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C U LT U R E ABSOLUTELY LOVES

10 things we’re coveting this month

20 AGENDA

Diary dates for February

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CENTRE STAGE

Absolutely meets Monica Dolan

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SPOT CHECK

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Editor’s

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eep in the midst of winter and with all New Year's optimism long evaporated, February can seem a bleak month. Yet, somehow it is also supposed to be a month of romance, with Valentine’s Day bringing red roses, sickly sweet cartoon hearts and smug couples aplenty. Meanwhile, singletons around the world are struck with an uncomfortable unrest that only disappears as the clock strikes midnight on the 15th. As a concept overrun by cliché and commercialism, how can we make the day of love enchanting again? Our answer is to celebrate love and passion in forms more palatable. Celeb chef and style icon Gizzi Erskine encourages us to experiment with new textures and flavours on page 60 with a selection of wholesome recipes - perfect if you’re cooking for loved ones. Perhaps your plans involve a trip to the theatre? Monica Dolan tells us about her solo show The B*easts at the Bush Theatre. The subject of the play is both topical and terrifying, making it a must for anyone looking for a captivating night out. Finally, whether you and your partner are an outdoorsy duo or culture vultures, we've found a host of fun, cliché-free date night ideas. There's also plenty of fashion inspiration, a guide to artisan chocolate and a Halkidiki travel story for anyone looking to whisk away the object of their affections. Enjoy the issue!

ABSOLUTELY’S favourite date night spots...

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LE GARRICK

If old-school romance is what you’re looking for then Le Garrick is the place for you. Located in the heart of Covent Garden, this underground eatery offers a little slice of France and plenty of cosy, candle-lit corners. 10-12 Garrick Street, WC2E legarrick.co.uk JOY MONTGOMERY FASHION & BEAUTY WRITER

RADICI

Radici in islington has got to be my number one date venue, as I find Italian food unbeatable for romance. The vegan chocolate cake, with its oozing molten centre, is ideal for sharing, and the location great for a post-date stroll. 30 Almeida Street, N1 radici.uk MIRIAM CAREY LIFESTYLE WRITER

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PITCH BLACK

Test your alcohol knowledge with Pitch Black's immersive cocktail and wine experience in the dark. For 90 minutes your tastebuds will be tantalised by a selection of drinks, as you guess the ingredients placed before you. All the answers are revealed at the end of the night, so prepare to get competitive. 68a Neal Street, WC2H pitchblackbar.com

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SWINGERS

With five cocktail bars, three street food vendors and two crazy golf courses, Swingers is the date venue with a twist. This year, just for Valentine’s Day, you can tuck into heart-shaped pizzas and guzzle champagne before getting competitive with a golf club. This place has something for everyone. 8 Brown's Buildings, EC3A swingersldn.com HELEN BROWN ARTS & CULTURE WRITER

THE COW

There's nothing better than a huge seafood platter piled high with oysters, crab, king prawns, clams and the rest – and The Cow in Westbourne Park never changes. It's always small, loud and crowded – and it always does great seafood. 89 Westbourne Park Road, W2 thecowlondon.co.uk PENDLE HARTE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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Wish LIST 10 things we Absolutely love COMPILED BY

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Famed for their innovative designs, wearability and playful detailing, Chinti and Parker’s sweatshirts are a must for fighting cold snaps. £275; farfetch.com

K IS S A N D T E LL Handcrafted from flexible crossgrain leather, this wafer-thin notebook is designed to fit perfectly in your pocket. We've gone for the Kiss and Tell motif to add an element of fun to the month of love. £35; smythson.com

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Taking inspiration from the streets of Paris, Carven’s Resort '18 collection embodies the edgier side of French fashion with eye-catching geometric prints, 1930s-inspired cinched-waist dresses and boxy silhouettes. £570; carven.com

Eternal Flame

Embellished with Piero Fornasetti’s Sardine Rosso artwork, this scented candle looks stylish on any surface and burns with enveloping scents of thyme and cedarwood. £115; farfetch.com

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PY THO N PART Y Fans of Jimmy Choo's Lockett Petite bag will love the larger Lockett City version where there is more room for necessities. Its bold fuchsia fi nish will add oomph to an otherwise ordinary ensemble. £1,895; net-a-porter.com

S U GAR RUS H For sweet treats this Valentine’s Day look no further than Rococo Chocolates. Finished in rose pink, these Marc de Champagne truffles are almost too charming to eat. £17.95; rococochocolates.com

ON THE CARDS

Keep it chic with this wallet from Gucci. Compact and effortlessly cool, it’s ideal for keeping your cards in once place and slips easily into a crossbody bag. £220; farfetch.com

Gin Wins

Made using a crop of rhubarb originally grown in the garden of Buckingham Palace, Victoria’s Rhubarb Gin is voluptuous on the palate with sweet and tangy rhubarb notes to fi nish. £38; warneredwards.com

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Eiffel Tower Lenticular, First and Foremost: Peter Blake; Hicks Gallery

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

EXHIBITION

Land, Sea and Sky

Until 20 February WILL’S ART WAREH OUSE

Breathe life into these dark February days at Will’s Art Warehouse where the eagerly awaited Land, Sea and Sky exhibition has been met with great applause. Discover a selection of hand-picked artists as they convey their approach to the beautiful outdoors with verdant landscapes and fresh seascapes. 180 Lower Richmond Road, SW15; wills-art.com

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Tchaikovsky’s haunting and unforgettable score is brought to life as The Russian State Ballet of Siberia perform the greatest romantic ballet of all time. From the impressive splendour of the palace ballroom to the moonlit lake where swans glide in perfect formation, this compelling tale of tragic romance has it all.

Ida’s family is throwing her an 86th birthday party but things take an unexpected turn when her daughter returns after a 25-year absence. Tensions flare and rivalries reopen in this hilariously painful and moving picture of a family in turmoil. 24-26 High Street, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1; rosetheatrekingston.org

93 The Broadway, SW19; atgtickets.com

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Having relocated to Battersea Reach from its iconic setting on Pimlico Road, Plus One Gallery brings an ever-changing and exciting roster of contemporary art to the area. Discover new artists and an amazing showcase of new works in the Winter Show which includes the likes of Denis Ryan, Naoki Onogana and Francesco Stile. B&C Trafalgar House, Juniper Drive, Battersea Reach, SW18; plusonegallery.com

Cirque du Soleil returns with the UK debut of OVO. A colourful carnival of crazy crickets, amazing ants and flexible fleas, the show uncovers the ground at our feet. Rush headlong into an ecosystem teeming with life in this non-stop riot of movement and mindblowing, high-flying acts. Kensington Gore, SW7; royalalberthall.com

EXHIBITION

FIRST AND FOREMOST From 25 January H I C KS GA L L E RY

This Month’s Must See

Discover rarely available prints and enjoy a truly unique opportunity to purchase iconic pieces by the ‘Godfather of British pop art', Sir Peter Blake. One of the twentieth-century’s leading artists, his work reflects his fascination with popular culture and the beauty found in everyday objects. 2-4 Leopold Road, SW19; hicksgallery.co.uk

LITTLE DID I KNOW 6- 10 F E B RUARY • BREAD AN D ROSE S THEATRE

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n this harrowing first person account, Aaneseh shares her horrendous but sometimes amusing journey that led her to Yarl’s Wood Detention and Removal Centre for Women Asylum Seekers. Her wise old grandmother’s Syrian folktales and insights set her on this challenging road to possible freedom and independence from male ownership, but the road she travels is anything but safe.

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CHARLES I: KING AND COLLECTOR Ongoing ROYAL ACAD EM Y OF ART

Aside from being the only English monarch to suffer the indignity of having their head chopped off, Charles I was also an avid art collector. This exhibition brings 90 pieces of his collection together and features everyone from Rubens to Titian. Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J; royalacademy.org.uk

EXHIBITION

WOMEN OF THE FUTURE 8 February LON DON TRA NSP ORT M USEUM

The London Transport Museum is marking 100 years since women received the right to vote with a one-off festival of feminism. Get creative with Buttress and Snatch in a playful twist on bra-burning and enjoy dynamic presentations on the portrayal of women. Convent Garden Piazza, WC2E; ltmuseum.co.uk

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QUEEN As BAFTA-winning actress Monica Dolan’s first solo show comes to The Bush Theatre, Absolutely meets her to discuss confidence, comedy and learning lines

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onica Dolan is learning her lines. She’s got 11,500 words to master and currently she’s nearly halfway there. “You just have to go over it and over it, and keep telling yourself that one day you’ll know it,” she explains, over coffee in the Bush Theatre’s lovely new space, handily near her house. She’s learning these lines for the second time, and even though they’re written by her, it’s still a struggle. A full hour of talking. Dolan’s solo show The B*easts was a hit at Edinburgh last year and now she’s bringing it to The Bush, with an agenda that’s become part of a wider debate. It’s quite a transition from acting to writing, isn’t it? And also from acting alongside other people to standing alone on stage for an hour? For Dolan, The B*easts is her first foray into writing, though it’s something she’s always slightly wanted to do. “Recently I’d been working with a lot of comedians who had cut their teeth in Edinburgh. I’d never

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performed at the Edinburgh Festival and started to think, why aren’t I doing this? I had done a show at the Royal Court where part of it was improvisation with the audience and I really loved that – then I talked to Sarah Pascoe who’s in W1A with me and she said ‘if you have the smallest inclination to do it, then do it,’” she says. Besides, writing a piece for yourself bypasses a lot of the layers of people involved in, say, writing for TV. “Here there’s nobody in between – just you and the audience and your connection,” says Dolan. “I kind of wanted to put myself out there in that way.” The B*easts relies on inspiring a degree of confusion in the audience, so it’s important not to give too much away here, but its subject is both topical and terrifying. It’s about children and their vulnerability to advertising and technology, and the growing quest for perfection, an awareness of which had been slowly growing in Dolan. “A friend texted me an article from The Week called Ban Botox for Children,” she says – “and I saw a documentary about advergames which are games involving little cartoon characters aimed at children, so they don’t know they’re engaging with an advert.” She learned that despite legal age requirements for tattoos and tanning, there is no minimum

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age for botox, and that there are plastic surgery apps aimed at children as young as nine. “There are so many things being invented and marketed that there are no laws for – and children are starting to brand themselves very early.” The subject has taken on Dolan made contact with an anthropologist in Manchester and a bio-ethics team at Nuffield who are looking at the whole subject of children and cosmetic procedures – they came to see her play and they will be hosting a panel discussion at The Bush in connection with it. Dark subjects are something that Dolan is no stranger to. As research for her award-winning performance as Rosemary West in ITV’s Appropriate Adult, a dramatisation of the Fred West story, she read transcripts of the case provided by West’s solicitor. Which was interesting, she says, in that it was just like reading a play – “they’re all characters,” – apart from that there was loads of it. Surprisingly, she hadn’t wanted the part; she had no existing interest in the Wests. “It wasn’t a massive part for the amount of horrible research I was going to have to do,” – and there’s a line at the end of the production, “you can’t unsee things, you can’t unknow things,” that counts for her experience too. “I got so many intrigued people asking questions when I was doing that but you soon realise that they don’t really want to know.” But fascination with the Wests is a common phenomenon. “My friend who’s the mildest, most gentlemanly person you can imagine, was really interested in the Wests and he lent me Brian Masters’ book She must Have Known, which

“There’s nobody in between – just you and the audience and your connection. I kind of wanted to put myself out there in that way”

argues that there’s no evidence that Rosemary had even met some of the victims. So I was really on her side when I went for the audition. Then I read all the rest of the stuff...” So does she seek out troubling subjects? “Well I’d rather not.” She wasn’t immediately interested in Tess Wall, her character in the television adaptation of JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy, because she seemed so good. “When I first read it I couldn’t see anything to her but I’ve learnt that you get really interesting characters who are good, though most people dismiss them. When I looked into it, Tess was fascinating. Trying to be good in an environment that isn’t helping is fascinating.” Dolan started acting at school, when she had a really small part in a play in primary school “and everyone really laughed when I came on and I loved it,” she says. She continued throughout secondary school (“we had an avant garde teacher”) and went to the Guildhall despite her mother wanting her to be a lawyer “or something”. Drama school gave her confidence, she says, though going on stage alone still scares her. Is it lonely doing a solo show? She’s had a lot of support, she emphasises, starting with an early reading that she organised at home, inviting eight friends to eat sausage rolls and listen to her new piece. “The night before, I nearly cancelled. I read it and thought it was terrible, but I did it and what excited me was that everybody started talking about the subject.” For Edinburgh, the piece needed a bit of cutting (“they fine you £10 per minute if you go over the hour) but here in W12 they’re more flexible. The show’s bound to get you talking.

