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SLOAN! Spencer Matthews

Luxury Hotels

Active Affluent

SLOAN! Baby

Dapper Chap

Fine Dining

Tech-tastic Treats

Pampered Pooch

Ginspiration

Ask The Expert

21st edition

Features Interviews with: Georgia Toffolo Andy Murray Cyrus Todiwala Sweet Treats with Cupcake Jemma


AT ASIAN AWARDS WITH VINCENT WONG CHAIRMAN OF WEALTH DRAGONS AND TONY DAVIS & KELLY HAYNES

PRESENTING ON COLOURFUL RADIO

SPEAKING ON STAGE AT WEALTH MASTERY LIVE

ON THE RED CARPET AT THE BAFTAS

WITH JOHN LEE - CEO OF WEALTH DRAGONS

INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER & MEDIA PERSONALITY


Sloan Sheridan-Williams We discover the woman behind the successful entrepreneur, media personality and international speaker to find out what makes Sloan Sheridan-Williams stand out from all the rest!

Sloan Sheridan-Williams is a uniquely talented celebrity life coach who has worked with rock stars to royalty and politicians to CEOs. Her VIP clients include Hollywood actors, professional athletes and reality TV stars. She also works with brands from start ups to global leaders such as Unilever, BMW, Honda, David Brown Automotive, eHarmony, Whirlpool, Hotels. com and Booking.com to name a few. WHO IS SLOAN SHERIDAN-WILLIAMS Sloan Sheridan-Williams is known for her work as one of the leading “diagnosticians in the complementary therapy world” She is often commended for having the fastest results in the shortest time often tackling problems that have yet to be solved by others. Sloan achieves this using over a decade of experience and is unique in the fact that she has trained in so many different areas using their diversity to fix problems that a single qualified practitioner may not be able to address. She talks about all these area in the press on a regular basis both in the UK and globally. UNIQUELY TALENTED & MULTI-DISCIPLINARY TRAINING Sloan was originally known in her capacity as an experienced therapist and success coach, but she is impossible to pigeon hole. Over the last 15 years, she has had the opportunity to work in many different arenas from legal to political, medical to media, and corporate to academia. Educated at Oxford University where she originally read Medicine, Sloan then attended University College London before converting to Law. Sloan has collaborated with some of the finest institutions and brands in the UK, if not the world, and has had the pleasure to work with some very talented individuals. Sloan’s latest work is her new book, “Slap Fear In The Face” which is available in e-book and paperback at www.slapfear.com Visit www.celebritylifecoach.co.uk to learn more about Sloan and her extraordinary work.

CELEBRITY LIFE COACH Sloan has worked with rock stars to royalty and politicians to CEOs. Her VIP clients include Hollywood actors, professional athletes and reality TV stars MEDIA-FRIENDLY EXPERT As a respected relationship expert, Sloan has appeared in the UK and international media over 200 times. She is also a charismatic media personality, radio host and trained presenter. www.book-sloan.com INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER Sloan is an engaging and inspirational world class international speaker and has shared the stage with some of the top business experts and entrepreneurs in the UK including John Lee, Vincent Wong, Andy Harrington and Shaa Wasmund MBE.

SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCER Sloan has a combined social media following of over 450K on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. She is also the founder and editor-in-chief of SLOAN! Follow us on social media @sloanloves

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VIP & Celebrities

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SPENCER MATTHEWS: CHELSEA BOY GROWS UP GEORGIA TOFFOLO: FROM THE JUNGLE TO THE RACES

ANDY MURRAY: HIS 36 SIR RETURN TO TENNIS TODIWALA: CHEF 78 CYRUS LIFE GETS SPICY 63RD LONDON 116 ONLOOKER: FILM FESTIVAL ONLOOKER: YOUNG CHEF 118 YOUNG WAITER 2019

GEORGIA TOFFOLO

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Editor’s Letter 2019 has been an amazing year! From welcoming Baby Sloan into the world and publishing my book “Slap Fear In The Face” to working with a host of inspirational celebrities and growing an even bigger raving fan base for SLOAN!

I'm delighted to present the 21st edition of SLOAN! incorporating the Christmas Gift Guide which is

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CELEB EVENTS AT ELLA CANTA & BANKSIDE HOTEL

Food & Drink 84 PERFECT PARTY FOOD 88 FOODIE FAVOURITES 94 SENSATIONAL SIPS 96 TASTY TIPPLES 100 FESTIVE FIZZ

IN THE PINK: ROSÉ 102 CHAMPAGNE & SPARKLING 106 GIN-SPIRATION 108 LOW AND NO ALCOHOL OF YUMMINESS WITH 112 HAVEN CUPCAKE JEMMA

bigger and better than ever before. The build up from the famously unseasonal Christmas in July is now beautifully transformed onto our pages thanks to our fabulous design team. In this issue we've gone back to our roots with exclusive interviews with Made in Chelsea alumni - Spenny and Toff - who both opened up about their lives after MIC. If you are looking to make a change in 2020, be inspired by their journeys. We've increased our food and drink coverage including a focus on champagnes and sparkling wines and broadened the Book Club to include titles for you to enjoy with your little ones. As always a big thank you to my

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team who have worked as hard as ever to deliver our biggest issue yet filled with things we're sure you'll love including articles from leading experts in their field and as always you won't find distracting advertisements in SLOAN! Look out for the launch of my exciting new project next year which I can't wait to share as it is going to transform countless lives! A big thank you also to you our readers, for your continued support. The team and I love your feedback. Continue to be inspired!

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Regulars 16 SLOAN! BABY 24 LADY SLOAN! 34 SLOAN! BOOK CLUB 38 ACTIVE AFFLUENT 42 DAPPER CHAP 46 TECH-TASTIC TREATS 60 PAMPERED POOCH 64 RESTAURANTS 82 SLOAN! AT HOME 114 SLOAN! BOOK CLUB

Ask The Expert

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SCOTCH WHISKY WITH GRAHAM EUNSON

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KARINE JACKSON HAIR & BEAUTY

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CHAMPAGNE WITH VICTORIA CARFANTAN

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SPA ETIQUETTE WITH ABI WRIGHT

PARTY PLANNING WITH 110 KATHERINE HUDSON

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WORK-LIFE BALANCE WITH NATASHA PILBROW

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LOOK YOUR BEST WITH ROSEMARY CONLEY OBE

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START UP BUSINESS ADVICE WITH RACHEL WOOD

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PREVENT DRY EYES WITH ASHISH MATHUR

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TRAVEL ADVICE WITH DR SOREN CARSTENS

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TRAVEL WITH STOOKE & STINE BROGAARD

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PLAY FOR LIFE WITH MICRO SCOOTERS

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PORT & CHEESE PAIRINGS WITH ADRIAN BRIDGE

Features 22 BODY BEAUTIFUL 31 FACE TIME 51 HEALTH IS WEALTH 56 BOOKS FOR BABIES 58 THE NIFTY NURSERY 62 XMAS LIKE A BOSS 70 THE ATHENAEUM 72 HILTON PARK LANE 74 PARK PLAZA WATERLOO 76 RBE VANDERBILT 86 ENTERTAINING AT HOME

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LONDON LIFE

K A R I N E J ACKSO N H A I R & B E AUT Y Karine Jackson, London Hairdresser of the Year finalist in HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards 2019, secures stellar status in London’s hottest hair & beauty scene Karine Jackson is the owner of Karine Jackson Hair & Beauty at 24 Litchfield Street in Covent Garden - the first certified sustainable hair salon in London offering vegan and organic colour-led services for the last 16 years. Having been confirmed as a finalist in HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards 2019, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional, Karine has impressed more than 100 hair industry judges to be named one of just six stylists shortlisted for the prestigious London Hairdresser of the Year category – which welcomed entries from aspiring hairdressers from all across the capital and the greater London area. OSCARS OF THE HAIR WORLD Karine’s creative hairstyling and exceptional skill in cutting and colouring ensured her photographic work stood out from the rest. Her collection of eight trend-led artistic hairdressing will put her in the running to be crowned London Hairdresser of the Year at the big ceremony – the Oscars of the hair world – HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards in November 2019 – which is now in its 35th year. Speaking about her achievement, Karine said: “The calibre of hairdressing recognised in these awards is widely known, and I’m very proud to have done so well. There are amazing hairdressers in London producing fantastic hair, so I’m thrilled to be nominated. Hairdressing is a beautiful part of my life and I love how my work is bringing other people delight and receiving such a great reception.” Commenting on the announcement, Jayne Lewis-Orr, executive director of HJ’s British Hairdressing

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Awards said; “To be named as a finalist in the London Hairdresser of Year category highlights just how exceptional Karine is. This is one of the most hotly contested categories every year with a lot of amazing talent vying for the title from established names to emerging, younger people. “The capital, more than any other place, attracts those hungry and passionate for success. They bring innovative and brave ideas, and release creativity and boldness in their stunning collections. Her hairstyling demonstrated this fantastic skill and vision, and rightly gives her the acknowledgement as one of the UK’s best hairdressers.”

Karine Jackson VEGAN FRIENDLY Karine Jackson offers Vegan hair services, meaning Vegans can enjoy high-end hairdressing with everything from the colour and products to the cookies and drinks (almond milk is available for tea in coffee) meeting their requirements. Karine’s uses Vegan-friendly brand Organic Colour Systems, which displays the PETA Cruelty free and Vegan logos, and also sponsor Greenpeace. As an added bonus, Organic Colour Systems uses the lowest possible form of PPD, and is free from ammonia. The products are made in Hampshire so boast a low carbon footprint, and the

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company refuses to trade with countries or businesses that endorse animal testing. SUSTAINABLE SALON Karine has paved the way for other salons in the industry, proving that being ethical doesn’t mean having to compromise on performance. Her salon excels at amazing colour, whether it’s an ice white blonde, a lived-in balayage, or a bright pink. Sustainability is becoming a huge topic of discussion, and Karine is on a mission to become the first plasticfree salon in the UK. She hopes to inspire others to unite and strive towards eliminating single-use plastics, from bottles of shampoo to the bottles of water her employees bring into work. She previously won London Hairdresser of the Year in 2007. BEST OF BRITISH HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional, celebrates the very best of British hairdressing, recognising and rewarding the creative talents of individuals and teams who make the industry so vibrant. Currently over 287,000 people work within the hairdressing, barbering and beauty industries, with salons often making up the backbone of the high street, contributing over £7bn to the UK economy each year. It’s an ever expanding industry too, with over a third of salons in 2018 (41%) noting that turnover had increased from the previous year. HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional will take place on 25th November 2019 at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London. Find out more about Karine Jackson at www.karinejackson.co.uk


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expert advice

Spa Etiquette: The Do's & Don'ts of Visiting a Spa Modern lives are busy, hectic and stressful at times, so heading off for a rejuvenating spa day or break is the perfect time out. However, for first-timers, there are a few etiquette expectations you should be aware of. Abi Wright, Founder of Spabreaks.com, the UK’s leading spa bookings agency with over 800 spas across the UK and overseas, has pulled together some of her top tips and answered some common questions about how to make the most of a spa experience, and avoid any faux-pas.

Abi Wright

Abi Wright is Managing Director and Co-Founder of Spabreaks. com, which she founded in 2008. Since then, the company has grown to become Europe’s leading spa bookings agency and helps more than 6,000 people enjoy a spa break each week. Abi is a board member of the UK Spa Association, and was most recently named as one of the Timewise Power 50 champions of flexible working, as well as being on the judging panel for the 17th annual NatWest everywoman Awards programme. Abi says, "We’ve just launched our new Elysium Collection, so if you’re looking for a truly exceptional spa experience, there you'll find the best UK spas and bucket-list experiences that are not to be missed!" Visit www.spabreaks.com/elysiumcollection for more information.

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WHAT TO WEAR A spa day is about being relaxed. So wear something comfortable, take a swimming costume (or two – one to swim in, and one to have your treatments in) and a pair of flip flops. Also, find out whether the spa provides robes, towels and slippers before you go, and check if the restaurant has a dress code. WHAT TO TAKE INTO THE SPA WITH YOU Spa days and breaks are all about enjoying a little time to yourself, so we encourage guests to bring in books or magazines to sit back and lose themselves in for a while. While it’s important that you feel happy and relaxed, it’s also important to respect others in the spa and their experience too. It is generally good manners not to bring your mobile into the spa (it is the perfect place to enjoy a little digital-detox), but if you must bring it in be sure to use earphones for music and make sure it is set to do not disturb. TIMING FOR YOUR TREATMENT Always arrive for spa treatments 10-15 minutes early to check-in and fill out your consultation form. If you have time, it's always nice to use the pool, sauna and steam room before treatment, and have a shower as well to open up the pores and relax the muscles. TALKING TO YOUR THERAPIST Whether it is your first or hundredth spa break, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Your therapist will always appreciate hearing about any problem areas, pressure preferences or questions as it will help them give you the best experience possible. SHOWERING AND SHAVING A refreshing shower just before treatment is a great way to prep skin, and it’s always a good idea to do any shaving the night before a treatment to stop skin from being irritated by products. Try to remove make-up before having a treatment as well, particularly if you’re having a facial! HEALTH RESTRICTIONS TO BE AWARE OF Spas are generally suitable for everyone, but in some cases - such as when you are pregnant - there are certain features it may be best to avoid. Call one of our spa experts if you have any concerns before your visit and they will advise you. HELPFUL HINTS Finally, it’s a good idea to take a pound coin for the lockers, and I always like to take a good book or magazine to read by the pool. For

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overnight spa breaks it’s also a good idea to take a separate little bag with you so you can take any bits and pieces you want for the day to the spa area without returning to your room. SPAS SHOULD BE ENJOYED BY EVERYONE Spabreaks.com helps more than 6,000 people enjoy a relaxing spa day or break every week. Abi says, “Here at Spabreaks.com we believe that spas should be enjoyed by everyone, and have worked hard to make this a reality. While spas are wonderfully welcoming and easy to navigate once you have the hang of them, especially for new spa-goers they can seem a little daunting. My top tips will help you make the most of your day”. Follow us on social media @sloanloves

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Spencer Matthews I have changed a huge amount for the better. I want to be the best husband and father that I can be

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Celebrity Life Coach Sloan Sheridan-Williams talks to Spencer Matthews to discover the man behind the reality TV star S What is the "why" behind your new jewellery business, Eden Rocks?

To create a service that is very personal and

S unique to each individual. We created Eden

Rocks because people are still informed but don’t have options of where to go when looking at an engagement ring. Lots of big brands carry big prices for stuff that is very attainable. I wasn’t aware of that. Turns out that you are really just paying for the brand’s overheads and the stone you buy at huge cost is exactly the same as less expensive stones elsewhere. These brands don’t have the personality. You walk in you get a glass of champagne and you get a degree of care then you get sold something that isn’t unique and hugely inflated then you leave the store and that’s that. I just don’t feel there is any real relationship there. I am quite confident that every person that shops at Eden Rocks Diamonds will never use any other jewellery to buy anything else. The experience we provide is one off unique and special and it take time to build a relationship with Neil and myself and surely that’s what you are after when spending your hard earned money on something as elaborate as a diamond. You want to know you are in good hands. What have been the biggest challenges you’ve

S had to overcome when starting up Eden Rocks? Getting your price point correct and making

S sure people know who you are and come to

you. Becoming a big trusted name takes time. People are happy to pay the extraordinary premium when buying a diamond from a big name. If it comes from Tiffany it’s obviously an amazing stone but actually we are able to source from similar if not the same source as these leading brands without having the overheads of Bond Street space. If you are wearing a Rolex or Patek Philippe you know what you are wearing, you have the brand identity but when you are wearing an engagement ring it comes out the same mine and is not lavishly labelled. So as long as you are buying from a trusted source, I personally find the brand name when it comes to diamonds to be less reflective in the price. What qualities in Neil Duttson caught your

S attention to know that you wanted to team up with him to start Eden Rocks?

I found Neil Duttson though my friend Hugo

S Taylor. He had a beautiful piece made for

Millie Mackintosh for their engagement. When I spoke to Neil I immediately liked him. When you meet people in business it’s a skill to be able to judge people’s character quickly and I felt very comfortable with Neil. He knew his stuff and spoke

very eloquently about diamonds. It’s obvious that diamonds are his life and he has a likeability factor as is genuine and kind. I believe that is important when you are spending money on a diamond. It’s an industry to easily feel like you are being shafted when buying a stone. Neil had a business that was doing rather well and I thought I could bring some creative flair to what he already did and also provide him with clients who appreciate great insight into a deal. The diamond industry lacks that. We run a very personal shop. You come and meet us, we go for coffee and discuss exactly what you want and we show you then and there different price point stones and get a feel for what you want. We will knock you up a CAD (computer aided drawing) of your design. You can be as involved or removed from the design process as you like. Everything happens under one roof at Eden Rocks. Having designed Vogue's engagement ring, do

S you plan to design more jewellery for her? Are we allowed to know what?! I actually just designed her another ring for

S renewing our vows in a wedding party as part

of our TV show. It’s a beautiful emerald and diamond Art Deco style ring which was a joy to design. It’s very different and contrasting to the one she has which is a five stone beast. It was great fun and I always have her in the back of my mind when designing pieces. Since you met Vogue and started your family,

S what new belief or behaviour has most changed your life in a positive way?

I find your priorities start to shift when

S you start to have a family. Vogue and I put

Theodore first as well as each other. I haven’t had an alcoholic drink in a year and a half. Just before Theodore was born I stopped drinking alcohol and it opened up the rest of my mind. I find myself more driven in business and work and busy myself with important things like family and being a success. I find that myself now and my former self even two years ago probably wouldn’t get along. I doubt we would even be friends were we to meet. I have changed a huge amount for the better. I'm now switched on and driven to be the best husband and father that I can be. You have a superb amount of confidence. How

S do you keep confident during tough times?

I think being confident is part of your DNA.

S You’re either confident or you’re not. I’m

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find a great deal of humour can be injected into conversation with confidence. I like to think I have a nice sense of humour. Someone came to me to ask advice the other day about something that had happened to them and I said if it’s not going to bother you in a year’s time just get over it now. It might be difficult to do but ultimately worrying and being bogged down and not having the confidence to put things behind you is a shame. You have to crack on and be happy. Glass half full.

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What has most frightened you in the last few years and how do you overcome it? I don’t find too much scary in the traditional

S sense but I suppose on a deeper level the thing

that would concern me (but doesn’t keep me up at night) is losing my son, losing my wife or breaking up with my family. I have to say we are a pretty tight unit. If something did scare me I would hit it for six, I wouldn’t let it bother me and I wouldn’t let it consume me. With this start up that’s coming out soon a lot can go wrong and we are spinning plates like no-one’s business but I think my partner and I are handling things fine. In business you have to keep cracking on and not get bogged down so I tend not to think about fearful things. You obviously had a fabulous education but what

S real world advice do you think was lacking? If

you could add a class to everyone's must-do list to get the edge in life, what would it involve? Manners are very important and typically

S something you learn at home. It falls under the

responsibility of your parents. I find the way you treat others is extremely important especially in business. If you are courteous and well-mannered and always have been in your dealings with them everything will be fine. Being a gentleman or a well brought up woman is quite important. The way you treat people will always come back on you. If you are horrible to your employees you can expect trouble down the line. If you always tell the truth and are fair and well-mannered, people will respect you even when they don’t want to like you. School doesn’t teach you that.

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If you starred in a new reality TV show about your life, what inspiring one-liner would you want to appear on the billboard advert?

S Confidence is key. On the show Hunted, you put up a good attempt S to not get caught. If you could re-do the show, do you think you could outfox them and what would you do differently? I am used to being on TV to entertain and S Hunted albeit a show about escaping capture is also an entertainment programme so some of the things we did that were risky we wouldn’t have done if we were genuinely trying not to get caught. If we had gone to Scotland deep into the Highlands in a

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tent and slept there for two weeks I suspect we would have been OK but in order to make the show fun we had a target to move at least 10 miles a day so being on the down low is not what we did. We were up and about trying to create entertaining TV whilst trying to avoid the hunters. If we did it again we would be less entertaining and do everything we could to remain hidden taking very little risk.

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If you could be someone else (dead or alive) for a day, who would it be and why? I would have loved to have been Steve Jobs

S for the day and have been inside his extremely

complicated mind. I wouldn’t have minded being Freddie Mercury for the day which would have been fun to have input into that genius. An industry leader or someone who has changed the world whether that be through art, song or business. I am extremely drawn to unattainable levels of natural talent.

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What's your biggest regret of something you wanted to do but didn't do? What stopped you doing it? I wish I had changed my relationship with

S alcohol sooner. I feel as though I had a great

time in my 20's but there comes a time when you have to sort yourself out especially if you want to be the kind of husband I want to be. I almost need my wife to be proud of me and the way I was behaving with the nights out is no way to live. Great fun for a short period of time but I kicked it to the curb when I was 30. I lost three years of solid business doing that I could have started at 27. Failure is often just a stepping stone to success.

S Do you have a favourite mistake which although

you know you should have perhaps done something differently, it got you where you are today and you wouldn't actually change it. What is that mistake?

You just summed up Made in Chelsea. MIC was

S a stepping stone that I wish was done differently

in my case and not stayed on it as long as I did. I spent an awful lot of time trying to be disliked for the benefit of the show as I thought it was funny and the show was better for it. I will forever be Spencer Matthews from MIC and the memories from that show are not great although it is what gave me my name in the UK.

S

What are your favourite books that have greatly influenced your life? What is the book you’ve given most as a gift, and why?

I love Moby Dick and Harry Potter - J.K. S Rowling has a great imagination. I don’t read as much as l would like to. I watch a lot of documentaries and more serious TV. I read Russell Brand’s book on recovery recently which I found to be interesting but not the best thing I have ever read. It’s basically his take on the twelve steps to recovery.


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Spencer with his wife Vogue Williams

S If you had a superpower, what would it be? It would be to move very quickly. You know the S guy from the X-Men who can move fast. If you can get to where you want to be in less than a second, you have control of your time as no-one else can do that. To control time would be very cool. To take as much time as you wanted to do everything perfectly would be great. What was the last text message you received

S before this interview?

You would be astounded how boring my phone

S is. I got a text from Jake Parkinson-Smith

who owns Mahiki nightclub saying where did you guys end up on Sunday night as I was asking him where might be open after our wedding party. Everyone came back to ours and kept Daddy awake all night! Really it’s work, work, work. I have a handful of close mates but I see them less as I'm super occupied at the moment.

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What are your favourite charities and why are they close to your heart?

Neil & Spencer with an Eden Rocks client

My family have a foundation for my brother S Michael Matthews who lost his life on Everest when he was 22 years old. We want to bring as much attention as possible to the Michael Matthews Foundation which provides education to over 2000 kids in areas where they are unlikely to receive any education at all. We also support children who would ordinarily have to walk long distances to school opening themselves up to risk so they are now safe and looked after. I pop to Tanzania to say hi to the 5 girls I put into a boarding school as I felt they were spinning their wheel in the mud a bit so I look after them and will do so until they are 18. We do bits and pieces for kids in Tanzania about 2000 of them. The website is www.michaelmatthewsfoundation.org - it’s non-profit and all the money goes to the kids. For more information on Eden Rocks, please visit edenrocks.co.uk Catch up on Spencer, Vogue and Wedding Two at All4.com Follow us on social media @sloanloves

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Career & Family: You Can Have It All & Me Time Too! Natasha Pilbrow

Natasha Pilbrow, co-founder of LeSalon, reveals how to enjoy the best of both worlds as a working mum

From my own experience, trying to raise a young family at the same time as advancing your career can seem an impossibly tall order. It’s not just that time and energy is in short supply, but emotions and relationships can be put under immense strain. As a former lawyer, and COO and co-founder of beauty tech platform LeSalon, I’ve spent a lot of time trying to achieve the ‘perfect’ work-life balance. I’ve made sacrifices, made mistakes, felt the guilt, and it definitely hasn’t been easy, but I firmly believe that no woman should feel like they have to make a choice between being there for their children and professional success. I’ve also found that the ‘perfect’ work-life balance doesn’t exist. You can only do your best. Knowing your options and making the right plans is absolutely key though, if you are to enjoy the best of both worlds. Here are a few things I’ve learnt along

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the way. EXPLORE FLEXIBLE WORKING Being self-employed or participating in a flexible working scheme is often the ideal arrangement for parents seeking control over their time.

It’s not a possibility for everyone, but if you can work on a self-employed or flexible basis, try to schedule your working hours so that you can be present for key moments in your children’s day. This might mean working whilst they are at school, then again after their bedtime. If such scheduling is not officially permitted in your workplace, try talking to your boss and explaining your specific needs. You might be able to arrange a late start after you’ve done breakfast and the schoolrun, or the option to leave early on certain days in order to be home for storytime.


CHOOSE YOUR WORKPLACE WISELY If you are looking to start a new job, or to change employers, make sure that you properly consider how your needs would be met. This means thinking about the length of the commute, the childcare packages, the annual leave allowance (and any date restrictions on it), and the expectations regarding evening and weekend work. Do your research, and don’t be reserved when it comes to asking the important questions BE FULLY PRESENT With the constant presence of digital technology in our lives, it’s tempting to scroll through your emails whilst your children eat their dinner, or to step out from a playdate to take a call. But splitting your attention like this can send out the wrong messages to your family; you need to be signalling to them that they are your priority. This means that when you’re spending family time, devices are off until ‘work’ time re-starts. SCHEDULE FAMILY TIME Reserve a block of time each week to spend enjoying yourselves as a family. Take turns in choosing the activity, and use the opportunity to share, learn, and have fun. My favourite family activities include summer picnics in the garden, and Saturday morning trips to the pool. DON’T FORGET TO MAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF Burnout is the worst enemy of the working parent, but it’s all too easy to leave yourself at the bottom of your to-do list. It’s essential that you carve space in your schedule to relax and clear your head. I personally like to use the Calm app for ten minutes of daily meditation, but you could also try a lunchtime yoga class or reserve one evening a week for a datenight with your partner.

A big motivation behind setting up LeSalon was to provide a platform which connected women with beauty professionals who offered home visits enabling these women to access some essential metime, without having to worry about childcare or time constraints. Making use of these sorts of services to ensure you’re looking after yourself is essential if you’re to succeed professionally, whilst also being present for your children. ABOUT THE EXPERT Natasha Pilbrow is COO and co-founder of ondemand beauty platform LeSalon (www.lesalon.com).

