress from the line, Rihanna took to the catwalk podium to take a bow.

Crowned ‘model of the year’ at the 2012 British Fashion Awards, Cara Delevingne lived up to her title. The glitz A 3pm afternoon show didn’t stop Julien Macdonald putting on a razzle-dazzle ‘em fashion fanfare, watched by girl band The Saturdays. After a one-year hiatus from the Fashion Week calendar, the designer came back with a bang to showcase his ‘Viva Las Vegas’ collection, christening each look with names like Black Jack, Casino Royale and Lady Luck. He piled on the showgirl glamour, with sequins, rhinestones, feathers and tassels galore shimmying down the catwalk, culminating in gold confetti showering the audience for the finale. The romantic It was a belated Valentine’s special from Burberry Prorsum with the heartfelt ‘Trench Kisses’ collection. Heart motifs made their cheeky entrance in the form of big panties peeking from sheer latex coats and skirts, before appearing again printed on the brand’s trademark trenches. The fashion love-in continued with evening wear dresses featuring statement heart metal embellishment. Chief creative officer Christopher Bailey brought the show (and romance) to a close, PHOTOS: TOP: British model Cara Delevingne wearing a design from the Unique collection during London Fashion Week, London. MIDDLE: Photo of the judges (l-r) Nathalie Massenet, Victoria Beckham, Diane von Furstenberg and Donatella Versace attending the International Woolmark Prize on day two of London Fashion Week at the ME Hotel, London BOTTOM: British model Jourdan Dunn wearing a design created by Burberry Prorsum during London Fashion Week, at Kensington Gardens in west London.

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LEFT: Julien Macdonald on the catwalk with models following his Autumn/Winter 2013 catwalk show on day two of London Fashion Week at Goldsmith's Hall, London

serenading his captive audience with a live performance by musician Tom Odell.

The classic There are some trends that never date: monochrome, animal print and girly pink. Moschino Cheap & Chic took all three themes and reinvented them with a modern, punky twist. There was a dash of rebellion with bold graffiti, oversized silhouettes and statement question mark motifs. But being an Italian label, this was a Milanese style of polished punk. Models shoes were stompy but the heels were mirrored handy for re-applications of the statement black lipstick.

of sequinned evening gowns in pewter and sulphur yellow, a catwalk snowstorm completed the dreamy Royal Opera House scene.

The eclectic Christopher Kane experienced a brainwave for his extensive 60-look collection, exploring not one theme but several. A brain exploding and fizzing with creativity was the linchpin holding all the strands together, with a show that began with tough coloured camouflage and finished with glam multicoloured beaded panelling. In between, Kane enthralled with cut-out gothic velvet, appliqued 3D blooms, feather-trim fancies and those symbolic statement bright brain scan motifs. It’s the work of a design genius.

The rainbow Jasper Conran painted the catwalk red, quite literally, with a lacquered runway to showcase his eye-popping collection of brights. Sixties icon Mia Farrow may have been the muse for the silhouette but this was all about colour with the designer clashing together a fiery palette of hot pinks, reds, oranges and yellows. And the accessory for autumn/winter 13? Many of the models peeked out from beneath bell-shaped, soft cloche hats in similarly bright shades that battled for attention with their bold lipstick.

The snowstorm The Matthew Williamson girl practically has a one-way ticket around the world, she’s so well-travelled. This season the designer sent his English rose packing to the Northern Lights, bypassing his trademark floaty boho Ibiza silhouettes for clean lines and structured shapes. The location inspiration still allowed for lots of opulent colour with multi-coloured blanket wools and digitally printed snowscapes featuring acid greenlit skies. Following a sequence

The landscaper Less colour, more monochrome for Mary Katrantzou. The queen of prints turned her focus to pattern with intricate knits, embroideries, jacquards and brocades engineered to resemble landscapes and shadowy vistas. Even lace was woven to mimic a latticed bridge design on a tailored suit. For evening wear, the shapes became more exaggerated, featuring black and white digital prints of bleak winter scenes on billowing, flowing organza.

Get the look Singer Rita Ora isn’t afraid to work tailoring at a gig for Muse’s O2 War Child concert. Smarten up your act with Topshop’s puppytooth trousers, £40 ( Buy it now Time for a Diet Coke break, designer style. New creative director Marc Jacobs celebrates the brand’s 30th anniversary with a stylish makeover. The limited edition fashion cans are available nationwide from February 25, priced around 59p each. Fashion flash ❖❖ Best of British — High street giant Marks & Spencer has become BFFs (best fashion friends) with the British Fashion Council. The exclusive three-year ‘Best of British’ partnership will celebrate home-grown talent and sustainability. Two capsule clothing collections for men and women will be launched in stores and online this autumn to mark the initiative. ❖❖ Shoe obsession — Are you a self-confessed heeloholic? UK women spent more than £3 billion on shoes last year but leave two thirds of their collection of heels, boots and sandals in the wardrobe, according to new research by car insurance specialist Diamond. The average woman owns 19 pairs of shoes but regularly wears just seven of them, and one in eight confess to arguing with their partner about their extensive collection.

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Brush With An Expert


hen a model struts her way onto the catwalk, the clothes are only half the story. Backstage, she may have been in hair and makeup for two to three hours as the beauty teams preen, polish and perfect to create the image visualised by the designer. Val Garland is puppeteer of her make-up team, pulling the transformation strings. A top make-up artist for 27 years and with M.A.C Cosmetics since 1994, you may not have heard her name but you’ll undoubtedly have seen her work - in magazines, on television and at international fashion weeks. It’s day three of London Fashion Week and Sunday is anything but a day of rest for Garland. She is the key artist at nine shows but today she is juggling five backstages in just one day. From late model arrivals to dealing with indecisive designers, we shadow her day.

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

Some make-up artists work quietly and seriously. Not Val Garland. After going to bed at midnight and getting up at 4.30am, Garland is the life and soul of the backstage party at the 6am ‘call-time’ for Preen while others are still rubbing the sleep from their eyes. Her temporary backstage home is made obvious by her trademark ‘Val Garland’ branded tape marking out her area. She describes the look for

Catwalk model during the Vivienne Westwood Red Label Autumn/Winter 2013 catwalk show at the Saatchi Gallery, London. Preen as “delicate punk”, created using grey eyeshadow mixed with water to create a liquid liner, drawn in a sharp diagonal line on either the upper or lower lid. It’s modern and graphic but there were a few variations before getting to the final runway look as the designer switches from one line, to top and bottom line, before reverting back to one line. “The only way you can decide on the make-up is when you see it on the runway, under the lights,” says Garland. “I’m always there for preshow rehearsal with the designer and stylist. We have a list of the models and I might say, ‘She’s too shiny’ or ‘I don’t like that’ or the designer says, ‘I love that’ and that’s how it works.”

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Time is tight between Preen’s finale and Garland’s 9.30am arrival for Temperley but luckily Val has a motorbike revving outside for her. “As the finale starts, I run outside, hop on the back of the bike and whizz to the next show,” she says. “It’s essential for getting to each backstage on time in traffic. “I love it because it’s a moment of relaxation between shows, with the wind blowing in my hair as I take in the capital’s sights.” All of Val’s immediate crew are miked up with headsets so there’s no shouting between makeup stations. Just calm, orderly beautifying. The inspiration at Temperley is Hitchcock heroine Kim Novak,

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and it’s all about the eye with a bold liner. Although it’s a retro inspiration, Garland is adamant the eye shouldn’t look too Fifties. Using one of her prized possessions, an artist’s brush, she lines with fine precision using her statement glasses for close-ups. Garland dubs herself the ‘Queen of Brushes’ and estimates she has thousands in her total kit.

Vivienne Westwood

The midday atmosphere backstage at Vivienne Westwood is frantic and highly-charged. The face chart is like the blueprint for the final look and this one resembles a Jean Cocteauinspired avant-garde painting. While some designers want to keep the focus entirely on the clothes, Vivienne Westwood’s make-up is always a masterpiece in itself. Today’s reference is ‘Catherine Deneuve in Belle de Jour, shot by Helmut Newton’. The creative look is achieved using bright products like M.A.C’s Pro Chromalines in red, yellow and cyan. “It’s been a sea of grey and monochromes so far this season so it’s great to see colour and have some fun,” Garland enthuses. “I love working with Vivienne Westwood because as a make-up artist it’s all about ideas and I can go in there and really open up the toybox, throw all the toys in the air and see what sticks!” The show is due to start at 2pm and two late-running models sprint in at 2.05pm but Garland isn’t fazed. Four hairdressers, two make-up artists and two nail artists on each model and they’re ready in five minutes flat.