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SHOW Spend a cosy evening in Theatreland with our top stage picks for the month By H E L E N B R O W N

MACBETH

Fanny & Alexander ★★★★★

★★★★★ From 26 February

From 21 February

N AT ION AL T HEATR E

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Amongst the gilded romance and glamour of 1900s Sweden, the world of siblings Fanny and Alexander is turned upside down when their widowed mother remarries the iron-willed local bishop. As creative freedom and rigid orthodoxy clash, a war ensues between imagination and austerity in this magical study of childhood, family and love. The Cut, SE1; oldvictheatre.com

FANNY & ALEXANDER

Dry Powder

Girl from the North Country

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Ongoing

Ongoing

H A M P STE A D T H E ATR E

NO E L COWARD THEATRE

Sarah Burgess’ breathtakingly witty and virtuosic comedy explores the vision, the vulnerability, and the vilification of those shaping - and skewing - the economy. Dry Powder follows titan of high finance, Rick, as the reputation of his firm crashes and his lavish engagement party turns into a PR nightmare. Eton Avenue, NW3; hampsteadtheatre.com

In 1934, a Minnesota community is living on a knife-edge, huddled together in the local guesthouse. When a preacher and a boxer show up in the the night, things start to spiral. Conor McPherson weaves the iconic songbook of Bob Dylan into this new show full of hope, heartbreak and soul. 85-88 St Martin’s Lane, WC2N; noelcowardtheatre.co.uk

Ruthlessly fighting to survive in the ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness. Rufus Norris brings his magic touch to Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy, with Rory Kinnear and AnneMarie Duff in the lead roles. Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1; nationaltheatre.org.uk MACBETH

Lady Windermere’s Fan ★★★★★ Ongoing VAUD EV I LLE T HE ATR E

Lady Windermere’s birthday is thrown into turmoil when a seed of marital suspicion upsets proceedings. Poking fun at the moral attitudes of the upper classes, Oscar Wilde’s comedy is brought to life with an all-star cast of comics including Jennifer Saunders and Kevin Bishop. 404 Strand, WC2R; nimaxtheatres.com

LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN

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CULTURE • THEATRE

Amadeus The story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, musical genius, at The Olivier By PENDLE HARTE

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eter Schaffer’s much-loved account of Mozart’s life may not be entirely historically accurate, but it certainly makes a good story. Michael Longhurst’s hotly anticipated revived production (it was a sell-out in 2016) is a riot of action, spectacle and music, fully inhabiting the Olivier’s vast space with its displays of 18th century decadence, colourful costumes and sheer energy.

Adam Gillen’s Mozart is full of presence, brilliantly irritating with his conceitedness, indiscretion and relentless toilet humour. He’s a slightly creepy young upstart, leaping manically around the stage, conducting wildly, dismissing all music except his own and fully convinced that his work is perfection beyond measure. Spoilt, vain and over-confident yet surprisingly insightful, his performance is intense and physical. ‘A little less enthusiasm please, Mozart,’ says the emperor repeatedly.

“18th century decadence, colourful costumes and sheer energy”

ABSOLUTELY reviews…

Elderly Viennese court composer Salieri (Lucian Msamati) opens the show in his wheelchair, surrounded by the contemporary orchestra (all mobile phones and takeaway coffees) as he reminisces about Mozart’s death. Then suddenly it’s 18th century Vienna, and Mozart’s first arrival in court, where the tale of rivaly between the two musicians unfurls. Salieri is hugely jealous of the newcomer’s sheer talent, which he sees as god-given, from the same god who condemns him to mediocrity by leaving him only able to produce second-rate music. Mozart’s impeccable pieces may be show-offy, but for Salieri they reveal his own lack of talent in comparison, and so begins a long campaign of undermining and blocking Mozart’s career. Most notably in this production, the orchestra is integral to the play and they’re on stage throughout, walking with their instruments and reacting to the action. It’s an entertaining and slick production.

VERDICT

Engaging, entertaining and visually arresting ★★★★★ AMADEUS BOOKING UNTIL 24 APRIL; The National Theatre nationaltheatre.org.uk A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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SWEET TEETH

Biscuiteers 11 and 14 February Take the opportunity to learn a new skill this Valentine’s Day with an intimate icing class at Biscuiteers. They’ll supply the tools while you work on your technique to create a beautiful tin of love letter biscuits to take home. 194 Kensington Park Road, W11 | 13 Northcote Road, SW11; biscuiteers.com

MY FUNNY

valentine Whether it’s an intimate dinner or creative class, celebrate V-Day in style with London’s most romantic happenings

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CULTURE • VALENTINE’S DAY EVENTS GIRL POWER:

London Grace Ongoing Forget Valentine’s Day, why not celebrate the ladies in your life with a Galentine’s gathering at London Grace? You and your girls will enjoy the ultimate in social pampering with a dedicated nail technician, limited edition Flirtini cocktails and Insta-worthy surroundings. 26 Putney High Street, SW15; londongrace.co.uk THE RITZ

LONDON GRACE

FUN-LOVING: GREEN FINGERED FANATICS:

Grace And Thorn Ongoing ❤ Forget supermarket blooms, because this year it’s all about doing-it-yourself. From making your own terrarium jungle to arranging the freshest floral displays, get back to nature with your loved one at florist Grace and Thorn’s creative evening workshops. Succulents never looked so sexy. 338 Hackney Road, E2; graceandthorn.com

TEA-LOVERS:

St Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea Wednesday 14 February ❤ Treat your loved one to something sweet with The Ritz London’s Rosé Champagne Afternoon Tea. Held in the exquisite Palm Court, this one-off special offers an indulgent selection of delicate finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and a mouth-watering range of pastries, all to be washed down with a variety of 18 loose-leaf teas. Soprano Miranda Heldt will perform operatic melodies creating the ultimate romantic setting for the big day. 150 Piccadilly, W1J; theritzlondon.com

Winterland From 2 February London’s enchanted forest returns with a mouth-watering selection of street food, mulled wine, fondue and more. This month, the much-loved hotspot for frivolity and fun will be offering special packages on its igloos for any lovebirds looking to cosy up in style. 364 Wandsworth Bridge Road, SW6; neverland.com/winterland

GRACE AND THORN

FOOD FANATICS:

Bistro Vadouvan 13-15 February Flirt with fabulous flavours and enjoy chef patron Durga Misra’s sumptuous dinner at Bistro Vadouvan. Take a romantic stroll along the river before diving forks first into the likes of pumpkin agnolotti and cheesecake. 30 Brewhouse Lane, SW15; bistrovadouvan.co.uk BISTRO VADOUVAN

WINTERLAND

CHRISTMAS IN LEICESTER SQUARE

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FASHION

STRIPPED BACK

ELIZABETH AND JAMES Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen’s effortless sense of style clearly embodied in Elizabeth and James' Resort '18 collection. Expect wearable luxury and looks which transcend seasonal trends. matchesfashion.com

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05 1. Fleur of England, Whiskey lace-hem silk-blend kimono, £400; matchesfashion.com 2. I.D.Sarrieri, Lace bra and thong, from £155; farfetch.com 3. Carine Gilson, Lace-trimmed silk-satin cami dress, £990; matchesfashion.com 4. Bluebella, Lace body, £49; yoox.com 5. Coco De Mer, Sylph strap-detail bra and suspender briefs, £105; selfridges.com

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Do one for the girls this season with knitwear favourite Chinti & Parker’s collaboration with Women for Women International. Modelled by Arizona Muse, 100% of all sales from the capsule collection will go to the charity, which helps women survivors of war rebuild their lives. Spread a little love this February. Available from farfetch.com and chintiandparker.com

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FASHION • NOTES O N E S T O WAT C H

LAYER UP

London Fashion Week AW18

REPOSSI

Founded in 1920 in Turin Italy, Repossi is the fashion-savvy, fine jewellery brand with a historic heart. Gaia Repossi took over the family business in 2007 and has moulded the brand into a must-have for celebrities and magazine editors alike. From classic hoops and stacking rings to statement ear cuffs - this is adornment for the styleconscious, modern woman. repossi.com

REJINA PYO

WOOL WORKS THE KNITTER

HANDOVER GUCCI

We might be sick of the cold, but come summer we’re secretly going to miss the luxe layers that winter offers. Make the most of woolly hat weather with Gucci’s embroidered patent gloves. The high-shine fabric is a surefire way to jazz up your winter coat, while the delicate floral detail speaks of an evernearing spring, £405; matchesfashion.com

Founded by New Zealand-born Nicole Leyborne, The Knitter is the woolly fashion brand we can't get enough of. All designs are handmade locally using centuryold methods and include quirky-cool, oversized knits and vibrant scarves.

Before launching her eponymous label in 2014, Rejina Pyo cut her teeth as first assistant designer at Roksanda Ilincic, and went on to win the prestigious Han Nefkens Fashion Award. Pyo’s shows are now a hotly anticipated event at London Fashion Week, and her designs instantly recognisable for their innovative take on modern minimalism.

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ALICE ARCHER The British-born RCA gradate earned her stripes working as an embroidery designer for Dries Van Noten in Antwerp. Archer's unfurling, intricate threadwork has now become her signature aesthetic. Name checked as a designer-towatch by British Vogue, Alice Archer is certainly a star on the rise.

alicearcher.co.uk

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CA M B R I D G E S ATC H E L X I N E S D E L A F R E S S A N G E PA R I S

To celebrate the return of London Fashion Week, The Cambridge Satchel Company has joined forces with Ines de la Fressange Paris to create a line of achingly cool bags. The collection includes the brand’s best-selling 11” bag and tiny satchels and comes in quintessentially Gallic hues of red, white and blue - and a dash of molten copper for good measure.

SIMONE ROCHA Dublin-born Simone Rocha caught the industry’s eye when she debuted at London Fashion Week in 2010. Fast-forward eight years and Rocha's frothy yet futuristic designs have won her acolades including British Womenswear Designer Award at the British Fashion Awards and Harper’s Bazaar's Designer of Year 2016.

simonerocha.com

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FASHION • PRODUCTS EDITOR’S PICK

VALENTINO Pussy-Bow Ruffled SilkSatin Blouse, £633; net-a-porter.com

SEE BY CHLOÉ Ruffled Pussy-Bow Chiffon Blouse, £260; selfridges.com

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Pussy-Bow Silk Blouse, £995; net-a-porter.com

TORY BURCH AW17

HOBBS

H&M

Erika Shirt, £69; hobbs.co.uk

Long-Sleeved Blouse, £23; hm.com

MSGM Pussy-Bow Striped Cotton-Poplin Shirt, £255; harveynichols.com

TIED UP

Formal yet frou frou: the neck tie blouse is big business this season

KHAITE Natalie Decorative-Bow Cotton Blouse, £410; matchesfashion.com

ROCHAS AW17

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FENDI RIXO LONDON Moss Blouse - Navy Moonlit Sky, £175; rixo.co.uk

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FINERY LONDON Levine Forever Blouse, £59 johnlewis.com

Geometric Pussy Bow Blouse, £1,250; farfetch.com

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Q&A

MADE IN BRITAIN

Do you know where your clothes are made? Absolutely meets the duo behind Studio British, the e-tailer fighting for transparency and ethical trading in the fashion industry By J OY M O N T G O M E R Y

JOY MONTGOMERY: What motivated you to create Studio British? STUDIO BRITISH: We started Studio British because we had a desire to buy better quality clothing, but were frustrated in the lack of transparency with a lot of luxury manufacturers. Too many brands trade off being British, but their clothing is made in sweatshops. Instead, we liked the idea that you could visit a site knowing that your clothing was made to the best specification by craftsmen and women who get paid fairly. We are both from London, and met as my (Ben's) partner is childhood friends with Anabel. We both have entrepreneurial minds and had discussed at length various business opportunities. When this particular dilemma presented itself, we decided to tackle it head on, and help to effect change in the fashion industry. JM: Why is it so important to champion home grown design? SB: In many ways, the way in which we buy our clothing is broken. We've arrived at a place where clothes are so cheap that consumers have become accustomed to it. But while it might seem like a bargain to buy a £6 pair of jeans, this doesn't take into account the environmental and

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JM: Why do you think the discussion surrounding ethical trading has gained momentum? SB: Not too far back, everyone depended much more on the natural materials that surrounded them. While there are certainly benefits to globalisation, the drawbacks are becoming too loud to ignore, with developed countries taking advantage of the developing world. We draw a comparison with the food industry, where people have become more interested in the ethics of what they are eating. Meateaters, for example, are now more likely to want to buy meat that is locally reared and has led a happier life, rather than clocking up unnecessary air miles.

