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FA M I LY FESTIVALS All the best outdoor entertainment

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JULY 2019

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H E A LT H & B E AU T Y 69 BEAUTY CONFIDENTIAL

18 AGENDA

71 SUN TRAP

10 things we’re coveting this month

Diary dates for July

20 TENNIS FEVER Where to watch Wimbledon

This month's best beauty buys

The best SPFs in the business

INTERIORS 80 INTERIOR INSPIRATIONS

FOOD & DRINK 28 KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL

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94 TYPE CAST Quentin Jones' for Habitat

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Bohemian looks from Louise Misha

59 COLOUR WORKS Eye-catching new jewellery

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93 BRIGHT START Yellow products for the home

T R AV E L 114 CATCHING WAVES

The UK's best surf spots

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o many people, July means one thing. Tennis. For tennis fans all over the world, London is reduced to a corner of SW19 as the rhythmic sound of racquets meeting balls emanates from global television sets. Because with tickets like golddust, most of us will be watching Wimbledon on screens, whether at home or elsewhere. There are lots of brilliant, sociable places to enjoy the tennis outdoors in fun locations, and we have selected the best ones in this issue. The tennis has inspired countless strawberry and cream-themed cocktails and afternoon teas – and even a strawberry and cream pedicure at Brown's Hotel – which we've enjoyed sampling already. And when the tennis is over, we're planning to spend the rest of July lounging on rooftops, so we've rounded up the best rooftop bars here too. Celebrating all the best of summer, we're excited about fashions for the beach as well as for the city, with accessories including sunglasses and colourful jewellery. And we're not exclusively focused on London this month because we're turning our attention to the coast too, rounding up the UK's best surf spots and beach eateries, since there's no better time to visit than a July weekend. Enjoy the issue!

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Feminine, frilly and fabulous. page 60

IT'S ALL YELLOW

Sunny hues for the home. page 93

IN THE SHADE

All our favourite sunglasses for summer page 57

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Rachel Ama's delicious dishes page 32

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Wish LIST 10 things we Absolutely love COMPILED BY

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D R ES S TO IMPRESS Jill Roberts’ Josie midi dress embodies the label's laid-back Californian roots. We love the pretty knotted straps and neat pearlescent buttons. £445; net-a-porter.com

THAT 70S S H OW Eric Bompard's SS19 collection seamlessly blends Mediteranean, marine and romantic influences with details ranging from the feminine to the contemporary. The lines take their inspiration from sportswear codes and street fashion, as well as the strong, heightened femininity of the 70s. eric-bompard.com

W O N D E R F U L LY WOV E N This bohemian basket from Rae Feather is fast becoming a summer staple. Expertly hand-woven and monogrammed, you can be sure that yours will be one of a kind. From £195; raefeather.com

WHITE NOISE Zimmermann's Juno sunglasses are a modern update on the traditional aviator shape. The rounded frames will be particularly flattering on those with more angular faces. £200; net-a-porter.com

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ABSOLUTELY • LOVES

CU STOM FIT

BRONZE GODDESS

Bandeau, halterneck, balconnet, triangle or full cup – Panache has an impressively wide range of supportive bikinis to suit all shapes. All are designed to give support while looking super stylish. panache-lingerie.com

Guerlain’s limited edition terracotta compacts are the talk of beauty town each summer. For 2019, the collection is inspired by the goddesses of Antiquity, their incredible elegance and powerful femininity. £175; guerlain.com

B R A I D GA M E S Blaiz’s cream braided mid-heel mules are perfect for all occasions. Team with a midi skirt for effortless summer dressing. £125; blaiz.co.uk

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EDITOR’S PICK

Crafted from rattan intricately woven around a sleek black metal frame, this Oslo round coffee table is the perfect addition to Scandi-inspired interiors. £265; grahamandgreen.co.uk

T H AT ' S A W R A P Add a touch of feline spirit to your wardrobe with the Anya wrap dress from Rebecca Vallance. Pair with sleek sneakers and strappy sandals for an effortless transition from day to night. £300; mytheresa.com

S N A P S H OT Leica Camera AG has teamed up with Grammy-winning musician, actor and artist Lenny Kravitz to create the Drifter. The camera is built for rock n’ roll nomads and inspired by Kravitz’s life on the road. £20,500; en.leica-camera.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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ANDREW POWER - WIMBLEDON

What’s On 18 • Where to watch Wimbledon 20 • Theatre review 22 A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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LO N D O N ’S H OT T E ST H A P P E N I N G S

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The Luna Cinema

16-17 July WA N D S W O R T H PA R K This summer, catch a screening with The Luna Cinema as it pops up in Wandsworth Park. Take your pick from not one, but two unmissable screenings; the newly released and brilliant Green Book and 90s favourite, Pretty Woman. Food will be available on-site from The Luna Cinema’s gourmet partners. Wandsworth Park, SW18; thelunacinema.com

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KALEIDOSCOPE: Immigration and Modern Britain O NGO I NG • S O ME R S E T HOUSE

This unmissable new photography exhibition at Somerset House delves into identity and immigration in modern Britain. Featuring stills and moving image, Kaleidoscope showcases the works of ten photographers born or based in Britain, exploring what it means and how it feels to live as an immigrant or a descendent of immigrants in Britain today. Strand, WC2R; somersethouse.org.uk

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BBC Proms 2019

From 19 July R OYA L A L B E R T H A L L The BBC Proms returns to the Royal Albert Hall this summer for its 125th season. It all kicks off with Our Classical Century, a spectacular series which will see Janáček’s monumental Glagolitic Mass, steeped in Moravian rhythms, heard alongside Dvořák’s fairy-tale tone-poem and new work that marks the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s mission to the Moon. Kensington Gore, SW7; royalalberthall.com

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PARADISE GARAGE

Ongoing MICHAEL HOPPEN GALLERY For Paradise Garage, American photographer Jeff Bark transformed the walls of his garage into an unlikely theatre of scenes depicting iconographic references to art in the past. With a meticulous and cinematic approach, Bark animates insignificant details with new contextual meaning; flea market souvenirs assume elevated roles in grandiose compositions, while the backdrops to domestic landscapes are wryly peppered with allusions to famous paintings. 3 Jubilee Place, SW3; michaelhoppengallery.com

F E S T I VA L

CORNBURY FESTIVAL 5-7 July G R E AT T E W PA R K From Cornbury Festival you can expect a star-studded music line-up, comedy, theatre, workshops and more. The event is family-friendly and commended as one of the safest festivals in the UK, with activities for all ages. Headliners this year include Keane and KT Tunstall. Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire; cornburyfestival.com

F E S T I VA L

BRITISH SUMMER TIME HYDE PARK T H E AT R E

SHAKESPEARE’S ROSE THEATRE From 8 July B L E N H E I M PA L AC E Following its highly acclaimed inaugural season in York, Europe’s first-ever pop up Shakespearean theatre arrives at Blenheim Palace, where four of Shakespeare’s most popular plays will transport audiences to the thrilling atmosphere of an Elizabethan playhouse. Woodstock, OX20 1PP; blenheimpalace.com

WAR AND PEACE

T H E AT R E

THE SINGING CYCLIST

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he Welsh National Opera returns with David Pountney’s new production of Prokofiev’s opera. With all the love, heartbreak, drama and death of Tolstoy’s novel, this ambitious production portrays the grandeur of 19th-century Russian society through epic sets, video projections and stunning costumes.c movies on the open-air top deck. Bow Street, Covent Garden, WC2E; roh.org.uk

CLIVE BARDA

This Month’s Must See

5-7 & 13-14 July H Y D E PA R K British Summer Time Hyde Park’s returns for two weekends of legendary musical line-ups, sandwiching a marvellous week of free summer activities. Expect live Wimbledon screenings, outdoor movie nights, street food, pop up bars, and entertainment. Live music this year comes from Florence + the Machine, Celine Dion and Lionel Richie.  Parade Ground, Hyde Park, W2; bst-hydepark.com

11 July JILL WINDMILL, HASSOCKS The Slow Cyclist are specialists in expertly guided cycling holidays. Join them for a journey through some of England’s most beautiful countryside, before ending the day at Glyndebourne for a breathtaking performance of Dvorak’s Rusalka with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. theslowcyclist.co.uk

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Summer is SERVED Wondering where to watch Wimbledon on the big screen? We’ve rounded up a few of the top spots, all you need to do is pour the Pimm’s By HELEN BROWN

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he sun is out, the strawberries are hulled and the Pimm’s is flowing. It can only mean one thing – the Wimbledon fortnight is upon us. So you missed out on tickets to the championship but the idea of spending your summer indoors, glued to the TV is most disagreeable. Luckily, there are a load of London venues ready and waiting with big screens and deck chairs. Pull up a pew and get ready for all the tennis action, this year taking place between the 1st-14th July. This is where to watch Wimbledon in London.

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SKYLIGHT ROOFTOP TO B AC C O D O C K

● Skylight London is a grand rooftop spot with both indoor and outdoor screens. All matches will be shown throughout the duration of the championship, but there are also fun garden games to enjoy, and strawberries and Champagne to devour should you tire of the tennis. skylightlondon.com

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SUMMER AT ECCLESTON YARDS E C C L E S T O N YA R D S

● The inaugural Summer at Eccleston Yards series takes place now until August 2019 with a host of free outdoor events and pop-ups to keep Londoners entertained all summer long. Visitors can enjoy free Wimbledon screenings from deck chairs in the courtyard, while Wild by Tart provide delicious food from 12pm each day. mayfairandbelgravia.com

SCREEN ON THE GREEN F U L H A M PA L A C E & M O R D E N H A L L PA R K Big Screen on the Green is back for another English summer garden party weekender with live music, pop-up films and quintessentially summer sporting action on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 July. Located at Fulham Palace Private Gardens and Morden Hall Park, Big Screen on the Green will be serving up summery cocktails, a Champagne lounge, gourmet food, an elegant picnic area and plenty of strawberries and cream. bigscreenonthegreen.com

SUMMER by the River LO N D O N B R I D G E

● London’s largest free festival returns to bring a touch of the Hamptons glamour to London Bridge. Summer by the River promises four glorious months of music, entertainment for all ages, live comedy, fitness events, fantastic street food and all of the summer sporting action, served alongside one of the best views of the city skyline. londonbridgecity.co.uk

Everyman Presents: SUMMER LOVE KING’S CROSS

● Everyman Presents: Summer Love festival returns to King’s Cross with free outdoor film screenings and all of the tennis action. Film-buffs can enjoy everything from family favourites to cult classics throughout the day and evening until 14 July, with breaks for the Wimbledon matches. kingscross.co.uk

PERGOLA PADDINGTON PA D D I N G T O N Summer is in full swing at Pergola Paddington Central which has taken off the roof this year and introduced a brand new line-up of food vendors. Watch the balls fly at Wimbledon and tuck into spicy wanton dumplings from Salvation in Noodles, burgers from Patty & Bun and halloumi fries from Babek Brothers. pergolalondon.com

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ABSOLUTELY reviews…

THE LEHMAN T R I L O GY Sam Mendes directs an epic piece of storytelling B y A M A N DA C O N S TA N C E

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uperstar director Sam Mendes is normally a dead cert for a bankable hit, but a three and a half hour play with a cast of three about the last two centuries of capitalism? Really? But The Lehman Trilogy took the National Theatre by storm last year, has since sold out on Broadway and is now running in the West End. No doubt part of its success is that while its subject is huge, its focus is small, intimate even. Streamlined from Italian Stefano Massini’s original five hour epic and adapted by Ben Power, the play is the story of one real-life family, the Lehman brothers. It was the picture of the collapse of the Lehman Brothers bank in

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2008 - the picture of the serried backs of shocked staff inside their glass office - that became the emblematic symbol of the Great Crash of the Noughties. It is this reimagined glass office, complete with piles of boxes, that is the backdrop to the whole play. This might not sound captivating, but in reality it is very much so. The three actors - Simon Russell Beale, Ben Miles and Adam Godley all at the peak of their powers - playing 12 characters between them. They move in and around their glass cage like it is a music box, aided by cyclorama behind indexing different times and places and live piano accompaniment. In three, hour-long acts, they show us the move to 1840s Alabama of the three Bavarian Lehman brothers. Their

While its subject is huge, its focus is small, intimate even beginnings as cotton traders to middlemen in New York, to buying and selling money itself as they become bankers. The end comes, catastrophically in 2008. The first act is the most compelling, the depiction of the Lehman brothers as they establish themselves - the Civil War, family deaths and the business of making money - it is all here. Mendes has crafted something brilliant, both a braggadocio opera and a Homeric epic. And it is funny too, achingly funny. Get a ticket while you can.

