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urkey, tinsel, mulled wine, fairy lights, Christmas Eve ghost stories, ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’, peace on earth and good will to all men – there is an awful lot to love about Christmas. Not least the warm glow it brings. As a self confessed festiveophile I am more prone than most to yuletide joy. Which is lucky because December’s issue of iN is positively over flowing with seasonal cheer. In our ‘Winter Fun Guide’ we have all you need to know to make sure your Christmas holiday is jam packed with fun, from outdoor ice skating to a trip to Santa’s workshop, we have something for the whole family. Our stunning fashion and cover come courtesy of the most hotly anticipated high street designer collaboration perhaps of all time: Versace for H&M. Keeping on the high street we get you glittering without having to part with too much gold in our ‘Shine On’ party dressing page. And because its not just people who get dressed in December but trees as well, we feature some festive inspiration in our decoration dedicated interiors section. And for under the Yuletide evergreen we have a selection of indulgent and luxury gifts from the local area. Keeping with the celebratory spirit we run down our pick of places to celebrate the arrival of 2012 with our New Year’s Eve Guide, from champagne bars to Arabian restaurants we've got the perfect location for you to count down to that all important midnight. Not to mention local news, reviews, interviews and that all important Essex diary the 'What's On Guide'. Phew, after all that I am just about ready for a mince pie (or two). Until 2012 - Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year.

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Michael Buble Tribute @ The City Pavillion, Romford T. 020 8924 4000

5th-30th December Jemima Puddleduck and Friends @ Brentwood Theatre, Brentwood T. 01277 200 305

King Vs Swing Live Tribute @ Brickyard Bar & Grill, Romford T. 01708 743 167

Monday Madness @ Sloppy Joe’s American Diner, Colchester T. 01206 577 229

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George Michael Tribute Act @ Faces Night Club, Gants Hill T. 0208 554 8899

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Motown Sisters Duo Tribute @ Brickyard Bar & Grill, Romford T. 01078 432 167

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Monday Madness @ Sloppy Joe’s American Diner, Colchester T. 01206 577 229

Office Christmas Party @ Kosho, Romford T. 01708 768 745

London Community Gospel Choir @ Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch T. 01708 462 363

Brentwood On Ice Untill 21st January 2012 @ Brentwood Centre, Brentwood T. 01277 229 694


Karma at Christmas @ Sugarhut, Brentwood T.0845 5190 019

Mad Salsa and Zumba @ Visage 80s Bar, Gants Hill T. 07950 683 496 A Christmas Carol – Pantaloon Style @ Hylands House, Chelmsford T. 01245 605 555 One Snowy Night @ Palace Theatre, Southend T. 01702 351 135


Juiced @ Luxe Night Club, Loughton T.0208 5085156 Boxing Lunch @ The Chequers, Matching Green T. 01279 731 276 Boxing Night @ Kosho, Romford T. 01708 768 745 Boxing Day @ The Kings Oak, High Beach T. 020 8508 5000 Boxing Day Special @ Sugar Hut Night Club, Brentwood T. 01277 200885

Pasta Night @ The Chequers, Matching Green T. 01279 731 276 Tom Jones Tribute @ Brickyard Bar & Grill, Romford T. 01708 743 167 Christmas Party Night @ Holiday Inn, Basildon T. 0871 423 4876


Christmas @ Layer Marney Tower, Colchester T. 01206 330 784 Pasta Night @ The Chequers, Matching Green T. 01279 731 276


Workers Christmas Party @ Faces Night Club, Gants Hills T. 020 8500 2459 The Brickyard Boys @ Brickyard Bar & Grill, Romford T. 01708 743 167 Christmas Loveliness @ Bar One Twenty, Chingford T. 020 8529 8660 Comedy Club in the Foyer @ Queens Theatre, Hornchurch T. 01708 462 363 Rod Stewart Tribute Night @ Zaikaa, Epping T. 01992 575122


Botox and Dermofillers Open Night @ The Lemon Tree, Woodford T. 020 85051642 Craig Neil @ The Vault Bar, Woodford T. 020 850 66419 Ladies Night @ Faces Night Club, Gants Hill T. 0208 554 8899 Richie Dean “Simply Soul” Tribute Night @ Zaikaa, Epping T. 01992 575122 Hammers Heroes Galey & Friends @ Queens Theatre, Hornchurch T. 01708 462 363 Blues Brothers Tribute @ The City Pavillion, Romford T. 020 8924 4000


Fil Straughan @ The City Pavillion, Romford T. 020 8924 4000 Rod Stewart Tribute Night @ The Chequers, Matching Green T. 01279 731 276 The Brickyard Boys @ Brickyard Bar & Grill, Romford T. 01708 743 167 Lollipop @ Kosho, Romford T. 01708 768 745 Christmas @ Layer Marney Tower, Colchester T. 01206 330 784 Dirty Pop @ Sugar Hut Night Club (every Thursday), Brentwood T. 01277 200885 Craig Neil Performing Live @ The Vault Bar, Woodford T. 020 8506 6419



Abba Love @ Brickyard Bar Grill, Romford T. 01708 432 167

Richie Dean “Simply Soul” Tribute Night @ Zaikaa, Epping T. 01992 575122

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Christmas Trail @ Redbridge Museum, Redbridge T. 020 8554 5000

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Fil Straughan’s ‘Best Of Motown & Soul Classics’ @ The Chequers, Matching Green T. 01279 731 276

Curry Night @ The Chequers, Matching Green T. 01279 731 276

Sassy Nights @ Kosho, Romford T. 01708 768 745

Rat Pack and Neil Diamond Tribute Show @ The Chequers, Matching Green T. 01279 731 276

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DJ Competition @ Kosho, Romford T. 01708 768 745

Sleeping Beauty Untill 2nd January LDN Wrestling @ Southend Tennis @ Crampthorn Theatre, Southend & Leisure Centre, Southend T. 01245 606 606 T. 01702 613 000 Rubylux @ Highbarn,Great Dunmow £2 Drinks @Kosho, Romford T.01371 811291 Two Meals for £6 @ Kosho, Romford T.

