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10 things we’re coveting this month

49 HOLIDAY HEROES Summer beauty must-haves

20 AGENDA

FOOD & DRINK 55 KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL

26 OUTDOOR SWIMMING

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INTERIORS 68 INTERIOR INSPIRATIONS

37 JEWELLERY

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38 THE SHOOT

T R AV E L 98 A SLICE OF PARADISE

Diary dates for August

London's best lidos

Florence Welch's loungewear for Liberty

Beach-ready pieces for summer

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H E A LT H & B E AU T Y 47 BEAUTY CONFIDENTIAL This month’s best beauty buys

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LETTER ABSOLUTELY’S August issue highlights

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WINING & DINING

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In light of the British heatwave this summer, we've explored where to cool down in our round-up of London lidos. page 26

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CULTURE Keil Abstracts, Gallery Ossowski; 83 Pimlico Road London SW1W 8PH; ossowski.co.uk

What’s On 20 • Theatre Review: The King & I 23 • London's Lidos 24 A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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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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Film4 Summer Screen From 9 August SOMERSET HO USE

Film4 Summer Screen returns for two weeks with a film-lover’s dream season at the iconic Somerset House. This year’s stellar selection of films are shown on London’s largest outdoor screen, presented in full surround sound and accompanied by DJ sets and exclusive introductions from directors, cast and surprise special guests. Strand, London WC2R; somersethouse.org.uk

EXHIBITION

LEILA JEFFREYS:

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In her conscientious way of photographing birds, Leila Jeffreys displays a phenomenal spectrum of colours and nuances the human eye can only appreciate within the stillness of her pictures. Her latest series entitled Ornithurae, comprises over fifteen new portraits of rarely seen and unique breeds of pigeons, each of startling grace and elegance. 25 Thurloe Street, SW7; purdyhicks.com

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The Luna Cinema Various dates KEN SIN GTON PA LAC E

The picturesque front of Kensington Palace makes the ultimate setting for a night of cinema under the stars. The iconic venue, with its immaculate formal gardens, will play host to The Luna Cinema for three nights of fantastic films and food. Chose from Romeo & Juliet, Victoria & Abdul or The Greatest Showman. Kensington Gardens, W8; hrp.org.uk Leila

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LIU BOLIN: VANISHING POINT

Around Town

BEL AIR FIN E ART

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Ongoing

This new major summer showcase from Liu Bolin is the first solo UK exhibition for the renowned Chinese artist. With previously unseen photographic works, Vanishing Point explores Bolin’s signature method of using complicated, hand-painted camouflage to explore visibility, concealment, consumerism and the environment. 105 New Bond Street, W1S; belairfineart.com

FILM4 SUMMER 9-22 August SOMER SET H OUSE

Film4 Summer Screen returns for two weeks with London’s largest outdoor screen, an unbeatable selection of films, DJ sets and a series of introduction from directors, cast and surprise special guests. Strand, WC2R; somersethouse.org.uk

EX H IBITION

HOPE TO NOPE Until 12 August D E S IGN MUS EU M

This Month’s Must See

From internet memes to the videos that go viral, graphic design and technology play a pivotal role in the way we engage with politics, shaping political messages like never before. Spanning the global financial crash, the Arab Spring, ISIS, Brexit and Trump, this exhibition explores the myriad ways graphic messages have influenced and altered key moments in political history. 224-238 Kensington High Street, W8; designmuseum.org

D AY O U T

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AUDREY HEPBURN: BEYOND THE SCREEN

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rom a selection of high profile photographers comes this candid collection of rare portraits of Audrey Hepburn. Hepburn remains one of the most instantly recognisable icons of 1950s and has charmed generations since Hollywood’s Golden Age. Audrey Hepburn: Beyond the Screen revisits classic and timeless portraits, celebrating Hepburn’s legacy on the 25th anniversary of her death. 32 John Adam Street, WC2N;

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PERICLES 26-28 August OLIV IER STAG E

A huge company of all ages from across London come together with professional artists to breathe new life into Shakespeare’s classic tale of fate, kindness and adventure. Upper Ground, SE1; nationaltheatre.org.uk

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ABSOLUTELY reviews…

THE KING AND I Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic musical returns to the Palladium By PENDLE HARTE

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t may not be an obvious choice of show for 2018, in our climate of #metoo and Trump, but The King and I has returned to the Palladium. This award-winning Broadway production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s much-loved musical is undeniably slick and entertaining – we are here for the opening night and despite a clash with the football, the house is packed with starry audience members including Andrew LloydWebber, Zoe Wanamaker and Tamsin Greig.

We all gasp as the curtain opens to reveal a large ship that takes over the entire stage and deposits the recently widowed Anna Leonowens and her son Louis in Bangkok where she is set to take a job as governess to the King of Siam’s many children (67 at last count, with another one on the way). She is dressed throughout in full 1860s European fashion, with an almost comically vast hoop skirt and bodice, in contrast to the king’s wives who all wear simple tunics. The children are all ridiculously cute, especially the improbably tiny one who steals the show with her

This much-loved musical is undeniably slick and entertaining

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enthusiasm and sheer dinkiness. But of course, this is all about the tunes – Shall We Dance? is an unforgettable favourite, as is Getting to Know You. We have come a long way since Yul Brynner’s infamous yellowface performances as the King of Siam, and this cast is heavily populated by Asian actors, with Ken Watanabe making an excellent king to Kelli O’Hara’s Anna. But without wanting to be joyless about what is ultimately a feel-good production, it would be wrong not to note that it does have some very problematic messages at its core. The assumed civilizing influence of the west on the east is one, though Western People Funny as performed by the wives does a good job of mocking that, and the multiple wives’ unfailing loyalty to a husband who frankly has no respect for women is just a touch unpalateable. Making The King and I relevant in 2018 is certainly tricky – one small Trump reference to a wall does get a laugh – and ultimately it's the tunes that make it.

VERDICT

The musical numbers make it ★★★★★ THE KING AND I LONDON PALLADIUM To 29 September kingandimusical.co.uk A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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A magical outdoor tale for all the family

Life is suddenly turned upside down and everything becomes curiouser and curiouser… This summer, join Alice on her amazing journey through Wonderland and experience an adventure like no other. Lewis Carroll’s classic story is cleverly lifted from the page and beautifully brought to life in Glenn Elston’s highly acclaimed production. Life is suddenly turned upside down for Alice, so join her as she tumbles down the rabbit hole and lands in the magical world of “Wonderland”. It’s a roller-coaster of a story as she bravely bounces from one unexpected and amazing situation to the next. There’s a wildly curious assortment of characters. Bump into the skittish, constantly late White Rabbit, sing along with the Dodo and other birds in the Caucaus race and meet the pepper obsessed Duchess and her extremely crazy cook. The Cheshire Cat will leave you with a grin and you can’t fail to miss Humpty Dumpty on his way to meet Tweedledum and Tweedledee as they tell the tale of the Walrus and the Carpenter. What might seem slightly silly then becomes downright absurd as the Mad Hatter arrives with the March Hare and the Dormouse to have a grand old time with Alice at the tea party. As a magnificent finale, join the Queen of Hearts and her parade of cards. This is where everyone, both young and a perhaps a little bit older, can be part of the fun. Presented in a bright performance style, with colourful costumes, interactive games and catchy songs this is a perfect way to go on a wonderful Wonderland adventure with the entire family.

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ROUND UP

Best in

MUST SEE

SHOW From Absurdist dramas to blistering comedies, these are this month’s top theatre picks By H E L E N B R O W N

THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE ★★★★★ From 16 August PARK THEATRE

Mother and daughter duo Rafaella Hutchinson and Sally George are to be the first family pairing to star as the reclusive Little Voice and meddling mother Mari in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. Funny, brutal, beautiful and sad, Jim Cartwright’s uplifting tale is a comic tragedy about finding your voice in a noisy world. Clifton Terrace, N4 parktheatre.co.uk

The Lehman Trilogy ★★★★★ Ongoing LY T TE LTO N T H E ATR E

On a cold morning in 1844, a young man stands on a New York dockside dreaming of a new life. 163 years later, the firm he establishes spectacularly collapses into bankruptcy and triggers the largest financial crisis in history. Sam Mendes directs Stefano Massini’s vast and poetic play.

THE LEHMAN TRILOGY

Upper Ground, Lambeth SE1 nationaltheatre.org.uk

Aristocrats

Exit The King ★★★★★

★★★★★

Ongoing

From 2 August

O L I V I E R THEATRE

D O N M A R WA RE HO US E

Somewhere in Europe the kingdom is disintegrating. Queen Marguerite is preparing for the end and Queen Marie is in denial. The King is 400 years old and dying, but he’s clinging on for dear life. Rhys Ifans stars in the titular role of this great tragi-comedy in what will be the first time Eugène Ionesco’s work has been performed at the National Theatre.

Ballybeg Hall once played host to grand balls, musical evenings and tennis parties; its rooms busy with painters, poets and politicians. Presiding over all of it was the imposing figure of Judge O’Donnell. Now, on the eve of a wedding, the O’Donnell children return to their ancestral home to find that the rot has set in.

41 Earlham Street, WC2H

Upper Ground, Lambeth SE1 nationaltheatre.org.uk

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The Humans ★★★★★

From 30 August H A M P STE A D TH E ATR E

Stephen Karam’s The Humans follows three generations of the Blake family as they assemble for Thanksgiving. Set in a ramshackle pre-war apartment in Lower Manhattan, Karam’s play is a blisteringly funny but deeply chilling showcase of the human condition; a family at its best and worst navigating the challenges of everyday life.

