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SLOAN! Kyran Bracken

Life In The Fast Lane

Kick Start Your 2017

Going For Gold

Domestic Bliss

Dining Destinations

Healthy Body Healthy Mind

Tasty Tipples

Luxury Living

Bland To Beautiful

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Editor’s Letter Producing the tenth edition of this magazine during the festive season ready for the new year has been rewarding on so many levels. We have seen the development of content that is appealing to more male readers and as always are heavy on content that we hope aims to inspire and motivate you to take on new challenges or perfect that which you are already doing.



I am pleased and privileged to have worked with some fantastic clients, interviewees, experts, brands, PR and of course my very own team this 2016, but as always I love stepping into another year knowing there is so much more that we can all achieve together and on our own separate journeys. Here at SLOAN! we continue to introduce our new look and style throughout this edition and love the feedback that we get from you. With the support of our readers and the lovely e-mails you send about my radio show, you inspire me to grow and that’s why I’m bringing you life lessons from the movies and a new radio segment called ‘Ask Sloan’ where you can

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ask me anything you want and I’ll do my best to answer! I am available live on Colourful Radio every Thursday 10am - 12pm for those who want to get in touch. I hope the articles and experts we have chosen this edition inspire you to kick to the curb that which did not work for you in 2016 and embrace that which did while adding in an extra spark of magic to your 2017 just in time for the period of love as embodied by Valentine’s day next month. Happy Reading!






















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Greg Rutherford British Long Jump Record Holder and Olympic, World, Commonwealth & European Champion, Strictly contestant and autobiographer



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SLOAN! talks to Olympic Long Jump Champion Greg Rutherford about DNAFit, dancing and doing his bit for charity You are the first Olympic

S champion to take the DNAFit test. Who recommended it to you?

My good friend Andrew Steele,

G who is also an Olympic athlete,

introduced me the technology after being so impressed with it himself he joined the company! Andrew and I had long known that the way I responded best to training and nutrition was somewhat different from the other athletes around me, so gaining an insight into how my genetics might influence this was a natural, and fascinating, step.


What did the results reinforce that you were already doing in terms of diet and fitness? I’ve spent most of my life trying

G different kinds of training and

nutrition, always trying to find out what works best. In the last three to four years I found a method that appeared to be quite effective for me - eating relatively low carbohydrate for an athlete, and training in a slightly more endurance led way for the long jump than would be normal at my level. In long jump, that means repeated hill sprints and more reps in the gym. I suspected this was the best way for me, but fascinatingly when I took a look at my genetic makeup, this seemed to mirror what I had learnt about my response to food and exercise - I have a high response to carbohydrate and a higher than expected amount of ‘endurance response’ genetic variants. What new things about yourself

In the last couple of years I have

G been lucky enough to have added

this level of genetic information to my arsenal of what I know about myself. It’s important to remember that your genetics do not determine who you are or what you can do, it is only one part of the picture, but a valuable part of the picture none the less. I believe understanding this whole picture more fully in the recent years allowed me to complete the grand slam of medals, Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth.


DNAFit helps improve performance for athletes but how can it help non-athletes?

I always get asked by friends G and family about exercise and nutrition tips! At the top, it’s easy to experiment, and make a change if something doesn’t work - it’s my job and I train everyday. For everybody else, they often have limited time to workout and motivation is much harder to come by, if something doesn’t work, it’s all too easy to just quit. This level of very personal information is an important factor in keeping people motivated and hopefully I think making better decisions about the food and workouts they choose, from the start. If you have a goal, more information to help you reach that goal can only be a good thing. Physical strength is just one S aspect of sports performance. What do you do to develop a winner’s mentality? I spend a lot of time visualizing

S did you learn from doing the test?

G success, normally while walking

I learnt I have a need to eat more G cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, kale and cauliflower due to the fact I have the inactive version of a particular gene. Cruciferous veg contain an enzyme which supports efficient liver detoxification, and with the inactive version of this gene I need more of this enzyme

my dogs! I believe I can win every competition I enter, and an important part of any battle is to not accept defeat before it’s even begun by talking yourself down.

To what extent do you think

S DNAFit improved your performance in Rio?

inspires you to be your best S Who - both on and off the track? My son Milo. I want him to be

G proud of me as an athlete and as his dad. You have suffered a number of

S injuries in your career but you

overcame adversity to achieve gold in the London Olympics. What do you attribute to your successful recovery? I’ve always had an innate belief

G that I was going be successful,

so I think that helped keep me motivated during difficult periods that were filled with injury. My DNAFit results showed that I have a somewhat raised predisposition to common sporting injuries; knowing this means I am more cautious about adequate recovery and not over-training.


What charities and causes or campaigns are close to your heart?

I am a big supporter of cancer G charities, having taken part in this year’s Stand Up To Cancer in memory of my Grandad, Jim. Other causes that are close to my heart and ones I would love to be involved with include children’s charities and dog charities. You got all the way to Blackpool

S Week on Strictly Come Dancing 2016. Did you enjoy the show?

I loved the experience, but I have G to admit it was a lot harder and more intense than I expected. The moment before going onto the dance floor in front of 10 million people is much more nerve-racking than competing in the Olympic final - it’s the most nervous I’ve ever been in my life! On the dance floor, you feel like every tiny step is being judged, and if you go wrong it will ruin everything. That makes the stakes, and the nerves higher in dancing. You recently released your

S autobiography, Unexpected. Tell us more about the book.

Despite a difficult childhood and

G rebellious teenage years, I always

believed in myself as an athlete and Unexpected details the highs and lows of my journey to the top. I don’t hold back on my views of the many issues dominating my sport, such as doping. I hope you enjoy reading it! Unexpected by Greg Rutherford is published by Simon & Schuster, £20 @sloanloves | Sloan Sheridan-Williams 5

Kick Start 2017 With Yog

The New Year brings with it lots of good intentions. We all know that making a New Year’s Resolution can be an interesting topic of conversation, with comments such as, “I’m giving up chocolate” or, “I’m going to walk to work three times a week” or it can even be something as simple as “I’m going to smile more on a Monday!” Sadly, as we are all too aware, New Year’s Resolutions don’t often make it into February, but how about if you could find something that feels so unbelievably good for you that you just simply couldn’t stop once you started? This, my friends, is Yoga! You know that exercise is good for you. You’ve probably heard it a thousand times on television, and maybe your doctor has told you to get more exercise too. There are few fitness programs that offer broad scope health benefits. Running, for example, strengthens your cardiovascular system and strength training builds muscle. Yoga is one of the few fitness programs that can accomplish both and so much more. Here are 3


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heryl MacDonald

Celebrity Clients key reasons why you should kick start 2017 with a yoga practice. MOBILITY AND FLEXIBILITY As you age, and we’re talking about once you’ve passed that 25-year mark, your body begins to lose some of its mobility. Your muscles can become short and tight. Your tendons can stiffen and your joints may often feel sore. When this happens, simple day-to-day movements can become painful or difficult. You may not be able to touch your toes. When you walk long distances you may notice that your back aches. And if you try to reach over your head to put something away you may feel pain in your neck or shoulders. This is due to a lack of mobility. Yoga can improve your mobility, meaning it can help lengthen those tight muscles and tendons. It can give you a better range of motion so that when you move your body, you do it in the most efficient and effective way possible. Not only will you feel better, you’ll stop having those awful aches and pains. Top Yoga Tip for Flexibility: Try hip opening postures such as Baddha Konasana (bound angle pose) or Eka Raja Kapoptasana (Pigeon pose) to open hip, pelvis and groin areas. These are easy and enjoyable postures which can be adapted for all levels. STRENGTH Yoga often requires you to hold a position for a long period of time. And in most cases you’re supporting your full body weight. This requires you to build great strength. Most positions recruit strength from your large muscle groups, your core muscles for example. As these muscles increase in strength you’ll find it expands to other areas of your life. Your posture will improve. You’ll be stronger, physically, thus able to lift and carry more than you used to. And you’ll build muscle which burns fat and looks pretty darn fantastic too. Top Yoga Tip for Strength: Try practising 5-10 sun salutations every day, as this will help to build stamina and strength over time.

Cheryl has taught yoga and birth preparation to the likes of Kimberley Walsh, Fearne Cotton & Catherine Tyldsley.

STRESS REDUCTION Yoga requires a few things that impact and reduce your stress level. The first stressreducing component is breathing. Many yoga styles have a structured breathing protocol. When you focus on your breathing, it automatically lowers cortisol (a stress hormone) and it lowers your heart rate.

Additionally, yoga requires great focus. Some poses not only ask you to hold your body in a balanced position, they also ask you to pay attention to your body and make slight adjustments to improve the pose. You’re looking inward and focusing solely on your body and the very moment you’re in. This focus reduces stress. It’s akin to meditation and it’s wonderful for the health of your body and your mind. Top Yoga Tip For Stress Reduction: Take 10 minutes at the start of each day to focus only on your breath. Close your eyes and focus on the cool inhale and the warm exhale. If any thoughts come into your mind, acknowledge them & then let them go. There are numerous other yoga health benefits: improved breathing, better posture, and weight loss are just a few more to consider. If you’re looking for a new fitness program to try, you just can’t go wrong with yoga. ABOUT CHERYL MACDONALD Cheryl MacDonald is a yoga elder, an author and founder of YogaBellies women’s yoga school. YogaBellies specialize in yoga for women of all life stages from puberty to post menopausal. Cheryl is an ethical, successful ‘mumpreneur’ and has been awarded multiple awards and accreditations. Cheryl has taught yoga and birth preparation to many celebrities including Kimberley Walsh, Fearne Cotton and Catherine Tyldsley. She is also the author of two best-selling yoga books for women, Birth ROCKS and YogaBellies for Pregnancy. @sloanloves | Sloan Sheridan-Williams


expert advice

Born in the Navy SEALs, Suspension Training develops strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously. It requires the use of the TRX Suspension Trainer, a highly portable, versatile performance training tool that leverages gravity and the user’s own body weight to complete hundreds of exercises. A recent study conducted by the American Council on Exercise revealed that TRX Suspension Training can reduce a user’s risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by more than 89 per cent over the next 30 years. The study found links between TRX Training and a significant decrease in waist circumference and body-fat percentage, with a session burning 400 calories on average. TRX Training engages the whole body as an integrated system, rather than working isolated muscles, which allows you to get a more efficient metabolic workout and keeps fat burning for longer after your session finishes.

Everyone, no matter what age or ability, should be doing some form of strength training 8

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The Benefits of TRX Suspension Training Matt Gleed, TRX Senior Master Trainer, told SLOAN! Magazine, “One of the best benefits of TRX Training is how scalable to your personal level of fitness it is; you can change the intensity easily whilst performing the movements. Everyone, no matter what age or ability, should be doing some form of strength training. Building muscle strength improves your balance and core stability, increases metabolism and strengthens bones, tendons and ligaments whilst reducing the risk of conditions such as osteoporosis.

“As with most TRX movements, this exercise can be easily adjusted for different levels of physical fitness by changing the bodies angle from the anchor point. During a TRX Chest Press, the most advanced standard movement is to have the handles directly under the anchor point.”

Overall, strength training improves your ability to do everyday activities. Working out on the TRX gives users an edge over conventional strength training; it makes the body work as it’s meant to, as a whole-body connected unit, building true functional strength, to help users meet any physical demand they might face.”

• Centre working leg to anchor point and move the other leg back into a lunge, dropping back knees straight down without touching foot to ground.

Many recognise TRX Training for its strength, core and high intensity workouts, but it’s also a valuable tool for breaking down tension whilst building upper and lower body mobility and flexibility. Stretching on the TRX can mobilise the entire body and users can also benefit from full range of motion to help improve flexibility, posture and mobility, working to diminish aches and pains commonly experienced because of physical activity and daily movement.” Here are three top TRX Training exercises to get your started: TRX CHEST PRESS Strap adjustment: Long • Stand facing away from the anchor, extend arms out in front at shoulder level and keep weight on balls of feet. • Lower chest towards ground and bend elbows at 90 degrees. • Press back up, maintaining body alignment.

TRX CROSSING BALANCE LUNGE Strap adjustment: Medium • Stand facing the anchor, keep elbows under shoulders and palms facing each other.

• Drive up through the front heel, returning back leg to starting position. “As you perform this exercise, keep your bodyweight on the planted leg and your arms can support you for balance. Brace your core and keep your eyes on the anchor point throughout the entire movement to help you stay balanced.” TRX PLANK Strap adjustment: Mid-calf • Kneel facing away from anchor with both feet in foot cradles, and align hands under shoulders. • Lift knees up off ground. • Maintain body alignment from head to toes. “The TRX Plank is the cornerstone position for any exercise on the TRX. This position plays a critical role in almost every movement on the TRX as well as in just about every kind of strength training you will perform.” The TRX HOME Suspension Training Kit, £149 is available from

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K yran Bracken Rugby Legend, Dancing on Ice Champion, Motivational Speaker, Company Director and Family Man



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SLOAN! Magazine talks to international rugby legend and Dancing on Ice champion Kyran Bracken about his life, loves and lessons learnt You were born in Ireland but moved S to Liverpool as a small boy. What does Liverpool and identifying yourself as a Scouser mean to you? When my parents came from Ireland

K to Liverpool, I was quite young,

only 2 or 3 years old. Like a lot of Irish immigrants we integrated into the community very quickly. Liverpool is a very community based city part of something somebody being Liverpudlian and very proud people and the Scouse accent so I grew up quite. There were problems like the riots and all sorts of things in Toxteth so to speak but I had a whale of a time as a child riding my bike every day so it was a very fun childhood and I think I got me grounded growing up there. Your dad took you to a rugby club

S when you were six. What was it like playing rugby as a young boy?

