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This gives you just a small taste of exciting events and articles shoemaker to paybythe highest ever William UK retail rent on the ClaridgesItalian was bought in is1854 Mr and until Mrs Claridge, featured in this month’s issue, next month... Bond Street. Italian luxury shoemaker Salvatore Ferragamo is hotel received thea deal ultimate in 1860 when Queen agreeing to payaccolade a record £1059 per sq ft at its Bond Victoria Street store. visited Claridge’s to see her friend Empress Eugenie of France. This was

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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 10 m a r c h 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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tins with great care. ‘They are very robust, aren’t they?’ she said, and then, spotting the industrial-strength Queen Anne tea contained within joked: ‘Yes, they do like the stronger stuff, don’t they.’ She appeared particularly animated as she viewed the range and laughed as she handled a tin of biscuits that played the national anthem. ‘Oh how splendid,’ she remarked. On being congratulated by a member of staff about her jubilee, she replied: ‘Yes, it is coming round rather quickly, isn’t it?’ Kate and Camilla

appeared at the confectionery stand which was piled high with inviting chocolates and upon which a small ‘tasting tray’ of sweets. Camilla was most chatty, asking the staff: ‘So where did you learn the art of chocolate making? Do you still dip your fingers in and have a taste? Some people say they go off it after a while if they work with it.’ Staff confirmed that they had been told only to lay out samples of non-chocolaty goodies in case they melted on the royal visitors in front of the cameras. The two ladies then re-joined the Queen for a taste of high tea -

albeit at 10.30am. More than 150 people, including former members of staff, had been invited to the tea party after which the Queen renamed the store’s restaurant the Diamond Jubilee Tea Station. They were also presented with Fortnum’s hamper, containing champagne truffles and ‘hearty treats for happy hounds’ - the Queen’s corgis, Camilla’s rescued Jack Russell and Kate’s new cocker spaniel, Lupo. Afterwards London’s Mayor, Boris Johnson, revealed that the Queen had chatted about the success of his ‘pay and ride’ bicycle scheme. He also said that Kate had thanked him for her wedding present - a tandem ‘Boris Bike’ - which she and William and have been riding around their garden.’They haven’t taken to the streets yet but have been practising in confined spaces,’ he said. A source confirmed that the royal couple have been known to ‘play on it in the garden’. This was the first time that the Queen and the two next Queen consorts have been on an official ‘working’ engagement together. Kate will also join the Queen in Leicester for a royal ‘away day’ while her husband is still on deployment with the RAF in the Falklands.

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transport you to the ship. Accommodation includes the Royal Suite, with two 1,000 sq ft bedrooms, marbled bathrooms and spacious verandas. The epic trip takes in 28 countries including New Zealand, Malaysia and Mauritius, and works out at approximately £8,000 a day. The package includes a four night pre-cruise stay at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and a four night post-cruise stay in a £7,300-a-night apartment (complete with rooftop Jacuzzi, cinema and butler) located in a gated community on Sunset Island, Miami. The ship sets sail on 14th January 2013. So far Six Star Cruises has not revealed whether there are any bookings so far for the millionaires’ holiday. Mal Barritt, company director, said it was “likely to be the most expensive cruise ever sold.” “We have listened to what some of our most discerning customers say they look for in a holiday and have created the most desirable cruise holiday in the world,” he said. “This is truly a cruise that will never be forgotten.”

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talian shoemaker to pay highest ever UK retail rent on Bond Street Italian luxury shoemaker Salvatore Ferragamo is agreeing a deal to pay a record £1059 per sq ft UK rent at its Bond Street store. This will break the £1,000 per square foot mark for the first time, a source familiar with the deal told Reuters. The deal would also break the previous record of £965 per square foot for the valuable Zone A front section of a store set by jeweller Piaget on the same glitzy central London shopping strip in December 2009. Under the deal between landlord NFU Mutual

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pension fund and Ferragamo, the retailer will extend its lease and increase its rent from £600 to £1059 per square foot at 24 Old Bond Street as part of a plan to expand its retail space, the source said. Bond Street rents far exceed other central London shopping streets. Rents on the second most expensive strip of Oxford Street are on average £200 per square foot lower and Marylebone High Street peaks at about £225. NFU declined to comment. Ferragamo was not immediately available to comment. Fierce competition for space on Bond Street, the UK’s most expensive shopping stretch and the

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second priciest in Europe behind Paris’ Avenue des Champs Elysées, has driven up rents and spurred some deep-pocketed retailers to buy stores in order to guarantee ownership of top sites. Unlike mid-market retailers, luxury brands have bounced back strongly from the depths of the 2008 downturn, helped by strong demand from emerging markets such as China and Russia. The acute space shortage on the half mile stretch combined with strong demand from global brands that see a Bond Street presence as essential to European expansion plans, may boost rents to £1,500 by 2013, consultancy Cushman & Wakefield said.

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riginally a series of four Georgian Townhouses, this landmark venue was originally opened as a restaurant in 1867 by Auguste Kettner, (chef to Napoleon III,) and became infamous as the rendezvous of choice for deliciously colourful characters of the time. Oscar Wilde dined here and Kettner’s is mentioned as his venue of choice in his trial notes, King Edward VII courted his mistress, Lilly Langtree and Agatha Christie and Bing Crosby were celebrated regulars. Gorgeously glamorous, Kettner’s today boasts a Brasserie, Cocktail and Champagne Bar and eight Private Rooms. The Grade II listed building has been refurbished and restored and, with a brand new management team, a fresh lease of life has been injected into this legendary Soho venue. Kettner’s elegant 1930’s style Brasserie serves Modern European dishes all day with a range of menus to suit all occasions. Head Chef Winston Matthews has taken inspiration from Auguste Kettner’s ‘Book of the Table’ a comprehensive cookery manual published in 1877, the ‘tart’ selection being a perfect example of this. The savoury ‘tart of the day’ is a signature dish (£6.50 / £9.00) and sweet tarts are also made daily for the sumptuous selection of desserts. Other French inspired dishes include ‘Duck Confit’ with spinach and saladaise potatoes (£14.50) the classic ‘Coq Au Vin’ with smoked bacon, baby carrots and parsley mash (£14.50) and ‘Beef Bourguignon’ served in a traditional copper pot and slow cooked for four hours. (£16.50) Being in the centre of Soho Kettner’s also offers great comfort food style dishes such as the ‘Home made fishcakes’ with pease pudding and shrimp butter (£13.00) and the classic ‘Kettner’s Burger’ (£13.50.) Situated in the heart of theatre land between the bustling Old Compton Street and Shaftesbury Avenue, Kettner’s is the perfect choice for theatre dining. The Set Menu is available at lunch and pre and post theatre, priced £16.50 for two courses and £19.50 for three courses. The sympathetic refurbishment has retained the sense of occasion with white bentwood chairs and elegant marble topped tables. At night, the Brasserie positively sparkles with candles and vintage candelabras. Live music from Tuesday to Saturday on the beautiful white grand piano sets the evening ambience. Kettners, 29 Romilly Street, Soho, London, W1D 5HP 020 7734 6112.