Eton Avenue, NW3 hampsteadtheatre.com THE HUMANS

EXIT THE KING

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THAMES LIDO

The Thames Lido offers an urban oasis for al fresco swimming, dining and socialising. Restaurant Executive Chef, Freddy Bird creates fresh summer recipes with a strong Spanish lilt and Moorish and Mediterranean influences. This will be the lido’s first summer since opening its doors last November. King’s Meadow Park, Reading, RG1 8FR; thameslido.com

I N TO the DEEP

We’re making the most of the British sunshine with a spot of al fresco swimming. Here’s where you can don your swimmers and take a dip when the temperature rises in the city. By HELEN BROWN

OASIS SPORTS CENTRE A mere five minutes from Holborn, this is one of the West End’s only outdoor swimming areas. The location is prime so it tends to pack out on warmer days, but it stays open until 10pm during the week. When you’re done with your dip there are three squash courts and two fitness studios to enjoy. 32 Endell Street, WC2H; better.org.uk

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BROCKWELL LIDO This Grade II listed lido boasts an Olympiclength pool, gym, hydrotherapy zone and an indoor cycling studio. Its award-winning café serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and afternoon tea. This summer saw the launch of Lido Lates where visitors can enjoy moonlit swimming, music, cocktails and street food. Dulwich Road, SE24; brockwelllido.com

TOOTING BEC LIDO At a whopping 90m x 30m, Tooting Bec is the largest freshwater open-air pool in the UK. Though the place can still get pretty crowded so an early start is advised. There is a delightful café to rest and refuel in once you’re done swimming. Tooting Bec Road, SW16; slsc.org.uk

Enjoy moonlit swimming, music and street food

HAMPTON POOL Heated to a balmy 28C and open 365 days of the year, Hampton Pool affords pleasant swimming come rain or shine. It’s branded as a swim, gym and BBQ club and has two pools, a water-side fitness centre, sun deck, café and shop. High Street, Hampton, TW12 2ST; hamptonpool.co.uk

SERPENTINE LIDO Bang smack in the heart of London is the Serpentine Lido, carved out of the main pond in Hyde Park. Regulars to the water include some of the city’s finest wildlife. But don’t let the ducks deter you. This place is open all year long and has a nearby playground, paddling pool and deckchairs so you can chill out all day. Hyde Park, W2; serpentinelido.com

LONDON FIELDS LIDO If you’re not one to brave the chill (this is British summertime after all) try a dip in the London Fields lido. This 50-metre pool is heated and gets packed during summer. Besides swimming, they host workout sessions, yoga and aquarobics. There’s also a café and a sundeck, perfect for an afternoon doze. London Fields West Side, E8; better.org.uk

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CREATURES The blockbuster exhibition of plastinated fish makes its European premiere in London By EVE HERBERT

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his groundbreaking new exhibition allows visitors to explore the secrets of life beneath the ocean’s waves by viewing incredible cross-sections of magnificent sea creatures of all shapes and sizes. The painstakingly preserved exhibits use the same plastination process developed by Dr. Gunther von Hagens and made famous by artist Damien Hirst, replacing fluids and soluble fats with resins and allowing us to view incredibly accurate ‘cross- sections’ of the creatures. Real-life exhibits include whales, stingray, seal, penguins, octopus, Great White shark and many more. Visitors get an educational and entertaining up-close glimpse of their complex organs. This new blockbuster exhibition comes to Europe for the first time following a sell-out tour of the US.

Sea Creatures is as educational as it is entertaining and will also feature digital interactive experiences and augmented reality allowing children and adults alike to immerse themselves in an underwater world. This exhibition is a unique, awe-inspiring, eye-opening insight into the science and anatomy of sea creatures. This blockbuster exhibition is packed with 50 full body, real specimens, 150 body parts and organs and interactive digital exhibits. Sea Creatures invites family audiences to explore and truly understand marine life, conserving marine species and raises awareness of marine conservation and the harm caused by plastic to the millions of species that dwell within our blue planet. Visitors should look out for Hai Hai (meaning Sea Sea), a double world record plastinate of a baby Minke whale, which is the star feature exhibit of this blockbuster exhibition. At 3.08 meters high, 6.2 metres in length, 2.55 metres in chest circumference and weighing in at 3000kg, it is an awesome sight. Hai Hai has won two world records (the world’s first plastinated ocean mammal; and the world’s first plastinated specimen of a whale displaying its internal organs and structure). This exhibit is a true Spirit of The Ocean.

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GREAT STARTS

We catch up with Kensington & Chelsea Art Weekend founder Vestalia Chilton after the successful first edition

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he inaugural Kensington & Chelsea Art Weekend 2018 was a resounding success with over 60 galleries, museums, pop art spaces and venues taking part. We spoke to Vestalia Chilton, the founder of the Art Weekend, to hear about how things went and what's up next.

includes original concepts and new ones, each hand-crafted and strategically installed by the artist. A number of talks are also scheduled as part of the exhibition during London Design Festival in September. This year also sees the launch of The Kensington & Chelsea Art Weekend Youth Division x Vardaxoglou Art Prize. The winner of which is to be exhibited in the next edition of the art weekend in 2019.

Q What were your favourite moments? A The Art Bus Tour was a huge success. The two day tour was organised by The Galleries Association with The Royal Borough Of Kensington and Chelsea to create a highway between different areas of the borough. Also having Artsy on board made us a truly global project.

Q Is there an installation of which you’re particularly proud? A The first thing that comes to mind is Terry O’Neill’s Faces Of Kensington & Chelsea. His ionic photographs are known globally so it was great to see them proudly displayed in the center of Sloane Square. The area has changed in the last five decades so we hope this photographic display will trigger the memories of what made the area we know and love today.

Q Is there anything carrying on for next year or still exhibiting now? A Love Kensington & Chelsea Street Art invites residents to nominate their favourite artist to paint a mural on hoardings dotted around the borough. Make sure to write to us to tell us about your artist and watch them create a beautiful artwork for the enjoyment of all. Q What’s new? A A Lot On My Plate by Debbie Carne launched during Kensington & Chelsea Art Weekend at The Exhibitionist Hotel by Key Collection – who joined the art weekend as headline sponsor. The exhibition is open to the public now until 25 September. This collection of 70 plates and pairs of plates

Q What makes K &C Art Weekend a distinct celebration? A It’s an open door event of the iconic venues and less known hidden gems of the borough. In one day a visitor can see a major installation in one of the big museums and at the same time learn about a smaller gallery or project located near by. Q What are the Red Bus ‘Hop On/Off’ Gallery tours like? A It’s a free tour starting at either Saatchi Gallery or Trellick Tower in Westbourne Grove. The busses will run for two days, stopping at 16 locations along the way. The talks programme is amazing. We have Elliot Grove, Raindance Founder, in conversation with Robin Osmani; Alison Jackson discussing arts and politics at Saatchi Gallery with After Nyne Editor Claire Meadows and many more.

K E N S I N GTO N A N D CHELSEA ARTWEEKEND We encourage everyone to sign up to take part next year: kensingtonandchelseaartweekend.com

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JET SET READY N E T-A- P O RT E R

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MACHINE MADE How Florence Welch is reinventing the classic Liberty print for her collaborative sleepwear collection

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tyle icon Florence Welch is a fan of the Liberty print. And she's also a fan of pyjamas. So this collaboration is a match made in design heaven. "I do a lot of writing in the morning, still in my pyjamas with lots of very strong coffee. And as a Liberty print obsessive, I was honoured that Liberty allowed me to trawl though their archives to create this collection,” she says. Working with the design team and Liberty’s textile archivist Anna Buruma, Florence handpicked a selection of floral paisleys from the extensive Liberty print archive to be reworked onto a range of new sleep styles and accessories. The first print, entitled Cosmic Jungle, is a blush paisley placement print that has been engineered onto a classic pyjama and long kimono. The Delilah print is a more whimsical design, featuring azaleas, carnations and star flowers. This print is available as a classic pyjama, short pyjama, eye mask and short kimono. The Evelyn print has been created from a paisley motif obtained from a book of drawings from 1820. This motif didn’t exist as a print, but with Florence’s vision, it was re-drawn and brought to life across two colour-ways; a navy and blush. Lastly the Leontine print is a purple, green and harvest gold fern print from 1963. This print remains true to its origins in both colour and style and adorns classic pyjamas, a short kimono and eye mask. Printed on silk satin, shapes remain easy, inspired by Florence’s need for versatile day to night pieces when travelling, and the special piece long Kimono’s are reminiscent of her covetable concert style. “Florence embodies the Liberty London women. She has an eclectic style, mixing colours and prints, we also love her sense of travel & adventure which mirrors that of Arthur Liberty, the original founder,” says Amelia Hornblow, Liberty’s director of product. libertylondon.com

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L I B E R T Y LO N D O N COLLECTION

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Hidden TREASURES Absolutely’s favourite beach-themed jewellery discoveries for summer

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ROSANTICA

MERCEDES SALAZAR

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COLOUR WORKS LIBERTY LONDON

Colour is self-expression. Paint your lips, layer colour on your cheeks and clash eyeshadows. The Living Colour collection at Liberty London encourages you not to hold back. Be inspired by the array of brands and products available in store and online at libertylondon.com

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BEAUTY

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NOTES

Fresh scents, candles, bubble bath and other luxuries B y PENDLE HARTE

EDITOR’S PICK

NUMBERS GAME PA R L E M O I D E PA R F U M

Benjamin Almairac, son of the legendary perfumer Michel Almairac (Dior, Gucci, Chloe) founded Parle Moi de Parfum. His scents are named for the number of modifications it took to reach the final composition. So there's Un Tonne de Roses 8 or Tomboy Neroli 65. All are presented in clean, minimalist packaging and stocked at Selfridges. parlemoideparfum.com

SCENTS OF STYLE ARUM

Arum's candles are designed to add a touch of joy and beauty to life with their blend of perfumes, paraben-free essential oils and paraffin-free hand-poured wax. We love the best-selling Tea Rose and Clove one – and the packaging is very stylish too. £34 arum.london

PINK LADY POPPY DELEVINGNE & JO MALONE

Jo Malone London's new Queen of Pop limited edition collection is curated by Poppy Delevingne. Made up of colourful colognes, stripy candles and brilliant bubbles, bubble bath fragrances include Velvet Rose & Oud and Nectarine Blossom & Honey, all in huge 500ml pink bottles. £58 jomalone.co.uk

BROWGRAPHY at Browhaus, SW3 By Pendle harte

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ing’s Road’s Browhaus isn’t like most places you might go to have your eyebrows seen to. Mostly because it’s also a café – not that you’d know it from the name on the door (A Wanted Man) though the helpful tagline Espresso Bar clears things up a bit. In order to have your brows threaded you must first walk through the busy café with its delicious coffee and speciality sourdough sandwiches, and go upstairs where there’s a sort of tiki bar theme and also a separate outpost of Ministry of Waxing. But we were only here for Browhaus, which offers a very professional, speedy and almost wordless eyebrow service. I lie down and am instructed to pull the skin tight around my brows while the super efficient therapist considers them – neglected, sparce, asymmetric – and instantly knows the fix. A quick slick of dye and some remarkably painless threading action and I’m pretty much done, with a quick trim with scissors perfecting the final shape. Lots of time left for coffee, in fact, which shows that Browhaus has its priorities in order. Wellkept eyebrows give your face an instant lift, highlighting its best self; my nine-year old spots the difference immediately. “Mummy, have you had plastic surgery?” she demands. What a result.