Well my dad took me along to the

My dad was quite ambitious and K applied for me to go to Oxford but the place they offered me was deferred for a year and at the same time I was offered a place to go to Bristol and I think I made a great choice. Bristol is a wonderful place to go to university and I got a sports scholarship so there was a bit of kudos there. I was very lucky to go to a great university and learn a great skill. You studied Law at Bristol. Was

S that something you had always been interested in?

My dad was a dentist and he K always used to drill into us that it was important to get a good job and do a profession that you can rely on and fall back on so I followed his advice really and did Law. You went on to study at Bristol

S Law School and worked as a

trainee solicitor whilst playing

K club with my brother and we started rugby for Bristol RFC. What was it like

playing rugby from then until we went to boarding school. It was a lot of fun. In those days they didn’t have tag rugby like they do now so it was proper tackling. It was great time. Great friends and travelling so it was just great fun and something I look back on fondly. You went to Stonyhurst School S which had quite a reputation in rugby. Did that help you progress in the sport? The school was a good stepping

K stone but I think the school you go

to nowadays is much less important than it used to be. Now its very much club based and has completely changed. Although some schools do still have rugby scholarships, going to the right school doesn’t count for much anymore but it certainly did in my day and so I’m very appreciative of the stepping stone that Stonyhurst gave me. You did well at school and were

S offered a place at Oxford University.

Why did you turn it down and go to Bristol University instead?

when the game went professional in 1995?

There was no such thing as a K career in professional rugby when I started out playing in the Premiership. It was always amateur and we didn’t get paid a penny so suddenly when the game went professional in 1995 no-one really understood what that meant but I pushed myself academically to get a law degree and worked as a trainee solicitor for 2 years. Looking back I think I should have finished with the law firm and kept the qualification but I didn’t. Your successful rugby career saw S you win 51 caps, captain England three times and win the Rugby World Cup in 2003. You have also been awarded an MBE. How does such success and recognition contribute towards your feelings of significance? Getting the MBE was really special K – it was a bit of a shock. I’m just really grateful for being recognised in that way, grateful and thankful for an amazing time and amazing @sloanloves | Sloan Sheridan-Williams


accomplishment. I never use the MBE after my name but when people mention it, it’s quite a nice thing to say you have.


I’m really lucky because I have K 3 or 4 strands in my life and variety is very common because last night I was on stage at a cricket dinner, today I’m on site at a home I’m building, tomorrow I’m coaching rugby at the school and next week doing a photoshoot or a motivational speech. I’m very lucky. As well as family things, I play tennis, running and cycling so I’m very lucky that unlike most people I have a huge amount of variety in what I do. I don’t have to go into the city and sit at the same desk every day 5 days a week. I get to do all these different things and so I feel very blessed and lucky to be able to do that. In terms of Comfort, another

S Human Need, what indulgences

or must-haves couldn’t you live without? Good question. I do like my

K chocolate - the bad for you

chocolate with high sugar and high endorphin release. I was trained not to have treats as a sportsperson. The need is much weaker when you retire. Holidays with the family is another thing I couldn’t do without. Skiing in the winter. Greece in the summer for relaxing.


Which mentors have you looked up to on your journey as a sportsman?

It has always been my dad and K my brother who advised me with stuff like how well I’m doing. There have been people along the way at university but my dad was the main one. A prolapsed disc led to surgery S meaning you missed out on the 1999 Rugby World Cup and you have ongoing issues with lower back pain to this day. How does that affect you? All rugby players have their

K Achilles heel. A lot of people who

play my position end up with back problems. The ice skating meant that my core stability was even stronger but



Significance is just one of the Six Human Needs. What do you do for Variety to keep life interesting?


it came back when I stopped. Now I look after myself and do stretching and core stability. When I wake up I have to have a good stretch in the morning. For people my age in sport that’s part of the course. Sports psychology and mental

S fitness is important to every

sports person but how has that evolved for you post rugby? No doubt that being involved K in sport has helped in other areas such as the ice skating and working professionally but what I have noticed is that my motivation is limited because when it comes to sport a lot of people my age who were sportsmen are into marathons and that kind of thing because that’s how they get their satisfaction and achievement. But for someone like myself I don’t feel the need to achieve anything like that. Sport for me now is fun but I think the psychology of sport is still important to me. I got mentally tough playing rugby and that put me in good stead post rugby. I think mindfulness is really good so even though I don’t train physically I think training mentally is important. After retiring from rugby you S went on to star in Dancing on Ice where you were crowned champion. How did your time as a professional rugby player increase your ability to reach the top in the new world of ice skating? Definitely being a sportsmen K where every week you’re challenged and push boundaries helped me learning to ice skate. It took time and effort but being a rugby player meant I didn’t mind falling over and hurting myself. The other celebrities who were singers and news

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readers were scared of falling over and hurting themselves. As a sportsperson you learn to adapt and the reason why I won was because I practised much more than anyone else – sportspeople do well in programmes like Dancing On Ice because you’re used to pushing yourself and performing under pressure. It was a different kind of pressure but it was the same feeling of that adrenaline rush just before you play and just before you skate out. It’s a big adrenaline rush and non-sports people don’t always do very well with it and have to calm themselves down and are scared but it was same thing as a rugby match for me. Sportsmen tend to do well in skills related shows. After Dancing On Ice you took S things to the next level launching Kyran Bracken’s Ice Party. Why was delivering this new show important to you? I toured with Dancing On Ice and

K lots of people were coming to

show so I thought “why can’t I do it”. The first Ice Party went really well and I ended up doing more shows. It was great fun, hard work, sometimes I made money and sometimes I didn’t. Ice skating was definitely one chapter of my life. It was nice while it lasted but I’ve moved on to different things now. In your work as a public speaker,

S what life lessons have you learnt

from your personal experience of competition, leadership, overcoming adversity and changing career path which contribute towards making you so popular on the circuit? On the public speaking circuit K there is a lot of competition so it’s important to reinvent yourself. When I speak I’m a bit self deprecating – I try to take the mickey out of myself

which puts people more at ease. That is important. The messages are the same but in different guises. I talk about winning the skating, sport and business. I use funny stories and true stories and people like hearing that. The public speaking is very much ad hoc but I enjoy them and it’s good fun meet different people. You are a husband and father of

S three boys. What advice would

you give to those bringing up young families that you have learned along the way? Having three boys and a family is K really what it’s all about for me. Sometimes you get the treadmill feeling you have to get somewhere like the next pay rise or the next house and it’s easy to forget why you there and what you’re trying to do. You’re there to make a better life for your family. It’s important to appreciate what you have and enjoy the moment and these days I’m mindful of enjoying the great moments I have with the kids. My advice to anyone bringing up kids is to enjoy the moment. Don’t be selfish. Family is about sharing yourself with your wife and kids. It’s not about yourself or self gratification. It’s all about your family.

If you could be anyone else at any

S time in history or the present day for just one day, who would you be and what would you do in those 24 hours?

Great question… I would like to K be Winston Churchill for one day during the war. I would love to know what it would be like with that pressure, with the country at war and basically making decisions to save the country and beat Germany and not thinking about yourself. I would just love to experience what it was like during that time. That would bring you back down to earth and make you really grateful for what we have now. Finally as a bit of fun, what 5 S objects would you make sure you had with you if you were about to be stranded on a desert island? I’d have a TV. I would make sure

K I had books to read. A bed with

an built-in massage mattress. A mountain bike would be quite cool to cycle around the island. I’d definitely need a supply of chocolate and biscuits. That’s five but can I have a phone?!

You do a lot of work for charity S especially to help support vulnerable and disadvantaged young people. The Rugby Players Association

K works with a lot of disadvantaged kids. We can take life for granted so I think it’s important to give a better life to young people that didn’t have the opportunities that I did. I also have a monthly direct debit supporting Mind – mental health is really important these days. Thinking about it I should probably do more! Luckily as sportsmen we get opportunities to help charities so that helps make a difference.


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Robin Kermode is one of Europe’s leading communication coaches, a popular keynote speaker and author of the bestselling public speaking book ‘Speak So Your Audience Will Listen’. Here are his tips to giving a speech you can be proud of Whether you have ever been asked to speak at a wedding or at work, the act of giving a speech can often be daunting, with many suffering sleepless nights at the mere thought of it – but everyone is capable of delivering a really good speech that you can be proud of. By following these ten simple steps, you too will do yourself proud! START WELL Here are two classic ways of grabbing the audience’s attention right from the start: (i) Tell them something personal: “X is most [generous/kind/loving etc.] person I’ve ever met. And I’m going to tell you why.” (ii) Start in the middle of a story: “16 years ago, I was on holiday in Cornwall, when something very odd happened …” USE YOUR NORMAL VOICE Don’t be tempted to be too loud. Most people end up shouting - probably because we were all told to ‘speak up’ in class at school! Speak as if you were talking with a group of friends. USE NORMAL WORDS Overly formal words will make you sound and feel stiff. “I’m thrilled you’re here.” is so much better than “It now falls upon me to welcome so many distinguished guests on this auspicious occasion”. IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU You don’t have to be a brilliant speaker, just remember to put yourself in the audience’s shoes. Why are they there? What do they really want to hear? And then tell them just that! DON’T TAKE YOURSELF TOO SERIOUSLY When we listen to someone who takes themselves too seriously, we can’t wait for them to slip on the proverbial banana skin. A little self-deprecating humour goes a long way. WAIT 2 OR 3 SECONDS BEFORE YOU START SPEAKING This will give you time to compose yourself and get the audience’s attention. You will look more nervous if you start speaking before you get

settled – as if you just want the whole thing over with! So get to your position, breathe and then start speaking. DON’T RUSH A few moments before you’re due to speak, try breathing in through your nose very slowly for a count of three; then breathe out through your nose for a count of three. Repeat this three times. This should take you a total of 18 seconds. In that time you will have significantly lowered your heart rate and you won’t rush. CLENCH YOUR BUTTOCKS! If you find yourself shaking remember that it’s almost physically impossible to shake if you clench your buttocks! It will also take any nervous tension away from your throat and so relax your voice. You only have to do this for the first 30 seconds or so - trust me it does work! SMILE! Smiling changes the sound of your voice. I don’t mean a tight cheesy grin (which will tense your throat area) but a twinkle in the eyes. It will make you look like you are happy to be there. END WELL And finally, try coming back to the idea that you started with. Using the examples above you could try: (i) “So that’s why X is most [generous/kind/ loving etc.] person I have ever met.” (ii) “So the next time you find yourself in Cornwall, you never know what might happen!” The very best advice I can give is simply to be yourself and remember that when you give a speech, it is not about you. It should always be about your audience. You don’t have to be the best speaker in the world; you just have to make them feel special. Robin Kermode is the founder of Zone2, a professional training and coaching consultancy. His experience, enthusiasm and sense of humour make him a highly valued speaker and coach. For more information, visit

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Here’s our top beauty & makeup products this season with some timely advice for looking after your skin during winter 16

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Winter Skincare with Lorena Öberg Lorena Öberg is founder of Lorena Öberg Skincare (www.lorenaoberg. and a world-renowned expert in Skin Repair. Here are her top tips for looking after your skin after exposure to the winter elements.. DRINK WATER It is crucial during the winter months to drink the recommended amount of two litres of water a day because the low levels of humidity in the air causes moisture to evaporate off the skin leading to dryness. EXFOLIATE REGULARLY Exfoliating at least once a week is vital to keep the dead/dry skin from naturally building up. This is what leaves us with dull and grey looking complexion. The best time to moisturise the skin is after exfoliation. USE THE RIGHT MOISTURISER You shouldn’t use the same moisturiser in the winter as you do in summer. Choose a thicker, heavier product that is designed to enrich your skin throughout the day. Using essential oils rather than lotions are also an effective way of keeping your skin supple without clogging pores. Use a moisturiser that protects and repairs your skin from the winter elements including UVA & UVB rays which can still damage skin on a cloudy day.

SLEEP INCREASES REPAIR The recommended 6 to 8 hours of sleep a night allows your skin and body to repair themselves from the damage of the day. When you’re in the deepest part of your nights sleep, your body is working hard attempting to reverse any superficial damage to your skin. This is the ideal time to apply a specially formulated night cream or skin repair oil to aid skin repair. COLD TO HOT MANAGEMENT Central heating is a huge contributor to drying the air within our homes; you can battle this by using a humidifier which can help your skin by increasing the water content in the air, ultimately helping to restore the water balance in your skin. Hot baths or showers can sabotage your skin because hot water drains the natural oils from the skins surface, leaving it looking dry. Avoid this by bathing in lukewarm water for a shorter amount of time, or use hydrating bath oils. LIP SERVICE Brush the excess dry skin off your lips with a toothbrush then dab them with water, before applying a moisturising lip balm to keep your lips looking their best throughout the colder months.

