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EDUCATION LIFE Welcome readers T H E


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


Sometimes every parent needs a helping hand in deciding what is best for their children.

Our Education Life series is an invaluable resource for any parent considering private education. Many schools will be having their first open days of 2012 soon.



Encourage your children to come with you and get their feedback after each visit. Take a note book with you and write down positive or negative things that your child brings up. This will be a useful tool when you are comparing notes! It also provides an insight into the

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way a child sees a prospective future school. This month sees the first of our three part Education Life series which will also appear in April and September issues.

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Welcome to our February issue This stunning Down Hall Country House is nestled in the beautiful rolling countryside on the Hertfordshire and Essex borders. The sweeping driveway leads up to the hotel from the quiet rural roads which surround it. We explore the stunning country house hotel. A spot of tea in the afternoon soaked up with a slice of cake is truly a treat. Its traditionally English roots stemmed from Anna, the Duchess of Bedfordshire who found she was getting hungry at around 4’oclock in the afternoon so she would request for tea, bread and butter along with cakes to be brought to her room. It’s time for afternoon tea at Hanbury Manor.

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When you arrive at St Michael’s Manor Hotel it’s obvious why it is one of Hertfordshire’s most popular wedding venues. The convenience and peacefulness of the five acre garden and the classical building flowing with sympathetic contemporary design simply sells itself. In March, Gaucho will host Gaucho International Polo at London’s O2 arena, uniting high-octane polo interspersed with live world famous music to produce a unique event never seen before in Britain. This gives you just a small taste of exciting events and articles featured in this month’s issue...




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Historic St Albans Covering 1200 years in about 90 minutes, this excellent walk gives an overview of the most important people, buildings and events in St Albans from the Monastic to the modern. Amble in the Shambles This delightful walk round the ancient market place and it’s alleyways is suitable for absolutely everyone as it is in a small level area that is packed with history and interest. What more can we say – it’s a little gem! Victorian St Albans A walk that takes us from the medieval to the age of steam, the railway, factories and even the pioneering days of cinema (hear about the first ever film advertisement!) This was the age of massive expansion for the town, including a new prison whose front entrance will be recognisable to all fans of ‘Porridge’. Aristocrats, Paupers and Philanthropists This enjoyable stroll round the St. Peter’s area features various buildings and charitable institutions they generously gave to the city. Their stories are all quite fascinating – but then some were among the most powerful people in the Kingdom! The War of the Roses Although two battles were fought in St Albans in this dynastic struggle between the houses of Lancaster and York, this walk concentrates on the first one, which took place in and around the marketplace. Hear about the reasons why, the personalities involved and the outcome. There’s even a Shakespearean connection! Come and join the battle – no armour needed! A Pint a Prayer and a Primer St Albans was a centre for the brewing of ale and beer, having a truly remarkable number of inns and alehouses catering for the medieval visitor and trader. Following the Reformation the town became a centre for religious dissent. This walk combines the sacred and the profane in a tour in both existing and former sites. The Street War Memorials The ten street war memorials within the Abbey Parish are unique in the U.K., and are the focus of a profoundly moving walk. Hear the stories behind a few of the 110 names of those who died, from the poor to the privileged, but all from 8 F E B R U A RY 2 0 1 2

Walking St Albans

City Walks start outside the Old Town Hall in Market Place and take from an hour to an hour and a half. Tickets should preferably be obtained in advance from the Tourist Information Centre inside the Old Town Hall, but may also be purchased from the Guide on duty.

one small area. This walk is always on the nearest Sunday to November 11th, and is always free of charge. It is a walk every local person should do. Town, Crown and Cloister St Albans Abbey was founded by one king and destroyed by another nearly 750 years later, and many monarchs have meddled in the middle! The sometimes uneasy relationship between the crown, the town and the abbey features on this free walk for both Residents First weekend and Heritage Weekend and it is a combined venture between the City and Cathedral Guides to link the inside and outside of the Abbey Church with the town. Ghostly Goings-on An extremely popular and atmospheric walk that introduces some of the ghosts of St Albans and relates their sad stories. We can’t guarantee whom you might see – only where you might find them, for

they do exist! This walk is not suitable for very young children. Crime and Punishment Local crimes ranged from murder in the Cathedral to theft worth two pence, and the punishments were often disproportionately harsh. This walk will take place in the 1831 Courtroom, the two buildings that were prisons in times past and point out the site of such niceties as the stocks and the pillory. Not to be missed for the stout-hearted! Court and Convicted This popular tour of the cells and court room is not for the faint hearted. Feeling brave? Then join a guided tour of the cells beneath the courtroom of the Town Hall. Then follow in the footsteps of prisoners to the courtroom, stand in the dock, face the magistrates and learn your fate! Tickets are limited and can be purchased in advance or on the day.

From Fishpool Street to St Michaels A one thousand year old route that follows George Street, Romeland and Fishpool Street to picturesque St Michael’s Village, with its elegant houses, Saxon Church and the superb Verulamium Museum. It is quite a challenge to guess the ages of the houses in fascinating Fishpool Street – join the guide and see for yourselves! Monks, Mysteries and Mischief Monks were an incredibly diversified and talented band of brothers – theirs was a powerful, self-sufficient community on whom many others depended, but occasionally human failings and weakness would creep in. To find out more, join us on a visit to their world. Tudor St Albans 2009 marks 500 years after the accession of Henry VIII. The Tudor kings and queens played an important part in the history of St Albans. One king closed the monastery which had been the reason for the town’s existence, a queen ordered the burning of a Protestant martyr in Romeland and another queen visited the town frequently to stay with a favourite minister. Find out more about the Tudor connection by taking this new walk with the City and District of St Albans Tour Guides. A Round with Sam Ryder Walk the course of Samuel Ryder’s life. In a journey tracing the remarkable events of one of St Albans most prominent citizens, we walk the length of a golf course and look into his commitment to civic duty. After 18 holes, we finally understand and know the man. A family man, a caring employer, a churchman, a Mayor and yes – the man behind the Ryder Cup. Girls and Boys Come Out to Play This special Festival walk tells the history of St Albans history through Nursery Rhymes for children young and old. Come along and find out about the connection with Humpty Dumpty!

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R I S T O R A N T E If you’re searching for authentic Italian fare, look no further than Aqua Ristorante bringing a little bit of Italy to Hertford The fare of Aqua is more than just pizza and pasta there are also tasty starters, fish and meat dishes. Try the ‘Limoncello’ chicken wrapped in Parma ham

with a limoncello & black garlic sauce or for seafood lovers ‘D’Aqua’ tiger prawns, rocket, parmesan in chilli & olive oil wine it’s as delicious as it is unique or for vegetarians Bucco roasted vegetables, goats cheese & caramelised onions with a centre of leafy salad With an enchanting, relaxed

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Diamond Jubilee M U S I C S P E C TA C U L A R


op legend Sir Paul McCartney will headline a spectacular musical tribute to the Queen to mark her Diamond Jubilee. The former Beatle will be among a concert line-up that will feature artists from across the 60 years of the monarch’s reign playing in front of Buckingham Palace in June. Securing McCartney for the event’s bill is a major coup for singer Gary Barlow, who is helping to organise the event. Other performers will include Sir Elton John, Sir Tom Jones, Dame Shirley Bassey, Madness, Annie Lennox and Sir Cliff Richard, Jessie J, boy band JLS and singer songwriter Ed Sheeran. The Take That star said: “The Diamond Jubilee concert will celebrate the 60 years of the Queen’s reign with an amazing line-up of world class artists coming together to play at one of the biggest and most exciting live music shows in recent years. With Buckingham Palace as a backdrop, it’s going to be a fantastic event which transcends multiple

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decades of music. It’ll be a great, unique, experience for the thousands attending, watching on TV and listening on Radio. I can’t wait.” The concert will take place in front of the palace, with the stage around the Victoria Monument and raised seating for up to 20,000 people - many of the rest from charities covering the flowerbeds around the roundabout. The organisers hope that up to another 500,000 people may throng St James’s and Green Parks and the Mall in the remote chance of catching a glimpse of the show or to watch on giant screens. Those who opt to stay at home can see it live on BBC1 or listen on Radio 2. Gary Barlow said the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry had both requested artists to perform in front of an audience of more than 10,000 that will include the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal Family.” Barlow would not confirm if he or Take That would play on the night but said almost two-thirds of the acts had been

confirmed and he hoped to go beyond Commonwealth artists and have American stars taking part. The musician said he wanted other forms of entertainment such as ballet or performances from the West End to be represented and highlighted how classical acts had already been booked - English tenor Alfie Boe and virtuoso Chinese pianist Lang Lang. A ballot is now open for British residents to apply for 10,000 free tickets for the show. Each successful applicant will be allowed to nominate a guest aged 13 or over, and the ballot is open until 2nd March. Ticket applicants can apply online at diamondjubilee or on a postcard to The Royal Diamond Jubilee Concert 2012, PO Box 798, Manchester, M60 1WU, between now and 2nd March. Applicants must be over 18 and living at a British (or British forces) postal address, and can apply only once. Those who are successful will be notified by the end of March and tickets will be sent out at the end of May.

Star-studded line-up is announced Ticket ballot open until 2nd March 2012


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ust 60 bottles of a Diamond Jubilee scotch, made by Johnnie Walker distiller Diageo, have been produced for sale, and are being offered to known collectors of rare and expensive whiskies. Another single bottle will be given to the Queen herself. The whisky is a blend of grain and malt whiskies dating back from 1952, and finished in casks made of oak from the Queen’s Sandringham estate. If you don’t have £100,000 to spend and are wondering what it tastes like, the master blender for all Johnnie Walker whiskies, Jim Beveridge, said he is “surprised and delighted” by the way the Jubilee whisky has turned out. “With whisky as old as 60 years, sometimes it can be a bit crusty and the flavours can be a bit subdued. But this one is very vibrant,” he said. “It has a fresh fruity flavour, and a finish which is smoky and also has an exotic fruit taste.” He added that Diageo has whisky stocks dating back 50 years, but for anything older than that there are far fewer to choose from. “1952 was an interesting year for distillers, as the whisky industry started to get back on its feet after the Second World War “ said Mr Beveridge. The whisky was bottled on 7th February in Baccarat crystal decanters, at the Royal Lochnagar Distillery on the edges of the Queen’s Balmoral estate. David Gates, the head of Diageo’s whisky business, said the company originally planned to offer the Diamond Jubilee whisky to wealthy afficionados in Asia Pacific and Latin America, but has now had requests from the US and Europe as well. All profits from the sale of the bottles will go to the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST).

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Juxtaposition of George II period carved side table, painting by John Wells, 1962, and a scuplture entitled ‘Oracle’ by Denis Mitchell, 1955 Exhibitor: Godson & Coles


BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair 2011

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he prestigious BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair, which has established itself as the UK’s premier national art and antiques fair, will mark its 20th anniversary when it opens to the public in London. During this time it has grown from strength to strength and proved that antiques are highly regarded by collectors. To celebrate this milestone, the biannual dinner of the British Antique Dealers’ Association, which represents the country’s leading art and antique specialists, will be held at the Fair in the Duke of York Square, off Sloane Square, London SW3. Throughout its 20year history, quality and connoisseurship have been the defining characteristics of the BADA Fair. It is fully backed by the BADA, to which all its exhibitors belong and which requires its members to observe a strict code of practice. The Fair is held in a superb location in one of London’s most exclusive areas on the King’s Road just a short walk from Sloane Square and within easy reach of some of the capital’s finest hotels, shops and restaurants. At the 2012 Fair more than 100 exhibitors will offer for sale an unrivalled range of top quality furniture, paintings, silver, jewellery, ceramics, glass, clocks, textiles A rare pair of and other regency period carved, bronzed works and gilt window of art. seats, after Ticket a design by Prices: Thomas Hope, £10 for a English c1810. single ticket, Exhibitor: £15 for a Godson & Coles double. All tickets include a BADA Handbook and one re-entry pass per person. General information number: 020 7589 6108 For events at the Fair please visit or email


Abbey Road Studios Exclusive presentations sell out! Extra sessions & dates announced!


