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The London Lifestyle Awards were created to shine a light on the people and businesses of London whose achievements and contributions make this city great. The people presented in the pages of this book lead, inspire and influence London’s lifestyle and that is why we have chosen to celebrate them.


Contents Jason Atherton....................................................................................................................13 Andre Balazs.........................................................................................................................15 Ozwald Boateng.................................................................................................................17 Lopo Champalimaud.......................................................................................................19 Nicky Clarke OBE.............................................................................................................21 Sir Terence Conran...........................................................................................................23 Dominic Cools-Lartique................................................................................................25 Giles Coren...........................................................................................................................27 Daniel Ek.................................................................................................................................29 Charlie Gilkes.......................................................................................................................35 JJ Goodman............................................................................................................................37 Sally Greene OBE..............................................................................................................39 Geordie Greig......................................................................................................................43 Kelly Hoppen MBE............................................................................................................45 Boris Johnson........................................................................................................................49 India Knight............................................................................................................................51 James Lohan MBE..............................................................................................................53 Cameron Mackintosh......................................................................................................55 Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE................................................................................57 Nuno Mendes......................................................................................................................59 Caitlin Moran........................................................................................................................63 Terry Morgan CBE............................................................................................................65 Russell Norman...................................................................................................................69 Melissa Odabash.................................................................................................................71 Emily O’Hare........................................................................................................................73 Kevin O’ Hare......................................................................................................................75 Bryn and Emma Parry.....................................................................................................77 Arlene Phillips CBE...........................................................................................................79 Gordon Ramsay OBE......................................................................................................81 Matt Roberts........................................................................................................................85 Ruth Rogers MBE..............................................................................................................87 Dr. Martin Roth...................................................................................................................89 Amanda Sharp.....................................................................................................................91 Matthew Slotover OBE..................................................................................................91 Ben Summerskill OBE....................................................................................................93 Amanda Wakeley...............................................................................................................97 Sasha Wilkins.......................................................................................................................99 Henry Wyndham............................................................................................................ 101 Henry Conway................................................................................................................. 105 Jamal Edwards................................................................................................................... 107 Taavet Hinrikus................................................................................................................. 109 Travis Kalanik..................................................................................................................... 111 Alexander Martin............................................................................................................ 113 Sophie Michell................................................................................................................... 117 Stuart Phillips..................................................................................................................... 119 Natasha Rufus Isaacs..................................................................................................... 121 Jack Rivlin............................................................................................................................. 123 Luke Thomas..................................................................................................................... 125 Paul Winch-Furness...................................................................................................... 127 Monique 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T he winning formula... “Becoming a world champion F1 team does not happen by accident... If you asked any of the Team Principles at Mercedes, Red Bull or Ferrari to describe the primary factors that have contributed to their success over the years, undoubtedly their answers would all vary but, and without any shadow of doubt, they would all say one thing - ‘it’s about the people!’ Every winning team knows that it has to seek out the best personnel; the best in management, the best in design, in aerodynamics, in strategy, in engineering and in the car. For these people are the experts within their field of knowledge, they are driven by a desire to succeed; they are the ones others look to for ‘what’s next’ because ultimately they are visionaries when it comes to understanding, progress, trends, invention and re-invention. These people are the ones who make the team all it can be; the ones who keeps the team winning at the very highest levels. They are the ‘key influencers.’ In many ways London is very much like a Formula

One team: it is exciting, dynamic and exhilarating; it embraces a multi-faceted culture and is always moving forward. The London brand is undeniably global and has soared high in attaining the accolade of ‘the greatest city in the world!’ Just like those winning teams, London’s reputation and success can in no small part be directly attributed to some very unique and talented people - exactly like the fifty we are celebrating in the pages of this book. These extraordinary individuals are hugely important, both in their own industries and to London itself, for they create the landscape and the trends that shape the lifestyles the rest of us will ultimately enjoy and follow. This book is an acknowledgement and celebration of their achievements. “

Jason Gale

London Lifestyle Awards CEO/Founder

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London in 2020 “I think there will be more unusual ethnic cuisine in central London with an emphasis on middle Africa and Ghana. I think British cuisine will still hold strong and our chefs will be more confident about their ability and be able to push the boat on simplifying British cuisine out even further. I strongly believe by 2020 London will be in the top 3 cities in the world for cuisine, we are stamping out our mark and it’s only a matter of time before we hit the top spot.”


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Jason Atherton Jason Atherton is one of Londons most sought after and in demand working chefs. His invaluable experience at Ferran Adrià’s elBulli restaurant in 1998 undoubtedly laid the foundation for his unique creative style and fuelled his insatiable thirst for culinary knowledge. Jason proudly bears the honour of being the first British chef to complete a stage at Spain’s most famous restaurant. Moving on to gather more of his now extremely seasoned experience under great chefs including Pierre Koffmann, Nico Ladenis, and Marco Pierre White, Jason joined the Gordon Ramsay Group in 2001 as the executive chef for Verre in Dubai. In 2005, Jason returned to the UK and opened Maze in the heart of London, launching what would be the most successful brand in the group. Maze has since opened in the Hilton, Prague Old Town in November 2007 followed by the launch of Maze grill in April 2008

which sits alongside Maze in Grosvenor Square and in 2009 Jason opened Maze in Cape Town, Melbourne and Qatar. His flagship restaurant, Pollen Street Social, opened in April 2011 in Mayfair and within six months of opening was awarded a coveted Michelin star by the 2012 Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland. Other titles bestowed were London’s best new fine dining restaurant in the Time Out Eating & Drinking Awards 2011 and New Restaurant of the Year at the Craft Guild of Chefs Awards 2012. The restaurant currently has three AA Rosettes and is sixth in the top 50 restaurants in The Good Food Guide 2014. Jason has since opened restaurants in Singapore and Hong Kong. In March 2013 he has opened three

other restaurants in London including the coveted Berners Tavern located in The London EDITION Hotel in London’s Fitzrovia. Berners Tavern was been awarded Best New Restaurant at the Tatler Restaurant Awards 2013. This year Jason has featured as co-Judge in Sky Living’s popular food series ‘My Kitchen Rules’ alongside Lorraine Pascale. Since winning ‘Great British Menu’ in 2008, Jason has returned as a host of the show. The first in a three book deal, Social Suppers was published in June. Previously his recipes have appeared in magazines and newspapers including The Sunday Times and Waitrose Food. Jason has also been appointed an international ambassador for David Cameron’s Great British Campaign.

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Andre Balazs President and CEO of Andres Balazs Properties, Andre Balazs started his journey into the hospitality industry with an investment in a New York City night club in the ‘80’s. Prior to this first foray in to hospitality he graduated from Columbia with a Masters degree in business and journalism followed by time at Biomatrix, a New Jersey based bio-tech company founded by his father. With his appetite whet and desire to progress in to hospitality, Balazs purchased his first hotel in 1990, the iconic Château Marmont in Hollywood. Balazs managed to keep the hotels Hollywood heritage whilst upgrading and repairing it to meet the requirements of the modern, fast moving and demanding traveller. The success of Château Marmont launched his career as a hotelier. Over the next few years Balazs went on to buy several hotels in New York and LA all with destination culinary programmes. This has been widely noted and with his first London project restaurant, Chiltern Firehouse, Balazs appointed Michelin starred chef Nuno Mendes as the Executive chef. The Chiltern Firehouse is currently blazing a trail of white hot industry news since the beginning of 2014 filling many social and gossip columns as well as being critically acclaimed for its food all of which show no signs of abating for now. Balazs is widely regarded as THE Hotelier of our time and is responsible for some of the most luxurious haunts in the US. Balazs property portfolio is unique and rather than create a big brand image, each of his properties instead stays true to their history and place.

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Ozwald Boateng Ozwald Boateng is an English fashion designer of Ghanaian descent who was born in Muswell Hill, North London. He is known for his trademark twist on classic British tailoring and bespoke style. A true arbiter of style and heralded as ‘New Establishment’ in the tailoring world he has had grown men swooning for his bold, colour and patterned tailoring since 1994 when he became the first tailor to stage a show in Paris. Mentored by Tommy Nutter, Ozwald’s success in Paris allowed him to open a new shop on Vigo Street at the south end of Savile Row in 1995 before moving on to Savile Row in June 2002. In 2005 he was honoured with a major 20 year retrospective at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The exhibition recognised how he had successfully captured the imagination of both the media and public. Today in addition to his bespoke service, Ozwald also produces two ready-to-wear collections each year which are made in Cheshire. He also worked as Creative Director of Menswear for French fashion house Givenchy between 2004 and 2007. Outside of his work as a designer; in 2008 Ozwald was appointed to the REACH Committee. Here he is part of an independent panel that aims to identify and recruit national role models to help raise the aspirations of black teenage boys. Furthermore alongside Kola Aluko, Ozwald founded the Made in Africa Foundation, a UK nonprofit organization that was established to assist the development of the African continent by providing first stage funding for the business development of large-scale infrastructure projects in the region.

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Lopo Champalimaud Lopo Champalimaud is the Chief Executive Officer of Wahanda, Europe’s largest health, beauty and wellness community and marketplace. Raised in Lisbon and Montreal, Lopo studied at McGill University before moving into banking and private equity. Recognising the early potential of the Internet, he co-founded analytics firm Cyber Dialogue (now Fulcrum Analytics) in New York moving to London in 2001 to build the firm’s European presence. Shortly afterwards he moved on and joined lastminute.com as MD of European Lifestyle. While working at lastminute.com, Lopo realised the potential for disruption within the $10 billion health, wellness and beauty industry, which to that point had largely failed to join the Internet revolution. He left to co-found Wahanda in 2008. Armed with a passion for wellness and experience working for highgrowth technology firms, Lopo has since turned the company into the biggest of its kind in Europe with the help of funding from angel investors and growth capital firm Fidelity Growth Partners Europe. Wahanda.com and its mobile app allow people to instantly make appointments at 6,000 of the best salons and spas across the UK - from independent nail bars, yoga studios and therapists, to big name hairdressers and 5-star hotel spas. It also allows salons and spas to manage appointments through a sophisticated online booking system and market their businesses to millions of people. The result, for some businesses, is that bookings made through Wahanda represent 20-60% of their monthly appointments. Wahanda is currently growing at a rapid pace – revenue is increasing 200 percent year on year and the company is adding around 500 spas and salons every month. Lopo and his team are currently masterminding expansion into mainland Europe. Lopo lives in Westminster with his wife and 18-month-old daughter.

