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Contents JANUARY 2019

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C U LT U R E ABSOLUTELY LOVES

FOOD & DRINK 52 KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL

AGENDA

54 RECIPES

STAGE NEWS

INTERIORS 68 INTERIOR INSPIRATIONS

10 things we’re coveting this month

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Diary dates for January

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Theatre highlights for the month

News from the industry

Leah Vanderveldt's First Time Vegan

News and views from the world of design

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T R AV E L 104 SAND AND SPICE

H E A LT H & B E AU T Y 37 BEAUTY CONFIDENTIAL

PROPERTY 114 LIVING THE DREAM

Jessica Schuhle-Lewis of Orwell + Austen on knitwear and slogans

Chic skiwear at Net a Porter

This month’s best beauty buys

40 NEW YEAR BEAUTY 'Tis the month to treat yourself

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COLOUR SCHEME

Bella Freud's vision for Television Centre

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LETTER ABSOLUTELY’S January issue highlights

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appy new year! Now that we have made it through Christmas and into 2019, we're filled with optimism for the year ahead. This issue is bright, cheerful and eclectic, enthusiastically embracing a wider than ever variety of topics. This month we are excited about everything from ski fashion to champagne via stylish and eco-friendly lightbulbs, vegan recipes, cashmere sweaters and luxury luggage, taking in personalities as diverse as Iris Apfel, Bella Freud and xxxx. We have perfume inspired by motorbikes, jewellery inspired by the zodiac and a Dutch fairytale park; we have been to Kent on the beautiful vintage Belmond Pullman train, as well as to Zanzibar, Belfast and the Cote d'Azur (not by train). And still we have found time to be focusing on maintaining our beauty regimes and looking after our skin the way we mean to go on. And laughing in the face of traditional alcohol avoidance at this time of year, we are launching a regular new drinks page. Here we'll be recommending champagnes and looking at interesting spirits, beers, bars and glassware. Cheers to 2019.

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We love a dark fairytale, especially with a large dose of the surreal. page 21

BELLA FREUD X RETROUVIUS

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Wish LIST

Dress u p It’s time to banish your slouchy jumpers to the back of the wardrobe because Borgo de Nor’s maxi dresses are the perfect antidote to cold weather dressing. Thick, tailored and versatile, we love them with boots and a biker jacket. borgodenor.com

SOFT TOUCH We’re coveting everything from the latest Madeleine Thompson resort collection, but nothing is more comforting for the colder months than this beautiful cashmere cardigan; £305. madeleine-thompson.com

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TALKING POINT In typical Tom Dixon style, this abstract cushion is effortlessly cool and will add a talking point to your interiors. Inspired by urban perspective sketches, it features a tapestry-style cityscape made with hand-crafted linen-blend pile; £100. selfridges.com

Favoured among the fash-pack, this Matisse-inspired bag is set to be a hero piece for emerging British leather goods brand, Paradise Row. With its petroleum blue leather and gleaming gold lines we’re pairing ours with everything from denim to evening wear; £395 youngbritishdesigners.com

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ABSOLUTELY • LOVES CIT Y SLICKe r We’re down to the last remaining Quality Street and our jeans are feeling snug, but thankfully new hybrid brand PERFF Studio looks just as stylish in the gym as it does in the city. On offer are timeless athleisure pieces manufactured with luxury fabrics and recycled materials. perff.com

COAT TALES Saint Laurent has been perfecting the pea coat since 1962 and this shrunken version epitomises the timelessness of the brand. Layer yours with one of the label’s marinière sweaters.; £2,855. net-a-porter.com

EDITOR’S PICK

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A DATE WITH DESIGN Favoured for its hand-printed processes and breathtaking designs, home-grown brand Esmie harnesses its appreciation for traditional Japanese aesthetics with the Flying Cranes diary; £25. libertylondon.com

MAD HATTER With a hat a near-permanent feature of any outfit during January, we’re favouring the neutral grey of this Lipsy for Next number; £14. next.co.uk

FOOT WORKS Designed for wear in the city, Moncler’s Patty boots are a year-round timeless accessory to wear with a minimalist or sporty outfit; £480. harveynichols.com

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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

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Dick Whittington Until 6 January LY R I C H A M M E R S M I T H Join the Lyric as it celebrates the 10th anniversary year of its Hammersmith Pantomime season. This year, the curtain calls for Dick Whittington which will feature the usual mix of live music, crazy characters, awesome adventure, singing, dancing, villainous baddies and heroic goodies with a little bit of feline flavour thrown in for good measure. Lyric Square, King Street, W6; lyric.co.uk

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HANSEL & GRETAL U NTI L 6 JA NUA RY • ROS E TH EATRE KIN GSTON

Rose Theatre Kingston puts an innovative twist on a much-loved Brothers Grimm fairytale. When young Hansel and Gretal are offered an escape from their little town of Freiburg, they know nothing of the dangers that await them in the forest. Battling magical beasts and enlisting a crew of fairytale bandits, Hansel and Gretal must race to save their town from the witches curse. 24-26 High Street, Kingston, KT1; rosetheatrekingston.org

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Babylon From 4 February B U S H T H E AT R E Babylon is a fantastic two-week celebration of contemporary global influences on British culture. Expect music, queer cabaret, live podcasts and workshops. Week two sees the world premiere of BABYLON: Beyond Borders, an international collaboration between four theatres exploring themes of land, exile, migration and language. 7 Uxbridge Road, W12; bushtheatre.co.uk

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CULTURE • TALKING TOPICS

T H E AT R E

ABSENT FRIENDS Until 5 January Q U E S T O R S T H E AT R E After Colin’s fiancé passes away, his estranged friends organise a gathering to cheer him up. The gang do their best to console their friend but dodgy deals, extramarital affairs, trivial illness and a paper towel holder all hinder the group as the cracks in their friendships begin to appear. Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s 1975 piece of masterful dark comedy is a bittersweet, hysterical look at love, friendship and the realisation of middle age. 12 Mattock Lane, Ealing, W5; questors.org.uk

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TOWN C E L E B R AT I O N

BURNS NIGHT IN LONDON 5 January VA R I O U S L O C AT I O N S Eat, drink and dance to celebrate the life and work of Scotland’s national bard. From poetry readings and slap-up dinners to traditional dancing and whisky toasts, the capital’s restaurants and bars are going all out for Burns Night.

T H E AT R E

THE DOUBLE DEALER

This Month’s Must See

Until 26 January O R A N G E T R E E T H E AT R E When a marriage is arranged between Cynthia and Mellefont all should be smooth sailing, but in the wake of a house party on a sultry autumn evening, the young couple must contend with the jealousies, vanities and vagaries of a host of brilliantly-drawn characters. Above all, they must overcome the Machiavellian machinations of Maskell the eponymous Double Dealer. 1 Clarence Street, Richmond, TW9; orangetreetheatre.co.uk

E XHI B I TI ON

CATS ON THE PAGE

STIG OF THE DUMP

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hen Barney, a day-dreaming eight-year-old falls into a chalk pit he discovers Stig, a modern-day caveman living in a rubbish dump. Thrills and fun abound as they embark on an original fantasy journey. With a soaring musical score and an abundance of action, Stig of the Dump is an enchanting winter production for the whole family.

Ongoing BRITISH LIBRARY In this unmissable offering for families, cats and their capers are celebrated in rhymes and stories familiar to us from childhood. Whether raising a smile, solving a crime, wreaking magical havoc or even performing in theatre, cats take centre stage in this free exhibition. 96 Euston Road, NW1; bl.uk.

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LONDON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 11-20 January VA R I O U S L O C AT I O N S Enjoy short film screenings, discover emerging talent and attend industry events as the London Short Film Festival returns for 2019. Now in its 16th year, this celebration of short films showcases the best in the industry. Various locations; shortfilms.org.uk

2 Bath Road, W4; tabardtheatre.co.uk

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ROUND UP

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

MUST SEE

Rumpelstiltskin ★★★★★ Until 6 January

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In its UK premiere, this beloved family fairy tale is reimagined with lashings of magical mayhem and unmissable music. Rumpelstiltskin is a ground-breaking theatrical spectacle that is anything but traditional.Expect visually stunning costumes, a modern set and largerthan-life characters. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1; southbankcentre.co.uk

By H E L E N B R O W N

Switzerland ★★★★★

Until 5 January AMBASSADORS THEATRE

It’s 1995 in the Swiss Alps. Patricia Highsmith, the queen of the thriller, now ageing and ailing, hides away in her study, surrounded by her books and her cats. A polished young man turns up to persuade the great writer to pen one final instalment of her best-selling series, but it soon becomes clear that the charming stranger is set on a far more sinister mission. West Street, WC2H; theambassadorstheatre.co.uk

Summer & Smoke ★★★★★

Until 19 January

SUMMER & SMOKE

Circus 1903 ★★★★★

DU K E O F YO RK’ S TH E ATR E

Until 5 January

Trapped between desire and a life of obligation, Alma meets John and her would turns upside down. With cleverly stripped-back staging and themes of love, loneliness and self-destruction, Rebecca Frecknall’s exquisite production of Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke transfers to Duke of York’s Theatre. St Martin’s Lane, WC2N; summerandsmoke.co.uk

ROYA L F E STI VAL HALL

Rosenbaum’s Rescue

Experience thrills and daredevil entertainment as Circus 1903 makes its European premiere. Expect sensational puppetry from the award-winning team behind War Horse, jaw-dropping and dangerous acts, high wire performers and more. This show transports audiences of all ages to the mesmerising Golden Age of circus. Belvedere Road, SE1; southbankcentre.co.uk

★★★★★

From 9 January PAR K TH E ATRE

In the October of 1943, seven and a half thousand Jews flee Denmark in fishermen’s boats, crossing the water to Sweden and to safety from the Nazi regime. Armed with a new perspective and information unavailable at the time, this miracle rescue is re-examined for a modern audience in Rosenbaum's Rescue. Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, N4; parktheatre.co.uk

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ABSOLUTELY reviews…

Uncle Vanya Chekhov returns to the Hampstead Theatre B y D O N N A M AC A F F E R T Y

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erry Johnson's modern rewrite of this Chekhov classic is an aesthetically beautiful play with touching moments. Johnson presents us with a play brimming with beautiful moments, superb acerbic wit and real honesty. Quite refreshing for a piece that is regular in any Chekhov programming. The crowning glory of the show is the authenticity of the actors, with a stand-out performance from Alan Cox as Vanya. Set in 1890s Russia, Uncle Vanya amplifies a multitude of themes and topics that are still relevant today. It opens with a delicate atmosphere where we instantly get a feel for the secluded country estate life the characters are inhabiting. Beautifully created by designer Tim Shorthall,

These characters are longing for lives they cannot achieve the forest slowly encroaching upon the elegantly decorated wooden house gives the viewer a sense that the characters, as well as the estate, are returning to their raw, crueler selves. Serebriakov, the owner of the country estate and a well-educated professor who enjoys writing philosophical ramblings, is married to Yeliena, a beautiful woman a great deal younger than himself. Yeliena finds herself stuck in a love triangle and wonders about the choices she has made in life. “My entire life could occur without me in it” she ponders at one point. Astrov the local doctor, who is coming to

terms with his age, speaks passionately about saving the forests and the impact this has on the future generations. Existential themes persist, questioning time, death and purpose throughout. The play is full of beautiful motifs, some very subtle and fragmented much like the lives of the characters themselves. Reflecting the environment they are in, the characters are quite melancholic and all longing for a life they cannot achieve living. Points of great sorrow are contrasted by many wonderful touching moments such as Marina the witty Nan sharing a peaceful moment knitting with Telyeghin, a gentle soul who often holds his guitar close to him. The connection between them is powerful and yet they are simply enjoying their final stages of life. Cox’s performance throughout is extraordinary, especially as Vanya’s journey progresses from broken man dealing with harrowing regret to him finding the strength to endure what life has yet to put on his path. Sonia his niece played by Alice Bailey Johnson, is a very truthful, intimate yet strong woman of her time. Sonia, like her uncle, is longing for companionship and dreams of the afterlife proving to be in their case, a much more enjoyable experience.

VERDICT

Aesthetically beautiful and touching ★★★★★ U N C L E VA N YA UNTIL 12 JANUARY Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, NW3;

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SOFT CENTRE MANDKHAI

Mandkhai cashmere is underpinned with complete control of the supply chain from free roaming goats on the plains of Mongolia through the dyeing process and creation of yarn to the making of the garment in the brand’s very own factory. mandkhai.com

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Q&A

Wool WO R KS Orwell + Austen’s contemporary cashmere is top of our Christmas lists this year. Absolutely quizzes founder Jessica Schuhle-Lewis Wo r d s PENDLE HARTE

Q How did Orwell & Austen come about? A The brand started five years ago, just

before I turned 30. I was working as a lawyer in the city, in a job I hated. Long hours, zero creativity, and a general feeling of dissatisfaction. I always loved designing (in what little spare time I had), and had wanted a career in fashion, but knew I didn’t have the qualifications needed to move from law. So I decided to set up my own thing. At the time cashmere tended to come in plain neutral shades only, and fun, vibrant knitwear was often made from cheap man made materials. I decided I wanted to produce playful, vibrant pieces using luxurious fabrics. I ran it alongside law work, so I could self-fund the brand. If it worked, then I would I have my dream job, and if it didn’t, I would have gained a lot of skills (in design, manufacturing, marketing, logistics, social media, marketing), that I could hopefully use to get a design job with someone else, and leave law behind. Luckily, it worked.

