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H E A LT H & B E AU T Y 63 BEAUTY CONFIDENTIAL

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65 PASTEL BRIGHTS

10 things we’re coveting this month

Diary dates for May

18 MARY QUANT The V&A's new exhibition

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INTERIORS 74 INTERIOR INSPIRATIONS

FOOD & DRINK 28 KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL

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72 COLOUR CONFIDENCE Give your home a colourful update

News from the industry

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80 LUCINDA SANFORD Inside the designer's stylish home

FA S H I O N 48 PYJAMA PARTY

T R AV E L 118 CARIBBEAN DREAM

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e're feeling very colourful this month. Of course it's May, which marks the beginning of our increasingly early summers – and the start of the Chelsea Flower Show brings an entirely new palette to our city. We have spent a lot of time thinking and talking about colour in our homes this month – the stylish Zoe Anderson, of WA Green boutique, is of the opinion that we don't use it enough. She is a devotee of bright shades and her shop stocks a diverse array of colourful objects and curiousities, while her own home is a courageous mix of bright shades, different textures and contrasting styles. Also a fan of colour is interior designer Lucinda Sanford, whose living room is painted an unusual glossy red, which she admits was a brave move. And in fashion, we look at the V&A's impressive new Mary Quant exhibition, all brightly coloured tights and 1960s optimism, as well as at Yolke's beautifully crafted patterned pyjamas, which are too fabulous to be slept in. And of course there's our annual weddings special too. We hope you enjoy the issue.

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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

T H E AT R E

All My Sons

Ongoing OLD VIC Joe and Kate Keller are a success story. They have built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business. Nothing lasts forever though, their contented lives, already shadowed by the loss of their eldest boy to war, are about to shatter. Long buried truths are forced to the surface and the price of their American dream is laid bare. Jeremy Herrin directs double Oscar-winner Sally Field (Lincoln) and Bill Pullman (The Sinner) in Arthur Miller’s blistering drama. The Cut, SE1; oldvictheatre.com

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OUT OF WATER F RO M 27 A P R I L • O RA NGE TREE THEATRE

Claire and Kit have moved from the confines of London to the wide open coasts of South Shields. To be nearer family, to be nearer the sea, to put down roots. To have a baby. Claire’s new job at the local school is a step up, and she wants to make a real difference, but she soon discovers that she has as much to learn from her students as they have from her. 1 Clarence Street, Richmond, TW9; orangetreethteatre.co.uk

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Taking Liberties

28 May B R E A D & R O S E S T H E AT R E Taking Liberties is a comedy charting the life of Amy as she tires to reconnect with her brother after years in care. From losing her job at Morrison’s to a baked beanfilled paddling pool, there’s never a dull moment with Amy, but can she move away from past mistakes and forge a lasting relationship with her brother? 68 Clapham Manor Street, SW4; breadandrosestheatre.co.uk

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CULTURE • TALKING TOPICS

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P H OTO LO N D O N 16-19 May SOMERSET HOUSE Discover the very best of the past, present and future of photography as Photo London returns with close to 100 of the world’s leading galleries and artists, from established masters to rising stars. See a special exhibition from Stephen Shore, Photo London’s 2019 Master of Photography, as well as exhibitions from the likes of Roger Fenton, Vivian Maier and Gavin Turk. Strand, WC2R; somersethouse.org.uk

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LONDON CRAFT WEEK 8-12 May VA R I O U S L O C AT I O N S Back for a fourth year, London Craft Week celebrates outstanding British and international creativity with over 240 established and emerging makers, designers, brands and galleries from around the world. londoncraftweek.com

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CLASS

This Month’s Must See

From 7 May B U S H T H E AT R E Jayden is nine years old and struggling - or so his teachers say. Mr McCafferty thinks Jayden should see a psychologist but mum, Donna and dad, Brian, never liked school, never like teachers. So should they trust this one? Class is a hugely entertaining and emotionally-loaded observation of society through the prism of a parent-teacher relationship. 7 Uxbridge Road, Shepherd’s Bush, W12; bushtheatre.co.uk

E X HI B I TI ON

WALLACE & GROMIT’S MUSICAL MARVELS

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 Join everyone’s favourite dynamic duo as Wallace prepares to perform his musical masterpiece with help from his faithful canine companion, Gromit. This interactive experience features specially created animations as well as live orchestral accompaniment and the chance to try your hand at making your very own Gromit in a model making workshop Silk Street, EC2Y; barbican.org

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bout to be fired from her cleaning job for stealing a volume of Euripides, Jude turns her employer’s outrage to shock by translating the ancient Greek on the spot. The employer, a Classics teacher, knows great talent when she sees it and the encounter kick-starts Jude's lifelong ambition to study at Oxford University. Eton Avenue, NW3; hampsteadtheatre.com

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MUSEUMS AT NIGHT 15-18 May VA R I O U S L O C AT I O N S This month sees venues across London and the UK open their doors for an exciting series of evening events and spectacular night-time displays. The latest offering includes unmissable after dark exhibitions from the the Fashion and Textile Museum and Cutty Sark. museumsatnight.org.uk

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Quant quickly became the woman that made fashion less exclusive and more accessible

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uring the years between 1955 and 1975, Mary Quant revolutionised the high street, harnessing the youthful spirit of the sixties and new mass production techniques to create a new look for women. Quant personified the energy and fun of swinging London and was a powerful role model for the working woman. Challenging conventions, she popularised the miniskirt, colourful tights, and tailored trousers, encouraging a new age of feminism. The mini skirt would go on to become an icon of the time and spark a new creative scene in London and beyond. Receiving unprecedented access to Dame Mary Quant’s Archive, as well as drawing on the V&A’s extensive fashion holdings, which include the largest

public collection of Quant garments in the world, the show brings together more than 120 garments, accessories, cosmetics, sketches and photographs, the majority of which have never been on display before. In June 2018, the museum launched a call-out to the public to track down rare Quant garments from wardrobes around the country, and received more than 800 responses. From these, curators selected 35 objects from 30 individuals alongside personal stories and photographs of the women wearing their beloved Quant clothes. These objects and stories transformed the exhibition narrative, including a very early and unlabelled blouse, a hat sold at Bazaar and colourful PVC raincoats. Quant’s designs, often based on schoolgirl pinafores or masculine tailoring, brought an entertaining slant to fashion, soon noticed by fashion editors and A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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CULTURE • FASHION FASHION MODEL IKA POSING WITH MARY QUANT'S NEW COLLECTION OF SHOES, 6 APRIL 1972 © ROGER JACKSON/ CENTRAL PRESS /GETTY IMAGES

Mary Quant overturned the dominance of luxury couture from Paris

MARY QUANT SELECTING FABRIC, 1967 © ROLLS PRESS/POPPERFOTO/GETTY IMAGE

newspaper journalists in the burgeoning media of the day. Inspiring young women to rebel against traditional dress worn by their mothers and grandmothers, Quant’s tiny boutique on the King’s Road grew into a wholesale brand available in department stores across the UK. Her success soon hit America, where her designs were made for chain stores and mail-order companies. Quant quickly became the woman that made fashion less exclusive and more accessible to a new generation. Ahead of her time in marketing and promotion, Quant was the embodiment of the label. Her distinctive, photogenic style, playful energy and revolutionary approach made her the ultimate ambassador for the brand. The exhibition looks at her collaborations with manufacturers, diversifying into underwear, hosiery and cosmetics, all made to her designs, and packaged with her distinctive daisy logo. Jenny Lister, co-curator, said: “Mary Quant transformed the fashion system, overturning the dominance of luxury couture from Paris. She dressed the liberated woman, freed from rules and regulations, and from dressing like their mothers. This longoverdue exhibition will show how Mary Quant’s brand connected with her customers, how she made designer fashion affordable for working women, and how her youthful, revolutionary clothes, inspired by London’s creative scene, made British street style the global influence it remains today.” Dame Mary Quant said: “We didn’t necessarily realise that what we were creating was pioneering, we were simply too busy relishing all the opportunities and embracing the results before rushing on to the next challenge. Friends have been extremely generous

in loaning, and in many cases, donating garments and accessories to the V&A which they have lovingly cherished for many years.” From small boutique to international label, Quant revolutionised British fashion with energy, flair and rebellion. This exhibition provides an unrivalled insight into the career of one of Britain’s most revolutionary and important fashion designers.

MARY QUANT AND MODELS AT THE QUANT AFOOT FOOTWEAR COLLECTION LAUNCH, 1967 © PA PRINTS 2008

MARY QUANT continues at the V&A until 16 February 2020 vam.ac.uk/maryquant

MODEL HOLDING A BAZAAR BAG C.1959 © MARY QUANT ARCHIVE

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ROUND UP

Best in SHOW Get the most out of London’s theatre scene with our top stage picks for the month By H E L E N B R O W N

CULTURE • THEATRE

Rutherford and Son Ongoing

LY T TELTON THEATRE

Roger Allam (Les Misérables) returns to the National for the first time in a decade to play Rutherford in this new production that takes a piercing look at power and family. In a Northern industrial town, John Rutherford rules both factory and family with an iron will. But even as the furnaces burn relentlessly at the Glassworks, at home his children begin to turn against him. Rutherford and Son is an astonishing play by Githa Sowerby, inspired by her own experience of growing up in a family-run factory in Gateshead. National Theatre, Upper Ground, SE1; nationaltheatre.org

Death of a Salesman From 1 May YOUNG VIC

Following her award-winning success for Company and Angels in America, Marianne Elliott directs Death of a Salesman, bringing a unique vision to one of the greatest plays of the twentieth century. Wendell Pierce (The Wire, Suits) makes his UK stage debut as Willy Loman, with Olivier Award-winning Sharon D. Clarke as Linda Loman. 66 The Cut, Waterloo, SE1; youngvic.org

Come From Away Ongoing

PHOENIX THEATRE

Discover the remarkable true story of a small town that welcomed the world with the UK premiere of Come From Away. Nominated for nine Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical, this joyous production shares the incredible real-life story of the 7,000 air passengers who were grounded in Canada during the wake of 9/11, and the small Newfoundland community that invited them into their lives. Charing Cross Road, WC2H; comefromaway.com

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Fiddler on the Roof Ongoing

PLAYHOUSE THEATRE

Straight from its sold-out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Fiddler on the Roof transfers to the West End, with the Tony and Olivier award-winning Trevor Nunn in the director’s chair. Old traditions and young love collide in this exuberant and timely celebration of life. Expect the iconic score and Jerome Robbins’ original Tony award-winning choreography. Northumberland Avenue, Charing Cross, WC2N; fiddlerwestend.com

Our Town From 16 May

REGENT ’S PARK OPEN AIR THEATRE

As day breaks on another ordinary day, the townsfolk of Grover’s Corners go about their business; newspapers are delivered, people go to work, gardens are tended to and a boy and girl fall in love. Birth, marriage, death and everything in between; as life events unfold and a community comes together, Our Town questions "do any human beings ever realise life as they live it? Every, every minute?” Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning play celebrates what it means to be human and the bonds that unite us all. Regent’s Park, NW1; openairtheatre.com

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

OUR TOWN

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TOP GIRLS A new production of Caryl Churchill’s feminist fantasy at the Lyttleton By PENDLE HARTE

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irst performed in 1982, Caryl Churchill’s much-loved feminist play comes to the National in a new, all-female production directed by Lyndsey Turner. It’s at once funny and political, naturalistic and fantastic, touching and raw in its story of women, work and family, very much of its time. In 2019, Top Girls reads as a play about the 1980s, the decade that brought the UK its first female prime minister and saw the world of women’s work broadening beyond recognition in comparison with previous generations. These previous generations are a focus of the play’s famous fantasy dinner party scene. The scene opens in a restaurant, where 1980s career girl Marlene – all

shoulderpads and big hair – is celebrating her promotion to managing director of a recruitment agency with some carefully chosen guests. There’s 19th century explorer Isabella Bird, 13th century Japanese concubine Lady Nijo, ninth century Pope Joan, Bruegel’s Dull Gret as depicted in 1561 and Patient Griselda from Boccaccio’s Decameron. All women with wildly differing lives, from different periods in history and without anything in common, yet they comfortably share stories, talking over each other in their eagerness and increasing inebriation. There’s a hilarious moment when Pope Joan recalls giving birth during a papal procession, revealing her to be a woman and resulting in her being stoned to death. Top Girls is traditionally played with just seven actors, each doubling up, but this

In 2019, Top Girls reads as a play about the 1980s production casts an extravagant 18 people, and the stage is larger than the play is used to. Four entirely separate scenes make an unusual formula, and after a late interval, the final scene sees Marlene return to her provincial home, where her sister’s life hasn’t benefited from what for Marlene are the freedoms afforded to women by the world of work. Her daughter Angie – revealed to be in fact Marlene’s abandoned baby – is eager, as Marlene was, for a London life, but opportunities, as the play highlights, are never equal. Welcome to the 1980s.

VERDICT

Funny, touching and clever ★★★★★ CARYL CHURCHILL'S TO P G I R L S UNTIL 20 JULY,

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GRAPE news Wine recommendations for the month

TASTING NOTES

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

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2017 Château Fontarèche, Corbières Blanc Vieilles Vignes  £10 This vibrant, fleshy white has lots of fresh acidity despite its warm southern origin. The nose shows peach, sherbet and blossom, while the palate moves to more generous stone-fruit with hints of citrus and a clean, slightly honeyed, finish.

2016 Petalos, Descendientes de J Palacios, Bierzo, Spain  £18.50 Pétalos is produced from 60-year-old vines, deep ruby in colour, its nose displays generous notes of red and black fruits, lifted by hints of violet and wild herbs. There is a minerality and hint of graphite which creates a velvet-like finish..

2017 Flint Vineyard, Charmat Rosé, Norfolk, England  £22.99 Deep pink, this wine has fine aromas of forest fruits and cherry blossom. A proportion of the base wine is barrelaged for four months. The palate bursts with juicy cassis and wild raspberry. Natural acidity makes this a perfect apéritif. BERRY BROS. & RUDD Berry Bros. & Rudd is Britain's oldest wine and spirit merchant, having traded from the same shop since 1698. Today the company also has offices in Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong, a Wine School and an exclusive fine wine and dining venue in St James's.