London in 2020 “As our world becomes busier and more connected, stress levels will rise - especially in London. In response, I believe people will place a renewed emphasis on happiness and well-being. Technology, such as smart personal devices, that helps us to manage and improve our health, will be key. London will also have more parks, green spaces and leisure facilities as its population recognises the need to relax and switch off from the daily grind.”

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Nicky Clarke OBE With a career spanning over 35 years Nicky Clarke OBE is recognised in the beauty and fashion industry as one of the best hairdressers in the world. Heralded as the man who made hair glamorous and exciting again, Nicky Clarke has built a brand with ex wife and business partner Lesley and styled an entire generation of the world’s most famous faces including royalty, movie stars and pop icons. ‘I’m still just the son of an electrical engineer who grew up in a council flat on the Old Kent Road,’ says the approachable and humble Clarke. Since opening his first eponymous salon in 1991 in Mayfair, the London born and bred hairdresser has expanded his empire to include salons in Birmingham and Manchester and a globally successful haircare brand. Nicky Clarke’s career spans the who’s who of the fashion, music and movie scene and his work has graced the covers of Vogue and Elle on the likes of Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Helena Christensen. Other notable celebrity clients include music icons David Bowie, Bryan Ferry and Hollywood movie stars Sienna Miller, Christian Bale and Diane Kruger. His passion for hairdressing has made Nicky Clarke an international icon with an OBE awarded in 2008 in recognition of his services to the British hairdressing industry.

London in 2020 “I predict 2020 will be a very exciting year! The inimitable mix of London style, glamour and spirit has made it the pulsing heartbeat of the international hair, beauty and fashion world and will continue to do so. I’d like to think that London will maintain its position of greatest city in the world. Being the cultural, cosmopolitan masterpiece that it is, London will continue to inspire style trends across the globe whilst retaining its distinct and much admired British heritage.”

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SirTerence Conran Sir Terence Conran is a renowned designer, restaurateur, retailer and writer whose designs influenced a generation. Born in Kingston-Upon-Thames, South West London. Conran left College to take up a job with Dennis Lennon’s architectural company. Conran founded his design practice in 1956 with a Summa furniture range and having designed a shop for Mary Quant. In 1964, Conran opened the first Habitat shop in Chelsea, which grew into a large chain selling household goods and furniture in contemporary designs. In the mid-1980s Conran expanded Habitat into the Storehouse PLC group of companies that also included Heals and Mothercare. Conran gave up the group in 1990. His later retail companies included the Conran Shop and FSC certified wood furniture maker Benchmark Furniture. He has also been involved in architecture and interior design; and in 1980 he co-founded the architecture and planning consultancy Conran Roche. Conran played a major role in the regeneration of the Shad Thames area of London next to Tower Bridge in the early 1990s; which included the Design Museum run by the Conran Foundation. Alongside his shops, Conran was a keen restaurateur, and in 2005 was named the most influential restaurateur in the UK by CatererSearch. In 2007, Conran sold 49% of the entire Conran restaurant businesses to D&D, a company run by two former Conran employees. Over his career Conran has written over 50 books that broadly reflect his design philosophy, selling over 25million copies of them worldwide. Conran was knighted in 1983. He has also received numerous accolades for his contributions to design. He has won the Chartered Society of Designers Minerva Medal, the Society’s highest award. Furthermore between 2003 and 2011 Conran was provost of the Royal College of Art. In 2003 he received the Prince Phillip Designers Prize in recognition of his lifetime achievements in design.

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Dominic Cools- Lartique After 15-years of successfully creating music events across the globe Dominic was ready for a new challenge. London’s emerging street food scene proved to be of great interest and Dominic quickly realised that with his distinct insight into London’s nightlife and his personal passion for food, this was an ideal time to realise a dream to develop a night market culture. Cue the creation of Street Feast, London’s nomadic street food night market, which has seen Dominic become renowned for the renovation of disused buildings around London into relaxed, colourful and vibrant spaces with food, booze and music. The start up has been so successful it has grown in three years from eight traders with a loyal following of 600, to three outdoor sites across the capital in Dalston Yard, Battersea Power Station and Model Market, Lewisham to become a platform for 30 SMEs to an audience of 15,000 visitors each weekend. This year also saw the creation of Fairground London, a ten-week pop-up of music, food and opinion over three floors in a disused office space in Haggerston. Highlights included brand takeovers from Island Records and Dazed magazine, all of which were accompanied with a revolving and vibrant food and drink offering. Dom has a lot up his sleeve planned for next year, so watch this space for future Fairground and Street Feast events in 2015.

London in 2020 “ An entrepreneurial spirit is on the rise across London with SME’s projected to inject £20billion into the economy by 2020. A generation that has grown up inspired by nightmarkets and supper clubs will produce its own breakthrough cooking stars and entrepreneurs who will go on to really blur the lines between casual and fine dining. This improvement in the overall standard of the food being cooked and served coupled with a highly evolved awareness of healthy eating and sustainability will impact what we eat everyday at festivals, in our offices, on the high street, in our homes, and hopefully, most importantly, in our hospitals and schools.”


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Giles Coren Giles Coren was raised in London, he read English at Keble College, Oxford. Giles has been a hugely popular columnist and restaurant critic for The Times since 1993 writing on subjects from his personal life to politics and has contributed to various publications, such as the Independent on Sunday, Tatler and GQ. In 2005 he was named ‘Food and Drink Writer of the Year’, at the 2005 British Press Awards and he published his first novel ‘Winkler’. That same year he appeared as a regular correspondent for Gordon Ramsay’s ‘The F-Word’. In 2007, alongside Sue Perkins, Coren starred in ‘Edwardian Supersize Me’, in which the pair spent a week on the diet of a wealthy Edwardian couple. Known as ‘the angriest man in newspapers’ for his extremely sharp (or blunt!) points of view (the Guardian called his letter to the The Times subs ‘The maddest email ever’), spouting his acerbic opinions and staggeringly rude comments his poisonous pen slowed and a softer side appeared since the birth of his daughter Kitty, getting therapy and publishing ‘Anger Management For Beginners: a self help course in 70 lessons’ in 2010. Much loved by Coren’s huge fan base are rants covering subjects that anger him from ‘Fat people, footballers, flip-flops, Formula One, wheelie luggage, processed ham, skiing, dogs’. (Quote courtesy of Amazon) In 2012, he presented ‘Our Food’ on the BBC, travelling the country talking about various local foods. To keep up to date on Giles we strongly recommended following him on twitter @GilesCoren. Genius.

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Daniel Ek A serial entrepreneur and technologist Daniel Ek started his first company in 1997, aged 14. In 2006, Daniel and Mar tin Lorentzon, co-founder of TradeDoubler, set up Spotify AB in Stockholm, Sweden. In October 2008, the company launched its legal music streaming service Spotify. Spotify is now an award winning digital music service that gives on demand access to over millions of songs. As of May 2014, Spotify had over 40million users with 10 million subscribers. Daniel serves as Spotify’s CEO. As of 2012 he is ranked 395th on the British rich list with a calculated worth of £190m

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Charlie is a young and dynamic entrepreneur along with his business partner, Duncan Stirling. Founder and joint owner of The Inception Group, he helps to operate six of London’s most conceptual and successful venues. These include; Chelsea’s secret speakeasy ‘Barts’ in 2009, followed by 80’s themed nightclub, Maggie’s, in April 2010, to widespread acclaim. Bunga Bunga, an Englishman’s Italian, Bar, Pizzeria and Karaoke opened in August 2011 to queues loving the unpretentious atmosphere and tongue in cheek poke at the highly publicised antics of Berlusconi. Their first West End venue Mr Fogg’s, in Mayfair, was a bar based on the Victorian home of the fictional traveller, Phileas Fogg as well as Soho based underground boîte, Disco, based on the 1970s Disco movement that took place in Manhattan. In time for the 2014 World cup fever they cleverly opened Cocobananas, a Brazilian beach club themed bar becoming Battersea’s Brazilian hotspot of choice. Later this year they will launch Beaver Lodge, a mountain cabin bar and dance saloon in Chelsea, based on the winter cowboy log cabins found in places such as Jackson Hole in America. However what set them aside from the usual club scene was Charlie and Duncan’s first joint business

venture ‘Kitts’, a nightclub under the Sloane Square Hotel which they opened in 2006 when Charlie was just 22. Incredible drinks, an intimate space and a large dressing up box. Soon after they formed The Inception Group. Charlie has an extensive media profile, having been featured throughout consumer, trade and business press for the most part in which he is a happy participant. However as a close friend of Prince William, trusted implicitly within royal circles he is renowned for his complete discretion. A series of ‘no comment’ on his well regarded guest list, personal friends and connections proves to be the case to many journalistic enquiries. This autumn of 2014 sees Charlie marrying Anneke Von Trotha Taylor which should the couple live up to their reputations prove to be both an extravagant and incredibly fun affair. He has been listed as one of the Evening Standard’s 1000 most influential people in London for the last five years was recently included in Tatler’s ‘50 most fascinating people in the country’ and ‘GQ’s 100 Most Influential People’. A popular, influential and driven individual with a very bright future ahead, watch this space for Charlie’s next move.

London in 2020 “ London has increasingly become the centre of the world; a global hub, and I can only see it going more that way by 2020, leading the way in retail, hospitality, culture and commerce with a wonderfully cosmopolitan and diverse make up.”

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J J Goodman JJ Goodman is a British bartender who opened The Covent Garden Cocktail Club at the age of 24. JJ grew up in Worcester and at the age of 18 got his first bar tending job at an underground bar in the town. It was here that he started training at flair bar tending. After working in both the UK and Australia, JJ moved back to London in 2004 and worked directly for Leigh Miller at Covent Garden based Be At One. In 2008 JJ travelled to New Zealand and won the 42 Below Cocktail World Cup, and won bartender of the year at the London Club Awards. His own bar the Covent Garden Cocktail Club was opened in 2008, and he now has eight venues under his belt including the famous London Cocktail Club (LCC). The LCC was the result of winning BBC2’s The Restaurant with Raymond Blanc in December 2009. This year the LCC opened a new branch in Shoreditch.