Not only does Natasha want to provide a beauty service that clients can easily access and enjoy, she also wants her technicians to be able to work flexibly and safely. Her mission is to use technology to create a platform that allows women to work on their own terms, honing their skills and expanding their client base under a discerning brand associated with highend and quality treatments. Follow us on social media @sloanloves

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SLOAN! BABY JoJo Maman Bébé

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JoJo's best ever snowsuit, the Polarfleece All-in-One (£39) allows full movement whilst staying exceptionally warm. Designed to keep out wind and drizzle when out and about, it's a must-have this season. Packed with lots of features for effective and comfortable wear, it comes in a selection of cheerful prints from girly floral to unisex rainbow. JoJo Polarfleece is made from 100% recycled polyester which is a bonus for the environmentally conscious parent.

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You might find that your little one sleeps more soundly in the Sleep Snuggler (£35) which is designed to keep them cosy without the need for blankets that are often kicked off during naptime. Available in 2.5 tog, the Sleep Snuggler is ideal for use throughout most of the year. We love the dinosaur design.

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Designed to keep baby snug without the need for blankets that are often kicked off and a safety risk, the fox appliqué sleeping bag (£32) provides a soothing and familiar comfort wherever they are. At 2.5 tog, the sleeping bag can be used all year round except for in high summer. We love the cute design.

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Baby occasionwear doesn’t get much cuter than the Tartan 3-Piece Shorts Set with Braces (£29). With sweet shorts complete with braces, a shirt-style bodysuit with sailor collar and a gorgeous bow tie to finish the look, your baby is guaranteed to look the business at their next party or special occasion. The perfect gift for the Holiday Season.

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For the Christmas season, occasionwear for your baby is made super simple with the Smart All-In-One Baby Waistcoat Outfit (£24). The festive navy check waistcoat creates a formal look, while the attached jersey bottoms with feet ensure total comfort for your little one. The set comes with an adorable check bow tie to complete the look.

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The Rust Fox Slipper Boots (£18) will keep tiny toes toasty this season. Made from soft wool mix that won't scratch, and beautifully lined, your little one won't want to take them off. We love the anti-slip sole which is an important feature especially for those with wooden floors.

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Mountain Warehouse

The Splash Junior 3 in 1 Suit keeps baby warm and comfy thanks to its waterproof and breathable IsoDry fabric with taped seams and a detachable inner fleece jacket which can been worn on its own or with the waterproof outer. Elasticated cuffs & hood ensure a comfortable fit that stays put.

£32.99 from www. mountainwarehouse.com

Izmi The limited edition Izmi Carrier combines the functionalities of a soft structured fabric sling with the support of a buckled carrier, perfect for use during festive walks and family adventures. This Izmi® Special edition carrier has been designed by Jacq & Rose in the UK and allows you to safely and securely carry your baby in four comfortable positions: parent-facing front carry (plus newborn option), forward-facing front carry, hip carry and back carry. Can be used from birth to walking (up to 33 lbs). £85 from izmibaby.co.uk

aden + anais

We love the snug fit sleeved sleeping bag from aden + anais. The innovative and stylish sleeping bag is designed to help babies enjoy an uninterrupted sleep. The snug fit sleeved sleeping bag (£40) features a modern quilted design with a 1.5 tog comforted weighted cotton fabric with ¾ length sleeves. It mimics the secure feeling of being inside the womb by encouraging a sounder sleep without overheating. Designed with comfort and breathability in mind, the sleeping bag opens from bottom to top, to ensure speedy night-time changes while the innovative sleeved design snugly fits the upper body and

arms, making baby feel safe and secure, thereby preventing the startle reflex. The sack structure of the sleeping bag also provides ample leg room for easy movement. Available to fit 0-3m, 3-6m and 6-9m from www.adenandanais. co.uk as well as selected retailers nationwide including Harrods, and Selfridges.

The warm 2.5 TOG starry print winter sleeping bag from aden + anais is ideal for colder nurseries with an ambient temperature of 16-20 degrees, keeping baby cosy in chilly temperatures without the danger of loose blankets in the cot. The gender-neutral sleeping bag features easy-dress poppers at the shoulders and a zip that opens along the side and bottom, allowing for easy nighttime changes. An additional popper under the arm ensures a better fit that grows with your little one. £55 from www.adenandanais.co.uk

Kit & Kin

Made from sustainable 100% organic cotton, this super soft and durable onesie keeps your little one comfy and cosy and is extra gentle on their skin. Delicately designed with an easy zip up front and wide safety placket to protect against the skin for quick changing, this stylish all-in-one is the perfect day and night wear for baby. The design also features fold over mitts to make sure your little one doesn’t wake themselves up with an accidental scratch, as well as fold over feet for extended wear and an easy transition from day to night. Co-founder & Spice Girl, Emma Bunton says, “We want to take away the stress and worry parents often experience when trying to choose the best products for their family. That’s why we’ve developed an amazing range you can trust to care and protect for your family as they grow.” £21.99 from kitandkin.com

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SLOAN! BABY Must-Haves Under the tree for under £40

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AVEENO The AVEENO® Mum & Baby giftset includes their Daily Moisturising Lotion 300ml for mum specially formulated with colloidal oatmeal and is clinically proven to moisturise for 24 hours. For baby there is the Daily Care Hair & Body Wash 300ml to gently cleanse dry and sensitive baby skin from top to toe plus the Daily Care Moisturising Lotion 150ml specially designed for the first few weeks of life, keeping dry and delicate skin moisturised for 24hours. There's also a soft teddy bear comforter. £20 from Boots & Ocado

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MOCCIS Moccis are a hybrid of a sock and slipper in one, making them the perfect indoor footwear. They feature a soft leather sole that prevents you from slipping and are super cozy yet hardwearing. With their unique 10-Step Secret System, every pair of Moccis® pampers and protects your feet like no other slipper. We love the wool edition Thor design available for babies, children and adults. From £35 from moccis.co.uk

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SPIN MASTER Spin Master’s Baby Shark Chunky Wooden Sound Puzzle provides a fun, engaging way for children to learn shape and sound recognition. Best of all, they get to hear the song they love over and over again. Kids are rewarded each time they put the correct piece into the puzzle with the tune that corresponds to that character. £14.99 from Argos, The Entertainer & Smyths Toys

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CUDDLEROAR Cuddledry have recently launched new eco-friendly toddler towels with four characters to choose from. We love the dinosaurthemed Cuddleroar. Designed to keep little ones warm and cosy, the towels encourage imaginative play and make getting out of the bath just as much fun as getting in! Available in two sizes, 1-3 years and 3-6 years. £29.99 from www.cuddledry.com

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BABY TO LOVE With the compact and portable Easy Up Booster from Baby To Love your toddler can sit comfortably on any chair. Coated with a transparent layer of plastic, you can just wipe with a damp cloth to clean spills and mess. Lightweight, simple to use and suitable for most chairs, attaching to the bottom and backrest. The 3 point straps keep baby secure without interfering with their natural movement. The compressed foam seat makes mealtimes more comfortable for happy and easy feeding. £29.95 available from www.babytolove.co.uk

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MAMAS AND PAPAS Bring your little animal to life with the Mamas & Papas Faux Fur Bear Pramsuit. The off-white design is adorable with bear ears on the hood and embroidered paw details on the built-in mitts. Perfect for keeping your little one wrapped up warm, the hood and mitts will protect them from the elements while the 100% cotton lining will make sure they're cosy and warm. The zip fastening makes sure it's quick and easy to put baby in and take them out again, saving you lots of time. £39 available from www.mamasandpapas.com


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NIBBLING Nibbling is very proud to be offering a personalisation service on high quality handmade teething rattles made entirely of medical grade food safe silicone and FSC beech wood. We love this mint and white version with white letter beads, which are all made of BPA free silicone that's safe and soft enough for babies to chew. A special gift for boys & girls. £15 available from www.nibbling.co.uk

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JUJUNI For a casual ensemble this season, we love these Red Patch Pocket Dungarees (£38) and co-ordinating 100% cotton Stripe Print T-shirt (£22) from JuJuni. Every aspect of the dungarees is ethical - right down to the buttons (and the bum as they are designed to fit over cloth nappies!). The adjustable button-up straps and generous turn ups ensure the adorable dungarees are part of little one’s wardrobes for as long as possible. The outfit is an ideal Christmas gift. Available from jujuni.co.uk

SILENTNIGHT SAFE NIGHTS This Sleep Bag is a cleverly designed 2.5 Tog duvet that baby wears to sleep in. It makes sure they’re always snuggly even on cold night. Available in a pink or grey star pattern in sizes for 0-6 months and 6-18 months to cater for all genders and ages. Practical and adorable in equal measure, the hollowfibre filling and soft 100% cotton cover mean that the Sleep Bag is also 100% hypoallergenic. From £19 available at www.silentnight.co.uk

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MATCHSTICK MONKEY This Rubine Monkey Teether is a must-have. Made with BioCote® anti-microbial technology, which kills 99.9% of microbes, and prevents bacteria from growing on the teether meaning it is more hygienically clean and reduces the potential of crosscontamination. Dishwasher, fridge and steriliser safe, we love the cute candy colours and the ergonomically designed easy-grip handles which help develop fine motor skills.

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SILENTNIGHT SAFE NIGHTS Every little one needs a snuggly blanket; especially when they want to curl up for a nap or even take a trip to the park in their pram. This lovely blanket has a soft and tactile ‘bubble’ design that makes it extra cuddly so your baby will really enjoy snuggle time. With a fleece side for an added comfort factor, it’s available in pink or grey and made from 100% easy care polyester. It measures a generous 70 x 90cm. £14 from www. silentnight.co.uk

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RAZBABY The RaZberry is a handsfree teether inspired by nature with textures to soothe, massage and cool aching gums. Made from 100% food grade silicone that is soft against the gums, pop it in the freezer for additional teething relief. £4.99 from www.hippychick.com

£9.99 from www.matchstickmonkey.com

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SnüzKot Skandi cot bed in Ombre is a truly unique piece of furniture that is sure to be a hit with the style conscious. Unlike anything else on the market, the beautiful ombre design has a sophisticated neutral colour palette that fades from light wood to white. The SnüzKot Ombre is the dream cot for parents with an eye for interiors and love of all things Skandi. Go all the way with this unique look with the matching changing unit to create the ultimate statement nursery. The dynamic design of the SnüzKot Ombre ensures this piece is a great investment - growing with the family from day one. Starting from a cot, it converts into a toddler bed for up to the age of 4 and with the additional junior bed extension kit at just £79.95, your little one can carry on Snüzing in the same bed until they are ten years old. £379 from www.snuz.co.uk.

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From a unique ombre cot bed to a play mat that converts into a storage bag, here are our top five baby products this season

SLOAN! FAB FIVE 2 ARLO BABY

The Arlo Baby is the all-in-one smart baby monitoring camera, featuring 1080p HD video, two-way talk, lullaby player, night light, rechargeable battery and air quality sensors. Our favourite features are the Baby Crying Alert which tells you specifically if the sound detected is of your baby crying and the Advanced Night Vision that works in total darkness using near invisible infrared LED lights to ensure baby's sleep is not disturbed. The bunny character is so cute and we love the free Arlo app which allows you to stay connected to your little one and in total control. £199 from Amazon and www.arlo.com

3 CHEEKY RASCALS

Welcome to the next generation of baby gates. The top-of-therange Lascal KiddyGuard® Avant™ is a great choice for stylish homes and combines the best in safety and design. The Avant™ can be easily fitted to doorways, stairs and walls and retracts into its sleek housing when not in use, leaving no threshold over which you could trip. The gate can be opened and closed using only one hand and has an automatic lock with a pop-up lock indicator. £129 from www.cheekyrascals.co.uk

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TINY LOVE

Let your precious little one discover the Polar Wonders™ Plush Gymini® - an ultra-soft activity mat designed with highquality fabrics boasting a diverse collection of activities and cute toys that promote development, encourage motor skills, cognition, imagination and more. The charming arctic theme and elegant colour palette look beautiful in any home. We love the adjustable arches allowing for a varied playing environment. The motion sensor musical fox toy and the soft reindeer rattle are lovely too. £79.99 from www.tinylove.com

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Whether you are popping over to grandma's house or jetting off on an exotic festive break, this cotton Play & Go storage bag is perfect to bundle up all your little one's toys and take them wherever you wish to then open up into a soft play mat with all of their favourites right there. An ideal solution for keeping toys tidy and portable during the busy festive season. The drawstring allows for quick and easy tidying up and the range of cool prints will look just right in any modern home. We love the penguin design complete with his little gold crown. £49.99 from 1two.co.uk Follow us on social media @sloanloves

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Body Beautiful

CAKE AUTHENTIC BEAUTY CONCEPT The Hydrate Mask is an intense yet lightweight treatment that deeply moisturises normal to dry, or curly hair whilst bringing back elasticity and bounce with added shine. ÂŁ33.85 from authenticbeautyconcept.co.uk

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This Volumising Styling Foam lifts and plumps for thick lasting volume with feather-light fullness for jacked-up styles with refined shine. ÂŁ8.99 from Boots


INCOGNITO The Luxury Combo contains one of each of incognito’s most important products, to help you stay better protected from biting insects than ever before. £66 from www.lessmosquito.com RITUALS The Ritual of Ayurveda Travel Gift Set contains Foaming Shower Gel 50ml, Shampoo 70ml, Body Cream 70ml and Dry Oil 50ml.

BEE GOOD ‘Plant A Bee Meadow’ Gift Set contains two lip balms, hand cream, moisturiser & a Bee Mix Seedball tin.

£35 from Rituals Cosmetics stores and www.rituals.com

£35 from www.beegood.co.uk

THE HuGG Co. This CBD lifestyle brand is tailored for women on-the-go to promote clean living, fitness & self-care. CBD Clay Face Mask 50ml (£19.99), CBD Massaging Body Oil 50ml (£17.99) and CBD Bath Salts 50g (£10.99) are available from www.thehuggshop.co.uk

DIOMED DRY SKIN The unique gel formula forms a longlasting, non-greasy, protective barrier to problem dry skin for 24h hydration.

BYKATHRYN Padstow Rocks is a handbag friendly 15ml perfume with grassy and citrus top notes, a floral heart and cedarwood base notes. £35 from www.bykathryn.ltd

£6.49-£15.99 from Boots, Superdrug, Amazon and selected retailers

FREYA + BAILEY SHREW! Deep Body Wash With Aloe Vera + Soap Bark Extract helps quench skin thirst and promotes natural healing for glowing, supple skin

RSPB Victorian Flora Bath Salts contain Himalayan Rock Salt and Rose Geranium to help you relax & unwind. £11.99 from www.rspbshop.co.uk

£13.99 from freyaandbailey.com AL!VE HASK The Argan Oil Repairing Collection features a shampoo, conditioner and deep conditioner derived from Moroccan argan oil to leave hair soft, silky and shiny. £33.85 authenticbeautyconcept.co.uk

Muscle Ease Bath Foam contains Dead Sea Salts soothe aches and pains with a Eucalyptus and Seaweed blend to revive your entire body. £5 from Sainsburys Follow us on social media @sloanloves

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Lady SLOAN! Here are some gift suggestions from SLOAN! for the lady in your life or ladies why not treat yourself?!

REVLON Living up to its worldwide success, this two-in-one styling tool is suitable for all hair types and combines the power of a dryer and volume of a styler to deliver effortlessly beautiful, full-bodied, frizz-free and brilliantly shiny hair. Using the One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumiser, you can create salon worthy results in up to half the time – perfect for those who are always on the go. The One Step Dryer & Volumiser is £59.99 from Boots and Amazon

Pretty You London Leopard Luxe (£59.50) is the latest addition to the PYL Bamboo range - a stunning leopard print nightwear set finished with premium contrast piping and buttons for a guaranteed luxury feeling. It's cosy deep pockets and relaxed fit design makes this a wearable and versatile pyjama for all body types. Made from Bamboo fabric, the perfect material for nightwear, with temperature controlling wicking properties, it's also ecofriendly and anti-bacterial. The Anya Sliders (£28.50)complete the luxe look. Both available from www.prettyyoulondon. co.uk

Zatchels This practical and effortlessly stylish shopper bag from Zatchels is handmade in England from top quality leather; featuring a spacious interior and double grab handles, making it perfect for toting around your essentials in style. Crafted with hand stitching, detailed with a magnetic closure and secure inside pocket; this versatile tote bag is all you need for your everyday style. Attract attention wherever you go and keep your belongings safe in this timeless leather shopper. £125 from www.zatchels.com

Karl Lagerfeld This Hearts and Arrows Bracelet from the Hearts and Arrows collection is the perfect stocking filler this Christmas. £59 from Karl.com

Jockey® Go casual and comfortable while maintaining you style with Hidden Tales Velour Pant (£50) and Hidden Tales Tee (£26) from Jockey®. Whether you’re working around the house, heading out to the gym or meeting up with friends for an afternoon of fun, the comfortable blended fabric keeps its good looks, great fit and velvety soft feel going strong. Available from www.jockey.co.uk

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D’ALCHÉMY

Cyberjammies

Tovi Sorga

This deluxe travel kit is designed for very dry and sensitive mature skin with signs of hormone-related ageing, including hyperpigmentation and the loss of firmness, elasticity and healthy tone. Includes travel sized versions of the Age Defence Broad-Spectrum Remedy, Intense Skin Repair Oil and Micellar Cleansing Water.

This Alice Woven Long Sleeve Nightshirt features a rich, oversized floral print in tones of burgundy and pink for an elegant bedtime style.

Tovi Sorga has launched gorgeous new season contactless payment bracelets and key fobs, complete with innovative technology from Pingit. Available in a choice of printed, metallic and plain leather designs, the handy bracelets and key fobs empower you to shop with a quick, secure payment solution when you’re out and about. The Rose Gold Contactless Bracelet is £75 available from www.tovisorga.com

£29 from www. cyberjammies. co.uk

£48 at www.dalchemyskincare.uk

Institut Esthederm Osmoclean Gentle Deep Pore Cleanser is an ultra-technical cream that is an utterly gentle and uniquely effective ritual to cleanse the skin and eliminate impurities deep within the pores. £26.50 from Feel Unique and Look Fantastic.

Mavala We love Color Club - the new 2019 nail collection from Mavala. Embracing the super bright and psychedelic that resembles everything that is punk rock and glamour. Our favourite colours in this cute little nail polish are Red Vinyl and Pink Rock.£5.50 from Feel Unique, Look Fantastic and John Lewis

Tequila Rose Whether your lady has been naughty or nice this year, make sure you give them a gift that’s just as fabulous as them with the insta-worthy Tequila Rose gift pack.

Bioderma Atoderm Hand and Nail Cream acts like a regenerating and nourishing glove soothing even the most dry and damaged skin. £4.50 from Feel Unique and Look Fantastic.

Dunelm Intricately designed, this silver Nouveau Square Trinket Box features a leaf design and beaded detail at the bottom and will complement a range of interiors. £9 from Dunelm

The 500ml bottle of the strawberries and cream tequila comes with two branded shot glasses to toast the festive period in style. £19.32 from Amazon

Dinner & West End Show with Buyagift For those looking to treat their lady to an unforgettable night out in London, look no further than this fabulous theatre and meal package for two. Head over to your preferred ASK Italian, Prezzo or Zizzi location for a pre-theatre three course meal, accompanied by a crisp glass of wine. Then, make your way to the capital’s famed West End where you’ll sit back and enjoy a mesmerising performance, chosen from a handpicked selection of spectacular shows. From the musical hit Mamma Mia and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s haunting Phantom of the Opera, there’s something for everyone! Visit www.buyagift.co.uk for all theatre experiences. Follow us on social media @sloanloves

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Georgia Toffolo My life changed immensely after I’m A Celebrity... I feel so happy and grateful about what has happened

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Queen of the Jungle Georgia Toffolo talks to Nick McGrath about horse racing, life after Made In Chelsea and where her positivity comes from So tell us about your role as

N ambassador for Great British Racing. It’s my dream role. I’ve loved racing G for a really long time and I’m their roving reporter so I get to cover six races throughout the year including Chester, Newbury, Doncaster and Hamilton up in Scotland where I DJed. I’ll also be at Huntington for Ladies Day on November 23rd. Are you a natural on the wheels of

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Just about. I can just about DJ and my G friend Jack taught me on the job. The problem is you can learn how to DJ but if you ain’t got rhythm you ain’t got it. I really give it my all but I find it a little bit harder than other DJs might find it but oh my god I had the best night. If I could choose a whole DJ set it would be ABBA back to back. How much fun has it been being

N a roving reporter for Great British Racing?

It’s such a joy especially for someone G like me who really loves racing. I’m fortunate that lots of my friends love it too so but I know there are lots of people who I know who would love the races who maybe haven’t thought about going to the races. There are so many different aspects to the day. Of course the horses are beautiful, but there is great food and great music too. There really is something for everyone, at every single race meet and it’s such a privilege to try to spread that word through Great British Racing’s social media channels and also mine. You posted an impressive video of you N playing polo on your Instagram feed recently. Will you be trying your hand at racing too? That’s very kind of you to say but G being at Goodwood this year I was watching quite a few friends of mine in the Magnolia Cup and they made it look so easy that I felt as though I wanted to do it but I don’t think that when you’re by the finish line and you’re watching these girlies zoom around on these massive racehorses

they did make it look quite easy. I’m tempted although I know how much work goes into something like that and I would have to dedicate so much time and I’m just not sure whether I’ve got enough time at the moment but it’s definitely on my list I would love to do. Life must be very different since you

N won I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here in December 2017?

My life changed immensely after I’m G A Celebrity. I can’t believe how much my life has changed since then. I think for me the difference is that I’m so much more recognisable than when I went in. The other thing is that with my work now I’m able to do things that I really love and enjoy and perhaps those opportunities weren’t there for me before I did the jungle. It’s been such a positive thing in my life and I just feel so happy and grateful that a) I was given the opportunity to do it, b) I had that experience and c) what has happened to me afterwards. Why do you think so many of the

N public took to you?

Because I’m completely honest. They G put you on lock down a week before you go into the jungle and the last bit of press that I read which was really negative about me was saying, ‘No one’s going to like her. She speaks in a certain way, she lives in a certain area, blah blah blah blah,’ so when I went in I kept on thinking about what I’d read and I was lying in my hammock the first night and I just thought, ‘The way you’ve got to do this is just be yourself. Don’t pretend to be anyone that you’re not as people have already made decisions about me and my personality and who I am so actually just enjoy every second of it as you probably won’t last that long,’ and I’m so glad that I did it because I didn’t have to worry. I know that some people that do it have to pretend to be someone that they’re not and it came very easily for me because I just was myself and I really relaxed into it but I think everyday I thought it was going to end although I didn’t want to leave.

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Did you have any expectation of the public’s

N reception when you came out?

No not at all. My mum came in about three G days before the end and my mum said, ‘Darling you’re doing so well. You’re making our family so proud,’ and obviously when I was lying in bed that evening I thought, ‘mums are always going to say that.’ I just kept on thinking people had kept me in because I was the young one, maybe I was just getting the young vote. I honestly had no idea and it was so overwhelming when I came out.

N

Your autobiography is called Always Smiling and you’re beaming on 99% of your Instagram posts. Where does that joyfulness come from? I’ve never thought about that. Instagram is

G very much for the aesthetics. As a person I

don’t really walk around pouting. I try to be as authentic as possible. That’s a really interesting observation. I’d never thought of it like that. I naturally am quite a smiley positive person and I get asked all the time why and how and honestly even from when I was little I was always standing around being quite content. I think it comes from being very fortunate. My life is brilliant and I’m very happy. I don’t know why. And also I look better when I’m smiling. It’s not always possible to happy all the time.

N Does anything get you down?

Lots and lots of things get me down. Reading G sad things in the press of course that gets me down. I try to see the positives in things. There is a positive to be seen in most situations. Not all. But most. Lots of young people follow me and I’ve become an unintentional advocate for skin positivity because I’ve struggled with my skin over the years and I think it would be a travesty if I wasn’t trying to be upbeat and I think it’s OK. I think there’s been a move towards authenticity on the last year online and sometimes you wake up and you feel a bit low and I think it’s right that influencers and celebrities like myself do portray that. Would you post something to reflect a low mood

N if you were having a challenging day?

I document so much of my life and I’m very, G very open and I’m sure I do at points however I’ve been very fortunate not to have struggled mentally, I just don’t feel as though that’s my conversation to have. My feed is overwhelmingly positive as that’s what’s going on inside me. Do you still stay in touch with your jungle mates

N from I’m A Celebrity?

I still stay in touch with Jack Maynard who

G I’m really, really good friends with. There’s

still a WhatsApp group so if anything amazing happens to anyone in the group they’ll post about that and people will say congratulations like Jenny had a

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baby recently. The standout friend is Stanley though.

N

It’s an unlikely pairing; a 25-year-old Reality TV star and a 79-year-old former politician whose son is the Prime Minister. Why do you click? As soon as we met I obviously knew who he

G was and Stanley had no idea who I was and I

think probably at the beginning he thought I was this really annoying twenty-something that wouldn’t leave him alone but I think our friendship was first forged because I have this thirst for knowledge. I always have done. I was very academic at school and I sort of fell into television but I’ve always kept my current affairs very much alive and when you’re in the jungle there’s bugger all to do and when someone like Stanley walks in I was so happy as he’s like a walking encyclopedia. The man knows everything about everything. And he knows stuff about lots and lots of big things. He’ll be like ‘Oh yes I was there. I remember that.’ And for me that was the basis that was to form a really wonderful friendship and to be honest with you I really didn’t think that it would have carried on to the extent that it has. Two years later we’re still very, very close. As your friendship with Stanley is still so close,

N do you get together often?


We meet up a lot and if

G not he’s really good with

Facetime so he’ll just pop up whilst I’m at home getting ready. Stanley and I have just finished Hunted on Channel 4. It was amazing. We had the best time and it was incredibly exciting to be part of. We had so much fun and let’s just say there were quite a few near misses and we just spent the entire time laughing together. It was very, very funny. So what’s next for Georgia

N Toffolo? What have you got lined up for the future?

I love presenting so much.