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Epic and exhilarating ★★★★★ T H E L E H M A N T R I LO GY UNTIL TO AUG 31. BROADCASTING LIVE TO CINEMAS ON JULY 25

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ROUND UP

Best in SHOW Get the most out of London’s theatre scene with our top stage picks for the month

MUST SEE

SWEAT

From 7 June

GIELGUD THEATRE

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Sweat by Lynn Nottage transfers to the Gielgud Theatre for a limited six week run. Centred around the friendships of factory workers and set in an American bar, the play explores the relationships, resentments and fears of a community left divided by deindustrialisation. Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D; sweattheplay.com

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PRESENT LAUGHTER Ongoing OLD VIC

Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott in Present Laughter, a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness. It follows the colourful life of star actor Garry Essendine as he prepares to embark on an overseas tour. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis, Garry’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic and soulsearching. The Cut, SE1; oldvictheatre.com

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PRESENT LAUGHTER

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

VAUDEVILLE THEATRE

From 23 July

Join award-winning comedian Adam Kay for an electrifying evening of standup and music as he shares entries from his diaries as a junior doctor. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, This is Going to Hurt tells you everything you wanted to know – and more than a few things you didn't – about life on and off the hospital ward. 404 Strand, WC2R: thisisgoingtohurt.co.uk

DUKE OF YORK’S THEATRE

THE ACTOR’S NIGHTMARE

From 16 July

PARK THEATRE

Paula Hawkins’ international best-seller is brought to life in this gripping production starring Samantha Womack. Samantha plays Rachel Watson who finds herself as a witness and even a suspect in a thrilling and unanticipated mystery when the woman she’s been secretly watching from the window of the train suddenly disappears. St Martin’s Lane, Charing Cross, WC2N; girlonthetrainplay.com

THE ACTOR'S NIGHTMARE

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

Camp Rock's Meaghan Martin makes her professional stage debut in Christopher Durang’s The Actor’s Nightmare. It offers a snapshot into the eccentric and the absurd, as audiences are given an insight into the madness of the entertainment industry and all the things that those involved in it love to hate. Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, N4; parktheatre.co.uk

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FOOD & DRINK

ALL THAT GLITTERS GOLD

A new neighbourhood restaurant and late-night bar has opened on the bustling Portobello Road on the site of the public house of the same name. goldnottinghill.com

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WHAT TO DRINK

GRAPE news Wine recommendations for the month

TASTING NOTES

London’s food news and most exciting openings this July By FLORA THOMAS

By BERRY BROS. & RUDD

2018 Le Grand Cros, Rosé, Domaine du Grand Cros  £14.50 Very pale in colour with salmon reflections, this is a vibrant rosé. An exuberant nose of fresh fruit with a dominant citrus character. The mouth is both supple and fresh with flavours of red fruit - redcurrant, strawberry and raspberry. Perfect for summer sipping.

2017 Berry Bros. & Rudd Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon by De Martino  £9.95 The wine is surprisingly restrained, a nod to Bordeaux evident in its lean, focused character and fine, grainy tannins. This is, however, still full of fresh blackberry with sweet black cherries completing the long yet refreshing finish.

2018 Berry Bros. & Rudd Vidiano by Lyrarakis  £12.95 The Cretan grape variety Vidiano boasts distinctive characteristics. Grown on the Ippodromos vineyar at an altitude of 610m., on rocky clay soil, this is an aromatic white wine with an exciting, crispy mouthfeel. This wine is something a little bit different. BERRY BROS. & RUDD Berry Bros. & Rudd is Britain's oldest wine and spirit merchant, having traded from the same shop since 1698. Today the company also has offices in Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong, a Wine School and an exclusive fine wine and dining venue in St James's.

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Viva Valencia ARROS QD

Three-Michelin starred Valencian chef Quique Dacosta has launched his first restaurant outside of Spain, in Fitzrovia. The menu dedicates an entire section to rice dishes which are designed for sharing, and the wine list focuses on those growing close to the Mediterranean sea. Theatrical seating is on offer, with a six-metre woodfire grill serving as the centrepiece. 64 Eastcastle Street, W1W arrosqd.com

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FOOD & DRINK• NOTES Our pick of the best

CHARLIE MCKAY

LUXURY SUMMER PICNIC S

BRINDISA Gazpacho on-the-go and a limited edition box of Spanish goodies. brindisa.com

Simosas and Mimosas BOMBAY BUSTLE

For the very first time, Bombay Bustle on Maddox Street will opens its doors on a Sunday. From 11am diners are invited to indulge in an extravagant brunch, replete with stacks of fluffy pancakes finished with a large spoonful of mango compote and a generous drizzling of cinnamon-spiced maple syrup. 29 Maddox Street, W1S bombaybustle.com

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STAT I O N HOUSE OOT Y STATION

Ooty opened in Marylebone earlier this year. Ooty Station, next door, is the new, less formal sister site. An off-street terrrace means diners can make the most of the summer, while a widescreen television will show the Wimbledon Tournament for guests enjoying drinks from the bar. 66 Baker Street W1U ooty.co.uk/station

Reusable hampers, plastic-free packaging and free-range scotch eggs. piquefood.co.uk

OT TO L E N G H I Za'atar crackers, NOPI olives and Prosecco? Dreamy. Tote bag included. ottolenghi.co.uk

Up In Arms THE CLEVELAND ARMS

Strictly Seasonal

FORTNUM & MASON The choice of add-ons to the iconic hamper includes a bucket barbeque. fortnumandmason.com

THE HARCOURT

The Harcourt opened in 2016, the first in the a string of successful London pubs with chef-director Henry Harris at the helm. The pub with dining rooms has reopened after a luxurious refurbishment. Highlights on the menu - which is concise and strictly seasonal - include pea and wild garlic soup with goat's curd to start, followed by roast brill with fennel and aoili. Harcourt Street, London W1H theharcourt.com

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D U K E S LO N D O N A picnic in the park with someone who'll set it up for you, cutlery and all. dukeshotel.com

The Cleveland Arms, situated on picturesque Chilworth Street, a stone's throw from Paddington station, has announced former Masterchef: The Professionals contestant Elisabeth Passédat as its new Head Chef. Passédat's food is French-centric and rooted in seasonality. 28 Chilworth Street, W2 theclevelandarms.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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ABSOLUTELY eats out…

“Some are chocolately, many are fruity; all are good”

TEA TIME

The Langham’s summer SeasonaliTea

FOOD Traditional afternoon tea

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palate cleanser. First up of the food is finger sandwiches, immaculately prepared and arranged in a tight rectangle atop ornate china plates. I particularly enjoy smoked salmon with horseradish cream on beetroot bread, the horseradish is hot but not overbearing and the pink bread isn’t merely decorational - there are faint hints of nutty beetroot. My companion can’t get enough of the egg mayonnaise encased in a brioche bun: when the waiter comes round with a tray for second she doesn’t hesitate to ask for another. After sandwiches - and because we’ve opted for the high tea - we’re served a starter-sized ‘main course’. There are dishes to choose from,

DECOR Lavish

PRICE £55 pp for Afternoon Tea: £62 pp for High Tea: from £19 for glass of champagne

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and I’ve gone for the tuna tartare on avocado cream. Thankfully it’s a small serving – too much tartare before patisserie and scones wouldn’t be advisable. It’s lovely, as elegant as everything else on the table and well seasoned. Next to me, my friend has a cheesy dish which she enjoys, but her favourite aspect of the plate is a verdant green wild garlic dressing. What follows is a selection of exquisite pastries, four each. When the arrive at the table we both insist we couldn’t possibly eat them all, and yet find ourselves quite quickly staring down guiltily at empty plates. Some are chocolatey, many are fruity, and all are incredibly good. The best is a creamy – although miraculously vegan – ganache-esque pudding set inside a thin poppyseed case. Flabbergasted at how we’ve munched our way through to the final round, our eyes wander over to the scones which have made their way to the table. They’re light with a perfectly crunchy exterior and a joy to eat, especially when piled with cream and jam. Time flies in the Palm Court; it’s no wonder they recommend you allow at least 90 minutes for the full experience. And what an experience it is. T H E L A N G H A M , LO N D O N 1C Portland Place, W1B

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y mum spent many summers in Sierra Leone, where her dad comes from, and this peanut stew was one of her favourite dishes. She usually had it with chicken, but when I made this plant-based version for her to try, she had the biggest smile on her face. This recipe is a definite winner in our house, perfect for when you want a really hearty and comforting dinner with a nice touch of spice to set your taste buds tingling. My favourite way to eat this is with plantains and coleslaw or a light fresh salad. Scotch bonnet chillies can be really hot depending on where they’re from and how ripe they are. For a more gentle heat, you can place half a Scotch bonnet – deseeded but not cut up – into the stew to cook, then simply remove it before serving. This way the chilli flavour can infuse the stew but without adding too much heat. This is a great option if you are new to this quite fiery chilli pepper.

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INGREDIENTS • 1–2 tbsp peanut oil • 500g sweet potatoes, • peeled and diced • 1 × 400g tin of black-eyed • peas, drained and rinsed • 1⁄2 fresh red Scotch bonnet chilli, deseeded and kept whole (optional) • 3 tbsp tomato purée • 1 × 400g tin of chopped tomatoes • 500ml vegetable stock • 125g natural smooth peanut butter • 200g spinach, chopped • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice •H  andful of fresh coriander, roughly chopped • 2 spring onions, finely chopped • 1 fresh red chilli, deseeded and finely sliced • Salt and black pepper For the paste • 2 onions, roughly chopped • 5 garlic cloves, roughly chopped • Thumb-sized piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and roughly chopped • 1 tsp paprika • 2 tsp ground coriander • 1 tsp ground turmeric • 2 tsp ground cumin • 1 tsp ground fenugreek

• 1⁄2–1 fresh red Scotch bonnet chilli (to taste), deseeded and roughly chopped • Pinch of salt

METHOD 1 Place all the paste ingredients in a food processor and blitz into a coarse paste. 2 Heat 1 tablespoon of the peanut oil in a large, heavy- based saucepan or shallow frying pan. Add the paste and sauté over a medium–low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding a little more oil if the paste starts to stick to the pan. 3 Add the sweet potatoes, black-eyed peas, Scotch bonnet chilli (if using – see introduction) and tomato purée and mix to combine. Pour in the tinned tomatoes and vegetable stock, add the peanut butter, season with salt and pepper and stir in well. Cover the pan with a lid and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. 4 Remove from the heat and stir in the spinach, leaving it to wilt in the pan for 5 minutes. To finish, add the lemon juice, coriander, spring onions and sliced chillies and check the seasoning, adding more salt and pepper if needed.

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his curry-roasted cauliflower really is amazing. The combination of the aromatic spices with the soft but slightly crunchy cauliflower and the cooling courgette coconut raita is truly addictive, especially when served with a few crispy poppadoms and some mango chutney for dunking them into. This recipe would also make a fantastic side for a curry or dhal.

INGREDIENTS (serves 2 as a main or 4 as a side) • 1 cauliflower, broken into small florets and saving the outer leaves • 1 tsp ground turmeric • 1 tbsp curry powder • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted • 3 poppadoms, plus extra to serve • Salt and black pepper • Mango chutney, to serve For the courgette coconut raita • 200g unsweetened vegan coconut yoghurt • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil • 1⁄4 courgette, finely grated • Small handful of mint leaves, roughly chopped, saving some whole leaves to garnish • Juice and grated zest of 1 lime (saving half the juice for dressing the cauliflower)

METHOD Preheat the oven to 200°C fan. Place the cauliflower florets in a roasting tin with the spices, some salt and pepper and the coconut oil, then mix everything together so that the cauliflower is evenly coated. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes, then remove from the oven and mix in the cauliflower leaves, tearing up any that look too big. Place back in the oven to roast for a further 10 minutes until everything is soft and slightly charred. 3 Meanwhile, mix together all the raita ingredients in a bowl, season with salt and pepper and set aside. 4 Remove the cauliflower from the oven, add the lime juice (reserved from making the raita) and crunch the poppadoms on top. Serve with the raita, mango chutney and poppadoms and garnish with the whole mint leaves. 1

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3 Using a food mixer or an electric whisk, whisk the aquafaba and cream of tartar at a high speed in a large bowl for around 5 minutes until the mixture has doubled in volume and is light and fluffy. 4 Continue whisking and add the sugar one teaspoon at a time until it has been completely absorbed. Then add the vanilla bean paste and whisk for a further 5 2 minutes until the mixture forms stiff, glossy peaks. 6 Divide the meringue between the two circles drawn on the lined baking sheets, spreading the mixture out evenly but making each circle a little thicker around the edges than in the middle. Place in the oven to cook for 11⁄2–13⁄4 hours or until firm to the touch, then turn off the heat and leave to dry in the oven (or in a cool, dry place) overnight or for a minimum of 4 hours. 7 When the meringues are ready, prepare the rest of the dish. Place the frozen berries and lime juice in a small saucepan, bring to a simmer and cook on a medium heat for 3–4 minutes or until the fruit is soft and the liquid has mostly evaporated. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool down completely. 8 Meanwhile, whisk the chilled coconut cream using an electric whisk until light and thick like whipped cream. Once the fruit compote has cooled down, add it to the whipped coconut cream with the lime zest, and fold in gently to create a ripple effect, being careful not to stir too much. 9 Carefully transfer one of the meringue bases to a serving plate and spread over half the fruity coconut cream, then scatter over half the seasonal fruit. Carefully place the second meringue on top, cover with the remaining coconut cream and seasonal fruit and an extra sprinkling of lime zest. Serve as soon as possible.

