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Contents MARCH 2018

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C U LT U R E ABSOLUTELY LOVES

10 things we’re coveting this month

20 AGENDA

Diary dates for March

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WEAVING THEIR WAY

Miriam Carey meets the London Loom

FA S H I O N 38 FASHION CONFIDENTIAL This month’s hottest trend updates and brands to know

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RODEO DRIVE

Wild West-inspired style

55 TOOLS OF THE TRADE Gadgets to add to your arsenal

FOOD & DRINK 62 KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL News from the industry

64 ASIAN PERSUASION Asian recipes from W11's Uli

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INTERIORS INTERIOR INSPIRATIONS News and views

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LEADING THE WAY

Inspirational women in design

48 PIN BOARD

T R AV E L 110 FAR FLUNG

H E A LT H & B E AU T Y 52 BEAUTY CONFIDENTIAL

PROPERTY 136 LIVING THE DREAM

Brooches to fall for this spring

The month’s best beauty buys

A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N The online guide to inspirational London living that helps you stay one step ahead of the crowd and gives you the chance to win exclusive prizes.

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here’s something about the clocks going back that brings a sense of optimism. Even the most cynical of us can’t help but feel a twinge of excitement the first time we leave work in daylight. The start of a new season also provides us with the chance to take stock and remember the things we’re thankful for. On the 8th we’ll be celebrating International Women’s Day which is made even more poignant as 2018 marks 100 years of votes for women. In this issue we salute the many achievements of women who have shaped the creative industries. On page 22 we join an unusual weaving workshop with loom experts Francesca Kletz and Brooke Dennis, while on page 76 we meet seven inspirational women working in interior design - all from different walks of life yet united by a passion for their craft. If blossoming spring is unable to revive your weary soul, then booking a holiday will surely do the trick. In this issue we jet off to Sri Lanka, one of this year’s hottest holiday destinations, for sun-soaked sand dunes and eclectic cuisine. If you want to keep it closer to home, you can’t go wrong with some old fashioned retail therapy. Turn to page 38 for plenty of new season inspiration. We hope this issue gets you out of your winter funk and excited for everything 2018 has to offer whether that’s female friendships, new and old, or the joys of a new season jacket. Summer is on its way - we promise.

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ZA D I E S M I TH This year voice of a generation Zadie Smith has returned with another literary winner. Feel Free is a collection of essays that explores the intricacies of modern life. Touching on Brexit and Beiber and everything in between, this is certain to be a conversation starter. penguinrandomhouse.com JOY MONTGOMERY FASHION & BEAUTY WRITER

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TH E TH I R D E D I TI O N The fully updated and revised third edition of this critically-acclaimed book comes out on the 21st of March. Containing 4,538 restaurant recommendations in 570 cities, you can be sure that, wherever you are, this book will have the right place. smithandbaxter.co.uk MIRIAM CAREY LIFESTYLE WRITER

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TARA WE STOVE R I can't wait to read Tara Westover’s journey to receiving a PhD from Cambridge with no formal education in her youth. The memoir addresses the challenges she faced getting into and attending college at 17, having no understanding of key societal events, such as the Holocaust. This story proves anything is possible with enough determination. CLARA VAN DUIVENBODE EDITORIAL INTERN

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Heralded as 2018’s answer to Gone Girl, Lullaby is the latest page-turner on everyone’s lips, which sees an idyllic family tableaux shattered upon the hiring of a new nanny. Faber & Faber, £8.96 on Amazon HELEN BROWN ARTS & CULTURE WRITER

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MEG WOLITZ ER I’m looking forward to The Female Persuasion, which is published in June. Meg Wolitzer’s writing is insightful and entertaining and she should be counted among the Great American Novelists. This may well be the book that gets her there. PENDLE HARTE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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Crafted from lightweight fabric and adorned with Kenzo's signature eye motif, the soft pink colourway of this scarf looks super chic draped across nonchalant daytime looks. €165; mytheresa.com

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This pink silk-satin blouse was a standout style from Gucci’s Alchemist’s Garden AW17 show. We love it with high-waisted trousers and mules. £1,610; net-a-porter.com

T H E CAT ’S M EOW One for the feline lovers, this geometric print with vibrant background and mysterious moggy is a conversation starter. We suggest framing the print to enjoy the unique piece in all its intrigue. £35; grahamandgreen.co.uk

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Pink peepers are set to be a summer staple so get your fi x with these peach sunglasses from Thierry Lasry with a cat-eye silhouette that suits all face shapes. £637; farfetch.com/uk

SOPHIE’S CHOICE Dagny London’s Sophie blouse proffers a feminine update to the classic button-down; perfect with your favourite pair of jeans or dressed up with a sleek pencil skirt. £175; dagnylondon.com

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JW Anderson’s disc shoulder bag is the perfect hue for new spring wardrobes and is ideally sized to take you from desk to disco. £975; j-w-anderson.com

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Family-run brand Katerina Makriyianni creates jewellry that has a vibrant freespirited feel. We love these gold vermeil earrings for adding a element of frivolity to any ensemble. £220; net-a-porter.com

English Rose is a classic gin, combining traditional botanicals and the fi nest English roses. A celebratory spirit that stands the test of time. £32; silentpooldistillers.com

C H IC S E ATS Be the sultan of style with this colourful suzani print Alpana Cocktail Chair. With its cool modernist shape and psychedelic suzani print, it'll add real bravura to your interiors. £395; grahamandgreen.co.uk

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Girl in the Mirror, Picasso; courtesy of Tate Modern, tate.org.uk

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Maliphant Works 6-17 March PRIN T ROOM AT THE CORONET

Choreographer Russell Maliphant is known for his liquid sculptural choreography which combines the precision of ballet with contemporary dance and martial arts. On stage at the Print Room he creates mesmerising worlds of light and form with a new collection of breathtaking duets. Notting Hill Gate, W11; the-print-room.org

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By Anthropology O NGO I NG • K I NG’ S ROA D GALLERY

In celebration of organic and crafted materials, Anthropologie’s latest collection, Pure, mixes finishes and clays in a range of pieces that are subtle, laid-back and luxe. The shapes are clean with a nod to mid-century style and the palette warm and earthy. Gorgeous as individual pieces and beautiful side by side, see the entire collection now at the King’s Road gallery. 131-141 King’s Road, SW3; anthropologie.com

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BADA Art Fair 14-20 March DUKE OF YORK SQ UARE

Ever a calendar highlight for the fine art community, BADA returns with a showcase from 100 of the UK’s finest dealers. Discover collectors, curators and interior designers from across the world under one roof and purchase exceptional pieces for the home. Duke of York Square, SW3; badafair.com

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EXHIBITION

Resonances 1-29 March

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Whatever the abstract motif may be, the subject matter of contemporary artist Mark Cazalet has always been his profound joy in mixing and organising colour. It reverberates through his new collection, Resonances, which makes use of simultaneous colour contrasts, harmonies and discords to great effect. See it all in this vibrant and unmissable exhibition at Serena Morton. 343 Ldbroke Grove, W10; sernamorton.com POSTER: KORIYAMA CITY, 1989 © DAIDO MORIYAMA. COURTESY OF MICHAEL HOPPEN GALLERY

EXHIBITION

DAIDO MORIYAMA Until 29 March M I C H A E L H O P P E N GA L L E RY

This Month’s Must See

Daido Moriyama is one of the most influential Japanese photographers of his generation. His work occupies a unique space between the objective and the subjective, the illusory and the real, created using a small handheld automatic camera that give his imagery a loose and casual aesthetic. See a rare collection of his vintage silver prints in this unique exhibition at Michael Hoppen Gallery, which runs alongside his museum show at the Barbican. 3 Jubilee Place, SW3; michaelhoppengallery.com

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o on an epic, lyrical journey through the pulsating heart of inner London with star in the making Arinzé Kene, whose accolades include Girl From The North Country and One Night In Miami. An inventive blend of gig theatre, spoken word, live art and direct address, Misty confronts the assumptions and expectations underpinning the art of storytelling.

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Around Town EXHIBITION

PICASSO 1932: LOVE, FAME, TRAGEDY From 8 March TATE M OD ERN

Journey through Picasso’s year of wonders in this greatly-anticipated retrospective at Tate Modern. With over 100 paintings, sculptures and drawings, as well as family photographs and rare glimpses into his personal life, the myths around the man are stripped away to reveal the artist as you've never seen him before. Bankside, SE1; tate.org.uk

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MACBETH From 25 March ROYAL O P ERA H OUSE

Shakespeare’s story of ruthless ambition is brought to life as Verdi’s Macbeth graces the stage of the Royal Opera House. Expect a bristling, theatrical score, rich costuming and magnificent cast. An unmissable production that sees Verdi at his most theatrical. Bow Street, Covent Garden, WC2E; roh.org.uk

EXHIBITION

TACITA DEAN: STILL LIFE From 15 March N ATION AL GALLERY

See still life through the lens of Tacita Dean in this exploration of the genre’s legacy. From the leading contemporary practitioner comes a diverse selection of her own works in a variety of mediums, alongside those of her contemporaries. Trafalgar Square, WC2N; nationalgallery.org.uk

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Absolutely talks to Francesca Kletz and Brooke Dennison, the two founding ladies of The London Loom, about their new book and unique weaving workshops B y MIRIAM CAREY

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t’s a Tuesday evening in a little studio in Hackney. The walls are covered in brightly coloured rolls of yarn and decorative tapestries. There is a table surrounded by men and women in careful concentration - they are in the middle of an ‘embroider your member’ workshop. A woman is weaving weft in and out of warp, seeking reference from a photograph she has taken earlier for inspiration. Meanwhile, a man is tying up knots of a tapestry he weaved ‘freestyle’. This scene is a regular genital embroidery evening workshop at The London Loom in Hackney. "Everyone has a shot of tequila at the start to get them warmed up and chatting to the person next to them" explains Francesca Kletz, one of the founders of the business. "People pop to the bathrooms with a pocket mirror and some

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people bring photographs on their phone". But this is not a crude workshop, "it’s about making friends and accepting all those lovely, necessary parts of you". The London Loom run all kinds of weaving workshops - there is a weave your own scarf workshop, a tapestry weaving workshop and an inspirational women badge making workshop for March, which is women’s history month. What is unique to The London Loom is their approach to weaving. They take a freestyle ‘nonprecious’ approach and also what seems to be a more fun, creative and dare I say feminist approach. At least what is clear is there is no other place in London like it. Francesca and her business partner Brooke Dennis could clearly recognise a good idea when they saw it as the business got started very quickly. It was on a trip to

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Japan Francesca discovered the amazing craft of Japanese freestyle weaving and realised there was nowhere in London you could use this technique. Francesca got on the phone to Brooke immediately and back in the UK the business began. First, they opened a pop-up shop on Hackney Road and after they outgrew this they moved to a larger, more permanent studio in Hackney Downs. Soon came the incredibly entertaining and informative book Weave This, put together in less than a year by Brooke and Francesca. Explaining how they achieved everything Francesca explains "we just knew we had something to offer the London craft scene we couldn’t find elsewhere". They did not come from a business background - everything they know about running a business they learnt on the job, but "it feels good to be a pair of strong-minded, sassy business women, who also love to knit". As for the knitting side of the business, the ladies ‘know, love and respect crafts’. They can’t remember an age when they were not knitting or weaving. Brooke tells A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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“Weaving has a rhythmic quality to is as you go under the warp thread”

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me "I have always had the urge to pick up wool and to be making something" and that she gets annoyed when she goes somewhere she can’t knit. In fact, they even admitted to arranging long journeys so they can knit. In an attempt to explain the craft's addictive edge, Francesca tells me "weaving has a rhythmic quality to it as you go over and under the warp thread. Also, it doesn’t have the risk factor of other textile and needle crafts, you don’t really find yourself dropping stitches or unpicking your work to correct it which is more relaxing". Francesca allows me to try some weaving myself and there is definitely a meditative element to the technique - it takes just the right amount of physicality and focus to keep you in the moment and to distract you from thinking about other things. Also, the freestyle weaving technique Francesca and Brooke teach is about ‘painting with yarn rather than constructing’ and this freedom and creativity can be incredibly satisfying. What’s more, there is some scientific evidence to back up its therapeutic claims. Firstly, knitting has the capacity to calm

anxiety and depression in the moment, but also, to associate the tactile object, the scarf or tapestry, with a calmer state of mind. I also think there is something to say for spending time on hobby that gets you away from a phone, computer and tv screen which is great. In general there has been a rise in the number of people showing interest in craft hobbies, which has been reflected in the rise in craft books being published this year. Weave This by Francesca and Brooke is an exceptional addition to this offering, filled with bright pictures and sharp humour it makes for an immensely entertaining read. Further, a complete beginner can pick up a copy and learn to make an abundance of things, from a huge calico tapestry, to a bowl, to a statement necklace or earrings. Don’t delay in giving the book a read - or even better book yourself on to their next evening embroidery workshop.

THE LONDON LOOM Studio 8, Hackney Downs Studios, E8 thelondonloom.com Weave This is out now, published by Hardie Grant Books hardiegrant.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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ith packed courses, record sales and prime time TV programmes centred around the stuff, it seems we are a nation potty for ceramics. As one of the most ancient industries on the planet, ceramic artistry boasts an impressive history. From the moment humans discovered clay could be dug up from the ground and fashioned into the ancient urns of antiquity, to today’s commonplace cereal bowl, the technology and techniques in the art have undoubtedly changed but the basics remain the same. Returning to its home in King’s Cross for a 15th edition, Ceramic Art London is the leading showcase for contemporary ceramic art and one of the most dynamic displays from the best in the business across the globe. This year’s fair takes place from 23-35 March at Central Saint Martins, home to over 100 years of ceramic art teaching. Guests can expect 91 of the world’s most distinguished ceramic artists and a varied

selection of exciting and ambitious work. For those already in the know, this is an opportunity to explore further and buy directly from the creator. For gallery owners and collectors, it’s an opportunity to snap up new talent and for the artists, Ceramic Art London offers a unique platform to showcase and sell their work. With pieces starting at just £15, the event offers collectors of all budgets the chance to take something away with them. A quarter of the exhibiting makers are from overseas this year, with a third of them travelling from Korea. Reflecting the selectors’ desire to showcase CAL favourites whilst introducing new faces, this year’s fair features 20 first-time exhibitors, including well established potters Henry Pim, with his intricately engineered architectural structures, and Monika Debus, whose symbol laden pieces are the product of a practice that focuses on painting, calligraphy, experiment and chance. Rising star newcomers include Marike Jacobs with her multi-textured cups and pitchers and Hilary Mayo whose graceful, paint drip-effect creations subtly satirise the making process.