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The late-running Westwood show means Garland doesn’t arrive until 3pm and it’s a 4pm show but her proficient team has everything in hand and Garland greets the crowd of beauty press waiting to jot the show inspiration in their notepads, Tweet the looks and take videos of make-up artists in action. As well as overseeing the final make-up looks, Garland is storyteller of the designer’s vision. “I deal with the press, ensuring journalists get what they need for the story and talk about the products we’ve used to create the look,” she explains. “I’ve worked with M.A.C for so many years, they will make me a product if I need something specific.” Katrantzou’s busy designs are all about architecture and landscapes so Garland explains she’s keeping the make-up very pure. There’s an intriguing ‘ghostliness’ to models’ faces, created with a cellophane-look gloss on eyes and by highlighting bone structure to reflect under the high beam of the catwalk lights.

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It’s Garland’s last show of the day and her energy hasn’t waned in the slightest. The call-time is 5.30pm and she’s flaunting a glossy manicure to beauty journalists that she’s managed to squeeze in between shows. “We’ve got a bit of a skin eruption going at Fashion Week

so we’re bringing out the M.A.C Mineralize Concealer,” Garland teases, referring to the models’ skin that’s already feeling the strain of Fashion Week. She pulls out an iPhone from her Celine bag of essentials to reveal a snapshot of a beautiful medieval woman, the inspiration for the show. “It’s all about skin sculpture but in a much more modern way,” she reveals. “It’s medieval futurism!” The show time may be 8.30pm but it’s running 40 minutes late and Garland never packs up her make-up kit until the finale when the models take their final catwalk. But the show isn’t over for Garland. A quick recharge and then the action continues at Paris Fashion Week, but she shows no sign of backstage fatigue, saying: “I’m alongside make-up artists that have worked with me for years. They know what the Valism is - ‘Give me your magic!’”

Trend alert

Get a head start on the beauty trends spotted backstage at London for next autumn/winter. Hot off the catwalks, courtesy of the backstage brigade:


“It feels like there’s a really big punk thing going on in London for A/W13,” says Val Garland. “There are references for punk, skater girl and ‘really British’ with lashings of black and grey and very little colour.”

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“This season it’s been all about matte textured hair,” says Toni&Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe ambassador Mark Hampton. “It’s taking traditionally tailored classic hair but adding an edgy youthful look for a sense of toughness.”


“There’s definitely a more pared-down mood for A/W13,” says Revlon UK nail ambassador Jenny Longworth. “Crazy nail art has made way for simple, chic and graphic nails with details like texture or half-moon manis.”

Tried & tested

Cheat a bouncy blow-dry with a volumising dry shampoo. Our testers try three root-lifting hair saviours:

Batiste XXL Volume Dry Shampoo, £3.99 (Boots/Superdrug) This Batiste XXL has magic root-boosting powers. Applied correctly, as well as mopping up greasy roots, it adds extreme volume. The texture is slightly gritty afterwards but it’s worth it for the big hair pay-off. The next best thing to a blow dry.


This One Rescues Roots & Revamps Volumising Dry Shampoo, £3.99 (Superdrug)

I needed to use a generous amount of This One to rescue my limp, lather-loving hair. Immediately after, it looks more presentable with extra volume in the roots but the results didn’t last long and I’m left wishing I’d shampooed and conditioned that morning instead.


John Frieda Luxurious Volume Refresh Dry Shampoo, £5.89 (Boots)

My hair was embarrassingly greasy when I tried Volume Refresh and it absorbed the oil with ease. It gave my hair uplift and stopped it looking lank. Most impressively, the super-soft texture makes it look and feel freshly washed.


Buy it now

Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair serum is a beauty industry best-seller so keep an eye out for its little sister. The Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum Infusion is made specifically for the delicate eye area, reducing fine lines, dark circles and puffiness. Available nationwide from March and exclusively at Selfridges now, £45. Beauty bulletin

Boys do beauty

Guard your make-up bag. Almost half the male population secretly wear their girlfriends’ make-up. Despite only 2% of British men admitting to owning make-up, nearly half confess they regularly ‘borrow’ it from their wives and girlfriends, a survey from nail care brand Stylfile reveals. Of those who owned up, 47% steal their girlfriend’s lip balm, 12% nab their concealer, 8% slap on their fake tan and 6% secretly borrow their eyeliner.

Recessionista alert

Bring spa luxury to the bathroom this Mother’s Day with Sanctuary Spa’s Limited Edition Deluxe Sanctuary Hamper. For a limited time the bumper kit is less than half price at £19 (originally £40). Available from February 27 to March 26 at Boots and Photos from top: 1. Make-up station backstage at Vivienne Westwood Red Label Autumn/ Winter 2013 show. 2. Vivienne Westwood with make-up artist Val Garland backstage at Vivienne Westwood’s Autumn/Winter 2013 show. 3. Super-skin backstage at Mary Katrantzou’s Autumn/Winter 2013 show, during London Fashion Week. 52 APRIL 2013

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Harley Street Comes to Beckenham

The Ice Clinic, launches the latest addition to their clinic on Thursday 25th April at 7pm by adding a touch of Harley Street, and incorporating the knowledge and know-how of Dr Khan and Lesley Reynolds, co-founders of Harley Street Skin Clinic, also seen on Stitch Me, Lift Me, Tuck Me on Sky Living, 8pm every Thursday. Harley Street Skin Clinic, is a highly respected private practice in the most famous medical street in the world. Dr Aamer Khan is one of the UK’s leading experts in cosmetic and non-surgical procedures, renowned for his finely tuned aesthetic eye and subtle approach to cosmetic enhancement, he has spoken to thousands of men & women about their skin concerns face to face. Likewise, Lesley Reynolds, is a top skincare professional at the cutting edge of anti-ageing skin therapy, author of a beauty blog and several books on the subject, as well as regularly appearing on television in magazines and newspapers. Both dedicating over 15 years to perfecting anti-ageing skin treatments and skincare products, this couple are the go-to advisors with a large celebrity following for all of your skin needs. We all know medical intervention can help when we want youthful, glowing skin, whatever our age, but not everyone wants to go down that route, which was when the Harley Street Skin Care ranges were developed by both Dr Khan and Lesley Reynolds for a No-Knife solution. Starting with the ground breaking StemCellution range, using powerful anti-ageing ingredients, including revolutionary fruit stem cells to reverse the signs of premature ageing and stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin. Following this range, is the Silver Collection, which targets each and every layer of the skin to thoroughly hydrate, with turbo-charged moisture magnets packed with high-tech ingredients, based on bio-technology, to achieve brighter and younger looking skin. The Skin@HarleyStreet collection is the latest range to be developed, designed for spot prone skin to provide a complete step-by-step regime to achieve nothing less than healthy, blemish free skin. This collaboration will enable the Ice Clinic to offer a range of highly specialised cosmetic treatments to help you look and feel your absolute best, welcoming clients to the best aesthetic advice with a calm and discreet atmosphere making your visit extra special. Along with offering the Harley Street Skincare Range, an exclusive range of facials, referrals to Dr Khan for more invasive procedures and appointments with Harley Street Skin doctors to perform procedures like Botox & Fillers, making the Ice Clinic unique in the area. Throughout the evening of the launch both Dr Khan & Lesley Reynolds will be offering personal consultations, and the first 10 guests will receive a free consultation from Dr Khan and a goody bag containing a selection of products, a voucher and a signed copy of Lesley’s book ‘Easy Ways To Drop A Decade’. Not only, will you get first hand advice from leading experts but any treatment you book on the evening you will receive 20% off and 10% off any products bought on the evening, along with complimentary champagne and nibbles to enjoy.

Reserve your place today by calling The Ice Clinic on 020 8650 9595 - limited spaces available. The Ice Clinic, 131-133 High Street, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 1AG 54 APRIL 2013

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The recession has tightly focused everyone on value for money and lowest product costs but no more than the Bathstore purchasing team who are highly driven people with a keen eye for inspirational style, superb manufacturing quality and passing on savings to customers. 160 stores nationwide make for impressive bargaining power when it comes to negotiating the toughest deals with suppliers worldwide. Bathstore continue to establish products at price points difficult for the competition to meet. If that wasn’t enough Bathstore underline their price promise and, in the unlikely event you can present a comparable cheaper quote, Bathstore will match this.