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SLOGAN SWEATERS

that they would resonate with people. They launched a couple of years ago, are based on David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane album cover, and are a consistent best seller. As part of our core collection, they never go into sale, and each year we bring out some new colours. We’ve also had an amazing response to our ‘Love’ sweaters, and have a feeling our new DISCO design will be a big hit. That one is getting a lot of instagram love, and has a long waitlist. Q Who are your favourite designers? A When it comes to clothes, being a mum of

Our pieces are made in Nepal, which is the home of artisanal cashmere

met Kat at a number of events, and the idea for a collaboration grew from there. The sweater is a slogan sweater, with stripe cuff detailing and the slogan ‘True Colours’. The sweater is inspired by one of Kat’s favourite songs, which reminds her of her son who has Asperger’s. We worked closely with Kat to design something that she would love to wear, and be her go to sweater. We have six bold colour-ways available to buy through our website. We will be donating a percentage of our profits to The National Autistic Society, a charity chosen by Kat. Kat will also be donating her share of the profits to the charity. We hope it becomes a new classic. Q What are your best-selling styles? A Our lightning bolt sweaters have been

a huge hit. I knew when I designed them

two small children, I like practicality. I live in jeans and sweaters. Handbags are my great weakness. I love Anya Hindmarch, Hill & Friends (both of whom made fun, playful, practical pieces), Chloe, and Gucci (who are making amazing handbags and ready to wear at the moment). Rixo for dresses, Air & Grace (who we share a sales agent with) for the comfiest trainers, and places like Arket, APC or Sunspel for basics. Q What’s next for Orwell & Austen? A We are working ahead on new designs

for next year, and will be dropping more styles that are exclusive to our online store. We are expanding our t-shirt range, and introducing printed 100% organic cotton sweaters, to complement our cashmere and fine wool pieces. We would also love to start doing children’s and men’s versions of some of our most popular designs, and are looking into a range of homeware pieces. So lots going on! orwellausten.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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Signs & Stones Celebrate your sign this year with our roundup of zodiac jewels & birth stones

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IPPOLITA

February sterling silver and amethyst birthstone charm, £60.00 selfridges.com

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Lollipop 18-karat gold amethyst earrings, £630

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HIT THE BARRE BARRECORE Barre-based exercise is on the rise thanks to its ability to deliver the svelte limbs and impeccable posture of a dancer. Read our review of leading studio, Barrecore, on page 37. barrecore.co.uk

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BEAUTY NOTES

Skin scrubs, sultry new scents and a skin palette with a difference B y H E L E N B R OW N

FITNESS REVIEW

Barrecore

GENDER NEUTRAL

Drop the HIIT and head to the barre

J E C CA M A K E - U P

The first product from cool, new brand Jecca Make-Up is a genderneutral, oil-free, matt Correct & Conceal palette, available in two shades (light and medium). Founder and make-up artist, Jessica Blacker, says: “Make-up has no gender. At Jecca we overlook gender and celebrate individuality.”£20;

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MORNING BREW

EDITOR’S PICK

I S L A A P OT H E CA RY

Isla Apothecary’s Coffee + Cinnamon Body Polish takes advantage of the natural benefits of green coffee oil. It’s full of linoleic acid and vitamin E, which boost cell-turnover, tighten and smooth, as well as protect against free radicals. £34; islaapothecary.com

SEASON OF SCENT J O M A LO N E LO N D O N

This month sees purveyor of heavenly scents, Jo Malone London, add a new fragrance to the Cologne Intense collection. Bronze Wood & Leather is smoky and warm with vibrant juniper, fresh grapefruit and a mysterious twist of vetiver to evoke the scent of sultry leather encased in wood. From £75;

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ith a fan base comprising Jourdan Dunn, Poppy Delevingne, Darcey Bussell and a troop of Victoria’s Secret angels, it’s no wonder that barrebased classes made serious waves in the world of wellness last year, with the trend looking set to stay long into 2019. The workout is built around a series of small repetitive movements designed to improve posture, lengthen and strengthen muscles and increase flexibility. Sold by the many benefits, I head to leading studio, Barrecore to try it out. Having been a longtime adherent of HIIT and classes focused on explosive, compound movements, the isometric exercises and tiny motions of barre take some getting used to. Minimal movement and pulses burn out the muscles at a specific joint, working to lift, tighten and strengthen without straining the joints. My muscles burn in a way I am not used to and I leave each class with wobbly limbs and a lightness that only comes after a vigorous massage. The end of each workout also brings on an overwhelming tiredness and I spend the last few minutes stretching and trying to conceal yawns. I think this comes as the tension of a long day at work is released; it feels incredibly satisfying. Pair this with Barrecore’s enthusiastic instructors and slick studios, it’s easy to see why the workout becomes addictive. BARRECORE Various locations around London

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EDITOR’S PICK

IMAGE SKINCARE Hydrating recovery mask, £9 each imageskincare.co.uk

JURLIQUE Signature Serum, £55 jurlique.co.uk

ORIGINS Drink Up 10 Minute Mask, £27 origins.co.uk

VOTARY Super Seed Facial Oil, £70 votary.co.uk

MARIO BADESCU Silver Powder, £12 urbanoutfitters.com

ALGENIST ALIVE Prebiotic Moisturiser, £40 spacenk.com

SISTER & CO Instant Moisture Mist, £22 sisterandcoskinfood.co.uk

CLEAR WINNERS PREVISE Hydrating Skin Cleanser, £32 wolfandbadger.co.uk

Look fresh-faced this January with these skincare solutions B y PENDLE HARTE

ORGANIC YOUNG BY GREEN PEOPLE My Skin Goals, £30 greenpeople.co.uk

CAUDALIE AESOP XDamascan Rose Facial Treatment, £51 aesop.com

Vinopure collection, from £18 uk.caudalie.com

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FIXES Essential treatments for a whole new you in 2019 B y H E L E N B R OW N & P E N D L E H A R T E

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● Stil is the successful salon run by stylish Swedish-born Christel Lundqvist, whose eye for colour is famed. When she’s not styling fashion shoots or considering possible sites for more salons, she can be booked to cast her magic over your hair: for me she recommended her newlyinvented Prism Lights method, which is neither highlights not balayage exactly, but a subtler, light-reflecting touch of colour that’s designed to restore brightness and vibrancy. Christel hand-paints strands of lighter colour through my locks, aiming to create a halo of light around my face. The results? Shiny, bouncy hair with renewed vigour and brightness. Exactly right for a new year revamp. 2A Chepstow Road, W2; stil-salon.com

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● Cowshed's lovely Clarendon Road site is a beautiful spot on a sunny day. Windows on both sides of this corner building make it a light-filled space and though small, it's cosy and filled with the sounds of coffee-making and chat. I am here for an Ultimate Manicure, which is a much-needed treatment for my dry, flaky hands. My cuticles are ragged and my nails unloved. This is a lengthy treatment that takes in a hand scrub and a moisture masque as well as an

aromatherapy head massage. I sit back in my armchair and enjoy the calm while my hands take on a revived look. More than an hour later I emerge with impossibly shiny and neat nails painted in an elegant dark grey, with my hands feeling softer and looking entirely revitalised. The kind and competant therapist recommended fortnightly manicures to combat my dry skin; I am going to keep coming back here as often as possible. cowshed.com

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HAIR CONDITION GA SA LON

● Gennaro Dell’Aquila is an awardwinning stylist who pioneered his own 100% natural, plant-based hair colouring treatment. It begins with a wash and a heavenly head-massage. Next comes the colour, a herbal infusion which Gennaro mixes with hot water to form a substance that looks not unlike a traditional dye, but without the acrid smell of ammonia. The recipe is bespoke for all, mine is a blend of chamomile, rhubarb, cassia and henna for a rich chocolate brown. This is applied to the roots as is, but then Gennaro adds a pot of yoghurt yes, really - and works from midway to tips. This added dose of protein helps mend damaged ends. This is left to work its magic under a heat lamp for 20 minutes before my fabulous new look is unveiled. I leave smug in the knowledge that I’ve achieved it without compromising the health of my hair. gennarodellaquila.co.uk

PHARMACY

HEALTH

● Winter months do nothing for a glowing complexion. With skin dryer than it’s been in a long time, I book in for the Agera Oxy Bright Facial. Designed to remedy ailing winter skin, it's an oxygen-generating enhancement treatment that promises to banish dull, lack-lustre complexions. It begins with a discussion between me and the therapist about my current skin care regime – minimal – and problem areas – enlarged pores around the t-zone. Next comes a thorough cleanse and a two-step Microderma Crystal System with Vitamin C crystals and an activating gel to gently buff away old skin for a smooth, radiant complexion. The products feel lovely - especially a peptide serum that promises improved collagen and elastin production. As I leave the salon my skin feels squeaky clean and has a definite glow; the texture is smooth, plump and dewy for many days after. edenskinclinic.co.uk

T H E O R GA N I C P H A R M ACY

● The Organic Pharmacy now offers a half-hour Express Health Assessment. A BioEnergetic device scans the body and outputs profiles on adrenal function, serotonin, immune function, hydration and pH level – as well as levels of systemic toxicity. A full assessment also audits vitamin and mineral deficiencies, organ function, hormone balance, viruses, bacteria, fungus, parasites, digestive disorders and food intolerance. My adrenal function was low, which didn’t shock me, but I was surprised to see low hydration levels. I’m advised the quality of water is important, even in hot drinks; heavy metals can block the uptake of minerals. Positive news is my immune function is good. I was prescribed holy basil for stress, calcium and magnesium to improve sleep, and Omega 3/6. And also provided with a list of natural cleansers, as well as important vitamins and minerals. theorganicpharmacy.com

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This machine delivers results in 14 minutes. And once you’re on, it’s pretty addictive

Home is where the health is Fitness Superstore is here to get your New Year off to a flying start with the latest in must-have fitness equipment

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ith 10 showrooms, including one in Frimley, we house an unrivalled product range that’s perfect for both fitness newbies and experienced exercisers. Featuring everything from treadmills, cross trainers and exercise bikes, to the full strength-training spectrum including multi-gyms, power cages and weights, you’ll find equipment you can’t buy anywhere else in the UK. Offering a premium service from start to finish, we pride ourselves on providing an unbeatable shopping experience. Every

customer is greeted in-store by our expert staff members, who strive to ascertain your goals and requirements before helping you select the right equipment that supports you and your training. Want to give a machine a test-run before you part with your well-earned money? No problem – all the products on display are available to try before you buy, so you know in confidence that you are making the best choice for you. One of these products, is the Bowflex MAX Trainer. Now, as we all know, New Year’s resolutions can be hard to stick to – but what if we said that with the MAX Trainer, you only had to dedicate 14 minutes a day? Combining the power of an elliptical and

a stepper, this machine delivers results in under a quarter of an hour. And once you’re on, it’s pretty addictive. Why? Because it’s a fun, motivational machine that provides you with not just quick results, but MAX results. Blitzing 2.5 times more calories than any other cardio machine, and engaging 80% more upper body muscles, you get the same results you’d get in 35-45 minutes on a treadmill in less than half the time. What's more, the MAX Trainer is easier on your joints than a treadmill, meaning it’s the perfect introduction to fitness for beginners. There are three models – the M3, M5 and the M7 – and they all feature the innovative 14-minute MAX Interval™ Workout. Intervals are proven to scorch more calories than steady pace exercise by getting your heart rate right up for energetic bursts between short recovery times. Not only is it incredibly effective, but it’s far more motivating than a long slog on a treadmill or elliptical trainer. We know that feeling motivated can be a struggle, but the beauty of 14 minutes is just that – it’s only 14 minutes! Made for working out at home, the MAX Trainer is compact and will fit pretty much anywhere, meaning you can get fit from the comfort of your own home – it really is the ultimate fitness resolution companion. Exclusive to Fitness Superstore, you can experience the MAX Trainer for yourself at our store on Frimley High Street- we look forward to seeing you soon. F I T N E S S S U P E R S TO R E 30-32 Frimley High St, Frimley, Camberley GU16 7JD; 01276 818542 fitness-superstore.co.uk

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Club

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The Hogarth Club is offering more than ever before

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hiswick’s best kept secret? For almost 30 years The Hogarth Club has tailored to the needs of those looking for a place to improve all aspects of their general health, fitness and wellbeing. Five one-on-one personal training sessions are provided as part of the membership in your first month and one session every month thereafter. Their highly qualified and experienced personal trainers will create a programme specific to your needs, be it losing weight, building muscle or getting fit. Although it's been around for a while, the Hogarth Club is at the forefront of new training technology. They are constantly evolving and incorporating the newest developments from the world of fitness. In the gymnasium there’s the Technogym Wellness System with Wellness on the Go App. Try a group cycling session using brand new Keiser M3i spin bikes linked via bluetooth for a group cycle class with instant and motivating feedback to push you to your personal best . Or try a HIIT session in the HIIT studio where an instructor will guide you through a session on the specialist equipment. Prefer to do classes? There are over 100 classes every week taught by experienced instructors with no requirement to book in advance. Keen for a hit rather than HIIT? Make use of the tennis and squash courts. You can play with a partner or if you are looking to improve your technique, you can book in to one of ten group tennis lessons every week

“A beautiful indoor and outdoor space for members to unwind, recharge and refuel” with a qualified pro. For those who like the fun of competition, join the members squash ladder or sign up for a tennis tournament. Post-workout, relax on one of Hogarth's heated ceramic pool loungers and take a dip in the mood lit pool. Unwind after the pool with a visit to the eucalyptus steam room, bubbling spa or traditional wooden saunas. Need a space to get things done? There’s a beautiful indoor and outdoor space for members to unwind, recharge and refuel

thanks to Crucial Café serving nutritious and delicious meals caringly crafted by qualified nutritionist Ruth Wood. Crucial also provide detox packages; email mailus@crucialfood.com. Feel free to bring in your friends and family as the café is open to members of the public. Looking for something social? There are exclusive members parties ranging from Casino nights to live music. If you’re looking for somewhere to host your next work event, birthday party or celebration, venue hire is available for members and non-members. The flexible space allows you to make use of the beautiful garden with its scenic fire pit and outdoor bar, or stay indoors in the Airedale bar area. The Hogarth is a private members club but there are a number of services for non-members to enjoy, most notably in the award-winning Hogarth MediSpa. As well as massage, facials and other beauty therapy treatments, the club offers an array of medical and cosmetic treatments - some of which are governed by the Care Quality Commission. For those who’d like try the club, they have day visits available where you can purchase one day flexible visits to get a sense of what it’s like to be a member. These can be training or relaxation focused, and of course there's plenty of opportunity to add in a luxurious treatment. H O GA R T H C LU B For further information call on 020 8108 7209 or send an email to enquires@thehogarth.co.uk.