STUDIO BRITISH FOUNDERS ANABEL AND BEN

human cost involved. Poorly paid workers making bad quality clothing which is chucked in landfill after a couple of wears is just not sustainable. There's also the impending effects of Brexit, which is really accentuating the issue of homegrown skills shortages. In the last 30 years we've become reliant on importing and lost a lot of traditional skills and processes, and this is very apparent in the textile industry. By supporting homegrown talent, we can help to create more diverse career opportunities for the next generation.

JM: Do you think it’s possible to shop sustainably on a budget? SB: It depends on how you view your budget, as buying cheap is often a false economy. My brother once said to me that he buys the same pair of shoes for work every three months from a high street store, they would get worn out and he would buy a new pair. In the time that he has got through 10 pairs, a pair of Trickers or Sanders & Sanders would still be going strong. Instead of buying a new dress for every occassion, we'd encourage consumers to think long term and buy staple pieces that will pay for themselves on a cost per wear basis. It's also worth noting that shopping habits can influence pricing. The more consumers think about where their clothes are made, the more economies of scale we

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“It’s been amazing getting under the skin of brands I’ve respected for a long time” can draw upon. Helping to take British manufacturing mainstream will mean we can bring down the cost of homemade clothing. We acknowledge it will be a challenge to convince some shoppers of the virtues of buying more quality and less quantity, but it's a worthy journey and one that we are ready to fight for! JM: How did you go about finding the right designers? SB: The first brands we found were ones that we would buy ourselves. It's been amazing getting under the skin of brands I've respected for a long time, and we are incredibly grateful that they've bought into

our mission and decided to work with us. We then started looking for the startup brands, ones that came recommended or exuded quality through their clothing and stories. We have high expectations for the brands we work with, in terms of quality and ethics, but that works both ways and we aim to do the best job in promoting and growing their businesses. What are your favourite British brands? SB: Private White V.C. use incredible performance fabrics on their outerwear, while John Smedley knitwear is not only comfortable but drenched in history. I'm also a bit of a shoe hoarder so brands like Trickers, Sanders & Sanders and Joseph Cheaney are great - you feel like a million dollars every time you put on a pair. I also love the enthusiasm of younger designers like Suzy Brown from Baia Bags or Genevieve Sweeney. Their dedication to their craft is so inspiring and really gives you hope for the future of British manufacturing. studiobritish.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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W H AT LIES B E N E AT H Nothing says indulgence better than sumptuous new lingerie. After all, great style begins with beautiful foundations.

For Love and Lemons lingerie available from forloveandlemons.com

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HEALTH & BEAUTY

Get

LIPPY MARC JACOBS BEAUTY

Marc Jacobs Beauty’s Liquid Lip Crayons are the answer to your date night woes. Coming in nine high-pigment shades, they offer the first-to-market formula which has the feel of a liquid lipstick with the precision of a lip crayon. One swipe of colour + 16 hours of wear = your Valentine’s makeup sorted; £22. harrods.com

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BEAUTY NOTES

You've survived January. Now treat yourself to this month's hottest beauty releases By J OY M O N TG O M E RY

STAR SIGN M AC

Look to the cosmos this season with MAC’s latest makeup drop. Inspired by the Lunar New Year, this radiant collection is composed of an eye shadow palette, lipstick and powder blush, all in the softest shades of blush pink and cream. maccosmetics.co.uk EYELURE Bespoke Mascara, £30; eyeko.com

ELIZABETH ARDEN 8-Hour Lip Repair Balm, £20; boots.com

5 OF THE BEST DATE NIGHT ESSENTIALS

LE LABO Santal 33 Liquid Balm Perfume, £60; libertylondon.com

COVER FX Pressed Mineral Foundation, £31; houseoff raser.com

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CHANEL Luminous Matte Lip Colour, £28; chanel.com

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HEALTH & BEAUTY • NOTES SALON REVIEW

STACK ‘EM UP TRINNY LONDON

She was the matriarch of iconic noughties makeover show What Not To Wear, but now Trinny Woodall is braving the world of cosmetics. Trinny London is a clever new beauty concept that offers personalised makeup ‘stacks’ that can include anything from lipstick and concealer to highlighter and eye shadow, all formulated to match your colouring and complexion. A must-have for girls on the go.

Mint Hair London

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EDITOR’S PICK

NIGHT OWL LA PRAIRIE

Back to Base CLARINS

Heralded for their complexion-perfecting powers, colour correctors are officially here to stay. This February, Clarins is taking the concept to another level with SOS Primers, a six-piece collection of problem-solving formulas - from green for redness to coral for dark spots. These clever primers can be used by themselves, mixed together or added to your usual foundation. £26.50 each clarins.co.uk

Born from Dr Paul Niehans’ work in cellular therapy, La Prairie’s Platinum Rare Cellular Night Elixir is the most potent potion to emerge from the brand’s labs. This light serum works overnight to enhance the skin’s natural detoxifying process.

J-Beauty

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SHISEIDO

Forget K-beauty, because this year it’s all about J-beauty. Inspired by traditional Japanese concepts of life and wellness, Shiseido’s Future Solution LX range combines high-performance formulas with a holistic heart. The Firming Contour Serum and Total Radiance Foundation are the latest additions to the range and both use powerful antioxidant ingredients to deliver dreamy skin day after day.

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aving fought with winter skin and drizzle-frizzy hair for the best part of three months, the chance for an aesthetic spruceup is very welcome indeed. I’m at Mint Hair London to really blow away the winter cobwebs with a much-needed cut and make-over. Having launched last autumn on the lively Northcote Road, the hair and makeup salon offers the hottest new colour trends, hair cutting techniques and makeup application for the stylish residents of South West London. The interiors alone provide incentive to pop in; think pretty pastel hues and contemporary hairdressing stations wellstocked with TIGI products. The Mint Hair London team is incredibly welcoming and take time to get an idea of the sort of look I am after. Ellie begins with my hair. She washes and cuts efficiently and with expertise, leaving the ends looking well-cared for. It’s just the tidy-up I need. Next Holly gets to work on my makeup. She gently cleanses before prepping and plumping the skin with Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream. Holly takes care to explain the products and techniques she applies and leaves me with flawless skin and a gorgeous, golden smokey eye. Perfect for a girls night, pre-event pamper or when a good haircut is the only thing that will get you through a grey day. Mint Hair London is a name to know.

Ladies cut & blow-dry: £45, makeup from £15 MINT HAIR LONDON

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SS18 Alexander Wang Beauty

HEALTH & BEAUTY • PRODUCTS EDITOR’S PICK

LA ROCHE-POSAY Effaclar Duo, £16; lookfantastic.com

SISTER & CO Bamboo Charcoal Deep Cleanse Detoxifying Soap Bar, £13; selfridges.com

ESTÉE LAUDER

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DayWear Multi-Protection Moisture Creme, £44; esteelauder.co.uk

3-in-1 Scrub, Cleanser & Mask vichy.co.uk

SKINCEUTICALS Blemish + Age Solution, £34.65; skinceuticals.co.uk

OLAY Blemish Control Cleanser, £2.99; feelunique.com

SPOT CHECK

LA PRAIRIE Cellular Refining Lotion, £77; laprairie.co.uk

TROPIC SKINCARE Clear Skin BlemishFighting Mask, £16; tropicskincare.com

The best blemish busters for stressed city dwellers

JURLIQUE Blemish Cream, £20; jurlique.co.uk

MANUKA DOCTOR ApiClear Purifying Face Mask, £24.99; manukadoctor.co.uk

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Blemish Clearing Solution, £32; murad.co.uk

THE ORDINARY Salicylic Acid 2% Solution, £3.90; theordinary.com

LANCER The Method: Cleanse Blemish Control, £48; spacenk.com

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Make the most of

YOURSELF There are plenty of options when it comes to getting a little help to enhance what nature gave you

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veryone knows a beautiful smile starts with great-looking teeth. But if you missed out on braces when younger, or haven’t always taken the best care of your pegs, you might need a little extra help to achieve your ultimate desired look. If you’ve had dental problems all your life, you know how hopeless it can seem. You may have seen one dentist after another, but beyond simple palliative care, they haven’t been able to do much for you. You may have given up hope of ever finding relief. Is your case really impossible?

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In other cases, finances or phobias may have caused the patient to avoid all dental visits. Whatever the initial reason, such people frequently end up suffering from:  Plaque build-up.  Gum disease.  Abscesses.  Cracked, decayed or broken teeth.  Malocclusions.  Temporomandibular joint disorders. Any of these conditions can eventuate in tooth loss, and when they do, the problems will only multiply. The neighbours of a missing tooth will invariably attempt to fill in the gap. This shift in position throws the bite out of balance, resulting in stresses that lead to lost fillings, fractured molars, bone loss, periodontal disease and TMJ. Such situations often appear difficult or even impossible to rectify, and the patient can soon lose heart.

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ome individuals breeze through life with perfect teeth and dental problems ranging from few to none. These people, however, are in the minority. Nearly everyone will require dental care eventually. Many dental problems arise through no fault of the patient. Some individuals have a genetic predisposition to disorders of the teeth and gums. Others suffer tooth and jaw damage as the result of an accident. Often, however, dental experts can trace the most complicated cases to one of two common reasons: misdiagnosis and inadequate dental care. A previous dentist might have applied an incorrect therapy or failed to catch an underlying problem.

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“If you’re a good candidate for dental implants, you can expect high success rates”

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ABSOLUTELY • PROMOTION Putney Dentists brings together a top team of dentists (including four King’s college teachers with master qualifications), hygienists, and dental nursing and care staff. The team has a caring and gentle approach, with particular emphasis on making nervous patients feel at ease. Using advanced dental techniques, such as:  Latest orthodontic techniques (Invisalign, fast braces, inman aligners etc).  Computer aided smile design.  Latest periodontal treatments (for treatment of diseased gums including new grafting and gum contouring techniques).  Latest equipment for same-day crowns (CEREC).  Use of microscope to achieve an ultimate result when it seems impossible otherwise.  Stem-cell techniques during surgical procedure.  Lip enhancement.  Facial rejuvenation techniques. The practice aims to ensure patients enjoy the best possible oral health, a great smile and teeth to be proud of. The long-term success of these sophisticated dental treatments is critically dependent on the quality of the final prosthesis that the clinic provides. Technology now allows robots to mill highly aesthetic individual ceramic enamel-like crowns and especially life-like gingival prostheses. The use of computer-generated personalised restorations adds to the natural aesthetics of the prosthesis and allows the restorations to maintain maximum integrity.

ADVANCED TECHNIQUES HELP YOU ACHIEVE A GREAT SMILE

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HEALTH & BEAUTY • ACTIVE

FITNESS NOTES

Take a Spin

Seriously good cycling in London BOOM CYCLE

● With the lights low and a worldclass sound system, riders at Boom Cycle get the ultimate ‘party on a bike’ experience. The brand has recently opened its fourth studio in Monument, offering its signature moves and badass tunes. boomcycle.co.uk

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● Psycle sets the spin bar high with its inspirational instructors and specially curated soundtracks. This full body workout takes you through climbs, sprints, jogs and HITT, to give you the best cardio workout possible.

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● Fast-paced and addictive, the Paceline class at One 10 promises to maximise your performance and promotes a metabolic surge. A HITT sequence is designed to give you your best fitness results yet. one-10.com

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’m in Hampstead to try out SpinnOff London, a hidden gem which delivers more than just the undeniably fun, dance club atmosphere found at London’s myriad cycle classes. The 1/2 Spinn, 1/2 Core workout begins with half an hour on the Spinn bike; an intense cardio burst to really get the blood pumping. SpinnOff promises a long and lean figure which is conducive of having the

correct posture and position on the bike. I am instructed to keep heels down, wrists light and core strong. Eileen takes the class and is motivational throughout, without being too intense. Upbeat music and her continuous encouragement make the half hour pass by quickly. When sufficiently sweaty, the class drops to the mat for 25 minutes of strengthening and sculpting floorwork. Mairead

leads this section which involves a range of exercises from planks and crunches, to glute-sculpting pulses and pilates-style sequences. They really don’t miss a muscle. What’s evident from this class is that there is a fierce focus on technique at SpinnOff, which undoubtedly leads to maximum results. As the highest ranking class on Classpass, SpinnOff is welcoming of all levels of fitness and appears to have built up a strong community of friendly regulars. It’s definitely one of the best full-body classes I’ve done in a while and a must for those looking to shake-up their sweat session this year.

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FOOD & DRINK

DECADENT DECADENT DATE NIGHT DATE NIGHT PETERSHAM NURSERIES CAFÉ This Valentine's Day Petersham Nurseries, the charming restaurant set inside a plantfilled glasshouse, is holding a chocolate and wine tasting event that is not to be missed. Church Lane, Petersham Road, TW10 petershamnurseries.com

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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 February By MIRIAM CAREY

By BERRY BROS. & RUDD

2013 Berry Bros. & Rudd Barolo by Giovanni Rosso, Piedmont  £28.50 This Barolo offers classic Nebbiolo character. The fine yet densely packed tannins are enveloped in scented cherry and cranberry fruit, with florals that hint at dried violets. It will benefit from being decanted.

