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Diary dates for January

Theatre highlights for the month

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Chic skiwear at Net a Porter

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

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Wish LIST

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LITTLE LUXURY The Wolseley have called on an established chocolatier with a Royal Warrant to create this indulgent drink. Swirl yours into a generous mug of hot milk and pile on the whipped cream to replicate the way it’s served to guests at 160 Piccadilly; £15.99. selfridges.com

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

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

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

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Absolutely interviews the Knight Frank Clapham Lettings and Sales teams to get their take on the property market and local life.

What makes Knight Frank Clapham stand out? Rebecca Higgins: I would say our values, team ethos and of course our results. The synergy of all three make it a great place to work. • Alice Finch-Noyes: Or the abundance of plants sprawling all over our office. • Harry Anthony: It’s definitely the team, we’re great people. • Rachel Denham-Svark: I agree with Harry and would say the people, we are all super friendly and approachable. • Rebecca Higgins: We’re all on the same wavelength and work really well together. What has been the most memorable deal so far? HA: For Lettings it has to be Elms Road. A lovely, big house where we agreed a deal for the landlord at £250 per week more than the guide price. The landlord was absolutely thrilled and thought it was a joke! • AFN: Yeah that was incredible - it went to sealed bids after the first 2 viewings!

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• Jack Gravestock: For Sales, I’d have to say the one on Clapham Common North Side. It was a stunning 2 bedroom apartment with 3 bathrooms and over 1,100 sq ft of living space. We were helping the buyers relocate to the country but they weren’t quite ready to give up the London life! So we matched them to this apartment with views of the Common, the perfect pied a terre for them. • RH: I enjoy the deals when I help people buy their dream house for that moment in their life. A first time buyer who is excited about having their first dinner party in their own home or someone who has decided to stay in London and needs a house for growing children to teenagers and beyond. It’s lovely to be part of their milestones. 3 places we insist you should visit when in Clapham? Lizzie Woods: North Street Deli for lunches, Bistro Union for dinner and Tart for excellent coffee.

• JG: Venn Street market, No. 32 and the newly opened Megan’s. • AFN: No. 32, Megan's, Venn St Farmers market on a Saturday • HA: No. 32 and Jo’s Pizza. • RH: Clapham has some wonderful history – Street map Matrimony place and look up the history when you arrive there. St Paul’s Church is beside it, which has a great views of London. Bring a coffee and croissant from Chicco D-Oro and you are set up for a peaceful moment surrounded by the vibrant Clapham energy. In one sentence, describe the overall team philosophy? LW: Working together to make sure that our clients and customers receive the best service possible, whatever the outcome. • JG: A fun, hardworking team who are always on hand to help. • RH: Working together to make great things happen. How many years of experience do the team have? Over 40 years.

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Who is the best dressed? HA: Myself • RH: Alice has a classic London Country vibe going on. • AFN: Harry is quite smart. But RJ wins, as I’ve never seen her wear the same outfit twice... • JG: But Lizzie is known for a good hat or two! Who is the funniest? HA: Myself • RH: Jack has a very good sense of humour, odd but good. • AFN: Why did no-one say me, I’m hilarious!

In the team's spare time, you will find them...? AFN: Having a club sandwich on the roof terrace of No.32 or making the most of happy hour in the Jam Tree • JG: All over London gallivanting around • RDS: We’re all quite in to our fitness, Alice loves tennis, I cycle and a few are gym goers. Rebecca likes to... • AFN: Be office DJ… and water the plants • RH: I have recently spent some time at Ballymaloe Cookery in County Cork, I am now perfecting my cookery skills

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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

T H E AT R E

Aladdin

Until 6 January N E W W I M B L E D O N T H E AT R E Have I Got News For You stalwart and comedy star, Paul Merton is taking to the stage as Widow Twanky alongside Blue’s Lee Ryan as Aladdin and leading funny man and magician Pete Firman as his brother Wishee Washee. Featuring a wishgranting genie, an evil sorcerer and all the festive frivolity of pantomime, Aladdin is this year’s must-see Christmas show. The Broadway, SW19; atgtickets.com

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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL

TOTEM F RO M 12 JA NUA RY • ROYA L ALBERT HALL

Cirque du Soleil is back at the Royal Albert Hall to take its audience on an exhilarating journey into the evolution of mankind. Alternating between primitive and modern myths, and peppered with aboriginal stories of creation, Totem explores the evolutionary process of species, our ongoing search for balance and the curiosity that propels us ever further, faster and higher… Kensington Gore, SW7; royalalberthall.com

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Hansel & Gretal Until 6 January R O S E T H E AT R E K I N G S T O N Rose Theatre Kingston puts an innovative twist on this much-loved Brothers Grimm fairytale. When Hansel and Gretal are offered an escape from their little town of Freiburg, they know nothing of the dangers that await them in the forest, but the pair must race to save their town from the witches curse. 24-26 High Street, Kingston, KT1; rosetheatrekingston.org