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“The leading showcase for ceramic art and one of the most dynamic displays across the globe” KEITH VARNEY; IMAGE COURTESY OF CERAMIC ART LONDON

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“The fair pops with colour this spring with blooming polkadot vessels in shades of crimson and cobalt”

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Ceramic Art London is renowned for traversing the boundary between functionality and fine art as demonstrated by Alison Gautrey’s shell-like tilting bowls, Ashraf Hanna’s undulating modernist lines and Barry Stedman’s colour-splashed wares that bring to mind abstract painting. The fair pops with colour this spring with Grainne Watts’ blooming polkadot vessels in shades of crimson and cobalt and Lara Scobie’s vases vividly detailed in red, orange and yellow. Sophie Cook’s impossibly elegant bottles return in luminous hues of lemon and lime, while Roger Coll’s idiosyncratic, twisting forms are rendered in bold palettes of red, blue and coral. Sculpture abounds too in Martin Pearce’s Henry Moore-esque forms, Angela Verdon’s sensual works of abstraction and Joachim Lambrecht’s darkly enigmatic forms. While In Ho Song’s playful clay characters push at the boundaries of tradition, and Anelise Bredow’s cartoon-like designs bring some alien-inspired humour to the fair. Opening with a keynote speech by Grayson Perry CBE, the always popular

ClayTalks, programmed by the faculty at Central Saint Martins, includes Phoebe Cummings, winner of the Woman’s Hour Craft Prize 2017, Professor Simon Lacey on the history of the Craft Potters Association and artist Keith Harrison, winner of the Jerwood Award for Joyride, to name just a few. Elsewhere, Home from Home celebrates international ceramicists who have made the UK their home, while a number of talks focus on how Stoke-on-Trent is reclaiming its mantle as a global centre for ceramics manufacturing and education. These include lecturer Helen Felcey and Dena Bagi from the British Ceramics Biennial, Lisa Hammond MBE, who recently launched Clay College, and Keith Brymer Jones, who plans to reopen the historic Spode factory. Also this year, and in a first for Ceramic Art London, CSM students will host a ceramic studio where they will make new work in front of a live audience. As well as gaining insight into all stages of the making process, visitors will be offered the opportunity to comment on the direction the work should take as it is being made.

CERAMIC ART LONDON 23-25 March Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, N1C; ceramicartlondon.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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Kensington Town Hall, Hornton St, London W8 7NX Monday 5th March 2018 6pm-9pm Tuesday 6th to Thursday 8th March 2018 - 11am-6pm

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CULTURE • THEATRE

ROUND UP

Best in

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

Good Girl ★★★★★

From 5 March

MUST SEE

TRAFALGAR STUDIOS

Naomi Sheldon’s Fringe Festival smash hit, Good Girl transfers to Trafalgar Studios in time for International Women’s Day. Growing up in the 90s, living feels too extreme. GG and her friends obsess over music, vaginas and witchcraft. To be one of the good girls GG learns to make herself numb, but at what cost? 14 Whitehall, Westminister, SW1A; atgtickets.com

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His Dark Materials ★★★★★ 20-24 March S O UTH LO N DO N P L AYH O US E

17 years after Philip Pullman’s original trilogy ended, readers are drawn back into Lyra’s universe with his latest radical read, His Dark Materials. SLT Youth Theatre bring to life this modern classic which follows the adventures of Lyra and William as they travel through a multiverse of parallel worlds. Stanley Halls, 12A South Norwood Hill, SE25; southlondontheatre.co.uk

HIS DARK MATERIALS

Caroline, or Change

The Way of the World

From 12 March

From 29 March

H A M P STE A D TH E ATR E

D O NMAR WAREHOUSE

In a highly anticipated transfer to Hampstead Theatre, this Olivier Awardwinning musical blends blues, soul, Motown, classical music and Jewish folk songs to create a sumptuously uplifting and deeply moving portrayal of America during the social upheaval of the civil rights movement. Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, NW3; hampsteadtheatre.com

Lady Wishfort’s sprawling, dysfunctional family are driven by desire - there’s everything to lose and six thousand pounds to gain. Watch as a glorious ensemble of characters battle it out in this exposing, satirical comedy where everyone needs to win, just to get by. 41 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, WC2H; donmarwarehouse.com

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A Passage to India ★★★★★

Until 24 March PA RK TH E ATR E

How can we love each other in a world divided by race, power and religion? E.M. Forster’s masterpiece poses this question as it transports us to Imperial India; conjuring up elephants and caves, courthouses and temples. A Passage to India is one of the greatest novels of the Twentieth Century, thrillingly adapted for the stage. Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, N4; parktheatre.co.uk

CAROLINE, OR CHANGE

THE WAY OF THE WORLD

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Picnic concerts 10 July

11 July

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14 July

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Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra featuring Gilson Lavis with guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall

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Five Guys Named Moe

The toe-tapping tunes of Louis Jordan in one smash-hit musical marvel B y H E L E N B R OW N

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early 30 years ago, five funloving guys named Moe burst onto the Theatre Royal Stratford East stage to showcase the toe-tapping hits of Louis ‘King of the Jukebox’ Jordan. The show, created by The Wire’s Clarke Peters, enjoyed a four-year stint in the West End in 2010 with Peters assuming the lead role, and is now back in an all-singing,

all-dancing revival for a modern audience in Marble Arch. Five Guys Named Moe tells the tale of Nomax, a whiskey-dependant underdog, played with disarrayed humour by Edward Baruwa, whose life is falling into a loveless downward spiral. Listening to the radio one night, he slips into a booze-fuelled stupor and is visited by five guys - yes, you guessed it - named Moe, intent on setting him on the straight and narrow by way of Louis Jordan songs. The inexplicable appearance of these suave and ghostly music-

“The singing is accomplished and the energy interminable”

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meisters - Big Moe, Know Moe, Little Moe, Four-Eyed Moe and Eat Moe - goes unchallenged as they set off on what becomes a slick and exuberant tribute to the healing power of music. That's it for the plot, which leaves a lot to be desired but that’s besides the point. By definition of a jukebox musical, what ensues is a compilation of some seriously funky tunes connected by a loose lineage of comical dialogue. Much to Nomax’s displeasure, we’re treated to song after song from the depths of Louis Jordan’s career, smartly delivered in part by a brilliant six-piece band led by Steve Hill. Andrew Wright’s choreography is tight and witty, the singing accomplished and the energy interminable. The six stars have charisma by the bucket-load and maintain a feel-good party atmosphere - evocative of smoky, rock ‘n’ roll nights spent in an underground jazz bar - as they leap, dance and shimmy amongst the audience. The performance zings with energy and culminates in a night of total fun.

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An energetic and unmissable musical hit ★★★★★ FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE UNTIL 24 MARCH 2018; Marble Arch Theatre, WC1 fiveguysmusical.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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BEAUTY Absolutely takes a look at the V&A’s major new exhibition, Ocean Liners: Speed & Style By P E N D L E H A R T E

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he V&A re-imagines the golden age of ocean travel with the major new exhibition, Ocean Liners: Speed & Style. Coorganised by the V&A in London and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, it is the first ever exhibition to explore the design and cultural impact of the ocean liner on an international scale. It will explore all aspects of ship design from groundbreaking engineering, architecture and interiors to the fashion and lifestyle aboard. Ocean Liners: Speed & Style showcases over 250 objects, including paintings, sculpture, and ship models, alongside objects from shipyards, wall panels, furniture, fashion, textiles, photographs, posters and film. It will display objects never-before-seen in Europe, and reunite objects not seen together since on board these spectacular vessels, which revolutionised ocean travel from the mid19th century to the late 20th century. Highlights include a precious Cartier tiara recovered from the sinking Lusitania in 1915, as well as a panel fragment from the Titanic’s first class lounge, returning to the UK for the first time since its doomed maiden voyage in 1912. Others include a stunning interior panel from the Smoking Room of the French liner, Normandie, created by leading Art Deco lacquer artist Jean Dunand, and Stanley Spencer’s painting ‘The Riveters’ from the 1941 series

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ocean travel to promote their designs. On display will be the Christian Dior suit worn by Marlene Dietrich as she arrived in New York aboard the Queen Mary in 1950, and a striking Lucien Lelong couture gown worn for the maiden voyage of Normandie in 1935. The exhibition will also showcase one of the most important flapper dresses in the V&A’s collection – Jeanne Lanvin’s ‘Salambo’ dress – a version of which was displayed at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris in 1925. The dress belonged to Emilie Grigsby, a renowned wealthy American beauty, who regularly travelled between the UK and New York aboard the Aquitania, Olympic and Lusitania throughout the 1910s and 1920s. Ghislaine Wood, exhibition curator, said: “The great age of ocean liners has long passed but no form of transport has been so romantic or so remarkable. Three years in the making, this exhibition will show how liners have shaped the modern world in many ways.” Ocean Liners: Speed & Style reveals the largely forgotten history of leading artists and designers who contributed to their design, such as William De Morgan, Jean Dunand, Edward Bawden and Edward Ardizzone. It also highlights the political shifts and the international rivalry that developed as liners became floating showcases of national ingenuity.

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Shipbuilding on the Clyde. The Duke of Windsor’s sumptuous 1940s Goyard luggage will also feature, on display in Europe for the first time since leaving the Windsor Estate. As the largest machines of their age, ocean liners became powerful symbols of progress and 20th century modernity. The exhibition will also feature ground-breaking works by Modernist artists, designers and architects inspired by liners, including Le Corbusier, Albert Gleizes, Charles Demuth and Eileen Gray. Beginning with Brunel’s steamship, the Great Eastern of 1859, the exhibition will trace the design stories behind some of the world’s most luxurious liners, from the Beaux-Arts interiors of Kronprinz Wilhelm, Titanic and its sister ship, Olympic, to the floating Art Deco palaces of Queen Mary and Normandie, and the streamlined Modernism of SS United States and QE2. It will throw light on the famous passengers and the great couturiers who looked to

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FASHION

GRAND DESIGNS VILSHENKO

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Usher in budding spring with sunny suits, statement jewellery and the 2018 cardigan

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Last year's suit trend has been given a springtime makeover thanks to Jigsaw. For SS18 the brand has delivered the perfect borrowed-from-the-boys silhouette in a universally flattering shade of yellow: vibrant but not garish, pastel yet not saccharine. Simply add sliders and a tan leather cross-body bag and you’re good to go. Longline Blazer, £190; Portofino Trouser, £115; Madina Raffia Slider, £75

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5 OF THE BEST

HAMMERED EARRINGS

3 4 Mellow 5 YELLOW 1. JW Anderson, Bird Hammered Earrings, £300; mytheresa.com 2. Annie Costello Brown, Disc Gold-Tone Earrings, £120; net-a-porter.com 3. Isabel Marant, Hammered Gold-Tone Earrings, £130; matchesfashion.com 4. Proenza Schouler, Medium Hammered Earrings, £545; proenzaschouler.com 5. Mango, Embossed Earring, £9.99; shop.mango.com

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Artistic LICENSE WA R E H O U S E X T H E B A R B I CA N

Warehouse has paired up with leading international arts centre, the Barbican, for a very design-savvy capsule collection. Embellished with bamboo motifs and abstract prints in orange, green and black colourways, the pieces draw inspiration from both the centre’s renowned conservatory and the textured planes of the concrete exterior. warehouse.co.uk

WHAT?

THE KNITTER

RING ON IT

M AYA M AGA L X MM COLLECTIVE

This March, jewellery designer Maya Magal has collaborated with five stylish women - including The Telegraph's Sophie Warburton and Harper’s Bazaar's Charlotte Davey - to create a ring design which expresses both their personal style and Magal's own brand of everyday luxury. We want them all. From £72 mayamagal.co.uk

EDITOR’S PICK

NU

Modern minimalism meets wearable silhouettes in NU’s new season offering

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BRAND PROFILE

Thanks to Muiccia Prada and Alessandro Michele the humble cardigan has stolen the sartorial spotlight this season. Madeleine Thompson’s waisttie iteration offers a nod to Gucci with its collegiate red, white and blue hues. £375

NU is the Turkish fashion brand that has been building an international presence since its inception in 2002. Shaped around an aesthetic of deconstruction, the brand's collections are created by a collaborative team of in-house designers, pattern makers and manufacturers. The finished article is avant garde yet wearable, statement-making yet timeless. Think dramatic silhouettes in a minimalist, tonal colour palette. WHO?

The NU woman is a city-dweller looking for a hard-wearing uniform with serious style credentials. She is not defined by age but by a timeless approach to trends; she craves cutting-edge design alongside elegance and comfort. WHERE?

Operating with 16 stores worldwide, NU has steadily built brand loyalty and consumer recognition through its niche positioning in the market. The brand's first London store will be located at 15 New Cavendish Street Marylebone and a second store is to follow in Chelsea. Watch this space.

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GOODY BAG M AY R A F E DA N E

Forget big name brands and lurid logos, because donning the latest under-theradar label is the real way to get style kudos. Our top pick for 2018? Bag designer Mayra Fedane has won us over with her vibrant, personality-packed designs. The ideal pick-me-up for your spring wardrobe. mayrafedane.myshopify.com

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HUSH

ELLERY

Frayed Star Jeans, £79; hush-uk.com

Nashville Piped SatinCrepe Midi Dress, £1,150; net-a-porter.com

COACH Suede Western Jacket, £1,100; uk.coach.com

TOPSHOP Petra Round Felt Hat, £22; topshop.com COACH 1941 SS18

EDITOR’S PICK OFFICE Abandon High Cut Western Boots, £95; office.co.uk

ETRO Belted Fringed Wool-Blend Gilet, £785; net-a-porer.com

CHLOÉ Marcie Mini Shoulder Bag, £260; chloe.com

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LONGCHAMP Silk Scarf With Leather Tassels, £410; uk.longchamp.com

The Wild West gets a high fashion makeover for 2018

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COACH Horse Print Pleated Skirt With Side Panel, £595; uk.coach.com

WAREHOUSE

JOSEPH Heart Spot Crosby Dress, £495; joseph-fashion.com

Colour Block Western Shirt, £56; warehouse.co.uk

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FASHION • JEWELLERY

Pin Board Add some artistic appeal to your outfit with this season’s brooch 2.0

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MARNI

GUCCI

Brass Sterling Silver & Wooden Brooch, available at tomfoolery Jewellery Gallery

Geometric Brooch, £228 matchesfashion.com

Hand Crystal-Embellished Brooch, £690 matchesfashion.com

LOEWE

UTERQÜE

THE POMMIER

Gold-Plated Brooch, £75 net-a-porter.com

Crab Brooch, £49 uterque.com

Kozminka Brooch, £577 thepommier.com

ROCHAS

NINA KASTENS

WOLF & MOON

Crystal Bee Brooch, £163 matchesfashion.com

Gold-Plated Face Brooch, £145 available at tomfoolery Jewellery Gallery

Pink Wildflower Brooch, £29 wolf-and-moon.com

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HEALTH & BEAUTY

Into the

LIGHT ILLAMASQUA

Everyone’s going gaga for 'the glow', and we’ve just found the highlighter holy grail. Illamasqua’s Beyond Power is a no.1 cult best-seller and this year they’re releasing a new shade: Daze. This iridescent pink highlighter is on the right side of shimmery and will certainly have people asking after your skincare secret. illamasqua.com

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Strip it back this March with sustainable skincare, workout-ready cosmetics and a glow-boosting base By J OY M O N TG O M E RY

BRIT Girl ALEXA CHUNG FOR

L’O R É A L P R O F E S S I O N N E L

Everyone’s favourite fashion muse, Alexa Chung, has been announced as L’Oréal Professionnel’s International Spokesperson for 2018 and will front two exciting new launches: the Parisian Nudes colour collection and Pro Fiber, a hair repair range. It-girl tresses here we come. lorealprofessionnel.co.uk SKIN689

MEDIK8

Bio-Cellulose Face Mask, £5.90; skin689.ch

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CHARLOTTE TILBURY

Dry Sheet Face Mask, £18; charlottetilbury.com

ESTÉE LAUDER Concentrated Recovery PowerFoil Mask, £16.50; esteelauder.co.uk

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HEALTH & BEAUTY • NOTES SALON REVIEW

GAME FACE CLINIQUEFIT

Attention all fitness freaks: Clinique has just released a line of cosmetics that won't compromise your workout. Suitable for before, during and after exercise, this seven-piece collection is formulated to be longwearing but not poreclogging. From storm-proof mascara to sweat-resistant foundation, these are your new gym bag staples.