2016 Berry Bros. & Rudd Reserve Red by Collovray & Terrier  £8.75 Fruits of the 2016 vintage, which was so much kinder in the South of France than elsewhere. Our blend this year marries plots of Merlot from varying altitudes, with uplifting Syrah and Grenache. Finely crafted, and reassuringly gregarious.

Prosecco di Valdobbiadene, Trevisiol L. e Figli, Italy  £15.50 The Valdobbiadene region is regarded as one of the best sources of Prosecco grapes, coming from vineyards 300 metres above sea-level. Here, the Glera grape is blended with 15 percent Chardonnay by father-and-son team Eduardo and Paolo Trevisiol.

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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Slice of Sicily M A D E I N I TA LY

Made in Italy has just launched a new site on the Northcote Road with a menu of burrata, antipasti and plenty of pizza. Their first branch opened in Chelsea 25 years ago, and they have been serving up delicious Italian food to their customers ever since. 59 Northcote road, SW11 madeinitalygroup.co.uk

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FOOD & DRINK• NOTES Our pick of the best

ARTISAN CHOCOLATES

PIERRE MARCOLINI LOVE FOLLIES

The Valentine’s Day collection from Pierre Marcolini has six colourful flavour varieties that taste delicious and look delightful. Packed full of exotic ingredients from Moroccan pink peppercorn, Iranian pistachio, and Sichuan pepper, to Tahitian vanilla and Sicilian lemon, these beauties are guaranteed to pique the interest of those who receive them. marcolini.com

NEIGHBOURHOOD BAR N O. 1 9 7 C H I SW I C K F I R E STAT I O N

No. 197 Chiswick Fire Station is hot on sustainability - it has had a three star sustainability rating since opening. The venue is part of the Darwin & Wallace group, a collection of neighborhood bars, which all make stylish and relaxed drinking and dining destinations. 197-199 Chiswick High Road, W4 no197chiswickfirestation.co.uk

FORTNUM & MASON HEART BOX

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Plot has just celebrated its birthday - and after just one year of business they have become incredibly successful. Visit them in Tooting’s Broadway Market and try the honey-glazed goose breast with celariac dauphinoise and charred orange purée. 70-72 Broadway Market, SW17 plotkitchen.com

GAUCHO

Gaucho Richmond is the perfect sophisticated setting for a meat lover’s Valentine's Day feast. They serve cocktails, seafood, sharing plates, and Argentine steaks. Gaucho is located in a lovely boathouse building with panoramic views of Richmond Bridge and Petersham Meadows. The Towpath, Richmond Riverside, TW10 gauchorestaurants.com

RAW HALO GIFT SET

Raw Halo artisan chocolate is the ideal treat for the vegan loved one in your life. The bars are made of rich Peruvian cacao, are raw, organic, and free from lactose, wheat, and refined sugar. They come in 12 delicious flavours and the beautiful rose gold packaging make them perfect gifts. rawhalo.com

FOOD OF THE EARTH

RIVERSIDE RETREAT

Show the size of your love this February with Fortnum & Mason’s most generous selection of chocolates yet. Beneath the lid of the 1kg heart chocolate box is a double layer of indulgence, including old Fortnum's classics and exciting new creations. fortnumandmason.com

COCO CHOCOLATIER GIFT BOX

The Edinburgh chocolatiers have created milk and dark chocolate in flavours such as lavender, artisan espresso, and gold, frankincense and myrrh. They show love to the arts community by coming wrapped in artworks from artists around the UK. Buy all the different flavours and stack them in a gift box. cocochocolatier.com

THE LION’S SHARE MAMALAN

Celebrate Chinese New Year at Mamalan with their lion head noodle soup. The soup consists of meatballs, noodles, pak choi and radish, served in a fragrant, clear chicken broth. The dish is eaten at Chinese New Year and signifies a lion start to the year. 8 The Pavement, SW4 mamalan.co.uk A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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Authentic tradition and striking modernity combine at Patara Wimbledon to provide an unrivalled dining experience. Join us in the elegant comfort of the restaurant or sun-drenched terrace to enjoy our classic speciality and a la carte menus. Or, for those who want something truly unique, take a place at the 12-seater Yum Bar where our Thai tapas-style smaller plates find a natural home.

Open 11am to 11pm, Monday to Sunday Instagram: @pataralondon Twitter: @pataralondon Facebook: @pataralondongroup

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ABSOLUTELY • PROMOTION

A FREE brunch? Over the years we have seen many a restaurant promotion in these pages. However, Rob Kelly, founder of Tried & True Cafe, really stands out from the crowd

AMAZING OFFER  Rob has been giving away hundreds of free meals to residents in Putney, East Sheen, Roehampton and Barnes since 2012. His goal is to give every household in the local area one free meal. What’s even more amazing is that he hasn’t put any restrictions on who can get one, only that you must live in one of these neighbourhoods. He has limited the offer to one free meal per household. Groups, of course, are excluded.

Q UA L I T Y A N D S E RV I C E  According to Rob, “If Putney’s local, independent, family owned businesses are going to compete against the deep pockets of chain restaurants, we can’t pull any punches. I believe the independents will always have an advantage when it comes to quality and service. We offer a unique, personal

experience and really care about the quality of our food and drink and the service that our guests enjoy.”

B R E A K FA ST, B R U N C H & LU N C H  Tried & True is a fully licensed café featuring all day brunch and lunch all made from scratch in their own kitchen with high quality ingredients sourced from local artisan suppliers. Their organic eggs are from Rookery Farm in West Sussex. Chorizo and cheeses are sourced from Brindisa at Borough Market. They also serve delicious coffee made with beans from Square Mile Coffee Roasters in Bethnal Green. Delicious, creamy nonhomogenised milk for their smooth flat whites and cappuccinos is sourced from happy herds at Northiam Dairies in Kent.

TO P LO N D O N BRUNCH  Where Tried & True really shines is brunch. Their most popular dish is The BBQ Pulled Pork Benedict but epic pancakes, mushrooms on toast, delicious scrambles and chorizo and potato skillet hash compete for attention across their broad menu of brunch classics.

How To Claim Your Free Meal If you would like to receive a voucher for a free meal at Tried & True Café, and enter the draw simply log on to triedandtruecafe.co.uk/freemeal and enter your address details there. Or if you prefer, call 020 3189 1279 (24 hours) and leave your name and address details. There are no strings attached. This is not a 2 for 1 or buy one get one free. Simply ONE FREE MEAL.

W H E R E TO F I N D TRIED & TRUE  Tried & True is located at 279 Upper Richmond Road, Putney, SW15 6SP near the Putney Leisure Centre. Opening hours are Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm and 8.30am to 4.30pm on weekends. The kitchen is open all day until 4pm. For more information call 020 8789 0410 or visit their website at triedandtruecafe.co.uk. Free meal vouchers are only available by calling the hotline or online. Offer is for any one dish off the breakfast or lunch menu. 279 Upper Richmond Road, Putney, SW15 6SP A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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FOOD & DRINK • EATING IN

Farmdrop

The ethical grocer that delivers to your door

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armdrop is a website, much like Ocado or Tesco, where you can do your weekly food shop for essentials - organic milk, bread, pasta, meat and wine - and have them delivered straight to your door. However, the difference is they come direct from small farms, which takes out the need for a corporate middleman. As someone who is strapped for time and looking to fill their cupboards with healthy food with a conscience in minimal time, I ordered the Farmdrop essentials package - a bundle of meats, vegetables and store

cupboard staples. For the £47 bundle I get sourdough, organic milk and butter, mature cheddar, eggs, fruits and vegetables, streaky bacon, an organic chicken, organic pasture fed beef mince and english ham. For each product, I am told exactly which farm in the UK each was sourced from. My chicken came from Wood Green Farm in Devon, where chickens are allowed to roam on luscious pastures and forage for insects. My vegetable bundle came from Purton House Organics, an organic farm in Wiltshire run by a mother and daughter. With my bundle I decided to make an old fashioned Sunday roast and I can immediately tell the quality of the vegetables from their odd shapes, as opposed to the identical genetically modified supermarket varieties. They also need a good deal

“I like knowing my chicken was raised humanely, with sunlight and fresh air”

By MIRIAM CAREY

of scrubbing to clean off the dirt telling me they’ve come straight from the ground. The organic chicken is stuffed with giblets - which I decide to make stock out of - and it is lovely knowing I am preparing a healthy chicken that was raised humanely with lots of sunlight and fresh air. There are many benefits to using Farmdrop, one is the increased choice of items you would not necessarily expect to see at your local supermarket. Foraged plants, such as sea buckthorn berries, three cornered garlic, and dried chanterelle mushrooms, and specialised meat, such as whole mallard duck and wild venison, all feature on the website. The prices are also reasonable you would expect to pay the same for items of lesser quality in the supermarket. With Farmdrop the farmer also gets a better deal - a 75 per cent share of the retail price. This positive method of food shopping could drastically shake up the way the UK food supply chain operates. It's time to ditch the supermarkets, so log onto Farmdrop and discover a new ethical way of food shopping. farmdrop.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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2 course set lunch £15.50 monday to saturday

3 course set dinner £25 monday to thursday

Authentic Punjabi Restaurant

offers available until end of february, mention offer when booking.

to make a booking call 020 8944 6338 Wimbledons favourite neighbourhood restaurant.

Great value set menus.

Vin and his team specialize in the finest, most authentic Punjabi cuisine, using traditional Tandoor cooking methods and family recipes passed down from generation to generation Try our magnificent champagne beer as well, Curious Brew, the perfect accompaniment to wash down our delicious food

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“This is the best Indian in London. I work in central London and haven’t found anywhere that compares, brick lane falls way short in comparison…” J. Macdonald,Wimbledon

Seasonal cooking at its best www.lighthousewimbledon.com 75-77 ridgway wimbledon SW19 4ST

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FOOD & DRINK • REVIEW

ABSOLUTELY eats out…

“Clearly the care taken over their food extends to their cutomers, too”

White Onion

A fresh and contemporary take on classic French cuisine

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he White Onion is a stylish restaurant in Wimbledon, which from the exterior blends perfectly into the neighbouring - and equally high calibre - shops and restaurants. Arriving for lunch on Saturday, the restaurant has a cosy and calm, country house feel, with a cream and blue panelled interior. The menu is classic French with a

contemporary twist, and the few choice dishes are carefully selected. To start, we chose the New Forest crispy duck egg and the venison, wild boar and green peppercorn pâté. The egg was served on a bed of lentils and confit duck leg rillettes, with caperberries and teriyaki sauce. The sweetness of the teriyaki complimented the saltiness of the confit duck, and the lentils made an otherwise rich starter

FOOD Modern French food that maintains excellent quality

DECOR Calm country house chic, complete with panelling

PRICE Starters from £9.10 Mains from £14.50 Desserts from £6.50

VERDICT Fantastic for a truly delicous treat

hugely palatable. The pistachio peppered pâté came with a prune and Armagnac jelly and nutty toast to bring out the earthy flavour. The restaurant manager, Pedro, recommended the Cornish cod and Assiette of West Country lamb for our main. The cod was succulent and flaky, with crispy skin, served on a bed of kombu glazed turnip, sautéed greens and wild rice accompanied by a thick and creamy beurre blanc. The lamb consisted of braised shoulder and a crispy cromesquis, with a gorgeous stack of pommes anna sprinkled with pine nuts and lamb jus. For pudding we chose a Chocolate moelleux, with an oozing molten interior and a quince and chestnut crumble, served in a quaint preserve jar with a generous scoop of praline ice cream. We were beautifully looked after throughout, and the final touch was the Head Chef, Frédéric Duval, coming around each table so we could meet the man behind this innovative and truly delicious menu. Clearly the care taken over their food extends to their customers, too. ● CHARLOTTE'S BISTRO 6 Turnham Green Terrace, W4 bistro.charlottes.co.uk A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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COLOUR WAYS RUBELLI

Rubelli’s 2018 collection features vibrant colours spanning lime, aquamarine, dusky pink and Tiffany blue as well as an oxidised bronze and the return of red. rubelli.com

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Ideas, designs and styles for your home By PENDLE HARTE

Surface area OLIVIA ASPINALL

In collaboration with Ornamental Grace, Olivia Aspinall has created a series of handmade Jesmonite vessels in her distinctive patterned surfaces. Her surfaces make stylish and practical worktops and tabletops too. olivia-aspinall.com.

