SCENE MAY 2012
Kent’s Luxury Lifestyle Bible
AT THE HEART OF THE HIPPODROME: HOW THIS ICONIC BUILDING WILL BE TRANSFORMED INTO THE LARGEST CASINO IN EUROPE.
RISE OF THE
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ROLL LIKE A ROYAL: THE ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM , A VEHICLE AT THE VERY PINNACLE OF AUTOMOTIVE EXCELLENCE
WEST WICKHAM: THE TRADERS OF WEST WICKHAM HIGH STREET UNITE TO CELEBRATE THE QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBLIEE
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SCENE In Kent The May update from local businesses, news, what’s going on and gossip across the Kent County this month.
The View The View in Chislehurst celebrated in style last month as they launched their new partnership with Aveda™. Rise Of The Royals We get into the Jubilee mood and profile the rise of Britain’s royal sweethearts Prince William and Kate Middleton. Royal Parade We take a look at the shops on Chislehurst’s picturesque, Royal Parade, in SCENE’s Royal issue this month.
Women’s Fashion Marianna Davis discovers The Borrowers Club, a business made for bag lovers who don’t possess the bag budget!
Men’s Fashion Oscar Udeshi, founder and head designer of Udeshi Menswear joins us this month as our guest men’s style columnist. Lovely Jub-ileee! Enjoy all things deliciously British and celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with our fantastic selection of goodies. At The Heart Of The Hippodrome SCENE takes an exclusive look at what is billed to be the biggest and best Casino in Europe. Wandering Through West Wickham In advance of their Diamond Jubilee celebrations, West Wickham traders unite in celebration of the big day! Planning For The Future A client guide on Wills, Probate, Powers of Attorney and Inheritance Tax from Thomas Dunton Solicitors.
Roll Like A Royal The Rolls-Royce Phantom, a vehicle at the very pinnacle of automotive excellence features in this month’s motors. Property Portfolio A home fit for a King, the best interior companies in Kent and the very latest properties on the market this month. Garden Wonders With summer just around the corner it’s time to start getting outside, we have compiled a list of great garden goodies for you
Star SCENE The stars for the month of May’s provided by international clairvoyant, Jenny Ayers. What will September bring you? My SCENE SCENE catches up with Brian Modlock, owner of Shortlands based bathrooms company, Rixson & Green. SCENE 7
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FROM THE BEST PLACES TO SHOP, THE LATEST PLACES TO GO AND THE VERY LATEST PRODUCTS, WE TAKE A MONTHLY LOOK AT WHAT MUST BE SCENE IN KENT...
BRAZILIAN FRESCOBOL Following the success of their iconic Frescobol set, Brazilian Beachwear brand FB Collection is delighted to launch a new model for 2012. Frescobol, the popular beach bat and ball game is not just a sport but a way of life in its Brazilian homeland. Named after one of the coolest beaches in Brazil, and made from several strips of carefully sourced Brazilian hardwood, the Ipanema Frescobol bat uses contrasting wood grain and natural colour to produce a multi-striped pattern. Each bat has its own distinct look. The game is so popular that fashionable Brazilians invest almost as much time in choosing the ideal bat and ball as they do in perfecting their game. Whether you are heading to St. Tropez, the Seychelles or St. Barts, FB Frescobol sets are a timeless beach accessory and a must-have for the summer season. The set is available internationally and is priced at £160.00. For a full list of stockists or to order online visit www.fbcollection.com.
The Hesperia Lanzarote is located on the easternmost island of the Canary archipelago; offering guests a tropical respite from the stresses of everyday life. The serenity of your surroundings is enhanced by a list of services and amenities designed to make each moment feel magical. Four swimming pools, four restaurants, three bars and our acclaimed Spa and Sports Club offer endless opportunities to
unwind and surrender to sublime relaxation. Panoramic views follow you from the moment you enter our lobby (where you’ll be greeted with a complimentary drink) all the way to your guest room. There, a private terrace, spacious bathrooms and satellite television create an oasis of luxury. Exploring the island. For reservations contact: www.nh-hotels.com
MARVEL’S AVENGERS ASSEMBLE Marvel’s Avengers Assemble - the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.
STEP INTO SUMMER AT MCARTHURGLEN’S ASHFORD DESIGNER OUTLET McArthurGlen’s Ashford Designer Outlet, home to over 80 leading designer and high-street brands, such as Kurt Geiger, Ted Baker, Guess and Phase Eight, offers fashion, homeware and cosmetics brands at up to 60 per cent less. With Summer finally upon us it’s time to pack away those winter wools, take off those heavy-cladded boots and finally welcome the warmer weather in style. The flowers are blooming so what better way to celebrate than to unleash some floral fashion. One of the most popular looks last season, the floral print has become more exotic for SS12, with digitally printed tropical foliage and overlapping petals in luscious saturated colours. For more information on McArthurGlen’s Ashford Designer Outlet or to book a free style consultation, please visit: www.ashforddesigneroutlet.com or call: 01233 895900
VINTAGE FAIR AT THE BICKLEY Vintage at The Bickley Is a fun day out for all the family, Roll up Roll up!!!On Saturday 12th May from 11am – 4pm head to the Bickley in Chislehurst for Complimentary Pimms with entry. A beautiful range of vintage and craft stalls of the highest standard to pick up unusual and unique finds! Free Childrens entertainment throughout the day Live Vintage Music Vintage hair and makeup makeovers on offer. Vintage Tearoom and Picnic menu in the extensive garden. Classic cars on show. All for £5, and Kids go Free, Come along and enjoy all the fun of the fair, a fun day out for the family!! The Bickley, Chislehurst Road, Chislehurst, BR7 5NP 020 8468 7613
NEW IN AT BADGER BATHROOMS One of the new lines at Badger Bathrooms is the Victoria & Albert Amalfi Freestanding Volcanic Limestone Bath, with its softly contoured sides descending gracefully to the floor, uncluttered by waste pipe work, and extended backrest which provides full head support; essential for those long luxurious soaks. Victoria & Albert baths are unique. Seeing, feeling and actually trying out a Victoria & Albert bath or basin is the best way to ensure that you choose the right one to meet your needs. For more details contact Badger Bathrooms, 8-9 Tubs Hill Parade, London Road, Sevenoaks, Kent. Tel: 01732 464450
CANDY-TENT, WHAT-A-MELON! Nothing beats clambering into a cosy tent after a hard day’s hike or a paddle round the festival campsite. But why scrimp on quality and good looks when you can take cover in style and stand out from fellow campers with a FieldCandy Tent. Available in a whole heap of jaw-dropping designs, these high quality two-man tents are made in the UK in strictly limited batches. But it’s not all about their eye-poppingly original flysheets because each inner-tent is made from 100% breathable cotton, rendering your average stuffy plastic tent obsolete. Available from Firebox.com £495. SCENE 9
LE DOLOMITI Le Dolomiti Restaurant is a well established family run Mediterranean, Steak and Seafood restaurant. Metin and his wife, Hulya have been the owners for over 25 years and are always ready to offer a warm welcome when you visit their restaurant. They serve delicious freshly cooked dishes, using only the finest ingredients; ensuring freshness is maintained by ordering daily from suppliers proving that good and friendly service remains a winning formula for them! There is a large and varied classic A la carte Menu including rack of lamb, T-bone steak, fresh mussels, seabass, lobster, with an extensive pasta and vegetarian selection always available. Order fresh oysters when booking your table please.