he talks due to take place on 10th March 2012 rare archive photos, film and audio, showing changes to the at Abbey Road’s iconic Studio Two sold out at studio and equipment. It will illustrate Abbey Road Studios’ a staggering rate. This rare opportunity for the long progression through all kinds of music, from classical to public  to visit the revered studios and attend an insightful rock, and the methods used to record in each style/period. and entertaining talk, has proved hugely popular. Due to Visitors will be allowed early entrance with time to explore and this demand, two further talks will take place in March. take photographs in the famous Studio Two, where seminal acts As part of their 80th Anniversary celebrations, like The Beatles, Oasis, The Hollies, The Shadows, Pink Floyd and Abbey Road Studios will be opening its doors Kate Bush recorded epoch-defining music. More recently, Elbow to the public for a unique experience. recorded their theme for the 2012 Olympics there and amazing Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan - authors artists like Ryan Adams, Laura Marling and Feist of the critically-acclaimed, definitive laid down performances for the worldwide MARCH 9TH: book ‘Recording the Beatles’ will give an ‘Live From Abbey Road’ television show. insightful and highly-enjoyable presentation, Session 1: doors open at 2pm Brian Kehew, co-author of ‘Recording The Session 2: doors open at 7pm specifically for the anniversary event. Beatles’, is a record producer, engineer and MARCH 10TH: ‘Recording The Beatles’ has won huge musician. He has worked with The Who, Session 1: doors open at 10 am praise from Abbey Road Studios alumni Fiona Apple, Air, Rod Stewart, Talking Session 2: doors open at 3pm including Alan Parsons, Norman Smith, Heads, Aretha Franklin, and Black Sabbath.  MARCH 11TH Ken Townsend and John Kurlander, Kevin Ryan, co-author of ‘Recording the Session 1: doors open at 10 am whose engineering/production CVs Beatles’ is a Houston-based producer, Session 2: doors open at 3pm count The Beatles, The Hollies, Pink arranger and composer. He is also a talented MARCH 23RD Floyd, The Pretty Things and the Lord graphic designer and video/film artist. Session 1: doors open at 10am Of The Rings trilogy between them. Tickets for 11th March 2012  are £75 Session 2: doors open at 7pm Kehew and Ryan’s ‘80 Years of Available from MARCH 24TH Recording at Abbey Road Studios’ talk will Tour/ABBEY-ROAD-STUDIOS Session 1: doors open at 10am explore the studio’s decades of landmark Abbey Road Studios, 3 Abbey Session 2: doors open at 3pm recordings, celebrating the technology Road, London, NW8 9AY MARCH 25TH and sonic creativity that lead to epoch * PLEASE NOTE:  Despite certain Session 1: doors open at 10:00 defining music from feted artists. claims to the contrary, this does NOT Session 2: doors open at 15:00 The presentation will cover the include a tour of Abbey Road Studios. The history of Abbey Road Studios with event takes place in Studio Two only. 1 8 F E B R U A RY 2 0 1 2

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he famous London store has opened the Selfridges Library, the heart of Words Words Words - a phrase famously coined by Shakespeare for his Hamlet. The 15,000-book library, set up within the Ultralounge, has been curated by Penguin, Taschen, Faber and Thames and Hudson exclusively for the project. The Selfridges Library’s mission is to offer visitors a special edit of the most inspirational books from each of the four publishers’ historic and contemporary stocks, from fairy tales to biographies and, via Taschen, some of the most breath-taking photography-led books. Amid the comfortable seating, listening posts for audio books and iPads are available for visitors to reach another few more thousands of tomes. A special section of the Selfridges Library will reveal the books which have had the biggest impact on some well-loved celebrities - from Miranda Hart, Poloma Faith and Sophie Dahl, to Felicity Kendal, Olivia Palermo and Thandie Newton - books they would take with them on a desert island or rescue from a fire, all giving some unexpected clues about their inner-self.

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Words Words Words The Selfridges Library will also host the Selfridges Library classes, a full schedule of activities staged throughout Words Words Words to include story-telling and poetry classes, lectures, hand-writing analysis. During school holidays, there will be book reading for children every day. Working closely with cult publisher, academy and bookstore The Idler, Selfridges is launching a series of back to basics courses in latin, grammar and Greek

philosophy. The weekly grammar lessons taught by Etonian, Oxford graduate and teacher extraordinaire Nevile Gwynne, whose reputation for exacting standards and oldfashioned but proven methods precedes him, are expected to be most popular - and feared! The Selfridges Library will also mark milestones such as the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens, National Story Telling Week and World Book Day - all taking place

during Words Words Words. One more special contributor is another cult brand: It’s Nice That. The Shoreditch-based creative publisher with a passion for design has created four windows for Selfridges the store’s biggest will showcase a mind-boggling installation called Word-A-Coaster, produced in collaboration with interactive designer Stewdio, mixing the principles of the old-fashioned fairground rollercoaster and fortune telling to offer customers a humour-filled way to pick at random one of 30,000 possible predictions for 2012, especially written by It’s Nice That based on their edit of the most interesting, inspiring or funniest adjectives in the Oxford English dictionary. The entirely mechanised installation is operated at the touch of a button and free of charge. Artist Ben Long, and designers Chrissie MacDonald and Gilles Miller are creating another three installations in three nearby windows under the curatorial supervision of It’s Nice That - presenting the word WORDS in three different and creative ways. Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, London W1A 1AB


Bentley, Rolls Royce, Bugatti and Audi. And to keep pace with increased ownership of luxury cars, H.R. Owen last year completed the move of its Jack Barclay service facility from Vauxhall to a new facility at Burr Road, Wandsworth, South West London. Prices for the new Bentley on display start from £123,850 and H.R. Owen anticipate that it will help fuel worldwide demand for the Bentley brand which reported a 37% rise in sales in 2011. The new Bentley V8 engine delivers performance and power in the Bentley tradition. It achieves outstanding levels of fuel efficiency for the luxury performance sector and is capable of travelling over 500 miles (800km) on a single tank of fuel. The arrival of the new V8 Continental models fulfills Bentley’s environmental commitment to produce a new powertrain that delivers a 40 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions.

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.R. Owen and Boujis launch the new Bentley Continental GT V8 with a Mayfair pop up club The Mayfair showroom of luxury car dealer H.R. Owen was transformed this month into a pop up nightclub in association with Boujis to celebrate the European launch of the new Bentley Continental GT V8. Signature cocktails were showcased by the boujis brand,

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including a bespoke ‘BB’ cocktail blended with elit(tm) by Stolichnaya® vodka for the 300 elite guests to enjoy. The showroom windows were blacked out and the space transformed to build guests’ and celebrities’ anticipation of the Bentley reveal, with a club downstairs to continue the festivities. Boujis resident DJ ‘Klaus’ was on hand mixing tracks to the acoustic sounds of the new V8 engine.

H.R. Owen was established in Mayfair by Howard Rolfe Owen in 1932, but the dealership has never seen a party like this before where Boujis have converted the basement showroom to resemble a cocktail lounge swathed in red. In 2011 H.R. Owen grew its Bentley representation further with the £1.5m acquisition of Broughtons of Cheltenham so that its portfolio includes

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The Ignite Group Ltd was founded by Matt Hermer and Paul Deeming in December 1998. The company was originally set up as a vehicle to purchase high-end cocktail bars in London and started with the flagship Eclipse bar in Chelsea. Ignite has since grown, and now includes three Eclipse bars, including one in Barcelona; the awardwinning Boujis private members club launched in 2002; and, most recently, Wyld, a hip and vibrant club to party and network, part of the W London Hotel in Leicester Square.

WIN the Ultimate Weekend at Down Hall


ife Magazines has teamed up with the luxurious Down Hall Country House Hotel to offer one lucky reader the chance to win the Ultimate Weekend for Two at Down Hall.

The winner of the prize will enjoy the full range of facilities at this historic hotel such as a swim in the in-door pool, a game of tennis on the outside courts or a walk around the 110 acres of surrounding woodland and parkland. The Ultimate Weekend includes a welcome Traditional Afternoon Tea after which the prize winner and their guest can enjoy all the leisure pursuits Down Hall has to offer in order to work up their appetite for the sumptuous 3-course dinner in the contemporary Grill Room Restaurant. After this the prize winner will enjoy a sound night’s sleep in one of our spacious Feature Rooms after which a Full English Breakfast is served before departure.

Down Hall Country House Hotel on the Hertfordshire-Essex border is arguably one of Britain’s most beautiful mansion hotels. With its spectacular rooms, ornate ceilings and abundance of natural daylight, Down Hall in Hatfield Heath offers an experience like no other. All of Down Hall’s 99 luxurious bedrooms have been individually designed to reflect the grandeur and timelessness of the building. The hotel’s feature rooms include sumptuous two or four poster beds with views overlooking the gardens.

From traditional afternoon teas to delicious picnics on the lawn, Down Hall is also famous for its exceptional cuisine. Fruit and vegetables grown in the hotel’s grounds as well as the finest local produce are used to create memorable dishes in its bistro-style Grill Room. The most romantic of venues, Down Hall is extremely popular for weddings and is also one of the largest conference centres in the area with 26 meeting and event rooms.

And if you do not win this amazing prize, you can still enjoy either Afternoon Tea or Dinner for Two in the Grill Room at a 15% discount, just by quoting ‘ LIFE’ when making your reservation. Valid until 31st May 2012.

To be in with a chance of winning this fabulous prize, please answer the following question:


What is the name of the alfresco restaurant at Down Hall?

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Something for Everyone Looking for an escape from the frantic hustle and bustle of daily life? Down Hall Country House Hotel may well be the ideal retreat for you.

This stunning country house is nestled in the beautiful rolling countryside at the heart of the Hertfordshire/Essex borders, with a sweeping driveway leading up to the hotel from the quiet rural roads which surround it. Despite feeling like you are far away from your daily life, Down Hall is exceptionally accessible. Stansted Airport is situated a mere 10 miles away whilst London is a 40 minute journey away by Stansted Express.

First-time and frequent visitors alike are struck by the grandeur of the hotel in Hatfield Heath which has enjoyed an extremely rich history - with the earliest record of a building on the site in 1322 when it came into the possession of a neighbouring monastery.

General Manager Chris Falcus says the hotel appeals to a broad spectrum of visitors, many of whom return time and time again. He added: “We take pride in reflecting the history and grandeur of the building in our 99 bedrooms, which have all been individually designed. For that added luxury, our feature rooms include beautiful two or four poster beds with views overlooking the gardens. “The grounds themselves are also a major selling point for our guests – we’ve got 110 acres of woodlands, parklands and landscaped gardens. Visitors are free to wander the grounds at their leisure with the aid of one of our walking maps providing short, medium and long walks. During the summer months, the hotel can also provide a gourmet picnic basket for guests to enjoy in the grounds. There’s a great deal of wildlife to explore, including several alpacas which people are unlikely to expect in the Essex countryside!”

Over the centuries, Down Hall’s other incarnations have been a family property, a convalescence home for wounded First World War soldiers, a girls’ boarding school and an antiques centre. It became a hotel in 1986 and today is a leading leisure destination as well The grounds are also a big draw for as a top-class conference centre and teambuilding organisers who take wedding venue. advantage of the flexible land to 2 6 F E B R U A RY 2 0 1 2

arrange teambuilding exercises such as clay pigeon shooting, archery, It’s a Knockout and a large range of motorised activities. Down Hall has

Executive Chef, Mark Jones, has created a contemporary British menu which changes daily featuring the finest ingredients sourced from our own vegetable garden or the local area. The Grill Room is also ideal for a leisurely Sunday lunch with friends and family and with a different menu every Sunday, guests return again and again.

partnerships with the leading team building companies who will be pleased to tailor a package to fit the objectives of the event. Whether the client is after a better understanding of team roles, processes, or simply want to reward their employees, Down Hall provides team building activities that are fun and creative with measurable results for the clients’ business. Down Hall is famous for serving the much-loved English tradition of Afternoon Tea at its finest. Afternoon is served in the historic splendour of the Lounge or in a private tea room. The choice of 3 delicious menus and a selection of the finest teas make for an unforgettable experience. The Traditional Afternoon Tea is served with finger sandwiches, scones and homemade cakes whilst the Chocolate Indulgence includes homemade chocolate spread, chocolate fondue with a selection of dipping fruit. Or treat yourself to the luxury Down Hall Royal Afternoon Tea with lobster and fillet beef sandwiches and deluxe homemade pastries served with a glass of champagne.


The Grill Room Bar & Restaurant is an ideal location for informal dining throughout the day. The restaurant is decorated with Italian wood flooring, dark wood tables, stunning red leather seating and large windows that let in an abundance of natural daylight. Executive Chef, Mark Jones, has created a contemporary British menu which changes daily featuring the finest ingredients sourced from our own vegetable garden or the local area. The Grill Room is also ideal for a leisurely Sunday lunch with friends and family and with a different menu every Sunday, guests return again and again.

Hertfordshire/Essex countryside, provides an exquisite backdrop for our couples’ special day... Down Hall is the place where dreams are turned into perfect reality. Our dedicated wedding coordinators will guide our couples through their arrangements from the very first time they contact us, to the moment they take their vows. Every detail is taken care of and they come equipped with lists of recommended suppliers, creative ideas and years of valuable experience to help make each wedding day everything our brides and grooms could have ever dreamed of and more.

During the summer months, enjoy Down Hall’s Terrace restaurant, our al fresco dining experience in the sophisticated surroundings of our 110 acre estate. Treat yourself to dishes from the exciting menu featuring a selection of grills, pastas and salads, perfect with a cool glass of white wine whilst enjoying the long summer days. The Terrace will be open from April to September.

At Down Hall, we believe in celebrating special occasions in style! Days such as Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Easter are marked with special lunch and/or dinner offers and are a lovely surprise for that special person.

Private dining is very popular at Down Hall, the range of banqueting suites can cater for any event large or small. Special menus have been created offering flexibility to every taste and budget. Down Hall has experience in hosting a wide range of exclusive private dining events such as engagement parties, christenings, birthday celebrations, wedding anniversaries and Christmas parties. Down Hall also offers a range of leisure facilities with something to suit every guest. Guests can relax in the sauna before taking a dip in the 10-meter indoor pool and Jacuzzi. For our more active guests, there are 2 hard-court tennis courts in the grounds. For the nature lovers, Down Hall provides walking maps outlining short, medium and long walking routes taking them past the most beautiful spots on the 110 acre estate. Down Hall is also the location for many a happy wedding day thanks to its stunning ceremony rooms with high ceilings and ornate décor. A historic Country House, situated in the breathtaking beauty of the

Down Hall has many special offers available, something suited for every budget. The Midweek Madness offer changes on a monthly basis and is a high value offer including Dinner, Bed and Breakfast plus something a little extra. This offer is available Sunday-Thursday and is a nice treat for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. The Funky Friday offer celebrates the start of the weekend with a lovely cocktail whilst our Superb Sundays includes a luxury cream tea on arrival. For details on all special offers, please visit our website as it is updated with new offers on a regular basis. Subscribers to our newsletter receive exclusive offers on a regular basis which are well worth signing up for.