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Why hire a life coach? If you want to lose weight you hire a PT but who do you go to when you need to get the edge in your life.

Each and every coaching session with Sloan takes you forward on your journey towards reaching that state of overall wellbeing, putting you in the right frame of mind to deal with anything life puts before you. Sloan’s sessions aim to purge you of negative thoughts, which enables clarity of mind and body. Just one session fills you with enough positivity to face the rest of the day, if not the whole week with a spring in your step. Sessions can be designed to tackle specific problems or as a maintenance for an ongoing healthy way of being.Sloan might not be able to whisk you away to Hawaii in your lunch break, but she does make you feel as relaxed & rejuvenated as if you had. If you can hand on heart say that you are 100% happy with your life, work, relationship and health right now then congratulations for achieving all the success and rewards you deserve for putting in so much time, effort and resources to create an extraordinary life. However if you’re not, help is available. DO YOU ANSWER YES TO ANY OF THESE QUESTIONS? You feel at a crossroads You want more energy in your life You feel as though fear is holding you back You want the control back in your life You feel you make the wrong choices You want to stop people pleasing You procrastinate You feel you have gone off course You want that promotion at work You don’t know how to achieve your goals You are in a bad relationship You want to become your ideal weight If this sounds like you then you would definitely benefit from life coaching.


Sloan Sheridan-Williams knows how to get you the results you want in the shortest time possible. CAN YOU AFFORD NOT TO WORK WITH HER? Sloan tailors her approach to help you achieve a life you love while breaking things down into manageable, easy to complete tasks. She will explain your personality type, work on your intrinsic drives and help you create coping strategies encorporating tried and tested techniques which will help you attain each and every one of your goals. Using her exceptional skills and experience, Sloan not only helps with everyday issues but can use her knowledge to give you invaluable coaching in all aspects of your life. You will find that whatever the issue, after just the first consult, you are taking the steps to a life you truly love. ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS TO GET THE RIGHT RESULTS If there is even a small part of your life that you are unhappy with then ask yourself: “What do I need to do to overcome this?” and “Why am I not doing it already?”. If you know the answer then write it down and take action now. If you don’t know the answer or are still reading this then you are the type of person who would benefit from working with a life coach who will steer you down the best path and get you back on track when you go off course. Friends and family can provide a good support network but for true progress you need someone with an unbiased objective view on your life that cuts through the stories you tell yourself and gets you where you want to be in the shortest possible time.

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Sloan is one of those people. Those who say life coaching is not for them yet continue to struggle to make long lasting positive changes in their life will always have two things stopping them; their belief system and their perception of time and money. Belief systems can trap people into old ways of thinking which initially may have made them feel safe and given them certainty but over time these beliefs have become less than helpful and trapped them into a way of thinking solely based on the past which is not serving them well in the present. For example, not so long ago, personal trainers were seen as a luxury used by only celebrities and the ultra rich. Now it is commonplace to see people using personal trainers in gyms and parks up and down the country. The same is true for life coaches. Once seen as indulgent and only for the privileged few, life coaching is now becoming a necessity for anyone from any background who wants to take their lives to the next level. You have to ask the right questions to get the right results. Do you know the questions? Do you have the drive to achieve your dreams? Are you ready to create the life you not only desire but deserve yet don’t know where to start? DO YOU HAVE THE DRIVE TO BE PRESENT IN SLOAN’S COACHING SESSIONS? If you are ready to know the rules to getting what you really want, learn more on Sloan Sheridan-Williams at

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Stress Busting Top Tips Smita Joshi, an experienced life coach and yoga teacher, shares some simple ways to effectively deal with stress This New Year, make it your focus to align your mind, body and spirit and begin from wherever you are on your journey of self-development. DETOXIFY AND REVITALISE YOUR BODY Begin the New Year by transforming your habits. Cut back on caffeine and sugar, some of the worst offenders that put strain on your adrenal glands, causing more stress and tiredness. Drink more fresh, live juices. Invest in a good juicer this New Year. Daily, juice at least five fresh vegetables, such as beetroot, celery, spinach, apple, lemon and ginger, blended with ground nuts, seeds, wheatgrass or pure cacao powder. See your energy and vitality shoot up!

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Relaxation? I’m getting stressed just thinking about it! We live in a time when virtually everything creates stress, even going to the spa. As one year ends and the New Year begins, it sharpens your focus on what was accomplished in the previous year and what remains unfulfilled, giving rise to anxiety and despair. Stress can be considered to be a function of a lack of alignment between the body, mind and spirit. To harmonise the three and bring about a health-enhancing, sustainable stress-busting technique, make it a priority to cultivate an enjoyable and manageable discipline this New Year. So what can you do to become effective at dealing with stress?

“Yoga allows you to achieve a sense of wholeness in your life, where you do not feel like you are constantly trying to fit the broken pieces together.” Sri BKS Iyengar, Yoga Master

EAT FOR YOUR BODY TYPE The Internet is flooded with advice about “eating right”, but what does that mean? In my years of trialling and erring with almost every diet going, I eventually made peace with my body through Ayurveda. From the ancient Indian language Sanskrit, Ayurveda means the “Knowledge of Life”. Personalising its approach to health, it analyses your mind-body type so that you can make optimal choices about diet, exercise, supplements and lifestyle. Ayurveda says that the body and mind are inextricably linked and that the mind is the most powerful healer. Book a consultation with a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner and discover what “eating right” means for you, personally. USE BREATHING TO CALM YOUR MIND Learn some simple but effective breathing techniques to melt away your stress within minutes. Simplicity is the key to breathing correctly. To begin, inhale slow and long, relaxing your belly, letting it expand, filling it up like a balloon with the inhalation. Exhale smoothly, gently and completely. ADD A MANTRA After three or so rounds of breath, synchronise your inhale while silently feeling the words “All is well.” Exhale “I am grateful that all is well.” Repeat the process twelve times or more, until you feel calm, your nerves soothed. FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE Don’t let people suck you into their stories. This zaps your energy. Instead, focus on the positive and become so deeply peaceful that their mental and emotional “noise” fades in your presence. This will stimulate your wellbeing and ‘feel good’ instantly, setting you up for success at work and in your relationships. BECOME ONE WITH YOUR INNER BEING Ditch watching TV or consuming social media after 9pm. While many of us do this to wind down after a hectic day at the office, followed by an even more busy home life often revolving around the partner’s and children’s needs, this type of digital stimulation leaves you feeling far from relaxed. In fact, it has you going to sleep tense and anxious. THE KEY TO CONTENTMENT IS ACCEPTANCE Acceptance is not resignation. It is simply letting go of resistance. Allow things to be the way that they are and are not. Let go of insisting that things and people must be different and you will feel peaceful. Make it a practice to go to bed feeling at one with yourself. Daily yogic exercise, conscious breathing and meditation will, this New Year, set you feeling the flow of joy, enthusiasm, inspiration, inner freedom, lightness and contentment. For more information, go to


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ZEN TEN SLOAN! asked Wellness Travel Expert Paul Joseph to share his top ten reasons why health retreats are so good for us. We all welcome the relaxation time that a holiday promises, but on a health retreat you gain the opportunity not only to relax, but the chance to take charge of your neglected well-being goals, and return home with benefits that will long outlast your tan. From natural thermal springs in Thailand, to biking trails in the Tuscan hills, you can experience natural wonders across the world whilst enhancing your well-being on a health retreat. 1. TIME TO FOCUS ON YOUR HEALTH GOALS Health retreats offer a range of wellness programmes including weight-loss, detox, anti-ageing, stress relief and sleep enhancement packages, so that you can return home as a whole new person with fresh motivation. 2. GUILT FREE FOOD Health retreats help to maximise weight loss through dietary procedures such as detoxing, juice diets and macrobiotic diets. Enjoy cleansing your body with the rich nutritious food provided on wellness retreats to banish toxins and help aid weight-loss. 3. HEAL WITH NATURAL WONDERS The surroundings of most wellness retreats is often untouched natural beauty. This gives you the chance to reconnect with nature while reaping all the benefits of escaping the stresses of everyday life for a holiday that leaves you feeling refreshed and energised.


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4. LONG LASTING BENEFITS Health retreats leave you with a healthy afterglow lasting for weeks and can provide you with the motivation needed to continue your regime at home. The knowledge that you obtain from a wellness retreat will improve your long-term health and stays with you for years to come. 5. HAVE FUN SHAPING UP Health retreats offer you the chance to discover new activities and be inspired by your surroundings. Whether you’re someone who works out regularly or hardly at all, health retreats cater for all abilities and are proven to boost individual well-being, aid weight-loss and make you more body confident. 6. HELPS YOU BREAK OLD HABITS From smoking to over indulgence, a health retreat will help you to kick out your bad habits. When you’re in such a peaceful environment and are following a planned schedule, you break from unhealthy routines and instead form new ones, like yoga and meditation. 7. BE MORE CREATIVE BRINGING POSITIVITY INTO YOUR LIFE On a health retreat, you’re encouraged to gather your thoughts, and you will find that when your mind is relaxed you’re able to be your most creative. The natural surroundings will help take your mind away from any negative energy that might be in your life, so that you can release all the negativity and instead focus on more positive thoughts by looking after your mind, body and soul. 8. MEET NEW PEOPLE WITH CONFIDENCE Going on a group health retreat with other solo travellers provides a great opportunity to meet like-minded people who may have similar goals to yourself, adding further motivation. It also encourages you to broaden your horizons and step out of your comfort zone by interacting with those you may not normally speak to in everyday life. 9. UNIVERSAL APPEAL Anyone and everyone can take part in a health retreat, and tailor it to suit their own needs. Whether you are stressed from work, want to lose weight, improve physical symptoms or simply want a healthy getaway with a difference. 10. STRONG FOCUS ON RELAXATION Your idyllic new surroundings help relax your mind and body, encouraging restoration and revitalisation away from the demands of mobile notifications, emails and phone calls. For more information, please visit @sloanloves | Sloan Sheridan-Williams



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Alex Brundle Alex Brundle lives life in the fast lane as the British driver racing for endurance motor racing team JOTA Sport & G-Drive Racing


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London Life Coach Sloan Sheridan-Williams talks to Greenwich local Alex Brundle as he takes on the FIA World Endurance Championship did you first decide you S When wanted to be a racing driver? From as young as 2 or 3 I knew it

A was what I wanted to do. I followed

my father around the world as a youngster, as he raced at some of the world’s most renowned circuits – it was seeing how much his success meant to him and my family and my passion grew from there. What was the experience like the

S first time you were behind the wheel in a racing car?

I was 14 years old when I got my

A first taste of driving an actual

‘racing car’ and I remember the experience quite vividly. I enjoyed it, but there was so much to take in! I was racing in a 2L Ford engine saloon in the T-Cars series and just remember thinking the circuit was massive!


Your father is renowned in motor racing. Do you feel pressure to live up to the ‘Brundle’ name?

Early on, admittedly the pressure A was detrimental to my performance, but I think for me it was really about putting things into perspective. I had to appreciate that my Dad raced in a completely different era, with different cars and different competitors. I think you’ve just got to focus on carving out your own path and I believe I’m doing just that having already established myself at the World Sportscar Championship level. How has your father’s racing past S helped you along the way? Does he give you lots of advice or let you learn your own lessons or a bit of both? A bit of both to be honest. Of A course, he’s always been there to give me advice from time to time, and another way he’s helped me is with securing opportunities through the contacts he’s made within the sport. He’s always been there for me as a great role model, that’s for sure!


Who are your biggest inspirations? Who has inspired and motivated you

throughout your career? The guys that compete in the Isle of A Man TT races are just unbelievable. The way they go about motorsport is impressive and fiery. I’m also a big fan of Mark Webber. He’s about to retire, and the way he goes about it in an unpretentious and down to work way is something I admire. My mother, Liz, is perhaps the unsung inspiration though. She’s been to almost every single “Brundle” race through both mine and my dad’s careers and is the biggest racer I know!


What have been career highlights or greatest achievements to date? Why were those moments special to you? It was pretty special to race

A alongside my father at Le Mans and

finish in 7th position, but without a doubt my proudest achievement to date is finishing on the podium at Le Mans back in 2013. Le Mans is by far the best race track in the world, and standing on that podium in front of the crowds was incredible. What is your favourite race track or

S the favourite racing destination you have ever travelled to?

Le Mans is by far the best race

A track in the world – the atmosphere there is second to none!


How is your career shaping up so far? What are you looking forward to during the 2016/2017 season? It’s going great thanks! Competing

A for JOTA Sport through 2016 was

incredible, especially notching up some great wins to round out the season, and earn ourselves a place on the podium in the World Endurance Championship. It was also nice to win the European Le Mans Series overall championship, and I hope I can build upon that success in 2017 and try and make the jump from LMP2 to LMP1 racing.