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THE SWIMMER 5 January O M N I B U S T H E AT R E Set against the backdrop of a golden age of swimming, The Swimmer is a comic one-women physical theatre show about swimming in France. Our storyteller emerges from her modesty hut at a poolside of nostalgic optimism before setting out alone on an epic adventure. Charting the Great Swim, she struggles to stay on course and a frank and funny personal tale emerges. 1 Clapham Common Northside, SW4; omnibus-clapham.org

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

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This Month’s Must See

31 January N E W W I M B L E D O N T H E AT R E Prokofiev’s energetic score, lively choreography and colourful costumes come together as the Russian State Ballet of Siberia perform the world’s favourite rags to riches fairytale. A magical modern classic to delight the whole family. 93 The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19; atgtickets.com

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ay 1945. Britain celebrates victory over Hitler. But things have changed and the poor don’t want to go back to the way things were. A political battle commences between Churchill’s party and a modest little man of the Labour Party. Even if by some miracle he wins an election, this man can’t make a revolution. Or can he?

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

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

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Uncle Vanya Chekhov returns to the Hampstead Theatre By DONNA MCCAFFERT Y

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

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

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

VERDICT

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

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ROUND UP

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

MUST SEE

Rumpelstiltskin ★★★★★ Until 6 January

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

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Switzerland ★★★★★

Until 5 January AMBASSADORS THEATRE

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

Summer & Smoke ★★★★★

Until 19 January

SUMMER & SMOKE

Circus 1903 ★★★★★

DU K E O F YO RK’ S TH E ATR E

Until 5 January

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

ROYA L F E STI VAL HALL

Rosenbaum’s Rescue

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

★★★★★

From 9 January PAR K TH E ATRE

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

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SOFT CENTRE MANDKHAI

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

a huge hit. I knew when I designed them

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

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

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L O U N G E L O V E R S DON’T WE ALL WANT TO GET COSY FOR JANUARY?

Madeleine Thompson's stylish cashmere collection includes ultra-comfortable cashmere joggers in colours and patterns to match her sweaters. madeleine-thompson.com

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HOME A N D AWAY HEIDI KLEIN

Your Heidi Klein bikini might be relegated to the back of the wardrobe at this time of year, but the swimwear brand has launched a cashmere collection designed specifically with travel in mind, featuring relaxed cuts and clean lines. The dove grey pieces start at £350. heidiklein.com

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Smalls' merino base layers for adults have been long-awaited by everyone whose children have enjoyed the mini versions. Studies show that sleep improves while wearing merino and it's a magic material that keeps you warm and cool, never sweaty and anti-bacterial too. From £62; smallsmerino.co.uk

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N O R T H S TA R MOSHI MOSHI MIND

Danish brand Moshi Moshi Mind has brought its collection of mindful fashion to London. Each style is carefully designed to take you from yoga class to dinner with its simple, functional yet stylish shapes and fabrics. moshimoshimind.co.uk

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HEALTH & BEAUTY

HIT THE BARRE BARRECORE Barre-based exercise is on the rise thanks to its ability to deliver the svelte limbs and impeccable posture of a dancer. Read our review of leading studio, Barrecore, on page 38. barrecore.co.uk

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BEAUTY NOTES

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

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GENDER NEUTRAL

Drop the HIIT and head to the barre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Make the most of

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

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

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

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

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

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

ADVANCED TECHNIQUES HELP YOU ACHIEVE A GREAT SMILE

Although your situation may seem hopeless now, there are always ways to improve it. With the help of a dedicated, knowledgeable and competent cosmetic dentist, just about anything is possible in terms of your smile and oral health.

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smile makeover takes into consideration your facial appearance, skin tone, hair color, teeth (colour, width, length, shape and tooth display), gum tissue and lips to develop your ideal smile. Smile makeovers are performed for many reasons and customised according to your unique considerations.

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o ahead; make a list of everything you don’t like about your smile or your teeth. In all likelihood, there is a solution to each problem you point out. With all the techniques available today, there is no reason why you should remain unhappy wit your teeth. Some imperfections that patients often seek to change are:  A ‘gummy smile’ that shows a disproportionate amount of gums to teeth.  Cracked, chipped, or worn teeth.  Missing teeth.  Slightly crooked or asymmetrical teeth.  Gaps between teeth.  Stained or discoloured teeth.