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It’s Pleat opened its first café in Stockholm in 2017. Now, Regent Street welcomes the eatery to the new H&M HOME concept store. It’s a colourful, quirky space offering perfectly balanced lunches and yummy sweet treats. By focusing on the feel-good factor, It’s Pleat inspires consumers to make well-balanced choices without dictating do’s and don’ts. 208 Regent Street, W1B pleat.com

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Mimosa Monday

Allpress started roasting coffee on Redchurch Street in 2010. Now their London roastery is in a beautiful old joiner’s factory in Dalston. Their work there is designed to be seen, from loading the green bean silos to hand packing their blends, every stage of the process is on show. uk.allpressespresso.com

DRINK UP WINE WEEK

From 13 until 19 May, London celebrates Wine Week, Drinkup. London’s summer festival which takes place across the city. From pop-up wine bars to al fresco parties, decadent dinners and tutored tastings. The hub of the festival is a (hopefully) sun-drenched garden of food vendors and live music in London Bridge’s drinkup.london

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For those midweek moments when eggs on toast won’t quite cut it, West Hampstead’s neighbourhood favourite has launchd a week-long bottomless brunch menu. Monday morning Mimosa, anyone? 238 West End Lane, Hampstead NW6 hamwesthampstead.com

CA R AVA N The Caravan roastery is set within a grade II listed Victorian Grain Store in King’s Cross. With soft industrial styling and an open plan design, visitors can feel part of the process. Caravan sources green coffee from single farms across the world, where the focus is on sustainability and fair relationships with farmers. caravancoffeeroasters.co.uk

ART ATTACK THE NATIONAL DINING ROOMS

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This Grade II listed building has had a generous makeover. Exuding charm and character with botanical touches and original features its restaurant is bathed natural night. The menu takes inspiration from the kitchen gardens of nearby Hampton Court Palace with seasonally-changing dishes bursting with the very best of British ingredients. 19 Park Road, Teddington, TW11 parkhotelteddington.com

The Kiwi-owned company, Ozone, has its coffee roastery in Shoreditch and it is a popular coffee and dining spot for city workers. The basement space is where you'll find their roastery and the promise of seats for dining when upstairs if full, which is most of the time since Ozone take their food as seriously as they do their coffee. ozonecoffee.co.uk

Inspiring art commands inspiring food, so head to the National Gallery for an Iberian feast of the senses. Until 7 July, the Dining Rooms and Cafe are celebrating the ‘Sorolla: Master of Light’ exhibition with a limited-edition Spanish menu. 62 Trafalgar Square, WC2H peytonandbyrne.co.uk A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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So crispy you can eat them heads-and-all, dipped in the verdant, smooth avocado sauce

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FOOD Organic produce and Scottish seafood

Jackson Boxer’s highly anticipated third restaurant has arrived in Notting Hill

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rosay is the name of the Outer Hebridean island frequented by a young Jackson Boxer and family. Since then, the chef-restaurateur has taken the capital by storm. First with the critically acclaimed Brunswick House in Vauxhall, then with St Leonard’s in Shoreditch. Spelled with an a, Orasay is the name of both Jackson Boxer’s daughter and his and Andrew Clarke’s most recent culinary venture. One of his chefs blames Boxer’s dyslexia for the variation on spelling. We arrive on

one of the first properly warm days of the year, to a small, bright restaurant on Kensington Park Road with walls adorned with art by Jackson Boxer’s mother, Kate Boxer. The kitchen uses produce (salad leaves, vegetables, honey, and eggs) from Boxer’s organic family farm in Sussex. Orasay boasts a 60-bin wine list, and there are seven on tap, four white and three red, mostly French. I’m with my mother and we’re both excited by the seafood-heavy menu, so we go for a humble glass of the viognier. Of the starters, our favourite is the fried shrimp which are small and so crispy you can eat them heads-

DECOR Minimal and elegant

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and-all, dipped in the verdant green, smooth avocado sauce. Also very good is the scallop starter, served in a shell and sprinkled with tiny tasty shiitake mushrooms. Next up is the Orasay version of burrata: creamy buffalo curd, sweet grilled onions and the only nut I’ve seen on plates of late: hazelnut. It’s an attractive plate of food, slightly messy on the plate but with bright colours, the unusual but lovely taste of burnt honey speaks the loudest. We eat it all. The salad of courgette and artichoke with grated sheep’s cheese isn’t bad, but pales in comparison to the grilled tropea which is brilliantly crispy, a meaty piece of fish, big enough to share if you’re going all out on salads and starters like us. We get pudding although it’s somewhat unnecessary because we’re feeling well-fed already. It’s a generous pile of pastry and cream - a millefeuille of sorts. Pretty but slightly too sweet for our liking. All in all, we leave satisfied and in high spirits, wishing the restaurant the best of luck. O R A S AY 31 Kensington Park Road, W11

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What to drink and how to drink it

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THREE OF THE BEST CHAMPAGNES B y T H E C H A M PAG N E G U R U

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Taittinger Brut Champagne Prestige Rosé, £40 Champagne Taittinger is one of the last and largest of Houses still under family direction. This is a lively, vibrant rosé with vivid flavours of strawberry, raspberry, cherry and hints of honey marked by subtle brioche. It's perfect for fruit-based desserts, summer puddings and cheeses.

HENDRICK'S

Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice Gin can only be produced in small batches and will therefore be available for a limited time only. This bright and floral take on Hendrick’s house style makes for the perfect solstice spritz when mixed with equal parts of gin and sparkling wine, topped up with tonic and garnished with cucumber and orange. It's available at Waitrose at £35 per bottle hendricksgin.com

Champagne Paul Launois Cuvée Monochrome Blanc de Blancs, Base 2015, £40

LONG AND SLOE

Paul Launois’ refreshing Cuvée Monochrome consists of 100% Chardonnay from the Grand Cru village is bursting with aromatic tropical flavours of pinapple, guava and subtle hints of fresh white pepper.

HEPPLE

Typically considered a winter spirit, sloe gin has been revived for summer by the maverick team at Hepple. loe and Hawthorn Gin. These include the ‘Long Sloe Summer’ – a fresh and light cocktail combining gin with sherry and tonic water.

Champagne De Venoge

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NEW BOTANICALS B O M B AY S A P P H I R E

The new limited edition English Estate gin draws inspiration from the landscape around the Laverstoke Mill Distillery in Hampshire. Handcrafted by the Master Distiller, it balances the familiar citrus notes with three new botanicals: mint, rosehip and hazelnut. bombaysapphire.com

A complex, mature and vinous bouquet, buttery and light refined bubbles with hints of figs and toffee on the nose, and a delicious well-balanced fresh taste of mineral, apricot, peach, lemon grass and brioche. THE CHAMPAGNE GURU The Champagne Guru is a champagne and food pairing expert, specialising in hosting special champagne events in luxurious surroundings.

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BURRATA AND ROAST ROOT RAVE SALAD with harissa and walnut salsa Serves 4 as a starter or side, 6 as a side

INGREDIENTS 150g puy lentils; 200g fregola or giant couscous; 2 large beetroots, scrubbed; olive oil, for drizzling; 300g organic carrots, scrubbed and halved lengthways; 100g parsnips, scrubbed and halved lengthways; 4 banana shallots, peeled and halved lengthways; zest of 1 orange; 1 tsp cumin seeds; 1 tsp coriander seeds; pinch of dried chilli flakes; 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup; leaves of 3 heads of chicory; 2 large burrata; sea salt and freshly ground black pepper For the pickled beetroot 100ml cider vinegar; 5g sea salt; 30g caster sugar; ½ tsp fennel seeds; ½ tsp mustard seeds; ½ tsp coriander seeds; 1⁄2 cinnamon stick; 2 candy-striped beetroots, peeled and thinly sliced; ½ red chilli, thinly sliced (optional) For the walnut salsa 50g walnuts; 40g tinned anchovy fillets; 1 tbsp rose harissa; 1 tbsp flat-leaf parsley' 1 tbsp coriander leaves; 1 tbsp orange juice; 1 tbsp lemon juice; 100ml olive oil

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1 Cook the lentils in salted water and the fregola separately (also in salted water) until al dente, drain both and transfer to a bowl. Pour in 1 teaspoon of olive oil and fork it through so that they don’t stick together. 2 Now pickle the beetroot. Combine the vinegar, 100ml water, salt, sugar and spices (except the chilli) in a pan and bring to the boil. Place the beetroot slices and chilli in a clean heatproof jar and pour over the pickling liquor. Leave to steep. 3 Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/ gas 6. Take a piece of foil big enough to wrap the beetroots and place the whole beetroots on it. Drizzle with a little olive oil and season. Wrap the beetroots in the foil, leaving a little air between them, and place on a baking tray. In a roasting tray, combine the carrots, parsnips, shallots and orange zest, pour over a little olive oil, then scatter over the spices and drizzle over the honey or maple syrup. Season well with salt, give everything a good toss, then put that tray and the foiled beetroot tray in the oven, with the beetroot tray on the top rack.

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4 Check the parsnips and carrots after 35 minutes. They should be browned and tender with crispy edges, but not dry, while the shallots should be nicely caramelised and sticky. Roast the beetroots for 1 hour in total, until they are tender all the way through (use a skewer to check). Remove from the oven and leave until cool enough to handle, then use some kitchen paper or the back of a spoon to peel away the skin, and slice them into wedges. 5 To make the salsa, blitz the walnuts in a food processor briefly until coarsely chopped, then add the anchovies, harissa and herbs and blitz again to combine. Add the orange juice, lemon juice and olive oil. Blitz again, then taste and season with salt to taste. 6 To assemble the salad, add the chicory and herbs to the bowl of lentils and fregola, season with salt and pepper and add a splash of the beetroot pickling liquor and a little olive oil. Toss to coat, then arrange on a sharing platter. Top with the beetroots, carrots, shallots, parsnips and burrata, then dress with the salsa. Drain the beetroot from the pickling juice and scatter it; serve with extra salsa on the side.

SPRING CHICKEN AND wild garlic puff pie Serves 4 - 6

INGREDIENTS 6 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs; 500ml chicken stock; 100g frozen peas; 100g wild garlic leaves; 1 tbsp olive oil; 1 leek, washed, trimmed and cut into 1–1.5-cm slices; 40g butter; 60g plain flour; 30ml dry white wine; 1 tbsp lemon juice or white wine vinegar (optional); 2 tbsp sour cream or crème fraîche; nutmeg, for grating; a few asparagus spears, trimmed and chopped (optional); 320g puff pastry; 1 egg, beaten; sea salt and black pepper

METHOD 1 Put the chicken thighs in a saucepan and pour over the chicken stock. Cover, place over a medium heat and bring to a gentle boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down and simmer gently for 20–25 minutes, until a thigh which is pierced

yields no blood. Remove the thighs from the stock with a slotted spoon and set aside on a plate to cool. Once cool, remove the skin from the thighs, pick the chicken meat from the bone and place it in a bowl, discarding any skin or excess fat. 2 Turn the heat under the pan of stock up to high and boil until the stock has reduced by a third, then add the frozen peas and cook for a minute, followed by the wild garlic leaves. Cook for 30 seconds, then remove from the heat and pour into the bowl of a food processor. Blitz until you have a green-flecked stock – this is to make your wild garlic béchamel. 3 Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/ gas 6. Heat the olive oil in a high-sided frying pan, add the leek with some salt and pepper and sweat for about 6 minutes, until softened but not browning, then mix into the bowl with the chicken meat. Melt the butter in the same pan, then add the flour and cook for a minute or two, stirring, until it forms a thick paste (a roux) and smells nutty. 4 Pour the wine into the pan, still stirring, and cook for a couple of minutes, then gradually add the green stock, whisking constantly. Cook for about 8 minutes, stirring until you have a silky, thickened green sauce. Remove from the heat, season to taste, and sharpen with a little lemon juice or vinegar if you think it needs it. The sauce may be a little thick, but it will loosen when you stir through the sour cream. Stir in the cream or crème fraîche and season with a little grated nutmeg. If the sauce is still a little thick, thin it slightly with a splash of water or milk – it should have the consistency of thick double cream. Stir in the chicken meat and asparagus. 5 Pour the pie filling into a 23cm pie dish and allow to cool a little. Cut a circle from the puff pastry sheet a little larger than the dish and top the filling with the pastry. Use a pie bird or cut a slit in the pastry to let out steam. Crimp the edges with a fork, brush the pastry with beaten egg, top with wild garlic leaves and paint over them with egg wash. Bake for 30 minutes until the crust is puffed and golden. Serve warm with boiled Jersey Royal potatoes and a scattering of wild garlic flowers.

Wild garlic can be picked between March and June

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It will still be quite wobbly, but don't fret – it will set when cooled 3 Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/ gas 6. 4 Remove the pastry from the fridge, unwrap it (leaving it sitting on the greasproof paper) and place another piece of paper on top. Roll it out between the sheets of paper to the thickness of a pound coin (large enough to line a 23cm tart tin). Line the tart tin with the pastry, letting it overhang to allow for shrinkage, and put the lined tin in the fridge until the pastry is firm. Prick the base with a fork, line the pastry with the crumpled greaseproof paper and fill with baking beans. Blind-bake the pastry for 25 minutes, then lift out the beans and paper and return it to the oven for a further 5–8 minutes, until golden and crisp. Remove from the oven and turn it down to 170°C/150°C fan/gas 4.

APRICOT, BUTTERMILK AND HAZELNUT TART

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2 egg yolks; 75ml buttermilk; 150ml double cream pinch of salt; grated zest of ½ unwaxed lemon; 140g light muscovado sugar; 6; Poached Apricots, halved and stoned; handful of whole, skin-on hazelnuts, thickly sliced; lavender flowers, to decorate; crème fraîche, to serve

1 First, make the pastry. Put the hazelnuts in the bowl of a food processor or blender and blitz to a coarse crumb. Add the flour, butter, egg yolk, salt and sugar and blitz again, to breadcrumb consistency. Add the iced water, a tablespoon at a time, sprinkling it across the crumb and blitzing between additions until the dough clumps together. Tip the dough out into a bowl and squish it into a ball, adding a dash more water if it needs it, or a dusting of flour if it’s a little sticky. Mould it into a ball and flatten to a disc. Wrap it in greaseproof paper (rather than cling film, which makes it sweat) and leave it to rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes

For the pastry 50g skin-on hazelnuts; 200g plain flour; 125g cold unsalted butter, diced; 1 egg yolk; pinch of fine sea salt; 1 tbsp caster sugar; 1 tbsp iced water

2 To make the filling, whisk the egg yolks, buttermilk, double cream, salt, lemon zest and muscovado sugar together in a bowl to make a smooth custard. Set aside.

Serves 4 - 6

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4 Allow the pastry shell to cool for a couple of minutes then fill it with the custard. Place the apricot halves cut side down in the custard and scatter over the nuts. Bake the tart in the oven for 45 minutes, until the custard is puffed and golden. Carefully remove it from the oven – it will still be quite wobbly but don’t panic, it will set once cooled. Allow it to cool then place in the fridge to set for an hour or so. Remove it from the fridge a good hour before you want to serve it so it’s at room temperature. Garnish with lavender and serve with crème fraîche.

T H E J OY F U L H O M E C O O K Taken from The Joyful Home Cook by Rosie Birkett, HarperNonFiction; £20 rosiebirkett.com

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PA R K L I F E Pub in the Park is back, on a larger scale than ever. We caught up with Tom Kerridge to talk about Michelin stars, diets and how to get children to eat their greens. Wo r d s F LO R A T H O M A S

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om Kerridge is sitting at a grand table in one of the private dining rooms at Kerridge’s Bar and Grill, his glitzy London restaurant in the Corinthia Hotel. This year, Pub in the Park, the touring food and music festival kicks off in Kerridge’s hometown of Marlow and culminates four months (and eight venues) later in St Albans. So why has the Salisbury-born chef decided to give up a third of his year to entertain his family, friends and 18,000 other people? The answer, it appears, is simple: “It’s a lot of fun.” He tells me it’s all about maintaining the vibe and making sure everyone’s having a good time behind the scenes, “The chefs all drink loads of beer, eat tons of food and get to hang out with their families. We've found that if they’re all having a party, it’s just like inviting a few thousand other people to join in. “When you walk into your favourite pub, you know what to expect. It’s important for us to replicate that with the festival. We didn’t want to risk changing it entirely

by making the event too big.” Instead, they’re taking the event and putting it on in locations across the country. “Like with everything, you just get a bit better the more you do it.” I’m interested to know how involved Kerridge is in curating the festival, which boasts an impressive line up, “On the food side, I bring people in. I’m the one encouraging them. They’re all friends, and those who’ve done it before all want to come back. Those in the restaurant industry in particular recognise that mixing with young chefs is great for the industry, and although they are working, they have a great time.

