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C U LT U R E ABSOLUTELY LOVES

FOOD & DRINK 54 KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL

AGENDA

65 TEA AND TENNIS

THEATRE REVIEW

INTERIORS 68 INTERIOR INSPIRATIONS

10 things we’re coveting this month

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Diary dates for July

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Chicago makes a West End comeback

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BEST IN SHOW

What's on stage this month

FA S H I O N 28 FOCUS

30 JEWELLERY H E A LT H & B E AU T Y 45 BEAUTY CONFIDENTIAL This month’s best beauty buys

News and views from the world of design

70 SHAPE SHIFTERS

Our pick of eyecatching geometrics

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MARIMEKKO

The Finnish design house and its legacy

T R AV E L 104 PUGLIAN PARADISE An Italian dream

The most luxurious London properties

South West

JULY 2018 / £3.95

KIELY

MAKING SHAPES Geometric pieces

A life in pattern

for the home

Making

TOP SERVES Menus for Wimbledon

WAV E S

ON THE COVER

T H E TO P T R E N D S THIS SUMMER

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Rainbow brights

Menus for Wimbledon

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Azzedine Alaia at the Design Museum

News from the industry

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Editor’s

Even if you're not going to the tennis, we've chosen the best Wimbledon teas around. Our favourite? The Dorchester's Wimbledon Tennis Sponge. page 65

LETTER ABSOLUTELY’S July issue highlights

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ondon is wonderful in July and this month is set to be a particularly lovely one for weather. As we all go in for one last hectic month before the holiday spirit begins to overtake us, our city is full of activities and things to do. In this issue we focus on al fresco dining, visit several exhibitions and round up a host of activities for entertaining children in the summer holidays, which are imminent. In this we seek advice from Maggie Bolger, co-founder of family members' club Maggie and Rose, because she has four children and is therefore clearly a pro. As usual, interiors are important this month and we focus on two possibly conflicting stories. Firstly we look at Marimekko, the Finnish design house that's known for its bold prints, and secondly we look at Abigail Edwards' new book, which is about pattern for people who don't really like pattern (so probably for people who don't like Marimekko). So which side are you on? We hope you enjoy the issue.

PENDLE HARTE EDITOR

Looking back over the years with the Finnish design house that spans fashion, interiors and a wide range of collaborations. page 72

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We are coveting Fendi's Rainbow Bracelet... page 30

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The summer holidays are almost upon us... time to book some activities for the children. Why not send them on an outdoor adventure? page 90

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ALVAR AALTO

The Conran Shop's colourful reworking of Alvar Aalto's classic Armchair 400 is another colourful object of desire. page 68

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Wish LIST 10 things we Absolutely LOVE COMPILED BY

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BEST FOOT FORWARD

Berlin-based footwear pioneers, Aeyde have partnered with leading fashion blogger, Lucy Williams on two new summer styles. Inspired by Lucy’s travels, each evokes her sense of adventure and curiosity. aeyde.com

PICNIC PIECE Whether you’re sipping water after yoga or preparing for a champagne picnic, this Blondewood water bottle from S'well is a sleek and stylish way to reduce your plastic usage. £45; selfridges.com

LOGO LOCO

Crafted using supple smooth leather and fi nished with an all over multi logo print, the Kan I Nappa shoulder bag from Fendi pops against light denims and summer brights. £2,590; flannels.com

TREASURED SCENT

With only a fi nite number of each scent bottled, a Parterre perfume really is something special. We love Root of all Goodness; it’s warm and enveloping with a touch of spicy ginger. 50ml £95; parterreatkeynestonmill.com

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ABSOLUTELY • LOVES

SWING TIME

Create an inviting accent within your space with this bohemian hanging egg chair. For added luxe, we suggest adorning with a sumptuous sheepskin rug. £355; grahamandgreen.co.uk

LUXURY TOUCHES

Playful yet sophisticated. Bold yet discreet. Espie Roche is the latest brand on the lips of the fash-pack for their luxurious, Italian-made accessories. The house’s launch collection comprises four timeless styles in five vibrant hues inspired by the Italian landscape. espieroche.com

EDITOR’S PICK

THE CAT’S MEOW

A cat eye frame and a sports luxe fi nish make these Gucci numbers the sunnies of summer. Wear with nonchalance and you’re worthy of a brand campaign. £320; flannels.com

MAKE A STATEMENT

This chunky wooden bangle makes for eye-catching arm candy and is perfect paired with other bracelets or worn on its own. £18; freepeople.com

MODERN CLASSICS

TASTE OF SUMMER Baileys have taken the summer by storm with the limited edition Baileys Strawberries & Cream; perfect for sunny afternoons spent watching the tennis. £20; sainsburys.co.uk

French shoe designer, Robert Clergerie became famous for his reworking of the classic men's Oxford shoe for women. Here he plays with woven raffia to create the ultimate summer accessory. £356; farfetch.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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CULTURE

Finnegans Wake by John Vernon Lord; House of Illustraion - John Vernon Lord: Illustrating Carroll and Joyce, 13 July - 4 November

What’s On 16 • Theatre Review: Chicago 19 • Orla Kiely 22 A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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

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Music for the Soul 20 July HOLY TRIN IT Y CHURC H

The city of Bourgas is renowned for its rich cultural tradition. Home to Trio Bourgas, the landscape has influenced the way they play and perform. Featuring Mozart, Piazzolla, Rachmaninoff and more, Music for the Soul is the first in a series of European concerts and is sponsored by A. Hanna & Sons Pianos. 234 The Broadway, SW19, hannapianos.com

EXHIBITION

HYPERREALISM O NGO I NG • P LUS O NE GALLERY

Following the resounding success of their inaugural exhibition together, Plus One Gallery and Museu del Tabac have teamed up once again for part two of Hyperrealism. The show features familiar faces as well as a few new ones and will highlight the evolution of the Hyperrealist movement with a vibrant collection of landscape and portrait artworks. Piper Building, Peterborough Road, SW6; plusonegallery.com

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Utility Until 7 July

ORAN GE TREE TH EAT RE

Emily Schwend’s prize-winning work sees protagonist Amber juggling two part-time jobs and three kids. Her on-off husband Chris is optimistic but rarely employed. As Amber struggles to keep things from boiling over, she is forced to confront reality in this low-key depiction of life in breadline America. 1 Clarence Street, Richmond, TW99; orangetreetheatre.co.uk

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Great Outdoors ART

Luiz Zerbini: Intuitive Ratio Ongoing SOUTH LON DON GALLERY

Luiz Zerbini is one of Brazil’s most established contemporary artists, known for his vivid, abstract works on canvas. For his first solo show in a UK public institution, Zerbini references modernist architecture, contemporary culture and elements from the natural environment. 65-67 Peckham Road, SE5; southlondongallery.org

F E S T I VA L

CORNBURY FESTIVAL 13-15 July THE GREAT NEW PARK

A female-led line-up has been announced for Cornbury Festival this year with Alanis Morissette headlining alongside performances from Mavis Staples, Amy Macdonald, Nina Nesbitt and Pixie Lott. Cornbury is a truly unique festival designed to be familyfriendly and commended as one of the safest festivals in the UK with activities for all ages. Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire, OX7 4AJ; cornburyfestival.com

T H E AT R E

GULLIVER RETURNS 28 July O M N I BUS TH EATR E

This Month’s Must See

Lil’s husband has lost himself in Gulliver’s Travels and now she has a mercy mission to perform; no matter what the cost, she must find a way to drag this broken man our of his fantasy. Raging, tragic and magical, Gulliver Returns is a haunting new play about broken dreams, enduring love and the weird world we live in. 1 Clapham Common Northside, SW4; omnibus-clapham.org

SPORT

SUMMER BY THE RIVER

SISTERHOOD 17-18 J ULY • OMN IBUS

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hree women aged 20, 40 and 60 set about unpicking the fine weave of existence, examining with fresh and furious eyes the threads of gender, fertility, sexual assault, our collective future and the state of feminism. Sisterhood is a multimedia tale caught between 16th century witch trials and modern day political upheaval.

1 Clapham Common Northside, SW4; omnibus-clapham.org

Ongoing London Bridge With an English country garden theme, Summer by the River transforms London Bridge into a glorious oasis where city-dwellers can catch the Wimbledon tournament, take part in a fitness class and sip Pimm's in the sun. London Bridge, SE1; londonbridgecity.co.uk

F E S T I VA L

BRITISH SUMMER TIME HYDE PARK 6-15 July HY D E PARK

Barclaycard's British Summer Time Hyde Park is the seasonal extravaganza that draws crowds from far and wide for live music, comedy, film, food stalls and more. Highlights from the line-up this year include Eric Clapton, Michael Buble and The Cure. Hyde Park, W2; bst-hydepark.com

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CHICAGO Absolutely enjoys an evening of razzledazzle and cell-block fun as Chicago returns to the Westend B y H E L E N B R OW N

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orty something years ago, Roxy Hart shimmied onto Broadway and stole our hearts as the wannabe star who can’t seem to catch a break. Following a five-year hiatus from the London stage, Chicago brings the sassy protagonist back, to sell-out audiences at the Phoenix Theatre. The world’s longestrunning American musical, Chicago follows Roxy’s ups and downs as

she competes with fellow cell-mate, Velma Kelly for the role of the media’s darling. The multi-awardwinning musical is based on Maurine Watkins’ play of the same name, about real-life merry murderesses Beulah May Annan and Belva Gaertner. Watkins reported on the pair’s respective arrests for the Chicago Tribune and found them so remarkable - both involved guns, one jazz and the other gin - she spun a script out of them. Oscar-winner Cuba Gooding Jr. charms audiences in the role of

Gooding proves himself able to captivate audiences

ABSOLUTELY reviews…

fast-talking lawyer, Billy Flynn, while stage veterans Sarah Soetaert and Josefina Gabrielle dazzle as Roxie and Velma. Not much has been done to differentiate this production from its predecessors but that doesn’t matter since the titular roles are carried out with individuality and panache. Gooding’s performance as disgraced sports star, OJ Simpson in the hit series, American Crime Drama, saved him from a run of questionable roles and in his UK stage debut, he yet again proves himself able to captivate audiences. His cheery showmanship and cheeky charm are the performance take-aways Soetaert’s Roxie is both playful and fierce, while Gabrielle is engaging as the calculated and sneering Velma. The choreography is as smouldering as ever and the big-hit tracks just as toe-tapping. . Though Chicago is a well-worn production, its satire on the nature of celebrity fits well with our fameobsessed society. Its comedic rhythm is enjoyable and its energy palpable. Here’s to another few decades of razzle dazzle.