G I’ve done lots of presenting

for This Morning. It comes to me quite naturally and quite easily. I feel very comfortable when I’m interviewing and bouncing around the course. You’ve got to keep learning though to get better at a skill and TV presenting is the same but I love being roving reporter for Great British Racing. You get these wonderful moments from people that are not pre-empted. You haven’t briefed them. They’re generally just having a really nice time. That’s why I like dancing around the racecourse. And in my

private life by the time I’m 30 I hope I’m as happy as I am now. I hope that I still feel as satisfied as I do now. I can’t think of one morning where I’ve got up and thought I can’t be bothered to go to work. I really hope that carries on. Follow @GreatBritishRacing on Instagram to keep up to date with Georgia’s roving reports. Her next meeting will be at Huntington Ladies Day on November 23rd. For more information, go to www.gbraci.ng/toff

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How To Look Your Best Rosemary Conley CBE, one of the UK’s leading diet and fitness experts, is the brand ambassador for Facial-Flex®. Rosemary tells us more about the device and shares her tops tips for looking your best for the party season We all want to look stunning in this year’s slinky festive fashions so cutting out the snacks and increasing our exercise is a great place to start, but what about our faces? Thanks to a little gadget called Facial-Flex®, you could transform the contours of your face, chin, neck and décolletage in a matter of weeks. When used for just two minutes, twice a day, this clinically proven, and medically approved product will tone up 30 muscle groups from below the eyes down to just above the chest - and it really works. Facial-Flex® was created by a plastic surgeon in the United States when he wanted to soften the scar tissue of his facial burns patients. Not only did the device aid recovery but their faces began to ‘lift’ too. Their chin, jowls and neck all toned up and they generally began to look younger. The surgeon then turned this ‘medical gadget’ into the Facial-Flex®. The principle of Facial-Flex® is simple, you just place the device between the corners of the mouth and squeeze and release it in a smooth rhythm. The small nonlatex band in the centre of the device expands as you squeeze whilst offering dynamic resistance strengthening your facial muscles. As your facial muscles become stronger you can progress your workout by increasing the strength of the band. There are three band strengths and the key is to progress to the strongest band for the fastest and best results. The principle is exactly the same as increasing weights in a gym to make your body stronger. In clinical trials it

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was found that after eight weeks Facial-Flex® improved facial muscle strength by 250%. Having used the device myself for almost 20 years, I am a real fan. Now in my early 70s I want to do everything I can to hold back the years naturally and Facial-Flex® is very much part of my daily routine. Here are my top tips for looking your best this party season: FOR YOUR BODY 1. If you’re wanting to tone up in time for Christmas, start with some simple exercises such as ab curls or squats, which you can do at home throughout the week. 2. Cut out all snacks from your diet. 3. Have at least three ‘dry days’ a week. 4. Go for a 30-minute walk or workout, ideally five days a week. 5. Eat three healthy meals a day. FOR YOUR LOOK 1. Our bodies expand during the day, so try on your party dress later in the evening to check that it still fits! 2. Wear the right length skirt. If it’s too short or too tight, you will be pulling it down all evening. 3. Choose an outfit that flatters your figure. 4. Know your colours. Wearing a colour that suits you can make you look younger and healthier. Choose tones that compliment your skin tone and features. 5. Feel fabulous! For more information about the Facial-Flex and to order your device, visit www.facialflex.co.uk

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Face Time

Our favourite skincare saviours this season from serums to suncreens

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IMAGE Skincare

VITAL C Hydrating Antioxidant A C E Serum is a concentrated essence infused with vitamins A, C, E, and a blend of plant antioxidants that help to reduce the visible signs of ageing in part by hydrating your skin. To combat dryness, this serum was formulated with sodium hyaluronate, the gold standard for hydration. Each molecule of sodium hyaluronate can bind up to one-thousand times its weight in water! £75 from www.imageskincare.co.uk

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Alteya Organics

This gentle Bio Instant Detox Face Mask Rose Jasminium purifies pores, absorbing excess sebum, hydrates skin and reduces the appearance of imperfections, revealing a balanced, healthy-looking complexion. White and Purple Clay balances, purifies and clarifies the complexion. Propolis extract mattifies and reduces the appearance of blemishes. Sandalwood Oil, Rose Otto and Candeia Bark Extract help calm and soothe the skin. £29 from www.lovelula.com

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Alteya Organics

The microdemabrasion properties of this Bio Instant Radiance Face Polish Rose Jasminium effectively remove dead skin cells and gently purify pores to improve overall skin texture and glow. This natural and organic exfoliant, with gentle raspberry seeds and antioxidant-rich pomegranate extract, helps instantly buff away dry, dull skin refining skin texture to reveal a softer, smoother, more radiant complexion.

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We love the Renewing Peel formulated with high-performance actives including Italian Bella Complex™ to refine skin texture and promote cellular renewal by removing surface cells of the skin to reveal energized, vital radiance. Lactic Acid stimulates exfoliation and cellular growth, boosts moisture, smoothes lines and creates suppleness. Mandelic Acid acts as a chemical peel without irritation repairing ageing skin. Malic acid has an illuminating effect on the skin. £75 from www.pietrosimone.com

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Dr Russo

The Once A Day Invisible Face Gel SPF30 provides up to 12 hours photostable, broad-spectrum, sun protection with a built in “Click-Brush” applicator for convenience and foolproof application, It also repairs existing signs of damage to keep skin smooth, youthful and protected. The super-charged skin benefits come in a transparent lightweight formula without any of all-too-common chalkiness of other sunscreens. It is water and sweat proof for 80 minutes to provide ultimate sun protection for the beach, poolside or playing sports. £26 from Harrods and F&M

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£23 from www.lovelula.com

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Pietro Simone Skincare

Alteya Organics

If you want a 100% natural sunscreen, we recommend this Organic Rose Face Age Defense Sunscreen SPF 30. Safe and effective UVA/UVB protection from sun damage if reapplied every 2 hours. However it is not waterproof so is not our first choice when swimming or sweating. £14.95 from www.lovelula.com

Ex1 Cosmetics

Pure Crushed Mineral Foundation is great for a natural, minimalist look with finely milled minerals for a barelythere yet flawless finish. The Pure Crushed Minerals Powder Foundation contains clay particles that are scientifically proven to be naturally anti-bacterial, this powder features finely milled minerals that buff into skin for a barely-there yet flawless finish. £13 from www.superdrug.com Follow us on social media @sloanloves

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How to build a successful subscription box business RACHEL WOOD Founder of Rare Birds Book Club Rachel Wood studied Philosophy at university and then went on to get a Master’s in Creative Writing. She has spent the last nine years working as a copywriter, first inside a big glamorous marketing agency and then as a freelancer in her pyjamas (also very glamorous). She is an avid reader and writer and is extremely passionate about promoting amazing works of fiction by female authors. Rare Birds prides itself on finding the best of the best; written for women, by women. Subscription boxes are big business; the market is forecast to be worth over £1 billion in the next three years. In the UK over a quarter of adults are signed up to a subscription box service, either purchased for themselves or as a gift for someone else. If you have an idea for a subscription box, here’s the tips you need to help turn it into a successful business. FIND YOUR NICHE Subscription boxes work best when they have a clear theme or purpose, so don’t be afraid to go niche. Some of the most successful subscription businesses out there cater to a very specific audience or interest - such as subscriptions for chocolate lovers or monthly deliveries for your pet rabbit (it exists!). Remember to think about longevity, too; is the theme of your subscription something that will work month after month? DO COMPETITOR RESEARCH Do some research about who your competitors will be. Take the time to look at each carefully, noting what you like about each and what you’d do differently. Most importantly, look at their customer reviews; there will be valuable information there about what these businesses are doing right and what they could improve on, which will give you clues

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about your own subscription box. Next, look at subscription boxes in completely different sectors to your own - what are they doing well that you can learn from? IDENTIFY YOUR AUDIENCE Once you have an idea for your subscription box you need to identify your potential customer. A good place to start is with yourself; most subscription box founders are creating boxes around their own interests. As a potential customer, what would impress you? What would you consider good value? Also think about whether your subscription will be purchased as a gift - for many subscriptions, gift purchases make up a sizeable percentage of revenue, so don’t forget to consider this customer. How can you make it easy for someone to purchase as a gift? At this stage it’s a good idea to try and identify some potential customers to ask them for some feedback. For example, if you were starting a knitting subscription, it’s a good idea to ask for input from avid knitters or anyone else you think might be interested. Facebook groups are great for this; joining relevant Facebook groups and connecting with members can provide extremely valuable insight. RUN THE NUMBERS Getting to grips with the numbers will help you understand how to make your business successful

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and profitable in the long term. How much will it cost you to produce your box, and what kind of margins can you expect? Don’t forget to include costs like shipping, fulfillment if you don’t plan to package the boxes yourself, website maintenance costs, bank fees and the cost of acquiring a new customer. FIND SUPPLIERS AND BUILD RELATIONSHIPS Most subscription boxes are sourcing a range of products from different suppliers, so start talking to potential suppliers and building relationships as soon as possible. Will you be purchasing products wholesale or producing them yourself? Make sure to ask questions about costs, volume discounts and lead times. BUILD YOUR WEBSITE Your website is about much more than just branding (though that is important!). You need a reliable platform to help you manage everything from one-off orders to recurring payments. There’s dozens of good platforms out there that can help you get up and running quickly. WooCommerce is great for Wordpress, while services like Shopify are extremely simple to use. There are also subscription-box specific platforms that can make life even simpler for you; Cratejoy and Subbly are two of the most


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popular. Each has its pros and cons, so be sure to consider what makes the most sense for your business. LISTEN TO YOUR CUSTOMERS Customer service is extremely important to a subscription box business. Unhappy customers churn, and churn leads to lost profit. Ask for feedback regularly about everything from the purchase process to the box contents and make sure you’re easy to contact and on hand to

address any problems as quickly as possible. ABOUT THE EXPERT Rachel Wood is founder of Rare Birds Book Club, an online book club that guarantees to bring you the best-of-the-best in contemporary literature. Founded on a simple principle, that books should be fun to read, members receive a surprise book at the start of each month, with a note from Rachel herself on why it is worth their time. Championing the crème

de la crème of women’s fiction, Rare Birds Book Club selects only the very best pacey, interesting stories with gripping plotlines, amazing heroines, happyish endings, and – when the occasion calls for it – totally smouldering love interests. Members can then connect online to discuss what they thought of that month's read with other likeminded readers. From September, subscribers will also have the choice to choose between two books per month, or upgrade to both, offering double the fun!

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SLOAN! Book Club Making A Life by Melanie Falick Led by the question of why working with our hands remains vital and valuable in the modern world, author and maker Melanie Falick went on a transformative, inspiring journey. Traveling across continents, she met numerous artisans. In revealing stories and gorgeous original photographs, Making a Life captures all the joy of making and the power it has to give our lives authenticity and meaning. We make in order to slow down. To connect with others. To express ideas and emotions, feel competent, create something tangible and long-lasting. And to feed the soul. £35 Published by Workman

The Herbal Remedy Handbook by Vicky Chown and Kim Walker The Herbal Remedy Handbook is a collection of practical remedies for home care. It is an ailment and recipe-led reference for first-aid, simple conditions such as coughs and colds, and helpful self-management techniques for more complex conditions such as anxiety and eczema. From vinegars and tonics, creams and balms to syrups and teas, all the recipes use easily accessible, bought, foraged or grown ingredients for you to create your own herbal healthkit. £18.99 Published by Kyle Books (www.octopusbooks.co.uk)

The Happiness Bible by Cheryl Rickman The Happiness Bible works with the reader to explain how happiness works and evolves, where it comes from, and how it can be nurtured and maintained in order to flourish. The book introduces the principles of positive psychology, the science of happiness, and how it works to achieve happiness. It examines what happiness studies have revealed and how positive psychology exercises help to banish the “thieves of happiness”. It also explores why acceptance of unhappiness is also important in our quest for joy. £14.99 Published by Godsfield Press (www.octopusbooks.co.uk)

The Sophrology Method by Florence Parot Sophrology is a transformative healthcare philosophy that is designed to help people achieve a calm, alert mind in a relaxed body. Inspired by Eastern philosophies and classical relaxation techniques, Sophrology will help you to become consciously, actively aware of yourself, how you feel, what you want and the environment around you. Cited as ‘the new mindfulness’,Sophrology is a mind-body technique that uses a unique mixture of breathing and relaxation exercises, body awareness, visualization, gentle movement and meditation. £12.99 Published by Gaia (www.octopusbooks.co.uk)

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Grow Your Own Happiness by Deborah Aster For anyone wanting to increase their wellbeing. Grow Your Own Happiness shows how positive psychology – the science of happinesscan be used every day. With key principles explained to provide the foundation for change, tests for measuring wellbeing and simple techniques that can easily be applied to a busy lifestyle, as well as case studies, anecdotes and tips, this book provides everything you need to shine. £12.99 Published by Aster (www.octopusbooks.co.uk)

SHRINK by Philippe Tahon Philippe Tahon has made a thrilling discovery, and it’s something many of us will want to know - how to eat what you like whilst losing weight for good. This highly sought-after London psychotherapist has created a unique set of tools that not only enabled him to lose five stone, but is now doing the same for hundreds of others. In Shrink, Philippe shares his easy programme and teaches you to eat mindfully, intuitively and positively. The simple beauty of this hugely successful programme is that it allows you to ‘think like a shrink’ and have the body you really want – for life. £9.99 Published by Aster (www.octopusbooks.co.uk)

The Little Book of Happiness by Miriam Akhtar In this beautifully illustrated little book, leading Positive Psychologist Miriam Akhtar introduces us to the key ingredients of a well-lived and fulfilling life. Drawing on her expert knowledge of the Science of Happiness, the author shares 12 evidence-based Happiness Habits and the key practices that will help us obtain and sustain happiness in our daily lives – such as connecting with others, feeling gratitude, spending time in nature, being mindful, savouring the moment and practising positive emotion. £7.99 published by Gaia (www.octopusbooks.co.uk)

Neal’s Yard Complete Massage This is the only massage book you will need to understand and master the myriad benefits of therapeutic touch. It shows you how to master a core set of techniques that form the foundation of massage practice with clear, annotated photography and easy to follow, stepby-step guidance to help you practise and perfect each technique. Covering the main massage disciplines, there are over 30 bespoke massage treatment ideas, tailored treatments for specific symptoms, and special groups such as pregnant women and babies. £18.99 published by DK

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Andy Murray

It's great to be back after the year I've had last year

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Sir Andy Murray talks to SLOAN! about returning to tennis, his fitness regime & collagen supplementation Why is it important to care for your muscle &

S joints if you work out regularly?

Looking after your body’s health and fitness A is crucial and often this can be overlooked when an athlete is starting out. Athletes work and train hard and this puts a heavy strain and load on the muscles and joints. Overworking muscles can result in damage that can force an athlete to stop training and cause long term damage. A balance between training and rest is key. Muscles need the opportunity to rest and recover from exercise in order to grow. As well as rest, muscles need nutrients to grow and eating well combined with the correct nutritional supplements is key. I have learnt over my career how important it is to look after your body and this includes balancing training, rest, sleep, hydration and nutrition. is collagen supplementation important S Why for you? Collagen supplementation might be a A relatively new addition to sports nutrition but with the growing research and support from my team I believe it is set to play an important role in the future. Tell me more about TRR Advanced Collagen.

S Why is it so effective for you?

Outside of family life I live an extremely

A busy lifestyle; I train and work hard which

pushes my body to the limit. TRR was developed for me last year, in conjunction with a leading sports doctor and sports nutritionist and has been formulated for the elite sports person. My nutritionist, Glenn Kearney, suggested that I introduce a liquid collagen supplement into my daily diet regime as he was interested by the growing body of research supporting collagen and the team behind TRR supplied me with an Informed Sport certified product to introduce me to collagen supplementation. Do you have a specific diet to boost

S performance and is it high in protein? Yes, I have a nutritionist and he gives me

A meal plans to make sure I am optimising my

nutrition to help my performance, training and recovery. My eating is pretty healthy – lots of salads, grilled chicken and fruit, and making sure I take in enough fluids is also really important. I do tend to eat a lot of protein as I burn a lot of energy during training and matches and that helps me with my recovery.

Talk me through how you prepare before a big

S match.

Before a big match, I do a lot of preparation A on my opponent and how I am going to play my game against them. I always eat an hour to an hour and a half before I am due on court and usually have something like chicken with rice. And then I have physio and warm up with my team to make sure I’m ready to go mentally and physically as soon as I step out on court. What measures do you take to help recovery

S after a big match?

Immediately after a match I’ll warm down in A the gym and then see my physio for a massage and to check in. My team are usually with me when I have physio so we’ll chat a bit about the match (the good and the bad). I often have an ice bath to help my muscles recover quicker so I’m ready to play again the next day or the day after that. I’ll also eat about an hour after I come off court.

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You looked very relaxed when you played doubles at Wimbledon this year, how do you feel your body held up? I really enjoyed being back at Wimbledon this

A year. It was great to be back after the year I’d

had last year. My body held up well and I was able to move better on court than I was expecting. Obviously, it’s very different playing doubles to playing singles, but my team and my surgeon were very happy with the progress I’d made by Wimbledon this year.

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Have you experienced any playing limitations after your recent surgery and what are you focussing on at the moment? I’ve had to work hard on my movement

A post-surgery. Mainly I am focussing on my

match fitness as I had a long time not playing matches and it’s important to get court time under your belt in order to stand a chance of getting back to a decent level of competition.

S What’s next for Andy Murray? I’m going to keep focussing on singles. I

A played in Beijing in October at the China

Open, with more tournaments to follow as I build up my fitness and get match practice. Andy Murray takes TRR Advanced Collagen as part of his diet, to support him with on-court preparation, intense workouts and when he is resting. To find out more and read the full interview at www.sloanmagazine.com/TRR

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Active Affluent

Over £300

FULL ON ADVENTURE The F10 XPD 3 sets the standard for expedition tents. This 3 person, fully geodesic tent has an inner first pitch and double vestibules with snow skirt at sub 4.5kg weight. With its free standing pole structure and 7 cross over points, the XPD is an incredibly strong expedition tent that’s the first choice for full-on adventurers looking for shelter that’s simple and quick to pitch yet built to stand up to bad weather when you need to sit out a storm or get a comfortable night’s sleep before heading off on the next day of your adrenaline-fuelled expedition. £695 from www.vango.co.uk

SPITZ IT UP The iconic Spitz jacket has been upgraded with the latest materials and technologies making it ideal for mountaineering, skiing and hiking. Made from 3-layer GORE-TEX Pro, it features strategic reinforcement, comprehensive waterproofing, ventilation and a highly functional layout. £450 from www.haglofs.com

BRAVE THE ELEMENTS The water- and windproof Nengal 3L PROOF Bib Pant is built for epic powder days. It’s designed to keep you safe from even the harshest elements, in deep snowy conditions. Equipped with all the essentials you need for a true freeriding pant - including an inbuilt RECCO® reflector, reinforced instep, adjustable suspenders and ventilation to maximize your day on the mountain. The classic bib pant construction securely keeps the elements out and the internal lower leg gaiter with elasticated rubber grip stays put over your boots You will feel as neat as you look when wearing these trousers. £370 from www.haglofs.com

MOUNTAINEER'S DREAM Building upon the classic 4 pole geodesic design, the Force 10 MTN from Vango adds axial pole hubs at the crossover points. This light, high-tech, resilient tent combines the most advanced materials to provide the mountaineer with a strong, lightweight, weatherproof freestanding structure capable of coping in the most extreme expeditions and environments. A silicon/PU flysheet and 70D Nylon Groundsheet balance performance with light weight. £399.99 from outdoorworlddirect.co.uk

KEEP ON RUNNING The Waterproof Anorak packs in practical features to keep the wind and weather out. The elasticated tie pulls the hood tight and keeps out of the way. The hidden vents offer increased airflow and when the rain stops, the anorak packs into its own inner pocket for easy portability. The anorak is made with a premium three-layer membrane for complete water- and windproofing with dynamic breathability. Hydrophilic elements in the lining transport moisture from the body and expand as they work meaning the more you sweat, the more breathable the anorak becomes. £320 from www.on-running.com

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Active Affluent

Under £300

Whether you’re planning your next mountaineering expedition or ski trip or something a little less extreme, here are our favourites for the full-on outdoor enthusiast this winter Mountain Warehouse

The Aurora Womens Down Jacket offers extreme warmth and protection from the rain. Fully waterproof rated at 5000mm with taped seams and a 75% down and 25% feather filling. Breathable IsoDry fabric ensures you stay dry on the inside and lets moisture out. The jacket has been laboratory tested to keep you warm in temperatures as low as -50C, and the detachable faux fur trim provides extra warmth. This is perfect for outdoor lovers. £179.99 from www.mountainwarehouse.com

Anatom

Made with a full rubber rand and finest quality leather, Anatom’s Q4 Cuillin mountain boot will withstand frequent use and abuse and provides excellent ankle support for difficult and technical terrain. A Vibram Foura outsole grips wet, rocky, and unpredictable conditions. The Impact brake system in the heel supports your foot and improves control while descending steep trails with a heavy pack. The PU midsole provides cushioning for shock absorption and all-day comfort. £240 from www.anatomfootwear.co.uk

Protest The Wylam ski jacket, part of the Geotech and PVRE series, is loaded with technical features. With 20K water resistance and 20g breathability, the jacket’s fabric will keep water out while ensuring that moisture is moved away from your body. The collar is high and has laser-cut ventilation holes so that it can also serve as a face mask when the conditions call for it. This solid colour jacket is slim fit and long in length for a great price. £229.99 from www.protest.eu

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Vango The F10 Vulcan -12 is an exceptional sleeping bag aimed for all year adventuring. Vulcan is made to stand up to the most extreme conditions whilst still maintaining an extremely low weight (1.25kg) and a small pack size (220 x 80 x 50cm).The HydroBarrier down gives an extremely efficient filling when space at a premium. The internal pocket, 3D hood with multi-cord closure and an insulated 3D shoulder baffle create one of the best sleeping bags we’ve used. £299.99 from www.outdoorworld direct.co.uk

Vivobarefoot The Tracker is a barefoot hiking boot made from high quality leather. It is designed for wild and rough terrains, with our firm ground sole. This minimalist walking boot has a waterproof lining and thermal protection to keep feet a comfortable temperature and ready to explore nature. The Firm Ground sole with 3mm lugs provides traction over trails and rocky landscapes. The premium action leather waterproof upper is constructed with a breathable sealed inner membrane reinforced by hydrophobic leather proofing. The removable Thermal Insole offers three times the thermal protection as a normal insole for all-year comfort. £190 available from www.vivobarefoot.com/uk


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Mountain Warehouse

Cloudrock is the lightweight waterproof speed-hiking boot built for traction, pace and protection in all conditions. Up to 35% lighter than competitors, this is perfect for hiking, trail walking and wet weather conditions, with Missiongrip™ rubber adding traction while lugs bite into soft trails. The Swiss-engineered FlexLock system means laces can be tied traditionally or with a single pull. A 360° mudguard protects and the Speedboard™ provides propulsion and stability. ZeroGravity CloudTec® ensures cushioned landings.

The Shiya Winter Waterproof Boots is designed to withstand the elements on your next outdoor adventure. Durable leather upper, phylon midsole for impact cushioning, high traction outsole with deep lugs and the IsoTherm lining has densely packed fibres to retain heat & warmth without adding bulk.

£180 available from www.on-running.com

Laboratory tested to -25°C, the boot is perfectly suited to the tough conditions on winter hikes. £99.99 available from www.mountainwarehouse.com

Protest The Colby ski jacket is made of a waterproof fabric that is 10K waterresistance and 10g breathability so you stay warm and dry. The regular fit and longer in length keeps you covered and the patterned elasticated rib fabric at the cuffs and bottom hem of the jacket keep things snug. The drawstring waist allows for a closer fit with taped seams and underarm ventilation zippers for comfort. The hood and faux fur trim are detachable.

Chrome Industries The Mazer Vigil is the ultimate urban daypack featuring a distinctive ‘tombstone’ style wide opening and a capacious 26 litre capacity for easily stowing a day’s worth of kit. With superb functionality for demanding lifestyles, the sleek ergonomic design and multiple storage features makes this versatile pack ideal for active use. £160 available from www.chromeindustries.com

£179.99 available from www.protest.eu

Keela

Dakine The Signature Poacher 32-litre pack has a panel-loader design and is suitable for both full-day ski touring and shorter trips. The pocket for avalanche tools keeps safety gear accessible while a zip back panel yields wide access to the pack body. Waist belt pockets and a fleece-lined goggles pocket help keep your kit organised. £155 from www.dakine.com

Princeton Tec

The Munro Salopettes, used by Mountain Rescue and Tactical Forces, are high spec mountaineering salopettes incorporate advanced System Dual Protection technology making them completely waterand wind-proof to offer protection in even the harshest of conditions. £144.95 from www.keela.co.uk

At 550 lumens, Apex is the brightest headlamp in Princeton Tec’s Professional Series and has been a favourite of extreme outdoor enthusiasts for years. This waterproof LED headlamp incorporates a single Regulated Maxbright LED plus four Regulated Ultrabright LEDs and can switch between a powerful spot beam or a bright flood.

Craghoppers

Dakine

With its superb compressible insulation, the Expolite Hooded Jacket is a super-light year-round winner. The slender polyamide baffles are packed with high-loft ThermoPro synthetic fill to help trap body heat in the same way as natural down. Has a useful stow pocket and adjustable hood.

The Signature Phantom GoreTex® Glove are part of our EP Artist Series and were developed with skiing GOAT Eric Pollard. The full leather build features a GORE-TEX membrane and Gore Grip technology for storm- ready performance and enhanced dexterity without having to remove the gloves.

