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136 C U LT U R E 14 ABSOLUTELY LOVES

51 BRIGHT START The vitamin C products you need now

18 AGENDA

WEDDING SPECIAL 68 SUNBEAM STUDIOS

10 things we’re coveting this month

Diary dates for May

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A beautiful wedding at this stylish venue

21 LONDON CRAFT WEEK

77 BRIDAL TRENDS

FA S H I O N 32 FASHION CONFIDENTIAL

INTERIORS 102 INTERIOR INSPIRATIONS

Discover the creatives of the capital

This month’s hottest trend updates and brands to know

News and views from the world of design

108 AESME FLOWERS Meeting the florist sisters

H E A LT H & B E AU T Y 48 BEAUTY CONFIDENTIAL

PROPERTY 154 LIVING THE DREAM

The most luxurious London properties

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45 BARBARA HULANICKI A new collaboration with Baar & Bass

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e're looking at a lot of flowers this month. It's May, which is properly spring, and there's the Chelsea Flower show, so focus is on colour and freshness. Throughout this issue there are bright shades and floral patterns, plus conversations with actual florists, as well as a preview of the flower show itself. Flowers lead us seamlessly into weddings and our extensive weddings section, which is a fantastic resource for brides. Bridal fashions, reception venues, jewellery and make up are all covered in our pages. Foodwise, we're preparing for the new season with a focus on summer salads courtesy of our friends at ScandiKitchen and in fashion, we look at Daiwear's clever new performance workwear, which is designed for the office (not the gym) but feels as comfortable as any yoga outfit. We quiz the woman behind the brand as we covet her stylish key pieces. A large interiors section this month spans chair design, wall storage, floral displays and House of Hackney's chintzy new collection, while we take a philosophical look at home life for families with the School of Life. Travel takes us to Munich and Jamaica in search of interesting things to report, and there's the usual mix of diary dates, local events and property news too. We hope you enjoy the magazine.

ABSOLUTELY’S favourite floral pieces for spring

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The sisters behind Aesme Flowers create some of the most beautiful arrangements with a loose, natural flair. aesme.co.uk

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De Gournay's beautiful Amazonia print on pink silk is exactly how I picture the backdrop to my dream house. degournay.com

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In honour of The Chelsea Flower Show (22-26 May 2018), Kensington restaurant Maggie Jones’s is giving its menu a floral makeover by adding edible flowers to each of its dishes. maggie-jones.co.uk

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Austrian designer Lena Hoschek's summery collection is inspired by bohemian, gypsy looks and her florals are bright and bold. lenahoschek.com

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L’ARTISAN PARFUMEUR

Developed by perfumer Anne Flipo for L'Artisan Parfumeur, Champ de Fleurs is a transparent white floral inspired by the first flowers of spring. With grapefruit, pear, lily of the valley, jasmine, cedar, musk and amber.

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SPORT MEETS ST YLE Danse Lente takes inspiration from gymnastics for a SS18 collection of striking silhouettes and sculptural design. Imagine the clean lines of vaults, rings and pommel horses, robust hardware and the fluidity of the athlete. danselente.com

Drinking in Design

A limited edition whisky from Blue Label and decorated by Tom Dixon for the dapper drinker who enjoys design. £195; selfridges.com

WALL FLOWER

Junique's poster is just what we need to brighten the mood as we wait for summer to show up. Warning: evokes wanderlust. £24.90; juniqe.co.uk

L E AT H E R H E AD Get dressed head-to-phone this season with the new collection from Greenwich. Cases come in a range of pastel hues and promise to protect from every bump and scrape. £129; greenwich.design

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Silk Road

Dolce & Gabbana's scarf is decorated with the label's vibrant Maiolica motif and cut from fluid silk-twill. We'll have ours tied around the handles of a tote. £155; net-a-porter.com

SLEEPING BEAUTY

W I NGI N G I T Finlay is a British eyewear brand born with a rebellious spirit. We’ve opted for the winged Willow frames in blue for guaranteed Brti-chic cool. £165; finlayandco.com

Nighttime has never been so chic with the Cotton Sateen PJ set from Laurence Tavernier at Amélie’s Follies. Simple and practical, yet modern and elegant, each design showcases refi ned details and elegant fabrics. £144; ameliesfollies.co.uk

HOME COMFORTS

Muted hues and eclectic embroidery make the Tasseled Salima Cushion a spring sofa staple for delivering a sophisticated splash of colour. £58 each; anthropologie.com

TAS SEL FEVE R Radiant rose gold, stamped sentiment and tassels; the Luxe Bangles from Joma Jewellery are the only bracelets you’ll want to stack this summer. £19.50; jomajewellery.com

Perfect Pastels

Specialising in demi-couture, Roksanda bags are elegant with a touch of effortless modern cool; ideal for adding interest to an otherwise safe spring ensemble. £1,531; farfetch.com

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Amy Judd, Blue Jay Girl; Beautifully Obscure at Hicks Gallery, hicksgallery.co.uk

What’s On 18 • London Craft Week 21 • The Chelsea Flower Show 24 A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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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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Superficies From 10 May FLOW GALLERY

Jochen Holz’s glass art comes to Flow Gallery in an exploration of lamp working, a rarely practiced glass blowing technique that produces rich textures and complex shapes. Ranging from functional tableware to sculptural neon lighting, Holz’s work disrupts perfection and breaks down the pristine of natural glass. 1-5 Needham Road, W11; flowgallery.co.uk

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10th Birthday O NGO I NG • R I C HA R D YO U NG GALLERY

Since opening it’s doors in May 2008, the gallery has displayed countless iconic photographs from Richard Young’s incomparable archive, as well as showcasing international photographers. By carefully sifting through Richard’s timeless collection, the gallery has pulled together its sell out exhibitions such as Anarchy in the UK, David Bowie and A Kind of Magic: A Celebration of Freddie Mercury’s 70th Birthday, to reveal Young’s close relationship with his subjects. 4 Holland Street, W8; richardyounggallery.co.uk

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Kensington Dollshouse Festival 11-12 May

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This unique event brings together the best miniatures artists from around the world with dolls house collectors and enthusiasts. Guests can expect over 170 makers and suppliers representing all areas of this hobby, from DIY tools to intricate furniture pieces and accessories. Horniton Street, W8; dollshousefestival .com

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EXHIBITION

Still is Still Moving From 24 May

Around Town EXHIBITION

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OFFER WATERMAN GALLERY

Until 20 May

Celebrated British artist, Tarka Kings brings Still is Still Moving to the Offer Waterman Gallery, an exhibition of more than 20 new works on paper. Imbued with subtlety and a true mastery of her chosen medium, Kings’ drawings convey an intimate sense of time and place, distilled from light and texture. 17 St George Street, W1S; waterman.co.uk

V&A MUSEUM OF C H ILD H OOD

The roles we are given at an early age within the family group become defining elements of who we are. Sister Brother shines a light on the impact siblings have on our identity as we grow up. Bringing together a set of portraits by Madeleine Waller, the exhibition aims to explore sibling relationships and how they affect our sense of self. Cambridge Heath Road, E2; vam.ac.uk/moc DAMIEN FROST, BOURGEOISIE FROM NIGHT FLOWERS

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This Month’s Must See

As the Nazis identified difference as something to be afraid of, the Weimar Kabarett scene danced on with songs that celebrated it. Effigies of Wickedness brings together several figures from the London theatrical and cabaret scene to bring this subversive underground scene to life. 11 Pembridge Road, W11; gatetheatre.co.uk

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ravel back in time for an actionpacked afternoon as part of Historic England’s annual celebration of the capital’s extraordinary heritage. There’ll be mini tours and a pop-up exhibition with archive photography, along with the opportunity to handle artefacts and don historical costumes. Bishop’s Avenue, SW6;

As daylight fades, the city’s character changes and a new night persona emerges. Delve into the darkness and explore nocturnal London at this major new photography exhibition at Museum of London. 150 London Wall, EC2Y; museumoflondon.org.uk

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TEETH From 17 May WELLCOM E COLLEC T ION

From vampires and tooth fairies to barber surgeons and professional dentists, Wellcome Collection’s summer exhibition traces the evolution of the relationship with our teeth and what they say about us with over 150 objects, cartoons, caricatures and more. 183 Euston Road, NW1; wellcomecollection.org

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ART London’s most creative locations give themselves over to London Craft Week for a celebration of craftsmanship in Britain and beyond

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esign has one. Fashion has one. And since 2015, craft has had one too. Back for its fourth edition between 9-13 May, London Craft Week sees hundreds of locations around London give themselves over to the discovery and celebration of craftsmanship in every sector of making – from Britain and around the world. It invites the public into previously off-limits corners of the capital to reveal its most creative spaces. This year is its biggest, and most international event yet, bringing the world’s finest makers to London for a dynamic celebration of making in all its forms – from ceramics and fashion to watch-making and letterpress. Whether it’s an intimate hands-on workshop with a craftsman, an afternoon in a West End costume department, or behind-the-scenes introduction to the crafted interiors of an iconic building, there’s something for every field of interest. London Craft Week was launched in 2015 is the only festival of its kind in the world. With 227 events, 70 exhibitions, 41 workshops, 87 talks and 61 live

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demonstrations, there is certainly something to suit all. Over the course of the week, you might learn the intricacies of Swiss horology, British millinery and Danish ceramics; you can blend your own fragrance, print your own book and craft your own tableware. There is also the opportunity to hear the stories behind crafted works and iconic luxury products direct from their makers. But this still only scratches the surface of what London Craft Week has to offer. The disciplines represented range from jewellery and leathercraft to printmaking and carpentry, and involve both established makers of global standing – including Tom Dixon, Bill Amberg and Georg Jensen – and emerging talents on the cusp of their careers, such as the ceramic artist and Woman’s Hour Craft prize winner Phoebe Cummings. With more than 275 taking part in this year’s festival, one of the core aims of London Craft Week is to celebrate and support the community of independent makers in Britain and beyond. This year’s festivities are sponsored by dunhill and Purdey who have partnered to produce the Home of Craftsmanship: a creative hub and focal point for press and visitors, celebrating the craftsmanship and heritage integral to dunhill. Every room of Bourdon House will be transformed through a fascinating and immersive demonstration of craftsmanship, alongside A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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KENSINGTON & CHELSEA ART WEEKEND 27 – 29 JULY 2018 APPLICATIONS OPEN

Celebrating Contemporary Culture Across This Historic Borough • Gallery Open Weekend Participating Gallery Applications Open Now 50 + events in galleries, public spaces, museums & cultural institutions; Red Bus ‘Hop On/Off ’ gallery tour connecting North to South Kensington, lecture series & podcasts by After Nyne Magazine, curator talks & debates, temporary public art installations www.kensingtonartweekend.com

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“Learn how to blend your own fragrance, print your own book and craft your own tableware”

a series of short films. Purdey is renowned for making the finest-quality shotguns, rifles and shooting equipment and this iconic British company brings the same attention to detail and craftsmanship to their clothing and accessories. For London Craft Week they will be hosting a series of demonstrations in their beautiful Audley House store. Elsewhere, The AMAZING CHINA exhibition at the Hospital Club promising a fascinating overview of contemporary and traditional techniques and aesthetic philosophy, while Experience Kyoto at Nobu Hotel Shoreditch will shed light on Japan’s wabi-sabi making culture through regional crafts and cuisine. Many of Switzerland’s most revered small watchmaking houses – including Laurent Ferrier, Romain Gauthier, Ludovic Ballouard, De Bethune, Ferdinand Berthoud, Graham, H. Moser & Cie, and Moritz Grossmann – are brought together by William and Sons. And, across its stores in Chelsea, Marylebone and Selfridges, The Conran Shop hosts Global Market, gathering international makers such as Danish furniture designer Carl Hansen & Søn, Japanese ceramic miniaturist Yuta Segawa and Dartmoor lifestyle brand Feldspar, for live craft CUBITTS HORN COLOURS demonstrations and exhibitions of slip-casting, textile painting, cane weaving and more. All of this, plus a series of meet-the-maker talks and interviews, exclusive exhibitions and one-off events at leading retailers, rare insights to some of the world’s most prestigious luxury brands and fashion houses and Behind-the-scenes access to some of London’s most iconic, off-the-beatentrack and otherwise unexplored locations. Taking place across the city, some London Craft Week events and experiences are ticketed, most are free to attend and many are held on a drop-in basis. A full list of events can be found on the London Craft Week website. Authenticity is at the heart of London Craft Week and the programme aims to attract a broad audience united in their appreciation of imagination, individuality, passion and skill. It bridges iconic heritage and contemporary brands as well as independent makers and allows them to tell their stories. Each year, with the city as its backdrop, this week-long event shines a spotlight on artists and makers and celebrates a golden age of creative talent. LO N D O N C R A F T W E E K

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9~13 May Various locations londoncraftweek.com

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The Chelsea Flower Show returns in full glory this May. These are our top tips for floral fanatics By GEORGIA MCVEIGH RHS/NEIL HEPWORTH

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ith a reputation almost as prestigious as those who attend it, the Chelsea Flower Show is returning to London on 22 May. A favourite of Royals and celebrities, its 2018 return promises to showcase some of the most aspirational and innovative of recent garden designs, as well as many favourite exhibitors from previous years. With over a century of history behind it – having run in its Chelsea location since 1913 – its longevity is owed to its ability to adapt and change with the times, and many of the installations reflect the issues that face our planet through living displays. Here are this years highlights:

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G R E AT PAV I L I O N

ne of Chelsea's biggest attractions, the Great Pavilion will exhibit over 85 of the best nurseries in the world and play host to some of the most prestigious florists in the business. There will be interactive plant science displays in the Discovery Area and a Hampshire Carnivorous Plants section to watch as the prey becomes the predator. Or help celebrate alpine specialist D’arcy & Everest’s 25th anniversary.