VERDICT

A sassy come-back for the old-time favourite ★★★★★

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ROUND UP

Best in

Julie

★★★★★ Lyttelton Theatre

MUST SEE

NATIONAL THEATRE

SHOW

Miss Julie finds a new home in contemporary London when the wild and newly single Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above. A power game between Jean and Julie descends into a savage fight for survival. Fuelled by social division, Strindberg’s masterpiece remains shocking and fiercely relevant. National Theatre, SE1; nationaltheatre.org

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Alkaline ★★★★★

From 10 July PARK THEATRE

Sophie and Sarah have been best friends forever. Sophie is newly engaged to her fiancé Nick and wants to celebrate. Sarah also has a new fiancé, Ali, and some more big news – she has recently converted to Islam. Alkaline is a play about faith, friendship and fear, but at its heart is a story about female friendship that shines a light on painful endings and new beginnings. Clifton Terrace, N4; parktheatre.co.uk

ALKALINE JULIE

Translations

As You Like IT

Olivier Theatre

6-28 July

ONGOING

REGENT ’S PARK OPEN-AIR THEATRE

Prodigal son Owen returns to rural Donegal from Dublin with two British army officers and plans to create a map of the area, replacing the Gaelic names with English. It is an administrative act with radical consequences. Brian Friel’s modern classic is a powerful account of nationhood, playing out the turbulent relationship between England and Ireland. National Theatre, SE1; nationaltheatre.org

In the mythical Forest of Arden, two young people discover what it really means to be in love. Directed by Max Webster, with beautiful new music by Charlie Fink (former frontman of Noah and the Whale), this warm, open-hearted production promises adventure, sibling rivalry, mistaken identity and romance – Shakespeare comedy as you like it. Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, NW1; openairtheatre.com

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★★★★★

A Monster Calls ★★★★★

From 7 July THE OLD VIC

A Monster Calls tells the tale of a teenage boy, Conor, coming to terms with his mother’s cancer. The bestselling novel by Patrick Ness has developed worldwide momentum with its dazzling insight into love, loss and healing. Director Sally Cookson combines gritty realism and magic in this dazzling new adaptation The Cut, SE1; oldvictheatre.com

AS YOU LIKE IT

A MONSTER CALLS

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The Fashion and Textile Museum’s Orla Kiely: A Life In Pattern is the first exhibition dedicated to the celebrated designer. Drawing on an archive of over 20 years of work, the exhibition ‘brings it all together under one roof in a celebration of design, print and colour that has become the Orla Kiely brand’. The exhibition will follow Orla’s work through the framework of her greatest tool – pattern. Orla’s patterns can work on any scale, allowing the exhibition to focus on distortions of size, creating an extraordinary Alice in Wonderland feel. Dresses, for example, will be reimagined to tremendous sizes and displayed alongside tiny dolls in replica outfits. With unique access to the brand’s archives, the exhibition offers a privileged insight into Kiely’s world. Her inspiration is made evident throughout the exhibition with each design drawing on the essential organic elements that are the foundations of her repeating patterns

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DRAWING

ROOMS Absolutely admires Orla Kiely’s work at the Fashion and Textile Museum Wo r d s PENDLE HARTE

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Kiely’s fashion will be showcased on the mezzanine gallery, with over 30 full outfits displayed on mannequins and complemented by a whole wall dedicated to Orla’s iconic handbags. Orla presented her first ready-towear collection in 2003 using simple silhouettes that allowed her prints to stand out and have since been worn by household names such as Emma Thompson, Scarlett Johansson and the Duchess of Cambridge. With a global audience in thrall to the instantly recognisable and stylised graphic patterns of Kiely’s work, the exhibition has become a must-see for those willing to explore the power of decoration and the changing look of the 21st century environment.

– the abstract natural world. Her paired down plant shapes and animal designs reveal a simplicity that captures only the essential aspects of the form. Patterns of the 1950s and 1960s by designers such as Shirley Craven and Lucienne Day are another inspiration for Kiely’s work. With her use of natural motifs, colouration and big bold outlines, the designer’s work can also be seen within a historical trajectory of artists like William Morris, Voysey and Marimeko. As well as charting the growth and success of the Orla Kiely brand, the exhibition explores Orla’s childhood in Ireland and how this environment influenced her work. Her love of colour, from the greens and greys of vast skies to the browns and mustard yellow of the rolling hills and gorse, all pay homage to the colours of the Irish countryside. Rare family photographs and ephemera will be displayed alongside Orla’s earliest designs. A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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FASHION

SUMMER LOVING BIMBA Y LOLA Bimba Y Lola have whipped up a SS18 wardrobe for the Woodstock festivalgoer of 1969 for their Summer of Love collection. Expect pastels, prints, faded denim and long, freeflowing silhouettes. bimbaylola.com

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he Tunisian-born couturier Azzedine Alaïa enjoyed his role as an outsider in the world of fashion. Always dressed in a uniform of black, he ignored the collection calendar while tirelessly upholding the traditions of haute couture. From his first show in the late 1970s to his final one just before his death in 2017, Alaïa’s work has generated excitement and respect. Sensuous, body-hugging forms, described as ‘second-skin dressing’, are Alaïa’s enduring influence. Experimenting with the latest stretch materials and precisely tailored leathers, he worked in the tradition of the great couturiers he admired and studied, Madeleine Vionnet, Cristóbal Balenciaga and Charles James. Alaïa thought with his hands. He gave his ideas form by draping, cutting and pinning fabric directly on to the statuesque models with whom he loved to work. He combined his rigorous technical skills with an understanding of how women want to feel. He once remarked, ‘I make clothes, women make fashion’. And many women have made fashion in his elegant and sensual creations, from Greta Garbo, Grace Jones, Lady Gaga, and Tina Turner to Scarlett Johansson, Naomi Campbell and Rihanna. Reflecting a consistency of approach and the timelessness of his creations, Alaïa’s most significant works are grouped here to reveal ideas he perfected and remastered over many years. This includes Alaïa’s use of black, his favourite and most widely used colour. Restricting the colour palette left Alaïa nowhere to hide and enabled him to develop the purist expression of his ideals of form. As Alaïa’s explorations in shape and volume deepened, he remained focused solely on the demands of perfecting his vision, not on market demands. This exhibition and installation, conceived with Alaïa, includes architectural elements by artists who Alaïa admired and befriended, as well as photographs of Maison Alaïa by the artist Richard Wentworth, who documented the fashion house over the past few years.

04 Yasmin Le Bon in Alaia for The New York Times Magazine, "Paris Panache" editorial by Peter Lindbergh, Paris, 1985 © Peter Lindbergh (Courtesy Peter Lindbergh, Paris) 05 Naomi Campbell wearing Azzedine Alaia Tati Collection Spring Summer 1991 courtesy Ellen von Unwerth

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Colour Pop Wear the rainbow: Absolutely’s favourite multi-coloured jewellery

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Ana Khouri

Vivid Diamonds by Ernest Jones

Paradise Gemstone Earrings, £2,770; harrods.com

Multi-coloured Mirian diamond & sapphire ear cuff, £2,665; net-a-porter.com

9ct Gold Diamond And multi coloured stones ring, £350; ernestjones.co.uk

Ileana Makri

Swarovski

Selim Mousazzar

Sun diamond & sapphire earrings, £3,610; net-a-porter.com

Multi-coloured, Rhodium Plating, £299; swarovski.com

Diamond, multi-stone & pink-gold Mina earrings, £9,820; matchesfashion.com

Rosantica

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Fendi

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Rosie Tapner and Lady Alice Manners show off the most beautiful Goodwood looks

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s well as training hard for their role as jockeys in this year’s Magnolia Cup the Qatar Goodwood Festival, models Rosie Tapner and Lady Alice Manners have been supporting Goodwood in demonstrating how best to dress to attend the five-day event, held each summer at the world’s most beautiful racecourse, nestled in the rolling South Downs. In glorious sunshine, the pair embodied Goodwood’s relaxed style in dresses by Temperley, Roksanda, Preen by Thorton Bregazzi, Ermanno Scervino, Philosophy, Mulberry, Erdem, Self Portrait, Vilshenko, Dodo Bar Or and Zimmerman and shoes by Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo and Malone Souliers against the backdrop of Goodwood House, Goodwood’s beautiful stable yard and bluebell woods.

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FASHION • RACING STYLE

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FASHION • RACING STYLE

There has been racing at Goodwood for over 200 years and Goodwood has always been known for its informal dress code. As King Edward VII once said of Qatar Goodwood Festival (affectionately known then and still as Glorious Goodwood), ‘it’s a garden party with racing tacked on’. Racegoers won’t find the width of their straps or length of their dresses under scrutiny when they arrive at Goodwood. Nor is Glorious famous for its elaborate hats. Instead the style is simple and elegant; Rosie and Alice wear long flowing dresses, natural hair and make-up and shoes they can wear with ease all day long to ensure they leave feeling as free and beautiful as they did when they walked through the gates. The only stipulation is a jacket and tie for gentlemen; a linen suit and panama complete the look. Rosie and Lady Alice will race on Ladies’ Day, August 2, in what will be the eighth Magnolia Cup. The race has raised over £1.2million for a number of charities since its inception. Run over five-and-a-halffurlongs down Goodwood’s straight in front of a capacity crowd of 25,000, the riders will need nerves of steel, especially as most of those taking part had never set foot in a racing yard before their training started. For the first time this year, each rider will wear a bespoke jockey silk designed exclusively for the Magnolia Cup by Iranian/ Swedish fashion designer and women’s

rights activist Morvarid Sahafi. Morvarid’s designs for her brand, Morv London, reflect female empowerment and are inspired by the Suffragette movement, in fitting support of the values of the Magnolia Cup. This year, the Magnolia Cup will support Cancer Research UK, the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research. Its pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives and has been at the heart of progress that has already seen survival in the UK double in the last 40 years. The charity is continuing to tackle women’s cancers on all fronts – helping to prevent and improve the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer and gynaecological cancers. Fundraising takes place through race and horse sponsorship, as well as at the Regency Ball, a stunning Regency-themed banquet and party held at Goodwood House the evening after the Magnolia Cup.

