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Couture and bridal styles from the dame of fashion

Adventure awaits with trips to both St Lucia and Canada





Londonʼs jewellery quarter gets a £2.5million makeover

Our pick of top rural retreats to escape to around the UK





Savour a Savoy scent from the celebrated perfumery

The La La Land star on falling in love with the City of Angels


CLASSIC COCKTAILS The Beaufort Bar unveils its innovative new drinks menu

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Right at the heart of it all


elcome to the first edition of Savoy Magazine for 2017, our luxury lifestyle publication featuring insider Savoy news, exclusive interviews and trend pieces, as well as the latest fashion, property, travel and all that London has to offer. I arrived at The Savoy as managing director at the end of last year, leaving behind a city that I love, Vancouver, and the acclaimed Fairmont Pacific Rim. My hotel career has taken me on an international journey spanning five continents over four decades, during which time I’ve embraced living in different cultures and working in some of the world’s most sought-after destinations and hotels. My philosophy of operating hotels is simple – I encourage the team to take care of our guests and their colleagues, which is exactly what the team here at The Savoy has done so successfully for over a century. London has changed significantly in the years since I’ve been away. It was always a vibrant city, but its position on the world stage right now is at the very forefront, and, aside from an entirely new skyline since I last stepped foot in the capital, the range of hotels, restaurants and bars, theatres, cultural and large-scale events on offer in this most cosmopolitan of places is astounding. We’re lucky here at The Savoy to be perfectly positioned right at the very heart of it all. This issue, we'll be chatting to Hollywood actress Emma Stone about her latest film, La La Land, while Vivienne Westwood’s head of couture tells us why

the iconic fashion brand is still blazing a trail after all these years. Elsewhere, perfumers Penhaligon’s introduce their latest Savoy-inspired scent, and health and beauty editor Lucia Ferrari delivers her verdict on the hotel’s beauty and fitness facilities. If you’re looking to get away this season, you won’t want to miss reading about Adam Jacot de Boinod’s experiences in St Lucia, plus Canada treats us to a celebratory insight into its 150th anniversary. A little closer to home, we’ve rounded up some of the best country retreats in the UK, and hear all about how Hatton Garden is fast becoming a London hotspot of choice with its extensive regeneration project. And as if that wasn’t enough, a couple of charitable causes that are close to our hearts spill the beans on partnering up with The Savoy to support their worthy causes. Our very own Beaufort Bar, meanwhile, unveils the launch of its latest and greatest cocktail menu to date, which has been almost a year in the making, and is every bit as glamorous as it is theatrical – trust me, it’s well worth the wait.


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EVENTS Alex Mendham’s Orchestra


PRODUCTS Little luxuries to snap up now


CHARITIES The Savoy partner campaigns


TRAVEL Canada celebrates 150 years


JOURNEY Take a scenic tour of St Lucia


CELEBRITY Our chat with Emma Stone


FASHION Vivienne Westwood Couture


REVIEW Savoy Beauty and Fitness Spa


DRINK New menu from Beaufort Bar


SCENT Savoy Steam by Penhaligon’s


PROPERTY London lettings market view


COUNTRY Rural estates around the UK

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CONTRIBUTORS Image in Canada 150 Janice Charette Canadian High Commissioner to the UK

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AVIATION High-flying Crystal AirCruises


DESTINATION London’s Hatton Garden BID


MOTORS Classic vehicles from BMW


EVENTS What’s on across the capital

IMAGE IN TRAVEL Adam Jacot de Boinod Author and journalist IMAGE IN BEAUTY AND FITNESS Lucia Ferrari Health and beauty editor, Positive Luxury IMAGE IN PROPERTY Alex Harrington Group lettings managing director, Dexters

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“OUR JOB IS TO WORK LIKE MUSICAL ARCHAEOLOGISTS…” Performing in The Savoy’s popular Thames Foyer afternoon tea lounge each month, Alex Mendham and his orchestra treat guests to their trademark style of hot jazz and sweet dance band music. Here’s how Alex puts his own unique spin on the Art Deco look and feel of the Roaring 20s to full toe-tapping effect

Dinner Dance SATURDAY APRIL 29, SATURDAY MAY 27, SATURDAY JUNE 24 On the last Saturday of every month, we welcome guests to the glamorous Thames Foyer for a three-course dinner and dancing to the sounds of the Art Deco era by Alex Mendham & His Orchestra. The evening begins at 8pm with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner and dancing until midnight. £125 per person.

So, Alex, how did you start

What can audiences expect?

playing at the hotel?

The performances start off with

I brought the band to The Savoy.

some of the more classic types of

There wasn’t really a position as such

music from the period, so it can

that existed as an orchestra at the

sound a bit more reserved and not

time, but the music the band played

as high-energy at first, but as the

already was from the golden era

evening goes on until midnight,

of the hotels in the West End and

we play some more of the hotter

Mayfair, so it fitted well with the hotel.

stuff from the ‘20s and ‘30s. It’s a really varied mix.

Where and how often do you perform there?

Is it your own material?

We play in the Thames Foyer once a

We don’t play covers as such; we

month, or a couple of times a month

only play originals from the period.

towards November and December

Of course, a lot of that music has

when it starts to get a little busier. The

been forgotten, so there are only

Savoy’s got a big history of live music

really a handful of songs that people

in London. Before it opened its doors

remember from that time, like Puttin’

to jazz and ragtime music, there

On the Ritz and Happy Feet. Our job

wasn’t really a place to hear that style,

is to work like musical archaeologists

other than in America. It was really

by trying to discover things that were

an underground movement at the

being played at The Savoy in the

time, but The Savoy was brave and

‘20s, ‘30s and early ‘40s, and then

decided to start these dances. They

recreate them. So, a lot of the stuff

began in the Thames Foyer, so it’s

we play is authentic to the hotel and

a tradition of sorts.

of the period.

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Getting the period’s look right must be important as well… The appearance of the band is almost 50% of it, so I was quite particular about whom I chose to play. At the time when this music was popular at the hotel, the musicians would have been in their 20s, or in some cases, early 30s. This style of music can sometimes sound a bit dated or stale, so a lot of it comes down to getting youthful guys in the band who are really into the music and the period. It’s almost exactly as it would have been, which is a big factor. Have you noticed many trends in your audiences? It’s usually couples and people celebrating things like wedding anniversaries and birthdays, which we always pay tribute to on the night. The enthusiasm of the band that comes across makes it easier for people to connect to the music, as it seems current, relevant and fresh again. Do you get many popular song requests? Two of the most commonly requested things we get asked for are Dream a Little Dream of Me and My Baby Just Cares for Me. People recognise some of the songs we play, but only from their second or third incarnations; they don’t always know the original recordings, so it’s nice to be able to play them and surprise guests with how old some of the songs are. Why do you think jazz and dance band music from the Art Deco era is still so appealing? One of things that people find fascinating and relevant, and which captures their imagination about the band, is that it’s live music, played using real instruments. It’s not processed and has an almost ‘back-to-basics’ appeal, and there’s a luxurious, escapist aspect because it’s one of a kind. It’s a unique orchestra, and people don’t often get a chance to see that up close, or be able to interact with a band like that. The dance floor’s full for most of the evening, and it might not necessarily be things that people recognise in music terms, but period dramas such as Downton Abbey and Boardwalk Empire add to the appeal. It’s almost like being on a film set when you’re at The Savoy in front of the orchestra – it’s an immersive experience. Where’s it all heading going forward? We’d like to meet some new faces at The Savoy, as well as some familiar guests. A lot of the times we’ve been there, we’ve had so many regulars, which is always nice, but we’d also like to welcome new people into the hotel to hear the orchestra. We’ve got a good formula, but I’d like to dig slightly deeper into The Savoy’s archives and add some new material to our repertoire. In terms of hotels, I don’t think it could be a better match. It’s such a beautiful building anyway, and to be able to play in the room where it all started is a real bonus – the two things marry up really well.

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Cocktail Master Class SATURDAY FEBRUARY 18, SATURDAY MARCH 11, SATURDAY APRIL 8, SATURDAY MAY 13, SATURDAY JUNE 10 The Savoy boasts two of the most renowned bars on the cocktail scene, and this is your chance to learn how to mix the best drinks with one of our talented bartenders. Whether you love classic or new and innovative cocktails, you’ll come away with four cocktail recipes up your sleeve, and an insight into the influence The Savoy had on the cocktail world. Guests are treated to a three-course meal in Kaspar’s afterwards. 11am to 1pm, £185 per person.

Éclair Master Class SATURDAY MARCH 18, SATURDAY MAY 20 When our gourmet coffee shop opened in 2015, executive pastry chef Ludwig Hely introduced a range of tantalising éclairs as Melba’s signature item to tempt passersby. Learn the art of creating these beautiful choux pastry treats, featuring unique flavour combinations, in a master class hosted by Ludwig, or one of his team. 10am to 12pm, £185 per person.

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Historical Tour MONDAY MARCH 6, MONDAY MARCH 27, MONDAY APRIL 3, MONDAY APRIL 24, MONDAY MAY 8, MONDAY MAY 22, MONDAY JUNE 5 The Savoy has its own resident archivist, Susan Scott, who welcomes guests for an exclusive walk around the hotel, seeing some of the most notable rooms, hearing tales from its 127- year history, and finishing with a glass of Champagne in the Museum Bar. One-hour tour at 4pm on the first Monday of each month. £40 per person and available for up to eight guests per tour.

Chocolate Master Class SATURDAY FEBRUARY 25, SATURDAY APRIL 22, SATURDAY JUNE 17 An irresistible introduction to chocolate by one of The Savoy’s award-winning


chocolatiers. Guests will have


the chance to create two


unique recipes in a hands-

The theatrical setting of the Beaufort Bar is perfect for an

on class that will guide them

evening of cabaret and burlesque, with some of the hottest

through making the perfect

names from the London cabaret scene, and hosted by the

ganache, mousses and

renowned Miss Polly Rae.

sauces. £185 per person.

Doors open at 7pm, £30 per person.

To make a reservation, or for more details about the culinary events and master classes at The Savoy, please telephone +44 (0)20 7420 2111 or email

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Princess S60, POA Powerful and exhilarating, yet timelessly elegant and sophisticated, the new S60 is unmistakably S Class. Her sleek exterior styling generates a dynamic, agile stance. With an optimised hull form achieving greater efficiency, she can reach speeds of up to 38 knots. When at anchor, her generous deck areas provide space for relaxation, including a foredeck seating and sunbathing area, while a tender or Jet Ski can be quickly launched and stowed.

LIFE’S LITTLE LUXURIES We round up 10 must-have items and experiences that arenʼt to be missed…

Augustan Aureus coin, £32,000 This is a coin with the seal of approval from the first Emperor of Rome.

Crab mother of pearl plate, £435

It’s a gold ‘Aureus’ struck in 15 -13 BC, featuring both Augustus the

This stunning silver crab with mother of pearl

Emperor and a butting bull. In 2013, an Aureus from 15 -13 BC was

plate can be used as a serving dish, a wonderful

auctioned for US $425,500, 227% up on its $130,000 estimate. As

work of art, or simply as a luxurious soap dish.

‘the home of stamp collecting’ since

Joanna Wood opened in 1985 in the fashionable Pimlico Road

1856, Stanley Gibbons remains

design district of London. The shop sells an extensive range of

the world’s longest-established rare

contemporary and traditional interior design accessories and gifts,

stamp merchant to this day.

which are also available to order over the phone and online.

Savoy 01 Bed, £22,300 Specially commissioned by Savoir Beds for The Savoy, the Savoy 01 Bed is inspired by the glamour of the 1920s. The bed echoes the slim, elegant lines of 1920s design in a gorgeous, luxurious metallic bronze silk, all handcrafted in the Savoir London Bedworks. Savoir Beds has been perfecting and crafting the perfect night’s sleep since 1905, when the beds were first commissioned for the hotel. Size: 180 x 200.

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Boodles ‘Pas de Deux’ ring, £38,500

Le Cupole IGT Tenuta di Trinoro 2013 Double Magnum, £120

A ‘Pas de Deux’ is a

Here’s the second wine from Andrea

romantic ballet duet.

