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SLOAN! Rebecca Ferguson

Luxury Homes

Dapper Dad

Healthy Living

The Great Outdoors

Tasty Tipples Hampshire Hotels Techtastic Treats

Prize Giveaways

15th edition

Features: Inside this edition Heather Small Jason Atherton Fred Sirieix DS 7 CROSSBACK

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REBECCA FERGUSON

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Who To Know

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HEATHER SMALL: DISCOVER THE VOICE OF M PEOPLE

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REBECCA FERGUSON: LIFE LESSONS & EMPOWERMENT

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JASON ATHERTON: COOKING WITH MICHELIN STAR CHEF

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When I first started SLOAN! magazine I was pleased to reach so many people. Now taking my work on stage to help others as an international speaker has been a highlight of the last 6 months and I believe that the features inside this latest edition will inspire those who wish to take a leap forward to have all the facts at hand to follow their dreams.

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FRED SIRIEIX: MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN HOSPITALITY

SLOAN SHERIDAN-WILLIAMS AT THE 8TH ASIAN AWARDS

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Editor’s Letter

JIM BEVERIDGE: JOHNNIE WALKER MASTER BLENDER

SLOAN SHERIDAN-WILLIAMS AT THE BAFTA TV AWARDS

Growth is a huge part of fulfilment and constant progression forward is the key to happiness. The leading experts in these pages share top tips be it on health, wealth or lifestyle to help you take those steps closer to a future you desire and deserve! It’s been so wonderful to work with such fabulous dedicated people not to mention interview the wonderful celebrities Rebecca Ferguson, Heather Small, Jason Atherton and Fred Sirieix. My team and I have carefully curated suggestions for London restaurants, UK country breaks and luxury hotels & restaurants in Dubai - one of my favourite

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Where To Go 57 SPRUNCH AT THE CHELSEA HARBOUR HOTEL

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THE KINGS HEAD HURSLEY

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THE HUNSTMAN OF BROCKENHURST

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MACDONALD ELMERS COURT HOTEL & RESORT

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MARWELL HOTEL & MARWELL ZOO

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RADISSON BLU HOTEL DUBAI WATERFRONT

CHILWORTH MANOR

places to work, rest and play! We’ve also included some great gift ideas and buying guides for the season ahead. As always I’d like to thank my fantastic team who are such a pleasure to work with and thank you for your continued support. I’m pleased to announce not only did we break the 250k social media follower goal we set last issue we smashed it with a following of over 300k combined following. Keep Inspired!

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What To Buy 10 SPRING INTO FITNESS 13 BTL EXILIS ELITE 18 SUPER SUPPLEMENTS 23 SPRING INTO FASHION 33 THE GREAT OUTDOORS 44 COMPETITION SIZZLERS 42 TECHTASTIC TREATS 44 SOMETHING FOR THE BOYS 46 DAPPER DAD

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How To Live

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ASHLEY VERMA: BENEFITS OF A WORKOUT BUDDY

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LYNDSAY HIRST: PREVENTING INJURY WITH PREHAB

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KATE LLEWELLYN-WATERS: NUTRIGENOMICS & FASTING

JANE TAYLOR: HAT FASHION

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KAREN J GERRARD: BUILDING BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS

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LIZ CARTWRIGHT: GET THE MOST OUT OF NETWORKING

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KAREN MEAGER & JOHN MCLACHLAN: RESTING FACE

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NICHOLAS HAINES: ENERGY TYPES & THE BIG QUESTION

RICK HAY: ENERGY BOOSTERS OLIVIER BRANFORD: BREASTS

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What To Eat 12 POWER UP WITH PROTEIN 34 WEBER: GET GRILLING 52 TASTY TIPPLES 53 SPRING GIN-SPIRATION 56 SOFT TO HARD IN SIX SIPS 68 LONDON RESTAURANTS 74 DUBAI DINING

NIKI WEBSTER: SOCIAL MEDIA ALEX NEWALL: UHNW HOMES

OLIVER WARD: GIN SNOBBERY

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Sloan Sheridan-Williams talks to Heather Small to discover the woman behind the voice of M People and what the Sloan SECRET means to her A lot of celebrities tell me that being S successful gets them a lot of things but they also have to give up some things as well. What have you had to give up or cut out of your life to get you where you are today? I have always been quite disciplined H and I think you have to give up on inconsistency. You have to be consistent. What you have to give up is mediocre.

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What has been your most empowering moment and what empowers you in your life?

I think motherhood has been very H empowering. When you’re responsible for another individual from birth, the love and care that is needed is pulled out of you as an individual and lets you know a) You’re far stronger than you imagined and b) There are lots of things you shouldn’t care about and are not worth any of your time. Your biggest endeavour is to make sure that little person is happy, clothed, fed and grows up to be a productive individual. It is such a big ask that everything else pales into insignificance. Who or what else brings joy to your

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Family and a sense of belonging. I H have friends who are like my family so there is a cross over point in my circle. They love me and I love them. To be honest it’s unconditional. I think that works. They say teamwork makes the dream S work and you talk about your family and circle of friends. Who do you surround yourself with in your professional world that helps you as part of your team? That’s funny because I don’t know H very many other creative people, l mean certain other people that l have met make me strive to do better at what l do professionally. You meet people like Misha Paris and Rochford who is so musical, talented and so other worldly in his ability that its quite awe inspiring and some people may be intimidated but the most part of what he does is like let me think. That’s the

standard and there are people like Rochford and Misha out there that set the standard in the British musical psyche and whether it’s acknowledged or not it’s out there and I’m grateful for that.

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Where you get sources of inspiration and how you learn and develop? How do you stimulate yourself creatively?

What l like to do to stimulate myself H and my own musical endeavour is to see other creative things: creative plays, films, read books, hear other people’s thoughts and what they do to fill their own creative life. l met someone recently who is a film maker who makes independent films and shorts and the honesty and creativity you find is liberating and any time you see the joy they get from capturing the shot for me or the audience. l have a backup team - the people who I get on stage with. My MD strives to make the songs a little different from what they started off with. Like I say striving for perfection in any creative endeavour. I have my vocal coach and she is amazing. You know she is a vocal coach but she goes deep into the understanding of how the voice works. She has written a book and has a CD out. She is a perfectionist in her endeavours. I like that. She goes to the heart of it so more than just lip service. It’s in-depth. Anyone that can be open and honest to what they do because it’s brave. It’s you. You put your head above the parapet and there is always someone who wants to lop it off. So when other people are brave and they revel in their talent that makes me happy. It makes me feel more creative and makes me feel like getting out there and being the best l can be with my creative talent. My next question is to do with your S daily habits in terms of the things you do every day or every week to stay on track and achieve your goals. What would you say your habits are that help you achieve results? I eat well and l look after myself

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and everyone and you feel powerless and one thing l am is a control freak. You want to control your environment and everything around you and that’s not real control. It’s like if l say I’m going to get up tomorrow and go to the gym and eat healthily or I’m going to go out and take my dog for a long walk. It’s the courage of your convictions. It’s saying yes I’m going to do this. So it’s not so much a routine because l don’t like routine and that’s why l love what l do but it’s certain things that are character traits and it’s being disciplined in your endeavour. Trying to be the best you can in your endeavour but outside of myself I like that interaction with people and that’s sustenance because you meet all types of people and usually it’s the people that are most quiet that are the most interesting. It’s not the loudest and I have learnt because l used to be really very shy and as a female in this kind of industry being quite shy isn’t always going to be the best but l have always had a sense of self and always been quite determined. I have never had someone say to me be like this, do that, don’t do that so l think the best thing is about finding out who your true self is and being true to that and working towards that. l pray and I like my visits to church. I ask for my faults to be rectified and when I pray for anyone else l pray for them but what l pray for myself is to try and find out the imperfections. Can you share with me your plans for the rest of the

S year and what you’re looking forward to over the coming months?

I am terrified of doing my tour but I am really H looking forward to it as well, I mean l get on stage with people I know and love and have known for years and they still have the same musical endeavours and intentions as myself. l love the fact l can go out with those people and entertain an audience that have invested 6 SLOAN! www.sloanmagazine.com | editorial@sloanmagazine.com

and been by my side for a long time. To be able to say: “yes your investment and belief in me was well founded.” That’s something l really look forward to and also I’m going around the world and singing live later this year and for me it doesn’t get better than that. I’m also looking forward to doing more writing and have found a few people to collaborate with and I’ve written a few songs that will come out later this year that I am 100% happy with and that’s been a long time coming! So I am in that position where l am creative and sometimes you get times where you not feeling it and at the moment I’m in that place where l am feeling it and it’s feeling good. I hear you have your new Orchestral Greatest Hits

S album coming out soon. Tell me more about that.

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H be out soon. I’m really enjoying working with jazz

musicians and classical artists on songs that I know and love but with different production and a different interpretation. It gives it a new lease of life and that’s always interesting especially when people want you to sing my biggest hit songs. The songs are something people have come to know and love you for so you want to do them justice. I also want to be creative in such a way to make sure I don’t become complacent. There are things that l will try vocally when l sing the same songs. l try to sing them with a different heart sometimes. It also depends where you are or it depends on the interpretation. I sang with the Gay Men’s Choir and oh my goodness it was a beautiful sound. They gave back to me the song l wrote and it moves you on a whole different level. My songs can still be fresh and new for me and that’s always a win-win. Heather Small: The Voice of M People is on tour now. For more details go to heathersmall-mpeople.com


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The Benefits of a Workout Buddy Ashley Verma, founder of revolutionary fitness empire DEFINE.London, shares her expertise on how a workout companion can help optimise your motivation and results

Ashley Verma

Exercise is a beautiful thing. It enables you to explore the potential of the mind, body and soul, releasing stress and tensions in the process. For some, exercise is a dedicated journey in which we find our true selves in amongst the chaos of a frantic schedule. Whether it be looming deadlines at work or looking after the kids at home, exercise provides you with the safe haven of a tranquil piece of mind. That 50 minute dance cardio session is an escape from reality, and that 30 minute arm and ab express class is a quick burst of energy – expelling the negative tension cooped up inside.

Find yourself an energetic friend who shares similar fitness goals to you, to act as a motivator – not only to get you to the gym/class but to push you on once you arrive. When the office is on its way to the pub garden for a few (calorie riddled) cocktails in the sun, be the one who is working hard to get the bikini body ready for a few (calorie riddled) cocktails on the beach! IMPROVED PERFORMANCE

However, whilst working out is a journey in itself, nobody ever said that you have to go it alone. A study of 1,000 women found that 64 per cent of those who run, go to the gym or attend group exercise classes with friends will push themselves harder than if they went alone. There are numerous benefits to working out with a companion, whether it be a work colleague, partner, family member or lifelong friend – working out with a buddy is extremely rewarding.

A recent study has revealed that workout buddies can double levels of performance. This all stems back to the motivation aspect, seeing as we push ourselves further when in the company of somebody we want to impress. Having a reliable partner with you will also improve your techniques, as its good to have someone watching your posture for example. A friend who can tell you that your plank is slightly slouched if a good friend indeed.

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HEALTHY COMPETITION

For those who struggle to find the motivation after a long hard day at work, to get themselves down to the studio/gym to complete an energy exerting session – having a companion is perfect. It is much easier to pull out of a session when you don’t have somebody to push you to come along. It transpires that some people struggle to work out alone, purely for the fact they

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find it hard to motivate themselves. Having a friend by your side providing verbal guidance stands in great motivation for pushing yourself further.

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Having somebody working out alongside you can also act as healthy competition – because let’s face it; we all want to show off in front of our buddies. It might not be for everyone, but some people thrive off the competitive side of fitness. It might be a case of settling that dinnertime debate over who can execute the most squats, or simply who can dance better!

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With a friend, track results in a little notebook dedicated to your workout progress. In this book, you can compare each other’s scores and results week in, week out. If you lost out last week – all the more reason to get back out there and pull one back on the score sheet. Healthy competition is very useful. THE SOCIAL ASPECT

Working out can be a social event. There is nothing better than glancing over to your best friend with the same expression of delight plastered over your face. Plus, what better than a static bicycle to share the gossip of the day whilst toning those calf muscles? Working out can feel like less of a chore if it is seen as a social event. A tip of mine would be to schedule in a session every now and then with somebody who you don’t see every day – this will give you that extra buzz to make it to the class/ session for a good old catch up. ABOUT ASHLEY VERMA

Ashley’s 16 year Broadway career was brought to a premature end as a result of an Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury sustained during a show. Following months of testing physiotherapy, Ashley went on to move to the UK and establish the ground-breaking fitness empire DEFINE.London, bringing never before seen class concepts to the fore to help clients define a stronger, healthier and more inspired version of themselves.

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Preventing Injury With ‘Prehab’ Chartered Physiotherapist Lyndsay Hirst explains how injury can be prevented using ‘prehab’ workouts based on Pilates I have spent the last 15 years of my career treating injuries, many of which could have been prevented. Injury and pain very often occur as a result of dysfunction somewhere in the musculoskeletal system. Most pain can be treated but getting to the root cause of why the pain occurred in the first will enable you to take measures to make sure it doesn’t reoccur. I would encourage everyone, injury or no injury to make sure they look after their body with prehab exercises. HOW DYSFUNCTION CAN OCCUR We all have muscles around our joints that act as stabilising muscles, their job is to support the joint as the joint moves. We also then have muscles that perform the movement (mobilisers) and move our joints. When an imbalance occurs and the stabilisers weaken, the mobilisers can develop an overactivity to try and compensate for the weakness in the stabilisers. This combination of weakness in the stabilisers and overactivity in the mobilisers will cause a movement dysfunction which can ultimately lead to pain and injury. Tightness in a muscle is usually as a result of another muscle not functioning. Hamstring injuries amongst footballers are a great example to use. Those with tight

hamstrings are more likely to ‘pull the hamstring’, and cause injury. The hamstring is usually tight in the first place because of some imbalance between the glutes and hamstring. This can be treated by waking up the glutes and retraining the glutes to activate when they are designed to! The job we do, whether we sit all day or stand, or the sporting activities we take part in will all determine what our natural muscle imbalances will be. Doing an exercise such as Pilates is a brilliant way to keep your body moving in a way it is supposed to. PREVENTION BETTER THAN CURE To make sure your body is in top physical condition you will need to work on strengthening the stabilising muscles, lengthen the mobilising muscles and mobilise your joints. Adding in some balance exercises will also help. This will allow freedom of movement throughout the body so it can cope with the demands placed on it during exercise or even just sitting at your desk! Strengthening the core muscles will also improve your alignment and posture to take load off the spine and keep your joints healthy. I teach clinical Pilates which is a modified version of Pilates that takes all of this into consideration. The knowledge I have as a physiotherapist allows me to tailor

workouts to individual needs and specific sporting activities. IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO START Movement and dysfunctional movement can be improved. Even if you haven’t suffered injury it may be that you are at risk because of the way you move, the way you sit, and the exercise you do. Performing stability based exercises will also improve your technique with other exercise and sport as it enhances the way our body moves to keep us moving freely. Working the deeper stabilising muscles allow the rest of the musculoskeletal system to function better, look after your body and your body will look after you. ABOUT LYNDSAY HIRST Lyndsay Hirst is a highly experienced chartered physiotherapist with 15 years experience in both the NHS and private sectors. She has been running a hugely successful physiotherapy practice with onsite rehabilitation gym and Pilates studio since 2009. Lyndsay has become a leading expert in the field of clinical Pilates and now runs a website offering her workouts online. For specific ‘prehab’ workouts, please visit YourPilatesPhysio.com

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The Role of Nutrigenomics in I WHAT IS INTERMITTENT FASTING? Intermittent Fasting (IF) is a powerful weight loss method, and it is very simple and easy to implement. It incites weight loss because of the restriction of food, followed by eating normally, and this can help stimulate your metabolism. Shorter fasts promoted by Intermittent Fasting is proven to increase metabolism, with one study reporting this increase in metabolism to be up to 14 percent. IF is also proposed as a more effective tool than long-term calorie restriction (e.g. a 1200 calorie a day diet), which can often wreak havoc on the body’s metabolism as it is constant deprivation and not just now and again like IF. Additionally, weight loss during long-term calorie restriction is often accompanied by muscle loss – and since muscle tissue is what burns through calories, having less muscle leads to a drop in your body’s ability to metabolise nutrients and food. But, IF keeps your metabolism operating efficiently by helping you hold on to your muscle tissue, especially if you make sure you include resistance training whilst fasting. On fasting days, the body will be forced to use stored energy from the body, fat and stored glycogen (sugar), this obviously aids weight loss, but it also improves blood glucose, cholesterol levels and heart health. Studies have shown that intermittent fasting is highly effective for counteracting the vascular effects of ageing, and helps to reduce the “bad” LDL cholesterol, whilst increasing the “good” HDL cholesterol. WHAT ARE THE OTHER HEALTH BENEFITS OF IF? Research has shown that periods of fasting can help to improve life expectancy and decrease risks of diseases including Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. It has been suggested that this may be down to the mild “stress” that IF puts on the body. This stress acts as a “good” threat by improving the body’s cellular defence against potential negative molecular damage. IF also stimulates the body to repair tissues, which results in every organ and cell functioning more effectively. SO, HOW DOES NUTRIGENOMICS FIT IN? From how tall we are to how we react to carbs, we are all unique and our genes can have a huge impact on our health. Many studies have shown that genes influence how we process foods and the effect our daily diets has on our bodies and health. Our individual genetic make-up can also 14 SLOAN! www.sloanmagazine.com | Call us on 0771 547 4602

