SLOAN! 21st Edition


In this issue: celebrity interviews with Spencer Matthews, Georgia Toffolo, Sir Andy Murray and Cyrus Todiwala OBE DL. Haven of Yumminess with Youtube sensation Cupcake Jemma. Active Affluent hits the slopes for winter sports. Christmas Gift Guide and seasonal suggestions for her, for him, for baby, for the home and for pets. Luxury hotels including London Hilton on Park Lane and The Athenaeum. London's best dining destinations. Highlights from the 63rd London Film Festival. Plus features on Baby & Toddler, Beauty & Grooming, Expert Articles, Food & Drink, Health & Wellbeing, Home & Garden, Product Round-ups, Sport & Fitness and lots more.













21st edition








Ask The


Sweet Treats with

Cupcake Jemma

Interviews with:

Georgia Toffolo

Andy Murray

Cyrus Todiwala









Sloan Sheridan-Williams

We discover the woman behind the successful entrepreneur,

media personality and international speaker to find out what

makes Sloan Sheridan-Williams stand out from all the rest!

Sloan Sheridan-Williams is a uniquely talented celebrity life coach who has

worked with rock stars to royalty and politicians to CEOs. Her VIP clients

include Hollywood actors, professional athletes and reality TV stars. She

also works with brands from start ups to global leaders such as Unilever,

BMW, Honda, David Brown Automotive, eHarmony, Whirlpool, Hotels.

com and to name a few.


Sloan Sheridan-Williams is known for her work as one of the leading

“diagnosticians in the complementary therapy world” She is often

commended for having the fastest results in the shortest time often tackling

problems that have yet to be solved by others. Sloan achieves this using

over a decade of experience and is unique in the fact that she has trained in

so many different areas using their diversity to fix problems that a single

qualified practitioner may not be able to address. She talks about all these

area in the press on a regular basis both in the UK and globally.


Sloan was originally known in her capacity as an experienced therapist and

success coach, but she is impossible to pigeon hole. Over the last 15 years,

she has had the opportunity to work in many different arenas from legal to

political, medical to media, and corporate to academia. Educated at Oxford

University where she originally read Medicine,

Sloan then attended University College London

before converting to Law. Sloan has collaborated

with some of the finest institutions and brands in

the UK, if not the world, and has had the pleasure

to work with some very talented individuals.

Sloan’s latest work is her new book, “Slap Fear

In The Face” which is available in e-book and

paperback at

Visit to learn more

about Sloan and her extraordinary work.


Sloan has worked with rock

stars to royalty and politicians to

CEOs. Her VIP clients include

Hollywood actors, professional

athletes and reality TV stars


As a respected relationship

expert, Sloan has appeared in

the UK and international media

over 200 times. She is also a

charismatic media personality,

radio host and trained presenter.


Sloan is an engaging and

inspirational world class

international speaker and has

shared the stage with some

of the top business experts

and entrepreneurs in the UK

including John Lee, Vincent

Wong, Andy Harrington and

Shaa Wasmund MBE.


Sloan has a combined social

media following of over 450K on

Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and

LinkedIn. She is also the founder

and editor-in-chief of SLOAN!

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2019 has been an amazing year!

From welcoming Baby Sloan

into the world and publishing

my book “Slap Fear In The

Face” to working with a host

of inspirational celebrities and

growing an even bigger raving fan

base for SLOAN!

I'm delighted to present the 21st

edition of SLOAN! incorporating

the Christmas Gift Guide which is

bigger and better than ever before.

The build up from the famously

unseasonal Christmas in July is

now beautifully transformed onto

our pages thanks to our fabulous

design team.

In this issue we've gone back to

our roots with exclusive interviews

with Made in Chelsea alumni

- Spenny and Toff - who both

opened up about their lives after

MIC. If you are looking to make

a change in 2020, be inspired by

their journeys.

We've increased our food and

drink coverage including a focus

on champagnes and sparkling

wines and broadened the Book

Club to include titles for you to

enjoy with your little ones.

As always a big thank you to my

team who have worked as hard

as ever to deliver our biggest

issue yet filled with things we're

sure you'll love including articles

from leading experts in their

field and as always you won't

find distracting advertisements in


Look out for the launch of my

exciting new project next year

which I can't wait to share as it is

going to transform countless lives!

A big thank you also to you

our readers, for your continued

support. The team and I love your


Continue to be inspired!


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Karine Jackson, London Hairdresser of the Year finalist in HJ’s British Hairdressing

Awards 2019, secures stellar status in London’s hottest hair & beauty scene

Karine Jackson is the owner of

Karine Jackson Hair & Beauty at 24

Litchfield Street in Covent Garden

- the first certified sustainable hair

salon in London offering vegan and

organic colour-led services for the

last 16 years.

Having been confirmed as a finalist

in HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards

2019, sponsored by Schwarzkopf

Professional, Karine has impressed

more than 100 hair industry judges

to be named one of just six stylists

shortlisted for the prestigious

London Hairdresser of the Year

category – which welcomed entries

from aspiring hairdressers from all

across the capital and the greater

London area.


Karine’s creative hairstyling and

exceptional skill in cutting and

colouring ensured her photographic

work stood out from the rest. Her

collection of eight trend-led artistic

hairdressing will put her in the

running to be crowned London

Hairdresser of the Year at the big

ceremony – the Oscars of the hair

world – HJ’s British Hairdressing

Awards in November 2019 – which

is now in its 35th year.

Speaking about her achievement,

Karine said: “The calibre of

hairdressing recognised in these

awards is widely known, and I’m

very proud to have done so well.

There are amazing hairdressers in

London producing fantastic hair,

so I’m thrilled to be nominated.

Hairdressing is a beautiful part of

my life and I love how my work is

bringing other people delight and

receiving such a great reception.”

Commenting on the announcement,

Jayne Lewis-Orr, executive director

of HJ’s British Hairdressing

Awards said; “To be named as a

finalist in the London Hairdresser

of Year category highlights just

how exceptional Karine is. This

is one of the most hotly contested

categories every year with a lot of

amazing talent vying for the title

from established names to emerging,

younger people.

“The capital, more than any other

place, attracts those hungry and

passionate for success. They bring

innovative and brave ideas, and

release creativity and boldness

in their stunning collections. Her

hairstyling demonstrated this

fantastic skill and vision, and rightly

gives her the acknowledgement as

one of the UK’s best hairdressers.”

Karine Jackson


Karine Jackson offers Vegan hair

services, meaning Vegans can

enjoy high-end hairdressing with

everything from the colour and

products to the cookies and drinks

(almond milk is available for tea in

coffee) meeting their requirements.

Karine’s uses Vegan-friendly brand

Organic Colour Systems, which

displays the PETA Cruelty free

and Vegan logos, and also sponsor

Greenpeace. As an added bonus,

Organic Colour Systems uses the

lowest possible form of PPD, and is

free from ammonia. The products

are made in Hampshire so boast

a low carbon footprint, and the

company refuses to trade with

countries or businesses that endorse

animal testing.


Karine has paved the way for other

salons in the industry, proving that

being ethical doesn’t mean having

to compromise on performance.

Her salon excels at amazing colour,

whether it’s an ice white blonde, a

lived-in balayage, or a bright pink.

Sustainability is becoming a huge

topic of discussion, and Karine is on

a mission to become the first plasticfree

salon in the UK. She hopes to

inspire others to unite and strive

towards eliminating single-use

plastics, from bottles of shampoo to

the bottles of water her employees

bring into work. She previously won

London Hairdresser of the Year in



HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards,

sponsored by Schwarzkopf

Professional, celebrates the very best

of British hairdressing, recognising

and rewarding the creative talents

of individuals and teams who make

the industry so vibrant. Currently

over 287,000 people work within the

hairdressing, barbering and beauty

industries, with salons often making

up the backbone of the high street,

contributing over £7bn to the UK

economy each year. It’s an ever

expanding industry too, with over a

third of salons in 2018 (41%) noting

that turnover had increased from the

previous year.

HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards,

sponsored by Schwarzkopf

Professional will take place on 25th

November 2019 at the JW Marriott

Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane,


Find out more about Karine Jackson


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Abi Wright

Abi Wright is Managing Director

and Co-Founder of Spabreaks.

com, which she founded in 2008.

Since then, the company has grown

to become Europe’s leading spa

bookings agency and helps more

than 6,000 people enjoy a spa break

each week. Abi is a board member

of the UK Spa Association, and was

most recently named as one of the

Timewise Power 50 champions of

flexible working, as well as being

on the judging panel for the 17th

annual NatWest everywoman Awards


Abi says, "We’ve just launched our

new Elysium Collection, so if you’re

looking for a truly exceptional spa

experience, there you'll find the best

UK spas and bucket-list experiences

that are not to be missed!"


for more information.

We believe that spas

should be enjoyed by

everyone and have worked

hard to make this a reality

Spa Etiquette: The

Do's & Don'ts of

Visiting a Spa

Modern lives are busy, hectic and stressful at times, so heading off

for a rejuvenating spa day or break is the perfect time out. However,

for first-timers, there are a few etiquette expectations you should be

aware of. Abi Wright, Founder of, the UK’s leading

spa bookings agency with over 800 spas across the UK and overseas,

has pulled together some of her top tips and answered some common

questions about how to make the most of a spa experience, and avoid

any faux-pas.


A spa day is about being relaxed. So wear something comfortable,

take a swimming costume (or two – one to swim in, and one to have

your treatments in) and a pair of flip flops. Also, find out whether the

spa provides robes, towels and slippers before you go, and check if the

restaurant has a dress code.


Spa days and breaks are all about enjoying a little time to yourself, so

we encourage guests to bring in books or magazines to sit back and

lose themselves in for a while. While it’s important that you feel happy

and relaxed, it’s also important to respect others in the spa and their

experience too. It is generally good manners not to bring your mobile

into the spa (it is the perfect place to enjoy a little digital-detox), but if

you must bring it in be sure to use earphones for music and make sure

it is set to do not disturb.


Always arrive for spa treatments 10-15 minutes early to check-in and

fill out your consultation form. If you have time, it's always nice to use

the pool, sauna and steam room before treatment, and have a shower as

well to open up the pores and relax the muscles.


Whether it is your first or hundredth spa break, don’t be afraid to ask

questions. Your therapist will always appreciate hearing about any

problem areas, pressure preferences or questions as it will help them

give you the best experience possible.


A refreshing shower just before treatment is a great way to prep

skin, and it’s always a good idea to do any shaving the night before a

treatment to stop skin from being irritated by products. Try to remove

make-up before having a treatment as well, particularly if you’re

having a facial!


Spas are generally suitable for everyone, but in some cases - such as

when you are pregnant - there are certain features it may be best to

avoid. Call one of our spa experts if you have any concerns before your

visit and they will advise you.


Finally, it’s a good idea to take a pound coin for the lockers, and I

always like to take a good book or magazine to read by the pool. For

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overnight spa breaks it’s also a good idea to

take a separate little bag with you so you can

take any bits and pieces you want for the day to

the spa area without returning to your room.

SPAS SHOULD BE ENJOYED BY EVERYONE helps more than 6,000 people

enjoy a relaxing spa day or break every week.

Abi says, “Here at we believe

that spas should be enjoyed by everyone, and

have worked hard to make this a reality. While

spas are wonderfully welcoming and easy

to navigate once you have the hang of them,

especially for new spa-goers they can seem a

little daunting. My top tips will help you make

the most of your day”.

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I have changed a

huge amount for the

better. I want to be

the best husband and

father that I can be


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Celebrity Life Coach Sloan Sheridan-Williams talks to Spencer

Matthews to discover the man behind the reality TV star


What is the "why" behind your new jewellery

business, Eden Rocks?

To create a service that is very personal and

S unique to each individual. We created Eden

Rocks because people are still informed but

don’t have options of where to go when looking at

an engagement ring. Lots of big brands carry big

prices for stuff that is very attainable. I wasn’t aware

of that. Turns out that you are really just paying for

the brand’s overheads and the stone you buy at huge

cost is exactly the same as less expensive stones

elsewhere. These brands don’t have the personality.

You walk in you get a glass of champagne and you

get a degree of care then you get sold something

that isn’t unique and hugely inflated then you leave

the store and that’s that. I just don’t feel there is any

real relationship there. I am quite confident that

every person that shops at Eden Rocks Diamonds

will never use any other jewellery to buy anything

else. The experience we provide is one off unique

and special and it take time to build a relationship

with Neil and myself and surely that’s what you are

after when spending your hard earned money on

something as elaborate as a diamond. You want to

know you are in good hands.


What have been the biggest challenges you’ve

had to overcome when starting up Eden Rocks?

Getting your price point correct and making

S sure people know who you are and come to

you. Becoming a big trusted name takes time.

People are happy to pay the extraordinary premium

when buying a diamond from a big name. If it

comes from Tiffany it’s obviously an amazing stone

but actually we are able to source from similar

if not the same source as these leading brands

without having the overheads of Bond Street space.

If you are wearing a Rolex or Patek Philippe you

know what you are wearing, you have the brand

identity but when you are wearing an engagement

ring it comes out the same mine and is not lavishly

labelled. So as long as you are buying from a trusted

source, I personally find the brand name when it

comes to diamonds to be less reflective in the price.


What qualities in Neil Duttson caught your

attention to know that you wanted to team up

with him to start Eden Rocks?

I found Neil Duttson though my friend Hugo

S Taylor. He had a beautiful piece made for

Millie Mackintosh for their engagement. When

I spoke to Neil I immediately liked him. When

you meet people in business it’s a skill to be able

to judge people’s character quickly and I felt very

comfortable with Neil. He knew his stuff and spoke

very eloquently about diamonds. It’s obvious that

diamonds are his life and he has a likeability factor

as is genuine and kind. I believe that is important

when you are spending money on a diamond. It’s

an industry to easily feel like you are being shafted

when buying a stone. Neil had a business that

was doing rather well and I thought I could bring

some creative flair to what he already did and

also provide him with clients who appreciate great

insight into a deal. The diamond industry lacks that.

We run a very personal shop. You come and meet

us, we go for coffee and discuss exactly what you

want and we show you then and there different price

point stones and get a feel for what you want. We

will knock you up a CAD (computer aided drawing)

of your design. You can be as involved or removed

from the design process as you like. Everything

happens under one roof at Eden Rocks.


Having designed Vogue's engagement ring, do

you plan to design more jewellery for her? Are

we allowed to know what?!

I actually just designed her another ring for

S renewing our vows in a wedding party as part

of our TV show. It’s a beautiful emerald and

diamond Art Deco style ring which was a joy to

design. It’s very different and contrasting to the one

she has which is a five stone beast. It was great fun

and I always have her in the back of my mind when

designing pieces.


Since you met Vogue and started your family,

what new belief or behaviour has most changed

your life in a positive way?

I find your priorities start to shift when

S you start to have a family. Vogue and I put

Theodore first as well as each other. I haven’t

had an alcoholic drink in a year and a half. Just

before Theodore was born I stopped drinking

alcohol and it opened up the rest of my mind. I find

myself more driven in business and work and busy

myself with important things like family and being

a success. I find that myself now and my former self

even two years ago probably wouldn’t get along. I

doubt we would even be friends were we to meet. I

have changed a huge amount for the better. I'm now

switched on and driven to be the best husband and

father that I can be.


You have a superb amount of confidence. How

do you keep confident during tough times?

I think being confident is part of your DNA.

S You’re either confident or you’re not. I’m

naturally quite a confident person. My

television persona is a very confident one and I

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find a great deal of humour can be injected into

conversation with confidence. I like to think I have

a nice sense of humour. Someone came to me to

ask advice the other day about something that had

happened to them and I said if it’s not going to bother

you in a year’s time just get over it now. It might be

difficult to do but ultimately worrying and being

bogged down and not having the confidence to put

things behind you is a shame. You have to crack on

and be happy. Glass half full.


What has most frightened you in the last few

years and how do you overcome it?

I don’t find too much scary in the traditional

S sense but I suppose on a deeper level the thing

that would concern me (but doesn’t keep me up

at night) is losing my son, losing my wife or breaking

up with my family. I have to say we are a pretty

tight unit. If something did scare me I would hit it

for six, I wouldn’t let it bother me and I wouldn’t let

it consume me. With this start up that’s coming out

soon a lot can go wrong and we are spinning plates

like no-one’s business but I think my partner and I

are handling things fine. In business you have to keep

cracking on and not get bogged down so I tend not to

think about fearful things.

You obviously had a fabulous education but what

S real world advice do you think was lacking? If

you could add a class to everyone's must-do list

to get the edge in life, what would it involve?

Manners are very important and typically

S something you learn at home. It falls under the

responsibility of your parents. I find the way

you treat others is extremely important especially in

business. If you are courteous and well-mannered

and always have been in your dealings with them

everything will be fine. Being a gentleman or a well

brought up woman is quite important. The way you

treat people will always come back on you. If you are

horrible to your employees you can expect trouble

down the line. If you always tell the truth and are

fair and well-mannered, people will respect you even

when they don’t want to like you. School doesn’t

teach you that.



If you starred in a new reality TV show about

your life, what inspiring one-liner would you

want to appear on the billboard advert?

Confidence is key.

On the show Hunted, you put up a good attempt

S to not get caught. If you could re-do the show, do

you think you could outfox them and what would

you do differently?

I am used to being on TV to entertain and

S Hunted albeit a show about escaping capture is

also an entertainment programme so some of the

things we did that were risky we wouldn’t have done

if we were genuinely trying not to get caught. If we

had gone to Scotland deep into the Highlands in a

tent and slept there for two weeks I suspect we would

have been OK but in order to make the show fun we

had a target to move at least 10 miles a day so being

on the down low is not what we did. We were up and

about trying to create entertaining TV whilst trying

to avoid the hunters. If we did it again we would

be less entertaining and do everything we could to

remain hidden taking very little risk.


If you could be someone else (dead or alive) for a

day, who would it be and why?

I would have loved to have been Steve Jobs

S for the day and have been inside his extremely

complicated mind. I wouldn’t have minded being

Freddie Mercury for the day which would have been

fun to have input into that genius. An industry leader

or someone who has changed the world whether that

be through art, song or business. I am extremely

drawn to unattainable levels of natural talent.


What's your biggest regret of something you

wanted to do but didn't do? What stopped you

doing it?

I wish I had changed my relationship with

S alcohol sooner. I feel as though I had a great

time in my 20's but there comes a time when you

have to sort yourself out especially if you want to be

the kind of husband I want to be. I almost need my

wife to be proud of me and the way I was behaving

with the nights out is no way to live. Great fun for a

short period of time but I kicked it to the curb when I

was 30. I lost three years of solid business doing that

I could have started at 27.

Failure is often just a stepping stone to success.

S Do you have a favourite mistake which although

you know you should have perhaps done

something differently, it got you where you are today

and you wouldn't actually change it. What is that


You just summed up Made in Chelsea. MIC was

S a stepping stone that I wish was done differently

in my case and not stayed on it as long as I did.

I spent an awful lot of time trying to be disliked for

the benefit of the show as I thought it was funny and

the show was better for it. I will forever be Spencer

Matthews from MIC and the memories from that

show are not great although it is what gave me my

name in the UK.


What are your favourite books that have greatly

influenced your life? What is the book you’ve

given most as a gift, and why?

I love Moby Dick and Harry Potter - J.K.

S Rowling has a great imagination. I don’t read

as much as l would like to. I watch a lot of

documentaries and more serious TV. I read Russell

Brand’s book on recovery recently which I found to

be interesting but not the best thing I have ever read.

It’s basically his take on the twelve steps to recovery.

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Neil Duttson & Spencer Matthews

Spencer with his wife Vogue Williams

Neil & Spencer with an Eden Rocks client


If you had a superpower, what would it be?

It would be to move very quickly. You know the


guy from the X-Men who can move fast. If you

can get to where you want to be in less than a

second, you have control of your time as no-one else

can do that. To control time would be very cool. To

take as much time as you wanted to do everything

perfectly would be great.


What was the last text message you received

before this interview?

You would be astounded how boring my phone

S is. I got a text from Jake Parkinson-Smith

who owns Mahiki nightclub saying where did

you guys end up on Sunday night as I was asking

him where might be open after our wedding party.

Everyone came back to ours and kept Daddy awake

all night! Really it’s work, work, work. I have a

handful of close mates but I see them less as I'm

super occupied at the moment.


What are your favourite charities and why are

they close to your heart?

My family have a foundation for my brother

S Michael Matthews who lost his life on Everest

when he was 22 years old. We want to bring as

much attention as possible to the Michael Matthews

Foundation which provides education to over 2000

kids in areas where they are unlikely to receive any

education at all. We also support children who would

ordinarily have to walk long distances to school

opening themselves up to risk so they are now safe

and looked after. I pop to Tanzania to say hi to the 5

girls I put into a boarding school as I felt they were

spinning their wheel in the mud a bit so I look after

them and will do so until they are 18. We do bits and

pieces for kids in Tanzania about 2000 of them. The

website is - it’s

non-profit and all the money goes to the kids.

For more information on Eden Rocks, please


Catch up on Spencer, Vogue and Wedding Two


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Natasha Pilbrow

Career & Family: You Can

Have It All & Me Time Too!

Natasha Pilbrow, co-founder of LeSalon, reveals how

to enjoy the best of both worlds as a working mum

From my own experience, trying to raise a young

family at the same time as advancing your career

can seem an impossibly tall order. It’s not just that

time and energy is in short supply, but emotions and

relationships can be put under immense strain.

As a former lawyer, and COO and co-founder of

beauty tech platform LeSalon, I’ve spent a lot of time

trying to achieve the ‘perfect’ work-life balance.

I’ve made sacrifices, made mistakes, felt the guilt,

and it definitely hasn’t been easy, but I firmly believe

that no woman should feel like they have to make

a choice between being there for their children and

professional success. I’ve also found that the ‘perfect’

work-life balance doesn’t exist. You can only do your


Knowing your options and making the right plans is

absolutely key though, if you are to enjoy the best of

both worlds. Here are a few things I’ve learnt along

the way.


Being self-employed or participating in a flexible

working scheme is often the ideal arrangement for

parents seeking control over their time.

It’s not a possibility for everyone, but if you can work

on a self-employed or flexible basis, try to schedule

your working hours so that you can be present for

key moments in your children’s day. This might mean

working whilst they are at school, then again after

their bedtime.

If such scheduling is not officially permitted in your

workplace, try talking to your boss and explaining

your specific needs. You might be able to arrange a

late start after you’ve done breakfast and the schoolrun,

or the option to leave early on certain days in

order to be home for storytime.

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If you are looking to start a new job, or to change

employers, make sure that you properly consider how

your needs would be met. This means thinking about

the length of the commute, the childcare packages,

the annual leave allowance (and any date restrictions

on it), and the expectations regarding evening and

weekend work. Do your research, and don’t be

reserved when it comes to asking the important



With the constant presence of digital technology in

our lives, it’s tempting to scroll through your emails

whilst your children eat their dinner, or to step out

from a playdate to take a call. But splitting your

attention like this can send out the wrong messages

to your family; you need to be signalling to them that

they are your priority. This means that when you’re

spending family time, devices are off until ‘work’

time re-starts.


Reserve a block of time each week to spend enjoying

yourselves as a family. Take turns in choosing the

activity, and use the opportunity to share, learn,

and have fun. My favourite family activities include

summer picnics in the garden, and Saturday morning

trips to the pool.


Burnout is the worst enemy of the working parent,

but it’s all too easy to leave yourself at the bottom

of your to-do list. It’s essential that you carve space

in your schedule to relax and clear your head. I

personally like to use the Calm app for ten minutes of

daily meditation, but you could also try a lunchtime

yoga class or reserve one evening a week for a datenight

with your partner.

A big motivation behind setting up LeSalon was to

provide a platform which connected women with

beauty professionals who offered home visits -

enabling these women to access some essential metime,

without having to worry about childcare or time

constraints. Making use of these sorts of services to

ensure you’re looking after yourself is essential if

you’re to succeed professionally, whilst also being

present for your children.


Natasha Pilbrow is COO and co-founder of ondemand

beauty platform LeSalon (

Not only does Natasha want to provide a beauty

service that clients can easily access and enjoy, she

also wants her technicians to be able to work flexibly

and safely. Her mission is to use technology to create

a platform that allows women to work on their own

terms, honing their skills and expanding their client

base under a discerning brand associated with highend

and quality treatments.

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JoJo Maman Bébé


JoJo's best ever snowsuit, the Polarfleece All-in-One

(£39) allows full movement whilst staying exceptionally

warm. Designed to keep out wind and drizzle when

out and about, it's a must-have this season. Packed with lots

of features for effective and comfortable wear, it comes in a

selection of cheerful prints from girly floral to unisex rainbow.

JoJo Polarfleece is made from 100% recycled polyester which

is a bonus for the environmentally conscious parent.


You might find that your little one sleeps more soundly in

the Sleep Snuggler (£35) which is designed to keep them

cosy without the need for blankets that are often kicked

off during naptime. Available in 2.5 tog, the Sleep Snuggler is

ideal for use throughout most of the year. We love the dinosaur



Designed to keep baby snug without the need for

blankets that are often kicked off and a safety risk, the

fox appliqué sleeping bag (£32) provides a soothing and

familiar comfort wherever they are. At 2.5 tog, the sleeping

bag can be used all year round except for in high summer. We

love the cute design.


Baby occasionwear doesn’t get much cuter than the

Tartan 3-Piece Shorts Set with Braces (£29). With sweet

shorts complete with braces, a shirt-style bodysuit with

sailor collar and a gorgeous bow tie to finish the look, your

baby is guaranteed to look the business at their next party or

special occasion. The perfect gift for the Holiday Season.


For the Christmas season, occasionwear for your baby

is made super simple with the Smart All-In-One Baby

Waistcoat Outfit (£24). The festive navy check waistcoat

creates a formal look, while the attached jersey bottoms with

feet ensure total comfort for your little one. The set comes with

an adorable check bow tie to complete the look.