Franchetti’s wonderful Tenuta di Trinoro estate

This example, which

in the extremes of southeast Tuscany, the

features two heart-shaped diamonds set in platinum, is the result of

wilds of the Val’d’Orcia. Deep plum-cherry in

an unprecedented two-year partnership between Boodles and The

colour, a combination of cherries and berries

Royal Ballet. An expression of the physicality and emotion of ballet,

complemented by a dash of white pepper,

the collection’s abstract pieces are exquisitely delicate, but with

mineral undercurrents and a bright, sweet

incredible strength and balance. Boodles is Britain’s leading retailer

focus. The palate is rounded and rich, yet fresh

of bespoke and fine diamond jewellery since 1798.

and upbeat, with red fruit coming to the fore.

The Tragedy of Lord George 75ml Eau de Parfum, £178

KWANPEN travel wallet, £2,130

Emerald earrings, POA

A utilitarian crocodile travel wallet that

pair of pear-shaped Colombian

Lord George is a wealthy, respected

you can rely on, to keep everything you

emeralds weighing 20cts, framed in a

man, the archetypal patriarch. He

need at your fingertips for your voyages.

border of brilliant 5ct diamonds, and

seems to embody the noblest values of

Proudly made in Singapore, KWANPEN

mounted in 18ct white gold. Moussaieff

the aristocracy: virtue, respect, loyalty

crocodile leather handbags have

is one of the world’s most discreet and

and faithfulness. His fragrance reflects

always been associated with prestige

exclusive jewellers, renowned for its

his essence – seemingly traditional, yet

and magnificent craftsmanship. Every

magnificent stones, flamboyant designs

with hidden secrets. Established in 1870

KWANPEN creation that bears the

and exceptional craftsmanship. Each

and the holder of two Royal Warrants,

KWANPEN handmade logo is a stamp

dazzling creation is a heritage piece

Penhaligon’s boasts a rich, varied heritage,

of assurance for impeccable quality and

of the future. Founded two centuries

and ‘strives to create original scents for the

detail, representing the true distinction of

ago, the House of Moussaieff retains ‘a

discerning eccentrics of today’.

a luxury creation. To find out more, visit

fearless passion for jewellery’.

Statement earrings featuring a matching

Ploh Voyage cashmere travel blanket, £1,402 Available in sophisticated shades of refined neutrals, this silk-bordered cashmere travel blanket is lightweight and ideally sized to keep you elegantly snug during your journeys. Easy to keep – it folds up flat into its own silk satin pouch – the Voyage is always a pleasure to travel with. Hand-woven just a few pieces at a time, Ploh’s cashmere throws take months to create and are offered in limited quantities.

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Throughout 2017, The Savoy will be working with two charities whose international influence and reach has made a significant impact all around the world. We hear from ABF The Soldiersʼ Charity and Hope & Homes for Children, to find out more about the big issues at the centre of everything they do


his year, The Savoy is teaming up with a pair of charitable causes, both of which are close to the heart of the hotel. As official partners, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and Hope & Homes for

Children both use their global presence to respectively better the lives of soldiers, veterans and their families, and ensure that children are removed from institutional care and placed into a loving family. Founded in 1944 as the national charity of the British Army, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity makes grants to serving soldiers, veterans of all ages and their immediate families when in need, and supports a wide range of specialist charities that sustain the British Army ‘family’, both at home and around the world. Today, the organisation works with veterans of every conflict, with a view to sustain all future generations of soldiers to come.

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witnessed firsthand the plight of children struggling to survive in Sarajevo’s main orphanage at the height of the Bosnian War. Initially setting out to create a worldwide network of small, well-run orphanages, the couple soon realised that it was families – not institutions – that were needed. Now, the group is an expert in the field of ‘deinstitutionalisation’, helping to take children out of orphanages and into stable, loving families. Working with governments and civil society organisations in over 30 countries, it aims to tackle the root causes of family breakdown in order to dismantle and eradicate orphanage-based care systems, driving reform and laying “We cover every area of need imaginable,” says chief executive Major

foundations for long-lasting change. “Deinstitutionalisation is first and foremost

General Martin Rutledge. “The needs

about closing down orphanages and

today are pretty similar to the needs

bringing children back to their families, as

that existed in 1919 after the First World

80% of children worldwide in orphanages

War, and 1945 after the Second World

have at least one parent alive, but we do

War. We cover a huge variety and are

an awful lot of work on prevention as well,”

very non-judgemental, as it’s important

explains head of major partnerships and

to remember both young soldiers and

brand, Boris Pomroy.

elderly veterans. We look at the need and

“It’s also about putting the right

give people what’s required, applying a

childcare protection systems in place,

orphanages or child protection systems

very robust, common-sense approach.”

such as high-quality foster and adoptive

right at the start.”

Overall, last year, more than 80,000

care, alternative family care, and

people have been affected by its efforts.

prevention strategies for the most

accomplished a considerable amount

Hope & Homes for Children, meanwhile,

Since their inceptions, each has

vulnerable families before they hit crisis,

for their chosen areas. In 2015-16, ABF

began in 1994, when retired British Army

to stop family breakdown in the first

The Soldiers’ Charity’s total charitable

officer Mark Cook and his wife Caroline

place, and stop children entering into

expenditure of £8.4million directly

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CHARITY and are determined that money goes to those who have genuine need. “That all sounds a bit like The Savoy in my mind – very high standards and very dignified, so there’s clearly a synergy between the two organisations. We do serious events that raise serious money for a good cause, done in a very stylish, professional manner. They’re very special and have that element of fun, which again plays back into The Savoy relationship and how it behaves.” “For us, it’s a really special relationship and great partnership,” Boris adds. “It’s one of the UK’s most iconic brands, and all about the things that we care about. It’s about high-quality service, professionalism and expertise, as well as storytelling, authenticity and heritage, all of which are really important to us as well. “As much as anything, it gives us the opportunity to tell the stories of the young people we work with and serve to a wider audience, whether that’s guests, staff, or the wider Savoy family. Any opportunity for us to tell their story is an opportunity to change hearts and minds around this issue.” supported nearly 5,000 individuals, and funded 88 charities and organisations.

ultimately achieve their goals.

Naturally, fundraising initiatives are

“The particular attraction of The Savoy

integral. The annual Lord Mayor’s Big

Overall, more than 80,000 people

is that, in many ways, it’s rather like us,”

Curry Lunch has generated in excess

have been affected by its efforts, spread

Martin considers. “Our whole ethos is

of £1.55million for ABF The Soldiers’

worldwide across 55 countries.

to be highly responsible and dignified.

Charity over the past nine years, and

Hope & Homes for Children,

We don’t chase the fashionable causes,

remains its biggest event to date.

meanwhile, has benefitted 800,000+

children since January 2013, resulting in the closure of 93 institutions across nine countries. In addition, deinstitutionalisation has been welldocumented in a range of socioeconomic and political contexts, contributing to the development of national child-focused social workforces, training and mentoring programmes. Specifically, The Savoy appealed to the two movements for its shared level of professionalism and dedication. From working on employee engagement and guest initiatives, to raising vital funds, the hotel’s support has enabled the trusts to get their messages out to both staff and guests, garnering essential revenue to

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Elsewhere, The Cateran Yomp (a military

supportive of us. At most of our big

Rather like The Savoy, we’re not a charity

term for a long-distance march) spans 54

events, we regularly invite a member of

that’s here today and gone tomorrow. As

miles in 24 hours along the rugged terrain

the Royal Family, who very graciously

long as there’s a British Army, there will be

of the Scottish wilderness. This has raised

comes along and helps. It sets the tone

an ABF Soldiers’ Charity, so we play a very

£2.4million since its inception.

for the organisation, and comes back to

long, steady game. We have to make sure

not chasing the fashionable causes. We

that our reputation remains absolutely as

Children organises a series of ‘challenges’,

just quietly get on with what we need to

we wish it to be.

from cycling across rural Africa, to trekking

do in support of a national institution like

through Rwanda. Upcoming tasks

the British Army.”

Further afield, Hope & Homes for

include ‘Love in Every Step’, which takes

“We have a very clear mission and vision to be the catalyst to eradicate

Underpinning all of this, however,

orphanages across the world, which we

in Romania’s spectacular Carpathian

be it A-list affiliates or adventures of a

want to do in our lifetime,” Boris notes.

Mountains, and ‘Ride Rwanda’, which lives

lifetime, is a shared vision of shining

“We see our role as continuing to expand

up to the country’s nickname of the ‘Land

a light on what these institutions do.

into new places, and demonstrating

of a Thousand Hills’.

Whether they’re promoting awareness,

how deinstitutionalisation can work in

“A host of different challenge events, like

generating financial support, or

all different geographies, cultures and

trekking across Romania and cycling across

demonstrating the substantial difference

backgrounds. Most of all, we want to

Rwanda, allows us to take people to see

they’re making, both are campaigns

build a global movement.”

our work firsthand, so that they can actually

that The Savoy remains consistently

go to the communities and meet the

proud to put its name to.

young people and families that they’ll be

“We’re currently in a very robust

To find out about ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, visit,

supporting,” reveals Boris. “The best ideas

position,” concludes Martin. “We’re a well-

or head to

tend to come from the people themselves,

resourced charity, but our challenge is that

to discover more on Hope & Homes

which we can help make happen.”

we never know what the future may hold.

for Children.

And of course, it never hurts to have some high-profile personalities in your corner, as the philanthropic couple are endorsed by a selection of celebrity patrons. Alastair Humphreys and Dame Kristin Scott Thomas are among Hope & Homes for Children’s key advocators, whereas ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is championed by none other than Her Majesty The Queen. “We’re very privileged to have Her Majesty as a patron,” Martin insists. “The Royal Family is extremely

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This is Canada


As it celebrates 150 years since Confederation, Canada is making its mark on London throughout 2017. From exhibitions and events at a selection of the cityʼs leading institutions, to equally insightful experiences across the pond, High Commissioner Janice Charette tells us more about what to expect


y office in Canada House boasts what

The reason the High Commission of Canada is located

must be one of London’s finest views over

on Trafalgar Square speaks to our shared history. This

Trafalgar Square, taking in not just the

neighbourhood, in the early part of the 20th century, was

fountains, the lions and Lord Nelson’s Column,

known as ‘Little Canada’, with the Canadian Pacific Railway,

but also a slice of the city that’s familiar to millions around the

the Grand Trunk Railway and Sun Life Assurance Buildings all

world. Every glance out of the window delivers the Routemaster

built nearby to represent key Canadian industries.

rumbling past, the bustle of cyclists dashing across town, and

In 2017, we’re hoping to inject a little bit more Canada

the must-do ‘selfie’ moments captured by so many visitors to

into this exceptional mix. It’s a special year for Canada and

this great city – complete with Big Ben in the distance.

Canadians, as 2017 marks 150 years since Confederation

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– the creation of the Dominion of

Spring will also see the launch of

Canada. We’re very proud to be

an exhibition of archival Canadian

planning a full year of celebrations

photographs from the early post-

across a range of activities, which

Confederation years, courtesy of the

include collaborations with some of

British Library, along with a more literal

London’s best-loved institutions, and we

launch when the Tall Ships Festival

hope that Londoners and visitors alike

takes place in Greenwich over Easter

will get a chance to soak up some of

weekend. The regatta will sail to Quebec

our enthusiasm.

in celebration of both Canada’s 150th

The venerable British Museum will kick things off in earnest in February,


when it hosts an exhibition of artefacts

birthday, and to mark 375 years since the founding of the great city of Montreal. In July, the National Maritime Museum

from the First Nations communities of

will join forces with the Canadian

the Northwest Coast. With the arrival

Museum of History to bring us the story

of spring – which I’m reliably told will

of Captain Franklin’s long-lost ships –

arrive at least two months earlier than

rediscovered after more than 150 years

when I’m accustomed to in Ottawa –

– in a captivating summer exhibition

the Victoria Gardens at Embankment

called Death in the Ice: The Shocking

will burst into a sea of red and white,

Story of Franklin’s Final Expedition.

when more than 5,000 specially-created 'Canada 150 tulips' bloom.

Our dear neighbours in Trafalgar Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields, will

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be hosting a special Canada Day concert, and the National Gallery will be helping us bring Canadian art and connections to the next generation by co-hosting a family-focused day of celebration. Just down Whitehall, in the Palace of Westminster, the original British North America Act that created Canada in 1867 will be put on display to mark the significance of Confederation here in United Kingdom.

to visit a space that we consider to be a true window into the contemporary Canadian art scene, with upcoming exhibitions by renowned Vancouver artist Rodney Graham, followed by an exhibition that features a host of artists whose work truly celebrates the Canadian identity.