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“In terms of the music acts, I do throw a few names in there… Some get through, some don’t. But this isn’t a house music festival or Indie festival, it’s a pub garden festival. Lots of people who like eating different things, so the music has to be the same - it’s eclectic and energetic, with songs you know and can sing along to. That’s what really brings the energy. When you walk into a pub, if the staff are having fun while they work you know you’re going to be having a good time. If everyone’s miserable you just want to leave.” “It’s the same here,” he says, gesturing around the room, “Everyone’s working really hard but they’re having a good time.” Kerridge famously lost twelve stone and is a champion healthy eating. I want to know how he manages his own diet in

the face of an undeniably heavy workload, “I’m conscious of what I eat. On the way to the gym I eat two apples and protein shake with coffee, but it’s so early you’re forcing the apples into you… I got here, had some yoghurt and fruit…” He trails off, understandably, he seems bored by the question. “It’s all related to physical exercise, it’s about what I’m doing in the day.” A food as fuel outlook, perhaps. His approach to what his three-year-old eats is similar and as a father he leads by example, “If he wants to eat fish fingers and chips, that’s fine, but I won’t be eating chips with him, so he’s the odd one out.” The Hand and Flowers in Marlow received its second Michelin star in 2012, the first ever pub to have done so. Kerridge’s other pub, The coach, on the same street, has one. How important are Michelin stars? The chef is quick to reply: “Very.” “Not for the reason you probably think… If you cook to get the star, you’re cooking for the wrong reasons. Just as the Guide is for guests, chefs should be cooking with the guests in mind. Michelin Stars are brilliant from a professional point of view, to achieve two is amazing for staff morale, but first and foremost they recognise a world-class level of cooking and consistency." What about the pressure on chefs to maintain their star(s), does he ever wish they didn’t exist? “Never. You choose to be a chef because you love the pressure. If you wanted an easy life, you wouldn’t do it. It takes a huge amount of commitment. “I had a conversation last year with some fellow two-star chefs, someone said ‘can you imagine if next year the guide ceased to exist?’ The three of us couldn’t fathom it. How would you define yourself? The idea of them being taken away… It’d be like being stripped of your identity.”

P U B I N T H E PA R K Runs from May until September in eight locations across the country. For tickets and full line up, visit pubintheparkuk.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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Curry-Up South African Fruit & Veg Supper WITH CAULIFLOWER RICE

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his clever vegetarian curry-style dish combines roasted South African apples and pears with sweet potato, spices, young spinach and canned mixed beans in chilli sauce. It’s served with cauliflower ‘rice’ for extra health benefits. Serves 4 Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 35 minutes

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For more information on South African apples and pears, including health benefits, varieties and recipes, please visit beautifulcountrybeautifulfruit.com

Varieties of South African apples and pears are now available in stores until October

INGREDIENTS • 1 South African pear, cored and cut into chunks • 2 South African Pink Lady apples, cored and cut into chunks • 1tbsp lemon juice • 800g sweet potatoes, scrubbed and cut into chunks • 2tbsp olive oil • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced • 1tsp cumin seeds • 1 medium cauliflower, broken into florets • 2 x 400g cans mixed beans in chilli sauce • 100ml vegetable stock • 1tsp ground coriander • 80g baby spinach • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

METHOD 1 Preheat the oven to 200°C, Fan Oven 180°C, Gas Mark 6. 2 Toss the South African pear and apple chunks in the lemon juice. Put them into a large roasting tin with the sweet potato. Add the olive oil, garlic and cumin seeds, stirring to mix. Season with black pepper and roast for 25-30 minutes, until tender. 3 Meanwhile, put the cauliflower florets into a blender or food processor and blitz to give a fine, grain-like texture. Steam or simmer in a little water with a pinch of salt for 5-8 minutes. At the same time, heat the mixed beans in a large saucepan with the stock, stirring in the ground coriander. 4 Tip the roasted fruits and sweet potato into the saucepan with the beans. Add the spinach and cook gently until the leaves have wilted. Serve with the cauliflower ‘rice’.

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The good-for-you ingredients give you almost all your 5-a-day fruit and veg requirement. The recipe is perfect for diabetic diets with its slow-burn carbohydrates and it’s ideal for vegetarians and vegans too.

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LONDON CHILDREN’S BALLET presents

Ballet Shoes Based on Noel Streatfeild’s timeless novel

4-7 JULY 2019

"A firework display of talent and promise, bursting with more life and energy than most London stages ever produce."

4 July Première Gala Tickets from £45 020 8969 1555 | londonchildrensballet.com

5-7 July Tickets £14 - £65* 020 7863 8222 | peacocktheatre.com

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Daily bread

Making your own sourdough is satisfying and sustainable. But learn to love the mess Wo r d s PENDLE HARTE

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hat could be more satisfying than a fresh loaf of crispy, fragrant sourdough? Don’t we all have a fantasy version of ourselves where we are effortlessly removing perfectly cooked, springy loaves from our domestic ovens, feeling capable and connected to the earth, part of a long-standing human tradition? It’s not hard to understand why an interest in baking bread is something that often dawns on people trying to find new meaning in their lives, while focusing on sourdough has countless benefits for gut health. And as a hobby, breadmaking fulfills a variety of needs. It occupies time, it’s creative, there’s lots of scope for variety and improvement. There’s even quite a lot of kit that you can acquire. What’s not to like? Well there is quite a lot not to like actually. Getting the starter right is the very first thing you need to do, and while the instructions are simple – as any enthusiast will tell you repeatedly – this fertile mix of flour and water is needy and messy. Regular top-ups require the scooping out of some of it and throwing it away, and any resulting drips will instantly turn into cement needing to be scraped vigorously off the countertop/ floor. The starter will sit unattractively in a kilner jar, bubbling ominously, until the temperature becomes too warm or too cold, when it might give up the ghost. Your best bet is to have several on the go at once,

Once you have a thriving starter, breadmaking is a rhythm lining the shelves of your dream kitchen not with pretty jars of colourful pulses but with growing (possibly overflowing) bacteria with a mind of its own. But it is all worth it. Once you have a thriving starter (it take about five days), breadmaking is a rhythm that may or may not fit with your existing routine. Sourdough takes longer to rise than yeastbased dough, so it can be left overnight and then proved again – you’ll need to get to know your timings and your kitchen’s warm and cold spots. Anyone obsessed with lovely empty surfaces might not appreciate baskets of dough covered with comedy shower caps carefully placed on windowledges and strategic spots near radiators, but breadmaking is a labour of love. You’ll learn to love the thin dusting of flour that will inevitably cover your kitchen, as well as the new sounds your oven will make as it comes to terms with its highest setting. But the taste, and the gut benefits, make it all worth it.

SOURDOUGH KIT YOU WILL NEED…

NETHERTON FOUNDRY DOME AND CLOCHE This is an oven-within-an-oven that creates an intensely hot space in which your bread can thrive and achieve the perfect crust. netherton-foundry.co.uk KILNER JARS Lots of these. It’s worth having more than one starter on the go.

PROVING BASKETS TIP: cover them with shower caps; it’s more sustainable than clingfilm.

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Fo o d ie s FESTIVAL Looking forward to a weekend of music, fundraising and food

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he eagerly-anticipated Foodies Festival will be heading to Syon Park over the May Bank Holiday Weekend to serve up a mouth-watering selection of top chefs and music acts. Having triumphed in MasterChef’s first all-female final, 2019 winner Irini Tzortzoglou will be headlining festivities, alongside actor John Partridge, who famously played Christian Clarke in EastEnders and was crowned Celebrity MasterChef 2018 champion, and super

group Boyzlife, comprising former Westlife star Brian McFadden and Boyzone’s Keith Duffy. The three-day festival is expected to attract more than 20,000 food-lovers and has been highly-praised by the Mayor of London’s promotional agency, London and Partners for its contribution to the city’s tourism. For the second year running, the festival is supporting Musicians Against Homelessness (MAH) with tickets raising money for UK-wide homelessness charity Crisis. Food and drink left over from the festival will also be donated to local food banks and homeless shelters.

The 2019 Foodies Festival will dish up more than 200 exhibitors and awardwinning artisan producers as well as a Street Food Village, Cakes and Desserts Theatre, Kids Cookery School, Chef’s Theatre, Vegan Beer Tent, Dog Arena and Funfair. Also appearing in the Chef’s Theatre is Norfolk’s Richard Bainbridge, who won the 2015 Great British Menu series on BBC2 and returned as a judge two years later. Top chefs from London’s finest eateries will also demonstrate their skills. They include Jose Pizzaro, Arnaud Stevens of Plate in Shoreditch, Andrew Cole, head chef at Richmond-upon-Thames’s Bingham Riverhouse, Guillaume Gillian, executive chef of Bòkan in Canary Wharf, and Nepalese chef Santosh Shah of Indian restaurant Baluchi. Also on the menu is Italian chef and author Giancarlo Caldesi of Caffe Caldesi in Marylebone along with a hearty helping of top tips from vegan chef and author Katy Beskow, aka Little Miss Meat Free. As well as headline act Boyzlife, the festival’s Musicians Against Homelessness (MAH) stage will also be graced by leading Queen tribute act Flash and a host of emerging bands and soloists. MAH provides opportunities for up-coming talent while raising funds for UK-wide homelessness charity Crisis in the process. Foodies Festivals, staged up and down the country, will provide a major platform with more than 400 acts appearing during the series of events. For every ticket sold, the festival will make a donation to the cause. There will also be merchandise on sale giving a further boost to funds. SYO N PA R K , 2 5 , 2 6 & 2 7 M AY Tickets, including VIP packages, are now on sale; visit foodiesfestival.com or call 0844 9951111

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Online luxury swim, beach and resortwear boutique, Beach Cafe, take the stress out of pre-holiday shopping with the UK’s widest range of designer beachwear. The brand is celebrating its 10th birthday this month with an exclusive collection that includes this orange boho blouse. beachcafe.com

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Q: How did Yolke start? A: Back in 2012 I was studying Textile Design at Central Saint Martins and Anna was working for the interior designer Hugh Leslie. She was always trying to buy my designs to put on her private clients’ bespoke pieces, so one thing led to another and we decided to branch out on our own doing exactly this. We couldn’t find any fresh interiors that we would want to have in our own homes at the time so we began designing our own, working with local silk and wool mills, and candle makers in Devon. We launched with a lifestyle collection of loose tailored silk styles from pyjamas to dressing gowns to sit alongside the interiors collection. These were picked up by Fortnum & Mason, with Selfridges following soon after. With so much going on, the homewares were put on hold while we concentrated on the clothing and predominately the pyjamas – but they’ll be making a comeback next year. Q: When does sleepwear become too stylish to sleep in? A: When you put on something so

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A printed twopiece suit is so elegant and cool dressed down with trainers or up with boots

of the job (alongside the designing part). Everyone is so unique and working on such different projects, but I would say what they all have in common is that they all have something brilliant and important to say.

beautiful that you just don’t want to confine it to the bedroom. Q: Yolke girls include Sheherezards Goldsmith, Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton. What makes a Yolke girl? A: We have had the privilege to work with some amazing women over the years, it’s our absolute favourite part

Q: You have a lovely linen dress in your new collection - not sleepwear at all! How did that come about? A: When Yolke launched, the collections mostly consisted of classic staples in our signature prints such as pyjamas. We were very much led by our brilliant wholesale clients for a number of seasons however, as our e-commerce has caught up with our stockists, we have been so excited to bring back the RTW side of the brand. There is such a fluidity now when it comes to dressing, and with so many people working for themselves, the emphasis is on comfort and design rather than what someone should be seen in. For us, pyjamas are as much daywear as a dress – a printed two-piece suit is so elegant and cool dressed down with trainers or up with boots. The importance for our RTW pieces is that they are uncomplicated and easy to transition from season to season. Q: Where do Yolke’s prints come from? A: Until a couple of seasons ago, I designed all the prints myself but more recently we have begun collaborating with amazing artists such as Isabelle Feliu and buying designs from print archives to offer

something new (or really old such as our SS19 Anais print which is a French design we purchased from a print archive in New York from the 1920s) and to keep things interesting. Q: What’s your favourite Yolke piece ever? A: Tricky one, possibly the Marianne Print we did for Harrods this season. I adore pink and red together. Who doesn’t? Q: What made you start doing a kids range? A: Growing up, pyjamas were something that always played a memorable part in family occasions such as Christmas, Easter, birthdays and holidays. After having two little ones of my own, it has been something I have wanted to do for a while. My son Blue meows around the house in his leopard print and Scarlet adores the florals. Q: And lastly - what do you wear to bed? A: Sounds incredibly predictable in context, but our classic cotton pyjamas or silk slips. yolke.co.uk A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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She’s a rainbow All the most colourful gems

LARK & BERRY

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Lark & Berry Dark Halo Sapphire Drop Earrings, £825

Mogra layered ring, Morganite, £POA

Irene Neuwirth at Farfetch, £3,225

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18kt gold and sapphire Rainbow Eternity ring , £3,634

Raindance Rainbow Watercolour Pendant, £10,000

14-karat gold multi-stone ring, £845

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MISSOMA

GG Running necklace with multicolour stones, £2,690

Gold-tone Swarovski crystal earrings, £70

Missoma Feb Birthstone Necklace, £85

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Mix and match Top swimwear picks from yamamay.com

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Balcony bikini bra Shira, £29.95

Modelling one-piece swimsuit, £69.95

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BANDEAU TOP

HIGH WAIST

ASYMMETRICAL TOP

Bandeau bra, DJ set, £29.95

High waisted bikini bottom, £19.95

Bandeau bikini bra, £29.95

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PADDED ONE-PIECE

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Padded one-piece swimsuit, sunrise, £59.95

Triangle bikini bra, One Night, £29.95

Brazilian bottom, Shira, £16.95

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The brand trusted by professionals, and loved by you... The inside-out approach to skincare is becoming an increasingly appealing and effective way to achieve visible results. As we age, our collagen production slows down, affecting the appearance of our skin. Skinade’s active ingredients work together to produce a daily drink aimed at nourishing and supporting the skin from the inside for beautiful skin on the outside.

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WATER THERAPY CHANEL Hydra Beauty is drenched in Camellia Water to intensely hydrate skin. The illuminating formula leaves the complexion prepped for makeup with a glowing, even-toned appearance. chanel.co.uk

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BEAUTY NOTES

Glowing tans, Vitamin C and a brilliant oil – plus finding your perfect fragrance B y H E L E N B R OW N

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Daily DOSE P E T E R T H O M A S R OT H

Hyped as a super giant for the skin, vitamin C is the ingredient of the moment, thanks to its ability to protect against UVA and UVB damage and fight wrinkles. The breakthrough launch of Peter Thomas Roth is the Potent-C range, a glow-making, age-defying collection of skincare that includes this Potent-C Power Serum. It’s packed with a concentration of 20%THD Ascorbate, 3% Vitamin E and 2% Ferulic Acid delivering an advanced anti-aging, brightening treatment.