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Crystal Parties @ Faces Night Club, Hoddesdon T. 07903 100 007 Champagne Fridays (every Friday) @ Sugar Hut Night Club, Brentwood T. 01277 200885 Madness Tribute @ Woolston Manor, Chigwell T. 0208 500 2549 Afterdark Motown Party @ The City Pavillion, Romford T. 020 8924 4000 James Argent’s Official Birthday Bash @ RS Lounge, Woodford T. 020 8509 6450 Over 30’s Night @ Kings Oak Hotel, High Beach T. 020 5085000

Queen Tribute @ Woolston Manor, Chigwell T. 020 8500 2549 Naive @ Luxe Night Club, Loughton T. 0208 5085156 Celebrity Saturday’s @ Faces Night Club, Hoddesdon T. 07903 100 007 3rd Dec – 14th Jan Cinderella Pantomime, Queens Theatre, Hornchurch T. 01708 462 363 The Only Way Is Sugar Hut @ Sugar Hut Night Club, Brentwood T. 01277 200885



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YOUr MONThlY UpDATE TO WhAT hAS BEEN hAppENINg IN AND ArOUND ESSEx... MATThEW WIllIAMSON SpOTTED IN NU BAr MIllEr & cArTEr OpENS IN EppINg FOrEST Grill house Miller & Carter have steaked (sorry) a claim on the taste buds of Epping with the opening of their newest steakhouse and grill at the Wake Arms Roundabout, in what was previously Old Orleans. The champagne was flowing as the iN Magazine team attended the venue’s stylish launch party which showcased the restaurant’s menu, steak expertise and excellent cocktail menu. Friendly staff, great cuts and a relaxed atmosphere means that the newest addition to the Miller & Carter brand gets a ‘well done’ from us. T: 01992 814807

Loughton welcomed a member of fashion royalty recently when designer Matthew Williamson stopped by Nu Bar for a night out. The king of boho took a break from launching his new collection ‘Muse’ to pay a visit to the Loughton nightspot. The designer was not the only celebrity to make an appearance as former TOWIE star Amy Childs, who is filming for her new Channel 5 series ‘It’s all about Amy’ was also spotted out at the Loughton High Road bar. T. 020 8508 6995



One of Essex’s favourite celebrities was snapped out by local photographer Garry Castle, whilst picking up a new outfit at Westfield Stratford City. The singer and reality TV show star was spotted shopping for stylish quality men’s wear at Label MMX. Label MMX was born out of the collaboration between two local Londoners and prides itself on beautiful fabrics, elegantly cut.

Multi-award winning Essex house builder, Higgins Homes, has received four accolades at the 2011 UK Property Awards, including the Best Apartment UK award for their Aqua Vista development. This is the second consecutive year Higgins Homes has taken home the enviable title. Jeremy Marcus, Sales and Marketing Director for Higgins Homes, comments ‘We are extremely proud of our success at the UK Property Awards this year. We have put in a lot of hard work over the past couple of years in a particularly tough climate, so it is wonderful to be recognised for our achievements.’ The win now means that Aqua Vista will be competing for the ultimate title of Best Apartment International.

pApIllON prEpArE FOr chrISTMAS Nino and his family, from Italian restaurant Papillon on Brook Parade, Chigwell, are getting in the festive spirit by inviting their customers to come and try one of their three special Christmas menus which are available throughout December. The restaurant owner told us that he ‘would like to wish all our customers a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.’ Merry Christmas to you too, Nino. T: 020 8500 6080 10 in MAGAZINE

ThE SEArch FOr MISS ESSEx 2012 IS lAUNchED The hunt for Miss Essex 2012 officially began this month when the first batch of pageant hopefuls took a tour of TopGolf, Chigwell, which will be the venue for the Grand Final in March of next year. TopGolf’s Miss Essex Project Manager Michael Hay said ‘We’ve had any number of early applications already. This is a fab opportunity for every Essex girl. And we have the ideal venue -Chigwell is the spiritual home of Essex Girl.’ Applications for Miss Essex 2012 are now open, and will close on Friday January 27, 2012. To enter visit or call Michael Hay on 020 8500 2644. The Miss Essex 2012 Grand Final will be held on Saturday March 24, 2012 at TopGolf Chigwell, Abridge Road IG7 6BX.

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SMIlE DESIgN BY ASh lAUNchES ThE prIvIlEgE cArD Are you privileged? Celebrity dentist and local entrepreneur Ash Parmar has just launched his Privilege Card. The purple wallet-must-have entitles the you to a multitude of ever changing and brilliant offers from local businesses, along with seven bespoke dental offers at Smile Design by Ash themselves. If you would like access to these superb deals and support local business at the same time you will be happy to hear that iN Magazine readers can apply for a Privilege Card free by visiting or by calling T. 020 8500 0544

BEllA BOTTlE MAKES SUrE chrISTMAS pArTIES STAY MErrY It is every host’s nightmare, the party is just getting started and the fridge is already running dry. Luckily local alcohol delivery service Bella Bottle has got it covered. Whether it’s a bottle of champagne for impromptu festive drinks at the office or a couple of bottles of red for mulling Bella Bottle predicts this year more of us will be getting our Christmas tipple delivered. T. 020 8443 5544

lAShES4cArS ASKS - ‘WhY FlASh WhEN YOU cAN FlUTTEr?’ Get the Essex look for your automobile with the latest craze in accessorising – eyelashes for your car! Essex based business, Lashes4Cars, have been causing quite a stir by providing beauty for bonnets with their new, fun and durable product, which is easy to fit and has just hit the streets. An ideal gift for any occasion, including Christmas, these are bound to get you a few winks and is certainly not a case of blink and you’ll miss it!

chrISTMAS FAIr AT ThE vIllAgE ArcADE IN chINgFOrD The Village Arcade Tea Rooms in Chingford are holding a series of Christmas fairs on the three first Sundays of December. The festive fetes will have a collection of brilliant stalls, refreshments from the Tea Rooms, a raffles and even Father Christmas himself will be attending. Tickets cost £1 for adults and are free for kids and come with a complimentary mince pie. For more details or to be a stall holder contact T. 020 8542 7590

ThE KINgS OAK’S lINzI pOllArD IS FUNDrAISINg FOr MAcS Linzi Pollard, business owner of the Kings Oak, High Beech has signed up for the 2012 marathon, in support of the MACS (Micro & Anopthalmia Society). Linzi’s own family was affected when her grandson Calum was born at Easter with a condition called Anopthalmia, which translates literally ‘without eyes’, and means that his eyes had not developed properly. Little Calum is a vision of cuteness and we applaud the family’s strength and Linzi’s determination. Linzi is hoping to raise in excess of 10K for the charity. You can show your support on 27th January- when Linzi is holding a Ladies night at The Kings Oak. Tickets cost £30 and include a two course dinner with a champagne cocktail and entertainment from sexy dancers (just for the ladies!) and a DJ. Contact Kings Oak on T. 020 8508 5000 to reserve your tickets and if you spot Linzi on the roads in training, make sure you honk your horn to show your support.

