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Head to Somerset House for the London Design Biennale



All the worldʼs a stage on the West End and Broadway



Novelist Kathy Lette looks back on a writing residency



The celeb chef talks of the Savoy Grillʼs legacy


RETAIL THEATRE Why Selfridges is still at the forefront of luxury shopping

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A special place in my heart


elcome to the third issue of Savoy Magazine, our luxury lifestyle publication featuring your quarterly dose of insider news, exclusive interviews and expert opinions, as well as the latest in fashion, property, travel and all our exciting city has to offer. The Savoy has always prided itself on forming strong partnerships with likeminded venues and brands around London. Having been an intrinsic part of the capital for 127 years, the building is so woven into its fabric that a stay here really is the ultimate way to connect with the surrounding cultured lifestyle. September will see us team up with the inaugural London Design Biennale, which runs at Somerset House from Wednesday 7 to Tuesday 27, as its official hotel partner. As an icon of classic British design, we felt it truly fitting to join an event that will see some of the world’s most exciting and ambitious designers, innovators and cultural bodies gather together. To give you more of an insight, we speak to co-founder Sir John Sorrell about his role in uniting nations and orchestrating such a unique and innovative project. In the last edition, I promised we’d be sharing details of the brand new Savoy Suite next time, so turn to page 25 to find a wonderfully witty review by our friend and former writer-in-residence, Kathy Lette, who was one of the first to experience the space. We also recently introduced our completely remodelled Royal Suite, which now offers a more residential style of accommodation to meet the needs

of the modern traveller. This reinvention of our top-tier room category is a true example of our commitment to invest and ensure we remain at the forefront of the industry. There’s plenty of fashion and shopping to indulge in, as we head to two of the most iconic retail destinations, Selfridges and Burlington Arcade. If majestic jewellery’s more your thing, Geoffrey Munn from BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow reflects on the monarchy’s relationship with all that sparkles. Elsewhere, discover the delights of our literary salons with author Damian Barr, and take a trip to the twin pillars of global theatre, London’s West End and New York’s Broadway. Alternatively, why not invest in your very own Royal Ascot champion with Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, or set sail on an unforgettable voyage of a lifetime with Alexa Private Cruises? As for me, after 10 exciting and enriching years, it’s time to bid farewell and hand over stewardship of this iconic institution to new leadership. It’s been an absolute privilege to work alongside such a passionate and driven team of professionals, and like others before me, The Savoy will always have a special place in my heart.


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EVENTS Singer Nicola Emmanuelle


PRODUCTS Splash on life’s little luxuries


CELEBRITY Celeb chef Gordon Ramsay


REVIEW Author Kathy Lette reflects


THEATRES Broadway and the West End


BARS American and Beaufort Bars


JOURNEY Love is in the air for Alexa


JETS Etihad butlers at 40,000 ft


SHOPPING Selfridges’ ‘theatre of retail’


WEDDINGS Bruce Russell’s tablescaping


SERVICE Doorman Tony Cortegaca


JEWELS Royal jewellery at Wartski


ART Shakespeare in The Savoy


SALONS London’s literary landscape


DESIGN The London Design Biennale

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Frederick Latty HEAD OF DESIGN Rowena Cremer-Price PRODUCTION DESIGNER Amelia Giddings PRODUCTION Lauren Chalmers-Stevens Natalia Bedwell

58 COMMERCIAL Gemma Hak Chris Anson EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Richard Moore

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DESTINATION Beautiful Burlington Arcade


LIFESTYLE Horseracing with Highclere


MOTORS The new Aston Martin DB11


PROPERTIES Escape to the countryside





SUPPLIERS Chamberlain’s of London


SHOWS All that London has to offer



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As singer Nicola Emmanuelle takes to the stage for Jazz Fridays in the Thames Foyer, we catch up with her to find out more about her shows. Read on to discover how her sultry sounds will bring the venue to life, and make a note of some other unmissable events coming up at The Savoy in the months ahead

Jazz Fridays EVERY FRIDAY The Savoy has welcomed the most talented artists to entertain guests, and now we’re jazzing up Friday nights with the introduction of singer Nicola Emmanuelle to our live entertainment programme. Start the weekend with a drink, dinner, or dessert and cocktails to the sound of the original jazz greats in the Thames Foyer from 8pm to 11.30pm.

Tell us a bit about your

What appealed to you about

background as a singer

performing at The Savoy?

I’ve been singing since I was 11

I love the history and what it stands

and was trained in a classical way.

for. It has a very classic reputation

I went to a music school and won a

that always raises an eyebrow every

scholarship when I was a teenager,

time I mention it. I’ve worked in lots of

then started getting involved in the

other places, but The Savoy has that

film world of Richard Attenborough

wonderful standing that others have to

and did his film Cry Freedom. I made

wait 100 years for. They like to keep it

my debut at the Proms in 2000, but

in the traditional style.

all along I always wanted to do jazz, which is really me.

Having moved from the Beaufort Bar to the Thames

You come from a family of

Foyer, have you noticed

musicians – was your South

many differences?

African musical heritage a

I was singing in the Beaufort Bar for

big influence?

three years, from the day it opened

My parents left South Africa in the

after the refurbishment. You can hear

early ‘60s and my dad sold 41million

the hum of people talking, which is

records with The Manhattan Brothers,

great because I love people to be

so there’s music in the whole family

themselves, but now I’m in the Thames

and that’s where it stems from. It was

Foyer, people are actually listening –

always going to be my destiny because

there’s a little bit of chatter, but very

everybody in my family’s a singer

slight, which is great as well, because

or songwriter of some sort.

people are still being themselves.

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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Give us a taste of what audiences can expect from your shows at the hotel

Historical Tour

They can look forward to the Great American Songbook, with


all the classic songs that I sing, but also write in the same ilk. It’s

The Savoy has its own resident archivist, Susan

a mixture of the songs I write and the classics, from Irving Berlin

Scott, who welcomes guests for an exclusive

to Cole Porter. I like to see a lot of younger people popping in,

walk around the hotel, seeing some of the most

so it brings in a variety of audiences.

notable rooms, hearing tales from its 127-year history, and finishing with a glass of Champagne

Do you tend to stick to the older tunes?

in the Museum Bar. One-hour tour at 4pm on

We’re very unique and keep it in the old, traditional style.

the first Monday of each month. £40 per person

We do our own arrangements and adaptations of the songs,

and available for up to eight guests per tour.

but they’re still in keeping and aren’t going to be anything modern at all. And what can listeners look forward to in the future?


I’m working on an album and bringing a modern feel to some


of the classics, as well as songs I’ve written in the same genre.

The theatrical setting of the Beaufort

At The Savoy, I want to make it something really fantastic and a

Bar is perfect for an evening of cabaret

wonderful experience for people.

and burlesque with some of the hottest names from the London cabaret scene, hosted by the renowned Miss

Polly Rae. Doors open at 7pm, £30 per person.

Chocolate Master Class SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 11 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-on class that guides them through making the perfect ganache, mousses and sauces. £185 per person.

Dinner Dance SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 24 On the last Saturday of every month, we welcome guests to the glamorous Thames Foyer for a three-course meal 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.

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THE MOST IMPORTANT THING FOR ME IS TO BE COMMITTED AND PASSIONATE... He’s a Michelin-starred chef who owns restaurants all around the world, and is still one of the most watchable personalities on telly. But what makes Gordon Ramsay really tick is delivering quality dishes with equal parts flair and dedication, as he reveals to Frederick Latty in our exclusive chat


ew chefs working today can

But I’m not someone who looks back and dwells on

boast the kind of career enjoyed

what could have been; I’m extremely happy with the

by Gordon Ramsay. In a

way things turned out.”

journey spanning more than

And with good reason. From London, Italy and

four decades, the internationally

Bordeaux, to Hong Kong, Singapore and the United

renowned restaurateur,

States, Ramsay lays claim to over 30 restaurants

philanthropist and TV personality has built an empire

and bars worldwide under his Gordon Ramsay

of eateries across the globe, become a television

Restaurants group. Among the 14 located in the

superstar and made media headlines the world over

capital is the Savoy Grill, which is home to

with his firebrand trademark and ferocious temper.

hundreds of years of Hollywood and history.

Born in the Scottish town of Johnstone,

Frequented by the likes of Sir Winston Churchill,

Renfrewshire on November 8 1966, the

Oscar Wilde and Frank Sinatra, the space was

49-year-old, Michelin-starred maestro was

restored to its former glory as part of The Savoy’s

brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon, where he

£220million refit in 2010. Today, it remains the

initially aspired to become a professional footballer.

definition of ‘gourmet glamour’, inspired by its

It wasn’t until an injury permanently put an end

1920s, Art Deco heyday and decked with designer

to any hopes he had on the pitch that he instead

Russell Sage’s shimmering chandeliers, polished

turned his attention to food, drink and hospitality.

wood, burnished mirrors and white-clothed tables.

The new direction took him back to college for a

Overseeing it all is head chef Kim Woodward,

course in hotel management, where his dedication

who masterminds a menu that returns to the classic

and natural talent enabled him to train with some

Escoffier-inspired grill rooms of old, and includes

of the planet’s leading chefs, like Albert Roux and

dishes like charcoal-grilled Chateaubriand with

Marco Pierre White in London, as well as Guy Savoy

pommes soufflés, king crab and prawn cocktail,

and Joël Robuchon in France. And while life could

lime and chocolate soufflé and iced Peach Melba.

have turned out very differently for him, he doesn’t

Needless to say, it was a privilege for Ramsay to

tend to obsess over the fork in the road.

inherit the landmark’s enduring gastronomic legacy.

“I remember coming home from school and going

“Chef Kim Woodward has created a menu that’s

straight to the kitchen to help my mum,” he says.

inspired by classic British and French dishes,” he

“I still make her recipes today, and it’s because of

explains. “She wants to make the grill more current,

her that I discovered my love for food and cooking.

tweaking and working around the flavours in some

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“The most important thing for me is to be committed and passionate,” he maintains. “In general, people see my frustration in the kitchen as anger, but really it’s just intense passion. It’s no different than a coach on a field with his team. But honestly, I’m not like that all the time! I’m actually quite a softie, especially at home.” Of course, Ramsay’s gentler side can be seen beyond the kitchen and camera. Along with wife Tana, he launched The Gordon and Tana Ramsay Foundation in 2014, which is now dedicated to supporting the work of Great Ormond Street, raising funds to help the thousands of children who are treated at the hospital each year, and their families. of the dishes by introducing different ingredients.

Now, as he prepares to turn 50 later this

The history of the hotel speaks for itself, and the

year, he has much to look back and reflect on.

Savoy Grill has been one of London’s most iconic

Forging such an illustrious epicurean path has

restaurants since 1889. It was such an honour, as

seen him transcend from a chef to a brand, a

there’s obviously so much history, and now we’re

level of success rarely achieved by many, and

writing our own.”

one that most cooks could only dream of. But it’s

Elsewhere, the flagship Restaurant Gordon

the prospect of continuing to excite customers

Ramsay opened in 1998 on Royal Hospital

with amazing produce and great service that will

Road, quickly receiving the most prestigious

always remain his top priority.

and coveted accolade in the culinary industry –

“It takes hard work and dedication to be in this

three Michelin stars. Indeed, the restaurant still

industry,” he concludes. “Nowadays, customers

stands as London’s longest-running to hold the

are much more demanding and open to trying

title, while Ramsay’s one of just four UK chefs to

new things. It’s great and keeps us chefs on our

maintain it, but insists it’s the entire team that’s

toes, because we need to constantly be creative

made the place what it is.

and innovative; you have to keep on the trend

“It’s really important to understand that Michelin stars are awarded to the restaurant, not to one

and give customers what they want. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with my culinary

person,” he continues. “If there’s one thing

idols, who are some of the greatest chefs in the

I’ve come to admire with the Michelin, it’s that

world, and I learned that you need to have passion.

it’s consistent. It’s a person who’s judging you

Cooking is intense and you’re going to make

incognito, so you have no idea when they’ll be in,

mistakes, but you have to keep trying and not give

or when they’ll review you, which is why they’re the

up. It’s about precision and standards, which is why

most feared and respected by chefs. But honestly, I

I’m now such a perfectionist.”

don’t cook for the guide; I cook for my customers.” He’s certainly become feared and respected

For bookings at the Savoy Grill, email

in his own right over the years, particularly or call +44 (0)20

when it comes to his onscreen persona. To

7592 1600. To find out more about Gordon Ramsay

date, Ramsay’s small-screen stardom has

and his restaurants, visit or

included such smash-hit shows as Hell’s Kitchen,

MasterChef, MasterChef Jr and Hotel Hell, all of which have earned him a reputation for his fiery

Read on to make one of the Savoy Grill’s signature

temperament and use of expletive profanity.

dishes at home…

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INGREDIENTS 1.25kg lobster heads 750g crab bodies 2tsp olive oil ½ small onion, chopped ½ small carrot, chopped ½ stick celery, chopped 1 sprig flat-leaf parsley 1 small sprig thyme 1 small bay leaf 75g tomato purée Small pinch cayenne pepper 150ml brandy 150ml white wine 1 litre fish stock 1 litre chicken stock 1 litre double cream Sea salt

DIRECTIONS  Crush the lobster heads and crab bodies with a mallet until they’re well broken up  Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan and start to roast the lobster and crab bones  Once starting to roast well, add the onion, carrot and celery and cook over a low heat  When the vegetables are lightly browned, add the parsley, thyme and bay leaf, stirring occasionally so they don’t stick  After about five minutes, stir in the tomato purée and cayenne pepper  Cook out the tomato paste, then add the brandy and wine and flambé to burn off the alcohol  Add the fish and chicken stock and bring up to the boil  Season lightly with sea salt  Simmer for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally and skimming off the scum  Add the cream, blend until smooth and pass through a fine chinoise BRANDY BUTTER  Whip butter and mix in brandy to taste  Season and set into a dish GARNISH  Poach lobsters and dice for garnish

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It’s not every day you’re given the opportunity to reside in one of the world’s most iconic hotels for a quarter of the year. For bestselling novelist Kathy Lette, it was a dream come true and a chance to live in oppulent luxury, as she describes her time as The Savoy’s resident writer


he only truly lucrative form of writing is

writers about my good fortune, there would be a

ransom notes. It’s no coincidence that

pause – a Pinter-esque pause – followed by the kind

most ‘writers in residence’ programmes

of facial expression normally associated with root

are run in prisons. So, you can imagine my surprise

canal surgery. Undeterred by their jealousy, I moved

when I received a call from The Savoy, asking if I’d

in, lock, stock and Jimmy Choo shoes. (Believe me,

be interested in moving into a Riverside Suite for

Scott went to the Antarctic with less luggage.)

three months as their resident writer.

My Art Deco suite was so sumptuous, I never once

“Would I be interested? Are you kidding? What do you

got up before the crack of noon. Would you when you’re served

want? My firstborn child? An internal organ?” For the rest

breakfast in bed every morning by tautly-buttocked boys in crisp

of the week, I smiled so hard, I pulled a muscle.

white jackets? The view proved just as inspirational. Strings of

So, how did the world’s most pampered residency come

fairy lights flickered on the inky waters of the Thames, all the

about? Well, The Savoy was keen to rekindle its literary links.

way from the fluted Houses of Parliament to Shakespeare’s

Not only was the hotel built on the financial back of the

Globe. The square windows of passing boats, lit from within,

Gilbert and Sullivan musicals, but has also been home to a

made them look like illuminated harmonicas. I kept demanding

literary minestrone of famous scribes – Noël Coward, Oscar

my friends call to ask me the time.

Wilde, Émile Zola, Mark Twain, Somerset Maugham, Hilaire Belloc, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry Fielding, Rudyard Kipling – and Kathy Lette. (A natural segue, I told myself!) In the literary world, news of my appointment went down like Pavarotti over a pole vault. When I gleefully told other

“What’s the time, Kath?” they’d ask, bewildered. “I don’t know,” I’d gloatingly reply. “Just let me look out the window at Big Ben!” Months of fun and frivolity ensued: Dannii Minogue would pop by for pool parties; John Mortimer, Stephen Fry, Richard E.