The Rust Fox Slipper Boots (£18) will keep tiny toes

toasty this season. Made from soft wool mix that won't

scratch, and beautifully lined, your little one won't

want to take them off. We love the anti-slip sole which is an

important feature especially for those with wooden floors.

Available from

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baby product

guide with the best

solutions to all your

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The Splash Junior

3 in 1 Suit keeps

baby warm and

comfy thanks to

its waterproof

and breathable

IsoDry fabric

with taped

seams and a


inner fleece

jacket which

can been

worn on its

own or with the

waterproof outer.

Elasticated cuffs

& hood ensure a

comfortable fit that

stays put.

£32.99 from www.


The limited edition Izmi Carrier

combines the functionalities of a

soft structured fabric sling with

the support of a buckled carrier,

perfect for use during festive

walks and family adventures.

This Izmi® Special edition

carrier has been designed

by Jacq & Rose in the UK

and allows you to safely and

securely carry your baby in

four comfortable positions:

parent-facing front carry (plus

newborn option), forward-facing

front carry, hip carry and back

carry. Can be used from birth to

walking (up to 33 lbs).

£85 from

aden + anais

We love the snug fit sleeved

sleeping bag from aden + anais.

The innovative and stylish

sleeping bag is designed to help

babies enjoy an uninterrupted

sleep. The snug fit sleeved

sleeping bag (£40) features a

modern quilted design with

a 1.5 tog comforted weighted

cotton fabric with ¾ length

sleeves. It mimics the secure

feeling of being inside the womb

by encouraging a sounder sleep

without overheating. Designed

with comfort and breathability

in mind, the sleeping bag opens

from bottom to top, to ensure

speedy night-time changes while

the innovative sleeved design

snugly fits the upper body and

Kit & Kin

Made from sustainable 100% organic cotton, this super soft

and durable onesie keeps your little one comfy and cosy and

is extra gentle on their skin. Delicately designed with an easy

zip up front and wide safety placket to protect against the

skin for quick changing, this stylish all-in-one is the perfect

day and night wear for baby. The design also features fold

over mitts to make sure your little one doesn’t

wake themselves up with an accidental

scratch, as well as fold over feet for

extended wear and an easy transition

from day to night.

Co-founder & Spice Girl, Emma

Bunton says, “We want to take away

the stress and worry parents often experience

when trying to choose the best products for

their family. That’s why we’ve developed

an amazing range you can trust to care and

protect for your family as they grow.”

£21.99 from

arms, making baby feel safe

and secure, thereby preventing

the startle reflex. The sack

structure of the sleeping bag

also provides ample leg room for

easy movement.

Available to fit 0-3m, 3-6m and

6-9m from www.adenandanais. as well as selected

retailers nationwide including

Harrods, and Selfridges.

The warm 2.5 TOG starry print winter sleeping bag

from aden + anais is ideal for colder nurseries with an

ambient temperature of 16-20 degrees, keeping baby

cosy in chilly temperatures without the danger of

loose blankets in the cot. The gender-neutral sleeping

bag features easy-dress poppers at the shoulders and

a zip that opens along the side and bottom, allowing

for easy nighttime changes. An additional popper

under the arm ensures a better fit that grows with

your little one.

£55 from

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Under the tree for under £40



The AVEENO® Mum & Baby giftset

includes their Daily Moisturising

Lotion 300ml for mum specially

formulated with colloidal oatmeal

and is clinically proven to moisturise

for 24 hours. For baby there is the Daily Care

Hair & Body Wash 300ml to gently cleanse dry

and sensitive baby skin from top to toe plus the

Daily Care Moisturising Lotion 150ml specially

designed for the first few

weeks of life, keeping

dry and delicate skin

moisturised for 24hours.

There's also a soft teddy

bear comforter.

£20 from Boots & Ocado



Moccis are a hybrid of a sock and slipper in one,

making them the perfect indoor footwear. They feature

a soft leather sole that prevents you from slipping and

are super cozy yet hardwearing. With

their unique 10-Step Secret System, every

pair of Moccis® pampers and protects

your feet like no other slipper. We love

the wool edition Thor design available for

babies, children and adults.

From £35 from



Spin Master’s Baby Shark

Chunky Wooden Sound Puzzle

provides a fun, engaging way

for children to learn shape and

sound recognition. Best of all, they get

to hear the song they love over and over

again. Kids are rewarded each time they

put the correct piece into the puzzle with

the tune that corresponds to that character.

£14.99 from Argos, The Entertainer & Smyths Toys



Cuddledry have recently launched new eco-friendly

toddler towels with four characters to choose

from. We love the dinosaurthemed

Cuddleroar. Designed to keep

little ones warm and cosy, the towels

encourage imaginative play and make

getting out of the bath just as much fun

as getting in! Available in two sizes, 1-3

years and 3-6 years.

£29.99 from



With the compact and portable Easy Up

Booster from Baby To Love your toddler can

sit comfortably on any chair. Coated with a

transparent layer of plastic, you can just wipe

with a damp cloth to clean spills

and mess. Lightweight, simple to

use and suitable for most chairs,

attaching to the bottom and backrest.

The 3 point straps keep baby

secure without interfering with their

natural movement. The compressed

foam seat makes mealtimes

more comfortable for happy

and easy feeding.

£29.95 available from



Bring your little animal to life with

the Mamas & Papas Faux Fur Bear

Pramsuit. The off-white design

is adorable with bear ears on the hood and

embroidered paw details on the built-in mitts.

Perfect for keeping your little one wrapped up

warm, the hood and mitts will protect them from

the elements while the 100% cotton lining will

make sure they're cosy and warm.

The zip fastening makes sure it's

quick and easy to put baby in

and take them out again, saving

you lots of time.

£39 available from

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Nibbling is very proud to be

offering a personalisation

service on high quality

handmade teething rattles

made entirely of medical grade food

safe silicone and FSC beech wood. We

love this mint and white version with

white letter beads, which

are all made of BPA

free silicone that's

safe and soft

enough for babies

to chew. A special

gift for boys & girls.

£15 available from



For a casual ensemble this season, we love

these Red Patch Pocket Dungarees (£38) and

co-ordinating 100% cotton Stripe Print T-shirt

(£22) from JuJuni. Every aspect of the

dungarees is ethical - right down

to the buttons (and the bum as

they are designed to fit over

cloth nappies!). The adjustable

button-up straps and generous

turn ups ensure the adorable

dungarees are part of little

one’s wardrobes for as long as

possible. The outfit is an ideal

Christmas gift.

Available from



This Sleep Bag is a cleverly designed 2.5

Tog duvet that baby wears to sleep in. It

makes sure they’re always snuggly even on

cold night. Available in a pink or grey star

pattern in sizes for 0-6 months and 6-18

months to cater for

all genders and ages.

Practical and adorable

in equal measure, the

hollowfibre filling

and soft 100% cotton

cover mean that the

Sleep Bag is also 100%


From £19 available at



Every little one needs a snuggly

blanket; especially when they

want to curl up for a nap or even

take a trip to the park in their

pram. This lovely blanket has a soft and tactile

‘bubble’ design that makes it extra cuddly so your

baby will really enjoy snuggle time. With a fleece

side for an added comfort factor, it’s available in

pink or grey

and made from

100% easy

care polyester.

It measures a

generous 70 x


£14 from www.



This Rubine Monkey Teether is a

must-have. Made with BioCote®

anti-microbial technology,

which kills 99.9% of microbes,

and prevents bacteria from growing on the

teether meaning it is more hygienically

clean and reduces the potential of crosscontamination.

Dishwasher, fridge and

steriliser safe, we love the cute candy colours

and the ergonomically designed easy-grip

handles which help develop fine motor skills.

£9.99 from



The RaZberry is a handsfree

teether inspired by

nature with textures to

soothe, massage and cool aching gums.

Made from 100% food grade silicone

that is soft against the gums, pop it in

the freezer for additional teething relief.

£4.99 from

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SnüzKot Skandi cot bed in

Ombre is a truly unique piece of

furniture that is sure to be a hit

with the style conscious. Unlike

anything else on the market, the

beautiful ombre design has a

sophisticated neutral colour palette

that fades from light wood to white.

The SnüzKot Ombre is the dream

cot for parents with an eye for

interiors and love of all things

Skandi. Go all the way with this

unique look with the matching

changing unit to create the ultimate

statement nursery.

The dynamic design of the

SnüzKot Ombre ensures this piece

is a great investment - growing with

the family from day one. Starting

from a cot, it converts into a toddler

bed for up to the age of 4 and with

the additional junior bed extension

kit at just £79.95, your little one can

carry on Snüzing in the same bed

until they are ten years old.

£379 from

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From a unique ombre cot bed

to a play mat that converts into

a storage bag, here are our top

five baby products this season




The Arlo Baby is the all-in-one smart baby monitoring camera,

featuring 1080p HD video, two-way talk, lullaby player, night light,

rechargeable battery and air quality sensors. Our favourite features

are the Baby Crying Alert which tells you specifically if the sound

detected is of your baby crying and the Advanced Night Vision that

works in total darkness using near invisible infrared LED lights to

ensure baby's sleep is not disturbed. The bunny character is so cute

and we love the free Arlo app which allows you to stay connected to

your little one and in total control.

£199 from Amazon and



Welcome to the next generation of baby gates. The top-of-therange

Lascal KiddyGuard® Avant is a great choice for stylish

homes and combines the best in safety and design. The Avant can

be easily fitted to doorways, stairs and walls and retracts into its

sleek housing when not in use, leaving no threshold over which you

could trip. The gate can be opened and closed using only one hand

and has an automatic lock with a pop-up lock indicator.

£129 from



Let your precious little one discover the Polar Wonders

Plush Gymini® - an ultra-soft activity mat designed with highquality

fabrics boasting a diverse collection of activities and cute

toys that promote development, encourage motor skills, cognition,

imagination and more. The charming arctic theme and elegant

colour palette look beautiful in any home. We love the adjustable

arches allowing for a varied playing environment. The motion

sensor musical fox toy and the soft reindeer rattle are lovely too.

£79.99 from



Whether you are popping over to grandma's house or jetting

off on an exotic festive break, this cotton Play & Go storage bag

is perfect to bundle up all your little one's toys and take them

wherever you wish to then open up into a soft play mat with all of

their favourites right there. An ideal solution for keeping toys tidy

and portable during the busy festive season. The drawstring allows

for quick and easy tidying up and the range of cool prints will

look just right in any modern home. We love the penguin design

complete with his little gold crown.

£49.99 from

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Body Beautiful


The Hydrate Mask is an intense yet

lightweight treatment that deeply

moisturises normal to dry, or curly

hair whilst bringing back elasticity and

bounce with added shine.

£33.85 from


This Volumising

Styling Foam lifts

and plumps for thick

lasting volume with

feather-light fullness for

jacked-up styles with

refined shine.

£8.99 from Boots

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The Luxury Combo contains one of each of

incognito’s most important products, to help

you stay better protected from biting insects

than ever before.

£66 from


‘Plant A Bee Meadow’ Gift Set

contains two lip balms, hand cream,

moisturiser & a Bee Mix Seedball tin.

£35 from


The Ritual of Ayurveda Travel Gift

Set contains Foaming Shower Gel

50ml, Shampoo 70ml, Body Cream

70ml and Dry Oil 50ml.

£35 from Rituals Cosmetics stores



The unique gel formula forms a longlasting,

non-greasy, protective barrier to

problem dry skin for 24h hydration.

£6.49-£15.99 from Boots, Superdrug,

Amazon and selected retailers


This CBD lifestyle brand is tailored

for women on-the-go to promote

clean living, fitness & self-care. CBD

Clay Face Mask 50ml (£19.99), CBD

Massaging Body Oil 50ml (£17.99)

and CBD Bath Salts 50g (£10.99) are

available from


Padstow Rocks is a handbag

friendly 15ml perfume with

grassy and citrus top notes,

a floral heart and cedarwood

base notes.

£35 from


SHREW! Deep Body Wash

With Aloe Vera + Soap Bark

Extract helps quench skin thirst

and promotes natural healing for

glowing, supple skin

£13.99 from


The Argan Oil Repairing Collection

features a shampoo, conditioner and deep

conditioner derived from Moroccan argan

oil to leave hair soft, silky and shiny.



Victorian Flora Bath Salts contain

Himalayan Rock Salt and Rose

Geranium to help you relax & unwind.

£11.99 from


Muscle Ease Bath Foam

contains Dead Sea Salts

soothe aches and pains

with a Eucalyptus and

Seaweed blend to revive

your entire body.

£5 from Sainsburys

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Here are some

gift suggestions

from SLOAN!

for the lady in

your life or ladies

why not treat


Pretty You London

Leopard Luxe (£59.50) is the

latest addition to the PYL

Bamboo range - a stunning

leopard print nightwear set

finished with premium

contrast piping and

buttons for a guaranteed

luxury feeling. It's

cosy deep pockets and

relaxed fit design makes

this a wearable and

versatile pyjama for

all body types. Made

from Bamboo fabric,

the perfect material for

nightwear, with temperature

controlling wicking

properties, it's also ecofriendly

and anti-bacterial. The

Anya Sliders (£28.50)complete

the luxe look. Both available

from www.prettyyoulondon.


Living up to its worldwide success, this

two-in-one styling tool is suitable for all

hair types and combines the power of a

dryer and volume of a styler to deliver

effortlessly beautiful, full-bodied, frizz-free

and brilliantly shiny hair.

Using the One-Step Hair Dryer and

Volumiser, you can create salon worthy

results in up to half the time – perfect for

those who are always on the go.

The One Step Dryer & Volumiser is £59.99

from Boots and Amazon

Karl Lagerfeld

This Hearts and

Arrows Bracelet

from the Hearts and

Arrows collection is

the perfect stocking

filler this Christmas.

£59 from


This practical and effortlessly stylish shopper bag from

Zatchels is handmade in England from top quality leather;

featuring a spacious interior and double grab handles,

making it perfect for toting around your essentials

in style. Crafted with hand stitching, detailed with

a magnetic closure and secure inside pocket;

this versatile tote bag is all you need for your

everyday style. Attract attention wherever

you go and keep your belongings safe in this

timeless leather shopper.

£125 from


Go casual and comfortable while

maintaining you style with Hidden Tales

Velour Pant (£50) and Hidden Tales Tee

(£26) from Jockey®. Whether you’re

working around the house, heading out to

the gym or meeting up with friends for an

afternoon of fun, the comfortable blended

fabric keeps its good looks, great fit and

velvety soft feel going strong.

Available from

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This deluxe travel

kit is designed for very

dry and sensitive mature skin with

signs of hormone-related ageing,

including hyperpigmentation and

the loss of firmness, elasticity

and healthy tone. Includes travel

sized versions of the Age Defence

Broad-Spectrum Remedy, Intense

Skin Repair Oil and Micellar

Cleansing Water.

£48 at


This Alice Woven Long Sleeve

Nightshirt features a rich,

oversized floral

print in tones

of burgundy

and pink for an

elegant bedtime


£29 from www.


Tovi Sorga

Tovi Sorga has launched gorgeous

new season contactless payment

bracelets and key fobs, complete

with innovative technology from

Pingit. Available in a choice of

printed, metallic and plain leather

designs, the handy bracelets and

key fobs empower you to shop

with a quick, secure payment

solution when you’re out and

about. The Rose Gold Contactless

Bracelet is £75 available from


Institut Esthederm

Osmoclean Gentle Deep Pore Cleanser is an ultra-technical

cream that is an utterly gentle and uniquely effective ritual

to cleanse the skin and eliminate impurities deep within the

pores. £26.50 from Feel Unique and Look Fantastic.

We love Color Club - the new 2019 nail collection from

Mavala. Embracing the super bright and psychedelic that

resembles everything that is punk rock and glamour. Our

favourite colours in this cute little nail polish are Red Vinyl

and Pink Rock.£5.50 from Feel Unique, Look Fantastic

and John Lewis

Tequila Rose

Whether your lady has been naughty or nice this year,

make sure you give them a gift that’s just as fabulous

as them with the insta-worthy Tequila Rose gift pack.

The 500ml bottle of the strawberries and cream

tequila comes with two branded shot glasses to toast

the festive period in style.

£19.32 from Amazon


Atoderm Hand and

Nail Cream acts

like a regenerating

and nourishing glove

soothing even the

most dry and

damaged skin.

£4.50 from Feel

Unique and Look



Intricately designed, this silver

Nouveau Square Trinket Box

features a leaf design and beaded

detail at the bottom and will

complement a range of interiors.

£9 from Dunelm

Dinner & West End Show with Buyagift

For those looking to treat their lady to an unforgettable night out in

London, look no further than this fabulous theatre and meal package for

two. Head over to your preferred ASK Italian, Prezzo or Zizzi location

for a pre-theatre three course meal, accompanied by a crisp glass of

wine. Then, make your way to the capital’s famed West End where

you’ll sit back and enjoy a mesmerising performance, chosen from a

handpicked selection of spectacular shows. From the musical hit Mamma

Mia and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s haunting Phantom of the Opera,

there’s something for everyone! Visit for all theatre


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My life changed

immensely after

I’m A Celebrity...

I feel so happy

and grateful about

what has happened


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Queen of the Jungle Georgia Toffolo talks to Nick

McGrath about horse racing, life after Made In

Chelsea and where her positivity comes from




So tell us about your role as

ambassador for Great British Racing.

It’s my dream role. I’ve loved racing

G for a really long time and I’m their

roving reporter so I get to cover

six races throughout the year including

Chester, Newbury, Doncaster and Hamilton

up in Scotland where I DJed. I’ll also be at

Huntington for Ladies Day on November



Are you a natural on the wheels of


Just about. I can just about DJ and my

G friend Jack taught me on the job. The

problem is you can learn how to DJ

but if you ain’t got rhythm you ain’t got it.

I really give it my all but I find it a little

bit harder than other DJs might find it but

oh my god I had the best night. If I could

choose a whole DJ set it would be ABBA

back to back.


How much fun has it been being

a roving reporter for Great British


It’s such a joy especially for someone

G like me who really loves racing. I’m

fortunate that lots of my friends love

it too so but I know there are lots of people

who I know who would love the races

who maybe haven’t thought about going

to the races. There are so many different

aspects to the day. Of course the horses are

beautiful, but there is great food and great

music too. There really is something for

everyone, at every single race meet and it’s

such a privilege to try to spread that word

through Great British Racing’s social media

channels and also mine.

You posted an impressive video of you

N playing polo on your Instagram feed

recently. Will you be trying your hand

at racing too?

That’s very kind of you to say but

G being at Goodwood this year I was

watching quite a few friends of mine

in the Magnolia Cup and they made it look

so easy that I felt as though I wanted to do

it but I don’t think that when you’re by the

finish line and you’re watching these girlies

zoom around on these massive racehorses

they did make it look quite easy. I’m

tempted although I know how much work

goes into something like that and I would

have to dedicate so much time and I’m just

not sure whether I’ve got enough time at

the moment but it’s definitely on my list I

would love to do.


Life must be very different since you

won I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of

Here in December 2017?

My life changed immensely after I’m

G A Celebrity. I can’t believe how much

my life has changed since then. I think

for me the difference is that I’m so much

more recognisable than when I went in. The

other thing is that with my work now I’m

able to do things that I really love and enjoy

and perhaps those opportunities weren’t

there for me before I did the jungle. It’s

been such a positive thing in my life and I

just feel so happy and grateful that a) I was

given the opportunity to do it, b) I had that

experience and c) what has happened to me



Why do you think so many of the

public took to you?

Because I’m completely honest. They

G put you on lock down a week before

you go into the jungle and the last

bit of press that I read which was really

negative about me was saying, ‘No one’s

going to like her. She speaks in a certain

way, she lives in a certain area, blah blah

blah blah,’ so when I went in I kept on

thinking about what I’d read and I was

lying in my hammock the first night and

I just thought, ‘The way you’ve got to do

this is just be yourself. Don’t pretend to

be anyone that you’re not as people have

already made decisions about me and my

personality and who I am so actually just

enjoy every second of it as you probably

won’t last that long,’ and I’m so glad that

I did it because I didn’t have to worry. I

know that some people that do it have to

pretend to be someone that they’re not and

it came very easily for me because I just

was myself and I really relaxed into it but

I think everyday I thought it was going to

end although I didn’t want to leave.

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Did you have any expectation of the public’s

reception when you came out?

No not at all. My mum came in about three

G days before the end and my mum said, ‘Darling

you’re doing so well. You’re making our family

so proud,’ and obviously when I was lying in bed

that evening I thought, ‘mums are always going to

say that.’ I just kept on thinking people had kept me

in because I was the young one, maybe I was just

getting the young vote. I honestly had no idea and it

was so overwhelming when I came out.


Your autobiography is called Always Smiling

and you’re beaming on 99% of your Instagram

posts. Where does that joyfulness come from?

I’ve never thought about that. Instagram is

G very much for the aesthetics. As a person I

don’t really walk around pouting. I try to be

as authentic as possible. That’s a really interesting

observation. I’d never thought of it like that. I

naturally am quite a smiley positive person and I get

asked all the time why and how and honestly even

from when I was little I was always standing around

being quite content. I think it comes from being very

fortunate. My life is brilliant and I’m very happy.

I don’t know why. And also I look better when I’m



It’s not always possible to happy all the time.

Does anything get you down?

Lots and lots of things get me down. Reading

G sad things in the press of course that gets me

down. I try to see the positives in things. There

is a positive to be seen in most situations. Not all.

But most. Lots of young people follow me and I’ve

become an unintentional advocate for skin positivity

because I’ve struggled with my skin over the years

and I think it would be a travesty if I wasn’t trying to

be upbeat and I think it’s OK. I think there’s been a

move towards authenticity on the last year online and

sometimes you wake up and you feel a bit low and

I think it’s right that influencers and celebrities like

myself do portray that.


Would you post something to reflect a low mood

if you were having a challenging day?

I document so much of my life and I’m very,

G very open and I’m sure I do at points however

I’ve been very fortunate not to have struggled

mentally, I just don’t feel as though that’s my

conversation to have. My feed is overwhelmingly

positive as that’s what’s going on inside me.


Do you still stay in touch with your jungle mates

from I’m A Celebrity?

I still stay in touch with Jack Maynard who

G I’m really, really good friends with. There’s

still a WhatsApp group so if anything amazing

happens to anyone in the group they’ll post about that

and people will say congratulations like Jenny had a

baby recently. The standout friend is Stanley though.


It’s an unlikely pairing; a 25-year-old Reality TV

star and a 79-year-old former politician whose

son is the Prime Minister. Why do you click?

As soon as we met I obviously knew who he

G was and Stanley had no idea who I was and I

think probably at the beginning he thought I was

this really annoying twenty-something that wouldn’t

leave him alone but I think our friendship was first

forged because I have this thirst for knowledge. I

always have done. I was very academic at school and

I sort of fell into television but I’ve always kept my

current affairs very much alive and when you’re in

the jungle there’s bugger all to do and when someone

like Stanley walks in I was so happy as he’s like a

walking encyclopedia. The man knows everything

about everything. And he knows stuff about lots and

lots of big things. He’ll be like ‘Oh yes I was there.

I remember that.’ And for me that was the basis that

was to form a really wonderful friendship and to be

honest with you I really didn’t think that it would

have carried on to the extent that it has. Two years

later we’re still very, very close.


As your friendship with Stanley is still so close,

do you get together often?

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We meet up a lot and if

G not he’s really good with

Facetime so he’ll just pop up

whilst I’m at home getting ready.

Stanley and I have just finished

Hunted on Channel 4. It was

amazing. We had the best time

and it was incredibly exciting to

be part of. We had so much fun

and let’s just say there were quite a

few near misses and we just spent

the entire time laughing together.

It was very, very funny.


So what’s next for Georgia

Toffolo? What have you got

lined up for the future?

I love presenting so much.

G I’ve done lots of presenting

for This Morning. It comes

to me quite naturally and quite

easily. I feel very comfortable

when I’m interviewing and

bouncing around the course.

You’ve got to keep learning

though to get better at a skill and

TV presenting is the same but

I love being roving reporter for

Great British Racing. You get

these wonderful moments from

people that are not pre-empted.

You haven’t briefed them. They’re

generally just having a really nice

time. That’s why I like dancing

around the racecourse. And in my

private life by the time I’m 30 I

hope I’m as happy as I am now.

I hope that I still feel as satisfied

as I do now. I can’t think of one

morning where I’ve got up and

thought I can’t be bothered to go

to work. I really hope that carries


Follow @GreatBritishRacing

on Instagram to keep up to date

with Georgia’s roving reports.

Her next meeting will be at

Huntington Ladies Day on

November 23rd.

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How To Look Your Best

Rosemary Conley CBE, one of the UK’s leading diet and fitness

experts, is the brand ambassador for Facial-Flex®. Rosemary

tells us more about the device and shares her tops tips for

looking your best for the party season

We all want to look stunning in

this year’s slinky festive fashions

so cutting out the snacks and

increasing our exercise is a great

place to start, but what about our


Thanks to a little gadget called

Facial-Flex®, you could transform

the contours of your face, chin,

neck and décolletage in a matter

of weeks. When used for just two

minutes, twice a day, this clinically

proven, and medically approved

product will tone up 30 muscle

groups from below the eyes down

to just above the chest - and it really


Facial-Flex® was created by a

plastic surgeon in the United States

when he wanted to soften the scar

tissue of his facial burns patients.

Not only did the device aid recovery

but their faces began to ‘lift’ too.

Their chin, jowls and neck all toned

up and they generally began to look

younger. The surgeon then turned

this ‘medical gadget’ into the


The principle of Facial-Flex® is

simple, you just place the device

between the corners of the mouth

and squeeze and release it in a

smooth rhythm. The small nonlatex

band in the centre of the

device expands as you squeeze

whilst offering dynamic resistance

strengthening your facial muscles.