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he Artisan Gardens combine traditional materials and methods with the most innovative recent design approaches, and are dotted throughout Ranelagh Gardens. Always a favourite at the show, it’s possible to observe rustic materials married with stylish, modern twists as a tasteful combination between the contemporary and the classic. The gardens will also showcase artisan products and the highest quality detailing.

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new feature for 2018, the Chelsea at Twilight event will take place on Friday evening. For the first time, the Chelsea Flower Show will open its doors for an evening event from 8-10PM. It will feature a live band, an artisan food market and wandering artists – but most excitingly, the chance to enjoy the Artisan Gardens by twilight as a farewell to the show for another year. Tickets are limited, so speedy booking is essential.

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he aquatic theme of the Pearlfisher Garden subtly suggests how the natural beauty of the ocean is being irrevocably damaged. Large aquatic tanks surround the central piece – a threedimensional pearl diver, and suspended Tillandsia will hang from the top of the tanks to produce an algae effect. Live fish and coral will feature, as a final reminder of those which are most deeply affected by our damage of the planet; making it the most poignant and evocative exhibition this year.

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new place to sit and contemplate life, the inception of the Garden of Health and Wellbeing is a result of research that focuses on the beneficial qualities of plants and trees to general welfare. The garden aims to show that both gardeners and those simply in the presence of flora and fauna can achieve a sense of calm and tranquillity, thus championing the immense power of plants. It’s little wonder that Prince Charles famously takes the time to talk to his plants.

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he Space to Grow Gardens are a collection of new exhibitions for 2018 that focus on designs for the naturally smaller urban garden. The designs will show how to maximise on the space available, aiming to provide inspiration for London dwellers who are struggling to plant the minimal terrain that comes with an urban townhouse. Great for anyone London-based looking to give new life to their outdoor space.

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ardin Blanc with Raymond Blanc will be returning to the Chelsea Flower Show with day and evening packages in the food and hospitality area. Package depending, options include exclusive access to the Jardin Blanc area, breakfast, a four-course lunch and Afternoon Tea designed by Raymond Blanc himself, as well as botanically themed cocktails. The evening package offers canapés and a champagne reception, musical entertainment and dinner. A great (and delicious) way to ensure you’re fully fuelled for some serious flower foraging.

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Life is suddenly turned upside down and everything becomes curiouser and curiouser…

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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

Peter Pan

MUST SEE

★★★★★

From 17 May REGENT’S PARK OPEN AIR THEATRE

For the wounded soldiers of WWI, imagination is their only escape. Yet as they’re transported to the fantastical lagoons and pirate ships of Never Land, the war they’ve left behind seems ever present. George Llewelyn Davies was one of the children who inspired Peter Pan. Remembering him, and a generation of Lost Boys, this spellbinding rendition is not to be missed. Regent’s Park, NW1; openairtheatre.com

By H E L E N B R O W N

Life and Fate ★★★★★

8-20 May TH E ATRE ROYA L H AYMA R K E T

It’s early 1943. Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s Russia are in a bitter struggle for their very survival. Vasily Grossman’s celebrated novel, Life and Fate, is a sweeping panorama of Soviet Society and an epic tale of a country told through the fate of a single Jewish family, the Shtrum’s. 18 Suffolk Street, SW1Y; trh.co.uk

Faceless

LIFE AND FATE

Until 12 May

Schism

PETER PAN

★★★★★

PARK THEATRE

Inspired by a true court case, Faceless highlights the power of the internet and its far reaching consequences in the 21st century. This insightful play follows the life of Susie, a suburban Chicago teenager who converts online from Christianity to Islam and tries to reach Syria. In the ensuing court case she finds herself portrayed as an enemy of the State and is prosecuted by a young female Muslim lawyer. Clifton Terrace, N4; parktheatre.co.uk

Chess

★★★★★

From 16 May PA R K THEATRE

Schism is the stunning play from disabled playwright, Athena Stevens. Highlighting the power dynamics between male and female, and disabled and non-disabled, at its heart Schism is a play about two people finding each other. Thoughtprovoking and moving, it asks at which point do dreams and relationships become unrealistic? Clifton Terrace, N4; parktheatre.co.uk

★★★★★

From 26 April LO N D O N CO LI S EU M

In the first West End production of Chess since 1986, Michael Ball stars at Anatoly alongside Alexandra Burke as Svetlana. The much-adored production tells a story of love and political intrigue, set against the background of the Cold War in the late 1970s/early 1980s, when the lives of two chess masters are thrown into turmoil as superpowers attempt to manipulate an international chess championship for political ends. St Martin’s Lane, WC2N; eno.org

SCHISM

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GARDEN OF DELIGHTS BIMBA Y LOLA

Bimba Y Lola is celebrating a summer of love, with a collection inspired by the bohemian spirit of the 1970s. Delivering plenty of frayed denim, natural leather and paintbox brights, this is psychedelic made stylish. bimbaylola.com

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CORNELIA WEBB X N E T-A- P O R T E R

This year, self-taught Stockholmbased jewellery designer Cornelia Webb is returning for a second bridal collaboration with Neta-Porter. Fascinated by human anatomy, Webb sketches all of her designs directly onto her own body rather than paper. The result is undulating, graphic pieces, which add a stylish spin to any bridal ensemble. corneliawebb.com

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FASHION • NOTES

COLOUR

A B S O L U T E LY T R I E S . . . PERSONAL SHOPPING

CONCEPT ST I N E G OYA

Copenhagen-born Stine Goya entered the scene 12 years ago with its art-inspired designs. This season, the brand embraces floaty fabrics, whimsical prints and bold colourways. With the brand now available on Net-a-Porter, there’s no excuse not to get in on the action. stinegoya.com

Fit & Style Studio

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It might look unassuming, but Joseph’s Sevres bag quietly claimed the crown of fashion week’s most coveted tote. Made from Italian leather and featuring a statement buckle, it offers a fresh take on the 2017 bucket bag. Wear now with androgynous separates, and come summer, a linen sun dress; £476 joseph-fashion.com

VAMPIRE’S WIFE

The Vampire’s Wife's ruffled dresses have been spotted at countless fashion parties and worn by everyone from Keira Knightley to Sienna Miller. Chic, flattering, and a little bit retro? Consider us sold; £1,395 doverstreetmarket.com

Slumber

PARTY E B E RJ E Y

There’s nothing more satisfying than the cottonfreshness of a new pair of pyjamas. As the weather warms, we’re looking to Eberjey for fabrics that let skin breathe. In feminine fits and soft colourways, their PJs are surely too pretty to confine to the bedroom. Available from Amélie’s Follies; 34 Webbs Road, SW11; ameliesfollies.co.uk

he idea of personal shopping has always filled me with dread. I love shopping (I am a fashion writer after all), but my trips tend to be onewoman missions carried out with military precision. I know what I want, what I like and where I want to go. So when Marks & Spencer invited me to experience their new 'Fit & Style Studio', I was hesitant but also intrigued. Firstly I'm asked to fill out a short questionnaire, which details everything from sizing to 'my typical day'. The studio itself is spacious and elegantly furnished, and I sip on a glass of Prosecco while my stylist Sara reveals the rails of clothes she has picked out for me. With decades of celebrity styling under her belt, I am impressed by both her professionalism and, most importantly, her taste. So far so good. We begin with one outfit, and I'm asked which aspects I do and don't like. We use this as a starting point from which to add and take away pieces - swapping a blouse for a T-shirt, a block heel for a brogue. I feel at ease with Sara and welcome her expert opinion. I even enjoy being pushed out of my sartorial comfort zone, trying colours and shapes that I would usually recoil from. Three hours and many outfits later, I leave with a classic white shirt, on-trend pastel blue blazer and nude patent brogues, all of which slot perfectly into my summer wardrobe. Mission accomplished. So whether you’re looking for a dress for a special occasion, or simply something to shake up your style, give personal shopping a try. You might just become a convert. FIT & STYLE STUDIO

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WORK AND PLAY

Absolutely quizzes Joanna Dai, financier turned fashion designer, about making smart clothes that are comfortable too

Could workwear feel like yogawear, but wear like a powersuit?

Interview PENDLE HARTE

PENDLE HARTE What inspired you leave the world of finance for fashion? JOANNA DAI I was always creative and entrepreneurial when I was young – between my grade school art recognitions and always running for student government so that I could plan events for my fellow classmates. I was analytical at the same time, so spending the first eight years out of college in finance was exhilarating. I’ve acquired a business mindset from banking which has been invaluable. As I looked ahead, I felt I was ready to be more creative and entrepreneurial again. I wanted to create something more tangible, something

the consumer would appreciate, and to build a brand where there was no roadmap, just a vision for positive impact. PH Your collection is all about being comfortable. How does it work? Is it about the fabrics or the cuts? How is it possible to be both tailored and comfortable? JD I grew up in Southern California where getting dressed was relaxed and easy. I swam and played water polo all year round where it was just your suit and towel. I’m still active with a long-distance running in breathable sportswear. So clothes never constricted my movement until A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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my professional life, when I was working more than 12 hours a day. When I saw the athleisure trend take off and become a lifestyle, I asked myself if workwear could feel like yoga, but wear like a powersuit. My hypothesis was more about the fabrics and making them tailored. Our first cuts are quite classic and tailored with modern, minimal details. As we’re combining elegant tailoring with innovative fabrics that have quite a bit of stretch, we’re constantly testing the finishings and details to achieve the clean and high-end look while withstanding the stretch-enabled movements. PH How does feeling uncomfortable affect your performance? JD What you wear represents you and how you want to be perceived. It impacts how you feel. So clothes can have a transformative power on your mindset and your confidence. I’ve been through days where scratchy tag,s stiff linings, skirts that keeps riding up or constrictive waistbands have been really disctracting, especially at the moments when I needed my laser focus the most. I want to optimise women’s performance and confidence, not create distractions for them with shortcomings in their clothes. PH What fabrics are you using? JD Our technical fabrics are sourced from premium, environmentally friendly Italian mills. We look for performance functions such as four-way stretch, breathability, wrinkle resistance, anti-pilling, machine washable, eco-certified, and no bagging out after wear (the list goes on). For seven out of eight styles in our capsule collection, we’re using a microfibre jersey that’s double bonded, meaning two breathable single layers which are joined together for extra

structure, making it comfortable yet great for tailoring. We also love silk, a natural fibre that has a luxe hand feel, temperature control, and drapes beautifully. PH How old are your customers and who are they? JD Our customers generally range from 30 to 65+, which is amazing because it shows that comfort is universal. From urban professionals to countryside entrepreneurs, the common thread is busy women seeking comfort that looks smart. PH With no background in fashion, how did you learn the basics? JD Over the course of five months, I took fashion design and womenswear patternmaking at London College of Fashion, and interned with luxury British womenswear designer Emilia Wickstead, whom I knew and admired from making my wedding dress. The combination of these experiences – aka my crash course in fashion – gave me the foundation to venture off on my own. PH Which designers do you admire? JD From the archives, Christian Dior for his waist-defining silhouettes which were revolutionary at the time and fundamental classics today. In the modern day, the designers I admire the most are also

powerhouse businesswomen on a mission to support other women, give back socially and/or change the world environmentally: Tory Burch, Stella McCartney, Diane von Furstenburg, Maria Grazia Chiuri. PH Do you miss the world of finance? JD I definitely miss aspects of it. I still love numbers and being technical, and these days I’m not the technical expert in almost any aspect of my day-to-day, except for the Dai brand, products and values. I miss the fast-paced environment with constant news flow and always having a point of view that impacted the direction of market transactions. I miss the amenities of a city office building such as a reception, IT on call, cleaners and maintenance. Our last studio did not even supply toilet paper, which always makes me laugh, but I’m building something that women are enthusiastically responding to and that’s what matters. PH What’s next for Daiwear? JD We’re expanding our range, introducing new colours and using a few new lighterweight fabrics for our spring/summer collection. We’ll have more styles and silhouettes for trousers, tops, dresses and skirts. And size UK 16, which we’ve had a lot of women ask for. daiwear.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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Chelsea

GIRLS A new collaboration between Barbara Hulanicki and Baar and Bass has resulted in a range of glamorous retro-inspired pieces By EVE HERBERT

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helsea boutique Baar and Bass has teamed up with Barbara Hulanicki to create an exclusive new collection. The original founder of BIBA, now based in Miami, and Maddie Chesterton have together created a 19-piece capsule collection inspired by the infamous Kensington fashion boutique and the female icons from the heady 60s and 70s. The collection includes wide-leg jumpsuits in gold lamé and flirty wrap dresses in sumptuous satins reminiscent of this golden era. Working from some of Hulanicki’s exclusive sketches for Baar and Bass, together they have created a one off and truly unique collaboration. From the Twiggy Top to the Jerry Jumpsuit, this collection is as much aimed at those who used to go to Bibi as those who now come to Baar and Bass. Having been influenced and inspired by Barbara from the offset, Maddie’s vision for Baar and Bass was to recreate that iconic Bibi environment where people could come and simply enjoy the space space as well as shop. A place where music, art and fashion collide for a truly rare and individual experience.

