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eddie izzard Award-winning comedian and actor Eddie Izzard returns to Hertfordshire for Laughs in the Park 2011
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Welcome to our June issue. Award-winning comedian and actor Eddie Izzard returns to Hertfordshire in July for Laughs in the Park 2011. Rachel Goude spoke to him about what his inspiration was behind the event and why he chose St Albans. English Heritage is delighted to announce a spectacular, star-studded line-up for its 2011 Picnic Concert Series. Held in the stunning,sumptuous surrounds of Kenwood House. The English Heritage Picnic Concerts are arguably the most breath-taking musical experiences of the summer calendar, with thousands of music lovers descend onto the expansive grounds with picnic blankets and hampers in hand.
Every year from May right through to late September, most weekends see the Brocket Hall Estate clouded in confetti. Glamorous, historic and full of intrigue, it’s not difficult to see why this magical country estate in Hertfordshire is such a wonderful choice. Salon Privé, one of the UK’s most exclusive and prestigious automotive events takes place Salon Privé, automobile royalty will be gracing the delicately manicured lawns of Syon House, West London, in a traditional English garden party setting at the height of London’s summer social season. This gives you just a small taste of exciting events and articles featured in this month’s issue, until next month...
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interview A Yes with both of them I know them well. Ross is
an expert in improvisation and will be the perfect host, Tommy is a very funny guy.
QO f today’s generation of comedians who would you pay to go and see?
A I love Harry Enfield, John Cleese of course I love Monty Python and also Micky Flanagan.
QA cting has become a big and successful part of
your career you have worked alongside some huge British and Hollywood stars, has anyone in particular impressed you?
A George Clooney he has great style, the lead actor almost always sets the tone and he was charming and inclusive.
Q 4 3 marathons in 51 days raising a huge
amount of money for Sport Relief a tremendous feat why did you do that, surely it pushed the boundaries of endurance?
A I wanted to run, it was a good thing to try, it was a healthy, it was positive, and it raised £1.8 million.
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ward-winning comedian and actor Eddie Izzard returns to Hertfordshire in July for Laughs in the Park 2011. Rachel Goude spoke to him about what his inspiration was behind the event and why he chose St Albans.
Q I t has been quoted by the New York Times that you are the ‘most exportable British comedian since the heyday of Monty Python’ ...When did you realise you were funny and could make a career out of it?
A I wanted to be an actor from the age of seven
but when I was twelve during a review at school I realised I was making people laugh in the classroom that was the key point
Q L aughs in the Park on July 22nd, 23rd and 24th at Verulamium Park in St Albans is in its second year, what was your inspiration for a comedy festival as opposed to a ‘Live at the Apollo’ type of show?
A Every summer there are music festivals all over the country, they do have a comedy tent at
these events but it seemed comedy was the poor relation so I thought why not a comedy festival.
QA lot of work is involved setting up this show
with a purpose built stage involving 400 crew, why St Albans, when you could have staged this event in a purpose built arena?
A The whole idea of a festival is to find a field and
Q Did you set out to run that many? A I had always planned on running from London to
Cardiff to Belfast to Edinburgh and back down to London but I ran two marathons in two days and so I just kept on going like that. I did adjust the route I could have done it slightly quicker but I wanted to run through Swansea as I had spent some time there and I wanted to run past the Olympic village with 2012 being so close, I thought that was important. I didn’t announce it beforehand I just twittered when I started at Trafalgar Square to say what I was doing.
Q Do you still run? A Yes I do, I like running, swimming and football Q Y ou have been quite vocal with your support
of the Labour Party, are we going to see Eddie Izzard as a future MP?
A Yes I hope to be elected as an MP or Mayor of make it happen I had been thinking about doing this London in 2020. for about 10 years. With my promoter Mick Perrin, we researched different places around the country Q I f you could have one wish come true what and St Albans were keen they said they could it. My would it be? Father was evacuated to St Albans in the 1940’s his A Free and fair elections in every country. 82nd birthday was on September 22nd the first date Democracy in the world. of the inaugural show last year, and it was fantastic. We have seating for those who want it but also areas The groundbreaking open-air comedy festival is for people to sit on the grass and be entertained. back bigger and better than last year. The comedy There is an excellent food and drink area and each spectacular is being held at Verulamium Park from evening will end with a firework display.
Friday, July 22 to Sunday, July 24. For further info visit www.laughsinthepark.com and for exclusive performing have you worked with them before? VIP tickets please contact Jo on 01273 204200
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asterpiece London showcases the best of the best infine and decorative arts with contemporary collectors’ items. So whether it’s beautiful jewellery, classic cars, fine wines, ancient maps, exquisite paintings, modern sculptures or sporting memorabilia that get you fired up, purchase your ticket to Masterpiece London today. Masterpiece London offers an unparalleled and unforgettable day out for everyone, from those who aspire to own a Masterpiece and those who want to add to their existing collection. There is a once in a lifetime chance to see jewels from JARHis shop in Paris,
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renaissance masterpiece, try on jewellery from famous artists such as Picasso and Lam, or see an original handdrawn Portolan Atlas from an explorer who discovered the Cape Verde Islands,then now is your chance. You can sit in a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé , if you don’t already own one! Experience the opulent luxury of a Rolls-Royce - crafted exclusively for Masterpiece London. Highly bespoke and presented in Mustique Blue (a new, bright and vibrant colour) with seashell and navy contrast interior, navy piping,navy silk rugs and a navy hood. Inside the glove compartment, Asprey’s has crafted a Rolls-Royce humidor
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stablished as a single afternoon’s race in 1839, Henley Royal Regatta has become internationally renowned as the largest racing regatta in the world. Regatta goers come from all over the world to compete and spectate. Winning at Henley is the pinnacle of a rowers career, and many of our world class Olympians have built their careers on this iconic stretch of The River Thames. Steeped in history as an annual event Henley Royal Regatta is arguably now as famous for its riverside hospitality as it is for the racing itself. ‘Henley’ is an event not to be missed and once visited remains a firm fixture in the social calendar. Remenham Farm is situated on the Berkshire bank of the River Thames (the racing side) and covers approximately half of the Regatta course, including the Start of the racing. A hive of activity with hospitality and reserved car parking, to the popular Barn Bar and Redgrave Bar that are open to the public throughout the week. For serious Regatta goers and those wanting to get involved for the first time the ideal place to watch the rowing action is from the public Grandstand at The Start Enclosure by Mosimann’s. Operated by royal warrant holding caterers, Mosimann’s of London, the new Enclosure has no admission charge and will be a great place for families with children’s activities and nearby parking. This year two outstanding 1 4 june 2 0 1 1
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hospitality Enclosures are set to stand out from all other Regatta options, The Courtyard Enclosure and Temple Island Enclosure. Both operating throughout the week and the weekend, the Enclosures will welcome groups and corporate entertaining. If you’re looking for something diﬀerent with a distinct foodie focus, base yourselves at The Courtyard Enclosure featuring Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts. New for 2011 the Enclosure is open from Regatta Wednesday to Friday for Private Parties and Corporate Groups and open to all on Regatta Saturday for the ‘Vintage Styled Regatta Party’. The Courtyard Enclosure aﬀords superb riverside views of the racing action from its private riverside garden. Bringing a bevvie of foodie delights to the riverbank the Fabulous Feasts
team have created traditional lunch menus and English afternoon teas served at reserved tables, as well as adding an air of the Mediterranean with the finest anti-pasti. The week will culminate with a gorgeous ‘Vintage Regatta’ themed party on Regatta Saturday. Coupled with funky food, guests will soak up the regatta atmosphere and party the day away with live music, entertainment, and as dusk gives way to evening, the day will end as a spectacular fireworks display lights the sky. The menus will include some
gorgeous seasonal delights from smaller growers and producers, to celebrate the best Oxfordshire fare around. Newton Purcell asparagus spears will be chargrilled with punchy pickled cucumber, chilli, mint and shavings of Montgomery cheddar and beautiful 20-hour slow-cooked shoulder of Oxfordshire lamb. And of course, in keeping with the ‘Vintage Regatta Party’ theme we’ll have more than a few nods to lost Britain! The best English strawberries served with fruity Prosecco jelly and bashed up mint sugar, and British salt beef baps with beautiful dill pickles and kicking English mustard. Decked out in traditional Henley (smart) dress code, enjoying a glass of bubbles with friends in an exclusive enclosure …the perfect quintessential English summer’s afternoon! Prepare for strings of bunting, laughter & a gorgeous feast by the river! For information and to book your party www.henleyregatta.com
Corporate and group packages available at The Courtyard Enclosure are for a min of 50 guests at £95pp (ex VAT) from Wednesday 29th June to Friday 1st July 2011. The ‘Vintage Regatta Party’ at The Courtyard Enclosure featuring Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts is open to all with Gold Riverside tickets from £125 and Silver Meadows Tickets from £85, from groups of 2 to 200 on Saturday 2nd July 2011.
lo e ve cn a tl s e v e n t s Left: A stainless steel manual wind Omega Chronostop Seamaster. Estimate £400 - £600 Below: A stainless steel manual wind Omega Speedmaster Estimate £700 - £1,000
Time to add to your collection?
On the 18th July 2011 Fellows auctioneers will be holding one of the largest auctions of vintage and modern wrist watches this year.
uctioning off over 600 vintage and modern wrist watches, including specialist pieces from Rolex, Omega, Cartier and Patek Philippe, there are plenty of opportunities to add to your collection. There is however, one exceptional lot, this 1969 Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, the ‘Paul Newman Daytona’ estimated at £30,000 - £40,000. Described as ‘the vintage sports watch to own’, this Paul Newman Daytona is one of the original early models and has the unique and highly sought after black and cream exotic dial. In the 1960’s Rolex gave its chronograph model a major facelift, introducing the Rolex Cosmograph. With its accuracy and unique ability to calculate the average lap speed of racing cars, the 1961 Rolex Cosmograph became known as the Daytona through its association with racing and the great track. Paul Newman’s affiliation with the Rolex Daytona began with his appearance in the 1969 Indy Car racing film Winning in which he appeared to wear the model. Although Newman himself does not recall wearing this
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specific Daytona in the motion picture, his 1973 appearance on the front cover of Italian magazine Moda, wearing what again appeared to be a Rolex Daytona, only went further in cementing his association with the model. Indeed, Paul Newman himself identifies that his appearance in Moda magazine may have been the catalyst for his lifetime association with the Daytona Model. With a love affair stemming from his role in the film Winning, Newman’s racing
career began in 1972 and he made his first real public connection with the Rolex Daytona when his wife Joanne Woodward bought him a Rolex Daytona with the inscription ‘Drive Slowly, Joanne’ on its case. Upon stepping into the racing car Newman became a supreme driver. In 1995 Newman won the GT1 Class in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and in doing so was presented with a new Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, featuring the inscription, ‘Rolex 24H at
Daytona, Paul Newman, Rolex Motorsport Man of the Year, 1995’. His ability as a driver and love for the sport even gained acclaim from champion racing driver Mario Andretti describing Newman as ‘one of us.’ Interestingly, unlike more modern actors and celebrities, although Newman wore this Rolex Daytona model for over 30 years, he never officially endorsed the model or publically endorsed Rolex as a brand. Thus, the term ‘Paul Newman Daytona’ was adopted by collectors and enthusiasts and has never been officially used by Rolex. Nevertheless, as a result of Paul Newman’s dedication to his career, his love for racing and indirect contribution to the legacy of Rolex the Paul Newman Stainless Steel Cosmograph Daytona is considered to be ‘the holy grail’ for serious watch collectors. For any further information on the vintage and modern wrist watches available in this auction then visit our website www.fellows.co.uk or alternatively call 0121 212 5506. Remember if you are unable to bid live in the saleroom, you can also bid live online at www.the-saleroom. com/fellows, leave absentee bids, or book a telephone line. Fellows are also offering readers a complimentary catalogue. To receive yours visit www.fellows.co.uk/
A stainless steel manual wind Breitling TransOcean bracelet watch circa 1971. Estimate £900 - £1,300
A stainless steel automatic Breitling Hercules bracelet watch. Estimate £900 - £1,200
Auction of Vintage & Modern Wristwatches Monday 18th July 2011
Over 600 wristwatches including Rolex, Omega, Breitling, Patek Philippe, Cartier and many more…
A gentleman’s stainless steel manual wind Rolex “Paul Newman” Cosmograph Daytona bracelet watch, circa 1969. Estimate £30,000 – £40,000
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Dame Felicity Lott and Sir Thomas Allen are to lead a star cast in this year’s Proms at St Jude’s Festival. ne 2011 18th -26th Ju arden G hampstead suburb, nW11
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he midsummer celebration of music and heritage will take place from 18th - 26th June at Lutyens’s landmark church of St Jude-onthe-Hill in Hampstead Garden Suburb, London. Other festival highlights include: l an Opera Gala by the London International Orchestra under the baton of Toby Purser to open the festival l a piano recital by Leeds prize-winner Alessandro Taverna l The Wihan String Quartet with cellist Raphael Wallfisch l a performance of Carmina Burana featuring members of the choir of Merton College, Oxford l the Greenwich Trio with a programme including Mozart, Rachmaninov and Mendelssohn l Last Night of the Proms with the Southbank Sinfonia Free lunchtime events will support rising young musicians and include concerts for children. Local conductor Robert Max and his pupils will be performing a cello
quartet; there will be a string quartet from students at the Royal Academy of Music; and the Purcell School’s Elastic Band will open with a concert entitled ‘Round the World in 60 minutes’. Jazz lovers will be pleased to welcome back Stacey Kent and her band, who last performed at Proms in 2008. Maria Friedman, leading lady of Broadway and London’s West End, will be making her debut at the Festival. As in previous years, funds raised will go to support Toynbee Hall, the charity helping the disadvantaged in Tower Hamlets, and the North London Hospice, which cares for people with terminal illness in the boroughs of Barnet, Enfield and Haringey. Four guided heritage walks in the Suburb and two starting at Toynbee Hall will give visitors the cultural context to this fantastic festival.
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an you imagine a mere 150 years ago, it was considered too shocking for women to display their artwork in London. Those who dared used pseudonyms, such was the potential scandal. The Society of Women Artists has travelled a fascinating and exciting road since a few rebellious women formed their own society in 1857. The Society enjoyed public attention from the start, from both indulgent curiosity and the support of well chosen Patrons who gave prestige and generous backing to the pioneer artists. In 1865, Royal Patronage followed and continues to this day, through HRH Princess Michael of Kent who will be opening the exhibition at the private view event on Wednesday 29th June. Since these early days the society has grown into a highly competitive forum for women artists, and is constantly developing as a diverse and forward looking organisation. This year, celebrates the 150th annual exhibition at the splendidly refurbished Mall Galleries where you can view the stunning and eclectic mix of artwork. Members together with talented non-members will
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be showcasing paintings in all mediums, sculptures, original prints, miniatures, etchings and ceramics. The SWA specifically encourages Young Artists. Last year a young Ukrainian prize-winner created a amazing buzz across Russian and Ukrainian media culminating in an interesting TV documentary news item on our Society. RETROSPECTIVE
In celebration of this important milestone in the society’s history, they are showing a retrospective of works from many of the prominent women artists who have played a pivotal role in the society. The President Barbara Penketh Simpson has acted as curator of this special exhibition featuring amongst others, the famous Royal Academicians – Dames Laura Knight, Elizabeth Frink and Elizabeth Butler. We have to thank the Tate Gallery, Private and Public collections for this wonderful addition to our general exhibition. The exhibition will also feature work from our esteemed honorary members including portraiture from June Mendoza OBE and Daphne Todd OBE.