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“Strings of fairy lights flickered on the inky waters of the Thames, all the way from the fluted Houses of Parliament to Shakespeare’s Globe. The square windows of passing boats, lit from within, made them look like illuminated harmonicas”

Grant and Salman Rushdie joined me to co-host

Sarah Bernhardt whooped with delight

literary dinners; and girlfriends stayed over for

as she rode in London’s first electric lift,

pyjama parties, where we dialled our fingers to

nicknamed ‘the ascending room’, and

the bone ordering room service. (“We’d like a

Josephine Baker giggled uncontrollably at

toy boy on a bed of lettuce, please!”)

being connected from her suite to a waiter by

Every day I rubbed shoulder pads with the

a new-fangled speaking tube. During the Blitz,

celebritocracy. Mel Brooks had the suite next to

Noël Coward played the piano and sang for

mine; Graham Norton worked out in the gym;

over an hour to keep guests distracted and

and the American Bar was so full of Hollywood

amused, and the Kitchen Cabinet was given a

stars that I contracted A-list-eria. Is it any wonder

quite literal meaning when Winston Churchill

I was smiling as smugly as a canary-filled cat?

lunched here with his ministers during the war.

When The Savoy’s refurbishment was

They were outshone only by the celestial

announced, I feared the worst. The hotel’s guest

firmament of film stars who glittered in the

list haemorrhages history. A host of famous

American Bar – Katharine Hepburn, Errol

ghosts, from George Bernard Shaw and Fred

Flynn, Sophia Loren, Marlon Brando and Al

Astaire, to Christian Dior and Coco Chanel, lurk

Jolson, to name but a few. It was here where

in these Edwardian halls. Claude Monet and

Queen Elizabeth was first seen in public with

James McNeill Whistler painted the Thames

Prince Philip, and Marilyn Monroe created a

from its windows, while Vivien Leigh first locked

scene by the dress she was almost wearing.

eyes with hubby-to-be, Laurence Olivier, in the

(It had a semi-transparent nylon midriff.)

Savoy Grill restaurant, which invented Melba

More scandalous was the fact that Oscar

toast for Dame Nellie when she was dieting, and

Wilde bedded his gay lover Bosie here when

the Peach Melba for when she was not.

homosexuality was punishable by imprisonment.


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JEWELLERY quaffed ‘til dawn. Oscar Wilde, Noël Coward and co. would have been proud! For the next writer in residence, I do have a word of advice. When my tenure came to an end, I found it unbearably hard to go back to the maternal mundanities and domestic drudgeries of real life. Don’t go cold turkey as I did, but try to wean yourself off the high life by, say, making your own bed occasionally and rationing yourself to just the one bottle of bubbly a day. Because that’s the only trouble with being The Savoy’s writer in residence – parting is such suite sorrow.


Kathy's latest book, Courting Trouble, is published by Black Swan.

It’s true to say, however, that at the time

And, my most favourite addition, the new

of my residency, the hotel had seen better

luxury crème brûlée-coloured, creamy, dreamy

days. But much like an ageing screen

Savoy Suite on the eighth floor. I popped by for

siren, The Savoy’s charm lay in her fading

a sample sleepover and found myself so far

glamour and grandeur. I was anxious that

above cloud nine that I had to look down to

a facelift would result in a loss of classiness

see it. My personal 24-hour butler was

and character.

on tap to satiate my every whim,

Well, not only is the renovation totally

including serving me breakfast

superb, but the gastronomic pleasures of

in the claw-foot bath in the

Kaspar’s also induce a superlative overload.

marble bathroom. And all

The Savoy’s Art Deco delights remain intact,

my girlfriends came by

with over 400 pieces of original furniture

for an impromptu

restored. In addition, there are now eight

pyjama party,

Personality Suites, named after the hotel’s

where we

stellar clientele – Frank Sinatra, Noël Coward,


Richard Harris, Sir Winston Churchill, Maria


Callas, Claude Monet, Charlie Chaplin and Katharine Hepburn.


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Artist’s Residence

Introducing The Savoy Suite, the latest addition to our range of luxury living spaces


s well as providing the setting

the first of three lengthy stays at The Savoy

1930s and which run through other areas of

for an authentic London stay,

between 1899 and 1901. Since then, so

the building. A bolder, contrasting cinnamon

The Savoy Suite, an Artist’s

prominent have the hotel’s links been with

tone provides warmth and complements the

Residence, features a changing art collection

the art world that it was deemed appropriate

wood used throughout the suite.

by a contemporary artist adorning the

to honour all artists, both past and living,

walls. Here, guests will have the unique

who have been inspired by, and continue to

master bedroom, en-suite bathroom and

opportunity to enjoy their own private

take inspiration from, The Savoy.

master dressing room, lounge with fireplace

exhibition within their accommodation. Open and light-filled, the layout

Award-winning designer Pierre Yves

The space comprises an entrance foyer,

and private luxury bar and pantry, and a

Rochon returned to head up the design,

hydraulic table that can be installed for

exaggerates the unrivalled views of the River

maintaining the hotel’s grandeur, while

modern, flexible dining. An adjoining suite

Thames and iconic London landmarks

adding a modern elegance for the 21st-

has been incorporated into the design to

across two large windows. It was this same

century clientele. Edwardian influences are

make for a more spacious, two-bedroom

view that inspired Claude Monet to paint

combined with a colour palette of creams,

setup. Guests will also benefit from a

his famous series of London bridges during

ivories and blacks, in keeping with the

24-hour Savoy butler service.

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A TALE OF TWO CITIES A stay in London or New York wouldn't be the same without a trip to the theatre – and there are no two better places to see the curtain rise than the West End and Broadway. Join us on a tour of the greatest cultural capitals on Earth, and discover why all the world’s still a stage for them both



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hey say there’s no business like show business; for visitors to the Curtain Up exhibition at the V&A earlier this year, truer words were surely never spoken.

Curated by the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the ground-breaking installation told the extraordinary story of the world’s two most iconic theatrical landmarks, London and New York. Through the lens of award-winning plays and musicals, the South Kensington museum’s ambitious, breath-taking retrospective looked back over four decades of the West End and Broadway, celebrating the craft and collaboration that goes into creating some of the most spectacular international theatre ever to have graced the world stage. Indeed, these destinations are leaders in their field, home to vibrant districts and famed for their first-class, critically-acclaimed productions. From London’s sprawling ‘Theatreland’, to New York’s more rigidly defined landscape, they thrive on a dynamic mix of new shows and firm favourites, which often intertwine as part of an ongoing international cultural exchange. “The two great theatre capitals of the world have grown together and thrived independently and co-dependently,” says Julian Bird, chief executive of SOLT and executive producer of the Olivier Awards. “Nevermore has there been such an exchange of productions originating in one city and going to the other. There are no others that rival them in that sense.” Described by Julian as ‘the guardians of the long-term theatre industry’, SOLT was founded in 1908 as the official body to champion and promote London’s live dramatic culture. This is still achieved now through the glitz and glamour of


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“The two great theatre capitals of the world have grown together and thrived independently and co-dependently. Nevermore has there been such an exchange of productions originating in one city and going to the other. There are no others that rival them in that sense” major events such as the Olivier Awards and West End Live,

recent sensation such as The Lion King or Wicked, there’s always a

and key development programmes like Kids Week and Get

place for popular hits that return again and again.

Into London Theatre. Across the pond, SOLT works closely with The Broadway League

“Whether it’s a play or a musical, the classic titles come back in every generation,” Julian continues. “These are

and American Theatre Wing (which started the Tony Awards)

truly great productions that have stood the test of time and

to grow educational platforms, discuss trends, analyse diversity

become part of a much wider public consciousness. More

and arrange artist exchanges and transfers. In short, this creative

people go to London theatre than to premiership football

collaboration has opened up opportunities to preserve the sector’s

games each year, so it’s a big part of our fabric and the

past, celebrate its present and foster its future.

English psyche.”

“Shows from the West End have transferred to New York, and

That being said, there’s always fresh material emerging as

shows from New York have transferred to the West End,” adds

well. Per annum, Broadway boasts an average of 10 enduring

Charlotte St Martin, president of The Broadway League. “The

productions across 40 playhouses, leaving room for at least

current leadership of SOLT and the league were able to work

30 brand new shows to make their mark. In the West End,

together for both organisations to have better transferability of

meanwhile, in excess of 100 are eligible for the Olivier Awards,

shows, so we’re able to do many more things together.”

accommodating a whole host of original debuts annually.

Today, SOLT facilitates over 14million yearly attendances, while The

In the awards department, 2016 marks significant milestones

Broadway League brings the art form to more than 30million people

for both locations. As SOLT reaches the 40th anniversary of the

in 200+ cities across the US and Canada. Be it a long-running

Olivier Awards, The Broadway League and American Theatre

classic like Les Misérables or The Phantom of the Opera, or a more

Wing usher in the 70th Tony Awards – two of the hottest

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“In one sense, theatre’s very simple – it’s storytelling on an empty stage.The thing that’s changed is how those stories are told. In a way, what we’re doing is very similar to how it’s always been, just sometimes with more bells, whistles and design elements. Productions and ideas evolve, but it’s great storytelling and great music that makes a production successful” dates on the theatregoing calendar, which recognise excellence

happen in cinemas around the country, or online at home – has

for individuals and productions across the board.

been adopted by numerous venues, broadening the accessibility

“They’re the premier awards and accolades you can win in the theatre world,” explains Julian. “Both the Olivier Awards

and affordability of the medium more than ever before. “Anything that makes theatre more accessible to a wider

and the Tony Awards are great opportunities to demonstrate

population is a great thing,” insists Julian. “Not everybody in the UK

and expose the theatre world to a wider population. Both of

can travel to London, so digital means can help more and more

them have become vital for demonstrating excellence and

people experience these great productions. It’s not quite the same

marketing the theatre world as a whole.”

as sitting in a live theatre with a live audience, but it’s the next best

“For Broadway, the Tony Award is a significant seal of approval,” Charlotte agrees. “If you’re someone who doesn’t live in New

thing and becoming a very important part of what we do.” “Live streaming is a brilliant idea, which we’re beginning to

York City and can’t go to the theatre every day, you need all the

do more of in the USA,” Charlotte emphasises. “Social media

tools you can get to help determine which shows you want to see

and the ease of buying tickets has certainly made it a lot easier

when you’re in the city. There’s no question that the Tony Awards

for everyone to see a show. There’s no question that social

really do help define the most successful shows.”

media and live streaming have really been helpful to grow

Recently, there have been dramatic shifts in the way theatregoers engage with and consume what’s on. The ‘live streaming’ revolution – which enables viewers to watch shows as they

subscriptions and attendance across the country.” Further changes have been evident in production content too. In New York, traditional all-white revivals are often performed

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THEATRE by casts of mixed ethnicities, diversifying the offering no end, and ensuring the industry has remained buoyant throughout the recession, consistently breaking records for attendance and gross. “There’s no question that there’s a dramatic trend that’s taking place on Broadway, which is a diversity of shows,” reveals Charlotte. “This is a particularly diverse year for Broadway, but we’ve been moving towards more diverse casting, as well as more diverse shows, for at least eight of the last 10 years. We’ve really seen that change and there’s now something for everyone.” Of course, Broadway and the West End have faced their fair shares of challenges throughout the financial crisis. At a time that’s rife with budget and funding cuts, each setting has adapted its approach and made its repertoire as broad and appealing as possible. It’s this flexibility that’s led to such consistent box office success, as they’ve steered the ship and weathered the storm together. “We’ve been lucky and grown steadily every year through the recession,” Julian reflects. “That’s through innovation, making sure people of all ages can come and maintaining ticket prices at all


different levels. It’s never easy, but not for nothing are we the main theatre capitals of the world, so we’re excited that the way theatre has adapted and innovated has enabled us to continue to grow.” And as shows become increasingly more advanced, with stunning visual effects forging a truly immersive experience,

directors and producers are forever on the lookout for unique, exciting and inventive ways to tell their stories. But, as Julian maintains, it’s the stories themselves that will always come first when filling the seats, no matter how much ‘razzle dazzle’


might accompany them. “In one sense, theatre’s very simple – it’s storytelling on an empty stage,” he says. “The thing that’s changed is how those stories are told. In a way, what we’re doing is very similar to how it’s always been, just sometimes with more bells, whistles and design elements. Productions and ideas evolve, but it’s great storytelling and great music that makes a production successful.” As for London and New York, their relationship is one that’s showing no signs of slowing anytime soon; on the contrary, it’s stronger than ever, as they consult on everything from labour issues to cross-marketing and educational panels. In spite of their achievements, however, they’ve never lost sight of what’s really important – spiriting their audiences away to a world of pure imagination. “We continue to see more shows going back and forth from both sides, so there’s great transferability,” concludes Charlotte. “Every performance is a little bit different and adds to the intimacy that an audience experiences. You escape from your everyday life into a little fantasy world, and that magic that occurs when you get into a show in a theatre just can’t be replicated.”

To find out more about SOLT, visit or for more information on The Broadway League or American Theatre Wing, head to or

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OUR COCKTAIL HISTORY IS THE MOST ICONIC IN THE WORLD... You don't often come across two leading cocktail bars in the same building. At The Savoy’s American and Beaufort Bars, you can savour a heady mix of classic concoctions and innovative game changers, as we welcome you to London’s most stylish and sophisticated spots for a timeless aperitif 38 \

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hether you’re dining at Kaspar’s or taking

follows in the footsteps of celebrated mixologists like Ada ‘Coley’

in a show at the Savoy Theatre, any evening

Coleman and Harry Craddock, who compiled his classic blends

would be incomplete without a visit to the

in the inspirational Savoy Cocktail Book, which is still viewed as

American and Beaufort Bars. As two of

a must-have bible even now.

London’s finest spaces to enjoy a cocktail, both can be found

“Our cocktail history is the most iconic in the world,” says

under one roof, combining the rich history and heritage of The

manager Declan McGurk. “Since the hotel reopened in 2010,

Savoy with new innovations and creative concepts to intrigue

our offering’s changed and evolved from a higher level of

and excite guests.

classics, to very much celebrating the previous American Bar

Taking its name from the popular tradition of the late 19th and

cocktails. Our current list is 24 original drinks that we’ve created

early 20th centuries, the American Bar is the longest-surviving

ourselves. What we’re doing is very much following in the

of its kind in the world. Led by head bartender Erik Lorincz, it

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Headed up by Kyle Wilkinson, the Beaufort Bar

too does the American Bar create its own one-of-a-kind

provides a theatrical, Art Deco setting in which to

infusions for special occasions throughout the year.

try drinks that push boundaries. These include the

“This is the bar that tells stories, and these are classically

Character Cocktails, which pay tribute to the hotel’s

styled drinks done in our creative fashion,” Declan

most famous personalities, served in era-specific

continues. “Part of our roles as protectors and custodians

vintage glassware and garnished tableside. The bar

is that we need to keep giving reasons for people to think

itself stands on the former cabaret stage, hosting live entertainment in a tradition that continues today.

we’re iconic. Quite quickly, we could become a cocktail Declan McGurk

“It’s one of the most beautiful rooms in London,”

museum, so it’s very important that we keep driving this great mechanic we have in the right way.”

adds manager Anna Sebastian. “There’s nothing like

Alongside the American Bar’s Savoy Cocktail Book,

it. You could take this bar out of the hotel and put it

the Beaufort Bar boasts its own spectacular menu

anywhere in London or the world, and it would still

in the form of a limited-edition popup book. This

work. There’s so much history and such a theatrical

imaginative collection features beautifully hand-drawn

element to the room, which is shown through our

and painstakingly cut illustrations, throwing open a

cocktails and the styles of our drinks.”

vibrant array of characters, tales and scents, with each

Indeed, theatrics is a big part of how both locations operate. Just as the Beaufort Bar puts on nightly

exquisitely crafted option telling its own unique story. Anna Sebastian

performances and monthly cabaret and burlesque

“The Character Cocktails are really a USP for the bar, as nowhere else does them,” explains Anna. “They’re

evenings – on the same stage once graced by such luminaries as

very much about famous characters who used to frequent the hotel,

Carol Gibbons, the Savoy Orpheans and George Gershwin – so

so we took inspiration from who they were and what they used

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to drink, and created drinks based around that. It’s really about

“We have a duty to protect what The Savoy is, but also to bring

storytelling and engagement with the guests and bringing the bar

it into the world we’re in today,” agrees Anna. “It’s such an iconic

to the table.”

landmark that means so much to so many people, and gets passed

Both destinations have accumulated a number of accolades over

down from generation to generation, but it’s also really important

the years. The Beaufort Bar was awarded the coveted title of Best

to keep pushing it to be the best it can possibly be, and do things

International Hotel Bar at Tales of the Cocktail 2015, whereas the

that some people might not have thought of.”

