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SLOAN! Olly Murs The Art of Mixology

Michelin Star Galvin Brothers

Designer Dubai

Henley Festival

Active Adventure

Polo in the Park

Dapper Dad

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Editor’s Letter This summer I have been inspired by so many people, their strength, their vision, their passion and their stories. I am delighted to be able to include these people in both SLOAN! and online at sloanmagazine.com with the aim to inspire you to aim for your dreams and to guide you with their expert advice on how to go about achieving that which you desire.


Here at SLOAN! we are always aiming to improve and develop helped by the feedback from you our readers. This edition we have embraced comments to go bigger than The Season which is always a big focus with us and venture into summer concerts, music and the people behind the superb voices. So read on for our fantastic interviews with Olly Murs, Tom Jones, Sophie EllisBextor and Vonda Shepard.

of our very own radio station. We would love to hear your views on what you would like us to feature on air, so that we can continue to provide you with content driven by our core demographic.

We have always had a passion for music and it’s effect on psychology, so combining the two seems a logical way forward and we are delighted to announce that early next year SLOAN! is entering an exciting new dimension with the launch

Producing the twelfth edition of this magazine has as always been an absolute pleasure thanks to my fantastic team.

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We are as always humbled by the support of our regular readers and loyal fans and welcome our new audience who have brought us to over 500,000 hits per month as of last month.

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Unspoilt Destinations Sabrina Chakici is a London based TV Presenter, Radio Host and Voice Over Artist. Most recently Sabrina spent a year as the Official E! Host UK & Ireland where she hosted Live from the Red Carpet at The British Fashion Awards





Beautiful beaches, bountiful rainforests and mountain top views that will quite literally take you breath away, the island of Borneo is a magically untouched destination with Malaysia’s Sabah standing out as one of it’s most treasured gems, housing the largest rehabilitation centre for Orang Utans in the world. It has been named as the best place on earth to see the amazing animals completely in the wild, allowing for a truly life changing and desirable experience.

The holiday destination of dreams for animal lovers and the only place in the world that you can swim with tropical fish, sea lions and penguins all at the same time. The islands are also home to Darwin’s famous giant tortoises. The best way to see the wonderful nature is by spending a week at sea and island hopping your way through these stunning volcanic islands. There are a number of great tour operators providing this service with planned itineraries.

The famous American stretch of road from Chicago in the West all the way through to Los Angeles in the East is the world’s most iconic Road Trip. With historical tourist towns and quirky rest points along the way this remarkably scenic road trip is the gateway into discovering true American culture. The road is nowadays broken up as some parts have been redeveloped meaning you have to join the newer highways taking you off the beaten track.

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COSTA NAVARINO For those of you wanting to relax somewhere a little closer to home the luxury golfing resort of Costa Navarino is one of Greece’s hidden gems. The location is a three and a half hour scenic drive from Athens and it’s a lot quieter than most touristic Greek hotspots. With stunning hidden beaches and magnificent waterfalls this treasure is so much more than a place to take a swing! This quaint golfing resort will soon be on everyone’s radar.

YEN DUC , VIETNAM For somewhere truly authentic the Vietnamese village of Yen Duc is the perfect mix of stunning scenery and authentic asian culture and is just a few hours away from Asia’s famous Halong Bay. Spend your days cycling through the mountains tea farms, crafting doormats out of palm tree leaves or basket fishing in the river and evenings enjoying the quiet of the countryside and authentic village life.

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Get Dressed For Summer TINA MALHAMÉ Award-winning fashion designer Branded ‘The High Street Guru’ by the fashion king George Davis, Tina Malhamé’s accessible style has graced the wardrobes of countless women with her subtle blend of classic meets comfortable. Tina has launched her own label NoLogo Chic, an online store offering luxury clothing for women of all ages in carefully sourced natural fabrics that are glamorous and comfortable and her latest collection is functional, flexible and flattering. SLOAN! asked Tina to share her expert advice on how you can get your wardrobe ready for the summer season.

The warmer weather heralds the start of a new season of dressing, at last it’s time for floaty fabrics and to feel the warmth of the sun on our faces. The lighter evenings firmly fix in our minds that it’s time to banish coats, tights and boots for another six months at least. As we rush towards Easter it’s time to think about lighter clothing, holidays perhaps, outdoor entertaining, trips to town for an al fresco lunch and an iced tea. DRESS SMART & SIMPLE The foundation of any new wardrobe is a good dress, simply cut in a reliable jersey with its soft and gentle character or a semi fitted shift dress in cotton or linen that will glide over the body rather than hug. A dress that effortlessly segues from the office to an evening out, zhoozhed up with some simple jewellery and a glam pair of heels. Look for a smart plain shade with a little clever pleat and an extra inch or two of fabric to skim the bust, hips and thighs, or choose the same simple dress in a ditsy floral or polka dots to give an extra dash of flair. This staple garment will be equally as useful in a formal meeting or thrown into a suitcase to take on holiday, to wash and wear if needs be. THE TUNIC TREND Another early summer classic is a tunic dress. Wear with jeans on cooler spring days, and then bring out the bare legs and sandals throughout the season. Choose one with a modest V at the neckline to lengthen the neck and why not go for a soft print to distract the eye away from any problem areas. The tunic is a strong trend this season and it comes in a huge variety of colours and styles but make sure you can try on a few to find the right shape for you. Whilst you want one which flows over the body rather than fits snugly, don’t wear one too loose or you will feel like you are floating in a tent. Look for a slim full-length


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sleeve, which can be prettily rolled up to show off your bangles, or worn rolled down to keep a strong sun at bay. HOLIDAY DRESSES & KAFTANS Tunic dresses and kaftans are also super to pop in the holiday suitcase. In fact, pack a couple. They are a godsend for wearing on all sorts of occasions. I absolutely love wearing a linen tunic and straw hat to have a good rummage through markets, stopping for a quick bite and then perhaps taking a little tour to visit ruins. Tunics are

Th e Fa s hi o n Gu r u also perfect beach cover-ups. Cool and comfortable and eternally feminine, there’s a reason why so many countries all over the world have their own version of these simply shaped garments. VERTICAL STRIPES There are a lot of stripes around this season. Most women look best in a simple, narrow two colour stripe. Blue and white, pink and white, lemon and white are the best. Make sure the ones you wear are woven and vertical. Leave horizontal stripes in any garment to someone else! BUY WHITE Buy something new in white. There are days in the summer when it is simply the most fabulous colour to wear. Be it a cotton blouse or simply cut T-shirt (try on as many as possible to find a make perfect for you). I would suggest the jersey should be smooth, not ribbed. The neat round neckline should be either finished with binding or with a tiny 1 centimetre rib. Match your perfect T-shirt with your favourite trouser or some flattering Capri pants. Why not try a white skirt, maybe one that finishes just below the knee at the slimmest part of the leg, or perhaps with a longer and gently flaring cut for those balmy evenings at Glyndebourne. For more inspiration, please visit nologo-chic.co.uk @sloanloves | Sloan Sheridan-Williams


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SLOAN! talks to Tom Jones about his music, The Voice & his upcoming show at Sandown Park Your popularity never seems to wane

S and your fanbase continues to attract

new younger generations. What do you think that comes down to? It’s unavoidable and true that all

T performers and artists go through ups

and downs. The only thing you can do is have confidence in yourself and your abilities and hope that the work you do is well received. It’s impossible to predict that moment in time when somebody who sees you will be the person who will offer the next opportunity. And who knows where that opportunity will lead? You played at Sandown Park racecourse S three years ago and you have done other shows for The Jockey Club Live around the UK before. What is it about the racecourse performances that you enjoy? The racecourses put on a great night T out for everyone. Who wouldn’t want to come to see the world’s best horses and jockeys run, have excellent food and drink, have great fun with their friends, and see top-notch entertainment?


What can people expect from a Tom Jones concert that have not seen you perform live before?

If someone hasn’t seen me live before, T then they will get more than they ever imagined. This is the same for all live performances (if they’re good) — and it’s the reason why people spend their hardearned money and precious time to go out and experience a live show — they will get to know the performer much better and they’ll be taken to a wonderful place.


If there was one show that you’ve done throughout your career that you could relive, which one would it be and why? You can never relive the past in the

T same way, so although I appreciate and

enjoy the memories, I always look to the future.

With such a catalogue and recent S critically acclaimed albums, how do you keep your set lists interesting for you but also ensure your audience goes home happy? By mixing it all up and keeping

T things fresh. Actually, most people

are delighted by surprises. They feel invigorated when they’ve experienced something unexpected. There are a few

things I keep the same as well, simply because they are so good as they are. It’s fair to say you’ve recorded a lot of S different musical styles throughout your career. Have there been any genres that you haven’t done and would like to explore or genres that you just don’t want to touch? Although I’ve been pretty flexible over T the years, of course there are genres that I just wouldn’t touch because it wouldn’t sound genuine coming from me. However, there are always elements of things that are worth having a crack at, as you never know if a contribution from me would work as a unique flavour for a producer or artist. We’ve heard that you used to own some

S horses in the 60’s. How hands on were

you and did you get enjoyment out of it? Would you consider ownership again, even as part of a syndicate? I love horses but never had the time T to be very hands on, I left that to the experts. I never thought about an investment, but perhaps I will! It’s great that you’re back with The

S Voice. Was it an easy decision to make when ITV got in touch?

Once I got the measure of things from

T the producers, it was an easy decision.

I had such a great time with my fellow coaches this year, and the whole ITV production team were excellent to work with. Does the fact it’s on ITV rather than the

S BBC make any difference to how the

show is working and the chances open to the acts coming through the series? Well, that depends on so many things.

T The fact that ITV is a commercial

venture does help the record company integrate into the process, but ultimately there are so many factors at work that contribute to the success of an artist. Being on The Voice is just one opportunity, and it’s a helluva test of talent and personality. If the contestant can get through to any point in the show, then take away what they’ve learned, they’ll be better off for it. The Jockey Club Live presents Tom Jones: An Open Air Concert at Sandown Park Racecourse on 19 July 2017. Tickets available from www.thejockeyclublive.co.uk @sloanloves | Sloan Sheridan-Williams


How to host a party... Not just any party but one to impress the global elite from Royalty to UHNW guests. Nicholas Frankl of My Yacht® Group tells us how. Anyone can throw a party. Some people can throw a good party. Throwing a party that will ‘impress’ your guests is another matter entirely and requires, first and foremost, to know who your guests are. Labelling them as “the world’s most wealthy individuals” does not consider the nature of their wealth – inherited, married into, quickly earned, etc – or from where they hail – North America, Russia, the Middle East, and so on. These factors will, generally, impact the way in which they enjoy or appreciate an event. Someone who was born into wealth or has grown up in a wealthy environment is likely, though not always, to have more refined tastes and be less obviously flashy. Quality over quantity, and understated over obvious. New wealth is often associated with spending (and enjoyment thereof) that is big and brash – designer logos aplenty, the bigger the bottle of champagne (whether to consume or spray!) the better – along with ensuring everyone knows about it (cue social media). On any given night there’s a gala / fundraiser / party / gathering that seeks to enthrall its guests for X brand or cause, etc. Many companies, charities and so on rely on PR agencies to invite guests – they have lists of “Influencers” who will hopefully ensure a broad social media reach during and after the event, even while keeping many of the attendees on the night glued to their devices, stuck in pairs, or small groups, with little mingling, connectedness or genuine shared conviviality, as each seeks to produce another perfectly filtered image that will receive an endorphin-inducing “like” from afar, while ignoring the opportunity to make a meaning IRL connection at the event itself. If your wealthy client isn’t one for scrolling or posting on social media, this is likely replaced with checking email, the markets, the news and so on. Either way, it creates a disconnectedness among those present as faces drop to engage with illuminated screens rather than those around them. So, how to ensure that your wealthy guests step away from their technology and are actually present? Having hosted everyone from Royalty to dotcom billionaires, successful models to astronauts, global CEOs to singers, actors, Olympians and more, herewith some tips: 1. PERSONALLY CURATE YOUR GUEST LIST Creating a warm, welcoming, convivial atmosphere is key to a successful event, and an event is only as good as its guests. Meaning, a 1 or 2 degree of separation between your guests – whether you know them socially or through business – allows guests to feel comfortable, secure and able to relax: they don’t have to be ‘on show’ or impress anyone, or worse feel insecure and uncomfortable and seek solace in technology.


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You are the connector between guests who may have never met but, will likely quickly discover a friend in common or a shared interest, whether they are that dotcom billionaire or the Lord of wherever. Obviously, wealth is also a factor in this, but usually the least interesting or important one. 2. MIX IT UP Inviting guests only because they are wealthy does not a great party make. An achiever – athlete, musician, model, racing driver or otherwise – may not be “wealthy” in monetary terms but will be rich in life experience, drive, passion, and those attributes are infectious and add a jolt of energy to the party. 3. WINE & DINE THEM Hungry guests are not happy guests! Several wellknown billionaires will never return to a very high profile celebrity St. Tropez fundraiser after being left without food for close to 4 hours at last year’s event. Good food, and plenty of it, should be on hand from the moment guests arrive with an enticing variety that also considers varied dietary requirements (lactose intolerant, vegetarian, vegan, Kosher etc.) Equally, drinks are key! A crisp glass of Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque champagne on arrival sets the tone perfectly, while our “Angels” mingle with guests to pour double magnums of chilled Château d’Esclans rosé, and specialty cocktails provide a fun way to integrate spirits into a shared experience. Of course, plenty of soft drinks and even ‘mocktails’ are imperative. Taking drinks to guests rather than having to wait at the bar – we’ve all been there! - means conversations can linger, connections can deepen, or there’s simply time for one more photo. 4. QUALITY NOT QUANTITY The great thing about a superyacht party is that capacity is, generally, limited. This provides the perfect excuse to keep all invitations to +1 only! I joke, but quality and not quantity is really at the heart of a good party. Intimacy is key and anything over about 120 guests and you start to lose that. Just because you have the space to pack in 200 people (and aboard a 150-foot superyacht, you do) doesn’t mean that you should. 5. GIFT BAGS If you’re going to give a leaving gift, make it meaningful and interesting. Nobody wants to depart with a 10lb bag full of magazines and literature. Signature Bvlgari candles, small, useful and unique branded items like phone charging banks, or engraved demi-bottles of champagne, will produce a smile rather than a sore bicep. Discover how My Yacht® Group connects the world’s most interesting people at www.myyachtgroup.com

Felix Baumgartner, Nicholas Frankl & Julian Lennon

Golden Girl with Matt LeBlanc

HSH Prince Albert II, Petra Nemcova, Nicholas Frankl & Princess Charlene

Nicholas Frankl & Rick Yune

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Polo in the Park This year’s Chestertons Polo in the Park took place on 9-11 June 2017 at Hurlingham Park, Fulham. Combining world-class sport, a host of London’s most exciting restaurants and Europe’s longest outdoor bar, Chestertons Polo in the Park was the perfect setting for polo fans and London’s social society to kick-off their summer season in style. This year saw an exciting new partnership between Chestertons Polo in the Park and the luxury performance automotive brand, McLaren Automotive. Taking the title of ‘Official Automotive Partner’, the new collaboration marks a positive movement, not just for Chestertons Polo in the Park, but also Polo in the UK, supporting both the growth and ambition of the equestrian sport. Event Director, Rory Heron, commented, “McLaren are the perfect automotive partner for Chestertons Polo in the Park as they pride themselves on innovation and evolving, values which we very much share. We are really excited about working with them in the build up to the event and having them join us there in June.”