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verything about The Milestone makes it unique from its history to the levels of service guests experience. The Grade II listed boutique hotel is an architectural treasure located in the heart of London’s Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It boasts luxury accommodation, one of the city’s most famous spas and an intimate restaurant – Cheneston’s; offering Modern British cuisine. The whole hotel feels romantic and each of the bedrooms and suites has its own distinct personality. Whether it’s a romantic escape, a city break or a business stay- The Milestone is the ideal hotel offering combining deluxe guest rooms, luxury suites and six long-stay apartments. The interiors are rich and make the most of the stunning views over Kensington Palace and Gardens, soon to become home to the most glamorous couple in the world! Whilst offering a traditional interior, 21st century technology has not been forgotten and includes complimentary high-speed wireless internet and interactive TV with movies on demand. Services and experience are taken seriously at The Milestone, a maid visits rooms twice a day and treats including home-made cookies, bonbons, tomorrow’s weather forecast, chilled mineral water, hand-picked seasonal fruits, newspapers, canapés and candles in the bedrooms are all organised for each guest. Books can also be placed

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in the bedrooms. The guest experience is further enhanced through the hotel’s spa. Debuting for Valentine’s Day, but continuing throughout the year, the spa is unveiling London’s finest massage master classes which teach couples how to give the perfect massages for the head, shoulder and feet. These are combined as packages with either dinner or an overnight stay. The tranquil and intimate spa offers a selection of rejuvenating spa treatments using the finest quality products from SOTHYS. Furthermore guests can make use of the health & fitness facilities which include a selection of modern cardio vascular technology and pilates sessions can also be organised along with in-room yoga. Cheneston’s Restaurant offers Modern British cuisine complete with an extensive wine list including more than 400 vintages. The menu showcases British cuisine at its best and includes a 7 Course Tasting Menu. The restaurant is intimate and rather formal but this only adds to the whole experience. Location is also one of the distinct advantages that the Milestone Hotel benefits from; tourists, shoppers and art lovers have London’s finest on offer to select from with nearby attractions including the Royal Albert Hall, the National History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The vast selection of shops in Knightsbridge close by and the West End is a short taxi ride away. If it is impeccable service and personal touches you look for then look no further; The Milestone Hotel awaits. 1 Kensington Court, London, W8 5DL. Tel: +44 (0) 20 7917 1000

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LITERARY LONDON: The Radisson Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel


ocated in London’s literary quarter, resides the stunning Radisson Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel – a gem within the Radisson Edwardian Hotel collection, and one of London’s best-kept secrets. Situated in the heart of Bloomsbury, The Bloomsbury Street Hotel is a stone’s throw from theatre land, Covent Garden, the cultural British museum and bustling Oxford Street. The beautifully designed spaces provide true five-star luxury at four-star prices and without doubt The Bloomsbury Street Hotel makes the ideal location for a London stopover. Dominating the hotel’s reception space is a striking art installation, the perfect backdrop to a team of attentive

and dedicated Reception staff. Paying homage to the hotel’s location – previously home to literary legend Virginia Woolf – the hotel has dedicated an entire wall to pages from Virginia Woolf ’s celebrated novel Mrs Dalloway. And its literary links don’t stop there. Make sure to check out the hotel’s recommended ‘Book of the Month’. The Radisson Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel is the first hotel to host its very own book club concept and invites its guests to take away a complimentary copy of their chosen book. This January guests get a chance to exclusively preview Bloomsbury’s ‘Short Stories 2012 Collection’, and next month ‘The Picador

Book of Love Poems’ is the perfect accompaniment to a Valentine’s stay. The Bloomsbury Street Hotel offers some of the most stylish and largest bedrooms in London, with 174-bedrooms in total. And as expected each room contains the most up-to-date and essential room amenities; flat screen TVs, wireless Internet and the mini-bar. The hotel also has three incredible suites to cater for those extra-special occasions. And whilst you’re there make sure you check out the exclusive 7th floor, especially the luxurious Studio Suite 7007; with its stunning views over the British Museum’s famous dome, it also houses its own very impressive suspended swing egg chair! Whether you are staying at The Bloomsbury Street Hotel or are simply passingby, make sure to visit the hotel’s stunning Bloomsbury Street Bar & Restaurant. A welcome haven for discerning diners, the dining space is the most intimate and opulent of foodie destinations. Opt for the smoked haddock and sweet corn fishcake with Caesar dressing and pea shoots, followed by an English classic of roast pheasant with black pudding served with fondant potato, seasonal vegetables and a deep onion and rosemary jus. Finish off with the the white chocolate and raspberry dome with strawberry coulis and mocha cream – it definitely is a must-try! Overall, The Bloomsbury Street Hotel does not fall short in its offerings. Luxury bedrooms, a fantastic in-house restaurant and bar, innovative meeting and events suites – all these stunning spaces attribute to the hotel’s great profile.

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

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attersea’s Lavender Hill has many restaurants to its name but the simple, modern Bombay Dine appears to be one of its most popular right now. Located just about half way up the meandering hill, a short walk from Clapham Junction and within easy reach of the Common, Bombay Dine is as good as it is convenient, providing affordable Indian restaurant favourites ranging from good old fashioned curries to the more creative offerings of the kitchen team, blending the authenticity of the subcontinent’s regional recipes with a modern approach to the blending of flavours and textures. Numerous vegetarian offerings ensure that all needs are taken care of while dishes

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Abbey Road Studios exclusive presentations sell out! extra sessions & dates announced!


he talks that took place on 10th March 2012 of landmark recordings, celebrating the technology and sonic at Abbey Road’s iconic Studio Two sold out at creativity that lead to epoch defining music from feted artists. a staggering rate. This rare opportunity for the The presentation will cover the history of Abbey Road Studios public  to visit the revered studios and attend an insightful with rare archive photos, film and audio, showing changes to and entertaining talk, has proved hugely popular. Due to the studio and equipment. It will illustrate Abbey Road Studios’ this demand, two further talks will take place in March. long progression through all kinds of music, from classical to As part of their 80th Anniversary celebrations, rock, and the methods used to record in each style/period. Abbey Road Studios will be opening its doors Visitors will be allowed early entrance with time to explore to the public for a unique experience. and take photographs in the famous Studio Two, where seminal Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan - authors of the criticallyacts like The Beatles, Oasis, The Hollies, The Shadows, Pink acclaimed, definitive book ‘Recording the Beatles’ will Floyd and Kate Bush recorded epoch-defining music. More give an insightful and highlyrecently, Elbow recorded their theme for the enjoyable presentation, specifically 2012 Olympics there and amazing artists marCH 23rd for the anniversary event. like Ryan Adams, Laura Marling and Feist session 1: doors open at 10am ‘Recording The Beatles’ has won huge laid down performances for the worldwide session 2: doors open at 7pm praise from Abbey Road Studios alumni ‘Live From Abbey Road’ television show. including Alan Parsons, Norman Smith, Brian Kehew, co-author of ‘Recording The marCH 24TH Ken Townsend and John Kurlander, Beatles’, is a record producer, engineer and session 1: doors open at 10am whose engineering/production CVs musician. He has worked with The Who, session 2: doors open at 3pm count The Beatles, The Hollies, Pink Fiona Apple, Air, Rod Stewart, Talking Floyd, The Pretty Things and the Lord Heads, Aretha Franklin, and Black Sabbath.  marCH 25TH Of The Rings trilogy between them. Kevin Ryan, co-author of ‘Recording the session 1: doors open at 10:00 Kehew and Ryan’s ‘80 Years of Beatles’ is a Houston-based producer, session 2: doors open at 15:00 Recording at Abbey Road Studios’ arranger and composer. He is also a talented talk will explore the studio’s decades graphic designer and video/film artist. Tickets are £75. Available from Abbey Road Studios, 3 Abbey Road, London, NW8 9AY * PLEASE NOTE:  Despite certain claims to the contrary, this does NOT include a tour of Abbey Road Studios. The event takes place in Studio Two only. 30 m a r c h 2 0 1 2