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Gallery Rouge

Announcing an exciting year of exhibitions, events and artist attendances Never one to stand still, it will come as no surprise to learn that Gallery Rouge have a full schedule of events planned for the year ahead. The gallery once again demonstrates its commitment to bringing you the strongest selection of artwork bar none. follow us on

Salvador Dali exhibition MARCH 24TH TO 31ST

Following on from their hugely successful ‘Picasso and the School of Paris’ Show held last May, the focus of this event will be on one of the most influential Spanish artists of a generation. Whilst Dali has been described as a maverick and a genius in the same breath, his impact on the modern art movement is unquestionable. Both Dalí’s extraordinary talent and eccentric personality helped him to rise above the rest of the twentieth century surrealists. This is an opportunity to acquire signed limited edition work which would ordinarily be inaccessible.

John-Mark Gleadow exhibition MAY 12TH - 20TH 2012

Hyper realist painter John-Mark has taken the artworld by storm with his stunningly detailed depictions in a book spine cover format. Bridging the gap between portraiture and literature, John-Marks work demonstrates exceptional skill (each piece taking months to create) and the gallery are delighted to be holding his first ever European exhibition. John-Mark will be flying across from the US especially for the event. 2 8 F E B R U A RY 2 0 1 2


Kal Gajoum exhibition JULY 21ST - 29TH 2012

Following on from his sell-out exhibition in March 2010, Gallery Rouge is delighted to be welcoming Kal back to the UK for a highly anticipated show to be held in central London. Kal’s palette knife oil paintings have become incredibly sought after since his tenure as the Official Artist of the 2010 Winter Olympics, and this event will coincide with the 2012 Summer Olympics. As his exclusive European representatives, Gallery Rouge will be flying Kal Gajoum over from Canada to make a personal appearance and meet with collectors.

Barry Hilton exhibition NOVEMBER 3RD - 11TH 2012

Landscape painter Barry Hilton will be in attendance later in the year with a strong collection of original oil paintings. Barry’s ability to capture atmospheric backdrops has catapulted him to the forefront of the modern landscape genre. Barry will be holding only two exhibitions in 2012, and specifically approached Gallery Rouge, such is the profile of the gallery.

Kerry Darlington exhibition SEPTEMBER 15TH - 23RD 2012

To mark Gallery Rouge’s fifth anniversary they are thrilled to announce that the UK’s top selling artist Kerry Darlington will be coming to the gallery in St Albans. Gallery Rouge held Kerry Darlington’s first ever solo exhibition and this event is in recognition of their special relationship. Due to her work commitments Kerry rarely has time for events, so this is indeed rather special.

Delivering you Exceptional Choice Gallery Rouge has firmly established itself as the place you must visit first should you be looking for artwork for your home or office. The selection of artwork is the largest and widest in Hertfordshire, as the gallery is uniquely positioned in representing work from; DeMontfort Fine Art (who represent household names in Fabian Perez, Henderson Cisz, Doug Hyde, Rolf Harris and Todd White to name but a few) Washington Green Fine Art (representatives of Alexander Miller,

Bob Dylan, Peter Smith, Paul Kenton and Lawrence Coulson amongst others) Buckingham Fine Art (with the hugely popular Kerry Darlington, Barry Hilton, Adam Barsby and Mark Spain) Independent artists from across the UK including David Renshaw, Chris Chapman and Peter Wileman PRIO International artists exclusive to the gallery in Europe including Hessam Abrishami, Bill Mack, Eric Waugh and John-Mark Gleadow. F E B R U A RY 2 0 1 2 2 9




n 21st March 2012 Gaucho will host The Gaucho International Polo at London’s O2 arena, uniting high-octane polo interspersed with live world famous music to produce a unique event never seen before in Britain. Following the triumphant inaugural year in 2011, Gaucho International Polo has now evolved into the ultimate celebration of Argentina’s sporting and cultural heritage at the O2 arena. The 2012 event will consist of two international arena polo matches merged with exclusive performances from Grammy award winning band, Bajofondo. Bajofondo, who have put ‘electrotango’ firmly on the world music map will open and play throughout the tournament, creating a thrilling blend of polo and performances. The matches will see Scotland taking on Ireland and culminate in the titanic clash between IG Index’s England and Argentina, pitting Britain’s finest player, Jamie Morrison 3 0 F E B R U A RY 2 0 1 2

against the Royals’ favourite star, Nacho Figueras. The Gaucho International Polo will be a true Argentine festival, with tastings from some of the country’s finest wine producers, brought to the event by leading authority, Wines of Argentina. There will also be a fun and charitable twist to the event in the form of “The White Jeans Party’. What to wear to polo matches has often been hotly debated amongst the style conscious, but white jeans are winning in the fashion stakes with enthusiasts such as Prince Harry donning them at matches around the world. In keeping with this, every guest who arrives at the event wearing a pair, a pound will be donated to the BFF (British Forces Foundation). Arena polo is an emerging trend in the polo world and takes place on a smaller pitch with only three players per team rather than the usual four, creating a fast-paced and spectator friendly game. With simpler rules and tickets starting at just £20, it is an accessible way of introducing


Londoners to Argentina’s most celebrated sporting tradition. Combining the best in Argentine food and wine with the sophisticated glamour of Buenos Aires, Gaucho is now not only the ultimate dining destination but an established ambassador for Argentine culture and sport. Gaucho’s UK Operations Director, Martin Williams sums it: “Gaucho are delighted to be working with the HPA to create an annual International Polo match at the O2- I hope that it will grow to rival the success of the former ‘HPA Cartier International Polo’. This year we have created what promises to be an amazing Gaucho Polo Party: The Argentine wine tasting lounge and Bajofondo concert are included in the event and all tickets, while the ‘White Jeans’ charity theme and after-parties will keep the event casual and a lot of fun.” 21st March 2012, Doors open 5.30pm Polo matches start 7.15pm with live performances from Bajofondo throughout Afterparty starts 9.45pm Tickets from £20, through Ticketmaster W: F:

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Its Time for Tea Afternoon tea events at Hanbury Manor

A spot of tea in the afternoon soaked up with a slice of cake is truly a treat. Its traditionally English roots stemmed from Anna, the Duchess of Bedfordshire who found she was getting hungry at around 4’oclock in the afternoon so she would request for tea, bread and butter along with cakes to be brought to her room. This became a habit and she began inviting her friends to join her and this soon became a socially fashionable occasion through the 1800s. Adopted from the 18th Century, afternoons have once again been dominated with teeming teapots and its fashionable status has been reinstalled. Venues such as Hanbury Manor, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club based in Ware, Hertfordshire offer traditional afternoon tea servings from 2pm starting from £23 per person. The Afternoon Tea’s take place in 3 2 F E B R U A RY 2 0 1 2

Oak Hall which in the winter is a particularly enchanting room with the roaring fires alight to keep cosy.

The afternoon tea arrangement consists of an extensive tea menu including the traditional English breakfast and Earl Grey to exotic brews from India and China. The tea is served with a three tiered silver stand of dainty finger sandwiches including; ham and cheese on multiseed bread, smoked salmon and cream cheese on granary bread, cucumber on dill bread and egg mayonnaise and cress on white bread, freshly baked raisin and plain scones served with strawberry jam and clotted cream along with cakes and pastries prepared by the pastry chef on the day. With its popularity through 2011, Hanbury Manor has adapted its fabulous traditional Afternoon Tea’s

into themed events that consist of traditional afternoon tea served with a glass of bubbly on arrival and live music throughout to allow you to drift away, relax and unwind while sipping on your favourite cuppa.

Hanbury Manor are also offering a special reader offer on Afternoon Tea’s of 10% off on Monday to Thursday bookings available until end of March 2012, please quote: St Albans Afternoon Tea on booking.

Afternoon Tea events at Hanbury To make a booking for Afternoon Tea or Manor through 2012 include: any of the events please contact the hotel on: 01920 487 722 or visit our booking system Mothers Day - Light Opera online: Afternoon Tea - Sunday 18th March 2012 LBDirect/index.cfm?connectionID=UKEaster Sunday - Songs of the RES-OAKHALLCOCKTAILSilver Screen Afternoon Tea BAR_124182:27123 Sunday 8th April 2012 Hanbury Manor Garden Party to tie-in with Queen’s Jubilee - Monday 4th June 2012 Fathers Day - James Bond Afternoon Tea - Sunday 17th June 2012 Halloween - Phantom of the Opera Afternoon Tea - Date: TBC Hanbury Manor, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club Ware, Hertfordshire, The Afternoon tea events are at a cost of £30 SG12 0SD Telephone: 01920 487 722 per person and pre-booking is recommended. Website:

Stay 2 nights & Dine For Free Two nights price reduction, free wine and dine a la carte Available until 4th April 2012 When booking please quote re: StAL2012Q1

Terms and conditions · One dinner or lunch per person, per stay · Half bottle of house wine per person, per stay · Lunch or dinner subject to availability · Dinner not available Saturday nights · Includes full English breakfast · Cannot be used in conjunction with any other hotel offer, discounted rate, functions or weddings · Not available 11th-15th Feb or 18th March 2012 · Full dining price charged if second night cancelled · For reduced room prices, call us or visit our website St Michael’s Manor, Fishpool Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 4RY T: 01727 818 961 • • StMM_StA_Life_AW-12-1-12.indd 1

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St. Patricks Day Celebrations on Saturday 17th March 2012

Enjoy the Craic at Hanbury Manor with an Irish themed dinner, drinks and live entertainment for £40pp.

Mothers Day Celebrations on Sunday 18th March 2012


Treat mum to a lunch in either the Manor House for £39 per person, Oakes Grill for £39pp or the elegant Zodiac Restaurant for £49pp. All dining options include a gift for mum.

Easter Celebrations on Sunday 8th April 2012

Enjoy a relaxing Sunday buffet lunch in either the Manor House for £32.50pp or Oakes Grill Restaurant for £37.50pp.


Mother’s Day & Easter Sunday also offer Afternoon Tea in Oak Hall with live entertainment for £30pp. To make a booking please contact the hotel on: 01920 487 722 Terms & Conditions may apply. Subject to availability.

Hanbury Manor, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 0SD Telephone: 01920 487 722 Website:


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EDUCATION LIFE Welcome readers T H E


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



Sometimes every parent needs a helping hand in deciding what is best for their children.

Our Education Life series is an invaluable resource for any parent considering private education. Many schools will be having their first open days of 2012 soon. Encourage


your children to come with you and get their feedback after each visit. Take a note book with you and write down positive or negative things that your child brings up. This will be a useful tool when you are comparing notes! It also provides an insight into the

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way a child sees a prospective future school. This month sees the first of our three part Education Life series which will also appear in April and September issues.

Please feel free to contact me Corinne ifyouwouldlikeanyfurtherinformation


For many families, choosing which combination of GCSE subjects for their son or daughter to study can be a daunting experience. Many listen to advice from teachers, talk to other parents and desperately try to apply their own life experience to the decision. Others adopt a more laissez-faire attitude, delegating the choice almost entirely to the person who has to sit the exams. For pupils, it can often be a stressful and confusing time – even before the anxiety of deciding between German and Art is factored into the equation.

subject – although it can sometimes be difficult for teenagers to separate this from the personality of their current teacher, which will inevitably change. For many, choices are motivated by thoughts of undergraduate degree courses and the world of work. It is certainly worth looking at the qualifications needed for certain courses and careers (Medicine, for example, requires Maths and Chemistry, and languages will invariably require students to have studied up to and beyond GCSE), although a surprising number of courses encourage a flexible and varied menu at GCSE.

All students are taught English, Maths and at least one Science up to GCSE. Many schools also add a language to this list of compulsory subjects, and there are other constraints dictated by staff and timetable concerns. It is probably better to avoid pressuring your son or daughter into selections which they do not personally feel suited to. Invariably this Leading schools will be able to offer a broad range of subjects which provide a can lead to resentment and stress due to the increased pressures and varied and stimulating learning experience for teenagers. At Merchant Taylors’, intellectual demands. Higher grades and an ongoing enthusiasm for Northwood, pupils are stretched and challenged by the more demanding the subject will leave individuals better placed in the long run. IGCSE qualification in the core subjects, (mathematics, English and the separate sciences) and facilities are superb for budding artists or students of Design GCSEs can be something of a grind at times – there are seemingly endless Technology. Sciences are taught as three separate awards for the most able and assessment and aspects of the syllabus which are quite prescriptive. Ideally a healthy mixture of lessons –challenging different skills - characterise each day. these aspects will be offset by the breadth and balance of the subjects chosen: a healthy mix of Arts, Sciences and Humanities is important. Alongside So what factors should you consider? Ideally, studying a subject will begin to the subjects studied in the classroom, your son or daughter will want to kindle and enthusiasm for the subject which lasts a lifetime. A key concern become more involved in the wider life of the school in order to provide is clearly going to be to be the individuals’ aptitude and enjoyment for a breathing space and develop their individual interests and confidence.