Played under simplified rules that create a faster and action-packed game, the event is seen as the ideal introduction to polo for those new to the sport. Over the three action-packed days, six teams represented cities from all over the globe, including London, Dubai and Buenos Aires, battling to be crowned the victors of Chestertons Polo in the Park 2017. The winner on Finals Day was... This year’s pitch side entertainment ensured that spectators were treated to a day of non-stop action both on and off

Jon Pollock, Managing Director Europe, McLaren Automotive said, “We are thrilled to support Chestertons Polo in the Park. The audience is a good match for us and the event provides the perfect back drop for us to showcase our latest McLaren lineup.” McLaren Racing Driver, Euan Hankey, swapped horsepower for the day with England polo player and La Martina ambassador, George Meyrick at Dunsfold’s Top Gear Track. See what happened at sloanmagazine.com/pitpmclaren

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the field. An array of exclusive bars, including the renowned Mahiki Bar, Champagne Lanson Garden Bar and Fever Tree Bar & Garden provided quintessential locations to enjoy world class polo and music whilst sipping a thirstquenching cocktail. For those with withdrawal symptoms from the Kings Road, there was an onsite shopping village selling unique luxury items. Following last year’s success, the Grazing Paddock, polo’s greatest pop-up food festival, was bigger and even tastier than ever with many of London’s most sensational restaurants in attendance ensuring the fans palates were treated like polo royalty. With international Friday on 9 June where Team England took on Team India, a stylish Ladies Day on 10 June and a thrilling Finals Day on 11 June, Chestertons Polo in the Park 2017 was an exciting start to London’s summer social season.

“The simplified rules make the sport more accessible to the public. Spectators can follow the game without needing any prior knowledge of polo thus reaching new audiences and growing the sport world-wide.�

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Henley Festival The UK’s most glamorous boutique festival returns in style with All Saints, Jess Glynne, Vonda Shepard, Chaka Khan & much more. Henley Festival, the UK’s most glamorous boutique festival, and winner of Headline Performance of the Year at the 2016 Festival awards, returns to its spectacular setting on the riverbank in Henley-on-Thames from 5th – 9th July 2017 THE FLOATING STAGE Grammy-award-winning singer-songwriter Jess Glynne will open the 2017 Festival, performing her string of number one hits including “Hold My Hand” and “Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself” on the iconic floating stage on Wednesday 5th July. On the second evening of the black-tie festival, the most successful duo in UK music history, with three Brit Award wins and six Grammy nominations to their name, the Pet Shop Boys, will take to the stage with their acclaimed Super Tour show. On Friday 7th July, the Queen of Funk, international music icon and ten-time Grammy winner, Chaka Khan, will delight festivalgoers with her classic Funk, Disco, Soul and Jazz hits. While on Saturday night, Goldie, the father of UK Drum and Bass will present an orchestral version of his ground-breaking 1995 Album Timeless, performed by The Heritage Orchestra, who bring their classic reworking of one of the most influential albums of the last 20 years to Henley’s stunning riverbank.


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On the final night, world-conquering ‘90s girl group sensation, and one of the most successful girl bands of all time, All Saints will bring the Festival to an unforgettable close - Team SLOAN! will be there on the night soaking up the atmosphere and dancing away to our favourite All Saints tunes like no-one is watching! FLOATING STAGE SESSIONS FROM PIZZAEXPRESS LIVE PizzaExpress Live will be getting things started on the Floating Stage with early-evening performances each night of the Festival. ‘King of Soul’ Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band will perform on Wednesday. Thursday sees American pop/rock singer Vonda Shepard return to the UK following her highly successful 2015/16 tour. We’ve loved Vonda ever since the first time hearing her sing the theme tune to Ally McBeal. Check out our indepth interview with the singer on page X. On Friday night, the high-energy Soul/R’n’B group, The Staxs Band, featuring musicians who, between them, have performed with some of the biggest names in music will take to the stage. On Saturday night, British Jamaican R&B and soul singer-songwriter, Ruby Turner – who was recently awarded an MBE for services to music – will delight festival-goers. Finally, on Sunday evening critically acclaimed funk and soul band, Brother Strutt, will take to the Floating Stage. STELLAR COMEDY LINE-UP The 2017 comedy line-up is set to be bigger and better than ever, with the likes of Andy Parsons, Seann Walsh, Sara Pascoe, Mark Dolan, Russell Kane, Matt Forde, Mitch Benn and Paul Sinha among the biggest names of the 25 comedians performing at this year’s Festival. In addition, up and coming comics including Rose Matafeo, Thinking Drinkers, John Robins, Nish Kumar, Eshan Akbar and Kiri Pritchard Mclean will also be keeping audiences entertained. FOODIE FESTIVAL A festival for food lovers, Henley caters for all tastes offering a huge number of restaurants and pop ups from street food to fine dining. Restaurant’s popping up at the festival will include The Spice Merchant and The Dog & Badger alongside street food from Jimmy Garcia’s BBQ club, Newquay Sushi, Snob Lobster and Champagne, Pizza Express and Awesome Crispy Squid. Henley will once again host the UK’s largest pop-up restaurant, with catering maestros The Dish serving 800 covers a night at the atmospheric Riverside Restaurant. For more details, go to www.sloanmagazine.com/preview-henley-festival-2017 @sloanloves | Sloan Sheridan-Williams


Vonda Shepard



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SLOAN! Magazine talks to Vonda Shepard about Ally McBeal, her musical inspirations and her upcoming UK tour for her British fans When did you realise you had a

S talent for singing and songwriting? I began writing poems at the age of V 8, and songs at the age of 9. Once I wrote my first complete song, I definitely knew I had some kind of ability to express myself through words and music — once I began, there was no stopping! I still love to write. What was your experience of

S starting out in the industry?

Well, I was lucky, because I came V up at the prime time of the music business when they actually used to do artist development. Warner Bros. spent 4 years paying for my demos until they felt I was ready for a record deal. They also bought me a home recording studio! These things just don’t happen anymore. It felt great to be nurtured by a company who believed in me — and eventually they signed me, at the age of 24. What inspires your music? What’s

S your creative process for new songs? I’m inspired by simple stories in

V life… I love to sit in cafes and watch

people and write lyrics. But the deeper place my writing comes from is a desire to work out problems in my life… usually relationship issues that are maybe unresolved. At this point in my life, things are very solid and positive, so in order to write one of those heart wrenching songs, I must dig back to the unresolved past. There is plenty of material still there!! I usually sit at the piano and go into a sort of relaxed, open place and see what happens. I can always tell when some piece of music is going to appear… usually it’s the music and gibberish first, then the actual deciphering of what my subconscious is trying to say. The editing process is the hardest, most grueling part. This is where pure discipline must take over. It is one of the most gratifying experiences to write a great song!


What’s your favourite song? What music do you listen to at home and when you’re on tour?

I can’t say that I have a favorite

V song, as every other week I change

my mind, but I still love to listen to a great Paul Simon or James Taylor song… I just love the 70’s classic singer/ songwriters. I adore Spotify, as you can just use your imagination and listen to any song you want. And then that triggers other artists who come to mind. Mostly I listen to music at the gym, when I’m working out… you’d be surprised at my playlist! A bit of hip-hop, some Rhianna, etc… songs that make me want to run fast. When we’re home, I listen to a lot of Billy Holiday and Duke Ellington. When I’m on the road, I listen to Hawaiian music in the van, just to calm me down if I need a nap. What was the last thing that touched,

S moved or inspired you and how did it affect you?

Well, I have an 11 year old son, and V almost on a daily basis, something he does or says moves or inspires me. Usually it’s just when he breaks out in a huge laugh. I’m the happiest person in the world when he is laughing. I wrote a song about him once, titled The Rocky Water. I’m sure there will be many more songs to come about him. I’m also moved when people stand up for each other… when someone steps out of their “party” to do the right thing… the courage it takes to go against your comrades to do what you know is right. It makes me want to be more brave. Ally McBeal was a turning point in S your life and career. Looking back, what was your most memorable moment working on a TV show and what was the greatest challenge? I have so many wonderful memories V from being on the show, but the one that comes to mind is my first day on the set. Everything was so magnificent, professional, with so many people all working together to shoot the show. I felt that I was in a safe, creative place, finally… and that my life was going to be very good! I remember what I was wearing… this brown kind of shirt. @sloanloves | Sloan Sheridan-Williams


After so many years of struggling, I finally felt like I had arrived… at least for awhile! I also remember meeting Calista in the make-up trailer. She was so sweet and friendly to me. So down to Earth and unpretentious. I liked her immediately! You made your debut as a musical theatre actress in S Randy Newman’s Faust playing the role of Martha. What did that experience mean to you and will you be doing any more acting in the future? Well, I acted as a child and studied acting properly V for 5 years, but this really was the “big-time”! We only had a couple of performances, but to be asked to play the roll by Randy and to be in the show with him was such an honor and so much fun! I realized that I could have gone down that acting road (but music is so much more fun!) I could imagine doing Broadway at some point in my life (when I’m 65??!!) My voice is stronger than ever, so it’s possible! I also speak with my agents here in L.A. about doing “cameo” appearances on T.V. shows where they need singers…. we’ll see! Your fans must come to your music from various

S avenues not just those familiar with you from Ally

McBeal. How do you balance that in your set list when performing? Do you choose songs you instinctively feel will be right or does it take lots of thinking and planning? This is such a good question. It always takes quite

V a bit of planning, but the more albums I put out, the

more material I have to choose from, and the more I play live and sit out there signing my new CDs, the more people have the newer material, which is wonderful. I weave my own songs in with the Ally songs, but these days I’ve sort of figured it out. I do some new material in the beginning, then some familiar songs from the show that I’ve written, and toward the end of the show, I give the big Ally Party… Tell Him, Searchin’ My Soul, Hooked, I Only Wanna Be With You, etc… and the crowd is ready for them at that point and they go crazy. It’s working very well. I need to do my own songs, and luckily a lot of people know many of them, but I’d be a fool to shun the Ally material. I want people to enjoy that nostalgic aspect of the show.


You’re on tour in the UK this summer including Henley Festival, one of our favourites. How are you preparing for the experience?

I just got home from touring in Germany, so I’m V in very good shape, vocally. I work out at the gym about 4 or 5 days a week, as I need that strength to sing the way I do and to feel good on stage. About 5 weeks before a tour, I really get into heavy rehearsing 5 days a week, for about 3 hours a day. If I don’t do this, it will be too tough on tour. This prep really builds up my voice and my hands on the piano. On a mental level, I love traveling and playing for people — and hanging out with my amazing, hilarious band, so it’s exciting to have a tour just around the corner. What’s your favourite part of touring? What does it

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My favorite part, in some ways, is the routine. I

V know exactly what to do to prepare for the show. I

also love pulling into a quaint little town that I would never have seen were it not for my career, and strolling the streets… walking into some little coffee place, having the local food and hearing the local accents. I feel so lucky to have these experiences. If I’m home for a couple of months, I get on the phone with my agents and say I need to book another tour!


When you’re on stage, how does the audience and their reaction differ between your American and British fans?

It really depends on the town and the awareness of V my music. I’m finding the British audiences to be much more effusive than they used to be. I feel a wonderful connection with the British audiences! There are a few countries where I feel this, and Britain is one of them. My American fans, when I play in New York City, are 80% European! I’m serious! So they’re great! Really, there’s is not a huge difference British and American audiences… maybe you’re a bit more polite after the show when I’m signing C.D.s? !! do you like to do when you’re in London? Any S What favourite places to visit, restaurants, hotspots etc? Well, I love a good restaurant, but these days there’s V not much time for extra adventures outside of the show. You have some of the best Thai Food I’ve ever had in London. I used to go to a great Italian restaurant called Daphne’s? It was a bit fancy and nice, as a special treat. When I was younger, I would go to King’s Road, but I have no idea if it’s still a happening spot. I’m talking 30 years ago! I just love walking through the streets — Chelsea is cool.


How do you maintain balance in your life between family, work and your personal development? What do you do to stay grounded and true to yourself?

Wow, you are asking very good, original questions! V I appreciate it! I think the working out, eating very healthy, cooking, all help. I love having family time… it’s not a big effort for me to pick my son up from school every day — I love it! My personal development comes from playing basketball with my son or rehearsing with my band… it’s right there. I feel extremely lucky to have both — the career and the family. I’m at a point where I’m not over-doing it with work, so when I do tour, I love to break away for a couple of weeks… it helps me to appreciate all that I have at home. The reality of family life keeps me grounded (shopping for food, running boring errands, etc… haha!) How do you give back and contribute to those less

S fortunate? What charities or good causes do you support and why are they important to you?

If someone asks me to do a benefit, I try to say yes,

V as much as possible. I’m very interested in keeping

the environment healthy and clean, so I am with N.R.D.C. There is also an organization I will be working with out of London, called Aspyre Africa. My dear friend started this, and I will be involved in any way I can. I’ve


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been a member of Courage Campaign, Heal the Bay, and one of my favorites was helping a little boy in Africa with supplies to survive. There are so many starving people on this planet… and even your asking this question makes me want to do more. If you could do any other job in the world apart from

S being a singer what would it be and why?