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Sally Greene OBE Sally Greene is renowned for rescuing and restoring The Old Vic, Criterion and Richmond theatres. In 1999, having saved The Old Vic from closure, she formed The Old Vic Charitable Trust with Stephen Daldry, and in 2003 she appointed Kevin Spacey as Artistic Director of The Old Vic Theatre Company. She is the Founder and Chief Executive of Old Vic Productions PLC, and co-producer of the Tony Awardwinning Billy Elliot: The Musical. Sally is also the proprietor of the world-famous Soho jazz club, Ronnie Scott’s, and in 2007 she launched Greene Light Films. Sally is the recipient of an OBE and a Montblanc Arts and Culture Award, in recognition of her contribution to the arts in Britain. Sally is Patron of Pop-up Ltd, a community-based literature programme, and the acclaimed HighTide Theatre Festival. In 2004 she opened the Cheyne Walk Brasserie, once voted restaurant of the year by Harper’s magazine.

London in 2020 “London is the undoubtedly THE cultural capital of the world and is certainly set to continue to thrive over the next 5 years. In my field of expertise alone, the digital media development will be huge, spanning across theatre, music and art. Live streaming of theatre performances will be available to download into people’s homes enabling over 20,000 seats per night with the option of the best seat in the house! It will amaze and reach every child, student and OAP alike. Expanding the cultural range beyond recognition whilst providing the magic of performance and music into everyone’s reach. It is a fabulous dynamic city. None other like it. London 2020 will only get better and better.”

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Geordie Greig Geordie was born in London in 1960 and educated at Eton College and St. Peter’s College, Oxford where he read English Language and Literature. He star ted his journalistic career as a crime repor ter on the South-East London and Kentish Mercury in Deptford. After staff jobs on the Daily Mail and Sunday Today, he joined The Sunday Times in 1987 as a general repor ter. He was the New York correspondent for five years and then the paper’s Literary Editor for five years, until he was made Editor of Tatler in August 1999. In March 2009 Geordie joined the London Evening Standard as editor. During this time as editor the Dispossessed Campaign was launched tackling pover ty, illiteracy and unemployment leading to the Dispossessed Fund being set up. This Fund has raised over *£9 million for grassroots groups addressing pover ty and has helped more than 100,000 people, including the homeless and unemployed. Geordie was appointed Editorial Director of The Independent, The Independent on Sunday and London Evening Standard in June 2010. Geordie Greig became the editor of The Mail on Sunday in April 2012 where he presently remains. In his 20 years as a journalist, he has covered wars, fashion shows, riots, film premieres and interviewed many celebrities, most recently for Tatler Peter Blake, Bryan Ferry and David Hockney, Mar tin Amis, V.S. Naipaul and Anish Kapoor. He is the author of ‘The Kingmaker’, a critically acclaimed history of the story of friendship between George VI and his grandfather. His book on the ar tist Lucian Freud, ‘Breakfast with Lucian’, came out in October 2013. He is an outgoing, witty and enter taining host who was dubbed ‘Britain’s most connected man’ by the Observer. Married to Texan, Kathryn Greig, the family lives in Notting Hill with their 14 year old twin girls Monica and Octavia and 16 year old son Jasper.

London in 2020 “ In 2020 London will still ride high as the global centre of finance and the arts, as well as being the most desirable city on earth in which to live.”

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KH Kelly Hoppen Kelly is known internationally for her style and relentless passion for design. As an independent 16-year-old Kelly was incredibly given the opportunity to design a family friend’s kitchen. Although a modest commission this not only created a teenage entrepreneur, it kick-started one of the most celebrated and extraordinary careers in the design industry. Kelly’s ever-evolving style is underpinned by a subtly coordinated fusion of East meets West; clean lines and neutral tones, blended with charming warmth and sumptuous opulence. Kelly is honoured to be the recipient of copious design awards and the proudest point in her career to date came in 2009, when she was made an MBE for her services to interior design. In December 2013 she was awarded the NatWest Everywoman Ambassador award for inspiring more young women to excel. She puts her stamp on the homes, yachts and jets of private clients, as well as select commercial projects the world over, including hotels, restaurants, offices and aircraft. Some of her most recent projects include a collaboration with Pearl Motor Yachts and the design of LUX* Belle Mare hotel resort in Mauritius. With 38 years experience at the forefront of the

industry, publishers and businesses continually seek Kelly’s unparalleled expertise, allowing her to indulge her entrepreneurial instincts. Kelly launched her eighth book Design Masterclass, at a star-studded party in November 2013 for those who wanted to learn more about attempting design themselves. The Kelly Hoppen brand, keeping true to its core values of high quality, simplicity and timeless elegance, now offers a wider product collection consisting of home accessories, hotel furniture, lighting, fabrics, paints, wallpaper and wall art available worldwide. Kelly launched her first e-commerce store with a self-designed interior product range in January 2014. The affordable luxury online store debuts on her website with accessories, bed linen, cushions, candles and gifts, all carrying Kelly’s iconic style. Kelly is an investor on BBC Two’s hit entrepreneur show, The Dragon’s Den and fronted the Channel 5 Design Series, Superior Interiors, in 2011. Kelly is an ambassador for the Princes Trust and the Princes Initiative for Mature Enterprise championing and nurturing younger and older British entrepreneurs. Kelly is also a proud ambassador for the Government’s GREAT campaign and works with UK Trade & Investment mentoring small and medium sized businesses.

London in 2020 “London in 2020 - it is hard to picture it being much better than it is now to be honest in terms of buzzing entrepreneurs, fresh ideas and creativity however I believe entrepreneurial traits will become more common in people. People wanting to work for themselves and become fully independent will catch on like wildfire. I am a huge believer in the young generation of today becoming great one day and personally I can’t wait to see what it has in store for us all.”

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Boris Johnson Boris Johnson was first elected Mayor of London in 2008, and was re-elected in 2012. Under his tenure crime in London has fallen 12%, the capital has seen record investment in transpor t and the city staged what are widely acknowledged to be the most successful Olympic and Paralympic Games ever. Mr Johnson made jobs and growth his key second term priority. His 2020 Vision for London prioritises house building, investment in road and rail infrastructure, suppor t for financial services and the tech sector, low and stable tax rates and the construction of a new multi runway hub airpor t. He’s been the Editor of the Spectator magazine, produced a TV series on Roman History, and written several books. The Mayor was Conservative MP for Henley from 2001 – 2008 and a shadow government minister for the Ar ts and Higher Education. Currently repor ter and columnist for the Daily Telegraph, he continues to write a weekly column for the paper every Monday. The Mayor lives in Nor th London with his wife Marina and his four children. A passionate cyclist, he enjoys painting and playing tennis. Mr Johnson has been selected as the Conservative candidate for Uxbridge and South Ruislip for next year’s General Election.

London in 2020 “London in 2020 will be even bigger and better than it is today. Vast regeneration, new rail links, tube extensions and river crossings will see new neighbourhoods from Battersea and Croydon to the Royal Docks and Tottenham flourishing. Crossrail will be complete, new cycle paths up and running, and as the population continues to boom hundreds of thousands of new homes will be built. Our city is the powerhouse of the UK economy, a world leading centre of innovation and education, a fantastic place to live and work, and the future holds prosperity, opportunity and growth”

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India Knight India Knight is an author, journalist and columnist. Born in Belgian, Knight moved to London at the age of 9 when her mother remarried journalist Andrew Knight, ex editor The Economist and Director of News Corporation. She studied Modern Languages at Trinity College, Cambridge. The author and Sunday Times columnist is a Twitter stalwar t and an avid experimenter with all kinds of social media claiming Instagram as her favourite. She is ranked no73 Peerindex top 100 in twitter. Topics var y from political campaigns to the ver y per sonal. She has written ten book in her career. Her last novel was printed in 2010 by Penguin books. Her novels have been translated into 28 languages. Her writing is described ‘as sharp and bracing as a ‘Claridges Mar tini.’ - Jenny Colgan The Telegraph. She lives in London with her three children and husband journalist Andrew O’Hagan.

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James Lohan MBE James Lohan is one half of the team behind the hugely successful brand Mr and Mrs Smith. James’ first company Atomic, organized legendar y London par ties and corporate events. Wor king within industries he was passionate about, James moved in line with his target mar ket and co-founded a restaurant and member s’ club the White House. After this, he naturally moved his attention to boutique hotels. Mr & Mr s Smith’s fir st guidebook was published by Spy Publishing in 2003, and since then under James’ entrepreneurial eye it has grown into the multi-faced boutique travel provider it is today. In 2005 the company launched its own in house booking ser vice. This followed by the creation of an in-house reser vations team in 2006 moved the business in a new direction, with more than 950 hotel member s wor ldwide. Mr & Mr s Smith has 950,000 members wor ldwide and operates a three tier member ship programme. The Mr & Mrs Smith family friendly proper ties now form a separate collection on sister website Smith & Family, which launched in April 2013. Since 2003 Mr & Mr s Smith has published 9 guidebooks covering the UK and Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, France and Italy. The Mr & Mr s Smith website was voted the best website in the Conde Nast Traveller Reader s’ Travel Awards in 2001 and 2012.