£115.95 from www. whitbyandco.co.uk

£100 from www. craghoppers.com

£95 from www.dakine.com

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Dapper Chap From stylish menswear & accessories to grooming and lifestyle products, here is a choice of something special to give the man in your life this Christmas

PINK SHIRTMAKER This Reversible Pigs Printed Silk Pocket Square instantly elevates your look. Made in England from silk with hand rolled edges. £55 available from www.pinkshirtmaker.com

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JOE BROWNS Into The Wilderness Knit (£35) has a lovely jacquard landscape. Santa's Band Shirt (£35) has a funky festive print and Pop Paisley Shirt (£35) is full of personality. www. joebrowns.co.uk


MAHABIS The monochrome Mahabis classic in skien black upper with white sole are the premium slipper with a sneaker sole designed for all day, everywhere! £79 from www.mahabis.com

CODY & CO We love the handsome Handley Boot, made with premium suede, full leather lining and brushed leather sole. Developed and manufactured in Sheffield. £249 from www.codyandcolondon.co.uk

SAMSONITE Samsonite Paradiver L Star Wars Duffle/Backpack with Wheels 55cm has print details behind a see-through mesh for a sporty look and feel, while the comfortably padded back panel, front pockets and ergonomic shoulder straps offer convenience and comfort while traveling. £195 from www.samsonite.co.uk

GLENCROFT Made entirely in the UK and quality checked by hand, this traditional flat cap is made from genuine handwoven Harris Tweed from the Outer Hebrides. Designed to extend over the occipital bone at the back of the head for a proper fit that doesn't come off. £34.95 from www. glencroftcountrywear.co.uk VILLAGE BARBER Beard Maintenance Oil (£24.95) and Beard Growth Oil (£21.95) have been created to deal with the issues involved with growing and maintaining a healthy beard while eliminating itchiness and flaking. Both from www.villagebarber.com

KEELA These 200gsm Merino Leggings are designed to keep you warm in cooler temperatures yet remain breathable while regulating body temperature during exercise. £44.95 from www. keela.co.uk

PYROPET This special candle from PyroPet is called Dreki. As the dragon shaped candle burns it slowly reveals a metallic skeleton inside. Place it on a 10" diameter plate to contain the melting wax. £29 from eu.54celsius. com TEKO These Ski Socks are made of soft merino wool with natural moisture-wicking and insulating properties, making them ideal for winter sport activities. Perfect for those who prefer a thinner sock. £39.51 from www. tekoforlife.co.uk Follow us on social media @sloanloves

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expert advice

How To Prevent Dry Eyes When Using Computers

Ashish Mathur, Eye Care Specialist at Feel Good Contacts, shares some handy expert advice to those suffering from Dry Eye and Computer Vision Syndrome

Ashish Mathur

Ashish Mathur is Eye Care Specialist and Head of Buying at Feel Good Contacts. He works in collaboration with his team to oversee which products get put into stock, ensuring only the best items make it onto the Feel Good Contacts site. Concerning his role, Ashish says: “We stock over 200 contact lenses and eyecare products and with so many companies trying to get their products onto the market, it is important we only stock the items that we feel offer customers the best value, as well as taking into consideration items commonly recommended and prescribed by eye health professionals. The market is flooded with new products every month and established manufacturers are always upgrading older products or releasing new ones.”

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In today’s digital world coupled with stressful office lifestyles, it may seem almost impossible to shield our eyes from digital screens and smart device usage. Spending long hours in the office means sitting behind a computer screen for a prolonged amount of time. This can have a profound effect on your eyes causing them to dry out. WHAT IS DRY EYE? Dry eye (Kerato Conjunctivitis Sicca) occurs when the eyes are not producing enough tears, or the tears produced dry up too quickly to keep the eyeball properly hydrated and moist. Dry eyes are also a symptom of Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) where eyes twitch and are strained, exhausted and dry due to long computer usage.

However, this condition can be quickly taken care of by following a few handy tips. BLINK FREQUENTLY It’s very common to forget to blink, particularly when you are in deep concentration whilst completing work assignments on your computer. However, it is likely that you’re not blinking enough, and your eyes are not receiving adequate moisture from your tears. To prevent a dry and irritated feeling on your eyes, make a conscious and deliberate effort to blink frequently during the day.

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Moreover, some contact lens wearers may find that wearing lenses made of silicone hydrogel are more comfortable as these lenses allow a higher amount of moisture and oxygen to pass in and out the eye, in comparison to standard hydrogel lenses. Therefore, it’s important to discuss with your optician what lenses are best for you. It’s also typically advised that contact lenses are not worn for longer than 12 hours, unless they are extended wear which are prescribed by your optician and are specifically designed for long term use. USE A BLUE LIGHT FILTER Screens from digital devices such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops emit blue light. This form of light occupies a section of the light spectrum that is characterised by a very short wavelength, which means that it emits more energy and is difficult to look at directly. It is often recommended to apply the blue light filter to help reduce eye strain.

Additionally, blue light reduces the secretion of your sleepinducing hormone melatonin, therefore it’s wise to not use smart devices before bed as it can have a major impact on your quality of sleep, as well as how quickly you can expect to fall asleep. There is a growing debate as to whether over-exposure to


blue light can lead to long-term eye problems such as macular degeneration. The consequences of blue light only intensify with age; as the natural lenses become yellowed and the retina fails to register blue light. As well as applying the blue light filter, using eye drops will ensure your eyes are soothed from long periods in front of screens. REGULATE YOUR SCREEN BRIGHTNESS Ensure you check the brightness of your digital devices and adjust it from time-to-time to see how your eyes feel when looking at the screen. If your screen is on the highest level of brightness it can be uncomfortable for your eyes. It’s also worth regulating the lighting where your computer is placed and cleaning your computer screen of dust to ensure there’s no glare.

REDUCE YOUR SCREEN USAGE Extended screen use can cause eye fatigue and a strained feeling, therefore taking regular breaks is vital. You may also find it useful to follow the 20-20-20 rule. This is where every 20 minutes, you should take a 20 second break from your screen and look at something that is 20 feet away from you. Practicing this will allow your eye muscles to relax.

In addition, keeping your computer and smart devices at a reasonable distance away from your eyes will also help prevent exhausted eyes. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER Drinking water is also key to healthy eyes as it provides essential hydration. Keep a water bottle that you can re-fill regularly on your desk. Also, carry a bottle of water in your bag to drink from during your commute and don’t

use fizzy and sugary drinks as a substitute for water. Aside from drinking more water, you can consume juicy fruits and avoid grazing on large amounts of dry and salty snacks which can cause you to feel dehydrated. USE EYE DROPS What’s more, eye drops are a fast and effective way of relieving dry and tired eyes. A few eye drops will revitalise your eyes, adding a dose of moisture and hydration. They also minimise blurring and keep your eyes feeling smooth for hours at a time. TRY HYDRATING EYE MIST Using a hydrating eye mist is a great alternative to eye drops, especially if you prefer not to drop anything directly into your eyes. The refreshing mist has a soft and cooling effect on the eyes and provides moisture. Follow us on social media @sloanloves

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Tech-tastic Treats

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JABRA ELITE 85H

This versatile headset is engineered for the best wireless calls and music experience. SmartSound audio automatically adapts to your surroundings whilst the 36 hours of battery life (ANC on) ensures you stay powered up throughout the day. The Jabra Elite 85h are one of the most comfortable over ear headphones that block out unwanted noise, making these headphones ideal for commuting or working in crowded spaces. They also boast one touch access to voice assistant and look super stylish too. £279.99 available from www.jabra.co.uk

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HÖVDING 3

The third generation of Hövding’s unique airbag for urban cyclists is the world’s safest head protection worn like a collar around the neck. In the event of an accident the airbag inflates to protect your head using the latest next generation airbag technology that is said to be 8 times safer than traditional bicycle helmets. Swedish safety technology you can rely on in the event of an accident, the airbag inflates in 0.1 seconds enclosing the head and holding the neck in place. It can even notify selected ICE contacts using Bluetooth to send them a text message with the coordinates of the accident site. We found its adjustable size fits perfectly on both men and women and the battery life last for around 15 active hours of cycling. £249.99 from Selfridges and selected bike shops around London.

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SONY WF-1000XM3

Hailed as the new generation truly wireless headphones, the WF1000XM3 offers the next level of silence thanks to its HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1e chip and Dual Noise Sensor Technology. It not only cancels more noise across almost all frequencies but also uses less power. Anything ranging from annoying aircraft cabin noise, to hustle and bustle on the city streets, is dramatically cancelled so all you hear is the music. We loved the wire-free design, stable connectivity and comfortable fit with the 24 hour battery life and quick charging function. Optimised for the Google Assistant, it’s the perfect commuter companion £220 from Sony.co.uk, Amazon, Argos, Currys & John Lewis

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LUMIE BODYCLOCK LUXE 750DAB

The Evoluent D from BakkerElkhuizen is the best solution to meet the needs and requirements of the modern computer user. The vertical Evoluent D mouse ensures that you hold your wrist in a natural ‘handshake grip’. This working position can be maintained for longer and prevents physical discomfort. So that at the end of the day your wrists, forearms and shoulders feel less tired.

This is the most premium Bodyclock from Lumie, featuring DAB radio in addition to low-blue light to be non-alerting at bedtime and fading sunset to help you relax. In the morning, wake up gently with gradual sunrise. It also features high quality speakers with Bluetooth streaming functionality and offers a selection of over 25 sleep/wake sounds. Other features include adjustable lighting, a glass lamp cover; tap-control snooze, personalised sunrise and sunset duration from 15 to 90 minutes; a nightlight setting; 7-day alarm; dimmable bedside lighting; power failure back-up. £199 available from www.lumie.com and John Lewis

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YALE ALL-IN-ONE CAMERA

The Yale All-in-One Camera offers HD-quality footage, motion detection, and two-way talk in a smart, discreet unit. Whether it’s keeping an eye on the front door while you wait for that all-important parcel to be delivered or watching out for unwanted intruders in the back garden, the All-in-One Camera is the perfect device for this and would be perfect for that securityconscious homeowner, or DIY Dad this Christmas. Compatible with Amazon Alexa, it is weatherproof with in-app controls, built-in spotlight, siren alarm, image masking and no monthly fees. It really is the all-in-one product for those looking for a reasonably priced full security camera and intercom solution.

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From audio books and educational apps to videos, games and award-winning parental controls – continue their learning at home this September with the all-new Fire 7 Kids Edition. It’s the next generation of Amazon’s most affordable kids tablet with easy-to-use parental controls that encourage learning before play and features such as setting bedtime curfews to tighter controls on screen time and content as well as blocking access to videos and games until educational targets such as reading goals are met. £99.99 from www.amazon.co.uk/fire7

The mouse is shaped in such a way that your fingers are in the ideal position to allow a better fit of the palm of the hand, which gives you a better posture of arm and wrist. The grooved buttons also improve grip. The Evoluent D has a revolutionary magnetic battery cover which means you can’t lose the lid, the tab of the lid  can’t break off or become too flexible, so it doesn’t fit anymore. The mouse is available in wired or wireless versions with a larger version in the pipeline. £118.61 available from www.bakkerelkhuizen.co.uk

£119 from www.yalestore.co.uk

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RSPB DAB MONTY RADIO

Exclusively designed in the UK for the RSPB, the Monty radio is the perfect marriage of sleek, contemporary design and great acoustic quality, cemented by its Which ‘Best Buy Digital radio’ rating in 2017. The radio by VQ is wrapped around the back with in beautiful illustrations of colourful hummingbirds with pink and green foliage accents designed by British illustrator Lorna Syson offset brilliantly against the warm slate fabric. Buy from the RSPB as 90% of net income is spent on conservation, public education and advocacy in the UK and around the world £99.99 available from www.rspbshop.co.uk Follow us on social media @sloanloves

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Dadventure: Being A Brilliant Dad

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Dr Andy Cope is a happiness expert and bestselling author of The Little Book of Being Brilliant. Here he shares his thoughts with SLOAN! on how fathers (and male carers) can be brilliant dads to their little ones.

It is a sad statistic, but apparently modern fathers have roughly three minutes a day of conversation with their children. If that’s not shameful enough, evidence suggests the valuable three minutes is restricted in scope and colour so whereas mums tend to chat about friends, family and school, dads tend to chat about sport or ‘How was your day?’ Dad then sits in the dominant armchair, guarding the remote, flicking through the channels. It transpires that 35% of daughters say dads meet their emotional needs, as compared to 72% for mums. If this was a school report, dads would find ‘must do better!’ stamped on pretty much every page. MUMS ARE SUPERHEROES

Let me say this as simply as I can: pretty much across the board, mums are superheroes. In the happiest families, it is the dad that also steps up to the plate. Therefore, although this advice applies to both males and females, I’m aiming it more at dads because they are the ones who need to pull their parenting socks up the most.

when a young person learns to love music. For most, the early days are a chore. If you’ve ever suffered Three Blind Mice on a recorder, or caterwauling scales on the clarinet, you have my sympathy. The early days of learning a musical instrument are classic Eric Morecambe territory; ‘they’re hitting all the right notes but not necessarily in the right order’. As a parent you have to hang in there and pretend you’re enjoying it. Even then, some kids will quit. But some ride through the storm. These kids lean forward and begin to play. They engage, either with the teacher or with the music. They achieve some early breakthroughs, maybe playing a piece that they recognise. As they connect they lift themselves off the piano seat suddenly becoming what Zander calls ‘one-buttock players’. They’re lifted by passion and engagement. And from here on in, they experience giant leaps of learning. If I’m allowed to stretch Zander’s wonderful analogy beyond music and reading, if you want your children to find their passion (sport, maths, cooking, science, stand-up comedy; it doesn’t matter what) the Matthew Effect says that some early wins are crucial in your child powering ahead. WHY DADS SHOULD ACT THEIR SHOE SIZE

Let me introduce you to the little known but oh-sopowerful ‘Matthew Effect’. This is when an initial success in something leads to even greater success. And, conversely, if we are unsuccessful, we’re likely to become even more unsuccessful. It explains why the rich get richer and the poor poorer, but it also applies to parenting.

The biggest thing you can do to facilitate that is to live it too. So, reading-wise, if the biggest thing a dad can do is to be seen reading, then it extends to all those other activities too. Put yourself out there. If you child is learning the violin, challenge yourself to learn it too. Play together. Paint together. Laugh together.

Let’s take the example of reading – children who start off reading well will get better and better compared to their peers, because they will read even more broadly and quickly. The more words they learn the easier and more enjoyable reading becomes. On the other hand, it’s very hard for poor readers to catch up because, for them, the spiral goes downwards. Thus the gap between those who read well and those who read poorly grows even bigger rather than smaller.

• Trampolining… bounce together. • Baking… make cakes together. • Art… draw together. • Stand-up comedy… tell jokes together. • Science… dissect frogs together. On reflection, that’s messy. Go to the Science Museum together instead. • Football… kickabout together • Spellings… learn them together • Drama… go to the theatre together

According to the Matthew Effect, success snowballs but so does failure.

My dare is simply this – join them, play, act your shoe size.

THE IMPORTANCE OF ROLE-MODELLING

Why? Because the rule of parenting is this; your children will not do what you say, but they will do what you do.

Dads and grandads, I don’t want you to think I’m having a pop at you but the biggest single factor in your son/grandson reading books is if he sees a male role model reading books. That, good sir, is YOU! (if you’re a female reading this article, please find a male and read this page to them) The Matthew Effect shows up everywhere. Ben Zander talks about the transformation that happens

ABOUT THE EXPERT

Dr Andy Cope is a happiness expert and best-selling author of The Little Book of Being Brilliant available now on Amazon. Find out more about Andy at www.artofbrilliance. co.uk

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A Doctor's Guide To Travelling With A Baby Dr Søren Carstens, Head of Clinical Operations at Bupa Global, advises new parents on how to travel healthily and happily Traveling with a new baby can be daunting for many parents, but with the right preparation you can make the journey and destination relaxing for all the family.

Dr Søren Carstens

Dr Søren Carstens is a health expert and Head of Clinical Operations at Bupa Global. Speaking about local food and water when travelling with a baby, Dr Søren said, " If you’re somewhere where it’s not recommended to drink tap water, I’d advise using bottled water to make your baby’s bottles, but it’s still important to boil it first. If your baby is eating solid food, try to stick to freshly cooked, hot food and peel all fruit before eating."

BEFORE YOU TRAVEL Research your destination - It’s really important to research your destination for things like necessary vaccinations, the availability of formula or baby food, and what the local health services are like. Hopefully you won’t need to use them, but when you’re traveling with a baby peace of mind is key.

First aid - I always recommend that parents put together a first aid kit for any mishaps – this might include painkillers, babysafe insect repellent (Deet is safe for children over two months old), plasters, a thermometer and antihistamine crème. Rehydration solution might also come in handy in case of stomach upsets.

Dr Søren also warned new parents of the dangers of gastrointestinal infections. He says, "If your baby develops an upset stomach try to keep them hydrated while the infection passes. If you notice symptoms such as severe or blood-stained diarrhoea or a high temperature, seek medical help straight away."

Exotic destinations - If you’re planning an exotic trip with a baby, I’d recommend speaking to a travel health expert at least two months in advance to check that the destination is suitable. It’s important to note that your baby may be too young to receive all of the recommended vaccinations, and children also have an increased risk of contracting severe malaria, so you may need to take additional precautions.

Baby food is not subject to the same hand luggage restrictions as other liquids

Insurance - Make sure you have the appropriate insurance in place, which means that you will be properly looked after if something happens. Bupa Global offers a range of premium health insurance options for families, offering the care that’s right for you, when and where you need it.

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ON THE JOURNEY Plane travel - The thought of planning a plane journey with a baby might seem overwhelming, but there are lots of ways to keep them happy on the journey.

I’d recommend feeding them at take off and landing to help with earache, and making sure they stay hydrated – similarly to adults, it’s easy for babies to become dehydrated on the plane. If your baby is onto solid foods or formula, take a good supply with you. Remember, baby food isn’t subject to the same hand luggage restrictions as other liquids. AT YOUR DESTINATION Sun safety - Babies are at higher risk of sunburn than adults, so it’s important to take precautions if you’re going somewhere sunny. Remember, even on cloudy days it’s possible to get burnt. Use a sun cream that’s at least SPF 30, apply it around 30 minutes before going out in the sun and remember to reapply regularly.

It’s also a good idea to cover up babies with a hat and long sleeves, and stay in the shade when the sun is at its strongest – between 11am and 3pm. Preventing accidents - It’s worth remembering that equipment such as car seats, high chairs and play equipment may not be subject to the same safety standards abroad as we have in the UK, so use your judgement. If something seems unsafe, don’t use it. ABOUT BUPA GLOBAL Bupa Global is the international health insurance arm of Bupa, offering products and services for globally minded people who want the most premium coverage and access to the healthcare they need anytime, anywhere in the world.


Your Health is Your Wealth You always make time to look after your little ones but when was the last time you invested in your own health? Here are the top five healthy drinks we're raving about now... water included! ActiveEdge BlueberryActive Concentrate A study by the University of Exeter suggests that blueberry juice may help “improve cognitive and memory function in the brain”. Blueberries are rich in flavonoids and anthocyanins which hold antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which cause these beneficial effects. BlueberryActive concentrated blueberry juice as used in the study is worth trying for those looking to boost their concentration levels. £9.99 for 237ml from Holland and Barrett

Get More Vits L-carnitine & Chromium Get More Vits L-Carnitine & Chromium has a refreshing watermelon flavour that's sugar free and only 5 calories per bottle. Supporting your body's metabolism, L-Carnitine helps transport fatty acids into the mitochondria, where they can be burned for energy. Chromium contributes to macro- nutrient metabolism and the maintenance of normal blood glucose levels. £14.99 for 12 from Tesco and Amazon

Equinox Espresso Coffee Kombucha A UK first, Equinox Organic Espresso Coffee Kombucha is a unique blend made with a special coffee Kombucha culture and Arabica Coffee beans, providing the same benefits as traditional Kombucha with a natural re-energising coffee lift. This revolutionary kombucha is light and balanced and thanks to the fermentation process, is lower in caffeine than normal coffee. £1.60 from Abel & Cole, Planet Organic and www.equinoxkombucha.com

Purdey's Edge Purdey's Edge Multivitamin Fruit Drink is a blend of blackberry and sloe berry juices, naturally boosted by botanicals and vitamins to give you a gently lift. Free from caffeine, artificial flavourings, colours, preservatives and sweeteners. The multivitamin blend helps reduce fatigue, contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism and supports the immune system. It also counts as one of your 5 a day. £1.59 for 330ml from Tesco, Waitrose, Holland & Barrett, Ocado, Boots & W H Smith

Ion8 Quench Water Bottle It is recommended that women should be drinking 1.6 litres while men should be drinking 2 litres per day. With the Ion8 Quench Water Bottle your half way there as it holds up to 1000ml.It has a comfortable fit, is soft to touch with frosted exterior, scratch resistant and has a hand strap. It is 100% leak proof with an easy drinks system that opens at the touch of a button with a flip top, lid lock and pouring spout stays clean under a hard shell. Available from leakproof.co.uk for £16.99 – £17.49 Follow us on social media @sloanloves

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Travel with Stokke Stokke don’t just do great prams. They also do great pram accessories that are perfect when travelling with your little ones

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The little things make a big difference 1. Foot Muff - £119 2. Pram Storm Cover £39 3. Stroller Rain Cover - £29 4. Stroller Snack Tray £29 5. Stroller Mosquito Net £23 6. Stroller Cup Holder - £18 Available from www.stokke.com

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SLOAN! loves everything Stokke but our favourite winter accessory is the Foot Muff. Lined with fleece for warmth and comfort, the design allows freedom of movement for baby and the water-repellent fabric protects them from the elements.

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Stress-Free Family Travel Stine Brogaard shares some top tips for parents travelling with babies and toddlers this season Travel is one of life’s luxuries – we all dream of winter sun, visiting beaches, buzzing cities, beautiful landscapes, or far flung destinations. Going on holiday also means spending quality time with loved ones. Travelling with children, however, can often lead to over-excitable and then weary, emotional children, and by the end of the journey, frazzled parents. Mum of two, Stine Brogaard from premium children’s brand Stokke, has compiled the following checklist for families to help make travelling a breeze. 1. TAKE YOUR TIME

Allow more time than you think you need when travelling. Kids love to explore, run around, take their time, or suddenly need the loo at critical moments, so factor this extra time into your schedule.

4. PYJAMA POWER

For early morning or late-night flights, let your kids travel in their pyjamas. They’ll be more comfortable and far more likely to drift off. Remember to pack clothing to change them into later if it’s a morning flight. Packing a few layers for chilly in-flight air con will help keep them cosy. 5. STROLLER SAVIOUR

A lightweight stroller and/or sling can be a lifesaver for when they get tired in transit. Strollers can be used right up to the gate and will help avoid having to manage a wriggling child in arms as well as cabin luggage and must-have duty free purchases. 6. LOO BREAKS

Take every opportunity to use the toilet. The last thing you need is a mad dash to the loo whilst last call is being announced at the gate.

2. STAY HYDRATED

6. RELAXED ROUTINES

Staying hydrated is important, particularly as airports and planes can be hot. Take reusable bottles and refill with water once through security, bearing in mind you can’t take more than 100ml of liquids through beforehand. Most airports will offer this free of charge, you can also ask at cafes and restaurants for a complimentary fill-up. Once on board, ask staff to refill bottles too.

For a more stress-free journey and indeed holiday, take a more relaxed approach to mealtimes, bedtimes and routine overall. Children are far more adaptable than we think and will snap back into shape in no time when back home.

3. TAKE AN ACTIVITY BAG

Pack colouring, puzzle or sticker books, reading or audio books, notebooks and pens for drawing or writing, small toys, travel games such as chequers, or cards such as Top Trumps or Uno, to pass the time. This ‘survival kit’ will serve you in destination too – never go to a restaurant without it!

6. BREAK UP THE JOURNEY

Break up the journey with several short stops to allow yourself some downtime as well as giving the children the chance to run around, eat, go to the loo, or simply chill. Travelling is exhausting for all of us and the more relaxed we are as parents, the more relaxed the children will be. Stine Brogaard is Regional Marketing Manager for the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands. For more information on Stokke products go to www.stokke.com Follow us on social media @sloanloves

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How To Get Your Toddler Moving With Confidence Martin Haines, Biomechanics Coach & Physiotherapist, shares five ways to help toddlers reach their movement milestones

Play For Life In May 2019, Health Secretary, Matt Hancock called for help to deliver the Government’s promise to halve childhood obesity over the next 10 years. According to current estimates, 10% of boys and 9% of girls are starting primary school obese, and experts warn that children gain weight ‘at a drastic rate’ when they are at school. Pressure is mounting on schools to address this trend, and to tackle this, the Government has set an exercise target for pre-school children (aged under 5) of 180 minutes physical exercise per day. But, child development experts say that during these years, as early as 12-36 months, it’s less about exercise minutes, and more about movement challenges.

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Very young children who have confidence in their physical ability, grow into more confident individuals with a lower BMI and a life-long commitment to exercise. Martin Haines, is a recognised and experienced Biomechanics Coach and Chartered Physiotherapist. Here he gives us ‘Five ways to get your toddlers moving with confidence’. START BUILDING BODY CONFIDENCE VERY YOUNG Experts call the early years of gross motor development, from around 12 months to 7 years, the ‘Fundamental Patterns’ period. This is ‘base camp’ for establishing movements that will become a person’s bedrock for life.

Throughout our lives, we constantly return back to these fundamental patterns while we hone new skills. If we secure these movements with confidence, we create a foundation for a positive relationship with our bodies. THE ABC'S OF ESSENTIAL MOVEMENT SKILLS You need to apply academic principles to physical learning. When you learn to read, you first have to learn your alphabet. You apply this knowledge to learning words, build up to paragraphs and then books. The more books we read, the more we enjoy reading. The broader the range of books,

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the better we become and so on. Physical activity is the same. Once children grasp the basics of balance, standing, co-ordination, walking and then running they can apply their new found knowledge to building new skills and a love of moving that will stay


with them for life. MAKE EACH MOVEMENT OPPORTUNITY MEANINGFUL We hear a lot about ‘free play’ but with physical development, a child will get more from an activity if they are supervised and incentivised. Rather than say ‘go and play outside’, suggest they go out to do something specific, such as find a squirrel in a tree, make a picture with fallen leaves. Go with them and engage with it.

What’s more if a child is engaged in an activity, they are more likely to enjoy it and try to do it well. This creates a positive association with exercise and they will be more likely to return to exercise both as a child and as they grow up. Children will engage more and stick with an activity, if they have adult encouragement.

MAKE IT FUN When a child is encouraged to find unique solutions to movement challenges, given goal specific tasks, creative themes or ‘family’ rules to traditional games, the play becomes more challenging, stimulating and rewarding.

merely knocks their confidence and potentially harms their relationship with being active. Do not progress them by their age or their size or what their peers are doing, be mindful of their capabilities and they will thank you for it later.