“Baar and Bass is a place where music, art and fashion collide for a truly rare and individual experience” A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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From sea salt scrubs to water-fresh formulas, it's all about embracing the Big Blue this May By J OY M O N TG O M E RY

WASH Out R I T UA L S

Inspired by an ancient Balinese ceremony, The Ritual of Banyu honours the powerful healing properties of water, with every item in the eight-piece collection infused with purifying sea salt and revitalising kelp minerals. rituals.com

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SCANDI SKIN

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BJORK & BERRIES

We’re always on the lookout for products that have style and substance, and Swedish botanical brand Bjork & Berries, delivers both. Combining centuries-old Swedish beauty traditions with modern-day technology, this eco-conscious skincare brand prides itself on using as few ingredients as possible. bjorkandberries.com

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HERE COMES THE SUN MEDIK8

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Dior’s Cool Wave collection is guaranteed to freshen up your makeup game this summer. From cobalt blue eye shadow palettes to vibrant coral lipsticks, the edit packs plenty of personality. Wall flowers need not apply. dior.com

SPF is essential for maintaining a youthful complexion, yet finding a formula that doesn't clog the skin can be tricky. Enter Medik8. Boasting broadspectrum UVA and UVB protection, anti-pollution technology and SPF 30, this complexion-loving formula will both shield skin and combat signs of photoageing. medik8.com

Cool Runnings CREME DE LA MER

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HEALTH & BEAUTY • SCENT

PERFUME

SUMMERY SCENTS

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erfume’s ability to reflect the very best in nature never ceases to inspire me and so, at this most effusive juncture in the calendar, it would be appropriate to unveil some of the most exciting and enthusiastic summery scents that stimulate the soul and the senses. One of my favourites is ‘Agua di Colonia Concentrada’ from Alvarez Gomez, a family perfumery in Madrid. The formula dates back to 1912 and is perhaps the ultimate Spanish cologne, full of juicy lemons, lavender, rosemary and thyme. It reminds me of childhood holidays and can still lift my spirits in seconds. The truly gifted David Seth Moltz at D.S. & Durga also has a joyful olfactory hymn in ‘Italian Citrus’. Chinotto and blood oranges with green mandarine and cold-pressed lemons dance across this scent. It is expansive and sparkling with a really interesting and rather serene drydown of copaida balsam and incense. It has its heart in the grand tradition of soft Mediterranean colognes but its head in an altogether more spiritual place. Heavenly. James Heeley is a British talent and a lovely guy whose rather epic ‘ Note de Yuzu’ is perhaps the most potent infusion of sunshine ever bottled. Here, sharp and effervescent yuzu is teamed with sea salt and a vivid white musk to become the olfactory equivalent of a double espresso. Heliotrope is one of my favourite flowers and smells like almonds but slightly sweeter and creamier. ‘Heliotrope’ from the legendary French fragrance house of Molinard is perhaps the finest rendering as it layers the flowers over the top

“Scents that stimulate the soul” and heart of the scent. The clever inclusion of neroli adds a little zing and the classic triumvirate of rose, iris and jasmine provides the fragrance’s unyielding good taste. This is an intoxicating perfume and one application is never enough. Addictive. Finally to figs and coconuts, two tropical temptresses that never fail to mesmerise the mind and seduce the senses. The fact that they are gourmand notes probably plays a role in the attraction however it is the mellow, unhurried ease of these notes that I find bewitching. Two outstanding candidates are ‘Gorse’ from Laboratory Perfumes and ‘Figue en Fleur’ from Andree Putman. The former is a scent based on the prickly bushes that occupy scrubland across Europe, brought to Britain by the Romans and, unusually for us, a plant the flowers almost all year round. Its flowers actually smell like coconuts and here they are combined with fresh green and citrus over the lemony spice of cardamom. Creamy and dreamy. From Paris, ‘Figue en Fleur’ utilises the aromatic leaves for the fig tree, which has an almost vanilla green scent, and adds the ethereal beauty of almonds and tonka over the spiced sweetness of sandalwood. It is Provence in May, windows down, driving through the green undulating hills before the summer sun has baked them brown. Effortless chic. These are the scents of endless summers; shimmering and incandescent - Enjoy! A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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The award-winning Louise Parker Method is now available in The Wellness Clinic in Harrods. Our luxury private studios offer expert personal training sessions and small group classes. Louise Parker dietitians, luxurious shower rooms and a relaxation lounge complete your exclusive wellbeing experience. We are one of a kind and look forward to welcoming and looking after you

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HEALTH & BEAUTY • ACTIVE

FITNESS

Running WILD Get tails wagging with these top pieces for working out with you four-legged friend

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NIKE Nike Swift Running Trousers, £89.95; nike.com

MUNGO & MAUD Storm Dog Coat, from £135; mungoandmaud.com

BOGG Doggy Bag Dispenser, £16; amazon.co.uk

HURTTA Padded Active Dog Harness, from £29.99; fetch.co.uk

PERFECT FIT

LULU LEMON Speed Sock, £18; lululemon.co.uk

EZYDOG Road Runner Lead, £36.75; fetch.co.uk ORVIS Soggy Doggy Drying Towel, £20; orvis.co.uk

MUNGO & MAUD Goody Bag, £28.95; mungoandmaud.com

NIKE Nike Zonal Aeroshield Running Jacket, £129.95; nike.com

VIVO Primus Trail Swimrun Shoes, £110; vivobarefoot.com

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EXPERT TIPS FOR BUYING A SPORTS BRA

ports bras have recently become somewhat of a fashion accessory but they still play an essential role in providing comfort and protecting health during your fitness routine. A sports bra that fits incorrectly can ruin a workout and affect your health. We spoke to Hagen Schumacher, expert consultant cosmetic surgeon at MyAesthetics for the five things you need to consider before buying one.

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Any kind of exercise, particularly high-impact fitness like HIIT or running, places tension on the supporting muscles of your breasts, so it’s important to have a professional fitting. Get measured around the smallest part of your lower bust, where the band sits and then the fullest part of your bust. Go up or down a letter for each inch of difference and you’ve found your cup size.

HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN YOU’VE FOUND THE RIGHT FIT?

The band of your sports bra should sit firmly around your chest at an even level and the shoulder straps should provide support without leaving marks. You should be able to set the hooks on the loosest setting when you first begin wearing your bra, so you can tighten it as it begins to naturally lose elasticity. When it comes to augmented breasts, it’s important to invest in a supportive sports bra rather than one with a compression fit. Compression bras may squeeze implants unnecessarily, but a supportive sports bra will take the burden off the connective tissues, keeping the breasts in position.

WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOUR SPORTS BRA?

Tell-tale signs your sports bra is the wrong fit: • The band rides up the back, or you’re using the tightest hook • The straps dig into your skin • There’s spillage when you bend over

SELECT YOUR SPORTS BRA BY ACTIVITY

Low-support bras are best for lowimpact activities like walking and yoga, medium-support is suitable for brisk walking and cycling and high-support is designed for sports like running and aerobics. Compression style bras do not have cups and are usually worn by pulling them over your head. They compress the breasts against the body to limit movement. Encapsulation designs have individual cups. There are now sports bras offering a combination of compression and encapsulation. They offer the most sturdy support for women of any breast size.

KNOW WHEN IT IS TIME TO UPGRADE

Just like all bras, sports bras stretch over time. It is recommended that you replace it every four to six months, depending on the frequency of wear and quality of care. myaesthetics.uk

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WEDDING GOWNS,OCCASION & EVENING WEAR

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WEDDINGS

FLOWER POWER

SUZANNENEVILLE Suzanne Neville’s fabulous 2018 bridal collection includes this amazing Garland gown, with a fabulous sprinkling of blooms on the bodice and a lovely form-fitting skirt. For more about the new collection, visit suzanneneville.com

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At The Hurlingham Club, we understand that your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. Whether you are planning an intimate gathering of your nearest and dearest, or a large celebration with dancing into the small hours, our expert team of wedding planners will make sure that you have a truly exceptional day in our beautiful Club. With a variety of stunning event spaces and options for 20 guests up to over 350, you really can plan the day of your dreams at The Hurlingham Club. Enjoy drinks with your guests in the Sunken Garden and the terrace overlooking the magnificent grounds and the River Thames, and dance the night away in the Palm Court under the stars.

THE HURLINGHAM CLUB, RANELAGH GARDENS, LONDON, SW6 3PR 020 7610 7526 | events@hurlinghamclub.org.uk | @hurlinghamvenue

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WEDDINGS • LOVES

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TIME UP

Madrigal Mini II features a rose gold finish and lovely mother of pearl face with white detail. It’s available from Balmain international stockists; POA. balmainwatches.com

From this season’s sharpest bridal suit and a perfect spring scent to glamorous bejewelled boots, here are ten things we absolutely love

PUCKER UP

This sweet Kiss Statement Charm Necklace spells it out for all to see. The letters are studded with black spinels and the charms hang on a gold vermeil silver chain; £150. lolarose.co.uk

Love Struck

London milliner Awon Golding has included a fabulous birdcage veil in her bridal collection. It features crystal hearts framing the eyes – the perfect starry way to express those feelings beyond words when you say I do. awongolding.com

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I N TO T H E WO O D S

The Ted Baker team have turned their stylish eyes to weddings with Tie the Knot. You’ll find outfits to suit and boot the whole party, with tailoring for the dandies and gorgeous wedding and bridesmaid gowns. tedbaker.com

We love Penhaligon’s for its timeless English scents. Our pick for the season ahead is Bluebell, just like a walk in the woods; £134 for 100ml. penhaligons.com

K I N KY B O OTS

S U I TS YO U

These limited edition Jasmine boots will add a spring to your step, with their glittering mother-of-pearl and brass inlaid block heels. Shown here in taupe, also in black and white; £495. freyarose.com

Trousers have been a hot number on the bridal runways for a couple of seasons, but our pick for 2018 is this ultra-cool suit. Sharp, and eminently wearable afterwards. savinlondon.com

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Trees for wedding and events

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DISTINCTIVE STYLE

ABSOLUTELY • PROMOTION

Watches, diamonds and gems: these jewellers are a cut above the rest

M I C H A E L P L AT T

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Why not mark a special time or memorable occasion with a remarkable gift? Michael Platt, Goldsmith and Jewellers in Wimbledon Village will work to your requirements and budget to make an exceptional and bespoke piece of jewellery just for you, with a complimentary design consultation for new jewellery or remodelling dated or inherited jewellery. 1 Church Rd, Wimbledon, London SW19 5DW020 8947 4772 michaelplatt.co.uk

If you’re really in the mood for something fresh and sparkly, the Rebecca by Du Maurier will definitely do the trick. The lovely white lizard strap offsets the Rebecca’s twelve diamonds, rose gold and mother-of-pearl perfectly. Try it on at The Pommier in Covent Garden and see the full choice of lovely strap colours while you’re there. Alternatively, see the full collection at dumaurierwatches.com

LOV E F I N E D I A M O N D S

D U M AU R I E R WATC H E S

When it’s time to shine look no further than Love Fine Diamonds, located in Hatton Garden. Their team of experts and master jewellers will help you select fine jewellery to treasure forever. Whether it's a celebratory event to rival the royals or a more laid-back intimate occasion, they'll find you a fit whatever your budget. lovefinediamonds.co.uk

Known for their stunning Swiss-made watches, Du Maurier have recently launched a capsule collection of desirable jewellery. The Sylvia Collection, featuring gorgeous aqua chalcedony and citrine in a gold setting are versatile enough to add the perfect finishing touch to everyday outfits or some sparkle to a Little Black Dress. See the full collection at dumaurierwatches.com

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WEDDINGS • JEWELLERY

Rock stars Bright stones abound in Harriet Kelsall's jewellery collection hkjewellery.co.uk

Fairtrade 9 carat white gold, 0.25ct sapphire and 0.024ct diamond engagement ring, £1,995

Fairtrade 9 carat rose gold engagement ring with diamonds totaling 0.76ct, £3,750

9 carat white gold and 0.33ct H SI princess cut diamond engagement ring with ruby and sapphires, £3, 395

9 carat yellow gold and 0.65ct brilliant cut emerald earrings, £1,475

Geometric multicolour 0.06ct diamond and 0.35ct ruby and sapphire pendant, £1,550

Fairtrade 18 carat yellow gold and 1.10ct trilliant cut blue sapphire earrings, £1,595

Rainbow inspired sapphire and palladium mobius twist eternity ring, £1, 375

1.9ct sapphire, ruby, tsavorite and 9 carat rose gold bombe ring, £5,985

Milky way inspired platinum engagement ring with 0.70ct sapphire and diamonds totaling 0.50ct, £6,950

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WEDDINGS • RINGS

EMMY LONDON

This classic solitaire by Emmy London features a palladium setting studded with diamonds and is available exclusively from H. Samuel; £1,150. hsamuel.co.uk

N O O R FA R E S

This amazing ring features white and coloured gemstones set in gold; POA. noorfares.com

SWEET PEA FINE JEWELLERY

This pearl, diamond and gold double band in 18ct gold is a gorgeous love token; £660. sweetpeajewellery.com

C A D FA N TA S T I C

LUCIE CAMPBELL

This Custom Couples set is designed to match a couple’s rings so that they are clearly a pair. It’s created by London designer Jack Meyer, who specialises in bespoke pieces; POA. cadfantastic.com

This emerald-cut diamond ring is set in a platinum band. It’s designed by Bond Street specialist Lucie Campbell; £9,950. luciecampbell.com

HARRIET KELSALL

This flame-inspired ring containing a ruby is a one-off design by Harriet Kelsall; POA. hkjewellery.co.uk

77 Diamonds

Co-create a bespoke engagement ring at 77 Diamonds' Mayfair store, where you can work direct with the designers and pick your perfect gems. 77diamonds.com

O R TA E A

This glamorous diamond ring is from Ortaea’s fabulous new bridal collection and features a large central diamond. harveynichols.com

Ring me Say I do to our pick of special rings from our finest jewellery designers and makers – the perfect way to celebrate your eternal love

SWEET PEA

This soft pink pear-shaped diamond is encircled with white diamonds and set in an 18ct rose gold band; £3,950. sweetpeajewellery.com

DOMINIC WA L M S L E Y

This contemporary wedding and engagement set features morganite and was created by London and Sevenoaks bespoke jeweller Dominic Walmsley; POA. dominicwalmsley.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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Dream THEME Natalie and Fraser talk design, dinner and Snoop Dogg at their Sunbeam Studios wedding Wo r d s N ATA L I E A N D F R A S E R