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Marathon Charitable Trust has awarded more than £35 million in grants to develop sport and recreation facilities in the capital and other areas in the country where the London marathon stages events. The elite races start at april 2012 9am for women and 9.45am sunday 22nd for men, with the London Marathon wheelchair races beginning at 9.20am and ince the first ever the mass race at 9.45am. London Marathon on David Weir and Amanda 29th March 1981, the McGrory will defend their race has grown in size, stature Virgin London Marathon and popularity ever since. Now titles against the strongest established among the major fields ever assembled for the events in the sporting calendar, elite wheelchair races. Weir the London Marathon is is aiming to match the six shown on television in more London Marathon titles that 150 countries around won by British Paralympic the world. As a fundraising legend Dame Tanni Greyevent, there is no race in the Thompson when he makes world that comes close to his 12th consecutive the London Marathon. appearance in the race. Runners in the 2011 Celebrities lined up to Virgin London Marathon take part this year include: set yet another record figure chefs Michel Roux, Gordon for charity fund raising Ramsey, Tom Aiken and when they collected Tony Tobin, Will Young, £51.8 million for good DJ’s Neil ‘Doctor ‘ Fox, causes at last year’s race Mark Goodier and Charlie , confirming the London Hedges, Callum Best, Ben Marathon as the largest Fogle, Katie Price, Nadia annual one-day fund raising Sawahla and EastEnders event in the world. With a stars Danielle Harold similar total expected from and Neil McDermott. this year’s runners, the total Some advice to those raised over 30 years since the that wish to go along and first race in 1981 will reach support and cheer on the more than £500 million! brave runners, many roads are An iconic image of the closed on race day, so the best event is the thousands of way to get around is using runners traipsing the streets to the London Underground, raise money for charity, many South Eastern and Docklands in fancy dress, hoping to stand Light Railway (DLR), who out as a rhino, football mascot, lay on extra services especially. giant tree, or escaped convict. Remember, the trains will More than three quarters of be busy all day - expect it competitors now run for a to be like rush hour. You’ll good cause and a third of all probably have to queue at entry places are offered by some stations and the tube charitable organisations. lines may be forced to shut In addition, over the last temporarily throughout the three decades the London day to help ease the crowds. For more details go to

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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

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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

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saTurday 7TH april 2012,


The 2012 Xchanging


he 158th Boat Race on 7th April will see oarsmen of six different nationalities competing, as the older, more internationally experienced crew from Oxford take on the younger, heavier Cambridge eight. This year will be the first time for Cambridge and only the second time ever in Boat Race history that the crew will feature only one British oarsman, returning Blue undergraduate Mike Thorp. The only other time this has happened was in 2007 when Oxford President Robin Ejsmond-Frey was the sole Brit in the crew. The rest of the Light Blue crew this year is made up of three Americans, two Australians, and individuals from Germany and New Zealand,; and they will be coxed by British first year

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boat racE undergraduate, Ed Bosson. The crew from Oxford will include three former Lightweight rowers, and is made up of five Brits, two Americans, and individuals from Germany and the Netherlands. The Dark Blues will be coxed by Brit Zoe De Toledo. She will be the first woman to cox Oxford since 2000. Four of the athletes competing this year learnt to row at their colleges at Oxford or Cambridge. Alex Woods and Dan Harvey for Oxford, and Alex Ross

and Moritz Schramm for Cambridge all noviced in their first years at the universities. The idea for a rowing race between the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge came from two friends Charles Merivale, a student at Cambridge, and his Harrow school friend Charles Wordsworth (nephew of the poet William Wordsworth), who was at Oxford. On 12 March 1829, Cambridge sent a challenge to Oxford and thus the tradition was born which has continued to the present day,

where the loser of the previous year’s race challenges the opposition to a re-match. The first Boat Race took place at Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire and contemporary newspapers report crowds of twenty thousand travelled to watch. The race was stopped soon after the start and, following the restart, Oxford were clear winners. Cambridge wore pink, the colour of Lady Margaret Boat Club (of St. Johns College), who their captain and two other crew members rowed for. Oxford have always worn dark blue. The event was such a resounding success that the townspeople later decided to organise a regatta of their own which duly became Henley Royal Regatta. After the first year, the early Boat Races took place at Westminster in London, but by 1845, when

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Westminster had become too crowded, the Boat Race moved six miles up-stream to the then country village of Putney. In 1856 the race became an annual event (excepting only the war years). The Modern Boat Race still runs along the same lines but has now become a major international sporting occasion drawing millions of viewers from around the world. The Boat Race course is marked by three classic bends, two in favour of the Middlesex station, on the north bank of the Thames, while the third favours the crew drawn on the opposite Surrey station. In spite of these bends the course is theoretically fair - the start and finish lines are exactly parallel, and in the unlikely event of the crews staying level throughout the race, they will both have covered the magic Boat Race distance of exactly 4 miles 374 yards. The start of the race is marked by the University stone, a few hundred yards upstream from Putney Road Bridge and for the first quarter of a mile, as the crews pass the historic boathouses of Putney Embankment. The Finish Line is just a few yards downstream from Chiswick Road bridge and here the crowds on Race Day are as densely packed as those near the Start. What those crowds witness as the crews cross the Line is the ecstasy of the victors and the despair of the losing crew. On Race Day up to 250,000 spectators crowd the banks of the Thames from Putney to Mortlake to witness the action. Enjoy the festival atmosphere of the Boat Race by watching for free from one of the many vantage points along the course. You should be able to find a place to watch on either side of the river along the full length of the course, but particular areas to note are: Putney Bridge, Putney Embankment and Bishops Park (at the

How to get there... Bus

✱ For the start in Putney, the number

start); Hammersmith and Barnes (mid-course); Dukes Meadows and Chiswick Bridge (at the finish). Please do not drive to the race if you have a choice. Parking is limited and for non-residents on the day of The Boat race it is extremely hard to find. You risk listening to the race on the car radio instead of seeing it from the riverbank! There are large screens at Bishops Park, Fulham and Furnival Gardens, Hammersmith which mean you will be able to watch the whole Race before and after the crews have passed. The parks will also feature food outlets, beer stands and merchandising stalls. BBC1 will be showing the Boat Race live including build up from around 2pm, visit for more information

14 bus from tottenham Court road and the 22 from Piccadilly Circus will both take you across Putney Bridge. ✱ For the middle part of the race at the surrey Bend, the number 9 bus from Charing Cross or the 10 from euston and oxford Circus or the 27 from Camden will take you to hammersmith - close to the riverside at Chiswick Malls. ✱ For the Finish in Mortlake, take the 209 or 190 from hammersmith. Bus routes are shown on all maps.

Train ✱ For the start in Putney, Putney railway

station is on Putney high street at the Upper richmond road. trains arrive from Clapham Junction, Waterloo or Victoria West of Putney, the line divides at the next stop Barnes station - just over a mile away - going towards Barnes Bridge where the finishing stretch begins, or towards Mortlake for the Finish. stations are shown in all maps.

london undErground ✱ For the start, east Putney is south of

the river and Putney Bridge is north Putney Bridge is the closest station. ✱ ravenscourt Park and hammersmith are closest to the viewing areas at Chiswick Mall. ✱ stations are shown on all maps. hammersmith station is accessible for wheelchairs but the Putney tube stations are not. For more information:



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Easter at Kew Where chocolate grows on trees! 9th April - 2nd May 2012


isit Kew this Easter, indulge your passion for chocolate, and enjoy activities for all the family, from Easter egg hunts to chocolate workshops, and spring flowers to beautiful botanical art. Easter Egg Hunt

Collect tokens from their friendly Climbers & Creepers characters (Busy Bee, Slipper and Venus) who are hiding in the Gardens. Then hand in your three tokens to Kew’s Easter Bunnies at Museum No.1 to receive an Easter egg. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The chocolate eggs have been donated by Green & Black’s. Dates: Easter Sunday (24th April) ✱ Time: 9.30am - 1pm (or until the eggs run out!) ✱ Price: FREE Chocolate Sculptures

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chocolate sculpture garden, where models of everyday plant products that we rely are carefully recreated in chocolate. Shedlands Ltd, part of gardencentre group, have kindly donated a Summer House for the chocolate sculpture garden display. ✱ Location: Between the Orangery Restaurant and White Peaks Cafe & Shop Chocolate Workshops

Visit the drop-in chocolate workshops where families will learn to make objects from chocolate. Let the little ones get hands-on through sculpting and moulding chocolate whilst learning about the huge variety of plants that can be involved in making chocolate - such as sugar cane, chilli, cinnamon and vanilla. ✱ Maximum 30 participants. First come, first served basis. ✱ Date:* Sat 9th April Mon 25th April & Fri 29th April - Mon 2nd May ✱ Time: 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm & 2.30pm ✱ Venue: Climbers and Creepers ✱ Price: FREE

*Please note: there will be no chocolate workshops on Tue 26th, Wed 27th & Thu 28th April Chocolate Trail: From Bean to Bar

A fun and exploratory trail that introduces families to the real plants involved in the production of chocolate such as sugar, black pepper and even coconut! Pick up a leaflet at an entry gate or chocolate workshop.

help from the adults. ✱ Location: Starting at the Palm House The Palm House will be closed from 2pm each Tuesday for the next few months.