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Intermittent Fasting influence how likely we are to gain weight, how our bodies deal with toxins and how we respond to exercise. Everyone has different needs, including micronutrient needs. So, one person may require more Omega-3 fats, vitamin B or C than their friend, for example, but they wouldn’t know this without taking a DNA test. Having this expert knowledge means we can then make some small changes to our diet for optimum health. Those people with what is known as a “thrifty” genotype may be susceptible to gaining weight and body fat when they consume a high-carb diet. Yet, there are other people who can process carbohydrates quickly, and who can enjoy bowls and bowls of rice and not gain a pound. CAN DNA TESTING MAKE INTERMITTENT FASTING EVEN MORE BENEFICIAL? In a word, yes. One 2010 study in the Wall Street Journal of over 100 women found that eating a genetically appropriate diet resulted in a whopping 287% more weight loss over 12 months than a eating a non-genetically appropriate diet. Weight Management DNA tests look at genetic variants associated with weight management such as carb sensitivity, saturated fat sensitivity, gluten intolerance, lactose intolerance, caffeine sensitivity, salt sensitivity, optimal “diet” for weight loss, how much exercise you need for weight loss and the type of exercise and more. Also, nutrigenomics and certain genetic variants can tell us about someone’s eating behaviour such as if they’re a snacker genetically or not - if so, they may find it easier spreading their food intake out and including smaller meals more often during IF rather than one big meal at the end of the day. NUTRIGENOMICS & IF FOR BUSY PEOPLE 1. Register for a Weight Management DNA Test, which simply involves a quick 60 second swab sample. 2. Start including an Intermittent Fasting protocol in your lifestyle such as Timerestricted Feeding (TRF) which is also know as the 16:8. You fast for 16 hours (usually overnight) and eat in an 8 hour window. It is very flexible and fits round your life and

what works for you. 3. The Alternate-day Fasting (ADF) protocol is slightly stricter. You eat 500-700 calories (women), 600-800 calories (men) one day and eat normally the next. Both these IF methods are evidence-based with numerous studies supporting them for weight loss and other health benefits. 4. Once you receive your DNA report, you can then include the suggestions on your fasting and non-fasting days. I follow a LowCarb Diet for weight management ensuring I get my macronutrients in the correct ratio in my diet. I have low-grade inflammation and take 3g of Omega-3’s to counteract this. Uncontrolled inflammation leads to weight gain and potentially obesity. You may find you have a high requirement for folate and vitamin B-rich foods, the same for cruciferous and allium vegetables such as garlic and onions, which are needed for the absence of a certain gene. You should also optimise detoxification as exposure to too many toxins can slow down liver function leading to an increase of toxins within the body. The brain, breast and adrenal glands are organs with higher levels of fatty tissue, making these prime places for toxins to be stored. This can lead to hormonal imbalance creating a negative environment in the body and result in negative side effects like cognitive issues, anxiety and fatigue. 5. If your DNA report suggests you cut down on a specific nutrient such as caffeine (you may be a genetically slow metaboliser of caffeine) make the changes gradually and you’ll soon see the benefits. 6. Finally make it work for you and your lifestyle by adapting the IF protocols to suit you. You will then really be able to commit to the changes, which will have a positive long-term benefit on your weight and health. ABOUT KATE LLEWELYN-WATERS Kate Llewellyn-Waters is a Registered Nutritionist with a MSc. in Nutrition and the founder of The What IF Plan, the world’s first weight management plan combining Intermittent Fasting with your unique, personal DNA. It helps you discover what nutrition is best for you, and maximise your body’s potential. @sloanloves | Sloan Sheridan-Williams 15


expert How To Boost Energy advice Through Nutrition Rick Hay ‘The Superfoodist’ is qualified in Nutrition and Botanical Medicine and has many years clinical experience and is involved in nutritional research and formulation. In order to boost energy naturally you need to keep nutrient density and nutrient variety up. Natural fresh brightly coloured foods need to be at the top of the list in order to deliver an array of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, enzymes and probiotics that the body needs to for natural health and natural energy production. Rick Hay is a Nutritional Physiologist and Anti Ageing Food and Fitness Nutritionist with many years clinical experience in Nutrition, Naturopathy, Botanical Medicine and Iridology. He specialises in obesity treatment, weight management, anti aging food and fitness, beauty from within and natural sports medicine. Rick is the Nutrition Director at Healthista and the author of ‘The Anti Ageing Food and Fitness Plan’ - an easy to follow twelve week food and fitness transformation guide that comes complete with recipes, workouts and food & fitness videos, He is also a qualified teacher who lectures in London in Sustainable Weight Management, Detox and Cleanse. Rick has recently released his Lean Energy Program and you can get this free e-Book from www.healthista.com

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ADD MORE VEG TO MEALS Leafy greens deliver two key natural energy boosters Magnesium and Chlorophyll - these two ingredients help the body with its energy production at a cellular level. The chlorophyll helps with natural cleansing, alkalisation and inflammation too. I recommend eating more vegan and vegetarian meals to help boost energy and maintain overall health with veggie soups and stir fros] being the perfect choice to add extra vegetable goodness to your mealtimes. Red fruits and vegetables increase nitric oxide production which helps gives a spark of energy - things like cherries, raspberries, strawberries and beetroot are popular with athletes for this reason. They make great juices to have first thing in the morning or to have prior to a workout. MIX VEG & FRUIT IN JUICES Whilst on the topic of juices it’s always best to have a fruit and veg combo as this keeps blood sugar levels steady and steady blood sugar levels lead to more steady energy release and to a steadier mood and even to less cravings.

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EAT PLANT BASED PROTEIN Plant based proteins are some of the healthiest foods on the planet they help keep energy production steady and assist with the normal functioning of the digestive, cardiovascular and immune systems of the body. Healthy plant based proteins like chickpeas, lentils, tempeh, tofu, beans and nuts and seeds


deliver much needed fibre to the diet helping to keep blood sugar spikes to a minimum. You can also supplement the diet with plant based protein powders like hemp, pea or rice - these can easily be added to a morning smoothie. SUPERFOODS & BOTANICALS There are also superfood energy turbo chargers that you can add to diet to broaden your nutritional profile with items like Maca, Licorice, Spirulina , Ginger, Chlorella, Goji Berries, Cacao and Chia Seeds are all worth considering. They come in powdered form and can be added to smoothies or juices. I recommend taking these early in the day for best results and they can also help with the afternoon energy slump. Botanicals can also help to rev up energy with many herbs falling into

this category including Siberian Ginseng, Gotu Kola, Green Tea and Yerba Mate. ADAPTOGENIC HERBS You may have heard of adaptogenic herbs also - these help to reduce stress levels whilst helping to produce a feeling of wellbeing and taking the stress edge off. The herbal tonics in this category include Ashwagandha, Schizandra, Rhodiola and Tulsi (also known as Holy Basil). HAVE A HEALTHY BREAKFAST If you want to keep energy levels at maximum throughout the day it’s important to have a nourishing breakfast - this shouldn’t be a sugar based breakfast but should include some form of plant based healthy protein. I recommend starting the day with a green smoothie - you can use banana, spinach, nuts and

dates in rice or hemp milk to make a great nutrient dense metabolism booster. Also something as simple as porridge with coconut milk, chia seeds and berries will provide sustained energy release throughout the day. AVOID CAFFEINE AND SUGAR Steer clear of too much caffeine and sugar and of too many processed foods as these are all energy zappers. Although they may give you a quick boost, you will end up with a slump that may lead to more unhealthy snacking. SUPPLEMENTS CAN HELP A good natural multivitamin that is high in B vitamins can help with energy production and a Magnesium or Iron deficiency can lead to fatigue. If you are suffering from hormonal changes then the herb Vitex may be worth considering.

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Super Supplements We recommend a balanced diet & active lifestyle to stay healthy but when that’s not possible try these supplements to help you stay on top form this spring

Health & Wellbeing

Esthechoc Golden Skin With Elle L Singer Elle L told us: “Being Esthechoc ambassador is an honour - it’s revolutionary as a beauty supplement. Creating something with world class chocolatiers and Cambridge scientists means for the first time something we love (chocolate) can also be good for us and help to benefit our skin health. Before now, chocolate has been associated as a naughty treat. It really is a dream skincare product to enjoy as part of a healthy regime and has had rave reviews from industry.” Elle continued: “Case studies show us that best results take place when consumed daily on a continued basis so Golden really looks at a longevity way to enjoy the chocolate supplement. I wanted for us to make this cost effective so the inner circle is open to anyone that would like to experience the results of esthechoc over a longer amount of time and we have put some special discounts for early customers to enjoy.” “What I love most about Esthechoc is it’s smart and delicious with real results. Our astaxanthin (hero ingredient and powerful antioxidant) comes from fresh water lakes in Chile. We obtain it from algae as opposed to fish, so you get the glowing benefits of eating a whole fillet of salmon in each bite, which would usually make your skin glow. However it’s vegan, all natural - we get our milk from Soy beans. A delicious vegan chocolate is also pretty revolutionary so as I say it’s a pleasure to be behind such an incredible brand that Harrods, Selfridges, Aesthetic Doctors such as celebrity skin doctor Dr Rita Rakus and a number of tastemakers are really loving.” “The perfect time to get your skin ready for summer is now so Golden is our ultimate spring summer campaign aimed to get your skin glowing in the most delicious way possible.” For more information please visit www.esthechoc.com/uk/golden-skin

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BARE BIOLOGY The only product that delivers the recommended daily dose for normal blood pressure of 3,000mg per day of EPA & DHA in one serving. £47.50 from barebiology.com

MAHARISHI AYURVEDA The All India Ayurvedic Congress has officially endorsed Maharishi AyurVeda as the authentic form of Ayurveda. Ambrosia is one of the most powerful Ayurvedic rejuvenators designed to have a holistic, nourishing effect on both body and mind. $45.16 available from www.maharishi.co.uk GENESSENCE This Moringa and Guarana formulation is ideal for anyone who feels fatigued. Moringa reduces tiredness while Guarana has antioxidant properties and contains natural caffeine to boost your day. £24.99 from Revital

GARDEN OF LIFE Microbiome Formula Mood+ has 16 clinically studied live bacteria strains to support emotional health, well-being, and help manage chronic stress. £34.99 from Wholefoods

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HAIRBURST Hairburst Chewable Hair Vitamins are an easy way to take the essential vitamins needed to maintain healthy, faster hair growth. Ideal for people who find it hard to swallow tablets. £19.99 from www.hairburst.com @sloanloves | Sloan Sheridan-Williams

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Expert Advice

Is Breast Beauty Subject to Fashion?

Mr Olivier Branford, a renowned cosmetic surgeon specialising in breast augmentation explores breast shapes through the ages to find out if there is an ideal natural breast shape.

Mr Olivier Branford

Mr Olivier Alexandre Branford is]] a Consultant Aesthetic Plastic Surgeon at the Cadogan Clinic, specialising in non-surgical and surgical cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. He is also the world’s most influential Social Media opinion leader in plastic surgery, using digital channels to educate the public and share knowledge, insight, news, best practice and successes with fellow plastic surgeons. With a special interest in breast aesthetic surgery and also microsurgical breast and vaginal reconstructive surgery, Mr Branford is a leading surgeon in his field, renowned for his outstanding results, knowledge and innovation. Passionate about education, he continues to lecture all over the world and has published extensively. Mr Branford has studied at University of Cambridge, Royal Free Hospital of Medicine and University of London, which is where he received his PhD in tissue engineering in plastic surgery. He has undertaken extensive surgical training in London hospitals and previous esteemed posts include working at The Royal Marsden performing breast reconstruction. Alongside his extensive surgical practice, Mr Branford is Consulting Editor for social media at PRS Journal, the number one worldwide plastic surgery journal. To book an appointment with Mr Olivier Branford call 0808 252 9528.

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Is there an ideal natural breast size and shape? This is a very important question, and even more astonishingly, one that has previously never been answered. Many sculpted, painted, and photographed women with beautiful natural breasts have adorned the history of art. Understanding what constitutes breast beauty is essential for those carrying out aesthetic breast surgery. Although ideal aesthetic proportions for the face, nose and body have been described in art, and have been used to plan aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, the female breast in art has not received such mathematical scrutiny. It is surprisingly not known if breast beauty can be considered archetypal in nature or if it is merely subject to fashion. There is no official aesthetic guide for plastic surgeons involved in breast reconstruction or augmentation. So the results of procedures are subject to each individual surgeon’s own ideals. This is not true in other areas of plastic or reconstructive surgery. The existence of ideal beauty is actually a creation from art, and as plastic surgeons we would be wise to look to art to produce beautiful results. THE MATHEMATICS OF BREAST BEAUTY

In a recent study I undertook in 2015 with Mr Patrick Mallucci, in 1315 participants of all demographic backgrounds we found that, when shown breasts of all different shapes and sizes, people preferred natural beauty in the breast. This showed that the beauty of the breast lies in

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having a full and tight convex curve in the lower breast (the lower pole), without the overfull inflated upper “Baywatch” breast appearance. The desire for an overfilled and oversized “fake” look seems to have infiltrated aesthetic surgery practice without challenge over the past decades. Perhaps the most significant observation in that study was of the upper pole to lower pole distribution - the so-called 45:55 ratio, defining the lower pole as consistently slightly fuller than the upper pole, with 55 percent of the breast height being below the nipple, and this full lower pole forming the basis for natural breast beauty. This was a fundamental observation and goes against conventional notions of upper pole fullness as being a desirable end goal of breast augmentation: Beauty is in the lower pole of the breast. Our next challenge was to put those principles into practice into a consistent and reproducible manner for the benefit of surgeons and more importantly their patients. This is the basis of our subsequent article “The ICE Principle”, which was the 5th most read plastic surgery article of all time, having appeared in 35 news outlets, and is all about achieving natural breast beauty and moving away from the vulgarity of oversized implants. BREAST BEAUTY OVER THE LAST 2000 YEARS

The Greeks and the Romans first set out to define ideals of beauty and proportion. Leonardo da Vinci divided the face into thirds and fifths form part of the iconic images correlating ideal human shape with geometry.


Left: The 45:55 ratio is found in the Venus de Milo, Alexandros of Antioch, Louvre Museum, Paris (130 to 100 BC) Below: This painting by Manet clearly shows the 45:55 natural proportion. Olympia, by Edouard Manet, Musée d’Orsay, Paris (1865) Right: The timelessness of natural beauty is shown by Venus, by Grace Vane Percy, at William Kent, State Bed at Houghton Hall (with permission of the V&A) (2012) Innovation occurs through combining different disciplines to approach a common challenge. I approached Grace Vane Percy, an internationally acclaimed female nude portrait photographer whose work has appeared in Tatler, and an expert on the representation of Venus in art with the question “Is there an ideal breast beauty that artists aspire to recreate?” Venus’ divinity allowed her depiction in every artistic period without scandal and is the embodiment of physical desire. The Venus de Milo was sculpted to be worshipped as a goddess, and over 2,000 years on she still is. Venus is the triumphal embodiment of female worship and the cult of female beauty. Our research question was “Is breast beauty archetypal or is it subject to fashion?” This is not just a philosophical question. Artists have an implicit eye for beauty and as surgeons so should we. It is not enough to have an eye for beauty, a mathematical description of beautiful proportion is required to inform surgeons. From a compiled list of every celebrated Venus in the history of art (Date range: 115 BC to 2005 AD), we analysed a total of 148 sculptures and paintings according to the principles in the previous 45:55 article.

Astonishingly, there was only a 1.4% change in upper pole to lower pole ratio in over 2,000 years! This research was well received at my invited lecture in the largest aesthetics conference in the world, with 10,000 delegates, in Paris (IMCAS annual congress). IMPLICATIONS FOR AESTHETIC SURGERY

Over 10 million breast augmentation operations alone have been performed worldwide. Last year over 12,000 women had cosmetic breast surgery in the United Kingdom, with breast augmentation increasing by 6% in 2017. The top two most commonly performed aesthetic procedures in the body are breast augmentation and breast reduction. Aesthetic outcomes in plastic surgery depend on having an understanding of patient goals, and being able to tailor and plan the surgical procedure to suit a patient’s anatomy and desired outcome. To quote one of the pioneers of plastic surgery Millard from his book “Principalization of Plastic Surgery”: ‘First the norm for the body’s appearance must be ascertained, but the true surgeon and artist cannot rest there, he must discover a norm that is endowed with the aura of an ideal beauty. Know the beautiful ideal normal.’

As plastic surgeons we should not contribute to distortions of beauty through unscrupulous marketing and poor surgical planning, but we should support a natural positive body image. Today discerning women increasingly request a “natural” look in a bid to restore confidence and femininity. I believe that these studies will be used as the basis for design in aesthetic breast surgery, representing the patient’s best interests not only from an aesthetic standpoint but also in terms of longevity of breast shape and patient safety. The paper that I have written with Grace Vane Percy, the first article to have been jointly written by an artist and a plastic surgeon, will be submitted to the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery to encourage surgeons to learn from art and artists and to aim for natural results when reconstructing breasts after cancer or to avoid distorted results in aesthetic surgery. The revision rate for poor shape following breast augmentation is up to 30%. This needs to change! Grace Vane Percy and I are both very excited to bring science to art to help plan excellent aesthetic outcomes.

