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ou can’t have missed the fact that Valentine’s Day is around the corner. The Canary Wharf stores are adorned with love hearts, and the restaurants and bars are promoting their menus à deux. The origins of the day make interesting reading; Saint Valentine is an enigmatic historical character, in fact he may have been two different men. One account from the 1400s describes Valentine as a temple priest from Rome who helped Christian couples wed. A different account claims Valentine was the Bishop of Terni, martyred by Claudius II. Some historians believe it was Geoffrey Chaucer who invented Valentine’s Day. No record exists of romantic celebrations on February 14th prior to a poem Chaucer wrote around 1375 called Parliament of Foules, in which he described how people came together on the St Valentine’s feast day to find a mate. Today, although finding a partner can be as simple as swiping right, relationships have evolved. On page 18 writer Justine Smith looks at what coupledom looks like in 2019 and how romance is far from dead – and more interesting than ever. For traditionalist readers out there considering proposing, you’ll find lots of engagement ring (or men-gagement ring) advice on page 24, and on page 15 you’ll find a guide to buying the best chocolate – frankly worth buying whether as a gift for a loved one, or just for you. Of course February 14th is not just for couples and romantics. Valentine is also the patron saint of beekeepers – so maybe celebrate by buying some organic honey or planting some bee-friendly flowers. Wishing you love,
...FEELING THE CHILL AT THE ICE HOTEL
Deputy Editor Ellen Millard braved minus 15 degree temperatures to stay in Sweden’s famous Ice Hotel. Read of her adventures and attempts to ice sculpt in the March issue.
The new collection of Michael Kors’ bags. There are shoes to match too – roll on payday.
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– theatrically speaking, while watching Witness For The Prosecution at County Hall. The Agatha Christie play, which she herself said was one of her best, is set in a unique courtroom setting at County Hall. The production is fully immersive, the audience are in the centre of the action in the court room and can sit in both jury stalls and the press bench. witness county hall.com
Sampling one too many lunches at the fabulous Wharf Kitchen. We’ve now developed a bit of a habit – if it’s Monday, it must be The Vurger Co, Tuesday, it’s Rainbo… Street food has never been so near.
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Enjoying the curling tournament at the Canary Wharf Ice Rink. The ice rink and Grandstand bar remains open until February 16, so there’s still plenty of time to hit the ice.
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CONTENTS ISSUE NO. 163 – FEBRUARY 2019
R EG U L AR S 12
CO NTR I B U TO R S The writers behind this month’s issue
AGENDA Things to see, do and buy this Valentine’s Day
KIDS’ CLUB Half term activities and healthy teeth hacks
FOOD & DRINK The best dinner date spots and lunchtime haunts
HEALTH & FITNESS Barry’s Bootcamp opens a new studio in Canary Wharf
BEAUTY EDIT The latest beauty essentials to fall in love with
HER STYLE Update your wardrobe with winter knits from Whistles
FASHION SHOOT How to mix and match this season’s zaniest prints
HIS STYLE Leather accessories from Coach and Church’s
F E AT U RES
THE NEW ROMANTICS Why romance is far from dead
CUT ABOVE A Valentine’s Day gems, diamond rings and bejewelled hearts
HAT I KNOW ABOUT FLOWERS W Life lessons from Brown’s London founder Sean Brown
CHRISTIAN DIOR: DESIGNER OF DREAMS Celebrating seven decades of haute couture at the V&A
LONDON’S BEST SUNDAY ROASTS The holy grail of the Yorkshire Pudding world
FACE THE FUTURE Where to find the top beauty treatments in town
CUTTING EDGE The rise of the contemporary, demi-fine jewellery brands
68 RANKIN The avant-garde photographer talks career highlights and social media woes 74
TRUE COLOURS How to intoduce Pantone’s Colour of the Year to your home
PACK YOUR BAGS Book a room at the world’s most romantic boltholes
A MEXICAN AFFAIR Exploring Mexico’s Cancún, the thriving peninsula bordering the Caribbean sea
SEOUL SEARCHING Does culture overshadow tradition in Seoul?
COLD AS ICE Checking in at cool Canada in the winter
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Inside EcoWorld London’s Aberfeldy Village
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A LE X A N DR I A R EI D London-based fashion and celebrity stylist Alexandria Reid has dressed the likes of Idris Elba, Tom Hardy and Isla Fisher. See her work in action in our fashion shoot on page 54.
J O SH S I MS Freelance writer Josh Sims writes for the likes of Wallpaper* and the Financial Times. For this issue, he sat down with photographer Rankin to discuss his new book (p.68)
M HA I R I GR A HA M Our resident jewellery expert Mhairi Graham seeks out the best sparkling Valentine’s gifts on page 24, and explores the rising phenomenon of demifine jewellers on page 52.
NICK SAVAGE This issue, editor at concierge company Innerplace and lover of Sunday lunches Nick Savage rounds up the best roast dinners in the capital – Yorkshire puddings, gravy and all (p.38).
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How to Say I Love You in (Almost) Every Language This beautifullydesigned book by Celeste Shelley is exactly what it says on the cover: a guide to saying those three special words in 150 languages, including fictional tongues Klingon, Na’Vi, Dothraki and Elvish. This is the perfect book for romantics, language-lovers, travel enthusiasts and singletons – because you never know when (or where) you’ll meet The One. £12.99, smithstreetbooks.com
GENDA EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS MONTH WORDS ABISHA SRITHARAN
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Millenial pink is going no-where in 2019; if you’re late to the party, look to Coach for totes in every shade on the blush spectrum. The label’s new Valentine’s Day collection includes backpacks, handbags and purses decorated with dainty floral motifs and pearl accents. Take your pick from a plethora of saccharine shades.
Gold Collection Box of 24 Mixed Chocolates, £32, Godiva, Jubilee Place
Coach, Canada Place
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Move over AirPods, there’s a new wireless headphone set in town. Bang & Olufsen’s Beoplay E8 2.0 is, as the name suggests, the second iteration of the brand’s original wireless buds, with superior sound, intuitive touch control and a fancy new wireless charging case. Apple, who?
Message Box of 5 Milk Chocolate Hearts, £2.50 each, Hotel Chocolat, Canada Place
Available from 14 February, £300, B&O, Cabot Place
Red Heart Desire Box of 20 Mixed Chocolates, £32, Charbonnel et Walker, Canada Place
Young Picasso takes an in-depth look at the life of one of the greatest artists of all time. The film explores three cities which played a key role in Pablo Picasso’s life and art – Málaga, Barcelona and Paris – and offers unique insight from historians, curators, letters from friends and lovers, and even the artist’s grandson. PABLO PICASSO, LES DEMOISELLES D’AVIGNON,1907, OIL ON CANVAS. ACQUIRED THROUGH THE LILLIE P. BLISSBEQUEST (BY EXCHANGE) ©2018 ESTATE OF PABLO PICASSO/ ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK
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Cupid’s Chocolate Bar, £3 Waitrose, Canada Place
OBJECTS of DESIRE
Top your favourite Jo Malone fragrance with a ruby red cap for a romantic twist on your most loved scent Available until 14 February, Jo Malone London, Cabot Place
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THE NEW ROMANTICS A S VA L E N T I N E ’ S D AY A P P R O A C H E S A N D J E W E L L E R S C H I L L C H A M PA G N E A N D P O L I S H T H E I R D I A M O N D S , T H E BUSINESS OF ROMANCE HAS NEVER LOOKED SO ROSY – AND SO UNCONVENTIONAL WORDS JUSTINE SMITH
omance is far from dead. Despite headlines about the lowest marriage rates on record, coupledom remains an enduring part of British life – albeit almost unrecognisable from just a few generations ago. This year looks set to see integrity and true romance coming to the fore, with a move away from generic dating apps in favour of real-life connection, and wedding celebrations that showcase a couple’s unique story. New legislation will also provide greater choice in terms of the actual wedding ceremony, with changes in the law last year making civil partnerships available to both straight and gay couples, and the government set to legalise outdoor weddings. Take heart if 2018 didn’t work out for you romantically – you’re not alone. More than 44.1 per cent of adults in London classify themselves as single, according to research by Match. While Tinder taught us to swipe right for an immediate hook-up in 2012, this brave new world also brought with it a whole new glossary of terms to describe the multifarious disappointments of modern-day dating – from ghosting and breadcrumbing to catfishing and benching. Now dating experts say instead of pouting provocatively in a virtual shop window, 2019 will be all about sharing what’s important IRL – in real life. GSOH, financial independence, sparkling conversation, similar interests: well-heeled London singletons seek the same. The only question is where to find them. James Preece, dating guru and editor-in-chief of #Dating magazine, has been solving this very problem for his high-earning clients for the past 14 years. He says that dating apps work for some single professionals – but not for most. “Women are
From dipping into dating to making that final commitment, today the only limits are set by boldness and imagination overwhelmed by time-wasting men who want to flirt for an ego boost or are only interested in one thing,” notes Preece. “Lots of men use a scattergun approach: make no effort and hope that one of the hundreds of women they swipe right will go for it, especially on the free apps. On some apps you only get a photo and location – which can be highly misleading. There’s almost no chance of those two factors alone adding up to compatibility. It might have seemed fun for a while but people with careers just haven’t got the time or money to waste on bad dates.” Preece explains that those using apps are now looking for more meaningful pre-date communication before deciding whether it’s worthwhile to meet up, with millennials chatting via Whatsapp and Snapchat, and over 30s preferring to talk on the phone. Bumble, the social network rooted in promoting kindness, has tapped into a general angst around communication by introducing “convo starters” – giving users pre-scripted questions to initiate chats. And he predicts that while the younger demographic will continue to use dating apps, singles become more selective when the nesting instinct kicks in – and, perhaps surprisingly, he says men are getting there earlier than women. “Women tend to come to me in their mid-30s,” he says. “But men are looking for a serious relationship even sooner, when they suddenly realise their clubbing days are over and they want more in their lives. It’s especially hard to meet someone in London. People work long hours, they put up barriers when they are commuting to prevent unwanted attention – headphones, reading a book – and they go out in big groups, so chatting someone up risks mass humiliation.” He notes that discerning singletons are increasingly turning to dating agencies and singles nights, with a growth in high-end events where the ticket price reflects the exclusive nature of the venues and a show of commitment from attendees. Time wasters and one-night-stand seekers are kept away by the entry price. Genevieve Zawada, CEO of London’s super-elite dating agency Elect Club, where clients pay around £15,000 per year for a bespoke coaching and “headhunting” service, says professional singletons are also looking further afield to find the one. “People used to say they wouldn’t date out of Zone 1 or across the river,” she says. “They got used to dating apps matching them on proximity. But now people are actively seeking to go on dates out of their usual environments.” Zawada says she is seeing more international dating, with high-flying execs opting to split their time between two countries if they find someone they hit it off with. “It’s probably partly inspired by Prince Harry and his American wife. Also in today’s world couples don’t live in one another’s pockets so much, they 20
enjoy having time to themselves as well.” And what about those who are already happily attached? In terms of taking the next step, around 220,000 couples are likely to tie the knot this year, including around 6,500 same-sex couples. Wedding planner Mark Niemierko says he is seeing ceremonies moving away from ingrained traditions and rigid themes, and instead becoming an extension of the couple’s characters and interests. “The only theme of the day should be the happy couple and what they are all about,” he says. Cutting the cake is just one tradition that’s rapidly losing favour, with alternatives including a pudding room that offers a mouth-watering spread of mini-desserts and cocktails, guaranteed to get the party going again after the formality of the seated wedding breakfast. Posh outdoor food trucks for evening guests are also proving increasingly popular. Niemierko’s clients, who spend an average of £500,000 on their nuptials, tend to hire entire city hotels or country estates. The best London hotels are so popular they are often booked 18 months in advance. Older couples are likely to choose more intimate ceremonies or take a smaller party abroad, while lucky guests at one wedding were transported via British Pullman train from London to a reception at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. While the typical spend for the big day might not stretch to this – wedding planning website Hitched places the London average at £41,521 – whatever your budget, weddings in 2019 will be less married to obligation and more committed to honouring the couple themselves. With religious ceremonies down by 8 per cent from 2014-2015, according to the latest national statistics, people are choosing more unusual, creative celebrations for their big day, with venues including rustic locations such as barns and farms, or truly unconventional settings such as football grounds and Victorian police cells. “I’m seeing a huge rise in couples who opt for an intimate official ceremony followed by a celebration with friends and family in an unforgettable venue,” says Kelly Wickson, who founded Truly Quirky Wedding Venues five years ago. “Our treehouses, museums and fairgrounds are all incredibly popular.” With the laws around outdoor weddings set to change in 2019, DIY garden weddings will be among the hottest summer trends and Pinterest searches in this area went up by over 400 per cent last year. An al fresco theme also feeds into a general move towards sustainability. Expect to see more e-wedding invites, outdoor events, green foliage and flowers that can be replanted, and a conscious effort to avoid single-use plastics. In terms of bridal fashion, Meghan Markle’s classic, unadorned Givenchy gown and Princess Eugenie’s V-necked dress with