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Training for endurance racing is A hard-graft, as you must prepare your body for sustained peak performance. That means a lot of hours spent in the gym, and I’ll also do a lot of cycling and karting. I’ll also use simulators which are pretty cool, and need plenty of physio as your body can take quite the beating, especially during a race weekend. What is your diet like? What S do you eat to stay in shape and what are your food indulgences? Are you strict with what you eat or relaxed? I’ll treat myself to a pizza once in A a while – that’s the story in terms of indulgences on a cheat day. In the most part though, I’ll try to keep it strictly to lean meat and vegetables. Being disciplined means not too much bread or dairy, and I have a rule that if it doesn’t look like it did in nature when it’s on your plate, then you’re probably getting it wrong! What do you think it takes to be S an elite endurance racing driver? What advice do you have for youngsters wanting to follow in your footsteps? I think essentially you’ve just got

A to be yourself – every driver has

their own style, and it’s about figuring out how to make it your greatest weapon. Youngsters just need to get involved at the basic level, and see what direction it takes them in. There are so many young, talented, well-prepared drivers these days coming up through the junior single seater ranks that I need to be looking over my shoulder to watch out they don’t arrive on my doorstep – they’re doing just fine! Outside of training and racing S what do you do to keep life interesting and varied? What are your passions and interests off the track?

Now you’ve got me stumped. I

A studied business at university

so some people had suggested going down that route, or even drama school. No complaints on my front with where I am now though. I wouldn’t have it any other way! What your greatest strength or

S attribute? How does that help you progress and move forward?

I’m relatively perceptive in terms

A of figuring out what matters to

make the sporting performance better. That’s allowed me to strip down the extraneous elements and get down to what matters quite quickly, a fundamental to keep on developing in any sport. What’s your biggest weakness or

S thing about yourself you would most like to change?

I overthink things horribly. I

A spend too much time planning and not enough time doing most of the time, so that’s definitely an area for improvement! How has your move to London

S been important in progressing

your racing career? How has it supported what you want from life?

With so much to do in London it’s A certainly been a nice change and kept things exciting. Not only that, but the transport links are obviously a lot better here. Being a global racing driver means you’re constantly on the move, and it’s certainly helped me to manage the demands placed on your body there!


As mentioned, I really like A Cahoots in Kingly Court. In terms of food, Il Bordello in Wapping is my go to restaurant to satisfy my guilty pleasure, pizza. Fortunately, their pizzas are to die for!

I love to Rock Climb over at my

A local centre in North Greenwich! When I’m not hanging out there, you might catch me hanging out with friends – Cahoots in Kingly Court is one of my favourite spots! If you hadn’t got into racing what

S other career/, expertise or job do you think you would have been drawn too?


What are your favourite hangouts and restaurants? Any favourite places to eat/drink/relax?


What are your goals moving forward? What do you want to achieve on your wish list?

I’ve already shown pace and A aptitude in endurance racing, so hope to continue to carve out a reputation for myself in the sport. Driving for a factory backed team, that is one sponsored by a vehicle manufacturer, whether that’s in

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Europe or the US, is the name of the game in terms of endurance drivers. As motorsport competition is an expensive endeavour, factory support can be the difference between a good car and a great car. I currently drive for JOTA Sport in the LMP2 Series, but the ultimate would be to win Le Mans as a LMP1 driver for a factory backed team! Hopefully I can do that with JOTA Sport. Do you support any charities or

S worthy causes? What do you do

to give back and contribute to those less fortunate?

The motorsport world in general A is pretty good at getting together and having some fun to raise money for a good cause, and so I like to do my bit there. I often take part in charity karting events, including hosting a team at the Daytona karting 24-hour event, which sees myself, friends and various celebrities battle it out in road taxis for 24 hours! It’s painful as hell, but quite fun and all in the name of a great cause. I say they’re less competitive, but I won’t pretend that my competitive instinct doesn’t still takeover at times, even in a taxi! Alex Brundle is part of the JOTA Sport (G- Drive Racing) team, that races in the World Endurance Championship (WEC). For team news follow updates on Twitter via @JotaSport

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Interior Design From Bland To Beautiful: Award-winning architect, Zac Monro is on a mission to breathe new life into the UK’s suburbs We all seem to notice when the coffee cup holder is broken in our car, or we’re told when the tyres are worn down, and we really notice it if there’s a new scratch on the paintwork. These things tend to get fixed immediately, but not so much when it comes to our homes. Maybe there’s this feeling that heritage means crumbly, or maybe because it’s not going anywhere, we forgive its imperfections: but often when we start noticing that our home needs some love and attention, there’s a lot more to be done than just a lick of paint. The bigger picture I could tell you to choose durable materials, hardwood or concrete floors that can be sanded down and brought back to their vibrant youth; or to take advantage of innovations in glass technology and replace your windows with soundproof triple glazed heated switchable smart glass; but if you’re considering spending any time on it, you need to get a handle on the bigger picture. Here are some pointers on where to start: RECOGNISE WHAT IS ELEMENTARY Where the sun rises and sets in relation to the main rooms, where the ground levels are, where the best views are, where are you going to have breakfast everyday? Imagine there are no walls and work out where these sweet spots are in the building, then look at re-orientating it with the main moves. SUSTAINABILITY The days of single glazing and solid brick walls are gone; it’s triple glazed argon-filled and super insulation, wherever you are. LOOK FOR THE SINGLE BIGGEST SPACE It’s not that I’m unnaturally obsessed with open plan living, but tiny bedrooms and minute bathrooms can work if they are tied together by large rooms with a proper sense of space. Don’t spend thousands on new flooring until you’ve knocked down some walls, broken down some barriers and looked to form the single biggest family room you can. The soul needs a space to breath. CONNECTION Basically really big openings! Houses used to be


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about defining little separate spaces - now what really helps is being able to get a sense of context: being able to see through the house, lining things up, de-cluttering the arrangement to give a big uninterrupted view of that all-important garden which is, after all, the only little bit of sanctuary you have in this big bad city. LET THE LIGHT IN! Natural light is our most precious resource, and in this country you can’t have too much of it. Really big windows, set as high as possible in the wall, will let light go as deep as possible into the room. But if you have the opportunity, go for skylights. There’s nothing quite like top-light, with its powdery ethereal quality that has the ability to ground a space and give a cryptic sense of the outside; it’s very often number one on my list. LIGHTING For the majority of the year, we leave and get home in the dark, so how you set-out your internal lighting is critical. The knee-jerk reaction is to fill the ceiling with as many spotlights as possible, but that’s not a home, that’s High Street shopping. Two things to remember: comfortable lighting tends to be that which lights below your eye level (in the same way a living rooms feels better with lots of standing and/or table lamps around the periphery of the room, rather than a massive chandelier in the middle (sorry Liberace); and lighting the vertical surfaces is much easier on the eye. Try angle-able spotlights around 200-300mm from the walls. Less is more I know, I know, but don’t try and architect everything. What you’re aiming for is a well lit, warm background against which your ornaments and furnishings will blaze, be it Louis XV or Louis Poulson. NATURAL FINISH And after that, yes I would advise you to go for more natural and more durable finishes that can be sanded down and brought back to their vibrant youth, but only because you don’t want to be doing it all again in 5 years!

Zac Monro is an award-winning architect, TV presenter and director of successful local currency, The Brixton Pound

Zac Munro

Zac Monro has spent the last 20 years transforming people’s homes from average terraces into award-winning, state-of-theart modern masterpieces.

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The Epson EcoTank ET-3600 is a 3-in-1 duplex that is simple to use and can save up to 70% on printing costs making it ideal for home offices or busy families. It features automatic double-sided printing and is equipped with Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct, allowing the user to take advantage of the Epson Connect features such as remote and email printing from smartphones and tablets. Epson Email Print means you can print from anywhere in the world. As the trend for environmentally friendly printing grows, Epson high-capacity ink tank printers continue to remain at the forefront. The ET-3600 costs £399.99 from Currys, PC World and Argos and other quality retailers.

Philips Sonicare Diamondclean BT Broadband Extender Flex Extend your existing home network with BT’s Broadband Extender Flex 1000, and connect any wired device wherever and whenever you like, without losing a power socket. Whether you’re connecting the latest smart TV, using an old laptop or computer (one without a wireless adapter) in a different room from your router or want the best possible on-line gaming experience, the Broadband Extender Flex 1000 gets you on-line. Just plug it into your wall socket and you’re ready to get more from your broadband. It is the perfect addition to get the most of you super-fast fibre broadband. The Broadband Extender Flex 1000 costs £89.98 from


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The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Amethyst removes up to 7 times more plaque from hardto-reach places and whitens teeth twice as fast than a manual toothbrush. It provides optimal cleaning between teeth and along the gumline for improved gum health in just two weeks. The DiamondClean toothbrush head, Philips Sonicare’s best whitening brush head, has diamondshaped, medium-stiffness bristles to effectively yet gently scrape away plaque. The Dual Charging System consists of the charging glass and USB travel case allowing you to take your DiamondClean anywhere and everywhere. £270 from Boots and Amazon


Blueair Sense+

Spire is the first wearable that tracks physical movement and state of mind, offers the perfect solution for those who are looking to reduce stress in 2017.

Blueair Sense+ takes indoor air purification to the next level with a host of smart features and benefits packaged in an exceptionally contemporary design.

A discrete health gadget which resembles a pebble, it clips onto your bra strap or waistband and measures your breathing patterns. It can tell when you’re stressed and sends your vital signs to the accompanying app on your phone or tablet. Spire can then help you remedy your stress levels by sending you meditation or breathing exercises on the app.

Available in six eye catching colours, the sleek-looking air purifier uses the Blueair Aware air monitor to enable you to monitor indoor air in real-time, track data over time, and get alerts from your Smartphone or tablet with the Blueair Friend app.

Spire costs £99.95 and is available exclusively from Apple Stores across the United States and Europe, and online at, &

Penclic Mini Keyboard K2 Penclic has taken the keyboard to a new level combining contemporary Scandinavian design, function and ergonomics without sacrificing comfort for size. Enjoy the simple and sleek design of Penclic’s ergonomic mini keyboard, which combines contemporary design, superior ergonomics and function without sacrificing comfort for size. The Penclic Wireless Mini Keyboard K2’s small size allows you to centralize your work position, creating better focus and maximized desk space. Its optimal 5 mm profile and ergonomic design decreases strain on the wrists, which also serves to counteract and reduce RSI. Quiet-touch keys reduce noise and offer great tactile feeling, allowing you to utilise small keystrokes and minimal pressure when typing, leading to quicker results and productivity.

Sense+ has a clean air delivery rate of over 130 feet per minute and the capacity to purify a 200 square foot space every 12 minutes of dust, allergens, chemicals, viruses and odours. The user interface, controlled by gentle hand swipes above the Sense+ hardened-glass surface top, embraces a WiFi strength-indicator, a WiFi button and a filter change indicator. Other features include an ultra-low sound level on the lowest setting and a WiFi enabled remote control for use with the Blueair Friend app. The Blueair Sense+ is available exclusively from Harrods.

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1. Cashmere Me Reed Diffuser £17, 2. Highgrove Signature Reed Diffuser £35,




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Chris Michael is Director of Meaco, the UK’s leading air purifier specialist. He has spent many years working with the finest museums and art galleries across Europe controlling and measuring relative humidity to protect their works of art. He is a regular guest speaker on the subject at the British Library and is well known worldwide within the industry.

How to combat allergies in th Chris Michael, a well known expert on domestic air treatment, shares his top ten tips on relieving the suffering from a variety of allergies For many people spring means the start of many months of suffering. But there are actions that can be taken to mitigate the symptoms of allergies. 1. See your doctor before the season starts so that you have your medication right before the allergies start. 2. Get used to checking the pollen count on a daily basis so that you can plan your day. 3. Avoid drying clothes outside when the count is high as the pollen with stick to the clothes. 4. Plan outdoor activities after any rain as the pollen count is lower after a shower. 5. When you come home change your clothes so that you are not wearing clothes with pollen indoors and allowing the pollen to spread around the house. 6. Spring clean the house before spring so you are not sneezing and suffering whilst disturbing dust. 7. Clean mould in the bathroom regularly to avoid the spread of mould spores. 8. Ensure you have good ventilation in the bathroom and


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kitchen to remove excess moisture to avoid damp. 9. Lower damp levels mean less mould spores and dust mites, if necessary buy a dehumidifier to reduce moisture levels. 10. Make your bedroom an allergy free haven where you can rest and get a good night’s sleep. Air purifiers provide a solution that can provide relief from these allergens. An Allergy UK Approved air purifier like the highly regarded MeacoClean can help. AIR PURIFIERS CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE MeacoClean is a next generation air purification range that works to clean the air and relieve the suffering caused by these pollutants. For the first time, the new MeacoClean range offers a bespoke air purification experience to suit the allergy and room size, so improving the air quality in a home by selecting the right product to suit the personal needs. MeacoClean CA-HEPA 47X5 works in rooms between 29 and 78m³, and uses an advanced multistage air cleaning system to purifier the air. It has been approved by Allergy UK. For more information, go to

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Pet Allergy Tips & Tricks DAVID STEVENS

Specialist in auto-immune diseases & allergies Do you ever suffer from itching or sneezing when entering a room shared by a cat or dog? If so you may have a pet allergy. Having a new pet or moving in with a friend or partner should be a source of pleasure. But when one has a pet allergy it can be a misery. With a pet allergy, be it a cat, dog, or a horse even, the symptoms tend to vary according to the source of the allergen. There is a significant difference in the way that pets can affect us. Allergens, which are usually proteins, act as triggers when we come into contact with the substance which provokes a reaction.