Along the way, our Canada Gallery here at Canada House, on Pall Mall East, will continue to welcome the general public

I could go on – and on – about all the ways to celebrate Canada here in London, but it would be decidedly un-Canadian

Canadians are collectively very proud of the hospitality and

of me if I didn’t pause to issue a heartfelt invitation to visit

diversity that we have to offer, and it’s not a coincidence that

Canada during this special year.

major travel guides around the world have all looked to Canada

Parks Canada is helping festivities by offering free entry to all of

as their ‘top pick for 2017’. They make an impressive list that

Canada’s National Parks, Historic Sites and Marine Conservation

includes Rough Guide, Lonely Planet, National Geographic and

Areas throughout 2017. The range includes everything from the

The New Yorker.

famous Banff National Park in Alberta, to a visit to the SS Klondike

This is Canada today – a vast country, rich in natural resources

in the Yukon, the last commercial steamboat to work the mighty

and talented, creative people, touched by three oceans, ready

Yukon River, long before road travel was an option.

to shape our future, and build on the traditions and friendships

Whether you’re looking for a sophisticated city break, a yoga

of our past. Our many connections here in the United Kingdom

class on a platform set amid the spray of the mighty Niagara

speak to the very fabric of Canada today, and I do hope you’re

Falls, or a sampling of Canada’s varied and magnificent great

able to celebrate with us!

outdoors, my one promise to you is that you can be guaranteed


the warmest of welcomes.

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St Lucia Dreaming From Champagne sunsets to magical mountains and beautiful palm-fringed beaches, the island of St Lucia appeals to all of the senses, boasting some of the most uplifting attractions to be found across the Caribbean. Adam Jacot de Boinod packs his bags for an unmissable date with ‘Helen of the West Indies’


’m fortunate to arrive two days after Storm Matthew

vegetation, flora, fauna and crops profiting. There’s organic

has already wreaked his havoc over St Lucia.

produce along roadside stalls, and the building of new homes

Thankfully, there are no casualties, and consequences

begins with plantation first, construction second. Gardens

are limited to muddy landslides and snapped banana

of paradise have birds of paradise, humming birds and the

crops. I like the Caribbean in the ‘wet season’ – it has variety.

national symbol, a parrot called Jacquot, which, with its name

While the welcome temperature persists, I get a respite with a

similar to my surname, particularly appeals to me!

breeze and sudden but short showers. ‘Drop a pip and it will sprout into a tree in no time’, so they

I decide to work my way up the island by road and by boat. More than anywhere, St Lucia is best visited by being on the

proudly say. This island stands out for her fertility. There’s

move; the thing to do is to change hotels every few days. For

poverty, but no starvation. It’s self-sufficient, with every kind of

all its beauty and fecundity, the island can be quite restrictive,

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especially if you want to stretch a leg, as the beaches are small

I go on a trip to watch dolphins. What a blessing to be in their

and the hillsides are steep. Each cove (which the French called

natural habitat, eating, leaping and playing, alone, in pairs and

‘anse’) is a hideaway, and hotels vie to offer the most romantic

in groups. As I move up the island, the vegetation changes and

setting. St Lucia wins the award for ‘Honeymoon Island of the

the sand gets whiter.

Caribbean’ year after year. I descend steeply down from hills still stricken with their trees

Next, and on past Castries, the capital, and on to the Cap at the furthest northern point. I take a trip to Pigeon Island – it’s

deracinated from the storm. Starting from the international

like a miniature version of the Pitons, with her two humped hills.

airport in the south, I see the famous twin peaks of Gros and Petit

It was joined up to the mainland in the 1960s by a causeway

Piton. These upright, precipitous mountains reach over 2,000 feet

that’s now a picturesque tree-lined avenue. It’s the best spot for

in height, and are the consequence of an historic earthquake,

snorkeling and is great for hiking, as I climb up the proudly kept

balancing its neighbouring sea with equal depth. They give me a

nature reserve to its natural lookout point.

sense of being grounded, with their majestic presence dwarfing

Pigeon Island thankfully wasn’t turned into a hotel, but has

all below. I need to see them panoramically, from the sea as well

been preserved for the common good. While Lord Glenconner

as the land. At different angles, they alternate between one being

of Mustique fame sold the land between the Pitons to a hotel,

a pyramid, and the other a multi-faceted shape.

no money would allow another scenic part of the island to pass

Off to the Tet Paul Nature Trail for a delightful wander among

hands. This is a northern cove, nicknamed ‘Five Dollar Beach’,

all the wonder of such a fertile island. Providence has given her

which is what the 90-year-old owner charges each visitor to

pineapples, mangos, papaya, bananas, guava and plums, to

enjoy his unspoiled coastline, with its biggest of fish and whitest

name a few. Sometimes, they’re even growing all side by side.

of sand. No number of multiple dollar offers has managed to

It’s so amazing to see all these fruits as real vegetation rather

take it off his hands.

than wrapped produce. For me, almonds, coffee and chocolate are the most exciting of all. At the top of this Garden of Eden is the so-called ‘Stairway to

I return back down the Atlantic coast to the accompaniment of the brightest rainbow I’ve ever witnessed. A magnificent send-off to such a colourful island. The calm after the storm!

Heaven’. It leads to a scenic hilltop panorama, high enough to look the Pitons proudly in their faces. I pick out, down below

Adam Jacot de Boinod worked on the first series of QI, the BBC

and far out to sea, a speckling boat, and even, as I wanted to

programme compèred by Stephen Fry. He is the author of The

believe, her skipper.

Meaning of Tingo and Other Extraordinary Words from around

On my descent from heaven to this tropical paradise, I visit the

the World, published by Penguin Books.

earthly Botanical Gardens. They’re a lovely parading display of the island’s most lavish and lush flora and fauna – heliconia, bamboo, ficus and cocoa, all blossoming in the light. The locals have both a deep respect for the island’s vegetation and its diversity, and also a proud interest in homeopathy, and the healthy effects of plant extracts for wellbeing. At the Botanical Gardens, I come across a beaten track to a 50foot waterfall, with the water freefalling every second for eternity. I learn even more about nature from the 250-year-old ‘Sulphur Springs’, still bubbling away, emitting noxious fumes that gave their name to Soufrière. This island’s second town is further north, and is small and jolly, with shops behind her seafront and houses receding up into the valley. Onwards and upwards I go, past two quaint-looking fishing villages. At one, called Canaries, I watch chickens crossing the street and local laundry being transported on ladies’ heads, and then washed in the stream, in which the children splash, spray and swim.

FACT FILE Adam travelled courtesy of The Holiday Place. It is offering holidays to St Lucia from £719 per person, saving up to £500 per person. Including flights and accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis. To book, call 020 7644 1770 or visit The Holiday Place has been creating award-winning experiences for over 30 years. Their holidays range from luxurious to adventurous, and cater for all budgets and requirements. Adam is grateful also to Gatwick Express ( and St Lucia Tourist Board (

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She’s tipped for the Best Actress award at this month’s Oscars for her role in all singing, all dancing movie La La Land. We speak to Emma Stone about making the year’s most talked about film, and why this one is her mum’s favourite…

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mma Stone’s just spilt coffee on the lush carpet of the hotel suite. It’s a moment reminiscent of a scene in La La Land, where

her character, aspiring actress Mia, is rushing from her job as a barista to make an audition and ends up with coffee all down her front. It’s this goofiness, both on and off screen, which is part of Stone’s great appeal, and what makes her so accessible. That said, her talent can never be questioned. She’s currently riding high with a Golden Globe win, a BAFTA nomination and hopefully an Oscar too for her role in the modern-day musical La La Land. The film, directed by Whiplash’s Damien Chazelle, has already proved a phenomenal critical and commercial success, but Stone says the “real test” is the fact her mum has declared it her number one choice from her daughter’s back catalogue. “And if it’s my mum’s favourite, it must


be OK - she’s picky,” she says with a laugh, admitting she couldn’t have predicted the movie would garner such a reaction. “Reading the script, I definitely felt inspired and struck by it in that way.

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You always hope when you’re making a movie, or telling a story, that it will affect people in the way it affected you. “It’s very exciting, it’s wonderful,” adds the 28-year-old, whose red hair and wide green eyes are accentuated by her emerald ensemble. Set in the City of Angels, La La Land is

“Mia's driven by something that maybe she doesn't completely

the timeless tale of boy-meets-girl – with

understand. She wants to be an artist in a city of so many

Ryan Gosling playing the ‘boy’ in the

people who seem to be just like her. She feels there's something

equation; the ambitious but frustrated jazz pianist Sebastian.

special inside her, but she doesn't quite know what it is,”

A love letter to Hollywood, it harks back to the song and dance triumphs of

Early on in the process, Stone met with

explains Stone, who’s also appeared in

yesteryear and is beautifully poignant in

Chazelle, who talked her through his

The Help, The Amazing Spider-Man (where

its depiction of unabated dreams, and

ideas for the musical numbers.

she met former boyfriend Andrew Garfield)

those moments in life where decisions set fate into motion. Stone, whose debut movie was 2007’s

“It was intoxicating,” recalls the actress, who hails from Arizona. “The idea of telling this really modern

and Birdman, for which she received an Oscar nomination for in 2015. And just like Mia, Stone’s experienced

Superbad, before coming to prominence

story of two struggling artists, but in a

“some particularly garbage” auditions

in 2010’s Easy A, admits she’s had

1950s-style musical version of today’s

over the years.

something of a love-hate relationship

Los Angeles, became something really

with Tinseltown.

exciting to me very quickly.”

“But I think what sits with me more than anything, is the feeling Mia has a little bit

Her character’s yearning for

later, one of feeling very shutdown and

an interesting industry,” she remarks

something beyond the ordinary

kind of ignored,” she adds.“[It brought

in her characteristic husky voice.

hit home too.

to mind] the times I wasn’t being sent

“It’s an interesting place and definitely

“There are a lot of ups and downs and

“Mia’s driven by something that maybe

on auditions, and my agent would stop

your experience with it ebbs and flows

she doesn’t completely understand. She

sending me because I wasn’t getting

depending on the time period, but this

wants to be an artist in a city of so many

enough call-backs. That was almost harder

film made me appreciate the parts of Los

people who seem to be just like her. She

than the rejection in the [audition] room,

Angeles that I hadn’t really experienced

feels there’s something special inside her,

because when you’re not even getting the

in quite a while.”

but she doesn’t quite know what it is,”

opportunity, it can be really challenging.”

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CELEBRITY brilliant dancers and singers. Actually, Damien wanted our relationship to

Broadway, as Sally Bowles in a revival

feel alive and raw in a certain way,

of Cabaret. But despite her evident

even though we’re part of these

vocals skills, she doesn’t deny she felt

incredibly cinematic dance numbers.

vulnerable singing her heart out on the

So little flaws and natural flubs were

La La Land set, particularly in a pivotal

welcomed with open arms.”

audition scene. “We did it live, so I had an ear wig

The film marks the third time she and Gosling have collaborated, following

where I could hear Justin Hurwitz, our

2011’s Crazy, Stupid, Love and 2013’s

composer, who was playing the piano

Gangster Squad.

live with me, but I realised everyone else

“Honestly, it’s just easy to work

in the room was just hearing me sing a

with him,” she says of their palpable

capella! That’s not very fun,” she says,

on-screen chemistry. “I don’t have

with a laugh.

any fun or exciting description of what

“For two months, we rehearsed every day,” she adds, recalling the intense

that means, he just makes it fun.” There’s plenty to celebrate with awards

preparation period. “It was so much

season in full swing, and the actress

fun because I’ve taken some dance in

intends to enjoy every moment.

the past, but this was learning tap and

“I see it mainly as an honour and

jazz and ballroom dance – whole new

lots of fun,” says Stone.

languages of dance.”

“I try not to take it as too much

But Stone points out Chazelle was never looking for perfection. “Our characters are struggling artists, so we were never asked to be incredibly

AND THE OSCAR GOES TO... Here are the other stars going up against Stone for the Best Actress award NATALIE PORTMAN For her role as Jackie Kennedy in Jackie RUTH NEGGA For her role as Mildred Loving in Loving MERYL STREEP For her role as Florence Foster Jenkins in Florence Foster Jenkins

pressure, or turn it into something negative. It’s just a lovely thing and very exciting.” La La Land is in cinemas now.