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cathedral-length veil will inspire bridalwear in 2019. Janice Dwumfour from The Wedding Gallery, London’s wedding department store, says crisp white, as showcased by both royal brides, will remain a favourite, while soft blush and metallics such as rose gold, silver and champagne will also feature strongly in the spring/summer 2019 designer bridal collections. “We are seeing these colours naturally transcending into non-fashion categories such as cakes, flowers and table decorations, alongside emerald green and burnt orange inspired by Princess Eugenie’s wedding cake,” Dwumfour says. For the groom, there will be no more trainers with casual suits in 2019 which was seen regularly at celebrity and otherwise weddings in 2017/2018. Instead, think slim-fitting three-piece suits in bold shades of classic hues, such as midnight or petrol blue, or regal purple. Tailored shirts and hand-stitched brogues complete the look. There’s nothing stopping the groom from putting his trainers back on for the honeymoon, however. While the traditional luxury island resort will always be a popular choice, this year’s Pinterest trend is for quieter islands, such as the Azores instead of Antigua, Stromboli instead of St Lucia. LU X U R Y L ON D ON .C O.U K
Newly-weds are also looking to inject their first days of married life with a dash of derring-do, with honeymoon activities such as gorilla trekking in Rwanda. Other trends include an initial “minimoon” in a luxury hotel, followed later in the year by a sabbatical from the office to complete rewarding voluntary work together overseas or endurance activities such as mountain climbing or cycling holidays. Jane Anderson, editor of website 101 Honeymoons, says that the main change over the past year has been the impact of Instagram, with “couples looking for unique experiences that have a real wow factor. We’re also seeing trends towards more adventure trips, rather than beach holidays. A lot of couples are looking to do something that none of their friends or Instagram followers have done before, whether it’s dinner on a private island in the Maldives or a Vespa tour of Hanoi’s night markets. There’s also been a huge rise in the demand for ‘soft’ adventures, such as jungle zip lining in Costa Rica and a fullmoon walk to Iguazu Falls in Brazil.” From dipping into dating to making that final commitment, today the only limits are set by boldness and imagination – but as the latest trends prove, one thing remains certain. Love will never go out of fashion. 21
Number of swipes per day made by Tinder’s 57 million users across 190 countries Price of an average date in London, according to Elite Singles, including dinner with wine, cinema tickets and a taxi, making the UK capital the second most expensive city in the world for dating
Increase in Pinterest saves on “mangagement” rings after Ed Sheeran wore his, given to him by fiancée Cherry Seaborn
Love By Numbers
£4,545 The average cost of a honeymoon, according to a survey by Hitched, the second biggest wedding spend after venue hire (£5,221)
£1,483 20 billion
Average spend on an engagement ring by British men in 2018, almost double that of 2017 according to insurer Protect Your Bubble. Still, it’s less than a third of the average three-month salary traditionally spent on the sparkler
Number of matches since Tinder was introduced
30 Percentage of married Tinder users according to 2015 research by GlobalwebIndex (a figure denied by Tinder which points to its 18-25 average age)
4 Number of years couples wait before tying the knot, according to website Hitched
11 Percentage of proposals made by women, according to Hitched
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WHO’S FOR AN ADVENTUREMOON? Adrenaline-fuelled honeymoons and those off the beaten path are becoming more popular and a raft of companies now offer couples adventure holidays that are more than just chilled champagne and a rose petal strewn bed. From swimming with whale sharks in Australia to sliding down sand dunes in Paracas, Peru and sleeping in caves in Turkey, there is much to offer couples looking for experiences to treasure. Queenstown, New Zealand holds the crown for its sheer volume of high-energy activities. From fastpaced jet-boating and bungee jumping to canyon swinging and ice climbing. Growing in popularity as a honeymoon destination is the Galapagos, where Darwin lovers can swim with penguins, kayak alongside sea lions and stay in a hotel within a volcano. The remote vocanic Easter Island has also seen a rise in couple’s choosing it as a stop off location en route to adventures in Chile or the beaches of Polynesia. In Iceland, couples can scuba dive at the fault line between two tectonic plates by day and watch the northern lights spectacle by night. Peru’s Machu Picchu is also a good choice for couples who like a challenge. The insanely steep Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu provide a bucket list tick. There is the chance to try out llamas trekking and white-water rafting.
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TIFFANY TRUE, £13,100, CABOT SQUARE
DEWDROP COLLECTION BY DE BEERS JEWELLERS, £3,475
BLOSSOM PENDANT NECKLACE, £6,500, BOODLES
FRENCH ACTRESS, SINGER AND CHANEL AMBASSADOR ALMA JODOROWSKY IN PÉTALES DE CAMÉLIA
A CUT AB OVE SET HEARTS AFLUTTER THIS MONTH WITH DIAMOND RINGS, BEJEWELLED HEARTS AND DELICATE FLORAL MOTIFS
VINTAGE PENDANT NECKLACE, £10,000, BOODLES
WORDS MHAIRI GRAHAM
hether looking to treat someone special, or love yourself a little more this month, Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse for a stonking great piece of jewellery. For those poised for a proposal, Tiffany & Co. has unveiled a new True Blue collection of contemporary engagement rings. Sleek, minimal bands are discreetly marked with a signature ‘T’, and crowned by the jeweller’s namesake six-prong Tiffany® Setting, first introduced in 1886. Hearts are inescapable at this time of year, so give into romance and load your fingers with glittering concoctions. Queen of Hearts, Jessica McCormack, complements her diamond rings with hanging heart earrings and stacking pieces, which can also be strung on a chain as a necklace. Celebrating the singles club, Annoushka has launched individual heart-shaped stud earrings, handset with thirteen twinkling rubies, while Cupid’s arrow has been refashioned by Robinson Pelham as a glittering single stud. Elsewhere, Chanel and De Beers make the case for flowers, with sinuous pendants abloom with diamonds. Remember: a bunch of flowers is fleeting, but a bouquet of diamonds will last forever.
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RAINBOW PAVÉ HEART PENDANT, £8,700, CAROLINA BUCCI
ARROWS, FROM £390, ROBINSON PELHAM
RUBY GYPSET EARRINGS, POA, JESSICA MCCORMACK
PÉTALES DE CAMÉLIA BROOCH, £7,400, CHANEL
BRIDAL COUTURE RING, POA, HARRY WINSTON HAUTE JOAILLERIE RING, POA, CHOPARD
RUBY HEART STUD, £195, ANOUSHKA.COM
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FLOWERS SEAN BROWN, FOUNDER OF C A N A R Y W H A R F F L O R I S T R Y, B R O W N ’ S L O N D O N , TA L K S TIPS FOR VALENTINE’S
y day starts at 3am and I head to New Covent Garden Market to pick all the flowers for the shop. I like to spend an hour there before I get to work at the Wharf, ready to open at 7am. We also import direct from Holland but these need to be pre-ordered the day before, so it’s important I get to the market for last minute orders and topping up stock. The traditional choice for Valentine’s Day is obviously red or white roses, for which a clean, non-fussy arrangement is always best. Look for quality – it can be tempting to go for a cheaper option from a supermarket but these are often cheap for a reason. The roses themselves will be of a lower grade and won’t last as long, so you’re not really getting more value for your money. If you’re looking for something different on Valentine’s, try going for red coloured plants, lilies or orchids. Men and women also tend to buy the same when it comes to flowers. There are no rules to say that different genders require different flowers – anything goes. My number one tip for helping flowers stay fresh is to keep them cool. Don’t leave them on the windowsill in direct sunlight or over a radiator. Also change the water regularly and cut the stems a little. The stems seal up to preserve their water when you cut them, so you must re-cut to allow them to soak up more water. Another great tip for getting the best bouquet is to order in advance. Flowers are something that often get picked up at
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One Canada Square and we did all the Christmas flowers for Tom’s Kitchen in Canary Wharf. I love working here. It’s a very slick, well-managed destination. I set up the business around nine years ago now and have built up an amazing team of fully trained, skilled florists. If you’re not sure on anything, just ask one of our florists in store. They’re always happy to help and can guide you in finding the type of flowers you’re looking for. Don’t forget to pick up a plant pot or vase to display your flowers in and throw in a box of chocolates for good measure.”
“We once delivered flowers to a customer in a parking bay” the last minute but if you forward plan, the florist has plenty of time to order in exactly what you want and have it ready for you to collect nearer the time. At Brown’s we’ve delivered flowers all over Canary Wharf, from offices and buildings to restaurants, and I remember one time we even delivered to a parking bay in a car park. We also supply flowers to corporate clients around the area such as the O2,
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BARE YOURSELF C E L E B R AT E W H O Y O U A R E I N A L L Y O U R U N F I LT E R E D G L O R Y W I T H F I E R C E B O D Y S U I T S , LINGERIE AND HOSIERY DESIGNED TO EMPOWER
Creating skinwear pieces designed to boost your confidence, Wolford has launched a spring/summer collection based on six key looks to help women tackle everything life has to offer. The latest collection provides a fashion foundation to show off. Whether you’re feeling empowered in a new fashion creation or in need of a little lift, these pieces
are made to help women feel their best. Wolford’s mission is to celebrate women’s characters. It’s all about being passionate, empowered and also learning to embrace your flaws; juxtaposing perfection with realness. Wolford’s products are sure to help add class and confidence to any outfit. Wolford, Jubilee Place, wolfordshop.co.uk
Key Looks for
SPRING/SUMMER 2019 CITY SOUL
Fatal Drape Body, £145
When it comes to city life, functionality and comfort can give you the upper hand. These knee-highs come in a liberating open-toe design, providing the ultimate support using pressure gradient as well as freedom to move. Plus, they’re a winning piece worn with sandals and peep-toe shoes.
BE BASIC Channelling the power of the 80s, Wolford have launched body suits with a little more attitude. Knitted ruffles and waterfall necklines add an ultra-feminine edge. Rich Lax Tunic, £225 City Soul Knee-Highs, £21
3W SKIN SERIES
3W Forming Body, £165
It’s out with the old and in with the new. The 3W Forming Series is an updated model of Wolford’s smoothing Cotton Contour material, refined with flat silicone lines. They’re body suits made for body confidence, featuring double layered bust and straps for optimal support with discreet side seams and body shaping fabric.
THE TRINITY Had a stressful week and have a big night out after work planned? Wolford’s Trinity range of legwear and clothing, made from a new binding knit technique, will highlight all of your best assets with its body-mapping, jaw-dropping 3D effect.
OH HONEY NO
Trinity Dress, £400
I HEART YOU
Sometimes, you just have one of those down days. But dry your eyes, it’s ok, because feelgood fashion will help you go get ‘em. Feel fierce in this formfitting Sail Print Body with sheer panel details.
Sweet Tendrille Bralette, £110
Sail Print Body, £195
Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples. Practise a little bit of self-love and treat yourself to something from the Sweet Tendrille collection. Its delicate embroidery on ultra-fine tulle feels luxuriously light on the skin.
String Panty, £50
CHRISTIAN DIOR: DESIGNER OF DREAMS T H E V I C T O R I A & A L B E R T M U S E U M C E L E B R AT E S S E V E N DECADES OF HAUTE COUTURE IN THE LARGEST DIOR RETROSPECTIVE IN UK HISTORY WORDS ELLEN MILLARD
icture this: it’s 1950 and you’re a model who’s been handpicked by the house of Dior to walk in its first ever London show at The Savoy, a charity event in aid of the Museum of Costume (now the Fashion Museum in Bath). Runway wrapped, the designer informs the team that he’s taking you all for a celebratory lunch at the French embassy. So far, so perfect. On arrival, however, there are no sandwiches, no glasses of champagne nor any sign of lunch at all, liquid or otherwise. Instead, there’s another runway, another rail of clothes and an expectant audience of four: HRH The Queen, Princess Margaret, Princess Marina of Greece and Princess Olga of Greece. It’s no secret that Christian Dior was a master of haute couture who harboured a plethora of royal and aristocratic fans, but his love of England, and indeed the English royal family, has been explored less. This February, the largest UK exhibition focused on the house of Dior will open at the Victoria & Albert Museum, modelled on the sell-out exhibition of the same name at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, but with an additional section on the apparent anglophile and his obsession with our island.