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With a dog it is either direct contact with the animal, or places it has been: rugs, furniture etc. It is similar with horses and many warm blooded animals. A young boy I knew was so allergic to his beloved pony that he was unable to ride it. Any contact would cause him to break out in hives, commonly referred to as nettle rash. The most effective way to avoid a reaction is to keep as clear of the skin or dander (dead skin cells). Of course, that is not as easy as it sounds especially when it involves a treasured pet. For example, if your dog shares your bed with you, even if you stop this arrangement (perhaps to welcome a new partner) you’ll need a lot of laundering to rid the bed of potential allergens. This is also true with furniture. If a dog likes to curl up on the sofa then ensure that a separate blanket used only for Rover covers the entire area and is laundered regularly. Always wash feeding bowls separately from all other utensils and clean dog and cat baskets and blankets regularly.

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Where allergies to cats are concerned the allergen is similar, as it is also a protein contained in the cat’s saliva. As you have probably noticed, cats constantly apply saliva to condition their fur, by licking their paws and

spreading it where ever it is required. This of course makes an allergy to cats more difficult to avoid, as the allergen becomes air borne, affecting the eyes in particular. I once met a man who was madly in love, but unfortunately was allergic to only one cat. The cat belonged to his fiancée’s mother. It is easy to understand how she was unable to accept that it was possible for him to be allergic to just one cat, which happened to be hers. After 15 minutes, with eyes streaming he always had to cut the visit short and leave the house. The potential mother-in-law of course thought it was her company he was avoiding rather than Tibbles. The best way to protect yourself from this air borne allergen, is not to breathe it in, but how? Usually an allergy specialist will prescribe a nasal spray or eye drops, which are often steroidal and can provide relief from the symptoms. Another treatment which may be prescribed is a Kenalog injection. This contains the active ingredient triamcinolone, a type of corticosteroid. Seek advice from your doctor if you feel your symptoms are severe enough to justify this type of treatment. There is however another method which is not only very effective, but is also body friendly - bees wax. If you smear bees wax to the inside of the nostrils most of the allergen particles are trapped by the wax and a fully blown attack is avoided. This method also works well with hay fever, as the particles of pollen can be trapped in this way. Another highly successful, natural and non-invasive treatment for allergies is ChirokineticTherapy, this works by establishing the “prime cause” which is compromising the immune system. Once corrected an allergy is no longer triggered by the previous allergen(s). @sloanloves | Sloan Sheridan-Williams


TREAT t a st i c The new year is often a time of denial after the excesses of Christmas. Here are some tempting treats as a reward for being strict with yourself

Alcohol no longer required with launch of Demijohn’s artisan cordials




Just before Christmas, PAUL opened their latest authentic French artisan bakery and patisserie at 185 Earls Court Road, just opposite the tube station. In addition to the signature range of artisan breads, it is the perfect pit-stop for that morning coffee and traditional French hand-crafted viennoiserie or grab a sandwich, salad or hot snack for lunch.





This Peanut Butter Maker from allows you to make homemade nut butter with all sorts of different nuts and ingredients, so that you know exactly what’s gone into it!

The Smart Peanut Butter Maker costs £44.95 and is available from

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In response to the heightened demand for delicious, handmade non-alcoholic drinks, leading UK liquid deli Demijohn has launched a range of delicious artisan cordials in three flavours: Rhubarb and Ginger, Lemon and Mint and Raspberry. Perfect for dry January, they make going teetotal more fun. All are designed to be mixed with water – still or sparkling or Indian Tonic Water – and are priced at £9.25/500ml or can be bought as a set at £27.75.


Using roasted nuts and a little healthy coconut oil, all you need to do is flick the switch and wait for the freshly made nut butter to pour out in no time!



The cordials are made by micro producer Charlotte Grant who creates amazing cordials from hedgerow ingredients gathered in and around her Suffolk home.







Looking for a show-stopping dessert alternative for your next dinner party? Choose one of Amorino’s exquisite range of creamy hand-crafted gelato cakes. Our favourite is Laura - a salted butter caramel creation as beautiful as it is mouthwatering. With contrasting textures from its crunchy caramel topping coupled with creamy signature gelato roses, it’s a taste to remember. Serves 10 people. £44, made to order from your local Amorino boutique.






For Saint Valentine’s Day 2017, the Maison Pierre Hermé Paris presents Cupidon - a beautiful gift box of 18 sumptuous macarons from one of London’s finest confectioners. Cupidon is just one of the characters created by the artist Nicholas Buffe who is collaborating with Maison Pierre Hermé to imagine a universe combining ancestral myths, manga culture,Renaissance and Baroque art. £42 from Pierre Hermé boutiques &




Four Winters flash freezes its ice cream within seconds using liquid nitrogen. Not just a wow to watch, this creates super-smooth gastronomic quality ice cream capturing the exact taste of the ingredients. The new winter ice cream flavours include Orange Creamsicle, Stroopwafel. Peanut Butter Pretzel and Triple Chilli Chocolate with a dairy-free option of Strawberry Mango sorbet. Find them at 103 Gloucester Road & 53 Brewer Street in London.





La Maison Maille has created a new limited edition mustard, combining two sought-after varieties to create a flavour marriage of mushroom royalty. Presented in a stylish, limited edition taupe jar, Maille mustard with truffle and cep will add a beautiful and sophisticated touch to any dining table. £43 for 250g from La Maison Maille London Piccadilly SW1Y 6NH.

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Drop Scale is the connected kitchen scale proving to be popular with both gadgeteers and foodies alike! The stylish red scale connects up to your iPhone or iPad via Bluetooth, ensuring perfectly cooked recipes every time. Taking you step-by-step through hundreds of recipes in the Drop Kitchen app, you will be transformed into master-chefs and cocktail-makers using this piece of kit. There’s also the ability to share recipes with other food-lovers through Drop’s online community. Available for £59.99 from Lakeland stores and online from @sloanloves | Sloan Sheridan-Williams


Fancy Plates Oblix Weekend Brunch price tag ensure a certain level of sophistication is maintained. The brunch menu offers a limitless array of deli counter favourites alongside at-table service. For dessert, bitesize temptations are also limitless from the counter.

When Rainer Becker opened Oblix at The Shard, the restaurant on Level 32 of the iconic London landmark joined a host of other big name chef dining destinations to locate themselves in the emerging foodie haven of Bankside. Oblix’s lounge is the scene for new brunch menu – a sophisticated theatre of wall-to-wall glass offering breathtaking views across the City and the place to go for refined brunch classics with a luxurious twist.

For those seeking the comforting delights of brunch classics, the main course offers an impressive selection of familiar options with an Oblix twist with the likes of the Eggs Royale topped with caviar. We highly recommend the indulgent King Crab Omelette. Full review on CONTACT DETAILS 31 St. Thomas Street, SE1 9RY

Oblix’s weekend brunch truly stands out thanks to its winning combination of sophisticated surroundings, exquisite cuisine and impeccable service from a highly trained team. The strictly observed smart dress code and £62


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Eating out with friends or loved ones satisfies the human need for comfort, variety and love & connection. It is important to take time out to enjoy what London has to offer.

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Patara Berners Street

CONTACT DETAILS London Hilton on Park Lane, 22 Park Lane, London W1K 1BE

Patara is authentically different fine dining Thai cuisine that appeals to a sophisticated European palette seamlessly blending Eastern and Western techniques to create dishes of character elegantly presented in a stylish environment.

At Trader Vic’s in Park Lane enjoy the subtle smoky flavours imparted by Trader Vic’s Chinese wood-fired ovens, an ancient cooking method dating back to the Han Dynasty, with dishes like Indonesian Rack of Lamb or fork-tender BBQ Spare Ribs. For dessert sample Trader Vic’s Polynesian Snowball, a classic favourite of the Traders with coconut ice cream rolled in toasted coconut and served with chocolate sauce. Full review on

World’s End Market The World’s End Market has announced that it will be the first restaurant in the UK to exclusively serve what has been described as the finest steak in the world thanks to a permanent collaboration with world-class meat connoisseur, José Gordón. An excellent addition to the restaurant’s culinary offerings, José chose to collaborate after sharing mutual respect and philosophy with co-owner and chef, Sergey Men. The new menu launches in early 2017. CONTACT DETAILS 459 King’s Road, SW10 0LR |

Patara, which translates as gracious lady, derives its name from Khun Patara Sila-On who, for the past 30 years as a restaurateur, has brought her warmth and generosity of spirit to the Patara restaurant group Full review on CONTACT DETAILS 5 Berners Street, London, W1T 3LF

LIMA Fitzrovia Since it opened its doors in 2012, LIMA Fitzrovia has been at the forefront of London’s initiation into Peruvian cuisine, becoming the first restaurant of its kind to earn a Michelin star the following year. Now, four years on, and after a comprehensive refurbishment, the thriving restaurant has launched a new menu, following a summer of exploration and research in Peru, reaffirming both its continuing links with the country and its status as the hub of innovative Peruvian cuisine in the British capital. On the new menu developed by Head of Culinary Development, Robert Ortiz and Virgilio Martinez, Chef Proprietor of both LIMA and Central, is a new version of Peru’s national dish of ceviche, a pillar of the LIMA menu since the beginning, which will use the acidity of tumbo fruit to cook the fish, a practice widespread in Peru before the Spaniards brought limes in the sixteenth century. To accompany the restaurant’s new menu, LIMA has also undergone interior transformations to bring added space, light and colour to the Rathbone Place site. Full review on CONTACT DETAILS 31 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JH |

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luxury Conrad London St. James

Conrad London St. James sits on the doorstep of Westminster, boasting not only a prime location but also chic design and intuitive service. Set in the heart of the city, Conrad London St. James offers a smart choice for a modern-day traveller.

Conrad London St. James has 256 contemporary rooms and 15 luxury suites, which reflect the hotel’s modern and sleek design. The stunning decor of Conrad London St James is complimented by luxurious touches in each room which add to the hotel’s reputation for legendary hospitality. Expect 400 thread count Egyptian Cotton bedlinen, fluffy bathrobes and slippers, Aromatherapy Associates toiletries, flat panel HD TV, Nespresso machine and complimentary WiFi. All suites have large marble bathrooms, a separate bath tub and walk-in rain forest showers.


array of mouth-watering savoury and sweet treats, adding new levels of sophistication to this quintessential British tradition. To celebrate the changing of the seasons, Conrad London St. James launched its latest limited edition afternoon tea, Winter Solstice running from now until 13 February 2017. Symbolising the epitome of winter, the Winter Solstice Afternoon Tea showcases a selection of sweet delicacies including green apple and blackberry mousse and white forest gateaux garnished with a Valrhona luxury chocolate wreath. This touch of winter continues with an assortment of savoury creations from the classic flavour of turkey, sage and Parma ham sausage rolls to a unique selection of wintery cranberry & orange and toasted pecan scones, topped off with exquisite Cornish clotted cream and St Clement’s Curd.

The exclusive Executive Lounge serves complimentary drinks, light bites and canapés are throughout the day and into the evening.

Winter Solstice Afternoon Tea is £64 per person with free flowing Champagne, £57.50 with one glass of champagne or £49 per person without champagne.