Shhh... SEcrET SANTA AT lUxE Have you been naughty or nice? LuXe in Loughton have secured the ultimate in celebrity appearances for their Christmas Eve party, the big man in red himself. Old St. Nick will be attending the Naive Secret Santa party at the local night spot, bringing with him a bevy of treats from the North Pole including holiday and champagne giveaways, free Naive Christmas sample CDs and his very own little helpers in the form of sexy Santa dancers. 126 High Road, Loughton IG10 4BE T. 020 8508 5156

O’grADY’S IS UNDEr NEW MANAgEMENT The successful sandwich house O’Grady’s is now under new management. iN Magazine would like to welcome Merril Clarke, the new owner, to the bustling area of Woodford Green. Merril is already making her mark, by providing freshly made sandwiches, homemade soup and healthy salad boxes to the business owners and school kids of South Woodford. What is more, at O’Grady’s Friday is now fish finger Friday! With hot homemade fish finger sandwiches making the perfect Friday takeaway. 370 High Road, Woodford Green, Essex.

gETTINg FESTIvE AT SUgAr hUT With the party season in full swing we spoke to TOWIE regular Sugar Hut’s Mick Norcross about what the Brentwood hotspot had in store for the festive period. He said ‘The Sugar Hut team and I have been very busy preparing for the Christmas and NYE celebrations! The venue has been decorated for the festivities and we hope to share a Christmas drink with all our customers in December.’ 93 High Street Brentwood CM14 4RR

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Welcome to iN’s society column, ‘Girl About Town’ where socialite Caroline Polledri gives her own hilarious take on being out and about in Essex and beyond.

Where to begin? And what a month. Between nights out in Essex and East London there isn’t much of the South East I haven’t covered. Fuelling my adventures and keeping my fire fed, were visits to a variety of eateries and a sprinkle of ‘come to me’ food including a personally delivered pie and mash and a night with the girls in Fajita heaven! Included in my eating expeditions there have also been two shopping trips to Westfield (very impressed, although more food than fashion), a flat warming party (in my new pad) a flat warming party (in someone else’s pad) and a very obscure, secret ‘lift party’ in Hackney which, was undoubtedly the best party I have ever been to. Back in my beloved Essex, I have had more than one venture out to 15 York Hill, both eating and drinking and I have to say this venue appropriately slots into the area without proclaiming to be ostentatious or crass, just good food, a good vibe and terrific music. It’s the venue and home of the new Essex cool; leave your ego at the door along with your need for typical (microwave) pub food, as neither is welcome here. In other parts of London and the Greater I have happily spent a lot of time in my new ‘locals’ which includes, Zumba at St Barnabas Church, a ‘show round’ of a (never going to join) LA fitness and a cab office that sells soft toys in it’s basement (I kid you not, very, very weird). I must say that however much I love my new London living, I have at some moments felt like the new kid at a very large school and it pains me to say it, but some slight bullying has occurred. Only last week I was forced into Karaoke at the Birdcage in Columbia Road AND made to sing in front of everyone! Can you imagine me? Centre of attention, all eyes glaring and as people laughed and cheered at my almost unrecognisable rendition of Alanis Morisette I realised that if this is what happens when you make friends with a tyrant like London - then I like it! Of course my fun and frolics all come at a price and the results of my (miss) adventures are as follows: broken iPhone, damaged when carelessly left in my back pocket while going to the loo. failed attempt at giving up smoking although it’s just the weekend ones I’m not having, so not all bad.

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ESSEx SHOWEd OFF ITS THRIVING FASHION INduSTRY WITH THE ONE dAY SPECTACuLAR EVENT AT THE bEAuTIFuL WOOLSTON MANOR The show catered for a thousand guests including local VIPs, TOWIE stars Chloe Sims, Gemma Collins and Nicola Goodger, Carol McGiffin from Loose Women and X Factor duo 2Shoes. The catwalk kicked started with One Off One You, fashion label by EFW founders Adam and Simon Ryan, with their eclectic mix of urban t-shirt designs and traditional British tailoring. With basketball freestylers The Street Team keeping the guests entertained during one of the intervals. Essex Fashion Week prides on showcasing fresh, new talent and also created a platform for up and coming designers Thomas Codd London and Arthur and Betty. The catwalk continued with a variety of designer brands from Essex Fashion Week sponsors Freeport in Braintree, luxury lingerie by Besame and affordable fashion from online retail giants Glamorous evening wear from Jennifer Hibbert and Dynasty closed the fabulous fashion show. Before the official after party got started with a little help from a selection of top Essex and London DJs and live performances from X Factor’s John Wilding. All of which had revelers partying until dawn. Well done Essex Fashion Week for showcasing the county at such a fantastic event and we look forward to Spring Summer show that will take place late March 2012.

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Bling Bling Toes With the party season getting into full swing we are all on the look out for something to make us stand out from the crowd. One of the most eye catching beauty trends this year has been the crystal pedicure. With The Only Way Is Essex being all the rage, this Christmas bling is most definitely in! This is how PURE Medi-Spa adds a little sparkle to your step: After the nails have been filed and the cuticles have been pushed back then it is time for the artistry to begin with individual crystals are placed on the nails. The colour is up to you, although the classic diamante look is our most popular. With results that last up to four weeks a crystal pedicure can see you well through the party season in sparkling style. CRYSTAL PEDICURE £49

Create A Perfume What could be a more perfect gift than treating a loved one to a perfume of their own creation? There is little as evocative as scent. Perfume can stir even our deepest emotions. They reflect our personalities too What we wear, how we wear it, and where we wear it says an awful lot about us. A perfume should be as individual as the person who wears it. And now PURE Medi-Spa is offering you the opportunity to enjoy the luxury of creating your very own unique fragrance just like the stars and famous fragrance houses! With a selection of atomisers to choose from this is the perfect gift for man or woman, young or older, and at what is more, PURE Medi-Spa keep a record of your creation so you can recreate your masterpiece time and time again. DESIGN YOUR OWN PERFUME FOR £39 OR £70 FOR 2 PEOPLE

White Smile For Christmas Give the gift of a whiter smile this Christmas. Treat that special someone to a full laser teeth whitening session for £99 and after an hour and a half you will leave the clinic with the sort of pearly whites Simon Cowell would be proud of. Or if you are looking for something to use the home - why not purchase the professional teeth whitening kits which can be used at home and only take around 20 minutes a session. LASER TEETH WHITENING NORMALLY £299 SPECIAL OFFER £99 HOME WHITENING KITS NORMALLY £99 SPECIAL OFFER £29.99

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oughton’s latest, premier multi-purpose beauty salon, held a glamorous open day to celebrate their arrival to the area. The dazzling event saw guests sipping pink champagne and enjoying delicious nibbles as the salon show cased the range of treatments and treats available at the boutique beauty hotspot. Decorated luxuriously in black and pink The Lemon Tree adds a touch of the decadent to the girly, with chandeliers and cut flowers a plenty. With dermalogica facials, Gelish and Opi nails, lash extensions, spray tans, massage and teeth whitening and whole host of other grooming lovelies all available The Lemon Tree has an awful lot to offer. What is more believing that ‘No beauty regime is complete without perfect glossy hair’ The Lemon Tree also has a dedicated hair styling team. And I hear from a little birdie that stylist Ashley’s big blow dry is famously perfect for a big night out. With all this pampering available under one roof, we would not be surprised if The Lemon Tree became many people’s one stop shop for all their beauty needs. Which, as it turns out is exactly what owner, Angie Vassallo, who is well known for her star studded client list, had in mind. As she told us ‘I’m so passionate about the beauty industry and providing a relaxing, professional environment for clients, so I wanted to create a beautiful and trendy new salon for people to come in, unwind and be pampered. In today’s stressful and busy world, I’m aware that most of us are timepoor, so I really wanted to create a salon which could offer clients everything they need in the same space, saving them time and allowing them to have their nails manicured and a massage on the same afternoon, with no hassle.’