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EDITOR’S PICK

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YVES SAINT LAURENT

Metalmorphosis 005 Eye Kit, £55; patmcgrath.com

Touche eclat blur primer, £29.50; yslbeauty.co.uk

PAT MCGRATH LABS Dual-ended marker, approx £18; patmcgrath.com

CHARLOTTE TILBURY Instant Look In A Palette Shade: Beauty Glow, £49; charlottetilbury.com

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JAMES READ Coconut Water Tan Mist, £25; jamesreadtan.com

MARC JACOBS BEAUTY Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter, £32; marcjacobsbeauty.com

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Perfumes in the East The first luxury perfume collection from Thailand opens an olfactory window into the Orient

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very once in a while I discover a new Fragrance House that reminds me why perfume has been my passion for over twenty years. I discovered PRYN PARFUM from Bangkok at The Art & Olfaction Awards this summer and was immediately smitten with the very first luxury perfume collection from Thailand. Founder and ‘nose’ Mr Pryn Lomros studied film direction before a visit to the Cannes Film Festival, rather ironically, ignited his passion for scent. A stint in Grasse (the centre of the French perfume industry) to learn scent-structure fanned the flames and, when he returned to Bangkok, Pryn apprenticed in a perfume company. He launched PRYN PARFUM in his native Thailand, drawing his creative themes from ancient and modern cultural history and realising his fragrances, appropriately, via the visual world, “I imagine a moving image first, sort of a movie. There are colours, there is sound and texture and I interpret each component by notes and accords.” PRYN opens an olfactory window into the East with subtly nuanced storytelling and spirituality, combined with rare ingredients of extraordinary beauty. PRYN adds a unique facet to the rich world of luxury scent and heralds the dawn of perfume rising in the East. ‘Magao’ is a citrus/incense scent named after the caves of Buddha in

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the Kobe desert and celebrates this spiritual oasis of ancient China where the caravans of the silk road met the temples of the faithful. Sweet orange and osmanthus blend with Sichuan spices and Chinese tea leaves over a base of incense, wood and leather. ‘Ayothaya’ is named for Siam’s Kingdom of Ayuttahaya which existed from 1350-1767 and was a global centre of commerce and cultural sophistication. The scent is inspired by this golden age, reinterpreted with sacred incense, spices, gunpowder and Oolong tea. ‘Hikari’ is a story of Tokyo. Hikari ‘light’ in Japanese - juxtaposes ancient and modern Japanese culture using natural elements of historic Japan including the nashi pear, dried yellow chrysanthemum and osmanthus absolute and layering in more modern perfume materials like norlimbanol and ambroxan. ‘Morah’, inspired by Thai folklore ‘Chantakorob’, celebrates the antagonist, Morah, notoriously remembered as a most ‘promiscuous, unchaste’ woman. Exotic and arousing, this fragrance uses native Thai flowers, wild spices and the intoxicating notes of golden champacca and opium to seduce. ‘Le Mimosa’ is an

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elegant green-fruit scent with apple blossom, green quince and yellow pear providing the fresh, aqueous notes that compliment the mimosa. The leading lady is supported by wild yellow pansy, lily of the valley and violet with a dash of yellow narcissus, fresh cut grass and a passing cloud of creamed vanilla. ‘Turkish Leather’, with its spicedleather accord celebrates Turkey as the ‘gateway’ to The East. Raki, a traditional Turkish drink of anise and other spices is blended with Loukoum - rosewater which uses almond powder. Caramelised dates and cocao powder add a subtle hint of the gourmand, but it is the leather and suede notes combined with incense and oud that lift this scent to another spiritual plane.

P RY N PA R F U M is an olfactory pioneer, generously permitting us a rare glimpse into a new and thrilling olfactory realm full of light and colour. This is a journey worth taking.

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TASTE OF SUMMER SMITH & WOLLENSKY Smith & Wollensky’s new Seafood & Salad Tower is a feast for the eyes as well as the belly and pairs perfectly with a rosé flight. The Seafood and Salad Tower is £80 including oysters and £70 without, while the rosé flight is £23.75 for three 100ml glasses. smithandwollensky.co.uk

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GRAPE NEWS

TASTING NOTES

London’s food news and most exciting openings this August By GEORGIA MCVEIGH

WINE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE MONTH By BERRY BROS. & RUDD

2014 Berry Bros. & Rudd Extraordinary Claret by Ch. Villa Bel Air  £15.50 "EOC”, as it is known, is a Bordeaux blend. It has a rich, Merlot-dominated nose with cherry aromas, notes of cocoa, vanilla and wood smoke, and combines brambly fruit with the savoury elements of Claret.

2017 Macon Lugny, Les Charmes, Camille Paquet  £14.95 This pure unoaked Mâcon has ripe peach and melon notes dancing on a beautifully refreshing and clean palate. A cracking white Burgundy which will taste just as good on its own as with a variety of seafood and lighter meat dishes.

2017 Le Grand Cros, Rosé, Domaine du Grand Cros  £13.95 A blend of Cinsault, Cabernet, Carignan and Grenache, the colour is pale with raspberry, citrus and floral aromas. Juicy acidity combines with lemon and pink grapefruit notes on the palate. Very refreshing.

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Newly opened Delicatessen is bringing some spice back to Hampstead's leafy streets. Expect vibrant flavours from the Middle East as Yassam Ottolenghi’s head chef Or Golam brings his unique Israeli dishes to North London, featuring favourites like beef carpaccio, golden cauliflower and falafel. 46 Rosslyn Hill, NW3 delicatessen.company

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FOOD & DRINK• NOTES Our pick of the best

TA ST I N G MENUS T H E L E D B U RY

The tasting menu at The Ledbury, Notting Hill's renowned two Michelin Star restaurant is quite something to behold. Head Chef Brett Graham constantly changes this assault on the senses to include only the best and freshest of seasonal ingredients. It doesn't come cheap, but it's worth it for that special occasion. theledbury.com

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LUXURY LIFE CA R A M E L

Recently launched Caramel in South Kensington is fast becoming a firm favourite of locals. Serving brunch, lunch, dinner and drinks, the menu is diverse enough to give you the option of pure indulgence or a quicker, cheaper bite. Spoil yourself with the poached Lobster benedict, or go all out with the Surf 'n' Turf. For a cheaper option, the wild mushroom risotto is not to be missed. 272 Brompton Road, SW3 caramelgroup.com

Claridge's michelin starred restaurant, Fera (meaning 'Wild' in Latin), lives up to it's name and adds a touch of the untamed to the heart of Mayfair. The tasting menu is designed to evoke the colours and textures of the British landscape, and it doesn't disappoint, providing classic British dishes with a twist. claridges.co.uk

SURF ‘N TURF ICHIBUNS

Luxury fast food restaurant ICHIBUNS will be stopping the use of single use plastic to coincide with the launch of a new menu. Old favourites such as the Cheeseburger Harumaki will remain, while new dishes like Dynamite Shrimp in spicy sauce will be thrown into the mix - and we can't wait. 22 Wardour St, W1D ichibuns.co.uk

MEDLAR

More understated than it's swankier counterparts, Chelsea's Medlar nonetheless deserves a mention. With locally sourced ingredients converted into beautifully crafted French food, every course on the tasting menu is a superbly cooked, delicately presented and a joy to eat. medlarrestaurant.co.uk

FRESH START FOX & PHEASANT FERA

DATE NIGHT Z UAYA

New South American restaurant Zuaya creates dishes that are both picture perfect and delicious. Combining the best flavours from Peru, Argentina and Mexico, these colourful plates and creative cocktails are the perfect recipe to blow your date away. 35 Kensington High Sreet, W8 zuaya.co.uk

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James Blunt's venture into restaurants is set to be a success if The Fox & Pheasant is anything to go by. His new enterprise has seen a complete overhaul of the interior, maintaining the cosy country pub feel, but serving fantastic and delicate food as well. 1 Billing Road, SW10 thefoxandpheasant.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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aphne’s is rocking with doors open wide, spritzes a-plenty, flowing rosé and the freshest summer produce. You could be forgiven for thinking you were languishing on the Amalfi Coast. There’s no doubt that this laid-back neighbourhood restaurant will eek out the summer well into September, offering long luxurious lunches and heady Mediterranean dinners. And look out for Daphne’s Presents in the autumn, when Shelley Von Strunckel kicks off the series of dinners on 4 September.

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• 16 large king scallops in shell • A glug of olive oil • 175g salted butter (or more if you want to be really indulgent) • 1 medium sized and strength red chilli, deseeded and sliced thinly widthways • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed • 150g barba del frate (monk’s beard), roots removed. You should be able to get this at specialist Italian shops or on Ocado when it’s in season (mid February to mid May). If you’re doing this dish between mid June and late August, you can use samphire instead • Sea salt flakes

METHOD 1 If you’re going to cook these as soon as you get home, get your fishmonger to open the scallops, leaving them attached to one side of the shell. If not, get them to show you how to do it. Clean with cold running water and carefully dry off with kitchen paper, ensuring you leave the scallops in their half shells. 2 Season the scallops with a little salt. Heat a large frying pan on a medium to high burner. Add a good glug of olive oil and cook the scallops meat side down for 2 minutes. You may have to do this in batches, or in 2 pans. 3 Remove the scallops from the pan and put on a large serving plate, meat side up. Add the butter, chilli, garlic and barba del frate (or samphire) together in the pan that you cooked the scallops in and turn the burner to a medium heat. Cook out for 3 minutes until the butter is gently bubbling, but be careful not to burn. Pour over the scallops and serve with crusty bread.