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Cameron Mackintosh has produced more musicals than anyone else in history, including the three longest-running musicals of all time, Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera and Cats, which are still running with extraordinary success across the world. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of both Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera, Cameron has mounted new versions of both shows and his new production of Miss Saigon opened this year to enormous acclaim at London’s Prince Edward Theatre. Les Misérables remains the longest-running musical in the world with the original production now entering its 30th year in London and runs on Broadway and in Australia with other productions currently in Spain, Japan and Korea. The Phantom of the Opera is currently touring North America with the original production continuing to play on Broadway where it holds the title of the longest running show in Broadway history. Mary Poppins, his co-production with Disney, continues to disperse her magic globally. As well as original musicals, Cameron enjoys producing new versions of such classics as My Fair Lady and Oliver! – which continue to be enjoyed by new generations. Other musicals he has created, include Little Shop of Horrors, Side by Side by Sondheim, Martin Guerre, The Witches of Eastwick, Betty

Blue Eyes and now his re-imagined production of Barnum. He also produced the most successful production ever of Stephen Sondheim’s legendary Follies in London. In 2013 Cameron, in conjunction with Working Title Films and Universal, produced his first hugely successful musical film, the Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA award-winning Les Misérables. As well as being a producer, Cameron owns nine historic theatres in the West End of London – the Prince of Wales, Gielgud, Queen’s, Wyndham’s, Noël Coward, Novello, Prince Edward, Victoria Palace and the Ambassadors Theatre which will be renamed The Sondheim Theatre. In 1995 his company received The Queen’s Award for Export Achievement and he was knighted in the 1996 New Year’s Honours for his services to British theatre. In 2006 he received the National Enjoy England Award for Excellence for his Outstanding Contribution to Tourism and he has recently been the first British producer elected to the Theatre Hall of Fame on Broadway.

London in 2020 “ The British genius for Theatre and the Performing Arts has never failed to mirror the times we live in whether by exciting new writing or reinvention of the Classics. London is home to the greatest collection of beautiful theatres in the world (and exciting smaller theatres spaces) attracting new audiences of all ages to the unique thrill of live performance. The stars of 2020 are already with us learning their craft and preparing to astound us ”

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Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE is the Chief Executive of Mitie Group PLC, the strategic outsourcing company. Mitie Group outsource Landscaping, Energy management, Home care services, Electrical inspection and testing and document management - quite simply a vast array of services for business. Having immigrated to the UK from India in 1965, Ruby attended Kingston University. She joined Mitie in 2002 as the Group Financial Director, and was appointed CEO in 2007. She joins just a small number of women holding the position of Chief Executive in a FTSE 250 or FTSE 100 company, and is the first Asian woman to be appointed to such a role within such a group of companies. Since joining, she has seen Mitie grow its revenue from £0.5bn to over £2.0bn, continuing its unbroken track record of profit and revenue growth. Outside of her work at Mitie, Ruby is a Non-Executive Director for the UK Government Department of Culture Media & Sport, as well as being a UK Trade & Investment; Business Ambassador for the United Kingdom. Between 2012-2014 Ruby was Chair of the Women’s Business Council. Ruby has won numerous Business Awards and is well-regarded in business circles. She was included in the 2012 New Years Honours List, where she was appointed a Commander of the order of the British Empire for her services to business and diversity in business.

London in 2020 “ I think that London is the best city in the world, and that it will be more vibrant than ever in 2020. It is also one of the best places in the world to do business in, and the opportunities for entrepreneurs to build and grow companies will only get better. I am incredibly passionate about diversity and I know we will see more women and people from all walks of life, running and influencing London’s biggest businesses and public sector organisations.”

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NM Born and raised in Lisbon, Nuno Mendes has dedicated his life to exploring and perfecting his cooking. Mendes is a pioneer in gastronomy, a self confessed traveller, a ‘viajante’, who has explores the globe in search of unique ingredients and innovative techniques. Prior to spring 2014 you may be forgiven for not knowing who Nuno Mendes was if you were not a Michelin food worshipper or progressive chef. Today his restaurant leads the who’s who in an international fashion, media, music and social scene. An inspiration to up and coming chefs and a credit to the peers he trained with, his culinary travels include San Francisco, New York and London and his training saw him working with world renowned chefs, Wolfgang Puck, Rocco di Spirito and JeanGeorges Vongerichten. Since his introduction to American Hotelier Andre Balazs through professional introductions agency London Talent Ltd, Mendes and Balazs have taken London by storm creating the hippest place to eat this side of the Atlantic. Voted ‘Best London restaurant’ by Tatler magazine, gaining 5 stars in Time Out in its opening week and up for London Lifestyle awards ‘London Restaurant of the year’ in October 2014, the restaurant has been a magnificent hit with Londoners and international customers alike and all well within the first few months of opening their doors.

food. The Loft Project is created, an underground supper club movement which Nuno calls, a ‘chef ’s gallery’. It became a platform for Nuno to create new recipes whilst hosting informal dinner parties for intrigued diners. Soon after he invited upand-coming chefs from around the world take up residence and use The Loft Project as their platform to create and offer an intimate dining experience in Mendes’ own home. In 2010 Nuno opened Viajante in the Town Hall Hotel, Bethnal Green, the restaurant received widespread recognition from critics as well as a coveted Michelin star within just nine months of opening. In the 2013 San Pellegrino’s World’s Best Restaurants at number 59, had Viajante evolving from a local hotspot into an international destination. In May 2011 Nuno opened a more informal sister restaurant to Viajante named the Corner Room. Nuno continues to create phenomenal dishes at Chiltern Firehouse. Requests to dine at his restaurant creates so much demand that reservations are restricted to within the next three months. ‘We would be able to take them for the next six months or year if we opened our books up that far in advance. Our guests can’t get enough of Nuno’ says Chiltern Restaurant manager.

2006 - Bacchus opens in Hoxton, London where Nuno received critical acclaim for his avant-garde

London in 2020 “ In the near future London will see a big growth in the East End which will take over as the dining hot spot of London. We will see many of the new creative formats of dining appearing there before they make their way into other parts of London and the world. East London will be the new hot bed of ideas for Europe. Parallel to this we will see a very interesting rise in Ethnic restaurants where the chefs use local product and modern techniques whilst still observing their heritage and tradition. This will become essentially a new style of Ethnic cuisine that will then be adopted around the world.”

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Caitlin Moran Caitlin Moran is a well-respected broadcaster, TV critic and columnist at the Times, where she writes three columns a week. Moran’s skill and aptitude as a journalist has been recognised multiple times. In 2010, Caitlin won a British Press Award for Columnist of the Year, in 2011 she won BPA’s for both Critic of the Year and Interviewer of the Year. In 2011 she published her exceedingly successful book ‘How to be a Woman’, which went on to win ‘Book of the Year’ at the Galaxy National Book Awards, as well as the award for ‘Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year’. In 2013, Moran’s TV drama/comedy series ‘Raised by Wolves’, began airing on Channel 4. Caitlin is a prolific tweeter, and in June 2014, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism reported that she was the most influential British journalist on Twitter. In April 2014, Caitlin was named as one of Britain’s most influential women in the BBC Woman’s Hour power list 2014.

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Terry Morgan CBE Terry Morgan has been Chairman of Crossrail since June 2009. Crossrail hopes to have a beneficial impact on the lives of Londoners by providing better access to the capital for the 750,000 workers who already commute into London. It will provide strategic interchanges for local, national and international business and leisure travellers. As well as easing many of London’s transport headaches, it will encourage regeneration and social inclusion and provide access to thousands of job opportunities. Crossrail is a key part of London’s plan for growth over the years ahead. He is the past President of the Chartered Management Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Electrical Engineers. Terry is Non-Executive Chairman of the Manufacturing Technology Centre and the National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering. He has an MSc in Engineering Production & Management. Married with two children, his interests include golf and rugby.

London in 2020 “By 2020, Crossrail will be fully open and Londoners will be benefiting from much needed additional transport capacity, reduced journey times and new journey opportunities. Over 200 million people will travel on Crossrail ever y year. Crossrail is among the most ambitious infrastructure projects undertaken in the UK and will dramatically change how people travel across London. Crossrail will increase central London’s rail capacity by 10 per cent, supporting regeneration and provide a direct link between London’s main employment centres. London’s population is growing fast. An extra one million people will live in London by 2030 and further significant investment in our transport network will be required to match this growth.”

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Russell Norman Russell Norman is a restaurateur. Over the last 20 years he has toiled in many of London’s landmark restaurants as a waiter, bartender, maître d’, general manager and operations director. In 2009 he founded an independent restaurant company with his best friend and has since opened 8 restaurants in central London including Polpo, Spuntino and Mishkin’s. His book POLPO - A Venetian Cookbook (of Sorts) is published by Bloomsbury and won Waterstones Book of the Year 2012.

London in 2020 “Since my 2007 prediction that Twitter would never catch on and my decision to buy shares in Lehman Brothers on 14th September 2008, I have given up making predictions!”

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MO Melissa Odabash As a former swimwear model who lived and worked in Italy for many years, Melissa Odabash has an innate sense of what women want from their swimwear & beachwear. The Melissa Odabash collection was launched in 1999, and came to epitomise the glamour and sophistication of a luxury lifestyle brand, which British Vogue was quick to name as ‘The Ferraris of the bikini world.’ Having been established for well over a decade, 2014 saw Melissa honoured by her peers with ‘Designer of the year’ in Paris. Working with Victoria’s Secret, Odabash created their bestselling bikini, designed tour costumes for pop sensation Alexandra Burke, created a coffee table book with Bryan Adams for Speedo’s 75th Anniversary, developed “the perfect bikinis” with Gwyneth Paltrow for her lifestyle website

GOOP and re-developed the iconic swimsuits for the film ‘Diana’ starring Naomi Watts. Melissa has collaborated with critically acclaimed couture designer Julian MacDonald marking their fourth collaboration this year opening the Monaco Grand Prix with a star-studded show. Continuing to work in broadcast media, she mentors the models in the ever popular Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model and was correspondent for the worldwide network France 24 during the Royal Wedding. Throughout her success as a designer, Melissa has given time to her philanthropic ventures amongst them, Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, Prince’s trust, Kidsco, CHIVA and most recently partnered with Elton John creating an exclusive hats for his Aids Foundation . Melissa has also been invited to contribute to educational establishments such as speaking

to Harvard Alumni in New York, inspiring young undergraduates at London’s Conde Nast College of Fashion & Design. Melissa Odabash continues to enjoy the attention of A-list stars; Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford, Elle Macpherson, Rhianna, Lady Gaga, Jessie J, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sienna Miller, Heidi Klum and Beyoncé are among the celebrities who choose Melissa Odabash whilst on holiday. The collections have a continual presence in both national and International fashion publications such as Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, In Style and Tatler. Her collections are distributed in over 50 countries and throughout 300 luxury department stores, boutiques and resorts including her own online web store shipping worldwide. Melissa has two free standing stores in both Notting Hill and Chelsea.