Being fully air conditioned, seating for 80+ diners, a reception lounge and cocktail bar means Le Dolomiti is ideal for whatever the occasion. 747-753 Sidcup Road, SE9 3SA Tel: 020 8850 3332 www.ledolomiti.co.uk
GREAT BRITISH HOME SHOW 2012 For five days, The Great British Home Show 2012 at Glow, the new £62 million exhibition centre at Bluewater in Kent, will showcase all that is best about home improvement and enhancements. Aimed to coincide with the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend, show visitors will be able to see the very best in furnishings and decor for every room in the home as well as some spectacular garden ideas with show gardens especially designed for the show. “ In addition to the 200 exhibitors providing home improvements, home furnishings, accessories, furniture and decor at this boutique event, there will be gardening and design experts giving helpful talks and demonstrations each day. The Great British Home Show 2012 promises quality stylish displays for the more discerning homemaker. Best of all, it’s under one roof for five days at The Great British Home Show 2012 sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements from May 31 to June 4 at Glow, Bluewater, Kent. www.gbhomeshow.co.uk
IN THE DOG-HOUSE You love your dog, right? Then why on earth is the poor little blighter hanging out in some makeshift kennel in the backyard? Why indeed because thanks to your pooch-loving pals at Firebox, four-legged friends can now reside in the truly regal Dog Mansion. Presidential in grandeur this comically luxe kennel has been crafted with discerning dogs only in mind. Modelled to resemble an imposing Southern U.S. 18th century mansion it features elaborate lattice windows, real bitumen shingles, a dormer that canopies the entrance area to protect it from rain, and a roof that can be removed for cleaning purposes. A kingdom for your dog? Abso-barking-lutely! Available from Firebox.com £3000
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Unlike the big chains that give you a nice looking restaurant and poor food plaza has both. With over 30 years experience, Nick Constantine, executive chef/ director over sees the whole operation with great detail to deliver the highest standards a restaurant should have. By sourcing the finest cuts of meat and the freshest fish always creates mouthwatering menus. On a weekly basis we change our set menu that offers 2 meat and 2 fish dishes. At plaza every night is a steak night at affordable prices.
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EXPERIENCE AVEDA AT THE VIEW AVEDA™, THE GLOBAL LEADER IN NATURALLY-DERIVED HAIR CARE & LIFESTYLE PRODUCTS, HAS TEAMED UP WITH CHISLEHURST BASED HAIR SALON THE VIEW TO FORM AN EXCLUSIVE PARTNERSHIP THAT WILL SEE THEM WORK TOGETHER TO CREATE A NEW KIND OF SALON EXPERIENCE IN KENT. AT THEIR INVITE ONLY AVEDA LAUNCH EVENT, THE VIEW’S SALON DIRECTOR CHRISTINA RYAN EXPLAINED: “OVER THE YEARS WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO BUILD A SOLID REPUTATION FOR FUSING THE ART OF HAIR STYLING WITH THE SCIENCE OF HAIR CONDITIONING, OUR NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH AVEDA WILL GIVE OUR TEAM THE UNIQUE TOOLS, EDUCATION AND INSPIRATION THEY NEED IN ORDER TO CREATE STUNNING RESULTS AND AN UNRIVALLED GUEST EXPERIENCE” IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE VIEW, VISIT THEM ONLINE AT WWW.THEVIEWHAIR. COM OR CALL THE SALON ON 02084676915
RISE OF s l a THERoy Words by Lauren John
DUTY, RESPONSIBILITY, AND PROTOCOL ARE VERY MUCH A PART OF THEIR LIVES NOW, BUT DURING THEIR FIRST YEAR OF MARRIED LIFE, THEIR INTERESTS HAVEN’T BEEN FORGOTTEN EITHER. BOTH WILLIAM AND KATE ENJOY THE OUTDOORS AND VARIOUS SPORTS, AND DURING THEIR FIRST OVERSEAS TOUR IN CANADA, WERE ABLE TO UNDERTAKE SOME LESS FORMAL, MORE ACTIVE ENGAGEMENTS, INCLUDING CANOEING, DRAGON BOAT RACING, COOKOUTS, AND CAMPFIRES. 14 SCENE
Kate, or HRH the Duchess of Cambridge as she is now known, is the first ‘non-royal ’ to marry into the Royal Family since the Queen Mother, although her life hasn’t exactly been standard. The Duchess of Cambridge was born in Berkshire in 1982, and was christened Catherine Elizabeth Middleton at a local Church. Kate spent her early childhood in Amman, Jordan, where her father was working, before returning to England and starting school. Well educated, she spent time at St Andrew’s School in Pangbourne, Marlborough College in Wiltshire, and later went on to study for a History of Art degree at St Andrew’s University Scotland. It was here her life was to change forever. The eldest daughter of self-made millionaires Michael and Carole Middleton was famously spotted modelling at a university fashion show by Prince William. Confirmed as a couple after being spotted skiing and sharing a kiss together in the Swiss Alps, the now fully fledged Royal couple have generated countless column inches ever since, some of which have a local connection. There was a story of another Miss Middleton being selected as Herne Bay Carnival Queen in 2011, and widespread, yet credible rumours, surrounding the wine chosen for one of their private Royal Wedding receptions. The newlyweds wanted to uphold a British theme throughout their Royal wedding, and reportedly chose a wine from the Chapel Down Vineyards in Kent, one of the UK’s biggest wine producers. Such stories are perhaps quite interesting by-products of being in the public eye, although they are somewhat eclipsed by the headlines Kate has generated for her style, particularly after her engagement to Prince William in 2010, and their wedding, watched by more than 24 million UK viewers alone, in 2011. The Duchess of Cambridge is widely considered as both a follower of fashion, and as she is in the public eye, a style icon too. Whichever title you favour, she had made an impact on the fashion world, with her appropriate choices, SCENE 15
which often come from her favourite designer high street stores. Items from Reiss, Issa, Zara, and LK Bennett have all sold out, after Kate has been pictured wearing them, and there have even been reports of increased interest in some fashion stores, simply because Kate has visited, or bought items. Kate as an individual may be noticed for her poise, elegance, and style, but what about William and Kate as a couple? They are currently spending much of their married life off the beaten track, in a rented farmhouse in Anglesey in Wales, where the Duke of Cambridge is serving as an RAF search and rescue helicopter Pilot. In keeping with their down to earth natures, they have shunned offers of staff, and, while they can at least, are enjoying the chance to cook, clean, and shop. They have been keen to enjoy as much privacy as possible, while William Wales, as he is known in the RAF, continues his career, and before they both take on increased responsibilities as fully working members of the Royal Family. Duty, responsibility, and protocol are very much a part of their lives now, but during their first year of married life, their interests haven’t been forgotten either. Both William and Kate enjoy the outdoors and various sports, and during their first overseas tour in Canada, were able to undertake some less formal, more active engagements, including canoeing, dragon boat racing, cookouts, and campfires. This tour was taken on the Queen’s behalf, as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations, and not only showed off the Best of Canada as a tourist destination, but gave the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge the opportunity to undertake Royal Duties in both a relaxed and more formal fashion. As the nation reflects on the couple’s successful overseas tour, and their first year of married life,
people will also remember Kate’s first solo steps as a working Royal, and her desire to support the Royal Family’s role in highlighting important charitable causes. Kate is now Patron or Royal Patron of Action on Addiction, East Anglia Children’s Hospices (EACH), The Art Room, and The National Portrait Gallery. Action on Addiction and EACH were chosen to reflect Kate’s interest in supporting people in need, while The Art Room, which used art as therapy to build self-esteem and confidence in Children, and the National Portrait Gallery, reflect her continuing interest in art. A small number of patronages, that reflect the Duchess of Cambridge’s interests, have played a key part in easing her into a Royal working life, particularly as she has undertaken solo engagements while William has been away with the RAF. Away from the public eyes, and camera lenses, Kate has still found time to sit back, relax, and catch up on television, and there’s one show she has never missed an episode of. During a visit to Alderhey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, this Valentine’s Day, during a conversation with the children, she admitted to liking ‘The Only Way Is Essex’. As Her Royal Highness is Patron of EACH, (who work and organise fundraising events in Essex, as well as Suffolk), perhaps one day a Royal visit will show her what Essex is really all about! The best of Essex will have to wait however, as this summer the Duchess of Cambridge, her husband, and Prince Harry will no doubt be relishing their roles as Official Ambassadors of Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Just as Kate will help inspire the nation to celebrate the best of British Sport, she will no doubt also help inspire and develop a new era for the Royal Family.