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Daphne’s Octopus Carpaccio with Caper & Chilli Dressing Serves 4

INGREDIENTS • 2 octopuses • 20g black peppercorns • 1 medium sized onion, peeled and cut in half • A good glug of white wine (around 100ml) • sea salt • 100ml extra virgin olive oil • 1 medium sized and strength red chilli, deseeded and sliced thinly width ways • 100g capers, drained and roughly chopped • Juice of 1 lemon • 1 spring onion, outer leaves removed, topped and tailed and thinly sliced

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Put the octopuses into a large saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil on a high heat. Once boiling, remove from the heat and drain 2 Put the octopuses back into the saucepan, cover with cold water 3

Add the onion, peppercorns and wine, and cover with a heat-proof plate or heavy utensil to keep the octopuses submerged. Bring back to the boil

Each length will have a tentacle and part of the upper body 8 Now spread a large sheet of clingfilm out onto a table and carefully lie all the tentacles onto it, ensuring that they all run the same way and that the body part is at the top 9 Roll the clingfilm around and twist into a sausage shape as tight as you can tying a knot at either end to secure

4 Once boiling, turn the heat down to a simmer and cook for an hour

10 Wipe off any excess liquid with some kitchen paper and put back into the freezer. This needs to be frozen for at least four hours (overnight is fine)

5 When you think it’s ready, check that the flesh is soft by inserting a small knife into the thickest part of the tentacle. Drain again, discarding the cooking liquid

11 When you take it out, if you can’t cut through it straight away with a sharp knife, leave to soften a little. Now gently peel back the clingfilm.

6 Whilst still hot, cut away the head and hard beak and discard. Rinse the rest of the body

12 Slice thinly, laying each piece onto a large serving plate, all slightly overlapping.

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13 In a small bowl, mix the olive oil with the lemon juice, capers, spring onions and chilli. 14

Pour over the octopus and serve.

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Daphne’s will eek out the summer well into September with long luxurious lunches garlic, chilli, wine and tomatoes to a large frying pan and heat on a medium burner until the liquid is boiling. 9 Now add the lobster pieces and cook for a minute. When the spaghetti is ready, drain but be careful to retain about 100ml of pasta cooking liquid. 10 Now add the drained spaghetti to the lobster mix. 11 Boil and stir until it all comes together, adding more pasta liquid if it’s too dry. The pasta should be firm to the bite.

Daphne’s Spaghetti with Lobster Serves 4

INGREDIENTS • 500g top quality spaghetti (at Daphne’s, we use Giuseppe Cocco, which you can get in Waitrose, or you can buy it online. Otherwise, use your preferred spaghetti) • a squeeze of lemon juice • 2 whole live lobsters (the best ones are usually between 600g and 800g each) • 200ml olive oil (extra virgin is best) • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed • 1 medium sized and strength red chilli, deseeded and sliced thinly width ways • 200g cherry tomatoes, cut in half • A good glug of white wine (100ml) • 2 medium bunches (approx. 40g) flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped (including the stalks) • Sea salt flakes

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Now add cold water and a good pinch of salt to a large saucepan and bring to the boil.

12 When you think it’s ready, add the remaining olive oil and the chopped parsley. 13 Season to taste with salt, stir and serve straight into warmed pasta bowls.

3 When the water is rolling, add the lobsters and cook for seven minutes. 4 Drain and run the lobsters under the cold tap for 5 minutes to cool. 5 Remove the meat from the shells (there’s a very good tutorial from the BBC here) and cut into bite sized pieces. 6 You can use the same large pan that you cooked the lobster in for the spaghetti – just rinse it out. 7

Add cold water, a good pinch of salt and bring to the boil. 8 When the water is rolling, add the spaghetti and cook al dente for 4 minutes only. Whilst doing this, add half the olive oil,

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PA R K life

We’ve rounded up London’s finest readymade picnic hampers for when a soggy sandwich simply won’t do. Al fresco feasting has never been easier. B y PA O L A P E R A LTA

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PICNIC TO IMPRESS

Xeco’s unique take on the traditional picnic comes with a bottle of Fino Sherry and Double Dutch tonic water for a refreshing ’She & T’. Your aperitif is accompanies by a lavish selection of snacks including British charcuterie and gourmet crackers. £50; xecowines.com

For anyone looking to really push the boat out, the Luxury Picnic Experience from Corrigan's includes personal butler service to ensure that the Champagne flows and the food is served with finesse. Dishes come from the Michelin-starred British and Irish menu. From £1,000; corrigansmayfair.co.uk

PICTURE PERFECT This beautifully packaged hamper features a range of savoury goodies including rye biscuits with cheese and chili chutney, Italian grissini breadsticks and rosemary spiced nuts. To satisfy sweet teeth, there is dark chocolate dipped honeycomb and strawberry marshmallows. From £45; ottolenghi.co.uk

BEST OF BRITISH Tuck into a delectable selection of British food with the Scott’s Picnic Lunch from The Mount Street Deli. Inside you’ll find British sparkling wine, sandwiches, salads, sausage rolls and veggie quiches. Sweet treats of course include scones, along with Union Jack cupcakes. £60; themountstreetdeli.co.uk

FRESH AND FLAVOURFUL This summer, Bulgari Hotel London is offering Rivea On The Go, a gourmet picnic lunch put together by Rivea Head Chef Antonia Corsaro. With a range of Italian salads to choose from, along with dainty sandwiches and a granola, red fruit and yoghurt dessert, Rivea On The Go delivers fresh flavours without compromising the waistband. £22; rivealondon.com

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ABSOLUTELY eats out…

“Mayfair’s Galvin at Windows is an utterly spoiling experience”

Food with a view

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FOOD Michelin starred French food with an Asian twist

DECOR Sheet windows and smart tables to highlight the view

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VERDICT Exceptional food in a beautiful setting

companion, who is a sworn enemy of vegetables in all forms, professes himself a fan. Soft Shell Crab comes next, crunchy on the outside and deliciously soft on the inside, swimming in a tofu, barley, courgette and soybean stew. Next ccomes the real highlight of the menu, a flaky and succulent baked hake, with a Compté crust, spicy Iberico pork and cabbage. The fish melts in the mouth, combining perfectly with the saltiness of the pork, and the cheese crust adds a tangy twist to the dish. As we watch the sun setting over London, our final main arrives – a braised short rib with kimchi and pare-jang risotto. The meat is melt-in-the-mouth, so soft that it needs the bite from the risotto to provide some texture. The whole experience is rounded off with a light yoghurt sorbet with shizo and hibiscus, followed by an equally light summer fruit salad with strawberry juice, melon ice cream and frothy lemon foam, perfect to round off a large meal. All in all, for an utterly spoiling evening and exceptionally good food, this is one to write home about. ● GALVIN AT WINDOWS 22 Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K; galvinatwindows.com

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Located at One Tower Bridge. Prosecco House is London’s fist prosecco-specialist bar. It stocks Prosecco DOCG, from Veneto, the home of the drink, a creation of owner Kristina Issa, bringing the excellence of Italian prosecco to London. Kristina works with small family-owned vineyards, while the bar has over 20 varieties on the menu, hand picked by Kristina herself, from wineries such as Marchiori, Rivalta, Cirotto, Tasi Bio and Andreola.

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Steak of the Art

From the Big Apple to the Big Smoke, American steakhouse Smith & Wollensky sets the bar high with an unmatched menu and creative cocktails By P E N D L E H A R T E

WHAT IS SMITH & WOLLENSKY? Smith & Wollensky has been serving up the finest USDA Prime dry-aged steaks in America since opening its doors in New York in 1977. After winning the heart of the Big Apple, those award-winning steaks were soon found all across America, from the windy city of Chicago to the hot sands of Miami Beach. Smith & Wollensky launched its first London site in the historic grade-II listed Adelphi Building just off the Strand in 2015. Specialising in the very best USDA Prime and Premium Irish Beef, every cut is dry-aged and butchered in-house. As if that wasn't enough, you'll find the freshest seafood, alongside award-winning wines and classic cocktails. From the glamorous reception to the 1920s art-deco interiors (designed by go-to restaurant guru Martin Brudnizki, who has been responsible for - among many Sexy Fish and the new Annabel's) Smith & Wollensky marries the elegance and timeless appeal of the restaurant’s rich heritage across the pond with the essence of London’s innovative dining scene. Smith & Wollensky occupies two floors with two full-service bars and three beautifully appointed private dining rooms (one with its own dedicated bar!), making it the perfect spot for just about any celebration.

WHAT’S FOR DINNER?

At the heart of every Smith & Wollensky is the steak and in particular the corn-fed beef from Greater Omaha selected from the top 2% of beef in the US and hand-picked for its rich, even marbling, the USDA Prime is dry-aged for no less than 28 days to intensify flavour and increase tenderness. Expect some of the very best steaks you've ever tasted in London.

“Hand-picked for its rich, even marbling”

Shellfish is another menu centrepiece; the signature shellfish platters really do make the most of the coast. Platters of varying sizes include the likes of lobster, crab, oysters and clams, all served over crushed ice. Instagram at the ready. Sides are by no means sidelines either – the giant onion rings and truffled mac ‘n’ cheese to share are the stuff of legend. And to satisfy those with a sweet tooth, desserts include the famous gigantic chocolate cake that will encourage even those with the strictest willpower to ditch the diet, plus classics like the New York style cheesecake. Set against a handsome backdrop of rich oak panelling, buttery green leathers and vibrant pops of red, sit back and enjoy one of 30 classic cocktails with a contemporary twist - from from Martinis to Manhattans - or a glass of something special from the enormous wine list boasting over 540 bins from all over the world with a stunning selection from the USA, of course.