London in 2020 “London for me is already one of the most exciting cities and by 2020 it’s going to be widely known as the epitome of design, ideas and business and the most desired city in the world to live in!”

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Emily O’ Hare Emily started in the wine trade in 2004, a bottle opener turned tour guide at London’s Vinopolis. After a stint away drinking good wine in Rome and making good wine in Ontario, she returned to London in 2005 to work in Enoteca in the city. A fan of Jamie Oliver’s wine guy Matt Skinner, she started working for both as a Sommelier at Fifteen in 2006, moving on to River Café in 2008 for two outstanding women, Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers. In 2009 she began her blog turned to tastings for women only “Women! Know Your Wine!” after noticing the timidity of female diners to accept the wine list. Following in the footsteps of pop up pioneers Ms Marmite Lover, colleagues Stevie Parle and Joseph Trivelli, with two girlfriends she started a wine focused pop up restaurant, WhizzBangPop in 2010 which received attention from both national and international press. It ran for 18 months. In 2011 Emily began writing a food and wine column with Charles Metcalfe for Waitrose Kitchen, she has also written about wine for The Observer, The Daily Telegraph and for Jancis Robinson online and the wine trade press.

the past 5 years sat on the Italian wine panel for Britain’s leading wine magazine, Decanter. In 2013 Emily co founded, with Sophie Dening and Zeren Wilson the London Wine Sessions – a London based bi-annual wine festival - a day and a night of wine talks and tastings. The aim of the sessions is to de stuff, de formalise de mystify the wine scene, to make it entirely accessible, somehow academic and excessively enjoyable. She is also a mentor on the Ateliers Ruinart programme, a mentoring scheme supporting the development of young sommeliers. This year she followed the lead of Master Sommelier Ronan Sayburn and started a wine school for waiters and management staff at the The River Cafe, taking them through their Intermediate and Advanced Level WSET wine studies. Currently Emily is working in Italy, taking part in the 2014 harvest. In November she will begin working as the Italian Editor of Le Pan, a new Fine Wine magazine to be published in print and online in Chinese and English.

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Kevin O’ Hare Kevin O’Hare is the current Director of The Royal Ballet and is now responsible for driving artistic direction. He is deeply committed to promoting outstanding creativity and artistic excellence, developing talent and widening the Company’s performing platform. Born in Yorkshire, Kevin O’Hare trained with The Royal Ballet School and, went on to an exchange programme with the Royal Danish Ballet. His performing career started with The Royal Ballet’s sister company Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet. With this company he performed extensively in the UK and oversees, and was guest artist with many leading companies. He danced all the major principal roles from Prince Siegfreid to Colas, and worked with Ashton, MacMillan, David Bintley and Sir Peter Wright. O’Hare has worked alongside many leading figures in the ballet world, including Ninette de Valois, Peter Wright and Frederick Ashton. He also produced many galas and choreographic evenings. In 2000 on his 35th birthday O’Hare retired from performing, and entered into a traineeship in company management with the Royal Shakespeare Company. From this he was appointed Company Director with BRB in 2001, and in 2004 he joined The Royal Ballet as Company Manager. He was made Administrative Director in 2009 before being appointed to his current role.

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Bryn and Emma Parry are Co-Founders of Help for Heroes; Bryn is the CEO of Help for Heroes Charity and Emma is Executive Vice-Chairman of Help for Heroes Trading Limited. In October 2007 Bryn and Emma, after a visit to Selly Oak hospital, founded Help for Heroes (H4H), which supports our wounded, injured and sick Servicemen, women and veterans. When the charity first launched, the message was simple: they believed that any Serviceman or woman who suffers life changing injuries in the line of duty deserves the very best support for life, and they called on the public to ‘do their bit’. Whether this meant baking cakes to sell at school, shaking buckets at rugby matches or donning Lycra to cycle through the battlefields of France, the money raised would all go towards the same thing: supporting those whose lives had been affected through service to their country. The public’s reaction was extraordinary. When the first ever Big Battlefield Bike Ride reached Horse Guards Parade on 1 June 2008, it was announced that this seemingly simple appeal had raised £6m in just a few short months. This is now the signature fundraising event for the Charity, and in 2015 Hero Ride a series of routes from across the UK will culminate in an exciting and emotional finale at Windsor. Over the years, H4H has thrown itself into a long list of projects designed to comprehensively address the needs of the wounded and their families and, while the ethos has remained as simple as it ever was, providing the support needed has become much increasingly complex.

The money raised has helped to fund projects which vary from setting up an enduring support network through four recovery centres in Wiltshire, Devon, Essex and North Yorkshire to campaigning on key issues such as prosthetics. From creating delivery partnerships with other charities to providing Sports Recovery which offers a huge range of activities from days out to accessing elite sport. Help for Heroes were proud to support the Ministry of Defence in the training, selection and delivery of the British Armed Forces Team for the inaugural Invictus Games held at the Olympic Park in East London, organized by Prince Harry, as part of its extensive Sports Recovery Programme. For some, recovery can be swift – for others, it is a life-long journey with changing needs along the way. H4H aims to support this process however long or short it may be. With the public’s support, Help for Heroes has helped injured soldiers, sailors, airmen, veterans and their families overcome adversity and move on with their lives. Some have already gone on to become chefs, international athletes, cyclists, runners, rowers, poets, artist, business owners and many more are being given the opportunity to choose a new future every day.

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Arlene Phillips CBE Arlene Phillips was recognised as ‘London Lifestyle Legend’ at the Hot Diamonds London Lifestyle awards in 2012. Arlene Phillips dance group Hot Gossip revolutionised dance in the UK and in 2013 she was honoured by the Queen as Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her services to dance and charity. She has worked with stars from film and TV, to theatres and arenas, as well as becoming one of Britain’s favourite television judges. Phillips is internationally renowned as a choreographer and director of West End and Broadway musicals, and has choreographed some of the best loved productions, such as the 1982 film Annie, as well as the Duran Duran song ‘Wild Boys’, named Best British Video at the 1985 BRIT Awards. Her choreography achievements include West End Productions of: The Sound of Music, Grease, The Wizard of Oz, Saturday Night Fever and Starlight Express. Arlene has worked on arena productions such as this year’s Monty Python Live at the O2, The Manchester XVII Commonwealth Games and The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Arlene has worked on iconic music videos with stars such as: Whitney Houston, Elton John, Freddie Mercury, Aretha Franklin and Robbie Williams. As a TV judge on So You Think You Can Dance, Strictly Come Dancing in the UK and Over The Rainbow in Canada Arlene Phillips has become a well loved household name. Arlene is an Ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society and never tires of campaigning for this cause.

London in 2020 “ London right now is the cultural centre of the world for dance. In 2020, I can only imagine that the culture richness and diversity of what is on offer will continue to blossom from the glorious Sadlers Wells dance house to the Royal Ballet at the Opera House, The English National Ballet’s regular appearances at The Coliseum, and with numerous arts festivals and dance spaces forever evolving, spending time in London continues to be more and more exciting. With the numerous plays and musicals of London’s West End, you will be spoilt for choice.”

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Gordon Ramsay OBE Scottish by birth, Gordon Ramsay was brought up in Stratford-uponAvon, England. His dedication and natural talent led him to train with some of the world’s leading chefs, such as Albert Roux and Marco Pierre White in London, and Guy Savoy and Joël Robuchon in France. In 1993 Gordon became chef of Aubergine in London, which within three years, was awarded two Michelin stars. In 1998, at the age of 31, Now internationally renowned, Gordon has opened a string of successful restaurants across the globe, from the UK to Italy to the United States and holds 7 Michelin stars. Ramsay set up his first wholly owned and namesake restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, which quickly received the most prestigious accolade in the culinary world– three Michelin stars. Today, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay is London’s longest-running restaurant to hold this award, and Ramsay is one of only four chefs in the UK to maintain three stars.

ventures in Doha, Qatar opened in 2012; a total of three restaurants in Las Vegas and most recently in London Union Street Café in London’s Borough market (2013) and London House in Battersea (2014). Ramsay received an OBE (Order of the British Empire awarded by Queen Elizabeth II) in 2006 for services to the industry. Who can ignore his rise to star of the small screen both in the UK and internationally, with UK shows such as GORDON BEHIND BARS, ULTIMATE COOKERY COURSE, GORDON’S GREAT ESCAPES and GORDON RAMSAY: SHARK BAIT, as well as four top-rated FOX shows that air in more than 200 countries worldwide: KITCHEN NIGHTMARES, HELL’S KITCHEN,MASTERCHEF US and HOTEL HELL. He is also a published author of a number of books, many of which have become best sellers around the world, most notably his autobiography, Roasting in Hell’s Kitchen. He lives with his wife, Tana and four children, along with their bulldog Rumpole and two cats. He divides his time between Los Angeles and South London.

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London in 2020 “London food scene has changed considerably over the last decade and its only set to get better, offering not just the most diverse range of restaurants with the most amazing talent in the kitchens but using the very best ingredients. We’re so fortunate in the UK to have some of the best game, shellfish and produce. No matter what you cook at home or find in a restaurant it will be made from some of the best produce in the world.”

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Matt Roberts is the UK’s leading personal trainer and best-selling fitness author. Matt kick started the personal training phenomenon by launching London’s first exclusive one-to-one training centre in Mayfair, in 1995 four more gyms followed in prestigious locations, with the last being a female only offering in Belgravia. Today Matt Roberts presides over a multi-faceted fitness and nutrition empire and is one of the world’s most recognised fitness experts. His businesses extend to training centres, best selling books and DVDs in over 20 countries, a supplement range and a technologically advanced home equipment range. He has become the industry name for health and fitness and is responsible for honing some of the most famous physiques in fashion, music, politics and industry. Matt has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Harpers Bazaar, Huffington Post, The Telegraph, the Guardian and Sunday Times to name a few.