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ABSOLUTELY • PROMOTION

Squad

GOALS

Transform your physique with f45, the ultimate functional group workout

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iscover the latest cult Group Fitness Training phenomenon from Australia that will leave you feeling leaner, stronger and fitter than you ever imagined. F45, short for Functional 45, is the ultimate high-intensity, circuit-based group training concept, which offers a wide range of unique themed classes which will challenge and motivate you, and keep you coming back for more. Following its unbridled success in Australia, F45 is now the fastest growing fitness franchise concept in the world which is set to take the UK fitness scene by storm. The launch of F45 Ravenscourt Park, 150

King Street, is further supporting demand for this revolutionary fitness concept. Setting the benchmark in fitness and functional training, F45’s leading fitness experts have designed an extensive range of 30 unique cardio- and resistance-based training programmes, challenging you to mix up your weekly workout routine and reach your fitness goals. Sessions are 45 minutes long and fast-paced, burning up to 820 calories and pushing you to your maximum, with constant support and guidance from the world- class F45 coaches. Sessions are carried out using the latest innovation in fitness-based technology for enhanced motivation and measurement, with screens strategically placed overhead, illustrating each exercise, as well as a

“F45 programmes are designed to provide a resultdriven full-body workout” countdown to your rest period as you move along the circuit. Sessions are challenging yet fun, and never the same due to the infectious enthusiasm and dedication of the F45 coaches and the dynamic and supportive team environment. F45 programmes are specifically designed to provide a functional resultsdriven, full-body workout whilst also improving energy levels, metabolic rate, strength and endurance. Choose from a variety of themed classes including “Romans Resistance”, which combines resistance and functional movement training to create toned, lean muscles and the “Hollywood” workout, which features 27 demanding stations of HIIT circuits to upbeat tunes from a live DJ. Classes are suitable for all regardless of age and fitness levels, enabling you to workout at your own pace as you challenge yourself and progress to reach you own goals. Join the loyal F45 squad and kick start your health and fitness transformation today. Feel the adrenaline rush of a high intensity workout, alongside a team of likeminded individuals to ensure you achieve fast, effective results. f45training.co.uk/ravenscourtpark

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FITNESS NOTES By H E L E N B R O W N

POINT ZERO ZERO ONE

The activewear brand to know now WHAT IS IT? tyle meets functionality in new brand, Point Zero Zero One which recently launched with a range of premium, functional sport and athleisure pieces for men and women. The sports performance range comprises bra tops, leggings, men’s tights, functional t-shirts and vests, while leisure pieces include hoodies, sweatshirts and lightweight jackets.

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WHY IS IT FOR YOU? oint Zero Zero One pivots around quality design and everything has been thought out down to the tiniest technical detail. Created in partnership with design studio IID, the brand fuses quality technical fabrics with style and detailing for overall comfort and performance.

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WHAT’S DIFFERENT ABOUT IT? he brand palette is purposefully monochrome so that it can be mixed, matched and layered no matter what your activity. Point Zero Zero One has fussed over over the smallest details to create garments you’ll want to wear again and again.

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NEW FITNESS TRENDS FOR 2019 From at-home fitness to 20-minute training, there’s lots to look forward to from the world of wellness. By H E L E N B R O W N

STREAMING FITNESS CONTENT

ROWING GOES MAINSTREAM

With Netflix, Amazon and Apple TV more popular than ever, it’s no surprise that the rise in streaming services has reached the wellness industry. Autumn 2018 saw Peloton arrive in the UK, the New Yorkbased fitness phenomenon that took spinning to dizzying new heights. These high-tech, at-home spinning bikes are equipped with a 22-inch HD that let you tune in and experience all of the action and adrenalin of 14 daily live and 8000+ on demand-classes - from your living room. Others getting on board with the trend include Fiit. TV’s influencer led fitness platform and Mirror, the interactive home mirror which tracks and corrects your workouts. Get fit without even leaving your house.

Last year saw a boom in indoor rowing, which is expected to continue into 2019 as the wellness industry continues to recognise the power and efficiency of it as the ultimate full-body workout. Research by British Rowing states that the activity utilises 85% of the body’s muscles across nine major

muscle groups. Running on the other hand, only targets five major muscle groups. Recognising a gap in the market, personal trainer Chris Heron launched the first integrated rowing studio in the UK in November 2018, The Engine Room, and a number of others are set to pop up in the capital throughout 2019.

GAMIFICATION OF FITNESS Gamification is becoming increasingly prominent in the fitness world, favoured by personal trainers for its ability to provide a more socially connected and motivating workout. It works by tapping into your dopamine neurotransmitter which controls your brain’s reward and pleasure centre. More and more prominent are studios fitted with large screens to run a variety of classes, from sunrise spinning to group competitions. Classes can include features such as realtime ranking and race highlights, individual racer profiles and immersive backgrounds for activity.

HIIT FUSION 2018 saw an outburst of HIIT classes designed to get you working at your maximum intensity for short, explosive intervals. For 2019, a mix of flexibility-based fitness classes will incorporate the principles of HIIT for an all-round workout that will test strength and endurance in one session. The HIIT element burns fat and boosts the metabolism quickly, while practises from pilates, yoga and barre increase flexibility, strengthen all major muscle groups and de-stress. You’ll be getting the benefits from each technique in one routine.

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FOOD & DRINK

GARDEN OF DELIGHTS SOANE’S KITCHEN

Soane's Kitchen has a lovely locatoin in Walpole Park, within Pitzhanger Manor’s original walled kitchen garden. Escape the City and enjoy seasonal and heartening dishes from their all-day menu. soaneskitchen.co.uk

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GRAPE news

TASTING NOTES

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

Wine recommendations for the month By BERRY BROS. & RUDD

2011 Ch. du Pavillon, Canon-Fronsacu  £19.95 A full bodied red with a rich bouquet and velvety texture. After six years in bottle (following a year’s barrel-ageing), it remains fresh, but has developed enticing leathery aromas. Ideal with hearty casseroles to warm you during dark January days.

2016 Berry Bros. & Rudd Mosel Riesling Kabinett, Selbach-Oster  £10.25 This off-dry Riesling is made from grapes grown on the slate-rich slopes of the beautiful Middle Mosel. Strikingly approachable this crisp, fresh white wine has a searing acidity at its core with lime and floral notes.

2016 Mâcon-MillyLamartine, Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon  £22.95 A delightfully pure and mineral white wine. Its aromas lean more towards ripe citrus (grapefruit) than stone fruit, and are altogether more grown-up, with smoke, a chewy texture and promising youthful bitterness on the finish. 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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CHEFS in RESIDENCE CA R O U S E L

Carousel has treats in store for us this January. Chantelle Nicholson, champion of plant-based cooking and vocal ambassador for the food waste movement, takes residency from the 3rd-5th. Then, Romy Gill from the 8th-12th: we’re looking forward to her tamarind spiced octopus. Finally, Matt Ravencroft celebrates Mexican food from the 15th-19th 71 Blandford St, W1U 8AB carousel-london.com

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FOOD & DRINK• NOTES Our pick of the best

DESK-DELIVERY LUNCHES

FA R M E R J

Light fantastic

Known for bringing the best of the fields to the city, Farmer J's fieldtrays make for a stellar lunch, comprised of a base, a main, two sides and a sauce. For a failsafe combo try brown rice, charred flank steak, grilled broccoli and farmer’s salad, all served alongside a tasty red pepper sauce. farmerj.com

BRASSERIE OF LIGHT

A true destination restaurant if there ever was one, Selfridges's Brasserie of Light boasts a 24-foot crystal-encrusted Pegasus statue by Damien Hirst. An eclectic mix of British and internationally inspired dishes is on offer, alongside extensive wines and cocktails. A suitable antidote to sales madness. Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB brasserie-of-light.co.uk

WALLED IN SOANE'S KITCHEN

Weave your way among raised wooden beds in Pitzhanger Manor’s walled garden to find Soane’s Kitchen: an inviting, bright, light and glassy allday-dining restauarnt brought to us from the team behind Social Pantry. The food is as picture-perfect as its setting: think seabass with samphire. Walpole Park, Mattock Ln, W5 5BE soaneskitchen.co.uk

BY R U BY Freezing food is the most efficient way to preserve nutritional content without using any scary additives. By Ruby is available nationwide and uses packaging made from sheep’s wool: recyclable and biodegradable. Firm meal favourites include the black bean chilli, Keralan vegetable curry and the comforting fish pie. byruby.co.uk

SHISH KEBAB BERENJAK

Love local CHARLOTTE’S BISTRO

K A R M A CA N S

Little sister to the longstanding Charlotte’s Place in Ealing, Charlotte's Bistro is the less formal outpost. The food is strictly seasonal, so for those whose jeans are feeling a little snug post-Christmas, the nutritious menu will restore a sense of health and balance. And for those feeling the January blues, the cocktail bar welcomes you with open arms. 6 Turnham Green Terrace, W4 1QP bistro.charlottes.co.uk

Just as karma aims to balance good and bad actions, so do Karma Cans balance delicious meals and highly nutritious ingredients. That means protein, lots of greens, healthy fats and wholegrains. Their menu changes weekly, and we can’t wait for wasabi cured salmon during January. karmacans.co.uk

Part of the new wave of shish-based eateries, Berenjak is reinterpreting the classic hole-in-the-wall kebab houses of Tehran. Start with the Mazeh and finish with a baklava icecream sandwich. 27 Romilly St, W1D 5AL berenjacklondon.com

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his falls somewhere between a soup, a curry and a brothy ramen bowl. With ginger, chilli and garlic flavours it often hits the spot when I’m looking for something that I can slurp a big bowl of without it weighing me down.

FOR TH E B ROTH • 2 teaspoons avocado oil • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped or grated • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger • 1 x 400-g/14-oz. can coconut milk (I use full fat) • 2 tablespoons tamari • 120 ml/1⁄2 cup water or vegetable stock/ broth • 1⁄4 teaspoon chilli flakes/hot red pepper flakes (optional)

ADD-INS • 120-170 g/4-6 oz. soba noodles • 1 courgette/zucchini, peeled or spiralized into noodles or cut into julienne • 1 carrot, spiralized into noodles or cut into julienne • 130 g/1 cup shelled frozen edamame beans, thawed

METHOD 1 Cook the soba noodles in boiling water according to the package instructions. (The 100% buckwheat soba noodles I use usually take about 8 minutes.) 2 While the soba noodles are cooking, heat the avocado oil in a large saucepan or high-sided frying pan/skillet over a medium-high heat. Add the garlic and ginger and let them sizzle for about 30–60 seconds until fragrant, but not browning. 3 Add the coconut milk and tamari and stir. Add the water or vegetable stock/broth and chilli flakes/hot red pepper flakes (if using). 4 Bring to a simmer, then stir in the courgette/zucchini, carrot and edamame beans and let everything warm through for about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. 5 Divide the cooked soba noodles between bowls and pour the hot broth and veggies over to serve.

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inter can be rough on us veggie lovers, when farm fresh tomatoes and juicy stone fruit seem another world away. Here’s a bowl that celebrates cold weather produce and perks it up with a tasty lemon and olive chermoula and crunchy toasted walnuts.

INGREDIENTS • 130 g/3⁄4 cup wild rice • 1 acorn squash, sliced in half and seeds removed, then sliced into thin half-moons • 1 red onion, cut into 1.5-cm/ 1⁄2-inch wedges • 1–2 tablespoons avocado or olive oil • 300 g/3 cups Brussels sprouts, woody bases and outer leaves removed, then thinly sliced (so you get ribbons of Brussels sprouts leaves) • 2 big handfuls of baby rocket/ arugula or spinach • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

• Chermoula (see page 26), to serve • 50 g/1⁄3 cup toasted walnuts, roughly chopped, to serve • a roasting pan, oiled

METHOD 1 Preheat the oven to 220°C (425°F) Gas 7. In a medium saucepan, combine the wild rice with 350 ml/11⁄2 cups of water. Cover with a lid and bring to a boil. Add a pinch of salt, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for about 40 minutes, or according to the package instructions, until the rice is cooked. 2 Meanwhile, arrange the squash and onion in the prepared roasting pan. Roast in the preheated oven for about 25– 30 minutes, rotating the pan and flipping the veg half-way through. 3 Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large saucepan or a frying pan/skillet with high sides over a mediumhigh heat. Add the shredded Brussels sprouts and sprinkle with a good pinch of salt. Cook, stirring a few times, for about 5 minutes until the sprouts are softened; they should be mostly bright green but golden in places. Stir in the rocket/arugula or spinach and remove from the heat. Taste and add salt and pepper as desired. 4 To assemble the bowls, start with a scoop of rice and top with lots of Brussels sprouts, roasted squash and red onion. Add a generous drizzle of chermoula and walnuts to finish.