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THE MULTI -TASKER M A L A KO

Brand new therapeutic and eco-wellness based skin care brand MALĀKO is inspired by the century- old wisdom of traditional Thai healing. Packed with wildharvested, organic ingredients and suitable for hair and skin, this Skin to Soul Saviour Oil delivers an instant hit of hydration and a calming effect for mood and mind. £20;

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o you know what fragrances you like? There are so many out there and it’s difficult to know where to start. You might think that you like florals, for instance, but which florals? And maybe it’s not actually the floral notes in your fragrance that you like, but the woody ones. Fragrances function beyond language and it’s not easy to translate our responses into the descriptions and packaging that appeal to our aesthetics and reason. So, we need some guidance. At Atkinsons, a British fragrance house that dates back to 1799, there exists a wealth of knowledge which they are keen to share by offering fun, informal fragrance consultations. Its contemporary fragrance library builds on its legacy, while focusing on new combinations and aromatics to create a modern feel. As the brand expands its offering from its Burlington Arcade flagship store across the road to Fortnum and Mason, charismatic expert Andrew Kyriakou is on hand to sit you down for a chat. What colours do you like? What childhood memories stand out? What appeals to you more, a summer field or a cosy log fire. After lots of questions and lots of unidentified fragrance samples, my ideal scent is identified, and it’s not what I would have predicted. I thought I would choose orange blossom and florals, though a blind smelling revealed my liking for juniper, whisky, tea and spicess.The final prescription? It’s the utterly lovely 24 Old Bond Street Triple Extract, since you ask, a unisex classic from Atkinson's. What’s yours? atkinsons1799.com

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Reduced prices are for a course of treatments

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BY TERRY Brightening CC Powder, £52; byterry.com

URBAN DECAY Naked Skin Colour Correcting Fluid, £20; urbandecay.co.uk

LIPSTICK QUEEN Peachy Coral Lipstick, £22; lipstickqueen.com

NAILS. INC Kiss My Peach Nail Duo, £15; nailsinc.com

BENEFIT Galifornia Blusher, £26; benefit.com

EDITOR’S PICK

JO MALONE LONDON Orange Blossom Diffuser, £65; jomalone.co.uk

PRIME PASTELS Spring’s coolest trend sees us updating our make-up bag with ice cream shades B y H E L E N B R OW N

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OPI Rice, Rice, Baby Nail Polish, £14.50; opiuk.com

GUERLAIN Meteorites, £40.50; johnlewis.com/

NARS Afterglow Lipbalm, £23; selfridges.com

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oung LDN is the salon shaking up the beauty sphere. It’s a space created specifically with Gen Z and Millennials in mind and is split into various treatment areas including the Peel Bar, the Nail Lounge and the Men’s Grooming Lounge. The salon is distinctly urban in its decor - there’s a lot of exposed brick and wall art - but each space has its own aesthetic. One treatment room has a ceiling painted as the sky while another has had pink paint poured in a drip effect down the walls. I’m downstairs in the Skincare Lab for a Hollywood Peel. Otherwise known as the Spectra Carbon Peel, the treatment gets its name from its fanbase of A-Listers; Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston and Kim Kardashian are all said to swear by the treatment before hitting the red carpet.

It’s said to leave your skin refreshed, revitalised and red carpet-ready with no downtime. It’s a non-invasive peel that can be performed in a lunch break, but it can remove up to 80 microns of skin. How does this compare to other treatments? My therapist, Gigi tells me that typical exfoliating treatments remove just 10 microns. Gigi starts by thoroughly cleansing my skin before applying a layer of liquid carbon over my face. This black, viscous product acts as a photo-enhancer while a state-of-the-art laser delivers targeted, high-intensity pulses of light to the skin. Highly-attracted to the carbon particles, the laser blasts away the carbon, taking with it the top layers of the epidermis and the dead skin cells, impurities and dirt that cause congestion. It’s not the most relaxing of facials, but it’s completely pain-free. There’s a burning smell as the laser is applied (I’m assured this is the product burning off and not my face), a mild heat and a loud popping and crackling as the carbon is blasted away. It’s over fairly quickly and immediately there’s a noticeable glow to my complexion. Even a few days later I’m told by observant friends that my skin looks noticeably clearer and blemish-free. With no recovery time, no uncomfortable sensations and immediate results, I’m sold. Hollywood Peel, £180; youngldn.com

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OZZIE RIZZO

BROWHAUS

CUT & BLOWDRY

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Ozzie Rizzo achieved success in the fashion industry, but took the decision to re-invent himself by opening two selfnamed salons, in the desirable locations of Richmond and Mayfair respectively. After a brief discussion about what I want - a trim, basically, my hair is washed and head massaged nicely. The stylist talks to me about long layers but isn’t pushy when I explain it’s not what I want. She rightly recognises my hair to be extremely dry, and takes care not to overwash it, instead she applies a heat-activated ‘resurfacing strengthening milk’ by Alternative Hair. It’s a first for me when my head is wrapped in clingfilm and I’m put under a heater for ten minutes. Usually skeptical about specific treatments for damaged hair - nothing seems to work for me - I’m seriously surprised and impressed to see the transformation it encourages. As my hair starts to dry during the trim, it is noticeably shinier and less brassy in tone. The salon doesn’t stick to one brand of products - both Kérastase and Alternative Hair are used during my appointment. Now for the blowdry - I tense up at the sight of curling tongs. When the stylist is finished, however, I’m over the moon. It’s not over the top, she’s created subtle waves with the aid of tongs and round brush. My hair is much better shape thanks to the deep conditioning treatment. I’ll be returning to this simple yet elegant, no-frills salon. Womens’ wash, cut and blow dry costs £65 - £85, depending on hair length. 18 Hill Rise, Richmond, TW10 6UA ozzierizzo.com/richmond-salon

EYELASH EXTENSIONS

HAECKELS FACIAL

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arnessing the health-giving properties of the Margate sea, Haeckels has created a series of treatments designed to balance, stimulate and intensely nourish the skin. The sustainable beauty brand offers pregnancy and full body massage, but as i’m suffering from dry winter skin, I visit their Thalassotherapy Therapy Room at Radio Salon in King’s Cross for a seaweed facial. The treatment room itself is like a little snug, with the soft glow of Haeckels candles adding to the warm and cosy feel. I feel an instant connection with my therapist, who explains that thalassotherapy (taken from the Greek word ‘thalassa’, meaning sea) uses seawater, sea vegetables and shore climate to treat the skin. The facial is every bit as calming as the name suggests. My skin is cleansed, exfoliated and moisturised using Haeckels products that contain natural ingredients such as raspberry seed oil and microalgae (producing a genuine glow that lasts for days). I’m also treated to a heavenly neck, arm and hand massage and leave feeling thoroughly relaxed.

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chieving the no-makeupmakeup-look is no easy feat. You either look like you have a face full of product but have forgotten the mascara, or like you’ve just made no effort. Eyelash extensions promise full, long, dark lashes every single day, with not a mascara wand in sight. I’m sold. Semi-permanent lashes are applied by a technician who meticulously hand-glues the extensions on top of your natural lashes. This means that they are completely customizable and actually look real. With proper care, they can last for six to eight weeks until they naturally fall out. When it comes to extensions, you get what you pay for. Skimping on price can result in either poorly applied lashes or, scarier, eye infections. So go somewhere reputable. I’m at Browhaus, a salon brand that focuses on nothing but lashes and brows. Their Lash In Bloom service allows you to choose from a range of styles such as single lash, where individual false lashes are applied one by one to single, real lashes; cluster lashes for a bolder, more dramatic look, and multi-lash for a very full and fluttery finish. Wanting something natural, I go for the single lash service. The whole thing takes around an hour. I leave with fluttery, full lashes that are noticed and complimented time and time again. Are they worth it? Definitely. They last a long time and have a huge impact on the way you look. I haven’t worn a stitch of makeup since getting them because I feel like I’ve already made an effort, just by having them. Chelsea, Covent Garden, Holborn, Islington; browhaus.com

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LEAGUE COLLECTIVE 100% Recycled Hoodie, £65; leaguecollective.co.uk

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

SWELL Pink Topaz Water Bottle, £35; selfridges.com

STYLE N O T E S

Make your workout count with these ethical picks DAVY J The Red Swimsuit, £140; davyj.org

BJORN BORG Calina Tights, £50; johnlewis.com

SILOU Bojana Ballet Top, £129; siloulondon.com

W O R L D F I T N E S S Asuno co-founder, Ben Moreland looks into sustainable fitness and shares his top tips for working out in a way that works for the planet

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PATAGONIA Cross Beta Sports Bra, £40; eu.patagonia.com

BUY SMARTER

STAY WILD SWIM Nomad Bikini, top £70, bottom £70; staywildswim.com

Many brands have made it their ethos to give back to the world, either by supporting charities or by using sustainable or recycled materials. Wolven Threads makes activewear from recycled bottles and inspired by nature, while yoga and activewear brand, Asuno, helps feed malnourished children, provides water to regions in Africa and birth certificates to unregistered children, all through their three charity partners.

DITCH THE PLASTIC

Staying hydrated is crucial when exercising, but you should make it a priority to ditch the plastic. Choose Water has created the world’s first plastic-free water bottle and 4Ocean is physically removing plastic waste from the sea and have now begun selling re-usable metal water bottles to help rid the world of plastic waste. As well as manufacturing pretty, printed metal water bottles, S’Well donate to UNICEF and other charities.

BIGGER GOALS

Instead of training without a goal, why not aim for a big charitable event to participate in? From marathons and bike rides to triathlons, mud runs and mountain races, there has never been a better time to push yourself in the name of charity. London Marathon, the world’s

largest one-day fundraising event sees over 30,000 participants yearly running for charity.

FOOT WORK

From using all-natural materials to supporting local manufacturers and even helping out in the plastic waste movement, some brands are making waves in footwear. Veja makes breathable and waterproof shoes from recycled plastic bottles, while Ethletic creates shoes from Fairtrade materials that are 100% vegan.

DITCH THE EQIPMENT

Gym’s spend a lot of money keeping people cool with air conditioning. Why not cancel the membership, get outside and run in the fresh air? If you prefer the weight section, it’s easy to replace the chest press with push-ups, bicep curls with pull-ups and the leg press with jumping squats. Check the internet, fitness apps and YouTube for trainers who can put you through your paces with little or no equipment in the comfort of your living room or back garden.

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PERFUME

Spanish Sunshine Discovering the fragrance house of Ricardo Ramos B y M I C H A E L D O N OVA N

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was given an uplifting shot in the arm this week when a charming gentleman arrived at the perfumery and proceeded to study the 400 bottles of artisanal fragrances currently on our shelves in the greatest of detail. I had a sneaking suspicion that he may be a fellow scent addict and my instincts were spot on. Ricardo Ramos is creative director of his eponymous fragrance house in Granada and his collection is dedicated to the history, arts and smells of the ancient Spanish kingdom of of Andalusia. Ricardo is an incredibly exuberant olfactory ambassador and totally charming and we were like two excitable children comparing notes. Fortunately for me, he had some samples of his work with him; it was a real privilege to smell them with their creator and learn about their inspiration and the incredible ingredients that he has used. His background is no less fascinating – he is half Columbian and half Spanish and a successful fashion designer too. Incredibly well travelled with qualifications in historic textile conservation, Ramon is also an avid collector of ancient banknotes. This is a man of great passions, which is abundantly apparent in his perfumes. I was going to concentrate on his range of Eau de Parfum, but one Extrait or pure perfume seduced me and I couldn't live without it. Ziryab is my current paramour and I am utterly entranced. It is named after historic polymath Ziryab, of whom it is not known if he was of African, Arabic of Persian origin. His career flourished at the Court of Granada, where he became a renowned musician, fashion designer, mathematician, cosmologist, botanist, composer, poet, singer, meteorologist, chef.... well you get the picture. The man was a genius and I like to think that I am channelling just a little of his talents when I wear this mesmerising combination of Mediterranean notes and Oriental

spices. Mandarin, petit grain and jasmine sparkle at the top, however it is the truly intoxicating heart of mace, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, patchouli and oakmoss over a woody/chypre base that really transports. This is a very strong scent at a high concentration, yet it does not overwhelm but rather envelops one in warm arms - it basically feels like being hugged all day. In terms of sheer elegance, Morayma, dedicated to the last Queen of Granada, is incandescent in its loveliness. White flowers dominate, with gardenia, jasmine and magnolia supported by coriander, guava and fig leaf over sun-dried hay and Tuscan iris root. Zambra is inspired by Flamenco with a throbbing heartbeat of amber, chypre and vetiver crowned with a flourish of bergamot, lemongrass, citronella and basil. LaAurora is dedicated to the scent of incense exuded by the Easter Procession in Granada. This was a early favourite, teamed with two of my favourite ingredients, green violet leaf and zesty bergamot. Add a dash of gurjun balsam, rose and cedar and we have a very sophisticated ambery oriental that lasts the distance. Matcha Nono is the perfect spring scent as its lead note is almond blossom which is light, creamy and full of sunshine. It is also a very interesting cultural melting pot, with Japanese Matcha tea, yuzu and cherry blossom, a touch of Baklava from Turkey and a delicious combination of cinnamon, white chocolate and pistacio. Finally there is La Lindosa, named after the mountain range at the door of the Colombian Amazon jungle. It represents its ancient heritage with a formulation inspired by fragrant offerings to the ancient gods expressed with fruits and aromatic resins. If you are going on holiday, I recommend taking this with you as the combination of passion fruit, coconut, copahu balm and jasmine are gently exotic and will create a scent memory that will last forever. A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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Green A new collection of authentic National Trust colours including original shades from the homes of Winston Churchill, George Bernard Shaw and Beatrix Potter. Available now. littlegreene.com 0161 230 0880

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Rattan is stylish, robust and adds an instant splash of freshness to any room. We love this polished rattan bench with cushion, £470. outthereinteriors.com

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IN PRINT CELIA BIRT WELL X BLENDWORTH

Blendworth Interiors have collaborated with Celia Birtwell, taking inspiration from her extensive archive and lovingly interpreting her fashion prints into fabric designs for interiors. Designs include large-scale retro florals, abstract animal prints and whimsical geometrics. blendworth.co.uk

C A B I N E T LOV E LIGNE ROSET

Combining elegance, sobriety and finishing details, LIgne Roset's Estampe TV cabinet/ media storage unit is marked out by fronts and sides in sawn oak, doors and drawers with slimmed-down edges and rounded corners, and a fixed linoleum-covered upper top. From ÂŁ2,954. ligne-roset.com

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G R E AT OUTDOORS Gorgeous garden accessories

LIGHTS4FUN Festoon lights, from £10 lights4fun.co.uk

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Anglepoise and Margaret Howell renew their collaboration by introducing a smart new Sienna Edition into the best-selling Type 75TM lighting collection designed by Sir Kenneth Grange. The rich, clay colour adds a new dimension to the Margaret Howell colour palette. anglepoise.com

HABITAT Jambi natural woven chair, £195 habitat.co.uk

New from Ruark is the super stylish R5 High Fidelity Music System which not only looks fantastic but offers the ultimate in sound quality too. Encased in luxurious walnut or soft grey lacquer, the R5 has wifi and bluetooth for streaming as well as a cd player, dab radio and endless input and output ports. £999; ruarkaudio.com

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ANNIE SLOAN Chalk Paint In English Yellow With Gloss Lacquer anniesloan.com

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HABITAT Zeno oak folding table, £195, and chairs, £60 each habitat.co.uk

If you hate unsightly wires, Le Cord has the solution. Le Cord comes in countless colours and the tactile knitted fabric cables are pretty as well as functional. They're all Apple approved too. lecord.com

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ROCKETT ST GEORGE Large bamboo pendant light, £95 rockettstgeorge.co.uk

HABITAT Jambi natural woven chair, £195 habitat.co.uk

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ABODE LIVING Bamboo round natural mirror, £100 abodeliving.co.uk

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THE FARTHING Large rattan double armed chair, £299 thefarthing.co.uk

All the best wicker, rattan and bamboo pieces

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Bamboo shelf unit, £85 rockettstgeorge.co.uk

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Siam armchair natural, £340 sweetpeaandwillow.com

Rattan looped mirror, £125 coxandcox.co.uk

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My Style P H OTO G R A P H E R J O H N S WA N N E L L S H A R E S H I S I N S P I R AT I O N S johnswannell.com

MY FAVOURITE PHOTOGRAPH FROM THE EXHIBITION... The picture of my wife Marianne on the beach in Long Island is very special. We used to rent a house there every September when all the New Yorkers had gone. The morning and evening light was always magical, and I took this picture when the beach was empty.