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ROYAL PARADE ROSES FLORIST
The ‘Roses Florist’ has been established since 1992, offering a complete design service for discerning customers on every occasion. Our team of highly experienced designers are masters of their art, and will combine their knowledge and attention to detail to produce the highest quality floristry to suit all styles and budgets. The clients aspirations are of the highest importance to us, so we work closely to create unique designs to make that special day or event even more magical. Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your requirements however grand or modest, you have our complete attention. Assuring you of our best service at all times. For more information contact Roses Florist, 4 Royal Parade, Chislehurst, Kent, BR7 6NR Tel: 0208 4673203 Web: www.roses-florist.co.uk
DOLLS’ HOUSE PARADE
Your No. 1 choice for dolls houses - with a fantastic selection of dolls’ houses and miniatures. 1,000s of items including houses & shops (built or kit), lighting, wallpapers, mouldings, garden items, furniture, accessories, DIY, etc. - we really have something for everyone. Special ranges for children. This is our 20th year on Royal Parade so come and see what you are missing. We also have the biggest range of jigsaw puzzles in the area & a great selection of quality soft toys. Can’t visit - try on-line at our website below, goods ordered on line are shipped free, same day. Friendly knowledgeable staff - Professional Service. What more could you want? For more information contact Dolls House & Puzzles on Parade, 4A Royal Parade, Chislehurst, Kent, BR7 6NR Tel: 020 8295 0688 Web: www.dollshouseparade.net
ROYAL INDIAN CUISINE
Royal recreates traditional Indian dishes covering this wonderful, vibrant country – from the Himalayas to the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea to the Bay of Bengal. Royal draws inspiration from all twenty-two regions and our food varies according to local influences characterised by exquisite aromas, glowing colours and earthy flavours. Our team of highly skilled chefs use only the finest ingredients, buying fresh spices which are painstakingly ground and mixed by hand, ensuring pure quality. Wednesday – Banqueting Night £10.95. We look forward to welcoming you. For more information contact Royal Exclusive Indian Cuisine, Donna Alexandra Mews, 3-4 Royal Parade, Chislehurst, Kent, BR7 6NR Tel: 0208 295 0052 Web: www.royalindian.co.uk SCENE 19
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ANNABEL’S LUXURY GIFT EMPORIUM
With forty years in the dry cleaning business Alan Creed still looks for ways to improve his cleaning service. It’s little wonder then that Alan has invested in an innovative and groundbreaking piece of machinery on his premises which looks set to provide many benefits both to his customers and to the ozone layer, notably because it has hugely reduced energy consumption. Now for the science bit... The Nova Cleaning Machine by Union uses a 60% less strength hydro-carbon solvent which gently conditions clothes and cleans dark and lights independently without colour run. And the non-science bit for us clothing fanatics is we get softer clothes, with brighter colour and no static charge. Now there’s something you don’t learn everyday. For more information contact Royal Dry Cleaners, 12 Royal Parade, Chislehurst, Kent, BR7 6NR Tel: 020 8468 7007
Annabel’s was started by a small team of people who shared a dream to create their own Fortnum and Mason- their vision was to promote luxury English designers and manufacturers, and they have stayed true to their principles. Annabel’s promotes classic English brands such as Charbonnel et Walker - the Bond Street chocolatiers, Fox umbrellas based who are presented in the world’s most exclusive department stores; Corgi’s cashmere Prince of Wales seven-stripe socks, which all bear the royal crest... All of the designers, old and new, have a wonderful story - it’s a little bit of what makes England great. They are all available in the Chislehurst store, an emporium of quintessentially English gifts and luxuries, wrapped and ready, for all the family. For more information contact Annabel’s, 3 Royal Parade, Chislehurst, Kent, BR7 6NR Tel: 07714 189 674
THE VILLAGE STORE
Reliable, dependable, product knowledge...Just what you want from your local deli and this little bustling business has got it in droves. Need a dayafter-the-night -before coffee? A cosy hot chocolate to warm you up or how about some superior British cheese for the board or a fresh made to order sandwich on any bread you like. Paul has got one of those cosy deli’s that deliver the goods. Pop in, place your order and tuck in your napkin for a tasty feast! For more information contact The Village Store, 2 Royal Parade, Chislehurst, Kent, BR7 6NR Tel: 020 8467 8697
THE BULL’S HEAD HOTEL
The Bull’s Head Hotel has recently had a major refurbishment and now boasts 15 stylish en-suite, air conditioned hotel rooms . In addition, the already popular function suite has been given a complete redecoration and is a perfect venue for any celebration or occasion .Finally, our garden has been redesigned just in time for summer and will be the place to be in Chislehurst to enjoy cocktails and a barbecue on those long summer days and nights. Keep an eye on our website for details of what’s happening over the jubilee weekend, upcoming events and special offers. For more information contact The Bull’s Head Hotel, Royal Parade Chislehurst, Kent, BR7 6NR Tel: 020 8467 1727 Web: www.thebullsheadhotel.co.uk 20 SCENE
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RENTING IS THE NEW WAY TO WEAR DESIGNER - MARIANNA DAVIS REPORTS.
here’s no denying it. One of the most exciting things (if not the most exciting thing) about going to an event is the outfit. Thinking about it, planning it, shopping for it, trying it on; an outfit is a creative expression of ourselves, a preview of our personalities if you like. Dressing is a very personal thing and can be great fun but it can also be very expensive. That’s before you’ve even contemplated the all important bag: the finishing touch which holds your look together. But oh, does something so small and compact (I’m thinking clutch) really have to cost more than the outfit and the shoes put together? The answer is no. A certain few felt our pain, heard our grumbles and have provided us with a solution: The Borrowers Club (www.theborrowersclub.com). A business made for bag lovers that don’t possess the bag budget. The name says it all but just in case you haven’t quite caught on yet, at The Borrowers Club, you can rent one of latest ‘IT’ bags at accessible prices! Genious. In our current economic climate, expensive is not a word in most people’s vocabulary. All this scrimping and saving has meant that we must either possess the creative flare of Carrie Bradshaw’s stylist-not to mention the body to go with it-or quite simply play it safe. Now for the fashionistas out there, safe is not an option or definitely
not an appealing one anyway. But we all know that keeping up with the latest trends means spending all if not more than the latest pay check. So as our money belts have been tightened we have sensibly opted for the practical rather than the daring. Last season’s Kate Middleton-has-bored-the-trendto-death nude peep toes have begrudgingly been favoured over the citrus yellow mules ‘because they’ll go with more’. Dreams of a designer statement outfit that would get heads turning will have to be shelved for another time as will meeting your future husband. Well, let’s not be dramatic here. A snog. Cue the cunningly clever entrepreneurs who have jumped over this economic hurdle and landed right into a cracking business idea. Renting your outfit. Of course, I hear you all cry with relief. After all, we rent houses because we can’t afford the deposit to buy one so why not outfits? It makes perfect economical sense. Not only can we avoid huge spending, we can also avoid the same safe-but-dull outfits to see us through party season. No condescending ‘Oh I remember that dress: you wore it last year’ comments for us, thank you very much! Girl Meets Dress (www.girlmeetsdress.com) and Wish Want Wear (www.wishwantwear.com) are
just two of these companies offering fantastic outfits for any occasion, at very low prices. Whether you fancy yourself in a colourful Missoni number or perhaps a more demure See by Chloe design, you can bet you’ll find something you like here. But it’s not just the dress/jumpsuit/tailored short suit that has centre stage these days. Accessories are playing a much larger role in the glamour steaks and can really take an outfit from simple to sublime. And because they aren’t restricted to certain body shapes (Lara Stone’s off the top of my head), you can be as garish or subtle as your mood takes you! At The Borrowers Club (www. theborrowersclub.com) rentals start from £35 for a 5 day period and signing up is free! Yes, dreams of parading around with that designer bag in tow can now be a reality. Whether you’re looking for a fun clutch to match your wedding outfit or you just fancy showing off an oversized Louis Vuitton for a few days, the choice is yours! With this new funds-friendly concept, planning an outfit is cheap and cheerful. Just make sure you stay clear of the prize boozer with unsteady feet. Red wine stains never were a good look..
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Have you any worries with your teeth or questions about non surgical solutions? Well Dr Jas is here to help with all your problems, all you need to do is ask!