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“Big bowls of plant-based goodness containing grains, veggies and legumes” CHICKPEA & CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES Makes about 12

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hese chewy and chocolatey cookies are the dessert I always want on- hand. They get their great texture from coconut oil, have just the right amount of sweetness, and use protein-rich chickpea (gram) flour, which leaves me feeling truly satisfied.

INGREDIENTS • 2 tablespoons ground chia seeds • 120 ml/1⁄2 cup gently melted coconut oil • 100 g/1⁄2 cup coconut sugar or soft light brown sugar • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • 185 g/11⁄2 cups chickpea (gram) flour • 1 teaspoon baking powder • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt • 50 g/1⁄3 cup dark/bittersweet vegan chocolate chips or roughly chopped chocolate • flaky sea salt, for sprinkling on top (optional) • baking sheet, lined with baking parchment

METHOD 1 In a large bowl, combine the ground chia seeds with 6 tablespoons of water and whisk to combine; this should form a gel-like consistency. 2 Add the melted coconut oil to the bowl with the chia seeds, along with the sugar and vanilla. Whisk with a hand-held electric whisk until well combined. 3 In a separate medium bowl, combine the chickpea (gram) flour, baking powder and salt. Add these dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix to combine everything using a rubber spatula. (Your cookie batter will be slightly wetter than a typical cookie batter, but don’t worry.) Stir in the chocolate chips until evenly dispersed.

Place the batter in the fridge to firm up for 30–60 minutes. 4 Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) Gas 4. 5 Scoop the chilled mixture into ping pong-sized balls, using a spoon, and space evenly apart on the prepared baking sheet. Press each cookie gently using a piece of baking parchment and your hand to flatten them slightly. Sprinkle each cookie with a small pinch of sea salt (if using). 6 Bake in the preheated oven for 11–12 minutes (if they look a little underdone, that’s okay). Remove from the oven and leave to cool on the baking sheet for 5–10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool fully. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Recipes taken from First-time Vegan by Leah Vanderveldt, published by Ryland Peters & Small

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Michael Nadra

Chiswick’s best kept secret Book your Christmas party now New great value Express Lunch & Early Dinner Menu A la Carte & 6 Course Tasting Menu Extensive Wine List Vegan / Vegetarian Party Bookings

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ABSOLUTELY eats out…

“Each flavour shines through... it takes real skill to get this dish right”

Michael Nadra An intimate and friendly culinary gem in the heart of Chiswick

FOOD Seasonal British classics cooked with a contemporary twist

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estaurant Michael Nadra is an intimate spot sitting just off Chiswick High Road. We settle into its pastel velour banquette seats and sip champagne before deciding on the six-course tasting menu with wine pairing. Michael confesses to being his own sommelier - and what a talent he has for it; the wine pairings make the dishes sing. Our first delicious course is a plate of silky smooth scallops and squid, perfectly cooked with creamy broccoli and cauliflower and counterpointed by a smoked paprika dressing.

This is followed by the rich and gutsy winter flavours of roasted wood pigeon, celeriac, savoy cabbage and griottines cherries, moistened by bone marrow and an Alsace bacon jus which must have taken hours to perfect. Our third course is an Asian-inspired sea bass with a zingy freshness. It’s accompanied by prawn and chive dumplings on beautifully steamed bok choi which allow the delicate sea bass to shine; this dish is a true flavour fusion to savour. The fourth course is succulent grainfed fillet steak - which melts in the mouth - with Welsh braised cheeks, wild mushrooms, creamy truffle

DECOR Plush pastel banquette seating

PRICE Six-course tasting menu for £65, wine pairing £35

VERDICT Highly recommended - perfect for a celebration

mashed potatoes and spinach. It’s the kind of combination that appears obvious but as each flavour shines through, it becomes evident that this dish has taken much thought and skill to get right. The selection of intensely flavoured raspberry and mango sorbets allied to a shot of U’luvka Polish vodka is a fun palette cleansing interlude and affords an opportunity to address the impossible question – ‘what has been our favourite dish so far?’ Everything is expertly brought to a close with a gorgeous quartet of desserts, each their own little masterpiece. Chocolate fondant for the cocoa – obsessed, sweet and rich treacle tart and a deconstructed passion fruit cheesecake – all accompanied with homemade salted caramel ice cream. We had a wonderful all-round experience with Michael and his team. It’s a beautifully-run restaurant that makes each guest feel special; you’re guaranteed to have an unforgettable meal. We’ll be back soon. R E S TAU R A N T M I C H A E L N A D R A • C H I SW I C K 6/8 Elliott Road, W4 1PE

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LISA’S KITCHEN & BAR

Christmas & Group bookings are now available Traditional Swedish Julbord, Set menus and Feast/Sharing menus are all on offer

LIVE MUSIC THURSDAY: Jazz | FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Lisa’s Jukebox

MON CLOSED | TUE & WED 18.00 PM - 00.00 AM | THUR & FRI 11.00AM - 00.00AM | SAT & SUN 10.00AM - 00.00AM +44 (0) 20 8964 8293 | BOOKINGS@LISASPORTOBELLO.COM | LISASPORTOBELLO.COM

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DRINKS CABINET

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FIZZ

What to drink and how to drink it By PENDLE HARTE

NEW YEAR’S EVE CHAMPAGNE RECOMMENDATIONS

GLASS SYSTEM L S A I N T E R N AT I O N A L

LSA's balloon glasses are decorated with sophisticated patterns of cuts inspired by the ocean. These generouslyproportioned, versatile goblets are ideal for serving gin and tonic as well as other aperitifs and cocktails. From £28; lsa-international.com

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Bollinger R.D 2004 • £180

The RD is a unique champagne. Grapes are sourced exclusively from 16 of the best premier and grand cru parcels in thte Montagne de Reims and Côte des Blancs. Notes include dark chocolate, tobacco, black truffles, orange peel and sweet spice.

De Venoge Louis XV 1996 • £205

The new prestige cuvee from De Venoge is a blend of 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay, matured in the cellars for 10 years to develop its aromas. It offers a complex, mature and vinous bouquet: nutty, mushroom, ripe citrus, pear and brioche.

ISLAND LIFE HARRIS GIN

Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Millenaires 2004

Produced on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides, distilled in a small copper still, Harris Gin is infused with nine botanicals that capture the maritime influences of the island. Sugar kelp is key to the subtle coastal notes. £37

• £175

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SPIRIT OF LUXURY MORUS

Distilled from the leaves of a single, ancient Mulberry tree, a single batch of this exquisite cask-strength (64% ABV) gin takes more than two years of careful work to produce. This makes it, at £4,000 per bottle, the world's most expensive gin. You'll find it at Harvey Nichols. morusgin.com

The first new vintage for the cult all-Chardonnay cuvée in almost a decade, this exceptionally textured cuvee is fresh, elegant and floral with notes of lemon, apple blossom and salted butter as well as a toasted buttery nuance of Crème Anglaise. THE CHAMPAGNE GURU The Champagne Guru is a champagne and food pairing expert, specialising in hosting special champagne events in luxurious surroundings. STOCKIST & DISTRIBUTOR: Highleigh Ltd, 39 Bromley Common Kent BR2 9LS, +44 (0)7956124806

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ON THE CHAMPAGNE TRAIL How husband and wife team Serge and Malin Ngoie founded @thechampagneguru

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hampagne brings people together. Top champagne expert Richard Juhlin says it is the "chameleon of all wines" because it tastes different in different surroundings and has so many layers. Champagne is an art form, the champagne houses and their Chefs de Caves are true artists who spend an immense amount of time perfecting their craft. Our story began five years ago when we lived in Italy for a year. Serge had a work assignment in Milan and we would travel back and forth from London, driving through the Champagne region. We fell

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in love with the area and stumbled upon a 300-year old house in a little village in Haute-Marne. We ended up buying it, with a plan to open it up for unique, tailormade champagne experiences. The dream of working together with what we both really love started to take shape. Serge’s passion for champagne is legendary and was a good complement to my media, photography and styling background to initiate The Champagne Guru project. After attending several trade and public champagne events, we realised that there was a gap in the market. We started to look for opportunities where we could add value, bring consumers and producers together in a more exclusive, intimate and relaxed

environment to enhance personal and long-term relationships. Our idea is to work closely with different champagne houses, support them with marketing strategies and create unique and spectacular events in unexpected venues and surroundings. For our launch event we set the stage on the Thames in an Art Deco boat moored by the London Eye Pier. We teamed up with Richard Juhlin, the World's leading champagne expert, to talk about his recent book Champagne Hiking. We wanted to have fun with the event, to take champagne out of the cellar, add class, expertise and glamour. On 1st December the red carpet was rolled out. No expense was spared as guests and champagne houses were treated to an unforgettable and magical Gatsby-styled evening with a six-course gala dinner paired with champagnes. The evening started with a welcome drink by Champagne Frèrejean Frères – quoted by Richard Juhlin as one of the best Blanc de Blancs on the market. Imperial caviar canapés were paired with the relatively new house Paul Launois Cuvée Monochrome. This was followed by a charcuterie platter with foie gras and Parma ham paired with Champagne Billecart-Salmon Rosé NV served from Jeroboams. Seabass carpaccio was excellently paired with Champagne Bonnaire Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru 09, followed by a steak tartar served with the amazing Champagne Bollinger RD 2004. Pan-seared cod, creamed ratte potato and champagne beurre blanc, paired with Charles Heidsieck Champagne Cuvée Blanc des Millénaires 2004, was served as the main course. For the grand finale, outstanding De Venoge Louis XV 1996 was paired with aged Comté, Parmesan and Mimolette cheese. For the future we would like to engage more champagne houses, to explore marketing avenues and opportunities by tapping into our knowledge of the UK and European markets. The ultimate goal is to expand our business of connecting more people with and through champagnes. T H E C H A M PAG N E G U R U For more info or to enquire about organising a bespoke champagne event, please contact us on thechampagneguru@gmail.com or +44(0)7956124806

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30% - 50% OFF GERMAN RIGID KITCHENS

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It’s all so lavish that we are fully expecting there to be a murder

Dining car Absolutely celebrates the golden age of rail travel with lunch on the Belmond British Pullman

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egular commuters through Victoria may have noticed the Belmond Pullman carriages pulling discreetly in and out of Platform 2. They’re easy to spot because they’re nothing like the Southern Rail ones. Belmond Pullman is the sister train to the Venice Simplon Orient Express, and it maintains an entirely different attitude to train travel from all the other traffic that shares it tracks. This is a celebration of train travel as a luxury experience, where the journey is more important than the destination, and where you are not only guaranteed a seat, but you’ll enjoy a lavish meal in beautifully restored Art Deco surroundings while you're sitting.

Stepping on board is like walking into an Agatha Christie movie. The dress code warns us to be smart yet unfortunately we’re not wearing full 1920s garb, though if we had been we’d have totally fitted in, glamourwise. Most of the guests are elderly – it’s uplifting to see so many retired couples living it up this way on a random Friday lunchtime, especially when tickets for two cost £680. It’s as if we’re living in a utopian society where old people are solvent as well as healthy, cheerful and stylish. Each carriage is different because this is a collection of individually sourced and restored carriages rather than a single train. Walls are finished in polished veneers with intricate marquetry and seats are differently upholstered armchairs rather than fixed train seats. (The chairs, interestingly, are too big to get through the train doors so they have to be put in before the carriage is assembled.) There’s so much detail in the interior, spanning mosiacs on the loo floors and original signage (pulling the emergency chain can result in a fine of £50 for improper use, we are elegantly informed, which seems like a lot of money for the 1920s). It’s all so relentlessly lavish and cinematic that we’re fully expecting there to be a murder. In fact, Belmond do host murder mystery trips, and they are considering introducing immersive theatre pieces on board. But we’re here for lunch, on a round trip from Victoria to Broadstairs. As soon as we pull out, there’s champagne, followed by our five-course feast with wine pairing. An elegant smoked haddock cake to start, then an intensely flavoured wild mushroom soup, a stylish trip of pork, British cheeses and a decadent chocolate shortbread with salted caramel and caramel. On arrival at Broadstairs we hop off the train to listen to a jazz trio on the platform and enjoy oysters and cider before re-embarking for more champagne and the trip back. belmond.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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New Roman Blinds Collection Our exciting new collection of Roman Blinds opens up a whole world of style choices. All backed by a service we’re pleased to say is second to none; with the highest quality products expertly made to measure and fitted beautifully. So whatever the design, window or room we will do your house proud.