Emmeline’s serves a contemporary Afternoon Tea daily with Head Pastry Chef, Zoe Wager curating an

CONTACT DETAILS 22-28 Broadway, London SW1H 0BH

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Named after the 19th century political activist Emmeline Pankhurst, Emmeline’s offers the perfect place to enjoy a quintessentially British afternoon tea with a seasonal twist

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DISPENSE A M A RO The demand for distinctive, well-crafted drinks is high, BOTANICALS which is why when brothers Rob and Jim Asterley were Amaro means bitter in Italian and is traditionally handed their Sicilian family’s secret recipe for Amaro consumed as a digestif, however the Asterley Bros they immediately knew that they wanted to recreate the Dispense Amaro is versatile enough to make a complex, historic drink in a way that a whole new generation could yet refreshing aperitif too. The blend is made using Rob enjoy. The launch of Dispense Amaro is one that is eagerly and Jim’s signature vermouth which is uniquely produced anticipated within the artisan scene, with customers using British pinot noir supplied by Gusbourne Estates continuing to search for authentic and unique products in Kent. It is then mixed with a blend of 24 botanicals crafted by real people. Handmade in their workshop in including British hops, milk thistle and hyssop, all-inSouth London, Rob and Jim pride themselves on all creating a rich and heady liqueur. practising traditional craft techniques, made with PROCESS care and attention to detail and using only the Meet the brothers There are three stages to making Dispense finest of ingredients. who are leading the Amaro. Firstly, an organic grain spirit base BACKGROUND is used to extract all of the botanicals and way in the capital’s bittering The brothers have a long-standing background agents, the softer herbs, citrus and hip artisan drinks spices are then macerated in a molassesin hospitality and have spent most of their careers working in bars, hotels and restaurants. scene based spirit and finally they craft their very Making drinks has played a major role throughout own, unique British vermouth before blending their lives, which is where their dedication to handthe three together. The finished product is then craftsmanship, traditional methods and sourcing the best bottled by hand in their South London workshop, priding quality products descends from. themselves on their dedication to using the best natural ingredients, using British and organic products when RECIPE possible. The recipe for Dispense Amaro itself originates from a treasured family recipe, handed to Rob on his wedding day in 2009. The precious heirloom was passed over by his new Sicilian in-laws and he was sworn to lifelong secrecy, vowing to only ever pass the recipe on to his first born children. Fortunately, Rob broke that vow by sharing the recipe with Jim that very same day, marking the beginning of their Amaro journey. RESEARCH Since that summer’s evening in 2009, the brothers have made that treasured Amaro recipe many times, but it was their passion to make an Amaro that represented them, as well as their British heritage which led to the birth of Dispense Amaro. Dedicated to creating the best possible product, Rob and Jim studied recipes from Culpeper’s ‘London Dispensatory’, a 17th century catalogue of London’s rich history of tonics and liqueurs. Taking inspiration, the brothers infused their own recipe with intense aromas of Sicily, to create a liqueur that contains the heat and charm of a Sicilian summer, while retaining a unique Britishness to it. 42 SLOAN! | Call us on 0771 547 4602

TESTING There are three stages to making Dispense Amaro. Firstly, an organic grain spirit base is used to extract all of the botanicals and bittering agents, the softer herbs, citrus and spices are then macerated in a molasses-based spirit and finally they craft their very own, unique British vermouth before blending the three together. The finished product is then bottled by hand in their South London workshop, priding themselves on their dedication to using the best natural ingredients, using British and organic products when possible. RESULT Dispense Amaro is a balanced and complex British liqueur for the modern palate – a heady mix to delight even the most discerning of drinkers. It is delicious served with tonic, as an addition to a classic G&T and an ideal cocktail ingredient. Try the below recipes to wow your friends and family this festive period. Dispense Amaro, £29.95 from

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Perfect for the colder months, BÉNÉDICTINE’s unique warming blend of 27 herbs and spices infused with saffron and honey is a great blend for any winter drink including the infamous Béné n Hot.

In 1510 at the Abbey of Fécamp in Normandy, France, Benedictine monk Dom Bernardo Vincelli was said to have studied the ancient art of alchemy to create a secret elixir, which then became famous in the region. Wine merchant Alexandre Le Grand discovered Dom Bernardo Vincelli’s recipe after it was lost during the French Revolution and built Le Palais Bénédictine in Normandy, France to protect the 500 year-old recipes. To this day, BÉNÉDICTINE liqueur is still produced at Le Palais BÉNÉDICTINE. £20 available nationwide.

Glen Grant Glen Grant 12 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky was added to the core range in 2016. The only release regularly seen in the UK was previously the 10 Year Old, so this is a welcome addition to the distillery’s range. Light and fruity with notes of apple pie, caramel, vanilla and subtle spice. £42.45 from


Appleton Estate Appleton Estate 12 Year Old Dark Rum rare blend is aged for 12 years in selected American oak barrels. The taste is complex with deep woody flavours, fruity, cocoa notes with hints of molasses. It has citrus fruit with oak vanilla, orange peel and coffee. Long and mellow in the, mouth. £34.99 from

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Boodles Boodles Mulberry Gin is perfect for sipping both warm and cold, this brand new British gin combines delicate mulberries with notes of raspberry and currant to create a sweet and subtle medley that’s perfect any time of year. Inspired by the traditional sloe gin liqueur, Boodles Mulberry is a fresh interpretation of a British classic. £18 from Marks & Spencer


Salcombe Gin Hand distilled in South Devon using only the finest hand sourced ingredients, Salcombe Gin is produced using thirteen carefully selected botanicals distilled in 60 litre beautiful copper stills with the finest English wheat spirit and blended with pure Dartmoor water to produce a gin of extraordinary quality and elegance with no compromise. Perfect served on its own over ice or with a premium tonic water accompanied by a slice of ruby red grapefruit to complement the rich and warm citrus notes, Salcombe Gin also makes a cracking dry Martini with a twist of red grapefruit peel. £34.95 from

Taylor’s Chip Dry White Port Taylor’s Chip Dry White Port is a stylish and sophisticated aperitif, the perfect introduction to a relaxed meal. Made from traditional white grape varieties, it is fermented for longer than usual to give it an appetisingly crisp dry finish. Several years of ageing in oak vat and careful blending complete the fresh fruit flavours with an elegant, complex nuttiness. It is best served chilled in a large Port glass and accompanied by marinated olives or roasted almonds but it can also be used to make a refreshing and original aperitif by mixing one part of Chip Dry White Port with two parts of chilled tonic water in a tall glass, adding a sprig of mint or a twist of lemon. £13.29 from

Parlay Black Rum Parlay Ultra Black Rum is a new spirit brand launched in 2016 by Craig Smith. Distilled in the UK, the rum incorporates a rich array of flavours including raisin, vanilla, tangerine and cherry with a true rum taste rested in British oak barrels. The outcome combines a result of unique subtle spiced after tones that leave a lasting and pleasing taste on the palate. £28 from

EDGERTON PINK GIN Edgerton Pink Gin is today’s version of an old nautical tipple, sporting a jaunty pink hue, and flavoured with an allstar cast of classics, including juniper berries, orris root, grains of paradise, sweet orange peel, pomegranate, damiana, cassia bark, nutmeg, coriander, to name a few. This gin is full of personality, sporting a decent balance of floral/sweet and spicy/dry notes that make it ideal for subbing in virtually any gin-based cocktail for a refreshing burst of citrus, pink-inspired fun. £24.49 from @sloanloves | Sloan Sheridan-Williams



50ml Disaronno 10ml Mozart Dark Chocolate Liqueur 5ml caramel syrup 50ml half/half Shake all ingredients together and double strain into Martini glass. Garnish with chocolate powder.


50 ml Dubliner Honeycomb 20ml Honey Syrup 20ml Fresh Lemon Juice Shake over ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with lemon zest.


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25ml BLOOM London Dry Gin 10ml pear juice Prosecco Shake pear juice and BLOOM with ice and fine strain into a chilled flute. Top with chilled Prosecco.

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Hotel Chocolat Salted Caramel & Cocoa Vodka is a smallbatch English vodka infused with salted caramel and cocoa. There is a whole cocoa bean inside each bottle from the Hotel Chocolat estate in St Lucia. Serve chilled for a great balance of flavours. £15 for 250ml

Mr. Gladstone’s Curious Emporium Pear Drop is a delicious fruit fusion beverage made in the UK with 100% natural flavours. This wine is prominent in traditional flavours of pear drop sweets. Best served chilled and over ice.


Rhubarb & Custard

British Cassis blackcurrant liqueur is expertly made in Herefordshire using British blackcurrants grown on owner Jo Hilditch’s farm. It is produced in small batches during the short blackcurrant season in July and August. This 15% abv. liqueur takes on its traditional French counterparts in style. £20 for 500ml available online and at independent stockists nationwide.

Mr. Gladstone’s Curious Emporium Rhubarb & Custard is an adventurous fruit fusion beverage made with 100% natural flavours to create a delicious treat. This wine is prominent in traditional confectionery flavours of rhubarb and custard. Best served chilled and over ice.

Toffee 55 Above Toffee Vodka is an intense toffee flavoured vodka is packed full of flavour! Free from any artificial flavourings or additives, 55 Above Toffee Vodka is made using the same quality spirit as 55 Above’s unflavoured vodkas and then infused with handmade natural toffee syrup, giving a tempting creamy toffee taste with the delicate aftertaste of their classic vodkas. Made at a small distillery in the Suffolk countryside, this hand crafted artisan vodka is produced using only the finest quality British potatoes. The vodka is distilled in a traditional copper still in small batches of just a few hundred bottles at a time resulting in exceptional quality. Perfect on the rocks, or in a Tempting Toffee Martini. £30 for 70cl from

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Casual Plates Jackson + Rye Jackson + Rye, the purveyors of delicious home-cooked East coast American food have opened the doors to its latest restaurant in the heart of the City of London. The fifth restaurant of its hugely popular brand is located at 30 Old Jewry, just around the corner from Bank station, and officially opened its doors in November 2016 just in time for Thanksgiving! Harry Bown, Manager at Jackson + Rye in the City says: “Jackson + Rye has become synonymous with fantastic American foods, relaxed informal dining and top quality service.” “Our Soho, Richmond, Kingston and Chiswick branches have proven incredibly popular so far with regular back to back brunch bookings across the weekends. We hope our new Old Jewry location will offer those in the city the chance to dine somewhere fun with their colleagues and clients where they can rely on some great tasting American influenced food and drink to create the perfect lunch, brunch or evening dinner – all at great value for money.” To celebrate America’s unique holiday of Thanksgiving, Jackson + Rye in the City offered a fantastic Thanksgiving


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menu of succulent roast turkey, delicious truffled mac & cheese and kale & chestnut gratin, in addition to mouthwateringly tasty desserts that included pumpkin pie, pecan sundae and a salted caramel peanut butter fudge pie. The Americans are famous for their incredible breakfasts so you can expect the breakfast menu at Jackson + Rye in the City to include such satisfying dishes as X and Y, perfect for those high flying breakfast meetings to indulge your clients. Popular favourites such as popcorn chicken, New England Chowder, buttermilk fried chicken, unforgettable steaks and top notch burgers can also be found on the menu. The restaurant also has an impressive cocktail menu, a selection of American bottled beers, wines from across the globe and a unique selection of drinks specially made from rye – a big, spicy whiskey with wonderful complexity giving the true taste of old America. Full review on CONTACT DETAILS 30 Old Jewry, London EC2R 8EB

The Square Pig Situated on the corner of Holborn Square right in heart of the capital, The Square Pig pub is the perfect place to unwind from a hectic day in the office with a drink in one hand and delicious dish in the other. The Square Pig gives London’s favourite burger joints a run for their money with the signature Smoke House Burger – a rare breed patty topped with succulent pulled pork, American double cheese, homebrew BBQ sauce, maple bacon, with tomato and red onion served in a cream bun. Also, big on the menu is the 30-day dry aged Black Angus Rib-eye and Hickory Smoked Ribs. Follow the illuminated steps and discover a hidden speakeasy bar downstairs filled with herb-infused gin decanters and hanging martini glasses. Read the full review on CONTACT DETAILS 30-32 Procter Street, London WC1V 6NX |

The White Bear Steeped in history, the White Bear Pub in Kennington, with the awardwinning White Bear Theatre above, has been on its site since 1780. The historic pub’s interior is a stunning example of traditional pub meets modern design and the nostalgic British menu with a modern twist has been created by Head Chef Dan Murphy who, inspired by seasonal produce and British classics, uses only the freshest ingredients from top suppliers. The Beef Wellington is highly recommended. Read the full review on CONTACT DETAILS 138 Kennington Park Rd SE11 4DJ |

The Holy Birds The Holy Birds is a brand new bar and restaurant concept launched by the award-winning bar & restaurant entrepreneurs Gerry & Jon Calabrese. The Holy Birds is the city’s first poultry dining experience, inspired by the 1960’s London music & art scene. In a first for The Calabrese Brothers, their father Salvatore Calabrese has collaborate with his sons to create an authentic Sixties cocktail menu using his legendary bartending experience. Read the full review on CONTACT DETAILS 94 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EZ |

Kensington Place Head Chef Ian Waghorn’s weekend brunch menu features light and revitalising dishes, with an emphasis on fresh seafood. The menu features tantalising options like the KP soft shell crab sandwich and KP waffles with vanilla yoghurt & berry compote in addition to brunch cocktails like Bucks Fizz. Bottomless Prosecco and Bloody Marys can be added to the meal for £15 per head. Full review on CONTACT DETAILS 201 Kensington Church St, W8 7LX | @sloanloves | Sloan Sheridan-Williams