London in 2020 London will hopefully continue its movement towards being as vehicle emission free as possible. A central zone that is Electric vehicle only, with a wider zone that is free from Diesel engines is a must, provided that the trend towards making cycle lanes more prolific continues. Driverless cars will make the roads less congested as traffic control is improved. In all, London will be a better place to work, exercise and maintain healthily heart and lungs than it currently is. It will be even more expensive than ever because it’s simply the most desirable place in the world to live! The Industry: Personalisation will continue. Gyms will be hubs that utilise the prolific availability of devices and apps that guide, track and coax you through health regimes and towards the most appropriate Trainers, Therapists, Instructors and practitioners. The days of high price gym membership are already over and this will simply be exacerbated in 2020. Programmes derived from information about your health taken from your device and from your DNA analysis will mean that bespoke workouts are like nothing ever imagined in 2010. Empowerment will have passed from the gym owner to the gym user. It will up to the gym owner to ensure that what they offer matches with every individual’s needs. High end specialists and low prices volume facilities will thrive, the rest will continue to struggle and die.

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Ruth Rogers MBE Ruth Rogers is an American born British Chef who owns and runs the Michelin Star Italian restaurant, The River Cafe. Born in New York, Ruth came to London in 1967 to study graphic design. The River Cafe was star ted by Ruth and the late Rose Gray in 1987, inspired and influenced by their experience of living and cooking in Italy. Situated at Thames Wharf, Hammersmith, the restaurant opened alongside the offices of internationally renowned architect Richard Rogers. The River Cafe has received acclaim, wining ‘Best Italian Restaurant of the Year’ in 1989 and later in 1998 a Michelin star, which they have retained ever since. The impor tance of seasonality, robust flavours – the connection between a regions food and its wine remains at the hear t of The River Cafe. The River Cafe is also notable for the number of successful chefs that have trained in its kitchen, including Jamie Oliver, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Ed Baines and April Bloomfield. Ruth and Rose have written ten books, all of which have featured on the best sellers list, including their most recent The River Cafe Classic Italian Cookbook. They have also presented a 12 par t television series for Channel 4, The Italian Kitchen as well as an episode of Heston’s Italian Revolutionaries, in 2013. In 2010 Ruth was names in the New Year’s Honours List as a Member of the British Empire (MBE).

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Dr. Martin Roth Martin Roth became Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum in September 2011. Before joining the V&A, Martin Roth was Director General of the Dresden State Art Collections (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden), overseeing 12 museums and galleries. During this time he created an extensive network of international partners, which led to numerous exhibitions overseas. From 1996 to 2001 Martin Roth was a member of the senior management of the Expo 2000 in Hanover and Director of Thematic Exhibitions. He was President of the German Museums Association from 1995 to 2003, and a member of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Advisory Board in Berlin until his relocation to London in 2011.

German science museum, and prior to that he was Curator at the Deutsche Historische Museum (1989-2001). He remains a personal member of the German Olympic Sports Federation. Martin Roth is a Trustee of the British Council and of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. He is a member of both the Council of the Royal College of Art and the Court of Imperial College in London. After completing his PhD on the History of Museums and Cultural Politics in the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich at the Eberhard Karls University in Tuebingen in 1987, Martin Roth became a researcher at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, E.H.E.S.S. in Paris. Following this, in 1992, he became a visiting scholar at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.

From 1991 to 2000 he was Director of the German Hygiene Museum in Dresden, the first

London in 2020 “London has a symbiosis of local, national and foreign that few cities can match. It gives the city its cultural dynamism; it puts it ahead of the curve. I see this city as a laboratory for the future. The V&A was founded in 1851 in exactly that pioneering spirit – an international museum built on the success of a pioneering world exhibition. The Museum has diversity in its DNA. Our intention to be part of a new cultural quarter in the former Olympic Park, one of the most diverse and, by 2020, internationally accessible parts of the city, will take that cosmopolitan energy to the next level.“

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Amanda Sharp & Matthew Slotover OBE Matthew Slotover co-founded Frieze magazine with Amanda Sharp in 1991. One of the world’s leading art organisations, Frieze is considered Europe’s leading contemporary art and culture publication and maintains an international readership with offices in London, New York and Berlin. Following on from the success of the magazine Matthew and Amanda founded Frieze London in 2003 and is now regarded as one of the world’s best known and most influential art fairs. In 2012, the 10th Anniversary of the fair, they featured leading galleries from 34 countries, representing over 1,000 artists. Frieze London is complimented by the critically acclaimed artistic programme, Frieze Projects. Taking place in bespoke temporary structure in Regent’s Park, Frieze London now achieves visitor numbers of over 60,000 per year. Matthew is currently chair of the South London Gallery board of trustees. In 2000 he was a judge on the Turner Prize. And in 1993 he curated a section of the Aperto at the Venice Biennale, which included Damien Hirst, Mat Collishaw and Rirkrit Tiravanija. He has spoken at several international

conferences and symposia in venues such as the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Neue Museum, Graz, the Museum of Modern Art, New York and Tate Modern, London. In 1999 Matthew co-founded Counter Editions, with curators Carl Freedman and Neville Wakefield. Counter Editions publishes affordable limited editions prints and multiples by well known contemporary artists, such as Tracey Emin, Gary Hume and Sarah Lucas. Through frieze Matthew has also pursued other publishing projects, including the books: Frieze Projects: Artists’ Commissions and Talks 2003 -2005; Frieze Art Fair Yearbook (annual); What the Butler Saw - The Selected Writings of Stuart Morgan; All Tomorrow’s Parties - Photographs of Andy Warhol’s Factory, by Billy Name; and Designed by Peter Saville, a retrospective book of Saville’s graphic design. Amanda Sharp is a regular contributor to the international art world having spoken on various panels and given lectures at venues including Tate, The Walker Art Centre and Yale. She has contributed to a number of magazines, newspaper and books including the Phaidon monograph on Doug Aitken.

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Ben Summerskill OBE Ben is regarded as one of Britain’s most effective parliamentary lobbyists. Chief Executive of Stonewall from 2003 until 2014, he was instrumental in securing a catalogue of legislative changes for gay people in Britain from civil partnership to protections against discrimination in healthcare and, finally, equal marriage in 2013. Stonewall was founded in 1989 by a small group of women and men who had been active in the struggle against Section 28 of the Local Government Act (Section 28 was an offensive piece of legislation designed to prevent the so-called ‘promotion’ of homosexuality in schools; as well as stigmatising gay people it also galvanised the gay community.) Ben also built Stonewall’s Diversity Champions client programme for employers, helping them recruit and retain gay people, from membership of 35 to 650 major organisations ranging from IBM, Barclays and Goldman Sachs to all of the armed and security services. When he moved on after 11 years the programme was advising the employers of more than six million people. Prior to running the charity Ben was a Fleet Street journalist, working on daily, Sunday, broadsheet and tabloid papers. From 2000 until 2003 he was Chief Leader Writer and Assistant Editor at The Observer but still insists the highlight of more than a decade in journalism was having dinner with June Brown, who plays Dot Cotton in EastEnders. Ben’s first career was in restaurant management. He was Operations Director of hospitality company Kennedy Brookes, running 18 bespoke West End restaurants with 350 staff and an £18m turnover at the age of 26. He once noted: ‘What British restaurants still overlook all too often is that it’s best to smile when you’re taking money off people.’ In 2010 Ben was an Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist and in 2012 he was short listed as Britain’s Most Admired Charity Chief Executive in the Third Sector Awards. Ben lives in Kennington, chosen because it is one of the quietest spots close to the heart of London.

London in 2020 “In 2020, my heart will still beat a tad proudly each time I get on a London bus and hear dozens of languages spoken in a capital city that also still welcomes people from across the world.”

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Amanda Wakeley OBE Founder & Creative Director of Amanda Wakeley, Amanda is best known for her glamorous evening and cocktail dresses and accessories, her “clean glam” signature style has developed a strong and rapidly growing presence in daywear, including chic day-dresses, impeccable tailoring, knitwear, beachwear and a well-edited, but expanding line of accessories and fine jewellery. Amanda Wakeley Sposa is the brand’s striking bridal collection. Wakeley’s new flagship store opened in Autumn 2013 on Albermarle Street in a stunning London townhouse reflecting the Amanda Wakeley lifestyle. Amanda retains her original Chelsea boutique along with her Harvey Nichols concession. The brand’s international presence continues to grow and is now available in more than 50 fashion and luxury retailers throughout Europe, America and the Middle East. The evening creations are often chosen by some of the world’s most stylish woman for their appearances on the red carpet, from Beyonce and Florence Welch to Oscar-winning Helen Mirren and Angelina Jolie or Kate Winslet. Amanda Wakeley has also had the honour of dressing many members of Royal families, most notably the late Princess of Wales, Queen Rania of Jordan and most recently The Duchess of Cambridge. In 2010 Amanda returned to the London Fashion Week schedule and was awarded an OBE for her services to the fashion industry. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including three British Fashion Awards. Since 1996, Amanda has co-chaired the committee for the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer appeal leading the efforts to raise substantial funds to support the charity.

London in 2020 “ London will continue to strengthen as a cosmopolitan centre for fashion, innovation and the arts. Over the next decade Europe will remain economically weak and the best and brightest talent will continue to flow to London. In 2020, London will be the world’s pre-eminent centre for creativity and the business of creativity. Amanda Wakeley is an international fashion and lifestyle brand founded in Chelsea in 1990 and enjoying strong momentum in 2014. As a designer, it is inspiring to know that however far we go, London will always be one step ahead of the curve.“

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Sasha Wilkins Sasha Wilkins is a journalist, editor, broadcaster and entrepreneur. She is now best known as the founder of multi-award winning lifestyle blog LibertyLondonGirl.com. Liber ty London Girl is read in 140 countries, and reaches over half a million people each month. It provides a singular curated view alongside a world of overwhelming choice. Since setting up in 2006 Sasha was consequently voted one of London’s most influential people in both 2012 and 2013. She speaks at conferences worldwide on digital branding and entrepreneurship and sits on a number of executive boards. She has fronted campaigns for Hunter boots and Triumph and behind the camera Sasha’s successful production company makes digital films for Boden and London Fashion Week designer Zoe Jordan. Most recently, she was Executive Style Editor at The Wall Street Journal in New York. Her features journalism has appeared in Elle, Harpers Bazaar, The Wall Street Journal and The Sunday Times, amongst others. Sasha also appears as a regular fashion week critic for both Nick Knight’s SHOWstudio and The LFW Daily, and appears on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and on Good Morning America as a style exper t.