THIS YEAR’S INSPIRING RIDERS LADY ALICE MANNERS • Sunday Telegraph columnist and personal shopper DR AMANDA CROSS • Cancer Researcher at Imperial College London, funded by Cancer Research UK CAMILLA HICKISH • Trainee doctor and cancer survivor EMILY BAXENDALE • Founder and Creative Director, Emily-London milliners HOLLY THOMSON (HOLLIE-ELLA) • Director & Editor of In The Country magazine & blog ROSIE TAPNER • British fashion model and student at Oxford Brookes University SARAH COOK • Sport Secretary, Daily Mirror & Sunday Mirror SHADI HALLIWELL • Chief Marketing Officer, Three KATIE FORREST • Managing Director at The Edit Design Agency

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A reality beauty filter, summer skin saviour and new launches B y C H A R LOT T E E M E R S O N

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BLURRED LINES C H A R LOT T E T I L B U RY

Get camera-ready in an instance with the limited edition Beauty Filters range from make-up artist to the stars, Charlotte Tilbury. With everything from cream blushes to a collogen lip bath, the collection promises brighter eyes, plumper lips and longer lashes. From £29 charlottetilbury.com

SUMMER RESCUE LUMITY

The warmer months can often leave your skin dry and dehydrated. Lumity Complete Nourishment Facial Oil replenishes and soothes your face using passionflower seed oil, green tea leaf extracts and many other natural ingredients. £48. lumitylife.co.uk

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'm at Andy’s Salon to experience his highly sought-after cut and blow dry. Andy assesses my hair and recommends a classic yet chic layered cut. Next, I am taken to the washing station for an intense Kerastase Ritual-Fusiodose treatment. This delivers a concentrated boost of hydration, shine and thickness in just five minutes. After a thorough wash with Bain Satin 1 nourishing shampoo and a calming scalp massage, my hair is prepped and ready for the cut. Andy skillfully sections my hair in a way that will allow careful layering. He takes special care to blend in any uneven or broken strands, at times trimming mere millimetres off for a subtle yet clean transformation. After receiving what I deem as the best blow dry I’ve ever had, my hair is left feeling super soft, smooth and lightweight. Andy perfectly recreates the image he envisaged and described at the start. A final spritz of Loreal Techni Art PLI and I leave with locks that look like a true masterpiece. A N DY ’ S S A L O N CUT AND BLOW DRY: £175

DIGITAL DEFENCE BAREMINERALS

In an age of digital blue lights and florescent lighting, bareminerals launches skin saviour Complexion Rescue Defense Radiant Tint Protective Moisturiser. With natural cacao extract and camellia flower, this daily super shield will protect your skin from everyday damage and aging. £35. bareminerals.co.uk

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ABSOLUTELY • PROMOTION

Time to Shine Get glowing skin this summer with The Glasshouse Clinic

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iscover the secret to appearing more youthful with top tips and advice from The Glasshouse Clinic. The bespoke consultations will include skin treatments and personalised colour analysis to help you understand how to chose and wear the colours which will make you look younger. The Glasshouse Clinic’s leading aesthetic practitioners will be joined by Charlotte Broadbent (acclaimed Personal Stylist, ex HELLO! Magazine Fashion & Beauty Director) for a style and skin clinic talk at 10am. Visitors will be able to book complimentary colour analysis consultations from 10am (normally priced at £50). Skin perfecting peels will be demonstrated throughout the day so that visitors can discover the truth behind skin peels and learn how to ditch their favourite foundation for skin they love. Complimentary skin assessments (normally priced at £25) will be available throughout the day. Tickets are priced at £30 and come with a goody bag worth £100.

Discover the secret to appearing more youthful

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atch The Glasshouse Clinic's founder and Aesthetic Director Alison Telfer demonstrate the secret to achieving fantastic skin, while leading sommelier Friarwood guides you through an exquisite wine tasting. Complimentary consultations with Alison will be available on the day, normally priced at £55. Tickets are priced at £55 and come with an exclusive goody bag worth £100.

THE GLASSHOUSE CLINIC Email for more information and to book your limited ticket today. wimbledon@theglasshouseclinic.co.uk

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DR SAM AFSHAR

4. T E M P OR A R I E S

After teeth are prepared temporaries are placed that replicate the 3D model exactly. You can trial the proposed model before anything is finalised. 5. F I T T I N G YOUR F ULL M O UT H R ECON ST R UC T IO N

A master ceramist duplicates the smile design and function (from the temporaries and 3D model) in the final restorations and adds the fine colour, surface anatomy and texture to bring your new full mouth reconstruction to life. B E N E F I TS OF F UL L M O UT H R E H A B I L I TAT I ON

P E A R LY WHITES

Discover the life-changing potential of full mouth reconstruction What is a full mouth reconstruction? When you have many broken, worn and/or multiple missing teeth, then a full mouth reconstruction may be required. This will often require every tooth to be restored with a combination of veneers, crowns, inlays, onlays, dental implants and dental bridgework. What does full mouth reconstruction involve? The key to a successful full mouth reconstruction is planning. Here's how it’s done:

technology helps us identify and explain what dentistry is required and why. Digital photography, joint and bite analysis are crucial to plan and communicate your treatment needs. 2. CO MP U TER A I DE D SMI L E D ESI GN

It’s vital that your full mouth reconstruction not only functions perfectly but looks great. The latest in computer-aided smile design technology allows us to discuss and show you the aesthetic outcome before work starts.

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Detailed impressions and bite records allow us to transform the imaging picture into a 3D model that you can pick up and examine.

Full mouth rehabilitation is different from a full smile makeover in that it is a necessary procedure. It involves restoring every tooth in a person’s mouth with the primary goal of improving oral health.Ideal candidates may relate to one or more of the following: TMJ syndrome, consistent headaches or migraines, clicking in the jaw, missing teeth, worn, broken, cracked, or chipped teeth or crooked teeth. While a full mouth rehabilitation is not technically a cosmetic procedure, Art of Dentistry Institute focuses on both the beauty and function of every treatment. Tooth-coloured fillings and porcelain crowns are just a couple of cosmetic dental treatment options that ensure a more vibrant, natural-looking result. Persistent headaches or migraines can significantly impact a person’s quality of life. A full mouth rehabilitation will address these concerns and alleviate headaches. Gum disease is another issue addressed with full mouth rehabilitation to ensure that the reconstructed teeth have a healthy foundation.

THE TRANSFORMATION

Principal Putney Dentists; 2a Dealtry Road, SW15 6NL 020 8785 6772 putneydentists.co.uk

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EDITOR’S PICK

TOM FORD Face Protect SPF 50, 30ml, £58.00; johnlewis.com

BOBBI BROWN SPF50 Primer Plus Protection, £24; bobbibrown.co.uk

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FOOD & DRINK

COCKTAIL KINGS

ROCK & ROSE

The unveiling of a slick new cocktail bar put the finishing touch to a 10-year renovation at Rock & Rose. Catch them at Cocktails in the City this Summer where they'll be showing off a fresh new menu. rockandroserestaurant.com

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WHAT TO DRINK

DRINK news

TASTING NOTES

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

Fresh cocktail recipes from Little Bird By LITTLE BIRD

Cucumber & Elderflower Southsider Beefeater Gin, Mint, Cucumber, Elderflower & Prosecco Served straight up

Summer Bird

Ron Calados Rum, Strawberry, Coconut & Lime Juice. Shaken and served on the rocks! LB Signature

City fresh Far Eastern Promise

Vodka, Ginger & Lemongrass Syrup, Lychee Liqueur & Fresh Lemon. Shaken hard with an egg white to give a fluffy, dry finish, served long LITTLE BIRD Little Bird is a cocktail bar and restaurant based in Battersea, serving locally sourced Asian style food and cocktails shaken up by award-winning mixologists.

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Breathing fresh air into stale city life, Devonshire Terrace is the perfect place for business breakfasts, boozy brunches or late-night cocktails. Try their decadent sharing boards sitting in the glorious year-round covered glass terrace or sip on a cocktail under the stars. Devonshire Terrace, EC2M drakeandmorgan.co.uk

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FOOD & DRINK• NOTES Our pick of the best

AFTERNOON TEAS

ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND The Taj Hotel lays it on thick with this Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea. Take a trip down the rabbit hole with the eclectic menu that features 'Queen of Hearts' mango tarts, 'Drink Me' strawberry potion and other themed delights. 51 Buckingham Gate, SW1; taj51buckinghamgate.co.uk

TALE AS OLD AS TIME

ALL-ROUNDER 6 0 1 Q U E E N ' S R OA D

Newly opened bar and restuarant 601 Queen's Road is versatile to say the least. Perfect for early morning coffees, late night cocktails, or simply a consistently delicious lunch, the serve locally sourced produce from breakfast to dinner and everything in between. Try the Herb, Pearl Barley and Buckwheat Risotto or indulge in the Rhubarb and Apple Crumble for a sweet treat. 601 Queen's Road, SW19 601queensrd.co.uk

The popularity of this Beauty and the Beast afternoon tea is clear from the fact it's been sold out since its inception. If you're lucky enough to get a booking, indulge in the chocolate clock tart or "try the grey stuff" mousse, served in Mrs Potts and Chip Potts dishware. The Town House, Kensington, SW7; townhousekensington.com

BRUNCH TIME SMOKE & SALT

Pop Brixton's popular restaurant Smoke & Salt has announced the launch of their all-new brunch menu. Proudly different to the typical avo on toast, this menu promises delicious dishes such as 'Guacaleeky' Toast and Spiced Plantain cake. 49 Brixton Station Road, SW9 smokeandsalt.com