LAYERED PAVLOVA

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he meringue is made with aquafaba instead of egg whites. You may or may not be familiar with aquafaba: it is the liquid from a can of pulses. It’s kind of like vegan magic; it whips up perfectly and makes amazing light meringues with a slight crisp outer shell. The pavlova is finished with an indulgent whipped coconut cream, fresh or frozen berries and a tasty and decorative berry drizzle.

I N G R E D I E N T S (serves 6) For the meringue •L  iquid (aquafaba) from 1 × 400g tin of chickpeas

• 1 tsp cream of tartar • 175g golden caster sugar • 1tsp vanilla bean paste For the filling and topping • 500ml coconut cream • 200g mixed frozen berries • Juice and grated zest of 1⁄2 lime, plus extra zest to decorate • 300g seasonal fruit of your choice (such as raspberries, strawberries, blueberries or redcurrants, sliced figs, mangos or bananas or passion fruit pulp)

METHOD 1 Preheat the oven to 130°C fan, then line two baking sheets with baking paper and draw a 23cm circle on each sheet. 2 Place the coconut cream in the fridge to chill while you make the meringue.

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The Iittala Graphics mug collection launched last year and 2019's addition to the series is a new design, Speckle, created by Finnish illustrator Linda Linko. The Speckle mug has a mystical blue background with an organic pattern and bright coloured, asymmetric shapes resembling a nocturnal garden or a field of flowers. £21 iittala.com

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Microplane's nifty and stylish graters are the chef's tool of choice. These blades are photo-etched and long-lasting, making them the world's sharpest. The colourful zester is perfect for citrus as well as cheese, nuts, chocolate, ginger and more. £19.95 hartsofstur.com

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Celebrating 100 years of KitchenAid, the Queen of Hearts collection in bright glossy red spans all the favourite appliances as well as the iconic KitchenAid stand mixer, which has improved over the past 100 years while remaining very close to its original model. kitchenaid.co.uk

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SKY’S the LIMIT Soak up some city sun against a backdrop of London’s skyline. The capital has some amazing rooftop bars and venues that are perfect for al fresco dining and post-work drinks. With cocktail in hand and the scent of street food in the air, you’ll forget about the city's bustling streets below. These are the best rooftop bars in London By HELEN BROWN

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Skylight is back for a summer of fun and games. The rooftop has spectacular views of the financial district with the BT tower, Sky Garden and the Shard also standing tall in the London skyline. There’s a DJ every Friday and Saturday night, with a wide range of games to choose from like croquet and bowls. skylightlondon.com 2

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NEW CHANGE

Madison boasts a Manhattan style restaurant with a superb selection from the grill. The Bar is a destination in its own right and a real social hub for post-work drinks. It delivers spectacular city views and a wide range of cocktails. madisonlondon.net

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Aviary is a slick rooftop hotspot, standing ten floors above Finsbury Square. It offers breathtaking views of the capital’s iconic skyline, sensational cocktails and renowned DJs. Head here for Café Del Mar vibes. aviarylondon.com 5

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If a busy rooftop bar isn’t your thing, Hotel Xenia has the answer. Located in the heart of Kensington and Chelsea, Hotel Xenia offers a quiet rooftop space, perfect for small groups. This green rooftop terrace promises an intimate setting with a touch of luxury. hotelxenia.co.uk

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Family-owned Hattingley Valley, established in 2008, specialises in premium, award-winning sparkling wine. The team is headed up by Plumpton-trained Emma Rice who is twice winner of Winemaker of the Year in 2014 and 2016. With over 24 hectares of vines, the ecofriendly vineyard is known for its refreshingly modern approach. hattingleyvalley.com

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Digby Fine English is transforming local fizz into an internationally desirable category. Digby's grapes come from the chalky soils of Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and Dorset and the brand's many awards include Gold at the UK Wine Awards for its delicious 2010 Vintage Brut winning Gold at the UK Wine Awards.

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The Hush Heath Estate is home to award-winning English sparkling wine, Balfour Brut Rosé. The Estate has an exquisite selection of wines and ciders; an expert team of winemakers combine their skills in this state-of-the-art winery to deliver a delicious range. hushheath.com

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THE LANGHAM HOTEL

SKILL SET

Sauce by The Langham's new cookery courses cater to all levels. Absolutely signs up for a class Words B R A N D O N C L A R K S O N

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nyone can cook, is the message at Sauce by The Langham. These laid-back cooking courses promise to leave even the least skilled beginner with culinary confidence and new talents. I am here to try it out. First, we are led to the work room, a space that fuses the traditional kitchen with state-of-the-art technology. Remove a pan from the hob and the surface cools immediately, thanks to Samsung’s electro-magnetic magic. Cut on the rubber chopping board and it will ‘selfheal’, practically lasting a lifetime. Gathered around a fabulously reclaimed French AGA, Chef Millie Simpson kickstarts the session by introducing some basic knife skills. The knives are Global - sharp enough to slice a grain of falling rice. Chef Simpson is seamless in her cutting technique, demonstrating julienne and brunoise cuts with harmonious rhythm and skill. Our turn. I apprehensively face sharp knives and a selection of root veg. Chef Simpson and Executive Chef Chris King patiently wander our stations to offer a bounty of advice and assistance, ensuring that my carrots, shallots, leeks, peppers and garlic are cut to perfection.

If, like me, you think a souffle is beyond you, think again Anxious anticipation fills the group as we watch Chef King effortlessly perfect a raspberry coconut-crumble soufflé. If, like me, you think a soufflé is far beyond your culinary skills, think again. The recipe is demonstrated and we’re ready to get started. My team is mixing and folding away when suddenly, disaster strikes. Overly confident, I have combined the entirety of my egg white mixture with my boiled raspberry purée. Before panic can set in, Chef Simpson appears with an understanding smile,

fresh ingredients to hand and the words ‘let’s try that again’. In the blink of an eye, I have a soufflé fit for Gods. It’s true, anyone can cook; even me. Prices range from £150pp for the building block courses and up to £995 for a three-course masterclass with Michel Roux Jr himself.

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FOOD & DRINK • DRINKS SEKFORDE Botanical Mixer for Whiskey & Bourbon, £1.50 waitrose.com

EDITOR’S PICK

BAILEYS Strawberries & Cream, £16 tesco.com

HENDRICK'S Midsummer Solstice Gin, £35 masterofmalt

CITADELLE Gin De France, £29.95 31dover.com

SLINGSBY Gooseberry Flavoured Gin, £38.99 tastefinewines.co.uk

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Limited Edition English Estate , £23.95 justminiatures.co.uk

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Yorkshire Lemon Gin Cream Liqueur. £12 morrisons.com

SPIRIT Cool drinks for hot summer nights By P E N D L E H A R T E

TOKYO MOJITO French Summer Tea Mariage Freres, €40 mariagefreres.com

COCCHI AMERICANO Rosa Vermouth, £21 distillersdirect.com

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JUDE'S Milkshakes, £1.50 sainsburys.co.uk

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ART WORLD

PALOMA WOOL

Beginning life as an investigation into the act of getting dressed, Paloma Wool has quickly become a cult label. We love the Barcelona-based brand’s capsule collections featuring sketchy illustrations. palomawool.com

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dresses and my friends were always asking me to get dresses for them on my travels, so I just started making a few things. I knew some of the fabric people in Italy from when I worked at Armani so I was able to find these lovely silks from Como. Q Tell us about the collection A It’s so versatile. We have these

“I think of it as a modern bohemian aesthetic”

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Q How do you wear it? A These dresses are so easy to pack

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FASHION • PROMOTION FEEL RIGHT AT HOME WITH THE GLADES’ STYLIST JULIET WYATT

Style GUIDE Fashion crisis? Find sartorial solutions at The Glades' Style Lounge in Bromley

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he glowing spherical shape in the sky is finally upon us. Rejoice! Invitations to weddings and garden parties are piling up, weekends are stacked with festival and carnival days out and the irresistible lure of an escape to sunnier climes is calling. Let’s be honest now: with so much to look forward to, hands up who hasn’t looked at all their clothes contemplating how to cruise through the hot-weather season while pondering all the sartorial possibilities downsizing the house to make room for a wardrobe upscale could bring? There’s no need for any radical measures this season (or at any other time, mind) when there’s the Style Lounge at The Glades Shopping Centre in the heart of Bromley,

South East London, where stress-free curation of timeless, capsule collections for myriad eventualities happens. With an all-new look and location within Regents Arcade, the centre’s independent retailer quarter, the Style Lounge offers a refreshingly down-to-earth, personal shopping experience led by resident stylist, Juliet Wyatt, who has more than 15 years’ experience under her belt bag. Juliet’s expertise in solving the trickiest of style conundrums and showcasing the very best version of you during a free appointment – which includes a 20-minute consultation and up to three hours of shopping the brands – is second to none. Expect to outfit-build with collections from Massimo Dutti, Hobbs, Whistles, Karen Millen, Zara, Phase Eight and Joules to mention a few, not forgetting the likes of L’Occitane, Molton Brown, Jo Malone and the White Company for revitalising the senses and home. For a chance to perfect the art of seeking out wardrobe gamechangers, with the guidance of Juliet and a £250 Glades gift card to spend, be sure to visit the shopping centre’s Instagram and Facebook pages @ thegladesbrom between now and 15 July 2019. Appointments with Juliet at the Style Lounge in Regents Arcade at The Glades Shopping Centre are available throughout the week and at weekends. To make a booking, please visit theglades.co.uk/ personal-stylist.

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FASHION • JEWELLERY

Rainbow Hues Bright gems for summer dressing

MARCO BICEGO

SUZANNE KALAN

NADINE AYSOY

Africa Gemstone Gold Bracelet, £2340;

18-Karat Gold, Turquoise and Diamond Earrings, £3085;

Celeste Pink Sapphire and Jade Mini Ring, $3.960;

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TABBAH

SUZANNE KALAN

AISHA BAKER

Fusion Choker, POA;

Yellow Gold Rainbow Fireworks Ring, £4675;

The Alcazar 18 ct Gold Bracelet POA;

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L'ATELIER NAWBAR

MARCO BICEGO

MARTE FRISNES

Rose Gold, Diamond and Stone Amulets of Light Hoop Earrings, £4375;

Yellow Gold Paradise Gemstones Bracelet, £920;

Cooper Gold-Plated Tassel Earrings in Pink, £152;

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BARDOT DRESS, PINK GLITTER STRIPE, AW19

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etail, famously, is failing, but fashion isn’t. Designers are very aware that in order to be relevant, they need to offer something that’s more of an experience than simply inviting people to queue and hand over a credit card, or to click in response to a flat image of a model wearing a dress. Shopping for clothes, now, is all about feeling special as well as owning something special. “What we really need is our own townhouse,” says Anna Mason, who designs beautiful, feminine clothes and has a loyal following among women who like the personal service she offers. She’s kind of joking, because for the moment, there’s no townhouse. Instead, Mason works from a small studio in Battersea and hosts regular trunkshows around the country as well as occasional pop-ups at George’s in Mayfair. Highlights from her collection are sold at net-a-porter but for her, it’s all about the personal connections and the intimacy. Anna is stylish, blonde and enthusiastic. “I’m sorry it looks so much like a jumble sale here today,” she says, waving at the rails that line her studio. Needless to say, it looks nothing like a jumble sale, but she’d rather the clothes were arranged by colour. Though her collection is very diverse in terms of fabric, print and colour (there are paisleys, florals, stripes, lace) Anna’s distinctive clothes have a strong

