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SKATES ON LONDON'S MOST ROMANTIC RINKS

CHRISTMAS CRAFTING MAKE YOUR OWN WREATH

ORLA KIELY

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contents Dece mbe r 2016

45 c u lt u r e

10 WHAT’S ON

Diary dates for December

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SKATES ON

The best rinks to visit this Christmas

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25 ALL THAT GLITTERS

Sequins and sparkles for the festive season

26 THE SHOOT

Making a statement with bold block colours

H E A LT H & B E AU T Y

ADVENT CALENDARS

32 BEAUTY CONFIDENTIAL

fa s h i o n

35 SCENT OF A DIVA

Count down the days in style with our round-up

22 FASHION CONFIDENTIAL This month’s hottest trends and products

The month's best beauty buys

Discovering the scent of a 1920s icon

Food & Drink

40 KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL Tasty happenings from the local area

43 FOOD REVIEW

Eating out at Hattush and BabaBoom

t r av e l Absolutely discovers this prehistoric paradise

M A R KS & S P E N C E R S S 1 7 A v a i l a b l e a t m a r k s a n d s p e n c e r. c o m

interiors

52 INTERIOR CONFIDENTIAL The news and trends to update your home

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56 CHRISTMAS CRAFTS Create your own festive wreath

k i d s & E d u c at i o n

50 GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS C o ve r :

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60 KIDS CONFIDENTIAL

The latest news, trends and products

PROPERTY

68 PROPERTY NEWS News and views on the area

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hristmas is upon us and this year it has come around pretty fast. Or does it always seem that way? This year, I will be hosting Christmas Day for the very first time. So for me, all this magazine research for decorations, gifts, food and wine has been entirely useful for my own purposes as I plan my festivities. In this issue we are recommending the baubliest baubles, the quirkiest advent calendars, the most lavish foodie hampers and the finest turkeys, as well as seeking out gifts of all kinds. And on my list? I'm after a Kindle, a Smythson diary and anything cashmere, since you ask. We're not exclusively all about Christmas this month, though. Our interview with south London's

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Orla Kiely focuses on design inspiration, nostalgia and fashion, while further afield, we visit the Galapagos Islands for wildlife encounters that are usually the stuff of television documentaries. Closer to home, we round up the finest places to ice skate in our city. Anyway, I’m off to make a wreath. Here's wishing a very merry Christmas to all our readers. ◆

Pendle Harte Editor

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PATTERN TALK WITH ORLA KIELY

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English National Ballet's Nutcracker. Photography by Ash

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SOMERSET HOUSE SKATE T h ro u gh o u t D e ce m b e r S o m e rs e t Ho u s e ick off the festivities with Fortnum & K Mason and a stylish skate at this iconic rink. Then warm up with a rink shide shop and an indulgent Chocolossus Hot chocolate in the beautiful alpine setting of the Fortnum's Lodge. u Strand, WC2R; somersethouse.org.uk

WINTER WONDERLAND

Santa’s Sci-Fi Salon 2 December The Albany

Forget all you know about sleigh rides and reindeer, this is Christmas as it's not been told before. Santa's Sci-Fi Salon offers a collection of exciting short-stories and suprises about the future, time travelling poets, visiting aliens and more for a seasonal knees-up with a twist. Douglas Way, SE8;

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T h ro u gh o u t D e ce m b e r Hy de Pa rk or your fix of festive spirit indulge in F Hyde Park's annual gathering of Chrismtas markets, fairground rides, ice skating, grottos and glühwein. This year the Magical Ice Kingdom presents an 'Artic Adventure' complete with ice bergs, ship wreck and a polar bear palace. u Hyde Park, W2; hydeparkwinterwonderland.com

CHRISTMAS IN LEICESTER SQUARE

T h ro u gh o u t D e ce m b e r L e i c es te r S q u a re mack bang in the middle of Leicester S Square, this is London's latest offering of yuletide merriment. Home to a grotto, vintage Speigeltent and traditional Christmas market to stock up on trinkets and twinkles, this is another excellent excuse for a little glühwein and goodies indulgence. u Leicester Square, WC28

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ARTS & CULTURE / TALKING TOPICS

SANTA’S IN TOWN

6 - 24 D e c e m b e r Ro y a l Al b e r t Ha ll ourney back in time with Santa J Claus to discover the events and traditions that make Christmas the celebration we know and love today. Adventure through the magnificent 19th century Hall, discover festive history as it happened in the Victoiran era and take part in card and decoration making workshops before receiving a gift from Father Christmas himself. u Kensington Gore, SW7; royalalberthall.com

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Celebrate Christmas at Southwark’s newest street dedicated to Creative Enterprise. Sip a mug of mulled cider as you browse unique gifts of original artworks, prints, illustrations, jewellery, millinary and photography that have been created by the talented artists at Hotel Elephant.

10 D e cemb e r Cutty S ark oin Cutty Sark for a festive J evening underneath the ship’s gleaming hull with The Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir. Enjoy many a fine tune from the choir who beat Bieber to become the Christmas Number One last year with A Bridge Over You. Treat yourself to some mulled wine and mince pies, and don’t forget to look up at the mast and admire the spectacular Christmas lights. u King William Walk, SE10 rmg.co.uk

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THE NUTCRACKER Thro u gho u t D e c e m b e r R oyal Op e ra Hou s e n a sparkling Christmas Eve in a frost-dusted Edwardian London, Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker doll discover a magical world; of evil mice, handsome prices, dancing sugarplums, and the glistening Land of Snow. Tchaikovsky’s

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magnificent score is once brought to life by The Royal Ballet as they celebrate Peter Wright’s 90th birthday with a beautiful production of this Christmas family favourite.  Bow Street

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For full-on festive frivolity there is nothing more magical than a glittering evening on ice. Here are some of London’s finest rinks Wo r d s h e l e n b r o w n

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The Natural History Museum

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lide around beneath the twinkling lights of an impressive 40ft Swarovski adorned Christmas tree and marvel at one of London’s most breathtaking buildings. The Natural History Museum provides a dramatic skate setting, especially when lit up at night. If you don’t fancy the ice yourself, watch the action from the warmth of the Cafe Bar and openair balcony where hearty treats and boozy drinks are served daily. ◆  nhm.ac.uk

Somerset House

Somerset House Open until: 15 January 2017

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he stately surrounds of this iconic house have once again been transformed into the ultimate winter destination. Somerset House’s icy extravaganza is one of the most magical rinks in London. Besides the normal ice skating experience, they have a skate school for all ages, Polar Cub Club for kids and late Club Night evenings featuring a host of DJs. Cosy up post-skate with a Double Chocolossus Hot Chocolate in the Fortnum & Mason Lodge and indulge in a spot of rinkside festive shopping at the Fortnum’s Christmas Arcade. ◆  somersethouse.org.uk

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Hampton C o u r t Pa l ac e

Hampton Court Palace

Open until: 8 January 2017

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he historic home of Henry VIII has once again set up shop as one of the most scenic skate experiences this festive season. The ice rink at Hampton Court Palace epitomises the glitz and glamour of London at Christmas. Quiet morning sessions are ideal for the little ones whilst bustling afternoon and evening sessions make for the most enchanting of winter evenings. Combine your skate with a royalworthy feast of white chocolate and cranberry cookies, chocolate brownies and snowy marshmallows from the bakery counter or dine out on their delicious sharing platter for two. ◆  hamptoncourtpalaceicerink.co.uk