Chocolate Tasting Sessions

Organised by Kew’s caterers, Peyton & Byrne, Hosted by Pascal Cordier, Head Baker at Peyton and Byrne. Pascal will be demonstrating the fine art of cake decoration using the best quality chocolate and showcasing the artisan techniques of cake making. He will be decorating celebrated Chocolate Fairy Cakes, icing a chocolate cake and creating some of Peyton and Byrne’s signature chocolate cakes. ✱ Date: Sat 9th April & Sun 24th April ✱ Time: 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm ✱ Venue: White Peaks For more details please visit

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Easter Egg madness

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Join in the Easter egg hunt at the Wimbledon Easter Event Also... ✱ Easter Bonnet Competition to kick things off ! ✱ Hook a Duck ✱ Easter Bunny on a Horse ✱ Mini Pony Rides ✱ Choccie wherever you go! and THE WomBlEs arE going To ComE Too…

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Common Room will be running a juice station, Carluccio’s are supplying Hot chocolate shots, Light Cafe are doing Chocolate Brownies, Giraffe will be providing nibbles, Village Stables will be having Mini Pony Rides, St. Raphael’s Hospice will be doing a Hook a Duck game and a Hamper Raffle and there will be Face Painting. Participating Shops and Businesses so far are: Beaumont Interiors, Mint Source , Smith Brothers (Bike Shop), Traders Antiques, Wimbledon Books, Senti, Caroline Randell, Curzon Gallery, Red Cross, Pet Pavillion, Cologne & Cotton, Village Florist, Kokos, Le Creuset, Cath Kidston, Jigsaw, Fired Earth, Hobbs, Molton Brown, Farrow & Ball, Butcher & Grill, Neal’s Yard, Bellissima Beauty, Two Sisters, Bridget Salmassian. Pizza Express and Giraffe are both kindly donating vouchers for St. Raphael’s Hospice Hamper Raffle.

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CoURSE 2012 EaSTER 2012 The Green Feathers shooting course was created in 1995 and has introduced over 1275 ladies with little or no experience to the pleasures of shotgun shooting. This year’s course again takes place at the Holland & Holland Shooting Grounds, situated at northwood in unspoilt countryside, just 40 minutes drive from london's West End. The course consists of three one-hour lessons with one of the renowned Holland & Holland instructors or three two-hour lessons if shared with a fellow participant. lessons are by appointment Monday to Friday (and some Saturdays) from 1st February to 25th April 2012, concluding on 26th April with a morning’s fun shooting competition followed by lunch and the opportunity to take part in a simulated pheasant drive and rifle shooting.

The future of sporting shooting, as we know it will ultimately rest in the young shots of today. It is the responsibility on all organisations such as ours to ensure the safety and skills of shooting, either in the field or on clay type targets, are passed on to future generations. For many years now, Holland & Holland have been providing youngsters with the opportunity to enjoy shooting and learn how to handle a gun safely, all the while developing a keen sense of responsibility.

The course is designed to be a learning experience as well as good fun, often resulting in lasting friendships with the other ladies.

as well as tuition, which is available throughout the year, we hold Young Shots days during the Easter, Summer and Christmas holidays for young guns (aged 9 -16). These are designed not only for those younger shots who may already have some, if limited experience, but also for those who have had no previous shooting experience at all. The aim is to have an educational and fun day with a strong emphasis on safety.

and the cost? Just £280 to include three lessons, cartridges, clays, gun hire and the final competition day with lunch. It really is exceptional value, so why not come and join us. We are sure you will enjoy the experience.

We are holding a Young Shots day on Tuesday 3rd April at our shooting school in northwood. Participants are welcome to bring their own guns but 12G, 20G, 28G & 410G will be available. and the cost? Just £115.


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the world’s biggest easter egg hunt comes to Canary Wharf. fabergé Big egg Hunt: until 8th april


anary Wharf is set to take centre stage as a key ‘zone’ for the world’s biggest Easter egg hunt. Until 8th April 2012, eleven show-stopping eggs will be ‘hidden’ across this iconic London business and shopping district; becoming the latest additions to Canary

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Wharf ’s award winning public art collection.  The public can hunt the giant eggs, exclusively designed, bejewelled and decorated by some of the world’s leading artists, architects, jewellers and designers. Creations by eminent names ‘hidden’ across

Canary Wharf ’s parks, plazas and shopping malls include film director Sir Ridley Scott, illustrator Nilesh Mistry, artist Peter Weigl, architect Sir Nicholas Grimshaw - and a giant chocolate egg from Charbonnel et Walker. The first event of its kind, ‘The Faberge Big Egg Hunt’

raises funds for charities Action for Children and Elephant Family, and sees 200 eggs dotted around iconic London landmarks. Canary Wharf ’s location as a zone is thanks to the generous donations of Canary Wharf Group, the owner and developer of the famous business and shopping district, BGC Partners, Clifford Chance and Morgan Stanley. Egg hunters heading to Canary Wharf will have to search inside and out - from scenic parks to bustling shopping malls - to find all the eggs. Afterwards, they can enjoy delicious food and stunning views at Plateau restaurant, which has created a mouthwatering dish, ‘Eggs Fabergé’, to celebrate and help to raise further money for the charities - a slow cooked duck egg with a ragout of chanterelles, brioche and duck scratchings. Camille Waxer, Chief Administrative Officer at Canary Wharf Group plc said: ‘The Big Egg Hunt is an excellent charity initiative which gives Londoners an excuse to get out and explore their city. We are pleased to host eggs created by some of the UK’s best creative talent and raise money for some very worthy causes in the process.’  The hand-crafted eggs, which are destined to become highly collectible works of art, will be available to buy at auction, with proceeds going to Action for Children and Elephant Family. The jewel in the crown of the auction will be an exclusively designed, stunning 127ct emerald and gold egg pendant ‘Le Collier Plume d Or’ by Fabergé. ‘The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt’ seeks to raise up to £2 million for leading children’s charity, Action for Children, and Elephant Family - the UK’s biggest funder for the endangered Asian elephant. For more information on The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt, and ways to get involved,please visit:    

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Music at The Roof Gardens exciting Live Music event at the roof gardens, kensington Saturday 24th March 2012. Hosted by


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singer, songwriter and musician who performs alternative folk songs. Ghouls - is an indie band who met whilst at University in London. Its front-man, Ben, is an accredited song writer in the ‘International Guild of Songwriters’. The four-piece band is recording at the moment - so expect big things from these boys. Marcos James - is a singer songwriter who is originally from Jamaica, he plays a mix of pop, hip hope, soul and reggae tracks. Otty - is a soul group led by former professional basketball player Otty Warmann. The band has recently qualified for the regional showcase final of Live and Unsigned 2012 and in July last year won Pizza Express & Jamie

Cullum’s Big Audition. Fella - This four-piece indie band formed last year and has made its mark on the local music scene with regular gigs in London. The band is the winner of the recent Camden battle of the bands competition - ‘The Showdown’ - and packs out each gig they play After all these fantastic musicians have played, a DJ will take the stage until 4am so guests can party the night away. Tickets are available to buy in advance online at www. for £10. Tickets can be applied for

online but paid for on the door for £15. Tickets will still be available on the door for £20. Facebook: Twitter: is an online community that has been launched to help creative individuals and performers gain exposure and showcase their talent whether it might be acting, singing, photography, modeling or comedy. The community provides a forum for discussion and a directory of talent for agents. Members can create profiles, blogs and events through the site to increase their own exposure. The site gives members tools to contact, and to be contacted by, the best agents and management in the country and works to support fresh new talent in presenting themselves to the most influential people.

