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Winter at Skylight Making a welcome return for the winter season, rooftop destination Skylight will be running until 25th January 2020. Themed around an urban après skate bar, the three-story East London venue is playing

an extensive menu of beers and ciders, as well as warming mulled wine. The bars also feature the full range of Bacardi spirits, and Street food stalls are available on the lower level, featuring authentic

host to Europe’s only real ice rooftop ice rink, seasonal cocktails, ice hockey shooting, DJs, cosy igloos and huts, and some of the best views in the city. Soaring above Tobacco Dock in Wapping, Skylight boasts three floors of bars, street food, live entertainment, lawn games, screens and an unrivalled view of London’s iconic skyline. This year, following on from Summer and HarvestFest seasons, the venue has undergone a full winter makeover, transforming its sunlit terraces into warm and inviting spaces designed for shorter days and cooler nights. Set against a backdrop of the city’s iconic skylines, Skylight will be continuing its unique seasonal offering into the crisper winter months with a number of activities and a whole host of indoor and outdoor heated seating areas, available across the venue to book for private parties of all sizes. From one of Skylight’s many après skate bars, guests will be able to purchase a delicious array of warming winter cocktails, alongside

Greek street food vendors YIRO. Botanically brewed drinks makers, Fentimans, will be bringing sugar, spice and all things iced to the rooftop of Skylight. Running until January 2020, the Fentimans Pink Gingerbread House will be decorated with icing, candy canes and a cosy interior complete with edible sweet filled walls. The life-size Pink Gingerbread House celebrates the brands recently launched Pink Ginger soft drink and will be the season’s most instagrammable installation, where Londoners can visit for festive ginger cocktails and sweet treats in a magical fairy-tale environment unlike no other in London. Throughout the winter season, Skylight has a changing programme of cutting edge DJs, events and parties including a tree decorating evening, regular Festive Singalong events, New Year’s Eve celebrations, Burns Night and Australia Day. For ice skating tickets and private hire, see: www.skylightlondon.com

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Events | Watches | Fashion | Beauty | Travel | Food & Drink | Motoring | Property

Events | Watches | Fashion | Beauty | Travel | Food & Drink | Motoring | Property

10 Winter Forest From The City to Kinghtsbridge, there’s a Winter Forest for everyone this festive season. 12 Gifts For Him Some fine pieces for the man in your life to make this Christmas extra special.

Events | Watches | Fashion | Beauty | Travel | Food & Drink | Motoring | Property

Events | Watches | Fashion | Beauty | Travel | Food & Drink | Motoring | Property

Events | Watches | Fashion | Beauty | Travel | Food & Drink | Motoring | Property

Events | Watches | Fashion | Beauty | Travel | Food & Drink | Motoring | Property

Events | Watches | Fashion | Beauty | Travel | Food & Drink | Motoring | Property

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15 Gifts For Her Bring extra Christmas cheer to that special someone with some extravagant gifts.


17 W10 Reinterpretation Hamilton bring history back to life with their new Khaki Pilot Pioneer Mechanical. 20 Exquisite in Blue Joining the incredible Bucherer Blue Collection, Piaget deliver an elegant piece perfect for the festive season. 24 Acqua di Parma do Christmas Taking inspiration from Colonia, artist Gio Pastori brings a new look to the Christmas Collection. 28 Christmas Beauty Buys Everyone loves a luxurious beauty gift at Christmas, so here’s a few of the finest to help you decide. 31 Travel - The Emerald Palace One of Dubai’s latest additions and right on the tip of the Palm bringing opulent European grandeur.

49 Review - Le Comptoir Robuchon Joël Robuchon’s legacy comes to London with this Mayfair delight that is not to be missed.

38 Perfect For Your Palate Take advantage of the abundance of festive treats on offer across London.

51 Audi RS 5 Sports coupes don’t come much better than this and now with a sportback edition.

44 Festive Tipple Tis the season to get jolly and this drinks guide should do the trick.

64 Gifts For The Home Candles, diffusers and an upgrade to your home audio. Everything you need to enjoy Christmas at home.

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Luna Winter Cinema The Luna Cinema, the UK’s leading producer of open air and pop up film screenings, is back with its festive cinema, The Luna Winter Cinema, offering audiences the chance to enjoy classic festive films on the big screen. With long winter nights fast approaching, nothing puts you in the Christmas spirit as much as curling up to watch your favourite Christmas film on the big screen. The Luna Winter Cinema will run from 15th-23rd December,

returning to the stunning indoor heated pavilion of Kensington Palace. With the chance to enjoy classic festive favourites such as “Love Actually”, “Home Alone”, “It’s A Wonderful Life” and “Elf ” - it’s set to be an unashamedly Christmassy extravaganza. With delicious mulled wine, mince pies and hot chocolate on offer as well as a full bar and comfy seats, The Luna Winter Cinema is set to be the perfect Christmas outing for all ages. Tickets start at £13.00 (including booking fees)*, families, friends and co-workers can head down and experience some Christmas winter magic. There is the additional option to purchase Premium tickets at Kensington Palace. A Premium ticket gives film fans the chance to cosy up on a luxury sofa for two, with a complimentary drink on arrival, as well as butler service throughout the film. To book tickets and for more information visit www. thelunacinema.com *Ticket prices - Kensington Palace: Premium Ticket (Sofa for 2) £49.50; Adult £18.50; Child £13.50. St. George’s Hall: Adult £13.00; Child £8.50

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BROADGATE CIRCLE’S WINTER FOREST The festive wonderland at Broadgate Circle - The Winter Forest - is back complete with snow-covered pine trees and twinkling lights, fantastic food and drink and live music. With visits from Santa, gin tastings, charity pub quizzes, wellbeing workshops and winter-themed floral workshops, this year Broadgate offers more than ever before following the launch of their brand new building in Finsbury Avenue Square, bringing you even more festive options including Everyman Broadgate. This year, the event has teamed up with the mental health charity, Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest, to raise funds - so book tickets and get involved in the most wonderful season of all. Fever-Tree has also launched the Fever-Tree Winter Lodge at the site. Located on the upper level of Broadgate Circle, the Fever-Tree Winter Lodge will be open until 20 December and is an idyllic escape for those looking for the perfect cosy evening, with

an evolving menu over the festive period, including guest gins and unique pairings. There will also be a series of masterclasses hosted by Fever-Tree and several spirit brands, including The Botanist, Portobello Road and Seedlip, which guests can book in advance starting at £25 per person and includes four drinks. Guests can also pick herbs from a garnish garden to personalise their FeverTree mixed drinks and discover the perfect tonic for their gin with Fever-Tree’s onsite digital pairing guide. Fever-Tree is also introducing the ‘Fever-Tree Bar on a Bike’, ideal for festive pre-drinks or office celebrations. The bike can be booked to deliver the Fever-Tree experience to London offices, including a range of spirits, unlimited mixers and a Fever-Tree

soft, comfy seating, warm and welcoming interiors and wreaths and foliage exuding Fever-Tree spices and Christmassy aromas. For guests wanting something more intimate, there are several snug and festive bookable areas, which can be reserved ahead of time. Guests can expect a selection of perfect Fever-Tree pairings with

mixologist. For more details and bookings for masterclasses, or to reserve a private area or the Fever-Tree Bar on a Bike, please email enquiries@fever-tree.com or call 0330 500 1821.