American Bar picked up World’s Best Hotel Bar at these same awards in 2011, as well as Best Bar in the Virtuoso Best of the Best Awards. Elsewhere, Erik – a globally renowned barman himself, and only

One such example is Age of Discovery, a specially-created, barrel-aged, limited-edition brew that travelled 41,000 nautical miles on a four-month voyage around the globe. Teaming up with

the 11th head bartender at The Savoy in its 127-year history –

British-American cruise line Cunard, the Beaufort Bar’s Neil Donachie

was officially recognised as Best International Bartender at Tales of

spearheaded the pioneering spirit, which set sail on the RMS Queen

the Cocktail in 2011. It’s all in a day’s work, as Declan and Anna

Mary 2 earlier this year, encased in a 300-litre Jack Daniel’s barrel.

stand united in moving their respective places into the future,

“The Savoy’s always been known for innovation,” Anna reflects.

without compromising on, or losing sight of, what’s come before.

“It was the first hotel to do a lot of ground-breaking things,

“Protecting and preserving is very important,” Declan insists. “As

all of which defined what it is and was, and now it’s about us

custodians, it’s really important that we maintain what the American

writing the next bit of history. We have the foundations, but it’s our

Bar is and represents. To try and change it for change’s sake would

responsibility to keep on pushing the rules and do ground-breaking

be wrong, so maintaining that, while at the same time doing

things in order for it to continue being The Savoy.”

creative, innovative things that ensure this bar stays at the forefront

To that end, both remain resolute in pursuing exciting ideas to

is also important, because it’s been in that position for 100 years.”

wow every patron who pulls up a chair. From the American Bar’s

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THE AMERICAN BAR’S PICKERING PLACE ELEGANT  50ml Bombay Sapphire  15ml Cocchi Rosa  10ml Campari  30ml lemon juice  Dash egg white  15ml saffron syrup  Top Champagne GLASS: Chantilly GARNISH: Dehydrated raspberries, saffron Blend all ingredients with a hand blender and shake over ice BOLD  45ml Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel  10ml Fernet Branca Menta  25ml Byrrh  3 drops Peychaud’s  5ml sugar syrup  5g coffee Press all ingredients over Aeropress and then stir with ice. GLASS: Large goblet GARNISH: Absinthe spray on the glass and orange peel

acclaimed London Menu, to the Beaufort Bar’s show-stopping Impressionist drink, each carries on blazing its own trail and retains a distinctive identity. But as Declan and Anna conclude, together they bring the hotel’s theatre and showmanship sensationally to life. “They’re their own distinct brands,” acknowledges Declan. “We’re classic elegance, and they’re a slightly more contemporary style, which is reflected in their drinks and the style and manner in which they present them. They have a more modern approach that’s opulent, design and style-led, whereas we remain timeless, which provides a very nice contrast for the guests.” “It’s very rare for a hotel to have two bars that are so different, but also work so well together,” Anna suggests. “It’s such a contrast visually and in terms of the style. Everything’s so different, but at the end of the day, we’re a family, and The Savoy’s always been known for having a family atmosphere among the staff. Both bars are very different, but they’re both amazing places to work.”

For reservations in the Beaufort Bar or to make a booking at the American Bar, email or call the restaurant reservations team on +44 (0)20 7420 2111.

THE BEAUFORT BAR’S COCO CHARACTER COCKTAIL  Grey Goose vodka  Lillet Blanc  Vintage Moët et Chandon 2006  Châteauneuf-du-Pape reduction infused with blackberries and jasmine Stir all ingredients except Champagne over block ice. Add Champagne to glass, then pour mix over. Garnish tableside

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OF LIFE For the ultimate romantic adventure and serene getaway, Alexa Private Cruises provides a unique, one-of-a-kind voyage. Owner and boat designer Veronika Blomgren explains the inspiration behind her creative vision, and why it’s a private affair that should be shared only with the one you truly love


ife is never as amazing as when love fills our hearts.

contemporary classics. From silk rugs and primitive sculptures from

are life-changing, when you can give a sunset as

the islands of Indonesia, to the finest linens and crystal glasses,

a present; stay up all night under the southern stars; share a

every detail is chosen with love. Love's also in every meal prepared

bottle of wine on the white sands of an uninhabited island;

by the chef, every day trip planned by the cruise director, every

swim naked with manta rays; and sunbathe all day long,

smile of the crew and in the wind that fills the white sails.

disturbed only by dolphins. If tranquillity, serenity and mesmerising scenery are key


Generous living spaces are filled with antique art and

The special moments we create for our loved ones

As a trained architect, author of several luxury travel guides and founder of renowned design school Details in Moscow, I

considerations for a blissful escape, then Alexa Private Cruises

created the Alexa Private Cruises concept. After settling in Bali,

has the perfect solution. True to ancient traditions of Phinisi boats

I decided to craft something special on the water and had

in Indonesia, Alexa is the manifestation of a dream of ultimate

several skills to fall back on.

understated luxury, absolute privacy, a free spirit of discovery, unique experiences and the best of any service you can think of. A former cargo – which has been cruising the seas

The idea was born out of the legendary fairy-tale story of Silolona and El Aleph, traditional Phinisi sailing ships that were still to be located in untouched areas of Indonesia. Alexa was

between the islands of Flores, Komodo, Raja Ampat,

hewn from a traditional Phinisi design with a colourful and exotic

Sumbawa and Sulawesi – has been transformed into the

history, and once carried cargos of spices between the islands of

most romantic sailing boat in Indonesia, comprising one

Sumba, Flores, Sumbawa and Sulawesi.

cabin only, just for two. Traditional lines adopt a modern,

Tailored, bespoke sailing experiences to several locations are

pure look, while aged teakwood is combined with stainless

on offer, including Komodo National Park and the Raja Ampat

steel and tinted glass.

islands, and also on request, to the islands of Moyo, the Alor

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TRAVEL Archipelago and Wakatobi Marine Park, meaning guests can understand and connect with the stunning Indonesian landscape and unique off-route adventures while sailing on this opulent vessel. Guests are also welcome to work with the captain and navigator team ahead of booking routes to design their own bespoke sailing route and holiday. Prices are inclusive of all activities on board, which include scuba diving, spa treatments, excursions and all gourmet meals, with no extra fees for guests (excluding alcohol). Now moored in Flores, where cruises customarily begin, she’s able to offer every conceivable indulgence on board, with a unique and opulent one-cabin, two-berth bedroom with private balcony, moored within the islands of Komodo National Park and Raja Ampat archipelago to the East of Indonesia. In designing the project, I worked with renowned project supervisor Raul Boscarino. My interior design skills and unique vision came heavily into play as we looked to

“Love's in every meal prepared by the chef, every day trip planned by the cruise director, every smile of the crew and in the wind that fills the white sails” redesign the interiors. In addition to fitting the actual living space, guest cabin and en-suite, we modified the galley, engine room, crew cabins, back-quarters and dozens of other requirements a boat needs, all within a space that followed the beautiful lines of the traditional hull. As an architect obsessed with straight lines and perfect 90-degree corners, it wasn’t easy. With 31 metres on deck, Alexa has a main sleeping cabin for one couple. While working on the plans, Raul and I went from three cabins to one, which broke the traditional building rules with rugs, silk carpets, sofas and beds. I found that my lack of experience actually gave me freedom from these stereotypes when designing. I have to admit that nothing has so touched my soul as the building of Alexa. Compared to all my projects ‘on land’, this was the most romantic, almost surreal, beautifully exciting time for me. It was ‘building a dream’ in the purest meaning.

Alexa Private Cruises offers guests every conceivable indulgence aboard, enabling them to indulge their senses and enjoy the ultimate romantic adventure and once-in-a-lifetime experience. To find out more, visit

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Building a Dream

Veronika explains more about what to expect on board Alexa


no surprise his specialty is the freshest seafood

treatments are adjusted to your individual

A day full of adventure is a day to remember.

you can possibly get. Inspired by the best of

needs and specially designed for Alexa. Enjoy

Komodo National Park and Raja Ampat are

international cuisine, he’ll fulfil your every wish.

a relaxing massage on deck, in-room or on a

ranked among the top diving areas in the world.

Nothing can compete with a barbecue on a

pristine white sand beach. Alexa Private Cruises

The dive instructor knows the best sites, the best

pristine beach, watching the sun go down over

offers a professionally managed and qualified

times and almost every underwater creature

one of the most stunning parts of our planet.

seven-man international and multilingual crew,

personally. Top-end equipment is on board, so

White cushions, antique rugs, candlelight and

including a cruise director who’s a certified

all you have to do is bring your camera. The

a bonfire make it absolutely unforgettable. The

dive instructor, resident spa therapist, private

cruise director will arrange all expeditions to

bar’s stocked with the best wines and spirits

chef and captain with 15 years’ navigating

remote islands, tribal villages, waterfalls and

from around the world – served at any time, on

experience, to ensure a guaranteed high level

turtle beaches, sharing his never-ending stories

any beach, under any star you choose.

of service, security and quality of experience.

about Indonesian adventure.



Able to provide every imaginable luxurious possibility – from holistic offerings and spa

Alexa’s spa therapist is part of the

treatments, to culinary delights created by the

Alexa’s chef loves the ocean almost as much

award-winning OAZIA team – winner of

on-board private chef – it’s the ultimate in

as he loves to create culinary delights, so it’s

the World Luxury Spa Award in 2012. All

luxury private yachting experiences.

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HEIGHT OF LUXURY With Etihad Airways’ three-room Residence suite – the only space of its kind on a commercial airline – passengers are treated to a unique travel experience. Jane Stanbury and Alison Chambers talk to the butlers on board about how they’re taking high-end service to whole new levels

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he word 'no' is not an

supermarket; it’s all about how you engage,

option,” says Georgina

promote and recommend the products you

Henderson about guest

have available to you.”

interaction at 40,000

On longer flights to Sydney, Melbourne or

feet. Georgina is proud

New York, she has to think smart for journeys

to have been the first

of up to 14 hours. To many, that would seem

Etihad butler who served guests on the

like a service too far, but Georgina sums up

inaugural flight of The Residence, the

the ethos of the Residence butler.

three-room, first-class suite found on the upper deck of the airline’s A380 fleet. Now, she’s one of 26 female butlers in the

“I enjoy operating on the ultra-long-haul routes, such as New York, Sydney and Melbourne, as the flight time allows you

current team of 53, and describes that flight

to really showcase the butler services in

as the most memorable moment of her

their entirety,” she says. Aiming to provide

career. Combining her experience as a flight

sophistication, dedication and discretion

attendant for the airline with her previous

hitherto not experienced by the modern

hospitality work, Georgina still embraces the

airline traveller, Etihad’s service team

butler challenge, which combines a variety

approached The Savoy Training Academy

of roles, from concierge to chef.

to ensure their butlers provide something

“The fun part is that no two days are the same,” she explains. “This keeps life

truly exceptional. “The Savoy and Etihad both pride

“They must know how to read the signs,” he insists. “It’s all about judging people’s

exciting and me on my toes.” The luxurious

themselves on offering similar levels of

moods, reactions and needs, and then

Residence cabin features a living room,

luxury that’s synonymous with five-star

tailoring the service to the individual.”

private shower and double bedroom, and

service,” adds Sean Davoren, The Savoy’s

Customers are varied, but predictably reflect

boasts innovations and exclusive features

head butler. “Essentially, The Savoy guest

a mix of celebrities and high-profile business

normally associated with private jets.

and the Etihad Residence passenger are the

personnel, who shall remain nameless;

However, it’s the butler’s responsibility to

same clientele.” It can take from three to

discretion is a large part of the service, while

create a bespoke experience.

six months to become a fully-trained Savoy

the close environment of the aircraft adds to

They meet guests – never 'passengers' –

butler. However, the Etihad trainees spend

the pressure.

personally at the departure gate, orientate

just a week with Sean to complement their

them on board, prepare a signature

existing training.

turndown service, offer valeting and prepare

Unsurprisingly, the course is extremely

“It could be easy to overstep the mark in such an environment, so the butlers have to be highly skilled at positioning themselves,” states Sean.

the shower facility. They also provide an

intense, as Sean guides his students through

So, what makes a good butler? Personality and

elevated fine dining experience, along

the complexities of international protocol,

confidence are two essential ingredients.

with concierge arrangements at the final

etiquette, VIP guest care, valet skills, and that

destination. Most importantly, the butlers will

most complex of tasks, anticipating client

image conscious, not necessarily regarding

be thinking smart.

needs. Sean aims to build on the Residence

how they look, but how they present

“The ones who succeed are often very

“Once in the air, you really have to utilise

butlers’ existing hospitality experience – most

themselves,” Sean concludes. “They must

all the resources that are made available to

have come from this sector – to ensure they

also have a desire to care for and serve

you,” continues Georgina about on-board

engage passengers in a manner expected at

people, without being subservient. That’s

challenges. “It’s not an option to go to a

that level of luxury.

the true skill.”

Etihad operates daily flights out of LHR to Abu Dhabi on The Residence. For more information, head to Alison and Jane are principals at UK-based aviation consultancy Emerald Media, which specialises in business aviation with an international client base. To find out more, visit

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THEATRE of RETAIL It’s the second largest shop in the UK and has been delighting clients for over 100 years – but Selfridges is far from complacent. We hear from the London department store’s creative director about how it’s still diversifying to meet the needs of the 21st-century consumer after all this time

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here can be few better

The first storytelling window displays

paved the way for an utterly spellbinding

places for fashionistas to

and the opening of a rooftop ice

snap up that dream dress

skating rink were just a couple of these

or snazzy new outfit than

magnificent feats. Equally impressive

strong leadership and long-term visionary

London’s Oxford Street.

was the first public demonstration of the

strategy from the Weston family, which

As Europe’s busiest shopping district, the

world’s first television set, and the first

continues this legacy of surprising,

road is home to around 300 outlets and

celebrity-led promotions and events.

amazing and amusing its customers

welcomes roughly half a million visitors

Through ingenuity and innovation, Harry

by delivering a wealth of extraordinary

and ground-breaking way to shop. Since 2003, the company’s had a

a day, who are consistently spoiled for

opportunities. According to Linda, no

choice when splashing their cash on the

year, week or even day is ever the same

latest looks and trends.

in the house that Harry built.

Among the most prominent is

“Selfridges offers a uniquely different

Selfridges, the flagship luxury department

shopping experience that distinguishes it

store that’s been at the forefront of

entirely from any other department stores,”

high-end merchandising for more than

she continues. “Cutting-edge fashion, the

a century. Founded in 1909 by American entrepreneur Harry Gordon Selfridge, the iconic institution was widely regarded as the first and best example of ‘retail theatre’, blazing a trail in a way never seen before, even in the US. “The store was built on Harry’s idea that shopping can be done for pleasure, not just necessity – a concept completely unheard of at the time,” says Linda Hewson, creative director at Selfridges. “He was the first to bring a true sense of ‘entertainment’, pizzazz and showbiz to retail, by being the first to lay diverse and unexpected experiences in front of dazzled customers.”