EDITOR’S PICK

Vidal Sassoon

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Good to Glow

DR BARBARA STURM

Forget contouring and say goodbye to HD brows, because 2018 is going to be the year of low-key beauty. Step one to achieving that elusive, well-rested radiance? Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Glow Drops. Used on its own or combined with your favourite skincare product, this super serum will refine pores and brighten the complexion. £105. dr-barbara-sturm.com

By Sarah was born after its founder, Sarah, was unable to find any beauty products suitable for her sister who was recovering from leukaemia. The experience inspired her to create her own line of plant-based, honestlylabelled and sustainablysourced skincare. bysarahlondon.com

Postal Perfumes SNIPH

Match your perfume to your mood and discover new niche fragrances with Sniph, the new monthly subscription service. For just £17.99 a month, fragrance-lovers can road test new scents in the form of purse-friendly 7ml dispensers. Ideal for girls on the go. sniph.co.uk

idal Sassoon has a long history of creating epoch-defining hairdos and eight decades has seen Sassoon’s styles grace runways and red carpets alike. Fast forward to 2018 and the brand boasts 10 award-winning salons across the UK, all offering the same cutting edge (sorry) appeal that it had 80 years ago. I’ve come to the Covent Garden store to experience the historic brand in action. All in all, my hair is in a sorry state think serious roots and grown-out bob. I want to go blonder while still keeping the overall effect natural so, after a chat with my colourist, we decide on a half head of highlights, using a mix of cool platinum hues with a little summery gold to keep things from becoming too ashy. I sit back with a magazine and cup of tea and watch the world go by as my hairdresser sets to work painting in the colour. After the dye has worked its magic I head over to the backwash area to have it washed off and a toner (used to soften the highlights) applied. This is then followed by a specially formulated treatment which nourishes the hair and protects against fading. Finally, I make my way to the cutting station. My stylist appraises my hair and decides to go for a freshen up - trimming my locks into its original jaw-grazing length. 45 minutes later, I look in the mirror and fall in love with the result. The colour is noticeably lighter yet looks 100% natural and balances out the sharp, contemporary cut. One thing's for sure: Sassoon's still got it. VIDAL SASSOON

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HEALTH & BEAUTY • PRODUCTS

YU LING ROLLERS Jade Facial Roller, £18 cultbeauty.co.uk

EDITOR’S PICK JULEP Chacoal Kongjac Sponge, £7 julep.com

SWISS CLINIC Skin Roller, £42 swissclinic.co.uk

DR. DENNIS GROSS SKINCARE

NU FACE

Spectr Lite Eye Care Pro LED, £168 spacenk.com

TWEEZERMAN Bright Complexion Facial Dermaplaner, £33 boots.com

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

Mini Facial Toning Device, £150 lookfantastic.com

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CHARLOTTE TILBURY Hollywood Complexion Brush, £30 charlottetilbury.com

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BEAUTY BIOSCIENCE GloPro Micro Stimulation Facial Tool, £240 qvcuk.com

TARTE COSMETICS

FOREO

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CARITA My C.L.E., £399 carita.com

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DU MAURIER

Mother Dearest Treat your mother with something special for Mother's Day on Sunday 11 March

DA P H N E

Get ready for Spring with the fabulous Daphne Signature ladies watch by Du Maurier. Sporting a smart, royal blue strap, this stunning, Swissmade timepiece will brighten up any outfit. All of Du Maurier’s watches are available on a wide choice of gorgeous straps, available at The Pommier, Covent Garden. See the full collection at dumaurierwatches.com or head down to The Pommier at 52 Neal Street, WC2H 9PA

POMONA’S To celebrate Mother’s Day on 11 March, Notting Hill restaurant Pomona’s is treating marvellous mums to a complimentary glass of prosecco on arrival as well as two free courses from the evening á la carte menu*. Choose from small plates like Vietnamese rolls or crisp duck and cucumber; mains of Madagascan prawns and Welsh lamb rump from the charcoal oven, or indulge in a chocolate and salted caramel tart. 47 Hereford Road, W2 5AH; 020 7229 1503 pomonas.co.uk

HARRIET KELSALL Since 1998 Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery has been designing beautiful jewellery for people all over the world. They have won more than 20 UK and international awards for design, business, ethics and innovation, including Bridal Jewellery Retailer of the Year 2016 at the UK Jewellery Awards. Online ready-to-wear collections offer an extensive range of hand-crafted designer jewellery. Perfect if you’re looking for a gift for a loved one, or simply a treat to yourself. hkjewellery.co.uk

R E B ECCA

If you’re really in the mood for something fresh and sparkly, the Rebecca by Du Maurier will definitely do the trick. The lovely white lizard strap offsets the Rebecca’s twelve diamonds, rose gold and mother-of-pearl perfectly. Try it on at The Pommier in Covent Garden and see the full coice of lovely strap colours while you’re there. Alternatively, see the full collection at dumaurierwatches.com. *T&Cs – Complimentary prosecco valid for both lunch and dinner. Mothers eat for free offer valid on two courses only, after 5pm

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HEALTH & BEAUTY • FITNESS

FITNESS NOTES

Lucas Hugh The fitness brand to know now… WHAT IS IT?

● LUCAS HUGH is a London-based women’s activewear brand that incorporates futuristic design with technical performance. Established in 2010 by founder and Creative Director Anjhe Mules, it was the first of its kind to incorporate the fullybonded seam - used in Olympicquality swimwear - into activewear.

F45 TRAINING We try out the latest craze making waves in the fitness industry

WHO IS IT FOR?

● Designed for the woman who won’t compromise on performance or style, Lucas Hugh activewear fills the need for versatile clothing that is sophisticated both in and out of the gym. Cut to complement and engineered to support, each piece enhances form through its use of high compression, body-sculpting fabrics, supportive waistbands and flattering ‘V’ cutouts.

WHAT IS IT? From spinning to strength training, HITT to callisthenics, the fitness industry is big bucks at the moment but no workout has made waves quite like Australianborn, F45. This group-training phenomenon follows a tabata structure and features the most dynamic and effective functional training styles currently in play today. In short, it’s a studio-based, 45-minute, high-intensity, circuit class. The ‘F’ in the name stands for functional, a training practise that mimics everyday actions

like jumping, reaching, lifting and bending so that the body benefits in every aspect of active life.

WHO IS IT FOR? F45 encourages all fitness levels and exercises include squatting, pulling and pushing, meaning that pretty much anyone can do it; from those starting out on an active lifestyle to those looking to refresh their routine.

group workout centred around three stations or pods. Each pod has three exercises which are carried out four times for 20 seconds with a 10 second rest in between. We are required to complete the pod two times before moving onto the next. This format means that the class - although difficult - seems to absolutely fly by. Our instructors are welcoming and take time to ensure that form is correct. This workout includes squat variations, spinning and kettlebell swings, although these might vary from class to class. We leave completely shattered, but having had one of our best workouts in a long time.

WHAT IS IT LIKE? We’re at F45 Farringdon for the Athletica class, a cardio-based,

F 4 5 FA R R I N G D O N 9-13 Cowcross Street, EC1M For full list of studios visit f45training.co.uk

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The latest editions to London’s swankiest gyms offering; here’s where we’ll be feeling the burn this month WHAT’S NEW?

● Lucas Hugh’s SS18 Auto-Glitch collection draws on parallels between the world of highperformance sportswear and the luxury of concept car design. Expect innovative shapes, aerodynamic lines and forward-thinking design. lucashugh.com

ANOTHER_SPACE BANK ● Another_Space has opened a second studio in the city with the same fast and furious HIIT, cycle and dynamic yoga as loved in the original. 40 Coleman Street, EC2R; anotherspace.london

F45 FULHAM ● F45 is the latest group fitness training phenomenon from Australia and is popping up all over London. Try it for yourself in the newly opened F45 Fulham. Dawes Road, SW6; f45training.co.uk.

BLOK SHOREDITCH ● BLOK has opened its second space in Shoreditch. From Cardio Killers to Ballet Fit, there is something to challenge all fitness levels. 2 Hearn Street, EC2A; bloklondon.com

BARRY’S BOOTCAMP SW1 ● Hailed as the world’s toughest workout, cult followers of Barry’s Bootcamp can now get their hit in SW1 where a fourth London studio has opened. 16 Eccleston Place, SW1W; barrysbootcamp.com

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FRENCH AFFAIR ORRERY

To mark Orrery's 21st anniversary the restaurant has a beautiful new southern French inspired interior. However, chef Igor's cooking remains centre stage - a real masterclass in modern cuisine. 55 Marylebone High Street, W1U; orrery-restaurant.co.uk

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WHAT TO DRINK

GRAPE news Wine recommendations for the month

TASTING NOTES

London’s food news and delicious things to see you through March By MIRIAM CAREY

By BERRY BROS. & RUDD

2013 Berry Bros. & Rudd English Sparkling Wine — £25.95 Produced in Appledore vineyards in Hampshire, this sparkling wine is created from a blend of 72 percent Chardonnay, 22 percent Pinot Noir and six percent Pinot Meunier and is the perfect aperitif for Easter.

2016 Berry Bros. & Rudd Old-Blocks Chenin Blanc by Tierhoek — £14.25 Brand new to the Berry Bros. & Rudd own-label range, this chenin displays the grapes classic citrus and orchard fruit aromas. It is an elegant and refreshing wine, ideal to enjoy with charcuterie or white meat.

2015 Barbera d’Asti, La Mora, Laiolo Reginin, Vinchio, Piedmont — £14.75 Bursting with aromas of blueberry and blackcurrant with a hint of white pepper, this juicy fruity red wine has both refreshing acidity and silky tannins. Great with tomato-based pasta dishes.

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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Launceston Place are running a series of Sunday-only tasting menus that are turning the traditional roast dinner on its head. Each month they will be exploring a different meat and its cuts - for March, head chef Ben Murphy will be putting USDA beef in the spotlight with 100-day aged tartare, rib-eye and beef Consommé - a great option for Mother’s Day. 1A Launceston Place, W8 launcestonplace-restaurant.co.uk

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FOOD & DRINK• NOTES Our pick of the best

EASTER EGGS DAYLESFORD Organic Dairy-Free Rose Petal Egg, £15; daylesford.com

HARRODS Alistair Birt Chocolate and Salted Caramel Egg, £50; harrods.com

HOTEL CHOCOLAT Ostrich Egg, £75; hotelchocolat.com

Deli Delights POPINA

London’s most familiar farmer’s market trader, chef Isidora Popović, has opened her first restaurant in Mayfair. Having operated weekly stalls at Portobello Road and King’s Cross, Popović has several Great Taste Awards. The new outlet will be deli-style, serving pastries along with Popović’s acclaimed chocolate hazelnut cake. 83 Duke Street, W1K popina.co.uk

L’ARITSAN DU CHOCOLAT

MICHELIN MAKI SUSHI SHOP

Sushi Shop has just launched their new collaboration with Anne-Sophie Pic, the only female French chef to have three Michelin stars. The imaginative menu includes tasty pieces such as a goat’s cheese, matcha and bergamot California roll. 72 Westbourne Grove, W2 mysushishop.co.uk

Dark Chocolate Gold Leaf Sculpture, £35; artisanduchocolat.com

BOOJA BOOJA Organic, Dairy-Free, Hazelnut Chocolates in Decorative Egg, £12.99 boojabooja.com

LAKRIDS Chocolate Coated Liquorice in Dulce de Leche or Passion Fruit, £26.99; int.lakrids.nu

PIERRE HERME Ouef Lucio Fontana, £136; pierreherme.com

COOKING WITH A CONSCIENCE

SELFRIDGES Milk Chocolate Easter Egg, £29.99; selfridges.com

TPH OF CHELSEA

Chelsea’s original Indian fine-dining restaurant, The Painted Heron has been rebranded, TPH. Coinciding with the restaurant’s 15th anniversary, head chef Yogesh Datta wanted to appeal to a more healthconscious clientele. The new look sees all dairy removed and plant-based food take centre stage. 112 Cheyne Walk, SW10 tphofchelsea.com

LIBERTY Chocolate Society Fried Easter Egg, £29.95; libertylondon.com

YACHT LIFE CHUC S

This month, west London staple Chucs will launch its third site inside the iconic Harrods department store. Situated within the Fine Watch Room, the wooden-paneled interior is reminiscent of a luxury yacht and on the menu is Devonshire crab ravioli and red prawn tagliatelle. 87 Brompton Road, SW1X chucs.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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Home Comforts W11’s Uli shares its most cherished recipes with Absolutely

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li in Notting Hill is a local institution. The restaurant serves a wonderful selection of pan-Asian food from a menu created to provide a balance of Chinese, Thai, Malay and Singaporean cuisines. Above all, Uli believes Asian food should be clean, fresh and healthy. Here Uli provides us the recipes for solid favourites Nyonya prawn sambal, Thai green chicken curry and Thai sea bass steamed with chilli and lemongrass.