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The Secret Forest at Harvey Nichols This Christmas, Harvey Nichols has teamed up with Visa to transform its Canvas space into an enchanted secret hideaway for customers to enjoy festive films, ice cream cocktails, Nordic nibbles and exclusive Saturday Schools, available from Friday 8th November until Sunday 5th January. Devoted to all things festive, the Secret Forest takes customers on a journey - starting outside, with the magical Northern Lights glistening across the building’s façade - through a mystical woodland and into a winter scene complete with a never-ending night sky. Throughout November and December, a special edit of Christmas films will be showing at the Pocket Cinema, situated in the space. Films include all-time classics such as Home Alone and The Muppet Christmas Carol, as well as How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street - a range of nostalgic movies to get you in the festive spirit. Tickets are priced at £20 per adult and £10 per child. The space will also host two wreath-making Saturday Schools with florist Farima Perry. In keeping with the theme, Harvey Nichols has created a moreish menu inspired by Nordic foodie favourites, including kantarellmacka (mushroom and Gruyère toasties), köttbullar (meatballs) and kanelbullar (cinnamon buns), as well as a range of ice-cream cocktails: Naughty but Nice, Merry Mudslide, The Sweetheart and Red Sky at Night. The Secret Forest Bar will be open from 11am 11pm, and available to book for food and cocktails before and after film screenings. For further information about the Harvey Nichols Secret Forest, Pocket Cinema screenings and Saturday Schools please visit: www.harveynichols.com/christmasevents

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GIFTS FOR HIM Beoplay E8 2.0 £300.00 from Bang & Olufsen. bang-olufsen.com

Beard Oil, 30ml £10.00 from Adam Grooming. adamgroomingatelier.com International Carry-On 19 Degree Aluminium £955.00 from Tumi. tumi.com

A revolutionary, patent-pending, 5-in-1 product that combines shampoo, conditioner, body wash, shaving cream and a dry hair styling product. The Long Weekender, 250ml £26.00 from Saunders & Long. saundersandlong.com Radiomir 8 Days - 45mm from Panerai. Exclusively available in Panerai boutiques. Panerai, 30 New Bond Street, London W1S 2RN. 020 3057 7080. panerai.com

Montem Mid Top Shoe in Black Suede £290.00 from C.QP. c-qp.com Rose Patina Cufflinks by Jessica Bird £210.00 from Alice Made This. alicemadethis.com With 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage and 12GB LPDDR4X RAM, the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition boasts blisteringly-fast performance, just like their supercars. It also touts the latest Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 855 Plus Mobile Platform with unimaginable performance and power efficiency. OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition from £799.00 from OnePlus. oneplus.com. mclaren.com


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GIFTS FOR HER Lucy Williams Gold Lucky Charm Chain Necklace £235.00; and Lucy Williams Gold Pave Ridge Ring £55.00 from Missoma. missoma.com Amethyst 20″ Trolley Case £2,110.00 from Globe-Trotter. globe-trotter.com Envelope Pouch in Black Embossed Croc £225.00 from Strathberry. strathberry.com Villeret Quantième Phases de Lune Limited Edition CHF 22,900.00 from Blancpain. blancpain.com

Kiss Charm Bracelet £70.00 from Lola Rose. lolarose.co.uk

Invisibly Set French Cut Sapphire Swirl Earrings £19,900.00 from Susannah Lovis. susannahlovis.com

Optical Gin Set £37.50 from Riedel. riedel.com 44°N, 500ml €75.00 (approx.£64.00) from Comte de Grasse. comtedegrasse.com

SL2 £5,300 (body only, lenses start at £3,750) from Leica. Available at the Leica Store London. leica-camera.com


WATCHES

Classic Worldtimer Goes Grey The Worldtimer timepiece is a must-have for many watch aficionados allowing them to keep track of time everywhere in the world at once. After the first Frederique Constant Worldtimer launch in 2012, the watch stood proudly as one of the brand’s best-selling Manufacture watches. Since then, the Worldtimer has come in a range of 11 models featuring a wide colour palette. Now, yet another colour variation of this elegant and sophisticated traveling watch is unveiled: a dark grey design of the world map finely etched onto to the dial and the twenty-four cities on its outer rim make one wish for globe-trotting. The date by hand at 6 o’clock makes the perfect addition to the Worldtimer function and further enhances the aesthetic of the watch. The indexes on each hour add to the dial’s readability, offering additional comfort when glancing at the time. The new Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture comes in two models featuring a 42mm case in rose-gold-plated stainless steel or in stainless steel both limited to 718 pieces each. The FC-718 caliber is an extraordinary piece of machinery; not only is it in-house designed, developed and produced, but its Worldtimer functions as well as the date are all adjustable via the crown, with no additional push-buttons. To easily set the watch, one must choose between three settings; the first lets the user wind the watch by turning the crown upwards; the second allows to set the date and city by turning the crown upwards and downwards respectively; and the third position enables the user to set the time

by turning the crown downwards. The timepiece displays two separate discs, one featuring a 24h day-night indicator and a second one with the twenty-four cities. As a Manufacture movement, the FC-718 caliber is decorated with Perlage and circular Côtes de Genève and holds a 42-hour power reserve. The dark grey timepiece is complete with a dark grey alligator leather strap with white stitches.

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Precision Power for W10 Reinterpretation Hamilton has been the go-to name for professional pilots for more than 100 years and also happen to be top of the list for the military for reliable instruments for their aviators. Now, the brand have launched the stunning new Khaki Pilot Pioneer Mechanical. Having supplied the U.S. Armed Forces in the 1940s, Hamilton went on to provide thousands of watches to the British Army during the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. One of the most popular timepieces was the W10, which was produced between 1973 and 1976 and was largely issued to pilots. The hero of the new Khaki Pilot Pioneer collection is an exact remake of this popular watch. Adding a range of 21st century touches to make sure this Pilot Pioneer is equal to the challenges of modern life, Hamilton have brought this 70’s classic up to date in spectacular fashion. Not only is it a precision watch with bundles of style, but is an ideal piece for watch lovers seeking a watch with authentic aviation history. The 33mm stainless steel case is mattified to avoid unnecessary

glare. The matt dial and boxshaped crystal with double antireflective coating also keep the readability up and the reflection down. It’s a practical feature learned from Hamilton’s long and prestigious past timing the skies. Inside, the engine is the modern H-50 hand winding movement, a mainstay of some of their best known Khaki watches packing an awesome 80 hours of power reserve as well as the Hamilton precision pilots need - and expect. This is an authentic ‘70s update right down to the smallest details. From the black dial which has a unique structure, calling to mind the case of cameras or binoculars from the pre-digital age to the finishing touch of the military feel NATO straps in a choice of durable storm gray textile or vintage-look brown leather. If you are looking for reliable precision and genuine military heritage, the Khaki Pilot Pioneer will most definitely find its way on to your radar.

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PRECIOUS PIECES

Precious gemstones are synonymous with Harry Winston, and so are precious art forms, like the spectacular mosaic glass setting on the dials of their four new gold Premier Precious Micromosaic models. An inimitable luxury made by hand in Ravenna, Italy, the vibrant patterns on the dial are highlighted with quintessential Harry Winston diamonds in an artistic marriage that is destined to shine for a lifetime including the spectacular Premier Precious Peacock highlighting a much-loved bird in Harry Winston’s history of high jewellery design. The Premier Precious Peacock timepiece is presented in 36 mm cases crafted in either 18-karat white or 18-karat rose gold. The peacock’s main features are outlined in yellow gold and then filled with colorful glass mosaic and precious stones. Perched on the right side of the dial, the peacock’s magnificent tail dominates the scenery. The vibrant blue and green color palette on the white gold model is more naturalistic, while the rose gold model presents a more imaginative and feminine interpretation of the peacock through pink, raspberry and white colour tones. By playing with different shades in a given colour scheme, and positioning varying shapes of glass tesserae at different angles - very much like the Winston Cluster technique - the master craftsmen create an extraordinary sensation of movement.

For added brilliance, the peacock’s eye, crest and long flowing tail are highlighted with 152 brilliant-cut diamonds, while the characteristic ‘eyes’ of the peacock’s tail are accented by vivid blue sapphires on the white gold version, and rich red rubies on the rose gold. Since its debut in 1989, Harry Winston’s Premier collection has been the designated timepiece to showcase different artistic crafts. Instantly recognizable by the distinctive diamond-set lugs at 12 and 6 o’clock that recall the arched entrance to Harry Winston’s Fifth Avenue Flagship Salon, the luxurious gold case of the Premier Precious Peacock Automatic 36mm is set with 57 brilliant-cut diamonds, including the five truncated diamonds on the crown and lugs. A Swiss-made mechanical automatic movement with an 18-karat rose gold skeletonized rotor and refined hand finishes can be admired through the sapphire crystal case back. Equipped with the latest technology in the form of a flat silicon balance spring and a generous power reserve of 72 hours, this movement is destined to keep impeccable time on a par with the everlasting beauty of the dial. Both models of the Premier Precious Peacock are limited editions of 30 pieces.

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WATCHES

Piaget Bucherer Blue With a diamonds and blue sapphire set rose gold bezel and dial set with blue sapphires, the Piaget Possession Bucherer Blue becomes a member of the exclusive Bucherer Blue Collection.