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Canary Wharf

Open until: 3 January 2017

Winter Wonderland

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istoric backdrops seem to be a running theme for creating wonderfully wintery settings and looking up at this ancient fortress it is easy to see why. After a one-year hiatus, the Tower of London has brought back its festive ice rink, nestled in the dry moat of this archaic landmark. This year, finish off your exhilarating stretch on the ice with a visit to the Tower’s Eis Haus, a pop-up ice lounge and bar serving drinks literally out of ice. ◆  toweroflondonicerink.co.uk

canary wharf Open until: 25 February 2017

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atfhe soaring towers of London’s business district provide a grandiose backdrop to the ice rink at Canary Wharf. LuminoCity is the theme this year with over 8km of Christmas lights sparkling beneath the ice, showcasing more than 16 million different colours every session. An icy pathway allows adventurous skaters to flit off from the main rink and glide beneath a twinkling canopy of light-laden trees.◆  icerinkcanar ywharf.co.uk

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Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

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Guildhall Cantata Ensemble

Sun 19 Feb 11am

Trio Isimsiz Sun 5 Mar 11am

Thumbelina Sat 11 Feb 1pm & 3pm

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Rapunzel Sat 11 Mar 12pm & 3pm

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FOOD & DRINK / GIFTS CHARBONEL ET WALKER

Chocolate Advent Calendar £50; charbonnel.co.uk

CARLUCCIO’S

Buon Natale Advent Calendar £9.95; carluccios.com

HOTEL CHOCOLAT

Advent for Two £26; hotelchocolat.com

BISCUITEERS

Limited Edition Advent Calendar by Susie Watson £55; biscuiteers.com

THE GINVENT

Calendar (2016 Edition) £124.95; masterofmalt.com

CHASE DISTILLERY

Spirit Advent Calendar £130; waitrosegifts.com

FORTNUM’S

Wooden Tea Advent Calendar; £125 fortnumandmason.com

BETTYS

Advent Calendar; £47.50; bettys.co.uk

HARRODS

Chocolate Truffle Advent Calendar £175; harrods.com

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Joyeux Noël Calendar; £19.95; paul-uk.com

2016’s most delectable advent calendars By jessica burrell

GODIVA

Christmas Advent Calendar £24; godivachocolates.co.uk

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Advent Calendar £59; pierreherme.com

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Midcentury Matter Orla Kiely, queen of the nostalgic print, introduces her whimsical new fashion collection, L’Orla Wo r d s P e n d l e H a r t e

PENDLE HARTE: Tell us about L’Orla. What inspired it? ORLA KIELY: L’Orla is a way of developing ideas that otherwise might be too whimsical for our mainline collection. It was inspired initially as a creative collaboration between our long time stylist and Violet magazine editor Leith Clark and myself. When it comes to fashion, we are kindred spirits as we both have a love for all things 60s and 70s. PH: Which are your favourite pieces from the L’Orla collection? OK: That is a tricky question, as I love them all for different reasons, but I especially love our floral embroideries developed with expert weavers. The results are incredibly beautiful and the dresses are magic. The lace knits are also very pretty. It is hard to choose. PH: How does the second collection build on the first? OK: For the L’Orla collection this season we have been inspired by 70s Laura Ashley, the effortless romantic spirit of Celia Birtwell and classic American brand Gunne Sax. Our L’Orla ladies are Shelley Duvall, one of the quintessential 70s beauties, and Mary Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie, who was light years ahead in her layering and style. With these inspirations we have designed

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L’Orla ladies are SHELLEY DUVALL, one of the quintessential 70s beauties, and MARY INGALLS from Little HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE

our most feminine collection to date, with special floral embroideries on silk organza dresses and printed ditzy florals on Italian baby corduroy dungarees. Lurex knit scallop-patterned necklines combined with cashmere sweaters. Playing with contrasting prints make for a modern day romantic spirit. PH: You have been involved in lots of collaborations. Are there any more to come? OK: We have been incredibly lucky to work with some great partners on different projects. We are continually developing something special.

PH: You’re known as much for your homewares as your fashion. Which is closer to your heart? OK: Orla Kiely – the company – developed from a passion for mid-century design and print. This has informed all aspects of our product, from the ready-towear collections, fragrance, beauty, handbags, watches, jewellery, homewares, wallpapers and more. My style has always remained clean, simple, measured, bold and brave, evolving each year with new designs and distinctive prints. It's about capturing a new spirit each season, which speaks to women everywhere. For me, it is this complete picture we create that I love, the way our customer lives her life, through our love of colour and pattern, we reinvent the every day, and make it a little more special. PH: You have spoken out against consumer excess. Do you think we should all stop shopping? OK: No, we should not stop shopping but we should definitely be more selective and considered when buying something. It should be functional and beautiful, which I always keepO in mind when designing a product. PH: You have previously mentioned your childhood kitchen as an inspiration. What was it like?

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SHELLEY DUVALL: 'ONE OF THE QUINTESSENTIAL 70S BEAUTIES'

My inspirations will always be FIRMLY BASED IN THE 50s, 60s & 70s PH: What other interiors do you admire? OK: I am devoted to beautiful mid-century interiors and wrote a book dedicated to the subject, called Home. My favourite houses are featured, such as Seigel House in Nottingham, Scheer House, Vila Bendvold and Brabrand House in Denmark are quite remarkable in their design and simplicity. PH: As a mother, how do you find time to combine your work and home life? OK: My two sons are young men now and studying at university, but while they were growing up, it was a tricky balance. Having the right support made things much easier. It was a team effort, always a joy. PH: Childrenswear seems to be missing from your collections. Are there any plans for that? OK: You never know what might be around the corner!

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OK: Growing up in Ireland in the 1970s had a great influence on my creative vision. My 1950s modernist family home, my mother’s great style, the area we lived in Dublin, just two minutes from the beach, close to the greenest fields and the mountains too. All this natural beauty and modernist style influenced my taste for colour and design. PH: There’s a lot of nostalgia in your designs. Why is that? OK: My inspirations will always be firmly based in the 50s, 60s and 70s. Those were times of great films, innovative design in all fields and, of course, the unforgettable music that remains so influential to this day.

'MARY INGALLS FROM LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE WAS LIGHT YEARS AHEAD IN HER LAYERING AND STYLE'

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PH: Can you tell us about the house you live in? Is it filled with your own designs? OK: I live in south London with my husband and my two dogs Olive and Ivy, my home has a very mid-century aesthetic. I have combined vintage furniture from fairs with products we have made. Our wallpaper prints, cushions and a special mohair blanket are to be found in the living room. In the kitchen our tableware adds something special at dinner times, and our towels in the bathrooms add some extra colour and pattern to everyday life. u

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ALL REVVED UP Shot by Mario Testino and modelled by Freja Beha Erichsen, Michael Kors' winter campaign showcases a modern mood for the brand. The covetable collection includes feather trousers, luxe beading and textural tweeds. 179 Regent Street, W1B 4JQ; michaelkors.co.uk

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Embellished shoes, purple party dresses and earcuffs are December’s must buys Wo r d s c h a r l o t t e a d s e t t

DELAM London's finest cashmere Wo r d s p e n d l e h a r t e

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ashmere is top of everyone's wish list at this time of year, and newcomer Delam is a luxe knitwear boutique with a global story. All yarns are Italian – the finest cashmere – and the dyes are Iranian. Ancient techniques applied to tribal Gabbeh rugs are used to create organic colours with an irregularity in appearance that delivers a collage effect, making each piece unique. The dyes come from native plants and roots such as pomegranate skin; the yarns are hand-dyed and left to dry in the sun in Iran before being sent