AQUA SHARD

If eating up the Shard wasn't glamorous enough, then add a further touch of luxury with their afternoon tea. Lobster sandwiches, black pudding sausage rolls and peanut butter parfait are just some of what you can expect to eat whilst gazing across London. Level 31 The Shard, SE1; aquashard.co.uk

SWEET DELIGHTS PIERRE MARCOLINI TALE AS OLD AS TIME

SUSHI FUEL SUSHI SHOP

Not even food has escaped World Cup fever, and Sushi Shop has outdone itself with a decadent box dedicated to the sporting event. The Moscow Box is a limited edition box of colour coordinated sushi delivered right to your door, so you don't have to leave the sofa for your favourite snack. Various locations; mysushishop.co.uk

ALICE IN WONDERLAND

There’s nothing better than a truly decadent box of chocolates, and Pierre Marcolini has stepped up to the mark – with a twist. Enveloped in a thin layer of chocolate, this red fruit désir contains a biscuit miserable, vanilla mousse and a red fruits insert. eu.marcolini.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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DINING WITH DESIGN The Missoni Family Cookbook features well-loved recipes from generations of the fashion family’s kitchen

Gnocchi Verdi

S P I N AC H A N D R I COT TA G N O CC H I Serves 6 (Makes About 60 Gnocchi)

FOR THE GNOCCHI 17 oz fresh spinach • 3 lb ricotta • 3 large egg yolks • 4 oz type 00 flour, plus more for dusting • 1 tsp freshly ground nutmeg • Sea salt and freshly ground white pepper • For the sage-infused butter: 1 stick unsalted butter • 6 leaves fresh sage • Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, for serving.

MAKE THE GNOCCHI

Wash the spinach thoroughly. Bring a large pot of water over high heat to a boil. Add the spinach and cook for about 2 minutes, or until tender; drain the spinach into a colander. 3 Using your hands, shape the spinach into a ball, pressing firmly to drain well. Place the spinach in a large cloth and twist it tightly over the sink, removing all excess water. 1

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5 In a food processor fitted with the “S” blade, chop the spinach until it achieves a superfine consistency. Add the ricotta, the egg yolks, the 4 ounces of the flour, and the nutmeg; season with sea salt and white pepper. Pulse until well combined. 6 Dust some of the flour over a clean work surface, a baking sheet, and your hands. Shape the spinach-ricotta mixture into 1–1 -inch balls. Dust them with flour and place them on the prepared baking sheet. 7 Bring a large pot of salted water over medium-high heat to a boil. Add the gnocchi to the pot in batches to avoid overcrowding. Allow each batch to cook for 2–3 minutes, or until they float to the surface. Remove each batch from the pot using a slotted spoon and set aside to drain. 8 Make the sage-infused butter: In a saucepan over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add the sage leaves and fry for 2–3 minutes. Remove from the heat. 9 To serve, place 5–6 gnocchi in six shallow serving dishes (there will be plenty left for second helpings). Sprinkle the gnocchi with the ParmigianoReggiano and drizzle them with the hot sage-infused butter to melt the cheese. Serve hot.

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FOOD & DRINK • RECIPES

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FOOD & DRINK • RECIPES This dish is available exclusively at Daphne’s restaurant, 112 Draycott avenue, London sw3, throughout July

Missoni’s One and Only Budino C H O CO L AT E P U D D I N G Serves 5

INGREDIENTS 280g caster sugar • 130g type 0 (strong white) flour • 250ml whole milk, at room temperature 450g 70% dark chocolate, finely chopped 200g unsalted butter • Whipped cream, for serving

METHOD

Insalata di Pollo con Soncino

1 In a mixing bowl, combine the sugar and flour. 2 Into a second mixing bowl, pour the milk and combine it with the sugar and flour mixture, whisking until well incorporated. 3 Into a saucepan over low heat, use a fine sieve to strain the mixture. Raise the heat to medium and whisk in the chocolate and butter until they melt completely. Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes. Raise the heat to medium and cook, stirring constantly, until the pudding reaches a thick consistency as it reaches 212°F | 100°C. Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring constantly, for 7 minutes. Remove from the heat.

4 Fill a nonstick 26cm Bundt pan with cold water and set aside for a few minutes to cool. Drain and wipe off the excess water. Pour the warm pudding into the cold mould and set aside to cool. 5 When the pudding reaches room temperature, cover the mould with Clingfilm and refrigerate it for about 2 hours, or until cold throughout. 6 To plate, firmly hold a wide plate over the mould and carefully flip it over. The budino should slide out easily; if it does not, dip the mould in hot water for 5–10 seconds, then flip it. 7 Serve cold with the whipped cream.

DRESSED CHICKEN AND LAMB’S LE T T U C E SA L A D Serves 4

INGREDIENTS 7 oz soncino (lamb’s lettuce) • boiled chicken • 1 serving maionese • 2–3 tsp French wholegrain mustard · 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 Tbsp lemon juice · Sea salt · Pomegranate seeds, for garnish

METHOD

1 Soak the soncino in a bowl of water. Drain and delicately dry the leaves, being careful to avoid bruising. 2 Pull the meat from the chicken and chop it into small bite-size pieces. 3 Make the maionese; stir in the mustard. 4 In a mixing bowl, combine the chicken and maionese and season with sea salt. 5 In a separate bowl, whisk together the extra-virgin olive oil and lemon juice. Season with sea salt. Add the soncino and toss until the leaves are coated with the dressing. 6 In a serving dish, arrange the dressed soncino. Place the chicken-maionese mixture on top of it. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and serve immediately.

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• XXXXX FOOD &CULTURE DRINK • SUMMER

Dining AL FRESCO Our pick of outdoor terraces in London By HELEN BROWN

GR A NA RY SQUA R E BR A SSER IE

Granary Square Brasserie has partnered with Fever Tree to transform its terrace into a Physic Garden. Learn how to blend your own botanical gin concoctions at the House of Apothecary before enjoying a delicious three-course dinner. granarysquarebrasserie.com

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Oxo Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie Oxo has teamed up with 1800 Tequila to launch the 1800 Terrace. Set to be a haven of al fresco dining this summer, guests can sip on exclusive 1800 cocktails and dine on a bespoke Mexican brunch menu. oxotowerrestaurant.com

THE RIB ROOM

Jumeirah Carlton Tower has partnered with Champagne Laurent-Perrier to bring Londoners a taste of summer on The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant’s terrace. Here, guests will be able to indulge in a glass of fizz while looking out on the picturesque Cadogan Place Gardens. jumeirah.com

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Inspired by the capital’s love of music and sound, The Gardening Society at John Lewis Oxford Street presents Summer of Sound On The Roof. Expect live gigs, DJ sets, acoustic music and a breath-taking panoramic backdrop of the city’s skyline with food from fried chicken specialists, Butchies and drinks courtesy of Fever Tree. johnlewis.com

This summer sees Chicama launch its glorious summer terrace where guests can enjoy a Peruvian-inspired feast alongside a Pisco Sour. Kick things off with a tantalising snack selection of tapioca marshmallows, miso aubergine and popcorn monkfish cheeks. chicamalondon.com

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ABSOLUTELY eats out…

“McChina Eating offers up Cantonese fare for both eat-in and takeaway”

China town McChina is the popular Chinese restaurant that caters to all palates

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ong established as a stalwart of Wimbledon’s dining scene with over a fifteen-year tenure on Hayden’s Road, McChina Eating is a family-run restaurant and takeaway that offers up Cantonese fare for both takeaway and eat-in dining. On arrival, David, the manager of the restaurant, whose parents established McChina in 1992, warmly greets us. Once seated, we enjoy a delicious green matcha-based iced tea with honey and kampot, which can be served soft or with alcohol

depending on your preference. After a quick perusal of the menu, we ask David to bring us his recommendations, as well as my companion Tim’s, who is a long-term, Wimbledon-based fan. His favourite dish is the chicken Singapore noodles. We start with the salt and chilli aubergine, which is cooked to perfection and has a good kick to it. Tim, who doesn’t ingest vegetables willingly, or ever, asserted himself a convert, which now brings the amount of vegetables he eats to a grand total of two.

FOOD Simple Cantonese dishes cooked to perfection

DECOR A modern setting for Chinese classic

PRICE Starters from 4.60 and mains from £7.20

VERDICT Family friendly dining that delivers delicious dishes for all palates

We then move on to the generously portioned crispy aromatic duck, which is served with the usual sides, including a lovely plum sauce. Tim’s favourite, the chicken fried noodles are delicious and fiery, and the smoked shredded chicken is sumptuous. The shredded chilli beef was crunchy and both this dish and the Mongolian lamb provide a nice kick. Those who aren’t as keen on spice need not worry though - there are plenty of other dishes that cater to palates that are more sensitive to hotter flavours. The vegetables with cashews are also a lovely side. The table still groaning with food, we ask for our leftovers to be packaged up, ready for home. The next day I woke up already excited for lunch and, of course, the fridge had been cleared in the night. You can’t really give a more glowing review than that. MCCHINA EATING 343-345 Haydons Road SW19 mcchinaeating.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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SERVES Tennis-themed Afternoon Teas for Wimbledon By HELEN BROWN

THE IVY CAFÉ, WIMBLEDON Available now until 20 July

The Ivy Café, Wimbledon has created a series of delights for guests to enjoy while the sporting action kicks off around the corner. Along with the Centre Court Melting Bomb, two exclusive strawberries and cream cocktails will be available to help celebrate the tennis wins. theivycafewimbledon.com

THE DORCHESTER Available between 2-15 July

The Dorchester is serving its annual Wimbledon Afternoon Tea for the duration of the tournament. It includes the Wimbledon Tennis Sponge - made with Lemon verbena, strawberry and white chocolate – accompanied by champagne, strawberries and cream, finger sandwiches and scones. dorchestercollection.com