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INTERIORS

RED ALERT ANGLEPOISE

This special Russet Red Edition of Sir Kenneth Grange’s Type 75™ Mini desk lamp will make even the coldest North-facing room feel warm and welcoming. Earthy reds may be right on trend at the moment but they’re also remarkably versatile. Introduce as a bold colour statement into a neutral interior, or in striking contrast to primary or classic tones. £130 anglepoise.com

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Ideas, designs and styles for your home By PENDLE HARTE

WORLD CUPS SUNNJU

Sunnju’s artisanal ceramics, glassware and titanium vessels are all designed for considered tea and coffee consumption. Produced by a small team in East Asia, the range is stocked at insidestore. insidestoreldn.com

DRIP FEED THE BARISIEUR

Wake up and smell the coffee... this is a premium alarm clock that eases you into your morning with the soothing sounds of bubbling water along with the smell of freshly brewed coffee. The mix of Scandinavian design and chemistry set chic makes this a stylish piece. ÂŁ345 barisieur.com

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EDITOR’S PICK

FA N TA S T I C CERAMICS A selection of our favourite pieces

NICOLA FASANO FOR THE CONRAN SHOP

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Oval Splatter Platter, £110 conranshop.co.uk

LOCK UP FORNASETTI

N'La Chiave Nero' essential oil-based diffuser by Fornasetti is fragranced with the label's signature 'Otto' scent. It's printed with a dual-sided key and lock design featuring opera singer and muse Lina Cavalieri. £355 net-a-porter.com

SHOP SUCH AND SUCH

Such & Such is an online store offering a carefully curated selection of original homeware and lifestyle goods. They source unique, well made and beautifully designed products that tell a story. suchandsuch.co

FERM LIVING Muses vases, from €79 fermliving.com

KARLSSON Original ceramic wall clock, £35 hurnandhurn.com

HABITAT Buzz vase, £35 habitat.com.uk

JONATHAN ADLER Druggist small canister with lid, £POA jonathanadler.com

BROSTE COPENHAGEN

TRAVEL STORY CARAVANE

From raw French linen to Indian block printing, Caravane's edit reflects the travels of its owners, Véronique and Jack-Eric Piedeleu, bridging cultures and decades with timeless products. The beautiful new shop in Coal Drops Yard is full of covetable items. caravane.fr/en

Blue Amalfi vase trio, £20 featherandmarble.com

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APFEL WAT C H

Style icon Iris Apfel has teamed up with Nude Glass for a quirky new range of products. ABSOLUTELY can’t wait Wo r d s E V E H E R B E R T

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o celebrate the launch of their yearlong partnership with American businesswoman, interior designer and style icon Iris Apfel, global design brand Nude is launching an Inspired by Iris collection of striking designs which draw on Iris’s indomitable style at Maison & Objet in January. Working with Nude’s design team, Iris has added her own unique touch to existing Nude collections in the only way she knows how: by adding layers of decoration and colour. Tomas Kral’s iconic Beak collection has been reimagined in acid bright colours and bold stripes. Suitable for water or wine, this whimsical collection is the perfect dinner party accompaniment. The once simple Mono Box, originally designed by Ayse Birsel for Nude, has similarly undergone an Iris Apfel transformation, with clashing colours and elegant patterns being added to the vase’s curved exterior. An art piece in itself, the multifunctional Mono Box can be used as a vase to complement a beautiful floral arrangement, as a bowl or even as an ice bucket. Other new pieces include a pair of lead-free crystal Iris Apfel paperweights which feature the American fashion hero’s iconic glasses and red lipstick. Nude’s ethos of ‘simple is beautiful’ might not seem an obvious match for Apfel’s bold, challenging and decidedly unsimple style, but the two agree on one core message: ‘simple is beautiful’. Apfel says: “As you can see I am hardly a minimalist. I love to layer accessories and dress in colour, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think simple. Nude is my simplicity, simplicity is a state of mind, and I think simple is beautiful” The new collections will be available in spring 2019 at nudeglass.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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here’s something intriguingly atmospheric about the Television Centre flats. Windows in the circular Helios building face inwards, allowing residents to look into each other’s rooms in a Rear Window-esque way, which of course gives the site excellent cinematic potential. This slightly surreal element is put to brilliantly stylish effect by Bella Freud, who together with Retrouvius’s Maria Speake has devised a complete interior for the penthouse apartment. Their inspiration for it came from cinema, the 1970s and porn – and the result is glamorous, retro and colourful. Bella Freud, daughter of Lucian, greatgranddaughter of Sigmund, epitomises west London cool, not just because of her heritage but because of her enduring and timeless style. Her iconic Word jumpers remain objects of desire season after season. The Grade II-listed Helios building is an icon on the west London skyline, its midcentury aesthetic

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“Their inspiration came from cinema, the 1970s and porn – and the result is glamorous, retro and colourful” lovingly restored in its conversion to a residential development. She said: ‘It was great to work in a place with so much history – that has been so entwined with my life and my interests – and to imagine how I would live there.’ The seventh floor penthouse’s layout is upside down, with bedrooms on the lower floor as you enter, and a large open plan living/dining area and kitchen upstairs, on top of the world. Impressive views stretch for miles over west London on one side of the building – on the other side you can see directly into the neighbours’ lives. Residents have been instructed to keep their laundry out of sight (literally and figuratively) and sliding glass doors open onto large terraces. The living area is decadent – think rich shades of rust, green and gold with stylish lacquered sofa frames in black – and walls range from murky green to ochre to neutral. Vintage light fittings are large in scale: above the glass dining table is a 1960s chandelier arrangement in gold and frosted glass, and a collection of Marcel Breuer cantilever cane chairs.

MARIA SPEAKE (LEFT) AND BELLA FREUD IN THE PENTHOUSE

A small snug room leads off the kitchen area, designed with Bella’s teenage son Jimmy in mind and simply furnished with an outsize screen and a gold corduroy sofa, with cork wall tiles and more gold light fittings. Downstairs, the bedrooms are cosier and darker. The master bedroom is painted deep, dark red and a low, metal-framed bed is arranged with Bella’s slogan blankets and cushions. The second bedroom has a thick golden carpet - Bella calls the shade ‘marigold’ – and woollen wall hangings create a luxurious, rich feel. Maria Speake – dressed on brand in a red 1970 sweater – explains the design process: “We kept saying, ‘is it porny enough?’” Artworks include photographs from Lorena Lohr, sexy, colourful and subversive plates by Eliza Hopewell, and op-art prints by Jacob Wolff. This isn’t the first time Freud and Speake have collaborated: they have worked on two successive London homes for Bella, as well as her flagship store on Chiltern Street. Speake said: ‘This was a fantastic excuse to work with Bella again. An extraordinary skyline, a historic building... we had a lot of fun.’Helios 710 was imagined by Maria and Bella as a sanctuary for the designer and her family, creating private as well as social spaces leaving their use flexible, ready to adapt to changing needs. The apartment is for sale at £3.925m, fully furnished; televisioncentre.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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Grate Expectations - A Family run business established for over 30 years The UK’s leading suppliers of luxury gas fireplaces, wood burning stoves and bioethanol fires manufactured by DRU, Spartherm, Ebios, Dik Guerts, Gazco, Stovax and many more.

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LIGHT UP PASSIONPROJECT Wild Fig & Grape Luxury Candle, £45 heating-and-plumbing.com

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CHASE AND WONDER The Botanist Candle, £32 chaseandwonder.com

IZOLA Sandalwood 8oz Scented Candle - Green Coloured Glass,£29 hurnandhurn.com

MALIN +GOETZ Cannabis Candle, £40 insidestoreldn.com

HOPE & FRENCHIE Refillable California candle, £35 hopeandfrenchie.com

SKANDINAVISK HYGGE mini scented candle, £16 printerandtailor.com

SUSANNE KAUFMANN Gift box candles, €66 susannekaufmann.com

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Green light Plumen launched the world’s first design-led efficient lightbulb in 2010 and has come a long way since then. ABSOLUTELY quizzes founder Nicolas Roope

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We made a pretty bulb, with nice light and instant startup Q: What is it makes the quality of some lighting so ugly and how can you avoid this? A: It’s to do with new lighting technology. The cheap tech doesn’t possess the full spectrum of light. And if certain areas of the spectrum in the light are patchy, then the colours you perceive in that light feel flat, grey and cold – like a horror movie. If you love high quality white light then look for the CRI (Colour Rending Index). Anything in the high 80s and above is going to be pleasant. The other key thing for buyers is to be aware of kelvin. With LED you can buy different light temperatures. If you want the warmer light of a standard incandescent then make sure you buy ‘warm white’ which is usually somewhere around 2700k (kelvins). A cooler, daylight bulb or “cool white” will be a higher number, e,g. 4000k. These are good for bright, awake spaces, but a bit of a vibe-killer in cosier places. plumen.com

Q: Many of us struggle to understand the environmental impacts of different bulbs. Could you explain quickly? A: The main thing to focus on is efficiency. LED bulbs use less than 20% of the energy incandescent bulbs use to create the same amount of light. Because lighting accounts for such a large percentage of domestic and industrial energy use, then this 80%+ reduction is a huge chunk of saved energy. And when your energy use is reduced, you don’t need to burn so much coal to generate energy. If we can get clean energy generation to grow and energy use to fall, then one day (hopefully very soon) they’ll meet in the middle and we’ll no longer need to burn things every time we flip a switch. Q: As the world’s first ‘designer efficient light bulb’ was the Plumen bulb devised to address primarily the ugliness of the original low-voltage bulbs, or the nasty light they made? A: We started Plumen to address all the issues that stopped people buying efficient bulbs. People’s primary complaints were the ugliness of the products, the bad light quality and the slowness of ignition. So we made a pretty bulb, with nice light and instant startup. Good looks, plus the quality and experience of light are of equal performance. We knew we had to really make people fall in love with the designs and user experience if we were going to make any impact and build a brand. Q: And how did you go about making it? A: We started with a bunch of sketches with pipe cleaners, then when we’d lined up a factory we brought in a designer to work with (Samuel Wilkinson) and then went out to research what was possible on the production lines in China. After lots of iterations and trial and error, we arrived at a viable industrial product.

Q: What is Plumen’s best-selling product? A: It is still the classic 001 design although the other models are building all the time. The 003 is like a best kept secret, but because it produces such a magical light, there’s a growing fan base around it’s golden glow. Q: Are Plumen bulbs designed to be used without a shade? A: Yes they are. It’s obviously part of the efficiency drive. The less you shade, the more efficient. But if you don’t shade then the bulbs has to be beautiful and interesting. Now that the 001 design is LED it also dims which makes it work even better naked. We still love seeing our bulbs together with shades and accessories though. Even if a glass shades is clear it adds a lot to the look (but doesn’t cost efficiency). We’re Pinterest obsessives, always looking for brands and designs to buddy up with. A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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BIRDS OF A F E AT H E R DEIRDRE DYSON

An artist first and foremost, Dyson knows how to create a statement under your feet. This abstract, plumage-inspired rug is bold and beautiful. Its classic contemporary design is grown-up yet playful, and while it's made for the floor it wouldn't look out of place on the wall. deirdredyson.com

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LAYER WITH LINES LIGNE ROSET

These stylish rugs integrate perfectly into your space. Pure lines, made of wool and tufted by hand, choose from hundreds of colours. We love this navy 'Quadric' version. ligne-roset.com

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GAN ABOUT TOWN GAN

Made from 100% hand-knotted wool, this Spanish-designed, Indian-made rug will stand the test of time. Its subtle blue grey colours provide an ideal backdrop for statement chairs and tables. ‘Hidraulic’, from £1997. woven.co.uk

SEVENTIES VIBE OLLI ELLA

For an explosion of colour we're going for this bright, patterned Casablanca rug. It's playful and fun, made of easy-to-clean New Zealand wool. You can order it in variety of sizes.From £345 olliella.com

COOL AND COLOURUL MADE

This geometric rug by Made is a winner. Though the design is busy, the muted mustard, blue and dusky pink tones mean the pattern can do all the talking. Made with durability in mind, it's super soft and hard wearing - ideal for families. made.com

SUPER SOFT COX & COX

Treat your feet with this super soft cotton rug in a sumptous cream colour, ready to complement any interior style. It has tufted geometric diamond pattern and plaited tassles to each end. Ezra rug, £500 coxandcox.co.uk

WOO L WA L L BRINK AND CAMPMAN

A captivating rug. The quirky, abstract pattern is balanced out by the playful use of colour. Shown here as a wall-hanging, it is both multifunctional and beautitful. Kashba Tipi, from £259 therugshopuk.co.uk

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INTERIORS • MOODBOARD

ELLA JONES, FOUNDER OF A NEW TRIBE BOUTIQUE anewtribe.co.uk

MY FAVOURITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION...

PAUL SMITH AW18

I love to travel - my highlights have been Japan and a US road trip to California and Arizona, but Morocco is definitely my favourite holiday destination - I could never get bored of it. It’s so beautiful with so many interesting crafts and artefacts everywhere, lovely welcoming people, beautiful weather and culturally so different from the UK. I love the buzz of Marrakech but also the more remote areas outside Marrakech and in the Atlas Mountains.

MY FAVOURITE DESIGNER... I have quite eclectic taste and so don’t have one particular favourite designer, but the designer that inspired me the most growing up was Paul Smith. He’s from the same area of Nottingham as I am and I always looked up to what he has achieved and have loved his eclectic taste and how he can take inspiration from so many different things all over the world and apply this to his design in an original way.

M Y ST Y L E ICON... I love Talitha Getty’s style - in particular the images of her taken in Morocco in the 1960s – her style still looks totally relevant today

MY FAVOURITE PIECE FROM THE CURRENT STOCK... I’m obsessed with Azilal Rug 291 - I love the way that its a slight different take on the classic design and the colour combinations in this are this are rare in Moroccan rugs. I also love the Kana x A New Tribe collaboration (above) as its completely original and one of a kind - the irregular bold pattern on the glaze design combined with the sculptural shapes couldn’t fit in more with the A New Tribe aesthetic.

MY FAVOURITE PIECE OF ART... Just about everything by Brancusi - I love objects and so the sculptures really appeal to me, combined with the tribal and almost primitive references in lots of his pieces.