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“There is no other country in the world, besides my own, whose way of life I like so much,” Dior once said. “I love English traditions, English politeness, English architecture. I even love English cooking.” He first visited our country aged 21, arriving with a view to perfect his English. It was the start of a flourishing relationship and throughout his life the designer connected visits to England with “a sensation of happiness and great personal freedom” — indeed, in his autobiography, he dedicated a special chapter to London and the Londonbased branch of his brand. His label was immediately a hit with British aristocrats, and in 1949 he was delighted to receive a visit from Princess Margaret at his boutique in Paris. On return home, she commissioned him to create a gown, and from that moment remained a staunch Dior fan for the rest of her life. Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams – and an accompanying book, written by exhibition curators Oriole Cullen and Connie Karol Burks – will chart seven decades of the fashion house, exploring the ephemeral influence of its founder and the six artistic directors who have succeeded him: Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri. More than 500 objects will go on display, telling the story of the couturier and his brand using clothes from the Dior archive and the Victoria & Albert Museum’s own personal collection. Look out for the ballgown Dior designed for Princess Margaret’s 21st birthday, on loan from the Museum of London — her “favourite dress of all”. 2 February – 14 July, from £20, Cromwell Road, SW7; Christian Dior by Oriole Cullen and Connie Karol Burks, £35, vam.ac.uk 32
PREVIOUS PAGE CHRISTIAN DIOR WITH MODEL SYLVIE, CIRCA 1948, COURTESY OF CHRISTIAN DIOR; OPPOSITE PAGE, FROM TOP CHRISTIAN DIOR WITH MODEL LUCKY, CIRCA 1955, COURTESY OF CHRISTIAN DIOR; CHRISTIAN DIOR (1905–57), BAR SUIT, HAUTE COUTURE, SPRING/SUMMER 1947, COROLLE LINE; CHRISTIAN DIOR BY JOHN GALLIANO, J’ADORE DRESS, HAUTE COUTURE, 2008 (CUSTOM-MADE), BOTH PHOTOS ©LAZIZ HAMANI
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KIDS’ CLUB TREAT YOUR KIDS TO SOME VERY SPECIAL DAYS OUT THIS HALF-TERM WORDS MORAG TURNER
FRESH AIR IN THE CAPITAL
February can be a bit of a drab month as we all wait longingly for the spring sunshine to appear. Plus, there is a week of school holidays to fill, which is fine if you are heading off somewhere, but trickier to get excited about when the weather is grey and a chorus of ‘what are we doing today’ is on repeat from your offspring. But fear not: there are tons of great events, exhibitions and shows happening across the capital to keep kids (and parents) entertained this half-term. How about becoming a knight at the Tower of London, where the Knight School gives families the chance to travel back to a medieval world? As well as 34
learning (plastic) swordsmanship, kids can have a go at making and decorating their own helmets and shields and trying on the fashions of the day. At the Royal Albert Hall, the worldfamous Circque Du Soleil is on until 26th February and is the ideal half-term family treat, with its breathtaking performances (cirquedusoleil.com). Kids take over the Southbank Centre as the Imagine Children’s Festival returns for 12 jam-packed days of fun. Dive into the best children’s theatre, literature and music, with plenty of workshops and free events for everyone (southbankcentre.co.uk).
Looking for some stylish kit to fill the gap between cosy coats and summer shorts? Head to John Lewis, which has an amazing selection of spring clothes for kids, like these great waterproof macs from White Stuff – ideal for this time of year. Waitrose & Partners, Canada Place
MAKE IT PERSONAL
It’s always tricky to find original presents for kids that don’t cost a fortune, and with all the birthday parties they get invited to it all adds up. That’s why gettingpersonal.co.uk is so useful. The site’s personalised books and notepads make for ideal gifts for youngsters. BRACE YOURSELF
Any parent who has ever struggled to get their kids to clean their teeth will love this great new gadget. Playbrush is an interactive electric toothbrush that connects via Bluetooth to game apps, so children can play and learn the importance of dental hygiene at the same time. Children use their toothbrushing movements to paint
masterpieces, make music or defeat monsters, while parents are sent brushing feedback. The app incentivises movement and encourages children to brush all around their mouth, increasing surface coverage. There is also a Playbrush attachment for manual toothbrushes. £29.99, order.playbrush.com
A DAY TO REMEMBER
If your children have been super good at brushing their teeth, reward them with a special message from the tooth fairy herself when one falls out. With a little of your help and a lot of magic from Little Voice Notes, she’ll leave a personalised message for your little one (sent directly to your WhatsApp) to remind them to keep up the good work. Or maybe your kids would like to hear from one of their favourite Disney characters? Not a problem; the clever team at Little Voice Notes can make that happen too.
Ever feel like your children have more than enough ‘stuff’? If you’d rather treat them to something more memorable than another toy or gadget this half-term, check out Air BnB Experiences, which offers everything from backstage theatre tours to learning how to create an indoor garden. Our top pick is Annie Meier’s collage-making class, which is hosted at the mum-of-two’s own London home. With a bit of creative assistance from the artist, your little ones will leave chuffed to bits with their own mini masterpieces.
£30 per person for the collage class, airbnb.com
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Get a caffeine hit á la George Clooney at the new Nespresso boutique in Waitrose, Canary Wharf. The pop-up mini-store allows customers to purchase their Nespresso coffee capsules and machines, as well as receive expert advice from the Nespresso boutique staff. If it’s good enough for George… Waitrose, Canada Place
FOOD & DRINK
A night listening to live renditions of Barry White’s greatest hits performed by Shenton Dixon, a delicious three course dinner and an extensive drinks menu – this is what you’ll get when you spend Valentine’s Day at Boisdale, Canary Wharf. Delectable dishes to enjoy on this special night include oyster plates for two, truffle Aberdeenshire rib-steak burger and rhubarb and white chocolate baked Alaska. From £55, Boisdale, Cabot Place
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SAY IT WITH LOVE
Head to L’Orchidee this month for an array of indulgent Valentine’s Day treats to share with that special someone. The fine desserts company has curated a range of special cakes and puddings for the occassion, including a heart and bow cake, which is available in a selection of flavours and can be veganfriendly if desired. There is also a heart-shaped box of macaroons and a delicious Valentine’s strawberry cake. From £25, L’Orchidee, Canada Place
Having lunch aldesko? Look to Tom’s Kitchen Deli’s new delivery service for tasty takeaway treats. Simply place your order online to receive fresh salads and sandwiches straight to your office. tomskitchen.co.uk
Canary Wharf’s sky-high restaurant and bar Bōkan is hosting a romantic dining experience on Valentine’s Day. Couples will be guaranteed a window table for two, 37 floors up. Take in panoramic views of London with a glass of Taittinger champagne in hand, before enjoying a six-course tasting menu specially created by executive chef Aurélie Altemaire. Delicious dinner dishes include Portland crab meat salad, citrus jelly, Greek yoghurt with coriander and British dry aged beef fillet with foie gras. £115 per person, 14 February, Bōkan, Isle of Dogs, E14, bokanlondon.co.uk
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LONDON’S BEST SUNDAY ROASTS WHEN IT’S COLD OUTSIDE THERE’S NOTHING MORE COMFORTING THAN A TRADITIONAL WEEKEND LUNCH. SO GRAB THE PAPERS AND SOME FRIENDS OR FAMILY AND TRY OUT THE CAPITAL’S RESTAURANTS AND PUBS WHERE THE GREAT BRITISH ROAST HAS BEEN RAISED TO AN ART FORM WORDS NICK SAVAGE
THE GAME BIRD, SW1 For old-school opulence that is archetypally British, The Game Bird at The Stafford gets top marks. The Sunday lunch menu delivers on all fronts. Kick off with one of the city’s most excellent salmon tartares – packed with pickled shallots, crispy capers and horseradish crème fraiche. If you aren’t in the mood for a traditional roast, the pan-fried black bream with Jerusalem artichokes is something to tweet about. Rib of beef with Yorkshire pudding and roast potatoes, £30, 16-18 St James’s Place, SW1A, thestaffordlondon.com
BLACKLOCK, VARIOUS You’d be hard-pressed to find a better menu of affordable and delicious chops than at Blacklock – and its Sunday roast is comparable in value and equal in deliciousness. We recommend going all in with a mix of beef, lamb and pork roasted over oak and served alongside duck fat potatoes, bonemarrow gravy, a selection 38
of seasonal vegetables and the compulsory pudding from Yorkshire. And you’d be a fool to miss a side of cauliflower cheese. Beef £18, Lamb £17, Pork £16, theblacklock.com
CORA PEARL, WC2 This Covent Garden restaurant, a younger sibling to Kitty Fisher’s, is in the running for London’s best chips, which has helped to earn it pole position in terms of London’s top roasts. Starters are sublime – particularly the devilled eggs – but the roast achieves even higher levels of divinity with ruby-red tranches of beef, perfect Yorkshire puddings and mindbendingly good potatoes. Pork, £25, Beef, £28, 30 Henrietta Street, WC2E, corapearl.co.uk
BOB BOB RICARD, W1 Frenchman Eric Chavot, executive head chef at Bob Bob Ricard – the Russian-British brasserie famous for its Press for Champagne button in every booth – has created what he says is the ultimate incarnation of the Sunday roast. Having held two Michelin stars at The Capital in Knightsbridge, Chavot has refined every element of the quintessential Albion dish, resulting in slow-roasted Agria potatoes triple cooked in veal fat, duck fat and butter; maple syrup-glazed heritage carrots and parsnips; cauliflower cheese finished with 14-month cave-aged Dorset cheddar; and a beef-stock jus made by roasting veal bones. This being Bob Bob Ricard, four champagnes, including Bollinger Special Cuvée NV and Ayala Rosé Majeur, are offered by the glass to pair with Chavot’s big-hitting flavours. There are few better ways to while away a Sunday afternoon. Bob Bob Ricard Sunday roast, £29.50, 1 Upper James Street, W1F, bobbobricard.com
THE GUN, E14 The Gun in Docklands has been serving ale to east Londoners for more than 250 years– but it’s the food that draws the crowds. Head chef Matt Colk is renowned in the area for his colossus Yorkshire puddings, and the rest of the pub’s roast offering is equally delicious. Choose from an array of meats, including roast sirloin of Hampshire beef served with creamed horseradish and gravy, roast belly of pork with apple sauce, slow braised lamb shank with mint sauce and whole Suffolk free range chicken for two with bread sauce and pigs in blankets. Additional trimmings range from whole grain mustard cabbage to buttered kale, beefdripping roast potatoes to roasted cauliflower and, of course, the famed Yorkies. Being a Fuller’s pub, The Gun has a hearty selection of beers on tap, plus a comprehensive collection of gins – served with herbs from the pub’s own gin garden – and a sommelier-approved wine list. Cheers! From £19, The Gun, E14, thegundocklands.com LU X U R Y L ON D ON .C O.U K
THE MARKSMAN, E2 The accolades have been rolling in since St John alumnis Tom Harris and Jon Rotheram opened The Marksman in 2015. Michelin named it British Pub of the Year in 2017 and its Sunday roast, in particular, is praised. Kick off with the legendary beef and barley bun with horseradish while girding your loins for a flavour odyssey through classy, considered options like Tamworth ham with lentils and celeriac or smoked eel broth with hen’s egg and chanterelles. And, of course, there are big Hereford T-bones and braised short ribs with all the fixings for any traditionalists at the table. Two courses, £29, three courses, £33, 254 Hackney Road, E2, marksmanpublichouse.com
THE BULL & LAST, NW5 Back before London’s food scene kicked into overdrive, The Bull & Last in Highgate laid the tracks for gastropubs across the land with a generously portioned, painstakingly provenanced roast. Booked up months in advance, the restaurant had punters lining up for classically executed roast shorthorn sirloin with potatoes, greens and Yorkshire puds. It’s closed for refurbishment until autumn 2019, which may be how long you’d have had to wait for a booking regardless. thebullandlast.co.uk
HAWKSMOOR, VARIOUS Meat mogul Hawksmoor reinvented the steak game and has done something similar for roasts. Aiming to replicate the authentic flavour of a spit-roasted joint of beef, the chefs start the rump on charcoal and finish it in the oven. The final product is slathered in bone-marrow and onion gravy. Anyone who’s ever visited Hawksmoor can attest that the sides are some of London’s best. Beefdripping roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, carrots, greens, roasted shallots and garlic are all exceptional. Slow-roasted rump of beef with all the trimmings, £22, thehawksmoor.com 40
1251, N1 James Cochran wins devoted followers with his cooking, just as he won Great British Menu last year, and his Sunday roast is a force to be reckoned with. Ayrshire 50-day aged côte de boeuf is complemented by a slow-braised short rib
of beef, with honeyglazed parsnips, beef-dripping spuds, coal-roasted cabbage, Yorkshire puddings, smoked bone-marrow and gravy. The coup de grâce? Truffled cauliflower cheese. Ayrshire 50-day aged côte de boeuf, £25 (minimum two people sharing), 107 Upper Street, N1, 1251.co.uk
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WORK UP A SWEAT
Barry’s Bootcamp is opening its fifth London studio in Canary Wharf in February. The boutique bootcamp combines cardiovascular exercises with a nightclub sound system and lighting to create fun but tough workout sessions. After classes, clients can enjoy lavish changing facilities with complimentary towel service and luxury products. The new studio will also have Barry’s Fuel Bar, which will serve up nutritious post-workout protein shakes as well as a range of protein snacks. Visitors can also purchase a range of items at the studio store, including Barry’s T-shirts, sweatshirts and leggings.
Healthy food and drink company C Press has launched a new Liver Flush Booster. The 4oz drink – comprising beets, dandelion, ginger, lemon and milk thistle – is a natural liver detoxifier that will help cleanse the body and support its natural detoxifying systems.