Q What were your key themes for the day in terms of colours/styles and traditions? A We initially found it hard to find a theme - we’d looked for inspiration online and in magazines but couldn’t find anything that felt very ‘us’. We like block colours and clean lines at home, so we decided to create our own geometric theme. It started from the cake design and then everything else fell in to place. To continue the geometric, modern theme, we incorporated terrariums into our centrepieces and from these, we attached giant balloons with foliage tails to make the most of the height at Sunbeam Studios. Luckily, one of our good friends is an amazing graphic designer and he made some incredible stationery that ensured our theme ran throughout all elements on the day. We kept the colour palette quite simple, clean and beautiful: black, white, a metallic, a bold and a pastel - this did make sourcing some items more difficult but it was worth it on the day. Q How did you decide on the wedding and reception venue? A Sunbeam Studios was the first venue we saw. We knew we wanted to get married in London and after a day travelling to all corners of the city for viewings, this was the one that we couldn’t get out of our heads. We loved the sense of light and space inside the building, the mural on the wall and the staircase in the Main Hall were breathtaking, and the opportunity to move guests between that and Talbot Hall gave us some great options on how to structure the different parts of our day. During dinner in Main hall, we

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“after a day travelling to all corners of London for viewings, Sunbeam was the one we couldn’t get out of our heads”

transformed Talbot Hall into an 80s themed cocktail hour, serving our favourite boozy drinks and dessert canapes. The Sunbeam team were amazing at helping us make this vision a reality.   Q What was the high point of the day for you? A Ahead of dinner, we chose individual, personalised music to play in all members of the bridal party - it was an eclectic mix with everything from ‘Everlasting Love’ by Love Affair to ‘The Next Episode’ by Dr Dre & Snoop Dogg. All our guests were on their feet dancing, laughing and cheering and it was a great way to walk down the amazing staircase at Sunbeam. We also had a big surprise with our wedding car - the father of the bride had arranged it completely without our knowledge. We couldn’t believe when we saw the red 1959 Cadillac convertible - it was perfect and it was such good fun driving across London with the roof down. People were shouting ‘congratulations’ and ‘good luck’ at us all the way and it made our first hour as husband and wife even more special.   Q Any tips for other brides and grooms? A We were advised by some of our married friends to take a moment during the day just the two of us to take it all in - the Big Day goes by so quickly, and it’s so important to spend a couple of minutes reflecting on how wonderful it is to be celebrating your marriage surrounded by your friends and family. As television producers, we’re big believers in forward planning and schedules - we created a critical path spreadsheet once we’d set the date to make sure that we got everything booked in order and on time. Breaking the wedding planning down into small weekly tasks really took the pressure off and allowed us to enjoy the last couple of weeks before as we knew everything was in hand.    Q And finally, who were your wedding fairy godmothers and godfathers?    A Sunbeam Studios - A special venue and a special team. They were all so helpful and made our dream wedding a reality. sunbeamstudios.com    Flower Station - We were fairly clueless about flowers and Raluca and Nemanja were full of ideas A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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“We loved the light and space inside the building, the mural on the wall and staircase in the Main Hall were breathtaking”

and suggestions to create bouquets and centrepieces that complemented the theme of the wedding. They even provided a spare button hole, which came in handy when one broke ahead of the service! flowerstation.co.uk   Yellowbird Photography - Elle and Nicola are an incredible team. Their composition and reportage style has created an album bursting with amazing photos. They were so discreet on the day and didn't miss a moment. yellowbirdphotography.co.uk   Jen’s Cakery - Jen’s cake was delicious and the design was exactly what we wanted. She has an engineering background so we knew the cake would be perfect! She also created our wedding favours and biscuits with our guests’ names on, which doubled-up as place cards - everyone loved them!  jenscakery.co.uk   The Photo Cabin - Fraser popped the question inside an old fashioned, black and white PhotoAutomat in Berlin. Martyn and his team have a photobooth that’s in the same style, which was a lovely nod to how we got engaged. thephotocabin.co.uk   Blackburn Bridal - Natalie wore a couture dress designed by the team at Blackburn Bridal. I wasn’t doing very well in my ‘dress quest’ and the team suggested their Poppy dress to me and it was exactly what I was looking for. Having a dress designed by the team meant that I could customise the cut and details - it’s the most exquisite thing I’ve ever worn.  blackburnbridal.co.uk   American Wedding Cars - An amazing surprise on our Big Day. Al, the car’s owner, has great taste in motors and music!  american-weddingcars.co.uk   Diamond Palace - Peter is a legend! From helping Fraser find the perfect engagement ring to creating timeless wedding rings - we really enjoyed his company and advice. diamondpalace.co.uk

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Venue Hire at the Royal Hospital Chelsea

Hold your special event at the home of the Chelsea Pensioners, the iconic faces of the UK’s veteran community. They reside at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, their 325-year-old home founded by King Charles II in the heart of London. RHCevents@chelsea-pensioners.org.uk

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• VENUES • XXXX WEDDINGS CULTURE

HAMPTON COURT PALACE

London Style

From grand hotels and public buildings to the smartest clubs, here’s our pick of perfect London venues for your wedding celebration

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ampton Court Palace’s stunning combination of Tudor and Baroque architecture and beautiful grounds make it a majestic setting for a grand or intimate wedding celebration. The Garden Room has its own private walled garden and plenty of space for dancing. For more intimate weddings (up to 89), the Little Banqueting House makes a stunning location. It features glorious murals by Antonio Verrio and views of the Thames from its windows. For larger evening weddings, some palace ceremonial rooms are available, including the sumptuous Tudor hammer-beamed Great Hall and the atmospheric wood-panelled Cartoon Gallery, where you can feast banquet style surrounded by works of art.  hrp.org.uk A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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eorgian grandeur and exceptional service make this central London wedding venue the perfect choice for your special day. 10-11 Carlton House Terrace's sweeping staircase and ornate architecture, combined with the sounds of the Royal Household Cavalry passing by, are a few of the features that make it unique. Situated next to Buckingham Palace, it also a provides a regal backdrop for photography.  10-11cht.com

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anqueting House is part of Historic Royal Palaces, and is a landmark setting in the heart of Whitehall. Created for royal parties, it can host a crowd for dinner, with standing space for considerably more. The Main Hall is the centrepiece of this majestic space, featuring ceilings painted by Rubens that can’t fail to impress your guests. The vaulted Undercroft, a very glamorous drinking den once used by James I, also has plenty of atmosphere and is great for parties. Banqueting House venue spaces are available for both afternoon and evening hire and wedding couples are assigned their own personal event manager who gives guidance on all stages of planning a wedding in this most elegant of London locations.  hrp.org.uk

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T THE ADAM-DESIGNED BALLROOM AT THE LANSDOWNE

he Lansdowne is a legendary private members’ club just off Berkeley Square that once played host to Lord Byron, so romance is part of the fabric of the place. Its convenient West End location is one huge draw, and its interiors are perfect for weddings – it can host up to 150 for your party. Decor is a mix of classical with wonderful Art Deco flourishes. The most glamorous spot for celebrations is the Adamdesigned ballroom with ornate vaulted and gilt-decorated ceiling. The smaller Adam Room is used for ceremonies and there’s also a perfect enclosed courtyard with retractable roof that is often used for drinks receptions.  lansdowneclub.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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WEDDINGS • CAPES S AVA N N A H MILLER

Perfect for making a dramatic entrance, this spotted full-length cover-up is by London designer Savannah Miller. savannahmiller.com

CHARLIE BREAR

Mahina is a fine cover-up with simple ties at the sleeves, the perfect way to add a flowing layer to a simple wedding gown. charliebrear.com

Cape GLAMOUR

HALFPENNY LONDON

Honeysuckle is a 1930s-inspired short cape with silk-ribbon trim and tie, shown here with the Juniper gown. halfpennylondon.com

THE PERFECT WAY TO MAKE AN ENTRANCE, CAPES AND CAPELETS ADD GLAMOUR, COVERAGE AND A MASSIVE DOSE OF STAR QUALITY

GEORGES HOBEIKA

ZUHAIR MURAD

This full length cape-cumtrain adds an alluring twist to a sexy gown. UK exclusive stockist is The Wedding Club. thewedding-club.co.uk

The perfect cape-cum-train, this design is combined with an off-the-shoulder gown for maximum impact down the aisle. thewedding-club.co.uk

O TA D U Y

This gossamer-fine Virpi cape – worn here with Dhanisthta base dress – is the perfect glam cover-up for a destination or high-summer wedding. otaduy.co/en

O LV I ’ S L A C E

With fine lace edging at neckline and hem, this cape drapes at the back to create a simple train. olvis-lace.com

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Lalage Beaumont believes that the right wedding outfit should suit your style and earn its keep long after the big event

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alage Beaumont’s Knightsbridge store is a go-to for mothers of the bride – and indeed anyone who needs an elegant and timeless outfit. Lalage (pronounced La-laghee) trained in fashion at University of the West of England and then went to work with Aquascutum, giving her a thorough understanding of the fine art of British luxury tailoring. She says: “Everything was steeped in quality and with exceptional fabrics”. After spells at both Mulberry and Burberry, and a three-year sojourn in New Zealand, she established her eponymous label in 2004. Operating initially in Mayfair, she relocated to Knightsbridge in 2012. From the start, her client base included a

lot of female executives looking for beautifully cut investment pieces for boardroom, office and events. It was many of these same clients who then returned, desperate to find something to wear at a son or daughter’s wedding. And Lalage Beaumont’s signature is all about style. As she puts it: “no frills”. The cornerstone is beautifully cut coats and jackets that can be worn over dresses or with skirts and trousers. It is occasion dressing at its best, since the dividend is really well-cut pieces that can be split and worn multiple different ways. For instance, one of her coat and dress combinations – when separated – become a smart top layer to dress up black trousers or jeans and an effortlessly elegant dress for a cocktail party or business lunch. The designs are understated, relying on tailored cut and superb fabrics. She goes to Europe, especially Italy, to source her silks (including her luscious raw silks), which are exclusive to her. She champions our fine mills for tweeds, including the one in Carlisle still used by Chanel. A more recent find is two mills in Suffolk that produce really unusual weaves. The Lalage Beaumont collection spans off-the-peg designs, with bold colours, pales and well-chosen neutrals in the mix. ‘Demi couture’ gives you the option to go for a design in a different colour, or perhaps alter

“It's important not to step outside your comfort zone – you want to feel special” neckline or sleeves. The third option is a full made-to-measure commission, with toiles and multiple fittings. Lalage’s advice to mothers of the bride is to pick something that feels comfortable. “It’s important not to step outside your comfort zone. You want to feel special, never self-conscious.” While colours and details may update with each new season, she’s more concerned with finding a gorgeous print or colour than following a passing fad. And she believes that true style is timeless. “Clothes should be like old friends – you enjoy wearing them and they earn their keep, rather than being an investment you wear only once and then put in the back of the cupboard.”

L A L AG E B E AU M O N T 56 Beauchamp Place, London SW3. lalagebeaumont.com

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hen New York dancer and actor Ashley Verma injured herself doing a jump split, it threatened her career, but ultimately led on to a new one. Now she’s bringing her barre-based techniques to the UK. DEFINE.London’s first Fitzrovia-based studio opening in Great Portland Street aims to pass on the knowledge she gained while rehabilitating from the jump that almost ended her 16-year Broadway career. While it’s based on barre, Ashley believes she’s added something extra to the mix that is perfect for brides, or indeed anyone who wants to improve their wellbeing, fitness and

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flexibility. And she says fun is core to the classes. “Merging fitness concepts is the way forward. Clients are simply getting bored at the gym.” The classes teach many of the core moves that kept her in peak fitness in her former career, but not in a way that will intimidate anyone who isn’t a natural on the dance floor. She’s taken out all the terminology that scares anyone who never got past Grade I ballet. Ashley says: “I have merged the strength, fluidity, and endurance of ballet and other dance genres to create well thought out concept classes”. Each 50-minute session is designed as a full-body workout incorporating a combination of postures that are led by the music. No two workouts are the same – the team vary the choreography each time to keep things interesting. They are designed for all fitness levels, and both men and women are welcome. Crucially for anyone who has suffered because of the pace – and after-effects – of workout classes, there’s a strong focus on stretching alongside cardio. This means that if you are combining this with other activities such as running or team sport – or simply taking the stairs rather than the lift – you should be good to go the next day without aching muscles. Ashley believes one reason barre is finding so many fans is that it offers the kind of

strength training that can be shoehorned into even the busiest lifestyle. She adds that you can even bring the barre studio into your home. “Use a chair or find a mid-level shelf which will have the exact same effect as the real thing. Stick to the same basic routine starting out. You’re new, so allow yourself to get used to a routine before you add more. Great results can be made by repeating the same workout but increasing the intensity and duration.” DEFINE.London classes are great for kickstarting your metabolism and building strength and lean muscle tone. Even better, they pass on stretches and simple routines that can be incorporated into down time to help with fitness and wellbeing goals – and that has got to be good news for busy brides.

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These sculptural heels in soft ivory satin have an embellishment of glitter and cutaways at back and sides for an elegant profile. They are also available in Tiffany blue. £650; arunaseth.com

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Christie is a gorgeous ivory suede sandal with ankle tie. Perfect for the beach or destination bride, it has bow detailing and an ankle tie; £650. charlotteolympia.com

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The Violette Joanie Platform is an ivory silk-satin court featuring floral trail by designer Hermione Harbutt. Available exclusively at Harriet’s London showroom and online store; £700. harrietwilde.com

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OLD FAITHFUL MAGGIE JONES The romantic feel of Maggie Jones is one reason it's been a favourite amongst Kensington locals for 40 years. The other is the quaint crockery, and carefully curated, beautifully-cooked dishes. maggie-jones.co.uk

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GRAPE news Wine recommendations for the month

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London’s food news and delicious things to see you through May By Helen Brown

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2014 Etna Rosso, Feudo di Mezzo, Graci, Sicily, Italy  £42.75 Created predominantly from Nerello Mascalese with a small proportion of the darker, more brooding, Nerello Cappuccio grape, this is a bold red with seductive ripe, smoky berry fruit flavours and complex finish.

2015 Arbois Chardonnay, Les Bruyeres, Tissot  £37 From south-facing vines – the oldest planted in 1938 – which are farmed biodynamically, this superb Chardonnay is rich, buttery and voluminous on the palate, with a subtle spicy, savoury character towards the finish.