Dreaming about your new bathroom is just the start of planning your bathroom. But how will it appear in real life, does the layout really work and compatibility of parts are critical questions. Fortunately there is a full creative design service offered in house. Working closely with customers the store consultants will use their skill and knowledge of many years to pull together a design using a market leading software package. Everything from product positioning, selection and lighting effects can be viewed and tweaked to ensure customer satisfaction and a true understanding of the products selected.


Bathstore now offer a range of ceramic, glass and porcelain tiles to help complete the look. Come and view the ranges of tiles and wet wall panels in store. The panels are an alternative to tiling in the bathroom and as they can measure 2400mm by 1200mm do away with grout lines and create a contemporary streamline look.


Providing 24/7 easy access for customers to Bathstore’s extensive product range is key in the digital age of ‘clicks and mortar’ and this is achieved via the e-commerce system. Navigation throughout the ranges, along with prompts to help you selected vital linked components, makes putting together your basket of goods a swift and pleasant experience. Best enjoyed with a good quality wine. Knowing your order once confirmed is posted electronically to your local store to be overseen by a team of able store consultants adds further comfort to the those who find the internet a little daunting. 58 APRIL 2013


For total peace of mind, talk to your local store about the installation service. It goes way beyond what you might expect from a fitting service, for example a 24/7 emergency call out dedicated line, attention to household mishaps associated to breakdown. Bathstore make the process easy - simply liaise with your store consultant who will take you through the production selection phase, including preliminary designs, and then leave it with them. In no time at all one of our highly trained surveyors will be in touch to arrange a visit. Importantly they are not sales people sent to take hours of your time building up to a ‘hard sell’ pitch. They are skilled site orientated staff whose sole role is to survey your property, listen to your needs, record those details effectively and return concise information to the pricing team back at base. Again, with minimal delay, the sales consultant you visited and have built a working relationship with will be in touch to provide you with a comprehensive quote and answer any queries you may have.


In a volatile market, when you the customer both need and demand the best value for money, dealing with a company such Bathstore can be like a breath of fresh air. Take comfort in the knowledgeable staff, the price promise, product quality and large fast moving stocks for prompt despatch. Construction work can be a stressful business - let Bathstore take the strain and be there for you from start to finish! For helpful advice and great service please contact Bathstore Sevenoaks TN13 2DN on 01732 454112 or Tunbridge Wells TN1 2DE on 01892 557744

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B AT H R O O M LIFE with a brightly-painted bath or patterned tiles,” she says. “The bathroom is an ideal space to try out new colours in a small area which wouldn’t necessarily work in a larger living space. Dove grey is a chic but safe choice for walls and gives a neutral base which can be enlivened by other colour choices. Salmon pink and yellow are one of my favourite combinations as they’re elegant but have a warm, summery feel.” Taking the waters has never been more pleasurable - so check out a bathroom solution for your home.

Waterproof style

Wash This Space By Gabrielle Fagan


athrooms are probably the hardest-working area in a house these days as we demand more of them than ever before. To be successful, they should work as a practical space for the daily wash-and-go as well as being a haven dedicated to wellbeing and pampering. “Long gone are the days when the bathroom was simply a functional space. People are moving away from the Victorian-style basic bathroom and towards the modern, spacious spa feel,” says Anthony Howells, bathrooms buyer for B&Q. “They want the clean lines, minimalism, wet rooms and walk-in doorless showers, enhanced by chunky floating yet stylish fixtures such as units and frosted glass, which they see when they stay in hotels and want to replicate.” He predicts that, where space allows, the popularity of free-standing baths, becoming more sculptural in shape, will continue to grow as they provide a focal point in large bathrooms. Experimenting both with design and colour is a growing trend, according to Rita Rendo Castro, sales and marketing manager at Catchpole & Rye. “People are becoming increasingly design confident, with more opting to make a statement

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Bathrooms are embracing technology so that they can be the ultimate, flexible retreats, says Cheryl Gurner, creative director at Bathrooms International. “The bathroom has benefited hugely from advances in technology in recent years. Bathroom-friendly flat screen televisions, fibre-optic lighting in showers which mimic a twinkling star effect and hidden speakers offering surround sound - all add up to the wow factor in this most personal space.” While Paul Flowers, senior vice president of design at Grohe, predicts that the bathroom will be transformed in the next 10 years, as it develops into a space fully-equipped to cater for health and wellbeing. “Developments in technology are already allowing us to equip it with personal lifestyle and health functions such as diagnostic mirrors, which measure and monitor the status of our physical health. “Lighting, projection and sound are bringing “entertainment” into the room, and can be programmed, just like showers, to precisely suit your mood at different times of the day. “As the barriers between the bedroom and the bathroom blur, the space will become more sensual, decorative and truly have the atmosphere of a fullyequipped indulgent zone.” Small but perfectly formed Although the glossy interiors magazines feature vast bathrooms, the UK has the smallest bathrooms in Europe. CONTINUED ON PAGE 62

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“But just because your bathroom’s small it doesn’t mean you need to compromise on the quality or style of fittings,” says Robin Levien, design director of Ideal Standard, which has a Space range designed for compact areas. “By utilising innovative design and clever storage, your bathroom can still be well equipped and a calm rather than crowded space.” He suggests wall-hung toilets with a cistern neatly hidden behind a wall or fitted unit; basins and showers which fit snugly into corners, and clever features such as a bath with storage drawers at one or both ends. “A sliding door can release further space, while large-size tiles create an illusion of more space more effectively than small ones,” he says. “Don’t pack out the walls with cupboards and definitely avoid too much at high level as this can reduce ‘head space’ which, if the area is small, is claustrophobic.”

Colour wash

Colour’s back in fashion in homes and that’s being reflected in new ranges of bathroom furniture in a range of rainbow colours, which can brighten even the dullest space. “Add a pop of colour to your bathroom by installing a brightly-coloured basin or furniture,” says Ellen Tietz, marketing manager at Villeroy & Boch. “Sunflower orange, olive green and petrol blue

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are popular at the moment and sit beautifully alongside clean bright white ceramics.”

Wash & Brushup

Revamping a whole bathroom isn’t always possible if the budget’s tight, so it’s worth looking at a more affordable update of features and accessories. “An easy, affordable and effective option is to replace some of the brassware and accessories, such as taps, radiators and mirrors,” says Emma Sturgess, marketing manager at Frontline Bathrooms. “These relatively simple changes can make a real difference to the look and style of the bathroom delivering a totally fresh look.”

Choose Freelands Tiles for Your Kitchen and Bathroom

Wall tiles are an increasingly popular feature in the household. Freelands Tiles supply a vast selection of kitchen and bathroom wall tiles to complete the look of your home. Kitchen wall tiles can be used to cover a complete wall or as an attractive splash back, while bathroom tiles help to give the room an atmosphere of calm and relaxation. Freelands Tiles offer a number of ceramic and natural floor tiles, which are perfect for bathrooms, kitchens and even swimming pools. They also have a range of natural stone tiles that can be layed anywhere in the home to give it a unique feel to the room. Staff at Freelands are friendly and knowledgeable and on hand in the Dunton Green tile showroom, to help you choose the right tiling solution for your home. Freelands Tiles have built a reputation in the area for excellent customer service, great choice and competitive prices to both trade and retail customers. There is plenty of parking outside the front of the showroom and for larger orders free delivery is available. Come and visit now, the showroom is open seven days a week including 10 till 2 on Sundays. Freelands Tiles 124/126 London Road, Dunton Green, Sevenoaks, Kent Tel: 01732 459765 or visit

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75 Years At the of Bathroom Design