F O R M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N CDr Sam Afshar DDS (Swe) MSc(KCL London) Clinical Teacher KCL British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Accredited implant surgeon Principal Putney Dentists Tel 020 8785 6772 Fax 020 8246 6821 reception@putneydentists.co.uk putneydentists.co.ukyour

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HEALTH & BEAUTY • TREND

EDITOR’S PICK

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

JURLIQUE Signature Serum, £55 jurlique.co.uk

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

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

MARIO BADESCU Silver Powder, £12 urbanoutfitters.com

ALGENIST ALIVE Prebiotic Moisturiser, £40 spacenk.com

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

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THE DIRTY FLOWER FACTORY Motorbikes and perfumes aren’t natural partners but the new Kerosene collection is intriguing B y M I C H A E L D O N OVA N

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recently experienced one of those Hallelujah moments that all perfume zealots pray for. One of those rare occasions when we discover an outstanding talent that reinforces our adoration of perfume and makes us want to shout their name from the rooftops. The House Of Kerosene is the olfactory vision of John Pegg from Michigan. John is actually a motorcycle mechanic or wrencher by profession – Michigan is the capital of the automotive industry and, as John tells it: “Where I’m from, if you didn’t work in the automobile field, you were most likely unemployed. While each factory may produce a different car part, every factory was exactly the same: production and numbers. To get out of that scene, I learned how to paint and wrench on motorcycles.” I took this to be a sign. I too love the smells of oil, leather, petrol and a day’s labour and in my debut collection for St Giles I released a fragrance called, prophetically, ‘The Mechanic’. There are currently a handful of selftaught perfumers emerging as the leading lights of a new generation and John is certainly among them. These are the rulebreakers who make scent simply for the joy of it and indulge in the daring and the different. They have no marketing teams or shareholders to please and with this autonomy comes the freedom to create the extraordinary and to raise the bar in terms of the olfactory experience.

I love the smells of oil, leather, petrol and a day’s labour

The Kerosene fragrances are exciting, transporting conflagrations that engulf the senses and wrap them in a warm embrace. My first encounter was with Black Vines, which John originally made for himself. The central note is liquorice, an ingredient much feared by the mainstream perfume industry, is both exotic and familiar, blended with balsam of Peru, incense and star anise, a dash of green fig and a dusting of vanilla. It is a cashmere sweater of a scent, enveloping you in its soft, comforting layers. Copper Skies envisions the early evening, with sweet basil wafting over cedar trees with tobacco leaves beneath the bark. The dark, spicy notes of amber, clove and honey add a nuanced sweetness to the smokey air. The truly remarkable R’Oud Elements completely redefines the ingredient of the decade, Oud, inviting us to enjoy the sunset with smouldering cedar and sandalwood dancing across the flames of oud and amber and all viewed through a haze of titian orange bitters. Broken Theories takes us further into the night as inky clouds of agarwood and incense drift over spiced skin while occasional firey flashes of blood orange illuminate the warm forest floor of sandalwood and vanilla. And finally we emerge into the light with Pretty Machine the scent of crisp, spring air with uplifting notes of lime and linden blossom, a hymn to rebirth, resonant with expectation. Further energising scents include Walk The Sea, a bracing combination of sea salt, white florals, ambergris, cedar and musk that imagine a memory of hide tide clinging to the skin and, for those that don’t want to smell ‘pretty’ all of the time, I would choose Dirty Flower Factory, a fallen angel of jasmine, rose and orange blossom attractively sullied by chilli pepper, peppercorns and musk. Kerosene is a collection of exceptional scents, handcrafted by a singular talent whose raison d’etre is to create complex perfumes that both seduce and transport. A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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

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

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

an unbeatable shopping experience. Every customer is greeted in-store by our expert staff members who strive to ascertain your goals and requirements before helping you select the right equipment. What's more, all the products are available to try before you buy, so you know in confidence that you are making the best choice for you. One of these products, is the Bowflex MAX Trainer. Combining the power of an elliptical and a stepper, this machine delivers results in under a quarter of an hour. And once you’re on, it’s pretty addictive. Why? Because it’s a fun, motivational machine that provides you with not just

quick results, but MAX results. Blitzing 2.5 times more calories than any other cardio machine, and engaging 80% more upper body muscles, you get the same results you’d get in 35-45 minutes on a treadmill in less than half the time. What's more, the MAX Trainer is easier on your joints than a treadmill, meaning it’s the perfect introduction to fitness for beginners. There are three models – the M3, M5 and the M7 – and they all feature the innovative 14-minute MAX Interval™ Workout. Intervals are proven to scorch more calories than steady pace exercise by getting your heart rate right up for energetic bursts between short recovery times. Not only is it incredibly effective, but it’s far more motivating than a long slog on a treadmill or elliptical trainer. We know that feeling motivated can be a struggle, but the beauty of 14 minutes is just that – it’s only 14 minutes! Made for working out at home, the MAX Trainer is compact and will fit pretty much anywhere, meaning you can get fit from the comfort of your own home – it really is the ultimate fitness resolution companion. Exclusive to Fitness Superstore, you can experience the MAX Trainer for yourself at our stores at The Hyde in Colindale or on Wandsworth High Street - we look forward to seeing you soon. F I T N E S S S U P E R S TO R E 167-173 Wandsworth High Street, SW18 4JB; 0203 3708 856 • Hyde House, The Hyde Colindale, NW9 6LH; 0203 3708 855 • fitness-superstore.co.uk