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The SWA is collaborating again with CREATE, a charity that reaches out to disadvantaged and vulnerable people through the Arts. The Chairman of Bonhams, Colin Sheaf, will conduct an auction of artwork kindly donated by members. LADY TAVERNERS SPECIAL CHARITY EVENING THURSDAY 30TH JUNE 6.30 – 9.30PM
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This wonderful charity that has raised millions of pounds for children with special needs is to hold a very special evening at the Mall Galleries when Hazel Reeves, a highly regarded sculptor will be working on the bust of one of their sponsors. In addition Caroline de Peyrecave, an SWA award
THIS YEAR CELEBRATES THE 150TH ANNUAL EXHIBITION WHERE YOU CAN VIEW THE STUNNING AND ECLECTIC MIX OF ARTWORK AT THE SPLENDIDLY REFURBISHED MALL GALLERIES WWW.SOCIETY-OF-WOMEN-ARTISTS.ORG.UK
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winning artist will be working on a portrait of Angela Rippon, the new President of the Lady Taverners. The generosity of some high profile sponsors has resulted in some exciting and valuable prizes, one of which will be a day at Newmarket Races. The lucky recipients will be flown by private plane to the Course, treated to a gourmet lunch culminating in special VIP tickets to the Tom Jones Concert. Over the years the society have been fortunate enough to raise thousands of pounds for such worthwhile causes. The Royal Patron, HRH Princess Michael of Kent, will open this 150th Exhibition at the prestigious Mall Galleries near Trafalgar Square on Wednesday 29th June at 11 am and will present an amazing array of awards. The sponsors have been very supportive and the SWA would like to thank them all for their generosity. PRIVATE VIEW WEDNESDAY 29TH JUNE 10AM – 8.30PM
The Exhibition is open from 30th June – 9th July [closes 1pm on final day)
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Pop Up At The Palace The Most Dazzling & Impressive Afternoon Tea in London This Summer
n English Summer ‘Pop Up’ Restaurant Serving Lunch & Afternoon Tea In July & August At The Banqueting House In London’s Whitehall The dramatic Banqueting House which was completed in 1622 astounded the then London society and this summer a new ‘pop up’ restaurant offering lunch and afternoon teas by Party Ingredients will dazzle Londoners and visitors to the capital. The unique Pop Up afternoon teas will launch on 18th July and run until 28th August showcasing the finest food from around Britain and wines from England served against a matchless backdrop in a great central London location. Two traditional afternoon teas will be served everyday including; The Rubens Afternoon Tea & The King’s Tea. Dining in style with the afternoon teas which include smoked salmon sandwiches, lavender fruit scones and victoria sponge amongst other things will be both dazzling and impressive as you sit in one of London’s most iconic buildings - a Historic Royal Palace originally built for Charles I. The afternoon teas (full menus below) are charged from £19.50 per person excluding Palace entrance fees. If you want to celebrate and enjoy a special lunchtime experience then groups (15 or more) can enjoy the ‘Indigo Jones Banqueting House Luncheon’ offering two and three courses of
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the best dishes from across Britain including chargrilled asparagus, Carmarthenshire lamb and Kentish summer berries amongst other dishes. Party Ingredients are one of the UK’s most established and celebrated private caterers and their unique pop up restaurant this summer will be the ideal experience for both Londoners and visitors to the capital looking to enjoy a truly English experience. Visitors will not only enjoy the finest food but also the masterpiece and only surviving in-situ ceiling painting of Peter Paul Rubens from the golden age of painting creating an impressive and unique summer London afternoon tea experience. Create your own story at the Banqueting House this summer over a dazzling afternoon tea! To book the afternoon
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Since Salon Privé’s debut in 2006, the event has grown in diversity and distinction, whilst retaining the intimacy and private garden party atmosphere that has become its trademark. A memorable spectacle of the event has always been the supercar lawn, where examples of the world’s most precious and impressive automotive metal is displayed for guests to get up close and personal with and 2011 is no different. Salon Privé has grown to become one of the season’s most eagerly anticipated social events and an absolute ‘must’ for enthusiasts, collectors and buyers of modern and classic super & luxury cars. Guests can relax and indulge themselves in fine cuisine and Pommery Champagne. This year, Salon Privé guests will see the pinnacle of the super sports car segment, the new Lamborghini Aventador. Another show stopper is Bugatti’s new, 268 mph, land speed record breaking Veyron Super Sport.
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This year also sees 13 other individual UK show debuts MW 6 Series coupe and convertible B Maserati Gran Turismo MC Stradale Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante Range Rover Evoque Aston Martin Virage & V8 Vantage S Hennessy Venom GT Arash AF-10 GTA Spano Eagle E-Type Speedster Lightweight Rolls-Royce 102EX Jensen Interceptor R With the backdrop of one of England’s most beautiful stately homes, an extensive collection of the top echelon of current motoring marques will be on show (see full list below). Given its reputation for being an exclusive
boutique-style event, Salon Privé attracts not only the better known brands, but also an interesting selection of rare, international, ultra exclusive brands which are virtually impossible to see together anywhere else in the world. Over the years, Salon Privé has been chosen by manufacturers to unveil new models for UK public viewing. In 2009 Jaguar unveiled their new XJ model to the public and Aston Martin chose the event to unveil their astonishing, £1 million, ‘One-77’. It’s not only supercars that guests will enjoy come June. Salon Privé is also hosting a bespoke, ‘Quintessentially English’ RM Auction during the three-day event as well as the annual Concours d’Elégance. Of course, the cars are only one part of the overall Salon Privé experience. Guests will also enjoy the free flowing Pommery Champagne, lobster luncheon, specialist wines, a complimentary bar and traditional afternoon tea. Salon Privé Co-Founder, David Bagley continues, “Salon Privé 2011 is going to be an excellent event; the interest we are experiencing
from exhibitors is extraordinary. We’ve confirmed a number of UK debuts and many other very special vehicles. What’s more, we’ve substantially added to the event this year. Guests can now actually drive some of the cars on the super car lawn and we now have a bespoke, Quintessentially English RM Auction, truly adding to the interactivity. “2011 marks another influential change to Salon Privé and that lies under our beautiful new venue, Syon Park, which delivers more accessibility, space and indulgence.”
All-Inclusive daytime tickets start from £175.00pp + VAT and can be purchased via the official Salon Privé website www.salonprivelondon.com, or by calling +44 (0) 808 100 2205.
The full A-Z list of super & luxury car brands attending Salon Privé 2011 is... rash Motor Company A Aston Martin BMW Bentley Bugatti Eagle Cars Ferrari GTA Motor Hennessy Performance Jaguar Cars Jensen
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www.salonprivelondon.com On-site accommodation is available at London Syon Park, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Please make your reservation directly with the hotel. T: +44 (0)20 7870 7777 www.waldorfastoria.com
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ChampionShipS Wimbledon 2011 Will see the finest players from over 60 countries compete in the five main championships events. in the second Week of the tournament, these players Will be joined by juniors, veteran and Wheelchair competitors, playing in their oWn events on the championships’ laWns.
ince the first Championships in 1877, Wimbledon has grown from its roots as a garden-party tournament to a Grand Slam tournament with a following of millions around the world. The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, responsible for staging the world’s leading tennis tournament, is a private Club founded in 1868, originally as ‘The All England Croquet Club’. Its first ground was situated off Worple Road, Wimbledon.
In 1875 lawn tennis, a game introduced by major Walter Clopton Wingfield a year or so earlier and originally called Sphairistike, was added to the activities of the Club. In the spring of 1877 the Club was re-titled ‘The All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club’ and signalled its change of name by instituting the first Lawn Tennis Championship. The only event held in 1877 was the Gentlemen’s
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Singles which was won by Spencer Gore, an old Harrovian rackets player, from a field of 22. About 200 spectators paid one shilling each to watch the final. The lawns at the Ground were arranged in such a way that the principal court was situated in the middle with the others arranged around it; hence the title ‘Centre Court’, which was retained when the Club moved in 1922 to the present site in Church Road opened by King George V. The foresight of building the present stadium, designed to hold 14,000 people, did more to popularise the game worldwide than anything that has happened to date. However, in 1980 four new courts were brought into commission on the north side of the ground, which meant the Centre Court was once more at the centre of the tournament. The opening of the new No. 1 Court in 1997 emphasised the description. By 1882 activity at the Club was almost exclusively confined to lawn tennis and that year the word ‘croquet’ was dropped from the title. However, for sentimental reasons, it was restored in 1899 and the club has been known as ‘The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club’ ever since. enter the ladies
In 1884 the Ladies’ Singles was inaugurated and, from an entry of 13 players, Maud Watson became the first champion. That same year, the Gentlemen’s Doubles was started, with the trophy donated by the Oxford University Lawn Tennis Club after the end of their doubles championship, played from 1879 to 1883. Overseas ChampiOns
By the turn of the century Wimbledon had assumed an international character and in 1905 May Sutton of the United States became the first Champion from overseas when she won the Ladies’ Singles. She repeated her success in 1907, the year when Norman Brookes of Australia became the first Gentlemen’s Singles champion from overseas. Since that year, only two players from Great Britain, Arthur Gore and Fred Perry, have managed to win the Men’s Singles while there have been five British Ladies’ Champions since Wimbledon moved to Church Road — Kitty McKane Godfree, Dorothy Round, Angela Mortimer, Ann Jones and Virginia Wade. Wartime WimbledOn
During the Second World War the Club managed to remain open despite a severe curtailment of staff. The premises were used for a variety of civil defence and military functions such as fire and ambulance services, Home Guard and a decontamination unit. Troops stationed within the vicinity were allowed to use the main concourse for drilling. Another familiar sight around the ground was a small farmyard consisting of pigs, hens, geese, rabbits, etc. In October 1940 a ‘stick’ of five 500lb bombs struck Centre Court, resulting in the loss of 1,200 seats. With the war in Europe over, signs of normality began to return to Wimbledon during June and July 1945, when a series of matches between Allied servicemen took place on the old No. 1 Court, which had escaped enemy action. Early in 1946 the 2 8 june 2 0 1 1
decision was taken to resume The Championships that summer. In more recent years long-standing records have been broken. In 1980 Bjorn Borg of Sweden became the first player to win the Gentlemen’s Singles five times in the post-challenge round era; a feat replicated by Roger Federer between 2003 and 2007. In 1985 Boris Becker, aged 17, became the youngest player, the first unseeded player and the first German to win the Gentlemen’s Singles. In 1987 Martina Navratilova of the United States became the first player to win the Ladies’ Singles six times in succession and in 1990 she attained the all-time record of nine victories in the event. Pete Sampras of the United States registered his seventh win in 2000 and in 2001, Goran Ivanisevic became the first wildcard to win the Gentlemen’s Singles. Over the years the Club has constantly been aware of the need to provide facilities and ground improvements compatible with the pace and demand of modern day sport. Seldom has a year
The Championships 2011 may prove to be the domain of a
Rafael Nadal triumph, a Kim Clijsters slice of history, the return of Roger Federer, or another rising star, but this year’s Wimbledon will also herald the opening of a new Show Court at the Church Road grounds in the form of the new Court 3. “We are delighted to welcome a fantastic facility in the new Court 3, giving us four great stadium courts to play tennis in, all with Hawk-Eye electronic line calling” commented Championships Referee Andrew Jarrett. The 2,000-seater construction has been built on the site of the old Court 2, ‘the graveyard of Champions’, and is nestled to the south of the Players’ balconies. The design of the new Court 3 is very similar to that of Court 2, opened by the Duke of Kent in 2009. An unfurling concrete flower bowl, Court 3 is fitted with the new and improved padded green seats that feature on Centre Court and Court 2, and, with its high walls and enclosed setting, not to mention Hawk-Eye capabilities, is sure to provide an excellent atmosphere for both players and public. “In fact, if you stand by Court 9, there is an optical illusion,” explains Jarrett. “Court 3 looks bigger than Court 2, even though Court 2 is twice the size, 4,000 seats, because it is sunk into the ground.” There is of course another new court to be opened this summer, Court 4, which sits directly underneath the umbrella of Court 3. Like its bigger brother, Court 4 is in full view of both the Player Areas and also the Members balcony, making it another prime location for spectators. Court 3 will be officially opened by the Duke of Kent, President of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, ahead of the first scheduled match on Monday 20 June, the first day of The Championships. The Duke will perform the coin toss for the opening match, and unveil a commemorative plaque. The grounds will open at 10:30am each day. On Courts 2–19 play is provisionally scheduled to start at noon for at least the first eight days and then at 11am for the Junior matches on the middle Saturday and during the second week. On Centre and No.1 Courts play will start at 1pm, except on the final two days when play on these courts will start at 2pm. Please check the daily order of play.
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gone by without alteration to the ground or some organisational change taking place. In recent years the momentum has increased and major works programmes have provided improved facilities for the players, spectators, officials and media. WimbledOn 2011
days 1-7 monday/tuesday gentlemen’s & ladies’ singles gentlemen’s & ladies’ doubles thursday - mixed doubles saturday - boys’ and girls’ singles days 8-13 tuesday - ladies singles Qf boys’ & girls’ doubles veterans’ invitation doubles centre & no.1 court Wednesday - gentlemen’s singles Qf centre & no.1 court thursday - ladies’ singles sf championship doubles sf centre court
friday - gentlemen’s singles sf championship doubles sf Wheelchair doubles sf centre court saturday - ladies’ singles final gentlemen’s doubles final ladies’ doubles final centre court sunday - gentlemen’s singles final mixed doubles final Wheelchair doubles finals centre court ✱ on the last 3 days of the
championships on no.1 court there will be a full programme of play; it will comprise juniors’ and veterans’ matches, with the possibility of championship doubles semi-finals.
✱ the club tries to play all
matches on the courts and days published. however, occasionally it is necessary to switch a match from one court to another. this can be for a number of reasons. some players remain involved in several events towards the end of the championships and it may be necessary to move a match to avoid a clash. the club tries to give similar rest periods between matches for players due to play each other. ✱ demand for Wimbledon tickets always exceeds supply. the club operates a public ballot for advance sales of a number of centre,
no. 1 and no. 2 court tickets. ✱ approximately 500 tickets
are reserved daily at the turnstiles for days 1 to 9 for both centre court and no.2 court and approximately 500 tickets are available for all 13 days for no.1 court. several thousand ground admission tickets are available each day. this number will vary depending on the number of people already in the grounds, the number of courts in play and the weather. ✱ the ticket office is open for all queries from mon – fri: 9am–5pm. tel: 020 8971 2473 (uk) +44 20 8971 2473 (from overseas). www.wimbledon.com june 2 0 1 1 2 9
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ondon 60s Week is London’s only celebration of the decade which rocketed London to the forefront of music, fashion, film & design, and coined the phrase “Swinging London” The 60s was the decade when the youth successfully forged change. For the first time the youth of the day achieved freedom to play the music they wanted and break free from a class system which had total control over all the creative industries. London 60s Week is the only celebration which acknowledges the power of generations to forge change. We tip our hats to those pioneers of the 60s and give the stage to the creative force of today’s new bands, designers & thinkers. Things to watch out for during this year’s London 60s week include: Duffy “ A visual record of photographic genius” at the Idea Generation Gallery; John’s Children’s live at the Barfly; Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 classic “The Birds” screening at the BFI Southbank; Supreme Summer at the The Geffrye Museum in Shoreditch; 60s Shake’N’ at the Garage, Islington; the “Drifters” live at Fairfield Halls; Back in the day 60s Walk; and as always we end with “The Eel Pie All Stars” live at the Barmy Arms on Sunday 31 July, drawing the best vintage scooters and sharpest dressed Mods. For a full listing & updates please check the website for full details www.london60sweek. co.uk and press listings. All London 60s Week partners pledge their support to affordable groovy fun. In short, all happenings are free or at reduced entry prices, as we honour the work of the 60s generation in smashing down the class barrier and allowing creativity to flourish. Peace & Love; more than just words it is an expression of a generations actions.