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Thai Green Chicken Curry INGREDIENTS • 250ml coconut cream • 500ml coconut milk • 1 teaspoon salt • 200g chicken breast cut into thin strips • 4 kaffir lime leaves torn into quarters (keep the stalks separate) • 2 tablespoons of the curry paste (see below) • 30ml fish sauce • 3-4 fresh crushed green chillies • 2 fresh red chillies, deseeded and cut on a bias • 10-12 fresh Thai basil leaves • 3 stalks krachai, peeled and shredded • 100g pea aubergines

Fo r t h e c u r r y p a s te : • 1-2 tablespoons fresh small green chillies, shopped • 2 fresh long green chillies, deseeded and chopped • 6 red shallots, chopped • 3 cloves garlic, chopped • 1 stalk lemongrass, finely chopped • 1 tablespoon galangal, peeled and finely sliced

• 1 tablespoon coriander root • 2 tablespoons kaffir lime zest • 5 white peppercorns • ½ teaspoon coriander seeds, roasted • ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds, roasted • 2-3 blades mace, roasted • 1 teaspoon belacan (shrimp paste), roasted • 1 teaspoon salt

METHOD First, make the curry paste. To do this puree all the fresh ingredients in a food processor, using as little water as possible, until fine. Grind all the dried spices, mix in the salt and combine with the puree. In a saucepan, bring the combined coconut cream and milk and salt to the boil. Add the chicken and kaffir lime stalks (the leaves are for garnish) and simmer for 20 minutes, or until chicken is tender. Skim occasionally throughout and reserve the foam that forms. When the chicken is tender, boil the foam residue in another pan until it separates. Add the curry paste and fry over a medium heat, stirring constantly for 3-4 minutes, until its fragrant. Add fish sauce and fry for another minute. Combine the chicken with the milk and cream mixture. Add the chillies, kaffir lime leaves, krachai and pea aubergines and simmer for a few moments. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

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Nyonya Prawn Sambal INGREDIENTS • 300g fresh green beans • 300g raw tiger prawns (de-shelled and de-veined) • 1 white onion • 8 small onions • 4 cloves garlic • 2 candlenuts • 30g belacan shrimp paste • 3 table spoons chilli paste • 2 table spoons sugar

METHOD Finely chop and then pound eight small onions, four cloves of garlic, two candlenuts and 30g of shrimp paste. Heat three tablespoons of oil in a wok. Stir-fry the pounded onions, garlics, candlenuts and shrimp paste with the chilli paste and sugar until fragrant. Add the fresh green beans, tiger prawns, white onion and salt. Stir fry until cooked. Serve with rice.

Thai Sea Bass Steamed With Chilli And Lemongrass INGREDIENTS

METHOD

• 1 Fillet of seabass, deboned, with skin-on • 30g snow peas • 30g baby corn • 2 spring onions • Lemon Slices to garnish • 1 stick of lemongrass cut in strips to garnish

For the three flavour sauce, in a medium saucepan, heat the oil and fry the garlic, shallots and chilli until fragrant. Add the remaining ingredients to the saucepan and bring to the boil, then lower the heat to simmer. Once the sauce has reduced, remove from the heat and set to one side. In a bamboo steamer, lay the seabass fillet on top of the snow peas, baby corn and spring onions and steam for 8 minutes until cooked. Plate the seabass and vegetables and cover liberally in the three flavour sauce and garnish with lemon wedges and lemongrass. Serve immediately.

Fo r s p i c y t h r e e f lavour sauce: • 2 tablespoons fish sauce • 3 tablespoons lemon juice • ½ tablespoon chopped red chilli • ½ tablespoon chopped garlic • ½ tablespoon brown sugar • 1 table spoon chopped shallots • 5 tablespoons of water • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

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Located at Notting Hill Gate, ULI offers a fresh, honest approach to Asian cuisine. Natural limed oak, soft tones of blue and contemporary art give the restaurant a clean and informal look, highlighted by a hanging garden of pendant lights. Our menu encompasses carefully selected dishes from Asia, all prepared using traditional Chinese, Thai, Malay and Singaporean disciplines. We believe that Asian food should be clean, fresh and healthy, and that each dish should always be made from scratch. We serve lunch and dinner all week, also available for takeaway delivery. Absolutely magazine readers receive an exclusive 10% discount on their first takeaway delivery order placed online using code ABMAG10

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Yellow Courgette, Asparagus & Pea Shoot Salad with Red Basil Oil & Cashew Cream Serves 4-6

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his elegant and simple raw salad is all about letting the natural colours and flavours of summer vegetables shine through. If you can’t get yellow courgettes, you can use regular green ones.

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Bright Food, BOLD FLAVOURS An exciting and sustainable recipe from Mildred’s first Vegan Cookbook

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MILDRED'S VEGAN COOKBOOK

By Dan Acevedo and Sarah Wasserman, published by Mitchell Beazley, £25 octopusbooks.co.uk

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ack in the late 1980s, when London’s Soho was still edgy, we launched Mildreds on an unsuspecting public. Those were the days when diners were all too accustomed to vegetarian food being brown and ‘worthy’, dished up on earthenware pottery. But our aim at Mildreds was – and still very much is – to deliver an inspiring eating experience with fresh, vibrant vegetarian dishes featuring ideas from a wide variety of culinary styles. Despite prophecies of early closure from the local community, which gave us six months at the

most, Mildreds thrived from the start and has gone from strength to strength to become the worldrenowned restaurant it is today. The original Soho restaurant has now been joined by three sister restaurants in Camden, Kings Cross and Dalston, and in 2015 Mildreds The Cookbook was published, showcasing some of our favourite recipes from the restaurant. We are now extremely proud to present Mildreds Vegan Cookbook, where we have chosen to focus exclusively on vegan cooking. Vegan cooking is often regarded as a relatively complicated way of preparing food, and it can seem daunting to make the move away from the more traditional approach to working with unfamiliar ingredients. But there is now an abundance of vegan ingredients and substitutes readily available at all major supermarkets, and we show you how a well-stocked larder and refrigerator, together with a little forethought, can help make the process easier.

2–3 yellow courgettes 12 asparagus spears juice of ½ lemon 1/3 teaspoon sea salt flakes 150g pea shoots 4–6 tablespoons Cashew Cream, to serve

Fo r t h e r e d b a s i l o i l 30g red basil, tough stems removed grated zest and juice of ½ orange ¼ teaspoon agave syrup 100ml light olive oil sea salt flakes Using a French-style peeler, slice long thin strips off the courgettes until you reach the seeds, then discard the seedy centre. Remove the tough part of the asparagus by bending each spear at the stalk end and allowing it to snap where the tender part begins. Cut the tender part into strips as thin as you can manage. Toss the courgette and asparagus strips with the lemon juice and salt in a bowl, cover with clingfilm and leave them to stand in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. To make the red basil oil, simply blend all the ingredients in a blender, or in a measuring jug with a stick blender, until smooth. Give the courgettes and asparagus a little squeeze to remove the excess liquid, then toss with the pea shoots and four tablespoons of the red basil oil. Put a tablespoon of the cashew cream on each plate and then a small handful of the salad. Drizzle over more red basil oil.

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“Will it become a life-saver or end up at the back of the cupboard?”

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nless your kitchen is an enormous glass box newly attached to the back of your house, space in it is probably at a premium. And even if you do have floor space in abundance and countertop inches to spare, there’s no reason to fill it all with things that don’t actually improve your life. But still, open the cupboards in even the most stylish kitchen and you might find a repository of mismatched Tupperware, unused utensils and endless gadgets with their inevitable attachments. So with any new purchase, the questions arises: will it become a life-saver or end up at the back of the unused cupboard? In my own busy family kitchen, lots of necessary electricals fight for countertop space. A kettle, a toaster, obviously. A nutribullet and an espresso machine (both used daily). A Sodastream (very slim, saves on San Pellegrino bottles), a bread machine (big but worth it for the freshlybaked smell in the morning). On a high shelf there’s a rarely-used citrus juicer; in a cupboard a hand mixer with attachments (I’d love a stand mixer but can’t justify the space). We used to have a juicer but ditched it (too complicated to clean) and never replaced the coffee grinder when it broke (apparently you can use the nutribullet but we just buy ground now). But I got to thinking about slow cookers. Imagine throwing a few ingredients at it in the morning and coming home to a warm curry. We could have soup and stews waiting for us every day. And pulled pork. But would we really use it? A straw poll of friends is divided – some use slow cookers every day for all the above reasons. Others are less keen. Just leave it in a casserole in the oven on low, they say. One person is actively sneery. ‘Slow cookers make everything taste like school dinners,’ he says.

Absolutely’s verdict on kitchen gadgets: the slow cooker

The Fast-Slow Pro is not small. About the size of the bread machine in fact, and quite tall too. When it’s on the counter I can barely see inside it without getting a stool. The downside of having lots of promising-sounding functions is that the instruction manual is daunting, but the machine is self-explanatory with settings such as ‘soup’, ‘casserole’, ‘bolognese’ and ‘risotto’. We enjoy the novelty of coming home to chilli con carne after minimal effort in the morning and making soup without standing over a pot. There’s also no steam, so even if it’s on for six hours, the kitchen doesn’t fill with condensation. Pulled pork is a success and we cook a whole chicken in there too – but there are too many functions for us to try all of them. Our verdict? It’s undeniably a useful machine but by no means a compact one. We’re torn. It’s easy to operate, has reliable results and offers a convenient way of planning meals, so if my counter had space for it, I’d be sold. But I’m not sure that I’d use it every day. I can’t see how they’d make one with a much smaller footprint without sacrificing capacity, but if they could, I’d definitely go for that. SAGE BY HESTON BLUMENTHAL’S FAST SLOW PRO Available at sageappliances.co.uk for £199.95.

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FOOD & DRINK • REVIEW

ABSOLUTELY eats out…

“The tasting menu is a journey of flavours”

Flat Three A new London hotspot for lovers of foraged and fermented food

FOOD Eclectic menu with Japanese and Korean influences

By MIRIAM CAREY

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alking into Flat Three feels like entering someone’s home. Through the front door and down the stairway is an open-plan kitchen and dining space. Wooden floors and low lighting create a cosy atmosphere and tables are laid out with vast space between them, creating a sense of diners eating in different rooms. We’re at this high-end restaurant to try the eclectic tasting menu. All dishes are created using the best British ingredients, sourced, foraged and then reshaped through

fermentation. This results in a menu packed with the interesting and innovative flavours of Japanese and Korean cuisine. On top of this, Flat Three aims to make plant-based ingredients the main event, rather than letting meat take centre stage. My dining partner and I get a good overview of the menu by opting for the five-course tasting menu which features seafood, meat and 100% plant-based dishes. Alongside this, we treat ourselves to a carafe of Riesling which has a lovely, light minerality. For course one, we are served roasted celery with walnut miso, chestnut and pennywort. The

DECOR A high-end, homely restaurant, with wooden interiors

PRICE 5-course tasting menu £59

VERDICT Innovative flavours in a intimate setting

celery is baked until soft and the miso provides a full-bodied, meaty flavour. The second course is sand carrot, jus and pickled wild carrot. The flavours are rich and sweet. It’s difficult to believe that this dish is made with purely one ingredient. This is testament to the creativity and attention to detail that goes into designing each recipe. Next we get poached sea-bass with fermented cauliflower, followed by Dexter rump steak with roasted pumpkin and burnt onion miso. The presentation of both dishes is artistic and aesthetically pleasing. It’s easy to see the Japanese and Korean influence coming through in the sour cauliflower and kimchi broth and the salty miso paste. Finally, I order the dandelion, porcini and buckwheat dessert. If you’ve never tasted dandelion before, it tastes surprisingly like coffee; this flavours the dessert which is similar in texture to a blancmange and is topped with crispy buckwheat. At Flat Three a great amount of creativity goes into the dishes and menu - from the concept stage right through to the cooking and plating. We recommend going for the tasting menu for a long, leisurely dining experience with fantastic food. ● FLAT THREE 120-122 Holland Park Avenue, W11 flatthree.london A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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ITALIAN GLAMOUR TACCHINI

Tacchini's beautiful Roma, designed by Jonas Wagell in 2017, has stylishly slim legs and a curved fabric seat that comes in a variety of forms, from armchair to sofa to chaise longue. tacchini.it.

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Ideas, designs and styles for your home By PENDLE HARTE

British brand BHS

British Home Stores has relaunched as an online store with a large focus on homeware. Stylish lighting, high quality bedding and and a large variety of accessories make it a welcome addition. bhs.com.

VILLA STYLE DEDAR

Lovers of interiors will enjoy Oscar-nominated ďŹ lm Call Me By Your Name, whose lavish villa interiors feature beautiful Dedar fabrics such as their Dalie Papaveri Tulipani and Abstract. Look out for them. dedar.com

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AUDENZA Aniimal egg cups, £10.95 audenza.com

TROPICAL FLORA DESIGNERS GUILD

A new range of wallpapers by Christian Lacroix for Designers Guild includes this dramatic Birds Sinfonia Crepuscule, pictured, a lavish and colourful fresco. designersguild.com

LUCIE KAAS Bordfolk Danish egg cups, £13.50 brassicamercantile.co.uk

EDITOR’S PICK

ETERNAL FLAME MARBLE HILL FIREPLACES

Specialising in Balanced Flue Gas Fires, traditional and contemporary fireplaces, Marble Hill was established in 1974 and offers the largest and most comprehensive selection of fireplaces in the UK. Mantels range from elaborate antique pieces to minimalist modern ones, and they'll advise, install and service.