Q: I am worried about Gum Disease, what should I do? A: Gum Disease is the biggest cause of tooth loss in the UK. Bacteria found in gum disease have also been found in heart disease so it is very so it is very important to maintain a healthy smile as it could have more serious health consequences. If you are worried that you may have any oral health problem you should visit your dentist for a health check. Your dentist should carry out a dental examination with x-rays. Depending on how developed the gum disease is the dentist should carry out gum treatment to sort out the issues. Some dentists do not have the facilities to carry out this treatment so it is important they refer you to somewhere that can. There are many factors that contribute to gum disease e.g. smoking, genetics, stress, oral hygiene and irregular attendance at the dentist. And don’t worry – if you do lose teeth, they can be replaced very easily and immediately! Before
Q: Does Botox Hurt? A: Hyperactivity of the facial expression muscles often results in the development of deep frown lines, forehead lines and/or crow’s feet. Injecting Botox into the affected area temporarily relaxes the underlying muscles responsible for wrinkling, giving the face a more youthful and pleasant appearance. The wrinkles become smoother or disappear altogether. The initial effects of treatment become visible within 48 to 72 hours. The maximum effect is reached in about 1 to 2 weeks. Your facial expression will become more relaxed but by no means mask-like. The overall result is very natural. The effect of treatment generally lasts for about three to four months. And NO! It doesn’t hurt! Dr Jas can perform almost painless Botox injections. Q: I have black lines under my old crowns – how can I get rid of them? A: Crowns that were made a few years ago were made of a metal core with an outer layer of porcelain to make them look more like a tooth. Over time the gum shrinks back from the edge of the crowns and exposes the metal edging of the crown. They were made like this for strength. It is this metal edging that looks like a black line when it is exposed or it can be the discoloured tooth beneath the crowns. In the last few years it has become possible to make crowns of all porcelain. This means that when the gum recedes away from the crown it does not show a dark line. The only way to get rid of the black lines is to have new crowns made of all porcelain. Before
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Oscar GUEST COLUMNIST
OSCAR UDESHI IS THE FOUNDER AND HEAD DESIGNER OF U D E S H I MENSWEAR, BASED IN THE HEART OF MAYFAIR, LONDON, EQUIDISTANT FROM SAVILE ROW AND JERMYN STREET. HE JOINS US THIS MONTH AS OUR GUEST MEN’S STYLE COLUMNIST.
aving grown up in the far east where we had ample sunlight, I could always tell the newly arrived expats, or visitors from back home. They usually had snow white skin and wore the most wrinkled linen clothes I had ever seen. They looked as if they slept in them, which they probably did on the overnight flight. As we possessed an iron and knew how to use it, I incorrectly assumed other people did too.
Fast forward two decades, and we now hardly see anyone wearing linen except the burly chap who is wearing the drawstring trousers and the Ibiza drinking contest T-shirt looking like a rejected extra from a 1970s Kung Fu film. It doesn’t need to be this way. Linen is the quintessential summer fabric. Nothing says summer, sunshine and warm weather like a linen item of clothing. Linen also creases, that is the nature
of linen. Some call it annoying, others beautiful. It can be kept in moderation by buying items made of linen blended with cotton, silk or mohair. This mitigates some of linen’s tendency to crease, but does not distract from the look. Having an item that is washable like a shirt or our boxer shorts, works well in linen because the items can be easily ironed and the heat not only removes creases, it helps give a luxurious softness over time as well. I would not recommend a light linen blazer as an everyday jacket, unless one takes meticulous care and does not move in it. If it is ironed too often and incorrectly, it has a tendency to go shiny. Worse still are non-washable linen trousers, which go from beautiful to the trousers of a vagabond in one long day. Light colours on non-washable items, like a white linen suit, are also a no no and should be kept for the movies. It is going to get as dirty as any other colour, one just sees the dirt more easily, and can’t get rid of it. Don’t get me wrong, I love linen. I love linen boxer shorts that just get softer and more decadent after each washing, I adore linen polos and shirts that breathe and let me feel the breeze through the fabric. I know I am on vacation when I wear linen shirts a few days in a row, it brings a smile to my face. My cotton and linen jeans sell out every year. I love the texture, the touch, the colour – the subtle shades of earth, sky and sea. For me linen is summer. I almost wear my caramel coloured linen, wool and silk blazer every day in summer. Recently a client for whom I had made such a blazer came by to thank me for it four years later. He said he had stopped counting the number of compliments he had received for wearing it, not only because it fit him the way it should, but because it looked like linen, felt like linen but without any of the fabric’s drawbacks. To each their own, just no drawstring kung fu trousers please.
LOVELY JUB-ILEEE! ENJOY ALL THINGS DELICIOUSLY ENGLISH AND CELEBRATE THE QUEENS DIAMOND JUBILEE.
2. Kellogg’s Mark The Jubilee. Kellogg’s have unveiled a range of limited edition collectors’ boxes inspired by Kellogg’s drawings dating back to the 1950s when the Queen ascended the throne. Available from all supermarkets. 3. Limited Edition Ma’amite In honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Marmite this month releases a limited-edition Ma’amite in observation of the royal occasion. Available from Selfridges. 4. Absolut London Gorillaz artist Jamie Hewlett has designed a limited edition bottle for vodka brand Absolut. The bottles are described as a “unique take on London’s style and fashion pioneers over the past 200 years”. The Absolut London bottles will be launched in Selfridges and Harvey Nichols.
ROYAL AFTERNOON TEA AT THE ROYAL GARDEN HOTEL
1. Have Tea With The Queen Enjoy tea with the Queen, Charles, Camilla, Kate & William or Harry – or get them all around a hot cuppa. Each teabag makes a classic blend with Assam. Available from Firebox. com
This modern 5 star hotel is situated opposite Kensington Palace, former home to Princess Diana and a short walk from The Royal Albert Hall and the shops of Kensington High Street. This hotel has been awarded ‘The Tea Guild special Awards of Excellence 2012’ in recognition of its outstanding quality and consistently high standards in Afternoon Tea service. Afternoon Tea is served in The Park Terrace Restaurant & Lounge, with views towards the Park and the Palace. From the comfort of your chair, enjoy platters of sandwiches, scones and pastries, and classic English leaf teas to the sound of the resident pianist. Royal Garden Hotel Kensington, 2-24 Kensington High Street, London, W8 4PT
QUEENS BRITISH STEAK HOUSE
Queens British Steak House and Grill in Wanstead offers premium steaks and classic British cuisine in surroundings that are homely, yet boast contemporary style. All steaks served are aged for 35 days, and other hearty options include slowroasted Old Spot pork belly. Seared scallops and a market fish of the day are popular choices, as is the Sunday lunch menu. Vegetarian options, rich desserts and a great wine list make the restaurant suitable for any occasion or group. With a welcoming atmosphere and homely interior, Queens is the place to be for good food and good times. Queens British Steak House, 63 New Wanstead, London, E11 2SA Tel: 0208 530 8861 SCENE 25
AT THE HEART OF THE Words by Nicholas Chowdry
WITH OVER 250,000 PEOPLE TURNING IT EVERY DAY, THE CORNER OF LEICESTER SQUARE AND CHARING CROSS ROAD IN THE HEART OF LONDON’S WEST END - IS THE MOST PASSED THROUGH PLACE IN THE WHOLE OF EUROPE.
or the past few years, most of those people will have walked by seeing nothing more than a mass of scaffolding and billboards, unaware of the gargantuan project that this constructional façade conceals. Behind all the metal and walkways lies The London Hippodrome. From its grand beginnings over a century ago as a Victorian circus and cabaret, through to becoming the quintessential Motown venue, ‘Talk of the Town’, and even a Peter Stringfellows nightclub - the venue has played host to such influential artists as Charlie Chaplin, The Great Houdini, Diana Ross and Cliff Richard. In its latest reincarnation, this iconic building will be
transformed into the largest casino in Europe. Last month, Scene Magazine had the pleasure of taking an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the project; planned to be completed by the end of June this year. The scale of the redevelopment is absolutely huge. The old theatre is to be transformed into a 99,000 square foot leviathan of entertainment, featuring three floors of gaming, a fully decked out stage for theatrical and musical performances, a huge selection of private rooms for hire, a 200 capacity brasserie restaurant, and no less than four cocktail bars, serving drinks by expert mixologist, Tony Conigliaro.