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Expert Advice

Hat Etiquette For The Social Season

Milliner Jane Taylor shares her expert tips on how to get your hat right no matter what the occasion

Jane Taylor

Born in Henley in 1981, Jane Taylor is a recognised milliner, handcrafting beautiful hats for all occasions. Founded in 2014, Jane Taylor London is recognised for the utmost quality, beauty and luxury in the millinery world. The brand is loved by the Royal family including The Duchess of Cambridge, The Countess of Wessex, Princess Beatrice of York, Zara Philips & HRH Mary of Denmark. Jane Taylor London is also well known in the music industry with Beyoncé & Rita Ora said to be fans of her hats.    Jane Taylor opened her first boutique near Richmond, London 8 years ago and launched her flagship store on the Kings Road in 2016.  Stockists of the brand include Neiman Marcus & Harrods.

The most expensive or glamorous hat at the event can be very unflattering unless you get the balance right!

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The UK’s summer social calendar is packed with events and paving the way is Royal Ascot in June. A key date among the horse racing fans and across fashion circles, the search for a suitable outfit has started as getting the right dress etiquette is a must. The style guide has been announced and for all its restrictions it still allows for sophisticated and elegant appearances. Undoubtedly, there will be impressive ensembles worn and accessories such as headwear will take centre stage. At the Ascot Races, the enclosure you are in determines the dress code you should abide by. A hat, however, is most often than not a requirement to be worn at all times at one of Britain’s most high profile race meetings. Here’s how to get it right and make an impression whilst respecting the rules of the event. ‘DRESS & HAT’ ETIQUETTE Choose your hat before deciding on your outfit. This is my very first rule and the safest way to achieving an overall look you will be pleased with. Once you’ve selected your hat, build everything else around it, allowing it to be the statement piece that brings and keeps it all together. Go for low-key, minimalistic bag & shoes and, why not, a pair of summer gloves. Colour, style and shape are crucial, so allow for plenty of time to shop and try on a variety of dress and hat styles. You can also have something bespoke made, especially if you are unsure about how your outfit ties in as a whole. We do dye to order so we can match a dress and design to pull your whole look together.

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BALANCE YOUR PROPORTIONS Perhaps the most important and oldest rule in the book. You might be wearing the most expensive or glamorous hat at the event but it can be very unflattering unless you get the balance right. Once you’ve decided on your hairstyle for the day, consider the shape of your face; your milliner will be the best person to advise as to the hat option that will be right for you. As a general rule, rounded hats with asymmetrical brims or those with veils tend to soften the strictness of square-shaped faces; if you’ve got an oval-shaped face you’ll be spoilt for hat choice but I tend to advise on small and slanted hats or asymmetrical pieces which will beautifully frame your face and give you height. If you are tall, you can wear a wide hat as it won’t overwhelm you and your height will be able to carry the style. If you are opting for a big skirt, wear a wide-brimmed hat to balance out the outfit. Go smaller & more tailored if you choose a suit or dress. KNOW THE YEAR’S TRENDS Neutral colours are strong this year, so look out for a chic outfit in pastels which you can round off with brighter accessories. At the races, your hat can make or break your look, so arm yourself with knowledge of the styles and colours that will be most seen. Boaters are the perfect summer hat and very much on 2018’s fashion agenda. Wide-brimmed hats and more structured pieces are a safe choice if you’re Ascot-bound. Navy blue, black & prints are in the spotlight this season, so expect elegant dresses, strict cuts and subtly dramatic formal headwear.


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Rebecca Ferguson

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Sloan Sheridan-Williams talks to Rebecca Ferguson about empowerment, confidence, personal growth and life lessons she’s learned In terms of empowerment and being

S an empowered woman, what does

that mean to you and what has been your most empowering moment? Overcoming my anxiety was a

R very empowering moment. I didn’t

realise how much strength I had. For instance, when it came to going on stage I had crippling anxiety so I felt empowered conquering that. As well as that, having my youngest child my daughter Arabella my youngest on my own, I felt that was quite empowering because carrying a child on my own and to take on that responsibility and to raise her on my own. I think empowerment to me is just carrying on really. Life hits you with so many things at you and there’s nothing you can do about it but it’s about carrying on and not giving up and it’s thinking that I can do this. It’s like fight or flight. I think a lot of people run away from things and think they are not strong enough but for me I think that I have no choice but to keep on going and that’s what I’ve tried to do. Was that especially the case with S The X Factor where you knew that every week you had to be on that stage and you couldn’t just walk away? Yeah, it was a case of get up and R crack on and just do it because you have to. This is what you wanted and this is an opportunity. That’s what I did. I overcame a lot. The X Factor was like a training ground and was so intense that you had to just conquer your fears. Was there any particular support you S had to help you with your anxiety during The X Factor and then immediately afterwards when you started your career performing on stage? No I didn’t really. I found an inner R strength to overcome my anxiety because I always wanted to do well and have a better life. My ambition helped me overcome it. When I watched the episode of the first live show, before I went on I remember thinking “I can’t do this. I just can’t do this” and then I thought to myself “Rebecca, you are

going to go up there and you are going to pretend you’re confident. You are going to pretend you know what you’re doing”. I look back on that video and I actually look quite cocky but I was completely faking it and yet I was so nervous inside but it was about just doing it anyway even if I was scared. I think that’s my motto – Do It Anyway. In terms of what brings you comfort, S what things in your life provide you with comfort and certainty giving you stability and security? I think it’s my family. It’s definitely R my children and being home. You see I’m quite normal. I like just being in my pyjamas at home with my kids with nothing to do. I enjoy watching a nice film with them or painting with my daughter. I’m very much a typical Cancerian. Home is everything to me. I feel a sense of security when I’m at home. Also I have a boyfriend now who is really lovely and he really helps me feel safe and secure. Talking about love and what that S means to you and how it informs your music. Can you describe the feeling you get when you’re on stage and you’ve connected with your audience. What does that emotional connection mean to you? That’s really important to me. The R connection with my fans is really important and I’m very aware of that when I’m singing live. I really appreciate when they write to me and tell me how much the songs mean to them. It’s a lovely feeling to be able to move people. As well as your fans and your family,

S what else gives you meaning and

importance in your life and makes you proud in what you are doing? Oh that’s made me think. That’s a

R hard one really. I think last year I

went on a journey of self-love really. I finally learned how to feel proud of myself which in the past was such an odd thing for me. You’re taught to be humble and not give yourself any praise at all – that’s how I was raised. To get to 31 and @sloanloves | Sloan Sheridan-Williams

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turning 32 in July and finally look in the mirror and feel proud of myself is weird for me. You’ve recently talked about your S personal growth and spiritual growth with the books you’ve been reading which have helped you become a more spiritual developed person. What do you do these days to help you grow emotionally? I pray and I have a lot of faith. R I’ve been on a bit of a journey and for me that journey was about being more open-minded in the sense that I was always taught that in the religion I was brought up on and the book I was brought up on was the only book and you do not read anything else. That is it. I think now that was wrong but I didn’t at the time. Now truth and love are important to me and I’ve become more of an open person to other people’s beliefs. I don’t just dismiss it like I used to and say you’re wrong and we’re right. There is truth in that. There’s something they say about how a Buddhist believes that everything should be treated with respect from people to nature and even trees. I know it sounds a bit hippie but now I’m more open to it. OK that’s not how I’ve been raised but I will accept that as a lovely truth and a lovely thing. I’m now more open spiritually and I have a real deep respect for everyone’s religion and everyone’s belief. It’s like I’ve become a hippie – I just got older and wiser (laughs). That’s an interesting point. When S people grow from being narrowminded and judgemental to being more open and accepting it brings a lot more joy in their life. Have you found that? Yeah. I think that’s true. For R me it’s just about respecting everyone. What happens is there is no right or wrong. I think humans naturally want to say “I’m right and you’re wrong” but how about we all just love each other and respect each other’s beliefs. That’s where I am now and it’s made me a more open person. In terms of your younger self,

S you mention about being more

accepting now compared to the way you were brought up as a child. If you were to write a letter to your younger self, as well as the advice of being more open and more accepting

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of others, what advice would you give your younger self? The letter to my younger self

R would be to be more wise in

the people that you choose to surround yourself with and to be more cautious. My thing is that I always see the good in everyone and that hurts me because whereas others would see the bad in someone and be warned off by that, I get close to them because I see the goodness in them. So I’d probably write to myself and say “No, this is the real world and not everyone is good so you can’t change people and make them good”. I think that problem has been my downfall so that’s what advice I would give my younger self.

S

Talking about not being able to change people, is that one of the life lessons you have learned?

Yeah, definitely yeah. I think R again it’s weird accepting people for who they are. Everyone has their own truth and just because you don’t agree with something it doesn’t mean that you’re right or they’re wrong. Everyone has their own interpretation of it. It sounds like common sense especially in relationships I was in where I thought this is right and you’re wrong but it’s about knowing each of us is different and it’s about meeting people where they are at. I’ve learned about standing shoulder to shoulder with someone in a relationship and not thinking that you should treat me a certain way just because you are a man. I think now that love is a privilege and you don’t own that person. It’s a privilege to spend time with that person and you have to respect their life and their wishes. When you enter into a relationship you have to be free and they have to be free and you can’t hold people down. I think definitely having my year out has been good for me to grow as a person. What advice would you give S to young women and also increasingly young men who are struggling to believe in themselves and overcome low self-confidence? Social media is huge now and it

R can bring out good things but it

can also bring out insecurities so my advice would be to focus on you. I think you have to focus on you and what’s good about you. It’s not about

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comparing yourself to other people. Not just that but you also have to accept yourself because that’s your lot so you have to accept yourself and keep moving forward because if you don’t then you will be stuck in a place where you can’t move and it’s like I wish I was like this or like that but you are you. You are you and you have to accept that and grow to become the best version of yourself. Having just finished your latest

S UK tour, how do you ensure

everything stays balanced between you being on tour, your singing career, being a mother and all the other responsibilities you have? It took me 8 years to learn to be

R honest. I used to take so much on

whereas now I know when to say actually cancel that tomorrow because I want to spend the day with the baby. I think it’s all about being able to say no. Not just that but also sometimes I get the kids to come with me on tour and visit new places but I think a lot of it is learning to say no. I’ve prioritised my children now and I make sure that if my children say Mummy I need you that I listen and focus on them. You’ve done a lot to help other S people through your career and the platform you’ve been given. What do you do to give back and help those less fortunate than yourself? I’ve been doing a lot of charity R work for the last 8 years but a lot of it you won’t hear about because I am very private and do it discretely. This is just my opinion but I don’t like charity that is gained as in where you gain from it so I believe it should come from a very genuine place. When I do charity it tends to be private. When I go to see sick children in a hospital I do not want the press to be there. Some people do but for me it’s wrong. I’m sorry but when I spend time with a sick child and talk to their parents in hospital I don’t want a camera with me and I don’t think that baby wants one either and so although I am involved doing charity work I don’t publicise it. Thanks for sharing with me so

S openly in our conversation today. R

Thank you for your questions. It’s been a really lovely interview and it’s been lovely to chat.


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How To Build Business Relationships Using Your Bare Hands One of the hardest aspects of starting SEAMS was working alone, no matter what type of business you have real success is impossible to build without the right team around you, even the strong need a hand to hold!

Karen J Gerrard

Karen J. Gerrard, Founder and Creator of SEAMS Beauty, is the modern day woman balancing responsibilities in business and family. Born in London England in 1964, Karen nurtured her entrepreneurial spirit through education in the creative arts and fashion. Having studied Millinery at The London College of Fashion, her hands were left cracked, dry, pinpricked and sore. She wanted to find a hand cream that would moisturize and heal her hands but didn’t transfer grease onto the fabrics. As she couldn’t find one, she created SEAMS in 2013. The hand cream is made in Britain to support the UK manufacturing industry and to enable Karen to build face-to-face business relationships. SEAMS has quickly become the go-to hand cream used by seamstresses, make-up artists and backstage at film and TV studios. Karen is proud to have created the best possible hand care, and is currently working on developing a full collection.

A business relationship is the same as any other friend, lover, partner, but adding in the skill sets necessary for the job. You will probable spend more hours a day with your work colleagues than your family so choosing the right people for your team is important. FINDING YOUR TEAM

So you are now ready to start hiring but where do you find your team? Most of the people I work with today have either come through recommendations or I have met them in different circumstances for example one person I met in a swimming pool whilst on holiday! Talk to people wherever you are, network at events, ask friends or post a shout out on social media. If there is a problem with a candidate coming through an introduction, do not go back to that person as they have been kind enough to make the introduction, the rest is up to you. DOES YOUR TEAM WORK?

Knowing you have the right team is when you all think on the same page, have the same vision for the future, challenge each other, support and respect one another, feel trust, empathy, kindness, strength, laugh and cry together with a mixture of different personalities all working as one. Also remember it’s a two way street so you need to make a good impression too! THE EARLY DAYS

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can seek out a business mentor. THE MENTOR

The right mentor will give you invaluable advice, any pitfalls to avoid and introduce you to contacts, you don’t have to have just one mentor, look for a few in different areas of expertise. There are many successful people who are happy to mentor, they like passing on their knowledge, and for many growing a business is not just about the money. Meeting face to face is best and do not keep phoning your mentor because although you are totally focused on your business, what is important to you will not be their first priority so save all your questions for your next meeting. Other options may incur charges but some people will reduce their fees for a new business, taking the view that you will become substantial client. Initially it’s a good idea to join with people who work remotely, and on an hourly fee or fee by the job, prepare briefs and work out everything you expect ready for a quote. As a bit of fun, here are some less traditional ways you can find prospective team members by judging personality from the hands. THE HANDSHAKE

It all starts with the handshake which you can use to read the personality of a prospective team member. The Limp Handshake: Can be sign of weakness, or a passive nature. The Bone Crusher: This goes to the opposite end of the scale and shows they are go-getters and believe in getting things done. The Fast Shake: This person likes to get things done, they don’t waste time, and are very grounded. The Glove: If they grab you with both hands this is a sign of reassurance, and empathy, they are telling you that you can trust them. The Topper: If they put their hand


on top of yours, this person likes being in control taking charge without being aggressive and they may think 10 steps ahead of everyone else. THE SHAPE OF HAND

Here are some character traits inferred from the shape of the hands. Fingers wide and apart: Independent and willing to try new things. Large palms with short fingers: Stubborn but make up their minds quickly. Square palms with short fingers: Security, stability, calm and peaceful. Fingers the same length as the palm: High intelligence and communication skills but can overthink things. Narrow palm with long fingers:

Imaginative, romantic, spiritual and flexible. Round: Like to be at peace with others Sharp Fingertips: Is up to try new things Square Fingertips: They are precise and don’t like uncertainty. THE LENGTH OF FINGERS

The length of the fingers is also said to be a good indication of character. Those with the ring finger longer than index ring have good spatial awareness, are good with numbers, problem solving and can talk their way out of any situation. Those with the index finger longer than ring finger are said to be self confident and like to get things done but do not like to be disturbed. Those with even ring

Karen J Gerrard, founder & creator of SEAMS Beauty, shares her handy business teamwork tips

and index fingers are apparently well organized and want to get on with people. They are caring but could have a fiery temper. HAND MOVEMENTS

Having people on your team is not just about the right skills, they must also be able to get on well with everyone and represent your company. Watching hand movements can reveal a lot about a person’s personality. Here’s what to look for: • Fingers in steeple - Confidence • Palm Down - Dominance • Hidden – Secretive • Finger Tapping - Impatience • Open Palms - Honesty • Hands In Pockets - Mistrust • Clenched Fist - Anxiety • Clasped Hands – Discomfort • Hand On Heart – Sincerity Saying all this, sometimes you just have to trust your gut feelings, join together the right team, build life long relationships and have fun. THE SEAMS TEAM STORY

My background came from fashion so although the principles are the same the product is entirely different and more specialized. I started by asking my local chemist, he told me I needed to contact a manufacturer. Google then came into its own with a list of factories in the UK and after phoning them all I quickly assessed that I wanted an independent formulator or pharmacist. One factory gave me the number of someone he said was the best in the business, which turned out to be 100% true and I still work with her today. She gave me a list of manufacturers, I visited factories all over the UK until I found the right one and that factory suggested packaging companies. My graphic designer came from one of my mentors, my accountant was recommended by my PR company, who then recommended a lawyer, and so on and so on. The key thing here is to ask. As Frigyes Karinthy wrote in 1929, “we are all only 6 introductions away from anyone else on the planet!”.