READINESS TO MOVE Don’t push the child to achieve their milestones too soon. Children progress when they are ready; physically and mentally. First they develop reflexes for grasping, to head control, rolling, sitting, crawling and ultimately to standing and walking. You cannot train a child to do any of these things before they are physically ready. It’s the same once they are walking and learning movement skills.

ABOUT THE EXPERT Martin Haines is advising Micro Scooters on their new Play for Life initiative. It includes information and insights on how a child develops physically and games to play with children to help them reach their movement milestones with confidence.

Encouraging children to progress quicker than they are able

For more information, please visit www.micro-scooters.co.uk/ playforlife The Mini Micro 3in1 Classic Scooter is £59.95 available from www.micro-scooters.co.uk

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SLOAN! Books For Babies Reading to your little one is important for baby’s development even from a very young age and should be included in their daily educational play and is a proven step in bedtime routines

Jonny Lambert’s Wake Up, Farm The latest instalment in DK’s hugely successful Pop-Up Peekaboo series, Jonny Lambert’s Wake Up, Farm! offers an interactive and exciting exploration of children’s favourite farm-yard wonders. With quirky illustrations and pop-up surprises, parents and children will love sharing this story together. Jonny Lambert’s colourful illustrations bring this charming story to life, with pop-ups on every page to engage children as they encounter cockerels, cows, pigs and more! The robust board-book format makes Jonny Lambert’s Wake Up, Farm! ideal for playful young children. £7.99 published by DK (DK.com)

Baby’s First 123 This shiny baby book of numbers will help your little one learn to count to 10. With colourful, clear pictures that have a tactile, raised effect, this board book encourages early learning and makes the perfect gift for babies and toddlers. Baby’s First 1 2 3 will build your child’s vocabulary as they discover all about numbers, and count fun, everyday objects such as ducks, trucks, and bees. Each page has a vivid image, finished with a shiny 3D effect that will engage your child and help make learning fun. £3.99 published by DK (DK.com)

100 First Things That Go Help little ones learn first words and build vocabulary with this things that go baby book that’s filled with cars, trucks, planes, boats, tractors, and diggers. Favourite vehicles are clearly labelled on every page, and the exciting photos combined with fun illustrations provide lots to talk about, learn about, and smile about. Part of a beautiful, first word book series, the big board book pages are toddler tough, and cover everything from cars and trucks to vehicle colours and kids’ own bikes taking your baby on an exciting learning adventure. £7.99 published by DK (DK.com)

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Sophie’s Big Busy Play Book With touch-and-feel textures, peep-holes, and flaps, this book is packed with hands-on learning. Babies and toddlers can have hours of fun exploring Sophie’s Big Busy Play Book. Inside, there are ten big bright pages, showing familiar things little ones will love, from animals and toys to vehicles, colours, and shapes. Large patches of touch-and-feel appear throughout, from shiny fabric on a bath duck to soft fur on a dog, as well as sparkly foil, glitter, and bumpy embossed details. With so much to explore, Sophie’s Big Busy Play Book will delight and stimulate babies and toddlers. £12.99 published by DK (DK.com)

100 First Dinosaur Words Covering everything little ones love about these awesome creatures with more than 40 amazing dinosaurs clearly labelled, this book has helpful pronunciation guides for their names, as well as other prehistoric creatures, dinosaur body parts, their eggs and babies, habitats and skeletons. The book has a mix of impressive, computer generated dinosaurs and humorous, cartoon style pictures providing lots to learn with pictureand-word association, building language, and reading readiness, while the inviting, look-and-point pictures stimulate talking. £7.99 published by DK (DK.com)

My First Busy Jobs What do you want to be when you grow up? Explore the world of jobs people do with this sturdy tabbed board book for babies and toddlers. With lots of colourful, fun-filled pictures, things to name and talk about, as well as simple questions and activities, this baby book about jobs is ideal for preschool learning. Share it together and help your inquisitive toddler develop their speaking, listening, and observational skills as they learn to identify objects. £5.99 published by DK (DK.com)

100 First Animals Build little ones’ vocabulary with 100 important animals, all with bold photographs and beautiful illustrations. Bright and colourful themed pages cover pets, farm animals, big beasts, cute baby animals, and animal colours and patterns. 100 First Animals is a large board book with a padded cover and makes an ideal first gift for babies. Crystal-clear photos show the wonder of the animal world, while engaging illustrations tell simple stories that stimulate talking, from a swan with her cygnets to a fish being chased by a smiley shark! Word labels encourage pointing, naming, and picture-and-word association. £7.99 published by DK (DK.com) Follow us on social media @sloanloves

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The Nifty Nursery 1 2 From colourful toys & sensory books to storage solutions & wholesome baby food, here are some of our favourite baby products to create your very own nifty nursery this season

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1. JOHNSON’S® Sleep Tight Gift Set £12 Asda

6. 3 SPROUTS Storage Box - Gorilla Black £21.99 www.1two.co.uk

11. POTWELLS Monkey Storage Box £21.95 www.potwells.co.uk

2. AURORA Gruffalo 16" plush toy £24.99 Amazon and John Lewis

7. MELISSA & DOUG Safari Wooden Peg Puzzle £4.99 Amazon and Ocado

12. REX LONDON Elvis The Elephant Bookends £12.95 www.rexlondon.com

3. KLEEN KANTEEN Kid Classic Sippy 12oz in Sharks £16.95 www.kleankanteen.co.uk

8 REX LONDON Charlie The Lion Xylophone £19.95 www.rexlondon.com

13. REX LONDON Wooden Wall Clock £24.95 www.rexlondon.com

4. REX LONDON Colourful Creatures Bath Book £4.95 www.rexlondon.com

9. LITTLE FREDDIE Simply Veg and 80% Veg £1.25 Sainsbury’s, Ocado, Boots, Amazon & www.littlefreddie.com

14. REX LONDON Animal Park Music Box £6.95 www.rexlondon.com

5. DK BOOKS Baby Touch and Feel Merry Christmas £3.99 published by DK (dk.com)

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15. MOONLITE Fairytales Gift Pack £29.99 Amazon, Argos, Smyths and The Entertainer


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Pampered Pooch From innovative dog toys to tasty treats your four-legged friend will love, here’s a selection of our favourite dog gifts for Christmas

The Dog House Random Rewards are healthy dog treats by Michel Roux £5 from www.oliveandberry.co.uk

Olive & Berry Slow Feed Dog Dining Bowl £30 from www.oliveandberry.co.uk

Laughing Dog Complete Dry Dog Food 2kg £8.89 from www.laughingdogfood.com

Different Dog NEW Festive Feast £2.49 from www.differentdog.com

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Natures Menu Dog Food Pouch Multipack £11.92 for 8 pouches from www.naturesmenu.co.uk

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Tesco Dog biscuits shaped like macarons and stars Both £2.50 from Tesco


PETSAFE® AUTOMATIC BALL LAUNCHER

The ultimate game of fetch for dogs! This fun toy keeps dogs entertained as well as boosting their regular exercise routine. Suitable for all breeds of dog, the launcher is also an excellent option for those unable to throw a ball for their pet such as the elderly or disabled. Battery or mains operated and weighing just 4kg, the innovative ball launcher has nine distance settings and six ball angle settings to stimulate both mental and physical activity. The built-in delay of 15 seconds after the dog has placed the ball back in the launcher instills valuable waiting skills.. £ 141.99 from www.petsafe.com/uk Hettie This Scooby Doo Harness (£95) has an adjustable waist strap to ensure a good fit, made from 100% wool outer fabric and 100% cotton spot lining. We love the varied fabric options which also are available in a matching Dog Lead (£55). Both are available from www.hettie.co.uk

Laughing Dog Grain Free Morning, Noon & Night Treats £3.99 each from www. laughingdogfood.com

First 4 Hampers Dog Bone Advent Calendar £20 from www.first4hampers.com

Duerr’s Peamutt Butter £2.79 from Pets At Home

Forthglade Gourmet Turkey and Goose £1.99 from forthglade.com & Waitrose PetWeighter The dog bowl that stays is available in large & small sizes £24.99 / £19.99 at petweighter.com

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1. BIN IT LIKE A BOSS This touch-free semi-round sensor bin opens automatically with just a wave of your hand so throwing away rubbish is quick, efficient and hasslefree. It has a motion sensor that is smart enough to adapt to you and the surrounding environment so there are no false triggers and no unexpected lid closures. This bin also features an innovative 'liner pocket,' which stores and dispenses liners from inside the bin for a faster liner change. The liner rim lifts up for easy access to the liner, then closes to grip and keep it neatly out of sight.

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2. MULTI-TOOL LIKE A BOSS The Leatherman FREE™ P4 is made of 420 steel to create a lightweight, durable, pliers-based multipurpose tool. It features many of the same implements found within classic Leatherman tools, but with new features and technology. All implements are easily accessible from the outside of the tool and don’t require a fingernail to deploy each implement, making them easier to access. Leatherman FREE™

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3. TRAVEL LIKE A BOSS The ultimate classic professional range, Mobile ViP combines premium styling with superior protection for your laptop. From the four spinner wheels for effortless manoeuvrability and stability to the lockable zipper pulls for enhanced security, this roller features outstanding attention to detail. Made for the modern business traveller, separate dedicated sections of the case enable you to store overnight gear, devices and accessories for work where 62

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7. DRINK LIKE A BOSS New for 2019, this exciting luxury liqueur has been created by one of the world's most renowned and awarded bartenders - Monica Berg. Muyu Jasmine Verte is distinct in botanicals and delicious on the rocks or with paired mixers - the ultimate stocking filler for cocktail enthusiasts this Christmas, there is also a feel good factor with a share of profits going to NGOs working in the Amazon region. Muyu Jasmine Verte liqueur is £28.75 from Master of Malt

8. GAME LIKE A BOSS This adorable and colourful collectable is certain to look the part in any games room. Not only does Tails hold smart phones and gaming controllers, he also charges them in super-fast speed.

HOW TO CHRISTMAS LIKE A BOSS Check out this colourful cornucopia of terrific treats and perfect presents guaranteed to delight your family & friends during the festive season

you can access them quickly and easily. Targus Mobile VIP Roller is £109.99 from uk.targus. com

4. PACK LIKE A BOSS Built to perform in the toughest mountain conditions, the Kresta ensures maximum levels of durability and safety. With a women's specific backsystem, a close and comfortable fit and a ski & snowboardcarry feature, the Kresta 14 is the ideal backpack for carrying those inbound essentials. With multiple attachment points and carry options, the Kresta excels when attaching your skis or snowboard to the pack. Rig your skis or board on the front of the pack utilising the unique top lasso strap that stores neatly out of the way when not required. Osprey Kresta 14 pack is £80 from www. ospreyeurope.com

5. DECORATE LIKE A BOSS Interflora Chic Clementine Wreath features burgundy skimmia, spruce, moss, cinnamon bundles, dried orange slices, dried clementines and natural cones.

Cable Guy Tails controller stand is £19.99 www.zavvi.com

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9. ADVENT LIKE A BOSS Scrumbles Dog Advent Calendar contains hand baked dog treats made with natural ingredients designed to be kind to tummies and to the planet. For each one sold a 50p donation goes to the All Dogs Matter charity helping support rescue and rehome dogs. £8 available from Ocado, Fetch and scrumbles.co.uk

10. CHEW LIKE A BOSS Gnashers are all natural (vegan) dog dental bones. With a proven special formula, this recipe is able to remove up to 80% of plaque. This consists of whole foods such as pumpkin and sesame seeds to add to the crunch whilst also containing slippery elm, a superfood ingredient to reduce inflammation and aid digestion. High in fibre and low in fat makes this treat extra healthy. Scrumbles Gnashers dental chews are £3.49 from scrumbles.co.uk

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6. ROCK LIKE A BOSS Suitable for children aged 2 and above, this rocking dinosaur comfortably rocks back and forth and is super sturdy and stable. Press the ears to make realistic dinosaur sounds! A great gift for kids. Rocking Dinosaur is £35 from Dunelm Follow us on social media @sloanloves

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Restaurants Galvin at The Athenaeum Celebrating Britain’s culinary tapestry, Galvin at The Athenaeum sees the Galvin brothers bringing their unique take on traditional cuisine to Mayfair’s luxury 5-star hotel with a menu promising modern British dishes crafted with seasonal and artisan produce. Galvin at The Athenaeum is the hotel’s restaurant from Michelinstarred London chefs Chris and Jeff Galvin. For the first time the brothers have stepped away from their trademark French-inspired menus in favour of championing Britain’s delicious homegrown produce and supporting independent farmers across the UK. An exciting array of menus include Afternoon

Tea and Private Dining, and feature a modern take on classic British dishes combined with Galvin favourites. Chef-restaurateurs Chris and Jeff Galvin make up one of Britain’s biggest culinary success stories of the past decade. Both are Michelinstar recipients in their own right, and have worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, among them Sir Terence Conran, Antony Worrall Thompson and Nico Ladenis. The brothers are known for their love of French cuisine but employ the same passion and philosophy with everything they do. Executive Chef Ian Howard and Restaurant Manager Barry Soars deliver hospitality excellence from breakfast and lunch to afternoon tea and dinner, ensuring that not only is there something for everyone but no guest is ever left wanting in terms of quality, service and a quintessentially British experience. Go to www.sloanmagazine.com to read the full online review. 116 Piccadilly, London W1J 7BJ +44 (0)20 7640 3333 www.galvinrestaurants.com @galvinathenaeum

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From British & European cuisine to the flavours of India, China and the Philippines, here’s the pick of our favourite London restaurants for lunch and dinner


The Montagu Kitchen The Montagu Kitchen is a modern British all-day dining destination set within Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill in the heart of Marylebone, where guests can come together to eat, drink, socialise, and relax. Inspired by the gardens at Chartwell – the private home of Sir Winston Churchill, in Kent, the team serve seasonal food using local suppliers and fresh British produce. Go to www.sloanmagazine.com to read the full review. 30 Portman Square, London W1H 7BH +44 (0)20 7299 2037 | themontagurestaurant.co.uk

Florentine

Florentine Restaurant & Bar offers an all-day dining experience in stylish surroundings just minutes from London South Bank’s trendy Lower Marsh and Waterloo. Florentine is located on the ground floor of the Park Plaza London Waterloo hotel just opposite Lambeth North tube station. The menu serves a range of simple and eclectic international dishes with a distinct nod to Italian cuisine such as flatbreads, pasta and affogato. Read the full review at www.sloanmagazine.com 6 Hercules Road, London SE1 7DU +44 (0)203 146 5800 | www.florentinerestaurant.co.uk

Les Platanes Les Platanes, the French restaurant by Thierry Laborde and Anton Efimov, is a hidden gem in the heart of Mayfair. Capturing the spirit of warm and convivial French dining, the restaurant is a welcoming, contemporary Bistrot de Luxe with an emphasis on cuisine from the South of France. Located in a nineteenth century townhouse behind Berkeley Square, Les Platanes’ guests will find exquisite French cooking in a casual yet refined bistro. Go to www.sloanmagazine.com to read the full review. 26-28 Bruton Place, London W1J 6NG +44 (0)20 7629 5613 www.lesplatanes.co.uk

St Pancras by Searcys St Pancras Brasserie and Champagne Bar by Searcys is home to Europe’s longest Champagne Bar where guests can enjoy a glass of bubbly whilst soaking up the charm of St Pancras International station located in the unique Grade I listed building. St Pancras Champagne Bar by Searcys was the first bar in London to introduce the charming “Press For

Champagne” button back in 2007. Searcys extensive list of Champagne and sparkling wines has something on offer for all tastes and budgets. Go to www.sloanmagazine.com to read the full review. Grand Terrace, Upper Concourse, St Pancras International Station, London, N1C 4QL +44 (0)207 870 9900 stpancrasbysearcys.co.uk

Bocconcino This year, Bocconcino celebrates their fifth anniversary of hospitality championing the best culinary principles of Italy in the heart of London’s upscale district of Mayfair. These principles focus on excellent ingredients, honest cooking, firstclass service and a selection of the finest wines from Italy and around the world. The destination restaurant in Mayfair serves its discerning guests both classic and modern Italian

cuisine in a chic, beautiful space that has been renovated over the summer with a fresh new look. The new Autumn/Winter menu features simple yet elegant dishes, with an excellent range of antipasti and fresh pastas and a wide selection of pizzas. Go to www.sloanmagazine.com to read the full review. 19 Berkeley St, London, W1J 8ED +44 (0)207 499 4510 www.bocconcinorestaurant.co.uk Follow us on social media @sloanloves

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Restaurants Galvin at Windows At London Hilton on Park Lane, guests can choose from one of three restaurants which offer a range of elegant dining experiences. Dine on modern French haute cuisine and take in 360° views of London on the 28thfloor of Michelin-starred Galvin at Windows Restaurant and Bar which has become one of the most talked about dining destinations in London. With its breathtaking views, Galvin at Windows is the perfect setting for a memorable romantic dinner with that special someone. Situated on the 28th floor of London Hilton on Park Lane, guests can enjoy a 360-degree birds-eye view of London. The restaurant’s glamorous and elegant interior evokes the golden age of the 1930s offering a seasonally inspired modern French haute cuisine created

exclusively by Chef Patron Chris Galvin and Head Chef Joo Won at the helm of the Kitchen. Galvin at Windows has maintained a Michelin star every year since 2009, setting the bar for French haute cuisine on the London restaurant scene. With over 30 awards to its name Galvin at Windows is one of the great success stories of recent years. Its sophisticated surroundings and first class dining make Galvin at Windows a dining destination that’s hard to beat. Read the online review at www.sloanmagazine.com 22 Park Lane, London W1K 1BE +44 (0)20 7208 4021 www.galvinatwindows.com

Xier Xier | XR is in the heart of London’s fashionable Marylebone, and entails 2 restaurants under the watchful eye of Chef Carlo Scotto. Offering 2 restaurants under one roof, Xier is located on the 1st floor and offers a specially curated 10-course tasting menu, and XR, on the ground floor, offering prestige A-La-Carte dining. We reviewed the fine dining at Xier with an elaborate 10-course tasting menu detailing the evolution of Carlo’s culinary experiences and passionately curated using the very best seasonal ingredients. Each course demonstrates meticulous perfectionism.. The menu portrays his personality on a plate, embodying his journey through Europe, Scandinavia and Japan. Read the online review at www.sloanmagazine.com 13-14 Thayer Street, London W1U 3JR +44 (0)207 486 3222 www.xierlondon.com

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The Hunter’s Moon

Lanes of London

The Hunter’s Moon is rustic yet chic, stylish and full of charm. It’s sure to join the list of places to be seen in South West London. SLOAN! Magazine was one of the first publications to be invited to review Chelsea’s latest local! The Hunter’s Moon offers an atmospheric and buzzing setting on the everfashionable Fulham Road. The newly opened pub and dining room is named after the orange glowing full moon that appears in the night sky between October and November each year.

Upon entering Lanes of London from the corner of Park Lane, the bar causes a striking first impression. Housed within London Marriott Hotel Park Lane, formerly an Edwardian mansion block, the dining room and bar is an informal, modern space, complete with comfortable booths, snug inlets and private dining facilities. Lanes of London’s exquisite seasonally changing menus showcase the very best of British produce. Chef Garde produces dishes which are at once beautiful on the plate and delightful on the palate.

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86 Fulham Road, London SW3 6HR +44 (0)7497425819 www.huntersmoonlondon.co.uk

140 Park Lane, London W1K 7AA +44 (0)20 7647 5664 www.lanesoflondon.co.uk

40 Dean Street

Scoff & Banter Kensington

Known as Soho’s original Italian, 40 Dean Street is an authentic family-run Italian Restaurant & Bar in the heart of Soho has been serving Italian cuisine for nearly two decades and is a favourite with the media crowd, Soho residents & visitors alike.

Scoff & Banter celebrates hearty and contemporary British cuisine where guests can discover a home from home with lovingly prepared seasonal British cooking using the finest locally sourced ingredients. Those who love classic British favourites will be well catered for at this welcoming Kensington restaurant. For larger gatherings, Scoff & Banter has a cosy area available for exclusive hire which hosts up to 30 guests.

Inspired by the quaint traditional restaurants in Italy, 40 Dean Street offers an authentic Italian dining experience, serving exquisite classic and contemporary Italian dishes.Diners can expect a selection of classic Italian pizza and pasta dishes as well as regional specialities. Read the online review at www.sloanmagazine.com 40 Dean Street, London W1D 4PX +44 (0)20 7734 1853 www.fortydeanstreet.com

We loved the mini roast Yorkshire puddings with roast beef which bring a hint of Sunday Roast to your meal. Read the online review at www.sloanmagazine.com 68-86 Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BT +44 (0)20 7666 1891 www.scoffandbanter.com Follow us on social media @sloanloves

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Restaurants Hankies Marble Arch If you’re looking for something special for lunch, look no further than Hankies Marble Arch which offers authentic Indian street food with a twist. The brilliant restaurant created by Chef Owner Anirudh Arora combines the fuss-free, fresh, light and aromatic small plates and incredible value for money that are synonymous with Indian street food in the stunning surroundings of the luxury Montcalm Hotel in Marble Arch. The restaurant is decorated with beautiful artefacts, glassware and china sourced from Indian markets and antique stores by Anirudh himself – the chef and Hankies founder provides a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach!

Having perfected his culinary skills in some of the best restaurants in India and London, Anirudh launched Hankies Marble Arch in January 2018 with a personal mission to make authentic and delicious Delhi street food accessible and enjoyable in a beautiful and curated London setting. The menu is very reasonably priced and encourages diners to indulge in Anirudh’s relaxed yet well-executed North Indian cooking. Read the full review on www.sloanmagazine.com 61 Upper Berkeley Street, London W1H 7PP +44 (0)208 958 3222 www.hankies.london

Sticky Mango Tucked away just a short walk from the bustling South Bank and Waterloo Station, Sticky Mango is one of London’s best-kept secrets. Chef owner Peter Lloyd creates modern interpretations on South East Asian cuisine. Sticky Mango was awarded Best Fusion at the 2019 Golden Chopstick Awards. Inspired by his travels in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, Peter describes his food as giving “an explosion of flavour - offering a portal into an exotic world.” He balances sweet, sour, salty and umami flavours throughout his menus which are designed for sharing. Find out more at www.sloanmagazine.com 33 Coin Street, London SE1 9NR +44 (0)20 7928 4554 www.stickymango.co.uk

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Indian Accent Following success in New Delhi and New York, ‘India’s Best Restaurant’ Indian Accent landed in Mayfair at the end of 2017, quickly winning acclaim for its refined and inventive dishes. Chef Manish Mehrotra showcases vibrant and interesting flavour combinations, continually redefining high-end Indian cuisine, while keeping faithful to traditionally grounded recipes. Read the full review at www.sloanmagazine.com 16 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4HW +44 (0)207 629 9802 www.indianaccent.com/london

Royal China Fulham

Yuu Kitchen

Royal China Fulham just happens to be the smallest and most intimate restaurant of the six popular and prestigious London restaurants that form part of the Royal China Group including the criticallyacclaimed Royal China Club. It may be small but what it lacks in size, it certainly makes up for in the quality and authenticity of its Cantonese cuisine.

Yuu Kitchen launched its latest residency at ICEBAR London in Heddon Street at the end of June. Yuu Kitchen is inspired by the fun and freshness of flavours from the Pacific Rim. South-east Asian food is at the core of the Yuu Kitchen menu and whilst Japanese flavours feature heavily, the menu also pays homage to Head Chef, Jon de Villa’s heritage, with a Pinoy section giving a nod to Filipino cuisine and some of Jon’s family recipes handed down over the years served with a London twist. Filipino food is perhaps south-east Asia’s last secret cuisine.

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805 Fulham Road, London SW6 5HE +44 (0)20 7731 0081 www.rcguk.co.uk

31-33 Heddon Street, London W1B 4BN +44 (0)20 7478 8910 www.yuukitchen.com

Romulo Café & Restaurant Back in 2014, frustrated that Filipino cuisine was Asia’s best kept culinary secret, Rowena Romulo decided to do something about it. The result was Romulo Café. Opened in Kensington High Street in March 2016, it was an overnight sensation, seducing the capital with its food – and its ambience.

Having celebrated its tenth anniversary earlier this year, Romulo Café has relaunched itself as Romulo Café & Restaurant to further emphasise its Filipino fine dining credentials. We highly recommend the Chargrilled Stuffed Squid, Honey Glazed Chilli Beef Platito and for dessert the scrumptious Sans Rival.

Some three years and countless awards later, Rowena and managing partner Chris Joseph have decided that rather than sit on their laurels, it was time for their creation to undergo a subtle reinvention.

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Luxury THE ATHEN A EUM

The 5-star Athenaeum Hotel & Residences is located in the heart of Mayfair opposite Green Park

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The 5-star Athenaeum Hotel & Residences is located in the heart of Mayfair, opposite Green Park and moments from Shepherd’s Market and Buckingham Palace. The hotel is delightfully English in all the right ways: playful, glamorous and relaxed, yet professional. Having been renovated under the direction of award-winning designer Martin Hulbert, the Athenaeum Hotel & Residences contains 135 bedrooms, 11 suites and the Townhouse Residences at The Athenaeum offering guests a five-star home from home in the heart of London’s Mayfair. Situated in Victorian redbrick apartments adjacent to the hotel, the 14 new residences effortlessly bring together period charm and contemporary style. Known affectionately as the Grande Dame of Piccadilly, the Athenaeum’s beautiful bedrooms pay a definite nod to its Mayfair heritage, inspired by its Art Deco loveliness, whilst keeping the contemporary, discerning traveller in mind.