LAILA BLOUSE LIBERTY, LIV SKIRT CORDROY, SS19

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The look is romantic in a 1970s-meets-theEdwardians-on-theprairie way signature style, immediately visible to everyone but her. “Sometimes I feel like I can’t see it. This is just what I do,” she says – her style is so innate and so intuitive that she struggles to identify it. Varied as the collection is, several characteristics recur in pieces that are awash with detail without being fussy. Long cuffs, spherical buttons, high buttoned necklines, gathered shoulders, tie waists, frills and voluminous sleeves are just a few. There are maxi dresses and dungarees, blouses, beach dresses and evening dresses, in a look that’s romantic in a 1970s-meets-the-Edwardians-on-the-prairie way. Her sketches are equally characterful, reminiscent of Barbara Hulanicki’s drawings for Biba, all rouched sleeves, gathered shoulders and fabulous drapes. As so many women do, Anna started working for herself when her first child was born. She had been working as a designer for Amanda Wakeley – and before that for Karl Lagerfeld, MaxMara and Valentino – but she set up her own styling business and immediately became enormously busy, taking clients shopping and A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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“A woman followed me all the way up the escalators at Selfridges to ask about my blouse”

selecting clothes for them. In this way she became aware of clothes that she felt were missing from the market – “I kept identifying things that I couldn’t find.” She started making these things for herself with a seamstress she employed to make alterations for clients – and soon women were stopping her in the street to ask about them. “I was stopped by a stranger in Harrods wearing a dress I’d made – the dress that was missing from my selection – so I made her one. Soon afterwards a woman followed me all the way up the escalators at Selfridges to ask about my blouse, so that became an order and I slowly started to feel like I should be doing my own thing.” But the world of fashion is famously demanding and the next step on from producing a few garments at your kitchen table is a huge one. To be a contender you need to offer several collections a year and be able to fulfil large orders. Mason’s business was growing fast from her family home – “there were clothes everywhere and three seamstresses in what should have been the kids’ playroom and I was pattern cutting at night” – and in 2013 she produced her first collection. “I started selling at a friend’s house in Chelsea, making everything to order.” It was here that people like India Jane Birley became fans and today many of Mason’s regular clients date back to this small, word-of-mouth world. “They like the idea that you’ve found something a bit secret – that’s why a townhouse would be perfect.” In 2017 she launched her first ready-to-wear collection and now she is producing multiple collections a year as well as retaining a core selection of classic pieces, which she

regularly tweaks (“I just can’t leave them alone”). It’s a complex operation, relying on a small team of hugely dedicated staff, all of whom adore the clothes. Even though Mason insists that her clothes are easy to wear, they’re not for everyone. “Some people just find them too frilly,” she says, and minimalists won’t like them. She insists that despite the focus on embellishments they are practical, wearable pieces – most of them even have pockets, though more for putting your hands in than actually storing things. “It’s important to have something to do with your hands. It upsets me when you can’t put pockets in something.” Her selection of prints is diverse – including, for SS19, a banana print, a large eye print, some classic Liberty florals and various stripes, among them an impossibly tactile paper silk woven stripe. Choosing prints is instinctive and she knows immediately which ones she wants. For AW19 there’s denim and needlecord too. “We’d love to be the UK’s Chloe, basically,” she explains. It’s a fair ambition. annamasonlondon.co.uk

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BEAUTY NOTES

Fitness tracking, at-home eye masks and an all-in-one oil that can beat jet lag B y H E L E N B R OW N

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111 SKIN

111SKIN’s scientist-developed formulas are the go-to for skin care obsessives. Now you can reap the rewards of the range from the comfort of your own home with the Celestial Black Diamond Eye Mask – a concentrated hydrogel mask that hydrates, plumps and brightens. £12; 111skin.co.uk

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Perfect to pack in your suitcase, this blissfully scented oil combines lemongrass, may chang and frankincense to balance and calm energy levels when you’re tired or jet lagged. It’s also great for dry skin, muscle tension and giving you shiny locks. £20; malakoskincare.co.uk

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he new Fitbit Inspire HR is an all-seeing, all-counting tracker that will monitor your heart rate, calorie burn, sleep, steps and food consumed. It will also remind you to move when Netflix has got the better of you, deliver guided breathing sessions to de-stress and track your monthly cycle. At first I was only really interested in the heart rate feature for fitness. Who cares if I sleep lightly or deeply? And do I really want to be confronted with the fact that I haven’t hit 10,000 steps? But studies have found that a fitness tracker can improve both your motivation levels and daily activity and before long, I really come to love to little gadget. First and foremost, it’s surprisingly easy to set up. Simply install the Fitbit app on your phone and follow the on-screen instructions. It takes less than an hour to charge and is ready to go. Every heart rate spike, step and sip of water can be analysed via the app. I enjoy that it celebrates when I do hit my daily step target and I become obsessed with watching my heart rate skyrocket in a HIIT class. Of course, there are features that I don’t use. I take it off before bed for fear of becoming neurotic with sleep tracking, and I’m not in the habit of inputting every snack I inhale. But it has made me reconsider how much I can actually push myself in a gym class. While I won’t be tracking every minutiae of my day, I’m definitely moving more and my motivation levels have soared. Fitbit Inspire HR, £89.99, fitbit.com

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DRUNK ELEPHANT Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defence SPF 30, £29, Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defence SPF 30, £30; cultbeauty.co.uk

LA ROCHE-POSAY Anti-Pigmentation SPF50+, £20; laroche-posay.co.uk

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CLARINS Mineral Sun Care Compact UVA/UVB 30, £27; clarins.co.uk

ORGANII SPF50 Sun Milk, £23.95; pravera.co.uk

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GREEN PEOPLE Scent Free Facial Sunscreen, £18; greenpeople.co.uk

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urely one of the most effective ways to escape the stress of city life, is to head to a spa. The capital has an astounding collection to choose from but for something really spoiling, The Lanesborough Club & Spa should be top of the list. It’s one of London’s most exclusive private members’ fitness and health clubs, voted the World’s Best New Hotel Spa in 2017, and offers a complete 360 approach to wellbeing. Everything from the spa menu to the fitness studio is carefully considered to offer its guests one of the most blissful experiences available in the capital. My day starts with an endorphin-boosting PT session

with trainer Li. Her background in weightlifting and body building means that the session is resistance-heavy with some functional exercises thrown in and a sweaty finisher on the treadmill. Li is extremely personable fun to train with. After a quick shower and a protein shake, I robe up and let myself be led (the team are very helpful here) to the treatment room for a deep tissue massage. It’s heavenly, and any muscular tension induced by Li’s workout quickly melt away. The Lanesborough’s spa is such an unbelievably relaxing space, it’s hard to imagine that just upstairs, everyday life on Hyde Park corner resumes. Following the treatment I spend the best part of an hour revelling in the quiet and calm of the relaxation room, before heading to the restaurant for lunch. The menu is an exemplar in clean, healthy eating. For mains there is salmon and a delicious Asian noodle dish and for desert, granola bars, fruit and a gorgeous brownie that has all the satisfaction without the sugar. All-day dining and high-protein snacks, smoothies and juices are available throughout the day should you wish to drag it out, which you really should. It’s a rather fabulous way to spend a Saturday. Spa days from £300, personal training from £150 per hour; lanesboroughclubandspa.com

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PRIMELASE LASER HAIR REMOVAL

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ith summer in sight, you might be upping the ante on your hair removal routine. But whether you wax, shave or thread, it all costs time and money. Plus there’s the annoying regrowth period and in-growing hairs to contend with. With all things considered, you’ve no doubt thought about laser hair removal. It’s really your only option if you want the permanent disappearance of hair. Luckily, it’s an incredibly quick and effective process. Especially so, with Primelase. It’s one of the newest devices on the block, 10 times more powerful than other laser devices and as fast as shaving. I’m at Aestha Clinic to start a treatment plan with Samantha Llewellyn, Head of Clinical Training. My first appointment is a consultation in which Samantha takes a medical history, talks me through the treatment plan and does a patch test. Samantha treats my legs the second time I see her. The process is mildly uncomfortable but certainly nothing distressing. Worse than the sensation is the smell of burning hair, but the whole thing is over exceptionally quickly and Samantha and I chit chat the whole way through. Four weeks after just one treatment and I can already see an astonishing reduction in hair growth. I’m thrilled that in no time I’ll be 100% hair-free. A delightful thought as summer, and a season of confident legbaring, begins. For more information about Primelase, visit cosmeditech.com

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few too many hours in the sun, teamed with a couple of long-haul flights and not enough rest has left my face dry, blotchy and blemished. I look fairly exhausted when I turn up for my appointment with Hayley Hems. It begins with a detailed discussion - over ginger tea - about my skincare regimen. Hayley listens while I describe at length the trials and tribulations I’ve been through since adolescence with spots, hormones and medications. She puts me at ease, which is no mean feat; I often find the topic difficult to talk about, but Hayley is unintimidating and gentle. It becomes clear that I’ve been overdoing it with products, so much so that my skin is totally out of whack. We start with a lymphatic massage to reduce swelling and to prepare my skin for the HydraFacial, the aim of which is to cleanse, detoxify, exfoliate, extract and hydrate. I’m naturally skeptical about facials promising too much, but considering Hayley’s impressive celebrity following and return custom I feel in safe hands. The procedure itself is done with a handheld device which feels in part like a soft toothbrush - then like a mini hoover - then sort of like a gentle spot-squeezer. At some point I doze off, and wake to find Hayley massaging a luxurious serum into my renewed skin. My face looks bright, dewy and less puffy. Its tone is more even, the size of my pores has reduced significantly, and - although I’m politely scolded for touching it - it feels softer than ever before. £160 14 Hay Hill, Ozzie Rizzo, Mayfair, W1J hhskin.london

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PERFUME

Summer Escentuals Beautiful scents for sunny days and holidays B y M I C H A E L D O N OVA N

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cents of summer sunshine are among my favourite olfactory experiences and I have recently discovered some outstanding examples that work equally well as exotic holiday fragrances or for summer garden parties at home. These are perfumes of exquisite beauty that echo the natural world and conjure the warmth, languid energy and joy of high summer. Tea Rose from The Perfume Workshop is one such scent and I remember my fragrance mentor, Frederic Malle, waxing lyrical about this perfume: “this is the most classic example of a rose scent that smells fresh from nature, it’s rich but not overpowering”. Tea Rose charmed me instantly – sometimes a short formula fragrance is perfect and this scent is simple, classic and redolent of a hot afternoon in an English garden with bright yellow tea roses emitting one of the finest scents in nature. There is something delicate and demure about the tea rose: she is not as showy as her Bulgarian and Turkish sisters, and it is her quiet grace that I find so beguiling. I was not surprised to learn from India Hicks that this was a favourite fragrance of Diana, Princess Of Wales, as it fits her personality perfectly – radiant, effortlessly chic and with acres of charm. Perfect for the summer holidays and beyond. I am wearing a new fragrance this month. I like to do this when I travel as the smell will remind me of a trip. It’s amazing how well this works and I appear to have an incredible memory for holidays. Chabaud (Paris)'s Vert D’Eau or Green Water is a hesperidic/woody fragrance reminiscent of the scents of the Amalfi Coast with its combination of orange and lemon, green fig and tomato leaves. Fresh and uplifting but full of personality.

I am thoroughly enjoying its energising optimism. Stylists make our world more beautiful and their endeavours are celebrated in The Stylist, which is a wonderful summer cocktail of a scent with mango and tamarind washed with rum. This fragrance stands out, not because it is loud but because it is beautifully put together. The scent of rum is very interesting as you can actually smell the sugar cane from which it is made, reminiscent of coconut. A wonderfully transporting scent, The Stylist takes me back to Kerala and the mango lassi that I drank on the spice farms there. Chic, timeless and a trifle eccentric. The Holy Grail of vanilla scents, Vanillia del Madagasca from the Florentine House of Farmacia SS Annunziata is rich and creamy and as far away from the generic realisation of vanilla in mainstream perfumes brands as it is possible to be. This fragrance recreates that wonderful custard confection that one inhales when scraping the seeds from a vanilla pod. Here it is teamed with a hint of citrus and a velvety amber note at the base. Rich and dreamy. Two of my favourite recent releases come from Bon Parfumeur in Paris. ‘103’ has become one of our top selling scents overnight with its elegant yet transformative combination of heavenly jasmine and carnal tiare flower. Add a dash of zesty bergamot and a note of white sand and you have a scent that will take you from beach to barhopping with a smile on your face. 302 is a spicy scent that opens with red berries and geranium before descending into a mesmerising mix of incense and cedarwood. The sandalwood base is soft, dusty and full of sunshine. As we smell via the process of evaporation, scent is particularly sensational in warmer weather as it travel further faster. This glorious soupçon of scents will help us to celebrate this summer in style. A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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WORKING OUT AT HOME HAS NEVER BEEN SIMPLER n an age where there is an app for everything, working out at home has never been easier. Joining the party is leading online fitness, nutrition and health platform for women, Results with Lucy, which recently announced the launch of a brand new app. Results with Lucy is the brainchild of TV personality Lucy Mecklenburgh and her PT Cecilia Harris who together founded the platform in 2013 in a bid to help women achieve results that last. Accessible wherever you are, Results with Lucy is designed for anyone who wants to fit a quick, effective workout into their day without paying for an expensive gym membership. Results with Lucy app subscribers will be able to access an enormous variety of content at the touch of a button. On offer are thousands of filmed workouts across HIIT, barre, boxing, yoga, Pilates and more. The app will also be home to weekly live workouts, hundreds of recipes suitable for a range of dietary requirements, individualised meal plans and ‘With Self Love’ mindset courses focusing on building confidence and motivation.  App uses will also be able to take advantage of the community feature where subscribers can chat, upload and share posts with one another.  Results with Lucy is available to download on iOS and Android on a £19.99 a month subscription, the same as the Results with Lucy website. Members who are signed up to the Fitness, Food & Mindset membership (£19.99) on the website will have access to the app for as long as they are subscribed to the platform.