“Selfridges has been trading

most beautiful jewellery and accessories, the best beauty brands and a Royal

for 107 years, and whatever

Warrant-holding Foodhall are all available

we do, from launching

without equal in the world of longstanding,

store-wide campaigns, to

under one roof, with a buzz and energy heritage department stores.” Indeed, Harry’s charisma and

opening new departments,

revolutionary understanding of publicity

we always put our customers

committed to providing ‘theatre’ in the

at the heart of every decision

to its clientele, which take place in the

we take, and strive to go beyond their expectations”

lives on to this day. The business remains form of ‘beyond shopping’ occasions Ultralounge – a 3,500 sq ft space that’s been dedicated to special events for the past nine years, playing host to dozens of talked-about attractions.

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SELFRIDGES “Selfridges has been trading for 107 years, and whatever we do, from launching store-wide campaigns, to opening new departments, we always put our customers at the heart of every decision we take, and strive to go beyond their expectations,” explains Linda. “We believe this is one of the reasons the Selfridges brand continues to be so successful and remains relevant and exciting.” For fashion, the brand’s still very much focused on the latest and leading designers. Whether it’s the avant-garde theatrics of Alexander McQueen, the Parisian elegance and modern rock and roll edge of Saint Laurent, or the all-American style of Ralph Lauren, there’s truly something for everyone, to suit a range of tastes and budgets. “As Harry Gordon Selfridge incited from 1909, 'everybody’s welcome at Selfridges', and his mantra is still at the core of everything the brand does today,” Linda insists. “Selfridges has an unmatched high and low fashion offer – from Top Shop to Chanel and Tom Ford, with worldwide exclusive pieces from these brands, created for Selfridges and available nowhere else.” Alongside its wide breadth and variety,


the company sets itself apart as a fashion capital, by creating conceptual shopping

Highlights to date have included

of Shakespeare’s death. The 100-seat

areas across all of its categories, which

young British artists’ shows curated by

auditorium will stage a full production

provide an inspiring setting. The Shoe

Kay Saatchi, installations by the best

of the Bard’s Much Ado About Nothing

Galleries was the largest shoe locality in

urban artists such as Banksy, Vivienne

for a two-month run, bringing a whole

the world when it opened in 2010, and the

Westwood’s iconic shoe exhibition

new meaning to the ‘theatre of retail’ for

Denim Studio, launched in 2013, is 25,000

retrospective, and an immersive 3D

which Selfridges is so renowned.

sq ft dedicated entirely to women’s denim.

musical experience by legendary

musician Brian Eno. It was also once transformed into a late-night concert


venue with a fully licensed bar. More recently in 2013, the lounge housed the temporary return of the store’s famous Silence Room, first conceived and opened in 1909 by Harry himself. A year later in 2014, it was converted into a 60-seat luxury cinema, and this spring, a fully-functioning gym, accommodating a residency by cult spin studio Psycle. From August 2016, the room's been renovated into The ReFASHIONed Theatre to mark the 400th anniversary

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the core of our business, be it through the brands and partners we work with, or the causes we support.” In an age of increasing demand for instant digital shopping solutions at the touch of a button, the company has once again had to evolve and adapt to satisfy its customer base. But that’s just the thing about Selfridges – it’s been a step ahead This spring, the business unveiled another

is its Project Ocean initiative, which pushes

of the game from the very beginning,

world first – The Body Studio, a unique

boundaries to protect the world’s seas, and

without compromising on its rich history,

spot presenting 100+ labels and over

invites partners and suppliers to do the same.

heritage and tradition of turning retail

4,500 different options, edited together to

To put things into perspective, the

therapy into theatre.

revolutionise the way women buy bodywear.

campaign saw 400,000 single-use

Of course, a Central London location has

plastic water bottles removed from all

rise in digital technology,” concludes Linda.

been instrumental in nurturing that pioneering

four shops nationwide last year – London,

“Shoppers expect to access information in

spirit, setting the scene for a bright future, while

Birmingham, Manchester Exchange

real time, wherever they are. Embracing

never losing sight of its glimmering past.

Square and Manchester Trafford. And the

innovative technology and creating a

“The Oxford Street store is in itself a

“As a retail business, we can’t ignore the

positive response and feedback has only

seamless omni-channel experience

heritage landmark, which Selfridges

encouraged further action going forward,

across our four bricks and mortar stores,

will always celebrate and preserve,”

as Linda reveals.

online and on our newly-launched global

adds Linda. “However, it’s about striking

“As we move into the future, Selfridges

the exact balance between honouring

is very much focused on continuing to

tradition and the heritage that’s made

be brave and creative, while also acting

Selfridges what it is today, but with strong

responsibly,” she says. “Sustainability is at

shopping app, is crucial to remaining at the forefront of the retail industry.”

contemporary and future-facing creativity.” It’s this originality that still sets Selfridges apart. The store’s ‘Buying Better, Inspiring


Change’ philosophy emphasises ‘the human element’, motivating its people, partners and patrons, and respecting the environment by sourcing responsibly and championing sustainable products that contribute to healthy and happy communities. Earlier this year, the Global Department Store Summit 2016 awarded the brand in the category of World’s Best Sustainability Campaign by a Department Store, a testament to its progressive and forward-thinking approach. One case in point

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Tablescaping should be a veritable





for all the senses...

Celebrated for his unparalleled passion, flair and style, The Savoy’s Bruce Russell is a respected authority on the theatre of entertaining, the knack of being the perfect, polished host and the art of ‘tablescaping’ – the hottest new trend in creating stunning tabletop artistry for weddings and events


hether you’re planning a

entertainment – will help you to create magical

glamorous cocktail party,

moments that will live long in the memory.

a decadent dinner or, of course, a

Tablescaping truly is an art and should be a veritable feast for all the senses!

wedding, tablescaping is an opportunity

Select a colour palette that suits the

to pull out all the stops and really revel

venue and don’t be afraid to dabble in

in the virtuosity of entertaining. Gone are the days of a ‘one-size-fitsall’ approach. Increasingly, my clients are looking to make their own mark, using details that really reflect their personality to enhance the overall experience, not just for them, but for their

different, distinctive shades. Introduce a selection of textures such as fabrics, crystals, gilting and beautiful adornments that can offer variations in shape and height to add depth and perspective to your tabletop. When it comes to textures, there’s nothing like

assembled friends and families. Starting with more

a truly beautiful, delicate linen on your tabletops

of a ‘carte blanche’ can be a bit of a daunting

– nothing too ‘starchy’. Believe it or not, it can

prospect, but it pays dividends in the long run.

often be more cost-effective to have custom-made

Take, for example, a wedding; this is

table linens created for the occasion, rather than

undoubtedly the most public expression of your

foot the cost of a hire bill. It also adds a lovely

relationship, and as such, it deserves to be paid

personal touch to the event; for instance, I’m

particular attention. Personalising details – be it in

currently working on a wedding for which we’re

the choice of venue, its décor, food and drink or

sourcing local fabrics from the groom’s home


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country of Pakistan, but adding a custom-made overlay for each table.


All too often, I think an undue emphasis is placed on just the visual aesthetics. There’s no doubt that

With regards to weddings, once upon a time it

they’re crucial in the overall theatre of an occasion,

was all about white (or different shades thereof),

but when creating a stunning tabletop floral

which remains, of course, perennially popular.

display, for example, I also like to think as to how

But we’re also seeing the influence of wider

an evocative scent (from the flowers, or perhaps

interior and fashion trends start to permeate

from some strategically placed candles) might

bridal events. I’m talking about accents of colour

serve as the ultimate complement.

to lift the spirits, or a rise in the use of metallic

When it comes to a wedding in particular,

hues – think rose or yellow gold, or a rich copper

we’re not only creating a magnificent day of

– which will add a dash of rich opulence to the

celebration, but also making memories, so I

proceedings and serve to inspire the décor and

don’t just focus on the ‘here and now’. I’d like

design of the day.

for a particular scent, for instance, to transport

The most important high-design rule for me is

the couple back to this magical moment for

that a special occasion is about so much more

years to come. Of course, you want to be

than just ‘big, bold and beautiful’ aesthetics.

mindful of overwhelming your guests – you

Of course, we want there to be a strong visual

want people’s palates to be stimulated by some

impact, but I always look to marry this with a

really creative catering, and it’s important

more rounded immersion, and one that reflects

not to detract from that. Tablescaping is all

those whom you're celebrating.

about creating a chic, elegant, but nonetheless

Lighting is absolutely key and, because it can be a subtle detail, is often overlooked. I love the

comfortable setting for your guests. It’s also worth taking the time to think about

warm glow of candlelight to create a dreamy and

the bigger picture; the overall layout of the space

intimate atmosphere, but another great form of

will have a profound impact on your guests’

illumination comes by way of ‘pinspotting’ tables

experience. If you’re looking to seat your guests –

with decorative features using ceiling spotlights.

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to create – why not opt for longer banqueting


If you’re not planning to hire caterers, it’s

tables to run the length of the dining room, really

essential that you plan as much of the menu as

reinforcing the idea that this is a celebratory

possible in advance. Your guests want to spend

feast, at once both formal and homely?

time with their host and not feel guilty that you’re

The same goes for how you serve the food – I’ve seen enough ‘pudding stations’ to last me a

sweating over the stove. Be it a party or a wedding, I like to take an artistic

lifetime, so how about switching them out for a

approach to all I do. For me, these occasions

chic canapé and cocktail bar that guests can be

are very much like a play – each element of the

drawn to as soon as they arrive? Not only is it an

occasion is a different ‘act’, which flows seamlessly

efficient vehicle from which to serve food, but it

and is united by the theatre of the overall

can also become a central focus, so long as it’s

production on the day(s). And this is particularly

designed in keeping with the wider look and feel

true of weddings. Whether I’m planning the

of the occasion.

ceremony, reception, dinner or evening events, I

When it comes to entertaining at home in


look at each component independently and then

particular, timing is of the essence. Always

again within the round, to create an immersive

endeavour to time everything to perfection,

experience that engages all the senses. And when

even if the day’s merriment puts you a little off

it comes to realising this creative design, I’m lucky

track later on! The key to achieving effortless

enough to have built up a little white book of top

timekeeping, without inflicting authoritarian rule

partners and suppliers, who work alongside me to

on your guests, is to keep lists hidden around

make my clients’ dreams come true.

your kitchen – drawers, cupboards, serving dishes! A vibrating timer is another trick to keep

For Savoy weddings, call +44 (0)207

up your sleeve; you don’t want endless alarm

429 2328, or to contact the events team,

bells sounding from the kitchen!


Bruce Russell will meet Savoy brides-to-be to discuss all their planning needs. Within two months of confirming, Bruce will host the bride and a guest for afternoon tea in the Thames Foyer for a two-hour consultation. Terms and conditions apply. For more information, call +44 (0)203 078 9583, email or visit




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nyone in the

encounters with the celebrity elite, be it

return visits; such is his hospitable and

hotel trade will

Princess Diana pulling up in Savoy Court

accommodating nature that they often

tell you that

driving her own car, or Frank Sinatra

ask for him directly. This familiarity

making a good

singing and playing the piano in the

and affection is evident throughout our

first impression is

Thames Foyer. He’s met everyone who’s

morning together, as all who greet him

paramount. Just

anyone, it seems, but is nonetheless

are always happy to do so on a

ask Tony Cortegaca; as head doorman

modest and humble, despite his brushes

first-name basis. In an effort to remember

at The Savoy, he’s the first and last

with stardom.

so many patrons, Tony’s had to invent his

port of call for up to 100 arrivals and

“I’ve been very lucky in this job,” he

own system of word association; he never

departures that go in and out each day.

continues. “I’ve been invited to things I

forgets a face, but will frequently pair their

As such, he’s the frontline who’s tasked

never thought I’d be invited to, and dealt

identity with distinctive physical features to

with meeting and seeing off all who

with, talked to and been recognised

jog his memory.

cross the threshold with a warm and

by people I never thought I’d meet.

inviting smile.

We’re in the position of seeing everyone

this is a team effort through and through.

coming in and going out, so we see and

His relationship with the butlers and front of

hear a lot of things.”

house staff enables the whole operation to

Hailing from Portugal, Tony started life at the hotel as a kitchen porter in 1986. Six months later, he was promoted to

Honesty and discretion are, of course,

But, he assures me, running a place like

run like clockwork, day in and day out. And

night porter, juggling his duties with

key components. Like butlers, Tony

as 12-hour shifts are far from uncommon,

the commitments of learning English

gets to know guests intimately through

it’s imperative to look out for one another

in Vincent Square. By the time he

reached his current ranking, the average retention of his predecessors was 40 years, so it was serendipitous timing to land the role when he did. To be sure, Tony’s counted himself lucky and remained grateful for the opportunity ever since, a trait that shines through from the moment I meet him one sunny but crisp morning outside the main entrance. Right off the bat, I can tell he’s an immeasurably popular member of the team; everybody knows, likes and cherishes him, not only for his services, but as a dear friend and confidante. “You have to be warm, friendly, happy and smiley, and if you do all these things, they’ll remember you,” he says. “You’ve then got a chance to see them again, and you can have a rapport with them. Once you break that barrier and start talking to people, it becomes easier, and you’d be surprised what they can tell you. People can talk to me because I break that barrier, so it’s very important when they first come that you’re approachable, accessible and there to help them.” Naturally, Tony’s seen and heard a lot during his tenure. As we talk, he regales me with stories of his many close

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and maintain good working relationships

is, in the best possible sense, skin-deep.

hotel’s world-famous mystique. It’s an

with colleagues, as well as visitors.

In keeping with tradition, he still

easy profession, he insists, but one that

sports a black top hat. As one might

can become very difficult if you’re not

business,” he explains. “You need to be

expect, tourists are always keen to take

adequately equipped for it.

friendly with everyone and respect your

pictures, which he’s more than happy

colleagues, because they’re your

to accommodate whenever he can.

train for his position, but he’s quick to

in-house guests. If you help them,

“Our position is quite important in a

point out that you never stop learning

they’ll help you as well, so it’s very

hotel like this,” he reflects. “It comes with

thereafter. It’s vital to address one issue

important to have this rapport and help

tradition, because all the good hotels used

at a time, while, paradoxically, juggling a

each other when you can.”

to have a doorman with a top hat, which

million different things at once. Reading

has carried over and hasn’t finished.

people and managing their expectations

“You need to work together in this

That being said, the gig isn’t without

To that end, it takes six months to

its fair share of challenges. From having

is crucial too, but perhaps most critically,

to park up to 100 cars a week – many

making them all feel like VIPs is the crux

of which require a PhD just to start the engine – to ensuring the right bags go from the right cars to the right rooms (by way of a nifty service elevator outside), it requires no shortage of eagle-eyed attention to detail. In many ways, it sounds like a classic case of organised chaos. You can just picture the scene: a steady flow of traffic eager to drop off, pick up and be on their way; fellow doormen darting hither and thither, laden with luggage; tourists requesting selfies on their smartphones; car doors that need opening; hands that require shaking; and cabbies getting increasingly irate all the while. Throw in a packed-out performance at the adjacent Savoy Theatre, and the mayhem is, on the surface at least, positively palpable. But Tony makes it all look so easy; every smile, handshake, pat on the shoulder and turn of a handle is utterly seamless and professional in its execution, as he never misses a beat or lets anything slip

“I’ve been very lucky in this job. I’ve been invited to things I never thought I’d be invited to, and dealt with, talked to and been recognised by people I never thought I’d meet. We’re in the position of seeing everyone coming in and going out, so we see and hear a lot of things”

on his watch.

of how Tony makes his living. “Attitude is very important,” he stresses. “If someone’s approachable and friendly, and has a good attitude and a nice smile, all the rest is easy to deal with. We can see sometimes when people are in the wrong job or when they get tired. You need to be organised in this job, but there’s no science to it.” Having spent a morning in his company, I’m acutely aware that Tony’s very much at the heart of The Savoy. He reminds me that, at the end of the day, his is a service-led career that will always be accompanied by a degree of humility. But time has moved fast over the last 30 years, and he still loves what he does just as much as he always did, marvelling at this most magnificent place to work. “I go home very happy if I’ve made people feel important,” he concludes. “It makes me think we’re doing something good, because when people come and spend their time here, they don’t need to talk to us, as there are so many things they can do. But they do come and talk

“Every morning, I come and polish my

to us, which makes my day, and I’m very

shoes and make sure my uniform is nice

Even today, people come in and ask to

pleased when people come and ask me

and clean,” he tells me. “Appearance

take pictures with me because of that

questions and I’m able to help them.

and looking elegant and smart is very

tradition. I didn’t build it, but we keep it

important in our business. I’m the first

going in that way.”