SQUIRE’S Available between 1-15 July

Visitors to Squire’s Garden Centre can enjoy a Wimbledon-inspired cream tea featuring Eton Mess, a scone with jam and clotted cream and a pot of lose leaf tea. A gluten free option is also available. No booking is required, simply turn up at any Squire’s centre and enjoy. squiresgardencentres.co.uk

PAUL THE PETERSHAM RESTAURANT Available between 2-15 July

The Petersham Restaurant, at The Petersham Hotel is running its quintessential Afternoon Tea with a tennis twist. The big serves for the season are a Pimm’s jelly with cucumber foam, mini mango tennis ball cheesecakes and white chocolate and strawberry tartlets. petershamhotel.co.uk

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Get a taste of this year’s tournament with limited edition treats from French artisan bakery and pâtisserie, PAUL. New for 2018 and keeping things refreshingly cool as the heat rises on Centre Court is the Strawberry & Cream Frappé, while past-favourites, the Tennis Choux and the Grand Slam Lemon Tart, make eagerlyawaited returns. paul-uk.com

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Ideas, designs and styles for your home By PENDLE HARTE

STATEMENT PIECE ARTEK

Armchair 400 was created by Alvar Aalto in 1936 for an exhibition at the Milan Triennale, where it was promptly awarded a prize. The chair owes its nickname “Tank” to its distinctive wide and sturdy armrests. It is launching imminentnly in this limited edition print at The Conran Shop. conranshop.co.uk

ART OF GLASS RICHARD BRENDON

Richard Brendon has partnered with Gleneagles to develop the hand-crafted crystal collection, Fluted, which draws inspiration from the decadent cocktail culture of the 1920s, and fits perfectly in the American Bar at Gleneagles richardbrendon.com

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O N TH E T I LES Our favourite tiles for walls and floors

ORIGINAL STYLE Artworks wall tiles, £POA originalstyle.com

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CREATIVE TOPS Maxwell Williams Medina Ceramic tiles, £POA creative-tops.com

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ORIGINAL STYLE Odyssey Mezzo mix, £POA originalstyle.com

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With his design for Rotary Tray, Jasper Morrison has given the classic tiered etagere a new contemporary look. Thanks to its understated shape and colouring, Rotary Tray naturally complements all types of interior styles and can be used for a variety of different functions. From £40. vitra.com

New luxury e-partment store Niquesa offers UK-based consumers unprecedented access to some of the world’s most desirable products. The best in home accessories includes Artel glass (pictured) as well as cashmere by Agnona and knives by Savernake. The expanding range is designed to include absolutely the word's finest things. niquesa.com

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ORIGINAL STYLE Odyssey Mezzo Nocturne, £POA originalstyle.com

MARRAKECH DESIGN Dandelion tile in pigeon blue and pure white, £POA marrakechdesign.se

OFF THE WALL THE BAKED TILE COMPANY Fes multicoloured wall tile, £35 per m2 bakedtiles.co.uk

FLOCK STUDIO

The beautiful Sticks wallpaper is based on a simple French shirt fabric design from the late 1880s, reminiscent of sewing pins of botanical illustrations. It's digitally printed in Lancashire; £130 per roll. flock.orguk

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UMBRA Zina magazine rack, £40 black-by-design.co.uk

FERM LIVING Outline wall decoration, £79 ambientedirect.com

FUNDAMENTAL BERLIN Corner shelf, £399 oostor.com

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Hexagon console table, £399 atkinandthyme.co.uk

FERM LIVING Brass pencil holder, £72 scp.amara.com

LOAF Postino side table, £175 loaf.com

SHAPE SHIFTERS

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PATRICIA URQUIOLA LA Sunset coffee table, £POA chaplins.co.uk

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t all began in 1949 when Viljo Ratia founded Printex, a small Helsinkibased textile printing company, in 1949. Viljo’s wife, Armi Ratia, envisioned a bold future for textile design and manufacturing. To fulfil her vision, she gathered promising young artists around her and asked them to create new and striking fabric prints for Printex. One of the young artists was Maija Isola, whose Amfora design was among the first fabrics printed at Printex. They quickly gained a lot of admirers but no buyers, so these unusual fabrics needed a showcase. Armi’s solution: a fashion show filled with colour, grace and exceptional patterns. The clothes designed by renowned fashion designer Riitta Immonen literally sold on the spot. Marimekko was registered as a company five days later, in 1951 and the following year Marimekko opened its first store in Helsinki.

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Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi joined Marimekko in 1953 to design clothing and print patterns. Alongside her radical loosefitting dress designs, Vuokko created one the most enduring Marimekko classics: the unisex Jokapoika (every boy) shirt in the striped Piccolo pattern. Maija Isola continued to create iconic Marimekko prints like Kivet (stones) and many more. The Marimekko logo, inspired by the simplicity of Olivetti typewriter letters, was born in 1954. Towards the end of the decade, the story of Marimekko began to spread across the seas: first it reached Sweden and soon after the United States. The 1960s got off to a good start with Jacqueline Kennedy buying seven Marimekko dresses and wearing one of them on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1960. Marimekko became an internationally renowned phenomenon and a way of life. The company grew rapidly and its product range expanded to include a variety of

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Marimekko became an internationally renowned phenomenon and a way of life

accessories and home items. Armi Ratia built a utopia called Marikylä (Marimekko Village), whose aim was to house the staff and to function as a laboratory for product design and Marimekko living. New fashion designers joined the company, among them Annika Rimala whose modern dress designs were regularly featured in international fashion magazines. She also created many typical Marimekko prints like Puketti (bouquet), Keidas (oasis) and Tarha (garden). In the ‘60s, Maija Isola created many of her best-known Marimekko prints, Lokki(seagull) and Kaivo (well) for example. The most widely known by far, however, is Unikko (poppy), which Maija designed in 1964 in protest after Armi Ratia had declared that Marimekko would never be a flower print company. During the 1970s, the product range was further expanded with the launch of canvas bags designed by Armi’s son, Ristomatti A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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Ratia. Textile designer Katsuji Wakisaka came to Marimekko from Japan and designed several iconic prints like Bo Boo, a pattern which immediately won over both children and adults. In 1973, Marimekko opened a new textile printing factory in Helsinki and acquired its first flatbed printing machine. The factory was expanded in 1979, when the company moved its entire textile printing to one location. One of Marimekko’s most famous licensed products was born in the ‘80s: the classic Kivi (stone) candleholder designed by Heikki Orvola. The factory building in Helsinki was expanded in 1983, and Marimekko’s headquarters moved under the same roof as the printing mill. The ‘00s were marked by a global Unikko (poppy) boom, and many other classic designs by Maija Isola also enjoyed greater popularity than perhaps ever before. The Oiva (superb) tableware designed by Sami Ruotsalainen hit the stores in 2009 and was an instant hit. The first patterns for the tableware collection were created by Maija Louekari. Marimekko’s print production was modernised with the acquisition of a new flatbed printing machine and digital screenmaking equipment.

New products have been introduced in the home collection, such as the Sukat makkaralla (socks rolled down) glassware by Anu Penttinen, the Konkkaronkka (bunch) cutlery by Mari Isopahkala, and the Hehkuva (glowing) lantern and the Valoisa (bright) lamp by Harri Koskinen. The output capacity of the textile printing factory in Helsinki was tripled in 2011 with the acquisition of a new rotary printing machine. Marimekko’s global expansion remains in full swing. The number of Marimekko stores outside Finland has more than doubled, including flagship stores in New York City and Sydney – and Marimekko is at the forefront of the international trend for Scandinavian style.

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A LOVE OF THE CRAFT Robert Skiba, founder and owner of Roscar Developments, talks about his company

just small sections (we always get asked back to do more anyway). What makes the difference is the experience of our staff. Whether our labourers or me, it’s the years of learning that count – working out how to do something in a way that is cost-effective but achieves the result. Other companies come and go and make empty promises – but we deliver – ask our customers. We’re always there to discuss how the project is going and suggest what will work. I’ve worked in various areas of the country during my career but it’s the most recent ones working in London that have been the most exciting. With space so expensive it’s so important to use it well and that’s we’re the business is growing – converting whole spaces – whole house projects. I’m on with several at the moment and the team are ahead of schedule and on budget for them all – this gives us a great platform to grow the business.

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rom the many years I’ve spent in the building trade I’ve always loved seeing a project move from concept to completion. We pride ourselves on our ability to deliver each and every project, no matter how big or small, to a high standard, on time and on budget. The handover to the client is always the most pleasurable part – seeing the transformation that we’ve made of their dreams coming true. That’s what continues to drive me to produce the best quality property work that I can. Even after 35 years, I still get excited about each new project: my enthusiasm has never waned. Using all those years

T E ST I M O N I A L of experience to solve the problems other people said couldn’t be solved and creating the space that customers yearn for. That’s what makes the difference – taking the project from the beginning and recognising and developing the possibilities to use space effectively using modern building methods and building materials while keeping as much traditional and original as we can to create a blend for modern living. The range of products available today enables us to achieve whatever the client desires, whether it's a bathroom, kitchen, orangery, or just a cool living space in which to unwind, relax and enjoy some well-earned quality time. Our work tends to be in the residential sector where we take a property and work with the client’s or our own architect to create a workable plan of property conversion. This can be a whole house or

Robert and his team, Lukas, Maciek, & Zibi were superb. They are a great team, who went above and beyond in terms of the additional fixes/features of the build. R O S CA R D E V E LO P M E N T S 020 7043 1613 roscardevelopments.com

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n this age of maximum communication life can be overwhelming, and introducing pattern can feel as if it will simply increase the noise and confusion. But when chosen carefully, pattern can be as functional as it is decorative. Pattern can contribute to environments that promote healing, wellbeing and relaxation. The living room is generally where we relax, the visual mood should be soft and comfort is key. With many disparate pieces of furniture, coffee tables, side tables, sofas and chairs, this room can easily look jumbled and cluttered. Pattern can give a focal point. A wallpapered wall behind a sofa can create the colour scheme for a room, or a rug can zone the space linking all of the random pieces of furniture together. Pile sofas with textiles, patterned blankets and throws to wrap up in and plump cushions to sink in to. Frame windows with gently decorated curtains, to create a nurturing environment and to link back to the textiles used on the sofa. Patterns don’t need to match. A colour palette that is repeated throughout the room, contrasting designs that enhance one another, or patterns that blend together will create a flow that gives consistency.