I think I would be a photographer. I’ve always loved

V capturing the exact moment on film — the most

beautiful or inspired moment, whether it be in nature, or a city or a sporting event. I also love the aspect of being behind the scenes, rather than being the focus of attention. The other profession I always thought I’d pursue was astrophysics! I loved reading about science as a child, and truly thought I’d go into it. I guess it’s never too late! @sloanloves | Sloan Sheridan-Williams


How To Be A Successful Working Mother



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By Melanie Lawson Welcome to my world. One where the battle for work/ life balance is amongst my daily chores, but also one I wouldn’t trade for anything. I am not going to lie, I’ve always wanted kids but I’ve never wanted to stop working altogether. So, all I had to do was learn how to combine the two - right? It’s easier said than done, that’s for sure! There have been times when I have resorted to screaming to get my three kids up in the morning, fed, dressed and in the car ready for the school run; only to be overwhelmed with feelings of guilt later as I drove back home alone rushing to make the 9am meeting with my team. Balance, I hear you say? It can be done, I can assure you - but you need to plan, get organised and be prepared for schedule mishaps along the way. No two days in the week are ever the same but these tricks and hacks have helped me achieve equilibrium in my life as a wife, mum and business owner. RUN YOUR MORNINGS WITH MILITARY PRECISION

I diarise my morning schedule and stick to it religiously. I always make sure I’m up at least one hour before the children so I can get showered, dressed and have a cup of tea.  Weekday mornings can be chaotic and there’s no room for error so I make sure I’m as organised as possible the night before, by laying out everyone’s clothes, shoes and water bottles the night before. No matter how tired you may be the previous evening, it always pays to prepare the breakfast table in advance; it definitely shaves off a few precious minutes from my morning routine! FOCUS IS KEY

We women are great at multi-tasking but this can also lead to a lack of focus. Concentrate on finishing a project before turning your hand to the next task. Go through your work to-do list and highlight the most demanding or urgent tasks - get them done and accept the rest will have to wait. I hear you, it’s almost impossible to tick off everything on your daily list but I can assure you that you will be super productive if you focus on achieving fewer goals.

responsibilities to the extent of almost neglecting our other half. And secondly, how much we sometimes underestimate the time we dedicate to our partners during the day. It is about quality rather than quantity in this instance. Keep the spark alive and make the time to ‘meet’; a restaurant, movie, a walk in the park or a quiet night at home can be enough if you are present in the moment. SET CLEAR BOUNDARIES BETWEEN KIDS & WORK TIME

When you set time aside for work, explain to your children that you’ll be busy for the next hour and turn off your phone and laptop and ignore any other distractions. I promise you’ll be very productive. When you decide to spend time with the kids, do only that. They want and need your full attention even if it’s just for an hour’s worth of play; resist the temptation to check emails, take a call or jot down one more thing on your task list. ABOUT MELANIE LAWSON

A personal passion for Omega 3, born out of her own journey through postnatal depression, was the impetus for founder Melanie Lawson to create Bare Biology in 2013. With luxury stockists including Liberty, Planet Organic and Whole Foods, Bare Biology has quickly taken the Omega 3 market by storm and has a dedicated following of health, beauty and fitness experts. Melanie was part of the NatWest Entrepreneurial Spark growth accelerator and received several awards including ‘Entrepreneur of the Moment’.  She has recently been accepted into the SVC2UK Scale Up Club, a prestigious list of the top 50 fastest growing small businesses in the UK and is a runner-up in the Sussex Business Woman of the Year Award.


However tempting it may be to polish off that report, you must make a conscious effort during the weekend to turn off your work mode and switch on the fun, playful you. Quality family time is energising and fulfilling, and you won’t go to your death bed wishing you’d spent more time at work and less time with your family.  You’ll be much more productive and fresh on a Monday morning if you’ve actually had the weekend off. DON’T FORGET YOUR PARTNER

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Expert Advice

How To Launch Your Own Start-Up SLOAN! Magazine asked Lana Hopkins, CEO of Mon Purse, for her expert advice on how to launch your own start-up. CREATE A VIABLE VISION

Lana Hopkins

Lana Hopkins is CEO and Founder of Mon Purse, a design-your-own handbag and leather goods start-up that is rapidly taking its forwardthinking concept global, one online order and major retailer at a time. The company was born out of Hopkins’ inability to find the kind of handbag quality and design to satisfy her. She saw an opportunity to create a disruptive model to provide fully customisable leather handbags that target the affordable luxury handbag market.

Without a viable product or service there can be no business and finding a gap in the market can be extremely difficult. Starting your own business requires a lot of drive and it’s crucial that what you’re selling is something that motivates, excites and pushes you every day. The initial Mon Purse idea was born out of a shopping trip in Bondi Junction, Sydney in 2014. I was trying to find the perfect handbag

Recognised as a rising Star by Inside Retail, Lana Hopkins has been included in the ‘Top 50 people in Ecommerce’ in both 2015 & 2016. Most recently Mon Purse were awarded ‘Best In-store Initiative’ and ‘Best Bootstrapped Growth Initiative’ at the 2016 Online Retailer Awards and ‘Multi-channel Retailer of the Year’ by the Australian Retailer’s Association.

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which was the right colour, leather and shape for me, however nothing really stood out. It then occurred to me, what if I could actually design my own?.. I realised, if it was possible for kids to build their own teddy bears, people to create their own custom Nike trainers and women around the world to design their own premium shoes, there simply had to be a way to create high quality, luxury and bespoke handbags. My vision…to create an elegant, state of the art bag builder, and then follow this up with high quality, customisable and bespoke creations, delivered straight to your door.


Once the vision is there, you need to ensure it’s both viable in the marketplace and can withstand the competition. So many start-ups fail because the proper market research has not been carried out, the costings and budgets are incorrect or the supply chain is simply not strong enough. All of this undoubtedly takes time, however it’s imperative to have all this concrete information in place to ensure a business plan has the best possible chance of succeeding. Although there’s a lot to consider when building your brand, the temptation to try and do everything all at once will always be there. Resist if you can and focus on one task at a time; you’ll have a detailed and considered business plan as opposed to something which is rushed and incomplete.


Starting your own business can be very scary at first and often means quitting a current job in order to devote the time and energy to turn your dream into a reality. Having a team of people around you that fully support and share your same passion is crucial and often vital in achieving success for your business. By playing to both your own strengths as well as your teams’, anything is achievable. My co-founder Andrew Shub and I both have very complementary skills and our ability to focus and utilise these skills from different perspectives I believe was the pivotal ‘door opener’ when we brought Mon Purse from an idea into a reality. In addition to my Mon Purse family, I certainly couldn’t have achieved everything I have without the support of my own family and loving husband.

When people ask me if I would have done anything differently the second time around, I always say no. I don’t believe you should have regrets—mistakes are great if you can learn from them.



The biggest lesson I have learnt from starting my own business is how to adapt to an ever-changing environment.

The key qualities you need to be when launching your own business are passionate, strategic and fearless. Not everyone will say yes to you and you will need to be prepared to go through a share of both highs and lows. Through the hard times though you need to keep reminding yourself why you started this journey in the first place and believe whole heartedly that you can achieve your goals. When you have to fight to push through this is when breakthroughs tend to happen and always remember that nothing is impossible.

Political, social, geographical and cultural changes can affect your business at any given time and it’s imperative that you listen to your surroundings and adapt your plan accordingly. Listening to your customers and appreciating their individual needs will show you what success looks like; Listen to your customers – always!

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Ex p e r tAd vi c e

The Trend For Going Solo Zoe Watson is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and founder of Bliss Sanctuary for Women

All holiday makers aren’t as predictable as they used to be, the world offers a more diverse and accessible travel market with previous niches becoming the norm and those hard to reach places becoming reachable. One of the biggest changes is who we go on holiday with, ourselves. It’s no longer restricted to family friendly resorts, romantic weekend breaks or a fun-packed getaway with friends – as the world becomes more accessible we are becoming braver and stepping out to explore the world on our own. All you need do is attend a dinner party or two and you will hear about travels and adventures all over the world, from a stressed out mum needing some ‘me time’ to a workaholic spending her spa weekend solo. And it seems that even more of us are due to jump on the bandwagon this year, a recent survey by LonelyPlanet.com revealed that 69% of Brits say they’ll be flying solo when it comes to their next holiday and that’s not all – 29% said they want to explore a new destination – we are feeling brave aren’t we?! FOLLOWING THE FRENCH Not content on simply going it alone, we also don’t want to communicate with anyone back in the office while we’re busy escaping, 75% of people want to completely unplug from their jobs. We need to doth our beret at the French here who have just won their big unplug movement giving French workers the ‘right to disconnect’ outside of work hours. The whole point of a holiday is to relax, unwind and forget about the stresses and strains of work so you can go back to normal life refreshed and ready to go. There’s even been an increase in retreats that specialise in ‘no technology holidays’ where all phones, laptops, tablets and anything else with plugs and buttons are banned. THE SOLO TRAVEL TREND The biggest statistic from this survey was a massive 230% increase in traffic to womenonly travel companies. As the owner of a


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woman’s only retreat in Bali, this resonated with my whole reason for starting this business in understanding there is a real need for women to take more time out. I speak to women every day who have felt the need to escape everything and everyone and to reconnect with themselves. It’s like a reset button, women need to stop, and take-stock, refocus and then they’re ready to go again. Most women I meet are frantically juggling families, careers, homes, friends and other commitments leaving precious little time for themselves. This fast-paced and demanding lifestyle can only be maintained for so long before we reach burn-out which is exactly what happened to me and why I started Bliss Sanctuary for Women. TOP TIPS FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS 1. Do your research – once you’ve decided where you’d like to go look it up online, Lonely Planet is always reliable or Trip Advisor can be useful. It’s also worthwhile reading articles on journalists’ experiences in your destination – that will give you a good insight. 2. There are lots of tour operators, resorts, hotels, packages that cater for solo travellers – just search online along with your chosen destination and you’ll find them. 3. SoloTravelerBlog.com offers tips, resources and destination guides for solo travellers, as well as a free e-book called Travel Alone and Love it! 4. Use your social media connections to ask for connections where you’re travelling. Offer to take local friends of friends out for dinner, and you’ll be surprised how many people take you up on it – everyone likes to be tour guide for a night. ABOUT ZOE WATSON Zoë Watson is a successful Australian business woman whose personal journey led her to set up Bliss Sanctuary for Women - three exclusive women’s only sanctuary centres in Bali that is a holistic haven of tranquility for women in need of an unparalleled escape from the everyday.

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SLOAN! talks to Sophie Ellis-Bextor about her music career, beauty habits & good oral health When did you first get into the music

S industry and what was your journey to this point in your career?

I first got into music industry as a S teenager. I signed my first record when I was 18 and I was in a band called The Audience which was a guitar pop band. After that I released a song called Groovejet with DJ Spiller in 2000 and after that became a solo artist and I just released my sixth album last September. How have things changed over the

S course of your career?

So I think my career has changed quite

S a bit over the years, but I think that

at its core, the way I feel about music and performing hasn’t really changed a bit. Weirdly I sometimes feel when I sing it’s like this little loop in chronology where I can go back to feel like I did when I was 17. But from the outer side of it, on the business side, I’ve become more aware, and obviously more experienced. The last two records I have actually brought out under my own label. I guess in a more professional sense it has changed a lot but the reasons why I do it are exactly the same. What do you take with you on tour to

S help you feel confident on stage?

When I’m on tour I take a whole heap S of stuff; obviously I’ve got all my stage stuff and then my most exciting bit really is all my makeup and all the stuff I use to get ready. So it’s everything from glittery eyeshadows, right through to stuff like my toothbrush, toothpaste, I’ve got some Floss Picks. All those sort of things because funnily enough it’s not just me, it’s the whole band - we all have to brush our teeth before we go on stage. My brother, who’s a drummer, actually does it three or four times - I think that it’s a nervous thing. But I think it all comes together to form that feeling, just wanting to feel really ready and confident when you walk out on stage, because as soon as you’re out there you’re just lost in the moment again. Who is your style and beauty icon?

S What’s you ideal outfit?

My style and beauty icon is a slightly

S weird one: Julie Andrews, because I

grew up watching Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. My ideal outfit is anything that is quite tailored but it looks like it might be made from curtains.

You’re a mother of four. What is your

S happiest memory?

I have lots of happy memories. Usually S fairly recent ones actually. Any happy, sunny weekends spent with my children – just playing in the garden or going for a walk. is the best thing about being on S What tour? The best thing about being on tour is S that it just feels like all the hard work in the studios comes to fruition. Hearing the songs played live, seeing the crowd reaction and being able to dance around is just a source of eternal pleasure for me and I adore it. is your top tip for a confident S What smile? My top tip for a really confident smile S is – I think smiling with a genuine intent, it’s a really lovely feeling to smile and obviously then people smile back at you. I like to feel that my teeth are really white so I use DenTek’s Floss Picks which have got micro crystals to help whiten your teeth. So that makes me feel like when I’m smiling I’m not only smiling from the inside but also I feel confident that people think I’ve got a nice smile. If your teeth could talk, what would

S they say?

They’d probably say stop biting S your nails and hopefully they’d say something along the lines of “Thank you for showing us off so much when you smile”. What is your most embarrassing

S moment?

My most embarrassing moment on a S large scale is falling down the stairs at a party when I was a teenager and I still cringe about it now. And on a more day to day level I really find it embarrassing if I smile at myself in the mirror later on in the day and I realise I’ve had something stuck in my teeth since lunch time. I don’t think anyone likes that and I find that very embarrassing. DenTek has partnered with Sophie EllisBextor as part of their #TeethTalk campaign raising awareness of the importance of good oral health for the whole family. For more information visit www.dentekuk.co.uk @sloanloves | Sloan Sheridan-Williams


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Design Hotspot: Dubai Isabel Pintado is senior vice president & managing director of Wilson Associates, one of the leading design studios in Dubai. She tells SLOAN! about developments in the new cultural hotspot of Dubai. Over my nearly 20 years living in the city of Dubai, I have seen a great deal of change that extends beyond the obvious—wealth, luxury, and fashion. When I first moved to Dubai, the interior design industry was small and quite traditional in style with only a handful of international firms opening local offices in the city. But over time, the world became aware of Dubai’s potential and increased awareness led to significant growth. One significant turning point was the recession of 2008. It was a difficult time for designers around the world, but the economic hardship actually brought surprising results and helped the city mature. After several of Dubai’s decoration studios closed, new companies with a fresh perspective took their place. The emergence of local design talent


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gave way to new developments in the city. Here are three examples: DUBAI DESIGN DISTRICT For the design community, the creative process is never achieved in isolation but is the result of communication, interaction, and socializing. The establishment of Dubai Design District (D3) acknowledged and reinforced this assertion. D3 is a centralized place for collaboration and interaction for the design world of Dubai. Designers initially expressed scepticism from the outset as to how successful the design district would prove. But slowly and surely, more and more designers and architects adopted the concept and set up offices within the district.