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Ex p e r tAd vi c e

Get the Most Out of Networking LIZ CARTWRIGHT Managing Director of Cartwright Communications

Some people find networking easy, but for those who aren’t accustomed to talking to strangers over a canapé or coffee, we asked Liz Cartwright, managing director at Midlands PR and digital agency Cartwright Communications, to share her top tips to help you own a room and build new contacts and business relationships. THE BENEFITS OF NETWORKING “Networking is a fantastic tool for generating sales leads, creating connections, gaining referrals and raising awareness of the company you represent. It is also a great opportunity to raise your own personal profile.” BEFORE YOU START “Think: is this the right networking event for me? True networking happens when there is an understanding that everyone in the room has equal value – it’s about enjoying people’s company, learning something, communication and connection.” WHAT’S THE AIM OF NETWORKING? “Your aim from any networking event should be to find out how you can help other people in the room. This doesn’t always mean pushing the service you’re selling – it could be by introducing

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them to someone else in the room, or taking their card and passing it on to another contact you have. Go beyond thinking ‘what’s in it for me’?” Here are my nine top tips to get the most from any networking event: 1. ALWAYS HAVE YOUR BUSINESS CARDS WITHIN EASY REACH Before you set off to your networking event, ensure you have your business cards and put them in a place you can easily reach such as a pocket – this will avoid a flustered search through your bags. Also, have a memorable place to store the cards you take from others and ensure they are kept separate from your own; you don’t want to be talking to a possible sales lead only to hand them the business card of the competitor you were just talking to. 2. DON’T HUDDLE WITH YOUR COLLEAGUES AND CLIENTS If you’re attending a networking event with colleagues, it can be tempting to stay in your comfort zone and only chat to them or your clients. Step away, go in pairs or go it alone and regroup at the end of the event.


3. START WITH SMALL TALK Desperation is unattractive – don’t immediately pull out a business card as soon as you start talking to someone. Start your conversation with a bit of small talk – chat about the coffee, the number of people in the room, the parking, or something in the news. Then ask about what the person does and how long they’ve been there before giving your elevator pitch – leave them with a business card and say: ‘this is me, let me know if you’d like to know more’. 4. FIVE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER Have five key points about your business within your elevator pitch: who you are, what you do, where you’re based, how big the business is, and which of your clients are relevant to the contact you’re talking to. 5. NEVER DISMISS ANYONE AS UNIMPORTANT Make it your mission to discover the value in each person you talk to. Ask questions and listen with interest. Don’t make the mistake of discounting people due to a job title. Someone you meet may be in a junior role, but they could have valuable connections or knowledge you’ll never hear if you dismiss them. 6. CONNECT THE DOTS BETWEEN PEOPLE Once you begin to listen to people and learn what they can bring to the table, you may realise how one person in the room may be able to help another or help a current client of yours. 7. LISTEN TO EVERYONE INCLUDING THOSE WHO WANT TO SELL TO YOU There will be plenty of people at networking events that want to sell to you too – don’t be dismissive, take their cards and be polite. You never know when you might need them or who else they may know in other circles. 8. KNOW HOW TO MOVE ON SO YOU TALK TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE At networking events the aim is to work the room and talk to as many people as possible. Don’t get stuck with someone unless they are a hot lead. Extricating yourself is a skill. Get another drink, make a phone call, or introduce the person you’re talking to someone else and move on to a new prospect. 9. CONTACT LEADS THE DAY AFTER THE EVENT TO FOLLOW UP Get back from the event with business cards and follow up any leads with a call and an email immediately. Strike while the iron is hot – and they still remember who you are. ABOUT LIZ CARTWRIGHT Liz Cartwright set up Cartwright Communications in 2006. She is very knowledgeable on networking and has attended MIPIM for the past seven years and last year alone she set up two networking events – PIPIL and PIPIN (people in property in Lincoln and people in property in Nottingham respectively). For more information about Liz Cartwright and Cartwright Communications, please visit www. cartwrightcommunications.com.

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How To Create A Social Media Presence Niki Webster, Founder of award winning vegan food blog RebelRecipes.com, explains how to successfully create a social media presence in six easy steps and brainstorm until you have a clearer idea of what you have to offer and what you want your social brand to be. Now that you have your ‘unique selling point (USP)’ you need to do some research to see who is active in that space and who is doing it well. This will help you to see what works and where there is a gap in the market. Niki Webster In this modern world it’s super important to think about your social media presence – especially for businesses or those who wish to create a presence in the public eye, as a bad image can be detrimental to anyone’s success. I’ve spent the last few years developing my own social media presence, bringing my audience up to 260, so I wanted to share with you my top tips on creating your own brand that is going to stand out of the crowd and get you where you want to be. 1. USP YOURSELF Before starting - it’s beneficial to have a clear idea of what you want your brand and audience to be, and to think about what makes you unique from other accounts. What are you passionate about? What are you good at? What will help you to get out of bed an hour earlier to create the content you need to grow? If you already know what this is then great, but if you don’t – don’t panic. Sit down

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2. CHANNEL IT RIGHT It’s now time to decide which social media channels you are going to use. There are many different channels you can use to grow your online presence. Each one comes complete with their own benefits, but they can be very time-consuming, so make sure to only focus on the ones that you really love and feel comfortable with. 3. QUALITY & CONSISTENCY Creating quality content is important. Make sure that you are thinking about all aspects including imagery and copy. Make sure that your visual content is interesting and aesthetically pleasing – and your copy is useful and shareable. Staying consistent with the quality content you have created is another pertinent point in developing your social media presence. Also, by uploading regularly, you can work out what resonates best with your audience. Once you understand what your audience likes, make sure to listen and create more content similar to this.

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4. SOCIAL BUTTERFLY You will get so much more out of your experience and your audience will too if you are consistently interacting with them. Just like they are supporting your content, make sure to return the favour by supporting them. Re-share other people’s content and reply to comments. 5. ALWAYS BE AUTHENTIC It’s easy to get swayed by what other people are doing, especially when it feels like they are doing better, or growing faster than you are. Although it’s great to learn from other people, remember to believe in your own passion and voice and continue to create content authentic to you and your brand. 6. NEVER GIVE UP There will always be ups and downs along the way and it’s easy to get a little disheartened when things aren’t going your way. But have faith - work hard, follow your passion, create authentic valuable content and you will always find your way. ABOUT NIKI WEBSTER Niki Webster is the founder of award winning vegan food blog RebelRecipes.com & qualified raw chef who specialises in accessible vegan, gluten and refined sugar free recipes. She has over 260K followers and has built her brand by showing how simple and beneficial it is to eat vegan recipes away from the clichés.


The Great Outdoors

01 Home & Garden

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WATERTIGHT COOL BAG This has multiple features not available with any other British brand and an insulated drinks bottle made from marine grade stainless steel. £115 from red-store.online

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SMOKER & GRILL CHARCOAL BBQ This dual level charcoal grill & smoker barbecue offers huge flexibility as the unit cooks 4 ways: smoke, grill, steam and roast. £69.99 from Argos @sloanloves | Sloan Sheridan-Williams

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From a top-of-the-range Weber barbecue to five fabulous competitions with a total prize value of over £1,200, here’s your summer sorted! Win a Philips Avance Juicer Worth £330 Designed to squeeze goodness into every drop of your homemade juice, the Philips Avance juicer uses unique MicroMasticating technology to ensure healthy, great tasting results every day, with minimum fuss. Boasting time-saving and innovative features, the juicer is the perfect solution for every day juicing from fresh fruits, seeds and vegetables. Thanks to the large feeding tube on the juicer, the food doesn’t need to be finely chopped, saving you preparation time. After juicing, all parts can be rinsed clean. Click here to enter the prize giveaway for your chance to win.

Get Grilling with Weber Gather around the Genesis II E-310 GBS Gas Barbecue Gather your family around the barbecue and ignite the flames of Weber’s top of the range Genesis II E-310 GBS Gas Barbecue. Let the GS4 high performance grilling system take the lead while you focus on what really matters - quality time with the people you love, in the comfort of your garden. The Genesis II E-310 GBS is your everyday answer to “what’s for dinner?” this summer. Ideal for entertaining a small crowd or the perfect solution to any family meal, the barbecue’s sleek open-cart can be used for placing serving trays, while barbecue tools hang from the tool hooks, and spices are ready when you are on the side tables.

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Sloan Sheridan-Williams talks to Michelin Starred Chef Jason Atherton about chef life and working with Heritage Breeds This is your first ever food

S ambassador role. What made

Heritage Breeds stand out above other food brands who have approached you in the past? For me, the quality and J provenance of my ingredients has always been incredibly important. With Heritage Breeds taking pride in the welfare of their small British flocks, and the incredible quality of the eggs they produce, the partnership was a natural fit.

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What are your favourites recipes using Heritage Breed eggs and do you have a favourite breed?

I love a simple scrambled Gladys J May’s duck egg with smoked salmon and Hollandaise sauce. At Social Wine and Tapas we make a Slow fried duck egg with chorizo, beef jam and avocado, on brioche topped with chorizo crumb potatoes, it’s a huge seller. The Copper Maran is a wonderful breed, we use their eggs at Pollen Street Social in our slow cooked Heritage Breeds Copper Maran egg dish, which is served with turnip purée, parmesan, sage & kombu crumb. Do you believe that everything S can be included in a balanced diet or should some foods be cut out completely like sugary foods or high fat foods? I do believe everything in J moderation, however I think high sugar and fat needs to be limited and treated as a treat. We try to avoid having bread in the house: that processed stuff is as addictive as fizzy drinks, so we save bread for when we’re at a restaurant and can eat the proper stuff. Eggs, milk, water, grains, low sugar fruit and vegetables are key.

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What’s your favourite food/treat and what feelings or memories do you associate this with? I do love a simple beans on

J toast, it was one of my favourite meals growing up – my dad

used to cook if for me as a young lad in Lincolnshire (it was that or tinned sardines on toast, which I hated). It’s a great quick comfort dish to rustle up now and again.

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Do you cook to the same high standard at home or do you prefer to let others cook for you?

Irha and I share the cooking, J I’m far more relaxed with my cooking style at home. Irha makes an awesome adobo; this classic Philippines dish is a firm family favourite. Irha grew up on adobo, and our children are now doing the same.

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What advice would you give to someone new to cooking to encourage them into the kitchen? Never give up – determination,

J motivation and creativity are

key. Don’t be afraid to try new things or make mistakes. I believe that food is a great

S way to connect people. Which

of your restaurant dishes are the best to share with friends & family? All the dishes served at Social

J Wine and Tapas are designed

to share, Sosharu also offers a menu to enjoy with friends.

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What show-stopping menu would you cook for a celebration such as a 30th birthday party?

I would cook a Wagyu steak J with homemade chips, followed by a rich chocolate soufflé made with Heritage Breeds chicken eggs. How do you keep innovating S and creating new dishes and concepts for your restaurants? What inspires you in and out of the kitchen? I always carry my moleskin J notebook with me as I’m constantly sketching food and new ideas. On all my travels I’m inspired, however it’s easy to forget when you’re on the go, so it’s important for me to write everything down. Different cultures, trends, my team and my wife Irha all inspire me.

Why did you choose the career

S path you have? Would you

recommend being a chef to others? I have always been interested

J in food and cooking so it was a

natural progression for me. It’s a very fulfilling job, however it’s long hours and hard work, you really must be prepared and committed if you want to be a chef. Do you include friends and

S family into work or do you keep them separate?

Yes, I work closely with my

J wife Irha, she is my co-director

and runs our head office. The children always dine with us at our restaurants, we love having Sunday lunch at Berners Tavern.

What do you enjoy doing in your

S free time?

I love spending time with my J wife Irha and my two daughters. At the weekend we always have breakfast out near where we live in Balham, south London – normally at Milk. We often end up in Selfridges, hands down the world’s best department store. After lunch we’ll go to the theatre. We’ve been to most of the West End shows, from Miss Saigon to Jersey Boys, which we’ve seen four times. Then Irha and I like to stroll along Mount Street. What advice would you

S give your 10-year-old self in hindsight?

Try not to say yes to everything, J there really isn’t enough time in the day and it’s impossible to please everyone.

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What type of people do you surround yourself with that help you succeed? I surround myself with

J passionate & committed people Describe in 5 words what you

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5 Months 5 Countries Sloan Sheridan-Williams, Founding Editor of SLOAN!, shares her world as a respected international speaker and the countries she has visited this year

I’M GRATEFUL FOR EACH AND EVERY OPPORTUNITY I HAVE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS EVERY MONTH BE IT AN AUDIENCE OF HUNDREDS AT A SPEAKING EVENT TO A IMPACTFUL CLIENT MEETING ENGLAND

FRANCE

INDONESIA

As the founder of SLOAN! I get invited to lots of exclusive events in London including the 55th Anniversary of London Hilton on Park Lane.

I love Paris and am lucky enough to be invited there several times a year either working with clients, visiting Institute friends or networking with VIPs at special events.

They call Bali the Island of the Gods and this beautiful island attracts visitors from all over the world with the vast majority coming from China, Australia and Malaysia. It’s fantastic working with so many people from so many cultures.

I also am privileged to speak at several London business events including Wealth Mastery Live. When in London I also attend as many VIP functions as I can as they are great networking opportunities most recently The 8th Asian Awards and the BAFTA Television Awards.

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My favourite place to eat is David Bizet’s L’Orangerie, the Michelin star restaurant within the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel George V. The Hotel Molitor is another favourite place to visit for lunch at Brasserie Urbaine with a great outdoor pool.

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Bali has a special place in my heart as it’s the first international stage where I realised how much impact can be created by sharing one’s knowledge with passion, authenticity and a drive to add value to each and every single member of your audience.


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UNITED STATES

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

My American VIP clients are split between East Coast and West Coast - mainly NYC and LA - and although I love working with high flyers in New York and California, I also enjoy spending time visiting the other states when I have time in my schedule.

I’ve been published several times in the UAE in publications such as Friday Magazine and the majority of my expatriate clients are based in Dubai.

My most recent trip was to Colorado - an invitation to experience the fantastic ski resorts of Steamboat Springs and Winter Park - my first time skiing and I loved it!

I love the vibrant modern vibe of Dubai - the city is said to be the gateway to the Middle East and the luxury hotels and award winning restaurants make working and speaking in Dubai such a pleasure. Check out the feature on The H Dubai and Radisson Blu in this edition - two of my favourites!

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Luxury Home Trends for Ultra High Net Worth Individuals Alex Newall is recognised as one of the top real estate advisors in London and has some of the world’s most affluent individuals as clients. Here’s his analysis of the luxury house trends of 2018 In 2008 the view of the property market, including the luxury property, was a bleak one. Now a decade later, I believe that the luxury housing market is not only thriving but has become a singular sector within the luxury industry. In this current dynamic geopolitical climate, I have seen a change in the ways people buy houses, particularly when it comes to the buying trends of both the established and emerging wealthy elite. With major economic changes at play, especially following Brexit on our home ground but also in relation to capital events worldwide, investment opportunities both domestic and global are clearly shifting. A fundamental factor in the evolution of the current investment trends is that, while London remains the top city for Ultra High Network Individuals (UHNWI) in the UK, we at Barnes have realised that London is no longer the top city for UHNWIs globally. London has in fact been replaced by New York in first place and Paris in second. As global puzzle pieces are being re-arranged, 2018 promises a market that is being mobilised in new and potentially profitable ways. A few figures: there are currently estimated to be 226,450 UHNWI’s with a combined wealth of 27,000 Billion dollars worldwide. This number is expected to rise to 299,000 by 2021. Accompanied by the current positive economic forecasts, their combined wealth is set to total around a remarkable 35,700 Billion dollars by 2021.

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What makes this growth interesting is that it is set to be accompanied by a new geographical adjustment, with a consistently increasing share of wealth held by Asian UHNWIs, predominantly from China and India who are experiencing booming economies. Likewise, our research also points to Vietnam and Indonesia as potential significant players.

accessibility for travel and increased number of non-European investors are a few of the other factors that contribute to the equation. In our recent research, we have noted that much of New York’s prime real estate has been purchased by buyers from China, South America and Australia, which in fact reflects the new trends I explained earlier.

As the community of UHNWIs changes and evolves, so do the top cities for these investors to purchase properties. London hasn’t been the only one to be affected, for cities such as Abu Dhabi Kuwait no longer feature on the top 50 list primarily due, in their case, to the well documented unrest in the region. On

Of course, London remains a successful and pivotal player in the industry. Specifically, London remains popular with Middle Eastern, Indian and Russian buyers thanks to its wealth of history and culture, shopping and world class education. As the Brexit situation becomes clearer, we believe 2018 represents an opportunity to buy properties at good value for money on a medium term basis, with potential for the British Pound to strengthen. This is something that is attractive to foreign buyers looking to make a profit on their investment while they wait for the GBP to continue to strengthen and while there remain opportunities to acquire properties at lower rates.

London remains popular with Middle Eastern, Indian & Russian buyers thanks to its wealth of history and culture, shopping and world class education the other hand, never before featured cities including Montreal, Vienna and Budapest, are on the rise, having joined the rankings at the 28th, 30th, and 32nd places respectively. Now, why has London, for the first time in ten years, been replaced by New York and Paris? The reasons are many and varied. New York’s vast number of high end hotels, restaurants, shows, museums and galleries, for one, make it a desirable site for investors as well as a wealth of economic potential. Furthermore, the

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We continue to live in an ever more digital world that has led the way for remote working, especially amongst UHNWIs. As such the luxury property market has become more international, as Barnes recent global growth forecast showing Brazil, India and France are on the rise for investors in 2018. As key players in the luxury property industry shift, the potential for successful and profitable investments is also inevitably mobilised. Only by mobilising can the market be sustained and helped to grow.


GETTING TO NEW YORK IS EASY WITH VICTOR PRIVATE JET CHARTER

LUXURY LIFESTYLE WHO IS ALEX NEWALL?