From £22 for a class, Barry’s Bootcamp, Crossrail Place
£3.95, CPress, Crossrail Place
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Chocoholics looking to satisfy their sweet tooth should look to Cachao, an organic, plant-based chocolate. Cachao’s ingredients and bespoke production process retains the goodness of chocolate in its purest form, delivering a hit of naturally-occurring caffeine and theobromine. From £5.50, cachao.eu
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Rude Health has launched its version of the health drink Kombucha in Waitrose. Every bottle is filled with gut-friendly bacteria and yeast – great for the digestive system. The company’s naturally sparkling fermented tea drink is available in two flavours: Original and Ginger. £1.99, Waitrose, Canada Place LU X U R Y L ON D ON .C O.U K
Power Plate, a fitness machine that gives the body’s muscles a workout by using vibrations, is the perfect way to exercise at home. This global leader in vibration technology is used by big names including Serena Williams and Courtney Cox. Among other benefits, Power Plate aims to increase metabolic rate and improve balance. The company now also has a Healthy Mums Programme, which aids new mums with common post-natal problems. From £1,450, John Lewis, Canada Place 43
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Bobbi Brown has launched a stunning new range of liquid lipsticks. The formula, infused with superfruit oils, covers lips in bold colour and rich moisture allowing for a plumped-up look and a comfortable feel. The aptly named Crushed Liquid Lip collection is available in 14 fun shades, including Main Squeeze, Peach & Quiet, Haute Cocoa and Big Apple.
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£19 each, Bobbi Brown Studio, Cabot Place
TAKE A CHANCE
Chanel has unveiled a new eau de parfum version of its popular Chance Eau Tendre fragrance. The floral-fruity fragrance has been re-created to be more bold, intense, and feminine than ever before. The new scent is ideal for women who radiate confidence and are willing to take a chance. From £79, Boots, Canada Square
Nars’s Super Radiant Booster is designed to amplify the skin’s illumination. The new highlighter, which comes in a rose gold shade, is created to complement all skin tones, and creates a subtle sheen on the skin. It also contains Vitamin E, for protection from environmental factors, Squalene, a plant-based moisturiser, and Light Reflective Pearls that allow for that illuminating finish. £25, Space NK, Cabot Place
HAVE A HEART
Love is in the air: treat yourself or someone special to The Body Shop’s Strawberry Heart Gift Set this Valentine’s Day. The heart-shaped tin consists of a sweet strawberryscented shower gel, matching body butter and strawberry lip butter; all enriched with cold-pressed strawberry seed oil. £10, The Body Shop, Jubilee Place LU X U R Y L ON D ON .C O.U K
Award-winning skincare brand La Roche Posay has launched an array of hydrating products created to protect the skin from harsh winter weather. Essentials in the range include a gentle and soothing body balm, a nourishing lip balm and a protective hand cream. From £6.50, Boots, Jubilee Place 45
FACE THE FUTURE IF ONE OF YOUR NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS IS TO TURN BACK THE CLOCK A FEW YEARS, HEREâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SOME GUIDANCE ON HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT AESTHETIC PRACTITIONER, PLUS A ROUNDU P O F T H E T O P T R E AT M E N T S I N TOWN FROM THE EXPERT TEAM AT R E G E N T S PA R K A E S T H E T I C S WORDS KAY GREVESON
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“To improve the overall quality and appearence of the skin, stimulating collagen production is worth considering”
he new year is a time for taking stock and if you are thinking about a personal overhaul, you might be considering some aesthetic treatment. Winter is a season to pay extra attention to your skin – cold temperatures and central heating can wreak havoc, so start by going back to basics and refreshing your skincare routine to achieve a healthy glow. An effective routine can address concerns such as oily skin, blocked pores and dryness, and also improve any pigmentation that might have built up over the summer months, so a good first step is a skin peel to exfoliate dead cells, unblock pores and generally brighten your face.
DO YOUR RESEARCH
If you’re seeking something a little more extensive, it’s important to ensure the practitioner you entrust with your treatment is a medically qualified doctor, dentist or nurse. Doctors are listed on the General Medical Council register and nurses on the Nursing and Midwifery Council register. At reputable clinics you’ll find the staff are highly qualified: I am a nurse prescriber with seven years of experience in aesthetics and a master’s degree. Don’t be afraid to ask to see photos of previous work or to look online to find independent reviews from patients. While there is no official register specifically for aesthetics, impartial registers such as Save Face are a good way of assessing a clinic’s quality. A consultation is recommended before treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers, as this allows time for you to think about what was discussed during the consultation and give an informed consent before going ahead. The cost of aesthetic treatment varies considerably, even in clinics that operate on the same street – if a clinic is significantly more expensive than its neighbour for a similar procedure, consider whether the increased price is worth it. The increased popularity of aesthetic treatments such as Botox and fillers has created more competition and this has brought costs down in some areas. At Regents Park Aesthetics, we believe in making treatments affordable, though cost should not be the first factor you consider – remember that cheaper does not always mean better. LU X U R Y L ON D ON .C O.U K
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HOLDING BACK THE YEARS
So which procedure might be for you? It all depends on the reason for treatment. Botox is very popular; it works on muscles to prevent wrinkles that form as a result of your natural facial expressions. It works differently from filler, which is used to add volume and plump the skin. Sometimes both Botox and filler are used in the same area – for example, on frown lines, where we want to stop the movement so the frown gets no deeper, and also plump out any resting lines. If you are looking to hold back the signs of ageing and maintain a more youthful look, you may want to tackle a sagging jawline or thinning lips. Thread lifts are a very popular and effective treatment to lift sagging skin around the jawline. We use a cannula technique to insert four to five threads on each side of the face, to gently lift the skin and improve the contour of the jaw. We are all aware of the dreaded “trout pout” but, done properly, lip enhancement can be subtly effective. Dermal filler placed in the lip border can improve both lip definition and smoker’s lines around the lip edge. Natural results are the current look, and our clinic specialises in corrective treatment for dermal filler procedures that have been done elsewhere but have not achieved the desired result. In these cases, we use a product called Hyalase that dissolves filler within 24 hours and restores the face to how it was before treatment. To improve the overall quality and appearance of the skin, stimulating collagen production to make the skin look more radiant is the way to go. Platelet-rich plasma treatment is commonly known as the Dracula facial – but don’t let that put you off. It is a brilliant treatment that uses microneedling across the skin, injecting your own plasma, which is packed full of protein to stimulate growth and hydrate the skin. Botox can be used to achieve an eye lift, but if you want a more permanent treatment, the Plexr plasma therapy is an excellent non-surgical option that uses plasma beam energy created from the ionisation of atmospheric gas between the Plexr probe and
the skin. It works by zapping skin with the plasma current to remove any excess, resulting in tightening with no need for the cutting that traditional surgery requires. Treatment takes around 40 minutes and the results are the same as those of surgery, lasting around five years or longer. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK
Once you’ve achieved your desired look, you’ll be keen to maintain it. It is important to look at the ingredients of skincare products, as some have more active ingredients than others. Cosmeceutical skincare products are a mix of beauty and science, and contain more active ingredients such as antioxidants or retinol (vitamin A). Antioxidants can help with specific skin concerns such as pigmentation, sun damage, inflammation and fine lines. These are often only available from beauty or aesthetic clinics but some high-street products contain more active ingredients than others, so always read the label. Look out for retinol, vitamin C and peptides. While we’d all love to turn back the clock to the skin of our 20s, sadly there’s no time machine available. But if your new year resolutions include working towards looking and feeling your best, modern aesthetic treatments are definitely on your side. Today’s state-of-the-art procedures can help restore what nature has taken away – safely, affordably and gently. Regents Park Aesthetics, 19 Wimpole Street, W1G, 020 7580 4813, regentsparkaesthetics.co.uk
TOP TREATMENTS FOR 2019 Botox
What’s it good for? A firm favourite for wrinkle prevention
What’s it good for? Enhancing lip volume
What’s it good for? Improving jawline contour and correcting sagging
What’s it good for? This non-surgical eye lift is as effective as the scalpel 48
What’s it good for? Improving skin quality and promoting radiance
More men than ever before are opting for cosmetic treatments. Growing in popularity specifically are jawline sculpting and treatments for excessive sweating. PRP therapy can also help stimulate hair growth in men with thining hair, as well as improve wound healing and the appearence of scars
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Who says workwear has to be boring? Give your wardrobe a zany update courtesy of Hobbs, which has just launched its colourful SS19 collection – a line of structured suits, animal print blouses and slick leather accessories. Dapper dog sadly not included. Hobbs, Jubilee Place
In honour of Valentine’s Day, Monica Vinader has released a series of dazzling star, moon and heart charms in yellow and rose gold. A complementing, customisable charm bracelet gives you the option to mix and match. From £135, Monica Vinader, Jubilee Place
Prepare to be hypnotized by Me+Em, the affordable luxury brand that keeps prices low by cutting out the middlemen. This 100 per cent merino wool knit (left) has an oversized boxy cut and a graphic design akin to an optical illusion.
Whistles’ new range of nice knits are made from the softest sustainable cashmere. Re.Verso™ is a regenerated Italian yarn produced from post-factory waste, with the look, feel and style of the original material. David Attenborough would approve.
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CUTTING EDGE T H E R I S E O F T H E C O N T E M P O R A R Y, D E M I FINE JEWELLERY BRANDS COMMANDEERING Y O U R E V E R Y D AY W A R D R O B E WORDS MHAIRI GRAHAM
hells, chains, charms and hoops-aplenty; demi-fine jewellery, laced with devil-may-care attitude, continues to populate our social feeds and wishlists. Crafted predominantly from sterling silver and gold vermeil, the ever-expanding demi-fine genre bridges the gap between fine and fashion jewellery, offering affordable, high-quality pieces that are elegant, edgy and made for mixing. Demifine jewellers also take sustainability seriously, with the majority of new designers advocating eco-friendly materials and plastic-free packaging. The demi-fine market has sparked its own ubiquitous micro-trends, from gleaming horn necklaces (first spearheaded by Spanish designer Maria Pascual) to coin pendants (thank Alighieri and Missoma). The category is also growing bolder. Minimalist chains and huggie hoop earrings now sit alongside supersized pendants and sculptural designs, while chain belts and chunky charms are also on the rise. Discover our favourite demi-fine brands to covet ( just remember to remove before you shower or swim).
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Tohum can be credited with kickstarting the ongoing shell trend, with its now Instagram-famous Concha collection. Founded in Istanbul by Verda Alaton, the brand translates seashells and natural forms into gleaming, gold-plated brass bracelets, which can be worn all year round. netaporter.com
Rosh Mahtani turned her hand to jewellery design after studying French and Italian at Oxford University, where she developed a particular affinity for Dante Alighieri’s epic 14th-century poem, Divine Comedy. The otherworldly odyssey became the catalyst for Mahtani’s unique collection of modern, medieval-style jewellery, which strikes the balance of delicacy and drama. alighieri.co.uk ALEX MONROE
Young Frankk is the LA-based designer tipped to take the UK by storm this year. Founded by artist and self-taught designer Christine Young, the brand’s sculptural Hands earrings have been doing the rounds on Instagram, alongside gleaming beaded collars and her double Cozette hoops.
Alex Monroe’s imaginative world of wild flowers, feathers and prowling wildlife is the perfect foil to city life. The brand recently partnered with Friends of the Earth in order to be as eco-friendly as possible.
The burgeoning dove motif, debuted by new jewellery brand Recognised, is fast becoming a symbol of solidarity in London. Launched by husbandand-wife duo Anneka & Joel, one hundred per cent of all net profits from the sale of the dove Popon® are donated to charities supporting those with mental health issues, including MQ & Student Minds. recognisedstore.com
Monica Vinader is the original demi-fine doyenne, credited with pioneering the ‘sweet spot’ market of personalised, affordable fine gems and inspiring the superfluous stacking trend. From Kate Middleton to Kate Moss, the world’s leading ladies have worn her lustrous adult-appropriate friendship bracelets and vibrant gemstone rings, and more recently her chunky, customisable Alta charm bracelet.