Of course, this spurred a ripple effect, and as more designers opened studios in D3, additional talent followed suit. My firm, Wilson Associates, will be relocating its local design hub to the 5th floor of Building 4 in the Design District this year. REGIONAL EVENTS The design community comes together to celebrate talent with events such as Downtown Design, Design Days, and Art Dubai, among others. One good example came during the close of Dubai Design Week. We participated in Architectural Digest Middle East’s annual Art of Dining event. Our design team was among 12 designers and architects invited to create a dining table scene donated by suppliers, and clients were invited to dine with the team at the decorated table. This was a great example of how fostering collaboration and exchanging ideas are key factors for any industry to flourish. And these events are proof of that. HOTEL DEVELOPMENT Along with the influx of designers and creative minds, Dubai has seen a regional market shift toward tourism, driven by declining oil revenues. Dubai is at the forefront of regional tourism development. City leadership has demonstrated outstanding vision, seeing potential in tourism for the United Arab Emirates. Over 20 years ago, this was unheard of. But more recently, the city has worked to secure events such as the Football World Cup in 2022

placing the UAE and especially Dubai as an international leader of the region in terms of entertainment and tourism. To support the tourism boom in Dubai, more hotel projects are under development to meet the lodging needs of global travellers. We have worked on a number of projects slated to open in the region, such as the Taj Hotel, Marriott Hotel Taghazout Bay and the La Maison Residential Tower, all under construction, as well as the renovation of the historic Doha Marriott Gulf Hotel. Our firm has been actively working in Dubai from our offices from around the world for over 20 years. Three years ago, we opened our local Dubai design hub, which serves as a central spot for our work in the region. We are thrilled with the direction Dubai is heading in terms of design, and honoured to be part of this important change. Isabel Pintado is senior vice president & managing director of Wilson Associates, Dubai. She leads the Dubai design studio, oversees the design direction for each project, and generates opportunities for Wilson’s global design studios. For as long as she can remember, her passion has been for design. Isabel kindles her creativity by trekking in the mountains, camping in the desert, and hosting dinner parties for friends. Much of her inspiration is found through her love for travelling, watching people on the street, and visiting exhibitions by an eclectic roster of artists and designers. @sloanloves | Sloan Sheridan-Williams 31

Here’s my tips to reducing the stress of foreign travel on the road to a successful international career

How To Master The Art Of Global Business Travel Advice for the international business traveller from James Milbourne of Canagan When you’re exhausted with your sleep pattern is in disarray from travelling through time zones and on top of all that you are faced with living out of a suitcase, administering international business can feel like an uphill struggle. Yet for CEOs that work on a global platform, travel is an essential component of business life. Mastering the art of foreign transit is, therefore, a crucial precondition for intercontinental business success.

“PACK SMART” Always pack the night before you leave, there’s nothing more stressful than looking for a travel adaptor when the Uber is already waiting outside. Buy a carry-on bag that has a laptop pouch separate to the main compartment as this is great for speeding through security, no time wasted showing the world your personal items, just slip it out and you’re away.

your sleep pattern to that of your destination.

As a hugely successful global businessman and Director of a company that exports to over 35 countries, James Milbourne is well versed in the trials and tribulations of foreign business travel. Here he offers his advice on how others looking to initiate a successful international career can reduce the stress of foreign travel.

CURB THE JET LAG It might sound obvious but a fatigued and sleep deprived traveler is far less equipped to cope with the requirements of international business than one who is well rested and alert. If possible, arrive at your destination a few days in advance to give your body time to adjust. If this is not an option, try resetting your watch to the new time zone in advance and align

OPT FOR WATER OVER WINE! Dehydration is one of the most punishing side effects of flying, due to low humidity levels. To fight symptoms such as dry eyes and headaches, drink lots of water and avoid coffee, tea and alcohol as these all have diuretic effects.


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Once you arrive, think carefully about when you choose to sleep. Departing from Europe in the evening and flying to the US and Asia often guarantees a late afternoon/evening arrival, which means meaning you’ll only have to stay awake for a few hours before going to sleep. Book yourself a dinner that evening and force yourself to stay up.

RESEARCH YOUR DESTINATION Cultural sensitivity is vital for ensuring that a foreign business trip

goes smoothly. To avoid any awkward situations, invest time into learning about a region’s customs, political structure and core religious beliefs. Try to do this before getting on the plane, where you may encounter airline personnel and passengers from the country of your destination. Be careful you don’t inadvertently cause offence through your gestures during business meetings either. In Japan, for instance, the most senior person sits in the back behind the driver whereas the most junior sits in the front passenger seat. Likewise, during a drink toast, the most senior person’s glass should be highest and the most junior the lowest. REVISE A FEW KEY PHRASES ON THE PLANE Whilst your foreign colleagues or business prospects may speak English or have organised a translator, you can earn significant

points for politeness by attempting to speak the language. And there’s no need to fear the odd grammar mishap - it makes for a great icebreaker! SITTING COMFORTABLY? Fly in comfortable clothing, there’s nothing worse than an overly tight pair of jeans on a 12 hour flight. Research the right seat before you fly, use SeatGuru to make sure you book the best seat available and always be sure to build those airline loyalty points! ABOUT JAMES MILBOURNE James is Director of Canagan, Britain’s finest grain free pet food and one of the UK’s greatest untold export success stories. A family run business, loved by the pets of a diverse array of famous faces from reality stars to royalty, Canagan can now be found in 35 different countries. To find out more go to www.canagan.co.uk @sloanloves | Sloan Sheridan-Williams


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ZEPP TENNIS Zepp is the world’s best-selling digital sports training device with sensors available for football, golf, baseball and tennis. The tennis sensor allows you to measure the most important aspects of your tennis serve and strokes, then analyze and improve each one. Zepp offers an incredible set of 3D and video swing analysis features that give you instant feedback on racket position. You can even compare your swing to the tennis pros and learn to play to your strengths. Available from international.zepp.com/gb priced at £99.99 @sloanloves | Sloan Sheridan-Williams


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Olly Murs tells SLOAN! all about his new album, his constant progression as an artist and what he’s looking forward to this summer S

Your new album ‘24 Hrs’ is your 4th consecutive number 1 album that must be a great feeling?

Amazing. I’m very proud of that you O know to have 4 consecutive number 1 albums is brilliant. I never expected in my wildest dreams that I would’ve got this far so, absolutely delighted that we’ve managed to get 4 consecutive, like you say, number 1 albums it’s really really amazing so thank you. What do you reckon has been the S appeal of your music and yourself to make you the most successful male artist to ever come from the X Factor? I dunno, I’d like to think that I’ve done O some great songs and, think people love what I do… I just don’t give anything, I mean this album’s probably the most heartbreaking, most honest album that I’ve done but I think with previous albums you know I have a lot of fun, my album’s are happy and people enjoy listening to them and with this album in particular it’s still happy, still got lots of that vibe on it. Its just luck you know that people like me and people have bought my albums and I’m very lucky that they do because it doesn’t always happen like that so I’m very very grateful. You mention this is your most honest

S album to date, do you feel you are

constantly progressing as an artist and songwriter through your albums? Yeah 50/50 I mean, I did run out

O of ideas, I wanted to do something

different and I felt with this album I just didn’t know where to go next. What I was gonna do? I felt like writing about what’s been actually, genuinely happening was the right thing to do. I’m just really happy that I did this album and the fact that it went to number 1 and people really like it. At the start of the year I was like ‘what am I gonna write about? What am I gonna do?’ and I’m really happy that I did this honest album, I’ve always been an artist I’m just writing about what I’ve wrote on every album that I’ve done, I wrote most of my hits so this album was just an opportunity to do something different and to keep my

fans interested and show them a different side to me and I’m really happy and proud of how well it’s done and I can’t wait for people to hear the second track from the album next year with the other single that we’re gonna release it’s exciting.


Is there a particular track on this album that you’re most proud of you, that you really want people to hear?

I think ‘24 Hrs’ and ‘Flaws’ are the O two songs on the album that I’m really proud of because for me ’24 Hrs’ the song was something else, a different song that I’ve never done before, production wise and the feel of the song, but also ‘Flaws’ was, I feel like one of the best songs that I’ve written with the guys that I wrote with. It was really sad but I think you have to listen to the songs really to kinda get the idea of what I mean but I love writing really happy feel-good songs but at the same time I mean it’s nice to show people a different side to me and show some emotion and that’s what this album was about. You’re undertaking a massive headline S arena tour in March, and obviously in the summer you’ve got a huge run of outdoor shows that will see you come to Sandown park on the 10th August, how do they vary in terms of what you put into them and what you get out of it, from the indoors to the outdoor? I think it’s fun, it’s really fun being O outside and you know the show that we’re doing at Sandown Park is a different gig for me, I’ve never done anything like this before, I’ve done racecourse gigs before in the past but not this sort of size and I’m really proud to do it and it gives me the chance to go to different places in the UK that I haven’t been before, do different kind of shows, do something slightly different. I can’t wait I mean, what’s better? Go to a racecourse, I can go there during the day I can, have a little flutter on a couple of the races and then do a gig in the evening. Perfect. How do you go about choosing your set

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hits and the songs that people know; that’s what I’ll do with the set make it as entertaining as possible. I’ll throw in a few covers there as well, have a bit of a laugh with the fans and it’ll be a really fun day out and I promise any fan that comes along, it’ll be a right laugh from the start of the day to the end of it and I promise to make sure everyone goes home happy having had a good time. Do you and the band have any kind of pre-stage ritual

S that you do before you go on stage?

Me and the band have a little huddle up before the O show and we sing one of our songs, well not a song, a song that we’ve got as a team and we’ve been doing it for the last six/seven years so it’s a bit of a ritual but I’m sure we’ll be sinking a few shots before the show as well just to get into the racecourse spirit. It must be great to get out and play to your fans,

S essentially in their local area without them having to travel to a major city. What do you think?

These are shows you get to see the real people; they

O are days out, family days at racecourses it’s slightly

different you know. Over the years I’ve done loads of different festivals, all these commercial festivals that people go to every year, I just feel like going to a racecourse is so different and people get to see a different vibe, different set, different sound and you get to see different people. You know, there’s some of these people that come to the racecourse who are people that maybe have never been to a music festival before so, it’s nice that, I just thought its refreshing for me to do a gig like this. I mean I’m really looking forward to having a day out with my mates at Sandown Park racecourse as well as everyone else and then at the end of it, get up and sing an hour, an hour and a half, two hour show whatever it is and just have some fun and have a great night. You attended a Jockey Club Live show last summer S with your friends; did you have a good time? Was that one of the things that helped sway you to play The Jockey Club Live events?

Yeah well I went last year for my mate’s birthday, it

O was such a good day out and a couple of my mates

have been to a few gigs there before and loved it. Its a good day out and all my mates are gonna come along and, we’re gonna make a proper day of it. Hopefully it’s a lovely day weather-wise, hopefully it’s not too wet and people have a really nice summer and really enjoy it. You’re playing Sandown Park in Surrey, would this

S be the first gig there since you headlined Guilfest back in 2012?

I think so yeah you’re probably about right! That’s

O the great thing about doing these racecourse events

it’s about going to different parts of the country, different areas that necessarily other artists might not have been to for a while or for someone like me, I haven’t been to the areas in a long time so it really gives the people of these areas that go to these racecourses, Newmarket, Sandown, York, Newbury and Market Rasen a chance to come and see me because they might not come to the arena tours so, it’s good to come and bring the show to them. When you go out on tour playing these types of

S shows, do you get to see much of the locality?

I haven’t been to many racecourses over the last few O years as I’ve been so busy but I love the atmosphere, I love the people, you got out there and put a few bets on and the only problem for me on the day of these racecourse gigs is not to be drinking too much! So I’ve had a few little sly beers, the atmosphere is great; it doesn’t get much better in the summer. If you’re a fan of my music or not a fan of my music, it’ll be a fantastic day out and I look forward to putting show on, I’ll make sure everyone goes home happy and have a good day. Residents come to these events because it’s an S opportunity to see an artist like you on their doorstep, there’s always been fantastic reactions at the courses to the music nights. That’s the great thing about doing these racecourse

O events it’s about going to different parts of the

country, different areas that necessarily other artists might not have been to for a while or for someone like me, I haven’t been to the areas in a long time so it really gives the people of these areas that go to these racecourses a chance to come and see me because they might not come to the arena tours so, it’s good to come and bring the show to them. For me it’s just great to be involved and, like I say I can’t wait to get go out to see all the fans it’s gonna be a great one and I’m sure I’ll have a massive hangover at the end of it but I’ll enjoy it.



The Jockey Club Live presents Olly Murs Live in Concert at Sandown Park Racecourse on 10 August 2017. For tickets and more information, please visit www.thejockeyclublive.co.uk



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Expert Advice

Dr Dan Reardon

Dr Dan Reardon is CEO and cofounder of FitnessGenes which recommends training and nutrition strategies based on your genetic profile determined by a simple spit test. Dan is a trained medical doctor (MBChB) with a BSc in Human Anatomy. His responsibilities within FitnessGenes are split between work in Los Angeles as well as the UK. He is a certified personal trainer and has previously worked as a Science Editor for Muscle & Fitness and FLEX magazine in the UK, Europe and Australia. The guinea pig of FitnessGenes Fat-Loss programme, Dan will most likely be found in the gym using his own FitnessGenes results to optimise his training. For more go to fitnessgenes.com

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Unlock Your DNA With FitnessGenes Dr Dan Reardon is Co-Founder and CEO of FitnessGenes, a pioneer in DNA testing and interpretation specializing in personalized fitness and nutrition based in London and Los Angeles. The fitness and nutrition world is inarguably broken. There’s entirely too much choice and conflicting information. There’s too much guesswork and entirely too much failure. The Western world is getting fatter and unhealthier by the day, so how could there be any other conclusion than the current system is failing? Genetic testing itself is not going to fix the obesity problem, but it does fix the problem of people guessing (mostly incorrectly), getting frustrated by their failures, and then simply giving up on the hope of achieving a healthy, sustainable, and desirable body composition and physique. When it comes to diets for fat loss, one of the more interesting factors is the FTO gene which links to many physiological processes and eating behaviours and gives us clear information about how to structure successful personalised nutritional programs. If you carry the FTO gene variations that put you at risk of being overweight, there are several interventions to maximize your chances of being able to lose weight. For example, we know that after you eat, you produce the hormone Ghrelin very quickly, meaning you get hungry very quickly. Therefore, it’s very important to look at strategies for controlling hunger: eating small meals frequently, drinking water mixed with glutamine, very low calorie and low glycaemic impact snacks, etc. We would also recommend early morning protein as this has been shown to increase energy expenditure and reduce hunger.