Each piece is as UNIQUE as the person

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back to Italy for knitting. 'Each piece is as unique as the person wearing it,' says Delam founder Lili Di Michele. The colours are subtle yet rich – all intriguing shades named things like Sumac Red and Walnut Brown, while sweaters and cardigans come in stylish shapes. There are bell sleeves, various different cuffs, flattering hems and lots of feminine designs, all reworking the traditional sweater. Delam - meaning 'my heart' promises to 'tell stories through colour' and these luxurious pieces will capture hearts in London and beyond. u delamlondon.com

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Shine On Selfridges

For Christmas 2016, Selfridges’ designer party wear offering includes exclusive cocktail dresses, shoes and bags from British and International designers and labels such as Roksanda, Del Pozo, and Mugler not available to buy anywhere else. selfridges.com

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FASHION / NOTES

7 of the best

THE COLOUR PURPLE Cinq a Sept

GOING FOR GOLD Embrace the metallic trend

Forget the LBD; with aubergine being the colour of the moment – and super flattering for most skin-tones – a purple party dress is winter’s wisest buy. Lace dress £665; farfetch.com

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BRAND TO KNOW Isa Arfen

Italian born, London based designer Serafina Sama counts a legion of fashion editors as fans of her brand Isa Arfen. The AW16 collection references the New Romantic scene of the 1970s and 1980s with velvet and taffeta tailoring. isaarfen.com

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OFF THE CUFF Ileana Makri

The single earcuff– which typically adorns the side of the ear and does not require a piercing – is the musthave statement accessory right now. The designer’s to know are Delfina Delettrez, Maria Black and fine jeweller Ilena Makri. 'Starry Night' diamond, sapphire & 18kt gold ear cuff £1,200; net-a-porter.com

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YOU CHOOS Jimmy Choo

The new ‘Capsule Collection’ from Jimmy Choo features shoes and bags each sold with interchangeable clip on Swarovski crystal jewels and pom poms. Day-to-night dressing just got a whole lot easier. Suede court shoes with a set of seven detachable jewels £1,250; jimmychoo.com

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01. GUCCI 'Broadway' metallic bag £1,030; mytheresa.com 02. PRADA Cloqué jacquard skirt £1,560; mytheresa.com 03. GIANVITO ROSSI ‘Brandy’ leather boots £640; farfetch.com 04. TIBI ‘Éclair’ sequin camisole £485; net-a-porter.com 05. ROCK THE JUMPSUIT Lame jumpsuit £149; rockthejumpsuit.com 06. JOUMANNA ‘Alda C Cuivre’ cuff £230; joumanna.com 07. JIMMY CHOO 'Wilbur 40' leather pumps £495; jimmychoo.com

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SOPHIA WEBSTER

Gemstone brooch £665; farfetch.com

‘Raye’ metallic leather & crystal platform sandals £495; net-a-porter.com

VICKI SARGE

GANNI

‘Humphrey’ beaded shawl £170; mytheresa.com

JENNY PACKHAM AW16

‘Sylvia’ Swarovski crystal & brass earrings £518; amazon.co.uk

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LANVIN

‘Mila’ sequin maxi skirt £380; brownsfashion.com

DOLCE & GABBANA

Crystal & velvet headband £625; mytheresa.com

DIANE KORDAS

18kt rose gold diamond earring £2,360; net-a-porter.com

Lamé silk dress £2,570; mytheresa.com

ALL THAT GLITTERS Party on in sequins & sparkles

DIANA

‘Celeste’ perspex necklace £325; libertylondon.com

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AQUAZZURA

‘Christy’ glitter pumps £410; brownsfashion.com

JIMMY CHOO

'Candy' acrylic clutch bag £595; farfetch.com

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Sequin bow tie £365; gucci.com

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> BEAUTY CONFIDENTIAL

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NAUGHTY AND NICE This year’s Christmas collection from Jo Malone is all about Mischief. And with packaging inspired by the traditional Harlequin costume and gifts that range from bath sets to Christmas Crackers, we know what we’re hoping to find under the tree. jomalone.co.uk

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B E AU T Y R e v i e w

We’re getting into the Christmas spirit with a round-up of beauty advent calendars W o r d s C AT H E R I N E H A L E S

MYLA & DAVIS Hair salon, SW9 Wo r d s e l i z a b e t h h u t t o n

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s anyone with an ombre knows, returning to your natural colour isn’t easy. Dying your entire head a shade similar to your roots is pointless, not to mention damaging, while colour-matching your ends to the top is almost impossible. It’s catch 22. The only option, as senior stylist Sam at Myla and Davis Brixton explained to me, is to dye a shade in between the two. With this agreed, we set to work. Sam coats the blonde parts of my hair, while I sit back with coffee and a couple of niche magazines. Decked out in mid-century furniture, indoor plants and reclaimed wooden fixtures, the salon itself feels like the kind of place where you can take a few

THE KIND of place YOU CAN TAKE a few hours OUT FROM LIFE... hours out from life. What’s even better is while everyone here is super friendly, they don’t enforce small talk, so you can happily sit in your own little bubble. Following the first dye and wash, Sam cut the smallest amount possible off my ratty ends and layers before applying a darker toner to the newly burnt caramel ombre. Using Bumble and Bumble Hairdressers Invisible Oil throughout, my fresh cut and chocolatey colour was as smooth, soft and shiny as it could be. An all-round lovely experience that I certainly want to repeat.

Picture Perfect NARS

Photographer Sarah Moon and François Nars have collaborated this season to produce a Holiday Collection with a difference. Think ethereal femininity meets a futuristic metropolis. We want all of it. narscosmetics.co.uk

● M Y L A & DAV I S 425 Coldharbour Lane, SW9; 020 3818 0068 mylaanddavis.co.uk

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8 SCENT-SATIONAL

of the best

Acqua di Parma

To celebrate their centenary, Italian brand Acqua di Parma have released Note di Colonia I, II & III. These fragrances are inspired by music from two of Italian opera’s most famous composers, Verdi and Puccini and are packaged in a reinterpretation of Colonia’s first bottle. acquadiparma.com

SKIN DEEP

ADVENT CALENDARS

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La Mer

The day many beauty addicts never thought would come is here: La Mer have launched a makeup range. Skincolor de la Mer includes foundation, concealer and powder as well as two brushes and is formulated with the brand’s signature Miracle Broth. Gimme. cremedelamer.co.uk

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PICK SWEET DREAMS thisworks

Give the most precious gift of all this Christmas: sleep. The Big Sleep from thisworks contains all of their best-loved sleep solutions including their deep sleep pillow spray, deep sleep night oil and deep sleep bath soak plus a luxurious eye mask. £70; thisworks.com

SO FRESH Jane Iredale

Jane Iredale’s 100% natural mineral makeup is designed to feel lightweight, whilst protecting your skin against the elements. On Monday 12th December Jane Iredale will be hosting an event at The Clinic with Dr Mayoni. Come along to find out how to keep your make-up on-trend and your skin radiant all season long. janeiredale.com

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1 CHARLOTTE TILBURY, £150; charlottetilbury.com 2 CIATÈ, £50; ciatelondon.com 3 JO MALONE, £280; jomalone.com 4 BAREMINERALS: £75, bareminerals.co.uk 5 LIBERTY, £165; libertylondon.com 6 BENEFIT, £34.50; benefitcosmetics.com 7 L'OCCITANE, £42; loccitane.com 8 CLARINS, £95; clarins.co.uk