Bucherer and Piaget present the newest member of the exhilarating Bucherer Blue family, the stunning rose-gold Piaget Possession Bucherer Blue with a blue alligator-leather strap. Many people associate blue with the sea, others think of blue skies and some also regard blue as the colour of freedom. However connoisseurs of fine watches are always reminded of Bucherer Blue. This prestigious collection includes an exclusive selection of the finest Swiss watchmakers’ art - available exclusively from Bucherer. For the past three years, Bucherer has been reinterpreting iconic timepieces, and now, for the third time, Bucherer’s close partnership with Piaget - first established back in 1979 - has given birth to an exclusive new, elegant Bucherer Blue masterpiece.

Feminine, playful and sensuous with unique features including the rotating rose-gold bezel, lavishly set with diamonds, and a single gorgeous sapphire that revolves about a rose-gold band. Smaller blue sapphires adorn the dial, acting as hour markers. Finally, the vibrant blue of the alligator-leather strap provides a bold, powerful contrast. Designed for an elegant, sophisticated, self-confident woman, this recreation of Piaget’s legendary Possession is a jewel of the watchmaker’s art. Since Piaget was first founded in 1874, the company has united exuberant creativity with a unique expertise in the watchmaker’s and jeweller’s art - combined with a love of detail. This rich history and craftsmanship is perfectly embodied in the new Piaget Possession Bucherer Blue. bucherer.com


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Overseas In Black The Overseas collection treats itself to a total black look. Two new timepieces are available in a black lacquered dial beautifully

oscillating weight adorned with a wind rose and visible through the transparent sapphire crystal caseback.

framed by the shimmering gleam of the steel case. Launched in 2018, the Overseas dual time model equipped with the 5110 DT self-winding Manufacture movement enables simultaneous reading of two time zones, complete with date and day/night indication. The Overseas Lady quartz, appears with diamonds on its bezel to light up the path of its hands, while the date is displayed at 3 o’clock. Everything in the Overseas dual time watch has been designed to take account of the variable factors punctuating globetrotters’ daily lives, interpreted in a practical, useful and resolutely stylish manner. The readability of the new black dial, the smooth adjustment of the functions, along with the wearer comfort ensured in all circumstances thanks to its three interchangeable bracelet/ straps, make this timepiece the ideal companion around the world. Throbbing at the heart of the watch is the self-winding Manufacture 5110 DT calibre, derived from the 5100. Its distinctive feature lies in the simultaneous reading of two time zones. In addition to the traditional central hand-type time indications for local time, a fourth hand tipped with a red arrow displays the ‘home’ time, coupled with a day/night indicator. The date hand appearing on a sector at 6 o’clock is synchronised with local time, corrected by means of a pushpiece. The two 12-hour zones are adjustable via the crown in both directions. The 234-component calibre has a comfortable 60-hour power reserve thanks to its two barrels wound by a 22-carat gold

While the new Overseas Lady quartz embraces a 33 mm diameter case to combine femininity and charm with its sporty look. Rimmed with a diamond-set bezel, its black sunburst lacquered dial makes a pleasing contrast with the faceted and luminescent 18K white gold hour-markers and hands. This practical and eminently legible Overseas model enhances its sporty look with the taut lines of its case water-resistant to 50 metres, flowing into a steel bracelet that can also be changed according to its wearer’s wishes.

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Good Things Come in Small Packages Introducing the Metro Rose Gold 33 A brand-new addition to the Metro collection from Nomos Glashütte in the shape of the Metro rose gold 33. At just 33 millimeters in diameter, this watch is also the smallest Metro model to date. Its rose gold hands harmonize beautifully with the gray hour markers and subtle violet minute markers. Inside, the handwound Alpha caliber from Nomos

“This watch celebrates the materiality of gold, combining it with the contemporary design details of the strap and clasp,” its designer Mark Braun explains. “It has a feminine aspect, and more warmth. With Metro rose gold 33, we are using precious metal in a modern way.” The first Metro model from Nomos Glashütte was unveiled

Glashütte sets the pace. The beige velour leather strap and rose gold winged clasp add the finishing touch.

in 2014, and this watch has been winning design awards ever since. Its rounded case, slender wire lugs, tapered hands, and the delicate diamond knurling on its crown combine to create an aesthetic reminiscent of precision tools. There are hand-wound and automatic versions, larger and smaller, with and without complications. But nearly all of them feature a stainless steel case. This new release, Metro rose gold 33, is only the second Metro from the Manufacture with an 18 karat rose gold case - in 2017, Metro rose gold neomatik 39 was introduced as part of the At Work series of elegant wristwear for the office. With the latest Metro model, however, designer Mark Braun had something else in mind: “We wanted to reach all watch wearers and a smaller Metro in gold is the logical next step.” Metro rose gold 33 shows just what is possible with this elegant design, and is perfect for all those looking for a sophisticated timepiece in gold, just a tick smaller.

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ACQUA DI PARMA

A Very Colonia Christmas With Artistic Italian Inspiration from Gio Pastori Original paper-cut artist and upcoming Italian talent, Gio Pastori has been entrusted with the creativity of Acqua di Parma’s 2019 festive Colonia Artist Edition bringing his unique artistic vision to the brand’s Colonia fragrance. Included in 2017 by Forbes among the 30 most interesting young creators on the European contemporary art scene, Gio Pastori, an artist with a natural passion for paper, a material that turns his creations into a lively matter, delicately moves between different worlds. He accounts among his masters Matisse and Tom Wesselmann. His aesthetics can be defined as pop, suspended between an old-fashioned disarming purity and modern digital times. Gio employs the paper cutter in his works as if it were a pencil. The artist follows his own creative inspiration without using a predetermined drawing as reference and creates simple yet powerfully expressive shapes, combining flat forms characterised by bright and bold colours. His transversal and poetical approach has so far allowed him to develop projects for prominent international fashion, design, music and smart-tech brands. With the new edition of Colonia Artist, Acqua di Parma supports an Italian artist with a personal language that is deeply linked with the world of the Maison while being also extremely innovative.

“I share with the maison the Mastering Simplicity concept, a fundamental value of Acqua di Parma, referring to the process of eliminating anything superfluous in favour of a minimal aesthetic, from which an essential and bright beauty can emerge. Indeed, the same principle that guides my hand when I plan my compositions. I also admire and share with the brand the Perfect Imperfection value that is visible in Acqua di Parma’s packages, in other words, the iconic hat boxes. The labels are applied by hand, so each package is slightly different from the other: this symbolises the human factor transforming what’s imperfect into an added value,” explains Gio Pastori. “Getting the opportunity to work with such an unconventional artist as Gio Pastori was a very special chance for our Maison. Seeing his dynamic creativity producing something as light and joyful as the new Colonia Artist was a unique privilege. His expressive code perfectly combines with the vital elegance of Acqua di Parma’s Italian style, giving life to an unprecedented work of art. With his sensibility for pure and intense colours, Gio Pastori captured the fresh and cheerful soul of Colonia. Choosing a young Italian artist means to promote up-and-coming talents, allowing them to enrich our culture with new, and therefore intriguingly authentic, linguistic codes,” adds Laura Burdese, CEO and President of Acqua di Parma.

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FRAGRANCES

The decorative motif created by Gio Pastori wraps up the bottle and the elegant cylindershaped box in Parma’s trademark yellow shade, combining different inspirations. The small reiterated elements reference advertising graphics from the 1930s and ‘40s, a genuine artistic expression with a strong link to Depero. The famous Art Deco bottle of Colonia, jungles in two tones with black and white backgrounds joined by a zigzag line, returns as a recurring motif and evokes gift cards and papercut, but also the sharp contrasts between light and shadow typical of the Italian landscapes. Small black or white boules with a bright yellow star in the center remember the games of childhood: marbles, balls and balloons. Energetic and vital sensations combined with a fresh and dynamic style that spread a delicate irony, a vintage yet contemporary aesthetic. “I strongly believe that handmade products have a very special value. Each handmade product is indeed unique. The passion for craftsmanship, for handmade things, for Italian creativity are all values that I deeply share with Acqua di Parma. In my illustrations each line, form and composition is cut by hand. So the relation with matter is fundamental in my practice. Paper is my main obsession and the unmistakeable embossed Acqua di Parma paper has always fascinated me,” continues Pastori. “Working on the project of Colonia Artist was an interesting challenge. I love pure colours and Acqua di Parma has always represented for me light and lightness also thanks to its trademark yellow

shade. The Maison’s graphics and style have an informal yet extremely elegant simplicity that always struck me. This pure and never contrived essentiality also characterises my artistic vision. By stepping into the universe of the brand I found again that same love for handmade things that is fundamental to me. The Perfect Imperfection added by the human touch represents for me that extra value that turns each and every creation into something unique. Interpreting Colonia, a fragrance that conjures up in my mind landscapes drenched in the sun, has given me the chance of expressing my most playful, ironic and light side,” explains Gio Pastori. The project of Colonia Artist extends also to Acqua di Parma’s Holiday Collection, with the original pattern created by Gio Pastori for Colonia Artist decorating the Gift Sets and the new products of the Home Collection released exclusively

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for the festive season. The extensive Gio Pastori Holiday Collection is available now in-store and online at acquadiparma.com.