Charles Percival Hart started his business supplying plumbers in South London in 1937. With his sons, John and Tom, he began searching Europe to source the very best in bathroom design. In doing so, they led the revolution from standard 1960s suites (in any colour as long as it was Avocado) to the huge choice of designer bathrooms available today. C.P. Hart opened its Tunbridge Wells showroom three years ago, and it has been a huge success. As Paul Rowland, C.P. Hart’s Managing Director, says, “We always wanted a branch of C.P. Hart in Tunbridge Wells. There couldn’t be a more appropriate setting for our products than a historic spa town, which owes its existence to the therapeutic properties of water.” With 4 floors of designer products, theatrical displays, and enhanced architectural features such as alcoves, ceiling-length sash windows and a grand staircase, the new showroom has been compared to a boutique hotel. As well as different display areas for ‘classic’, ‘contemporary’ and ‘visionary’ bathrooms, the showroom also includes a presentation area. Here customers can discuss their requirements with a designer, and visualise their bathroom using C.P. Hart’s state-of-the-art computer-aided design facility. Service and expertise are at the heart of the C.P. Hart brand. Louise Home, an award-winning designer at the Tunbridge Wells showroom, describes her task as “helping a customer create their dream bathroom without being compromised by the practicalities of space, function and budget. These days, the bathroom is such an important part of people’s homes – from a lifestyle point of view, and also in terms of property value and desirability – we have to get it right.” Most bathroom buyers start their journey online, and C.P. Hart’s website is the perfect place to find inspiration and start collating ideas. An extensive library of bathroom images can be browsed and searched, and favourites can be added to a ‘mood board’. This can be shared with friends or sent to the showroom to get a quote. It is now possible to explore the Tunbridge Wells showroom without leaving the comfort of your sofa. By searching on Google for ‘cp hart tunbridge wells’, web users can access Google’s ‘See Inside’ feature. Click on the picture of the showroom, and you can explore a ‘3D model’ of the full 4 floors. James Santos, the Showroom Manager, nevertheless hopes you will want to visit the branch in person. “We’ve been inspired by this beautiful, imposing building, and we’re delighted that we have so much space to display some of our most stunning baths, showers, furniture, and even a steam-room. We want local people to feel equally inspired and to see what is possible with the best of contemporary design. Although some of what we show is bespoke and high end, we actually cater to most budgets. We’re a friendly bunch, and we’d love to hear about your dream bathroom!” Magazine offer: C.P. Hart will give everyone who comes into their showroom to talk about their dream bathroom a special ‘Starbucks-style’ americano C.P. Hart mug. C.P. Hart Bathrooms 60-62 High St, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1XF 01892 570705 • 64 APRIL 2013 C.P. HART TUNBRIDGE WELLS 60-62 High Street, Tunbridge Wells TN1 1XF 01892 570 705

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Go With The

Flow The bathroom might be the most private room in the house but it’s currently under the spotlight.


hese days we want this room to multi-task as both a retreat to soothe our spirits, and somewhere practical to splash around in, so we’re ever more demanding of its decor. There are limitless possibilities for kitting out this room, whether it’s emulating the vintage style of yesteryear or being bang up to date and creating the ultimate contemporary spa room. “While the sophisticated functionality of modern design is the most popular look, some people find it a little too minimal and feel it lacks warmth, decoration and expression,” says Sally Cutchie, design consultant at Colourwash Bathrooms. “Consequently, the mixing of styles is a strong, developing trend. It allows people to get the best of both worlds by pairing streamlined contemporary sanitaryware with a dramatic or romantic feature such as a freestanding bath. It’s all about freedom of expression.” While showers had a surge in popularity, nothing beats an indulgent soak in the tub - and a property’s also worth less without at least one bathroom with a bath. Luckily, making a stylish splash needn’t cost a fortune, as companies vie with each other to attract homeowners who are opting to improve rather than move. There are easy ways to freshen up the room too, from replacing taps and regrouting tiles to fitting a mirror spanning the length of a bath to make the room appear larger, and replacing a shabby shower curtain. Continued on page 68

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In today’s tough economic climate more and more homeowners are turning to home renovation to add value to their property. Where better to start than your bathroom and with a potential to add value to your home, it is no wonder why so many people chose to give their bathroom a refreshing update. Installing a new bathroom is one of the most popular renovations for a homeowner to take on, but a “DIY” job can prove costly and over-whelming if not executed properly. Rixson and Green based in Shortlands, have been established for over thirty years. They11:58 pride Page themselves on excellent customer _KENT_AD_VARIOUS__ 10/01/2011 1 service and advice for all their clients. They consistently supply and install top quality bathrooms to a high level of satisfaction. They

are also the only high end dealer in Bromley, and the only one that stock Villeroy and Boch. Brian Modlock, Managing Director of Rixson and Green states that, “Villeroy and Boch are one of the best ceramic manufacturers in the world. Put simply, they offer exceptional quality products for a decent price. The best thing is that they produce everything you need; from tiles, to taps, to showers and baths. So if you like their style you can kit out your whole bathroom.” Why not pay a visit to Rixson and Green and be surprised by the design, quality and value for money on offer. They have all you need to create a bathroom that is not only exclusively yours, but also seamlessly combines utility with luxury. Rixson and Green 110-112 Beckenham Lane, Shortlands, Bromley BR2 ODW Tel: 020 8290 1777 email: www.rixson-green.

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Plan your makeover

♦♦ Get ideas from top-of-the-range bathroom showrooms, be inspired by holiday hotels and take photos of bathrooms you admire to help you copy the style. ♦♦ Enlist the advice of a professional designer, or experienced builder, before you outlay on fittings and furniture. ♦♦ Don’t be afraid to negotiate package deals and discounts from bathroom companies, and ask about ex-display or cancelled order items, sold for reduced prices. ♦♦ Set a budget and stick to it, and don’t forget to factor in flooring, lighting, tiles and redecoration - and allow for hidden expenses, such as pumps and thermostats. ♦♦ If you’re strapped for cash, opt for a simple bathroom with classic white sanitary ware and plain tiles - that way it will never date.

Fashionable mix

Be inspired by the style of times past and reflect today’s cutting-edge bathroom style to conjure a vintage and modern look.

Make mine a spa

“Bathrooms have evolved from being just a functional room in a home, to a sanctuary to escape from everyday life,” says Craig Hadley, bathroom buyer for Focus (DIY). “Currently, the trend is to emulate lavish hotel bathrooms within the comfort of your own home.”

Clean & chic

“We’ve seen a significant increase in demand for luxury bathing - partly because so many people are choosing to improve rather than move,” says Heena Patel, product manager for Wickes Bathrooms. “Baths nowadays are viewed more as a piece of furniture and there’s a strong trend for making a statement with eye-catching free-standing baths in clean line contemporary shapes.”


Fully tiling walls and floors is a practical approach but can be costly. Cut corners by simply tiling a wall nearest the bath or sink, or use decorative tiles as a feature for a splashback or a bath panel. “As minimalism’s shown signs of waning, coloured tiles have increased in popularity as a way to add depth and contrast for bathrooms,” says David Portales Mananos, for the Association of Ceramic Tile Manufacturers of Spain. “Injections of bold colour create a bold statement, while subtle splashes of vibrant colour on a splashback, tile border or feature panel will work well combined with a neutral palette.” Stone-effect tiles, he points out, are a budget way to introduce an element of natural luxury and contrast well with white sanitary ware.

Calming spaces

Clutter’s the enemy of serenity and relaxation - two essential ingredients for a home spa - so adequate storage is vital. Free-standing units are a fashionable choice and easy to add to a bathroom. Boost storage capacity further with extra baskets and boxes.

Bathroom treats

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Make A Grand Entrance By Gabrielle Fagan

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ou’re not alone if you walk into your home and your spirits wilt as you’re greeted by a jumble of coats, shoes and bags, as the hallway is generally the most neglected area in the home. All too often it’s an afterthought when it comes to decor, and yet the hall should be the star of the show because it presents the first impression of your style to visitors. Here’s the experts’ advice on transforming a hallway.

Wonder walls

A hallway is usually such a small area in a home that you can let loose and try a bold pattern paper or a colour you might be too inhibited to use in a main living area. “Painting walls a bright or darker shade half-way up a wall, dividing with a dado rail if desired, and then using a lighter shade for the upper half of the wall which reaches the ceiling will make a hallway look more Wilton wallpaper in Sovereign, spacious,” advises £57.00 per roll, Little Greene Charlotte Hedeman Wallpapers. Gueniau, author of Happy Home. Add impact, she suggests, by removing carpet and painting an entire staircase, and stencil decorative or amusing words on each riser to bring instant character to the space. Be aware this will make stairs noisier though. ✧✧ Bring a magical Goddess wallpaper, £69 a roll, atmosphere to a Graham & Brown. hall with Goddess paper where feminine faces nestle amongst a design of tree branches. £69 per roll, from the Spellbound wallpaper collection, Graham & Brown. ✧✧ Crown Paints has a variety of stunning shades in its range which can be combined to revamp a dull hallway. Bang on trend are its Blue Mid and Yellow Mid from Crown Paints Matt & Silk range, £20.98 for 2.5 litres, from Homebase. ✧✧ Little Greene London’s Wallpapers III collection starts from £49 a roll. Harlequin Folia wallpapers, from £39 a roll, also have interesting designs and extensive colour combinations.