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Henry Wyndham, Chairman, Sotheby’s Europe has more than 30 years’ experience in the art market. As Sotheby’s premier auctioneer in Europe Henry has made history hammering down prices including £65 million for Giacometti’s Walking Man in January 2010, the record price for any work of art at auction, and £49.5 million for Rubens’ Massacre of the Innocents in July 2002, an auction record for an Old Master Painting. Henry began his career in Christie’s Old Master Paintings department, and was promoted to run the 19th Century Pictures department at Christie’s in New York, a role he under took from 1978–82. In 1983 he was promoted to the main board, and he ran the Victorian Pictures and Modern British Paintings departments before leaving in 1987 to set up the St James Art Group with Philip Hook and David Bathurst, dealing predominantly in European and British 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century paintings. He joined Sotheby’s in 1994 and was appointed Sotheby’s European Chairman in September 1997. *Old Etonian Wyndham also lends a hand as the valuation specialist on the BBC’s The Antiques Roadshow and was immortalised as the auctioneer in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in 2001. After a shooting accident saw more than fifty pellets hit Mr Wyndham across the face and neck in 2012 he escaped with his sight. In recovery and post op was told by his plastic surgeon about Orbis, a charity dedicated to preserving and restoring sight in developing countries. Wyndham has since supported the charity and raised £750,000.

London in 2020 “ Looking to the future, Sotheby’s will continue to offer the rarest objects of the finest quality in our New Bond Street auction rooms. One significant change, however, will be the increase in sales of fine art and antiques online, led by the ever expanding global reach of the art market and the development of new online platforms. At Sotheby’s, we have recently announced a partnership with eBay, a fantastic opportunity to open up a selection of auctions to new collectors among eBay’s tens of millions of users. Analysts predict online art sales will reach $13bn by 2020, so it’s an exciting time to be reaching new audiences and developing new models for the art market.”

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Henry Conway Henry Conway is a socialite, party promoter, author and fashion journalist. Henry is a well-established face on the social scene, especially as the organiser of Thursday nights at the regular celebrity haunt ‘Mahiki’ in Dover Street. Henry’s nights at Mahiki have been attended not only by some of the biggest music and film stars in the world but also by royalty, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge being regulars for years before their marriage. As a fashion and lifestyle journalist and commentator, Henry has written for The New York Times, The Guardian and Grazia magazine, to name a few. Henry has also made a name for himself as a broadcaster, appearing on television shows as a fashion pundit. These include: BBC’s Newsnight Review, Twiggy’s Frock Exchange and the BBC series British Style Genius. Most recently, Henry could be found on the Austrian slopes when he competed on Channel 4’s: The Jump. We expect to see Henry continuing to make waves in the world of broadcasting, fashion and of course par tying over the next few years.

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Jamal Edwards At just 22 Jamal Edwards is a firmly established presence in London, and no doubt soon will be global name. In 2006 when a Jamal was a still a teenager, he was using his £200 camera to upload small clips of himself and his friends on their Acton estate in West London. His MC’ing soon attracted the attention of grime ar tists such as Dizzee Rascal, Tinchy Stryder and Wiley. The channel only grew in popularity and star ted to offer lifestyle interviews and event coverage. Jamal’s channel has now amassed more than 150 million views on YouTube. In 2011, Jamal fronted a Google Chrome adver t alongside the likes of Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber. The adver t was revealed to be the second most watched video adver tisement on YouTube in the UK in 2011. Having toured with the likes of Dr Dre and calling the likes of Ed Sheeran a close friend, Jamal’s rise to fame shows no sign of letting down.

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Taavet Hinrikus Taavet Hinrikus is co-founder of TransferWise, the international money transfer platform. TransferWise helps customers send money abroad at a lower cost than ever before. It uses technology to cut out all the hidden fees banks and brokers charge. The platform is growing fast: its customers have already used it to move over £1bn and it’s attracted $33m from investors such Sir Richard Branson, Peter Thiel and Max Levchin, the co-founders of PayPal. Prior to star ting TransferWise, Taavet was Skype’s director of strategy until 2008, star ting as its firstever employee. He helped take the business from an idea on the back of a napkin to a multi-million user business. He also helps the star t-up community as an advisor and angel investor. His investments include Tweetdeck, Mendeley, OMGPOP, Betaworks, Farmeron and Telepor td among others. At TransferWise, Taavet looks after marketing and product development.

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Travis Kalanick In 2009 Travis co-founded the mobile app Uber with Garrett Camp backed by the likes of Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, Google Ventures and Ashton Kutcher. The company was initially opened to a niche market in San Francisco and has since grown considerably, now operating 70 cities around the world and aims to be in 500 by 2017. Travis has stayed with the company as CEO and helped guide development. Uber has been making a big splash in London by faultlessly connecting riders to drivers causing a storm within the 3 billion pound a year business! LA born Travis, studied computer engineering at UCLA. Along the way to setting up and becoming CEO of UBER Travis has actively invested in and advised other passionate star t up entrepreneurs.

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Alexander Martin Alexander Martin is a self taught entrepreneur. Setting up his first small business at 15, selling hand made car body-kits from his back garden and sending them world wide, Alexander realised he had an entrepreneurial flair. At the age of twenty he decided to set up his next small business, selling super and Hyper cars and arranging finance. With just £100 in his pocket to star t the company, Alexander printed off leaflets, walked through London leafleting and in his first year of business, he turned over £1m from his bedroom in Nor th London. Alexander created the Envy Group a Luxury Management company which specialises in the rarest items and experiences money can buy. The firm works on an introductory only basis ensuring a specific type of client relationship is maintained. Envy offers a specialist service: proper ty investments, acquisitions, VIP and private events, super cars, yachts, jets, luxury goods. You name it, they can do it. Recently nominated for a London Lifestyle Award, Alexander, known as the Mayfair “Fixer” maintains his focus is creating everlasting memories, whilst giving an elite quality of service. Over the last 4 years, the Envy Group have helped grow a successful LED lighting company, which now works with social enterprises, local councils and Green government projects.

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London in 2020 “It’s hard to predict future trends in food, they can be driven by an exceptional chef coming up through the ranks, a food festival trend or just plain public interest rather than demand. I think we will be looking towards Australia more for inspiration. The creativity of European Immigrants combined with the exotic ingredients and close proximity to South East Asia, have always been a heady and exciting combination. Now with Heston opening in Melbourne and Chefs like Rick Stein having a greater presence over there, it will move fur ther into the spotlight. Closer to home I think the real cuisine of Greece and the Middle East will continue to become increase in popularity. Finally, the UK government will begin to realise how impor tant free school meals are. Eliminating the class divide from day one helps children see how impor tant mealtimes are from an early stage. 2020 should see a new society developing, one that may change the future of our whole country. That one is my prayers, not just my predictions.”


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Sophie Michell Sophie first began her impressive culinary career at the tender age of fifteen, running service, cooking sixty covers a night at a gastropub in Somerset. At eighteen she went on to further train at the prestigious Butler’s Wharf Chef School in London, where she was nominated for the Craft Guild of Chefs’ ‘Young Chef of the Year’ award. Professional contracts at some of London’s most glamorous restaurants, including the Lanesborough, the Embassy and the Michelin-starred Greenhouse followed. Sophie’s reputation as one of Britain’s brightest young chef talents was being set. Sophie’s creations are renowned for their diversity in flavour and origin. Her talents have been sought after by various celebrities as a private chef, including Leonardo Dicaprio and supermodel Claudia Schiffer, by whom she was employed for two years. In 2013, she took the lead at the luxurious Belgraves Hotel, becoming the youngest female executive chef in the UK. The contemporary menu, inspired by Sophie’s travels in California, Australia and the Mediterranean has since accumulated numerous excellent reviews for Pont Street restaurant alongside an ever-expanding fan base. Sophie handles various other successful projects creating menus and producing events. These include ‘The London Cabaret Club’ a unique and exciting pop-up club that opened to critical acclaim as well as collaborating and creating the menu with The 2014 Kent and Curwen Royal Charity Polo Cup with The Duke of Cambridge and HRH Prince Henry of Wales. Held at Lord Lloyd-Webber’s estate ‘Watership Down’ this is the only match where both Prince Harry and Prince William play in public.

Sophie was one of the four young female chefs behind Heathrow Terminal 2’s, ‘The Gorgeous Kitchen’. Launched in June 2014, the restaurant focuses on bringing quality global cuisine to Heathrow passengers, utilizing British-grown produce, and fur ther encouraging the growth of Terminal 2 as a destination for food, fashion and lifestyle. Expanding her career to outside of the kitchen, Sophie is also a highly successful TV presenter and food writer. She has made appearances on various TV programmes, including Sky Taste, Market Kitchen, Comic Relief, Iron Chef USA and Masterchef, and was part of the extremely popular C4 show ‘Cook Yourself Thin’. She co-wrote the accompanying best-selling book, with the same title, as well as releasing cookbooks, ‘Irresistible’, ‘Fabulous Food’ and ‘Love Good Food’. As a writer, Sophie has also had columns and contributed to titles such as Grazia, Healthy Magazine, Eat Me, The Daily Telegraph and The Independent, The Mirror, The Sun, The Times, The Guardian Weekend Magazine, Stella, YOU magazine, The Mail and Observer Food Monthly. Sophie has worked with British and global brands as an ambassador and consultancies include Ocado, Total Yoghurt, Herbal Essences, Haagen Dazs, Danone, Tefal and Lindemann to name a few. Sophie is on the specialist judging panel for the prestigious Mr and Smith Hotel Awards alongside Marcus Wareing and also ‘Young National Chef of the Year’ awards. Making an almost full circle from being nominated to now judging.