Maria Black has long been the cool girl’s go-to for minimalist metal rings and signature hoops, which range from diminutive huggie styles to saucersized swingers. The Danish designer trained at Goldsmiths in London before relocating to Copenhagen, and her sleek, clean-lined creations are the perfect balance of Dalston and Denmark. maria-black.com
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HIM: JUMPER, £120, JCREW.COM; TARTAN TROUSERS, £435, SHOES, £420, BOTH VIVIENNEWESTWOOD.COM; HER: TROPHY KNIT DRESS, £795, TROPHY LONG KNIT CARDIGAN, £795, TEMPERLEYLONDON.COM
PHOTOGRAPHY TURI LØVIK KIRKNES
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IT’S TIME TO THROW OUT THE SARTORIAL RULE BOOK: THIS SEASON’S ZANY PRINTS ARE BEST WORN TOGETHER IN A CLASHING TRIBUTE TO ALL THINGS PATTERN
HIM: CHECK TROUSERS, £590, FRANK NAVIN SHIRT, £590, BOTH MARNI.COM; HER: NANDY LEOPARD DRESS, £6,200, ONG-OAJ PAIRAM, NET-A-PORTER.COM
STIRLING JACKET, £695, STIRLING TROUSERS, £350, SARA SEQUIN T-SHIRT, £795, ALL TEMPERLEYLONDON.COM; SO KATE SHOES, £595, CHRISTIANLOUBOUTIN.COM
CHECK BLAZER, £900, CHECK TROUSERS, £570, LARGE CHECKED SHIRT, £410, ALL MARNI.COM; MERCURINO TOP HANDLE BAG, £550, FURLA.COM
SATIN TROUSERS, POA, SATIN DRESS, POA, BOTH PETERPILOTTO.COM; GOLD PLATFORM HEELS, Â£600, GIUSEPPEZANOTTI.COM
HER: LONG EMBROIDERED TULLE DRESS, £1,077, BODICE, £475, BOTH SARRIERI.COM; CLOUD METAL STAR CAGE CLUTCH, £3,295, JIMMYCHOO.COM; HIM: EXPLORER BOMBER JACKET, £630, ‘PREVIOUS STONES’ PRINT T-SHIRT, £165, NAVY WOOL TROUSERS, £255, ALL PAUL SMITH, CABOT PLACE
FLORAL COAT, POA, ANDREWGN.COM; HARLOW SATCHEL, £1,150, ARIA DRESS, £1,035, LARGE BOUQUET SCARF, £125, RIBBON HEART STRASS EARRINGS, £295, MARLENE D’ORSAY HEELS, £695, ALL MULBERRY.COM
POLYMIDE DRESS, £24,000, CALF LEATHER BELT, £700, LEATHER HAT, £740, ALL DIOR.COM
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MODELS: LILIA FROM WILD MANAGEMENT AND JEROME FROM PRM HAIR: JASON CROZIER MAKE UP: LAN NGUYEN SET DESIGN: SARAH MACNABB PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANT: CHAEMUS MCMILLAN
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I R R E S I S T I B LY C H I C F R E N C H B R A N D , C L A U D I E P I E R L O T H A S OPENED A STORE IN JUBILEE PLACE, BRINGING WITH IT THE ECO-RESPONSIBLE VALUES IT HOLDS DEAR
Intrinsically-French, Claudie Pierlot, introduces its effortlessly chic style staples with a sporty edge for spring/summer 2019. The preppy Parisian label comes from the same brand group as other much-loved French brands such as Sandro and Maje and is created using beautifully natural materials, including organically farmed cotton. Clean lines and modernity are evident throughout the collection with sportswear accents in bold stripes and lettering across pleated skirts and sweatshirts.
Classic French design details such as sleek stripes on tailoring and pretty polka dots also help create timeless classics. Creative Director, Vanessa Pierrat says, “I find the English culture’s essence a mix between classic and revolutionary. That contrast is truly an echo to what the brand is about today. London style reflects its mix of culture, its openness to the world, and a certain sense of freedom. I think people in London have no judgement, and have fun with dressing up.”
MAKE A STATEMENT As well as its ultra-feminine and modern fashion, Claudie Pierlot is a brand known for its continuous commitment to important causes, including the release of a capsule collection in 2018 to promote the preservation of natural resources, and a collaboration with The Chain of Hope, to give underprivileged children access to education in 2017. This year, in its campaign for tolerance, solidarity and sustainable development, Claudie Pierlot is renewing its partnership with
UNESCO. The brand’s latest capsule collection, #RiseUpWithClaudie is made up of four organic cotton t-shirts printed with universal messages: “Only Human”, “Raise Up Your Hands and Love”, and “You’re My Earth, You’re My Soul”. For each t-shirt sold, £5 will be donated to UNESCO, in addition to £1 per photo posted by customers with the hashtag #RiseUpWithClaudie. The money raised will help support the Keystone Foundation, a local NGO that for 25 years has been working
in Nilgiri, India – a country that has always been close to Claudie Pierlot’s heart. Thanks to #RiseUpWithClaudie, 100 women will be able to participate in the Green Stewards of Nilgiri Biosphere programme, empowering them by diversifying their sources of income and improving their environment. Capsule t-shirts will be available in every Claudie Pierlot shop from 12 March 2019. Claudie Pierlot, Jubilee Place, claudiepierlot.com
IN THE BAG
British cobbler Church’s has redesigned its range of leather accessories in a series of new colourways, following the collection launch in March last year. The line of suitcases, satchels, laptop bags and card holders is now available in emerald green and white, in addition to the core black and brown styles. Church’s, Cabot Place
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STEP IT UP
An iteration of its classic tassel loafer, Crockett & Jones’s new shoe is a laidback, unlined version aptly named the Tassel(less) Loafer. The water-resistant, leather suede style is available in navy, taupe and tan. Crockett & Jones, Cabot Place
Tudor’s Black Bay Bronze timepiece has an imposing bronze 43mm case, which develops a unique patina over time. Attached to an elegant aged brown leather strap, the watch has an automatic movement and is water resistant up to 200m. £2,860, DMR, Jubilee Place
Hackett London’s new premium Mayfair collection bridges the gap between smart and casual wear, providing the perfect uniform for spring. Take your pick from laidback checked blazers, powder blue suits and plush velvet blazers. Hackett London, Cabot Place
TAKE THE MIKE
Taking a break from his starring roles in Black Panther and Creed, Michael B. Jordan has followed in Selena Gomez’s footsteps and taken on the mantle of Coach brand ambassador. He models the label’s SS19 collection in the new campaign. Coach, Cabot Place
JOIN THE CLUB
Whether you went to Oxbridge or not, join the crew with Polo Ralph Lauren’s Oxford Club collection, a line of preppy university-style sweats, knits and shirts in fitting navy, cream and Oxford blue hues. Ralph Lauren, Cabot Place
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RANKIN F R O M E A R LY P R O V O C AT I V E P O R T R A I T U R E I N T H E L AT E 1980S, THROUGH HIS FOUNDING OF FASHION BIBLES DAZED AND CONFUSED AND ANOTHER MAGAZINE, J O H N R A N K I N W A D D E L L , K N O W N S I M P LY A S R A N K I N , H E L P E D C A P T U R E T H E A E S T H E T I C S A N D AT T I T U D E OF AN ERA. NOW A NEW BOOK, EDITED BY THE P H O T O G R A P H E R H I M S E L F, P R O V I D E S A D E F I N I T I V E L O O K AT O N E O F T H E M O S T P R O F O U N D I N F L U E N C E S ON MODERN FASHION AND PHOTOGRAPHY WORDS JOSH SIMS
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’d like to go to a Gucci party and feel part of it all,” says Rankin. “But I don’t. I’ve always felt on the periphery of the fashion industry. I’m seduced by it, of course, even though I know it’s shallow. But I’ve just never felt part of it – a bit too fat, not as good looking. I think I’ve always felt like an outsider.” It’s an odd thing to hear Rankin say, on more than one count. After all, he epitomised the heady excesses of London’s independent fashion publishing boom of the 1990s – he co-founded the influential Dazed & Confused magazine straight out of college – garnering the kind of reputation for untrammelled cocksureness that, he says, “will definitely influence some people’s decision about me even now. I was crazy and arrogant then, and that sticks”. The celebrated photographer has spent three decades in the fashion world – a period he has documented in a new book, the self-critically titled Unfashionable, a collection of his best imagery. “Yeah, I think the feeling of being an outsider comes from knowing I never had the right background, that sense of coming from nothing – though it’s even worse now, you really need that silver spoon [to get on],” he says. “I was just this lower middle-class kid from Glasgow by way of St. Albans. But then I think that gave me an advantage too – I had this clean sheet of paper to start with.” It’s a sheet that the Kentish Town-based
photographer and director has certainly scribbled on and folded up in his own distinctive way: fashion images that are rarely just about fashion, but contain some undercurrent of commentary or perhaps cheek; advertising campaigns for the likes of Dove, Diesel and Aston Martin that often stay fresh far longer than the products they’re promoting; videos for the likes of Miley Cyrus and Tinie Tempah; portraits, be they of Michael Jackson, Mikhail Gorbachev or the Queen, that crack through the PR veneer – even
blagging it. I think a lot of creatives live with the feeling that they’re going to get found out. I like to think my work is very humane, which makes it different to other ‘fashion photographers’, though I hate that expression. Even when working for brands, for me it’s about trying to make a connection. I’m a pop photographer, pop as in a bit in your face but more so pop as in populist. I’ve never understood why you should ever have to read a text to understand a photograph. I don’t get that. And I don’t think commerce is a dirty word, though a lot of photographers still do.” The book – big and glossy and impressive as it is – is more than a benchmark of Rankin’s career. It comes at a time in his life – he’s now 52 – when perhaps he’s feeling a little more contemplative. “Milestone? The book is more like a tombstone,” he laughs. “It’s weird because you look through the fashion shots and think ‘wow, I’ve done quite a lot’ and then a second later you think ‘whoa, I’m really old’. It’s nice to go down memory lane, but it’s also a reminder that there’s a new generation behind you and the world is changing.” And not, Rankin argues, entirely in a good way. He’s a more serious thinker than perhaps his public image allows for – and he’s certainly not happy with social media. “Not for the same reason as David Bailey, who said ‘it just means a lot more sh** images’,” Rankin chuckles, “although I do think images today are more powerful and yet at the same time less insightful. Images are proliferating but they’re
“I’ve always felt on the periphery of the fashion industry... I’ve just never felt a part of it – a bit too fat, not as good looking”
getting Her Majesty to crack a smile. “It pays to be inquisitive, to make [your subjects] laugh,” explains Rankin, “and to always remember that it’s a collaborative process – they need to feel like they’re part of it. Besides which, isn’t it rude to take something from someone, even their picture, and then not let them be part of it?” No wonder Rankin has become a brand in his own right – John Rankin Waddell reduced and packaged as a oneword moniker, like Pelé or Madonna. “Even now, when I’m up for an advertising campaign, I still feel like I’m
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mostly a form of branding in effect. It’s at a place which is the complete opposite of why I wanted to get into the medium.” Social media, says Rankin, has completely transformed the business he’s built a career from. Creativity and imagination, he argues, has given way to accountants and data analysis, to chasing hits over vision. “Combined with a celebrity culture that’s out of control, we’re now in a position where some people have a worrying amount of power – a place in which someone like Kendall Jenner has more people following her than the population of many countries… Generally people won’t tell someone with that kind of power that their ideas are sh**.” Rankin, it seems, is an image-maker genuinely concerned with the runaway train of imagemaking. “I think social media is a very negative thing that people – and brands – will in time have to start thinking about ethically.” He has spoken at conferences on the subject and has tried, unsuccessfully so far, to get backing to shoot a documentary on the issue. “It’s the cause of mental health problems, it’s been designed to be addictive, so I get why some people say it’s evil. I’m in my 50s and I find it addictive, so how is a 14-year-old going to feel about it? What I find weird is that when I post something, within five minutes half a dozen people have commented on it. That’s crazy. What are they doing? In time social media will come to be seen like plastic – it will be a more debatable subject. But right now people are scared to question it. ‘Social’? It’s not about connecting. It’s about isolating.” All of which might make Rankin sound like a reactionary middle-aged man, which, in all honesty, he’s not – rather, perhaps, a man who’s simply shaken off a youthful wildness (it’s easy for me to feel like a d*** because I’ve been a d*** most of my life,” he says) and is ready to use his cultural heft to change things up, to back the things he sees as being worthwhile. “Looking back at Dazed, it was like we were all in a band and we broke up because there were too many 72
egos. That wouldn’t happen now, though I do feel that self-belief is very important. You have to believe in your ideas, but also be very critical of them too, which isn’t something that I think can be taught, and which, again, maybe comes from my background,” says Rankin. “Before we put anything out now it’s really jumped through the hoops, so it’s ready. By the same token you have to support others’ good ideas when you see them. The creative world is inherently not into doing that, maybe because it’s hard to make your way up in that world and, when people get there, they tend to be protective. There’s a jealousy – ‘I wish I’d had that idea...’” “Besides,” he adds, “there’s a lot of bull**** in the fashion and advertising industries. That hasn’t changed. It’s probably got worse. And I think over time that teaches you to really try to be honest. I think I have honesty Tourette’s, which doesn’t always go down well. When I was about 15 my mum told me to choose a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. That was the best advice she ever gave me. But, really, you have to remind yourself how lucky you are. And you just can’t take it all seriously. You have to make jokes and recognise the absurdity of what you’re doing. And it really is absurd at times.” Unfashionable – 30 years of Fashion Photography, £50.00, is published by Rizzoli and is available from all good retailers
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TRUE COLOURS WORDS JULIA ZALTZMAN
e wait with bated breath each year for the Pantone Color Institute to announce its much anticipated ‘shade du jour’, and for 2019, the Institute’s 20th anniversary, it’s the celebratory turn of Pantone 16-1546, otherwise known as Living Coral. An animating shade of orange with a golden undertone, according to Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Color Institute, coral “reinforces how colours can embody our collective experience and reflect what is taking place in our global culture at a moment in time”. But how do we implement this vibrant yet mellow hue in our home? Just as coral reefs are a source of sustenance and shelter to sea life, the colour itself envelops us with warmth and nourishment. Linked to tactility and human connection, Pantone Living Coral in shag rugs, cosy blankets and lush upholsteries creates a cosy, comforting and nurturing feeling in the home. It adds a dramatic pop of colour to any room setting whether in decorative accessories, table top or on the wall, and it makes for the perfect bold statement within immersive settings and interactive spaces, such as playrooms. The inviting shade suggests comfort and positivity, but becomes more explorative and effervescent in patterns, textures and even monochrome looks, so get experimental with soft furnishings. It also serves as an appealing accent shade, with coral providing a striking contrast across the colour spectrum.