SCENE CATCHES UP WITH LEILANI DOWDING FACE OF THE HIPPODROME’S POKER SITE. Open 24 hours a day, and serving drinks from between 10am and 5:30am, the casino is set to become the centrepiece of West End adult leisure. Avid gamers can expect an incredibly diverse choice, from the classic offerings of roulette, poker blackjack and slot machines, to a whole floor dedicated to electronic gaming. George Constantinou, Head of Online Gaming who kindly showed us round, emphasised the importance of catering for the local Chinese community. He commented, “Not only will the casino dedicate the entire bottom floor to Chinese gaming, but the building will also host a new Chinese community centre.” He also spoke of the importance of the online market; indeed, The Hippodrome will lead the way in an innovative process of streaming the action from the main gaming floor live to its online site, where users will be able to bet in real time, and even cash in the money that they win on the web in person at the Casino itself. George hopes that the area situated at the top of the building, grandly named ‘At The Gods’, will be “the most spectacular place to play
poker in the world” - and it’s easy to see why. Standing on the balcony, there is an awe-inspiring view four stories down to the main gaming floor. When we visited, the insides of the building were still very much taking shape; even so, it was already possible to appreciate the true majesty of the place, as well as the effort that has gone into the casino’s design, the essence of which is a seamless and elegant blend of the classic with the contemporary. Whilst stripping back the interior to the original 1920s design by the architect, Frank Matcham, there will also feature impressive illuminated walkways and, with another nod to the building’s great history, huge space-age spheres of classic theatre lights. It’s hard to see how the Hippodrome Casino will not be a success. The passion, vision and expertise behind the project is absolutely unrivalled and the intelligence and quality of the design is sure to impress the crowds. When the casino opens this year, Leicester Square’s reputation as one of the world’s most auspicious entertainment destinations will no doubt be cemented in history.
Q: How often do you play poker online? A: I generally play about once a week. Q: Describe the most exciting poker game you’ve ever played. A: Without doubt it was to be playing in the World Series, Las Vegas Q: How advantageous is it to be a beautiful woman in a poker game? A: It used to be very advantageous, as other players would assume you may be dumb, but I think people have caught on since there are many beautiful and successful poker players. Q: What are you most looking forward to as the face of the Hippodrome Poker Site ? A: I’m really excited to be working with such a major brand, and playing online also visiting the casino to play poker in person. Q: Sell us The Hippodrome Casino in just three words. A: Three words isn’t enough, I’ll try! Breathtaking, historical & fun. Follow Leilani @leilanidowding Visit the Hippodrome Casino Online and receive a 100% match up bonus (applicable once the site has been launched). Promotion Code: Leilani Gets a 100% match up bonus www.hippodromecasino.com SCENE 27
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TO CELEBRATE THE QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE THE TRADERS OF WEST WICKHAM HIGH STREET ARE UNITING FOR A PLANNED SPECTACULAR STREET PARTY. ON SATURDAY 26TH MAY FROM 10AM – 4PM. WITH FAIRGROUND RIDES, FACE PAINTING, GAMES AND MANY SHOPS HOSTING THEIR OWN IN STORE ACTIVITIES, IT’S SET TO BE A PARTY TO REMEMBER. THERE’S EVEN A ROYAL LOOK ALIKE COMPETITION PLANNED THAT’S BEING JUDGED BY AN EXPERT PANEL OF WEST WICKHAM SHOP KEEPERS! WITH WEST WICKHAM HAVING A WEALTH OF LOCAL SHOPS, PUBS AND RESTAURANTS OVER THE NEXT THREE PAGES WE HIGHLIGHT THE BEST SHOPS THAT WEST WICKHAM HAS TO OFFER. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU SUPPORTING WEST WICKHAM HIGH STREET AT THEIR JUBILEE STREET PARTY!
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Avery Fabrics is a family run business, and has been going for 33 years. They specialise in interiors and soft furnishings; offering a personal and helpful hand in furnishing your home. Visit the shop West Wickham or their sister shop in Eltham and browse the range of gifts, cards, lighting, cushions and art. They also offer a full range of blinds, shutters, hand made curtains, voiles, poles, tracks and electrical tracks and blinds. Bee Henderson, a full interior designer, works in conjunction with Avery Fabrics, and can help you with ideas in the comfort of your own home. For more information contact Avery Fabrics, 54-56 High Street Town Centre, West Wickham, BR4 0NH Tel: 0208 777 7360
Benvenuti has been in West Wickham for 7 years now, and is a very popular café deli. There have been numerous enquiries about them doing outside catering at different venues for weddings, parties and family occasions. So much so, that Benvenuti have decided to pursue this side of the business, as well as still running the café, where they produce their own food, but if you prefer, small functions can be held at their premises. Benvenuti has a licenced bar, so if you’re feeling a little naughty, you can have a crafty glass of wine, rather than a coffee, and if you don’t see a dish on the menu that you think would be great to include, Benvenuti welcomes suggestions. For more details, or to enquire about bookings contact: Benveunti, 2 Bell Parade, Glebe Way, West Wickham, Kent. BR4 0RH. Tel: 020 8777 2672
LA BELLE BOUTIQUE
Having been open for 5 years La Belle Boutique have gained a strong reputation in the area for superb service and stocking fantastic designer brands including, Lipsy, Ichi, French Connection, and Motel to name a few. The store also offers ladies a fantastic selection of accessories to add to that perfect outfit from Bags, Shoes and Birkenstocks galore, La Belle Boutique has a lot more in store, come down and browse the latest collections, where Lucie and her staff will be on hand to assist you, and make sure you join La Belle Boutique who will be celebrating their 5th Anniversary on Saturday 19th May from 9.30am-6pm. For more information contact La Belle Boutique, 21 High Street, West Wickham, BR4 0LP Tel: 0208 916 9199
A family run business for over 42 years, supplying beds, but with the emphasis strongly on quality and service, a comfortable bed is essential for good sleep, and good sleep is essential for good health. Henman Beds have recently been awarded Vispring’s Customer Service Award. This award is based on customer surveys being sent to Vispring by customers who have purchased a Vispring bed from Henmans and been impressed with their quality of service. Henman Beds also sell brand names such as Dreamworks, Hypnos, and Dorlux, but they also run an exclusive range of their own brand, including the sought after Park Lane mattress upholstered with generous layers of cotton felt and lambs wool, 3 rows of genuine hand stitching, and a beautifully embroidered logo. When you feel your bed is no longer supporting you correctly or that it’s getting past it’s sell by date, come and talk to Henman Beds. For more information contact Henman Beds, 81 High Street, West Wickham, BR4 0LS Tel: 0208 777 4853
Lanta Boutique stock a wide range of fashionable and original women’s clothes from independent designers including, to name a few, Uttam London, Fever and Culture. You can also browse through the shop and view their wide selection of stylish accessories, including a fantastic collection of handbags, shoes and jewellery. Whilst their prices are affordable, Lanta Boutique offers a premium, personal and friendly service. For more information contact Lanta Boutique, 28 High Street, West Wickham BR4 0NJ Tel: 0208 777 4480 SCENE 29
THE COMPLETE WARDROBE CENTRE
The Complete Wardrobe Centre was established in 1984. Because we are independent we can offer that little bit extra in terms of advice, service and products. From the moment a customer first contacts The Complete Wardrobe Centre they will be met with a wealth of experience and knowledge of the Fitted Bedroom Industry. We do not believe in heavy sales tactics, we prefer to rely on quality of service and product as a basis for success. We are confident that we have the product range to suit every customer and every taste. Whether it’s a bespoke bedroom or a corner wardrobe, maybe a fully fitted office, a dressing table or bedside cabinet. Perhaps you would prefer sliding doors or you have angled ceilings. For more information contact The Complete Wardrobe Centre, 20 Station Road, West Wickham, BR4 0PR Tel: 0208 777 1866
It´s great to see on the high street a traditional butchers; Larratts opened in 1984, and is still going strong, giving their customers a personal service, and supplying them with a choice of top quality cuts and joints of meat. With the barbeque season about to start, Larratts is the only place to go. The burgers and sausages are made in house, and their ribs, chicken pieces, lamb cutlets, and kebabs can be prepared in a selection of marinades. If you want something a little different, you can also get ostrich, buffalo steaks, wild rabbit and venison. For more details contact Larratts, 86 High Street, West Wickham, Kent, BR4 0NF Tel: 020 8777 3189
Matthews first opened in 1935 as a small jewellers shop. Since then, it has grown about six times in size to make room for the vast selection of jewellery it stocks. When you gaze through the windows, there is so much to choose from, and when you walk through the door, you are even more spoilt for choice. There are watches from Rotary, Seiko, and Ice (to name a few), modern fashion designs such as Charlotte Borgen beads and Swarovski crystal set jewellery, a fantastic selection of second hand jewellery, and of course there are diamonds; after all, they are a girl´s best friend. Matthews also buy gold, silver and platinum, or if there is something you would prefer to sell, they can do that also, for a commission. If there is something particular that you are after and for some strange reason they don´t have it, Matthews are more than happy to source it for you. For more details contact Matthews the Jewellers, 22-24 High Street, West Wickham, Kent, BR4 0NJ Tel: 020 8777 1347