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

POINT ZERO ZERO ONE

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

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

STREAMING FITNESS CONTENT

ROWING GOES MAINSTREAM

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

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

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

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

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

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LIGHT TOUCH

BRASSERIE OF LIGHT Contemporary, artistic and elegant. Richard Caring's Brasserie of Light replete with 24-foot, crystal-encrusted Damien Hirst Pegasus statue - is open for business in Selfridges. The destination restaurant and bar is set to be teeming during January's sales season. brasserie-of-light.co.uk

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GRAPE news

TASTING NOTES

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

Wine recommendations for the month By BERRY BROS. & RUDD

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

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

2016 Mâcon-MillyLamartine, Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon  £22.95 A delightfully pure and mineral white wine. Its aromas lean more towards ripe citrus (grapefruit) than stone fruit, and are altogether more grown-up, with smoke, a chewy texture and promising youthful bitterness on the finish. BERRY BROS. & RUDD Berry Bros. & Rudd is Britain's oldest wine and spirit merchant, having traded from the same shop since 1698. Today the company also has offices in Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong, a Wine School and an exclusive fine wine and dining venue in St James's.

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

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DESK-DELIVERY LUNCHES

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Light fantastic

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

BRASSERIE OF LIGHT

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

SALUTI FIUME BATTERSEA

Terrazzo Sila is Fiume’s first ever winter terrace. Decked out with après-ski decor and heaters, expert mixologists are on hand to ease you out of your post-Christmas stupor. Snack on cichetti and try the River Spider, a blend of vodka, crème de cacao and crème de menthe. Saluti! Battersea Power Station, Circus West Village, SW8 5BN fiume-restaurant.co.uk

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

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K A R M A CA N S

Part of the new wave of shish-based venues, Berenjak is named after the handfuls of rice eaten at funfairs in Iran. It’s a home-style Iranian restaurant reinterpreting the classic hole in the wall kebab houses of Tehran. Start with the Mazeh, and finish with a baklava ice-cream sandwich. Don’t miss the sharbats - fruit cordials served with sparkling water and herbs 27 Romilly St, Soho, W1D 5AL berenjaklondon.com

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

Chef Simon Whiteside invites guests to his newly converted shipping container in Brixton to try dishes including ink and Guinness soda bread with seaweed butter and whipped smoked cod’s roe. A seafood lover’s dream. Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PQ. roebrixton.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ABSOLUTELY eats out…

“By the time the dessert menu is passed to us, I am replete.”

Rock and Rose A stylish restaurant and cocktail bar in the heart of Richmond

FOOD Mediterranean cuisine with an Asian twist

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ecorated and furnished by owner Lorraine Angliss, her eclectic taste has produced a fun, impressive restaurant in Rock and Rose, which is comfortable and cool. On arrival we’re greeted by the manager Teddy. Charming, polite and helpful, Teddy is a credit to the restaurant. Buzzing on a Monday night, Teddy gives us a tour, part of which includes the garden room, which in the summer months will be the perfect setting for alfresco dining.

We’re seated at the bar area where I opt for a Christmas cocktail, my less refined dining partner opts for an Asahi. We’ve all had an Asahi so I shan’t bore you with details of that, the Popcorn Espresso Martini, however, devised by the in-house mixologist, is delicious. With two vodkas infused with vanilla and popcorn, it’s the perfect festive treat. While enjoying our aperitifs, we pick three starters to tuck into, all of which I’d recommend. My favourite are the seared scallops - served with glass noodles, they are tender and expertly cooked. Craig’s favourites are the crispy peanut chicken lettuce wraps, also incredibly well done, so

DECOR Eclectic, bohemian vibes

PRICE Starters from £7.95; Mains from £16.95

VERDICT A fun, glamorous venue with excellent cocktails

much so that we fight over who gets to eat the last one. The chilli salt squid is also delicious. Torn between the lobster risotto and crispy sea bass for my main course, I ask Teddy for guidance. Already quite full from the starters, he suggests the sea bass, a decision I don’t regret. With a fragrant oriental glaze and basil scattered on top, the sea bass is served medium rare. A generous helping of jasmine rice and sauteed pak choy complete the dish. Craig plumps for the monkfish and tiger prawn curry, a coconut based curry with sugar snaps and coriander naan. It’s usually served with jasmine rice, but after he’s tasted the glass noodles, he eager to have some more of those. Moreish and mildly spicy, this dish will suit a myriad of palettes. By the time the dessert menu is passed to us, I am replete. Next time, I won’t have three starters and ensure I’ve room for the hot chocolate pudding. ROCK AND ROSE 106 - 108 Kew Road, Richmond TW9 2PQ, 020 8948 8008