SHELF LIFE STRING

The String system can offer a stylish kitchen solution with its simple and flexible versatility that suits traditional as well as contemporary kitchens. Pictured is the String system in oak with white wall and floor panels, from £42. skandium.com

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BARISTA TOUCH Sage, £999.95 johnlewis.com

ART OF GLASS TOM DIXON

ELECTRIC KETTLE Michael Graves for Alessi, £159.95 alessi.com

BASKET CASE

Deliccately handmade with pink and grey tones, this Bump glass teapot by Tom Dixon has a range of stylish accessories to match. £100 tomdixon.net

ARCHITECT TOASTER Toaster £89; Kit Miles panels £24.95 dualit.com

LA BASKETRY

La Basketry was founded to share a traditional Senegalese craft with the world and generate regular employment for their weavers. They bringing colour and individuality to contemporary houses while creating a sustainable life for their artisans.

HAND BLENDER Smeg, £119.95 johnlewis.com

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SMARTER WIFI COFFEE MAKER Control it with your phone. £179.95 cuckooland.com

WHITE OUT STELTON

Stelton's iconic and everpractical vacuum jug was designed by Erik Magnussen and is celebrating 40 years in production with a range of new metallic colours. We're fans of the classic white, however. stelton.com

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TABLE Food writer and stylist Rosie Birkett shows us around her London kitchen B y E L L I E S T E WA R T F O R H A B I TAT

Q Tell us a bit about yourself. Can you summarise what you do for a living? A All things food. I’m a food writer, cookbook author, food stylist and cook. Q Is this your dream job? A Pretty much yes. Of course all jobs have their off days but I feel incredibly lucky to do something I’m so consumed by. The beauty of my job is that it’s incredibly creative and I do so many different things, so no day is the same, but each day invariably involves some good food and drink. Q What inspires you to do what you do? A Growing up, it was all about food and cooking. My family are a greedy bunch and we always came together over my mother’s delicious home cooked food. I think this, and the fact I was so aware of us growing our own veg, keeping chickens and fishing etc has had a big influence on my love of food. Q What exciting projects have you been working on lately? A I’ve been doing lots of events and pop up dinners, including a collaboration with the fab cinema supper club, Kino Vino, during which we screened an old Ealing Studios film called It always rains on Sunday set in and around east London; the second was a charity banquet organised by Bristol chef Romy Gill for Action Against Hunger with a load of other female chefs and food writers. We had to serve eight courses to 112 in a hall in Borough Market we weren’t cooking in, so it was very challenging but great fun and we raised over 10k which was amazing.

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Q How would you describe your interior style? A Whimsical, eclectic and natural. I love collecting beautiful objects and handmade treasures such as ceramics, vintage furniture and art. Also, you’ll notice I’m a sucker for a house plant. We don’t have a garden so I definitely like to bring the outdoors in. Q You must spend a lot of time in the kitchen. What’s your favourite thing about it? A I spend at least four days a week in the kitchen. What drew me to our house is that the kitchen is pretty much the whole of the downstairs. It’s open plan and flooded by natural light by a glass ceiling, so I’m really happy cooking here. There are plenty of units for storage and I love being able to display my props on top of the cupboards. I’m very proud of the marble tiling and hexagonal tiles behind the sink, as well as the second hand stainless steel catering cupboard which is an island and storage solution in one. Q What would you change about your kitchen space? A I would love a big range cooker.

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“What drew me to our house is that the kitchen is pretty much the whole of the downstairs”

Q Where do you find interior inspiration? A Elle Decor, Remodelista and interior design books. Instagram too of course, including Habitat’s. Q Which instagram accounts would you recommend for interior inspiration? A As above. Apartmenttherapy and Jungalow too. Q What’s your favourite interior trend at the moment? A I love the pink trend. I’ve never been a girly girl or that into pink but recently something has changed and I can’t get enough of little hints of pink, particularly when it’s dusky, faded, pastel or stone washed. Q Which habitat products do you love and why? A I adore my new pink stonewashed bedspread which sits atop our gorgeous new wooden bed, both from Habitat. Having a wooden bed is a real statement and brings so much character to an otherwise simple room. The grain of the wood on the bed is beautiful. I really love the gorgeous green marble of the coffee table too. Watch out for many Instagram food shots featuring A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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this. Also the marble lamp is just dreamy – bringing a hint of luxury to the spare room. Q What’s your favourite thing about your home? The light and sense of space. Floor-to-ceiling windows and our double-height glass ceiling make it a really light, airy space. Q What was your last interiors project and purchase? A Doing up our spare room and putting in some shelves for my huge library of cookbooks. Q How have you made this house your home? A By filling it with our most-loved objects and people. We are always hosting dinners and drinks at ours and we’re such home bodies. Q Tell us about your most treasured possessions? A The rug in the spare room was brought in Argentina. I was really broke at the time and really agonised over whether to buy it but I’m so glad i did, it makes me so happy. Our vintage Ercol dining set was a total bargain from Ebay and I’m so thrilled we found it, even though we had to hire a van and drive to the middle of nowhere to this really posh lady’s country house, it was so worth it. Q Where is the heart of your home? A The kitchen of course. Q If you could re-live one moment in this house what would it be? Tell us about your favourite memory. A Our first Christmas party in the house was pretty epic. We got an 13ft Christmas tree, I made venison stew and there was a lot of prosecco and mulled wine. It was so brilliant to finally have our own space and be able to host our friends whose houses we’ve been partying in for years. Q What would complete your home? A I would love a wood fired log burner but unfortunately it’s not possible in this house. Q Tell us something interesting about yourself or your home that not many people know. A Cyril our dog calls the shots. Seriously, he thinks the sofa, our bed and the spare room bed all belong to him. Q Who would you invite to your dream dinner party? A My late dad, I would love to cook for him and catch him up on the last 12 years.

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Flower POWER Cate St Hill’s arrangements for FlowerBe are fresh, stylish and simple

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lowerBe have collaborated with Cate St Hill, a design and interiors writer and stylist who has a passion for light, Scandinavianinspired interiors. Cate believes in an understated and minimal aesthetic as a background for everyday life, with natural, honest materials that appeal to the senses and improve over time. On her dining room table, Cate prepared a ‘fika’ – a custom in Swedish culture with the basic meaning “to have coffee”, often accompanied with pastries, cookies or pie. She created a natural, woodland-inspired scene, with lots of different sized vessels forming a relaxed, informal centrepiece along

the table. Vases of various heights and textures create layers, and give a sense of depth. Candlelight provides a soft glow in the darker days, while each person’s place setting is made a little bit special with a decorative dish of ranunculus. Cate said: “My dining table arrangement is all about appealing to the senses and feeding the soul, with fragrant smells from the narcissus and eucalyptus, freshly baked cinnamon buns and warming cups of coffee.” Cate also created a beautiful living flower installation using individual stems FlowerBe’s Tall Selection, arranging these within simple picture frames. Within each frame she chose lemoncoloured Aztec Lillies, pale lime Eustoma and soft pink Hypericum berry, which together form an art piece positioned on a minimal white shelf. Cate said: “I used simple picture frames to create a colourful shelf display with single stems and branches. You could also press

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flowers and use dried stems to last through to spring. Letting the stems extend outside the frame creates a wilder arrangement and a beautiful focal point in the room.” Cate’s ethos is sharing simple design that lifts the spirits each day. The simple everyday means seeking a moment of calm amid our busy lives – to slow down and appreciate the little things. Cate has shown how simple flower arrangements can lift the spirits and create a clean, fresh interior.

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ithin the design brief for this project in South Wimbledon, we were tasked with attending to one important practical challenge - storage. It seems that even with good use of loft space and under stairs cupboards, storage solutions for houses in south west London inevitably involves using garden space as well. In this case, our client had used a garage for storage but it was old, too big and completely in the wrong place. We decided to design the whole

“Storage solutions inevitably involve using garden space” garden around a 3m x 2.4m apex garden shed placed in the left hand corner with the long 3m side facing the house. Once the old garage had been demolished, there was plenty of space for a raised bed seating feature down the right hand side and a lower raised flower bed on the left of the garden. In addition to that we laid a small Brazilian slate patio in front of the shed at the back of the garden.

This layout ensured that the shed was ‘built in’ to the design of the garden and although of considerable size, it did not dominate the overall space. We also installed some pine cladding batten to the existing fences with down lighters at intervals on all sides. The project was completed with the laying of some premium quality artificial grass and planting to all the raised beds.complete design and build garden projects.

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A boarding school for boys aged 12 to 18 years in Ireland Glenstal Abbey School is a private school of 250 students, providing consistent high educational standards in a small class setting. We offer a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, personal pastoral support and a strong sense of community. Set in 500 acres of parkland in the heart of Munster, 40 minutes from Shannon Airport and 2 hours from Dublin Airport.

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STREET STYLE STELLA MCCARTNEY

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French chic B O N TO N

Cool but classic; understated but bold; classy but contemporary; French brand Bonton’s collection of contradictions is the only thing to wear as this winter continues. bonton.fr

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HOUSE STYLE ROCK AND PEBBLE

Make tidying up easier (and more fun) with this ‘safe house’ for toys – an organic canvas storage bag complete with ladder and key-shaped charm. £59;

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MIND HUG Children's Mental Health Week starts on 6 February and this sweet storybook is all about introducing mindfulness from an early age in a child-friendly way, focusing on moods and feelings. Part of every book sale goes towards Place2Be's work in schools. £9.99  circus-house.com

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orld Book Day returns on 1 March with its mission to celebrate reading for pleasure and encourage children and young people to read and love books. A stellar line-up of authors, illustrators and events is planned across the country alongside a series of special new works that will cost just £1 or free in exchange for a £1 World Book Day book token. Bestselling children’s authors and illustrators for 2018 include broadcaster Clare Balding, musician Tom Fletcher, comedian Julian Clary and top illustrator David Roberts, sports journalist Gerard Siggins and further favorites Pamela Butchart, Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton and Kes Gray. The £1 World Book Day book tokens are available to all nursery and schoolchildren in the UK and Ireland. worldbookday.com

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My Worst Booke Ever is a clever story is about the making of a book and all the things that can go wrong. Allan's idea features a crocodile, but the publishers want a dinosaur and the illustrator's keen on a hippo... and further problems arrive at the printer. £10.95  thameshudson.co.uk

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Come and meet us at our Open Houses Developing a life-long love of learning for your boys is our ultimate goal. We firmly believe that it is no coincidence that children learn best when they feel happy and secure. At Eaton House The Manor Pre-Prep we recognise all of our boys as individuals, understanding what makes then

tick, nurturing their talents and ensuring that they feel known and valued. If you would like to be part of our successful, caring and happy school, speak to the Head of Admissions, Jennifer McEnhill, about booking an Open House meeting on 0203 917 5050 or contact admissions@eatonhouseschools.com

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Making their mark The Early Years coordinator at Dallington School in Islington on the importance of encouraging young artists By AMBIKA CURBISHLEY

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he children I have taught over the years arrive having already had a range of different experiences when it comes to art. Some children immediately experiment and explore and think creatively when they are making or drawing, others do not want to get paint on their fingers, or say, 'I can’t do it!' As my teaching career continues, I have come to question how we as adults influence children’s attitudes to art and how we impact on children’s interest in this area. Often talking to parents gives an insight into

how their own experiences at school or their outlook on art has an impact on how they approach the subject with their children. I have heard people say, ‘It doesn’t look like anything, it’s a scribble.’ I then spend time explaining that that ‘scribble’ is where the child is at developmentally and that the child has just told a whole story whilst making those marks. I also hear parents describe how they felt they were not very good at art at school and, therefore, they don’t know how to go about teaching their own children. So, did someone along the way dismiss attempts they had made as a child, squashing confidence?

“There is great value in allowing children to make choices and express themselves”

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There is great value in allowing children to express themselves, to make choices about the media they wish to use, to learn through the process of creating and to praise each child’s art work. Those early ‘scribbles’ and the freedom to make them, cannot be emphasised enough. If opportunities do not arise, does the child miss a stage of building up a repertoire of marks? Can this gap then be filled at a later date? As early years educators we can do that to a degree but children also need those opportunities at home. Sometimes, people have asked me whether the reason a child does not draw or take part in art activities is because they are not interested. I then question why they might not be interested at the age of three! Do they find it difficult or has an adult influenced their desire or opportunity to participate in art-based activities. So when a child shows an adult a drawing, we need to think about our responses, instead of, “What is it?” which for a child, that knows exactly what they have just drawn, is a little deflating “Can you tell me about it?” leads to a far more in-depth discussion. You may be very surprised to find that those several lines across a page are a ladder that goes up to a fairy castle or that those circles that go round and round are the movement of a car. Let children create and make a mess, it can be cleaned up but a child’s confidence takes a lot longer to rebuild. I am fascinated by the early marks that children make and the insight they give into different areas of development. For example, their language skills can be heard through their descriptions whilst drawing; their physical development observed by looking at their self awareness depicted in their figurative pictures or how they hold a paint brush; to their emotional development, where drawings can depict how a child is feeling. As long as I teach, I hope I will be able to place an importance on art in the early years and recognise all that it can lead to.