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A M P AT H L E T I C Inside miracle-worker Steve Mellor’s new Marylebone gym

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here’s a new gym in town and it’s making some serious headlines. Tucked away on a quiet mews off Marylebone and constructed in an ex-car park, AMP Athletic is more than just a gym. It offers a 360 approach to fitness that you rarely find in a class or commercial gym. Founder and coach-in-chief, Steve Mellor is credited as being a miracle worker. He began coaching clients in their homes and in London’s parks before taking over the gym at Claridge’s Hotel. With AMP, which opened earlier this year, Steve's ambition is to bring his unique ethic of coach-led fitness and nutrition to as many people as possible in a space that is unique. The concept is simple but effective. Members get access to expert personal training by

way of small group personal training sessions (4-to-1). So far, not so different. But AMP Athletic coaches will train members according to Steve’s science-led methods which combine a dynamic approach with the utmost attention to detail. Basically, the coaches give you their undivided attention as you carry out a series of the most effective cardio and weight bearing exercises so that you pick up the techniques fast, and the results even faster. This is the biggest difference I notice between my regular gym classes, which are typically pretty loud, club-like and busy, and my session with Steve at AMP. For every move, even the ones I feel familiar with and confident doing, Steve has a tweak or an improvement. Instantly glute bridges and lunges feel tougher than they have done in weeks. The problem with a busy group

class that’s carried out in a dark room is that it’s easy to get complacent. There are just three of us in the AMP session which means that Steve watches like a hawk. There’s certainly no slacking off here. Classes take place in a fully equipped, 4500 square foot studio with equipment ranging from TRX suspension systems, kettlebells, barbells and a turf floor where anything goes. We complete a full-body circuit that include sled pushes, planks and TRX rows. I also manage to lift heavier than I ever have before on the leg press. By the end I feel like I’ve pushed myself harder than I have done in ages. I realise that I’ve been cruising with my fitness for a while, just going through the motions of a class. It’s far more motivating to have someone hold me accountable. Here’s to more hard work.

AMP ATHLETIC Membership starts from £199 a month. 30-day trial available for £149 14a Beaumont Mews, W1G 6EQ; amp.fit

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COLOUR & FORM SCHNEID

Schneid is a German design studio with a selection of amazing lighting, ceramics and textiles. Their signature is carefully considered use of colour and great exploration of form. yodandco.com

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INTERIORS NOT E S Ideas, designs and styles for your home By PENDLE HARTE

INDIAN SUMMER MADAM STOLTZ

Madam Stoltz's stylish collection spans textiles, industrial furnitures and lamps, from practical accessories to cozy luxuries. Mostly sourced in India, the Madam Stoltz collections are sold in shops all over Europe, and online at Smallable. Pictured is the Jute Pendant Light, £98. smallable.com

O F F T H E WA LL JESSICA OSBORNE

Jessica Osborne’s first wallpaper collection is traditionally printed and draws on inspiration from childhood memories. Pictured is Mallorca Orange – a coral orange background and a blue boat wheel, reminiscent of summers in Mallorca. £80 jessicaosborne.com

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PA L M SPRINGS Tropical touches for the home CHASE AND WONDER Fine China Plate, 10in Tropical Paradise chaseandwonder.com

GARDEN PA R T Y POLKRA X KATIE SCOTT

S E AT I N G P L A N

MAISON MARGOT Jardin Tropical drum lampshade, £115 maisonmargot.com

PARKER KNOLL

British brand Parker Knoll is celebrating 150 years in the furniture trade. Pictured here is the Etienne Grand Sofa in Mancini Charcoal £2,250 and the Fitzroy Chair in Bexley Smoke, from £979. parkerknoll.co.uk

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AUDENZA Palmier Tropical Table Lamp, £228 audenza.com

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Polkra have collaborated with illustrator Katie Scott to create a collection of five beautiful, hand painted pots and natural wax candles inspired by botanical art. The collection Includes English Garden, True Jasmine, Wild Fig, Portobello Oud and Moroccan Rose; each pot is made in Portugal and filled in the UK. From £49, polkra.com

EYES ON YOU A NEW TRIBE

These hand-painted monochrome plates from Morocco feature a striking eye design and come in two sizes at A New Tribe, East London's stylish homewares boutique. Also on offer are beautiful interior objects and textiles sourced from independent designers and small brands from around the world. anewtribe.co.uk

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jungle is an ever-changing landscape of plants, interweaving her private and professional life closely together. At times, she uses plants from her personal collection to style a large event or moves them to one of her two stores. Connecting business and pleasure, she co-founded the company together with her boyfriend Giacomo. When she was opening the first store, he was only occasionally helping her, while finishing his PhD in mathematics. In the meantime, she convinced him to be a part of the company on a full-time basis. When she finished university, she thought she was going to be a gardener, but as a child of the city, the rainy British weather and landscapes seemed less appealing to her. Hence came the idea of focusing on indoor house plants. When she finally found the perfect space for the store - which opened late in 2015, she had no idea of the prominent attention plants were about to get. Initially, the idea was to combine her love of great furniture and plants based on her background in fashion and graphic design, the but soon after the opening the plants bloomed, flourished and eventually took over. “At the beginning, the shop was very empty, and we had more furniture than plants. Back then I had no idea that plants would become this popular. People went a bit crazy in my shop,” Jin laughs, as she tells how she experienced that her A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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stock of plants in all shapes and sizes, selling out within the first week. The overwhelming success was transformed to initial pop-ups and collaborations with brands to style stores or offices. Then, by 2018 the couple was able to open up a second shop - much larger than the first, with room to bring back furniture and design beyond that of the right plant pot. “I think my background in business and design has helped me a lot. I think I didn’t quite realise that before, but today I can see that I got away with a lot, without any previous experience. I think people were surprisingly trusting when I proposed something crazy,” she says. And she definitely persuaded her still growing audience. Since 2015, plants have been bursting on Instagram thanks to Jin and Conservatory Archives, counting nearly 100,000 followers to date.

THE WILD AND THE NATURAL When captured in the iconic squares of Instagram, everything seems to be just in its right place. But Jin is no fan of perfection. “It’s a bit messy in my home, just as it is in my shop. I like things very natural. The same goes for all the plants in here. They are not

what you would call standard shape. They have grown by adapting to their surroundings. They are not perfect, but I like using plants on their own terms instead of forcing them onto ours,” Jin tells. She lost count of the plants a long time ago and can’t even begin to name a single favourite amongst them all. Staying true to both the plants' nature and her own taste, however, she’s found her place in between the burgeoning greenery: “My aesthetics are quite industrial, very open and very much about a lot of light. When I decorate with plants in that kind of setting, the green plants simply work better. I do like colourful plants with flowers, but it’s just not my style” Jin says. “If I have to name a favourite,” Jin says and gives in, “I would have to say that I really like cacti. But rather than the species, I’m fascinated by the shape of the plants. They can be very different. I like plants that grow into unique shapes and figures. Texture and shapes are a significant factor when we talk about plants because even if we start with the same Pilea, in time, they will look totally different.” So, what happens when plants become less trendy, one dares to ask? “Plants are not a finite science,” Jin says and continues, “I’m still learning as I go along. It’s really been a journey, but I think it was meant to be like this. I do believe though, that plants will be more than just another fleeting trend – they will become our lifestyle.” fermliving.com

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O F F T H E P E G Q What are the advantages of plywood for a kitchen? A Lots of our clients go down the plywood route for their design because it’s sustainable, durable, and it simply looks great. We choose the highest quality, most sustainably-sourced wood, focusing on a cross-graining process that improves the plywood sheets’ compressive strength and the wood’s ability to bear weight. That makes it perfect for holding heavy appliances, crockery or dense, stone worktops. Plywood is also more resistant to dents and scratches, meaning it’ll look its best for longer in busy family kitchens.

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Q The pegboard is ingenious. Is that a popular choice? A During the design process, we developed a close relationship with the family and were able to make adjustments to ensure the island unit didn’t dominate the kitchen or compromise the children’s play space. The kids were actually at the heart of the design – the pegboard was designed for them to hang their toys and artwork from. Since then, we’ve seen an increase in the number of clients asking for family-friendly areas within their kitchens, whether that’s a mini play kitchen or worktop space for arts and crafts. They always love playing with the mini kitchen in our showroom while their parents are given a tour of the design studio and workshop.

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along with deep storage drawers for pots and pans and slimline utensil drawers. Our client wanted to be able to move the island against the wall when entertaining, so we sat it on oversized, colourful industrial castors with brakes. The orange and yellow curly cables you can see in some of the photos stretch as the island moves, revealing a hidden floor hatch housing the electrical connectors. They can be unplugged whenever the family welcomes guests and wants to move the island to the side of the kitchen. It’s things like this that make our kitchens function in a bespoke way. Q What makes this kitchen sustainable? A Obviously, our clients want environmental

and ethical confidence in their kitchen without compromising the look. The birch ply used in this kitchen carries FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification, meaning it doesn’t come from endangered tropical

rainforests or illegal sources, and it’s been ethically manufactured. This kitchen was built to circular design principles to reduce its environmental impact. We have a carefully-curated supply chain at Sustainable Kitchens (packed full of predominantly British businesses); we run our workshop to low-waste and energy consumption principles; and we develop bespoke designs that helps customers adopt a greener lifestyle. We also replenish native trees with a replanting programme. Q The lighting is interesting – is it flexible? Tell us about that. A The pendant lighting feature is a nice, sustainable touch. The iconic Plumen light bulbs offer adjustable, low energy illumination with a lifetime of 20,000 hours. The track system allows for the lighting to be adjusted to suit different requirements, such as the island being moved, to house a longer dining table for entertaining.

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IITTALA Kastehelmi votive, £32 iittala.com

SARAH WENT CERAMICS ATKIN AND THYME Archie armchair, £399 atkinandthyme.co.uk

Grass Cup, £25 madebyhandonline.com

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ANGLEPOISE Type 75 Floor Lamp Margaret Howell Edition, £225 anglepoise.com

LIGNE ROSET Togo Small Settee, £2,057 heals.com

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INTERIORS • DESIGN 01  Antrausic Rug “The rugs in this project have given me the chance to blow up my artworks onto a much larger scale which I don’t often use. For ANTRAUSIC I wanted to capture the torn paper edge of collage and have juxtaposed the rigid typography with a more fluid hand painted chevron. It brings a feeling of momentum but also the feeling of a gentle character behind it.” Made from hand tufted wool, this design uses both looped pile and cut pile to create a sense of depth and add interesting texture with hand carved detailing giving extra definition. 170x240cm; £450.00

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grown up in the house of two architect parents, who were keen minimalists”. “One strand that runs through my work is the idea of coincidence – I think most collage artists play with this. I play with connections between two converging materials, and the surprises that result from this. I wanted this to play out in my pieces for Habitat, despite not using photography and so I turned my eye to typography colliding with hand painted lines and shapes, and of course was drawn to playing with elements of the human face which becomes a central motif here.”