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For certain FTO variations, and contrary to the modern-day hype, diets high in protein and high in fat with low carbohydrates will almost certainly lead to failure. Research shows that when people with certain genotypes follow these types of diets, within 10-weeks almost everyone will revert to normal eating because this

genotype requires carbohydrates to feel satiated. Therefore when long term success is considered, a gradual overall reduction in calories within the right macronutrient ratios for your genotype, coupled with the right type of exercise is going to maximize the chances of long term weight loss success, not crash lowering carbohydrates in favour of protein and fat. As far as the training side of the equation, when it comes to multifactorial concepts like building muscle, there are so many considerations: strength, time under tension, metabolic stresses, recovery, etc. Genetics plays an important role in many of these factors, and ultimately in understanding how genes such as ACE, ACTN3, PGC1A, PPARA, MCT1, CKM, etc. work individually and collectively, especially when

combined with relevant environmental (lifestyle) data, you can start to personalise training approaches to building muscle. Some people respond to very high volume training whereas others absolutely do not...and these outcomes are predictable based on genetics. Some people require a high frequency of training to grow, whereas others are completely the opposite and require lots of rest. Some require highintensity training, others low. For some people strength training periodisation is critical, for others it’s not. Even training splits can be defined through what people’s genetics look like. Endurance training is really a measure of how well you can improve your VO2 max--your body’s ability to utilize oxygen. There are some incredibly well-researched genes

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Expert Advice

Richard Canterbury

Richard Canterbury founded Love Taste Co in 2005, quitting Saatchi and Saatchi to set up a smoothie stall at Borough Market. He now sells frozen smoothie products, frappes, fruit teas and bone broth into more than 25 countries around the world, as well as supplying the likes of Pret a Manger, Virgin Active and Sainsbury’s. The company sells £40m of smoothies every year to countries as far afield as Australia and the Middle East. Contrary to popular belief your recommended daily allowance of fruit and vegetables is NOT five-a-day but actually 10-a-day. A 12oz smoothie contains at least two of your 10 a day. Love Smoothies products are sold in frozen pods – you simply pop that in the blender with 200ml of apple juice (other juices/ milks also work) and blitz for half-aminute to get the perfect smoothie.

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5-A-Day Is For Wimps Richard Canterbury says five-a-day is a farce based on poor research and gives tips on how to introduce more variety into your food plan. We’ve been used to the saying for years. Indeed, it’s been plastered across TV adverts, food packaging and company logos for as long as many people can remember.

diminishing returns begin to set in.

But unfortunately five portions of fruit and veg a day is not enough. The joy of six is still not cutting it. Seven heaven? Keep going, because, actually, you should be aiming for double figures.

Firstly, vegetables are healthier than fruit – four times more healthy, in fact.

The World Health Organisation’s long-standing campaign encouraging people to eat five fruit and vegetable products a day has caught the imagination of an increasingly health-conscious population. But we’ve all been falling short, for now the bar has been raised - to TEN. I run a London drinks company supplying some of the nation’s biggest retailers with smoothies and, not that I want to say I told you so, I’ve been eating at least 10 portions of fruit and veg a day for the best part of a decade. Many others have too, especially the people you see every day charging down the street in the latest Lycra. We care about bodies and what we’re putting into them. We’re probably drinking green tea despite craving a coffee, or heading for a run after a hard day’s work when we’d rather head straight to the pub. But 10-a-day is no longer the preserve of the fitness fanatic. Everyone needs to adopt this same commitment to eating healthily. So where did the fallacy of five a day come from? In truth, it is a simplification of the need to eat a minimum of 400g of fruit and veg per day on the bass that five portions are roughly 80g each. But 400g is the bare minimum. The latest research shows the benefits of eating fruit and veg continues up to 800g per day and only then do

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That can be a tricky target to achieve in our society that’s constantly on the go, so here are some tips on ensuring that you hit our targets.

If you think five-a-day was strict, then think again. Australia recommend seven portions per day, five of which are vegetables. Japan are even more passionate about their intake. They advocate 850g, of which three quarters should be made

up of vegetables. But, did you know, that some vegetables and fruit are better than others for specific well-being. Best at preventing heart disease and strokes include apples, pears and citrus fruits in addition to green vegetables such as spinach, lettuce and chicory. If those don’t tickle your taste buds, try broccoli, kale, cabbage, cauliflower, watercress and bok choi - all cruciferous vegetables - will have the same impact. All of us would want to reduce the risk of cancer so make sure to include green beans, yellow/orange peppers, carrots and cruciferous vegetables in your diet. So what’s all the fuss about? Why should we be prioritising fruit and vegetables over all other foods. Well here’s why... fruit and vegetables produce vitamins and minerals

including C, potassium and folate – all vital additions to keeping our bodies trim and healthy. They also help maintain a healthy digestive system by providing dietary fibre in addition to being low in fat. If that’s not enough, your very own fruit and veg stash will provide dietary fibre, are low in fat and will do wonders for your weight. OK, but how do we fit all of this into our diets? We’re busy souls, constantly on the move, always on the go. But you can do it. Here are my pointers to ensuring you CAN reach your 10-a-day target. Breakfast: If you prefer something a little savoury then try mushrooms and tomatoes on toast (brown bread, of course). Alternatively, if you’re in a rush, try chopped fruit or berries in cereal, porridge or yoghurt. Or simply opt for a smoothie. Lunch: Salad with a sandwich would

be the logical option. But if you’re cutting down on your bread, perhaps try fruit, carrots and celery snack bags. If you have access to a blender, a smoothie ticks this particular box too. Dinner: You’ll definitely be wanting two or three vegetables with your main meal. Swap potatoes for sweet potatoes, try a side salad and don’t forget to finish with some fruit for dessert. Snacks: If you can’t make lunch or dinner, then don’t panic – buy some dried or fresh fruit as a snack and opt for some carrot and cucumber sticks. If you think all of this will hit your pocket, then think again. The Institute of Economic Affairs has found that the cheapest ready meal will cost more than fruit and veg. For instance, the £1 cost of a cheeseburger equates to a kilo of sweet potatoes, two kilos of carrots, 10 apples or seven bananas.

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Ex p e r tAd vi c e

How to go vegan & stay fit BEN LEWIS

Nutritional Director & Co-Founder of Pulsin We are more conscious than ever about what we put into our bodies. For a lot of people, that can mean a radical diet overhaul, be it for ethical or health reasons. Even Instagram has been cited as a reason for changing diet trends! As a result, veganism has grown in popularity over the last 10 years, with PETA dubbing 2017 ‘the year of vegan’ and sales of vegan-friendly foods up 1500% during 2016. It’s estimated there are currently 542,000 vegans in Britain alone, but what does this mean when it comes to staying fit?

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Any restrictive diet can cause problems with nutrition if it’s not planned properly and nutrient sources aren’t suitably replaced with healthy alternatives. When it comes to staying fit on a vegan diet the big challenge is protein. Some vegans may struggle to hit the recommended 2g of protein per kg of bodyweight that many experts recommend to maximise muscle gain. A great vegan protein supplement is therefore crucial. Pulsin pea and hemp proteins have the added benefit of being high in iron and zinc – micronutrients which may be lacking in a vegan diet, and important in muscle metabolism and hormonal regulation. Another important vitamin to keep an eye on is vitamin d. New research is being released all the time around the benefits of vitamin d3 in various parts of the body. It can be hard to get vitamin d3 as a vegan, but there are vegan vitamin d3 supplements on the market now and it’s worth getting your hands on some if you can, especially living in the UK! While protein and vitamin d3 can be problem areas for vegans looking to stay fit, a vegan diet does come with its own benefits. Fibre is an area of nutrition where vegans have the lead, as fruits and vegetables are our best dietary sources. Also, if you are eating lots of healthy wholefoods and staying away from processed food as much as possible you will be eating a really healthy diet – and you may find some new foods you have never tried before that you really love. Particularly when dropping dairy, many people report many beneficial effects for

their energy levels and their skin is said to improve. As with any diet, meal planning is a must, but it’s even more important for vegans. By choosing to be vegan you will be cutting out a lot of foods that you can normally rely on – especially when it comes to protein containing foods. If you don’t plan around this and have some staple foods always in your cupboard you can easily end up not eating enough calories or protein. Pulsin protein powders are convenient ways to pack protein into vegan meals. Even if you’re not vegan, adding plant-based protein to meals can still be very useful. For example, whey protein is delicious in a smoothie but it can become cheesy when heated, and so pea or rice protein is a much better choice for hot foods, including soups, cookies or protein breads. There’s a reason why trainers hammer home the idea that bodies are made in the kitchen. Getting, and staying, fit can require a level of dedication and basic nutritional understanding that a lot of people don’t have the time or inclination for. Pulsin products are designed to be suitable for everyone, including almost all special diets and age ranges. This has sometimes been misinterpreted, as almost all our products are plant-based, with some people believing we are only suitable for vegans or those avoiding dietary allergens. Being able to reach for a protein bar or add a plant-based protein to enhance food without worrying about additives, preservatives or high sugar content, vegan or not, is a huge weight off your mind when it comes to staying fit and healthy. Ben Lewis is nutritional director and co-founder of Pulsin. He combined his knowledge of nutrition with a personal obsession for organic wholefoods to create Pulsin’s current range of award winning natural protein bars and powders. For more information about Pulsin range of protein bars and powders, please visit pulsin.co.uk @sloanloves | Sloan Sheridan-Williams 51

The Galvin Brothers

Opening my first restaurant with my brother was my proudest moment JEFF GALVIN



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SLOAN! Magazine chats with Chris & Jeff Galvin to discover the brothers behind the Michelin stars is your earliest or most cherished childhood S What memory related to food? Probably my nan’s garden which was full of

C ingredients which she used to feed our large family.

I remember going strawberry picking with my

J family.

What is your favourite dish or ingredient? What

S comfort foods do you enjoy?

Probably fish because it is so versatile and lends

C itself to many styles of cooking. My comfort food

would be something like a beef stew cooked long and slow. One of my favourite ingredients are fresh herbs,

J my comfort food is pasta. S

What is your least favourite dish or ingredient? Is there a particular food you avoid?


Okra, I have tried to work with it but it isn’t for me. I will always try new things so tend not to avoid anything.

J I really don’t like tripe and I avoid ready meals. S

What is the most unusual thing you have ever eaten?


It was a tin of putrified Herring Surstromming, man that’s strong! I tasted a fruit called durian in Malaysia, it’s smell

J is so strong it’s actually banned in hotels. It wasn’t great!


Please tell us about your favourite restaurants and/ or chefs? What dining destinations are you looking forward to visiting this summer? Probably the Gaveroche and chef Michel Roux Jr,

C Looking forward to visiting L’Ami Jean in Paris.

I Love Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, everything



J is just perfect. Raymond Blanc is one of my

favourite chefs. Looking forward to visiting more restaurants in Dubai.


Do you have a favourite summer ingredient? What new seasonal dishes are you planning to feature on your summer menus?

I love cooking Lamb and the meat from the C Lake district farmers is wonderful, so am always looking for seasonal ingredients that will work alongside it such as heritage tomatoes from the Isle of white with soft polenta flavoured with sheep curd and foraged leaves.

I love the fruit in summer, strawberries, J raspberries, peaches, apricots & melon. We have just put some English asparagus with Burrata and Summer truffle. is your all-time favourite cookbook and who S What is it written by?

C Great French Chefs by Quentine Crewe. J White Heat by Marco Pierre White. In your opinion, what was the most overrated

S trend in the restaurant industry in the last couple of years?

C Foams, smugdes and smears. Waiters saying ‘enjoy’ every time they put

J something down.

What do you think is the most underrated

S ingredient or piece of kitchen equipment? I think a decent cooks knife is the most

C underrrated piece of kitchen equipment. I think salt is the most underrated ingredient in

J the kitchen.

Who has inspired your culinary journey over the

S years? Who do you look up to?

Many special people have inspired me and I feel C it is almost impossible to choose one, though as an all-round inspiration it would have to be Sir Terence Conran. My brother has been the biggest and most J inspiring person in my career and I look up to restaurateurs who manage to last and stay relevant for many years. What has been your proudest moment working as

S a chef?

My proudest moment was when I achieved my

C first Michelin Star.

My proudest moment was opening my first

J restaurant with my brother. S

Since starting in the restaurant industry, what has been your greatest challenge and how did you overcome it?

Interestingly, I continue to have ever greater C challenges as a chef and restaurateur! Probably all the openings of new restaurants and kitchens I have worked in, they were all gruelling, but made successful by working in collaboration with other

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equally ambitious and inspired people as a team.


I think finding good staff is the toughest challenge. We have lots of apprentices through The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts which helps to train the future chefs. What or who inspired you to make French cuisine the

S style of your restaurants? What do you love most about this style of cooking?

French cooking was the predominant cuisine in the

C late 70s and 80s so this was natural. My father toured

also dream I could have played music.


I would love to be a professional sportsman, either golfer or something in motorsport. What’s the most important life lesson

S you’ve learnt over the years?

My most important life lesson is to

C work hard and be kind.

Being patient and well mannered is the

France a few times with us when a child and I was hooked! I love its seasonality and regionally.

J most important life lesson I’ve learnt.

At catering college we were taught French classic J cuisine, after that I worked at The Savoy Hotel where you had to speak French for kitchen service. I love the ingredients France produces.

S personality? C Fun, fair, dreamer, passionate & happy.

What is most rewarding and/or most challenging about

J Enthusiastic, fun, tenacious, romantic and kind

Watching people grow, making customers happy, and meeting so many wonderful customers and suppliers.

S yourself indulging in? C I can’t help but be too giving.

S working in the restaurant industry? C

The most rewarding thing for me is seeing a full

J restaurant and getting to know customers. The most challenging is the hours.


If you had to work in any other profession other than being a chef/restaurateur, what job would you do and why?


I love the sea so maybe something to do with this. I am also fascinated by engines so it could have been that, I


What five words best describe your

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Do you have a guilty pleasure? What can you not help

J My guilty pleasure is chocolate What are your plans for the rest of 2017? What are you

S looking forward to? C

I’m looking forward to consolidate our many restaurants and help develop the current and new emerging talent.