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DRINKS CABINET

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FIZZ

What to drink and how to drink it By PENDLE HARTE

NEW YEAR’S EVE CHAMPAGNE RECOMMENDATIONS

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

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

B y T H E C H A M PAG N E G U R U

Bollinger R.D 2004 • £180

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

De Venoge Louis XV 1996 • £205

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

ISLAND LIFE HARRIS GIN

Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Millenaires 2004

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

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SPIRIT OF LUXURY MORUS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ideas, designs and styles for your home By PENDLE HARTE

WORLD CUPS SUNNJU

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

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EDITOR’S PICK

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NICOLA FASANO FOR THE CONRAN SHOP

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

SHOP SUCH AND SUCH

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

FERM LIVING Muses vases, from €79 fermliving.com

KARLSSON Original ceramic wall clock, £35 hurnandhurn.com

HABITAT Buzz vase, £35 habitat.com.uk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BIRDS OF A F E AT H E R DEIRDRE DYSON

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

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

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GAN ABOUT TOWN GAN

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

SEVENTIES VIBE OLLI ELLA

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

COOL AND COLOURUL MADE

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

SUPER SOFT COX & COX

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

WOO L WA L L BRINK AND CAMPMAN

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

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INTERIORS • MOODBOARD

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

MY FAVOURITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION...

PAUL SMITH AW18

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

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

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

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

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

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SLEEP TALK CY B E RJA M M I E S

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

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

SHAPE UP COS KIDS

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

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

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

By Mr Gresty

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

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

A to Zebra ANIMALPHABET

By Julia Donaldson

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

By Sara Gillingham

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

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Lost in magic S N OWG LO B E

Kite adventure STO R M

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

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

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

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

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FAMILY The Headmistress of St Catherine’s, Bramley, on the benefits of weekly boarding By ALICE PHILLIPS

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odern boarding is a revelation for many of the parents I meet. Gone are the cold showers from their own boarding-school days, and many need little persuasion that it makes perfect sense for their own children. But there are worries; the girls themselves are usually very eager, but mum and dad often need more reassurance. One of the first concerns parents express is that they will lose touch with their daughter. Mobile technology and social media, Facetime, Skype etc. ensure parents and daughters can and do stay in touch regularly. Long gone are the days when parents were kept at arm’s length.

Parents ask about the ‘right’ age to start boarding. Traditionally, 11+ has been the transition stage for girls’ schools and I believe that this is the optimum age for the step up to senior school of any kind. So much care and guidance go into the welfare of every single girl during the two vital developmental years, from 11 to 13; watching our younger boarders negotiate their way to becoming confident and considerate young adults is a huge source of satisfaction for my boarding staff. Girls who join us later at Year 9 benefit from a full three terms of teaching and learning before the onset of GCSEs. The new GCSE syllabuses are far more content-laden; therefore, many departments have begun to teach exam topics in Year 9. As a consequence, we very rarely accept new pupils in Year 10.

Mobile phones and Skype mean the days when parents were kept at arm’s length are long gone

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Parents’ careers are another factor in choosing weekly boarding. Mum or Dad might be looking to return to work or to move from parttime into full time employment. This usually coincides with the time when their daughters’ extra-curricular activities are beginning to make greater demands on family-time. At a boarding school, extra-curricular activities - Orchestra, Choirs, Dance, Netball, Tennis, Lacrosse, Gymnastics, Swimming, school productions etc - are all on-site and fully accessible before school and into the evening. Weekly boarding parents certainly do not miss the frantic pick-ups and grid-locked traffic as they juggle competing demands of children’s busy lives with their own career One boarding mum recently wrote to me about what weekly boarding has meant to her: "It has made my life less stressful, as we can all manage work commitments and then have quality family life at the weekend, knowing the homework (and laundry) is taken care of." The final word goes to one of our Year 7 boarders: "For me the benefits of boarding are, more time for work and play, no travel sickness on the way to school, always having something to do, and lots more time to do more club activities because they are right on my doorstep." Weekly boarding might just be what you have been looking for?

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SUN,SEA & STYLE ZANZIBAR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DOMAINE DE VERCHANT MONTPELLIER

Elegance and luxury in this French retreat By ALEXANDRA HUNTER

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

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

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

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

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

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For more information on Belfast visit ireland.com and for more information on Taste & Tour visit tasteandtour.co.uk GRAND CENTRAL HOTEL BELFAST Rooms from £190 grandcentralhotelbelfast.com

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ost people head to Zanzibar for its pristine white sand, calm waters and sensational sunsets. If that’s what you’re after, you won’t be disappointed. It would be fairly plausible to add ‘Zanzibar’ into the dictionary definition of paradise, so perfect is the scene. In true island life style, the pace is slow and stress is minimal. “Hakuna matata”, of Disney’s The Lion King fame is commonplace, iterated by everyone from the flight attendant to the taxi drivers. You’ll most definitely hear a song or two during your stay too, though not that song. Swahili is the native language and the locals love to welcome travellers with musical expressions from the island’s rich heritage and culture. Here, Africa meets Arabia meets the Indian Ocean in what’s got to be one of the world’s most fascinating cultural melting pots. There’s certainly much to be explored.