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CHILD'S PLAY OLLI ELLA Olli Ella designs timeless products that are unlike any other. Using natural materials, sourced sustainably, their focus is on craftsmanship and ethical production. olliella.com

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GORDON’S SCHOOL SIXTH FORM BOARDING IN SURREY

Ranked in the top 1% of all schools in England and Wales over the past 3 years at A Level.

Sixth Form Residential Boarding places available from £5,378 per term.

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SLEEP TALK CY B E RJA M M I E S

Mother-daugher or father-son twinning is not going away, though arguably the only acceptable time of dressing like your tot is bedtime. Cyberjammies' vast range includes stylish prints and comfortable shapes in all sizes and styles. cyberjammies.co.uk

SMALL TALK Twinning in PJs, real princess fashion and enlightening reads

SHAPE UP COS KIDS

New from Cos kids is a collection of voluminous pieces in cotton poplin. This cute burgundy skirt and top set is stylish and wearable, while accessories including bags and raincoats are practical and covetable. cosstores.com EDITOR’S PICK

MOUSE STYLE

MARIE CHANTAL

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oused in a dreamy pastel-pink building (and perfectly at home among its neighbours, including Christian Louboutin, Eres and Caroline Bucci), is the luxurious new Marie-Chantal boutique on west London’s Motcomb Street. It’s a space befitting of its owner, the Crown Princess of Greece, who founded her eponymous childrenswear line in 2001. Designed by Fran Hickman (the creative talent behind Moda Operandi’s showroom, Goop’s recent pop-up and the Emilia Wickstead store on Sloane Street), you’ll find soft blush cabinets, gilded furniture and the sweetest outfits hanging from the walls, illuminated by the soft glow of low-hanging lampshades. The launch comes at a busy time for mother-of-five Marie-Chantal, who has recently started a book project and redesigned the brand’s website and packaging. However, she always has time to spend in store, so make a visit and you might just find a princess ringing up your purchases at the till.  mariechantal.co.uk

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C O M E S TO CA L L

Molly the moth lives in the back of an old wardrobe. She loves her home and her family but she yearns for adventure. By day she helps her mother look after the larvae, and by night she prepares for her space mission to the moon. £6.99;

By Eva Eland

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When “Sadness” arrives, try not to be afraid – give it a name, and spend some time together. Maybe all it wants is to know that it’s welcome. This beautiful debut takes a poignant yet uplifting look at uncomfortable emotions. £11.99;

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

Open Days

Our state-of-the-art Sixth Form Centre

November 1st/7th (9.30am/ 9.30am) November 15th/21st (7.00pm/ 9.30am) November 29th (9.30am)

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2019 BOOKS Cosy up with some fantastic children’s reads for the New Year Wo r d s F LO R A T H O M A S

Two for joy O N E F O R S O R R OW

By Mr Gresty

A puzzled magpie called Sorrow sets off on a journey to find his lost ‘Joy’. This uplifting and original story is designed to help parents support children in understanding their own emotions, and of those around them. With an introduction by Jo Brand. £12 shop.mrgresty.com

One for keeps S E E I N G S TA R S

A to Zebra ANIMALPHABET

By Julia Donaldson

Each page of this exquisite pop-up book draws you further into a beautifully vibrant world of huge elephants, slithery snakes and growling tigers. It’s an interactive guessing game with eyecatching artwork and an exotic array of animals to marvel over. £14.99

By Sara Gillingham

This keepsake volume of visual reference and beauty is perfect for inquisitive young stargazers, mythology-lovers, or anyone with the curiosity to look up to the night sky. Each cluster of stars is featured alongside the story behind its naming and tips on how to find it. £17.95 phaidon.com

panmacmillan.com

Lost in magic S N OWG LO B E

Kite adventure STO R M

By Amy Wilson

By Sam Usher

Clementine’s magic has been getting stronger, and harder to ignore. At school, she loses control and realises she can escape it no longer. So starts Clem’s journey of spellbinding snowglobe discovery. £6.99;

It’s blowing up a storm, and a boy and his grandad decide it’s the perfect weather for kite-flying. There’s just one problem – first they have to find the kite. Their search brings up lots of wonderful memories, but when they finally make it outside, the adventure really takes off. £4.99; templarco.co.uk

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Open Mornings

Regular open mornings from February 2019. Register at acs-schools.com/opendays

Co-ed | Ages 4-18 | IB Diploma | International curriculum | Extensive busing

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DIVIDE The Deputy Head of Gordon’s School on sending his own children boarding B y R O B PAV I S

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s someone who has spent their entire working career in boarding education, I have lauded and advocated the benefits of boarding to hundreds, if not thousands of families over the years. But transition from boarding professional to boarding parent was not quite as straightforward. Firstly, while I was always aware of the financial sacrifices that parents make in order for their children to attend a boarding school, having not previously experienced it for myself I was unprepared for what this actually meant. Having been through the last four years of sacrifice and compromise myself, my

respect and admiration for many of our boarding parents has risen exponentially. I now understand why parents want the very best outcomes for the investment they are making. Certainly any thoughts I might have had about replacing my 12-year-old car were quickly shelved and I found myself a good mechanic instead. The second surprise I then had was the sense of detachment. Again, I have spent 25 years working with parents and their families, dealing with the tears at drop-off time – and I mean the parents’ tears rather than the child’s. As we well know, a child is very quickly distracted and will find a game of football or a Wii dance-off to immerse themselves in within five minutes of their parents driving out of the school

I have spent 25 years dealing with the tears at drop-off time - the parents’ not the child’s

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gates. To be the parent whose eyes were still welling up 45 minutes later on the long, silent drive home after dropping-off was something of a shock – and it didn’t get any easier for a very long time. Again, my understanding of a parent’s sacrifice was heightened. Finally, the bit I always knew and trusted. The enormous amount of fun and achievement that my children experienced from their time as boarders is something that I just can’t put a price on. The idea that they would be weekly boarders soon fell by the wayside as the weekly phone calls on Thursday evenings asking if they can “stay in boarding this weekend” meant that we resigned ourselves to them being full boarders very early on. That weekly phone call spoke volumes about how much they were enjoying their new independence and all the opportunities that were open to them. Where are we now? Both of my children achieved their full academic potential (without me being the one to do the nagging – something that has been worth so much more than I ever imagined) and are now at their first choice universities. More than that, they became the confident, independent, go-getting young people that I had always seen (and envied) in my Year 13s when bidding farewell to them at the end of every year. As for me, well the car is now 16 years old and with university education to pay for, the search is on for an even better mechanic.

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RAVENSCOURT PARK

preparatory school

An Independent School for Boys and Girls aged 4-11 Quality of Pupils’ Achievement and Learning - “Excellent” Quality of Teaching - “Excellent”

Quality of Extra-curricular Provision - “Excellent” Quality of Pastoral Care - “Excellent”

Quality of Links with Parents - “Excellent”

Quality of Pupils’ Personal Development – “Excellent” ‘’The curriculum is excellent for all ages and abilities, and is expertly matched to meet the needs of the range of pupils in the school.’’ Independent Schools Inspectorate Report - March 2016

Open Mornings Open Mornings

9.15am Tuesday 14th November

9.15am Thursday 17th January 2019 9.15am Tuesday 5th February 2019 9.15am Thursday 7th March 2019 9.15am Thursday 9th May 2019 9.15am Tuesday 11th June 2019

9.15am Thursday 18th January 2018 9.15am Thursday 1st February 2018 To register your attendance at one of our open mornings,

To register your attendance at one of our open mornings, please please phone 0208 846 9153 or mail secretary@rpps.co.uk phone 020 846 9153 or mail secretary@rpps.co.uk

Ravenscourt Park Prep School 16 Ravenscourt Avenue, London W6 0SL

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KEW GREEN preparatory school

An Independent School for Boys and Girls aged 4-11 Quality of Pupils’ Achievement and Learning - “Excellent” Quality of Teaching - “Excellent”

Quality of Extra-curricular Provision - “Excellent” Quality of Pastoral Care - “Excellent”

Quality of Links with Parents - “Excellent”

Quality of Pupils’ Personal Development – “Excellent” “Pupils of all ages benefit from a rich and exciting curriculum.”

Independent Schools Inspectorate Report - July 2015

Open Morning Open Mornings

9.15am Wednesday, 15th ‘19 November 9.15am Wednesday 16th January 9.15am Wednesday 6th February ‘19 9.15am Wednesday, 17th 9.15am Wednesday 6th March ‘19January 2018 9.15am Wednesday 15th May ‘19 9.15am Wednesday, 7th‘19 February 2018 9.15am Wednesday 12th June To register your attendance at one of our open mornings,

To register your 020 attendance at oneorofmail our secretary@kgps.co.uk open mornings, please please phone 8948 5999 phone 020 8948 5999 or mail secretary@kgps.co.uk

Kew Green Preparatory School

Layton House, Ferry Lane, Kew Green, Richmond TW9 3AF

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DIFFERENT

STROKES The Headmaster of Parsons Green Prep School on moving to the Big Smoke B y TIM CANNELL

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fter 12 years as head of a 3-to-13 years day and boarding school on the south coast, moving to London to Parsons Green Prep (a day school for 5 to 11 years) did not seem the most obvious move for someone to make. I was fascinated to see if the many apocryphal stories of London school life were true. Not least the intense pressure for places at 11+, an entry system that makes young children sit multiple exams some of which took place before schools returned in January, a long wait for results and so the process goes on. I am afraid that it is true, while many of the schools outside London use a common 11+ and 13+ system this has not yet transferred to London. However, over

Were the apocryphal stories of London schools true? the last few months it does appear that a new approach may be taken, which should be applauded, although is still far from perfect. The approach put forward is for shorter tests, usually multiple choice and give the impression of moving back to an old style 11+ of years gone by. On the plus side, however, there is going to be greater emphasis on seeing the children take part in a wide variety of team and other challenges. I hope that these challenges will take note of the qualities and skills of all

the children and not just the ones that push themselves forward. It is a time to see their thinking skills in action, how they approach tasks, how they interact with others, their ability to keep going if they cannot find the solution straight away. In short a process that will hopefully move towards looking for the skills the children will need in an ever changing and complex world in which they will contribute. I hope that such a move and shift in emphasis will impact even more on the curriculum and how it is taught in the younger years. School should not be an entity in itself but be a place that prepares children for the future world in which they will live and be leaders in. It seems a rite of passage for many children to have significant coaching outside of school, something I don’t advocate as children need to be children and we should not rob them of their childhood and the opportunity to build those precious memories that we take with us and shape us for the rest of our lives. I do think that concentrating on the core subjects for 11+ allows for a much more innovative approach to learning through teaching of the humanities in a crosscurricular approach. Making important links across science, maths and engineering through a practical-based STEM programme, time to engage children in debate and understand that some questions do not have a single answer, encouraging critical and innovative thinking. I was also pleasantly surprised at the quality of outdoor space we have here, which is enhanced further by the use of Hurlingham Park a very short walk away and swimming at Fulham pools. Children receive lots of exercise and learn a wide variety of sporting skills. All of which is supplemented by a personal development programme including residential trips from Year 3 upwards. Overall, the quality of education despite the pressures of 11+ is broad, balanced and offers real depth. If as a sector we can streamline the entry process for senior schools further then I believe we are delivering the very best in education. A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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SUN,SEA & STYLE ZANZIBAR

Zuri Zanzibar is the first Design Hotel member on the Tanzanian archipelago and guarantees the most stylish of stays. Read our review on page 104. zurizanzibar.com

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here’s something magical about waking up somewhere when you’ve arrived in the dark and have no idea what you’ll see from the window. Especially when you’re staying in a theme park. We open the curtains in our third floor hotel room with no idea of what to expect – and we’re rewarded with a dreamy rustic scene: small wooden huts clustered around a clearly man-made lake. It’s very controlled and clean and slightly surreal. We love it immediately. An eager queue is already forming for the shuttle bus: hotel guests are offered VIP early entry tickets to the rides, which means breakfast at 7.15am. We’ve missed that slot, but, as it turns out, anyone who has survived Legoland has nothing to fear from Efteling’s queues. Europe’s fourth-largest theme park remains virtually unknown in the UK but in the Netherlands a visit to Efteling is

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a rite of passage. Conceived in the 1950s by children’s illustrator Anton Pieck, it’s a theme park with heritage and a strong fairytale tradition that sets it apart from the heavy commercialism of some of these places. When we arrive it’s teeming with Dutch grandparents, parents and children, the oldies reliving their childhood memories with their grandchildren. But that’s not to say that Efteling’s appeal is historical. The original Fairytale Forest remains, but there are enough new daredevil rides to appeal to the seasoned theme park enthusiast (and frighten their grandma). The Fairytale Forest is where we start and it is magical – not just if you’re five. This is a large woodland inhabited by animated installations retelling lots of classic fairytales, and our daughters – aged 12 and nine – are as entranced by it as they would have been when they were five. Some of it is dark and genuinely scary, like when the Little Match Girl dies and becomes a hologram, and when the wolf wearing grandmother’s nightie and lying in her bed turns out to be breathing heavily, and when a convincing mist envelops the pathways. There are talking trees and fairytale touches at every turn; memorable exhibits include Rapunzel letting down her hair, Rumpelstiltskin chanting eerily and the hilarious sedan chair nudity of the Emperor’s New Clothes. It seems that we’ve missed a few of the classic tales: The Gardener and the Fakir leaves us baffled (it turns out to have been specially written for Efteling) and we had never encountered The Chinese Nightingale before (its Dutch narrative left us none the wiser). But Efteling isn’t exclusively about cute. We queue for probably 40 minutes to try what is reputedly the park’s scariest ride, the Baron, described as a ‘dive coaster’ and with a minimum height requirement of 1.4m. From the queue we can hear people screaming – if we had seen the vertical drop they were screaming about, we’d probably have abandoned the queue. This ride is pure terror – or pure joy for people who like that kind of thing. Happily, we weren’t in the front row, and even more happily, it was over very quickly. Less extreme rides include the Bobsleigh and the Vliegender

The Fairytale Forest is magical – and not just if you’re five Hollander, which are rollercoasters of a less terrifying variety, and several narrative-based rides include the ‘dark ride’ Symbolica, which is a sort of interactive magical dreamscape, and the Villa Volta, a cursed house that spins around you – or maybe you spin around it – leaving you dizzy and confused. What we like most about Efteling is its easy infrastructure and size. It’s small enough for one day to be enough – we don’t manage absolutely everything, but we do most things – and spacious enough not to feel crowded, and the queueing isn’t overwhelming. In egalitarian northern European style, there are no fast track passes for sale, but there are shorter

queues for people on their own (filling up lone seats) and the Python even allows you to book a time slot via the Efteling app at no charge. There aren’t as many souvenir shops as there could be and the problem of rubbish is solved ingeniously. Ask a Dutch person for their childhood memories of Efteling and they’ll probably mention the bins: these are huge grinning faces with wide open mouths. When you throw your crisp packet in, a friendly voice thanks you. This inspires children of all ages to run around voluntarily litter picking – an instant solution. Except of course there aren’t crisp packets everywhere, not just because the Dutch are tidy and have a sense of civic duty, but because there’s a notable lack of junk food at Efteling. Sure, there are sweet shops, but there are also fruit stalls, and the restaurants offer relatively healthy fare. At the end of the day we take our seats for Caro, a new circus performance with a touching narrative and lots of acrobatic spectacle that turns out to be – we think better than Cirque du Soleil, before heading back to our family room at the surreal yet comfortable Loonsche Land hotel, where the children retreat to their bunkbeds gratefully. Efteling, we love you.