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Brief with... Melissa Lee from Urban Retreat at Home.

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Hello Melissa, can you tell us what it is you do? I am a franchisee of Urban Retreat at Home. The Urban Retreat group, who have a spectacular award winning spa on the top floor of Harrods, recently celebrated their 10th anniversary. The new ‘at Home’ service is designed to extend the Urban Retreat experience to everyone without them having to leave their house or office. We offer a great range of services including facials, body treatments, manicures, pedicures and massage. We also specialise in delivering bespoke beauty parties and coming to pamper you in the office.


What a brilliant idea, where can customers get this service? I’m based in west Essex but the wonderful thing about Urban Retreat at Home is that we’re a team of therapists operating all over the UK, all highly trained to the Urban Retreat standards. We visit homes, offices, hotels, parties, weddings… in fact we’d relish the challenge of any unusual locations you’d like to suggest!


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What is your favourite bit of the job? I love owning my own business, but the best bit has got to be happy and satisfied customers.

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Where is your favourite place to go and eat? You will always find me in Tuscany in Loughton around lunch time. Or for a fancy dinner I like Sheesh in Chigwell or The White Bull Brasserie in Loughton.

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And to wet your whistle? I like a nice cocktail and to try new places. I generally prefer somewhere like Gilgamesh where it’s more dinner and drinks.

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As it’s the Christmas issue, what’s top of your Xmas list? Maybe a pair of Louboutins! Or a lovely perfume like Diptyque Fig or Molecule 01, something that is a bit special.

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With the New Year on the horizon what’s next for you? This year has been such a whirlwind of excitement: launching the business, heading to events, working with clients in lots of interesting places (Vogue House in London was particularly fabulous!). So for next year I’m looking forward to more of the same.

iN: Lastly, what would you do if you weren’t doing this? M: I would have chosen to work in a nice office somewhere. Actually I would probably choose to work in Urban Retreat’s HQ, I love the idea of working to see an idea turn into something real and I love being part of the beauty industry. To book an appointment with Melissa call: 0844 793 8344. For more information visit or e: 30 in MAGAZINE

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Champagne & Celebrations At Beautec Loughton Beautec is helping make the world a more beautiful place, by training the next generation of beauty professionals in their craft. Renowned as one of London’s leading beauty therapy schools, the Loughton based academy showed they new how to celebrate in style, with Andrea Cooper and her specialist team welcoming local business people, ex-students and other local faces to a champagne and canapé reception to mark Beautec’s move to their new and state of the art premises along with the opening of their new nail and beauty rooms. With over 26 years of experience and offering a range of courses from short intense course to NVQs in beauty therapy, perfect for those considering a new career for the new year, we think Beautec is well worth toasting. Congratulations Beautec.

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Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a family day out or a night out with the girls, we run down the best festive fun to be had over the Christmas holidays.


Days Out CHRISTMAS AT COVENT GARdEN until 14th January


until 24th december The mother of all Santa Grotto's comes to Bewl Water Estate as Father Christmas and his elves relocate to the home county woodlands of Kent for this seasonal family outing. Children can help the elves in the toy factory, visit Mother Christmas' kitchen to try their hand at decorating ginger bread (her husband’s favourite apparently), before meeting the big man in red himself in his enchanted woodland home and receive a their cuddly husky toy as a thank you for all their help in St. Nick's workshop. There is also ice skating, huskies, reindeer and Nordic folk tales told by the Sami people to keep your little Santa helpers entertained on the lead up to Christmas Morning. Booking essential.

Covent Garden has a host of festive delights laid on for the Christmas holidays. The bauble festooned marketplace is transformed into a winter wonderland with a British-grown Christmas tree on the west piazza and a 15 foot topiary reindeer on the east piazza. And that is not the only appearance of Rudolf will be making at Covent Garden this Christmas, head over to the piazza on Saturday to catch sight of the real thing at the ever popular reindeer petting sessions. On Saturdays you will also find London choirs cheering Christmas shoppers with performances of traditional carols. And if you are looking for an unusual foodie gift be sure to also check out the Covent Garden Christmas Food Market (Thurs-Sat, until 24th December).

£: From £44.50 to £62.50 plus booking fees. W: T: 0871 620 7063

£: Free. W: T: 0870 780 5001

A dICKENSIAN CHRISTMAS AT KENTWELL HALL 10th, 11th and 17th to 21st december


Escape to Petersham Nurseries for an altogether more charming present purchasing alternative to the shopping centre crush. Alongside the homemade mince pies and hot mulled wine, there will be carol singers, roasting chestnuts and the opportunity to shop for decorations, gifts, wreaths, trees and a selection of cheeses from the Lodi region as selected by the nurserie's restaurant’s Head Chef Tito Bergamaschi. Photo courtesy of Mirage Photography.

£: Free. W: T: 020 8940 5230

HYdE PARK WINTER WONdERLANd until 3rd January

Kentwell Hall is dedicating its festive season to the era and man who gave us Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim. From decorating the tree to carols and crackers, Kentwell Hall shines a light on the Victorian origins of what we consider the 'traditional' Christmas by transporting us back in time to the 19th Century. Meet the house's historical residents as they prepare for the big day, listen to Dicken's classic 'A Christmas Carol', be entertained in the Victorian music hall and peruse the wares in the Victorian shops which form the re-created Dickens Square.

£: From £12.50 to £31.00. W: T: 01787 310 207

Shows For Kids MATILdA THE MuSICAL until 30th January

Once again Hyde Park plays host to the Xmas extravaganza that is Winter Wonderland. This year’s event includes the usual rides and attractions along with a giant observational wheel, festive market, Santa grotto and two circuses - 'Christmas Circus' and 'Cirque Extreme' - from the family-friendly Zippos Circus. The Wonderland also features the largest outdoor ice rink in the UK, which this year has relocated to the Victorian bandstand. For those looking to warm their cockles after the yuletide onslaught should note there is a fully heated and covered bar and restaurant, the Spiegel Saloon, which has live entertainment every night.

Comedian Tim Minchin sets Roald Dahl's classic tale of school days and telepathy to music with this riotously funny stage adaptation. Rotten rhymes a plenty, the play which follows eponymous brilliant and precocious child progeny, has something for everyone, where children will relish its portrayal of adult nastiness, injustice and eventual comeuppance, grownups will enjoy the satirical take on the modern epidemic childhood illusory superiority. Witty and laugh out loud funny, expect standing ovations.