SCP Beardy man egg cups, £10 scp.com

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ALESSI Cico egg cup and spoon, £13.50 selfridges.com

OMM Frida egg cup, £16.95 cultfurniture.com

DESIGN LETTERS E for Egg cups, £24 for two, teaandkate.co.uk

TRUE BLUE NORDIC HOUSE

Nordic House's Scandinavian tableware is beautiful and practical. The blue and white handpainted Maja range is pretty and likeable. nordichouse.co.uk A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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WOMEN In time for National Women’s Day, HOME celebrates women in design

By P E A R L B OY D Amélie du Passage; her Vertigo light became a remarkable success

Fran Hickman and her design for Chess Club

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Jessica Mason and her modern rustic bedding brand Piglet

approach. She draws on an extensive art and design vocabulary to create environments that are both elegant and engaging. Before establishing her own studio, Fran worked on interiors across the Soho House Group as well as for Waldo Works, where clients included Selfridges Personal Shopping, Smythson on Bond Street and Temperley. She has worked on residential projects all over Europe and in the United States. Jessica Mason launched Piglet in January 2017 having worked for six years in PR and marketing in London and Dubai. During that time she represented a whole host of brands - from Aesop and Ray-Ban to Christian Louboutin - which helped to shape her idea of the kind of company she’s building. Jessica believes this is a really exciting time for e-commerce with more and more ways emerging to connect directly with customers in a meaningful and personal way. Piglet offers modern rustic bedding made from 100% French Flax linen available in a variety of on-trend colours including Sage, Blush, Dove Grey, and White. Jessica believes that a beautiful home doesn’t need to be high maintenance but that with high quality, natural basics

Ursula L’Hoste founded German design brand pulop with her husband

“Her extensive vocabulary creates environments that are engaging” even an unmade bed can be beautiful. Ursula L’Hoste founded German design brand pulpo, in 2008, with her husband, Patrick L’Hoste. Prior to establishing pulpo, Ursula worked in marketing for various companies in Germany, London, and Basel. Ursula has a keen interest in contemporary art and together with Patrick, collects contemporary paintings, sculptures, and photographs from Frances Bacon and Cindy Sherman, to lesser known, younger and undiscovered artists. This mutual love for contemporary art inspired the celebration of colour, material, and texture which is at the heart of pulpo. Today, Ursula is in charge of all client management at pulpo. Founded by the Essex girl Carolyn Clewer, and Parisienne Tiphaine de Lussy, Paris Essex is the result of years of collaboration between the two knitwear

Essex girl Carolyn Clewer and Parisienne Tiphaine de Lussy founded Paris Essex together

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“An ornament should also serve a purpose” mirrors or plates with real flowers, German designer Meike Harde’s pieces of furniture, lighting, and accessories combine constructive as well as intuitive elements, always with a subtle poetic character. “An ornament should also serve a purpose”, says the award-winning designer from Cologne, who deliberately questions and reinterprets common production techniques. Meike’s works have been featured in numerous exhibitions, including the Holon Design Museum in Tel Aviv, and are distributed through a number of internationally renowned design manufacturers. Meike Harde met pulpo at the beginning of her career, while she was exhibiting in various galleries. Patrick and Ursula from pulpo fell in love with her experimental and methodical approach with colours and materials. Today, pulpo have worked with Meike Harde to produce three different designs, including Miro, Miro on the wall and most recently, the Potpourri glassware collection - all demonstrating her deep and sensitive understanding of shapes, shades, and surfaces.

Cologne-based Meike Hardy deliberately questions and reinterprets common production techniques

and textiles specialists, which began 26 years ago at the Royal College of Art. Paris Essex's Crazy Blankets represent a creative dialogue between Clewer and de Lussy; the two take it in turns to play with crochet and knit, using mohair, wool and super-synthetics. Each blanket takes on its own personality as it grows organically and fluidly, with a process more akin to collage or patchwork than meticulously planned design. With names such as Heebie Jeebie, Zig Zag Bunny and Miss Harlow, each blanket tells its own story, mixing in patterns, shapes and characters. Defne Koz is co-founder and partner of Koz Susani Design, an award winning, innovative studio based in Chicago where she designs iconic, emotionally engaging and award winning products and experiences. Her idea of design is influenced by her training in Ettore Sottsass’ studio, as well as her Turkish and Italian culture and her curiosity for different product types. To coincide with the recent Milan Design Week, Defne Koz collaborated with Istanbul-based design brand Nude to create the stunning Foresta coloured glass candle holder and the Layers coloured glass vase; both instant successes. Whether it is textile wardrobes, marbled

Defne Koz collaborated with design brand Nude to create the Foresta coloured glass candle holder and the Layers vase

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“Talking to an expert is an integral part of the journey”

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hen choosing the right tile for your home, viewing the physical product is essential. It’s easy to hide behind a screen to make life that little bit easier, but in order to make a truly well informed decision, talking to an expert and seeing the tile in the “flesh” is an integral part to the journey. Buried at the end of Munster Road lies Tiles and Beyond - one of Fulham’s best-kept secrets. Paving the way as a boutique business that prides itself on serving the local community first and foremost, its collection of premium tile is large to say the least. Porcelain, mosaic, natural stone, ceramics and worktops, there’s something for everyone in the surprisingly compact showroom – which from the outside doesn’t look as though it hosts such a wide range. Inside, it boasts large display walls and bays to view the tile in an active environment. The driving force behind the eight-year-

old company is Priyal Patel, whose passion for interiors and customer service has helped her to build this boutique empire from nothing. As an independent retailer, she provides what can only be described as a genuinely bespoke service: outstanding customer service and only the best quality materials. But what makes Tiles and Beyond stand out is its focus on the individual customer. Priyal invites clients to

come and view the tile, get a feel for the collection of marble, limestone, faux wood and mosaic and help them to make a choice based on what is best for their home. Due to the sheer quantity of wares, it’s not limited to the typical locations of tile placement either. Whilst classic marble worktops in the kitchen and Travertine tile in the bathroom are still available, there’s also the possibility of giving new life to a patio with a smooth cream Limestone, or a touch of class to the bedroom with Elmwood Ebano porcelain. It all depends on your own personal vision, something that Priyal will talk through with you with an expert eye and years of experience behind her. She understands that a balance between the timeless and the new is essential for the home - adding a touch of the rustic to the contemporary and vice versa. It’s a truly personal, friendly service that will add artistic flair to your vision. T I L E SA N D B E YO N D Visit the showroom at 299 Munster Road, Fulham, SW6 6BJ tilesandbeyond.com

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A HOW-TO GUIDE

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A good night’s

SLEEP 16 March is World Sleep Day – but sleep is important all year round. Here are some bedroom essentials By PENDLE HARTE

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Reading for as little as six minutes before sleep can reduce stress levels by up to 68%

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3 The Secret Linen Store's 100% linen sets are piece-dyed with a vintage laundered finish, which means that each item is made and hemmed before being dyed and tumbled. This creates slight irregularities in the colour of the linen - most notably around the edges - that give a relaxed, well-used look that would otherwise take years to achieve. secretlinenstore.com

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The Headboard Workshop's userfriendly website and free swatch service makes light work of choosing a headboard. Alongside countless styles to choose from there is the option to go bespoke or use your own fabric and with more than 30 years of experience, their craftsmanship is unrivalled. theheadboardworkshop.co.uk

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obody likes an alarm clock. If it's loud enough to wake you up then it's loud enough to destroy your mood – and waking up grumpy defeats the point of investing in lovely mattresses and linens. Not for me though, because I have been waking up with Lumie's bodyclock all winter. A gentle light mimics the sun rising, rousing me silently and imperceptibly before the sound of birdsong gradually enters my consciousness (you can also choose a kitten purring, or waves lapping, or trains or even traffic, depending on your preference). So I am tricked into thinking I've woken up naturally, even though it's 6.45am on a freezing Monday. It's revolutionary. Bodyclock Luxe 700, £170, lumie.com

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Creative KITCHENS

bulthaup was a driving force behind the contemporary kitchen; and now its famous showroom is having a facelift

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stop there. Before long, plenty more kitchen and furniture stores had sprung up around it – making Wigmore Street the showroom destination that it is today. The new showroom, which has been designed in-house by both the German and UK team, will showcase the four furniture systems that have facilitated the brand’s rise to fame. This will include the most recent, b Solitaire, which includes a wide range of tables, benches and freestanding storage elements, all of which can be placed throughout the living area. The success and adaptability of bulthaup is shown in its longevity. Its understanding that the kitchen is the most important room in the contemporary home is sure to keep it at the top of its game, and the new showroom will provide the perfect opportunity to show off what new and exciting directions it will take the industry next. bulthaup-mayfair.co.uk

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FLOWERING Neisha Crosland looks back at Tulip, her ďŹ rst textile design from 1976, now reinvented in velvet for Turnell & Gigon By N E I S H A C R O S L A N D

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he background story of Tulip started when I was a child. I remember seeing a tulip in my stepfather’s garden, a Fritillaria decorated with little gingham checks. It was covered in dew drops, and, if I had been told that a fairy had hand painted the checks overnight, I would have believed it. Back indoors on the same day I noticed a pair of elegant drawings of this same tulip. My stepfather explained that they were drawings for Derby porcelain plates. This was a seminal moment and probably the reason why I am a surface pattern designer today.

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Patterned tiles in Neisha Crosland's London garden

I went to quite an academic grammar school and found myself alone on the A-Level art course with Miss Jeffries, my art teacher. This meant that I had the whole art room to myself. I took an old sheet and dyed it pistachio green, cut out some stencils from cartridge paper, and bought some fabric paints. Miss Jeffries helped me make a silk screen, and I printed my first textile not knowing that I would still be at it 39 years later: the design I printed was a Fritillaria tulip, but as the checks seemed too tricky to cut out of a stencil I just decorated the flower head with stripes instead. Twenty years later, on seeing the design that my mother by now had proudly framed, a friend of mine insisted on taking it to India to have some woodblocks cut of the design. She came back some months later with a few meters printed on cotton muslin. Last year, when visiting my studio, Matt Gomez of Turnell & Gigon spotted this length folded up in a corner, and was so inspired by it and its story, that he took the original blocks off to Thailand to print the design for commercial sale. A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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INTERIORS • RADIATORS

Castrads

RADIATORS Installing a cast iron radiator doesn't have to be a chore, and Castrads will support you every step of the way

enough to have the original artefact or are looking for a new one, Castrads will assess your home, your heating needs, and help you maximise on the space available while ensuring that your bills aren’t extortionately high because you’ve over-committed on the radiator front. A radiator is an essential part of the home, but one that is, sadly, too often overlooked in a design sense. Choosing the right one doesn’t have to be a painful process, and when you’re supported in the way that Castrads will support you, can even be an enjoyable one. CA ST R A D S castrads.com

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he lowly radiator. An integral part to every household. The silent (in some cases) amenity that we can’t live without. But with the excitement of refurbishment, they’re easily overlooked. Yet the right radiator has the ability to open up a small room or contain a larger one, and what could possibly be more authentic than the original symbol of opulence and luxury: the cast-iron radiator dating back to only the wealthiest of Victorian and Georgian households. With the rise of modern amenities, it’s easy to be put off by anything that looks so authentically old-fashioned. We’re all after an uncomplicated, more efficient and eco-friendly lifestyle after all. But

making the move to a cast-iron doesn’t have to be a step back, and when used in the right way, can be just as efficient as the modern models. The real draw of a cast-iron radiator is their simple column style and elegance. Rather than hiding it behind the sofa or a well-placed side table, these radiators become a feature in themselves, and the intricate engraving provided by a company such as Castrads mean they can enhance and draw out other, perhaps overlooked features. They’re versatile enough to suit any room type, so whether you’re looking to add a touch of character to a minimal, modern space or complementing a cosier room, they’re guaranteed to add some class. Choosing the right supplier is integral to the process. Whether you’re lucky A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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SOFT FOCUS PIUPIA

London-based childrenswear brand Piupia was born in 2013 after Claudia Carvalho became a mum to Noah, now four. The collection is characterised by soft colours, playful illustrated prints and simple shapes as well as ethical manufacturing. piupia.co.uk

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Eco fashion C I T Y G OAT S

HONEY PIE

City Goats uses only 100% organic cotton and natural, botanically-derived dyes – think pomegranate, turmeric and onion – and the clothes are super covetable. city-goats.com

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SMALL TALK Sustainable fashion, Winnie the Pooh, nature fun and colourful clobber

NATURE TOTS H E L LO N AT U R E CA R D S

Children can explore the natural world around them with these beautiful illustrated activity cards based on Nina Chakrabarti’s awardwinning Hello Nature book. This pocket-sized set is perfect to help outdoor adventurers identify a tree from its seed, learn how a frog is different from a toad, where to find the Big Dipper and much, much more. laurenceking.com

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he V&A's Winnie the Poo exhibition is brilliantly designed to appeal to adults who remember reading Winnie the Pooh when they were little as well as to tots. It's even good for little ones who don't care at all about Ernest Shepherd and his wonderful characters, because there's an actual slide, a colouring-in zone and a real bridge for playing pooh sticks. And any visit to the exhibition is enhanced by the Pelham Hotel's excellent themed afternoon tea offering. The special children's tea is served on an elegant treestump and includes a cute tigger-striped macaroon, a darling marzipan bee and a little honey parfait as well as little sandwiches and scones that come in a little basket. Of course it's wildly popular with children – and at £43 per head, it includes tickets to the exhibition too. Silly Old Bear afternoon tea is available at The Gore and The Pelham hotels until 8 April

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RAINY DAZE

V E JA X H U N D R E D P I E C E S

BOBO CHOSES

French footwear master Veja has teamed up with Hundred Pieces to create these snazzy (and eco-friendly) kids’ sneakers, featuring easy Velcro fastening and a fun, faintly Eighties colourbar print. From €75 — en.smallable.com

The new Bobo Choses collection doesn’t disappoint. We suggest protecting your mini-me from spring showers with this lightweight hooded rain coat, featuring a colourful leaf motif. £103 — en.smallable.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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D O IT Absolutely talks natural parenting and organic products with party girl-turneddevoted mother, Tamara Ecclestone

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t first glance, Tamara Ecclestone is not your regular mother. The daughter of Formula One billionaire Bernie and model Slavica, she’s been in the public eye since girlhood. She was educated at the distinguished Francis Holland school and today, aged 33, she calls a £45 million Kensington mansion home. Her professional life has taken in everything from sports presenting for Sky to posing for Playboy. And for a number of years, she was a favourite of the gossip pages – a socialite with an apparent knack for partying. Then came Sophia. It’s fair to say that Tamara Ecclestone’s public life can be divided into two sections, pre- and post-partum. When her daughter Sophia (whom she calls Fifi) was born in 2014, Ecclestone’s life, priorities and public profile changed dramatically – so much so that you can’t help feeling that motherhood is her true calling. We meet Ecclestone at Harvey Nichols. She’s there to celebrate the launch of Fifi and Friends – her range of organic children’s bath products – and we want to find out