NV Berry Bros. & Rudd Grand Cru Champagne, Mailly  £28.50 This classic blend of 75 percent Pinot Noir and 25 percent Chardonnay showcases all the hallmarks of Grand Cru Champagne with flower aromas on the nose and an elegant palate of lemon grass, gingerbread and honeysuckle.

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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C EV I C H E G UA DA L A JA R A Head Chef Fernando De la Cruz at Santo puts his own spin on the classic ceviche.

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The fish 2 fillets of sea bass cured in 60g of salt and 40g of sugar for 3 hours in the fridge, washed and patted dry. 

EAST MEETS WEST MARKET HALLS

Market Halls is the exciting new culinary concept redefining our idea of the food hall and turning London’s unloved spaced into latest culinary hotspots. Market Hall Fulham will bring a taste of east London to west with the likes of Calcutta Canteen, Yard Sale Pizza, Press Coffee and more. 472 Market Halls, SW6; markethalls.co.uk

The jus Juice of 1 lemon 1/2 orange 1/2 lime 4 drops of olive oil 2 pinch of flake sea salt Chile de árbol sauce 

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The garnish 1 shallot finely cut 2 radishes finely cut in rounds 1 tsp of nigella seeds or black onion seeds. 4 tostadas (deep fried or dehydrated corn tortillas)  To serve

Mix together all ingredients for the jus. Cut the fish into small dice and stir into the jus. Top the tostada with the fish mixture and garnish with shallot, radish and Nigella seeds. Add some coriander for added colour and flavour. santolondres.com

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In exciting news for foodies, Michel Roux has reopened his restaurant at The Langham, debuting a new menu and look. A striking curvilinear bar takes pride of place in the dining room whilst the new menu features simple, elegant dishes by Chef Nicolas Pasquier using classic French cooking techniques and the very best ingredients. The Langham, W1B; rouxatthelandau.com

In an age of Instagram, no restaurant is more aesthetically pleasing than Chicama with its pink marble and copper fixtures: it has it down to a T when it comes to snapping for social media. And the Peruvian-inspired menu is just as brilliant. 383 King’s Road, SW10;

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Curried Cauliflower & Rye Grain Salad Serves 4 as a side dish

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his salad is so delicious and a perfect platform for the humble cauliflower. Our good friend Kobi Ruzicka came up with this a few years back. We didn’t put it on the café menu for a while and then, one day, we found his notes and, well, it was a bit like discovering your favourite toy that you thought you’d lost. Kobi left London and now runs his own restaurant in Hobart – you should look him up if you ever go to Tasmania. Use whatever grain you like, at the café, we use boiled whole rye grain. Cooked spelt or pearl barley also work well – anything with a good, firm bite.

INGREDIENTS • 1 medium head of cauliflower • glug of olive oil • 1–2 teaspoon(s) mild curry powder • 1⁄2 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped • 1 bunch spring onions • 75 g feta cheese • a good handful of plump raisins • 100–150 g cooked grains such as rye grain, pearl barley or spelt • squeeze of fresh lemon juice • glug of good rapeseed or olive oil • salt and freshly ground black pepper

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2 Cut the cauliflower into bite-sized florets. Put the florets in a bowl and toss together with the olive oil, curry powder and salt and pepper to taste. Spread out on a baking tray and roast for about 10 minutes – the cauliflower should be more on the firm side than soft. 3 Meanwhile, place the parsley in a large salad serving bowl. Remove the outer layer from the spring onions and finely slice both the green and white bits at an angle and add to the bowl. Lightly crumble the feta into the same bowl with your fingers and set aside. 4 When the cauliflower slightly cooled, add to the bowl along with the raisins and cooked grains. Stir, then add oil, a squeeze of lemon juice and season to taste.

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Black Rice & Salmon Salad Serves 4 individual portions or 6–7 as a side dish

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lack rice lends itself well to being used cold in salads. It is known sometimes as ‘forbidden rice’, and sometimes as ‘black venus rice’. It has a hard husk and a great bite to it – and, of course, a wonderful dark colour.

INGREDIENTS • 200 g uncooked black rice • 1 cucumber • 1 green apple • 1 shallot, finely chopped • squeeze of lemon juice • 1 bunch of fresh dill, chopped • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped mint (optional) • 150 g/51⁄2 oz. hot-smoked salmon

Dressing • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar • 4 tablespoons good quality olive or rapeseed oil • 1 tablespoon honey • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice (plus extra as needed) • salt and freshly ground black • pepper

Raw Courgette Salad

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t the café we love using uncooked courgettes in different types of salads; this one in particular looks really pretty on the plate. We use Västerbotten cheese at the café, but you can also substitute with pecorino or any similar aged cheese. It’s the saltiness of the cheese that really lifts the raw courgette – and with the dressing as well as the nuts, it makes for a really lovely side dish.

INGREDIENTS • 50 g flaked/slivered almonds • 2 medium-sized courgettes • 1 small bunch of rocket (or other strongflavoured salad leaves of your choice) • 50 g Västerbotten cheese, shaved (or use a good pecorino instead)

Fo r t h e d r e s s i n g • 3 tablespoons olive oil • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar • 1⁄4 teaspoon Dijon mustard • 1 teaspoon sugar • salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 Rinse the black rice a few times, then bring to the boil in a large pan of water. Cook until al dente following the packet instructions. (It can take about 30 minutes to cook).

METHOD 1 Lightly toast the almonds over a gentle heat in a dry frying pan/skillet and set aside. 2 Shave the courgettes into thin strips lengthways. You can use a mandoline for this, or a flat metal cheese plane also works well. You want long, thin flat strips. 3 Place the courgette/zucchini strips in a big bowl, then add the leaves and mix gently. Add the cheese and fold in. 4 Combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl, whisk well and season to taste. This salad doesn’t need much dressing, so don’t pour it all on at once – taste as you go along. 5 Scatter the toasted almonds on top of the salad and serve at once.

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FOOD & DRINK • RECIPES Dressing • 3 generous tablespoons good quality mayonnaise • 3 tablespoons buttermilk • 1 tablespoon icing sugar • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar (only if needed) • 1⁄2 teaspoon celery salt • 1 teaspoon grated fresh horseradish or horseradish sauce • salt and freshly ground black pepper

To s e r v e 3 spring onions, sliced 50 g toasted, chopped walnuts 30–35 g pumpkin seeds 1 Place the shredded white and red cabbage in a large bowl. Finely slice the red onion into half rounds, and then grate (or julienne, if you can be bothered) the carrots and add both to the bowl.

In another bowl, mix together the water, white wine vinegar, icing sugar and salt. Pour over the cabbage, then cover the bowl and shake well. Leave for at least one hour, ideally two – shake it once in a while. 2

3 Press the cabbage free of excess vinegar liquid and leave in a sieve until excess vinegar has drained. The cabbage will now be softer and the onion appear almost a little cooked. Make sure the vinegar is well pressed out or the end result will be too acidic.

2 Once cooked, rinse well to remove the excess colour. Set aside for a moment and leave to cool.

Slice the cucumber lengthways, then scrape out the seeds and chop into 1/2 cm pieces. Chop the apple into similarly sized small pieces. 3

Add the cucumber, apple and shallot to a serving bowl with a squeeze of lemon juice to keep the apple fresh. Add the cooked and cooled black rice, dill, parsley and mint (if using). Flake in the salmon pieces and mix gently to combine. 4

5 Whisk together the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and season to taste. Pour the dressing over the salad and stir. Do adjust the seasoning once you have done this – it may need more lemon juice or even a squeeze of lime (this depends on the saltiness of the fish and the sweetness of the apple you have used).

My Summer Slaw Serves 4–6 as a side dish

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love coleslaw, I really do, but I detest the gloopy factorymade rubbish that seems to have become standard fare in supermarkets all over. If you ask me, the secret to a good slaw is lightly pickling the cabbage base before adding a punchy, flavourful dressing.

4 Mix together the ingredients for the dressing. Mix the dressing with the slaw and taste – it should be a bit tangy. If not, add a teaspoon extra of vinegar (this depends how much of the pickle juice was pressed out – it is easier to add a bit than remove if too much).

Just before serving, fold in the spring onion and toasted chopped walnuts. Sprinkle over the pumpkin seeds for extra crunch. This coleslaw is extra delicious on days two and three – when it will be pink (if you have used red cabbage). 5

INGREDIENTS • 300 g shredded white and red cabbage • 1 red onion • 2 large (or 3 smaller) carrots • 100 ml plus 1 tablespoon water • 100 ml plus 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar • 3 generous tablespoons icing sugar • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt

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“Networking opportunities include a monthly cigar club, live music and the famous roof terrace parties”

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ocated on Shaftesbury Avenue amid Theatre land, Century Club’s creatively charged community offers the freedom to work and play in an inspiring and discreet setting. Thoughtfully designed meeting rooms and relaxed communal areas provide members with the space to just 'be'. Known for its rooftop restaurant and bar, this sky garden is the perfect place for sky high celebrations. The club even has the weather covered, with a fully retractable glass roof. With views reaching over Chinatown to Westminster – and with St Anne’s Church standing directly behind the club, you really are spoilt for views and people-watching potential. If you’re looking for a home away from home that acts as both practical workspace and indulgent escape in the heart of central London then Century Club could be just what you’ve been searching for. The club has its own permanent art collection gracing its walls 100 steps up to the roof terrace. Revolving exhibitions and private views also feature as part of the club’s creative offering. The club’s

informal but stylish interior adds to the laid-back and comfortable surroundings. With coffee table books on art and fashion, architecture and design, the club encourages an informed and creative lifestyle. Century’s menu offers innovative dishes which are adapted seasonally and with weekly changing specials you’ll never be disappointed. Century’s menus are designed by their executive head chef Ghani Ould-Rabah. Having worked in some of the most prestigious Michelinstar restaurants in London, Ghani delights in using the freshest seasonal produce to create exciting signature canapés, small-plate style dishes to fine dining menus. What if you’re thirsty? Drinking at Century is an art form in itself. The team excels in concocting a truly sensational selection of cocktails, some currently inspired by the club’s neighbouring theatreland musicals, where they go to town with genie lamp cocktails and secret potions. Don’t just take our word for it. There is much to sing and dance about at Century. Of course a members club wouldn’t be the same without a burgeoning events calendar. Century has a considered offering for creative networking opportunities. These

include a monthly cigar club, live music every week on the roof terrace, informative talks, showcases, a cinema club – and not forgetting those famous roof terrace parties. So how does one go about applying for membership, and what are the costs? With various memberships ranging from £750 for annual, £550 for out-of-town, £400 for under-30s and joint at £1,350, Century offers tailored options to fit your needs. They even have special evening-only memberships. Their committee meets on a monthly basis, and all successful applications are then just subject to an initial joining fee. See their website for more details. If you haven’t heard of Century club, it’s time you did.

C E N T U RY C LU B 61-63 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6LQ, 020 7534 3080, lucy@centuryclub.co.uk centuryclub.co.uk

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“A breathtaking view of the sun setting over docked yachts”

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he interior features create a seaside feel, which ties in perfectly with the Brasserie’s location alongside the River Thames. Driftwood and silver fishing nets decorate the backs of cream leather benches, while the low lighting and mix of classic to Caribbean music creates a calming holiday illusion - even while dining within the big smoke. We are seated opposite a wall of bay windows, which provide us with a breathtaking view of the

FOOD Italian, British and seafood

DECOR A seaside theme with a view of the Thames

sun setting over docked yachts. A terrace with stylish seating and outdoor heaters offers the perfect opportunity for alfresco dining. The menu consists of many Italian and British dishes alongside a variety of seafood sharing boards and platters. For starters, my partner opts for crab salad with shellfish dressing, avocado, papaya and citrus segments. I choose fresh crispy Cornish squid and a bottle of Vin de France Rose de Nymphe Grenache Noir Cateau Maris. The squid is fresh, light and crisp, the flavour only enhanced

PRICE Reasonable for a lovely meal

VERDICT An evening of opulent dining

by an accompanying aioli dip. The saltiness of the crab salad is perfectly complemented with the addition of side fruit segments. For mains we order the 8oz beef fillet, steamed brill, and the seafood harbour board to share between us. On the side, we order a rocket and parmesan salad and grilled field mushrooms. The beef is juicy and cooked to perfection, partnered with fondant potatoes and topped with a red wine and shallot sauce. The brill is equally delicious, mixed with a vegetable caponata and sauce vierge. Smoked salmon and crayfish salad are simply a few of the options available on the seafood board. Onto dessert, my dining partner chooses the mixed berry mousse, while I select white chocolate and lavender crème brulee. The mousse is sweet yet refreshing and the melt-in-the-mouth brulee delights, the hinted undertones of lavender providing an unusual, dainty and floral twist. The atmosphere, river views and exceptional food combined created an evening of opulent dining and pure luxury. ● RIVERSIDE BRASSERIE millenniumhotels.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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SECRET LINEN STORE Secret Linen Store's collaboration with colour expert Sophie Robinson has resulted in this Dazzling Blue bedding set, which is setting a new standard for bright bedrooms . secretlinenstore.com

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Alessi has launched its first home fragrance selection, designed by Marcel Wanders. Called The Five Seasons, the collection is a love song to nature and available as diffusers, scented candles and room sprays. alessi.com

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FAST BUILD Commercial designer Jeremy Hopkins tells us how his extraordinary Ultimate Garden Room came to life

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t feels like my whole life has been leading to the creation of the Ultimate Garden Room. I had been looking to build an annexe for an elderly relative that could double as a place for one of our children to use with their family if they could not afford a place of their own. The possible location was narrow so SIP construction was ideal to maximise internal space and to simplify the construction. However, I was still concerned that the OSB sheet still required a traditional skin of brick and tile which was heavy, messy, expensive and labour intensive. From my earliest experiences of building houses and swimming pools I was always dismayed by the mess, waste and chaos of traditional construction so I was keen to keep things ultra clean and fast. Fortunately, over 30 years of constructing workplaces has provided access and insight into a world of cutting edge building techniques. Once I discovered a new SIP using MgO as the panel with ultrastrong PUR at the core I realised I could build a strong waterproof structure including floor with better insulation than most houses.