Merchant Taylors’ School 1561-2011 Celebrating 450 years of excellence 1561

You are welcome to arrange an individual visit anytime

Why not choose the best for your son? • A ‘Top Ten’ boys’ school • ‘Outstanding’ - 2008 School Inspection • Inspirational teaching • Unique tutorial system • Civilized, friendly & unpressured • Small class sizes • Magnificent sports fields • Superb facilities set in 250 acres

• 2013 Registration: 13+ June 30 2012 11+ November 30 2012 16+ December 31 2012

Open Morning

May 12th 2012 10.00 - 12.30

Easy access by tube and coach MTS is a 15 minute journey by car from the M1 or M25. MTS coaches from Beaconsfield, Ealing, Harpenden, Harrow, Mill Hill, Radlett, Stanmore. MTS is adjacent to Moor Park (Metropolitan Line); Chiltern Line trains change at Harrow

Guided tours (last tour 11.30) The Head Master speaks at 12.15

Please contact Penny Wright, Admissions Secretary +44(0)1923 845514 Merchant Taylors’ School Northwood Middlesex HA6 2HT

Excellence, integrity and distinction since 1561.

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• Combines impressive academic achievement with outstanding pastoral care • All faiths and denominations welcome • Wide range of extra curricular opportunities • Extensive school coach service available • Entry at 4+, 7+, 11+, 13+ and 16+



Prep School (4 years – 11 years) Thursday 23rd Febr uary 2012


King Harry Lane St Albans Hertfordshire AL3 4AW Telephone (Senior): 01727 855185 (Prep): 01727 862616 Email: A BROTHERS OF THE SACRED HEART FOUNDATION FOR CATHOLIC EDUCATION REGISTERED CHARITY NO 1088480


Independent Day School for Girls 3-16 & Boys 3-5


Saturday 17 March 2012

10.00am - 12noon (last tours begin at 11.30am) no appointment necessary • Excellent academic standards & results • Wide range of extra-curricular activities

• Breakfast and after school care available • Small class sizes

Working Open Morning - Friday 18 May 2012 Come and see our Nursery and Junior Department in action. Please telephone to book your place

Bunkers Lane, Hemel Hempstead Hertfordshire HP3 8RP E: T: 01442 240 333 F: 01442 269 981


t is one of the more stressful weeks in the life a Headmaster when the Inspectors come to call. The Independent Schools Inspectorate, who have responsibility for visiting independent schools give a week’s notice of their intention to arrive and ask for relevant paperwork to be sent to them immediately. This produces a frisson of excitement for those responsible for the raft of paper work, although thankfully, these days the rain forests are safer given the use of email and electronic media.

development is strong, they develop self confidence and self esteem through their life in the school. The school offers excellent pastoral care, fully supported by policies and procedures and the pupils feel cared for and safe. The school provides an excellent curriculum which covers all the requisite areas of learning and which creates independent learners, well prepared for their senior schools.

The importance of the inspection cannot be overstated. This is peer-review, from experienced professionals, most of who have been or are current school leaders. Their findings stay with the school for the next six years, so that three day visit can have a dramatic effect on a school.

Teaching is excellent overall, successfully promoting the pupils’ progress and supporting the school’s aims.” One could be forgiven for thinking the school had written these comments, but they come from the ISI report undertaken this year at Westbrook Hay Prep School. Was there a sense of relief ? Of course, but also an understanding that our parents would expect nothing less.

“Pupils’ achievement is excellent and they are very well educated in accordance with the school’s aim for pupils to realise their intellectual, social and physical potential. The pupils’ overall achievement is excellent, well supported by

a broad and very well planned curriculum and good teaching

The personal development of pupils is excellent; pupils’ spiritual

An Independent Prep School for boys and girls aged 3-13 years

Happiness | Confidence | Success

OPEN MORNING Saturday, 3rd March 2012 9.30am – 12.30pm


The pupils’ overall achievement is excellent, well supported by a broad and very well planned curriculum.


Independent Schools Inspectorate, 2011

To view, contact:

01442 256143 email London Road, Hemel Hempstead HP1 2RF

Visit to read the full report

Promoting Independent Learning At St. Helen’s girls are encouraged to take an active involvement in their learning as part of a broad education that promotes independent learning and creative thinking. Independent Learning Weeks are a regular feature of the curriculum, enabling girls to work individually, and as part of a team, to produce pieces of work that they can be really proud of by taking control of their own learning. Further up the school

there are opportunities for students to develop their critical thinking skills through activities such as the Year 9 Enquiry project where girls undertake individual student-led research on a topic of their choice.

Sixth Form students can choose to study A Levels or the International Baccalaureate Diploma, which places emphasis on developing the skills needed for university and beyond, focusing

on independent research, critical thinking and active involvement in the community. All students are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning through effective planning of their time and a critical approach to their studies.

leadership skills and take the initiative through activities such as the Combined Cadet Force, operated jointly with Merchant Taylors’ School, or by taking on roles of responsibility within the school community.

Outside the classroom, a varied extra-curricular programme offers opportunities to develop key skills and to build confidence. Girls are encouraged to develop

By developing those core skills, upon leaving St. Helen’s, each girl is confident, self-reliant and independent, ready to take their place in the adult world.

Open Morning Wednesday 20th June 2012 10.30am - 12.30pm Our staff and pupils are delighted to welcome all prospective Senior School (11+) pupils and parents. (Last school tours leave at 11.30am) By appointment only - please contact the Admissions Secretary

• International Baccalaureate and A Levels offered • Impressive range of extra-curricular activities • Focus on the individual • Bursaries available • Scholarships offered: academic, art, music and sport at 11+ • 20 acre parkland site

St. Helen’s is adjacent to Northwood station (Metropolitan Line), 30 minutes from Baker Street, and coaches are available from many locations, including Barnet, Radlett and St. Albans.

An independent day school for girls aged 3 to 18

St. Helen’s School Eastbury Road Northwood Middlesex HA6 3AS Tel: 01923 843230

Brand new nursery in Mill Hill! The new nursery at The Mount School, opening September 2012, is a bright, friendly environment where your daughter will get the very best start to her education. Located within the well-established Mount School, an independent all-girls school situated in Mill Hill Village, the Nursery has a spacious, purposebuilt, well-designed classroom with a secure outdoor play area.

specialist classes such as ballet. Catherine Cozens Head teacher said “At The Mount we pride ourselves on our warm, friendly approach to education, our caring, nurturing environment and real sense of community.We know that girls learn best in a single-sex environment and flourish in a safe and secure setting. We are delighted to be opening our doors to a new generation of young girls and look forward to an extremely welcoming them.”

An excellent staff-to-pupil The Nursery is ratio ensures that children are well cared for while exciting addition to our school, The Nursery can being challenged and and indeed to the local area. accommodate up to 12 stimulated. In our Nursery Catherine Cozens, Head teacher children, offering five and Reception classes the full day, morning or Early Years Foundation Stage goals form the afternoon sessions, with automatic transfer basis on which later learning can grow. Highly into Reception at age four. qualified staff are caring and nurturing, working with each child’s individual needs. Whilst We expect high demand for places, with encouraging self-confidence and independent introductory discounts available. Please thinking, girls differing interests and abilities are contact us to make an appointment and catered for with a wide variety of activities and arrange an assessment for your child.

Milespit Hill, Mill Hill, London NW7 2RX t 020 8959 3403 GSA Independent Day School for Girls ages 3–16 Registered Charity No. 312593

er 2012 b m e t p e S g Openin + y Class Age 3 • Caring, nurturing environment • Spacious, well-equipped classrooms with secure outdoor play area • Encouraging self-confidence and independent thinking • Automatic transfer into Reception class • Specialist activities such as ballet included • Extended day with convenient pick up and drop off times • Introductory discounts available

For more information or to arrange a visit please contact the Registrar on

020 8238 8104

“Excellent exam results, small classes and a real sense of community” Milespit Hill, Mill Hill, London NW7 2RX GSA Independent Day School for Girls ages 3–16 Registered Charity No. 312593

The Mount School


Craig Ogden, left, with pupils & Beechwood Park’s Headmaster, Patrick Atkinson

High Aspirations


For All In All At

eechwood Park is a day and weekly boarding school for girls and boys aged 4 – 13 years, located in Markyate, near St Albans, Hertfordshire.

The recently refurbished and enlarged nearby Beechwood Park Montessori Nursery (at Little Cheverells) welcomes children from 3 years. It offers outstanding care by qualified teachers in an idyllic, rural setting with superb facilities.

Amongst the older children flexi and weekly boarding (Monday – Friday) is increasingly popular, it enables boys and girls to experience the lifestyle of a boarder in a smaller, more intimate environment. Children who may have reached the top of their independent junior school but are not quite ready for the full on boarding

regime at a large senior boarding school, can benefit from the transition offered by Beechwood.

A broad, balanced curriculum is well-taught and inspiring, producing an excellent record of exam success and scholarships to a wide range of senior schools. The sports facilities are magnificent and the variety of sports means there is something for everyone.

The creative arts flourish and music provision is second to none. Approximately 300 instrumental/

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vocal lessons take place each week, with a number of pupils selected to sing in the National Youth Choir; there are several choirs and 17 ensembles, regular concerts and recitals – in addition to flourishing classroom teaching of music. A highlight of the current term was a recital by classical guitarist, Craig Ogden; many of Beechwood’s budding young guitarists who were in the audience were enthralled to be able to watch such an inspiring guitarist at close quarters.

A wide-ranging extra-curricular programme, visiting speakers, and frequent excursions all add to the culturally-rich environment for Beechwood’s pupils.

Sebright Bursaries are available for entry in Year 7. The school is well-served by school buses from several locations and benefits from a uniquely beautiful location in an eighteenth century mansion. Please do come and see for yourself. Open Mornings are held regularly each term but the Headmaster, Patrick Atkinson, is always happy to meet prospective parents at other times. Please view the website www., telephone the Registrar on 01582 840333 or email: admissions@beechwoodpark. for more information.

Beechwood Park School, Markyate, Hertfordshire AL3 8AW Preparatory day and weekly boarding school for girls and boys aged 4 to 13 years Beechwood Park Montessori welcomes children from 3 years

francis holland school Regent’s Park NW1

OPEN MORNINGS 2012 Senior School 16th March, 27th, 29th June To book a place please contact the Registrar, Mrs Sandy Bailey.

020 7723 0176

Reg. Charity No 312745



Telephone: 01582 840333

Please come and visit Leading Independent Day School for Girls aged 11-18


abilities. Small class sizes, specialist teaching and strong pastoral care enable pupils to achieve highly within a supportive and nurturing environment. In the past five years pupils have been awarded 68 Scholarships to many respected senior schools such as Harrow, Eton and North London Collegiate.

Edge Grove School Academic & Creative Excellence at

Set in 28 acres of countryside just 15 miles from London, Edge Grove is an independent boarding/day preparatory school for boys and girls aged 3-13. Pupils are offered an allround education in an environment and atmosphere tailored to fulfilling the potential in all of them.

From the age of 3 years pupils enter Hart House, the purpose built pre-prep department, into a balanced and structured setting. A broad curriculum is offered in a lively and stimulating environment with French, Music, ICT, and Sport taught by specialist teachers and

regular use made of the school’s grounds and facilities.

Throughout the main school academic traditions are well respected and blended with a fresh, modern approach to learning that benefits a wide range of

Creative Arts are an essential part of life at Edge Grove with opportunities for Music, Art and Drama that allow pupils to develop their creative talents and gain confidence. Sport is also fundamental and with over 20 sports available each child finds something to enjoy and be successful in. A flexible boarding experience is available in recently refurbished boarding facilities, with full, weekly and flexi boarding options for pupils from age 7. The next Open Morning is on Wednesday 29th February 9.30am – 12pm. To visit the school or find out more please contact the Admissions Secretary on 01923 855724 or email

Edge Grove School Open Day Wednesday 29th February 9.30am – 12pm Edge Grove is a friendly independent boarding/day preparatory school for boys and girls aged 3-13 • Traditional family ethos with excellent pastoral care

• Easily accessible from the M1 and M25

• Superb facilities on a 28 acre site, surrounded by glorious countryside

• Extensive range of extracurricular activities offer pupils a fantastic all-round education

• Outstanding academic performance - 68 scholarships in last 5 years

• Full or flexi boarding available from age 7

Edge Grove School, Aldenham Village, Hertfordshire WD25 8NL 01923 855724

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Habs is Exceptional! Following a detailed assessment by the ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate), Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School has recently been judged to be excellent in virtually every aspect of its relationship with its pupils and its community. The school knew that it offered an outstanding educational environment. After all, it has achieved 40% or more A* grades at A level in each of the years that this new distinction has been awarded. However, it was exciting to read the ISI’s conclusion that the school provided an ‘outstanding educational experience’ which allowed its pupils to perform to ‘the highest level of their ability’. Particular attention was drawn to the high quality of the teaching that enabled such spectacular results.

‘I always knew that I and my team of outstanding staff were focused on building a first-rate educational environment,’ noted Headmaster Peter B Hamilton, ‘yet even I would not have dared to expect such an outstanding ISI report. I pay tribute,’ he continued, ‘to the support and direction provided by our entire community of pupils, staff, parents and old boys. Working together,’ he concluded, ‘we have built a school whose pupils go on to lead happy, purposeful, and successful lives. What better start can a school provide to any child?’

More importantly, perhaps, was the praise which the ISI focused on the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of Habs boys. The high standard of pastoral care provided at Habs was particularly noted, which the inspectors claimed played a powerful role in creating what they described as a ‘friendly and supportive school community.’ Furthermore, added the ISI conclusions, this sense of community extended to the parents, judging by the responses received to the parental questionnaire which the ISI undertook.