£: Free entry, attractions are individually priced. W: T: 020 7298 2100

£: From £20 - £59.50. W: T: 0844 800 1110



The annual Woodford Pantomime is back and this year they are heading to Neverland. Join Peter, Wendy, the Lost Boys and Tinkerbelle as they take on the dastardly Captain Hook and his pirates. A joyous traditional and family friendly pantomime, expect plenty of gags, thigh slapping and 'he's behind you'ing. Just be sure to keep an eye out for that crocodile.

£: £12.50 (£7.00 on Thursdays). W: T: 020 8504 2570

bEASTS ANd bEAuTIES 1st december - 17th January

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy's grizzly re-imaginings of traditional fairytales is back by popular demand for its second run at the Hampstead theatre. Comprised of eight tales drawn from across the globe including a story about a goat the poops gold and a serial killer aristocrat, this gruesome evening of hilarious and hair-raising story telling will appeal to both kids and grown-ups alike. Suitable for 8+.

£: From £10 - £18. W: T: 020 7722 9301


3rd december - 14th January Cinders is off to the ball and you are all invited. Join Cinderella on her magical adventure at Queens Theatre, Hornchurch, as with a little help from her fairy godmother she swaps her rags for riches, defeats her evil stepmother and the ugly sisters and bags herself the Prince. There is magic and mayhem a plenty in this kid friendly comedy caper. Happy ending guaranteed.

£: From £14 - £19.50. W: T: 01708 443 333

HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE until 7th January

For Grown Ups LA SOIRéE

until 29th January One of the best nights out in London makes its triumphant return to the Roundhouse for another sensational season of decidedly risqué fun. Showcasing the crème de la crème of burlesque and circus talent, the award winning La Soirée offers feats, thrills, saucy laughs and more than its fair share of eye candy.

£: From £15 to £60. W: T: 0844 482 8008


until 17th december 'Tis the party season, but this is one with a difference. Award winning cabaret minds Martinez and Green welcome you to Product Solutions' annual bash for a hilarious promenade production based around that most British of festive institutions – the office party, where you the audience are the employees. With all the trappings of the real deal – booze, cheesy track list, party games, awkwardly stilted socialising – only with the addition of a smorgasbord of professional stand ups and a 'is this a part of the show?' crescendo, this is immersive entertainment at its best.

£: £30 (Fri, Sat £35). W: T: 020 7609 1800

Eating & Drinking THE KINGS OAK WINTER WONdERLANd Into the New Year

The astounding Southwark Playhouse recreates the magic of Diana Wynne Jones’ classic children's novel. Sophie is a teenager who finds herself magicked into old age by the Wicked Witch of The Waste. Taking shelter in the home of Howl, a strange but flamboyant wizard whose magical castle can move between dimensions, she embarks on a journey to break the spell, only to discover that there is a lot more to heartless Howl than meets the eye. With original music from The Guillemot’s Fyfe Dangerfield and none other than Steven Fry as narrator this is bound to one of the most remarkable theatrical treats of the festive season.

The impressive venue in the heart of Epping Forest gets an enchanted festive makeover in the lead up to Christmas as the fully renovated Victorian Kings Oak is transformed into a winter wonderland. Offering a range of yuletide packages the Kings Oak is perfect for an intimate dinner for two, lunch with friends or a corporate cocktail party of up to 300 guests. Whether it is relaxing by the gastro pub’s roaring fire with a glass of Winter Pimms or dancing the night away on the KO dance floor to a classic collection of party pop and soulful Christmas tunes, this unique local venue has an awful lot to offer this winter.

£: From £10 - £16. W: T: 020 7407 0234

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Eating & Drinking cont WOOLSTON MANOR GOLF ANd COuNTRY CLub Into the New Year

Set in 200 acres of Essex Countryside Woolston Manor is dedicated to creating fabulous bespoke parties, to dazzle and impress your friends and family. Celebrate in an atmosphere as special as your occasion in one of their party rooms, with packages to suit all budgets and they can accommodate guest lists from 50 - 400. In addition to the Christmas Party packages Woolston Manor also have a selection of brilliant buffet cabaret nights on the lead up to Christmas, including a tribute festive favorite Michael Bublé on the 17th December.

£: Party packages individually priced. buffet Cabaret Nights £55.00 - £65.00. W: T: 020 8500 2549

TASTE OF CHRISTMAS 2nd – 4th december

Pick up some foodie gifts and special treats for Christmas lunch at London ExCel Centre’s three day festival of gourmet inspiration. With areas devoted to chocolate, cheese, beer and wine and demonstrations by the likes of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Rachel Allen, Gary Rhodes and Michel Roux Jr., Taste of Christmas is the perfect place to pick up turkey tips and medal worthy mince pies.

£: From £17.50. W: T: 0871 230 7132.

Skates On GET YOuR

Outdoor rinks have become a festive favourite and this year there are even more to choose from. Here are some of the best.

SOMERSET HOuSE The ever popular rink set against the impressive back drop of London’s Somerset House offers skaters a 900 meters square of ice, a Christmas tree decorated by Tiffany (Eartha Kitt would be happy), Big Ice Dance workouts led by English National Ballet, late-night skates and club nights and the chance to warm up at Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens' Tom's Skate Lounge, where the luxury hot chocolate is to die for.

WOOdFORd COuNTY HIGH SCHOOL An outdoor ice rink with snow machine forms the centrepiece of Woodford on Ice. There will also be a Christmas market, Santa's grotto, 'Rodeo Reindeer', food and refreshments along with family entertainment. Limited run.

WESTFIELd STRATFORd CITY Europe’s biggest urban shopping mall the newly opened Westfield in Stratford City is offering shoppers a welcome distraction from the search for stocking fillers with its first ever outdoor rink. Offering views over the Olympic Park the ice rink will be open morning, evening and night and is a great way to bribe the kids into good behaviour on a shopping expedition.

HAMPTON COuRT PALACE Take in Henry VIII spectacular royal residency as you glide gracefully (or otherwise) around the 900 square meter rink. Why not make a day of it and join King Henry and his youthful new Queen, Catherine Howard, for a day of stories, songs, music and dance as they celebrate their first Christmas together.

NATuRAL HISTORY MuSEuM With a myriad of fairy lights gracing the surrounding trees and Alfred Waterhouse's Natural History Museum, as a setting it is no wonder that the Natural History Museum’s ice rink is one of the most atmospheric in the capital. And with a smaller rink for kids, a rink side carousel and the possibility of going to look at dinosaur bones either before or after your skate session, it has got to be one of the most children friendly as well. 36 in MAGAZINE

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Michael Buble Tribute Wed 21 st Dec


The amazing Michael Buble Tribute act. 3 Course Buffet & Dj until late

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THE VILLAGE ARCADE iN Magazine explores what local business treasures can be found within Chingford’s Village Arcade this festive season.