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02  Eye-Eye 1 and Eye-Eye 2 Embroidered Cushion “Figurative elements have always played a central part in my work, as I re-assemble the human body through a mix of collage and illustration. For the EYE-EYE cushions. I worked around the idea that the sofa becomes a character once the cushions are placed on it – a sort of sofa monster surveying the room that could start talking. Here I’ve used very simple painterly brushstrokes, a torn edge cobalt blue iris that ties to the main palette of the collection and the other eye giving a knowing wink.” 50x50cm; £60.00 Each 03  My Love and Tunnel Vision Embroidered Cushion “Painting over paragraphs feels quite a lot like collage, in that it totally ignores the primary purpose of the words, but also celebrates them in a new way. They become decorative and part of an image, detached from their meaning.” 50x50cm; £60.00 each

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04 Wordpool “With this design I like how you don’t actually notice the typographic letters at first and then they become so obvious at a second glance. I wanted to use letters here just for their shape, and not as symbols at all.” Each rug is individually hand carved around the typography, a highly skilled technique using hand scissors that creates different height layers within the design, giving it extra definition and creating a slightly 3D effect. 170x240cm; £500.00

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he Moka is a product deeply rooted in the history of the Alessi family. The first moka was conveived in 1933 by Alfonso Bialetti, founder of the Bialetti brand and grandfather to Alberto Alessi, now president of Alessi. During those years, the coffee machine was a functional revolution: until then, in Northern Italy coffee used to be made in pots, whereas Southern Italy saw the predominance of the Neapolitan coffee maker. Moka unified the process of making coffee, also thanks to the economic innovation which helped keeping the price affordable: the product became, then, one of the most common objects in Italian homes. In 1979 Alessi debuted in the world of coffee makers, entering a new market for the brand while transforming a popular object into a design icon. That is how the first Alessi coffee maker, the 9090 by Richard Sapper, was born. Thanks to its innovative lines it was awarded the Compasso d’Oro prize and became the first Alessi product to enter the permanent collection of MoMA in New York. From 1979 to the present day, the company continued to focus on coffee machines, inviting some of the most

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famous designers and architects to design them. The list includes: La Conica (1984), La Cupola (1988) and Ottagono (1993) by Aldo Rossi, Mix Italia designed in 1993 by King-Kong (Stefano Giovannoni and Guido Venturini), Pellicano (1995) by Michael Graves, RS09 (2006) by Richard Sapper, Pina (2006) by Piero Lissoni, coffee. it (2008) by Wiel Arets, Moka (2012) by Alessandro Mendini, Ossidiana (2014) by Mario Trimarchi – another Compasso d’Oro winner – Pulcina (2015) by Michele De Lucchi and the last Moka (2019) by David Chipperfield. 9090 remains the most popular Alessi coffee maker. Made of stainless steel, it is original not only for its special truncated cone shape but also for functional innovations such as the enlarged base that allows to maximize heat, the anti-drip spout and the lever lock that allows one to open the coffee pot with a simple gesture of the hand. Designed by architect David Chipperfield, Moka is an artist’s interpretation of a timeless icon of the Italian culture. An eleven-sided volume, the Moka design features a flat lid on which to place the cups to be heated and a knob positioned to allow the lid to be raised using only one hand. alessi.com

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This month, we make tracks to the birth place of Aphrodite where the Anassa resort has made a name for itself as the queen of luxury stays in Cyprus. anassa.com

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t was Jackie Kennedy that first brought the jet-set crowd Mykonos, an island that’s since become a glittering beacon of glamour in the middle of the Aegean Sea. A cosmopolitan crowd of celebrities holiday on the Greek isle, but the buzz has always focused on the exclusive clubs, the crazy parties and after-dark bar culture. So I was intrigued to discover that the destination has a more tranquil and peaceful side, perfectly suited to both blissed-out babymooners and new parents in need of a relaxing family getaway. The Myconian Collection has no less than ten of the leading luxury hotels on Mykonos (three of which are members of Relais & Châteaux) in its portfolio. We are staying at the 5-star Kyma, which has been awarded status as a Design Hotel. The 52-room, 29 suite property has an intimate 1960s feel, alive with colourful modern art and quirky furniture, carefully curated and collected from all over Europe. The rooms and suites are beautifully designed, some boasting terraces with private pools and Jacuzzis. On the first morning I am woken by the

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light streaming in through my balcony doors. Shining down from a blazing, bright blue sky, I am struck by the magical quality of the beams cast by the sun. The hotel overlooks the hillside of Mykonos Town, and I have panoramic views across the famous 16th century windmills, the pristine white cubic houses and out to the glistening sea. I can already feel my internal body clock resetting to the slow rhythm of island life. We eat breakfast in the newly-refurbished George’s Bar overlooking the idyllic pool area, a gentle breeze cooling us from the heat of the sun. Families with babies and toddlers trickle in, and the staff make a huge fuss of them – this is a hotel that clearly welcomes little ones. The Collection was founded in 1979 by George Dakylides and his wife Eleftheria and today it’s run by their four sons. It’s a true family business and it really comes across in the exceptional service. Absolutely nothing is too much trouble and the hotel really delivers on looking after your every need. This is luxury on the next level, and guests can take advantage of the concierge, private dining, limousines and even helicopter and

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“It’s a true family business and it really comes across in the exceptional service. Absolutely nothing is too much trouble” private jet charters. The hotel can arrange a car to take you to the other properties, and we love being able to dine in a different restaurant every night, hangout by the seemingly endless picture-perfect pools and visit the island’s beautiful Elia beach (where the Collection has a private section with complimentary sunbeds). The proximity to the coastline makes the properties on this side of the island perfect for families. All of the hotels offer a fine dining experience and

we enjoy meals at four of the restaurants during our stay. NOA at Kyma combines traditional Mediterranean flavours with a gourmet twist. Using the freshest farmto-table ingredients, the Greek mezethes (including fried squid calamari, fava beans with octopus, lentil salad, moussaka, pasticcio and dolmades) is delicious. All dietary requirements can be catered to and there’s a special menu for kids on request. If you prefer to dine without your little ones, a babysitter can be arranged. During our stay, I also visit the sanctuary that is the hotel’s Satori spa for a morning of ultimate relaxation. First up, 50 minutes spent soaking in the five thalassotherapy pools. Drawing on the cleansing and curative properties of seawater (praised since Greek antiquity), each pool has different therapeutic salinity contents (including lavender and aloe vera) and uses hydro-massage to soothe the skin. Afterwards, I have a heavenly full-body massage in a cosy treatment room filled with twinkling lights. The spa uses Elemis and Ligne of St Barth products and boasts a long list of cutting-edge beauty treatments. For couples, the spa has a

special bed in the shape of an oyster (one of only five in the world). Kyma is such a haven of relaxation, that no one would blame you if you flopped onto one of the floating sunbeds in the pool and didn’t move for the rest of your stay. However, if you want to explore the culture that the island has to offer, the hotel can arrange a number of curated experiences for you. On the second day of our stay, a car takes us to Rizes, a traditional folklore farmstead located in the beautiful undulating countryside of Ano Mera. Mykonos local Nikos and his wife Yiota have created a peaceful hideaway, where you can learn about the history of island life, take riding and cookery lessons, bake bread and enjoy the farm’s produce. It makes for a fun day out for children, who are encouraged to join in with the farmstead’s activities. We also spend an afternoon with a tour guide, exploring the pretty cobbled streets of Mykonos Town (another curated experience on offer from the hotel). In the daytime, it has a relaxed feel, with lots of great boutiques, cafes and restaurants to while away the time. Afterwards, we take a boat to Delos. The neighbouring island is home to one of the biggest archaeological sites in Europe and is said to be the mythological birthplace of Apollo. The island’s ruins encompass Doric temples, markets, an amphitheater, houses with mosaics and the iconic Terrace of the Lions statues – which are overrun with beautiful wildflowers at the time of our visit. But it’s the magical light that people have travelled here for centuries to soak in. As the sun sets across the Aegean sea, we get to admire the glistening view out to Mykonos – an island forever etched in my memory for being as glamorous as it is tranquil.

CLASSIC COLLECTION H O L I DAY S 7 nights at Myconian Kyma from £1496 per person. Price based on 2 adults sharing an Apollon deluxe garden view room on a bed & breakfast basis and includes return flights from London Gatwick and private transfers. Room upgrade: Ocean junior suite sea view from £137 to £166 per person per night depending on season. 0800 047 1064; classic-collection.co.uk

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JEWEL in the CROWN The Anassa is considered the queen of Cyprus when it comes to luxury stays. Absolutely takes a trip. Wo r d s H E L E N B R O W N

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et’s say you’re a sun-seeking holidaymaker, born and bred on the British Isles, with children perhaps, in pursuance of an actual summer in the summer months. There’s a very good chance you’ve considered Cyprus. More likely, you’ve been. Sunshine is a given, as is the sparkling blue of the Mediterranean. But Cyprus delivers on a level that feels ever so slightly more exotic than a trip to Tuscany or the Côte d’Azur. Perhaps it’s the blistering heat of the Middle East, or that it’s just that little bit further to fly. Whatever the reason, Brits have long beelined to the island in their droves. The north and south of Cyprus have been divided by a UN buffer zone since 1974 when Turkey seized the north. Since then, the south has become a tourist trap, bustling with holiday-makers, luxury beach resorts and international food chains. The lesser known Turkish side remains largely unchanged and is where you’ll find sweet

little cafes, miles of green countryside, untouched beaches and charmingly remote villages. For a country that is less than half the size of Wales, it doesn’t half have some character because the west coast feels different again. I’m staying at the Anassa, a fantastically regal, five-star stay at the foothold of the Akamas peninsula. This thick undeveloped finger of land in the far west of Cyprus is all undulating limestone and deep, narrow valleys. It’s a quiet side of the island with breathtaking lagoons and secluded bays, both geologically and geographically unique in terms of flora and fauna (168 variety of birds alone can be found in the 230 square km). The mythology of Cyprus is closely linked to the image of Aphrodite – the goddess of love and beauty, and this place certainly has it in abundance. With its secluded hillside location and luxurious but unflashy charm, the Anassa hosts an international clientele of celebrities, footballers and families with excessive wealth. Impeccably-groomed and enviablylocated, it’s considered the Cypriat queen of luxury hotels.  Guests come for the seclusion and stay, in some cases, for weeks. There are certain A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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Fronted by the ocean, Anassa’s enviable location isn’t even the best bit

guests who will take a garden studio for the entirety of the summer, decompressing in the private pool and indulging in the fivestar service. This really is a place of utter luxury. Fronted by the ocean and unspoilt coastline, Anassa’s enviable location isn’t even the best bit. The hotel is a regular contender for the World’s Best Spa and as such affords a wealth of opportunities for rest and relaxation. The latest from the spa is that it’s teamed up with 100% natural and non-toxic skincare brand, Tata Harper. There aren’t two brands more perfectly suited to working with each other. Tata Harper pioneered the farm-to-face obsession and is the undisputed Queen of Green. Anassa’s Roman-style Thalassa Spa is inspired by the surrounding natural beauty and offers a seriously sumptuous treatment menu for detox and pampering. Choose a facial or a massage, but don’t leave without squeezing in some spa time. Also on offer is a menu of Greek Thalassotherapy which blends the maritime climate with seawater facilities (baths, showers and pools) for something designed to be truly restorative. A treatment here, plus some glorious Cypriot sun, it’s easy to see why people find it hard to leave. The rest of the hotel is laid out in the style of a Byzantine village. It  sprawls out from the infinity pools (plural) by way of winding paths and terrace areas. Buildings are whitewashed and tucked away behind mature greenery. The sea is close enough for a morning dip before breakfast while the pool’s swim-up bar serves its purpose come cocktail hour. The whole place is effortlessly elegant, refined without being showy.  Food-wise, there are four restaurants to choose from. Basilko is a gorgeous candlelit

cavern, decked out almost entirely in cream, with a focus on Mediterranean and Asian-inspired dishes. It’s not the fusion food of the 00s though; these elegant dishes marry local ingredients with slick, Asian cooking techniques. The Helios restaurant serves à la carte dishes with a strong French influence, while Pelagos is a seafront taverna with authentic local fare and an open kitchen. There is also a village square next to the chapel, where a weekly evening of entertainment is hosted, with live music and a Cypriot buffet. Breakfast is served in the Amphora and features all manner of local dishes, along with the usual suspects: eggs, pancakes, French toast and the likes. If you can tear yourself away from the pool, Anassa offers excursions to the surrounding Akamas area. Perhaps the most popular is a trip to the blue lagoon. This small bay is a spot of astounding beauty, with waters so clear  you can see all the way down to the underlying sea bed. Don’t forget to pack snorkelling equipment and a deluxe picnic hamper from the hotel, stuffed with treats and local delicacies. There are also bikes to rent on which you can pootle off to the Baths of Aphrodite, where as Greek mythology would have it, The Goddess of Love used to take her bath in a cool pond near Polis. The place provides a magnificent view of the Bay of Polis and the waters here are said to hold special rejuvenating powers. Not that you'll need them after your stay.

ANASSA Scott Dunn offers a seven-night stay at Anassa from £3,000 per person, based on two people sharing a Studio Suite on a half board basis and includes flights and private transfers. For more information please visit scottdunn.com or call 020 8682 5040

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● It's a long way to the Outer Hebrides, which are 28 miles from the coast, but the vast, unspoiled beaches are worth the journey. Plus, they receive the brunt of the Atlantic's force, which Barra and Vatersay are blessed with fantastic, uncrowded surfing beaches that are among the very best in the world. Large, empty stretches of white sand and crystal clear waters are perfect for learning to surf, or for surfers to improve their skills. barrasurfadventures.co.uk

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● This popular surf spot forms part of Pembrokeshire’s St Bride’s Bay. It’s one of the longest beaches in the area, stretching out for two miles of soft sand backed by a bank of pebbles. Surf conditions are usually reliable but it’s best to avoid high water when the waves hit the pebble bank. It’s suitable for beginners, and there’s always plenty of space. Newsurf is the only surf school situated on Newgale Beach but it’s perfect for all abilities, from beginners attempting to catch their first wave to those looking to improve their cut back. The school offers group and private lessons with a team of coaches who are all qualified surf instructors and qualified beach lifeguards. Other compelling factors include warm showers, a spacious car park and an on-site surf shop. newsurf.co.uk

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Surf essentials…

A WETSUIT

The UK is not Mexico. You’ll need a wetsuit, even in summer, and probably a winter weight one. There’s nothing worse than freezing in cold water and for much of the year, surfing in the UK is eminently possible if you have the right kit. That will often include gloves, shoes and even a balaclava. mountainwarehouse.com

POLZEATH CORNWALL WAV E H U N T E R S

● Polzeath might not offer the best surf in North Cornwall but it’s certainly one of the most popular spots. It’s a long beach and a friendly town with countless surf schools, surf shops and eateries aimed at surfers – non-surfers are in the minority here. Even David Cameron has been snapped catching waves in his wetsuit. Wavehunters will provide you with all the kit you need. wavehunters.co.uk

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Dick Pierce’s stylish wooden belly boards are handcrafted in Cornwall and designed to last a lifetime. The classic boards come in a wide range of stylish contemporary shades as well as the original wooden finish. Wooden boards are simpler than the newer stand-up boards; until the 1960s, no family holiday to Devon or Cornwall was complete without one. dickpearce.com

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● One of the best beginner surf beaches in England, Saunton has manageable walls at all stages of the tide and is considered one of the premier long board waves in the country. These long, slow breaking left and rights dish out the perfect conditions to learn to surf in England, with 5-miles of open beach. walking-on-waves.com

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It’s a long drive to Cornwall, and even further to Pembrokeshire, so weekending urbanites need to make sure that their cars are up to it. There’s a lot of kit and you may find yourself changing into a wetsuit in the back seat. The Mazda CX-5 is spacious enough to transport a family plus kit to even the remotest spots. mazda.co.uk

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Delighting guests since 1865, The Langham, London continues to set the standard for luxury hotels in the capital. With its unique ‘Private Dining by Roux’ concept in partnership with Michel Roux Jr, genuine service and attention to detail in the lavish surroundings of The Grand Ballroom, The Langham, London will be the setting for your happiest memories.