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Experimental Perfume Club popup at Selfridges London-based Experimental Perfume Club has officially opened a Layers collection pop up at Selfridges tailored to enhancing your own individual scent preferences to create a bespoke blending experience for you or a loved one. Incorporating eco-friendly practices while encouraging visitors create a scent personalised to them, the pop up offers a clever, yet simple, bespoke experience of endless olfactory possibilities. Taking as little time as 15 minutes, the process uses advanced digital scent profiling technologies to create a world full of endless possibilities and discover a unique scent designed just for them. The perfume is then blended before your very eyes with the help of one of the dedicated Fragrance Curators and then you are presented with the opportunity to choose your own name and create your own label. Perfect for gifts this Christmas, the pop-up is also focused on eco sustainability too thanks to a unique refill fountain. Available exclusively at the pop-up at Selfridges, customers can reduce their carbon footprint by bringing back a bottle of their favourite 50ml fragrance to be refilled for a significantly reduced price. Experimental Perfume Club ‘Layers’ Pop-up Lab exclusive to Selfridges London. 50ml Eau de Parfum £95.00; Bespoke 50ml Eau de Parfum £105.00; Refill Service, 50ml ‘Juice’ £50.00 from Experimental Perfume Club

CHANEL SNOWGLOBE This season, visitors to London Stansted Airport are invited to experience the festive allure of Chanel through an immersive shopping experience inside the Chanel Snowglobe. Launched last month in partnership with London Stansted Airport and World Duty Free, guests are welcome to step inside the life size Chanel Snowglobe where they will be able to personalise gifts and cards with a complimentary, hand-written message by an expert calligrapher. Indulge in mini makeovers with the Chanel Holiday collection from a Chanel makeup artist and complimentary hand and arm massage. ‘We are thrilled to launch the Chanel Snowglobe, the first of its kind to open in an airport and a wonderful moment for visitors to begin the festive season. London Stansted Airport has evolved dramatically in recent year and is now a great destination for this immersive shopping experience.’ Olivier Nicolay, Managing Director Chanel. ‘The pop-up is arriving just in time for the excitement of the festive travel season and we’re delighted that our travellers will get a first glimpse of the designer Christmas range and limited-edition pieces while planning their festive shopping.’ Aboudy Nasser, Commercial Director London Stansted Airport. ‘We’re delighted to be part of this exciting trinity project with Chanel and London Stansted airport. Customers will definitely enjoy discovering the Chanel Christmas gift lines and will appreciate the opportunity to personalise their gifts and purchases to make them even more special.’ Delphine Poultney, Head of Beauty in the UK for World Duty Free.

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Jewelpop Glass Glow Mini Lip Collection £20.00 from Kevyn Aucoin. Available at Space NK.

Collection Eye & Lip Set £92.00 from Tom Ford. Available at Harvey Nichols. Ultra Smart Pro-Collagen Pure Brilliance Collection Gift Set £345.00 (Worth £443.80) from Elemis. elemis.com


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The Coveted Moisture Collection - Includes the Eye Concentrate, the Renewal Oil, and Crème de la Mer £475.00 from La Mer. cremedelarmer.co.uk

For Him A.S.A.P. (As Smooth As Possible) AgeFighting Set £48.00 from Ole Henriksen. Available at Boots. Rose & Magnolia Cologne, 100ml £104.00 from Jo Malone London. jomalone.co.uk Holiday Set - 50ml Refillable Fragrance and Body Lotion in Good Girl Gone Bad £215.00 from Kilian Paris. Available Nationwide.

Dolce & Gabbana K Eau de Toilette, 100ml £59.60 from Dolce & Gabbana. Available at John Lewis. Neroli Portofino Conditioning Beard Oil, 30ml £44.00 from Tom Ford. tomford.co.uk Grooming On The Go Gift Set £55.00 (Worth £71.50) from Elemis. elemis.com


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travel European Charm on The Palm Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah welcomes the city’s second Kempinski hotel in stunning fashion. Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai brings luxurious inspiration from the intricate palaces of Europe and presents it in elegant grandeur with a host of leisure experiences and culinary delights to match.


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The Emerald Palace Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group, the Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai not only honours this rich heritage but also provides the ultimate gateway into palatial living. Having only been open just over a year, the sprawling 100,000 square metre Palace on Palm Jumeirah pays homage to the palaces of 18th century continental Europe. Lying on the peaceful West Crescent of Palm Jumeirah, the world’s largest man-made island and archipelago, Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai not only offers spectacular panoramic sea views

from its private 500m white sand beach but also that of Dubai’s iconic skyline and Marina buildings. Designed for the privileged few, the property’s grandeur must be seen to be believed. From the grand atrium shimmering with gold leaf and a montage of mirrors, to the generous rooms accentuated by intricate handcrafted details, it exudes a sense of magnificence at every turn. Every detail in the hotel has been custom designed to deliver authenticity and uncompromising European style and flair, making the Emerald Palace stand out from its nearby competitors.

Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai, Crescent West, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


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Opulent touches can be admired from every corner of the resort. Highly skilled craftsmen have utilised the finest materials handpicked from Italy, France and across Europe to create a wonderous haven inspired by the grandeur of the Palace of Versailles. The resort boasts 6,400 chandeliers as well as hand-painted 24-carat gold leaf detailing. While architecturally, five striking Palladian domes form the distinct silhouette of the property, and eight marble columns in the grand atrium have been intricately pieced together using the finest pink Portuguese marble, Rosa Portogallo. As soon as you walk in you are greeted by the grand atrium that features a striking chandelier made from 40,000 Swarovski crystals, elsewhere an ornate ballroom is accented with damask silk tapestries, and a BlĂźthner Supreme Edition Louis XIV grand piano sits in the spectacular BlĂźthner Hall where guests can enjoy its beautiful melody while indulging in a decadent high tea.

+971 4 248 8888 | reservations.emeraldpalace@kempinski.com | kempinski.com


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Offering 391 luxurious rooms, suites and villas, guests can make the most of the resort’s impeccable facilities during their stay including eight restaurants and bars such as All’onda, a modern Italian with Asian influences where east meets west restaurant; miX by Alain Ducasse, the first restaurant in the United Arab Emirates for the three Michelin-starred chef; a 3,000 sq m Cinq Mondes spa; cutting-edge wellness centre and yoga studio; kids’ and teens’ club; and the largest private cinema on Palm Jumeirah. With room sizes starting at 65 sq m, accommodation at the Palace is one of the largest lead-in room categories on Palm Jumeirah. Interiors don’t disappoint with the regal European theme continuing thanks to calming colour palates and sumptuous furniture. Each of the rooms offer a lounge area to relax, a polished marble bathroom and expansive balcony with striking views across the palatial gardens, Arabian Gulf or Palm Lagoon. Guests can also make the most of 24-hour butler service and extensive in-room dining menu, making for a special and memorable experience. The unique Presidential, Royal and Mezzanine Suites showcase stately splendour at its finest with floor to ceiling windows, freestanding bathtubs, separate lounge areas and sublime high ceilings. For those travelling in a large group of with family, ten stand-alone four-bedroom Royal and Imperial Villas are uniquely positioned flanking the gardens and adjacent shoreline and feature their own private pool, Jacuzzi, spa room and the dedicated butler service to cater to guests’ every need. Guests looking to relax during their time in the sunny emirate will enjoy the 3,000 sq m Cinq Mondes Spa on the property, complete with 23 treatment rooms, two private spa suites and the city’s largest indoor pool. Adjacent to the spa, a cutting-edge 24-hour Wellness Club offers Technogym equipment, with personal training also available. Set on a pristine stretch of white sand beach, guests can partake in a wealth of water sports and recreational activities such as paddle boarding or take introductory courses in diving. The large date-palm lined outdoor pool is the perfect place to enjoy an innovative cocktail or two.

Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai, Crescent West, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


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Kids are well looked after too, with a dedicated children’s pool, kids’ and teens’ club, an 18-hole putting green and private cinema. Dining options at the Palace couldn’t be better with eight fabulous restaurants fit for royalty. Aside from Blüthner Hall and miX by Alain Ducasse, the resort pays tribute to local produce with contemporary and classical French influences at its European inspired, all-day dining at Le Jardin. Elsewhere there’s the stylish Pan-Asian steakhouse Matagi, Italian restaurant All’onda, developed in partnership

with the renowned chef Chris Jaeckle, Mediterranean restaurant Villamoré, relaxed pool and beach bar Sablanc, and nightclub, lounge and live music venue, Skorpeus. Guests can also enjoy al fresco dining on the sixth floor rooftop while taking in the sweeping views of Dubai’s skyline. You may never want to leave the resort, and nor should you have to, but should you wish the other attractions of Dubai lie only a short car ride away. From the magnificent Burj Khalifa to the shopper’s paradise of Dubai Mall, there is plenty to see and do and always something new to explore.

+971 4 248 8888 | reservations.emeraldpalace@kempinski.com | kempinski.com


Joël Robuchon’s London Legacy The highly acclaimed late Joël Robuchon’s legacy continues with the launch of not one, but two stunning destinations in London’s Mayfair. A restaurant and deli both open this month to provide exquisite produce and flavours to discerning diners.

Festive Treats | Christmas Spirit | IT London | Le Comptoir Robuchon


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Dalloway Terrace Goes To Gstaad The highly anticipated transformation of Dalloway Terrace has returned, offering guests a taste of Switzerland in the heart of London. Visitor’s will be transported to the affluent alpine town of Gstaad - a snow covered, picturesque winter playground for A-listers and global icons. The instagrammable venue has been transformed by Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart to represent a winter scene in the snowy Alps, replete with snow drenched pine garlands and traditional Swiss cow bells nestled amongst the frosty foliage. The Bloomsbury hotspot brings its Swiss transformation full circle, complete with alpine classics on the menu such as a Swiss Cheese Board, Cheese Rosti, Cheese Fondue and a Swiss inspired Afternoon Tea. Highlights of the new afternoon tea at the terrace include a sharing Swiss Chocolate Snow Coated Pine Tree, Mont Blanc Tart inspired by the shape of the famous mountain in the Alps - and Edel Weiss White Chocolate Cream on a Pistachio Biscuit, named after the white national flower of Switzerland that grows in the snow swept mountains. The comforting savoury menu include Schnapps Marinated Cucumber on White Bread, Swiss Mountain Cheese with Onion chutney on brown bread and Smoked Trout on Guinness Bread with Cornichons. Other main menu highlights include, Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto, gorgonzola and pine nuts; Game Rigatoni, game ragu, walnut pesto and parmesan; and Sprout Salad, combining brussel sprouts, fennel, broccoli, pecans, clementines and dressed with maple vinaigrette. To compliment the menus, a new warming cocktail menu is also available and is served with a Retro Viewer, allowing guests to gaze upon the picturesque mountains of Gstaad and immerse themselves amongst the snowy slopes. What’s more, the all-weather terrace is fully covered and heated, allowing guests to enjoy the festive season in London’s most cosy winter wonderland. Dalloway Terrace, 16-22 Great Russell Street, Fitzrovia, London WC1B 3NN | dallowayterrace.com


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Mercato Mayfair The second London site from Mercato Metropolitano, which is leading a global movement driving sustainable food development to tackle some of the world’s biggest societal issues, from food security to climate change, has opened in Mayfair. The launch of Mercato Mayfair sees St Mark’s on North Audley Street reopen to the public after decades of private use. A two-year £5 million restoration, by Grosvenor, has repaired and revived the building’s heritage features. With culture and music at its heart, the space boasts community engagement projects designed around the unique needs of the local area and local residents. A designated Mayfair Community Space is housed in the basement - available for local residents and associations for community events as a kind of ‘village hall’ for the area. Free music classes and performances will take place within the space, with a focus on making contemporary jazz and opera accessible to children and

Elsewhere, a rooftop terrace offers a large outdoor lounge, whilst the vaulted crypt basement is home to an authentic wine cellar with fresh cuts and world cheeses, a microbrewery, events and cookery classes for everybody to gather, learn and share. Following feedback from local residents, the market also includes an affordable grocery store selling seasonal produce, some of which is grown in urban farms across London. Andrea Rasca, founder and Chief Executive Dreamer said: “Mayfair is a fashionable and elegant area, but it has a diverse population and alongside its wealth there are people who are struggling. With Mercato Mayfair, we are trying to create a place that is accessible to everyone - built with and for the community. “Mercato Mayfair will be a space for the people to come together to meet, eat, learn and listen. Like our first UK site in Elephant & Castle, the market will provide good, natural and nutritious food that is sustainably sourced.

families. The food on offer at Mercato Mayfair comes from all over the world - with bao buns, sushi, pizza, pasta, kebabs and more, with an inclusive pricing policy. In keeping with Mercato Metropolitano’s mission, all ingredients are fresh, artisanal, sustainably sourced. As with the Elephant & Castle site, singleuse plastic and industrial or highly processed products is also banned.

“Part incubator, part cultural hub, Mercato Mayfair will support up-and-coming food entrepreneurs from around the world, as well as local talent. We are particularly excited that Mercato Mayfair will have culture and music at its heart bringing two of our great loves together in one place.” Mercato’s first site, in a former paper factory in Elephant and Castle saw 3m visitors last year and has incubated over 40 food start-ups to date. Two additional Mercato Metropolitano markets are also set to open in the next six months.

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The Magic of Winter in Bloom at Heddon Street Kitchen As the festive season reaches its peak, St-Germain - the world’s first French elderflower liqueur - is bringing back its spectacular Winter Bloom Experience this time in the heart of London’s West End, at Heddon Street Kitchen from 2nd December to 31st January. For a limited period, Gordon Ramsay’s Heddon Street Kitchen will be transformed into an exquisite floral winter wonderland, an elegant fully immersive floral installation where guests can sip on a selection of bespoke winter St-Germain cocktails created in collaboration with Heddon Street Kitchen. The flower-festooned space promises to immerse visitors in the French joie de vivre during the run up to Christmas, providing a stunning floral hideaway just a stone’s throw from London’s main shopping streets. Available for the duration of the installation, guests will also be able to choose from beautifully paired a la carte dishes and St-Germain cocktails, including the cosy mulled Cidre Chaud, Glory of Expedition and Le Grand Fizz.

New Cocktail Menu at

The Churchill Bar & Terrace

St-Germain® Winter Bloom Pop Up, 3-9 Heddon Street, Mayfair, London W1B 4BE | 2nd December to 31st January | Opening Hours: Monday - Friday: 8am - 12am, Saturday: 10am - 1am, Sunday: 10am - 12am

Paying homage to the many aspects that made up the intriguing roles Winston Churchill played in his life, The Churchill Bar & Terrace has launched its new autumn/winter cocktail menu: Shades of Winston Churchill. The new menu, led by talented Head Bartender Giacomo Guarnera and his team, features a repertoire of cocktails that are inspired by the different facets of Churchill and classic British food duos. The cocktail named after his heroic role leading the country, ‘Prime Minister’, is inspired by the iconic British flavour combination of egg and cress, and the curious cocktail ‘The Traveller’ is a unique twist on a food pairing loved by the nation – jacket potatoes and baked beans. For Winston’s famed penchant for painting, ‘The Artist’ cocktail delivers an innovative reinterpretation of the classic English breakfast tea and milk. Guests will also have the chance to pair their cocktail with a dish that compliments the cocktail ingredients and infusions. Food pairing options are both savoury and sweet, including a peanut butter mousse and a spicy strawberry jelly, peas and carrots arancini with pea dust and egg bites with watercress emulsion. Tucked away behind buzzing Oxford Street and opposite the serene Portman Square Gardens, The Churchill Bar & Terrace at Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill provides the perfect winter bolthole. The cocktail menu is available now at The Churchill Bar & Terrace and the drinks are priced from £16. Food pairing dishes start from £6. To find out more, visit thechurchillbar.co.uk/terrace. To make a reservation, email bar.hrlondon@hyatt.com

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Take home the taste of St-Germain this Christmas St-Germain have partnered up with Harvey Nichols to bring shoppers the ‘St-Germain French Spritz gift set’, exclusive to the store. Embodying French refinement and the festive season all in one, the luxurious hamper contains a bottle of St-Germain along with a bottle of Premier Cru Brut Champagne and a cocktail book set to guide your mixology skills to the next level. The gift set can be purchased for £55 at Harvey Nichols or online at harveynichols.com. Treat friends and family, (or yourself !) to a delectable tipple this festive season.