Alex Newall is the Managing Director and founder of Barnes Private Office - one of the UK’s leading private offices. Alex has transacted in excess of £1 billion worth of client assets and currently advises on a further £2 billion of real estate across Europe. Alex sat on the board of Charlton Athletic FC for the 2011/12 season during which time the club was successfully promoted to the Championship League. Prior to setting up Barnes Private Office, he was an Associate Partner at Knight Frank LLP. HOTEL SUITE AT FOUR SEASONS HOTEL GEORGE V IN PARIS

ALEX NEWALL IS A TOP EXPERT

FINE DINING AT LE GEORGE IN PARIS

UHNWI PREFER PARIS TO LONDON

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Techtastic Treats & Great Gadgets EDITOR’S CHOICE

Raspberry Microphone

diskAshur² Encrypted Portable Hard Drive The diskAshur² is for those wanting a secure solution for storing private data and more. The unique security feature is the hardware based secure microprocessor, which employs built-in physical protection mechanisms which defends against external tamper/hacking attempts. The drive reacts to automated hacking attempts by entering a deadlock frozen state, meaning all attacks are useless. Additionally, with the brute force hack defence mechanism feature, after 15 PIN attempts, the drive assumes it’s being attacked and wipes all data, giving peace of mind that no one will gain access to the drive. Available in 4 striking colours and from 500GB to 5TB with prices between £159 and £449 from Lyreco UK and Amazon.com HEALTH CHOICE

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EcoAir Air Purifier The EcoAir PURE126 is an air purifier with highly efficient six stage air purification controlling air borne particles, odour, organic compound, cat and dog allergen, pollen and cigarette smoke. The effective air flow brings you a complete air treatment system to clean and purified your home. With its gentle touch control panel, it comes with UV Light to sterilise air, neutralise bacteria and viruses to improve air quality. The Ioniser distributes negative ions throughout the room to remove microscopic particles from the air and introduce traces of ozone to kill bacteria and viruses in the air. £179.94 from www.ecoair.org

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Raspberry is the ultimate mobile condenser microphone for voice and instruments. Informed by Blue’s illustrious studio heritage, Raspberry delivers dramatic, 24-bit studioquality sound directly to your PC, Mac, iPhone or iPad. Raspberry’s new, patent-pending Internal Acoustic Diffuser (IAD) design resembles treatments found in studios and concert halls, focusing your voice or instrument while minimizing the sound of the room. Like a portable vocal studio in the palm of your hand, Raspberry gives you professional results everywhere you go. £169.99 from Amazon.com


Tile Sport Bluetooth Tracker With summer approaching, many of us are heading on holiday. However, losing your belongings gets a whole lot more complicated in unfamiliar surroundings! An invaluable gadget, Tile helps you keep track of what matters most from your luggage and wallet to your clothing and even your keys. Tile saves times and provides reassurance so you can spend more time having fun in the sun. £29.99 from Tile.com

madebyzen Travel Aroma Diffuser The Niko Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser is the ultimate solution for people leading busy lives. Lightweight and compact, the Niko is easily portable and allows you to take your favourite scent with you, wherever you go. The aroma diffuser can aid sleep when travelling away from home, whilst also acting as a humidifier, refreshing stuffy air, a welcome treat for tired and dehydrated skin. £39.99 from www.madebyzen.com

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Datacolor ColorReader An ultra-portable, Bluetooth connected color selection device, ColorReader provides industry-leading color matching performance. It also allows you to find a palette of complementary colours which will let you play around, compare and contrast different styles and types of colour within the interior of the house and other wonderful spaces. It also helps you increase project success, allowing you to spend more time working, creating and enjoying what you’ve set out to do in a quick, resourceful and efficient manner. £260 from www.colorreader.datacolor.com

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Capture the world as you hear it with immersive 3D sound with Sennheiser’s AMBEO SMART HEADSET when recording videos using the iOS Camera App to add 3D immersive sound. Whether you’re traveling the world, at a concert or at home, sound recorded with the AMBEO SMART HEADSET will place the listener inside the soundscape of the location. You can also record with any App that captures stereo audio and Transparent Hearing lets you hear the sounds around you and blend them with audio from your iPhone. Ambeo Smart Headset is £249.99 from www.apple.com/uk/shop

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Sphero R2-D2 is a fan favourite from the Star Wars universe and now this Astromech Droid from a galaxy far, far away can be your faithful companion. Control your Droid with your smart device or keep Artoo in top shape with holographic simulations. Artoo’s signature front and rear LED lights are fully functional, and an integrated speaker means the beeps and boops come right from R2-D2 itself. Watch Artoo interact with other Star Wars App-enabled Droids by Sphero, and view films from the Star Wars saga with R2-D2 reacting by your side. Sphero R2 D2 has a promo price of £129.99 and RRP £179.99 available from Sphero.com, the Disney Store, Amazon UK, Apple and John Lewis.

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Ideal for social media fans - the Alcatel A5 LED is the world’s first interactive LED-covered smartphone. The unique LED cover is customisable, meaning you can create and design your own LED cover patterns and themes, selecting different colours for different apps and contacts and light shows for incoming calls, messages, alarms, and social media alerts. Set your music to light shows that move with your tunes and switch patterns with a simple shake. An 8MP rear camera with dual-tone flash and a 5MP front camera with selfie flash creates bright photos even in low light. It has fast 4G LTE connectivity ensures photos, games, and movies load smoothly to the large 5.2-inch HD display Alcatel A5 LED is £135 SIM free from Vodafone


Pure Wake up in style with this smart and sophisticated DAB/DAB+ clock radio that adds a touch of luxury to your bedroom. The Siesta S6 is the perfect bedroom companion. Choose to wake to noise effects like raindrops, the sound of your favourite radio station or stream your music direct from a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth. The speaker delivers impressive audio from such a compact clock radio. The iconic wide, edgeless, CrystalVue+ display makes reading the time or station information effortless from anywhere in the room and a newly designed SnoozeTouch sensitive band requires a simple tap to snooze any alarm. The brandnew Siesta mode means you can choose to schedule an energising power nap whenever you need it most. Pure Siesta S6 is £129.99 available from Pure.com and John Lewis

The HUMAX HB-1100S gives you access to 200+ satellite TV and radio channels directly through your satellite dish, with no monthly fees or subscriptions. Delivering more than 200 subscription-free satellite TV and radio channels, the HB-1100S builtin Wi-Fi makes it easy to connect to a home network, ensuring you are up and running in no time turning a standard television into a smart TV within minutes. Humax HB-1100S Freesat Smart TV Box is £99 available from www. humaxdirect.co.uk

Husky The striking HUS-HU225 Budweiser Drinks Cooler will be the envy of all your friends. The striking HUS-HU225 Budweiser Drinks Cooler will be the envy of all your friends. Great for all your drink when watching the match with your mates, or just wanting to chill your drinks before a social gathering. Featuring official Budweiser branding in a red, blue and white design, it cools up to 40 x 440ml cans of beer, controlling the temperature via an adjustable 5 setting thermostat. The red cabinet and compact size means it’ll look great anywhere in your home. Simple to clean, it has a double glazed door for energy efficiency. The Husky Budweiser Drinks Cooler HUS-HU225 is £149.99 available at www.husky-lifestyle.co.uk

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Dapper Dad Here’s our top treats guaranteed to make the man in your life feel dapper on Father’s Day, birthdays or other celebrations this spring

HOM HOM celebrates it’s 50th anniversary this year with the ultra-light print design of Lush Sleepwear. £78 available from uk.hom.com

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JOE BROWNS With a funky border print, this shirt is cool, confident and a little offbeat. £39.95 from www.joebrowns.co.uk

GLENFIDDICH Glenfiddich IPA is the first single malt Scotch whisky finished in IPA craft beer casks. £43.76 from Amazon

THE BLUEBEARDS REVENGE Cut-Throat Razor Kit brings back the thrills and spills of old-fashioned wet shaving. £34.99 bluebeards-revenge.co.uk

HOM Elegant, quick-drying and comfortable swimwear in a fun tropical cactus design. HOM Cactus beach boxer is £89 available from www.hom.com

HOTEL CHOCOLAT Father’s Day Sleekster gift box is filled with 27 top-selling chocolates in milk, dark and white chocolate. £22.95 from www.hotelchocolat.com

CHRISTOPHER WARD C65 Trident Diver celebrates the lithe and elegantly masculine divers of the 60s with modern tech upping its retro appeal. £695 from www.christopherward.co.uk

WOLF This stackable watch tray has 6 watch compartments, a glass viewing lid, pebble leather finish and ultrasuede lining. £45 from www.wolf1834.co.uk

FULTON UMBRELLAS Huntsman is a classically inspired walking umbrella with double strength frame and genuine wood handle. £24 from www.fultonumbrella.co.k

PIERRE MARCOLINI Malline Découverte is a selection of 34 assorted chocolates mixing avant-garde creations with popular classics. £35 available from uk.marcolini.com

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What Your Resting Face Says About You Karen Meager and John McLachlan are the co-founders of Monkey Puzzle Training

expert advice

Your ‘resting’ face - that is, the way your face looks when you are not consciously expressing any emotion through it - sends many signals out to those around us, but these are not always correct. Everybody knows someone whose face misleads others: they may look bored when they are excited, or miserable when they are happy. But the resting face is often a source of first impressions, which we judge from our own individually-attached meanings to expressions. Many would be quick to assume that someone nodding is agreeing, or someone rolling their eyes is aggravated. But these generalisations are not always accurate, and we are powerless to change the meaning others take from looking at us. This is why it is important to give off as accurate a message as possible. FIND OUT THE MESSAGE YOU ARE GIVING OUT

As awkward as it may feel, technology has given us the opportunity to experiment a bit. Trying filming yourself on your phone or on Skype, and consider what you would think if you were meeting yourself for the first time. Would you look friendly and approachable, or hostile and closed-minded? Consider exactly what your ‘resting face’ says to others around you. Friends and family can also turn out some interesting feedback. Ask them what messages they get from your face when you are doing nothing - just sitting or watching TV. Gather a few different ideas to see whether there is a running theme or if people are coming to different conclusions about you. MAKE SMALL TWEAKS TO ALIGN YOUR ‘RESTING’ FACE WITH THE MESSAGE YOU INTEND

This doesn’t mean that you suddenly turn into a Cheshire cat - as this in itself can be unnerving for all the wrong reasons - but simply making small adjustments to your natural state that might give off a slightly better impression. Here are some general pointers for adjusting the message your face sends out: • Make an effort to make more eye contact with people - this will show you are interested and engaged with them • If you feel you are coming across as cold and not very approachable, try smiling a little more in a way that feels comfortable to you • If you are often thought to be serious or confused because of your resting face, try being a little more direct in your intentions with the rest of your body language. For example, if you are concentrating, try taking notes, or simply the odd nod of comprehension to show that you haven’t just zoned out. • If your thinking face is often mistaken for an eye roll or other form of dissatisfaction, try adjusting the angle of your head to more of a ‘thinking’ pose to prevent giving off the wrong impression. Miscommunication is often at the core of many problems when it comes to relating to and communicating with others, and this wastes much time energy, and needless negative feelings. So while it is a small element, the message given off by your resting face is noticeable, and paying a little more attention to the way you come across can help you get off on the right foot with people and prevent uncomfortable crossed wires.

Susie Nelson

It is easy to forget that whether we mean to be or not, we are beacons of constant communication, and even when we aren’t talking or doing anything in particular, people around us are still receiving messages from us. Because we aren’t in the habit of watching ourselves constantly, it can be difficult to understand the ways others see us at times. Most of us only look at ourselves in the mirror when getting dressed - so perhaps once or twice a day, and briefly - which leads us to develop very particular ideas of how we are. When we see ourselves on video, or hear recordings of our voices, it is often an uncomfortable experience, because these perspectives are so far removed from what we believe ourselves to be.

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Expert Advice

How to Unlock Your Hidden Talent

Nicholas Haines explains how understanding your Energy Type and where your brilliance & flaws come from can help unlock extraordinary potential

Nicholas Haines

Nicholas Haines is the creator of The Vitality Test, as well as an international speaker, author, strategist and teacher in Chinese Energetics. He describes himself as a Kindness Ambassador & Life Architect: Someone who is actively creating a world where Kindness is the common language and way of life. From how you treat yourself and others, to how families, relationships, business cultures, governments and international change operate.

WHO WANTS THIS HUSBAND?

disaster!

When I first met Derick, he was at the tail end of his second marriage and was feeling confused, quite withdrawn and on the verge of slipping into a deep depression. Neither his children nor his wife from his current marriage wanted anything to do with him, and it had been nearly 15 months since he’d seen or spoken to his only daughter from his first marriage. His best friend, who had persuaded me to see him, described him as a shy but a very kind man.

Derick had a typical Metal Energy personality type, and when I talked through what that meant for him, he could see what was going on in his marriage and what to do about it.

Derick was a highly successful accountant, who was both respected and admired for his ability to go into any company and find the missing money or identify the core inefficiency within the business. Clearly Derick was a genius at work, but his home life was an utter

Nick spoke with Runa Magnus at the United Nations in March to tackle the issues of inclusion and kindness in leadership. Visit www.fiveinstitute.com to read more about the Five Institute and their work around the Five Energies, Kindness and Diversity.

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In fact, he cried. ANCIENT CHINESE WISDOM & PERSONALITY TYPES

Over 3000 years ago, the ancient Chinese recognised that everyone has a personal mix of five Energies within them. This acts like an inner vibrational blueprint, something you’re born with that reflects your inner Nature. Your own blend of these Energies will predispose you to have certain feelings, thoughts and values. They influence how you see and respond to the world and how you behave.


The easiest way to tune into each of these Energies is to understand their Big Question. This is a question that each Energy drives us to ask continuously throughout our lives, whether we’re conscious of it or not. Each time you find the answer, it gives a temporary relief and then it’s almost forgotten, and you need to ask it and answer it again and again. Your Big Question is often where your brilliance comes from as well as your biggest challenges in life, and that’s what I had explained to Derick. THE BIG QUESTION

The Big Question for Metal Energy types is… “What is missing or incomplete (or not been done)?” The failure and difficulties within Derick’s marriage, and the very reason he was so successful at his work, in a large part stemmed from his response to his Big Question in life. Finding what’s missing or hasn’t been done at work is highly valued and rewarded if you’re an accountant but excelling at that skill doesn’t go down quite so well at home! In fact, when Derick and I talked about what his wife and children had been put through, he could see why they couldn’t cope with him. Who wants to be constantly told what’s missing, isn’t right or still needs to be done, 24/7? No wonder they withdrew and couldn’t stand to be with him. The sad thing was that Derick was just doing what he was good at; he just didn’t moderate that to fit the circumstances. THE KEY TO YOUR ENERGY TYPE

Each Energy type has its own Big Question, which gives rise to its brilliance, and like Derick, it holds the potential for causing big challenges if you’re not aware of how it operates and able to respond appropriately. Here is the Big Question for each of the Five Energies. Water Energy… Am I safe or is it safe? Wood Energy… Am I free or are we free?

Fire Energy… Am I loved and appreciated for who I truly am? Earth Energy… Do I understand and am I understood? Metal Energy… What is missing, incomplete or not been done? Can you sense which Energy/ Energies you might have in your profile? Note: Derick had a single very dominant Energy, whereas many of us are a mixture of more than one Energy, and as a result we can often be running with more than one Big Question in parallel. AWARENESS & LIVING IN HARMONY WITH YOUR ENERGY TYPE

Once you know the dominant Energy/Energies in your profile you can start to make better choices as to when you hold back or play full out with your Big Question, which is exactly what Derick learnt to do. Derick trained himself to take a deep breath just before he walked in the front door and consciously remembered not to share what he saw that hadn’t been done or was incomplete. He told me that doing this was incredibly hard to start with, but then as he saw how his children started to respond differently to him, and how his wife started to be pleased to see him again, this new behaviour became a highly rewarding choice. From time to time, by his own admission, he forgets this new habit when he’s stressed or tired, but most of the time he keeps those thoughts and observations at work where they are valued, appreciated and appropriate. GENDER & YOUR ENERGY TYPE

I’d chosen a to share about Derick and his Metal Energy because it was an interesting case, but I could have easily shared about business women with the same Energy and misunderstood behaviour. That’s because the Five Energies and their Big Questions aren’t gender specific, and they can show up in all sorts of situations and scenarios.

EXAMPLE 1: SALLY

Sally is a Water Energy type. Her Big Question is Am I safe or is it safe? That made her a superstar in the world of risk management and child protection. However, it also sometimes meant that she didn’t always take action until she felt safe. Once she understood and recognised that her value was her challenge she found didn’t feel so alone with her fears and felt more comfortable asking her friends for a ‘bravery pill’ every now and again. EXAMPLE 2: KAREN

Karen’s Big Question from her Wood Energy meant that she was on a constant quest for freedom, so she designed her work and life around as much freedom as possible. Prior to that she felt at odds with her parents that wanted her to settle down and stay still! EXAMPLE 3: JUDY

Judy’s search for love and approval from her Fire Energy Big Question explained why she had been so concerned in her childhood about what other people thought of her, and why learning to deeply and unconditionally love herself made her more independent and strong. EXAMPLE 4: SAM

And finally, Sam’s desire to understand and be understood from his Earth Energy’s Big Question made him a brilliant teacher but an absolute nightmare in any meeting when he didn’t understand what was going on or what was happening. THE SECRET TO HARNESSING YOUR BRILLIANCE

The secret is to recognise and step into the brilliance of your Big Question and Energy type, to watch out for when that might be inappropriate or holding you back. And most importantly… to know you’re absolutely normal. WHICH ENERGY TYPE ARE YOU?