The Little Beauty Rooms T. 020 8524 4405

Amelia's and Albie's T. 07967 273, or Twitter @Amelias_Albies

Get cosy this winter and feel pampered at The Little Beauty Rooms. This unique and friendly boutique salon tucked away in the Village Arcade offers lots of luxurious treatments to help you get you set up for the Christmas period. On Wednesday 7th December, they will be holding Christmas Night which will include treatments to be won, special offers, stalls with perfect gift ideas including Jamie Oliver products and the Beautiful Brow Launch. Plus as an extra festive treat they are offering Minx nails and mini pedicure for just £25!

The Village Parade’s very own treasure trove of gifts Amelia's and Albie's has all sorts of cool and quirky products to suit all price ranges, from hand warmers to doormats, Christmas decorations to London Underground signs and one off pieces picked up by the owners Christian and Danielle on their travels. There are also personalised gifts available including Scrabble tile pictures which can be personlised to include names, phrases, dates or, perfect for a wedding, vows. Christian and Danielle will always welcome you to the shop to browse and buy. You may well see Amelia or Albie (their kids) themselves!

The Tea Rooms

Arcade Flowers

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Newly refurbished and under new management for the Village Shopping Arcade, The Tea Rooms offer lots of winter warmer delights as the cold weather draws in. Enjoy a warm drink or a tasty lunch from their menu of freshly cooked food in a friendly atmosphere. They even deliver free in the local vicinity and offer a catering service, perfect for your Christmas party at home or in the office.

The Village Arcade’s beautiful flower shop is in full bloom this Christmas. Offering bespoke floristry for all occasions, Arcade Flowers specialise in weddings, event decoration, functions, corporate contracts and funerals. Making an elegant bouquet from Arcade Flowers the perfect thing for that special event or that special person.

Coco Glo

Skid Dazzles T. 020 8524 7590

Get glam for the festive season! This is a one stop shop to get you ready for your Christmas parties in style. They use only the most premium products that won’t break the bank and their celebrity clients have indulged in their specialist treatments including Spray Tans, Bio Sculpture and Shellac Gel Nails and Eyelash Extensions.

T. 07532 002 870 Opened just this month Skid Dazzles is The Village Arcade’s newest and most chic resident. Offering vintage with a twist this brand new boutique stocks a brilliant collection of original vintage, customised pieces and one offs. Catering for all sizes Skid Dazzles is the perfect place to pick up something different and stylish for the party season or for a unique fashion gift.

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Next Snowy Tree £50, 50 Piece Mixed Shatterproof Bauble Set £10, Mosaic Mirror Cone Tree £12, Glitter Polar Bear £10, Opus White Nest (Set of 2) £99, Blake Chair (White Faux Leather) £399, Starburst Cushion £14, Ice Bauble Garland £18, Silver Fine Sparkle Rug from £80


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ll white on the night. Sometimes the simplest decorative schemes are the most effective. Keep things frosty and modern for ultimate impact.

House Of Fraser Tree £70

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hy not try: Drawing inspiration from your jewellery box. Buck tradition and enjoy the opulence of an amethyst, gold and turquoise festive colour scheme.

House Of Fraser Tree £70, Gold butterfly Decoration £7, Teal Mosaic Decoration £4, Gold Bird Decoration £6, Purple Sequin Decoration £3, Gold Star Decoration £3

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One of Wanstead’s best loved institutions, The Bungalow Café, has undergone an evening Lebanese revolution under the guidance of a new and highly experienced chef. Specialising in the region’s meze iN Magazine couldn’t resist a visit to what we discovered to be a local hidden gem. estled in a quiet residential street, The Lebanese does little to announce its presence, but that doesn’t prevent the restaurant being three quarters full on the hardly prime eating out time of early evening on a wintry Tuesday, presumably by those who are in-the-know. Decorated in a relaxed and homely manner, the menu at The Lebanese revolves around authentic Lebanese dishes, with salads, skewed meats and dips taking centre stage. On the advice of the friendly and charming staff we order the meze, which offers a wonderfully comprehensive selection of the region’s food and is so quite ridiculous in its generosity that it is nothing short of a feast. The first course arrived in the guise of a myriad of dips including hummus, baba ghanouj (aubergine, lemon and garlic puree), tahine and tzatziki, falafel, tabbouleh salad and fattoush. All served with warm pita breads. Fattoush, a salad comprised of diced tomatoes, lettuce, cucumber, mint, radish and lemon dressing, is perhaps the most archetypal of Lebanese dish. It is also a great barometer of the quality any particular Lebanese eatery, primarily because the dish just doesn’t work unless the ingredients are at their very freshest. It also happens to be my very favourite Lebanese dish. And I am delighted to say the fattoush dished up at The Lebanese is one of the best I have had this side of the Arabian Hinterland. The other dishes also did not disappoint, with the humus being pleasantly flavoursome and the falafel packing a parsley punch without being over powering. The second round of dishes consisted of lounza bacon and haloumi served warm on pita and aspid jesh, the chef’s speciality of chicken livers cooked in garlic, lemon, spices and brandy. The latter, which stands out as perhaps one of the more unusual dishes to be

found on The Lebanese’s concerto of classic dishes from the district , and was both rich and delicious, served in its spicy cooking juices which were perfect for moping up with a piece of pita. The final course was a meat eater’s dream, coming in the form of a platter of homemade Lebanese sausages, char-gilled marinated chicken wings, shish taouk and beef kafta. All the meat was expertly cooked, with the marinated chicken of the shish taouk being a particularly tender treat for the senses. In an economic climate where we are all watching our pennies The Lebanese operates a ‘bring your own bottle’ system, with no application of a corkage fee, making it a cost effective way of enjoying a brilliant dinner out without having to break the bank on a drinks bill. If you are planning on ordering the meze be sure to bring your appetite, as there is no disguising that it is a lot of food. Though that in my opinion is a positive, for those looking for something lighter dishes are available to order individually. The Lebanese has a strong focus on homemade cooking and fresh ingredients, which is evident from how brilliant the food tastes and its popularity. Bold, simple, brilliant punchy flavours served without fuss or fanfare. If you have not tried Lebanese food before, this hidden local gem is definitely the place to start.

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Say farewell to 2011 and a big hello to 2012 at Woolston Manor’s brilliant New Year’s Eve party. Set in 200 acres of Essex Countryside but only twenty minutes from Canary Wharf, Woolston Manor is renowned for its award winning championship golf course and high profile list of clientele as well as its friendly and welcoming service. The modern building stands at viewpoint to the eighteen hole golf course and provides excellent meeting, conference and entertainment facilities. The spectacular venue invites you to their New Years Gala Buffet. Opening at 8pm there will be bucks fizz on arrival, entertainment from a live guest singer, a superb buffet and DJ Big Lee choosing the tracks, it is going to be one amazing night. With tickets at just £50 pounds per person and carriages at 2am make Woolston Manor your destination for the 31st.