Festive Afternoon Tea at aqua shard Offering breath-taking views of London and contemporary British cuisine, aqua shard, located on the 31st floor of The Shard, have launched their festive afternoon tea for 2019. Guests can enjoy festive twists on afternoon tea favourites while surrounded by magnificent panoramic views. The festive afternoon tea will be available until Wednesday 1st of January. Guests can begin the journey with a selection of savoury sandwiches, including Turkey and Cranberry and Lettuce, Black Truffle and Egg Sandwiches, Fig Chutney and Brie as well as a Crumpet with Smoked Salmon. No afternoon tea is complete without traditional scones, and aqua shard are providing freshly baked vanilla scones as guests work their way up the tea stand. A selection of homemade cakes and sweet treats top off the tea, including a moreish Gingerbread, Milk Chocolate and Coffee Christmas Tree, a sweet Clementine and Prosecco Trifle as well as a fun Pear and Cinnamon Santa Hat. The Festive Afternoon Tea with a glass of Veuve Clicquot is priced at £67.00 per person. The Festive Afternoon Tea with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne is priced at £72.00 per person. Vegetarian and gluten free options of the menu are available upon request, with 48h notice. Available Monday - Sunday, 1pm-5pm 020 3011 1256 | reservations@aquagroup.com | aquashard.co.uk

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BRINGING THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT Striving to bring super premium spirits to your drinking experience, this group of tight knit mixologists and bar owners are making waves on the spirit scene. Setting out just three years ago, the team behind G&I Spirit Group have already developed six smooth spirits with their master distiller, bringing a selection of gin, vodka and flavoured tequilas to the table with further plans to expand the collection in the very near future. Two new staples are expected in the coming months with an additional three variants in the tequila range in the early part of next year including; Café Latte Tequila; Mocha Tequila; and Mocha Cream Tequila. Also in the pipeline is a distinguished selection of 100% Blue Webber Agave variants which will hopefully hit the shelves next year. This will deliver a super premium collection of Blanco, Reposado, Añejo and Extra Añejo with the latter two providing single barrel specialities. That's not all. The group's current expansion - at a rate of around 35% month on month - is set to continue looking to expand the offering from the current six staples to around 45 over the next 3-5 years. Expect to see cognac, whisky and bourbon collections in the future maintaining the ultra premium ethos of the group. Take advantage of the current lineup and try something a little different for your guests this Christmas with a unique take on the

Margarita. This Chocolate and Lime Margarita will definitely make an impression on your festive guests and will leave you with a new go-to simple dinner party show stopper.

Chocolate and Lime Margarita 1 x Martini Glass or Large Champagne Saucer 50ml Mis Amigos Chocolate & Lime Tequila 25ml Cointreau Juice from 1 Fresh Lime Chocolate to Decorate Method; Pour the Mis amigos Chocolate & Lime Tequila and Cointreau into a shaker over ice. Squeeze in the juice from a whole fresh lime and shake well. Strain into the glass, this can also be poured over a glass full of crushed ice if you prefer your Margaritas frozen. Decorate with a round of fresh lime and square of chocolate on the side.

01702 551893 | enquiries@gi-spiritgroup.co.uk | gi-spiritgroup.co.uk


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Limited Edition Cuvée Rosé Robe £79.99 from Laurent-Perrier. Available at Selfridges. 2009 “Assemblage” £68.80 from Champagne Bruno Paillard. Available at Hedonism London. Blanc de Blancs £80.00 from Perrier-Jouët. Available at Harrods. Wild Rose 2016 £40.00 from Black Chalk. blackchalkwine.co.uk

Savile Row Gin £39.95 available from Fortnum & Mason, masterofmalt.com and savilerow-gin.co.uk Isle of Harris Gin £37.00 from Isle of Harris Distillery. harrisdistillery.com Small Batch Distilled O’ndina Gin £34.00 available at Harvey Nichols.

Don Julio 70 RRP £73.00 at The Whisky Exchange. Gran Reserva Diez £52.00 from Bacardí. Available at amazon.co.uk

European Edition (Arabian and Far East Editions also available) £26.95 from Opihr. Available at Master of Malt Limited Edition English Estate £23.00 from Bombay Sapphire. Available at amazon.co.uk Gin Mare £39.50 available at Waitrose. Limited Edition Dingle Four Seasons (4 x 20cl) £68.00 from Dingle Gin. Available at irishmalts.com and spiritedwines.co.uk


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Whisky

Westeros

Inspired by the finale of HBO’s iconic series, the ninth and final bottling in the Game of Thrones Limited Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection pays tribute to the fate of Westeros, whose long-held Seven Kingdoms ultimately became six at the conclusion of the show’s climactic battle for the Iron Throne. Encased in a metallic gold cannister that features an intricate pen and ink drawing of the three-eyed raven, seen throughout the eight seasons of the series, the Six Kingdoms packaging pays homage to the last Greenseer and the independence of the North, which stands alone under The Queen in the North, leaving a reconfigured landscape known as The Six Kingdoms. Limited Edition Game of Thrones Six Kingdoms - Mortlach Aged 15 Years £120.00 from Mortlach. Available at The Whisky Shop, The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt. Compliment your Six Kingdoms Mortlach with this stunning whisky decanter set from Riedel. The ‘Fire’ is distinguished by its dynamic, flame-like decoration, the perfect match to your Game of Thrones inspired tipple. Tumbler Collection Whisky Fire Set £135.00 from Riedel. riedel.com

The oldest and rarest expression ever to be released by the Campbeltown distillery, Glen Scotia 45 Year Old is an exclusive single malt Scotch whisky limited to just 150 bottles worldwide. Each bottle is encased in a striking handcrafted walnut case featuring a delicate tile engraved with the individual bottle number and tasting notes, making it a truly unique gift this Christmas. Glen Scotia 45 Year Old £3,800.00 available at The Whisky Shop. whiskyshop.com Johnnie Walker have collaborated with Glasgow-based textile design studio Timorous Beasties to create a stunning limited-edition bottle that takes inspiration from the flora and fauna found in the four corners of Scotland.

Non-chill filtered to be enjoyed as natured intended, the Loch Lomond 18 Year Old delivers aromas of green apple and grapefruit punctuated by a soft sweetness derived over time from the character of the wood from the finest oak casks. A subtle hint of peat and smoke ensures it remains wonderfully rounded. 18 Year Old £69.95 from Loch Lomond. Available at lochlomondwhiskies.com Limited-Edition Bottle Of Johnnie Walker Blue Label - Designed By The Award-Winning Timorous Beasties Studios £225.00 from Johnnie Walker. Available at The Whisky Shop, The Whisky Exchange and Selfridges. timorousbeasties.com


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Brunch at Sea Containers Located in the iconic design hotel Sea Containers London, the Sea Containers Restaurant is serving up a hearty brunch for all to enjoy. Inspired by the golden age of transatlantic travel, the stylish restaurant offers views of the Thames and a fantastic bottomless brunch option where you can enjoy free-flowing Prosecco, Mimosas, Rossinis, or Grey Goose Bloody Mary’s for just £19.00 per person for 90 minutes. For those who really want to go all out, you can even enjoy bottomless Laurent Perrier Brut for £59.00 per person. What’s more, with so many tempting dishes on offer you will struggle to choose what to eat with all that booze. Menu highlights include buttermilk fried chicken, waffles, blue cheese and celery; Sea Co mac and cheese with braised beef and garlic crumbs; fish pie; Sea Co cheeseburger with aged cheddar and smoked bacon; ricotta flatbread; and sharing Cote de Bouef with beef dripping and the option of all the trimmings such as roast potatoes, carrots, Yorkshire pudding and onions. That said, those watching what they eat don’t have to miss out, lighter options include crushed avocado, soft boiled egg, radishes and pumpkin seeds; kale salad; and tasty taco selections of sea bass, goat’s cheese, and pulled pork. Sea Containers London, 20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PD | 020 3747 1000 | seacontainerslondon.com