Each of the Superior, Deluxe, Park View bedrooms and Suites at the Athenaeum benefit from the hotel’s extraordinary aspect across the historic Green Park. Floor to ceiling windows effortlessly open up the outlook and flood guest rooms with natural light (a rare commodity in central London), whilst clever design, innovative lighting and tailored use of colour enhance the interior space. Attention is paid to every last detail with carefully sourced textiles from classic Herringbone weaves and linen-lined wardrobes to silk-clad furniture, plush velvet cushions and bespoke carpets showcasing the very best of British craftsmanship. Accessible from a discrete entrance on Down Street, The Bar is a spectacular hideaway where guests can relax in Kinnersley Kent Design jewel toned chairs whilst sipping on signature cocktails crafted by award-winning barmen. The Living Wall backdrop in each intimate alcove of The Bar is a gorgeous feature that encases the stunning space. Designed and built in London in 2009 by award-winning artist and

research scientist Patrick Blanc, the Living Wall is a vertical garden, created to echo the magnificent royal park opposite the hotel. Renowned for their collection of family-run restaurants founded in 2005 including Galvin at Windows, Galvin La Chapelle, Galvin HOP, chef brothers Chris & Jeff Galvin provide their fayre and expertise at Galvin at The Athenaeum, the hotel’s main restaurant. In a first ever partnership of its kind for the Galvin brothers, Chris & Jeff are at the helm of the entire food and beverage service throughout the hotel – from breakfast through to dinner, Afternoon Tea, private dining and 24/7 In Room dining. Read the full hotel review at www.sloanmagazine.com The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences 16 Piccadilly, London W1J 7BJ +44 (0)20 7499 3464 www.athenaeumhotel.com @TheAthenaeum

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London Hilton on Park Lane Located in the heart of Mayfair, the hotel offers unparalleled five star luxury and breathtaking views across the city An icon of British hospitality since 1963, London Hilton on Park Lane was the very first Hilton to open in the UK — and has been the purveyors of 5-star luxury hospitality and service excellence ever since.

The 56 suites are available in 10 sumptuous styles, each offering unparalleled views across London. In addition the Royal and Presidential suites offer the benefit of butler service for that extra touch of luxury living.

Overlooking Hyde Park, the fantastic Mayfair location is close to many of London’s top attractions including West End theatres, historic landmarks and famous shopping districts.

For fitness fans staying at London Hilton on Park Lane, complimentary entry to Hilton Fitness by Precor® awaits you 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Gentlemen can keep their look dapper at the on-site Barber Shop whilst hotel guests can also treat themselves to a rejuvenating spa treatment at the hotel’s Spa To You.

Once you step inside the hotel, you will find elegant rooms with magnificent views, world-class dining, and modern facilities for business and relaxation — in fact everything you could possibly need for a remarkable stay in the capital. We stayed in the spacious Mayfair Suite overlooking iconic views of Mayfair and Westminster from the floor-to-ceiling windows. The modern suite features a separate living room with a sofa bed, a private bedroom, stylish window seat and elegant bathroom with bathrobes and slippers. Also available for all hotel guests staying in one of the suites is access to the Executive Lounge where you can enjoy the benefit of secure internet access, private Check-In/Out, shower facilities, complimentary Continental breakfast, afternoon tea and evening canapés.

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London Hilton on Park Lane is the tallest building on Park Lane and offers a wide range of meeting and event space for any occasion from small business meetings to glamorous award dinners and stylish weddings. At London Hilton on Park Lane, guests can choose from one of three restaurants which offer a range of elegant dining experiences. Dine on modern French haute cuisine and take in 360° views of London on the 28thfloor of Michelin-starred Galvin at Windows Restaurant and Bar. For dining with a Tiki twist, Trader Vic’s is a tropical Polynesian-inspired escape and home to the Mai Tai cocktail. Seasonal contemporary European

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With over 30 awards to its name Galvin at Windows is one of the great success stories of recent years and its sophisticated surroundings, spectacular food and first class service make this London restaurant a dining destination that’s hard to beat cuisine is available at Podium Restaurant and Bar which also serves as the home of the hotel’s popular afternoon tea for that quintessentially English experience. The Michelin-starred Galvin at Windows Restaurant and Bar has become one of the most talked about dining destinations in London. With its breathtaking views, Galvin at Windows is the perfect setting for a memorable romantic dinner with that special someone. Situated on the 28th floor of London Hilton on Park Lane, guests can enjoy a 360-degree birds-eye view of London. The restaurant’s glamorous and elegant interior evokes the golden age of the 1930s offering a seasonally inspired modern French haute cuisine created exclusively by Chef Patron Chris Galvin and Head Chef Joo Won at the helm of the Kitchen. Galvin at Windows has maintained a Michelin star every year since 2009, setting the bar for French haute cuisine on the London restaurant scene. The restaurant is deservedly known for its outstanding service and attention to detail all overseen by General Manager Fred Sirieix. 22 Park Lane, London W1K 1BE +44 (0) 20 7493 8000 london-parklane.hilton.com @londonhiltonpl

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London Park Plaza London Waterloo For those travelling to London on business, we recommend taking advantage of the contemporary amenities and sophisticated accommodation at Park Plaza London Waterloo. Located within walking distance of the London Eye, 494 stylish, design-led rooms span 12 floors and feature conveniences such as free Wi-Fi, a minibar and a smart LED TV. At Park Plaza London Waterloo you can choose the perfect room to suiting to your needs. Ideal for short excursions or getaways, the Superior Rooms are designed to make you feel at home with modern amenities like mood lighting and lounge chairs. For more space to work and relax, there are the Studio and Executive Rooms. State-of-the-art design with artistic details make the OneBedroom Suites your home away from home, with beautiful city views. Executive rooms boast amazing views of the London skyline from

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the hotel’s higher floors. Executive rooms come with Executive Lounge access and offer double, twin or king-size beds. In addition to Superior Room amenities, these rooms offer higher floors with city views, complimentary mineral water, luxury toiletries and a Nespresso® coffee machine. Studio Rooms offer ample space to work and relax. Ideal for individuals, families or couples, Studio Rooms provide all standard amenities, a sleeper sofa and either a king bed or twin-size beds. In addition to the stylish decor and furnishings, guests can also enjoy a plush bathrobe and slipper set. A business-friendly hotel, Park Plaza London Waterloo is conveniently located on the South Bank and offers six meeting rooms and an Executive Lounge. Ideal for working or relaxing, the Executive Lounge costs £20 per person and provides complimentary refreshments and free Wi-Fi with spectacular views of London to

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enjoy when not meeting business colleagues or working on your laptop. The Executive Lounge serves Afternoon Tea from noon to 6pm with evening canapés and alcoholic beverages served from 5pm to 7 pm. Light refreshments such as fruit and pastries are served throughout the day accompanied by a selection of teas, coffee and non-alcoholic beverages available all day. Florentine is the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant and bar with a brasserie-style menu and the bar features the best of British bubbles and craft beers as well as a range of signature cocktails. Go to www.sloanmagazine.com to read the online review. Hercules House, 6 Hercules Rd, London SE1 7DP +44 (0)333 400 6128 www.radissonhotels.com/ parkplaza/waterloo-london @parkplazahotels


Do you dare try the 2.2kg Herculean Burger or the Ostrich Egg Full English?

This business friendly hotel is conveniently located on London’s South Bank

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Radisson Blu Edwardian, Vanderbilt This 4-star 19th century Grade II listed townhouse hotel is just moments away from the Natural History Museum Ice Rink and other top London attractions Radisson Blu Edwardian, Vanderbilt is a 4-star townhouse hotel located within the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and within a 20 minute stroll of many shops and attractions including Harrods, Harvey Nichols and The Royal Albert Hall. The Natural History Museum and The V&A are within 5 minutes walking distance. The stunning 19th century Grade II listed building was once home to illustrious Vanderbilt family. Converted from ten 19th century town houses into a single hotel in the Victorian era, their legacy remains with individual staircases leading to stunning frescoes, richly decorated ceilings, stained glass windows and wood panelling. Charmingly designed with unique detailing, the stylish lobby, contemporary business centre, sumptuous bedrooms and stylish meeting spaces are complete with complimentary Wi-Fi throughout. The bedrooms all have a warm ambience with rich fabrics and crisp cotton bed linen. Bathrooms are clad with Sicilian marble and Jacob Delafon bathware for a luxurious feel. All bedrooms have Phillips Plasma TVs. The Junior Suite at 39 m² is the most spacious accommodation in the hotel and features separate sleeping and living areas, making it ideal fro guests planning an extended stay over the festive period. For meetings and events, The Radisson Blu Edwardian, Vanderbilt has some great spaces. All 12 conference rooms have been refurbished to high standards, in layouts that are put together with a focus on making your meeting or event run smoothly

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and comfortably. For a pleasant environment, there is natural light in 8 rooms and daylight-effect lighting in others, along with a range of colour-changing lighting to create the perfect mood at events. Technology at the hotel is state of the art with options including Inbuilt PA systems, in-ceiling speakers, HDMI & VGA connections, MP3 & PC connectivity, Smart TV’s, and inbuilt projectors. With a choice of 12 stylish function venues, the Vanderbilt Hotel is ideal for all types of events from meetings and training courses to weddings for up to 100 guests. The hotel’s attractive restaurant, Scoff & Banter, celebrates hearty and contemporary British cuisine where guests can discover a home from home with lovingly prepared seasonal British cooking using the finest locally sourced ingredients. Those who love classic British favourites will be well catered for at this welcoming Kensington restaurant. For larger gatherings, Scoff & Banter has a cosy area available for exclusive hire which hosts up to 30 guests. The Radisson Blu Edwardian, Vanderbilt is an official partner of the Natural History Museum’s Ice Rink - one of the Capital’s prettiest rinks only moments away from the hotel. Read the full review on www. sloanmagazine.com/vanderbilt 68-86 Cromwell Road SW7 5BT +44 (0)20 7761 9000 www.radissonblu-edwardian. com/vanderbilt @RBEhotels

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Cyrus Todiwala

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Celebrity Life Coach Sloan Sheridan-Williams talks to Cyrus Todiwala OBE about food, the hospitality industry & his culinary passions Having opened Café Spice Namasté S in 1995, your hospitality career has gone from strength to strength and ‘Tandem’ (your first restaurant outside London) opened in Leicester this year. What is the secret to your success in the restaurant industry? In the restaurant industry there are C no secrets as it stands. It’s all down to hard work, consistency, lots of prayers and a very good team. It is the building of a good team that ensures longevity and allows you to explore further as they are the makers and breakers as well as the ones responsible for allowing you to grow. You were awarded an OBE for S your contribution to the hospitality industry. What perceptions exist about Indian cuisine and Indian restaurants that you would like to change? There are widely incorrect myths C around Indian restaurants and Indian Cuisine in general that still exist today even though there are many more great places now than there ever were. Many operators have to pander to tradition perceptions for sheer survival, but those that strive to do better and buy the best raw materials and the best produce they can sometimes still struggle to shake off the perception of a ‘cheap and quick night out’.

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What other misconceptions about the hospitality industry would you like to change?

I would like all the young people C in Britain to know that there are few industries that can offer as much potential for growth and career development as hospitality. It also embraces everyone from whatever cultural background, colour, race, gender and learning difficulty. You will discover that if you are prepared to work hard, learn and strive for success, the world is your oyster in this industry. What advice would you give to S restaurateurs looking to expand their business whilst keeping both staff and customers happy?

My first and foremost advice would C be to make sure of your product before venturing out as well as ensuring to seek good financial and operating assistance including the right people to work with your character. Your new restaurant ‘Tandem’

S showcases traditional Indian cooking

techniques. What is the best way to learn for those wanting to cook Indian food at home?

Indian cuisine is by definition C misguided. There is no one singular Indian cuisine and I always tell people who want to learn through reading a recipe, pick something at random from the cookbook to prepare and read it a couple of times as though you were reading a novel and then step away from the kitchen for a brief period. This allows the recipe time to open itself up to you, giving you the chance to become uncluttered and get the gist of how the dish will come together. What festive dishes would you

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Christmas to step away from the traditional British Christmas dinner? If you’re keen to step away from

C traditional British dishes for

Christmas this year, why not try Goan Specials or East Indian or Kerala Syrian Christian specials. These are Christian communities and all celebrate Christmas in a big way with food coming first.

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What are your favourite winter ingredients and how do you feature them in your restaurant menus?

Game is amazing and features quite C frequently on our menus as it is very flexible in its applications and the strong flavour works well with Indian styles of cooking. As well as this, the onset of parsnips, brussels sprouts, red cabbage and so herald more fabulous wintery vegetarian side dishes.

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Empowerment. Food provides connection, personal development and significance. Which significant moments over the years have meant the most to you during your culinary journey? The age old Indian Vedic belief C “Let Food Be Thy Medicine and Medicine be Thy Food” echoes these sentiments exactly. I can’t pinpoint any significant moments but instead there are several moments each and every day which brings me the connection between food and my own personal development. For me, food means a connection to the mind, body and soul with every moment being special and the day that I lose that excitement is the day my creativity and passion diminishes. What skills have you learned in S the kitchen and the restaurant business that have impacted other areas of your life and changed the way you approach situations or problems? The kitchen is one place C where learning is constant. The people in your kitchen are your greatest asset, yet also the most volatile part of your business. Understanding that your team in the restaurant business are your greatest ally will go a long way in discovering the tactic you use to approach problems as you switch from being over reactive to analytical with a more measured approach to dealing with sticky situations. Problems in this industry are part and parcel of daily life so each day something new hits you and you will have to learn to cope. You have mentioned in the past S that your personal experiences influence your menus. What are your most memorable experiences and how have they been translated into signature dishes in your restaurants? When I was filming in C Portugal for my documentary series “Mr Todiwala and the Galleons of Spice”, I was tirelessly trying to find the link between Portuguese cuisine and Goa which eventually led us to opening a

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small restaurant in Essex called Mr Todiwala’s Petiscos which served up many dishes that are sadly no longer prepared in Goa. However some of those dishes are available at my new restaurant Tandem’s menu albeit perhaps slightly different taking today’s very advanced British Palate into consideration. Tell me more about the reasons S why you feel it is important to support local producers and our future environment. What more needs to be done to improve sustainability in the hospitality industry? Where can I start with this C question? First of all, farming is imperative to our future as it is the basis in which human civilisation was founded. If we ignore good, friendly, ethical farming, we are under threat of destroying ourselves and the communities that we have built. The Farmer is a friend not an enemy and it is external pressures that have driven many of them to do things unethically. Life is going full circle and we are coming back to understand that what was done earlier was the best for the soil, the environment and the human body. I am totally committed to our farming communities and I show this by working closely with many as well as sitting on several committees to protect what was and what needs to be saved from destruction. You have been described as S a “dyed in the wool Parsee”. What makes Parsee cuisine unique and which traditional dishes should people try in your restaurants or cook at home using your cookbooks to experience Parsee cuisine? A Parsee is amongst the most C threatened of human people today and will eventually perish as a community even though the religion shall survive. The Parsees were refugees from Pars, the former name for Persia, and once India became home much of the flavours and traditions moulded into our own cuisine. This is why

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our cuisine is so diverse with a lot of dry fruits, a love of seafood and dishes with a sweeter edge. One of the dishes best known in Britain is called Dhaansaak, our version of a Sunday roast that is widely different to the way it is described and presented in the UK. The term Dhaansaak comes from two words clubbed into one, from Dhaan meaning the rice cooked with caramelised onion flavoured with star anise and black cardamom, and Saak meaning the lamb cooked with spices and pureed lentils with vegetables. I’d recommend everyone to look this up and give this one a go! You are passionate about

S education and training the next

generation of chefs. What lies behind that passion?

For me this is a duty and as C such, I am only doing my job to get more youngsters looking at cooking as a full time career and relish and appreciate what they do, nurture talent and encourage as much as we can.

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Who are your favourite chefs or cookery writers and who should we look out for in 2020?

Mentioning names leaves out C hundreds of well-deserving and truly magnificent people who are or soon will be at the height of their professional careers. Great new young blood is popping up everywhere, but diners must encourage themselves to visit their establishments as well as commenting positively wherever necessary. After all, all that individuals and eating establishments are trying to do is to make customers happy so the modern world needs to be patient as not to rubbish them into the mud early in their careers. Being a victim of this myself, I know how that feels and how damning that can be to one’s self confidence and creativity. For the full interview, please visit www.sloanmagazine.com/cyrus To find out more about Tandem, go to www.tandemrestaurant.co.uk


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SLOAN! AT HOME KITCHEN COMPANIONS

Skeppshult Every home needs a good casserole dish as winter draws in. Thanks to Skeppshult’s natural non-stick cast iron surface this Classic 2L Casserole Dish will get better with age and works on all heat sources. Each unique piece is lovingly hand crafted using 100% sustainable materials in the Skeppshult foundry, set in the forests of Småland. £120 from eu.skeppshult.com

SodaStream The SodaStream Crystal Sparkling Water Maker combines style and practicality for you to enjoy sparkling water at home with a convenient and healthy alternative to sugary fizzy drinks, as you can infuse your sparkling water with natural fruit. The machine comes with a dishwashersafe glass carafe helping cut down on single-use plastic bottles. On average, a SodaStream machine can reduce the average UK household’s plastic bottle intake by 1,282 bottles. £149.99 from Selfridges, Lakeland, Argos, Amazon, Robert Dyas, The Range, Currys and Ocado

Princess ZeroWater The ZeroWater next generation filtration system combines FIVE sophisticated technologies that work together to remove virtually all dissolved solids from your tap water, delivering you great tasting water. ZeroWater filters are also the only pourthrough filters on the market certified by the NSF to reduce lead. ZeroWater filter technology also reduces 99% of all Fluoride from your water, this 23-cup system comes with the largest capacity filter dispenser on the market.

This Digital Air Fryer circulates hot air, ensuring food is golden and delicious without the high fat content. Has an LCD display and different cooking modes for hassle-free cooking for all the family. Can cook up to five servings of crispy fries in one go £89.99 available from www.princesshome.co.uk

Cornish Sea Salt What better home for your Cornish Sea Salt than this little pinch pot (£11.70). Handmade in Cornwall, just a few miles from their Salt House, these ceramic pots are perfect for the dining table when entertaining. We love the Salty Essentials Combi Set (£6.50) which makes the perfect side gift with the pinch pot. Get yours at www.cornishseasalt.co.uk

£44.99 from zerowater.co.uk

Peppermint Grove This large 350ml Red Plum & Rose reed diffuser (£34.95) from Peppermint Grove Australia has a beautifully rich and elaborate fragrance is the perfect combination of floral and fruity. Handmade in Australia in highly polished customdesigned glass, the reed diffuser will continuously release fragrance for up to 6 months. Available online from www.peppermintgroveaustralia.co.uk

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AnySharp Whether you’re carving the Christmas turkey or just slicing & dicing in the kitchen, the AnySharp Twist makes sharpening knives effortless every time It even works on hardened steel and serrated knives. With the PowerGrip suction cup safely in place attaching your AnySharp Twist securely to any smooth surface or worktop there is no need for your hands to be anywhere near the sharp blade, making it perfect for anyone who might be a little accident-prone.  £9.99 from www.amazon.co.uk

STUFF THAT STOCKING

Harrow & Green Whether it’s an early Christmas gift or the start of a tradition for years to come, Harrow & Green has a unique range of personalised stockings to celebrate the festivities in style. From the more traditional tartan right through to a stylish and modern corduroy design – there’s one to suit every need and style. There’s even one for animal lovers and their beloved dog! Our favourites include the Corduroy Christmas Stocking (£25), the Christmas Stocking with Glitter Initial (£29) and of course the Dog Christmas Stocking (£25). Find your perfect stocking to personalize at www.harrowandgreen.com

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Something For Everyone From Batchelor To Domestic Goddess Alessi The Sitges Extra Ordinary Metal bottle coaster (£37) brings

bright and unpredictable reflections to the table but don’t be surprised by its unconventional appearance. It hasn’t been dented in transit... it’s supposed to look like that! For something much more pleasing, we love the cute Bzzz candle snuffer (£25). Shaped like a little bumblebee, it lets you snuff out candle flames safely, without smoke and without any damage to the wick. Both are available from www.alessi.com

ADDIS The ultra-convenient and stylish new Stack & Store range, delivers the ultimate in space saving design and organises food types easily. The canisters can be stacked on top of one another, or stored on a worktop as separate units. Airtight lids with a screw lock mechanism guarantee to keep contents fresh and the products come with the Addis seal of quality and a 10 year guarantee. Space saving & stackable by design, food is easily dispensed and easy for the user to view contents. Stack & Store is available from www.addis.co.uk in 3 sizes: 490ml £3.29 - 1000ml £3.99 - 1600ml £4.99 Follow us on social media @sloanloves

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Perfect Party Food Whether you are hosting a stylish cocktail party or have friends coming over for a special dinner, here are some hot suggestions...

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DONALD RUSSELL Canapé Selection Box includes 16 Pigs in Blankets made using premium ingredients for maximum flavour. A must-have for buffets and Christmas Turkey with all the trimmings. £38 from www.donaldrussell.com

DONALD RUSSELL Canapé Selection Box includes 15 Canapé Quiches from decadent Confit Duck, Potato & Mushroom to crowd-pleasing Cheese & Bacon. £38 from www.donaldrussell.com

DONALD RUSSELL Canapé Selection Box includes 16 Mini Artisan Sausage Rolls - the best we’ve ever tasted and winner of Great Taste Award 2019. £38 from www.donaldrussell.com

MOSIMANN’S Luxury Christmas Pudding £18 from Mosimann’s on West Halkin Street, Belgravia LONDON MARRIOTT HOTEL PARK LANE Park Lane Christmas Pudding £40 available from 1st December. To pre-order, call +44 (0)20 7493 7000

DOMINIQUE ANSEL BAKERY LONDON Reindeer Mince Pies £18 from the bakery on Elizabeth Street, Belgravia

TESCO FINEST 8 Thai Green Chicken Baskets 150g £3 from Tesco

TESCO FINEST 10 Prawn Roses 180g £5 from Tesco TESCO FINEST 12 Mozzarella & Pesto Arancini Balls 240g £3 from Tesco TESCO FINEST Thai Inspired Butternut, Coconut & Lemongrass Rolls £5 from Tesco

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Entertaining At Home The Fondue This fondue set from Dutch brand Princess is large enough for eight people and the sleek black bowl with customisable settings allows you to keep chocolate, cheese or anything you like warm and melted. The luxurious bamboo housing gives the Princess Fondue a modern look, while the nonstick bowl and dishwasher-safe parts ensure easy cleaning and practicality. £49.99 from www. princesshome.co.uk

The Champagne Saucer Once the height of fashion, Champagne Saucers are making a comeback and we love these Gold Rim Champagne Saucers from Dunelm with their Art Deco styling and hint of decadence. Crafted from crystal glass, these champagne saucer glasses are from the premium 5A Fifth Avenue range. The sophisticated gold rim offering simplistic elegance and opulence. £18 for a pack of 4 from Dunelm stores and www.dunelm.com

The Chip & Dip Dish Every good host needs a selection of serving dishes and tableware to suit different occasions. We love this reasonable priced Chip & Dip Dish from Wilko with its simple design in white china that will match any party theme or table setting. Its sturdy enough to see you through the Party Season but cheap enough to replace if it chips or breaks during boisterous festivities. £10 from Wilko

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Th e Ar t Of En t e r t a i n i ng CRISPS & DIP BOWL Get the party started with this Crisps and Dip Bowl from Neon Sheep with its rustic look to suit most settings. £15 from www.neonsheep.com

NIBBLES DISH This set of 3 Reactive Glaze Nibble Dishes are the ideal size for nuts and snacks. Each bowl is unique due to the reactive glaze. £8 from Wilko

Feel the Heat with Thermapen Avoid kitchen catastrophes and food fails this festive season with Thermapen Professional Thermometer The Thermapen Professional Thermometer is the ideal kitchen companion to ensure your Christmas turkey is cooked to succulent perfection.

TAPAS DISH The Tapas Dishes Discovery Set Of 3 from Wilko suits any occasion be it Spanish or not!

A favourite kitchen gadget amongst professional chefs and expert home cooks, Thermapen thermometers are fast, accurate and easy to use, helping even the most anxious achieve a triumphantly tasty turkey, with no fear of serving up dry and dehydrated meat to family and friends over the festive season. Thermapen’s easy-to-read display gives a quick and accurate food temperature in less than three seconds and with its high-quality, hand-built, practical and sturdy design, Thermapen is a kitchen must-have for every cook.

Fe st i v e Fa v ou r i t e s

£7 from Wilko

£64.80 from www.thermapen.co.uk

1. Vilarnau Brut Reserva Rosé £12 from Tesco 2. Double Dutch Rhubarb & Pineneedle Tonic £18.50 for 24-pack from Amazon and Fortnum & Mason

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Foodie Favourites

Sacla'

Prestat

Classic Milanese Panettone £30 from www.sacla.co.uk

Red Christmas Chocolate Box £21.50 from www.prestat.co.uk

Griottines Cherries

Mama Nagi's

Linda McCartney’s

The perfect addition to an Old Fashioned made with Glen Moray. £19.99 now available in the UK

Chilli Pastes that taste scrummy £4 each or 3 for £10 from www.mamanagis.ie

Vegetarian Roast £5 from Tesco

Betty's Centenary Fruit Cake £23 from www.bettys.co.uk

Lily O'Brien's Desserts Collection for sharing £30 www.lilyobriens.co.uk

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Mutiny A range of flavoured mustards £7.99 www.mutinyfoods.com

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Firetree The best vegan dark chocolate we've ever tasted £8 per bar from www.firetreechocolate.com


Biscuiteers

Livia’s

Vanilla Reindeer

Christmas Tree Decorations Luxe Tin £45 www.biscuiteers.com

Advent Calendar £39.99 Selfridges & Livias.co.uk

Truffle Advent Calendar £22.99 www.vanillareindeer.com

Pierre Marcolini The Bay Tree Sweet Jar Gift set £7.50 Savoury Gift Pack £7.50 My Marmalade Lovers Gift Box £2.50 Available in independent stores nationwide

Box of 8 Melove Cakes with Tea £19.90 from eu.marcolini.com/en

Carluccio’s Clemente in Camicia 300g £17.95 www.carluccios.com

Guylian

Baileys

Temptations 496g £5 from all major supermarkets, and www.guylian.com

Opera chocolate collection £10 ASDA, Morrisons and Co-op

First 4 Hampers

Tesco Finest

Bottle ‘n’ Bar (we love the Toffee Apple Moonshine one) £12 www.first4hampers.com

Banoffee Pie Shortbread and Speculoos Filled Cookies Both £4 from Tesco

Pinkster Gin Gin Jam £6.50 from www.pinkstergin.com

Gola Rainforest 60% Milk or 70% Dark Chocolate £3.49 from www.rspbshop.co.uk Follow us on social media @sloanloves

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How to choose the right port for your cheese board Adrian Bridge

With the festive season nearly upon us, Adrian Bridge, CEO of Taylor’s Port, explores the perfect pairing of Port and your festive cheese board

1. UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENT PORT STYLES One of the fascinating aspects of Port wine is its variety of different styles, each with its own characteristic flavours from the intense berry fruit flavours of a Late Bottled Vintage to the rich mellowness of an Aged Tawny or the sublime complexity of a Vintage Port. More than any other wine, Port is very versatile and can be paired with many different foods.