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he practice of having a room of matching wallpaper, curtains and upholstery is becoming more popular again and Birgit Morgensten has a simplified version of this look in her home. A wall of Gräser wallpaper stretches the length of the room, with the large central window framed by curtains of the same fabric. When the curtains are closed the pattern flows across the full wall uninterrupted and when they are open the view outside is framed by the pattern. The simple upholstery and white walls stop the matching pattern being overwhelming creating a very peaceful room. Leading off from this space is a little reading area. Birgit found the two little stools in the street and reupholstered them in different prints of her fabrics. “I wanted to place them next to each other, and keep a harmonious colour theme, but the shades are varied to keep it more interesting”.

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hen Kim Rosen is designing patterns for Fayce she tries to picture what she would want in her own house. “I like things that are not overpowering I don’t want something to be a focal point. I like décor to blend in with my stuff. I have a variety of different types of pieces in my home that don’t necessarily go together but they all work because there is a subtle palette.” She keeps things neutral with the occasional pop of colour. Mixing patterns to an extent but not too many crazy designs together. This accent chair upholstered in Gather has been paired with a vintage rug but as the rest of the furnishings and décor are so simple the look is restrained.

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anessa & Brendan of Mineheart live in a 1960’s house and have added a bit of cosiness and warmth to the clean lines of the architecture with their Almost White wallpaper. Their Loveletter wallpaper behind the faded leather sofa has a sense of history to it; the pattern consists of elegant hand written love notes from a bygone era, a rarity in these days of email and text messages. The romantic time worn charm adds a sense of stillness to their home, emphasised by the combination of distressed leather sofa and their contemporary take on traditional cushion designs. The open plan space is zoned with

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three different monochrome wallpapers, all lined up next to each other but defined by the wide central chimney breast. The seating area here has a romantic faded damask design, happily contrasted with the clean lines of the furniture but the space is unified by the monochrome pattern in the decorative rug on the floor, which brings the room together with a repetitive curation of delicate pattern. “We generally like walls to be quite bright and white,” says Brendan. “With dark patterned walls you feel like you can’t hang anything on top, that isn’t the case with the bleached out versions of these designs, they make the house feel light. We like wood and natural materials but if you mix that with pattern and too many other materials, it becomes too much. Our style is quite simple.” A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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Vintage-inspired children's fashion brand Their Nibs celebrates its 15th birthday this month. Known for its pretty and quirky prints and adorable shapes, the brand has evolved into homewares too. Happy birthday! theirnibs.com

SMALL TALK Holiday ideas, sun protection and a fishy game – plus a shout out for Their Nibs

IN THE SHADE IZIPIZI

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EDUCATION • FOCUS we tend to lead busier lives than our parents did, so it’s tempting to let technology take the strain. The sedentary, virtual lives too many of our children lead cannot be physically or intellectually healthy. Arguably, they need to interact with the great outdoors more than ever. This is not about packing youngsters off on a residential outward bounds course, but allowing them to experience a multiplicity of environments – the street and park as much as the field and forest – as often as is practicable. Parents can start by not being too directive, by allowing children to discover things for themselves. So instead of saying to really young children, “We’re going there to see so and so…”, try “We’re going on a journey, but we won’t know what we’ll

Life on the outside

If we want young people to develop into independent thinkers, we have to let them explore, argues Cognita’s Robin Davies

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ew parents would disagree that encouraging children to go outdoors and experience nature is beneficial. Instinctively, most appreciate that a child that is playing in the garden, mucking round in the local park or building dens is doing what children should be doing and learning from their environment. Those parental instincts are backed up by sound educational research. Various studies have shown that outdoor learning can lessen anxiety, reduce attention deficit disorder, enhance creativity, increase memory and generally support wellbeing.

This consensus has to contend with an equally powerful parental instinct – the overwhelming desire to be protective. From those early days when a toddler first crawls off the picnic blanket onto the grass, a parent’s instinct is to haul their baby back. That grass may look fun and inviting but who knows what nasty stuff lurks out of sight? This concern is natural – and, of course, children should be taught how to handle the environment safely and responsibly – but excessive protection can be damaging. Unfortunately, I suspect the situation has deteriorated since we were children. In a recent survey, three-quarters of parents said their children would prefer to play sports online rather than in real life. And

“75% of parents said their children would prefer to play sports online rather than in real life”

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see or who we’ll meet…”. On a walk, point out things and ask children who they think put that building there or how tall they think that tree will grow. Children today lead incredibly structured lives – they get up, go to school, absorb a pretty demanding curriculum, get packed off to an after-schools club, go home, do homework, go to bed and next day start all over again. There isn’t much in the way of unstructured free time. One of the most valuable things parents can do is to deliver children occasionally from that rigid timetabling. If we want to nurture a generation of creative, confident selfthinkers, parents need to let children explore the environment ‘beyond the blanket’ – because otherwise that green grass will never seem safe.

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Family LIFE Maggie Bolger’s top tips for the summer holidays Wo r d s M A G G I E B O L G E R

 We’re all so excited for Gunnersbury Park on 15 July for the lesser-known Citadel Festival – like a mini Wilderness, it’s an awesome mix of live music, arts, food and family entertainment. Fingers crossed the sun also purchased a ticket.

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aggie Bolger is the founder and CEO of Maggie & Rose, the international family members club based in Chiswick and Kensington. A concept gaining international attention - with a club in HK and 20 clubs coming in China over the next five years, Maggie & Rose is a private members’ club with a difference. Born out of a need for somewhere to hang out with her kids, engage with them in fun classes and for a community of mums to meet, share, laugh, and cry, the business has now grown to offer membership available per family and includes access to stylish interiors, classes inspired by learning through play methods, softplay and more.

“These days it’s about making family time cool enough for the kids”

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As a mum the summer season for me means being planned and well-organised. When you have a baby you don’t realise it, but you have so much more flexibility. But when your kids get older, you have to remain one step ahead and keep them busy. Gone are my days of keeping the little ones entertained and creative with pots and pans – these days it's about making family time cool enough for the kids.

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 Wimbledon of course – we try and go every year, whether you like tennis or not, I would recommend going, just for the atmosphere and the Pimms.  This summer we’ll be catching a couple of shows at the South Bank Underbelly Festival – it gets better and better every year and the kids absolutely love it.

Let’s keep it real, some days you just want to throw on your comfiest clothes, tie your hair up and think about looking stylish another day. This is especially true when you’re battling teenage sleepy heads and morning tantrums. Culottes are my absolute favourite wardrobe piece. When you’re spending the days running around at work or out and about with the little ones they’re always great for convenience. Plus, they are a great day-to-night transitional piece - dress them up with a pair of heels or throw on a pair of trainers for a more casual look. Perfect for picnics in the park and drinks on the roof terrace.

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he British Museum of Food's inaugural exhibition SCOOP: The Wonderful World of Ice Cream is the ultimate summer treat for children. This celebratory show will explore the past, present and future of ice cream in a total sensory immersion – one where you can taste the savour of centuries. Featuring highlights from the world’s largest collection of icecream

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29 JULY Printworks Monstrous Festival caters for children. It has seven different fantasy worlds, a fairground and the world’s biggest inflatable. Supervised adults allowed.

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WICKED

ONGOING Apollo Victoria Wicked is the 14th longest running show in West End theatre history, and while it's pitched at children aged seven plus, it's probably most popular among young teens. Often described as a prequel to The Wizard of Oz, the story actually takes place before, simultaneously and after the familiar Oz tale.

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ONGOING Cambridge Theatre Eight million people have now seen the Royal Shakespeare Company's Matilda. Tim Minchin's clever lyrics and memorable music make this show leagues above the rest, as its legions of fans of all ages will testify. Running in London since 2011, the unstoppable production.is now booking until October 2019.

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21 JULY - 27 AUGUST Kew Gardens Become part of the action as you bump into the constantly late White Rabbit, watch the Queen of Hearts and her beautifully choreographed troop of cards and sing along to catchy tunes as Alice learns to find her way around the Wonderland that is Kew Gardens. This is set to be a magnificent piece of outdoor theatre. theatreonkew.co.uk

amp Wilderness, at six locations accross the UK, is a summer camp that's dedicated to wholesome outdoor fun. Children aged between six and 15 can enjoy three- or five-day residential camps, staying in bell tents in ancient forests and spending their days learning bushcraft skills, wild swimming, cooking over open fires and enjoying the freedoms of the outdoors. Wilderness offers an antidote to the screen-dominated childhood: think den-building and archery rather than Fortnite and instagram. Evenings are spent storytelling and toasting marshmallows on a campfire – and children return full of new-found confidence and independence. City kids especially are certain to benefit from a hefty dose of outdoor adventures – and everyone is certain to make friends and lifetime memories.

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SUMMER OF SPORT How Wimbledon in the Community is embracing the spirit of rugby with a season of summer camps for children Working closely with school staff, we help them change the way their pupils’ think about exercise and healthy lifestyles as well as providing after-school clubs, sporting talks and club days throughout the school year. Our long-term goal is to provide over 1,000 hours of high quality rugby, cricket and athletics coaching (and maybe other sports soon too) – alongside curriculumbased PE lessons – focusing on those schools that may struggle to consistently meet the Ofsted required hours of physical activity.