ISABELLE HUPPERT For her role as Michele Leblanc in Elle

“The idea of telling this really modern story of two struggling artists, but in a 1950s-style musical version of today’s Los Angeles, became something really exciting to me very quickly.”


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Since 1990 –Vivienne Westwood has created stunning couture gowns and dresses for discerning clientele in the London Davies Street boutique. Head of couture, Brigitte Stepputtis, invites us inside to get a feel for what happens when punk is paired with high fashion PHOTOGRAPHER MARIA ZIEGELBOECK . STYLIST SABINA SCHREDER SHOP INTERIOR IMAGES COURTESY OF VIVIENNE WESTWOOD

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or more than 45 years, fashion Dame and

collection, it’s never your conventional dress as

pioneer Vivienne Westwood has been a symbol

such, as there’s always a bit of a twist to it. The

of British avant-garde, and one of the world’s

gowns usually have something to do with the

most influential and recognised designers.

collection and highlight its concepts.”

So renowned is she for her iconic punk and

By private appointment, clients of the boutique

new-wave style, that one might not expect a

can meet with the couture staff, experiencing

bridal and couture service to factor into such a

a personalised service to design a customised

famously revolutionary approach. But then, this

piece that’s made to measure, and tailored to

is Vivienne Westwood we’re talking about.

suit their taste, style and body. From there, the

Located at 6 Davies Street in London (one of

garment is handmade at the design studio in

four standalone Westwood stores in the capital),

London by a team of designers, pattern cutters

Vivienne Westwood Bridal and Couture is the

and seamstresses. Naturally, exclusivity is very

label’s only UK boutique to offer a bespoke,

much at its heart.

‘made-to-measure’ service. Indeed, has

“Davies Street is a standalone store that’s only for

specialised in couture for over 25 years since

the semi-couture, bridal and couture collection,

opening in 1990, and today carries the latest

which is presented downstairs in a more intimate

Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood

surrounding,” Brigitte continues. “It’s usually closed

collection, alongside jewellery and accessories.

off so that our clients have the space for themselves

“Things started going from punk to luxury and

to look at the collections. Davies Street has always

couture, so it’s brought them one step further

represented our more luxury couture side, and is

from what they used to be, yet fits in with

suitably situated in Mayfair.”

Vivienne’s quintessentially British spirit,” says head of couture Brigitte Stepputtis. “With each

The items created here remain faithful to Vivienne’s strong belief that femininity ought to be celebrated. From ball gowns and eveningwear, to cocktail dresses, red carpet gowns and bridal wear, the tailoring, crinoline, corsetry or soft lines of all of these magnificent creations serve to enhance the feminine silhouette, reflecting the original tailoring of signature Westwood designs, suitable for any occasion. “For the 2017 collection, we looked back at the archive of Vivienne Westwood and took the most iconic styles, re-working them into new silhouettes,” explains Brigitte. “Most of the dresses we’re offering in the bridal and couture range are corseted, with the typical Westwood draping around the body, creating fluidity,

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but at the same time, support. It’s celebrating the female shape,

“It’s a highly personal collection to Andreas,” reveals Brigitte.

the dresses always have a story or reference from where they

“He’s dedicated it to the women in his life and the places they

were created.”

come from. It is inspired by his Austrian mother, the great blue

Alongside the classic and timeless couture looks, six new bridal gowns for the spring-summer season include the Malina, which adopts an intricate pattern cutting technique based on shards of

Mediterranean sea and the important women in his life from here, and of course English tailoring and corsetry, inspired by Vivienne.” It’s this enduring spirit of rebellion that continues to unify the

a broken mirror, as well as the Lace Amber, which combines a

bridal and couture arm with the rest of the brand as a whole. And

structured shoulder line with the feeling of a relaxed Grecian robe.

while celebrity culture has resulted in a significant change for the

The made-to-order semi-couture bridal collection, meanwhile,

industry over the last few decades, Brigitte remains confident that

presents eight iconic Vivienne Westwood styles, available in soft

the seemingly juxtaposing forces of punk and couture will forever

georgettes and silk satins, silk taffetas and duchess, in a variation

have a place side by side at Vivienne Westwood.

of colours. The Bird of Paradise encapsulates the grandeur of the

“I’d like to keep the Westwood spirit – the rock and roll character

Baroque age, a statement of extravagance, whereas the Long

and political activism that Vivienne has shown,” she concludes.

Sandy has a ruched detail neckline, and can be puffed up to add

“In a way, it’s contradictory, but on the other hand, it’s not, as it

volume and texture.

can help carry the message. What I’ve learned at Westwood is

“With couture, we work very closely with the client and what they

to always go that extra step further. I’ve been very fortunate

need, depending on the occasion,” Brigitte insists. “It’s a different

to meet some fantastic women over the years, who are really

process to create a dress for a show than it is to create a couture

independent thinkers.

dress for a client, because with the client, it’s more than just the dress – it’s creating something for a special moment.” For the most recent Spring-Summer 2017 Andreas Kronthaler

“Couture has really become something of its own, both internationally and at Vivienne Westwood. Of course, there are always outstanding dresses, but the most valuable lesson I’ve

for Vivienne Westwood collection, Vivienne’s husband and creative

learned is that everything is separate, as every client and every

director Andreas Kronthaler, –– drew inspiration from a square

woman has their own aura or feeling. To help create a couture dress

of blue fabric given to his wife by environmental activism group

and make it personal and special really is a great experience.”

Greenpeace, taken from its first Rainbow Warrior ship ‘The Esperenza’, which was sunk in 1985 when campaigning against nuclear testing in the Pacific Ocean.

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PAMPERED in PARADISE The Savoy Beauty and Fitness Rooms are just what the doctor ordered for guests who are in the mood for a little well-earned pampering and ‘me time’. Health and beauty editor Lucia Ferrari treats herself to the hotel’s signature treatment, which helps restore luxurious calm and peaceful serenity



here are many fabulous reasons to set foot

Instagramming, but one feels it would be more prudent

in The Savoy: a celebratory dinner at the

to pop one’s iPhone in the mahogany locker, slip into the

Savoy Grill; an indulgent afternoon tea with

apple-green trimmed Savoy bathrobe, and pad along

your godchild; or a pre-theatre glass of Louis

the cream-carpeted corridors to the treatment rooms. I

Roederer in the bar. But I’m thrilled to say that there’s yet

did note that the bijou sauna and steam rooms (just big

another excuse, as tucked away on the third floor is one

enough for one person) near the Elnett hairspray shelf

of London’s (so far) best-kept health and beauty secrets – Beauty and Fitness at The Savoy. This beautiful mini spa, refurbished in 2015, has just re-launched the treatment menu to include (as you would expect) some of the best in the business to soothe the

would be a must after my treatment. Where else other than possibly Joan Collins’ dressing room could such mini luxuries be found? The pre-treatment questionnaire is blissfully short (I wish other

mind, lift the spirits and restore your

spas would take note), and the

glow. I booked the brand new Savoy

treatment itself is totally gimmick-

Signature Treatment – a two-hour extravaganza, including both facial

free – no Tibetan bells, crystals or ghastly music; just good old-fashioned beauty

and top-to-toe body massage, as a

know-how, excellent massage techniques, and

luxury kick-start to a new health regime.

wonderful therapists using the best of the best

Why choose Lycra and an icy run on a freezing-cold

products (Aromatherapy Associates or Natura

morning, when such glories as this are on one’s doorstep?

Bissé), plus more hot towels than I’ve ever experienced

Even the de-robing area (‘changing rooms’ just doesn’t

in 15 years of spa testing. It could be described as the

do it justice) is a joy to behold. Apricot floor-to-ceiling marble and the most fabulous pale lilac shantung silk-upholstered chair in the hair-drying room are worth

chauffeur-driven Bentley of the beauty world. Another touch of luxury that sets it aside from other such experiences is the treatment bed you’re snuggled

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into (one of the most comfortable I’ve ever been on), which is beautifully made up, Savoy-style,

It also includes a heated back mask, which melts away tension while your feet, toes and legs are massaged.

with 300 thread count Italian cotton sheets

The facial is also tailored to your requirements (you

that are as smooth as silk, a

can choose between nourishing, deep-cleansing,

duvet and the softest goose

anti-ageing or glow-enhancing – or all four in

down pillow. If it were possible just to book in for an hour snuggled into this, even without a treatment, I’d have been delighted. Of course, if anyone is going to get spa beds right,

my case!). And I was thrilled to see that their facial menu now includes the excellent Natura Bissé Diamond Life Infusion and Diamond Energy options – both of which are serious anti-agers and glow-enhancers (and highly recommended before a big

it’s going to be The Savoy; Marilyn Monroe and Winston

event). My Aromatherapy Associates Rose Hydrating Facial

Churchill were fans of the hotel’s Savoir beds, so there’s a

did a very good job of nourishing my parched winter skin,

matter of standards to be maintained.

providing a lovely glow.

The two-hour top-to-toe massage and facial is an indulgence

You have the option of finishing the treatment with a head or

equally suitable for a man or a woman (it’s totally bespoke – you

hand massage. If time permits, choose the head, as not only will

choose which oils are used, depending on whether you want

it legitimately give you a reason to sit in the lilac silk blow-drying

to de-stress, detox, ease jetlag, or just be seriously pampered).

chair, but it’s a fitting finale to this top-to-toe extravaganza, as

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warm, nourishing hair oil is drizzled over your forehead, before it’s massaged into your scalp using some wonderful de-stressing pressure point techniques. And that’s not quite it. Just as you’re thinking it’s unfortunately time to try and lift your head from the goose down pillow, joy of joys! Your feet are slipped into a pair of heated Savoy slippers, before the therapist helps you stand up, and gently leads you poolside to re-acquaint yourself with reality. I’d have loved to change into my swimming costume for a dip into the beautiful grey slate swimming pool, but I rather imagined one of the immaculately clad spa staff (in matching dove grey) may have had to perform a pool rescue, so I opted for a glass of cucumber-infused water instead, while I put up my slipper-clad feet and glanced across at the gym area in the next room. White roses the size of teacups, arranged beautifully next to piles of perfectly folded pale grey towels, are a chic addition to the gym, which is of course full of the latest Technogym equipment. It is available to all spa users (and 24-hours to hotel guests), but I felt it would be nothing short of an act of madness if I was to step foot on a Cross-Trainer in my current state of zenned-out bliss. So, I lay back and closed my eyes, imagining I was lying beneath one of the Savoy palm trees, curiously remembering the Boodles diamond fountain earrings I’d seen in the boutique lobby on my way up. Now, surely they would keep my newfound glow shining all year long! If my husband didn’t agree, I’d better re-book in for another facial.

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NATURA BISSÉ LAUNCHES AT THE SAVOY The iconic London hotel adds to its menu exclusive beauty rituals by the luxury Spanish skincare brand


atura Bissé is proud to announce its new partnership with The Savoy in London. The spa at the hotel

will be offering a selection of Natura Bissé beauty treatments, designed to provide a comprehensive answer for every skin’s needs. The treatment menu available consists of Diamond Life Infusion, which delivers unprecedented rejuvenating action by regulating the four key skin-age biomarkers: Diamond Energy, an anti-ageing, antistress and antioxidant treatment for glowing skin; Diamond Rose Body, a regenerating body treatment, including diamond dust and Damask rose oil; and Carboxi Express, which uses CO2 to fight the signs of skin ageing, producing an effervescent explosion that results in visibly revitalised skin. Sophisticated elegance, innovation and efficiency are the trademarks of Natura Bissé, the renowned Spanish family-owned company, which was founded in 1979. Universally recognised for groundbreaking technology in results-driven skincare and world-class spa treatments, Natura Bissé embodies the artisan craft of true luxury. To find out more about Natura Bissé, head to

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COCKTAILS This year, The Savoy’s Beaufort Bar is launching its most exciting and creative menu to date. Taking the form of a ‘tunnel book’, the latest roundup infuses beverages with the truly distinct character of the many iconic stories to have unfolded within the hotel’s walls. Here’s how they’ve all been immortalised


taste for the theatrical has always set

history into an immersive narrative, the line-up

The Savoy’s Beaufort Bar apart as one

takes guests on a tour of the hotel through its

of London’s most revered cocktail bars.

legendary tales and extraordinary personalities.