MY FAVOURITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION... Venice is the most magical place on earth. The first time I went there I just couldn’t believe that this beautiful city had no roads and was built on wooden posts over 400 years ago. The place has a mystery of its own and its own special smell - there’s no other city like it.

MY FAVOURITE BUILDING IS... Gaudi’s Cathedral in Barcelona is just awe-inspiring. It is hard to believe that a human being designed and built this wonderful building - it is almost like it’s from another planet.

MY ST Y LE I CO N IS ... David Bowie. I remember being in the nightclub Tramp with David Bailey when I used to work for him, and David Bowie and Mick Jagger were at the next table. Bailey knew them both so started chatting; I was in awe.

MY FAVOURITE PIECE OF ART... Burn Jones’ Love Among The Ruins is one of the most beautiful images. The Pre-Raphaelites were not very fashionable when I first discovered them, but as a fashion photographer I used to copy some of the poses he created with his models. His work was so seductive, I just got hooked on it.

A selection of John Swannell’s images of famous British faces including Sir Elton John, Darcey Bussell and Joan Collins DBE is now on display at Le Caprice. 20 limited edition signed prints of each photograph will be available to purchase exclusively at Le Caprice, for £950 each.

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Q: When did you move into your house and what was it like when you bought it? A: We moved in to the top half 5 years ago and then we started the basement dig and ground floor. Q: What did you do to change it? A: We structurally changed this Victorian terrace to create more space and light into the home. The whole home has been entirely reworked. As an interior designer and master builder, I believe in fully integrating the design and build from start to finish. We dug to the basement that follows the footprint of the house and extended into the side return and converted the loft. We also rearranged the internal layout, in place of the usual two rooms on either side of the front door we enlarged the existing sitting room and turned what remained of the second reception room into an L-shaped entrance hall, installing a run of cupboards at the far end. I added two floor-to-ceiling glazed panels in the wall that separated the new sitting room from the entrance hall and positioned the staircase

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A: I think the world has been stuck the world of boring neutrals for far too long. I am all about colour and patterns – I believe heavy patterns are far better for hiding the effects of daily life and they are perfect for homes with children. I am a big believer that people should have more fun with patterns and layering them up. I love using patterns in a home, patterns and florals are a great way to create interest and charm, as well as to zone areas and make people smile.

which would normally be opposite the front door around the corner of the L-shape and opposite the new glazed door that leads into the sitting room. All of this was done to avoid the dark tunnel effect typical of a Victorian terraced house. Q: Is that gloss paint in your sitting room? A: The paint is certainly gloss. I wanted to use a deep red for the sitting room but in gloss not matt, which is an unusual choice. I wanted to add additional visual interest. My husband and painter thought I was mad for choosing red gloss but in the end they were won over. The interesting part of the design was doing the matt cornice with a contract. The paint is Dulux’s Red Stallion 1 gloss.

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Q: Your business is more than traditional interior design, involving builds and potentially planning applications. Can you explain how you work? A: “Master Builder” is what describes Lucinda Sanford best – we take a house from concept to construction to completion. We are the masters of combining all the elements needed to make a property and turn it into a home. We can oversee the entire process – submit the planning, oversee the engineers and the surveyors, and tie everything together. We have covered a range of London properties – I loved working on a new build apartment in Marylebone that was extremely modern in design. Q: How did you start out? A: I have a long history of loving buildings and interiors; I can remember more about my school friends’ houses and the school interiors, than anything I learnt inside them. During university at St Andrews, I worked at Farmore Interiors and this grew my passion for interiors – and I was inspired by the women who ran these businesses

Q: We notice the internal glass doors they are beautiful and a clever way of dividing spaces. Tell us your thoughts on them? A: I don’t think open plan really works in life but I like spaces to connect and also that you can see from one room to another - little invitations in Q: Your kitchen has been extended. What was it like originally? What did you change? A: To create this bright family kitchen, we dug down to lower the floor and used glass panels and doors to embrace a new staircase and sitting room. We went for a traditional look in the kitchen and used antique mirrored tiles for the splashbacks on both sides of the kitchen, a modern splashback would have been too clinical. Q: There is lots of pattern everywhere, and a striking wallpapered corridor. What are your thoughts on making patterns work?

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and how hard they worked. I also gained work experience with Nina Campbell, who will always be an inspiration. Following St Andrews, I was lucky enough to work for the Royal Household in the ceremonial office – this offered opportunity to learn all the details to make every minute of every event during a state occasion perfect; a great training ground for learning how to mobilise tradesman in my future career. A stint in Lady Bamford’s marketing department was a learning curve. She has an amazing eye for detail and style in Bamford and Daylesford, and especially how simple materials and colours can make for a sensational design. Between these jobs I was busy doing up a first flat which I sold to move onto a next property.These properties gained attention and people started asking for help to do up their own homes. The key thing that people wanted was the ability to help them at the very beginning and offer more than just a pure interior design service. Q: Can you describe your signature style? A: At the heart of my design is enthusiasm for a good layout. I am a complete layout addict, which is where the business’s architectural arm comes in. I love nothing more than working and reworking floorplans to make them suit each family. Even my own work still amazes me: despite the number of terraced houses I have worked on, they always end up with different layouts to suit their different owners. You may need to tweak your house, update it and edit it but when you design a house, its bone structure should stand the test of time. It’s easy for clients to get lost in their current moment and forget the future. Designing a home for babies won’t stand the test of time: children are children/teens and young adults for longer than they are babies. A key part of the work we do is the decoration, not the soft furnishing but the painting and architectural joinery. Q: Where do people go wrong with their interiors? A: I always tell clients they don’t need to be ashamed and hide a radiator, a speaker or a television – we are all allowed to keep warm, listen to music and watch television. We always look at practicality and real life, a home should be a home and that means a real reflection of the people who live there and how they live in it. I often challenge my clients with their choices and I have a practical approach that they appreciate. I do not believe that homes should be overstyled. Also, I love colour. There is a place for neutrality, but colour and pattern are something that people are really missing out on. I just love the combination of different patterns and materials. lucindasanford.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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Based on the classic role-playing strategy game, this strikingly illustrated card game pitches between 7 and 24 players against each other in solving a murder. It's a kill or be killed situation. £14.99 laurenceking.com

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Put your brain to the test by matching pairs of authentic colours used by Andy Warhol on his iconic soup can prints. The Andy Warhol Memory Game from Galison belongs next to your favorite art books. £17.99 wordery.com

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New to the family of board games by Christian Lacroix is a stylish backgammon set. The case folds out to reveal the game board, decorated in two-tone shading. The same pink and blue shading is also used on the 30 wooden checkers and dice. £46 abramsandchronicle.co.uk

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This classic family game is fun for all ages. Noble Macmillan's leather bound cups and matching dice come in an array of colours, from tangerine to ivory. The luxury set is made in Spain, using the finest calfskin leather; your initials can be embossed. £110 noblemacmillan.com

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CONFIDENT COLOUR Absolutely discusses colour with Zoe Anderson,, founder of W.A. Green Wo r d s ROSIE REYNOLDS

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oe Anderson, founder of W.A.Green, remarks on the growing move consumers are making from decorating their homes with subdued greys and comfortable whites in favour of bold, statement colours. This expanding trend gives you the freedom to enhance a pre-existing design scheme or simply accentuate your personal style. W.A.Green’s philosophy on design is playful, yet their recommended approach to how colours are used is based upon a concrete understanding of what works and what doesn’t. Bold colours have until recently been a choice amongst artists and designers. Zoe predicts that consumers will become braver with their colour palette; combinations such as pink and yellow, lilac and lime and blue and orange will become commonplace features in the home. A room’s purpose is a key consideration because certain colours and shades can have a noticeable effect on your mood. If you want to create a relaxing living room, then pinks, greens and darker hues are perfect because of their calming and grounding effect. Yellows and blues are a better choice for your kitchen and bathroom because they are energising and inspire positivity.

The amount of natural light that enters your room throughout the day is another factor to consider, as this can really alter a colour’s appearance. Accommodate for less natural light by choosing darker colours, as these thrive in shadier spaces and create a feeling of cosiness. Extra warmth and balance can be added through clever lighting and a colourful accent; sofa cushions are a great way to add a pop of colour. Larger, brighter rooms are ideal for light shades because the natural sunlight keeps it crisp and fresh instead of washing it out. Zoe gives some general tips on how to use colour in the household. Colour blocking is an excellent way to add depth and interest to a room; a great way to do this would be to pair a bright colour with a more subtle one. Many are opting for a boldly painted ceiling, a different way to create openness and drama, if you have the space to carry it. You could also paint your fireplace in a bold pink or purple, as this will surely make a statement.

YELLOW plifting and cheerful, yellow is a perfect accent colour for your home. Painthouse’s pick is Orlando Yellow; a subtle mustard hue within a bright sunshine yellow is a lovely choice for someone wanting an energising lift in their home.

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TREEHOUSE HARDWOOD FLOORING

QUALITY ENVIRONMENT FOR QUALITY OF LIFE Specialists in high quality solid and sustainable hardwood flooring We carry a huge range of woods from around the world, displayed at our Notting Hill showroom in large sample boards to assist clients, designers and architects, in planning interiors. Board and strip flooring wood block and decking, bespoke floor production. Other services, special project installation, wall panelling, staircases, doors, worktops, cabinetry, natural stone & many other interior related products. Exceptional value, experienced craftsmen, quality installation.

Showroom : 116 Talbot Rd, Notting Hill, London, W11 1JR www.treehouseflooring.co.uk Tel: 020 7460 0376 sales@treehouseflooring.co.uk

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Our redesigned and extended showroom is now open, incorporating a large Luxaflex design studio showing the latest motorised blinds, nestled alongside nearly new curtains and a huge choice of fabrics to be made to measure as curtains and blinds

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THE POWER OF PAINT ANNIE SLOAN

The iconic Haws watering can hasn't changed since John Haws designed it in East London in 1886. Cleverly conceived to prevent spillages when pouring, the shape remains unrivalled as the most practical and stylish model around. It comes in a range of colours as well as the classic copper. £50 haws.co.uk

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A new tiled splashback creates an instand kitchen update. Bert and May's Pink Pradena tile is a great choice for the kitchen. The warm pink softens the geometric pattern and the natural pigments make it a delight to live with. bertandmay.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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If you're snooty about vinyl flooring, you're missing out. This stylish, bright floor is slipresistant and easy to wipe clean, it works with underfloor heating and it's extremely affordable. So not only is it versatile, hardwearing and durable, but the shades in Carpetright's True Colours range are bold, contemporary and sure to update your kitchen simply and quickly. carpetright.co.uk

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String is simple to assemble, shelves can be easily repositioned. and shelves of different depths can be combined in the same unit for the ultimate in flexibility. skandium.com

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Upgrade your tap for an instant style update that will transfor the entire kitchen. Abode's Althia single lever tap looks great in a range of finishes, is easy to install and has a luxe feel.

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Bored of your Ikea units? Don't replace the kitchen, just add Plykea's ply or formica doors, drawer fronts and worktops to the existing carcass to create the look of a bespoke handmade plywood kitchen for a fraction of the cost. plykea.com

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A new worktop will create a luxe feel and Lundhs Emerald is a classic choice. The intense color sits well with stripped-back modern designs and is also neutral enough to blend with environments that are more traditional. lundhsrealstone.com

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Clever task lighting will improve your kitchen's functionality as well as update its look. These pitched wall lights offer a concentrated light source just where you need it. originalbtc.com

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MODERN BRIDE T H E CO U T U R E GA L L E RY

From The Couture Gallery designer Britta Kjerkegaard comes an elegant wedding dress collection for the modern bride seeking a fresh take on the traditional minimalist look. Highlights include corseted jumpsuits, figure hugging crepe dresses with detachable skirts and romantic lace covers offering variety of styling opportunities throughout the wedding day. thecouturegallery.com

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Q We have experienced a ‘son et lumière’ show on our travels and would love something similar at our wedding. How would this work? A Fireworks are beautiful on their own but designed to a soundtrack they are transformed into a completely different experience. A key consideration is to include the timing of your display in your order of the day and stick to it. We are fortunate here in the UK that we don’t require a licence for setting off each display, but there is an 11pm cut-off – the only exceptions being Bonfire Night, Diwali, Chinese New Year and New Year’s Eve. In other countries licences vary, so consider that in your planning schedule. Scene-setting is hugely important which is why we often incorporate music to build atmosphere before the show begins. Manufacturers are going big on multi-effects, such as colours, and these can change in time with the music, which gives us a different way of highlighting the ‘beats’ of certain moments. These subtleties are what make the difference between a display that your audience describes as great and a display that’s remembered by everyone who watches it as absolutely amazing.

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JANE HELLIWELL is founder and designer of Champagne & Flamingos, which creates scented settings

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that allows you to flow seamlessly between the two if the weather is on your side. If it’s not – be it due to rain or extreme heat – indoor spaces must be designed so that you and your guests don’t feel ‘cooped up’ for shelter. The features to look for inside are an abundance of natural light, doors that open fully onto gardens or outdoor space and large, open reception areas. When it comes to outside spaces, the perfect summer venue will have plenty of paved or decked areas as well as grass. Ideally, it should have an arbour or other dedicated space that is licensed for ceremonies. It’s also important to look for venues with an outdoor bar option for those long, hazy summer evenings. When designing Millbridge Court, huge emphasis was placed on the venue having an outdoor-indoor feel. Our picturesque location in Frensham means we know our couples seek a connection to the countryside, and we designed internal spaces so that – whatever the weather – there is light flooding in from all sides.

Q We’d like to add an extra element to our wedding through scent. How does this work? A Scent is widely used as a mood setter in hotels and retail environments, and it can do exactly the same at weddings. Scent creates ambiance, makes you feel good and creates memories. I work on an individual scale, hand-pouring every candle, but I also use other elements – atomisers, scented ceramics and traditional and electric diffusers. I will typically plan two or three consultations – including one at the venue – where we consider the locale, the season, the wedding colours and the couple’s personalities. In this way, we ‘whittle down’ to a signature scent. We can incorporate scent into all elements of the event, from invitations to specially created and personalised candles for guests to take home as party favours. Scent should be subtle and complex, and is tailored to work differently across spaces. I do advise couples not to scent the dining area to the same extent. Here, scent works best used very sparingly – for instance, a spritz on tablelinen.

The Wedding Shop townhouse Enjoy an appointment with your very own gift guru

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he Wedding Shop’s Townhouse, opened in London earlier this year, is the brand’s newest and largest showroom and appointment space, where couples can enjoy an appointment with their very own Gift Guru. Brides and grooms-tobe can browse over 3,000 carefully curated products from more than 400 different brands. The Wedding Shop also have the UK’s first wedding gifting app, where couples can scan products throughout the Townhouse and add directly to their gift lists. Soho Home, the eclectic interiors brand created by

world-renowned member’s club Soho House, currently have a brand takeover on the top floor of the Townhouse, with a wide range of products available for couples to browse and add to their wedding gift lists, including the brand’s iconic cut crystal Barwell glassware, House pool towels, velvet Monroe furnishings and cosy House Robes, bringing the prestigious style of Soho House into the home.