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FRIDAY 15th JULY to SATURDAY 10th SEPTEMBER 2011 This is the 117th year of the Proms and still it remains true to its original aim: to present the widest possible range of music, performed to the highest standards, to large audiences.
he first Proms concert took place on 10th August 1895 and was the brainchild of the impresario Robert Newman, manager of the newly built Queen’s Hall in London. While Newman had previously organised symphony orchestra concerts at the hall, his aim was to reach a wider audience by offering more popular programmes, adopting a less formal promenade arrangement, and keeping ticket prices low. The 100th Proms season took place in 1994 and the festival now includes over 70 main Prom concerts every year, ever widening the range of symphonic and operatic music presented. The BBC Proms continues to welcome leading international performers whilst showcasing the best of the British music scene, including the BBC’s own orchestras and choirs. The BBC Proms are broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and many are broadcast on BBC television and all broadcasts are available via the BBC iPlayer for 7 days. Seasoned enthusiast or complete newcomer, it’s easy to feel a little overwhelmed when faced with the fascinating variety of concerts that make up the BBC Proms 2011 season. There’s something to appeal to everyone, with 74 concerts in the Royal Albert Hall, 12 Chamber Proms at Cadogan Hall plus numerous other special events to choose from. The Proms Plus series incorporates over seventy events 3 2 june 2 0 1 1
talks, films, family events and more. A further highlight of the season is the world-famous Last Night of the Proms, bringing the season to a spectacular end on Saturday 10th September with celebrations taking places across the UK. BBC Proms in the Park, Hyde Park, London Saturday 10th September 2011 Now in its sixteenth year, Proms in the Park is still one of London’s most popular events. This year a host of internationally acclaimed stars, including Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson and Lang Lang, will be accompanied by Proms in the Park favourites the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Keith Lockhart. Gates open 4pm, Entertainment from 5.30pm Price £32.50 (under-3s free) Buy Tickets online www.bbc.co.uk/promsinthepark. By Phone, Royal Albert Hall
Telephone 0845 401 5040* (9.00am – 9.00pm, a booking fee of 2% of the total value, plus £2.10 per ticket applies) Or from See Tickets 0844 412 4630* (a transaction fee of £2.00, plus a booking fee of £1.35 per ticket applies) In Person The Royal Albert Hall (Door 12, 9.00am– 9.00pm, no transaction fee) The Last Night of the Proms Saturday 10th September 2011, 7.30pm The Last Night of the Proms, at the Royal Albert Hall in London, is one of the most popular classical music concerts in the world, watched and listened to by an audience of many millions around the globe. While it lives up to its reputation of a fun Last Night party celebrating British tradition, it equally encapsulates the spirit of the Proms, with leading international artists and an all-embracing programme, introducing new works alongside much-loved classics and bringing together the different themes of the season. This year Edward Gardner leads the festivities for the first time, conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, with starring roles for pianist Lang Lang and soprano Susan Bullock. All tickets for the BBC Proms are sold by the Royal Albert Hall Box Office. Telephone them direct on 0845 401 5040 (9am - 9pm, 7 days a week) For full information please visit the Proms website at www.bbc.co.uk/proms
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eld in the stunning, sumptuous surrounds of Kenwood House, Hampstead and Audley End, Essex, The English Heritage Picnic Concerts are arguably the most breath-taking musical experiences of the summer calendar, with thousands of music lovers descend onto the expansive grounds with picnic blankets and hampers in hand. This year will mark Kenwood House’s 60th anniversary of Picnic Concerts at the spectacular Hampstead Heath property Since it was established in 1951, the annual event has delighted generations of audiences with a myriad of musical talent from world-class classical orchestras to respected contemporary acts including James Morrison, Simply Red and Blondie. The impressive milestone will be celebrated with the Kenwood House Summer Prom hosted by Aled Jones, a delightful evening of stirring classical masterpieces presented by the celebrated Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra climaxing with a fireworks displays. Iconic superstar Tom Jones will perform two incredible shows at this year’s English Heritage Picnic Concerts. Kicking off the Kenwood House season on Friday 24 June, this extraordinary voice will treat the audience to songs from his celebrated new album ‘Praise & Blame’ as well as his greatest hits, before hitting the stage at Audley End on Saturday 30th July. Kenwood House will be rocking when the master of ivories Jools Holland dazzles the audience with the fun and fervour of his renowned sound on Saturday 25 June. He will be joined by special guest Sandie Shaw, one of Britain’s top female singers of the 1960s and true British pop icon. Imitable superstar Liza Minnelli will perform a set of signature show tunes with her distinctive gusto and zest at the North London property on Friday 1 July. Jazz legend George Benson will bring the smooth, sultry sounds when he plays his ONLY UK show on Saturday
2 July while French ensemble Gipsy Kings will showcase their unique, pop-inflected take on native Spanish music on Friday 8 July. On Friday 15 July, Kenwood will host ‘Music From The Movies’ performed by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, featuring classics from film favourites including Star Wars, Pirates of The Caribbean, Harry Potter, Jaws, Jurrasic Park, Schindler’s List and Avatar. English singer-songwriter James Blunt, supported by Ed Drewett, will complete the Kenwood House Picnic Concert season, performing in the magical North London setting on Saturday 16 July. Jools Holland said, “My Orchestra and I are delighted to return to the English Heritage Picnic Concerts in 2011. Having performed at Kenwood House in 2009, I know what an immense pleasure it is to be on stage at such a spectacular event with fantastic live music at one of the most magical settings in Britain and certainly in North London”. English Heritage Picnic Concerts are a true highlight of summer, uniting world-class music and breath-taking locations for a wonderful celebration of the British Picnic tradition. Whether guests choose to bring their own picnics or enjoy the delicious pre-prepared picnic hampers by Carluccio’s, the Picnic Concerts allow guests to feast on some of the finest food and music in the most enchanting settings in the UK. With both estates boasting rich musical histories – Kenwood House is home to Johannes Vermeer’s celebrated painting ‘The Guitar Player’ while Audley End was built for entertaining King James I, a strong campaigner for reforming and promoting the teaching of music - the sites are perfect locations for magical nights of incredible alfresco entertainment. Tickets and pre-booked picnic packages are on sale from www.picnicconcerts.com or 0844 847 1637
English Heritage is delighted to announce a spectacular, star-studded line-up for its 2011 Picnic Concert Series, supported by Monarch.
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The Biggest Game in theWorld
Guards Polo Club celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Coronation Cup the feature game of Cartier International Day – this summer. England team players reflect on what this great sporting occasion means to them. For every English polo player, and indeed for the greatest names in the sport worldwide, the Coronation Cup – the feature match on Cartier International Day at Guards Polo Club – remains the most coveted event to play in during the English polo season. This is the day when the polo fields of English summer enjoy full bloom, infused with a spice of glamour, celebrity and royal patronage. This year, the Hurlingham Polo Association, the sport’s governing body in the UK, will be celebrating the centenary of the Coronation Cup. Of course, the Cup has not been played for in every one of these 100 years – two world wars saw to that – but it has been one of the most famous matches in global polo over the last 10 decades. In fact today, the Cartier International Day is considered the world’s largest spectator polo event, attracting more than 20,000
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people to Guards Polo Club, set in the heart of Windsor Great Park. This year the England polo team will play a hugely talented Brazilian team for the trophy. England polo team captain Luke Tomlinson, who has worn the skipper’s armband since 2006 says: “It’s always a great occasion to be involved in. To play for your country, and to be captain, is a high honour in any sport. It’s always a great feeling to go out there and play in front of a huge home crowd. As players, it means so much to us.” Andrew Hine, a former captain of England, and now the England team coach, believes the match day has a flavour like no other. “You can play in the Argentine Open in Palermo, Buenos Aires, which for many is the Mecca of the sport, with the noise and 5,000 people on top of you; but when you play at Guards Polo Club in The Coronation Cup, and you hear the roar of 25,000 people, there is nothing
like it anywhere in the world. No event can claim those sorts of numbers, and when you get a great, close match, and the crowd in those stands gets behind you, the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. It is the biggest game in the world. We love that as players. There’s no greater feeling.” Alan Kent, another England stalwart, who has also coached the England team, says: “My memories of Coronation Cup are either adulation and joy, or complete demoralisation. It’s all or nothing, highs and lows. But win or lose, you cannot help looking back on every match you played in, or were involved in, with a deep sense of pride.” The Coronation Cup is framed by Cartier International Day, which has become a late summer addition to the social sporting calendar. The event slots in alongside Henley, Wimbledon, Ascot and the Lord’s
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Test match. The Day itself offers two outstanding polo games – the Coronation Cup in the afternoon and a morning game – showcasing up-and-coming English talent – for the Golden Jubilee Trophy. In addition to this first-class sport on the field, the day provides some fantastic hospitality opportunities, including the chance to spend the day – and the evening – in the Chinawhite marquee. Chinawhite has been the post match party provider for the past 10 years and this year has invited the legendary producer Mark Ronson and Axwell from the Swedish House Mafia to be the guest DJs during the evening. If a quieter afternoon is needed, then Keith Prowse offers a more relaxed lunch and afternoon tea option in their marquee, situated within the Smith’s Lawn Enclosure, close to the Cartier Marquee. Cartier announced earlier this year that this will be their last year of sponsorship of this high-goal event – after 27 years – as they will be sponsoring Guards Polo Club’s Queen’s Cup tournament from 2012. The Cartier Marquee guest list is always impressive, with an array of stars from the world of film, television and music. With renowned chef Anton Mosimann and his team
providing a delicious menu and John Carter creating the breathtaking floral displays, a Cartier Marquee invitation is always one to treasure. If a more relaxed picnic with friends is what is needed then the Club has arranged for Foreman and Field, its official picnic suppliers, to create a special Cartier International Day menu which can be delivered to you at home or can be collected at the Club on the day. In addition, Guards Polo Club creates an extensive shopping village, offering everything from Audis – an appropriate venue for them as they are the sponsors of the England team – to Pommery Champagne. In fact, there are so many stalls that you will need to keep an eye on the time to make sure that you don’t miss the match. And if the games have inspired you to take up the sport, you can leave the Club with all the necessary kit (apart from the ponies) ready for your first chukka. La Martina has a stand within the trade village and the doors will also be open in their permanent shop at Guards, situated alongside the Royal Box.
Ok, so the HPA still has to name its England squad that will take to the field on Cartier International Day to play Brazil in this year’s Coronation Cup. But whoever they select to play – be it experienced international players like Luke’s younger brother Mark Tomlinson or new members of the England squad such as sevengoaler Satnam Dhillon, all the team will wear their England shirts with pride. The same can be said of everyone attending the 2011 Cartier International Day. Whether you have a coveted Cartier invitation or are coming to spend the day at the Club with friends, family, and a picnic, the day will surely provide many lasting memories? Ensure that you are part of polo history in the making and book your tickets now.
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Summer Series at Somerset House, set in the spectacular courtyard of one of London’s most renowned public buildings, has confirmed the full line-up of artists for this year’s programme, running from 7th to 17 July.
ondon’s premiere open air venue has confirmed a host of exciting new and fast-rising talent, including Miles Kane, Dionne Bromfield, Cloud Control and Yasmin. Five of the dates - those headlined by EELS, Beady Eye, Blondie, Hurts and Ellie Goulding - have now sold out. Limited tickets are available for the remaining shows, including celebratory performances by a clutch of 2010’s breakthrough new artists Professor Green, Stornoway and Aloe Blacc; as well as oneoff special shows by Imelda May and Lamb; and a final night performance from American alt-rock royalty My Morning Jacket.
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In addition, Aloe Blacc’s headline show will feature special guests and emerging artists as part of Somerset Houses What Next project. What Next invites young people from across London to collaborate in workshops focusing on writing new music. Now in its third year, the project is being expanded with the launch of a new opportunity for four emerging young songwriters to develop their material with live musicians, mentor support, studio space and access to recording equipment and engineers. What Next is run by Somerset House in association with Rockschool, Bigga Fish, the University of Westminster and Metropolis Music.
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Tickets from £22.50 - £35.00 (plus booking fee) available online at www.ticketmaster.co.uk and www.somersethouse.org.uk Somerset House has effortlessly established itself as a muchloved destination for live music in London. In previous years, sell out crowds have seen performances from Adele, Amy Winehouse, Bloc Party, Corinne Bailey Rae, Doves, Erykah Badu, Florence + The Machine, Gil Scott-Heron, Goldfrapp, Grace Jones, Hot Chip, Justice, Lily Allen, Mogwai, Orbital, PJ Harvey, Robert Plant, Sigur Ros, Soul II Soul, The Prodigy and The xx, amongst others. It is a chance for everyone to see exciting and innovative artists in a spectacular location, and Somerset House has become an essential destination for music lovers from across London and beyond. For priority booking for Summer Series 2011 and to be kept informed about events at Somerset House please sign-up here: www.somersethouse.org.uk/music For the second year running, American Express is headline sponsor of Summer Series at Somerset House meaning Cardmembers will benefit from presale and reserved tickets for all shows. This is one of the many events that make up American Express’ Preferred Seating Programme. The American Express award winning ‘Preferred Seating Programme’ provides Cardmembers with access to some of the best seats and exclusive experiences at many of the country’s most sought after music concerts, film premieres and other entertainment events, often before they go on sale to the general public. The company has multi - year partnerships with a range of entertainment institutions including AEG Live, Ticketmaster, Live Nation and the British Film Institute. For full details, or to sign up to receive the free eNewsletters visit www.amex.co.uk/music june 2 0 1 1 3 9
LONDON IN FULL BLOOM! CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 2011 HIGHLIGHTS The Chelsea Flower show is one of the most famous flower shows in the world, put on each year by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London. It is the garden design equivalent of a catwalk at a fashion show.
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he flower show sold out in record time this year, as the UK’s love affair with gardening shows no sign of dimming. Year on year, garden designers at the Chelsea Flower Show are expected to put on a novel show, and this year certainly did not disappoint. The talking point this year has to be Diarmuid Gavin’s hanging, Irish Sky Garden, with its pink planted pod suspended high above the ground, overlooking his inspired horticultural creation. Glad to report that finally, the man whom is often wrongly overlooked in terms of metallic praise, finally managed to bag a well deserved Gold for his ingenious creation.It is inspired by Dublin animator Richie Baneham who created the visual effects work in Avatar and by the concept of Restaurant in the Sky where people dine sitting around a table hanging from the arm of a crane. In terms of sheer originality, none can top Diarmuid. Nonetheless, most of the show gardens showed off interesting novel design ideas, such as planted walls, and the odd luxury swimming pool, common to most Monaco backyards. The latter, certainly of appeal to the increasingly hot, sun drenched Chelsea punters, eagerly pushing forward through the crowds, to catch a glimpse of the horticultural extravaganza. The show gardens always dominate the media
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headlines, though it is often noted it is the Great Pavilion that represents true Chelsea. The skill of nurseries exhibit to such a high standard, with such attention to detail irrespective of the respective natural flowering seasons.