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F GOING GREEN Absolutely wonders how environmentally friendly it’s possible to be with kids

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or a while now, I’ve been thinking about how to reduce my family’s environmental footprint. Earlier this year, we almost moved to the country in search of a slower, more mindful pace of life – one that might encourage a closer connection with nature as well as the opportunity to consume less. For various reasons, the move didn’t happen, but a feeling that our family life was unnecessarily wasteful continued to grate. I’d always thought of myself as environmentally aware, but now I had two young daughters to think about: the future of the planet just got personal. I know many parents feel the same. It’s difficult, when presented with the boxes of disposable nappies and wipes, the plastic tubs of creams and lotions, the dozens of travel pouches of baby food, the rapidly outgrown clothing and the small mountains of unloved toys, to feel that you’re not privileging transient experience and momentary convenience over the long-term health of the living world. The truth is, people aren’t great for the planet. But that doesn’t mean we should blithely rationalise our impact away as a tragic inevitability. While mo’ people generally equals mo’ problems, we still need a functioning planet for our children to call home. A planet that can sustain life while inspiring wonder. So how to minimise our environmental impact in the here and now? The first step, as I found out to my increased consternation, is to transform that vague, gnawing worry about ‘the environment’ into a more solid sense of precisely how negative your personal impact is. For example: I thought that most plastic was recyclable. My local council always instructed us (or so I thought) to use our recycling bin for ‘metal, plastic, glass and paper’ – and in my ignorance I didn’t think to unpick that.

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KIDS & EDUCATION • PARENTING It turns out that of the 3.4 million tonnes of plastic discarded in the UK each year, only 1.5 million tonnes are recyclable. And of that number, only 500,000 tonnes are actually recycled. This means, for example, that most of our food containers – pouches, plastic films, bottle tops and ‘mixed plastics’ – go directly into landfill. And guess what? The recycling symbol – those circling arrows we all recognise, and in which I had always placed a stupidly blind faith – doesn’t mean ‘recyclable’ at all; it simply denotes that a manufacturer has made ‘a financial contribution’ towards the collection and recycling of packaging, usually in lieu of using recyclable materials for their own products. One reason for this waste is that many of the recyclable plastics we use in our daily lives – baby food pouches being a particularly relevant example – are not recycled by most local councils. Happily for my family, Ella’s Kitchen, pouches can be recycled by specialist company Terracycle (terracycle.co.uk), which focuses on the recycling of hard-to-process waste: there’s a collection point close enough to my home that we’re able to store up our used pouches and do drop-offs every couple of months. But what about everything else? The best solution, of course, is to reduce the amount of harmful waste you produce from the outset. It’s a minefield out there, not to mention inconvenient – more so

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because plenty of the big brands seem happy to mislead or obfuscate rather than doing their bit. And of course, it’s even harder with little ones to look after – little ones who would rather you be continuously wiping their nose than Googling ways to go plastic-free. But what follows are some relatively simple ways I’ve found to do a little good. Because after all, it’s the world we’ll leave to our children.

Be wise to the effects of plastics

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veryone’s talking about this right now, in no small part due to the devastating effects plastic pollution is having on our oceans, as highlighted in the BBC's Blue Planet II. The truth is, there’s a fair bit you need to know if you’re to understand how plastic recycling works in the UK. Start with a quick glance at the various plastic recycling codes, which seem designed to obscure as much as they explain. A good resource can be found at lifewithoutplastic.com.

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KIDS & EDUCATION • PARENTING chemical-free alternatives while pregnant. There are good aluminium-free deodorants on the market these days, as well as natural detergents and cleaning products that eschew harmful manmade chemicals. The Ecover range is famously gentle, and you won't have to fret when baby crawls all over your freshly mopped floor.

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id you know that the UK’s leading nappy brand scores the lowest marks on almost every ethical standard, from animal testing and workers’ rights to environmental impact? It’s like buying nappies from Darth Vader. PIUPIA.CO.UK The good news is, there are better alternatives. A growing number of parents are switching to reusable cloth nappies, but if that’s too extreme a step, try the biodegradable nappies made by Swedish company Naty (naty.com). They’re made from organic cotton and plant fibres which break down naturally when disposed of – important when you think that the average child can go through 6,500 nappies in two and a half years. That’s over 10 tonnes of waste you could save from permanently sitting in landfill. Just make sure you dispose of them in a biodegradable nappy sack. The same logic applies to wet wipes, which have seen a huge rise in use over the last 5-10 years – as evidenced by the sheer number of them found clogging up our sewers and beaches. Most wet wipes contain

plastics and polyester and don’t break down. But switching brand can help: Jackson Reece makes widely available biodegradable wet wipes from cellulose, a plant fibre. They disappear completely within eight days in a sewage treatment plant or six weeks in a compost heap, and are great for kids with eczema or sensitive skin. The fact that they’re made in Britain also means they leave a smaller carbon footprint.

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hen it comes to food packaging, it can seem impossible to avoid plastics. But, your impact can be improved by finding out if companies like Terracycle operate collection points in your area and taking tricksy packaging to them. Besides which, it’s always worth sending an email to the Customer Service department of your supermarket of choice, to politely remind them that their customers are concerned about the volume of nonrecyclable materials used in their packaging.

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ou can also help to save the environment (and some cash) by buying fewer toys and clothes – and making sure the ones you do buy are chosen with at least one eye on their ecological impact. Wooden toys generally look better than plastic ones anyway – check out Sarah and Bendrix and Garbo and Friends for inspiration. Environmentally, it can pay to shop small, with many independent brands placing an emphasis on sustainability. Support eco-conscious brands and you’ll be supporting the planet. Everyone’s a winner. Some more helpful resources: reyouzable.com • bulkmarket.uk hetu.co.uk

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That daily coffee you enjoy after the school run? Make sure it’s in a keep-cup. In the UK alone, we discard around 2.5 billion coffee cups every year – and only 1 in 400 is recycled. At uk.keepcup.com, you can design your own keep-cup to suit your tastes.

Microbeads in many exfoliants are actually tiny balls of plastic that find their way into our natural watercourses, killing wildlife and harming entire ecosystems. Avoid using coffee in your scrubs too as it blocks drains. Use natural coconut oil with brown sugar instead.

So many baby products are made of plastic when they could be made of natural materials. We love the Kawan duck by Hevea, as well as their full range of rubber teethers and pacifiers, available at meandbuddy.com.

There’s no need to stick with plastic for baby bottles and toddler training cups – check out the Pura collection including adult water bottles at kidly.com, made from stainless steel. Kidly is a great destination for natural and sustainable toys too.

Ditto dinnerware – several new manufacturers make eco-friendly bamboo sets. Bamboo is a great natural fibre that can be used to make all sorts of kitchenware and tupperware for children’s snacks. We love this stylish star-print set from mollyandmoo.co.uk.

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Unspoilt beauty, expansive beaches and an authentic dose of the region’s culture, this month we argue the case for a holiday in Northern Greece at one of the country’s swankiest resorts.

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TALE Discover what it truly means to be stress-free amidst the unspoilt beauty of Halkidiki By H E L E N B R O W N

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ell anyone of your holiday to Greece and they’ll immediately picture the pretty island harbours and tavernas of the south. Where sun is aplenty and the vista one of gleaming white against sparkling azure. Make your way north however, and the pictureperfect views bloom with verdant greenery and Greece’s best-kept secret lies, unhassled by summer holiday-makers. Fabled for its heart-stopping beauty and boundless hospitality, Halkidiki is the trident of Greece; three unspoilt, forested fingers stretching out into the Aegean Sea. Our Greek odyssey brings us to Sithonia, the central peninsula with a backbone of mountains and pine forests. More rugged and less populated than the left prong, Kassandra, Sithonia has long been a favourite vacation destination for locals. Along the coast, sweeping beaches are interspersed by secret coves, and the east side offers commanding views of Mount Athos, the third peninsula. On Sithonia you’ll find gorgeous, sleepy towns, a wealth of charming treasures to unearth and our home-from-home for the week, Danai Beach Resort. Easily reached from Thessaloniki, this luxurious hideaway is a haven of lush Mediterranean gardens and an expansive sandy beach. A family-run establishment, Danai offers a broad range of suites and villas, each

unique in style and boasting impressive views over the gardens or the ocean. Our two bedroom suite falls into the latter; here you can look out from the French doors and see sun, sea and private pool blend seamlessly into a postcard image of utter perfection. Fresh flowers, captivating wall art, Bose wi-fi music system, walk-in wardrobe and Bulgari bathroom products complete the scene. With all sense of the nine-to-five forgotten, we head to the Sea Horse Grill. On offer here is authentic Greek flavour and the freshest of fish and seafood. There is an ancient concept of hospitality and guest-friendship in this country, known as Xenia, and from this first meal we truly get an understanding of it. Hungry from the morning travelling, we gorge at a table laden with sharing plates until we can eat no more, only to find it relaid with a second wave of larger dishes. A true Greek feast. With bellies full and the sound of lapping waves tempting us into culinary-induced comas, we head to the beach. More than 300 meters long and absent of crowds, this is where London life is truly left behind. Stretchers and daybeds are available to hire for all guests, but to really get into holiday mode, a beach cabana does wonders. With this comes a private section of beach, a sitting area and comfortable double bed. Hotel staff are on hand to wipe clean your sunnies, serve fresh fruit platters and pop the corks from Perrier Jouet. Our beach lounging is interspersed with turns on the resort’s paddle boards, dips in the pool and a A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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fantastically indulgent facial. Danai’s prestigious spa is a real haven of tranquility, comprising multiple massage rooms, a nail spa and trilogy room with reflexology bed and a Cleopatra’s Bath with double bed for relaxation. Dinner is another exciting affair with three restaurants to choose from and a traditional Bachtses Night. Put on once a week in an intimate outcrop of garden overlooking the sea, this is a spectacular evening steeped in Greek authenticity. Live cooking, traditional dishes, locally produced drinks, music and dancing make this a night to remember. Our second evening is spent at the open-air Andromeda Restaurant, where modern Mediterranean fare is the order of the day. Sitting on the restaurant’s terrace, we tuck into strawberries with seafood, elegantly cooked lamb and a lemon meringue pie like no other, against a backdrop of splashing waves. For something a little swankier, The Squirrel has a well-earned reputation for being one of the principle culinary addresses in the country. If Halkidiki is the trident of Greece, then Poseidon is certainly smiling on those who manage to get a table here. Or perhaps Dionysus of wine, parties and fruitfulness; the food here certainly tastes otherworldly. The elaborate degustation menu offers a daring variety of Willy Wonka-esque plates, French and Mediterranean in flavour and expertly paired with wine

THE MAIN FOCUS OF THE SPA IS SET ON ORIENTAL HOLISTIC THERAPIES

of which hail from Greece and prove that the region’s reputation as a producer is on the rise. If it’s an apéritif you’re after, the Philosophy Seaside Bar prides itself on its creative drinks menu and incomparable setting. Located on the beach, an evening here is certainly appealing. The bar staff demonstrate impressive flair and the premium cocktail list attracts both guests and locals alike. Providing your hangover isn’t too severe, a number of excursions from Danai are available to fully explore the peninsula of Halkidiki. By yacht or by speedboat is the ideal way to combine leisure with sightseeing, and to fully get a feel for the area. One of the resort’s most popular routes will take you to the old city of Neos Marmaras. Departing from the hotel’s private beach, the tour follows the coastline of Nikiti, Ai Giannis, Kastro, Kalogria, Elia and Paradeisos beach, finally reaching Neos Marmaras. This is a must-see village with wild entertainment and plenty of romantic walks. The route then passes by the impressive complex of Porto Carras - cocooned with vineyards and its picturesque harbour -

“Hotel staff are on hand to wipe clean your sunnies and pop the corks from Perrier Jouet”

from Danai’s on-site wine cellar. The restaurant won the FNL Award in 2016 as one of the best three restaurants in Greece, while the wine list came in at number one. So what of this impressive purveyance of wine? Built deep into the side of the mountain in the heart of the resort, Danai’s private cellar boasts a lauded collection of around 1,700 wines, carefully collected over decades. Varieties range from the old to the new, and from producers SWEEPING PRIVATE TERRACES both local and farPROVIDE UNPARALLELED VIEWS reaching. Kitted out with antique furnishings and maintaining an old-world ambience, the wine cellar plays host to an incredibly awe-inspiring tasting session. Within this mystic and medieval candle-lit cave, Danai’s competent sommelier talks us through a cleverly curated selection of wines, many

before passing by the tortoise-shaped, deserted island of Kelyfos and the sandy beaches of Diaporos. Another must for culture vultures is a visit to Nikiti where a quaint church marks the highest point of the village and the seafront is a bustling jumble of authentic beach eateries. The village epitomises Halkidiki’s compelling blend of beach holiday with authentic Greek buzz, and proves there is more to the area than meets the eye. Top up your tan, feast on local cuisine and luxuriate in a lifestyle where schedules are few and far between; Halkidiki is the hidden gem to have on your holiday radar this year.