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INTERIORS

PERSONAL SPACE

SWEETPEA AND WILLOW Sweetpea and Willow's Handmade with Love range offers a totally bespoke service where you can choose the size, height, shape, fabric, design and colour to create the perfect bed for you. sweetpeaandwillow.com

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Ideas, designs and styles for your home By PENDLE HARTE

HOME COMFORTS FRENCH CONNECTION HOME

Among the high street fashion names that have launched homewares, French Connection stands out for its fabulous textiles. Rugs, cushions and throws are all well-designed in a range of patterns and embellishments – and they're well-priced too. frenchconnection.com

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ORLA KEILY / BRABANTIA

A new collaboration between Brabantia and Orla Kiely has resulted in this most stylish ironing board. It's a limited edition run, so get yours quickly; £114.50 johnlewis.com

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WALK ON BY All our favourite rugs

EDITOR’S PICK

FRENCH CONNECTION Black and white Aztec rug, £250 frenchconnection.com

RIGHT ANGLE HAY

30degrees is a lightweight shade made of laminated oak veneer. The seamless surface is achieved by aligning the ends of semicircular veneer sheets at a 30degree angle, so the inside cone and internal angle is always 30 degrees hay.dk

TABLE TALK

THE RUG SELLER Hanging rugs, £POA therugseller.co.uk

HEERENHUIS

The beautiful handcrafted Larbus table by Belgian brand Heerenhuis is made from solid French oak with a sapwood edge. It's available in a wide array of sizes at Maida Vale's Different Like a Zoo, from £5,045 differentlikeazoo.com

MADE Hand-tufted wool rug by Rhonda Drakeford, £299 made.com

HABITAT Simone multicoloured rug, £500 habitat.co.uk

BROSTE COPENHAGEN Marble pattern rug in cotton, £POA brostecopenhagen.com

STORED IN STYLE BRITISH STANDARD

SANDERSON Rose & Peony rug, £449 modern-rugs.co.uk

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British Standard is an off-the-shelf cupboard range of simple, honest, affordable cupboards for kitchens, utility rooms and studies. Here is their configuration at Chelsea's new Love my Human pet parlour. britishstandardcupboards.co.uk A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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andmade using traditional manufacturing techniques, Drummonds’ splendid Double Lowther Vanity forms the magnificent centerpiece of Kate Moss’s bathroom. The brassware of the stand and taps is cast using the classic lost wax process and the white china basins are made in English clay, hand glazed and hand-finished. Highly figured Arabescato marble underlines the sheer scale and luxury of this piece. To partner the Lowther, Moss chose a freestanding, double-ended Spey bath with a hand-painted exterior. This is just one of Drummonds’ many cast iron bath designs, each of which takes several weeks to make in a series of craft processes beginning with casting the molten iron and completed by dry fit enameling and custom exterior finishing.

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THE LOWTHER VANITY BASIN SUITE WITH ARABESCATO MARBLE £7980 • THE MULL CLASSIC 3-HOLE BASIN MIXER £1170 THE SPEY CAST IRON BATH TUB FROM £3570 • THE MULL CLASSIC BATH & SHOWER MIXER £1554 • THE BRORA HIGH LEVEL WC SUITE £2334 drummonds-uk-com

Hand-painted Anemones in Light wallpaper designed by Kate Moss in collaboration with de Gournay. Dusk design colours on custom grey painted Xuan paper. degournay.com

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SOFT MACHINE Absolutely celebrates linen, the softest and strongest fabric

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ommunauté de Biens is a young Parisian brand that celebrates the beauty of materials. With its first collection made up of washed linen bedding, bath towels, cushions and curtains, this interior design brand amazes us with its choice of colours, highquality materials and gentle price tag. The collection is exclusive to smallable.com

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t is widely accepted that the ultimate in luxury comes in the form of percale cotton of the highest thread count. Five star hotels generally offer sheets with a thread count of 400, which feels incredibly smooth and silky. And certainly, freshly laundered, bright white sheets are hard to beat – unless you are of the linen persuasion. Increasingly, linen has become the more desirable option, with stonewashed linen looking stylishly rumpled and feeling softer with each wash. Linen has the advantage of lasting longer than combed cotton because it’s at least 30% stronger; it also offers better temperature control, staying warm in winter and cool in summer due to its moisture absorbency and heat retention. And it’s not just sheets. Linen curtains, cushions and tablecloths have a rich texture and colour saturates the fabric, creating a deep, luxe look.

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INTERIORS • SUMMER

Absolutely’s edit of summer essentials

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Fatboy's original Lamzac is a comfortable and robust lounge bed that's so low-maintenance that you don't even need a pump. Just pull it out of the bag, wave it around to fill with air, clip it shut and jump in. It'll easily hold 200 kilos even though it weights just one. Take it to the park, the beach or anywhere – it's the ultimate crowdpleaser. £74.50; fatboy.com

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Drinking pink things is one of the best things about summer and we love Pinkster's pink gin – especially the fact that it comes in a specially large box for picnics and festivals. Why carry four bottles around when you can take a box? pinkstergin.com

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WHEELS UP ELECTRA

To look at them you might think that Electra's new range of bikes is all about style – but these are high class cycles, all quality components encased in beautiful, colourful frames. We like the Loft city bikes in their stylish candy colours. electrabikes.com

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This might sound insane, but bear with us. The zwitscherbox is a batteryoperated, motion-triggered birdsong simulator. Walk past it and the eager sound of chirping birds will transport you to straight from your urban garden to a dreamy rural spot. It stops after a while – and makes a fun addition to a bathroom too. zwitscherbox.com

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These colourful objects may look like your favourite brand of coffee capsule, but in fact they are Lexon's dinky Mino bluetooth speakers. Despite being tiny enough to fit in the palm of your hand, they offer great sound, good battery life and an attractive look. stonegift .com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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PUT IT

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BISLEY

ractical yet striking, home storage options are now design statements. Whether the classic design of a Bisley multi drawer or the handmade natural qualities of an Artisanne basket, there are options that fit within any interior scheme. Getting organised has never been so beautiful.

ARTISANNE creates beautiful

handwoven baskets in partnership with a team of talented traditional artisans from the remote villages of the Thiès region of Senegal. Each Artisanne piece is crafted with meticulous attention to detail respecting the traditional Senegalese Wolof weaving style whilst incorporating contemporary designs and colours. The baskets are created using the traditional Senegalese weaving style whilst incorporating contemporary designs and styles. The whole Alibaba range from the laundry baskets through to the baby baba basket are a lovely feature for any bedroom, bathroom, landing or hallway. artisanne.co.uk

BISLEY ’s MultiDrawer’s clean, simple

Bauhaus-like styling has set the cabinet in good stead to become an icon in storage design. Various sizes mean the MultiDrawer suits all environments, from the office to the home. MultiDrawers are the ideal solution for organised home storage: no matter what you need to store, from postage stamps to spanners, there is a MultiDrawer to suit. There are a number of multi-compartment insert trays available for storing small items in an organised and tidy fashion. Available in a large array of colours, the MultiDrawer is a practical and att ractive addition to any home. Label inserts make organisation easy too. bisley.com

USM The success of USM Haller

modular furniture is due to its simple yet ingenious design. From a few simple components a beautiful and practical piece of furniture is built, designed to grow with its environment’s changing needs. Swiss precision gives the furniture strength, versatility and clean lines. USM Haller modular furniture is a design classic that can be reconfigured with your family’s changing needs. A sideboard used for storing toys can evolve into a book shelf perfect for a teenager. The panels can also be changed if the colour scheme of the room changes or you would simply prefer to use the furniture in a different room. usm.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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RUARK AUDIO MRX

Ruark Audio has launched the MRx, its first connected wireless speaker. It embodies exquisite craftsmanship and attention to detail. Its beauty lies in its simplicity; not just in its ease-of-use, but in its sophisticated design, too. £399. ruarkaudio.com

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This new portable speaker was designed by award-winning Cecilie Manz to ensure 360-degree dispersion of the rich and powerful Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound in any room, while also boasting beautiful Scandinavian design that will add to any interior. £349. beoplay.com

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CARUSO

The Caruso sideboard with integral sound system is reminiscent of the much loved gramophone and is the perfect blend of the best of modern and classic design. It has a Bluetooth 4.0 connection which offers a rich, high performance sound. £2,630 gomodern.co.uk

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Authentic sound has been the heart and soul of the Vifa brand since their inception in 1933, stemming from the small town of Videbaek, Denmark. Despite looking like a pretty handbag, the Helsinki bluetooth speaker creates powerful and serious sound. £329. skandium.com

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MADE R AY

The Ray mini portable bluetooth speaker is just 4.5cm in diameter, making it easily transportable. With handy USB charging and a variety of finishes, this is a handy and good value piece. £20 made.com

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MANUTTI

Electric Blue Shell Chair eames.com

Garden Dining Chair; £600 gomodern.co.uk

MUUTO Thomas Bentzen Cover Chair muuto.com

MENU Synnes Chair menu.as

MODISH LIVING Allegro Leather Dining Chair; £439 modishliving.co.uk

WHARFSIDE Mylon; From £1,340 wharfside.co.uk

GUBI Beetle Dining Chair; £259 chaplins.co.uk

MADE High Back Carver Chair; £279 made.com

MINIFORMS Valerie Dining Chair; £420 gomodern.co.uk

FORM & FUNCTION Superior chairs for mealtimes B y PENDLE HARTE

TOM DIXON Fan Dining Chair; £575 tomdixon.net

MOGG DESIGN T-Chair; £660 gomodern.co.uk

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Absolutely swoons over Neisha Crosland’s new tile collection for Artisans of Devizes

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eisha Crosland’s new encaustic tile collection for Artisans of Devizes plays with her distinctive patterns on unusual tile shapes that fit together to create fabulous floor and wall tiling for interiors in a kaleidoscope of original colour. She says ‘ a good pattern is one that people can connect with. It must have a sense of familiarity but at the same time the design must surprise them with its freshness. Jigsaw does just that. The six patterned tile play with shape from squares to a diamond, fan and prolong hexagonal. These explore optic angles and stars, castellated edges, overlapping lines and dynamic geometrics. Colours are dusty pinks, jades, primrose and pomegranate. The encaustic nature of the tiles gives the colours a subtle softness. artisansofdevizes.com

HOPSCOTCH JIGSAW HOPSCOTCH PATTERN TILE

With a satin finish, this encaustic tile comes in Denim Ochre, Plaster Grey, Pomato Pink, Pumice Ginger and Tumeric for use on interior floors and walls.

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SUN JIGSAW SUN

PATTERN TILE

With a satin finish, this encaustic tile comes in Burnt Sienna, Duck Grey, Pebble Grey, Pistachio and Sludge Grey for use on interior floors and walls.

FERN JIGSAW FERN

PATTERN TILE

With a satin finish, this encaustic tile comes in Black Cream, Blue Charcoal, Clay Mud and Smoke Sage for use on interior floors and walls.

MOGHUL JIGSAW MOGHUL PATCH PATTERN TILE

With a satin finish, this encaustic tile comes in Putty Stone, Shrimp Blue and Tumeric Slate for use on interior floors and walls. interior floors and walls.