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With Dale Pinnock Many people find themselves feeling slightly overwhelmed when it comes to knowing what advice is really worth taking on and what will genuinely offer some benefit for their health. When we strip away all the fashion led nonsense, there are a few key habits that we can adopt that can have a huge impact on our health. GET FRESH The first thing that you should do when embarking on better eating habits is look for any opportunity to get more fresh produce into a meal. In practice that could be adding spinach to your scrambled eggs, berries to your porridge, having a big dense side salad with your lunch of choice, or a side of lightly cooked vegetables with your evening meal. Each time you eat is an opportunity to get fresh produce in. GET CARB SMART I’m not an advocate of no carb, but I am a supporter of a low carb diet. More importantly, of showing people how to be carb smart. The first part of this is understanding what types of carbohydrates are healthy and which are not. The number one thing to do is ditch white bread, rice, pasta, etc. These refined varieties have the fibre removed so take little time to digest liberating their sugar content rapidly, and our blood sugar levels will rise aggressively causing the large blood sugar spikes we want to avoid. The multigrain varieties have their fibre intact. This means that they take longer to digest, and as such liberate their sugar content much more slowly, drip feeding blood sugar rather than carpet bombing it. The second part of getting carb smart is portion control. The simple guideline I give to people is to cut your usual portions in half. If you have rice with meals, half your usual portion (as well as choosing brown). If you like a sandwich, try an open variety (the filling placed on top of a single slice of bread). Make up the bulk of your meals with non-starchy vegetables and protein. FOOD COMBINE At each meal think protein first. Ensure a good quality protein source at each meal. Eggs, cheese, fish, poultry, meat, tofu, pulses, nuts, all these are wonderful protein sources. The next thing to ensure is in your meal is a good source of healthy fats. Oily fish, avocados, olive oil, all great choices. When you compose a meal of smaller portions of healthy carbs, non-starchy vegetables, good quality protein,

and healthy fats, not only have you created a meal with superior nutritional density, you have created one that takes some time to digest. It is digested slowly, and the fat sources slow gastric emptying. The meal liberates its energy slowly and steadily. This ensures a gradual rise in blood sugar levels, and a level of blood sugar that our body can easily manage that doesn’t place undue burden upon the insulin system. This is another step to help avoid the negative consequences of elevated blood sugar. INCREASE YOUR OMEGA 3 The final tip I would give to everyone in the quest for better long-term health, is to increase your intake of omega 3 fatty acids. These vital fats are the building blocks to many of the important structures within our cells, nerve cell membranes, eyes and many other tissues. They are also the building blocks that our body uses to create its own in built anti-inflammatory compounds called series 1 and series 3 prostaglandins, which help to reduce excessive inflammation in the body. Such excessive inflammation has been linked to cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, and of course the exacerbation of inflammatory diseases. The problem is in this country we often consume way too much of another fatty acid called Omega 6. This is important in very small amounts, but the average UK intake is around 23 times more than we need. When taken in at these levels, omega 6 turns into another type of prostaglandin called a series 2 prostaglandin that switches on and aggravates inflammation. Consuming too many of these means that we increase the inflammatory load in our bodies and increase our risk of these diseases.

We have ended up in this state because we consume too much vegetable oil like sunflower and soy oils etc, processed foods, and margarine, all incredibly rich sources of Omega 6. Ditch these immediately and use only olive and coconut oil for cooking. Combine this with massively increasing your intake of oily fish or a good omega 3 supplement, and you will be in a state where your omega 3 intake is greater than your omega 6 intake, and you reduce the inflammatory load in your body. The Medicinal Chef: How to Cook Healthily by Dale Pinnock (Quadrille £20) is out January 12th 2017 and available from Amazon and all good bookshops. Read the full article on @sloanloves | Sloan Sheridan-Williams




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London’s leading luxury serviced apartment providers, Apple Apartments, is renowned amongst discerning business and leisure travellers. Apple Apartments swap hotel living for fully serviced apartments, some with private outdoor space and all with unlimited amenities (including free WiFi and international smart phones). LIFESTYLE BY APPLE APARTMENTS In December 2016, Apple Apartments celebrated the launch of Lifestyle’s new online members club. Gold Apple member status is free and open to everyone who registers. This distinct concept gives each Gold Apple member access to an exclusive portal with special offers from an established network of partners via Apple Apartment’s ‘Little Black Book’. Members can expect unrivalled packages, privileges, preferential rates and bespoke services from valued partners including Addison Lee, AirPortr, Ascot Hospitality, ME Hotel Radio Rooftop, Perfect 10, Sincura Group, Smith & Wollensky and Wyndham Hotels Group amongst others. PRESTIGIOUS PROPERTIES The Apple Apartments portfolio spans more than 350 properties in most of the UK’s major cities and are located in some of the capital’s most prestigious postcodes,including The Strand, Mayfair, Park Lane and St Paul’s. Apple Apartments recognize that its discerning guests require a more linked up lifestyle service, beyond just accommodation, and thus Apple Lifestyle was born. From travel escapes, dining out, beauty and wellness, special events and red carpet access, personal shoppers

and Apple Property Investments, Lifestyle has it covered. Billy Cowe, founder and CEO of Apple Apartments comments, “we have listened to our guests and recognize that there is a demand for more comprehensive, linked up lifestyle service, in addition to luxury accommodation. Unlike other hospitality brands we are able to offer this exclusive access FREE to all Gold Apple members. Our ambition is to continue delivering value allowing our guests precious time to enjoy the very best life has to offer. We believe this is what sets us apart from the competition.” PRIVATE HOME IN THE STRAND Set in the famous Marconi House, previous home to BBC Studios, these sleek luxury serviced apartments are in one of the most refined and highly specified living spaces in London. Connected to the ME London Hotel, this sought after address is a seamless integration of a 5-star hotel and private apartments with 24 hour concierge. Apple Apartments offers nightly rates in their standard apartments from £100 and from £250 in their exclusive apartments. Accommodation ranges from 1 to 3 bedrooms and all include free WiFi, international smart phone, en-suite bathrooms and separate fully equipped kitchens, living and dining rooms providing the freedom of having a private home located within a prestigious area like The Strand. Lifestyle by Apple Apartments Gold Membership is a complimentary service and is open for all to register. For more information and to register please visit www.appleapartments. com/lifestyle @sloanloves | Sloan Sheridan-Williams


World Plates El Pirata El Pirata is an authentic Spanish tapas bar and restaurant popular with everyone from local office workers to celebrities such as Queen’s Brian May. For nearly a quarter of a century El Pirata has provided guests with the perfect Spanish tapas bar experience in the heart of Mayfair… but not at typical Mayfair prices. The secret to El Pirata’s long success is simple: a vast choice of good Spanish food and wine served quickly by friendly waiters in an informal restaurant that feels more Madrid than Mayfair. There is a wide range of food and wine on offer – with more than 60 dishes on the menu from restaurant specials like roast suckling pig to some of the best tapas in London with over 140 different Spanish wines on the wine list.


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Spain is the third largest producer of wine in the world with many different grape varieties. The restaurant is set over two floors, the ground floor restaurant has seats at the bar and tables arranged around the spiral staircase which leads guests to the lower ground floor for more intimate dining. The restaurant’s design is inspired by many of the Spanish team’s memories of typical tapas bars from their home towns. Spanish prints and black and white photographs line the walls and wooden floors, black woodwork and wrought iron interiors are reminiscent of Madrid and Barcelona. Full review on CONTACT DETAILS 5-6 Down Street, London W1J 7AQ


Marquis of Wellington The Marquis of Wellington offers perfectly cooked Sicilian pizzas, hand stretched then fired in their pizza oven behind the bar. Choose from the likes of prosciutto crudo with sun blushed tomatoes and fresh rocket; shards of smoked salmon, creamy ricotta and drizzles of lemon oil; and grilled aubergine and artichoke with soft mozzarella and Sicilian extra virgin olive oil. Alternatively, create your own from a huge array of toppings. There’s even Sunday roast pizzas for the ultimate British/Italian mash-up. Full review on CONTACT DETAILS 21 Druid Street, Bermondsey London, SE1 2HH

Tombo Poké & Matcha Bar Award winning matcha specialists Tombo have opened their first Poké & Matcha Bar in the heart of Soho. The café specialises in poké (pronounced POH-kay), the Hawaiian raw-food sensation that is already taking the London casual dining scene by storm. Tombo, Poké & Matcha Bar also offers their range of high quality Tombo Green Teas by the cup – sourced from the foothills of Mt Fuji alongside their unique Tombo Matcha Lattes, and Matcha brownies, Gateau, sundaes and Matcha Soft Serve. Full review on CONTACT DETAILS 28 D’Arblay St, Soho, London W1F 8EW

Ceru Ceru is a contemporary Levantine restaurant in South Kensington serving dishes and drinks inspired by the flavours of the eastern Mediterranean coast. The menu includes dishes such as slow-roasted lamb shoulder with apple, pomegranate and mint salad, pea shoots, pine nuts and green chilli and lamb kebabs, marinated in rosewater and served with rose and mint tzatziki.

Aquum Aquum features a dedicated restaurant offering with an exciting and sophisticated menu of contemporary Greek dishes and innovative cocktails, all whilst retaining its signature party feel. With food being one of the main focuses at the newly re-furbished venue, Head Chef Anastasios Tologlou has created a menu that takes inspiration from his Greek roots combined with his experience from working in some of the world’s top Michelin starred restaurants. His modern interpretation of the classic sweet Galaktompoureko is one of our favourites. Full review on CONTACT DETAILS 68–70 Clapham High Street, London, SW4 7UL

Busaba Oxford Circus All the buzz of Modern Bangkok is in evidence at the latest opening of Busaba on Eastcastle Street, Oxford Circus. The interior reflects present day urban Bangkok with all its diversity and creativity, welcoming guests with a unique sensory experience of tastes, sights, aromas and energy. Described as Asia’s new metropolis of cool, Busaba has brought this to life via an exclusive collaboration with two of Bangkok’s most recognisable street artists, Alex Face and Rukkit. New to the Eastcastle Street restaurant is the Bangkok Char-Grill category with dishes featuring a distinct seared barbecue aroma and taste such as Issan-style Chicken and Grilled Salmon Fillet. Full review on CONTACT DETAILS 52-53 Eastcastle Street, London W1W 8ED

A Levantine wine list features bottles from Greece, Turkey and Lebanon. A Lebanese Pilsner-style beer and Ceru’s own pale ale also are available alongside an array of inventive cocktails. Full review on CONTACT DETAILS 7-9 Bute St, Kensington, London SW7 3EY

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Top Tips For Wellness When Travelling SLOAN! asked Lysbeth Fox, Managing Director of Fox PR, the luxury travel & wellness agency, for her insightful and practical tips on how to stay healthy when travelling long haul and advice for keeping well whilst on holiday. As the owner of a luxury travel PR agency, it may come as no surprise that in addition to the privilege of visiting some of the loveliest hotels in the world, I spend a good deal of time getting on and off planes, navigating airport security and coping with jet lag. At the same time, maintaining health and wellness is a part of my life that I’m committed to- something easier said than done when you’re a frequent flier. Over the 20 years or so that I’ve been in this business, I have learned how to integrate healthful habits into an arena where it’s typically rather tricky to do so. Thus, here are my top travel tips for wellness through travel: 1. After security, the first thing I do, is pick up some vegetable juices to sip throughout my plane journey. They keep me hydrated and I get a great vitamin hit for the journey. 2. Always take a bottle of water on the plane. I buy the 750ml; it is easier


to carry and is less bulky by the seat. You can get the air stewards to refill it to top your goal of 8 glasses a day. Flying is dehydrating so be sure to drink as much water as you can and keep carbonated & caffeine drinks down to a minimum. 3. Choose your fruit snacks carefully. Pop an apple in your bag before you leave home rather than a banana as they will squash! 4. To prevent plane nibbles, grab some unsalted nuts to keep your energy levels up. I always get cashews or mixed nuts as I drink almond milk so like to have a variety. 5. If you can, get to the airport early and eat a proper meal before you board your flight and you won’t have to endure the tasteless and nutrition exempt plane meal. However, if you know you won’t have time before you fly, pre-order the vegetarian or gluten free option; they normally have some

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fresh items on the tray (and you get served first). 6. When they offer you champagne try – I know it’s hard – to avoid and stick with soft drinks or better yet water. Alcohol and planes combined are very dehydrating and will leave you feeling sluggish when you arrive… and to be honest, they normally serve the cheap stuff! 7. So you’ve sorted the snacks, the fluids and now it is time to switch off and relax, it is one of the few times you are without emails and messages flying into your inbox, cherish it. Download a meditation app, such as Headspace, and grab a pair of head phones; sit and meditate no matter where you are and block out the chaos that can sometimes go hand in hand with travelling. 8. Pre-arrival, ask your hotel to deliver a lemon, knife and chopping board to your room – just because



you’re travelling doesn’t mean you should lose your routine, start the day with warm lemon and water to cleanse and detoxify. 9. Pack your gym stuff instead of that extra day dress – that way you’ll use the gym every time you look into your suitcase. 10. Exercise and see the city, running is the perfect way to discover the hidden treasures of a city … but do ask the concierge for the simplest route and take your phone in case you get lost being touristy! Lysbeth Fox is the MD of luxury travel, wellness and gourmet agency Fox PR, whose clients includes some of the most prestigious in the world.