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photo by Tim Fox

London in 2020 Inspiration for many hairdressers are either seen on the catwalk, or on the heads of various movie and pop stars. Trends are forever changing although it still seems to keep an essence of our favourite era. Science & technology is also moving forward at an alarming rate, so 2020 could see a number of major differences in hair and design. I would predict that hair loss and balding will start to become a thing of the past. Hair colour brands will develop more organic colours, making them 100% safe and with better technology for anti fade, especially for those brighter colours. Permanent colours will also develop a lot quicker without the aid of heat! The quality of hairdressing in the UK is outstanding and it’s hard to see exactly where it’s going, although (thinking outside the box) from 2020 and beyond may see the beginning of robotic engineering in hair. This would revolutionize the industr y in the same manner as robotic surger y. For the wealthy this could be performed with the hairdresser at the salon or at home, controlling the robotic arms from a computer station and cut hair thousands of miles away! Now that’s food for thought!!


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Stuart Phillips Stuart Phillips is the rising star in the world of hairdressing with a client list which reads like a celebrity Who’s Who. Stuart’s salon has been at the forefront of the hairdressing world for 20 years, styling hair for a verity of household names including Serena Williams, John Cleese, Benicio Del Toro, Ronnie Wood, Beverley Knight, Jonathon Ross and Jamie Oliver, It comes as no surprise that Stuar t Phillips is at the hear t of London’s style scene. Stuar t and his award winning team are regularly frequented by a-list celebrities at his state of the ar t salon, situated opposite the exclusive Covent Garden Hotel. Stuart was also the official hairdresser to BAFTA’s, for three consecutive years, in association with L’Oréal Professionnel, where he worked his magic in styling hair for the nominee’s at the Television Awards, he also styled at the National Television Awards, British Comedy Awards, British Soap Awards and was the personal hairdresser and stylist to ITV’s Dancing on Ice with Torvil & Dean. Stuart and his creative teams methodology is an eclectic mix of eastern and western style which has helped him and his team win various accolades including awards from L’Oreal Professional “Colour Trophy Award” for London Three Times and Cosmopolitan magazine for ‘Outstanding Talent in British Hairdressing’. Always up for a challenge and some fun on the 29th October 2007 Stuar t was entered into the Guinness Book of Records for the most expensive hairdresser in the world costing £8,000 a haircut. Astonishingly he has now beaten his own record charging a staggering £20,000. His record has not been beaten and is currently in the latest edition. In his career Stuar t has created many styles including placing one hundred thousand pounds wor th of diamonds into Michelle Heaton’s hair for the BAFTA’s and repeated this by placing an equal amount into Serena Williams hair for the pre Wimbledon par ty. Stuart is due to open exclusive hair salon in Dubai in 2014. The salon will be the biggest and most spectacular in the Gulf, naturally.

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Lady Natasha Rufus - Issacs Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs is the co-founder of ethical clothing line Beulah. After initially star ting work at Sotheby’s. Natasha quit her job in late 2007 in order to work for the Church of England. In October 2009, Natasha and her childhood friend Lavinia Brennan travelled to India where they met several victims of human trafficking in the care homes of Delhi and Mumba. It was this experience that led Natasha to co-found Beulah an ethical clothing line. Neither Natasha nor Lavinia had any previous experience in fashion or designing though they were moved to do something to assist the women they had met in India. Their clothes have been worn on numerous occasions by the Duchess of Cambridge; including on her royal tour of South East Asia. In both 2011 and 2013 Beulah was commended at the UN sponsored Business Leader’s Award to Fight Human Trafficking.

London in 2020 ‘London for me is one of the most dynamic and exciting places, and as a business and social entrepreneur. I hope that by 2020 it will become one of the worlds’ most creative cities and also be one where human slavery is no longer accepted or tolerated.”

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Jack Rivlin Jack Rivlin is the editor-in-chief of The Tab, a news site read by millions of students every month. He worked briefly as a doorstepping news repor ter for the Evening Standard, where he landed one front page story, and unmasked 50 Shades of Grey author EL James. He also worked as a provocative blogger for the Telegraph, but has spent most of his shor t adult life running The Tab, a mischievous online paper for students, whose stories are picked up by the nationals every week. A descendant of the man who invented bubblegum, Rivlin has kept that torch burning with a romantic mixture of wild scoops and pointless wind-ups at The Tab, in an editorial cocktail known among staff as “thinkbait”. He attended Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith, west London and studied Social and Political Sciences at Downing College Cambridge, and graduated in 2010, before completing an MA in Journalism at City University, London. Along with 30-year-old co-founder George Marangos-Gilks, Rivlin raised seed capital for The Tab through Downing College, and is about to raise a third round of investment. Last year Rivlin was named one of the 1000 most influential Londoners by the Evening Standard and one of the 30 rising stars of digital media by the Guardian, but he still views par ticipating in the Greasy Pole - an endurance event held in Seaview, Isle of Wight - as his finest achievement.

London in 2020 “ I expect and pray that London in 2020 will be a little more romantic, a little less predictable, and a lot less like the inside of Westfield shopping centre. There is something incredibly drear y about leaving a tube station and encountering the same cafés, shops and bored faces as you did the other side. Hopefully, Londoners will decide they have had enough, and we’ll get a bit of variation (this is not a reference to the food, which is excellent). Also, Qatar will be stripped of the World Cup, so we’ll probably be hosting it - I can’t think of a better symbol of renewal than that.”

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Luke Thomas Born in North Wales, Luke balanced his school studies with weekend and evening jobs in the Michelin starred kitchens of the Chester Grosvenor Hotel & Spa, the acclaimed restaurant Soughton Hall, and alongside award-winning butcher Steve Vaughan. In this time Luke Thomas won FutureChef 2009, coming top against 7,500 competitors aged just 15. Luke went on to secure further experience at some of the top restaurants in the world including, Gary Rhodes, Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa and three Michelinstarred restaurants such as Alinea in Chicago. Luke has worked with the UK based Individual Restaurant Company who own brands such as Piccolino and Restaurant Bar and Grill. In 2013 at 18 years old Luke become Chef Patron of his first restaurant Luke’s Dining Room which won Berkshire and Buckinghamshire Restaurant of the Year, he competed for Wales in BBC2’s ‘Great British Menu’ and was the focus of BBC Three’s documentary ‘Britain’s Youngest Head Chef ’ which looked at his hard work and efforts in becoming Chef Patron of Luke’s Dining Room. At just 20 years old Luke is also creator of Retro Feasts, a Pop-up in Mayfair which is soon to open up in Dubai. Luke has also become the founder of Luke’s Broadway, a Modern British Bistro in the heart of the Cotswolds. Luke’s first book ‘Luke’s Cookbook’ has recently been published by Penguin and his latest exciting project is a new restaurant Luke’s Eating House & Gin Rickey’s Bar which will be opening in 2014 in Chester. Other television work includes Market Kitchen (UKTV Food) and appearances on Channel 4’s lunchtime cookery show ‘What’s cooking?’ and as a mystery guest on ‘Russell Howard’s Good News’ and ITV’s ‘This Morning’.


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London in 2020 “ British food is growing in popularity and I hope by 2020 this will be recognised. People around the world find it hard to identity what British food is but these misconceptions will have gone by 2020. There are lots of young British food enthusiasts and producers who are putting their money where their mouth is and using this passion and knowledge to set up exciting and unique independent businesses. I have no doubt London will be seen as a centre of excellence from a food, drink and hospitality point of view.�

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Paul Winch- Furness Highly qualified with a creative streak makes Paul a much sought after food photographer. Paul graduated with a BA (Hons) in Photography from the University of Westminster, and went on to do an MA in Photography from the London College of Communication. His skill and ability to capture food and drink in striking ways has meant he has caught the eye of some of London’s top restaurants, including Scott’s, Nobu, Riding House cafe, The Ivy, Byron and Blues Kitchen plus some of London’s most popular food events like Meatopia and Burger Mondays. Paul has published five books including Mar tin Morales ‘Ceviche’ and he has two more in the pipeline. His talent is widely recognised and Paul has won a multitude of Awards including the prestigious Jerwood Photography Award.

London in 2020 “For me, London is the most exciting and limitless city for food right now. Drawing influence from around the globe, London’s chefs, restaurateurs and designers collaborate to combine top quality sourced produce and creative and eccentric interiors, resulting in constantly evolving menus and spaces which are an equal delight to all the senses. From the underground pop-up movement, burgers and street food, to the most established of restaurants, innovation is always at the forefront of the industr y and I am inspired by the talent I have followed and captured in recent years. Instagram and Twitter have become an integral part of the everchanging nature of our society and this is reflected in the manner in which the restaurant industr y has evolved. This has allowed for the long overdue democratisation of ‘going out for dinner’ - let us all now eat (and photograph) cake..”

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Monique Ziervogel Monique grew up in the Free State in South Africa - she attributes her first influence for wine as being her grandfather and celebrated artist, David Botha. ‘He loved to entertain, he shared a great passion for wine and people and he had a small quota requirement (albeit only one ‘bakkie’ of Hanepoot grapes in crop) with KWV co-operative!’ With no initial intention of working in the wine trade (gaining a degree in Psychology, Philosophy and Human Resource Management) she fell into a job as head of hospitality at Ernie Els Wines in Stellenbosch in 2005. She then moved to Rust en Vrede before landing her first UK job in 2007 with the Summertown Wine Café in Oxford. Here she gained her foundation of knowledge and an attitude regarding wine that was set in a gentle, appreciative, non-intimidating and fun environment. This is where the holistic beauty of wine came before breaking it down and deciphering it. Her first Sommelier position was with Katherine Larson at the Orrery (D&D London) where she got the necessary training and experience giving her a step up in a career in wine. In 2013 Monique was offered the position of head Sommelier and wine buyer for Villandry Grand Cafés in London, where she loves to experiment and changes her list of 100 Old and New World wines each month by holding tasting events with a specific producer. Monique considers herself to be an international wine lover and hopes to complete her Diploma in wine with WSET in the next couple of years.

London in 2020 “By 2020 we will be drinking more wines from unexpected places such as India and China. Maverick winemakers will continue to break through boundaries and demand respect, stereotypical wines from specific countries will change, native grapes that express a sense of place and wine practices that show respect for the environment and that are ecologically and economically sound.”

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The Fifty  

The London Lifestyle Awards proudly present 'The Fifty'. A beautiful book celebrating 50 inspiring people who are Key Lifestyle Influencers...

The Fifty  

The London Lifestyle Awards proudly present 'The Fifty'. A beautiful book celebrating 50 inspiring people who are Key Lifestyle Influencers...

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