SPICE HERITAGE

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

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

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

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You’ll find some of the world’s best beaches on Zanzibar’s coastline but sand and surf vary depending on what side of the island you’re on. Up north, swimming conditions are more favourable as they are less affected by the tides; smooth beaches and white sand make for dreamy days in the sun. Top spots are the northern beaches of Nungwi and Kendwa, and if your visit falls on the full moon, you’ll get the chance to party on the beach till the small hours. Don’t worry, this is far from Thailand’s party on Koh Phangan. Frequented by islanders and with a soundtrack of local African beats, prepare to put your dancing skills to the test against the talents of the locals.

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

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

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

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4. ONE&ONLY REETHI RAH Another top-end choice, One&Only Reethi Rah does have a house reef, accessible by a short canoe ride, but the best diving spots are a short boat ride away. The hotel boasts the Maldives’ only PADI National Geographic Dive Centre, and one of the region’s best sharkspotting sites is nearby. There’s the chance to take part in more advanced diving situations, with strong currents, drift, wreck and night diving all on offer – as well as more relaxed sites for less experienced divers. The resort also runs a Reef Project, encouraging visitors to transplant pieces of coral onto frames, before planting it in new location on the reef. Long after you’ve left the island, you can log onto the website where the resident marine biologist periodically uploads photographs, allowing you to keep an eye on its progress.

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

1. CONSTANCE MOOFUSHI

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

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

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

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

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charming one bedroom maisonette that has been beautifully finished offering a stylish and unique home. Set within a handsome 19th century building, opposite Clapham Common, the property benefits from a grand reception room with period features, a private entrance and off-street parking. Clapham Old Town is close by with an abundance of boutique shops and restaurants.

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Lancaster Road is one of Wimbledon Village's most highly sought after roads, leading directly off the High Street, offering immediate access to the local amenities and Wimbledon Common.

Our Wimbledon expert, Diana Wormal, looks forward to helping you. diana.wormal@knightfrank.com 020 8115 9703 07876 681052

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Your sales expert, Matt Smith looks forward to helping you. matt.smith@knightfrank.com 020 8033 9673 07825 402464

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Recently sold homes. Chelsham Road, Clapham SW4 An imposing, five bedroom Victorian terrace house close to Clapham Old Town. Guide price £1,500,000

Clapham North Side, SW4

Trouville Road, Clapham SW4 A handsome link detached house with off street parking and a south facing garden, set on a sought after road in Abbeville Village. Guide price £2,395,000

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Bicycle Mews, Clapham SW4 A bright apartment with a roof terrace, set in a modern development in the heart of Clapham. Guide price £625,000

Elms Crescent, Clapham SW4 A period home requiring modernisation, located in the heart of Abbeville Village. Guide price £1,250,000

Broadhinton Road, Clapham SW4 A generous end of terrace five bedroom house, with off street parking and ample entertaining space, located in the heart of Clapham Old Town. Guide price £1,800,000

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Team Talk

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Absolutely interviews the Knight Frank Clapham Lettings and Sales teams to get their take on the property market and local life.

What makes Knight Frank Clapham stand out? Rebecca Higgins: I would say our values, team ethos and of course our results. The synergy of all three make it a great place to work. • Alice Finch-Noyes: Or the abundance of plants sprawling all over our office. • Harry Anthony: It’s definitely the team, we’re great people. • Rachel Denham-Svark: I agree with Harry and would say the people, we are all super friendly and approachable. • Rebecca Higgins: We’re all on the same wavelength and work really well together. What has been the most memorable deal so far? HA: For Lettings it has to be Elms Road. A lovely, big house where we agreed a deal for the landlord at £250 per week more than the guide price. The landlord was absolutely thrilled and thought it was a joke! • AFN: Yeah that was incredible - it went to sealed bids after the first 2 viewings!

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• Jack Gravestock: For Sales, I’d have to say the one on Clapham Common North Side. It was a stunning 2 bedroom apartment with 3 bathrooms and over 1,100 sq ft of living space. We were helping the buyers relocate to the country but they weren’t quite ready to give up the London life! So we matched them to this apartment with views of the Common, the perfect pied a terre for them. • RH: I enjoy the deals when I help people buy their dream house for that moment in their life. A first time buyer who is excited about having their first dinner party in their own home or someone who has decided to stay in London and needs a house to growing children to teenager and beyond. It’s lovely to be part of their milestones. 3 places we insist you should visit when in Clapham? Lizzie Woods: North Street Deli for lunches, Bistro Union for dinner and Tart for excellent coffee.