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14 Hills A beautiful dining space filled with flora and fauna, D&D London’s latest launch, 14 Hills is located in the heart of the City’s square mile. Opened just last month, the welcoming indoor garden sits high above the crowds of Fenchurch Street offering spectacular views of iconic London landmarks, Tower Bridge, the Shard and Canary Wharf. 14 Hills is D&D’s first City opening since 2014. Heading up the kitchen is Thomas Piat, formerly Executive Chef at Daniel Boulud’s, Bar Boulud, who returns to London after having most recently worked in Paris overseeing the launch of Hélène Darroze’s most recent opening, JOíA. Aptly located on the 14th floor of 120 Fenchurch Street, the new menu focuses on modern British cooking with a touch of French flair with dishes influenced by Thomas’s life and cooking experience in France. Signature dishes include White crab, crab essence, cauliflower, and Oscietra caviar; Truffle - 63º rare breed egg, mushroom ragout, shaved Umbrian black truffle; Turbot, roasted on the bone, cuttle fish risotto and beurre blanc; and Free range chicken breast Kiev with roast garlic & parsley butter and cabbage coleslaw. Other menu highlights include a sharing dish of venison - Roast saddle, venison pie, venison bone marrow, long pepper & whisky sauce; and a whole host of classic dishes too such as beef tartare, Jersey rock oysters, and Beef Rossini. There’s also a dedicated grill menu of Aberdeen ribeye, Hereford fillet, and Dover Sole served on the bone. With a ambient atmosphere and clever lighting, the stunning oval onyx bar in the centre of the room boasts an extensive cocktail menu

with a range of classics and signature serves including, Fourteen – Tanqueray 10 gin, fresh lemon, Moet & Chandon Rose imperial NV, homemade black syrup with a Tia Maria and coconut reduction; and Queen Mary – Absolut Pepper Vodka, Porcino Mushroom liquor, Fresh lemon, Turner Hardy tomato juice and House spices. Open late until 1.30am on Fridays and Saturdays, it is sure to be the City’s newest hotspot. Award-winning international designer Robert Angell (past projects include restaurants and bars for The Berkeley and The Savoy hotels and more recently the restaurant Wild Ink at Hudson Yards in New York) has created a lush garden style interior, bringing the outdoors in. The instagrammable restaurant boasts a canopy of evergreen plants and seasonal climbers growing across the ceiling, with shrubs and pergolas dotted around the room creating intimate individual spaces as provided by Cameron Landscapes & Gardens. What’s more, inspired by its botanical interiors, 14 Hills has partnered with sustainability focused charity, One Tree Planted to support the not-for-profit business in its reforestation projects around the world. Next door to the restaurant there’s also a grab-and-go Deli, open weekdays from 9-5pm, serving sandwiches, artisan salads and freshly baked cakes, cookies and tarts. Highlights from the deli menu include: 11-hour slow roast pork belly with fennel seeds, Bramley apple and mustard aioli served in an English bap; Rarebreed pork sausage roll, spices, truffle and puff pastry; and the Roast Loch Var salmon salad - beetroot, fine beans & potato, hen egg and frisée with a lemon and caper dressing.

14 Hills, 120 Fenchurch Street, EC3M 5BA | 020 3981 5222 | hello@14hills.co.uk | 14hills.co.uk


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Bringing cool Ibizan vibes to the heart of Mayfair with a stunning interior and menu to match, it Restaurant London is primed and ready to make its mark on Dover Street. The second you walk through the door, you're welcomed into a chic space with striking focal bar and it's not only the spectacular design that will get your attention. The cocktail menu is equally exciting with a host of unique drinks on offer to enjoy pre and post dinner. And that is of course, the main event. Indulge in an inviting selection of Italian inspired dishes from delectable fresh seafood to rich, fulfilling meats. Sample the IT signature gourmet pizza to start alongside beautifully fresh baby octopus with Nocellara olives, caper and tomato sauce or opt for the simple but intense flavours of the 30 month “Riserva Storica� Parma ham and traditional Andrian Burrata with tomato and basil. Once you've had your fill of the starters, there's plenty more to enjoy from the pasta and main course menus.

Classic carbonara accompanies lobster linguine, while a fresh monkfish dish with clams and friggitelli sauce and rack of lamb with aubergine, 'nduja and tarallo feature on the varied list of main courses. The restaurant also boasts a charcoal grill offering beef fillet and Dover sole alongside both a meat and fish of the day served at market price. Every dish is beautifully presented with the perfect blend of classic and modern flavours across this exciting menu. Not only will you enjoy the food, but the restaurants atmosphere will make for the perfect evening whether you're with friends, partner or even enjoying a relaxed business meal. Every part of this restaurant has been expertly designed with a clean, modern aesthetic and the open kitchen allows you to engage directly with the cooking.

it London, 28-29 Dover Street, Mayfair, London W1S 4LX | 020 3887 4360 | itrestaurants.com


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Le Comptoir Robuchon An exciting time securing Joël Robuchon’s legacy for future generations and fulfilling his vision for excellence, simplicity and consistency, Le Comptoir Robuchon is the latest dining hotspot in Mayfair. Located on Clarges Street, the stylish new restaurant focuses on Robuchon’s simple, light, small plates style. The kitchen is led by Executive Chef Jeremy Page, who worked closely with Robuchon for over a decade at the original L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Saint Germain, Paris. Honouring Robuchon’s world-class inventive French cuisine, both Le Comptoir Robuchon and Jeremy’s cooking embraces convivial dining in a warm and elegant environment. Designed for sharing, the exciting and varied menu is composed of two parts: La Saison, a selection of contemporary, seasonal

top counter bar where guests can dine or enjoy an aperitif with the plush bespoke banquette seating that provides the perfect environment for intimate conversation. Located just around the corner on Piccadilly, the group’s other latest outpost, Le Deli Robuchon, also offers a casual yet sophisticated all-day dining space serving breakfast, lunch, supper and snacks with eat-in or take-away options and a patisserie. Many of the products in the deli are those which Joël Robuchon chose and championed. The off-site boulangerie offers freshly baked pastries from Banana bread with mascarpone and caramelised almonds, Porridge with dry fruits and chia seeds to the traditional handmade croissant and pain au chocolat. A selection of hot and cold

dishes using the highest quality produce, and Les Eternels, a collection of Robuchon’s beloved classics. For starters, well-executed dishes include L’Artichaut, Artichoke, Vinaigrette, Bayonne ham; Le Maquereau, Mackerel, Kohlrabi and Horseradish; Les Langoustines, Raviolis, Foie gras butter and Savoy cabbage; and the unmissable La Dorade Seabream Carpaccio, Lime and Espelette pepper. Moving on to mains, the excellently cooked Le Turbot with caviar and seaweed butter sauce is a fine example of perfect fish cooking; while Le Tournedos offers sumptuous Beef fillet with Malabar peppers and seasonal vegetables. All main dishes are served with a generous helping of Robuchon’s famous silkysmooth purée mashed potato. The warm and welcoming interiors effortlessly blend the individual hubs of the bar, restaurant and kitchen. Elegant tones of burnt orange and clay, complement the elegant marble-

sandwiches are available to enjoy throughout the day including the famous Jambon-Beurre Le Prince de Paris, baguette, ham and Robuchon’s signature butter or Le Croque à la truffe, SaintNectaire and truffle. Joël Robuchon was the most decorated Chef in the history of the Michelin Guide, at one time holding 32 Michelin stars across his restaurants. He pioneered the ‘cuisine moderne’ style of cooking, placing emphasis on a handful of ingredients where flavour was paramount. At the age of 50 he retired from the kitchen, allowing him the freedom to travel and garner new influences, particularly from Asia. His time in Japan proved to be highly influential on his cooking style, and he credited it with a heightened awareness of texture in his dishes. The launch of the two outposts marks a very exciting time for London’s ever evolving dining scene.