Crowds were gathering to catch a small glimpse of Saint Alan Titchmarch in the TV tower. According to one of the fruit growers exhibiting in the Great Pavilion, just one squeak from the man about a certain plant, makes the cash registers rattle with rage!
The exhibits ranged from a modern take on a kitchen garden, a plot with the largest trees ever to be brought in to Chelsea framing a working water mill, to gardens which evoke1940s Wales or renewable power and even a Korean entry which makes a toilet the central feature. It may seem unusual, but the traditional Korean belief that emptying your body also means cleansing your mind has led to it becoming the centrepiece. Even the pathway to the toilet is significant, as the process of emptying your mind starts with the walk through the centre of the peaceful garden. Jihae Hwang, who is believed to be the first South Korean garden designer to exhibit at Chelsea, described the gardens as a personal quest for relaxation.She said: ‘I wanted the audience to feel that they are stress free and when they see the garden they want to empty their minds of worries.
HRH Queen Elizabeth II made her annual pilgrimage to check out the latest floral creations on VIP Day. Other members of the royal family in attendance were Prince Philip, the Duke of York and his daughter Princess Beatrice (fresh from auctioning off her striking wedding day fascinator hat on eBay), as well as the Earl and Countess of Wessex.
Elsewhere, floral displays include the annual Florist of the Year competition in which entrants have designed floral jockey silks, while a £70,000, 11ft 6in high sculpture of a cypress tree covered in 23.5 carat gold dominates the grand pavilion of the show.
Celebrities in attendance included Gwyneth Paltrow, who was busy promoting her new cookery book ‘Notes >From My Kitchen Table’ at B&Q’s show garden.The collaboration focused on ‘growing your own’ food and Gwyneth fittingly posed in front of the tallest structure ever at Chelsea - a glass tower block-like building complete with window boxes full of vegetables. Veteran actress Vanessa Redgrave attended the event with her daughter Joely Richardson, who organised the launch of a rose named after her late sister Natasha.The UK-grown rose, which will be sold exclusively at Dobbies Garden Centres around the UK, aims to raise £10,000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation UK, the charity which grants magical
events wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening illnesses. Her mother Vanessa said: ‘Natasha’s family, her husband and her boys, are so happy that the Natasha Richardson rose was on view to rose lovers at Chelsea Flower Show.Joely added: ‘Natasha was a keen gardener and would be honoured to have a rose created in her memory. Pink was her favourite colour and so we chose this particular rose which is incredibly feminine and joyous, it captures her extreme vitality.’ Dame Helen Mirren attended to give her name to a new plant in aid of charity. The Nepenthes Helen is a carnivorous jungle plant that eats rats. There was the shoe designer Jimmy Choo, bubbly Barbara Windsor and members of the boy band JLS, throwing themselves good naturedly into the floral arranging competition with only one brief lesson beforehand. Winners of The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2011 are announced! Four types of awards – Gold Flora, Silver-Gilt Flora, Silver Flora, and Bronze Flora – are given in various horticultural categories, including Best Show Garden, Best City Garden, Best Chic Garden, and Best Courtyard Garden, among others. Despite the challenging warm and dry weather conditions throughout April and May, exhibitors excelled in both planting and design, with the world class growers and exhibitors in the Great Pavilion amassing over fifty gold medals in total. e Daily Telegraph Garden, designed by Cleve Th West, was awarded gold and has been given the accolade of Best Show Garden. This is a stunning hat trick of Best in Show awards for The Daily Telegraph. mong the gold winning highlights, Diarmuid A Gavin achieved his first gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for his Irish Sky Garden. The judging panel awarded a total of eight gold medals, five silver - gilt flora medals and silver flora medals in the show garden category. I n the Urban Garden category, eight gardens were awarded medals - three gold; four silver-gilt and two silver medals. The Best Urban Garden 2011 title went to Stockton Drilling Ltd, with Lands’ End and Worcester Bosch gardens also winning gold. e Best Artisan Garden accolade and a Th gold medal were awarded to the Hae-woo-so (Emptying One’s Mind) garden. Other awards in this category are one other gold, one silver – gilt, three silvers and a bronze. I n the Great Pavilion, right at the heart of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show where world class nurseries exhibit a vast range of top quality plants, there were over 100 medals awarded, of which
56 were gold. The President’s Award in the Great Pavilion was awarded to Crug Farm Plants, Gwynedd Four gold medals were awarded in the Continuous Learning category in the Great Pavilion, with Sparsholt College being awarded gold and Best Continuous Learning Exhibit. In the first session of the Floral Arrangement Awards a total of nineteen awards were presented including four gold medals. Tradestands are an important part of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and Alitex, Hartley Botanic Ltd and David Harber Ltd were awarded the highest accolade of a Trophy award. 2011 RHS Chelsea Flower Show Award winners by region hertfordshire wINNERS...
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Award Silver Flora Category Urban Spaces Site Number RHW Name Caroline Collett Address The Garden Design Studio, 26 Aldenham Road, WD7 8AX Tel 01297444179 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Web www.magistrates-association.org.uk
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Award Silver-Gilt Flora Category Floral Marquee Site Number GPG Name Robert Harkness Address Rose Gardens, Cambridge Road, SG4 0JT Tel 01462420402 Email email@example.com Web www.roses.co.uk
All in all it was a very successful week for the glorious RHS Chelsea Flower Show, one of the highlights of the British social season. It will be interesting to see how they outdo themselves next year!
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Gallery Rouge has firmly established itself as an art destination with a difference. Readily recognisable in the centre of St Albans through its red exterior, the gallery has developed an enviable reputation for sourcing outstanding original artwork from some of the UKâ€™s leading talent, as well as introducing new work from international renowned artists.
longside the superb collection of original works, Gallery Rouge continually strives to offer clients an impressive range of quality Limited Editions. These represent works from respected and recognised artists whose original paintings have appreciated in price and may thus be beyond ones budget. Limited Editions provide an attractive and affordable means of acquiring work from your favoured artist without having to break the bank.
Servicing an ever growing client base from Hertfordshire, the Home Counties, North and West London, the gallery prides itself on providing patrons with a truly flexible and tailored art buying experience. Gallery owner Kuldip Chohan will work closely with you to ensure he helps you find the right painting for the right space.
Relaxed and knowledgeable, Kuldip takes the pressure out of searching, proactively working on your behalf. What makes Gallery Rouge special? Service... Buying artwork should be
pleasurable and fun. The Gallery staff will help inform about artists and their background and identify a portfolio of work from which to select. Should you have difficulty visualising the work as it would display in your house, fear not. Kuldip will personally bring artwork to your home for you to best appreciate and make your decision â€“ a no fee, no obligation service truely geared to helping you.
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Kuldip personally selects the artists who are represented by the gallery, bringing a diverse ensemble of artisans to the region, constantly seeking out new work from all over the world... Choice... As an independent studio, Gallery Rouge is not tied to one source or provider of artwork. Working with leading art representatives, agents and more commonly directly with artists ensures Gallery Rouge is able to showcase a wide and diverse collection from which to select. Ambiance... Visiting a gallery can
be a daunting experience. Gallery Rouge is warm and welcoming, and completely unpretentious. Enjoy browsing the artwork at your pace in a clean uncluttered space where the artwork is well hung and presented. Gallery members are always there to assist as and when you need them without undue pressure.
Flexibility... Whether it’s opening the gallery out of opening hours to cater for working families or visiting clients at home during the evening to showcase artwork, it is evident that the gallery is focused primarily on client needs. This extends to money matters too – the gallery offers flexible payment terms to ensure you don’t miss out on acquiring that special piece.
NEXT EXHIBITION FIGURATIVE ARTIST
MARK SPAIN July 23rd to 30th Mark will be in personal attendance on July 23rd from 1pm till 4pm With a full calendar of artist attendances, exhibitions and focal events, Kuldip is very much looking forward to helping more clients identify, select and secure wonderful artwork for their home or office space. For those interested in learning more about Gallery Rouge and its fuller range of services, visit their website at www.galleryrouge.co.uk, call them on 01727 860401 or drop in to the gallery at 27, Chequer Street, St Albans, AL1 3YJ june 2 0 1 1 4 5
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It isWedding Season on the Brocket Hall Estate very year from May Day right through to late September, most weekends see the Brocket Hall Estate clouded in confetti. Glamorous, historic and full of intrigue, it’s not difficult to see why this magical country estate in Hertfordshire is such a popular choice with Brides and Grooms-tobe, now and throughout the year. The Brocket Hall Estate houses not one, not two but three beautiful
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and unique wedding venues on site, suitable for all seasons. Brocket Hall itself – the grand yet elegant 18th Century Stately Home, the Golf Club – a traditional and relaxed venue complete with picturesque views across the Estate, and the charming Auberge du Lac – Hertfordshire’s only Michelin Star restaurant. Each supplying their own character and “wow” factor, these distinct locations offer an extensive choice of rooms fitting the size and scale of almost every guest-list. For those who dream of a magnificent Ballroom and long, sweeping staircase – Brocket Hall provides just that and can be hired totally and exclusively by wedding couples. Civil ceremonies can be held in the Boardroom, accommodating a
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Brocket Hall is a traditional and relaxed venue complete with picturesque views across the Estate, and the charming Auberge du Lac restaurant being held in the magnificent Oak Room. A vast room filled with natural light, this oak-beamed vision can comfortably seat 120 guests and provides panoramic views across The Wedding Breakfast is traditionally served in the the estate. To end such a special day, overnight accommodation is available in the converted Ballroom, while guests gaze at the beautiful hand stable block, Melbourne Lodge. painted ceiling depicting the signs of the Zodiac. The Boardroom can be quickly turned around to Last but by no means least, Auberge du Lac, make way for a disco, allowing guests to party late into the night and overnight accommodation in one once the Estate’s hunting lodge, and now an internationally acclaimed Michelin-starred of Brocket Hall’s 30 luxurious en-suite bedrooms restaurant, is most definitely a wedding venue rounds off a perfect day. for the admirers of fine cuisine. Beautifully elegant, Auberge du Lac sits on the banks of The Golf Club at Brocket Hall provides a the Broadwater Lake, set amongst 543 acres of more traditional and relaxed atmosphere, with tranquillity. Capable of seating 60 guests for a civil civil ceremonies and wedding receptions both maximum of 150 guests, or for smaller services, the beautiful Library seats 50, and provides magnificent views across the Estate.
ceremony, the nuptials are held under the vaulted ceiling of the restaurant’s alcove. 60 guests can also be accommodated for a wedding breakfast and a total of 100 for evening entertainment.
Wedding packages available from £99 per person, Quote ‘Life’ to receive a 10% discount on venue hire*. Call 01707 368 700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. www.brocket-hall.co.uk
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n April 29th 2011, the nation watched expectantly for Kate Middleton to emerge from the Goring Hotel to give the first glimpse of the much debated wedding dress. The designer Louise Marie, from Radlett, was one of the many people who had speculated on the style of the dress. She waited, with sketchbook in-hand, ready to start work immediately on her own interpretation of the dress and to give every bride the opportunity to feel like the princess that Kate Middleton was about to become. Louise decided to take on the challenge of interpreting the wedding dress, Pippa Middleton’s dress and the dress worn in the evening by Kate, all intented for future brides or transformed into colour for stunning evening wear. Louise and her team of local skilled seamstresses and beaders worked tirelessly for three weeks to create her royal collection. The results were revealed for the first time with an evening of champagne to celebrate the collection. The dresses were created from the finest silks: silk Gazaar sourced from Italy, corded French lace, silk crepe Morocain and encrusted swarovski crystal beading. As with all Louise Marie dresses, they are corseted and with a secondary internal corset to enhance the shape, fit and comfort. Hours of hand sewing put the finishing touches of lace edging and beading to the dresses. 5 0 june 2 0 1 1
Although Louise believes Kate Middleton’s dress will not create a step change in the fashion of bridal wear, in the way Diana’s dress did, she feels it will be influential in specific areas of dresses. The current trend for lace will continue, statement details such as the beaded band on her evening dress all with 50’s glamour style and sophistication. Cowl necks influenced by Pippas dress will be popular on different dress silohettes to enhance every figure and shape. Louise’s showroom is in Radlett where she has been for nearly twelve years. A sumptuous and tranquil environment awaits in which to choose your wedding gown. Around thirty of Louise’s designs adorn the rails to be browsed through and experienced. You will be the only bride in the showroom for the duration of your appointment, having Louise’s undivided attention. Louise prides herself on seeing all her
brides from their initial appointment to the final fitting, enabling her to advise and guide brides through the complete process. Louise will design with brides whilst trying on the gowns, changing necklines, skirt sizes and silohettes to suit or even designing from brides ideas and sketching out the final design.
Louise is one of few who still offer a truely couture experience. All the gowns are made to fit the individual bride with toile fittings, which are mock ups of the dress, through to hem fittings and the all important final fitting to ensure everything is perfect. Every dress is hand finished to the highest standard using the finest silks and beading available and with highly skilled seamstresses making dreams come true. Below her showroom is the workroom where all the dresses are made and Louise prides herself in keeping the construction of all her gowns British. Skilled in every aspect of the construction of the gowns, Louise oversees all the work and, if time allows, loves to get back to basics and get on the sewing machine herself.
For more information about Louise Marie call 01923 850472 or visit the website at www.louisemarie.co.uk.
Fishpools has grown over the last 111 years and today we are the largest quality furniture store in the south east. Our 60,000 square feet showrooms feature over 200 room sets from classic to contemporary, minimal to vintage and rustic to romantic all designed to help you make your home unique. There are over 200 sofa collections, 120 dining ranges, 100’s of beds, 75 bedroom ranges, and a large carpets & rugs department. Choose from a wide range of linens, softs, pictures and mirrors plus cookware and gifts from our brand new Home Accessories department.
If it’s big name brands you’re after, we stock Stressless, Ercol, Natuzzi, G Plan, Duresta, Collins & Hayes, Nolte, Vi Spring, Tempur and many more. As a family-run retailer our commitment to great service begins as soon as you enter the store to be greeted by our well trained, knowledgeable people, who will assist you on all aspects of your purchase until it is safely delivered to your home. So pop in, we have ample customer parking, an in-store coffee shop and we look forward to making your acquaintance.
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Official Government Environmental Test Data. Saab 9-3 Range. Fuel consumption mpg (litres/100km): Urban 15.2 – 40.9 (18.6 – 6.9), Extra-urban 36.2 – 67.3 (7.8 – 4.2), Combined 24.1 – 54.3 (11.7 – 5.2). CO2 emissions 279 – 137g/km. Offer available to individuals
for orders received between 5 April – 30 June 2011. Figures based on a non-maintenance contract hire package over 39 months and 10,000 miles per year (max). An advance payment equal to 6 monthly payments, followed by 38 regular monthly payments commencing Month Two. Rentals and excess charges are based on the current VAT rate. An excess mileage charge plus VAT will be applied for mileage in excess of 10,000 mile p.a..Excess charges also apply if the car is not serviced and maintained in accordance with manufacturer guidelines and returned to Saab Contract Hire in a condition commensurate with the BVRLA Fair Wear & Tear guidelines for its age and mileage. Package includes R.F.L. and Saab Assistance. Free metallic paint is only available in conjunction with Saab Contract Hire offer and applies to selected models only. Offer subject to availability and status. UK supplied vehicles only. For full specification, details, terms and conditions contact your local retailer. Guarantee and/or indemnity may be required. Applicants must be 18 or over. Details correct at time of publication and may vary, e.g. if list price changes. Personal contract hire by ALD Automotive Ltd., trading as Saab Contract Hire, Oakwood Park, Lodge Causeway, Fishponds, Bristol BS16 3JA. Offer and model shown is the MY11 9-3 Linear SE 1.8t Manual Convertible at manufacturers recommended retail price of £27,364 OTR with optional metallic paint at £536 and 17" alloy wheels at £409.