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f you’re tired of the unpredictable European weather,  you can’t get warmer than the sunny Caribbean. If you love to party in the sun, you can really get hot hot hot at the new Festival Groove Fest taking place later this year. Groove Fest is an all-new bespoke dance music festival set over seven days. Taking place in Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic from 5th-12th September,  where the best DJs, artistes and bands are paired with luxurious beaches and five-star facilities for an allinclusive week with Beach, Pool, Boat and outdoor Parties! Party in paradise to the very best Deep House, Disco and Soulful House, without any expensive admission fees. Jamie Jones, Dennis Ferrer, The Martinez Brothers, Kenny Dope, Horse Meat Disco, have been announced as playing, with more artists to be revealed.   On arrival, everything is taken care of .....  all food, drink, transfers and entrance fees are included in the price and depending on your budget, accommodation 46 m a r c h 2 0 1 2

ranges from luxury villas to presidential suites, which even come complete with your personalised chef cooking breakfast and a golf buggy to use at your leisure. The resort lies on the North Coast of the Caribbean’s most popular island, surrounded by mountains and lush vegetation, and cooled by breezes from the Atlantic Ocean. The resort also has four private beaches - Harmony Beach, Serenity Beach and two VIP Beaches - with elegant beach furniture (including hammocks), beach bars and restaurants, and even a beach butler to take orders for champagne and oysters. If you  want to take a break from the music, a wide range of distractions include world-class golf, deep sea fishing, cycling, horse riding, snorkelling, and helicopter tours. Prices start from £744 per person, and payment plans are available.   Do you want to party in paradise? For more info and to book please visit  or add us on

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Sunday afternoon on 11th March saw nearly 4000 weary walkers celebrate as they crossed the finishing posts of The Marsden March - a 14 mile sponsored walk to raise money for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. Larry Lamb, who was walking for the second year

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running, sent the walkers off with a spring in their step as they set off to raise money for the charity. This is the second of The Marsden March - the sponsored walk from The Royal Marsden’s Chelsea site to its Sutton site was developed as a great way for patients,

staff, friends and family to show their support or honour a loved one. Money raised from the Marsden March will help provide the best possible care and treatment for people affected by cancer. Amongst the walkers were several familiar faces. As well as Larry Lamb, marchers were joined by Nathaniel Parker, Nicholas Owen, Richard Fairbrass and Camilla Kerslake all of whom were keen to show their support for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. Amanda Heaton, Community Fundraising and Development Manager, from The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, said: “A huge thank you to everyone who gave up their Sunday in aid of the charity. We were overwhelmed with the support we received from walkers, helpers and celebrities. The Marsden March is a very emotive day and so inspiring to see thousands of people of all ages marching between our hospital sites with one clear goal - to walk together to take on cancer. “The Marsden March has grown hugely since its launch last year and we

are delighted that so many people took part again. Early indications are that we are well on our way to meeting our fundraising target once more. You can help The Royal Marsden continue to push the boundaries and raise the standards of excellence. This includes helping scientists searching for cures, doctors who depend on the latest cancer treatments and technologies, nursing students looking for the best in clinical education, and of course, patients and their families who are at the heart of everything they do. For more information about The Marsden March visit www.royalmarsden. org/march or email for more information. The Marsden March 2013:

If you would like to express an interest to take part in Marsden March 2013 please fill out the form on the website. About The Royal Marsden:

* The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust is world-leading cancer centre specialising in cancer diagnosis, treatment, research and education * Partnered with the Institute of Cancer Research they are the largest comprehensive cancer centre in Europe treating over 40,000 cancer patients each year * The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity is The Royal Marsden’s main charity. Financing new, state-of-the-art buildings and equipment as well at programmes that support pioneering research into the prevention and treatment of cancer, the charity enables the hospital to continue its groundbreaking work for the benefit of cancer patients world-wide.

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four-day festival that will include film screenings, live music performances, discussions, panels and other public cultural programming will be held at The O2, London. Robert Redford and musician, songwriter, and soundtrack and record producer and 12-time Grammy Award winner T Bone Burnett, will open the festival on 26th April with an on-stage discussion about the relationship between film and music, sharing their recollections of achieving great musical moments with the many filmmakers, actors and musicians they’ve collaborated with throughout their storied careers. Joined on stage by Nick Hornby (High Fidelity),

who will moderate the evening, the two artists of ‘sound and screen’ will utilise film clips from some of the many films they’ve worked on for which music made an indelible contribution. Redford and Burnett will also discuss some of their favourite musical moments from other great films that have influenced their work. The evening will be capped off by a special musical guest. Burnett’s 40 years of experience in music and entertainment include work as an artist, songwriter, producer, performer, concert producer, record company owner and artist advocate. Sundance London will feature fourteen UK premieres of films fresh from the 2012 Sundance Film

Festival which took place January in Park City, Utah. Daily live music performances, discussions, panels and other public events will round out the four-day festival. Robert Redford, Founder and President of Sundance Institute, said: “The depth of T Bone’s experience and accomplishments in the worlds of both film and music set the stage for the Sundance London program and the celebration of music and film

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experts on France, brings you a selection of properties and its own dedicated seminar theatre where you can find everything about tax, legal issues, leaseback properties, managing currency exposure on property and getting health insurance in France. The Florida Pavilion in association with Florida Link is home to a collection of agents and developers from the Sunshine State alongside its own dedicated seminar theatre covering subjects such as the path to immigration, Florida

mortgages and navigating the currency rollercoaster. Find out everything you need to know about buying, living and working in Florida. The Portuguese Pavilion in association with the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce will showcase a selection of properties from the Silver Coast and all along the Algarve, plus seminar sessions on how to buy and sell property in Portugal, mortgages, taxes and banking in Portugal and how to make rental income from your property.

The Italian Pavilion in association with the Italian Chamber of Commerce will feature hand-picked agents showcasing properties from across this beautiful country. There is a daily schedule of seminar sessions covering all you need to know when buying a property and planning la dolce vita. The Buying Advice Seminar Theatre sponsored by will have daily sessions on buying property in Cyprus, Spain, Turkey and alternative investment destinations as well as a daily session on emigrating. To get your free tickets simply visit lifemagazines where you can complete and print your eticket to bring along to the show to gain entry. You may have as many free tickets for this event as you like, however you will need to complete the form again for each ticket required.

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS Ingo Fincke Gallery, London - April 2012 The Curwen Gallery, London - September 2008 The Fairfax Gallery, London - September 2006 Cambridge Contemporary Art - April 2005 The Fairfax Gallery - September 2004 CCA Galleries, London - 2000 and 2001 CCA Galleries, Farnham - 2001 Zella Gallery, Chelsea, London - 1997 and 1998 Open House, Brighton Festival - 1999 and 2000 The Pumphouse Gallery, Battersea Park, London - 1996 and 1998 Lyndons Fine Art, London (Portobello Open Prize winner, May 1997) The Horsham Arts Centre, Horsham - 1995

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London Fashion Week? Celebrities from the worlds of sport, music and film watched the Burberry Prorsum show at Kensington Gardens in London. Rap star was there and Hollywood actress Kate Bosworth was over from her native Los Angeles for the event. Former ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ contestant Holly Valance attended with her property tycoon fiancé Nick Candy. Singer Will Young wrapped up in a cosy cashmere knit.Boxer Amir Khan made up the sportspeople on the front row......along with former athlete Denise Lewis. Stella McCartney’s show proved her one of the most influential designers in the world. Not many had a guest list like this one: Rihanna, Kate Moss, Jamie Hince, Amber Valletta, Shalom Harlow and that was just the seating plan of Stella’s own table.  Much table hopping went on as Yasmin Le Bon chatted to Paul Whitehouse, Minnie Driver caught up with Mario Testino, Richard E Grant met Alison Mosshart, Jo Whiley caught up with British singing sensation Katy B - it was a case of who wasn’t there. Topshop Unique always draws a celebrity-packed front row. Alexa Chung looked casual but stylish in classic navy jeans and coat. Girls Aloud singer, make-up entrepreneur and dedicated follower of fashion Nicola Roberts also attended the Topshop Unique show. Actress and designer Sadie Frost also made an appearance at the Vivienne Westwood Red Label show looking summery in salmon pink. At Aquascutumn, singer Dionne Bromfield mingled with One Directon’s Harry Styles , and comedian James Corden and his fiancé Julia Carey . Alexa Chung and Pixie Geldof supported their friend Henry Holland by sitting in on his House of Holland show. So what we will be wearing this Autumn and Winter? Here are just a selection of those names that hit the catwalk! 