I’m looking forward to opening our second restaurant

J in the UAE - Galvin Dubai in September.

charities or causes are close to your heart? S What Who would you like to mention and promote?


We are particularly proud of Galvin’s Chance, a charity helping young and under privileged people into work, also GOSH, and various cancer charities.

As well as Galvin’s Chance, we support various J cancer charities, in particular Leuka which holds an annual dinner called Who’s Cooking Dinner? run by Chris Corbin from The Wolseley.

S Anything else you’d like to share about the future

that our readers can look to at Galvin restaurants?

Our next Galvin Wine Dinner is the Alsace Dinner C on the 26th June at Bistrot de Luxe. It is the ultimate dining experience for foodies and wine-lovers, the diners are taken on a journey to a different region to explore fabulous wines from household names to smaller, boutique wineries and growers. Alsace wines are recognised in the world of wine lovers, as the most aromatic, intense and profound. We recently launched a 30% discount wine offer J at Galvin La Chapelle. Every Monday evening, our head sommelier, Andrea Briccarello selects a fantastic collection of wines including 1989 Château Palmer, which cost upwards of a thousand pounds on the normal wine list. For more information, go to www.galvinrestaurants.com

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Hidden Spa



A spacious red brick hotel in a great location within easy reach of Bournemouth’s sandy beaches

SLOAN! Magazine visited the seaside resort of Bournemouth to discover its hidden spas and warm hospitality. We begin our journey at the wonderful Hallmark Hotel Bournemouth West Cliff... 56

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Hallmark Hotel Bournemouth West Cliff is part of the Hallmark Hotels portfolio which is a 28 strong and growing portfolio of properties located across the UK. Situated in City Centres, rolling countryside and seaside settings, the portfolio offers business and leisure guests good quality accommodation, award winning dining and recently refurbished leisure facilities including golf courses, leisure clubs, spas and treatment rooms. Within Bournemouth, Hallmark Hotels has two more locations which overlook the beach in addition to Hallmark Hotel Bournemouth West Cliff which is more city centric, located 2 miles from Bournemouth train station, with excellent facilities including a spa, leisure club indoor pool and spa treatment rooms. The hotel boasts free super fast WiFi throughout, with 83 bedrooms

including 9 family bedrooms and a contemporary, informal brasserie style restaurant and bar. The hotel also features 5 meeting rooms with capacity for up to 200 delegates and can host weddings for up to 200 guests. At Hallmark Hotel Bournemouth West Cliff, the spa offers a wide range of relaxing beauty treatments ideal for members, hotel guests, brides-to-be or parties of friends just looking for some chill time. Treatments include ELEMIS facial and body treatments as well as various massages, manicures, pedicures and waxing as well as men’s treatments too. Please visit sloanmagazine.com to read the full hotel & spa review. CONTACT DETAILS Durley Chine Road, Bournemouth BH2 5JS | www.hallmarkhotels.co.uk

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Beaches OCE A N B E ACH Located directly on the seafront, atop the prestigious East Cliff of Bournemouth, Ocean Beach Hotel & Spa is a contemporary hotel offering some of the best views in town. We visited this modern Bournemouth spa hotel as part of our travels to discover Hidden Bournemouth and the relaxing spas located in this popular seaside resort. Decorated in a modern, rustic beach style with on-site Day Spa and Italian Café, this new concept Hotel & Spa offers visitors to Bournemouth a great venue to explore from and is the home of Oceana Day Spa - one of Bournemouth’s top ranking spa & wellness centres in the area. This luxury Asian inspired Day Spa is a firm favourite in Bournemouth, with meticulous attention to detail and high standard of treatments, offering a full portfolio of beauty treatments to ensure you leave feeling in tip top condition restoring balance and calming the mind and body. Treatments include the Sensory Journey Full Body Massage and the Signature Facial, both of which we indulged in during our stay at Ocean Beach Hotel & Spa. The hotel’s 64 guest bedrooms provide a mix of décor; from classic standard (yet to be upgraded) to modern premium bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms and optional sea


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views upgrades. All rooms feature TV’s, hair dryers, toiletries and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel’s more informal restaurant is Italian Café which serves authentic homemade pizzas from the Italian Chef. Accompanying the Italian pizzas which headline the menu are a selection of crowd-pleasing options such as sharing boards, pasta, paninis and other Italian delights. Italian Café is one of two dining destinations at the Ocean Beach Hotel and has views out to sea and a large outdoor Sun Terrace. The Italian inspired menu is served in Italian Café’s atmospheric venue, with friendly service, a wide selection of drinks and Italian themed cocktails. In the morning the hotel serves a choice of Full English and Continental Breakfast buffet in the hotel’s Atlantic restaurant, a bright venue overlooking the outdoor Swimming Pool with its contemporary mural of the Dorset Coast. If you have a four-legged friend, please note that the hotel accepts small toy dogs for an additional charge. CONTACT DETAILS 32 East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth BH1 3AQ www.ocean-beach.oceana-collection.com

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HILTON BOUR NEMOUTH Much acclaimed in the Victorian era for its pine-scented air and medicinally beneficial sea water, Bournemouth’s reputation as one of the UK’s original spa resorts is no secret. Perhaps not so well known is the abundance of clifftop and beachfront hotels that offer wellness breaks and treatment packages in the 21st century. One such hotel is the 172-room Hilton Bournemouth housed in a soaring glass structure offering panoramic views to the coast and across the popular seaside town. The fivestar quality eforea spa at the new Hilton Bournemouth has helped to render it one of the country’s wellness top spots. The spa features a pre/post treatment relaxation lounge and four treatment rooms with an extensive wellness menu. The health club offers a 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness The luxurious suite, steam room, sauna and a heated eforea spa is 20-metre indoor pool in addition to a salon. just one of the Everything you need whether you wish to be delights of Hilton invigorated, relaxed or revitalised.


Guests at eforea spa can look forward to services that focus on balance and wellness as they embark on transformative journeys of the senses to help them emerge relaxed, rejuvenated and ready to face the week ahead. The journey layout begins at the arrivals lounge, then moves through to the changing lounge, then the transition lounge, before entering the thermal lounge, and on to one of four therapy rooms for your treatment after which there is an opportunity to take home some spa magic with purchases from the retail area. Signature spa journeys include the Essentials Journey, the Escape Journey and the Men’s Journey with journey enhancements for head & face, shoulders, neck & scalp and last but not least, feet. CONTACT DETAILS Terrace Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5EL www.bournemouth.hilton.com

SCHPOONS & FORX The hotel restaurant Schpoons & Forx, created and overseen by renowned chef and broadcaster Matt Tebbutt, offers guests the very best of British cuisine with a contemporary twist. Fresh, seasonal sharing plates


sit alongside dishes from the tandoor and stone oven.

business and leisure travellers alike to create memorable experiences.

Like the rest of the hotel, Schpoons & Forx blends classic design with quirky innovation which is central to the Hilton Bournemouth’s aesthetic creating a posh getaway for

Highlights from Tebbutt’s British menu include Beer Battered Monkfish Scampi, Beef Cheeks with Bourbon Glaze, Duck Fat Scraps and desserts like Peanut Parfait.

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If you can’t get to the spa but are in need of a pamper fix, why not splash out on these summer home beauty must-haves

Tranformulas The Miracle Daily Glycol Priming Cleanser is a gentle, deep-pore cleansing gel formulated by doctors and dermatologists working together to create a convenient care regime for true skin regeneration. £19.95 from Transformulas.com

Jeunesse Dubbed a “facelift in a bottle”, Jeunesse Instantly Ageless is a innovative micro cream that immediately and visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and undereye bags in less than two minutes. It contains the active ingredient argireline which delivers instant results without surgery. £65 from jeunesseglobal .com

The Jojoba Company The Jojoba Company Intense Overnight Renewal Cream has been formulated with marine collagen, CoQ10, powerful antioxidants, vitamins A, D and E; each renowned for their nourishing properties and are essential ingredients for healthy skin. £34.99 from Holland & Barrett.

Botonique Botonique is a British sparkling nonalcoholic drink alternative with Prelixir®, a unique blend of vitamins, minerals and amino acids which alcohol is known to deplete providing anti-oxidant, antiinflammatory, alkalising, detoxifying, hydrating and digestive benefits. £6.99 from Botonique.com

Magnitone The WipeOut MicroFibre Cleansing Cloth is the ultimate make up remover. Using just water, it removes all traces of makeup (even waterproof make up) and is reusable up to 1000 times and can machine washed. £15 from magnitone.co.uk

Image Skincare Image Skincare Ormedic Sheer Pink Lip Enhancement Complex contains messenger peptides to stimulate collagen renewal, Mica, a natural mineral tint, to provide a sheer pink gloss and nourishing avocado oil with Vitamin E. £25, call 0345 504 0461 for stockists.

INFINatura INFINatura Cura Oil has incredible anti wrinkle properties and a curative, healing effect on skin conditions such as Psosriasis, Dermatitis and Acne. Clinical trials have proven its efficacy. £44.79 from infinatura.com

AGELESS total pure hyaluronic filler from Image Skincare is a hyaluronic filler that leaves skin smooth and plump by utilising the same molecules that are found in injectables such as Juvederm and Perlane. This ‘go to’ miracle serum is perfect for any time of the year, not only pure SOS in a bottle for dehydrated, ageing and acne prone skin. £75, 0345 504 0461

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From the Ultimate Facial to acne treatments that mimic benzoyl peroxide, we review your summer skin essentials 62

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ADONIA Medical Clinic ADONIA Medical Clinic based in Maida Vale is both a medical and aesthetic clinic, offering some of the most specialist aesthetics treatments that the city has to offer. We reviewed their exclusive ‘ADONIA Ultimate Facial’ – a collection of four high tier facials favoured by celebrities. The ‘ADONIA Ultimate Facial’ is a ground-breaking treatment that brightens up the complexion and fights acne, while also preventing ageing. It is four facials in one - involving an oxygen, water, dermabrasion facial followed by LED rejuvenation. ADONIA Medical Clinic is unique in London for providing this complete facial package. The ‘ADONIA Ultimate Facial’ involves: 1. Oxygen Therapy: Favoured by Victoria Beckham, this specialised beauty treatment is designed to replenish the levels of oxygen in your skin, smoothing out wrinkles and restoring a youthful appearance to your face. 2. Hydrodermabrasion: Used by Cameron Diaz, this non-abrasive exfoliation removes deep-seated dirt whilst hydrating the skin. 3. Diamond Microdermabrasion: This treatment evens out skin irregularities and pigmentation. We only have to look at the super-plump and dewy face of user, Kate Beckinsale, to see the results. 4. LED Therapy: Favoured by Jessica Alba, this treatment involves an LED light mask that stimulates collagen, elastin and HA production, keeping the skin young. The mask includes a purified oxygen supply and a powerful solution is infused deep into the skin. Benefits include: increased oxygenation, aids lymphatic drainage, brightens complexion, minimizes fine lines and wrinkles, skin is smoother, firmer and plump, evens skin tone, increases hydration, soothes irritation and redness, stimulates blood circulation. Launched this spring, the ‘ADONIA Ultimate Facial’ is priced at £400, with a 20% discount being available on a series of three treatments. ADONIA’s Medical Director, Dr Ifeoma Ejikeme, is an NHS Medical Consultant and highly experienced Aesthetic Medical Doctor who has extensive global training in Medicine and Surgery. Dr Ejikeme graduated from Bristol University and trained at Imperial College Trust hospitals before moving to New York. There she went to Columbia University to do a post doctoral fellowship in ENT surgery. She completed her training and gained board certification in internal medicine at New York Medical College. On returning to the UK she went to the prestigious Queen Mary’s University and gained a Masters in aesthetic medicine with the highest distinction in her class. She is one of only a few doctors in the UK to undertake such specialist training. She is currently an honorary lecturer on the aesthetic medicine masters degree programme at Queen Mary’s University and holds a substantive NHS post at University College London Hospital. Dr Ejikeme is a keen artist and believes to be a great doctor you must have the skill of a great surgeon but the eye of an artist to bring balance to the face. She is affiliated with many charitable international organisations with a focus on empowering women of all nations. Adonia Medical Clinic 474 Harrow Road, London W9 3RU www.adoniamedicalclinic.co.uk

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FREZYDERM Frezyderm AC NORM Medilike Effect 2 Cream can be used as an alternative to medical treatment for moderate acne. The cream contains an innovative combination of plant extracts that replicate the results of medical acne treatments like retinoids and benzoyl peroxide, without any medical molecules and their side effects. It regulates oil production and has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and antioxidant action to soothe troubled skin and can be used alongside and after medical acne treatment. £16.50 from frezyderm.com


BIO ESSENCE Bio Essence 24K Gold Day Cream SPF25 contains flakes of 24K gold, when the products are absorbed by the skin they release active gold ions rich in trace minerals. This promotes blood and oxygen circulation which improves skin’s metabolism. £23.99 from Superdrug


DR. LEVY Dr. LEVY 3DEEP Cell Renewal Microresurfacing Cleanser helps to progressively eliminate dullness from the outer cell layer. It then encourages the renewal of its deeper, healthier cells and facilitates a deeper penetration of the youth-enhancing ArganCellActiv® ingredients. It leaves the skin delightfully silky and soft. £39 from drlevyswitzerland.com and the Dr Rita Rakus clinic in Knightsbridge.