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eil Sweeney has been coaching and working in sport development now for over 10 years, formally part of England Rugby, ex rugby player, volunteer at Surrey Rugby he is now helping Wimbledon in the Community share the great culture, values, health benefits, life skills, fun and enjoyment being part of the rugby family bring. Here he explains their mission: Wimbledon RFC in the Community has been established to give greater focus to Wimbledon Rugby Club’s social responsibilities. Embracing the unique spirit of rugby and its core values, we believe that we can bring about positive change—helping children learn different skills, forge new friendships, increase their physical activity and ultimately, develop a lifelong love of sport. Our programme is supported by SHiNE THROUGH, a not-for-profit enterprise that supports our work with local primary and secondary schools. We have started with

“I REALLY LIKED THE COACHES BECAUSE THEY WERE ABLE TO TEACH US IMPORTANT SKILLS AND DID IT IN A FUN WAY. THE GAMES WERE REALLY GOOD TOO. MY FAVOURITE WAS STUCK IN THE MUD” Hannah, Year 3 pupil

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delivering Rugby and have since moved on to Cricket and Athletics. We are running camps this summer for 7 to 14-year-olds to give them more opportunities to love and enjoy their sport. We’ll work on skills like running, throwing, catching, evasion all through games and activities that develop teamwork and communication skills. We can also help extend your school’s sports participation, encourage healthy lifestyles, build self-confidence through teamwork and play, and ultimately develop a lifelong love of sport. Our schools’ programme gives you access to high quality, PE and rugby coaching that can either complement existing activity or be an addition to the school day.

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Wednesday will be cricket day., Thursday rugby and Friday athletics. Every afternoon we will finish with a fun competitive opportunity for the children to try out what they have learned that day. wimbledoninthecommunity.com/ book-a-camp/

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Summer CAMP FUN From day-time fun to an adventure week in the beautiful British countryside, summer camps offer kids (and parents) time off. Here’s our pick of providers Wo r d s R A C H E L W E B B

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hile summer camp is a North American institution, here in the UK we’ve been somewhat slower on the uptake. But camp offers fun and adventure for children as young as three – manna for busy working parents and those who want their children to get more out of their summer or Easter break. The best camps offer structure and experienced leaders who guide children but also let them have fun. While high-adrenalin fun and games are usually the order of the day, we’ve included a couple of specialist providers for children who want to get creative.

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he emphasis at Activate Camps is on high-energy sports and activities that get children trying new things and the team here have lots of expertise, having delivered camps for over a decade. Camps take place across England, and with excellent locations across the south-east in well equipped locations such as Berkhamsted School, Dulwich College, Merchant Taylors’ School, Sevenoaks and St George’s College, Weybridge. Not all activities are available at all schools, so check by location and activity programme.

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What’s special? For younger children (aged 5 plus), the Multi-Activity Camps offer themed activities, including sport and nature, and with ‘pick and mix’ options from T-shirt designing to treasure hunts and crazy Olympics. Sports-mad kids will love the sports-themed camps, including Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy, Pro:Direct Soccer Academy, Ultimate Lacrosse Experience and Louis Smith Gymnastics Experience. The new Netball Fever course is customdesigned by Tamsin Greenway. Sports stars are all part of the experience and, for instance, every Cricket Academy includes a visit from a current or past pro cricketer. Age range: 5-16 Good to know: Camps typically run from three to five days and are non residential, with discounts for multiple weeks or siblings. Early drop-off and late collection is available at some camps. Children take their own packed lunches, with careful supervision to ensure they stay fed and watered. activatecamps.co.uk

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his London and Home Counties specialist has been running school holiday camps for over 35 years and its flexibility is one of the big draws for busy working parents, with daycare and fun built in. Locations are conveniently spread, and include Mill Hill School, Godolphin & Latymer in

Hammersmith, Ursuline Prep School in Wimbledon and Halstead Prep in Woking. Croydon High School has been added to the camp locations for this year. What’s special? Playtime Camp (3-4 years) is a paced blend of lively and focused activities, from cheerleading and adventure playground to mask making, biscuit decorating and collage. You’ll also find crowd-pleasing karaoke, drama, dance and bouncy castle. Move on up to Mania (8-11) and kids can try their hand at archery, climbing, badminton, tag rugby and water polo. Not all activities are available at all camps, but enough variety is built in to appeal to their passions and widen horizons. All camps offer age-appropriate extra options – from immersive crafts workshops to horse riding and motorsports. Age range: 3-16 Good to know: Camps are very flexible, with everything from one-day to weeklong or multiple week passes. Extended days can be booked at most camps. You can pre-book a lunch or send your child in with a packed lunch. All children have at least six activities a day, all logged in their personal timetable. While it’s dressed up as fun, they do sneak in mind-expanding options such as 3D modelling. And, a real child pleaser, you have the option of an escorted day trip to Go Ape in some camps in 2018. campbeaumont.co.uk

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parks summer shoot camps are a week-long movie-making spectacular designed to let children as young as four get behind the camera and create a blockbuster. The workshops are held in six London locations, from Highgate to Balham, with an additional film centre in Weybridge. Not every age group is catered for in each location. What’s special? Varying levels of experience are welcomed and children get a chance to try out different creative and technical roles and responsibilities. There is a high staff-to-student ratio and each summer a new theme for the film. Sparks operates a ‘studio system’ to challenge more experienced filmmakers and encourage their talent. At the end of the week there’s a Cast & Crew preview screening before the final red-carpet premiere in September. Films are distributed to proud parents for home viewing and sharing afterwards.

Age range: 4-18 Good to know: Sparks runs age-tiered term-time Saturday courses and afterschool clubs too, so the summer camp is a great way to ignite children’s interest. The experienced team argue that filmmaking builds a wide range of skills – from teamwork and problem solving to storytelling and visual literacy. They have been running movie-making courses since 2010 and have published a book with Quarto to inspire young filmmakers. sparks-ignite.com

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elebrating its 30th birthday this year, Stagecoach is well known for its weekly music, dance and drama classes and its motto of building ‘creative courage for life’ is going strong. Holiday workshops give children as young as four the opportunity to take to the stage. This is high-energy stuff of a different

order, as children have a week to put on a show – making friends along the way – and with no previous experience required. You’ll find workshops across London in some lovely locations such as Alleyn’s School, Dulwich and King’s College School, Wimbledon. What’s special? For children already plotting their conquest of the West End this is heaven. But even if your child is not a thespian or dancer in the making, this is a highly active and productive workshop. Don’t expect Ibsen – Legally Blonde The Musical and Trolls are among the summer productions promised in 2018 . This year’s birthday will be marked by lots of events, including a Guinness World Record attempt in July when Stagecoachers around the world will stage a simultaneous performance of Beauty and the Beast Junior. Age range: 4-18 Good to know: Stagecoach operates a franchise system, and each school is led by a professional principal and team. stagecoach.co.uk A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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CHASING THE SUN MARIGOT BAY RESORT We get a taste of island life on a relaxing and rum-filled escape to Marigot Bay Resort and one of St Lucia's most enticing marinas. marigotbayresort.com stlucia.org

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“A bottle of rum and a devilishly moorish ginger cake are waiting for us in our rooms as we arrive; both do wonders to remedy jet-lag”

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REIGN Marigot Bay Resort is the jewel in St Lucia’s crown of luxury hideaways. Absolutely discovers it on a restful and slightly rainy escape to the Caribbean’s most verdant island By HELEN BROWN

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t’s April and it’s sweltering in the UK. An unexpected, headline-making, sweat-breaking heatwave is causing havoc on London’s public transport and sales of Calippo are skyrocketing. So you can imagine my dismay to touch down in St Lucia beneath a thunderous sky and drizzle. Well, you win some, you lose some. So as my jetlag addled brain navigates the puddles on the concourse, I focus on the positives. 1. A relatively short transfer to base-camp for the week which, 2. is the exceedingly luxurious Marigot Bay Resort. Such is the first benefit that in under two hours I have a Marigot signature rum cocktail in hand. Welcome to the Caribbean. Almost every inch of St Lucia is covered with rainforest: large prehistoric-looking fern trees, sturdy vines and gangly palms line the roads, which – I might add – are tortuous. It takes one hell of a confident driver to manoeuvre the twists, turns and gradients of the coastal road. But it does afford spectacular views across the sea. Our driver very thoughtfully makes a number of stops along the way so that we can get out and snap particularly beautiful vistas. St Lucia certainly is blessed by nature. Five miles south of the capital Castries, Marigot Bay is an uber-chic—yet laid-back—villa resort climbing the hillside above one of the Caribbean's most beautiful bays. It also overlooks a marina filled with fabulous megayachts. So the view is incomparable. Add unbeatable accommodation,

excellent dining, personalised service, a fabulous spa, two pools and…well, you’ll be hooked. You might even consider chartering your own yacht in the marina. But why do that when the rooms here are an utter delight? Each is finished beautifully with dark wood furniture, creamy upholstery accented with colorful cushions, a comfy bed with pillow-top mattress and hardwood flooring. Suites have a separate living and dining room with a sofa bed, Bose sound system and open-plan kitchen that comes fully equipped with anything and everything you could possibly need—there's even a washer and dryer. A bottle of rum and a devilishly moorish and locally-produced ginger cake are waiting for us in our rooms as we arrive; both do wonders to remedy jet-lag. Each day brings a new treat, all local to the region and just as tasty as the first. One could certainly get used to this. Ground floor suites come with their own private outdoor hot tub while second and third floor suites have a spectacular view of Marigot Bay itself. I still can’t decide which is better but I will say that waking up to that sparkling view - especially when the sun does eventually peek its head from behind the clouds - never gets old. Foodies will be in raptures over Marigot’s culinary offering which compiles a variety of dining options, overseen by Executive Head Chef Billy Boyle. The Grill at 14°61° showcases modern Caribbean fare at its finest with A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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a menu of seasonal dishes and quality local ingredients. Here is where guests can go all out with a private dining experience - highly recommended. Our first meal is served in a private room just off the main restaurant where we are free to be our raucous and rowdy selves, we are spoiled with a magical al fresco table on the terrace for our would-be last meal at Marigot, and settle into the main restaurant of 14°61° for an unanticipated final feast when our flight home is delayed. Each is a triumph. Access to one of the Caribbean’s toniest marinas means you’re likely to rub shoulders with some pretty world-class mariners; don’t forget to pack a few pieces of finery for dinner.