DA N A I B E AC H R E S O R T & VILLAS Junior suites from £375 on a B&B basis, based on 2 people sharing +30 2375 020400 danairesort.com

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ountry manors don’t come much more glamorous than Coworth. The 17th-century mansion and polo estate has been treated to an intelligent and eco-friendly modern makeover that’s given it three restaurants, a spectacular spa, and an air of quietly confident grandeur. Set in 240 acres, it has an onsite equestrian centre with a Guards Polo Academy where you can have lessons (this is the UK’s only hotel to offer polo lessons) or simply head out on horseback on a ride through the stunning grounds. All this within 15 minutes of the M25.

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“An hour-anda-half deep tissue massage sends us into a state of deep relaxation”

COWORTH PARK Pastoral tranquility meets utter grandeur at this country house hotel nestled deep within Berkshire parkland By J E R R I E KO L E C I

Double rooms from £291 COWORTH PARK Blacknest Road, Ascot, SL5 7SE; 01344 876600; dorchestercollection.com

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TRAVEL • WANDERLUST CONTEMPORARY EUROPEAN DESIGN REFLECTS THE RESORT’S UNDERSTATED ELEGANCE.

BE SPOILED FOR CHOICE WITH SIX ICONIC RESTAURANTS AND BARS

With all of this, it is incredibly tempting to spend the entirety of our stay in the comfort of this luxurious suite, but as there are six bars and restaurants, two pools, a spa and 200 meters of private beach, I am desperate to discover the rest of the resort. Without the guidance of the concierge, my first solo journey through the hotel left me a little lost, but it wasn’t long until I found myself back outside in Dubai’s heat where I headed for the pool. This is where the action is during the day; guests can be found lounging on cabanas or deck chairs, sipping on drinks or tucking into a snack. Families can enjoy the covered kid’s pool or seaside activities such as snorkelling, paddle boarding and fishing, all of which can be arranged by the concierge. Those with smaller children aged between 3-12 can benefit from Coco’s Kids

Club, which offers two complimentary hours per day per child and babysitting upon request. By sunset, guests have the choice of eating at the range of onsite establishments. First of which is the Mezzerie, an all-day dining restaurant offering multiple cuisines and encompassing an elegant space that combines western character with subtle Arabic details. Come morning, this is where you'll find an excellent all-you-caneat buffet. The prize culinary attraction is Social by Heinz Beck, the acclaimed three Michelin-starred German chef who regularly visits the establishment to bring his contemporary Italian dining to Dubai. I opted for the scenic Palm Avenue, a casual Mediterranean bistro and followed it with a cocktail (or two) at the Serafina Bar. Exuding a character reminiscent of the

“The three Michelin-starred chef brings his contemporary Italian dining to Dubai” Italian Renaissance, Serafina Bar features lush furnishings, striking blown-glass chandeliers and offers a rich experience. With unique cocktails and small dishes inspired by Venetian 'Bacaro' cuisine, guests are encouraged to watch the sun set below the horizon whilst being serenaded by live entertainment in the evening. Be sure to head over on a Thursday night where a live Jazz band will provide the backdrop to utter holiday perfection. There’s so much to do in Dubai, one could visit the tallest skyscraper in the world, shop in the largest mall or ride the fastest rollercoaster. But why go out when the private beach is so inviting and a wealth of recreational activities is available, including tennis, fishing and parasailing. For those looking to really put their feet up, the spa features over 3,200 square meters of palatial indoor space with an extensive array of hydrotherapy facilities and thermal relaxation rooms. Inviting warm, golden colors and a classic and refined design will help you unwind. But heat like this encourages idyll, and for the duration of my stay, you’ll find me relaxing and recouping poolside at the Waldorf Astoria.

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Dubai Palm Jumeirah Rates start from AED 1,050 per room per night (approx. GBP 207). For more information or to make a booking, call +971 4 818 2222 or visit waldorfastoria3.hilton.com

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HOME ESSENTIALS For cats, basic home essentials include separate food and water bowls, at least one litter tray in the house, a collar and a soft bed or blanket where they can retreat to. Dogs too require separate food

and drink bowls, a stash of plastic bags to take with you on walks and a soft bed in a quiet spot in your home. Both cats and dogs will need regular grooming to keep coats clean and healthy and a selection of toys that will keep them physically and mentally stimulated to stop them from being bored.

MICROCHIPPING Microchipping is a legal requirement for all dogs in England, Scotland and Wales, and highly recommended for cats. Battersea microchips all animals that come into the Home, so all you have to remember is to keep their details up to date.

NEUTERING Neutering your dog or cat prevents unwanted litters and can positively impact behaviour.

REGISTER WITH A VET Pet owners should register with a local vet straight away. Animals need annual vaccinations and it’s also a good time to complete a health check to ensure everything is in tip top shape.

PET INSURANCE Pet insurance will help guard against any unexpected veterinary fees. All Battersea dogs and cats leave with four weeks of free insurance.

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EXERCISE, TRAINING AND SOCIALISING Dogs will need regular walking on a daily basis – at least twice a day. Come rain or shine, your four-legged friend will be pounding the paths with its paws. Booking in a training class or two will help owners take the right approach to training a young dog. It’s vital to train your puppy so that you don’t encourage unwanted behaviour in the future. Get your cat used to everyday situations by associating them with

B AT T E R S E A D O G S A N D CAT S H O M E For more information about dog or cat care advice, or if you’re interested in re-homing a dog or a cat, please visit battersea.org.uk

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et in rolling green countryside, Ellenborough Park is the perfect getaway for dog owners. Family holidays are not the same without your four-legged friend and so instead of leaving your pampered pooch at home, dogs are most welcome here. With 13 petfriendly rooms, dogs are welcomed throughout the hotel grounds and in set areas of the hotel. Guests will find fantastic walks within Ellenborough Park’s 90-acre site as well as a wealth of Cotswolds countryside to explore beyond the boundary.

Rates from £189 a night on a bed and breakfast basis. Dog-owners staying at the hotel will be required to pay a £25 housekeeping charge. Southam Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3NJ; ellenboroughpark.com

while their owners take advantage of the Turkish hammam, Finnish sauna and outdoor jacuzzi, before munching on delicious local produce in the restaurant or nipping to one of Suffolk’s many dog-friendly pubs. Buy a debenture at Retreat East for a one-off lifetime cost of £10,000 for a studio barn. Dogs can stay in the barns for free. Brick Kiln Farm, Sandy Lane, Suffolk, IP6 9QE; suffolk.farm

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etreat East is a new affordable way to make a home in sought-after Suffolk and best of all it’s perfectly set up to pamper four-legged friends. Guests and their dogs can escape the city life and amble along countryside footpaths, run-free in fields, race through waves, and chase balls in Retreat East’s own 35 acres. After a rejuvenating ramble, dogs can be returned to their former mudfree glory in the “Four Paws Spa”

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llenborough Park boasts a wonderful new, hotel-owned country pub, The Horse Box, where race-goers can toast a glass by the wood burning stove, locals can meet for coffee and families can congregate for a hearty lunch. This new five-star country pub not only offers guests an informal relaxed dining option that so many top hotels lack, but also serves as a buzzing hotspot for locals to meet. Four legged friends are also most welcome. Southam Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3NJ; ellenboroughpark.com THE HORSE BOX

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News and views from the animal world By HELEN BROWN

Furry Friends RUIFIER

To mark the Chinese New Year of the Dog, RUIFIER has introduced a collection of designs inspired by man’s best friend. Meet the Furry Friends - four characterful canines, including RUIFIER’s very own brand mascot Taiki. Featuring gold vermeil rings, pendants and gold plated charms on luxe Italian leather cuffs, there is a pup to match every personality. Pieces from £35; ruifier.com

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Animal welfare charity, Wild at Heart Foundation has partnered with fashion house Hoop ‘N’ Loop this Valentine's Day to offer the ultimate gift for yourself or your loved ones, whilst supporting our four-legged friends across the globe. The partnership has set tails wagging with its innovative range of breton t-shirts featuring an embroidered bespoke picture of your perfect pooch, each one lovingly made in East London. From £100; hoopnloop.co.uk

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Give your four-legged friend something natural and nutritious this Valentine’s Day with these heart-shaped tasty treats from Forthglade. 100% natural, grain-free and hand-baked, the treats contain succulent chicken, sweet strawberry and carob (a pet-friendly alternative to chocolate) plus other health-promoting antioxidants including linseed and seaweed. Forthglade Valentine’s Pouch, £2.99; forthglade.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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Tantallon Road, Wandsworth SW12 Located in the Nightingale Triangle This handsome property has been decorated to a very high standard in fresh neutral tones and provides well balanced family accommodation. 5 bedrooms, 2 family bathrooms, reception room, open plan kitchen/dining room, guest WC, utility room and a garden. EPC:D. Approximately 203.6 sq m (2,192 sq ft).   Freehold

Guide price: £1,475,000

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Rosenau Crescent, Battersea SW11 Perfectly located between Battersea Park and Chelsea An exceptional and unqiue 5 bedroom house that has been fully refurbished to the highest standard, with excellent living space, high ceilings and private outdoor space. 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, kitchen/dining room, utility room, garden, balcony. Approximately 261 sq m (2,809 sq ft). EPC: C. Freehold

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Somerset Road, Wimbledon SW19 Exceptional 5 bedroom extended townhouse A modern townhouse benefiting from spacious living accommodation throughout, located in a popular residential development. 5 bedrooms (1 en suite), family bathroom, reception room, kitchen, WC, garage, garden. EPC: D. Approximately 179 sq m (1,927 sq ft).    Freehold

Guide Price: £1,350,000 KnightFrank.co.uk/WMB150060

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Woodside, Wimbledon SW19 Attractive 5 bedroom Victorian house This fine semi detached house has high ceilings and retains many attractive period features. 5 bedrooms (2 en suite), family bathroom, reception room, kitchen/dining room, utility room, WC, cellar, garage, garden. EPC: D. Approximately 215 sq m (2,314 sq ft).    Freehold

Guide Price: £1,875,000 KnightFrank.co.uk/WMB170254

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ituated in an extraordinary riverside location, this penthouse apartment has incredible views of The Thames and London’s skyline. Designed to exploit its premier location, the apartment features a large private terrace and has panoramic windows surrounding the open plan kitchen and living space. The property also has three bedrooms with ensuites.

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his is a seven bedroom, detached family home, situated on a quiet cul-de-sac in Wimbledon. The property has a reception hall, reception room, study and open plan kitchen. On the first floor there is a master bedroom and two double bedrooms, and on the second floor four further bedrooms. On the lower ground the property has a games room, and also benefits from its own garden.

THIS IS A SEVEN BEDROOM, DETACHED FAMILY HOME, SITUATED ON A QUIET CULDE-SAC IN WIMBLEDON

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Wimbledon Office, 020 8946 9811 knightfrank.co.uk

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HARBUT ROAD, BATTERSEA This beautifully presented spacious 2 bedroom apartment is perfectly positioned at the end of a terrace on this quiet residential road just off St Johns Hill. EPC = D.

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Kew Sheen Twickenham Teddington Kingston

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ST. JOHN’S HILL, BATTERSEA Exclusive two bedroom apartment situated in the ever popular St Johns Hill area of Battersea within this iconic grade 11 listed art deco building. Finished to a high standard throughout the apartment is presented to market chain free and offers exceptional views from the generous balcony which is accessed from the living space and second bedroom. EPC = B.

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FA M O U S P L AC E S by N I G E L L E W I S

London hides a plethora of celebrity homes. These are the most recent to come on the market

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ella Freud is best known for her fashionwear, father Lucien Freud, and famous friends, but now she’s turned her talents to interior design. The 56-year-old has put the finishing touches to a 2,300-sq-ft apartment within the BBC’s former White City TV studios. Bella, who counts Kate Moss as one of her close friends, has been moving into interior design, and recently launched her own range of scented candles.