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he British Fashion Council is pleased to announce further plans for its artistic project Britain Creates platform to celebrate the year of London’s hosting of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Entitled Britain Creates 2012: Fashion & Art Collusion, this project, led by the British Fashion Council/Bazaar Fashion Arts Foundation and in partnership with the Mayor of London, is a unique opportunity to celebrate and strengthen the longstanding relationships between fashion designers and visual artists. Iconic British designers have paired together with top contemporary artists including: Giles Deacon & Jeremy Deller; Hussein Chalayan & Gavin Turk; Jonathan Saunders & Jess Flood-Paddock; Mary Katrantzou & Mark Titchner; Matthew Williamson & Mat Collishaw; Nicholas Kirkwood & Simon Periton; Paul Smith & Charming Baker; Peter Pilotto & Francis Upritchard; and Stephen Jones & Cerith Wyn Evans. More names are expected to join this outstanding roll call of British creative talent. Britain Creates 2012: Fashion & Art Collusion is part of the London 2012 Festival, a spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration from 21st June and running until 9th September 2012, bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK. The specially created exclusive pieces will be unveiled on 27th June 2012 at a VIP Gala fundraising event at the historic setting of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich

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weating is one of the most important ways in which the body loses heat, however, people with hyperhidrosis (Excessive sweating) produce sweat in amounts far greater than needed to control their temperature. It is thought that about 0.5% of the population (or about 1 person in 200) has some form of hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis is a treatable medical condition which occurs regardless of environmental surroundings – people with hyperhidrosis sweat profusely nearly all day, every day. There are two main types; Primary (focal) hyperhidrosis can affect one or more body areas, most often the palms of hands, armpits, soles of the feet or face, and sometimes the groin in men and under the breasts in women. Secondary hyperhidrosis, however, is generalized, typically involving the whole body and caused by an underlying condition like diabetes or medication such as anti-depressants.  

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Initially, simple self-help measures may be useful: • Wear Cool clothing • Avoiding certain foods which may trigger sweating ( such as caffeinated products, chocolate, spicy or sour foods, hot foods, alcohol, foods or drinks containing citric acid) • Reducing stress, tension or anxiety • Increased attention to personal hygiene 70 m a r c h 2 0 1 2

(FDA) approved Botox for the treatment of severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis in patients unable to obtain relief using antiperspirants. Treatment involves multiple tiny injections of botulinum toxin (type A) (botox) under each armpit. Effects start within the first week after treatment and last for an average of seven months before further injections are required. Side effects are rarely troublesome. TrEaTmEnTs:

Topical treatment with Aluminium chloride some rollon or aerosol anti-perspirants are the first-line treatment for Axilliary (underarm) hyperhidrosis. The effects last only for 48 hours and the deodorants can cause irritation to the underarms. The exception to this is if the excessive sweating symptoms occur during, or are exacerbated by, known anxiety-provoking situations such as during presentations at work. In these cases, treating the underlying anxiety is the best option. Iontophoresis is the passage of a weak electric current through a water bath. The area affected by sweating is immersed in the water and electrically charged particles clock the activity of sweat glands. When effective, this lasts for three-four days but can become longer with repeated use. With correct education and training, people can often perform this procedure at home. There is a variety of drug

treatments available. Some of these affect the body’s entire nervous system and side effects such as a dry mouth, drowsiness and constipation can be troublesome. Where sweating is made worse by stress or anxiety, other drugs (beta blockers) may be used with less troublesome side effects. Injections of botulinum toxin (type A) into the skin has been shown to be a very effective treatment for all types of focal hyperhidrosis, where people have not adequately responded to topical antiperspirant therapy or if the side effects of such therapy are intolerable. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration

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Your GP will be able to advise you on the treatments detailed in this article. Many cosmetic surgery or medi-spa clinics also offer injection treatment with botulinum toxin (type A). The International Hyperhidrosis Society is the only non-profit, independent, global organisation that increases awareness and understanding of excessive sweating, improves access to hyperhidrosis treatments and offers education for medical professionals in order to improve the diagnosis and care of excessive sweating.

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A mole (or naevus) is the term applied to any spot on the skin. Many moles are coloured (pigmented) but some have no colour. WHaT is a mElanoma?

A melanoma is the medical term for a mole. This simply means any pigmented or non pigmented lesion; it does not mean a cancer. Although most moles are brown, they can vary from flesh coloured through yellow and blue, to black. Moles can be many different shapes and can be single or multiple, on almost any part of the body. Everybody has moles; some people have more than others. Most moles have formed before the age of 20, but some people can get new moles well into their 30s or beyond. mElanoma sympToms

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It is important that moles are removed properly so they can be thoroughly examined. It is usually recommended that moles are removed with an ellipse of normal skin around them, aiming for a 2mm margin of clearance. Most of the moles that are removed turn out to be fine. Pathologists (doctors who examine tissues under the microscope) use different terms for benign moles. They may be junctional, juvenile, blue, compound, dermal or intradermal. All these are descriptions for benign (non cancerous) moles. Some will be what are called dysplastic moles. These are thought to be precancerous moles that have the potential to become malignant melanomas

if they are left. Although many of them may not turn cancerous it is impossible to tell and so they should probably be removed. The next stage after the dysplastic mole is the malignant melanoma in situ. This has just turned cancerous, but does not have the ability to spread. Like the dysplastic mole, it is cured by removing it properly. Malignant melanomas proper have the ability to spread around the body, so the earlier they are caught the better. It seems that the most important factor in determining whether a malignant melanoma may have spread or not is its thickness. This is measured in mm and is called the Breslow thickness. Depending

who have had malignant melanomas are treated by a team of specialists. Melanoma specialists include a dermatologist, a surgeon and perhaps a plastic surgeon, an oncologist and a pathologist. Malignant melanoma risk factors Some groups of people should be regularly checked for abnormal moles. These include people who have had a malignant melanoma before, or there is a family history of it, fair skinned, fair haired or red haired people and those with a large number of moles, as well as those who have had considerable sun exposure in their lives, particularly with episodes of severe sunburn when they were young. For more information or to get your moles checked contact The London Skin Clinic at 108 Harley Street, London W1G 7ET 0207 563 1234

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s nail polish sales continue to rise, (surpassing lipsticks as our go-to beauty buy) find out what colours you need to be sporting this Spring/ Summer to be bang on trend. The new season nail colours are in, and nowadays they are as lusted after as the new season it-bag or the latest hemline. We ladies know that the best way to work a trend without having to pay a fortune is to fancy up our fingernails. Nail colours for the Spring/ Summer 2012 seem to fall into two strict camps: neon or nude. First up, leading the trend in an ever brilliant mini boxset is Nails Inc. The New Neon & Nude Collection (£22, brings together three of their best selling nude classics paired with three brand new ultra-bright neons. From the muted mushroom of Porchester Square to the Coral neon of Portobello, this mini polish set is a great way to combine a nude base 78 m a r c h 2 0 1 2

with neon tips for a colourful unique ‘french manicure’ look. With nude being the must have nail shade, there are an array of neutral colours popping up to tame our talons. Get a colour that is as close to your natural skin tone as possible for the chicest results. For an affordable take on the trend, Andrea Fullerton Nail Boutique has created ‘Matthew’ (£4.99, Superdrug stores nationwide).This is a nude baby pink shimmer following on from the desert island texture inspired nails she created at the namesake Matthew Williamson SS ‘11 show. And if the nude shade you’re wearing doesn’t excite you as much as the fresh brights, simply press Andrea’s new Pearl Nail Studs (£5.99) into semi-wet varnish for timeless elegance. Celebrity favourite OPI also have a library of natural shades (£11, lenawhite. Their latest softshades collection is inspired by the