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Bang & Olufsen of Tunbridge Wells 66 Mount Pleasant Road Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 1RB Tel: 01892 527525

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MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE What’s the smell of Christmas? W o r d s L aw r e n c e R o u l l i e r W h i t e

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hen it first launched in 1994 I had never smelled anything quiet like Etro’s Messe de Minuit. Although it includes one of the oldest perfume ingredients known to man, I had never before experienced frankincense being used so prominently in a scent. Though it is used mainly in the base of a fragrance to anchor and add longevity to the blend, anyone who has ever attended Catholic or High Anglican Midnight Mass will identify frankincense as the smell of Christmas. A few years earlier in 1991, in a similarly devout vain, Caron released Parfum Sacré, this time tinged with floral top notes. La Liturgie des Heures by Jovoy is one of the most successful of this ecclesiastical oeuvre, with fresh green top notes and the incense full-bodied and smoky in the middle. Comme des Garcons launched its series of perfume projects; Parfums Series, in 2000. In 2002 Series 3 Incense was devoted to the world’s religions’ practice of burning fragrant resins. Comme des Garcons: Series 3: Avignon conjures the 12th century Catholic cathedral of the city and is a celestial masterpiece by genius perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour. Rose may not be a smell overly associated with Christmas, and despite appearing in

SADLY, the official smell of CHRISTMAS SEEMS to have become a disastrous MEDLEY the top and middle of the scent, the name of Byredo’s Rose of No Man’s Land actually refers to the nurses who worked in the trenches of the First World War. At this time of year we remember an extraordinary episode in military history, when late in the evening of Christmas Eve 1914, British troops on the Western Front heard German

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soldiers singing carols,and as the sun came up both forces met in the middle of no man’s land, exchanged giftsand played a Christmas morning game of football. This poignant moment in history seems fittingly marked by the fragrance. Sadly, the ‘official’ smell of Christmas seems to have become a sugary soup of cinnamon, clove and orange, a pretty disastrous medley to my mind. Oranges, however, have to figure highly this time of year. We may all be too young to remember that the original Christmas stocking would contain an orange – and maybe a few pennies – because oranges were exotic and a treat. Cologne Bigarade by Jean-Claude Ellena for Frédéric Malle is, in my opinion, one of the most successful fragrances ever made. Using all parts of the orange tree; the blossom, the fruit, the leaves and the wood, it is a true triumph of a perfectly perceived and expertly executed scent. Hermès Eau d’Orange Vert by Françoise Caron is a beautiful bitter orange. Equally delicious is Naranjos by Barcelona's Ramón Monegal. This scent is rare in the UK, even by rare perfume standards. The line is exclusive to Harrods, but the store does not carry Naranjos. Now you know what to bring back from your next trip. Walking through a winter wonderland was never more perfectly olfactorily explained than by Sarah McCartney in her 4160 Tuesdays’ scent Doe in the Snow. Made for the winter wedding of perfume aficionado Lizzie Ostrom – AKA Odette Toilette - Doe in the Snow has all the crispness you would expect from such an icy sounding scent with a little fruity glamour and wisp of winter woods. Finally, if you are looking for a true fireside scent, the dark glowing embers, rather that the searing flames, seek out birch as an ingredient. The tarlike quality of birch adds a blackness to scent, as described perfectly by Leo Crabtree in his Cœur de Noir by BeauFort London. City on Fire by Imaginary Authors is another great tribute to tar as is Burning Barbershop by DS & Durga. 

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HEALTH AND BEAUTY / GIFTS ROCOCO

Chocolate scented candle, £37.50; rococochocolates.com

DIPTYQUE

Gingerbread Candle, £48; spacenk.com

JO LOVES

Christmas Trees Candle, £50; joloves.com

THE PERFUMER'S STORY

Black Moss Candle, £49 theperfumersstory.com

LOLA JAMES HARPER

BYREDO

The Red Garden candle, £34; selfridges.com

Bibliotheque Candle, £50; byredo.co.uk

100 ACRES

Signature Three-wick Candle, £48 100acres.co.uk

JONATHAN ADLER Muse d'Or Ceramic Candle, £88; jonathanadler.com

JONATHAN ADLER

ETERNAL FLAME

Hashish ceramic candle, £68; jonathanadler.com

Everyone loves a candle at Christmas.Here are some of our favourites

WILNELIA FORSYTH Celebration candle, £55; wilneliaforsyth.com

By pendle harte

ACQUA DA PARMA

LALIQUE

Chili candle; €65 lalique.com

ECOYA

Mini Madison Gift Set, £39; johnlewis.com

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Fruit and Berries Candle, £90; selfridhes.com

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> KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL: TURKEYS, WINE AND TREATS

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EATING OUT

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OH, CRUMBS Handmade biscuits for every occasion can be delivered worldwide by the biscuit obsessives that are Biscuiteers. We particularly love the edible tree decorations as well as this Vintage Christmas tin. £42.50, biscuiteers.com

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What to drink

kitchen

CONFIDENTIAL West London’s food news and delicious things to see you through December Wo r d s P E A R L B OY D

GRAPE NEWS Wine recommendations for Christmas B y k e v i n l at o u f

S PA R K L I N G

Casa Coste Piane Organic Prosecco, Italy Why Because who doesn’t kick off Christmas celebrations with a glass of sparkling? What An organic Prosecco made the same way as Champagne from a tiny vineyard in the heart of Prosecco land. Clean and fresh sparkling with so much character and flavour. At just 11% alcohol, it works as the perfect aperitif.  

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Evolution White 18th Edition, Oregon, USA Why Because it has 9 different grape varieties in it. What Organic white blend from the beautiful region of Oregon founded by husband and wife Bill and Susan Sokol Blosser who have run the estate since 1977. Instead of using pesticides they have a resident flock of bluebirds who keep the insect population in check.  

RED

Les Escures Malbec, Fabien Jouves Cahors, France Why Because winemaker Fabien Jouves is young, hungry and not scared to tell the traditionalists they’re wrong. What Malbec originates from Cahors in France – and not Argentina, where it has become famous. Try this beautiful, elegant and organic version to taste how good this grape variety can be. I love this red because it’s so drinkable and not the kind of red that will put you to sleep after a glass.

Wish list Harrods

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Harrods' Pamper Hamper includes all the ingredients for a romantic night for two. So that's pink champagne, truffles, a Laduree candle and other treats, all beautifully packaged and guaranteed to impress. Top of the wish list. harrods.com

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SNOW AND ICE Judes

Ice cream might not be the most obviously festive treat, but the unlikely-sounding Hot Toddy ice cream, made with Laphroaig single malt whisky, is too special to pass up. If you have scored a coveted Christmas delivery from Ocado, add it to that, otherwise order online. judes.co.uk

TURKEY TALK

DESIGNER DINING

Where to find the best birds

Parabola

The Design Museum may have moved from its SE postcode, but its exciting new eaterie makes it worth a trip across town. Parabola's line-up of visiting chefs starts with Rowley Leigh (pictured) in December and January, followed by Valentine Warner in February, and many more to come in 2017. 224 Kensington High Street, W8 designmuseum.org

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NORTHERN LIGHT

PICK

Fa b r i q u e

Probably the most stylish bakery in London is Fabrique, with its Swedish stone oven and northern European focus on rye bread. There are cinnamon and cardamom buns and a host of Christmas offerings for a true nordic feast. And they'll even deliver. fabrique.co.uk

Wo r d s p e n d l e h a r t e

f you haven’t ordered your turkey yet, now’s the time. Look out for free range Bronze ones, rather than the mass-produced white ones, and buy as big as you dare. Everyone wants to be eating turkey for several days, of course.