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How do we judge whether a subject area is easy or difficult? In Media Studies do pupils really just sit back relax and munch on their popcorn? Education, particularly academic education is about offering the opportunity for students to grapple with new ideas, new concepts and new ways of conceptualising and contextualising the modern world in which they live.

media messages do not need careful deconstruction and decoding only highlight an inability to rise to the challenges and complexities that media texts and debates raise. It is more likely that a Media student will encounter theoretical ideas expounded by: Propp, Saussure, Barthes, Chomsky, Althusser, Todorov, and Maslow than on many traditional courses. Why choose media as an A level course? As David Buckingham has commented, ‘Newspapers have been around for more than 250 years, the cinema for more than 100 and television for more than 60. It seems incredible that we should perish the thought that schools should recognise, and interrogate, their existence.’

Media products are everywhere and it is vitally important that we critically challenge and investigate an area that has an effect on our everyday lives. The power of the Media has been exploited and utilised in the most dramatic of manners. Second World War Propaganda highlights the power of Media messages. Attempts to suggest that Media products are not worthy of critical examination; that Media narratives in a general sense

may be defined as the ‘expression of the imagination’ a line that Shelley used in ‘A Defence of poetry’. It is pleasing to see that at Aldenham we aim to place our students in a greenhouse and not a hot-house environment. Aldenham has a holistic view of education one that offers choice, diversity, an array of options so that students can develop not just minds, but both hearts and minds.

The recent investment and development of the Media Suite with state of the art computers and software does shows perhaps some awareness of the way Educational trends work. At Aldenham we can live with being state of the art. In the 1920s the suggestion that students might study books in their native language, rather than in Greek

or Latin was scandalous. English Literature was the result. In 1960 sociology met with similar derisive remarks. It is pleasing to note that Oxford university sees its Human Science graduates ‘going on to academic and professional training in medicine, genetics, demography, anthropology and sociology’ and that now ‘Cambridge University is one of the world’s leading centres for teaching and research in sociology.’ I hope it will not take these universities 20 years to realise the value of studying media and media products, and it is pleasing to note that Warwick University, in the top flight of British universities offers a course in Film and Television studies. After all Media producers are the unacknowledged legislators of our modern world.

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Located in the heart of Belsize Park in Hampstead, Sarum Hall is a modern and successful school in which pupils are motivated to learn, inspired to fulfil their potential and encouraged to achieve excellence.

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port Relief is back - and it’s coming to London! The city is set to host one of the flagship Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Miles on Sunday 25th March, and needs Londoners show their support by entering now at This year, over one million people are expected to pull up their socks and take part in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile in order to raise some serious cash for vulnerable people right here in London, across the UK and in the world’s poorest countries. This year, the London Mile has a new route along the Mall which takes in some of the most iconic sights the city has to offer. Entrants will pass Horse Guards Parade, the Queen Victoria Memorial, Buckingham Palace and Admiralty Arch to name but a few.     Last time, more than 16,000 people took part in the London Mile, and the

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people of London raised and donated over £6million. Since then, more than 190 projects in the city have received grants thanks to money raised through Sport Relief. Sportsman, James Cracknell, has pledged his support to the campaign: “It’s that time of year again, London, Sport Relief is back! Make sure you enter your whole family into the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile, which this year is

happening along the Mall on Sunday 25th March. You can choose to complete 1, 3 or 6 miles, so what are you waiting for? Come on London, with your help we can help to raise money to change the lives of people here in the city, across the UK and throughout the world’s poorest countries.” Celebrating the UK’s biggest year of sport, a whole host of famous faces from the world of sport and entertainment will be taking part in Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile events across the length and breadth of the UK on Sunday 25th March including Olly Murs, Lorraine Kelly, Kara Tointon and James Cracknell among many others. The public

can go the extra mile too by choosing to take on either 1, 3, or 6 miles and entering online at On Sunday 25th March BBC One will host the Sport Relief Mile Show which for the first time will be live in London from the Mall. From Birmingham to Belfast and Leeds to London, it will bring all the highlights as the great British public is joined by a magnitude of famous faces as they tackle 1, 3 and 6 Miles all across the UK. This year’s Sport Relief splashed into action early with Sport Relief superstar, David Walliams, going to extraordinary lengths for The BT Sport Relief Challenge:

This year, over one MILLION people are expected to PULL up their socks and take part in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile


special Union Jack inspired design. Made from Fairtrade cotton, they’re perfect for lounging or training in. Grab a pair from Sainsbury’s and Fitness First from 15th February and www.sportrelief. com from 19th January. The nation can also get its hands on the official Sport Relief 2012 T-shirts, available from stores and online. For the first time ever, the Sport Relief T-shirt can be personalised by adding letters and numbers to give them their own unique twist! The T-shirts are made from Fairtrade cotton and available now!      February will see the return of the ever popular Let’s Dance for Sport Relief hosted by Steve Jones and Alex Jones on BBC One. The show will feature a fresh batch of celebrities shimmying their way onto our screens every Saturday  in the run up to the big Sport Relief Weekend on 23rd - 25th March.

Tune in for a fantastic night of BBC TV entertainment on Friday 23rd March on BBC One from 7pm. Claudia Winkleman, Fearne Cotton and Gary Lineker will join other top presenters to host a night of comedy sketches including award winning comedian Miranda Hart’s special Sport Relief ‘Miranda’ and the return of Outnumbered. There will also be special Sport Relief episodes of Never Mind the Buzzcocks, 8 out of 10 cats, Mock the Week and A Question of Sport. There will also be celebrity challenge highlights including David Walliams and Helen Skelton and films about the amazing work Sport Relief supports shown on the night. Money raised from Sport Relief will be spent helping some of the most vulnerable people in the UK and across the world’s poorest countries. Visit   for the latest news! 

Walliams vs The Thames. He swam a staggering 140 miles along the Thames, raised over £1 million and even rescued a dog! A documentary catching every splash will be shown in the lead up to the Sport Relief Weekend. David’s was the first in a series of celebrity challenges supported by BT. More challenges will be announced during the campaign. ‘The JLS boys have also written and recorded the official Sport Relief single, Proud. The single will be available to download on 18th March and in stores from 19th March. JLS will also be performing a special one-off matinee concert for Sport Relief at The O2 on Saturday 24th March. The boys will be joined by special guests and it looks set to be huge. The Sport Relief Sock is back and to coincide with the nation’s biggest year of sport, the Socks feature a BU R Y22 0 01 1 22 3 F E BFRE U AARY 53


The Euphoria Effect One of the biggest blocks to achieving your fitness goals...

Whether it’s losing weight or sticking to that exercise programme – is likely to be your mind. You don’t believe you can do it, you allow yourself to be side-tracked or you give up. Sound familiar? The Euphoria Effect is about pushing those mental barriers to one side, getting focused and training the mind not just the body. We can help you do that – and enable you to achieve more than you ever thought possible. Set in rural Hertfordshire and close to St. Albans and Harpenden, these boot camp style fitness days are the perfect way to kick start 2012 with a group of friends or by yourself. Enjoy a full day of training with exercises like boxing, body blast circuits, cross country walks and the Euphoria Assault Course. The Day includes all snacks and refreshments, a delicious home-made lunch and finishes with a 2 hour relaxation in

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the indoor pool or hot tub.

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Meet the Euphoria Team and your fellow fitness day comrades. Enjoy an energy boosting drink while we introduce the day’s activities.

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assault course. We’ll also slip on the boxing gloves for a stressbusting boxing workout!

to let your lunch go down and warm you up for the afternoon’s final full-on body blast circuit! This is your chance to really Lunch 12.15pm – 1.15pm challenge your body knowing All our food is home-cooked and, that you’ll have 2 hours of pure when possible, locally sourced or even relaxation and chill out time at home-grown. If you’re a vegetarian or the end of it. have any special dietary requirements, let us know and we’ll look after you. 3.30pm – 5.30pm The hard work is over! Relax 1.15pm – 3.30pm by the pool with a herbal tea Start the afternoon with a low and newspaper or soothe tired intensity countryside trail walk muscles in the hot tub. If you’ve still got energy to burn, you can try out the private gym or chat with a Euphoria trainer about your own individual health and fitness goals.

Help your body do what it loves! Exercise really is nature’s antidepressant. It releases endorphins and serotonin which lift your mood, banish stress and combat tiredness. By combining exercise


with a healthy diet you will not just look good on the outside but feel great on the inside too. A fitter, better looking body, together with feeling really great on the inside, will improve your confidence and self esteem. These positive feelings and a healthier body will help you function better at work, bring more to your relationships and give you the energy to live life to the full.

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Personal Training If a full days fitness sounds like too much then why not try a Euphoria personal training session with a qualified trainer in our brand new gym and fitness centre Personal training does more than shape you up and slim you down. It boosts energy, builds confidence and gets you healthy inside and out – but even better, it gives you the motivation to stay that way.

“Had an amazing day! Lauren and Steph were friendly, professional and motivating. The exercises were made to fit the group and catered to all levels and abilities. We all bonded so well as a group and I think the competitive edge came out in all of us during the final session round the assault course. We all finished the day a little muddy but Still not sure? Join Lauren for a with very big smiles and a real sense of achievement! Would love to come back – I feel Euphoric!” Tara, 36, St. Albans

“I was very nervous about attending the Fitness Day as I am very unfit but Lauren and Steph instantly put me at ease and all the exercises were based around all levels of fitness and were fun and extremely varied. The food was excellent – all homemade,

free consultation and wellbeing test before you commit.

Prices and Booking Euphoria fitness days are £125 per person. They include: Over 4 hours of exercise Support and guidance from two fully qualified Personal Trainers Drinks and refreshments Delicious, nutritional lunch Use of the private swimming pool, hot tub and gym Champagne presentation at the end of the day Take home folder packed with health and fitness information Euphoria 1 hour personal training sessions start from £40 per person.

If you would prefer to train with a partner the ‘buddy up’ sessions start from £25 per person.

Personal training sessions include:

A free consultation and Euphoria Wellbeing Assessment A programme designed to suit your levels of fitness, your goals and your preferred exercises Flexible times to suit you in my private fully equipped studio combining excellent indoor and outdoor training space Email/telephone support and home workouts to help keep you on track between sessions One-to-one sessions or buddy training for maximum motivation A specialist in pre and post natal exercise, kick boxing and boxercise.

Special Offer! Euphoria are offering a 10% discount to all bookings made before 30th March 2012.

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DR. ARIEL HAUS London’s Most Talked About Brazilian Doctor


r Ariel Haus has been delivering solutions to wrinkles, crow’s feet and scars with the use of CO2RE; a versatile fractional CO2 resurfacing system at his Harley Street clinic in London. The equipment that Dr Haus uses along with his expertise in anti-ageing enables precise targeting and effective treatment of the skin’s surface, middle and deep dermal levels. The treatments offered using CO2 are ideal for skin rejuvenation and wrinkle reduction, whilst there is some downtime, results are reached with speed and efficiency and with less discomfort than some other systems. Dr Ariel Haus discusses areas like downtime in detail with each patient for joint treatment pattern decisions. Dr Ariel Haus uses various treatment modes including four fractional ablative treatment modes and pattern shapes including: CO2RE Light – providing superficial fractional treatments in the epidermis increasing epidermal cell proliferation CO2RE MID – penetrating more deeply for a stronger fractional ablative effect, producing additional coagulated tissue below the dermal-epidermal junction CO2RE DEEP – penetrating through to the dermis for the deepest fractional ablative effect, surrounded with significant coagulated tissue deeper into the dermis CO2RE FUSION – A unique scan pattern combines treatment depths and intensity of thermal injuries to optimise treatment in the epidermis and dermis simultaneously Dr Ariel Haus is registered as a medical practitioner in Brazil, the United Kingdom and Portugal. The specific noninvasive cosmetic treatments that Dr. Haus offers are: • Skin peels to remove the effects of sun damage and also to rejuvenate the skin • Treatments to address wrinkles and frown lines • Dermal fillers (bioplasty and Restylane SUBQ) to smooth out deeper wrinkles and lines • Skin treatments, rejuvenation and hair removal using eMax laser • Body sculpting, cellulite and fat removal with Velashape, the latest technology to achieve non-surgical liposuction. In addition to his private clinic in Harley Street, London, Dr. Haus also works in the NHS and by arrangement is also able to see patients in Rio de Janeiro. Dr Ariel Haus only uses non-invasive treatments and medicines that have been approved by the relevant regulators in the U.K. In most cases, these procedures have also been approved for use in other countries in Europe and the United States. & 10 Harley Street, London W1G 9PF 020 7467 1525

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Should I Do It? Cosmetic Surgery at The Rivers Hospital

Ever thought about Cosmetic Surgery?