Harlow fuschia blinds start from £160, plus £30 for interlining, Hillarys.

Walk the floor

It’s essential to have hard-wearing flooring in a hall - a high traffic area. “Floor tiles come in such a wide range of colours, textures and finishes these days that they’re becoming increasingly popular for halls,” says Claire O’Brien, trend manager for British Ceramic Tile. “Natural stone tiles are an ideal way to create a timeless, opulent-looking hall. For a real statement, combine natural stone with a French pattern design, to emphasise the shade variation of the tiles. “Alternatively, choose a rustic-looking floor tile that can flow through the entire downstairs to achieve a sense of bringing the outdoors in. A muted, organic colour scheme with moulded borders and wood cladding will create a hallway full of warmth and character.” Tiles start from around £22 per square metre. Carpet, provided it’s high-quality and hardwearing, is a good choice and can bring warmth and colour to a hall area, as well as minimising noise. “Stripes are hugely popular in halls and work particularly well on stairs and for runners,” says Roger Oates, founder of the company of the same name, which specialises in floors and fabrics. “Striped designs are timeless but have a contemporary edge in the colour combinations used - and can look stunning against old oak or even on stone staircases. “For halls, a stair runner with underlay will soften the noise of feet resonating up and down stairs. Ensure you use entrance matting to trap as much dirt as possible if you opt for carpeting and ideally ensure family and guests remove shoes.” ✧✧ Roger Oates carpeting and stair runners start from £112 per linear metre. ✧✧ Mohawk Carpets has a SmartStrand Sheer Ecstasy carpet, £61 per square metre, which claims to offer inherent stain and soil resistance for a truly worryfree look.

Below: Elite French pattern, antique blue, £70 per square metre, British Ceramic Tile.

Window dressing

Curtains can be unsuitable for windows in halls, which are often narrow passageways, and blinds may be a neater solution. “Hallways tend to be draughty places so consider a thermal window dressing,” says Sarah Quilliam, head of product design at Hillarys blind company. “An interlined roman blind still gives a sleek, uncluttered feel but has extra padding between the face fabric and the lining to give extra insulation. There are other advantages too as it can help to reduce external noise, perfect if you live on a busy street.” ✧✧ Hillarys lined romans start from £104, plus £30 for interlining.

Starry stairs

Staircases are a key feature in a hallway and nowadays their potential is being realised with revamps of bannisters, bespoke staircases, or lighting. “Revamping a staircase can breathe new life into a hallway and turn your stairs into a real style statement,” says Simon Meyrick, designer at Neville Johnson. “A staircase’s visual impact can reflect upon the whole property.” The company offers a bespoke staircase renovation service which can transform dull, tired staircases with classic wood to more contemporary designs which can incorporate sleek glass. Adding light to a staircase can dramatically change its aesthetics, says Richard McLane, design director at Bisca, which specialise in bespoke staircases. “A well-lit staircase, particularly one in an openplan space, can maximise the illusion of space,” he

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Lacarno wallpaper, 110295 £49.00 a roll, and upholstery: Folia Velvets Lime 130374 £50.00 a metre, Harlequin.

says. “Spotlights can be recessed into the wall alongside the stair to provide effect more than illumination of the staircase. “Recessed LED strip lights can be used on timber or stone treads to emphasise the line of the steps and will scatter lights across the treads and risers, and the effect can also be used on glass staircases.” To ensure safety, it’s essential to consult a specialist about lighting effects. ✧✧ Neville Johnson bespoke staircases start from £2,000; Bisca bespoke staircases start from £15,000.

Store solutions

If members of the family discard their possessions haphazardly as soon as they’re through the front door, there’s an urgent need for storage that’s so easy to use they can’t ignore it. “Stopping a trail of belongings littering a hallway can be a thankless task, so the space needs equipping so it’s user-friendly,” says Clotilde Passalacqua at Ikea. “A cupboard for shoes, a generous amount of hooks or a coat rack, as well as a slim storage unit for hiding away seasonal items such as Wellingtons, hats and gloves as well as sports kit can transform a space.” ✧✧ A Bissa shoe cabinet, with two compartments, £20, and a Malm chest of six drawers, £85, Ikea. ✧✧ An uber-chic Montana white birch storage unit, £469, Fashion For Home, cleverly incorporates a coat stand. ✧Six ✧ Basket Console Unit, £345, The Holding Company.

Six Basket Console Unit, £345, The Holding Company.

Shine a light

Effective lighting is essential in a hall, which is a functional space where guests are greeted and you make last-minute

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preparations before leaving the house. “Wall lights are great space savers and perfect for hallways,” says Laura Pagan, co-founder and buying director of lighting specialists Pagazzi. “They generate a welcoming, friendly atmosphere and, spaced apart correctly, they can also create the illusion of a lit pathway. “Wall lights Hallway featured in The Happy Home by can also be used Charlotte Hedeman Gueniau published by to highlight any Jacqui Small, £25. art or pictures you may have displayed. Picture lights could make a feature of a painting or photos and create a gallery feel to the space.” Make a small hallway appear larger by using uplighter wall brackets, she suggests. These will bounce light onto the ceiling and walls, in turn creating the illusion of a bigger space. A glow of light at the end of a hallway, she advises, will pull the eye towards it and make a space appear longer. This can be done with a statement floor lamp, while table lamps work well on slim console tables. ✧✧ An Aruba wall light, £35, in polished chrome and glass, Pagazzi.

Malm chest of six drawers, £65; PS 2012 chest of five drawers and one door, £260; Faktum cabinet with two doors, turquoise, £80; Besta storage, £60, Ikea.

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Quality and Design.

Amongst Sundridge Interiors many services the most popular of all is their “design service”. This superb service is the answer to the challenges facing customers when considering making changes to their existing home or starting afresh with a new home. The reason for this is simple, Sundridge Interiors offer a “tailor made” design service to suit all budgets. Sundridge always get the project moving by visiting their clients home, they discuss the requirements of each client in detail and get a real feel of the project and what will be involved. The Sundridge approach is simple, they take one room at a time giving due consideration to extended areas throughout the home in order to create a sense of continuity and harmony. Then mood boards are created by selecting a variety of styles and fabrics – wall coverings – flooring – lighting – furniture – decorative objects. These all become an integral part of the theme, creating a comfortable, harmonious atmosphere. After discussion with the client a specific theme will be agreed. At this point samples will be ordered on a larger scale for both fabrics and upholstery to get a clearer vision of the end result. Clients are encouraged to visit to the showroom during this process because this joint discussion forms an important part in the creation of the specific required style of room or rooms. At this time clients can peruse the

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many other items on display in the showroom, extensive lighting displays and table lamps are strategically placed on various items of furniture throughout the showroom to give clients an idea of how they will look in the home. There are also a wide selection of mirrors to suit all rooms in the house, these are displayed on a variety of walls and colourings. There are also an interesting selection of pictures of mixed themes to view. Bespoke furniture is another part of the service on offer from Sundridge. Ideas can be transformed into reality, for example a coffee table or a pair of armchairs can be made by working closely with the furniture makers. The spacious bathroom section on the first floor gives clients all they need to see to create a stylish bath/showroom. Small bathroom settings are placed around the galleried showroom. Sundridge Interiors supply plans and drawings when they have surveyed each clients’ existing bathroom. Once again the process is the same, a set of meetings are arranged whilst the style of the bathroom furniture is being worked to discuss the choice of flooring and the wall coverings. All of these items are on display in the showroom. Clearly lighting plays a major part in the creation of beautiful bathrooms. They have a wide selection of concealed ceiling lights which are complimented

with floor and cabinet lighting, all are on display for customers to see. Sundridge Interiors are truly successful and have a waiting list for their design services, however clients are seen quickly and usually work is able to start within three weeks from the first meeting. The time span to design a room from start to completion is approximately four weeks and as an example the design fee for an average sized room is approximately £495 and for much larger rooms or rooms which have an annex leading from them the cost will be approximately £695. Sundridge Interiors 11-12 Sundridge Parade, Plaistow Lane, Bromley Kent BR1 4DT Tel: 020 8466 6313