“We’ve got everything here. There’s a unique charisma and something special

person people see, so I have to make a

Like anything in hospitality, positivity

good impression from the beginning. I

is just as integral. Tony emphasises the

friendly and welcoming and everyone’s

like to give a nice warm welcome, treat

importance of leaving bad moods at

trying to help. The passion is different,

people with respect and make them feel

home, keeping calm and not getting

so I’m always ready to come to work

like they’re very important.”

overwhelmed. ‘Panic’ is a word he

and treat every day like it’s my first. If

refuses to tolerate, as an aura of

everyone does their job properly, it’s a

control is essential to creating the

perfect hotel.”

Indeed, much of the appeal surrounding someone of Tony’s calibre

that you don’t get in other hotels. It’s

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BY ROYAL APPOINTMENT Having celebrated its 150th anniversary last year, family jewellery firm Wartski is renowned for creating glimmering pieces fit for a queen. Managing director Geoffrey Munn talks us through the history of the Royal Family’s sparkling legacy, and the psychology behind the power of the sovereign


ine jewellers have

expert and the longest-running

with the sovereign, we sit down with him

always had a long

jewellery specialist on BBC

for an exclusive chat about all the jewels

and illustrious

One’s Antiques Roadshow,

connection to the

having joined the programme

monarchy. For Wartski, the British family firm of art and antique dealers, the relationship has proven particularly fruitful for over 150 years. During that time, it’s served six generations of the Royal Family – from

in 1989. With a particular interest in 19th-century jewellery and metalwork, he’s also a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and has written a total of five books. In 2011, Wartski was honoured to make

that glitter in the crown. Tell us about the relationship between royalty and jewellery In any age but our own – going right back to the 12th century – in order to signal the presence of the sovereign, it had to be backed up with a lot of things, like

Edward VII to the Duke of Cambridge

the ring for the wedding of Their Royal

fortresses, palaces and interior design,

– and is appointed by Her Majesty The

Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of

as well as magnificent furniture, silver,

Queen and HRH The Prince of Wales.

Cambridge, Prince William and Catherine

clothes and jewellery. This was important

Established in 1865 by Morris Wartski in

Middleton, fashioned from a piece of

because it was a status symbol in the

Bangor, North Wales, Wartski specialises in

Welsh gold given to William by Queen

widest possible sense of the word, and an

fine jewellery, gold boxes, silver and works

Elizabeth II. Six years earlier, in 2005, they

endorsement of rank.

of art by Carl Fabergé. Over the years, the

made the wedding rings for Their Royal

company's sold a number of outstanding

Highnesses Prince Charles and Camilla,

sovereign was unknown to subjects except

masterpieces, encompassing 13 of

Duchess of Cornwall.

through coinage, so there was no hope

Fabergé’s Imperial Easter Eggs, while its

As a leading authority and expert in

More complicatedly, the image of the

of recognising them when he or she

customers have included celebrated artists,

royal jewellery, Geoffrey knows a thing

appeared. It was very important that they

musicians, actors and museum curators

or two about what’s made the monarchy

should be signalled with finery, which would

around the world.

sparkle throughout history. To give us

include the finest silks, furs and jewellery, so

more of an insight into the world of the

that when he or she walked into the room,

director Geoffrey Munn (above). In addition

Royal Family’s dazzling adornments, and

there was really no mistake that this was a

to heading up the business, he’s a regular

the psychology behind our infatuation

person of power.

You’ll no doubt recognise managing

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JEWELLERY How is that reflected in today’s monarchy? The Royal Family are simply doing what they always did. We saw The Queen in blazing pink and green dresses for her 90th birthday, which picks her out immediately as the focal point of what’s essentially a very ancient procedure of seeing the sovereign. Jewellery is a jolly quick and easy way of doing this,

Jewellery has always been considered

We’ve seen The Duchess of Cornwall

and wearing a diamond brooch is part of

a very high art form, particularly in the

wearing the tiara that Queen Elizabeth The

The Queen’s arrangement to be seen.

Renaissance, because Leonardo da Vinci,

Queen Mother wore often; we may not

Cellini, Albrecht Dürer, Hans Holbein

be thinking about it or even know it, but

continuity is so desperately important, so

and Nicholas Hilliard were all trained as

somewhere deep down, we see that as an

she’s really not doing anything different

goldsmiths and jewellers.

heirloom and the continuity of royalty.

around the streets of London covered in fine

Is the history and heritage of legacy

What is it about jewellery that

silks, furs and jewellery. It’s a status symbol

a big part of it?

remains so enduring?

of the highest possible level.

Art historian Roy Strong rather naughtily

Jewels are so hard and unchanging. On

The great thing about royalty is that

from Queen Elizabeth I, who used to walk

said that if you want to have a successful

the Antiques Roadshow, people bring me

Why are people so fascinated with

enterprise of any sort at all, you need

gold chains and rings that belonged to their

how royals dress and what they wear?

one of three ingredients – death, sex

own families, which has a particular magic

Even today, this finery has enormous power,

or jewellery. Jewellery is actually a

for them and is difficult to define. They’re

and the psychology of it’s very fascinating.

combination of all three, because these

heirlooms, but they’re also evidence of the

In the past, it was immensely powerful, and

are heirlooms, and the Royal Family are

fact that jewellery remains.

when you saw the very pure expressions

wearing their heirlooms, but in a sense,

of colour, it was something almost

vicariously, our heirlooms.

supernatural, which royalty and the church used to great effect. The sight of an extraordinary precious stone is still amazing to everybody and fixes the gaze; you can’t really look at anything else when you see a really superb precious stone. Sometimes you’ll see one set into a design that’s very artistic in its own way.

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Redefining SHAKESPEARE As part of the ‘Shakespeare400’ celebrations, artist Ralph Heimans has produced a series of five portraits, all centred around authors who have rewired one of the Bard's plays in prose. We hear how his Shakespeare Revisited exhibition went from London’s Globe to the walls of our very own Savoy Suite


ince opening its doors

Bard’s death, the portraits depict authors

publisher Random House to reimagine

in 1889, The Savoy has

who have reworked the playwright’s most

them in prose.

enjoyed a long and fruitful

beloved masterpieces.

relationship with the arts. It’s a tradition that’s still

“I love Shakespeare and it sounded like

Margaret Atwood, Gillian Flynn, Jo Nesbø, Anne Tyler and Tracy Chevalier

the most fascinating project,” says Ralph.

make up the assortment of popular

going strong to this day, as ‘writers in

“From an artistic point of view, there’s a

writers. Working in close partnership,

residence’ programmes have seen some

whole tradition of art surrounding his work

Ralph explored and captured the

of the finest scribes of our time take

and artists who have been inspired by him.

themes, characters and overall feel of

up lodging in the London landmark,

I found that fascinating as a context to

each storyteller’s respective take on The

while a selection of art commissions has

explore a series of portraits of writers with

Tempest, Hamlet, Macbeth, The Taming of

captured the very essence of this iconic

a Shakespearean filter, and delve into the

the Shrew and Othello.

building in recent years.

intersection between art and literature.”

The latest artist to pass through its

“It was fascinating learning about their

For Ralph, who’s perhaps best known

work,” Ralph continues. “The aim was to

doors is Australian-born Ralph Heimans,

for his official portrait of Her Majesty The

find an idea behind each representation

whose Shakespeare Revisited series has

Queen in her Diamond Jubilee year, it

that reflected the play they’d chosen. I

been transferred from the Globe to the

was a chance to work with a selection

drew inspiration from the art and pictorial

brand new Savoy Suite. Forming part of

of celebrated novelists, each of whom

tradition surrounding Shakespeare, which in

this year’s ‘Shakespeare400’ festivities,

brought their own unique perspectives to

part comes from some of the imagery in his

which mark the 400th anniversary of the

their chosen plays, having been tasked by

plays, so it’s a very multi-layered narrative.

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FAMOUS FIVE Ralph introduces the authors who inspired Shakespeare Revisited

JO NESBØ “In this portrait, I sought to identify Jo with the figure of Macbeth, and chose to evoke a particular moment in the play immediately after the death of King Duncan. Jo's menacing expression is suggestive of the violence of the play, reflecting the subject matter of his own novels.”

“Each of the authors really got involved

GILLIAN FLYNN “In retelling Hamlet, I saw Gillian in the guise of Ophelia, owing to the nature of her novels and their focus on tragic female protagonists. I drew inspiration from the wealth of imagery surrounding the death of Ophelia, especially Millais’ famous painting and the Pre-Raphaelite legacy.”

“I adore painting light effects and using

I approach a portrait, I draw inspiration

with participating in the exchange of

chiaroscuro,” he explains. “Shakespeare’s

from context and setting, which forms a

ideas. With each of these paintings,

work was written in the age of Caravaggio,

very important part of the storytelling in

there’s a wonderful link to the play, and

who was very much an artistic equivalent;

my portraiture. There’s a lot of storytelling

often to a character in the play, which very

his work is very theatrical, so I thought it was

that can be applied to Pierre’s work as

much says something about the author.

appropriate to use light as a unifying theme

well; it’s very contextual and there’s an

It’s not only evocative of their work, but of

throughout the paintings. It gives them all a

inspiration from the past, but blended with

the play and the time. It was a wonderful

very dramatic, theatrical quality.”

the contemporary, so there’s a good parallel

blending of art history and contemporary

Open and light-filled, The Savoy Suite was

between the interior design and the art.”

authors, and the series provided so much

the perfect setting for Ralph’s work, and a

fascinating material.”

natural extension of Shakespeare’s Globe.

suite also hosts a series of regular Artist’s

Here, guests have the opportunity to make

Salons. By introducing his paintings to guests

complex spatial arrangements, underpinned

the most of their own private exhibition,

during an informal evening event, Ralph

by an innovative use of geometry, reflection

coupled with award-winning design from

leads them on a journey into the world of

and perspective, Ralph utilised his technical

Pierre Yves Rochon and ReardonSmith

Shakespeare and takes their experience of

approach to its full potential. By paying

Architects, whose interiors can be seen

The Savoy to another level – a custom he’s

homage to the 17th-century masters of

elsewhere in the hotel.

only too happy to be involved with.

Renowned for placing his subjects in

chiaroscuro [the treatment of light and

“Pierre’s very well-known for taking

In addition to the artworks themselves, the

“It’s a wonderful idea that’s continuing in

shade], he exploited exquisite effects of light

inspiration from location and history, very

the great tradition of The Savoy as a cultural

to illuminate the inner worlds of his figures.

much in the way I do,” Ralph insists. “When

hub and meeting place of artists,” he says.

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ANNE TYLER “I decided to represent Anne behind the windowpane of her study, as she quietly observes the world outside. This is a reference not only to her famously reclusive character, but also to the domestic themes of her writing, which often centre around life within a typical Baltimore family home.”

“The Savoy has this fascinating, inspiring energy that comes from an understanding of its history, so it’s wonderful to feel like that tradition is continuing and to be part of it.” Of course, it was this same tradition that inspired Claude Monet to paint his famous series of London bridges, from the same suite with the same unrivalled views of the River Thames, between 1899 and 1901. Since then, so prominent have The Savoy’s links been with the art world, that Ralph considers it an honour and a privilege to be standing on the shoulders of the giants who preceded him. “It’s very much an inspiration to be walking in the footsteps of great artists of the past,” he muses. “It’s a dream and very inspiring. That energy somehow still lingers when you go into the suite; you can imagine a visual image of Monet painting his Thames landscapes from there. It’s wonderful to feel that energy and that presence.”

TRACY CHEVALIER “Inspired by the genre paintings of the little Dutch Masters, this portrait of the author of The Girl with a Pearl Earring speaks to the process of writing itself. The subject is depicted as if contemplating her next work, while the scene from Othello depicted in the tapestry behind refers to its subject matter.”

“The aim was to find an idea behind each representation that reflected the chosen plays. I drew inspiration from the art and pictorial tradition surrounding Shakespeare, which in part comes from some of the imagery in his plays, so it’s a very multi-layered narrative”

MARGARET ATWOOD “This portrait is inspired by the imagery of The Tempest, which resonates with the post-Apocalyptic themes of Margaret’s novels. I sought to identify her with the enigmatic figure of Prospero, who’s seen as an autobiographical reference to Shakespeare himself.”

In the same vein, The Savoy Suite provides the setting for an authentic London stay, exaggerating its most captivating views across two large windows. And by maintaining the grandeur of the hotel, while adding a modern elegance for the 21st-century clientele, the space honours all artists who have been inspired by, and continue to take inspiration from, The Savoy. “It gives guests a unique experience to combine their stay with a cultural exchange with an artist, to learn more about their work, and to have that work presented to them in an intimate way,” concludes Ralph. “They can experience it in their own time, which is very much continuing that tradition of The Savoy as a place where creative things happen.”

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Tell us the background of literary salons

and distinct character. Part of that is its really

and how they got started

strong literary heritage, and all the writers

They were cultural events that reached their

who’ve stayed there, lived there, worked

peak in the 18th century, where people

there, written there, been drunk there, gotten

would share poems, stories, works of art and

divorced there and had affairs there. To be

pieces of music. They were very much social

a part of and extend that tradition so that

occasions that were mostly hosted by women

The Savoy has a stake in the future of literary

as a way to exercise a power they lacked in

London is really exciting. It’s very intimate

other parts of the world.

and I feel incredibly at home.

Why did you want to bring back

Are the salons only held in the capital?

the tradition?

They go all around the world, and it’s

We started eight years ago in Shoreditch

always interesting to see how they go down.

House. I felt bad that it had somehow

This year, we’ve done them in Sao Paolo

been lost, and wanted to revive it for the

and New York, and last year did them

21st century as something that was about

in Auckland, Sydney and San Francisco.

stories and books. It’s incredibly sociable,

Whatever language you’re speaking,

relaxed and unpretentious, and about

people enjoy good conversation.

having a conversation and an experience in the moment.

Who are some of the authors you’ve worked with?

How does The Savoy bring it to life as

It’s always a mixed line-up of established

a venue?

and emerging writers, and we get access

It has its own personality. We’ve been in

to new material before it’s been anywhere

lots of places, but this is the first time we’ve

else. For our first salon at The Savoy, we

been in a space that has a really strong

had the first UK appearance of Garth



Held in The Savoy’s Lancaster Ballroom, Damian Barr’s literary salons have sparked a revolution in live literature. Here, the author, journalist and salonnière speaks to us about hosting these welcoming, witty and intimate events, where readers enjoy a wide array of emerging and established writers

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Greenwell, and the world premieres of Susan Calman’s memoir and the new Maggie O’Farrell. It must be a real honour to have them on board… That’s part of the excitement around it, and it’s a great privilege that authors show new material and sometimes even works in progress at the salons. You see the magic happen, watch the words take hold and know something really special's happening. We’re very lucky, and for me as a writer, it’s hugely beneficial. I’m constantly thinking about ideas, stories and language, and have access to an amazing group of peers. In what ways have these kinds of talks come to redefine our literary landscape? It’s interesting how, since we started our salon, lots of others have sprung up around it. Authors are now realising that, because of the demise of a lot of high street bookshops and the hammering publishing’s taking because of that, it’s much harder than it was to build an audience and take risks. People want to meet, hear from and feel connected to authors. That’s the reality we live in now. What’s the most rewarding part of running the show? I love seeing people listen to a person they might not otherwise have listened to, or have a thought or feeling they might not otherwise have had. To have helped make that happen gives me a huge amount of satisfaction. The thing about books is that, more than any other art form, they can get into your mind and heart. The right book in the right hands at the right time really can change or save a person’s life. I’ve really seen the salon powerfully impact on people. Where would you like to take them going forward? We’re looking very much to expand The Savoy’s literary reach, and to enrich the literary lives of the guests, staff and visitors. The hotel is full of stories and it’s a huge inspiration. However we grow, we'll keep it intimate.