As your facial muscles become

stronger you can progress your

workout by increasing the strength

of the band. There are three band

strengths and the key is to progress

to the strongest band for the fastest

and best results. The principle is

exactly the same as increasing

weights in a gym to make your

body stronger. In clinical trials it

was found that after eight weeks

Facial-Flex® improved facial

muscle strength by 250%.

Having used the device myself for

almost 20 years, I am a real fan.

Now in my early 70s I want to do

everything I can to hold back the

years naturally and Facial-Flex® is

very much part of my daily routine.

Here are my top tips for looking

your best this party season:


1. If you’re wanting to tone up in

time for Christmas, start with some

simple exercises such as ab curls or

squats, which you can do at home

throughout the week.

2. Cut out all snacks from your diet.

3. Have at least three ‘dry days’ a


4. Go for a 30-minute walk or

workout, ideally five days a week.

5. Eat three healthy meals a day.


1. Our bodies expand during the

day, so try on your party dress later

in the evening to check that it still


2. Wear the right length skirt. If it’s

too short or too tight, you will be

pulling it down all evening.

3. Choose an outfit that flatters your


4. Know your colours. Wearing a

colour that suits you can make you

look younger and healthier. Choose

tones that compliment your skin

tone and features.

5. Feel fabulous!

For more information about the

Facial-Flex and to order your

device, visit

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Our favourite skincare saviours this

season from serums to suncreens


IMAGE Skincare

VITAL C Hydrating Antioxidant

A C E Serum is a concentrated

essence infused with vitamins A, C, E,

and a blend of plant antioxidants that help

to reduce the visible signs of ageing in

part by hydrating your skin. To combat

dryness, this serum was formulated with

sodium hyaluronate, the gold standard

for hydration. Each molecule of sodium

hyaluronate can bind up to one-thousand

times its weight in water!

£75 from





This gentle Bio Instant Detox Face Mask

Rose Jasminium purifies pores, absorbing

excess sebum, hydrates skin and reduces the

appearance of imperfections, revealing a balanced,

healthy-looking complexion. White and Purple Clay

balances, purifies and clarifies the complexion.

Propolis extract mattifies and

reduces the appearance of

blemishes. Sandalwood Oil, Rose

Otto and Candeia Bark Extract

help calm and soothe the skin.

£29 from

Alteya Organics

The microdemabrasion properties of

this Bio Instant Radiance Face Polish

Rose Jasminium effectively remove dead

skin cells and gently purify pores to improve

overall skin texture and glow. This natural and

organic exfoliant, with gentle raspberry seeds and

antioxidant-rich pomegranate extract, helps

instantly buff away dry, dull

skin refining skin texture to

reveal a softer, smoother,

more radiant complexion.

£23 from


Face Time

Pietro Simone Skincare

We love the Renewing Peel formulated with

high-performance actives including Italian

Bella Complex to refine skin texture and promote

cellular renewal by removing surface cells of the

skin to reveal energized, vital radiance. Lactic Acid

stimulates exfoliation and cellular growth, boosts

moisture, smoothes lines and creates suppleness.

Mandelic Acid acts as a chemical peel without

irritation repairing ageing skin. Malic acid has an

illuminating effect on the skin.

£75 from


Dr Russo

The Once A Day Invisible Face Gel

SPF30 provides up to 12 hours photostable,

broad-spectrum, sun protection with a

built in “Click-Brush” applicator for convenience

and foolproof application, It also repairs

existing signs of damage to keep skin

smooth, youthful and protected. The

super-charged skin benefits come in a

transparent lightweight formula without

any of all-too-common chalkiness of

other sunscreens. It is water and sweat

proof for 80 minutes to provide ultimate

sun protection for the beach, poolside or

playing sports.

£26 from Harrods and F&M


Alteya Organics

If you want a 100% natural sunscreen,

we recommend this Organic Rose

Face Age Defense Sunscreen SPF 30. Safe

and effective UVA/UVB protection from sun

damage if reapplied every 2 hours. However it

is not waterproof so is not our first choice when

swimming or sweating.

£14.95 from


Ex1 Cosmetics

Pure Crushed Mineral Foundation is great for a natural,

minimalist look with finely milled minerals for a barelythere

yet flawless finish. The Pure Crushed Minerals Powder

Foundation contains clay particles that are scientifically proven

to be naturally anti-bacterial, this powder features finely milled

minerals that buff into skin for a barely-there yet flawless finish.

£13 from

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How to build a successful

subscription box business


Founder of Rare Birds Book Club

Rachel Wood studied Philosophy at university and then went on to get a

Master’s in Creative Writing. She has spent the last nine years working

as a copywriter, first inside a big glamorous marketing agency and then

as a freelancer in her pyjamas (also very glamorous). She is an avid

reader and writer and is extremely passionate about promoting amazing

works of fiction by female authors. Rare Birds prides itself on finding

the best of the best; written for women, by women.

Subscription boxes are big

business; the market is forecast

to be worth over £1 billion in the

next three years.

In the UK over a quarter of adults

are signed up to a subscription

box service, either purchased

for themselves or as a gift for

someone else.

If you have an idea for a

subscription box, here’s the tips

you need to help turn it into a

successful business.


Subscription boxes work best

when they have a clear theme or

purpose, so don’t be afraid to go

niche. Some of the most successful

subscription businesses out there

cater to a very specific audience

or interest - such as subscriptions

for chocolate lovers or monthly

deliveries for your pet rabbit (it

exists!). Remember to think about

longevity, too; is the theme of your

subscription something that will

work month after month?


Do some research about who

your competitors will be. Take

the time to look at each carefully,

noting what you like about each

and what you’d do differently.

Most importantly, look at their

customer reviews; there will be

valuable information there about

what these businesses are doing

right and what they could improve

on, which will give you clues

about your own subscription box.

Next, look at subscription boxes

in completely different sectors to

your own - what are they doing

well that you can learn from?


Once you have an idea for your

subscription box you need to

identify your potential customer.

A good place to start is with

yourself; most subscription box

founders are creating boxes

around their own interests. As a

potential customer, what would

impress you? What would you

consider good value? Also think

about whether your subscription

will be purchased as a gift - for

many subscriptions, gift purchases

make up a sizeable percentage of

revenue, so don’t forget to consider

this customer. How can you make

it easy for someone to purchase

as a gift? At this stage it’s a good

idea to try and identify some

potential customers to ask them

for some feedback. For example,

if you were starting a knitting

subscription, it’s a good idea to

ask for input from avid knitters

or anyone else you think might

be interested. Facebook groups

are great for this; joining relevant

Facebook groups and connecting

with members can provide

extremely valuable insight.


Getting to grips with the numbers

will help you understand how to

make your business successful

and profitable in the long term.

How much will it cost you to

produce your box, and what

kind of margins can you expect?

Don’t forget to include costs

like shipping, fulfillment if you

don’t plan to package the boxes

yourself, website maintenance

costs, bank fees and the cost of

acquiring a new customer.



Most subscription boxes are

sourcing a range of products

from different suppliers, so start

talking to potential suppliers and

building relationships as soon as

possible. Will you be purchasing

products wholesale or producing

them yourself? Make sure to ask

questions about costs, volume

discounts and lead times.


Your website is about much more

than just branding (though that is

important!). You need a reliable

platform to help you manage

everything from one-off orders

to recurring payments. There’s

dozens of good platforms out

there that can help you get up and

running quickly. WooCommerce

is great for Wordpress, while

services like Shopify are

extremely simple to use. There

are also subscription-box specific

platforms that can make life

even simpler for you; Cratejoy

and Subbly are two of the most

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popular. Each has its pros and

cons, so be sure to consider what

makes the most sense for your



Customer service is extremely

important to a subscription box

business. Unhappy customers

churn, and churn leads to

lost profit. Ask for feedback

regularly about everything from

the purchase process to the box

contents and make sure you’re

easy to contact and on hand to

address any problems as quickly

as possible.


Rachel Wood is founder of Rare

Birds Book Club, an online

book club that guarantees to

bring you the best-of-the-best in

contemporary literature. Founded

on a simple principle, that books

should be fun to read, members

receive a surprise book at the start

of each month, with a note from

Rachel herself on why it is worth

their time. Championing the crème

de la crème of women’s fiction,

Rare Birds Book Club selects only

the very best pacey, interesting

stories with gripping plotlines,

amazing heroines, happyish

endings, and – when the occasion

calls for it – totally smouldering

love interests. Members can then

connect online to discuss what they

thought of that month's read with

other likeminded readers. From

September, subscribers will also

have the choice to choose between

two books per month, or upgrade

to both, offering double the fun!

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SLOAN! Book Club

Making A Life by Melanie Falick

Led by the question of why working with our hands remains vital and

valuable in the modern world, author and maker Melanie Falick went on

a transformative, inspiring journey. Traveling across continents, she met

numerous artisans. In revealing stories and gorgeous original photographs,

Making a Life captures all the joy of making and the power it has to give

our lives authenticity and meaning. We make in order to slow down. To

connect with others. To express ideas and emotions, feel competent, create

something tangible and long-lasting. And to feed the soul.

£35 Published by Workman

The Herbal Remedy Handbook by Vicky

Chown and Kim Walker

The Herbal Remedy Handbook is a collection of practical remedies for home

care. It is an ailment and recipe-led reference for first-aid, simple conditions

such as coughs and colds, and helpful self-management techniques for more

complex conditions such as anxiety and eczema. From vinegars and tonics,

creams and balms to syrups and teas, all the recipes use easily accessible,

bought, foraged or grown ingredients for you to create your own herbal


£18.99 Published by Kyle Books (

The Happiness Bible by Cheryl Rickman

The Happiness Bible works with the reader to explain how happiness

works and evolves, where it comes from, and how it can be nurtured and

maintained in order to flourish. The book introduces the principles of

positive psychology, the science of happiness, and how it works to achieve

happiness. It examines what happiness studies have revealed and how

positive psychology exercises help to banish the “thieves of happiness”. It

also explores why acceptance of unhappiness is also important in our quest

for joy.

£14.99 Published by Godsfield Press (

The Sophrology Method by Florence Parot

Sophrology is a transformative healthcare philosophy that is designed to help

people achieve a calm, alert mind in a relaxed body. Inspired by Eastern

philosophies and classical relaxation techniques, Sophrology will help you to

become consciously, actively aware of yourself, how you feel, what you want

and the environment around you. Cited as ‘the new mindfulness’,Sophrology

is a mind-body technique that uses a unique mixture of breathing and

relaxation exercises, body awareness, visualization, gentle movement and


£12.99 Published by Gaia (

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Grow Your Own Happiness by Deborah


For anyone wanting to increase their wellbeing. Grow Your Own

Happiness shows how positive psychology – the science of happinesscan

be used every day. With key principles explained to provide the

foundation for change, tests for measuring wellbeing and simple

techniques that can easily be applied to a busy lifestyle, as well as

case studies, anecdotes and tips, this book provides everything you

need to shine.

£12.99 Published by Aster (

SHRINK by Philippe Tahon

Philippe Tahon has made a thrilling discovery, and it’s something

many of us will want to know - how to eat what you like whilst losing

weight for good. This highly sought-after London psychotherapist

has created a unique set of tools that not only enabled him to lose five

stone, but is now doing the same for hundreds of others. In Shrink,

Philippe shares his easy programme and teaches you to eat mindfully,

intuitively and positively. The simple beauty of this hugely successful

programme is that it allows you to ‘think like a shrink’ and have the

body you really want – for life.

£9.99 Published by Aster (

The Little Book of Happiness by Miriam


In this beautifully illustrated little book, leading Positive Psychologist

Miriam Akhtar introduces us to the key ingredients of a well-lived

and fulfilling life. Drawing on her expert knowledge of the Science

of Happiness, the author shares 12 evidence-based Happiness Habits

and the key practices that will help us obtain and sustain happiness

in our daily lives – such as connecting with others, feeling gratitude,

spending time in nature, being mindful, savouring the moment and

practising positive emotion.

£7.99 published by Gaia (

Neal’s Yard Complete Massage

This is the only massage book you will need to understand and

master the myriad benefits of therapeutic touch. It shows you how to

master a core set of techniques that form the foundation of massage

practice with clear, annotated photography and easy to follow, stepby-step

guidance to help you practise and perfect each technique.

Covering the main massage disciplines, there are over 30 bespoke

massage treatment ideas, tailored treatments for specific symptoms,

and special groups such as pregnant women and babies.

£18.99 published by DK

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It's great to

be back after

the year I've

had last year

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Sir Andy Murray talks to SLOAN! about returning to

tennis, his fitness regime & collagen supplementation


Why is it important to care for your muscle &

joints if you work out regularly?

Looking after your body’s health and fitness

A is crucial and often this can be overlooked

when an athlete is starting out. Athletes work

and train hard and this puts a heavy strain and load

on the muscles and joints. Overworking muscles

can result in damage that can force an athlete to

stop training and cause long term damage.

A balance between training and rest is key.

Muscles need the opportunity to rest and recover

from exercise in order to grow. As well as rest,

muscles need nutrients to grow and eating well

combined with the correct nutritional supplements

is key.

I have learnt over my career how important it is to

look after your body and this includes balancing

training, rest, sleep, hydration and nutrition.


Why is collagen supplementation important

for you?

Collagen supplementation might be a

A relatively new addition to sports nutrition but

with the growing research and support from

my team I believe it is set to play an important role

in the future.


Tell me more about TRR Advanced Collagen.

Why is it so effective for you?

Outside of family life I live an extremely

A busy lifestyle; I train and work hard which

pushes my body to the limit. TRR was

developed for me last year, in conjunction with a

leading sports doctor and sports nutritionist and

has been formulated for the elite sports person.

My nutritionist, Glenn Kearney, suggested that

I introduce a liquid collagen supplement into

my daily diet regime as he was interested by the

growing body of research supporting collagen

and the team behind TRR supplied me with an

Informed Sport certified product to introduce me

to collagen supplementation.


Do you have a specific diet to boost

performance and is it high in protein?

Yes, I have a nutritionist and he gives me

A meal plans to make sure I am optimising my

nutrition to help my performance, training

and recovery. My eating is pretty healthy – lots of

salads, grilled chicken and fruit, and making sure I

take in enough fluids is also really important. I do

tend to eat a lot of protein as I burn a lot of energy

during training and matches and that helps me

with my recovery.


Talk me through how you prepare before a big


Before a big match, I do a lot of preparation

A on my opponent and how I am going to play

my game against them. I always eat an hour

to an hour and a half before I am due on court and

usually have something like chicken with rice. And

then I have physio and warm up with my team to

make sure I’m ready to go mentally and physically

as soon as I step out on court.


What measures do you take to help recovery

after a big match?

Immediately after a match I’ll warm down in

A the gym and then see my physio for a massage

and to check in. My team are usually with me

when I have physio so we’ll chat a bit about the

match (the good and the bad). I often have an ice

bath to help my muscles recover quicker so I’m

ready to play again the next day or the day after

that. I’ll also eat about an hour after I come off



You looked very relaxed when you played

doubles at Wimbledon this year, how do you

feel your body held up?

I really enjoyed being back at Wimbledon this

A year. It was great to be back after the year I’d

had last year. My body held up well and I was

able to move better on court than I was expecting.

Obviously, it’s very different playing doubles to

playing singles, but my team and my surgeon

were very happy with the progress I’d made by

Wimbledon this year.


Have you experienced any playing limitations

after your recent surgery and what are you

focussing on at the moment?

I’ve had to work hard on my movement

A post-surgery. Mainly I am focussing on my

match fitness as I had a long time not playing

matches and it’s important to get court time under

your belt in order to stand a chance of getting back

to a decent level of competition.


What’s next for Andy Murray?

I’m going to keep focussing on singles. I

A played in Beijing in October at the China

Open, with more tournaments to follow as I

build up my fitness and get match practice.

Andy Murray takes TRR Advanced Collagen as

part of his diet, to support him with on-court

preparation, intense workouts and when he

is resting. To find out more and read the full

interview at

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Active Affluent


The F10 XPD 3 sets the standard for expedition tents. This 3 person, fully geodesic

tent has an inner first pitch and double vestibules with snow skirt at sub 4.5kg weight.

With its free standing pole structure and 7 cross over points, the XPD is an incredibly

strong expedition tent that’s the first choice for full-on adventurers looking for shelter

that’s simple and quick to pitch yet built to stand up to bad weather when you

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The iconic Spitz jacket has

been upgraded with the latest

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making it ideal for

mountaineering, skiing and

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GORE-TEX Pro, it features

strategic reinforcement,


waterproofing, ventilation

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£450 from


Building upon the classic 4 pole geodesic design, the

Force 10 MTN from Vango adds axial pole hubs at

the crossover points. This light, high-tech, resilient

tent combines the most advanced materials to

provide the mountaineer with a strong, lightweight,

weatherproof freestanding structure capable

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environments. A silicon/PU flysheet and 70D Nylon

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The water- and windproof Nengal 3L PROOF

Bib Pant is built for epic powder days. It’s

designed to keep you safe from even the

harshest elements, in deep snowy conditions.

Equipped with all the essentials you need

for a true freeriding pant - including an

inbuilt RECCO® reflector, reinforced

instep, adjustable suspenders and

ventilation to maximize your day on

the mountain. The classic bib pant

construction securely keeps the

elements out and the internal lower

leg gaiter with elasticated rubber

grip stays put over your boots You

will feel as neat as you look when

wearing these trousers.

£370 from


The Waterproof Anorak packs in practical features

to keep the wind and weather out. The elasticated

tie pulls the hood tight and keeps out of the way.

The hidden vents offer increased airflow and when

the rain stops, the anorak packs into its own

inner pocket for easy portability.

The anorak is made with a premium

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moisture from the body and expand

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sweat, the more breathable the anorak


£320 from

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Active Affluent



Whether you’re planning your next mountaineering

expedition or ski trip or something a little less extreme,

here are our favourites for the full-on outdoor enthusiast this winter


Mountain Warehouse

The Aurora Womens Down Jacket offers

extreme warmth and protection from the

rain. Fully waterproof rated at 5000mm

with taped seams and a 75% down and 25%

feather filling. Breathable IsoDry fabric

ensures you stay dry on the inside and lets

moisture out. The jacket has been laboratory

tested to keep you warm in temperatures as

low as -50C, and the detachable faux fur trim

provides extra warmth. This is perfect for

outdoor lovers.

£179.99 from

Made with a full rubber rand and finest

quality leather, Anatom’s Q4 Cuillin

mountain boot will withstand frequent use

and abuse and provides excellent ankle

support for difficult and technical terrain.

A Vibram Foura outsole grips wet,

rocky, and unpredictable conditions. The

Impact brake system in the heel supports

your foot and improves control while

descending steep trails with a heavy pack.

The PU midsole provides cushioning for

shock absorption and all-day comfort.

£240 from


The Wylam ski jacket, part of

the Geotech and PVRE series, is

loaded with technical features.

With 20K water resistance and

20g breathability, the jacket’s

fabric will keep water out while

ensuring that moisture is moved

away from your body. The

collar is high and has laser-cut

ventilation holes so that it can

also serve as a face mask when

the conditions call for it. This

solid colour jacket is slim fit and

long in length for a great price.

£229.99 from


The F10 Vulcan -12 is an

exceptional sleeping bag aimed

for all year adventuring. Vulcan

is made to stand up to the most

extreme conditions whilst still

maintaining an extremely low

weight (1.25kg) and a small pack

size (220 x 80 x 50cm).The Hydro-

Barrier down gives an extremely

efficient filling when space at a

premium. The internal pocket, 3D

hood with multi-cord closure and

an insulated 3D shoulder baffle

create one of the best sleeping bags

we’ve used.

£299.99 from www.outdoorworld


The Tracker is a barefoot hiking boot made

from high quality leather. It is designed

for wild and rough terrains, with our firm

ground sole. This minimalist walking

boot has a waterproof lining and thermal

protection to keep feet a comfortable

temperature and ready to explore nature.

The Firm Ground sole with 3mm lugs

provides traction over trails and rocky

landscapes. The premium action leather

waterproof upper is constructed with

a breathable sealed inner membrane

reinforced by hydrophobic leather proofing.

The removable Thermal Insole offers three

times the thermal protection as a normal

insole for all-year comfort.

£190 available from

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Cloudrock is the lightweight waterproof speed-hiking

boot built for traction, pace and protection in all

conditions. Up to 35% lighter than competitors, this

is perfect for hiking, trail walking and wet weather

conditions, with Missiongrip rubber adding traction

while lugs bite into soft trails. The Swiss-engineered

FlexLock system means laces can be tied traditionally

or with a single pull. A 360° mudguard protects and the

Speedboard provides propulsion and stability. Zero-

Gravity CloudTec® ensures

cushioned landings.

£180 available from


The Colby ski jacket is made of a

waterproof fabric that is 10K waterresistance

and 10g breathability so you stay

warm and dry. The regular fit and longer

in length keeps you covered and the

patterned elasticated rib fabric at the cuffs

and bottom hem of the jacket keep things

snug. The drawstring waist allows for a

closer fit with taped seams and underarm

ventilation zippers for comfort. The hood

and faux fur trim are detachable.

£179.99 available from

Mountain Warehouse

The Shiya Winter Waterproof Boots is designed

to withstand the elements on your next outdoor

adventure. Durable leather upper, phylon midsole

for impact cushioning, high traction outsole with

deep lugs and the IsoTherm lining has densely

packed fibres to retain heat & warmth without

adding bulk.

Laboratory tested to -25°C, the boot

is perfectly suited to the tough

conditions on winter hikes.

£99.99 available from

Chrome Industries

The Mazer Vigil is the ultimate

urban daypack featuring a distinctive

‘tombstone’ style wide opening and a

capacious 26 litre capacity for easily

stowing a day’s worth of kit.

With superb functionality for

demanding lifestyles, the sleek

ergonomic design and multiple

storage features makes this

versatile pack ideal for active use.

£160 available from

At 550 lumens, Apex is the

brightest headlamp in Princeton

Tec’s Professional Series and

has been a favourite of extreme

outdoor enthusiasts for years.

This waterproof LED headlamp

incorporates a single Regulated

Maxbright LED plus four

Regulated Ultrabright LEDs and

can switch between a powerful

spot beam or a bright flood.

£115.95 from www.


Princeton Tec

The Signature Poacher 32-litre pack has a

panel-loader design and is suitable for both

full-day ski touring and shorter trips. The

pocket for avalanche tools keeps safety

gear accessible while a zip back panel

yields wide access to the pack body. Waist

belt pockets and a fleece-lined goggles

pocket help keep your kit organised.

£155 from


With its superb compressible

insulation, the Expolite Hooded

Jacket is a super-light year-round

winner. The slender polyamide

baffles are packed with high-loft

ThermoPro synthetic fill to help

trap body heat in the

same way as natural

down. Has a useful

stow pocket and

adjustable hood.

£100 from www.


The Munro Salopettes, used by

Mountain Rescue and Tactical

Forces, are high spec

mountaineering salopettes

incorporate advanced System

Dual Protection technology

making them completely waterand

wind-proof to offer protection

in even the harshest of conditions.

£144.95 from


The Signature Phantom Gore-

Tex® Glove are part of our EP

Artist Series and were developed

with skiing GOAT Eric Pollard.

The full leather build features a

GORE-TEX membrane and

Gore Grip technology for

storm- ready performance

and enhanced dexterity

without having to

remove the gloves.

£95 from

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Dapper Chap

From stylish menswear & accessories to

grooming and lifestyle products, here is a

choice of something special to give the

man in your life this Christmas


This Reversible Pigs

Printed Silk Pocket

Square instantly elevates

your look. Made in

England from silk with

hand rolled edges.

£55 available from


Into The Wilderness Knit

(£35) has a lovely jacquard

landscape. Santa's Band

Shirt (£35) has a funky

festive print and Pop

Paisley Shirt (£35) is full

of personality.


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The monochrome Mahabis

classic in skien black upper

with white sole are the

premium slipper with a

sneaker sole designed for all

day, everywhere!

£79 from


We love the handsome

Handley Boot, made

with premium suede, full

leather lining and brushed

leather sole. Developed and

manufactured in Sheffield.

£249 from


Samsonite Paradiver L Star Wars

Duffle/Backpack with Wheels 55cm

has print details behind a see-through

mesh for a sporty look and feel, while

the comfortably padded back panel,

front pockets and ergonomic shoulder

straps offer convenience and comfort

while traveling.

£195 from


Made entirely in the UK and

quality checked by hand, this

traditional flat cap is made from

genuine handwoven Harris Tweed

from the Outer Hebrides. Designed

to extend over the occipital bone

at the back of the head for a proper

fit that doesn't come off.

£34.95 from


These 200gsm Merino

Leggings are designed to

keep you warm in cooler

temperatures yet remain

breathable while regulating

body temperature during

exercise. £44.95 from


Beard Maintenance Oil (£24.95)

and Beard Growth Oil (£21.95)

have been created to deal

with the issues involved with

growing and maintaining a

healthy beard while eliminating

itchiness and flaking. Both from


This special candle from

PyroPet is called Dreki. As

the dragon shaped candle

burns it slowly reveals a

metallic skeleton inside.

Place it on a 10" diameter

plate to contain the melting

wax. £29 from


These Ski Socks are made

of soft merino wool with

natural moisture-wicking

and insulating properties,

making them ideal for

winter sport activities.

Perfect for those who

prefer a thinner sock.

£39.51 from

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How To Prevent

Dry Eyes When

Ashish Mathur

Ashish Mathur is Eye Care

Specialist and Head of Buying at

Feel Good Contacts. He works

in collaboration with his team to

oversee which products get put

into stock, ensuring only the best

items make it onto the Feel Good

Contacts site.