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C o pa s Now producing over 30,000 very special turkeys every year, Copas is a family business that started out as a hobby in 1957. Their artisan methods take time and dedication, and these birds are free range, game hung and handplucked. Buy online and they’ll deliver – or click and collect at Harvey Nichols. From £89 to £170; copasturkeys.co.uk Fortnum & Mason These Bronze are fed on a natural diet of only the very finest – Fortnums quality – fodder. £85-£115; fortnumandmason.com

BRITISH FIZZ Nyetimber

Nyetimber, producer of England’s finest sparkling wine, has released ‘NUUP’, a playful and elegant wine from the 2010 harvest. With less than 500 bottles produced, NUUP is a one-off, limited edition wine, stocked exclusively in Thomas’s, at Burberry Regent Street and Harrods from November. nyetimber.com

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R h u g E s tat e Last year’s Great Taste award winner, Rhug Estate's organic Dee Valley Bronze is the bird of choice for the Connaught Hotel. £69-£147; rhug.co.uk william rose Lordship Lane's William Rose supplies the highest quality meat all year round and the turkeys are no exception. williamrosebutchers.co.uk

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FESTIVE FARE All you want for Christmas…

PULLMAN EDITIONS Pullman Editions designs striking original limited-edition posters that capture the enduring appeal of Art Deco. Their newlycommissioned posters feature winter sports, glamorous resorts around the world and historic automobiles. Evoking memories of holidays and special occasions, their modern take on the Art Deco classics make super original gifts. There are over 100 designs available to view and buy online at pullmaneditions.com. Priced at £395 each.

Anorak

INTERSPORT

Give a gift less ordinary this Christmas from South East London’s very own Anorak. Offering a delightful assortment of homewares and outdoor essentials including towels, tablecloth and bestselling picnic blankets, Anorak are offering readers 25% off with code ‘ABSOLUTELY25’. Offer excludes sale items and cannot be used in conjunction with other offers. Ends 22 December 2016. C22B Parkhall, 40 Martell Road, SE21 8EN; 020 8299 2416; anorakonline.co.uk

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It’s so important to get the right type of footwear if you are running or exercising. Getting the right fit for your foot is key as well as making sure to find a shoe to suit your own needs. We pride ourselves on our impartial, expert advice and we have a selection of the best shoes in the market. 134 Herne Hill, SE24 9QL, 020 7326 5050; intersport.co.uk

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LIVELY and

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THE TEA MERCHANT Canary Wharf strikes gold with this quintessential gastropub Wo r d s J u l i a K r u p s k a

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o weekend wind-down is complete without a visit to The Tea Merchant. Residing in the heart of the capital’s futuristic pocket - Canary Wharf this quintessential blend of British pub and gourmet restaurant means the space itself, with its awry mashup of mismatched furniture, oak panels and hidden nooks, is nothing short of cosy. Indoor foliage, staggered photo frames and western touches all add

to the hustle and bustle of the interior, which is noticeably echoed by its vibrant clientele - the tavern is filled with suited-up city workers channeling the very essence of work hard, play harder. We’re seated in a booth to the right of the restaurant, a little closed off from the madness but by no means missing out. A spirited atmosphere isn’t the only indulgence, the high-calibre menu is carefully crafted and will appeal to even the fussiest of eaters. I start with buffalo mozzarella - a sweet fusion of fresh beetroot

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and orange slice, offset by chewy mozzarella and pumpkin seed crunch. It’s a total winner, ticking all the boxes from nutritious to delicious. My companion selects pork rillettes, a sublime combination of pulled pork, pickles, Golden Pride sourdough and raisin purée - a moreish meat-meets-fruit dish. For mains I ask for a recommendation - I’m told the slow-braised ox cheeks are an ideal winter warmer. Hearty meat, roasted shallots and divine creamed potato are something of a pub classic, though here it has been elevated to a new standard and presented beautifully. I can’t stop myself from scraping at my plate until there is nothing left - not ideal when you already have, and are still intending to, taste a large portion of the menu. Desserts are both classics. Stuffed and content, we choose sticky toffee pudding and honey cheesecake, the latter an alternative blend of cinnamon and hazelnut praline. They’re both creamy, succulent and embody all that a heavenly pudding should be. From ambience to food, company to drinks, not to mention a riverside location which offers up a mesmerising view, The Tea Merchant is the perfect place to hibernate this winter. u

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25-27 Fishermans Walk, E14 4DH; 020 7519 0070 teamerchantcanarywharf.co.uk

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WILD WILDLIFE Elizabeth Hutton goes on the trip of a lifetime to discover the mysterious Galรกpagos Islands.

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TheWILD LIFE The trip of a lifetime to the world’s prehistoric paradise Wo r d s e l i z a b e t h h u t t o n

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t’s almost impossible to describe how bizarre a cruise around the

archipelago of Galápagos really is. Unlike a jungle safari or rainforest trek, the animals here are like actors, ready and waiting for their audience to arrive. Step off the speedboat onto one of these deserted islands, and within seconds you’re standing in between a sea lion and marine iguana, neither of them at all affected by the dozens of cameras pointed in their direction. With less than 250,000 people visiting the archipelago each year, this is the trip of a lifetime and it doesn’t disappoint with impossibly white sands, turquoise seas and black lava rock setting the scene for even more incredible animals. With many islands uninhabited by humans, it’s easy to believe you’re the first to walk the unspoiled land and discover what Metropolitan Touring like to call the Galapagos Big 15 (see sidebar). As the original inspiration behind Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, explained in revolutionary work The Origin of Species, the volcanic islands are a constant source of mystery and

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THE ANIMALS here are like ACTORS, ready and WAITING FOR their AUDIENCE TO ARRIVE

intrigue for naturalists and tourists alike. As a result, days spent aboard the Santa Cruz II ship start early with a 7am wake up call Ω unheard of while on holiday Ω but setting an earlier alarm to watch the giant sun rise up from the sea is a good idea. While the landscape is beautiful it’s the wildlife people come to see. While some of the animals are endemic to a particular island Ω such as the world’s only flightless cormorant that can only be found on Fernandina and Isabela Ω sea lions in Galapagos are so common the locals calls them dogs. Swimming with the adults and their pups around Santa Fé, however, is something I’ll never forget. Resurfacing from pacific, I couldn’t wipe the smile from my face - until I looked back down. There, right below me, were two white-tipped sharks. Even though they’re completely harmless, their jawslike silhouette still took my breath away. Thankfully for those who can’t bare the thought of swimming in the depths of the ocean, the Santa Cruz II has its own glass bottom boat so no one misses out. Back on land, the flat places of Española are particularly special. As

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the sole breeding ground for the entire population of the world’s waved albatross we stumbled across three of the giant birds performing their mating dance. Famed for their hilarious drunken waddle and intricate mating ritual, we watched on as we the male clacked beaks with both females; evidently the albatross men are just as indecisive as their human counterparts. The views found at Española are also the best with black lava rock and jagged cliffs creating a prehistoric landscape like nothing else. No sooner than we sat down on the rocks, a blowhole erupted in front of us; it seems there is no end to the wonders of Galápagos.

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An elegant Knightsbridge escape tucked away in a terrace of townhouses Boasting striking views over Egerton Gardens, an Italian fine dining restaurant and a Martini & Champagne bar, it’s the perfect mix of impeccable service and the feel of a private home, with Italian-influenced design.