EFTELING A two-night stay at Hotel Loonsche Land in February 2019 starts at €605 for a family of four, including breakfast and three days’ unlimited access to Efteling. • Efteling is 100km from Amsterdam/90km from Antwerp and easily accessible via train or car. efteling.com

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he most luxurious of five star hotels, Domaine De Verchant is an exceptionally renovated vineyard and estate dating back to the 16th century. With three swimming pools, an extensive spa, wine caves, 17 hectares of vineyards, elegant French gardens and two restaurants to cater to all tastes, this hotel actually does have it all.

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ooms range from very comfortable doubles in the main chateaux to luxurious suites with balconies and an outdoor hot tub, as well as a private cottage overlooking the vineyards. We stayed in a beautiful suite with exposed stone walls incorporated into stylish, contemporary interior design. The suite was vast yet intimate, complete with a supply of wine from the estate.

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a Plage brasserie has the feel of an exclusive Ibiza beach club, offering waterside dining in a relaxed and chic setting. Wisteria falls from the ceilings – the flowers matching the linen – and crisp white tablecloths shine in the sunshine. The menu is light and delicious, perfect for a post-swim snack. More formal dining is in the

chateaux itself, with seasonal menus created by Damien Cousseau. We enjoyed slowly cooked squid with mussels and asparagus; gourmet creations are accompanied by wines from the vineyards overlooking the formal gardens.

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his 2000 sq foot spa is the epitome of tranquility. A large gym offers personal training and state-of-the-art equipment, boasting a Turkish bath, hot tub, three saunas, a large indoor pool as well as over 60 treatments and a relaxation room. It would be easy to lose many hours here. For me the highlight was the large infinity pool overlooking the vineyards with double beds strategically placed for reading, relaxing or just enjoying the sunshine.

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he Domaine de Verchant is a 10 minute drive to the charming town of Montpellier. Wander down the side roads and discover medieval monuments, beautiful churches and exceptional views. A little further afield are the many beaches of the region, popular with locals and easily accessible by tram or car. Bikes are available for exploring the grounds at the chateaux if you can't tear yourself away from the haven.

DOMAINE DE VERCHANT MONTPELLIER

Elegance and luxury in this French retreat By ALEXANDRA HUNTER

A stylish vineyard and estate dating back to the 16th century

DOMAINE DE VERCHANT 1 Boulevard Philippe Lamour, 34170 Castelnau-le-Lez, France domainedeverchant.com

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esigned as an ode to Belfast, the Grand Central cuts an impressive figure and delivers all of the warmth and the welcoming spirit that the city is renowned for. Having originally opened on Royal Avenue in 1893, the hotel as it stands today - now on Bedford Street - is a contemporary reincarnation of its Victorian predecessor comprising 23 floors and 300 luxurious bedrooms and suites. The building itself is vast while the decor is glamorous with rich fabrics, royal hues and marble.

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onvivial and contemporary, The Grand Cafe is the hub of the hotel, perfect for a latte, a bistro bite or a glass of Sauvignon. The gastronomic gem of Grand Central is Seahorse Bar & Grill. The space itself has been finished to the utmost quality and the food is phenomenal. Art Deco nods and impressively high ceilings create a sense of drama as you dine on the likes of rabbit and chicken terrine, truffle risotto and beef wellington. The desserts are just as tantalising - Bakewell tart, salted caramel chocolate torte, lemon posset

- but for something especially decadent, the afternoon tea is a must. A selection of finger sandwiches, scones, ginger cake and decadent pastries is served from a gorgeous tea trolley, and the drinks menu is extensive. The Observatory is the jewel in the hotel’s crown. Beautiful on the inside and with an unmatched cocktail menu, this is Ireland’s tallest bar and as such, offers spectacular views of Belfast and beyond.

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Grand Central is primely placed for exploring the city’s many attractions. Don’t leave without getting lost in the charming cobbled streets of the Cathedral Quarter and discovering a fascinating aspect of the city's history at Titanic Belfast. St George’s Market is another must; this extensive food hall exhibits Belfast’s finest producers and suppliers and is made all the more enjoyable with a tour from Taste & Tour. Purveyors of all things delicious, Taste & Tour will take you on a brilliant fourhour expedition of the city’s finest foodie hotspots. Stretchy trousers required.

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SPICE HERITAGE

Zanzibar has quite the history. In the 19th century it was an important port for two of the world’s most traded commodities: spices and slave, with spices being the island’s main export for the last thousand years. A spice tour will teach you everything there is to know about this precious commodity, from the picking to the shipping, before treating you to a feast of island culinary specialties. You’ll no doubt be inspired by the experience and vow to take home your new knowledge and put it to use. You'll have numerous opportunities during your trip to restock your spice cabinet as traders are plentiful.

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Stone Town is the island’s main city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Portuguese invasion and control of the Swahili coast in the late 16th century ended the golden age of the archipelago, although the Omani Arabs returned to power less than a century later. Today, many of the winding streets and high townhouses of old Stone Town remain unchanged and visitors can walk between the Sultan’s palace, the House of Wonders, the Portuguese fort and gardens, the merchants’ houses and the Turkish baths of the old city. Allow time to get lost in its alleyways and admire its ancient doorways: majestic, tall and A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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Prepare to put your dancing skills to the test against the talents of the locals grand, they'll have you reaching for the camera in no time. While you're there, it's worth getting a snap of Mercury House, the once-family home of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. His father worked for the British colonial service and the family lived in various locations in Stone Town, including this house which stands as a sight of pilgrimage for Mercury devotees.

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Kendwa has become something of a resort destination in recent years, thanks to its stretches of white sands and the archipelago’s year-round sun, but none has a beach to beat Zuri Zanzibar’s, the newest hotel on the block and the first Design Hotel member on the Tanzanian archipelago. Sustainability is at the heart of this newly finished, beach-side property comprising 55 stylish villas and bungalows which have been clustered into mini villages named after the spices that give Zanzibar its spice island moniker. A commanding and seemingly endless staircase stretching up from the beach to the reception area works as an axis around which the rest of the resort is staggered. With everything set on a west-facing slope, guests are afforded

direct sea views at all times, whether dining in one of Zuri’s three restaurants or enjoying a morning meditation on the yoga deck. For the interiors, Prague’s Jestico + Whiles studio have combined modern design with traditional African and Asian pieces so that the finish is both ecologically and socially sensitive. Expect to find natural materials and traditional craftsmanship throughout, from thatched roofs and wooden beams to locally-curated furniture and East African artwork. Finished with hammocks, private sun decks and outdoor showers, it doesn’t get more zen than this. Unless, that is, you take yourself to the spa which comprises three massage rooms and a salon offering a wide range of treatments, from manicures to hairdressing. The final activity to be ticked off on the itinerary is snorkelling. Zuri’s WIMBI Water Sports Centre offers all the rental equipment you’ll need and the experienced instructors are more than happy to take you out on an expedition around nearby Tumbatu Island. The centre can also organise a brilliant sunset cruise on a traditional Dhow boat - a must - fishing trips and a Ngalawa boat trip. With its tropical tableaux, billowing sailing boats, smiling locals and fascinating culture, Zanzibar is a slice of paradise that must be explored.

ZURI ZANZIBAR Rooms at Zuri Zanzibar start from £349 per room, per night for a garden bungalow on a half board basis. For further information, please visit zurizanzibar.com. • Stay 7 nights at Zuri Zanzibar from £1,859 per person with Turquoise Holidays. This includes accommodation in a Garden Bungalow on a half board basis, international flights and transfers. For more information visit turquoiseholidays.co.uk • Qatar Airways operates a daily flight to Zanzibar, with round-trip tickets starting from £670 for Economy Class. qatarairways.com

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f you ask anyone who’s planning a trip to the Maldives why they’ve chosen to visit that particular part of the world, one of the most common reasons is for the unbeatable snorkelling and diving experiences. The Maldives are renowned for excellent visibility, crystal-clear waters and pleasant, warm temperatures – making underwater sightseeing top of the to-do list. With so many different island resorts to choose from, deciding exactly where to stay can be difficult. Here are our recommendations for the best places to stay in the Maldives offering excellent snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities:

1. CONSTANCE MOOFUSHI

This resort is home to one of the best house reefs for snorkelling in the Maldives. There’s also access to some great nearby diving spots, including Shark Point – where tonnes of sharks (up to 6ft long) gather above a steep drop-off point. Dive scooters are on offer to help you reach patches of reef that would otherwise be a challenge to access, and instructors are on hand to give lessons if you’ve never used one before.

2. OBLU BY ATMOSPHERE AT HELENGELI Oblu is renowned for its colourful house reef, located just metres away from the island. It’s another great option for snorkelling as well as diving – you’ll see all manner of fish, octopus, eels, turtles, sharks and stingrays close to the surface. There are two house reefs, one either side of the harbour. Nearby there are some good opportunities for drift diving – an exhilarating experience, which feels like flying underwater as you’re carried along by the current. It’s also one of the more affordable Maldives resorts to visit (relatively speaking), with a great value all-inclusive package.

5. PARK HYATT MALDIVES HADAHAA The house reef at this resort is very memorable; they’ve done a great job of preserving it (it’s very healthy – teeming with life). You’ll spot many different types of marine creatures – including fish, shark, turtles and even octopus. There’s no need to take a boat; great snorkelling is accessible by jumping right in from the end of the jetty. Ask anyone who’s been to this resort, and they’ll almost inevitably start raving about the spectacular underwater scenery. The snorkelling is so varied at the house reef there’s almost no need to venture further afield, but experienced divers may wish to take a boat trip to some nearby sites. There’s even the chance to see whale sharks – if you visit at the right time of year.

3. JUMEIRAH VITTAVELI Aside from being one of the most luxurious island resorts in the region, the main attraction here is the house reef – one of the best of any resort in the South Male Atoll. Stretching out 500m on either side of the island, you don’t have to swim out far before you’re greeted with an abundance of captivating coral and shoals of reef fish. For more experienced divers, there are five other decent dive spots nearby. The resort has been working hard to take care of their house reef, bringing in an inhouse Marine Biologist as well as independent organisations to nurture and protect the coral, ensuring it’ll stay beautiful for years to come.

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Arranged over four floors, a five bedroom house with a self contained apartment and landscaped garden. There are two reception rooms and off-street parking, energy rating c.