Concerning his role, Ashish says:

“We stock over 200 contact lenses

and eyecare products and with

so many companies trying to get

their products onto the market, it is

important we only stock the items

that we feel offer customers the

best value, as well as taking into

consideration items commonly

recommended and prescribed

by eye health professionals.

The market is flooded with

new products every month and

established manufacturers are

always upgrading older products

or releasing new ones.”

Dry Eye is a

condition that

can be quickly

taken care of

Using Computers

Ashish Mathur, Eye Care Specialist at

Feel Good Contacts, shares some handy

expert advice to those suffering from Dry

Eye and Computer Vision Syndrome

In today’s digital world coupled

with stressful office lifestyles,

it may seem almost impossible

to shield our eyes from digital

screens and smart device usage.

Spending long hours in the office

means sitting behind a computer

screen for a prolonged amount of

time. This can have a profound

effect on your eyes causing them

to dry out.


Dry eye (Kerato Conjunctivitis

Sicca) occurs when the eyes are

not producing enough tears, or the

tears produced dry up too quickly

to keep the eyeball properly

hydrated and moist. Dry eyes

are also a symptom of Computer

Vision Syndrome (CVS) where

eyes twitch and are strained,

exhausted and dry due to long

computer usage.

However, this condition can be

quickly taken care of by following

a few handy tips.


It’s very common to forget to

blink, particularly when you

are in deep concentration whilst

completing work assignments

on your computer. However, it

is likely that you’re not blinking

enough, and your eyes are not

receiving adequate moisture from

your tears. To prevent a dry and

irritated feeling on your eyes,

make a conscious and deliberate

effort to blink frequently during

the day.

Moreover, some contact lens

wearers may find that wearing

lenses made of silicone hydrogel

are more comfortable as these

lenses allow a higher amount of

moisture and oxygen to pass in

and out the eye, in comparison to

standard hydrogel lenses.

Therefore, it’s important to

discuss with your optician what

lenses are best for you. It’s also

typically advised that contact

lenses are not worn for longer than

12 hours, unless they are extended

wear which are prescribed by

your optician and are specifically

designed for long term use.


Screens from digital devices

such as mobile phones, tablets

and laptops emit blue light.

This form of light occupies a

section of the light spectrum

that is characterised by a very

short wavelength, which means

that it emits more energy and is

difficult to look at directly. It is

often recommended to apply the

blue light filter to help reduce eye


Additionally, blue light reduces

the secretion of your sleepinducing

hormone melatonin,

therefore it’s wise to not use smart

devices before bed as it can have

a major impact on your quality of

sleep, as well as how quickly you

can expect to fall asleep.

There is a growing debate as

to whether over-exposure to

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lue light can lead to long-term

eye problems such as macular

degeneration. The consequences

of blue light only intensify with

age; as the natural lenses become

yellowed and the retina fails to

register blue light. As well as

applying the blue light filter, using

eye drops will ensure your eyes

are soothed from long periods in

front of screens.



Ensure you check the brightness

of your digital devices and adjust

it from time-to-time to see how

your eyes feel when looking at

the screen. If your screen is on

the highest level of brightness it

can be uncomfortable for your

eyes. It’s also worth regulating

the lighting where your computer

is placed and cleaning your

computer screen of dust to ensure

there’s no glare.


Extended screen use can cause

eye fatigue and a strained feeling,

therefore taking regular breaks is

vital. You may also find it useful

to follow the 20-20-20 rule. This

is where every 20 minutes, you

should take a 20 second break

from your screen and look at

something that is 20 feet away

from you. Practicing this will

allow your eye muscles to relax.

In addition, keeping your

computer and smart devices at a

reasonable distance away from

your eyes will also help prevent

exhausted eyes.


Drinking water is also key

to healthy eyes as it provides

essential hydration. Keep a water

bottle that you can re-fill regularly

on your desk. Also, carry a bottle

of water in your bag to drink from

during your commute and don’t

use fizzy and sugary drinks as a

substitute for water.

Aside from drinking more water,

you can consume juicy fruits and

avoid grazing on large amounts

of dry and salty snacks which can

cause you to feel dehydrated.


What’s more, eye drops are a fast

and effective way of relieving

dry and tired eyes. A few eye

drops will revitalise your eyes,

adding a dose of moisture and

hydration. They also minimise

blurring and keep your eyes

feeling smooth for hours at a time.


Using a hydrating eye mist is a

great alternative to eye drops,

especially if you prefer not to drop

anything directly into your eyes.

The refreshing mist has a soft and

cooling effect on the eyes and

provides moisture.

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This versatile headset is engineered

for the best wireless calls and music

experience. SmartSound audio

automatically adapts to your surroundings

whilst the 36 hours of battery life (ANC on)

ensures you stay powered up throughout

the day. The Jabra Elite 85h are one of the

most comfortable over ear headphones that

block out unwanted noise,

making these headphones

ideal for commuting

or working in crowded

spaces. They also boast

one touch access to voice

assistant and look super

stylish too.

£279.99 available from


The third generation of Hövding’s unique airbag for urban

cyclists is the world’s safest head protection worn like a collar

around the neck. In the event of an accident the airbag inflates

to protect your head using the latest next generation airbag technology

that is said to be 8 times safer than traditional bicycle helmets. Swedish

safety technology you can rely on in the event of an accident, the airbag

inflates in 0.1 seconds enclosing the head and holding the neck in

place. It can even notify selected ICE contacts using Bluetooth to send

them a text message with the coordinates of the accident site. We found

its adjustable size fits perfectly on both men and women and the battery

life last for around 15 active hours of cycling.

£249.99 from Selfridges and selected bike shops around London.



3SONY WF-1000XM3

Hailed as the new

generation truly wireless

headphones, the WF-

1000XM3 offers the next level

of silence thanks to its HD Noise

Cancelling Processor QN1e chip and

Dual Noise Sensor Technology. It

not only cancels more noise across

almost all frequencies but also uses

less power. Anything ranging from

annoying aircraft cabin noise, to

hustle and bustle on the city streets,

is dramatically cancelled so all you

hear is the music. We loved the

wire-free design, stable connectivity

and comfortable fit with the 24

hour battery life and quick charging

function. Optimised for the Google

Assistant, it’s the perfect commuter


£220 from, Amazon,

Argos, Currys

& John Lewis

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This is the most premium Bodyclock from Lumie,

featuring DAB radio in addition to low-blue light to

be non-alerting at bedtime and fading sunset to help

you relax. In the morning, wake up gently with gradual sunrise.

It also features high quality speakers with Bluetooth streaming

functionality and offers a selection of over 25 sleep/wake sounds.

Other features include adjustable lighting, a glass lamp cover;

tap-control snooze, personalised

sunrise and sunset duration from 15

to 90 minutes; a nightlight setting;

7-day alarm; dimmable bedside

lighting; power failure back-up.


The Yale All-in-One Camera offers HD-quality footage,

motion detection, and two-way talk in a smart, discreet

unit. Whether it’s keeping an eye on the front door while

you wait for that all-important parcel to be delivered or watching out

for unwanted intruders in the back garden, the All-in-One Camera

is the perfect device for this and would be perfect for that securityconscious

homeowner, or DIY Dad this Christmas.

Compatible with Amazon Alexa, it is weatherproof

with in-app controls, built-in spotlight, siren alarm,

image masking and no monthly fees. It really is

the all-in-one product for those looking for a

reasonably priced full security camera and

intercom solution.

£119 from

£199 available from

and John Lewis



5The Evoluent D from

BakkerElkhuizen is the best

solution to meet the needs

and requirements of the modern

computer user. The vertical Evoluent

D mouse ensures that you hold

your wrist in a natural ‘handshake

grip’. This working position can be

maintained for longer and prevents

physical discomfort. So that at the

end of the day your wrists, forearms

and shoulders feel less tired.


The mouse is shaped in such a way

that your fingers are in the ideal

position to allow a better fit of the

palm of the hand, which gives you a

better posture of arm and wrist. The

grooved buttons also improve grip.

The Evoluent D has a

revolutionary magnetic

battery cover which

means you can’t

lose the lid, the

tab of the lid

can’t break off

or become too

flexible, so

it doesn’t fit

anymore. The

mouse is available in wired or

wireless versions with a larger

version in the pipeline.

£118.61 available from

7From audio books and educational apps

to videos, games and award-winning

parental controls – continue their learning at home

this September with the all-new Fire 7 Kids Edition.

It’s the next generation of Amazon’s most affordable

kids tablet with easy-to-use parental controls that

encourage learning before play and features such as

setting bedtime curfews to tighter controls on screen

time and content as well as blocking access to videos

and games until educational targets such as reading

goals are met.


£99.99 from


Exclusively designed in the UK for the

RSPB, the Monty radio is the perfect

marriage of sleek, contemporary design and

great acoustic quality, cemented by its Which ‘Best

Buy Digital radio’ rating in 2017.

The radio by VQ is wrapped around the back with

in beautiful illustrations of colourful hummingbirds

with pink and green foliage accents designed by

British illustrator Lorna Syson offset brilliantly

against the warm slate fabric. Buy from the RSPB as

90% of net income is spent

on conservation, public

education and advocacy

in the UK and around the


£99.99 available from

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Dadventure: Being A Brilliant Dad

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Dr Andy Cope is a happiness expert and bestselling

author of The Little Book of Being Brilliant. Here he

shares his thoughts with SLOAN! on how fathers (and

male carers) can be brilliant dads to their little ones.

It is a sad statistic, but apparently modern fathers

have roughly three minutes a day of conversation

with their children. If that’s not shameful enough,

evidence suggests the valuable three minutes is

restricted in scope and colour so whereas mums tend

to chat about friends, family and school, dads tend to

chat about sport or ‘How was your day?’

Dad then sits in the dominant armchair, guarding the

remote, flicking through the channels. It transpires

that 35% of daughters say dads meet their emotional

needs, as compared to 72% for mums. If this was

a school report, dads would find ‘must do better!’

stamped on pretty much every page.


Let me say this as simply as I can: pretty much across

the board, mums are superheroes. In the happiest

families, it is the dad that also steps up to the plate.

Therefore, although this advice applies to both males

and females, I’m aiming it more at dads because they

are the ones who need to pull their parenting socks

up the most.

Let me introduce you to the little known but oh-sopowerful

‘Matthew Effect’. This is when an initial

success in something leads to even greater success.

And, conversely, if we are unsuccessful, we’re likely

to become even more unsuccessful. It explains why

the rich get richer and the poor poorer, but it also

applies to parenting.

Let’s take the example of reading – children who

start off reading well will get better and better

compared to their peers, because they will read even

more broadly and quickly. The more words they learn

the easier and more enjoyable reading becomes. On

the other hand, it’s very hard for poor readers to catch

up because, for them, the spiral goes downwards.

Thus the gap between those who read well and

those who read poorly grows even bigger rather than


According to the Matthew Effect, success snowballs

but so does failure.


Dads and grandads, I don’t want you to think I’m

having a pop at you but the biggest single factor in

your son/grandson reading books is if he sees a male

role model reading books. That, good sir, is YOU!

(if you’re a female reading this article, please find a

male and read this page to them)

The Matthew Effect shows up everywhere. Ben

Zander talks about the transformation that happens

when a young person learns to love music. For most,

the early days are a chore. If you’ve ever suffered

Three Blind Mice on a recorder, or caterwauling

scales on the clarinet, you have my sympathy. The

early days of learning a musical instrument are

classic Eric Morecambe territory; ‘they’re hitting all

the right notes but not necessarily in the right order’.

As a parent you have to hang in there and pretend

you’re enjoying it. Even then, some kids will quit.

But some ride through the storm. These kids lean

forward and begin to play. They engage, either with

the teacher or with the music. They achieve some

early breakthroughs, maybe playing a piece that they

recognise. As they connect they lift themselves off

the piano seat suddenly becoming what Zander calls

‘one-buttock players’. They’re lifted by passion and

engagement. And from here on in, they experience

giant leaps of learning.

If I’m allowed to stretch Zander’s wonderful analogy

beyond music and reading, if you want your children

to find their passion (sport, maths, cooking, science,

stand-up comedy; it doesn’t matter what) the

Matthew Effect says that some early wins are crucial

in your child powering ahead.


The biggest thing you can do to facilitate that is to

live it too. So, reading-wise, if the biggest thing a

dad can do is to be seen reading, then it extends to

all those other activities too. Put yourself out there.

If you child is learning the violin, challenge yourself

to learn it too. Play together. Paint together. Laugh


• Trampolining… bounce together.

• Baking… make cakes together.

• Art… draw together.

• Stand-up comedy… tell jokes together.

• Science… dissect frogs together. On reflection,

that’s messy. Go to the Science Museum together


• Football… kickabout together

• Spellings… learn them together

• Drama… go to the theatre together

My dare is simply this – join them, play, act your

shoe size.

Why? Because the rule of parenting is this; your

children will not do what you say, but they will do

what you do.


Dr Andy Cope is a happiness expert and best-selling

author of The Little Book of Being Brilliant available

now on Amazon.

Find out more about Andy at www.artofbrilliance.

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Dr Søren Carstens

Dr Søren Carstens is a health

expert and Head of Clinical

Operations at Bupa Global.

Speaking about local food and

water when travelling with

a baby, Dr Søren said, " If

you’re somewhere where it’s

not recommended to drink tap

water, I’d advise using bottled

water to make your baby’s

bottles, but it’s still important

to boil it first. If your baby is

eating solid food, try to stick

to freshly cooked, hot food and

peel all fruit before eating."

Dr Søren also warned new

parents of the dangers of

gastrointestinal infections. He

says, "If your baby develops an

upset stomach try to keep them

hydrated while the infection

passes. If you notice symptoms

such as severe or blood-stained

diarrhoea or a high temperature,

seek medical help straight away."

Baby food is not subject

to the same hand

luggage restrictions as

other liquids

A Doctor's Guide To

Travelling With A Baby

Dr Søren Carstens, Head of Clinical

Operations at Bupa Global, advises new

parents on how to travel healthily and happily

Traveling with a new baby can be

daunting for many parents, but

with the right preparation you can

make the journey and destination

relaxing for all the family.


Research your destination - It’s

really important to research

your destination for things like

necessary vaccinations, the

availability of formula or baby

food, and what the local health

services are like. Hopefully you

won’t need to use them, but when

you’re traveling with a baby peace

of mind is key.

First aid - I always recommend

that parents put together a first

aid kit for any mishaps – this

might include painkillers, babysafe

insect repellent (Deet is safe

for children over two months

old), plasters, a thermometer

and antihistamine crème. Rehydration

solution might also

come in handy in case of stomach


Exotic destinations - If you’re

planning an exotic trip with a

baby, I’d recommend speaking

to a travel health expert at least

two months in advance to check

that the destination is suitable. It’s

important to note that your baby

may be too young to receive all of

the recommended vaccinations,

and children also have an

increased risk of contracting

severe malaria, so you may need

to take additional precautions.

Insurance - Make sure you have

the appropriate insurance in

place, which means that you

will be properly looked after if

something happens. Bupa Global

offers a range of premium health

insurance options for families,

offering the care that’s right for

you, when and where you need it.


Plane travel - The thought of

planning a plane journey with a

baby might seem overwhelming,

but there are lots of ways to keep

them happy on the journey.

I’d recommend feeding them

at take off and landing to help

with earache, and making sure

they stay hydrated – similarly

to adults, it’s easy for babies to

become dehydrated on the plane.

If your baby is onto solid foods or

formula, take a good supply with

you. Remember, baby food isn’t

subject to the same hand luggage

restrictions as other liquids.


Sun safety - Babies are at higher

risk of sunburn than adults, so it’s

important to take precautions if

you’re going somewhere sunny.

Remember, even on cloudy days

it’s possible to get burnt. Use

a sun cream that’s at least SPF

30, apply it around 30 minutes

before going out in the sun and

remember to reapply regularly.

It’s also a good idea to cover up

babies with a hat and long sleeves,

and stay in the shade when the

sun is at its strongest – between

11am and 3pm.

Preventing accidents - It’s worth

remembering that equipment such

as car seats, high chairs and play

equipment may not be subject to

the same safety standards abroad

as we have in the UK, so use your

judgement. If something seems

unsafe, don’t use it.


Bupa Global is the international

health insurance arm of Bupa,

offering products and services for

globally minded people who want

the most premium coverage and

access to the healthcare they need

anytime, anywhere in the world.

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Your Health is Your Wealth

You always make time to look after your little ones but when

was the last time you invested in your own health? Here are the

top five healthy drinks we're raving about now... water included!

ActiveEdge BlueberryActive Concentrate

A study by the University of Exeter suggests that blueberry juice may help “improve

cognitive and memory function in the brain”. Blueberries are rich in flavonoids

and anthocyanins which hold antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which

cause these beneficial effects. BlueberryActive concentrated blueberry juice as used

in the study is worth trying for those looking to boost their concentration levels.

£9.99 for 237ml from Holland and Barrett

Get More Vits L-carnitine & Chromium

Get More Vits L-Carnitine & Chromium has a refreshing watermelon flavour

that's sugar free and only 5 calories per bottle. Supporting your body's metabolism,

L-Carnitine helps transport fatty acids into the mitochondria, where they can be

burned for energy. Chromium contributes to macro- nutrient metabolism and the

maintenance of normal blood glucose levels.

£14.99 for 12 from Tesco and Amazon

Equinox Espresso Coffee Kombucha

A UK first, Equinox Organic Espresso Coffee Kombucha is a unique blend made

with a special coffee Kombucha culture and Arabica Coffee beans, providing the

same benefits as traditional Kombucha with a natural re-energising coffee lift.

This revolutionary kombucha is light and balanced and thanks to the fermentation

process, is lower in caffeine than normal coffee.

£1.60 from Abel & Cole, Planet Organic and

Purdey's Edge

Purdey's Edge Multivitamin Fruit Drink is a blend of blackberry and sloe berry

juices, naturally boosted by botanicals and vitamins to give you a gently lift. Free

from caffeine, artificial flavourings, colours, preservatives and sweeteners. The

multivitamin blend helps reduce fatigue, contributes to normal energy-yielding

metabolism and supports the immune system. It also counts as one of your 5 a day.

£1.59 for 330ml from Tesco, Waitrose, Holland & Barrett, Ocado, Boots & W H Smith

Ion8 Quench Water Bottle

It is recommended that women should be drinking 1.6 litres while men should be

drinking 2 litres per day. With the Ion8 Quench Water Bottle your half way there as

it holds up to 1000ml.It has a comfortable fit, is soft to touch with frosted exterior,

scratch resistant and has a hand strap. It is 100% leak proof with an easy drinks

system that opens at the touch of a button with a flip top, lid lock and pouring spout

stays clean under a hard shell. Available from for £16.99 – £17.49

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Travel with Stokke

Stokke don’t just do

great prams. They

also do great pram

accessories that

are perfect when

travelling with your

little ones







The little things make a big difference

1. Foot Muff - £119

2. Pram Storm Cover £39

3. Stroller Rain Cover - £29

4. Stroller Snack Tray £29

5. Stroller Mosquito Net £23

6. Stroller Cup Holder - £18

Available from

SLOAN! loves everything Stokke

but our favourite winter accessory

is the Foot Muff. Lined with fleece

for warmth and comfort, the design

allows freedom of movement for

baby and the water-repellent fabric

protects them from the elements.

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As k The Ex p e r t

Stress-Free Family Travel

Stine Brogaard shares some top tips for parents

travelling with babies and toddlers this season

Travel is one of life’s luxuries

– we all dream of winter sun,

visiting beaches, buzzing cities,

beautiful landscapes, or far flung

destinations. Going on holiday

also means spending quality time

with loved ones.

Travelling with children, however,

can often lead to over-excitable

and then weary, emotional

children, and by the end of the

journey, frazzled parents.

Mum of two, Stine Brogaard from

premium children’s brand Stokke,

has compiled the following

checklist for families to help make

travelling a breeze.


Allow more time than you think

you need when travelling. Kids

love to explore, run around, take

their time, or suddenly need the

loo at critical moments, so factor

this extra time into your schedule.


Staying hydrated is important,

particularly as airports and

planes can be hot. Take reusable

bottles and refill with water once

through security, bearing in mind

you can’t take more than 100ml

of liquids through beforehand.

Most airports will offer this

free of charge, you can also ask

at cafes and restaurants for a

complimentary fill-up. Once on

board, ask staff to refill bottles



Pack colouring, puzzle or sticker

books, reading or audio books,

notebooks and pens for drawing

or writing, small toys, travel

games such as chequers, or cards

such as Top Trumps or Uno, to

pass the time. This ‘survival kit’

will serve you in destination too –

never go to a restaurant without it!


For early morning or late-night

flights, let your kids travel in

their pyjamas. They’ll be more

comfortable and far more likely

to drift off. Remember to pack

clothing to change them into later

if it’s a morning flight. Packing a

few layers for chilly in-flight air

con will help keep them cosy.


A lightweight stroller and/or sling

can be a lifesaver for when they

get tired in transit. Strollers can be

used right up to the gate and will

help avoid having to manage a

wriggling child in arms as well as

cabin luggage and must-have duty

free purchases.


Take every opportunity to use the

toilet. The last thing you need is a

mad dash to the loo whilst last call

is being announced at the gate.


For a more stress-free journey

and indeed holiday, take a more

relaxed approach to mealtimes,

bedtimes and routine overall.

Children are far more adaptable

than we think and will snap back

into shape in no time when back



Break up the journey with several

short stops to allow yourself some

downtime as well as giving the

children the chance to run around,

eat, go to the loo, or simply chill.

Travelling is exhausting for all of

us and the more relaxed we are

as parents, the more relaxed the

children will be.

Stine Brogaard is Regional

Marketing Manager for the UK,

Ireland and the Netherlands.

For more information on Stokke

products go to

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How To Get Your

Toddler Moving

With Confidence

Play For Life

In May 2019, Health Secretary,

Matt Hancock called for help to

deliver the Government’s promise

to halve childhood obesity over

the next 10 years.

According to current estimates,

10% of boys and 9% of girls are

starting primary school obese,

and experts warn that children

gain weight ‘at a drastic rate’

when they are at school.

Pressure is mounting on schools

to address this trend, and to tackle

this, the Government has set an

exercise target for pre-school

children (aged under 5) of 180

minutes physical exercise per day.

But, child development experts

say that during these years, as

early as 12-36 months, it’s less

about exercise minutes, and more

about movement challenges.

From 12 months

to 7 years, children

establish movements

that will become their

bedrock for life

Martin Haines, Biomechanics Coach &

Physiotherapist, shares five ways to help

toddlers reach their movement milestones

Very young children who have

confidence in their physical

ability, grow into more confident

individuals with a lower BMI

and a life-long commitment to


Martin Haines, is a recognised and

experienced Biomechanics Coach

and Chartered Physiotherapist.

Here he gives us ‘Five ways to

get your toddlers moving with




Experts call the early years of

gross motor development, from

around 12 months to 7 years,

the ‘Fundamental Patterns’

period. This is ‘base camp’ for

establishing movements that will

become a person’s bedrock for


Throughout our lives, we

constantly return back to these

fundamental patterns while we

hone new skills. If we secure these

movements with confidence, we

create a foundation for a positive

relationship with our bodies.



You need to apply academic

principles to physical learning.

When you learn to read, you first

have to learn your alphabet. You

apply this knowledge to learning

words, build up to paragraphs and

then books. The more books we

read, the more we enjoy reading.

The broader the range of books,

the better we become and so on.

Physical activity is the same.

Once children grasp the basics of

balance, standing, co-ordination,

walking and then running

they can apply their new found

knowledge to building new skills

and a love of moving that will stay

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with them for life.



We hear a lot about ‘free play’

but with physical development,

a child will get more from an

activity if they are supervised and

incentivised. Rather than say ‘go

and play outside’, suggest they go

out to do something specific, such

as find a squirrel in a tree, make a

picture with fallen leaves. Go with

them and engage with it.

What’s more if a child is engaged

in an activity, they are more likely

to enjoy it and try to do it well.

This creates a positive association

with exercise and they will be

more likely to return to exercise

both as a child and as they grow

up. Children will engage more and

stick with an activity, if they have

adult encouragement.


When a child is encouraged to

find unique solutions to movement

challenges, given goal specific

tasks, creative themes or ‘family’

rules to traditional games, the

play becomes more challenging,

stimulating and rewarding.


Don’t push the child to achieve

their milestones too soon.

Children progress when they are

ready; physically and mentally.

First they develop reflexes for

grasping, to head control, rolling,

sitting, crawling and ultimately to

standing and walking. You cannot

train a child to do any of these

things before they are physically

ready. It’s the same once they are

walking and learning movement


Encouraging children to progress

quicker than they are able

merely knocks their confidence

and potentially harms their

relationship with being active. Do

not progress them by their age

or their size or what their peers

are doing, be mindful of their

capabilities and they will thank

you for it later.


Martin Haines is advising Micro

Scooters on their new Play for Life

initiative. It includes information

and insights on how a child

develops physically and games to

play with children to help them

reach their movement milestones

with confidence.

For more information, please



The Mini Micro 3in1 Classic

Scooter is £59.95 available from

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SLOAN! Books For Babies

Reading to your little one is important for baby’s development

even from a very young age and should be included in their

daily educational play and is a proven step in bedtime routines

Jonny Lambert’s Wake Up, Farm

The latest instalment in DK’s hugely successful Pop-Up Peekaboo

series, Jonny Lambert’s Wake Up, Farm! offers an interactive and

exciting exploration of children’s favourite farm-yard wonders. With

quirky illustrations and pop-up surprises, parents and children will

love sharing this story together.

Jonny Lambert’s colourful illustrations bring this charming story to

life, with pop-ups on every page to engage children as they encounter

cockerels, cows, pigs and more! The robust board-book format makes

Jonny Lambert’s Wake Up, Farm! ideal for playful young children.