Options Beauty is a professional salon that provides the very best skin treatments. With their highly skilled & experienced dermalogica-trained therapists who are on hand to meet all your needs. It really is a salon with a difference. Everything Option’s Beauty do is centered around you as they want your treatment experience to be effective, professionallydelivered and friendly. Popular treatments include the Caci ultimate non surgical face lift that improves muscle tone, lifts and refines facial features. The Universal Contour Wrap which will help you to slim down and lose 6 inches guaranteed and the relaxing Indian Head Massage. Suzanne Quinn runs a clinic on a Monday and a Wednesday to remove moles, skin tags and thread veins. They also have a nurse, Dorothy Fox, that comes in to do Botulinum therapy commonly known as BOTOX AND FILLERS. Swarovski crystals can be added to your manicure or pedicure perfect for that special event. Consultations are free of charge. Having been established in West Wickham for over 20 years Options Beauty endeavour to provide an honest assessment of your needs including feedback on the effectiveness of treatments. Hence, Options Beauty place great importance on the initial consultation prior to commencing a full course of treatment. For more information contact Options Beauty, 124 High Street, West Wickham, BR4 0LZ Tel: 020 8777 7995
SWEETS & TREATS
When you walk through the doors of this little shop it’s like stepping back in time. Sweets & Treats have jars upon jars of all sorts of sweets lining the walls; some you may not have seen for years, such as, maybe, liquorice roots, which you chew on to release its natural flavour. As you stand there trying to choose, you will find yourself (as I did) reminiscing about the sweets you remember as a child, and you will probably be surprised to find that you might still be able to get them at Sweets & Treats. There is a fantastic range of gluten fee and sugar free sweets for those of us who may have intolerances to such ingredients, so we can have a sweet treat too, and if you are looking for something that little bit different, Sweets & Treats can provide personalized party cones, jars, and hampers for any occasion. For more information contact Sweets & Treats, 115 High Street, West Wickham, Kent, BR4 0LT Tel: 020 8916 9123
Welcome to Topolino’s Italian Restaurant, West Wickham. Topolino’s opened in April 1989. Founded by Graziano and Heather Bertolotti and then passed on to their daughters, Karen and Geraldine. Topolino’s is a small, family run restaurant with a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Perfect for a quick pizza, or to enjoy a more leisurely three-course dinner. Topolino’s has established itself as one of the most successful restaurants in the area and has a reputation for delicious Italian food and wines. Our restaurant enjoys a high reputation, both with local patrons and visitors to the area, for quality cuisine, excellent customer service and a relaxed and comfortable ambience. Topolino’s boasts an extensive menu with the addition of a large specials board. The food is prepared fresh on the premises. Why not try some of our most popular dishes, favourites include, Cozze Tiger (Mussels sautéed with brandy, cream, tomato, garlic and chilli), Seabass Meuniere or homemade Tiramisu. Come and enjoy Italian food as it should be prepared, at Topolino’s. Special diets can be catered for, given advance warning. For more information contact Topolino’s, 130 High Street, West Wickham, BR4 0LZ Tel: 0208 777 3457 SCENE 31
‘A hobby out of control’ is how Kevin Chorley describes his business. His love and knowledge of golf lead him to set up Chorley Golf. Kevin has more than a decade of experience as a GCA qualified custom club maker and specialises in custom fitting golf clubs to suit the individual’s interpretation of their swing. ‘A set of clubs is quite an investment. A full custom fitting can be arranged by appointment, with a ‘fitting’ taking about an hour and costing from £35. He also has a fully stocked shop selling everything the golfer would want, with new additions appearing all the time, check out the website below for further information. Gift vouchers are also available which are an ideal present and a saviour for a lot of golf widows. For more information contact 125b High Street , West Wickham, Kent, BR4 0LT Tel: 0800 169 5578 Web: www.chorleygolf.com
Oscar Barbers is West Wickham’s premier gentleman’s hairstylists and grooming salon. Contemporary, with a twist of tradition, the salon is designed around the busy lifestyle of today’s man. Oscar Barbers offer many modern cutting-edge techniques for today’s hairstyles. All of their staff are fully trained with years of experience so you can expect nothing but the highest standard of work from them. Oscar Barbers pride themselves on the reputation they have built up within the local area. From traditional styles to modern trends they can groom your hair however you wish. For more details contact Oscar Barbers, 43 High Street, West Wickham, BR4 0LR Tel: 020 8777 3653 Email: email@example.com
Waterways, your local water specialists, have been in the high street for over 35 years. We specialise in supplying water softeners to help you banish Limescale from your home forever, saving you time and money. Just 1.6mm of scale can reduce the efficiency of your boiler and hot water cylinder by up to 20%.... We would like to wish everyone in West Wickham a fun and enjoyable Jubilee celebration. Please support your High Street. For more information contact Waterways, 120 High Street Town Centre, West Wickham, BR4 0ND Tel: 020 8777 6929 Web: www.waterways.ltd.uk
Henman Beds Quality Bed specialist
Suppliers of headboards, traditional and contemporary furniture for over 40 years
The Highest Quality in Sports Surfaces M.G Sports Construction is a family owned business with 28 years experience in building tennis courts and sports areas. The company provides free surveys & quotations. All courts are constructed to high specifications and are supported with a long guarantee. Please contact us for further information: MG Sports Construction Ltd PO Box 125, Battle, E Sussex, TN33 3AP 01424 892265 firstname.lastname@example.org www.mgsportsltd.co.uk
British made beds 81 High Street, West Wickham Closed Wednesday and Sunday
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PLANNING FOR fut ure THE A client guide on Wills, Probate, Powers of Attorney and Inheritance Tax Planning. WHEN SHOULD I WRITE MY WILL ?
It is never too early to write your will but if you leave it too late it can cause problems for your intended beneficiaries.
WHY DO I NEED A WILL?
It is always recommended that you have a valid Will as it enables you to: • Say who you wish to benefit from your estate; • Consider and provide financial care and guardianship for your children or future children and other dependants; • Avoid the complications of intestacy (where you die without having made a Will); • Enables you to appoint the most appropriate person to manage your estate as Executor.
IF I HAVE A WILL, IS IT TIME FOR A REVIEW?
We recommend you review your Will every two to three years. It should be updated to reflect any change in your circumstances, including: • If you have recently married; • In contemplation of marriage; • Buying a property in joint names; • If you are contemplating divorce proceedings; • If anyone mentioned in your Will has died; • Any major change in your financial circumstances, such as an inheritance; • Changes in the law relating to Inheritance Tax.
IF I DO NOT HAVE A WILL
Your estate will be distributed in accordance with the Law of Intestacy. If you have no relatives your whole estate could go to the crown! A widow may not automatically inherit all her husband’s estate and vice versa. Cohabitees will not benefit. A 34 SCENE
WHY WOULD YOU NEED AN LPA?
An LPA is an convenient instrument that allows: • Your Attorney to deal with your affairs including finances; •You to determine your arrangements for your future care.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DO NOT HAVE AN LPA?
Grant of Letters of Administration has to be obtained appointing Personal Representatives to administer the estate.
Probate is the administration of a person’s estate upon death. If you have a Will your Executor applies for probate if the estate is over £5000. If under £5000 it may be possible to administer the estate without a Grant of Probate.
POWER OF ATTORNEY
A Power of Attorney is a powerful legal document whereby you give authority to another person to manager your affairs and to take actions on your behalf. This person is known as your Attorney. You can also appoint an Attorney to carry out a specific action, for example, act on your behalf in a property transaction. A Power of Attorney will not continue if you lose mental capacity.
LASTING POWER OF ATTORNEY
A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) can be drawn up which gives your Attorney the power to act on your behalf and to do anything that you, yourself, can lawfully do with your estate whilst you are living The Power can be delayed until certain circumstances occur, for example, should you become mentally and/or physically incapacitated. A Lasting Power of Attorney can continue whilst you are mentally incapable of managing your affairs.
WHO CAN YOU MAKE AN LPA?
Anyone over the age of 18 who has the full mental capacity to understand the use and effect of an LPA.