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The pool bar and Brut Bar soon become favourites for al fresco drinking and dining. Sushi, Caesar salad, cocktails and fresh coconut water (served in the coconut shell, naturally) become daily occurrences. The pool bar also serves as a very convenient shelter from the occasional monsoon and so we while away many an afternoon slurping rum cocktails and spoiling in the hospitality of the charming bar staff. When all that pool-lounging gets too much, an hour-or-so’s drive back along those twisting roads (a light breakfast is advised) will take you to Rainforest Adventures where you can throw yourself from the treetops in a white-knuckle zip-lining experience. It’s not actually that terrifying, but it is a brilliant way to explore St Lucia's densely packed green spaces. After a quick tutorial I am strapped into an especially unflattering harness, (complete with helmet and hairnet), before joining a queue of nervous-looking punters. There is a series of lines to complete and I'm relieved to make it down the first without snapping the line or getting struck in the face by a wayward gecko. By the end, even the most acrophobic will have eased in and will enjoy soaring through the canopies. MARIGOT BAY SUITE WITH PRIVATE HOT TUB

“I am relieved to make it down without snapping the line or getting struck in the face by a wayward gecko” Back at the resort, a night at The Rum Cave is just what the doctor ordered to settle any remaining tree-top jitters. At this hidden delight, guests get an education in, you guessed it, rum - Caribbean and otherwise - from Marigot’s cheeky and charming head barman. From the sugar cane plantations to the exotic bottles it’s served in, we spend an evening discovering the ins and outs of making this most essential of island spirits. And of course, there is plenty of opportunity to sample. A variety of rum tasters are served alongside a selection of nibbles to keep those sailor’s legs steady. With resplendent views and unmatched hospitality, Marigot Bay Resort is a dream destination for anyone looking for a little R&R and a luxurious taste of St Lucian living. The view across the bay is the stuff of postcards, especially when the glorious Caribbean sun is shining, which, more often than not, it is. Unfortunate as I was not to bring the British sunshine away with me, my stay at Marigot Bay Resort is idyllic. Come rain or shine, this venue delivers in bucketloads.

M A R I G OT B AY R E S O R T & M A R I N A Marigot Bay Resort & Marina offers a bay view 1 bedroom suite for 2 from £696 on a room only basis. Flights from London to St Lucia are available direct with British Airways. For more information on St Lucia visit stlucia.org . Lounge access provided by dragonpass.com and No1 Lounges. marigotbayresort.com

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his imposing Grade IIlisted redbrick Victorian building sits in an isolated spot at the top of Newquay’s Fistral Beach, looming over the landscape. There’s something very cinematic about it, and this was fully exploited by Nicolas Roeg, who filmed much of his 1987 version of Roald Dahl’s The Witches here. The building and its remote-looking location (in fact, central Newquay is a few minutes’ walk away) play an important role in the film. Today, while the interiors have been updated, they retain the grand scale and of course the sea views that dominate virtually every room. An intriguing if slightly spooky scale model of the building in lego takes over one of the grand landings. We feel that Wes Anderson would love it here.

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istral Beach is a surfer’s paradise. We wake up to see eager surfers taking to the waves at the crack of dawn: it’s a vast stretch of sand with endless crashing waves. The hotel can arrange surfing lessons; it also has a spa that’s one of the best in the region. Its two restaurants are high – Samphire is formal with a pianist, silver service and a two rosettes while The Terrace is more relaxed.

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“Impressive sea views dominate virtually every room”

THE HEADLAND, NEWQUAY CORNWALL An impressive Victorian hotel located at the top of beautiful Fistral Beach By PENDLE HARTE

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t wasn’t until we’d been parents for a year or so that we learned how to ‘do’ family holidays properly. Before our first child arrived, any worries about future travel plans centred on flights – would our daughterto-be scream and annoy fellow passengers? Would she wriggle and fight to be free of our laps? In the event, we still travelled a lot in her first year, and the flights were rarely a big deal. Even a long-haul trip to LA with a newly walking thirteen month-old – eager to toddle up and down the aisle for the full 11 hours – was, ultimately, bearable. By that time, of course, we’d figured out the real key to holiday happiness when you have little ones in tow: the right accommodation. Our first trips during the summer following our daughter’s birth were shorter hops to Marseille and Provence, where we (naively) stayed in small hotels highly regarded for their luxurious amenities and air of stately repose. That is, until we

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pitched up with a nap-hating six monthold already possessed of a firm grasp on the power of a well-timed shriek. We felt terrible every time she cried or complained, and resolved to do things differently in future – from that point forward, it would be private lets all the way. When our second daughter arrived, shortly before our first turned two, it cemented our certainty – which was why we found ourselves enlisting the help of the experts at The Thinking Traveller when planning our next family holiday. We wanted a destination that was conveniently accessible, naturally beautiful, blessed with an air of authenticity and – importantly – that offered a choice of private accommodation that didn’t compromise on design or comfort. Our consultant’s answer was immediate: Puglia, the southern Italian region famed for sprawling olive groves, white hilltop towns, tumbledown walls of creamy stone and magnificent beaches. Happily, Puglia is also blessed with a large number of new

and historic villas, masseria and trulli, built or renovated to the highest standards – and often with family life in mind. Heedful of our love of contemporary architecture, the Thinking Traveller recommended Montaltini, a modern property close to the coastal town of Monopoli, designed by Luca Zanaroli Architects. An elegant L-shaped building comprised of two old-stone wings joined by a black cubic lodge, Montaltini features four spacious double bedrooms as well as a separate guesthouse in the form of a traditional, cone-roofed trullo. Set in gardens scattered with centuries-old olive trees, the house is framed by cacti-bearing gravel beds, a pale concrete terrace and an infinity pool surrounded by sun-bleached decking. We fell in love with the photos and were even more impressed by the real thing: only an hour’s drive from both Bari and Brindisi airports, situated along a dusty gravel track among almond trees laden with fruit – extremely well-connected yet with a pleasing sense of privacy and calm. The villa was also ideal for our children, then aged eight months and 2 and a half: large enough for our elder daughter to explore and enjoy a little freedom; small enough that we could always keep an eye on her. Her sister, not quite crawling yet, enjoyed playing at the pool’s edge under the shade of the olives while the adults enjoyed long meals prepared in the outdoor kitchen and eaten at the huge al fresco dining table. The villa, which sleeps ten adults, was the perfect size for two or three couples or small families to share; we had an entire wing to ourselves while friends took the remaining rooms. The bathrooms were fit for a luxury spa, while the designer furniture (much of it with a Seventies Milanese vibe redolent of Luca Guadagnino’s movie I Am Love) proved

remarkably resilient to all the rough and tumble an excited toddler could throw at it. The languid September days were spent lazing beside the pool or visiting local towns including picturesque Alberobello, famed for its winding streets and central huddle of white trulli, and Monopoli, with its imposing historic centre serenely overlooking the bluest sea. The beaches - even those close to town centres, are still possessed of a ‘golden age’ charm (think The Talented Mr. Ripley) and there are several large coastal nature reserves within an hour or two’s drive for those seeking a little more ruggedness or isolation. A highlight of our trip was a four-course meal at the villa, provided by two local cooks with a definite flair for Puglian classics: unforgettable pasta and irresistible tiramisu. But while the food was superb, the villa itself was ever the star of the show: its clean, geometric lines and minimalist sophistication ingeniously integrated into the surrounding landscape. Indeed, the house and garden became a frame through which to look out onto the timeless country beyond, and we loved showering al fresco in the pool showers, out of sight below the garden, looking out across the groves as the rosy glow of dawn gave way to another blazing morning. Later we would sit out together beside the pool, the children playing as we watched the sun fall and the moon come up behind the twin cones of the trullo. There is a traditional Puglianese tongue-twister that runs, ‘Si ce n’amma scì, sciammu’ncinn. Si nun ce n’amma scì, nun ce ne sciàm scénn’. It means: ‘If we have to go, let’s go. If we don’t have to go, let’s stay.’ Alas, we couldn’t stay at Montaltini forever. But we’ll definitely be going back. Villa Montaltini is available to book through thethinkingtraveller.com Prices start at £4,032 per week. A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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ith five double bedrooms and more than 2,000 square feet of space, this is one of the largest and lightest lateral homes available in Battersea. This park-facing, top floor flat with lift access has been newly refurbished to an exceptionally high standard. A truly unique property, situated in a popular mansion building overlooking Battersea Park.

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BIFOLDING DOORS OPEN OUT TO A LARGE DECKED ROOF TERRACE WITH PANAORAMIC VIEWS OF THE LONDON SKYLINE

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Guide price £3,250,000

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Located on the much sought after "Toast Rack" offering unbroken views across Wandsworth Common. Dorlcote Road is a quiet no through road ideally situated on the doorstep of Wandsworth Common.

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range of floor-to-ceiling cupboards and handle-less units. Complete with fully integrated modern appliances and a large central island/breakfast bar, the kitchen is ideal for entertaining all year round. The property also benefits from a downstairs cloakroom with plenty of storage space. The lower ground floor offers flexible accommodation and entertainment with a large cinema/media room, a fully fitted utility room/kitchenette and a shower room. This makes the lower ground floor ideal accomodaton for an au pair, nanny, or guest. On the upper floor, there is a

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luxurious master suite with fully-fitted dressing rooms and a deluxe en suite bathroom which incorporates a stand-alone bath and a frameless glass shower. The guest double bedroom is located to the rear and comes complete with a stylish shower room. The top floor has an additional three spacious double bedrooms and two exquisite bathrooms. For more information on our properties contact Knight Frank Wandsworth on 020 3797 2029 or Sam.sproston@knightfrank.com or visit knightfrank.co.uk

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DISCOVERY HOUSE FINAL PHASE OF BATTERSEA REACH NOW LAUNCHED Battersea Reach is an award-winning development situated on the banks of the River Thames. With excellent transpor t links into the City and a host of on-site facilities and amenities, this thriving community is the perfect place to enjoy London riverside living. A selection of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apar tments available. Prices from ÂŁ680,000* Call now for further information or to arrange your private appointment 020 3797 2105 or email batterseareachsales@stgeorgeplc.com Battersea Reach Marketing Suite and Show Apartments: Unit 3 KingďŹ sher House, Juniper Drive, Wandsworth, London SW18 1TX www.batterseareach.com Proud to be a member of the Berkeley Group of companies

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