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SLOAN! Magazine shares recommendations for the perfect wines to enjoy this summer and don’t miss your chance to win some fab prizes in our wine competitions

Bolney Estate Kew English Sparkling Brut is a floral inspired English sparkling wine which offers floral, zesty citrus fruit, honeysuckle and elderflower notes. The bottle label pays homage to the flora and fauna found in the English countryside inspired by illustrations from the Kew archives. Available from the Kew Gardens shop for £31. Maison Mumm’s beautifully crafted Rosé champagne is a combination of luscious red-fruit flavours and hints of caramel and vanilla. This spectacular creation can be savoured as an adventurous apéritif, or enjoyed with red berries and desserts. Available from Ocado in-store and www.ocado.com for £27.99

A new, exclusive Prosecco with the prestigious DOCG credentials, Ombra Di Pantera, has been crafted using the finest Glera grapes. Harvested from a delicately cultivated vineyard in San Pietro Di Feletto, which lies just outside Conegliano in the province of Treviso, to capture the seductive nature of Italian style. Dry, fresh and light in the mouth, with a fruity finish. Available from www.ombradipantera.com for £24.99 Mirabeau Etoile Rosé is a lychee coloured rosé with crystalline nuances and aromas of white peach, tangy citrus and a hint of pineapple. Silky and round on the palate with notes of ripe apricots and a concentrated lingering finish. The perfect aperitif it also pairs well with seafood, salads and elegant cuisine. Available from Sainsburys for £16 Bodegas Muga Blanco 2016 is made from a blend of Viura, Malvasia and White Grenache grape varieties. It is fermented using French oak casts which gives the wine an aroma of pastry shop ‘sweetness’ from the lees with a crisp aroma of green apples and citrus fruits which adds to its complexity. Available from Waitrose for £12.99 Bodegas Muga Rosado 2016 is made from a blend of Garnacha, Viura and Tempra grapes and is pale and soft onion in colour, with a complex aroma of white fleshed fruit of lychees as well as apricots which leads to a long finish, combined with a sweet fresh balance on the palate. Available from Waitrose for £11.49 Full of flavour, Barefoot Shiraz Cabernet is bursting with jammy blackberry and embodies hints of toasty vanilla, giving it a totally smooth, velvety finish. This Shiraz Cabernet is a delicious new addition to the collection and as the weather warms up, this red wine is set to delight. Available from Tesco for £6.50 B by Black Tower’s B Fruitiful Strawberry is a natural fruit flavoured, guilt-free lower alcohol (5.5% ABV) alternative for summer. The light and refreshing rosé boasts sweet strawberry and a hint of raspberry. Available from Sainsbury’s for £3.75


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Les Vignobles Foncalieu Competition SLOAN! and Les Vignobles Foncalieu have joined forces to offer one lucky reader a 6-bottle mixed case of wine from the stunning Château Haut Gléon, in the Languedoc. The case consists of three bottles of Château Haut Gléon Blanc and three bottles of Château Haut Gléon Rouge, both of which are available online from Fine Wines Direct. Château Haut Gléon Blanc is a blend of 60% Rousanne and 40% Grenache Blanc. It has complex fruit aromas accompanied by hints of floral honeysuckle and touches of vanilla spice and has a rich palate set off nicely by spice and butter flavours. Château Haut Gléon Rouge is a blend of 60% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 15% Vieilles Vignes de Carignan. It has intense aromas with hints of black fruit, mild spices and roasted coffee beans. It has a rounded palate with a long finish. To enter this competition, go to sloanmagazine.com/win-wine

Vino Beano Competition SLOAN! has teamed up with independent wine merchant The Vino Beano to offer one lucky reader a 6-bottle case of blush pink sparkling Il Serraglio Lambrusco. Don’t be put off by the sickly sweet, heavily fruity Lambrusco you may have tried in the 1970’s. This delightful tipple is a completely different kettle of fish! Produced in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, the gastronomical capital of the country, this light and delicate wine focuses on fresh summer fruits. It’s perfect to enjoy on a pretty summer’s day, where you can pretend you are really relaxing in the Italian sunshine. This well balanced Lambrusco contains notes of white peach, lemon sorbet, a tinge of fresh strawberry and hawthorn. Gently fruity with a dry finish, this wine is not one to be missed. Only 11,894 bottles were produced, so you’d be winning a truly exclusive prize! To enter this competition, go to sloanmagazine.com/win-vino

Kingsland Drinks Competition SLOAN! and Kingsland Drinks are offering one lucky reader a 12-bottle mixed case of Mr Gladstone’s Curious Emporium Pineapple Cube and Strawberry Bon Bon. These retro confectionery fusion beverages both have a super soft fizz and are expertly crafted with 100% natural flavourings. The innovative drinks are inspired by the mostloved traditional confectionery, bringing a retro touch to your great British summer! This refreshing range is perfect served over ice or as part of an exciting summer cocktail and the fizz varieties come with a resealable ‘zork’ meaning the fizz will stay fresher and fizzier for longer. To enter this competition, go to sloanmagazine.com/win-fizz

Riedel Competition SLOAN! and Riedel have teamed up to offer one lucky reader a set of new Happy O Vol #2 tumblers in four joyous colours: turquoise, purple, red and orange. This rainbow range of glasses make the ideal companions for summer parties. Perfect for any drinking purpose, they are suitable for cocktails, soft drinks, wine or water. No matter the occasion, these cheerful tumblers will be sure to spread joy! Happy O are machine-made and dishwasher safe, making them both practical and fun. To enter this competition, go to sloanmagazine.com/win-riedel

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expert advice

The Art of Mixology with Alfred Cointreau Part of the sixth generation of a family dedicated to a legendary spirit, the Cointreau name means a lot to me personally, it is my family name, it is my blood, I take great care if it and its legacy.

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I grew up in Angers, surrounded by family and I had a very close relationship with my grandfather Pierre Cointreau from a very young age and would help make the family aperitifs, carefully prepared by my grandmother Elisabeth Cointreau, even before I was old enough to try them for myself. It was there my passion for the world of cocktails came from. I spent a lot of time building on my knowledge of how to recognise each variety of orange peel and gaining expertise in the important task of selecting the very best among them. Next, I moved on to the stills room, where I learnt every last detail about distillation techniques. I spent many months exploring the company archives: a chance to further my understanding of the long and distinguished history behind the Cointreau family name, the fascinating world of cocktails

and the liqueurs and spirits used to create them. I believe the secret to Cointreau’s success and longevity is down to four things. The first being Cointreau’s founder, my greatgreat-grandfather Édouard Cointreau, who was driven by passion. Second, Cointreau’s birthplace, which is the French city of Angers. Even now, we only have one distillery, located in the heart of the Loire Vallee. Third is the recipe, which includes a selection of sweet and


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by our roots whilst keeping a modern vision for the future in mind.


I also get inspired by seasonal ingredients and people’s personal preferences such as their favourite flavours and colours. I am captivated by how classic and signature cocktails like the Cointreau Fizz or the Margarita can be given a modern twist, by individual bartenders and mixologists. When visiting bars, I like to order a classic cocktail and ask the bartender to add their own twist to the cocktail. Bartenders love the challenge of creating something new and I feel you can recognise a great bartender by their own innovative creation but also very much by their interpretation of classic. When asked what my favourite cocktail is? This is constantly evolving as there are over 350 classic cocktails with Cointreau and more being created each day, not even I have tasted them all yet. I like to pose the question instead of if tomorrow was your last day, what would be your drink? My favourite cocktail with Cointreau new vibrant expression, Cointreau Blood Orange is a cocktail called Cointreau Rouge, which is ½ Cointreau Blood Orange, 1/2 Cranberry juice, served in a big wine glass over lots of ice with a slice of orange. Simple, easy and fresh. Cointreau Blood Orange 30% ABV/50cl is available to purchase at selected Waitrose stores priced at £17.

bitter orange peels, the art of distillation, which is unchanged and of course our talented master distiller. Last but not least, the fourth reason is Cointreau’s ionic bottle - if you looking for the anagram of Cointreau you have the answer. One of my biggest inspirations when creating cocktails is looking at the history of classic recipes and the culture of the countries. I spend a lot of time travelling, so it is more obvious to me on how different cultures enjoy a drink. It is very much my job to ensure that Cointreau is relevant to people in different countries and keeping up the changing times. I believe it is important to stay inspired

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SUMMERSi p SLOAN! Magazine brings you our recommended tasty tipples and summer spirits guaranteed to perk up the party regardless of the British weather!

Rémy Martin XO Cannes 2017

On the occasion of the 70th Cannes Film Festival, Rémy Martin, Official Supplier of the Festival for the 14th year in a row, has unveiled its exclusive XO limited edition. Specifically designed for Cannes 2017 in a black & gold gift box, the glossy black decanter is reminiscent of film reels. Way more than a cognac, XO has aromas of white flowers, accents of plums, figs and candied oranges with notes of cinnamon and hazelnuts. Available from Selfridges for £175

Longmorn 16 Year Old Whisky Longmorn 16 year-old is an exceptionally rich and intense single malt that has been aged for a minimum of 16 years in a combination of highly prized ex-sherry, American and traditional casks. A symphony of sweet notes, including ripe orchard fruits, hints of sweet vanilla, intermingled with luxurious silky smooth chocolate notes, giving way to an indulgent full-flavoured finish. Available from Master of Malt and other specialist retailers for £94.99

Royal Salute 30 Year Old Royal Salute 30 Year Old The Flask Edition includes a bottle of luxury whisky blended from rare whiskies aged for more than 30 years complimented by accessories created by renowned designer Afroditi Krassa. Available exclusively from Harrods for £600

Casamigos Tequila Casamigos Tequila limited edition gift pack contains a 70cl bottle of Casamigos Tequila alongside two bespoke glasses. Three separate gift packs are available exclusively from 31 Dover with Blanco priced at £48.95 per set, Reposado at £53.25 per set and Añejo at £59.25 per set.

CollaGin CollaGin is the world’s first gin range distilled with pure collagen perfect for the beauty conscious drinker who wants to enjoy their favourite tipple whilst having the additional benefits of collagen. Available from www.collagin.co.uk for £34.99


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Cîroc Summer Colada Inspired by the popular Piña Colada, this limited edition expression has been crafted using natural flavouring to give a taste of coconut cream and juicy tropical pineapple with a long, smooth finish. Available from Amazon.com for £39.94

Cotswolds Dry Gin Cotswolds Dry Gin has a delectable blend of nine carefully chosen botanicals including a unique mix of Cotswolds lavender and bay leaf, grapefruit, lime, black pepper and cardamom seed. Available from www.cotswoldsdistillery.com for £34.95

Conker Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur This dark and fruity brew has no additives, flavourings or thickeners and is made using the cold brew process to retain the authentic taste of the speciality coffee beans that are used to create it. Available from Harvey Nichols for £30

O’Donnell Moonshine Tough Nut Founded in Berlin and now available in the UK, O’Donnell Moonshine’s best-selling “Tough Nut” is a hazelnut nougat liqueur, refined with creamy caramel and a hint of whisky. Available from odonnellmoonshine.co.uk for £24.90

Campari Negroni Enjoy this fascinating classic cocktail crafted following the original Negroni recipe invented nearly 100 years ago in Italy that calls for only three ingredients. Simply pour over ice and garnish with an orange slice. Available from Waitrose for £19

Greenhall’s London Dry Gin Greenall’s, Britain’s first and original London Dry style gin, has launched a new bottle design to celebrate its rich British heritage and the brand’s craftsmanship. It has a smooth juniper-led taste infused with fresh citrus notes. Available nationwide for £16.00

Tia Maria Tia Maria is an exotic infusion of natural vanilla and 100% Arabica coffee beans complemented with a touch of Jamaican rum. It has strong character, full-bodied taste and a sweet tendency. Available nationwide for £15

Meantime Barrel Aged Porter A limited edition traditional London Porter aged for six months in wooden casks and then blended with a younger batch of London Porter for a smooth finish. Rich and full-bodied with coffee and chocolate flavours. Available from meantimebrewing.com/shop for £10 @sloanloves | Sloan Sheridan-Williams


Restaurants The Bingham

The Bingham, a beautifully restored Georgian townhouse originally built in 1821, is situated on the banks of the river Thames in the heart of Richmond making it the perfect place for those wishing to enjoy a gastronomic meal in the restaurant, creative cocktails and seasonal small plates in the bar or a romantic retreat in one its sumptuous rooms with treatments, therapies and yoga/ pilates from its little sister, bhuti the newly built eco wellbeing escape.

seasonal and holistic focus to the menu with his dishes concentrating on natural flavours, sustainability and locally sourced produce to create an ever-evolving offering. On Sundays there is a roast with a range of delicious traditional dishes, the perfect pit stop after a long ramble in Richmond Park. The restaurant offers panoramic views of the river Thames with French doors opening out onto a balcony. Ricardo and his team provide excellent service. A former senior head waiter at The Ritz, his passion for hospitality shines through. Full review on sloanmagazine.com DETAILS 61-63 Petersham Road TW10 6UT www.thebingham.co.uk

Owned by Samantha and Ruth Trinder since 1984, the Bingham is overseen by talented GM Erick Kervaon. The Bingham’s awardwinning restaurant mixes tradition with invention, with accomplished restaurant manager Ricardo Barros and Head Chef Andrew Cole at the helm serving modern British cuisine. Andrew brings a well-balanced, 70 SLOAN! www.sloanmagazine.com | editorial@sloanmagazine.com

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

Galvin Bistrot de Luxe Galvin Bistrot de Luxe was the first venture of Michelin starred brothers Jeff and Chris Galvin and since opening in 2005, has received continuous accolades and awards as London’s original bistrot with its vibrant, relaxed and informal ambience. Situated in Baker Street, the double AA rosette restaurant is typical of the traditional ‘Bistrot Modernes’ of Paris with globe lighting, banquette seating and Bentwood chairs set amongst intimately space tables covered with crisp white linen. Bistrot de Luxe is said by many to be one of the best French restaurants in London. The restaurant maintains the Galvin ethos of classic French cooking with Chef Patron Chris Galvin and Head Chef Tom Duffill offering a reassuringly unpretentious seasonally inspired Classic French menu comprising many bistrot classics including their famous Tarte Tatin. Full review on sloanmagazine.com DETAILS 66 Baker Street, London W1U 7DJ www.galvinrestaurants.com

Blakes Below Offering guests a stylish yet relaxed vibe perfect for those balmy summer evenings, Blakes Hotel has now launched live music sessions at Blakes Below, a newly designed bar and lounge from world famous interior designer, Anouska Hempel. Having begun on 27th April and running throughout the summer months, the underground bar is showcasing the best live music sessions every other Thursday from 8pm-10:30pm. The Leon Garner Jazz Trio kicked off the series covering the Great American Songbook with classic melody driven tunes which are the perfect accompaniment whilst savouring the restaurant menu and enjoying a drink from the new Blakes Below cocktail menu. DETAILS 33 Roland Gardens, London SW7 3PF www.blakeshotels.com

Oblix Oblix, located on the 32nd floor of The Shard, has created a new Sunday Roast menu that elevates the beloved British classic by offering decadent dishes including suckling pig, chicken with truffle, rib of beef and rotisserie duck with all the trimmings. The Oblix Sunday Roast is perfectly placed for those seeking the ultimate Sunday afternoon dining experience. With succulent meats cooked slowly across Oblix’s signature josper oven, charcoal grill and rotisserie, all roasts will be accompanied by a selection of traditional side dishes in Oblix’s signature style. Guests will be invited to choose from beef-fat roast potatoes or horseradish mashed potatoes with spring onion & chives completed by Oblix’s unique twist on a Yorkshire pudding. The roasts are accompanied by a selection of roasted vegetables which are not to be missed, including creamed spinach & gruyere; butter roasted cauliflower served with garlic; and crispy capers married together with a generous helping of rich gravy. Oblix Sunday Roast in the Sky is the perfect way for friends and family to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon. DETAILS Level 32, The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY | www.oblixrestaurant.com