The roof panels were of a similar design but with an incredibly low pitch to maximise the internal space. I still had to overcome the issue of foundations and I wanted to avoid ‘breaking ground’ as that was a world of digging, barrows, sand, cement and mud everywhere. Online research led me to a high tensile steel screw pile being used to secure mobile phone masts and temporary art installations which was perfect as I could support my base and level the ground at the same time. These robust fittings can be removed in the future leaving the site unscathed yet are strong enough to take huge loads – brilliant. I now had a strong warm structure that needed a lovely coloured finish that would blend in, yet I didn’t have to paint or stain every few years. Also one

“It feels like my whole life has been leading to the creation of the ultimate garden room”

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that did not rot or leak or catch fire as it was to be located tight to the boundary. The solution is American siding, a strong factory finished board designed for the rigours of the wild west and available in any colour you choose including black. Large sliding patio doors provided the final luxury feature letting in glorious daylight and fresh air while keeping the interior toasty warm. So, as I sit on my Ikea sofa from eBay dictating my experience on an iPhone to the house over wifi, I can look out over the garden into the spring sunshine, sitting in a lovely room constructed from modern materials that I never have to paint. We have used it as a workshop, studio, music room, social space, yoga studio and study area. There is even a fold down double bed for the odd guest or two, should the need arise. What would we do without the Ultimate Garden Room? A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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From a Victorian railway arch in Shepherd’s Bush, Aesme Flower Studio creates exquisite arrangements using British garden flowers grown on a farm in Hampshire. Absolutely meets Alex Nutting By NANCY ALSOP

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ew York is much vaunted as a place that fosters dreams. Few, though, can have been launched into the world quite so fully formed as Alex Nutting’s, and after so brief a spell in that insomniac of a city – its famous sobriquet proving, for her at least, entirely apt. Restless from an uninspiring office job, in 2014 she boarded a plane on a whim to take up a fortnight’s internship at Saipua, a florist in Brooklyn that was busy shaking off all the prescribed rules of formal floristry. Four years later, she and her sister Jess have together taken up residence in an old railway arch in Shepherd’s Bush, scrubbed up after a decade’s dereliction, as the cavernous studio of their own florist, Aesme. It is where they prepare for their myriad glamorous events and perennial round of (always stylish, probably thanks to them) weddings; it is where they hold their beguilingly titled workshops, such as Fruitful August and French Rococco; and it’s where some 22,000 Instagram disciples follow their every cascading arrangement and perfect posy, doubtless sighing at the beauty, almost as a reflex. Aesme’s trajectory has been a rocketing success, but, as Alex explains, none of it has been the result of the meticulous planning one is always told is requisite for starting a business.

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“When I went to New York, I’d been interested in flower arranging as a hobby, and in a naïve way, I probably thought, ‘oooh, maybe this is something I could do.’ So I did this training with Sarah Ryhanen who is the founder of Saipua, and it threw me into an amazing world. I’d only ever bought flowers in the traditional sense in shops – I had no idea there were studios doing these extraordinary things. Sarah has a farm west of Albany where all her flowers come from – it really opened my eyes to what things could be.” Fired up from her Brooklyn sojourn, Alex and her sister Jess, who was similarly stuck in an unrewarding job, met for coffee. By the time they drained the contents of their cups, they’d hatched a plan to start a business, and with that crucial milestone dispatched, Alex enrolled in the only traditional floristry training available in the UK. Promptly she realised that she loathed everything about it. “It was so tight and formal!” she says, groaning at the memory of its stiff and stifling cornucopia of rules. “It was flowers by numbers and it went against every reason I’d wanted to pursue it in the first place. It totally suffocated the idea of floristry as an artistic medium, so I left after this first level.”

Happily, the sisters remained committed – perhaps more so – despite the shaky start, resolving instead to look to the source for their education: Mother Nature herself, and more specifically, those gardens whose aesthetics they admired, where nature had been harnessed where strictly necessary, but otherwise permitted the crucial freedom so conspicuously lacking in her training. “We spent six months travelling the country, going to Sissinghurst and Great Dixter and Charleston, and taking notes of all these plants we wanted to grow, having no idea if we could. Those ran parallel just happened to run parallel with the realisation that we’d have to grow our own plants if we wanted to do this properly.” Aesme started out in Oxford, where the sisters began incrementally doing friends’ – and then friends’ of friends – weddings. All the while they were busy experimentally planting a patch of garden at Jess’s boyfriend’s family farm in Hampshire, where serendipitously an allotment sized patch of bramble had just come available. “That first year we got loads of sweetpeas, and we were astonished at the difference between using these and using imported flowers. It was a transformative realisation.” A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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“We don’t place more importance on, say, a rose, than on a gorgeous weed or a vine or a root”

Since then, the garden has expanded, along with the whole Aesme operation (so named as a twist on a character, Esme, in a French novel they both love). The speed with which the sisters have gathered momentum, considering that four years ago both were total neophytes, is astonishing, but is doubtless rooted in their reverence for nature – a respect that isn’t always at the heart of floristry. “We wanted to keep everything connected to the garden,” explains Alex, ruminatively. “We wanted it to be evocative and deeper than just buying pretty things from the flower market, which seemed somehow shallow. The idea is to connect floristry to horticulture, and to collect ingredients without hierarchy. We don’t place more importance on, say, a rose, than on a gorgeous weed or a vine or a root. It somehow also connects us back to our childhoods, on-off between the city and Wiltshire – our memories are all of the sound of bumble bees, of heat, and long summers full of sensory joys. Oh, and we read ALL of Constance Spry!” The result is astonishingly beautiful; modern yet dripping with romance, that oft-overused word ‘timeless’, and above all, exquisitely painterly. Quite how radical such commitment to the seasonal and, where possible, the home-grown, is can only really be appreciated when you consider the normal modern parameters of flower selling. Some 90 per cent of consumer-bought bouquets, bunches and blooms hail from Holland’s industrial-sized flower auctions. Alex and Jess have been to see for themselves. “I don’t want to be too damning, because in some ways the Dutch industry is extraordinary – you have these monolithic airport-sized markets of flowers catering to millions. The flowers are imported from across the globe to Holland, auctioned and then brought to Britain. But it has had an affect, insofar as it has killed off the British flower industry, and only now are we seeing a few small scale growers, though it’s hard because there’s not enough land.”

The quality too, inevitably suffers when flowers travel long distances. “You have to consider why we buy flowers,” says Alex thoughtfully. “At its heart, they are as tokens of nature, of what’s going on outside. But for your flowers from the supermarket to last ten days on your table, they have to be refrigerated and covered in chemicals. They’re toxic really.” She remains optimistic, nonetheless. Marks and Spencer and Waitrose are, she says, trying to buy more British flowers, while there are good farms in Lincolnshire that can supply in volume. For her part, along with Jess, Alex has created a pocket in Shepherd’s Bush – via Hampshire – which changes with every nuanced shift in season and is so abundant with garden flowers trailing enticingly that it works a spell of enchantment on all who enter. Not, she says, that it isn’t serious work. “It’s not at all glamorous!” she laughs. “It’s really bloody hard work, bleaching buckets and working insane hours. It’s physical and messy and exhausting. But when we’re in the garden in the sunshine, amongst the wild crazy hedgerows, knowing we’re bring some of that back to the city, suddenly it’s all worth it.” aesme.co.uk

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ANABEL JAMES Auricula jug, £29.95 annabeljames.co.uk

DE GOURNAY Amazonia wallpaper, £POA degournay.com

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The Legacy Danish ceramics company: Kähler

“Today, they reinterpret the best from their artistic ceramic heritage ”

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he story of Kähler begins in 1839, when the Holstein potter Herman J. Kähler opened a small ceramics workshop in the city of Næstved. However, it was not until his son, Herman A. Kähler, took over the workshop in 1875 that the ceramics adventure gathered speed. With production of international art ceramics, the groundwork was laid for one of the greatest successes in Danish ceramics history. With handicraft experience passed down from generation to generation and great insight into the versatile moulding potential of clay, Kähler has now been at the cutting edge of Danish ceramic art for more than one hundred years. Since its foundation in 1839, Kähler has been showing its works of art at exhibitions and museums all over the world, and the vision is to restore Kähler as an

internationally acclaimed ceramic workshop with a strong artistic inheritance. Today, they take the best from their artistic ceramic heritage and interpret it in a contemporary light. The results are promising new ceramics with broad appeal in a timeless idiom, yet individually interpreted. One hundred years ago, highly respected artists such as Thorvald Bindesbøll, Svend Hammershøj and Kai Nielsen explored ceramics at Kähler. Today, Louise Campbell, Bjørn Poulsen and Jeanette List Amstrup carry on the tradition, with the ambition of bringing art to the people. Kähler Design’s Hammershøi Teapot won in the Household/Tableware category of the 2017 iF Design Awards, elected by a 63-member jury made up of independent experts from all over the world. The teapot has a modern idiom, decorative brassplated handle and a built-in strainer that controls the pouring speed and filters out the tealeaves. It is a beautiful and functional designer product created in accordance with historical principles of design and tea-brewing. Kähler’s Hammershøi range is designed by Hans-Christian Bauer who draws his inspiration from the original works by Svend Hammershøi for the Kähler workshop in the early 20th century.

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London’s most creative locations give themselves over to London Craft Week for a celebration of craftsmanship in Britain and beyond By HELEN BROWN

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“ Rear Window meets JG Ballard inside a Victorian prison – but in a good way”

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eople feel strongly about the Television Centre building in White City. It’s a local landmark and a national icon, having appeared in our living rooms through our televisions for decades. So when it was sold to a property developer, it seemed to many as though a part of our collective identity was at risk. In 2008 Peter Beacham, English Heritage’s heritage protection director, said: “This building is not just architecturally important. As one of the first purpose-built television studios in the world, it represents the moment when Britain led Europe into the television age”, and a year later its Grade II listed status was decided. Fears that this popular structure’s character would be lost in its redevelopment were widespread. But now that the mixed-use, residential led development has launched, all stylish apartments

and a Soho House hotel as well as a new cinema and an imminent outpost of the Royal College of Art, there’s a sense of optimism about the whole thing. The BBC’s legacy is very much celebrated in the sensitive remodelling of the listed site and lots of design details reference its broadcasting past: fonts in public spaces seem familiar and the flats take inspiration from the original midcentury design. The first residents have now moved into Television Centre and the public is able to access the iconic Helios courtyard and forecourt for the first time. New show apartments are designed by the RIBA Stirling Prizewinning architect Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) with interior furnishing by renowned British designer Suzy Hoodless and prices start at £725,000 for a one bedroom apartment. Television Centre’s homes sit in the existing circular Grade-II listed Helios, overlooking the gilded statue of Helios the sun god at its centre, and the newly-built Crescent, with views over a Gillespies-designed private courtyard garden and tranquil vistas across Hammersmith Park. The distinctive residences have taken inspiration from Television Centre’s original mid-century modern design, all sensitively reimagined to provide intelligent A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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Centre’s iconic façade, its original broadcasting satellites and the minimalist interiors. The colour palette is evocative of the 1950s when the building was first constructed, and they all feature Television Centre’s famous 26 ‘Atomic Dots’, a Grade II-listed design feature created by architect Arthur Hayes which will is retained as part of theredevelopment. Vanderhurd’s creative director Christine Van Der Hurd said: “Our designs pay homage to the building’s original use, while contributing to its future.” The specially designed pieces include two 100% silk hand woven dhurries used as wall hangings, one of which depicts the recognisable façade of Television Centre and the other is inspired by the building’s satellite dishes – all 20 of which were decommissioned, with the last taken down in the summer of 2015. Alistair Shaw, Managing Director of Television Centre, said: “AHMM have created a building that is both respectful to the original and also updates it significantly for the present day, retaining an important BBC presence while opening it up to the city as a whole. At once a home, a place of work and a true destination, we look forward to welcoming all to Television Centre as it relaunches.” Television Centre is at the heart of a £8 billion ten-year regeneration of the wider White City area, which will form a new hub of activity, creativity and academia in west London. A thriving neighbourhood will see the arrival of new shops, restaurants and educational facilities, as well as the creation of up to 4,000 new homes, over two million square feet of office space and 20,000 new jobs.

and comfortable homes that cater perfectly to contemporary living. Apartments that face inwards to the inside of the ‘doughnut’ have views of other windows; it’s a bit like Rear Window meets JG Ballard inside a Victorian prison, but in a good way. They’re mostly all sold already, with people apparently selling houses in Holland Park to downsize here. One person reputedly bought his apartment offplan, choosing a very particular one because it had been his BBC office for many years. Retain many original features, such as exposed concrete beams, aluminium-framed windows, polished concrete flooring and distinctive, gentlycurving walls. Suzy Hoodless had the idea of creating original designs using archival images and she commissioned a series of textiles from international design studio Vanderhurd. The resulting dhurries take inspiration from Television

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MY ST YLE Bridie Hall, decorative artist and co-founder of Pentreath & Hall pentreath-hall.com BRIDIE HALL

MY FAVOURITE BUILDING… is the Rustic Temple in the Walled Garden of Houghton Hall designed by Julian and Isabel Bannerman

Colour is at the very heart of everything Bridie produces. Formerly a specialist painter of interiors, she has continued to keep up the practice through her homeware range. MY FAVOURITE PIECES FROM THE CURRENT COLLECTION… are The End of Day Confetti Turned Lamps. The strengthened glass columns are painted by me, then assembled with unfinished brass top and bottom plates. Over time the brass will develop a mellow patina.

MY FAVOURITE DESIGNER… is Italian Architect Gio Ponti, especially his painted ceramics.