You can find out your Energy profile/type and your Big Question for free at www.thevitalitytest.com

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What was behind the decision to create Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost & Rare Whisky?

The idea was to create a series of J blends that would enable people to explore the rich flavours and distinctive distillery characteristics that make Johnnie Walker Blue Label such a remarkable Scotch. At the same time, we wanted people to be able to experience some really rare whiskies. Given the scarcity of these whiskies, these are limited-edition blends. Each will have one incredible whisky at its heart – in the case of this first release it is Brora. The new blend is crafted using S irreplaceable whiskies from ‘ghost’ distilleries. How did you go about choosing which to include? We hold casks of very rare J whiskies in the Johnnie Walker Blue Label reserve, including whiskies from distilleries that closed long ago – known as ‘ghost’ whiskies. We set out to find uniquely full-bodied expressions of whiskies from the ghost distilleries of Brora, Cambus and Pittyvaich, then we sampled and selected five other exceptionally rare expressions of malt and grains from Clynelish, Royal Lochnagar, Glenkinchie, Glenlossie and Cameronbridge, before creating the final blend. What’s the difference between S malt and grain whisky spirit character? How does this affect the blending process? Malt whiskies tend to be more J intense, with a specific flavour profile depending on which distillery they come from – it can be anything from distinctly sweet and fruity through to spicy or strongly smoky. Grain whiskies, particularly those that are well matured, are incredibly smooth and creamy and are ideal for blending because they help moderate flavour and can often work to release some flavours that can be hidden in very mature malts.

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How does your background in analytical chemistry help inform your work as Master Blender?

An understanding of the J chemistry involved in making whisky is the bedrock of my work. I spent the first years of my career with Johnnie Walker as a

flavour chemist, working with malt and grain whiskies and understanding how they mature in the wood. The insights I gained were invaluable to the work of blending – which I suppose is really a mixture of both science and art. What first got you interested in S whisky and what inspired you the most about the process involved in producing whisky? My interest developed while I

J was at university. When I began

working in the industry I spent many hours in distilleries trying to unravel the mysteries of how the character of a whisky is built - it’s that fascination that still inspires me, along with the great privilege of carrying on a blending heritage that goes back almost 200 years. How has the science of sensory S evaluation helped to develop a common language to describe whisky?

Sensory evaluation has been J essential for understanding and describing the characters and flavours that can be achieved through the chemical processes involved in whisky making. It has given us a vocabulary that we can use to talk about our experiences in drinking whisky - from how it looks, to how it smells and tastes and even how it feels in the mouth. What are the key components of

S Spirit Mastery?

As well as what you would J expect in terms of knowledge and experience in the making of whisky, I think one of the key components today is an appreciation of what people want to get from their drinking experience. The main reason I travel the world is to speak to consumers and whisky fans as well as talking to bartenders who are setting the trends. What were the product and S process innovations that led to the release of Johnnie Walker Double Black? Johnnie Walker Double Black J sprang from a desire to craft a richer, more intense expression of the iconic flavours of Johnnie Walker Black Label. We amplified the flavours by using naturally smoky

malt whiskies such as Caol Ila from the island of Islay along with some other classic malts that were specially matured in deep-charred oak casks to create a blend with a smouldering spiciness and a dialled-up, powerful peat smoke finish. Yes, it’s a blend I am proud of - but it’s fair to say I’m proud of every bottle of whisky that Johnnie Walker produces. You are widely known and S deeply respected among Scotland’s community of whisky Master Blenders. How does this make you feel and what is your relationship like with your fellow Master Blenders? There is a common bond J between Scotch whisky blenders. We are all trying to do something which in the end is good for Scotland and its people, and we are maintaining a remarkable tradition that goes back into the mists of time.

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How do you use your position as Master Blender to empower and develop talent within your team? As Master Blender part of

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of blenders – and I always encourage them to be inquisitive and experimental. At any one time we’ve hundreds of different experiments going on in Johnnie Walker – each of them designed to push the boundaries of what is possible in Scotch.

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How is Scotch whisky best enjoyed? Should we only drink it neat or can it be in a cocktail?

We craft Johnnie Walker to be J experienced in a variety of ways - including in cocktails where the flavours work superbly well. There’s no correct way to drink it - whatever is the best for you. Personally, for most Johnnie Walker blends, I tend to add a little water to unlock aromas and flavours. However, some very old and rare whiskies are best taken neat so with Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare I recommend sipping iced water before sipping the whisky - that really releases the aromas and the flavours will just explode in your mouth. Johnnie Walker Blue Label Brora and Rare is £220 available from www.thewhiskyexchange.com


A Conversation with Master Blender Jim Beveridge

Jim Beveridge, Master Blender at Johnnie Walker, talks about Spirit Mastery and his work creating exceptional whiskies

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TASTY Ti p p l e Bladnoch Bicentennial

Scotland’s southernmost distillery, Bladnoch, has launched a special Bicentennial Release as a celebration of its rich history and a toast to its new chapter of renaissance.

Made from just two exceptional casks of whisky distilled in 1988, the release is limited to just 200 bottles. Initially matured in Oloroso Sherry, the special malt was finished for the last 18 months in Moscatel casks. Chestnut gold in colour, it has rich sherry and acacia aromas with notes of dark chocolate, sweet oak and citrus with a long and satisfying finish. Bottled at cask strength 41.2% ABV, the Bicentennial release is available in select international markets at £5,000 per bottle and is presented in a luxurious gold and glass bottle with a heavy gold stopper. To learn more go to www.bladnoch.com

The Glenlivet Code The Glenlivet has unveiled its latest addition to the range; The Glenlivet Code. Inspired by the iconic British Code breakers, this mysterious Single Malt Scotch whisky is released without any cask information or tasting notes, putting whisky fans senses to the ultimate test by pushing the boundaries of flavour exploration. Presented in a premium opaque black bottle, The Glenlivet Code is crafted from specially selected casks that have never before been used by The Glenlivet to offer a totally new flavour experience, whilst staying true to the distillery’s flawlessly smooth and fruity flavour. £100 from The Whisky Exchange

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Tomatin Legacy Tomatin Legacy is matured in a combination of Bourbon barrels and Virgin Oak casks which bring a light sweetness. Legacy boasts aromas of vanilla, marshmallow, pineapple and lemon. On the palate, gentle flavours of candy, pine, lemon sherbet, apples and sponge cake emerge ahead of a light, clean finish. £29 available nationwide.


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Sp r i ng Gi ns p i r a ti o n

As the Great British Love Affair With Gin Making and Appreciation Continues to Grow, We Choose a Selection of the Finest Gins To Sip and Savour This Season

Cambridge

Apothecary Rose

The Cambridge Distillery is officially the world’s most innovative spirits producer. The Cambridge Dry Gin uses Macedonian juniper blended alongside local botanicals from blackcurrant leaf, basil & rosemary, lemon verbena, rose & violet petals and angelica seed. £45 from www. cambridgedistilleryshop.co.uk

Edinburgh-based distillery, The Old Curiosity, has launched the Secret Garden Gin range. Created from one of the oldest rose varieties in the world, Apothecary Rose brings a subtly fragrant and elegant flavour to the gin as well as its colour changing properties which see the liquid change from pale gold to vibrant pink. £34.95 from 31Dover.com

Jawbox

The Lakes

MALFY

Jawbox Belfast Cut Classic Dry Gin is tripled-distilled in small batches in traditional copper pot stills using a unique combination of botanicals including local Belfast Black Mountain Heather. This classic style juniper-led gin has citrus and juniper on the palate developing into pepper and subtle rootiness. £30 from Sainsbury’s

The Lakes Rhubarb and Rosehip Gin Liqueur provides a delicate fruity yet floral fragrance in a sophisticated pale-pink rhubarb flavoured liqueur delivering a well rounded and taste experience. Try served with apple presse and cardamom or top up with Prosecco. £28 from www.lakesdistillery.com

MALFY con Arancia is distilled using the peels of Sicilian blood oranges, Italian juniper and four other botanicals. Blood oranges are a prized variety in Sicily, harvested in November and their rich, red colour develops from the cool Mediterranean nights. £28 available from Master of Malt and Amazon.

Hayman’s

Langley’s

Gordon’s

Distilled using a traditional two-day process and period recipe handed down over five generations, Hayman’s True English London Dry Gin was this year recognised as Britain’s best London Dry Gin at the World Gin Awards. £26 from Waitrose

Langley’s Old Tom remains true to the original 19th century recipe but has also been refined for modern day drinkers with notes of orange peel candy, nutmeg and juniper. Perfect for classic gin cocktails such as the Tom Collins.£25 from Selfridges

One of the first ever gins to be served with tonic, Gordon’s London Dry Gin uses a recipe unchanged since 1769, creating the benchmark for a timeless quality spirit. Gordon’s puts the G into G&T. £16 available from all major supermarkets @sloanloves | Sloan Sheridan-Williams

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Ex p e r tAd vi c e

The Rise of Gin Snobbery OLIVER WARD Gin Expert

With years of experience building drinks brands, distilling Gin and writing about it Oliver Ward is well placed to comment on gin having been named by USA Today as one of the foremost specialist authorities on Gin. Olivier is Channel 4’s resident Gin Expert on Sunday Brunch, has presented sections on gin cocktails for ITV This Morning and features regularly talking about the category on BBC radio.

It’s clear to see that the gin category has grown over the past 5 years, and for those whom have followed it, it’s not just more creative, more open to new ideas and experimentation – it’s also seen a huge rise in discerning drinkers (and bartenders). People have always been selective – but the difference is that now they know what they are looking for. They are spoiled for choice and so have the opportunity to seek out exactly what they desire. This wasn’t the case back in 2007. There are over 600 gins made by British makers alone. A decade ago, there were only around 40, most making similar styles. Funnily enough, in this great overhaul - I don’t believe that there’s been a rise in ‘Gin Snobbery’. Sure, more people regard themselves as connoisseurs, and consumers are asking more questions, but many of the big success stories of the past 5 years have been in gins that “snobs” would have scoffed at a decade ago. Pink Gin and Fruit infusions? Outside of Sloe and Damson, it was regarded as heresy. Gin Liqueurs? Such a thing was not even on the shelf. Today, the likes of Warner Edwards Rhubarb Gin and Aldi, Lidl’s and other supermarkets Gin Liqueur ranges have ripped up that rulebook and are reaping the rewards. Supermarket Gins are even scoring top marks at international competitions such as the International Wine & Spirit Competition and the respect they command today is unprecedented. Gin seems to have expanded its horizons in this new era, but while doing so it has also managed to create an all-inclusive bubble and forgone the pretentiousness that shackles much of the whisky industry. It’s adopted new ideas, taken on new styles and shown how innovation and heritage can be merged to sublime effect.

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This is brilliant, but it creates new problems too. It’s possible to see that, for most, the former gold standard of production and a term protected by law – London Dry Gin – is a tag that bares little relevancy to a shopper’s decision making process. If anything, it creates confusion and when you ask most what that term means, you will hear talk of flavour profiles, and it being “traditional” gin rather than any ideas about production. Today, fractional distilling methods, the use of essences, infusions, dual distillation techniques and completely bonkers looking apparatus are all commonplace and embraced in gin making. While it’s further proof that the immovable, unflinching Gin Snob doesn’t exist per se, it also shows that a potential identity crisis... So how are producers responding to such a rise in connoisseurship? From a flavour perspective, the search for exotic botanicals has certainly intensified for one. That said, from using ants (yes actual ants), to Tonka bean, Iva Flower and the edible Seaweeds, producers are also aware that a “token” botanical will do little to convince the true enthusiast. It’s got to have a discernible presence in the glass, to be palpable and to have a reason for being there. Many of the International Wine & Spirit Competition award winning gins use unique botanicals that add a touch of magic to the gin, and almost all of them use their ingredients as a way of stating the distillery’s provenance and imbuing their identity, their regionality and their attitude into the liquid. It is this combination of factors that resonates with today’s gin geeks. Adventurous distillers, taking risks and showing that they can use new flavours plucked from the most obscure of ingredients and use them in harmony by tethering them to the backbone of all gin, juniper.


The story behind the gin, from production to people is now all “out there” in a way that was unprecedented a decade ago. The advocacy of today’s gin geeks is hard earned and easily lost. They demand to see a face, to know where a gin came from, to be able to ask questions about how it’s made and to be able to ask why. Label design has also had to improve as a result. Bottle shapes and digital presence have all had to be upgraded to keep up with expectations (and the ever more crowded shelf that is vying for the same basket). This level of transparency, of information and of carefully honed aesthetics is a direct result of the discerning consumer and it’s propelled Gin as a category to new heights as a result. Gin is unique in that it has understood that it needed to respond to today’s drinker, and that what this means, is a huge array of options that can fulfill the very modern desire that a brand should feel like it’s almost been custom made for them. In this era where people are drinking less but are making much more astute choices - it’s clear to see

that the rise in gin is also a rise in gin connoisseurs. The distiller’s search for new frontiers has been a response to the consumers search for the perfect match for their evolving aspirations and desires. Vice versa, the choice drinkers have today has been a result of the incredible way gin makers have embraced the idea of moving with the times and of adopting the new. It’s possible to be transported to the far reaches of the Scandinavian wilderness, to the sundrenched Australian cost or the heady lavender fields of Provence just by removing the cork on a bottle of gin and taking a whiff. It’s possible to see human endeavor and creativity on labels and to be mesmerized by their ingenuity in how they wrangled the flavours into the bottle in the first place. Critically, it’s possible to see that there is an audience who are not just receptive to all of this, but beguiled by it and spurring it on. It is a golden age for Gin and an unprecedented one too – long may it continue!

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The Oeno Motion Corkscrew has been elegantly crafted with a traditional lever corkscrew. £110 from www.farrar-tanner.co.uk

Unleash your inner mixologist with this fabulous luxury rose gold 10 piece Boston Cocktail Set. £28.99 at www.andrewjamesworldwide.com

Duralex Simple yet stylish, the Picardie tumbler 31cl comes in a 6-pack for £8 from www.johnlewis.com and instore at John Lewis

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Soft To Hard In Six Sips 1. BENEFIT DRINKS

The superfoods of carrot, beetroot and prune are packed into three drinks - Enrich, Vitality and Cleanse - for an easy way to get one of your five-a-day. £2.79 each from Waitrose 2. EQUINOX KOMBUCHA

Raw, organic and unpasteurized, these are full of beneficial bacteria which can help support your digestion and boost your immunity. £1.80 each from Waitrose 3. LONGFLINT DRINKS CO.

Handmade tonics, sodas and seltzers combined with craft spirits for a new style of long drink just in time

for the warmer months. £3.50 from Whole Foods and Selfridges 4. MCGUIGAN BLACK LABEL

The Black Label Sparkling Rose is a vibrant, fruity wine with refreshing strawberry flavours and floral blossom notes. £10 from Sainsbury’s 5. FREIXENET SPARKLING ROSÉ

This fruity Italian fizz is presented in a show-stopping cut-glass bottle. £12 from Tesco 6. BAILEY’S ALMANDE

The new dairy-free alcoholic treat from Bailey’s is both vegan friendly and delicious. £20 from Waitrose

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Luxury London

CHEL S E A H A R B OUR H OTEL The perfect weekend of indulgent pampering and decadent dining can be found at Chelsea Harbour Hotel with their new Sprunch (Spa & Brunch) package combining an overnight stay in one of the hotel suites with spa access, 60-minute spa treatment and weekend brunch for two. Check out more details below.

With breath-taking views over the Chelsea Harbour Marina and the River Thames, the all-suite Chelsea Harbour Hotel hotel boasts a central yet secluded location just minutes away from some of the capital’s most vibrant attractions.

Treat yourself to the ultimate pampering session for your and your partner with a 60-minute spa treatment for two from fabulous facials to marvellous massages.

Chelsea Riverside Brasserie, the modern British-Italian restaurant at The Chelsea Harbour Hotel, is the choice for discerning hotel guests and Chelsea locals seeking a rich fusion of British and Mediterranean cuisine with stunning views of the harbour and live music to enjoy.

Designed and created by Senior Head Chef Kuljit Singh, the Chelsea Harbour Weekend Brunch is a sharing concept designed to offer a diverse lavish offering without having to be left with the difficult decision of what to have. The lavish sharing board selection spread over 3 courses includes 20 sharing dishes including charcuterie, a smoked fish platter, roast meats with all the trimmings to name a few, with desserts such as strawberry terrine, coffee & chocolate mousse cake and a cheese board with artisan biscuits and Damson jelly. Sprunch at The Chelsea Harbour Hotel is available on Friday, Saturday or Sunday evenings with a lead-in rate of ÂŁ515. @sloanloves | Sloan Sheridan-Williams

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Behind the Wheel

The DS 7 CROSSBACK is the latest model to be unveiled by DS Automobiles, the French car brand that has grown in consumer awareness since its launch in 2014.

The Kings Head This four star Georgian coaching inn has just been named ‘Best Pub in Hampshire’ by The National Pub and Bar Awards for the third year in a row. The Kings Head has been awarded a multitude of awards over the past three years including Best Pub in Hampshire 2017 & 2016, Team of The Year by Eat Out Awards 2016, Most Delightful Country Bar and Restaurant in Winchester by LUX in their 2016 Hospitality Award as well as being awarded a coveted AA Rosette and being declared an AA 4 Star Silver Inn.

afternoon tea or a pint of real ale.