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TRAVEL / WANDERLUST

THE GALAPAGOS 15 Ecuadorian food highlights include lapingacho (fried potato cakes made with quesillo cheese, cooked on the griddle till golden, and served with chorizo and avocado). These are so good we’d rush to breakfast in hope that they were waiting but alas, they were a one-time thing. For lunch, the hearty locro soup is must-eat national dish. The warming and delicious potato stew is a classic corn, bean and potato soup that you top with avocado, cilantro and cancha corn nuts. To experience all Ecuador and the Galápagos have to offer, you logistically need nine days. We flew in to Quito

Step into CHARLES DARWIN’S SHOES and EXPERIENCE it all as he found it in 1535 and stayed in the beautiful 5* boutique hotel Casa Gangotena for two nights. Overlooking the Plaza San Francisco in the Historic Center, the mansion begins to feel like an extremely lovely second home. From here we flew to Baltra airport before boarding the Santa Cruz II. After four nights out at sea, we arrived at the Finch Bay Hotel which was a welcome return to dry land. This chic ecolodge is set on the beachfront of Puerto Ayora and has the most incredible pool so we made the most of the opportunity to relax and happily sat poolside with a mojito in hand. This is the way to travel for sure. While there’s no denying the entire trip was luxurious Ω with giant beds, wifi and a seemingly endless supply of pisco throughout Ω those onboard the Santa Cruz II still made it feel like we were one of the first to visit the archipelago. After all, isn’t that the point? To step into Charles Darwin’s shoes and experience it all as he found it in 1535. u

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Galapagos albatross • blue-footed booby • Nazca booby • Red-footed booby • flightless cormorant • American flamingo • frigatebird • Galapagos hawk • Galapagos giant tortoise • Sante Fé land iguana • Galapagos penguin • Galapagos fur seal • marine iguana • land iguana • albatross • sea lion ourney Latin America offers an 9-day holiday to Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands with 2 nights at Casa Gangotena, 4 nights on board Santa Cruz II and 2 nights at Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel from £5,538 per person. Price includes international flights, first class accommodation, some meals, Galápagos Island entrance fee, excursions and transfers.

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 JOURNEY LATIN AMERICA  020 8600 1881; journeylatinamerica.co.uk

ourney Latin America offers an 11-day holiday to Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands with 2 nights at Casa Gangotena, 2 nights at Mashpi Lodge, 4 nights on board Santa Cruz II and 2 nights at Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel from £6,788 per person. Price includes international flights, first class accommodation, some meals, Galápagos Island entrance fee, excursions and transfers.

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GIFTS FOR DESIGN LOVERS

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MAKE YOUR OWN WREATH

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WHITE CHRISTMAS The Scandi Christmas is not about tinsel, glitz or glitter. It is about the home-made, the discreet and the organic, with lots of wood, candles and log fires. Count us in. skandium.com

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Personalised Glitter Calligraphy Glass Bauble, from £18; studioseed.co.uk

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Castrads Castrads, the cast iron radiator experts, have opened their second London showroom in Chelsea. It located handily next to Farrow and Ball, who supply contemporary colours and signature finishes to completment the radiators' stylish shapes. 247 Fulham Road, SW3; castrads.com

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OH CHRISTMAS TREE!

DOLCE & GABBANA

Painted Christmas Bauble, £115; farfetch.com

Pines and Needles An idyllic christmas all starts with the perfect tree. Forget picking one up from the local shop, buy from Pines and Needles and you’ll have one of the best looking trees delivered to you straight from Scotland. pinesandneedles.com BOMBKI

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Ve r s a c e Futuristic and aerospace edgy, this Versace’s latest home collection presents clean and strong shapes with neutral colors such as black, ivory and moon grey. Available in leather or textile upholstery, these are chic. versace.com

ANTHROPOLOGIE Hot Air Balloon, £14; anthropologie.com

SIMPLE THINGS

P e d r o Ve n z o n Breaking boundaries, the bamba table by Pedro Venzon is as practical as it is ornamental. With minimalist lines and subtle curves, the final piece will catch your eye no matter where you place it. pedrovenzon.com

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Bloom & Wild Bloom & Wild have joined forces with renowned illustrator, Fin Fellows to fuse create a whimsical letterbox wreath for christmas. Fusing fashion with floristry, a portion of each sale will be donated to St Mary’s Hospital. The season of goodwill is now good looking. bloomandwild.com

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AERLOOM LONDON Hand-blonw Queen glass ornament, £42.50; aerloom.london

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FORTUNY IITTALA

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Decorative Box Piumette White & Gold, £530 eu.l-objet.com

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Clod chair by Bart Lens, POA indera.bew

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SØREN NISSEN AND EBBE GEHL Corian and walnut cabinet, £2,720 conranshop.co.uk

L'OBJET

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e love making Christmas accessories for the home, so we created a wreath that fits through the letterbox and is easily assembled in minutes – as it’s already decorated for you! If, however, you want to make your own wreath at home, the first step is to find components that are local and will last. Pine cones, dried fruit and winter blooms are our favourites, so we’ve got birch branches, skimmia berries and leaves as well as pine cones. Cinnamon sticks and dried flowers work well too, depending on the decor of your home.

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Dedicated to creating a rich and happy learning experience for your child

September 2017 admissions

The best school? The one offering the most choice.

Parents considering Pre-Reception (the year the child becomes four years old) or Reception admission should register as soon as possible.

We are a highly successful co-educational school for 10 -18 year olds.

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FA M I LY F U N FO R T H E F E ST I V E S E A S O N

A superlative AW16 collection from La Coqueta sees the London-based brand embrace a timeless classicism, reworking iconic designs – check pyjamas, woollen rompers – for contemporary tastes. lacoquetakids.com

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here's always one present that trumps everything else on Christmas Day. Sometimes it's entirely by virtue of being bigger, or even just having the biggest box. Alternatively, it can be something spectacular, something that gets played with all day and maybe makes a lot of noise or surprises everyone. Previous winners have included electric train sets, Skalextric, the dreaded Furby. For us last year it was an enormous wooden sledge, wrapped in a box as big as a grandfather clock. This year, the money's on this Deep Space marble run. It requires no batteries and is virtually impossible to break but allows for hours of fun, first in the building of an elaborate 3D structure out of 176 wooden pieces, and then in the playing with it, mostly because it glows in the dark. Suited to children aged six and up, this is a non-screen based, low-tech toy that will keep them busy beyond Boxing Day. 

Braveling  Cosy up your little darlings for the cold weather to come in these uber-cute ‘bear hug’ tights, featuring warm terry lining and practical, non-slip soles.

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Independent co-educational Pre-Prep & Pre-School 2–7 years – founded 1976 – member ISA

The perfect setting for early schooling • Largest independent Pre-School and Pre-Prep in the UK focusing on 2–7 year olds • Experts in the critical transition from play based to more structured learning • Largest feeder into the reputable local Dulwich schools • Uniquely happy and friendly ethos and atmosphere • Wide range of after school clubs and wrap-around care from 8am–4.45/6pm depending on the year group • Main entry into Kindergarten at 2+ and Reception at 4+ www.hernehillschool.co.uk enquiries@hernehillschool.co.uk 020 7274 6336

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THE KNOLL BECKENHAM BR3

uilt circa 1850 this locally listed six bedroom Victorian house has been much improved by the current owners. Offering 3899 sqft accommodation with an open plan kitchen/dining area, three reception rooms and two bathrooms. Situated in a much sought after location, the property is close to the high street, mainline station and tram. u

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Our services Sales and Lettings Land and New Homes Block and Estate Management Property Solicitors Chartered Surveyors Financial Services Visit kfh.co.uk

With 40 years’ experience and 60 branches across the Capital, our local knowledge and London network will ensure we achieve the right result for you. Our dedicated South East London branches include • Hayes • Blackheath • Lee • Bromley • West Wickham • Catford • Chislehurst

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Occupying a large, private plot and set behind gates is this detached home that boasts over 4,300 sq ft of accommodation, a large detached garage, garden and ample parking. This unique and beautiful home is located close to Bromley Common, as well as several local schools.