Damian Barr’s literary salons are available as podcasts on iTunes and British Airways. To find out more, visit DamianBarrLiterarySalon or search ‘Damian Barr Literary Salon’ on

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If you’re passionate about design, you won’t want to miss out on a visit to Somerset House in September for the inaugural London Design Biennale. Co-founder Sir John Sorrell tells us how he united nations and orchestrated a unique and innovative project through a lens of ‘Utopia by Design’

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rom September 7 to 27, Somerset House will open its doors to more than 30 countries from six continents for the first London Design Biennale. For three weeks, the world’s leading museums and design organisations will take over the entire building, curating installations that explore the theme of ‘Utopia by Design’, in celebration of the 500th anniversary of Sir Thomas More’s classic text. The man behind this original new venture is Sir John Sorrell, who co-founded the London Design Festival in 2003. Renowned as a champion of the creative industries, his far-reaching influence on the UK’s cultural landscape has seen him appointed as a British business ambassador by successive prime ministers, championing the nation’s creative sector abroad. As well as founding the Creative Industries Federation, he also chairs University of the Arts London, and acts as co-chair of The Sorrell Foundation. The latter was set up in 1999 to inspire ingenuity in young people, and improve quality of life through good design – a key aim of the biennale, and one that remains an enormous source of inspiration for all involved. “The London Design Festival’s become a fantastic celebration, but we felt that

“Creative partnerships are the best kinds you can possibly have around the world, because designers don’t recognise boundaries when they’re working together; they share a common language of design, so I’m hoping this event will be a symbol of how the world can work together. I sincerely hope people see it that way and are inspired by it”

London needed something that was a truly outward-looking, international design event, and we’re finally realising it in September,” says John. “It’s going to be a really exciting international celebration, where you can absolutely gorge yourself on design.” Coinciding with the festival – which will once again promote London as the world’s design capital, through hundreds of events around the city, from September 17 to 25 – the biennale will be held at Somerset House as part of its year-long ‘Utopia 2016’ programme. For John, the iconic venue was the perfect place to stage such a monumental design showcase. “You need the right kind of environment to do this, and Somerset House is an extraordinary historic site,” he continues. “It has a history of design and is an absolutely magnificent cultural hub, with the kinds of rooms and spaces that will really suit the types of installations that the different countries are producing. It’s a great setting and the environment will be absolutely amazing.” Including the UK, a total of 36 countries have been tasked with putting on displays that explore big questions and ideas about sustainability, migration, pollution,

ISRAEL ACT SHENKAR ACT Shenkar presents two innovative projects: a device for parachuting supplies into disaster areas, and ‘Louder’, a pair of speakers designed for deaf people, one a floor surface that transmits vibrations felt through the feet, and the other a visual speaker with textures that move in response to rhythms and beats.

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DESIGN energy, cities and social equality. In short, each design team – consisting of architects, designers, scientists, writers and artists – has been given the opportunity to come together in ‘reimagining the world’ and the shape of things to come. “The idea of the theme is to be a springboard that provides inspiration for each country’s design team, and at the heart of that, how design and innovation make the world a better, more liveable place,” explains John. “We wanted countries to create installations that provoked important questions about the world we live in, and suggest possible solutions to some of the problems. “People are taking the overall theme and breaking it down, very often in relation to things that are very important to them as a nation. I think we’ll get an interesting mixture of real blue-sky thinking, and some slightly more worrying perceptions of what the world might be like. Utopia is all about looking at the future and how to make things better, which designers are always thinking about.”

USA COOPER HEWITT, SMITHSONIAN DESIGN MUSEUM Cooper Hewitt’s immersion room will envelop you in a truly sensory and interactive experience using digital pens. Visitors will be able create their own personal Utopias in this 360-degree installation.

In light of the recent EU referendum, the timing of an event built on international relationships, communication and co-operation couldn’t be more topical. Indeed, our ever-changing political landscape may MATT FLYNN/COOPER HEWITT, SMITHSONIAN DESIGN MUSEUM

“You need the right kind of environment to do this, and Somerset House is an extraordinary historic site. It has a history of design and is an absolutely magnificent cultural hub, with the kinds of rooms and spaces that will really suit the types of installations that the different countries are producing. It’s a great setting and the environment will be absolutely amazing”

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MISCHERTRAXLER mischertraxler’s large-scale kinetic lighting installation is set in motion by the smallest changes to the air current around it. Its form is unwittingly created by the viewers’ movements to produce a state of constant flux that’s both graceful and chaotic.

well be an especially poignant context, but John has high hopes that the biennale will highlight the importance of what it means to build, grow and be part of one world together. “A lot of people in this country are still in shock at what happened,” he reflects. “I’m hoping our event will be an antidote to some of the negative things we’re seeing in the media, and possibly a moment where people start to feel like we’re actually one world, so we all need to be finding ways of creating partnerships. “Creative partnerships are the best kinds you can possibly have around the world, because designers don’t recognise boundaries when they’re working together; they share a common language of design, so I’m hoping this event will be a symbol of how the world can work together. I sincerely hope people see it that way and are inspired by it.” To emphasise the point, countries like China, Greece, Sweden, Croatia and Pakistan are producing work that looks at different concepts and ideas of breaking down social barriers, while emphasising

SOUTH AFRICA PORKY HEFER Porky Hefer will be exhibiting his signature hanging constructions, which are both working seats and fantastical creatures. Hefer’s playful nests are symptomatic of a new era in South African design that’s built around themes of equality and unity.

issues that are of particular importance to them individually. Be it environmental concerns surrounding population or the environment, all 36 nations jumped at the chance to share their world perspectives. “We’ve got so many exciting conversations going on with countries that really want to be part of this,” insists John. “They want to make a statement about how they see the future through design, so it’s a level playing field for these conversations. It’s a big operation that’s never been done before, and there’s never been an event like it in this country.” With plans already underway for future biennales in 2018, 2020 and beyond, John’s confident that this year's will forge its own legacy going forward, becoming ‘a worldwide event that’s open for the world to see’. And with

social media generating seemingly endless possibilities for getting the word out, it certainly looks like the sky’s the limit, as John concludes. “In a way, we’re still looking for our identity in the world, which applies to just about everybody,” he says. “The world’s still searching for a better future, and I hope this exhibition will, in its own small way, really make people think about how the decisions we make now affect the future so importantly.” London Design Biennale 2016 runs from Wednesday September 7 to Tuesday September 27 at Somerset House. For opening times or to book tickets, priced from £5, visit or call +44 (0)844 844 0444. Children six and under go free.

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The Beauty of

BURLINGTON As the ‘curators of London style since 1819’, Burlington Arcade is internationally recognised for housing some of the most exclusive luxury stores on Earth. Co-owner Markus Meijer reminisces about almost two centuries of quintessentially British retail therapy at the 19th-century fashion favourite


ehind Bond Street, from

Enter European real estate investment

design, as well as a floor commission

Piccadilly through to

and fund management firm Meyer

of British stone by leading architect

Burlington Gardens,

Bergman, which took the reins in

Jamie Fobert. In addition, Regency-style

runs Burlington Arcade,

October 2010 in a highly successful

Savile Row uniforms were introduced

England’s longest and oldest shopping

attempt to breathe new life into the

for the runway’s private police force,

gallery, and the epitome of luxury

premises. Today, its 48 traders welcome

the Beadles, which has upheld ‘The

London retail for nearly 200 years.

3.3million people a year to a gross

Arcade Rules’ since its inception.

A precursor of modern precincts, the

leasable area of 37,020 sq ft, making

Mayfair space was launched in 1819

up a significant footfall of eager

brands have opened up, from Chanel

by Lord Cavendish on part of his

patrons from all around the globe.

group labels like Maison Michel, Barrie

ancestral home, Burlington House, now the Royal Academy of Arts. Comprising a parade of 72 shops,

“We were keen to reinstate the arcade

Elsewhere, high-end international

and Bell & Ross, to Manolo Blahnik, La

as a London retail landmark with a

Perla, Roja Dove and Frédéric Malle.

renewed sense of polish and glamour,”

This cluster of stores, many of which are

the colonnade was designed ‘for the

says Markus Meijer, CEO of Meyer

the first in the UK and can only be found

sale of jewellery and fancy articles

Bergman and co-owner of Burlington

at Burlington, has certainly diversified its

of fashionable demand, for the

Arcade. “It was important to evolve

offering, without compromising on the

gratification of the public’ at a time

the retail offer, which wouldn’t only

area’s prestigious legacy.

when the capital was booming,

enhance many of the longstanding

becoming a famed destination in British

tenants, but would also attract an

underestimate the attraction of

society and royal circles. With the

international clientele.”

London’s heritage to the national

development of other locations in recent

The extensive makeover included a

“First and foremost, you cannot

and international consumer,” Markus

years, however, it was clear the iconic

major £10million renovation, which

continues. “Burlington Arcade offers

institute was in need of a shakeup.

brought the walkway back to its original

a unique British experience that

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cannot be matched anywhere in the

20th-century sartorial fashions, while

handpicked by Burlington Arcade from

world. As soon as you step into the

equally reflecting the diversity of

the Condé Nast archives to create

arcade, you feel a sense of history and

present tenants’ contemporary styles.

an inspiring exhibition, transforming

tradition, whether that’s being greeted by one of the Beadles, or by the intimate

“The Vogue 100 art installation is a

the arcade into a walkway through

stunning display of 20 10-foot-high

Vogue’s history. It brought together

and bespoke service you receive from

prints of the original illustrated Vogue

two iconic British institutions and was a

the stores.”

covers from 1918 to 1950,” explains

fitting tribute to Vogue's centenary, as

Markus. “Each of the 20 covers were

Burlington Arcade approaches its 200th

These outlets boast a wealth of designer names, encompassing the world’s largest collection of vintage

anniversary as a Mayfair landmark.” Highlights of the display covered

Rolex and Omega watches, alongside

works of early 1920s illustrators such

jewellers such as Hancocks, which

as George Wolfe Plank and Eduardo

sells one-of-a-kind finds with historic

Benito, which hung gracefully next to

provenance. Fresh ventures like True

boutiques like Manolo Blahnik, Maison

Grace, meanwhile, purvey unique

Michel and Frédéric Malle. Later

products, having created a bespoke

efforts by Porter Woodruff and Miguel

fragrance and candle specifically for

Covarrubias were placed among

Burlington Arcade.

longstanding institutions, counting

Earlier this year, a spectacular installation in partnership with Vogue

Hancocks, N Peal and Crocket & Jones. More in-depth events and added

celebrated the publication of the

extras can also be enjoyed to

magazine’s centenary edition. Vogue

complement customers’ overall visits.

100 spanned the length of the building,

Be it a fascinating and insightful tour

resulting in one of the most glamorous

with the Beadles, a complimentary

art exhibitions of the season, which

shoeshine, or a one-of-a-kind VIP

weaved a historical narrative of

lounge treatment, there are plenty of

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BURLINGTON ARCADE opportunities to take advantage of in order

“As the present custodians, we’re firstly

to further enhance Burlington’s hospitality,

very proud to have achieved our aim

as Markus elaborates.

of restoring the arcade and reinstating

“Burlington Arcade Bespoke Experiences

its original Regency design with recent

offer guests exclusive access, whereby they

restorations, and celebrating its heritage by

can gain a unique insider perspective into

reintroducing traditions such as the opening

luxury and craftsmanship, and meet some

of the gates ceremony,” he concludes.

of the most talented and historic artisans behind iconic heritage brands,” he says. Like The Savoy, Burlington has endured as

“We believe that taking this approach, along with ensuring there’s the right mix of the very traditional and more

a beacon of opulence, upheld by the twin

contemporary ‘Best of British’ retailers,

pillars of innovation and tradition. Through

complemented by high-end international

balancing the two, it will undoubtedly

brands providing a range of luxury

benefit from the best of both worlds under

goods in a fantastic traditional setting, is

its current leadership for many years to

fundamental to the continued success of

come. In the meantime, Markus remains

Burlington Arcade.”

honoured and privileged to be able to steer the ship in exciting new directions for its voyage ahead.

“Burlington Arcade offers a unique British experience that cannot be matched anywhere in the world. As soon as you step into the arcade, you feel a sense of history and tradition”

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As the leading racehorse ownership company in Europe, Highclere Thoroughbred Racing offers clients the chance to share in world-class bloodstock and experience the sport at the highest level. Chairman Harry Herbert discusses the glamour and excitement of making equine dreams come true

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rom Glorious Goodwood to Royal Ascot,

managed to capitalise on the notion of buying into equine

prestigious racing events attract the finest

culture in a unique and innovative way.

racehorses in the world each year, blending

You may well be familiar with the name, since the business

glamorous fashion with a rich history and tradition

took its title from Highclere Castle in Berkshire. In addition to

for a day out like no other. For spectators who

being the filming location of Downton Abbey and chairman

want to get even closer to the action, Highclere Thoroughbred

Harry Herbert’s ancestral home, the estate also houses Highclere

Racing makes competing in the uppermost echelons of the sport

Stud, one of the most successful stud farms in the country, ideally

a dream come true for its patrons.

located in 300 acres of undulating grassland on the edge of the

As Europe’s leading racehorse ownership company, Highclere offers shares in a range of syndicates, enabling small groups of

Hampshire Downs. “I grew up with racing because my father was very involved,”

people in the UK and around the world to invest in a number

says Harry. “He managed The Queen’s horses for many years

of top-quality racehorses. Noticing a gap in the market, it’s

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racing interests. It was bred into me and, despite trying to rebel against it for most of my teenage years, it was a bit like a dormant gene that woke up, and I realised it was something I wanted to do.” Indeed, horses and racing are in Harry’s blood. Since starting Highclere in 1992, he’s become a racing consultant for Cartier, a member of The Jockey Club, a director of Newbury Racecourse and racing advisor to His Excellency Sheikh Joaan Al Thani. Prior to this, he worked for equine computer company Bloodstock Research, and bloodstock sales, finance and promotion group, Matchmaker. Today, Highclere is the European leader in the field of syndication and multiple ownership. As well as managing the Royal Ascot Racing Club, it's produced seven

“ When people come into a Highclere syndicate, they’re giving themselves the best possible chance of competing at that rarefied level of going to Royal Ascot and standing on the hallowed turf of the parade ring”

European champions, won over £6.5million in prize money for its owners and been placed in 35 Group 1 races. Its track record evidently speaks for itself, providing more affordable access into the sport of kings. “No one had really gripped this part of multiple ownership, which seemed so obvious to me, because racing’s so expensive to get into, and it’s very expensive to buy your own horse and have it trained,” Harry continues. “The aim was to produce a syndicate company that could offer people a much more cost-effective entry into the sport, while not losing any of the fun, buzz and personal ownership feel.” Along with director, brother-in-law and Highclere Stud manager John Warren – who, as one of the most talented

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horsemen in the thoroughbred industry, is also bloodstock advisor to The Queen – Harry buys yearlings at the major auction sales in Europe. They’re then put through their paces at the Yearling Parade, held annually at Highclere Stud, where owners can see their horse in action.

“The aim was to offer people a much more cost-effective entry into the sport”

“The horses we end up with are

are doing,” Harry insists. “They have many opportunities throughout the year to go and see their horses, and get to know the trainers very well. The communication flow is absolutely critical to making this work.” Over the years, Highclere has attracted its fair share of star-studded clientele

incredibly good-looking and very

too, as celebrity owners such as Heston

athletic,” explains Harry. “John doesn’t

progress is of the utmost importance.