The King’s Head is a handsome village inn with eight cosy cottagestyle rooms and exceptional, locally sourced Hampshire fare homecooked by an award-winning chef.

All this is paired with a most unique asset, their own traditional skittles alley, making it even clearer why The King’s Head was awarded the title of best pub in Hampshire for the third year in a row.

A true country inn with a few luxurious touches thrown in, The King’s Head is an ideal countryside getaway or stop off for lunch,

Heralding a new era for DS, the new SUV combines the latest technological innovations with the brand’s Parisian savoir-faire, introducing new levels of driving comfort and performance. The DS 7 CROSSBACK is aimed at customers who are in tune with the latest trends, appreciate the world of luxury and prefer to express their unique personality. The DS 7 CROSSBACK ‘ULTRA PRESTIGE’ is the top-of-therange model which benefits from unique French know-how, advanced technology and a charismatic design, Taking the first step towards autonomous driving, innovative technologies such as DS ACTIVE LED VISION, DS CONNECTED PILOT and DS DRIVER ATTENTION ASSIST increase safety, comfort and peace of mind for both the driver and the passengers. The DS 7 CROSSBACK - Ultra Prestige is available for £43,580 OTR

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Selected by The National Pub and Bar Awards judges for meeting the various criteria of what makes a hospitality experience truly excellent, The King’s Head fulfilled each criterion to the very highest standard with the AA rosette food aptly fit for a king and its excellent range of guest ales to compliment their meals perfectly.

Click here to read our online review. Main Road, Hurlsey, Winchester SO21 2JW | www.kingsheadhursley.co.uk


Huntsman of Brockenhurst Proudly being excellent in everything they do, this Hampshire home-from-home has everything you could ask for a relaxing country break from life. The Huntsman of Brockenhurst is the perfect place for a weekend getaway with a restaurant that serves classic British fare including woodfired pizzas and meat cooked in a Josper charcoal oven. The Huntsman prides itself in being excellent in everything they do; from the food and drinks served in the bar and restaurant to the homefrom-home space they’ve created in this 13th-century inn. The 13 beautiful boutique bedrooms, full of home comforts and charm, are all stylishly designed for maximum comfort offering a touch of country luxury with large comfy beds for the perfect night sleep, cosy bathrobes, White Company bathroom toiletries and Nespresso coffee machines for that caffeine fix whenever you need it.

For ultimate luxury a stay in a suite offers plenty of space for that most lavish of weekend breaks in the New Forest. The super king bed with its luxury bedlinen as well as a pair of comfy chairs for relaxing in front of the smart TV offer couples lots of space. In the bathroom, the roll top bath is perfect for a relax soak plus there is a powerful shower to blow away the cobwebs in the morning together with luxurious White Company bathroom essentials to get you day off to the right start. The bar boasts an expertly crafted list of classic cocktails, alongside rows of boutique spirits as well as a range of world beers on tap and bottled. Click here to read the online review. Lyndhurst Rd Brockenhurst SO42 7RH www.thehuntsmanofbrockenhurst.com

Sloan Sheridan-Williams says, “The Huntsman has a super friendly, highly experienced team that go above and beyond to make your stay enjoyable from the moment you set foot in the door. Whether you want to chill in the residents only courtyard or gather near the fire pit, there is something for everyone... even four legged friends! @sloanloves | Sloan Sheridan-Williams

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New Forest Macdonald Elmers Court Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel & Resort is located on the stunning Solent Coast, at the edge of the New Forest and lies within 23 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. The hotel offers the perfect setting for any occasion with spacious en-suite accommodation, excellent facilities and beautiful gardens. We arrived in style in the new DS 7 CROSSBACK – just launched by the French car brand DS Automobiles, this SUV combines the latest technological innovations with Parisian savoirfaire DS is known for. The DS 7 CROSSBACK is the perfect SUV for those who keep up with the latest trends and enjoy living a lifestyle of luxury. Talking of luxury lifestyle, the Tudor Bar with its rich oak panelling is the ideal venue for pre-dinner drinks to enjoy one of the bartender’s creative cocktails or to savour one of the vast selection of single malts after dinner as the perfect nightcap for whisky connoisseur. The Glenville Lounge Room also offers guests the perfect place to relax and connect with other residents of the hotel.

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Just a minutes’ walk away from the Manor House, guests will find a quaint courtyard housing 42 delightful en-suite bedrooms as well as the Scottish Steak Club restaurant which offers a more relaxed dining experience, serving locally sourced, top quality ingredients. As part of an extensive bedroom refurbishment at Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel & Resort, the newly designed Feature Suites are modern, elegant and extremely spacious, offering a private living area, dining room and king-sized bed. No visit to Macdonald Elmers Court is complete without making the most of the excellent leisure facilities complete with the two 15-metre heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools. With four treatment rooms and a relaxation area, the hotel Spa provides you with the right balance of luxury and tranquility with a team of trained experts who will help you relax and recharge with a range of spa therapies personalised around your needs. Click here to read the full review. CONTACT DETAILS South Baddesley Road SO41 5ZB www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk


Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel & Resort offers the ideal spa break in the heart of Hampshire’s New Forest

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Marwell Zoo

Marwell Zoo’s new immersive and sustainable ‘Energy for Life’ Tropical House will become the first in the UK to generate energy using waste ‘zoo poo’. Spanning two levels with fantastic vantage points, guests can experience face-to-face encounters with a diversity of wildlife and exotic plants in a tropical climate, while learning about the flow of energy through life.

Marwell Hotel Marwell Hotel looks different to any hotel you’ve visited in the UK and that difference is reflected in the service, the atmosphere and the restaurant food Marwell Hotel was built in 1989, the architect taking inspiration from Treetops in Africa to bring a colonial safari lodge to Hampshire. Being next door to the Wildlife Park the Hotel looked surprisingly at home in its woodland backdrop. The hotel’s 68 bedrooms are split between four lodges connected by open corridors from which you can admire the surrounding woodlands. The newly-refurbished Executive rooms offer the ultimate luxurious night’s sleep with soft lighting and a boutique-style interior making them both intimate and relaxing to complement the tranquility of the surrounding woodland. The Dining Room at Marwell Hotel is a modest and informal, yet spacious, restaurant, boasting floor to ceiling windows and an oak beamed structure, set within the beautiful

Its lush canopy, cascading waterfall and bustling forest floor are home to a charismatic sloth, Javan chevrotain (mouse deer), pygmy marmosets, tortoises and free-flying birds. There is also a 70,000-litre aquarium with 2,500 fish, a crocodile monitor lizard and examples of nature’s environmental managers: a colony of leaf-cutter ants. The Tropical House is part of a 10year, £17million investment plan to create improved habitats for animals, more immersive experiences for guests and to help the zoo achieve its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2020. The zoo plans to use cutting edge technology to convert its animal waste into a renewable energy source later this year providing heating for its buildings and enable the charity to reduce its carbon footprint and dependency on fossil fuels.

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wooded countryside of Hampshire. Executive Chef Phil Yeomans brings years of experience from great kitchens including The Dorchester, Harvey Nichols, Soho House and more recently Lainston House Hotel in Winchester, where Phil, as Head Chef, held three AA rosettes for seven years and was awarded 5 in the Good Food Guide. Phil modestly describes his style as ‘English cooking with a modern twist’. This approach is based on classical roots, with the employment of modern techniques.  Flavours are pure, with main ingredients allowed to speak for themselves. Textures and temperatures are well judged, whilst the final presentation is clean and delicate. Thompsons Lane, Colden Common, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1JY www.marwellhotel.co.uk


Chilworth Manor Hotel Managed by Legacy Hotels & Resorts, this Edwardian Manor House hotel is the perfect place for Afternoon Tea with picture-perfect views Ideally situated in the heart of Hampshire, Best Western Chilworth Manor Hotel in Southampton offers charming accommodation and a state-of-the-art health club and spa, providing an ideal location when visiting Southampton, Romsey, Winchester and the New Forest. Chilworth Manor Hotel is known for it’s warm welcome, excellent service standards and superb facilities. A rhododendron lined driveway leads guests up to the Edwardian Manor House with its sprawling acres of scenic landscaped grounds beyond. The conservation area, a short walk from the Manor House, has been lovingly preserved with a picturesque lake and woodland area, providing habitats to a wide range of flora and fauna. Rooms include well appointed suites offering the best accommodation

at Chilworth Manor Hotel. They all offer a large floor space with an additional seating area. In the Suite you will find a Docking Station, high quality bedding, luxury toiletries, bathrobe and slippers. There is also an upgraded tea and coffee tray, including a Nespresso coffee machine with homemade biscuits. The suite also benefits from a laptop safe, 32” flat screen TV, quality furnishings, hair dryer and ironing board, magazines, USB plug sockets and reading lights above bed. Also guests staying in suites receive complimentary access to the state-ofthe-art Health Club and swimming pool. All rooms benefit from free Wi-Fi. Click here to read the online review. Chilworth, Southampton SO16 7PT www.chilworth-manor.co.uk

Afternoon Tea at Chilworth Manor celebrates this most quintessential British tradition in a classic English manor house setting. With a tasty selection of freshly made finger sandwiches, homemade baked scones and your choice of teas, you can look out onto the beautiful natural scenery and soak up the ambience of the hotel and gardens. @sloanloves | Sloan Sheridan-Williams

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Sloan talks to Fred Sirieix about his campaign to change the perception of the hospitality industry and why he wants to make a difference We know you as the General Manager S of Galvin at Windows having recently reviewed there. What does this role at the Michelin starred restaurant mean to you? I believe that you make your job what

F it is and it’s important to have a clear

vision with what you do with your business but also with yourself. Pursuing that excellence and quality which is all what life is about because it brings joy, achievement and satisfaction so that when you go to bed at night you feel good about what you’ve achieved and how you’ve done it most importantly. In terms of achievement, you’ve

S developed a number of initiatives to

empower others in the hospitality industry especially front-of-house with National Waiters Day. Tell me more about this work. It’s important that we work to make a

F difference and learn from experience

and the people we are with. I surround myself with the best people who share my values and beliefs and once you reach a stage in your career where you can make a difference it’s important that we do that at our level to help others. With National Waiters Day, it’s been a long held dream of mine to put the hospitality industry at the level that it should be recognised at because the conversations about the industry I was having as a young man at catering college are exactly the same as the ones I have now. I’ve always had a very clear idea of how I feel about the industry and how we should all feel - now I’m in a position to make a difference and change the way how people think about the hospitality industry and how they think about themselves working in it. I want to do all I can to reach that goal. You’ve recently taken another step to S achieve that goal by addressing that perception of the hospitality industry in the minds of young people who may not see it as a career with lots of varied opportunities. How do you hope to get that message across?

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This is an extension of National Waiters Day. It’s about showcasing all the career possibilities available in

hospitality and bringing pride back in the industry. It’s also about raising awareness to those who have no idea about all the prospects available in hospitality and how it could change their life by joining the industry. We have a lot of work to do because both the UK and many other countries are so backwards because the hospitality industry is not valued. The other problem that we have now is the UK government haven’t given any thought to how we are going to replace the people who are no longer going to come to this country because of Brexit. We have for example an education system which is underfunded and no longer fit for purpose. As a result some catering colleges do not have links with restaurants where students can practice serving so how can you be good at a skill you can’t practice? At the heart of the matter, hospitality is not valued at every single level in the UK starting from the government wh0 need to really fund professional education properly. With the right level of professional education you can give people the best start early on so that they grow. We also need to have a more rounded approach about promoting the hospitality industry because what we are doing at the moment is not enough and that is the problem. What do you think are the top three S myths about the hospitality industry that holds things back and stops young people joining it that you would like to change? First myth is that it is a short term F career - it is not! It is a long term career and people can do very well and make a very good living satisfying and challenging themselves. Second myth is that the pay is bad. At a professional level this is not the case at all. The third myth is the hours - things are changing and will continue to change for the better. Those are the three main barriers we have to break down.

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You enjoy amateur boxing and spar as often as you can. What does this daily habits of exercising mean to you?

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favourite forms of exercise because it is about both physical and psychological wellbeing combined into one sport. There’s nothing else like it. I spar as often as I can and I really love it. You took part in a boxing match with Marcus

S Wareing to raise money for Galvin’s Chance. What does charity work mean to you?

I was so lucky and had a lovely upbringing with

F loving parents and family. For me, its about

giving back because I had so much and I am so grateful for what I had. Sometimes all you need is just that little bit of a chance or giving them an opportunity because if they apply themselves then they will succeed for sure. All we have to do to help is give people those opportunities. We make the world - life is the way we make it and if we don’t make any effort then it will be the way it always is. We can make a difference and it starts with self.

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Tell me about your new TV show called Million Pound Menu where budding restaurateurs are given the chance to transform their lives.

The operators are very varied but they all have F a dream about making it and we look at their journey running a pop up for three days where they give all they have to convince investors to invest in their business and change their life forever. It’s a brilliant format and so well done. People do business with people and it’s all about connection. You have to have the right character to enable you to get out of the hole you are in when things go wrong. You also have to have a great product and a great concept. It’s therefore about people, product and concept judging if those three things are a winning combination.

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Talking about that, there’s been a huge revolution in the restaurant industry. What’s your take on the changes you’ve seen?

It’s a very good thing because it’s about progress F and change is good. It’s also about quality improving. The hospitality industry is changing before our eyes in the UK and as the fourth or fifth largest industry in the UK employing 4.5 million people and there are more bookings being made in hotels than ever before. Quality is rising and so many incredible opportunities are increasing so it can be frustrating to know that people are still not aware of them. One they join they will be hooked because it is an amazing profession. What more do you think needs to be done in the

S industry and how do you plan to support can those changes to make them better?

The hospitality industry is changing for the F better. It wants to change and it needs to become better. We need to accelerate the pace of the change because it is still too slow for my liking. That’s why I am involved in campaigns to

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take a more disruptive approach and use initiatives that haven’t been tried before. What has been done already hasn’t worked because the industry is very fragmented and we are very insular. We don’t talk to each other and we do not reach out to the general public because they are the people who are going to staff our restaurants, bars and hotels in the future. At the moment we are only preaching to the converted and that’s not enough and this needs to change. This is what I am doing. What’s your final message you would like to share about working in the hospitality industry?

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There are thousands of jobs within the hospitality industry and it is one profession F where you cannot be out of work. The money is good, you can travel the world meeting fantastic people and learning transferable skills. You are always learning and constantly challenging yourself at different stages in your career. It’s fun, it’s so exciting and it is very rewarding. Fred Sirieix is General Manager of Galvin At Windows within the London Hilton on Park Lane. Million Pound Menu starts on BBC 1 later this year.


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Restaurants OSH Just opened this March, Osh is an fabulous establishment housed in a three-story townhouse located on Beauchamp Place that includes a restaurant, cocktail bar and exclusive private lounge. For the discerning foodie, Osh chefs will prepare fresh seasonal specialties made with organic fruits and vegetables imported twice a week from Uzbekistan. Signature dishes will include aromatic lamb plov, succulent charred shashlik, traditional Uzbek lagman soup, and freshly baked hand rolled flatbread.

The menu will also feature a number of meat-free and vegan options. The sleek cocktail bar will serve up an impressive selection of bespoke cocktails and contemporary ethnicinspired aperitifs while Osh’s exclusive private lounge will be the perfect location to offer a collection of the world’s finest spirits and premium cocktails. Click here to read the online review. DETAILS 14-15, Beauchamp Place SW3 1NQ oshrestaurant.com

Yauatcha City Yauatcha is a Chinese dim sum teahouse with two restaurants in London, in the heart of Soho and in the City, offering an all-day grazing experience. The Soho restaurant has gained critical acclaim and received its Michelin star within a year of opening which it continues to maintain. Yauatcha City opened in May 2015 continuing this success. Click here to read the online review. DETAILS 1 Broadgate Circus EC2M 2QS www.yauatcha.com/city

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London is known as the Food Capital of the World and these are just some of our favourite restaurants as reviewed by the SLOAN! team which we recommend to our readers


La Poule au Pot Since opening in 1964, La Poule au Pot has been a Francophile institution for as long as anyone cares to remember. In warmer months, the extensive outdoor seating area makes the restaurant one of the most desirable alfresco destinations in the capital with its enviable Pimlico position. La Poule de Pot has hardly changed since the Sixties and offers an authentic re-creation of “paysan” France. Click here for the full online review. DETAILS 231 Ebury Street, London SW1W 8UT | www.pouleaupot.co.uk

Maggie Jones’s Sister of French restaurant La Poule Au Pot, Maggie Jones’s has been a favourite haunt among Kensington locals including several British Royals for over 40 years. The quirky interior with its rustic barn chic and wine bottle candles adds to the warm cosy feel that complements the classic British menu perfectly. Click here to read the online review on sloanmagazine.com DETAILS 6 Old Court Place, Kensington Church Street, London W8 4PL www.maggie-jones.co.uk

Hankies Marble Arch London has more than its fair share of Indian street food haunts, but nothing quite like Hankies. Having launched in January 2018, this brilliant new concept combines the fuss-free, fresh, light and aromatic small plates and incredible value for money that are synonymous with this type of cuisine, but does so in the stunning surroundings of the luxury Montcalm Hotel in Marble Arch. Anirudh Arora and his passionate knowledgeable team deliver Indian street food as you’ve never had before. Click here to read the online review. DETAILS 61 Upper Berkeley Street W1H 7PP hankies.restaurant

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IPPUDO Since the opening of its first store in Japan in 1985, IPPUDO has always remained true to its goal of sharing the best of authentic Japanese gastronomy through an all around dining experience. After the opening of a first store in Central Saint Giles in 2014 and a second one in Canary Wharf the following year, IPPUDO has now brought their most beloved Japanese soul food to Villiers Street.