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CORAL HONEYCOMB BY TALKING TABLES, £6
With Living Coral lying at the centre of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, cushions, throws, tableware and details that feature or emulate kaleidoscopic marine life deliver on all fronts.
EMBROIDERED CUSHION BY ARTHOUSE, £25
Living Coral emits the desired, familiar, and energising aspects of colour found in nature, and fully embraces our love of the ubiquitous pink flamingo, placing this popular bird back in pole position.
MERINO LAMBSWOOL PARQUET THROW BY HURN & HURN, £56.95
Add texture to your interior with an oversized fleece, herringbone or chunky knit throw. The luxury yarn and colour combination will be an elegant counter to a winter of cold nights.
SCATTERED FERN LINEN CUSHION BY CLARISSA HULSE, £50
The ideal hue to serve as a complementary accent colour or to go bold with colour blocking, coral cushions will jazz up any room, sofa or bedroom with just the right amount of pizzazz.
WISTERIA WALLPAPER BY WOODCHIP AND MAGNOLIA, £120
Living Coral combos well with other accents, like vibrant teal and sombre grey, so if your existing décor is more minimalist than pops of colour, try papering the walls or painting select pieces of furniture for maximum effect with little effort.
CARNABY FOOTSTOOL BY ATKIN AND THYME, £119
Fluidity is key when implementing a bold new colour. Be flexible with tone and brave with loungeroom partnerships. Coral pairs well with pink sofas and red footstools, not to mention velvet textures and tactile fabrics.
AILEU GLASS TEALIGHT (SET OF 4) BY PT, £39.99
Candles and home accessories are often the easiest way to apply a new colourway with minimal cost, especially when it comes to dinner parties. Impress your guests with coralicious candles, either with a patterned statement when serving dessert or illuminated tealights for the table.
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GAN ARAM STOOL BY EINRICHTEN DESIGN, £444
STAG CLOCK BY ANNABEL JAMES, £25.95
GAN KILIM RUG BY EINRICHTEN DESIGN, £570
Chairs and stools that possess an open kind of structure with a strong sculptural appearance help to emulate the look of living coral itself; perfect for those one-off pieces of key furniture that can move around the house as and when is needed.
From alpaca to unicorns, whether furry or fantasy, animals continue to grace our walls, floors and creative palettes. Tie the two together in a coral medley of animal magic, and the results can’t fail to please.
The devil is in the detail, and when it comes to home décor this means edging, finishes and trimmings. In smaller spaces it can be better to pair back on colour to maximise its impact; with a vibrant hue like coral, a little detail such as tassels or a hint of tint in a rug can go a long way.
PIQUE YOUR CURIOSITY CURIO COLLECTION, A B R A N D B Y H I LT O N H O T E L S , B R I N G S I N N O VAT I O N A N D AUTHENTICITY TO THE WHARF
ffering a complete lifestyle experience that combines innovation, quality and authenticity with local discovery, Curio Collection by Hilton has opened its doors in Canary Wharf. The Curio brand is a global collection of more than 60 distinctive, upscale hotels and resorts, with individuality being a common thread. Just like its siblings, Lincoln Plaza London, the new opening in Canary Wharf, is more than just a place to stay. Designed to embody the spirit of its home, the hotel’s ultramodern exterior is inspired by the sleek architectural lines of the city’s financial and commercial hub. Drawing from the area’s industrial heritage are interiors that imaginatively blend contemporary and classical materials such as polished concrete floors, steel feature walls, and other reclaimed materials. Innovation is at the heart, including a range of exquisite food and drink outlets designed by the multi-award winning agency, Design LSM, known for their restaurant interiors at Cinnamon Kitchen, Chai Ki and other locations across the UK and abroad. These are spearheaded by the much-anticipated signature PanIndian restaurant, Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen. Run by Chef Cyrus Todiwala OBE and headed by Rajesh Kumar, the restaurant focuses on sustainable food production, use of local ingredients and environmental best practise, which fits perfectly with the hotel’s own stance on nature and the environment. Lincoln Plaza London places great emphasis on its Corporate Social Responsibility, whether it’s a campaign to end modern slavery in the industry or banning plastic in packaging and straws. The hotel’s Food Store concept comprises three vibrant 78
offerings: a restaurant headed by Senior head Chef, Rumel Pinnock, for casual all-day dining; a lobby bar with local brews from nearby Kernal and London Fields Brewery; and a grocery in which guests and locals can enjoy the ultimate takehome experience in the form of locally sourced, organic and artisanal products. For the guest rooms, a luxurious and residential feel is adopted. Created by RPW Design, a world leader in hospitality interiors famed for hotels such as The Fairmont St Andrews and Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, the 129 rooms showcase premium bedding from Kings of Cotton, marble rainfall showers and bespoke shelving in blackened steel and antique brass. The hotel has also partnered up with Stone Street Soaphouse to create a bathroom range made from locally sourced natural ingredients. Other facilities include a state-of-the-art, 24-hour fitness centre with 18-metre pool, sauna and steam room, and seven meeting rooms with over 465 square metres of event space combined, making Lincoln Plaza London an ideal location for business and leisure as well as rest and relaxation. General Manager, Ashley Cole, says, “We are thrilled to be launching in the heart of the capital’s vibrant business district and are confident that our multi-faceted offering will appeal across the board. Whether visitors from overseas wishing to explore the many unique attractions on our doorstep, business travellers from around the UK seeking a stylish base in which to work and rest or locals taking advantage of our superb food and beverage offering, all will receive an exceptional welcome.” 2 Lincoln Plaza, curiocollection3.hilton.com
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What is your personal favourite dish on the menu? Oh boy what a question. Probably the most difficult decision of the day, but it very often boils down to our daal. If you ask me what you should eat, I will probably tell you to go for the Chef’s Menu and let us do the thinking for you as we serve an array of bites that will give you a flavour of what our cuisine is all about.
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The recipient of a host of awards, both for his work as a chef and as a passionate campaigner for sustainability and buying British, Cyrus Todiwala was appointed Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London by HM the Queen in 2009, the first chef to be so honoured. A year later he was awarded an OBE for services to the hospitality industry
What brought you to Lincoln Plaza London? The group that own the Curio Collection also own the Hilton Heathrow Terminal Five where the first Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen is located. A hotel of this calibre was the perfect match for our restaurant. It also gives us the opportunity to introduce another audience to a concept that is as modern as it is ancient. What can we expect at Mr Todiwala's Kitchen? You can expect a vibrant, modern ambience, very different to that of a traditional Indian restaurant, and a cuisine that has served the discerning diner in the city for nearly 24 years at sisterrestaurant, Café Spice Namasté. You will also be able to savour ingredients sourced from across the British Isles from small producers dedicated to preserving our nation's sustainable resources and practicing the most ethical farming techniques. Has anyone influenced you in your career? I am inspired by those that rose to be very high achievers in life and who forged a way forward, not just for themselves but for others too. So besides some great chefs, such as Anton Mosimann, it is also important to emulate others like my own father, and entrepreneur and businessman J. R. D. Tata, who have influenced, inspired and driven me. What has been your proudest moment so far? This is a very tough one, but I suppose it is the final recognition of receiving not one, but three honours from a system that once thought I was unworthy of living within it. LU X U R Y L ON D ON .C O.U K
Do you have any advice on how to practise zero food-waste? Indeed! There are a plethora of ideas that one can easily adopt. Careful portioning, quality control, and utilising every ingredient effectively. We don’t serve ultra large portions; we would rather give more should the customer require it. Food waste to me begins at the point of receiving and it is from there that we need to monitor it. If this mindset is applied, everything easily falls into place. The fact that we also come from a very “make use of everything” background helps us to put practices in place rather more easily than those who have been used to a more lavish use of raw materials.
Where do you source your meat and fish? 95% of the lamb we use is organic and directly supplied from selected farms. Our beef is only grass fed and outdoor reared. We use only British Lop pork and being the patron of the British Lop Pig Society, this is one of my duties to promote. The chicken we source has to come from monitored sources and hence is not always organic but RSPB approved for high welfare. Fish is always first checked with the MSC suitability band then ordered from various suppliers, including Soul of Discretion, who implement only the most sustainable harvesting processes. Our prawns, although imported, need to have a minimum of two stars on the BAP international badging system that is a benchmark for sustainability and environmentally friendly farming. Do you offer any vegan dishes? Yes indeed we do and we can easily create several additional vegan dishes on request. For an Indian restaurant this is not difficult at all. What do you envision for the future of Mr Todiwala's Kitchen? The Future of Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen looks bright. It has comfortably positioned itself as a dining venue in a luxury hotel and has the potential to grow into a well-recognised brand, yet personalised to suit individual sites. This can only happen because each operation is independent but adheres to the strictest rules on procurement, ingredients and service. 79
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Boredom isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a word at One&Only Reethi Rah, an all-villa resort in the heart of the Maldives. Surrounded by the Indian Ocean, the resort boasts 122 villas, as well as seven restaurants and bars, a spa, an art studio, a fitness centre, a tennis court, an indoor golf stimulator and a football field. In addition to this, couples can enjoy diving, snorkelling, yoga classes and boutique shopping together, all without stepping foot off the resort. From $2,020 per night, oneandonlyresorts.com
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BEST FOR PEACE AND QUIET CAYO ESPANTO, BELIZE
Shut off from the world at Cayo Espanto. Located off the coast of Belize in North America, this private island resort has just seven villas dotted among the palm trees, each equipped with private plunge pools and hammocks to snooze in. A personal houseman is on hand round-the-clock to help you with any requests, although the bespoke service begins before you get on the plane – each guest is sent a culinary questionnaire ahead of arrival, allowing the chefs to refine the restaurant menu to suit your palate. From $1,695 per night, aprivateisland.com
BEST FOR BEACH BUMS SIX SENSES ZIL PASYON, SEYCHELLES
Six Senses Zil Pasyon is located on Félicité, one of the islands in the Seychelles. This boutique hotel has an ocean-front pool, a beach-side Six Senses Spa, and a variety of eateries to choose from. As well as this, all guests have access to helicopter or speedboat transfers, a fitness centre with a personal trainer, and daily yoga classes. Couples can also enjoy cooking classes together or take advantage of Cinema Paradiso, the hotel’s big screen under the stars. From €1,426 per night inclusive of breakfast, taxes and service charge, sixsenses.com 84
BEST FOR FOODIES SONEVA FUSHI, MALDIVES
Soneva Fushi, a beautiful desert island in the Maldives, is home to an award-winning ecofriendly resort, the ideal location for a honeymoon or romantic getaway. This Valentine’s Day, Michelin-star chef Tom Aikens will be taking
over the hotel’s overwater dining space, Out of the Blue, where he’ll be cooking up a six-course menu of Maldivianinspired dishes for just eight guests. Book a table and tuck in while you watch the sunset. From $1,272 for a one bedroom villa, soneva.com
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BEST FOR ROYALISTS NORTH ISLAND, SEYCHELLES
The location of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s honeymoon, the Seychelles’ North Island is a great choice for a secluded romantic getaway. This hideaway has just 11 villas, offering each guest a deluxe, personalised and unforgettable stay. For couples who want to be even more relaxed, the island paradise has a spa which offers treatments to rejuvenate the mind and body. For the more adventurous types, there’s the choice of kayaking, diving classes and guided walking tours. From €7,784 per villa, per night, north-island.com
BEST FOR STAYCATIONERS THE ISLAND, CORNWALL
For a private island paradise that isn’t on the other side of the world, The Island in Newquay is the perfect choice. Accessible only by a private suspension bridge, the unique bolthole has breathtaking views of the Cornish coast and is ideally perched above the sandy Towan Beach. From £1,707 for a long weekend, boutique-retreats.co.uk
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CENOTE SAMULA DZITNUP, NEAR VALLADOLID, YUCATAN, AN AREA THAT IS FAMOUS FOR ITS NATURAL SINKHOLES
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or centuries, the wetlands, mangroves, sprawling jungles and virgin beaches of Cancún sat untouched, the deserted coastland unheard of until as recently as 50 years ago. The area’s gradual development precipitated the government’s decision to transform the peninsula into a tourism project and, today, Cancún is a dynamic and prosperous city, attracting more than three million tourists every year (#Cancun at 7.1m and counting). My Mexican adventure began at the TRS Yucatan Hotel on the Riviera Maya, where I was to spend the first half of my stay, before heading to the new TRS Coral, located in Costa Mujeres. Built among tropical jungle, the hotel is visited by various wildlife, including the spiny-tailed iguana and the resort’s resident flamingos. At check-in, a giant beetle the size of my fist was battling the valet’s foot as he tried to persuade it back into the greenery. Cancún itself got its name from the Mayan ‘Kan Kun’ meaning ‘nest of snakes.’ I was hoping not to stumble into any of those. Inside the hotel, on a gleaming marble floor, a pianist played a melody that resounded around the expansive lobby, and floor-to-ceiling glass walls showcased the flowing water fountains and lush palm trees outside. You’ll find TRS (formerly known as The Royal Suites) in some of the Caribbean’s most beautiful destinations, including two in the