THE WEDDING SHOP 312 Fulham Road, SW10 9UG Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm. Evening appointments available on request. Couples can book appointments by calling 0207 384 8400 or emailing townhouse@weddingshop.com

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DECO Art Deco has always been a key influence in bridal, but this season there's renewed focus on elegant lines and jewel embellishment

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Valencia designer Isabel Sanchis included this glittering metallic gown in her 2019 collection, complete with golden-fringe skirt. isabelsanchis.com Eliza Jane Howell’s Nancy gown and Mars bracelet are the perfect Deco pairing. Photo: Jacqulyn Hamilton; hair & make up: Cara McDaniel. elizajanehowell.com

rt Deco is a perennial influence in bridal design – loved for its flattering lines and glitzy flourish – but this season it has a fresh twist. You will find bold embellishment, metallic hues, sleek or flapper-style lines and all manner of beautiful accessories to add a sparkle to your look. It’s a glamour injection for any style of wedding and, whether you choose to add Deco elements in shoes and jewels or shimmy down the aisle in a full-on flapper gown, you will be both timeless and perfectly on trend.

Red-carpet favourite Naeem Khan has some fabulous flapper-style gowns in his new bridal collection, including this shimmering mini.

Original Art Deco Colombian emerald earrings. £24,500; susannahlovis.com

Exciting new designer Mar Rodriguez showed a gorgeous plungeneck gown with Deco lines at Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week. marrodriguez.com

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Tahitian balloon pearl and white gold cocktail ring by Sweet Pea. £3,065; sweetpeajewellery.com

Crystal embellished Cinderella Point shoe by Emmy London. £765; emmylondon.com

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blooms ydie Dalton grew up in rural southern France, in a family of flower and fruit growers, and was surrounded by the beauty of the French landscape. After moving to Paris, and then England, she developed her passion for all things floral – most particularly roses and the midsummer English garden. Becoming a florist was, she says, a return to her roots. Working across the Home Counties and London, her design approach combines English style with classic French elegance. She loves using perfumed roses – both English and French – and sources these, along with Provence lavender, from the very best suppliers. lydiedaltonfloraldesign.co.uk

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This bouquet incorporates a home-made armature to add movement and lightness, and let each bloom shine. It features a pastel combination of Guelder rose, Nigella, Astilbe, Astrantia hydrangea and lush Menta and Sensation roses. Greenery includes fern, eucalyptus and salal. Photo: Jacqulyn Hamilton. Hair & make-up: Cara McDaniel.

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This romantic domed bouquet centres on Lydia spray roses, alongside ranunculus, rice flowers, Astilbes, lilac and scented stock. It is hand tied with double velvet and silk ribbons. Photo: Jacqulyn Hamilton.

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This elegant hand-tied bouquet has a restrained colour palette of green, with accents of soft white and tonal pinks. It combines blowsy Queen Anne’s Lace flowers with traditional garden roses. Photo: Catherine Benson.

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This design blends greys and soft greens with blooms chosen for resilience to heat and sand. It includes eucalyptus, blue thistle and Majolika and Menta roses. Photo: Jacqulyn Hamilton. Gown: Sassi Holford.

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Leeming Brothers is the place for bespoke stationery to match your wedding design, offering inspiration and a huge choice of options. This lush botanic suite, incorporating everything from save the date to menus and thank you cards, is a smart choice for a summer country wedding. leemingbrothers.co.uk

Trimmed with twine and two wooden hearts, this romantic laser cut Hattie invitation is part of the range by creative card and invitation specialists Imagine DIY. A great way to add the personal touch to your invitations, the website is full of brilliant craft ‘how to’ ideas. imaginediy.co.uk

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Perfect for a summer garden wedding, this sweet bunting design is by Norma & Dorothy, which specialises in rustic style invitations featuring lovely traditional papers. As with all its designs, you can create a whole suite around this theme. normadorothy.com

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Citrus Fresh

Inspired by the Mediterranean, this lemondecorated invitation by Ananya Cards is a great choice for an Italian or Greek destination wedding. We love the rough edges on the design, adding a casual twist. ananyacards.com

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In a lovely floral lace-effect design, this laser-cut design by Imagine DIY has a traditional flavour with a modern twist. You’ll find a whole range of matching ideas for your wedding suite in its laser-cut collection. imaginediy.co.uk

Post Perfect Romantic wedding ideas from leading luxury stationers to inspire perfect party announcements

Created by leading designer Matthew Williamson, this bold Blue Maracas invitation is a brilliant scene setter for a destination or festival wedding. Featuring bold foliage on a blue background, it’s available exclusively from Papier. papier.com

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This lovely stationery suite is by Emmy Designs. With shimmering stars on a black background, it’s a standout design for the mantelpiece and a great way to announce a sparkling party to come. emmydesigns.co.uk A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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In the pink

This soft pink and gold design by award-winning baker Rosalind Miller is dressed with peonies and would be perfect as a standalone design or as part of a cake table. rosalindmillercakes.com

NAKED DELIGHT

Semi-naked cakes remain popular for more relaxed celebrations and Konditor & Cook makes fabulous designs that taste as good as they look. We love the simple elegance of this three-tier sponge. konditorandcook.com

HIGH DRAMA

Add some drama to your dessert table with this lush black cake decorated with lush orchids. It’s part of a range of creative and bold designs by the super-talented team at Elegateau. elegateau.co.uk

F E S T I VA L F L AV O U R

With a festival flavour, this three-tier white cake is dressed with fresh flowers and was designed by the team at La Belle Cake Company. labellecakecompany.co.uk

ROSE DELIGHT

With a rose-dressed base and five fabulous tiers trimmed with romantic blooms, this impressive Heartbeat design is a perfect centrepiece. It’s designed by cakemaker The Frostery. thefrostery.co.uk

GOLD GLAMOUR

In classic white trimmed with gold, this design is by London artisan cakemaker Nicky’s Buttercup Bakery. Featuring multiple tiers, it is topped with pure white sugarcraft roses. nickysbuttercupbakery.co.uk

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Seven creative ideas from some of our finest wedding cakemakers to ensure you and your guests indulge in sweet heaven

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Picking out bold wedding colours of yellow and black – and with a subtle flash of crystal – this smart design by GC Couture features four elegant heart-shaped tiers. gccouture.co.uk

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P R O N OV I A S

Form-fitting Higuera has a sleek off-theshoulder neckline with unusual cape sleeves that create a train effect. pronovias.com

ALEXANDRA GRECCO SUZANNE NEVILLE

Carmella has a fan-effect detail at the neckline, a striking architectural element to add the wow factor to a sleek gown. suzanneneville.com

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With a plunge neckline and bodycon shape, this design is by Alexandra Grecco. London stockist is The Wedding Club. thewedding-club.co.uk

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JUSTIN ALEXANDER S AVA N N A H MILLER

Nancy is an on-trend bridal jumpsuit with wide-leg trousers and a wrap-effect halter bodice with front split. savannahmiller.com

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A split-front bodice and graphic lace give this gown from the Beautiful collection a modern profile. enzoani.com

This gown by Justin Alexander has a flowing skirt and halter-effect bodice with twist detail at the neckline. justinalexander.com

J E N N Y YO O

With long sleeves and deep v front, this understated Blythe knit crepe gown is by New York bridal designer Jenny Yoo. jennyyoo.com

O S C A R D E L A R E N TA Utterly simple, this gown features a softly draped plunge bodice and neat belt detail. Stockists include The Wedding Gallery. oscardelarenta.com

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London’s finest From chic boutique venues and landmark buildings to central London hotels, here’s our pick of the smartest party places in the capital

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dd enduring touches of classic English grace and heritage to your ceremony at the Hurlingham Club, set on 42 pristine acres of classic English landscape. With extensive scenic grounds for photography—including emerald green croquet lawns, old growth trees, fragrant botanical gardens and the stately East Wing, the prestigious club offers a romantic fairytale event space. The wedding venue space can accommodate up to 800 guests and with the aid of The Hurlingham Club’s dedicated food and beverage team and expert event planning professionals, your day at this rarefied sanctuary of British prestige and tradition can be personalised to your specific needs. hurlinghamclub.org.uk/venue

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reated for royal parties, Banqueting House is one of the finest landmark settings in London, guaranteed to ensure your guests enjoy a memorable red-carpet occasion. It can host a dinner for over 350, with standing reception space for considerably more. The Main Hall with its romantic painted ceiling by Rubens is an unforgettable venue. The vaulted Undercroft – once among the favoured drinking haunts of King James I – is equally atmospheric. Your personal event manager will guide you on accredited suppliers for catering, flowers, furniture and entertainment. hrp.org.uk

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ampton Court Palace’s stunning combination of Tudor and Baroque architecture and beautiful grounds make it a majestic setting for a grand or intimate wedding celebration. The Garden Room has its own private walled garden and plenty of space for dancing. For more intimate weddings (up to 89), the Little Banqueting House makes a stunning location. It features glorious murals by Antonio Verrio and views of the Thames. For larger evening weddings, some palace ceremonial rooms are available, including the sumptuous Tudor hammer-beamed Great Hall and the atmospheric wood-panelled Cartoon Gallery, where you can feast banquet style surrounded by works of art. hrp.org.uk

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or weddings, Stoke Park is a stunning backdrop to your perfect day. Situated only 35 minutes from Central London and within 300 acres of beautiful parkland, landscaped gardens and lakes, stands an imposing white Palladian Mansion. Over 200 years old, the grand building is truly one of the most romantic settings for a marriage ceremony, civil partnership or wedding reception in the country. A star of the silver screen, not only does it make a picture perfect setting but as Britain’s leading 5 AA Red Star Hotel, Spa and Country Club, it offers undeniable luxury for your special day. stokepark.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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SUSANNAH LOV I S

These morganite and diamond teardrop earrings in an 18ct gold setting are from Burlington Arcade jewellery specialist Susannah Lovis. £4,800 susannahlovis.com

LARA HEEMS These unusual silver drop earrings from costume jewellery specialist Lara Heems feature a spiral of cubic zircona with a turquoise ball. £230; laraheems.com

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LINKS OF LONDON

Classic diamond studs from De Beers are an elegant and understated wedding-day finishing touch. Available in 0.30 and 0.70 carats, from £2,700; debeers.co.uk

From the Wholehearted collection, this Endless love 18ct rose gold vermeil bracelet features interlinked hearts. £450; linksoflondon.com

TROLLBEADS

Custom-create your own wedding-day tiara, choosing beads to match your style and wedding colours. Beads cost from £30 to £350. This design would cost from £160. trollbeads.com

ANNOUSHKA

Rose gold hoops studded with diamonds feature lovely tulip drops in lavender jade. The drops can be removed from the hoops. £1,145; annoushka.com

Bridal B EST

Our pick of wedding-day finery, from ontrend golden hoops to flower jewels and a delicious wedding-day tiara G I O VA N N I RASPINI CHAUMET

Perfect for a summer bride, these delicate diamond and pink opal Hortensia Aube Rosée earrings are from Chaumet’s Jardins collection. POA; chaumet.com

Southern Sea earrings feature natural freshwater pearls in a coral-pattern silver setting. £210; giovanniraspini.com

SWEET PEA FINE JEWELLERY

Decadent Flapper Girl hoop earrings feature gold chains beaded with seed pearls, moonstones and golden balls, making them perfect for afterdark glitter. £1,025; sweetpeajewellery.com

KO H I N O O R JEWELLERS

These elegant lemon quartz and green amethyst earrings are by Kohinoor Jewellers. £2,000; kohinoorjewellers.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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Delighting guests since 1865, The Langham, London continues to set the standard for luxury hotels in the capital. With its unique ‘Private Dining by Roux’ concept in partnership with Michel Roux Jr, genuine service and attention to detail in the lavish surroundings of The Grand Ballroom, The Langham, London will be the setting for your happiest memories.

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Ines di Santo’s romantic dress features a flowing skirt and fabulous balloon sleeves with frills below the shoulder and ruffles at the wrist. inesdisanto.com

RUFFLES Ruffles and frills are adding a flirtatious twist to bridal in 2019, featuring on skirts, sleeves and glamorous redcarpet accessories

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uffles and frills have been a recurring theme on the bridal runways of London, New York and Barcelona, cropping up on everything from frothy skirts to flyaway sleeves. You’ll even find them on bags and elegant bridal heels. Whether you want to add an ethereal or flirtatious edge, they are a brilliant way to add flow and movement – and an element of romantic drama – to your weddingday ensemble.

Awon Golding’s Lover veil in ruffled tulle with ivory blooms. £380; awongolding.com

Jimmy Choo Cloud suede clutch with ruffle. £1,595; jimmychoo.com

Di Hassall Amarine peep toes with organza ruffles. £290; dianehassall.com

Savin London’s signature ruffled skirt was paired with a bustier-style bodice and chic wedding coat on the London Bridal Week runway. savinlondon.com

Reem Acra’s ethereal bridal collection includes this gown with flounced skirt paired to crystal-trimmed bodice. UK stockists include The Wedding Gallery. reemacra.com

Cymbeline’s flirty wedding gown features a longline lace bodice and ornate flounced skirt. Cymbeline stockists include Mirror Mirror London. mirrormirror.uk.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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Notley Abbey bijouweddingvenues.co.uk 0345 130 9966 Stoke Park Country Club, Spa and Hotel stokepark.com 01753 71 71 71 Sunbeam Studios sunbeamstudios.com 020 8962 8690 Tower of London hrp.org.uk/tower-of-london 020 3166 6000

GIFTS BagPad bagpad.co.uk 07954 935624

Hever Castle hevercastle.co.uk 01732 865 224

Prezola prezola.com 0800 488 0082

Hurlingham Club hurlinghamclub.org.uk 020 7610 7400

Pullman Editions pullmaneditions.com 020 7730 0547

Kensington Palace hrp.org.uk/kensington-palace 020 3166 6000

The Wedding Shop weddingshop.com 020 7384 8400

Langham Hotel langhamhotels.com 020 7636 1000

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Leeds Castle leeds-castle.com 01622 765 400

Coco Nail Bar coconailbar.com 020 7243 1113

FA S H I O N The Couture Gallery thecouturegallery.com 020 7792 3100 Emmy London emmylondon.com 020 7704 0012 Onitaa onitaa.co.uk 020 3689 5927 Sassi Holford sassiholford.com 020 7584 1532

JEWELLERY Michael Platt michaelplatt.co.uk 020 8947 4772 Harriet Kelsall hkjewellery.co.uk 020 3886 0757 Preston Diamonds prestonsdiamonds.co.uk 01483 454091 Philippe Pfeiffer Jewellery Ltd philippepfeiffer.com 020 7377 9722

All the contacts you need when preparing for your big day

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

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TRAVEL

LEAVE NO TRACE

SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL

Long haul travel doesn't have to be an enviroment crime. We seek out places that offer sustainable experiences, such as Silversands Grenada on the glittering shores of Grand Anse Beach, pictured.