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THORNTON AVENUE W4 GUIDE £2.45M FREEHOLD UPPER MALL W6 • 4 DOUBLE BEDROOMS £1,500PW / £6,500PCM • DOUBLE RECEPTION UPPER MALL W6 • FULL WIDTH KITCHEN/BREAKFAST/FAMILY ROOM •£1,500PW FAMILY •WONDERFUL 2 BATHROOMS ENHOME SUITE) / (1£6,500PCM • •• •• ••

•4 DOUBLE SHOWERBEDROOMS ROOM/UTILITY MASTER SUITEFAMILY WITH MEZZANINE STUDY AREA WONDERFUL HOME 2 LIVING SPACE 4 FLOORS DOUBLE OF BEDROOMS 2 BATHROOMS & 2 SHOWER ROOMS MASTER SUITE WITH MEZZANINE STUDY AREA

• 2 FLOORS OF LIVING SPACE • 2 BATHROOMS & 2 SHOWER ROOMS

RAYNHAM ROAD W6 GUIDE £1.275M FREEHOLD HAARLEM ROAD W14 • 3 DOUBLE BEDROOMS £625PW / £2,708PCM • DOUBLE RECEPTION HAARLEM ROAD W14 • KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM •£625PW BEDROOM FLAT •2 DOUBLE FAMILY BATHROOM / £2,708PCM • •• •• ••

RECEPTION CONTEMPORARY KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM 2 DOUBLE BEDROOM FLAT MASTER WITH EN SUITE BATHROOM & DRESSING AREA RECEPTION SHOWER ROOM KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM CONTEMPORARY

ASKEW ROAD 020 8749 7719 LETTINGS 020 7371 4071

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• GUEST CLOAKROOM • 36’7 WALLED GARDEN LETTINGS 020 • LOFT & CELLAR STORAGE •2 COURTYARD SIDE ACCESS GARDENS HAMMERSMITH & CHISWICK •EASY EPC ACCESS RATING TO E 50 UNFURNISHED 2 COURTYARD GARDENS EPC 57 HAMMERSMITH & CHISWICK EASYRATING ACCESSDTO AVAILABLE NOW UNFURNISHED

7371 4071

• EPC RATING D 57 • AVAILABLE NOW

ASKEW ROAD 020 8749 7719 LETTINGS 020 7371 4071

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• EN SUITE SHOWER ROOM • GUEST CLOAKROOM LETTINGS 020 7371 • SOUTHERLY FACING GARDEN & ROOF TERRACE •BALCONY EPC RATING D 57 UNFURNISHED WALKING DISTANCE TO HAMMERSMITH BROADWAY BALCONY EPC RATING C 79 UNFURNISHED AVAILABLE NOW WALKING DISTANCE TO HAMMERSMITH BROADWAY

4071

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• MASTER WITH EN SUITE BATHROOM & DRESSING AREA • SHOWER ROOM

• EPC RATING C 79

L O C A L . I N D E P E N D• EAVAILABLE N T NOW . INVOLVED

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STERNDALE ROAD W14 GUIDE £2.75M FREEHOLD • • • • •

5 DOUBLE BEDROOMS DOUBLE RECEPTION 23’6 X 17’6 KITCHEN/BREAKFAST/FAMILY ROOM MEDIA/PLAYROOM 3 BATHROOMS (1 EN SUITE)

BROOK GREEN 020 7371 4171

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SINCLAIR ROAD W14 GUIDE £895,000 LEASEHOLD • • • •

2 DOUBLE BEDROOMS 21’4 X 21’ RECEPTION OPEN PLAN KITCHEN 2 BATHROOMS (1 EN SUITE)

GUEST CLOAKROOM GOOD STORAGE ROOF TERRACE WALLED GARDEN EPC RATING E 53

BROOK GREEN 020 7371 4171

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UTILITY ROOM UNDERFLOOR HEATING 38’ SOUTH WESTERLY FACING GARDEN EPC RATING B 81

LOCAL . INDEPENDENT . INVOLVED

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138 SHEPHERDS BUSH ROAD W6 7PB 113 ASKEW ROAD W12 9AS 138 SHEPHERDS BUSH ROAD W6 7PB 27 CHURCHFIELD ROAD W3 6BD 113 ASKEW ROAD W12 9AS 27 CHURCHFIELD ROAD W3 6BD

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AYNHOE ROAD W14 £1,500PW / £6,500PCM UPPER MALL W6 • 5 BEDROOMS / £6,500PCM •£1,500PW DOUBLE RECEPTION WITH WOOD FLOORING UPPER MALL W6 • BRIGHT FULL WIDTH KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM WONDERFUL FAMILY HOME WC ••£1,500PW 3 BATHROOMS /& SEPARATE £6,500PCM •• •• •• ••

4 DOUBLE BEDROOMS COURTYARD GARDEN MASTER SUITEFAMILY WITH MEZZANINE STUDY AREA WONDERFUL HOME 2 LIVING SPACE 4 FLOORS DOUBLE OF BEDROOMS 2 BATHROOMS & 2 SHOWER ROOMS MASTER SUITE WITH MEZZANINE STUDY AREA

• 2 FLOORS OF LIVING SPACE • 2 BATHROOMS & 2 SHOWER ROOMS

REDAN STREET W14 £800PW / £3,467PCM HAARLEM ROAD W14 • 3 BEDROOMS / £2,708PCM •£625PW RECEPTION WITH WOOD FLOORING HAARLEM ROAD W14 • KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM ••£625PW 2 DOUBLE BEDROOM FLAT BATHROOM / £2,708PCM •• •• •• ••

RECEPTION PRETTY GARDEN CONTEMPORARY KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM 2 DOUBLE BEDROOM FLAT MASTER WITH EN SUITE BATHROOM & DRESSING AREA RECEPTION SHOWER ROOM KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM CONTEMPORARY

LETTINGS 020 7371 4071 LETTINGS 020 7371 4071 • • • •• •• •• •• ••

GOOD STORAGE EXCELLENT TRANSPORT LINKS LETTINGS 020 UNFURNISHED 2 COURTYARD GARDENS AVAILABLE NOW EASYRATING ACCESSDTO EPC 58 HAMMERSMITH & CHISWICK UNFURNISHED 2 COURTYARD GARDENS EPC 57 HAMMERSMITH & CHISWICK EASYRATING ACCESSDTO AVAILABLE NOW UNFURNISHED

7371 4071

• EPC RATING D 57 • AVAILABLE NOW

LETTINGS 020 7371 4071 LETTINGS 020 7371 4071 • • • •• •• •• •• ••

CLOSE TO WESTFIELD LONDON EXCELLENT TRANSPORT LINKS LETTINGS 020 7371 UNFURNISHED BALCONY NOW AVAILABLE UNFURNISHED EPC RATING D 58 WALKING DISTANCE TO HAMMERSMITH BROADWAY BALCONY EPC RATING C 79 UNFURNISHED AVAILABLE NOW WALKING DISTANCE TO HAMMERSMITH BROADWAY

4071

LOCAL . INDEPENDENT . INVOLVED

• MASTER WITH EN SUITE BATHROOM & DRESSING AREA • SHOWER ROOM

• EPC RATING C 79

L O C A L . I N D E P E N D• EAVAILABLE N T NOW . INVOLVED

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BRACKENBURY ROAD W6 £450PW / £1,950PCM • • • • •

2 BEDROOMS SPACIOUS RECEPTION WITH WOOD FLOORING KITCHEN BATHROOM PATIO GARDEN

LETTINGS 020 7371 4071

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IRVING ROAD W14 £425PW / £1,842PCM • • • • •

2 BEDROOMS BRIGHT RECEPTION KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM BATHROOM WOOD FLOORING THROUGHOUT

EXCELLENT TRANSPORT LINKS PART FURNISHED AVAILABLE BEGINNING OF FEBRUARY EPC RATING C 72

LETTINGS 020 7371 4071

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PRETTY GARDEN POPULAR BROOK GREEN LOCATION UNFURNISHED AVAILABLE NOW EPC RATING D 63

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SALES

5 -7 Tur n h a m G re e n Te rra ce, C h isw ic k , Lon don , W4 1R G Te l 0 2 0 8 7 4 7 8 8 0 0 · Fa x 020 8995 7275 E-m a i l i n fo @wh i t m a n a n dco.com · We bsite w w w. w h i t m a n a n dco. co m

FAIRLAWN ST PETERS AVENUE, SQUARE,W4 W6

£465,000 £3,250,000

LETTINGS

St Houselight, is an exciting contemporary St added Peters Square taking spaceThree and generous bedroom AnPeters amazingly well presented triple house aspectover flat looking with the benefitwith of abreath balcony andentertaining private garden. bedrooms, luxurysuites. bathroom, Spectacular galleried x 21’ Reception room, height dining room with meter windows, Fully fitted kitchen/breakfast room, Utility room, 14' reception room, hall, fully21’ integrated kitchen, gasDouble fired central heating, share in5the freehold, balcony and private garden with side access. Ideally Summer Four double bedrooms, Four station bathrooms, 3500 sq ft, Limestone andrestaurant oak floors,facilities Under floor situated room, withinCloakroom, close proximity of Chiswick Park tube and Over the extensive shopping and on heating, ChiswickGated High access Road. with video entry phone. Ideally situated in this historic square close to all amenities. No chain.

LINDENCOTTAGE, GARDENS, W4 LAMB W4 NOBLE HOUSE, W4

£330 PER WEEK £1.600,000 £899,950

newlytwo decorated lower ground floor flat this withboutique private development west facing garden. with wardrobes, reception room with AA luxury bedroom centrally located flatgarden set within of just 14Large units,double with thebedroom added benefit of secure underground parking. wood floors, bathroom with shower over, kitchen, The flat isLuxury on one of Chiswick's best located roads, moments from 18’ theTerrace, shops, 20’ Master bedroom with luxury wet room andfitted terrace, Secondgarden. double bedroom, bathroom, 24’ Reception room, Fully integrated kitchen, restaurants cafés on the High Road and 5 minutes Turnham Greenroom. station. The situated propertyinisthis available September, furnished. Gated allocated underground parking, Communal rooffrom terrace and summer Ideally central early Chiswick location close to all amenities. No chain. EPC - B

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LETTINGS POINT WHARFAVENUE, LANE, TW8 WAVENDON W4

£350 PER WEEK £2,995,000

Put simply, this meticulously home onsecond one of Chiswick’s prestigious streets,after is theriverside definitiondevelopment. of super-luxe. From its lavish master suite, Beautifully presented two renovated double bedroom floor flat most in this highly sought Boasting a stunning openwith plan dressing free-standing bathside and balcony wet room, to the full basement with gym and sauna, it offers thefitted perfect balance of entertaining kitchen room, reception room, a river and a master ensuite extension bedroom.complete Large open plan reception room, fully kitchen with granite work and living space. The house arranged views. over four floors and retains many of the original Edwardian features. Accommodation comprises: front garden, tops, fitted wardrobes andisriverside Underground parking space included. entrance hall, double reception room, kitchen/breakfast room, 21’ x 16’4 cinema/living room, gym/study, sauna room, utility room, cloakroom, master bedroom with dressing room and ensuite bathroom, three further bedrooms on the upper floors with two further bathrooms, landscaped garden.

QUEENCOTTAGE, ANNES LAMB W4 W4 CHURCH GATEGROVE, COURT, W4

£430 PER WEEK £1.600,000 £499,950

large, light beautifully presented twosouth/west double bedroom flat and on this highly desirableallocated road in parking. the heart of Bedford Park, minutes from AAspacious two and bedroom purpose built flat with facing patio secure underground Master bedroom withjust ensuite, Second Turnham Green underground station. Topintegrated floor position ensures views from the reception bedrooms. double bedroom, 21’ Reception room, Fully kitchen, Luxurybeautiful bathroom, Private South/West facingand enclosed patio area, Polished hard wood floors, Underground allocated parking, The property is well located for Chiswick High Road with its shops, cafes, restaurants and transport facilities. No chain. EPC - B

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PROPERTY • FEATURE

WHERE DO WE ALL GO FROM HERE? John Martin of John Martin Estates in Ealing gives his take on the property market with the benefit of his 30 years in the industry.

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ell, that quarter went quickly and there are positives to be seen with continued activity in the market in respect of sales and, more particularly, lettings which saw a “purple patch”. However, it has to be recognised that this came where vendors and landlords were realistic in their thinking on price as that is still the driving factor. The one disappointment in the quarter is that the budget really offered nothing and the hope was that there would have been some tweaking in relation to the second property SDLT. We obviously still need to encourage first time buyers who are so essential to the market

but the current uncertainty for the future does not help. So, having avoided that ‘B’ word in all of my articles save the last quarter, I think it fair to say that, as I write, it is probably the main thought on people’s minds apart, of course, from Christmas! There has been a lot of speculation about what will happen to property prices in the various scenarios and, specifically, if there is “no deal”. My view is that, whilst we currently have no option but to wait and see, we must remain positive. In the last quarter, we succeeded in putting and holding deals together and whilst there may well be adjustments in price, there will be activity in the market but we will require lenders to be pragmatic and not cut off the resources needed to see the market through any difficult times ahead.

I think everyone knows that I am a huge supporter of the high street and, in this last quarter, I was honoured to be invited to be a judge in the Great British High Street Awards 2018. In this role, I have travelled the country to visit different high streets, all of which had estate agents! The high street is alive, especially where there is an engaged community, and as an agent who has always been involved in the community where I have had my business for 23 years, I can only encourage my fellow agents to do the same. One agent in West London is moving off the high street to a centralised hub and time will tell whether that will work for them and I wish them well. However, this last week has seen announcements of one large online agency going into administration following the closure of online platforms by a number of high street agents and this suggests that the online business model is not working and it certainly has a small market share. In my opinion, local knowledge and personal service are still of the highest importance to clients and applicants. So where do we all go from here? We remain positive, realistic and, as I have said previously, our property market will survive as it always has before. For advice on the property market, Pitshanger Village and Ealing and to view the properties available, please contact John and his team. John Martin Estates 020 8998 3333 johnmartinestates.com

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Filmworks features a stunning collection of art-deco inspired 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments and penthouses, ideally located in the heart of Ealing. The new homes will be centred around a vibrant new piazza, home to an impressive eight-screen Picturehouse cinema and an exciting mix of shops and restaurants including Planet Organic and Vapiano.

Take centre stage, enquire now 020 8023 7268 or email sales@filmworks-ealing.co.uk *Prices and details correct at time of going to press. Computer generated images are indicative only.

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With very best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year to all of our clients, tenants and applicants as well as our Pitshanger and Ealing friends from

John, Rhian and the team at John Martin Estates

– PITSHANGER’S COMMUNITY ESTATE AGENT – YOUR SALES, LETTINGS AND PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SPECIALISTS

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