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The fully-loaded Saab 9-3 Convertible 1.8t Linear SE is now just £299 pcm*. This is your opportunity to drive away a limited-availability Saab 9-3 Convertible 1.8t Linear SE for a lot less, and with a lot more standard specification than you might expect. With a cockpit-like driver’s environment that inspires close interaction with the car, it features a host of upgrades including interior leather trim, rear parking assistance, Bluetooth, Climate Control, heated seats, metallic paint and 17" alloy wheels.
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Chef Steven Kitchen creates a twist on a course t was a stroke of genius, invite a local chef to demonstrate their talent at a charity golf event. Redbourn Charity Golf Day (RCGD) is a relatively new event held at Redbourn Golf Course, sponsored by Grosvenor Wealth Management, an independent financial advice company. The first Redbourn Charity Golf Day RCGD was held in 2010 as part of Redbourn 900 celebrations. Its aim was to create a corporate golf day with networking opportunities whilst benefiting charitable causes. The 2nd RCGD took place on the 20th May; again it combined golf, beer, banter and new to the table, exquisite food. The recipe rosvenor Wealth Management provided G goodie bags full of golfing essentials
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ole-in-one prizes on all the par 3s, courtesy of H Squire Furneaux Saab Mulligans for sale for use on par 4s and 5s meant money was generated for charity A brand new Saab up for grabs on the 7th if you got a hole – in – 1 The Cricketers of Redbourn setup a barrel of beer on the 10th along with a time sheet for the competitive Thai broth freshly prepared on and at the 7th tee and canapés at the 19th How do you get a chef on course? The conversation escalated from putting homemade bread in the goodie bag right through to an amazing culinary show time experience on the 7th and 19th. The organisers were delighted with Steven Kitchen’s vision for creating a 5 star experience.
“The great thing about working with Steven
Kitchen is that you explain a concept and vision and Steven delivers amazingly delicious results, way beyond your wildest dreams. He is fantastic to work with and a lot of fun.”
Chef Steven Kitchen: set up camp at the 7th tee, fully equipped with gazebo, gas fired pot, chopping board and fresh ingredients. As golfers turned the corner they were greeted with the fabulous showtime experience that is Steven Kitchen. The Thai broth Thai Soup was bursting with fresh scallops, prawns and chicken. Galangal, chilli and tongue-tingling delights made this an amazing start to the 7th tee experience. As each team approached Steven prepared a fresh batch of broth. Steven is no stranger to cooking outside. When the shooting
season is underway he can be found out in the fields of Hertfordshire rustling up amazing rustic cuisine for the shooting elite. As a private Chef, he is also available to come to your home and cook for you, your family, events or dinner parties.
Back on the course golfers were overwhelmed with their Thai broth which was enjoyed whilst watching the team in front attempt to win themselves a brand new Saab, albeit unsuccessfully, but hey there is always next year.
Chef Steven Kitchen is certainly not a fiery type, his warm personality and sparkly sense of humour comes through brilliantly in his sketches which form the basis of his new brand. Steven loves food and is keen to help impart his knowledge. Currently he holds cookery classes for people in the comfort of their own home. Using whatever you have available, he is resourceful and creative. He plans to create his own studio where people can come and learn – keep an eye out for details of his cookery school on his website www.stevenkitchen.co.uk
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Another string to Steven’s bow is corporate team building cookery days. Recently he ran a day for Grosvenor Wealth Management. Employees learnt how to prepare and cook their own exquisite dinner.
“The cookery day with Steven was excellent and very relaxed. We had a great time learning new skills and having a laugh together; not to mention the fantastic food that followed! Steven is relaxed, clear and patient and keeps the day moving at a comfortable pace for everyone.”
Upon finishing the 9th hole players were welcomed by a bar set up by The Cricketers of Redbourn with the Tring brewery beer “Side Pocket for a Toad”. The sun had been shining, the play competitive and thirsts were definitely in need of quenching. So much so, a time sheet had materialised and some cracking times for pints were recorded. Is there anyone out there who thinks they can better 3.5 seconds for next year? Strategically the bar was brilliantly placed as punters could watch the team in front of them attempt the longest drive competition. Redbourn Golf Club is an excellent course for such a golf day. The staff are exceptionally helpful and the management very accommodating. The course marshal was heard to say he may be in favour of participating himself next year.
As players sauntered in from the 18th Steven Kitchen had been hard at work again creating a Andrew Willis platter of beer suited canapés so the “Side pocket Senior Financial Consultant, Grosvenor Wealth Management for a toad” did not go to waste.
Canapés Menu Hog roast and apple in a mini bun, gazpacho shot topped with crab, Moroccan chicken kebabs with coriander yoghurt, spice meatballs and crab & smoked salmon cones with orange vinaigrette. The fabulous day was organised by Beccy and Karen from FABusiness Marketing. Banter was certainly put into golf, many good scores were recorded (arguably aided by mulligan’s) and the profit went to Willow Foundation, the chosen charity for 2011.
“Thank you all for a great day yesterday. You had thought of everything and were very generous. It was lots of fun, and Steven’s food was an extra special treat.”
Steven Kitchen is an amazing chef, refreshingly resourceful and a brilliant teacher. The golf day really demonstrated that what-ever challenge is set before him he will create and deliver the perfect dish for the occasion.
For more details about Chef, Steven Kitchen please call 07952 804832 or email email@example.com alternatively visit the website at www.stevenkitchen.co.uk.
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Gino D’Acampo’s recipe for
Linguine con granchio e limone Pasta with crab, fresh chilli and lemon zest
Ingredients 5 00g Linguine 1x450g dressed crab, including the shell 1 medium hot red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped Zest of 1 un-waxed lemon 3 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons of freshly chopped flat leaves parsley Salt to taste
U sing a tablespoon, scoop out the meat from the crab shell into a bowl and mix together the white and brown meat.
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H eat the oil in a large frying pan and, on a low heat fry the garlic and chilli together for 30 seconds. A dd in the crab with the parsley, lemon juice and zest. Cook for 1 minute until the crab is heated through. Season with salt and set aside. I n a large saucepan, cook the pasta in the salted boiling water until al dente. “To get the al dente perfect bite, cook the pasta 1 minute less then instructed on the packet”. O nce the pasta is cooked, drain and tip back into the same pan where you cooked it away from the heat. P our over the crab sauce and stir all together for 30 seconds allowing the flavours to combine properly. S erve immediately and please do not be tempted to serve it with grated cheese on top.
For more information up to date information on Gino, please visit www.ginodacampo.com
even more gino You can also get Gino’s lastest book Gino’s Pasta: Everything You Need to Cook the Italian Way, available nation wide and online.
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CHRISTMAS HAS COME EARLY TO HANBURY MANOR Book your 2011 Christmas celebrations at Hanbury Manor by 31st August 2011 and you will receive a £50.00 gift voucher.* Have an enchanted Christmas at Hanbury Manor with Carol singing, mulled wine, an option of Christmas lunch with all the trimmings in Oakes Grill, elegant dining room Zodiac or historic Manor house before a visit from Santa Claus with his reindeers.
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Hanbury Manor, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 0SD; Telephone: 01920 487 722; MarriottHanburyManor.co.uk
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Whether you’re addicted to your make-up brushes or not, the most thorough cleanse regime should always be before bed. “Cleansing properly every night is the single most important thing you can do for your skin,” says Samantha Burlton, founder of So Organic
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Never make the mistake of plucking a cleansing bottle from the shelves just because you like the price or colour. Your skin should always be top priority. “It’s very important that at the cleansing stage you are using a treatment cleanser that has the right texture for your skin type,” says Gabriel. While oil cleansers work best on the driest of skins, soaps specifically formulated for the face are suitable for oily types. Stick to a gel cleanser if you have oily or combination skin that’s prone to breakouts, or a lightweight cream cleanser is best suited to normal to dry skin types. Look for ingredients like wheat germ oil, which
You might think that after a good night’s sleep there’s no need for another thorough cleanse in the morning. Think again. The secret to good skin maintenance and squeaky clean skin is a twice-daily cleanse. Applying make-up on top of grimy skin in a no-go. “In general, I advise cleansing morning and night,” says Dr Sue Mayou, consultant dermatologist and Neutrogena advisor. The action of cleansing mildly exfoliates and encourages cell turnover to promote a fresh-faced look to start your day.
make-up, oil, dirt and other impurities from your skin,” Mayou explains. “The mechanical action of rubbing the skin with hands, a face cloth or cotton wool helps remove dead surface skin cells and unclog pores, leaving it smoother and more radiant.” Incorporate a facial massage into your morning routine as you cleanse to relax the facial muscles and give your skin a smooth and lifted look for the day ahead.
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“Your regime plays a serious key function in skin maintenance,” explains Noella Gabriel, director of product development at Elemis. “It’s the key to skin radiance and aids the absorption of your neck, eye and face creams.” So don’t view cleansing as a chore like the washing-up or dusting. View this cleanse and polish as the building blocks for a flawless face.
cleanses without stripping your skin, and glycerine, which attracts moisture to the skin’s surface to give you a hydrated glow.
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A thorough cleanse should last for at least a minute, and some experts now recommend ‘double cleansing’ for a deeper wash. Bobbi Brown offers this step-bystep guide to the perfect cleanse:
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Diana Pilkington tries out the ultimate pampering experience at the Lifehouse in Essex. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the choice available at a health spa. Happily, the signature treatment at Lifehouse, the Oriental Bathing Experience, crams so much into two hours it ticks lots of boxes in one go. Promising the ‘ultimate in relaxation’, it’s inspired by the tradition of the Oriental bath house. And as soon as I slipped on my bathrobe and entered the first dimly-lit room I felt as if I had been transported to an exotic oasis. A kimonoclad therapist took me through several stages of pampering in various spa spaces. A heavenly foot massage got the ball rolling, while a full body exfoliation scrubbed away the last of my winter skin. There were also two pools to soak in along the way. The first complete with optional powerful jets - very welcome after a gruelling session with the in-house fitness expert earlier that day. The second was so luxuriously warm I could have easily nodded off were it not for my therapist handing me a soothing jasmine tea. Now fully de-stressed, ea d ns I drifted an
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“Removing grime and make-up before going to bed allows skin to breathe and enables your skin’s natural night-time renewal process to work as it should.” Skin that’s free from pollutants and make-up can work on restoring its natural balance during your shut-eye time. Burlton recommends using a muslin flannel to achieve a deep clean feeling. “Muslins are a great way to save money as you can wash and reuse them, unlike cotton wool, and the gentle exfoliating action might mean you can drop a product from your routine too,” she says.
Finally, I was escorted to an individual sleep pod. The huge window m overlooking the pool ov ke eI meant sleep was out of t Oil-Free Ma the question, but the vast comfy bed was the perfect place to lie in a zombified, and thoroughly relaxed, state. Bliss. And my skin felt pretty good too.
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multi-step process. Start with a make-up remover or tissue-off cream to dissolve much of the make-up, avoiding the eye area. Use a make-up remover especially formulated for the eyes. Take a cotton pad dampened with the product, and rest or press it gently around the closed eye. Wipe gently. Don’t tug or pull on the eye or surrounding skin. Apply cleanser to the entire face. With a cleanser appropriate to your skin type, massage the product into your face with an upward circular motion. Include the neck and chin. Rinse the entire face, including the eye area with warm - not hot - water. Pat the face dry with the softest naturalfibre towels you can find.
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catching. Britain’s women are saying ‘Eye do’ to anti-ageing. The eye area is our top ageing concern, according to a new survey of 2,000 women by the makers of RoC Sublime Energy Eye. Puffy eyes and dark circles (45%) and fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes (48%) are ranked as two of our top three ageing concerns, along with sagging skin (55%). Just over a quarter (29%) of women surveyed use a dedicated eye cream on a daily basis, as opposed to 80% who use a face cream daily. Recessionista alert Here’s a way to start loving your washing load... Bold with a Touch of Lenor are offering free pamper treatments with every pack at more than 700 spas around the country, including facials, manicures, pedicures, massage, waxing and reflexology. For more information on claiming a visit, go to www.boldpampertreats.com june 2 0 1 1 6 1
Tracey Smyth THE ART OF SEMI PERMANENT MAKE-UP Tracey Smyth is the semi permanent make-up expert everyone is talking about!
ith 25 years experience, she is the semi-permanent make-up genius who changes the lives of celebrities by revitalising and enhancing their look. Together with her team of specialists and revolutionary treatments, Tracey devises a complete treatment plan to get that youthful and natural look you are hoping for. Semi-permanent makeup can change your life! Want to change your look, freshen up, look well rested and ultimately look younger? With an arch of the brow your look will be transformed from dated to on-trend and open eyed therefore giving the impression of fresh faced youthfulness. It’s time for a brow re-model. “Semi-permanent make-up has taken a complete turn, gone are the days of the half moon shape slapped above the eye, we have so many different types of fantastic and natural looking ways to enhance your eyebrow shape from fine hair line strokes to simply filling in patchy eyebrows with a shadow effect. I can create a totally realistic and natural arched brow for both men and women!” As you get older the shape of your face changes and it is very important to move with the times, it’s amazing how many women still over pluck their eyebrows into the shape they had in the nineties or even eighties. The area becomes over traumatised therefore making it impossible to achieve that full lush look you had in your 20’s. As the brows are such
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an important part of the total impression of your look it is only smart to seek advice from a specialist in this area. The brows frame the eyes and can be the making of you, they should be well shaped but above all suit the shape of your face and expressions.
The common procedure most of you know about is the lip liner, which defines the outer lip and gives the impression of a fuller lip as if you were wearing a lip pencil liner. Lip blush is the new lip line! This treatment is fantastic on more mature lips and
anyone who has thin lips and would like a fuller sexy looking lip. As you get older the pigment of the lips fades, with this procedure that youthful blush is restored. The colour of your lip is matched to your complexion and the results are lip transforming! It sounds a little uncomfortable as the entire lip is tattooed, however my specialist Dr Harris applies a dental block so you will be totally pain free. The common question and fear my clients have is “will I get the trout pout?” My answer is emphatically no, no and no again. I concentrate on bringing out your own natural attractiveness and inner beauty, I do not (unless the client is a celebrity and trying to achieve a different look) believe in enforcing an over exaggerated look. I like my clients to achieve an improved and youthful look which is natural and complements their character and lifestyle. Well this should give you plenty to think about, feel like a change and know you need an overhaul. Make a booking today. Until next month, stay well and get ready for the summer! Tracey x Tracey can be seen in Harley Street, The West End and Crouch End or for private appointments at your home. To book an appointment with Tracey please contact: 07967 038492/0208 340 8069 Mention this magazine to receive your free gift.