ClaireaBella Designs was launched by Claire Barratt, a former detention officer in Hull who came up with the idea during a trip to Paris. On paying for a caricature to be drawn in the Place du Tertre (the artists square) and disappointed with the poor quality, she took inspiration and drew her aspirational self, painting the drawing onto her own bag. On seeing the design, a friend requested one, and the rest is history. Today, ClaireaBella boasts a wide range of products and gifts within its collection, from jute and canvas bags of various sizes to suitcases, mugs, phone covers, make up bags, hoodies and more. CELEBRITY FAN BASE The range continues to grow and evolve, with a strong celebrity fan base and a large social media following. ClaireaBella personalised bags, suitcases and travel accessories are

already a favourite with TV stars like actress Michelle Keagan, TOWIE’s Billie Faiers and Made In Chelsea’s Binky Felstead. Our very own celebrity life coach Sloan Sheridan-Williams is a fan too. It’s not hard to see why with the cute designs that express your inner diva, full of glamour and confidence. LOVE YOUR BODY & YOUR STYLE Inspirational and empowering, ClaireaBella champions self-worth and individuality with three new body types available to choose from. Whether you are slender, hour glass or curvaceous, there is now a figure to match precisely who you are with outfits tailored to each body type so you can love your body, love your style and love you! MR SLOAN & MR CLAIREABELLA These quirky travel range isn’t just for the girls. Guys can get in on the action too with their very own customisable character in the Mr ClaireaBella design. Mr Sloan looks very dapper on his personalised suitcase from our friends at ClaireaBella. Suitcases start from £134.99 and are all made in the UK To find out more about ClaireaBella and the gorgeous products available, please visit and the online shop at claireabella

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Expert Advice

Adam Coulter

SLOAN! asked leading cruise writer Adam Coulter, UK editor of cruise review and planning site,, to share some insights into considerations for firsttime cruise planners, as well as some handy tips. Cruise Critic offers a comprehensive resource for cruise travellers, from first-time cruisers to avid cruise enthusiasts. Here are 8 key questions to ask yourself before planning your cruise:

First Time Cruising For first-time cruisers, it can be useful to start the planning process by considering which itineraries most interest you. If you have specific destinations in mind, research the high and low seasons – for example, you might prefer to avoid the Caribbean’s hurricane season, or if you’re looking to sail the Mediterranean, you might like to avoid the school summer holidays if you aren’t travelling with children. This will help narrow down the search as you can then identify which cruise lines visit those particular destinations. If you do choose to sail during a destination’s low season, you may get a better price, however, you may have to compromise on the weather, and, depending on the time of year, you could also find that local attractions, and restaurants are closed. A SHIP TO SUIT EVERYONE For newbie cruisers, the process of choosing a ship can be an overwhelming task. With a multitude of cruise lines and ships available - from small to large, river to ocean, adventure to luxury – travellers are spoilt for choice.

8. Is an all-inclusive cruise important?

However, first-time cruisers should bear in mind that even if all cruise lines seem similar at first, each line has its own unique edge in an increasingly competitive market, cruise lines are sculpting distinct lifestyle niches in a bid to differentiate their offerings from competitors. Even the same cruise line is able to deliver travellers with very different experiences, depending on the ship’s age and size, and the itinerary.

Once you’ve narrowed the search, identifying the cruise lines that particularly appeal to you, read cruiser reviews, expert articles and tips, and speak to travel agents to help you find the perfect ship.

For example, if you usually opt for luxury hotel accommodation on land, you might prefer to narrow your search to the luxury lines, which tend to offer smaller ships, with a more all-inclusive onboard experience. Some of the luxury lines include a substantial amount within the fare – for example, Regent

1. When would you like to travel? 2. Where would you like to travel? 3. Who will you travel with? 4. How many nights will you go for? 5. What is your maximum budget? 6. Would you prefer a smaller ship? 7. Is entertainment important for you?


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Seven Seas Cruises’ fares include accommodation, shipboard meals, beverages (including alcohol), incabin mini-bars, room service and many onboard activities, as well as unlimited shore excursions. IN ADVANCE OR LAST MINUTE? If you’re debating between booking in advance or waiting until the last minute to try and bag a better deal, know that if you have certain dates and destinations in mind, it’s advisable to book early, particularly if you want your pick of cabin.

Summer travel and school holiday periods book up early, especially for cabins that sleep three or more and are in demand by families. The best cabins on popular new ships sell fast, and the longer you wait, the more fares can cost. Instead, keep an eye out for benefits which add value, such as onboard credit, drinks packages, and other included extras that are often offered to those who book early. However, if you can sail last minute, you could be able to find bargains on sailings leaving within 90 days as cabins often become available at this time as it’s typically the deadline for cancelling an early booking. For fly-cruises, just be sure to factor in flights if these aren’t included in the cruise fare. TO FLY OR NOT TO FLY? The beauty of a cruise is that you can get to see far-flung destinations – both hot, and cold climates – without having to step foot in an airport. If you’re happy to fly, there is a greater variety of destinations, and ships available to you, however, there are an increasing number of itinerary options sailing straight out of the UK. RESEARCH IS KEY The final overarching tip for any first-time cruiser is – don’t underestimate the importance of research. Picking a cruise ship and itinerary can be a challenge but it should be a fun one!

Leading cruise writer Adam Coulter has some handy tips and practical advice for those planning their first cruise ship travel adventure. Bon voyage!

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WINENo SLOAN! Magazine shares recommendations for the perfect wines to pair with your new year festivities and special occasions as 2017 unfolds.

Sparkling Wine

White Wine

Castello Bonomi’s “Satèn” Franciacorta Brut DOCG is Italy’s high quality sparkling wine. Left to age inbottle for 36 months this wine stands out with its fresh, mineral aromas. Floral, fruity with notes of honey and brioche. £24.90, Shorn Pinot Grigio Sparkling Wine is made with luscious New Zealand grapes. It has a fresh, fruity and bubbly with delicious flavours of pear and apple and a refreshingly crisp and elegant finish. Kingsland Wines Benjamin Bridge Brut 2008 has aromas of juicy peaches, sea breeze and maritime minerals. Hints of ripe cranberries and fleur de sel minerality on the palate with Asian spices and a deep finish. £30, Friarwood Fine Wines


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Red Wine

Côtes du Rhône white, Laundun Chusclan vignerons enfants terribles, 2015 has notes of apricot, peach and citrus aromas. Delicious on its own or with starter dishes like king prawns cooked in garlic butter. £8.99

Sandiford Road Pinot Noir has ripe raspberry and cherry aromas, overlaid with a hint of oak. The palette has ripe red fruit and creamy vanilla notes. Perfect with seasonal roast dishes and mince pies. Kingsland Wines

Shorn ‘Black Sheep’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 is fresh and fruity with flavours of gooseberry and passion fruit complemented by a crisp and zingy finish. Pairs well with fish and light pasta dishes. Kingsland Wines

M.Chapoutier Côtes du Rhône Villages Signargues 2014 has notes of truffle, liquorice and plums. The opulent flavours of the wine pair well with winter dishes from roasts to puds. £12.50, The Secret Cellar

Danebury Madeleine Angevine 2013 has fruity notes of nectarine and melon with a hint of zesty citrus aromas. Crisp and dry, it makes a perfect aperitif or pairs with chicken, scallops and crayfish. £11 from

Domaine Saint Damien Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu 2014 is a savoury, spicy and fullflavoured wine perfect with meat stews, roast duck or beef mains. £13.21,

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Dessert Wine Taylor’s Late Bottled Vintage 2011 has succulent black fruit on the nose with a fine, elegant bouquet. A rich, concentrated, weighty palate crammed with floral notes and sumptuous dark chocolate and liquorice on the finish. £15 from Waitrose

De Bortoli - Black Noble Ten Year Old has hints of toffee and coffee with raisins and mandarin peel on the nose. Dried fruits with hints of caramel flavours on the palate with lingering aged complexity. £22.98 from The General Wine Company @sloanloves | Sloan Sheridan-Williams


Spa Break TH E M O U NT SO M ERS ET From its elevated and rural position, The Mount Somerset Hotel and Spa in Taunton, Somerset is an impressive Regency country house hotel, set in four acres of beautiful grounds. This grand dame of a building sits high upon her mount, cradled in between the Quantock and Blackdown Hills, affording guests wonderful views over Taunton Vale in Somerset. With its high ceilings, sweeping spiral staircase, opulent decor and a feeling of gentle elegance and luxury, The Mount Somerset has all the characteristics of a quintessential English Regency mansion. The hotel comprises of 19 stunning bedrooms each individually designed and two with their own outdoor hot tubs. Each luxurious bedroom is immaculately furnished with a unique mix of traditional Regency features and stylish, boutique decor blended together to create the feeling of a lavish home away from home. Well established as one of the finest luxury hotels, wedding and conference venues in the South West, The Mount Somerset Hotel & Spa has won a host of awards including four AA stars for the levels of comfort and hospitality, alongside two AA Rosettes for the outstanding cuisine of head chef Mark Potts.


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The fine-dining restaurant serves delicious seasonal produce proudly sourced from local suppliers. Head Chef Mark Potts is extremely passionate about food and brings culinary skills honed from working at world-class names such as Noma, Le Manoir and Eleven Madison Park. His food ethos is to treat prime ingredients simply in order to extract as much flavour as possible, and let the garnishes enhance the dish. Elan Spa is an intimate corner of peace and tranquillity with wonderful remnants of a traditional Hamman bath house, complete with a hydrotherapy bath, sauna, steam room, foot spas and three beautifully-appointed treatment rooms in addition to experience showers and the invigorating ice-cold ‘kubel dusche’. The Mount Somerset Hotel and Spa is part of the Eden Hotel Collection, a privately-owned group of nine luxury hotels across the Midlands, the Cotswolds and the South West.. In 2015, Eden were awarded ‘Small Hotel Group of the Year’ category at the AA Hospitality Awards. Lower Henlade, Taunton, Somerset TA3 5NB 01823 442 500 |

Escape to The Mount Somerset Hotel & Spa

The original Georgian house was built between 1805 and 1815 for Robert Proctor Anderdon and his heir John Proctor Anderdon who served with the Duke of Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo. It is a Grade II* listed building and its notable features include the octagonal hall and sweeping stone staircase, with mahogany handrails.



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Macmillan Celebrity Christmas Stocking Auction On Tuesday 6th December, Macmillan Cancer Support held their annual Celebrity Christmas Stocking Auction at London’s Park Lane Hotel hosted by Rufus Hound. Guests included Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Gail Porter, Game of Thrones’ star Gemma Whelan, Coronation Street’s Faye Brookes, Sonique and Tim Vincent amongst others. The auction gave hundreds of guests the chance to bid on dream stockings compiled by some the UK’s best loved celebrities, including award-winning actress Brenda Blethyn, TV presenter Amanda Holden, comedian Ricky Gervais, the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson


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the Auction has raised over £2million for people affected by cancer

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and American jazz singer and songwriter Gregory Porter. The festive prizes included stunning holidays, designer clothes and accessories, and an additional ‘money-can’t-buy’ experience personally donated by each celebrity to go under the hammer for Macmillan Cancer Support. These included everything from a champagne afternoon tea with national treasure Brenda to a night of fine dining at an exquisite two Michelin star restaurant with famous chef Nathan Outlaw. Now in its 18th year the annual Macmillan Celebrity Christmas Stocking Auction has raised over £2million to date for people affected by cancer. Please visit to find out more If you have cancer and need support, information or just to chat, call Macmillan free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm). (Photo credit: James McCauley / Macmillan Cancer Support) @sloanloves | Sloan Sheridan-Williams




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Schweppes 12 Twists of Christmas Pop Up On Thursday 15th December 2016, Schweppes 12 Twists of Christmas pop up bar launch party took place in Covent Garden in the heart of London. First Dates’ front man Fred Sirieix hosted the evening, greeting guests and adding charm as only he knows how to. Celebrities turned out in force to celebrate, including Henry Holland, Lucy Watson, Hugo Taylor and Olivia Cox. Jaime Winston added some glitz and glamour to the event wearing multi-coloured oversized bright checked shirt. Lucy Watson enjoyed a Santa Collins cocktail with boyfriend James Dunmore. Other guests included Alistair Guy, Pandora Christie, Nicola Hughes, Noelle Reno and Naomi Isted.


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The launch marked the opening of the Schweppes 12 Twists of Christmas bar which was open to the public the following weekend. All guests sampled Christmas cocktails from the exclusive menu and took part in a cocktail-making masterclass led by cocktail aficionado Matt Whiley and his team, of London hotspots Chiltern Firehouse and Peg + Patriot. During the masterclass, guests learnt how to expand their cocktail repertoire and take their parties to the next level – from what mixer to use to the best glasses to impress – with no mini umbrellas in sight! (Photo credit: Dave Benett / 3 Monkeys Zeno)

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Creativity 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.

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SLOAN! 10th Edition  

In this issue: exclusive interviews with Kyran Bracken, Greg Rutherford and Alex Brundle, expert articles by Dale Pinnock, Lysbeth Fox, Robi...

SLOAN! 10th Edition  

In this issue: exclusive interviews with Kyran Bracken, Greg Rutherford and Alex Brundle, expert articles by Dale Pinnock, Lysbeth Fox, Robi...


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