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YES, IT’S A CRYING SHAME…

…that she left it too late to apply for Hurtwood House, because it’s simply the best for acting, dancing, singing, film-making – “A utopia for creative minds” – as the Good Schools Guide says. And crucially, this exciting school is equally successful academically. In fact, it’s statistically one of the top co-ed boarding schools in the UK. So, if you’re looking for a really exciting and rewarding change of school at 16 – don’t leave it too late. Contact Cosmo Jackson or visit our website for more information.

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KIDS & EDUCATION

JET SET OLLI ELLA

For nomads and homebodies alike, these Seeya suitcases are kid-sized and cabin-ready. They even come with a way to secure a favourite cuddly. When not used for travel, they double-up as vintage-style trunks. £59; folkinteriors.co.uk

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Jersey Royal C L AU D E A N D C O A home-grown unisex clothing brand aimed at “little individuals”, Claude and Co’s collection eschews seasonal trends in favour of timeless and durable trans-seasonal designs. The online shop also stocks an eclectic mix of interior design products, toys and gifts from independent brands. claudeandco.co.uk

SMALL TALK Gucci for tots, Suffragettes stories and a special silicone toothbrush

ITALIAN JOB GUCCI

The world’s most exciting design house teams up with the web’s premier luxury fashion store for a shop-in-shop devoted to the inaugural Gucci childrenswear collection. For six weeks from 16 July, discover unique styles for babies and kids up to 12.

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To celebrate the publication of five new editions of timeless classics by PL Travers featuring everbody's favourite magical nanny, Aqua Shard has devised a play afternoon tea menu that continues until next April. harpercollins.co.uk

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GIRL POWER S U F F R AG E T T E

This new book tells the story of the fight for the first women to get the vote 100 years ago in a beautifully illustrated volume designed for ages 12 plus. Davd Roberts' writing and arwork is full of detail and charm. £18.99 panmacmillan.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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Education for all The Head of Latymer Upper on his drive to make his school an engine of social mobility B y DAV I D G O O D H E W

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t first glance it might strike the onlooker as an unlikely match. I was born into a working class background in a tower block opposite Grenfell and educated at my local comprehensive. I now head up one of the country’s top co-ed independent schools – Latymer Upper School. But look more closely and the connection becomes clearer. I do indeed have my roots firmly and proudly in a working class family, but I progressed from a secondary school in Hammersmith to read Classics at Oxford University – the first member

of my family to take A-Levels or go to university. From there I taught in some of the UK’s most prestigious learning institutions. Education, in my case, has been the key to social mobility and I have pretty firm views on the role independent schools can play in improving the life chances of children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Of course Latymer is no ordinary independent school. It prides itself on being one of Britain’s leading bursary schools, with the majority of its means-tested bursary pupils studying at Latymer on a completely free place. My plan is to go further – to offer a life-changing education to more children who show ability and

“We aim to be able to offer one in four pupils a means-tested bursary by 2024”

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potential, regardless of their financial circumstances. Independent schools should be engines of, rather than obstacles to, social mobility. To that end I’ve recently launched Inspiring Minds, Latymer’s most ambitious bursary campaign to date. The aim of the campaign is to raise enough funds to be able to offer one in four pupils a means-tested bursary to Latymer by 2024 - its governing foundation’s 400th anniversary. I believe the campaign is the most effective way in which our institution can encourage social mobility, offering 300 local children from backgrounds as modest as mine, access to a transformative education. The benefits of a socially diverse school are felt by all pupils, be they fee paying or those on bursaries; a school in which children study alongside classmates from diverse backgrounds, who have different perspectives on life, offers the most enriched intellectual environment in which to learn. As is often the case with social mobility, there is also a ripple effect. The first person in a family to benefit, is unlikely to become the last. The impact is felt by the next generation with the children and grandchildren of many of the Latymerians who were first in their families to become professionals, also attending higher education. The £40m that we hope to raise from the Inspiring Minds bursary campaign is needed for the longterm funding of bursaries. Unlike some public schools, which have large endowments, or independent schools with City Guilds to fund their bursaries, Latymer has no such resource and has to raise the money needed from scratch. We aim to replenish Edward Latymer’s endowment fund with £20m of the money raised, protecting our bursary provision generations of children to come. It’s a huge challenge, but Latymer has a fantastic community of pupils, staff, parents and alumni. The fundraising has begun in earnest - from cake sales to gala dinners and from swimathons to river runs, everyone is doing their bit towards the campaign. If we meet our target, a quarter of our pupils will have a means-tested bursary, meaning Latymer will become one of the most inclusive independent schools in the country. There is cause for hope. This month we welcome our new Year 7 pupils, 18% of whom are in receipt of a bursary - with 175 bursary pupils across the school. To see these children flourish and excel in the wider world is one step towards smashing the class glass ceiling. A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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BENDY BABIES YOGA BABIES By Fearne Cotton

Fearne Cotton is well known for her Radio 1 slot, but of late she’s taken a step back from the public eye and focussed instead on mental health. Her new Yoga Babies book is a great and fun way for both mamas and babies to unwind after a long day. £6.99; penguinrandomhouse.co.uk

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None of the animals want poor Platypus to join their zoo – he’s too bland for the chameleons, and not graceful enough for the flamingos. But he really came to the zoo to leave behind an invitation to a party on his “platybus”... £11.99 nosycrow.com

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COLOUR CENTRIC THE BIG BOOK OF BLUE By Yuval Zommer

The world of fish just got even more fantastical. Yuval Zommer’s chatty book features his quirky illustrations – from shimmery to slippery. Discover the deep blue with fun facts and encounter sea turtles, whales, sharks, rays and seahorses, plus much more. £12.95; templarco.co.uk

BOREDOM BE GONE THE WORLD OF DAVID WALLIAMS: BOOK OF STUFF By David Walliams

DOG DAYS PICKING PICKLE By Polly Faber, illustrated by Clara Vulliamy

Featuring all your favourite characters from David Walliams’ books, this hilariously funny new tome from Walliams has new illustrations, fun facts in his unique style and a whole new comic strip featuring a whole new character, Raj. £9.99; harpercollins.co.uk

Choosing the right pup is a lifechanging event, and as the longeststanding resident of the dog home, Pickle is used to seeing his friends leave him behind. Will Hungry Harvey or Dumpling find a home? Perhaps it’s Pickle’s turn! £11.99 pavilionbooks.com

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BALLET BUNNIES By Lucy Freegard

From critically acclaimed artist Axel Scheffler comes the adventures of Pip and Posy, who are having a lovely day at the seaside. While Posy has a nap, Zac comes to play with Pip – but Posy is sad that Pip seems more interested in playing with Zac than her... £6.99; nosycrow.com

Betty loves to dance. She can perform beautifully in front of her family, but once she goes to a dance class she loses all her confidence and it seems like she’s not going to be able to do the end-of-term show. Will she be able to find her balance in time? £6.99; pavilionbooks.com

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entire home their territory, and not only when their own rooms are small. It is a positive thing when children develop an imagination and are permitted to implement their ideas at home, especially since it is seldom possible to simply send them out into the city alone. Children should, however, still learn that: there is adult territory that I may only use to a limited extent—and only with permission—and there is my territory, where I can do as I please, as long as I tidy up again later. If corners for children are firmly installed in spaces for adults – for instance a play kitchen (there are beautiful models by Brio or Djeco) in the real kitchen, or a table for arts and crafts (for example by Richard Lampert) and/or a reading corner in the living room – such areas should always have enough boxes, drawers or baskets in which the little conquerors can quickly stow away their playthings after use. If parents encounter resistance in connection with tidying up, we recommend threatening children with the vacuum-cleaner scenario: if it comes out, everything will be gone afterward. People who like rugs can easily share them with their children in the living room, also because flooring made of natural materials is much more robust than one might think.’

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We discover one of seven hotels at the world-famous Forte Village resort on a sunny escape to the south coast of Sardinia. fortevillageresort.com

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I Beyond the Beach Renowned honeymoon hotspot the Maldives can be much more than a fly and flop destination. Absolutely discovers the islands’ adventurous side By HELEN BROWN

was convinced that the Maldives wouldn’t be for me. Lusted after by honeymooners and swooned over on Instagram, there is no doubt that this is one of the world’s most luxurious and sophisticated destinations. But while I could endlessly admire photographs of azure water, ocean swings and coconut-strewn sands, I felt sure that the expanse of blue beauty and nothing else would be tiresome. Boring even. A good book can occupy a day or two, a snorkel a few hours. How on earth do you fill your days marooned on an expanse of glistening white sand? I envisaged hours spent staring longingly out at a boundless blue horizon. But in reality, a foray around three of Anatara’s most illustrious Maldivian properties turned out to prove me and my preconceptions entirely wrong. Dhigu, Veli, and Naladhu Private Island are in the South Malé atoll, an easy 40-minute water transfer from Malé airport. Each is distinct in character and the three put together offer a wealth of amenities far greater than the typical Maldivian getaway. First stop: Dhigu, a family-friendly resort with beach hammocks, pristine sand and the aforementioned ocean swings. Essentially, a social media jackpot. Comprising 110 villas and suites, guests can choose to be poised over the water or tucked away on the beach. I settle effortlessly into an over-water suite complete with private sundeck, outdoor shower and access to the balmy Indian Ocean below. When you’re not splashing around in the sea, you can admire its crystal clarity and ocean life from the freestanding bathtub. Framed by a wall-to-wall, floor-toceiling window, it’s one of the best spots to watch the sun go down over the lagoon. If you can drag yourself away from your little luxurious home-from-home, an overwhelming selection of watersports and leisure activities is available to guests of all three properties. On the first day we A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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DISCOVER OZEN BY ATMOSPHERE AT MAADHOO The stunning OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo is a lifestyle luxury five star resort located on Maadhoo Island, just 35km south of the capital, Male. The resort features 90 luxurious standalone villas, designed in a contemporary style with Maldivian Island influences. The Atmosphere Indulgence plan leaves nothing to be desired, from the moment you arrive at the resort you will be spoiled. With the finest cuisine, accompanied by the finest drinks on offer throughout your stay. The resorts incredible underwater restaurant, M6m is a must visit, offering modern seafood cuisine with stunning underwater views. Guests can enjoy a wide choice of activities during their stay, with the resort offering a complimentary dive, wide range of water sports and state-of-the-art gym, as well as professional spa facilities and complimentary treatments to choose from, all included in your stay.