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t’s that time of year again when we all get body conscious in anticipation of our summer holidays and the parts of our body we may be forced to reveal. There is a lot more pressure to be slim and in good shape these days and this pressure encourages many of our clients to look for alternative treatments to combine with diet and exercise for fast results.
In reality, no matter how much you diet and exercise you cannot spot-reduce the areas that concern you most. Liposuction is the only way to remove fat cells from specific areas but it does have its own side-effects and recovery time can be long. We live in a world that is fast-paced and busy and the majority of my clients are extremely short on time. So in response to the many requests I receive, I have researched all of the latest non-surgical treatments which claim to give results similar to surgical procedures without the downtime associated with surgery. Until recently, I was unable to find anything that could achieve similar results to surgery. But finally, earlier this year, I discovered I Lipo, a ‘laser liposuction’ treatment that offers longterm, non-invasive and pain free body reshaping when combined with a healthy diet and exercise regime. I Lipo has been used in Aesthetic clinics around the world with great success, supporting clients in reducing specifically chosen or 6 4 june m a y 2 20 01 11 1
troublesome fat storage areas on the body. Prior to an I Lipo treatment, the client undergoes a thorough medical consultation and is then weighed and measured by their therapist. The treatment itself is painless and comfortable. Four large laser pads are placed on the chosen areas and two small laser pads are used to stimulate the lymphatic system. During I Lipo treatment, a low level laser stimulates the fat cells to release stored triglycerides into free fatty acids and glycerol. Once outside the fat cell, they are transported by the lymphatic system, thus introducing the contents of the fat cell into the blood supply. These fatty acids and glycerol are then taken up and turned back into triglyceride molecules and stored by the fat cells again unless burned by the body as energy. It is therefore extremely important that exercise is performed within 24 hours of a treatment in order to use up the freed triglycerides as energy before they are reabsorbed by the body and converted back to fat. Immediately post treatment, overall fat volume is reduced causing immediate and measurable results compared to reduction in measurements taken prior to the treatment. If cardiovascular exercise is carried out for at least 30-45 minutes after treatment, this reduction - which averages between two and five centimetres from any one
area of the body - will remain and will increase with continued treatment. I Lipo can be used to treat all stubborn areas of fat including the stomach, upper arms, legs, double chins and fat on the upper back.
The Anti Ageing Clinic offers a comprehensive range of beauty, anti ageing and aesthetic treatments and products. As well as the new I Lipo treatment, the Clinic also offers a selection of other specialist treatments, including Dermaroller, Harley Body Wraps and Applisonix which are unavailable elsewhere locally. The Anti Ageing Clinic is based at 101 Park Street Lane, Park Street, St Albans, AL2 2JA. For more information on advanced aesthetic, weight loss and anti ageing treatments, please contact The Anti Ageing Clinic on 01727 874507, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.theantiageingclinic.net. Readers are entitled to a free consultation worth £25 when quoting ‘Radlett Life’ on booking. Be one of the first 10 readers to call before 30th June and receive a free consultation and half-price trial treatment.
heryl Cole should actually be on top of the world right now, a new survey has discovered she has the body most women covet. A new survey conducted by Liberate, the UK’s largest network of BAAPS* and/or BAPRAS**-accredited cosmetic surgeons, reveals that Cheryl Cole has the body that most women want!
Liberate, which has over 60 locations across the UK, surveyed 3000 women between the ages of 18-34 and found that just fewer than 30% of women would most like their body to look like Cheryl Cole. PussyCat Doll’s Nicole Scherzinger was in second place (19%) and Angelina Jolie & Rhianna tied in third place with 15% of the vote for the most desirable female celebrity body. Although recently voted by People Magazine US as the world’s most beautiful woman, surprisingly Jennifer Lopez received only 10% of the vote and Victoria Beckham only 4%. The survey also found that 30% of women had undergone cosmetic surgery with breast augmentation (“boob job”) being the most popular procedure (28%) followed by Nose (17%) eyes (11%) and Liposuction/tummy tuck (15%). Half the women surveyed would have cosmetic surgery if cost was no object but only a small percentage (17%) would take out a loan to cover this. The Liberate survey also highlights the need for women to be better informed of the dangers of cosmetic surgery abroad or in the wrong hands. Despite recent deaths following botched surgery abroad, a staggering 40% admitted that they would consider having surgery abroad if it was cheaper.
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Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon Mr Jonathan Staiano, Liberate, remarked: ‘Cosmetic surgery is a field in which there are many practitioners who rely on glossy marketing and promotion rather than medical and surgical qualifications. Liberate stands for a group of highly qualified plastic surgeons whose reputations are far more important than encouraging patients to have unnecessary or unsafe surgery. We encourage patients to seek second and third opinions and to research your surgeon before allowing him or her to operate on you.’ Without the tools needed to make responsible choices cosmetic surgery can end up costing people financially, physically and psychologically, Liberate aims to give people the power to choose, providing them with a new and safer approach to cosmetic surgery.
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beautiful Those dire warnings about the hidden dangers in all that lovely sunshine are clearly getting through. Almost nine out of 10 people say they are more aware of the sun’s potential for harm than they were 10 years ago, according to a new survey by Garnier Ambre Solaire.
nd there’s good reason to be cautious if you want to invest in your looks and well-being. “Harsh UVA and UVB rays can wreak havoc on all skin types, making it essential for you to give your skin the best defences against harmful rays,” warns skincare expert Liz Earle.
While it’s good news that sun awareness has surged, it also means that beauty shelves are now stacked with even more varieties of sun protection potions - and consumers can be left confused by information overload. So if you’re feeling flustered by SPFs and all those formulations, here’s some expert advice about sunbathing safely with beauty in mind.
QD oes daily sun protection overload and aggravate the skin? A “No, as long as you choose wisely,” says dermatologist Dr Nick Lowe. “Check labels for benzophenone, oxybenzone and PABAs, as these ingredients can cause sensitivity in some skin types. If you have sensitive skin, you may be less likely to react to other sunscreen ingredients. Steer clear of the more greasy, ‘heavy’ sunscreens, which can cause or worsen acne.”
Q W hat are the basics I need to look for on my suncare bottle? A “ You need a suncare product that offers balanced, broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) and Try... photostable protection,” advises Dr Nathalie Dr Nick Lowe Supercharged Issachar of Johnson & Johnson suncare. “Everyone’s skin is different and reacts differently in the sun, it’s important you choose an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) that is suitable for your skin type and sun destination. For example, if you have light hair, are fair with slightly freckly skin, you will be more sensitive to the sun and require a product with a very high SPF such as 50-plus.” Try... Piz Buin In Sun Ultra Light from £14.29 Sun Spray SPF15-50+ or Korres Sunscreen Face-Body Emulsion from £18 Yoghurt SPF20-50 6 8 june 2 0 1 1
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Q H ow can I accelerate my golden glow but still stay protected? A “Look for a product to help stimulate the natural melanin production,” says Sally Lewis, head of product development at St Tropez. “As self-tan experts, we’re aware that our customers love a healthy, glowing tan year round. Our new SPF sun protection comes in three different factors and contains an innovative ingredient called Melanobronze
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“Avoid sunscreens with tretinoin (Retin-A, Stieva-A, Retisol-A, Rejuva-A, Renova, Vitamin A acid), which dries the skin. Look for a fragrancefree, hypoallergenic sunscreen if you have any allergies to skin products.”
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“We know that creating an everyday sun protection habit really depends on having products that are easy and a pleasure to use. Look for a clear or light spray that offers easily absorbed, non-greasy protection. These formulations are particularly popular with men who are often deterred from applying sun cream because they feel it leaves white marks.”
There’s no drying time as the UV light creates a hard, glossy finish, meaning you can put your shoes straight on and dash. Throughout my holiday and beyond, I was amazed at the Gelish’s longevity. It was a sad moment when I booked in for a ‘soak-off ’ five weeks later to have the gel removed professionally with acetone. Buy it now label.m are back with another must-have limited edition accessories collection for summer. This year, celebrity favourite William Tempest has designed two print bags, free with purchase. Buy any two products from the label.m range to get the make-up bag free, and three to bag the large tote. Exclusively available at TONI&GUY, essensuals and specially approved label.m salons nationwide. june 2 0 1 1 6 9
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Ways with walls Forget paint, wallpaper is where it’s at For stylish, individual homes - but the choice is so vast it could drive you wild! experts oFFer their wisdom For wrapping up walls. by gabrielle Fagan
There are plenty of amazing papers available, but new technology means you can create a special design just for your home. Kate Kingston says advances in digital printing mean designers and manufacturers work with homeowners to create stunning, one-off wall art. “We have found that bespoke wall coverings are becoming increasingly desirable to our clients,” she says. “They appreciate the exclusivity that a unique design delivers.” Kingston Shaw recently created a bachelor pad in a penthouse apartment in Liverpool’s prestigious One Park West development, using bespoke wall coverings. The company’s designers collaborated with Digetex, using its digital printing process to make a customfitted “alluring eyes” image that matched the dimensions M AY22001111 94june 70
of the wall to the millimetre. They hung a mirrored wallpaper design from Osborne & Little on the ceiling as a contemporary nod to the bachelor pads of the 1970s, then created a digitally printed dartboard wall covering, topped with a competition dartboard. Digetex have a range of imaginative wall-covers including their Dickens Bookcase wallpaper mural that mimics shelves full of books and starts from £129. Other wallpapers start from around £20 and bespoke digital prints from £180. Top tip: Digital printing means you can blow up a personal image that you love - even one from your life - and hang it on your wall, says Kingston. She adds: “If it’s your own personal photo I’d advise having it enlarged first and pinning it on the wall to decide if it’s really suitable to be seen day after day.”
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Dramatic wall treatments may not be to everyone’s taste, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a wallpaper out there to suit your home. If you’re nervous at the thought of covering your walls in bold designs, Kingston suggests going for texture rather than pattern. “To avoid that oppressive feeling of a busy patterned paper on all four walls, create a focal point by choosing a feature wall and painting the others in sympathetic neutrals,” she advises. “Using a textured wallpaper will add interest to a wall, without allowing the design to dominate.” There aren’t any rules about where to hang your chosen wallpaper. “Get creative,” says Kingston. “Wallpaper can be hung on the ceiling or pasted on panels. Or you could try it in strips or geometric shapes on top of neutral painted walls to add warmth and depth.” House Couturier has a stunning range of papers including a Quilter Lacquer wallcovering, from £98 a linear metre, and its Glam Grass metallic paper woven wallcovering, handcrafted in Japan, which has a shimmering effect, starts at £74 a linear metre.
blooms is ongoing, and ensures there’s always a fresh look to pick from. “Floral designs have come straight off the catwalk this spring. There is a hot trend for smaller floral designs,” says Paula Taylor, colour specialist at Graham & Brown. “Larger floral prints are mixed and matched with smaller botanicals to create a co-ordinated look. “Colour combinations are bold and striking with multi-coloured flower heads and big traditional bouquets hand-painted with watercolours and bold block colours for an eclectic twist.” Pretty blooms feature on the company’s Lacework and Passion Lily papers, £30 a roll, and its Superfresco collection, from £20 a roll, also has attractive prints. Little Greene’s Fifties
Line Papers collection, from £38 a roll, features beautiful floral designs and, unusually, others inspired by herbs. Papers £44.50 a roll. Top tip: Great floral colour combinations include purple and fresh greens, midnight blues with teals, reds with greys, and yellows with fresh greens and taupes. track a trend
Top tip: Wallpaper hanging methods have changed. These days you usually paste the wall, not the paper. But Kingston says it’s important to always line walls before hanging your chosen wallpaper to ensure a smooth, professional finish. full-on florals
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Kingston says wallpaper and wall art trends often follow catwalk fashion, but nowadays leading design brands are even expanding their ranges to include wall coverings. “It’s a sure sign of the growth, popularity and staying power of wallpaper that luxury brands are also entering the wall covering market,” says Kingston. French brand Hermes, famous for its silk scarves,
launched a small selection of wall coverings in March, starting from around £120 a roll. Swarovski has just unveiled its opulent wallpaper range, which has the appearance of antique gilded glass with each rectangular pane fixed with a cluster of crystal rocks. It costs £560 a roll. Top tip: A glamorous, Fiftiesinspired style will dominate this year, predicts Lizzie Deshayes, design director at wallpaper company Fromental, whose papers are hand-painted and hand-embroidered by artists in London and China. “We’re forecasting that the key trends will be prints based on naturals such as woods, stones and water and there’ll be a lot of bold black and white prints.” celebration walls
Designers at Mini Moderns have created an exclusive print to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain. Its geometric design features highlights of the event in 1951 and the paper is printed using water-based inks. It costs £50 a roll. Wimbledon fans could mark the occasion with green and yellow Tennis wallpaper, £72 a roll, with a geometric design of rackets and balls. It’s from Turner & Pocock’s Sports range at Garrendenny Lane Interiors. Alternatively, Graham & Brown makes it easy to turn walls into a crowning glory with its monochrome Crowns and Coronets design wallpaper - perfect for this year’s busy wedding season! It’s £25 a roll and can be accessorised with jewels, £7 a pack. Top tip: “People are becoming aware that it’s possible to have fun with walls,” says Paula Taylor. “With easy-to-hang papers it’s perfectly possible to change a wall if you decide it’s no longer to your taste. You can refresh a scheme by choosing new wallpaper or painting over it, which is particularly effective if it’s textured.” M AY 2 0 june 2 01 11 195 71
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If you lIke the folksy look, you’ll love praIrIe style. It’s a new twIst on country and features lots of craft, natural materIals and easy to lIve wIth pIeces. GabrIelle faGan rounds up the essentIal elements for ranch homes.
own on the prairie, something is stirring. A new style is coming our way faster than you can say ‘Yee-ha!’ Banish that celluloid vision of tumbleweed, bunk beds and bare board ranch houses - traditional home to the tough Wild West cowboy. This is a liveable look for today that embraces the softer side of rustic, with bleached wood and colour in woven blankets, Navajo rugs and reclaimed treasures. “It’s a style that says ‘home’ wherever you are,” says author Fifi O’Neill, who celebrates it in her own house with folksy charm and an almost tangible welcoming atmosphere. All the rooms in her converted 1920s barn, with its open rafters and raw wood walls, are decorated in a subtle dove grey and chalk white palette. Loosely woven linen curtains hang at the windows, filtering the bright sunlight, and it’s the reclaimed furniture and intriguing personal touches collected over the years that are allowed to star. There’s no hall and the spaces flow seamlessly into one another. Everywhere there are examples of her creativity, from a fake plank floor - plywood given a distressed paint finish - to a carved mantel as a focal point with a grate filled with artfully arranged foliage and branches. It’s a winning decor effect for those who are on a budget (and these days who isn’t!) and attracted so many fans that O’Neill has distilled the essence into a new book, Romantic Prairie Style. Although French-born, 20 years ago she fell in love with vast plains and the sweeping grasslands of Canada and America,
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where originally many European immigrants created humble dwellings which, depending on their location, took on a variety of designs from ranches and cabins to cottages and farmhouses. “Those homes all share common characteristics, among them a love and respect for traditions and honest materials, a need for tranquility and simplicity and a spontaneity of design, be it rustic, refined or understated chic,” she says. “What’s so liberating and appealing is that prairie-style decorating doesn’t answer to a set of rules but spells freedom and creativity - the only essentials are conjuring a personal sense of comfort and beauty. What could be easier?” Settler-style resourcefulness and necessity work hand-inhand in O’Neill’s world. “My own taste leans toward a refined rusticity, a look easily accomplished with pre-loved pieces, whisper-soft colours, romantic accents, eloquent objects and a ‘do it yourself ’ attitude.” Quaint shutters are made from the doors of an old armoire, pillow cases are hand-made from vintage fabrics and outdoor metal furniture is given a gleaming finish with metal paint, making it elegant enough for a bedroom. “Peaceful, uncomplicated and comforting, this barn is my prairie escape, my simpler life,” says O’Neill. “I’m surrounded by treasures I’ve rescued from markets and second-hand shops. “If you surround yourself with the things you love, you can’t help but have a home in which you feel content.” With O’Neill’s help it’s easy to create your
This is a down-on-the-farm look, adaptable and versatile, which makes an easy marriage with an existing rustic scheme. “You don’t have to opt for a bare look,” says O’Neill. “Just don’t over-clutter and keep the palette subdued. I like to play with textures and then add colour in accessories.” Emulate a chic pairing of vintage and industrial by featuring stout wooden furniture, hessian and linen fabrics that allow grain and texture to star and utility accessories such as farming tools or craftsmen’s implements. Lasso the look: Go on a treasure hunt to reclamation yards (www.uk-reclamation. co.uk) and second-hand furniture markets and auctions for pieces that can be restored. Revamp pieces with spray paint such as Plasticote, £9.99 for a 400ml can, and Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Spray Paint, £6.99 for 400ml, has ideal shades such as Aged Iron and Autumn Brown. Both paints from DIY stores. Check out companies such as RE
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Light and landscape were integral to the original prairie homes, meaning nature’s hues reflected in accessories, from pretty collections of glassware to posies of flowers, are all ingredients of a more decorative approach to the style. “I also like to incorporate French vintage charm into my schemes,” says O’Neill. “Of course, objects must be practical and functional but a crystal chandelier suits the glamour puss in me. My friends always laugh at the fact that even when I build, paint or drill I always do it in high heels!” White-painted wrought iron bedsteads, dressers and antique chandeliers can be combined to give a more flirty, feminine feel but keep the look simple and grounded with stripped floors, and textured, plastered walls or homely wood-panelled ones and fabrics such as denim and gingham.