Blumenthal, Hugh Bonneville, Lawrence

buy a horse that doesn’t move beautifully,

Owners are treated as if they own the

Dallaglio, Jodie Kidd, Denise Lewis and

or have a wonderful head, outlook and

horses outright, with Highclere acting as

Sir Alex Ferguson have all developed a

confirmation. He’s always searching for

a personal racing manager, arranging

taste for the sport. But rather than the

that supreme athlete; the unique horse

behind-the-scenes looks at the training

glitz and glamour, it’s the race days

that stands out from the crowd. When

process and regular visits to talk to

themselves that remain the culmination of

they appear, it’s as though all the pieces

trainers directly.

all the excitement, as Harry points out.

of the puzzle have come together.” For Harry and John, keeping clients apprised of their bloodstock’s

“We keep our owners completely

“When people come into a Highclere

up-to-date and informed, wherever they

syndicate, they’re giving themselves the

live in the world, on how their horses

best possible chance of competing at

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that rarefied level of going to Royal Ascot

between 10 and 20 people share the prize

he concludes. “Leaders of countries,

and standing on the hallowed turf of the

money and sale proceeds, but mostly this

monarchs and all sorts of people from

parade ring,” he says. “It’s a very exciting

is all about having all the fun for as little

around the world love it. It’s a massive

sport, and having a winner anywhere

outlay as possible. For the sum of money

sport and a unique industry, because

gives people the biggest buzz imaginable,

people put in, the fun they get out and how

people can get in from every walk of life

but having a winner or a runner at Royal

expensive this sport is, we give people the

and have a chance.

Ascot is the absolute elite.”

most cost-effective opportunity.”

He’s quick to point out, however, that the

To celebrate the Olympics in Rio, this

“We’ve been able to give people that opportunity, and there’s no bigger thrill

passion, fun and enjoyment will always

year’s syndicates have been named in

than seeing a first winner for one of

take centre stage over any lucrative

honour of notable Olympians, including

our owners; it brings an emotion that’s

investment opportunities or financial gain.

Sir Steve Redgrave, Dame Kelly Holmes,

quite extraordinary. We’ve got lovely

While some of Highclere’s champions

Jessica Ennis-Hill and Denise Lewis. As

owners and it’s a great way to use a

are sold for millions and some syndicates

for Highclere itself, Harry’s confident that,

thrilling sport to meet people. We get a

have certainly made substantial profits,

given the sport’s intoxicating appeal, the

wonderful cross-section, which is part

as far as Harry’s concerned, it’s all about

future’s bright for enthusiasts at every level.

of the job satisfaction we all get here

making the most of the experience. “It’s totally for the enjoyment and not an investment,” he explains. “Anywhere

“Owning a thoroughbred racehorse –

at Highclere.”

the most beautiful animal on Earth – is very glamorous, exciting and intoxicating,”

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CATCH TO KASPAR’S Located in Billingsgate Fish Market in East London, Chamberlain & Thelwell has been supplying The Savoy with high-quality fish for two and a half decades. We speak to co-owner and director Ray Steadman about his relationship with the hotel and making the journey from sea to service 

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rom Simpson’s-in-the-Strand to Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill, The Savoy is synonymous with world-class ‘fruits of the sea’. At the hotel’s award-winning restaurants, diners can choose from arrays of fresh and smoked fish, oysters and

caviar, enjoyed against the dazzling Art Deco backdrops of some of London’s most iconic and distinctive eateries. For Chamberlain & Thelwell, the fish-fingered suppliers based in East London’s Billingsgate Fish Market, providing one of the world’s most celebrated institutions with the finest-quality seafood has been a privilege for more than a quarter of a century. As co-owner and director Ray Steadman explains, it’s a fruitful business partnership that continues to this day. “We’ve worked with The Savoy for over 25 years, supplying the fish and shellfish for banqueting and the fine dining restaurants, from the old-time classics, to the modern and contemporary,” he says. “Chamberlain & Thelwell is the longest-trading fish wholesaler in Billingsgate Market. The family-run business is in its fourth generation, having dealt with some of our suppliers for over 75 years.” With an average of 25,000 tonnes of seafood products sold through its merchants each year, Billingsgate is very much at the heart of the Chamberlain’s story. The market covers an area of 13 acres and is the largest of its inland kind in the UK, with a trading hall of 98 stands and 30 shops. It’s from here that Chamberlain’s sells its wares, which are always as fresh, local and sustainable as possible. “Billingsgate is Europe’s largest inland fish market, selling 50 tonnes of fish and shellfish each day,” continues Ray. “Chamberlain’s sources fish from the British fishing industry, which supports our sustainability policy of locally-caught fish from some of the best fishing grounds in the world.” Working closely with The Savoy’s chefs, Ray and his team ensure that only the best produce makes its way onto guests’ plates. Whether it’s delicious slivers of smoked salmon, cured sea bass and fresh rock oysters, or Dover sole, lobster and sea bream, all dishes are overseen by executive chef Holger Jackisch, who strives for perfection with each and every plate served.

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“Kaspar’s lends itself to creating the perfect menu by using produce from the UK with the freshest seafood Mother Nature has to offer,” Ray explains. “I update the chefs on a weekly basis with what seasonal fish to use. We try to work with the seasons to create a distinctive flavour on the menu, giving that summer sensation to a cold winter fish.” Indeed, some of the favourites from the menus speak for themselves. Bestsellers include Kaspar’s pan-roasted diver scallops, which are dived for in North West Scotland, arrive live in the shell and are cooked the same day, resulting in simple and sophisticated flavours that never fail to impress the restaurant’s discerning clientele. “Some the bestselling fish are Scottish lobster, Dover sole, monkfish and hand-dived scallops,” says Ray. “The lobsters are alive in our tanks, and we have around 500 kilos in storage from out of the water, delivered to The Savoy in 30 minutes. All these products are as local as possible, with the furthest from Scotland and the nearest from Devon.” Before making its way to Billingsgate, the UK’s largest selection of fish is first sourced daily from across the shore, guaranteeing a continuity of fresh supplies. From there, it’s off to auction, where Ray bids on catches of the day, ready for delivery to The Savoy’s restaurants. A fast turnaround means time is of the essence if he's to get from fish to fork in time for service. “We purchase every day from fish auctions around the coast, which start at 6am,” he elaborates. “We bid over the phone via our buyers who are live at the auction, giving us the freshest possible fish, which arrives in London in less than 24 hours. That fish can be on the table at The Savoy the very next day.” It’s a seamless operation that certainly runs like clockwork – and for good reason, as the story and reputation of Chamberlain’s remains intrinsically linked with that of Kaspar’s and The Savoy. As the two brands continue to work together to further enhance visitors’ culinary experiences at the hotel, it’s safe to say that it will be fishy business as usual for many more years to come. “As a company, Chamberlain’s works in partnership with its clients to ensure a long-term relationship,” concludes Ray. “We have an understanding of The Savoy and its standards, which over the years has proven to be one of the world’s best and most iconic hotels.” For more information on Chamberlain & Thelwell and Billingsgate Fish Market, visit or head to to book a table in The Savoy’s Seafood Bar and Grill. Read on to find out how to create The Savoy’s bestselling scallop dish at home…

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PAN-FRIED SCOTTISH SCALLOPS ON CRUSHED MINTED PEAS, BACON AND HERB SALAD { Serves 4 } SCALLOPS  1tbsp olive oil  8 fresh, large scallops in shells  10g butter  Salt and pepper  ½ lemon, juiced  Heat a non-stick pan over a medium flame  When the pan is hot, pour in the olive oil, add the scallops and cook until golden on one side  After approximately 1½ to two minutes, turn over, add a knob of butter, season with the salt and pepper and squeeze in the lemon juice  Transfer to a warm plate CRUSHED MINTED GREEN PEAS  1 knob unsalted butter  1 small shallot, peeled and finely chopped  Dash of white wine  50ml double cream  2 litres water  200g green garden peas  1tbsp mint, roughly chopped  Salt and pepper  Heat up a heavy-duty sauté pan, then add the butter and chopped shallot

 Sweat until translucent  Deglaze with the white wine and reduce until the liquid is evaporated  Add the double cream and reduce by half. Set aside  Bring the water to the boil and cook the green peas for 23 minutes, or until soft  Drain in a colander for a few minutes  Mix the peas into the cream and blitz with a hand blender  Add the chopped mint and adjust the seasoning BACON DUST  4 rashers fatty back bacon  1tbsp maltodextrin  Render the bacon and keep the fat. Dry the bacon in an oven at 80ºC until crisp  Transfer to a food processor and blitz until you have a rough consistency  Mix the bacon fat with the maltodextrin powder until you have a powder consistency  Mix both products together and set aside

of baking paper, place onto a baking tray and place another baking tray on top to make sure you have a flat crisp  Bake in the oven at 160ºC for about 10 to 15 minutes  Remove from the tray onto kitchen paper to remove the excess fat HERB SALAD  Soft herbs and cress (dill, flat parsley,

coriander cress, afilla cress, red-veined sorrel)  1tsp

freshly squeezed lemon juice

 2tsp

olive oil

 Salt

and pepper

 Pick all the herbs and place in ice-cold water for 15 minutes  Remove and shake off the excess water  Put the lemon juice, olive oil and seasoning in a bottle and shake until combined  Dress the salad with a dash of the lemon dressing. Arrange all ingredients as shown in the picture

BACON CRISPS  4 rounds pancetta, thinly sliced


 Place the pancetta between two layers

 Parsley oil and aged balsamic

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TURN OF THE CENTURY With its bold exterior and elegantly crafted interior, Aston Martin’s DB11 is the latest in an illustrious bloodline. We learn how the model’s iconic looks, craftsmanship and cutting-edge infotainment technology provide the ultimate driving experience in comfort and convenience


new chapter in Aston Martin’s history began at the 86th

tirelessly to ensure it combines exceptional design with the latest

International Geneva Motor Show with the unveiling of the

technology throughout.

DB11. The first product launched under the company’s

“A brand new bonded aluminium platform, clever aerodynamics,

‘Second Century’ plan, the DB11 is the bold new figurehead of the

a new characterful twin-turbo V12 and class-leading infotainment

illustrious ‘DB’ bloodline, and an authentic, dynamic sporting GT in

systems are just a few aspects that make this the sports car that will

the finest Aston Martin tradition.

proudly spearhead Aston Martin’s Second Century plan.”

The DB11 showcases a fresh and distinctive design language,

Heralding a new design era for the brand, the DB11 is the latest

pioneering aerodynamics and powered by a potent new in-house

landmark in a remarkable aesthetic journey; one that gave us icons

designed, 5.2-litre, twin-turbocharged V12 engine. Built upon a new

such as the DB2/4, DB5 and, most recently, the DB10, developed

lighter, stronger and more space-efficient bonded aluminium structure,

specifically for James Bond. DB11 reimagines the relationship

this is the most powerful, efficient and dynamically gifted DB model in

between form and function with a series of fresh design signatures.

Aston Martin’s history. As such, it’s the most significant new Aston Martin since the introduction of the DB9 in 2003. “We aspire to make the most beautiful cars in the world,” says

Foremost among these are the front-hinging clamshell bonnet, distinctive LED headlights and accentuated lines of the iconic Aston Martin grille. The profile is equally dramatic, thanks to

Andy Palmer, CEO of Aston Martin. “The DB11 is the absolute

the roof strakes that flow uninterrupted from A-pillar to C-pillar.

embodiment of what an Aston Martin should be, and we’ve worked

The clean lines continue at the rear, with a sloping decklid that

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smoothly blends into boldly sculpted tail-lights to create a new and unmistakable graphic. Innovative aerodynamics play their part in this aesthetic revolution,

As a true 21st-century Aston Martin, the DB11 combines the very latest technology – developed in conjunction with technical partner, Daimler AG – with the finest quality and hand craftsmanship. Using

with clever management of airflow, both over and through the

a full-colour 12” TFT LCD display, the all-new instrument cluster

bodywork, aiding stability, while preserving the DB11’s uncluttered

presents primary vehicle information with absolute clarity, while a

surfaces. Front-end lift is reduced by the gill-like Curlicue, which

second, centrally-mounted 8” TFT screen is dedicated to infotainment.

releases high-pressure air from inside the wheel arch via a concealed vent within the redesigned side-strake. Meanwhile, rear-end lift is reduced by the Aston Martin

Controlled via an intuitive rotary control, with an optional touchpad offering character recognition, multi-touch and gesture support, the new satellite navigation and audio system have never been

AeroBladeTM; a virtual spoiler fed by discreet air intakes, located at

more effective, sounded better or been easier to operate. A newly

the base of each C-pillar. Air is ducted through the bodywork, before

implemented auto-park assist feature and 360-degree birds-eye view

venting as a jet of air from the aperture in the rear decklid.

camera helps provide safe manoeuvring at slow speeds, and is also

Like every Aston Martin, the heart of the DB11 is found beneath the bonnet, though unlike any Aston Martin before, it's a 5.2-litre,

operated via the car’s infotainment system. With wider door apertures, significantly increased occupant space –

twin-turbocharged V12. Designed in-house, this new engine develops

especially head and legroom in the rear – fully integrated rear ISOFIX

608PS1 (600BHP1) and 700Nm1 of torque, making DB11 the most

mounting points for a pair of child seats, plus a luggage compartment

powerful production DB model ever.

large enough to accommodate two large holdalls and carry-on

Naturally, it’s the most dynamic and accelerative too, with a top speed of 200mph and a 0-62mph time of just 3.9 seconds. Thanks

baggage, the DB11 is a genuine Grand Tourer. Thanks to an inspiring palette of colours and a vast array of

to intelligent bank activation and stop-start technology, that potency is

detailing options, its interior can be perfectly in tune with your unique

matched by greatly improved efficiency.

personal style. From calming, carefully co-ordinated tones, to sharp

To exploit the advantages of its new body structure and harness the

contrasts in hue and texture, your choices are virtually limitless. Nexus

immense performance of the new twin-turbo V12 engine, the DB11’s

quilting and Celestial perforation add layers of beautiful complexity

chassis, suspension, steering and electronics have been reimagined

and intrigue, while ornate leatherwork, such as intricate brogue

and key new technologies embraced.

detailing, creates areas of visual and tactile delight.

Multiple driver-selectable dynamic modes – GT, Sport and

“This is not only the most important car that Aston Martin has

Sport Plus – progressively intensify the response of the engine’s

launched in recent history, but also in its 103-year existence,”

eight-speed automatic ZF transmission, together with the new

continues Andy. “The DB11 rightfully places Aston Martin once again

electric power steering and torque vectoring, by braking while

as a leading brand in the luxury automotive market.”

increasing the firmness of the adaptive damping for a greater sense of agility. The result is a driving experience that combines exemplary

Recommended retail price from £154,900 in the UK, € 204,900 in

ride comfort and true sports car agility for an extraordinary breadth

Germany and $211,995 in the USA. First deliveries of the DB11 are

of dynamic capability.

scheduled to begin during the fourth quarter of 2016.

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TO A LARGE EXTENT, GOLF’S AN ASPIRATIONAL SPORT… As the winning captain of Europe in the 2014 Ryder Cup and an ambassador for Investec, Paul McGinley has enjoyed a career few professional golfers can boast. In an exclusive interview, the 49-year-old reflects on his first winning putt, how the sport has changed and the importance of appealing to the next generation

Tell us your earliest memories of

cancelled for 12 months. We came back

golf and what made you fall in love

a year later, but my form wasn’t as good

with the sport

and had dropped compared to what it

My dad was the biggest influence. He was

was the year before. I remember going

a good player and I used to love caddying

in with not a lot of confidence, but I was

for him in the amateur events in Ireland. I

very fortunate to have Sam Torrance as a

was a decent golfer as a boy, but I played

captain, who did a wonderful job in terms

football and didn’t have much of an

of managing me during that week. He

interest in golf until I was 19, when I broke

really looked after me, made me part of

my knee playing football and couldn’t

the team and got the best out of me.

play anymore. Only then did I start to play golf for 12 months of the year.