• JG: Venn Street market, No. 32 and the newly opened Megan’s. • AFN: No.32, Megans, Venn St Farmers market on a Saturday • HA: No. 32 and Jo’s Pizza. • RH: Clapham has some wonderful history – Street map Matrimony place and look up the history when you arrive there. St Paul’s Church is beside it, which has a great views of London. Bring a coffee and croissant from Chicco D-Oro and you are set up for a peaceful moment surrounded by the vibrant Clapham energy. In one sentence, describe the overall team philosophy? LW: Working together to make sure that our clients and customers receive the best service possible, whatever the outcome. • JG: A fun, hardworking team who are always on hand to help. • RH: Working together to make great things happen. How many years of experience do the team have? Over 40 years.

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Who is the best dressed? HA: Myself • RH: Alice has a classic London Country vibe going on • AFN: Harry is quite smart. But RJ wins, as I’ve never seen her wear the same outfit twice … • JG: But Lizzie is known for a good hat or two! Who is the funniest? HA: Myself • RH: Jack has a very good sense of humour, odd but good. • AFN: Why did no-one say me, I’m hilarious!

In the team's spare time, you will find them...? AFN: Having a club sandwich on the roof terrace of No.32 or making the most of happy hour in the Jam Tree • JG: All over London gallivanting around • RDS: We’re all quite in to our fitness, Alice loves tennis, I cycle and a few are gym goers. Rebecca likes to... • AFN: Be office DJ… and water the plants • RH: I have recently spent some time at Ballymaloe Cookery in County Cork, I am now perfecting my cookery skills

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when I can. I am also a trained florist so love to spend time at New Convent Garden Flower Market and Columbia Road on Sunday at the crack of dawn. Harry likes to... • AFN: Order lots of things online and send them all back the next day • HA: I like to travel and I’m a very keen fly fisherman. Putting the two together, I love to travel around the world in the search of new tropical fish to catch…. KNIGHT FRANK CLAPHAM

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Bower Place brings together three beautifully designed homes in one stunning location. The prestigious new detached homes enjoy at least Âź acre plots all within an exclusive gated community. Located on the highly soughtafter Kings Hall Road, the properties provide the perfect balance between living amongst mature trees and parkland but with a two minute walk to nearby New Beckenham Station.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES info@bowerplace.co.uk 01737 236 150 bowerplace.co.uk

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ithin a striking new development by St George, is this luxury two bedroom apartment, with a balcony overlooking Battersea Park. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow residents to enjoy exceptional views throughout the home, as well as allowing natural light to flood the living spaces. Buyers also have access to a residents’ only pool, sauna and gym. FEATHERSTONE LEIGH Battersea, 020 7228 2278 featherstoneleigh.co.uk

stunning ground floor garden flat perfectly positioned just minutes away from Clapham Junction Station on a quiet residential road with a Victorian conversion. The property has been expertly refurbished and extended to a high standard throughout. There are two double bedrooms, one bathroom and an en-suite neatly configured at the front of the property. FEATHERSTONE LEIGH Battersea, 020 7228 2278 featherstoneleigh.co.uk

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his spacious two double bedroom maisonette is located just moments from Clapham Old Town and Clapham Common station. The property has been recently improved by its current owners and features an eat in kitchen/diner, a spacious reception area with bay-fronted windows and two bathrooms. It is located on a quiet road with light, airy interiors throughout.

his unique property has come to the market with floor-toceiling windows and an open-plan kitchen and reception room, perfect for entertaining and modern living. A special feature of the property is a wrap-around balcony, with views of Battersea, which is accessible from all rooms. In addition, there are three bedrooms, one of which is the master bedroom and features an en suite.

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Clapham Common, 020 3700 8555 kfh.co.uk

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panning over 1,600 sq. ft. of immaculate living space, this four bedroom, two bathroom property offers comfortable and modern living. The property features two reception rooms with gas fireplaces, a stunning fitted kitchen and dining area with floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as a 56ft. family garden. The property is only a short walk to Earlsfield and Southfields stations with links to Central London. KFH Southfields, 020 8871 9655 kfh.co.uk

RECEPTION ROOMS WITH GAS FIREPLACES, A STUNNING FITTED KITCHEN & DINING AREA WITH FLOORTO-CEILING WINDOWS

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WIMBLEDON VILLAGE, SW19 A beautifully proportioned, immaculately presented detached doublefronted house of 3,498 sq ft, set behind a walled front garden in a desirable central village location. EPC rating D. 5-6 BEDROOMS • DRAWING ROOM • DINING ROOM • STUDY • KITCHEN/ DINING/LIVING ROOM • SNUG/BEDROOM 6 • SECLUDED 107’ GARDEN • OFF

WIMBLEDON

020 8879 0099 wimbledon@jackson-stops.co.uk jackson-stops.co.uk

Local and National reach through a network of London and Regional offices.