Darbar translates directly as King’s Court, and this 31st they are inviting you to see in your New Year in royal fashion. The located one minute’s drive from Gants Hill the newly opened London Darbar offers two signature fine dining restaurants in one location, The Restaurant and Al Khayma. The Restaurant is London Darbar's signature eatery. Taking inspiration from all over the east The Restaraunt offers contemporary cuisine designed to be shared and enjoyed. Al Khayma is the most lavishly themed Arabian restaurant in Essex. Based on the top of the floor of The Restaurant Al Khayma, which means The Tent in Arabic offers an exciting eating experience, with a menu of authentic Middle Eastern dishes, Arabic music and a life size camel all adding to an atmosphere of the exotic. With live entertainment, including a belly dancer at Al Khayma, and a special menu available for the evening London Darbar welcomes you to celebrate the arrival of 2012 at either of their spectacular restaurants. THE RESTAURANT AND AL KHAYMA, 251 CRANBROOK ROAD, ILFORD, ESSEX IG1 4TG T. 020 8554 4133 52 in MAGAZINE





Come celebrate New Year’s Eve at The Royal Oak. Open from 8 till late, for just £10 a ticket you can come dance in 2012 to tracks as spun by local deck legend DJ El Tel. Situated in beautiful surroundings of Epping Forest, The Royal Oak is quite simply one of the best pubs in the area, serving first class food and a great selection of drinks The Royal Oak is the perfect place to toast the New Year. THE ROYAL OAK, FOREST ROAD, LOUGHTON, ESSEX IG10 1EG T. 020 8508 7077

RS Lounge welcomes you to the most unforgettable New Year’s Eve Party celebration, The Black and White Ball. This decadent celebration takes place at the Black and White transformed RS Lounge and boasts human statues, champagne, canapés and a host of Kiss FM DJs. Tickets are £30, VIP Tables are £750 including five bottles of champagne and three bottles of spirits and Standard Tables are £500 including two bottles of champagne and three bottles of spirits. 20 NEW WOODFORD ROAD, LONDON E17 3PR T. 020 8509 6450





LuXe is dedicated to decadence this New Year’s Eve with their NYE Black & Gold Ball Sponsored by Citi Champagne. Loughton’s most luxurious night spot will be counting down to midnight in spectacular style with a champagne and canapé reception, £2000 champagne and Goldschläger golden ticket giveaways, and a roulette wheel. Open until 4am and with tickets from £15 this unforgettable New Year’s Eve celebration will reveal the fully refurbished black & gold LuXe Essex, with style and sophistication which is sure will impress. LUXE, 126 HIGH ROAD, LOUGHTON, ESSEX IG10 4BE T. 020 8508 5156

Celebrity hotspot Faces Hoddesdon is holding one of the biggest nights of the year – The White Crystal Ball. Following a full refurbishment the Hoddesdon night spot has played host to the likes of Jodie Marsh, N-Dubs, countless footballers, glamour models and is a favourite with the cast of TOWIE. With all this glamour and star DJs keeping the dance floor filled, make sure you’re counting down to midnight at The White Crystal Ball, it is going to be white hot. VIP Packages available. FACES HODDESDON, BREWERY ROAD, HODDESDON, HERTFORDSHIRE EN11 8HF T. 01992 451 000

THE VAULT CHAMPAGNE AND WINE BAR Welcome 2012 in style at Woodford Green’s chicest champagne spot, The Vault. Set just 150 steps from Woodford Station this below street level wine bar is perhaps the most sophisticated way to celebrate the start of the New Year.


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Brace yourself! As Billie Jeans sends you back to the future this New Year’s Eve. The ultimate 80’s bar will be throwing the best party of the year with a track list that includes every monster anthem you remember from the 80’s, 90’s and Noughties. With free admission before 10pm and just £5 pounds after that Billie Jeans Epping wants to see you on the dance floor shaking your groove thing and throwing some shapes. Open until 2am the ultimate 80’s bar wants you to start 2012 the way you mean to continue, in the words of Swayze, by ‘having the time of your life.’

On the evening of the 31st the Vault Bar will be hosting a special New Year’s party, with tickets priced at just £20. The evening will include a welcome drink and of course, the Vault’s legendary canapés. The champagne will no doubt be flowing as the clock strikes midnight at The Vault Champagne and Wine Bar.


hat have Jodie Marsh, Jack Tweed, N-dubs and Professor Green all got in common? They have all been guests of celebrity hotspot FACES HOddESdON. Alongside the wealth of celebrities on their guest list, the Hertfordshire night club has something else to celebrate. Following a full refurbishment, not only is the night spot more glamorous than ever before, but the new VIP lounge is also now available. With de rigueur personal waitressing and star treatment, the newly opened lounge is bound to be a favourite for red carpet regulars, birthdays and those just wanting a taste of the VIP lifestyle. The people behind the success of Faces Hoddesdon are party organisers Crystal Parties. Having taken over the night club late last year, the club promoters have used their expertise in exclusive parties to make Faces Hoddesdon one of the area’s most glittering venues for a night out. Since then Faces Hoddesdon has become a regular destination for glamour models, footballers, the cast of TOWIE and Geordie Shore, R’n’B superstars and hot stylish things from the local area alike. The place to show your face? Most definitely.






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PEUGEOT’S CONVERTIBLE OFFERS FUN RAIN OR SHINE. It took a 200-mile journey to Wales to get the point of Peugeot’s convertible the 308 CC. The plan was simple, get to one of the most exciting roads in the UK – the Black Mountain pass, which cuts through the Brecon Beacons. Then drive it.

Things got off to a great start, it was dry and in south west London the sun was shining. It was roof-down weather and the CC duly obliged. With the roof down the CC is a good place to be. In fact it’s warmer than many cars I’ve been in with the roof up. The Airwave system channels warm air to the back of your neck, the heated seats are positively sweltering, and the heater is effective too. Inside, there's a sporty feel to the cabin with three centrally located air vents. There's the familiar mix of predominantly soft, and shiny plastics, with flashes of aluminium, and white dials with chrome surrounds. Poking around will reveal trim of a less tactile nature, but nothing too shocking for the price range. Equipment levels are good; there's sat-nav, leather, an iPhone compatible stereo, parking sensors, cruise control, automatic lights and wipers, and dual-zone climate control. Interior space up front is good and it is easy to get comfy, although rear legroom is minimal. And, strangely, there is not a cup holder in sight. A capacious boot, especially with the roof up, serves as some condolence, though. Taking a step back before heading out on our cross-UK jaunt allowed us to take in the finer points of the CC’s exterior looks and with the roof down it’s all good. Sideon the CC’s a svelte-looking beast, with none of the ungainliness that plagues many a hard-topped convertible. Unfortunately, it does suffer from this with the roof up.


WIDER, LONGER, LIGHTER, FASTER - BETTER. Anticipation comes in many forms: trialing a new sandwich at lunch, 5pm on a Friday, the monthly wine delivery, a diamond ring or the divorce papers... but for car people it doesn’t get much more exciting than the launch of a new Porsche 911. Not that you’d notice the new 911 (known as the 991) is almost an entirely new car, Porsche has kept everything true to the heritage of the original so it looks exactly like a 911 only wider and more purposeful than the old model.