“I was unprepared for just how much I would love my daughter. It was so immediate and intense” more about what inspired the brand. Because, let’s face it, few commentators saw this coming: Tamara Ecclestone, bronzed billionairess and some-time party girl, now a leading light in the promotion and development of natural toiletries for kids. In person, the old image of Ecclestone is even harder to reconcile with her new direction. She’s still a glamour-puss, of course, but the look seems secondary to the spirit; she beams with warmth, welcome A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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and positivity, clearly overjoyed to be launching her products into one of the world’s premier luxury retail spaces. It’s a triumph that seems all the more meaningful because the products weren’t designed with this uppermost in mind. They were, first and foremost, a personal project. “My daughter Fifi and her cousin Lavinia inspired the brand,” Ecclestone tells us. “Lavinia has really curly hair and it was hard to find decent products to tame it. I had the idea to do a range for both curly and straight hair, so we developed a detangler that can untangle even the knottiest hair. From there it grew into swimming haircare, sun-block, nappy cream and even baby wipes – I wanted them all to use organic ingredients and to have the same fragrance.” The natural approach is core to Fifi and Friends, and Ecclestone’s products outstrip many of their competitors’ by offering recyclable and often biodegradable packaging. We ask why the eco-conscious angle is so important and she replies without hesitation: “It’s really, really important to me. It had to be this way. A lot of products are misleading [about such things]. And they smell fake. There was no way I was going to use anything harsh or artificial on my daughter. “It took almost two years to get everything right – and I tested everything on myself.” It’s all part of a conscious yet apparently never-judgmental embrace of natural parenting – itself inspired by a kind of epiphany Ecclestone experienced after having her daughter. We ask if motherhood is everything she thought it would be. “Actually, way better!” she enthuses. “Growing up, I wasn’t desperate to be a mum. When it happened, it blew my mind; I was unprepared for just how much I would love my daughter. It was just so immediate and intense. So far, it’s been an amazing journey and I’ve loved every stage. I don’t think you can know how you’re going to feel beforehand – or even what to plan for. I bought all these bottles and a cot thinking they would be useful, then Fifi came and I breastfed exclusively and we co-slept – I ended up following my gut with those things, so you learn on the job.” Strange as it seems, being a public figure and endorsing breastfeeding and cosleeping opened Ecclestone up to criticism in some quarters. That must have been

hard, we venture. “I don’t really understand it. There are other things to have opinions about – [breastfeeding and co-sleeping are] such personal choices. For me, breastfeeding was easier for both me and baby, and I enjoyed that bond. Motherhood itself definitely engenders opinions and judgment. Well-meaning people like to give advice and share thoughts, but it’s bizarre that breastfeeding is contentious.” At this point, Fifi comes over to ask for a blanket and we say how nice it must be that Ecclestone can take her daughter with her when “on duty”. “Well, she’s so friendly and confident,” Ecclestone says. “She’s been exposed to so many adults and this is her norm.” But, we continue, balancing work and parenting must still be a challenge? “It’s

“People like to give advice, but it’s bizarre that breastfeeding is contentious”

definitely a challenge. But Fifi does now have full days in nursery, so I get as much done as I can on those days. When she was younger, I utilised nap times. It’s important to have balance. I had to make it work so I could do something for me, too, and keep my brain ticking over.” With that in mind, we ask for some of Ecclestone’s top advice for first-timers and mums-to-be. “Just to see what happens without planning too much,” she suggests. “And reserve judgment, because you never know how you will react in similar situations – down to whether your child uses an iPad at a certain age or how they behave in public, and how you choose to discipline them in a moment of meltdown.” Learning on the job, balancing work and motherhood, and wanting the best for her daughter... in all the most important respects, Tamara Ecclestone is not so different from a regular mum after all.

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All children can achieve

Lower School Open Day March 8th 2018

The Moat School is an independent SpLD specialist school with an academic focus

Morning Session: 9:00 – 10:45 Afternoon Session: 14:00 – 15:30 The Moat School kindly invites you to join us on a tour and presentation of our Lower School To reserve a place please email office@ moatschool.org.uk or call 0207 6109018 @moatschool

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Children’s party places

T H E IC E S K AT I NG PA RT Y QUEEN S

Ice skating is always a popular choice for tots, pretty much as soon as their feet are big enough for ice skates. Packages at the refurbished Queens Ice and Bowl start at £24, to include an hour on the ice, skate hire and a party menu. queens.london

Sing it back There’s no escaping the annual birthday party minefield – but you can’t go wrong with karaoke for kids

A LL STAR LAN E S

A game of bowling followed by a kids meal (including the ever-popular milkshakes) is £17.50 per head. Bring your own cake; there’s a good choice of cocktails for the supervising adults. allstarlanes.co.uk

T H E B R A I DI NG PA RT Y T HE BRAID BAR

Braiders will come to your house and can do four or five braids an hour each for £100 plus VAT. Little girls love them. thebraidbar.co.uk

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one minute they’re Katy Perry, the next they’re Justin Bieber. Fuelled by pizza and mocktails, any child old enough to read is pretty much guaranteed to have a ball here. Lucky Voice’s children’s party offering is fantastic – just make sure you leave the room quickly.

L U C K Y VO I C E Packages start at £15 per child. luckyvoice.com

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Code WORDS Coding is the future and children benefit from starting young, say the team at Blue Shift B y H E AT H E R LYO N S

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ur children interact with technology every single day and in every part of their lives. They play games on iPads, stream TV via Netflix and watch videos on YouTube. They do research for projects using the web and are taught via smart whiteboards and interactive learning platforms at school. Whatever their lifestyle, you can be assured that your child will be extremely familiar with a wide range of electronic devices

and concepts by the time they reach primary school age. But how many primary school children have been encouraged to think about how all these things work? How many of them are aware that someone somewhere had to design, build and bring to life their favourite toys and gadgets? Technology isn’t going away and there’s an increasing likelihood that the best paid and most sought-after jobs they’ll be competing for as adults will be in the tech industry. Who will build the Googles, Apples, and Facebooks of the next 20 years? It is becoming increasingly clear that understanding how

“The best paid and most sought-after jobs our children will be competing for as adults will be in the tech industry”

EDUCATION • FOCUS computers work and learning how to program them is a basic form of literacy that every child should be equipped with. This is where organisations like Blue Shift education come in. Founded by a Notting Hill mum of three in 2013, Blue Shift offers creative coding courses for boys and girls aged 5 to 13 in a range of different tech areas. The youngest children are taught the principles behind computer programming and discover that an understanding of programming can be used to paint pictures, tell stories and bring their ideas to life. Older children build robots, design their own games and learn how to modify their favourite games (yes, including the ubiquitous Minecraft to make whole new worlds). The only limits are their imaginations. Blue Shift runs coding camps every half term and school holiday in west London, as well as popular after-school clubs at some of the city’s most prestigious schools including Knightsbridge School, Eaton Square Prep, Thomas’s in Battersea and Wetherby Prep, Notting Hill Prep and Sussex House. Of course many of the children from the after-school clubs attend the holiday camps too, often coming back again and again to be inspired to create and have fun with the new friends they make. Blue Shift sees children every day who are delighted and beguiled by the things they achieve through code. Learning to code teaches problem solving, real world skills, creativity and resilience. What could be more important than that in this day and age?

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The RIGHT STUFF

Antony Clark, Headmaster of Malvern College, believes that enduring personal qualities can – and must – be taught

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used to think that if I was in a position as headmaster, and thus able to influence the ethos surrounding pupils, that they would automatically develop character. That personal qualities such as integrity and kindness would somehow become part of their make-up, perhaps by osmosis. I imagined that they would become leaders and good citizens as a result of having strong role models to follow and a positive ambience around them. This was the world in which I had been schooled. So it took me a little time to recognise that, in a modern environment of many conflicting pressures, less obvious family values and certainly fewer individuals basing their thoughts and actions on religious and moral premises, this may no longer apply. Gradually, I have come to believe that, if a school has a vision for its pupils and wishes them to be alert to important human attributes, then these should actually be taught at school and that my previous assumptions were wrong. So we turned our attention to listing The Malvern Qualities and made up our minds that these would be evident in all that we teach and do here. Take, for example, integrity: the Latin origin is integer and relates to wholeness.

In Maths, pupils know that integers are whole numbers and so we understand that integrity refers to our wholeness as people, our sense of being honest and having strong moral principles. By their nature the Malvern Qualities have a circular dimension: each impacts upon several others. I list them here, not in any specific order: ambition, risk-taking, resilience, self-awareness, open-mindedness, kindness, collaboration, curiosity, independence, humility and integrity. All are qualities we try to imbue in our pupils so that they will have the skills to adapt and thrive in a changing world. Appreciating the importance of teaching basic and enduring human qualities is intrinsic to education and profoundly important to an individual’s maturity and success in life. Though our list of traits is neither exclusive to us, nor the only ones that help young people manage the future, they are the ones to which we adhere and the ones which, we observe, benefit our pupils to an unusual degree. We notice that Malvernians strive for success, but can cope with setbacks; they are perceptive and confident, but not arrogant and they view learning as a lifelong experience. They are tolerant, strong, and optimistic about the future. In possession of an understanding of the value of these personal strengths, our pupils become sophisticated thinkers with a realistic approach to their own talents and abilities. They develop the capacity to see themselves as others see them and this enhances their interpersonal skills and their communication with others.

“Equipping our pupils for life is part of Malvern’s vision for their future”

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They engage successfully. Equipping our pupils for life is part of Malvern’s vision for their future. They may have many different careers ahead of them, among them roles that do not even exist at the moment. It is incumbent upon us to prepare them to give everything a go, to learn what their strengths are and to develop capacity in areas where they are weaker. Becoming successful at managing themselves and others begins to give them confidence and this is the oil in the engine that will carry them successfully through life. We will never become complacent about producing very capable young people and will constantly revisit what we do here at Malvern. Good academic results are just part of our vision for them. Acquiring at school the all-important understanding that embraces what we believe are enduring human values, applicable in all aspects of life and necessary for survival and success in the future, makes sense to us. Certainly, resilience will feature predominantly alongside the others on the road ahead but each quality will have a part to play in this strengthening process. I now know that these qualities can be taught.

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A Broader

BRUSH The Deputy Principal of the Southbank International School on the advantages of the IB

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he International Baccalaureate Programme is a pre-university programme that offers students a wide breadth of subjects. It’s very demanding academically and at Southbank we support our students throughout it. The IB offers more breadth than the British system, and more depth than the American system; it’s a hybrid of the two. The IB qualifies students to study anywhere in the world and is recognised globally by most top institutions.

The IB requires students to enquire, and to question what they’re being taught. IB students are academic risk-takers who look for different ways of learning. They put themselves out of their comfort zone in order to develop their knowledge and skills. The IB learner profile also asks for students to be good communicators, to be balanced, and these are attributes that we try and incorporate into our programme. We want our students to be thinkers. We want to avoid handing them knowledge on a plate, instead requiring them to ask why and use their research skills to draw out the nuances behind what they’re

“IB students are academic risk-takers who look for different ways of learning”

EDUCATION • FOCUS learning. We look for our students to be inquisitive and resilient, to question what is right and wrong in the context of a world where news sources are increasingly subject to scrutiny. IB students at Southbank take up to six subjects and can choose from a broad range of courses not offered by other schools of our size. Sixteen is too early an age for most of our students to narrow down their options and the path they want to take in life. The IB Diploma gives them a breadth of subjects and keeps them open to learning languages and humanities as well as learning sciences and maths, so they have more choices open to them compared to A-Level students who are restricted to taking three or four subjects. The academic and life skills fostered by the IB approach are well documented both in research and the observations of university admissions officers. IB students develop into independent learners with excellent organisational skills. The academic attainment levels of our students is further in evidence with the top universities in the UK, US and Canada offering them places. We have a strong sense of community at Southbank. Students come from many different countries, from different education systems and flourish here. Our job is creating a home from home where our students feel safe and cared for - something our strong pastoral programme ensures we can do for each and every member of the IB community. We firmly believe that academic excellence and a supportive, caring environment go hand in hand. Whilst the IB diploma puts students on an excellent academic footing, its benefits are far broader, preparing students for making their way in the world.

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BOOK AND BRUNCH IN BELGRAVIA

Visit Lowndes Bar & Kitchen and experience Book and Brunch Sundays. Choose from delicious brunch dishes including an exclusive children’s menu available throughout March. Guests will also receive a side of literature courtesy of the monthly changing book specially selected from local store, Belgravia Books. Childrens book and brunch from £12.50 and adults from £30.00 with the option of bottomless bubbles for an additional £15.00. To book your table call 020 7858 7223 or visit lowndesdining.co.uk.

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TRAVEL

FAR AND WIDE SRI LANKA

Timeless ruins, endless beauty, wide-reaching beaches and some out-of-this-world accomodation; we discover it all on the trip of a lifetime.

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BOUTIQUE HOTEL, TRI LANKA OFFERS VIEWS OVER SRI LANKA'S LARGEST NATURAL LAKE, KOGGALA

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TRAVEL • WANDERLUST CAPE WELIGAMA AFFORDS UNMATCHED PANORAMAS OF THE INDIAN OCEAN

This island nation has myriad charms, from timeless ruins to rolling surf

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ri Lanka packs in an astonishing variety of places to visit within its modest size, with a natural environment full of beauty and diversity. Its myriad charms, from timeless ruins, welcoming people and oodles of elephants to rolling surf, famous tea and flavourful food, make it irresistible to travellers. With this in mind, my friend and I set out on a tea, sea and safari trip across the country – taking in an Instagram-famous hotel along the way. After a ten-hour flight and a four-hour drive from Colombo airport, we arrived exhausted (and ever-so-slightly carsick) at Tea Trails, a bungalow resort tucked up in verdant tea country. Five bungalows, plus one private cottage, are resplendent in their colonial style and stretch along the banks of Castlereagh Lake and down into the Bogawantalawa valley. We stayed in Norwood bungalow, packed with ‘50s character and beautiful communal spaces, including an elegant dining room and lounge where there were roaring fires at cocktail-hour. Rooms are named after past tea planter occupants and, in keeping with the hotel’s concept that the bungalow is your home, there are no keys to lock rooms. If peace and quiet is your bag, then this is the place for you. Mornings began with Bed Tea – an age-old colonial tradition where a butler serves you tea to gently wake you up. At breakfast, mists roll in off the plantations and the atmosphere is utterly tranquil; there were wide verandas for reading in the afternoon and butler service on tap. Attention to detail is paramount in the service, and even the friendly chef says hello each day to tailor meals to your tastes and preferences. On our first night, blissfully full after a feast of Sri Lankan curry and hoppers, we passed out as the fresh mountain air took its toll. Next day we strolled the hotel grounds – replete with roses, spring crocuses and croquet lawns, then visited one of the famous Dilmah Tea factories. You really can’t visit Sri Lanka without learning about their most successful export, and at Dilmah you can experience the tea process from picking to packaging. A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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TRAVEL • WANDERLUST WILD COAST'S COCOON POOL SUITE BOASTS A PRIVATE POOL AND VIEWS OF THE BEACH