£7.99 published by DK (

Baby’s First 123

This shiny baby book of numbers will help your little one learn to

count to 10. With colourful, clear pictures that have a tactile, raised

effect, this board book encourages early learning and makes the

perfect gift for babies and toddlers. Baby’s First 1 2 3 will build your

child’s vocabulary as they discover all about numbers, and count fun,

everyday objects such as ducks, trucks, and bees. Each page has a

vivid image, finished with a shiny 3D effect that will engage your

child and help make learning fun.

£3.99 published by DK (

100 First Things That Go

Help little ones learn first words and build vocabulary with this

things that go baby book that’s filled with cars, trucks, planes, boats,

tractors, and diggers. Favourite vehicles are clearly labelled on every

page, and the exciting photos combined with fun illustrations provide

lots to talk about, learn about, and smile about. Part of a beautiful,

first word book series, the big board book pages are toddler tough,

and cover everything from cars and trucks to vehicle colours and

kids’ own bikes taking your baby on an exciting learning adventure.

£7.99 published by DK (

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Sophie’s Big Busy Play Book

With touch-and-feel textures, peep-holes, and flaps, this book is

packed with hands-on learning. Babies and toddlers can have hours

of fun exploring Sophie’s Big Busy Play Book. Inside, there are ten

big bright pages, showing familiar things little ones will love, from

animals and toys to vehicles, colours, and shapes. Large patches of

touch-and-feel appear throughout, from shiny fabric on a bath duck to

soft fur on a dog, as well as sparkly foil, glitter, and bumpy embossed

details. With so much to explore, Sophie’s Big Busy Play Book will

delight and stimulate babies and toddlers.

£12.99 published by DK (

100 First Dinosaur Words

Covering everything little ones love about these awesome creatures

with more than 40 amazing dinosaurs clearly labelled, this book

has helpful pronunciation guides for their names, as well as other

prehistoric creatures, dinosaur body parts, their eggs and babies,

habitats and skeletons.

The book has a mix of impressive, computer generated dinosaurs and

humorous, cartoon style pictures providing lots to learn with pictureand-word

association, building language, and reading readiness,

while the inviting, look-and-point pictures stimulate talking.

£7.99 published by DK (

My First Busy Jobs

What do you want to be when you grow up? Explore the world of jobs

people do with this sturdy tabbed board book for babies and toddlers.

With lots of colourful, fun-filled pictures, things to name and talk

about, as well as simple questions and activities, this baby book about

jobs is ideal for preschool learning.

Share it together and help your inquisitive toddler develop their

speaking, listening, and observational skills as they learn to identify


£5.99 published by DK (

100 First Animals

Build little ones’ vocabulary with 100 important animals, all with

bold photographs and beautiful illustrations. Bright and colourful

themed pages cover pets, farm animals, big beasts, cute baby animals,

and animal colours and patterns. 100 First Animals is a large board

book with a padded cover and makes an ideal first gift for babies.

Crystal-clear photos show the wonder of the animal world, while

engaging illustrations tell simple stories that stimulate talking, from a

swan with her cygnets to a fish being chased by a smiley shark! Word

labels encourage pointing, naming, and picture-and-word association.

£7.99 published by DK (

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The Nifty Nursery

From colourful toys & sensory

books to storage solutions &

wholesome baby food, here

are some of our favourite baby

products to create your very

own nifty nursery this season

1 2



5 6 7


Sleep Tight Gift Set

£12 Asda


Gruffalo 16" plush toy

£24.99 Amazon and John Lewis


Kid Classic Sippy 12oz in Sharks



Colourful Creatures Bath Book



Baby Touch and Feel Merry


£3.99 published by DK (


Storage Box - Gorilla Black



Safari Wooden Peg Puzzle

£4.99 Amazon and Ocado


Charlie The Lion Xylophone



Simply Veg and 80% Veg

£1.25 Sainsbury’s, Ocado, Boots,

Amazon &

10. HAPE

Stay Put Rattle Set



Monkey Storage Box



Elvis The Elephant Bookends



Wooden Wall Clock



Animal Park Music Box



Fairytales Gift Pack

£29.99 Amazon, Argos, Smyths

and The Entertainer

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Pampered Pooch

From innovative dog toys to tasty treats your

four-legged friend will love, here’s a selection

of our favourite dog gifts for Christmas

The Dog House

Random Rewards are healthy

dog treats by Michel Roux

£5 from

Olive & Berry

Slow Feed Dog Dining Bowl

£30 from

Laughing Dog

Complete Dry Dog Food 2kg

£8.89 from

Different Dog

NEW Festive Feast

£2.49 from

Sal de Riso luxury bone or

paw dog biscuits made with

Annurca apples & carrot.

£5.50 from

Natures Menu

Dog Food Pouch Multipack

£11.92 for 8 pouches from


Dog biscuits shaped like

macarons and stars

Both £2.50 from Tesco

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The ultimate game of fetch for dogs! This fun

toy keeps dogs entertained as well as boosting

their regular exercise routine. Suitable for all

breeds of dog, the launcher is also an excellent

option for those unable to throw a ball for their

pet such as the elderly or disabled.

Battery or mains operated and weighing just

4kg, the innovative ball launcher has nine

distance settings and six ball angle settings

to stimulate both mental and physical activity.

The built-in delay of 15 seconds after the dog

has placed the ball back in the launcher instills

valuable waiting skills..

£ 141.99 from


This Scooby Doo Harness

(£95) has an adjustable waist

strap to ensure a good fit,

made from 100% wool outer

fabric and 100% cotton spot

lining. We love the varied

fabric options which also are

available in a matching Dog

Lead (£55).

Both are available from

First 4 Hampers

Dog Bone Advent Calendar

£20 from

Laughing Dog

Grain Free Morning,

Noon & Night Treats

£3.99 each from www.

Duerr’s Peamutt Butter

£2.79 from Pets At Home


The dog bowl that stays is available

in large & small sizes

£24.99 / £19.99 at


Gourmet Turkey and Goose

£1.99 from

& Waitrose

First 4 Hampers

Brew Bites Snap & Share

Cranberry is £3.99 from

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This touch-free semi-round sensor bin opens

automatically with just a wave of your hand so

throwing away rubbish is quick, efficient and hasslefree.

It has a motion sensor that is smart enough to

adapt to you and the surrounding environment so

there are no false triggers and no unexpected lid

closures. This bin also features an innovative 'liner

pocket,' which stores and dispenses liners from inside

the bin for a faster liner change. The liner rim lifts

up for easy access to the liner, then closes to grip and

keep it neatly out of sight.

simplehuman 45 litre semi-round sensor bin is £169.99



The Leatherman FREE P4 is made of 420

steel to create a lightweight, durable, pliers-based

multipurpose tool. It features many of the same

implements found within classic Leatherman tools,

but with new features and technology. All implements

are easily accessible from the outside of the tool and

don’t require a fingernail to deploy each implement,

making them easier to access. Leatherman FREE




P4 is £169.95 from


The ultimate classic professional range, Mobile

ViP combines premium styling with superior

protection for your laptop. From the four

spinner wheels for effortless manoeuvrability

and stability to the lockable zipper pulls

for enhanced security, this roller features

outstanding attention to detail. Made for the

modern business traveller, separate dedicated

sections of the case enable you to store overnight

gear, devices and accessories for work where

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Check out this colourful cornucopia

of terrific treats and perfect presents

guaranteed to delight your family &

friends during the festive season

you can access them quickly and easily.

Targus Mobile VIP Roller is £109.99 from uk.targus.



Built to perform in the toughest mountain conditions,

the Kresta ensures maximum levels of durability

and safety. With a women's specific backsystem, a

close and comfortable fit and a ski & snowboardcarry

feature, the Kresta 14 is the ideal backpack

for carrying those inbound essentials. With multiple

attachment points and carry options, the Kresta

excels when attaching your skis or snowboard to the

pack. Rig your skis or board on the front of the pack

utilising the unique top lasso strap that stores neatly

out of the way when not required.

Osprey Kresta 14 pack is £80 from www.


Interflora Chic Clementine Wreath features burgundy

skimmia, spruce, moss, cinnamon bundles, dried

orange slices, dried clementines and natural cones.

£75 from


Suitable for children aged 2 and above, this rocking

dinosaur comfortably rocks back and forth and

is super sturdy and stable. Press the ears to make

realistic dinosaur sounds! A great gift for kids.

Rocking Dinosaur is £35 from Dunelm


New for 2019, this exciting luxury liqueur has been

created by one of the world's most renowned and

awarded bartenders - Monica Berg. Muyu Jasmine

Verte is distinct in botanicals and delicious on the

rocks or with paired mixers - the ultimate stocking

filler for cocktail enthusiasts this Christmas, there is

also a feel good factor with a share of profits going

to NGOs working in the Amazon region.

Muyu Jasmine Verte liqueur is £28.75 from Master

of Malt


This adorable and colourful collectable is certain

to look the part in any games room. Not only does

Tails hold smart phones and gaming controllers, he

also charges them in super-fast speed.

Cable Guy Tails controller stand is £19.99


Scrumbles Dog Advent Calendar

contains hand baked dog treats

made with natural ingredients

designed to be kind to tummies

and to the planet. For each one

sold a 50p donation goes to the

All Dogs Matter charity helping

support rescue and rehome dogs.

£8 available from Ocado, Fetch




Gnashers are all natural (vegan) dog dental bones.

With a proven special formula, this recipe is able to

remove up to 80% of plaque. This consists of whole

foods such as pumpkin and sesame seeds to add to

the crunch whilst also containing slippery elm, a

superfood ingredient to reduce inflammation and

aid digestion. High in fibre and low in fat makes this

treat extra healthy.

Scrumbles Gnashers dental chews are £3.49 from


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Galvin at The Athenaeum

Celebrating Britain’s culinary

tapestry, Galvin at The Athenaeum

sees the Galvin brothers bringing

their unique take on traditional

cuisine to Mayfair’s luxury 5-star

hotel with a menu promising modern

British dishes crafted with seasonal

and artisan produce.

Galvin at The Athenaeum is the

hotel’s restaurant from awardwinning

London chefs Chris and

Jeff Galvin. For the first time the

brothers have stepped away from

their trademark French-inspired

menus in favour of championing

Britain’s delicious homegrown

produce and supporting independent

farmers across the UK. An exciting

array of menus include Afternoon

Tea and Private Dining, and feature a

modern take on classic British dishes

combined with Galvin favourites.

Chef-restaurateurs Chris and Jeff

Galvin make up one of Britain’s

biggest culinary success stories of the

past decade. Both have been awarded

Michelin stars in the past, and have

worked with some of the biggest

names in the industry, among them

Sir Terence Conran, Antony Worrall

Thompson and Nico Ladenis. The

brothers are known for their love

of French cuisine but employ the

same passion and philosophy with

everything they do.

Executive Chef Ian Howard and

Restaurant Manager Barry Soars

deliver hospitality excellence from

breakfast and lunch to afternoon tea

and dinner, ensuring that not only is

there something for everyone but no

guest is ever left wanting in terms of

quality, service and a quintessentially

British experience.

Go to to

read the full online review.

116 Piccadilly, London W1J 7BJ

+44 (0)20 7640 3333



for the latest



From British &

European cuisine

to the flavours of

India, China and the

Philippines, here’s the

pick of our favourite

London restaurants

for lunch and dinner

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The Montagu Kitchen

The Montagu Kitchen is a modern

British all-day dining destination set

within Hyatt Regency London – The

Churchill in the heart of Marylebone,

where guests can come together

to eat, drink, socialise, and relax.

Inspired by the gardens at Chartwell

– the private home of Sir Winston

Churchill, in Kent, the team serve

seasonal food using local suppliers and fresh British produce.

Go to to read the full review.

30 Portman Square, London W1H 7BH

+44 (0)20 7299 2037 |


Florentine Restaurant & Bar

offers an all-day dining experience

in stylish surroundings just

minutes from London South

Bank’s trendy Lower Marsh and

Waterloo. Florentine is located on

the ground floor of the Park Plaza

London Waterloo hotel just opposite

Lambeth North tube station. The

menu serves a range of simple and eclectic international dishes with

a distinct nod to Italian cuisine such as flatbreads, pasta and affogato.

Read the full review at

6 Hercules Road, London SE1 7DU

+44 (0)203 146 5800 |

Les Platanes

Les Platanes, the French restaurant by

Thierry Laborde and Anton Efimov, is

a hidden gem in the heart of Mayfair.

Capturing the spirit of warm and convivial

French dining, the restaurant is a

welcoming, contemporary Bistrot de Luxe

with an emphasis on cuisine from the

South of France. Located in a nineteenth

century townhouse behind Berkeley

Square, Les Platanes’ guests will find

exquisite French cooking in a casual yet

refined bistro.

Go to to read

the full review.

26-28 Bruton Place, London W1J 6NG

+44 (0)20 7629 5613

St Pancras by Searcys

St Pancras Brasserie and

Champagne Bar by Searcys is home

to Europe’s longest Champagne Bar

where guests can enjoy a glass of

bubbly whilst soaking up the charm

of St Pancras International station

located in the unique Grade I listed


St Pancras Champagne Bar by

Searcys was the first bar in London

to introduce the charming “Press For

Champagne” button back in 2007.

Searcys extensive list of Champagne

and sparkling wines has something

on offer for all tastes and budgets.

Go to to

read the full review.

Grand Terrace, Upper Concourse,

St Pancras International Station,

London, N1C 4QL

+44 (0)207 870 9900


This year, Bocconcino celebrates

their fifth anniversary of hospitality

championing the best culinary

principles of Italy in the heart of

London’s upscale district of Mayfair.

These principles focus on excellent

ingredients, honest cooking, firstclass

service and a selection of the

finest wines from Italy and around

the world. The destination restaurant

in Mayfair serves its discerning

guests both classic and modern Italian

cuisine in a chic, beautiful space that

has been renovated over the summer

with a fresh new look. The new

Autumn/Winter menu features simple

yet elegant dishes, with an excellent

range of antipasti and fresh pastas and

a wide selection of pizzas.

Go to to

read the full review.

19 Berkeley St, London, W1J 8ED

+44 (0)207 499 4510

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Galvin at Windows

At London Hilton on Park Lane, guests can choose from

one of three restaurants which offer a range of elegant

dining experiences. Dine on modern French haute

cuisine and take in 360° views of London on the 28thfloor

of award-winning Galvin at Windows Restaurant

and Bar which has become one of the most talked about

dining destinations in London. With its breathtaking

views, Galvin at Windows is the perfect setting for a

memorable romantic dinner with that special someone.

Situated on the 28th floor of London Hilton on Park

Lane, guests can enjoy a 360-degree birds-eye view

of London. The restaurant’s glamorous and elegant

interior evokes the golden age of the 1930s offering a

seasonally inspired modern French haute cuisine created

exclusively by Chef Patron Chris Galvin and Head Chef

Joo Won at the helm of the Kitchen.

Galvin at Windows was voted one of the 50 most

romantic restaurants in the UK and sets the bar for

French haute cuisine on the London restaurant scene.

With over 30 awards to its name Galvin at Windows

is a dining destination that’s hard to beat with its

sophisticated surroundings and first class dining.

Read the online review at

22 Park Lane, London W1K 1BE

+44 (0)20 7208 4021


Xier | XR is in the heart of London’s fashionable

Marylebone, and entails 2 restaurants under the

watchful eye of Chef Carlo Scotto. Offering 2

restaurants under one roof, Xier is located on the 1st

floor and offers a specially curated 10-course tasting

menu, and XR, on the ground floor, offering prestige

A-La-Carte dining.

We reviewed the fine dining at Xier with an elaborate

10-course tasting menu detailing the evolution of

Carlo’s culinary experiences and passionately curated

using the very best seasonal ingredients. Each course

demonstrates meticulous perfectionism.. The menu

portrays his personality on a plate, embodying his

journey through Europe, Scandinavia and Japan.

Read the online review at

13-14 Thayer Street, London W1U 3JR

+44 (0)207 486 3222

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The Hunter’s Moon

The Hunter’s Moon is rustic yet chic, stylish and

full of charm. It’s sure to join the list of places to be

seen in South West London. SLOAN! Magazine was

one of the first publications to be invited to review

Chelsea’s latest local! The Hunter’s Moon offers

an atmospheric and buzzing setting on the everfashionable

Fulham Road. The newly opened pub and

dining room is named after the orange glowing full

moon that appears in the night sky between October

and November each year.

Read the online review at

86 Fulham Road, London SW3 6HR

+44 (0)7497425819

Lanes of London

Upon entering Lanes of London from the corner of Park

Lane, the bar causes a striking first impression. Housed

within London Marriott Hotel Park Lane, formerly an

Edwardian mansion block, the dining room and bar is

an informal, modern space, complete with comfortable

booths, snug inlets and private dining facilities. Lanes of

London’s exquisite seasonally changing menus showcase

the very best of British produce. Chef Garde produces

dishes which are at once beautiful on the plate and

delightful on the palate.

Read the online review at

140 Park Lane, London W1K 7AA

+44 (0)20 7647 5664

40 Dean Street

Known as Soho’s original Italian, 40 Dean Street is

an authentic family-run Italian Restaurant & Bar in

the heart of Soho has been serving Italian cuisine for

nearly two decades and is a favourite with the media

crowd, Soho residents & visitors alike.

Inspired by the quaint traditional restaurants in

Italy, 40 Dean Street offers an authentic Italian

dining experience, serving exquisite classic and

contemporary Italian dishes.Diners can expect a

selection of classic Italian pizza and pasta dishes as

well as regional specialities.

Read the online review at

40 Dean Street, London W1D 4PX

+44 (0)20 7734 1853

Scoff & Banter Kensington

Scoff & Banter celebrates hearty and contemporary

British cuisine where guests can discover a home from

home with lovingly prepared seasonal British cooking

using the finest locally sourced ingredients. Those who

love classic British favourites will be well catered for

at this welcoming Kensington restaurant. For larger

gatherings, Scoff & Banter has a cosy area available for

exclusive hire which hosts up to 30 guests.

We loved the mini roast Yorkshire puddings with roast

beef which bring a hint of Sunday Roast to your meal.

Read the online review at

68-86 Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BT

+44 (0)20 7666 1891

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Hankies Marble Arch

If you’re looking for something special for lunch,

look no further than Hankies Marble Arch which

offers authentic Indian street food with a twist. The

brilliant restaurant created by Chef Owner Anirudh

Arora combines the fuss-free, fresh, light and aromatic

small plates and incredible value for money that are

synonymous with Indian street food in the stunning

surroundings of the luxury Montcalm Hotel in Marble

Arch. The restaurant is decorated with beautiful

artefacts, glassware and china sourced from Indian

markets and antique stores by Anirudh himself – the

chef and Hankies founder provides a feast for the eyes

as well as the stomach!

Having perfected his culinary skills in some of the best

restaurants in India and London, Anirudh launched

Hankies Marble Arch in January 2018 with a personal

mission to make authentic and delicious Delhi street

food accessible and enjoyable in a beautiful and curated

London setting. The menu is very reasonably priced and

encourages diners to indulge in Anirudh’s relaxed yet

well-executed North Indian cooking.

Read the full review on

61 Upper Berkeley Street, London W1H 7PP

+44 (0)208 958 3222

Sticky Mango

Tucked away just a short walk from the bustling South

Bank and Waterloo Station, Sticky Mango is one of

London’s best-kept secrets. Chef owner Peter Lloyd

creates modern interpretations on South East Asian

cuisine. Sticky Mango was awarded Best Fusion at the

2019 Golden Chopstick Awards.

Inspired by his travels in Thailand, Malaysia and

Indonesia, Peter describes his food as giving “an

explosion of flavour - offering a portal into an exotic

world.” He balances sweet, sour, salty and umami

flavours throughout his menus which are designed for


Find out more at

33 Coin Street, London SE1 9NR

+44 (0)20 7928 4554

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Indian Accent

Following success in New

Delhi and New York, ‘India’s

Best Restaurant’ Indian Accent

landed in Mayfair at the end

of 2017, quickly winning

acclaim for its refined and

inventive dishes. Chef Manish

Mehrotra showcases vibrant

and interesting flavour combinations, continually

redefining high-end Indian cuisine, while keeping

faithful to traditionally grounded recipes.

Read the full review at

16 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4HW

+44 (0)207 629 9802

Royal China Fulham

Royal China Fulham just

happens to be the smallest and

most intimate restaurant of the

six popular and prestigious

London restaurants that

form part of the Royal China

Group including the criticallyacclaimed

Royal China Club.

It may be small but what it lacks in size, it certainly

makes up for in the quality and authenticity of its

Cantonese cuisine.

Read the full review on

805 Fulham Road, London SW6 5HE

+44 (0)20 7731 0081

Yuu Kitchen

Yuu Kitchen launched its latest residency at ICEBAR

London in Heddon Street at the end of June. Yuu

Kitchen is inspired by the fun and freshness of

flavours from the Pacific Rim. South-east Asian food

is at the core of the Yuu Kitchen menu and whilst

Japanese flavours feature heavily, the menu also pays

homage to Head Chef, Jon de Villa’s heritage, with

a Pinoy section giving a nod to Filipino cuisine and

some of Jon’s family recipes handed down over the

years served with a London twist. Filipino food is

perhaps south-east Asia’s last secret cuisine.

Read the full review on

31-33 Heddon Street, London W1B 4BN

+44 (0)20 7478 8910

Romulo Café & Restaurant

Back in 2014, frustrated that Filipino cuisine was Asia’s

best kept culinary secret, Rowena Romulo decided to

do something about it. The result was Romulo Café.

Opened in Kensington High Street in March 2016, it

was an overnight sensation, seducing the capital with its

food – and its ambience.

Some three years and countless awards later, Rowena

and managing partner Chris Joseph have decided that

rather than sit on their laurels, it was time for their

creation to undergo a subtle reinvention.

Having celebrated its tenth anniversary earlier this year,

Romulo Café has relaunched itself as Romulo Café &

Restaurant to further emphasise its Filipino fine dining

credentials. We highly recommend the Chargrilled

Stuffed Squid, Honey Glazed Chilli Beef Platito and for

dessert the scrumptious Sans Rival.

Read the full review on

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+44 (0)20 3141 6390

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The 5-star Athenaeum Hotel & Residences is located in the heart of Mayfair opposite Green Park

Known affectionately as the Grande Dame of Piccadilly, the

5-star Athenaeum Hotel is delightfully English in all the right

ways: playful, glamorous and relaxed, yet professional.

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The 5-star Athenaeum Hotel &

Residences is located in the heart of

Mayfair, opposite Green Park and

moments from Shepherd’s Market

and Buckingham Palace. The hotel

is delightfully English in all the

right ways: playful, glamorous and

relaxed, yet professional.

Having been renovated under

the direction of award-winning

designer Martin Hulbert, the

Athenaeum Hotel & Residences

contains 135 bedrooms, 11 suites

and the Townhouse Residences at

The Athenaeum offering guests

a five-star home from home in

the heart of London’s Mayfair.

Situated in Victorian redbrick

apartments adjacent to the hotel,

the 14 new residences effortlessly

bring together period charm and

contemporary style.

Known affectionately as the

Grande Dame of Piccadilly, the

Athenaeum’s beautiful bedrooms

pay a definite nod to its Mayfair

heritage, inspired by its Art Deco

loveliness, whilst keeping the

contemporary, discerning traveller

in mind.

Each of the Superior, Deluxe, Park

View bedrooms and Suites at the

Athenaeum benefit from the hotel’s

extraordinary aspect across the

historic Green Park. Floor to ceiling

windows effortlessly open up the

outlook and flood guest rooms with

natural light (a rare commodity

in central London), whilst clever

design, innovative lighting and

tailored use of colour enhance the

interior space. Attention is paid

to every last detail with carefully

sourced textiles from classic

Herringbone weaves and linen-lined

wardrobes to silk-clad furniture,

plush velvet cushions and bespoke

carpets showcasing the very best of

British craftsmanship.

Accessible from a discrete entrance

on Down Street, The Bar is a

spectacular hideaway where guests

can relax in Kinnersley Kent Design

jewel toned chairs whilst sipping

on signature cocktails crafted by

award-winning barmen. The Living

Wall backdrop in each intimate

alcove of The Bar is a gorgeous

feature that encases the stunning

space. Designed and built in London

in 2009 by award-winning artist and

research scientist Patrick Blanc, the

Living Wall is a vertical garden,

created to echo the magnificent

royal park opposite the hotel.

Renowned for their collection of

family-run restaurants founded in

2005 including Galvin at Windows,

Galvin La Chapelle, Galvin HOP,

chef brothers Chris & Jeff Galvin

provide their fayre and expertise

at Galvin at The Athenaeum, the

hotel’s main restaurant.

In a first ever partnership of its kind

for the Galvin brothers, Chris & Jeff

are at the helm of the entire food

and beverage service throughout

the hotel – from breakfast through

to dinner, Afternoon Tea, private

dining and 24/7 In Room dining.

Read the full hotel review at

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London Hilton

on Park Lane

Located in the heart of Mayfair, the

hotel offers unparalleled five star luxury

and breathtaking views across the city

An icon of British hospitality

since 1963, London Hilton on Park

Lane was the very first Hilton to

open in the UK — and has been

the purveyors of 5-star luxury

hospitality and service excellence

ever since.

Overlooking Hyde Park, the

fantastic Mayfair location is

close to many of London’s top

attractions including West End

theatres, historic landmarks and

famous shopping districts.

Once you step inside the hotel,

you will find elegant rooms with

magnificent views, world-class

dining, and modern facilities for

business and relaxation — in fact

everything you could possibly

need for a remarkable stay in the


We stayed in the spacious Mayfair

Suite overlooking iconic views of

Mayfair and Westminster from

the floor-to-ceiling windows. The

modern suite features a separate

living room with a sofa bed, a

private bedroom, stylish window

seat and elegant bathroom with

bathrobes and slippers.