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HOUSE HUNTING

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A house that we let in Blackheath that we had been tracking since our opening. We managed to secure a two year tenancy on it, even though another agent had interest! MOST INTERESTING PROPERTY

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F E AT U R E P R O P E R T Y

DOWNS HILL BR3

£1,295,000

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We had the privilege of renting, with full management, the penthouse flat in the Fan Museum on Crooms Hill in central Greenwich. The property retains many of its period features and symbolises all that is great with property in historic Greenwich.

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ccupying a third of an acre plot is this stunning four double bedroom detached family home. This attractive property has recently undergone a refurbishment programme

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A Costa Coffee shop on Woolwich Road. It just goes to show how the area is evolving and developing into a real residential hotspot. FINEST PROPERTY SHOWCASE

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inleigh Folkard & Hayward (KFH) has raised over £2,700 in support of Breast Cancer Haven, the national charity providing care and support to those affected by breast cancer. On Tuesday 11th October, offices across the Group wore pink, held raffles and secured the help of local businesses to raise money as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Lee Watts, Managing Director of KFH comments: “We are pleased to have raised over £2,700 and used our branch network

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he Acorn Estate Agency Group has a long track record of supporting local community projects. They operate three key Estate Agency Brands; Acorn, Langford Russell and John Payne across 30 offices in South London and Kent. With the recent opening of new offices in Dartford, Bexleyheath and Welling, the decision to support the Cray Wanderers Community Scheme was easy to make. Established in 2009, the community team at Cray Wanderers provide education and mentoring for young people through sport. Based in South East London and West Kent, the local coaches are passionate about enhancing the lives of the young people they work with. Whether it be through holiday clubs, after school lessons or mentoring in pupil referral units, their aim is to promote an equality of opportunity and bring about pathways to employment and educational achievement. 

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£445,000 vailable off plan, this sixteenth floor, one bedroom flat with views towards the River Thames.Located in the exciting Royal Arsenal Riverside development which sits on the River Thames. As the development has grown over the years, so has the community and the amenities on site. Within the development you will find a gymnasium, gastro pub, cafe and a 24 hour concierge.Set for completion in Autumn of 2017 this is a great investment opportunity and a chance to acquire a property in an area of considerable regeneration. The intended extension of Crossrail to Woolwich will be completed in the next few years and popularity of the development is expected to soar. Accommodation briefly comprises; one double bedroom, family bathroom, open plan kitchen/ reception room and private balcony. Features include fitted kitchen with integrated appliances including composite stone work surfaces and ceramic hob, timber effect flooring and video entry system. u

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Beckenham BR3

£1,295,000 F/H

Occupying a third of an acre plot is this stunning four double bedroom detached family home. This attractive property has recently undergone a refurbishment programme including extensive landscaping works to the 220ft rear garden. The home will be offered with full vacant possession and has potential to extend STPP.

Contact Beckenham 020 8663 4433

Bromley BR2

£1,200,000 F/H

A five double bedroom Victorian home in Shortlands, located within just 0.25 miles of the village shops, train station and Queensmead Recreation Ground. • •

Five Double Bedrooms Three Bathrooms

Contact Bromley 020 8315 5544

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Four Double Bedrooms Two Large Reception Rooms No Onward Chain Energy Efficiency Rating E

Chislehurst BR7

£995,000 F/H

Set in an idyllic location by Chislehurst Ponds is this semi-detached charming four bedroom period home with original features. • •

Four Bedrooms Three Reception Rooms

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Semi-detached Period Home Energy Efficiency Rating D

Contact Chislehurst 020 8295 4900 A member of

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Keston BR2

£1,695,000 F/H

A modern family home featuring a 32ft kitchen/breakfast room and a further three reception rooms. The upstairs accommodation offers three double bedrooms and a fantastic master suite with dressing room, modern contemporary en-suite and secluded balcony.

Contact Locksbottom 01689 882 988

Shirley Hills CR0

£1,375,000 F/H

Stunning, extended seven bedroom, four reception room detached family home, offering 3,344 sq ft of well-presented living accommodation. • •

Seven Bedrooms Large Patio Area

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Contact West Wickham 020 8432 7373

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Orpington 01689 661 400 West Wickham 020 8432 7373

Five Bedrooms Three Reception Rooms Secluded Landscaped Rear Garden Energy Efficiency Rating E

Orpington BR6

£1,500,000 F/H

Unique Edwardian house, renovated throughout to create a contemporary home with an eclectic feel, whilst still incorporating many original features. • •

Six Bedrooms Renovated Throughout

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Original Features Energy Efficiency Rating E

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PROPERTY / LONDON TODAY Brickwood Coffee & Bread, Balham

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GENTRIFICATION Has gentrification had its day?

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f you’re a Londoner, then you’ll be familiar with the signs of gentrification. Skips breeding like rabbits, old pubs going gastro, branded coffee shops on every corner and estate agents lining the high street. You can see it in so many places. Current hotspots include Balham, Streatham, Kings Cross, Kensal Rise, Canning Town, Hoxton, Stoke Newington, Elephant and Castle, Peckham Rye and central Croydon, according to Richard Rogerson, CEO of property consultant RFR. It wasn’t always like this. Those who aren’t millennials may remember when gentrification was short-hand for a neighbourhood inching its way out of poverty, and how only a decade ago the wealth differences between areas was less pronounced. But not now. Many young Londoners see gentrification as a consequence of social inequality, and politicians are taking note. This includes mayor Sadiq Khan, who said recently that there were ‘growing concerns’ about the phenomenon.

Many young Londoners see gentrification as a consequence of social inequality “Gentrification can be a bit of a dirty word,” says Nic Whitten, head of research at agent JLL. “The dictionary definition is ‘wealthier residents moving into an area, and the changes that occur due to that influx of wealth at the expense or displacement of lower income existing residents’, so you can see why some people aren’t keen on it.” But whether you’re hoping for more artisan bread shops and boutique housing developments, or conversely think gentrification should be banned, it’s worth considering how it works. WHAT IS GENTRIFICATION? irstly, there’s the organic kind. This occurs in areas on the fringes F of already wealthy ones as those who can’t afford to live in the prime streets move to adjacent zones, pushing up house

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prices and changing the local retail landscape. It’s a process now taking place in Balham and Tooting, just down the road from fashionable Clapham, for example. The other kind of gentrification is by design, a model that Sadiq Khan is most worried about. It is created by large-scale new homes, often in partnership with the local authority. “Developers often get a bad reputation when they move into an area, so it’s up to us to reassure local people that we’re not coming in with a bulldozer to destroy their community and that we have a genuine interest in working with them to make places better,” says Rebecca Wakefield of developer Banda Property. Do house prices rise as gentrification set in? “We recently looked at nine big regeneration including Kings Cross, Elephant & Castle, Canning Town and parts of Ealing all of which have had at least 1,000 homes added by developments,” says Nic Whitten. “Our research shows that this lifted local house prices on average by 40.5% over and above the normal growth you'd expect, which was over a five-year period.” DO COFFEE SHOPS CREATE GENTRIFICATION? I don’t think people build coffee shops and then the customers come, it's the other way around,” says Nic Whitten. “You do get early retail adopters among the big chains who will try and get in early, but really the local high street adapts to the new locals’ increased disposable income.”