What are your predictions for the 2016 Ryder Cup in the USA

You achieved your place in golfing

in September?

folklore by holing the winning putt

Ryder Cups aren’t easily won, and this

in your Ryder Cup debut in 2002 –

year will be no different. We’re playing

was that a game changer for you?

away from home, which is always more

It was a great thrill and my first Ryder

difficult, and the American team’s going

Cup. I’d made the team in 2001, but then

to be very strong. On the plus side, we’re

9/11 happened, so the Ryder Cup was

going to be just as good and have got

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They’re the things I come away from my

Any advice you can offer for

career with; the memories and bonding I

aspiring players?

formed with so many players I’ve played

It’s about soaking up experience, staying on

with over the years in a team event.

the right path and not trying to be too good; just get better at who you are rather than trying

In what ways has the game

to be something you’re not. You don’t have

developed during that time?

to be the longest hitter to be the best player

It’s changed on a number of levels. The

in the world, and if you are the longest hitter,

prize money has changed significantly,

that’s a big advantage, but you’ve got to work

as well as the interest, focus and media

on your short game and have good strategy

attention around golf. The playing

and tactics. Everyone’s got strengths and

standard has really improved; how quickly

weaknesses, but the most important thing is to

amateurs hit the ground running when

be yourself and get better and better at who

they turn professional, and how well they

you are and how you play the game.

acclimatise to the professional game, shows they’re preparing really well. The

Why do you think golf’s so appealing

English and Irish Golf Unions are doing

to so many people as a sport?

tremendous jobs in preparing these guys,

First of all, it’s a very difficult sport, and

that great combination of experience

and there are so many players who can

as much as you think you’re getting good

and youth coming through. We’re going

play to a really high standard.

at it, it can bring you down to Earth very

to have a really top team, so there’s no

quickly. The people you meet playing the

reason why we can’t put up a terrific

Is it important to get more young

game are wide and varied, and it can

performance and hopefully sneak another

players into golf?

open so many doors in other parts of your

Ryder Cup win. We’ve had a great run

There are a lot of initiatives going on at

life. It’s a very humbling game that you

of success, winning eight of the last 10,

the moment from the different golfing

can play in some of the best and most

so it would be great to keep it going on

unions around the world to try and

beautiful places in the world. To a large

American soil.

get more people into the game. That’s

extent, it’s an aspirational sport.

why getting golf into the Olympics was Do you have many personal

important, because we’re going to be

highlights from your career so far?

seen now as part of the biggest sporting

The 41st Ryder Cup Matches will be

Looking back on the successes I’ve had,

event in the world. Hopefully it will bring

held at Hazeltine National Golf Club in

what I’m most proud of are the memories

more people to the game and, as a

Chaska, Minnesota, USA from Tuesday

and camaraderie I shared and enjoyed

result of being an Olympic sport, there

September 27 to Sunday October 2.

with all my teammates over the years,

will be more investment in golf. The

Paul McGinley is an ambassador for

particularly when it comes to the Ryder

world’s changing, so it’s important that

Investec, the specialist bank and asset

Cup. There’s a special bond you share

golf changes along with it, and that we

manager. To find out more visit

with anyone you play a Ryder Cup with,

come up with new initiatives to bring or

as it’s a very emotional experience.

people in.

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ESCAPE to the

COUNTRY There’s nothing like waking up to the captivating vistas of the English countryside in your very own rural estate. To make the most of that pastoral lifestyle, here’s a selection of pretty properties in Kent and Sussex, where you’ll be able to sit back in the lap of leafy luxury whenever you please

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f you’re looking to take a break from the hustle and

So, whether you’ve got your eye on a cosy cottage,

bustle of London from time to time, a rustic retreat in

want to snap up a retro farmhouse or could see yourself

Kent or Sussex could be just the thing. Both counties are

residing in a Grade II-listed manor, there’s no shortage

littered with serene rolling terrain, picturesque villages

of properties that are bound to take your fancy. Indeed,

and beautiful homes, offering the perfect chance to relax and

you couldn’t ask for a more soothing spot to call your own,

unwind in your own secluded hideaway.

all placed against the striking backdrop of the Garden

Chocolate-box places like Mayfield, Sutton Valence and Wadhurst are certainly enviable destinations in which to settle

of England and the Weald. For an idea of some of the spectacular finds currently

down, often boasting handy transport links to the capital,

on the market, we’ve rounded up five breath-taking locations

not to mention top-end schooling possibilities. With access

to live in, where you can soak up the peaceful tranquillity and

to plenty of amenities and outstanding natural splendour to

luscious greenery this part of the world’s so famous for.

savour right on your doorstep, you’ll get to experience the

Read on to discover what’s available, and how you can

best of both worlds.

bring that homeownership dream to life…

SOCKNERSH MANOR Fontridge Lane, Etchingham, East Sussex TN19 Guide price: £4.75million Built in the early 16th century, Socknersh is a beautifully adorned, Grade II-listed manor that couldn’t enjoy a more peaceful situation. This handsome hall issues expansive, flexible habitation, occupying a raised position in an idyllic valley overlooking its own lake. The main homestead comprises six reception rooms, six bedrooms and six bathrooms (five en-suite), all with unusually high ceilings. The residence has been carefully managed and maintained in recent years, standing in gorgeous gardens and grounds.

Furthermore, Quarry Cottage is an excellent four-bedroom extension; entered from the lane prior to approaching Socknersh Manor, it’s been wonderfully renovated and sits in remote gardens of around .7 acres. Another attribute of this impressive place is the well-groomed gardens and parkland/woodland in the distance. Set within a valley is the large lake, fed by a natural stream and complete with oak-framed boathouse and oak jetty, ideal for use in the summer, when the current owner relishes an array of water sports on the exclusive lake.

For viewings, contact James Crawford at Knight Frank on +44 (0)20 7629 8171, or Rupert Connell on +44 (0)1892 888 672.

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STALLANCE FARM Rectory Lane, Sutton Valence, Kent ME17 3BT Guide price: ÂŁ1.95million Stallance Farm is a remarkable Grade II-listed period farmhouse, significantly and sympathetically extended in 2010 to bring striking character accommodation. Many facets indicative of its era include exposed timbers, old and modern oak floors, wood burning stoves, widespread use of oak joinery and stunning sights throughout the Weald. A particular trait within the two-storey attachment is the drawing room, master bedroom and well-appointed en-suite bathroom, all facing southerly aspects. Ideally suited for two-family occupation, Stallance Barn provides two reception rooms, two first-floor

bedrooms, housing with an isolated courtyard garden and garaging, laid across the former farmyard. Stallance Views features three bedrooms with bath and shower provisions. The sizeable decked area benefits from extensive austral scenes spanning neighbouring orchards, lake and landscape beyond. Outside, the grounds extend to approximately 2.01 acres, covering part-terraced, lawned gardens to Stallance Farmhouse with a traditional lily pond. In addition, two grassed paddocks are situated to the north and south of the farmhouse, enclosed by hedging and a brick and ragstone feature wall.

For viewings, contact Lambert & Foster on +44 (0)1580 712 888 or

ABBEY LEA Bardown Road, Stonegate, Wadhurst, East Sussex TN5 7EL Guide price: ÂŁ4.5million Positioned in grounds of six acres, this exceptional Queen Anne-style country lodging boasts fantastic leisure facilities. The elegant, traditionally-built contemporary home was designed by renowned local architect, Stephen Langer, and is based at an elevated peak, with far-reaching outlooks and a viewpoint that faces south. Built to a high specification with considerable attention to detail, the property sports high ceilings and large picture windows, which maximise the natural light, while quality fixtures and fittings have been carefully selected, in keeping with the historical style.

On entering, the superb reception hall immediately makes a statement, with its polished marble floor and a prospect through to further scenery. An oak balustrade staircase spirals to the upper floors above, with galleried landings and a high atrium ceiling. Six terrific double bedrooms (three with dressing rooms) and five bath/shower rooms are arranged on the first and second floors around the central light-filled galleried landings. A magnificent master suite spans the two levels, with the principal bedroom enjoying a panoramic perspective from the first floor.

For viewings, contact Amanda Wyatt at Savills on +44 (0)1892 507 000.

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PROPERTY BROOK COTTAGE Dairy Lane, Crockham Hill, Kent TN8 6RA Price: £1.25million Brook Cottage is a wonderful detached cottage dating back to 1643, with later add-ons. A rarity for the market, the house exudes charm and offers a tranquil setting among personal gardens and paddock, with panoramas out to the surrounding environment. The redbrick and tile-hung abode supplies characterful, spacious quarters over two floors, extending to more than 2,000 sq ft. The site retains many historic characteristics, like attractive beams, two inglenook fireplaces, deep-set windows and solid oak doors. Good entertaining space is available on the ground

floor, such as a generous sitting room with a working inglenook fireplace, a dining room that leads to a bright conservatory with great views of the gardens, and a roomy kitchen with an Aga and adjoining breakfast room and pantry. Additionally, there’s a downstairs cloakroom/utility area with a butler’s sink and storage, plus a boot room. The garden can be accessed via the breakfast room’s French doors, and on the upper floor are four bedrooms, counting a master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, on top of a family bathroom with an airing cupboard.

For viewings, contact Hamptons International on +44 (0)1732 280 801 or

FAIR OAK FARM Witherenden Road, Mayfield, East Sussex, TN20 6RS OIRO: £3million Here’s a rare profit and lifestyle opportunity in the heart of the East Sussex countryside. Fair Oak Farm incorporates a Grade II-listed farmhouse, detached oast conversion and thriving holiday let business, located in some stunningly adapted farm buildings and eco-lodge treehouses. The farmhouse has three reception rooms, five bedrooms and three bathrooms (two en-suites), as well as the one-bedroom oast house, detached office and workshop, converted barns and farm buildings. The two treehouses are currently used for getaway lettings and can sleep up to 18 guests.

There’s also a timber building with decked veranda, separate workshop, stable and field shelter, to say nothing of a barn, cow shed, stable cottage, laundry and grain store. Approximately 12 acres of land, including three acres of well-kept gardens, encompass an orchard with apple, plum and pear trees. Retaining the farmhouse and oast house for private living, the existing vacation letting can earn approximately £160,000 per annum. If the whole estate operated as a full commercial entity, there’s the potential to increase this income to approximately £500,000 a year.

For viewings, contact Jackson-Stops on +44 (0)1892 521 700 or

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Visitors to London will be well and truly spoiled for choice in the months ahead, as there’s a host of fantastic cultural events to sink your teeth into. Whether you’ve come for some thrilling theatre, exhilarating exhibitions or glorious art galleries, look no further for your guide to what’s coming up


here’s never been a better time to come to London.

aficionados can journey back in time to the jazz age at the

From scenic walks along the Thames, to sensational,

Fashion and Textile Museum.

show-stopping entertainment, there’s plenty for children and grownups to look forward to in the

The city itself is also being commemorated, as the London Design Festival and Totally Thames kick off in September, and the

months ahead. The capital’s theatres will be staging some truly

Barbican Art Gallery takes a look back at the Big Smoke’s urban

magnificent productions, like the long-awaited Harry Potter and

development through the years. What’s more, art lovers will feel

the Cursed Child, which makes its debut at the Palace Theatre.

right at home at Halcyon Gallery, which will be hanging a selection

At Shakespeare’s Globe, rediscover the Bard’s chilling tragedy of Macbeth, or why not head to Wyndham’s Theatre

of paintings from contemporary Spanish artist Pedro Paricio. So, what are you waiting for? Whatever your interests, get out

to see Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart tread the boards in

there and make the most of all this terrific landscape has to offer,

Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land? If you’re more of a movie buff,

as we take you through our pick of places to go, sights to see and

the BFI London Film Festival is not to be missed, and fashion

things to do…

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Relive the Bard’s most brutal, poetic and unsettling engagement with the supernatural and the nature of evil. Brought vividly to life through the unique intensity of the Globe, this enthralling staging of the classic play is directed by Iqbal Khan and stars Ray Fearon in the titular role, alongside Tara Fitzgerald as Lady Macbeth and Jacob Fortune-Lloyd as Macduff. Allow the wondrous horrors to capture your imagination once more, and witness Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy unfold before your eyes. This production contains scenes of violence, blood and gore, and will use strobe/flashing lights.




Coinciding with the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death, The Cloud-Capped Towers focuses on Sir John Soane’s extensive collections, including his ownership of the first four folios of Shakespeare’s complete works, the way he and his family participated in the 18th-century Shakespearean revival, and the playwright’s influence on his architecture. Guest-curated by Dr Alison Shell of UCL, the exhibit comprises Soane’s own collection, supplemented by important loans from the Garrick Club, providing a rare opportunity to see the first four folios all together.




THE BARBICAN EXHIBITION: DESIGNING FOR A LIVING CITY UNTIL SUNDAY OCTOBER 16 BARBICAN ART GALLERY As the third display in the Barbican series, Designing for a Living City carries on the celebration of the iconic building’s enduring architectural legacy. The installation traces the controversial design of the residential development in the middle of the City of London, looking at the range of flat types and interiors that would accommodate some 6,000 people within 35 acres. Architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon’s layout and landscape plan from 1971 is included, as well as original fittings, archival illustrations, leaflets, brochures and films.






HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD: PARTS ONE AND TWO UNTIL SATURDAY MAY 27 2017 PALACE THEATRE The eighth Harry Potter instalment has arrived at the Palace Theatre. Based on J.K. Rowling’s original story, the enchanting production's written by Jack

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WHAT'S ON Thorne and directed by Olivier and Tony winner John Tiffany, while Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni and Paul Thornley lead the cast as Harry, Hermione and Ron. Set 19 years after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Cursed Child is presented in two parts, intended to be seen in order on the same day, or on two consecutive evenings.





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Taking place throughout September, Totally Thames brings the river to life with a month-long season of 150 unmissable attractions. Highlights from the 2016 programme include Floating Dreams, a major installation by Ik-Joong Kang, one of South Korea’s most renowned and celebrated multimedia artists, and Fluxland, a new interactive artwork, sound piece and debate space by French artist Cyril de Commarque. Continuing the success of the first two festivals, this year is packed with live and interactive art along the Thames’ entire 42-mile stretch through the capital.


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Following their hit Broadway run, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the UK stage in Sean Mathias’ acclaimed production of No Man’s Land, one of the most brilliantly entertaining plays by Nobel Prize laureate Harold Pinter. Also starring Owen Teale and Damien Molony, the story follows two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, who become locked in a revealing power game during a night of drinking in a Hampstead pub, and continued inebriation at Hirst’s stately house nearby. Don’t miss this glorious revival of Pinter’s comic classic.





Contemporary Spanish artist Pedro Paricio’s Dreams exposition has been called the ‘freshest thing in the emerging contemporary art world in 30 years’. The painter’s latest body of work explores the collective subconscious, self-reflection and the transcendental nature of art. Paricio weaves art historical narratives throughout his figurative pieces, and appropriates themes and configurations of old and modern masters, surreal scenes, strange apparitions and dreamlike states of play with kaleidoscope forms and pop aesthetics, contrasted against a dark background, as the human subconscious is manifested through the art.

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WHAT'S ON LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 17 TO SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25, VARIOUS LOCATIONS AND VENUES Over 400 events will take place at this citywide festival. From an engaging V&A programme to large-scale installations, a global community


of designers, artists, architects and retailers



will promote London as the creative capital of the world, through projects responding to the transformative power of design. These interventions will reflect the stimulating diversity of creative thinking, united in their ability to inspire, entertain and arouse curiosity, in a place where home-grown talent and international perspectives blend to create a dynamic, forward-thinking environment of thriving design. 23



Don your feather boa and flapper dress for a glittering showcase of haute couture and ready-to-wear fashion. More than 150 garments and accessories from a private collection reveal


the glamour, excess, frivolity and modernity of the roaring ‘20s, covering sportswear, printed day dresses and beaded eveningwear, plus velvet capes, kimonos and silk pyjamas. With a focus on the ready-made and the high-end, visitors can reassess the decade by way of the wide variety of clothing and accessories available to the modern woman.



anniversary, with a compelling combination of red carpet glamour and the finest British and international cinema. This year’s opening night gala is Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom, which will receive its European premiere at Odeon Leicester Square, complete with a live cinecast and simultaneous screenings at cinemas across the UK. Elsewhere, the festival will again bring the very best movies to an expanding UK-wide


audience, positioning London as the world’s


leading creative city.

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