In the event that you are unable to manage your affairs personally an application has to be made on your behalf to the Court of Protection. A Receiver, usually a member of your family, will be appointed by the Court to manage your affairs. This may be time consuming and costly. This may also cause inconvenience and distress to you and your family.
INHERITANCE TAX (IHT)
No IHT is payable if the estate does not exceed the Nil Rate Tax Band. IHT is payable at the rate of 40% on the value of your estate over the Nil Rate Band. Your estate may attract tax exemptions. IHT must be paid before the estate can be distributed We can also advise on the rules relating to life time gifts to reduce your inheritance tax liabilities. Don’t leave legal issues too late: seek advice at the earliest stage.
WHAT THOMAS DUNTON CAN DO FOR YOU
Using our years of experience and listening carefully to your needs, we can advise and help to plan for situations that you may not have considered. Thus ensuring that your estate is protected and eventually passed on to those you wish to inherit. We are always happy to speak to you on the telephone and to answer any questions you may have. For advice on your individual circumstances or to obtain a free quote, please contact us on Freephone 0800 371219 or email email@example.com The information in this article is of a general nature and may not reflect your individual circumstance
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ROLL LIKE A ROYAL
“FROM LAUNCH IN 2003, THE ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM QUICKLY ESTABLISHED A REPUTATION AT THE VERY PINNACLE OF AUTOMOTIVE EXCELLENCE, A REPUTATION THAT HAS BEEN REINFORCED BY THE INTRODUCTION OF OUTSTANDING MODEL DERIVATIVES LIKE THE PHANTOM DROPHEAD COUPÉ AND PHANTOM COUPÉ.”
hese beautiful cars are timeless in their appeal, but in the modern world technology moves rapidly and Rolls-Royce cannot afford to stand still. So they have embraced that famous maxim of their founding forefather Sir Henry Royce who, a century ago, encouraged his teams to take the best that exists and to make it better. Now Rolls-Royce proudly presents Phantom Series II a family of ultra-luxurious cars that have been thoughtfully updated with the introduction of cutting-edge technologies, enhancements to an already peerless drivetrain and improvements in connectivity that reflect the new world in which we live. The launch of the Rolls-Royce Phantom on 1st January 2003 was much more than the reveal of a new ultra-luxury car; it signalled the 21st Century renaissance of the world’s most famous luxury automobile brand and the first glimpse of a masterpiece that quickly
established itself at the pinnacle of automotive excellence. From launch, the Rolls-Royce Phantom proved itself a worthy recipient of the famous Spirit of Ecstasy figurine. From Pantheon grille to long rear overhang, the design was clearly a Rolls-Royce. Every angle revealed a bold yet elegant car with road presence that was second to none. For such an imposing car, Phantom surprised drivers with its agility and precision in motion while its ride was described by the company at the time as ‘designed to lower the pulse’. The magnificently sublime ride, famed through model generations, had returned and waftability re-affirmed itself in the company lexicon. At the car’s core lay a groundbreaking, lightweight aluminium space-frame with power supplied by a sophisticated, directinjection V12 engine, married to a six-speed auto gearbox. And complementing this excellence
in engineering was Phantom’s beautiful interior, presenting handstitched sumptuous leathers, fine veneers and exquisite detailing, a combination that marked the car as something uniquely special. Phantom’s striking and modern front end best encapsulates the essence of changes that lie beneath, with re-styled bumpers and rectangular light apertures that frame full-LED light clusters. These allow the integration of new technologies like curve light functionality, where headlamp beams are reflected in the direction of travel to provide greater illumination of the road ahead when cornering. And adaptive headlamps, where light patterns change automatically and - of course effortlessly in response to different driving speeds. Phantom’s already sublime drivetrain has also been enhanced. The addition of a new 8-speed automatic gearbox and rear differential perfectly complement the V12 direct injection engine,
improving exemplary dynamics, as well as the famous Rolls-Royce promise of a magic carpet ride. Fuel consumption improves by 10 percent on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions fall from 385 to 347g/km as a consequence (388 to 349 for Phantom Extended Wheelbase).
3D map display with landscape topography, guided tours, as well as enhanced points of interest and composite route planning.
Audio visual content, satellite navigation maps and driver information is presented on Phantom’s new 8.8 inch control Effortless is a word that perhaps best centre display, underlined by eight epitomises the Phantom experience, programmable bookmarks in both for drivers and their passengers. chrome for optimum convenience in selecting key functions. Front, So an improved user interface, as rear and top-view camera systems, well as the addition of new driver assistance technologies, have been further augment Phantom’s ease of use particularly when driving in tight built on the foundation of a new urban environments. When reverse electronics’ platform for Phantom parking for example, rear path Series II. The satellite navigation prediction automatically deploys system, for example, has been fully on-screen. updated with functions that include
Phantom • Top Speed - 149 mph • 0-60mph - 5.7 sec • MPG (combined) - 19.1 Phantom Extended Wheelbase • Top Speed - 149 mph • 0-60mph - 5.8 sec • MPG (combined) - 18.9 Drophead Coupé • Top Speed - 149 mph • 0-60mph - 5.6 sec • MPG (combined) - 19.1 Drophead Coupé • Top Speed - 155 mph • 0-60mph - 5.6 sec • MPG (combined) - 19.1
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The new trends in relaxation and fitness therapy are presented by The Pool and Spa Company in a variety of ways. The new state of the art garden saunas are breathtaking! The cylindrical Eclipse being the first such model in Great Britain, it is jaw droppingly unique with its log fire (or electric heating system) enabling healing salt infusions into the enticing warm air seating area. Alternatively, 13amp indoor infra red sauna therapy or traditional saunas are available. Unaffected by the hosepipe ban, The Pool and Spa Company are going from strength to strength in building, servicing and maintaining swimming pools and hot tubs, in addition to new product sales. The stunning new showroom is the largest the South of England and shows a range of exciting products. “We are the first company to display an indoor sunken working swim spa with adjustable speed current” says sales manager Christina. “Following an increase in demand, we are also delighted to be showing a range of pool safety covers” she goes on to mention.
You will find hot tubs from £4495, saunas from £1895 and a variety of pools and adjustable current swim spas to fit most budgets. The new mother of pearl effect steam room adds a new dimension of glamour to the indoor sales area. Open 7 days a week whatever the weather, they have products for all seasons including water treatment chemicals and games. The Pool & Spa Company, Ruxley Manor Garden Centre, Maidstone Rd, Sidcup DA14 5BQ 0208 302 1683 www.poolandspaco.com SCENE 41
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A HOME FIT FOR AKing
WE ALL DREAM OF LIVING LIKE ROYALTY, OR AT LEAST BEING ABLE TO ENJOY THE FINER THINGS IN LIFE. OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES OFFER SOME FANTASTIC INSPIRATION TO HELP YOU LIVE LIKE A KING...IN YOUR OWN HOME AT LEAST!