Also available for all hotel guests

staying in one of the suites is

access to the Executive Lounge

where you can enjoy the benefit

of secure internet access, private

Check-In/Out, shower facilities,

complimentary Continental

breakfast, afternoon tea and

evening canapés.

The 56 suites are available in 10

sumptuous styles, each offering

unparalleled views across

London. In addition the Royal and

Presidential suites offer the benefit

of butler service for that extra

touch of luxury living.

For fitness fans staying at

London Hilton on Park Lane,

complimentary entry to Hilton

Fitness by Precor® awaits you 24

hours a day and 7 days a week.

Gentlemen can keep their look

dapper at the on-site Barber Shop

whilst hotel guests can also treat

themselves to a rejuvenating spa

treatment at the hotel’s Spa To


London Hilton on Park Lane is

the tallest building on Park Lane

and offers a wide range of meeting

and event space for any occasion

from small business meetings

to glamorous award dinners and

stylish weddings.

At London Hilton on Park

Lane, guests can choose from

one of three restaurants which

offer a range of elegant dining

experiences. Dine on modern

French haute cuisine and take in

360° views of London on the 28thfloor

of Michelin-starred Galvin at

Windows Restaurant and Bar.

For dining with a Tiki twist,

Trader Vic’s is a tropical

Polynesian-inspired escape and

home to the Mai Tai cocktail.

Seasonal contemporary European

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With over 30 awards to its name

Galvin at Windows is one of the

great success stories of recent years

and its sophisticated surroundings,

spectacular food and first class service

make this London restaurant a dining

destination that’s definitely worth a visit

cuisine is available at Podium

Restaurant and Bar which

also serves as the home of the

hotel’s popular afternoon tea

for that quintessentially English


The award-winning Galvin at

Windows Restaurant and Bar has

become one of the most talked

about dining destinations in

London. With its breathtaking

views, Galvin at Windows is the

perfect setting for a memorable

romantic dinner with that special


Situated on the 28th floor of

London Hilton on Park Lane,

guests can enjoy a 360-degree

birds-eye view of London. The

restaurant’s glamorous and elegant

interior evokes the golden age of

the 1930s offering a seasonally

inspired modern French haute

cuisine created exclusively by

Chef Patron Chris Galvin and

Head Chef Joo Won at the helm of

the Kitchen.

Galvin at Windows sets the bar

for French haute cuisine on the

London restaurant scene. The

restaurant is deservedly known

for its outstanding service and

attention to detail all overseen by

General Manager Fred Sirieix.

For the full review please visit

22 Park Lane, London W1K 1BE

+44 (0) 20 7493 8000


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Park Plaza

London Waterloo

For those travelling to London on

business, we recommend taking

advantage of the contemporary

amenities and sophisticated

accommodation at Park Plaza

London Waterloo. Located within

walking distance of the London

Eye, 494 stylish, design-led

rooms span 12 floors and feature

conveniences such as free Wi-Fi, a

minibar and a smart LED TV.

At Park Plaza London Waterloo

you can choose the perfect room

to suiting to your needs. Ideal

for short excursions or getaways,

the Superior Rooms are designed

to make you feel at home with

modern amenities like mood

lighting and lounge chairs. For

more space to work and relax,

there are the Studio and Executive

Rooms. State-of-the-art design

with artistic details make the One-

Bedroom Suites your home away

from home, with beautiful city


Executive rooms boast amazing

views of the London skyline from

the hotel’s higher floors. Executive

rooms come with Executive

Lounge access and offer double,

twin or king-size beds. In addition

to Superior Room amenities, these

rooms offer higher floors with city

views, complimentary mineral

water, luxury toiletries and a

Nespresso® coffee machine.

Studio Rooms offer ample space

to work and relax. Ideal for

individuals, families or couples,

Studio Rooms provide all standard

amenities, a sleeper sofa and either

a king bed or twin-size beds. In

addition to the stylish decor and

furnishings, guests can also enjoy a

plush bathrobe and slipper set.

A business-friendly hotel, Park

Plaza London Waterloo is

conveniently located on the South

Bank and offers six meeting rooms

and an Executive Lounge. Ideal for

working or relaxing, the Executive

Lounge costs £20 per person

and provides complimentary

refreshments and free Wi-Fi with

spectacular views of London to

enjoy when not meeting business

colleagues or working on your


The Executive Lounge serves

Afternoon Tea from noon to 6pm

with evening canapés and alcoholic

beverages served from 5pm to

7 pm. Light refreshments such

as fruit and pastries are served

throughout the day accompanied

by a selection of teas, coffee and

non-alcoholic beverages available

all day.

Florentine is the hotel’s all-day

dining restaurant and bar with a

brasserie-style menu and the bar

features the best of British bubbles

and craft beers as well as a range of

signature cocktails.

Go to to

read the online review.

Hercules House, 6 Hercules Rd,

London SE1 7DP

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Do you dare

try the 2.2kg


Burger or the

Ostrich Egg

Full English?

This business

friendly hotel

is conveniently

located on


South Bank

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Radisson Blu Edwardian,


This 4-star 19th century Grade II listed

townhouse hotel is just moments away from the

Natural History Museum Ice Rink and other

top London attractions

Radisson Blu Edwardian,

Vanderbilt is a 4-star townhouse

hotel located within the Royal

Borough of Kensington & Chelsea

and within a 20 minute stroll

of many shops and attractions

including Harrods, Harvey

Nichols and The Royal Albert

Hall. The Natural History Museum

and The V&A are within 5

minutes walking distance.

The stunning 19th century Grade

II listed building was once home

to illustrious Vanderbilt family.

Converted from ten 19th century

town houses into a single hotel

in the Victorian era, their legacy

remains with individual staircases

leading to stunning frescoes, richly

decorated ceilings, stained glass

windows and wood panelling.

Charmingly designed with unique

detailing, the stylish lobby,

contemporary business centre,

sumptuous bedrooms and stylish

meeting spaces are complete with

complimentary Wi-Fi throughout.

The bedrooms all have a warm

ambience with rich fabrics and

crisp cotton bed linen. Bathrooms

are clad with Sicilian marble and

Jacob Delafon bathware for a

luxurious feel. All bedrooms have

Phillips Plasma TVs. The Junior

Suite at 39 m² is the most spacious

accommodation in the hotel and

features separate sleeping and

living areas, making it ideal fro

guests planning an extended stay

over the festive period.

For meetings and events, The

Radisson Blu Edwardian,

Vanderbilt has some great spaces.

All 12 conference rooms have

been refurbished to high standards,

in layouts that are put together

with a focus on making your

meeting or event run smoothly

and comfortably. For a pleasant

environment, there is natural light

in 8 rooms and daylight-effect

lighting in others, along with a

range of colour-changing lighting

to create the perfect mood at


Technology at the hotel is

state of the art with options

including Inbuilt PA systems,

in-ceiling speakers, HDMI &

VGA connections, MP3 & PC

connectivity, Smart TV’s, and

inbuilt projectors. With a choice

of 12 stylish function venues, the

Vanderbilt Hotel is ideal for all

types of events from meetings and

training courses to weddings for

up to 100 guests.

The hotel’s attractive restaurant,

Scoff & Banter, celebrates hearty

and contemporary British cuisine

where guests can discover a home

from home with lovingly prepared

seasonal British cooking using the

finest locally sourced ingredients.

Those who love classic British

favourites will be well catered

for at this welcoming Kensington

restaurant. For larger gatherings,

Scoff & Banter has a cosy area

available for exclusive hire which

hosts up to 30 guests.

The Radisson Blu Edwardian,

Vanderbilt is an official partner

of the Natural History Museum’s

Ice Rink - one of the Capital’s

prettiest rinks only moments away

from the hotel.

Read the full review at www.

68-86 Cromwell Road SW7 5BT

+44 (0)20 7761 9000




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Celebrity Life Coach Sloan Sheridan-Williams

talks to Cyrus Todiwala OBE about food, the

hospitality industry & his culinary passions



Having opened Café Spice Namasté

S in 1995, your hospitality career has

gone from strength to strength and

‘Tandem’ (your first restaurant outside

London) opened in Leicester this year.

What is the secret to your success in the

restaurant industry?

In the restaurant industry there are

C no secrets as it stands. It’s all down

to hard work, consistency, lots of

prayers and a very good team. It is the

building of a good team that ensures

longevity and allows you to explore

further as they are the makers and

breakers as well as the ones responsible

for allowing you to grow.

You were awarded an OBE for

S your contribution to the hospitality

industry. What perceptions

exist about Indian cuisine and Indian

restaurants that you would like to change?

There are widely incorrect myths

C around Indian restaurants and

Indian Cuisine in general that still

exist today even though there are many

more great places now than there ever

were. Many operators have to pander to

tradition perceptions for sheer survival,

but those that strive to do better and

buy the best raw materials and the best

produce they can sometimes still struggle

to shake off the perception of a ‘cheap

and quick night out’.


What other misconceptions about the

hospitality industry would you like

to change?

I would like all the young people

C in Britain to know that there are

few industries that can offer as

much potential for growth and career

development as hospitality. It also

embraces everyone from whatever

cultural background, colour, race, gender

and learning difficulty. You will discover

that if you are prepared to work hard,

learn and strive for success, the world is

your oyster in this industry.

What advice would you give to

restaurateurs looking to expand their

business whilst keeping both staff

and customers happy?

My first and foremost advice would

C be to make sure of your product

before venturing out as well as

ensuring to seek good financial and

operating assistance including the right

people to work with your character.

Your new restaurant ‘Tandem’

S showcases traditional Indian cooking

techniques. What is the best way to

learn for those wanting to cook Indian

food at home?

Indian cuisine is by definition

C misguided. There is no one singular

Indian cuisine and I always tell

people who want to learn through reading

a recipe, pick something at random

from the cookbook to prepare and read

it a couple of times as though you were

reading a novel and then step away

from the kitchen for a brief period. This

allows the recipe time to open itself up

to you, giving you the chance to become

uncluttered and get the gist of how the

dish will come together.

What festive dishes would you

S recommend our readers cook this

Christmas to step away from the

traditional British Christmas dinner?

If you’re keen to step away from

C traditional British dishes for

Christmas this year, why not try

Goan Specials or East Indian or Kerala

Syrian Christian specials. These are

Christian communities and all celebrate

Christmas in a big way with food coming



What are your favourite winter

ingredients and how do you feature

them in your restaurant menus?

Game is amazing and features quite

C frequently on our menus as it is very

flexible in its applications and the

strong flavour works well with Indian

styles of cooking. As well as this, the

onset of parsnips, brussels sprouts, red

cabbage and so herald more fabulous

wintery vegetarian side dishes.


I often tell my clients and readers

that food satisfies our fundamental

human needs - I call it Culinary

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Empowerment. Food provides

connection, personal development

and significance. Which significant

moments over the years have

meant the most to you during your

culinary journey?

The age old Indian Vedic belief

C “Let Food Be Thy Medicine

and Medicine be Thy Food”

echoes these sentiments exactly.

I can’t pinpoint any significant

moments but instead there are

several moments each and every

day which brings me the connection

between food and my own personal

development. For me, food means

a connection to the mind, body

and soul with every moment being

special and the day that I lose that

excitement is the day my creativity

and passion diminishes.

What skills have you learned in

S the kitchen and the restaurant

business that have impacted

other areas of your life and changed

the way you approach situations or


The kitchen is one place

C where learning is constant.

The people in your kitchen

are your greatest asset, yet also

the most volatile part of your

business. Understanding that your

team in the restaurant business are

your greatest ally will go a long

way in discovering the tactic you

use to approach problems as you

switch from being over reactive to

analytical with a more measured

approach to dealing with sticky

situations. Problems in this industry

are part and parcel of daily life so

each day something new hits you

and you will have to learn to cope.

You have mentioned in the past

S that your personal experiences

influence your menus.

What are your most memorable

experiences and how have they been

translated into signature dishes in

your restaurants?

When I was filming in

C Portugal for my documentary

series “Mr Todiwala and the

Galleons of Spice”, I was tirelessly

trying to find the link between

Portuguese cuisine and Goa which

eventually led us to opening a

small restaurant in Essex called Mr

Todiwala’s Petiscos which served up

many dishes that are sadly no longer

prepared in Goa. However some of

those dishes are available at my new

restaurant Tandem’s menu albeit

perhaps slightly different taking

today’s very advanced British Palate

into consideration.

Tell me more about the reasons

S why you feel it is important

to support local producers

and our future environment. What

more needs to be done to improve

sustainability in the hospitality


Where can I start with this

C question? First of all, farming

is imperative to our future

as it is the basis in which human

civilisation was founded. If we

ignore good, friendly, ethical

farming, we are under threat

of destroying ourselves and the

communities that we have built.

The Farmer is a friend not an

enemy and it is external pressures

that have driven many of them to

do things unethically. Life is going

full circle and we are coming back

to understand that what was done

earlier was the best for the soil, the

environment and the human body.

I am totally committed to our

farming communities and I show

this by working closely with

many as well as sitting on several

committees to protect what was

and what needs to be saved from


You have been described as

S a “dyed in the wool Parsee”.

What makes Parsee cuisine

unique and which traditional

dishes should people try in your

restaurants or cook at home using

your cookbooks to experience

Parsee cuisine?

A Parsee is amongst the most

C threatened of human people

today and will eventually

perish as a community even though

the religion shall survive. The

Parsees were refugees from Pars,

the former name for Persia, and

once India became home much of

the flavours and traditions moulded

into our own cuisine. This is why

our cuisine is so diverse with a lot

of dry fruits, a love of seafood and

dishes with a sweeter edge.

One of the dishes best known in

Britain is called Dhaansaak, our

version of a Sunday roast that is

widely different to the way it is

described and presented in the UK.

The term Dhaansaak comes from

two words clubbed into one, from

Dhaan meaning the rice cooked

with caramelised onion flavoured

with star anise and black cardamom,

and Saak meaning the lamb cooked

with spices and pureed lentils with

vegetables. I’d recommend everyone

to look this up and give this one a


You are passionate about

S education and training the next

generation of chefs. What lies

behind that passion?

For me this is a duty and as

C such, I am only doing my job

to get more youngsters looking

at cooking as a full time career and

relish and appreciate what they do,

nurture talent and encourage as

much as we can.


Who are your favourite chefs

or cookery writers and who

should we look out for in 2020?

Mentioning names leaves out

C hundreds of well-deserving

and truly magnificent

people who are or soon will be

at the height of their professional

careers. Great new young blood

is popping up everywhere, but

diners must encourage themselves

to visit their establishments as

well as commenting positively

wherever necessary. After all,

all that individuals and eating

establishments are trying to do is

to make customers happy so the

modern world needs to be patient

as not to rubbish them into the mud

early in their careers. Being a victim

of this myself, I know how that feels

and how damning that can be to

one’s self confidence and creativity.

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Every home needs a good casserole

dish as winter draws in. Thanks to

Skeppshult’s natural non-stick cast iron

surface this Classic 2L Casserole Dish

will get better with age and works on

all heat sources. Each unique piece

is lovingly hand crafted using 100%

sustainable materials in the Skeppshult

foundry, set in the forests of Småland.

£120 from


The ZeroWater next generation

filtration system combines FIVE

sophisticated technologies that work

together to remove virtually all

dissolved solids from your tap water,

delivering you great tasting water.

ZeroWater filters are also the only pourthrough

filters on the market certified

by the NSF to reduce lead. ZeroWater

filter technology also reduces 99%

of all Fluoride from your water, this

23-cup system comes with the largest

capacity filter dispenser on the market.

£44.99 from


The SodaStream Crystal Sparkling Water

Maker combines style and practicality

for you to enjoy sparkling water at home

with a convenient and healthy alternative

to sugary fizzy drinks, as you can infuse

your sparkling water with natural fruit.

The machine comes with a dishwashersafe

glass carafe helping cut down on

single-use plastic bottles. On average,

a SodaStream machine can reduce the

average UK household’s plastic bottle

intake by 1,282 bottles.

£149.99 from Selfridges, Lakeland, Argos,

Amazon, Robert Dyas, The Range,

Currys and Ocado


This Digital Air Fryer circulates

hot air, ensuring food is golden

and delicious without the high

fat content. Has an LCD display

and different cooking modes

for hassle-free cooking for all

the family. Can cook up to five

servings of crispy fries in one go

£89.99 available from

Cornish Sea Salt

What better home for your

Cornish Sea Salt than this little

pinch pot (£11.70). Handmade in

Cornwall, just a few miles from

their Salt House, these ceramic

pots are perfect for the dining

table when entertaining. We love

the Salty Essentials Combi Set

(£6.50) which makes the perfect

side gift with the pinch pot. Get

yours at

Peppermint Grove

This large 350ml Red Plum & Rose reed diffuser

(£34.95) from Peppermint Grove Australia has

a beautifully rich and elaborate fragrance is

the perfect combination of floral and fruity.

Handmade in Australia in highly polished customdesigned

glass, the reed diffuser will continuously

release fragrance for up to 6 months. Available

online from

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Whether you’re carving the

Christmas turkey or just

slicing & dicing in the kitchen,

the AnySharp Twist makes

sharpening knives effortless

every time It even works on

hardened steel and serrated knives.

With the PowerGrip suction

cup safely in place attaching

your AnySharp Twist securely to

any smooth surface or worktop

there is no need for your hands to

be anywhere near the sharp blade,

making it perfect for anyone who

might be a little accident-prone.

£9.99 from


Harrow & Green

Whether it’s an early Christmas gift or the start of a tradition for years

to come, Harrow & Green has a unique range of personalised stockings

to celebrate the festivities in style. From the more traditional tartan right

through to a stylish and modern corduroy design – there’s one to suit every

need and style. There’s even one for animal lovers and their beloved dog! Our

favourites include the Corduroy Christmas Stocking (£25), the Christmas

Stocking with Glitter Initial (£29) and of course the Dog Christmas Stocking


Find your perfect stocking to personalize at



Gift Guide

for the Home

Something For Everyone From

Batchelor To Domestic Goddess


The Sitges Extra Ordinary Metal bottle coaster (£37) brings

bright and unpredictable reflections to the table but don’t be

surprised by its unconventional appearance. It hasn’t been

dented in transit... it’s supposed to look like that!

For something much more pleasing, we love the cute Bzzz

candle snuffer (£25). Shaped like a little bumblebee, it lets

you snuff out candle flames safely, without smoke and

without any damage to the wick. Both are available from


The ultra-convenient and stylish new Stack & Store range,

delivers the ultimate in space saving design and organises food

types easily.

The canisters can be stacked on top of one another, or stored

on a worktop as separate units. Airtight lids with a screw lock

mechanism guarantee to keep contents fresh and the products

come with the Addis seal of quality and a 10 year guarantee.

Space saving & stackable by design, food is easily dispensed and

easy for the user to view contents.

Stack & Store is available from in 3 sizes:

490ml £3.29 - 1000ml £3.99 - 1600ml £4.99

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Perfect Party Food

Whether you are hosting a stylish cocktail party or have friends

coming over for a special dinner, here are some hot suggestions...

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Canapé Selection Box includes 16

Pigs in Blankets made using premium

ingredients for maximum flavour. A

must-have for buffets and Christmas

Turkey with all the trimmings.

£38 from


Canapé Selection Box includes 15

Canapé Quiches from decadent

Confit Duck, Potato & Mushroom

to crowd-pleasing Cheese & Bacon.

£38 from


Canapé Selection Box includes 16

Mini Artisan Sausage Rolls - the

best we’ve ever tasted and winner of

Great Taste Award 2019.

£38 from


Luxury Christmas Pudding

£18 from Mosimann’s on

West Halkin Street, Belgravia


Park Lane Christmas Pudding

£40 available from 1st December.

To pre-order, call +44 (0)20 7493 7000


8 Thai Green Chicken

Baskets 150g

£3 from Tesco



Reindeer Mince Pies

£18 from the bakery on

Elizabeth Street, Belgravia


12 Mozzarella & Pesto

Arancini Balls 240g

£3 from Tesco


10 Prawn Roses 180g

£5 from Tesco


Thai Inspired Butternut,

Coconut & Lemongrass

Rolls £5 from Tesco

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Entertaining At Home

The Fondue

This fondue set from Dutch

brand Princess is large enough

for eight people and the sleek

black bowl with customisable

settings allows you to keep

chocolate, cheese or anything

you like warm and melted.

The luxurious bamboo housing

gives the Princess Fondue a

modern look, while the nonstick

bowl and dishwasher-safe

parts ensure easy cleaning and


£49.99 from www.

The Champagne Saucer

Once the height of fashion, Champagne

Saucers are making a comeback and

we love these Gold Rim Champagne

Saucers from Dunelm with their Art

Deco styling and hint of decadence.

Crafted from crystal glass, these

champagne saucer glasses are from

the premium 5A Fifth Avenue range.

The sophisticated gold rim offering

simplistic elegance and opulence.

£18 for a pack of 4 from Dunelm stores


The Chip & Dip Dish

Every good host needs a selection of serving

dishes and tableware to suit different

occasions. We love this reasonable priced

Chip & Dip Dish from Wilko with its

simple design in white china that will match

any party theme or table setting. Its sturdy

enough to see you through the Party Season

but cheap enough to replace if it chips or

breaks during boisterous festivities.

£10 from Wilko

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Get the party started

with this Crisps and Dip

Bowl from Neon Sheep

with its rustic look to

suit most settings.

£15 from


This set of 3 Reactive

Glaze Nibble Dishes

are the ideal size for

nuts and snacks. Each

bowl is unique due to

the reactive glaze.

£8 from Wilko


The Tapas Dishes

Discovery Set Of 3 from

Wilko suits any occasion

be it Spanish or not!

£7 from Wilko

Feel the Heat with Thermapen

Avoid kitchen catastrophes and food fails this festive season

with Thermapen Professional Thermometer

The Thermapen Professional Thermometer is the ideal kitchen companion to

ensure your Christmas turkey is cooked to succulent perfection.

A favourite kitchen gadget amongst professional chefs and expert home cooks,

Thermapen thermometers are fast, accurate and easy to use, helping even the

most anxious achieve a triumphantly tasty turkey, with no fear of serving up dry

and dehydrated meat to family and friends over the festive season.

Thermapen’s easy-to-read display gives a quick and accurate food temperature

in less than three seconds and with its high-quality, hand-built, practical and

sturdy design, Thermapen is a kitchen must-have for every cook.

£64.80 from

Fe st i v e Fa v ou r i t e s

1 2 3


1. Vilarnau Brut Reserva Rosé

£12 from Tesco

2. Double Dutch Rhubarb & Pineneedle

Tonic £18.50 for 24-pack from Amazon

and Fortnum & Mason

3. Desperados, £12 for 12 from Sainsbury's,

Tesco, Morrisons, ASDA and Ocado

4. ProsEcho Falls

£11 from Asda

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Foodie Favourites


Centenary Fruit Cake

£23 from


Classic Milanese Panettone

£30 from


Red Christmas Chocolate Box

£21.50 from

Griottines Cherries

The perfect addition to an Old

Fashioned made with Glen Moray.

£19.99 now available in the UK

Mama Nagi's

Chilli Pastes that taste scrummy

£4 each or 3 for £10


Linda McCartney’s

Vegetarian Roast

£5 from Tesco

Lily O'Brien's

Desserts Collection for sharing



A range of flavoured mustards



The best vegan dark

chocolate we've ever tasted

£8 per bar from

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Christmas Tree Decorations Luxe

Tin £45


Advent Calendar

£39.99 Selfridges &

Vanilla Reindeer

Truffle Advent Calendar


The Bay Tree

Sweet Jar Gift set £7.50

Savoury Gift Pack £7.50

My Marmalade Lovers Gift Box £2.50

Available in independent stores


Pierre Marcolini

Box of 8 Melove Cakes with Tea

£19.90 from


Clemente in Camicia 300g


First 4 Hampers

Bottle ‘n’ Bar (we love the Toffee

Apple Moonshine one)



Temptations 496g

£5 from all major supermarkets,



Opera chocolate collection

£10 ASDA, Morrisons and Co-op

Tesco Finest

Banoffee Pie Shortbread and

Speculoos Filled Cookies

Both £4 from Tesco

Gola Rainforest

60% Milk or 70% Dark Chocolate

£3.49 from

Pinkster Gin

Gin Jam

£6.50 from

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How to choose the right

port for your cheese board

Adrian Bridge

With the festive season nearly upon us, Adrian

Bridge, CEO of Taylor’s Port, explores the perfect

pairing of Port and your festive cheese board



One of the fascinating aspects

of Port wine is its variety of

different styles, each with its own

characteristic flavours from the

intense berry fruit flavours of a

Late Bottled Vintage to the rich

mellowness of an Aged Tawny

or the sublime complexity of a

Vintage Port. More than any other

wine, Port is very versatile and

can be paired with many different


One of the traditional ways of

serving port is at the end of the

meal with cheese, and in this

article you will discover how this

classic food and wine pairing

works to bring out the characters

of both the different styles of Ports

and cheeses.



Vintage Port should be stored in

the same was as any fine wine.

To keep it in optimum condition

Vintage Port should be stored

lying down on its side in order to

stop the cork from drying out.

The most important consideration

when storing any Port is to store

it away from direct light in a cool

and dark cupboard.

All Port leaving the Taylor’s

cellars in Portugal is ready to be

consumed and most are bottled

using a ‘stopper’ cork to make it

easy for customers to open.

However, Vintage Port is a very

long lived wine and many people

chose to age it further; for this

reason it is bottled with a full

driven cork that will require a

cork screw.



Many people are unsure how to

correctly serve Port but it is not

complex and can easily be served

in a white wine glass; if the glass

is too small it will not allow you to

enjoy the aromas.

The Taylor’s Chip Dry benefits

from being served chilled as

should Taylor’s Tawny Ports – I

keep them in the fridge. All other

Ports benefit from being served at

room temperature.