When considering cosmetic surgery most people naturally feel anxious. Information seems to be everywhere…tv, internet, and magazines. Perhaps too much pressure when you don’t know what you will get! So let us tell you where we stand

At The Rivers Hospital, we will provide what we truly believe is safe and reliable. Information is provided by the Consultant Surgeons who perform the procedures and not by advisors. Simply call us and we will help you decide where the next step is. Regulations The hospital is controlled by the 5 8 F E B R U A RY 2 0 1 2

“Care Quality Commission” and it What procedure regulates which Cosmetic Plastic do we provide? Surgeons it allows to practice. Below is a list of procedures The surgeons must have which are most popular. Of certain credentials: course you will be told the General Medical Council (GMC) pitfalls as well as the benefits and it will only be done if you’re Specialist Register to perform in good health, it’s safe and the Cosmetic/Plastic Surgery agreed expectation is realistic. Royal College of Surgeons Eye lid/bag reduction Specialty Fellowship in Plastic Facelift Surgery: FRCS(Plast) Nose Reshaping Member of BAAPS (British Breast uplift, augmentation Association of Aesthetic Plastic or reduction Surgeons) and BAPRAS Tummy tuck Liposuction (British Association Plastic, Prominent Ear Correction Reconstructive and Aesthetic Upper arm reduction Plastic Surgeons).  ometimes ENT, Maxillofacial S or Ophthalmic Surgeons perform cosmetic surgery. All these details are easy to check online (GMC, RCS, BAAPS, BAPRAS).

gives an extremely high standard of care. We provide the highest standards and so should our cosmetic surgery!

At Rivers we adopt an open access policy in which should you need to talk to anyone whilst making your decision, our Specialist Cosmetic Advisors and Sue Meldrum, our Specialist Cosmetic Nurse are available for your questions.

When you get here Rivers Hospital lies in an ideal, accessible, relaxing and attractive location. It is spacious, comfortable and

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Cosmetic Surgery in a comfortable environment A few years ago I started to feel uncomfortable about my look, so I decided to have cosmetic surgery at Rivers Hospital ‌now

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Ego Advanced Barbering was designed especially for men, the EGO brand was born in 2003 and has thrived ever since. A visit to an Ego salon will leave you mesmerised and make you understand why men from all age groups come from all over the country to visit this unique brand of salons on a regular basis. The Ego brand is complemented with hi-tech surroundings like music, sports and also gaming for the kids. This is what separates the Ego brand from your regular barbers and makes each of our salons a paradise for men of all ages. Our team leaders are fashion experts in all areas. With knowledge ranging from current catwalk, tailored, fusion, fade masters, traditional, master shavers, Indian neck and head massages. We offer a great grooming service and we will listen to what you require and advise and guide you to the best possible experience. We will create the style you want in a professional manner.

Try us now and you will not be disappointed. A mens barbershop with a difference. Yours faithfully

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Our mission is to provide Exceptional Salon Services in an Electric and Vibrant atmosphere. We believe that not only should you receive Professional service at the hands of Talented and Passionate staff, but you should also feel Invigorated and Rejuvinated by your visit.

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Solitaire Salons located in Stanmore, Whetstone and Northwood are the pioneer of walk-in eyebrow bars in North London, offering a drop-in threading service that allows a quick and pain free treatment for girls who want professional, glamorous eyebrows with better definition and a fabulous shape. The salons offer an extensive range of hair and beauty treatments all carried out by fully qualified staff and at very reasonable prices. Treatments include Waxing, Threading, Tinting, HD Brows, Eyelash Extensions, Enzyme Facials, Manicures, Pedicures, Shellac, Minx, Facials, Body Massages, Scrubs, Indian Head Massage and Reflexology. Since launching its second site in Whetstone at the end of 2010, and also Solitaire Northwood situated within Hair on Broadway Northwood, Solitaire is fast becoming a North London beauty institution, renowned for its comprehensive range of treatments and bespoke approach to hospitality and service. Solitaire Whetstone offers luxury SPA DAYS, combining a range of treatments to create a one-stop shop for all things in relaxation and pampering. Located on the bustling Whetstone High Street, Solitaire Whetstone offers a haven of calm that is worlds away

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from the hustle and bustle of the city. Perfect for individuals in search of some much needed escape or for larger groups on a mission to spoil themselves, Solitaire gives guests the chance to mix and match treatments including massages, pedicures, manicures, hot stone therapies, facials, body scrubs and more so that every spa day will be perfectly attuned to their needs. For those wishing to give a spa day as a unique gift, Solitaire’s team of expert therapists are on hand to advise on any treatments and help create the ultimate bespoke pampering package. We are stockists of Essie, Duri, Dermoalogica and Moroccan Oil Laser Clinic Available Solitaire is also offering Laser Hair Removal which can free you from daily shaving, pain plucking and waxing and give you silky smooth and beautifully bare skin. Suitable for both men and women. Laser hair removal is a rapid, yet gentle way of removing unwanted hair, and is medically proven to give you permanent hair reduction.

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I have helped many people from all walks of life shake off the weight of the financial crisis by boosting their resilience. I show clients how to be flexible and strong enough to overcome challenges and setbacks. They overcome constraints on their performance and build on their competencies to get what they want out of life. Clients who ask about boosting confidence to become more successful are often surprised to hear that the two are not necessarily related. Some of the most successful people on the planet are enormously insecure. That is what has driven them to succeed. Whether they are happy with their lives is another question. So what’s the secret? My individual consultancy helps clients respond to challenges with much greater personal insight. This means practicing clear thinking about themselves, others and circumstances, through a structured process of questioning and action. Here are my five top tips for building resilience: 1. Know yourself

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and people (‘good’ or ‘bad’) control our feelings about them, which in turn greatly influences our behaviours. We then assume our feelings, behaviours and judgements are facts that cannot be changed. Yet everything can change instantly with a change of perception and a corresponding change of meaning. New meaning alters how we feel about ourselves and the situation.

Self-knowledge is the crucial foundation for constructing resilience. This is the starting point from which to explore your current situation and future choices. Identify dispassionately your strengths, limitations and personal motivations. Observe and reflect on Questions to reflect on: the effect you have on others and how H  ow much will it matter in 10 years? that helps you get to your goals. What is the hidden opportunity? Start with these questions: What words describe you at your best and worst? What does a satisfying life look like to you? What has been your biggest disappointment? What are you most proud of? What compliment and criticism do you hear most often? What secret does nobody else know? What motivates you? What makes you anxious?

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 ho else has successfully navigated this W experience? H  ow did they view it? What skills do you have that can help the situation? What further skills might help and who has those skills already? What has worked for you in the past?

3. Have a plan Most people are spectators to their lives. They may plan their career, their home or even a holiday, yet it never occurs to them to plan their life – it seems too large a project or too vulnerable to the winds of fate. However, if you don’t design your own life plan, you’ll likely end up

in someone else’s plan where your happiness won’t be the priority. Unplanned lives result in people reaching a certain age, reflecting on where they are, and wondering why they’re unsatisfied. The great news is it’s never too late to start planning! With some thought and preparation, you can map out your future your way. There are lots of tools available to help you and it can normally be done in a day.  hat do you really want? W Why? What does it look like? How much do you want it? What are the steps for getting it? Would they be any different if you knew you couldn’t fail in your efforts? When you get it, how will you know? What are you willing to sacrifice to get it? What are you not going to give up? What decisions do you face now? What else do you want?

rudder are frequent and the secret is keeping an eye on your destination. It is crucial to monitor your thinking and decision-making so that you don’t over-adjust or talk yourself out of your plan altogether as soon as you’re knocked off course.  erify exactly what has changed V Accept circumstances that cannot be changed Take decisive actions Adjust your route rather than your goal Expect good things by putting your competencies and skills in action. Learn how to keep your goal firmly in mind

5. Cut yourself some slack Resilience is a combination of optimism and a sense of confidence that lends us the courage to persevere in the face of challenges. Resilient people also have ups and downs, but their long-term view and clear acknowledgement of their skills helps them to understand that the lows are a phase and will inevitably pass. Not hitting their target with their first shot doesn’t mean they can’t shoot. They just learn from the result to adjust their aim and try again. They inevitably hit their target in the end. Develop/maintain good relationships with your support network of friends and family Learn how to ask for help and get it Improve self-care: exercising regularly, paying attention to your own needs and feelings and engaging in relaxing activities Settle the issues that hold you back. Face up to any self-sabotage and put in place the means to resolve or bypass it Design your own game plan and measure your progress

4. Be ready to change your plan

Increasing your resilience is a process of uncovering how you see yourself in the world and clarifying where you want to be. View events as temporary and make adjustments to a plan of action you’ve created. If you’d like to be able to manage life’s challenges with greater ease, and thrive though the tough times, then start today.

Inevitably there will be external pressures on your plan that have to be considered. Akin to steering a boat to an island, minor adjustments to the

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Established as a family business in 1937, C.P. Hart has consistently challenged people to take a fresh look at bathroom design. C.P. Hart creates bathrooms that work in harmony with your lifestyle and reflect your aesthetic ideals bathrooms you can be proud of.

Thanks to the launch of a new destination showroom in the heart of St Albans, Hertfordshire now benefits from C.P. Hart’s unique insight and honed expertise. Positioned on London Road, C.P. Hart St Albans is the source of bathroom inspiration for homeowners, interior designers, property developers and architects as well as the ideal choice for installers looking for a reliable and competitive supplier. 6 6 F E B R U A RY 2 0 1 2

As you approach the new showroom, C.P. Hart’s unparalleled dedication to design is evident from the outset. Stunning window

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displays showcase classic and contemporary room sets featuring carefully chosen ceramics, furniture and brassware. This impressive introduction is only a taste of the retailer’s ever-evolving and enviable portfolio. Having sourced the finest bathroom products from the world’s best manufacturers alongside inhouse ranges, the breadth of choice is extensive with many products exclusive to the brand.

Access to the world’s most exciting bathroom products is not the only aspect of C.P. Hart that sets it apart. With 75 years of experience, C.P. Hart understands how to plan every aspect of a bathroom, from water pressure and plumbing through to understanding what materials work together and the ultimate finishing

touches. To make the most of this know-how, seek the support and advice of C.P. Hart’s qualified Design Service, headed up at St Albans by Designer, Tanya Jones.

“Bathrooms are much more complicated than people think and seeking professional advice should always be the first step to planning a new bathroom,” explains Tanya. “Whilst it’s important to have the bathroom of your dreams, it is essential that your bathroom is reliable and safe. When people first come to a C.P. Hart showroom they have an idea of what style of bathroom they want. However, as they explore our room sets and see what can be achieved in terms of space and


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Dual finishes are also increasingly popular. British brand, Victoria + Albert Baths has just introduced a At St Albans we have even taken glamorous, high gloss piano black the average size of a British exterior to many of its naturally bathroom and created a range of white Quarrycast baths and basins, stunning looks to demonstrate how such as the indulgent slipper-style a room with limited dimensions can Amalfi (pictured). The contrast still benefit from the most cutting- creates an impressive focal point. edge furniture, a double shower or freestanding bath and even a home Furniture is taking its lead from spa (pictured). People are truly kitchen solutions with highly astonished with the results.” compartmentalised storage providing the ideal space for every The C.P. Hart design team prides essential. At C.P. Hart St Albans itself on leading the latest trends we have a variety of styles on show and how to incorporate these into including the Twenty collection by both contemporary and more Italian Design House, Modulnova traditional schemes to provide any (pictured). This modular option bathroom with real wow-factor. is one of my favourites as it can be assembled in over 250 Tanya remarks: “2012 sees a configurations and is available in resurgence of monochrome. This over 50 fantastic colours from bold elegant look works well with red to the new nude cappuccino. sculptural ceramics in both white and black. The Henley basin and For technology fans there are wide stand (pictured) showcases how range of exciting developments detailing and legs usually associated on the market including touchwith more traditional bedroom controlled bath, basin and shower furniture can be incorporated into mixers that supply water at precise a contemporary vanity console. The temperatures as well as offering effect creates a striking silhouette pre-programmed settings that that would work well in a period deliver the perfect bathing or property or modern home. shower experience every time.