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entreath & Hall is one of the most unusual and exciting shops in London, in a quiet street of beautiful early Georgian houses in Bloomsbury. Catching a glimpse of the traditionally painted, glossy black shop front and painted glass sign is enough to tempt many passersby, where they discover an Aladdin’s cave of antiques, new homewares, and Pentreath & Hall’s growing range of exclusive decorative items. Ben is an architectural and interior designer. Bridie is a decorative artist and maker. They are creating a new British tradition that respects the past in the shop that they have run together since 2008.

MY FAVOURITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION… is La Gazelle D’or, Morocco, Taroudant

MY STYLE ICON… is artist Maurizio Cattelan

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hildren’s furniture and toys” is how Uuio defines itself online – a spare, straightforward description that both reflects the German brand’s minimalist ethos and belies the beguiling nature of its products. Design is at the heart of the Uuio project, which began with an effort to reimagine the humble high chair. The result, which forms one part of the broader Uuio SIB furniture concept, is a modern masterpiece combining a classic form with high-end materials and functional simplicity. The remainder of the collection is just as enticing – from Uuio TRE, an arboreal spin on building blocks hewn from solid oak, to Uuio ONN, a multicoloured wool rug made in Germany from completely natural fibres. But our current favourite is Uuio VII, a child’s bed crafted from oak and featuring a softly angular design and fun yellow struts under the mattress. The effect is one of playful dynamism, albeit a dynamism of the most stylish sort. Available in two sizes, it’s soon to be reworked as a daybed – which we’re sure we’ll be seeing all over Pinterest and Instagram before the summer is out... shop.uuio.de

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We love Bella Gomez’s new board book, which uses clever paper engineering to help young ones learn to count from one to five – all in the company of some very fetching wild animals. £9.99; foyles.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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CHANCE A educational expert says the rules of the playing field can help with successful revision By TIM WILBUR

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or some 20 years, I spent my time at the chalk-face preparing literally thousands of youngsters for GCSEs and A-Levels. From the early 1980s onwards, I began to deliver homilies on revision technique. Interestingly, these were drawn more from my experience coaching school sport to the very highest level than teaching itself. I have long believed in the crucial connection between the playing field and the classroom. My favourite sporting adage was that to be good, one needed

physical ability, high levels of relevant skill and the correct temperament. To be better than good, one needed to have these three facets perfectly balanced. If this is transferred to revision, the skill in question is the revision process, and in modern parlance, the other two might constitute ‘well-being’. The truth remains, however, that to revise successfully requires far more than cramming knowledge for the fateful day. It requires a lifestyle and commitment. Most good revision guides will suggest a variety of ways for

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knowing and understanding the material; two very different concepts. The strategy is to balance the competing demands on an individual’s time in the period before a major exam. The vital interests to be balanced are: Revision, Relaxation and Rest – the three Rs. The good news for those revising is that the process is limited and achievable. There is absolutely no way the average student can concentrate for more than the five teaching hours that constitute a normal day. I would suggest further that this should be broken down into three sessions of 90 minutes, with a 10 minute break mid-way. However, as stated this is only a third of the story. The concept of ‘healthy body, healthy mind’ has, as always, a lot to recommend it. Thus, the relaxation component does not mean one should be supine; that is the ‘R’ for rest. Physical activity of any sort, even a brisk 10-minute walk, will suffice to increase stimulation. There is also no reason for an adolescent to compromise on a much-needed eight-plus hours of sleep. In fact, if the candidate plans their revision well, every other aspect of their normal life should find room for itself. There is room to find time to eat healthily, meet up with friends, visit the dreaded internet, etc. If the person can ‘balance’ they can succeed. The other good news is that successful revision does not have to be a seven day a week endeavour; plan days off. It goes without saying that the process needs to start early. If the student has all the materials necessary for revision, the process can be narrowed to six weeks. At the end of my examination coaching spiel, I liked to ruin the moment by asking the immortal question ‘Is that not how you live your life anyway?’ The quality and quantity of the derisory scowls used to tell me whether I had hit the nail

TIM WILBUR is Director of School Consultancy at Gabbitas Education

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mages of beautiful family homes can be seen everywhere. Small children are artfully stumbling down stairs, their hair cutely dishevelled. Breakfast tables feature stylishly mismatched crockery, the crumby remains of a meal scattered elegantly. Sofas have cushions intact. A single pair of shoes is neatly arranged in a hallway. Throws are casually tossed across flawlessly made beds. Swathes of well-ordered space is shot from all angles. If a visitor from another planet were to flick through the pages of a magazine, they’d think humans lived in flawless spaces with decorative objects tastefully displayed on shelves in groups of three. But here are some of the things you never see on Instagram. The total kitchen devastation caused by children baking cakes. Abandoned towels on the floor. Messy piles of dog-eared leaflets. Shelves of tatty books arranged with no regard for size or colour. Yesterday’s coffee cups. Discarded shoes, especially muddy ones, or lone ones. Unfinished craft projects too big for the cupboard. The detritus of family life requires endless clearing up, throwing away, sorting out, and that is, ultimately, what home means. The key to a happy home life, according to the School of Life, can’t be found in a new rug or in matching towels or even in a loft conversion. Happiness comes through emotional intelligence, nurtured through ideas and discussion, and it is entirely immune to the colour of your walls. The reality of family life comprises arguments, sulking, irrational behaviour, door slammingand general

emotional volatility – is this what we’re trying to tame with our storage solutions and our careful lighting? If home is a state of mind, how can we achieve the serene yet characterful home life implied by all the heavily styled images? The School of Life, Alain de Botton’s centre for the pursuit of emotional intelligence, has a few tools to offer. Many of them are simply conversation starters – but they’re very well thought out (not to mentioned elegantly packaged, so they also work as decorative objects for shelves). We start with 100 Questions: Family Edition, which is a simple box of cards, each featuring a leading question that can apply to all ages. It’s designed to be an improvement on this familiar exchange: “How was school today darling?” “Fine.” “Did anything interesting happen?” “No.” “What did you have for lunch?” “I can’t remember. Stop asking me things.” Instead, here are ‘100 carefully composed questions designed to get you into imaginative, thought-provoking conversations between children and adults’, neatly packaged ‘for families who enjoy lively discussions and meaningful conversations,’ it says. It’s pitched to be revealing, rather than exposing, and to appeal to all ages. In my household, everyone is keen to play. First question: ‘If you had to join someone else’s family, whose would you choose?’ Ouch. This could easily lead to one of our oft-revisited rows which begins with the recrimination: “Stella’s mother would never put spinach in macaroni cheese. I wish I lived with her.” But happily the ensuing conversation is remarkably civilised, leading seamlessly into the following cards: What’s the best thing about your family? And the

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worst? Again, getting quite close to the bone but without actually bruising anything or slamming any doors. Answers to ‘The best way to get me to do something I don’t want to do is…’ are predictable, involving money and chocolate, while more widereaching questions reveal heartfelt convictions about plastic in the oceans and global consumption and waste. Soon we’re in an intense and wide-reaching discussion spanning capital punishment, the value of learning maths, artificial intelligence, the existence of God and whether parenting should be strict. Each of us learns something new about each family member, whether it’s the smell they most associate with school or their best ever dream. Further questions include: ‘What makes you feel lonely?’ ‘How strict will you be as a parent?’ ‘What would be the best job in the world?’ ‘Describe your ideal school day’, and the devastating: ‘Do you think your parents and siblings spend too much time on phones/computers?’

While we’re shopping at the School of Life – and on the subject of time spent on phones – we’re distracted by a stylish glass sand timer with enough yellow sand to mark out 15 minutes. This is another row-abater. When our youngest refuses to address her homework, we instate a 15-minute rule. Screen time can come in 15-minute increments. So can question time. And quiet time. And tidying up time. Soon we're almost living to a timetable. This doesn’t work for everything: 15 minutes is long for toothbrushing, showering and the naughty step. Needless to say, the curvy timer looks nice on a shelf too. Ultimately, creating a lovely space for your family to inhabit is important, but it needs to be filled with what the Germans might call ‘lebensinhalt’ – literally, life content. (The School of Life also has a whole set of cards on the subject of German untranslatable words, but that’s another conversation). A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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

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

“Let children create and make a mess, it can be cleaned up but confidence takes longer to rebuild”

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

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THE TERRACE RETURNS TO BELGRAVIA WITH A MEXICAN TWIST

Re-discover Belgravia’s favourite al fresco social hub situated just off Motcomb Street. Try our brand new food menu or enjoy our Mexican inspired cocktails from Patrón. Receive a complimentary ticket to the V&A’s much anticipated exhibition ‘Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up’ when you spend £30 and quote ‘Frida Kahlo’. Open daily from early May. To reserve your table, call 020 7858 7223 or visit lowndesdining.co.uk

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From Mediterranean street cafes to Mitteleuropa beer halls, highbrow art, high-tech industry and traditional charm, we discover it all in southern Germany's largest city

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SINCE 1950, JAMAICA INN HAS RANKED AMONG THE TOP LUXURY HOTELS IN THE CARIBBEAN THE PRIVATE JAMAICA BEACH RESORT IS NEVER CROWDED

rom the moment you arrive at the Jamaican Inn, the rest of the world feels far away. The open-plan reception alone is enough to oust all thought of the nine-to-five with white and powder blue interiors blending seamlessly with an unmatched view of sky, sea and tropical palms blowing in the breeze. “Welcome.” We are greeted by the friendly staff - their hospitality as warm as the Jamaican climate, and take a sip of the hotel’s signature Planters Punch cocktail. And relax - we've arrived in paradise. Despite its Ocho Rios location - bang smack in the cruise capital of Jamaica, with 2,000 passengers stopping off each day - there is not a crowd in site at the privately owned Jamaica Inn. The hotel has a conservative 47 rooms which are spread throughout two buildings and seven cottages. This, coupled with a private beach that stretches across the length of the resort means there is no morning rush to reserve a seaside lounger. The accommodation is equally as spectacular as the landscape; each suite is tastefully styled without TVs, radios or clocks to intrude on rest. But if you really must take a peak at emails, there is no need to worry about expensive roaming charges with complimentary Wifi within reach of every room. Not compromising on personal outdoor space, the suites also come with a balcony or verandah, complete with a full-size sofa and breakfast table to take in the panoramic views. Established in 1958, Jamaica Inn is celebrating its diamond jubilee this year and is steeped in history. It quickly became the jet-set destination of the 50s and 60s, where Hollywood aristocracy would party with British nobility. It comes as no surprise then that silver screen siren Marilyn Monroe and Winston Churchill chose this as their place to retreat. Both stayed in the original premier offering of the White Suite, a large room situated on its own private peninsula, where breathtaking vistas of the Caribbean Sea can be seen from anywhere within the 2,000 square feet of living space. By the reception A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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The beach is patrolled by the resident black labrador Shadow IV - the fourth incarnation for the Jamaica Inn and just as popular with the guests as her predecessors. Along with the domesticated pet resident, Jamaica Inn’s seaside plays host to a variety of marine and land wildlife, including birds, fish and most famously, sea turtles. Known to nest on its shore throughout the year, the beach at Jamaica Inn forms part of a group of protected shoreline in Jamaica, where conservation efforts ensure turtle hatchlings make it safely from the nest to the sea. Whether on the private beach or at another location, guests are invited to learn more about sea turtles and help the newborns by washing the tiny turtles, before placing them to a bucket where they are collectively released and scamper their way to the ocean. Truly a once-in-a-lifetime moment

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a framed picture of a relaxed Mr Churchill is found alongside images of the glamorous Marilyn. She stayed here with her thenhusband, acclaimed playwright Arthur Miller and both are pictured enjoying the company of friends while dining at the resort. Speaking of dinner, there is nothing quite like drinking and dining during sunset at the open-air restaurant, where guests can choose from a variety of traditional Jamaican dishes and international cuisine, fit for all taste buds. A nod to a bygone era and its rich past, the Jamaica Inn maintains

its sense of sophistication by employing an evening dress code; men must wear collared shirts and ladies are encouraged to dress-up. As the sun falls, a live band descends upon the patio, playing everything from reggae to requests, keeping guests entertained from starter to main, dessert and beyond. In the morning, many guests return to the restaurant for breakfast. However there is the option to have it delivered to your door-step so as to feast on the terrace by the sea in total privacy. During the day, it’s easy to forget there is more to do at Jamaica Inn than lounging on a hammock or swimming in the sea. A range of activities are on offer including complimentary paddle boarding and snorkel excursions via the resort boat.

at a bucket-list-must destination. From the nostalgic touches to the impeccable service and the incredibly luscious setting, there really is something rather special about the Jamaica Inn. With such a variety on offer, both within and beyond its powder blue walls, there is a reason the Jamaica Inn has generations of returning clientele. Don’t be surprised if you book your next stay before you leave.

JA M A I CA I N N Rooms from $399 (approx. £281) per night jamaicainn.com

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MODERN MUNICH There's more than beer and monks to Bavaria's capital city

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verything in Munich comes back to beer. After all, the city’s name derives from the Old German term munichen, meaning ‘by the monks’, which refers to the beerbrewing Benedictine fathers who ran the monastery that later become the Old Town. Fast-forward to the present day and every summer sees seven million lederhosen-clad revellers swarm to the city for the iconic beer festival, Oktoberfest. The monks would be proud. This time-honoured love for ‘liquid bread’ is one of many examples of old meeting new in Munich. The contrast between past and present, tradition and innovation is a continual theme. We make it our mission to discover both sides of this vibrant city.  