As Late Bottled Vintage is aged

in large vats and Aged Tawny

Ports in small casks they don’t

need decanting. Vintage Ports, on

the other hand, mature in bottle

and older ones should be decanted

to remove the natural sediment

created during the ageing process

and to allow the aromas that have

developed to express themselves.

This can be done before the start

of the meal.



i) Valençay with Taylor’s Chip

Dry - £13.99 from Waitrose

The Taylor’s Chip Dry is a

white Port, combining fresh

fruit fragrances with the mellow

aromas and hints of oak.

It is delicious over ice as an

aperitif. Alternatively, this wine

pairs perfectly with soft cheeses,

such as Valençay, with its

delicious citric, nutty notes.

ii) Farmhouse Cheddar with

Taylor’s 10 Year Old Tawny - £22

from Waitrose, Sainsburys, Tesco,

Selfridges, John Lewis

Aged tawnies are characterised

by a beautiful orange brown

colour that comes from their time

spent ageing in oak, with rich

aromas of dried fruit and a smooth

silkiness on the palate. They are

delightful when served around

the festive period with wonderful

nutty, spicy, raisin flavours, and

perfectly complement the flavours

of a mature farmhouse cheddar.

iii) Comté with Taylor’s Historical

Collection Reserve Tawny - £42

from Selfridges, Speciality

Drinks, Harvey Nichols

This Tawny Port is a limitededition

blend of several reserve

tawny Ports. It is presented in an

exquisite 1L “chestnut” shaped

bottle which dates back to the

traditional bottle shapes that

would have been used during

the 18th Century. It has luscious

flavours of plums and dried

fruit, accompanied by notes of

butterscotch and hints of spice. It

pairs wonderfully with a smooth,

nutty Comté with hints of fudge


Not only is the pairing delicious,

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this highly unusual limited

edition bottle makes an excellent

Christmas gift for any Port


iv) Sainte-Maure with Taylor’s

Late Bottled Vintage 2013 -

£15 from Waitrose, Majestic,

Sainsbury’s, Tesco

The Late Bottled Vintage is made

from grapes from a single year,

aged in vats for four to six years,

and is a delicious drink all year

round. It shows off firm tannins

and a concentrated fruitiness that

makes a perfect match for cheese.

It works particularly well with a

thick, crumbly goat’s cheese such

as Sainte-Maure. The crumbly

texture and the rich tangy flavours

of the goat’s cheese, blend with the

ripe opulence of the LBV.

v) Stilton with Taylor’s Quinta de

Vargellas 2004 Vintage Port - £32

- £36 from Majestic, Selfridges,

John Lewis, Waitrose, Fortnum &


Taylor’s vintage Ports are iconic

worldwide, and the highlight of

any luxury cheeseboard pairing.

This wine has majestic and

powerful flavours with plum jam,

cherry notes and subtle hints of

violet. The stilton, with its soft,

buttery texture, mellow character

and its tangy, salty flavours,

matches perfectly.


Adrian Bridge, CEO of Taylor's

Port, is at the forefront of

innovation and change in the

Port industry. In 2008 he created

rosé Port, the first new category

for a generation, and launched

the super-premium Port segment

with the high profile release of

Taylor’s Scion in 2010. In 2014

he expanded the luxury gifting

market with a series of 50-year-old

Single Harvest Ports.

Wonderful Whisky



£49.95 The Whisky




Cardhu Gold Reserve

£48 from Amazon


This take on the classic Old

Fashioned is made with Glen

Moray Elgin Classic Port Cask

Single Malt Whisky

£25 from The Whisky Exchange


This Highball serve is

made with 50ml J&B

Rare Whisky

£22.50 from Waitrose

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Scotch Whisky:

Get More Bang

For Your Buck

Graham Eunson

Graham Eunson, Distillery Operations Director of Tomatin Distillery,

reveals why he believes Scotch whisky is the answer to getting the

most for your money when splashing out on an expensive spirit

Whisky isn’t like vodka or rum,

it takes at least three years to

produce resulting in an infinitely

wider range of flavours and

characters to enjoy. If you take a

flavoured vodka as an example,

the first time you taste it – you’ll

know everything there is to

know about it. When you buy a

bottle of premium whisky, every

interaction, from the first time you

nose the liquid to the last sip, will

offer a different taste sensation.

Before you have even tasted

the whisky, the aromas can be

incredibly evocative, and that’s

not something you get in equal

measure with a vodka or even a

rum. Depending on the expression,

it could evoke notes of vanilla,

toffee, old books, smoke, and

even bring back memories like

Christmas or of an old friend. It’s

also worth remembering that when

you buy a premium whisky and

drink it sparingly, your palate and

nose will both improve over time.

This means that every time you go

back to your whisky, there’s the

potential to keep on discovering

different aromas and tasting notes

within it.

When you’re choosing a whisky,

it’s important to recognise that

some are more ‘complex’ than

others. Take the Tomatin 18 Year

Old for example, it’s full of big,

bold, robust flavours. It’s not

necessarily something that you’d

take to a party, but something

best enjoyed in great company, or

on your own, with patience and

attention required.

What’s really interesting about

Scotch whisky, is that it’s

completely subjective, people will

identify different elements. If you

were to share a glass at home with

a loved one, you might identify a

certain aroma or taste, but they

may find something completely

different. It’s truly one of the best

things about whisky, and makes

for great conversation. You know

you’re tasting an exceptional

whisky when it sparks riveting

discussion. This also means that if

you’re making your choice based

on whisky reviews or tasting notes,

make sure to read a selection of

reviews. No two reviewers will feel

the same way about an expression,

so don’t be put off if one mentions

a flavour or aroma that you’d

rather avoid, you might pick out a

completely different flavour.

Don’t be fooled by the age old

prejudices, many people will tell

you that single malts are always

better than blended whiskies, but

that’s not true at all. There are

blends out there that are as enticing

to drink as some single malts, and

they can be a fraction of the price.

The Antiquary for example is a

premium blend made using wellaged

malt and grain whiskies to

create a remarkable Scotch whisky.

Above all else, you’ve got to

remember the long standing

history of Scotch. First recorded

over 500 years ago; Scotch whisky

is ingrained in Scottish heritage.

Scotland is known for producing

food, drink and textiles to an

outstanding quality, what’s more,

the integrity of Scotch whisky and

all that it stands for is guarded

by the SWA (Scotch Whisky

Association). Distilleries have to

adhere to set standards when it

comes to the colour, quality and

provenance of the liquid they

produce, and if they don’t meet

those standards it simply can’t be

classified as Scotch. Whether you

spend £50, or £500: if you pick

up a bottle of Scotch whisky, be

safe in the knowledge you have

chosen a spirit that prides itself on

quality, has the ability to stimulate

conversation, evoke nostalgia, and

offer something new with every



After eight years at Tomatin

Distillery, Graham Eunson has

been sampling both exquisite

single malts and high-quality

blends. In this time, he’s led tasting

events, spoken at whisky festivals,

as well as running production for

the entire distillery.

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Sensational Sips

Check out these highlights from the world of luxury and premium

spirits that are tingling our taste buds this festive season


This craft whisky members club features fine

whiskies from across the world delivered to your

door that you won’t find anywhere on the high

street. These hidden gems are sourced from

artisan distillers, mostly from very small batches

with some limited editions. Each new delivery

is top secret and the bottle cannot be bought for

cheaper than the price of the members fee.

£50 every other month from www. with 6- or 12-month



Midleton Very Rare 2019 has been masterfully

blended from whiskeys laid down at Midleton

Distillery, Co Cork, over the past four decades.

Crafted by Master Distiller Brian Nation, it combines

only hand-selected single pot still and single grain

Irish whiskeys of exceptional quality and rarity

within the Midleton inventory. matured exclusively

in lightly-charred ex-bourbon American oak barrels

for between 13 and 34 years, 2019 marks the oldest

collection of casks used to create a Midleton Very


€180 from specialist retailers


The Macallan Edition No.5 sees the world

renowned Pantone Color Institute create a

uniquely bold shade of purple for box & label.

Sunlit barley in colour with an intriguingly

intense flavour profile of sweet notes of caramel,

poached peaches and ripe pears on the palate

combined with oak spices, vanilla and toffee


£92 from specialist retailers, The Macallan

boutique at Heathrow Terminal 5 & The

Macallan Distillery & Visitor Experience


Glen Moray 21-Year-Old Portwood Finish Single

Malt Whisky is the latest addition to the Glen Moray

Elgin Heritage Collection. It is a perfectly executed

Port finished single malt which combines the spicy

sweetness from the ex-bourbon casks and the rich

wine flavours which develop from the authentic Port

casks imported from Portugal. The whisky does not

disappoint and is multi-layered and seriously smooth.

£125 from Royal Mile Whiskies and all good wine

and spirit retailers


An innovative blend of VSOP cognacs from two

of the most prestigious areas of France, Petit

Champagne, Grand Champagne, with Gran

Reserva Brandy from Jerez and then aged in the

finest Pedro Ximénez casks for 12 months. Light

mahogany colour with perfect clarity gained

from its charcoal filtering. A great warming

drink perfect for festive cocktails as it adds notes

of dark chocolate, spiced fruits, oak and subtle

hints of sherry.

£49 from Master of Malt


The Redbreast 12 Year Old is the quintessential

Single Pot Still Irish whiskey and most awarded

Irish Single Pot Still whiskey in the world – recently

winning the World Whiskey Trophy 2019. Matured

in Bourbon and Oloroso Sherry-seasoned barrels, the

distinctive Redbreast sherry style is a joy to behold

in each and every bottle. Full flavoured and complex;

silky smooth with a harmonious balance of spicy,

fruity and toasted notes

£44 from Waitrose, Amazon, Ocado and www.

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The Glenlivet 12 Year Old is the Original

Speyside Single Malt. Matured in traditional

oak, before spending time in American oak casks

Boasts notes of vanilla with a distinctive smooth

taste that is balanced and fruity.

Best enjoyed neat or on the rocks, a must have

for whisky drinkers during the festive season.

£38 from Waitrose

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Maestro DOBEL


The world’s first Cristalino, multi-aged

tequila, Maestro DOBEL Diamante

has caused a stir in Mexico. The

game changing, proprietary Cristalino

technique results in a crystal clear,

soft, silky smooth spirit. The tequila is

aged in Balkan white oak barrels - the

aromatic wood complement the natural

sweetness of the agave.

£48 from Master of Malt, The Whisky

Exchange and Drinks Direct

The Dobel Diamond Horchata is an

indulgent festive cocktail and a great,

dairy-free alternative to Eggnog this

Christmas. Shake together 50ml

Maestro Dobel Diamante, 75ml

Almond Milk, 10ml Almond/Orgeat

Syrup and 10ml Cinnamon Syrup.

Strain over cubed ice into a hi-ball

glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Ti p p l e s

10 Générations

10 Générations is a tribute

to the 10 generations of the

Ferrand family and their

abiding knowledge of the vine

and distillation methods. With

seasonal flavours of baked

pear, honey, muscat grapes and

fruity spice cake, and is aged in

French oak - this cognac strikes

a wonderful

balance between

delicacy and


£46 from Harvey



The Demijohn Cheeseboard Set

is presented in a poplar wood

Chiara rack containing three

100ml bottles of artisan drinks

to accompany cheese – Bramble

Scotch Whisky, made in East

Lothian, Scotland; Somerset

Pomona, a young cider brandy

liqueur; and Elderberry & Port

Liqueur, a rich after dinner drink.

The ideal gift for any cheese lover.

£36.35 from


To celebrate their 170th

anniversary, Cointreau has

created a dazzling collaboration

with Vincent Darré – an interior

designer described by Vogue as

the “Surrealist Dandy of Paris”.

The limited-edition bottle of the

world-famous orange liqueur is

this season’s must-have.

£35 from Harvey Nichols

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Created from a blend of Plantation

3 Stars and Original Dark rums

infused with Queen Victoria

pineapples, Plantation Stiggins’

Fancy Pineapple Rum is a fruity

twist with a rich and mouthwatering

nuance of pineapple

bouquet accented by notes of

ripened banana, citrus peel, spice

and a hint of smoke.

£34.05 from Master of Malt


Taylor’s Quinta de Vargellas 2004

Vintage Port has a bouquet with

great depth and layers of intense

fresh fruit. With berry fruit on

the palate combined with rich

chocolate and liquorice flavours

of equal intensity. This beautifully

structured and balanced wine

is an excellent partner to any


£32 from Majestic and Waitrose


Bring the Aperitivo lifestyle into

your festive celebrations with

Italicus Rosolio Di Bergamotto.

Made using the finest Italian

ingredients to create a sip of Italy,

Italicus rediscovers the forgotten

rosolio category, which was once

the ‘aperitivo di corte’ enjoyed by

Kings. Serve with sparkling wine

for a suitably royal toast.

£29.99 from Master of Malt


Graham’s 10 Year Old Tawny

Port is rich with nuts and figs. Its

mature flavours match perfectly

with sweet desserts, especially

dark chocolate with ginger or

orange notes. Works well as an

after dinner wine or even as an


£20 from Waitrose, Tesco, Ocado

Salcombe Brewery

Christmas Tide (ABV 4.9%),

Salcombe Brewery’s limited

edition yuletide ale, is a wellstructured,

malt driven beer with

crystal, chocolate and wheat malts

bringing warmth and body, ideal

for this time of year. A plethora of

hops build on the chocolatey malt

base and add a bittersweet finish.

£18.25 for a case of 8 or £7.20 for

presentation pack of 3 from www.


The Disaronno wears Diesel

bottle has a bold, unique style

with the instantly recognisable

logo wrapped in Diesel’s

signature camouflage denim.

The Disaronno® Wears Diesel

Cocktail mixes Passion Fruit

syrup, Jamaican Rum and lime

juice, topped off with a garnish of

mint sprig and raspberry.

£18 from Tesco


Fonseca was one of the pioneers

of organic viticulture in the Douro

valley. In 2002 it became possible

for the first time to produce a

Port made entirely from grapes

derived from certified organic

viticulture. The Fonseca Terra

Prima is a wonderfully rich,

concentrated Port with great

flavour and texture. An opulent

black fruit nose is followed

through on the palate showing

layers of intense berry, plum and

cherry fruit flavours supported by

firm, but well integrated tannins.

A deliciously textured Port thats

velvety, succulent and plump.

£18 from Waitrose, The Whiskey



Marussia Mozart Chocolate

Cream Liqueur is a fine blend of

Belgian chocolate and fresh cream

with aromatic notes of vanilla and

cocoa. A great alternative for an

after dinner tipple this Christmas

and a knockout gift for the host or

for someone who simply enjoys a

festive nightcap

£16.99 from Whole Foods Market


Croft Pink was the first ever Rosé

Port, and is still today, the first

one that springs to mind. With

vibrant flavours of ripe cherry and

raspberry, lovely nuances of honey

and grapefruit, and a dry, finish, it

is best enjoyed over ice or with a

spritz of tonic water. An excellent

celebratory alternative to a glass of

champagne, and something a little

different to offer guests over the

Christmas party season.

£10.50 from John Lewis and Hay


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How to Enjoy Champagne

During The Festive Season

Victoria Carfantan of Champagne Bollinger answers your

questions on storing, serving and drinking champagne



A cork will escape at 38-40mph,

so firstly be sure to point away

from yourself and others, turn the

bottle and not the cork to avoid

the ‘pop’. Holding the bottle with

a thumb in the punt, pour an inch

into the glass, allow the mousse

to settle, continue to fill until

two-thirds full. The subtlety of

the bubbles, a distinctive trait

of Bollinger champagnes, is a

guarantee of quality and reflects

the long aging process.

The ‘coupe’ with its wide and

shallow glass does not enhance

the wine’s aromas, as the bouquet

evaporates over the large surface

area. A complex champagne such

as Bollinger should be given time

to reveal itself. In this case a handblown

glass making it lighter and

more delicate, in a shape similar to

a wine glass is best. A wide bowl

and narrower rim, will encourage

the development and capture of

aromas by concentrating them.

The glass is to be held by its

long stem so as not to warm the

contents of the glass.




What temperature should I serve


We recommend serving Bollinger

cuvées at around 12°C, you would

not want to serve it too chilled

as this can mask some of the

delicate flavours and aromas of

the champagne. When chilling

champagne, never put the bottle in

the freezer as you kill the bubbles.

If you’re using a champagne

bucket, then fill with a mixture of

water and ice and it should reach

the right temperature in around 30

minutes. Otherwise, you can chill

in the fridge for a couple of hours

prior to serving.

Tip: rinse glasses in hot water,

leave to drain and dry, do not use

washing-up liquid or a tea towel

as any residue will destroy the



Champagne should be stored

horizontally in a cool, dry and

dark place. This ensures constant

contact between the wine and the

cork so that it doesn’t dry out and

risk oxygen entering the bottle

and affecting the wine. It is best to

choose somewhere that has a fairly

consistent temperature as extreme

fluctuations will impact negatively

on the flavours of the champagne.

It is also worth remembering that

most non-vintage champagnes are

released at the optimum time for

drinking and are not suitable for

prolonged ageing.



Once your bottle is chilled to

the correct temperature and you

have the correct glassware, it’s

time to enjoy! Firstly, look at the

colour of the champagne and

admire the different shades of

yellow, gold or pink. Watch the

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ubbles as they rise up through the

glass. Younger champagnes will

be more effervescent, whereas

older vintages will have much

finer bubbles rising through the

glass. Before you taste, inhale

the bouquet of aromas emanating

from the glass. A champagne such

as the Bollinger Special Cuvée

will be aromatic and complex on

the nose, with ripe fruit and spicy

aromas. Finally, when you taste

the wine, hold it in your mouth

for a couple of seconds to allow

the flavours of the champagne to

become unveil themselves to fully

appreciate the flavour profile.




Champagne Bollinger can be

enjoyed at any point over the

festive season and is the perfect

celebratory drink! A glass of

Bollinger Special Cuvée on

Christmas Eve or Bollinger Rosé

on Christmas Morning, is best

shared with friends and family for

a festive toast, ideal when paired

with some delectable canapes.




Bollinger is considered as a fine

wine and thus best enjoyed when

paired with food. Christmas day

is the perfect occasion to toast

with a bottle of one of Bollinger’s

prestige cuvées, Bollinger La

Grande Année 2008 is a decadent

match with smoked salmon, and

La Grande Année Rosé 2007 will

pair majestically with foie gras,

duck or guinea fowl. Both should

be shared and enjoyed with those

you treasure.




Champagne makes the perfect

Christmas stocking filler. A half

bottle of Bollinger Special Cuvée

or Rosé is an extra special treat

and makes the ideal gift.

Above: Victoria

Carfantan, Director of

Champagne Bollinger UK



Bollinger Rosé is the

quintessential rosé champagne

to share with friends and family

this festive period.

Bollinger Rosé makes a great

aperitif to toast with family

whilst opening presents on

Christmas morning,

Bollinger Rosé also pairs

exceptionally well with lobster

and salmon for those looking

to add an extra bit of luxury to

their Christmas dinner this year.

On the nose, this wine has

beautiful hints of red currant,

wild strawberry and a spicy


On the palate, Bollinger Rosé

exhibits a subtle combination of

structure, length and vivacity,

with fine, velvety bubbles and

flavours of wild berries.

Bollinger Rosé Non-Vintage is

£56.50 available from Waitrose,

Berry Bros & Rudd and


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SLOAN! selects 16 of our favourite champagnes

& sparkling wines to get the party started!


Billecart-Salmon Brut Sous Bois

Billecart-Salmon is one of the few independent, family-owned

Champagne Houses. The captivating Brut Sous Bois NV is entirely

vinified in oak, giving it notes of toffee and brioche and a depth and

flavour worthy of any festive table. £70 from Berry Bros & Rudd,

Harvey Nichols & Champagne Direct


This vintage has fresh citrus notes of lime and tangerine leaves with

smoky notes on the nose. The palate has almonds, smoked tea, honey,

ripe black cherry and blueberries with a long and silky finish. £59.95

from Champagne Emergency Service and

AYALA Le Blanc de Blancs 2013

This newly released 100% Chardonnay vintage cuvée is produced

in small quantities in the most exceptional years. The remarkable

minerality make this a perfect accompaniment to flavoursome dishes or

a pre-Christmas dinner aperitif. £55 from Harvey Nichols & Jeroboams

Furleigh Estate From the Oenothèque 10

Floral notes of almond blossom mingle with butterscotch and apple

pie on the nose with a hint of marzipan. The palate has juicy peach

and nectarine with toasted brioche and hazelnut. With its beautifully

balanced acidity, this English sparkling wine an interesting aperitif for

special occasions.£49.50 from

Taittinger Nocturne City Lights

Notes of white blossom and ripe fruit on the nose with overtones of yellow

peaches and dried apricots. On the palate it has soft mellow orchard fruit

and a lingering, elegant finish. Best enjoyed at the end of the evening. The

festive gift box is £44.15 from Amazon, Ocado & Cheers Wine Merchants

Bolney Wine Estate Blanc de Noirs

A very stylish vintage, traditional method, quality sparkling wine.

Lots of stone fruit character, notes of honey and pear. A good balance

of sweetness and acidity with a lovely length. One of the best English

wines according to the critics. £32.99 from

Smith & Evans English Sparkling Wine

This elegant English fizz has rich aromas of lemon, spice and toasted

nuts. On the palate it keeps a taut balance between freshness and the

minerality typical of Higher Plot with a full ripe finish.

£28.99 from Waitrose

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Tesco Finest Vintage Blanc de Blancs

With ripe citrus flavours and a delicate mousse, this dry Champagne

is only made from Chardonnay grapes from the best vineyards of the

Grand Cru villages of the Côtes des Blancs. Produced only in the best

years, with extra time spent in the cellars which enhances its longevity.

Serve it as an aperitif or with canapés. £26 from Tesco

Hotel Chocolat Pinot Coupage

Dry and complex with notes of biscuit and russet apple, this 2010 vintage

Italian sparkling wine is limited to just 3,000 bottles created specifically

to pair with chocolate as well as Italian cheeses and charcuterie. Serve in

wine glasses to allow the scent to develop. £25 from Hotel Chocolat

i heart Champagne Didier Chopin

The brand new i heart Champagne Didier Chopin has rich flavours of

honeyed fruit with a hint of toasted brioche and smooth lasting finish.

Pairs beautifully with canapés, fish or even with a fruity festive dessert,

such as an indulgent Christmas trifle! £23 from Tesco and Sainsbury’s

Tesco Finest NV Premier Cru

Made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, with extra-long ageing

in the bottle. This maturing process makes for elegant flavours of citrus,

apple and brioche, with a fine mousse. £20 from Tesco.

Mionetto MO Collection

The Mionetto MO Collection Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG

has floral scents with notes of green apple and tropical fruit. The soft,

smooth yet crisp Prosecco pairs well with fish dishes or with Christmas

cake and fruity desserts. £15 from Simply Wines Direct and Amazon

Sensi Prosecco Brut

Produced in the Charmat Method, this crisp Italian sparkling wine has

subtle notes of citrus, orchard fruits and apple blossom. Fruity and fresh

on the palate and pleasantly-dry with a balance of gentle acidity and

creamy fizziness. We love the gold wrapped bottle. £17.49 from Ocado

Calvet Cremant de Bordeaux Brut

With a luminous golden colour, it reveals an open body in full bloom

with soft fruitiness suited to both an aperitif and accompaniment to fine

food. The expressive nose of yellow fruit and brioche complements the

fresh and balanced palate. £11.95 from Ocado

Freixenet Cordon Negro

For a change from Prosecco, cava is made using the same ‘traditional

method’ of champagne, but with a refined and elegant flavour without

the distinctive ‘biscuity’ notes for the perfect alternative to the typical

cocktail spritz. £11 from Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda and Morrisons

Mionetto Prosecco DOC Treviso

With unmistakeable style and quality, the Mionetto Prosecco DOC

Treviso has a bouquet reminiscent of crisp green apple with notes of

honey, liquorice and acacia blossom on the palate. £11 from Morrison’s,

Tesco, NISA, Budgens, Bargain Booze, CostCutter and Londis

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I nTh eP i n k

Break The Rosé Rules & Add Some Sparkle

To Your Soirées With Pink Fizz This Season

Champagne Devaux

D Rosé is the perfect harmony between pinot Noir and Chardonnay

with fresh aromas of small red fruits on the nose evolving towards floral

notes. The fruity palate has notes of redcurrant, raspberry and apricot.

Pairs perfectly with Christmas Turkey and all the trimmings. £60.99

from Hedonism, Liberty Wines and Simply Wines Direct


On the nose, Bollinger Rosé has hints of redcurrant, wild strawberry

and a spicy touch. On the palate it has a subtle combination of structure,

length and vivacity, with fine, velvety bubbles and flavours of wild

berries. £56.50 from Berry Bros & Rudd, Waitrose and Hedonism


With intense, fine bubbles, Taittinger Prestige Rose NV Champagne is a

vibrant rosé with a vivid aroma of red summer fruits and a hint of spice.

A fine balance of velvety and full-bodied on the palate. Pairs well with

fruit-based desserts and selected cheeses. £55 gift box from John Lewis

Champagne Bruno Paillard

Maison Bruno Paillard’s Multi Vintage Rosé Première Cuvée is a blend

of 25 vintages going back to 1985. The wine is aged three years sur lies,

followed by a minimum of five months post-disgorgement. Dosage is

less than 6g/l, to emphasise its purity, making this an Extra Brut style of

Champagne. £51.45 from Selfridges & The Whisky Exchange


This sunset-pink Multi-Vintage rosé has a unique combination of aromas

including British summer fruits and shortbread. Its creamy, round texture

and refreshing redcurrant, raspberry and cherry flavours give it an elegant

and silky finish. £39.99 from Waitrose and Majestic


AYALA Rosé Majeur NV has great finesse and elegance with beautiful

aromas of strawberries, raspberries and Morello cherries on the nose with

a slight hint of spice. On the palate, it is light, fresh and well-balanced.