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When tiling a smaller room using a smaller tile would be easier but if designed well with minimal cuts a large format tile can do wonders at making the room feel larger. Tiles are a great way of introducing light or adding drama to a room. Light coloured tiles can really brighten a dull room and give the feeling of more space. Where as a well chosen darker tile can add a dramatic touch. When choosing a floor tile safety is key. Although a high gloss tile may look stunning it will become extremely slippery when wet, so a tile with a flat matt or slightly textured finish would be best suited for the floor. Melinda Hill – Senior Designer

A glamorous bathroom can be created by combining and contrasting bright colours, different textures, patterns, materials & finishes. Whether these contrasts are subtle or stark, it depends on how adventurous you want to be. The current trends in creating a glamorous bathroom are: l High shine lacquers on furniture in stark white or black. l Polished marble & high gloss tiles are making a huge comeback l Boldly coloured feature walls is glass mosaic tiles or paint Purple has made a huge comeback. Rich plum purples teamed with fresh high gloss white tiles and high gloss furniture will create a glamorous feel to any bathroom. The final touch is to choose some brassware maybe in a more interesting colour or design. Or choose a more traditional or ornate style or how about gold or black for something very on trend. 116 Fulham Road, London, SW3 6HU, Tel 020 7373 3668 138 Wigmore Street, London, W1U 3SG, Tel 020 7935 6112 12 Lichfield Terrace, Sheen Road, Richmond, TW9 1AS, Tel 020 3166 4008. 84 m a r c h 2 0 1 2

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t Just Add Water you’ll find a wide selection of sanitaryware from brand leaders such as Ideal Standard, Duravit, Twyfords, Grohe and Hansgrohe to name just a few, as well as products created by renowned designers like Philippe Starck, Norman Foster and Robin Levien. We can also provide you with a wide selection of brochures to help you decide just what will suit the size, shape and situation of your bathroom. We have showrooms in King’s Cross, Buckhurst Hill and Barnet and they are all available to help you select the products that are right for you. Each branch shows a variation on the others so the choice that we offer you is even greater. So call in to any of them for expert guidance. Of particular interest will be our King’s Cross displays which feature the most up to date Duravit showroom in the UK and the first Jacuzzi hydrotherapy display in London (a must for anyone with muscular discomfort) along with many other inspirational ideas. The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the house. It is the room that wakes you up ready for a hard day’s work, and it is here you retreat to for relaxation at the end of the day. It must be able to take use as well as abuse. It is a very hard working room for all the family as well as a haven of peace for you. Design and attention to detail are vital. The products must not only all work together, but also complement each other to give you the ultimate bathing experience. At Just Add Water we place

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generally cheaper than moving, taking into account the larger house, stamp duty and moving costs, the added living space is a perfect investment in your home where properties have achieved a 30% increase in value and when you have invested time and money to create your home and perhaps your children are settled in local schools, a new basement floor level to improve your lifestyle, makes complete sense. The old concept of dark damp basements has been fully dispelled, as you can see from the portfolio on London Basementâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s web site, showing wonderful living and entertainment areas, as well as the necessities, such as an extra bathroom. It is also refreshing to find a company that provides a true design, build and project management service, with all staff trained to the highest standards. Research has shown that there are many new companies springing up, stating that they have the experience and history to be able to take on these highly specialised projects, but please make sure to do your research into the track record of any company you are considering. You are putting the very foundations of your property into their hands, so you need absolute certainty that you are dealing with the very best with the design, engineering and construction expertise necessary to safeguard your home. London Basement Tel: 020 8847 9449

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ot everyone could fall in love with a house stuck in the 1970s complete with cigar stained walls, chintzy carpets and dodgy coloured bathrooms but for the Bessler family, it presented the perfect challenge. “We wanted a project; something that added value and that we could put our own mark on,” Sally remembers. “There was barely any natural light and the old owner had ripped out nearly all of the original features. As a project manager however, it was the perfect opportunity for me to put my skills to a rewarding use.” Confident they could turn this Victorian house into a fabulous family home and with a new baby on the way, the couple set about choosing a building team. At first, the Besslers anticipated using the building company from their previous project to realise their vision. After spotting L&E (Lofts and Extensions) in a local paper however, they felt they had nothing to lose by getting them round to quote for the work.  “The surveyor from L&E arrived and instilled a lot of confidence in me.  He was amiable and very patient as there were a lot of points I wanted to clarify,” Sally comments. “We also liked the fact they came as a team and so could oversee the whole project rather than us needing additional contractors.  They then took us to see five completed L&E

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projects where all of the owners we met were obviously so proud of what the builders had created. This gave us the confidence to choose L&E for our own build.” With the building team in place, work started almost immediately. Structurally, the plan was to remodel and extend the boxy ground floor area to open and lighten the space while incorporating a utility, cloakroom and storage area. The rear extension would be followed through to the first floor to house a large master bedroom and en-suite with vaulted ceilings and skylights. Although not vital for their immediate needs, the couple chose to incorporate

a loft extension in the build to maximise the home’s potential and avoid revisiting the project at a later stage. The biggest challenge they faced was getting planning permission for the large, twostorey rear extension.  While awaiting this, work started on permitted development including the loft conversion and internal work.  Work progressed quickly.  “They worked tirelessly and we built up a really good rapport with the team.  The fact they were so quick meant that sometimes we weren’t quite ready for them and had to make decisions quickly in order to keep up.” Sally comments. At last, the vital rear

extension permissions came through. “We immediately contacted L&E to tell them,” Sally remembers. “The next day we visited the house to find an unusual amount of light coming through the front door.” Sally laughs. “They had taken down the whole of the rear of the house – it was so exciting and very efficient.  Our next door neighbours were so amazed they even filmed it happening.” Living and working in Canary Wharf, the couple were unable to be on site for much of the time. “We came down every Saturday to meet with the builders.  I was pregnant too so it was exhausting, but they were very flexible and waited for us to arrive even after they should have left. Our neighbours commented on how good they were and how considerate,” Sally remembers. The foreman also made suggestions on how to improve the original design. “Our architect had put in plans where the supports would need to jut out from the wall.  L&Es builders suggested that these beams could be taken back to give us a flush wall. It made the look so much better for us and was above and beyond the call of duty.” Sitting in their bright and spacious kitchen it’s hard to imagine the unwelcoming, confined space that this once was. The light, airy feel is emphasised throughout the house with white walls, warm oak flooring and skylights

Bring as much light in as possible, improving both sunlight and quality of space by introducing rooflights or roof lanterns.

while contemporary style furniture makes the most of the space. The kitchen-diner is one of the many defining features of this build with its bi-folding doors and rooflights allowing light to flood in and creating an organic connection between inside and out. The vaulted ceilings in the bedroom and bathroom meanwhile add instant character and drama. Upstairs the loft extension allows plenty of room for visiting guests. The redesigned space has given them a whole new way of living, replacing boxy rooms with a layout that flows into workable linked space. “We love it and it couldn’t have come at a better time with our first baby’s arrival four weeks later,” Sally says. So were they pleased they choose L&E to complete the build? “Yes, there were so many good things. At first we were worried as they were a new team to us. Going with L&E, a team we didn’t know, rather than our old builders who we had been happy with was a big risk.” That risk paid off however. “L&E were professional and efficient.  They were patient and flexible when we slowed them down. We would definitely work with them again.” With a new baby at home there may not be much time for relaxing but the Besslers now have a calm, tranquil haven to call their own and the odd occasion to get a moments peace. “Lying our baby down to watch him gaze happily up through the skylights in itself is priceless!” Mr and Mrs Bessler 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: march2012


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inspiration from the Prince of Wales’s eco building concepts, a before and after home improvement project, as well as a modern, contemporary style open plan living home. In 2011 the Prince’s Foundation with the Ideal Home Show, created ‘The Prince’s House’; HRH The Prince of Wales’ vision for traditional eco housing. This year, Show will introduce the Prince’s Pavilions hosting exceptional brands whose products showcase the finest quality of British Design, making each Pavilion a must see highlight. The ideal Garden’s feature will unveil six outdoor garden designs produced by a range of colleges from across the UK. The young gardeners will compete to be crowned the best ideal