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The Bose® VideoWave® entertainment system is the only HD flatscreen with a complete Bose® home cinema system built inside. Through exclusive Bose® technologies, it reproduces sound from places where there are no speakers, delivering an experience you may never have thought possible. It’s not a TV. It¹s actually a complete home entertainment solution that combines 1080p resolution with Bose® home cinema sound. In one easy to use system. Musical Images, 126 High Street, Beckenham, Kent BR3 1EB Tel: 020 866 33 777 Web: www.musical-images.co.uk
FOR A GRAND FIREPLACE The Kent Fireplace Company has been established since 1979 and now offers over 80 fireplace and stove displays between its main showroom in Shortlands and it’s recently opened Warehouse less than a mile away. So you can visit two sites to get the feel of all the fires, fireplaces and stoves available on the market today. As well as many of their own designs, there is a bespoke service available for clients with specific requirements. Their displays cover the most up-to-the-minute high efficiency fires for gas and solid fuel fires to traditional, classic ranges. There are also electric fires including hole-in-the-wall designs for those wanting an effect only. You will also find a wide selection of DEFRA approved log burners and wood-burning inserts so you can legally burn logs in Smoke Control areas which have become very popular in the last few years with rising fuel prices. The Kent Fireplace Company, 96 – 100 Beckenham Lane, Shortlands, Bromley, BR2 0DW Tel: 0208 466 5910 Web: www.kentfireplace.com
A NEW LEASE OF LIFE When it comes to spending money on your kitchen or bedroom, whether simply updating your worktops and doors or installing a whole new design, everyone wants to know they’re getting the finest quality materials and highest level of service, at the best possible price. Choosing the right company for the job can feel like a tough decision, but with Kitchen & Bedroom Transformations (KABT) your ideal kitchen is closer than you think. Why not give KABT a call to arrange your free design consultation and kick-start transforming your home and the way you live. Kitchen & Bedroom Transformations 01689 831 400 www.kabt.co.uk SCENE 43
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sories during May. 15% off all garden furniture and acces items only. See in store for details, applies to stock
JUST INTERIORS PETTS WOOD Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm 172 Petts Wood Road, Petts Wood Kent, BR5 1LG
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LAZY DAYS Acacia Rhode Island Chair and Footstool Painted wood with white PU finished Available from Dobbies, £145
All-weather rattan weave lounge bed with fully detachable canopy and scatter cushions Available from Dobbies, £1295
The Bow Hammock is the epitome of style, elegance and precise craftsmanship. The contemporary design will complement any garden or patio and the ample canvas will provide the perfect place to take an afternoon nap. The frame is made from pre-treated larchwood which means it can be left in the garden all year round. The canvas can be easily removed and stored to keep it clean. Assembly requires two people and, utilising the tools provided, should take less than 30 minutes. Available from Living It Up, £139
Antique Green Table & 2 Chair Set £145 Antique Green Metal Garden Bench measures £125 Green embossed glass t-light holder with metal handle for hanging - £15 for set of 4 These are the previous Spring Special discount of 15% Available from Just Interiors, Petts Wood SCENE 45
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Le Dolomiti Mediterranean, Steak & Seafood Restaurant
tHE bAKERY bar restaurant & grill
A large and varied classic dishes menu includes: rack of lamb,T-bone and fillet steaks, steak diane, fresh mussels, seabass, dover sole, lobster, pasta, vegetarian choices and real Italian ice creams. Midweek and Sunday set menus: £14.25 (2 courses) £17.75 (3 courses) inc Sunday Roasts Sunday Roast only: £9.75
Present this coupon at Le Dolomiti and get 10% off your food bill. Tues – Thurs during the month of May 2012 1 Voucher per booking – not applicable for parties over 10 people.
Wedding parties & special occasions catered for Lunch Tues - Fri 12 - 2.30pm • Dinner Monday - Saturday from 6pm • Sunday all day from 12 noon 747 - 753 Sidcup Road (The Fiveways, A20), New Eltham, SE9 Tel: 020 8850 3332 www.ledolomiti.co.uk
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20 Apr-20 May A mountain of work coming in, of which you must be ready at all times to receive and to work for. It will help to aid you in these difficult times and enable you to forge ahead on a new path of activity not known before. You are now emerging into a new and more profitable life. You will see it and trust it.
23 Oct-21 Nov You must begin in earnest to change your life for the better. A new planetary impulse will see you take the chance of which there will be no regrets, only a loving and peaceful existence. It is high time you did it, as you have been deliberating for far too long now. Take this golden opportunity while it still exists. It won’t be there for long.
21 May-20 Jun Now, as life becomes more steadier for you to manage and equally to appreciate, it goes without saying that you have deserved this breakthrough and can go forwards with increasing strength and vigour. Begin to see life as if you are a part of it and not separate from it. You have come a long way and there is more to satisfy you out there.
22 Nov-21 Dec You must begin in earnest to change your life for the better. A new planetary impulse will see you take the chance of which there will be no regrets, only a loving and peaceful existence. It is high time you did it, as you have been deliberating for far too long now. Take this golden opportunity while it still exists. It won’t be there for long.
21 Jun-22 Jul Every time you think you have won, another problem seems to rear its ugly head around you. Is there no rest from this mayhem and turmoil? Look at life in another way. By focussing on this problem you are saved, as you are able to deal with it and grow with confidence. All is a learning curve for you, something you have not yet thought about.
22 Dec-19 Jan You have come a long way in your life and your career. This now is the joy of the wisdom that you have created to forge ahead with new impetus and a new pulse to secure everything you hold most dear and sacred. Nothing will ever leave you or be taken away from you again. This you can feel confident about and take comfort in that fact.
23 Jul-22 Aug What was once an impossible dream is well on course to becoming a true reality. Notice how the wind of change is all around you. You are feeling the impetus to go forwards as never before. Seek out that job application and begin to see a turnaround of events, which will amaze you as never before. It really is in your stars to make that difference.
20 Jan-18 Feb To create a better future for yourself, you have to come to terms with the past and finally let that part of your life go. There were trying times, but the rest is beautiful with much hope and promise. You deserve a better part of that life coming to you. Don’t stop that progress. Leave the past and know a better future is there for you.
23 Aug-22 Sep Now it is make or break time. You are headed for a fall unless you sort out your finances, which are about to topple over. Once you have grasped the source of the problem you will deal with it swiftly and efficiently, leaving you in a more stable position than when you first started. Begin to see matters more clearly so you can make that difference.
19 Feb-20 Mar All that you ever wished for is there before you. See yourself as great and see how others acknowledge that greatness, not in the usual way of notoriety that is already there for you, but to a higher level of achievement that few can aspire to. These natural gifts cannot be learnt. They are acquired through individual progress at a time that has been allocated for you.
23 Sep-22 Oct A new spectrum of light, which will help you focus on what is right and important in your life. It is high time you moved on and out and go your separate ways. You have been living a drift wood sort of life. Now you can at last make a difference to yourself and be a part of this world, not as a separate entity.
21 Mar-19 Apr Time to reflect, not on your future, but on what you can do today for yourself and others – there is not much time to lose and so an itinerary of what is necessary and what must be put right is so important to give you that necessary peace of mind, which has not been there for a long time. You owe it to yourself.
MY SCENE BRIAN MODLOCK IS THE HARD-WORKING MANAGING DIRECTOR OF RIXSON & GREEN, A BESPOKE BATHROOM COMPANY BASED IN SHORTLANDS BROMLEY. BRIAN HAS BEEN AT THE HELM FOR 7 YEARS, AND IS PROUD TO HAVE DEVELOPED THE BUSINESS INTO AN EXCEPTIONAL PROVIDER OF HIGH END EUROPEAN BATHROOM FITTINGS.
Words by Nicholas Chowdrey
Hi Brian. Where are you originally from? I’m originally from Bermondsey – or, the borough as I should probably call it – but I moved here to Bromley over 30 years ago and I’ve been a man of Kent ever since. What do you think of the area? It’s great. The facilities are excellent and there are plenty of restaurants and shops to choose from. Of course, it’s also very convenient to get into the city, which I do quite frequently.
Brian Modlock high end dealer in Bromley, and the only one that stock Villeroy & Boch. Tell us more about Villeroy & Boch. They are a German company that are one of the best ceramic manufacturers in the world. Put simply, they offer exceptional quality products for a decent price. The best thing is that they produce everything you need; from tiles, to taps, to showers and baths. So if you like their style you can kit out your whole bathroom. What do you like to do on your days off? Relax. I’m so busy during the week at the showroom that when I get home all I want to do is sit around and watch telly. I don’t do any sports. When I get the chance I like to go with the family into the city and go to a nice restaurant. I love the Covent Garden area and we go there a lot.
You sound like you have a very successful business. Any plans to expand? Not really. We think it’s more important to focus on what we already have. We’re constantly refurbishing the showroom, keeping up to date with the latest products and brands and making sure our customers get the best that’s available. Thanks for your time Brian and we wish you all the best for the future.
Tell us a bit about how Rixson & Green started. The company has been around for a long time – around 30 years. It was originally founded by two chaps called Bob Rixson and Jeff Green, which is where the name comes from, and I took over 7 years ago after they retired. What makes the company special? We pride ourselves on the personal touch. We offer excellent customer service and advice for all our clients and strive to make sure you get a top quality bathroom that lasts and looks fantastic. We’re also the only
110 - 112 Beckenham Lane, Shortlands, Bromley, BR2 0DW 020 8290 1777 • firstname.lastname@example.org • www.rixson-green.co.uk
Petts Wood Toys
0208 650 5355 www.beckenhamtoys.co.uk email@example.com 226 High Street, Beckenham, BR3 1EN
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Published on Apr 30, 2012
Published on Apr 30, 2012
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