Now, with the launch of its brand new menu, the

Head bartender Kyle Wilkinson and bar manager

world-famous destination is once again taking

Anna Sebastian spearheaded the project – a

ingenuity and creativity to new heights, introducing

natural successor to their previous ‘pop-up’ menu

a range of drinks in the form of a beautifully

– delving deep into The Savoy’s archives for

illustrated ‘tunnel book’, which celebrates some of

inspiration from its richest fables.

the hotel’s most fascinating stories. Twisting strands from The Savoy’s illustrious

“We wanted something that was very unique to The Savoy and that reflected the character of the

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Beaufort Bar,” says Anna. “But we also wanted something a little bit more fun and playful as well; something that would link well to the pop-up menu, while still being completely different. What we needed was something to bring that to life and make it relevant to The Savoy. “As we did more research, we found a strong link that was important to us, by taking guests on a journey through the hotel, and bringing each different area to life through the means of storytelling. What we really liked about a tunnel book was that, as the reader, you’re immediately part of that journey and story.” Indeed, this latest assortment is set to surpass even the award-winning pop-up in terms of innovative design, thematic style, flavour combinations and signature serves. Working closely with Savoy archivist Susan Scott, Kyle, Anna and the Beaufort Bar team created 20 different mixes over 10 months, each telling a distinctive story about a different part of the hotel through illustrations, flavours and smells. “The idea started to develop, becoming less about a journey through the hotel, and more about a journey through the different stories that connect its past, present and future,” Anna continues. “That became the overriding theme, because, while we have all this amazing history here, if we don’t start writing our own, it means nothing, so we really wanted to create a piece of ‘drinking history’, so to speak.” Opening with ‘Under the Stars’, a tipple inspired by Fred Astaire, who famously danced on the roof of The Savoy in the 1920s, the collection goes on to document a number of well and lesser-known anecdotes. Signature spirits and favourite flavours of such acclaimed residents as Duran Duran, Richard Harris, Bon Jovi and Tom Jones have all been used to capture the essence of the world’s brightest stars. “We did a lot of research and read a lot of books, to really immerse ourselves in the stories,” explains Anna. “It’s been a bit of a journey and there’s quite a nice mix of stories. It’s been good fun to have the whole team involved,

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“Signature spirits and favourite flavours of such acclaimed residents as Duran Duran, Richard Harris, Bon Jovi and Tom Jones have all been used to capture the essence of the world’s brightest stars” contributing to bringing this menu to life – from how we present the

than just the drink; they come for that experience, and to leave

drinks to creating bespoke serves, it’s been a big team effort, which

feeling better than they did when they arrived. If we can achieve

has been really nice to see.”

that by having our menu as a platform to engage with guests, tell

To help realise their vision, New York-based graphic designers Shotopop combined Art Nouveau and Art Deco looks with a distinctly modern finish to elaborately and painstakingly illustrate the eclectic

them a story, and give them a little bit of history and fun, as well as a delicious drink, then that’s the most important thing to us. “As a team, it’s about having fun presenting and talking about

tone. Inspired by the eras most commonly associated with The Savoy,

this menu, so that the guests have fun as well, which is what it’s

the cut-outs get larger as readers traverse the pages, with every turn

all about. If somebody can have fun, they’re going to develop an

revealing a new design to get lost in and enjoy.

emotional connection with the Beaufort Bar and The Savoy, and

“They got what we did and made our vision and ideas better,” Anna reveals. “They had a good understanding of what we wanted, and we spent a lot of time on the brief. We

want to come back. That’s what we’re about, and the theatrical setting really helps to give us a platform to do that.” With only 1,500 of the menus being produced, they’re set to

wanted something that was bright, engaging and colourful,

become a true memento and collector’s item for visitors of the

but also with that sense of movement and fluidity, as if you’re

hotel and Beaufort Bar. Each limited-edition copy can even be

going on this journey of different stories. We’re really happy

taken home as a keepsake or bought as a gift, enabling patrons to

with what they’ve done – they’ve been incredible and it’s been

cherish a piece of The Savoy’s most recent chapter, and in doing

such a great partnership.”

so, become a part of its ongoing legacy for generations to come.

And of course, the Beaufort Bar naturally played an integral role in

“Overall, I hope people will be intrigued, enjoy a delicious

providing the perfect backdrop for the experience. With its jet-black

drink, and leave the bar feeling like they’ve had fun,” Anna

and burnished-gold decor, the space still exudes the glamour of its

concludes. “The drinks on the menu are incredible – they’re

cabaret heyday even now; accordingly, the bar literally takes centre

accessible, but with really interesting ingredients, so that

stage to this day, where Kyle and his expert team offer classic and new

people understand what’s in them, and know what they’re

cocktails, alongside one of the most extensive choices of Champagne.

getting straightaway. We hope people will love the menu,

“Among the most important things to us is having fun with what

and more importantly, that they’ll love the experience that

we do,” insists Anna. “People come to The Savoy for much more

we can hopefully give them.”

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ILLUMINATING INFUSIONS Here are some of the cocktails to look forward to from the Beaufort Bar’s new menu



The Savoy was Katharine Hepburn’s hotel of

London’s first ever lift, known affectionately

choice due to the discretion of the staff; and

as an ‘ascending room’, took guests

following a visit to another famous hotel,

effortlessly from ground to top floor of

which frowned upon her wearing

the hotel – the well-heeled no longer

her trademark trousers.

had to climb the stairs.

Patron Anejo, popcorn, Averna, Martini

Remy Martin VSOP, Italian blend, Cocchi

Rubino, walnut

Torino, leather

GARDEN OF MEMORIES £16 At one of the most extravagant parties ever


hosted at The Savoy, the courtyard was

A musical legend, friend and guest

flooded, and a lavish sit-down dinner for 24

of The Savoy.

guests was served on a large gondola.

Bacardi Carta Ocho, Benedictine, dried fruit,

Don Julio Blanco, passion fruit, agave, St

lime, coffee, Champagne foam

Germain, lime


Tich’s bar was hidden in the depths of

On one occasion, when a Maharajah left

the hotel during World War Two, and

behind an important package, The Savoy

regularly saw dozens of wartime journalists

sent a young pageboy all the way to India

consuming plenty of whisky until the early

to return it by hand.

hours of the morning.

Bacardi Carta Ocho, Martini Bianco, lime,

Johnnie Walker Blue and Black, coffee,

honey, Indian spices

banana, paper

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SCENT of a

LEGACY Boasting an even longer history than The Savoy’s, British perfume house Penhaligon’s has ensnared the senses of its customers for over a century. Now, these luxury brands are teaming up and launching a brand new fragrance in March. CEO Lance Patterson explains why it’s a match made in scented heaven


ntertaining English nostrils since 1870 – is the tagline of Penhaligon’s, the Royal Warrant-holding perfumery that’s been creating scintillating scents

for the best part of 150 years. Much like The Savoy, its heritage is full of rich storytelling that’s taken on a life of its own, ever since founder William Penhaligon first dreamt up Hammam Bouquet, his first fragrance, in 1872. Indeed, the story of Penhaligon’s dates back even further than the hotel’s. Originally a barber by trade, the witty and creative William opened his shop in Jermyn Street, where he was soon captivated by the steam of the neighbouring Turkish baths. Today, his name lives on in a portfolio of 38 distinct and unusual bouquets, which use the finest rare ingredients to capture his creativity, innovation and spirit. “Hammam Bouquet has become a really iconic fragrance for us, and we still sell it in its original form,” says Lance Patterson, current CEO of Penhaligon’s. “It maintains itself, and in fact, we have some very important people in the world who wear it, like aristocrats and royalty. “We like to base everything we do on who we are and what our history is. We don’t create products randomly, or because of a trend in the market. We do things because they go back to who we are as a brand, our values and what we believe in. It’s all about telling fun stories.” This is certainly the case with the company’s latest aroma, Savoy Steam. A natural successor of sorts to Hammam

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we brought forward Savoy

neutral’ for both sexes, be it as a friction

Steam,” he continues.

body splash for the ladies, or aftershave

“The Savoy Turkish Baths

for gentlemen.

were really inspiring to us and what we based the

roses, so as soon as you put it on your

fragrance on. Together,

skin, you can feel the steam and smell the

we’ve been able to tell this

rose,” reveals Lance. “As you go through

fantastic story and bring this

the perfume, you get a bit of this clean

beautiful fragrance to the market.” Bouquet, the aromatic perfume and

Suitable for men and women

cologne is named after the ‘Savoy Turkish

alike, Savoy Steam releases

Baths’ of Jermyn Street in the early 20th

odours of bergamot, lemon,

century, and produced in partnership with

rose and geranium, as well as

the famous London hotel. For Lance, it was

benzoin, eucalyptus, incense

an opportunity to explore a shared history

and rosemary. Although

between the two historic institutions.

altogether lighter

“When we thought about animating

“We start with a steam mist of fresh

geranium, rosemary and pink pepper to give it a little bit of spice, then as it’s drying down, the sensation of the warmth embodies you with a floral steam. “The cologne has an invigorating and vigorous freshness when you splash and rub it on your

than its original

body. You can feel

our core catalogue – what we call our


that friction, so it’s

‘heritage fragrances’ – we knew there was

predecessor, it’s

like you’re getting

an opportunity to do something a little bit

no less delightful

this cold and

more on the feminine side, which is when

and ‘gender-

warmth at the same

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“The fragrance absolutely inspires memories. It represents that moment when you walk into The Savoy” time. That’s what the friction is meant to

Perhaps even more importantly,

affair as intoxicating as Savoy Steam itself.

represent, and you can actually layer the

Penhaligon’s has always prided itself

Just as the hotel continues to create its own

cologne with the perfume, so these two

on understanding the emotive power

unique stories, so too will Penhaligon’s

really are perfect for each other.”

of scent. With each addition to its

keep on entertaining English nostrils

range, the business endeavours to

alongside it for a long time to come.

When bringing the smell to life, Lance visited The Savoy to consult with archivist

unlock memories and trigger profound

Susan Scott, researching and exploring

nostalgia for ‘the discerning eccentrics

Lance concludes. “We’re renovating our

the hotel’s celebrated legacy. It wasn’t

of today’ in a poignant journey through

brand and catalogue of products, which

long before common ground was

time – a rule to which Savoy Steam is

is moving forward on a journey and

discovered, and their shared experience

certainly no exception.

really telling our story. A new chapter

of London and luxury quickly came

“The fragrance absolutely inspires

“We use the word ‘journey’ a lot,”

of that journey has begun with The

to the fore, exciting and inspiring the

memories,” adds Lance. “It represents

Savoy, which we’re so excited about.

partnership even further.

that moment when you walk into The

We want this partnership to be very

Savoy, and we hope the consumer

deep and long, as we’re not a ‘flash in

of The Savoy, and I felt like there was a

will also experience this, whether they

the pan’ brand that moves on to the next

real connection between our brands,”

actually visit the hotel, or are inspired

thing. We’d really like to continue telling

Lance explains. “The hotel gives off this

to do so. That’s the idea we want to

stories, for which there are so many

aristocratic feeling of history and luxury

translate here.”

limitless opportunities.”

“Susan has this incredible knowledge

whenever you enter or take part in it,

With no shortage of future plans and

and we both have a heritage that goes

partnership ideas to explore going

Savoy Steam will be available

back so many years, which makes it a

forward, it’s looking more and more likely

from March 2017. To find out

perfect match.”

that this is just the beginning of a love

more, visit

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AND LET LIVE For the capital’s rental sector, this year is set to be an exciting time for tenants and investors alike. To give you an idea of what the industry will be doing over the coming months, Alex Harrington, group lettings managing director at Dexters estate agents, offers his expert outlook on the London lettings market in 2017

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So, what can we expect from the London lettings market this year?

towards the more temporary nature of a rental agreement.