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have often said that we should emulate the prudent wealthy people of Tudor times who invested their money in tangible things like land, property, decorative arts and items of intrinsic value such as gold and silver. e production of artefacts made of the latter was, by the middle of the 16th century, strictly controlled and as proof of this the Goldsmiths’ Company had instituted a system of marking all items so made which revealed with individual stamps on the surface the quality of the material, the identity of the maker, the place where it was tested and the officer in charge of the testing. As it was an annual office this mark changed each year and, taking its form as a letter of the alphabet, became known as the Letter of the Year Mark or more recently simply the ‘Date Letter’. Originally it was called the Assay Mark - from the French word assai meaning examination - introduced under a statute of 1478 wherein the Goldsmiths’ Company was made liable to a fine if it marked any substandard silver. (A point here is that in this context the term goldsmith applies to silversmiths as well.) In 1545 the fourth mark was added, depicting a lion walking to the left with its right paw raised and known as the Lion Passant. It became known as the Sterling Mark as it took the place of the earlier King’s Mark to denote quality while the latter became recognised as the mark of the London Goldsmiths’ Company and Assay Office. e reason for the change was two-fold. Firstly by the mid 1500’s the coinage had become debased by approximately 50% which meant that a silver crown (5 shillings) had only half a crown’s worth of silver content. To prove the maintained sterling value and quality of wrought plate, that is items made of silver, the Lion Passant mark was introduced. Secondly, by this time and starting as early as 1378, Assay Offices had been established in various parts of the country, particularly at York, Newcastle, Lincoln, Norwich, Bristol, Salisbury and Coventry. While it was imperative that all

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silver should be guaranteed to be of the sterling standard and marked as such it was impractical to expect silversmiths from these disparate places to travel to London to have their wares marked and so each adopted a different emblem to equate with the Leopard’s Head of London. All these towns and cities used a letter of the alphabet to identify the Assay Master but they did not all use the same sequence of letters. London used the first twenty letters in the alphabet excluding ‘J’ and when the run was exhausted the typeface or the shape of the background ‘shield’ was changed. In 1560 Queen Elizabeth I restored the value of the coin, a move which set Britain on a steady course to recovery for the best part of 100 years only to be decimated by our civil war (1642 – 1649.) Among the results of this were vast amounts of earlier wrought plate being melted down to pay for it, which in turn caused a shortage of silver for manufacture. Over time this affected the monetary supply to such an extent that by the 1690’s further legislation was necessary. Until the reign of Charles II all our coinage was made by hand, stamped by hammer and die and the edges trimmed with shears. Although trade was often conducted through barter or credit, cash transactions were

common enough and so, before parting with your coins it was only human nature to snip a little bit of the edge of each one. ese little snippets all mounted up - the original ‘every little counts’ – but it had already become a capital offence to clip coins and, with a fake die, forge your own money. However with an increased demand from working silversmiths these scraps could command as high a price as the coins they had been cut from, and with less risk of detection of the crime. So a new type of coinage was called for and a mill was set up in the Tower of London and powered by horses to produce perfectly circular coins. As a belt -and-braces measure an inscription or legend was engraved around the outer edge thereby making illegal clipping virtually impossible. But the authorities failed to see the problem with having both old and new currency in circulation at the same time. Obviously people hung on to the new with its full face value money’s worth, while spending and clipping - the old. Clearly the old coinage had to be withdrawn and the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of May 1697 were the final days for collection at the ten furnaces specially built behind the Treasury, which was then at Whitehall between the Banqueting House and the river. For weeks great piles of coins, mostly half face value and barely recognisable had been collected, melted down and cast into ingots. In one instance some £52,000 of face value coins were melted to produce just over half that amount of silver worth. But distribution of the new coins was slow and while all this was going on another factor became evident; the value of coin clippings to silversmiths had to betaken out of the equation. is was done by raising the silver content of wrought plate to a level above that of coin. Not by so much as to make the material too soft for use and durability but sufficient to be detected by the assay. e figures were a raise from 92.5% pure to 95.84% pure. It was known at first as the New Sterling Standard but – as it

was denoted by a stamp showing the figure of Britannia – it soon became known as the Britannia Standard. is mark replaced the Lion Passant mark and in London the Leopard’s Head was replaced by a mark showing a Lion’s Head in profile, facing to the left with a jagged neckline as if torn from its body. Heraldically this is called ‘erased’ and so the Britannia Standard in London is denoted by the Britannia mark and the Lion’s Head Erased. In all other towns and cities the Lion’s Head Erased is used in addition to their town mark. From 1697 until 1720 the Britannia Standard was obligatory but in the latter year the economy in England had recovered sufficiently for the government to restore the old Sterling Standard while retaining the Britannia Standard as an option which it remains to the present day. In the early days of the maker’s mark, people were less literate and initials meant little or nothing to most, so symbols were commonly used. ese might be a miniature image of the shop or tavern sign where the silversmith had his workshop, such as leathern bottle or a swan, a star or crescent moon. By the 17th century we see the first two letters of the surname being used and by the beginning of the 18th century the silversmith’s initials gradually became the norm. From the 1720’s it can be said without question that the manufacture and sale of English silver was the most proficiently run and tightly controlled of all industries, with the welfare and benefit of manufacturer, supplier and purchaser held in equal esteem. e four marks as described filled every requirement and would surely have survived unaided save for a change in taxation in the 1780’s and the Convention Hallmarks introduced in the 1970’s, nearly two hundred years later. When we’ve dealt with them we really will get onto the silver from the Channel Isles, Scotland, Ireland and other desirable categories where the present day equivalent of the prudent Tudor person should still be putting their money ■


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With the imminent arrival of baby Billy to their growing family, Beks and Jolyon Nott had just the incentive they needed to put their extension plans into action. But they had to work fast.

A F A M I LY PROJECT W hen the Notts moved to their two bedroom house in Teddington it was the perfect antidote to their previously hectic Wandsworth lifestyle. “We really liked the village feel of Teddington and its proximity to Bushy Park, the river and Kingston.” Beks recalls. A year passed quickly however and with a young child and finding herself pregnant for the second time, it wasn’t long before they needed even more space. “We considered moving but the costs involved would mean we had to move out of an area we loved.” Other houses in the street had converted their unused loft space so they knew it was possible. “My husband (a designer) set about drawing up our own plans” Beks comments. “We wanted to maximise space by fitting in two bedrooms and a shower room.” After getting quotes from local builders, the Notts chose L&E (Lofts and Extensions) to realise their vision. “We invited L&E round after seeing a case study in our local magazine” Beks remembers. They were surprised to find L&E offered the best value of all the builders “Even on first meeting, we really trusted them. The payment plan was very clear with no pressure to pay each stage until we were completely happy. The surveyor and foreman just seemed like our sort of people. It’s also nice to support local business as that’s part of the appeal in a place with such a sense of community.” With just over 10 weeks to go until Beks’ due date, L&E began the build. Within six days they had the shell up and the property watertight. “Progress was so rapid; we couldn’t quite believe it ourselves.” With so many builders about and living on a terraced street, Beks was concerned about the disruption to neighbours. “I needn’t have worried. Our neighbours even commented on how tidy and how polite the whole team were. They took great pride in their work and were respectful of the fact we were still living in the house.” Work progressed quickly, with the main part of the build

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being completed in just less than 4 weeks. With Jolyon at work and Beks heavily pregnant they were able to rely on their foreman to project manage the build. “My husband is used to dealing with contractors but we didn’t need too much involvement as our foreman was in control and when the need arose was always available to discuss any issues.” The team completed the project in the nick of time. “They told us the job would take 9 to 10 weeks and they cleared everything out on the 10th week exactly on schedule.” Billy arrived four days later and was able to move straight into his newly created bedroom. “That wasn’t the last we saw of them however,” Beks recalls “as they brought round a bottle of champagne, a card from the team and their congratulations soon after we arrived home!” With the conversion complete, they now have both the bedroom and bathroom space they longed for. “We are thrilled. The final result means that we can stay in this house which we love, at a fraction of the cost of moving home. We have doubled our upstairs space meaning that we can have people to stay while at the same time giving the children their very own rooms. That alone makes a big difference.” Mr and Mrs Nott are so confident recommending L&E (Lofts and Extensions)  that they are even happy to show you round their new  home. Contact them via L&E to arrange a viewing. L&E (Lofts and Extensions), The Old Office Block, 16 Elmtree Road, Teddington, TW11 8ST. T: 0800 326 5506, E:, W:


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3 reception rooms 5 bedrooms 3 bathrooms rear garden approx. 170ft front garden with carriage driveway scope to extend (STPP)

TOTTERIDGE £2,495,000 3 reception rooms 4 bedrooms 3 bathrooms study landscaped garden approx. 120ft carriage driveway providing ample parking

TOTTERIDGE 020 8445 3694


RADLETT 01923 604321


TOTTERIDGE 020 8445 3694


3 reception rooms 5 bedrooms 3 bathrooms guest cloakroom landscaped rear garden approx. 180ft double garage private gated development

3 reception rooms 5 bedrooms 3 bathrooms guest cloakroom double garage landscaped grounds approx. 100ft contemporary styled home

RADLETT 01923 604321

BARNET 020 8449 3383



2 reception rooms 4 bedrooms 3 bathrooms kitchen/breakfast room south facing rear garden approx. 127ft garage



3 reception rooms 4 bedrooms 3 bathrooms guest cloakroom rear garden & terrace newly constructed home 10 year premier guarantee



Sunbury Avenue, Mill Hill, NW7 A substantial, beautifully extended and modern,five bedroom, three reception, two bathroom detached house situated in a sought after tree lined turning close to well regarded schools including Mathilda Marks, Courtland and Mill Hill County.

Asking Price ÂŁ795,000 Mill Hill 020 8906 3055

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Langton Avenue, Whetstone, N20 Character 1920,s built five bedroom halls adjoining property with benefits that include gas central heating,three receptions a 115ft mature rear garden and garage as well as ample off road parking. Close proximity to Whetstone High Road with shops including M&S, Waitrose and Boots, with bus services to the High Road, and Oakleigh Park and Totteridge stations nearby.

OIEO ÂŁ1,000,000 Freehold Whetstone 020 8446 5871

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Majestically ensconced at the heart of Wall Hall, Aldenham, is the iconic ‘Mansion House’, formerly the home of eminent dignitaries including Joseph Kennedy. Latterly renovated and reconfigured by Octagon Developments Ltd around five years ago, whilst constructing their award-winning masterpiece creation of 125 homes, this idyllic property is peacefully surrounded by parkland, golf course and greenbelt countryside. The Mansion House retains many original features, both inside and out, including imposing front entrance with hammer-beam ceiling and original panelling, but now has the added convenience of secure, underground parking with personal lift access to the communal hallway. Now comprising seven highly individual homes within this grand building, one of the generously appointed apartments, occupying ground, first and second floors with basement ‘office’, has just come to the market.

Originally the south wing, each room overlooks its own private garden and affords stunning views across the tranquil countryside setting. The present owners have reconfigured the former layout, installing a bespoke ‘Mark Wilkinson’ beautifully crafted kitchen/diner of some 29’ x 23’ to a former reception with floor to ceiling windows on two sides, leading through to the spacious sitting room of a further 26’ x 23’ – again, featuring twin floor to

ceiling French doors to garden. In keeping with this stylish and contemporary layout, the apartment now boasts a cinema room, and the original ‘silver vault’ basement, is the study. Occupying the first floor and approached by sweeping staircase, are the three principle bedroom suites, with the Master enjoying double aspect windows, built in bespoke wardrobes, and over-sized luxury bathroom. The Guest Suite is indulged with walk-in dressing room leading to

bathroom, and Bedroom 3 extends to 18’ x 17’10 with spacious ensuite bathroom. For added convenience, a fully fitted utility room is tucked away at the end of this floor. Continuing upwards to the second floor, Bedroom 4 measures approximately 24’ x 24’ – embraced as a Games Room, with added advantage of ensuite bathroom and storage. Rarely available, a truly outstanding and expansive home offering tremendous living and entertaining accommodation, lavishly presented throughout, with every attention to detail for today’s modern lifestyle.

Guide price £3.5m.

Available for private viewing by appointment, please call the owners’ Sole Agent, Real Estates on 020 8445 6387. F E B R U A RY 2 0 1 2 8 3

ABBEY VIEW Set back from the road in a quiet cul-de-sac, a contemporary luxury home in this prestigious turning just off Marsh Lane. Offering fantastic accommodation over 3 floors, this impressive house looks out over a beautiful landscaped garden with large heated swimming pool & hot tub. The house offers 5413 sq. ft (502.85 sq. m) of bright & spacious accommodation offering numerous features including underfloor heating,

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a stunning large kitchen/diner/family room with bi-fold doors opening onto the garden, air conditioning to all principal rooms, a gym & a carriage driveway with off street parking for several cars. Abbey View is within approximately 1 mile of the shopping and transport facilities of Mill Hill Broadway and is within easy reach of popular local schools.














A charming 2 bedroom, chalet style detached bungalow, situated in a highly sought after private turning in the heart of Mill Hill Village close to local greenbelt and woodland, yet conveniently located approximately one mile from Mill Hill East Northern Line Tube Station. The property benefits a master suite with en-suite bathroom and dressing room, a lovely secluded garden, driveway and potential space to build garage to the side.






A fantastic 4 bedroom semidetached family property situated on the popular Lidbury Square development. The house is offered in immaculate decorative order and benefits from 3 bathrooms (2 en-suites), 3 spacious reception rooms a garage and driveway.














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A well presented, extended 4 bedroom detached family house situated in this quiet turning that runs between Marsh Lane and Uphill Grove. The house benefits from fantastic reception space including a double reception, study and a very large extended kitchen opening to family room/playroom with access to the garden.




An extended 4 bedroom detached cottage built circa 1880, believed to be one of the earliest cottages in Milton Road in the sought after Poets Corner area. The property provides a very large living room, dining room, opening on to a TV room and extended fitted kitchen/ breakfast room, as well as large rear garden and patio.


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THIRLEBY ROAD Built approximately one year ago, extensively re-modelled & extended by the present owners; an ultra modern, semi-detached town house arranged over 3 floors, situated in a quiet cul-de-sac with a delightful open aspect at the rear over Finchley Golf Course. Offering generous & bright accommodation, this family home benefits from a large entrance hall, modern guest cloakroom, large utility room, open plan & fully fitted kitchen











dining room/tv/family room occupying most of the ground floor, first floor main reception room with balcony, master bedroom & en-suite bathroom, 3 further spacious bedrooms & a family bathroom. There is also good outside living space with raised decking & a small lawn area, as well as off street parking. Situated close to Mill Hill Village & within walking distance of Mill Hill East station.







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TRETAWN GARDENS A contemporary detached house that was practically newly built last year to an extremely high specification. The property offers many eco-friendy features including excellent quality insulation exceeding ‘Code 3’ standards. The bathrooms are Laufen and Hansgrohe and the wardrobes are custom fitted by Donati of Pesaro, Italy. The fabulous integrated kitchen and utility room are fitted by Leicht of Germany and the appliances are all Siemens. There is also a heat pump system to heat the house and water. The heat pump achieves the seemingly impossible, as with an input of just one kilowatt of electrical energy, it generates four times as much heating energy, because about 75% of the required energy is derived from the environment where heat is available in unlimited quantities all year round. This saves energy and is kind to the environment.