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e’re staying at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, conveniently located down a quiet street in the heart of Munich’s Old Town. Built in 1880, the site originally housed a grand ballroom before becoming a hotel in 1990. Ten years later, it was taken over by the Mandarin Oriental Group, and in 2015 received an extensive refurbishment, unveiling a new entrance area, bar, restaurant and lobby lounge. The hotel expertly combines traditional Bavarian elegance with the high-end luxury of a contemporary fivestar establishment. The lobby boasts a sweeping staircase, wrapped around a dramatically lit central column, while to the left, a plush lounge area presents the perfect setting for a cosy afternoon tea, with elegant furnishings and a

seasonal art exhibition. Our room, meanwhile, features cherry wood furnishings, parquet floor, Oriental rug and panoramic views over the city’s rooftops, it is opulent yet homely, modern without trying too hard. It also provides the perfect base from which to explore the city sights.  

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encrusted corridors, glinting with all manner of fantastical treasures. Keep an eye out for the travelling set owned by Empress Marie Louise of France, which contains cleverly disguised secret compartments and more than 120 items, including a dinner service for two, sewing implements, screwdriver and dentist’s instruments. A day of exploration would not be complete without a traditional Bavarian feast, and Spatenhaus an der Oper hits the spot nicely. With breath-taking views of the Residenz, the restaurant offers plenty of local allure with its panelled ceiling and waiters clad in traditional dress. For the authentic experience, make sure to order the roasted pork knuckle or Bavarian duck, both served with a sumptuous cabbage salad and traditional potato dumplings.  

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he Maximilianstrasse, Munich’s answer to the Champs-Élysées, is a moment from the ancient grandeur of the Residenz, and offers an impressive array of designer fashion: Chanel, Valentino, Dior, Bulgari, you name it. MANDARIN ORIENTAL

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Construction of Mystery’ exhibition, which runs until 10 June. Boasting never-beforeseen acquisitions from across the globe, the show primarily follows Klee’s Bauhaus years and his path as a ‘thinking artist’. Klee’s detailed, small-scale works offer glimpses into his whimsical worlds, where understanding and feeling, construction and intuition are held in perfect balance. It’s a thought-provoking and beautifully curated collection. For contemporary dining in Munich, you can’t do better than the Mandarin Oriental’s in-house restaurant Matsuhisa. From internationally celebrated chef Nobuyuki (Nobu) Matsuhisa, the restaurant serves innovative Japanese-Peruvian fusion cuisine, with particular emphasis on seafood. Highlights include yellowtail jalapeno, made with tender yellowtail sashimi and topped with garlic purée, and the black cod miso, featuring Alaskan black cod marinated in sweet soy paste and garnished with Hajikami. The deceptively simple spinach salad with dry miso is another winner, delivering a punch with decadent flavours of Parmesan and truffle oil. As our final evening draws to a close, we enjoy a moment of calm on the Mandarin

“Magpies will love exploring the jewelencrusted corridors, glinting with all manner of fantastical treasures” It reveals a different side to the city. Woven between the towering churches and historic beer halls, modern Munich exists as a buzzing hub, where young people enjoy all the mod cons of a cosmopolitan city.   To get a taste of local living, away from the crowds of the city centre, explore the streets around the universities Schellingstrasse, Türkenstrasse and Theresienstrasse. Think of it as your go-to for stylish fashion boutiques, independent coffee shops and happening bars. Quirky concept store Kauf Dich Glücklich is great for unique finds, while hidden gem Café Vorhölzer is essential for Sunday brunch with a view. As the night draws in, head to James T. Hunt for plenty of buzzy atmosphere and delicious cocktails. Modern Munich isn’t just about hipster cafes, however. Located a 20 minutes walk from the Old Town, Pinakothek der Moderne is a veritable cathedral of contemporary art, with a central, lightflooded space encircling a soaring, celestial dome. We’re here to see the new ‘Paul Klee:

Oriental’s China Moon roof terrace which during the summer months plays host to a restaurant, open-air pool and stunning 360-degree views of the skyline. Up above the spires and bustling streets, the city unfurls beneath us. We spot the iconic twin domes of Munich Cathedral, proudly visible due to city law that forbids anyone from building above it. Fittingly perhaps, the Mandarin Oriental is the highest rooftop in the Old Town and the only one with an unobstructed 360 degree view. Together they represent the two sides to Munich - the old and the new - both framed against the snow-capped Alpine horizon.

M A N DA R I N O R I E N TA L Rates for Mandarin Oriental, Munich start from EUR 525 per room per night (approx. GBP 470) For more information or to make a booking, please call +49 89 290 980 or visit  mandarinoriental.com/munich

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he Chelsea Harbour spa and health club offers a broad range of opportunities to unwind and enjoy a long weekend of relaxation and pampering. The spa and health club includes a gym, sauna, steam room, large swimming pool and relaxation room. It also provides a wide range of massages, facials and it’s own hair salon, which caters to each person’s individual needs and requirements. Meetings rooms and a ballroom present an excellent space for business events, functions and weddings.

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CROMWELL PLACE SW7

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bright upper maisonette situated within an elegant Victorian building in a prime South Kensington location. The property has been tastefully refurbished and comprises of a large entertaining area, a large master bedroom with en-suite shower room and walk-in wardrobe and two guest bedrooms. Cromwell Place is ideally located for the many amenities the area has to offer.

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Egerton Place, Knightsbridge SW3 A superb lateral penthouse apartment Situated in a prime address, just to the south of the Brompton Road, in the heart of Knightsbridge. The property provides direct lift access and features a south facing reception room with French doors onto a balcony with panoramic views. 3 bedrooms (all en suite), reception room/dining room, kitchen, guest cloakroom, direct lift access, south facing balcony. EPC: E. Approximately: 165.92 sq m (1,786 sq ft).   Leasehold: approximately 988 years remaining

Guide price: £4,500,000

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Water's Edge, Fulham SW6 Stunning family house with direct river views Contemporary 4 bedroom family home set in a secure, gated development with excellent reception space enjoying views of the River Thames and beyond from every floor. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, open-plan kitchen/dining room, a garden, 2 terraces and a garage. EPC: C. Approximately 205-236 sq m (2,207-2,541 sq ft).   Freehold

Guide price: £2,350,000

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Lilyville Road, Fulham SW6 An immaculately refurbished family home with garden This wonderful 5 bedroom home offers versatile living and enetertaining space as well as a beautifully presented garden. 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, kitchen, guest cloakroom, garden, terrace. EPC: C. Approximately 283 sq m (3,047 sq ft) Unfurnished

Guide price: £2,308 per week

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Cleveland Square, Bayswater W2 Exceptional 4 bedroom apartment located in Bayswater A top floor lateral apartment with private roof garden, located in a stucco fronted Grade II listed corner building in Bayswater W2, benefiting from lift access and offering sensational leafy views of the communal garden square. 4 bedrooms (1 en suite), 1 bathroom, reception, kitchen, roof terrace and access to communal gardens. Approximately: 128 sq m (1,386 sq ft).   Leasehold: approximately 984 years

Guide price: £2,650,000

KnightFrank.co.uk/hydepark hydepark@knightfrank.com 020 8115 2197    

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Connecting people & property, perfectly. In the current climate, there has never been a more important time to have an agent with a global database of buyers and tenants. With our network of offices across London, the UK and further afield, we are well placed to find you the perfect buyer.

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Beaufort Gardens, Knightsbridge SW3 Guide price: £1,495,000

Neville Street, South Kensington SW7 Guide price: £5,250,000

Carlyle Square, Chelsea SW3 Guide price: £8,250,000

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Bourdon Street, Mayfair W1K Guide price: £16,750,000

Horsley Court, Westminster SW1 Guide price: £1,000,000

Chesham Place, Belgravia SW1X Guide price: £12,950,000

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LIVING THE

DREAM The most luxuriously appointed properties on the market

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CATHCART ROAD SW10, £18,950,000

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his property has been designed in a modern style and finished with the very latest in innovative home technology and luxurious materials throughout. Discretely situated, this newly built house is set behind a private forecourt for two cars. There is a lift to all floors and an exceptional spa that includes a 42ft swimming pool. To the rear is an unexpectedly large stepped garden as well as two further roof terraces. KNIGHT FRANK Chelsea, 020 7349 4300 chelsea@knightfrank.com

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PROPERTY • NEW TO THE MARKET

EMBANKMENT GARDENS

LANGTHORNE STREET

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Brook Green, 0207 371 4171 salesteam@finlaybrewer.co.uk

Fulham, 020 7736 2810 lockettestates.co.uk

SW 3 , £825,000

truly stunning six-bedroom family home situated in the popular Mapesbury Conservation Area. The property boasts a large entrance hall, 22 foot dining room leading into a fully equipped kitchen, a further reception room and six spacious bedrooms. Keyes road is a residential road close to transport links including Willesden Green station.

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n impressive two double bedroom ground floor garden flat on a popular treelined road. Conveniently located for the shops, restaurants and amenities on the Fulham Palace Road and within close proximity to the River Thames, this light and spacious property boasts gas central heating, air conditioning system, double glazing, long lease and no onward chain.

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ositioned between Fulham Broadway and West Kensington tube station, this five bedroom terraced home is ideal for families, with a spacious kitchen/dining room and generous garden - rare in such a central location. Just a 10 minute walk from Fulham Broadway, residents have easy access to a wide range of amenities and green spaces, including Eel Brook Common and Parsons Green.

RESIDENTS HAVE EASY ACCESS TO A WIDE RANGE OF AMENITIES AND GREEN SPACES INCLUDING PASONS GREEN

FEATHERSTONE LEIGH

Fulham, 0207 610 9755 featherstoneleigh.co.uk

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WOODFORD HOUSE, FULHAM A luxurious one bedroom apartment situated on the first floor. There is a spacious reception room and kitchen which leads to a private balcony. The double bedroom includes fitted wardrobes and the property benefits from a stylish bathroom. EPC - B

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£899,950 FULHAM 02076109755

ANSELM ROAD, FULHAM An immaculately presented five bedroom Victorian family home. Having been recently refurbished throughout the property comprises five double bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fully fitted kitchen opening onto a south facing reception room. EPC - C

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FAULKNER HOUSE, FULHAM Perfectly positioned on the north bank of the River Thames, the developments  prime location and tranquil beauty are just two benefits of its riverside positioning. The luxurious apartments are designed to the highest specification, with the open plan living spaces and effortlessly elegant interiors reflecting the quality of the development. EPC - B

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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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BROOK GREEN W6 PRICE ON APPLICATION FREEHOLD HAARLEM ROAD W14 • 5/6 BEDROOMS £625PW / £2,708PCM • 20’ X 14’4 RECEPTION HAARLEM ROAD W14 • 21’5 X 13’11 DINING/FAMILY ROOM •£625PW FLAT •2 DOUBLE KITCHENBEDROOM / £2,708PCM • •• •• ••

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BOLINGBROKE ROAD W14 £1,300PW / £5,633PCM • • • • •

5 BEDROOMS SPACIOUS DOUBLE RECEPTION STYLISH KITCHEN UTILITY ROOM 2 FAMILY BATHROOMS

LETTINGS 020 7371 4071

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PRETTY PRIVATE GARDEN CLOSE TO TRANSPORT LINKS AT SHEPHERDS BUSH UNFURNISHED EPC RATING D 67 AVAILABLE NOW

SOUTHERTON ROAD W6 £1,250PW / £5,417PCM • • • • •

5 BEDROOM HOUSE SPACIOUS DOUBLE RECEPTION NEW KITCHEN WITH DINING AREA 2 BATHROOMS 2 SHOWER ROOMS

LETTINGS 020 7371 4071

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PRETTY WEST FACING GARDEN WOOD FLOORS THROUGHOUT FURNISHED OR UNFURNISHED EPC RATING D 60 AVAILABLE NOW

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ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL SALE BY YOUHOME

BEDFORD GARDENS, W8 ÂŁ5,950,000 After in excess of 30 Viewings and 11 Offers, this charming house was sold to delighted buyers who used the services of a Buying Agent to source the perfect house for them. I wanted to thank you so much for your hard work during the sale of Bedford Gardens. As a buying agent it is such a pleasure to deal with someone who is easy to communicate with and who wants to find a solution to any problems that arise during the conveyancing process. The sale of Bedford Gardens was not without its complications, and I can say from experience that there are many of your competitors who would not have been able to deal with the transaction as calmly and professionally as you. I very much look forward to working with you again. Due to our comprehensive marketing on all of the best property websites, our fantastic presentation in the most relevant magazines and our extensive network of contacts within the property world, we are truly able to take your property out to the widest audience possible to secure the best price available. If you are considering a sale or are on the market without success, please contact us in order for us to tell you how we can make a difference.

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FOR SALE IN KENSINGTON

CAMPDEN GROVE, W8 £3,250,000

CHENISTON GARDENS, W8 £3,000,000

4 bedroom freehold house.

First floor 4 bedroom apartment.

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FOR SALE IN KENSINGTON

LEXHAM GARDENS, W8 £1,750,000

LEONARD COURT, EDWARDES SQUARE, W8 £1,325,000

First floor duplex 3 bed apartment.

Ground floor 2 bed apartment.

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FOR SALE IN CHELSEA

HOLLYWOOD ROAD, SW10 £3,850,000

WHADDON HOUSE, WILLIAM MEWS, SW1 £2,850,000

4 bedroom freehold house.

Fourth floor 3 bedroom apartment.

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FOR SALE IN NOTTING HILL

ST. LUKES ROAD, W10 £3,600,000

ST. LUKES MEWS, W11 £1,750,000

4 bedroom freehold house.

3 bedroom Mews house.

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THE PERFECT COMBINATION OF HIGH END HIGH STREET AND ON-LINE AGENCY WITHOUT THE LEGACY COST Call: 020 7908 9280, email: ldn@youhome.co.uk, or visit: youhome.co.uk

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FOR SALE IN SOUTH KENSINGTON

CROMWELL PLACE, SW7 £2,350,000

THURLOE PLACE, SW7 £1,395,000

Third & fourth floor 3 bedroom duplex.

First floor 1 bedroom apartment.

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FOR SALE IN EARLS COURT

PHILBEACH GARDENS, SW5 £5,500,000

CROMWELL CRESCENT, SW5 £825,000

6 bedroom freehold house.

Second floor 2 bedroom apartment.

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