The second half of 2016 was spent monitoring the effects

dissolved, as London takes on a more European approach to

of the Government’s changes on loan interest, and the

lettings. With the average age of a first-time buyer in London

introduction of higher stamp duty land tax for buy-to-let

now 32, those renting in the capital are older than they would

investors. With investors purchasing a property with a view to

have been a couple of decades ago. With a mature professional

renting it out, now subject to an additional 3% of stamp duty,

renter now the norm, we’re finding that tenancy terms are

there were concerns in the industry that this could lead to a

becoming longer, and enquiries are more likely to be targeted to

diminished demand from buy-to-let investors. However, we’ve

good-quality professional agencies.

found that the overwhelming majority of landlord investors remain undeterred. These purchasers are taking a medium to long-term view

Stereotypes of renters as students in dilapidated digs are being

The consistent popularity of London as a place to make a home means that demand is always strong against the supply of properties available, with this ratio set to increase yet further

on the hike in stamp duty, and, with the rental market in the

in the coming decades. We expect an additional one million

capital recognised as a safe investment, we’ve not seen a

households in the UK to be renting by 2021, with the highest

significant decline in enquiries from landlord investors. As

demand in London itself.

a result, we predict the buy-to-let market to remain strong

As a global hub recognised for being a safe bet in terms of

throughout 2017. There will inevitably be a slight price

property investment, London proves eternally popular with both

adjustment in the early months of the year, as purchasers

domestic and international renters, leading to a vibrant lettings

continue to factor in the higher rates of stamp duty. However,

market, offering consistently reliable returns for landlords. So far

this is nothing out of the ordinary, as prices can ebb and flow

this year, investor interest has come largely from British, European

throughout any given year.

and American buyers, which is testament to the city’s reputation

One of the key reasons behind the investor market remaining so strong is the increasing popularity of renting in London. Renting

as a sought-after home by rental clients from across the world. Corporate tenants formed a significant proportion of our client

allows for hassle-free living, well-appreciated by professionals

base last year, and we expect this trend to continue throughout

who may frequently travel abroad. With increasingly advanced

2017. We worked with over 10,000 corporate tenants last year,

technology allowing for more mobile careers paths and remote

agreeing some excellent long-term tenancies for these clients,

working, we’re finding that people don’t necessarily want to be

who continue to compete for the best properties available.

tied down by property ownership, and are showing a preference

We expect rents to hold their value throughout 2017, now that

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market uncertainty caused by the referendum has calmed. In

as too long a journey from their Zone One offices. Ealing, for

particular, we’re already seeing a further increase in corporate

example, from which Crossrail will transport commuters to

tenants, with our corporate services department seeing a 300%

Liverpool Street in just 18 minutes (as opposed to the current

increase in prime central enquiries since June.

journey time of 34 minutes), has already experienced strong

In terms of upcoming rental hotspots, the ‘ones to watch’ are

growth, which we predict to continue this year. In central

areas in which a new addition to a neighbourhood is expected

London, we expect the new transport line to bolster the rental

to catalyse a rapid rise in property values, offering strong rental

yields of properties around Paddington, Tottenham Court Road,

yield returns. New or improved transport networks are an obvious

Farringdon and the area around Liverpool Street to the east.

catalyst for enhancing the popularity of an area. Crossrail, the

With more than 60 offices across the capital, and 28 in prime

new East/West rail route set to open in 2018, will facilitate easier

central London, Dexters is London’s largest independent estate

travel in the capital, and rejuvenate both established and emerging

agent, perfectly positioned to provide a wide view of

districts across London.

the capital’s lettings market, and able to expertly identify

With commuting times set to be slashed, the new Elizabeth line will boost areas that tenants may have previously overlooked

the next hotspots, predict price changes and anticipate peaks in demand.

55 VICTORIA STREET Upper East Side in the heart of London There are few of us who haven’t been to New York and

and palettes of great quality and vibrant modernity,” says

fantasised about living the high life on the Upper East Side,

Harinder Hundle, director of 55VS. “We also wanted to offer

seduced by its luxurious loft-style apartments and cutting-edge

buyers something different to what they would see in a typical

design – perfect for the modern mogul’s fast-paced lifestyle.

development in that area.

However, for those of us more partial to an English breakfast

“We kept the proportions and apartment sizes of a classic

tea than a Cosmopolitan, and keen to hang on to our

converted industrial Manhattan loft apartment, maximised the

quintessentially English roots, there might be the perfect solution,

stunning views by placing extra windows for the ‘postcard view’

offering a bite of the Big Apple, right in the heart of London.

on the sides facing Westminster, and used great-quality materials,

55VS, 55 Victoria Street, is an exclusive new development with a difference. With 57 one to three-bedroom, spacious

combining colours and textures to complete the loft feeling.” The result of this is a development that’s unique in every

New York loft-style luxury apartments, a stunning penthouse

sense. Danish charcoal-fired brick cladding, beautiful bronzed

and spectacular views across the whole of London, the

balustrades and handcrafted terracotta-glazed tiles, juxtaposed

residences combine superior finishing, cutting-edge design,

with high-end marbles and dark timber flooring, set off the

a gym, parking and exclusive services with low-maintenance

subtly dramatic, open-plan loft spaces, which are flooded with

living and a stress-free lifestyle.

light. For those seeking the glamour of New York a stone’s

“Our intention was to create a space with a New York character and timeless appeal, by combining materials

throw from Buckingham Palace, 55SV is the most exciting development in London this year.

To find out more about 55 Victoria Street, call +44 (0)1246 223 142, email or visit

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This impressive and unusual Chelsea townhouse has seven bedrooms and six bathrooms. Its main showpiece is the superb basement swimming pool. Lying directly underneath the sun room, it receives natural light through a glass floor space, which is currently below the dining table. Available to rent at a guide price of £8,000 per week through Dexters: 020 7590 9500


This charming two-bedroom maisonette has recently been refurbished, and would make an excellent London pied-à-terre. Paddington station, which is set to be one of the major beneficiaries of the new Elizabeth line, is just a six-minute walk away. Available to rent at a guide price of £1,000 per week through Dexters: 020 7298 1560

PRINCES GATE South Kensington, SW7

A spacious apartment located at a coveted South Kensington address with excellent views of London. It provides a wonderful space for entertaining, with seven bedrooms and a large kitchen and dining area, which leads on to reception rooms either side. Available to rent at a guide price of £3,950 per week through Dexters: 020 7244 7711


This classic Grade-II listed townhouse is situated in the heart of Marylebone. It has six bedrooms and four reception rooms spread over its six floors, all with typically Georgian high ceilings and large windows. Available to rent at a guide price of £4,500 per week through Dexters: 020 7224 5545

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MANOR BORN British heritage doesn’t get much more traditional than stately homes and estates. Far more than just the pretty settings of programmes like Downton Abbey, these historic sites also offer a range of idyllic walks and outdoor activities to enjoy. Here are some of our favourites from around the country

If you’re looking for the perfect place to spend a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of London, a country estate could be just what you’re after. All around the UK, some of the most breathtaking castles, manors and houses are set against natural backdrops and just waiting to be explored, whether you’re taking a stroll through extensive gardens, or embarking on a day of shooting, fishing or riding. From Devon to Scotland, we’ve rounded up six of the finest settings to don your wellies, roll up your sleeves and take a break from city living. Be it for a sense of quintessential British refinery, an exhilarating afternoon of sporting pursuits, or a fascinating journey into history, read on to find out more about just what makes these magnificent rural retreats so spectacular to visit…

Holkham Hall and Estate

Powderham Castle

Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

Exeter, Devon

Set in a stunning location

Situated in the heart of

on the north Norfolk

Devon, Powderham has

coast, at the heart of a

centuries of stories to tell.

25,000-acre estate, the

The castle enjoys a unique,

18th-century, Palladian-

picturesque setting within

style Holkham Hall is rich

an ancient deer park beside

in history, architecture and wildlife. The grounds are perfect for

the Exe estuary, just south of Exeter. As one of Devon’s oldest family

cycle and boat hire, or visitors can get involved in Field to Fork,

homes, it’s a popular choice for weddings and events, as well

Holkham’s exciting, interactive food and farming experience.

as bird spotting, foreshore fishing and point-to-point racing at

Elsewhere, the sweeping park that surrounds the hall is populated

Blackforest Lodge. It boasts one of England’s oldest, classiest high

by a large herd of fallow deer and a small one of red deer,

pheasant shoots, accompanied by lunch in the sumptuous gothic

where designated walks will allow you to wander the prominent

State Dining Room, plus unrivalled wildfowling on the edges

landmarks of the 3,000-acre grounds.

of the West Country’s premier wild bird reserve.

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Brimpsfield Park Estate

Brimpsfield, Gloucestershire

Houghton Hall

King’s Lynn, Norfolk

Steeped in history, Brimpsfield Park is the quintessential

Built in the 1720s for Britain’s first prime minister, Sir Robert Walpole,

Cotswold retreat, having been gifted by William the Conqueror

Houghton Hall remains one of England’s greatest Palladian houses.

to his cousin after the Battle of Hastings, and by Henry VIII to

Among its most popular attractions is the five-acre walled garden,

all of his wives as a wedding present. While the farm is fully

named Garden of the Year by Christie’s and the Historic Houses

operational, it’s Brimpsfield’s sporting prowess that has made

Association. There’s an impressive collection of contemporary

the headlines over the years. Now in the hands of brothers

sculptures by world-famous artists displayed in the gardens and

Henry and Archie, the estate welcomes an array of British

grounds, and the hall is renowned for its unusual herd of 1,300

and international guests to come and enjoy a day’s sport.

white fallow deer, which roam in the 450-acre surrounding parkland.

Driven partridge and pheasant days can be booked through

In addition, the Soldier Museum holds the world’s largest private

the estate office.

collection of model soldiers.

Drumlanrig Castle

Sandringham Estate

Thornhill, Dumfries and Galloway

Sandringham, Norfolk

Adventure awaits at the 90,000-acre estate of Drumlanrig,

As the much-loved country retreat of Her Majesty

which features beautiful walks and extensive gardens.

The Queen, Sandringham has been the private home

From salmon fishing to mountain biking, there’s no

of four generations of British monarchs since 1862.

shortage of activities to keep the whole family entertained.

The house is set in 24 hectares of gorgeous gardens,

You can also delve into history, soak up culture and explore

at the heart of the 8,000-hectare Sandringham Estate,

captivating countryside, taking in the castle’s 120 rooms,

240 of which make up the woodland and heath of the country

17 turrets and four towers. Plus, art lovers won’t want

park, which is open to the public throughout

to miss Rembrandt’s Old Woman Reading, alongside

the year. This friendly, informal place has knowledgeable

family portraits by artists like Thomas Gainsborough,

guides in every room and acres of beautiful land to

landscapes by Paul Sandby and the Dutch masters,

explore, while the museum houses extraordinary

and cartoons by Rowlandson, amid the finest furnishings

collections of royal vehicles, rare ceramics, photographs

and antiques.

and memorabilia.

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CRYSTAL-CLEAR CRUISING Introducing an unrivalled new manner of global exploration, Crystal AirCruises and Luxury Air offers personalised services aboard the world’s newest and largest private aircraft. Jane Stanbury chats to Marc Cavaliere to find out what jetsetters can expect from their own globetrotting voyage


his August, the world of

with an interior designed to offer the

cruising, so we launched Crystal River, and

cruising will welcome a

largest, most commodious private

now we’re expanding to the air. Crystal

whole new concept, as

jet in the market.

AirCruises aims to connect aspirational,

the inaugural Crystal

“Crystal Cruise Lines is synonymous with

‘bucket-list’ destinations in a timeframe

AirCruise takes off.

luxury, and has been leading the sector

that’s simply not possible with scheduled

Departing out of New

for over 23 years in the highest levels of

flights, or on board our ships.”