10 Nights all inclusive, staying in an Earth Villa from ÂŁ4,199 per person Includes flights with Emirates travelling during September 2018

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are whisked away to snorkel with turtles, the next we whip up an array of Maldivian dishes in a Spice Spoons cooking class and we each spend a blissful 60 minutes in the Balance Wellness spa on day three. In between, I get a private tennis lesson, snorkel around the villas, hire a kayak and go on a sunset cruise around the lagoon. On top of this, there is sailing, paddle boarding, kite surfing, yoga, a gym, cycling, coral rehabilitation programmes, excursions to Malé and beach games. And that’s before you even mention diving, for which the Maldives is fast becoming one of the world’s most respected spots. The stunning beaches and turquoise waters are nothing compared to the tropical life teeming beneath the surface. So you see there really is no room for boredom. We certainly are hard-pushed to fit it all in. The second half of the trip is spent in one of just 20 Colonial-style houses on Naladhu Private Island. Each is spectacularly spacious and comes with a private swimming pool and ocean-front deck with swinging day bed. There's also an al fresco bathing pavilion with sunken tub, outdoor waterfall shower and steam room. Naladhu guests are appointed a House Master who will ensure each trip is absolutely perfect. From booking a dhoni boat to serving you breakfast besides the sea, the friendly and experienced staff really can’t do enough. It’s here, in this cavernous villa with customised wine cellar, iPad, iPod, Bose surround-sound system and personal library, that I appreciate the Maldives for the honeymoon hotspot that it is. With exceptional in-room dining, enough outdoor space for a family of four and a House Master on speed-dial, you could easily not see another soul on the island for the entirety of your trip. Quite the island hideaway. The Living Room is Naladhu's only restaurant. It’s set on the beach and serves modern fusion cuisine. On the menu you’ll find an array of international dishes including Maldivian tuna tartar, pan-seared foie gras and Wagyu beef. Breakfast is a la carte and can be enjoyed all-day long. Those looking to venture out can head over to Veli and Dhigu where there are nine more restaurants and bars offering a multitude of cuisines including Thai, Italian and Maldivian. Culinary highlights from the trip include Japanese restaurant Origami where our dinner is sliced, sizzled and served by an energetic chef at a table-side teppanyaki grill; Thai restaurant Baan Huraa which is set within a traditional teak house on stilts and has a tantalising

menu of regional small plates designed to be shared; and dinner on a floating platform in the middle of the sea. Yes, the sea. This comes courtesy of Anantara’s Dining by Design facility which enables guests to conjure up the ultimate private dining experience. Wagyu steak in a candlelit coconut grove? Not a problem. A gourmet picnic for two on a dhoni? Done. Maldivian tuna on the deserted seashore? Easy. Seriously, no matter how wild and wonderful the concept, they can make it happen. Suspended on a floating deck, framed with white chiffon curtains and open to the stars, our table floats ethereally above the fishes. As with the leisure activities, we run out of days before we get round to sampling the full culinary offering, which invalidates all presumptions I’d had of the Maldives. It really can be more than a fly-and-flop destination. Though of course if your ideal holiday involves nothing more strenuous than lifting a Pina Colada to the lips, it’s a dream destination. Truly a once-in-a-lifetime trip for all types of traveller. I leave feeling like there aren’t enough hours in the day; though I do find time to squeeze in a snap on the sea swing. Whether you're the type for sunrise snorkelling or you're there to prop up the pool bar, the Maldives will be for you.

N I G H T LY R AT E S JUNE 2018 Veli – approx £362 per night on HB basis Dhigu – approx £378 per night on HB basis Naladhu – approx £610 per night on BB basis JANUARY 2019 Veli – approx £584 per night on HB basis Dhigu – approx £591 per night on HB basis Naladhu – approx £840 per night on BB basis For more information visit anantara.com

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The Laindons has six luxurious rooms to choose from, five have beautiful high ceilings, filled with light, plus the Attic Room, which is our cosy, atmospheric rooftop retreat.

Welcome to The Laindons Guest House Located in the heart of Hastings Old Town, The Laindons is a gorgeous and impressive Georgian listed building that began life as a coach house in the nineteenth century and has continued the tradition of providing comfort, and unexpected luxury to all who visit.

Room rates range from: £110.00 - £130.00, Monday to Thursday £120.00 - £155.00, Friday to Sunday

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astle View Restaurant is a converted 17th century barn with a terrace. Tables can be reserved for dinner and offer unrivalled views of the castle lit at night. The menu features daily specials which showcase the head chef’s creativity and flair. The restaurant felt intimate with good quality, simple food, well prepared and presented. Children were welcome in the evening with a full children's menu, which meant eating out later was also an option.

he grounds are filled with activities and surprises to keep both children and adults entertained. Highlights are the maze, falconry, boat and train rides. The large grounds mean there is plenty of space for further exploration. Take to the water in a punt around the moat. You will get an astounding close-up view of parts of the castle unseen from land, and your guide will provide you with all the history you need to know.

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GLAMPING AT LEEDS CASTLE KENT By PHIL COUZENS

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Village PEOPLE How Sardinia’s Forte Village won over a slightly reluctant resort newbie

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calming sea green of the walls, the huge windows framing views of tropical plants – and then, the piece de resistance – an enormous balcony, perfect both for imbibing said champagne, and for our toddler to amuse herself by running in circles for hours. Back inside, the bathroom has a huge walk-in shower, as well as a swimming poollike bath – a good spot to relax and listen to the warm-up of whichever band is playing the piazza that evening – and is stocked with divine Aqua Di Parma products. It is, in short, sublime. The temptation would be to do little but order room service and lounge about in fluffy white towels – but that would be to miss the point of Forte Village. That it calls itself a village is no exaggeration, and if we’re splitting hairs, actually underplays its scale (few hamlets boast 21 restaurants). A half-hour's drive south of Cagliari – the island’s ancient capital, itself well worth a night or two to explore the buzzing restaurant scene A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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Calling itself a village underplays its scale – few hamlets can boast 21 restaurants

and to scale its vertiginous and pretty medieval cobbled streets – and you reach Forte Village. Despite having read glowing reviews, as we cross the threshold of this vast contained world, it’s hard to know quite what to expect. An archway leads new villagers off the main road through to reception, where dozens of people mill about waiting for their own golf buggy to deliver them to one of the seven hotels – all of varying levels of luxury. But as soon as you depart reception and zip through the verdant grounds to your room, it becomes clear why this place is, again and again, named the best resort on the planet by the World Travel Awards (there is even a trophy room where the laudatory gongs are proudly lined up). For despite the huge number of guests – so apparent at reception – once into the resort proper, there is never any sense of crowding, a feat given that there is roughly one member of staff per two guests, of which typically there are 1500 in residence. This is, perhaps, thanks to the immaculately maintained lush pathways that snake though all 55 acres of Forte Village, all copiously planted and maintained beautifully: unless you’re by a pool, you just don’t clap eyes on more than handful of people at a time. And since most people get about on the handily provided bicycles, they’re gone before you’ve really clocked them. Having not once considered a resort holiday until we had a child, we worried that there might be an element of organised fun; of a Disneyland on the Med, with grinning guests merrily joining conga lines. Resorts such as those must and likely do exist, but Forte Village is not one of them. Indeed, its beauty lies precisely in forcing nothing at all upon its guests; it is entirely what you make it. There are hundred of activities on offer, so the energetic can go diving, join academies to be taught by sporting legends or attend baby discos at night (yes, really),

while others might choose instead to spend their days floating into a transcendent state of relaxation at the extraordinary thalassotherapy spa (more of which later). Since our child is just two, The Children’s Wonderland soon becomes part of our daily routine; she would happily spend her entire holiday running in and out of the miniature 1950s Americana village, complete with diner, garage and grocery store – but that would be to neglect having enough time to squeal with delight at the children’s water park (her), or lounging by the swimming pool (us). Another part of our quickly adopted routine is the bustling pizzeria, which serves up fantastic pizzas with great pillowy charred crusts at lunchtime; a world of our own we may be in, but this is still Italy – the pizza had better be good. It’s a beachside buzzy place, with a simple menu that hits the spot for kids and adults alike (this guests pay for, while breakfasts and dinners are included). And this is where Forte Village really scores. While it somehow manages to swerve having a soundtrack of screaming kids, it is endlessly child-friendly. Here, that hot-under-the-collar stress-sweat inducing sensation when your baby goes bonkers in a less than toddler-friendly environment is dispensed with, because children are made to feel as welcome as adults, the peerless staff fussing over and joking with them so that parents can breathe easy. And so

it is too at Forte Village’s fine-dining options. Le Dune’s in-house restaurant is one-such, it’s exemplary seafood so fresh it could have leapt from the glistening Mediterranean that supplies the resplendent view here. But our ultimate holiday highlight is found at the Michelin-starred Belvedere, the aptly titled restaurant at the neighbouring hotel of the same name (Le Dune has five-stars; its guests can dine freely at the other hotels of the same star rating). The views from the secluded balcony of the mountains behind are sublime, as are chef Antonello Arrus’ local dishes which underline that real skill lies in simplicity. This place is so romantic that, as the waiters subtly dance attendance, you could imagine a Lady and the Trampstyle spaghetti kiss under a starry sky while an accordion plays in the background. If all the dining, swimming and entertaining of your children hasn’t quite slackened those coils, do stop in at the thalassotherapy spa, where relaxation is taken exceptionally seriously (there is even a private mini spa for A-listers and the especially well-heeled). A course of six seawater baths with varying degrees of salt concentration is the result of 20 years' research. As one who, generally, would prefer to be doing something than floating about, I can be dismissive of spas. Not this one. This is something beyond any luxury experience hitherto, and the feeling of wellbeing is exquisite and unparalleled. It sums up, in microcosm, the whole of Forte Village.

F O R T E V I L L AG E , S A R D I N I A Rooms from €630 per night, based on two adults sharing a Deluxe Bungalow on half-board basis, including VAT and service charge. Children under 2 stay free. For further information and for reservations, please visitfortevillageresort.com or call +39 070 921 8818

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PROPERTY Living the Dream

PEMBROKE GARDENS W8

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he house benefits from excellent natural light throughout with an open and airy layout, offering superb entertaining space on both the ground and garden floors. The kitchen and bathrooms are well appointed and there are wooden floors throughout. A basement was added during the refurbishment to create a gym, bathroom, guest WC, utility room and guest room.