WILD COAST SITS ON THE PRISTINE BEACHES OF YALA NATIONAL PARK

MIST ROLLS ACROSS THE TEA PLANTATIONS AT BUNGALOW RESORT, TEA TRAILS

Next up on our travel itinerary was Sri Lanka’s largest natural lake, Koggala – home to boutique hotel Tri Lanka. With its slickly designed rooms, airy spa and treetop yoga (set in a space designed to float above bamboo groves), it is perfect fodder for travel bloggers. Dotted around were rooms housed in a cinnamon-clad water tower and swirling hillside houses with sumptuous suites. Traditionalists might be irked by the pared back, ultra-contemporary interiors and the communal style dining-cum-barcum-reception area, but a swim in the hotel’s beautifully designed pool over the lake might just sway them. Only 25-minutes’ drive away

is the majestic city of Galle, known for its colonial fort, whitewashed sea walls and excellent boutique shopping. On the way, we stopped off to see the stilt fisherman of Kogalla and the Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya temple in Unawatuna. Set in the ramparts of Galle Fort is Amangalla – a hotel of stately grande dame period charm that’s well worth booking for lunch in between shopping and exploring. We enjoyed the lobster tagliatelle and tuna tartare. Travelling further along the coast we reached the breathtaking Bay of Weligama, famed for whale watching and one of Sri Lanka’s most glamorous beach resorts, Cape Weligama. A model village of sorts, it's set on an amazing headland site - we were told that many guests never leave the complex. It’s no surprise; every curvaceous corner of the resort – masterminded by Thai architect Lek Bunnag – is designed with privacy in mind. Villas were carefully placed in clusters of two or three around generous pools shielded by trees and the iconic cliff-top pool was crescent-shaped to offer 270-degree panoramas of the Indian Ocean, regardless of who was sitting near you. From seafood at the alfresco Ocean Terrace to the more intimate Ocean House Steakhouse (book in advance), the food was delectable. You can visit the Cape Colony Club for Ceylon high tea and sunset cocktails, book into the revamped spa to unwind, learn to dive, go on a bike tour, go whale watching, or, if you really get bored, go to the fully-equipped gym. There were staff on hand to help at all times and they were the most polite we’d ever encountered. You could want for nothing. Just when we thought life couldn’t get any better, we arrived at Wild Coast, a brand new wildlife lodge on Sri Lanka’s south east

coast. Set along a pristine beach on the fringes of the renowned Yala National Park, it blends the comforts of a luxury hotel with the back-to-nature excitement of a wilderness safari camp. Guests stay in tented ‘cocoon suites’ with vaulted ceilings, large windows and colonial chic design – think freestanding copper bathtubs, four-poster beds, teak floors and repurposed metallic hardware. Some have private plunge pools – ours didn’t, but was clustered around a waterhole – more exciting as you have the chance of seeing wildlife from your private deck. This being a new opening, there were still a few teething problems – most notably copper taps that were too hard to turn and no food or drinks menus at the open-air bamboo-clad restaurant - but those will easily iron themselves out. Kudos though, to the hotel’s safari guides, who were exceptionally wellinformed, friendly and whisked us to the quietest corners of Yala National Park to see elephants, leopards and sloth bears. At one point, we were within touching distance of an elephant, who was enjoying his dinner as the sun set. When it comes to magical holiday moments, it doesn’t get much better than that.

TEA TRAILS Rooms at Tea Trails start from $722 per night on an all-inclusive basis, based on double occupancy. resplendentceylon.com/teatrails

CA P E W E L I G A M A

Rooms start from $624 per night on a half board basis, based on double occupancy. resplendentceylon.com/capeweligama

W I L D C OA S T T E N T E D LO D G E

Rooms start from $890 per night on an all-inclusive basis, based on double occupancy. resplendentceylon.com/wildcoastlodge-yala

TRI LANKA

Rooms start from $325 per night on a half board basis, based on double occupancy. trilanka.com

A M A N GA L L A Lunch starts from around £18 per person aman.com/resorts/amangalla

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“A friendly place, inhabited by returning fans of its fantastic seaside location”

ST MORITZ, CORNWALL A seaside retreat with a fantastic pool, Cowshed spa and a relaxed atmosphere By PENDLE HARTE

Double rooms from £260 ST MORITZ HOTEL Trebethwick, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 6SD; 01208 862 242 stmoritzhotel.co.uk

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hat day, as we stood on the terrace looking out to the mountains at the astonishing view, with no other sign of human habitation and nature at its most simple and dramatic, Jimmy fell silent. And in the spring of 1986, it became ours.” The words of Lady Annabel Goldsmith reflecting on the moment she and her late husband Sir James Goldsmith fell in love with their Spanish holiday home Torre de Tramores. Just over 20 years later, the villa is now one of the many lavish holiday rentals available on new online platform, The Villa Collective.

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Not to be confused with Airbnb, The Villa Collective is an exclusive service founded by Nick Cookson with the idea to bridge a gap in the luxury rental market. Where discerning travellers can book holidays directly with property owners and managers who have first-hand knowledge of both the property and destination on offer. The website allows holidaymakers to search and compare a curated selection of villas and holiday homes across multiple countries and book direct. It currently hosts a collection of private villas and estates across Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, France and Morocco with plans to expand further afield to winter sun hot spots like Barbados, with prices ranging from £4,000-£100,000 a week.

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What sets The Villa Collective apart from other online accommodation platforms is the strict set of criteria that need to be met before being offered a membership. Every property and its owner is screened for authenticity and must have a house manager as a minimum requirement. This provides potential renters flexibility, added security and ease of mind - an offering which its competitors have yet to match. Like many of the properties on The Villa Collective, Torre de Tramores comes fully staffed with a house manager, chef and housekeeping services. Set on 600 hectares of Andalusian countryside, near the town of Benahavis, the Tramores estate is only a short 15-minute drive

“The original Andalusian farmhouse has been extended into an eleven bedroom stay which cascades down over its hillside setting”

from the madness of Marbella and an hour from Malaga airport. It has been a regular holiday spot for the Goldsmith family since the late 80s and seen both celebrity and royal guests visit over the years, including Princess Diana whose suite has been dubbed the ‘Princess Room’ since her stay. The original Andalusian farmhouse has been beautifully extended and converted into an eleven bedroom stay, which cascades over different levels on its hillside setting. Finished to an exceptionally high-standard while retaining its country-home charm, the villa is decorated with Andalusian and Moorish antiques, Spanish textiles, artwork, books and family pictures of the Goldsmiths. The property not only boasts amenities including a tennis court, swimming pool and games room but also features stunning grounds with gardens and water features, powered by a natural stream system from the Guadalmina River. At the base of the villa lies an organic farm and kitchen garden which grows a range of fresh produce all year round. Guests have a choice of numerous terraces and lounges to relax on throughout the property. Breakfast and lunch are usually served on the outside deck where beautiful views of the mountains and landscape can be savoured. While the evenings are slightly cooler, the Goldsmiths have been known to have a formal dinner

in the dining room, with a menu of favourites including a delicious chicken and prawn paella, followed by a fireside nightcap. As rented accommodation continues to increase in popularity with holidaymakers around the world, The Villa Collective provides quality, luxurious and safe properties to its clientele and giving villa owners the power to make the most out of their properties by being a member of this elite platform.

TO R R E D E T R A M O R E S is available to book direct via The Villa Collective from €22,500 per week. call 020 3950 1588 or visit villacollective.com or

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Happiness starts at Battersea

At our dogs and cats home in London, you’ll find lots of smiles, just like this one. It’s because we do more than microchip them, vaccinate them and give them full check-ups. We spend time with each of them, giving them professional training and expert care. That way, when you come to meet them, we know they’re ready, and happy to meet you.

battersea.org.uk

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COUNTRY FILES HUNTER The Refined collection from Hunter infuses urban living with rural styling for a look that is polished and chic. Along with iconic Refined products - the wellington boot, the trench coat the SS18 includes a new drawstring bomber and a drawstring coat for your most stylish dog walk yet. hunterboots.com

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Dr Ursula Goetz, Chief Vet at Mayhew, the rescue and animal welfare charity explains the health issues for flat-faced pets

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here has been a huge surge in the popularity of brachycephalic pets recently and Mayhew has seen an influx of these animals arriving at their shelter, taking in more than five times as many in 2017 compared to the previous year. The fastest growing brachycephalic breed is the French bulldog, with pugs and bulldogs close behind. It also affects cats, with Persians and Burmese being popular brachycephalic breeds.

WHAT IS BRACHYCEPHALY? Brachycephalic breeds are animals that are bred to have a flat face which causes their muzzle and nasal aspect to be short, creating a perceived appearance of cuteness. Unfortunately, this comes at a price.

WHAT ARE THE HEALTH ISSUES? Breathing problems The nostrils are too narrow to facilitate proper airflow through the nose, resulting in the dog breathing through their mouth most of the time. They often pant severely after a meal as they were not able to breathe properly during meal times. The soft palate at the back of the mouth is also often elongated in brachycephalic dogs, which means this part

of soft tissue lies over the trachea opening and compromises the air entering the lungs even more. Dental problems A short nose and jaw often means there is not enough space for the teeth, usually resulting in the dog needing several teeth removed. Temperature Open-mouth breathing is a dog’s way of regulating its body temperature, but if the dog is not able to breathe properly then heat regulation is compromised, so overexertion can become life-threatening. The stubborn dog that suddenly lies down during a walk could actually be trying to catch his breath and prevent fainting. Eye problems Flat-faced breeds’ bulging eyes are exposed to more air and can cause the eyes to dry out quicker. Artificial tears may have to be added as a daily, ongoing treatment and the lack of proper tear draining means they can develop constant moist tear stains on their face that may become painfully infectious. Dogs who do not receive the treatment they require may end up losing their sight completely. Skin diseases The extra skin folds over the nose can cause fur to rub on the eyeballs and stay moist, which is a breeding ground for bacterial and yeast infections. Neurological problems A pug’s screwshaped tail is often linked to painful spine abnormalities, neurological problems and an inability to give birth without surgical intervention.

HOW CAN OWNERS HELP THEIR FLATFACED PETS? Breathing difficulties are a sign that a dog needs veterinary help. Surgery is recommended for dogs that have moderate to severe breathing problems, however being under anaesthetic carries a greater risk for a brachycephalic dog. You should also act promptly and contact your vet if your dog has a sore or discharging eye, or sore or smelly skin or ears.

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IVY A 15-month-old English Bulldog, arrived at Mayhew last year after being found abandoned on the streets of north west London. Her eyes were sore and inflamed and she was suffering from Cherry Eye and distichiasis, two further eye conditions common in brachycephalic breeds. Poor Ivy was in constant pain and discomfort and Mayhew’s vet team had to perform surgery to correct the problems and relieve her suffering.

AN INFLUX AT MAYHEW In the last month of 2017, Mayhew took in seven French bulldogs. All seven were suffering with painful or uncomfortable medical conditions including chronic ear infections, skin conditions, dental problems and one had an inverted tail. In 2017, Mayhew dealt with 162 different breeds of dog and a worrying 5% of those were brachycephalic breeds, showing the popularity and demand for these dogs. Mayhew is proud to support Vet Emma Milne’s Vets Against Brachycephalism campaign, which strives for better animal welfare and is of the opinion that breeding of extremely brachycephalic animals is fundamentally wrong and should be stopped. vetsagainstbrachycephalism.com

MAYHEW URGES POTENTIAL PET OWNERS TO THINK BEFORE GETTING A BRACHYCEPHALIC PET Please think about rehoming an animal from a rescue centre such as Mayhew instead. You can see their cats and dogs looking for a home by visiting themayhew.org/adopt

M AY H E W A N I M A L H O M E Mayhew does not judge and is here to assist and give advice on the best course of action for pets and their owners. If you have any concerns, please contact them for help: 020 8962 8000 info@mayhewanimalhome.org

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New for the Chinese Year of the Dog, luxury British dog accessories brand, Teddy Maximus has launched a gorgeous range of personalised heart dog toys, perfect for spoiling pampered pooches with. The cushion-like toys come in three chic prints with the name of your four-legged friend intricately threaded across the front. £19.99; teddymaximus.com

The Watering Hole DRAKE & MORGAN

Tired of leaving your pup home alone for happy hour? So were the team at Drake & Morgan. That’s why every Drake & Morgan bar and restaurant – including The Happenstance, The Sipping Room and The Allegory – is dog-friendly, with a dedicated drinks offering especially for man (and woman)’s best friend. With non-alcoholic tipples ‘Pawsecco’ and ‘Bottom Sniffer Beer’ on hand, Drake & Morgan have everything covered for a tail-wagging celebration. Various locations; drakeandmorgan.co.uk

IN THE DOG HOUSE BLUE CROSS

Blue Cross has come up with a unique fund-raising concept which sees a network of architects, artists, designers and celebrities create a collection of doggy dream homes that will be on display across the capital from mid-March to mid-April. Internationally famous Zaha Hadid Architects, renowned mosaic artist Ivan Djidev and multi-award winning designers Denizen Works Ltd. have all worked on the collection which will be auctioned off in aid of Blue Cross. bluecross.org.uk A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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PROPERTY Harrods: Property Service 133 Living the Dream 136 Bishops Row 142

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beautiful and bright freehold mews house in the heart of Notting Hill. The property comprises three double bedrooms, two ensuite bathrooms, a reception room, kitchen, south-facing private garden and balcony. The property is great for entertaining with high vaulted ceilings and good storage. The house is also located near to Portobello Market and Ladbroke Grove station.

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Westgate Terrace, Chelsea SW10 A well positioned and elegantly presented four bedroom upper maisonette The flat is set over the top three floors of an attractive stucco fronted period conversion. Accommodation includes a spacious reception room with lovely high ceilings leading into a large family sized "Smallbone" kitchen with a wonderful dining area. The master suite makes up the entire footplate of the second floor to make a luxuriously sized bedroom with walk in wardrobe and generous bathroom. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, reception room, kitchen, WC, terrace, roof terrace. EPC:D. Approximately 149 sq m (1,601 sq ft). Share of freehold

Guide price: £2,000,000

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KENSINGTON SALES MARKET INSIGHT 2018 FIGURE 1

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Prime central London update Activity in the prime central London sales market continues to stabilize, a trend that is more marked in higher-value price brackets. While the overall number of transactions rose 5% in the last six months of 2017 compared to 2016, the increase was 14% for properties valued at between £5 million and £10 million, LonRes data shows. In Kensington, this trend is highlighted by the more resilient sales volumes in the typically higher-value postcodes to the north of Kensington High Street, as figure 4 shows.

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Campden Hill Gardens, Kensington W8 A spacious raised ground floor flat with private garden A bright and newly refurbished two bedroom apartment situated in a period conversion with high ceilings and grand proportions throughout. The flat further benefits from a private patio garden and is situated at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, kitchen, patio. EPC: D. Approximately 98 sq m (1,065 sq ft).   Share of Freehold

Guide price: £1,650,000

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Pembroke Gardens, Kensington W8 A stylish low built family home with off street parking for two cars Arranged over three floors is this stylish, architecturally designed five bedroom family home, offering an abundance of light and space. At the rear of the house is a child friendly garden with a tree house, climbing wall, swing and activity set. 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, kitchen, cinema room, garden, parking for 2 cars. EPC: D. Approximately 327 sq m (3,519.8 sq ft).