York on August 31, an elite group of guests

service, gourmet catering

will experience the latest in voyages that

and spectacular destinations,” says

crossing the United States via New

expand horizons beyond the traditional

Marc Cavaliere, senior vice president

York, Chicago and Los Angeles, before

ocean journeys. This cruise eschews water,

of Crystal Luxury Air and AirCruises.

traversing the Pacific to take in Tokyo,

as passengers board a Boeing 777-200

“Our owners wanted Crystal to be

ER (Extended Range) aircraft, configured

recognised for more than just ocean

The maiden flight will visit 10 cities

Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Manila and Bangkok. The final legs will

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head west, on to Paris for the last sojourn, before returning to New York 26 days later. Each of the existing seven itineraries is defined by a theme. Passengers can not only revel in the joy of flight, but combine it with their personal interests. ‘Savouring the Winelands’ takes in vineyards from San Francisco to Argentina, and Chile to Cape Town and Champagne. An ‘Around the World: Iconic Sites’ schedule offers a once-in-a-lifetime dream tour for any culture lover, as it serves a global smorgasbord of world icons, including Easter Island, Machu Pichu, Uluru, Lhasa and Jaipur; the 28-day journey is the most extensive of the circuits. Every tour ends where it begins, but Crystal has made every effort to ensure that it

to social and cultural, as well as the very

takes place at a pace set to accommodate

best in accommodation.”

relaxation and stimulation. “What makes Crystal AirCruises

And the on-board experience will take

deliver complimentary global Skye-Fi. Drinks are available at either the standup or lounge bar, while dining at one of

some matching. The Boeing 777-200 ER

the four tables, which seat up to six guests,

different is its breadth,” Marc continues.

will be the only one of its kind flying in

is available throughout the flight. The

A destination deployment team has

the world when its facelift is completed in

menus reflect the highest standards, with

spent significant time researching the

June. It will incorporate separate seating,

Michelin star-inspired cuisine, influenced

combination of destinations, activities

lounge and dining areas. Up to 80

by the theme of the tour and the dishes

and accommodation.

passengers can luxuriate in a two-by-two-

of the regions, served in an informal

“There’s a small amount of

by-two configuration with Crystal Exclusive

atmosphere. An extensive selection of 300

crossover between the ship and air cruise

Class seats, which convert to lie-flat beds,

wines, curated in the Skye Wine Cellar,

destinations, but not much.

replete with sumptuous linens.

accompanies dishes.

The aircraft gives us the flexibility to

Or, guests can enjoy the state-of-the-

Every passenger need is attended to

fly up to 18 hours in one leg, so we can

art in-flight entertainment system with

by Crystal Skye Butlers, who have been

go farther than ever, although many of our

24” HD monitors, showcasing the latest

individually chosen from the world’s finest

legs aren’t more than

movies, music and documentaries. Bose

hotels, concierge desks, and of course,

four hours. We offer a wealth of

noise-cancelling headphones enhance

Crystal Cruise ships. Team members

experience and multiple different activities,

the experience, and for those who need

train for up to seven weeks to receive

varying from adventurous

connectivity on board, iPads are offered to

information about regulatory, safety and procedural issues, as well as the magic that conveys the Crystal essence. Each flight will be attended to by a group of 15 butlers, and a senior purser to see to the client’s every need. “So far, we have no typical passenger – they range from 30 to 80 years, and represent a vast number of countries,” concludes Marc. What is clear is that the ability to experience so much of the world in a compressed time is already attracting a new set of travellers, as Crystal AirCruises has taken circumventing the globe to a whole new level.

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"EVERY COIN HAS A STORY..." In addition to holding the Royal Warrant for services to philately, Stanley Gibbons deals in rare coins of the finest quality. Managing director Keith Heddle explains why collecting or investing in currency can be just as rewarding – and potentially lucrative – for clients who want to own a tangible slice of history Tell us about the rare coins side

showing extremely low volatility. We’ve

of Stanley Gibbons

also seen an appetite from investors

As a business, although primarily of

to add a coin or two alongside their

stamps, we’re also involved in buying

rare stamp portfolios, so we acquired

and selling top-quality rare coins. There’s

Baldwin’s, probably one of the best-

no direct correlation between coin and

known and biggest coin merchants in the

stamp collectors necessarily, but some of

UK, if not the world, to complement the

the accessories are common, and Stanley

Stanley Gibbons staple.

Gibbons has been catering to highquality and high-net-worth, sophisticated

In what ways have they enhanced

value, condition, rarity and marketability

collectors for a long time. Coins sit as

the overall offering?

that drives the price, not the fact that it’s

a comfortable bedfellow

Like Stanley Gibbons, Baldwin’s is steeped

made of gold or silver, but investors tend

alongside stamps.

in heritage. The staff live and breathe

to make that link.

coinage, and are renowned, not How do the two

just in the UK, but worldwide,

assets compare?

as having the same degree

We get excited about 177 years of stamp

We’ve seen the value of

of expertise, experience,

history, but with coins, we’re dealing with

investment-grade coins increase along a similar line to investment-grade stamps,

heritage and quality, which is absolutely paramount for both

Is there the same sense of heritage?

two and a half millennia and something that’s truly global. We tend to get a much

collectors and investors. Our experts

more universal approach to coins, which

have a passion for and understanding of

resonate through time and history, and

history, and a sense of dealing in quality

which people can relate to quite broadly,

first and foremost.

so that adds an extra investment cache to it. In the same way that every stamp has a

Why invest in coins over stamps?

story, every coin has a story.

To some extent, the advantage of coins from an investment perspective is that,

Which countries are currently

simplistically, unschooled investors

leading the market?

make an easier jump to coinage, simply

Interestingly, the most expensive coins

because it’s money. They also – wrongly –

in the world are American. The

make the jump because investment-grade

American coin market is the

rare coins tend to be gold or silver, which

biggest in the

is actually an erroneous jump to make,


as the precious metal value of a rare coin

The silver

tends to be negligible; it’s the collectible


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Hair dollar is priced at around $5million,

likely to have a store of wealth for the longer

out of everyday use, but also makes the

whereas the equivalent in the UK is a mere

term. Because of their stability, they’ve shown

ones that went before more precious. The

£500,000, which was actually auctioned

consistency of growth over time.

other side is that it allows clients to buy

by Baldwin’s a couple of years ago. We also have a gold dinar from the

more broadly and secure the valuable It sounds like investors have to

heritage coins they want. So, in another

Middle East, called the Umayyad, which

play the long game…

way, it’s opened up the world and created

is currently valued at around £2.5million.

They need to come into it very much with a

another layer of commerce.

There are only a tiny handful of these

long-term perspective, and the knowledge

available, and the last one was sold at

that it’s only part of their portfolio that

What are the most important aspects to

auction in the UK for just over £3million

they’re not going to need

consider when collecting or investing?

about four years ago, so we’re seeing

to liquidate and get cash

It’s a bit of a cliché, but condition, condition,

significant interest from the Middle

out of quickly. For the

East and China for this coin. Its history

more sophisticated

and the fact that it’s one of only a few

investor, this can act as

available has pushed its price up for

something that they get a

something that’s in fine

private collectors, as there’s a trophy and

great deal of pleasure out of, but also as

condition will make all the

heritage value, and the potential for a

a means of potential capital appreciation

store of wealth.

and wealth preservation, not just within

value in the first place, and retains value

condition. Rarity is also a factor, as well as marketability, but making sure you get

difference to whether it holds

their own lifetime, but potentially for future

over time. If, like many other luxury assets

Have economic factors like the

generations. We’re seeing people use this

and collectibles, you want something to

recession and inflation affected value?

as a legacy investment.

fill the gap in your collection, quality’s

When you look at the rarest pieces, they’ve

less of an issue, but if you’re looking for

tended to buck the trend. Similar to stamps,

Isn’t online banking and digital

something that’s really going to give you

particularly since 2008/2009, we’ve seen

currency making coins redundant?

pride of ownership, and is also likely to

more sophisticated investors looking to

The digital world has a dual effect on

increase in value over time, then condition is

tangible assets that have very little volatility

things like rare coins. On the one hand,

paramount, alongside those other factors.

as an anchor for their portfolios. If you buy

at some point in the future, coins may

wisely and well, and hold items in the best

become irrelevant, but that makes the

condition and of the highest rarity, you’re

rarer coins more valuable. It takes them

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In addition to its leading reputation for expert diamond craftsmanship, Hatton Garden is likewise home to a thriving mixture of creative and media companies. We hear how the Business Improvement District is investing in an extensive regeneration scheme to become a must-visit destination of its own


hen you think of Hatton Garden, the first thing

bustling street market stalls, to world-class restaurants and a

that probably comes to mind is diamonds. Hardly

fascinating history, Hatton Garden has something for everyone.”

surprising, as London’s jewellery quarter has long been known as the centre of the UK diamond

Indeed, far more than just shimmering engagement rings and glittering necklaces, the Holborn suburb is likewise home to a

trade, renowned globally for its master craftsmen, diamond

growing range of creative and media businesses, which are

retailers and suppliers of precious metals, gems and jewels,

helping to diversify the overall offering for residents, visitors

all interwoven within an eclectic mix of historic streets, iconic

and traders alike. To that end, the area is now being developed

buildings and vibrant eateries.

as one of more than 50 BIDs throughout the capital.

“Hatton Garden isn’t only London’s historic jewellery quarter –

“The BID is the custodian of this wonderful place, with

a unique treasure trove waiting to be discovered – but it’s also

a specific remit to boost the area as a leading London

a vibrant London destination,” says Gary Williams, chairman of

destination,” Gary continues. “We’ll be enhancing the

the Hatton Garden Business Improvement District (BID). “From

area with improved signage and planting, but most

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importantly, we’ll be helping people discover this hidden gem in the heart of the capital.” These business-led partnerships focus on improving and enhancing commercial regions through locallyraised funding and investment. In Hatton Garden’s case, a fiveyear injection of £2.5million aims to champion a new vision for the community, with ambitions to enhance its celebrated status, while harnessing fresh commercial opportunities. “In essence, around 300 businesses are involved in the BID, which annually collects a levy of approximately £500,000, to be invested in marketing and promotion of the area, looking at its brands and identity,” adds director Ruth Duston. “The wider business community came together to collectively see the jewellery sector preserved, but also grow to become much more of a mixed commercial environment.” Working closely with the London Borough of Camden, Transport for London and the Greater London Authority, the BID comprises 15 streets across 42 acres, bordered by Clerkenwell Road to the north, Gray’s Inn Road to the west, Holborn to the south and Farringdon Road to the east. The green light was given in July 2016, when 79% of businesses voted ‘yes’ at the ballot in a landslide endorsement. “It’s quite a small area geographically, but we’re building on its history and heritage as a cultural location,” Ruth explains. “We want to encourage people to come and visit, but also to learn about the history of jewellery making. We’re building a sense of community not just

signage and more communal green

is create a number of opportunities for

among the jewellery sector, but also

spaces; a Public Realm Strategy

the volume of footfall that will come into

the other sectors that reside within the

to attract public and private sector

the area, giving a lot of the retailers the

area. There’s a residential mix as well, to

investment; and a PR campaign

opportunity to capture that audience.”

encourage people to want to live there.”

promoting the area’s heritage and

Regeneration highlights include: networking opportunities on key

modern-day vibrancy. “The opening of Crossrail at

In short, the scheme is set to pave the way for a bright new future, without compromising on what’s come before.

developments like Crossrail’s Elizabeth

Farringdon station – which is a stone’s

With a plethora of restaurants and cafés

line, the new high-frequency, high-

throw from Hatton Garden – is a really

also setting up alongside the 300+

capacity railway for London and the

big opportunity and challenge for us,”

businesses and 60 shops connected to

South East, opening in 2018; improved

reveals Ruth. “What that’s going to do

the jewellery trade, the place’s distinct

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HIGHLIGHTS Here are some of the top places to visit during your Hatton Garden stay LEATHER LANE This bustling market was established over 100 years ago and features an array of stalls that serve a delicious mix of international food, alongside cafés, restaurants and coffee shops. ELY PLACE Here’s one of London’s last private roads, whose famous former residents include poet William Cowper and architect Charles Barry. A popular Strawberry Fayre is held here in June. WREN HOUSE Following the completion of the Hatton Garden estate, a church was built at 43 Hatton Garden. The former chapel and parish school is now known as Wren House. THE BLEEDING HEART YARD Situated on Greville Street, the yard is home to the Bleeding Heart Restaurant, which serves excellent French cuisine and a range of over 400 different wines. TREASURE HOUSE AND MITRE COURT The Mitre Tavern is down the narrow alley of Mitre Court, plus look out for Treasure House’s fine stone carvings at numbers 19 to 21. GOTHIC CHURCH OF ST ETHELDREDA The ancient crypt of this 13th-century gothic church can still be seen today, as can the modern stained-glass windows and beautiful statues of local martyrs. village atmosphere will be infused with

how we can engage and work much

new energy and creativity, allowing the

more collectively together to move

old and the new to sit harmoniously side

the area forward as a location. It’s

by side going forward.

about building a sense of community

“A big part of the BID will be to steward the area and put together

and creating much more of a visitor

SAFFRON HILL Named after its former status as an estate on which saffron grew, Saffron Hill houses a range of businesses, and is a Hatton Garden gateway from Farringdon station.

destination for people.”

a strategic vision, joining together everything that makes Hatton Garden the place it is today,” Ruth concludes.