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St Mary's Place, Kensington W8 • Off street parking and a double garage • Access to Kensington Green communal gardens • Approximately 3,537 sq ft St. Marys Place is located within the Kensington Green development off Marloes Road in Kensington. The area is well served by local shops and restaurants as well as Kensington High Street which is a short distance away.

Price on application

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Our Kensington expert, Sami Robertson, looks forward to helping you. sami.robertson@knightfrank.com 020 8115 3277 07748 508 891

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The flat with the private garden.

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Oxford Gardens, North Kensington W10 • A stylish and interior designed flat with excellent entertaining space • The master suite has a dressing room and en suite bathroom • Has an impressive garden that spans the entire width of the property

Our Notting Hill expert, Emily Ramsay, looks forward to helping you. emily.ramsay@knightfrank.com 020 3551 5156

Oxford Gardens is a beautiful tree-lined street close to local amenities including vibrant Portobello Road market and Westbourne Grove shops and cafes. The nearest tube station is Ladbroke Grove.

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Guide price £1,850,000

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Leasehold: approximately 116 years remaining

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The house with Italian flair.

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Kensington Gate, W8 • Recently under gone an extensive renovation project • Perfect blend of period charm and modern living. • Approximately 3,089 sq ft Kensington Gate is situated in a cosmopolitan area close to Gloucester Road and Kensington High Street which offers plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes. Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park are a short walk away. The nearest underground stations are Gloucester Road (District, Circle and Piccadilly lines) or High Street Kensington (Circle and District lines).

Guide price £5,450 per week

Our Kensington expert, Tacita Rolls, looks forward to helping you. tacita.rolls@knightfrank.com 020 7368 0981 07785 904957

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Available furnished All potential tenants should be advised that, as well as rent, an administration fee of £288 and referencing fees of £48 per person will apply when renting a property. There will also be a £48 charge to register your deposit with the Tenancy Deposit Scheme if applicable. (All fees shown are inclusive of VAT.) Please ask us for more information about other fees that will apply or visit www.knightfrank.co.uk/ tenantfees. Knight Frank is a member of the ARLA Client Money Protection Scheme and our redress scheme for consumers is Ombudsman Services: Property.


The house with the bay windows.

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Bowerdean Street, SW6 • Close to a number of good schools • Within walking distance of three parks • Newly decorated Bowerdean Street is located on the highly sought after Peterborough Estate, in Parsons Green. The closest underground stations are Parsons Green or Fulham Broadway.

Our Fulham expert, Chiara Thomas, looks forward to helping you chiara.thomas@knightfrank.com 020 8115 8568 07970 155 186

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Guide price £2,000 per week

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Available unfurnished All potential tenants should be advised that, as well as rent, an administration fee of £288 and referencing fees of £48 per person will apply when renting a property. There will also be a £48 charge to register your deposit with the Tenancy Deposit Scheme if applicable. (All fees shown are inclusive of VAT.) Please ask us for more information about other fees that will apply or visit www.knightfrank.co.uk/ tenantfees. Knight Frank is a member of the ARLA Client Money Protection Scheme and our redress scheme for consumers is Ombudsman Services: Property.


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n impressive two double bedroom apartment, occupying a ground floor garden flat, with over 1,050 sq ft of living space. Located on the popular tree-lined road within the Alphabet Streets in Fulham. The property comprises of an entrance hallway, two double bedrooms, an en-suite shower room, a modern bathroom, and a spacious 21'x16' reception and kitchen area.

NIGHTINGALE HOUSE

CHESILTON ROAD

aving undergone a full 'back-to-brick' refurbishment just four years ago, this stunning family house is in almost 'good as new' condition and is located only moments from Parsons Green. The property offers six large bedrooms, four luxury bathrooms, two spacious reception rooms, openplan kitchen and a garden of approximately 3,242 sq ft.

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gorgeous two bedroom apartment is available to rent in this recently completed development in Fulham. This custom-built apartment is situated on the first floor and has been finished to an immaculate standard throughout. The flat comprises of a large master bedroom with an en-suite, double bedroom, family bathroom and an open plan kitchen and living area.

THIS CUSTOMBUILT APARTMENT IS SITUATED ON THE FIRST FLOOR AND HAS BEEN FINISHED TO AN IMMACULATE STANDARD

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ALBERT HALL MANSIONS KENSINGTON SW7 A GRAND UNMODERNISED APARTMENT OVERLOOKING KENSINGTON GARDENS A first floor lateral apartment offering grand reception rooms directly overlooking Kensington Gardens and the Albert Memorial. Leading from the large French windows is a full length balcony overlooking the park. Albert Hall Mansions is a popular redbrick mansion block with comprehensive porter service located close to many local amenities. The apartment extends to some 2,302 sq ft and is now in need of some updating. Accommodation: Entrance hall, double reception room, kitchen/dining room, 2/3 bedrooms, bathroom, 2 shower rooms, utility room, guest cloakroom. Amenities: Terrace, lift, porter.

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WYNDHAM HOUSE CHELSEA SW1 AN ELEGANT AND SPACIOUS THIRD FLOOR LATERAL APARTMENT An elegant and spacious third floor lateral apartment offering well balanced accommodation. the property is presented in very good decorative condition with four/five bedrooms and generous entertaining space. In total the apartment extends to some 284 sq m (3,062 sq ft). Wyndham house is a small handsome stone dressed purpose built block which occupies a position on the south eastern corner of Sloane Square. the many amenities of Chelsea and Knightsbridge are within walking distance. Accommodation: Entrance hall, reception room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, master bedroom with ensuite bathroom, four further bedrooms (three ensuite), laundry room, guest WC. Amenities: 24-hour porter, lift.

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LYALL STREET BELGRAVIA SW1 AN IMMACULATE THREE BEDROOM HOME WITHIN THE HEART OF BELGRAVIA Meticulously designed by internationally renowned interior designers Argent Design, Lyall Street offers stylish interiors finished to the highest specification. From the crystal onyx marble fireplace to the bespoke silk linen wallpaper, nothing has been overlooked in this chic low-built home. Accommodation: Entrance hall, double reception room, bar, kitchen/family room, master bedroom with ensuite bathroom and dressing room, bedroom two with dressing room and bathroom, one further bedroom, guest shower room, guest cloak room, study. Amenities: Gym, utility room, parking space.

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EATON MANSIONS BELGRAVIA SW1 AN ELEGANTLY REFURBISHED FOUR BEDROOM LATERAL APARTMENT Eaton Mansions presents an elegantly refurbished four bedroom lateral apartment, in Belgravia’s finest portered mansion block situated between Eaton Square and Sloane Square. Interior designed by award winning Dorin & Coppel, this triple aspect apartment has been refurbished to an immaculate standard. The apartment boasts three meter high ceilings throughout, and air conditioning in all principle rooms. Accommodation: Entrance hall, reception room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, master bedroom with ensuite bathroom and dressing room, three further ensuite bedrooms, study/fifth bedroom, utility room. Amenities: Lift, communal garden within the block, access to Hans Place Gardens (via separate subscription).

£8,750,000

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QUEEN’S GATE TERRACE, SW7

CHELSEA 020 7581 5881

A beautifully presented and proportioned 2 bedroom lower ground floor flat in a prestigious portered building, benefitting from a lovely patio area. Reception room - Kitchen/Breakfast/Dining room - Master bedroom with En suite - Further double bedroom - Bathroom Courtyard garden - c.1,948 sq ft - Share of Freehold. EPC Rating D

chelsea@jackson-stops.co.uk jackson-stops.co.uk Local and National reach through a network of London and Regional offices.

GUIDE PRICE £2,200,000

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OLD DEER PARK, RICHMOND, TW9

RICHMOND 020 8940 0066

A newly refurbished former Royal building situated in 7 acres of parkland, located in Richmond’s Old Deer Park. Reception room Kitchen with Utility area and Larder - Drawing room - Dining room - Library - 4 En suite double bedrooms - Roof terrace - AV automation - Climate control - Extensive security systems - Helipad. EPC exempt

richmond@jackson-stops.co.uk jackson-stops.co.uk Local and National reach through a network of London and Regional offices.

MONTHLY RENT OF £37,500 (FEES APPLY)

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ANSELM ROAD, FULHAM A conveniently located, recently refurbished five bedroom Victorian family home. The property comprises five double bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fully fitted kitchen and two reception rooms. The property also benefits from a landscaped rear garden for outdoor activities. EPC - C

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PARSONS GREEN, FULHAM A rare opportunity to purchase a family home on Parsons Green. The beautiful house comprises an entrance hall, cloakroom, kitchen, three reception rooms/diners along with access to a large basement. There are five double bedrooms, three bathrooms, as well as lots of outside space.

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WOODFORD HOUSE, FULHAM A luxurious one double 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. The building embodies a gym and a concierge, while the outside introduces landscaped gardens and views of river Thames. EPC - B

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48 Berkeley Square, Mayfair London W1J 5AX

William Harley Street Mews Ennismore Gardens, SW7 Freehold £10,750,000 Knightsbridge Marylebone W1G SW7

Asking Guide Price: Price:£1,900,000 £1,075,000leasehold freehold

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Walton House, Walton Street SW3

£1,750 per week

A very spacious flat on the second floor in a well looked after building, close to the shops and restaurants of Chelsea and the Brompton Cross. The property consists of a large master bedroom with en-suite, second double bedroom, shower room, exceptionally bright reception with wood floors, eat-in kitchen and also benefits from great storage. RECEPTION ROOM • KITCHEN/DINING AREA • TWO LARGE DOUBLE BEDROOMS • ONE ENSUITE BATHROOM • SEPARATE SHOWER ROOM

Sloane Court West, SW3

£1,850 per week

This fabulous first and second floor maisonette has been totally refurbished with no expense spared. The elegant reception room has a bay window with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the communal garden, the kitchen has been creatively designed to create a modern kitchen with a cosy dining area. Both the double bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms, an above average amount of wardrobe space and additional storage in the hall. RECEPTION ROOM • KITCHEN/DINING ROOM • TWO DOUBLE BEDROOMS • TWO BATHROOMS ENSUITE • EXCELLENT STORAGE • COMMUNAL GARDENS

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