Paladar, a creative restaurant, wine bar and bodega showcasing the best of Latin America, serves as ‘a centre of excellence for Latin America in London’, bringing together food, drink, art and music from across the region.

Mexico and Peru. Chef Jose RubioGuevara’s gluten-free menu is divided into five sections: Nibbles; The Sea; The Farm; The Land; and Sweet Endings. Dishes are priced from £3 to £19 encouraging sharing and discovery of new tastes.

The menu takes an inventive ‘mix and match’ approach to Latin American flavours, drawing most inspiration from Colombia, Ecuador,

Click here to read the online review. DETAILS 4-5 London Road, London SE1 6JZ www.paladarlondon.com

IPPUDO Villiers Street is a cozy and welcoming ramen restaurant, with its vibrant open kitchen right in the entrance of the restaurant. Customers can enjoy a variety of pork-based tonkotsu ramen including the traditional Hakata Niku Ton, only available at Villiers Street. Click here for the review. DETAILS 31A Villiers Street WC2N 6ND www.ippudo.co.uk @sloanloves | Sloan Sheridan-Williams

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Restaurants The Petersham Restaurant The Petersham Restaurant is proud to announce the appointment of new Head Chef, Jean-Didier Gouges. Bringing with him a wealth of experience and expertise, Jean-Didier has transformed the restaurant’s food offering with his innovative culinary vision.

dishes are solely created through his inate ability to remember flavour and fragrance and visualise intriguing combinations. The result of which is a truly innovative menu, intrinsically connected through sight, smell, taste, touch and sound.

As a former Head Chef in some of London’s top venues, including Rhubarb’s flagship fine-dining restaurant in the Royal Albert Hall, Jean-Didier has now used his talents to develop show-stopping new menus for the modern finedining restaurant set within the stunning Petersham Hotel in Richmond.

As he continues to push the boundaries with his cooking, Jean-Didier’s vision is guaranteed to impress diners at The Petersham Restaurant.

Inspired by The Petersham’s rich history, Jean-Didier’s new menu merges classic dishes with modern technique. Every aspect of Jean-Didier’s food has a special element to it, even down to the recipe development, where

Click here for the review on sloanmagazine.com DETAILS Nightingale Lane, Richmond TW10 6UZ petershamhotel.co.uk/restaurant/

Avenue Avenue in St James’s has launched a new cocktail menu this spring featuring Latin American and Asian influences and inspired by each continent’s most famous myths and legends. Featuring five cocktails for each continent, the menu has been devised by Head Mixologist Ronny Barbazza, who brings his cocktail expertise to Avenue having previously worked at other top bars including Skylon, Novikov and Browns. Half of the menu is influenced by the classical elements of fire, air, land, water and aether, which feature heavily in the mythologies of the indigenous Inca, Maya and Aztec civilisations. The other half of the menu celebrates five mystical animals in Asian tradition that represent the cardinal points. Click here to read the full online review. DETAILS 7-9 St James’s Street, London, SW1A 1EE www.avenue-restaurant.co.uk

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GOAT GOAT has become a popular choice amongst the local residents of Fulham & Chelsea especially with the likes of Made in Chelsea’s Louise Thompson. The Italian inspired menu has been carefully crafted by Head Chef Fabio Cuofano to make sure that at the same time as being creative, GOAT provides something for everybody. Awaiting eager appetites are a selection of authentic wood-fired pizzas, succulent grilled meats and fish, interesting side dishes, imaginative salads, and of course, tempting sweet treats for dessert. Click here for the review on sloanmagazine.com DETAILS 333 Fulham Road, London SW10 9QL www.goatchelsea.com

Threadneedle Bar Smoked flavours are having a moment in cocktail culture and the growing trend has now found it’s way to The Royal Exchange’s Threadneedle Bar. The new cocktails menu offers smokiness to cocktail aficionados through intrinsically smoky ingredients such as whisky and mezcal which feature prominently throughout the menu, and by infusing key serves with wood smoke for a robust flavour and immersive experience. Click here for the review on sloanmagazine.com DETAILS Royal Exchange, London EC3V 3LR www.royalexchange-grandcafe.co.uk

Abd el Wahab Belgravia Abd el Wahab, the Middle East’s most acclaimed Lebanese restaurant group have opened in London this spring, their first restaurant outside of the Arab region. The 120-cover restaurant, located on Pont Street in Belgravia, brings together the best UK seasonal ingredients and the experience of the Lebanese chefs to recreate the fabulous fresh and flavoursome foods that people would associate with Middle Eastern cuisine. The quality of the food, and the chefs’ expertise ensures that diners will enjoy the same flavours and food experience as if they were dining at the award-winning Abd el Wahab restaurants in Beirut, Dubai, or Cairo.

Sake No Hana Sake no Hana, the contemporary Japanese restaurant in Mayfair, is celebrating Sakura season with a stunning seasonal art installation by Lydia Kasumi Shireff and a limited edition menu, collaborating with Perrier-Jouët Champagne, famous for their iconic Japanese anemone adorned bottles. Head of Bar Eder Neto has created three new cocktails for Sakura, inspired by the artistic direction of the installation with each serve garnished with a miniature edible piece of Geisha art on rice paper. Head Chef Hideki Hiwatashi has created a special four-course menu to pair with the fresh, citrus character of the recently launched Perrier-Jouët Blanc de Blancs Champagne. Click here for the full online review DETAILS 23 St James’s Street SW1A 1HA | www.sakenohana.com

Black Roe Black Roe Poke Bar & Grill in Mayfair brings the finest cuisine from the Pacific Rim to the heart of London with dishes inspired by Hawaii, Japan and Southeast Asia. The restaurant’s crowning glory is their poke bar at the entrance where your senses are awakened by an expert chef skillfully preparing raw fish alongside other fresh seafood and oysters. From there, the dining space is decorated with warming dark grey walls and distressed luxury touches of worn wood and leather booth seating. Working closely with farmers and fisherman to source the freshest, quality fish, the restaurant’s walls are adorned with their portraits that hang on the walls throughout. Click here for the review on sloanmagazine.com DETAILS 4 Mill Street, Mayfair, London W1S 2AX www.blackroe.com

Click here for the review on sloanmagazine.com DETAILS 1-3 Pont St, London SW1X 9EJ @abdelwahabuk

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From the award winning lobby and spacious suites to the blissful spa and eclectic dining, it happens

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The H Dubai is renowned for their eclectic and vibrant selection of dining and nightlife experiences; the award-winning Mandara Spa; worldclass rooms and suites and a dynamic events centre. The H Dubai is truly a gateway to the Middle East’s most dynamic city of Dubai. The team at The H are not simply hoteliers but describe themselves as “lifestyle curators” who believe that life isn’t about the number of breaths you take but the moments that take your breath away. Not only are the rooms and suites some of Dubai’s most spacious, they are comfy practical yet elegant. Décor is inspired by contemporary Arabia and each room and suite has been thoughtfully designed to offer plush furnishings, floor-to-ceiling windows and a generously proportioned bathroom with an oversized bathtub and rain shower.

Mandara Spa is a sanctuary of utter wellness, serenity and bliss. It has 10 treatment rooms including two couples’ suites as well as separate male and female changing facilities – each including a thermal and hydrotherapy steam chamber and sauna, a whirlpool and experiential showers. The spa offers traditional Balinese treatments and products, which are an ode to its roots, as well as a selection of European and Arabian skincare treatments. Moombai & Co is a casual and vibrant gastrobar bringing the Authentic Indian Cuisine and Parsi cafe culture to life with an emphasis on its nostalgic cuisine, eclectic cocktails, quirky character, and bustling ambiance. One Sheikh Zayed Road, PO Box 125511, Dubai UAE +971 4501 8888 www.h-hotel.com

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DUBAI DINING Dubai is not only the gateway to the Middle East but also a delectable dining capital offering flavours from around the world Sloan Sheridan-Williams

Ananta at The Oberoi Dubai Traditional & Post Modern Indian Cuisine Recently voted Best Luxury Business Hotel Worldwide 2018 at this year’s Hotel of the Year Awards, The Oberoi, Dubai was the Group’s first property in the United Arab Emirates. Culinary highlights at The Oberoi, Dubai include an array of sensory experiences and we were delighted to dine at their Indian speciality restaurant Ananta. The culinary philosophy behind Ananta at The Oberoi, Dubai is the creation of a gastronomic bridge between traditional and post-modern Indian cuisine. Ananta restaurant serves a tantalizing array of culinary masterpieces, innovative specialities and classical dishes embellished with contemporary flair in sumptuous surroundings. Click here to read the full online review.

Blue Jade at The Ritz-Carlton Dubai A Culinary Journey Across Asia The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai is enviably located along the JBR Walk offering guests distinctive Emirati experiences at this luxury resort. Named Best Southeast Asian Restaurant by Time Out Dubai, Blue Jade is the Ritz-Carlton Dubai’s signature Pan-Asian restaurant offering a variety of the most authentic and sought after dishes from across Asia. Head Chef Ta Van has created outstanding menus for the hotel’s signature Asian restaurant that showcases the flavours of his native Vietnam as well as those of Thailand, Singapore, Japan and China. Click here to read the full online review.

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Moombai & Co at The H Dubai Indian Cocktails & Parsi Café Cuisine Located at One Sheikh Zayed Road, The H Dubai is renowned for their eclectic and vibrant selection of dining and nightlife experiences, the award-winning Mandara Spa and world-class rooms and suites. Moombai & Co Café and Bar is the newest dining destinations at The H Dubai which takes you on a journey back to the traditional Irani-Parsi cafés of India. This casual and vibrant gastrobar combines authentic Indian cuisine with Parsi café culture in the heart of Dubai. Click here to read the full online review.

SOLO at Raffles Dubai

Regional Italian Cuisine Home Grown Located within the opulent surroundings of Raffles Dubai, Solo is a home-grown Italian Restaurant & Bar, serving an authentic taste of Italy with a modern twist to their generously portioned dishes in a vibrant and convivial atmosphere. Executive Chef Doxis Bekris has over 20 years of culinary experience starting in his native Greece before branching out all over the world. Doxis introduced an attractive and inventive new menu, presenting cuisines from 20 regions in Italy, in addition to wood-fired oven signatures dishes. Click here to read the full online review.

Fire Lake Grill House at Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Waterfront Midwest Treats at Dubai’s Friendliest 5* Hotel Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Waterfront is a foodie destination in its own right. The various restaurants offer a wide array of delicious cuisine, guaranteed to delight and impress on every level. Fire Lake Grill House and Cocktail Bar is an elegant American Mid-West grill restaurant, bar and terrace, which offers a spectacular view of the Burj Khalifa to go along with its mouthwatering dishes and refreshing drinks for an all-round, fine dining experience. Click here to read the full online review. @sloanloves | Sloan Sheridan-Williams

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TravelDubai Radisson Blu Dubai Waterfront The stylish 5-star Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Waterfront has an outstanding range of facilities and renowned friendly professional customer service. The “Yes I Can!” philosophy of the hotel means you’ll always receive outstanding service with a smile from every member of the team. From the comfortable rooms to destination restaurants and everything in between, Radisson Blu offers guests an unforgettable hotel experience filled with Dubai hospitality. Each of the 432 stylishly designed rooms and suites offer views of the Business Bay district in Dubai. Many of the hotel rooms also include private balconies with breathtaking views of the Dubai skyline, including phenomenal feats of architecture such as the 828 meterhigh Burj Khalifa and newly-opened Dubai Canal. The Business Class Rooms and Suites include access to the exclusive Business Class Lounge and are equipped with a Nespresso® machine. The Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Waterfront is a foodie destination in its own right. The various restaurants offer a wide array of delicious cuisine, guaranteed to delight and impress on every level. Nordic newbies in the Larder

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Restaurant, mid-west treats in Fire Lake Grill House and Cocktail Bar, cigars and snifters in Makar Scottish Bar or modern Middle Eastern treats in Republic & Co. The nightlife gets even more exciting at the French Riviera’s crown jewel, Gotha Club Dubai, infused with art and marked with world-class entertainment, offering a unique and animated clubbing experience hosting sophisticated events with top performing artists and original entertainment combining elements of a nightclub and a live entertainment venue. Fire Lake Grill House and Cocktail Bar is an elegant mid-west grill restaurant, bar and terrace, which offers a spectacular view of the Burj Khalifa to go along with its mouthwatering dishes and refreshing drinks for an allround, fine dining experience. Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, this hotel guarantees 100% satisfaction and fond memories. Click here to read the review on sloanmagazine.com CONTACT DETAILS Business Bay, Dubai, United Arab Emirates +971 (0) 4 249 7800 www.radissonblu.com/en/hotel-dubaiwaterfront


The Friendliest 5 Star Hotel in Dubai

The new hotel joins the towering skyscrapers of the Business Bay district overlooking the Dubai Waterfront @sloanloves | Sloan Sheridan-Williams

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Arundhati Bhattacharya Business Leader of the Year

Outstanding Achievement in Sport Jahangir Khan with Askar Khammod Anthea Turner

Anita Rani - Outstanding Achievement in Television

The 8th Asian Awards On Friday 27 April 2018, the 8th Asian Awards took place in The Ballroom at London Hilton on Park Lane. The prestigious event celebrated the diversity, talent and excellence within the Pan Asian community and was hosted by Sanjeev Bhaskar. Among the VIP guests were celebrity life coach Sloan Sheridan-Williams, world class entrepreneur Vincent Wong, British kickboxing champion Kelly Haynes, Anthea Turner, Tonia Buxton, Neev Spencer, Lizzie Cundy, Sukki Singapora, Jasmin Walia, Russell Kane, Shobna Gulati and Craig McGinley. Sloan wore a Bardot pink satin gown with stunning ametrine pendant and triple halo diamond earrings by W&W Jewellery, the bespoke jewellers based in London.

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Honouring diversity, talent & excellence in the pan asian community

Vincent Wong, Sloan Sheridan-Williams, Tony Davis & Kelly Haynes Neev Spencer & husband

Sanjeev Bhaskar with Rising Star award winner Bana al-Abed

Abby GhaFoor & Tonia Buxton Jasmine Walia

Sloan wore an Ametrine Pendant by W&W Jewellery

Vincent Wong with Sloan Sheridan-Williams Sloan wore Halo Diamond Earrings by W&W Jewellery

The winners were: Philanthropist of the Year: Ramesh & Pratibha Sachdev; Business Leader of the Year: Arundhati Bhattacharya; Outstanding Achievement in Sport: Jahangir Khan; Outstanding Achievement in Music: BTS; Outstanding Achievement in Science and Technology: Pratibha Ghai; Outstanding Achievement in Cinema: Sridevi (posthumous); Public Servant of the Year: Kiran Bajracharya; Business Leader of the Year: Arundhati Bhattacharya; Outstanding Achievement in Television: Anita Rani; Rising Star: Bana Al-Abed; and Social Entrepreneur of the Year: Sunny Vary. (Photo credit: Twitter/Instagram) @sloanloves | Sloan Sheridan-Williams

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Michelle Keegan

BAFTA

Hayley Atwell

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Molly Windsor

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Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced the winners of the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards, celebrating and rewarding the very best programmes and performances of 2017. The ceremony was hosted by Sue Perkins at the Royal Festival Hall, London. There were two awards for This Country, written by BAFTA Breakthrough Brits Daisy May Cooper and Charlie Cooper. The mockumentary, depicting life in rural Britain, received the BAFTA for Scripted Comedy and Daisy May Cooper won Female Performance in a Comedy Programme. The BAFTA for Leading Actress was awarded to another BAFTA Breakthrough Brit, Molly

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Celebrating and rewarding the very best television programmes of 2017

Anna Friel

Rio Ferdinand

Binky Felstead

Royal Festival Hall

Jodie Whittaker

Martin Freeman

Sean Bean and Ashley Moore

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Windsor, for her performance in Three Girls. The drama also won Mini-Series, adding to the three BAFTAs it won at the British Academy Television Craft Awards in April. Sean Bean won the BAFTA for Leading Actor for his portrayal of a priest at the centre of a troubled community, in the drama series Broken. In the Supporting Actor category, BrÍan F. O’Byrne received the BAFTA for his performance as a bereaved father in Little Boy Blue, a depiction of the true story of the murder of Rhys Jones. Vanessa Kirby took home the BAFTA for Supporting Actress for her role as Princess Margaret in The Crown. The BAFTA for Male Performance in a Comedy Programme was awarded to Toby Jones for his performance in Detectorists. Graham Norton won the sixth BAFTA of his career, winning for Entertainment Performance, his third for The Graham Norton Show. In the International category, the BAFTA was awarded to The Handmaid’s Tale, the adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel. (Photos courtesy of BAFTA) @sloanloves | Sloan Sheridan-Williams

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