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Silversands Grenada, Caribbean Opened in December 2018, Silversands Grenada offers guests a chic, luxury and sustainability-led experience on the glittering shores of Grand Anse Beach. The resort has committed to supporting the Grenadian community by partnering with GRENROP (Grenada Network of Rural Women Producers), which provides farming jobs to single mothers on Grenada. The majority of fruit and veg for Silversands’ two restaurants come through the initiative, giving female growers guaranteed monthly financial benefits.  Rates at Silversands Grenada start from approx. £609 per night; silversandsgrenada.com

RURAL VOLUNTEERING

Nihi Sumba, Indonesia Sumba is a hauntingly beautiful Indonesian island 250 miles southeast of Bali - twice the size, yet undiscovered by mass tourism. Nihi Sumba is the only resort on the island, comprising 28 villas that blend into the resort’s lush environment. Philanthropy is at its core, with a chunk of profits channelled into The Sumba Foundation. As part of their stay, guests are encouraged to volunteer with foundation, which works to minimise poverty across the island. The foundation has had an incredible impact

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Manila, Philippines. A pioneer when it comes to delicious, organic, vegan cuisine, The Farm is home to award-winning Alive! Restaurant – one of Asia’s first and finest restaurants offering vegan cuisine. Alive! serves delicious, innovative vegan dishes using ingredients predominantly grown on-site, saving the transportation of food to the resort.  Rates at The Farm start from approx. £262 per night; thefarmatsanbenito.com

SUSTAINABLE SPLENDOR SILVERSANDS GRENADA, CARIBBEAN

off-the-beaten track group of six tropical islands in the Riau Archipelago, Indonesia. The stunning eco-resort combines high-end design with sustainability and a “back-tonature” concept, pioneering eco-friendly practices such as solar water heating, water desalination systems and fortnightly cleaning of its beaches. The resort has also set up a nursery to repopulate the islands’ forests and created a 500sqm permaculture garden. It recently announced the launch of Bawah Anambas Foundation (BAF), an independent charity aiming to protect and improve the overall ecosystem of the Anambas, by preserving land, sea and local community.  Rates at Bawah Reserve start from approx. £1515.65 per night; bawahreserve.com

NIHI SUMBA, INDONESIA

since its creation in 2001, reducing malaria infection rates by more than 93 per cent, with 360 students now trained in WHO Malaria Training. In 2008, the Nihi team launched their School Lunch Programme, encouraging guests to volunteer at the local school where they can serve the students lunch and spend valuable time learning more about the island’s rural villages.  Rates at Nihi Sumba start from approx. £1,627 per night based; nihi.com

VEGAN ACTION

Six Senses Krabey Island One of the latest outposts from the sensational Six Senses group, Six Senses Krabey Island draws upon the brand’s commitment of providing top-tier facilities wedded to environmental responsibility. Both resort and spa have been brilliantly designed to blend into their surroundings using local sustainable materials. As with all Six Senses resorts, there is an on-site water bottling plant providing drinking water in reusable glass bottles. The resort takes a proactive approach within the local community by supporting the education of disadvantaged youth through social projects within the local Khmer communities. What’s more, the marine ecosystem surrounding the island is looked after through projects to support and promote coral propagation and sea-plant growth.  Rates at Six Senses Krabey Island start from approx. £408; sixsenses.com

BAWAH RESERVE, INDONESIA

The Farm at San Benito, Philippines Veganism is said to be the single biggest way to reduce environmental impact on the earth and The Farm at San Benito puts this at the forefront of its values. The Farm is the original eco-luxury holistic medical wellness resort located in Lipa, Batangas, a 90-minute drive south of

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Knai Bang Chatt, Cambodia Once a 1960s escape for the elite, Knai Bang Chatt offers cultural and coastal holidaying in Kep National Park. Knai Bang Chatt is the only hotel in Cambodia to be recognised as internationally sustainable and has been certified Platinum to the Green Growth 2050 Global Standard. A Sustainability Manager is on site to ensure that this benchmark of excellence is upheld and educational sustainability tours are offered to all guests. Knai Bang Chatt also give back to their local community and environment, supporting several initiatives including the ‘Hand in Hand’ Cambodia socio-economic empowerment project. Over a number of years, the Hand in Hand initiative has invested nearly $1million to improve education, health and livelihood

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opportunities for over 600 million families in the neighbouring village.  Rates at Knai Bang Chatt start from approx. £140 per night; knaibangchatt.com

DAMAGE CONTROL

Six Senses Laamu, the Maldives Worldwide, human damage to natural habitats is an increasingly global concern, with the Maldives on heightened alert. Six Senses Laamu is a gorgeous resort, with sustainable practices like no other. It implements a ‘non-interference’ approach, with much of the island’s flora, fauna and reefs having survived for millions of years without the interruption of mankind. Damage avoidance was imperative to Six Senses, with buildings designed to minimise any damage to the lagoon and branches cut in a controlled way - so that plant matter can decompose and only fallen flowers can be used for decoration. The resort also runs incredible initiatives including restoring local coral reefs, removing shrimp and prawns from customer menus and conservation efforts to protect the turtles.  Rates at Six Senses Laamu start from approx. £659 based on two sharing a Lagoon Water Villa; sixsenses.com

REALLY WILD SHOW

Singita Serengeti House, Tanzania Travellers serious about conservation and philanthropy will feel right at home with Singita. Singita is one of Africa’s leading conservation brands, which not only pioneers anti-poaching tactics, but also brings new meaning to privacy, with over 350,000-acres of private concession in Tanzania for guests’ exclusive use. Located in the Singita Grumeti concession, considered one of the greatest conservation success stories in Africa, Singita Serengeti House is designed for exclusive use and is ideal for those seeking a relaxed freedom far from prying eyes. Guests can enjoy sundowners at one of Singita’s highflying anti-poaching observation points and meet the anti-poaching task force for a first-hand insight into the new era of tactics Singita have introduced to combat wildlife poaching. Formerly made up of several hunting concessions, there were virtually no animals left in the area when Singita took over the reserve and even the migration avoided the area. 15 years on, the turnaround has been extraordinary. Results include a four-fold increase in wildlife numbers since 2003.  Rates at Singita Serengeti House start from approx. £4785.63 per night on an exclusive-use basis; singita.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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THE FAIRMONT ROYAL PAVILION RESORT FROM THE AIR

Paradise FOUND Helen Baron seeks an answer to winter woes on Barbados’ Platinum Coast

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he answer to the long London winters, if you’re lucky, is a winter sun holiday to top up your vitamin D and remind you of the pleasures of the open air. A week or two somewhere hot and beautiful will keep the wolves of winter misery at bay... right? A long-haul flight with a couple of preschoolers cannot, however tiring, be as bad as a British winter completely unleavened by something – or more precisely somewhere – lighter, brighter and more beautiful. So we consider our options. Where can we go that offers (a) reliably great weather, (b) family-friendly things to do and (c) a direct flight with a duration less than nine hours? The answer is... not many places. Everywhere with serious sun in January or February (plus beautiful beaches and no ongoing war or murder epidemic) is ten or more hours away. In the end, only one destination appears to tick all the boxes: Barbados.

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We weren’t sure at first. Barbados seemed aimed at older generations. Many of the hotels and private villas we looked at online – even some very famous and nominally luxurious ones – left a lot to be desired in terms of decor and design. Not that it mattered in the end. The fear of flying for longer than a full working day with a couple of small sociopaths did not diminish. We chose a hotel, booked flights and took a deep, deep breath. Spoiler alert: it all worked out. We just about made it through the flights. Things got very hairy in the final thirty minutes outbound, and our older daughter didn’t sleep for about 36 consecutive hours coming back. But it was doable, even with kids as active and intractable as ours. And what came between made it very worthwhile. The first thing to say is that Barbados itself is sublime. It’s a small island, so you can get around it super easy in a hire car, and they drive on the left, so there’s not even that initial period of awkward adjustment. It’s also well-maintained in relation to some of its neighbours, with AL FRESCO DINING ON THE FAIRMONT’S TERRACE

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THE SUITE’S BEACH TERRACE WITH A VIEW OF THE SEA

“The beaches – all of which are public by law – are numerous, pristine and often world-beatingly beautiful”

clean streets, clear signposting and lots of shops and services. Admittedly, it’s highly developed: no vast tracts of untouched jungle here. But the beaches – all of which are public by law – are numerous, pristine and often world-beatingly beautiful. The general atmosphere is upbeat and the people are incredibly friendly – in fact, there’s a sense (confirmed to us by several locals) that the economic inequalities here are less pronounced than on other Caribbean islands, which makes for lower rates of crime and social unrest. Everyone also seems to love kids, so you don’t have to apologise as much as you might elsewhere. Our overall impression was of general convenience and resounding good vibes. Speaking of good vibes, we also turned out to be extremely fortunate in our choice of hotel. We stayed at the Fairmont Royal Pavilion, one of the oldest resorts on the island, positioned in a sweet spot halfway up the western (or ‘platinum’) coast. The Fairmont was built before regulations were introduced prohibiting development too close to the beach, so it occupies an enviable spot right on the sand. We stayed in a beachfront suite: 650 square feet of newly refurbished space with a superking bed for us, double sofa-bed for the kids and a private terrace overlooking the strand. Waking each morning to the pale gleam of the sun on the sea was an

experience bettered only by viewing the same panorama at dusk, when the ebbing light swept the water with deepening shades of gold and rose. Our littles walked the dimming sand collecting fragments of coral and shell while we sipped margaritas and gazed in utter contentment. It did us the world of good. It’s no exaggeration to say that, following recent renovations, the Fairmont is probably the most stylish and luxurious hotel on the island. Residents of beachfront suites benefit from a dedicated butler service, all manner of extra treats – the children loved the daily delivery of macaroons, while we grown-ups appreciated the free wi-fi and amazing buffet breakfasts – and, of course, access to the beach so direct it’s not even a stone’s throw away. There’s also an exquisite garden teeming with palms and green monkeys, plus tennis courts, a beach club offering free watersports and turtle tours, three restaurants and a perfectly-sized pool,

where our elder daughter learned to swim unaided for the first time. We heard that they’re planning to introduce a kids club, which would make the whole thing even more perfect, if that’s possible. And right next door – reachable via a short walk up the beach – is the Lone Star restaurant, one of the best on the island, where you can dine while your little ones play on the sand. The Fairmont is also ideally situated for exploring further afield. The buzzing nightlife of St Lawrence Gap is 15 minutes’ drive away, while another five minutes takes you to the happy crowds of Oistins fish fry. Back north and closer to the Fairmont there’s luxury shopping at the Limegrove mall and the world-famous Sandy Lane golf course, while we also enjoyed a day lounging at the Boatyard in Bridgetown (the island’s capital), with its beach-party vibe, sea trampolines and jetty-jumping. We discovered some great cafes and restaurants on the picturesque Hastings boardwalk – notably the Artsplash Centre, with its huge children’s playground, and the Blue Pineapple, home of amazing veggie options and killer cocktails. Best, though, was the boat ride we took on our penultimate morning, organised by the hotel’s watersports team, which saw us tour the insanely picturesque coastline with a local captain before swimming with wild sea turtles in crystalline waters. Memories like that don’t fade. And they definitely helped us to stay positive on the red-eye flight home…

Rates for the Fairmont start from $468 and are per room, per night, based on double occupancy in a Luxury Oceanfront inclusive of BB, Fast Track and once per stay afternoon tea fairmont.com

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his Georgian townhouse dates back to the 1740s, when it was a gentleman’s residence. Converted to a hotel in the 1930s, it was bought recently by hoteliers Peter and Lana de Savary and offers old-fashioned comfort and English country cosiness, with a stylish, contemporary edge. Staff are friendly and professional. A series of potting shed cabins are currently being built in the charming walled garden to provide additional accommodation.

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herborne is the ancient capital of Dorset; it’s a pretty town near the Somerset border known for its medieval Abbey and castle. It’s just under an hour’s drive to the beautiful Jurassic coastline, while The Haynes Motor Museum and the Fleet Air Arm Museum are within easy reach. We spend an enjoyable afternoon at the motor museum with its vast collection of classic cars (and good cake in the cafe too).

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e are tucked away upstairs in comfortable connecting rooms, perfect for families. There are huge, comfortable beds and luxurious blankets along with toiletries from the White Company, fluffy towels and robes, a nespresso machine and a fantastic shower plus two vast televisions. We appreciated the welcoming carafe of sloe gin.

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he Eastbury’s awardwinning Seasons restaurant is headed up by chef Matthew Street (former Masterchef finalist and local hero) and his kitchen is serious and ambitious. Dubbed the Best Hotel Restaurant in Dorset again in 2019, it’s proud of its entry in A Taste of the West Country. Highlights of our dinner include Devon crab salad and poached salmon in coconut broth – there’s also a seven course tasting menu.

THE EASTBURY HOTEL DORSET By P E N D L E H A RT E

English country house charm, contemporary comfort and excellent food THE EASTBURY HOTEL Rooms start from £195 B&B theeastburyhotel.co.uk

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SOFT TOUCH MINIMALISMA

Minimalisma use only the most luxurious materials like cashmere, silk or merino wool for their designs. Pieces are made to be breathable and stretchable with no side seams; perfect for active babies and children. shop.minimalisma.com

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‘ Enjoying childhood and realising our imagination.’ “My time at Dallington has helped me to grow in body, mind and soul – this is something that I am immeasurably grateful for. Dallington has given me a push in the direction of success and I am thankful for all they have done. I will do the best I can to repay them, the best I can, by leading an honest and dignified life.” - Nick (Year 6 pupil) Dallington is a family-run co-educational independent school, with a nursery, in the heart of London.

Personal tours each day of the week, except Wednesday. Next Open Evening: Thursday 16th May 2019 from 6 to 8 pm

Headteacher: Maria Blake Proprietor and Founder: Mogg Hercules MBE Email: hercules@dallingtonschool.co.uk Phone: 020 7251 2284 www.dallingtonschool.co.uk

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BRAND FOCUS

CHINA GIRL WA N D E R A N D WO N D E R

Hong Kong brand Wander and Wonder's new collection is designed in collaboration with young textile and graphic designer Yuk Yee and is a riot of happy, playful prints and embroidery. Think peacocks, bold sunshine colours, guitars, florals, tacos and Frida (of course). wander-n-wonder.com

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SMALL TALK Summer matters: tassels and trims, belly boards and stylish swimwear

DRUMMER TOTS SCHOOL OF RHYTHM

Drumming is fun yet challenging, a highly energetic and uplifting activity which boosts self-confidence as well as instilling inner calm. It improves coordination and the ability to focus. International drummer Dominique Pizzinat runs the School of Rhythm in Penge, focusing on drumming lesssons for all ages. schoolofrhythm.com

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EDITOR’S PICK

hen Emily and Sabrina met on holiday with their children, they bonded over what they both agreed was a lack of stylish swimwear for tots in British stores. Together they devised Sunuva, a brand dedicated not only to fun and fashion but also to sun protection. Sunuva's rash vests, swim shorts, bikinis and swimsuits are all created using a premium Italian fabric that provides 50+ UPF defence against 97% of the sun's harmful rays. It's a luxurious, comfortable fabric and Sunuva designs new prints every season, making the collections quirky, colourful and wearable. With cute complementary colours for siblings, the range includes swimsuits, shorts and bikinis as well as rash vests, surf suits and kaftans. Your little ones' entire summer wardrobes, in fact. sunuva.com

HEAD SPACE

DICK PEARCE B E L LY B OA R D S

S O P H I E ' S WO R L D

Handmade in Cornwall, Dick Pearce wooden bellyboards support the strong tradition of riding waves on wood – and there are mini versions for tots too, including this pretty two-tone, unicorn-themed one.

This intriguing book sets out to draw teenagers into the world of Socrates, Descartes, Spinoza, Hegel and all the great philosophers. A beautiful new Folio Society edition features illustrations by Sandra Rilova.