Dominican Republic. Designed for adults only, these hotels are particularly suited to couples looking for a romantic retreat. You can even get married at the resort’s very own chapel. Part of Palladium Hotel Group, one of Spain’s biggest hotel groups and creators of such renowned resorts as Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel, TRS has trademarked a concept called Infinite Indulgence® with the slogan “honour your freedom” – and its influence is evident at every turn. Guests can adapt their room to their liking with the help of a pillow menu and a selection of scents to choose from. An electronic waterproof wristband instead of a typical room key is provided and a motion and heat detector outside the door indicates to cleaners whether the room is occupied – perfect for an undisturbed morning lie-in. In a place like this, even jet lag can’t dampen your mood and I was able to watch the sunrise transform the ocean from midnight blue to glistening turquoise from my private balcony. Across the resort, a range of international à la carte restaurants – Italian, French, Spanish and Argentinean included – provide the luxury of trying a new cuisine every night. For dinner with a difference, Chic Cabaret is a must-see. Drinking and dining amid live dance acts and acrobatics performed in spectacular costumes make for a night to remember. The Chic Cabaret show runs across both of the hotel group’s locations in Mexico, including
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TRS Coral, where I spent the second half of my stay. Here, there’s a slightly more modern feel to the resort, having only been launched at the end of 2018. Luscious greenery and palm trees are juxtaposed with grand modern architecture in striking geometric designs. My open-plan room included a beautiful Jacuzzi bath and a sofa area decorated with Mexicaninspired tapestry. I spent my days lazing on my balcony overlooking the pool, occasionally venturing down to the swim-up bar, snoozing to the dulcet tones of harpists and saxophonists. I was also encouraged, just the once, to forsake R&R for a poolside Zumba class. There’s also the Zentropia Spa, complete with steam rooms, saunas, an ice cabin and an indoor infinity pool that opens out to an ocean view. The property is also about to open its Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre, one of the world’s most comprehensive tennis facilities. Both TRS Yucatan and TRS Coral are just a boat ride away from some of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean. Approaching the dock at Isla Contoy was a moment I will never forget. The cloudless sky was full of birds, as far as the eye could see. The island is a protected National Park, and as we climbed off the boat our tour guide warned us to “not take anything off this island – no flowers, no shells, no iguanas”. This region of Mexico is also home to the Great Maya Reef – the second largest in the world after the Great Barrier Reef. Don a snorkel and explore the submarine world, where you’ll encounter schools of multi-coloured fish, sea turtles, whale sharks and dolphins -– if you’re lucky. Isla Mujeres – or the Island of Women – is home to the Mayan goddess of fertility, so it is rumoured that young girls would visit to increase their chances of falling pregnant. Today, this island is bustling with vibrant street markets and taco restaurants. You can also visit the ancient ruins of the Mayan temple and a beautiful sea turtle sanctuary. On the boat back to the mainland, with the sun beginning to set, I realised just how easy it is to fall in love with this extraordinary corner of the world. Junior Suites at TRS Yucatan are priced from £240 per night, TRS Coral from £325 per night, based on two people sharing on an all-inclusive basis, palladiumhotelgroup.com LU X U R Y L ON D ON .C O.U K
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he Han River snakes its way through Seoul, splitting the city into two halves. But it’s not just the river that divides this sprawling urban jungle into two. Technology and tradition are at odds here, as I witnessed during my first visit. Wide boulevards, ultra-modern skyscrapers and glittering nightlights dominate the cityscape in a metropolis where ‘chaebols’ (family-owned conglomerates), such as Samsung are fuelling South Korea’s global economic prowess; where futuristic structures dwarf historical landmarks, and where K-pop culture is worshipped like religion. Yet Seoul wouldn’t be Seoul without Gyeongbokgung Palace, built in 1395 as the residence of the Joseon dynasty’s royalty. A vast majority of the buildings were burnt down during the Japanese invasion (1592-1598), then restored 270 years later, only to be destroyed again during the Japanese occupation from 1910 to 1945. Full restoration did not start until the 1990s, and the government did a great job restoring it to its former splendour. To the north of the palace lies Bugaksan Mountain, which forms a striking backdrop particularly when covered in snow. To the east, south and west, office buildings hog the horizon above the palace walls. The palace grounds were packed with tourists, mostly young girls dressed in ‘Hanbok’, the traditional Korean women’s costume, which can be hired from nearby shops. While it might purely be a fashion statement, these colourful garments blended in with the historical setting,
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and for me demonstrated a sense of reverence for the city’s past. The twicedaily colourful Royal Changing of the Guards is a 500-year old tradition worth witnessing, and not far away is Bukchon Hanok Village, where narrow streets are lined with well-preserved traditional ‘Hanok’ houses built in the 1920s. Beyond historical monuments, South Korea’s most enduring legacy is its native cuisine. Eat like a local at Gwangjang Market, one of Korea’s oldest remaining markets, where the halls are chock-a-block with more than 5,000 shops. Aromas wafted from the food stalls cooking up delicacies – noodles, dumplings, fishballs on skewers, kimchi, bibimbap (a rice and vegetable dish), and the greasy fried bindaetteok (mung-bean pancakes). I watched as a seafood vendor chops the tentacles off a live octopus into large chunks, then into smaller squirming bits, which are then dipped in spicy sauce. I decided to go instead for the yukhoe (raw steak tartare) mixed with vegetables in a special sauce. It was very tasty and stayed still on the plate. At Seokparang restaurant the food is more refined, the service ceremonial. Set in a villa once owned by father of King Gojong of the Joseon dynasty, Seokparang (seokparang.co.kr) prides itself in carefully selected ingredients and handmade pastes. A typical Royal menu includes porridge and water kimchi, Gujulpan, thinly sliced vegetables wrapped in thin pancakes, and precious abalone. In keeping with tradition, metal chopsticks and bowls are still used here. Higher up the fine-dining spectrum is Si-Wha-Dam (siwhadam.com), where each dish is a work of art. Traditional cuisine gets a modern twist, background story or poetic angle to indulge the senses, make you pause momentarily and relish each bite. Then I met Lee Hyo-jae, a local artist-designer who specialises in traditional Korean handicraft. Using sewing skills passed down by her mother, Hyo-jae makes beautiful Hanbok dresses, furnishings and accessories for ‘Yedan’ items given to the groom's family members during ‘Pyebaek’, a Korean wedding ceremony. She demonstrated the art of ‘Bojagi’ using ingenuous ways of knotting and wrapping items with quality clothing materials. Respect for Korean heritage is also reflected in her delicious home-cooked meals, washed down with Soju, the country’s favourite alcoholic drink. And thanks to Soju, the nation takes pole position for highest per capita alcohol consumption (on average, an adult consumes 1.6 bottles per week or 84.25 bottles a year). Blame it on a 700-year old Confucian tradition that upholds respect for the elderly. So if an older person or figure of authority offers you a drink, you must accept it. To refuse would be considered rude, even today. Quality soju is made from fermented rice, although tapioca and sweet potatoes are also used to make low-grade versions. Unlike Japan’s sake, which is brewed, Soju is distilled and packs a punch at 16.8 per cent to 53 per cent ABV. Soju makes a great mixer for cocktails too, and one stylish bar for indulging this tipple is Le Chamber, which placed 17th in Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018. It’s not just soju that intoxicates. Seoul’s nightlife throbs until dawn, and one trendy hotspot for clubbing is the Gangnam district south of the river. The 1988 Summer Olympics was held here, but it wasn’t until celebrity rapper Psy’s Gangnam Style video hit the charts in 2012 that the area blossomed. Residential property prices have since skyrocketed, and the neighbourhood’s upmarket dining and entertainment scenes attract the fashionable set – K-pop artists and flamboyant clubbers who swear by Psy’s “dress classy, dance cheesy” credo. While in Gangnam, I checked out the surreal world of K-pop at SMTown Museum (smtownland.com), launched by S.M. Entertainment at Coex Atrium. The third floor is a shrine to these cutesy girl and boy band sensations: photo galleries, costumes, albums, behind-the-scene accounts, and even an augmented reality photobooth. The power of K-pop cannot be underestimated and the souvenir shop heaved with fans hoarding idol memorabilia. A few strides from the glass-domed Gangnam subway station (Line 2) is Samsung D’Light (samsungdlight.com), a clever marketing tool from the electronics giant. Short for ‘digital’ and ‘light’, D’Light encapsulates the brand’s vision to be a “guiding light to the digital world”. The future stares at you the moment you step in, starting with an exhibition of the latest devices and state-
“In Gangnam, K-pop artists and flamboyant clubbers swear by rapper Psy’s ‘dress classy, dance cheesy’ credo”
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of-the-art technology, but the fun part is a series of interactive exercises to create a future based on emotions, sense, intuition and imagination. Upstairs is a demonstration of how technology is revolutionising the way we live and work, such as a smart fridge with a built-in computer. Another Samsung legacy is the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art on Itaewon district, named after the brand’s founder, Lee Byungchul. Permanent exhibitions include Beyond Time, dedicated to Korean traditional art, and Beyond Space, showcasing modern and contemporary art. What struck me most were the installations in public areas, such as a reindeer made from marble-type glass, and the illusions created by ceiling mirrors on the staircase. (leeum.samsungfoundation.org) North of the river, it looks as if an alien spacecraft had landed on Dongdaemun, home of the historic Heunginjimun Gate, Dongdaemun History and Culture Park and Cheonggyecheon Stream. But the real scenestealer here is the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), a multicultural complex designed by the late architect, Zaha Hadid. Hallmarks of Hadid’s signature style are evident in the mammoth steel structure’s futuristic curves and contours. DDP is a major landmark featuring a rooftop park, an CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT HEUNGINJIMUN GATE, DONGDAEMUN DISTRICT ©PHOTOGRAPHER (JOHN DOE)-KOREA TOURISM ORGANIZATION; CONRAD art hall, museum SEOUL SUITE LIVING ROOM; DONGDAEMUN DESIGN PLAZA ©PHOTOGRAPHER (JOHN DOE)-KOREA TOURISM ORGANIZATION and exhibition spaces, Design Lab, and the Oullim Square. It was also instrumental in Seoul being named as World Design Capital in 2010. But where does Seoul go from here? South Korea has come a long way from a post-war agricultural backwater to one of the world’s largest economy, and this it owes to rapid industrialisation and high-tech innovation. But progress has a price to pay: high levels of pollution, for one. On its journey towards westernisation, not only did Seoul’s landscape change, it nurtured a young society obsessed with plastic surgery and fame. Seoul is a great city, and for the moment, its energy is driven by technology and pop culture. Perhaps, with the help of its young citizens, the city can reconnect with its roots to find its inner soul.
CONRAD SEOUL Set in the Yeouido Business District’s International Finance Centre (IFC), Conrad Seoul provides a different perspective on Seoul’s skyline south of the Han River. Even jetlagged guests will be dazzled by the lobby’s glass, steel and black marble pillars, ginkgo leafinspired light sculptures, and sweeping spiral staircase. My Grand King Corner Suite on the 33rd floor revealed 180-degree views of the winding Han River and bridges connecting two halves of the city. Modern art and warm lighting enhanced the elegant decor, but it was the swish bathroom with city views that caught my attention. Small details count: Shanghai Tang toiletries, monogrammed towels, the shower area’s textured floor, which helps prevent slipping, and the gentle glow from nightlight switches. The buffet breakfast at Zest entices with a wide selection of Korean, Japanese and Chinese dishes, while The Noodle Bar serves hefty bowls of quality ramen and side dishes, such as Gyoza (fried dumplings), deep-friend jumbo shrimps and chicken skewers. The 37 Grill & Bar is designed for gourmet dining in intimate settings with city views. Open-plan kitchens showcase the preparation of creative dishes from prime cuts of meat and fresh catch. After a long day spent exploring the city, a massage at the Conrad Spa did wonders, and it’s worth putting aside time for the 25m heated indoor pool with city views. With its impeccable and personalised service, Conrad Seoul makes a calming retreat from the city’s hustle and bustle. Room rates at start from KRW 360,000 (£250, excluding tax). Room rates in a Grand King Executive Suite at Conrad Seoul start from KRW 760,000 (£526, excluding tax) and comes with lounge access, https://conradhotels3.hilton.com/en/index.html SHOPPING Luxury: Apgujeong Rodeo Street and Cheongdam-dong Fashion Street in Gangnam for designer labels; Garosugil Street at Sinsa-dong for smaller boutique and designer shops. Bargain: Dongdaemun’s Pyounghwa Fashion Town for cheap deals. Unusual opening hours are from 22:00 to 18:00 the following day. Beauty: Cosme Road in Myeong-dong is an Aladdin’s cave for K-beauty products.