Our car came in 200bhp spec, which meant we were keen to get away. The horsepower comes courtesy of a petrol 1.6-litre turbo. Which does a good job of hiding its small capacity and of hauling the relatively heavy 308 CC up to a respectable lick, and it makes a nice rorty noise whist doing it. This encourages you exploit the 0-60mph time of 8.1 seconds, on a more than strictly necessary basis. The top speed of 149mph would lead you to believe the CC would settle into a relaxed cruise, but as we headed on to the motorway the engine was noisier than we would have liked. It’s a shame, because our well-intentioned 200-mile slog was rewarded with? Well nothing apart from zero visibility and driving rain, leaving any plans for a shakedown of the 308 CC’s finer handling points dead in the (abundant) water. What we can tell you, however, is that it corners flat, has plenty of grip, and a compliant, well-damped ride. The steering starts off reassuring but on turn-in fails to weight up, flapping your confidence to adopt a gung-ho approach to cornering. But then bigger speeds result in more protest from the usually stiff-feeling chassis, so it may be best just not to bother. And anyway, the rain gave a perfect opportunity to sample life with the roof up, a quick job and one that can be carried out on the move (well, up to 7mph).

Performance is up thanks to a lighter steel/alloy composite body, which loses 45kg of podge over the old model, and more powerful engines. Meaning the entry level 3.4-litre flat-6 can reach 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds and jog on to around 180mph. Handling is where the 911’s always been a winner thanks to a chassis that’s been honed for so long it may well have preceded the wheel. The weight of the rear-engined layout on the driven wheels means excellent traction from the get-go, and erogenic steering. But what’s made the 911 so successful is its ability to handle the daily grind, and the new model will offer the 911 even more flexibility. With a new luxurious cabin, a projected 35mpg economy figure, the option to have the best of both worlds with a PDK (dual clutch) gearbox, and conventional proportions which make it much better suited to threading through city streets. Which means there really isn’t any reason not to buy the new 911, it’s got everything you could want in a performance can and it is practical enough to insure you never curse your ownership of one. It will be launched in December so if you have a spare £71,449 burning a hole in your pocket it’s an obvious choice for Christmas. It is certainly at the top of my wish list.

So £26,000 for a Peugeot convertible, is it too much? Well, it is a question of what is important to you. For a shade under that you could have a Volkswagen EOS that also boasts a folding hard-top, and nicer interior, but is a fair bit slower (at this price) and in its clinical niceness lacks some of the Peugeot’s character, as well as many of the toys. If you’re looking for car that can easily fulfill the business of daily life, then down tools and turn into something altogether more fun, then the 308 CC’s an obvious choice. Words by Russell Campbell




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Bin there, Donn that. It is oftcn said th at one 11l~n~ n ,bblsh is anot her ma n's gold . but for the Donn family, whose father and son team make up t he heart ofl(>(al ,karance company Grounds and Surrounds that is more true than for most.

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71 16 sq ft new house . master bedroom suite with en suite dressing room and bathroom . 4 further en suite bedrooms . first floor utility room . clOakroom . drawing room • study . kilChenifamily room • iO!Jnge • dining room . playroom . gated grounds . detached 4 bay cart lodge with ancillary rooms . abou t 6 acres

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4416 sq ft • master bedroom with en suite dressing room and bathroom . 4 further bedrooms (1 en suite) • family bathroom + separate shower room/sauna . 2 cloakrooms . reception hall with a wine room • drawing room . dining room . study/silting room • family room . indoor pool with changing room and shower . detached double garage + substantial mature plot Guide £2.2 million

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IN MAGAzINE’s RosE KEEN MEETs wITh sTEps AhEAd’s MARy BuTLER To TALK chILdcARE ANd ThE dREAM BEhINd LouGhToN’s NEw NuRsERy. t is a bright autumnal day when I pull up at Steps Ahead. Located in a self contained part of The Academy, Loughton, Steps Ahead is a brand new Ofstead registered nursery for children aged 2-5. As I am buzzed into the brightly decorated day nursery I am met by the nostalgic smells of poster paints and play-doh, and suddenly it’s like I am four years old again and on my way to play group. Mary Butler, owner and registered person at Steps Ahead is expecting me. A friendly and petit woman, she has considerably less trouble than I perching on the primarily coloured child sized seats where we sit down for a chat. Dressed in the play friendly Steps Ahead uniform of a bright blue sweatshirt, she is all smiles as she introduces me to Alfie, the nursery’s first and most charming attendee. Given the overwhelming warmth of her presence it is easy to understand why children are instantly at ease with Mary. With over 28 years of childcare experience it is fair to say Mary knows a thing or two about caring for other people’s little’uns. ‘I started as a volunteer’ Mary, who is herself a mother, tells me ‘before being offered a job at the school and from there I moved into childcare. But I have always wanted my own nursery.’ And so was born the vision behind Steps Ahead. ‘I knew I wanted my nursery to be sole use,’ Mary explains, ‘so that we could have the children’s art and photos on the wall. Both Pauline, my business partner, and I have worked in nurseries that were not sole use, and all that having to 66 in MAGAZINE

dismantle everything at the end of the day can prevent both children and staff feeling settled and there are security fears.’

Having been planned for nigh on 28 years finding the right locations for Steps Ahead must have been paramount. I ask Mary how she finally decided, ‘We just fell in love with this place’ Mary says indicating the child friendly surroundings, ‘it is self contained and it affords a great deal of flexibility. The location also means there is plenty of opportunity to take the children outside. We have a playground and we can go for walks, a few days ago we took little Alfie (who has himself taken up residence under the colouring in table where Mary and I are sat) to go look at the autumn leaves.’ Mary smiles at Alfie who flashes her a grin before heading back to his sandbox. ‘Giving the children an opportunity to spend time outside is very important to us, as not all children have access to a garden or a park at home.’ It is this level of consideration which no doubt marks Mary out as an exemplar of her profession.

But her perception expands beyond the needs of the child, to the needs of the parents as well. She is explaining to me the changes in modern parenthood, as Pauline Manning copartner at Steps Ahead joins us at our diminutive table. ‘Parents have more to juggle these days; there are a lot more demands on their time.’ It is with these demands in mind that they decided on the Steps Ahead time schedule, ‘We offer both full day and sessional’. Opening at 8 and closing at 6, Steps Ahead aims to do all it can to make modern parenting just that little bit easier. ‘We also plan to hold coffee mornings,’ Mary continues, ‘so all the mums can get to know each other.’ Understanding the needs of the parents and the children is clearly both Mary’s and Steps Ahead’s forte. ‘I have worked in large nurseries, but they just felt so impersonal and too large. I wanted something smaller, to create a sort of home from home for the children. What I wanted to create was a nursery where the children were safe, secure and comfortable with the staff, so there mums and dads could go to work and not worry.’ And by the looks of Steps Ahead it would seem Mary has got exactly what she wanted.

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