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Origin’s builders, many of whom have been with or more than thirty years Origin has been the company for many years, then complete the designing and building indoor pool houses, process – with as much care and attention as the making it the longest established UK rest of the team. company in its field. Over these years the products Origin's classic Barn design And there is the result – making your home and have become ever more complex, sophisticated and into their role, as design and build gradually became garden more beautiful, ready to entertain family stylish. Origin’s clientele has become more a natural progression of the company’s skills. and friends, every single day of the year! sophisticated too. Today’s potential owner takes full Origin starts from scratch and designs to blend advantage of the totally open book that the in with your home exactly. A perfectly matching company has to offer, and is encouraged to dictate ORIGIN'S OLYMPIC RANGE… extension perhaps, or a garden building that echoes Inspired by London's golden moment in 2012, special finishes and textures, unusual layouts and the colours, materials and textures of its Origin's designers created the unique sizes, interesting add-ons such as games rooms, surroundings. state-of-the-art Olympic range. saunas and fitness suites. The results not only look stunning, but add With an accent on healthy living, they added The pool industry, and pool technology, has considerably to the value of your property and your fitness must-haves such as a gym, swim jets and an changed considerably in thirty years - but the team life. exciting alfresco feel. Through the use of cutting at Origin hasn't. Many of the directors, architects, edge technology and the finest new materials the designers and building teams have remained ORIGIN’S OUTDOOR POOLS… Olympic packages are available at record breaking unchanged – so the continuity is strong, and that Origin is famous for creating pool houses, but the prices - and many of the most interesting advances makes for constantly improving ways of thinking, company is all too aware that many people prefer to available to today's swimming pool buyer are and for exciting results. swim in the sun (or under the stars) and an outdoor included - temperature controlled pool and Today’s Origin is at the forefront of its specialist pool can be one of the most aspirational features a surroundings, an exterior finish engineered timber area, and delivers ultimate pieces of luxury, designed home can have. Origin's Outdoor Pool brochure construction, and a wide choice of exterior and to grace a property and its gardens – and bring tells the whole story. interior finishes and colours. So a new Olympic healthy fun, and pure relaxation to its owners. pool would harmonise perfectly with the colour, The first step is for one of the company’s ORIGIN - NEW ON YOUTUBE… surroundings and fabric of your home. directors to meet you for an on-site visit, and talk You can see the animated film Concept to The range starts with the entry level Arena, a over the project you have in mind. The wealth of Completion on Origin's new YouTube channel. compact well appointed design. The mid-level experience gained over the years comes to bear, and There is also a speedy film that gives a good package is the Marathon, an 11.5 x 5.5m building, you soon get to realise that the design is only as big overview of the breadth of the company's output, housing a 9.2 x 3.3m pool, perfectly equipped for as your imagination. The designers relish a and a demonstration of how effective swimming the most demanding fitness session or plenty of challenge, a chance to extend their creativity even against a swim jet can be. More to follow, but for room to relax! The more spacious and flexible further. And then the company builds exclusively to the clients wishes, all added to and perfected by the AND FOR A LIMITED PERIOD WE WILL PAY HALF THE VAT ON YOUR OLYMPIC PACKAGE… Origin's knowledge and now go to this link to see our first YouTube imagination. Challenger and Olympiad feature a gym and sauna offerings: After the first concept sketches computer visuals for those who want to unwind big time after a are made, plans drawn up, and fine details discussed. healthy workout. ALL THE INFORMATION… The Chancellor won't do that but we will! As a Planning permission has never been easier to For full details of all Origin's pool houses the very best price example, choose the Marathon at £189,000 arrange. Many of Origin’s clients have homes in way to start things off is to get in touch with us. Phone areas of outstanding natural beauty, or in standard price and receive a 10% VAT discount of 01895 823366 or email conservation areas, and have previously found it £15,750. You will only pay £173,250. A great We will send you brochures, fill you in with all the difficult or impossible to get planning permission incentive to keep the Olympic spirit going! details, and arrange for you to meet one of our directors for the size and style of pool house they wanted for on site to get the whole process going. Or visit their homes and families. All this has now changed. CUSTOM-MADE EXCLUSIVELY FOR to see our constantly changing Many of the difficulties have simply been removed, YOU… and updating website. so many of these clients could reconsider their Origin’s project delivery service proves how the It’s a great introduction to an exciting new way of company has developed this custom-made side of plans, and have a far better chance of getting an life… the business, and how the design team has matured unqualified go-ahead. 76

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Freshen up your entire home

What better time to give your home a lift than spring time and by simply changing your flooring you can freshen up your entire home. Behar, with so many years of experience behind them offers quality, service and value and has so many choices to excite and stimulate your creative instincts, choosing the right flooring for you could not be easier. There are massive choices in carpets in natural and manmade fibres – with seemingly limitless options in plain or patterns – understated neutrals to the dazzling funky. Also, hard floors – real woods and durable laminates in every wood species that you can think of plus, Amtico flooring in every conceivable pattern and style. And right now there has never been a better time to buy with free fitting on all carpet orders over £300 – you get tremendous value at Behar as well as incredibly low prices. Choice, value, expert, honest advice, exceptional service – and the lowest prices in town guaranteed (see website for Price Promise details) there is only one place to go – and it has to be Behar.

Behar has just opened a second shop, namely BR Flooring, 216-218 Eltham High Street, Eltham SE9 1BA Tel: 0208 294 2660, along with its existing shop Behar Carpets, Unit 2b/2c Fairway, Station Square, Petts Wood, Kent BR5 1EG. Tel: 01689 822100. www.beharcarpets.


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JUST INTERIORS Suppliers of fine furniture and home accessories

Just Interiors Petts Wood Ltd 172 Petts Wood Road, Petts Wood, Kent BR5 1LG Tel. 01689 870970 Open Monday - Saturday 10am to 5pm

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Restaurant Reviews

This month, Food Editor Regan Maloney has visited restaurants in Petts Wood to give you her verdict. Full reviews of all restaurants can be found at

If you own or have a local restaurant that you’d like to recommend for reveiw, please email

Murinci station square petts wood

indian essence road 176-178 petts wood

Murinci is a fairly new addition to Petts Wood offering a fine dining experience with a European menu and a strong Italian influence from Head Chef Tony Locke, who currently also works alongside Aldo Zilli as his home/food economist. The restaurant has been newly refurbished to a very high standard and is situated just opposite the train station. It also has a great outdoor space to enjoy when our warm afternoons and evenings finally arrive.

Another new addition to Petts Wood is this new venture from Atul Kochhar and Jitindar Singh, two highly experienced people with a passion for Indian food. Unlike Atul’s Michelin starred restaurant Benares, Indian Essence (named after Kochhar’s first book) is a more relaxed local affair but serves the same high standard of food and interesting flavour combinations.

Service was very friendly, efficient and welcoming. The owner, Inci was on hand to ensure guests were happy. She talked them through the menu and provided information on where produce is sourced.

Service ran like clockwork with a team of around three waiters serving at different points throughout the evening. Jitindar was on hand to make recommendations and introduce the dishes.

Set menu’s are available from just £18.50 for two courses or the À la carte menu has mains starting at around £10. There is a great selection of fish, meats, pastas and vegetarian dishes and all produce was extremely fresh and of great quality. At the beginning of the meal we were presented with a large board of homemade breads, olives and oil. All were absolutely delicious with flavours such as walnut, tomato and a perfectly cooked foccacia. To start, our favourite were the fresh king scallops – suitably plump and cooked to perfection with a pea and mint puree, pancetta crisps and confit tomato dressing. For main the crispy suckling pig cooked in cocoa butter served with spiced apples, spinach and cinnamon infused jus stole the show. The meat melted in the mouth and the portion size was overly generous. Dessert had some unusual flavour combinations, our favourite being the baked peaches with rosemary ice cream and a dusting of chocolate. The ice cream was homemade and its delicate hint of rosemary worked extremely well with the sweetness of the peach.