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Her designs for the apartment are still under wraps, but will be influenced by both her fashion background and the TV heritage of the site. It’s within a £1.5 billion mixed-use development, which is retaining both the original Blue Peter garden and crescent shape of the former TV Centre building. Bella’s apartment is to be launched in the Spring and will cost approximately £3 million; a final price is yet to be decided.

his elegant Georgian property was once the home of both fashion designer Alexander McQueen and author PG Wodehouse, but at different times. The property is located on Dunraven Street in the centre of Mayfair, only a stone's throw from Hyde Park In 2010 McQueen was half way through refurbishing the top floors of the property, with the intention of restoring it to it's former status as a family home, when he committed suicide at a rented flat nearby. PG Wodehouse, the author of the Jeeves and Wooster books, lived at the house between 1927 and 1934 while at the height of his creative powers. It was his last home in the UK. After selling the property Wodehouse moved to France but, after being captured by the invading Germans in 1940 at the seaside town of Le Touquet but later being released, then moved to the US where he remained until the end of his life. After McQueen’s death, the refurbishment of the property’s top floor three-bedroom maisonette was completed and the flat later sold for £8.5 million. The other part of his planned project, an apartment below, is now for sale, having also been refurbished. It’s a one-bedroom property with a single reception room and two bathrooms, a small rear balcony off the bedroom, a new kitchen and wooden flooring throughout.

More information from Knight Frank, 020 7629 8171.

More information from Dexters on 020 7590 9590.

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oan Bakewell is one of the nation’s best-known writers and broadcasters. She was made a baroness in 2011, but is bestknown for her relationship with playwright Harold Pinter. The relationship went on for seven years and during all this time she has lived in the same house in Primrose Hill which she bought in 1963. Neighbours have included Alan Bennett, Ted Hughes and his wife Sylvia Plath, Jon Snow and Robert Plant. But now Bakewell is downsizing and has put her home on the market for £6.25 million. Overlooking a pretty green, the large Victorian house includes a selfcontained two-bedroom flat, a garden and four bedrooms. More information from David Birkett Estate Agents, 020 3641 2618.

"Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne lived in the property during Ozzy's well-documented battle with alcohol"

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eel House near Amersham has been home to actor Dirk Bogarde, songwriter Matt Aitken of Stock, Aitken and Waterman and TV chat show host Robert Kilroy-Silk. But they are all eclipsed by Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne who lived in the property during Ozzy’s welldocumented battle with alcohol during the late 1980s. During their time there, in 1989, Ozzy was arrested at the property by police for threatening to kill his wife and subsequently spent time at a nearby rehab clinic. The Osbournes eventually resolved their marital problems, sold Beel House and moved to Los Angeles and gained worldwide fame with their TV reality show The Osbournes. Beel House is back on the market and the current owner is asking £3.95 million for the property. The seven-bedroom house has extensive gardens, a pool and a spa complex, and is located near Amersham in Buckinghamshire.

More information from Knight Frank (01494 854579).

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FINAL PHASE OF BATTERSEA REACH NOW LAUNCHED Battersea Reach is an award-winning development situated on the banks of the River Thames. With excellent transport links into the City and a host of on-site facilities and amenities this thriving community is the perfect place to enjoy London riverside living. A selection of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments are available in Discovery House. Prices from ÂŁ565,000*

Please call the Battersea Reach Marketing Suite now for further information or to arrange an appointment: Tel: 020 3918 4542 Email: batterseareachsales@stgeorgeplc.com Website: www.batterseareach.com Unit 3 KingďŹ sher House, Juniper Drive, Wandsworth, London SW18 1TX

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IS THE LUXE LOOK OVER? We’ve all heard of them, but few of us have seen inside London’s high-end luxe-look apartments. Nigel Lewis went to look around the first of a new breed that eschew bling, for sale at £12.75 million.

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hen a property is so expensive its guest bathroom is worth more per square foot than your car then you really pay attention while being shown around it. Even the most mildly curious mind is looking at every fixture, fitting and feature to work out where the money went. Is the loo handle ten times better than the one at my home? Does the golden brass balustrade justify the overall spend despite its wow factor? Does anyone really need four dishwashers? Walking around The Penthouse on the freshly-minted Fitzroy Place, these

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questions pop into your head a lot. One thing’s for sure. This is a truly oneoff property. And that’s what the people who will eventually call this two-floor apartment home will be looking for. While most people are focussing on the huge price tag, house hunters in this category want to know how much exclusivity their millions buy. And the answer is, a fair amount. The property is on the top two floors of an already select new-build block that’s just five minutes from Oxford Street, and is the only penthouse on this square. And to top that, Fitzroy Place is the first new square to be built in London’s central districts for over 100 years. Replacing what older Londoners will

remember as the Middlesex Hospital (until it closed in 2005), it includes the HQ of Estée Launder as well as two apartment blocks, restaurants, shops and the one part of hospital that remains; its chapel, which has been deconsecrated but can still be rented out for functions. The penthouse is the icing on this mixed-use cake and comes with two parking spaces in the basement and a lift, the entrance of which can be monitored via a CCTV link upstairs. Once you’re up there are several jaw droppers to take in within the threebedroom duplex. One is the interior design, which has been completed by Caroline Paterson, who was given over £100,000 and a remit to create something European, contemporary and that wasn’t bling. We wanted to steer clear of the Knightsbridge or Mayfair luxe look that many developments feature elsewhere which are aimed at Middle Eastern buyers,” says Lucy Arthur from Ashby Capital, which is the financial force behind Fitzroy Place. “Instead we wanted this to be the kind of cool European apartment that would appeal to everyone whether they’re European, Asian or from the Middle East.” The other attraction of this penthouse duplex is that it’s relatively ‘affordable’ within the mildly crazy world of prime property. Lucy says it’s hard to find a penthouse like this one for less than £3,000 per square foot – and this one comes in at £2,800. It's considerable square footage comes from the duplex design. The 26ft long

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lower floor is almost entirely open plan featuring floor-to-ceiling glass terrace doors along each side. Therefore, as you glide out of your kitchen clutching a gin and tonic after a long day in the City, on the left the doors lead out onto a terrace with views over the square looking east, while the bedroom – which has its own terrace – offers stunning views of the roofs of the West End and, on a clear evening, amazing sunsets. But part of the high price of living here is the area. Fitzrovia, which used to have a reputation as a posh but hard-working area famous for the rag trade, has now gone upmarket. These days it’s dominated by the

“ House hunters in the category want to know how much exclusivity their millions will buy”

higher end of the corporate world. One add on residents of Fitzroy Place get is access to their own private club, the facilities of which are free. This includes a gym, offices, an 18-seat cinema, and concierge service. Fitzroy Place, is also home to award winning restaurant The Detox Kitchen. Further, in December 2017 one of the two architects responsible for the design of Fitzroy Place won the Architect of the Year prize at the Architect Journal’s annual awards for the project which, it was said, wowed the judges with its design. So perhaps the £12.75 million price tag for its penthouse might be justified after all. A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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PORTUGAL'S GREAT OUTDOORS Designed to appeal to the sort of people for whom endless days snoozing by the beach is anathema

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isbon Green Valley, the substantial new villa complex under construction outside the tourist crush of Lisbon, is not the usual holiday homes resort most Brits are used to viewing when house hunting under the Mediterranean sun. Instead of golf courses, beaches or vast swimming pool complexes, the resort is designed to appeal to the sort of people for whom endless days snoozing by the beach is anathema – the jogging, cycling and hiking set. Lisbon Green Valley, as its name suggests, overlooks a verdant swathe of mountain criss-crossed by mountain biking and hiking paths and thousands of acres of wild countryside.

And if you do need to get to the beach but don’t want to drive, there’s a trail for the more adventurous that leads eventually to the nearest beach. The resort has a way to go before it’s finished. The JCBs and construction workers have recently begun mauling its rich brown earth, and new wide boulevards are slowly forming to accommodate the 16 apartments, 14 townhouses and detached bespoke villas that will soon line them. Like the modernist leanings of its partbuilt main apartment block and finished show townhouses, in many respects Lisbon Green Valley is a fresh approach to what a Mediterranean country resort should be. And that means community, a model that’s been tried next door at its sister resort. There buggies whirr, children bob

along the sidewalks and local office workers and residents return for lunch. The number of people lunching in the club house was surprising for the early Autumn day when Absolutely London paid a visit. Developer Gilberto Jordan, whose father André created two of Europe’s most famous resorts – Quinta da Lago and Vilamoura – says Lisbon Green Valley will bustle like its sister resort Belas Clube Campo because he expects 90% of residents to live there year-round. It’s why the new resort is to have both a large school and a health centre. Lisbon Green Valley is also likely to have the same mixture of residents as Belas – retired golfing expats, professionals from around the world living in the sun but managing businesses remotely, and

“ if you do need to get to the beach but don’t want to drive, there’s a trail for the more adventurous that leads eventually to the nearest beach.”

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Lisbon commuters. It’s this mix that makes Belas alive in comparison to the shuttered ghost resorts. The ones that are all too numerous in Spain and other parts of the Mediterranean, only coming to life during the busy high-season Summer months and half-term breaks. Lisbon Green Valley is also close to the main motorway network that cradles the capital and spreads out into the surrounding sometimes suburban countryside. This makes many of the area’s main destinations around 20 minutes away – assuming you don’t drive at rush hour, including the regal mountains of Sintra, which can be seen from the resort in the distance, as well as the seaside resort of Cascais, historic Belem’s tower and the varied delights of Lisbon, including its bourgeoning celebrity chef scene.

Lisbon is the city break destination du jour for many northern Europeans helped by the arrival of Madonna, who has bought a house in Sintra and is now often seen in Lisbon with her son after he gained a place at the training academy of the city’s football club. Mention of celebrities does not fluster Gilbert Jordan. His father’s first two resorts Vilamoura and Quinta do Lago were in part built on a reputation for celebrity residents from the footballing sublime to the reality TV ridiculous. Dozens of world class football players including Christiana Ronaldo and Teddy Sheringham have resided at the two resorts, alongside reality stars such as Binky Felstead from Made in Chelsea, Ant & Dec, Holly Willoughby and Jose Mourinho. Gilberto says he already secured several

famous names for Lisbon Green Valley, who are likely to buy one of the secluded $325,000 plots available, with building costs on top. Further down the price list are completed apartments at Green Valley starting at €325,000 for a one-bed on the bottom floor to €520,00 for a two-bedroom unit on the top floor. Townhouses kick off at €905,000 for the smallest three-bed units. All of which come with access to mountain bike storage facilities, of course.

For further information contact the team and get to know the Lisbon Green Valley project in detail: Call +351 219 626 616 Email: casadevendas@planbelas.pt www.lisbongreenvalley.pt

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THE FINAL WORD IN LUXURY EXCLUSIVE LAST PHASE RELEASE SATURDAY 17TH FEBRUARY 2018

THE EVENT WILL PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY TO VIEW THE LATEST RELEASE AT THE AWARD WINNING BLAKE TOWER WITH A TALK BY OUR INTERIOR DESIGNER ABOUT STYLING YOUR HOME Blake Tower offers a superior standard of living surrounded by the green space of the Barbican Estate in Zone 1, close to London’s Square Mile.

• Zone 1 location • A short walk from Farringdon • Forthcoming Crossrail 2018*

• Ready to move into this year** • Concierge Service • Stunning views across the city’s skyline

PRICES FROM £675,000 TO RSVP FOR THIS EVENT, PLEASE CALL 0203 5536 227 OR EMAIL: BLAKETOWER@REDROW.CO.UK WWW.BLAKETOWER.COM

Available on selected plots on the Blake Tower Development only and subject to the sole discretion of Blake Tower. The purchaser must meet the Eligibility Criteria below. Stamp Duty Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. No other alternative available. Details correct at time of going to press. *Times are approximate. Source: www.tfl.gov.uk. **Completions for ready to move into this year are aligned with Build dates. Please note Redrow are not liable if completion date timelines change.

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GIBBON ROAD, KINGSTON UPON THAMES An exquisite six bedroom detached family house with off street parking, extended to the rear, side and into the loft, whilst offering nearly 2500 square feet of internal accommodation. Arranged over three floors and finished to the highest specification throughout, this sumptuous property retains much of its original charm and character features whilst having been fully modernised to a truly stunning standard. EPC = D

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Chiswick Hammersmith West Kensington Fulham Chelsea

Battersea Clapham Putney Barnes Richmond

Kew Sheen Twickenham Teddington Kingston

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STOKE ROAD, KINGSTON UPON THAMES A substantial period home offering over 6000 square feet in an enviable residential street within moments of Coombe Wood Golf Club and offered with no onward chain. Comprising six generous double bedrooms and seven receptions, this incredibly flexible home also offers an annex above a triple garage whilst gated driveway and secluded garden are on offer. Stoke Road is in the heart of Coombe and perfectly placed for both Kingston and New Malden town centres. EPC = D

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