KnightFrank.co.uk/kensington kens@knightfrank.com 020 8115 3277  

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WHAT'S YOUR NEXT MOVE? To find out how we can help you please contact us KnightFrank.co.uk/fulham fulham@knightfrank.com 020 8115 3726 KnightFrank.co.uk/fulham fulhamlettings@knightfrank.com 020 3463 2621  

Guide price: £485 per week

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This bright and contemporary 2 bedroom apartment with beautiful wood flooring is located over the second floor of an attractive period building close to Parsons Green. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception/dining room and kitchen.  EPC: D. Approximately 72 sq m (775 sq ft). fulhamlettings@knightfrank.com Office: 020 3463 2621

All potential tenants should be advised that, as well as rent, an administration fee of £288 and referencing fees of £48 per person will apply when renting a property. There will also be a £48 charge to register your deposit with the Tenancy Deposit Scheme if applicable. (All fees shown are inclusive of VAT.) Please ask us for more information about other fees that will apply or visit www.knightfrank.co.uk/tenantfees.

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Guide price: £1,450,000

The Piper Building, Peterborough Road, Fulham SW6 A stunning split-level apartment on the second floor of an iconic portered building, benefiting from a west-facing balcony and private parking space. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, reception room, open-plan kitchen and balcony. EPC: B. Approximately 177 sq m (1,901 sq ft).  fulham@knightfrank.com Office: 020 8115 3726

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HARRODS ESTATES Discover Harrod's in-store property service showcasing the Andermatt Swiss Alps development

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arrods has launched an in-store property service dedicated to international luxury property developments. The service will showcase Andermatt Swiss Alps, the largest ski resort development in Switzerland, built by leading lifestyle and destination creators Orascom. The new resort is set within some of Switzerland’s best ski terrain and nestled close to the Italian border in the St Gotthard Massif mountain range, within easy reach of Zurich’s

international airport. In the centre of the resort is one of Europe’s best hotels, the award winning The Chedi Andermatt, which includes The Chedi Residences, a collection of ultra-luxe one and two bedroom residences and penthouses. On completion, the project will comprise 500 apartments in 42 buildings, 28 chalets, convention facilities, a swimming pool and an 18-hole golf course. It will also comprise six, four and five star hotels. Andermatt Swiss Alps will benefit from the completion of the new

“The new ski resort is set within some of Switzerland’s best ski terrain” Andermatt-Sedrun ski arena in 2019 which will provide 130km of slopes following a 130 million investment in new lifts and runs, creating the largest ski region in central Switzerland. This area is also known for its exceptional snowfall. Russell Collins, Head of Sales at Andermatt Swiss Alps says “Andermatt is one of the greatest places for skiing with a brilliant selection of mountains.” The developer of Andermatt Swiss Alps, Orascom, is one of the world’s leading lifestyle and destination creators, known for their work building communities - not just developments. They will utilise the department, managed by the expert team from Harrods Estates, to promote its luxury residential property offering. Simon Barry, Head of New Developments, Harrods Estates says “Harrods Luxury Property will bring key aspects of each development within easy and convenient access of many interested and potential buyers.”

Harrods Luxury Property Showcase, Second Floor at Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, SW1X harrodsestates.com

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Established 1897

A two-bedroom, second floor apartment in this period building. Hans Place, Knightsbridge SW1 • Refurbished to the highest specification • Situated on the second floor • Lovely views over Pont Street

GUIDE PRICE

£2,875,000 TENURE

Leasehold Approximately 984 Years

• Walking distance of Hyde Park • KNX Lighting system • Approximately 995sq ft

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Established 1897

A three-bedroom duplex apartment in the heart of Kensington. Hornton Street, Kensington W8 • Bright and spacious reception • Kitchen / breakfast room • Two bathrooms

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his is a superb one bedroom apartment in 199 The Knightsbridge with its own private terrace. The building benefits from a 24 hour doorman, concierge and leisure facilities - residents have full use of the gym and spa facilities including a 20m pool, hot tubs, sauna and treatment rooms. The Knightsbridge is located a short distance from Hyde Park.

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ANSELM ROAD, FULHAM Located off the vibrant North End Road sits this immaculate Victorian House. The property comprises five double bedrooms, two bathrooms, fully fitted kitchen, south facing reception room, separate WC, utility room and landscaped rear garden. EPC - C

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FAULKNER HOUSE, HAMMERSMITH A beautifully presented brand new two bedroom apartment perfectly positioned on the north bank of the River Thames. Property comprises open plan kitchen reception room, two double bedrooms and two bathrooms (one en-suite). EPC - C

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PETERBOROUGH ROAD, FULHAM An immaculately presented one bedroom top floor apartment located in the heart of Parsons Green. Peterborough Road is just south of the vibrant Parsons Green with plenty of shops, restaurants, pubs and cafés as well as Parson Green underground station on your doorstep. EPC - C

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TOWNHOUSES ON THE THAMES Octagon have returned to London to launch Bishops Row, a terrace of nine elegant houses situated alongside the Fulham banks of the River Thames

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hese deceptively spacious townhouses, ranging from 4,375 - 6,150 sq ft, come with 4/5 bedrooms and 4 reception rooms, with access to the river footpath running between Putney and Hammersmith bridges. On the ground floor, the enviable kitchen/breakfast/ family rooms open onto private west-backing walled gardens, and feature modern linear cabinets in a dark satin lacquer finish, quartz worktops and topof-the-range integrated Miele appliances. Marble effect panelling and bespoke bronze lighting creates a clean, modern finish in

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the open plan space. To the first floor, the drawing rooms have limestone fireplaces, complemented by herringbone timber flooring and plush inset carpets, each leading onto a private spacious rear terrace. Across the hallway and behind glass doors sits the dining rooms, with two floor-to-ceiling windows allowing even more light into the formal areas. Additional accommodation includes a gym, wine room and cinema room on the lower ground floors, leading out to a unique covered courtyard garden with “walk on” glass ceiling. The sizeable master suites span the

entire top level of each home, with large walk through dressing rooms and private balconies, while the marble en suite bathrooms are filled with natural daylight from the overhead light wells. The fourth floors are home to a family bathroom and the additional double bedrooms, each featuring built in wardrobes and two also enjoying en suites. Innovative outdoor space includes the covered lower courtyard gardens, landscaped green space to the front and rear, as well as private balconies and terraces. The pièce de résistance in outdoor living comes in the form of the roof top terraces from Plots 8 and 9, which give residents unbeatable views towards the River Thames. Plot 9 will also feature a lift to all floors. Launching the Showhome within Plot 1 in early February, Octagon brought Kim Harvey of Kim Harvey Interiors onboard to create an aspirational scheme within the London townhouse. In addition to the high quality finishes and specifications synonymous with the Octagon name, each room has been given a personal feel, with bespoke cabinetry and hand sourced artwork throughout. Kim comments; “This is my first opportunity to work with Octagon since founding my luxury interiors company, and to come on board at the concept stage is exciting, allowing us to create a truly aspirational home to show their potential purchasers. “The Bishops Row townhouses are surprisingly large inside, so we are focusing on creating free flowing spaces

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within the show home to demonstrate how flexible the different rooms and levels can be. Using sophisticated tones and textures, from greys, bronze finishes and woven leathers to herringbone and geometric prints, the scheme is contemporary and elegant with a tailored finish, inspired by classical British style and history.” Bishops Row offers exceptional transport links in to the West End and the City. Nearby Putney Bridge station provides access to Sloane Square and London Victoria, whilst Fulham Broadway and Parsons Green takes 17 minutes to Oxford Circus and just half an hour to Canary Wharf. Heathrow Airport is 32

minutes away from nearby Hammersmith Underground. Fulham has a vibrant mix of shops, restaurants and bars, whilst Bishops Park and the river provide some peace and quiet. Nearby Ofsted ‘outstanding’ rated schools include Fulham Cross Girls School, London Oratory School as well as independent schools such as Fulham Prep School.

Guide Prices from £4.995m. Showhouse open 10am – 4pm Thursday to Monday or by appointment. For further information please contact Octagon on 020 8481 7500 or Strutt & Parker on 020 7731 7100.

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Property Times This month’s Property Times gives you an insight into the local property trends and the types of buyers in W11, Notting Hill. View the latest edition at youhome.co.uk

W11 IN REVIEW

Fig 1.

Measures included rapidly increasing property taxes

■ W11 Mean Property Price (£000s) ■ FTSE 100

and removing some opportunities for the more

(src: YOUhome, data rebased to 100 in 1995)

We begin with the numbers. Property values in W11

innovative funding mechanisms, particularly for nondoms and offshore companies, detailed below:

1,200

have had a cracking run when compared to other

1,000

⊲ Increases in stamp duty, particularly on company

mainstream investment opportunities. The average

PROPERTY TIMES W11 SPRING 2018 ISSUE

purchases of property, high value properties and

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price of a residential property has increased from £223,717 in 1995 to £1,724,596 in 2017; an almost eight-

600

fold increase. As an example, over the same period

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the FTSE 1OO stock market index has increased from

the purchase of multiple properties. ⊲ A new tax - the Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings “ATED” again targeting company

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3000 in 1995 to over 7000 in 2017 just over a

property purchases. ⊲ Changes to capital gains tax & liability.

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two-fold increase. This is illustrated by Fig 1, comparing

1995

the average property price in W11 to the FTSE 100

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2002

2006

2010

2013

2017

⊲ Changes to inheritance tax liability on properties held in companies.

from 1995 starting from the same base value.

⊲ Changes to legislation making funding much

Fig 2. Mean Selling Price in W11 (Src: YOUhome, Land Registry)

Property sales price increases accelerated in the

more expensive including laws reducing

■ Number of Sales ■ Selling Price (£M)

guaranteed mortgages and loans using money

period post-2002, driven by substantial increased spending in a low interest rate environment (as seen

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320

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held offshore, and changes to landlords’ loans interest relief.

in Fig 2 and Fig 3). During this period there was an increase in both

Quite a package, and more to come, including a public register of the owners of offshore companies that are

buy to let investment and rent to buy investment (the phenomenon of home owners keeping their current property and renting it out when they buy

used to buy UK property. As a consequence, of the above, the money supply

an additional property). This led to fewer offered 0

homes for sale and reduced supply and increased

buying property has fallen sharply in 2017 (as seen in

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price rise pressure.

1999

2002

2006

2010

2013

2017

Fig 3). However, when comparing 2017 property spend to the long-term average level we can see future spend returning to similar and long-term comparable levels.

In addition to the above, the market in 2005 to 2014

Fig 3. Total Spend on Property in W11 (Src: YOUhome, Land Registry)

saw a rise in offshore companies buying property. In

■ Number of Sales ■ Total Spend (£M)

the early noughties almost all properties were bought by individuals but by 2014 about 20% of all money

YOUhome’s market analysis is therefore that W11

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has now returned to a normal property market and that recent years (2012 to 2016) have been, let us

spent on property in Prime Central London was by offshore companies (as seen in Fig 4).

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say, not normal.

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Perhaps this was a case of too much too soon? 360

As a consequence of rapidly increasing prices, some

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perceived over-generous tax and funding opportunities and a concern for damage to the London economy

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and affordability, the Government acted.

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2002

2006

2010

2013

2017

gain to one of investing in property for quality of life and an acceptance that the high costs of purchase can be spread over their period of ownership and enjoyment. The main driver to buy a property is now as a home, and the incentive to keep other properties

There is no mistaking that it has become a lot more

as investments is waning.

expensive to buy properties in W11 in recent years and

Fig 4. West Prime Central London Areas Residential Property Spend and Prices (Src: YOUhome, Private Eye, Land Registry)

some of the most generous tax and funding loopholes

■ Average Selling Price (£M) ■ Spend Registered by Individuals (£Bn) ■ Spend by Offshore Companies (£Bn)

So what does the property market hold for 2018?

or opportunities, depending on your point of view, 2.0

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are now gradually being closed.

We feel the demand for best in class properties will continue. We do not see any short-term stimulus

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As we enter 2018 and these changes are felt more

that will increase the flow of money into property

widely, the government would probably be happy to

purchasers nor do we see many forced sellers. We

see at best no price increases in the Prime Central

feel the best prices achieved on property this year

London property market; it would certainly like to see

will be achieved in the first half of the year.

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all homes that are built, occupied for most of the time.

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We have seen a shift in property buyers’ motivation

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2010

2011

2012

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as much can change and happen - and probably will.

from one of investing in property for a substantial

Welcome to the first edition of the YOUhome Property Times, giving you an expert view on the latest local property trends in W11, and the types of buyers in Notting Hill.

OUR GURU’S BUYER INSIGHTS

Notting Hill attracts probably the most eclectic range of buyers in Prime Central London. The demographic ranges from entrepreneurs to actors, artists, bankers, politicians, lawyers and many more from many parts of the world who are very

In this edition we outline historical data and trends in the local area, the drivers of residential property

The YOUhome Property Gurus team have a combined

international in their outlook.

100 years’+ experience in selling homes in Notting Hill, and during their careers have sold thousands of

Many buyers of all nationalities stay local, either

Prime Central London properties, overcoming almost

upsizing, downsizing or returning to an area they

all types of issues that typically arise in a highly

loved earlier in their life. We see parents buying

values, and how they have changed and will continue

sophisticated and valuable property market.

locally for children to keep family close. Buyers

to change in 2018 and beyond.

A deep understanding of buyers and their wishes,

having lived in the area previously or having close

wants and mindset is critical to achieving the best

connections to the area.

are often very knowledgeable and informed,

sale on any home. We see these trends continuing and are seeing a

YOUhome’s expert Property Gurus will also provide their unique experience and insight into the types

strengthening of buyers looking for homes for their

Laurence Lai London Sales Director

own use as their family expands and demand from

Jerry Epton (MRICS) Property Guru for W11

A healthy market and a vibrant location.

parents looking for apartments for their children.

of buyers active in the W11 local area, today.

LONDON PROPERTY GURUS Jerry Epton (MRICS)

Laurence Lai London Sales Director

Property Guru for W11

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Lexham Gardens, W8 £1,750,000 A beautifully presented first and second floor 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment (C. 1201 Sq. ft) within a converted

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period building.

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Earl’s Court Gardens, SW5 £4,250,000 A beautiful freehold house (C. 2786 Sq. ft) with garden and off street parking for two cars situated on a quiet residential

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street in the heart of Earl’s Court.

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The Old Studio House, W8 £3,250,000 A unique opportunity to purchase an end of terrace house (C. 2745 Sq. ft) which used to be an artist’s studio, built in 1878. The property contains a dramatic studio reception room on the ground floor, with a ceiling height of 3.85m.

Alexandra Mathew, Property Guru for W8 & W14 D: 020 7908 9257 • M: 07974 967 811 • E: alex.mathew@youhome.co.uk

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