Le Comptoir Robuchon, 6 Clarges Street, London W1J 8AE | Le Deli Robuchon, 82 Piccadilly, London W1J 8HB | robuchonlondon.co.uk


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Blistering performance returns in the shape of Audi’s fierce twodoor RS 5 coupé but now with a little extra thrown in for good measure. Taking the success of it’s two-door counterpart, the new five-door Sportback variant brings the same stunning performance to the table whilst offering additional space for both passengers and luggage. Both versions are exclusively available as Audi Sport Edition models - 250 examples of each - offering an exceptional specification. Externally, upgrading to Audi Sport Edition specification in both RS 5 variants adds larger 20-inch alloy wheels with an anthracite finish, fitting privacy glass, replacing aluminium-look exterior fittings such as the grille surround, window cappings and door mirror housings with high gloss black elements and installing the Audi Sport exhaust system to amplify the engine’s beautiful soundtrack. Inside, fine Nappa leather and Alcantara combination upholstery with contrast diamond stitching for the RS super sports seats comes exclusively to the Audi Sport Edition models, and they also gain piano black inlays and a panoramic glass sunroof. All of this simply adds to an already impressive equipment list that includes all-LED lighting, the fully digital Audi Virtual Cockpit with RS-specific displays, the Audi Smartphone Interface bringing Apple Carplay and Android Auto on board, MMI navigation plus with MMI touch incorporating LTE internet connectivity as part of the Audi connect package and driver assistants including the

Audi side assist blindspot monitoring system, Audi hill hold assist and the parking system plus. The latest edition of this impressive coupé continues to deliver Audi’s excellent levels of style and performance and thankfully the theme continues with the Sportback addition. Boasting two turbochargers perched centrally within the 2.9-litre V6 engine ensuring exceptional response throughout the rev range - these potent performance cars take full advantage of the 450 PS and 600 Nm of torque to propel you from zero to sixty-two in under four seconds in both variants while combustion technology employing the B-cycle process with central direct injection delivers a level of efficiency as equally impressive. All of that power would be wasted if you weren’t able to put it onto the road and thankfully the Quattro system remains in full force, delivering the power precisely where it’s needed, when it’s needed to maintain traction regardless of the power you’re putting down and the surface you’re on - perfect for the colder months and potential snow. Five-link front and rear suspension reserved for the RS models supports the sports differential to offer even greater handling. A 40:60 front-to-rear ratio creates an exciting, agile platform and promotes dynamic driving. Audi’s RS 5 has always provided an inviting driving prospect and the theme continues with this latest iteration. Responsiveness is brought to the fore whether you are testing the well established, razor sharp 8-speed tiptronic transmission, fast acting 2.9-litre V6 or its autonomous Quattro system.

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AUDI RS5 Every aspect combines to deliver a driving package that leads the way and remains at your full disposal. The Audi drive select continues to offer adaptive dynamics to fine-tune the Quattro system and sport differential along with adjusting engine response, transmission ratios, suspension stiffness and steering weighting to tailor your driving experience exactly how you want it. With all that power and cornering speed at your feet, you want to be sure that you can stop just as well as accelerate and fortunately, Audi know a thing or two about brakes as well as power. Ceramic brakes offer up some serious stopping power that will ensure you remain confident in the cars performance. Despite the obviously impressive performance, both RS 5 models will get your attention thanks to their equally eye-catching aesthetics. Maintaining the stunning visual themes that the marque has become synonymous with - including that striking front grille and aggressive front air intakes - both models ooze style and substance. Whether you are lucky enough to get your hands on one of the limited Sport Edition model or not, you will still enjoy the same angular, aggressive styling that really sets the RS versions apart from the rest. The dual oval exhaust system is not only an obvious visual cue as to the cars potential and instantly recognisable as

Inside, the theme continues, taking note of the brand’s developments across the latest releases with regard to style and technology. Bringing a sleek, sporty design with leather adorned, flat-bottom RS steering wheel through which you can enjoy the latest virtual cockpit, the simplistic interior is designed with driver in mind, offering up their renowned easy to use infotainment system with simple switchgear and accessible interface, you are able to adjust and adapt every aspect of the car with minimal effort - essential when concentrating on your driving. The sports seats wrap around you offering a comfortable and stable position to enjoy the ride and take full advantage of the cars cornering capabilities. What sets the latest release apart is of course the Sportback addition. Here you can enjoy additional cabin space for five people, and the square-shaped profile of the luggage bay with its useful width of exactly one metre allows you to make the most of the impressive 480 litre luggage capacity. Folding down the rear seats with their 40:20:40 split ratio increases that to a whopping 1,300 litres. Taking on a new path, the RS 5 Sportback not only continues to deliver the stunning performance expected of a car adorned with that badge, but brings a whole new aspect to the table, delivering a package that pushes the boundaries of what you thought a ‘family

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AUDI RS5 Engine 2.9-litre DOHC Bi-Turbo V6 Power (PS) 450 Torque (Nm) 600 0-62mph (secs) 3.9 Max Speed (mph) 155 (governed) Transmission 8-speed tiptronic Fuel Consumption (mpg) 32.5 Carbon Dioxide Emissions (g/km) 197 Price (from) £68,985

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Prime Central London to Bounce Back with Lawrence Bowles, Residential Research Analyst at Savills

We recently released our five-year housing market forecasts and given Brexit uncertainty, it’s fair to say that reaching our final thoughts certainly proved more challenging than in the past. Taking the UK mainstream market as a whole, we’re forecasting that house prices are set to rise by an average of 15.3% over the next five years, with significant variation between not only the regions but also between the prime and mainstream markets, particularly in London. It is important to note that to get to this position, we’ve needed to make various assumptions: that the election does not result in a significant shift in policy environment and that the UK achieves an orderly exit from the EU over the course of 2020 and avoids recession. We’ve also assumed that the bank base rate increases gradually to 2.0% by the second half of 2024, constraining mortgage affordability and therefore house price growth. So aside from the headline UK view, what is it that we are forecasting for mainstream London? We expect London house prices to see a 4.0% increase over the next five years, having outperformed the rest of the UK in the 7.5 years leading up to the referendum*. How does that sit with the rest of the UK? Well, it’s a pretty different picture regionally with the North West set to see the strongest price growth (24.0%) between 2020 and 2024, followed by Yorkshire and the Humber (21.6%). In fact, this isn’t anything we haven’t seen before and is a continuation of trends seen historically, where London and the South East have underperformed markets in the Midlands and North. If you look at markets further from the capital, such as Leeds, Liverpool and Sheffield, they were all much slower to recover post financial crisis and that means they have much greater capacity for house price growth relative to incomes, even as interest rates rise. It seems that this stage of the cycle began in 2016, coinciding with the referendum, at a time when London hit up against the limits of affordability. While our mainstream housing market forecasts tend to be driven by projections of affordability, largely for mortgaged buyers,

things are different for prime markets. There, demand is much more affected by the creation and flows of wealth and, of course, this is a level of the market which has been impacted by various tax changes over the last five years. This means that we anticipate the capital’s prime markets to not only outperform the mainstream but, in the case of prime central London, we’re forecasting it will also be one of the strongest performing markets in the country. We forecast 20.5% growth over the next five years and 3% over the next twelve months, marking the first annual price growth since the peak of the market in 2014. While average house prices across Greater London have risen 15% over the past five years, the compound effect of stamp duty reform and the Brexit vote has resulted in falls of 20% across prime central London. Accounting for currency fluctuations, this equates to a discount of around 42% for a US dollar buyer. Prime central London has become increasingly dislocated from the Greater London mainstream during this period but this now marks a turning point. Historically, recovery in the prime markets

*According to Nationwide.


COLUMN has been set off in prime central London when the city’s most expensive homes start to look like good value in a global context. Given that values have been bottoming out over the past twelve months, our agents working across the region have noted a buildup of new buyer registrations. Both of these factors would suggest that the market is set for a bounce back. What’s holding things back is the market uncertainty. Our forecasts for prime central London do suggest a weaker recovery than seen in previous cycles, however. There are several reasons for this: the high tax environment, the likelihood that the cost of money will gradually increase, and the maturity of London as a global city and financial centre. House price growth in more central locations will inevitably push demand to other prime locations in the capital from 2021, meaning that they too will outperform the wider London average. Markets like Battersea, Fulham, Islington and Chiswick are much more dependent on domestic wealth generation and are more likely to feel the effects of interest rate rises and the strength of the underlying mainstream markets. We’d therefore expect that these domestic markets on London’s fringes won’t reflect the same growth in prime central London and will undershoot by 11.5% over the next five years.

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