To find out more about the

“It’s very much about working with the

Hatton Garden BID, visit

businesses that are there now, and

INVENTORS Near the top of Hatton Garden is machine gun designer Sir Hiram Maxim’s plaque. There’s also one for cinema pioneer Robert Paul near the junction at St Cross Street.

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Classic cars can be a great source of personal passion and pride for collectors, as well as an effective way of diversifying an investment portfolio. Few know this better than BMW Group Classic, which treats us to a glimpse of five of its finest vintage vehicles. Read on for an insight into the motoring hall of fame


Frazer Nash BMW 328

Years of manufacture: 1978-81

Years of manufacture: 1936-40

Engine: Size/layout – 3,453cc, six-cylinder in-line

Number produced: 462 (403 sports two-seater, open, 59 chassis)

Power output – 277bhp

Estimated value: £750,000

Gears – five-speed manual

Engine: Size/layout – Six-cylinder in-line

Top speed: 162mph

Capacity: 1,971cc

0-62mph acceleration: 5.6 seconds

Bore/stroke: 66mm/96mm

Number produced: 450

Power: 80bhp @ 5,000rpm

Price when new: c. £30,000 (LHD only)

Camshaft: Side camshaft, driven by duplex chain

Approximate value today: £350,000 The 328 was by some margin the most advanced sports car The very first M car, the BMW M1 was conceived to challenge

of its day. Between 1936 and 1939, only 426 examples

Porsche in the mid -1970s Sports Car Championship. Delays with

were made, of which fewer than 200 are believed to exist

development partner Lamborghini led to a late launch in 1979, yet

today. On the racetrack, the 328 reigned supreme, winning

the M1 provided huge entertainment during the two-year Procar

its class in the Mille Miglia, Le Mans, Spa 24 Hours and

series, which accompanied some Grand Prixs. Many top F1 drivers

Britain’s Tourist Trophy. In 1940, an example with a special

drove 450bhp-racing M1s against private owners. The M1 also

aerodynamic body won the Mille Miglia outright. The car

won its class at Le Mans on several occasions, and in other great

remained competitive for many years after the war, cementing

road races. The ultimate BMW M1 was a German GT series

the model’s legendary status far out of proportion to the

contender, which had twin turbo charges and produced 850bhp.

limited number produced.

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BMW 507

BMW 3.0 CSL ‘Batmobile’

Years of manufacture: 1999-2003

Years of manufacture: 1956-9

Years of manufacture: 1972-5

Engine: Size/layout – 4,941cc, V8

Engine: Size/layout – V8

Engine: Size/layout – 3153cc, six-cylinder in-line

Power output – 400bhp Gears – six-speed manual

Power output – 3,168cc at 150bhp Gears – four-speed manual

Power output – 206bhp Gears – four-speed manual

Top speed: Limited to 155mph

Top speed: 124-136mph

Top speed: 136mph

0-60mph acceleration: 4.7 seconds

0-62mph acceleration: c. 10 seconds

0-60mph acceleration: 6.8 seconds

Number produced: 5,703

Number produced: 253

Number produced: 1,039 (only c. 50 of the

Price when new: £80,000

Price when new: N/A

‘Batmobile’ homologation special)

Approximate value today: £150,000

Approximate value today: £2million

Price when new: N/A

The BMW Z8 has the proportions of

Clothed in an elegant body designed

a classic roadster – long bonnet, tapered

by Count Albrecht Goetz, the BMW 507

This is the ultimate lightweight version of the

tail, short overhangs front and rear, and

was powered by the first German

BMW 3.0 CS. First introduced as a 2800 CS

a strictly two-seater cockpit. The look of

post-war all-aluminium eight-cylinder

in 1968, BMW’s new coupé acquired larger

the car, with its shark’s gills side air vents,

engine. Its quintessentially 1950s style

engines, aluminium panels and the wing and

unmistakable front kidney grille and

was every bit as appropriate to take

spoiler kit homologated for racing. In this

luxurious curves, is strongly reminiscent

Audrey Hepburn to Tiffany’s for breakfast

form, the BMW 3.0 CSL won six European

of the classic 1950s sports car, the BMW

as it was to cover long continental

Touring Car Championships (in 1973, 1975,

507, which has been hailed as one of the

journeys in sybaritic comfort. The king,

1976, 1977, 1978 and 1979), and is

most beautiful cars ever built.

Elvis Presley, owned one too.

immortalised as the ‘Batmobile’.

Approximate value today: £110,000

Under the bonnet lurks a truly remarkable engine. Shared with the BMW M5 sports saloon, this 5.0-litre V8 power unit develops 400bhp and 500 Nm (369 lb ft) of torque. It’s the torque figure, however, that gives the car its staggering performance. The peak is reached at just 3,800rpm, but even at 1,200rpm – which is just above tick-over – there’s already 400 Nm (289 lb ft) available.

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Looking for something to do now that the colder months are coming to an end? Whether you’re an ardent theatregoer or have a thirst for knowledge, there’s no better place to be than London for a fix of spectacle and showmanship. Here are 10 events to take in as the sun slowly but surely begins to shine


s winter turns to spring, it’s time to emerge from

playwright Tom Stoppard and starring Daniel Radcliffe – is just

hibernation and head out and about once more,

the ticket if you like your comedy on the more unusual side.

taking in all that London has to offer for culture vultures and art aficionados alike. From engaging

Music lovers will no doubt gravitate towards the Jewish Museum, where they’ll find an extensive retrospective on the

museum exhibitions to introspective new plays at some of

life and times of the late Amy Winehouse. Alternatively, why not

the West End’s best theatres, you won’t want to miss a trip

head to the Museum of London Docklands for a fascinating

to the city over the coming months, as there will be plenty

insight into the city’s archaeology, or discover the story behind

to keep you occupied.

electricity at the Wellcome Collection?

The likes of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Young Vic and

Whatever your tastes or interests, there’s only one place to

The White Devil at Sam Wanamaker’s Playhouse are literary

be as the cold weather subsides, and that’s right in the heart

tragedies and reimaginings of the highest order, while The Old

of the world’s greatest cultural capital. Read on for some top

Vic’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead – from acclaimed

recommendations of what to see and do during your visit...

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WHAT'S ON THE WHITE DEVIL UNTIL SUNDAY APRIL 16, SAM WANAMAKER PLAYHOUSE Director Annie Ryan brings a dystopian reimagining to this Jacobean tale of betrayal and revenge. Loosely based on bizarre real-life events from Renaissance Italy, John Webster’s play follows the Duke of Brachiano, who, consumed by a violent passion for all things forbidden, murders his wife in order to possess another woman, triggering a cycle of violence, deceit and madness that shatters family bonds and moral values. Villains, victims and conspirators move through dark spaces between reality and the world of nightmares in a compelling fable of hypocrisy and corruption.

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EMMA HAMILTON: SEDUCTION AND CELEBRITY UNTIL MONDAY APRIL 17, NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM The remarkable and tragic life of Emma Hamilton is revealed at the National Maritime Museum. As one of the most famous international celebrities of her time, Hamilton was the mistress who captured the heart of the nation’s hero, Horatio Nelson – but that’s only part of her story. Her compelling journey is explored further through 200+ objects, on loan from public and private lenders, as well as the museum’s pre-eminent collections. These include paintings, personal letters, prints, caricatures, costume and jewellery, illuminating this extraordinary, dramatic and esoteric figure.

CHILD’S PLAY FRIDAY FEBRUARY 3 TO SUNDAY APRIL 30, THE FOUNDLING MUSEUM In a major new project, artist Mark Neville brings together photographs, a symposium and a book to raise awareness and generate debate around the complex nature of childhood play, while advocating for improved provision of this universal right. Immersing himself in communities from Port Glasgow to North London, in addition to war zones of Afghanistan and Ukraine, Neville presents a series of images of children at play in diverse environments around the world, capturing beautiful moments of free, spontaneous play, and challenging the romantic ideal with reality.







TUNNEL: THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF CROSSRAIL FRIDAY FEBRUARY 10 TO SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 3, MUSEUM OF LONDON DOCKLANDS Head to the Museum of London Docklands for the most complete range of archaeological

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WHAT'S ON objects unearthed by Crossrail, Europe’s largest infrastructure project. The construction of London’s newest railway, the Elizabeth line, has given archaeologists a unique chance to investigate historically important sites throughout the city, undertaking one of the UK’s most extensive programmes in the field. The wide variety of over 10,000 items and artefacts will cover 8,000 years of human history, shining a light on almost every important period in the capital.


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Witness giant robot animals invade the Horniman in an exciting, hands-on family exhibition. Housing larger-than-life creatures made from familiar machine parts and gadgets, The Robot Zoo uses interactive games and challenges to reveal how a chameleon changes colour, what makes grasshoppers leap so high, and why a platypus looks so strange. Pistons for muscles, pipes as intestines and computerised ‘brains’ show how the animals’ real-life counterparts see, hear, hunt, hide and move, while visitors can fire a chameleon’s ‘tongue-gun’ or design their own ‘mutant’ robot. 11 11


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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM THURSDAY FEBRUARY 16 TO SATURDAY APRIL 1, YOUNG VIC Starring Michael Gould, Anastasia Hille and Leo Bill, this bold take on Shakespeare’s unparalleled tale of love, betrayal and desire sees dark fantasies and nightmarish visions unfold. Director Joe Hill-Gibbins teams up with designer Johannes Schütz to dive into the subconscious of the Bard’s masterpiece, resulting in a production that heaves with the energy of a wild house party. In a world of grotesque transformations and sexual provocation, repressed conflicts between lovers and their parents are released, while manipulation leads to complications, and desire becomes dangerous.

TEMPORARILY ACCESSIONED: FREUD’S COAT REVISITED WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 22 TO SUNDAY MAY 7, FREUD MUSEUM LONDON Two decades after first exhibiting at the Freud Museum, artist Paul Coldwell returns with Temporarily Accessioned, which marks the venue’s inaugural collaboration with the Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna. Coldwell’s work focuses on Freud’s forced exile from Vienna in

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WHAT'S ON 1938, when he settled in London for the last year of his life. Viewers will see a full-size print from X-rays of the coat that Freud purchased to travel to London, alongside a reconstruction of the objects on his desk, scanned and printed in 3D.


ELECTRICITY: THE SPARK OF LIFE THURSDAY FEBRUARY 23 TO SUNDAY JUNE 25, WELLCOME COLLECTION Here’s a major exhibition that traces the story of mankind’s quest to understand, unlock and master the power of electricity. The Spark of Life demonstrates how this invisible yet vital force is fundamental to human life, and has captivated inventors, scientists and artists alike for centuries. Featuring three new core commissions by international artists John Gerrard, Camille Henrot and Bill Morrison, the themed display brings together more than 100 objects, from ancient spark-inducing amber and early electro-static generators, to radiographs, photographs, paintings, models and films.

ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD SATURDAY FEBRUARY 25 TO SATURDAY APRIL 29, THE OLD VIC Half a century after its premiere at The Old Vic, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead returns for its 50th anniversary. Against the backdrop of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, this mind-bending comedy sees two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz (Daniel Radcliffe) and Guildenstern (Joshua McGuire), take centre stage. Increasingly out of their depth, the double act stumble their way in and out of the action of the iconic drama. In a literary hall of mirrors, Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny, existential labyrinth sees us witness the ultimate identity crisis.

AMY WINEHOUSE: A FAMILY PORTRAIT THURSDAY MARCH 16 TO SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 24, JEWISH MUSEUM LONDON Rediscover the legacy of Amy Winehouse in this celebration of the music legend. Following an international tour, Jewish Museum London’s acclaimed 2013 exhibition returns to its Camden home, with unprecedented access to the singer’s personal belongings that capture her passion for music, fashion, Sudoku, Snoopy, London and family. Plus, from Wednesday March 15 to Sunday June 4, a street art trail in Camden Town provides a new way to explore the area that the iconic musician called ‘home’, in collaboration with Global Street Art.


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