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urn Coastal Retreat is a site offering various different sized selfcatering houses as well as a restaurant, indoor pool and spa. It’s a short walk away from Bude and its beaches, while the retreat itself hosts a programme of holiday activities for children, quiz nights, outdoor tai chi classes and other activities.

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After winning and hanging on to one of Wales’ few Michelin stars at the Crown at Whitebrook, local-boy-made-good James Sommerin has ventured to the seafront to set up his eponymous restaurant with rooms. Located where Cardiff meets the coast, it serves sensational tasting menus and a view of the Severn Estuary. jamessommerinrestaurant.co.uk

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Jamie Oliver's outpost in Watergate Bay is still going strong and it's a wonderful spot, directly on the vast beach. Italian-inspired dishes are served with simplicity and enormous flair, with all profits going to the Cornwall Food Foundation and Jamie Oliver's training programme. Dishes are a mix of pasta, seafood and fresh, standout ingredients with a lovely wine list and excellent kids' men too. fifteencornwall.co.uk

Some of the best views in Cornwall are to be had from this smart eaterie, set high above beautiful Summerleaze beach. There's a buzzy bar and a serious restaurant with an ambitious menu – think high class, globally influenced dishes with lots of local ingredients including Cornish cod and crab. This is a stylish spot for a treat – the puddings ane cocktails are clever too. thebeachatbude.co.uk

The Hut at Colwell Bay offers breathtaking views across the estuary, a laidback Mediterranean vibe and impeccable service from ever-smiling staff. Guests can enjoy glasses of the palest rose and dishes such as succulent Garlic Butter Grilled Lobster and Monkfish Tacos. The restaurant is also launching its very own ferryboat service between Lymington and the Isle of Wight. thehutcolwell.co.uk

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HOME LIFE PEA

Pea is a new ‘go-to’ brand that offers customisable collections created for children and designed for grown-ups. The brand was founded by friends Claire and Paul who set out to inspire children’s imaginations through creative homewares. frompea.com

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Embracing an innovative, modern approach whilst keeping traditional values at its core, Kew House School takes an exciting stance on 21st century education. With state-of-the-art facilities, a broad curriculum and excellent pastoral care, Kew House is a place where you would want to be – a place of learning and discovery, laughter and friendship.

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BRAND FOCUS

SUMMER FUN

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From sun-safe UV beachwear to outfits ready for exploring the sights, AlexandAlexa’s holiday shop has got it all. Make sure you visit before jetting off this summer. alexandalexa.com

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SMALL TALK Summer styles, London/Tokyo looks, fitness for tots and lunchbox talk

STEP IT UP FITBIT

New from Fitbit is the Ace2, designed for tots age six and up to become fitness aware. The swimproof activity monitoring device has a protective bumper and lots of colourful avatars and cover photos for personalisation, as well as animated clock faces and integrated motivating challenges. £69.99 fitbit.com

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ew childrenswear brands have as interesting a backstory as Owa Yurika. The collection for girls aged 3-14 is the brainchild of talented mother and daughter duo Yurika and Yuri Oshima. Yuri grew up in Tokyo admiring her mother’s distinct sense of style (she recalls how her mum always stood out at the school gates) – and her mother’s love of fashion rubbed off, as Yuri went on to become a fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar. Both with busy careers (Yuriko was a best-selling author on colour theory) it wasn’t until Yuri’s daughter was born that they saw an opportunity to work together. Combining cutting-edge London design with time-honoured Japanese manufacturing, the pair have created a collection which is both fresh and luxurious. Yurika’s colour expertise plays out beautifully in this season’s pastel palette with dashes of bold colour and Yuri’s fashion know-how can be seen in the clean lines and playful prints.

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We’re not sure that this ruffled swimsuit from Little Creative Factory could be more adorable. Perfect for splish-splashing this summer – whether they’re by the pool, at the beach or just running around the garden.

S'nack by S'well is a new range of stainless steel lunch containers that keep food hot or chilled - for up to eight hours. Perfect for lunchboxes, they come in a range of fun colours and patterns.

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These camps, in locations all over London, engage children in the core concepts of coding, designed to leave children with a sense of excitement about the technology that surrounds them. The logic behind computing builds children’s ability to think and plan. For a well-rounded experience, they also incorporate outside play and other camp activities. cyphercoders.com

Are your urban tots addicted to screens? There's no better antidote than Camp Wilderness' residential adventure camps for children aged six to 15 spend either three or five days living in bell tents in the forest, cooking on campfires, swimming in lakes and learning survival skills, all the while making friends for life. With seven sites across the UK, there's no better adventure. campwilderness.co.uk

Huzzah Holiday Camps bring out the best in every child. Children learn key skills like paying close attention, using initiative, sharing with and leading a group and all the various forms of expression you’d expect from a drama, dance and singing class. Each five-day camp ends with a performance to celebrate a job well done; perfect for ages four to 11. huzzahperformingarts.com

The Rhythm Studio’s holiday music camps offer the chance to form bands, perform live gigs, produce tracks, learn DJ or beatboxing skills, and live code electronic music using Sonic Pi. Camps for 8-18 year-olds are taking place throughout the summer holidays in Ladbroke Grove. Receive 10% off The Rhythm Studio’s summer 2019 holiday music camps when you quote Absolutely. therhythmstudio.co.uk

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THE BIG FEASTIVAL

23-25 August FOODIE MECCA ow in its ninth year, this Cotswoldian jamboree is a favourite with families, serving up a blend of BBC Radio 2-friendly pop and high-end nosh from some of the nation’s most celebrated chefs and restaurants. Taking place on Blur bassist Alex James’ cheese farm in idyllic Kingham, the vibe is very much ‘Home Counties Go Wild’, with the Cotswolds’ UFL (up from London) contingent ensuring that the organic English wine keeps flowing and the party lasts well into the night. This year’s musical line-up sees headline sets by Jess Glynne and Elbow, while the foodie fun is brought by tastemakers from Raymond Blanc and Mark Hix to sometime supermodel Jodie Kidd. There’s a ton for kids, too, from a souped-up playground and crafts tents to a giant collective campfire (for toasting marshmallows). thebigfeastival.com

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7-8 September (book ahead) WELLNESS FEST welcome addition to the summer festival scene, Verve emphasises physical and emotional wellbeing, with a range of family-friendly activities including farm runs, yoga and Pilates classes, stargazing and forest bathing. Located in rural Wiltshire, the festival will also offer a ‘wild and off-grid’ spa, kids’ art and bushcraft classes, seasonal produce from local suppliers and talks on everything from how to engage kids with nature to how kindness can improve your sense of self. And if you like your growth with a side serving of hedonism? Don’t fear: Verve has you covered. Saturday night will see DJ Emma spinning disco, house and funk anthems while the spiritually refreshed masses sip creative cocktails under the stars. feeltheverve.com

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THE BIG FEASTIVAL

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13-14 July SOUL VIBES his southeast London festival takes place in the well-todo environs of Blackheath, a short stroll from leafy Greenwich Park. Its musical focus is on easygoing, mainstream-friendly acts with a soulful vibe – though this year’s lineup (which includes Soul II Soul, Brand New Heavies, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and Jamiroquai) ups the ante with a Sunday night headline set from the legendary Grace Jones. Elsewhere, there’s more than enough to keep kids entertained, from the Science Museum’s slime workshops and local baby music specialists Boppin’ Bunnies to BBC kids presenter Andy Day’s band, The Odd Socks, and a hands-on mini zoo. The festival’s food offerings look great, too, with suppliers sourced from Lewisham’s much-loved Street Feast – so there’s no doubting their deliciousness. onblackheath.com

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25-28 July DRESS-UP FUN amp Bestival consistently wins family festival awards year-on-year. Set in the sprawling grounds of Lulworth Castle, on Dorset’s epic Jurassic coastline, the organisers like to describe it as a ‘festi-holiday’, a family festival experience, combined with an action-packed camping trip. The festival is famous for its fancy dress, and this year the theme is Heroes VS Superheroes. Don your capes and get ready dance all night to the likes of Ash, Morcheba and East 17. Or get lost in the enormous Kids’ Garden, where there will be activities from soft play and circus skills to go-carts and glitter. Little ones can enjoy performances from children’s TV royalty such as Sam & Mark and Mr Tumble too. campbestival.net

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Including mint green, dusty pink, airforce blue and claret, Matchstick Monkey has launched a new collection of nordic-inspired colours. The award-winning soft teether features a range of different textures to help massage sore gums and ease teething pains. matchstickmonkey.com

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n preparation for the arrival of my little girl, Mamas & Papas very kindly sent me some of the newborn essentials that I was lacking, so if you have a little one on the way and you’re looking for some inspiration, read on! When it comes to dressing a newborn, I’m very much into keeping things simple. I find bodysuits are perfect for pretty much every occasion when they are so small (and sleeping most of the time anyway!). This is why I chose the floral all-in-one set of 3 and matching set of 5 floral bodysuits, I just love the subtle colours. You don’t need a huge amount of toys for the newborn stage but I would definitely recommend the Welcome To The World Starlight Swing. I love the little LED lights that flash overhead on the hood and it has five swinging motions and a selection of melodies to help soothe your baby (if you’re lucky, it might even send them to sleep). The last thing I highly recommend getting is the Grey Contour Changing Mattress. I had a similar one for Buddy and I just loved that he felt a little more secure in there when being used on top of a changing station. My issue with the one I previously had was that the cover wasn’t particularly nice, whereas this Mamas & Papas one completely fits in with the aesthetic of my nursery. mamasandpapas.com @myweebuddy

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EDUCATION • PROMOTION

“The Rhythm Studio gets children working with a common goal and experiencing the chemistry that happens if you bring young minds together” DON LETTS (BBC 6 Music DJ and patron of The Rhythm Studio Foundation)

RHYTHM of LIFE How The Rhythm Studio is reshaping the landscape for young musicians

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he Rhythm Studio is a music school with a difference, a place where students are inspired to develop their musical talents while learning to play and produce the music that they love. While music education in schools continues to hit the headlines due to funding cuts and the near extinction of A-Level Music, The Rhythm Studio’s progressive approach is inspiring a generation of young Londoners to learn instruments, form bands, produce their own music and perform live. The studio has grown from a small community of drummers in North Kensington to a flourishing music school – with attached charitable foundation and record label – that works with more than 1,000 young people each year. The school is now based in the heart of London’s music scene at Kensington & Chelsea College, a stone’s throw from Portobello Road and a treasure trove of musical heritage.

The Rhythm Studio’s term-time classes include full-time courses for sixth form students, one-to-one instrumental and vocal lessons, band jam sessions and music production classes. Meanwhile, school holiday camps offer the chance to form bands, get onstage at Pizza Express Live in the West End, produce tracks using Logic Pro X and Ableton Live, fine-tune DJ or beatboxing skills and live code electronic music using Sonic Pi. During term-time, sixth form students are also treated to masterclasses with visiting tutors from all

walks of the music business. Recent guests include Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie, Mercury Music Prize winners Wolf Alice and BBC Radio 1’s Toddla T. The outstanding achievements of The Rhythm Studio’s students are testament to an inspirational team of teachers delivering classes that are relevant to the contemporary music industry landscape. In recent years, students have progressed to some of the finest higher education institutions in the world, including Berklee College, Goldsmiths and Leeds College of Music. Notable alumni include James Carter of all-conquering electronic music duo Snakehips, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School Of Rock band stars Selma Hansen (Katy) and Oscar Rice (Zach), and beatbox maestro Shamime Ibrahim (Jason Mraz / The Specials). From Platinum hits to Olivier Awards via Glastonbury, Coachella and the Hollywood Bowl, The Rhythm Studio’s students are carving out their own path in the music business. 2011 saw the inception of The Rhythm Studio Foundation, a registered charity working alongside the academy to ensure that all young people have the chance to enrich their lives through music, regardless of their background or personal circumstances. Eight years later, the charity funds 27 scholarship places for weekly lessons, a program of band and production sessions for six local state schools and weekend music workshops on the paediatric wards at Chelsea & Westminster and St Mary’s hospitals. The impact of The Rhythm Studio Foundation has attracted the attention of some high-profile supporters from within the music industry and beyond, many of whom have entrusted The Rhythm Studio with their own children’s musical development. Notable patrons include Chris Martin, Sharleen Spiteri, Don Letts, Shaun Keaveny and Bella Freud.