Indian Essence features traditional Indian Cuisine with Western touches using the finest of seasonal ingredients. At the beginning of the meal we were presented with an amuse-bouche of spiced potato cake and mini papadums with three small glass jars of chutney (pineapple, ginger and green apple). To start, our favourite was the soft-shell crab with corn and apple salad with a sharp dressing that went very well with the crab. For main, it was hard to choose between the perfectly cooked and freshly grilled seafood and the slow cooked lamb neck fillet. Both were full of flavour and beautifully presented. The Samudri Khajana Do Piaza was made up of king prawn, scallop, razor clam, salmon and squid and served with a tomato-onion sauce. The lamb came with turnip and a perfectly spiced sauce that went well with our sides of baby aubergines, new potatoes in mustard seeds and garlic naan. Dessert was a clever twist on a British classic, cinnamon apple crumble with a ginger and cardamom custard - I do hope that Mr Kocchar shares the recipe for this one day!


There were a nice selection of wines available and the Sauvignon Blanc served by the glass went very well with the scallops. There was also a good selection of Champagnes and sparkling wines available with pre-dinner cocktails on the menu of Bellini and Kir Royale.

There is a fairly extensive cocktail list with the pineapple and ginger Mojito taking our fancy. The wine list is also good with some of Atul’s Signature Sauvignon Blanc from Hungary making an appearance.


A comfortable fine dining restaurant that’s perfect for a special occasion or to give yourself a well deserved treat.

A superb Indian restaurant with slick service, a great atmosphere and exciting flavours in the heart of Petts Wood.




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An Inviting, Fine Dining Seafood Restaurant in Beckenham Serving Fresh Seafood in an Attractive and Relaxing Environment Everything you can expect from a High Class Restaurant

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Opening Hours Lunchtimes: Wed-Sat: 12.00 -14.30 Evenings: Mon -Sat: 17.30 -23:00 Sunday: 12.00 -22.00

2 Southend Road Beckenham, Kent, BR3 1SD Tel: 0 20 8663 09 94 www.seasaltbeckenham .com

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LETS ROLL THE FAJITA AND SLAM THE TEQUILA MEXICAN STARTERS • TAPAS • NACHOS & TACOS FAJITAS • GRILLS • SEA FOOD TORTILLA & CHILLI • BBQ • BURGERS STARTERS Mushrooms Fresh mushrooms stuffed with Mexican cheese, garlic, herbs and covered in breadcrumbs and served with sour cream. Albodingas a la jardinera Our famous meatballs served in tomato salsa. Mexican Prawn Cocktail A lettuce filled tortilla basket, topped with prawns in our spicy rose sauce

Famous for bbq baby rack of ribs

Classic Cheese Nachos Tortilla chips topped with tomato salsa, melted cheese Gambas Pil Pil King prawns sautéed in an olive oil, garlic and hot Mexican pepper dressing.

MAIN COURSE Burrito (soft tortilla) Oven baked tortilla with cheese melted over the top with a selection of fillings below and pinto beans, rice, sour cream, guacamole & salad on the side CHICKEN - BEEF - VEG Fajitas Desperados famous fajitas are served to your table sizzling on a bed of onions & peppers with a side presentation of Mexican cheese, guacamole, sour cream and salad to garnish. CHICKEN - BEEF - VEG Lemon pepper salmon Fresh tender fillet salmon marinated in garlic pepper oil and lemon juice served with chips or jacket potato and salad to garnish. BBQ rack of ribs A whole rack of chargrilled baby back pork ribs smothered with honey BBQ sauce served with chips or jacket potato and salad to garnish. Flame grilled sirloin steak (8oz) scotch steak. Served with grilled tomato, mushroom, crispy salad and chips or jacket potato and salad to garnish. 84 APRIL 2013

2 Course Lunch Special


DESPERADOS 6 Station Square, Petts Wood, Orpington BR5 1NA

01689 836655

Culinary Themed Nights

Italian Menu

£23.95 per ticket

At Lujon, we like to keep things new and exciting. With this in mind, we are pleased to continue our themed nights every last Wednesday of the month. Angela from the Buttermilk Barn Cookery School, will be taking you on a culinary journey around the globe with a set 3 course tasting menu. Our second destination on the 24th April 2013 is Italy.

Starter Raviolo of spinach, ricotta and pine nuts with brown butter & sage dressing

Main Roasted Tuscan lamb shank, canellini bean & melanzana casserole (with side) Rustic Italian crushed potato

Dessert Amalfi lemon and almond cake, Limoncello sorbet (vegetarian options available, pre order required)


Come along and share in the music, the food and the good times. Delicious sharing platters will be served throughout the night while you relax and enjoy some great music. Thursday 11th April 2013 and Thursday 2nd May 2013 7.30pm - 10pm



4 Day - 4 Night Cookery Holidays in the charming town of Lagos.

Spring will be here soon, so why not join us on the terrace for lunch.

25% Off Last few rooms available

2 courses with wine £14.50 3 courses with wine £17.50

16th May - 20th May 2013

Wednesday to Saturday

Please contact

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Lujon, 6 Commonside, Keston BR2 6BP Tel: 01689 855501 Email:

Head Chef, Tony Locke

Murinci Restaurant –

PHOTOS: Adam Swaine

A passion for Italian food. Murinci is a stylish contemporary Italian and Mediterranean Brasserie in Petts Wood. This superb recently opened restaurant is both modern and comfortable and has created a luxurious environment for diners to enjoy a wonderful menu. Head Chef Tony Locke and his team use traditional recipes from their Italian backgrounds and have incorporated modern twists, to create an exciting taste experience. Tony is a highly experienced and trained chef. He has worked in several Michelin star restaurants with some of the most accomplished and well-known chefs in the country including Aldo Zilli, Allyn Williams, Michel Roux and Marcus Wareing. Murinci not only offer a sensational taste experience with excellent food but they also aim to give the best service and value for money. Their two course lunch menu is only £12.50 and three courses for £14.50 which runs from Tuesday – Sunday. Their evening set menu is £18.50 for two course and £21.50 for three. The A La Carte

menu is available in the evening and offers great value and includes a wide variety of superb dishes. They have an extensive wine list which compliments their seasonally changing menus. Now due to popular demand Murinci’s are offering a Specials Menu available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays evenings. Murinci’s philosophy is simple, they want every person who enters their door to feel relaxed, comfortable and happy so they have just one sitting in the evenings; so diners can stay as long as they want and get maximum enjoyment from their evening. Murinci's are now able to offer their superb restaurant for wedding receptions, they even have a licence to conduct wedding ceremonies and can provide various styles of receptions inside and outside on the terrace. A wide choice and variety of appetizing hot and cold buffets and four course sit down meals are available. Just contact our highly professional team who will discuss your requirements and budget to ensure you enjoy the best day of your life. If you want to have a truly enjoyable lunchtime or evening please call and make a booking to: Murinici Italian & Mediterranean Brasserie. The Estate Office, Station Square, Petts Wood,, Kent, BR5 1LZ. Telephone: 01689 833271. •