Lasso the look: French-style furniture in a natural wood finish or a distressed paint effect abounds. Companies such as Dibor (www.dibor.co.uk) or Sweetpea & Willow (www.sweetpeaandwillow. com) are good sources. Plunder fabric company Ian Mankin for cotton linen and ticking fabrics. (www.ianmankin.co.uk) pioneeR spiRit
Whimsical, small touches give the feeling you could step outside and ‘ride into the sunset’, no matter what your location, or spark a full-blown passion for life on the open range. “I like uncontrived arrangements - perhaps a collection of vintage tin containers, a candleholder and a collection of coloured glassware,” says O’Neill. “I think the world is longing to return to a simpler way of life, surrounded by things we cherish, amuse us or make us feel secure. This is style where you can have fun and relax.” june 2 0 1 1 7 5
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range of painted or stained finishes to suit the look you wish to achieve. The Stylish Shutter Company can also match your shutters to the Farrow & Ball paint range. The Stylish Shutter Company offer a wide selection of shutter solutions to suit every budget. From the Seattle Shutter range, right through to the Vancouver Cedar wood range. There is also a Bathroom Shutter designed specifically for wet and damp environments. With shutters you will be able to find the perfect solution for your home.
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AudioVisual, has noticed a wave of new technology products aimed at the discerning which have hit their showroom this year. Digital music is nothing new and consumers have adapted to the iPod in recent years, but now they want something better. High end music streamers are the next big thing.
Streamers take music from your PC and can play it all over your house without the need for wires or clumsy headphones. Top brands such as Arcam and Cyrus have just released new products which not
only stream wirelessly from room to room, but can play uncompressed files which can be higher than CD quality aimed at the discerning listener.
Michael Tindale of HD AudioVisual, the county’s newest most exciting AudioVisual retailer says: “Consumers have grown accustomed to the convenience of digital music via the iPod but that doesn’t mean that digital music has to be portable and low quality. The new wave of music streamers are so easy to use they offer the convenience of the
iPod but in a home environment for listening in comfort. New digital music formats offer the chance to listen to music of a quality that few people have ever heard in the home because it is better than CD. The key to all this is that it has to be as easy to set up and use as the iPod and the new generation of music streamers offer this”
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the lemongrove gallery presents
utstanding cityscape artist Csilla Orban will be making a personal appearance at The Lemongrove Gallery Harpenden, on Saturday 25th of June 2011 from 2pm until 4pm to launch her new Exhibition ‘Night and the City’ a collection of Original Paintings and her latest Limited Editions. The gallery will be hosting a Champagne reception in Csilla’s honor and has issued an open invitation to local art lovers to come and meet this superstar of the art world.
around Europe she finally settled in the UK. Fascinated by these exciting foreign cultures, Csilla was inspired to paint what she saw. Her favourite place and the one which first galvanized her imagination was Paris, and she was entranced by its intimate cafes, grand boulevards and bohemian culture. She has been a member and a co-secretary of the Parisian Independent Salon’s Hungarian group since 1996, where she has helped several talented young artists to establish their reputation on the international art scene.
The cityscapes of Csilla occupy a unique position on the current art market. Although they depict specific and often recognisable locations, their particular brilliance lies in the creation of atmosphere rather than the accuracy of detail. By merging colours and blurring the reflected light in the rain-slicked streets, Csilla conveys the fast-moving essence of her chosen subject in her own distinctive way.
Csilla’s artistic creed is to paint ‘faithfully and with humanity’. She has participated in many international exhibitions. Eventually, after spending six months in the USA, in June 2006 she participated in a joint exhibition of contemporary painters in Texas which brought her to the notice of a wider audience.
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relax and enjoy viewing an exceptional range of Original Paintings, collectable Limited Editions and Sculptures. Gallery Manager, Olivia O’Sullivan said “We are delighted to welcome Csilla to the gallery and are proud that she has accepted our invitation to visit us and showcase her fabulous and atmospheric Paintings. I hope our friends in the area will all be coming along to meet her and to enjoy this unique occasion.”
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A Kitchen Makeover And Make It Fast! itchen fashions don’t change that quickly, although home interior consultants do recommend changing the complete look every eight or ten years. Also, with the kitchen changing its role toward becoming the central gathering place in the home, there is now a move to bolder, more vibrant colours to reflect its status as the ‘new living room’. Since many properties were developed or remodelled during the late 90’s, early noughties housebuilding boom, it’s probably time for many people to think about updating their kitchen décor and introducing the bright reds and oranges, emerald greens, shades of blue and grey, and other bursts of colour that are being talked about for 2011. Not so long ago, that would have entailed a brand new fitted kitchen, necessitating ripping out the old cabinets, several weeks’ household disruption and considerable expense. Now, however, kitchen makeover specialists Granite Transformations, with showrooms in Watford and Ealing can reface your worktops and cabinets instead of replacing them, usually within one or two days and without all the mess and aggravation.
There are funky black and white tones in Granite Transformations’ granite and quartz worktop range too, like Nero Marquis, Nero Galaxy and Black Star, or Polar Ice, Ghiaccio and White Star. Again all are high in recycled content and able to withstand knocks, scratches, stains and heat up to 300˚C. There’s also a whole palette of earthen and desert shades like Walker Gold, Mocha Real, Veneto, Terra Ombra and Sabbia D’Oro, which team well with pale wood and coffee-coloured cabinets or contrast with high gloss, primary colour doors. For 2011, Granite Transformations has introduced a naturalistic veined look that is unique to this type of manufactured stone worktop. This contrasting effect can be found on midnight black Nero Marquis, cool misty Cape Cod Green and the soft quartz tones of Fire Beige. Adding steel to the range, as it were, are fashionable new designs Dark Steel and Blue Steel, which feature intriguing traces of semi-precious material recovered from computer chips.
Apart from saving money, refacing makes planning sense, because most of us prefer to retain the same kitchen layout, want to avoid changing all the wiring and plumbing, and would like the job completed quickly. Worktop and cabinet refacing is a quick and affordable way to remodel your kitchen and, for those of us who are environment friendly, there’s minimal builder’s rubble going to landfill.
Nor does the choice end with around 60 different worktop finishes, because Granite Transformations enables you to complete the makeover effect with made-to-measure replacement kitchen doors and drawer fronts. Here the opportunity to introduce bursts of colour comes with High Gloss Red, High Gloss Paprika, Ultragloss Saffron, Ultragloss Plum or more muted shades like Matt Aubergine and Matt Olive. On top of that there are black and white door designs that go well with contrasting and colourful worktops or timeless classics in a variety of woodgrains that go with more or less anything.
When it comes to this season’s bold, vibrant colours and unusual new designs, Granite Transformations certainly has it covered, especially as its tough, hardwearing surfaces fit directly over your existing worktops. There’s juicy Cristallino Orange, dramatic Cristallino Blue, contemporary Cristallino Red and bright emerald Dream Green, all made from post-consumer glass like used wine and beer bottles, yet tougher than granite and virtually maintenance-free. So not only are they ecofriendly to fit, they are made from sustainable material.
What’s more, the cabinet refacing is carried out by the same Granite Transformations qualified fitters that install the worktops. So instead of various sub-contractors, there are just two workmen in your home and, because most of the fabricating work is undertaken off-site, they won’t be clogging up your kitchen for weeks, just a couple or so days. There’s also a unique lifetime guarantee on the replacement worktops and, because wood’s a softer material, a stillgenerous 2 year warranty on made-to-measure doors.
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New worktops often mean upgrading your sink and taps too and Granite Transformations can supply and install these too in stainless steel or silk sheen finishes, as well as hobs, oven, hoods and other appliances should your budget stretch that far, using top brand names like Franke, Neff and Hotpoint. Then, if you fancy treating your remodelled kitchen to a ‘floating’ island unit, say, or some extra storage cabinets, their fitters can build and install new units, possibly introducing design features like luxurious waterfall ends. Again, they’ll do most of the work off site, so there’s limited dust, debris and power tool orchestra. But that’s not all, because all of those colourful, diamond-bright work surfaces are also perfect for bathroom makeovers too. These inherently tough, lightweight, 100% waterproof granite, quartz and recycled glass materials will fit just as easily over tiles, bath panels, vanity units and painted walls, the large slab sizes creating virtually seamless finishing surfaces. Imagine that, a striking emerald green bathroom, a dramatic Black Star bathroom, a shower clad with Dark Steel, or an island bath encased in Polar White or brilliant Cristallino Red. It goes without saying that Granite Transformations’ qualified fitters will measure up, template and install your dream bathroom makeover too. The lifetime material warranty still applies and you could even replace those bathroom cabinet and cupboard doors with something made-to-measure in black or white or saffron or aubergine or plum or lava or olive… To see all the exciting kitchen and bathroom makeover possibilities and talk your ideas through with an interior design consultant, visit your local Granite Transformations showroom at Watford Showroom 834 St Albans Road, Garston, Watford, WD25 9FL Open: Mon-Fri 9-5pm Sat 10-4pm Closed Sundays & Bank holidays. www.granitetransformations.co.uk/watford
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ummer’s on the way and revamping the patio’s a priority if you want to take full advantage of sunny days and sultry nights. There’s a superbtchoice of furniture and accessories which could transform even a drab, tiny space - with prices that won’t raise your temperature by turning the bank balance red. Create some patio party razzmatazz with glowin-the-dark furniture and vibrantly coloured gnomes, or be more demure with decorative wired pieces or classic rattan furniture. And for outdoor decor divas there’s the ultra-fashionable ‘outdoor room’ look with swinging cocoon seats, coffee tables and canopied loungers. “Over the years we’ve seen a move away from functional, utilitarian garden furniture as customers demand a lot more from their outside space,” says Nicola Gidlow, outdoor living buyer for John Lewis. “People want a recognisable style, rather than random pieces, and a space which is tailored to their lifestyle and matches their interior taste. “Also, what’s emerging strongly this season is a trend for creating settings which conjure a holiday, exotic atmosphere that probably reflects a trend to ‘staycation’.” Rob Fairhurst, managing director at Outdoor Chic, says patios are fast becoming the new ‘play areas’ for adults. “There’s a strong trend for kitchen/family rooms opening out on to a terrace or garden so the area’s highly visible from the home, and that means people require the setting to have the ‘wow’ factor and be a focal point. “Let’s face it, secretly most people want to turn the neighbours green with envy with a sophisticated ‘outdoor’ room which is as comfortable as a lounge and enhances their property.” If you’re wavering between wood and wire, or wrestling over rattan and wicker, make it simple by checking out perfect patio looks.
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It’s hardly surprising that as an island nation we never tire of coastal style, and it’s sailed in again this season. “Natural wood furniture, crisp blue and white fabrics for cushions and tablecloths and smart navy parasols have a timeless appeal and conjure an easy informality which is just right for relaxing,” says Gidlow. “No matter what the location, it’s easy to mimic that by-the-sea atmosphere with a few seaside accessories, from blue hurricane lamps, to stripey deckchairs and a barbecue bucket.” Hot tropics
Turn up the heat in the garden with exotic florals, spicy hues and light-up furniture that makes a patio an irresistible entertaining space in the evening. “Colour and technology are the big story for patios,” says Rob Fairhurst. “Furniture which incorporates lighting is fun but also highly effective at glamorising even modest patios and adding an extra dimension to the outdoors at night.” country garden cool
This is a quintessentially British look, redolent of soft green landscapes and the idyllic setting for lazy afternoon teas or sunset cocktails. “While classic squarer shapes will always remain popular, this season will see the re-emergence of the ‘timeless curve’,” says Heather McCann, creative director for specialist company Indian Ocean. “Gentle lines provide a more sympathetic look for an outdoor space, especially in more traditional settings. If you want a different, but still suitable, interpretation, opt for a chic combination of white and wood, which is a key trend this summer.” luxury lounging
Blur the boundary between the indoors and outdoors with a space that’s furnished with as much care and attention as
a lounge. Ensure it’s stylish by keeping a sharp eye on design as well as comfort. “Al fresco dining is one of the great pleasures of summer,” says George Clarke, design consultant for B&Q. “An area of decking or paving with a pergola over the top will give a sense of enclosure and make it feel like an outdoor room. Zone areas by using structured plants in pots to give instant shape, character and interest.” june 2 0 1 1 8 5
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A detached family home which has recently been totally refurbished to a high standard. Far reaching views over greenbelt countryside. 3 receptions, 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, double garage and a rear garden off approximately 120’. Freehold. Sole Agent.
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A beautifully presented Edwardian home situated in this popular residential location offering a wealth of original features throughout. 3 reception rooms, conservatory, kitchen/breakfast room, 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 215 ft garden, detached studio. Freehold.
Beautifully appointed detached bungalow, originally designed as 4 beds, currently being used as 2 beds with extra TV room & dressing room, 2 bathrooms, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, open plan lounge & dining room, garage, office, 100ft garden. Freehold.
A well presented and spaciously planned detached bungalow. 4 bedrooms, 2, bathrooms (1 en suite), large open plan drawing room/dining room. Planning permission has been granted for the construction of a new detached property of approx. 7000 sq ft. Freehold.