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FROM THE ROMANTIC CHARMS OF SNOW-CAPPED OLD QUÉBEC TO THE COSMOPOLITAN, CULTURAL MELTING POT OF MONTRÉAL, FRANCOPHONE CANADA COMES INTO ITS OWN IN THE WINTER MONTHS WORDS LAUREN ROMANO
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he Nordic nations might resort to schnapps and the soft glow of candle light to get them through the endless winter months hygge-style, but hibernation isn’t top of the agenda in Francophone Canada – pas du tout. Rather, the province of Québec and its bustling metropolises of Québec City and Montréal come alive at this time of year. And nothing can stand in the way of that peculiarly gallic joie de vivre. When my internal flight into Québec City is grounded due to a snowstorm, I’m swiftly ushered onto a coach and driven through the blizzard by Canada’s answer to James Bond. License to thrill, Québec-style, involves said Bond having to pull over onto the hard shoulder every mile, alight the bus, sans gloves – or coat for that matter – and furiously pelt the sheets of ice forming on the windscreen with a stick. Three hours later, the hair-raising journey has been worth it. As we slowly approach Québec’s old town, fairy lights twinkle in the evening gloom and cling to Christmas trees that elsewhere in the world would well have outstayed their welcome. Through the darkness and sheets of relentless snow, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac emerges in the distance like an enchanted Disney castle. It’s reportedly the most photographed hotel in the world; a temple of elegance and exuberance built in 1893 by the Canadian Pacific Railway company as part of its chain of prestigious hotels. Its location is as dramatic as its swirling turrets that seem to touch the sky, perched atop of the Cap Diamant cliffs that hang over St Lawrence River. 97
I feel like a schoolgirl waking up on a snow day as I peel back the curtains to see a crisp white blanket covering everything and broken sheets of ice floating like lily pads over the surface of the St Lawrence River Icicles drip from the windows and frost the entrance arch, adding to the ice palace feel. Inside, the hotel is as grand as its exterior suggests – all oak-panelled walls, ornate chandeliers and a sweeping marble staircase that leads to a spectacular ballroom where preparations are in full swing for a special gala celebration to mark Fairmont Le Château Frontenac’s 125th anniversary – but it’s cosy, and somehow lived-in too. The next morning I feel like a schoolgirl waking up on a snow day as I peel back the curtains in my characterful room to see a crisp white blanket covering everything and broken sheets of ice floating like lily pads over the surface of the St Lawrence River in the distance. The view from my breakfast table in the hotel’s Place Dufferin restaurant is similarly picturesque, overlooking the Terrasse Dufferin, a 425m boardwalk complete with a toboggan run and a funicular to take you to the Old Lower Town, or Basse Ville. The funicular, I later discover, is out of action (the only thing that the snow seems to halt), and I end up knee-deep in snow trying to find the flight of rickety stairs down to the Basse Ville, but it’s worth it .There’s something faintly European about its narrow, cobblestoned warren of streets and little squares. Evergreen garlands are strung between quaint mansard roofs and festive topiary festoons the pavements. Down by the water’s edge, the icy air makes my eyes water, but I still find it hard to tear myself away. Eventually, the thought of poutine and bowls of truffle popcorn at Bistro Le Sam lure me back to Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, where the number of drinking and dining destinations on site mean it’s tempting to just batten down the hatches with wine and local cheeses at 1608 Wine & Cheese Bar or bison and shiitake mushroom tartare at the elegant Champlain Restaurant. You might find local diners are a bit thin on the ground in 98
February, however, mainly because come evening they congregate outside for the Québec Winter Carnival. The Carnival is one of Québec’s most colourful festivals, presided over by its mascot, Bonhomme – a 400-pound snowman wearing a bobble hat and a red sash around his rotund middle – and not even the plummeting temperatures can put a halt to the night parades. There are amusement parks, beer halls where you can warm up on Caribou – a maple syrup-spiked mulled wine – and an impressive ice palace. It’s Québec’s very own (decidedly classier) Winter Wonderland. I’m still feeling festive the following morning when I take the first train to Montréal. The early morning wake-up call is worth it for the panorama of snow-covered tundra and dramatic icy rivers that accompanies the journey. It’s a far more glamorous way to travel than the coach, not to mention more convenient. On arrival at Montréal Central Station our bags are taken directly to our rooms at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, which can be accessed directly from the station with no need to go outside. If Québec is the slightly conservative, proudly French uncle, Montréal is the hipster nephew. Every corner of the sprawling city is daubed with impressive street art, from colourful murals to a giant portrait of the city’s most famous resident, Leonard Cohen. Montréal is both a culinary and a cultural melting pot. For some of the most diverse eats and attractions, the Plateau MontRoyal and Mile-End neighbourhoods are apt starting points for a food and drink crawl. The latter is a hotbed of microbreweries, bagel bakeries and minimalist coffee shops where baristas take a scientific approach to the art of blending the perfect cup of Joe. As well as the usual sweep of museums, galleries and cultural
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institutions, Montréal’s celebration of the arts spills onto the streets all year round, thanks to its 250 resident theatre and dance companies and 90 festivals, including the annual highlight, The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, which takes place every June. Back at basecamp, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth also champions the local creative scene. Following a $140 million renovation in 2017, the hotel is now home to a permanent collection of 123 artworks by 37 contemporary Canadian artists. Sculptures, painting and photography provide an eclectic and playful backdrop to communal spaces, while upstairs the art theme continues in my comfortable and cosy room, with an abstract mural wall awash with yellows and inky blues. Some of the most striking artwork, however, can be found in the John Lennon and Yoko Ono Suite, where the couple famously staged their Bed-In for Peace in 1969 and recorded the song Give Peace a Chance. The room, like the rest of the hotel, has had a facelift since then, and is now dotted with memorabilia, retro furniture, black and white photos and even a guitar, should you wish to pen your own peace anthem. Given my questionable music abilities, I decide to head to the Basilique Notre-Dame instead for an altogether more immersive sound show. During the winter months, the basilica hosts Aura, a dazzling multimedia performance scored by a haunting orchestral composition. Lasers and animated projections dart across the soaring space, bathing even the darkest corners in light and highlighting the building’s ornate architecture in the process. The effect is thrilling and strangely moving, and epitomises the public celebration of the arts that the Québec province lives for. The weather might be icy, but the local passion for life is heart-warming – just remember to pack your thermals. Rooms at Fairmont Le Château Frontenac from £134 per night; Rooms at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth from £122 per night, fairmont.com
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MADE LONDON Thursday 28 – Sunday 31 March 11am – 6pm daily East Wintergarden Free to visit madelondon-canarywharf.com
Featuring high quality homeware, ceramics, jewellery, lighting and furniture as well as both menswear and womenswear, MADE LONDON is a pop-up shopping paradise.
Discover some of the best designers and makers in the country showcasing and selling their own unique products, beautifully made from porcelain, sumptuous textiles, wood, leather, silver, gold and more. The fair offers a friendly and relaxed atmosphere for browsing exclusive items for you or your home. Perhaps you’ll find a stunning gift for Mother’s Day too.
TOUGH WOMEN IN SPORT AND ADVENTURE Tuesday 5 March – Friday 5 April, Daily Crossrail Place Roof Garden Free to visit Film Screening Friday 8 March, 6.30pm Everyman Cinema Tickets: £2 from seetickets.com or call 0871 220 0260 (booking fee applies) A photographic exhibition by Nyla Sammons showcasing the phenomenal achievements of ‘Tough Women in Sport and Adventure’. Sammons’ portraits offer a snapshot of their lives; demonstrating their ambition, achieving the extraordinary, winning medals and smashing world records. Each portrait captures the stories and accomplishments of these tough women, with the aim of inspiring others to break barriers. Sammons has a passion for photographing strong people who have made an impact and inspired others. She was motivated to
begin the series after photographing Kiko Matthews, who recently broke the world record for being the fastest person to row the Atlantic solo. Going on to photograph more women such as Pip Stewart and Anoushe Husain, her portraits aim to tell the story of women who continue to push boundaries. On International Women’s Day, a screening by filmmaking service, Nathalie Baker, and talk with three of the women from the exhibition will take place in Everyman Cinema from 6.30pm on Friday 8 March.
CITIGOLD WEALTH MANAGEMENT CANARY WHARF CLASSIC Sunday 10 – Friday 15 March Match times vary East Wintergarden Tickets: Sold out (To join the waiting list for returns email firstname.lastname@example.org)
The most exciting squash event of the year returns to Canary Wharf for its 16th year. The PSA World Tour, with Citigold Wealth Management as new partners for 2019, showcases top professional talent in world squash at the inaugural People’s Sunday event. The beautiful glass atrium of the East Wintergarden will set the scene for the world’s greatest squash players to test their talent and skill against each other and compete for the title of PSA World Champion.
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SPARKS FLY KATHERINE GILI SCULPTURE 1974 TO 2018 Until 1 March katherinegili.com
Sparks Fly traces the steady and considered development of Katherine Gili’s cut, forged and welded steel sculptures over the past 44 years since she graduated from Saint Martin’s School of Art, London. Her interest in working with steel at that time was unusual for a woman. She was invited by the sculptor Peter Hide to join Stockwell Depot, an artist-run studio complex during the period 1967-1979 that gained a reputation as a powerhouse for abstract art. Her work during that period is represented in the exhibition by a number of works all made from cut and welded steel, while marking consistency
in the form of movement that runs throughout all her sculpture. The first of her forged and welded sculptures on a large scale, Leonide 1981-82, loaned to the exhibition by Bradford Museums and Galleries, demonstrates a crucial development in her work at that time. Creating forged elements that are then welded together gave Gili a distinct sculptural vocabulary that she has developed to give her compositions greater complexity – in her own words: ‘pathways for further movement’. Also shown in the exhibition are smaller items made in paper clay and bronze, which fed her ideas for larger
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anary Wharf Group has partnered with HELPFUL, the creators of the world’s first plastic recycling and rewarding app to simplify and incentivise reuse and recycling for consumers. In an industry first, piloted by CWG, the app will help those on the Estate to correctly recycle their waste, make the switch to reusable, and collect rewards. As part of CWG’s continued campaign towards becoming a Plastic Free Commercial Centre with Surfers Against Sewage, the customised app is an unparalleled scheme in the UK. By downloading the HELPFUL app, people will be able to scan their plastic waste and receive immediate feedback from the app, telling them exactly where they will be able to recycle or reuse the products. In return, users will receive a virtual reward “coin”, redeemable via QR codes on the recycling/reuse points, which can be spent at
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participating retailers on the Estate. Martin Gettings, Group Head of Sustainability at Canary Wharf Group plc says, “This app is an incredibly useful tool using ‘gamification’ to make recycling fun. Utilising technology like this is a brilliant way to enable people to get involved, make a difference and be rewarded in doing so.” Evan Michaels, founder of the HELPFUL app says, “It is our hope that our work with Canary Wharf Group will form a template for other communities as they set an example that sustainability can be achieved by empowering people with innovative, accessible and smart technology.” breakingtheplastichabit.co.uk
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he Children’s Art Trail centred around Canary Wharf includes a world famous addition: Draped Seated Woman – or Old Flo as Londoners call her – a sculpture by British artist, Henry Moore. As part of their ongoing Education Programme, Canary Wharf Group are also offering books and lesson plans for schools, focused around Old Flo. After World War II, the London County Council bought Old Flo to display publically in order to help lift Londoners’ spirits and give
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Arranged over two floors, a three double bedroom penthouse apartment with far reaching views of the city and ideally located in Royal Victoria Docks. There is an open plan kitchen/reception room including integrated appliances and a wrap-around balcony, energy rating c. Dexters Canary Wharf 020 7517 1199
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Pan Peninsula Square, E14 £1,375 per week
Set within this prestigious dockside development, a three bedroom apartment with a large private terrace. There is an expansive reception room, separate kitchen, two balconies and two bathrooms. The property is perfect for entertaining, energy rating c. Dexters Canary Wharf 020 7517 1190
Bermondsey Wall West, SE16 £1,200 per week
An immaculate two double bedroom, two bathroom warehouse conversion situated in Tempus Wharf with secure parking. Set on the ground floor, there is a large open plan kitchen/reception room and two private balconies with direct river views, energy rating d. Dexters Tower Bridge 020 7650 5105 Tenants fees apply: £180 per tenancy towards administration, £60 reference fee per tenant and £144 for a professional check in (All inc of VAT).
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Located on arguably the most sought-after road in Beckenham, is this stunning detached home finished to an exceptional standard.
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Worlds End Lane, BR6
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Newly built executive detached house located within one of Kent’s favoured prestigious locations “Chelsfield Park”.
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Built circa 1876 and set behind iron gates on a plot of 1.3 acre, is this exceptional six bedroom Victorian home with a detached coach house.
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Graham Close, CR0 OIEO £750,000 F/H
Positioned in a desirable cul-de-sac, this superb four bedroom home has been finished to an exceptional standard throughout.
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Ashburnham Grove, SE10 £1,325,000 F/H
Positioned in the Ashburnham Triangle, is this immaculately presented three storey Victorian house. 2
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Ormiston Road, SE10
Micheldever Road, SE12
Presented to the market is this truly stunning five bedroom Victorian mid-terrace family home. Located within one of the most sought-after school catchments in Greenwich and close to excellent transport links.
Superb four bedroom Edwardian family home situated in the sought after Lee Conservation area, close to Lee train station, good schools and local amenities.
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Spacious and beautifully presented three bedroom apartment benefiting from a private garden. 1
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Cedars Close, SE13
Guide Price ÂŁ625,000 S/O F/H
Stunning, light, and supremely spacious hall floor conversion flat in this elegant mansion house within an exclusive gated development. 1
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Located on a quiet residential road in East Greenwich is this lovely townhouse.
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Modern apartment, located in Jubilee Heights Tower within The Central Park Development.
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A well-presented flat with private garden to the rear and designated parking space.
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Eastcombe Avenue, SE7
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Burnt Ash Hill, SE12
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