3. HOW SHOULD YOU SERVE PORT? Many people are unsure how to correctly serve Port but it is not complex and can easily be served in a white wine glass; if the glass is too small it will not allow you to enjoy the aromas.

One of the traditional ways of serving port is at the end of the meal with cheese, and in this article you will discover how this classic food and wine pairing works to bring out the characters of both the different styles of Ports and cheeses.

As Late Bottled Vintage is aged in large vats and Aged Tawny Ports in small casks they don’t need decanting. Vintage Ports, on the other hand, mature in bottle and older ones should be decanted to remove the natural sediment created during the ageing process and to allow the aromas that have developed to express themselves. This can be done before the start of the meal.

2. HOW SHOULD YOU STORE PORT? Vintage Port should be stored in the same was as any fine wine. To keep it in optimum condition Vintage Port should be stored lying down on its side in order to stop the cork from drying out.

The Taylor’s Chip Dry benefits from being served chilled as should Taylor’s Tawny Ports – I keep them in the fridge. All other Ports benefit from being served at room temperature.

However, Vintage Port is a very long lived wine and many people chose to age it further; for this reason it is bottled with a full driven cork that will require a cork screw.

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Aged tawnies are characterised by a beautiful orange brown colour that comes from their time spent ageing in oak, with rich aromas of dried fruit and a smooth silkiness on the palate. They are delightful when served around the festive period with wonderful nutty, spicy, raisin flavours, and perfectly complement the flavours of a mature farmhouse cheddar. iii) Comté with Taylor’s Historical Collection Reserve Tawny - £42 from Selfridges, Speciality Drinks, Harvey Nichols

4. HOW TO PAIR TAYLOR’S PORTS WITH CHEESE i) Valençay with Taylor’s Chip Dry - £13.99 from Waitrose

The most important consideration when storing any Port is to store it away from direct light in a cool and dark cupboard. All Port leaving the Taylor’s cellars in Portugal is ready to be consumed and most are bottled using a ‘stopper’ cork to make it easy for customers to open.

ii) Farmhouse Cheddar with Taylor’s 10 Year Old Tawny - £22 from Waitrose, Sainsburys, Tesco, Selfridges, John Lewis

The Taylor’s Chip Dry is a white Port, combining fresh fruit fragrances with the mellow aromas and hints of oak. It is delicious over ice as an aperitif. Alternatively, this wine pairs perfectly with soft cheeses, such as Valençay, with its delicious citric, nutty notes.

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This Tawny Port is a limitededition blend of several reserve tawny Ports. It is presented in an exquisite 1L “chestnut” shaped bottle which dates back to the traditional bottle shapes that would have been used during the 18th Century. It has luscious flavours of plums and dried fruit, accompanied by notes of butterscotch and hints of spice. It pairs wonderfully with a smooth, nutty Comté with hints of fudge flavours. Not only is the pairing delicious,


this highly unusual limited edition bottle makes an excellent Christmas gift for any Port enthusiast. iv) Sainte-Maure with Taylor’s Late Bottled Vintage 2013 £15 from Waitrose, Majestic, Sainsbury’s, Tesco

The Late Bottled Vintage is made from grapes from a single year, aged in vats for four to six years, and is a delicious drink all year round. It shows off firm tannins and a concentrated fruitiness that makes a perfect match for cheese. It works particularly well with a thick, crumbly goat’s cheese such as Sainte-Maure. The crumbly texture and the rich tangy flavours of the goat’s cheese, blend with the ripe opulence of the LBV. v) Stilton with Taylor’s Quinta de Vargellas 2004 Vintage Port - £32 - £36 from Majestic, Selfridges, John Lewis, Waitrose, Fortnum & Mason

Taylor’s vintage Ports are iconic worldwide, and the highlight of any luxury cheeseboard pairing. This wine has majestic and powerful flavours with plum jam, cherry notes and subtle hints of violet. The stilton, with its soft, buttery texture, mellow character and its tangy, salty flavours, matches perfectly.

ABOUT THE EXPERT Adrian Bridge, CEO of Taylor's Port, is at the forefront of innovation and change in the Port industry. In 2008 he created rosé Port, the first new category for a generation, and launched the super-premium Port segment with the high profile release of Taylor’s Scion in 2010. In 2014 he expanded the luxury gifting market with a series of 50-year-old Single Harvest Ports.


Wonderful Whisky RAMPUR SINGLE MALT WHISKY

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GAME OF THRONES HOUSE TARGARYEN Cardhu Gold Reserve

£48 from Amazon

PINK OLD FASHIONED

J&B RARE HIGHBALL

This take on the classic Old Fashioned is made with Glen Moray Elgin Classic Port Cask Single Malt Whisky

This Highball serve is made with 50ml J&B Rare Whisky

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Scotch Whisky: Get More Bang For Your Buck

Graham Eunson

Graham Eunson, Distillery Operations Director of Tomatin Distillery, reveals why he believes Scotch whisky is the answer to getting the most for your money when splashing out on an expensive spirit

Whisky isn’t like vodka or rum, it takes at least three years to produce resulting in an infinitely wider range of flavours and characters to enjoy. If you take a flavoured vodka as an example, the first time you taste it – you’ll know everything there is to know about it. When you buy a bottle of premium whisky, every interaction, from the first time you nose the liquid to the last sip, will offer a different taste sensation. Before you have even tasted the whisky, the aromas can be incredibly evocative, and that’s not something you get in equal measure with a vodka or even a rum. Depending on the expression, it could evoke notes of vanilla, toffee, old books, smoke, and even bring back memories like Christmas or of an old friend. It’s also worth remembering that when you buy a premium whisky and drink it sparingly, your palate and nose will both improve over time. This means that every time you go back to your whisky, there’s the potential to keep on discovering different aromas and tasting notes within it. When you’re choosing a whisky, it’s important to recognise that some are more ‘complex’ than others. Take the Tomatin 18 Year Old for example, it’s full of big, bold, robust flavours. It’s not

necessarily something that you’d take to a party, but something best enjoyed in great company, or on your own, with patience and attention required. What’s really interesting about Scotch whisky, is that it’s completely subjective, people will identify different elements. If you were to share a glass at home with a loved one, you might identify a certain aroma or taste, but they may find something completely different. It’s truly one of the best things about whisky, and makes for great conversation. You know you’re tasting an exceptional whisky when it sparks riveting discussion. This also means that if you’re making your choice based on whisky reviews or tasting notes, make sure to read a selection of reviews. No two reviewers will feel the same way about an expression, so don’t be put off if one mentions a flavour or aroma that you’d rather avoid, you might pick out a completely different flavour. Don’t be fooled by the age old prejudices, many people will tell you that single malts are always better than blended whiskies, but that’s not true at all. There are blends out there that are as enticing to drink as some single malts, and they can be a fraction of the price. The Antiquary for example is a premium blend made using well-

aged malt and grain whiskies to create a remarkable Scotch whisky. Above all else, you’ve got to remember the long standing history of Scotch. First recorded over 500 years ago; Scotch whisky is ingrained in Scottish heritage. Scotland is known for producing food, drink and textiles to an outstanding quality, what’s more, the integrity of Scotch whisky and all that it stands for is guarded by the SWA (Scotch Whisky Association). Distilleries have to adhere to set standards when it comes to the colour, quality and provenance of the liquid they produce, and if they don’t meet those standards it simply can’t be classified as Scotch. Whether you spend £50, or £500: if you pick up a bottle of Scotch whisky, be safe in the knowledge you have chosen a spirit that prides itself on quality, has the ability to stimulate conversation, evoke nostalgia, and offer something new with every sip. ABOUT THE EXPERT After eight years at Tomatin Distillery, Graham Eunson has been sampling both exquisite single malts and high-quality blends. In this time, he’s led tasting events, spoken at whisky festivals, as well as running production for the entire distillery. Follow us on social media @sloanloves

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Sensational Sips Check out these highlights from the world of luxury and premium spirits that are tingling our taste buds this festive season

SUMMERTON WHISKY CLUB

MIDLETON

This craft whisky members club features fine whiskies from across the world delivered to your door that you won’t find anywhere on the high street. These hidden gems are sourced from artisan distillers, mostly from very small batches with some limited editions. Each new delivery is top secret and the bottle cannot be bought for cheaper than the price of the members fee.

Midleton Very Rare 2019 has been masterfully blended from whiskeys laid down at Midleton Distillery, Co Cork, over the past four decades. Crafted by Master Distiller Brian Nation, it combines only hand-selected single pot still and single grain Irish whiskeys of exceptional quality and rarity within the Midleton inventory. matured exclusively in lightly-charred ex-bourbon American oak barrels for between 13 and 34 years, 2019 marks the oldest collection of casks used to create a Midleton Very Rare.

£50 every other month from www. summertonclub.com with 6- or 12-month subscriptions

€180 from specialist retailers

THE MACALLAN

GLEN MORAY

The Macallan Edition No.5 sees the world renowned Pantone Color Institute™ create a uniquely bold shade of purple for box & label. Sunlit barley in colour with an intriguingly intense flavour profile of sweet notes of caramel, poached peaches and ripe pears on the palate combined with oak spices, vanilla and toffee aromas.

Glen Moray 21-Year-Old Portwood Finish Single Malt Whisky is the latest addition to the Glen Moray Elgin Heritage Collection. It is a perfectly executed Port finished single malt which combines the spicy sweetness from the ex-bourbon casks and the rich wine flavours which develop from the authentic Port casks imported from Portugal. The whisky does not disappoint and is multi-layered and seriously smooth.

£92 from specialist retailers, The Macallan boutique at Heathrow Terminal 5 & The Macallan Distillery & Visitor Experience

£125 from Royal Mile Whiskies and all good wine and spirit retailers

YSABEL REGINA

REDBREAST

An innovative blend of VSOP cognacs from two of the most prestigious areas of France, Petit Champagne, Grand Champagne, with Gran Reserva Brandy from Jerez and then aged in the finest Pedro Ximénez casks for 12 months. Light mahogany colour with perfect clarity gained from its charcoal filtering. A great warming drink perfect for festive cocktails as it adds notes of dark chocolate, spiced fruits, oak and subtle hints of sherry.

The Redbreast 12 Year Old is the quintessential Single Pot Still Irish whiskey and most awarded Irish Single Pot Still whiskey in the world – recently winning the World Whiskey Trophy 2019. Matured in Bourbon and Oloroso Sherry-seasoned barrels, the distinctive Redbreast sherry style is a joy to behold in each and every bottle. Full flavoured and complex; silky smooth with a harmonious balance of spicy, fruity and toasted notes

£49 from Master of Malt

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£44 from Waitrose, Amazon, Ocado and www. thewhiskyexchange.com


THE GLENLIVET The Glenlivet 12 Year Old is the Original Speyside Single Malt. Matured in traditional oak, before spending time in American oak casks Boasts notes of vanilla with a distinctive smooth taste that is balanced and fruity. Best enjoyed neat or on the rocks, a must have for whisky drinkers during the festive season. ÂŁ38 from Waitrose

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TASTY Ti p p l e s Maestro DOBEL Diamante™

The world’s first Cristalino, multi-aged tequila, Maestro DOBEL Diamante™ has caused a stir in Mexico. The game changing, proprietary Cristalino technique results in a crystal clear, soft, silky smooth spirit. The tequila is aged in Balkan white oak barrels - the aromatic wood complement the natural sweetness of the agave. £48 from Master of Malt, The Whisky Exchange and Drinks Direct

The Dobel Diamond Horchata is an indulgent festive cocktail and a great, dairy-free alternative to Eggnog this Christmas. Shake together 50ml Maestro Dobel Diamante, 75ml Almond Milk, 10ml Almond/Orgeat Syrup and 10ml Cinnamon Syrup. Strain over cubed ice into a hi-ball glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

10 Générations

Demijohn

Cointreau

10 Générations is a tribute to the 10 generations of the Ferrand family and their abiding knowledge of the vine and distillation methods. With seasonal flavours of baked pear, honey, muscat grapes and fruity spice cake, and is aged in French oak - this cognac strikes a wonderful balance between delicacy and opulence.

The Demijohn Cheeseboard Set is presented in a poplar wood Chiara rack containing three 100ml bottles of artisan drinks to accompany cheese – Bramble Scotch Whisky, made in East Lothian, Scotland; Somerset Pomona, a young cider brandy liqueur; and Elderberry & Port Liqueur, a rich after dinner drink. The ideal gift for any cheese lover.

To celebrate their 170th anniversary, Cointreau has created a dazzling collaboration with Vincent Darré – an interior designer described by Vogue as the “Surrealist Dandy of Paris”. The limited-edition bottle of the world-famous orange liqueur is this season’s must-have.

£36.35 from www.demijohn.co.uk

£46 from Harvey Nichols

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£35 from Harvey Nichols


Plantation

Taylor’s

Italicus

Created from a blend of Plantation 3 Stars and Original Dark rums infused with Queen Victoria pineapples, Plantation Stiggins’ Fancy Pineapple Rum is a fruity twist with a rich and mouthwatering nuance of pineapple bouquet accented by notes of ripened banana, citrus peel, spice and a hint of smoke.

Taylor’s Quinta de Vargellas 2004 Vintage Port has a bouquet with great depth and layers of intense fresh fruit. With berry fruit on the palate combined with rich chocolate and liquorice flavours of equal intensity. This beautifully structured and balanced wine is an excellent partner to any cheeseboard.

Bring the Aperitivo lifestyle into your festive celebrations with Italicus Rosolio Di Bergamotto. Made using the finest Italian ingredients to create a sip of Italy, Italicus rediscovers the forgotten rosolio category, which was once the ‘aperitivo di corte’ enjoyed by Kings. Serve with sparkling wine for a suitably royal toast.

£34.05 from Master of Malt

£32 from Majestic and Waitrose

£29.99 from Master of Malt

Graham’s

Salcombe Brewery Disaronno

Graham’s 10 Year Old Tawny Port is rich with nuts and figs. Its mature flavours match perfectly with sweet desserts, especially dark chocolate with ginger or orange notes. Works well as an after dinner wine or even as an aperitif

Christmas Tide (ABV 4.9%), Salcombe Brewery’s limited edition yuletide ale, is a wellstructured, malt driven beer with crystal, chocolate and wheat malts bringing warmth and body, ideal for this time of year. A plethora of hops build on the chocolatey malt base and add a bittersweet finish.

£20 from Waitrose, Tesco, Ocado

£18.25 for a case of 8 or £7.20 for presentation pack of 3 from www. salcombebrewery.com

The Disaronno wears Diesel bottle has a bold, unique style with the instantly recognisable logo wrapped in Diesel’s signature camouflage denim. The Disaronno® Wears Diesel Cocktail mixes Passion Fruit syrup, Jamaican Rum and lime juice, topped off with a garnish of mint sprig and raspberry. £18 from Tesco

Fonseca

Fonseca was one of the pioneers of organic viticulture in the Douro valley. In 2002 it became possible for the first time to produce a Port made entirely from grapes derived from certified organic viticulture. The Fonseca Terra Prima is a wonderfully rich, concentrated Port with great flavour and texture. An opulent black fruit nose is followed through on the palate showing layers of intense berry, plum and cherry fruit flavours supported by firm, but well integrated tannins. A deliciously textured Port thats velvety, succulent and plump. £18 from Waitrose, The Whiskey Exchange, DrinksDirect.co.uk

Marussia Marussia Mozart Chocolate Cream Liqueur is a fine blend of Belgian chocolate and fresh cream with aromatic notes of vanilla and cocoa. A great alternative for an after dinner tipple this Christmas and a knockout gift for the host or for someone who simply enjoys a festive nightcap £16.99 from Whole Foods Market

Croft Croft Pink was the first ever Rosé Port, and is still today, the first one that springs to mind. With vibrant flavours of ripe cherry and raspberry, lovely nuances of honey and grapefruit, and a dry, finish, it is best enjoyed over ice or with a spritz of tonic water. An excellent celebratory alternative to a glass of champagne, and something a little different to offer guests over the Christmas party season. £10.50 from John Lewis and Hay Wines

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Ex p e r tAd vi c e

How to Enjoy Champagne During The Festive Season Victoria Carfantan of Champagne Bollinger answers your questions on storing, serving and drinking champagne

HOW SHOULD YOU SERVE CHAMPAGNE? A cork will escape at 38-40mph, so firstly be sure to point away from yourself and others, turn the bottle and not the cork to avoid the ‘pop’. Holding the bottle with a thumb in the punt, pour an inch into the glass, allow the mousse to settle, continue to fill until two-thirds full. The subtlety of the bubbles, a distinctive trait of Bollinger champagnes, is a guarantee of quality and reflects the long aging process. The ‘coupe’ with its wide and shallow glass does not enhance the wine’s aromas, as the bouquet evaporates over the large surface area. A complex champagne such as Bollinger should be given time to reveal itself. In this case a handblown glass making it lighter and more delicate, in a shape similar to a wine glass is best. A wide bowl and narrower rim, will encourage the development and capture of aromas by concentrating them.

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The glass is to be held by its long stem so as not to warm the contents of the glass. WHAT TEMPERATURE SHOULD I SERVE CHAMPAGNE? What temperature should I serve champagne? We recommend serving Bollinger cuvées at around 12°C, you would not want to serve it too chilled as this can mask some of the delicate flavours and aromas of the champagne. When chilling champagne, never put the bottle in the freezer as you kill the bubbles. If you’re using a champagne bucket, then fill with a mixture of water and ice and it should reach the right temperature in around 30 minutes. Otherwise, you can chill in the fridge for a couple of hours prior to serving. Tip: rinse glasses in hot water, leave to drain and dry, do not use washing-up liquid or a tea towel as any residue will destroy the

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bubbles. HOW DO I STORE A BOTTLE? Champagne should be stored horizontally in a cool, dry and dark place. This ensures constant contact between the wine and the cork so that it doesn’t dry out and risk oxygen entering the bottle and affecting the wine. It is best to choose somewhere that has a fairly consistent temperature as extreme fluctuations will impact negatively on the flavours of the champagne. It is also worth remembering that most non-vintage champagnes are released at the optimum time for drinking and are not suitable for prolonged ageing. HOW SHOULD YOU TASTE CHAMPAGNE? Once your bottle is chilled to the correct temperature and you have the correct glassware, it’s time to enjoy! Firstly, look at the colour of the champagne and admire the different shades of yellow, gold or pink. Watch the


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bubbles as they rise up through the glass. Younger champagnes will be more effervescent, whereas older vintages will have much finer bubbles rising through the glass. Before you taste, inhale the bouquet of aromas emanating from the glass. A champagne such as the Bollinger Special Cuvée will be aromatic and complex on the nose, with ripe fruit and spicy aromas. Finally, when you taste the wine, hold it in your mouth for a couple of seconds to allow the flavours of the champagne to become unveil themselves to fully appreciate the flavour profile. WHEN ARE THE BEST TIMES TO SERVE CHAMPAGNE OVER THE FESTIVE SEASON? Champagne Bollinger can be enjoyed at any point over the festive season and is the perfect celebratory drink! A glass of Bollinger Special Cuvée on Christmas Eve or Bollinger Rosé on Christmas Morning, is best shared with friends and family for a festive toast, ideal when paired with some delectable canapes. SHOULD CHAMPAGNE BE SERVED BEFORE, DURING OR AFTER DINNER? Bollinger is considered as a fine wine and thus best enjoyed when paired with food. Christmas day is the perfect occasion to toast with a bottle of one of Bollinger’s prestige cuvées, Bollinger La Grande Année 2008 is a decadent match with smoked salmon, and La Grande Année Rosé 2007 will pair majestically with foie gras, duck or guinea fowl. Both should be shared and enjoyed with those you treasure. WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST WHEN GIVING CHAMPAGNE AS A GIFT? Champagne makes the perfect Christmas stocking filler. A half bottle of Bollinger Special Cuvée or Rosé is an extra special treat and makes the ideal gift.

Above: Victoria Carfantan, Director of Champagne Bollinger UK

Bollinger Rosé is the quintessential rosé champagne to share with friends and family this festive period. Bollinger Rosé makes a great aperitif to toast with family whilst opening presents on Christmas morning, Bollinger Rosé also pairs exceptionally well with lobster and salmon for those looking to add an extra bit of luxury to their Christmas dinner this year. On the nose, this wine has beautiful hints of red currant, wild strawberry and a spicy touch. On the palate, Bollinger Rosé exhibits a subtle combination of structure, length and vivacity, with fine, velvety bubbles and flavours of wild berries. Bollinger Rosé Non-Vintage is £56.50 available from Waitrose, Berry Bros & Rudd and Hedonism.

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FESTIVE fi z z SLOAN! selects 16 of our favourite champagnes & sparkling wines to get the party started!

Billecart-Salmon Brut Sous Bois

Billecart-Salmon is one of the few independent, family-owned Champagne Houses. The captivating Brut Sous Bois NV is entirely vinified in oak, giving it notes of toffee and brioche and a depth and flavour worthy of any festive table. £70 from Berry Bros & Rudd, Harvey Nichols & Champagne Direct

PIPER-HEIDSIECK 2012 This vintage has fresh citrus notes of lime and tangerine leaves with smoky notes on the nose. The palate has almonds, smoked tea, honey, ripe black cherry and blueberries with a long and silky finish. £59.95 from Champagne Emergency Service and TheFinestBubble.com

AYALA Le Blanc de Blancs 2013 This newly released 100% Chardonnay vintage cuvée is produced in small quantities in the most exceptional years. The remarkable minerality make this a perfect accompaniment to flavoursome dishes or a pre-Christmas dinner aperitif. £55 from Harvey Nichols & Jeroboams

Furleigh Estate From the Oenothèque 10 Floral notes of almond blossom mingle with butterscotch and apple pie on the nose with a hint of marzipan. The palate has juicy peach and nectarine with toasted brioche and hazelnut. With its beautifully balanced acidity, this English sparkling wine an interesting aperitif for special occasions.£49.50 from www.furleighestate.co.uk

Taittinger Nocturne City Lights

Notes of white blossom and ripe fruit on the nose with overtones of yellow peaches and dried apricots. On the palate it has soft mellow orchard fruit and a lingering, elegant finish. Best enjoyed at the end of the evening. The festive gift box is £44.15 from Amazon, Ocado & Cheers Wine Merchants

Bolney Wine Estate Blanc de Noirs A very stylish vintage, traditional method, quality sparkling wine. Lots of stone fruit character, notes of honey and pear. A good balance of sweetness and acidity with a lovely length. One of the best English wines according to the critics. £32.99 from bolneywineestate.com

Smith & Evans English Sparkling Wine This elegant English fizz has rich aromas of lemon, spice and toasted nuts. On the palate it keeps a taut balance between freshness and the minerality typical of Higher Plot with a full ripe finish. £28.99 from Waitrose

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Tesco Finest Vintage Blanc de Blancs With ripe citrus flavours and a delicate mousse, this dry Champagne is only made from Chardonnay grapes from the best vineyards of the Grand Cru villages of the Côtes des Blancs. Produced only in the best years, with extra time spent in the cellars which enhances its longevity. Serve it as an aperitif or with canapés. £26 from Tesco

Hotel Chocolat Pinot Coupage Dry and complex with notes of biscuit and russet apple, this 2010 vintage Italian sparkling wine is limited to just 3,000 bottles created specifically to pair with chocolate as well as Italian cheeses and charcuterie. Serve in wine glasses to allow the scent to develop. £25 from Hotel Chocolat

i heart Champagne Didier Chopin The brand new i heart Champagne Didier Chopin has rich flavours of honeyed fruit with a hint of toasted brioche and smooth lasting finish. Pairs beautifully with canapés, fish or even with a fruity festive dessert, such as an indulgent Christmas trifle! £23 from Tesco and Sainsbury’s

Tesco Finest NV Premier Cru Made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, with extra-long ageing in the bottle. This maturing process makes for elegant flavours of citrus, apple and brioche, with a fine mousse. £20 from Tesco.