CAN ANYTHING BE DONE TO STOP IT? ne argument put forward by O Richard Rogerson of RFR is that local people should benefit from the new opportunities that gentrification brings to an area, rather than feeling they are victims of it, and that problems occur “when the community feels [the area] is changing beyond recognition,” he says. u

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Manor Park SE13 A deceptively spacious period family home, situated on a popular tree-lined road close to local amenities.

Price £1,300,000 Freehold Four bedrooms

One bathroom

Two receptions

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Shooters Hill Road SE3 An elegant and substantial Georgian ‘Captains House’ including a self contained garden floor flat.

Price £1,950,000 Freehold Six bedrooms

Three bathrooms

Three receptions

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Park Vista SE10

Coleraine Road SE3

Beautifully presented, spacious end of terrace Edwardian house with direct views into Greenwich Park.

A gable fronted, semi-detached Victorian family home, boasting a wealth of traditional features.

Guide Price £1,650,000 Freehold

Price £1,750,000 Freehold

Three bedrooms

Two bathrooms

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Two bathrooms

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Calvert Road SE10 A pretty, period terraced house retaining some original features with a beautiful secluded rear garden.

Price £749,000 Freehold Three bedrooms

One bathroom

One reception

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Javaid Ahmed SALES MANAGER

Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward

REBECCA NOONAN

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entered the world of estate agency in 1994, working as a Saturday boy whilst reading Mechanical Engineering at University. In the summer of 1996, a week after my final exams, I was called in by the manager who asked what I was doing over the summer. Having not yet received my results I told him I had nothing planned, to which he said “How would you like to work here?” That was over 20 years ago and I have never looked back. I have worked in the Forest Hill branch of KFH for almost four years and have been with the company since 2004. I can honestly say there is no other agent in London that I would work with. People say that after divorce, moving house is the most stressful thing people go through. In Forest Hill it is most often families who are moving, and adding children into this mix probably does not help stress levels - being a father of five I can certainly sympathise. I do find problem solving and getting clients’ stress levels down

I do find problem solving and getting clients’ stress levels down incredibly fulfilling

incredibly fulfilling, particularly when it is a difficult sale. Forest Hill is truly one of south east London’s best kept secrets and one of London’s hidden gems. At Canvas & Cream, located in the heart of Forest Hill’s creative hub, you can appreciate the artistic flare the area has to offer. The owners have given local artists a platform to exhibit their work in a fun, buzzing atmosphere. The independent shops like Canvas & Cream, Sugar Mountain, the old school sweet shop, and Il Mirto, the local delicatessen, all help make Forest Hill unique. While the great transport links into the West End and City of London make Forest Hill a popular location for those who

work in central London, it is the diversity of people, the variety of housing stock and the contrasting skylines that are its best qualities. The area has something to suit almost all budgets, with our current instructions ranging from £225,000 to £1,500,000. The architecture varies from Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian, to 1930s, 1960s and super modern properties, ensuring that all tastes are catered to. At the top of Canonbie Road, there is an uninterrupted panorama of the London skyline to the north and views down to Kent in the south. If you have the opportunity and the time, I would encourage you to turn off the South Circular and discover the area for yourself. I hope to be selling houses here for many more years to come and would love for Forest Hill to preserve its identity. One of the nicest things about being an estate agent is simply being a part of people’s lives. Whether someone is getting a foot on a rung of the property ladder, looking for a family home or downsizing, it’s so rewarding being able to help people take their next step. u

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PROPERTY / SEARCH ENGINE NIGEL LEWIS

Four bedroom Edwardian house on Farquar Road, £1.35m. Hamptons International, 020 3369 4396

GOOGLE SEARCHES Where are London’s most searched for areas?

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alf a century ago the last place many wealthy Londoners wanted to live in was central London. Bombed out streets and a reputation for ‘pea soup’ fogs persuaded many to flee to the suburbs. But over the past 20 years this trend has been turned on its head. Central London is now world famous for its luxury homes and prime prices as both UK and overseas buyers fight over the capital’s central neighbourhoods. So which are the most sought after? Look online and the internet is awash with advice on where to live. But let’s be honest, they’re based on opinion, not fact; one person’s neighbourhood nirvana can be another’s least likely locality. How therefore do you find out if Mayfair is more sought after than Marylebone, Clapham more popular than Chelsea and whether Peckham has a steal on Paddington these days? One organisation that knows the answer is Google. Every week thousands of us search for homes, property, houses and apartments in London. And if you work in the digital economy, you’ll know Google tracks who searches for what. I logged on to find out the most popular searched-for areas during September. u Three bedroom semi on Musgrave Crescent, £2.95m. Savills Bishops Park, 020 7578 9050

1. Islington

AVERAGE PRICE £747,100 2,602 SEARCHES

Why so popular? Famed for many years as THE fashionable haunt of London’s political set, it has been a prosperous area since the early 19th century. Today the borough covers areas including Kings Cross, Angel, Clerkenwell, Highgate and Tufnell Park.

2. Fulham

AVERAGE PRICE £1,036,432  2,226 SEARCHES

Why so popular? This family-friendly bulge of neighbourhoods has been a sought-after haunt of lawyers, advertising executives and media stars for over 30 years. But its areas still reflect the original villages that once dotted the landscape including Fulham Town, Parsons Green, Walham Green, North End and Sands End.

3. Wandsworth

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE £741,957 1,849 SEARCHES

Why so popular? Wandsworth Town is quickly being revamped as a plethora of new luxury developments pop up, and the town centre may soon join its surrounding commons as a prime area of London. From the 14th century until very recently (when the Ram brewery shipped out) Wandsworth was a largely industrial zone.

4. Richmond

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE £782,126 1,763 SEARCHES

Why so popular? Residents of Richmond might be surprised to know that the town was named by Henry VII after his favourite and eponymous earldom in Yorkshire and that is is where both he and later royals liked to escape London’s smoke. Not much has changed on that front, and Richmond and its fabulous deer park are still prized by London commuters and their families.

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5. Mayfair

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE £3,017,000 1,513 SEARCHES

Why so popular? Mayfair may be a small patch of central London but what it lacks in size it makes up for in fame and luxury. To own a home within the W1 postcode requires the deepest of pockets and rightly so – not only is it a residential area in the heart of London but it also contains elements of the capital’s greatest estates including such famous land-owning families such as the Burlingtons, Berkeleys, Curzons and Grosvenors.

6. Victoria

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE £1.6 MILLION 1,481 SEARCHES

Why so popular? Few people realise the area around Victoria station was, until Thomas Cubitt got his teeth into it during the 1840s and 1850s, a swampy and dangerous place most famous for its brewery and abbey. Such affiliations were banished when the area was rebuilt by the Grosvenor Estate and Buckingham Palace extended. These days the streets around Victoria station including those in Pimlico and particularly Ebury Street are still much prized.

7. Westminster

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE £1.3 MILLION 1,433 SEARCHES

Why so popular? Many people were surprised when it emerged recently that Sting and his wife Trudy had sold their nine bedroom terraced house near Downing Street for £19 million. But the couple were clearly not the only ones to seek a bolthole in the area around Parliament, as it’s a perennial favourite within Google searches. 

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