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KIDS & EDUCATION • BOOKS

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U P, U P AN D AWAY BALLOO N TO TH E M OO N By Gill Arbuthnot

Illustrated by Chris Nielson

To commemorate the 50 year anniversary of the fi rst moon landing, blast off into a beautifully illustrated journey. Designed with a vintage, 1960s aesthetic, this educational book teaches us about the great innovations of the past. One for older children with a fascination in all things that fly. £16.99

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GREEN FINGERS

EASY PEASY GARDEN I NG FOR KI DS By Kristen Bradley • Illustrated by Aitch

No matter where you live, no matter the time of year, Easy Peasy invites little ones to throw themselves into the natural world. A gorgeous book, packed full of inspiring and simple activities for curious young gardeners. Experience the wonders of planting a seed and watching it grow into a flower, picking berries in the summer or making a bird feeder in the spring. This is one for keeps. £12.95

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AN ODE TO WO N D E R WYLDER: A SILENT BOOK By Maia Walczak

Wylder’s world is full of wonder. Each day is a chance to meet a new forest friend, and each night a chance to wish upon a star. This is an emotive, wordless book which looks at the bond between a boy and his father. It tells a story of love and loss, while celebrating gentleness, sensitivity and compassion. It allows for truly creative discussions. £6.99

G A R B AG E D O G By Robbie Wilkinson

A heartwarming tale about a dog’s journey from the streets to a new home, discovering family and friendship along the way. It’s no picnic having to fight for scraps, but even in the darkest of times, Garbage Dog keeps his sprits up. Written in humorous rhyme, this is a sweet tale of kindness. £12.95

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A W O R L D B E N E AT H WAV E S : S E A By Patricia Hegarty

Illustrated by Britta Teckentrup

This delightful peep-through picture book, bursting with beautiful colour, invites you to discover the world beneath the waves. Each page is teeming with life, from tiny graceful seahorses to darting tropical fish, electric eels and enormous humpback whales. £11.99

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D OW N TH E R A B B IT H O LE ALICE I N WO N D E R L AN D : A P U Z Z L E A DV E N T U R E By Aleksandra Artymowska

A particularly stylish puzzle book inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic. Riddle your way from one page to another, through a mad hatter’s tea party and lines of marching cards. Full of nostalgic charm, it appeals to readers young and old. £16.99

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CHISWICK

KFH East Dulwich, says, “Families move to East Dulwich from a variety of neighbouring areas, but most typically from nearby Balham and Clapham, as our properties offer a more affordable option for younger families.” The average rent for a family home through KFH East Dulwich is £3,500 pcm. On top of excellent schooling, East Dulwich is home to a Picture House Cinema, boutique shops, plenty of history as the birthplace of Enid Blyton and superb restaurants with outdoor seating areas for summer.

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EARLSFIELD

With the ever-popular Balham and Clapham to the east, Battersea to the north and Tooting to the south, Earlsfield was for a long time considered the wallflower of south London postcodes. But with excellent primary schools, a huge selection of family properties and green spaces such as Wandsworth Common and Wimbledon Park nearby, Earlsfield has become the first choice

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for a huge proportion of south London’s yummy mummies. Rebecca May has worked for KFH for 23 years and is currently Sales Manager at KFH Earlsfield. She says, “The Borough of Wandsworth as a whole is known for its great community spirit. Bars and cafes such as Belle Amie and Bean and Hop contribute to this, while Eddie Catz play centre, Mini Potters pottery painting and the local library offer a huge selection of parent and child sessions.” Traditionally, the housing stock has been made up of Victorian and Edwardian terraces, period conversions and maisonettes, with the average sale price currently sitting around £940,000.

Leafy Chiswick boasts attractive period properties and quick motorway access. It’s perfect for those who want the advantages of the capital but without the hustle and bustle of city life. Safe, quiet and affluent, Chiswick is home to a wealth of high-performing primary schools which attract families from neighbourhoods such as Chelsea and Fulham. There is also a fantastic assortment of nearby amenities such as Kidzania, the London Museum of Water and Steam and Chiswick House. Ramsey Conyers, Sales Manager at KFH Chiswick has worked in the area for over 15 years. He says, “Our buyers are a wonderful mix of families new to the area and those who have lived within the community for generations. The average price of a home sold through KFH Chiswick is over £1 million.” Families looking to move to Chiswick can expect a gorgeous selection of Victorian cottages, Edwardian terraces, conversion properties and new builds.

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EAST DULWICH

Young families are drawn to East Dulwich by the well-priced property and the reputation it has for being a vibrant, buzzing area. It has excellent transport links with London Bridge just 20 minutes away by train, yet maintains a rural charm. Roxanne Alleyne, mother of two, and Lettings Manager at

Looking to buy, sell, rent or let in any of these areas? The team at KFH know London, and they understand your journey. Get in touch kfh.co.uk

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BELGRAVE MEWS WEST SW1X

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newly-refurbished, four storey mews house with exceptionally large reception rooms and master bedroom. The office doubles as a glass sided garage, while the living room has built-in book cases, a stone fire place and a lime-washed oak parquetry floor. Other highlights include a large entertaining room, Miele kitchen appliances, under floor heating and an integrated Teletask Smart Home system.

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Arundel Gardens, Notting Hill W11 A glorious and superbly presented stucco fronted house located in idyllic garden square setting offering an abundance of natural light and a real sense of volume with direct access on to a wonderful communal garden. • • • •

Caroline Foord looks forward to helping you. caroline.foord@knightfrank.com 020 3463 0062

Well considered balance of entertaining and reception space Double height reception area and private south-facing garden Child and dog friendly communal garden Approximately 4,865 sq ft (452.18 sq m)

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Robert French looks forward to helping you. robert.french@knightfrank.com 020 8128 9743

An abundance of natural light Designed by award-winning Argent design Benefits from 3 private terraces Approximately 1,900 sq ft (176.5 sq m)

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Benefits from ceiling heights of 3.1 meters A south-facing reception room with natural light Situated in the heart of South Kensingon Approximately 2,507 sq ft (237.56 sq m)

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St. John Street, Clerkenwell EC1V £1,575,000 A beautifully designed two bedroom loft situated in one of Clerkenwell’s most prestigious developments. Benefiting from just under 1,600 sq ft of lateral space and a balcony to the rear. The development was constructed in 1910 for the United Yeast Company and converted into unique, loft style apartments in the late 90s. This apartment delivers an excellent and unique space combined with one of the most desirable locations in EC1.

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Fitzjames Avenue, London W14

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An elegant 4 bedroom lateral apartment with long corridors and high ceilings on the second floor with a communal lift. Gated and portered. Leafy setting. Share of freehold With balcony views onto both the tree lined street and courtyard this second floor apartment consists of a master bedroom with an ensuite, three separate bedrooms, a separate bathroom and an open plan sitting room and dining room with period features including ornate cornice, panelled doors, timber floor and fire places. The apartment is beautifully presented with traditional features including cornicing and arches which conceal uplighters. Rooms have high ceilings and plenty of light with leafy out looks. Fitzjames Avenue is conveniently located for Baron’s Court tube station, serviced by the District and Piccadilly lines. The property is share of freehold, EPC: D

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Wilton Road, Pimlico SW1V

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A fully renovated studio apartment on the first floor of a purpose built block with a fabulous private terrace. Set at the back of the building the accommodation offers a timber panel lined studio room with large screen and sound system, a separate shower room, and marble and timber kitchen. Remaining lease of 43 years with a reasonable cost for an extension to 160 years. London pied a terre base or investment purchase. EPC: C

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HATCH END

£1,150,000

A modern detached house (2225 sq ft, 206.7 sq m) built in 1992 by the current owners, to a high standard. It is located in one of Hatch End’s premier roads within easy reach of The Broadway’s extensive range of restaurants, shopping facilities and the Overground train station (Euston in approximately 35 minutes).

PINNER VILLAGE

£1,295,000

This five bedroom Edwardian house (2223 sq ft, 206.5 sq m) is set on a pretty lane in the heart of Pinner within half a mile of the train station and a few minutes’ walk to the boutiques shops, restaurants and supermarkets at the village centre. There is original mosaic tiled flooring in the hallway, a dining room with a vaulted glass ceiling and a high end bespoke fitted kitchen. The Estate Office, 34 High Street, Pinner HA5 5PW T: 0208 866 0222 | E: enquiries@david-charles.co.uk

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PINNER VILLAGE

£1,499,000

This spacious and unique five bedroom detached family home (2614 sq ft, 242.9 sq m) was architecturally designed and built in a ‘New England’ style in 2003. It has a naturally bright east/west aspect and has many features including sash windows, oak flooring, original structural beams and a first floor galleried landing offering attractive views over the rear garden and beyond.

HARROW ON THE HILL

£1,475,000

An attractive Grade II listed ‘Arnold Mitchell’ designed five bedroom Victorian house (2507 sq ft, 232.9 sq m) located on the lower slopes of Harrow on the Hill. The property is full of character with original fireplaces, cornices, wood flooring and leaded light windows. Outside there is a substantial rear garden and the front overlooks a public park. The Estate Office, 34 High Street, Pinner HA5 5PW T: 0208 866 0222 | E: enquiries@david-charles.co.uk

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WATERMANS QUAY, LONDON A fantastic 3 bedroom apartment in highly desirable riverside development with balcony and parking. This 6th floor apartment offers bright and generous accommodation providing two double bedrooms and either a single bedroom or study, en-suite shower room, bathroom, large kitchen/breakfast room and double aspect reception room with rooftop views and a balcony with views onto the river. Watermans Quay is a popular development with concierge, lift, allocated parking and charming riverside communal areas. EPC-C. GUIDE PRICE

ÂŁ885,000

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Chiswick Hammersmith West Kensington Fulham Chelsea

Battersea Clapham Putney Barnes Richmond

Kew Sheen Twickenham Teddington Kingston

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PARSONS GREEN, LONDON A very rare and wonderful opportunity to purchase a family home directly on Parsons Green. The house comprises an entrance hall, double reception room, cloakroom, kitchen and a further reception room/diner along with access to a large basement. The first floor provides three double bedrooms and a modern family bathroom whilst the top floor is arranged with a further two double bedrooms and two bathrooms (one of them an en suite). Externally there are generous gardens to both the front and back of the property. GUIDE PRICE

ÂŁ2,850,000

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Egerton Crescent, Knightsbridge, SW7 For sale: Price on application | Freehold To let: ÂŁ7,500 per week

A traditional family home with a beautiful private garden Situated in the centre of this elegant Grade ll Listed crescent, a stunning house with a magnificent, landscaped, south-facing garden. Arranged over five floors, with a spectacular first floor drawing room, the house offers well-balanced 4/5 bedroom accommodation. JLL Knightsbridge | knightsbridge@eu.jll.com | 020 3873 0220

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Longridge Road, SW5 - £525,000

Rosary Gardens, SW7 - £899,000

A beautifully light and well-proportioned one double bedroom apartment situated on the second floor of an elegant and well maintained Victorian building.

A wonderfully bright and quiet two double bedroom apartment situated on the third floor of an elegant Victorian house.

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Vicarage Crescent, SW11 - £595,000

Noel Road, N1 - £2,350,000

Superb upper floors maisonette, sensibly arranged to provide flexible reception space, separate kitchen, shower room, double bedroom and south facing roof terrace.

A lovely end of terrace three bedroom three bathroom freehold house with garden and garage; peaceful with views and aspect in a pretty street in central Islington, a short walk from Angel and all the area’s great amenities.

Jerry Epton (MRICS)

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Compton Avenue, N1 - £2,400,000

Canonbury Park South, N1 - £3,500,000

An unusually private, light and beautiful, lateral three bedroom house, architecturally-designed to provide great living space and views with discrete courtyards, terraces and walkways.

A gorgeous semi-detached Grade II listed house with four double bedrooms a modern glass extension and off-street parking surrounded by mature landscaped gardens in a quiet sought-after Canonbury street.

Jerry Epton (MRICS)

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Property Guru

Property Guru

Tel. 020 7908 9282 jerry.epton@youhome.co.uk

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