STREET PARKING • GARAGE

GUIDE PRICE £3,600,000

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WIMBLEDON, SW20 An impressive and elegant two/three bedroom ground floor apartment, located within an imposing Victorian Villa, with almost 2,000 sq ft of lateral space and its own entrance. EPC rating D. GRAND ENTRANCE HALL • EAT-IN KITCHEN • DRAWING ROOM • RECEPTION ROOM/BEDROOM • 21’ MASTER BEDROOM • FURTHER BEDROOM • BATHROOM

WIMBLEDON

020 8879 0099 wimbledon@jackson-stops.co.uk jackson-stops.co.uk

Local and National reach through a network of London and Regional offices.

SHOWER ROOM • OFF STREET PARKING • SECLUDED PRIVATE GARDEN

GUIDE PRICE £1,500,000

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Ernle Road, Wimbledon

£3,400,000

A very attractive detached house with versatile accommodation situated in a much favoured road a few minutes’ walk from King’s College School, the Common and the Village. 2 reception rooms, family room, study, kitchen/breakfast room, 6 bedrooms, 4 bath/shower rooms, beautiful south facing garden, garage and OSP ER/E

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Deepdale, Wimbledon

ÂŁ5,750,000

An impressive and luxurious newly built 6 bedroom house in a prime location near Wimbledon Village and Common. Kitchen/dining room, 2 reception rooms, study, master bedroom with dressing room and e/s bathroom, 4/5 further bedrooms, 5 further bathrooms, garden and patio, gymnasium, cinema room, OSP ER/B

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Home Park Road, Wimbledon

£3,750,000

A substantial, detached house with views over Wimbledon Park and boating lake, and the District line station at the end of the road. Reception room, large dining room/family room, study and separate office, kitchen/breakfast room, 6/7 bedrooms, dressing room, 3 bath/showers, 200’ garden with summerhouse, garage & drive ER/D

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The Drive, Wimbledon

ÂŁ4,200,000

An exceptional newly built 6/7 bedroom house thoughtfully arranged to maximise space and create impressive proportions across all floors. Reception room, kitchen/breakfast/family room, media/family room, wine cellar, study/ bedroom 7, 6 further bedrooms, 6 bath/shower rooms, landscaped garden, OSP ER/B

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Tierney Road

£1,000 per week

A stunning recently refurbished, six bedroom family home benefits from a large lawned garden and off-street parking for two cars. The property measures approximately 3300 sq ft and is arranged over three floors with a great sense of natural light and space throughout.

Six bedrooms • Kitchen family room • Reception room • En suite bathroom • Two family bathrooms • Cellar • Garden • Off street parking

Chatto Road

£900 per week

This attractive four bedroom house is ideally positioned on this sought after residential street between the commons. The accommodation is presented in good decorative order and the house has been extended into the side return and into the loft space.

Four bedrooms • Open plan kitchen dining room • Reception room • Two bathrooms • South facing garden • Unfurnished

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Honeywell Road

£2,895,000

This absolutely stunning double fronted detached Victorian house has been completely refurbished by the current owners to an extremely high standard. The building has been cleverly redesigned and behind the classic Victorian façade there is an extremely impressive contemporary interior. Not only does the house boast excellent lateral space, there is also two levels of living/entertaining space that are linked by a fabulous glass gallery and curved staircase. Five double bedrooms • Reception room • Kitchen dining room • Gymnasium/ playroom • Study and media room • Family bathroom, en suite bathroom and shower room • Dressing room/fifth bedroom • Wine cellar • Garden

Stonemasons Yard

£1,175,000

A rare opportunity to purchase a stunning four bedroom house situated within an exclusive gated development moments from Wandsworth Common, complete with a secure off street parking space. The development was built in 2011 and the property boasts a high standard of finish inside and out.

Four bedrooms • Reception room • Kitchen • Family bathroom with separate shower • En suite bathroom • Garden • Underfloor heating • Secure gated development • Off-street parking

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LINDORE ROAD, LONDON Featherstone Leigh is pleased to present this stunning three bedroom split level apartment set within a grand period house perfectly located between The Commons. The property comprises, three double bedrooms, two bathrooms, separate WC and Utility room and large open plan reception room opening onto a private rear garden. This is a must see property. EPC = D

GUIDE PRICE

ÂŁ899,950

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Chiswick Hammersmith West Kensington Fulham Chelsea

Battersea Clapham Putney Barnes Richmond

Kew Sheen Twickenham Teddington Kingston

featherstoneleigh.co.uk

ALTENBURG GARDENS, LONDON A unique opportunity to acquire an unmodernised but very well presented Altenburg Gardens House a short walk from Clapham Junction station and Clapham Common. The property is configured as a two or three bedroom house with multiple reception rooms, dining room and kitchen. It benefits from a wonderful gallery style drawing room on the first floor which can easily be re-configured back into bedrooms. Sold chain free and boasting a circa 30ft west facing garden, this is a gem of house with a lot of potential. EPC = E GUIDE PRICE

ÂŁ1,250,000

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