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Rowley Green Road, Arkley, EN5 A newly refurbished and extended double fronted detached house commanding a wide plot in a sought after location in the heart of Arkley providing easy access to good transport links and local amenities.
he accommodation is arranged over two floors and includes Principal Bedroom with en-suite dressing room and Bathroom, Four further Bedrooms, Two further Bathrooms (1 ensuite), stunning Kitchen/Diner with bi-fold doors onto the Garden, Three Reception Rooms, Utility Room and Guest Wc. Amenities include approximately 125’ rear Garden, integral Garage and off street parking for several cars. The property is within a mile and a half of High Barnet which
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provides excellent shops, schools and transport links. High Barnet underground station (Northern Line) provides direct access to Central London and the M25, A1 and M1 are all easily accessible. The area has renowned schooling, both state and private, including Haberdashers’ Aske’s, Belmont/Mill Hill School, QE Boys and QE Girls.
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to the ground floor. There are 4 good size bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (1 en suite) to the 1st floor plus a further 2 bedrooms and bathroom to the 2nd floor.
The integral garage is approached via a sweeping carriage driveway providing off street parking and to the rear of the property, the The excellent living accommodation is arranged over 3 floors comprising 3 spacious reception rooms, beautifully landscaped garden extends to approx 17’3 x 15’9 kitchen/breakfast room with doors onto 140 ft, in all providing a total plot size of approx ¼ of an acre. the rear garden, utility room and guest cloakroom
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A stunning detached family home arranged over 3 floors in the heart of Totteridge offering spacious and versatile living accommodation with 6/7 well proportioned bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, lounge/dining room, family room, kitchen/breakfast/tv room, utility room, guest clk, integral double garage, secluded garden.
A substantial 8 bed detached residence on Totteridge Lane, clost to Totteridge & Whetstone Northern Line tube stn & amenities at the High Road, Whetstone. Approached via electric gated entrance & boasting a mature southerly garden, the generous accommodation is arranged over 3 fls incl. 3 receptions + conservatory, fitted kitchen, 5 bathrooms (4 en suite).
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Commanding a wide plot, a well presented 5 bed double fronted detached home situated in a tree-lined turning off Marsh Lane, within reach of Mill Hill Broadway’s choice of restaurants, shops and transport links. Lounge, tv room, study, conservatory, modern kitchen/breakfast room, utility, 2 baths (1 en suite), south-westerly garden, integral garage, carriage drive. CHAIN FREE.
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A Georgian style detached family home in sought after location just off Totteridge Lane, offering spacious living & entertaining accommodation incl. double aspect lounge & dining room, study, kitchen/breakfast room, utility, guest clk, 4 beds, 3 baths (2 en suite), mature secluded garden, double garage, off street parking.
Boasting a mature southerly rear garden, an extended 4 bedroom detached home close to local shops and Totteridge & Whetstone Northern Line tube stn. 2 receptions + study, fitted kitchen open with dining room, guest clk, master bed with en suite bath, 3 further beds + family bathroom, garage, own drive.
Located in the heart of Totteridge, a 2 bedroom semi-detached cottage offering potential for extension (stpp). Modern fitted kitchen/breakfast room, lounge/dining room, bathroom/wc, approx 60’ mature rear garden, garage, off street parking. CHAIN FREE.
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Monken Hadley, Herts EN4 £3,250,000 A grade 2 listed property nestled away in a quiet corner of Monken Hadley overlooking St Mary’s church. Thought to date back to 1618 in parts but the majority of the house being 18th century with some later additions this unique family home offers a very rare opportunity to acquire a home with great history and wonderful charm. Needing renovation throughout the property offers very generous living accommodation including five reception rooms, eight or more bedrooms, large kitchen/breakfast room. The extensive grounds include a modern swimming pool, lake and large garage.
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Mill Hill, London, NW7 £1,400,000 A five bedroom, three bathroom, Tudor style family home with carriage drive set behind electric gates. This property offers the best in contemporary living with an open plan layout consisting of lounge, dining room, cinema room/ family room, kitchen/breakfast room, study, guest cloakroom, open plan hall, master suite, two bedrooms sharing an en-suite shower room, two further bedrooms and a family bathroom. Garage/playroom and utility room.
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Hartfield Avenue, Elstree, WD6 £925,000 - SOLD An improved five bedroom detached family home located just off Deacons Hill Road. Further accommodation includes an open plan lounge/dining room, TV room, modern fitted kitchen/diner, en-suite bathroom to the master bedroom suite, family bathroom and cloakroom. Benefits include air conditioning to three bedrooms, double glazing, integral garage and backing onto fields.
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Hartfield Avenue, Elstree, WD6 £899,995
A well maintained spacious sunny 5 bedroom detached family home located on this sought after turning off Deacons Hill Road. The house consists of 3 reception rooms, kitchen/diner, en-suite bathroom and dressing room to master bedroom, family bathroom, and downstairs wc. Benefits include double glazing throughout, garage with off street parking and garden looking out onto fields. The property is within walking distance to Elstree Train Station (Elstree to London St. Pancras International: 17 Mins approx).
This IMPRESSIVE 4 BEDROOM family home is located in a SOUGHT AFTER residential area of ELSTREE. The well presented accommodation comprises of imposing entrance hallway with doors leading to lounge, dining room, kitchen/diner and downstairs wc. There is, in addition a conservatory to the ground floor area accessed from the lounge. The first floor has 4 bedrooms the master having an en-suite. There is a family shower room. Externally the rear garden is South facing with a paved area leading to a split level lawned area. The front of the property has a carriage driveway and provides off street parking and access to the garage.
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Hyver Hill As seen on the X Factor a A highly unusual and outstanding 7 bedroom room villa located on a stunning elevated 2 acre plot with breathtaking views to the South and West. Situated At the end of a highly desirable and exclusive cul-de-sac Approached by a 50 meter gated private driveway with garaging and forecourt parking for numerous cars, this exceptional residence (5,883 sq ft / 547 sq m) is situated in an incredibly tranquil location.
Mill HIll nW7
Surrounded by open countryside on the borders of Mill Hill and Arkley, on one of the highest points of any London borough.
West End and the City and within easy reach of the M25 (5 miles) and Heathrow Airport approximately 30 minutes.
The property offers numerous features including a magnificent Entrance Hall with Gallery, Staff Flat/ Studio and roof terrace with views over London.
Private planes and helicopters may be landed in Elstree Aerodrome (5 miles). The area is noted for its excellent schooling and recreational facilities, including riding schools and numerous golf courses.
The area is well served with easy access to the
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e r i u q e r e y l l a t s n r e fo g s r we u propertie A fantastic opportunity to acquire this large 5/6 bedroom detached family house set well back from the road in this secluded elevated plot backing on to Arrandene open space. The property would benefit from modernisation and replanning but offers fantastic scopes for improvement and many features including a large landscape rear garden sweeping drive way and separate annex.
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Sunnyridge A Stunning home of 4,500 sq ft having been finished in a contemporary style with a magnificent floating circular staircase with a stainless steel handrail, glass balustrade, LED stair illumination & a central atrium.
The luxury custom built fitted kitchen breakfast room, with cream high gloss units and granite worktops, is complemented by having both Neff and Bosch appliances which, in addition to all the normal appliances, include an American style fridge freezer, wine chiller cabinet and integral coffee machine.
en suite, oak flooring to reception rooms and dining areas, porcelain tiles to kitchen and entrance hall with fitted carpet at first floor level all served by under floor heating.
Located within easy reach of Elstree ‘Thameslink’ station which provides ‘Sunnyridge’, which has a security a fast train to the City giving a gated entrance, has been completed journey time of approximately 20 to an extremely high specification and This home, designed for 21st minutes to Kings Cross thus is an ideal home for both entertaining century living, also features, air providing unrivalled access to St and family living with magnificent conditioning and Domus media Pancras International. Local receptions rooms, which inter-connect sound system control panel and shopping centres are close by as via a spiral staircase, cinema room, a speakers to principal rooms, Lutron are a number of the areas top galleried master bedroom suite and lighting controls throughout, 19” schools and the M1 and M25 are well proportioned bedrooms. Aquavision waterproof TV to master just a short drive.
ARKLEY A beautifully modernised and refurbished 4 bedroom semi detached house in this quiet turning just off Quinta Drive. The property has been extended and refurbished by the current owners and offers stunning contemporary accommodation over2 floors. The property particularly benefits from a stunning large Kitched DIner/ Family room with doors opening onto a lovely rear garden and off street parking for 3 cars.
bedrooms 4 2 bathrooms Spacious entrance hallway Large kitchen/breakfast room/ family room Lounge Dining Room Garden Off street parking for 3
A fabulous 4 bedroom, semi-
detached family house, situated close
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pleasant rural views to the front and rear. Situated in the catchment area
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ÂŁ1,095,000 A rarely available, 5 bedroom family home situated in this highly sought after turning; offering spacious well proportioned accommodation over two floors. The house is set on a prominent corner position and benefits from delightful gardens on two sides of the property as well as a detached garage accessed via Coppice Walk. ounge L Dining room Study Playroom Kitchen/breakfast room 5 bedrooms 2 bathrooms Guest cloakroom /WC Detached garage Front & rear gardens
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akbridge Homes have been designing and building bespoke luxury homes throughout Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire since 1993 and during that time have earned an impeccable reputation for quality and service. With an experienced in-house team Oakbridge offer a service encompassing site appraisal and concept design, through to interior design and fitting out. We differentiate ourselves from our competition by providing an integrated service based upon a single point of contact through which we design, procure and build your impeccably finished property. We take full responsibility for the process including; design, quality, programme, cost and future performance of your home. Oakbridge Homes provide experienced expertise and guidance for our clients giving them peace of mind on all aspects of the design and build 1 0 2 J une 2 0 1 1
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Burford House, Aldenham Avenue, Radlett, Herfordshire
We build a wide variety of homes and our approach is entirely flexible in relation to location, planning constraints and the clientâ€™s wishes. We have recently been involved in â€˜Grand Designsâ€™ style contemporary homes and also conservation area homes that are difficult to discern in relation to the surrounding properties. We enjoy the challenge of creating homes in many styles.
Approached through its own secure electrically operated gates Burford House is the last property remaining in an exclusive development of 3 signature new homes situated within easy reach of Radlett Thameslink station and the village centre. With 6 bedroom suites and impressive lower ground floor leisure facilities both accessed via a grand feature staircase this unique property boasts the latest in high tech systems for your comfort and pleasure together with energy and water saving devices to reduce the carbon footprint.
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For further information contact Martin Hemmings on 01582 794499. Oakbridge Homes Ltd. The Priory, High Street, Redbourn, Hertfordshire. AL3 7LZ www.oakbridgehomes.co.uk
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Oakbridge Homes have extensive experience in the design and construction of pre-planned or bespoke homes for discerning purchasers. With a small but enthusiastic team of designers, managers and site personnel, Oakbridge Homes have become the company of choice for those seeking to procure a signature new home. Whether by location or the aspirations and personal taste of the client, Oakbridge Homes have the vision to create quality homes in many styles. For further information ring Martin Hemmings 01582 794499 www.oakbridgehomes.co.uk
esta House brings Fruition Properties high quality style and contemporary design standards to the Whetstone New Barnet borders. A unique development of just seven outstanding apartments located within landscaped gardens and finished to an excellent specification, with glorious views towards South Herts Golf Course.
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The Style Kitchen rofessionally designed kitchens with high P gloss cabinets Intergrated branded appliances including hob, extractor, oven, dishwasher and fridge/freezer
Heating and Electrical nderfloor heating throughout U Eco-friendly space heating systems Recessed downlighters to all living areas Telephone points to living rooms & master bedrooms Mains operated smoke alarm Sky plus compatible
Bathrooms uxurious bathrooms with contemporary L sanitaryware Porcelain tiling Stylish chrome fittings Thermostatic showers Shower screens
Finishing touches alnut veneer doors with stainless steel W ironmongery Walnut wood effect flooring High quality double glazed windows Landscaped communal gardens Lockable mail boxes Off-street parking with electronic gate access Several apartments with private outside space Full 10 year Premier Guarantee New Homes cover
About fruition properties
Prices from ÂŁ249,950
Fruition Properties has a track record of designing and building high-quality contemporary homes in North and West London.
Apartments ready to view by appointment only.
Whether you are looking for a first home, somewhere for the family or the ultimate in urban chic, we aim to create well-built, stylish homes that combine an eye for design with luxurious materials and clean lines.
Contact Statons New Homes Showcase on 020 8441 9555 for further details or visit www.liveatvestahouse.co.uk
We have experience of a wide range of properties from new build projects to the sympathetic conversion of listed buildings. We apply a professional approach to all our developments and aim to bring creativity, intelligence and attention to detail to each project in order to maximise its potential.
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ee up with Courvoisier and Urban Golf Kensington this Father’s Day! Courvoisier has joined forces with Urban Golf Kensington to offer a unique Father’s Day experience including a club-and-ball session followed by a glass of delicious Courvoisier Punch! The Courvoisier Urban Golf experience is an hour of golf on one of fifty simulated
golf courses for two people accompanied by two glasses of Courvoisier Punch, all priced at £40. Available on Saturdays (from 10.00am 11.00pm) and Sundays (from 10.00am - 6.00pm) from 19th June to 31st July 2011 at Urban Golf Kensington. Urban Golf opened their third London venue at High Street Kensington in March 2010. Housing 7 state of
Unique Father’s Day experience from Courvoisier and Urban Golf
the art golf simulators and a revolutionary coaching facility this is the UK’s largest indoor golf venue to date. The décor at Urban Golf Kensington is an eclectic fusion of Victorian and contemporary styles, a nod to the history of the surrounding area without betraying the cool funky style that Urban Golf have become renowned for. The
One area has 3 gOlf simulatOrs, cOaching suite, large hD screen anD seating area, the Other has a cOcktail bar, 4 gOlf simulatOrs, massive hD plasma screen anD 2 practice greens 1 0 6 june 2 0 1 1
venue itself has been designed by Squire and Partners, the architects recently announced as having won the prestigious Chelsea Barracks project. The venue is arranged into two distinct areas, both well equipped with large HD screens which can be used for presentations or to watch the latest sporting events. One area has 3 golf simulators, coaching suite, large HD screen and seating area, the other has a cocktail bar, 4 golf simulators, massive HD plasma screen and 2 practice greens where guests can play a novel game of golf billiards. Book your place, price £40, by visiting www.urbangolf.co.uk or telephone 0207 248 8600 and quote ‘Courvoisier Punch Package’. Gift vouchers are available. 125 Kensington High Street London W8 5SF
iPad 2 is here.
Come and see why itâ€™s even better the second time round. The device that started it all now leaps further ahead. iPad 2 is thinner, lighter and even faster than the original, with the same 10-hour battery life.1 The new front and back cameras let you make FaceTime2 video calls and capture HD video on the beautiful, 9.7-inch Multi-Touch display. And the optional iPad Smart Cover3 attaches magnetically and aligns perfectly. Discover the amazing iPad 2 at Solutions inc..
Solutions inc 11 The Maltings Shopping Centre, St Albans, AL1 3NL www.solutions-inc.co.uk Tel: 01727 894849 1 Compared with previous iPad. Battery life varies by use and configuration. See www.apple.com/uk/batteries for more information. 2 Requires a FaceTime-enabled Mac with an Internet connection or a FaceTime-enabled iOS device with a Wi-Fi connection. Not available in all areas. See www.apple.com/uk/mac/facetime for more details. 3 iPad Smart Cover sold separately. Some colour may rub off leather covers during use. TM and ÂŠ 2011 Apple Inc. All rights reserved.
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