Mionetto MO Collection The Mionetto MO Collection Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG has floral scents with notes of green apple and tropical fruit. The soft, smooth yet crisp Prosecco pairs well with fish dishes or with Christmas cake and fruity desserts. £15 from Simply Wines Direct and Amazon

Sensi Prosecco Brut Produced in the Charmat Method, this crisp Italian sparkling wine has subtle notes of citrus, orchard fruits and apple blossom. Fruity and fresh on the palate and pleasantly-dry with a balance of gentle acidity and creamy fizziness. We love the gold wrapped bottle. £17.49 from Ocado

Calvet Cremant de Bordeaux Brut With a luminous golden colour, it reveals an open body in full bloom with soft fruitiness suited to both an aperitif and accompaniment to fine food. The expressive nose of yellow fruit and brioche complements the fresh and balanced palate. £11.95 from Ocado

Freixenet Cordon Negro For a change from Prosecco, cava is made using the same ‘traditional method’ of champagne, but with a refined and elegant flavour without the distinctive ‘biscuity’ notes for the perfect alternative to the typical cocktail spritz. £11 from Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda and Morrisons

Mionetto Prosecco DOC Treviso With unmistakeable style and quality, the Mionetto Prosecco DOC Treviso has a bouquet reminiscent of crisp green apple with notes of honey, liquorice and acacia blossom on the palate. £11 from Morrison’s, Tesco, NISA, Budgens, Bargain Booze, CostCutter and Londis Follow us on social media @sloanloves

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Break The Rosé Rules & Add Some Sparkle To Your Soirées With Pink Fizz This Season

Champagne Devaux

D Rosé is the perfect harmony between pinot Noir and Chardonnay with fresh aromas of small red fruits on the nose evolving towards floral notes. The fruity palate has notes of redcurrant, raspberry and apricot. Pairs perfectly with Christmas Turkey and all the trimmings. £60.99 from Hedonism, Liberty Wines and Simply Wines Direct

Bollinger On the nose, Bollinger Rosé has hints of redcurrant, wild strawberry and a spicy touch. On the palate it has a subtle combination of structure, length and vivacity, with fine, velvety bubbles and flavours of wild berries. £56.50 from Berry Bros & Rudd, Waitrose and Hedonism

Taittinger With intense, fine bubbles, Taittinger Prestige Rose NV Champagne is a vibrant rosé with a vivid aroma of red summer fruits and a hint of spice. A fine balance of velvety and full-bodied on the palate. Pairs well with fruit-based desserts and selected cheeses. £55 gift box from John Lewis

Champagne Bruno Paillard

Maison Bruno Paillard’s Multi Vintage Rosé Première Cuvée is a blend of 25 vintages going back to 1985. The wine is aged three years sur lies, followed by a minimum of five months post-disgorgement. Dosage is less than 6g/l, to emphasise its purity, making this an Extra Brut style of Champagne. £51.45 from Selfridges & The Whisky Exchange

Nyetimber

This sunset-pink Multi-Vintage rosé has a unique combination of aromas including British summer fruits and shortbread. Its creamy, round texture and refreshing redcurrant, raspberry and cherry flavours give it an elegant and silky finish. £39.99 from Waitrose and Majestic

AYALA AYALA Rosé Majeur NV has great finesse and elegance with beautiful aromas of strawberries, raspberries and Morello cherries on the nose with a slight hint of spice. On the palate, it is light, fresh and well-balanced. £37.50 from Harvey Nichols, Selfridges & ChampagneDirect.com

Château Léoube

Sparkling de Léoube is one of the few sparkling rosés made in Provence. With the barest blush of pink, it is equally subtle on the nose and palate. Notes of hazelnut, aniseed and soft fruit. It is unusually dry and moreish making it perfect for the festive season. £35 from www.daylesford.com

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Jenkyn Place Jenkyn Place Rose 2014 has notes of fresh bread, citrus and brioche on the nose and bright, delicate flavours of rosehip, redcurrant and cranberry on the palate. A dry, elegant sparkling rose that will continue to evolve gracefully. £35 from www.jenkynplace.com, Hawkins Bros, Christopher Piper Wines Ltd, Sparkle & Pop and Twisted Cellar.

Tinwood Tinwood Rosé is a gorgeous salmon colour with an abundance of bubbles and a beautifully creamy mousse. A raspberry and redcurrant nose with hints of strawberries and cream carry through to a delightfully fruit driven palate. £31 from www.tinwoodestate.com

Lyme Bay Winery A sparkling Rosé made from Pinot Noir grapes, boasting a bright, fruitdriven palate. Wild strawberries, pepper and redcurrant on the nose with a richness of honey in addition to hints of brioche and almond. £28.49 from www.lymebaywinery.co.uk

Tesco Finest Made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the largest owner of Premier and Grand Cru grapes. Notes of citrus and red fruit with a delicate mousse. Ideal on its own or with fruity desserts. £23 from Tesco

Furleigh Estate Enticing aromas of wild strawberries and white peach mingle with a hint of rosehip. Notes of vanilla-scented brioche and scones with cream. On the palate, fresh summer berries meet nectarine and wild apricot. £35 from www.furleighestate.co.uk

Hotel Chocolat Light and lively rosé sparkling wine that won’t fail to uplift, with a fruity bouquet and delicate, pleasantly aromatic flavour notes of almond. Ideal for any celebration. Hotel Chocolat is the only chocolatier to run a bar in London’s Borough Market. £18 from Hotel Chocolat

Vitteaut-Alberti Vitteau Alberti, Cremant De Bourgogne Rosé Brut has creamy fruit flavours of strawberries, raspberries and summer damsons yet is still crisp and dry. These wines have gentler bubbles than Champagne and forget about the price tag! £17.50 from wanderlustwine.co.uk

Langlois-Chateau This Crémant de Loire Rosé NV is an excellent choice for those seeking a reasonably priced wine. Light pink in colour with delicate aromas of red fruit and a fruity and full-bodied palate. £17 from Corks Out, Guildford Wine Company, Portland Wine Company, Noble Green Wines.

Mirabeau Mirabeau La Folie Rosé is a delicate sparkling rosé with red berry aromas and hints of gooseberry and blackcurrant. The mousse is mouthfilling and elegant with flavours of strawberry, grapefruit and a tiny hint of spice for a lovely long finish. £14.99 from Waitrose Follow us on social media @sloanloves

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A Guide to Alternative Drinks for Christmas Colin Hampden-White

Colin Hampden-White from The Three Drinkers on Amazon Prime suggests some alternatives to the usual Christmas drinks Drinks are such a huge part of Christmas, and we all know what we like, but in the spirits of Christmas here are some alternatives to the usual Christmas fare that are worth giving a go. It’s getting towards that time of year again. The summer is all but over, the nights are drawing in, and we start to plan for Christmas. One of the lovely things about Christmas is the drinks that go alongside. There are traditional favourites like Sherry and Champagne, Claret and Cognac, but there are other ways to make your Christmas celebration go with a bang. As much as we like these time-honoured Christmas drinks, there are so many more drinks in the world to experience, and they can make the experience of Christmas exciting, and adventurous, yet no less delicious. Let us take a typical Christmas day and see where we can exchange our traditional drinks for something more avant-garde. Now, I wouldn’t normally have a drink in the morning but on Christmas day, having risen early with the anticipation, I might have had a little Buck’s fizz before being driven to church for service. Buck’s fizz is a perfect pick me up, fresh and light, without too much alcohol, and it is even one of your five a day. However, there are lots of fruit juices out there that can be mixed with a myriad of alcohols, and my first suggestion for the day would be a Madras: a

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vodka and cranberry juice with a touch of orange juice. Packed full of vitamins, with the sugar from the orange juice helping to get the body going, put just enough vodka in to give it a little kick. Put it all in a glass and stir; garnish with a slice of lime. After church it’s well after midday by the time I’m home. I’m ready for a sherry. Granny might call for the usual Bristol cream, but I prefer something more savoury like an Oloroso. This can also take the form of something else just as savoury and delicious. Dry vermouth would be my choice. A good quality red vermouth such as Antica Formula, poured over ice. At a similar alcohol content, it’s not too strong. After a little aperitif, the Christmas meal awaits. Traditionally I would start the meal with a white wine like Burgundy, but there is a alternative which is just as delicious and pairs incredibly well with rich foods like smoked fish or meats. Sake, from Japan this rice wine can be incredibly complex and very refreshing at the same time, especially chilled as you would a white wine. Warm Sake served in restaurants is generally a lower grade, so expect to pay white Burgundy prices. If you do, your investment will be well rewarded. For a replacement for red wine, I would suggest a wellaged vintage champagne. Rich and complex it will go well with

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turkey, goose, or even red meats. It’s also a great way to drink champagne on Christmas day, and I always feel Christmas isn’t Christmas without Champagne. Now to the after-dinner drinks. Traditionally the domain of whisky or Cognac, I also like other oak aged spirits, such as tequila. There are some incredible tequilas, like Patron’s Gran Patron Piedra. It’s full of flavour and good to sip over an evening by the fire. This year, why not be a little adventurous and rather than cheers or slainte, why not celebrate with a salud or kampai! ABOUT THE EXPERT Colin Hampden-White fell in love with wine and spirits initially through his award-winning photography, which has been exhibited extensively in London, including the National Portrait Gallery and Manhattan, winning the Louis Roederer Award for Artistry along the way.

Working initially for the Scotsman, The Times and Financial Times, he became the founding editor of Whisky Quarterly magazine and continues to write for LUX and Condé Nast. Colin is a Keeper of the Quaich, judges for the International Wine and Spirits Competition and is Chairman of the Circle of Wine Writers.


Instead of Buck's Fizz, try a Madras cocktail

Instead of white Burgundy, try chilled Sake

Instead of red wine, try vintage champagne

Instead of Cognac, try Gran Patron Piedra

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Ginspiration

Good friends offer advice. Best friends offer gin!

orunn

d 54% ABV enhances the traditional Scottish cals in this herbaceous gin with a strong r character. Caorunn Highland Strength Gin is vailable from independent & specialist retailers

City of London Distillery Tangy rhubarb, floral notes of roses and the peppery hit of juniper. Crisp and clean, lending it to an elegant martini. City of London Distillery's Rhubarb & Rose Gin is £37 from Harvey Nichols

Pinkster

Barentsz

Hand-steeped in fresh raspberries, this deliciously dry gin has a hint of fruit and an exceptionally smooth finish. Pinkster Gin is £35 from Marks & Spencer, Fenwick, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, Ocado, 31Dover.com, Master of Malt and www. pinkstergin.com

The combination of Winter Wheat and Golden Rye grain spirits gives the gin a soft and smooth finish. It is distilled with Chinese Jasmine as well as eight other botanicals. Barentsz Gin is £32.95 from Harvey Nichols, www.masterofmalt.com, www.31Dover.com, Whisky Exchange

Hedgepig

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Hedgepig's gin liqueurs are made using fruit grown in local orchards or foraged from the East Anglian hedgerows. The four flavours pair well with cheese and desserts. Hedgepig Wild Bullace & Quince Gin Liqueur is £32 from www.fruityhedgepig.com

Zesty, chocolatey with an unmistakable juniper backbone, Sipsmith Orange & Cacao Gin is handcrafted in London. Try it in a Chocolate Orange G&T or Orange & Cacao White Lady Sipsmith Orange & Cacao Gin is £25 from www.sipsmith.com

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CRAFT GIN CLUB Every month, the UK's number one gin subscription service sends members a treat-filled ‘Gin of the Month’ box with a special bottle of full-sized gin, including rare and exclusive editions not available anywhere else,

As well as craft gin, the box includes paired mixers and garnishes, cocktail of the month ingredients, sweet and savoury treats and the club magazine – all remaining a surprise for the recipient until it arrives on their doorstep. £40 from www.craftginclub.co.uk

SLINGSBY YORKSHIRE RHUBARB GIN This Gin Goblet Set is the perfect gift for a gin-loving couple. Crafted using locally sourced botanicals and masterfully infused this with the finest Yorkshire rhubarb sourced from the famous 'Rhubarb Triangle', this excellent bottle of gin comes with two branded Slingsby goblets to serve it in style.

JAISALMER INDIAN CRAFT GIN Triple-distilled and handcrafted in the foothills of the Himalayas at one of India's oldest distilleries, this Indian Craft Gin combines herbs and spices, vibrant juniper berries and hand-picked botanicals from all four corners of India. We love the festive Jaisalmer Negroni made with equal measures of Gin, Sweet Vermouth and Campari.

£59.99 from www.spiritofharrogate.co.uk

£34.95 from The Whisky Exchange

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Three Spirit £25 from Harvey Nichols and www.threespiritdrinks.com

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Bodega Bay - 4% Hard Seltzer £3.99 from www.bodegabay.com

Low & No Alcohol From Sober October to Dry January and beyond, here’s our pick of the best guilt-free drinks with little to no alcohol Belvoir Fruit Farms Botanical Juniper & Tonic £3.10 Nationwide

Skinny Tonic £3.50 from ASDA, Amazon and www.skinnytonics.com

Dash Water £1.29 from Selfridges, Sainsbury’s, Boots, Ocado and Wholefoods

James White Great Uncle Cornelius Refreshers £2.70 from www.jameswhite.co.uk

McGuigan Zero Rose £4.50 from Morrisons

Cobra Zero £3 from Asda and Ocado Rude Health Kombucha (Original & Ginger) £1.99 from www.waitrose.com

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TwelveBelow Tonic £1.20 from www.twelvebelow.co.uk


Alcohol Free Drinks

Wild Life Botanicals £15 wildlifebotanicals.co.uk

Everleaf £18 Sainsbury’s

Atopia Spirit - Spiced Citrus £25 Sainsbury’s & Ocado

Lowlander 0.00% Wit £1.99 www.lightdrinks.co.uk


How To Plan The Perfect Christmas Party

Katherine Hudson of The Arabian Tent Company shares her top tips for creating the ultimate Christmas party sure to impress! Christmas is just around the corner and you’ve been tasked with organising a Christmas event. Here are ten top tips for creating the ultimate Christmas party from Katherine Hudson, founder of The Arabian Tent Company, who is known for creating magical parties with the wow factor.

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START EARLY You want to snap up a date that is partyfriendly. The earlier you can secure this the better. It will mean a better turn out and an evening that is full of Christmas cheer and party vibes - rather than a wet Monday in November when eating mince pies and pulling crackers seems a touch premature. FIND THE PERFECT VENUE This tip is twofold. What kind of party are you planning? A huge extravagant affair with a Christmas dinner and late-night dancefloor? A cosy seasonal get together over nibbles and mulled wine? Whatever the size of your guest list, view a few possible venues so you know what’s out there. It could be worth pencilling in with two in the early stages so you have a back up.

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SAVE THE DATE You’ve done the hard work locking in the

venue and date – now make sure everyone knows it. Send out a brief Save The Date email or invite. Specific details needn’t be outlined yet - but you want your guests to be able to make it and the party season is dubbed as such for a reason. DÉCOR What is your vision? A winter wonderland? A classic Gatsby Christmas party? Hollywood glam? You can theme your party without prescribing a dress code. Do keep your decorations classy and try to avoid plastic if possible. Use real foliage and greenery - it smells heavenly and avoids the dreaded single use plastic. Candles are cheap, effective and green and look magical on tables amongst the holly and the ivy. Fairy lights are an easy win. If you’re buying crackers then go for eco or not at all. Chandeliers are high-impact centre pieces which will tie your room together and mistletoe is a must.  

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GO BIG ON THE ENTERTAINMENT This will be one of the most talked about elements of the whole shebang, and you want it to be in a good way. A walkabout performer will be an amazing talking point. Comedians, impersonators or magicians add a real spark and don’t affect the structure of the evening. You could create a focal point with an

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after dinner stage show. A cabaret act, a singer or a comedian? Casino tables are a lively addition, or other table games. You could even schedule an organised game or quiz – but do keep it short. THE DJ This is another absolutely vital element. The dancefloor is the place where inhibitions are shed and true bonding happens. You want people to let their hair down so book a decent DJ and brief them on what you want - and make sure the sound system in the venue is up to the job. A sure-fire way to ruining your wonderful good party is a crackly speaker or faulty cable. Get everything tested before kick-off.

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MAKE EVERYONE A VIP Have your guests greeted with a tray of champagne and someone to take their coat. Budget-wise this won’t break the bank - but it will break the ice and make everyone feel special and excited for the night ahead.

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PHOTOS If your budget will run to it, a photo booth with fancy dress box laden with wigs, props and shades will not only provide extra entertainment but will preserve the memories forever!

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FOOD Whether you are including a dinner in the proceedings or not, laying on some sexy late-night snacks is essential. The dancers will need sustenance. Mini baked camembert with cranberry dip, savoury pastries, posh mince pies, mini turkey sandwiches or even a cheese board. We guarantee you will find the food station rammed as the hour gets later

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The Arabian Tent Company specialise in creating divine party environments for your magical moments. With a decade of experience creating events, we have a wealth of Christmas magic to bestow on any venue or party. ABOUT THE EXPERT Katherine Hudson, founder of The Arabian Tent Company, fell in love with parties 20 years ago, and found her calling in designing the environments to accommodate them.

Katherine’s ability to create playful, captivating environments is a signature of The Arabian Tent Company who can transform any space – whether it be indoors or outdoors, into one that creates ‘Wow’ factor! Katherine is drawn to things that are different meaning the majority of the décor and marquees have been designed by her and made by hand. Katherine considers herself to be an Artist, that brings people together and creates connecting experiences through environments. For more information, please visit www.arabiantents. com

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Haven of Yumminess SLOAN! presents our favourite festive recipes from some of our favourite celebrity chefs and food writers

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Roast Organic Rhug Estate Goose Mark Froydenlund, joint chef patrons of Marcus Wareing’s flagship restaurant at the Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge says: “Although we change the dish every year, the process behind cooking goose remains the same. When we finish service on Christmas Eve, we seal the skin until brown and then add loads of butter and thyme, bay and garlic and caramelise. We then put the birds in the oven at 65° until they reach 54° in the centre. We stay in the hotel and go down to baste the birds every so often until they are cooked – then take them out to rest before going back to bed ourselves.” For this recipe, you will need: 1 Rhug Estate goose crown, 70g salted butter, Zest of one orange, 1 tbsp chopped rosemary, 150g unsalted butter, 4 cloves of garlic, Half a bunch of thyme and Sea salt flakes. For the full recipe, go to www.sloanmagazine.com/roast-goose

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Beef Wellington with Watercress and Smoked Prosciutto www.watercress.co.uk

Fe st i v e Fe a st s Four-Bird Roast Rosemary Shrager’s Cookery Course

Christmas Turkey Pie Higgidy: The Cookbook by Camilla Stephens

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SLOAN! Book Club Celebrity Life Coach Sloan Sheridan-Williams recommends her favourite books this season from the latest cookbooks to personal development and business skills

Wok On Bestselling author Ching-He Huang celebrates the huge versatility of the wok with fast, fresh and fun dishes that are simple enough for every day as well as every cook. Created with nutrition, taste and affordability in mind, the recipes focus on the techniques you may not have considered when using your wok and include everything from dumplings and curries to stir-fries and soups. Featuring dishes from across Asia, we really liked that almost every one of them can be made in 30 minutes or less plus many are glutenfree, dairy-free, vegetarian or vegan. £20 published by Kyle Books

Mary Berry Cooks Up A Feast This fully updated edition is the cookbook that shows you how to entertain stress-free. The beautifully illustrated new edition features over 160 of Mary Berry and Lucy Young’s favourite recipes that are perfect for occasions and celebrations, with stunning photography and a selection of delicious new recipes. A must for every cook’s bookshelf, Mary Berry Cooks up a Feast is brimming with inspiration, menu planning tips, expert advice for preparing in advance, and simple shortcuts plus detailed advice on scaling up recipes for any number. £25.00 published by DK

Glorious Game From 101 of the UK and Ireland’s best-loved chefs and food writers comes a stunning collection of delicious game recipes compiled by Ben Tish who hopes the book will enable and educate more people into discovering the glorious world of game. Features a myriad of dishes that use the whole range of game with unique recipes that are achievable for the home cook inluding a variety of more complex and aspirational dishes for the experienced home cook £40 published by Face Publications

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Whisky A Tasting Course This truly hands-on book by Eddie Ludlow takes you on a tasting journey to discover your own personal whisky style, and helps you to expand your horizons so you can find a world of new whiskies to enjoy. Featuring a series of 20 guided at-home whisky tastings, clear infographics and jargonbusting advice guide you through each tasting, and show you how to engage all your senses to navigate the range of malts, grains and blended whiskies to find the flavours you enjoy most. £16.99 published by DK

South Sean Brock is known as one of Southern food’s greatest champions and believes the area should be considered amongst the most revered cuisines in the world. His new book shares the foundational recipes that he has collected over the past decade and uses daily. The recipes can be mixed and matched to make a meal or eaten on their own. Taken together, they make up the essential elements of Southern cuisine. Regional differences are highlighted and the book includes key Southern knowledge like how to care for cast iron. £30 published by Artisan Books

One Pot Feeds All In her 19th book, Ireland’s best-loved food ambassador, Darina Allen, offers the perfect solution to cooking delicious, wholesome food as simply as possible. From roasting tray dinners to casserole stews and tagines, the book contains classic and contemporary one-dish recipes, alongside some of Darina’s own family favourites. These flexible dishes range from lighter meals such as soups, baked eggs and frittatas to hearty curries and even desserts. There are no complicated techniques and little space or washing up required. £20 published by Kyle Books

Simple Tips, Smart Ideas If you run one of the UK’s 5m micro small companies, you will know just how hard it is to grow your business. Drawing on experience from working with hundreds of founders just like you, leading UK business and innovation expert Erica Wolfe-Murray (dubbed the ‘Delia of business’) offers you a rich array of ideas, tips and contemporary case studies to kickstart growth, build commercial resilience, outsmart your competitors and fall back in love with what you do. £14.99 published by Lola Media

It’s The Little Things Combining the irresistible sweetness of the Pocket Pigs of Pennywell Farm with inspirational words of wisdom about embracing all that life has to offer, this book is the Pocket Pigs’ Guide to Living Your Best Life and is filled with tiny piglets reminding us to be grateful, stay curious, and keep ourselves open to the magic of life. Photography by Richard Austin. £12.95 published by Workman Follow us on social media @sloanloves

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Eddie Redmayne

Al Pacino

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On the Red Carpet

Caitriona Balfe

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Timothee Chalamet

Lily-Rose Depp

Keira Knightley

63rd BFI London Film Festival The 63rd BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express, closed with a star studded finale on Sunday with the International Premiere of The Irishman, which saw legendary director Martin Scorsese reunite with his equally legendary cast members; Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Harvey Keitel at a spectacular gala presentation at Odeon Luxe, Leicester Square. Over the Festival’s 12 days there were 173,284 admissions for London screenings and events, comprised of 156,761 public attendances, including the new LFF For

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Star studded film premieres at the london film festival

Lesley Manville Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin Alicia Vikander

Billie Piper and Lily James

Ollie Locke

Aimee Kelly

James Blunt

Actor Life

Steve Coogan Kristen Stewart

Robert De Niro

Free programme – an increase of 6% on last year’s London public attendance. And also, an additional 16,523 press and industry attendance across the festival. Extending its offering to audiences outside of London, the Festival hosted satellite screenings at more than 100 venues around the UK & Ireland. The festival featured a diverse selection of 233 feature films from both established and emerging talent and hosted 28 World Premieres, 12 International Premieres and 32 European Premieres and welcomed a stellar line up of cast and crew for many of the films. The Festival was widely applauded for its diversity and inclusion with 40% of films directed or co-directed by women. (Photo credit: Getty Images for BFI) Follow us on social media @sloanloves

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Young Chef of 2019 Richard Henderson

The Next Generation

Brian Turner

Ollie Dabbous

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Simon King

Tom Aikens

Young Chef Young Waiter 2019 On 29 October, Masterchef ’s John Torode awarded the winners, first and second place to the Young Chef Young Waiter finalists at Quaglino’s restaurant. Head chef judge Theo Randall announced that Richard Henderson from Restaurant Hywel Jones, Lucknam Park was the winner of the Young Chef award with second place going to Ryan Baker from Northall Restaurant, Corinthia Hotel and third place awarded to Lewis Glaister from Bluebird Restaurant, Chelsea. Head waiter judge Simon King announced the winner as Alessandro Calzavacca from Jean-Georges at the Connaught, second place was Salvatore Delle Donne from the Fat Duck and

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proudly supporting the future stars in Britain’s kitchens and restaurants

Matthew Ryle Merlin-Labron-Jonhson Luigi Cagnin

Emily Roux

Marcus Wareing

Robert Walton

Sanjay Dwivedi

Chef Life

Ruth Hansom John Torode

Head judges

third place was Andrea La Cognata from the Fat Duck. The Young Chef Young Waiter competition which is celebrating 40 years in the UK this year and judging panel included Head Chef Judge Theo Randall and Head Waiter Judge Simon King along with Jason Atherton, Tom Kerridge, Claude Bosi, Emily Roux, Tom Aikens, Jeff and Chris Galvin, Andy Downton, Brian Turner, Johanna Wimmer, Merlin Labron-Johnson, Sanjay Dwivedi, Ruth Hansom, John Williams, Ollie Dabbous, Matthew Ryle, Adam Simmonds, Dimi Leivadas, Jennifer Santner, James Fleming, Beatrice Bessi, Andrew McKenzie, Dimitri Bellos, Jonno Forbes, Luigi Cagnin and Antonio Salvatore. (Photos courtesy of Young Chef Young Waiter and Paul Griffiths Photographer) Follow us on social media @sloanloves

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Pablo Fernandez

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Martha Ortiz & Henry Holland Frankie Herbert

Amber Le Bon

Ella Canta's Day of The Dead Party

On 30th October, celebrities including Amber Le Bon, Henry Holland and Frankie Herbert attended Ella Canta's Day of The Dead Party hosted by Mexican chef Martha Ortiz and model Sophia Hadjipanteli. The event celebrated the Mexican restaurant's second anniversary and the launch of its Painted Black Menu. Model Sophia Hadjipanteli, who has stood up to bullying for her unique look, stunned guests wearing a bespoke gold chain dress by designer Claudia Pink and face paint inspired by the Day of The Dead traditions. Henry Holland hit the decks following the launch of his second fashion collection with Speedo this week, celebrating with fashion set friends Amber Le Bon and model Frankie Herbert. (Photo credit: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images

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celebrities attend london's elite events IN fashion & food

Nell Hudson

Jordan Renzo & Kate Phillips

Autograph Collection Hotels

Douglas Booth & Lily Cole

Anna Brewster

Eric Underwood

Mark Kermode & Sandy Powell

Autograph Collection Hotels ‘Behind The Scenes’ On 12th September, Autograph Collection Hotels hosted their third event in the Behind The Scenes speaker series. Shining a light on inspirational industry insiders from the world of independent film, the event took place at the newly opened Bankside Hotel, Autograph Collection. Hosted by the UK’s leading film critic, Mark Kermode, the evening began with an intimate discussion that explored the craft and the transformational power of costume design with Academy Award winning costume designer, Sandy Powell OBE. VIP guests included Douglas Booth, Lily Cole, Eric Underwood, Kate Phillips, Anna Brewster and Nell Hudson. The Behind The Scenes series is part of Autograph Collection’s Indie Film Project, a long-term, multifaceted cultural programme that celebrates film and offers meaningful support to independent filmmakers and their craft across all stages of development – from screenplay to production, distribution and costume design. (Photo credit: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Marriott International - Autograph Collection Hotels) Follow us on social media @sloanloves

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With thanks This magazine could not be brought to you without the inspired creativity from our team, contributors and creatives. If you admire the work of any of the photographers featured in this edition, see below. Pages 2-3 - © Tracey Fung / Red35 Photography Pages 4-5, 6-7 and 78-79 - Subbotina Anna © Adobe Stock Pages 40-41 - JenkoAtaman © Adobe Stock Pages 86-87 - ZoomTeam © Adobe Stock Page 111 - © Shiinoki / AMKK Original design: Caren Johnstone www.wondesigns.co.uk

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