A welcome haven for the ladies is the ideal woman area. Be pampered, as you indulge and relax at the various beauty and cocktail bars. Gardeners of the year. From window boxes to large open spaces, they will provide all you need to create your ideal garden. The ideal Food and housewares section will provide foodie favourites to tickle your taste buds, as well as a selection of products that will help you become a master in the kitchen at home. The Celebrity Chef Restaurant will return for another year hosted by our ideal Food ambassador Gregg Wallace, who will be providing a wide variety of British dishes to fill you up at lunch time. If you’re looking for advice on a new DIY improvement project then the How to Theatre will provide everything you need to know from a wide variety of experts. There will be a new dedicated Kitchens & Bathrooms Zone, with a variety of room sets to provide even more inspiration. The ideal interiors section will offer everything you need to dress your home and give it that personal touch - sofas, kitchens, soft furnishings, artwork, and even a series of eco recycled products for the home. A welcome haven for the ladies is the ideal woman area. Be pampered, as you indulge and relax at the various beauty and cocktail bars. Visitors will be treated to complimentary beauty treatments in a luxury Beauty Bar. The live Catwalk will also provide plenty of entertainment with performances and fashion shows every 30 minutes. Lee Newton, Managing Director of Media 10, organisers of the ideal home show commented: “”Our visitors look forward to this event every year, and we are planning some really exciting new features, as well as revamping some of our existing ones to ensure 2012 is the very best British ideal home show.” Bringing together over 600 quality exhibitors, this year’s show will offer a unique shopping experience for visitors, and offer everything you need for all areas of the home, all under one roof. And don’t worry if you get carried away with your shopping as a Home Delivery Service is on hand to ensure your purchases are delivered directly to your door!

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eautiful plants to see and buy, seasonal ideas and expert advice,ww a day-out to a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) London Show is the perfect way to celebrate the seasons. With the arrival of spring, the RHS is holding a Plant Fair for people to stock- up on plants and receive advice from RHS experts on ways to replenish 114 m a r c h 2 0 1 2

their frost-bitten gardens. Leading nurseries and growers, the majority of which are RHS Chelsea Flower Show regulars, will be selling stunning springflowering plants, seeds and bulbs, including tulips, chrysanthemums, daffodils and much more. Top traders will also be selling tools and other essential gardening implements.

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The RHS London Flower Shows are the longest running of all the Royal Horticultural Society flower shows. Established in 1862, they were first held at the RHS garden in Kensington, but moved to the RHS Horticultural Halls when they were built in 1904 and have remained there ever since.

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s foremost gardening charity, helping and inspiring millions of people to garden. We do this at our gardens and shows and through our scientific research, publications, libraries and our education and community programmes. We are entirely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. l Tuesday 10th April 10am - 7pm (Tickets: £8, RHS Members: FREE) l Wednesday 11th April - 10am - 5pm (Tickets: £5, RHS Members: FREE) l To purchase tickets please visit www.rhs. or telephone 0845 612 1253 For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit RHS Registered Charity No. 222879/SC038262

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Spring into a green career Whether you’re a keen horticulturalist or aspiring garden designer, passionate about animals and the countryside or you like being creative with flowers; we have a course for you. Capel Manor is the largest land-based college in London. Our students regularly win awards and many go on to set up their own businesses or have fulfilling careers in the green sector. Our five college centres include a 30-acre country estate in Enfield, and grounds in parks across London including Regent’s Park, Crystal Palace Park and Gunnersbury Park. We also have a centre within Barking and Dagenham College.

Courses starting in April/May                

Beginners Contemporary Floral Design Level 2 Diploma in Floristry Level 3 Diploma in Floristry Level 1 Practical Gardener Botanical Illustration Introduction to Garden Design Introduction to Planting Design Level 2 Drawing & Graphics Level 2 Computer Aided Drawing for Garden Designers Follow-on Computer Aided Drawing Basic Arboricultural Groundsperson Skills Level 1 Woodland Skills Level 1 Certificate in Ranger Skills Level 3 Certificate in Animal Management Level 3 Diploma or Subsidiary Diploma in Animal Management Apprenticeships in Horticulture, Sports Turf, and Trees & Timber (Arboriculture)

Note: not all courses are offered at all centres.

To apply and to find out more ring 08456 122122, download an application form or come to an ADVICE SESSION: Enfield centre: Thursday 29 March, 5:00–7:30pm Gunnersbury Park centre: Monday 26 March, 5:00–7:30pm Regent’s Park centre: Wednesday 28 March, 5:00–7:30pm Crystal Palace Park centre: Tuesday 27 March, 5:00–7:30pm Barking and Dagenham centre: Wednesday 28 March, 5:30–8:30pm

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Britain’s Billionaire’s Row K ensington Palace Gardens is a street in west central London which contains some of the grandest and most expensive houses in the world. It was the location of the London Cage, the British government MI9 centre used during the Second World War and the Cold War. A tree-lined avenue half a mile long in the heart of embassy land, Kensington Palace Gardens is the “most exclusive address” in London, according to Knight Frank. It is one of the most expensive residential streets in the world, and has long been known as “Billionaires Row”, due to the wealth of its private residents, although the majority of its current occupants are embassies and ambassadorial residences. It is immediately to the west of Kensington Gardens and connects Notting Hill Gate with Kensington High Street. The southern section of Kensington Palace Gardens is called Palace Green. It was built from the 1840s onwards, on part of the grounds of Kensington Palace and the freehold still belongs to the Crown Estate. The palace, which is the residence of the Duke and Duchess of Kent, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, fronts the southern part of the street on the eastern side.

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The most expensive street is in London’s Kensington Palace Gardens, where the average property costs £18 million.

The houses at the northern end are mostly Italianate, while those at the southern end are mostly in the Queen Anne style. For much of the 20th century a large proportion of the houses were occupied by embassies and ambassadors’ residences. Some still are, but others have been renovated by the Crown Estate and sold to private buyers on long leases. One of these was bought in 2004 by the Indian steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal, who in 2008 was listed by Forbes Magazine as the fourth richest man in the world. The sale was widely misreported at £70 million, before accurate figures were available from HM Land Registry, where records state that on 30 June 2004, 18-19 Kensington Palace Gardens, along with three mews houses at the rear of the property, sold for £57,145,967 Formerly, this house was owned by Bernie Ecclestone, the Formula One racing boss. On October 8, 2001, he purchased the house from Iranian scholar and philanthropist David Khalili for £50 million. This was substantially less than the asking price of £85 million when it was placed on the market by Savills in spring 2001. However, it was reported that Ecclestone’s wife, Slavica, never liked the 55,000-squarefoot, 18-bedroom mansion so they never moved in. Khalili spent three years and more than £20 million turning the two houses into one, building a swimming pool and indulging in his taste for marble floors and pillars (with marble from the same quarry as that used for the Taj Mahal). Paul Reuter, the founder of the Reuters news agency, was also a former resident. No 8 was used as an interrogation centre for German POWs during World War II and was known as the London Cage. The house was replaced in 1964 by a glass-and-steel block designed by Richard Seifert, now divided into four apartments. Flat 3 was on the market in 2006 as a three-bedroom apartment designed by international architect David Chipperfield, valued at a minimum of £13.25 million through Knight Frank. Chancery of the Russian Federation

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A German brass and enamel singing bird automaton, by Karl Griesbaum of Triberg. Estimate £800 - £1,200

Antique & Modern Jewellery Thursday 12th April

An old brilliant-cut diamond single-stone ring. Principal diamond weight is 4.84cts. Estimate £30,000 - £50,000

Auction of Clocks Monday 2nd April at 10am A Victorian mahogany-case marine chronometer by Dent, number 1901. Estimate £1,500 - £2,500

Vintage & Modern Wrist Watches Monday 16th April

A gentleman’s 18k gold manual wind IWC Romana perpetual calendar wrist watch. Estimate £2,000 - £3,000

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