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£1,375,000 4 bedrooms 2 bathrooms (one en-suite) en-suite dressing room spacious cloakroom large study TV Lounge Open Plan Reception Breakfast Room Fully integrated Kitchen Utility room Landscaped garden and patio Own drive with off street parking Sole Agents
















Totally refurbished, character property

A stunning, totally refurbished, contemporary 6 bedroom house, situated in one of Radlett’s prime avenues. Offering outstanding and generous accommodation, this fine home comprises 5 bathrooms, living/dining room, study, family/garden room, kitchen/ breakfast room, second kitchen area, laundry/utility room and ample parking.

Must be viewed to be appreciated

Value for money

A spacious 5 bedroom detached house located in a quiet close within short walking distance of the village centre. The accommodation further consists of 4 bathrooms, living/dining room, TV/Playroom, study, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, substantial rear garden, garage and off street parking.


Substantial gardens overlooking River Ver




A magnificent 3 bedroom apartment on the award winning Octagon built, Wall Hall development. Immaculately presented, the property offers spacious accommodation including 2 bathrooms, guest cloakroom, living/dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, terrace with stunning views and secure underground parking and storage.


Generous family accommodation

A 5 bedroom detached character house presented in excellent condition and offering spacious and airy accommodation. The property further comprises living room, dining room, tv/family room, kitchen/breakfast room, 2 bathrooms, study, utility room and attractive rear garden.

Radlett Office 223 Watling Street, Radlett, Herts, WD7 7AL Tel: 01923 852333 Email:

A unique 5 bedroom character home, located between Radlett and St.Albans. This fine property offers excellent family accommodation including 2 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, annexe, detached garage/home office and substantial gardens overlooking the River Ver and lakes beyond.


Sought after location

A beautifully presented 1920’s detached 5 bed character property situated in a prime location just a few minutes walk from the village centre. The accommodation comprises 2 bathrooms, living room, dining room, large kitchen/breakfast/TV room, utility room, mature rear garden, garage and driveway. TO VIEW WEBSITE SCAN QR CODE

Elstree Office 3 High Street, Elstree, Herts, WD6 3BY Email: Tel: 0208 953 1175

melford house T H E AV E N U E , R A D L E T T

Melford House is a unique new property built to the highest quality in one of Radlett’s premier locations, conveniently located within a few minutes of Radlett’s station and village centre amenities.

With a total floor area of just over 7,400sq feet, the extensive accommodation includes six bedroom suites, home theatre, fitness spa including sauna and steam room. This impressive accommodation is all accessed off the grand entrance hall with walnut and glass feature staircase. The property uniquely boasts a passenger lift providing convenient access to all three floors. The property sits on 0.33 acre of south west facing landscaped grounds with 900sq feet of raised tiled terraces and includes a double garage and carriage drive. Built by bespoke developers Oakbridge Homes, Melford House is crammed with state of the art and environmentally friendly features. The property is now available to buy for a discerning purchaser. For more information please call our new homes department on 01923 852333.

Sole selling agents for Oakbridge Homes


020 8959 0011

Uphill Road, Mill Hill, NW7


An imposing detached home situated in one of Mill Hill’s most premier addresses. The house has been maintained to a high and exacting standard throughout offering in excess of 10,000 sq ft of superb, well-proportioned accommodation ideal for both family living and entertaining on a grand scale. A gated entrance leads to an extensive driveway providing off street parking for a number of cars. Once inside, you enter into a stunning reception hall with marble floors which run throughout the ground floor and double height ceiling, providing access to the principal reception rooms including a split level double aspect drawing room, dining room and television room. The kitchen/breakfast room comprises an extensive range of wall and base units with granite worksurfaces and matching island. From here, you access the glazed family room leading onto the stunning leisure complex with heated swimming pool, bar area, sauna, wet room and separate wc. A study, utility room and further guest cloakroom completes the ground floor accommodation. A sweeping staircase leads up to a spacious first floor landing with 4 bedrooms (all with ensuite bathrooms with marble tiled walls and floors) and a sumptuous master bedroom suite with ensuite dressing room and luxury en-suite bathroom. All bathrooms have Villeroy & Boch suites. On the top floor are 2 further bedrooms (one with ensuite shower), shower room and spacious play room. The split level gardens measuring approximately 215 ft are beautifully maintained with a variety of Mediterranean trees and shrubs, water features and an extensive terrace running from the rear of the property. Uphill Road is a highly sought after location offering convenient access to the wide choice of amenities in Mill Hill Broadway, transport links and some first class schooling.

Wise Lane, Mill Hill, NW7


An extremely impressive, five bedroom double fronted house built approximately 3 years ago to a high standard 4855 sq ft, situated in a premier location, with a fabulous 150 ft landscaped garden overlooking Arrandene open spaces, and a large frontage with carriage driveway and electric gates. The property is arranged on four floors providing luxurious family accommodation, including a home cinema room, gym with shower, steam and sauna rooms, under floor heating, air conditioning, swimming pool, video entry phone and built in vacuum system. Sole Agents.

135/137 The Broadway, Mill Hill Circus, NW7 4TD

Millway, Mill Hill, NW7


Tretawn Park, Mill Hill, NW7


Cosway Estates are delighted to offer for sale this handsome double fronted detached family home set on a wide plot at the top of this ever popular road. Arranged over Three floors and boasting from a total square footage of 3810’ the house is currently arranged as Five Bedrooms, Two Bathrooms (1 en-suite), Kitchen, Four Reception Rooms, Utility Room & Guest Wc. Externally there is a landscaped west facing 100’ rear Garden. SOLE AGENT

A rarely available opportunity to purchase this delightful and spacious detached property, in need of complete modernisation throughout, and situated in an extremely sought after cul de sac off Uphill Road. The property comprises four bedrooms, two reception rooms, two garages, off street parking and 150’ rear garden. The house offers significant scope for expansion and renovation subject to the necessary planning consents. Viewing highly recommended. SOLE AGENT

Weymouth Avenue, Mill Hill, NW7

Tretawn Gardens, Mill Hill, NW7



Offered to the market for the first time in over 50 years we are delighted to offer for sale this detached house situated in a highly sought after turning in the heart of Mill Hill. The house which requires complete modernisation throughout and has a floor area comprising approx 2500 sq ft with five bedrooms, three reception rooms, kitchen, gr floor w.c, garage, off street parking and 110’ south facing garden. Located within a few minutes walk to Mill Hill Broadway with no onward chain. Viewing highly recommended. SOLE AGENT.

Extremely well presented detached house located within this sought after turning. The property comprises over 2200 sq ft floor area with five double bedrooms, four bathrooms, four reception rooms, gr floor wc, fully fitted kitchen with separate utility room, off street parking and a 100’ south facing garden. Located within easy access to Mill Hill Broadway and in the catchment area for popular local schools. Viewing highly recommended. SOLE AGENT

Millway, Mill Hill, NW7

Milton Road, Mill Hill, NW7


Stunning halls adjoining semi-detached property featuring 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, large kitchen/diner plus separate utility room, garage and a lovely 75’ west facing garden. The property which comprises 2788 sq ft of accommodation is in excellent condition and is fully air conditioned throughout. Fantastic location just moments from Mill Hill Broadway and Mill Hill Broadway Thameslink station. Viewing highly recommended.

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Characterful semi-detached house situated in the heart of Poets Corner. Comprising three bedrooms, two reception rooms, a kitchen diner, utility room, a ground floor W.C, a family bathroom, off street parking and a lovely south facing garden. Located within easy access of Mill Hill Broadways shops and Thameslink station and within the catchment area for numerous local schools. Quiet location. Viewing highly recommended. SOLE AGENT


LandWanted for luxury homes & apartments


Land is in great demand in prime locations like Harpenden, St Albans, Radlett, Hadley Wood, Totteridge and Mill Hill. The Land Office helps land owners negotiate good deals with developers and we can help find the right buyer and work with land owners from the very start. Free Initial Appraisal and Consultation • Land sold to Developers There are many different approaches to selling your valuable development site each with different merits and pitfalls. Our initial meeting can focus on the most advantageous strategy for your circumstances. All matters are respected as confidential and your concerns and time scale are respected throughout.

Call us today and arrange your free land appraisal In many cases, land owners prefer our developer contacts to seek planning at their own expense so you can remain free from costs and planning expenses Lance Trendall EXPERIENCE • INTEGRITY • ENTHUSIASM

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House with wide plot – Radlett Before – 1 house and garden

Much loved 3-bedroom house with immaculate and very large gardens. The prime location makes this an opportunity to update, extend or even replace the existing house (subject to planning approval).

Joint Agents Premier Move & Joseph Scott in conjunction with Probate Sales Office and The Land Office.

On behalf behalf of offers in the On of Executors, Executors,we weare areinviting invitingunconditional unconditional offers. POA region of £1.35M. EXPERIENCE • INTEGRITY • ENTHUSIASM

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n imposing detached residence built in 1907 and offering a wealth of character throughout. The home benefits from spacious accommodation over three floors which is ideal for family living or entertaining on a grand scale. The grounds are in excess of a third of an acre and beautifully landscaped with a variety of mature trees and shrubs to the borders. The gardens are mainly laid to lawn with a terrace running along the rear of the property. Within the garden is a

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heated swimming pool with changing FIRST FLOOR facilities and a summer house. Master Bedroom GROUND FLOOR En-Suite Shower Room Bedroom 2 Entrance Hall Bedroom 3 Drawing Room Bedroom 4 Dining Room Bedroom 5 Study Three Family Bathrooms TV Room Kitchen/Breakfast Room SECOND FLOOR Utility Room Playroom Guest Cloakroom Conservatory EXTERIOR Garden Room

 andscaped Gardens L Heated Swimming Pool Summer House Carriage Driveway Single & Double Garage

Price ÂŁ2,250,000

For further details, please contact our Totteridge Office on 020 8445 3694




legant early 18th century Grade II listed Georgian residence set within a delightful walled garden with a heated swimming pool and an additional detached cottage. The property, which retains many period features, is an imposing character detached residence with immense charm which dates back to circa 1720 with Victorian additions and a stunning recently erected glass conservatory. Set within a delightful landscaped walled garden with heated swimming pool and a separate detached cottage, this family home is located within one of the area’s most sought after settings close to Hadley Common and

the picturesque Monken Hadley church yet also within walking distance to Barnet town centre with its traditional high street and The Spires shopping mall. GROUND FLOOR  eception hall entrance R Guest cloakroom Drawing room Dining room Family room Study Conservatory Kitchen/breakfast room Utility room Playroom Shower room 2nd cloakroom

FIRST FLOOR E  xtensive landing M  aster bedroom suite with *dressing room, *sitting room and en suite bathroom (*could be used as 4th & 5th bedrooms) 2 nd bedroom 3 rd bedroom J ack’n’ Jill contemporary bathroom 3 rd bathroom C  loakroom

D  etached cottage over two floors A  ttached garage D  etached garage C  ar port L  andscaped walled garden H  eated swimming pool C  ourtyard T  errace

Guide Price £3,900,000

SECOND FLOOR 6 th bedroom 7 th bedroom 4 th bathroom EXTERIOR

For further details, please contact our Barnet Office on 020 8449 3383

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This prestigious residence represents the epitome of luxury living and has been constructed to the highest of specifications within an area that boasts some of the most luxurious residences in the country. Arranged on three floors this magnificent home extends to an impressive 3201 square feet and has five bedrooms and four bathrooms.

Of particular note is the outstanding master bedroom suite that is served by a luxurious dressing room and separate en suite bathroom. The staircase leads up to the second floor where there is a further bedroom suite and a home cinema complex offering an ideal entertainment environment.

The exterior boasts landscaped front and rear gardens with a large terrace ideal for outside entertaining. The The accommodation consists of an driveway to the front offers ample elegant entrance hall, large kitchen and family room catering perfectly for parking for both residents and guests. Located in this leafy private road in a modern family lifestyle. From the one of Hertfordshire’s most sought hall leads a sumptuous living room after addresses this is a truly unique and an optional formal dining room opportunity to acquire a perfect or TV room. In addition there is a luxury family home. comprehensively fitted utility room with additional appliances and an TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS elegant guest cloakroom. On the first floor the bedrooms are arranged around the spacious landing.

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 utron Homeworks Lighting L System

 ideo Entry Phone System V CCTV Security System Security Alarm System Multi Functional Air Conditioning Security & Amenity Lighting DATA Distribution and Media Hub Underfloor Heating SONOS Integrated Multi Room Smart Audio System Ipod docking station Fully Equipped HD Cinema Room with B&W sound system, Samsung Smart HUB & Blue Ray Player NHBC 10 Year Warranty

with Philippe Stark Designed Sanitary Ware Architecturally designed wooden & Glass staircases Glass Atrium Custom Designed Light Fittings Complete fitted dressing room Porcelain/Ceramic Floor/ Wall Tiles Elegant Stone Tudor Clay Roof Tiles Landscaped front & Rear Gardens with Large Indian stone Terrace Solid Wooden Doors Guide Price ÂŁ1.7m

DESIGN FEATURES Custom Designed Kitchen with

Ceaserstone work surfaces

Glass Surrounds Appliances by Siemens Quooker Hot Tap Contemporary Designed Bathroom

For more information or to arrange a viewing contact Village Estates on 01923 852 434 or visit the website at

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