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Restaurants Launceston Place Launceston Place has just unveiled a vibrant and fresh new look, following the success of their appointment of head chef Ben Murphy earlier this year. The spring refresh of the 1839 Kensington townhouse aims to infuse the restaurant with a brighter, more contemporary feel, in keeping with the lively changes brought to the menu by Ben. Launceston Place’s award-winning head chef joined in January 2017 and is said to be is one of London’s most exciting chefs, having started his career at Koffmann’s at The Berkeley, under the guidance of mentor Pierre Koffmann. Before joining LP, Ben was previously head chef at The Woodford restaurant, which, under him, won London Evening Standard’s London Restaurant of the Year Award 2016 and received a coveted five-star

review from the late AA Gill. Ben was named Chef to Watch 2016 by The Good Food Guide and took home the Breakthrough Chef of the Year gong at the Food & Travel Awards – all of this within the space of a year. Ben’s modern and exciting menus for Launceston Place showcase his creativity and individual style, taking dishes to the next level. The food looks extremely attractive on the plate whilst the distinct bold flavours remain harmoniously balanced across the menu. With food this good, expect to see Launceston Place win back its Michelin star in the not so distant future. Read our review on SLOAN! Online. DETAILS 1a Launceston Place, London W8 5RL www.launcestonplace-restaurant.co.uk

Ritorno Ritorno London is an elegant, premium lounge bar and Italian Kitchen. Ritorno brings an authentic Italian aperitivo experience from the sophisticated streets of Milan, to the fashionable streets of Chelsea. The 80-cover lounge bar provides a destination for the well-heeled to enjoy the art of aperitivo with cocktails and fine wines, complemented by mouthwatering morsels of the very best Italian produce. The Mule is Milan’s cocktail of the moment and has been given a makeover by Head Barman, Paolo Viola. Read the full review on sloanmagazine.com DETAILS 442 King’s Road, London SW10 0LQ | www.ritorno.co.uk


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tibits The award-winning tibits is one of London’s favourite vegetarian and vegan restaurant located in the heart of the West End tucked behind Regent’s Street amongst the various eateries of Heddon Street. We’ve long been fans of this restaurant and with over 15 years of experience in creating plant-based protein fuelled cuisine, their famous ‘food boat’ has the menu refreshed every three months to offer a colourful cornucopia of over 40 tempting vegetarian and vegan dishes, from seasonal tasty salads to flavoursome hot dishes, soups, freshly pressed juices and innovative desserts, all loaded with delicious high protein plant-based ingredients. Everything is freshly made on site throughout the day using only the best seasonal, high grade, largely organic and locally sourced produce and ingredients. DETAILS 12-14 Heddon Street, London W1B 4DA | www.tibits.co.uk

Shochu - ROKA Charlotte Street ROKA is understandably one of London’s favourite Japanese robatayaki-inspired restaurants. Following the success of Zuma London, Rainer Becker quickly recognised the huge popularity of robatayaki cuisine and opened ROKA Charlotte Street in 2004. Shochu Cocktail Bar in the basement offers a striking yet informal setting in which to enjoy modern Japanese cocktail creations, distilled shochu infusions and the delights of the ROKA restaurant menu like these lamb cutlets. Read the full review on sloanmagazine.com DETAILS 37 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RR | www.rokarestaurant.com

Machiya Machiya is an all day Japanese restaurant named after the eponymous townhouses that once typified the traditional cityscape of Kyoto. The lunch and dinner menus are centred around homely and traditional Japanese dishes, some of them relatively new to London including Gyukatsu, a panko crusted wagyu steak lightly fried until rare then finished cooking by the customer on their own shichirin. Read the full review on sloanmagazine.com DETAILS 5 Panton Street, London SW1Y 4DL | www.machi-ya.co.uk  

Bluebird Bluebird, the historic Chelsea institution with its striking art deco design, is celebrating its 20th anniversary as Chelsea’s leading neighbourhood restaurant. Recently appointed Head Chef Liam Smith-Laing’s menu which features simple, fresh and honest dishes inspired by the best of Modern European cooking.. Read the full review on sloanmagazine.com DETAILS 350 King’s Road, London SW3 5UU www.bluebird-restaurant.com @sloanloves | Sloan Sheridan-Williams


Curious Tavern

Mercure Nottingham This four-star boutique hotel in the heart of Nottingham is a stylish haven that offers a relaxing atmosphere meeting the needs of all its guests. The Mercure Nottingham City Centre is a boutique hotel that’s conveniently located in the heart of Nottingham’s vibrant city centre and situated within The Lace Market known as the creative sector of the city of Nottingham.

The Mercure Nottingham offers a range of bar & dining options from the hotel’s 1822 Bar and Brasserie Restaurant to the Curious Tavern Bar & Restaurant. Situated in Nottingham’s oldest hotel, constructed in 1822 and formerly known as “The George”, The Curious Tavern is part of an establishment steeped in history.

Accommodation is provided to meet the needs and budget of every guest with an extensive variety of bedroom designs from the compact City Pad to the unique and curiously themed George Suite. All 76 bedrooms have been uniquely designed to provide comfort with style making the Mercure Nottingham one of the most unique boutique hotels in the city. All of the rooms are air conditioned and equipped with modern amenities to ensure your stay is as enjoyable as possible and of the highest standard. The curiously themed George Suite

To end the week on a high, The Curious Tavern offers ‘Shuckling Heaven’ on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. The decor reflects a faded opulence of George IV’s renowned style and the design of the venue has been inspired both by the historic Georgian architecture of the building combined with 21st century chic. The Shuckling Heaven menu features Colchester Rock Oysters and Champagne accompanied by cask ales from the medieval cellars below The George. Other highlights on the menu include the Curious Scotch Egg, Cornish Crab Thermidor, Tavern Scampi and Sticky Toffee Pudding with Banoffee Custard. Read the full review on the SLOAN! website at sloanmagazine.com


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pays homage to traditional English style incorporating a separate living area, secret sleeping quarter and bathroom. To complete the space a few surprise design features feature in the lobby and fascinating trinkets along the library walls. Modern elements feature in the overall design of the suite with the flexible use of mood lighting and large windows offering excellent views of Nottingham city centre giving the suite abundant natural light. Modern hospitality services and amenities, such as complimentary 24-hour WiFi connection and a Nespresso coffee machine are also provided. The hotel prides itself on its impeccable service, comfortable surroundings and guest satisfaction. 2 George Street, Lace Market, NG1 3BP | www.mercurenottingham.com

City Centre Novotel Leeds Centre Treat yourself to 4-star comfort at this Novotel hotel located right on the River Aire in the heart of the vibrant city of Leeds in West Yorkshire. Staying at Novotel Leeds Centre puts you right in the middle of the central shopping district, while landmarks such as Millennium Square, Leeds Town Hall and St Anne’s Cathedral are within a one-mile radius. Be sure to check out the Civic Quarter where you’ll find most of the city’s cultural attractions, such as the Art Gallery and the Henry Moore Institute. It may be of interest to our animal loving readers to note that Novotel Leeds Centre is also pet friendly charging a very reasonable £10 per night supplement for dog owners. Novotel Leeds Centre boasts luxurious bedrooms and suites, eight adaptable rooms for business meetings and corporate events in addition to a fitness and well-being centre with fully equipped gym, hammam and sauna. Executive Room offered a comfortable Queen bed, 55 inch flat screen LCD TV, hair dryer, mini fridge, wireless speaker, Nespresso coffee machine, tea & coffee making

facilities, iron, alarm clock, safe deposit box, blackout blinds and free high-speed WiFi. Executive Rooms also benefit from free bottled water, free local calls and a welcome complimentary drink voucher on arrival for use on practically any drink from the hotel bar. The hotel also provides 24 hour room service to satisfy both night owls and early birds as well as breakfast in bed for those you prefer to enjoy the comforts of their room just a little bit longer. Dine at the hotel’s recently opened lounge bar and kitchen called The Soap Factory. The bar takes inspiration from the Whitehall Soap Works including the bar’s signature ‘soap themed’ cocktails. The Soap Factory offers guests a seasonal British menu showcasing local ingredients in classic dishes with a culinary twist. Read the full review on sloanmagazine.com 4 Whitehall Quay, Leeds LS1 4HR www.novotel.com @sloanloves | Sloan Sheridan-Williams


Luxury Oulton Hall When it comes to sophisticated four star spa hotels in Yorkshire, nothing can compete with the luxury, class and style of Oulton Hall. Situated just outside of Leeds - one of the biggest cities in the North of England - it truly is the perfect place for those looking for a relaxing, countryside getaway. GOLFING PLEASURE Unlike the majority of hotels in West Yorkshire, Oulton Hall is surrounded by 27 holes of sheer golfing pleasure with a truly impressive 27 hole golf complex designed by golf legend Dave Thomas. This is golf at its best and includes Oulton Golf Academy which is said to be the North of England’s leading golf performance academy which makes Oulton Hall a real for golf aficionados and anyone looking to practice their swing or improve their handicap. SPARKLING INDULGENCE Within its grand 18th century mansion setting, the hotel also boasts a wellequipped health club, beautifully landscaped gardens and a drawing room - perfect for afternoon tea or a champagne lunch. Two superb restaurants - the Calverley Grill and the Claret Jug - can be found within Oulton Hall in addition to an exclusive


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Champagne Bar, created in partnership with Moet and Chandon, which is the ideal spot for a celebration or a sparkling moment of indulgence. BEAUTIFUL BEDROOMS The magnificent bedrooms at Oulton Hall boast custom made beds that are the very height of comfort dressed in sumptuous Egyptian cotton bed linen and duvets to create a truly blissful night’s slumber in this grand hotel. The 152 guest rooms all are beautifully decorated offering comfortable surroundings equipped with everything you need to ensure a relaxing and indulgent stay. The seven lavish suites have been decorated with plush modern fittings and furniture to complement all the charm of Oulton Hall. With a separate bedroom and sitting room plus a dressing area and grand kingsize bed, staying in this luxurious hotel suite gives you every excuse to have a lie-in and order breakfast in bed ONE OF THE FINEST SPAS Oulton Hall’s state-of-the-art spa is known as one of the finest spas in Yorkshire and offers guests a tranquil haven in which to unwind and recharge in an indulgent escape from the pressures of modern life.

DINING AT CALVERLEY GRILL The hotel restaurant’s Head Chef makes sure the Calverley Grill lives up to its name, choosing the finest and freshest local ingredients. The menu is Classic British with a local contemporary twist. The restaurant also boasts an extensive wine list and the service is knowledgeable and attentive. Highlights include Beef Carpaccio, Rabbit Loin and Lamb Rump. Read the full review on sloanmagazine.com CONTACT DETAILS Rothwell Lane, Oulton LS26 8HN | www.qhotels.co.uk

The Nottingham Belfry The Nottingham Belfry is a contemporary, warm and stylish four star hotel located on the edge of the city. Ideal for both business and leisure, guests can expect a unique blend of modernity, luxury and class delivered by a team of professional staff who’ll be more than happy to cater for your every need during your stay. The hotel’s 10 suites are beautifully decorated with contemporary styling and warm tones throughout creating a cocoon-like ambience which is perfect for relaxation and indulgence. The kingsize four poster bed creates a stunning focal point in the bedroom. The Lawrence Restaurant menu has been designed to appeal to a wide range of tastes. DH Lawrence was the inspiration for the name of the hotel’s restaurant and the Head Chef carefully sources the best regional and local produce to create his seasonal menu. CONTACT DETAILS Mellors Way, Off Woodhouse Way, Nottingham NG8 6PY 0115 973 9393 | www.qhotels.co.uk

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Nikki Beach Cannes Nikki Beach, the global luxury lifestyle and hospitality brand, returned to the 70th Annual Cannes International Film Festival for the 15th consecutive year this May. Every year since 2003, Nikki Beach has opened a pop-up venue at the Festival, highlighting the brand’s unique mix of music, dining, entertainment, fashion, film and art, each of which is present at Cannes in abundance. Nikki Beach Cannes hosted many of the Festival’s most beloved celebrations, offering industry elite, journalists and film lovers alike an incomparable mix of gourmet cuisine,


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nikki beach hosted a myriad of celebrities at cannes

Ahn Seo-Hyun & Tilda Swinton

Jeremy Renner

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Arnold Schwarzenegger

Ben Stiller

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creative mixology and signature entertainment with a picturesque beachside backdrop. 2017 was undoubtedly the most elegant and entertaining year yet, with the pop-up playing host to a mix of soirees, candlelit dinners, private events, charitable cocktail receptions, press junkets and more. Among the mix were the Hollywood Foreign Press Association event, The Killing of a Sacred Deer event, and Wonders of The Sea 3D. Celebrity guests at Nikki Beach Cannes included Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Arnold Swarzenegger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Stiller, Tilda Swinton, Lily Collins, Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Dustin Hoffman, Jeremy Renner and many more. (Photos courtesy of HL Group) @sloanloves | Sloan Sheridan-Williams




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The ULTRAs 2017 The readers of The Telegraph’s luxury travel magazine, Ultratravel, are invited to vote for their preferred holiday providers and destinations. The winners and runners up are announced each year at The ULTRAS – Ultimate Luxury Travel Related Awards. On 22 May 2017, the results for the 2017 ULTRAS were revealed at a reception and ceremony hosted at the iconic London Savoy hotel. The evening celebrated the very best in luxury travel, attended by some of the most important movers and shakers in the world of luxury travel. Accolades were awarded to The Ritz (Best Hotel in Europe), Gleneagles (Best Golf Resort in the World) and Corinthia Hotel London (ULTRATRAVEL Collection Hotel of the Year).


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celebrating the very best in luxury travel

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Special guests at the event included Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, HRH Princess Beatrice of York and HRH Princess Eugenie of York. British personalities in attendance included Irish singer Ronan Keating and his wife Storm, radio and television presenter Vernon Kay, former English rugby player Mike Tindall and golf professional Justin Rose. Representing her charity Children in Crisis, the Duchess of York spoke about the organisation’s efforts to provide impoverished and disposed children with access to education. (Photos courtesy of Spot1ight Communications) @sloanloves | Sloan Sheridan-Williams


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