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EDUCATION • OPINION

FIRMLY GROUNDED: JAG’S STUDENTS

REAL

Sally-Anne Huang, Headmistress of James Allen’s Girls’ School, on her highly successful social media campaign

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t’s impossible to listen to the news these days without hearing stories about the mental health crisis amongst young people. Schools, universities and doctors are all acutely aware of the increased number of reported cases and are also keen to explain the cause of the problem. It seems that social media is an easy target. A relatively new phenomenon, it can often be blamed for all sorts of evil. From my own perspective, I think social media can do a lot of good. It helps people to connect, stay in touch and share ideas. Many of the teenagers I know use it to sustain friendships and plan fuller lives. I do tend to think the line of ‘total evil which should be banned’ has Luddite overtones and merely indicates the failure of one generation to

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understand another. However, I do recognise we all have a tendency to portray only the best of ourselves online. For teenagers, this pressure seems much worse. In a world of filters, they pick only the very best images of themselves to post – often counting the likes and being offended if people don’t comment positively or follow back. Any one individual participating is then on the receiving end of other carefully curated accounts where everyone is seen in the right light from the right angle and is having a great time with their many friends. Real life, as it is really lived, with grey clouds, slight discomfort and bad hair days, never gets a look in. It stands to reason that, if you are forever pursuing a false, edited ideal, mental health and real happiness will often be sacrificed.

“My posts reveal the less-thanperfect moments in my day”

KEEPING IT

We get told that teachers are role models to the young people in our schools. I’m not sure that extends entirely to headteachers but, in any case, I have tried to do things differently for a little while. For the past few months I have been posting with the tag #headteachersreallife, photos and comments which reveal the less than perfect moments in my day. Don’t worry – I haven’t gone for the really tragic or depressing, but you might have seen untidy desks, missed trains and sad looking lunches. I am astounded by the response, and have enjoyed seeing other heads from across the country embracing the hashtag. Tweets have ranged from one head being stung on the foot by a bee in his sock to another admitting to insomnia before the start of term. The response from the national media has also been overwhelming, and the campaign has seen coverage in the Evening Standard, iNews and the BBC. The girls who have spoken about the hashtag say that they have enjoyed seeing aspects of my daily life and found comfort in the fact that I have mishaps too. They do feel that it makes me seem more approachable. Similarly, I take comfort in the tweets from other heads who also admit to having bad days. There’s always the pressure when you’re growing up to think that you’re the only one that has any problems. It takes confidence to admit that not everything in your day has gone as you might have liked it to go. For me, there’s great mental health in being able to say that and in being able to laugh at it. If we believe that striving for an impossibly perfect ideal to match those edited online lives is making our students ill, then we should at least offer a more realistic alternative.

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KIDS & EDUCATION • PROFILE

CASSANDRA RHODIN

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S T Y L E Absolutely meets Cassandra Rhodin, founder of Mini Rodini Wo r d s P E N D L E H A R T E

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Hawkesdown House School

‘One school, two buildings, great teaching, and tip top facilities.’ The Good Schools Guide

For Boys & Girls aged 2 to 11 years

The Study is a leading prep school situated in the heart of Wimbledon Village. We identify and nurture each girl’s unique academic, creative and sporting skills in a caring and supportive community.

For further details and to book a school visit, contact Jane Davis on 020 8947 6969 www.thestudyprep.co.uk Registered Charity No. 271012

27 Edge Street, Kensington, London W8 7PN Telephone: 0207 727 9090 Email: admin@hawkesdown.co.uk www.hawkesdown.co.uk

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I DREW THIS COLLECTION WHILE I WAS ON A TROPICAL ISLAND WITH A HIGH FEVER What made you start Mini Rodini? I was working as a fashion illustrator when I had my son, but I felt ambivalent about the fashion industry. I was quite lonely - I was a young parent and had no friends with children, and I hated waiting for work. I was frustrated that children’s clothes were so gendered – all boys’ clothes had cars on them; all girls’ clothes were pink. How did you begin? I have always been into drawing and I always produce lots of illustrations. I wanted to make clothes that children would want to wear, with fantasy and playfulness. Not miniature versions of adult clothes. And what about the brand’s focus on sustainability? I was never interested in conventional production. I didn’t want to go into

this dirty industry, but now I have 100 employees and we’re part of a living wages programme, because sustainability’s not just about nature – it’s also a social thing. All our cotton is organic and we don’t use factories in Cambodia or Bangladesh. Also, we focus on making our clothes last longer they are designed to be handed down. In the new shop we will have an area where you can trade in your old pieces. Mini Rodini pieces have become very collectible - how do they change hands? In Sweden, there are actually Facebook groups dedicated to collecting rare pieces and past collections! That happened organically. Where do you find inspiration for your drawings? The current collection is called Tropical Island – I drew it while I was on a tropical island with a very high fever, so it’s a Paracetamol-inspired fantasy. The prints include a monkey playing Madonna on a boombox, bananas wearing sunglasses and crocodiles lurking. MINI RODINI minirodini.com

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KEW GREEN preparatory school

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

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

Quality of Links with Parents - “Excellent”

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

Independent Schools Inspectorate Report - July 2015

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9.15am Wednesday, 15th November 9.15am 15thJanuary May ‘192018 9.15am Wednesday Wednesday, 17th 9.15am Wednesday 12th June ‘19 9.15am Wednesday, 7th February 2018 To book your place on an open morning, please go to To register your attendance at one of our open mornings, kgps.co.uk/admissions or phone 020 8948 5999 please phone 020 8948 5999 or mail secretary@kgps.co.uk

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

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

Quality of Links with Parents - “Excellent”

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

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To your place on an open morning, pleasemornings, go to To book register your attendance at one of our open rpps.co.uk/admissions phone 020secretary@rpps.co.uk 8846 9153 please phone 0208 846 or 9153 or mail

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EDUCATION • OPINION BRAMPTON COLLEGE STUDENTS

SOCIAL DIFFICULTIES For teenagers, the pressure to fit in can strongly affect them academically and emotionally. A new school which places an emphasis on wellbeing can provide a fresh start. A sixth-form college also offers a great opportunity to make new friends as everybody is new and there are no existing and long-established friendship groups.

SCHOOL ETHOS

TIMING is all Bernard Canetti, the Principal at Brampton College, on moving your teenager to a new school

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or those who haven’t yet settled at school, the New Year can be a tough time. Whether it’s down to academic difficulties, struggling to make friends or simply not feeling challenged, being unsettled at school will often spill out into a teenager’s personal life. It leads to changes in behaviour such as underachieving academically, not wanting to go to school, a drop in motivation or even apathy. For parents it can be difficult to know when a problem is normal teenage behaviour or something more. Changing school is a big decision. If your child is unhappy or unmotivated, however, moving school for their final year or their entire sixth form can be the best boost to getting a young person back on track. Preparing early and looking at schools in the New Year will help ensure you’re adequately prepared for a move come September. To help you make the right decision you may want to consider the following:

“Sixth form is a crucial time, it should be marked by subject specialism” IS YOUR CHILD BEING STRETCHED ACADEMICALLY? Some schools have more rigorous academic standards than others, while some put greater emphasis on helping struggling students achieve their personal academic aspirations. Focusing on just the highest and lowest achievers can be a problem for many children who fall in the middle bracket and can get lost amid a class of 20 or more. Those who could have been pushed to attain A or even A* grades may not gain the grades they are capable of achieving.

Sometimes the overall ethos of a student’s current school may just not be right. At Brampton we often meet students who feel their current school is at odds with their own targets. These same students often comment that they feel a lack of individual attention and care, one student told us he felt like ‘just another number’. If your child is experiencing similar feelings it’s possibly time to consider a move.

ACADEMIC STRUGGLES We also meet students who have experienced too much academic pressure to succeed, which becomes detrimental to their confidence. It is often the case that a student has the ability and intelligence to do well but just hasn’t been adequately supported. Students may lack confidence in their current school’s academic provision or the quality of teaching may be inconsistent – for example too many changes of teachers or the absence of rapport and trust. Often teachers are simply not accessible enough. Ultimately, sixth form is a crucial time in a student’s life – a time of significant development which should be marked by subject specialism, increased responsibility and leadership opportunities with a view to life beyond school. If these opportunities aren’t being offered, another school may be a better fit. Ensuring that your teenager gains their A-Levels at a school which adequately supports them emotionally and academically is the best route to ensuring they succeed with the next step on their academic path.

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CAMBRIDGE ROAD SOUTH, CHISWICK An elegant Victorian townhouse arranged over four floors situated conveniently between Chiswick High Road and the river Thames with the picturesque Strand on the Green just a short walk over the footbridge nearby. EPC = D

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£1,195,000 CHISWICK 020 8994 6567

ST ELMO ROAD, CHISWICK A charming Victorian family home currently arranged as two apartments, easily converted if desired into a four bedroom house with further potential STPP. EPC = D

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£1,100,000 CHISWICK 020 8994 6567

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Woodstock Road, W4

£2,795,000 Stile Hall Gardens, W4

Situated in the heart of Bedford Park, a ‘Norman Shaw’ Grade II Listed house which has been recently refurbished and modernised to create a superb family home, energy rating e.

A beautifully presented, semi-detached Victorian home with five double bedrooms, a full width kitchen/dining room extension and a large garden as well as a roof terrace, energy rating e.

020 8987 3000 chiswicksales@fletcherestates.com

Burnaby Gardens, W4

020 8987 3000 chiswicksales@fletcherestates.com

£1,550,000 Burlington Lane, W4

This semi-detached family home has five bedrooms, a double reception room and a large kitchen with bi-folding doors opening onto a private walled garden, energy rating d. 020 8987 3000 chiswicksales@fletcherestates.com

£1,700,000

£1,695,000

Located close to the River Thames, a five bedroom, two bathroom house with a large eat-in kitchen with doors leading on to a beautiful garden. There is off-street parking, energy rating e. 020 8987 3000 chiswicksales@fletcherestates.com

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Alwyn Avenue, W4 Arranged over four floors, this four/five bedroom house has a large reception room and a fully fitted kitchen leading onto a garden with a self contained studio. There is a cinema room and gym in the basement, energy rating c.

Homefield Road, W4 Set in this beautiful tree-lined road in central Chiswick, a four bedroom family home offered in excellent condition throughout. There is a large double reception room and an eat-in kitchen with French doors opening out onto a garden, energy rating e.

£2,200 per week 020 8742 4100 chiswicklettings@fletcherestates.com

£1,384 per week 020 8742 4100 chiswicklettings@fletcherestates.com

Tenants fees apply: £180 per tenancy towards administration, £60 reference fee per tenant and £144 for a professional check in (All inc of VAT).

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SALES

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FAIRLAWN AVENUE, AVENUE, W4 AIREDALE

£465,000 £1,650,000

LETTINGS

An presented, fully extended refurbished Edwardian semi-detached house this sought after residential road running An immaculately amazingly light, well presented tripleand aspect flat with the added benefit of afamily balcony andlocated privateongarden. Three bedrooms, luxury bathroom, South off Chiswick High Road. Reception room with kitchen/family room with fullprivate height garden bifold doors, open aspect 14' reception room, fully integrated kitchen, gas bay firedwindow, central stunning heating, extended share in the freehold, balcony and with 41’ side access. Ideally West facing garden, master bedroom with ensuite fiveand further double bedrooms, two further bathrooms, WC,on front gardenHigh with Road. side access situated within close proximity of Chiswick Park bathroom, tube station the extensive shopping and restaurant facilities Chiswick to the rear garden. Airedale Avenue is within easy walking distance of Chiswick High Road’s extensive facilities and also close to the River. Transport links include Turnham Green and Stamford Brook Stations, local bus routes and the A4/M4 for routes in and out of London.

LINDENCOTTAGE, GARDENS, W4 LAMB W4 BOLTON ROAD, W4

£330 PER WEEK £1.600,000 £2,150,000

A newly decorated lowersixground floor garden flatpresented with private west facing garden. Large double bedroom wardrobes, receptionspace, room with An exceptionally spacious bedroom family house in excellent order throughout to offer a great balancewith of living and entertaining wood floors, with shower over, fitted kitchen, garden. The with flat is on one of Chiswick's locatedThree roads, moments from the shops, combined withbathroom 105’ garden, garage and off street parking. Master bedroom luxury ensuite, Five furtherbest bedrooms, further bathrooms, Three restaurants cafés25’ onBespoke the High Road and 5 minutes from Turnham Green station. The property available early September, furnished. reception rooms, built in Kitchen/Breakfast room, Wine cellar, Integral garage, Off street is parking for two cars, Magnificent 105’ Landscaped garden, Summer house, Ideally situated in the heart of the Grove Park area offering close proximity to Chiswick (mainline) Station, and riverside walks.

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LETTINGS POINT WHARF PRIORY ROAD,LANE, W4 TW8

£350£860,000 PER WEEK

ABeautifully pretty Victorian house two with double current planning to extend this highly popularsought residential close to all amenities. Boasting Two double bedrooms,open Largeplan presented bedroompermission second floor flat ininthis afterstreet riverside development. a stunning loft, Whitereception bathroomroom, suite, a24’ Through receptionand room, Kitchen, Breakfast room, Utility, 25’ garden, Current planning permission extend. kitchen river side balcony a master ensuite bedroom. Large Private open plan reception room, fully fitted kitchentowith granite work Situated in this quiet residential street offering close proximityparking to tube space and bus networks as well as the extensive high road facilities. tops, fitted wardrobes and riverside views. Underground included.

QUEENCOTTAGE, ANNESROAD GROVE, W4 W4 LAMB W4NORTH, CAMBRIDGE

£430 PER WEEK £1.600,000 £525,000

large, light presented two double bedroom flatthe onadded this highly road the parking heart ofand Bedford just minutes AAstunning, lightand andbeautifully spacious newly built two bed penthouse flat with benefitdesirable of allocated offin street 10 yearPark, warranty. Master from Turnham Green underground station. Topensuite floor position ensures beautiful from the reception and bedrooms. ensuite comprising double bedroom, luxury and dressing room, Secondviews double bedroom, Luxury bathroom, 18’ Reception room, Fully integrated kitchen, Utility cupboard, New 999 year lease, Allocated off street parking. Ideally situated in this small block of ten private flats offering close proximity to all amenities. No chain. *Help to buy available

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www.johnmartinestates.com

EALING W5

ÂŁ795,000 FREEHOLD

A charming three bedroom end of terrace family home in the heart of the renowned Brentham Garden Estate, in the same ownership since 1962, and with some period style features. To the ground floor is a spacious bright and airy lounge, dining room, fitted kitchen and utility area. To the first floor are three good sized bedrooms, family bathroom and separate cloakroom. The property also benefits from gas fired central heating, secondary glazing throughout and a 55’ rear garden. Energy Performance Certificate E

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“PITSHANGER’S COMMUNITY ESTATE AGENT”

EALING W5

£2,000 Per Calendar Month

A fabulous three bedroom corner cottage in the heart of the Brentham Estate, recently refurbished to a high specification. The property offers two reception rooms, modern newly fitted kitchen, modern wet room and three good sized bedrooms. There is wood flooring in living areas, carpets in hallways & on stairs, original quarry tiling in kitchen, gas fired central heating and period features. There is a delightful south facing rear garden and off street parking. Energy Performance Certificate D

*In addition to rent, tenants pay deposit (usually six weeks’ rent per property) and administration fee of £120 (inc VAT) per tenant plus check out fee (determined by size of property) at end of tenancy. Any guarantor required pays administration fee of £60 (inc VAT). No renewal fees are payable.

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Welcome to The Hogarth Get in shape using our state of the art gym. Be expertly led in inclusive personal training sessions and classes. Play tennis or squash, swim in our newly renovated mood lit pool Support your training or relax with a treatment in our award-winning MediSpa. Fuel your lifestyle at the Crucial Cafe. Enjoy a drink at The Airedale

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Absolutely Chiswick, Richmond & West May 2019  

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