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A La Carte menu Starters: Cream of fennel soup served with tomato essence and garlic croutons. ❖ £4.50 Pan seared fresh king scallops served with pea and mint puree, pancetta crisps and confit tomato dressing. ❖ £7.50 “Cicchetti” A mixed board of Salami, grilled Mediterranean vegetables, marinated olives and a selection of Italian cheeses. ❖ £6.50 Chargrilled king prawns flavoured with garlic and chilli served with asparagus tips and red pepper pesto. ❖ £7.50 Mini Pizzetta topped with Brie de Meaux, red grapes, toasted pecan nuts and caramelised onions. ❖ £5.50 Pasta: Homemade artichoke stuffed ravioli, served with lamb and fennel seed sauce, spinach and grated Pecorino Sardo cheese. ❖ £11.50 Linguine in a prawn and cod emulsion sauce, with sauteed courgette and aromatic breadcrumbs. ❖ £12.50 Homemade herb Gnocchi in a fresh tomato and basil sauce, grated parmesan and mixed herb oil. ❖ £10.50 Fish: Pan fried line caught Seabass served with Parmentier potatoes, fennel and citrus salad and a spice red wine glaze. ❖ £15.50 Roasted fillet of Monkfish with a confit tomato and red pepper puree, black olive polenta and rocket pesto. ❖ £14.50 Meat: Crispy Suckling pig cooked in cocoa butter served with spiced apples, spinach and a cinnamon infused jus. ❖ £15.50 Chargrilled Fillet of prime Scotch beef, with sage and asiago mashed potato, grilled asparagus and a sauce of your choice: Peppercorn, creamy wild mushroom, or rosemary jus. ❖ £19.50  Roasted rack of Lamb marinated in honey and balsamic, served with carrot and swede puree, garden peas and salsa verde. ❖ £16.50 Pan fried Duck breast, served with sweet and sour red cabbage, broad beans and cumberland sauce. ❖ £13.50 Grilled aubergine roulade stuffed with basil infused ricotta served with fresh tomato sauce and grated Asiago cheese. ❖ £10.50 Warm salad of grilled asparagus, roasted red pepper, halloumi cheese, toasted pine nuts and basil pesto. ❖ £9.50 Side dishes:  Sauteed sage potatoes ❖ £3 Hand cut triple cooked chips ❖ £3.30 French beans with confit garlic oil ❖ £3.50 Mixed leaf salad with balsamic dressing ❖ £3.50 Grilled Mediterranean vegetables with basil pesto ❖ £3.50 Homemade Italian bread selection of Focaccia, Walnut bread and sun blushed tomato roll. ❖ £3.50 Desserts: Apricot mousse with homemade cherry ice cream and white chocolate sauce. ❖ £5.50 Strawberry and black pepper infused panna cotta, with lime meringue and homemade kiwi sorbet. ❖ £5.50 Trio of chocolate: White chocolate and citrus mousse, dark chocolate and vanilla truffle and Gianguja cake ❖ £5.50 Baked pineapple tart served with homemade vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce. ❖ £5.50 Selection of home-made ice creams and sorbets ❖ £5.50 Selection of Italian cheeses with homemade apple chutney and walnut bread. ❖ £6.50

tuesday, wednesday & thursday evenings 2 Course 18.50

3 Course 21.50

Starters: Cream of fennel soup garnished with tomato essence and garlic croutons. “Fritto Misto” of prawns, calamari and herb battered cod with a lemon tartare dipping sauce. Homemade crispy potato and herb gnocchi, with Pea and mint purée, confit cherry tomatoes and Parmesan shavings. Aubergine roulade with a basil infused ricotta filling served with fresh tomato sauce and grated Pecorino Sardo cheese. Mains: Chargrilled Prime Scotch sirloin steak served with asparagus, sage and asiago mash potato and your choice of sauce: peppercorn, creamy wild mushroom or rosemary jus. Pan roasted chicken breast served with sautéed sage potatoes and creamy wild mushroom sauce. Fillet of line caught seabass served with a fennel and citrus salad, parmentier potatoes, and spiced red wine glaze. Linguine with a prawn and cod emulsion sauce, sautéed courgettes and aromatic breadcrumbs. Warm salad of asparagus, roasted red pepper, pine nuts and grilled halloumi cheese drizzled with basil pesto. Desserts: Chocolate fondant served with white chocolate sauce and orange and cinnamon sorbet made in house. Roasted marinated peaches served with chocolate crumble and homemade rosemary infused ice cream. Apricot mousse on a soft coconut biscuit base served with white chocolate sauce and homemade cherry ice cream. Selection of our homemade ice creams and sorbetsand sorbets

Murinci Murinci Italian & Mediterranean Brasserie The Estate Office, Station Square, Petts Wood, Kent BR5 1LZ Tel: 01689 833271

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Mustard – A new style of eatery in Chislehurst. Phil Cowburn investigates


very High Street in the land has a café or even one of the ubiquitous coffee chains that we have all grown familiar with. Now this is fine if all you crave is two eggs and a fried slice with a large injection of cholesterol, or a pint of hot milk that vaguely tastes of coffee that removes two layers of skin from your tongue when you drink it! But occasionally an eatery appears which isn’t the norm,

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one which understands that the food and coffee they serve needs to be a bit more ‘Village’ and a bit less ‘High street ’. So it is wonderful to introduce ‘Mustard’ on Chislehurst Rd, Chislehurst, the new venture of young chef entrepreneur Charlie Scarborough. Walking into Mustard, one feels an instant personal appeal with excellent freshly cooked food, fine freshly made coffee and great friendly staff who are happy to talk you through what’s on offer that day. Mustard makes for a great lunch or breakfast experience. The owner Charlie says ‘for me it’s all about providing fabulous food and coffee in a friendly environment, we want you to tell all your friends about us and come back time and time again. To make sure that Mustard is that little bit extra special we have worked hard to get the recipe right on both the food and atmosphere front. Time and time again I’ve spent £5 or even £10 on the High Streets and the food and service have been barely better than poor. I don’t want to provide mere convenience so Mustard will be a place where you can meet friends to socialise in the week for a fine salad, a hot sandwich or just for a quick Illy Espresso. At the weekends we encourage you to bring the family for freshly cooked roast Beef & Turkey!’ Charlie spent years training to become a chef in some of the west ends finest restaurants and worked for Gordon Ramsey’s Royal Hospital Road, but that doesn’t mean big prices, in fact it’s quite the opposite. Mustard’s fine, daily changing menu is underpinned by great value for money and choice, but always with quality ingredients. If you are planning for a special occasion Charlie will work with you to put together a bespoke menu and can run an exclusive private supper club for up to 10 people in the private dining area. You can even bring your own wine for a very small glass and corkage charge. So if you are looking to have a coffee and a cake with some friends, fresh eggs and quality breads for breakfast, a great roast dinner on a Saturday or Sunday, not to mention Salt beef with gherkin in a bagel 6 days a week? Be sure to go and see Charlie and the family at Mustard, they will be waiting for you from 9am every morning, I’m pretty confident you’ll be back…. Mustard 55 Chislehurst Road, Kent, BR7 5NP 020 3689 0089 Twitter: tastemustard



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Cinnamon Culture JEWEL IN THE CROWN

Few years ago Bromley was named the UK’s curry house capital by a major beer company in a national survey. Apparently there was one Indian restaurant for every 853 residents in the South East London town. I have to admit that if Bromley wears the ‘curry crown’ then Cinnamon Culture in Plaistow Lane is the jewel in that crown. The newest Michelin Guide entry reads: ‘Former Victorian pub transmogrified into a smart Indian restaurant where the cooking is undertaken with care. A plethora of menus include Tasting and Vegetarian options, as well as a monthly menu focusing on one region’. I looked closely and noted that in fact Cinnamon Culture is the only Michelin recommended Indian restaurant in Bromley and only one out of four others listed in the area. Located in the heart of Bromley, Cinnamon Culture is truly a rare find that makes dining out so exciting. Opened in March 2011 by event and outside catering entrepreneur Manpreet Dhingra, the whole operation exudes style and elegance from the décor through to the presentation and taste of the food. The 75 seat restaurant is light and airy with wooden floors and well spaced tables with stylish settings. As you enter you will find the bar and the newly renovated lounge area, where you can just sit and enjoy one of their magical cocktails and a snack or be politely shown to your table to study a menu that will fill you with anticipation of delights to come. These are the creation of Oberoi and Leela Kempinski trained team of chefs, who hail from different regions of India and therefore are masters of both North and South Indian cuisines. Everything shows that fine attention to detail from the attractive presentations to the tantalizing tastes and textures of dishes such as luxurious Travancore Lobster with rich Alleppey sauce, slowly cooked Wild Boar in freshly ground masala, white vinegar and garlic, delicate Meen Pappas (sea bass) on a bed of curry leaf infused potato mash and a mouthwatering Syrian Christian style organic buffalo curry. Try the Pineapple Pachadi or Palak Aloo for the perfect accompaniment to your chosen dish and leave enough room for one of their decadent desserts. The wine and cocktail lists show the same dedication to detail offering expertly selected wines at a wide variety of prices to suit every pocket. As well as the excellent a la carte the patrons regularly introduce special seasonal menus highlighting particular regions of Indian subcontinent or different take on a particular dish to challenge and excite the taste buds, such as their most recent adventure with the Kebab & Biryani Festival. Sunday lunch at Cinnamon Culture is perfect for those relaxing afternoons when you want to unwind with friends or family and enjoy freshly-made, delicious Indian food. Choose your favourite dishes from the a la carte and enjoy 20% discount or pick from a great selection set menu with 2 courses at £15 and 3 courses at £18. Happy dining! Cinnamon Culture 46 Plaistow Lane, Bromley, Kent BR1 3PA Tel: 020 8289 0322

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