£37.50 from Harvey Nichols, Selfridges &

Château Léoube

Sparkling de Léoube is one of the few sparkling rosés made in Provence.

With the barest blush of pink, it is equally subtle on the nose and palate.

Notes of hazelnut, aniseed and soft fruit. It is unusually dry and moreish

making it perfect for the festive season. £35 from

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Jenkyn Place

Jenkyn Place Rose 2014 has notes of fresh bread, citrus and brioche

on the nose and bright, delicate flavours of rosehip, redcurrant and

cranberry on the palate. A dry, elegant sparkling rose that will continue

to evolve gracefully. £35 from, Hawkins Bros,

Christopher Piper Wines Ltd, Sparkle & Pop and Twisted Cellar.


Tinwood Rosé is a gorgeous salmon colour with an abundance of

bubbles and a beautifully creamy mousse. A raspberry and redcurrant

nose with hints of strawberries and cream carry through to a delightfully

fruit driven palate. £31 from

Lyme Bay Winery

A sparkling Rosé made from Pinot Noir grapes, boasting a bright, fruitdriven

palate. Wild strawberries, pepper and redcurrant on the nose

with a richness of honey in addition to hints of brioche and almond.

£28.49 from

Tesco Finest

Made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the largest owner of

Premier and Grand Cru grapes. Notes of citrus and red fruit with a

delicate mousse. Ideal on its own or with fruity desserts. £23 from Tesco

Furleigh Estate

Enticing aromas of wild strawberries and white peach mingle with a

hint of rosehip. Notes of vanilla-scented brioche and scones with cream.

On the palate, fresh summer berries meet nectarine and wild apricot.

£35 from

Hotel Chocolat

Light and lively rosé sparkling wine that won’t fail to uplift, with

a fruity bouquet and delicate, pleasantly aromatic flavour notes of

almond. Ideal for any celebration. Hotel Chocolat is the only chocolatier

to run a bar in London’s Borough Market. £18 from Hotel Chocolat


Vitteau Alberti, Cremant De Bourgogne Rosé Brut has creamy fruit

flavours of strawberries, raspberries and summer damsons yet is still

crisp and dry. These wines have gentler bubbles than Champagne and

forget about the price tag! £17.50 from


This Crémant de Loire Rosé NV is an excellent choice for those seeking

a reasonably priced wine. Light pink in colour with delicate aromas

of red fruit and a fruity and full-bodied palate. £17 from Corks Out,

Guildford Wine Company, Portland Wine Company, Noble Green Wines.


Mirabeau La Folie Rosé is a delicate sparkling rosé with red berry

aromas and hints of gooseberry and blackcurrant. The mousse is mouthfilling

and elegant with flavours of strawberry, grapefruit and a tiny hint

of spice for a lovely long finish. £14.99 from Waitrose

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A Guide to

Alternative Drinks

for Christmas

Colin Hampden-White

Colin Hampden-White from The Three Drinkers on Amazon

Prime suggests some alternatives to the usual Christmas drinks

Drinks are such a huge part of

Christmas, and we all know

what we like, but in the spirits

of Christmas here are some

alternatives to the usual Christmas

fare that are worth giving a go.

It’s getting towards that time of

year again. The summer is all but

over, the nights are drawing in,

and we start to plan for Christmas.

One of the lovely things about

Christmas is the drinks that go

alongside. There are traditional

favourites like Sherry and

Champagne, Claret and Cognac,

but there are other ways to make

your Christmas celebration go

with a bang. As much as we like

these time-honoured Christmas

drinks, there are so many more

drinks in the world to experience,

and they can make the experience

of Christmas exciting, and

adventurous, yet no less delicious.

Let us take a typical Christmas

day and see where we can

exchange our traditional drinks

for something more avant-garde.

Now, I wouldn’t normally have

a drink in the morning but on

Christmas day, having risen early

with the anticipation, I might have

had a little Buck’s fizz before

being driven to church for service.

Buck’s fizz is a perfect pick me

up, fresh and light, without too

much alcohol, and it is even one of

your five a day. However, there are

lots of fruit juices out there that

can be mixed with a myriad of

alcohols, and my first suggestion

for the day would be a Madras: a

vodka and cranberry juice with a

touch of orange juice. Packed full

of vitamins, with the sugar from

the orange juice helping to get the

body going, put just enough vodka

in to give it a little kick. Put it all

in a glass and stir; garnish with a

slice of lime.

After church it’s well after midday

by the time I’m home. I’m ready

for a sherry. Granny might call

for the usual Bristol cream, but I

prefer something more savoury

like an Oloroso. This can also

take the form of something else

just as savoury and delicious. Dry

vermouth would be my choice. A

good quality red vermouth such

as Antica Formula, poured over

ice. At a similar alcohol content,

it’s not too strong. After a little

aperitif, the Christmas meal


Traditionally I would start

the meal with a white wine

like Burgundy, but there is

a alternative which is just as

delicious and pairs incredibly well

with rich foods like smoked fish or

meats. Sake, from Japan this rice

wine can be incredibly complex

and very refreshing at the same

time, especially chilled as you

would a white wine. Warm Sake

served in restaurants is generally

a lower grade, so expect to pay

white Burgundy prices. If you

do, your investment will be well

rewarded. For a replacement for

red wine, I would suggest a wellaged

vintage champagne. Rich

and complex it will go well with

turkey, goose, or even red meats.

It’s also a great way to drink

champagne on Christmas day,

and I always feel Christmas isn’t

Christmas without Champagne.

Now to the after-dinner drinks.

Traditionally the domain of

whisky or Cognac, I also like

other oak aged spirits, such as

tequila. There are some incredible

tequilas, like Patron’s Gran Patron

Piedra. It’s full of flavour and

good to sip over an evening by the


This year, why not be a little

adventurous and rather than

cheers or slainte, why not

celebrate with a salud or kampai!


Colin Hampden-White fell in love

with wine and spirits initially

through his award-winning

photography, which has been

exhibited extensively in London,

including the National Portrait

Gallery and Manhattan, winning

the Louis Roederer Award for

Artistry along the way.

Working initially for the

Scotsman, The Times and

Financial Times, he became

the founding editor of Whisky

Quarterly magazine and continues

to write for LUX and Condé Nast.

Colin is a Keeper of the Quaich,

judges for the International Wine

and Spirits Competition and is

Chairman of the Circle of Wine


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Instead of Buck's Fizz, try a Madras cocktail

Instead of white Burgundy, try chilled Sake

Instead of red wine, try vintage champagne

Instead of Cognac, try Gran Patron Piedra

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Good friends offer advice. Best friends offer gin!


54% ABV enhances the traditional Scottish

als in this herbaceous gin with a strong

character. Caorunn Highland Strength Gin is

ailable from independent & specialist retailers

City of London Distillery

Tangy rhubarb, floral notes of roses and the peppery

hit of juniper. Crisp and clean, lending it to an elegant

martini. City of London Distillery's Rhubarb & Rose

Gin is £37 from Harvey Nichols


Hand-steeped in fresh raspberries, this deliciously

dry gin has a hint of fruit and an exceptionally

smooth finish. Pinkster Gin is £35 from Marks

& Spencer, Fenwick, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges,

Ocado,, Master of Malt and www.


The combination of Winter Wheat and Golden Rye

grain spirits gives the gin a soft and smooth finish.

It is distilled with Chinese Jasmine as well as eight

other botanicals. Barentsz Gin is £32.95 from Harvey


Whisky Exchange


Hedgepig's gin liqueurs are made using fruit grown

in local orchards or foraged from the East Anglian

hedgerows. The four flavours pair well with cheese

and desserts. Hedgepig Wild Bullace & Quince Gin

Liqueur is £32 from


Zesty, chocolatey with an unmistakable juniper

backbone, Sipsmith Orange & Cacao Gin is

handcrafted in London. Try it in a Chocolate Orange

G&T or Orange & Cacao White Lady Sipsmith

Orange & Cacao Gin is £25 from

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Every month, the UK's number one gin

subscription service sends members a treat-filled

‘Gin of the Month’ box with a special bottle

of full-sized gin, including rare and exclusive

editions not available anywhere else,

As well as craft gin, the box includes paired

mixers and garnishes, cocktail of the month

ingredients, sweet and savoury treats and the

club magazine – all remaining a surprise for the

recipient until it arrives on their doorstep.

£40 from


This Gin High Ball Set is the perfect gift for

a gin-loving couple. Crafted using locally

sourced botanicals and masterfully infused

this with the finest Yorkshire rhubarb

sourced from the famous 'Rhubarb Triangle',

this excellent bottle of gin comes with two

branded Slingsby high ball glasses.

£49.99 from


Triple-distilled and handcrafted in the foothills of

the Himalayas at one of India's oldest distilleries,

this Indian Craft Gin combines herbs and

spices, vibrant juniper berries and hand-picked

botanicals from all four corners of India. We love

the festive Jaisalmer Negroni made with equal

measures of Gin, Sweet Vermouth and Campari.

£34.95 from The Whisky Exchange

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Three Spirit

£25 from Harvey Nichols and

Skinny Tonic

£3.50 from ASDA,

Amazon and

McGuigan Zero


£4.50 from



£18 from


Low & No


From Sober October to Dry January

and beyond, here’s our pick of the best

guilt-free drinks with little to no alcohol

Bodega Bay - 4% Hard Seltzer

£3.99 from

Belvoir Fruit Farms -

Botanical Juniper & Tonic

£3.10 Nationwide

Dash Water

£1.29 from Selfridges, Sainsbury’s,

Boots, Ocado and Wholefoods

James White

Great Uncle Cornelius Refreshers

£2.70 from


Zero Rose

£4.50 from


Cobra Zero

£3 from

Asda and Ocado

Rude Health

Kombucha (Original & Ginger)

£1.99 from

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TwelveBelow Tonic

£1.20 from

Alcohol Free Drinks

Wild Life Botanicals



£18 Sainsbury’s

Atopia Spirit - Spiced Citrus

£25 Sainsbury’s & Ocado

Lowlander 0.00% Wit


How To Plan The

Perfect Christmas Party

Katherine Hudson of The Arabian Tent Company shares her top

tips for creating the ultimate Christmas party sure to impress!

Christmas is just around the corner and you’ve been

tasked with organising a Christmas event. Here are

ten top tips for creating the ultimate Christmas party

from Katherine Hudson, founder of The Arabian Tent

Company, who is known for creating magical parties

with the wow factor.



You want to snap up a date that is partyfriendly.

The earlier you can secure this the

better. It will mean a better turn out and an evening that

is full of Christmas cheer and party vibes - rather than

a wet Monday in November when eating mince pies

and pulling crackers seems a touch premature.



This tip is twofold. What kind of party are

you planning? A huge extravagant affair

with a Christmas dinner and late-night dancefloor?

A cosy seasonal get together over nibbles and mulled

wine? Whatever the size of your guest list, view a few

possible venues so you know what’s out there. It could

be worth pencilling in with two in the early stages so

you have a back up.



You’ve done the hard work locking in the

venue and date – now make sure everyone knows it.

Send out a brief Save The Date email or invite. Specific

details needn’t be outlined yet - but you want your

guests to be able to make it and the party season is

dubbed as such for a reason.



What is your vision? A winter wonderland? A

classic Gatsby Christmas party? Hollywood

glam? You can theme your party without prescribing a

dress code. Do keep your decorations classy and try to

avoid plastic if possible. Use real foliage and greenery

- it smells heavenly and avoids the dreaded single use

plastic. Candles are cheap, effective and green and look

magical on tables amongst the holly and the ivy. Fairy

lights are an easy win. If you’re buying crackers then

go for eco or not at all. Chandeliers are high-impact

centre pieces which will tie your room together and

mistletoe is a must.



This will be one of the most talked about

elements of the whole shebang, and you want

it to be in a good way. A walkabout performer will be

an amazing talking point. Comedians, impersonators or

magicians add a real spark and don’t affect the structure

of the evening. You could create a focal point with an

Katherine Hudson

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after dinner stage show. A cabaret act, a singer or a

comedian? Casino tables are a lively addition, or other

table games. You could even schedule an organised

game or quiz – but do keep it short.



This is another absolutely vital element. The

dancefloor is the place where inhibitions are

shed and true bonding happens. You want people to let

their hair down so book a decent DJ and brief them on

what you want - and make sure the sound system in the

venue is up to the job. A sure-fire way to ruining your

wonderful good party is a crackly speaker or faulty

cable. Get everything tested before kick-off.



Have your guests greeted with a tray of

champagne and someone to take their coat.

Budget-wise this won’t break the bank - but it will

break the ice and make everyone feel special and

excited for the night ahead.



If your budget will run to it, a photo booth with

fancy dress box laden with wigs, props and

shades will not only provide extra entertainment but

will preserve the memories forever!



Whether you are including a dinner in the

proceedings or not, laying on some sexy

late-night snacks is essential. The dancers will need

sustenance. Mini baked camembert with cranberry

dip, savoury pastries, posh mince pies, mini turkey

sandwiches or even a cheese board. We guarantee you

will find the food station rammed as the hour gets later

and the drinks are flowing. Your head will thank you in

the morning.



Everyone has arrived, they all have a drink and

the music is playing. You’ve done an amazing

job! It’s time to relax and enjoy all your hard work.

The Arabian Tent Company specialise in creating

divine party environments for your magical moments.

With a decade of experience creating events, we have a

wealth of Christmas magic to bestow on any venue or



Katherine Hudson, founder of The Arabian Tent

Company, fell in love with parties 20 years ago, and

found her calling in designing the environments to

accommodate them.

Katherine’s ability to create playful, captivating

environments is a signature of The Arabian Tent

Company who can transform any space – whether it be

indoors or outdoors, into one that creates ‘Wow’ factor!

Katherine is drawn to things that are different meaning

the majority of the décor and marquees have been

designed by her and made by hand.

Katherine considers herself to be an Artist, that brings

people together and creates connecting experiences

through environments.

For more information, please visit www.arabiantents.


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Haven of Yumminess

SLOAN! presents our favourite festive recipes from some of our

favourite celebrity chefs and food writers

Baileys Cheesecake Cookie Cups

To make the cookie cups, you will need:

115g soft unsalted butter

170g light brown sugar

30g Demerara sugar

1 large egg

220g plain flour

30g cocoa powder

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda

• Cream together the butter and both the sugars until just


• Add the egg and beat well for a minute or so

• Sift together all of the dry ingredients and fold in to the

rest of the mixture until it forms a dough

• Roll 15g chunks of the dough between your hands to

form tidy little balls

• Pop them in to each of the greased mini cupcake holes

• Find a flat round utensil slightly smaller that the

cupcake holes, such as a mini rolling pin, push down each

ball into the cupcake holes until the walls rise up around

the sides and little cups are created.

• Flour your utensil in-between each smoosh to avoid

sticking and don’t push all the way down.

• Leave to one side while you prepare the filling.

For the full recipe, go to

Cupcake Jemma

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Roast Organic Rhug Estate Goose

Mark Froydenlund, joint chef patrons of Marcus Wareing’s flagship

restaurant at the Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge says: “Although we

change the dish every year, the process behind cooking goose remains

the same. When we finish service on Christmas Eve, we seal the skin

until brown and then add loads of butter and thyme, bay and garlic

and caramelise. We then put the birds in the oven at 65° until they

reach 54° in the centre. We stay in the hotel and go down to baste the

birds every so often until they are cooked – then take them out to rest

before going back to bed ourselves.”

For this recipe, you will need: 1 Rhug Estate goose crown, 70g salted

butter, Zest of one orange, 1 tbsp chopped rosemary, 150g unsalted

butter, 4 cloves of garlic, Half a bunch of thyme and Sea salt flakes.

For the full recipe, go to

Beef Wellington with

Watercress and Smoked


Fe st i v e Fe a st s

Four-Bird Roast

Rosemary Shrager’s

Cookery Course

Christmas Turkey Pie

Higgidy: The Cookbook

by Camilla Stephens

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SLOAN! Book Club

Celebrity Life Coach Sloan Sheridan-Williams recommends

her favourite books this season from the latest cookbooks to

personal development and business skills

Wok On

Bestselling author Ching-He Huang celebrates the huge versatility

of the wok with fast, fresh and fun dishes that are simple enough for

every day as well as every cook. Created with nutrition, taste and

affordability in mind, the recipes focus on the techniques you may

not have considered when using your wok and include everything

from dumplings and curries to stir-fries and soups.

Featuring dishes from across Asia, we really liked that almost every

one of them can be made in 30 minutes or less plus many are glutenfree,

dairy-free, vegetarian or vegan.

£20 published by Kyle Books

Mary Berry Cooks Up A Feast

This fully updated edition is the cookbook that shows you how

to entertain stress-free. The beautifully illustrated new edition

features over 160 of Mary Berry and Lucy Young’s favourite recipes

that are perfect for occasions and celebrations, with stunning

photography and a selection of delicious new recipes. A must for

every cook’s bookshelf, Mary Berry Cooks up a Feast is brimming

with inspiration, menu planning tips, expert advice for preparing

in advance, and simple shortcuts plus detailed advice on scaling up

recipes for any number.

£25.00 published by DK

Glorious Game

From 101 of the UK and Ireland’s best-loved chefs and food writers

comes a stunning collection of delicious game recipes compiled by

Ben Tish who hopes the book will enable and educate more people

into discovering the glorious world of game.

Features a myriad of dishes that use the whole range of game with

unique recipes that are achievable for the home cook inluding a

variety of more complex and aspirational dishes for the experienced

home cook

£40 published by Face Publications

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Whisky A Tasting Course

This truly hands-on book by Eddie Ludlow takes you on a tasting journey

to discover your own personal whisky style, and helps you to expand your

horizons so you can find a world of new whiskies to enjoy. Featuring a

series of 20 guided at-home whisky tastings, clear infographics and jargonbusting

advice guide you through each tasting, and show you how to engage

all your senses to navigate the range of malts, grains and blended whiskies

to find the flavours you enjoy most.

£16.99 published by DK


Sean Brock is known as one of Southern food’s greatest champions and

believes the area should be considered amongst the most revered cuisines in

the world. His new book shares the foundational recipes that he has collected

over the past decade and uses daily. The recipes can be mixed and matched

to make a meal or eaten on their own. Taken together, they make up the

essential elements of Southern cuisine. Regional differences are highlighted

and the book includes key Southern knowledge like how to care for cast iron.

£30 published by Artisan Books

One Pot Feeds All

In her 19th book, Ireland’s best-loved food ambassador, Darina Allen,

offers the perfect solution to cooking delicious, wholesome food as simply

as possible. From roasting tray dinners to casserole stews and tagines, the

book contains classic and contemporary one-dish recipes, alongside some

of Darina’s own family favourites. These flexible dishes range from lighter

meals such as soups, baked eggs and frittatas to hearty curries and even

desserts. There are no complicated techniques and little space or washing

up required.

£20 published by Kyle Books

Simple Tips, Smart Ideas

If you run one of the UK’s 5m micro small companies, you will know

just how hard it is to grow your business. Drawing on experience from

working with hundreds of founders just like you, leading UK business and

innovation expert Erica Wolfe-Murray (dubbed the ‘Delia of business’)

offers you a rich array of ideas, tips and contemporary case studies to kickstart

growth, build commercial resilience, outsmart your competitors and

fall back in love with what you do.

£14.99 published by Lola Media

It’s The Little Things

Combining the irresistible sweetness of the Pocket Pigs of Pennywell Farm

with inspirational words of wisdom about embracing all that life has to

offer, this book is the Pocket Pigs’ Guide to Living Your Best Life and is

filled with tiny piglets reminding us to be grateful, stay curious, and keep

ourselves open to the magic of life. Photography by Richard Austin.

£12.95 published by Workman

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Felicity Jones

Al Pacino

Eddie Redmayne


the Red


Lupis alitatur

arumqui dusc

Caitriona Balfe

Lupis alitatur

arumqui dusc Ignim

ullacca ecatqui acid

esciam, sustius,

Timothee Chalamet

Lily-Rose Depp

Keira Knightley

63rd BFI London Film Festival

The 63rd BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express,

closed with a star studded finale on Sunday with the International Premiere of

The Irishman, which saw legendary director Martin Scorsese reunite with his

equally legendary cast members; Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Harvey Keitel at a

spectacular gala presentation at Odeon Luxe, Leicester Square.

Over the Festival’s 12 days there were 173,284 admissions for London screenings

and events, comprised of 156,761 public attendances, including the new LFF For

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Star studded film premieres

at the london film festival

Stephen Moyer and

Anna Paquin

Alicia Vikander

Lesley Manville

Billie Piper and

Lily James

Ollie Locke

Aimee Kelly

James Blunt



Steve Coogan

Kristen Stewart

Robert De Niro

Free programme – an increase of 6% on last year’s London public attendance. And also, an additional 16,523

press and industry attendance across the festival. Extending its offering to audiences outside of London, the

Festival hosted satellite screenings at more than 100 venues around the UK & Ireland.

The festival featured a diverse selection of 233 feature films from both established and emerging talent

and hosted 28 World Premieres, 12 International Premieres and 32 European Premieres and welcomed a

stellar line up of cast and crew for many of the films. The Festival was widely applauded for its diversity and

inclusion with 40% of films directed or co-directed by women.

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Chris & Jeff


Jason Atherton

Brian Turner

Young Chef of 2019 -

Richard Henderson

The Next


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arumqui dusc

Ollie Dabbous

Lupis alitatur

arumqui dusc Ignim

ullacca ecatqui acid

esciam, sustius,

Young Waiter of 2019 -

Alessandro Calzavacca

Simon King

Tom Aikens

Young Chef Young Waiter 2019

On 29 October, Masterchef’s John Torode awarded the winners, first and second

place to the Young Chef Young Waiter finalists at Quaglino’s restaurant. Head chef

judge Theo Randall announced that Richard Henderson from Restaurant Hywel

Jones, Lucknam Park was the winner of the Young Chef award with second place

going to Ryan Baker from Northall Restaurant, Corinthia Hotel and third place

awarded to Lewis Glaister from Bluebird Restaurant, Chelsea. Head waiter judge

Simon King announced the winner as Alessandro Calzavacca from Jean-Georges

at the Connaught, second place was Salvatore Delle Donne from the Fat Duck and

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proudly supporting the

future stars in Britain’s

kitchens and restaurants

Matthew Ryle


Luigi Cagnin

Emily Roux

Marcus Wareing

Robert Walton

Sanjay Dwivedi



Ruth Hansom

John Torode

Head judges

third place was Andrea La Cognata from the Fat Duck.

The Young Chef Young Waiter competition which is celebrating 40 years in the UK this year and judging

panel included Head Chef Judge Theo Randall and Head Waiter Judge Simon King along with Jason

Atherton, Tom Kerridge, Claude Bosi, Emily Roux, Tom Aikens, Jeff and Chris Galvin, Andy Downton,

Brian Turner, Johanna Wimmer, Merlin Labron-Johnson, Sanjay Dwivedi, Ruth Hansom, John Williams,

Ollie Dabbous, Matthew Ryle, Adam Simmonds, Dimi Leivadas, Jennifer Santner, James Fleming,

Beatrice Bessi, Andrew McKenzie, Dimitri Bellos, Jonno Forbes, Luigi Cagnin and Antonio Salvatore.

(Photos courtesy of Young Chef Young Waiter and Paul Griffiths Photographer)

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Martha Ortiz &

Sophia Hadjipanteli

Isabella Charlotta


Sophia Hadjipanteli

Pablo Fernandez



Alistair Guy

Lupis alitatur

arumqui dusc Ignim

ullacca ecatqui acid

esciam, sustius,

Martha Ortiz &

Henry Holland

Amber Le Bon

Frankie Herbert

Ella Canta's Day of The Dead Party

On 30th October, celebrities including Amber Le Bon, Henry Holland and Frankie Herbert attended Ella

Canta's Day of The Dead Party hosted by Mexican chef Martha Ortiz and model Sophia Hadjipanteli. The

event celebrated the Mexican restaurant's second anniversary and the launch of its Painted Black Menu.

Model Sophia Hadjipanteli, who has stood up to bullying for her unique look, stunned guests wearing

a bespoke gold chain dress by designer Claudia Pink and face paint inspired by the Day of The Dead

traditions. Henry Holland hit the decks following the launch of his second fashion collection with Speedo

this week, celebrating with fashion set friends Amber Le Bon and model Frankie Herbert.

(Photo credit: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images

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celebrities attend london's

elite events IN fashion & food

Nell Hudson

Jordan Renzo

& Kate Phillips




Douglas Booth

& Lily Cole

Anna Brewster

Eric Underwood

Mark Kermode &

Sandy Powell

Autograph Collection Hotels ‘Behind The Scenes’

On 12th September, Autograph Collection Hotels hosted their third event in the Behind The Scenes

speaker series. Shining a light on inspirational industry insiders from the world of independent film, the

event took place at the newly opened Bankside Hotel, Autograph Collection. Hosted by the UK’s leading

film critic, Mark Kermode, the evening began with an intimate discussion that explored the craft and the

transformational power of costume design with Academy Award winning costume designer, Sandy Powell

OBE. VIP guests included Douglas Booth, Lily Cole, Eric Underwood, Kate Phillips, Anna Brewster and

Nell Hudson.

The Behind The Scenes series is part of Autograph Collection’s Indie Film Project, a long-term, multifaceted

cultural programme that celebrates film and offers meaningful support to independent filmmakers

and their craft across all stages of development – from screenplay to production, distribution and costume


(Photo credit: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Marriott International - Autograph Collection Hotels)

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the inspired creativity from our team, contributors

and creatives. If you admire the work of any of the

photographers featured in this edition, see below.

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